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  ABA   



Jersey Express move on to the Elite 8 of the ABA Playoffs - by Gianni Pascucci

The Jersey Express defeated the Richmond Elite, in Richmond, VA 115-107, to advance to the Elite 8, of the ABA Playoffs. This was the only game between these 2 teams, and the Express were prepared for a battle, being on hostile territory, and making its first true road game of the season.
Jersey Express guard Jashon Mixon (6'5''-F, college: Monroe CC) (6'5''-F, college: Monroe CC) lead the way, with a tremendous stat line, with 32pts, 10rbds, 6asts and 3stls. Almin Hodzic (6'10''-C-87, agency: FCM, college: Dominican, NY) added 24pts, and guard Devon Young finished with a strong 21pts. MIxon saved his first double-double of the season for one of the biggest games of his career.

Ja'Shon Mixon - 32pts, 10rbds, 6asts, 3stls**
Almin Hodzic - 24pts, 5rbds
Devon Young - 21pts, 5rbds, 4asts, 2stls**
Brian Wilson - 10pts, 8rbds
Charles Smith 9pts, 15rbds**
Jason Smith 8pts, 7asts, 2stls
Jamal Webb 6pts, 8rbds, 5asts, 2stls
Edgardo Torres - 5pts
Corey Chandler DNP
Justin Hamilton - DNP

Next up for the Express is a trip to the Elite 8, in South Carolina, against a yet to be determined opponent. The goal is to reach the Final 4, in Jacksonville, FL, being held from April 11th thru April 15th. The finals will be the best of 3 series that will be Nationally Televised. The last Professional Basketball Championship won for NJ, was the ABA Nets, heres a chance for history to repeat itself! ABA Championship MVP then was Julius Dr J Irving, who will it be this time?
The Jersey Express is running a playoff fundraising campaign on Indiegogo, @ http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jersey-express-playoff-fundraiser/wdgt/2409363
to help with their travel expenses during their run to the ABA Championship.



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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. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 3. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.8 
 4. Jackson, GECR I.17.6 
 5. Lewis, La Union16.6 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.1 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.6 
 8. Gutierrez, Penarol15.1 
 9. Lytch, Argentino15.0 
 10. Pau, Olimpico LB14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.10.8 
 2. Phillip, Union Pro.10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.5 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.2 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.6 
 6. Battle, Lanus7.3 
 7. Williams, Quimsa7.1 
 8. Shannon, La Union7.1 
 9. Lytch, Argentino6.9 
 10. Sanchez, Libertad.6.9 
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 



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Parks, former import and coach, succumbs to cancer - by Aris Ignacio

Bobby Parks , considered as the greatest import ever to played in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), died Saturday, March 30, due to cancer. He was a seven-time best import awardee in the PBA and a former coach of the San Miguel Beermen in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).

Parks, a 6-3 multifaceted player, averaged 40.5 points, 15.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.5 shot blocks in 221 games in the PBA spanning 13 years as an import for San Miguel Beer and Shell Turbo Charges. A former 58th pick of the Atlanta Hawks in the 1984 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft highlighted by number 1 pick Hakeem Olajuwon (213-C/F-63, college: Houston) and number 3 pick Michael Jordan (199-F-63, college: N.Carolina).

Parks, 51, has been diagnosed with laryngeal cancer that later developed into lung cancer. He has been confined in a hospital for a month due to pneumonia. As reported, Parks' family revealed the sad news that the former import and coach passed away at around 5 in the afternoon. Arrangements for the internment are being made as of the moment.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Ballarat Rush promote Cunningham to Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

Ballarat Basketball today announced that following a review of the structure, culture and the linkages between the Auslec Ballarat Rush, Youth League Rush and Under 18 Rush the decision has been made to restructure the entire senior womens program.

BALLARAT RUSH MEDIA RELEASE

Peter Cunningham has been appointed to replace Guy Molloy as the director of Ballarat Basketballs senior womens program including head coaching duties for the Auslec Ballarat Rush.

Its an honour to coach the Auslec Ballarat Rush who have been role models for women's sport with a strong culture and long and proud history of success, said Cunningham.

I look forward to working with the other coaches and senior team leaders in building on the foundations put in place over the preseason.

As the Ballarat Senior Womens Program Manager, Cunningham will guide and implement performance standards and coaching strategies for Ballarats elite womens teams, ensuring continued improvement and success on both an individual and team level. This includes culture, succession planning and mentoring coaches and players.
Peter Cunningham is a highly regarded state and Ballarat coach who has recently been working in the Country Victorian Academy and National Intensive Training Program.

Cunningham has previously coached the Victorian Country Under 18 Girls side as head coach for three years and assistant for one year.

Cunningham has coached across nearly all Ballarat representative sides for both boys and girls and has been involved in coaching for over 25 years. Cunningham has been involved in the Rush program previously as an assistant and individuals skills coach, and first coached the Ballarat senior womens side in the 1980s.

Former Rush head coach Donna Rinaldi will move to a development role with Ballarat Basketball in the coming weeks.

Ballarat Basketball Club President Nick Grylewicz stated, Donna has been a valuable part of our program for the last two and a half years but the departure of Guy Molloy altered certain dynamics within our Club. While addressing the absence of someone overseeing the entire senior womens program the Teams Committee felt Peter Cunningham was the best candidate in a directing and coaching role.

Cunningham took his first Rush training session last night and will lead the side against Bendigo at the WIN Minerdome on Wednesday April 3.

Courtesy of: http://www.seabl.com.au



Wildcats def. Hawks in 2nd semi-final game, move onto grand final - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Perth Wildcats have reached the Grand Final series for the third time in four years after escaping with an epic 85-81 overtime road victory over the Wollongong Hawks on Sunday.

Kevin Lisch's (188-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis) early three proved to be the difference during the 11-7 bonus period, as the feisty guard battled all afternoon to carry the wounded Wildcats with 20 points and six assists, while Shawn Redhage had 24 points and three steals.

Perth lost Damian Martin in the second quarter with a calf injury, while Adris Deleon was limited by an ankle injury sustained in the opening period and was shut down during the third term.

Tim Coenraad kept the Hawks alive during the fourth with a pair of clutch three-pointers on his way to 16 points, but a three-minute scoring drought by the Hawks to start overtime left home team little time to recover.

The Hawks jumped out to an ideal 9-2 start, but paced by Martin the Wildcats quickly racked up eight unanswered points to claim the lead, while Deleon hobbled off the court with a tweaked ankle.

Wollongong continued to control the glass at the defensive end and Malcolm Grant helped re-ignite their offence, as the Hawks closed the quarter 12-4 capped by Dan Jackson's breakaway three-point-play to lead 21-14.

Perth responded with a 7-0 spurt to open the second term to lock the scores, but just as Wollongong were steadying, Martin fell to the floor in transition when his calf gave way, while downcourt Dave Gruber soared to the rim for a slam at 25-21.

With the Wildcats momentarily dazed by the loss of their floor-leader, Wollongong easily found three consecutive transition baskets to build an eight-point buffer, but a late flurry led by Lisch saw the Hawks holding on at 38-36 at the half.

Both teams duelled for five lead-changes in the third, until Lisch exploded with a pair of long-range daggers to put Perth up 55-51 at three-quarter time, with tempers flaring between him and Tyson Demos.

Perth went to Matthew Knight inside early in the fourth and were able to keep their noses in front until Wollongong crept within two on the back of a Coenraad triple and long two by Grant with five minutes to play in regulation.

Last-minute threes by Demos and Everard Bartlett locked the scores at 74-74, with the Hawks unable to sink last their last two attempts by Coenraad and Larry Davidson to usher in the extra period.



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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
Championship
 1. Grodno-93 26-1 
 2. Sozh Gomel 19-7 
 3. Svisloch 12-16 
 4. Rubon 11-16 
Play-Out
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk II 11-16 
 2. Impuls BGUIR 11-17 
 3. Borisfen 6-23 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 4

Championship

Mar. 29: Rubon - Grodno-93 69-83
Mar. 29: Svisloch - Sozh Gomel 68-85

Play-Out

Mar. 29: Borisfen - Impuls BGUIR 66-83

Second Stage: Round 5

Championship

Apr. 5: Grodno-93 - Svisloch
Apr. 5: Sozh Gomel - Rubon

Play-Out

Apr. 5: Tsmoki-Minsk II - Impuls BGUIR
Apr. 6: Tsmoki-Minsk II - Impuls BGUIR



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division II

Division II Standings
 1. Houthalen 20-6 
 2. Kangor.-Boom 19-7 
 3. Gembo BBC 18-7 
 4. Sint-Jan Ant. 16-9 
 5. CEP Fleurus 16-10 
 6. St-Niklase 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 100-87
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.


Verviers-Pepinster To Finish the Season - by Peter Buyse

Quite the tumultuous week for Basketball Team Verviers-Pepinster. After a decision last weekend to fold the team and release all the players on Monday, it now looks like they are going to play the next 6 games after all. A new company Zelas has made assurances to the team and the league that Pepister will finish the season after all. If that had not been the case, all the past results of Verviers would have been erased from the standings, which would have been a good deal for those teams who lost to them in past. This allow Pepinster to finish it's 28th season in D1. To bolster the team a little bit Charleroi's Boris Penninck join Verviers-Pepinster for the rest of the season.
Zelos is also looking to find a solution to keep the team in D1 in the future.



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. Flamengo 28-3 
 2. Brasilia 25-4 
 3. Uberlandia 22-9 
 4. Bauru 22-10 
 5. Franca 21-10 
 6. Pinheiros/Sky 20-10 
 7. S.Jose/Unimed 19-12 
 8. Paulistano 16-16 
 9. Liga Sorocaba 15-17 
 10. Minas 14-16 
 11. Basquete Cearense 13-16 
 12. Limeira 12-18 
 13. Mogi das Cruzes 11-21 
 14. Joinville 10-21 
 15. Palmeiras 10-22 
 16. Vila Velha 9-21 
 17. Tijuca TC 5-25 
 18. Suzano 4-25 

Regular Season: Round 33

Mar. 30: Tijuca TC - Palmeiras 82-79 OT
Mar. 30: Liga Sorocaba - Pinheiros/Sky 81-87
Mar. 28: Uberlandia - Mogi das Cruzes 75-68
Mar. 30: Bauru - Paulistano 66-64

Round 34

Mar. 28: Flamengo - Palmeiras 81-61
Mar. 30: Franca - Mogi das Cruzes 79-71
Mar. 28: Liga Sorocaba - Paulistano 73-78

Regular Season: Round 35

Apr. 4: Pinheiros/Sky - Tijuca TC
Apr. 4: Suzano - Limeira
Apr. 4: Franca - Uberlandia
Apr. 4: S.Jose/Unimed - Basquete Cearense
Apr. 4: Mogi das Cruzes - Brasilia
Apr. 4: Vila Velha - Bauru
Apr. 4: Minas - Liga Sorocaba
Apr. 4: Paulistano - Flamengo
Apr. 4: Palmeiras - Joinville

Round 29

Mar. 31: Basquete Cearense - Suzano

Round 31

Apr. 4: Pinheiros/Sky - Brasilia
Apr. 4: Limeira - Tijuca TC


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Vieira, Flamengo21.6 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.7 
 3. Simmons, Vila Velha18.6 
 4. Day, Uberlandia18.6 
 5. Dawkins, Liga S.18.3 
 6. Dos Santos, Brasil.18.1 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.18.1 
 8. Antonio, S.Jose/U.17.8 
 9. Beal, Minas17.5 
 10. Giovannoni, Brasi.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babby ARAUJO
  Mogi d.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 9
 1. Araujo, Mogi d.9.0 
 2. Ribeiro, Basque.8.8 
 3. Rodriguez, Flame.8.5 
 4. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.9 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.5 
 6. Silveira, Flamengo7.1 
 7. Castellar, Limeira7.1 
 8. Toyloy, Paulistano7.0 
 9. Agba, Bauru6.9 
 10. Teichmann, Franca6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.8.2 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.5 
 3. Collum, Uberlandia5.6 
 4. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.3 
 5. Garcia, Uberlandia4.5 
 6. Fischer, Bauru4.5 
 7. Campos, Suzano4.4 
 8. Lima, Limeira4.3 
 9. Smith, Pinheiro.4.3 
 10. Boracini, Pinheir.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Paulinho BORACINI
  Pinheiro.
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 0.2
 1. Boracini, Pinheiro.0.2 
 2. Benite, Flamengo0.2 
 3. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.2 
 4. Alvim, Limeira0.1 
 5. Ferreira, Pinheiro.0.1 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.0.1 
 7. Froehlich, Franca0.1 
 8. Laws, S.Jose/U.0.1 
 9. Mensah, Flamengo0.1 
 10. Ribeiro, Brasilia0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.3 
 2. Dawkins, Liga S.2.0 
 3. Campos, Suzano1.9 
 4. Figueroa, Franca1.9 
 5. Teichmann, Franca1.8 
 6. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.8 
 7. Taylor, Bauru1.8 
 8. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 
 9. Ribeiro, Basque.1.7 
 10. Day, Uberlandia1.7 


NBB Round 33: Paschoalotto/Bauru beats Paulistano by two after a very close game - 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.

Eighth-ranked Paulistano (16-16) was very close to win a game against fourth ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (22-10) on Saturday. Paschoalotto/Bauru managed to secure only two-point victory 66-64. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-10. But Paulistano won second period 24-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for guard Ricardo Fischer (185-91) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Pilar Alves (200-84) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Alex Oliveira (194-83) answered with 16 points and 5 rebounds for Paulistano. Paschoalotto/Bauru maintains fourth place with 22-10 record. Paulistano at the other side keeps the eighth position with 16 games lost. Paschoalotto/Bauru are looking forward to face Pinheiros (#6) in Sao Paolo in the next round. Paulistano will play on the road against Liga Sorocaba in Sorocabana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Tijuca TC managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of nine consecutive loses. This time they edged fifteenth-ranked Palmeiras in Rio de Janeiro 82-79. Point guard Frederico Lima (180-80) stepped up and scored 21 points and 4 assists for the winners and Renan Leichtweis chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Antwaine Wiggins (200-88, college: Charleston, agency: Two Points) with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Tijuca TC (5-25) moved-up to seventeenth place. Palmeiras at the other side keeps the fifteenth position with 22 games lost. Tijuca TC will play against bottom-ranked Suzano (#18) in Sao Paulo in the next round. Palmeiras will play on the road against the league's leader Flamengo where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
NBB top team - Flamengo (28-3) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed fifteenth ranked Palmeiras (10-22) in Rio de Janeiro 81-61. Marquinhos Vieira nailed 23 points for the winning side. Caleb Brown came up with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Palmeiras in the defeat. Flamengo have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 28-3 record. Loser Palmeiras keeps the fifteenth position with 22 games lost. Flamengo will again meet at home Palmeiras (#15) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Palmeiras will have a break next round.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 33: Pinheiros/Sky beat Liga Sorocaba on the road 87-81. Uberlandia won against Mogi das Cruzes on its own court 75-68. Mogi das Cruzes unfortunately lost to Franca in Sao Paulo 71-79. Liga Sorocaba recorded a loss to Paulistano at home 73-78.
The most impressive performance of 33th round was 26 points by Desmond Holloway of Liga Sorocaba.


Bauru - Paulistano 66-64

Eighth-ranked Paulistano (16-16) was very close to win a game against fourth ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (22-10) on Saturday. Paschoalotto/Bauru managed to secure only two-point victory 66-64. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-10. But Paulistano won second period 24-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for guard Ricardo Fischer (185-91) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Pilar Alves (200-84) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Alex Oliveira (194-83) answered with 16 points and 5 rebounds and American center Steven Toyloy (203-87, college: Cincinnati) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Paulistano. Paschoalotto/Bauru maintains fourth place with 22-10 record. Paulistano at the other side keeps the eighth position with 16 games lost. Paschoalotto/Bauru are looking forward to face Pinheiros (#6) in Sao Paolo in the next round. Paulistano will play on the road against Liga Sorocaba in Sorocabana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Paulistano: A.Oliveira 16+5reb+2ast, S.Toyloy 13+10reb, A.Luiz Brugger 11+4reb, P.Lima 9+5reb+1ast, W.Mattos 8+4reb+1ast, E.Corazza 4+1reb+5ast
Bauru: R.Fischer 21+5reb+4ast, P.Alves 14+4reb+5ast, L.Taylor 10+5reb+2ast, G.Pereira 8+2reb+1ast, D.Coleman 4+6reb, J.Agba 4+11reb+1ast
gschID: 229345


Liga Sorocaba - Pinheiros/Sky 81-87

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Pinheiros (20-10) beat 9th ranked Liga Sorocaba (15-17) in Sorocabana 87-81 on Saturday. Liga Sorocaba trailed by 19 points after 3 quarters before a 26-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 81-87 at the end of the game. Pinheiros made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) nailed 25 points for the winning side and the former international power forward Mineiro Ferreira (208-88) accounted for 22 points and 6 rebounds. Four Pinheiros players scored in double figures. American guard Desmond Holloway (190-88, college: Co.Carolina) came up with 26 points and guard Arlindo Neto (187-86) added 21 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Liga Sorocaba in the defeat. Liga Sorocaba's coach Rinaldo Rodrigues rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Pinheiros have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 20-10 record. Loser Liga Sorocaba keeps the ninth position with 17 games lost. Pinheiros will meet higher ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Liga Sorocaba will play against Paulistano (#8) in Sao Paolo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liga Sorocaba: D.Holloway 26+4reb+3ast, K.Dawkins 23+3reb, A.Neto 21+6reb, E.Lacerda 8+3reb, D.Conti 3+2reb, E.Rodrigues 0
Pinheiros/Sky: S.Stallworth 25+3reb+3ast, M.Ferreira 22+6reb, P.Boracini 16+4reb+1ast, J.Smith 10+2reb+2ast, B.Fiorotto 5+4reb, M.Dornelles 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 229344


Tijuca TC - Palmeiras 82-79 OT

Bottom-ranked Tijuca TC managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of nine consecutive loses. This time they edged fifteenth-ranked Palmeiras in Rio de Janeiro 82-79. The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 20-18 run, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 16-13. Strangely Palmeiras outrebounded Tijuca TC 43-29 including 33 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. Point guard Frederico Lima (180-80) stepped up and scored 21 points and 4 assists for the winners and center Renan Leichtweis (211-89) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Antwaine Wiggins (200-88, college: Charleston, agency: Two Points) with 19 points and 9 rebounds and center Marcao Vinicius (205-84) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tijuca TC (5-25) moved-up to seventeenth place. Palmeiras at the other side keeps the fifteenth position with 22 games lost. Tijuca TC will play against bottom-ranked Suzano (#18) in Sao Paulo in the next round. Palmeiras will play on the road against the league's leader Flamengo where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Palmeiras: A.Wiggins 19+9reb+2ast, M.Vinicius 18+8reb+1ast, C.Brown 16+9reb+1ast, A.Pecos 11+4reb+3ast, T.Curnell 7+9reb+1ast, T.Lima 5+4reb+2ast
Tijuca TC: F.Lima 21+1reb+4ast, A.Filho 14+2reb+3ast, R.Leichtweis 14+5reb+1ast, C.Araujo 11+6reb, W.Trigueiro 8+3reb, M.Camara 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 229340


Uberlandia - Mogi das Cruzes 75-68

Very expected game when 13th ranked Mogi (11-21) lost on the road to third ranked Uberlandia (22-9) 75-68 on Thursday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-16. But Mogi won second period 13-7. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Robby Collum (185-81, college: W.Michigan) nailed 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and the former international center Jose Estevam Ferreira (211-78) accounted for 15 points and 6 rebounds. The former international center Babby Araujo (211-80, college: BYU) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Guilherme Filipin (191-83) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Mogi in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Uberlandia have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 22-9 record having six points less than leader Flamengo. Mogi lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 21 games lost. Uberlandia will meet at home Sao Jose/Vinac (#7) in the next round. Mogi will play against Vivo/Franca (#5) in Sao Paulo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Mogi das Cruzes: B.Araujo 19+8reb+2ast, G.Filipin 16+6reb+1ast, M.Riddick 12+6reb+3ast, T.Gehrke 11+5reb+1ast, P.Patekoski 5+5reb+1ast, C.Ranches 5+5reb
Uberlandia: R.Collum 25+8reb+3ast, J.Estevam Ferreira 15+6reb, R.Day 12+3reb, H.Garcia 10+1reb+4ast, A.Parisotto 7+1reb, L.Felipe Gruber 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 229347


Round 34
Franca - Mogi das Cruzes 79-71

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Vivo/Franca (21-10) won against 13th ranked Mogi (11-21) in Sao Paulo 79-71 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Mogi won fourth quarter 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Vivo/Franca made 13 blocks. Argentinian point guard Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-86, agency: Interperformances) nailed 14 points and 6 assists for the winning side and the former international swingman Jhonatan Luz dos Santos (196-87) accounted for 12 points and 6 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Vivo/Franca's coach Aluisio Xavier Ferreira used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Guilherme Filipin (191-83) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and the former international center Babby Araujo (211-80, college: BYU) added 14 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Mogi in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Vivo/Franca have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place. Mogi lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 21 games lost. Vivo/Franca will again meet at home Mogi (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mogi will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Mogi das Cruzes: C.Ranches 22+3reb, G.Filipin 17+10reb+3ast, B.Araujo 14+11reb+2ast, T.Gehrke 11+5reb+2ast, G.Vinicius 3+1reb, M.Riddick 2+1reb+3ast
Franca: J.Pablo Figueroa 14+4reb+6ast, G.Teichmann 13+6reb+2ast, J.Luz dos Santos 12+4reb+6ast, D.Kurtz 10+1reb, L.Mariano 9+1reb+1ast, R.Zanini 8
gschID: 238077


Flamengo - Palmeiras 81-61

NBB top team - Flamengo (28-3) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed fifteenth ranked Palmeiras (10-22) in Rio de Janeiro 81-61. The game was mostly controlled by Flamengo. Palmeiras managed to win third quarter 22-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Flamengo made 7 blocks. The former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) nailed 23 points for the winning side and the former international Olivinha Rodriguez (202-83) accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Flamengo players scored in double figures. American guard Caleb Brown (182-87, college: Austin Peay St.) came up with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international power forward Tiago Lima (201-81) added 15 points respectively for Palmeiras in the defeat. Flamengo have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 28-3 record. Loser Palmeiras keeps the fifteenth position with 22 games lost. Flamengo will again meet at home Palmeiras (#15) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Palmeiras will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Palmeiras: T.Lima 15+2reb, C.Brown 12+6reb+5ast, A.Wiggins 11+5reb, M.Vinicius 8+4reb+1ast, A.Pecos 6+3reb, G.Scaglia 5+1ast
Flamengo: M.Vieira 23+3reb+2ast, O.Rodriguez 13+7reb+2ast, V.Benite 13+2reb+1ast, E.Machado 11+1reb+1ast, C.Silveira 9+9reb, K.Mensah 4+2reb+5ast
gschID: 237961


Liga Sorocaba - Paulistano 73-78

Everything could happen in Sorocabana at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Paulistano and 9th ranked Liga Sorocaba had identical 15-16 record. But Liga Sorocaba was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Sao Paolo 78-73 on Thursday night. Liga Sorocaba was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 23-16 charge of Paulistano, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Paulistano especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. The former international guard Andre Luiz Brugger (192-81) nailed 23 points for the winning side and American center Steven Toyloy (203-87, college: Cincinnati) accounted for 15 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Four Paulistano players scored in double figures. American guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) came up with 27 points and the other American import guard Desmond Holloway (190-88, college: Co.Carolina) added 22 points respectively for Liga Sorocaba in the defeat. Liga Sorocaba's coach Rinaldo Rodrigues rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Paulistano maintains eighth place with 16-16 record. Loser Liga Sorocaba keeps the ninth position with 17 games lost. Paulistano will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Liga Sorocaba will play again against Paulistano (#8) in Sao Paolo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liga Sorocaba: K.Dawkins 27+4reb+2ast, D.Holloway 22+2reb, A.Neto 8+1ast, F.Russo 8+5reb, D.Conti 3+3reb, E.Lacerda 3+3reb+1ast
Paulistano: A.Luiz Brugger 23+1reb+2ast, S.Toyloy 15+10reb, A.Oliveira 14+2reb+3ast, E.Corazza 10+1reb+3ast, J.Munoz 8+1reb+3ast, W.Mattos 4+3reb
gschID: 237960



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  BULGARIA   


Panic's 32-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

30-year old forward Vladimir Panic (194-F-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Balkan and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had the game-high 32 points adding three rebounds and three assists for Balkan in his team's victory, helping them to beat Chernomorets (#8, 9-14) 85-70. Balkan is placed at 3rd position in Bulgarian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Balkan will need more victories to improve their 15-8 record. In the team's last game Panic had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Balkan, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Vladimir Panic averages this season 14.3ppg.

Second best performed player last round was James Tyler (218-C-88) of Chernomorets. He is American center in his first season at Chernomorets. In the last game Tyler recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 19 rebounds. Bad luck as Chernomorets lost that game 70-85 to the higher-ranked Balkan (#3, 15-8). This loss caused Chernomorets to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-14 record. Tyler is a newcomer at Chernomorets and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.9ppg (#2). He also registered 13.7 boards per game. Former star Tyler is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to center Mladen Pantic (209-C-82, agency: Alti Sport) of league's second-best Levski Sofia. Pantic showcased his all-around game by recording 12 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Levski Sofia, leading his team to a 85-61 easy win against #4 ranked Rilski Sportist in a game of the week. Levski Sofia is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 19-4 record is not that bad... Pantic has a very solid season. In 4 games in Bulgaria he scored 16.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pavel Ivanov (200-SF-88) of Levski Sofia - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Will Walker (183-G-87) of Beroe - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Darryl Watkins (211-C-84) of Lukoil Academik - 16 points and 12 rebounds
7. Dimitar Anguelov (203-SF-79) of Levski Sofia - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Simeon Iliev (203-F-89) of Cherno More - 15 points and 11 rebounds
9. Martin Durchev (204-SF-87) of Tundja Yambol - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Stanislav Tsonkov (192-G-91) of Cherno More - 16 points, 6 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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Apoel beats Aek's famous zone defense! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Indeed a great game, especially strategically wise. Both coaches have used clever stategies to win the game.

With Dante Stiggers (188-PG-82, college: S.Mississippi) finishing with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists Apoel won game 2 of the finals by 81-72 and tied the series against Aek.

Porter had 17 and Morrison added another 16 points. In the loosing squad Kakiouzis finished with 16 and 7 rebounds.

In game 2 Apoel controlled the rebounds (had 41) and kept Aek at 34. Considering what we have noted a few days ago, that Aek has been the second-best rebound team in the regular season with an average of 39 rebounds per game, controlling the rebounds proved life saving for Apoel. We remind that at game 1 Aek was the one who controlled the rebounds (38-33) and won the game.

Besides rebounds, Apoel forced Aek in more turnovers. Apoel had only 13 compared to 23 of Aek.

Aek's famous zone defense.

Aek has been using a very clever and effective zone defense that disoriented Apoel in both games. In game 2 Aek was constantly switching its man-to-man defense into a zone defense.

The way it plays its zone blocks Apoel from taking the ball inside while at the same time blocking the easy shot in the perimeter with good coverups. So Apoel struggled from the perimeter and did not have many easy shots, having only 4 in 22 behind the 3-point line.

So, with good defense Aek managed to keep close to the score. The game was tied 65-65 seven minutes before the end.

It seems though that considering how well Aek was defensively, at those 7 minutes Apoel capitalized on its strengths. It took the ball inside to Morrison, found the way from the perimeter with Stiggers and killed the game with stealing the ball and running a few crucial fast breaks.



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
Group A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 29-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 19-10 
 3. BK Pardubice 18-12 
 4. BC Kolin 18-13 
 5. NH Ostrava 18-13 
 6. BK Decin 17-14 
Group A2
 1. Levice 21-15 
 2. USK Praha 16-19 
 3. B&W Opava 14-21 
 4. Chomutov 13-22 
 5. Svitavy 11-24 
 6. J.Hradec 10-25 
 7. Usti n/Labem 10-25 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 7

A1

Mar. 30: CEZ Nymburk - NH Ostrava 81-67
Mar. 30: BC Kolin - BK Decin 76-66
Mar. 31: BK Pardubice - BK Prostejov

A2

Mar. 30: Svitavy - USK Praha 90-82
Mar. 27: Chomutov - Svitavy 87-68
Mar. 27: USK Praha - B&W Opava 86-57
Mar. 30: B&W Opava - Usti n/Labem 82-71
Mar. 27: Usti n/Labem - Levice 72-81
Mar. 30: Levice - J.Hradec 101-61


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.6 
 2. Venta, J.Hradec19.1 
 3. Bolds, BC Kolin18.2 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy17.5 
 5. Meno, USK Praha17.5 
 6. Fields, Chomutov17.3 
 7. Blazek, B&W Opava16.8 
 8. Fields, Levice16.7 
 9. Reese, Usti n.16.1 
 10. Zabas, BK Pardub.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.2 
 2. Meno, USK Praha9.3 
 3. Tomanec, J.Hradec8.9 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.7.9 
 5. Nuhanovic, Levice7.8 
 6. Kohout, BK Prost.7.3 
 7. Simmons, Levice7.0 
 8. Bolds, BC Kolin6.9 
 9. Reese, Usti n.6.8 
 10. Deloach, Svitavy6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  BC Kolin
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Ubilla, BC Kolin6.1 
 2. Sirina, B&W Opava5.9 
 3. Ames, NH Ostrava5.5 
 4. Venta, J.Hradec4.6 
 5. Kemp, Levice4.5 
 6. Deloach, Svitavy4.4 
 7. Carter, CEZ N.4.4 
 8. Glover, Chomutov4.3 
 9. Sotnar, USK Praha4.1 
 10. Sanders, BK Decin4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.6 
 2. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Bolds, BC Kolin2.0 
 4. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 5. Ames, NH Ostrava2.0 
 6. Ubilla, BC Kolin1.9 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
 8. Pope, BK Decin1.6 
 9. Reese, Usti n.1.6 
 10. Taylor, CEZ N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Levice
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Nuhanovic, Levice1.5 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.5 
 3. Fields, Chomutov1.0 
 4. Simmons, Levice0.9 
 5. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 6. Miklosik, B&W O.0.9 
 7. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 8. Svrdlik, BK Prost.0.8 
 9. Houska, BK Decin0.8 
 10. Slavik, USK Praha0.8 


Levice welcomes back Moravek - by Eurobasket News

Astrum Levice (NBL) tabbed 21-year old Czech power forward Jaroslav Moravek (200-97kg-92). It is actually his comeback to Levice as he played here before. Moravek was tested at U.B. La Palma in Spanish LEB Silver, but was not approved after all. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year (!!!). Moravek also played at Astrum Levice earlier that season. In 17 NBL games he averaged just 2.2ppg and 1.8rpg. The other team he played that season for was Levice (Extraliga) in Slovakian league. In 11 games he had 4.7ppg and 3.4rpg. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Moravek represented Czech Republic at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 9 games: 2.8ppg, 2.1rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  D-LEAGUE   

Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 32-15 
 2. Canton C. 28-19 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 25-22 
 4. Maine RC 25-23 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 24-23 
 6. Erie Bay H. 24-23 
 7. Springfield A. 18-28 
 8. Iowa E. 12-36 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 33-14 
 2. Rio Grande VV 33-15 
 3. Austin T. 26-21 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 26-21 
 5. Los Angeles D. 20-27 
 6. Texas L. 19-28 
 7. Idaho S. 17-31 
 8. Reno B. 15-31 

Regular Season: Round 67

Mar. 30: Tulsa 66ers - Austin T. 83-99
Mar. 30: Rio Grande VV - Sioux Falls S. 127-106
Mar. 30: Iowa E. - Reno B. 122-100
Mar. 30: Canton C. - Texas L. 113-94
Mar. 30: Idaho S. - Bakersfield J. 108-95
Mar. 30: Los Angeles D. - Santa Cruz W. 100-101
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.21.8 
 3. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.5 
 4. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.21.1 
 5. Mack, Maine RC20.1 
 6. Samuels, Reno B.19.6 
 7. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
 8. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.1 
 9. Jones, Rio G.19.0 
 10. Kennedy, Erie B.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Texas L.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Jones, Texas L.12.4 
 2. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.11.8 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.10.7 
 4. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 5. Samuels, Reno B.10.5 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.9.9 
 7. Varnado, Sioux F.9.7 
 8. Onuaku, Canton C.9.5 
 9. Jones, Rio G.9.0 
 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. Barrett, Sioux F.7.5 
 4. Fortson, Los A.7.1 
 5. Russell, Reno B.7.1 
 6. Wright, Iowa E.7.0 
 7. Karl, Idaho S.6.2 
 8. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 9. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.1 
 10. Goudelock, Rio G.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Justin HOLIDAY
  Idaho S.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Holiday, Idaho S.2.4 
 2. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.0 
 4. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 5. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 6. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 7. Greene, Los A.1.8 
 8. Leslie, Santa C.1.8 
 9. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.8 
 10. Gutierrez, Canton1.8 
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. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 5. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.2 
 6. Armstrong, Santa C.2.2 
 7. Gladness, Santa C.2.2 
 8. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 9. Williams, Texas L.2.0 
 10. Foster, Sioux F.2.0 


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

20-year old forward Terrence Jones (205-F-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Rio Grande VV and receives a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 66.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Sioux Falls S. (#5, 24-22) with 18-point margin 124-106. 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 32-15 record. In the team's last game Jones had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Rio Grande VV, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of Kentucky graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jones. Jones is in league's top in points (8th best: 19.2ppg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 55.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Gary Flowers (203-F-86) of Los Angeles D.. He is a forward in his first season at Los Angeles D.. In the last game Flowers recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Los Angeles D. cruised to a 111-104 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Santa Cruz W. (#1, 31-15). Los Angeles D.'s 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 20-26 record. Flowers is a newcomer at Los Angeles D. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Los Angeles D.'s star - center Jerome Jordan (213-C-86). Jordan scored 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Los Angeles D., helping his team with a 111-104 win against the higher-ranked Santa Cruz W. (#1, 31-15). The chances of Los Angeles D. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 26 games, recording just twenty victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jordan could help Los Angeles D. to bring them higher in the standings. Jordan has a very solid season. In 14 games in D-L he scored 11.8ppg. He also has 6.9rpg, 1.6bpg and FGP: 65.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Damion James (201-F-87) of Bakersfield J. - 22 points and 14 rebounds
5. Mo Charlo (201-F-83) of Reno B. - 13 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88) of Rio Grande VV - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jarvis Varnado (206-F-88) of Sioux Falls S. - 20 points and 12 rebounds
8. Brian Butch (211-C/F-84) of Bakersfield J. - 18 points and 14 rebounds
9. Durrell Summers (196-G-89) of Idaho S. - 32 points and 4 rebounds
10. Brandon Wallace (206-F-85) of Ft.Wayne MA - 16 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. Tarvas 20-10 
 2. TU/Rock 19-1 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 16-5 
 4. TTU 14-11 
 5. Rapla 14-13 
 6. Valga 12-16 
 7. Parnu 11-15 
 8. Tln Kalev 8-21 
 9. Hito/Johvi 2-26 

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 27: Kalev/Cramo - TU/Rock 69-64
Mar. 30: Hito/Johvi - Kalev/Cramo 66-85
Mar. 30: Tarvas - TU/Rock 64-94
Mar. 30: Parnu - Rapla 61-63
Mar. 31: Kalev/Cramo - TTU


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Gary WILKINSON
  Kalev/Cr.
  (205-F/C-82)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.15.8 
 2. Akenparg, TTU15.8 
 3. Peciukeviciu., Par.15.7 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas15.5 
 5. Laksa, Tarvas15.4 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tarvas15.1 
 7. Matulionis, Parnu15.0 
 8. Ingram, TU/Rock14.2 
 9. Campbell, Tln Kalev14.0 
 10. Okoye, Tln Kalev13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.6 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.6 
 3. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.3 
 4. Lindmets, Tarvas8.0 
 5. Arnold, TTU7.3 
 6. Grafs, Valga7.0 
 7. Keedus, TTU6.8 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla6.7 
 9. Raley-Ross, Tarvas6.6 
 10. Cunda, Valga6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.3 
 2. Keedus, TTU5.0 
 3. Ingram, TU/Rock4.9 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas4.0 
 5. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.4 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tarvas3.3 
 7. Cunda, Valga3.3 
 8. Laane, Rapla3.3 
 9. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.1 
 10. Raap, Parnu2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Laane, Rapla2.4 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas2.0 
 3. Keedus, TTU2.0 
 4. Akenparg, TTU1.8 
 5. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.7 
 6. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.6 
 7. Puidet, TTU1.5 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tarvas1.5 
 9. Ingram, TU/Rock1.5 
 10. Saks, Tarvas1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 A.J. STEWART
  Tarvas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Stewart, Tarvas1.2 
 2. Arnold, TTU1.0 
 3. Saarmets, TTU0.7 
 4. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.7 
 5. Grim, Valga0.6 
 6. Nelyubov, TU/Rock0.6 
 7. Matulionis, Parnu0.6 
 8. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.5 
 9. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.0.5 
 10. Raadik, Parnu0.5 



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. Nilan Bisons 32-9 
 2. KTP 31-10 
 3. Kataja 29-8 
 4. Pyrinto 27-12 
 5. Kauhajoki 25-16 
 6. Kouvot 20-20 
 7. LrNMKY 17-23 
 8. Korihait 13-28 
 9. Lapua 13-28 
 10. Salon Vilpas 12-28 
 11. Namika Lahti 12-28 
 12. FoKoPo 10-31 

Regular Season: Round 42

Mar. 30: Kataja - LrNMKY 97-72
Mar. 30: Nilan Bisons - Lapua 95-74
Mar. 30: Kouvot - Salon Vilpas 91-83
Mar. 30: Namika Lahti - KTP 89-83
Mar. 30: Korihait - Pyrinto 51-93
Mar. 30: Kauhajoki - FoKoPo 100-76

Regular Season: Round 43

Apr. 3: FoKoPo - Kouvot
Apr. 3: Namika Lahti - Korihait
Apr. 3: Salon Vilpas - Pyrinto
Apr. 3: KTP - Nilan Bisons
Apr. 3: LrNMKY - Kauhajoki


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Marcus RELPHORDE
  Salon V.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Relphorde, Salon V.22.9 
 2. Conley, LrNM.22.8 
 3. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.1 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.20.8 
 5. Clavell, Kouvot20.5 
 6. Haanpaa, Lapua19.5 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto18.5 
 8. Holloway, Namika L.17.6 
 9. Logins, LrNM.17.6 
 10. Burgess, FoKoPo17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 T.J. ROBINSON
  Korihait
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 10
 1. Robinson, Korihait10.0 
 2. Conley, LrNM.9.9 
 3. McDade, Nilan B.9.6 
 4. Ford, Kauhajoki9.5 
 5. Giles, KTP9.1 
 6. Thornton, FoKoPo9.1 
 7. Watt, Korihait8.6 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto8.5 
 9. Johnson, Namika L.8.3 
 10. Haanpaa, Lapua8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Williams, Pyrinto7.1 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.8 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.4 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.5.1 
 5. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.9 
 6. Smith, Kataja4.8 
 7. Watson, Kauhajoki4.3 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.1 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo3.9 
 10. Virtanen, Kataja3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.5 
 2. Coleman, Lapua2.4 
 3. Smith, Kataja2.2 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.2.1 
 5. Holloway, Namika L.2.0 
 6. Tolbert, Lapua1.8 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.7 
 8. Conley, LrNM.1.7 
 9. Watson, Kauhajoki1.5 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Barrett, KTP1.4 
 2. Ford, Kauhajoki1.1 
 3. Giles, KTP1.1 
 4. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.1 
 5. Fields, Kataja1.0 
 6. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 7. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.0 
 8. Watt, Korihait0.9 
 9. Dyer, Korihait0.9 
 10. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 


KORISLIIGA: YMCA Lahti upset KTP - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 41: YMCA Lahti upset KTP (Kotka) tonight 89-83 (42-47). The victory was very important for the hosts. Emmanuel Holloway (185-G-86, college: Illinois St.) led again YMCA Lahti with 28 points. YMCA Lahti (12-28) has won four out of team's five last games. The loss may become expensive for KTP (31-10). It seems, that Kataja and Bisons will have a better record than KTP. Well, three rounds are still ahead before the play-off-games will start.
Kataja (Joensuu) crushed YMCA Lappeenranta 97-72 (51-31). Kataja had five players in double digits. Daniel Coleman (206-F-85, college: Minnesota) netted 21 pts. Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri) led YMCA LPR with 22 pts.
Bisons (Loimaa) defeated Korikobrat (Lapua) 95-74 (42-36). Lapua (13-29) had only two American players on the roster, the other two were on injured list. The Bisons were 27/29 (93%) on the FT-line, Lapua had only 14 FTs and made eight of them. Ryan McDade (201-F-80, college: N.Arizona) led Bisons with 19pts/9rbs. Dwight Tolbert (195-F-86, college: Lander) led Lapua with 24 pts. Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) added 23pts/9rbs.
Kouvot (Kouvola) won over Vilpas (Salo) 91-83 (48-40). LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, college: Florida St.) begins to get in excellent condition. Tonight Greer scored his season high 30 points (1 - 2/2, 2 - 8/12, 3 - 4/7). Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Sam Houston St.) added 27 pts for Kouvot. Marcus Relphorde (198-F-88, college: Colorado) again Vilpas leading scorer with 26 pts. Karhu (Kauhajoki) scored 100 points when beating FoKoPo (Forssa) 100-76 (52-31). Karhu (25-16) will probably take position # 5 after regular season. FoKoPo (10-31) has it already very difficult as they should win all three games they have left and YMCA Lahti should loose all four games they have left. Then FoKoPo could renew the contract to Korisliiga (Top League).

Tonight's TV-game is then another story. Who was able (?) to watch the game from the beginning to the end, when the half time figures were 23-49 and after three quarters 31-71! Anyway; UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) was the host team and Pyrinto (Tampere) the visitor team. It was a piece of cake for Pyrinto: 51-93!

YMCA Lahti - KTP 89-83 (42-47). (Emmanuel Holloway 28/5a, Jordan Hasquet 23, Cedric Latimer 18 - Antwine Williams 18/6a, Marcus Faison 18, Devonne Giles 11. A:1003).
Kataja - YMCA LPR 97-72 (51-31). (Daniel Coleman 21, Jonte Flowers 19, Johnell Smith 15/6a - Jason Conley 22/9, Matt Gibson 13/8a, Greg Logins 13. A: 782).
Bisons - Lapua 95-74 (42-36). (Ryan McDade 19/9, Martin Zeno 18, Jeb Ivey 18/9a - Dwight Tolbert 24, Samuel Haanpaa 23/9, Trey Hampton 7. A: 1061).
Kouvot - Vilpas 91-83 (48-40). (Lamarr Greer 30, Gilberto Clavell 27, Chris Hester 18 - Marcus Relphorde 26/6, Troy Barnies 15, Jukka Kataja 14. A: 998).
Karhu - FoKoPo 100-76 (52-31). (Giordan Watson 27; Tremaine Ford 15/10, Eldar Skamo 14/9 - Andrais Thornton 21, Jahmar Thorpe 16/9, Sami Ikavalko 16. A: 539).

UU-Korihait - Pyrinto 51-93 (23-49). (Mikko Jalonen 14, T.J.Robinson 12/11, Demond Watt 8/11 - Lamonte Ulmer 19, Carl Lindbom 14, Antero Lehto 14. A: 510).



Finnish Korisliiga round 42 best performance: LaMarr Greer - by Eurobasket News

American guard LaMarr Greer (196-G-76) put on an amazing game in the last round for Kouvot, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 42.
The 36-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, seven rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Salon Vilpas (#10, 12-28) 91-83. Kouvot maintains the 6th position in Finnish Korisliiga. Kouvot 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 20-20 record. In the team's last game Greer had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Kouvot's top player in his first season with the team. LaMarr Greer averages this season 12.6ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Marcus Relphorde (198-F-88) of Salon Vilpas. Relphorde had a very good evening with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Salon Vilpas lost that game 83-91 to the higher-ranked Kouvot (#6, 20-20). Salon Vilpas is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-28 record. Relphorde is one of the most experienced players at Salon Vilpas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.9ppg (#1). He also registered 6.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international guard Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) of Lapua (#9). Haanpaa scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Haanpaa's great performance Lapua lost 74-95 to the higher-ranked Nilan Bisons (#1, 32-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Lapua not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 28 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Haanpaa could try to bring Lapua's a little bit higher in the standings. Haanpaa has individually a great season in Finland. After 40 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.5ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jason Conley (196-G-81) of LrNMKY - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ville Makalainen (194-F-85) of Nilan Bisons - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89) of Kouvot - 27 points and 5 rebounds
7. Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86) of Pyrinto - 19 points and 9 rebounds
8. Tremaine Ford (206-F/C-86) of Kauhajoki - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Giordan Watson (178-PG-85) of Kauhajoki - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jeb Ivey (190-G-80) of Nilan Bisons - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 9 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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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Gravelines 17-7 
 2. Strasbourg 17-8 
 3. Chalon 17-8 
 4. Le Mans 15-10 
 5. Roanne 14-10 
 6. ASVEL 14-11 
 7. Nanterre 13-12 
 8. Paris-Levallois 13-12 
 9. Dijon 12-12 
 10. Orleans 12-13 
 11. Le Havre 11-14 
 12. Cholet 11-14 
 13. Limoges 10-15 
 14. Nancy 8-17 
 15. Poitiers 7-17 
 16. Boulazac 7-18 

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 30: Roanne - Cholet 90-79
Mar. 30: Le Mans - Le Havre 86-73
Mar. 30: Gravelines - Orleans 85-56
Mar. 30: Nanterre - Paris-Levallois 77-66
Mar. 30: Nancy - Chalon 75-77
Mar. 30: Limoges - ASVEL 62-70
Mar. 30: Strasbourg - Boulazac 100-68
Apr. 1: Poitiers - Dijon


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.19.1 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines17.8 
 3. Jackson, AS.16.7 
 4. King, Le Havre16.5 
 5. Williams, Paris-.16.3 
 6. Sommerville, Nancy16.1 
 7. Ajinca, Strasbourg15.9 
 8. Fitch, Strasbourg15.9 
 9. Nivins, Poitiers15.5 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.9 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.7.8 
 4. Greer, Strasbourg7.7 
 5. Williams, Chalon7.6 
 6. Sommerville, Nancy7.0 
 7. McKenzie, Boulazac6.8 
 8. Dobbins, Poitiers6.8 
 9. Collins, Roanne6.7 
 10. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Le Havre
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. King, Le Havre7.3 
 2. Diabate, Nancy6.7 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.5.2 
 5. Schilb, Chalon5.1 
 6. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.1 
 7. Greer, Strasbourg5.1 
 8. Bokolo, Gravelines4.7 
 9. Campbell, Stras.4.6 
 10. Sangare, Roanne4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.0 
 2. Melody, Dijon1.8 
 3. Leloup, Dijon1.8 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.8 
 5. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.6 
 6. Schilb, Chalon1.6 
 7. Eldridge, Boulazac1.6 
 8. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
 9. Campbell, Stras.1.6 
 10. Jomby, Cholet1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.8 
 2. Akpomedah, Grave.1.5 
 3. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.5 
 4. Williams, Chalon1.2 
 5. Sy, AS.1.2 
 6. Fofana, Le Havre1.1 
 7. Badiane, Poitiers1.0 
 8. Issa, Le Mans0.8 
 9. Goree, Cholet0.8 
 10. Vaty, Gravelines0.8 


Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Orchy 20-4 
 2. Souffel 18-7 
 3. Vichy 18-8 
 4. Cognac 16-9 
 5. Blois 15-9 
 6. Monaco 14-10 
 7. Quimper 14-11 
 8. La Rochelle 14-11 
 9. Rueil 13-13 
 10. Sorgues 12-12 
 11. Angers BC 49 10-14 
 12. St Chamond 10-15 
 13. Chartres 9-15 
 14. Challans 9-16 
 15. Rennes 6-19 
 16. CFBB 0-25 

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 30: Sorgues - CFBB 96-64
Mar. 30: Orchy - St Chamond 92-78
Mar. 30: Challans - Rennes 88-78 OT
Mar. 30: Blois - Rueil 83-65
Mar. 30: Monaco - Cognac 81-75
Mar. 30: Angers BC 49 - Vichy 73-70
Mar. 30: Quimper - Souffel 61-85


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ryan ZAMROZ
  Sorgues
  (192-G/F-87)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Zamroz, Sorgues19.2 
 2. Kaunisto, Blois17.6 
 3. Raji, Quimper17.0 
 4. Hill, Angers BC 4916.8 
 5. Cole, La Rochelle16.8 
 6. Petrovic, Orchy16.5 
 7. Inglis, CFBB16.5 
 8. Herard, Challans16.4 
 9. Pene, Rennes16.4 
 10. Thinon, Sorgues15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.4 
 2. Raji, Quimper8.4 
 3. Cole, La Rochelle7.8 
 4. Tornato, Blois7.5 
 5. Inglis, CFBB7.4 
 6. Alingue, Souffel7.3 
 7. Sall, Rennes7.3 
 8. Calasan, Monaco7.2 
 9. Rinna, St Chamond7.0 
 10. Caskill, Cognac7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony CHRISTOPHE
  Monaco
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Christophe, Monaco7.1 
 2. Cherry, Quimper6.3 
 3. Rathieuville, Chal.5.5 
 4. Barbry, Orchy5.4 
 5. Brochard, Blois4.5 
 6. Fellah, Angers B.4.5 
 7. Thomas, Vichy4.5 
 8. Sahraoui, La Roche.4.0 
 9. Inglis, CFBB4.0 
 10. Boivin, Chartres3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Rida EL AMRANI
  Vichy
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. El Amrani, Vichy2.4 
 2. Bennett, Monaco1.9 
 3. Davis, Blois1.8 
 4. Rathieuville, Chal.1.7 
 5. Lonzieme, Angers B.1.7 
 6. Saounera, Rueil1.7 
 7. Pene, Rennes1.6 
 8. Lessort, Vichy1.6 
 9. Mouillard, Cognac1.6 
 10. Gueye, Sorgues1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Daviin DAVIS
  Blois
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Davis, Blois1.6 
 2. N''Diaye, Souffel1.5 
 3. Rinna, St Chamond1.3 
 4. Diame, Rueil1.3 
 5. Inglis, CFBB1.2 
 6. Alingue, Souffel1.2 
 7. Tornato, Blois1.2 
 8. Traore, Angers B.1.1 
 9. Kolb, Quimper0.8 
 10. Smock, CFBB0.8 


French ProB round 29 best performance: Darnell Wilson - by Eurobasket News

American forward Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side) had a great game in the last round for Le Portel, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, three rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass St Vallier (#16, 9-20) with 28-point margin 103-75. Le Portel maintains the 4th position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Le Portel will need more victories to improve their 19-10 record. Wilson turned to be Le Portel's top player in his first season with the team. Darnell Wilson averages this season 14.6ppg and 5.2rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American David Monds (205-C/F-83) of Bourg. Monds had a very good evening with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Bourg to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Nantes (#15, 10-19) 100-61. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Bourg keeps 9th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Monds is a newcomer at Bourg, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Tim Blue (205-F-84) of Antibes (#7). Blue scored 22 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Antibes, leading his team to a 65-55 win against the lower-ranked Charleville (#18, 5-24). Antibes needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 12 lost games. Blue has a great season in France. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 7.9rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sacha Giffa (202-C/F-77) of Fos Ouest - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Wendell McKines (198-F-88) of Rouen - 17 points and 10 rebounds
6. John Flowers (200-F-89) of Denain - 30 points and 7 rebounds
7. Tafari Toney (203-C/F-86) of Charleville - 19 points and 8 rebounds
8. Erroyl Bing (198-C/F-82) of Maurienne - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Sherman Gay (201-PF-82) of Le Portel - 24 points and 3 rebounds
10. Jonathan Rousselle (188-PG-90) of Boulogne - 22 points and 4 rebounds

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



NM1 Round 28: JA Vichy loses to Angers BC 49 - 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. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most important game in the last round took place in Angers between third ranked JA Vichy (18-8) and twelfth ranked Angers BC 49 (10-14) on Saturday night. JA Vichy was edged by Angers BC 49 in a tough game on the road 70-73. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-11. But JA Vichy won second period 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely JA Vichy outrebounded Angers BC 49 44-30 including a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of forward SyPir Traore (204-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. American forward Anthony Hill (204-88, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. point guard Rida El Amrani (180-86) replied with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for JA Vichy. JA Vichy's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Angers BC 49 moved-up to eleventh place. JA Vichy at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Angers BC 49 are looking forward to face higher ranked Rueil (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. JA Vichy will have a break next round.
Another exciting game for Monaco (14-10) which hosted higher ranked Cognac (16-9). Eighth ranked Monaco won 81-75. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Milutin Aleksic (203-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Mehdi Labeyrie-Hafsi who added 17 points and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side Serbian forward Dejan Sencanski (198-84, college: Abil.Christian) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Monaco moved-up to sixth place. Cognac at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Monaco will play against Saint Chamond (#12) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Cognac will play against Blois (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NM1 top team - Orchesien BC (20-4) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Saint Chamond (10-15) in Orchies 92-78. The winners were led by Russell Carter who scored that evening 20 points and 6 rebounds. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by Tyray Pearson did not help to save the game for Saint Chamond. Orchesien BC have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-4 record. Loser Saint Chamond dropped to the twelfth place with 15 games lost. Orchesien BC will meet league's second-placed Souffelweyersheim in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saint Chamond will play against Monaco (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked CFBB is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 25th consecutive match to tenth ranked Sorgues (12-12) 96-64. Arnaud Thinon fired 25 points (perfect from downtown making all six shots !!!) for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sorgues maintains tenth position with 12-12 record. CFBB at the other side still closes the standings. Sorgues' next round opponent will be higher ranked La Rochelle (#8) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. CFBB will play against Chartres (#13) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Union Rennes (#15) forced the game against Vendee Challans (#14) into an overtime, but lost by ten points 78-88 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Union Rennes. It was a very good performance for Fabien Herard who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 6 rebounds. Vendee Challans' coach Olivier Le Minor used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Vendee Challans maintains fourteenth position with 9-16 record. Newly promoted Union Rennes keeps the fifteenth place with 19 games lost. Vendee Challans will face higher ranked Quimper UJAP (#7) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

In the last two games of round 28 Rueil was beaten by Blois on the road 83-65. Quimper was destroyed by Souffel on its own court 61-85.


Blois - Rueil 83-65

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Blois (15-9) beat at home 9th ranked Rueil (13-13) 83-65 on Saturday. Blois have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 15-9 record. Loser Rueil keeps the ninth place with 13 games lost. Blois will face higher ranked Cognac (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rueil will play against Angers BC 49 (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 186307


Angers BC 49 - Vichy 73-70

The most important game in the last round took place in Angers between third ranked JA Vichy (18-8) and twelfth ranked Angers BC 49 (10-14) on Saturday night. JA Vichy was edged by Angers BC 49 in a tough game on the road 70-73. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-11. But JA Vichy won second period 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely JA Vichy outrebounded Angers BC 49 44-30 including a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of forward SyPir Traore (204-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. American forward Anthony Hill (204-88, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Angers BC 49 players scored in double figures. point guard Rida El Amrani (180-86) replied with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American power forward Justin Reynolds (204-88, college: Texas A&M-CC) added 8 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for JA Vichy. JA Vichy's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Angers BC 49 moved-up to eleventh place. JA Vichy at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Angers BC 49 are looking forward to face higher ranked Rueil (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. JA Vichy will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Vichy: R.El Amrani 14+5reb+5ast, G.Lessort 14+8reb, D.Tshomba 10+9reb, G.Pons 8+2reb+2ast, J.Reynolds 8+10reb+6ast, O.Da Silveira 6+7reb
Angers BC 49: S.Traore 15+12reb, T.Lonzieme 14+2reb+2ast, P.Drouault 13+2ast, A.Hill 13+7reb+2ast, L.Gunnarsson 7+1reb+2ast, E.De Casabianca 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 186305


Orchy - St Chamond 92-78

NM1 top team - Orchesien BC (20-4) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Saint Chamond (10-15) in Orchies 92-78. The game was mostly controlled by Orchesien BC. Saint Chamond managed to win fourth quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Orchesien BC made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Orchesien BC outrebounded Saint Chamond 43-30 including a 34-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by American guard Russell Carter (196-85, college: Notre Dame) who scored that evening 20 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian power forward Djordje Petrovic (204-84) supported him with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Five Orchesien BC players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) did not help to save the game for Saint Chamond. Naturalized DR Congolese guard Jean-Paul Landu-Bongo (187-85) added 16 points for lost side. Orchesien BC have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-4 record. Loser Saint Chamond dropped to the twelfth place with 15 games lost. Orchesien BC will meet league's second-placed Souffelweyersheim in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saint Chamond will play against Monaco (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
St Chamond: J.Landu-Bongo 16+2reb+2ast, T.Pearson 16+7reb, J.Rinna 11+6reb+1ast, B.Rey 9+2reb, E.Sadiku 8+4reb+3ast, R.Deal 6+3reb
Orchy: D.Petrovic 20+8reb+1ast, R.Carter 20+6reb+3ast, J.Verbeke 16+3reb+1ast, J.Bestron 14+5reb+1ast, O.Gouez 10+9reb+1ast, R.Malet 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 186302


Challans - Rennes 88-78 OT

Union Rennes (#15) forced the game against Vendee Challans (#14) into an overtime, but lost by ten points 78-88 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Union Rennes. The hosts trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 18-6 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 10-point victory in overtime. Vendee Challans dominated on the defensive end, holding Union Rennes to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They made 31-of-36 free shots (86.1 percent) during the game, while Union Rennes only scored fifteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded Union Rennes 48-35 including 33 on the defensive glass. Union Rennes was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for forward Fabien Herard (198-79) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 6 rebounds. point guard Samir Mekdad (188-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Vendee Challans' coach Olivier Le Minor used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Alex Okafor (202-87, college: Princeton) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds and Senegalese guard El Kabir Pene (190-84) added 21 points in the effort for Union Rennes. Vendee Challans maintains fourteenth position with 9-16 record. Newly promoted Union Rennes keeps the fifteenth place with 19 games lost. Vendee Challans will face higher ranked Quimper UJAP (#7) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Rennes: E.Kabir Pene 21+1reb+1ast, A.Okafor 19+8reb+1ast, S.Ben Driss 10+6reb+1ast, O.Lamothe 8+6reb, Y.Garel 7+2reb+2ast, K.Kittar 4+5reb
Challans: F.Herard 26+6reb+2ast, S.Mekdad 13+11reb+3ast, M.Diakite 9+8reb+1ast, J.Rathieuville 8+8reb+8ast, P.Cukinas 8+4reb+1ast, J.Geay 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 186306


Sorgues - CFBB 96-64

Bottom-ranked CFBB is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 25th consecutive match to tenth ranked Sorgues (12-12) 96-64. The game without a history. Sorgues led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sorgues forced 27 CFBB turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Sorgues especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Point guard Arnaud Thinon (178-87) fired 25 points (perfect from downtown making all six shots !!!) for the winners. American-Italian swingman Ryan Zamroz (192-87, college: Master's, agency: Players Group) chipped in 14 points and 6 assists. Four Sorgues players scored in double figures. Guard Charly Pontens (189-95) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and forward Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (198-96) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sorgues maintains tenth position with 12-12 record. CFBB at the other side still closes the standings. Sorgues' next round opponent will be higher ranked La Rochelle (#8) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. CFBB will play against Chartres (#13) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
CFBB: C.Pontens 16+6reb+3ast, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 14+8reb+1ast, L.Paoletti 8+2reb+2ast, S.Gombauld 5+3reb+1ast, P.Rigot 5+4reb+2ast, L.Laporal 4+4reb
Sorgues: A.Thinon 25+1reb+1ast, R.Zamroz 14+6ast, P.Clerence 14+2reb, X.Pasut 10+9reb, J.Doreau 9+4reb, C.Mansare 8+2reb+5ast
gschID: 186308


Quimper - Souffel 61-85

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Quimper UJAP (14-11) was smashed at home by third ranked Souffelweyersheim (18-7) 85-61 on Saturday. The game without a history. Souffelweyersheim led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Souffelweyersheim outrebounded Quimper UJAP 37-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. Quite impressive performance for naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Frederic Broliron (193-79) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Souffelweyersheim players scored in double figures. Spanish point guard Carlos Cherry (184-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Nigerian forward Corey Raji (198-88, college: Boston Coll., agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Quimper UJAP. Souffelweyersheim have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Quimper UJAP lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Souffelweyersheim will face league's leader Orchesien BC in Orchies in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Quimper UJAP will play at home against Vendee Challans (#14) and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Quimper: W.Molas 14+2reb, C.Raji 12+7reb+1ast, F.Thibedore 11+3reb+4ast, O.Kolb 9+1ast, C.Cherry 8+7reb+6ast, R.Gregoire 4+2reb
Souffel: F.Broliron 19+3reb+2ast, J.Tschamber 16+4reb+3ast, J.Alingue 15+9reb+2ast, A.N'Diaye 12+8reb, M.M'Bodji 11+2reb+4ast, J.Cazenobe 8+9reb+1ast
gschID: 186304


Monaco - Cognac 81-75

Another exciting game for Monaco (14-10) which hosted higher ranked Cognac (16-9). Eighth ranked Monaco won 81-75. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 27-18 run, which allowed them to win the game. Monaco players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Milutin Aleksic (203-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and naturalized Tunisian power forward Mehdi Labeyrie-Hafsi (203-78) who added 17 points and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side Serbian forward Dejan Sencanski (198-84, college: Abil.Christian) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and guard Cedric Bertorelle (198-78) scored 18 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Monaco moved-up to sixth place. Cognac at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Monaco will play against Saint Chamond (#12) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Cognac will play against Blois (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cognac: C.Bertorelle 18+1reb+2ast, M.Buval 14+6reb, D.Sencanski 14+6reb+2ast, S.Doucoure 10+7reb+2ast, J.Ludon 7+2reb+1ast, M.Toti 7+4reb+5ast
Monaco: M.Aleksic 20+11reb+5ast, M.Labeyrie-Hafsi 17+3reb+5ast, M.Diallo 15+1reb+3ast, D.McClintock 14+4reb+1ast, O.Bardet 9+3reb+2ast, A.Christophe 4+6reb+10ast
gschID: 186301



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  GEORGIA   

Highest League Standing

Superleague Standings
 1. MIA Academy 16-2 
 2. Olimpi 15-3 
 3. Armia 13-5 
 4. Rustavi 13-6 
 5. Dinamo Tbilisi 11-7 
 6. Kutaisi 10-8 
 7. Sokhumi 8-10 
 8. TSU Tbilisi 6-13 
 9. Batumi 5-13 
 10. Samedicino 2-16 
 11. STU Tbilisi 1-17 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 30: STU Tbilisi - Samedicino 90-86
Mar. 30: Olimpi - Rustavi 84-72
Mar. 30: Dinamo Tbilisi - Armia 74-69
Mar. 30: MIA Academy - Kutaisi 72-64
Mar. 30: TSU Tbilisi - Sokhumi 71-76

Regular Season: Round 21

Apr. 5: Batumi - Armia
Apr. 5: Kutaisi - TSU Tbilisi
Apr. 6: MIA Academy - Dinamo Tbilisi
Apr. 6: Olimpi - STU Tbilisi
Apr. 6: Sokhumi - Samedicino


Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Bowie, Rustavi21.7 
 2. Chlaidze, Sokhumi21.5 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.19.7 
 4. Archibeque, MIA A.19.6 
 5. Nelson, Rustavi17.3 
 6. Keshelava, Batumi17.1 
 7. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.16.8 
 8. Ramishvili, Batumi15.6 
 9. Fatsatsia, Olimpi15.5 
 10. Chikviladze, Dina.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kirk ARCHIBEQUE
  MIA A.
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Archibeque, MIA A.12.9 
 2. Milosevic, Olimpi12.9 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.12.6 
 4. Kadaria, Sokhumi11.8 
 5. Aselaini, TSU T.10.5 
 6. Nelson, Rustavi9.3 
 7. Keshelava, Batumi9.0 
 8. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.8.8 
 9. Revazashvili, Same.7.8 
 10. Prewitt, MIA A.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Armia
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Gamqrelidze, Armia7.1 
 2. Vaughn, MIA A.6.1 
 3. Sokk, Olimpi5.8 
 4. Pashayev, Kutaisi5.8 
 5. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.5.4 
 6. Bakradze, TSU T.5.4 
 7. Bowie, Rustavi5.3 
 8. Gaprindashvi., Sam.5.3 
 9. Tsekvava, Rustavi3.9 
 10. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Bowie, Rustavi3.5 
 2. Vaughn, MIA A.2.2 
 3. Chochua, Rustavi2.0 
 4. Ramishvili, Batumi1.9 
 5. Beruashvili, TSU T.1.8 
 6. Machaladze, STU T.1.7 
 7. Gamqrelidze, Armia1.6 
 8. Fatsatsia, Olimpi1.6 
 9. Barbakadze, Kutaisi1.5 
 10. Pashayev, Kutaisi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.2.3 
 2. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.6 
 3. Kjellbom, Armia1.3 
 4. Kadaria, Sokhumi1.3 
 5. Milosevic, Olimpi1.3 
 6. Archibeque, MIA A.1.1 
 7. Periashvili, Samed.1.1 
 8. Aselaini, TSU T.1.1 
 9. Eliashvili, Batumi1.1 
 10. Toudjani, Rustavi0.7 


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

27-year old center Sergo Atvashovili (223-C-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for Sokhumi and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 25 rebounds, while his team beat TSU Tbilisi (#8, 6-13) 76-71. Sokhumi maintains the 7th position in Georgian league. Sokhumi 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 8-10 record. Atvashovili just recently signed at Sokhumi, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Sergo Atvashovili averages this season 19.0ppg and 17.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Giorgi Pirvelashvili (201-F-88) of STU Tbilisi. He is a forward in his first season at STU Tbilisi. In the last game Pirvelashvili recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for STU Tbilisi to edge slightly higher-ranked Samedicino (#10, 2-16) by 4 points 90-86. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. STU Tbilisi is still at the dead bottom 11th position. 17 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory STU Tbilisi managed to get this year. Pirvelashvili is a newcomer at STU Tbilisi and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Zurab Maisuradze (195-F-91) of Samedicino (#10). Maisuradze got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. Despite Maisuradze's great performance Samedicino lost 86-90 to slightly lower-ranked STU Tbilisi (#11, 1-17). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Samedicino can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-16 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Maisuradze he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Maisuradze has a very solid season. In 18 games in Georgia he scored 10.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Levan Fatsatsia (198-F-88) of Olimpi - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Benjamin Raymond (198-G/F-87) of MIA Academy - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85) of Olimpi - 20 points and 15 rebounds
7. Kyle Nelson (203-F-89) of Rustavi - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Revaz Rogava (185-G-93) of MIA Academy - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Kirk Archibeque (205-C-84) of MIA Academy - 17 points and 9 rebounds
10. Flynn Clayman (206-F-88) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 17 points and 8 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)



Hawks center Zaza Pachulia injured, out around six months - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Hawks forward/center Zaza Pachulia (6'11''-C-84) has elected to have surgery to repair his sore right Achilles. Pachulia will have surgery Wednesday, April 3rd, in Charlotte at Mercy Hospital. Dr. Robert Anderson of OrthoCarolina will perform the surgery and Hawks Team Physician Dr. Michael Bernot of Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic will accompany Zaza. After thoroughly reviewing the possible options with Zaza, we all felt this was the best decision to insure Zazas complete recovery so that he can be at 100 percent going forward. Zaza is a professional with a strong work ethic. The Hawks will continue to be completely supportive as he tackles the return to play process, said President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Danny Ferry. The expected recovery time following surgery is approximately six months.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Superleague Round 20: Derby game ends with Sokhumi's defeat of TSU - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Superleague. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Sokhumi (#7) and TSU (#8). TSU was defeated at home 71-76 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Sokhumi outrebounded TSU 59-35 including a 39-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. 30 personal fouls committed by TSU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Sergo Atvashovili (223-85) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 25 rebounds. Center Vakhtang Kadaria (205-89, college: Mineral Area CC) contributed with 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. point guard Givi Bakradze (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) replied with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for TSU. TSU's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sokhumi have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 8-10 record. TSU lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 13 games lost. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Samedicino-Academia.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: Dinamo Tbilisi (#6) and Armia (#3). Dinamo Tbilisi (11-7) won against visiting Armia (13-5) 74-69. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Flynn Clayman (206-88, college: Cumberlands) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds and Milan Oluic who added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Dinamo Tbilisi moved-up to fifth place. Defending champion Armia keeps the third position with five games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena MIA.
An interesting game for Olimpi (15-3) which hosted in Tbilisi 4th ranked Energy Invest (13-6). Second ranked Olimpi managed to get a 12-point victory 84-72. The winners were led by Stevan Milosevic who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds. Even a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds by Kyle Nelson did not help to save the game for Energy Invest. Olimpi maintains second position with 15-3 record behind leader MIA Academy. Energy Invest at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Olimpi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi STU.
STU's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after 17 consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Samedicino-Academia (2-16) 90-86. The best player for the winners was Giorgi Pirvelashvili who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. STU's coach Zurab Tomaradze used entire bench in such tough game. STU maintains eleventh position with 1-17 record. Samedicino-Academia at the other side keeps the tenth place with 16 games lost. STU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Olimpi.
Superleague top team - MIA (16-2) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked Kutaisi (10-8) in Tbilisi 72-64. Benjamin Raymond orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. MIA's coach Giorgos Ketselidis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. MIA have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-2 record. Loser Kutaisi dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost. MIA's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Dinamo Tbilisi.

The most impressive performance of 20th round was 31 points and 5 steals by Zurab Maisuradze of Samedicino.


Olimpi - Rustavi 84-72

An interesting game for Olimpi (15-3) which hosted in Tbilisi 4th ranked Energy Invest (13-6). Second ranked Olimpi managed to get a 12-point victory 84-72. Olimpi outrebounded Energy Invest 47-36 including 16 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The winners were led by Montenegrin center Stevan Milosevic (211-85, agency: Interperformances) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds and forward Levan Fatsatsia (198-88) supported him with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Four Olimpi players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Kyle Nelson (203-89, college: Augustana, IL, agency: N.E.T.) did not help to save the game for Energy Invest. His fellow American import guard Nate Bowie (183-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the guests. Olimpi maintains second position with 15-3 record behind leader MIA Academy. Energy Invest at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Olimpi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi STU.
Top scorers:
Olimpi: S.Milosevic 20+15reb+1ast, L.Fatsatsia 16+5reb+10ast, M.Andriukaitis 13+4reb+3ast, A.Dvalishvili 10+9reb+1ast, S.Sokk 9+2reb+4ast, M.Berishvili 6+8reb+3ast
Rustavi: K.Nelson 19+10reb+2ast, N.Bowie 16+5reb+6ast, R.Chachanidze 11+2ast, L.Tsekvava 8+5reb+5ast, T.Toudjani 7+6reb+1ast, R.Atanelishvili 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 231603


TSU Tbilisi - Sokhumi 71-76

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Sokhumi (#7) and TSU (#8). TSU was defeated at home 71-76 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Sokhumi outrebounded TSU 59-35 including a 39-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. 30 personal fouls committed by TSU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Sergo Atvashovili (223-85) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 25 rebounds. Center Vakhtang Kadaria (205-89, college: Mineral Area CC) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. point guard Givi Bakradze (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) replied with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Vasili Beruashvili (198-90) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for TSU. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. TSU's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sokhumi have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 8-10 record. TSU lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 13 games lost. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Samedicino-Academia.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: S.Atvashovili 18+25reb+1ast, V.Kadaria 17+13reb+1ast, R.Baakashvili 12+2reb+1ast, B.Stojakovic 10+5reb+8ast, G.Shvangiradze 9+4reb+2ast, G.Kopaliani 6+4reb
TSU Tbilisi: D.Khizanishvili 16+5reb+1ast, V.Chkareuli 16+2reb+3ast, V.Beruashvili 15+9reb, G.Bakradze 15+5reb+5ast, G.Khaniashvili 5+6reb+4ast, I.Kobidze 2+5reb
gschID: 231602


Dinamo Tbilisi - Armia 74-69

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: Dinamo Tbilisi (#6) and Armia (#3). Dinamo Tbilisi (11-7) won against visiting Armia (13-5) 74-69. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Flynn Clayman (206-88, college: Cumberlands) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian center Milan Oluic (210-84) who added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Five Dinamo Tbilisi players scored in double figures. Center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and the former international Zviad Babiashvili (200-78) scored 12 points. Dinamo Tbilisi moved-up to fifth place. Defending champion Armia keeps the third position with five games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena MIA.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: F.Clayman 17+8reb+1ast, K.Carter 14+4reb+1ast, M.Oluic 12+5reb+4ast, L.Karim 11+2reb+7ast, B.Chikviladze 10+4reb+1ast, I.Keidia 6+3reb+1ast
Armia: G.Sharabidze 20+6reb+1ast, Z.Babiashvili 12+3reb, B.Tsivtsivadze 10+2reb+1ast, I.Sakvarelidze 6+2reb+4ast, A.Boisa 5+5reb, G.Gamqrelidze 5+4reb+6ast
gschID: 231605


MIA Academy - Kutaisi 72-64

Superleague top team - MIA (16-2) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked Kutaisi (10-8) in Tbilisi 72-64. MIA dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Kutaisi's 22. MIA had a 29-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. American swingman Benjamin Raymond (198-87, college: Xavier, agency: KMG Sports Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. International guard Revaz Rogava (185-93) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. MIA's coach Giorgos Ketselidis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized Azerbaijani forward Davit Barbakadze (203-82) replied with 16 points and 5 rebounds and Azerbaijani guard Zaur Pashayev (188-83) added 11 points and 4 assists in the effort for Kutaisi. Four Kutaisi players scored in double figures. MIA have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-2 record. Loser Kutaisi dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost. MIA's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Dinamo Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
MIA Academy: B.Raymond 18+10reb+3ast, K.Archibeque 17+9reb, R.Rogava 17+6reb+3ast, I.Londaridze 9+3reb+1ast, C.Prewitt 7+4reb+2ast, D.Vaughn 4+1reb+2ast
Kutaisi: D.Barbakadze 16+5reb, G.Barbakadze 14+1reb+3ast, Z.Pashayev 11+4reb+4ast, B.Kvimsadze 10+4ast, R.Didia 7+6reb+3ast, T.Babunashvili 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 231604


STU Tbilisi - Samedicino 90-86

STU's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after 17 consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Samedicino-Academia (2-16) 90-86. STU shot 26 for 40 from the free-throw line, while Samedicino-Academia only scored nine points from the stripe. They outrebounded Samedicino-Academia 50-33 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Samedicino-Academia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Giorgi Pirvelashvili (201-88) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Giorgi Kvetenadze (201-90) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. STU's coach Zurab Tomaradze used entire bench in such tough game. Forward Zurab Maisuradze (195-91) produced 31 points and 5 steals and guard Giorgi Gaprindashvili (190-88, college: Midland CC) added 17 points and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Four Samedicino-Academia players scored in double figures. STU maintains eleventh position with 1-17 record. Samedicino-Academia at the other side keeps the tenth place with 16 games lost. STU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Olimpi.
Top scorers:
STU Tbilisi: G.Pirvelashvili 21+12reb+5ast, G.Kvetenadze 16+6reb+1ast, V.Janashia 13+6reb+1ast, L.Minashvili 9+3reb+3ast, V.Tevzadze 8+1reb+2ast, Z.Machaladze 7+9reb
Samedicino: Z.Maisuradze 31+3reb+2ast, L.Revazashvili 18+7reb, G.Gaprindashvili 17+4reb+7ast, B.Tchitchveishvili 10+3reb+1ast, I.Gabisonia 4+3reb+4ast, R.Tukvadze 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 231606



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  GERMANY   

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Brose Bask. 21-5 
 2. EWE Baskets 18-8 
 3. B.Muenchen 18-11 
 4. Ratiopharm 17-9 
 5. ALBA 16-10 
 6. Art.Dragons 16-12 
 7. Phoenix Hagen 15-13 
 8. s.Oliver Baskets 15-14 
 9. Telekom Baskets 14-13 
 10. Walter Tigers 14-15 
 11. TBB Trier 13-14 
 12. MBC 12-16 
 13. Fraport SKY 12-17 
 14. Bremerhaven 11-16 
 15. NY Phantoms 11-17 
 16. Bayreuth 11-17 
 17. Neckar L'burg 10-18 
 18. LTi 46ers 4-23 

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 30: Walter Tigers - Bayreuth 86-82
Mar. 30: NY Phantoms - Phoenix Hagen 83-102
Mar. 30: MBC - Telekom Baskets 71-77
Mar. 30: Art.Dragons - B.Muenchen 70-66
Mar. 30: s.Oliver Baskets - Fraport SKY 57-60
Mar. 31: Ratiopharm - ALBA
Mar. 31: EWE Baskets - Neckar L'burg
Mar. 31: Bremerhaven - TBB Trier
Mar. 31: Brose Bask. - LTi 46ers

Round 26

Mar. 28: EWE Baskets - TBB Trier 81-77
Mar. 24: NY Phantoms - s.Oliver Baskets 60-64


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. White, Phoenix17.4 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.8 
 3. Brooks, LTi 46ers15.9 
 4. Burrell, Bremerha.15.9 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.0 
 6. Peacock, Fraport14.8 
 7. Gavel, Brose Bask.14.5 
 8. Turek, Neckar L.14.4 
 9. Rice, B.Muenchen14.3 
 10. Thompson, ALBA14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.3 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.3 
 3. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.2 
 4. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.0 
 5. Robertson, Fraport6.8 
 6. Gordon, Phoenix6.6 
 7. King, Art.Dragons6.4 
 8. McGhee, Bayreuth6.4 
 9. Burtschi, Bremerha.6.4 
 10. Linhart, TBB Trier6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.8 
 2. Rice, B.Muenchen4.7 
 3. Hamilton, Bayreuth4.4 
 4. White, Phoenix4.3 
 5. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.2 
 6. Redding, Walter T.4.0 
 7. Burrell, Bremerha.4.0 
 8. Timberlake, MBC3.7 
 9. Zazai, LTi 46ers3.5 
 10. Taylor, Neckar L.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Robertson, Fraport2.0 
 2. White, Phoenix1.9 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.1.8 
 4. Hamilton, Bayreuth1.6 
 5. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.6 
 6. Bernard, Neckar L.1.6 
 7. Linhart, TBB Trier1.5 
 8. Duggins, Walter T.1.4 
 9. Wood, ALBA1.4 
 10. Burtschi, Bremerh.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gregory, Phoenix1.9 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.5 
 3. Pantelic, MBC1.5 
 4. Ford, Brose Bask.1.4 
 5. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.2 
 6. Morrison, Bremerha.1.1 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.0 
 8. Turek, Neckar L.1.0 
 9. Frease, Walter T.0.9 
 10. McGhee, Bayreuth0.8 


Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Vechta 23-7 
 2. Goettingen 22-8 
 3. Duesseldorf 20-10 
 4. Karlsruhe 18-12 
 5. Cuxhaven 17-13 
 6. NBC 16-14 
 7. Jena 15-15 
 8. Ehingen 15-15 
 9. Heidelberg 14-16 
 10. Chemnitz 14-16 
 11. Crailsheim 13-17 
 12. ETB Wohnbau 12-18 
 13. Finke Baskets 12-18 
 14. Gotha 11-19 
 15. Kirchheim 10-20 
 16. Leipzig 8-22 

Regular Season: Round 30

Mar. 30: Goettingen - Kirchheim 99-92
Mar. 30: NBC - Finke Baskets 96-83
Mar. 30: Leipzig - Crailsheim 96-102
Mar. 30: Heidelberg - Jena 91-86
Mar. 30: Gotha - Chemnitz 90-75
Mar. 30: Karlsruhe - Cuxhaven 88-85
Mar. 30: Ehingen - Vechta 78-87
Mar. 30: Duesseldorf - ETB Wohnbau 65-61


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Logan STUTZ
  ETB Wohnbau
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau20.1 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven20.0 
 3. Sollazzo, Leipzig19.0 
 4. Nixon, NBC18.4 
 5. Griffin, Gotha18.2 
 6. Calvin, Ehingen17.1 
 7. White, Heidelberg16.8 
 8. Williams, Vechta16.7 
 9. Roessler, Karlsruhe15.9 
 10. Barker, Jena15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Gadley, Leipzig10.5 
 2. Lawson, Chemnitz10.3 
 3. Smith, NBC9.2 
 4. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.1 
 5. Black, Karlsruhe8.1 
 6. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.9 
 7. Baker, Gotha7.9 
 8. Johnson, Crailsheim7.9 
 9. Calvin, Ehingen7.6 
 10. Henley, ETB W.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, Vechta7.3 
 2. Smith, NBC7.0 
 3. Coleman, Crailsheim6.1 
 4. Aud, Finke Baskets5.5 
 5. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.1 
 6. Kelly, Cuxhaven4.9 
 7. Matthews, Ehingen4.5 
 8. Sollazzo, Leipzig4.5 
 9. Jeka, Jena4.5 
 10. Barker, Jena4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Williams, Vechta2.7 
 2. Hardy, Heidelberg2.4 
 3. White, Heidelberg2.2 
 4. Matthews, Ehingen2.0 
 5. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.8 
 6. Johnson, Duesseld.1.7 
 7. Pratt, Cuxhaven1.7 
 8. Bynum, Chemnitz1.5 
 9. Lawson, Chemnitz1.4 
 10. Brooks, Kirchheim1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gadley, Leipzig2.3 
 2. White, Heidelberg2.0 
 3. Crowder, Heide.1.4 
 4. Lawson, Chemnitz1.3 
 5. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.3 
 6. Thompson, NBC1.2 
 7. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.1 
 8. Tyrna, Leipzig1.1 
 9. Harris, Cuxhaven1.0 
 10. Henley, ETB W.0.9 


ProA Round 30: BG Karlsruhe defeats Cuxhaven BasCats in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ProA just ended.

The most exciting game of round 30 in the ProA took place in Karlsruhe. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Cuxhaven BasCats (17-13) to fifth ranked BG Karlsruhe (18-12) 88-85 in the game for the fourth place. It was a great shooting night for BG Karlsruhe especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. point guard Michael Stockton (185-89, college: Westminster, UT) scored 31 points and 6 assists (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Jaivon Harris (197-82, college: Ohio) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Monyea Pratt (195-85, college: Stillman) with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. BG Karlsruhe moved-up to fourth place. Cuxhaven BasCats at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 13 games lost.
ProA top team - SC Rasta Vechta (23-7) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (15-15) in Allmendingen 87-78. American point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists and 6 steals to lead the effort and Jacob Doerksen supported him with 16 points. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds by American forward Andre Calvin (201-85, college: Drake) did not help to save the game for Ehingen/Urspringschule. SC Rasta Vechta have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta maintains first position with 23-7 record. Ehingen/Urspringschule lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Jena.
An interesting game took place in Gotha where higher ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (14-16) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (11-19) 90-75 on Saturday. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was Chase Griffin who scored 30 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Alex Jones who recorded 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Oettinger Rockets Gotha maintains fourteenth position with 11-19 record. BV Chemnitz 99 lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Heidelberg.
An interesting game took place in Heidelberg where higher ranked Science City Jena (15-15) was upset on the court of tenth ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (14-16) 91-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Science City Jena. It was a good game for Clint Sargent who led his team to a victory with 19 points. MLP Academics Heidelberg moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Chemnitz. Science City Jena at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 15 games lost.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 30: Finke Baskets lost to NBC on the opponent's court 83-96. Goettingen managed to outperform Kirchheim in a home game 99-92. ETB Wohnbau recorded a loss to Duesseldorf on the road 65-61. Bottom-ranked Leipzig was defeated by Crailsheim on its own court 96-102.


Gotha - Chemnitz 90-75

An interesting game took place in Gotha where higher ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (14-16) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (11-19) 90-75 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Oettinger Rockets Gotha. BV Chemnitz 99 managed to win fourth quarter 27-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BV Chemnitz 99 36-25 including 23 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Oettinger Rockets Gotha especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) who scored 30 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Torvoris Baker (203-83, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was forward Alex Jones (206-87, college: Seattle) who recorded 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Oettinger Rockets Gotha maintains fourteenth position with 11-19 record. BV Chemnitz 99 lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Heidelberg.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: A.Jones 23+8reb+1ast, A.Rosenthal 11+1ast, T.Ishizaki 10+4ast, J.Schmidt 6+1reb+1ast, R.Cardenas 6+3reb+1ast, D.Lawson 6+8reb+2ast
Gotha: C.Griffin 30+6reb+3ast, T.Baker 17+10reb, J.Schaffrath 11+6reb+1ast, J.Lipke 7+1ast, A.Kuppe 6+1reb+1ast, D.Watson 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 184584


NBC - Finke Baskets 96-83

Very expected game in Nurnberg where 13th ranked Finke Baskets (12-18) were defeated by eighth ranked NBC (16-14) 96-83. The game was mostly controlled by NBC. Finke Baskets was better in third quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Finke Baskets 40-22 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. NBC players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Finke Baskets' players. It was a good game for American point guard Zamal Nixon (186-89, college: Houston) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 8 assists. Swingman Cornelius Adler (195-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four NBC players scored in double figures. NBC's coach Martin Ides used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Jason Jamerson (190-86, college: Grand Valley St.) replied with 33 points (!!!) and 4 steals and his fellow American import forward Ryan Aquino (203-89, college: Georgia Coll.) added 12 points in the effort for Finke Baskets. NBC have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Finke Baskets at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Finke Baskets: J.Jamerson 33+3reb+1ast, R.Aquino 12+4reb+1ast, G.Aud 12, B.Rush 9+3reb+3ast, V.Kittmann 7+4reb, M.Fleischmann 6+6reb+1ast
NBC: Z.Nixon 25+2reb+8ast, C.Adler 17+11reb+3ast, R.Thompson 14+7reb+5ast, D.McDaniel 11+4reb, N.Khartchenkov 8+2reb+1ast, S.Schroeder 8+2reb
gschID: 184583


Goettingen - Kirchheim 99-92

Very predictable result when second ranked BG Goettingen (22-8) defeated at home 15th ranked Kirchheim Knights (10-20) 99-92. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. BG Goettingen made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for center Michael Wenzl (209-91) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Anthony Hitchens (175, college: JMU, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) contributed with 15 points and 6 assists for the winners. American forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 20 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) added 15 points and 6 assists in the effort for Kirchheim Knights. Five BG Goettingen and four Kirchheim Knights players scored in double figures. BG Goettingen have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-8 record behind leader Vechta. Kirchheim Knights lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Kirchheim: M.Smallwood 21+20reb+2ast, J.Stommes 17+3reb+1ast, R.Tomasevic 17+1reb+1ast, C.Alexander 15+4reb+6ast, J.Maier 8+2reb, T.Burnette 7+3ast
Goettingen: M.Wenzl 22+5reb, R.Harris 16+2reb+3ast, A.Hitchens 15+4reb+6ast, P.Guede 12+4reb+2ast, S.Phillips 11+4reb+2ast, B.Davis 10+3reb+3ast
gschID: 184581


Heidelberg - Jena 91-86

An interesting game took place in Heidelberg where higher ranked Science City Jena (15-15) was upset on the court of tenth ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (14-16) 91-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Science City Jena. It looked good early as Science City Jena took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then MLP Academics Heidelberg had a 27-21 second period charge getting the lead and Science City Jena was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 86-91. MLP Academics Heidelberg brought some defensive toughness making 14 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Science City Jena helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Clint Sargent (193, college: S.Dakota St.) who led his team to a victory with 19 points. Center Kristian Kuhn (208-87, college: N.Arizona) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) replied with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists and British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83) added 11 points and 5 assists in the effort for Science City Jena. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. MLP Academics Heidelberg moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Chemnitz. Science City Jena at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Jena: K.Barker 17+9reb+9ast, G.Sim 14+2reb+1ast, K.Wysocki 14+3reb, L.Jeka 11+2reb+5ast, C.Roquette 10+3reb, S.Watts 9+2reb
Heidelberg: C.Sargent 19+2reb+3ast, K.Kuhn 16+7reb+1ast, K.Barth 15+2reb+2ast, D.White 13+7reb+1ast, A.Hardy 12+4reb+5ast, J.Heindel 10+3reb+3ast
gschID: 184580


Duesseldorf - ETB Wohnbau 65-61

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked ETB Wohnbau (12-18) was defeated on the road by third ranked Duesseldorf Baskets (20-10) 65-61. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 17-8. But ETB Wohnbau won third quarter 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) who led his team to a victory with 15 points. Naturalized American forward Adam Waleskowski (204-82, college: Florida St., agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Duesseldorf Baskets' coach Murat Didin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American swingman Terren Harbut (198-83, college: Ohio) replied with 16 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Aaron Cook (186-83, college: Hartford, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 12 points and 8 assists in the effort for ETB Wohnbau. Duesseldorf Baskets maintains third position with 20-10 record having just three points less than leader Vechta. ETB Wohnbau at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: T.Harbut 16+7reb+1ast, A.Cook 12+2reb+8ast, C.Bartels 8, J.Henley 6+4reb+1ast, R.Christen 6+2reb, M.Massing 5+2reb
Duesseldorf: A.Waleskowski 16+3reb, G.Johnson 15+4reb+3ast, M.Liyanage 8+5reb, K.Chones 7+2reb, P.Flomo 5+2reb, C.Gadley 4+9reb+1ast
gschID: 184579


Ehingen - Vechta 78-87

ProA top team - SC Rasta Vechta (23-7) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (15-15) in Allmendingen 87-78. SC Rasta Vechta made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Ehingen/Urspringschule turnovers. American point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists and 6 steals to lead the effort and Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87) supported him with 16 points. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds by American forward Andre Calvin (201-85, college: Drake) did not help to save the game for Ehingen/Urspringschule. His fellow American import point guard Virgil Matthews (188-83, college: Montana) added 12 points and 9 assists. Four SC Rasta Vechta and five Ehingen/Urspringschule players scored in double figures. SC Rasta Vechta have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta maintains first position with 23-7 record. Ehingen/Urspringschule lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Jena.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: A.Calvin 19+11reb+3ast, M.Mueller 14+4reb+1ast, G.Williamson 14+4reb+3ast, T.Rohde 13+3reb+2ast, V.Matthews 12+2reb+9ast, S.Marlon Theis 3
Vechta: R.Williams 16+8reb+10ast, J.Doerksen 16+4reb, C.Hassan 12, A.Rudowitz 12+2reb+1ast, D.Madrich 11+8reb+1ast, F.Stuckemann 8+5reb+2ast
gschID: 184578


Leipzig - Crailsheim 96-102

Everything went according to plan when eleventh ranked Crailsheim Merlins (13-17) beat on the road bottom-ranked USC Leipzig (8-22) 102-96. It was a good game for American power forward Stevie Johnson (198-78, college: Iowa St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). The other American import forward Josten Crow (193-87, college: Sam Houston St.) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Crow is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Crailsheim Merlins' coach Willie Young used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Walter Simon (202-89, college: Cumberland) replied with 22 points and 9 rebounds and Czech power forward Jaroslav Tyrna (207-86, college: New Orleans) added 19 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for USC Leipzig. Four USC Leipzig players scored in double figures. Crailsheim Merlins maintains eleventh position with 13-17 record. Newly promoted USC Leipzig stay at the bottom place with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
Leipzig: W.Simon 22+9reb+2ast, A.Sollazzo 19+2reb+3ast, J.Tyrna 19+10reb, N.Freer 11+1reb+3ast, M.Heinrich 9+4reb, K.Schaffartzik 8+5ast
Crailsheim: S.Johnson 27+12reb+4ast, J.Crow 20+3reb, P.Friedel 19+2reb, D.Coleman 8+1reb+6ast, K.Karamatskos 7+3reb+1ast, J.Moore 6+9reb+5ast
gschID: 184577


Karlsruhe - Cuxhaven 88-85

The most exciting game of round 30 in the ProA took place in Karlsruhe. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Cuxhaven BasCats (17-13) to fifth ranked BG Karlsruhe (18-12) 88-85 in the game for the fourth place. It was a great shooting night for BG Karlsruhe especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. point guard Michael Stockton (185-89, college: Westminster, UT) scored 31 points and 6 assists (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Jaivon Harris (197-82, college: Ohio) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four BG Karlsruhe players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Monyea Pratt (195-85, college: Stillman) with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and forward Scott Thomas (200-89, college: Bowling Green) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds. BG Karlsruhe moved-up to fourth place. Cuxhaven BasCats at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Cuxhaven: S.Thomas 29+10reb+2ast, M.Pratt 25+10reb+6ast, J.Dunbar 14+5reb+4ast, A.Hasenkamm 6+2reb+2ast, O.Mackeldanz 3+4reb, E.Harris 3+3reb
Karlsruhe: M.Stockton 31+3reb+6ast, J.Harris 18+6reb+2ast, R.Roessler 15+4reb+3ast, S.Hauer 13+2reb+3ast, E.Vierneisel 6+2reb+1ast, J.Black 5+11reb
gschID: 184582



German ProA round 30 best performance: Stevie Johnson - by Eurobasket News

American power forward Stevie Johnson (198-F/C-78) had a very impressive game in the last round for Crailsheim, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 34-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Leipzig (#16, 8-22) 102-96. 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 13-17 record. Johnson turned to be Crailsheim's top player in his first season with the team. Former Iowa State University star has very solid stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 7.9rpg) and averages impressive 71.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Monyea Pratt (195-F-85) of Cuxhaven. Pratt had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Cuxhaven was edged by slightly higher-ranked Karlsruhe (#4, 18-12) 88-85. This loss caused Cuxhaven to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Pratt is a newcomer at Cuxhaven, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82, agency: Court Side) of Kirchheim (#15). Smallwood scored 21 points and grabbed twenty rebounds (!!!). Despite Smallwood's great performance Kirchheim lost 92-99 to the higher-ranked Goettingen (#2, 22-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Kirchheim not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 20 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Smallwood could try to bring Kirchheim's a little bit higher in the standings. Smallwood has individually a great season in Germany. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.9rpg (6th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 57.4%. Smallwood attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zamal Nixon (186-PG-89) of NBC - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Michael Stockton (185-PG-89) of Karlsruhe - 31 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Chase Griffin (188-G-83) of Gotha - 30 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Richard Williams (178-PG-87) of Vechta - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists
8. Scott Thomas (200-F-89) of Cuxhaven - 29 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jason Jamerson (190-G-86) of Finke Baskets - 33 points and 3 rebounds
10. Jaroslav Tyrna (207-F/C-86) of Leipzig - 19 points and 10 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)



Jack Eggleston (Bayer Giants Leverkusen) I Cant Even Imagine Where We Would Be Without Josh Parker - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jack Eggleston (203-PF-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) is a 24 year old 203cm power forward from Noblesville, Indiana that is playing his second year as a professional for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen in the German Pro B. He played at Pennsylvania (NCAA) from 2007-2011. He played a total of 125 NCAA games. In his senior year he played 28 games: 13.2ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 45.1%, FT: 73.5%. Last season for Leverkusen he played 23 games: 14.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 71.2%. He spoke to eurobasket after beating Oldenburg in the playoffs.

Congrats on getting past Oldenburg in the first round of the playoffs? The three games had a total of 551 total points. How much energy did this series cost the team?

We've played all of our games this year at a pretty fast pace so I don't think that the series took any more energy than usual out of us. We have plenty of time to get rested and ready for our first game Sunday.

The Bayer Giants Leverkusen won game three 95-90. The Giants had a nice lead at halftime, but Oldenburg stormed back in the third quarter to get back into the game. What was key at the end for Leverkusen winning the game?

I thought we did a great job of finding their shooters down the stretch and making sure they didn't get any easy looks. Also we made sure to secure defensive boards and limit them to one shot.

How impressive was the 47 point effort by Michael Taylor in game two? It isnt often that one sees a player score more points than Josh Parker. What was your impression of the American?


Taylor is a tremendous player. Watching the film of that game where he had 47, I was amazed at how tough some of the shots he hit were. We had hands in his face and he was still hitting everything. Fortunately, he didn't shoot the ball as well in Game 3.


Josh Parker scored a total 108 points in the three games series. Basketball is a team sport, but not to take anything away from the team, but where would the Giants be without Josh Parker?

Man, I can't even imagine where we'd be without him. He leads the Pro B in minutes at over 38 a game so I don't have to worry about not having him out there too often.

How much fun has it been playing with Parker? You guys are a nice two punch combo. He was top scorer in the three games and you were top rebounder.

It has been such a blast playing with Josh this year. I feel like he and I have developed a great chemistry with each other over the season that has allowed us to be successful as a team. He draws so much attention from the defense that it has allowed me to get some great looks offensively.


How important has German Mark Rass been for the team this season? He was steady in the three game series scoring in double figures in each game. Is he a sort of the Giants unsung hero at times?

Compared to last year, Marc has improved by leaps and bounds. I'm really proud of the way that he has become more consistent and increased his understanding of the game. Having him as a legitimate scorer this year has been a huge help for us.


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

I'd say that my ability to adjust to however I'm being played is something that might not be noticed right away. Especially with a guy like Josh who has a great feel for the game, we can make changes on the fly that make us tough to guard.


What has been the most amazing thing that you have seen josh Parker do this season on the court?

Man, you can't make me pick just one. I'd say the 48 point explosion at Dresden was pretty incredible, but for me this last game where he carried us in the fourth quarter after getting cut under his eye and had blood dripping down his face was one of the most impressive performances I've ever seen live.


How exciting are these playoffs playing teams in the playoffs that you have never played before? How difficult is the scouting process?

It's always interesting and a bit of a challenge to play against teams you've never played before. But we have film from every game teams have played so Josh and I just try to watch the tape to see how we think teams will play us and figure out what we need to do to be successful.

The next opponent are the bsw Sixers. What kind of series can we await?

Once you get to this point in the playoffs, you have the expectation that every series will be hard fought. I expect nothing less from the Sixers.

Who are your NCAA Final 4 picks?

I didn't fill out a bracket this year, but my mom would kill me if I said anybody other than Indiana. I'm rolling with them to win it all.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I just watched A Prophet. Great movie.

Thanks Jack for the chat.




Augie Johnston (SC Rist Wedel) I Am Excited To Play Against My Friend And Ex-Wedeler Kay Guasa. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

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


Congrats again on sweeping the Fraport Skyliners juniors. What was the most important quality that SC Rist Wedel composed in the two game series?
I think it was our execution and discipline on offense and our commitment to following our defensive rules. On the offensive end we shot a good percentage and had really balanced scoring especially in the second game when Davey Hopkins had 19 points, I had 18, and Marvin Boadu had 16.
There were five games this season for SC Rist Wedel that were decided by four or less points and you lost only one of those games. Where would you rate the dramatic of the win in Frankfurt with the other nail bitters?
Actually it was one of the less exciting ones. We had the lead the entire game against Frankfurt and in the end we were up by about 5 points with a minute or so left. They started fouling to send us to the free throw line and we missed one or two and they hit some threes so we only ended up winning by one point. In other close games we have had we have trailed the entire game and turned up the pressure in the 4th quarter and stolen a few games that way and those ones were much more exciting in my opinion.
How happy are you too have a guy like Tobias Lange on the team? He seems to be the guy that comes to work and does his job and goes home again, but is a very important role player.
We are very lucky to have Tobi. He is relentless worker in practice, never talks back to the coach, and steps up in big games. He has improved each month this season and I see him being a full time starter on some team in the Pro B very soon. It seems like whenever one of our starting bigs gets in foul trouble and Tobi plays big minutes he does well. I look forward to following him and his career.
The next opponent are the Weissenhorn Youngers. From one Beko BBL farm team to the next. How excited are you playing against the farm team of top beko BBL team ratiopharm Ulm?
I'm excited, but not so much because they are a farm team and more so because I get to play against my friend and ex-Wedeler Kay Guasa.
How happy that in game one, Weissenhorn have to make the 700 kilometer trip to Rist. That is like driving from Atascadero to San Francisco and back? What is always most important on long road trips and playing that day?
Oh man, I now understand how important home court advantage is. The first game is the most important one. On long road trips it's always important to eat healthy food and drink a lot of water. Also, if you have a sleeper bus make sure you face the right way. I learned that the hard way and got sick before the game to BSW Sixers. I threw up 5 minutes before the game started from car sickness.
How excited are you about playing against young German Til Joscha Joenke. He has been compared to Per Guenther.
I played against him last season when he played for Leverkusen, but he is a totally different player now it seems. He dominated the ProB South this season so I am excited to see how much he has improved and I'm excited to see if I can shut him down.
How have you enjoyed the German Easter in Germany. How is it different than in the States?
Well, in the states we eat ham on Easter and I think that's different but other than that it's the same.
How surprised were you that Indiana bowed out and can Wichita State make the Final 4?
I was shocked, it really messed up my bracket.
What is the last DVD movie that you saw?
Old School!

Thanks Augie for the chat.



Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga North Awards 2012-2013 - by Moritz Korff

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Everage Richardson
Richardson
Karl Finley
Finley
Benny Anthony
Anthony
Yannick Anzuluni
Anzuluni
Jens Hakanowitz
Hakanowitz
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The awards were voted on by coaches and team officials of the RLN teams.

Player of the Year: Everage Richardson (191-G-85) - Bodfeld Baskets
Domestic Player of the Year: Steffen Kiese (189-G-87) - Stade
Bosman Player of the Year: Jens Hakanowitz (204-C-80) - Rostock
Defensive Player of the Year: Yannick Anzuluni (206-F-87) - Magdeburg
Most Improved Player of the Year: Marvin Steinberg (200-F/C-87) - Stade
Newcomer of the Year: Adrian Breitlauch (193-SF-93) - Itzehoe
Coach of the Year: Matthias Weber - Stade

1st Team
Everage Richardson (191-G-85) - Bodfeld Baskets
Karl Finley (185-G-89) - Stade
Benny Anthony (198-F-88) - Magdeburg
Yannick Anzuluni (206-F-87) - Magdeburg
Jens Hakanowitz (204-C-80) - Rostock

2nd Team
Julius Zurna (188-PG-86) - Aschersleben
Steffen Kiese (189-G-87) - Stade
Kwame Morgan (190-G-88, college: Hampton) - Rostock
Sebastian Harke (203-F/C-81) - Aschersleben
Sedric Martin (198-F-90, college: CS Fullerton) - Wolfenbuettel

Honorable Mention
Aivaras Galkauskas (203-C-91) - Itzehoe
Finn Goeing (198-F-88) - Bernau
Sven Hellmann (183-G-83) - Rostock
Philipp Lieser (194-G-87, college: Cent.Washington) - Aschersleben
Steven Monse (200-F-90) - Berlin

All-Domestic Players Team
Steffen Kiese - Stade
Sven Hellmann - Rostock
Finn Goeing - Bernau
Steven Monse - Berlin
Sebastian Harke - Aschersleben



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Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiacos 20-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 18-3 
 3. Panionios 16-5 
 4. PAOK 16-5 
 5. AGOR 14-7 
 6. Ikaros 11-11 
 7. Apollon Patras 10-12 
 8. Aris 9-13 
 9. KAOD 8-14 
 10. Ilysiakos 7-14 
 11. Kolossos 6-16 
 12. Kavala 5-16 
 13. Peristeri GS 5-16 
 14. Panelefsiniakos 5-17 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 30: Ikaros - Aris 79-67
Mar. 30: KAOD - Kolossos 74-66
Mar. 30: Apollon Patras - Panelefsiniakos 68-65
Mar. 31: Peristeri GS - Kavala
Mar. 31: Panionios - Panathinaikos
Apr. 1: Olympiacos - AGOR
Mar. 31: PAOK - Ilysiakos


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos22.2 
 2. Pappas, Panionios17.9 
 3. McCollum, Apollo.15.5 
 4. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.3 
 5. Kiritsis, Ikaros15.2 
 6. Dendy, Kolossos14.9 
 7. Printezis, Olympia.14.6 
 8. Coleman, Kavala14.1 
 9. Haralampidis, PAOK14.0 
 10. Palmer, KAOD13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.7 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.7 
 3. Faye, Ikaros7.6 
 4. Jankovic, Panionios7.3 
 5. Coleman, Kavala6.8 
 6. Michel, KAOD6.5 
 7. Kanonidis, Periste.6.2 
 8. Haritopoulos, PAOK5.9 
 9. Asimakopoulo., Aris5.7 
 10. Petway, AGOR5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.6 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.4.8 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.1 
 4. Petroulas, Periste.4.0 
 5. McGrath, PA.3.8 
 6. Papantoniou, Peris.3.8 
 7. Gibson, Ikaros3.2 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Pan.3.2 
 9. Pappas, Panionios3.1 
 10. Hatten, Kolossos3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.7 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.2 
 3. Pappas, Panionios2.1 
 4. McCollum, Apollo.1.7 
 5. Klaiber, Apollon1.7 
 6. Hatten, Kolossos1.7 
 7. Knowles, KAOD1.6 
 8. Pelekanos, Aris1.4 
 9. Liakopoulos, Panel.1.4 
 10. Mantzaris, Olympi.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Petway, AGOR2.7 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.6 
 3. Coleman, Kavala1.4 
 4. Faye, Ikaros1.3 
 5. Lasme, Panathin.1.2 
 6. Turner, Apollon1.1 
 7. Powell, Olympiacos1.0 
 8. Jankovic, Panionios0.9 
 9. Papadopoulos, PAOK0.8 
 10. Charissis, Aris0.8 


Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Nea Kifisia 18-4 
 2. Filathlitikos 17-4 
 3. Trikalla 17-5 
 4. Koroivos 15-7 
 5. Lavrio 13-9 
 6. Agia Paraskevis 12-10 
 7. Ikaroi Serron 12-10 
 8. Pagrati 10-12 
 9. Ermis Lagkada 9-13 
 10. Arkadikos 8-14 
 11. OFI 7-15 
 12. Irakleio 6-16 
 13. Niki Volou 5-16 
 14. Doxa Lefkadas 4-18 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 30: Arkadikos - Agia Paraskevis 82-84
Mar. 30: Ermis Lagkada - Pagrati 78-67
Mar. 30: OFI - Irakleio 70-55
Mar. 30: Doxa Lefkadas - Lavrio 68-88
Mar. 30: Nea Kifisia - Ikaroi Serron 66-63
Mar. 30: Koroivos - Trikalla 58-50
Mar. 31: Niki Volou - Filathlitikos


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Kostas TOTSIOS
  Ikaroi S.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Totsios, Ikaroi S.20.4 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.20.0 
 3. Karaboulas, Nea K.18.8 
 4. Giannakopoul., Lav.16.8 
 5. Vranjes, Pagrati16.7 
 6. Kakiouzis, Lavrio16.3 
 7. Psileas, Agia P.15.9 
 8. Kitsoulis, OFI15.8 
 9. Simeonidis, Ikaroi15.1 
 10. Gizogiannis, Arka.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petros NOEAS
  Koroivos
  (204-F-87)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Noeas, Koroivos9.7 
 2. Papachristos, Trik.8.7 
 3. Kakiouzis, Lavrio8.7 
 4. Sklavos, Pagrati8.1 
 5. Manousos, Doxa L.8.0 
 6. Anagnostopou., Erm.8.0 
 7. Cubrilo, Arkadikos7.5 
 8. Koutroulias, Pagra.7.4 
 9. Sigounas, Arkadikos7.3 
 10. Charismidis, Trik.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Nikos GIKAS
  Filathlitikos
  (186-PG-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gikas, Filathlitik.6.0 
 2. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.5.9 
 3. Karydas, Koroivos5.4 
 4. Moschovitis, Nea K.4.9 
 5. Giannakopoul., Lav.3.7 
 6. Mavrogiannis, Niki3.6 
 7. Tsiotras, Arkadikos3.5 
 8. Petrakis, OFI3.5 
 9. Katsares, Trikalla3.2 
 10. Cosic, Koroivos3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Thodoris TSIOTRAS
  Arkadikos
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Tsiotras, Arkadikos2.8 
 2. Katsares, Trikalla2.3 
 3. Vranjes, Pagrati2.1 
 4. Ioakeimidis, Ermis2.0 
 5. Karydas, Koroivos1.9 
 6. Psileas, Agia P.1.8 
 7. Gikas, Filathlitik.1.8 
 8. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.6 
 9. Saloustros, Filath.1.6 
 10. Koutinas, Niki Vo.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Krum DOYCHINOV
  OFI
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Doychinov, OFI1.1 
 2. Adetokoubo, Filath.1.0 
 3. Papachristos, Trik.0.9 
 4. Sakellarakis, Irak.0.7 
 5. Pavlovic, Pagrati0.7 
 6. Noeas, Koroivos0.7 
 7. Antetokoubo, Filat.0.7 
 8. Charismidis, Trika.0.7 
 9. Manousos, Doxa L.0.7 
 10. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.7 


PAOK without Papadopoulos against Ilysiakos - by Giorgos Diploidis

PAOK Thessaloniki in the game of Sunday (31/3) in PAOK Sports arena will face the team of Ilysiakos looking for the 11 win in 11 games in their homecourt. However PAOK Thessaloniki's coach Soulis Markopoulos will have the absence of the greater player of his squad Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) because of an injury. Papadopoulos is away from trainings the last ten days and it was impossible to play at least for some minutes.

Five games before the end of the regular season in basketleague, Panionios ON Telecoms Athens and PAOK Thessaloniki have the same record and they fight for the third place of the championship.



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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 27-5 
 2. Leiden 26-7 
 3. Groningen 23-10 
 4. Zwolle 18-15 
 5. Leeuwarden 17-16 
 6. Den Helder K. 16-17 
 7. M.Magixx 15-18 
 8. Weert 15-18 
 9. Amsterdam 4-29 
 10. Rotterdam 3-29 

Regular Season: Round 31

Mar. 30: M.Magixx - Leeuwarden 95-85
Mar. 28: Groningen - M.Magixx 95-74
Mar. 21: Zwolle - M.Magixx 93-73
Mar. 30: Leiden - Zwolle 75-62
Mar. 27: Leiden - Den Helder K. 71-59
Mar. 30: Rotterdam - Weert 70-74
Mar. 30: Amsterdam - Den Bosch 44-109

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 1: Zwolle - Groningen
Apr. 1: Den Bosch - Leiden
Apr. 1: Den Helder K. - Rotterdam
Apr. 1: Leeuwarden - Amsterdam
Apr. 2: Weert - M.Magixx


Eredivisie Round 31: Leiden beats Zwolle in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Leiden. Second ranked Leiden faced 4th placed Zwolle. Host Leiden (26-7) defeated guests from Zwolle (18-15) 75-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zwolle. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 44-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Leiden maintains second place with 26-7 record behind leader Den Bosch. Zwolle at the other side keeps the fourth position with 15 games lost. Leiden are looking forward to face league's leader Den Bosch on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zwolle will play against Groningen in Groningen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Den Bosch delivered the twentieth seventh victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Amsterdam (4-29) 109-44. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Dejuan Wright (190-88, college: FIU, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds. Matt Bauscher contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. The former international guard Jeremy Ormskerk (190-82, agency: Court Side) answered with 9 points for Amsterdam. Amsterdam's coach Tyronne Marioneaux gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Den Bosch have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 27-5 record. Amsterdam lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 29 games lost. Den Bosch will play against league's second-placed Leiden at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Amsterdam will play against Leeuwarden (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Nijmegen was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Leeuwarden (17-16) played at the court of seventh ranked M.Magixx (15-18). M.Magixx defeated Leeuwarden 95-85 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Roman Nardi who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 7 assists (made all of his seven free throws). At the losing side Samme Givens responded with 22 points (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). M.Magixx maintains seventh place with 15-18 record, which they share with Weert. Loser Leeuwarden keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. M.Magixx will meet Weert (#8) on the road in the next round. Leeuwarden will play against Amsterdam and hope to secure a win.

Other games of round 31 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Weert defeated Rotterdam in a road game 74-70. Groningen smashed M.Magixx at home 95-74. Den Helder K. lost to Leiden on the opponent's court 59-71. Zwolle outscored M.Magixx in a home game 93-73.
The best stats of 31th round was 28 points and 12 rebounds by Antwan Carter of Weert.


Amsterdam - Den Bosch 44-109

Leader Den Bosch delivered the twentieth seventh victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Amsterdam (4-29) 109-44. The game without a history. Den Bosch 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 Amsterdam's 16 and made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Den Bosch forced 26 Amsterdam turnovers and outrebounded them 42-22 including 28 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Dejuan Wright (190-88, college: FIU, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Matt Bauscher (188-85, college: Boise St.) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four Den Bosch players scored in double figures. The former international guard Jeremy Ormskerk (190-82, agency: Court Side) answered with 9 points and forward Maurits Pieper (198-90) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Amsterdam. Amsterdam's coach Tyronne Marioneaux gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Den Bosch have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 27-5 record. Amsterdam lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 29 games lost. Den Bosch will play against league's second-placed Leiden at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Amsterdam will play against Leeuwarden (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Den Bosch: D.Wright 21+7reb+1ast, S.Wessels 18+6reb+1ast, M.Bauscher 15+6reb+7ast, K.Akerboom 15+6reb+1ast, A.Young 12+1reb+3ast, P.Van Paassen 9+3reb
Amsterdam: J.Ormskerk 9+3reb+3ast, M.Pieper 8+6reb, B.Weijs 7+3reb, J.Brandt 7+4reb+2ast, J.Van Der Laan 3+1reb, J.Roodheuvel 3+1reb
gschID: 193749


Rotterdam - Weert 70-74

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Rotterdam (3-29) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Weert (15-18) 74-70 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-17. But Rotterdam won second period 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Weert looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Rotterdam's players. It was a great evening for American center Antwan Carter (198, college: Longwood, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds. The former international center Kenneth van Kempen (208-87, college: Ohio, agency: Court Side) helped adding 19 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side American guard Anthony Miles (182-89, college: Lamar, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) responded with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Cameron Echols (203-81, college: Ball St., agency: R.H.Consultancy) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Rotterdam players scored in double figures. Weert moved-up to seventh place, which they share with M.Magixx. Loser Rotterdam stay dead last with 29 lost games. Weert will meet at home M.Magixx (#7) in the next round. Rotterdam will play against Den Helder K. and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Weert: A.Carter 28+12reb+2ast, K.van Kempen 19+14reb+7ast, B.Perine 10+2reb+6ast, S.Besseling 7+4reb+4ast, R.Fletcher 5+5reb+2ast, S.De Haas 3+1reb+4ast
Rotterdam: A.Miles 20+9reb+4ast, C.Echols 17+6reb+1ast, M.Otten 11+7reb+3ast, G.Slagter 10+3reb+2ast, D.Rigters 4+2reb, M.Kok 3
gschID: 193747


Leiden - Zwolle 75-62

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Leiden. Second ranked Leiden faced 4th placed Zwolle. Host Leiden (26-7) defeated guests from Zwolle (18-15) 75-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zwolle. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 44-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Leiden maintains second place with 26-7 record behind leader Den Bosch. Zwolle at the other side keeps the fourth position with 15 games lost. Leiden are looking forward to face league's leader Den Bosch on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zwolle will play against Groningen in Groningen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 193746


M.Magixx - Leeuwarden 95-85

The game in Nijmegen was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Leeuwarden (17-16) played at the court of seventh ranked M.Magixx (15-18). M.Magixx defeated Leeuwarden 95-85 on Saturday. M.Magixx made 30-of-33 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. M.Magixx outrebounded Leeuwarden 37-25 including 23 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American-Italian guard Roman Nardi (186-85, college: Villanova) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 7 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Indian-Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (198-87) helped adding 17 points and 14 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Samme Givens (195, college: Drexel) responded with 22 points (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) and the other American import guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) scored 6 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Five M.Magixx and four Leeuwarden players scored in double figures. M.Magixx maintains seventh place with 15-18 record, which they share with Weert. Loser Leeuwarden keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. M.Magixx will meet Weert (#8) on the road in the next round. Leeuwarden will play against Amsterdam and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
M.Magixx: R.Nardi 22+4reb+7ast, N.Oudendag 18+6reb, R.Sihota 17+14reb, K.Ahelegbe 16+1reb, H.Bekkering 14+3reb+2ast, S.Walker 5+3reb
Leeuwarden: S.Givens 22+4reb+2ast, T.de Paula 14+5reb+3ast, J.Williams 14+2reb+3ast, H.Kherrazi 13+1ast, D.Michaels 10+5reb+3ast, R.Holcomb Faye 6+7reb+9ast
gschID: 193748


Groningen - M.Magixx 95-74

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Groningen (23-10) smashed at home 7th ranked M.Magixx (15-18) 95-74 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-74. Groningen dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to M.Magixx's 30. They outrebounded M.Magixx 44-25 including 16 on the offensive glass. Groningen looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Jamal Boykin (203-87, college: California) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Rogier Jansen (188-84, agency: Court Side) helped adding 18 points and 4 assists. Groningen's coach Ivica Skelin felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American-Italian guard Roman Nardi (186-85, college: Villanova) responded with 13 points and 4 assists and British forward Shane Walker (208-87, college: Loyola, MD) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Groningen maintains third place with 23-10 record having three points less than leader Den Bosch. Loser M.Magixx keeps the seventh position with 18 games lost. They share it with Weert. Groningen will meet Zwolle (#4) on the road in the next round. M.Magixx will play against Weert and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Groningen: J.Boykin 21+8reb+2ast, R.Jansen 18+3reb+4ast, S.de Randamie 11+9reb+3ast, J.Voorn 10+1reb+4ast, M.Kingma 8+5reb, N.Rohnert 7+3reb+2ast
M.Magixx: R.Nardi 13+4reb+4ast, H.Bekkering 13+2reb+2ast, K.Ahelegbe 11+3reb, S.Walker 10+5reb+2ast, T.Vermeulen 10+7ast, M.Aarts 7+1reb
gschID: 193745


Leiden - Den Helder K. 71-59

Very expected game when 6th ranked Den Helder K. (16-17) was defeated on the road by second ranked Leiden (26-7) 71-59 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Leiden. Den Helder K. managed to win third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Leiden especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. It was a great evening for naturalized Moroccan forward Mohamed Kherrazi (200-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who led his team to a victory scoring 12 points and 6 rebounds. International Worthy de Jong (194-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) helped adding 11 points and 4 steals. Four Leiden players scored in double figures. At the losing side naturalized Serbian guard Stefan Mladenovic (190-90, agency: Court Side) responded with 14 points and American forward Storm Warren (200-88, college: LSU) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Den Helder K.'s coach Jean-Marc Jaumin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Leiden maintains second place with 26-7 record behind leader Den Bosch. Loser Den Helder K. keeps the sixth position with 17 games lost. Leiden will meet league's leader Den Bosch on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Den Helder K. will play against Rotterdam (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Leiden: M.Schachtner 15+2reb, M.Kherrazi 12+6reb, W.de Jong 11+4reb+3ast, A.Slagter 10+2reb+4ast, K.Averink 6+3reb+2ast, S.Cunningham 6+3reb+2ast
Den Helder K.: S.Mladenovic 14+3reb+3ast, J.van der List 11+4reb+1ast, S.Warren 10+7reb, O.Krubally 8+1reb+1ast, J.van der Kooij 8+4reb+1ast, M.Hill 3+4reb+5ast
gschID: 237172


Zwolle - M.Magixx 93-73

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Zwolle (18-15) outscored at home 7th ranked M.Magixx (15-18) 93-73 on Thursday. The game without a history. Zwolle led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for American forward Darryl Webb (198-88, college: Indiana, PA, agency: Pro One Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Tanner Smith (195-90, college: Clemson) helped adding 23 points. At the losing side Indian-Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (198-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 17 rebounds and Ghanian-American guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe (187-88, college: N.Iowa) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Zwolle and five M.Magixx players scored in double figures. Zwolle maintains fourth place with 18-15 record. Loser M.Magixx keeps the seventh position with 18 games lost. They share it with Weert. Zwolle will meet at home higher ranked Groningen (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. M.Magixx will play against Weert (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: D.Webb 25+12reb+2ast, T.Smith 23+3reb+2ast, Z.Novak 13+6reb+1ast, A.Bunnig 11+7reb, K.Zondervan 8+8reb+2ast, N.Hulzebos 7+4reb+2ast
M.Magixx: N.Oudendag 14+6reb, K.Ahelegbe 14+6reb+3ast, R.Nardi 11+8ast, H.Bekkering 11+1reb, R.Sihota 11+17reb, M.Aarts 6+5reb
gschID: 237491



Best players of Dutch Eredivisie round 31 - by Eurobasket News

American Darryl Webb (198-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for Zwolle and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 25 points and twelve rebounds, while his team crushed M.Magixx (#7, 15-18) with 20-point margin 93-73. Zwolle maintains the 4th position in Dutch Eredivisie. Zwolle 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 18-15 record. In the team's last game Webb had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be Zwolle's top player in his first season with the team. Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate has very impressive stats this year. Webb is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.5rpg) and averages solid 53.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old American center Antwan Carter (198-C, agency: Court Side) of Weert. Carter impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Weert to edge slightly lower-ranked Rotterdam (#10, 3-29) by 4 points 74-70. Weert's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 15-18 record. Carter is a newcomer at Weert 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 16.1ppg (#5). He also registered 9.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Weert's star - former international center Kenneth van Kempen (208-C-87, agency: Court Side). van Kempen showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and seven assists in the last round. He was another key player of Weert, helping his team with a 74-70 win against slightly lower-ranked Rotterdam (#10, 3-29). The chances of Weert ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 18 games, recording just fifteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, van Kempen could help Weert to bring them higher in the standings. van Kempen has a great season in Holland. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.7rpg (#1 in league) and assists with 4.1apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dejuan Wright (190-G-88) of Den Bosch - 21 points and 7 rebounds
5. Jamal Boykin (203-F-87) of Groningen - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Samme Givens (195-F) of Leeuwarden - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Robbie Sihota (198-F-87) of M.Magixx - 17 points and 14 rebounds
8. Michael Schachtner (206-F-86) of Leiden - 24 points and 5 rebounds
9. Matt Bauscher (188-G-85) of Den Bosch - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Robbie Sihota (198-F-87) of M.Magixx - 11 points and 17 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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Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Dell Aspac 22-1 
 2. Pelita Jaya 20-3 
 3. Satria Muda 17-5 
 4. CLS Knights 16-6 
 5. Garuda 16-7 
 6. Stadium Jak. 12-11 
 7. Hangtuah 11-11 
 8. Bimasakti 7-16 
 9. Satya Wacana 6-17 
 10. Pacific Caesar 5-17 
 11. NSH GMC Riau 2-21 
 12. Tonga BSC 2-21 

Regular Season: Round 37

Mar. 30: Dell Aspac - Stadium Jak. 81-58
Mar. 30: Bimasakti - Tonga BSC 75-68
Mar. 30: Pelita Jaya - Garuda 67-59
Mar. 30: NSH GMC Riau - Satya Wacana 54-81

Regular Season: Round 38

Mar. 31: Pacific Caesar - Dell Aspac
Mar. 31: Satria Muda - NSH GMC Riau
Mar. 31: Hangtuah - Pelita Jaya
Mar. 31: Garuda - CLS Knights


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bima RIZKY ARDIANSYAH
  Bimasa.
  (182-PF-90)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Rizky Ardian., Bim.15.5 
 2. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.14.8 
 3. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.13.9 
 4. Prawiro, Dell Aspac13.2 
 5. Pamungkas, Satya12.4 
 6. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.12.2 
 7. Regowo, Dell Aspac12.1 
 8. Sabara, Pacific12.0 
 9. Utomo, CLS Knights11.3 
 10. Sua, Satya Wacana11.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.5 
 2. Sabara, Pacific9.8 
 3. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.4 
 4. Gunawan, Satria M.8.5 
 5. Nolland, Garuda8.4 
 6. Nugroho, Satya W.8.0 
 7. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.6 
 8. Sucipto, NSH G.7.1 
 9. Prasetyo, Hangtuah6.3 
 10. Poedjakesuma, Pel.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.4.8 
 2. Indra, Pacific4.1 
 3. Wijaya, Garuda4.0 
 4. Muharri, CLS K.3.8 
 5. Sartika, Bimasakti3.7 
 6. Gerungan, Dell A.3.6 
 7. Sucipto, Satya W.3.2 
 8. Uneputty, Tonga B.3.1 
 9. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.2.9 
 10. Sebayang, Pelita2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Dimaz MUHARRI
  CLS K.
  (181-PG-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Muharri, CLS K.3.2 
 2. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.0 
 3. Uneputty, Tonga B.2.7 
 4. Sucipto, NSH G.2.6 
 5. Nolland, Garuda2.1 
 6. Michel, Satria Muda2.1 
 7. Dewanto, Pelita J.2.0 
 8. Sabara, Pacific1.9 
 9. Wijaya, Garuda1.9 
 10. Wicaksono, Stadi.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.2 
 2. Gunawan, Satria M.1.9 
 3. Nugroho, Satya W.1.7 
 4. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.6 
 5. Thoyib, Dell Aspac1.6 
 6. Teguh, Hangtuah1.5 
 7. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.3 
 8. Gunawan, Satria M.1.3 
 9. Damanik, Pelita Ja.1.1 
 10. Junaidi, Hangtuah1.0 



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Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Cimberio VA 19-5 
 2. Banco di Sard. 18-7 
 3. Acea Virtus RM 17-7 
 4. Montepaschi 15-9 
 5. Cantu 15-9 
 6. EA7 Armani 15-10 
 7. Trenkwalder RE 14-11 
 8. Umana VE 12-12 
 9. JuveCaserta 10-14 
 10. Vanoli CR 10-14 
 11. Enel Brindisi 10-15 
 12. Sidigas AV 9-14 
 13. Sutor MGR 9-15 
 14. Oknoplast BO 8-16 
 15. Pesaro 8-17 
 16. Angelico BI 5-19 

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 30: Banco di Sard. - EA7 Armani 79-85
Mar. 30: Enel Brindisi - Trenkwalder RE 69-84
Mar. 30: Pesaro - Oknoplast BO 101-91
Apr. 1: Cantu - JuveCaserta
Apr. 1: Umana VE - Vanoli CR
Apr. 1: Cimberio VA - Acea Virtus RM
Apr. 1: Sidigas AV - Montepaschi
Apr. 1: Angelico BI - Sutor MGR


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.19.4 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.19.2 
 3. Diener, Banco d.17.8 
 4. Datome, Acea V.17.2 
 5. Diener, Banco d.16.7 
 6. Brown, Montepaschi16.6 
 7. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 8. Johnson, Angelico.15.7 
 9. Dunston, Cimberio.15.5 
 10. Ere, Cimberio VA15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Acea V.
  (205-C/F-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Lawal, Acea V.9.0 
 2. Akindele, JuveCase.8.1 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.0 
 4. Johnson, Sidigas7.9 
 5. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.8 
 6. Dunston, Cimberio.7.6 
 7. Jelovac, JuveCase.7.4 
 8. Burns, Sutor MGR7.1 
 9. Gigli, Oknoplast BO7.0 
 10. Bourousis, EA7 A.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.5 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.8 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.2 
 4. Tabu-Eboma, Cantu4.0 
 5. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.0 
 6. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.0 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.3.7 
 8. Brown, Montepaschi3.7 
 9. Shakur, Sidigas AV3.4 
 10. Steele, Sutor MGR3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.5 
 2. Robinson, Angelico.2.4 
 3. Kinsey, Pesaro2.4 
 4. Green, Cimberio VA2.0 
 5. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.0 
 6. Shakur, Sidigas AV1.9 
 7. Reynolds, Enel B.1.9 
 8. Thornton, Banco d.1.8 
 9. Dean, Sidigas AV1.8 
 10. Barbour, Pesaro1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.3 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.5 
 3. Cusin, Cantu1.3 
 4. Ress, Montepaschi1.3 
 5. Lawal, Acea V.1.3 
 6. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.2 
 7. Crosariol, Pesaro1.2 
 8. Simmons, Enel B.1.2 
 9. Tyus, Cantu1.2 
 10. Akindele, JuveCas.1.1 


Standings - B1

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

Regular Season: Round 31

Mar. 28: Firenze - Matera 83-89
Mar. 29: Bari - Reggio Calabr. 75-73
Mar. 27: Castelletto - Treviglio 75-71
Mar. 27: Ferrara - Chieti 72-55
Mar. 27: Casalpusterlengo - Mirandola 72-49
Mar. 27: San Severo - Torino 67-58
Mar. 27: Omegna - Agrigento 67-52
Mar. 27: Recanati - Perugia 62-55


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia20.8 
 2. Casadei, Firenze16.5 
 3. Parente, Lucca16.4 
 4. Reati, Treviglio15.7 
 5. Wojciechowsk., Tor.15.7 
 6. Ruggiero, Bari15.5 
 7. Bolzonella, Castel.15.4 
 8. Prandin, Casalp.15.3 
 9. Gueye, San Severo15.3 
 10. Benfatto, Ferrara15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Rossi, Chieti11.1 
 2. Iannilli, San Seve.10.5 
 3. Wojciechowsk., Tor.9.3 
 4. Pazzi, Castelletto8.5 
 5. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.4 
 6. Benfatto, Ferrara8.4 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.0 
 8. Ricci, Casalpus.7.9 
 9. Mancin, Mirandola7.7 
 10. Casadei, Firenze7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jordan LOSI
  Mirandola
  (182-PG-80)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Losi, Mirandola5.6 
 2. Piazza, Reggio C.5.2 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.4.8 
 4. Marino, Casalp.4.6 
 5. Ferrarese, Trevigl.3.7 
 6. Caroldi, Firenze3.5 
 7. Cantone, Matera3.3 
 8. Rajola, Chieti3.3 
 9. Mariani, Omegna2.9 
 10. Gnaccarini, Recan.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.4.7 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia3.2 
 3. Cortesi, Ferrara3.0 
 4. Vico, Matera2.8 
 5. Parente, Lucca2.7 
 6. Ihedioha, Castelle.2.7 
 7. Gueye, San Severo2.7 
 8. Caroldi, Firenze2.6 
 9. Spizzichini, Ferra.2.5 
 10. Ferrarese, Trevig.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.5 
 2. Rossi, Chieti1.0 
 3. Iannuzzi, Matera0.9 
 4. Gagliardo, Latina0.8 
 5. Mancin, Mirandola0.8 
 6. Del Brocco, San S.0.8 
 7. Iannilli, San Seve.0.8 
 8. Piunti, Mirandola0.8 
 9. Bisconti, Bari0.7 
 10. Wojciechowsk., To.0.7 


Best players of Italian Nazionale A round 31 - by Eurobasket News

Talented Antonio Iannuzzi (207-F/C-91, agency: Two Points) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Matera and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 21-year old power forward had the game-high 21 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Matera in his team's victory, helping them to beat Firenze (#12, 12-15) 89-83. Matera maintains the 2nd position in Italian Nazionale A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Matera will need more victories to improve their 19-10 record. Iannuzzi turned to be Matera's top player in his first season with the team. Antonio Iannuzzi averages this season 13.6ppg and 6.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old center Andrea Iannilli (207-C-84) of San Severo. Iannilli impressed basketball fans with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course San Severo cruised to a 67-58 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Torino (#1, 23-6). San Severo's 17th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-19 record. Iannilli is a newcomer at San Severo and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Alessandro Piazza (174-PG-87) of Reggio Calabr. (#8). Piazza showcased his all-around game by recording 10 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Piazza's great performance Reggio Calabr. lost 73-75 to Bari (14-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Reggio Calabr. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 14 victories and 13 lost games. Piazza has a great season in Italy. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.2apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-G-86) of Matera - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Alexander Simoncelli (188-PG-86) of Castelletto - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Luca Bisconti (206-F/C-82) of Bari - 19 points and 6 rebounds
7. Michele Ferri (191-G-85) of Ferrara - 19 points and 3 rebounds
8. Alberto Chiumenti (204-F/C-87) of Casalpusterlengo - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Andrea Capitanelli (203-C-86) of Firenze - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Massimo Rezzano (203-F/C-82) of Matera - 20 points and 9 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)



Nazionale A Round 31: Leader Torino loses to Mazzeo San Severo - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Nazionale A is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 7 rounds.

Top ranked Torino (23-6) recorded its sixth loss on the court of seventeenth ranked Mazzeo San Severo on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Mazzeo San Severo 67-58. Torino trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 17-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 58-67 at the end of the game. Center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) fired 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Swingman Ivan Scarponi (196-86) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. Mazzeo San Severo maintains seventeenth place with 10-19 record. Torino at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Mazzeo San Severo are looking forward to face higher ranked Chieti (#15) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Torino will play against Bologna (#19) in Ozzano Emilia and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Agrigento (16-12) against ninth ranked Omegna (14-13) on Wednesday night. Visiting Agrigento was defeated by Omegna in Omegna 67-52. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Christian Villani (200-82) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 5 rebounds. Nika Metreveli contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Roberto Chiacig (210-74) answered with 10 points and 7 rebounds for Agrigento. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Omegna moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Bari and Reggio Calabr. Newly promoted Agrigento dropped to the fourth position with 12 games lost. Omegna will play against Mirandola (#14) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Agrigento will play against Recanati (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Bari between Bari and Reggio Calabr.. Tenth ranked Bari (14-13) got a very close home victory over 8th ranked Reggio Calabr. (14-13). Bari managed to escape with a 2-point win 75-73 in the fight for the eighth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Reggio Calabr.. It was a great evening for Luca Bisconti who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side Alessandro Piazza responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Reggio Calabr.'s coach Francesco Ponticiello rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bari moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Omegna and Reggio Calabr. Bari will meet higher ranked Treviglio (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Reggio Calabr. will play against Casalpusterlengo and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Casalpusterlengo. Local Casalpusterlengo (15-12) outscored 12th ranked Mirandola (12-16) 72-49. It was a quality performance for Alberto Chiumenti who led the winners and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Casalpusterlengo moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Lucca. Newly promoted Mirandola dropped to the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. Casalpusterlengo's next round opponent will be Reggio Calabr. (#8) in Reggio Calabria. Mirandola will play at home against Omegna (#9).

Other games of round 31 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Matera defeated Firenze in a road game 89-83. Recanati beat Perugia at home 62-55. Treviglio lost to Castelletto on the opponent's court 71-75. Ferrara managed to outperform Chieti in a home game 72-55.


Bari - Reggio Calabr. 75-73

A very close game took place in Bari between Bari and Reggio Calabr.. Tenth ranked Bari (14-13) got a very close home victory over 8th ranked Reggio Calabr. (14-13). Bari managed to escape with a 2-point win 75-73 in the fight for the eighth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Reggio Calabr.. Bari forced 21 Reggio Calabr. turnovers. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Daniele Bonessio (200-88) helped adding 10 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side point guard Alessandro Piazza (174-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and power forward Marco Ammannato (202-88, agency: Players Group) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Reggio Calabr.'s coach Francesco Ponticiello rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bari moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Omegna and Reggio Calabr. Bari will meet higher ranked Treviglio (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Reggio Calabr. will play against Casalpusterlengo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bari: L.Bisconti 19+6reb, A.Ruggiero 15+5reb+3ast, S.Bonfiglio 12+1reb+3ast, D.Bonessio 10+11reb+3ast, M.Cardillo 8+8reb, D.Tomasello 4
Reggio Calabr.: M.Ammannato 16+6reb+1ast, A.Fabi 12+4reb+1ast, A.Piazza 10+13reb+5ast, G.Rugolo 10+6reb+1ast, L.Fontecchio 8+5reb+3ast, N.Sabbatino 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 191911


Firenze - Matera 83-89

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Firenze (12-15) was defeated at home by second ranked Matera (19-10) 89-83. Firenze was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Matera made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Firenze helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-91, agency: Two Points) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. The former international power forward Massimo Rezzano (203-82) accounted for 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) came up with 13 points and 9 rebounds and center Andrea Capitanelli (203-86) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Firenze in the defeat. Four Matera and five Firenze players scored in double figures. Matera maintains second place with 19-10 record having four points less than leader Torino. Firenze at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Matera will have a break next round. Firenze will play on the road against Perugia (#18).
Top scorers:
Matera: A.Iannuzzi 21+8reb+2ast, M.Rezzano 20+9reb, C.Sebastian Vico 20+2reb+2ast, C.Cantone 10+3reb+4ast, A.Vitale 8+2reb, M.Samoggia 6+5reb
Firenze: M.Caroldi 17+1reb+3ast, A.Giampaoli 15+2reb+1ast, M.Sanna 13+2reb+2ast, D.Casadei 13+9reb+2ast, A.Capitanelli 11+10reb+2ast, S.Rabaglietti 6+1reb
gschID: 191902


San Severo - Torino 67-58

Top ranked Torino (23-6) recorded its sixth loss on the court of seventeenth ranked Mazzeo San Severo on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Mazzeo San Severo 67-58. Torino trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 17-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 58-67 at the end of the game. Center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) fired 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Swingman Ivan Scarponi (196-86) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-91) added 8 points and 14 rebounds respectively for lost side. Mazzeo San Severo maintains seventeenth place with 10-19 record. Torino at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Mazzeo San Severo are looking forward to face higher ranked Chieti (#15) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Torino will play against Bologna (#19) in Ozzano Emilia and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
San Severo: A.Iannilli 20+8reb+2ast, I.Scarponi 16+7reb, O.Gueye 11+4reb+1ast, G.Zampolli 7+5reb+3ast, M.Del Brocco 6+3reb+3ast, G.Sirakov 5+2reb+1ast
Torino: J.Wojciechowski 15+11reb+1ast, M.Evangelisti 13+2reb+2ast, L.Gergati 11+4reb+4ast, F.Baldi Rossi 8+14reb, D.Parente 5+2reb, D.Sandri 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 191910


Recanati - Perugia 62-55

No shocking result in a game when fifteenth ranked Recanati (12-15) defeated at home 18th ranked Perugia (8-20) 62-55. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 19-13 Perugia's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 62-55 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Perugia 53-21 including a 38-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for guard Gianni Cantagalli (196-88, agency: Players Group) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Marco Tagliabue (206-86) accounted for 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Costantino Cutolo (198-89, agency: Players Group) came up with 15 points and point guard Giacomo Chiatti (183-86) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively for Perugia in the defeat. Perugia's coach Andrea Fabrizi tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Recanati moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Firenze. Perugia at the other side keeps the eighteenth position with 20 games lost. Recanati's next round opponent will be higher ranked Agrigento (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Perugia will play against Firenze (#12).
Top scorers:
Recanati: G.Cantagalli 16+7reb+3ast, M.Tagliabue 13+10reb, R.Castelli 13+7reb, M.Pierangeli 7+2reb+2ast, N.Benedusi 6+11reb+3ast, A.Pierini 4+8reb+3ast
Perugia: C.Cutolo 15+4reb+2ast, G.Chiatti 11+4reb+4ast, S.Bonamente 9+4reb, M.Bei 7+2reb, F.Santantonio 5+1reb+4ast, F.Ramenghi 4+2reb
gschID: 191909


Omegna - Agrigento 67-52

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Agrigento (16-12) against ninth ranked Omegna (14-13) on Wednesday night. Visiting Agrigento was defeated by Omegna in Omegna 67-52. The game was mostly controlled by Omegna. Agrigento was better in fourth quarter 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Christian Villani (200-82) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized Georgian Nika Metreveli (211-91, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Roberto Chiacig (210-74) answered with 10 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Andrea Quarisa (202-92) added 6 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Agrigento. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Omegna moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Bari and Reggio Calabr. Newly promoted Agrigento dropped to the fourth position with 12 games lost. Omegna will play against Mirandola (#14) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Agrigento will play against Recanati (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Omegna: P.Picazio 16+1reb, C.Villani 14+5reb+2ast, A.Saccaggi 11+1reb, N.Metreveli 10+7reb+1ast, M.Farioli 6+5reb+4ast, G.Mariani 5+6reb+2ast
Agrigento: R.Chiacig 10+7reb, X.Brown 7+3reb, A.Quarisa 6+7reb, D.Demartini 6+1reb+1ast, Q.De Laurentiis 5+1reb, A.Chiarastella 5+3reb
gschID: 191907


Castelletto - Treviglio 75-71

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Treviglio's (15-13) road loss to fourth ranked Castelletto (16-11) 71-75. Treviglio was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 17-12 charge of Castelletto, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for point guard Alexander Simoncelli (188-86, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Forward Alex Ranuzzi (195-86, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Four Castelletto players scored in double figures. Forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-89) came up with 21 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international power forward Riccardo Perego (203-81) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Treviglio in the defeat. Treviglio's coach Adriano Vertemati tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Castelletto moved-up to third place. Treviglio at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. Castelletto's next round opponent will be Lucca (#6) on the road. Treviglio will play against Bari.
Top scorers:
Castelletto: A.Simoncelli 18+5reb+5ast, A.Ranuzzi 13+9reb+2ast, F.Bolzonella 12+1reb+2ast, M.Pazzi 12+7reb+1ast, M.Ceron 9+6reb+3ast, F.Ihedioha 8+5reb+1ast
Treviglio: R.Pederzini 21+3reb+1ast, R.Perego 13+6reb+1ast, M.Raminelli 9+7reb+1ast, N.Cazzolato 8+3reb+1ast, G.Maspero 7+1reb, D.Reati 6+1reb
gschID: 191906


Ferrara - Chieti 72-55

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Naturhouse Ferrara and 14th ranked Chieti had identical 12-15 record. This time Naturhouse Ferrara used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Chieti 72-55. It looked good early as Chieti took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Naturhouse Ferrara had a 20-8 second period charge getting the lead and Chieti was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 55-72. Naturhouse Ferrara forced 23 Chieti turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) who led the winners and scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Michele Ferri (191-85) accounted for 19 points and 6 steals for the winning side. Four Naturhouse Ferrara players scored in double figures. The former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) came up with 9 points and 14 rebounds and naturalized Serbian forward Marko Micevic (198-89) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Chieti in the defeat. Naturhouse Ferrara have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eleventh place. Chieti at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. Naturhouse Ferrara's next round opponent will be Latina Basket (#16) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Chieti will play against Mazzeo San Severo.
Top scorers:
Ferrara: M.Ferri 19+3reb+1ast, V.Circosta 16, M.Benfatto 14+9reb+1ast, S.Cortesi 13+8reb, G.Spizzichini 4+3reb, G.Castelletta 2
Chieti: M.Micevic 15+5reb, A.Raschi 11+5reb+2ast, S.Rajola 10+4reb+2ast, E.Rossi 9+14reb, F.Gialloreto 5+3reb, G.Severini 4
gschID: 191904


Casalpusterlengo - Mirandola 72-49

The game with biggest result difference took place in Casalpusterlengo. Local Casalpusterlengo (15-12) outscored 12th ranked Mirandola (12-16) 72-49. They outrebounded Mirandola 51-36 including 16 on the offensive glass. It was a quality performance for power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Gianpaolo Ricci (200-91) accounted for 11 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side. Four Casalpusterlengo players scored in double figures. Forward Luca Pignatti (195-86) came up with 10 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Andrea Pilotti (196-80, agency: Players Group) added 6 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Mirandola 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. Casalpusterlengo moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Lucca. Newly promoted Mirandola dropped to the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. Casalpusterlengo's next round opponent will be Reggio Calabr. (#8) in Reggio Calabria. Mirandola will play at home against Omegna (#9).
Top scorers:
Casalpusterlengo: A.Chiumenti 17+9reb+2ast, G.Ricci 11+15reb+1ast, R.Prandin 11+5reb+2ast, T.Marino 10+1reb+2ast, S.Fiorito 9+5reb, M.Planezio 7+4reb+1ast
Mirandola: L.Pignatti 10+8reb, G.Sgobba 8+2reb, M.Fantinelli 8+4reb, M.Venturelli 6+2reb+1ast, A.Pilotti 6+7reb+1ast, J.Losi 6+3reb+5ast
gschID: 191908



Best players of Italian Lega2 round 24 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced naturalized Serbian power forward David Brkic (210-F/C-82, agency: Interperformances) had a great game in the last round for C.de Latte BRE and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 30-year old power forward had the game-high 32 points adding four rebounds and five assists for C.de Latte BRE in his team's victory, helping them to crush Upea CdO (#10, 10-13) with 22-point margin 109-87. C.de Latte BRE maintains the 4th position in Serbian Lega2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. C.de Latte BRE will need more victories to improve their 14-8 record. In the team's last game Brkic had a remarkable 91.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be C.de Latte BRE's top player in his first season with the team. David Brkic averages this season 15.2ppg and 5.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American guard Charlie Westbrook (193-G-89) of Tezenis VE. Westbrook impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Tezenis VE was edged by slightly lower-ranked Pall.Trento (#9, 10-12) 75-72. This loss caused Tezenis VE to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-12 record. Westbrook is a newcomer at Tezenis VE and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Craig Callahan (203-F-81, agency: Three Eye Sports) of second-ranked Sigma Barcel.. Callahan scored 18 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Sigma Barcel., leading his team to a 84-78 win against the lower-ranked AcegasAps TR (#12, 9-14). Sigma Barcel. needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 7 lost games. Callahan has a very solid season. In 23 games in Italy he scored 13.5ppg. He also has 7.0rpg and FGP: 56.7%. Craig Callahan has also Italian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Laurence Ekperigin (201-F-88) of FCM Ferentino - 21 points and 13 rebounds
5. Dwight Hardy (188-PG-87) of Sigma Barcel. - 30 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Keddric Mays (183-PG-84) of Givova Scafati - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Luca Gandini (205-C/F-85) of AcegasAps TR - 16 points and 13 rebounds
8. Luca Garri (207-C/F-82) of Pall.Trento - 26 points and 9 rebounds
9. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87) of AcegasAps TR - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Rodolfo Valenti (198-F-80) of Aget Service IM - 20 points and 10 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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Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Niigata Albirex 30-13 
 2. Yokohama BC 30-13 
 3. Toyama Grouses 28-15 
 4. Iwate Big Bulls 27-16 
 5. Chiba Jets 23-20 
 6. Akita NH 22-21 
 7. Sendai 89ers 17-26 
 8. Tokyo Cinq R. 16-28 
 9. Shinshu BW 16-29 
 10. Gunma 11-32 
 11. Saitama Bron. 11-32 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 34-9 
 2. Shimane SM 30-15 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 29-16 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 26-17 
 5. Hamamatsu P. 25-19 
 6. Kyoto Hannar. 23-20 
 7. Osaka Evessa 18-25 
 8. Oita H.Devils 17-28 
 9. Takamatsu FA 16-28 
 10. Miyazaki SS 9-36 

Regular Season: Round 47

Mar. 30: Yokohama BC - Fukuoka Rizing 97-106
Mar. 30: Shinshu BW - Takamatsu FA 87-91
Mar. 30: Sendai 89ers - Akita NH 82-79
Mar. 30: Toyama Grouses - Shiga L-Stars 82-63
Mar. 30: Iwate Big Bulls - Tokyo Cinq R. 77-67
Mar. 30: Okinawa GK - Shimane SM 73-61
Mar. 30: Kyoto Hannar. - Chiba Jets 70-73
Mar. 30: Miyazaki SS - Osaka Evessa 62-94
Mar. 30: Saitama Bron. - Oita H.Devils 101-102
Mar. 30: Gunma - Niigata Albirex 100-95

Regular Season: Round 48

Mar. 31: Iwate Big Bulls - Tokyo Cinq R.
Mar. 31: Sendai 89ers - Akita NH
Mar. 31: Toyama Grouses - Shiga L-Stars
Mar. 31: Shinshu BW - Takamatsu FA
Mar. 31: Gunma - Niigata Albirex
Mar. 31: Saitama Bron. - Oita H.Devils
Mar. 31: Yokohama BC - Fukuoka Rizing
Mar. 31: Kyoto Hannar. - Chiba Jets
Mar. 31: Kyoto Hannar. - Osaka Evessa
Mar. 31: Okinawa GK - Shimane SM


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Humphrey, Saitama24.7 
 2. Cummings, Sendai23.0 
 3. Chandler, Chiba J.20.8 
 4. Burns, Yokohama BC20.7 
 5. Brown, Akita NH20.3 
 6. Jones, Tokyo C.19.8 
 7. Werner, Chiba Jets19.8 
 8. Parker, Shimane SM19.5 
 9. Kennedy, Yokohama.18.8 
 10. Woodbury, Okina.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.4 
 2. Willard, Sendai 89.13.3 
 3. White, Oita H.13.2 
 4. Kuso, Miyazaki SS12.4 
 5. Warren, Fukuoka12.4 
 6. Bell, Osaka Evessa11.5 
 7. Werner, Chiba Jets11.2 
 8. Rickert, Osaka E.11.0 
 9. Yamashiro, Saitam.10.7 
 10. Jones, Tokyo C.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Yuki TOGASHI
  Akita NH
  (170-PG-93)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Togashi, Akita NH6.3 
 2. Namizato, Okina.6.1 
 3. Galloway, Hamamats.6.0 
 4. Shimura, Sendai6.0 
 5. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.7 
 6. Burns, Yokohama BC5.0 
 7. Humphrey, Saitama4.2 
 8. Tomori, Gunma3.7 
 9. Ito, Miyazaki SS3.7 
 10. Takeno, Fukuoka3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Draelon BURNS
  Yokohama BC
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Burns, Yokohama BC2.3 
 2. Humphrey, Saitama2.2 
 3. McHenry, Okina.2.1 
 4. Alawoya, Oita H.2.0 
 5. Brown, Toyama G.2.0 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM2.0 
 7. Galloway, Hamamats.1.9 
 8. Masato, Iwate B.1.9 
 9. Lyons, Takamats.1.8 
 10. Joho, Toyama G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.6 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.7 
 3. Carter, Tokyo C.2.2 
 4. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 5. Parker, Shimane SM1.6 
 6. Ashby, Fukuoka1.6 
 7. Kuso, Miyazaki SS1.5 
 8. Williams, Takamats.1.5 
 9. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.5 
 10. Brown, Toyama G.1.4 


BJ League Round 47: Leader Niigata Albirex loses to Gunma - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in BJ League is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 9 rounds. Very exciting round. It does not happen too often that three games need overtime in just one round. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Niigata Albirex (30-13) recorded its thirteenth loss on the court of eleventh ranked Gunma on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Gunma 100-95. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. Niigata Albirex was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 25-19 charge of Gunma, which allowed them to win the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) who scored 33 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Power forward Lewis Witcher (207-87, college: Virginia Tech) chipped in 17 points and 13 rebounds. Center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds for the guests. Gunma (11-32) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Saitama Bron. Niigata Albirex at the other side still keeps top position with 13 games lost. They share it with Yokohama BC. Gunma is again looking forward to face league's leader Niigata Albirex at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Sendai. Seventh ranked Sendai 89ers (17-26) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Akita Happinets (22-21) 82-79 on Saturday evening. American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds. Sam Willard contributed with 12 points and 24 rebounds for the winners. American guard Dion Harris (190-85, college: Michigan) answered with 20 points and 4 assists for Akita Happinets. Sendai 89ers maintains seventh place with 17-26 record. Akita Happinets at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 21 games lost. Sendai 89ers will again play against higher ranked Akita Happinets (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Akita Happinets will have a break next round.
A very close game took place in Kyoto between Chiba Jets and Kyoto Hannar.. Sixth ranked Chiba Jets (23-20) got a very close victory on the road over 6th ranked Kyoto Hannar. (23-20). Chiba Jets managed to escape with a 3-point win 73-70 in the fight for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kyoto Hannar.. It was a great evening for Marquis Gray who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Leonardo Pomare responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chiba Jets have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Kyoto Hannar. Chiba Jets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kyoto Hannar. will play against Osaka Evessa (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Okinawa. First ranked Okinawa GK faced second-ranked Shimane Magic. Host Okinawa GK (34-9) defeated guests from Shimane (30-15) 73-61. It was an exceptional evening for Anthony McHenry who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Okinawa GK have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 34-9 record. Shimane Magic at the other side keeps the second position with 15 games lost. Okinawa GK's next round opponent will be again league's second-placed Shimane Magic at home and it will be for sure the game of the week.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Yokohama. Third ranked Fukuoka Rizing faced second-ranked Yokohama BC. Guests from Fukuoka (29-16) defeated host Yokohama BC (30-13) 106-97. The best player for the winners was Reginald Warren who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Fukuoka Rizing maintains third place with 29-16 record behind leader Okinawa GK. Loser Yokohama BC still keeps top position with 13 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round. Yokohama BC will play again at home against Fukuoka Rizing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 47 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Osaka Evessa crushed Miyazaki SS in a road game 94-62. Saitama Bron. was beaten by Oita H.Devils at home 101-102. Takamatsu FA won against Shinshu BW on the opponent's court 91-87. Toyama Grouses outscored Shiga L-Stars in a home game 82-63. Tokyo Cinq R. recorded a loss to Iwate Big Bulls on the road 77-67.
The best stats of 47th round was 29 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists by Taishiro Shimizu of Oita H.Devils.


Miyazaki SS - Osaka Evessa 62-94

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (9-36) were crushed at home by seventh ranked Osaka Evessa (18-25) 94-62 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-62. Osaka Evessa dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Miyazaki Shining Suns' 36. They outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 42-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. Osaka Evessa's coach Bill Cartwright felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds and American power forward Thomas Fairley (206-82, college: Lamar) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Osaka Evessa. They maintain seventh place with 18-25 record. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns keep the tenth position with 36 games lost. Osaka Evessa will face higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: D.Lathan 18+3reb+2ast, N.Walkup 17+7reb+1ast, R.Rickert 17+13reb+1ast, M.Bell 17+10reb, S.Watanuki 7+2reb+4ast, T.Kawabe 6+1reb+1ast
Miyazaki SS: A.Kuso 21+15reb+3ast, T.Fairley 16+6reb+2ast, K.Ito 8+3reb+3ast, Y.Fukumizu 5+1reb, K.Shigenaga 5, H.Otsuka 3+1ast
gschID: 200868


Kyoto Hannar. - Chiba Jets 70-73

A very close game took place in Kyoto between Chiba Jets and Kyoto Hannar.. Sixth ranked Chiba Jets (23-20) got a very close victory on the road over 6th ranked Kyoto Hannar. (23-20). Chiba Jets managed to escape with a 3-point win 73-70 in the fight for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kyoto Hannar.. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 24-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American power forward Marquis Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) helped adding 24 points and 5 rebounds. Four Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chiba Jets have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Kyoto Hannar. Chiba Jets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kyoto Hannar. will play against Osaka Evessa (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: M.Chandler 24+5reb+2ast, M.Gray 18+15reb+4ast, D.Bell 12+3reb+3ast, S.Isshiki 11+2reb+4ast, H.Sato 4+2reb, T.Nakamura 2
Kyoto Hannar.: L.Pomare 18+12reb, M.Cousin 15+13reb, D.Palmer 14+4reb+2ast, J.Boyette 8+1reb+2ast, H.Kantake 6+2reb, T.Murakami 4+2ast
gschID: 200867


Okinawa GK - Shimane SM 73-61

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Okinawa. First ranked Okinawa GK faced second-ranked Shimane Magic. Host Okinawa GK (34-9) defeated guests from Shimane (30-15) 73-61. Okinawa GK had a 16-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds. British power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, college: Bellarmine) accounted for 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Kouki Yamabuchi (183-84) added 11 points respectively for Shimane Magic in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Okinawa GK have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 34-9 record. Shimane Magic at the other side keeps the second position with 15 games lost. Okinawa GK's next round opponent will be again league's second-placed Shimane Magic at home and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: T.Woodbury 20+4reb, A.McHenry 19+16reb, D.Larkai 16+12reb+1ast, N.Namizato 9+3reb+6ast, M.Yamauchi 6+5reb+1ast, N.Kosuge 3
Shimane SM: M.Parker 15+8reb+1ast, K.Yamabuchi 11+4reb+3ast, S.Nakama 10+3reb+3ast, B.Puckett 9+2reb+2ast, E.Yamamoto 5+1reb+1ast, B.Freeman 5+2reb
gschID: 200869


Yokohama BC - Fukuoka Rizing 97-106

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Yokohama. Third ranked Fukuoka Rizing faced second-ranked Yokohama BC. Guests from Fukuoka (29-16) defeated host Yokohama BC (30-13) 106-97. Fukuoka Rizing made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Yokohama BC's players. The best player for the winners was American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) chipped in 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Masayuki Kabaya (183-82) produced 24 points and 7 assists and American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 25 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Fukuoka Rizing and four Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Fukuoka Rizing maintains third place with 29-16 record behind leader Okinawa GK. Loser Yokohama BC still keeps top position with 13 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round. Yokohama BC will play again at home against Fukuoka Rizing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Peppers 21+9reb+4ast, A.Takeno 20+2reb+4ast, J.Ashby 20+2reb+4ast, R.Warren 16+14reb+4ast, M.Kano 10+1reb+3ast, J.Nakanishi 7+4ast
Yokohama BC: T.Kennedy 25+6reb, M.Kabaya 24+3reb+7ast, D.Burns 23+5reb+1ast, P.Faye 11+7reb, K.Yamada 9+4reb+2ast, L.Malloy 5+5reb
gschID: 200866


Saitama Bron. - Oita H.Devils 101-102

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Oita Heat Devils (17-28) edged on the road 10th ranked Saitama Broncos (11-32) 102-101 on Saturday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-20. But Saitama Broncos won second period 26-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Oita Heat Devils looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Saitama Broncos' players. The best player for the winners was guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists. Guard Satoru Umemiya (182-80) chipped in 28 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and the other American import forward Dameion Baker (192-78, college: Mount Olive) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Saitama Broncos players scored in double figures. Saitama Broncos' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Oita Heat Devils. They maintain eighth place with 17-28 record. Saitama Broncos lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 32 games lost. Oita Heat Devils will have a break next round. Saitama Broncos will play again at home against Oita Heat Devils (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: T.Shimizu 29+7reb+12ast, S.Umemiya 28+6reb+5ast, V.Jones III 15+5reb+6ast, T.Granado 9+5reb+2ast, P.Alawoya 8+9reb, A.Coimbra 6+5reb+2ast
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 37+12reb+3ast, Y.Kitamuki 15+4reb+2ast, D.Baker 14+9reb+3ast, T.Yamashiro 14+10reb, M.Haraguchi 11+4reb+3ast, I.Hideo 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 200865


Gunma - Niigata Albirex 100-95

Top ranked Niigata Albirex (30-13) recorded its thirteenth loss on the court of eleventh ranked Gunma on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Gunma 100-95. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. Niigata Albirex was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 25-19 charge of Gunma, which allowed them to win the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) who scored 33 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Power forward Lewis Witcher (207-87, college: Virginia Tech) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Four Gunma players scored in double figures. Center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds and guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) added 22 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Gunma (11-32) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Saitama Bron. Niigata Albirex at the other side still keeps top position with 13 games lost. They share it with Yokohama BC. Gunma is again looking forward to face league's leader Niigata Albirex at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Gunma: J.Dixon 33+5reb+8ast, D.Keller 17+4reb+1ast, L.Witcher 17+13reb+3ast, S.Okada 12+2reb, K.Tomori 8+1ast, Y.Okumoto 6+2reb+3ast
Niigata Albirex: N.Murry 22+3reb+6ast, Y.Ikeda 21+5reb+2ast, C.Holm 18+16reb+2ast, T.Finger 11+2reb+1ast, S.Komatsu 8+7reb, R.Webb 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 200864


Shinshu BW - Takamatsu FA 87-91

There was a minor upset in Nagano where 9th ranked Shinshu BW (16-29) was defeated by ninth ranked Takamatsu FA (16-28) 91-87 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 25-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Shinshu BW was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) who scored 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Power forward Paul Williams (208-83, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: I.D.S. Law) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. Five Takamatsu FA players scored in double figures. Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas) added 22 points respectively for the hosts. Takamatsu FA moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Tokyo Cinq R. Shinshu BW lost their tenth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 29 games lost. Takamatsu FA will have a break next round. Shinshu BW will play again at home against Takamatsu FA (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: D.Lyons 25+5reb+6ast, P.Williams 18+14reb, B.Penn 14+2reb, R.Johnson 10+5reb+1ast, M.Suzuki 10+6reb+6ast, D.Tamura 8+3ast
Shinshu BW: J.Green 22+4reb+2ast, M.Fey 17+11reb+3ast, E.Walton 17+3reb, E.Morris 9+9reb+4ast, T.Saito 8+2reb+8ast, S.Yosuke 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 200863


Toyama Grouses - Shiga L-Stars 82-63

The game between closely ranked teams ended with third ranked Toyama Grouses' (28-15) home victory over 4th placed Shiga L-Stars (26-17) 82-63 on Saturday. The game without a history. Toyama Grouses led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was Masashi Joho (183-82) who scored 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 8 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists. Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and American power forward Shelton Colwell (202-80, college: Missouri St.) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Toyama Grouses maintains third place with 28-15 record having just two points less than leader Okinawa GK. Loser Shiga L-Stars keep the fourth position with 17 games lost. Toyama Grouses will face again Shiga L-Stars (#4) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: M.Joho 27+5reb+4ast, T.Mito 16+3reb+2ast, A.Garcia 14+6reb+2ast, I.Brown 8+14reb+8ast, R.Horikawa 6, J.Jacob 4+4reb+1ast
Shiga L-Stars: D.Gomez Camargo 22+10reb+1ast, S.Colwell 10+8reb+1ast, B.Yokoe 9+2reb+2ast, W.Arnold 6+7reb+1ast, D.Terashita 5+1reb, J.Nakama 4+2reb
gschID: 200862


Sendai 89ers - Akita NH 82-79

Important game to mention about took place in Sendai. Seventh ranked Sendai 89ers (17-26) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Akita Happinets (22-21) 82-79 on Saturday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-20. But Akita Happinets won second period 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Sendai 89ers won last quarter 23-22. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Akita Happinets' 30. They outrebounded Akita Happinets 60-28 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Sendai 89ers players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 24 rebounds for the winners. American guard Dion Harris (190-85, college: Michigan) answered with 20 points and 4 assists and the former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) added 16 points and 8 assists in the effort for Akita Happinets. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Sendai 89ers maintains seventh place with 17-26 record. Akita Happinets at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 21 games lost. Sendai 89ers will again play against higher ranked Akita Happinets (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Akita Happinets will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: T.Cummings 27+13reb+2ast, S.Willard 12+24reb+1ast, S.Coleman 12+4reb, T.Komoda 11+4reb+1ast, T.Shimura 9+5reb+11ast, M.Hargrow 7+6reb+5ast
Akita NH: D.Harris 20+4reb+4ast, Y.Togashi 16+4reb+8ast, M.Anderson 12+3reb+2ast, K.Shoji 12+5reb, %PlayerNameByLink% 9+1reb+1ast, M.Kato 5+4reb
gschID: 200861


Iwate Big Bulls - Tokyo Cinq R. 77-67

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (16-28) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (27-16) 77-67 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Iwate Big Bulls. Tokyo Cinq R. was better in second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Iwate Big Bulls looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Tokyo Cinq R.'s players. The best player for the winners was American forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. Iwate Big Bulls' coach Dai Oketani used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) produced a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds and the other American import center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) added 18 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests. Iwate Big Bulls maintains fourth place with 27-16 record. Loser Tokyo Cinq R. keeps the eighth position with 28 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will face again Tokyo Cinq R. (#8) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: C.Dixon 29+10reb+2ast, R.Okosa 16+13reb+4ast, D.Sneed 15+10reb+1ast, T.Masato 10+5reb+6ast, M.Sawaguchi 3+1reb, Y.Yamamoto 2+2ast
Tokyo Cinq R.: R.Woods 35+14reb+2ast, J.Jones 18+12reb, C.Aoki 5+2reb+3ast, A.Inoue 5+3reb, H.Takada 4+4reb+3ast, C.Sasaki 0+1ast
gschID: 200860



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  LATVIA   

LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Jekabpils 19-11 
 2. Barons kvartals 19-11 
 3. Valmiera 18-12 
 4. VEF Riga 14-1 
 5. Ventspils 14-3 
 6. LU 14-17 
 7. Jelgava 13-17 
 8. Liepaja 12-18 
 9. Jurmala 11-19 
 10. Turiba 10-20 
 11. U18 1-16 

Regular Season: Round 36

Mar. 30: Barons kvartals - Ventspils 91-82
Mar. 30: Jelgava - VEF Riga 83-119
Mar. 31: Valmiera - U18


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Peiners, LU20.4 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.19.7 
 3. Cain, Barons k.15.8 
 4. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.8 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera15.8 
 6. Hill jr., Jekabpils15.6 
 7. Sirsnins, Jekabpils14.9 
 8. Ozols, Jurmala14.6 
 9. Brown, Jurmala13.9 
 10. Rudmiezis, Turiba13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Cain, Barons k.10.9 
 2. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.3 
 3. Dargais, LU8.3 
 4. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.1 
 5. Butjankovs, Valmi.7.6 
 6. Chamberlain, Jelga.7.6 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava7.3 
 8. Berzins, Valmiera7.1 
 9. Mednis, Jurmala6.9 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rinalds SIRSNINS
  Jekabpils
  (186-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Sirsnins, Jekabpils6.1 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.3 
 3. Bertans, VEF Riga3.9 
 4. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.6 
 5. Peiners, LU3.5 
 6. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.1 
 7. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
 8. Kanbergs, Jelgava3.1 
 9. Sims, Ventspils3.1 
 10. Metra, Barons k.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs STRELNIEKS
  VEF R.
  (196-SG-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Strelnieks, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Brown, Jurmala1.9 
 3. Peiners, LU1.8 
 4. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.7 
 5. Miezis, Barons k.1.6 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 7. Cain, Barons k.1.5 
 8. Jakovics, Liepaja1.5 
 9. Ginters, U181.5 
 10. Sirsnins, Jekabpi.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Cain, Barons k.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.1.4 
 3. Pasecniks, U180.9 
 4. Daniels, VEF Riga0.9 
 5. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 6. Meiers, Ventspils0.9 
 7. Leiteris, Liepaja0.8 
 8. Ziedins, Valmiera0.8 
 9. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.0.8 
 10. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.8 


Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
 1. BK VEF-LSPA 24-4 
 2. Saldus 22-6 
 3. Jelgava/LLU 22-6 
 4. VeA 19-9 
 5. RSU 19-9 
 6. Kvele 16-12 
 7. Ogres 15-13 
 8. ViA Riga 14-14 
 9. VEF skola 11-17 
 10. Liepaja-2 10-18 
 11. DSN 9-19 
 12. Livani 9-19 
 13. Gulbene 9-19 
 14. Ridzene 7-21 
 15. Valmiera BSS 4-24 

Regular Season: Round 37

Mar. 27: Gulbene - Livani 84-94
Mar. 26: Valmiera BSS - Kvele 81-82
Mar. 27: Ridzene - RSU 80-78
Mar. 28: Saldus - VEF skola 77-75
Mar. 30: Gulbene - Saldus 75-90
Mar. 26: VEF skola - DSN 107-71



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 22-2 
 2. Sagesse 20-4 
 3. Champville 15-9 
 4. Moutahed 15-9 
 5. Amchit 13-11 
 6. Byblos 13-11 
 7. Hoops 6-18 
 8. Bejjeh 6-18 
 9. Anibal 2-16 
 10. Antranik 2-16 

Second Stage: Round 6

Mar. 27: Bejjeh - Amchit 92-98
Mar. 26: Byblos - Hoops 90-74
Mar. 28: Moutahed - Al Riyadi 66-68
Mar. 30: Sagesse - Champville 110-84

Second Stage: Round 7

Apr. 2: Champville - Bejjeh
Apr. 2: Hoops - Moutahed
Apr. 3: Amchit - Byblos
Apr. 5: Al Riyadi - Sagesse


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 36.1
 1. Emmett, Amchit36.1 
 2. Harper, Sagesse27.0 
 3. Blair, Hoops26.6 
 4. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 5. Khatib, Champville25.4 
 6. Williams, Bejjeh23.8 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos23.6 
 8. Sims, Sagesse23.2 
 9. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 10. Perry, Hoops21.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Fraser, Byblos17.5 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi12.1 
 3. Ampim, Antranik12.0 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.11.4 
 5. Jamison, Bejjeh11.0 
 6. Perry, Hoops10.3 
 7. Sims, Sagesse9.6 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi9.3 
 9. Khazzouh, Sagesse8.9 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Blair, Hoops6.6 
 2. Akl, Sagesse6.2 
 3. Williams, Bejjeh5.9 
 4. Chatfield, Mouta.5.8 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.5 
 6. Fahed, Moutahed5.4 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos5.3 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik5.2 
 9. Khatib, Champville5.0 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Blair, Hoops3.2 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh2.5 
 3. Youngblood, Byblos2.3 
 4. Emmett, Amchit2.2 
 5. Harper, Sagesse2.1 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.8 
 7. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 9. Fahed, Moutahed1.6 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 2. Tskitishvili, Cham.1.9 
 3. Fraser, Byblos1.8 
 4. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.6 
 5. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.4 
 6. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi0.9 
 8. Bawji, Moutahed0.8 
 9. Terry, Champville0.8 
 10. Freije, Amchit0.7 



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  LITHUANIA   

Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Rudupis 15-3 
 2. Neptunas 14-3 
 3. Siauliai 11-7 
 4. Juventus 11-8 
 5. Pieno Zvaigzdes 10-8 
 6. Zalgiris 8-0 
 7. Lietuvos rytas 8-2 
 8. Nevezis 8-10 
 9. Lietkabelis 7-13 
 10. LSU-Baltai 5-14 
 11. Sakalai 5-14 
 12. Naglis Palangos 0-20 

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 30: Rudupis - LSU-Baltai 91-73
Mar. 30: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Lietuvos rytas 69-85
Mar. 30: Naglis Palangos - Sakalai 65-111
Mar. 30: Nevezis - Siauliai 48-77
Mar. 30: Juventus - Lietkabelis 104-71
Apr. 1: Neptunas - Zalgiris


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis18.1 
 2. Gailius, Neptunas15.8 
 3. Hughes, Pieno Z.15.4 
 4. Samenas, Siauliai14.7 
 5. Skucas, LSU-Baltai13.8 
 6. Milaknis, Rudupis13.1 
 7. Kadziulis, Rudupis13.0 
 8. Sinica, Sakalai12.9 
 9. Sragauskis, LSU-B.12.9 
 10. Kieza, Siauliai12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Kieza, Siauliai9.7 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis8.6 
 3. Sarakauskas, Nept.7.9 
 4. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.4 
 5. Varnelis, Juventus6.6 
 6. Sinica, Sakalai6.5 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.5.8 
 8. Vene, Rudupis5.8 
 9. Kiausas, Sakalai5.8 
 10. Orelikas, Rudupis5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Mindaugas STASYS
  LSU-Baltai
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Stasys, LSU-Baltai4.6 
 2. Jackson, Siauliai4.5 
 3. Dainys, Neptunas4.1 
 4. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.1 
 5. Viskontas, Juvent.4.1 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.4 
 7. Babkauskas, Lietk.3.3 
 8. Malasauskas, LSU-.3.2 
 9. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.2 
 10. Broadus, Neptunas3.1 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.1 
 2. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 3. Butkevicius, Lietk.1.8 
 4. Malasauskas, LSU-.1.8 
 5. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.7 
 6. Simon, Siauliai1.6 
 7. Vene, Rudupis1.5 
 8. Sinica, Sakalai1.5 
 9. Lengvinas, Naglis1.4 
 10. Kieza, Siauliai1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.4 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis1.7 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.4 
 4. Valeika, Rudupis0.9 
 5. McClure, Neptunas0.9 
 6. Gates, Pieno Z.0.9 
 7. Ramasauskas, Saka.0.8 
 8. Kupsas, Lietkabelis0.8 
 9. Vene, Rudupis0.7 
 10. Cepukaitis, Pieno0.7 



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  MONTENEGRO   

Standings - 1A

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

Second Stage: Round 2

Play-Out

Mar. 30: S.Centar - ABS Primorje 77-80
Mar. 30: Ibar Rozaje - Danilovgrad 77-66
Mar. 31: Centar BP - Jedinstvo

S-League

Mar. 30: Buducnost - Ulcinj 93-53
Mar. 30: Sutjeska - Mornar Bar 75-76
Mar. 31: Lovcen - Teodo Tivat


Erste 1A S-League Round 2. : Mornar win in Niksic , easy win for Buducnost - by Dragan Scepanovic

Buducnost Voli - Ulcinj 93:53 (25:19, 26:12, 21:13, 21:9)
Podgorica - SC Moraca. Spect: 100. Reff: R. Vojinovic (Niksic), Popovic (Podgorica), Radulovic (Podgorica).
Buducnost Voli: Carapic 2, Mihailovic 17, M. Popovic 12, Jelenic 8, Marko Mugosa (195-F-93) 25, Li 4, Vitkovac 2, Bunic, A. Popovic 4, Ivanovic 7, Nikolic 4, Bost 8.
Ulcinj: Latkovic 2, Ivanovic 4, Milic, Markasevic, Simonovic 5, Osmaic 4, Unkasevic 5, Djokovic 5, Milovic 3, Klikovac 4, Sekula Jovanovic (202-F-88) 12, Milosevic 8.

Sutjeska - Mornar 75:76 (19:26, 26:17, 9:15, 21:18)
Niksic - City SC. Spect: 800. Reff: Dragojevic, Koljensic, Sundic (Podgorica).
Sutjeska: Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) 15, Vusovic, Pejovic 6, Lalic 2, Calic 8, Vujosevic 8, Darko Vujacic (198-G-79) 13, Kuveljic, Perovic, Djurovic, Zizic 7, Ivan Miceta (205-FC-81) 16.
Mornar: Miroslav Damjanovic (196-G-91) 10, Djurisic, Pajovic 6, Tosic 7, Milovic, Vukota Pavic (203-C-93)evic, Mikovic, Radosavljevic 6, Rondovic 5, Vukota Pavic 11, Skurdauskas 6, Torns 25.





Interview with Aleksandar Radojevic, a 220cm tall former NBA player (Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz) - by Darko Pekic

Aleksandar Radojevic (220-C-76, college: Barton County CC), a former player of NBA teams Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz, has been playing professionally for more than 15 years. At 36 his long career has been writing its final chapters so Eurobasket.com took the opportunity to ask him about his past and present.

How you got interested in playing basketball? As a child you were extremely tall or you grew later?

In early childhood I played water polo and football because these two sports were the most popular sports there and I still love them. Until the end of elementary school I was taller than most kids my age but not too much. I grew taller mostly over the summer break between the end of elementary school and beginning of High School. I was 216 cm tall when I joined a basketball academy in Bijela where I lived, and there began my interest in what will be a part of my life till today.

As a talented player you transferred in the mid-90s to Buducnost. How important for a young inexperienced player was to move to a new force in the Yugoslavian basketball?

I joined Buducnost after they won their first domestic cup and as you say it was the new force in Yugoslavia. I was talented and thrilled because I expected Buducnost to be my stepping stone, but to be honest, at that point of my career I did not know much about basketball, and I did not have anybody to teach me basketball. After winning the National cup, Buducnost board members decided to bring famous coaches and players and did not pay undue attention to the talented guys. The focus was on good results and talented kids were of secondary importance. It is again my view of things, but I think I'm right.

How did you decide in 1997 to go to Barton County junior college? What has motivated you to go to America and try to make a career there?

As I have said before, I did not get the training I needed for optimal development of my basketball career and it was necessary because I started playing basketball when I was 16 year old. I decided to leave Yugoslavia and to seek my fortune elsewhere. After the arrival in the United States I got calls from many colleges and universities because of the height of 221cm, but I made the promise that I would go to Barton County junior college, and I found myself in the center of Kansas.. It was a small college and the things were tough at the beginning but I decided that there was no way back and to stay there no matter what anyone said. I spent the entire summer learning English and getting to know American culture. It was hard but the people were really a great help.

You excelled in college and earned the attention of NBA scouts and you were selected by the Toronto Raptors as #12 draft pick. Could you explain us the feeling you get while David Stern starts pronouncing your name?

A 23 year old chosen in the NBA draft? Its an amazing feeling and can not be described in one word, I guess at that point its some kind of a trance in your head, and to be chosen as lottery pick by the Toronto Raptors was definitely a dream come true. I knew that in the case Toronto had not taken me as 12th draft pick i would have been chosen by the New York Knicks as 15th Draft pick, because I had a guarantee from their general manager. Yet when my name was called by David Stern, I barely refrained not to cry, but after greeting him emotions prevailed and I cried like a baby. Despite the guarantee I did not believe it until he called my name.

In the NBA you have failed to make a big impact but you were remembered thanks to a photo with Tyrone Bogues (159-G-65, college: Wake Forest) from your days as a Raptor. That photo showed two contrasts-an extremely tall player and extremely short player. How would you rate your NBA career?

It is true that I did not accomplish anything in my NBA career, and its even true that I could have made a better career in Europe. Injuries were the reason why I left the NBA in 2001, two discus hernia surgery.. But in 2004 I returned to the Utah Jazz, and thus I was one of the few who came back. Admittedly I stayed there only half a season. I can not blame anyone for my ups and downs but I think it was the maximum that I was able to achieve at that point.

Did your enormous height help or damage your career?

My height only helped me in my life, and if I had not had this height I would not have had this career.

After playing in America you played for Olimpija from Ljubljana, PAOK, Telekom Bonn and many other well known teams. What is the difference between basketball in Europe and America, and which style suits you more as a player?

Returning to Europe in 2001 I played for Olimpija from Ljubljana, then Livorno, Telekom Bonn and PAOK before I accepted the offer from Utah Jazz and returned to the NBA. The difference is big especially when it comes to finances and organization. The only country that is approximately near to their living conditions is Germany, and France perhaps, and I believe it will remain so. Again this is my opinion and I can only speak for the countries where I played.

This season you played for Lirija in Macedonia along with another great former talent of Buducnost- Balsa Radunovic (207-F/C-80, agency: Interperformances). Given that you are 36 year old for how long you plan to play basketball?

Yes, I played for Lirija in Skopje and I accepted the call of Balsa Radunovic with whom I've played before, and who is my friend. I had no intention to return to the former Yugoslavia, but it happened.

As for years of playing, I'd love to play somewhere else before I end my career because after so many years at professional level i do not want Lirija to be the last club of my career. But if that happens I will not regret. Yet another chapter in my life is slowly ending and it will soon be necessary to close the book.

What are your plans after you stop playing professional basketball?

I have plans to go back to live in Canada, but I will think about it when its all over. My goal would be to open a basketball academy there, but we will see.

Thanks for the interview. Eurobasket.com wishes you a lot of success in further career.

Thank you and I wish Eurobasket.com all the best in the years ahead.



Play-Out League Round 2: Ibar defeated Danilovgrad, Studentski Centar still winless - by Darko Pekic

In the Round 2 of Montenegrin Play-Out League, Ibar defeated Danilovgrad at home (77-66) and is now the only team with two wins after the first two rounds. Who would have expected it? Actually, the guys coached by Dragan Kostic bounced back after a tough regular season and got two important wins, very important to avoid relegation this season. The point guard from Serbia, Filip Simic (185-G-90, agency: Beo Basket), scored 15 points for Ibar and added 7 assists. He was followed by Mersudin Kosuta and Marko Perovic (194-G-93) who scored 11 point and 10 points respectively. Ivan Zejak (203-SF-87) scored most of Danilovgrad's points- 30.

In the second game of the Round, Studentski centar and Primorje played a tied game in Podgorica but the guests from Herceg Novi got the win (80:77). Primorje was led by Vladimir Boricic (195-G/F-84) (21 points) and Bojan Ratkovic (181-PG-92) (20 points) while Studentski centar was represented by Vladimir Milosevic (201-F-87) (24 points) and Petar Kusovac (195-F-93, college: S.Centar) (17 points).

Today at noon two teams from Bijelo Polje, Jedinstvo and Centar will face each other in the Play-Out League while Lovcen will host Teodo in the Superleague.



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  MOROCCO   


AfroBasket 2013 in Ivory Coast - by Marek Krala

The 30th March in Abidjan,Ivory Coast the Central office of Fiba Africa has done the drawings lots for the 2013 AfroBasket.
The host country of the competition will compete with two serious opponent as Senegal and Algeria.
In Group B,the neighborings countries Morocco and Tunisia will play for the top with the two weaks teams.
Angola will probably the strongest competitor on the group C with Centreafrique.
The D Group will be with a certain conviction the strongest group of the AfroBasket with Mali,Nigeria and Cameroun and if the Congo some of his best elements that might be very interesting game to watch.

Group A

1-Cte dIvoire

2-Egypte

3-Sngal

4- Algrie

Group B

1-Tunisie

2-Rwanda

3-Burkina Faso

4-Maroc

Group C

1-Angola

2- Centrafrique

3-Mozambique

4-Cap vert

Group D

1-Nigeria

2- Cameroun

3-Congo

4-Mali



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 45-26 
 2. Brooklyn N. 42-31 
 3. Boston C. 38-34 
 4. Philadelph.76 30-43 
 5. Toronto R. 27-45 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 47-27 
 2. Chicago B. 39-32 
 3. Milwaukee B. 36-36 
 4. Detroit P. 24-49 
 5. Cleveland C. 22-49 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 57-15 
 2. Atlanta H. 41-33 
 3. Washington W. 26-46 
 4. Orlando M. 19-55 
 5. Charlotte B. 17-56 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 53-21 
 2. Denver N. 50-24 
 3. Utah Jazz 38-36 
 4. Portland TB 33-40 
 5. Minnesota T. 26-46 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 49-25 
 2. Golden St.W. 42-32 
 3. LA Lakers 38-36 
 4. Sacramento K. 27-47 
 5. Phoenix Suns 23-51 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 55-17 
 2. Memphis G. 49-24 
 3. Houston R. 40-33 
 4. Dallas M. 36-37 
 5. N.Orleans H. 25-48 

Regular Season: Round 146

Mar. 30: Milwaukee B. - Oklah.City T. 99-109
Mar. 30: Houston R. - LA Clippers 98-81
Mar. 30: Sacramento K. - LA Lakers 98-103
Mar. 30: Atlanta H. - Orlando M. 97-88
Mar. 30: Minnesota T. - Memphis G. 86-99
Mar. 30: Golden St.W. - Portland TB 125-98
Mar. 30: Utah Jazz - Brooklyn N. 116-107
Mar. 30: Phoenix Suns - Indiana P. 104-112
Mar. 30: Dallas M. - Chicago B. 100-98
Mar. 30: Philadelph.76 - Charlotte B. 100-92

Regular Season: Round 147

Mar. 31: Washington W. - Toronto R.
Mar. 31: N.Orleans H. - Cleveland C.
Mar. 31: Chicago B. - Detroit P.
Mar. 31: San Antonio S. - Miami Heat
Mar. 31: New York K. - Boston C.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.3 
 2. Anthony, New Y.27.6 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.1 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.9 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.0 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Irving, Cleveland23.0 
 8. Curry, Golden S.22.6 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat21.3 
 10. Parker, San A.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.7 
 2. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 3. Vucevic, Orlan.11.5 
 4. Noah, Chicago B.11.4 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.4 
 6. Lee, Golden St.W.11.1 
 7. Chandler, New Y.11.0 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.7 
 9. Evans, Brooklyn N.10.6 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.6 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.2 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.5 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.7 
 6. Parker, San A.7.6 
 7. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.6 
 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. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 10. Leonard, San A.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.1 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.9 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.7 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.5 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.2.2 
 7. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.0 
 8. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.1.9 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.7 


The rich get richer and the rest of us just get older - by Timothy Shea

In the presence of our global economic turmoil there may not be a more suitable phrase to serve as a proper presentation to the reality of the ACB Spanish basketball league that many refer to as,"The second best basketball league after the NBA".

Historically speaking the Spanish league has always been controlled and conquered by two clubs and we will take a look at their numbers that, unlike players numbers, don't lie and show that the reality has become ridiculous.

The two teams in discussion, Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona have equal (and the highest) season budgets of around 30,000,000 which converted to US$ is close to $37,500,000. Another team in the league from the city of Valladolid has the lowest budget at 1,000,000 which is right around $1,250,000 so roughly speaking that means Real and Barcelona have spent an enormous $37 to every $1 that Valladolid can spend!

Lets compare that information to the two teams in similar situation (highest and lowest) from, "The best basketball league in the world", the NBA.

The LA Lakers are the richest this season with $100,087,153 in salaries and the Houston Rockets the poorest with a total of $51,917,204. That equates to the LAL using right around $2 to every $1 that HOU spends, making it an agreeable ratio (between highest and lowest) for most pro sports leagues.

To put these numbers in another perspective, we will compare the Spanish league ratio to the LA Lakers-Rockets state of affairs. With that math the LAL would have to spend (ready for this?) $3,703,224,661 to the Rockets $51,917,204. Thats $3.7 BILLION compared to $51.9 million! Those number discrepancies are unfathomable in the NBA.

In addition, looking back to Spain, we have a so called aspirant to this seasons league title (the third highest budgeted team which is on the south-side of half of Real or Barcelona have) Caja Laboral, from the city of Vitoria which recently had to suffer the humiliation of selling one of their best players, Brad Oleson, to FC Barcelona while Real Madrid traveled to the city of Santiago de Compostela to entice and sign seven foot Tunisian Salah Mejri for next season while now playing for and under contract with Spanish league playoff candidate Obradoiro. Can you say the word interference?

Some (many) say that these non-discreet discrepancies are, par for the course, here in Europe while they remind me of a good friends phrase regarding the professional basketball differences between Europe and the NBA when he said, "In the NBA there are a lot of rules that you learn how to bend while in Europe there seem to be no rules".
It may be that truer words were never spoken.

To my way of thinking, if a sports league is equivalent to a Formula One car race (with the object of getting to the finish line first) then Madrid and Barcelona are driving McLarens while the Valladolid club gets a VW Beetle. Let me be clear, I am not here to judge anyone but if one considers the above numbers and circumstances to have anything to do with fairness then they quite probably also consider Engelbert Humperdinck a blues singer.

Its worth repeating that the Spanish league enjoys being considered, The best league in the world after the NBA, but that title has become the exclusive property of the Euro-league. The Spanish league turns out to be a two man race while the other teams are analogous to a one legged man in an ass kicking contest.

In the end it doesn't matter how much marketing or publicity (propaganda) one, puts out there to promote any league. The facts remain and are as apparent as wet shoes coming in out of the rain.



Review of ten games on Saturday - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta H. - Orlando M. 97-88
Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, college: CS San Bernar.) scored a season-high 21 points off the bench, and Devin Harris (6'3''-PG-83, college: Wisconsin) had 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter Saturday as the Atlanta Hawks pulled away to beat the Orlando Magic 97-88. The Hawks used their 27th different starting lineup in a game between short-handed teams, but the result was familiar. Atlanta (41-33) has beaten Orlando 10 straight times and is now fifth in the Eastern Conference playoff race, a half-game ahead of Chicago. Atlanta took a 45-44 lead into halftime when Josh Smith beat the buzzer off an offensive rebound as time expired. That capped a solid half for the Hawks power forward, who scored 14 of his 21 points in the first two periods. Johnson, who received extended playing time largely because Hawks center Al Horford missed his second straight game with a stomach illness, added 10 rebounds. The Magic (19-55) tied the scored late in the third quarter, but never regained the lead. Beno Udrih, filling in for injured point guard Jameer Nelson (6'0''-PG-82, college: St.Joseph's), led Orlando with 20 points, and center Nikola Vucevic returned to the lineup with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Orlando outrebounded Atlanta 53-44, but was just 16 for 27 (59.3 percent) at the free throw line. Courtesy of: thenewstribune.com

Dallas M. - Chicago B. 100-98
Jimmy Butler slumped into his locker stall Saturday evening, ruing the two free throws he missed with 15.9 seconds left in the Bulls' stunning collapse against the Mavericks. "I don't care what anybody says. That's the reason we lost this game," Butler said. "I couldn't care less what my teammates say. I know better. This one is on me without a doubt. And that's that." Butler's impressive attempt at accountability aside, countless events played into the Mavericks' 100-98 victory, which they closed with a 15-1 run after Luol Deng sank one of the Bulls' season-high 12 3-pointers with 4 minutes, 8 seconds remaining. The biggest came when Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) buried the game-winning 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left, capping his 15-point fourth quarter and season-high 35 points. Nate Robinson (5'9''-PG-84, college: Washington) slipped while guarding Vince Carter on a drive, causing Deng to help and give Nowitzki the space he needed for his patented high release. "We had a slip and were in a scramble," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "I thought there may have been a travel there but that's the way it goes." Robinson, who tied Deng and Carlos Boozer for team-high honors with 25 points, then missed a 22-foot fadeaway from directly in front of the Mavericks' bench at the buzzer. The Bulls, playing without four injured rotation players again, trudged off the American Airlines Center court. Robinson sank all seven of his 3-point attempts and scored 14 fourth-quarter points, including 11 straight as the Bulls appeared to take command. But the outside shooting barrage came at a price: Boozer, who had scored 18 first-half points, didn't attempt a fourth-quarter field goal despite being matched up often against the less physical Shawn Marion (6'7''-F-78, college: UNLV). "That's how we were getting the 3s, the help (on Boozer)," Thibodeau said. "I thought we had high percentage ones. As long as they're the right ones and it's going inside and out, you live with that. "I thought we missed a lot of layups down the stretch and free throws. We fouled 94 feet away from the basket in the penalty. Those are things we have to correct." After three straight missed long jumpers - two of them 3-pointers - and two turnovers, Butler did drive but missed and Boozer fouled former Bulls guard Mike James on the rebound with 87 seconds left and the Bulls up six. But James only split the two free throws. After Deng missed on another drive in which he pleaded for a foul, Nowitzki buried a 3-pointer with 53.9 seconds left. Another Bulls' drive came up empty with Robinson missing, but Boozer rebounded and got fouled. But he only split his two free throws as the Bulls went just 10-for-18 from the line. Nowitzki buried a step-back jumper over Butler with 27.8 seconds left to cut the Mavericks' deficit to one. "He's a great (expletive) player," Butler said. "He hit a lot of big shots - contested, off-balance, off one leg. He's so hard to guard." Carter then fouled Butler, setting up the fatal finish. "I'm not going to say I was nervous because I was very confident," Butler said of his moment. "I'm supposed to be a good free-throw shooter." Just like the Bulls are supposed to close out games. Courtesy of: chicagotribune.com

Golden St.W. - Portland TB 125-98
Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) scored 39 points and the Golden State Warriors moved one step closer toward ending their five-year playoff drought with a 125-98 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night. Carl Landry (6'7''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) had a season-high 25 points and 10 rebounds coming off the bench, while David Lee had 13 points for the Warriors, who maintained their 1 1/2-game lead over Houston for sixth place in the Western Conference. Golden State lowered its magic number for clinching a playoff berth to five games. Meyers Leonard (7'1''-C-92, college: Illinois) led the Trail Blazers with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Damian Lillard scored 16 points for Portland and tied the NBA's single season rookie record for 3-pointers, but was nowhere as effective as he was in his first trip back home. The Oakland native shot just 4 of 11 from the floor and committed three turnovers. Curry, whose record Lillard tied, spent most of night defending Portland's talented point guard and showed why he's one of the elite perimeter shooters in the league. He made seven 3-pointers and went 14 of 22 from the floor. He also had six assists and five rebounds in his most impressive outing since scoring an NBA season-high 54 points against the New York Knicks on Feb. 27. That helped the Warriors to their third win in four games, inching them one step closer toward the postseason. Golden State hasn't made the playoffs since stunning top-seeded Dallas in the first-round of the 2006-07 postseason. Curry also moved past Tim Hardaway into second place on the Warriors' career list for 3-pointers. Jason Richardson (700) holds the franchise record. Portland, which dropped its fourth straight, had no answer. Playing their second straight game without leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge (right ankle), the Blazers trailed by six late in the second quarter, but gave up 60 points in the second half. Lillard had a career night in his first trip back to Oakland as a pro earlier this season and got off to another quick start in his return. He scored seven points, had four assists and made two 3-pointers in the first quarter to tie Curry's NBA rookie single-season record of 166. That wasn't enough to slow down the Warriors, who shot 72.7 percent in the first quarter and closed on a 12-3 run to take a 36-31 lead. Carl Landry scored Golden State's final four points in the period, then scored the team's first seven in the second quarter to put the Warriors up 43-34. He finished with 25. Portland cut the gap to 61-55 with 1:07 left before Andrew Bogut scored on a short hook shot and Harrison Barnes added a dunk that gave Golden State a 65-55 halftime lead. Curry didn't slow down after the break. He made two lob passes for assists on dunks by Barnes and Bogut, then later scored on a driving layup and 3-pointer to make it 90-70. Curry hit more two more 3s in the fourth quarter, the second of which extended the Warriors lead to 110-85. Courtesy of: postbulletin.com

Sacramento K. - LA Lakers 98-103
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) passed Wilt Chamberlain for fourth place on the NBA's scoring list, then put on one of the best passing performances of his storied career. Bryant scored 19 points and tied a season high with 14 assists despite a nagging left foot injury, and the Los Angeles Lakers kept pace for the Western Conference's final playoff spot by outlasting the Sacramento Kings 103-98 on Saturday night. "My foot's (messed) up, but other than that, I feel great," he said, chuckling. Bryant added nine rebounds and facilitated the Lakers' offense for 47 minutes, 37 seconds after Steve Nash exited early in the first quarter with a recurring right hamstring injury. He helped Los Angeles tie a season low with seven turnovers. "I thought that was key - those 23 seconds. Otherwise he would've been tired," coach Mike D'Antoni said, sarcastically. "He just looked at me and said, 'I'm not coming out tonight.' Sounds good to me." With Bryant engineering the offense, Los Angeles showed some of its best ball movement of the season. Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) had 24 points and 15 rebounds, Pau Gasol added 12 points and 10 assists and three others scored in double figures for the Lakers (38-36), who stayed even with Utah (38-36) for the eighth and final playoff seed. Los Angeles hosts 10th-place Dallas (36-37) in a critical tilt Tuesday night. Even with the pressure of a playoff race, Bryant was all smiles in a cramped quarter of Sacramento's visiting locker room. He had met Chamberlain when he was about 8 years old in Philadelphia and long held the Lakers legend in higher esteem than some milestones he's reached because of the franchise connection. "He was like Conan the Barbarian," Bryant said. "That was the most impressive thing to me. He was just a warm-hearted gentleman." Bryant's latest performance proved too much for the Kings again. Tyreke Evans (6'6''-PG-89, college: Memphis) had 21 points and nine rebounds, and DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) added 19 points and 11 rebounds but missed a pair of difficult 3-pointers in the final seconds to seal Sacramento's latest loss. The Lakers won the season series 3-1. "I guess you can't really talk bad about the way these guys competed," Kings coach Keith Smart said. "I thought our guys did everything they could from a statistical standpoint outside of winning the basketball game." At least until the closing moments. Bryant slipped a pass to Gasol for a fast-break dunk - and his 13th assist - to put Los Angeles ahead 98-93 with 4:52 remaining. Gasol also tossed an alley-oop to Howard just before. Cousins followed with a free throw and a long jumper, and Evans added a layup to slice the Lakers' lead to two. After Bryant missed a jumper, Jodie Meeks stripped Evans on a layup attempt at the other end. Bryant hit 1 of 2 free throws to put the Lakers ahead 101-98 with 24 seconds remaining, giving Sacramento one last chance. Howard blocked Cousins' 3-point attempt. After pleading with the official for a foul, Cousins got the ball back and he forced a 3-point miss before Bryant's final free throws sealed Sacramento's latest loss. "The play wasn't for me. I was supposed to hand it off," Cousins said. "But I got hit in my lower groin and it kind of screwed up the play." Los Angeles lost Nash with a strained right hamstring just 1:48 into the game. D'Antoni patted Nash on the back before the point guard walked gingerly to the locker room and never returned. Nash is day to day. Sacramento surged ahead 37-25 after the first quarter with a frenetic pace that often left the Lakers' frontline in the backcourt. The Kings, who entered the game averaging an NBA-best 108.9 points since the All-Star break, made 15 of their first 21 from the floor. Sacramento held Bryant scoreless until he hit a pair of free throws with 8:50 remaining in the second quarter. The shots sparked Bryant and the Lakers late in the half, along with a larger-than-normal sprinkling of Los Angeles fans sporting purple and gold throughout the announced sellout crowd of 17,317. Bryant made a pull-up jumper from the free throw line with 7:54 remaining in the second quarter to eclipse Chamberlain's mark of 31,419 points. The only three ahead of him now is Michael Jordan (32,292), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387). Asked if Abdul-Jabbar's record is obtainable for him, Bryant said "I don't see it happening" unless he decides to play longer than planned. "What a journey," said Bryant, in his 17th season. "It's been a very, very long journey. I'm certainly extremely appreciative of all the support of the Laker faithful, the Laker Nation." Bryant had a bone spur in his left foot that has bothered him for several games. The injury apparently is unrelated to his sprained left ankle, which occurred earlier in Atlanta, though he said the soreness all sort of blends together. With his foot stiffening up when he sits, Bryant came out for just 23 seconds. Bryant finished a thunderous dunk down the lane and added two free throws and a pair of assists, rallying the Lakers back with a 14-1 run to close the third quarter. Los Angeles led 82-75 entering the fourth. The Kings had scored at least 100 points in 20 of the previous 23 games, including 11 straight at home. With a possible move to Seattle the latest relocation threat for the Kings, Bryant didn't think he had played his last game in Sacramento. "I predict we'll be back here," Bryant said. "You guys have been saying the same (thing) for three years." Courtesy of: knoxnews.com

Phoenix Suns - Indiana P. 104-112
Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) scored 25 points to lead all five Indiana starters in double figures and the Pacers won their fourth straight with a 112-104 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night. Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) scored 20, Lance Stephenson 16, George Hill 15 and David West 14 for the Pacers. Indiana's seventh victory in eight games lifted them a half-game ahead of idle New York for second in the Eastern Conference. Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86), who sat out the previous two games for a rest, had 21 points and nine assists for the Suns before fouling out with 1:10 to play. Indiana made 34 of 46 free throws, its season high in makes and attempts. The Suns, losers of six in a row, were outscored 10-3 over the final three minutes after cutting the lead to 102-101. Markieff Morris added 18 for the Suns, who had seven in double figures. Down by 86-76 after three quarters, the Suns cut it to 97-94 on five points by Dragic, a fast-break layup after a long pass from Jermaine O'Neal, followed by a 3-pointer with 5:08 to play. Dragic's spinning layup from the baseline cut it to 99-98 with 3:43 left, then George was fouled by Wesley Johnson on a 3-point try and made all three from the line to put the Pacers up 102-98 with 3:28 to go. But O'Neal, who had missed three of four games with a calf strain, converted a three-point play to cut it to 102-101 3:10 from the finish. Indiana pulled away from the line. West made two free throws with 2:46 to go, George sank two more with 1:50 to play and Stephenson made one of two with 1:10 left, leaving the Pacers up 107-101. West's 15-footer, Indiana's lone field goal over the final 4 1/2 minutes, made it 109-101 with 34.6 seconds to play. After making just six of their first 15 free throw tries, Indiana made 28 of 31 the rest of the way. The Suns outscored Indiana 10-4, six by Luis Scola, to start the second half, cutting the lead to 61-59 and were down 64-63 on Morris' two free throws with 7:54 to play in the third. Five straight points, the last two on free throws by Hill, boosted the lead back to 69-63, but Morris' three straight inside baskets in a 6-2 Phoenix spurt cut it to 71-69. The Pacers pulled away to take a 78-69 lead on George's 3. D.J. Augustin's two free throws with 2:22 left in the period gave Indiana its first double-digit lead of the game, 82-71. Indiana's 12-0 first-quarter run put the Pacers ahead for good but they never led by more than 11. Courtesy of: kansascity.com

Utah Jazz - Brooklyn N. 116-107
Randy Foye (6'3''-G-83, college: Villanova) made five 3-pointers in the third quarter Saturday as the Utah Jazz went on a 22-11 run to take control of a close game and defeat the Nets, 116-107, at Energy Solutions Arena. 'You don't like to make excuses,' said Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois), playing his second game in Utah as a visitor. 'They play really well in this building. That's the main thing and Foye went nuts.' The loss dropped the Nets four games behind the Atlantic Division-leading Knicks, with nine games left on the Nets' schedule. 'We're concerned with us,' Williams said. 'We've been losing; we've lost the last two, so we can't worry about them winning.' Foye, who finished with 26 points on 9-for-11 shooting, added a knockout blow with another 3-pointer to put the Jazz ahead, 88-76, early in the fourth quarter. His eight 3-pointers tied a Jazz record. 'A couple of them, we let him loose in transition and once he started feeling it, he was pulling from three-four feet behind the line,' Williams said. The Jazz, fighting for the Western Conference's final playoff spot, shot 55.6 percent from the field. They moved the ball so well that Paul Millsap, a power forward, set a career high for assists with more than 19 minutes left in the game. Williams, who played with the Jazz from 2005 to 2011, received a mixed reaction from the crowd, which included his former coach Jerry Sloan. Fans clapped when he was introduced and booed loudly whenever he touched the ball early on. They roared when Gordon Hayward blocked him at the rim late in the second quarter. But Williams also received warm embraces from team employees and hugs from an usher and the Jazz mascot shortly before tipoff. A fan held a sign that read, 'D-Will U Stud.' 'It wasn't as bad as last year, so that was good,' Williams said of the crowd. He added: 'It's good; no animosity. I had a great time in Utah.' C. J. Watson (22 points on 8-of-13 shooting) did all he could to revive the Nets at times, but it was not enough. Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) led the Nets with 27 points and Reggie Evans grabbed 16 rebounds, but neither player was well suited to guard Al Jefferson (6'10''-F/C-85) (20 points and 7 rebounds), who was able to score inside and out. Derrick Favors, the centerpiece of the Williams trade, scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench. Joe Johnson (right quad contusion) missed his fourth game in a row, and for the second night in a row at a high altitude, the Nets missed his ability to slow the game down and score in key moments. Speaking about Johnson's injury, P. J. Carlesimo said: 'The longer we go without Joe, the more you appreciate it. We're putting guys in unfair situations.' Carlesimo also noted that Gerald Wallace and Lopez were hurting and that health was a priority as the Nets prepared to head home for a few days. Little defense was played early in the first quarter as the teams combined to hit 20 of the first 25 field-goal attempts. Williams came out focused and played well, with the exception of two first-half turnovers that did not end up directly hurting the Nets. The Jazz took a 33-28 lead into the second quarter, but the bench, led by Watson and Andray Blatche, hit its first seven field goals to help the Nets claw back and tie the game at 45-45 by the time Williams, Evans and Lopez checked back in. Watson's baskets were timely, and Blatche was a force on both ends of the court, blocking shots and finding open teammates. The Nets will now head home for a few days before leaving for Cleveland to face the Cavaliers on Wednesday, concluding a stretch of eight straight road games, tying a franchise record. At 4-3 heading home, the overall success of the journey may be judged on its final leg. 'Even though we go back, we still got a game left on this trip,' Carlesimo said. 'It's eight in a row.' Courtesy of: nytimes.com

Milwaukee B. - Oklah.City T. 99-109
Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) scored 30 points, Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) had a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Milwaukee Bucks 109-99 on Saturday night. Durant shot 10 of 19 from the field and 9 of 10 from the free throw line in becoming the seventh player this season to score 30 points against the Bucks. Durant is on pace to join Larry Bird in 1986-87 as the only players to average more than 28 points while shooting over 50 percent from the field, 90 percent from the line and 40 percent from 3-point range. Westbrook had 23 points, 10 assists and 13 rebounds. Kevin Martin added 17 points. Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87) had 29 points and 14 rebounds for Milwaukee. Epke Udoh had his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Oklahoma City has won four of its last five and is two games back of the San Antonio Spurs for the top spot in the Western Conference playoff race. Milwaukee has lost five of its last six and missed a chance to gain ground on the idle Boston Celtics in the East. Milwaukee is now three games back of the Celtics for the seventh seed. Marquis Daniels' jumper with 8:39 left in the fourth quarter gave the Bucks a five-point lead before the Thunder stormed back with a 19-2 run. Durant's 3-pointer with 2:47 remaining put the Thunder up 10. During that run, the Bucks went four minutes without a basket and committed five turnovers. Oklahoma City made 13 of its first 19 shots to go ahead 32-28 at the end of the first quarter. The Bucks kept the game tight in the second quarter until the Thunder went on an 11-2 run to lead by 11 with 3:28 left in the half. The Thunder went into the break with a 56-46 lead, with Durant, Westbrook and Martin combining for 41 points. Bucks leading scorer Monta Ellis was scoreless in the first half and finished with nine points. Milwaukee made five 3-pointers in the third quarter to tie it at 83 heading to the fourth. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

Minnesota T. - Memphis G. 86-99
The Memphis Grizzlies broke out of their road slump the only way they know how: by locking down on defense. Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 21 points and the Grizzlies pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 99-86 on Saturday night. Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) scored 19, Zach Randolph 14 and Darrell Arthur had 12 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Grizzlies, who ended a five-game road losing streak with their 11th straight victory over Minnesota. "It's huge," Conley said. "We've lost some games we probably could have won. To beat a team that is playing well like Minnesota is always a big win. We're trying to get to that third spot, that fourth spot. We're right there if we can keep winning." Memphis, playing its seventh game in 11 days, moved a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers for the fourth-best record in the tight Western Conference and is a half-game behind third-place Denver. "You definitely got to beat a team like this, but more importantly, you've got to come out and play your style and try to play the best way you possibly can," said forward Tayshaun Prince, who finished with four points. "The bench guys showed they have some legs for us and played with some energy when they came out on the floor. That's what was able for us to get the win." Minnesota's Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) just missed his second career triple-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Derrick Williams (6'8''-F-91, college: Arizona) added 19 points for the Timberwolves, who were playing without center Nikola Pekovic. He missed the game after spraining his left ankle Friday late in a victory over Oklahoma City after scoring 22 points and adding 15 rebounds. "We had shot after shot, but you've got to make plays," said Minnesota coach Rick Adelman. "I thought defensively we were hanging in there in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter the floodgates opened and they started knocking down shots. We couldn't get anything going. Had no answer." Arthur scored nine points during a 16-2 run to start the final period, including a 3-pointer and follow shot, to give the Grizzlies an 81-69 lead with 7 minutes to play. A long jumper and a 3-pointer by Quincey Pondexter stretched the lead to 86-73. Not only did Memphis start to hit shots, it also picked up its defensive intensity. Minnesota had just one basket, a 3-pointer by Rubio, in the opening five minutes of the fourth quarter, and also held the Wolves to 43.3 percent for the game. "In that second half we kind of just hit a wall offensively," said Chase Budinger, who was 1 for 6 from the field. "Give credit to them. They're probably the best defensive team in the league at taking on the pick-and-roll." In his third game back after missing two games with an abdominal tear, Gasol also had eight rebounds and six assists. "Right now he's one of the top three centers in the league. He's doing a great job. He knows how to play," Rubio said. "He can assist like a point guard. He shoots the mid-range very well. And on defense it's tough because he's so big. He's great." Rubio had nine points in the first quarter, including five during a 12-2 run that put Minnesota up 25-17. The Minnesota reserves pushed the lead to 37-26, including a desperation 3-pointer by Alexey Shved, before the Grizzlies tightened up on defense and went on a 13-2 run to get within one late in the first half. However, Rubio scored on a drive at the buzzer to give Minnesota a 50-45 halftime lead. Courtesy of: capitalgazette.com

Houston R. - LA Clippers 98-81
The Clippers finished their four-game trip with a whimper, showing such a lack of resolve that Coach Vinny Del Negro lit into his team in the locker room after the game. They may have been playing their fourth game in five nights, but it was a feeble attempt at playing with inspiration against a Houston Rockets team missing its best player. The Clippers return home having suffered a 98-81 beat-down by the Rockers on Saturday night at the Toyota Center. "We were terrible," Del Negro said. "Our effort was. Our attitude was terrible. Our urgency was terrible. Very disappointing. I didn't see the fight in us tonight. "And we need guys to step up. I know it's four games in five nights, but all that doesn't matter. We've got plenty of depth. No excuses. I don't believe in that." The Clippers are 49-25, but Memphis improved to 49-24, taking a half-game lead over Los Angeles in the Western Conference. If the Clippers win the Pacific Division, as is expected, they would be the fourth seed in the West. But if the currently fifth-seeded Grizzlies have a better record than the Clippers at the end of the regular season and both teams remain where they are in the conference, Los Angeles would begin the first round of the playoffs in Memphis, as it did last season. The Clippers put themselves in this position by falling behind the Rockets by 22 points. They put themselves in this position by going 1-3 on the trip. "We were soft," Del Negro said. "We were sloppy. Our urgency was poor. Our defense was poor. Our transition defense was poor. Our post defense was poor. Our pick-and-roll defense was poor. Just a poor effort, disappointing effort. "And we have to show way more urgency, way more toughness.." Del Negro also wasn't happy that Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) and Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) both were assessed technical fouls in the second quarter. "We don't have any leeway with the referees as it is," Del Negro said. "And to do that makes no sense. You're hurting yourself, you're hurting your teammates, you're hurting the whole team." And the Rockets were doing this to the Clippers without All-Star guard and leading scorer James Harden, who was out with because of a sore right foot. The Clippers trailed by five points at the half, but were outscored 30-13 in the third period, turning the game into a rout. "That's not what we're about," Del Negro said. "I don't care what happened on this road trip. I don't care that we had tough losses. ... We've got plenty of depth. We've got plenty of balance on that roster to play much harder than we did tonight. "We've got a lot of whining going on, a lot of lack of urgency going on, and it's disappointing. And I'm not going to allow that." Courtesy of: latimes.com

Philadelph.76 - Charlotte B. 100-92
Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) kept shooting until they fell in. Holiday scored nine straight points down the stretch, Evan Turner finished with 21 and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 100-92 Saturday night. After going 1 for 9 in the first three quarters and starting 2 for 13, Holiday got 11 of his 14 points in the fourth to help the Sixers win for the seventh time in 11 games. "When it comes down to it in the crucial moments, I think my team has a lot of faith in me," Holiday said. "They encouraged me to make plays to close out the game." Spencer Hawes (7'0''-C-88, college: Washington) had 19 points and Thaddeus Young and Damien Wilkins each scored 15 for Philadelphia. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (6'7''-SF-93, college: Kentucky) had 21 for Charlotte, which has the worst record in the NBA. Gerald Henderson, who had 35 and 34 in his previous two games, finished with 19. The Sixers had lost 31 straight games when their opponent shot at least 50 percent. The Bobcats were 38 for 76 from the floor. "When you come out of games like this, you emphasize what you did well," Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap said. "We played well on both sides. Give Philadelphia credit." Former Sixers star Allen Iverson came out to a rousing ovation before the opening tip on a night fans received his bobblehead doll. Wearing a Phillies zip-up jacket, cap and black sunglasses, Iverson high-fived fans in the front row. The former NBA MVP sat in a suite and waved to the crowd after a video tribute highlighting his career was shown in the second quarter. The Sixers are a long way from Iverson's glory days. They entered the season with high expectations after the acquisition of Andrew Bynum, but he didn't play one game because of knee injuries and the Sixers are five losses away from playoff elimination. Royal Ivey hit a 3-pointer to give the Sixers an 82-80 lead near the midpoint of the fourth quarter and they never trailed again. Holiday sliced through the lane and threw down a left-handed jam over Bismack Biyombo and Josh McRoberts to extend the lead to 91-84. "That gave us juice," Sixers coach Doug Collins said of the dunk. Kemba Walker answered with consecutive baskets to get the Bobcats within 91-88. Holiday then nailed a jumper and added a layup to make it 95-90. "He closed the game out," Turner said. "He's our All-Star. He did what he's supposed to. He did as he should." Down 11 early in the second quarter, the Sixers reeled off 11 straight points. Ivey's 3-pointer tied it at 33. Hawes hit a 3 a few minutes later for a 46-42 lead and Philadelphia was up three at halftime. Charlotte took a 13-point lead in the first quarter following an 11-2 run. Kidd-Gilchrist had seven of those points, including a dunk to finish it off. The Pargo brothers -- Charlotte's Jannero and Philadelphia's Jeremy -- didn't get to go 1-on-1. Jeremy didn't enter the game. Jannero had 11 points. Courtesy of: charlotteobserver.com



Hawks center Zaza Pachulia injured, out around six months - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Hawks forward/center Zaza Pachulia (6'11''-C-84) has elected to have surgery to repair his sore right Achilles. Pachulia will have surgery Wednesday, April 3rd, in Charlotte at Mercy Hospital. Dr. Robert Anderson of OrthoCarolina will perform the surgery and Hawks Team Physician Dr. Michael Bernot of Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic will accompany Zaza. After thoroughly reviewing the possible options with Zaza, we all felt this was the best decision to insure Zazas complete recovery so that he can be at 100 percent going forward. Zaza is a professional with a strong work ethic. The Hawks will continue to be completely supportive as he tackles the return to play process, said President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Danny Ferry. The expected recovery time following surgery is approximately six months.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Clippers sign Maalik Wayns for remainder of season - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that they have signed guard Maalik Wayns (6'2''-PG-91, college: Villanova) for the remainder of the season. Wayns has appeared in three games for the Clippers averaging 3.7 points, 2.3 assists and 9.3 minutes per game. Wayns, who was the 23rd GATORADE Call-Up of the 2012-13 season, averaged 12.4 points and 3.0 assists in nine games (three starts) for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League this season. The 62 undrafted Villanova product started the season in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers and appeared in 21 games for the Sixers. In those 21 games (one start), he averaged 2.7 points and 1.0 assist in 7.8 minutes of play.
Courtesy of: kfwbam.com



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NBLCanada Round: 4 (Semi-Finals). Lightning reach Final, Express force decider - by Eurobasket News

Moncton M. - London L. 98-104
The Moncton Miracles, presented by Rogers, lost to the London Lightning in Game 4 of Round 2 in the NBL of Canada Playoffs with a final score of 98-104 to end their playoff run. Miracles fans came out once again in full force in Game 4 to push their team to an early 5-0 lead over the Lightning after Devin Sweetney (6'6''-G/F-87, college: St.Francis, PA) drained a 3 and Isaac Butts (6'10''-C, college: Appalachian St.) dominated in the key. With 9:12 on the clock early on London's Antwi Athuahene would tie the game up when he would cash in on a 3-point play after being fouled driving to the lane 5-5. It would be a fast paced quarter going basket for basket and no team pulling ahead more than a basket. When the media time-out came with 4:29 on the clock the Miracles would have a 15-13 lead. Lightning's Elvin Mims would finish the first quarter with a buzzer beater shot to give his team the advantage at the end of the first 12-minutes, 18-23. 3 minutes into the second quarter Moncton would be forced to call a time-out with London coming out of the gates in control of the ball game and pulling ahead 24-30. Lightning's Marvin Phillips would drain a 3 with 8:19 on the clock to take their first double-digit lead of the game over the Miracles, 24-35. London would show no signs of slowing down and build on the momentum they were building and strengthen their lead to 32-47 4 minutes later. The first half would end with the Miracles trailing 39-53 t0 the Lightning. Moncton would start the third quarter with a quick 4-points to bring the game within 10-0points, 42-53. London would not sit back for long and quickly pull ahead once again, 43-61. The Miracles would feel the loss of Sylvania Watkins for another game this series in the third quarter. The closest Moncton would be able to come within their opponents in the third was 10-points. With 2 minutes left to play in the third quarter Lightning's Adrian Moss (5'9''-PG-88, college: Indianapolis) would nail a 3-point shot to put his team up 63-79. The third quarter would end with the Miracles once again making it a 10-point game, 69-79. Moncton players showed how bad they wanted it and would not let down their fans and push to try and pull out the win. Darrell Wonge would hit a jumper with 8:08 left to play and bring his team within 9, 75-84. The Miracles would not slow down and Favors would go to the line with 4:55 on the clock to finish off a 3-point play and bring the fans to their feet, 90-92. Sweetney would tie the game up at 92-92 with 3:56 on the clock bringing Moncton fans to their feet! Late in the game the Miracles would be down 98-99 and continue to have to foul to try and get the ball back sending the Lightning to the line to pull ahead. Isaac Butts led the way for the Miracles with 25 points and 20 rebounds. Devin Sweetney followed with 24 points while Darrell Wonge and Herman Favors added in with 17 points each. DeAnthony Bowden (6'1''-PG-80, college: Creighton) was the force for the Lightning with 28 points. Rodney Buford (6'5''-G-77, college: Creighton) and Adrian Moss both dropped 15 points. London's Marvin Phillips and Moncton's Isaac Butts were fouled out of the game. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Summerside S. - Windsor Exp. 122-124 2OT
The Windsor Express won a double-overtime thriller over the Summerside Storm in game four of their NBL Canada semifinal series at the WFCU Centre, 124-122, March 30. Darren Duncan (5'11''-PG-88, college: Merrimack) led the Windsor Express in all offensive categories, scoring 27 points, securing 16 rebounds and dishing out 13 assists. Duncan scored Windsor's final five points in double-OT to tie the series at two games a piece and send the series back to Summerside, P.E.I. on Tuesday, April 2 for the fifth and deciding game. Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC, college: Ill.-Springfield) scored 25 points off of the bench for the Express and helped them battle back from multiple deficits in the fourth quarter and in both overtimes. Stefan Bonneau scored 20 points and included a highlight-reel dunk in the fourth quarter and hit a three-pointer in the final seconds to tie the game at 100 and send it to overtime. Greg Surmacz scored 15 points, Mike Helms scored 14 points and Chris Commons rounded out the scoring with 12 points. All were key contributors at one time or another for Windsor during the marathon game with Summerside. Antoine Tisby (6'8''-F/C-83, college: S.Carolina) scored a game-high 28 points for the Storm, including a put-back in the dying seconds of the first overtime to tie the game at 112 after Duncan had hit a three-pointer only seconds earlier to take the lead. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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Top 25 - Men

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

Regional Finals: Round 132

East

Mar. 30: Syracuse - Marquette 55-39

Midwest

Mar. 31: Louisville - Duke

NIT Semis

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

South

Mar. 31: Michigan - Florida

West

Mar. 30: Wichita St. - Ohio St. 70-66


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Deshaun THOMAS
  Ohio St.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Thomas, Ohio St.19.8 
 2. Burke, Michigan18.9 
 3. Paul, Illinois16.6 
 4. Zeller, Indiana16.5 
 5. Newbill, Penn St.16.3 
 6. Marshall, Penn St.15.3 
 7. Hardaway Jr., Mich.14.8 
 8. Marble, Iowa14.7 
 9. Hollins, Minnesota14.6 
 10. Talley, Nebraska13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Trevor MBAKWE
  Minnesota
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Mbakwe, Minnesota8.7 
 2. Zeller, Indiana8.1 
 3. Payne, Michigan.7.6 
 4. Travis, Penn St.7.4 
 5. Evans, Wisconsin7.4 
 6. Berggren, Wisco.6.9 
 7. Swopshire, Northwe.6.7 
 8. Ubel, Nebraska6.7 
 9. Nix, Michigan St.6.6 
 10. Watford, Indiana6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Trey BURKE
  Michigan
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Burke, Michigan6.8 
 2. Craft, Ohio St.4.6 
 3. Ferrell, Indiana4.1 
 4. Newbill, Penn St.4.0 
 5. Johnson, Purdue4.0 
 6. Sobolewski, Northw.4.0 
 7. Scott, Ohio St.3.8 
 8. Abrams, Illinois3.4 
 9. Hollins, Minnesota3.4 
 10.