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  ABA   



Staten Island Vipers Cruise to 50 Point Victory over NYC Jaguars of APBL - by Surujh Roopnarine

The Staten Island Vipers of the American Basketball Association (ABA) took on the visiting New York City Jaguars of the American Professional Basketball League (APBL) in an official non-conference game at the Gerard Carter Community Center in Staten Island. A game free to the public saw the home side run out ahead and take control early over the visitors, cruising to a decisive 165-115 victory. The Vipers had all but one player reach double figures in scoring, led by Teshawn Byron (6'6''-G/F-88, college: Le Moyne-Owen)s game-high 42 points. The score at half-time was 89-57 for the Vipers, so Coach Kyle Brereton had a chance to give his entire roster ample playing time. For the Jaguars, they were led by the outstanding play of Winston Douglas (6'4''-F) who scored a team-high 38 points.

Vipers Stats
#1 - Irving Moses (6'2''-G/F-84, college: Jarvis Christian) - 17pts, 7rbs, 1TO, 1asst
#3 - Jerome Richardson (6'5''-F/G-83, college: Louisiana Tech) - 14pts, 4rbs, 4assts, 2stls
#5 - Mike Gordon (6'0''-G-86, college: Binghamton) - 25pts, 4rebs, 10assts, 1stl, 1blk
#8 - Michael Newcombe (6'1''-G-83, college: Fisher) - 14pts, 4rebs, 2TO, 4assts, 2stls, 1blk
#12 - Adam Jensen (6'5''-F/C-88, college: Wagner) - 19pts, 10rebs, 1TO, 1asst, 4stls, 2blks
#22 - Teshawn Byron - 42pts, 6rebs, 1TO, 1asst, 4stls, 1blk
#23 - Angelo La Roche (6'4''-G/F-87, college: Manhattanville) - 15pts, 6rebs, 2assts
#24 - Kareem Collins (6'3''-G/F-80, college: New Jersey City St.) - 16pts, 1TO, 3assts, 1blk
#32 - Rob Lewin (6'8''-F/C-80, college: Troy) - 3pts, 8rebs, 1stl



Jersey Express fall to Cleveland Am Pro at the Buzzer, 121-119 - by Gianni Pascucci

The Jersey Express fell to the Cleveland AmPro 121-119, Saturday night, in a highly contested, exciting contest, that came down to a last second follow-up lay-up.
The Express played one of their toughest opponents of the season, and the first non-division team to date. The game was delayed 45 minutes, awaiting the arrival of the officials, so the Express staff entertained the crowd with a few games with the kids.
Cleveland got off to a quick start in the 1st quarter, going up 14-4, before the Express roared back to end the quarter down 27-29, with Jashon Mixon (6'5''-F, college: Monroe CC) leading the way with 11. The 2nd quarter was much like the 1st, with both teams shot it with extreme accuracy, with Ricky Jackson (6'7''-F-87, college: Walsh, OH) leading Cleveland with 12, and Mixon with 7, for an Express 55-54 lead at half.
The Express lead 90-86 at the end of the 3rd quarter, led by Suquan Gary (6'6''-F-88, college: Felician)'s 7pts, and Ricky Jackson led Cleveland with 13 in the quarter. The 4th quarter was the most exciting game of the year, with 12 lead changes, and 7 coming in the final 3 minutes of the game. Express guard Devon Young (6'3''-G/F-89, college: Felician) had 11, and Nate Barnes (5'10''-G-90), and Eric McPherson (6'3''-G-86, college: Lindsey Wilson) tallied 12 apiece for Cleveland. With 15 seconds remaining, and the Express trailing 117-119, Jason Smith drove hard to the basket, for a layup, to tie the game at 119. Cleveland inbounded, with 7 seconds remaining to Barnes, who put up a 3 pointer for an air ball, but Darrell Parker (6'2''-G-87) was there for the follow-up layup with 1 second to seal the win 121-119.
"This game was the most entertaining game Ive been involved in, and I know the fans, and the players enjoyed it. Were a very young team, and I know that as a team, the players have learned from this defeat. My goal, in sitting in for Coach Ortiz, is to continue what he started, and get them, not only into the playoffs, but to advance. With that, we have to continue to grow, and I feel that the experience gained, will help us to do just that" stated team owner Marsha Blount .
Our FINAL home game will be on Saturday, March 9th @ 3pm at Centenary College, 715 Grand Ave, Hackettstown, NJ, vs Staten Island.
For more information on the Jersey Express, please log onto www.jerseyexpress.net Join our Jersey Express Professional Basketball Official Fan Page on Face Book, or follow us on Twitter @jerseyexpress



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   

Standings

Adriatic League Standings
 1. Igokea 17-5 
 2. Crvena Zvezda 17-6 
 3. Radnicki KG 15-8 
 4. Partizan 14-9 
 5. Buducnost 14-9 
 6. Un.Olimpija 13-10 
 7. MZT Skopje 12-11 
 8. Cedevita 12-11 
 9. Krka 9-14 
 10. KK Split 8-15 
 11. Cibona 8-15 
 12. Szolnok 7-15 
 13. Siroki WWin 7-16 
 14. Zadar 7-16 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 2: Crvena Zvezda - Cibona 97-95
Mar. 2: MZT Skopje - Zadar 94-69
Mar. 2: KK Split - Siroki WWin 88-83 OT
Mar. 2: Radnicki KG - Buducnost 78-63
Mar. 3: Cedevita - Partizan 76-77
Mar. 2: Un.Olimpija - Krka 76-63
Mar. 4: Igokea - Szolnok


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG17.5 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena16.0 
 3. Planinic, Siroki W.15.7 
 4. Travis, Zadar14.8 
 5. Strawberry, Cibona14.7 
 6. White, Radnicki KG14.6 
 7. Gecevski, MZT S.14.5 
 8. Sutalo, Siroki W.14.3 
 9. Blazic, Un.Olimpija14.1 
 10. Jorovic, Igokea13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Crvena Z.
  (210-F-87)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Savovic, Crvena Z.8.2 
 2. Bader, Szolnok7.7 
 3. Travis, Zadar7.7 
 4. Gordon, Partizan7.2 
 5. Baynes, Un.Olimpija6.8 
 6. Sakic, Siroki WWin6.2 
 7. Planinic, Siroki W.6.1 
 8. Gecevski, MZT S.5.9 
 9. Kastropil, Zadar5.8 
 10. Hamilton, Cibona5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG5.3 
 2. Subotic, KK Split5.2 
 3. Vladovic, Krka4.4 
 4. Simon, Szolnok4.0 
 5. Hammonds, Igokea3.9 
 6. Otasevic, MZT S.3.6 
 7. Markovic, Radnicki.3.5 
 8. Nelson, Crvena Z.3.3 
 9. Rannikko, Un.Olimp.3.1 
 10. Wright, Cedevita3.1 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. STRAWBERRY
  Cibona
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Strawberry, Cibona2.3 
 2. Green, Cedevita1.9 
 3. Hammonds, Igokea1.8 
 4. Otasevic, MZT S.1.7 
 5. Salin, Un.Olimpija1.7 
 6. Stojanovski, MZT S.1.6 
 7. White, Radnicki KG1.6 
 8. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.5 
 9. Worthington, Radni.1.4 
 10. Capin, Radnicki KG1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  KK Split
  (212-F-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Kraljevic, KK Split1.3 
 2. Musli, Partizan1.2 
 3. Gecevski, MZT S.1.2 
 4. Planinic, Siroki W.1.1 
 5. Baynes, Un.Olimpija0.9 
 6. Saric, Cibona0.8 
 7. Omic, Un.Olimpija0.8 
 8. Bryan-A., Radnicki.0.7 
 9. Gordon, Partizan0.7 
 10. Lalic, Krka0.7 



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  ARGENTINA   

Standings - Liga B

Torneo Federal Stage Two Standings
Capital Bonaerense
 1. Estudiantes O. 15-4 
 2. Independ.Tan. 13-7 
 3. San Martin J. 12-7 
 4. Estudiantes LP 11-8 
 5. Velez Sarsfield 11-9 
 6. Ferrocarril O. 10-9 
 7. Villa Mitre 9-10 
 8. P.Echague 7-12 
 9. G.E.V.P. 4-15 
 10. Union Vecinal 4-15 
Centro Oeste
 1. Barrio Parque 17-1 
 2. Facundo 14-5 
 3. El Chorrillero 12-6 
 4. Tiro Federal 10-8 
 5. Espanola SL 10-9 
 6. Anzorena 8-10 
 7. Rivadavia Mnd 8-11 
 8. Olimpia C. 5-14 
 9. San Martin LR 5-14 
 10. Atenas Mend. 4-15 
Litoral
 1. Penarol Tala 14-5 
 2. Union SF 12-7 
 3. Rosario Tala 11-7 
 4. Sportmen 11-7 
 5. Atletico Argen. 11-8 
 6. Regatas Con. 11-8 
 7. Sportivo LP 11-8 
 8. Firmat FC SF 8-11 
 9. Brown 7-12 
 10. Ferrocarril C. 7-12 
 11. Racing G. 6-13 
 12. Alma Juniors 4-15 
Nor-Noreste
 1. UNCAus S.Pena 14-4 
 2. Talleres TV 13-6 
 3. Tokio Posadas 12-6 
 4. N.Avellaneda 11-7 
 5. Hindu 11-8 
 6. Sarmiento F. 10-8 
 7. Santa Rita 9-10 
 8. Independ.Tuc. 8-9 
 9. Union Oran 6-12 
 10. Regatas Res. 4-14 
 11. El Bordo 2-16 
Patagonia
 1. Hispano Am. 13-4 
 2. Deportivo R. 11-8 
 3. Perfora 11-8 
 4. Progreso Roca 10-9 
 5. Atletico Regina 7-11 
 6. All Boys SR 3-15 
Stage One Standings


Sam Clancy claims Argentinian LigaA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Sam Clancy (202-C-80) had a great game in the last round for Olimpico LB and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29 (Second Stage).
The 32-year old center had a double-double of 17 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team crushed La Union (#16, 10-31) with 16-point margin 88-72. Olimpico LB maintains the 8th position in Argentinian LigaA. Olimpico LB is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 19th lost game this season out of 41 games. Clancy turned to be Olimpico LB's top player in his first season with the team. University of Southern California graduate has very impressive stats this year. Clancy leads league in rebounds with 10.9rpg. Clancy is in league's top in and averages solid 1.8bpg and 58.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old Italian power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) of Obras. Gutierrez impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead Obras to another comfortable win 93-79 over the higher-ranked Penarol (#2, 27-12) being unquestionably team leader. Obras' 13th position in Round 15 has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 15-24 record. Gutierrez is one of the most experienced players at Obras and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.7ppg (#3). He also registered 9.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was British Darren Phillip (201-F-78, agency: Dream Team Management) of Union Progr. (#15). Phillip scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Phillip's great performance Union Progr. lost 79-82 to the higher-ranked Atenas (#10, 20-21). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Union Progr. can only dream about fighting for top spots in Round 15. They have rather bad season and 10-29 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Phillip he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Phillip has individually a great season in Argentina. After 37 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.2ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 10.7rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cristian Amicucci (202-F/C-85) of Argentino - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82) of Lanus - 17 points and 10 rebounds
6. Jerome Meyinsse (206-C-88) of Regatas C. - 8 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. David Jackson (196-G-82) of GECR Indalo - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jonatan Treise (186-PG-85) of Libertad S. - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Diego Ciorciari (184-PG-80) of GECR Indalo - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Paolo Quinteros (190-G-79) of Regatas C. - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 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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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


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

31-year old power forward Christien Charles (216-F/C-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for Thailand S. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 17 rebounds, while his team crushed Saigon H. (#5, 3-5) with 18-point margin 76-58. Thailand S. maintains the 6th position in ASEAN League . Thailand S. is bottom ranked team in the standings. They need more victories to leave last spot and improve bad 3-6 record. Charles just recently signed at Thailand S., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Villanova University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Charles is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.6ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 15.7rpg) and averages solid 4.7bpg and 56.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Froilan Baguion (170-G-80). He is Filipino guard in his first season at Thailand S.. In the last game Baguion recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 12 assists. Of course together with Charles he helped Thailand S. with another comfortable win 76-58 over slightly higher-ranked Saigon H. (#5, 3-5) being unquestionably team leader. Despite this victory they still are the lowest ranked team. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-6 record. Baguion is a newcomer at Thailand S. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88) of KL Dragons (#4). Edwards scored 22 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Edwards' great performance KL Dragons lost 66-77 to #2 ranked Petron Blaze. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of KL Dragons ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 5 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Edwards could help KL Dragons to bring them higher in the standings. Edwards has a great season in ASEAN League. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.8ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 10.9rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dior Lowhorn (201-F-87) of Saigon H. - 34 points and 7 rebounds
5. Matthew Rogers (211-C-87) of Petron Blaze - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Moala Tautuaa (200-C-89) of KL Dragons - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Wutipong Dawsom) of Thailand S. - 16 points and 7 rebounds
8. Chris Banchero (185-PG-90) of Petron Blaze - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Pauliasi Taulava (208-C-73) of Petron Blaze - 6 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Leo Avenido (186-G-78) of Petron Blaze - 6 points, 7 rebounds and 5 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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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 21-3 
 2. Wildcats 19-6 
 3. Kings 11-14 
 4. Hawks 11-14 
 5. Tigers 10-13 
 6. Taipans 9-14 
 7. Crocodiles 8-16 
 8. 36ers 8-17 

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 3: Kings - Crocodiles 83-67
Mar. 2: Tigers - Hawks 82-88
Mar. 1: Taipans - Wildcats 78-72
Feb. 28: Breakers - 36ers 104-79

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 7: Breakers - Taipans
Mar. 8: Wildcats - Kings
Mar. 9: 36ers - Taipans
Mar. 9: Crocodiles - Hawks
Mar. 10: Tigers - Breakers


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Ben MADGEN
  Kings
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Madgen, Kings18.7 
 2. Flynn, Tigers17.4 
 3. Ervin, Crocodiles17.3 
 4. Deleon, Hawks16.5 
 5. Johnson, 36ers16.4 
 6. Jackson, Breakers16.0 
 7. Wilson, Taipans15.9 
 8. Lisch, Wildcats15.2 
 9. Knight, Wildcats14.5 
 10. Goulding, Tigers14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  Crocodiles
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Holmes, Crocodiles8.0 
 2. Johnson, 36ers7.9 
 3. Crosswhite, Kings7.5 
 4. Lazare, Kings7.1 
 5. Pledger, Breakers6.8 
 6. Knight, Wildcats6.7 
 7. Tragardh, Taipans6.6 
 8. Scott, Tigers6.5 
 9. Vukona, Breakers6.2 
 10. Forman, Hawks6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Jackson, Breakers7.1 
 2. Flynn, Tigers5.9 
 3. Gibson, 36ers5.0 
 4. Ervin, Crocodiles4.3 
 5. Wilson, Taipans3.5 
 6. Martin, Hawks3.3 
 7. Deleon, Hawks3.3 
 8. Martin, Wildcats3.2 
 9. Bruce, Kings3.0 
 10. Henry, Kings2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.7 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.1 
 3. Deleon, Hawks1.5 
 4. Gliddon, Taipans1.3 
 5. Ervin, Crocodiles1.1 
 6. Henry, Kings1.1 
 7. Boucher, Breakers1.1 
 8. Martin, Hawks1.1 
 9. Lisch, Wildcats1.0 
 10. Tovey, Wildcats1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Pledger, Breakers1.5 
 2. Nevill, Crocodiles1.4 
 3. Schenscher, 36ers0.9 
 4. Scott, Tigers0.8 
 5. Forman, Hawks0.8 
 6. Hinder, Crocodiles0.8 
 7. Edwards, Taipans0.7 
 8. Garlepp, Kings0.7 
 9. Redhage, Wildcats0.7 
 10. Blanchfield, Croc.0.7 


Ben Madgen claims Australian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Ben Madgen (193-G/F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Kings and that's him to receive a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 27-year old swingman had the game-high 33 points adding eight rebounds and five assists for Kings in his team's victory, helping them to crush Crocodiles (#7, 8-16) with 16-point margin 83-67. Kings is placed at 3rd position in Australian NBL. Kings 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 11-14 record. In the team's last game Madgen had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Kings and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Augusta State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Madgen is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.7ppg. Madgen is in league's top in and averages solid 51.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old Dominican Rep. guard Adris Deleon (180-G-84) of Hawks. Deleon impressed basketball fans with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. It was enough for Hawks to edge slightly lower-ranked Tigers (#5, 10-13) by 6 points 88-82. This victory allowed Hawks to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-14 record. Deleon is a newcomer at Hawks 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 16.5ppg (#4). He also recorded 3.3 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was Cameron Gliddon (195-G-89) of Taipans (#6). Gliddon scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Taipans, leading his team to a 78-72 win against the higher-ranked Wildcats (#2, 19-6). The chances of Taipans not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gliddon could try to bring Taipans' a little bit higher in the standings. Gliddon has a very solid season. In 23 games in Australia he scored 7.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cameron Tragardh (209-C/F-83) of Taipans - 15 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Larry Davidson (206-C/F-83) of Hawks - 23 points and 4 rebounds
6. Darnell Lazare (203-F-85) of Kings - 21 points and 4 rebounds
7. Lucas Walker (203-F-84) of Tigers - 18 points and 7 rebounds
8. Peter Crawford (193-G/F-79) of Crocodiles - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Mika Vukona (198-F-82) of Breakers - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Chris Goulding (192-G-88) of Tigers - 21 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)



NBL Round 21: Melbourne Tigers are upset by Wollongong Hawks - by Eurobasket News

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

The game between third ranked Melbourne Tigers (10-13) and fifth ranked Wollongong Hawks (11-14) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Melbourne Tigers were defeated by Wollongong Hawks in a tough game in Melbourne 82-88. Wollongong Hawks made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Dominican guard Adris Deleon (180-84, college: E.Washington) who scored 31 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Power forward Larry Davidson (206-83, college: Boise St.) chipped in 23 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was forward Lucas Walker (203-84, college: St.Mary's, CA) who recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds. Wollongong Hawks moved-up to third place, which they share with Kings. Melbourne Tigers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 13 games lost. Wollongong Hawks is looking forward to face Townsville Crocodiles (#7) in Wulguru in the next round. Melbourne Tigers will play at home against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and are hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Perth Wildcats (19-6) against sixth ranked Cairns Taipans (9-14) on Friday night. Visiting Perth Wildcats were defeated by Cairns Taipans in a tough game in Cairns 72-78. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Perth Wildcats. It was a good game for guard Cameron Gliddon (195-89, college: Concordia Irvine) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Cameron Tragardh contributed with 15 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Matthew Knight (203-85, college: Loyola Mary) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds for Perth Wildcats. Perth Wildcats' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cairns Taipans have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 9-14 record. Perth Wildcats at the other side keep the second position with six games lost. Cairns Taipans will play against bottom-ranked Adelaide 36ers (#8) in Findon in the next round. Perth Wildcats will play at home against Kings (#3) in Sydney and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader New Zealand Breakers delivered the twentieth first victory on Thursday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Adelaide 36ers (8-17) 104-79 in Auckland. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Adelaide 36ers. Cedric Jackson stepped up and scored 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. The best for the losing side was Adam Gibson with 15 points and 6 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. New Zealand Breakers (21-3) have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Loser Adelaide 36ers stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. New Zealand Breakers will meet Melbourne Tigers (#5) on the road in the next round. Adelaide 36ers will play against Cairns Taipans and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 21 Crocodiles were defeated by Kings in Sydney 83-67.
The best stats of 21th round was 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists by Ben Madgen of Kings.


Kings - Crocodiles 83-67

There was no surprise in Sydney where 7th ranked Townsville Crocodiles (8-16) were defeated by fifth ranked Kings (11-14) 83-67 on Sunday. Kings dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Townsville Crocodiles' 24 and made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Kings forced 20 Townsville Crocodiles turnovers. Swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta St.) stepped up and scored 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and American forward Darnell Lazare (203-85, college: LSU, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 21 points. The best for the losing side was the former international swingman Peter Crawford (193-79) with 22 points and American point guard Gary Ervin (183-83, college: Arkansas) scored 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kings moved-up to third place, which they share with Hawks. Townsville Crocodiles lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 16 games lost. Kings will meet league's second-placed Perth Wildcats on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Townsville Crocodiles will play against Wollongong Hawks (#4) in Gwynneville and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kings: B.Madgen 33+8reb+5ast, D.Lazare 21+4reb, I.Crosswhite 13+6reb+1ast, T.Garlepp 8+2reb+1ast, J.Weeks 5, A.Bruce 2+3reb+3ast
Crocodiles: P.Crawford 22+4reb+2ast, G.Ervin 9+6reb+4ast, B.Allen 7+4reb, M.Cedar 7+8reb+3ast, T.Blanchfield 5+2reb, R.Hinder 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 182762


Tigers - Hawks 82-88

The game between third ranked Melbourne Tigers (10-13) and fifth ranked Wollongong Hawks (11-14) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Melbourne Tigers were defeated by Wollongong Hawks in a tough game in Melbourne 82-88. Wollongong Hawks made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Dominican guard Adris Deleon (180-84, college: E.Washington) who scored 31 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Power forward Larry Davidson (206-83, college: Boise St.) chipped in 23 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was forward Lucas Walker (203-84, college: St.Mary's, CA) who recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Chris Goulding (192-88) added 21 points respectively. Four Melbourne Tigers players scored in double figures. Wollongong Hawks moved-up to third place, which they share with Kings. Melbourne Tigers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 13 games lost. Wollongong Hawks is looking forward to face Townsville Crocodiles (#7) in Wulguru in the next round. Melbourne Tigers will play at home against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hawks: A.Deleon 31+7reb+8ast, L.Davidson 23+4reb, D.Gruber 8+4reb, T.Coenraad 8+2reb+1ast, O.Forman 8+1reb, T.Demos 4+3reb+3ast
Tigers: C.Goulding 21+4reb+1ast, L.Walker 18+7reb+1ast, J.Flynn 13+2reb+6ast, A.Ballinger 11+4reb+1ast, T.Greer 9+5reb, N.Tomlinson 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 182761


Taipans - Wildcats 78-72

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Perth Wildcats (19-6) against sixth ranked Cairns Taipans (9-14) on Friday night. Visiting Perth Wildcats were defeated by Cairns Taipans in a tough game in Cairns 72-78. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Perth Wildcats. Cairns Taipans made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Perth Wildcats 38-26 including 23 on the defensive glass. Perth Wildcats were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Cameron Gliddon (195-89, college: Concordia Irvine) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 6 rebounds. The former international power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Matthew Knight (203-85, college: Loyola Mary) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) added 20 points in the effort for Perth Wildcats. Perth Wildcats' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cairns Taipans have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 9-14 record. Perth Wildcats at the other side keep the second position with six games lost. Cairns Taipans will play against bottom-ranked Adelaide 36ers (#8) in Findon in the next round. Perth Wildcats will play at home against Kings (#3) in Sydney and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Taipans: C.Gliddon 26+6reb+2ast, C.Tragardh 15+15reb+3ast, A.Loughton 13+3reb+5ast, J.Wilson 9+5reb, B.Hill 6+3reb+3ast, S.Edwards 4+3ast
Wildcats: K.Lisch 20+3reb+1ast, M.Knight 19+6reb, J.Wagstaff 12+1reb, D.Martin 7+2reb+6ast, S.Redhage 7+5reb+1ast, G.Hire 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 182760


Breakers - 36ers 104-79

Leader New Zealand Breakers delivered the twentieth first victory on Thursday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Adelaide 36ers (8-17) 104-79 in Auckland. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Adelaide 36ers. New Zealand Breakers shot 62.1 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) stepped up and scored 18 points and 4 assists for the winners and Fijian-New Zealand forward Mika Vukona (198-82) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was international point guard Adam Gibson (188-86) with 15 points and 6 assists and the former international swingman Stephen Weigh (198-87) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. New Zealand Breakers (21-3) have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Loser Adelaide 36ers stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. New Zealand Breakers will meet Melbourne Tigers (#5) on the road in the next round. Adelaide 36ers will play against Cairns Taipans and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Breakers: C.Jackson 18+2reb+4ast, T.Abercrombie 16+4reb, D.Corletto 15+1reb+3ast, M.Vukona 11+5reb+7ast, C.Bruton 11+2reb+3ast, C.Webster 11+3ast
36ers: A.Petrie 16+2reb+2ast, D.Johnson 15+4reb+2ast, S.Weigh 15+4reb+2ast, A.Gibson 15+3reb+6ast, T.Daly 7+1reb+2ast, J.Cadee 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 182759



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  AUSTRIA   

Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. BC Vienna 18-6 
 2. Kapfenberg 17-7 
 3. Klosterneub. 16-7 
 4. Gmunden 16-8 
 5. Wels 14-9 
 6. Oberwart 13-10 
 7. Gussing 13-11 
 8. UBSC Graz 9-14 
 9. Furstenfeld 8-15 
 10. St.Polten 3-21 
 11. Arkadia 2-21 

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 3: Wels - Furstenfeld 97-76
Mar. 3: BC Vienna - Kapfenberg 82-79
Mar. 3: Gussing - Gmunden 75-65
Mar. 3: Arkadia - St.Polten 74-68
Mar. 4: Oberwart - Klosterneub.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Oberwart
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 21
 1. Hinson, Oberwart21.0 
 2. Tiedeman, Wels20.0 
 3. Grum, Furstenfeld19.9 
 4. Pearson, Furstenf.19.8 
 5. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.6 
 6. Dale, UBSC G.18.0 
 7. Shaw, Kapfenberg17.7 
 8. Ray, BC Vienna17.3 
 9. Gilchrese, UBSC G.17.0 
 10. Kovacevic, St.Po.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  Furstenf.
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pearson, Furstenf.12.5 
 2. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.8.0 
 3. Heard, Gussing7.8 
 4. Washington, Wels7.7 
 5. Johnson, Oberwart7.2 
 6. Lamesic, Wels7.0 
 7. Cresnar, Furstenf.6.9 
 8. Spasojevic, Arkadia6.8 
 9. Speiser, St.Polten6.7 
 10. Suljanovic, Klost.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Giovonne WOODS
  Kapfenberg
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Woods, Kapfenberg5.9 
 2. Boylan, BC Vienna5.9 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing4.9 
 4. Tiedeman, Wels4.5 
 5. Lanegger, Klostern.4.2 
 6. Danek, BC Vienna4.0 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels4.0 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna3.7 
 9. O''Neal, Furstenfeld3.5 
 10. Hinson, Oberwart3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.4 
 2. Hinson, Oberwart2.1 
 3. Ray, BC Vienna1.7 
 4. Boylan, BC Vienna1.7 
 5. Arnold, Gmunden1.6 
 6. Woods, Kapfenberg1.4 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.4 
 8. Pryor, Kapfenberg1.3 
 9. Cox, Furstenfeld1.3 
 10. O''Neal, Furstenfe.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Blaz CRESNAR
  Furstenf.
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.2 
 2. Bortolin, Arkadia1.2 
 3. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.1 
 4. Arnold, Gmunden0.9 
 5. Shaw, Kapfenberg0.8 
 6. Washington, Wels0.8 
 7. Greimeister, Klost.0.6 
 8. Pearson, Furstenf.0.6 
 9. Gant, Oberwart0.6 
 10. Koch, Gussing0.5 



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division II

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

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 2: Waregem - Kangor.-Boom 75-82
Mar. 1: M.Hainaut II - Tongeren 74-82
Mar. 2: Gent Dragons - St-Niklase 65-77
Mar. 1: Point Chaud - Essor Charleroi
Mar. 2: Sint-Jan Ant. - Houthalen
Mar. 3: Giants II - Gembo BBC
Mar. 3: Excelsior - CEP Fleurus


D3 Standings

Division III Standings
Group A
 1. Turuka 17-4 
 2. Soba 14-5 
 3. Ninane 13-7 
 4. Oxaco 13-8 
 5. Ekeren 12-7 
 6. BAVI 12-9 
 7. Willebroek 10-8 
 8. Neufchateau 9-11 
 9. Esneux 7-10 
 10. Loyers 7-14 
 11. Natoye 7-14 
 12. Lommel 6-14 
 13. Pepinster 2 6-14 
 14. United Woluwe 6-14 
Group B
 1. Melsele 16-5 
 2. Aalst 14-6 
 3. Wevelgem 14-7 
 4. Oostkamp 13-7 
 5. Falco Gent 13-8 
 6. De Pinte 12-9 
 7. Gistel 11-9 
 8. Ieper 11-10 
 9. Kortrijk 9-11 
 10. Lambusart 8-11 
 11. Nivelles 7-13 
 12. Knokke-Heist 7-14 
 13. Kain 6-15 
 14. Carnieres 2-16 


Belgian Ethias League round 19 best performance: Niels Marnegrave - by Eurobasket News

International point guard Niels Marnegrave (191-PG-87) had a great game in the last round for Leuven, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 25-year old player got a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists, while his team crushed Verviers-Pep. (#8, 4-15) with 16-point margin 107-91. Leuven is placed at 6th position in Belgian Ethias League. Leuven is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-12 record. Marnegrave has many years of experience at Leuven, through which he has constantly improved. Niels Marnegrave has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 5.3apg) and averages impressive 2.6spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Chris Ferguson (206-C-89) of Verviers-Pep.. Ferguson had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Verviers-Pep. lost that game 91-107 to slightly higher-ranked Leuven (#6, 6-12). Verviers-Pep. are still at the very bottom. 15 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Verviers-Pep. managed to get this year. Ferguson is a newcomer at Verviers-Pep. and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Justin Cage (198-F-85, agency: Priority Sports) of M.Hainaut (#3). Cage scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Cage's great performance M.Hainaut lost 90-94in overtime to #2 ranked Spirou. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing M.Hainaut needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 12 victories and 7 lost games. Cage has a very solid season. In 17 games in Belgium he scored 11.6ppg. He also has 4.2rpg and FGP: 62.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gerald Robinson (185-PG-89) of Leuven - 28 points and 4 assists
5. Yannick Desiron (206-C-92) of Leuven - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85) of Oostende - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ryan Thompson (198-G-89) of Aalstar - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jonathan Wallace (187-G-86) of M.Hainaut - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Derek Raivio (190-SG-84) of Aalstar - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Yannick Moray (199-F-91) of Verviers-Pep. - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  BOSNIA   

Standings - BIH League

Division Standings
 1. Capljina 14-5 
 2. Mladost 14-5 
 3. Bosna 13-6 
 4. Radnik B. 10-9 
 5. Varda HE 10-9 
 6. Leotar 9-10 
 7. Zrinjski HT 8-11 
 8. Borac Nektar 8-11 
 9. Posusje 8-11 
 10. Vogosca 7-12 
 11. Kakanj 7-12 
 12. Servitium 6-13 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea
 2. Siroki WWin

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 2: Mladost - Bosna 98-92
Mar. 2: Vogosca - Zrinjski HT 94-89
Mar. 2: Varda HE - Servitium 83-57
Mar. 2: Posusje - Radnik B. 81-67
Mar. 3: Leotar - Borac Nektar 73-62
Mar. 2: Kakanj - Capljina 64-77

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 9: Bosna - Leotar
Mar. 9: Borac Nektar - Vogosca
Mar. 9: Zrinjski HT - Posusje
Mar. 9: Radnik B. - Kakanj
Mar. 9: Capljina - Varda HE
Mar. 9: Servitium - Mladost


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

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

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



Brooklyn Nets connection to Mostar Bosnia, a pipeline to NBA talent! - by Chris Mathieu

Brooklyn Nets connection to Mostar Bosnia, a pipeline to NBA talent!

When one thinks of the Brooklyn Nets they wouldnt think of Bosnia. They should however, since this small country located on the Balkan peninsula of Europe has been a pipeline of talent to the NBA team. This small Bosnian town, population estimates it to be 105,000 total (there hasnt been a census since 1991 because of the war). It is hard to imagine that such a small remote town in a tiny country in Europe could produce three NBA players for the team, yet they have.

It started with Zoran Planinic who was a first round pick of the team in 2003. Zoran Planinic played three years in the NBA and could have played plenty more. He however tired of being a backup to star Jason Kidd, getting 8-12 minutes a night and making similar money that he could make in Europe and be a star. Zoran has been spectacular this season in Europe probably the best point guard, along with another Bosnian Aleksandar Capin.

Mirza Teletovic was the number one forward in Europe the last three seasons. He had nothing left to prove in Europe and decided to take his talents to the NBA; he had quite a few suitors with two being the Cavaliers and the Nets. Both destinations would have been excellent fits for the sharp shooting big man. Mirza got off to a slow start with the team but has been playing well and getting consistent minutes off the bench lately. He is being counted on as a key contributor for the team starting next season.

Bojan Bogdanovic was a draft and stash player the team picked up in a trade from the Heat. Bojan is a 202cm shooting guard who has a sweet stroke and is a good shot selection. His size makes him a tough matchup as he can get his shot off against anybody. Bojan is the first player in 10 years in Euroleague final 16 to average over 20ppg this season. He is looking like a steal as a second round pick of the team.

Bosnia has quite a few young NBA talents in the pipeline with Nedim Buza being voted the MVP of basketball without borders camp last summer. Doko Salic was MVP of the first round of the NIJT tournament this season and Emir Sulejmanovic was MVP of the second round. Jusuf Nurkic another center prospect was MVP of the NIJT last season. Three Bosnian prospects were named to the Jordan Brand Classic camp in Spain this season Alija Piric, Dragan Bender and Nedim Dedovic. Samir Sehic is one of the best center prospects in American High school. Bosnian kid Adnan Vrabac 202cm SG/SF reminds many of another former Nets from the Balkans, Slovenian Bostjan Nahchbar. This is just scratching the surface of the future potential of the Bosnian NBA connection and possibly more prospects funneled to the Bosnian NBA team, the Brookly Nets.



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  CANADA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stephon LAMAR
  Saskatch.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Lamar, Saskatch.23.5 
 2. Allin, Laurier23.2 
 3. Freeman, UFV21.2 
 4. Dorsey, Cape Bret.20.8 
 5. Ogungbemi-J., Calg.20.7 
 6. Fee, New Brunsw.20.4 
 7. Faulkner, Queen''s20.3 
 8. Ratte, Laurentian20.2 
 9. Dunn, St.Francis X.20.2 
 10. Coulthard, Laurier19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Derek WALDNER
  Lethb.
  (201-C-)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Waldner, Lethb.11.5 
 2. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s11.2 
 3. Phillip, Windsor10.8 
 4. Klassen, Acadia10.7 
 5. Kamen, UBC10.4 
 6. Burns, Regina9.7 
 7. Salhia, Lakehead9.5 
 8. Allin, Laurier9.3 
 9. Moses, Calgary9.2 
 10. Burns, Saskatch.9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew CUNNINGHAM
  Winnipeg
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Cunningham, Winnip.8.3 
 2. Hebert, Regina6.2 
 3. Dorsey, Cape Bret.5.7 
 4. Pasquale, Laure.4.8 
 5. Smith, TWU4.8 
 6. Walton, Manitoba4.8 
 7. Lamar, Saskatch.4.8 
 8. Allin, Laurier4.6 
 9. Smith, UPEI4.5 
 10. Daley, New Brunsw.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.3.6 
 2. Evans, Victoria2.9 
 3. Perrin, TWU2.8 
 4. Walton, Manitoba2.7 
 5. Daley, New Brunsw.2.7 
 6. Parchment, UFV2.6 
 7. Carter, Lakehead2.5 
 8. Smith, TWU2.4 
 9. Collins, Windsor2.3 
 10. Hunter, Bishop''s2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Thijin MOSES
  Calgary
  (201--)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Moses, Calgary2.1 
 2. Duke, UPEI1.9 
 3. Andrews, Bishop''s1.9 
 4. Eyitayo, Concordia1.6 
 5. Klassen, Acadia1.5 
 6. Luby, Brock1.4 
 7. Salhia, Lakehead1.4 
 8. Chesson, Laurier1.3 
 9. Dewar, Alberta1.3 
 10. James, Brandon1.3 


CIS Round 5 of Play-Offs - by Eurobasket News

Acadia - Cape Breton 75-83

The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 29-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Capers made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Axemen turnovers. American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points, 8 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 16-for-16 from the free throw line !!!). Forward Meshack Lufile (203) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Owen Klassen (208-91) answered with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks and point guard Sean Stoqua (180) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Axemen. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Acadia: O.Klassen 24+8reb+3ast, S.Stoqua 12+7reb+3ast, A.Sears 10+6reb, A.Ashe 10+11reb, B.States 9+3reb+2ast, T.Scott 6+2reb
Cape Breton: J.Dorsey 30+3reb+8ast, K.Mayers 13+5reb+1ast, S.Keith 12+5reb+3ast, M.Lufile 12+6reb+3ast, S.Mccormick 9+3reb+1ast, C.Kasongo 5+5reb
gschID: 234529


St.Mary's - Acadia 55-74

The game without a history. Axemen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 22 Huskies turnovers and outrebounded them 50-37 including 18 on the offensive glass. Guard Anthony Ashe (193) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. The former international forward Owen Klassen (208-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Axemen players scored in double figures. Axemen's coach Stephen Baur used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Riley Halpin (203) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds and Nigerian guard Harry Ezenibe (190-87) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Huskies.
Top scorers:
St.Mary''s: R.Halpin 21+8reb+1ast, H.Ezenibe 10+5reb+3ast, M.Pink 8+4reb+1ast, K.Thompson 7+2reb+3ast, K.Thomas 6+4reb, J.McAvoy 3+9reb+3ast
Acadia: T.Scott 19+6reb+1ast, A.Ashe 15+13reb, O.Klassen 13+12reb+2ast, A.Sears 12+3reb+2ast, B.States 6+4reb, T.Filigiano 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 234505


Bishop's - McGill 74-77

Gaiters were ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 22-13 charge of Redmen, which allowed them to win the game. They made 26-of-30 charity shots (86.7 percent) during the game. Redmen had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Adrian Hynes-Guery (190, college: Amer.Internat.) stepped up and scored 24 points for the winners and forward Vincent Dufort (195) chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds. Redmen's coach David DeAveiro allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Center Mike Andrews (208) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds and forward Jeremy Leonard-Smith (193) scored 14 points. Four Gaiters players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Bishop''s: M.Andrews 22+7reb, T.Hunter 17+3reb+1ast, J.Leonard-Smith 14+4reb+3ast, O.Blackwood 10+4reb, J.Bermillo 7+3reb+2ast, M.McLean 2+3reb+1ast
McGill: A.Hynes-Guery 24+2reb+2ast, S.Bibeau 12+2reb, A.Mitrovic 9+3reb+3ast, V.Dufort 9+10reb+3ast, T.Riley 8+8reb+1ast, N.Joyal 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 234503


Winnipeg - UFV 90-84

Cascades were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 26-19 charge of Wesmen, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Nolan Gooding (183) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Jordan Clennon (183, college: West Plains JC) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Wesmen players scored in double figures. James York answered with 23 points and forward Kyle Grewal (198-88) added 19 points in the effort for Cascades.
Top scorers:
UFV: J.York 23+3reb+2ast, K.Grewal 19+4reb+1ast, K.Parchment 11+9reb, A.Khaira 9+4reb+4ast, K.Figueiredo 9+9reb+2ast, M.Dulay 6+3reb
Winnipeg: N.Gooding 21+6reb+5ast, T.Krahn 16+2reb, J.Clennon 14+4reb+5ast, S.Wesley 12+7reb, M.McNee 11+1reb, B.Iko 9+6reb+1ast
gschID: 234506


Ottawa - Carleton 69-72

The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-69. Ravens outrebounded Gee-Gees 40-28 including 17 on the offensive glass. Forward Thomas Scrubb (196) nailed 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and the former international guard Philip Scrubb (190-92) accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds. The former international guard Warren Ward (196-89) came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and forward Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue (198) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Gee-Gees in the defeat. Four Gee-Gees players scored in double figures. Gee-Gees' coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Ottawa: W.Ward 27+10reb+3ast, G.Gonthier-Dubue 14+8reb, J.Berhanemeskel 13+1reb+2ast, V.Gill 10+4reb+3ast, M.Tihani 3+3reb+1ast, M.L'Africain 2+2ast
Carleton: T.Scrubb 17+9reb+1ast, C.Springer-Williams 15+4reb, P.Scrubb 15+5reb+2ast, K.Blain 8+5reb+2ast, D.Penner 8+6reb+1ast, T.Hinz 5+8reb+3ast
gschID: 234504


St.Francis X. - Cape Breton 70-80

The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-70. Capers forced 20 X-Men turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Forward Sean Mccormick (196) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Capers players scored in double figures. Forward Jeremy Dunn (196) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds and guard Tyrell Vernon (185-88) added 19 points and 5 assists in the effort for X-Men.
Top scorers:
St.Francis X.: J.Dunn 23+8reb+1ast, T.Vernon 19+1reb+5ast, J.Tyrrell 9+2reb, R.Madera 8+10reb+1ast, J.Clarke 7+2reb+1ast, W.Donkoh 2+3reb+3ast
Cape Breton: S.Mccormick 19+9reb+2ast, M.Lufile 18+6reb, J.Dorsey 14+9reb+7ast, A.Geugjes 11+7reb+1ast, C.Kasongo 8+2reb+6ast, S.Keith 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 234502


Lakehead - Windsor 78-64

The game was mostly controlled by Thunderwolves. Lancers managed to win second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Joseph Jones (188-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 4 assists. Guard Dwayne Harvey contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international forward Lien Phillip (203-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and guard Rotimi Osuntola (196-92) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Lancers. Lancers' coach rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Windsor: L.Phillip 15+13reb+1ast, R.Osuntola 13+5reb+1ast, I.Seferagic 10+4reb+1ast, E.Diloreto 7+3reb+1ast, M.Petrella 7+1reb, N.Ntim 7+4reb
Lakehead: J.Jones 23+4reb+4ast, D.Harvey 14+4reb+4ast, B.Johnson 11+5reb, J.Hart 9+1ast, G.Carter 8+4reb+6ast, Y.Salhia 7+7reb
gschID: 234501


Victoria - UBC 69-72

Thunderbirds had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Vikies helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Doug Plumb (193, college: Minnesota St.) who scored 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Forward Tommy Nixon (198) chipped in 13 points. Center Chris McLaughlin (208) produced 21 points and 6 rebounds and guard Brandon Dunlop (185-88) added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Vikies' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Victoria: C.McLaughlin 21+6reb+1ast, B.Dunlop 12+9reb+4ast, T.Evans 12+5reb, R.Theil 8+1reb+1ast, M.Acheampong 5+2ast, V.Dhillon 4+1reb
UBC: D.Plumb 22+9reb+5ast, T.Nixon 13+4reb, J.Jensen-Whyte 10+1reb+2ast, O.Wallace 9+5reb+1ast, D.Wagner 8+4reb, B.Kamen 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 234507



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  CHINA   

Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Zhejiang CB
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 32.3
 1. Douby, Zhejiang CB32.3 
 2. Randolph, Foshan32.0 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.5 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Liaoning.29.9 
 6. Spencer, Jilin N.28.6 
 7. Daniels, Qingdao E.28.6 
 8. Forbes, Guangsha28.4 
 9. Marbury, Beijing28.2 
 10. Hudson, DongGuan27.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Harvey, TianJin S.16.6 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.15.2 
 3. Randolph, Foshan14.6 
 4. Li, Liaoning H.13.0 
 5. Wang, Fujian QB12.9 
 6. Harris, Jiangsu D.12.4 
 7. Singleton, Xinjian.12.1 
 8. Abbas, Shandong FB11.3 
 9. Daniels, Qingdao E.11.3 
 10. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.2 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.9.1 
 2. Perkins, Foshan LL6.8 
 3. Lu, Shanxi Zh.6.0 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.7 
 5. Jeter, Shandong FB5.5 
 6. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 7. McGrady, Qingd.5.1 
 8. Qahwash, Jiang.4.7 
 9. Gaines, Fujian QB4.7 
 10. Forbes, Guangsha4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Doron PERKINS
  Foshan LL
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Perkins, Foshan LL2.6 
 2. Jeter, Shandong FB2.5 
 3. Spencer, Jilin N.2.5 
 4. Douby, Zhejiang CB2.5 
 5. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 6. Abbas, Shandong FB2.2 
 7. Marbury, Beijing2.2 
 8. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
 9. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.2.1 
 10. Co, Xinjiang FT2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.3.9 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.9 
 3. Siler, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 4. Jones, Liaoning H.1.9 
 5. Yi, Guangdong ST1.7 
 6. Morris, Beijing Du.1.7 
 7. Daniels, Qingdao E.1.7 
 8. Vroman, Shandong.1.5 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 10. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.4 


Vroman endures injury to help Shangdong advance in the CBA Playoffs - by Alex Yam

The surprise team this season has to be the Shangdong Club as they finished the season #2 in the standings and have now advanced past Dongguan in the 1st round of the CBA playoffs, en route to a at worst top #4 finish.

Despite an injury to Jackson Vroman, who is arguably the best defensive big man in the CBA., and now certainly the toughest, Vroman has been playing with a broken rib , and severe soreness yet still managed to compete and cap off the sweep of Dongguan, 3-0.

Vroman, along with CBA newcomer Pooh Jeter, and perennial CBA player, Zaid Abbas, have Shangdong looking like a real threat to Beijing in this next round. Vroman's defense and intensity should help keep a recently hot Randolph Morris, from becoming too much of a factor in the next series. This looks to be the best series thus far in the playoffs.



Guangdong, Beijing Ducks and Shandong sweep Quarterfinal series - by Eurobasket News

Guangsha L. - Beijing Ducks 87-101 (0-3)

It looked good early as Zhejiang Guangsha Lions took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Beijing Ducks had a 24-18 second period charge getting the lead and Zhejiang Guangsha Lions were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 87-101. Beijing Ducks made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a great evening for American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) helped adding 18 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Four Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) with 23 points and 7 rebounds and Taiwanese guard Chih-Chieh Lin (192-82) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Guangsha L.: R.Peter John 23+7reb+1ast, Z.Yongpeng 12+7reb, L.Chih-Chieh 12+9reb+3ast, F.Gary 11+4reb+1ast, C.Han Jun 9+6reb+2ast, S.Ruoyu 8+9reb+1ast
Beijing Ducks: M.Randolph 38+10reb+3ast, M.Stephon 18+5reb+10ast, J.Zhe 12+6reb+2ast, Z.Xiaochuan 11+9reb, G.Li 6+2reb+1ast, Z.YanXi 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 234500


DongGuan L. - Shandong FB 95-110 (0-3)

The game was mostly controlled by Shandong Bulls. DongGuan Leopards managed to win second period 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shandong Bulls dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to DongGuan Leopards' 34. Shandong Bulls looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Pooh Jeter (180-83, college: Portland) who led the winners and scored 28 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Ding Yanyuhang (200-93) accounted for 22 points for the winning side. Shandong Bulls' coach XiaoBin Gong used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Priority Sports) came up with 33 points (!!!) and the other American import forward Marcus Haislip (208-80, college: Tennessee) added 17 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) respectively for DongGuan Leopards in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
DongGuan L.: H.Lester 33+3reb+2ast, G.QuAn 21+4reb, H.Marcus 17+6reb+3ast, S.TongLin 10+12reb+1ast, H.ZhongMian 7+8reb+2ast, Z.Kai 4+7reb+2ast
Shandong FB: J.Pooh 28+7reb+7ast, Y.Ding 22+3reb+1ast, A.Zaid 18+5reb+3ast, L.JingYu 14+4reb+1ast, S.Ran 9+2reb+2ast, V.Jackson 8+11reb+4ast
gschID: 234499


Liaoning H. - Xinjiang FT 89-112 (1-2)

The game was mostly controlled by Xinjiang Flying Tige. Liaoning Hunters was better in second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Liaoning Hunters 53-33 including a 39-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. Xinjiang Flying Tige players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Liaoning Hunters' players. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard QinPeng Zhang (187-81) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. American guard Von Wafer (196-85, college: Florida St.) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Solomon Jones (208-84, college: S.Florida, agency: Priority Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) added 25 points respectively. Five Xinjiang Flying Tige and four Liaoning Hunters players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Liaoning H.: A.Josh-Emmanuel 25+3reb, J.Solomon 22+13reb, G.Ailun 15+2reb+3ast, L.XiaoXu 12+8reb+2ast, M.Lim 7+3reb+1ast, Z.Liu 5+2reb+1ast
Xinjiang FT: C.Tal 28+4reb+1ast, W.Von 23+8reb+3ast, Z.QinPeng 20+7reb+10ast, T.ZhengDong 16+8reb+8ast, Y.Changdong 11+11reb, S.James 8+6reb
gschID: 234498


Zhejiang CB - Guangdong ST 86-109 (0-3)

The game was mostly controlled by Guandong Tigers. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank managed to win second period 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guandong Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank's 38. Guandong Tigers forced 24 Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank turnovers. It was a good game for international Jianlian Yi (212-87) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 7 rebounds. Nigerian-American power forward Ike Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. International JinHui Ding (204-89) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Nan Wang (198-87) added 18 points in the effort for Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang CB: W.Nan 18+4reb, D.JinHui 17+5reb+2ast, C.Fei 15+2reb+2ast, T.Hai 9+2reb+1ast, J.Peng 8+6reb, W.Qian 7+5reb+4ast
Guangdong ST: Y.Jianlian 26+7reb+3ast, D.Ike 17+10reb, Z.Peng 16+1reb+1ast, W.ShiPeng 15+1reb+3ast, H.Dong 13+1ast, R.JunFei 8+6reb
gschID: 234497



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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

DPB Standings
 1. Academia 5-1 
 2. Bambuqueros 4-2 
 3. Aguilas 4-2 
 4. Piratas 4-2 
 5. Bucaros 3-3 
 6. Once Caldas 3-3 
 7. Halcones 1-5 
 8. Caribbean Heat 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 6

Mar. 2: Once Caldas - Piratas 91-86
Mar. 2: Caribbean Heat - Academia 79-89
Mar. 2: Bambuqueros - Bucaros 74-65
Mar. 2: Halcones - Aguilas 71-72

Regular Season: Round 7

Mar. 4: Caribbean Heat - Piratas
Mar. 4: Halcones - Once Caldas
Mar. 4: Bucaros - Academia
Mar. 4: Bambuqueros - Aguilas


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jamal JOHNSON
  Piratas
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 23
 1. Johnson, Piratas23.0 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros21.8 
 3. Rayson, Aguilas21.2 
 4. Culver, Caribbea.20.4 
 5. Brooks, Bucaros20.3 
 6. Chavez Jacob., Ac.20.2 
 7. Mayfield, Aguilas18.8 
 8. Bradford, Caribb.18.8 
 9. Gilbert, Bucaros18.3 
 10. Aragon, Academia18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Desmond BLUE
  Academia
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Blue, Academia10.8 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Piratas10.0 
 3. Hernandez, Bucaros8.5 
 4. Sanders, Halcones8.2 
 5. Arteaga, Piratas8.0 
 6. Culver, Caribbea.7.8 
 7. Baquero, Halcones7.6 
 8. Farley, Academia7.4 
 9. Guevara, Bambuque.7.2 
 10. Burnett, Halcones6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Eddy MAYFIELD
  Aguilas
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Mayfield, Aguilas6.4 
 2. Dorsey, Bambuque.5.2 
 3. Dayee, Once Caldas4.6 
 4. Garcia, Aguilas4.6 
 5. Brooks, Bucaros4.5 
 6. Bradford, Caribb.4.0 
 7. Moreno, Piratas4.0 
 8. Chavez Jacob., Ac.3.4 
 9. Aragon, Academia2.4 
 10. Rayson, Aguilas2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Stalin ORTIZ
  Bambuqueros
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ortiz, Bambuqueros3.0 
 2. Moreno, Piratas2.6 
 3. Rodriguez, Halcones2.0 
 4. Rayson, Aguilas1.6 
 5. Mayfield, Aguilas1.6 
 6. Londono, Academia1.6 
 7. Ceter, Halcones1.6 
 8. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.5 
 9. Garris, Once Caldas1.4 
 10. Baquero, Halcones1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Steffon FARLEY
  Academia
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Farley, Academia1.6 
 2. Sanders, Halcones1.0 
 3. Blue, Academia1.0 
 4. Mayfield, Aguilas1.0 
 5. Cortes, Once Cald.0.8 
 6. Hernandez, Bucaros0.7 
 7. Aragon, Academia0.6 
 8. Aguaslimpias, Acad.0.6 
 9. Catao, Academia0.5 
 10. Williams, Aguilas0.5 


PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 6- RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Manizales OC achieved its first victory at home defeating Piratas de Bogota y a very closed game, the OC had a low start losing by eight at the end of the first quarter, but from the second quarter a better offensive leads the team to take a3 points advantage finishing the third quarter.
The last quarter had both teams fighting for the games, but the OC accuaracy helped the team to the final victory, one more time Justin Garris leaded Manizales with 24 pts and 8 rebs, Mosses Dayee posted 17 including 5 of 8 three pointers and Diomedes Cassiani neted 15.
Piratas American trio scored in double figures again leaded by Jamal Johnson with 23 pts and Jeff Fahnbulleh 18 pts and season high 16 rebs.
Manizales OC 91 J. Garris 24 pts + 7 rebs, M. Dayee 17 pts (5 of 8 3pt FG).
Piratas de Bogota 86 J. Johnson 23 pts, J. Fahnbulled 18 pts + 16 rebs.

Bambuqueros won the second game at home against the Bukaros 74 65 to sweep the series, two high scoring teams had a low points night specially thanks to a very defensive focused game, Bukaros 14 turnovers finished in Bambuqueros 15 points making a big difference in the game.
Stalin Ortiz had another offensive explosion and finished with 30 points, Enielsen Guevara added 12 points and 7 rebounds, Bukaros missed a better performance from P. Brooks who had his season lowest with 6 points, but John Hernandez leaded the team with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Bambuqueros 74 S. Ortiz 30 pts, E. Guevara 14
Bukaros 65 J. Hernandez 16 pts + 13 rebs, L. Gilbert 15 pts

Aguilas stole a very important victory in Cucuta, the game was a thriller in the last minute, Jacobo Ceter three pointer with 23 seconds left gave the Halcones a 1 point lead, but in the next posesion the Halcones defense sleep and Tyrone Rayson (198-F-80, college: East Central), the Aguilas hero, made a layup to give the final 1 point lead the Agulas.
Halcones del Norte 71 E. Renteria 22 pts, B.Burnett 11 pts + 11 rebs
Aguilas de Tunja 72 T. Rayson 28 pts +14 rebs, D, Cuero 11 pts

Academia de la montaa 89
Caribbean Heat 79




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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

A1 Standings
 1. KK Zagreb 12-4 
 2. Kvarner 2010 12-4 
 3. Jolly 11-5 
 4. Alkar Sinj 10-6 
 5. Djuro Djakovic 9-7 
 6. Darda 8-8 
 7. Zabok 6-10 
 8. Krizevci 6-10 
 9. Osjecki Sokol 5-11 
 10. Dubrovnik 1-15 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Split
 4. Zadar

Regular Season: Round 16

Mar. 2: Jolly - Osjecki Sokol 94-64
Mar. 3: KK Zagreb - Zabok 85-72
Mar. 2: Darda - Alkar Sinj 81-77
Mar. 2: Dubrovnik - Djuro Djakovic 69-77
Mar. 2: Kvarner 2010 - Krizevci 104-83

Regular Season: Round 17

Mar. 9: Jolly - Dubrovnik
Mar. 9: Osjecki Sokol - KK Zagreb
Mar. 9: Zabok - Kvarner 2010
Mar. 9: Krizevci - Darda
Mar. 9: Alkar Sinj - Djuro Djakovic


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Ross, Jolly22.5 
 2. Mrva, Jolly19.2 
 3. James, KK Zagreb19.1 
 4. Batina, Djuro D.17.9 
 5. Rembert, Krizevci16.3 
 6. Lez, Zabok16.2 
 7. Peric, Dubrovnik15.4 
 8. Krapic, KK Zagreb14.7 
 9. Budimir, Osjecki14.6 
 10. Skific, Kvarner14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mate MRVA
  Jolly
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mrva, Jolly8.0 
 2. Radic, Kvarner 20107.3 
 3. Sarlija, Djuro D.6.9 
 4. Jakolis, Dubrovnik6.8 
 5. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.5 
 6. Krapic, KK Zagreb5.9 
 7. Skific, Kvarner5.5 
 8. Vlaic, Zabok5.3 
 9. Krstanovic, Krizev.5.3 
 10. Peraica, Darda5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Krivec, Kvarner4.9 
 2. Tomeljak, Osjecki4.5 
 3. Ross, Jolly3.9 
 4. Glavinic, Darda3.8 
 5. Blajic, Djuro D.3.3 
 6. Segaric, KK Zagreb3.1 
 7. Panduric, Darda3.1 
 8. Pesut, Zabok3.0 
 9. Jugo, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 10. Rembert, Krizevci2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Mike JAMES
  KK Zagreb
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. James, KK Zagreb2.3 
 2. Ross, Jolly2.3 
 3. Peric, Dubrovnik1.6 
 4. Krivec, Kvarner1.6 
 5. Krapic, KK Zagreb1.5 
 6. Batina, Djuro D.1.5 
 7. Zivkovic, Djuro D.1.4 
 8. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.4 
 9. Skific, Kvarner1.4 
 10. Meznaric, Darda1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.1.8 
 2. Bubalo, Jolly1.1 
 3. Cakarun, Jolly0.9 
 4. Najev, Dubrovnik0.9 
 5. Bakovic, Djuro D.0.8 
 6. Hrncic, Darda0.7 
 7. Bundovic, Zabok0.7 
 8. Cvjetkovic, Krizev.0.6 
 9. Halilovic, KK Za.0.6 
 10. Budimir, Osjecki0.6 


Adriatic League: Partizan snatch win in Zagreb - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita - Partizan 76:77

Partizan came back from a 7-point deficit in the final minute of regulation and snatched a dramatic road win over Cedevita in Zagreb tonight. The hosts seemed to cruise to the victory as they led by 7 points with under two minutes remaining. But Davis Bertans (203-SF-92) and Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) drained back-to-back triples and Milosavljevic added a jumper as Partizan snatched the road win. Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) and BErtans knocked down 18 points apiece for the winners.
Cedevita limited the Serbian team to 10 points in the opening quarter to post a 4-point advantage. Cedevita stretched the lead in the second frame. The hosts piled up a 35:26 halftime advantage. However Partizan picked up the tempo after the main break. The Belgrade team narrowed the gap at 6-point mark with one quarter remaining. Cedevita stayed in charge till the final minute when late heroics from Partizan secured them victory. Leo Westermann accounted for 13 points for the visitors. Marko Tomas (201-G-85) answered with 26 points for Cedevita. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Cedevita: Marko Tomas 26, Bracey Wright 14
Partizan: Davis Bertans 18, Vladimir Lucic 18, Leo Westermann 13



A1 Round 16: KK Zagreb keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in A1.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked KK Zagreb as it allowed them to take a leadership position. KK Zagreb defeated 7th ranked KK Zabok at home 85-72. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-72. KK Zagreb forced 27 KK Zabok turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of center Matija Poscic (204-85, college: De Paul) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The former international forward Ivan Novacic (201-85) contributed with 18 points for the winners. KK Zagreb's coach Daniel Jusup used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Filip Bundovic (203-94) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for KK Zabok. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Kvarner 2010. KK Zabok lost third consecutive game. KK Zabok at the other side keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. They share the position with Krizevci. Just two games before the end of Regular Season and it may be the most important game of the season next round when KK Zabok faces strong Kvarner 2010 trying to get back on the winning streak. KK Zagreb will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Osjecki Sokol in Osijek.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Alkar Sinj (10-6) against sixth ranked Vrijednosnice OS (8-8) on Saturday night. Visiting Alkar Sinj was defeated by Vrijednosnice OS in a tough game in Darda 77-81. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Antonio Bicvic (199-82) who helped to win the game recording 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and Alen Trepalovac who added 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Nikola Gaurina (199-83, agency: Interperformances) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Alkar Sinj's coach Boris Poljak tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Vrijednosnice OS maintains sixth position with 8-8 record. Alkar Sinj at the other side dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. Vrijednosnice OS will play against Krizevci (#8) on the road in the next round. Alkar Sinj will play against Djuro Djakovic (#5) in Slavonski Brod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fourth ranked Jolly (11-5) and 9th ranked Osjecki Sokol (5-11) in Sibenik on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Jolly outscored guests from Osijek 94-64. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Osjecki Sokol. The winners were led by Mate Mrva who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Jolly's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 17 points and 8 rebounds by Veljko Budimir did not help to save the game for Osjecki Sokol. Jolly have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Osjecki Sokol keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Jolly will meet at home bottom-ranked KK Dubrovnik (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Osjecki Sokol will play against the league's leader KK Zagreb and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 16 Krizevci was smashed by Kvarner 2010 on the road 104-83. Bottom-ranked Dubrovnik lost to Djuro Djakovic on its own court 69-77.


KK Zagreb - Zabok 85-72

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked KK Zagreb as it allowed them to take a leadership position. KK Zagreb defeated 7th ranked KK Zabok at home 85-72. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-72. KK Zagreb forced 27 KK Zabok turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of center Matija Poscic (204-85, college: De Paul) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The former international forward Ivan Novacic (201-85) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Poscic is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. KK Zagreb's coach Daniel Jusup used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Filip Bundovic (203-94) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Ivan Tomas (193-81) added 21 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) in the effort for KK Zabok. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Kvarner 2010. KK Zabok lost third consecutive game. KK Zabok at the other side keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. They share the position with Krizevci. Just two games before the end of Regular Season and it may be the most important game of the season next round when KK Zabok faces strong Kvarner 2010 trying to get back on the winning streak. KK Zagreb will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Osjecki Sokol in Osijek.
Top scorers:
Zabok: I.Tomas 21+2reb+1ast, F.Bundovic 17+11reb, N.Vladovic 8+4reb, J.Mustapic 7+2reb+2ast, P.Maric 7+5reb+5ast, A.Anzulovic 6+2reb+2ast
KK Zagreb: M.Poscic 20+13reb+3ast, I.Novacic 18+4reb+3ast, M.Halilovic 15+1reb+3ast, F.Basljan 8+1ast, J.Segaric 8+5ast, P.Babic 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 196668


Jolly - Osjecki Sokol 94-64

The game between fourth ranked Jolly (11-5) and 9th ranked Osjecki Sokol (5-11) in Sibenik on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Jolly outscored guests from Osijek 94-64. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Osjecki Sokol. The game was mostly controlled by Jolly. Osjecki Sokol managed to win second period 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jolly forced 19 Osjecki Sokol turnovers and outrebounded them 40-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Osjecki Sokol's players. The winners were led by forward Mate Mrva (195-83) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Tomislav Gabric (201-95) supported him with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Jolly's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 17 points and 8 rebounds by swingman Veljko Budimir (199-85, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Osjecki Sokol. Forward Dino Rados (-91) added 14 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Jolly have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Osjecki Sokol keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Jolly will meet at home bottom-ranked KK Dubrovnik (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Osjecki Sokol will play against the league's leader KK Zagreb and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Osjecki Sokol: V.Budimir 17+8reb+2ast, D.Rados 14+9reb+1ast, M.Raic 14+2reb+5ast, A.Sarac 9+1reb+1ast, J.Kozic 3+3reb, M.Raic 3+2reb
Jolly: T.Gabric 23+8reb+2ast, M.Mrva 18+10reb+5ast, D.Butorac 15+4reb+2ast, R.Ross 9+2reb+5ast, L.Vlaic 8+4reb, J.Gulam 6+3ast
gschID: 196669


Kvarner 2010 - Krizevci 104-83

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Kvarner 2010 (12-4) crushed 8th ranked Krizevci (6-10) in Rijeka 104-83 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Kvarner 2010. Krizevci managed to win second period 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kvarner 2010 dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Krizevci's 30. The winners were led by forward Ivica Radic (208-90) who scored that evening 20 points and swingman Antonio Boban (200-93) supported him with 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by forward Marin Zrnic (200-88) did not help to save the game for Krizevci. Power forward Stipe Krstanovic (204-93) added 18 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kvarner 2010 keeps a position of league leader, which they share with KK Zagreb. Loser Krizevci dropped to the seventh place with ten games lost. They share the position with Zabok. Kvarner 2010 will meet KK Zabok (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Krizevci will play against Vrijednosnice OS in Darda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Krizevci: P.Rembert 19+4reb, M.Zrnic 19+6reb+1ast, S.Krstanovic 18+6reb+1ast, I.Svoboda 17+1ast, I.Cvjetkovic 3, G.Fodor 3
Kvarner 2010: I.Radic 20+4reb, A.Boban 18+2reb+1ast, J.Skific 15+3reb, D.Cinac 13+5reb, D.Stipcic 8+2reb, H.Sirko 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 196667


Darda - Alkar Sinj 81-77

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Alkar Sinj (10-6) against sixth ranked Vrijednosnice OS (8-8) on Saturday night. Visiting Alkar Sinj was defeated by Vrijednosnice OS in a tough game in Darda 77-81. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Alkar Sinj won third quarter 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vrijednosnice OS made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Antonio Bicvic (199-82) who helped to win the game recording 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and naturalized Bosnian center Alen Trepalovac (214-85) who added 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Nikola Gaurina (199-83, agency: Interperformances) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and forward Zeljko Zupic (205-81, college: Denver) scored 17 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Alkar Sinj's coach Boris Poljak tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Vrijednosnice OS maintains sixth position with 8-8 record. Alkar Sinj at the other side dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. Vrijednosnice OS will play against Krizevci (#8) on the road in the next round. Alkar Sinj will play against Djuro Djakovic (#5) in Slavonski Brod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Alkar Sinj: Z.Zupic 17+3reb+1ast, N.Gaurina 13+6reb+2ast, R.Jugo 12+1reb+2ast, L.Zitko 11+6reb, A.Bilic 11+1reb, M.Modric 9+1reb+1ast
Darda: A.Trepalovac 19+5reb+1ast, M.Hrncic 16+3reb+1ast, L.Panduric 15+1reb+4ast, S.Tesija 12+6reb+1ast, A.Bicvic 11+7reb+7ast, A.Hrkac 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 196666


Dubrovnik - Djuro Djakovic 69-77

Very expected game when 10th ranked KK Dubrovnik (1-15) lost at home to fifth ranked Djuro Djakovic (9-7) 77-69 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 22-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by Petar Zivkovic (193-93) who scored that evening 16 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Marko Batina (198-86) supported him with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Four Djuro Djakovic players scored in double figures. Even 20 points and 6 rebounds by guard Ivan Mikulic (191-91) did not help to save the game for KK Dubrovnik. Guard Mislav Peric (191-88) added 24 points for lost side. Djuro Djakovic maintains fifth position with 9-7 record. KK Dubrovnik lost twelfth consecutive game. Loser KK Dubrovnik stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Djuro Djakovic will meet higher ranked Alkar Sinj (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KK Dubrovnik will play against Jolly (#3) in Sibenik.
Top scorers:
Dubrovnik: M.Peric 24+2reb+1ast, I.Mikulic 20+6reb+2ast, D.Jakolis 11+5reb, M.Lucic 6+6reb, V.Soko 3+2reb+2ast, M.Proleta 3+4reb
Djuro Djakovic: M.Batina 17+8reb, P.Zivkovic 16+6reb+3ast, T.Brnas 14+3reb, J.Blajic 12+10reb+3ast, M.Sarlija 9+6reb+3ast, M.Karlovic 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 196665



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

27-year old center Matija Poscic (204-C-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team KK Zagreb and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Zabok (#7, 6-10) 85-72. It allowed KK Zagreb to take over top position in the Croatian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. KK Zagreb has a very solid 12-4 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It was one of impressive evenings for Poscic as usually he does not deliver so high stats. De Paul University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Poscic is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 6.5rpg) and averages solid 67.8% FGP. Worth to mention Poscic played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Mate Mrva (195-F-83) of Jolly. He is a forward in his 3rd season at Jolly. In the last game Mrva recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Jolly to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Osjecki Sokol (#9, 5-11) 94-64. This victory allowed Jolly to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 11-5 record is not bad at all. Mrva is one of the most experienced players at Jolly and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.2ppg (#2). He also registered 8.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Jolly's star - forward Tomislav Gabric (201-F-95). Gabric scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was another key player of Jolly, helping his team with a 94-64 easy win against the lower-ranked Osjecki Sokol (#9, 5-11). Jolly needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 5 lost games. Gabric has a very solid season. In 14 games in Croatia he scored 7.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Filip Bundovic (203-C-94) of Zabok - 17 points and 11 rebounds
5. Patrick Rembert (185-PG-89) of Krizevci - 19 points and 4 rebounds
6. Ivan Tomas (193-G-81) of Zabok - 21 points and 2 rebounds
7. Ivan Mikulic (191-G-91) of Dubrovnik - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Petar Zivkovic (193-SG-93) of Djuro Djakovic - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Stipe Krstanovic (204-F/C-93) of Krizevci - 18 points and 6 rebounds
10. Zeljko Zupic (205-F-81) of Alkar Sinj - 17 points and 3 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)



Coach Aleksandar Petrovic resigns - by Dajana Karl

Today, right after KK Cedevita Zagreb's game against BC Partizan MT:S Beograd, coach Aleksandar Petrovic (agency: Beo Basket ) resigned from the head coach position stating: "Since we lost the chance to fight for the final four, I think it's better and smarter for the team to end the season with another coach since I wasn't able to do what I personally expected which is to win the cup and compete for the final four until the very end. And this is the reason why I think it no longer makes sense for me to be on the KK Cedevita Zagreb's bench."

KK Cedevita Zagreb's sports director Matej Mamic commented the situation and announced Jaksa Vulic as a replacement for now: "I have to admit that this resigning surprised me, and in this moment we have to keep moving. Jaksa will be leading the team...We will see, in this moment it's very hard for me to say something because the things are clearly getting out of control and we have to sit down and see what are we going to do."

Coach Petrovic is the second coach this season that resigned from KK Cedevita Zagreb's head coach position.





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Standings - D2

1Liga Standings
 1. Sparta Praha 21-2 
 2. Sokol H.K. 18-5 
 3. Loko Plzen 14-9 
 4. JBC Brno 14-9 
 5. Liberec 11-12 
 6. Sokol P. 11-12 
 7. Ostrava 11-12 
 8. Proton Zlin 10-13 
 9. Litomerice 10-13 
 10. Kara Trutnov 9-14 
 11. Nymburk B 8-15 
 12. Sokol V. 5-18 
 13. U19 2-10 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 1: Sparta Praha - Proton Zlin 90-76
Mar. 3: JBC Brno - Kara Trutnov 89-83
Mar. 3: Sokol H.K. - Litomerice 79-51
Mar. 1: Sokol V. - Nymburk B 68-67
Mar. 1: Sokol P. - Ostrava 53-60
Mar. 1: Loko Plzen - Liberec 101-67


Czech Republic NBL round 3 (Second Stage) best performance: David Machac - by Eurobasket News

Forward David Machac (205-F-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for BC Kolin, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (34 points, six rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out NH Ostrava (#2, 18-9) 82-80. BC Kolin maintains the 6th position in Czech Republic NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. BC Kolin will need more victories to improve their 15-11 record. In the team's last game Machac had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at BC Kolin, through which he has constantly improved. David Machac averages this season 12.6ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American John Fields (205-F-88) of Chomutov. Fields had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Chomutov cruised to a 85-75 relatively comfortable win over Svitavy (9-19). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Fields is a newcomer at Chomutov, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.6ppg (#5). He also registered 10.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another BC Kolin's star - Puerto Rican guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-G-86, agency: Court Side). Ubilla showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, five rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of BC Kolin, helping his team with a 82-80 win against NH Ostrava (#2, 18-9). BC Kolin needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in A1. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 11 lost games. Ubilla has a very solid season. In 10 games in Czech Republic he scored 15.4ppg. He also has 6.1apg and and 3PT: 50.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Deloach (183-PG-86) of Svitavy - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Curtis Allen (193-G-86) of Chomutov - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jeremy Simmons (204-F-89) of Levice - 24 points and 8 rebounds
7. Willie Kemp (188-PG-87) of Levice - 31 points and 4 assists
8. Austin Dufault (205-F-90) of NH Ostrava - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Radim Kramny (215-C-85) of B&W Opava - 15 points and 14 rebounds
10. Salih Nuhanovic (208-C-82) of Levice - 10 points and 11 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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Danish Regular Season comes to an end - by Christian Hamborg

135 games have been played in the Danish Basketball Ligaen and the winner of the Regular Season has been found. Svendborg Rabbits with 22 wins in 27 games came up with the best record in the Danish Ligaen and that earns them a home-court advantage in the playoffs.

Last seasons runner-up Svendborg Rabbits have finished either as number 1 or number 2 in the standings since the 3rd place they earned in the 2008-2009 season.
Led by Head Coach Craig Pedersen who looks like an early favorite to reclaim the Coach of the Year Award for the 4th time in his career, Svendborg Rabbits can look back at a successful regular season.

It came as a rather big surprise that Svendborg managed to finish 1st in the standings as they lost Chanan Colman (191-G-84, college: Chipola) one of the best Danish basketball players and MVP of Ligaen 2012 to Maccabi Bazan Haifa. But another Danish guard, the 26 year old Adama Darboe (190-G-86), has really stepped up his game averaging 18.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 5.9 apg. Another player worthy of a mention on the Svendborg team is the American Forward Donald Rutherford (199-F/C-87, college: Catawba). His 23.1 ppg and 9.5 rpg are 2nd best in the Ligaen. Rutherford converted on 59.5 % of his 2 point attempts and looks like one of the frontrunners in the MVP voting.

In the first round of the playoffs Svendborg will play against Vaerlose BBK. Vaerlose BBK finishes the season with 20 wins and 17 losses which gives them an 8th spot. Vaerlose is a team based on a very strong group of Danish players born in 1994 supported by the American guard Richard Delk (193-G-86, college: Troy) and the American forward Justin Baker (203-F-89, college: Utah Valley) as the go-to guys of the team. If the team is to have a chance against Svendborg in the playoffs they will have to rely not only on Delk and Baker but also on a solid production from young promising players like Peter Moeller (190-PG-94) and Jacob Jensen (211-C-94).

At 2nd place in the standings, Bakken Bears finishes with 21 wins. Many expected Bakken to finish 1st in the standings but a turbulent season with the firing of the rather successful coach Philip Dejworek and the departure of Chad Tomko (180-PG-89, college: NC-Wilmington) and Chris Nielsen (192-G/F-85) made the season more challenging than expected. Bakken is probably the deepest team in the Ligaen and have several Danish players on the bench that could easily be starters on other teams. The team is led by Danish forward Nicolai Iversen (205-F/C-80, college: San Jose City JC) averaging 15.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 2.5 apg in only 28 minutes per game. 218 cm tall Danish center Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79, college: Oregon) has also been a big part of Bakkens success. Playing less than 20 minutes per game Chris Christoffersen still manages to put up 10 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 1.1 bpg.

Playing against Bakken Bears in the first round of the playoffs is Horsholm 79ers. Horsholm managed to win 11 games this season which secured them a 7th place. Horsholm has been led by American guard Brenton Butler (190-G-87, college: Fordham) but has also seen a surprisingly strong contribution from Hungarian forward Attila Kovacs (203-F-85) who has shot 43 % from the 3 point line and scored 14.6 ppg. Hoersholm has struggled with injuries throughout the season and many things have to go Hoersholms way if they are to win against Bakken. With young players like Zarko Jukic (200-F-93) Anders Hansen (190-SG-94) and Rasmus Hansen (203-PF-95) the future looks bright though.

Finishing at 3rd place in the Ligaen is Horsens IC. The team has been a big surprise this season winning 19 games. 22-year old Dane Darko Jukic (198-G-90) has been one of the biggest surprises of the year. Last season he averaged 13.5 ppg for 9th ranked Aabyhoj while this season he has been putting up an amazing 21.7 ppg to go along with 9.1 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.0 spg and 1.2 bpg. Strong play by the American guard Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89, college: Missouri So.) and American Center Keane Thomann (211-C-89, college: Missouri So.) has also been a big help for a team that relies heavily upon the production from the players mentioned.

6th ranked Team FOG Naestved will be the team to play against Horsens IC. Team FOG Naestved has probably been one of the biggest disappointments of the season winning 13 games compared to 17 last season. They won a bronze medal last season but haven't managed to live up to the expectations in the regular season. Expectations were big for Norwegian guard Stian Mjos (182-PG-89) who joined the team in June but he did not manage to live up to the expectations and left during the season. Drew Crowell (205-F-88, college: Wofford) also left the team during the season and it has also just been announced that the Lithuanian forward Nerijus Brasas (200-F-85) has left the team. The American guard Caleb Walker (193-G-89, college: Nebraska) has been the teams best player scoring 19.2 ppg while American forward Quinton Doggett (203-F, college: Southern) has been the teams best rebounder with 8.3 rpg. Team FOG Naestved will also have to hope for a strong contribution from import players Alex Murphy (185-PG-88) and Joseph Benjamin (201-F).

Finishing at 4th place is SISU Copenhagen. SISU Copenhagen has had a strong season with 17 wins which is 5 more than last season. The team has been led by experienced American-Danish guard Mickey Dennis. At the age of 34 he managed to put up 17.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 4.2 apg. Danish point guard Mikael Nielsen has also been a big part of the teams success averaging 13.6 ppg and leading the team with 5.3 apg. SISU Copenhagens American players Damon Smith and Zach Mortiz may not have been the best players in league looking at stats alone but have both had solid seasons.

Playing against SISU Copenhagen in the first round of the playoffs is the biggest surprise of the 2012-2013 season: Randers Cimbria. The team won promotion from the Danish 1st division last season. The main reason for the success of Randers has been the very strong play from experienced American forward/center Bonell Colas (205-F-82, college: Florida). The 30 year old former MVP of the Danish Ligaen was the top scorer of the regular season with 26 ppg and best rebounder of the Ligaen with 15.2 rpg! A couple of more wins for the team and Colas would be the absolute favorite in the MVP-voting. Two other notable players on the team are Chris Nielsen and Casper Jorgensen (201-F-92). Chris Nielsen joined the team in November after leaving Bakken Bears due to disciplinary reasons. Chris Nielsen has averaged 17.7 ppg and 4.2 apg. 20 year old forward Casper Jorgensen has been a big surprise this season. The young forward scored 9.4 ppg shooting 44 % from the three point line.

In the relegation series 9th seed vs. 10th seed Aarhus BC will play against Aalborg Vikings. Both teams have had very disappointing seasons and both teams have had major roster changes and have struggled with injuries. The loser of the best of 5 series will move down to the Danish 1st division while the winner stays in the Ligaen.

Aarhus BC won 7 games this season. The team has been led by American forwards Randy Dezouvre (195-F/G-87, college: Iona) and Charles Funches (203-F-88, college: Hampton) while also seing solid production from Danish sharpshooter Rasmus Soby Dalboge (191-G-89) averaging 10.4 ppg shooting 40.5 % from three.

Aalborg Vikings only managed to win 2 games this season. Luis Guzman (193-G-87, college: Temple), Anthony Jones (208-F-89, college: Baylor) and Milan Bjegovic (211-C-81) joined the team in January but unfortunately for the team their individual success did not manage to give the team enough wins to make the playoffs. Luis Guzman has been struggling with injuries all season being limited to 9 games and 25 mpg but still scoring 12.4 ppg and dishing out 6.0 apg. American forward Anthony Jones has been putting up 17.9 ppg, 9.3 rpg and 1.5 bpg.



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 23-13 
 2. Canton C. 22-14 
 3. Sioux Falls S. 21-16 
 4. Maine RC 21-18 
 5. Erie Bay H. 20-17 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 18-19 
 7. Springfield A. 13-23 
 8. Iowa E. 8-30 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 24-11 
 2. Austin T. 22-14 
 3. Rio Grande VV 21-14 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 21-15 
 5. Texas L. 17-20 
 6. Los Angeles D. 15-20 
 7. Reno B. 13-22 
 8. Idaho S. 11-24 

Regular Season: Round 52

Mar. 3: Bakersfield J. - Los Angeles D. 111-98
Mar. 3: Iowa E. - Idaho S. 107-115
Mar. 3: Austin T. - Sioux Falls S. 103-92
Mar. 3: Maine RC - Erie Bay H. 102-101
Mar. 4: Springfield A. - Erie Bay H.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin DENTMON
  Texas L.
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Dentmon, Texas L.25.9 
 2. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.1 
 3. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.20.1 
 4. Mack, Maine RC20.1 
 5. Goudelock, Rio G.19.7 
 6. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 7. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.4 
 8. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
 9. Samuels, Reno B.19.3 
 10. Mitchell, Ft.Wayn.19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luke HARANGODY
  Ft.Wayne.
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.12.3 
 2. Butch, Bakersfi.10.9 
 3. Samuels, Reno B.10.8 
 4. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 5. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.10.2 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.10.2 
 7. Wright, Maine RC9.4 
 8. Jones, Rio G.9.3 
 9. Onuaku, Canton C.9.2 
 10. Sims, Erie Bay H.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Reno B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Russell, Reno B.7.7 
 2. Barrett, Maine RC7.7 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.5 
 4. Wright, Iowa E.7.1 
 5. Fortson, Los A.6.4 
 6. Singletary, Texas6.2 
 7. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 8. Karl, Idaho S.6.1 
 9. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.0 
 10. Uzoh, Springfield5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jamario MOON
  Los A.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moon, Los A.2.3 
 2. Holiday, Idaho S.2.2 
 3. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 4. McNeal, Bakersfi.1.9 
 5. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 6. Fortson, Los A.1.9 
 7. Greene, Los A.1.8 
 8. Sutton, Tulsa 66e.1.8 
 9. Wright, Maine RC1.8 
 10. Singletary, Texas1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Fabricio MELO
  Maine RC
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Melo, Maine RC3.7 
 2. Jordan, Reno B.2.5 
 3. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 4. Gladness, Santa C.2.2 
 5. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 6. Eyenga, Texas L.2.1 
 7. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.1 
 8. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 9. Whiteside, Rio G.2.1 
 10. Foster, Sioux F.2.0 



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  EGYPT   


A New Egyptian in NCAA League (Feb-27-2013) - by Mohamed Ramadan





Posted By: Mohamed Ramadan

The swingman of University of Western Illinois in the NCAA league and the current leading scorer of his team could be a great addition to the Egyptian Basketball National team in the future.

Nader is a 6-7 small forward Earned MAC All-Freshman team honors last season after averaging 10.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. This season his figures have developed with 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He is expected to be an NBA draft prospect in 2015.

In September 25, 1993 in Alexandria, Egypt Nader was born. His family moved from Egypt to the United States when he was three years old.

During 2011 African championships, Egyptian National team had its worst ranking ever and was one of the worst shooting teams in the tournament. Can Nader's shooting ability and size add to the Egyptian National team?




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  ESTONIA   

Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. Tarvas 19-6 
 2. TU/Rock 17-0 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 13-5 
 4. TTU 12-10 
 5. Rapla 11-11 
 6. Valga 10-14 
 7. Parnu 9-13 
 8. Tln Kalev 6-19 
 9. Hito/Johvi 1-22 

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 2: Rapla - Valga 83-71
Mar. 1: Tln Kalev - Parnu 78-75
Mar. 3: Hito/Johvi - Parnu 73-83
Mar. 2: TTU - Tarvas 65-70
Mar. 1: Tarvas - Hito/Johvi 101-73

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 7: Tln Kalev - Hito/Johvi
Mar. 9: TTU - Rapla
Mar. 9: Parnu - Valga
Mar. 12: TU/Rock - Rapla


KML Round 21: Tln Kalev defeats KK Parnu in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 21 in the KML took place in Tallinn. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked KK Parnu (9-13) to eighth ranked Tln Kalev (6-19) 78-75 on Friday evening. KK Parnu was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Guard Mihkel Kurg (191-87) stepped up and scored 24 points for the winners and Nigerian-American forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise St.) chipped in 11 points and 15 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Lithuanian guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Tln Kalev maintains eighth place with 6-19 record. KK Parnu at the other side keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Tln Kalev are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Hito/Johvi (#9) at home in the next round. KK Parnu will play against Valga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Tallinn. 4th placed host TTU (12-10) lost to first ranked BC Rakvere (19-6) 70-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of TTU. American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) nailed 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Reimo Tamm accounted for 14 points. The former international forward Erik Keedus (198-90) came up with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for TTU in the defeat. BC Rakvere maintains first place with 19-6 record. TTU at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. BC Rakvere will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. TTU will play at home against Rapla (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
KML top team - BC Rakvere (19-6) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Hito/Johvi (1-22) 101-73. The best player for the winners was Reimo Tamm who scored 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Tonis Uuekula who recorded 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Rakvere maintains first place with 19-6 record. Hito/Johvi lost twentieth second consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 22 lost games. BC Rakvere will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hito/Johvi will play against Tln Kalev (#8) in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 21 Parnu won against Hito/Johvi on the opponent's court 83-73. Rapla managed to outperform Valga in a home game 83-71.


Hito/Johvi - Parnu 73-83

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Hito/Johvi (1-22) was defeated at home by seventh ranked KK Parnu (9-13) 83-73 on Sunday. KK Parnu maintains seventh place with 9-13 record. Hito/Johvi lost twentieth second consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 22 lost games. KK Parnu will meet at home higher ranked Valga (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hito/Johvi will play against Tln Kalev in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 231177


Rapla - Valga 83-71

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Rapla's (11-11) home victory over 6th ranked Valga (10-14) 83-71 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Rapla. Valga managed to win fourth quarter 21-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Valga's 26 and made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93) who scored 19 points and 6 assists. The former international forward Andre Parn (202-77) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Latvian guard Edgars Cunda (195-84) who recorded 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and Latvian center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Five Rapla and four Valga players scored in double figures. Rapla have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 11-11 record. Loser Valga keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. Rapla will meet league's second-placed TU/Rock in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Valga will play against KK Parnu (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rapla: R.Laane 19+3reb+6ast, I.Pilk 16+2reb+3ast, A.Parn 14+6reb+1ast, M.Paasoja 14+1reb+1ast, M.Dorbek 14+1reb+2ast, R.Ringmets 4+7reb+3ast
Valga: E.Cunda 18+9reb+4ast, H.Rannula 16+3reb+2ast, R.Grafs 15+6reb+1ast, R.Petersonig 13+2reb+2ast, V.Vares 6+9reb+1ast, J.Jarvelainen 3+2reb
gschID: 231176


TTU - Tarvas 65-70

The game between Top Four teams took place in Tallinn. 4th placed host TTU (12-10) lost to first ranked BC Rakvere (19-6) 70-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of TTU. TTU was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. BC Rakvere forced 20 TTU turnovers. Strangely TTU outrebounded BC Rakvere 44-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) nailed 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and the former international point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) accounted for 14 points. The former international forward Erik Keedus (198-90) came up with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international power forward Kristjan Makke (205-81, college: W.Illinois) added 17 points respectively for TTU in the defeat. BC Rakvere maintains first place with 19-6 record. TTU at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. BC Rakvere will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. TTU will play at home against Rapla (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: M.Laksa 15+2reb+2ast, R.Tamm 14+2reb+3ast, B.Raley-Ross 10+6reb+4ast, R.Lindmets 9+7reb, O.Metsalu 8+3reb, A.Metsaru 6
TTU: K.Makke 17+4reb, A.Arnold 10+8reb, E.Keedus 10+8reb+4ast, K.Akenparg 10+3reb+2ast, M.Kaja 8+7reb+1ast, J.Puidet 8+9reb+2ast
gschID: 231175


Tarvas - Hito/Johvi 101-73

KML top team - BC Rakvere (19-6) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Hito/Johvi (1-22) 101-73. The game without a history. BC Rakvere led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BC Rakvere forced 22 Hito/Johvi turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) who scored 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). American forward A.J. Stewart (205-88, college: Texas St.) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Tonis Uuekula (201-88) who recorded 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and power forward Edvard Trumm (192-83) added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Five BC Rakvere and four Hito/Johvi players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Rakvere maintains first place with 19-6 record. Hito/Johvi lost twentieth second consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 22 lost games. BC Rakvere will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hito/Johvi will play against Tln Kalev (#8) in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: R.Tamm 23+6reb, A.Stewart 17+9reb+2ast, M.Laksa 15+3reb+1ast, M.Schleicher 11+6reb, B.Raley-Ross 10+5reb+2ast, O.Metsalu 9+4reb+3ast
Hito/Johvi: T.Uuekula 17+6reb, A.Anijarv 13+5reb+1ast, M.Laanemets 12+5reb, S.Laur 10+4reb, E.Trumm 9+10reb+3ast, G.Tambre 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 231174


Tln Kalev - Parnu 78-75

The most exciting game of round 21 in the KML took place in Tallinn. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked KK Parnu (9-13) to eighth ranked Tln Kalev (6-19) 78-75 on Friday evening. KK Parnu was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Guard Mihkel Kurg (191-87) stepped up and scored 24 points for the winners and Nigerian-American forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise St.) chipped in 11 points and 15 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Lithuanian guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and international center Rain Raadik (208-89) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tln Kalev maintains eighth place with 6-19 record. KK Parnu at the other side keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Tln Kalev are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Hito/Johvi (#9) at home in the next round. KK Parnu will play against Valga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tln Kalev: M.Kurg 24+4reb+1ast, M.Paiste 12+6reb+1ast, J.Vahter 12+5reb+1ast, I.Okoye 11+15reb, R.Prii 11, I.Tulit 4+3reb
Parnu: A.Peciukevicius 17+10reb+3ast, R.Raadik 17+12reb, O.Matulionis 13+2reb, K.Kitsing 11+6reb+3ast, T.Hamarsalu 8+3reb+1ast, R.Raap 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 231173



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Brose Baskets Bamberg inks Alex Renfroe - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets Bamberg (BBL) agreed terms with 27-year old American point guard Alex Renfroe (191-80kg-86, college: Belmont). He was tested at Blancos de Rueda Valladolid in Spanish ACB league, but left the team last month, but it seems he will not stay with that team after all. In 22 ACB games he had 10.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.5apg and 1.1spg this season. The last season Renfroe played at Enel Brindisi (Lega2) in Italian league. In 38 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.6apg and 1.9spg. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 2nd Team.
AddhereLastSeasonawards The previous (10-11) season Renfroe played at KK Zagreb (A1) in Croatian league. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 14 A1 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.7apg and 2.4spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Imports Team, Honorable Mention and All-Defensive Team. Renfroe also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 11.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.5apg and 2.3spg. He also played 2 games in Eurocup where he recorded 12.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0spg. And finally Renfroe played 25 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 9.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.8apg and 1.8spg (leader !!!).
In 2009-10 season he played at VEF Riga (LBL) in Latvian league. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and Renfroe was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 22 LBL games he recorded 14.0ppg, 6.1rpg, 5.7apg and 2.1spg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Guard of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team. He also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded very remarkable stats: 20.2ppg, 6.3rpg, 9.8apg and 2.7spg. Renfroe also played 2 games in Eurocup where he recorded also great stats: 17.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.0apg and 3.0spg. He also played 21 games in Baltic League where he recorded 14.7ppg, 7.1rpg (#5 in the league), 7.2apg (leader !!!) and 2.1spg (in top 3). He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Import Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team. Renfroe was voted A-Sun Player of the Year back in 2009 at his college time.
Renfroe graduated from Belmont University in 2009 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Panathinaikos without Banks against Unicaja - by Giorgos Diploidis

Marcus Banks (188-G-81, college: UNLV) will not be available for the games against KAOD (04/03) and Unicaja. He has muscles strain in his hips adductors and he will not play just as Vasilis Xanthopoulos (188-PG-84, agency: FCM) who is also out for muscles strain too and he has already lost the last euroleague game against Anadolu.

Banks had a great game against the Turkish side however this injury came ath the worst moment when he seemed to be adjusted and finding his role inside the roster of coach Pedoulakis.



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Division I

1st Standings
Division A
 1. Porvoon Tarmo 17-4 
 2. ToPo 16-5 
 3. Tapiolan Honka 13-8 
 4. BC Nokia 11-8 
 5. Oulun NMKY 10-11 
 6. Huima 8-13 
 7. Pyrinto II 8-14 
 8. Ura Basket 6-15 
 9. SayRi 5-16 
Division B
 1. Kerava ET 19-6 
 2. TuNMKY 17-7 
 3. Jarvenpaa 16-9 
 4. KaU Koris 15-10 
 5. BC Jyvaskyla 10-15 
 6. HBA-Marsky 8-16 
 7. Espoo Basket 8-17 
 8. JyWe 6-19 

Regular Season: Round 24

A

Mar. 3: Ura Basket - ToPo 83-122
Mar. 3: Huima - Tapiolan Honka 81-86
Mar. 2: Oulun NMKY - SayRi 74-84
Mar. 3: Pyrinto II - BC Nokia 107-88

B

Mar. 3: Jarvenpaa - KaU Koris 84-68
Mar. 1: JyWe - BC Jyvaskyla 63-98
Mar. 3: HBA-Marsky - Espoo Basket 62-90
Mar. 3: TuNMKY - Kerava ET 110-67

Regular Season: Round 25

A

Mar. 8: SayRi - Huima
Mar. 10: Oulun NMKY - Ura Basket
Mar. 10: BC Nokia - Porvoon Tarmo
Mar. 10: ToPo - Tapiolan Honka

B

Mar. 10: KaU Koris - JyWe
Mar. 10: BC Jyvaskyla - HBA-Marsky
Mar. 10: Espoo Basket - Kerava ET
Mar. 10: Jarvenpaa - TuNMKY


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Richardson, Ura B.25.9 
 2. Moultrie, BC Nokia24.7 
 3. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.24.6 
 4. Taylor, Porvoon23.6 
 5. Jallow, Jarvenpaa23.1 
 6. Mays, Huima21.6 
 7. Mua, Kerava ET21.6 
 8. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.21.5 
 9. Harjula, Pyrinto II20.2 
 10. Tate, Porvoon19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pierre JALLOW
  Jarvenpaa
  (203-F/C-79)
  Avg: 15
 1. Jallow, Jarvenpaa15.0 
 2. Moultrie, BC Nokia13.9 
 3. Towa, Kerava ET12.1 
 4. Syrjala, KaU Koris11.8 
 5. Stephens, Huima11.8 
 6. Keskitalo, JyWe11.5 
 7. Young, Porvoon10.8 
 8. Coleman, ToPo10.4 
 9. Capers, ToPo10.3 
 10. Salminen, TuNM.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Lauri JARVINEN
  KaU Koris
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Jarvinen, KaU Koris5.0 
 2. Herrala, HBA-M.5.0 
 3. Ginty, ToPo4.5 
 4. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.4.4 
 5. Mays, Huima4.2 
 6. Harjula, Pyrinto II4.0 
 7. Humalamaki, TuNM.3.9 
 8. Jallow, Jarvenpaa3.8 
 9. Hanninen, Jarvenp.3.8 
 10. Kyllonen, Porvoon3.8 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Little, Kerava ET3.0 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.7 
 3. Herrala, HBA-M.2.2 
 4. Taylor, Porvoon2.1 
 5. Thomas, SayRi2.0 
 6. Richardson, Ura B.1.9 
 7. Towa, Kerava ET1.9 
 8. Mua, Kerava ET1.9 
 9. Michelsen, HBA-M.1.8 
 10. Andersen, Espoo1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.6 
 2. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.0 
 3. Mua, Kerava ET2.0 
 4. Woods, BC Nokia1.8 
 5. Jallow, Jarvenpaa1.5 
 6. Moultrie, BC Nokia1.3 
 7. Capers, ToPo1.3 
 8. Kauhanen, HBA-M.1.2 
 9. Young, Porvoon1.2 
 10. Nuolivirta, HBA-M.1.1 


1.DIVISION: ToPo scored 122 points - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Division 1 A, round 21-22: Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) is rolling. Seven victories now in a row and only one loss this year. Yes, it was January 6 and ToPo was visiting Kaarina and meeting Ura Basket on the road. Ura Basket won 110-87. Tonight ToPo was again in Kaarina and meeting the same Ura Basket. This time there was no room for upset, but ToPo crushed the hosts 83-122 (45-67). ToPo had seven players in double figures, ToPo (16-5) was shooting with 60% accuracy from behind the arc (18/30) and winning even the rebounds 30-53. Devin Ginty (188-G-89, college: San Diego) led ToPo with 24pts/9rbs/5a. HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming) added 17 pts. Ura Basket (6-15) got 21 pts from Bobby Nash (198-G/F-84). Nolan Richardson (188-G-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Midwestern St.) added 20 pts.
Pyrinto II (Tampere) scored 107 points and beat BC Nokia after 17 lead changes and 10 ties by 19 points: 107-88 (50-50). Pyrinto's sharpshooters made 14 treys out of 22 shots from behind the bonusline (64%)! Joni Harjula (189-G-83) led Pyrinto with 28 pts (treys 5/7). Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) netted 25 pts. Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) (BC Nokia) made a double-double 32pts/14rbs. Moultrie missed only one shot in the game (1 - 4/4, 2 - 14/15).
Huima (Aanekoski) lost at home vs Honka (Tapiola) 81-86 (45-35). Huima's key players were early in foul troubles and Honka won the fourth quarter 17-28. Ronnie Clark (195-F/G-81) was again Honka's MVP: 39 pts (1 - 1/1, 2 - 10/16, 3 - 6/11) and 11 rbs. Honka (14-8) was shooting with 52% (12/23) accuracy from behind the arc. Andre Stephens (202-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) led the hosts with 27pts/15rbs.

Ura Basket - ToPo 83-122 (45-67). (Bobby Nash 21, Nolan Richardson 20, Erkka Lahti 12 - Devin Ginty 24/9/5a, HL Coleman 17, Sad Niskanen 15. A: 255).
Pyrinto II - BC Nokia 107-88 (50-50). (Jonio Harjula 28, Topias Palmi 25, Justus Kilpinen 11 - Brian Moultrie 32/14, Kraidon Woods 17/11, Timo Riihela 15. A: 165).
Huima - Honka 81-86 (45-35). (Andre Stephens 27/15, Cory Abercrombie 18, DeAndre Mays 15 - Ronnie Clark 39/11, Tuomas Iisalo 12, Ilkka Sirola 9. A: 342).



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Aubrey Coleman signs at Cholet - by Greg

Cholet Basket (ProA) landed 26-year old American guard Aubrey Coleman (193-90kg-87, college: Houston). He played recently at Reno Bighorns (D-League) in the U.S.. But in two games he averaged just 1.0ppg and 1.5rpg this season. The other team he played that season for was Austin Toros in D-League. In 12 games he had 11.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. Coleman was tried-out by CEZ Nymburk (NBL) in Czech Republic league earlier that season. In two games he had 3.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg.
The last season Coleman played at Angelico Biella (SerieA) in Italian league. In 32 games he was second best scorer with remarkable 18.2ppg and averaged 4.5rpg, 2.0apg and 3.3spg (leader !!!). It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Coleman graduated from University of Houston in 2010 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: More a scorer than a pure shooter, his hunting territory is the paint, where he is very good in building his shot out from the dribble and draws lots of fouls. Defensively, he is a great ball stealer, above all on the passing lines. Not a pure SG, however, and too undersized to play the SF at NBA level. He could probably become European League material very soon.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Jeremy Tschamber claims French NM1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Jeremy Tschamber (192-G-84) had a great game in the last round for Souffel and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 28-year old guard had the game-high 20 points adding four rebounds and six assists for Souffel in his team's victory, helping them to beat Rueil (#9, 11-11) 76-61. Souffel maintains the 3rd position in French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Souffel will need more victories to improve their 15-6 record. In the team's last game Tschamber had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He has many years of experience at Souffel, through which he has constantly improved. Jeremy Tschamber averages this season 10.6ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old guard Thibaut Lonzieme (195-G-89) of Angers BC 49. Lonzieme impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Angers BC 49 to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Rennes (#15, 4-18) 85-60. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Angers BC 49 managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 12th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-13 record. Lonzieme is one of the most experienced players at Angers BC 49 and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Angers BC 49's star - American Anthony Hill (204-F-88). Hill scored 15 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Angers BC 49, helping his team with a 85-60 easy win against the lower-ranked Rennes (#15, 4-18). The chances of Angers BC 49 not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Hill could try to bring Angers BC 49's a little bit higher in the standings. Hill has individually a great season in France. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.7ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 7.0rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. SyPir Traore (204-F-85) of Angers BC 49 - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Jarryd Cole (204-F-88) of La Rochelle - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Carlos Cherry (184-PG-79) of Quimper - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Said Ben Driss (206-C-85) of Rennes - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Arnaud Thinon (178-PG-87) of Sorgues - 20 points and 4 rebounds
9. Jason Jones (203-C-86) of Monaco - 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Julien Bestron (205-C-86) of Orchy - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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

18-year old center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) had a very impressive game in the last round for Boulogne and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had a double-double of 31 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Fos Ouest (15-10) 100-89. Boulogne is placed at 5th position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Boulogne will need more victories to improve their 15-10 record. Jaiteh turned to be Boulogne's top player in his first season with the team. Jaiteh has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.6rpg) and averages solid 64.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Charles Jackson (203-F-87, agency: Court Side) of top-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez. He is American forward in his first season at Pau-Lacq-Orthez. In the last game Jackson recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Pau-Lacq-Orthez to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked St Vallier (#15, 8-17) 111-76. Of course Pau-Lacq-Orthez still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just five games this season, while they won 20 matches. Jackson is a newcomer at Pau-Lacq-Orthez and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Steeve Ho You Fat (203-PF-88) of league's second-best Evreux. Ho You Fat scored 23 points and passed five assists. He was a key player of Evreux, leading his team to a 87-74 easy win against the lower-ranked Charleville (#18, 5-20). Evreux needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 7 lost games. Ho You Fat has a very solid season. In 25 games in France he scored 13.0ppg. He also has 6.3rpg and FGP: 54.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Wendell McKines (198-F-88) of Rouen - 18 points and 7 rebounds
5. Nigel Wyatte (204-C/F-81) of Bordeaux - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Markel Humphrey (198-F-87) of Bordeaux - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Ronnie Taylor (188-PG-81) of Le Portel - 20 points and 6 assists
8. Brian Boddicker (204-F-81) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 23 points and 4 assists
9. Gary Chathuant (195-SF-83) of Rouen - 24 points and 6 rebounds
10. Anthony Hilliard (193-G/F-86) of Antibes - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  FYR MACEDONIA   

D1 Standings

Prva Standings
 1. Kozuv 10-2 
 2. Feni Indistrija 10-3 
 3. Lirija 9-3 
 4. Kumanovo 8-5 
 5. Rabotnicki 6-7 
 6. ABA Strumica 5-8 
 7. Vardar 2-11 
 8. Pelister Bitola 1-12 
Play in international cups:
 1. MZT Skopje

Regular Season: Round 13

Mar. 2: Rabotnicki - ABA Strumica 99-66
Mar. 2: Kumanovo - Pelister Bitola 92-77
Mar. 2: Feni Indistrija - Vardar 87-74
Mar. 3: Lirija - Kozuv


Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar KOSTOSKI
  Kumanovo
  (186-G-88)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Kostoski, Kumanovo20.7 
 2. Bogoev, ABA S.19.2 
 3. Jelesijevic, Rabot.17.1 
 4. Radunovic, Lirija15.7 
 5. Dimcevski, Kuman.15.6 
 6. Trajkovski, Feni I.15.3 
 7. Sharper, Rabotnicki14.8 
 8. Gocevski, ABA S.14.7 
 9. Kerkez, Vardar14.3 
 10. Janjusevic, ABA S.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dragan KERKEZ
  Vardar
  (--89)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Kerkez, Vardar10.6 
 2. Lukovic, Kumanovo9.6 
 3. Trajkovski, Feni I.8.3 
 4. Radunovic, Lirija7.9 
 5. Jelesijevic, Rabot.7.2 
 6. Knezevic, Feni I.6.5 
 7. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.6.0 
 8. Zaharievski, Pelis.5.9 
 9. Tasovski, Lirija5.8 
 10. Kostevski, Vardar5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Eftim BOGOEV
  ABA S.
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Bogoev, ABA S.6.0 
 2. Mijajlovic, Kozuv4.7 
 3. Samardziev, Feni I.3.6 
 4. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.6 
 5. Karadzovski, Kozuv3.4 
 6. Morban, Lirija3.1 
 7. Petrovski, Rabotni.2.7 
 8. Tasovski, Lirija2.6 
 9. Jelesijevic, Rabot.2.6 
 10. Petrovski, Vardar2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Eftim BOGOEV
  ABA S.
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Bogoev, ABA S.1.8 
 2. Dimcevski, Kuman.1.8 
 3. Stajic, Lirija1.8 
 4. Jevdic, ABA S.1.5 
 5. Balazs, ABA S.1.4 
 6. Ugrinovski, Lirija1.4 
 7. Radunovic, Lirija1.3 
 8. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.1.3 
 9. Kerkez, Vardar1.3 
 10. Pajic, Vardar1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo2.1 
 2. Jelesijevic, Rabot.1.2 
 3. Pavlovski, Kozuv1.1 
 4. Radojevik, Lirija1.0 
 5. Trajkovski, Feni I.1.0 
 6. Simic, Lirija0.7 
 7. Radunovic, Lirija0.7 
 8. Talevski, Pelist.0.5 
 9. Knezevic, Feni I.0.5 
 10. Avramovski, Rabot.0.5 


Standings - Division II

Vtora Liga Standings
 1. Apave 8-1 
 2. Karpos Sokoli 7-2 
 3. Angeli Skopje 6-3 
 4. Lihnidos 5-4 
 5. Goce Delchev 4-5 
 6. V.Lisici 3-5 
 7. Best Gevgelija 3-6 
 8. Teteks TTK 3-6 
 9. Negotino 1-8 



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Richard Matiashvili claims Georgian Superleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

International center Richard Matiashvili (207-C-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Kutaisi and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 23-year old center had a double-double of 30 points and eighteen rebounds, while his team beat Batumi (#9, 3-12) 82-73. Kutaisi maintains the 6th position in Georgian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kutaisi will need more victories to improve their 9-6 record. It's Matiashvili's second year at Kutaisi and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Matiashvili has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.3ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 12.6rpg) and averages solid 1.8bpg and 51.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old international power forward Akaki Dvalishvili (206-PF-90) of Olimpi. Dvalishvili impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he lead Olimpi to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Samedicino (#10, 1-13) 110-63. This victory allowed Olimpi to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 12 matches. Dvalishvili is a newcomer at Olimpi and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Benjamin Raymond (198-G/F-87, agency: KMG Sports Management) of top-ranked MIA Academy. Raymond showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of MIA Academy, leading his team to a 78-59 easy win against STU Tbilisi (#11, 0-15). MIA Academy confirms their top position in the standings Raymond has a very solid season. In 5 games in Georgia he scored 11.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sergo Atvashovili (223-C-85) of Sokhumi - 18 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Nate Bowie (183-G-86) of Rustavi - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Mikheil Berishvili (205-F-87) of Olimpi - 25 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Lasha Keshelava (200-F-81) of Batumi - 29 points and 9 rebounds
8. Lasha Parghalava (191-G-87) of Armia - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Serzhi Aselaini (198-F-91) of TSU Tbilisi - 13 points and 12 rebounds
10. Levan Fatsatsia (198-F-88) of Olimpi - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 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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  GERMANY   

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Brose Bask. 21-3 
 2. B.Muenchen 17-8 
 3. EWE Baskets 16-7 
 4. ALBA 15-8 
 5. Ratiopharm 15-9 
 6. Telekom Baskets 13-11 
 7. Art.Dragons 13-12 
 8. s.Oliver Baskets 12-13 
 9. Walter Tigers 12-13 
 10. TBB Trier 11-13 
 11. Phoenix Hagen 11-13 
 12. Bayreuth 11-14 
 13. Bremerhaven 10-13 
 14. MBC 10-15 
 15. NY Phantoms 10-15 
 16. Neckar Lburg 9-16 
 17. Fraport SKY 9-16 
 18. LTi 46ers 4-20 

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 3: Telekom Baskets - LTi 46ers 94-56
Mar. 2: MBC - NY Phantoms 92-58
Mar. 3: B.Muenchen - Brose Bask. 85-71
Mar. 2: EWE Baskets - Art.Dragons 84-68
Mar. 2: s.Oliver Baskets - Phoenix Hagen 80-70
Mar. 2: Neckar L'burg - Ratiopharm 79-73
Mar. 2: Bayreuth - TBB Trier 75-71

Round 18

Mar. 3: Fraport SKY - ALBA 65-62

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 9: Ratiopharm - Fraport SKY
Mar. 9: NY Phantoms - s.Oliver Baskets
Mar. 9: Bayreuth - EWE Baskets
Mar. 9: Neckar L'burg - Bremerhaven
Mar. 9: TBB Trier - Telekom Baskets
Mar. 9: LTi 46ers - MBC
Mar. 9: Art.Dragons - ALBA
Mar. 10: Walter Tigers - B.Muenchen
Mar. 10: Phoenix Hagen - Brose Bask.


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. White, Phoenix17.7 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.4 
 3. Brooks, LTi 46ers15.9 
 4. Burrell, Bremerha.15.6 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.4 
 6. Peacock, Fraport15.0 
 7. Thompson, ALBA14.4 
 8. Turek, Neckar L.14.1 
 9. Vaden, Telekom14.0 
 10. Rice, B.Muenchen13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.2 
 2. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.2 
 3. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.0 
 4. Robertson, Fraport7.0 
 5. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.9 
 6. Burtschi, Bremerha.6.6 
 7. McGhee, Bayreuth6.4 
 8. Gordon, Phoenix6.4 
 9. King, Art.Dragons6.4 
 10. Thompson, ALBA6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.1 
 2. Rice, B.Muenchen5.0 
 3. Hamilton, Bayreuth4.4 
 4. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.1 
 5. White, Phoenix4.0 
 6. Redding, Walter T.4.0 
 7. Burrell, Bremerha.3.9 
 8. Timberlake, MBC3.7 
 9. Gibson, Fraport SKY3.5 
 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. Bernard, Neckar L.1.8 
 4. Kramer, EWE B.1.7 
 5. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.6 
 6. Burtschi, Bremerha.1.5 
 7. Hamilton, Bayreuth1.5 
 8. Linhart, TBB Trier1.5 
 9. Duggins, Walter T.1.4 
 10. Wood, ALBA1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gregory, Phoenix1.9 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.5 
 3. Ford, Brose Bask.1.4 
 4. Pantelic, MBC1.4 
 5. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.1 
 6. Homan, B.Muenchen1.1 
 7. Morrison, Bremerha.1.1 
 8. Frease, Walter T.1.0 
 9. Turek, Neckar L.1.0 
 10. Zirbes, Brose Bas.0.8 


Standings - ProA

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

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 3: ETB Wohnbau - Jena 92-100
Mar. 2: Leipzig - Finke Baskets 91-82
Mar. 2: Vechta - Kirchheim 90-75
Mar. 3: Heidelberg - Karlsruhe 82-85
Mar. 3: Duesseldorf - NBC 79-65
Mar. 3: Ehingen - Chemnitz 74-47
Mar. 2: Crailsheim - Cuxhaven 71-83
Mar. 2: Goettingen - Gotha 65-56

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 9: Kirchheim - Crailsheim
Mar. 9: Jena - Vechta
Mar. 9: Gotha - ETB Wohnbau
Mar. 9: Karlsruhe - Goettingen
Mar. 9: NBC - Heidelberg
Mar. 9: Chemnitz - Duesseldorf
Mar. 9: Finke Baskets - Ehingen
Mar. 9: Cuxhaven - Leipzig


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Logan STUTZ
  ETB Wohnbau
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau20.2 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven19.7 
 3. Nixon, NBC18.5 
 4. Williams, Vechta17.9 
 5. Griffin, Gotha17.3 
 6. White, Heidelberg16.4 
 7. Calvin, Ehingen16.3 
 8. Barker, Jena16.0 
 9. Roessler, Karlsruhe15.8 
 10. Kelly, Cuxhaven15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Gadley, Leipzig10.5 
 2. Lawson, Chemnitz9.7 
 3. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.2 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe8.1 
 5. Baker, Gotha8.0 
 6. Henley, ETB W.7.8 
 7. Calvin, Ehingen7.5 
 8. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.5 
 9. Moore, Crailsheim6.8 
 10. Adomaitis, Jena6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Williams, Vechta7.2 
 2. Aud, Finke Baskets5.9 
 3. Coleman, Crailsheim5.9 
 4. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.3 
 5. Kelly, Cuxhaven5.0 
 6. Matthews, Ehingen4.7 
 7. Jeka, Jena4.4 
 8. Barker, Jena4.3 
 9. Barth, Heidelberg4.0 
 10. Johnson, Duessel.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Williams, Vechta2.9 
 2. White, Heidelberg2.3 
 3. Matthews, Ehingen2.2 
 4. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.8 
 5. Johnson, Duesseld.1.7 
 6. Brooks, Kirchheim1.6 
 7. Bynum, Chemnitz1.5 
 8. Harris, Goettingen1.5 
 9. Lawson, Chemnitz1.5 
 10. Stockton, Karlsru.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gadley, Leipzig2.3 
 2. White, Heidelberg1.7 
 3. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.4 
 4. Lawson, Chemnitz1.4 
 5. Thompson, NBC1.2 
 6. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.1 
 7. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 8. Madrich, Vechta0.9 
 9. Ferguson, Vechta0.8 
 10. Henley, ETB W.0.8 


Standings - Pro B

ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Schwelm 17-4 
 2. Rist Wedel 15-6 
 3. Herten Lions 12-9 
 4. Oldenburg 11-10 
 5. Recklinghausen 11-10 
 6. SU Medien 10-11 
 7. MTV Wolfenbuettel 10-11 
 8. Wulfen 9-12 
 9. BSW Sixers 9-12 
 10. Hannover 8-13 
 11. Dorsten 8-13 
 12. Stahnsdorf 6-15 
Group South
 1. Dragons 18-3 
 2. Weissenhorn 14-7 
 3. Bayer Giants 13-8 
 4. Langen 13-8 
 5. Noerdlingen 12-9 
 6. Licher Baeren 12-9 
 7. Fraport SKY II 11-10 
 8. Leitershofen 10-11 
 9. Hanau 9-12 
 10. Dresden 7-14 
 11. Konstanz 4-17 
 12. TSV Troester 3-18 

Regular Season: Round 21

North

Mar. 2: SU Medien - BSW Sixers 99-71
Mar. 2: Recklinghausen - Hannover 95-94
Mar. 2: Wulfen - Stahnsdorf 85-71
Mar. 2: Schwelm - Oldenburg 83-94
Mar. 2: MTV Wolfenbuettel - Dorsten 83-67
Mar. 2: Rist Wedel - Herten Lions 76-74

South

Mar. 2: Leitershofen - Konstanz 95-73
Feb. 28: Bayer Giants - Dragons 81-74
Mar. 3: Dresden - Licher Baeren 80-75
Mar. 2: Hanau - Noerdlingen 77-76
Mar. 3: Weissenhorn - Fraport SKY II 75-62
Mar. 2: TSV Troester - Langen 59-62

Regular Season: Round 22

North

Mar. 9: Hannover - Rist Wedel
Mar. 9: Oldenburg - Recklinghausen
Mar. 9: BSW Sixers - Schwelm
Mar. 9: Stahnsdorf - SU Medien
Mar. 9: Dorsten - Wulfen
Mar. 9: Herten Lions - MTV Wolfenbuettel

South

Mar. 9: Noerdlingen - Bayer Giants
Mar. 9: Licher Baeren - Hanau
Mar. 9: Fraport SKY II - Dresden
Mar. 9: Langen - Weissenhorn
Mar. 9: Konstanz - TSV Troester
Mar. 9: Dragons - Leitershofen


BBL Round 25: Bayern Muenchen defeats leader Brose Bask. - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Brose Bask. (21-3) on the court of third ranked Bayern Muenchen on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Bayern Muenchen 85-71. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of Brose Bask.. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Bayern Muenchen. Brose Bask. managed to win third quarter 28-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bayern Muenchen dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Brose Bask.'s 24. They outrebounded Brose Bask. 42-30 including 27 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Brose Bask. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 17 points and 6 assists for the winners. Power forward Sharrod Ford (206-82, college: Clemson, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 17 points for Brose Bask.Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bayern Muenchen (17-8) moved-up to second place. Defending champion Brose Bask. still keeps top position with three games lost. Bayern Muenchen are looking forward to face Walter Tigers (#9) in Tuebingen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brose Bask. will play on the road against Phoenix Hagen (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Frankfurt. Seventeenth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (9-16) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 4th placed ALBA Berlin (15-8) 65-62 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ALBA Berlin. American guard Quantez Robertson (189-84, college: Auburn) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners and Zachery Peacock chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Deutsche Bank Skyliners' coach Muli Katzurin allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American point guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) responded with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Deutsche Bank Skyliners moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Neckar L'burg. ALBA Berlin at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against higher ranked ratiopharm Ulm (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ALBA Berlin will play against Artland Dragons in Quakenbrueck and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between ratiopharm Ulm (15-9) and EnBW Ludwigsburg (9-16), which took place in Ludwigsburg. Higher ranked ratiopharm Ulm lost to sixteenth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg in a road game 73-79 on Saturday. John Turek nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side. John Bryant came up with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for ratiopharm Ulm in the defeat. ratiopharm Ulm's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. EnBW Ludwigsburg maintains sixteenth place with 9-16 record, which they share with Fraport SKY. Loser ratiopharm Ulm keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg will meet at home higher ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#13) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ratiopharm Ulm will play against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#16) in Frankfurt and hope to secure a win.
Another upset was a game between TBB Trier (11-13) and BBC Bayreuth (11-14), which took place in Bayreuth. Higher ranked TBB Trier lost to fourteenth ranked BBC Bayreuth in a road game 71-75. Kevin Hamilton fired 14 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. BBC Bayreuth moved-up to twelfth place. TBB Trier at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. BBC Bayreuth's next round opponent will be higher ranked EWE Baskets (#3) in Oldenburg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game between seventh ranked Telekom Baskets (13-11) and 18th ranked LTi 46ers (4-20) in Bonn on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Telekom Baskets outscored guests from Giessen 94-56. It was a very good performance for Chris Ensminger who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Telekom Baskets' coach Michael Koch felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Telekom Baskets moved-up to sixth place. LTi 46ers lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Telekom Baskets will face TBB Trier (#10) on the road in the next round. LTi 46ers will play against Mitteldeutscher BC (#14) in Weissenfels.

Other games in round 25 were not that significant. Art.Dragons was beaten by EWE Baskets on the road 84-68. MBC destroyed NY Phantoms on its own court 92-58. Phoenix Hagen unfortunately lost to s.Oliver Baskets in Wuerzburg 70-80.


B.Muenchen - Brose Bask. 85-71

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Brose Bask. (21-3) on the court of third ranked Bayern Muenchen on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Bayern Muenchen 85-71. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of Brose Bask.. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Bayern Muenchen. Brose Bask. managed to win third quarter 28-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bayern Muenchen dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Brose Bask.'s 24. They outrebounded Brose Bask. 42-30 including 27 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Brose Bask. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 17 points and 6 assists for the winners. Power forward Sharrod Ford (206-82, college: Clemson, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 17 points and swingman Matt Walsh (197-82, college: Florida) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Brose Bask.Four Brose Bask. players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bayern Muenchen (17-8) moved-up to second place. Defending champion Brose Bask. still keeps top position with three games lost. Bayern Muenchen are looking forward to face Walter Tigers (#9) in Tuebingen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brose Bask. will play on the road against Phoenix Hagen (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: C.Troutman 19+10reb+1ast, T.Rice 17+2reb+6ast, R.Benzing 12+8reb+2ast, S.Hamann 8+2reb+1ast, L.Roberts 7+5reb, Y.Halperin 6+2reb+3ast
Brose Bask.: S.Ford 17+4reb, M.Walsh 11+5reb+2ast, A.Renfroe 11+2reb+3ast, A.Gavel 11+2reb+1ast, C.Jacobsen 6+2reb+4ast, J.Massey 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 184119


Telekom Baskets - LTi 46ers 94-56

The game between seventh ranked Telekom Baskets (13-11) and 18th ranked LTi 46ers (4-20) in Bonn on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Telekom Baskets outscored guests from Giessen 94-56. The game without a history. Telekom Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding LTi 46ers to just 2 points in fourth quarter. Telekom Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to LTi 46ers' 34. They outrebounded LTi 46ers 36-22 including a 24-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Telekom Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by LTi 46ers' players. It was a very good performance for American center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-83, college: Metro St.) contributed with 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. Telekom Baskets' coach Michael Koch felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (212-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) answered with 9 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Afghani point guard Achmadschah Zazai (175-86, agency: LUMANI 10.7) added 11 points in the effort for LTi 46ers. Telekom Baskets moved-up to sixth place. LTi 46ers lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Telekom Baskets will face TBB Trier (#10) on the road in the next round. LTi 46ers will play against Mitteldeutscher BC (#14) in Weissenfels.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: B.Veikalas 16+3reb+3ast, R.Vaden 15+2reb+4ast, K.Weems 13+2reb+1ast, J.McLean 11+4reb, C.Ensminger 10+11reb+2ast, J.Jordan 9+9ast
LTi 46ers: A.Zazai 11+1reb+2ast, M.Curry 9+3reb, A.Buechert 9+2reb+1ast, D.Spohr 9+2reb, E.Ovcina 9+8reb+1ast, R.Amaize 5
gschID: 184118


EWE Baskets - Art.Dragons 84-68

No shocking result in a game when third ranked EWE Baskets (16-7) beat 6th ranked Artland Dragons (13-12) in Oldenburg 84-68 on Saturday. The game without a history. EWE Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Quite impressive performance for American guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording 22 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). His fellow American import point guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron, agency: LUMANI 10.7) contributed with 12 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. American guard Demond Mallet (186-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds and American-Cypriot power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Artland Dragons. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. EWE Baskets have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 16-7 record having six points less than leader Brose Bask. Loser Artland Dragons dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. EWE Baskets will face BBC Bayreuth (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Artland Dragons will play against ALBA Berlin (#4).
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 22+3reb+2ast, C.Kramer 14+2reb+2ast, D.Joyce 12+2reb+5ast, J.Jenkins 12+3reb+4ast, R.Burrell 8+3reb, K.Wysocki 7+1reb
Art.Dragons: D.Mallet 15+5reb+3ast, A.King 14+7reb, B.Ratkovica 12+1reb+3ast, P.Popovic 8+2reb+1ast, M.Haynes 8+2reb, B.Buckman 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 184116


Neckar L'burg - Ratiopharm 79-73

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between ratiopharm Ulm (15-9) and EnBW Ludwigsburg (9-16), which took place in Ludwigsburg. Higher ranked ratiopharm Ulm lost to sixteenth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg in a road game 73-79 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-9. But ratiopharm Ulm won second period 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded ratiopharm Ulm 40-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. American power forward John Turek (206-83, college: Nebraska) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Marqus Blakely (196-89, college: Vermont) accounted for 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Five EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) came up with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Sebastian Betz (198-85, agency: Pro One Sports) added 15 points respectively for ratiopharm Ulm in the defeat. ratiopharm Ulm's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. EnBW Ludwigsburg maintains sixteenth place with 9-16 record, which they share with Fraport SKY. Loser ratiopharm Ulm keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg will meet at home higher ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#13) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ratiopharm Ulm will play against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#16) in Frankfurt and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Neckar L'burg: L.Staiger 17+3reb+2ast, J.Turek 14+10reb+1ast, W.Bernard 10+4reb+2ast, M.Blakely 10+11reb+4ast, E.Coleman 10+6reb, D.Zimmerman 10+4reb+1ast
Ratiopharm: S.Betz 15+2reb, S.Esterkamp 11+4reb+1ast, P.Guenther 10+3ast, J.Bryant 9+8reb+4ast, L.Jeter 6+1reb+1ast, P.Schwethelm 6+3reb
gschID: 184115


MBC - NY Phantoms 92-58

There was a minor upset when 13th ranked New Yorker Phantoms (10-15) were smashed by fifteenth ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (10-15) in Weissenfels 92-58 on Saturday. The game without a history. Mitteldeutscher BC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding New Yorker Phantoms to just 4 points in third quarter. They outrebounded New Yorker Phantoms 36-20 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Mitteldeutscher BC looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by New Yorker Phantoms' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mitteldeutscher BC made 8 blocks. Quite impressive performance for Serbian forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points, 13 rebounds and 7 blocks. American forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) contributed with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. Czech Lubos Barton (202-80, college: Valparaiso) answered with 10 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and international point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93) added 11 points in the effort for New Yorker Phantoms. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mitteldeutscher BC moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with NY Phantoms. Mitteldeutscher BC will face bottom-ranked LTi 46ers (#18) in Giessen in the next round.
Top scorers:
MBC: M.Schwarz 18+1reb, O.Jeanty 13+1reb+2ast, K.Beidler 12+7reb+5ast, D.Pantelic 11+13reb, H.Vilhjalmsson 10+1reb+10ast, P.Heyden 10+1reb
NY Phantoms: D.Schroeder 11+2reb+1ast, L.Barton 10+3reb+2ast, I.McElroy 10+1reb+2ast, C.Pigram 7+2reb+2ast, E.Boateng 6+3reb, J.Anderson 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 184114


Bayreuth - TBB Trier 75-71

Another upset was a game between TBB Trier (11-13) and BBC Bayreuth (11-14), which took place in Bayreuth. Higher ranked TBB Trier lost to fourteenth ranked BBC Bayreuth in a road game 71-75. It looked good early as TBB Trier took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BBC Bayreuth had a 30-16 second period charge getting the lead and TBB Trier was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-75. BBC Bayreuth made 22-of-24 charity shots (91.7 percent) during the game. American-Puerto Rican guard Kevin Hamilton (193-84, college: Holy Cross) fired 14 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Italian-American forward Joe Trapani (203-88, college: Boston Coll.) chipped in 11 points. International center Andreas Seiferth (209-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds and American swingman Brian Harper (206-85, college: Paine, agency: Pro One Sports) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. BBC Bayreuth moved-up to twelfth place. TBB Trier at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. BBC Bayreuth's next round opponent will be higher ranked EWE Baskets (#3) in Oldenburg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: K.Hamilton 14+9reb+8ast, J.Trapani 11+3reb, T.Spoeler 10+4reb, S.Schmitz 8+1ast, G.McGhee 7+3reb, B.Wyrick 7+2reb+1ast
TBB Trier: A.Seiferth 19+8reb+1ast, B.Harper 15+7reb+2ast, N.Linhart 11+2reb+3ast, J.Howell 9+4reb+2ast, J.Bucknor 8+4reb, B.Stewart 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 184113


s.Oliver Baskets - Phoenix Hagen 80-70

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when eleventh ranked s Oliver Baskets (12-13) won against 10th ranked Phoenix Hagen (11-13) in Wuerzburg 80-70 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by s Oliver Baskets. Phoenix Hagen was better in fourth quarter 27-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. s Oliver Baskets forced 19 Phoenix Hagen turnovers. Phoenix Hagen was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American guard Frank Robinson (193-84, college: CS Fullerton) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds. British-American guard Mike Lenzly (189-81, college: Wofford) contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four s Oliver Baskets players scored in double figures. American forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized American swingman Adam Hess (201-81, college: William & Mary, agency: LUMANI 10.7) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Phoenix Hagen. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. s Oliver Baskets moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Walter Tigers. Loser Phoenix Hagen keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. s Oliver Baskets will face New Yorker Phantoms (#15) in Braunschweig in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Phoenix Hagen will play at home against the league's leader Brose Bask. (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
s.Oliver Baskets: M.Stuckey 19, F.Robinson 18+7reb+3ast, C.McNaughton 11+8reb+1ast, M.Lenzly 11+6reb+5ast, O.Clay 7+5reb+1ast, J.Boone 5+6reb+2ast
Phoenix Hagen: L.Gordon 15+8reb, D.White 11+2reb+3ast, A.Hess 9+7reb+1ast, A.Lodwick 8+1reb, O.Wendt 6+1reb+2ast, F.Bleck 6+2reb
gschID: 184112


Round 18
Fraport SKY - ALBA 65-62

Important game to mention about took place in Frankfurt. Seventeenth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (9-16) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 4th placed ALBA Berlin (15-8) 65-62 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ALBA Berlin. American guard Quantez Robertson (189-84, college: Auburn) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners and his fellow American import forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Robertson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Deutsche Bank Skyliners players scored in double figures. Deutsche Bank Skyliners' coach Muli Katzurin allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American point guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) responded with 24 points and 5 rebounds and Bosnian forward Nihad Djedovic (198-90, agency: Beo Basket) scored 7 points and 7 rebounds. Deutsche Bank Skyliners moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Neckar L'burg. ALBA Berlin at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against higher ranked ratiopharm Ulm (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ALBA Berlin will play against Artland Dragons in Quakenbrueck and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: Q.Robertson 16+11reb+5ast, R.Brooks 15+5reb+1ast, Z.Peacock 14+9reb+1ast, D.Robinson 12+2reb+4ast, D.Gibson 5+1reb+3ast, L.Prowell 3+3reb
ALBA: D.Wood 24+5reb+3ast, J.Foster 12+1reb+2ast, D.Thompson 9+5reb+1ast, N.Djedovic 7+7reb+3ast, Z.Morley 6+6reb, A.Traore 2+4reb
gschID: 234015



ProB Round 21: #1 SG Schwelmer Baskets are defeated by Oldenburg - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in ProB. The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (17-4) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Oldenburg (11-10) 94-83. The guests trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 35-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Oldenburg made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Naturalized American center Chris Heinrich (208-77, college: St.Louis) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and point guard Kevin Smit (183-91) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American Julius Coles (193-89, college: Canisius) with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Oldenburg maintains fourth place in Group North with 11-10 record, which they share with Recklinghausen. SG Schwelmer Baskets at the other side still keep top position with four games lost. Oldenburg is looking forward to face Recklinghausen (#5) at home in the next round. SG Schwelmer Baskets will play against BSW Sixers (#9) in Sandersdorf and are hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Wedel. Second ranked SC Rist Wedel (15-6) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Herten Lions (12-9) 76-74 in the fight for the second place. Fabian Boeke (208-86, college: Washington St.) nailed 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Augie Johnston accounted for 16 points and 4 assists. American guard Adrian Bowie (189-89, college: Maryland) came up with 16 points and 5 rebounds for Herten Lions in the defeat. SC Rist Wedel have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place in Group North with 15-6 record having just three points less than leader Dragons. Herten Lions lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with nine games lost. SC Rist Wedel will play against Hannover Tigers (#10) in Hannover in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Herten Lions will play at home against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#7) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of first ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (18-3) against fourth ranked Bayer Giants (13-8) on Thursday night. Visiting Dragons Rhoendorf was defeated by Bayer Giants in a tough game in Leverkusen 74-81. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Dragons Rhoendorf. The best player for the winners was Adonte Parker who had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 7 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was Geddes Robinson who recorded 6 points and 19 rebounds. Bayer Giants have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place in Group South, which they share with Langen. Loser Dragons Rhoendorf still keeps top position with three games lost. Bayer Giants will meet Noerdlingen (#5) on the road in the next round. Dragons Rhoendorf will play against Leitershofen (#8) in Diedorf and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Hanau. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Noerdlingen (12-9) to ninth ranked Hanau (9-12) 77-76 on Saturday evening. It was a good game for Lionel Sullivan who saved his team from a defeat with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Hanau maintains ninth place in Group South with 9-12 record. Noerdlingen at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Hanau's next round opponent will be higher ranked Licher Baeren (#6) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Noerdlingen will play against Bayer Giants in Leverkusen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Recklinghausen. Fifth ranked Recklinghausen (11-10) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 9th ranked Hannover Tigers (8-13) 95-94 on Saturday evening. Robert Franklin stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Recklinghausen moved-up to fourth place in Group North, which they share with Oldenburg. Hannover Tigers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Recklinghausen will face Oldenburg (#4) on the road in the next round. Hannover Tigers will play against the league's second-placed SC Rist Wedel (#2).

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 21:
In Group North BSW Sixers was destroyed by SU Medien on the opponent's court 99-71. Wulfen managed to outperform Stahnsdorf in a home game 85-71. Dorsten recorded a loss to MTV Wolfenbuettel on the road 83-67.
In Group South Weissenhorn defeated Fraport SKY II on its own court 75-62. Licher Baeren was beaten by Dresden in a road game 80-75. Leitershofen destroyed Konstanz at home 95-73. Langen managed to outperform TSV Troester on the opponent's court 62-59.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 35 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 8 assists by Steven Bennett of SU Medien.


Group North
Recklinghausen - Hannover 95-94

Important game to mention about took place in Recklinghausen. Fifth ranked Recklinghausen (11-10) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 9th ranked Hannover Tigers (8-13) 95-94 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 29-27 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Recklinghausen made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. American forward Robert Franklin (195-81, college: N.Mexico Highlands) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and his fellow American import guard Patrick Carney (185-85, college: Chapman) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was American guard Ashanti Cook (188-84, college: Georgetown) with 23 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) and swingman Jan-Peter Prasuhn (198-82) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four Hannover Tigers players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Recklinghausen moved-up to fourth place in Group North, which they share with Oldenburg. Hannover Tigers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Recklinghausen will face Oldenburg (#4) on the road in the next round. Hannover Tigers will play against the league's second-placed SC Rist Wedel (#2).
Top scorers:
Hannover: A.Cook 23+3reb+2ast, J.Prasuhn 18+5reb+3ast, J.Lodders 15+5reb, T.Welzel 12+1reb+4ast, M.Williams 11+5reb+2ast, M.Fakuade 8+9reb+2ast
Recklinghausen: P.Carney 23+2reb+4ast, D.McDuffie 22+2reb+2ast, R.Franklin 13+12reb+5ast, D.Leithner 9+2reb+3ast, S.Fuerst 9+1reb, F.Werner 7+7reb
gschID: 185219


Schwelm - Oldenburg 83-94

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (17-4) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Oldenburg (11-10) 94-83. The guests trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 35-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Oldenburg made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Naturalized American center Chris Heinrich (208-77, college: St.Louis) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and point guard Kevin Smit (183-91) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American Julius Coles (193-89, college: Canisius) with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Sebastian Schroter (207-83) scored 15 points. Five Oldenburg and four SG Schwelmer Baskets players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Oldenburg maintains fourth place in Group North with 11-10 record, which they share with Recklinghausen. SG Schwelmer Baskets at the other side still keep top position with four games lost. Oldenburg is looking forward to face Recklinghausen (#5) at home in the next round. SG Schwelmer Baskets will play against BSW Sixers (#9) in Sandersdorf and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: S.Schroter 15+3reb+2ast, J.Coles 14+5reb+4ast, A.Kronhardt 12+5reb+2ast, F.Gentgen 12, D.Hamilton 8+3reb+3ast, L.Wendt 7+3reb+2ast
Oldenburg: C.Heinrich 32+13reb, K.Smit 14+5reb+2ast, M.Taylor 13+6ast, P.Albrecht 12+1reb+2ast, A.Hartmann 10+4reb+7ast, J.Wimberg 8+3reb
gschID: 185218


SU Medien - BSW Sixers 99-71

Everything could happen in Braunschweig at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets and 8th ranked BSW Sixers had identical 9-11 record. This time Spot Up Medien Baskets used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Sandersdorf 99-71 on Saturday night. Spot Up Medien Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American point guard Steven Bennett (173-88, college: Chaminade) stepped up and scored 35 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and international point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Bennett is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Spot Up Medien Baskets players scored in double figures. Spot Up Medien Baskets' coach Liviu Calin felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was power forward Ralph Schirmer (203-86) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Jeremie Simmons (188, college: Ohio St., agency: SDJ Sports) scored 17 points. Spot Up Medien Baskets have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain sixth place in Group North with 10-11 record, which they share with MTV Wolfenbuettel. Loser BSW Sixers keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. Spot Up Medien Baskets will face RSV Eintracht (#12) in Stahnsdorf in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. BSW Sixers will play at home against the league's leader SG Schwelmer Baskets (#1).
Top scorers:
BSW Sixers: J.Simmons 17+4reb+2ast, R.Schirmer 16+10reb, N.Gerwig 12+6reb, F.Diestelhorst 8+3reb, S.Ahnsehl 5+1reb+3ast, J.Ramm 4
SU Medien: S.Bennett 35+7reb+8ast, D.Schroeder 14+6reb+8ast, H.Sant-Roos 12+7reb+2ast, J.Wessels 10+5reb+1ast, E.Land 7+1reb, L.Gertz 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 185217


Wulfen - Stahnsdorf 85-71

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eleventh ranked BSV Wulfen's (9-12) home victory over 12th ranked RSV Eintracht (6-15) 85-71 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-71. BSV Wulfen forced 19 RSV Eintracht turnovers. RSV Eintracht was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Anthony Young (200-89, college: Ky Wesleyan) stepped up and scored 28 points and 6 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Antonio Houston (196-88, college: Catawba) chipped in 25 points. The best for the losing side was American guard Blair Wheadon (191-90, college: W.Oregon) with 23 points and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and center Michael Haucke (210-85) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks. Four RSV Eintracht players scored in double figures. BSV Wulfen moved-up to eighth place in Group North, which they share with BSW Sixers. Loser RSV Eintracht keeps the twelfth position with 15 games lost. BSV Wulfen will face Dorsten (#11) on the road in the next round. RSV Eintracht will play against Spot Up Medien Baskets in Braunschweig.
Top scorers:
Stahnsdorf: B.Wheadon 23+2reb+4ast, T.Malone 16+1ast, T.Modersitzki 10+6reb+1ast, M.Haucke 10+11reb+2ast, Y.Evans 7+2reb+1ast, N.Schumann 5+2reb+2ast
Wulfen: A.Young 28+6reb+3ast, A.Houston 25+2reb+2ast, H.Bellscheidt 13+11reb+1ast, L.Griffin 8+5reb, P.Gunther 6, M.Berger 3+4reb+7ast
gschID: 185216


MTV Wolfenbuettel - Dorsten 83-67

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Dorsten (8-13) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (10-11) 83-67 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Herzoege Wolfenbuettel. Dorsten was better in third quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Dorsten was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Travis Clark (195, college: Lake Forest) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import guard Lamonte Thomas (187, college: J.and Wales, RI, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in 20 points and 7 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). Four Herzoege Wolfenbuettel players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American center Blake Poole (195-88, college: St.Martin's) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 18 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and naturalized Albanian guard Nderim Pelaj (179-88) scored 23 points. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place in Group North, which they share with SU Medien. Loser Dorsten keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will face higher ranked Herten Lions (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dorsten will play against BSV Wulfen (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dorsten: N.Pelaj 23+2reb+1ast, B.Poole 20+18reb+1ast, G.Hagner 6+2reb+5ast, J.Eller 6+2reb, N.Janoschek 6+1reb, J.Cadmus 2+1reb+1ast
MTV Wolfenbuettel: L.Thomas 20+2reb+7ast, T.Clark 19+12reb+5ast, F.Theis 17+8reb+1ast, D.Nawrocki 13+1reb+3ast, D.Ward 8+1reb, H.Knopke 6+6reb+4ast
gschID: 185215


Rist Wedel - Herten Lions 76-74

Important game to mention about took place in Wedel. Second ranked SC Rist Wedel (15-6) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Herten Lions (12-9) 76-74 in the fight for the second place. Herten Lions were ahead by 13 points after three quarters before a 26-11 charge of SC Rist Wedel, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Fabian Boeke (208-86, college: Washington St.) nailed 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and American point guard Augie Johnston (185-86, college: CS Monterey) accounted for 16 points and 4 assists. American guard Adrian Bowie (189-89, college: Maryland) came up with 16 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Christoph Hackenesch (204-86) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Herten Lions in the defeat. SC Rist Wedel have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place in Group North with 15-6 record having just three points less than leader Dragons. Herten Lions lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with nine games lost. SC Rist Wedel will play against Hannover Tigers (#10) in Hannover in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Herten Lions will play at home against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#7) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Herten Lions: A.Bowie 16+5reb+2ast, J.Ducker 12+4reb+2ast, C.Hackenesch 12+9reb+1ast, W.Taylor 10+3reb, T.Schonborn 8+4reb+3ast, B.Larrieu 7+3reb+1ast
Rist Wedel: F.Boeke 24+9reb, A.Johnston 16+3reb+4ast, M.Boadu 12+1reb+3ast, P.Owusu-Frimpong 8+11reb+1ast, T.Lange 5+2reb, T.Parohl 4+2reb
gschID: 185214


Group South
Weissenhorn - Fraport SKY II 75-62

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Weissenhorn Youngstars (14-7) beat at home 7th ranked Fraport Skyliners II (11-10) 75-62 on Sunday. The game without a history. Weissenhorn Youngstars led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Forward Brian Butler (194-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and forward Kay Gausa (199-92) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Weissenhorn Youngstars players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Taylor Brown (198-89, college: Bradley) with 18 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Falko Theilig (180-92) scored 6 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Weissenhorn Youngstars maintains second place in Group South with 14-7 record having four points less than leader Dragons. Loser Fraport Skyliners II keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Weissenhorn Youngstars will face TV 1862 Langen (#4) on the road in the next round. Fraport Skyliners II will play against Dresden.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY II: T.Brown 18+9reb, J.Novak 11+4reb, S.Daks 10+2reb, T.Oldenburg 8+2reb, F.Theilig 6+5reb+5ast, N.Vukovic 5+3reb
Weissenhorn: B.Butler 18+10reb+1ast, K.Gausa 14+6reb+5ast, P.Vojkovic 13+1reb+1ast, M.Shtein 13+3reb+6ast, M.Heberlein 10+3reb+3ast, D.Theis 7+3reb
gschID: 186958


Dresden - Licher Baeren 80-75

There was an upset when higher ranked Licher Baeren (12-9) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked Dresden (7-14) 80-75 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 23-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Newly promoted Dresden maintains tenth place in Group South with 7-14 record. Loser Licher Baeren keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Dresden will face higher ranked Fraport Skyliners II (#7) in Frankfurt in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Licher Baeren will play at home against Hanau.
gschID: 186957


Leitershofen - Konstanz 95-73

No shocking result in a game in Diedorf where eighth ranked Leitershofen (10-11) outleveled 11th ranked ifm Baskets Konstanz (4-17) 95-73 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-73. Leitershofen outrebounded ifm Baskets Konstanz 45-26 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Richard Froehlich (206-86, college: UTSA) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and American guard Lindsey Hughey (190-89, college: Weber St.) chipped in 22 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Hughey is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Leitershofen players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard Aubrey Conerly (180-83, college: Jacksonville) with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and Mali forward Oumar Sylla (201-84, college: Richmond) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Leitershofen maintains eighth place in Group South with 10-11 record. ifm Baskets Konstanz lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 17 games lost. Leitershofen will face league's leader Dragons Rhoendorf on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ifm Baskets Konstanz will play against TSV Troester (#12) in Breitenguessbach and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Konstanz: O.Sylla 17+7reb, A.Conerly 16+6reb+8ast, F.Henningsen 14+7reb+2ast, H.Schinke 9+2reb, P.Leidig 6, L.Menck 4+1reb+2ast
Leitershofen: L.Hughey 22+8reb+4ast, R.Froehlich 19+15reb+1ast, J.Washington 16+6reb+6ast, J.Genck 15+4reb+3ast, P.Wischnewski 10, V.Vladov 6+3reb
gschID: 186956


TSV Troester - Langen 59-62

Very expected game in Breitenguessbach where 12th ranked TSV Troester (3-18) was edged by sixth ranked TV 1862 Langen (13-8) 62-59 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. Forward Tobias Jahn (205-86, college: Cal Poly Pomona) stepped up and scored 19 points and 4 assists for the winners and American forward Malik Cooke (198-89, college: S.Carolina) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Johannes Richter (206-93, agency: LUMANI 10.7) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Derrick Parker (198, college: LSU-Shreveport) scored 6 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. TV 1862 Langen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place in Group South, which they share with Bayer Giants. TSV Troester lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 18 games lost. TV 1862 Langen will face league's second-placed Weissenhorn Youngstars at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. TSV Troester will play against ifm Baskets Konstanz (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TSV Troester: J.Richter 12+10reb+1ast, D.Dizdarevic 10+2reb+2ast, S.Walde 9+1reb+1ast, D.Taylor 8+1reb+2ast, T.Korndoerfer 7+1reb, D.Parker 6+8reb
Langen: T.Jahn 19+4reb+4ast, M.Cooke 14+6reb+2ast, S.Barth 13+4reb+4ast, M.Woody 7+10reb, J.Domdey 3+4reb+1ast, C.Quarshie 2
gschID: 186955


Hanau - Noerdlingen 77-76

A very interesting game took place in Hanau. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Noerdlingen (12-9) to ninth ranked Hanau (9-12) 77-76 on Saturday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Noerdlingen won fourth quarter 27-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hanau players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Noerdlingen's players. It was a good game for American Lionel Sullivan (201-87, college: Northwood) who saved his team from a defeat with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Center Marian Schick (204-86) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Brandon Hogg (186-89, college: S.Indiana) answered with 13 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and the other American import guard Leo Vrkas (190-91, college: Lon Morris JC) added 13 points in the effort for Noerdlingen. Four Noerdlingen players scored in double figures. Hanau maintains ninth place in Group South with 9-12 record. Noerdlingen at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Hanau's next round opponent will be higher ranked Licher Baeren (#6) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Noerdlingen will play against Bayer Giants in Leverkusen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Noerdlingen: F.Brutting 15+2reb, J.Eichler 13+4reb, B.Hogg 13+4reb+1ast, L.Vrkas 13+3reb+2ast, S.Schmoll 10+1reb+2ast, C.Gray 6+7reb+1ast
Hanau: L.Sullivan 21+7reb, M.Schick 15+6reb+3ast, J.Scott 15+2reb, M.Voeller 8+7reb+2ast, S.Koehnert 6+2reb+7ast, M.Moelle 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 186954


Bayer Giants - Dragons 81-74

Very important is a road loss of first ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (18-3) against fourth ranked Bayer Giants (13-8) on Thursday night. Visiting Dragons Rhoendorf was defeated by Bayer Giants in a tough game in Leverkusen 74-81. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Dragons Rhoendorf. Dragons Rhoendorf trailed by 18 points after 3 quarters before a 32-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-81 at the end of the game. Bayer Giants dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Dragons Rhoendorf's 24. Bayer Giants forced 20 Dragons Rhoendorf turnovers and outrebounded them 45-33 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Bayer Giants looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American point guard Adonte Parker (183-89, college: Dayton) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 7 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import Jack Eggleston (203-88, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. Four Bayer Giants players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American Geddes Robinson (195-87, college: Utah Valley, agency: SDJ Sports) who recorded 6 points and 19 rebounds and Nick Larsen (188-83) added 16 points and 7 assists respectively. Bayer Giants have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place in Group South, which they share with Langen. Loser Dragons Rhoendorf still keeps top position with three games lost. Bayer Giants will meet Noerdlingen (#5) on the road in the next round. Dragons Rhoendorf will play against Leitershofen (#8) in Diedorf and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Dragons: F.Koch 20+2reb+2ast, N.Larsen 16+2reb+7ast, A.Schmitz 11+1reb+2ast, K.Ekoemeye 11+2reb+3ast, E.Tukiss 8+6reb+2ast, G.Robinson 6+19reb+2ast
Bayer Giants: A.Parker 26+7reb+12ast, J.Eggleston 20+16reb+2ast, G.Twiehoff 15+14reb+2ast, M.Rass 12+4reb+2ast, M.Goddek 8+1reb+3ast, W.Lucas 0
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Quantez Super Offense Tez Robertson Fuels The Fraport Skyliners Past Alba Berlin 65-62 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


If one were to make a top 4 greatest players list to ever grace the Skyliner jersey combined with the best single season ever in the 14 year club history of the Frankfurt Skyliners, it wouldnt be difficult to name Skyliner legend and killer smile guard Pascal Roller, Mr slick moves in the paint Chris Williams who had the overall game to take over games at anytime, Mr ballerina Derrick Allen who played three seasons and carried the team in good and bad times and last but not least Mr road runner Dashaun Wood who dominated the Beko BBL in the 2010-2011 season often having to score for the team to win, but also setting up his players and giving standard Monta Ellis stats a new name. After sitting out the 2009-2010 season due to injury, the then Deutsche Bank Skyliners took a massive gamble choosing him, but the quick wit and feeling of Kamil Novak and head coach Gordon Herbert paid off as Wood came back from injury and for many critics had the best individual season of any player ever in the Beko BBL and he almost led the team into the Beko BBL final losing in a hard fought five games series to his future team Alba Berlin. Since departing Frankfurt in the summer of 2011, the Detroit native has been earning his dough on the river Spree with 8 time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin. He is still looking for that first title in Germany and since leaving Frankfurt has a 3-0 record against his old team winning and he came back to his old stomping ground where he knew every inch of the Fraport arena paint area like his own home entertainment basement in Detroit. Wood who has a more reduced role now with Alba Berlin on account of the more than fortified roster returned back as was as focused to get that fourth straight win against his ex team as teammate Heiko Schaffartzik always is playing against one of his six ex teams in the Beko BBL or Bonn center Chris Ensminger is playing against ex team Bamberg that is always a challenge to see where you stand against the dynasty. However Wood lost for the first time against his ex team 65-62 as he had a big game scoring 24 points which brought back sweet memories to his dominant play two seasons ago which continued to help him being one of the best players that ever wore the Skyliners jersey. No disrespect to others guys on that Frankfurt team, but Wood was the team. I don't think I've seen a guys scoring average go up every game as the season goes on. The good thing about was his team won, he wasn't doing it on a last place team. I remember his speed the most. He was the fastest guy that I ever guarded. Considering the season he had he has to be in the top 2 in the history of that organization. Even though he was dominant he was able to do score in the flow of the offense. He is on a more talented team with Alba Berlin but still is just as dangerous because he has more weapons around him, stressed ex Phoenix Hagen guard Quentin Pryor who plays in Austria now for ECE Bulls Kapfenberg. Ex teammate Quantez Robertson (189-G-84, college: Auburn) didnt have long to think about the worth of Wood when they were teammates. Wood is a great player. I dont know if he is the greatest ever, but he is definitely up there, stated Quantez Robertson. After the loss, Wood wasnt happy with the outcome, but understood that his stellar play two seasons ago was attributed to his employer as well. I dont know if I am one of the four best players that ever wore a jersey, because so many great players have played here. I think I was blessed here because the support was so great which put me in a position to be a good player. That is why there have been so many great players in Frankfurt. I have to give a lot of credit to the organization, stressed Dashaun Wood.

The Fraport Skyliners entered the game riding a two game winning streak and were bursting with self confidence, but they also knew that playing against 8 time Beko BBL champion would be no cake walk. The Fraport Skyliners were very intelligent form the start in that they never let Alba Berlin get away with a big lead and played very aggressive defense for 40 minutes and as so often saved their best for last as they made a furious comeback in the fourth quarter getting even with Alba Berlin and then just going with the momentum of the crowd and slamming the door on their opponent with authority. We made a run in the fourth and just got stops. We also were able to get out on transition. Tez hit big shots and I finally started hitting shots which I couldnt in the first half. We showed today that we continue to fight no matter what. We enjoy each other on and off the court and that showed on the court today, stressed ex LTi Giessen 46er Ryan Brooks. The Fraport Skyliners had been played solid defense all game long, but in the fourth quarter put up even more energy in that department. We stepped up our defensive pressure and really took Wood out of the game after he had a big first half. We made the needed halftime adjustment on defense and after Tez and Brooks made big shots, our confidence rose and everyone just stepped it up when we needed it, stated Skyliner guard Larry Wright. For Alba Berlin, traveling has been something that has been frequently on their agenda with the Euroleague schedule still in full swing. After suffering a three game losing streak in December in the Beko BBL, the team has been fairly solid posting a 5-2 record coming into the game and winning a big 71-60 game in Bonn last weekend. However their Euroleague schedule of having played in Moscow 48 hours ago didnt help their preparation as they had to step on the court against a feisty Skyliner team. Alba Berlin assistant coach Maurcio Parra was almost speechless moments after the loss, but was unhappy that his team once again let a game get away. This is one of the dumbest losses ever. We have been tired for three months and having played in Moscow on Friday was no excuse for losing this game. We also were weakened not having Heiko Schaffartzik. We were up by eight points a few times, but always let them come back. We cant be happy losing an important game like this for the playoff positioning, stated Mauricio Parra.

When one is talking about Quantez Robertson, one usually defines him with top notch defense, athletic flights to the hoop and steals which lead to transition buckets. However offense has never really been a focal part of his game until this season. Coming into the game, Super Tez had scored in double figures 17 times and has been a real scoring option this season along with his great defense. He may only be shooting 27% from downtown, but he has had a knack this season for hitting big shots when most needed. Robertson finished as top Fraport Skyliner scorer with 16 points and as always filled out the stat sheet like a Lebron James hauling down 11 rebounds as top rebounder and top assist man with five assists, had four steals and one block. Robertson didnt really see any improvement on offense this season, but moreover has gotten more chances to showcase what he can do when he gets the ball. I feel that I have always been able to score. I think that the difference now is that I am shooting more and my confidence grows when my teammates try to find me. I just try to help my team as much as I can and when I get open looks, then I shoot, expressed Quantez Robertson. Je Kel Foster played against Roberston the last years with Oldenburg and Munich and knows what the Cincinnati native is capable of doing. I am not really here to judge another player if he has improve don offense, but Tez has always been a good player especially with his athletic ability, stressed Je Kel Foster.

With eight time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin in the house and the return of ex Skyliner Dashaun Wood, it seemed like it was a perfect setting for a sellout, but instead only 4,760 fans wanted to witness the game. As the Fraport Skyliners were being introduced, one could observe Dashaun Wood pacing around the floor already in deep thought about what he would do and he didnt waste anytime as he already started getting hot in the first quarter, but not before the Fraport Skyliners displayed quickly that they were boss in their own living room as they went out on a furious 4-0 lead as Quantez Robertson scored in the first four seconds grabbing a loose ball off the jump ball and racing to the hoop for an easy layup. Zach Peacock then got free getting a dunk. Alba Berlin seemed like they were still in Moscow being in awe of the beautiful Kremlin as they had no offensive rhythm missing their first four shots. Wood who hails from Detroit showed his best version of being Alba Berlins version of the microwave something Vinnie Johnson was with the Detroit Pistons in the 80s as he got Alba Berlin on the board with a three pointer. Serb Nihad Djedovic scored on a jumper from the corner and then it was Wood again hitting a runner high off the glass for the 7-4 Alba Berlin advantage. Frankfurt then tied the game with a Dawan Robinson free throw and lay up as he once again showed his quick first step. Alba Berlin then took three lead changes only to let the Fraport Skyliners knot the game again. Alba Berlin pounded the ball inside as Yasin Idbihi and Zach Morley scored, but Peacock did his own Miami style microwave show as he scored twice to tie the score at 11-11. Wood then scored again for the 13-11 lead. Deon Thompson hit a free throw as Alba Berlin led 14-11 after one quarter. Frankfurt was missing easy shots. They were defending well and trying to make Alba Berlin tired since they had recently played in Moscow. Frankfurt was pressuring Alba Berlin very well, stressed Skyliners youth director Harald Stein. Both teams werent shooting well, but Alab Berlin had the 16-9 rebound edge.

Dashaun Wood kept up his offensive pressure hitting another three pointer for the 17-13 Alba Berlin lead. Alba Berlin kept up the offensive pressure in a low scoring game that was dominated by defense as ex North Carolina Tar Heel Thompson scored and American Zach Morely connected for a jumper as Alba Berlin led 22-15. Frankfurt did a good job not letting their head hang, but slammed a 8-0 right back at them taking the 23-22 lead and bringing some new life into the Fraport arena. Robinson kept being aggressive scoring inside and getting to the free throw line and Ryan Brooks scored on the transition. However just as the Fraport Skyliners seemed t be getting the momentum, it was Wood who led his team on a 5-0 run connecting for another three pointer and then finding Thompson for an easy hoop from the wing as Alba Berlin led 27-23. Wood runs that team and is the definition of a point guard. He just knows when to distribute or when to score at the right times. We were just lucky that he didnt let loose in the second half as Robinson and Gibson did a good job containing him, added Zach Peacock. Thompson then hit a pretty left handed hook over Danilo Barthel for the 29-24 lead. However the Fraport Skyliners closed out the second quarter in spectacular fashion as Robertson nailed a three pointer and Brooks slammed home a mega dunk over Foster as both teams went into halftime with the game dead locked at 29-29. Frankfurt did a good job on Ali Traore being aggressive and helping. He seemed helpless at times. Wood was the deciding factor. If they wouldnt have had his production then they would have been behind. Frankfurt had some one on one plays, but Robinson was an important factor for then staying in the game, said Harald Stein. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 31% from the field and 20% from the three point line while Alba Berlin was shooting 35% from the field and 25% from the three point line. Alba Berlin had the narrow 23-21 rebound lead and both teams had six turnovers.

In the third quarter, Alba Berlin always kept their nose in front, but the Fraport Skyliners hung out on their back door porch never being shut out until the end of the third quarter where Alba Berlin were able to distance themselves somewhat. Je Kel Foster who had been pale in the first half missing three shots pulled a Wood in the third quarter scoring eight points with two three pointers and a step back jumper while the Fraport Skyliners countered with Robertson and Peacock lay ins, but still trailed Alba Berlin 37-34. Nihad Djedovic also got going a bit showing his powerful basketball instincts getting an offensive rebound and put back and hitting a step back jumper as Alba Berlin led 44-38. American Devin Gibson who had a slow first half came on stronger in the third quarter and he got Tez an easy bucket and hit a rare three pointer testing his 16,7% three point percentage as Frankfurt trailed 44-41. Thompson then hit a pretty fade away jumper as his foot work and touch around the zone is as elegant as Wendel Alexis back in the day. Gibson made a heads up play with a tip in as Frankfurt trailed only 47-43. Frankfurt continued to play calm offense looking for the best shot and Brooks nailed a three pointer, but Wood returned with a lay in as Alba Berlin led 51-45. Wood and Brooks then exchanged free throws as Alba Berlin had the 53-47 lead after three quarters. We didnt go away and stayed with Berlin. We continued to help on defense and we rebounded well, added Skyliner guard Devin Gibson. Alba Berlin was shooting 45% from the field and 36% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 36% from the field and 20% from outside. The rebounds were deadlocked at 30-30 and Frankfurt only had seven turnovers while Alba Berlin had nine turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, everything came together for the Fraport Skyliners as they sped out on a 12-4 run to take the 59-57 lead. Alba Berlin got on the board first as Foster found French national player Ali Traore for the thunderous dunk and 55-47 Alba Berlin lead. However the Fraport Skyliners then went to work as silent Laquan Prowell finally got to work on offense nailing a three pointer and Brooks scored with two seconds left on the shot clock as Frankfurt trailed 55-52. However Wood hit a big jumper giving Alba Berlin the 57-52 advantage. Brooks then showed his crunch time magic hitting consecutive buckets with a fade away jumper and clutch bomb from Hochst train station as the game was tied at 57-57 and the crowd was getting louder. Alba Berlin started getting careless turning over the ball as Robertson got an easy bucket on a coast to coast run as Frankfurt led 59-57. Wood and Robinson then traded turnovers and Idbihi then tied the score with a tip in and 59-59. Robinson then struck with a massive three pointer, but Wood was able to silence the crowd again with a three pointer as the game was even at 62-62. Robertson then got the game winning three pointer for the 65-62 score. Alba Berlin had a few more chances in the last minute, but Thompson coughed up the ball a few times securing the win for the Fraport Skyliners. We got the win at the end being more aggressive then them. We made them make the move and not let them dictate how we should play, expressed Skyliner forward Zach Peacock. We could of won the game at the end, but we just lost our mind. They made their open shots and played good offense. We lost the ball on our last important possessions, stated Alba Berlin center Ali Traore. Our turn overs and missed shots got them and the crowd momentum and Frankfurt just took it and ran with it, warned Dashaun Wood.

The Fraport Skyliners Had four players in double figures and were led by Quantez Robertson with 16 points. Ryan Brooks added 15 points and five rebounds. Zach Peacock had 14 points and nine boards and Dawan Robinson chipped in with 12 points and four assists. Alba Berlin was led by Dashaun Wood with 24 points, five rebounds and three assists and Je Kel Foster contributed 12 points. It was a poor shooting day for both teams, but Frankfurt was still able to win the game despite shooting under 40%. Frankfurt did a superb job winning the rebound battle after a slow start 38-36 and only coughed up the ball 11 times and had 12 fast break points. A big strength was their post up defense. Team defense was a big focus today. We had to play good one on one defense to get our team defense. We did a great job in the post whenever their man spun on the baseline, we had help and trapped them well, stressed Zach Peacock. I didnt have to deal only with peacock, but it seemed like I saw many guys on me when I had the ball. Frankfurt crowded the paint, were low and always had their hands on the ball. It was tough inside today, explained Ali Traore. Our biggest strength today was getting stops and rebounds, added Ryan Brooks. Despite only scoring 65 points, the Fraport Skyliners showed less I, but only us basketball. Our offense was a little static in the first half, but in the second half, we were selfless team and no player played for themselves, but it was all about getting the next player involved. It was a total team effort, warned Zach Peacock. The Fraport Skyliners will look for their fourth win in a row next weekend in Ulm.




ProA Round 24: BG Karlsruhe edges MLP Academics Heidelberg by three points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 24 in the ProA took place in Heidelberg. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 8th ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (11-13) to fifth ranked BG Karlsruhe (15-9) 85-82 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 26-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. BG Karlsruhe made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game, while MLP Academics Heidelberg only scored eight points from the stripe. 24 personal fouls committed by MLP Academics Heidelberg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Jaivon Harris (197-82, college: Ohio) who scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Devin White (203-88, college: SUNO) who recorded 26 points. MLP Academics Heidelberg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BG Karlsruhe moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cuxhaven. MLP Academics Heidelberg at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with NBC. BG Karlsruhe is looking forward to face league's second-placed BG Goettingen at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. MLP Academics Heidelberg will play against NBC (#10) in Nurnberg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked USC Leipzig managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the twelve-game losing streak. This time newly promoted USC Leipzig won against fourteenth-ranked Finke Baskets 91-82. It was a good game for American guard Adam Sollazzo (198-90, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Edge Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Nick Freer contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Jason Adams (194-89, college: Missouri So.) replied with 22 points and 6 rebounds for Finke Baskets. Newly promoted USC Leipzig maintains sixteenth position with 4-20 record. Finke Baskets lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Kirchheim. USC Leipzig will play against higher ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Finke Baskets will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#6) in Allmendingen and hope to get back on the winning track.
Leader SC Rasta Vechta delivered the eighteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 13th ranked Kirchheim Knights (9-15) 90-75. Worth to mention a quality performance of Richard Williams who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was Sebastian Adeberg with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta maintains first position with 18-6 record, which they share with Goettingen. Loser Kirchheim Knights keep the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Finke Baskets. SC Rasta Vechta will meet Science City Jena (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kirchheim Knights will play against Crailsheim Merlins (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Allmendingen supposed to be also worth to mention about. 6th ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (12-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (13-11). Ehingen/Urspringschule smashed BV Chemnitz 99 74-47. The winners were led by Andre Calvin who scored that evening 17 points and 6 rebounds. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach Ralph Junge felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ehingen/Urspringschule moved-up to sixth place. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule's next round opponent will be Finke Baskets (#14) in Paderborn and are hoping to win another game. BV Chemnitz 99 will play at home against Duesseldorf Baskets (#3).

Rest of the games of round 24 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Jena defeated ETB Wohnbau in a road game 100-92. Duesseldorf beat NBC at home 79-65. Cuxhaven won against Crailsheim on the opponent's court 83-71. Goettingen managed to outperform Gotha in a home game 65-56.
The best stats of 24th round was 24 points, 5 assists and 4 steals by Lee Jeka of Jena.


Ehingen - Chemnitz 74-47

The game in Allmendingen supposed to be also worth to mention about. 6th ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (12-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (13-11). Ehingen/Urspringschule smashed BV Chemnitz 99 74-47. The game without a history. Ehingen/Urspringschule led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ehingen/Urspringschule forced 19 BV Chemnitz 99 turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by American forward Andre Calvin (196-85, college: Drake) who scored that evening 17 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import point guard Virgil Matthews (188-83, college: Montana) supported him with 7 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach Ralph Junge felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds by American center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) did not help to save the game for BV Chemnitz 99. point guard Philipp Stachula (185-87) added 7 points. Ehingen/Urspringschule moved-up to sixth place. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule's next round opponent will be Finke Baskets (#14) in Paderborn and are hoping to win another game. BV Chemnitz 99 will play at home against Duesseldorf Baskets (#3).
Top scorers:
Ehingen: A.Calvin 17+6reb+2ast, K.Ogbe 12+2reb+1ast, G.Williamson 11+3reb+3ast, T.Rohde 11+4reb, M.Mueller 10+2reb+2ast, V.Matthews 7+7reb+8ast
Chemnitz: D.Lawson 14+12reb, P.Stachula 7+2reb+3ast, R.Cardenas 7+4reb+1ast, J.Schmidt 6+1reb, A.Rosenthal 5+1reb, B.Obiango 4+1reb+1ast
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ETB Wohnbau - Jena 92-100

There was no surprise in Essen where 11th ranked ETB Wohnbau (10-14) was defeated by ninth ranked Science City Jena (12-12) 100-92. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ETB Wohnbau won third quarter 23-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Science City Jena won last quarter 30-23. They made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. The winners were led by British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83, agency: Limelight Hoops) who scored that evening 24 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and Lithuanian Aurimas Adomaitis (206-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) supported him with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Logan Stutz (205-88, college: Washburn) did not help to save the game for ETB Wohnbau. His fellow American import guard Aaron Cook (186-83, college: Hartford, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 18 points and 10 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Science City Jena have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Chemnitz. ETB Wohnbau at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Science City Jena's next round opponent will be league's leader SC Rasta Vechta at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. ETB Wohnbau will play against Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#15).
Top scorers:
Jena: L.Jeka 24+1reb+5ast, A.Adomaitis 18+5reb, G.Sim 14+3reb+1ast, S.Watts 14+4reb, E.Reyes-Napoles 10+2reb+2ast, C.Roquette 8+4reb+3ast
ETB Wohnbau: L.Stutz 23+10reb+1ast, M.Buljevic 18+3reb+3ast, A.Cook 18+3reb+10ast, F.Franke 17+3reb+1ast, J.Henley 5+5reb+2ast, T.Harbut 5+1reb+1ast
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Heidelberg - Karlsruhe 82-85

The most exciting game of round 24 in the ProA took place in Heidelberg. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 8th ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (11-13) to fifth ranked BG Karlsruhe (15-9) 85-82 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 26-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. BG Karlsruhe made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game, while MLP Academics Heidelberg only scored eight points from the stripe. 24 personal fouls committed by MLP Academics Heidelberg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Jaivon Harris (197-82, college: Ohio) who scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Five BG Karlsruhe players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Devin White (203-88, college: SUNO) who recorded 26 points and forward Ayron Hardy (195-88, college: Jacksonville) added 8 points and 7 assists respectively. MLP Academics Heidelberg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BG Karlsruhe moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cuxhaven. MLP Academics Heidelberg at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with NBC. BG Karlsruhe is looking forward to face league's second-placed BG Goettingen at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. MLP Academics Heidelberg will play against NBC (#10) in Nurnberg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe: R.Roessler 17+5reb+3ast, J.Harris 17+5reb+5ast, J.Black 17+7reb+1ast, S.Hauer 13+1ast, M.Stockton 12+8reb+3ast, E.Vierneisel 7+1reb
Heidelberg: D.White 26+3reb, C.Sargent 9+3reb+4ast, O.Komarek 9+2reb+1ast, A.Hardy 8+2reb+7ast, K.Kuhn 8+9reb, Y.Crowder 8+5reb+1ast
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Duesseldorf - NBC 79-65

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Duesseldorf Baskets (17-7) defeated at home 10th ranked NBC (11-13) 79-65. The game was mostly controlled by Duesseldorf Baskets. NBC was better in third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Duesseldorf Baskets outrebounded NBC 41-21 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by naturalized Croatian guard Marin Petric (190-80) who scored that evening 22 points and 4 assists and American-Liberian forward Patrick Flomo (203-80, college: Ohio) supported him with 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Duesseldorf Baskets' coach Murat Didin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 16 points by American point guard Zamal Nixon (186-89, college: Houston) did not help to save the game for NBC. His fellow American import guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: LUMANI 10.7) added 7 points and 7 rebounds. Duesseldorf Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 17-7 record behind leader Vechta. NBC at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 13 games lost. Duesseldorf Baskets' next round opponent will be BV Chemnitz 99 (#7) on the road. NBC will play against MLP Academics Heidelberg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Duesseldorf: M.Petric 22+1reb+4ast, P.Flomo 18+6reb, N.Adamczak 11+8reb, C.Gadley 9+9reb+2ast, K.Chones 7+3reb, A.Waleskowski 5+5reb
NBC: Z.Nixon 16+2reb+1ast, N.Khartchenkov 15+1reb, W.Chavis 8+1reb, A.Smith 7+7reb+3ast, S.Schroeder 6, R.Thompson 4+2reb+3ast
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Leipzig - Finke Baskets 91-82

Bottom-ranked USC Leipzig managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the twelve-game losing streak. This time newly promoted USC Leipzig won against fourteenth-ranked Finke Baskets 91-82. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-17. But Finke Baskets won second period 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when USC Leipzig won last quarter 33-25. They made 26-of-29 charity shots (89.7 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American guard Adam Sollazzo (198-90, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Edge Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import swingman Nick Freer (198-85, college: Grand Valley St.) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four USC Leipzig players scored in double figures. American swingman Jason Adams (194-89, college: Missouri So.) replied with 22 points and 6 rebounds and forward Michael Jost (204-88) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Finke Baskets. Newly promoted USC Leipzig maintains sixteenth position with 4-20 record. Finke Baskets lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Kirchheim. USC Leipzig will play against higher ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Finke Baskets will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#6) in Allmendingen and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Leipzig: N.Freer 18+8reb+2ast, A.Sollazzo 17+10reb+5ast, K.Schaffartzik 16+3reb+3ast, W.Simon 15+10reb+1ast, J.Tyrna 9+4reb, G.McCammon 7+4reb
Finke Baskets: J.Adams 22+6reb, M.Jost 16+7reb+1ast, B.Rush 13+3reb+2ast, G.Aud 8+5reb+1ast, J.Jamerson 7+2reb, M.Fleischmann 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 184535


Crailsheim - Cuxhaven 71-83

Very expected game when 11th ranked Crailsheim Merlins (10-14) were defeated at home by fourth ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (15-9) 83-71. The game was mostly controlled by Cuxhaven BasCats. Crailsheim Merlins was better in fourth quarter 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cuxhaven BasCats made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American forward Scott Thomas (200-89, college: Bowling Green, agency: I.D.S. Law) who scored that evening 17 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Monyea Pratt (195-85, college: Stillman) supported him with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Cuxhaven BasCats players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 8 rebounds by naturalized American swingman Jonathan Moore (203-82, college: N.C.Central) did not help to save the game for Crailsheim Merlins. American forward Josten Crow (193-87, college: Sam Houston St.) added 20 points and 5 rebounds. Crailsheim Merlins' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Cuxhaven BasCats maintains fourth position with 15-9 record, which they share with Karlsruhe. Crailsheim Merlins at the other side keep the eleventh place with 14 games lost. Cuxhaven BasCats' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked USC Leipzig (#16) at home which should be an easy win for them. Crailsheim Merlins will play against Kirchheim Knights (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cuxhaven: S.Thomas 17+8reb+1ast, M.Pratt 14+8reb+1ast, E.Harris 13+3reb+1ast, J.Dunbar 10+3reb+2ast, M.Rockmann 9+7reb+2ast, J.Kelly 8+2reb+1ast
Crailsheim: J.Crow 20+5reb, J.Moore 16+8reb+2ast, S.Johnson 16+5reb+2ast, J.Buck 6+7reb+3ast, M.Rose 6, B.Lischka 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 184534


Vechta - Kirchheim 90-75

Leader SC Rasta Vechta delivered the eighteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 13th ranked Kirchheim Knights (9-15) 90-75. The game was mostly controlled by SC Rasta Vechta. Kirchheim Knights managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SC Rasta Vechta made 30-of-33 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. SC Rasta Vechta had a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when SC Rasta Vechta made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a quality performance of American point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward A.J. Rudowitz (198-88, college: Stonehill) who added 20 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Sebastian Adeberg (198-84) with 16 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Jonathan Maier (210-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Five Kirchheim Knights players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta maintains first position with 18-6 record, which they share with Goettingen. Loser Kirchheim Knights keep the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Finke Baskets. SC Rasta Vechta will meet Science City Jena (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kirchheim Knights will play against Crailsheim Merlins (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vechta: R.Williams 24+5reb+5ast, A.Rudowitz 20+9reb+1ast, D.Madrich 17+8reb+2ast, C.Hassan 9+3reb+3ast, D.Krause 7+1reb, R.Ferguson 4+6reb
Kirchheim: S.Adeberg 16+6reb, M.Smallwood 13+5reb, J.Stommes 12+4reb+3ast, J.Maier 12+8reb, C.Alexander 11+1reb, G.Prodromou 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 184533


Goettingen - Gotha 65-56

Very predictable result when second ranked BG Goettingen (18-6) beat at home 15th ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (8-16) 65-56. The game without a history. BG Goettingen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BG Goettingen forced 21 Oettinger Rockets Gotha turnovers. The winners were led by Greek-American guard Nicholas Livas (198-87, college: Ill.-Springfield) who scored that evening 9 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized American guard Akeem Vargas (191-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC) supported him with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Even 18 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Torvoris Baker (203-83, college: Detroit Mercy) did not help to save the game for Oettinger Rockets Gotha. His fellow American import guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) added 14 points and 4 assists. BG Goettingen keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Vechta. Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth place with 16 games lost. BG Goettingen's next round opponent will be BG Karlsruhe (#5) on the road. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play against ETB Wohnbau (#12) in Essen.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: S.Phillips 13+2reb+2ast, A.Vargas 12+5reb+1ast, P.Guede 11+2reb+3ast, R.Harris 9+6reb+2ast, N.Livas 9+8reb+3ast, M.Wenzl 5+5reb
Gotha: T.Baker 18+7reb, C.Griffin 14+2reb+4ast, A.Kuppe 11+5reb+3ast, J.Person 4+1reb+2ast, L.Niebuhr 4+7reb+3ast, J.Schaffrath 3+8reb+1ast
gschID: 184529



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  GREECE   

Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiacos 18-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 15-3 
 3. Panionios 15-4 
 4. PAOK 15-4 
 5. AGOR 12-7 
 6. Apollon Patras 9-10 
 7. Aris 9-10 
 8. Ikaros 8-11 
 9. Kolossos 6-13 
 10. Ilysiakos 6-13 
 11. KAOD 5-13 
 12. Kavala 5-14 
 13. Peristeri GS 5-14 
 14. Panelefsiniakos 4-15 

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 2: Peristeri GS - Ikaros 79-88
Mar. 2: AGOR - Panionios 78-68
Mar. 3: Kavala - Olympiacos 76-94
Mar. 2: Aris - Apollon Patras 68-64
Mar. 2: Ilysiakos - Panelefsiniakos 66-63
Mar. 2: Kolossos - PAOK 65-70
Mar. 4: Panathinaikos - KAOD


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos23.9 
 2. Pappas, Panionios18.3 
 3. Kiritsis, Ikaros17.1 
 4. McCollum, Apollo.15.6 
 5. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.6 
 6. Dendy, Kolossos14.9 
 7. Printezis, Olympia.14.6 
 8. Gibson, Ikaros14.2 
 9. Coleman, Kavala13.9 
 10. Grant, Apollon13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.8 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.6 
 3. Faye, Ikaros7.3 
 4. Jankovic, Panionios7.2 
 5. Coleman, Kavala6.7 
 6. Michel, KAOD6.5 
 7. Jones, Ilysiakos6.2 
 8. Kanonidis, Periste.6.1 
 9. Haritopoulos, PAOK5.9 
 10. Asimakopoulo., Ar.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.5 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.4.9 
 3. Petroulas, Periste.4.3 
 4. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.3 
 5. Grundy, Kavala3.9 
 6. McGrath, PA.3.8 
 7. Papantoniou, Peris.3.8 
 8. Kiritsis, Ikaros3.6 
 9. Hatten, Kolossos3.4 
 10. Sloukas, Olympiac.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony GRUNDY
  Kavala
  (189-PG-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Grundy, Kavala2.6 
 2. Palmer, KAOD2.5 
 3. Grant, Apollon2.4 
 4. Pappas, Panionios2.1 
 5. Knowles, KAOD1.6 
 6. McCollum, Apollo.1.6 
 7. Klaiber, Apollon1.5 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos1.5 
 9. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 10. Petway, AGOR1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Petway, AGOR2.7 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.7 
 3. Coleman, Kavala1.4 
 4. Lasme, Panathin.1.2 
 5. Faye, Ikaros1.2 
 6. Turner, Apollon1.1 
 7. Powell, Olympiacos1.0 
 8. Charissis, Aris0.8 
 9. Papadopoulos, PAOK0.8 
 10. Jankovic, Panioni.0.8 


Div.B Standing

B Standings
North Group
 1. Filippos Veroias 14-3 
 2. Iraklis 13-5 
 3. Stratoni 12-5 
 4. Egaleo 11-6 
 5. Doxa Pefkon 9-8 
 6. Marousi 9-9 
 7. Aias Evosmou 9-9 
 8. Ionikos N.F. 8-10 
 9. Anatolia 7-11 
 10. Periko/Arhelaos 6-11 
 11. Metamorfosi 6-11 
 12. MENT 5-12 
 13. Ionikos Ionias 4-13 
South Group
 1. Psyhiko 16-1 
 2. AEK Athens 15-2 
 3. Panerythraikos 11-7 
 4. Amyntas Dafnis 11-7 
 5. Aetos 10-6 
 6. Holargos 9-8 
 7. Enosi 9-9 
 8. Doukas 8-9 
 9. Near East 7-11 
 10. Halkidas 6-12 
 11. Esperos Patras 6-12 
 12. Kronos AD 5-12 
 13. Perama Ermis 0-18 

Regular Season: Round 19

North

Mar. 3: Anatolia - Doxa Pefkon 75-64
Mar. 3: Egaleo - Iraklis 73-60
Mar. 3: Marousi - Stratoni 68-73
Mar. 3: Metamorfosi - Ionikos N.F. 68-69
Mar. 3: MENT - Ionikos Ionias 61-55
Mar. 3: Filippos Veroias - Aias Evosmou 59-46

South

Mar. 3: Enosi - Aetos 89-83
Mar. 3: Doukas - Psyhiko 85-89
Mar. 3: AEK Athens - Near East 83-53
Mar. 3: Kronos AD - Panerythraikos 68-73
Mar. 3: Halkidas - Amyntas Dafnis 62-59
Mar. 3: Esperos Patras - Perama Ermis 20-0


Panathinaikos without Banks against Unicaja - by Giorgos Diploidis

Marcus Banks (188-G-81, college: UNLV) will not be available for the games against KAOD (04/03) and Unicaja. He has muscles strain in his hips adductors and he will not play just as Vasilis Xanthopoulos (188-PG-84, agency: FCM) who is also out for muscles strain too and he has already lost the last euroleague game against Anadolu.

Banks had a great game against the Turkish side however this injury came ath the worst moment when he seemed to be adjusted and finding his role inside the roster of coach Pedoulakis.



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  HOLLAND   

Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 24-4 
 2. Leiden 23-6 
 3. Groningen 20-9 
 4. Leeuwarden 16-13 
 5. Zwolle 15-13 
 6. Den Helder K. 14-15 
 7. M.Magixx 13-16 
 8. Weert 12-16 
 9. Amsterdam 4-25 
 10. Rotterdam 2-26 

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 2: Leeuwarden - Zwolle 96-83
Mar. 2: Weert - Groningen 82-84
Mar. 2: Rotterdam - Den Helder K. 72-73
Mar. 3: M.Magixx - Leiden 60-74
Mar. 3: Den Bosch - Amsterdam 105-68

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 5: Groningen - Den Helder K.
Mar. 5: Weert - Zwolle
Mar. 6: Leiden - Leeuwarden


Best players of Dutch Eredivisie round 27 - by Eurobasket News

American Michael Schachtner (206-F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's second-best Leiden and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 26-year old forward had the game-high 31 points adding nine rebounds for Leiden in his team's victory, helping them to beat M.Magixx (#7, 13-16) 74-60. Leiden maintains the 2nd position in Dutch Eredivisie. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Leiden will need more victories to improve their 23-6 record. In the team's last game Schachtner had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Leiden's top player in his first season with the team. Michael Schachtner averages this season 14.2ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Storm Warren (200-F-88) of Den Helder K.. Warren impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Den Helder K. to edge the lower-ranked Rotterdam (#10, 2-26) by 1 point 73-72. Den Helder K.'s 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-15 record. Warren is a newcomer at Den Helder K. 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 Samme Givens (195-F) of Leeuwarden (#4). Givens showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, ten rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Leeuwarden, leading his team to a 96-83 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Zwolle (#5, 15-13). Leeuwarden needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 13 lost games. Givens has a great season in Holland. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.8ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 7.6rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sjors Poels (209-C-86) of Leeuwarden - 16 points and 7 rebounds
5. Dejuan Wright (190-G-88) of Den Bosch - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Robert Holcomb Faye (185-G-84) of Leeuwarden - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists
7. Darryl Webb (198-F-88) of Zwolle - 13 points and 10 rebounds
8. Kenneth van Kempen (208-C-87) of Weert - 12 points and 11 rebounds
9. Wil Carter (203-F-88) of Den Bosch - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Stefan Wessels (203-F-84) of Den Bosch - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Eredivisie Round 27: Groningen edges Weert by two points - by Eurobasket News

Eighth-ranked Weert (12-16) made lots of trouble for third ranked Groningen (20-9) on Saturday. The visitors from Groningen managed to secure only two-point victory 84-82. However their fans expected much easier game. Weert cut a 25-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was international Jessey Voorn (193-90, agency: Court Side) who scored 17 points and 4 assists. American guard Nate Rohnert (197-87, college: Denver) chipped in 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Bryquis Perine (190-88, college: Green Bay, agency: Court Side) who recorded 20 points and 5 assists. Groningen have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 20-9 record having three points less than leader Den Bosch. Weert at the other side keeps the eighth position with 16 games lost. Groningen are looking forward to face Den Helder K. (#6) at home in the next round. Weert will play against Zwolle and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Leader Den Bosch delivered the twentieth fourth victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Amsterdam (4-25) 105-68. It was a good game for American forward Wil Carter (203-88, college: San Jose St.) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Dejuan Wright contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Aaron Roye (185-88) answered with 22 points for Amsterdam. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Den Bosch (24-4) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Amsterdam lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 25 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Nijmegen was also quite interesting. Second ranked Leiden (23-6) played at the court of 7th ranked M.Magixx (13-16). Leiden defeated M.Magixx 74-60 on Sunday. It was a great evening for Michael Schachtner who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Kelvin Martin with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Leiden maintains second place with 23-6 record behind leader Den Bosch. Loser M.Magixx keeps the seventh position with 16 games lost. Leiden will meet at home Leeuwarden (#4) in the next round. M.Magixx will have a break next round.
The game in Leeuwarden was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Zwolle (15-13) played at the court of fifth ranked Leeuwarden (16-13). Leeuwarden defeated Zwolle 96-83. The game was dominated by American players. It was an exceptional evening for Samme Givens who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Leeuwarden moved-up to fourth place. Zwolle at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 13 games lost. Leeuwarden's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Leiden on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zwolle will play against Weert.
Tenth-ranked Rotterdam (2-26) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Den Helder K. (14-15) on Saturday. The visitors from Den Helder managed to secure only one-point victory 73-72. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Storm Warren who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds. Den Helder K. maintains sixth place with 14-15 record. Rotterdam lost their seventh game in a row. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Den Helder K. will face higher ranked Groningen (#3) in Groningen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.



Den Bosch - Amsterdam 105-68

Leader Den Bosch delivered the twentieth fourth victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Amsterdam (4-25) 105-68. 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 60 of its points in the paint compared to Amsterdam's 34 and made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Amsterdam 37-23 including 24 on the defensive glass. Den Bosch players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Amsterdam was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Wil Carter (203-88, college: San Jose St.) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Dejuan Wright (190-88, college: FIU, agency: Court Side) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Aaron Roye (185-88) answered with 22 points and center Berend Weijs (208, college: Maryland) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Amsterdam. Five Den Bosch and four Amsterdam players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Den Bosch (24-4) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Amsterdam lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 25 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Amsterdam: A.Roye 22+2reb+2ast, J.Ormskerk 13+2reb+1ast, B.Weijs 11+8reb+2ast, M.Van Tongeren 10+2reb, P.Balm 6+1reb, J.Van Der Laan 3
Den Bosch: D.Wright 19+5reb+3ast, W.Carter 16+9reb+3ast, A.Young 14+2reb+3ast, S.Wessels 13+4reb+3ast, R.de Pagter 10+6reb+1ast, M.Schilder 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 193729


M.Magixx - Leiden 60-74

The game in Nijmegen was also quite interesting. Second ranked Leiden (23-6) played at the court of 7th ranked M.Magixx (13-16). Leiden defeated M.Magixx 74-60 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Leiden. M.Magixx managed to win second period 16-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Leiden outrebounded M.Magixx 42-25 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American forward Michael Schachtner (206-86, college: Green Bay) who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points and 9 rebounds. International point guard Sean Cunningham (188-86, college: Cal-Riverside, agency: R.H.Consultancy) helped adding 14 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Kelvin Martin (195-89, college: Charleston So.) with 15 points and 9 rebounds and Ghanian-American guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe (187-88, college: N.Iowa) scored 12 points. Four M.Magixx players scored in double figures. Leiden maintains second place with 23-6 record behind leader Den Bosch. Loser M.Magixx keeps the seventh position with 16 games lost. Leiden will meet at home Leeuwarden (#4) in the next round. M.Magixx will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
M.Magixx: K.Martin 15+9reb+3ast, K.Ahelegbe 12+2reb+1ast, R.Nardi 11+3reb, N.Oudendag 10+1reb, R.Sihota 4+5reb, T.Vermeulen 4+2reb+2ast
Leiden: M.Schachtner 31+9reb, S.Cunningham 14+8reb, W.de Jong 8+5reb+4ast, A.Young 6+2reb+3ast, R.Bekkering 5+5reb+1ast, A.Slagter 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 193728


Leeuwarden - Zwolle 96-83

The game in Leeuwarden was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Zwolle (15-13) played at the court of fifth ranked Leeuwarden (16-13). Leeuwarden defeated Zwolle 96-83. The game was mostly controlled by Leeuwarden. Zwolle was better in third quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leeuwarden dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Zwolle's 32. It was a great shooting night for Leeuwarden especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The game was dominated by American players. It was an exceptional evening for forward Samme Givens (195, college: Drexel) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) accounted for 15 points and 11 assists for the winning side. Holcomb Faye is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Zack Novak (193-90, college: Michigan, agency: Priority Sports) came up with 19 points and forward Darryl Webb (198-88, college: Indiana, PA, agency: Pro One Sports) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Zwolle in the defeat. Five Leeuwarden and four Zwolle players scored in double figures. Leeuwarden moved-up to fourth place. Zwolle at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 13 games lost. Leeuwarden's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Leiden on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zwolle will play against Weert.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: Z.Novak 19+4reb+1ast, J.Magette 15+1reb+6ast, T.Smith 14+1reb+5ast, D.Webb 13+10reb+1ast, K.Zondervan 8+7reb, N.Hulzebos 6+7reb+1ast
Leeuwarden: D.Michaels 18+5reb+1ast, S.Givens 17+10reb+6ast, S.Poels 16+7reb+1ast, R.Holcomb Faye 15+2reb+11ast, V.Lietmeijer 15, J.Williams 12+4reb+1ast
gschID: 193727


Weert - Groningen 82-84

Eighth-ranked Weert (12-16) made lots of trouble for third ranked Groningen (20-9) on Saturday. The visitors from Groningen managed to secure only two-point victory 84-82. However their fans expected much easier game. Weert cut a 25-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was international Jessey Voorn (193-90, agency: Court Side) who scored 17 points and 4 assists. American guard Nate Rohnert (197-87, college: Denver) chipped in 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Bryquis Perine (190-88, college: Green Bay, agency: Court Side) who recorded 20 points and 5 assists and the former international center Kenneth van Kempen (208-87, college: Ohio, agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Five Weert players scored in double figures. Groningen have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 20-9 record having three points less than leader Den Bosch. Weert at the other side keeps the eighth position with 16 games lost. Groningen are looking forward to face Den Helder K. (#6) at home in the next round. Weert will play against Zwolle and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Weert: B.Perine 20+5ast, G.Robinson 16+3reb, A.Carter 14+6reb+1ast, S.Besseling 13+8reb+2ast, K.van Kempen 12+11reb+1ast, R.Fletcher 7+2reb+7ast
Groningen: J.Voorn 17+2reb+4ast, J.Dourisseau 16+3reb+1ast, J.Boykin 13+5reb, T.Koenis 9+6reb, N.Rohnert 8+8reb+4ast, R.Jansen 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 193726


Rotterdam - Den Helder K. 72-73

Tenth-ranked Rotterdam (2-26) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Den Helder K. (14-15) on Saturday. The visitors from Den Helder managed to secure only one-point victory 73-72. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 22-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Storm Warren (200-88, college: LSU) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds. American-Gambian forward Ousman Krubally (198-88, college: Georgia St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Cameron Echols (203-81, college: Ball St., agency: R.H.Consultancy) who recorded 19 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Anthony Miles (182-89, college: Lamar, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 19 points respectively. Five Rotterdam players scored in double figures. Den Helder K. maintains sixth place with 14-15 record. Rotterdam lost their seventh game in a row. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Den Helder K. will face higher ranked Groningen (#3) in Groningen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Rotterdam: A.Miles 19+2reb+3ast, C.Echols 19+9reb, I.Filipan 13+4reb+1ast, D.Rigters 11+6reb+1ast, H.Addow 10+6reb+2ast, D.Jones 0+1ast
Den Helder K.: S.Warren 28+12reb+1ast, O.Krubally 20+7reb, M.Hill 11+5reb, E.Kloos 7+5reb+1ast, M.Van Schaik 3+2reb+1ast, S.Mladenovic 2+2ast
gschID: 193725



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  HUNGARY   

Standings - B Division

B Division Standings
East
 1. Kosarlabda 17-0 
 2. Konecranes 14-3 
 3. EKF-Eger-HESZ 11-6 
 4. Bajai FKE 10-7 
 5. Obudai 9-8 
 6. EnterHod Vas. 8-9 
 7. Phoenix KK 5-11 
 8. DEAC 4-13 
 9. Nagykorosi 4-13 
 10. Mezoberenyi 2-14 
West
 1. MTK Torokbalint 14-3 
 2. TF Budapest 13-4 
 3. Bonyhadi 12-5 
 4. MAFC 11-6 
 5. Bp. Honved 9-8 
 6. GYOR-SZOL 9-8 
 7. Veszpremi 6-11 
 8. PTE-PEAC PVSK 4-13 
 9. SMAFC-NYME 4-13 
 10. Vasas 3-14 



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  ISRAEL   

Standings - BSL

Winner League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 17-1 
 2. Hapoel Eilat 12-7 
 3. Maccabi Haifa 12-7 
 4. Hapoel J-M 11-7 
 5. Maccabi Rishon 9-9 
 6. Netanya 9-10 
 7. Bnei Hasharon 8-11 
 8. Maccabi Ashdod 8-11 
 9. Hapoel T-A 7-11 
 10. Hapoel Holon 7-12 
 11. Galil Gilboa 7-12 
 12. Elizur Ashkelon 5-14 

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 3: Maccabi Ashdod - Galil Gilboa 86-84
Mar. 3: Bnei Hasharon - Maccabi Haifa 82-89
Mar. 3: Elizur Ashkelon - Hapoel Holon 82-83
Mar. 3: Netanya - Hapoel Eilat 72-74
Mar. 3: Hapoel T-A - Maccabi T-A
Mar. 3: Hapoel J-M - Maccabi Rishon


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Romel BECK
  Bnei Hasharon
  (201-G/F-82)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Beck, Bnei Hashar.19.9 
 2. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.19.7 
 3. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.19.1 
 4. Collins, Maccabi18.0 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi17.9 
 6. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.8 
 7. Killingswort., Net.17.7 
 8. Wright, Maccabi16.8 
 9. Smith, Maccabi Hai.16.6 
 10. Warren, Maccabi16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.13.2 
 2. Jones, Bnei H.10.6 
 3. Thomas, Maccabi10.1 
 4. Wright, Maccabi9.8 
 5. Holman, Hapoel Eil.9.7 
 6. Uter, Maccabi9.6 
 7. Calathes, Maccabi9.3 
 8. Dove, Elizur Ashke.9.0 
 9. Washington, Netan.8.8 
 10. Simpson, Maccabi8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Gal MEKEL
  Maccabi Haifa
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Mekel, Maccabi Hai.5.8 
 2. Ohayon, Maccabi5.1 
 3. Smith, Maccabi Hai.5.1 
 4. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.4.8 
 5. Perry, Elizur A.4.4 
 6. Bradley, Netanya4.3 
 7. Collins, Maccabi4.3 
 8. Pullen, Hapoel J-M4.1 
 9. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.1 
 10. Dyson, Hapoel Ho.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Deron WASHINGTON
  Netan.
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Washington, Netan.2.6 
 2. Ohayon, Maccabi2.5 
 3. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.2 
 4. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.2 
 5. Berkowitz, Bnei H.2.1 
 6. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.0 
 7. Wright, Maccabi2.0 
 8. Moore, Elizur A.1.9 
 9. Yavzuri, Galil Gil.1.8 
 10. Fells, Hapoel J-M1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.7 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.9 
 3. Uter, Maccabi1.7 
 4. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.4 
 5. Wright, Maccabi1.4 
 6. Kelly, Hapoel T-A1.3 
 7. Caracter, Bnei H.1.3 
 8. Watt, Galil Gilboa1.3 
 9. Thomas, Maccabi1.2 
 10. Holman, Hapoel Ei.1.1 


Brandon Bowman signs at Netanya - by Netanel Dahan

GreenTops Netanya (Winner League) landed 29-year old American forward Brandon Bowman (204-84, college: Georgetown). He played recently at Galil Gilboa (Winner League). Bowman managed to play in three leagues in two countries this season (!!!). In four Winner League games he averaged 5.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3spg this season. He also played 2 games in Balkan League where he had 10.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.5apg and 1.0spg. Bowman also played at Samsung Thunders (KBL) in South Korean league earlier that season. In four games he had 13.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.0bpg. The other team he played shortly was Dongbu Promy (KBL) in South Korean league. In four games he had 11.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5spg and 1.0bpg. The last season Bowman played at Maccabi Rishon. In 30 Winner League games he had 14.5ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. The most of previous (10-11) season Bowman spent at Zvezda (A League) in Serbia. In 17 games he had 10.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Another team Bowman played briefly was Le Mans Sarthe Basket (ProA) in French league. In 5 games he had 4.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0apg. He also played 3 games in Eurocup where he had 8.3ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.0apg.
In 2006 Bowman was drafted by Yakama Sun Kings (CBA) in third round (30th overall).
The former Georgetown University standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Bowman played in the final of German Bundesliga in 2009. He received also NABC All-NCAA District 4 1st Team award back in 2005 at his college time.
Bowman was a member of USA U18 National Team in 2003.
He is a very experienced player. Bowman has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Lukoil Academik), Italy, Turkey (Tofas), NBA (Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers) and D-League (Bakersfield Jam).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A very versatile player who can spend time in either forward slot. Good shooter and quick runner, can score in traffic or create his shot from the dribble. Goes well to the offensive rebounds, has a great leaping ability. Above all, he' s a very good defender on every kind of opponent, with a relentless mentality that makes him a very good player for the European leagues.


*March update he didn't signed in Netaniya.



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  ITALY   

Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Cimberio VA 17-4 
 2. Banco di Sard. 17-4 
 3. Montepaschi 14-7 
 4. Acea Virtus RM 14-7 
 5. Cantu 13-8 
 6. EA7 Armani 13-8 
 7. Trenkwalder RE 12-9 
 8. Umana VE 11-10 
 9. Enel Brindisi 10-11 
 10. JuveCaserta 8-13 
 11. Vanoli CR 8-13 
 12. SAIE3 BO 7-13 
 13. Sutor MGR 7-14 
 14. Sidigas AV 6-14 
 15. Angelico BI 5-16 
 16. Pesaro 5-16 

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 3: Enel Brindisi - Banco di Sard. 93-95
Mar. 3: Sutor MGR - Umana VE 88-64
Mar. 3: Angelico BI - SAIE3 BO 87-76
Mar. 3: Acea Virtus RM - Vanoli CR 79-71
Mar. 3: Cimberio VA - JuveCaserta 74-62
Mar. 3: EA7 Armani - Montepaschi 72-68
Mar. 3: Pesaro - Trenkwalder RE 65-68
Mar. 3: Sidigas AV - Cantu 63-52

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 10: Montepaschi - Acea Virtus RM
Mar. 10: Pesaro - Enel Brindisi
Mar. 10: Umana VE - EA7 Armani
Mar. 10: Cimberio VA - Angelico BI
Mar. 10: Sidigas AV - Banco di Sard.
Mar. 10: Vanoli CR - Cantu
Mar. 10: Trenkwalder RE - Sutor MGR
Mar. 11: SAIE3 BO - JuveCaserta


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Jonathan GIBSON
  Enel Brindisi
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Gibson, Enel Brind.19.8 
 2. Taylor, Trenkwal.19.7 
 3. Diener, Banco d.17.3 
 4. Harris, Vanoli CR17.1 
 5. Datome, Acea V.17.1 
 6. Diener, Banco d.16.8 
 7. Brown, Montepaschi16.7 
 8. Johnson, Angelico.15.7 
 9. Cinciarini, Sutor15.5 
 10. Ere, Cimberio VA15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Acea V.
  (205-C/F-88)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Lawal, Acea V.8.6 
 2. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.0 
 3. Akindele, JuveCase.8.0 
 4. Johnson, Sidigas7.9 
 5. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.8 
 6. Dunston, Cimberio.7.4 
 7. Jelovac, JuveCase.7.2 
 8. Bourousis, EA7 A.7.2 
 9. Burns, Sutor MGR7.1 
 10. Gigli, SAIE3 B.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.8 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.8 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.3 
 4. Cook, EA7 Armani4.1 
 5. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.0 
 6. Tabu-Eboma, Cantu4.0 
 7. Vitali, Vanoli CR3.9 
 8. Taylor, Acea V.3.7 
 9. Brown, Montepaschi3.6 
 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. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.2 
 4. Green, Cimberio VA2.1 
 5. Barbour, Pesaro2.0 
 6. Shakur, Sidigas AV1.9 
 7. Thornton, Banco d.1.9 
 8. Polonara, Cimberio.1.9 
 9. Gentile, JuveCase.1.8 
 10. Goss, Acea V.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.5 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.6 
 3. Ress, Montepaschi1.4 
 4. Lawal, Acea V.1.3 
 5. Tyus, Cantu1.2 
 6. Crosariol, Pesaro1.2 
 7. Cusin, Cantu1.2 
 8. Simmons, Enel B.1.2 
 9. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.2 
 10. Ebi, Sidigas AV1.1 


Standings - Lega 2

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

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 3: AcegasAps TR - Upea CdO 91-69
Mar. 3: Prima Veroli - Givova Scafati 84-88
Mar. 3: Pall.Trento - Biancoblu BO 80-67
Mar. 3: Fileni BPA Jesi - LeGamberi FO 78-77
Mar. 3: Sigma Barcel. - Novipiu Casale 77-79
Mar. 3: Giorgo Tesi PT - Aget Service IM 70-61

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 17: Givova Scafati - Giorgo Tesi PT
Mar. 17: Aget Service IM - Sigma Barcel.
Mar. 17: Novipiu Casale - Prima Veroli
Mar. 17: Upea CdO - Fileni BPA Jesi
Mar. 17: Biancoblu BO - Tezenis VE
Mar. 17: FCM Ferentino - Pall.Trento
Mar. 17: LeGamberi FO - AcegasAps TR
Mar. 17: C.de Latte BRE - Nuovo Napoli

Round 21

Mar. 8: Tezenis VE - C.de Latte BRE


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Casper WARE
  Novipiu Casale
  (177-PG-90)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Ware, Novipiu Casa.21.8 
 2. Green, Novipiu Cas.21.7 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.20.9 
 4. Marigney, Aget S.19.8 
 5. Mays, Givova S.18.7 
 6. Hicks, Giorgo T.18.1 
 7. Walker, Prima Vero.17.9 
 8. Jenkins, C.de L.17.8 
 9. James, FCM F.17.5 
 10. Battle, Upea CdO17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.2 
 2. Todic, LeGamber.9.9 
 3. Ekperigin, FCM F.9.6 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.9.4 
 5. Mosley, Biancobl.9.1 
 6. Butkevicius, Novip.9.1 
 7. George, Upea CdO9.0 
 8. Slay, Givova Scafa.8.9 
 9. Giddens, C.de L.8.4 
 10. Toppo, Giorgo T.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Taurean GREEN
  Sigma B.
  (184-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Green, Sigma B.5.5 
 2. Ware, Novipiu Casa.5.3 
 3. Pecile, Biancobl.4.8 
 4. Fernandez, C.de L.4.7 
 5. Battle, Upea CdO4.2 
 6. Roderick, LeGamber.4.0 
 7. Gay, Aget S.3.9 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.3.6 
 9. Marigney, Aget S.3.5 
 10. Mays, Givova S.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Donato CUTOLO
  Biancobl.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Cutolo, Biancobl.2.9 
 2. Mays, Givova S.2.8 
 3. James, FCM F.2.4 
 4. George, Upea CdO2.3 
 5. Ware, Novipiu Casa.2.3 
 6. Fernandez, C.de L.2.2 
 7. Guarino, FCM F.2.2 
 8. Lawal, Tezenis VE2.2 
 9. Hicks, Giorgo T.2.1 
 10. Battle, Upea CdO2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 William MOSLEY
  Biancobl.
  (202-C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Mosley, Biancobl.2.0 
 2. Lawal, Tezenis VE1.8 
 3. Griffin, Fileni B.1.6 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.4 
 5. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.3 
 6. James, FCM F.1.3 
 7. Giddens, C.de L.1.0 
 8. Brkic, C.de L.0.9 
 9. Butkevicius, Novip.0.9 
 10. Roderick, LeGambe.0.8 


Standings - B1

Nazionale Standings
 1. Torino 21-4 
 2. Matera 17-8 
 3. Agrigento 14-10 
 4. Castelletto 14-10 
 5. Casalpusterlengo 13-10 
 6. Omegna 13-10 
 7. Treviglio 13-11 
 8. Lucca 13-11 
 9. Bari 12-11 
 10. Reggio Calabr. 12-12 
 11. Firenze 11-12 
 12. Mirandola 11-14 
 13. Chieti 11-14 
 14. Ferrara 10-14 
 15. Recanati 9-14 
 16. Latina Basket 9-17 
 17. San Severo 8-17 
 18. Perugia 7-18 
Folded
 1. Bologna 6-4 

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 3: Casalpusterlengo - Omegna 87-71
Mar. 3: Firenze - Latina Basket 86-81
Mar. 3: Torino - Reggio Calabr. 80-59
Mar. 3: Ferrara - Treviglio 71-70
Mar. 3: Perugia - Mirandola 69-63
Mar. 3: Matera - Chieti 69-60
Mar. 3: Bari - Agrigento 63-77
Mar. 3: San Severo - Recanati 54-71

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 6: Treviglio - Matera
Mar. 6: Lucca - Bari
Mar. 6: Castelletto - San Severo
Mar. 6: Omegna - Torino
Mar. 6: Recanati - Ferrara
Mar. 6: Mirandola - Firenze
Mar. 6: Chieti - Perugia
Mar. 6: Agrigento - Casalpusterlengo


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia20.8 
 2. Casadei, Firenze16.9 
 3. Parente, Lucca16.8 
 4. Reati, Treviglio16.2 
 5. Wojciechowsk., Tor.15.8 
 6. Pierini, Recanati15.7 
 7. Bolzonella, Castel.15.6 
 8. Gueye, San Severo15.6 
 9. Ruggiero, Bari15.5 
 10. Prandin, Casalp.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Rossi, Chieti11.2 
 2. Iannilli, San Seve.10.6 
 3. Wojciechowsk., Tor.8.8 
 4. Pazzi, Castelletto8.6 
 5. Benfatto, Ferrara8.3 
 6. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.3 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.2 
 8. Mancin, Mirandola7.5 
 9. Spizzichini, Firen.7.3 
 10. Casadei, Firenze7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.5.8 
 2. Losi, Mirandola5.3 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.4.9 
 4. Marino, Casalp.4.7 
 5. Caroldi, Firenze3.7 
 6. Ferrarese, Trevigl.3.5 
 7. Rajola, Chieti3.5 
 8. Cantone, Matera3.3 
 9. Santolamazza, Lati.3.1 
 10. Gnaccarini, Recan.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.4.8 
 2. Cortesi, Ferrara3.1 
 3. Parente, Lucca2.9 
 4. Bonamente, Perugia2.9 
 5. Caroldi, Firenze2.8 
 6. Vico, Matera2.8 
 7. Gueye, San Severo2.8 
 8. Ihedioha, Castelle.2.8 
 9. Losi, Mirandola2.6 
 10. Maggio, San Seve.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.7 
 2. Rossi, Chieti1.0 
 3. Iannuzzi, Matera0.9 
 4. Mancin, Mirandola0.9 
 5. Del Brocco, San S.0.9 
 6. Iannilli, San Seve.0.8 
 7. Gagliardo, Latina0.8 
 8. Piunti, Mirandola0.7 
 9. Wojciechowsk., Tor.0.7 
 10. Casadei, Firenze0.7 


SerieA Round 21: Banco di Sard. edges Enel Brindisi by two points - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Ninth-ranked Enel Brindisi (10-11) made lots of trouble for second ranked Banco di Sard. (17-4) on Sunday. The visitors from Sassari managed to secure only two-point victory 95-93. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 24-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) chipped in 29 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 assists. Banco di Sard. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Cimberio VA. Newly promoted Enel Brindisi keeps the ninth place with 11 games lost. Banco di Sard. is looking forward to face Air Avellino (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Enel Brindisi will play against VL Pesaro (#16) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Montepaschi Siena (14-7) against sixth ranked Armani Milano (13-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Montepaschi Siena was defeated by Armani Milano in a tough game in Milano 68-72. It was a good game for swingman Alessandro Gentile (198-92) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Ioannis Bourousis contributed with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) answered with 24 points for Montepaschi Siena. Montepaschi Siena's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Armani Milano moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Cantu. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena keeps the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Acea Virtus RM. Armani Milano will play against Umana Venezia (#8) on the road in the next round. Montepaschi Siena will play against Lottomatica Roma (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Angelico Biella managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of two consecutive loses on Sunday night. This time they won against twelfth-ranked SAIE3 BO 87-76. Kevinn Pinkney stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Angelo Gigli with 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Angelico Biella (5-16) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Pesaro. SAIE3 BO at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Angelico Biella will meet league's leader Cimberio Varese on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SAIE3 BO will play against Juvecaserta (#10) in Caserta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Cimberio Varese delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they beat 10th ranked Juvecaserta (8-13) 74-62. Mike Green nailed 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Cimberio Varese maintains first place with 17-4 record, which they share with Banco di Sard. Juvecaserta lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. Cimberio Varese's next round opponent will be Angelico Biella (#15) at home which should be an easy win for them. Juvecaserta will play against SAIE3 BO (#12) in Bologna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fifteenth-ranked VL Pesaro (5-16) made lots of trouble for eighth ranked Trenkwalder RE (12-9) on Sunday. The visitors from Reggio Emilia managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Andrea Cinciarini who scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Trenkwalder RE's coach Massimiliano Menetti used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Trenkwalder RE have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place. Loser VL Pesaro dropped to the bottom position with 16 games lost. Trenkwalder RE will face Sutor Montegranaro (#13) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. VL Pesaro will play against Enel Brindisi.

Other games of round 21 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Umana VE was crushed by Sutor MGR in Montegranaro 88-64. Acea Virtus RM beat Vanoli CR at home 79-71. Cantu lost to Sidigas AV on the opponent's court 52-63.
The best stats of 21th round was 25 points and 12 rebounds by Christian Burns of Sutor MGR.


Enel Brindisi - Banco di Sard. 93-95

Ninth-ranked Enel Brindisi (10-11) made lots of trouble for second ranked Banco di Sard. (17-4) on Sunday. The visitors from Sassari managed to secure only two-point victory 95-93. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 24-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) chipped in 29 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 assists and American-Bulgarian power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four Banco di Sard. and five Enel Brindisi players scored in double figures. Banco di Sard. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Cimberio VA. Newly promoted Enel Brindisi keeps the ninth place with 11 games lost. Banco di Sard. is looking forward to face Air Avellino (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Enel Brindisi will play against VL Pesaro (#16) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: C.Simmons 16+5reb+1ast, J.Gibson 12+6reb+1ast, A.Robinson 12+6reb+1ast, J.Grant 12+6reb, S.Reynolds 11+2reb+10ast, K.Ndoja 11+4reb
Banco di Sard.: T.Diener 29+2reb+4ast, D.Diener 24+9reb+2ast, M.Vanuzzo 10+9reb, M.Ignerski 10+5reb+2ast, B.Sacchetti 8+5reb, G.DeVecchi 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 185587


Sutor MGR - Umana VE 88-64

There was an upset when higher ranked Umana Venezia (11-10) was crushed on the road by thirteenth ranked Sutor Montegranaro (7-14) 88-64 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Sutor Montegranaro. Umana Venezia was better in fourth quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sutor Montegranaro made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Umana Venezia turnovers. Umana Venezia was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The former international guard Daniele Cinciarini (194-83) chipped in 22 points. Four Sutor Montegranaro players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was French forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) who recorded 15 points and 4 assists and American point guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) added 15 points respectively. Umana Venezia's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Sutor Montegranaro maintains thirteenth place with 7-14 record. Loser Umana Venezia dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Sutor Montegranaro will face higher ranked Trenkwalder RE (#7) in Reggio Emilia in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: T.Bowers 15+4reb+1ast, Y.Diawara 15+3reb+4ast, I.Zoroski 10+1reb+4ast, S.Szewczyk 5+9reb, K.Kee Clark 5+2reb+2ast, J.Hubalek 5+4reb
Sutor MGR: C.Burns 25+12reb+2ast, D.Cinciarini 22+2reb+3ast, K.Johnson 15+3reb, V.Amoroso 10+5reb+3ast, F.Di Bella 8+3reb+1ast, L.Campani 4+3reb
gschID: 185586


Acea Virtus RM - Vanoli CR 79-71

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Lottomatica Roma (14-7) defeated at home 11th ranked Vanoli Cremona (8-13) 79-71 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. The best player for the winners was American point guard Jordan Taylor (185-89, college: Wisconsin) who scored 21 points. American-Nigerian power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86) who recorded 18 points and 6 rebounds and international point guard Luca Vitali (201-86) added 9 points and 9 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lottomatica Roma moved-up to third place, which they share with Montepaschi. Loser Vanoli Cremona dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Lottomatica Roma will face Montepaschi Siena (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Vanoli Cremona will play against Cantu (#5).
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: A.Stipanovic 18+6reb+1ast, B.Chase 14+4reb, L.Harris 13+4reb+3ast, J.Jackson 12+2reb, L.Vitali 9+4reb+9ast, S.Huff 5+2reb
Acea Virtus RM: J.Taylor 21+3reb+3ast, P.Goss 15+4ast, G.Lawal 14+12reb, L.Datome 11+9reb+1ast, B.Jones 6+2reb, O.Czyz 5+4reb
gschID: 185585


Angelico BI - SAIE3 BO 87-76

Bottom-ranked Angelico Biella managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of two consecutive loses on Sunday night. This time they won against twelfth-ranked SAIE3 BO 87-76. Angelico Biella made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 SAIE3 BO turnovers. American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and Greek swingman Dimitrios Tsaldaris (194-80) chipped in 19 points. Five Angelico Biella players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international Angelo Gigli (209-83) with 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) scored 15 points. Angelico Biella (5-16) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Pesaro. SAIE3 BO at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Angelico Biella will meet league's leader Cimberio Varese on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SAIE3 BO will play against Juvecaserta (#10) in Caserta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SAIE3 BO: A.Gigli 22+7reb+1ast, S.Smith 15+4reb+2ast, M.Rocca 11+8reb, V.Gaddefors 9+2reb+2ast, M.Imbro 5+2reb+4ast, K.Hasbrouck 5+1reb+3ast
Angelico BI: D.Tsaldaris 19+2reb+3ast, T.Johnson 15+1reb+3ast, J.Mavunga 15+3reb+1ast, T.Rochestie 14+3reb+2ast, K.Pinkney 12+12reb+1ast, G.Jurak 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 185584


Sidigas AV - Cantu 63-52

There was an upset when 4th placed Cantu (13-8) was defeated on the road by fourteenth ranked Air Avellino (6-14) 63-52 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 63-52. Air Avellino made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Slovenian point guard Jaka Lakovic (186-78) who scored 27 points and 5 assists. Bulgarian forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 9 points and 21 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Belgian point guard Jonathan Tabu (190-85) who recorded 11 points and 4 assists and the former international Pietro Aradori (195-88) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Air Avellino maintains fourteenth place with 6-14 record. Loser Cantu dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Air Avellino will face league's second-placed Banco di Sard. in Sassari in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cantu will play on the road against Vanoli Cremona.
Top scorers:
Cantu: M.Leunen 11+1reb+1ast, J.Tabu 11+4reb+4ast, P.Aradori 10+6reb, N.Mazzarino 6+2reb, A.Tyus 4+7reb, J.Brooks 4+3reb
Sidigas AV: J.Lakovic 27+4reb+5ast, T.Dean 10+5reb, K.Ivanov 9+21reb+1ast, J.Richardson 8+1reb, P.Biligha 7+6reb, J.Hunter 2
gschID: 185583


Cimberio VA - JuveCaserta 74-62

Leader Cimberio Varese delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they beat 10th ranked Juvecaserta (8-13) 74-62. The game was mostly controlled by Cimberio Varese. Juvecaserta was better in fourth quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cimberio Varese forced 23 Juvecaserta turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Juvecaserta helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) nailed 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and Nigerian-American swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma) accounted for 16 points. point guard Stefano Gentile (191-89) came up with 18 points and 6 steals and Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St.) added 7 points and 13 rebounds respectively for Juvecaserta in the defeat. Cimberio Varese maintains first place with 17-4 record, which they share with Banco di Sard. Juvecaserta lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. Cimberio Varese's next round opponent will be Angelico Biella (#15) at home which should be an easy win for them. Juvecaserta will play against SAIE3 BO (#12) in Bologna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
JuveCaserta: S.Gentile 18+4reb+3ast, D.Mavraides 11, A.Michelori 8+8reb+1ast, M.Mordente 8+1reb, J.Akindele 7+13reb, G.Maresca 4+1reb+1ast
Cimberio VA: M.Green 20+8reb+5ast, E.Ere 16+3reb+1ast, A.Banks 8+3reb+1ast, A.Polonara 7+7reb, J.Talts 7+8reb+3ast, D.Sakota 6
gschID: 185582


Pesaro - Trenkwalder RE 65-68

Fifteenth-ranked VL Pesaro (5-16) made lots of trouble for eighth ranked Trenkwalder RE (12-9) on Sunday. The visitors from Reggio Emilia managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected much easier game. VL Pesaro was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 21-15 charge of Trenkwalder RE, which allowed them to win the game. They made 21-of-21 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. The best player for the winners was international point guard Andrea Cinciarini (190-86) who scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) chipped in 20 points. Trenkwalder RE's coach Massimiliano Menetti used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86) who recorded 23 points and 7 rebounds and American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 22 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Trenkwalder RE have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place. Loser VL Pesaro dropped to the bottom position with 16 games lost. Trenkwalder RE will face Sutor Montegranaro (#13) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. VL Pesaro will play against Enel Brindisi.
Top scorers:
Pesaro: R.Stipcevic 23+7reb+2ast, A.Barbour 22+5reb, T.Kinsey 9+4reb+1ast, A.Crosariol 4, L.Mack 3+3reb, A.Amici 2+5reb
Trenkwalder RE: D.Taylor 20+3reb+1ast, A.Cinciarini 16+5reb+4ast, D.Slanina 7+3reb, G.Brunner 6+6reb+1ast, T.Bell 5+2reb, M.Antonutti 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 185581


EA7 Armani - Montepaschi 72-68

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Montepaschi Siena (14-7) against sixth ranked Armani Milano (13-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Montepaschi Siena was defeated by Armani Milano in a tough game in Milano 68-72. Montepaschi Siena was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 46-35 second half run of Armani Milano. Montepaschi Siena was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for swingman Alessandro Gentile (198-92) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Center Ioannis Bourousis (213-83, agency: FCM) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) answered with 24 points and the other American import forward David Moss (196-83, college: Indiana St., agency: SportsTalent) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Montepaschi Siena. Montepaschi Siena's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Armani Milano moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Cantu. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena keeps the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Acea Virtus RM. Armani Milano will play against Umana Venezia (#8) on the road in the next round. Montepaschi Siena will play against Lottomatica Roma (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: B.Brown 24+1reb+3ast, D.Moss 15+5reb, M.Janning 11+4reb+2ast, K.Kangur 7+4reb+3ast, A.Rasic 5+2reb+1ast, V.Sanikidze 4+5reb
EA7 Armani: A.Gentile 22+6reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 14+10reb+3ast, M.Hairston 9+2reb+2ast, N.Melli 9+9reb+2ast, L.Radosevic 7+3reb, G.Basile 6+1ast
gschID: 185580



Lega2 Round 21: Tuscany Pistoia keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Tuscany Pistoia as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Tuscany Pistoia defeated 15th ranked Aget Service IM at home 70-61. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aget Service IM won third quarter 14-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Aget Service IM 52-35 including a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Aget Service IM helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was swingman Riccardo Cortese (195-86) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. The former international power forward Giacomo Galanda (211-75) chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Francesco Foiera (207-75, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 14 points and 7 rebounds. Tuscany Pistoia (15-5) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Aget Service IM at the other side stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Aget Service IM will play next round against strong Sigma Barcellona trying to get back on the winning streak. Tuscany Pistoia will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Givova Scafati on the road.
Top ranked Sigma Barcellona (14-6) recorded its sixth loss at the home court. Hosts were edged by third ranked Novipiu Casale (14-6) 79-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sigma Barcellona. It was a key game for the second position in the league. It was a good game for American point guard Casper Ware (177-90, college: Long Beach St.) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 7 assists. Niccolo Martinoni contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Taurean Green (184-85, college: Florida) answered with 21 points and 6 assists for Sigma Barcellona. The victory was the third consecutive win for Novipiu Casale. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Sigma Barcel. Novipiu Casale will play against Prima Veroli (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Sigma Barcellona will play against Aget Service IM (#15) in Imola and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game where host Pall.Trento (#8) won against 5th ranked Biancoblu BO 80-67 on Sunday evening. Davide Pascolo stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. The best for the losing side was William Mosley with 8 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks. Biancoblu BO's coach Stefano Salieri rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Pall.Trento maintains eighth place with 9-10 record. Loser Biancoblu BO dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Pall.Trento will meet FCM Ferentino (#13) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Biancoblu BO will play against Tezenis VE (#10) in Verona and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Jesi. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of higher ranked LeGamberi Foods Forli (10-10) to fourteenth ranked Fileni BPA Jesi (8-12) 78-77 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of LeGamberi Foods Forli. Michele Maggioli nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winning side. Fileni BPA Jesi moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Upea CdO. LeGamberi Foods Forli at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Fileni BPA Jesi's next round opponent will be Upea CdO (#11) in Capo d'Orlando.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Trieste. Local AcegasAps TR (9-11) outscored 11th ranked Upea CdO (8-12) 91-69 on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was Mikita Meshcharakou who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. AcegasAps TR's coach Eugenio Dalmasson felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. AcegasAps TR moved-up to ninth place. Upea CdO at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. AcegasAps TR will face higher ranked LeGamberi Foods Forli (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Upea CdO will play against Fileni BPA Jesi (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 21 Givova Scafati defeated Prima Veroli in a road game 88-84.


Pall.Trento - Biancoblu BO 80-67

An interesting game where host Pall.Trento (#8) won against 5th ranked Biancoblu BO 80-67 on Sunday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Pall.Trento. Biancoblu BO managed to win fourth quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Davide Pascolo (201-90) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners and American guard Barry Elder (197-82, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Four Pall.Trento players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American center William Mosley (202-89, college: Northwestern St., agency: Pro One Sports) with 8 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks and naturalized Ghanian guard David Cournooh (188-90) scored 17 points. Biancoblu BO's coach Stefano Salieri rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Pall.Trento maintains eighth place with 9-10 record. Loser Biancoblu BO dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Pall.Trento will meet FCM Ferentino (#13) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Biancoblu BO will play against Tezenis VE (#10) in Verona and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pall.Trento: M.Umeh 19+1ast, B.Elder 16+4reb+4ast, D.Pascolo 14+13reb+4ast, M.Spanghero 11+1reb+2ast, L.Garri 9+7reb, L.Dordei 7+1ast
Biancoblu BO: D.Cournooh 17+3reb+2ast, M.Vitali 12+4reb+1ast, R.Harris 10+1reb+3ast, W.Mosley 8+18reb, P.Verri 5+2reb, G.Pini 4+1reb
gschID: 188914


Prima Veroli - Givova Scafati 84-88

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Prima Veroli (7-13) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Givova Scafati (11-9) 88-84 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 26-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was power forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American point guard Keddric Mays (183-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) who recorded 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and the other American import point guard Erving Walker (172-90, college: Florida) added 25 points and 4 assists respectively. Four Prima Veroli players scored in double figures. Givova Scafati moved-up to fifth place. Loser Prima Veroli dropped to the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. Givova Scafati will face league's leader Tuscany Pistoia at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Prima Veroli will play against the league's second-placed Novipiu Casale (#2).
Top scorers:
Givova Scafati: A.Ghiacci 22+1ast, P.Baldassarre 21+6reb+1ast, K.Mays 17+6reb+4ast, F.Bushati 8+4reb+2ast, D.Rosignoli 8+3reb, J.Tavernari 5+1ast
Prima Veroli: E.Walker 25+3reb+4ast, M.Jurevicus 23+8reb, P.Marigney 23+5reb+5ast, T.Rinaldi 11+6reb+1ast, D.Bruttini 2+1reb, S.Berti 0+1reb+1ast
gschID: 188912


AcegasAps TR - Upea CdO 91-69

The game with biggest result difference took place in Trieste. Local AcegasAps TR (9-11) outscored 11th ranked Upea CdO (8-12) 91-69 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by AcegasAps TR. Upea CdO was better in third quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AcegasAps TR forced 27 Upea CdO turnovers. The best player for the winners was Belarusian Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian point guard Ariel Filloy (189-87, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists. AcegasAps TR's coach Eugenio Dalmasson felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Talor Battle (183-88, college: Penn St.) who recorded 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Marco Portannese (192-89, agency: Players Group) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. AcegasAps TR moved-up to ninth place. Upea CdO at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. AcegasAps TR will face higher ranked LeGamberi Foods Forli (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Upea CdO will play against Fileni BPA Jesi (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
AcegasAps TR: A.Filloy 22+3reb+4ast, M.Meshcharakou 20+11reb+2ast, M.Diviach 16+5reb+2ast, D.Mastrangelo 12+3reb, M.Carra 10+2reb, M.Ruzzier 8+4reb+3ast
Upea CdO: T.Battle 18+7reb+5ast, M.Portannese 15+7reb+2ast, D.Mathis 13+4reb+1ast, F.Pellegrino 11+7reb, O.George 7+5reb+1ast, M.Palermo 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 188918


Fileni BPA Jesi - LeGamberi FO 78-77

A very interesting game took place in Jesi. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of higher ranked LeGamberi Foods Forli (10-10) to fourteenth ranked Fileni BPA Jesi (8-12) 78-77 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of LeGamberi Foods Forli. LeGamberi Foods Forli was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. The former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winning side and American guard Jesse Sanders (190-89, college: Liberty) accounted for 11 points and 10 rebounds. American swingman Terrence Roderick (196-88, college: UAB, agency: Interperformances) came up with 28 points and 9 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and guard Nicola Natali (199-88) added 10 points respectively for LeGamberi Foods Forli in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fileni BPA Jesi moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Upea CdO. LeGamberi Foods Forli at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Fileni BPA Jesi's next round opponent will be Upea CdO (#11) in Capo d'Orlando.
Top scorers:
Fileni BPA Jesi: M.Maggioli 19+10reb+1ast, J.Sanders 11+10reb+1ast, J.Valentini 11+3reb+1ast, R.Hoover 10+1reb, F.Zanelli 9+1reb+1ast, M.Santiangeli 8+2reb
LeGamberi FO: T.Roderick 28+9reb+1ast, S.Borsato 12+1reb, B.Spencer 10+2reb, N.Natali 10+3reb+2ast, B.Musso 9+3reb+2ast, M.Soloperto 4+5reb
gschID: 188917


Giorgo Tesi PT - Aget Service IM 70-61

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Tuscany Pistoia as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Tuscany Pistoia defeated 15th ranked Aget Service IM at home 70-61. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aget Service IM won third quarter 14-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Aget Service IM 52-35 including a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Aget Service IM helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was swingman Riccardo Cortese (195-86) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. The former international power forward Giacomo Galanda (211-75) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Francesco Foiera (207-75, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 14 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard D.J. Gay (183-89, college: San Diego St.) added 10 points and 8 assists respectively. Tuscany Pistoia (15-5) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Aget Service IM at the other side stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Aget Service IM will play next round against strong Sigma Barcellona trying to get back on the winning streak. Tuscany Pistoia will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Givova Scafati on the road.
Top scorers:
Giorgo Tesi PT: R.Cortese 20+12reb+1ast, G.Galanda 16+12reb+1ast, A.Graves 16+3reb+1ast, R.Rullo 5+2reb+1ast, L.Saccaggi 5+9reb+1ast, G.Meini 4+2reb+1ast
Aget Service IM: F.Foiera 14+7reb, M.Maestrello 12+5reb+2ast, D.Gay 10+2reb+8ast, M.Turel 10+1reb, R.Valenti 9+9reb+1ast, M.Chillo 6+8reb
gschID: 188915


Sigma Barcel. - Novipiu Casale 77-79

Top ranked Sigma Barcellona (14-6) recorded its sixth loss at the home court. Hosts were edged by third ranked Novipiu Casale (14-6) 79-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sigma Barcellona. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Sigma Barcellona was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 23-13 charge of Novipiu Casale, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American point guard Casper Ware (177-90, college: Long Beach St.) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 7 assists. The former international swingman Niccolo Martinoni (202-89) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Novipiu Casale players scored in double figures. American point guard Taurean Green (184-85, college: Florida) answered with 21 points and 6 assists and the former international power forward Alessandro Cittadini (207-79) added 21 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) in the effort for Sigma Barcellona. The victory was the third consecutive win for Novipiu Casale. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Sigma Barcel. Novipiu Casale will play against Prima Veroli (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Sigma Barcellona will play against Aget Service IM (#15) in Imola and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Novipiu Casale: C.Ware 22+4reb+7ast, N.Martinoni 14+9reb+1ast, G.Ferrero 13+2reb, M.Malaventura 13+2reb+1ast, P.Butkevicius 6+7reb, R.Green 6+2reb+2ast
Sigma Barcel.: A.Cittadini 21+1reb, T.Green 21+4reb+6ast, J.Thomas 18+2reb+2ast, M.Sanders 6+10reb+2ast, C.Callahan 6+8reb, M.Giuri 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 188911



Nazionale A Round 27: Leader Torino gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

Leader Torino delivered the twentieth first win on Sunday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Reggio Calabr. (12-12) 80-59. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Reggio Calabr.. They outrebounded Reggio Calabr. 44-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Power forward Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-91) chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Argentinian swingman Augustin Fabi (199-91) who recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Torino maintains first place with 21-4 record. Reggio Calabr. at the other side keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Torino are looking forward to face Omegna (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Reggio Calabr. will have a break next round.
The game in Bari was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Agrigento (14-10) played at the court of 8th ranked Bari (12-11). Agrigento defeated Bari 77-63. It was a good game for forward Fabio Mian (196-92) who led his team to a victory with 16 points. Roberto Chiacig contributed with 14 points for the winners. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-82) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds for Bari. Agrigento moved-up to third place, which they share with Castelletto. Bari lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Agrigento will play against Casalpusterlengo (#5) at home in the next round. Bari will play against Lucca (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Ferrara between Naturhouse Ferrara and Treviglio. Fourteenth ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (10-14) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Treviglio (13-11). Naturhouse Ferrara managed to escape with a 1-point win 71-70 on Sunday evening. It was a great evening for Michele Benfatto who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Matteo Raminelli with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Newly promoted Naturhouse Ferrara maintains fourteenth place with 10-14 record. Loser Treviglio dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Lucca. Naturhouse Ferrara will meet Recanati (#15) on the road in the next round. Treviglio will play against the league's second-placed Matera (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Perugia, where higher ranked Mirandola (11-14) lost to eighteenth ranked Perugia (7-18) in a road game 63-69. It was an exceptional evening for Paolo Chiarello who led the winners and scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Mirandola's coach Antonio Tinti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Perugia maintains eighteenth place with 7-18 record. Newly promoted Mirandola dropped to the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Perugia's next round opponent will be higher ranked Chieti (#13) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games of round 27 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Chieti was defeated by Matera in a road game 69-60. San Severo was beaten by Recanati at home 54-71. Omegna lost to Casalpusterlengo on the opponent's court 71-87. Firenze managed to outperform Latina Basket in a home game 86-81.


Matera - Chieti 69-60

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Chieti (11-14) was defeated on the road by second ranked Matera (17-8) 69-60. The game without a history. Matera led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Matera outrebounded Chieti 38-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for the former international power forward Massimo Rezzano (203-82) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian guard Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-86, agency: Players Group) accounted for 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Five Matera players scored in double figures. point guard Manuel Diomede (188-90, agency: Two Points) came up with 21 points and the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) added 4 points and 13 rebounds respectively for Chieti in the defeat. Matera have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 17-8 record having four points less than leader Torino. Chieti lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Matera's next round opponent will be Treviglio (#7) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Chieti will play against Perugia (#18).
Top scorers:
Matera: M.Rezzano 22+9reb+1ast, C.Sebastian Vico 12+6reb+5ast, C.Cantone 12+2reb+3ast, A.Iannuzzi 10+10reb, M.Samoggia 10+6reb, A.Vitale 2+3reb
Chieti: M.Diomede 21+1reb+2ast, M.Micevic 12+3reb, F.Gialloreto 9+1reb, L.Bolletta 5+1reb, A.Raschi 5+2reb+2ast, S.Rajola 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 191871


Bari - Agrigento 63-77

The game in Bari was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Agrigento (14-10) played at the court of 8th ranked Bari (12-11). Agrigento defeated Bari 77-63. The game without a history. Agrigento led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Agrigento forced 22 Bari turnovers. It was a good game for forward Fabio Mian (196-92) who led his team to a victory with 16 points. The former international center Roberto Chiacig (210-74) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-82) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds and guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Bari. Agrigento moved-up to third place, which they share with Castelletto. Bari lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Agrigento will play against Casalpusterlengo (#5) at home in the next round. Bari will play against Lucca (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Agrigento: F.Mian 16+3reb+3ast, R.Chiacig 14+3reb+3ast, A.Moruzzi 12+2reb+1ast, V.Di Viccaro 9+2reb+2ast, A.Chiarastella 9+4reb+2ast, Q.De Laurentiis 5+6reb+1ast
Bari: L.Bisconti 20+6reb+1ast, T.Laquintana 10+1reb+1ast, S.Bonfiglio 9+2reb+2ast, D.Bonessio 8+3reb+3ast, A.Ruggiero 8+5reb+2ast, M.Cardillo 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 191870


San Severo - Recanati 54-71

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixteenth ranked Recanati's (9-14) road victory over 17th ranked Mazzeo San Severo (8-17) 71-54. Mazzeo San Severo was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 44-25 second half run of Recanati. It was an exceptional evening for forward Attilio Pierini (201-81) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Riccardo Castelli (200-88) accounted for 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Four Recanati players scored in double figures. Recanati's coach Piero Coen used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) came up with 16 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Manuel Del Brocco (203-83) added 7 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Mazzeo San Severo in the defeat. Recanati moved-up to fifteenth place. Mazzeo San Severo lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 17 games lost. Recanati's next round opponent will be higher ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (#14) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mazzeo San Severo will play against Castelletto where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Recanati: A.Pierini 18+5reb+1ast, R.Castelli 13+8reb+1ast, G.Tessitore 11+3reb+2ast, M.Pierangeli 10+4reb, G.Cantagalli 8+5reb, M.Maganza 7+5reb
San Severo: A.Iannilli 16+9reb, O.Gueye 10+6reb+1ast, I.Scarponi 8+3reb+2ast, M.Del Brocco 7+9reb+3ast, G.Zampolli 6+5reb+2ast, G.Sirakov 5+3reb
gschID: 191869


Casalpusterlengo - Omegna 87-71

There was a minor upset when 4th placed Omegna (13-10) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Casalpusterlengo (13-10) 87-71. The game without a history. Casalpusterlengo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Casalpusterlengo forced 19 Omegna turnovers and outrebounded them 42-31 including 28 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Omegna helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for guard Tommaso Marino (190-86, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 assists and 5 steals. point guard Roberto Prandin (188-86, agency: Two Points) accounted for 22 points and 4 steals for the winning side. Five Casalpusterlengo players scored in double figures. Guard Andrea Saccaggi (192-89, agency: Interperformances) came up with 19 points and 4 steals and naturalized Ivorian guard Mohamed Toure (190-92, agency: Players Group) added 12 points respectively for Omegna in the defeat. Omegna's coach Giampaolo Di Lorenzo rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Casalpusterlengo have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Omegna. Casalpusterlengo's next round opponent will be higher ranked Agrigento (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Omegna will play against the league's leader Torino.
Top scorers:
Casalpusterlengo: R.Prandin 22+3reb+1ast, T.Marino 15+4reb+10ast, F.Bellina 14+5reb+1ast, A.Chiumenti 13+8reb+1ast, G.Ricci 12+8reb+2ast, M.Planezio 8+7reb
Omegna: A.Saccaggi 19+3reb+1ast, S.Masciadri 12+4reb, M.Toure 12+4reb+1ast, M.Farioli 9+7reb, P.Picazio 6+1reb+1ast, N.Metreveli 5+1ast
gschID: 191868


Ferrara - Treviglio 71-70

A very close game took place in Ferrara between Naturhouse Ferrara and Treviglio. Fourteenth ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (10-14) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Treviglio (13-11). Naturhouse Ferrara managed to escape with a 1-point win 71-70 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 17-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Michele Ferri (191-85) helped adding 16 points. Four Naturhouse Ferrara players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was power forward Matteo Raminelli (203-83) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Simone Ferrarese (182-87) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Newly promoted Naturhouse Ferrara maintains fourteenth place with 10-14 record. Loser Treviglio dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Lucca. Naturhouse Ferrara will meet Recanati (#15) on the road in the next round. Treviglio will play against the league's second-placed Matera (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Ferrara: M.Benfatto 16+12reb+1ast, M.Ferri 16+3reb, S.Cortesi 12+6reb+1ast, A.Campiello 10+4reb+1ast, V.Circosta 9+1reb+3ast, G.Spizzichini 4+5reb+1ast
Treviglio: R.Pederzini 14+2reb, M.Raminelli 12+11reb+1ast, S.Ferrarese 10+5reb+3ast, N.Cazzolato 9+2reb, D.Reati 9+5reb+3ast, L.Molinaro 7+4reb
gschID: 191865


Firenze - Latina Basket 86-81

Rather predictable result when thirteenth ranked Firenze (11-12) beat at home 15th ranked Latina Basket (9-17) 86-81. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-10. But Latina Basket won second period 28-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Firenze won last quarter 23-20. They made 22-of-24 charity shots (91.7 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for forward Stefano Spizzichini (202-90) who led the winners and scored 24 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) accounted for 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, agency: Players Group) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds and guard Alessandro Poti (193-91) added 20 points respectively for Latina Basket in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Firenze moved-up to eleventh place. Latina Basket at the other side dropped to the sixteenth position with 17 games lost. Firenze's next round opponent will be Mirandola (#12) on the road.
Top scorers:
Firenze: S.Spizzichini 24+8reb+1ast, S.Rabaglietti 15+2reb+1ast, M.Caroldi 14+1reb+5ast, D.Casadei 14+8reb+4ast, M.Sanna 10+1reb+1ast, A.Capitanelli 8+7reb+1ast
Latina Basket: A.Poti 20+3reb, M.Carrizo 19+6reb+3ast, M.Canavesi 10+5reb, F.Gagliardo 10+7reb+1ast, A.Cecchetti 8+4reb+1ast, R.Santolamazza 6+2reb
gschID: 191863


Torino - Reggio Calabr. 80-59

Leader Torino delivered the twentieth first win on Sunday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Reggio Calabr. (12-12) 80-59. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Reggio Calabr.. They outrebounded Reggio Calabr. 44-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Power forward Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Four Torino players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Argentinian swingman Augustin Fabi (199-91) who recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Marco Ammannato (202-88, agency: Players Group) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Torino maintains first place with 21-4 record. Reggio Calabr. at the other side keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Torino are looking forward to face Omegna (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Reggio Calabr. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Torino: J.Wojciechowski 22+12reb+1ast, F.Baldi Rossi 14+11reb+2ast, M.Evangelisti 12+3reb+1ast, C.Tommasini 11+7reb+1ast, L.Gergati 9+3reb, D.Parente 5+3reb+3ast
Reggio Calabr.: L.Fontecchio 12+3reb+1ast, A.Fabi 11+5reb+4ast, M.Caprari 8+3reb, M.Ammannato 8+10reb+1ast, A.Piazza 6+5reb+5ast, F.Quaglia 5+3reb
gschID: 191862


Perugia - Mirandola 69-63

We should mention about the upset which took place in Perugia, where higher ranked Mirandola (11-14) lost to eighteenth ranked Perugia (7-18) in a road game 63-69. Perugia made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Perugia had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for center Paolo Chiarello (204-78) who led the winners and scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. point guard Giacomo Chiatti (183-86) accounted for 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Four Perugia players scored in double figures. Center Alessandro Mancin (208-86) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and forward Luca Pignatti (195-86) added 11 points respectively for Mirandola in the defeat. Mirandola's coach Antonio Tinti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Perugia maintains eighteenth place with 7-18 record. Newly promoted Mirandola dropped to the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Perugia's next round opponent will be higher ranked Chieti (#13) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Perugia: C.Cutolo 15+3reb, G.Chiatti 14+6reb, N.Mei 13+2reb+1ast, P.Chiarello 12+9reb, S.Bonamente 7+8reb, F.Ramenghi 4+1reb
Mirandola: A.Mancin 21+10reb, A.Pilotti 12+1reb, L.Pignatti 11+3reb, J.Losi 8+5reb, A.Mazic 3+2reb, M.Venturelli 3
gschID: 191866



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  JAPAN   

Standings - JBL

JBL Standings
 1. Toyota Alvark 28-8 
 2. Aishin SH 28-8 
 3. Toshiba BT 23-13 
 4. Panasonic T. 20-16 
 5. Hitachi SR 20-16 
 6. Tochigi Brex 10-26 
 7. Mitsubishi DD 10-26 
 8. Hokkaido L. 5-31 

Regular Season: Round 18

Mar. 3: Toshiba BT - Panasonic T. 90-86
Mar. 2: Mitsubishi DD - Hokkaido L. 85-67
Mar. 3: Toyota Alvark - Aishin SH 76-59
Mar. 3: Mitsubishi DD - Hokkaido L. 67-69
Mar. 2: Toyota Alvark - Aishin SH 63-66
Mar. 2: Tochigi Brex - Hitachi SR 62-78
Mar. 3: Tochigi Brex - Hitachi SR 58-75
Mar. 2: Toshiba BT - Panasonic T. 101-75

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 8: Toyota Alvark - Toshiba BT
Mar. 8: Aishin SH - Tochigi Brex
Mar. 9: Hokkaido L. - Hitachi SR
Mar. 9: Toyota Alvark - Toshiba BT
Mar. 9: Aishin SH - Tochigi Brex
Mar. 9: Panasonic T. - Mitsubishi DD
Mar. 10: Hokkaido L. - Hitachi SR
Mar. 10: Panasonic T. - Mitsubishi DD


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba21.9 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi18.8 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.17.2 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.7 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin SH15.7 
 6. Smith, Hitachi SR15.3 
 7. Rolle, Mitsubis.14.3 
 8. Orimo, Hokkaido L.13.9 
 9. Gibbs, Toyota A.13.6 
 10. Takeuchi, Hitac.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.7 
 2. Watkins, Panasoni.12.3 
 3. Fazekas, Toshiba12.1 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.6 
 5. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.7 
 6. Smith, Hitachi SR8.0 
 7. Takeuchi, Toyota7.5 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.7.3 
 9. Young, Aishin SH6.7 
 10. Ricci, Toyota Alv.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH4.3 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi3.8 
 3. Abe, Hokkaido L.3.5 
 4. Shinoyama, Toshi.3.3 
 5. Tsuji, Toshiba BT3.2 
 6. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.0 
 7. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.0 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.8 
 9. Igarashi, Mitsubis.2.7 
 10. Ito, Toyota Alva.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tomokazu ABE
  Hokkaido L.
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Abe, Hokkaido L.2.0 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.7 
 3. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.4 
 4. Hirose, Panasoni.1.4 
 5. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.2 
 6. Kawamura, Tochigi1.2 
 7. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.1 
 8. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.1 
 9. Catron, Hokkaido L.1.1 
 10. Tashiro, Mitsubis.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.2.2 
 2. Covile, Aishin SH1.3 
 3. Rolle, Mitsubis.1.3 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.1 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota1.0 
 6. Fazekas, Toshiba0.9 
 7. Young, Aishin SH0.8 
 8. Smith, Hitachi SR0.6 
 9. Hale, Mitsubis.0.6 
 10. Moss, Toshiba BT0.5 


UBA Round 18: Aishin Sea Horses lose the game and top position - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 3 rounds. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position.

There was a change at the JBL leadership position after last games. Round 18 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Aishin Sea Horses (28-8). They were defeated by second ranked Toyota Alvark (28-8) 76-59 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aishin Sea Horses. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Toyota Alvark led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Aishin Sea Horses to just 7 points in first quarter. Toyota Alvark made 29-of-38 free shots (76.3 percent) during the game, while Aishin Sea Horses only scored nine points from the stripe. 26 personal fouls committed by Aishin Sea Horses helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized American forward Ken Tanaka (188-81, college: Whittier) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Aishin SH. Aishin Sea Horses will play next round against Tochigi Brex trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Toyota Alvark will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa.
The game had a very big importance for first-ranked Aishin Sea Horses as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Aishin Sea Horses) loss. Aishin Sea Horses edged second-best Toyota Alvark in Tokyo 66-63. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and Takatoshi Furukawa supported him with 11 points. Even a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) did not help to save the game for Toyota Alvark. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings which they share with defeated Toyota Alvark. Toyota Alvark will play next round against strong Toshiba Thunders trying to get back on the winning streak. Aishin Sea Horses will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Tochigi Brex at home.
A very close game took place in Nagoya between Hokkaido L. and Mitsubishi Dolphins. Eighth ranked Hokkaido L. (5-31) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (10-26). Hokkaido L. managed to escape with a 2-point win 69-67 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mitsubishi Dolphins. The best player for the winners was Jai Lewis who scored 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Magnum Rolle who recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Hokkaido L. maintains eighth position with 5-31 record. Mitsubishi Dolphins at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 26 games lost. They share the position with Tochigi Brex. Hokkaido L. will meet at home higher ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play against Panasonic Trians in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Kanagawa. Third ranked host Toshiba Thunders (23-13) defeated one of their biggest challengers Panasonic Trians (20-16) 90-86. It was a good game for Nick Fazekas who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 16 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Toshiba Thunders maintains third position with 23-13 record having five points less than leader Toyota Alvark. Panasonic Trians lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 16 games lost. Toshiba Thunders' next round opponent will be league's leader Toyota Alvark in Tokyo and it will be for sure the game of the week. Panasonic Trians will play at home against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Kanagawa. Third ranked host Toshiba Thunders (23-13) smashed one of their biggest challengers Panasonic Trians (20-16) 101-75. Nick Fazekas had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge 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. Toshiba Thunders maintains third position with 23-13 record having five points less than leader Toyota Alvark. Panasonic Trians lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 16 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will face league's leader Toyota Alvark in Tokyo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Panasonic Trians will play at home against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 18: Hitachi SR won against Tochigi Brex on the opponent's court 75-58. Mitsubishi DD managed to outperform Hokkaido L. in a home game 85-67. Hitachi SR managed to beat Tochigi Brex on the road 78-62.


Mitsubishi DD - Hokkaido L. 67-69

A very close game took place in Nagoya between Hokkaido L. and Mitsubishi Dolphins. Eighth ranked Hokkaido L. (5-31) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (10-26). Hokkaido L. managed to escape with a 2-point win 69-67 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mitsubishi Dolphins. Mitsubishi Dolphins cut a 14-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason) who scored 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Bahamas power forward Magnum Rolle (211-86, college: Louisiana Tech) who recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks and American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Four Mitsubishi Dolphins players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Hokkaido L. maintains eighth position with 5-31 record. Mitsubishi Dolphins at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 26 games lost. They share the position with Tochigi Brex. Hokkaido L. will meet at home higher ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play against Panasonic Trians in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi DD: M.Rolle 15+5reb+1ast, K.Nakagawa 11+6reb+1ast, R.Hale 10+8reb+1ast, A.Minatoya 10+5reb, T.Sato 4+3reb+2ast, J.Uzawa 4+2reb+1ast
Hokkaido L.: T.Orimo 19+7reb+1ast, J.Lewis 18+8reb+4ast, T.Abe 10+5reb+2ast, K.Taneichi 7+2reb, T.Klette 6+8reb+2ast, M.Ito 3+1ast
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Toshiba BT - Panasonic T. 90-86

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kanagawa. Third ranked host Toshiba Thunders (23-13) defeated one of their biggest challengers Panasonic Trians (20-16) 90-86. Panasonic Trians were ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 26-21 charge of Toshiba Thunders, which allowed them to win the game. They made 25-of-33 charity shots (75.8 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Panasonic Trians helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 16 rebounds. The former international swingman Shohei Kikuchi (190-85) contributed with 15 points for the winners. American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Panasonic Trians. Four Panasonic Trians players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Toshiba Thunders maintains third position with 23-13 record having five points less than leader Toyota Alvark. Panasonic Trians lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 16 games lost. Toshiba Thunders' next round opponent will be league's leader Toyota Alvark in Tokyo and it will be for sure the game of the week. Panasonic Trians will play at home against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya.
Top scorers:
Panasonic T.: H.Kinoshita 18+4reb+2ast, J.Watkins 18+10reb+2ast, K.Hirose 18+6reb+3ast, T.Nakatsuka 16+2reb+1ast, Y.Abe 5+1ast, T.Onishi 4+10reb+3ast
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 28+16reb+3ast, S.Kikuchi 15+1reb+1ast, R.Shinoyama 10+3reb+3ast, M.Diouf 8+7reb, N.Tsuji 8+2reb, Y.Uda 6+1reb+2ast
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Toyota Alvark - Aishin SH 76-59

There was a change at the JBL leadership position after last games. Round 18 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Aishin Sea Horses (28-8). They were defeated by second ranked Toyota Alvark (28-8) 76-59 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aishin Sea Horses. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Toyota Alvark led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Aishin Sea Horses to just 7 points in first quarter. Toyota Alvark made 29-of-38 free shots (76.3 percent) during the game, while Aishin Sea Horses only scored nine points from the stripe. 26 personal fouls committed by Aishin Sea Horses helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized American forward Ken Tanaka (188-81, college: Whittier) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and swingman Shuhei Kitagawa (185-85) scored 15 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Aishin SH. Aishin Sea Horses will play next round against Tochigi Brex trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Toyota Alvark will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: S.Kitagawa 15+2reb, J.Sakuragi 11+14reb, R.Covile 10+3reb+1ast, R.Hashimoto 6+2ast, T.Furukawa 6+2reb, K.Takashima 4+2reb+2ast
Toyota Alvark: K.Tanaka 16+6reb+2ast, K.Takeuchi 16+7reb+1ast, J.Gibbs 10+8reb+1ast, T.Ito 9+2reb+1ast, P.Ricci 8+5reb+4ast, K.Matsui 7+1reb
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Tochigi Brex - Hitachi SR 58-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Tochigi Brex's (10-26) home loss to fifth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (20-16) 58-75 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-58. Hitachi Sunrockers dominated on the defensive end, holding Tochigi Brex to just 7 points in second quarter. International power forward Joji Takeuchi (207-85, agency: N.E.T.) scored 8 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Takuma Watanabe (188-78) chipped in 15 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Nigerian-British center Olumide Oyedeji (210-81) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and the former international center Daiji Yamada (200-81) scored 13 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Hitachi Sunrockers moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Panasonic T. Loser Tochigi Brex keeps the sixth position with 26 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will face bottom-ranked Hokkaido L. (#8) in Saporro in the next round. Tochigi Brex will play on the road against the league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: O.Oyedeji 14+11reb, D.Yamada 13+4reb+3ast, Y.Tabuse 9+6ast, T.Amino 6+6reb+2ast, K.Takeda 6+4reb+1ast, A.Endo 4+1reb+1ast
Hitachi SR: T.Watanabe 15+2reb+1ast, D.Kobayashi 11+3reb+1ast, J.Takeuchi 8+11reb+3ast, J.Smith 8+5reb+1ast, F.Nishimura 8+2ast, D.Fenn 7+7reb
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Mitsubishi DD - Hokkaido L. 85-67

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins' (10-26) home victory over bottom-ranked Hokkaido L. (5-31) 85-67 on Saturday. The game without a history. Mitsubishi Dolphins led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Mitsubishi Dolphins outrebounded Hokkaido L. 44-31 including a 35-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Bahamas power forward Magnum Rolle (211-86, college: Louisiana Tech) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Kazuyuki Nakagawa (180-82) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason) with 17 points and 8 rebounds and guard Tomokazu Abe (180-85) scored 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Mitsubishi Dolphins moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Tochigi Brex. Loser Hokkaido L. stay dead last with 31 lost games. Mitsubishi Dolphins will face higher ranked Panasonic Trians (#4) in Osaka in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hokkaido L. will play at home against Hitachi Sunrockers (#5) in Tokyo.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: J.Lewis 17+8reb+2ast, T.Orimo 11+2reb+3ast, T.Abe 10+8reb+5ast, D.Noguchi 9, T.Klette 8+5reb+1ast, K.Taneichi 6+3reb
Mitsubishi DD: M.Rolle 25+10reb+2ast, K.Nakagawa 14+5reb+4ast, J.Uzawa 13+3reb+2ast, R.Hale 8+9reb, T.Sato 8+4reb, T.Tashiro 7+3reb+1ast
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Toshiba BT - Panasonic T. 101-75

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kanagawa. Third ranked host Toshiba Thunders (23-13) smashed one of their biggest challengers Panasonic Trians (20-16) 101-75. The game was mostly controlled by Toshiba Thunders. Panasonic Trians was better in third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toshiba Thunders dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Panasonic Trians' 38. Toshiba Thunders had a 28-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Toshiba Thunders made 7 blocks. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Yasutoshi Uda (190-86) chipped in 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five Toshiba Thunders players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds and international guard Hiroki Watanabe (180-88) scored 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Toshiba Thunders maintains third position with 23-13 record having five points less than leader Toyota Alvark. Panasonic Trians lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 16 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will face league's leader Toyota Alvark in Tokyo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Panasonic Trians will play at home against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya.
Top scorers:
Panasonic T.: J.Watkins 23+14reb+1ast, H.Watanabe 13+2reb+3ast, T.Onishi 9+6reb+2ast, K.Hirose 7+3reb+3ast, T.Nakatsuka 6, C.O'Bannon 6+2reb
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 18+11reb, Y.Uda 15+3reb+3ast, M.Diouf 14+4reb+1ast, N.Tsuji 13+2reb+4ast, R.Shinoyama 10+1reb+3ast, Y.Kagami 8+2reb+1ast
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Toyota Alvark - Aishin SH 63-66

The game had a very big importance for first-ranked Aishin Sea Horses as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Aishin Sea Horses) loss. Aishin Sea Horses edged second-best Toyota Alvark in Tokyo 66-63. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It looked good early as Toyota Alvark took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Aishin Sea Horses had a 18-7 second period charge getting the lead and Toyota Alvark was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 63-66. Aishin Sea Horses dominated on the defensive end, holding Toyota Alvark to just 7 points in second quarter. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Toyota Alvark was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and international swingman