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  ABA   


Standings

ABA Standings
Atlantic South
 1. Jacksonville G. 27-1 
 2. Albany S. 10-2 
 3. Atlanta A. 9-3 
 4. Gainesville H. 8-5 
 5. Gulf Coast F. 7-3 
 6. Georgia G. 5-7 
 7. Atlanta W. 4-4 
 8. Birmingham B. 3-5 
 9. SW Fellowship 2-13 
 10. E.Point Jaguars 1-2 
 11. Georgia B. 0-0 
 12. Savannah G. 0-3 
California Northwest
 1. S.Francisco R. 9-4 
 2. Bay Area M. 8-4 
 3. Central Valley T. 3-7 
 4. Sacramento H. 2-6 
 5. Port City P. 0-3 
Mid Atlantic
 1. S.Carolina W. 26-1 
 2. Richmond E. 11-2 
 3. Greenville G. 6-3 
 4. Lynchburg L. 5-8 
 5. Seven Cities K. 3-5 
 6. Palmetto SR 3-6 
 7. Fayetteville F. 3-11 
 8. Tennessee Halos 1-1 
 9. Hampton Stallions 0-7 
Mid Central
 1. Chicago Steam 14-1 
 2. Lima Explosion 12-6 
 3. Detroit Hoops 8-2 
 4. Indiana SW 6-2 
 5. Pontiac F. 6-7 
 6. Michiana M. 1-5 
 7. Peoria P. 0-3 
 8. Oakland CC 0-8 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 8-3 
 2. Staten Island V. 3-2 
 3. Connecticut T. 0-1 
Pacific Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 13-1 
 2. Calgary C. 12-0 
 3. Alaska Q. 8-1 
 4. Olympia Rise 6-5 
 5. Salem Sabres 3-1 
 6. Alaska 49ers 2-2 
 7. Kitsap Adm. 2-14 
 8. Lakewood P. 1-11 
 9. Washington R. 0-3 
Rocky Mountain
 1. Colorado K. 13-3 
 2. Colorado C. 0-2 
South Central
 1. Conway C. 12-3 
 2. Jackson S. 7-3 
 3. Missouri R. 4-3 
 4. Bluff City R. 1-7 
Southeast
 1. Phenix City B. 4-4 
 2. Bahama PS 0-6 
Southern California
 1. Arizona S. 19-4 
 2. San Diego Surf 12-3 
 3. LA Slam 5-4 
 4. Fresno F. 5-5 
 5. Las Vegas Def. 2-5 
 6. Orange County N. 2-10 
 7. Z*Hollywood M. 0-0 
Southwest Central
 1. N.Dallas V. 20-2 
 2. West Texas W. 15-3 
 3. Texas Fuel 5-4 
 4. Dallas Impact 3-4 
 5. Houston X. 1-0 
 6. Oklahoma S. 1-4 
 7. Aberdeen Attack 0-0 
 8. Louisiana G. 0-1 
Touring Team
 1. Electric C.Lions 6-4 
 2. Cleveland Am-Pro 3-7 
 3. Ill City Beast 1-0 
 4. St.Louis S. 1-1 
 5. Shizuoka G. 1-12 
 6. Chicago F. 0-1 
 7. NYC Thunder 0-1 
 8. Little Rock L. 0-2 


North Dallas Vandals move into #3 spot in ABA Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) today released its Power Rankings through Sunday, March 3rd, and the North Dallas Vandals moved into the #2 spot with a victory over the West Texas Whirlwinds and loss by the Arizona Scorpions to the The San Diego Surf. The Jacksonville Giants held onto the #1 position with another victory. The Top 16 teams are:

1. Jacksonville Giants (27-1)
2. North Dallas Vandals (20-2)
3. South Carolina Warriors (26-1)
4. San Diego Surf (12-3)
5. Chicago Steam (14-1)
6. Arizona Scorpion (19-4)
7. West Texas Whirlwinds (15-3)
6. Colorado Kings (13-3)
9. Calgary Crush (12-0)
10. Richmond Elite (11-2)
11. Conway Cyclones (12-3)
12. Detroit Hoops (8-2)
13. Atlanta Aliens (9-3)
14. San Francisco Rumle (9-4)
15. Bay Area Matrix (8-4)
16. T- Gulf Coast Flash (7-3,) Jersey Express (8-3)

For more information, visit www.abalive.com



San Diego Shock #2 Arizona In a thriller, move to #4 Nationally - by Gianni Pascucci

(By Henry Fuentes Jr.) The San Diego Surf, moved up to 4th place in the ABA National Power Rankings, and ahead of Arizona, who dropped to #6, with a major upset over the Scorpions. The Surf had already won 2 games against Arizona Scorpions this season and Saturday night at the Hourglass Arena, MiramarCollege was their chance to finish the regular season series 3-1 against them, which they did. While showing clear improvements on offense and defense since their trip to China, the Surf also built a solid level of chemistry amongst each other. Saturday night it showed!
The 1st quarter was a very rocky start for the Surf. Arizona came out with a dominant post game with their greater size and were able to jump out to a lead early. Using size and strength to create shots for themselves and take away second chance opportunities for the Surf, Arizona had seemed focus and intent on causing havoc for the Surf in the paint. Surf big man and floor leader, David Kinder (6'8''-F/C-86) was limited to badly contested jump shots and was not able to create a rhythm early in the game. With Arizona in control, the Surf trailed 35-29 after the 1st quarter.
The 2nd quarter was another impressive period for Arizona. Scorpion guards did an effective job in creating a game pace beneficial to them, and the Surfs struggling transition defense failed to slow them down. However, with about 6 min. left in the 1st half, the Surf went on a run sparked by Surf guard, Alix Petit-Frere (6'4''-G/F-90) and David Kinder, and took the lead for the first time in the game. Their lead was short lived as Arizona again regained control of the game with Scorpion players, Monte Jones (6'0''-G, college: Park) and John Plenty (6'6''-F-81, college: St.Francis, PA) leading the Scorpions into halftime with a 62-51 lead. Scorpion players Monte Jones and John Plenty had 14 and 12 pts. respectively, while David Kinder and Alix Petit-Frere finished the half for the Surf with 13 and 12 pts. also.
With the Surf down 11, and the Arizona Scorpions looking to even the season series 2-2, Surf Co-Coach Mark Smith and Assistant Will Butts had their work cut out for them in the 2nd half. Right out the gate, the Surf started the 3rd quarter on a 22-6 run while playing intense defense and hitting clutch shots. Surf shooting guard Aaron Tinsley (6'2''-G, college: CS Dominguez H.) had a fire that couldnt be put out. Not only was he a big factor in the Surfs defensive turnaround in the backcourt, causing multiple 3D opportunities for the Surf, but individually scorched the Arizona Scorpions with 14 pts. in the 3rd quarter alone. After 8 minutes of complete Surf domination, and the Surf briefly gaining a comfortable lead, Arizona finally slowed the Surfs 40-pt effort down and were able to finish the 3rd quarter holding on to a 1-pt lead, 92-91.
The last time Arizona came to San Diego, the game ended in a double OT thriller with the Surf winning. Since then, the two top 10 ABA teams went 1-1 in Arizona and both teams have remained near the top of ABA rankings and the SoCal Division. Saturday nights game would be the last regular season matchup between the Surf and Arizona, and appropriately, a game that would reveal who belongs as the SoCal division leader. David Kinder, Aaron Tinsley, and Alix Petit-Frere would prove why the San Diego Surf are an elite ABA team.
Led by Alix Petit-Frere's contagious defense, the Surf again played very intense backcourt defense and their physical play led to a handful of fast break points. Though Arizona was able to stick around for the most part of the 4th quarter, after two key Scorpion players fouling out, it would end up being too much of an uphill climb for Arizona to overcome. The Surf ran away in the final minutes with key free throws and steals, and as final seconds ticked in the Surfs final home game, David Kinder finished a strong and emphatic tomahawk dunk that left fans on their feet clapping. The Surf would end the season series 3-1 against the ABAs #2 Arizona Scorpions, and leave with a 129-119 victory and a 12 3 record.
San Diego Surf players of the game were Alix Petit-Frere who had 24 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block, David Kinder and Aaron Tinsley who poured in 30 and 28 pts. respectively. For Arizona, Monte Jones led the way with 22 points as 7 other Scorpion players also scored in double figures.



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   

Standings

Adriatic League Standings
 1. Igokea 18-5 
 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. Siroki WWin 7-16 
 13. Szolnok 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. 4: Igokea - Szolnok 86-84
Mar. 2: Radnicki KG - Buducnost 78-63
Mar. 3: Cedevita - Partizan 76-77
Mar. 2: Un.Olimpija - Krka 76-63

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 9: Zadar - Radnicki KG
Mar. 9: Buducnost - KK Split
Mar. 9: Siroki WWin - Crvena Zvezda
Mar. 9: Cibona - Un.Olimpija
Mar. 9: Krka - Cedevita
Mar. 9: Partizan - Igokea
Mar. 9: Szolnok - MZT Skopje


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, Igokea13.9 
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. Hammonds, Igokea4.1 
 5. Simon, Szolnok3.8 
 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. Otasevic, MZT S.1.7 
 4. Hammonds, Igokea1.7 
 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. Gecevski, MZT S.1.2 
 3. Musli, Partizan1.2 
 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 


Round 23: Igokea defeats Szolnok 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. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with extra overtimes, derby games and favorites losing the games.

Twelfth-ranked Hungarian Szolnok (7-16) gave a tough game to first ranked Bosnian Igokea (18-5) in Aleksandrovac on Monday. Igokea managed to secure only two-point victory 86-84. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Szolnok. Szolnok was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 25-19 charge of Igokea, which allowed them to win the game. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Szolnok helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). His fellow American import guard Clifford Hammonds (191-85, college: Clemson) helped adding 10 points and 8 assists. Igokea's coach Dragan Bajic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Bosnian-Montenegrin swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89) responded with 14 points and 4 assists. Igokea have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-5 record. Defending Hungarian champion Szolnok keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Zadar and Siroki WWin. Igokea are looking forward to face Partizan (#4) in Beograd in the next round. Szolnok will play at home against MZT Skopje (#7) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Tenth-ranked Croatian Cibona (8-15) gave a tough game to second ranked Serbian Zvezda (17-6) in Beograd. Zvezda managed to secure only two-point victory 97-95. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for guard Igor Rakocevic (191-78) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 9 assists. DeMarcus Nelson accounted for 17 points and 5 assists. Zvezda's coach Vlada Vukoicic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) came up with 31 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for Cibona in the defeat. Zvezda have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 17-6 record behind leader Igokea. Defending Croatian champion Cibona keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with KK Split. Zvezda will play against HKK Siroki WWin (#12) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cibona will play at home against Un.Olimpija in Ljubljana and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Zagreb between Serbian Partizan and Croatian Cedevita. Fifth ranked Partizan (14-9) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked Cedevita (12-11). Partizan managed to escape with a 1-point win 77-76 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Vladimir Lucic who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Partizan's coach Dusko Vujosevic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Marko Tomas produced 26 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) for the hosts. Defending Serbian champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Buducnost. Cedevita lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with MZT Skopje. Partizan will meet at home league's leader Igokea in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cedevita will play against Krka (#9) in Novo Mesto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
One of the most interesting games of round 23 was a derby match between two teams from Slovenia. The game took place in Ljubljana where seventh ranked Un.Olimpija won against visiting Krka (9-14) 76-63. Jaka Blazic orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Un.Olimpija (13-10) moved-up to sixth place. Defending Slovenian champion Krka keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Un.Olimpija's next round opponent will be Cibona (#11) in Zagreb which should be theoretically an easy game. Krka will play at home against Cedevita in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (14-9) against fourth ranked Serbian Radnicki KG (15-8) on Saturday night. Visiting Buducnost was defeated by Radnicki KG in Kragujevac 78-63. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Buducnost. It was a great evening for Aleksandar Capin who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Radnicki KG. They moved-up to third place. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost dropped to the fourth position with nine games lost. Radnicki KG will face bottom-ranked KK Zadar (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Buducnost will play against KK Split (#10).

In the last two games of round 23 Zadar was destroyed by MZT Skopje on the opponent's court 94-69. KK Split managed to outperform Siroki WWin in a home game 88-83.


Igokea - Szolnok 86-84

Twelfth-ranked Hungarian Szolnok (7-16) gave a tough game to first ranked Bosnian Igokea (18-5) in Aleksandrovac on Monday. Igokea managed to secure only two-point victory 86-84. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Szolnok. Szolnok was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 25-19 charge of Igokea, which allowed them to win the game. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Szolnok helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). His fellow American import guard Clifford Hammonds (191-85, college: Clemson) helped adding 10 points and 8 assists. Igokea's coach Dragan Bajic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Bosnian-Montenegrin swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89) responded with 14 points and 4 assists and American forward Brandon Gay (203-82, college: San Diego, agency: Edge Sports) scored 13 points. Four Igokea and five Szolnok players scored in double figures. Igokea have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-5 record. Defending Hungarian champion Szolnok keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Zadar and Siroki WWin. Igokea are looking forward to face Partizan (#4) in Beograd in the next round. Szolnok will play at home against MZT Skopje (#7) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Igokea: C.Edwards 19+8reb+3ast, B.Jorovic 18+2reb, S.Stemberger 11+3reb, C.Hammonds 10+4reb+8ast, N.Joksimovic 8+1reb+2ast, M.Dozet 7+2reb
Szolnok: S.Sehovic 14+4reb+4ast, B.Gay 13+2reb+3ast, B.Simon 12+1reb+1ast, M.Szabo 12+3reb, I.Nemeth 10+2reb+3ast, J.Florence 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 183790


Cedevita - Partizan 76-77

A very close game took place in Zagreb between Serbian Partizan and Croatian Cedevita. Fifth ranked Partizan (14-9) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked Cedevita (12-11). Partizan managed to escape with a 1-point win 77-76 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 29-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Vladimir Lucic (202-89, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Latvian Davis Bertans (203-92) chipped in 18 points. Partizan's coach Dusko Vujosevic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Marko Tomas (201-85) produced 26 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) and American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana, agency: Priority Sports) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending Serbian champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Buducnost. Cedevita lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with MZT Skopje. Partizan will meet at home league's leader Igokea in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cedevita will play against Krka (#9) in Novo Mesto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Partizan: D.Bertans 18+1reb, V.Lucic 18+5reb+1ast, L.Westermann 13+1reb+4ast, D.Gagic 12+5reb+1ast, D.Gordon 4+2reb, B.Bogdanovic 4+3reb+1ast
Cedevita: M.Tomas 26+2reb+2ast, B.Wright 14+1reb+4ast, G.Suton 13+4reb, P.Suput 11+5reb, D.Kitchen 7+5reb+1ast, A.Masic 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 183791


Radnicki KG - Buducnost 78-63

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (14-9) against fourth ranked Serbian Radnicki KG (15-8) on Saturday night. Visiting Buducnost was defeated by Radnicki KG in Kragujevac 78-63. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Buducnost. The game was mostly controlled by Radnicki KG. Buducnost was better in fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Slovenian-Serbian point guard Aleksandar Capin (186-82, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Terrico White (196-90, college: Mississippi) helped adding 20 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 18 points and Finnish-American center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) scored 7 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Radnicki KG. They moved-up to third place. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost dropped to the fourth position with nine games lost. Radnicki KG will face bottom-ranked KK Zadar (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Buducnost will play against KK Split (#10).
Top scorers:
Radnicki KG: A.Capin 23+5reb+2ast, T.White 20+5reb+2ast, S.Bircevic 8+4reb, M.Bryan-Amaning 7+3reb+1ast, M.Borisov 5+6reb, D.Mijatovic 5+1reb+1ast
Buducnost: C.Vitkovac 18+4reb, A.Popovic 12, G.Lee 7+7reb+3ast, D.Bost 6+2reb+1ast, N.Ivanovic 5+2ast, D.Bunic 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 183795


MZT Skopje - Zadar 94-69

Very expected game when 12th ranked Croatian KK Zadar (7-16) was crushed on the road by eighth ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (12-11) 94-69 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. MZT Skopje made 32-of-40 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while KK Zadar only scored sixteen points from the stripe. MZT Skopje forced 21 KK Zadar turnovers. KK Zadar was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 8 rebounds. Gjorji Cekovski (203-79) helped adding 29 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). American Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds and center Franko Kastropil (212-84) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four KK Zadar 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. Defending FYR Macedonian champion moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Cedevita. KK Zadar lost their fifth game in a row. KK Zadar at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 16 games lost. MZT Skopje will face Szolnok (#13) in Szolnok in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. KK Zadar will play at home against Radnicki KG in Kragujevac.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: G.Cekovski 29+3reb+1ast, T.Gecevski 25+8reb+1ast, D.Stojanovski 14+3reb+4ast, N.Otasevic 9+2reb+3ast, C.Davis 8+5reb+5ast, B.Bakic 4+1reb
Zadar: I.Ivanov 13+1reb+1ast, R.Travis 12+6reb+2ast, F.Kastropil 12+6reb, T.Prostran 10+3reb+2ast, D.Thorne 6+2reb+3ast, A.Delas 4+2reb
gschID: 183789


KK Split - Siroki WWin 88-83 OT

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Croatian KK Split and 12th ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin had identical 7-15 record. This time KK Split used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Siroki Brijeg 88-83 on Saturday night. HKK Siroki WWin was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 10-15s. It was a great shooting night for KK Split especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. HKK Siroki WWin was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Srdan Subotic (190-80) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 assists. Center Nikola Vujcic (211-78) helped adding 18 points and 6 rebounds. Croatian-Bosnian Ivan Ramljak (203-90) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Croatian guard Karlo Vragovic (192-89) scored 15 points. Four HKK Siroki WWin players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. KK Split (8-15) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Cibona. HKK Siroki WWin lost their third game in a row. Defending Bosnian champion keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. KK Split will face higher ranked Buducnost (#5) in Podgorica in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. HKK Siroki WWin will play at home against the league's second-placed Zvezda (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
KK Split: S.Subotic 18+2reb+11ast, N.Vujcic 18+6reb+2ast, I.Mimica 14+1reb+1ast, I.Siriscevic 11+1reb+1ast, V.Vukusic 8+8reb+2ast, J.Sobin 6+4reb
Siroki WWin: K.Vragovic 15+2reb+3ast, I.Ramljak 14+5reb+1ast, M.Sutalo 13+2reb+3ast, B.Barac 13+4reb+2ast, R.Rikic 9+1reb, Z.Sakic 7+3reb
gschID: 183794


Crvena Zvezda - Cibona 97-95

Tenth-ranked Croatian Cibona (8-15) gave a tough game to second ranked Serbian Zvezda (17-6) in Beograd. Zvezda managed to secure only two-point victory 97-95. However their fans expected much easier game. Cibona was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 29-22 charge of Zvezda, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Cibona 30-19 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Zvezda players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Cibona was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for guard Igor Rakocevic (191-78) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 9 assists. American guard DeMarcus Nelson (193-85, college: Duke) accounted for 17 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Five Zvezda players scored in double figures. Zvezda's coach Vlada Vukoicic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) came up with 31 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and the other American import point guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) added 13 points and 9 assists respectively for Cibona in the defeat. Zvezda have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 17-6 record behind leader Igokea. Defending Croatian champion Cibona keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with KK Split. Zvezda will play against HKK Siroki WWin (#12) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cibona will play at home against Un.Olimpija in Ljubljana and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: I.Rakocevic 21+2reb+9ast, D.Nelson 17+3reb+5ast, R.Katic 16+2reb+2ast, M.Simonovic 15+3reb, B.Savovic 13+7reb+1ast, P.Samardziski 5+2reb+2ast
Cibona: D.Strawberry 31+2reb+2ast, J.Blassingame 13+2reb+9ast, D.Kus 10+1reb+3ast, D.Saric 9+7reb+2ast, M.Rozic 8+1reb+1ast, S.Nicevic 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 183793


Un.Olimpija - Krka 76-63

One of the most interesting games of round 23 was a derby match between two teams from Slovenia. The game took place in Ljubljana where seventh ranked Un.Olimpija won against visiting Krka (9-14) 76-63. The game was mostly controlled by Un.Olimpija. Krka was better in fourth quarter 22-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Jaka Blazic (196-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 8 rebounds. Croatian forward Jasmin Perkovic (205-80, agency: Court Side) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Un.Olimpija players scored in double figures. Serbian center Uros Lucic (207-83) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Croatian point guard Jakov Vladovic (187-83) added 13 points and 7 assists in the effort for Krka. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Un.Olimpija (13-10) moved-up to sixth place. Defending Slovenian champion Krka keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Un.Olimpija's next round opponent will be Cibona (#11) in Zagreb which should be theoretically an easy game. Krka will play at home against Cedevita in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Un.Olimpija: J.Blazic 16+8reb+1ast, J.Perkovic 14+5reb, K.Prepelic 14+1reb+2ast, L.Rupnik 10+6reb, D.Muric 8+7reb+2ast, T.Rannikko 6+1reb+4ast
Krka: U.Lucic 18+5reb, J.Vladovic 13+7ast, J.Klobucar 8+1reb+1ast, T.Bolcina 6+8reb, M.Pajic 6+1reb, M.Rojc 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 183792



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Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
North
 1. San Mart.C. 14-1 
 2. Estudian.Con. 11-4 
 3. Alvear 9-6 
 4. San Isidro 7-8 
 5. Obera TC 7-8 
 6. Instituto Cor. 7-8 
 7. Atl.Echague 6-9 
 8. Sarmiento 6-9 
 9. La Union 5-11 
 10. Union Sunch 3-11 
South
 1. Quilmes MP 10-4 
 2. Sport Club 9-5 
 3. Huracan 9-6 
 4. San Lorenzo Ch. 8-7 
 5. Ciclista 7-8 
 6. Alianza Viedma 7-8 
 7. MH Basket 7-8 
 8. Banda Norte 6-9 
 9. Rocamora 6-9 
 10. Bragado 5-10 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 1: MH Basket - Rocamora 94-97
Mar. 1: Bragado - Huracan 80-78
Mar. 1: Atl.Echague - Obera TC 80-62
Mar. 3: La Union - Obera TC 77-87
Mar. 1: San Mart.C. - San Isidro 76-71
Mar. 1: Sarmiento - Alvear 73-66
Mar. 1: Estudian.Con. - Instituto Cor. 73-60
Mar. 1: Union Sunch - La Union 59-58
Mar. 3: Alianza Viedma - Banda Norte 103-92
Mar. 1: San Lorenzo Ch. - Ciclista 103-101

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 8: La Union - Instituto Cor.
Mar. 8: Alvear - Estudian.Con.
Mar. 8: San Isidro - Sarmiento
Mar. 8: Obera TC - San Mart.C.
Mar. 8: Union Sunch - Atl.Echague
Mar. 8: Sport Club - Banda Norte
Mar. 8: Rocamora - Alianza Viedma
Mar. 8: Ciclista - MH Basket
Mar. 8: Huracan - San Lorenzo Ch.
Mar. 10: Quilmes MP - Bragado


Andres Nocioni selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international small forward Andres Nocioni (199-79, currently plays in Spain). He led Caja Laboral to a victory over the closely-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (14-9) 85-74 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Nocioni was MVP of the game. He recorded 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in 28 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Caja Laboral Vitoria (19-4) is placed second in the ACB. It's Nocioni's first season with the team. Nocioni has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 52.2%(35-67) and FT: 78.7% in the 22 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Italian and Argentinian. Ex-Penarol Mar del Plata player is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Emanuel Ginobili
Emanuel Ginobili
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). Ginobili was the main contributor in a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Detroit Pistons (23-39) crushing them 114-75 in the NBA last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Ginobili scored 17 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 47-14 record this season. Ginobili is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 11th year in Spurs' roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Ginobili averages: 12.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 51.3%, 3FGP: 37.0% and FT: 79.7%. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Ginobili is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Carlos Delfino
Carlos Delfino
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Carlos Delfino (200-82, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to a Houston Rockets' victory against the Orlando Magic (16-44) 118-110 in the NBA on Friday night. Delfino scored 21 points in 29 minutes. The Houston Rockets have 33-28 record this season. This year Delfino has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 45.1%, 3FGP: 38.8% and FT: 83.3% in the 50 games. Similarly like Ginobili and Nocioni above he has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Delfino is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #4. Power forward Luis Scola (206-80, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Phoenix Suns (21-39) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the Phoenix Suns were defeated 97-87 at home by the San Antonio Spurs. Scola was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 6 rebounds. This season Scola has very high stats. He averages: 12.7ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.3apg. Scola also holds two passports: Argentinian and Spanish. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
   #5. International point guard Pablo Prigioni (190-77, currently plays in NBA) managed to help New York Knicks in a victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (23-35) 99-93 in the NBA last Sunday. Prigioni recorded only 4 points and added 5 passes in 13 minutes. The New York Knicks have a solid 35-21 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Prigioni's overall stats are: 3.4ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.9apg in the 53 games. He holds both Italian and Argentinian passports. Prigioni plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #6. Point guard Nicolas Richotti (181-86, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help CB Canarias (9-14) in their last game. Despite Richotti's good performance CB Canarias lost 70-78 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#3) G.Canaria 2014. He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Richotti also added 5 steals in 27 minutes. This year Richotti's total stats are: 7.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.0apg in the 23 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Leonardo Mainoldi
Leonardo Mainoldi
   #7. International forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (7-16) in their last game. Despite Mainoldi's good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was crushed 88-65 in a derby game by the leading Real Madrid. He was the second best scorer with 10 points in 26 minutes. It was Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's third consecutive loss in a row. Mainoldi has been at the team for five years. Mainoldi has reliable stats this season: 10.2ppg and 5.7rpg in the 23 games. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Patricio Garino
Patricio Garino
   #8. Swingman Patricio Garino (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the G.Washington (6-8) in their game against the University of Richmond (7-7) in the NCAA. Garino recorded 8 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. The G.Washington was defeated 73-64 in Richmond, VA by the University of Richmond. It was G.Washington's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Garino's stats this season are: 14.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.3apg and 2.8spg. He used to play for the Argentinian U19 national team back in 2011.

Fabricio Vay
Fabricio Vay
   #9. Former international forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria), who plays in the Austrian A Bundesliga couldn't help Arkadia Lions (2-21) in their last game. Despite Vay's very good performance the bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions lost 74-87 in Wels to the higher-ranked (#5) Raiffeisen. He was the second best scorer with 25 points. Vay also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 36 minutes. It was Arkadia Lions' 11th consecutive loss in a row. Vay has very impressive stats this year: 24.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.7apg and 2.3spg in the three games. He used to play for the Argentinian national team four years ago.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #10. Guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Italy) helped C.de Latte BRE win their game against one of league's weakest teams Prima Veroli (7-13) 87-75 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Fernandez scored only 2 points and added 7 passes. Centrale del Latte Brescia (12-7) is placed fourth in the Lega2. Fernandez is currently fourth on the league's list of best passers. He has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.7apg and 2.2spg. Fernandez is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

   #11. Former U17 international center Matias Bortolin (205-93, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) is a teammate of previously mentioned Fabricio Vay. But that was another game of his team in Austrian A Bundesliga which we would like to mention. Bortolin helped Arkadia Lions win their game against one of league's weakest teams St.Polten 74-68. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. Bortolin also added 2 blocks in 34 minutes. Bortolin belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #2 with 1.2bpg. This year his other stats are: 10.9ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.5apg in the 21 games. Bortolin used to play for the Argentinian U17 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) led AcegasAps TR to a victory over the closely-ranked Upea CdO (8-12) crushing them 91-69 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. He was the top player that evening. Filloy scored 22 points and added 4 assists. Acegas Aps Trieste (9-11) is placed ninth in the Lega2. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. Filloy has reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.7apg and 1.7spg. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Despite Filloy's Argentinian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

   #2. Augustin Fabi (199-G/F-91, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria's victory against the closely-ranked Chieti (5-12) 80-76 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Sunday. Fabi scored 20 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria (12-12) is placed tenth in the Nazionale A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Fabi has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #3. Experienced Manuel Carrizo (198-F/G-80, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) could not help Latina Basket (9-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Carrizo's very good performance Latina Basket was defeated 86-81 on the road by the second-ranked Firenze. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Carrizo also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). Carrizo has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg. Similarly like Fabi and Filloy above Carrizo has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #4. Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-G-86, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Matera's victory against the 15th-ranked Recanati (9-14) 82-71 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Sunday. He scored 15 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 34 minutes. Bawer Matera (17-8) is placed second in the Nazionale A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Vico's stats this year are: 14.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.3apg and 2.8spg in the 24 games he played so far. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #5. Demian Filloy (198-F-82, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia in a 3-point victoryagainst the league outsider VL Pesaro (5-16) 68-65 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Filloy scored 5 points in 9 minutes. Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia (12-9) is placed seventh in the SerieA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Filloy has averaged so far 3.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3spg in the 17 games. He has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #6. Pablo Bertone (193-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Florida International University 77-60 in the NCAA last Saturday. Bertone recorded 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Bertone has averaged so far 3.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3spg.

   #7. Franco Prelazzi (205-F/C-79, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Castelletto's victory against one of league's weakest teams Perugia 79-72 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Sunday night. He scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. Prelazzi has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5spg in the two games. He has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #8. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help LeGamberi Foods Forli in their game against Fileni BPA Jesi in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Musso scored 9 points. His team was edged 78-77. Musso has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6spg. He has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #9. Albano Chiarastella (196-F-85, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Agrigento's victory against the ninth-ranked Bari 77-63 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. Chiarastella has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4spg in the 15 games. Similarly like Musso and Prelazzi above he has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #10. Agustin Prieto (193-G-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Cafes Aitona crushing them 88-55 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. Prieto recorded 9 points. He has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 1.6rpg. Prieto holds both Argentinian and Spanish passports.



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Patrick Mills selected the top Australian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Phoenix Suns (21-39) 97-87 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Mills recorded 16 points (made all of his five free throws) in 23 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 47-14 record this season. It's Mills' first year with the team. This year he averages: 4.5ppg, 2FGP: 57.0%(49-86), 3FGP: 38.4% and FT: 93.3% in the 50 games he played so far. Mills played for the Australian senior national team four years ago.

David Andersen
David Andersen
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international center David Andersen (212-80, currently plays in Turkey). He led Fenerbahce Ulker to a victory against the 12th-ranked Besiktas (5-16) 78-70 in a derby game in the Turkish TBL on Monday night. Andersen recorded 12 points in 22 minutes. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (17-2) is placed second in the TBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Andersen's overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 58.1%(36-62), 3FGP: 42.5% and FT: 95.7%(22-23) in the 17 games. He is in the roster of the Australian senior national team.

Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, currently plays college basketball in the States). Dellavedova contributed to an easy victory against the Pepperdine University (4-12) crushing them 87-48 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 25 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. The Saint Mary's College of California has a very solid 14-2 conference record this season. It was St.Mary's, CA's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Dellavedova is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in St.Mary's, CA's roster. Dellavedova's total stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 58.1%(36-62), 3FGP: 42.5% and FT: 95.7%(22-23). He is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Aron Baynes
Aron Baynes
   #4. Center Aron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Patrick Mills. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Baynes contributed to an easy victory against the Detroit Pistons (23-39) crushing them 114-75. He scored 7 points in only 12 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 47-14 record this season. This year Baynes' total stats are: 2.4ppg and 1.4rpg in the 10 games. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand. Baynes is also Australian national team player.

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #5. International swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help one of league's weakest teams G.Canaria 2014 (14-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance G.Canaria 2014 was defeated 85-74 on the road by the second-ranked Caja Laboral. Newley recorded 13 points. It's Newley's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg. Newley plays currently for the Australian national team.

Ryan Broekhoff
Ryan Broekhoff
   #6. Forward Ryan Broekhoff (201-90, currently studies in the States) contributed to Valparaiso's victory against the Youngstown State University (6-8) 73-64 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. Broekhoff also added 2 blocks in 38 minutes. The Valparaiso University has quite an impressive 12-3 conference record this season. It was Valparaiso's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Broekhoff has been at the team for four years. This season he has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg in the 23 games. Broekhoff is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Anthony Drmic
Anthony Drmic
   #7. Former international swingman Anthony Drmic (198-92, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the The University of Nevada (3-11) crushing them 73-47 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He recorded 26 points (!!!). The Boise State University has 8-6 conference record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Drmic has reliable stats this season: 11.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Australian national team two years ago.

Nathan Jawai
Nathan Jawai
   #8. Power forward Nathan Jawai (208-86, college: Midland CC, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Regal FC Barcelona (14-9) in their game against Caja Laboral (19-4) in the Spanish ACB. Jawai scored 6 points in only 10 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona was edged 69-67 in Vitoria by the second-ranked Caja Laboral. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. Jawai has averaged so far 7.0ppg and 4.1rpg in the 22 games. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

Cameron Bairstow
Cameron Bairstow
   #9. International forward Cameron Bairstow (206-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to N.Mexico's victory against the University of Wyoming (4-11) 53-42 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Bairstow recorded 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The University of New Mexico has a very solid 12-2 conference record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Bairstow has averaged so far 7.0ppg and 4.1rpg. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

Julian Khazzouh
Julian Khazzouh
   #10. Center Julian Khazzouh (209-86, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to Sagesse's victory against the fifth-ranked Amchit (11-7) 89-85 in the Lebanese Division A last Sunday. Khazzouh had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 3 blocks (made all of his seven free throws) in 33 minutes. Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (16-2) is placed first in the Division A. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Khazzouh is currently third on the league's list of best blockers with 1.9bpg. This year he also averages: 10.7ppg, 9.3rpg and 1.4apg in the 11 games. Khazzouh is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Australian senior national team.

   #11. International power forward David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for UCAM Murcia in their game against Real Madrid in the Spanish ACB. Despite his very good performance on Sunday night He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Barlow has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 4.6rpg. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

   #12. International power forward Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Ukraine) couldn't help Budivelnyk in their game against BC Odessa in the Ukrainian Superleague. Kickert scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Budivelnyk this season. His team was edged 87-85. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

   #13. Former University international guard Corey Maynard (190-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the St.Francis College (PA) crushing them 85-60 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He recorded 18 points and added 3 passes in 34 minutes. Maynard's stats this year are: 12.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.4apg in the 23 games. He used to play for the Australian university national team two years ago.

   #14. International small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nathan Jawai. However that was another game of his team in Euroleague which brought him to that list. Ingles managed to help Regal FC Barcelona to win against the fourth-ranked Khimky 71-69. He scored only 2 points. Ingles has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.2apg. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

   #15. Former U19 international forward Mitchell Young (206-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Matthew Dellavedova. But that was another game of his team in NCAA we would like to talk about. Young couldn't help the St.Mary's, CA in their game against the Santa Clara University, despite his good performance on Saturday night. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. But his team lost 67-80. Young has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.2apg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Australian U19 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (191-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (20-39) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers were defeated 109-105 on the road by the Miami Heat. Irving recorded 17 points and added 5 passes. Irving is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Irving averages: 23.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.6apg and 1.6spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Irving's Australian passport, he previously played for the USA U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Australian team. Strangely Irving has never played in Australia.

   #2. Adrien Sturt (209-C-86, college: Snow CC, currently plays in United Kingdom) led London Lions to a victory over the closely-ranked Manchester Giants (9-18) 81-64 in the British BBL in Sunday night's game. Sturt was MVP of the game. He recorded 31 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 34 minutes. London Lions (11-16) is placed seventh in the BBL. Sturt is currently third on the league's list of best blockers with 1.5bpg. He also averaged so far 15.6ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.4apg in the 25 games he played so far.

   #3. Mathiang Muo (196-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Charleston So.'s victory against the Coastal Carolina College (9-7) 75-64 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Muo recorded 17 points in 33 minutes. It was his first game for Charleston So. this season. His team has a solid 12-4 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Muo has a dual citizenship: Australian and Sudanese.

   #4. Nathan Sobey (193-G-90, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Wyoming (4-11) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the Wyoming was defeated 72-66 in Colorado Springs, CO by the U.S. Air Force Academy. Sobey scored 22 points. It was his first game for Wyoming this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical.

   #5. Chris Patton (208-F-91, college: S.Idaho JC, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Cal-Riverside (3-13) in their last game. Despite Patton's very good performance the Cal-Riverside was edged 70-68 at home by the University of Pacific. He recorded 28 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 minutes. It was his first game for Cal-Riverside this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.

   #6. Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, currently plays in Germany) was the main contributor in a Science City Jena's victory against the 12th-ranked ETB Wohnbau 100-92 in the German ProA (second division) on Sunday night. Jeka was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points, made 5 passes and 4 steals. Jeka is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.4apg. Jeka is another player who holds two passports: British and Australian.

   #7. Experienced Michael Kingma (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, currently plays in Holland) helped Groningen win their game against the closely-ranked Leeuwarden 90-87 in the Dutch Eredivisie on Tuesday night. Kingma scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. He has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 4.8rpg. Kingma has both Australian and Dutch nationalities.

   #8. Joel Naburgs (193-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Stetson (10-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Stetson lost 65-77 on their home court in DeLand, FL to the Mercer University. Naburgs recorded 14 points and added 4 passes in 31 minutes. He has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 4.8rpg in the 28 games.

   #9. Venky Jois (201-F-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the E.Washington in their game against the University of Northern Colorado in the NCAA. Despite his very good performance on Thursday night Jois scored 14 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. He has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 4.8rpg.

   #10. Majok Majok (203-F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Ball St. win their game against the Central Michigan University 95-90 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Majok recorded 10 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. He has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 4.8rpg. Majok also holds two passports: Australian and Sudanese.



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Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. BC Vienna 18-6 
 2. Kapfenberg 17-7 
 3. Gmunden 16-8 
 4. Klosterneub. 16-8 
 5. Wels 14-9 
 6. Oberwart 14-10 
 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. 4: Oberwart - Klosterneub. 79-74
Mar. 3: Gussing - Gmunden 75-65
Mar. 3: Arkadia - St.Polten 74-68

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 9: UBSC Graz - Wels
Mar. 9: Furstenfeld - Arkadia
Mar. 10: Gmunden - BC Vienna
Mar. 10: Kapfenberg - Oberwart
Mar. 10: Klosterneub. - Gussing


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Oberwart
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Hinson, Oberwart21.6 
 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, Oberwart7.3 
 6. Lamesic, Wels7.0 
 7. Cresnar, Furstenf.6.9 
 8. Spasojevic, Arkadia6.8 
 9. Speiser, St.Polten6.7 
 10. Kohlmaier, St.Pol.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. Zeleznik, Kloster.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.4 
 2. Hinson, Oberwart1.9 
 3. Ray, BC Vienna1.7 
 4. Boylan, BC Vienna1.7 
 5. Arnold, Gmunden1.6 
 6. Woods, Kapfenberg1.4 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.4 
 8. Dale, UBSC G.1.3 
 9. Pryor, Kapfenberg1.3 
 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. Gant, Oberwart0.7 
 8. Greimeister, Klost.0.6 
 9. Pearson, Furstenf.0.6 
 10. Kohlmaier, St.Pol.0.5 


Benjamin Ortner selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Italy). He led Montepaschi Siena to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Angelico Biella (5-16) crushing them 98-75 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Ortner scored 14 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in a mere 17 minutes on the court. Montepaschi Siena (14-7) is placed third in the SerieA. It's Ortner's first season with the team. This year he averages: 3.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 57.9%(11-19) in the eight games he played so far. Ortner is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Anton Maresch
Anton Maresch
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Anton Maresch (191-91, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a River Andorra's victory against the tenth-ranked Planasa NV (8-12) crushing them 78-53 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Maresch scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. B.C. River Andorra (3-0) is placed in the LEB Gold. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. Maresch's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 39.8%, 3FGP: 42.6% and FT: 78.9%. He is in the roster of the Austrian senior national team.

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (211-90, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL. Mahalbasic could not help Asseco Prokom Gdynia (14-7) to beat Trefl Sopot (14-7). He scored 6 points in 19 minutes. Asseco Prokom Gdynia lost 65-78 on the road to the second-ranked Trefl Sopot. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. Mahalbasic's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Mahalbasic's overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 2FGP: 57.0%(69-121) and FT: 66.1% in the 21 games. He has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is also a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Matej Kljaic
Matej Kljaic
   #4. Forward Matej Kljaic (193-91, currently plays in Croatia) managed to help KK Djuro Djakovic Slavonski Brod to win against the closely-ranked Vrijednosnice OS (8-8) 68-65 in the Croatian A1 in Sunday night's game. Kljaic scored 5 points. KK Djuro Djakovic Slavonski Brod (9-7) is placed fifth in the A1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Kljaic has been at the team for four years. This season he averages only 4.0ppg. Kljaic is another player who holds two passports: Austrian and Croatian. He used to play for the Austrian U16 national team back in 2007.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #5. International point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Anton Maresch and both played together in the last Spanish LEB Gold game. Schreiner contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Planasa NV (8-12) crushing them 78-53. He scored 5 points and added 3 passes in 22 minutes. This year Schreiner's total stats are: 6.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg in the 16 games. He plays currently for the Austrian national team.

Other top Austrian players, who play abroad:

Marc Goetzinger (182-PG-96) plays for s Oliver Baskets in German BBL
Jason Detrick (195-SF-80) plays for Paschoalotto/Bauru in Brazilian NBB
Martin-Patrick Pos (198-F-94) plays for BBC Bayreuth in German BBL
Jamie Kohn (195-G-89) plays for Tees Valley Mohawks in British EBL D1
Peter Klemm (197-F-85) plays for Tuebingen II in German Regionalliga
Michael Kaiser (195-G-82) plays for TS Longhorns Herzogenaurach in German Regionalliga
Patrick Churchill (181-SF-98) plays for Muenchen Nord in German NBBL



A Bundesliga Round 26: BC Vienna defeats Kapfenberg Bulls in the closest game of the week - 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 6 rounds. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most exciting game of round 26 in the A Bundesliga took place in Wien. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (17-7) to first ranked BC Vienna (18-6) 82-79 in the game for the first place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kapfenberg Bulls. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kapfenberg Bulls won fourth quarter 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: CS Northridge) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists during the contest. American forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) responded with 31 points and 8 rebounds. BC Vienna maintains first position with 18-6 record. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the second place with seven games lost. BC Vienna are looking forward to face Gmunden Swans (#3) in Gmunden in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kapfenberg Bulls will play at home against Redwell Gunners Oberwart and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Xion Dukes (16-8) against sixth ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (14-10) on Monday night. Visiting Xion Dukes were defeated by Redwell Gunners Oberwart in a tough game in Oberwart 74-79. American-Puerto Rican point guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) notched 30 points to lead the effort and Seamus Boxley supported him with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St.) did not help to save the game for Xion Dukes. Redwell Gunners Oberwart maintains sixth position with 14-10 record. Defending champion Xion Dukes keep the third place with eight games lost. They share the position with Gmunden. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play against league's second-placed Kapfenberg Bulls on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Xion Dukes will play against Gussing Knights and hope to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Gmunden Swans (16-8) against seventh ranked Gussing Knights (13-11) on Sunday night. Visiting Gmunden Swans were defeated by Gussing Knights in Gussing 75-65. The best player for the winners was Elvis Kadic who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Gussing Knights' coach Radomir Mijanovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dan Oppland produced 13 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Gussing Knights maintains seventh position with 13-11 record. Loser Gmunden Swans keep the third place with eight games lost. They share the position with Klosterneub.. Gussing Knights will meet higher ranked Xion Dukes (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gmunden Swans will play against the league's leader BC Vienna and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions managed to get a second victory, breaking the eleven-game losing streak. This time they won against tenth-ranked St.Polten in Traiskirchen 74-68. Radosav Spasojevic orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Arkadia Lions maintains eleventh position with 2-21 record. St.Polten lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 21 games lost. Arkadia Lions' next round opponent will be higher ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (#9) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Fifth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (14-9) crushed at home 9th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (8-15) by 21 points 97-76, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Furstenfeld Panthers. David Gonzalvez scored 20 points and 6 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. Furstenfeld Panthers' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Raiffeisen Wels have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 14-9 record. Loser Furstenfeld Panthers keep the ninth place with 15 games lost. Raiffeisen Wels will face UBSC Graz (#8) on the road in the next round. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Oberwart - Klosterneub. 79-74

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Xion Dukes (16-8) against sixth ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (14-10) on Monday night. Visiting Xion Dukes were defeated by Redwell Gunners Oberwart in a tough game in Oberwart 74-79. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Xion Dukes won third quarter 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 Redwell Gunners Oberwart won last quarter 20-16. They made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. American-Puerto Rican point guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) notched 30 points to lead the effort and American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) supported him with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St.) did not help to save the game for Xion Dukes. Bosnian-Slovenian guard Damir Zeleznik (185-80) added 15 points for the guests. Four Xion Dukes players scored in double figures. Redwell Gunners Oberwart maintains sixth position with 14-10 record. Defending champion Xion Dukes keep the third place with eight games lost. They share the position with Gmunden. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play against league's second-placed Kapfenberg Bulls on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Xion Dukes will play against Gussing Knights and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: D.Hinson 30+2reb+1ast, S.Boxley 17+6reb+3ast, J.Johnson 10+10reb+1ast, H.Artner 8, H.Ochsenhofer 7+5ast, D.Gant 4+6reb
Klosterneub.: C.Bobb 19+6reb+2ast, D.Zeleznik 15+4reb+3ast, M.Rachar 14+3reb, K.Payton 10+5reb+1ast, M.Lanegger 9+7reb+4ast, L.Sallomon 6+4reb
gschID: 233378


BC Vienna - Kapfenberg 82-79

The most exciting game of round 26 in the A Bundesliga took place in Wien. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (17-7) to first ranked BC Vienna (18-6) 82-79 in the game for the first place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kapfenberg Bulls. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kapfenberg Bulls won fourth quarter 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: CS Northridge) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists during the contest. American forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) responded with 31 points and 8 rebounds and American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BC Vienna maintains first position with 18-6 record. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the second place with seven games lost. BC Vienna are looking forward to face Gmunden Swans (#3) in Gmunden in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kapfenberg Bulls will play at home against Redwell Gunners Oberwart and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: S.Ray 22+6reb+1ast, I.Boylan 17+2reb+6ast, R.Richards 16+6reb, S.Stazic 11+6reb+4ast, M.Pearson 6+3reb, B.Danek 3+2reb+8ast
Kapfenberg: J.Dean Shaw 31+8reb+3ast, D.Nelson 17+5reb+4ast, M.Sanchez 17+7reb+2ast, Q.Pryor 10+3reb+2ast, D.Mayes 3, F.Kramer 1+1ast
gschID: 233377


Arkadia - St.Polten 74-68

Bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions managed to get a second victory, breaking the eleven-game losing streak. This time they won against tenth-ranked St.Polten in Traiskirchen 74-68. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Arkadia Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to St.Polten's 24. They outrebounded St.Polten 39-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. Montenegrin power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Italian-Argentinian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Markus Pinezich (190-88) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and the former international center Martin Kohlmaier (218-84) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for St.Polten. Arkadia Lions maintains eleventh position with 2-21 record. St.Polten lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 21 games lost. Arkadia Lions' next round opponent will be higher ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (#9) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: R.Spasojevic 22+14reb+2ast, F.Vay 20+7reb+4ast, M.Bortolin 18+11reb, J.Blazevic 7+3reb+3ast, T.Stadelmann 4+1reb+4ast, F.Duck 3+2reb+1ast
St.Polten: M.Pinezich 21+11reb+2ast, T.Csebits 18+2reb+3ast, M.Kohlmaier 15+6reb+2ast, A.Worenz 8+2ast, L.Gvozden 2+3reb, T.Blazan 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 233375


Gussing - Gmunden 75-65

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Gmunden Swans (16-8) against seventh ranked Gussing Knights (13-11) on Sunday night. Visiting Gmunden Swans were defeated by Gussing Knights in Gussing 75-65. The hosts trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 10 points. The best player for the winners was Slovenian forward Elvis Kadic (201-80, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Dario Hunt (203-89, college: Nevada) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Four Gussing Knights players scored in double figures. Gussing Knights' coach Radomir Mijanovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) produced 13 points and 5 rebounds and the former international power forward Matthias Mayer (204-81) added 7 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Gussing Knights maintains seventh position with 13-11 record. Loser Gmunden Swans keep the third place with eight games lost. They share the position with Klosterneub.. Gussing Knights will meet higher ranked Xion Dukes (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gmunden Swans will play against the league's leader BC Vienna and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Gussing: E.Kadic 19+5reb+1ast, T.Klepeisz 19+3ast, M.Heard 13+5reb, D.Hunt 12+12reb, M.Klepeisz 6+2reb+1ast, C.Vancura 5+2ast
Gmunden: D.Oppland 13+5reb+2ast, C.Novas 12, R.Poiger 9+4reb, M.Mayer 7+9reb, E.Murati 6+6reb+1ast, P.Huetter 6+1reb
gschID: 233374


Wels - Furstenfeld 97-76

Fifth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (14-9) crushed at home 9th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (8-15) by 21 points 97-76, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Furstenfeld Panthers. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 17-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-76. Raiffeisen Wels outrebounded Furstenfeld Panthers 42-25 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. Raiffeisen Wels looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American guard David Gonzalvez (193-87, college: Richmond, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 20 points and 6 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward DeVaughn Washington (202-89, college: Ohio, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in 14 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Slovenian center Blaz Cresnar (214-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Tyrone Sally (201-82, college: W.Virginia) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Five Raiffeisen Wels and four Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. Furstenfeld Panthers' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Raiffeisen Wels have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 14-9 record. Loser Furstenfeld Panthers keep the ninth place with 15 games lost. Raiffeisen Wels will face UBSC Graz (#8) on the road in the next round. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wels: D.Gonzalvez 20+4reb+6ast, T.Tiedeman 15+4reb+3ast, D.Washington 14+14reb, C.Hallett 13+3reb, R.Vieider 13+3reb, D.Lamesic 11+6reb+6ast
Furstenfeld: B.Cresnar 19+10reb+1ast, T.Sally 15+8reb+2ast, S.Grum 14+1reb, L.O'Neal 10+1reb+2ast, J.Rubin 7+5ast, P.Radakovics 5+1ast
gschID: 233376



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Magnum Rolle's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Bahamians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Magnum Rolle
Magnum Rolle
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Magnum Rolle (211-86, college: Louisiana Tech, currently plays in Japan). He led Mitsubishi Dolphins to a victory over the league outsider Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo (5-31) 85-67 in the Japanese JBL last Saturday. Rolle was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds. Rolle also added 3 blocks and 3 steals; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins (10-26) are placed second from the bottom (#7) in the JBL. It's Rolle's first year with the team. Rolle is ranked seventh on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 39.4% and FT: 58.0%. Rolle played for the Bahamas senior national team six years ago.

Bennet Davis
Bennet Davis
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern, currently plays in Hungary). Davis was the major contributor in a Marso NYKK's victory against one of league's weakest teams FS Debrecen (2-20) crushing them 71-40 in the Hungarian A Division on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds in 36 minutes. Marso NYKK (8-14) is placed tenth in the A Division. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended. It's Davis' first season with the team. Davis is currently first on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Davis averages: 17.3ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.6apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 56.9%(141-248), 3FGP: 17.4% and FT: 67.3% in the 21 games he played so far. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He is in the roster of the Bahamas senior national team.

Edrico McGregor
Edrico McGregor
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was former U18 international forward Edrico McGregor (201-90, currently plays college basketball in the States). He contributed to an easy victory against the University of Idaho (6-11) 74-56 in the NCAA last Thursday. McGregor scored 6 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The The Univ.of Texas - San Antonio has rather weak 3-13 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. McGregor has relatively good stats this season: 10.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3FGP: 38.0%. He played for the Bahamas U18 national team five years ago.

Jaraun Burrows
Jaraun Burrows
   #4. Forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: IPFW, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA could not help Starwings (6-15) in their last game. Despite Burrows' good performance Starwings was badly defeated 81-65 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Monthey. He scored 12 points, grabbed 9 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 2 shots in 36 minutes. Burrows' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Burrows is currently ninth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 16.9ppg, 9.4rpg, 3.3apg, 1.3bpg and 1.4spg in the 16 games. Burrows is also Bahamas national team player.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (198-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Golden State Warriors (33-27) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Golden State Warriors lost 97-104 on the road to the Philadelphia 76ers. Thompson was the second best scorer with 29 points. He also added 3 assists and 3 steals in 38 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Thompson's second season in pro basketball. It was Golden State Warriors' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Thompson has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.3apg in the 60 games he played so far. Thompson has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American. Despite his Bahamas passport, Thompson previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bahamas team.

   #2. Mikhail McLean (203-F-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Houston to an easy victory against the Marshall University (5-9) crushing them 103-76 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. McLean recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The University of Houston has 5-9 conference record this season. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season McLean has very high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.6apg and 2.3spg.

   #3. Dynile Forbes (188-G-86, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) was not able to help Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi (9-8) in their last game. Despite Forbes' very good performance Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi lost 66-73 in Prat to the second-ranked Juventud. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Forbes also added 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. It was Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi's first loss after three consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Forbes has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.7spg in the 14 games.

   #4. Shaquille Cleare (206-C, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Maryland (8-8) in their game against the Georgia Tech (4-11) in the NCAA. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Maryland was defeated 78-68 in Atlanta, GA by the Georgia Tech. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Cleare has relatively good stats this season: 10.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.7spg.

   #5. Zane Knowles (206-F-92, is currently at the American university) led Texas A&M-CC to a victory against the Southeastern Louisiana University (8-8) 78-64 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi has rather weak 5-11 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Knowles has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.7spg in the 14 games.

   #6. Lavar Simmons (201-F/C-83, college: Master's, currently plays in France) couldn't help Saint-Quentin in their game against Bordeaux in the French ProB (second division). He recorded 5 points. His team was edged 89-87. Simmons' overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg and 5.1rpg.



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Mikita Meshcharakou's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Belarusians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Mikita Meshcharakou
Mikita Meshcharakou
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Italy). He was the major contributor in an AcegasAps TR's victory against the closely-ranked Upea CdO (8-12) crushing them 91-69 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Meshcharakou had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added and 6 steals in 33 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Meshcharakou's third season in pro basketball. Acegas Aps Trieste (9-11) is placed ninth in the Lega2. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. This year Meshcharakou averages: 9.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 44.5%, 3FGP: 27.1% and FT: 77.8% in the 20 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Turkey). Parakhouski led Olin Edirne to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Antalya (4-16) 71-59 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. Parakhouski also added 3 blocks. Olin Edirne Basketball (5-15) is placed 14th in the TBL. It's Parakhouski's first season with the team. Parakhouski is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has very reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.9bpg, 2FGP: 65.2%(105-161) and FT: 52.1%. Parakhouski is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in Russia). He contributed to an Unics Kazan's victory against the closely-ranked Krasnie Krilya (6-4) 74-66 in the Russian PBL on Sunday night. Veremeenko scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 12 minutes. Unics Kazan (5-7) is placed sixth in the PBL. Veremeenko has been at the team for five years. This season his overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 65.5%(19-29) and FT: 85.7% in the eight games. Veremeenko has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. He played for the Belarusian national team six years ago.

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #4. Shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Sakalai (4-12) crushing them 89-69 in the Lithuanian LKL in Saturday night's game. Liutych recorded 6 points and added 3 passes. BC Siauliai (8-7) is placed seventh in the LKL. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Liutych's total stats this season are: 8.3ppg and 3.8rpg. He is also Belarusian national team player.

Dante Stiggers
Dante Stiggers
   #5. International point guard Dante Stiggers (188-82, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A could not help Apoel (12-9) to beat Apollon (9-12). Stiggers scored 9 points and added 4 passes in 23 minutes. But Apoel lost 79-83 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) Apollon. Stiggers belongs to league's best passers (ranked #7) and also on the list of most steals (third place). This year his total stats are: 8.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.3apg and 2.1spg in the 16 games. Stiggers is a naturalized American. He plays currently for the Belarusian national team. Stiggers used to play for BK Minsk-2006 in Belarusian league.

Maksim Shustau
Maksim Shustau
   #6. Guard Maksim Shustau (188-86, currently plays in Russia) was not able to help Sojuz Zaretchny (4-17) in their game against Avtodor (9-11) in the Russian Superleague (second division). He was the second best scorer with 6 points in 21 minutes. Sojuz Zaretchny was crushed 79-46 in Saratov by the higher-ranked (#10) Avtodor. It was Sojuz Zaretchny's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Shustau has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.4apg in the nine games. He is a former international player as he played for the Belarusian senior team five years ago.

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

   #1. Igor Suhinin contributed to a 3-point Planeta-Universitet Ukhta's victory against the league outsider Spartak Vidnoye (3-17) 79-76 in the Russian Superleague (second division) on Sunday night. He scored 8 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Planeta-Universitet Ukhta (7-14) is placed 12th in the Superleague. It was his team's first victory after six consecutive loses. Suhinin has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg.

   #2. Experienced Sergey Karpov (200-F-80, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian Superleague (second division) could not help Sojuz Zaretchny (4-17) to beat Avtodor (9-11). Karpov cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. Sojuz Zaretchny was crushed 79-46 on the road by the higher-ranked Avtodor (#10). It was Sojuz Zaretchny's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Karpov has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 2.1rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.

Other top Belarusian players, who play abroad:

Valentin Yurchyk (207-F-87) plays for Spartak St.Petersburg in Russian PBL
Mikalai Aliakseyeu (210-C-78) plays for Shahrdari Gorgan in Iranian Superleague
Yivgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88) plays for Elitzur Yavne in Israeli National League
Aleh Kojenets (208-C-77) plays for Mazeikiai in Lithuanian NKL
Vladi Yeremishin (201-F/C-84) plays for Ironi Ramat Gan in Israeli National League
Anton Astapkovich (200-F-94) plays for CSKA-2 in Russian U23 Youth League
Denis Yarets (190-G-89) plays for Desna Bryansk in Russian Higher League

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



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Standings - Division II

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

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 1: Point Chaud - Essor Charleroi 95-68
Mar. 2: Waregem - Kangor.-Boom 75-82
Mar. 1: M.Hainaut II - Tongeren 74-82
Mar. 3: Excelsior - CEP Fleurus 69-73
Mar. 3: Giants II - Gembo BBC 67-106
Mar. 2: Gent Dragons - St-Niklase 65-77
Mar. 2: Sint-Jan Ant. - Houthalen
Mar. 5: Gembo BBC - Houthalen


Jonathan Tabu selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (190-85, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He could not help Cantu (13-8) in their last game. Despite Tabu's good performance Cantu lost 52-63 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#14) Air Avellino. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Tabu also added 4 boards, passed 4 assists and added 6 steals in 31 minutes on the court. Tabu has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.0apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 46.4%, 3FGP: 42.6% and FT: 86.5% in the 21 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). Van Rossom led CAI Zaragoza to a victory over the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (13-10) 76-62 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Van Rossom recorded 17 points and added 3 passes. CAI Zaragoza (13-10) is placed sixth in the ACB. This season Van Rossom averages: 9.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 57.4%(39-68), 3FGP: 45.8%(38-83) and FT: 86.1%. He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Aleksander Lichodzijewski
Aleksander Lichodzijewski
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84, currently plays in Poland). Lichodzijewski contributed to Polpharma's surprising victory against the league leader PGE Turow (15-6) 85-79 in the Polish TBL on Friday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. (10-11) is placed seventh in the TBL. Lichodzijewski's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Lichodzijewski's overall stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 41.9%, 3FGP: 39.3% and FT: 83.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Polish. Former Sanex Antwerp Giants starter played for the Belgian national team five years ago.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #4. Point guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Auburn University (3-13) 61-43 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. Obasohan scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. The The University of Alabama has a solid 11-5 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Obasohan's first year with the team. This season his overall stats are: 8.7ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1apg in the 16 games. Obasohan is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Nigerian. He is also Belgian U20 national team player.

Marcus Faison
Marcus Faison
   #5. An experienced former international guard Marcus Faison (196-78, college: Siena, currently plays in Finland), who plays in the Finnish Korisliiga was not able to help KTP-Basket (26-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance the league leader KTP-Basket was badly defeated 83-63 in Kouvola by the lower-ranked (#6) Kouvot. Faison scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was his first game for KTP-Basket this season. Faison is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Belgian national team two years ago. Faison played also for TEC Spirou Charleroi in Belgian league.

Julien Rahier
Julien Rahier
   #6. Guard Julien Rahier (193-83, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to secure a victory for Starwings (6-15) in their game against Monthey (11-9) in the Swiss LNA. Rahier scored 8 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals. Starwings was badly defeated 81-65 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Monthey (#4). His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. It's Rahier's first season with the team. This year Rahier has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the Belgian team thirteen years ago.

Gael Hulsen
Gael Hulsen
   #7. Former U20 international swingman Gael Hulsen (193-90, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-24) in their game against Newcastle Eagles (0-0) in the British BBL. Hulsen scored only 4 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals in 29 minutes. The bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was crushed 100-57 in Newcastle by the higher-ranked (#6) Eagles. So far Liverpool Mersey Tigers lost all twenty four games in the Regular Season. Hulsen has reliable stats this year: 11.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.3apg in the 23 games. He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Tyler Haws (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) led BYU to a 3-point victory against the Loyola Marymount University (1-15) 73-70 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Haws recorded 24 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (made all of his fourteen free throws !!!) in 32 minutes. The Brigham Young University has a solid 10-6 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. It's Haws' fourth year with the team. This season his overall stats are: 9.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg in the 23 games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Ryan Hoover (187-PG-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help Fileni BPA Jesi (8-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Hoover's very good performance Fileni BPA Jesi was defeated in an overtime 94-90 on the road by the second-ranked Novipiu Casale. He was the second best scorer with 25 points. Hoover also added 4 passes. This season Hoover has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.7apg and 1.8spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hoover has never played in Belgium.

   #3. Jonathan Dubas (202-SF-91, currently plays in Switzerland) led Monthey to a victory over the closely-ranked Starwings (6-15) 81-65 in the Swiss LNA last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. Dubas scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 9 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 4 balls in 35 minutes. BBC Monthey (11-9) is placed fourth in the LNA. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Dubas has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.7spg in the 20 games. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Swiss.

   #4. Ronrico White (190-PG-92, currently studies in the States) contributed to Chattanooga's victory against the Western Carolina University (9-9) 81-72 in the NCAA last Thursday. White scored 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Univ.of Tennessee - Chattanooga has 8-10 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. White's total stats this year are: 8.7ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely White has never played in Belgium.

   #5. Douglas Tshomba (201-F-83, college: Tusculum, currently plays in France) contributed to a 3-point JA Vichy's victory against the fifth-ranked Quimper UJAP (14-7) 80-77 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 9 points. JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket (17-5) is placed first in the NM1. It's Tshomba's first season with the team. This year Tshomba has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg.

   #6. Ruphin Tshiabu Kayembe (200-F-92, currently plays in Slovenia) managed to help KK Maribor Messer in a 3-point victoryagainst the closely-ranked Elektra 62-59 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Saturday. He scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. This year Tshiabu Kayembe's total stats are: 3.4ppg and 2.3rpg in the seven games. He is another player who holds two passports: DR Congolese and Belgian.



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Adriatic League: Igokea survive Szolnoki challenge - by Eurobasket News

Igokea - Szolnoki 86:84

Igokea had to toil for a home win over Szolnoki tonight. The league leaders clinched just 2-point victory at the end. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) delivered 19 points for the winners.
Igokea exploded with 27 points in the opening quarter and raced to a 6-point lead after ten minutes. Szolnoki cut the deficit in the second frame. The Hungarian team narrowed the gap at 3-point mark at the interval 43:40. The visitors pulled ahead in the third term. They poured in 25 points to build a 4-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Igokea used a 6:0 rally to spur in front in the fourth frame howver Szolnoki kept close. Corsley Edwards gave the home team an 83:80 lead within the final minute but a wild three-pointer from Istvan Nemeth tied things up at 83. Hammonds sank two free throws, while Florence answered with just one as Igokea grabbed an 85:84 lead. Joksimovic sank another free throw and sealed the win at the end. Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) nailed 11 points for the winning side. Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) accounted for 14 points for Szolnoki. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) had 13 points in the defeat.

Igokea: Corsley Edwards 19, Branko Jorovic (204-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) 18, Sinisa Stemberger 11
Szolnoki: Sead Sehovic 14, Brandon Gay 13



Zack Wright selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Bosnia and Herzegovina players, who play currently abroad.

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Zack Wright (195-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Russia. He could not help Spartak St.Petersburg (11-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Wright's very good performance the fourth-placed Spartak St.Petersburg was edged 78-75 on the road by the lower-ranked BC Astana (#5) in the group A of VTB United League. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Wright also added 4 steals. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Wright's first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.5apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 62.2%(56-90), 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 77.8%. Wright is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely Wright has never played in Bosnia.

Kenan Bajramovic
Kenan Bajramovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Kenan Bajramovic (205-81, currently plays in Turkey). He led Banvit BK to a victory against the seventh-ranked TED Kolejliler (11-9) 81-76 in the Turkish TBL on Sunday night. Bajramovic had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds in 27 minutes. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (18-2) is placed second in the TBL. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. This year Bajramovic's overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 42.6% and FT: 76.9% in the 19 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Zlatko Jovanovic
Zlatko Jovanovic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Romania). Jovanovic led Timisoara to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Miercurea Ciuc (3-22) 89-71 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Wednesday. He was MVP of the game. Jovanovic recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and making 10 passes. He also added and 4 steals. BC Timisoara (17-8) is placed sixth in the Liga Nationala. Jovanovic is ranked seventh on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Jovanovic averages: 16.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 6.3apg, 3FGP: 36.6% and FT: 91.3%(95-104). He played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team four years ago.

Mirza Teletovic
Mirza Teletovic
   #4. Forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Brooklyn Nets (34-26) in their game against the Chicago Bulls (34-26) in the NBA. Teletovic recorded 9 points. But the Brooklyn Nets were defeated 96-85 in Chicago by the Bulls. Teletovic's total stats this season are: 3.5ppg and 1.6rpg. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Muhamed Pasalic
Muhamed Pasalic
   #5. International guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87, currently plays in Greece) was the main contributor in Aris' victory against the closely-ranked Apollon Patras (9-10) 68-64 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. Pasalic was the best player in that game. He recorded 20 points and added 4 assists. Aris Thessaloniki (11-8) is placed sixth in the A1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Pasalic has relatively good stats this season: 12.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Miralem Halilovic
Miralem Halilovic
   #6. Forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to a KK Zagreb's victory against the seventh-ranked KK Zabok (6-10) 85-72 in the Croatian A1 in Sunday night's game. Halilovic recorded 15 points and added 3 passes. KK Zagreb (12-4) is placed first in the A1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Halilovic's total stats this season are: 4.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.3apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team two years ago.

Nemanja Mitrovic
Nemanja Mitrovic
   #7. International guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1 was not able to secure a victory for Kavala (5-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Mitrovic's very good performance Kavala was defeated 81-69 in Thessaloniki by the much higher-ranked PAOK (#4). He was the top scorer with 18 points. Mitrovic also added 4 rebounds. Mitrovic's total stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1apg. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Ivan Opacak
Ivan Opacak
   #8. An experienced shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Poland couldn't help PGE Turow (4-12) in their last game on Monday. Despite Opacak's good performance PGE Turow (#8) was defeated 99-85 in Donetsk by the higher-ranked BC Donetsk (#7) in the group A of VTB United League. He recorded 11 points. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Opacak's total stats this season are: 8.2ppg and 3.2rpg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Ernest Bremer
Ernest Bremer
   #9. Former international guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Armani Milano (13-8) in their game against Trenkwalder RE (12-9) in the Italian SerieA. Bremer scored 9 points in 23 minutes. But Armani Milano was badly defeated 79-61 in Reggio Emilia by the lower-ranked (#7) Trenkwalder RE. This year Bremer's total stats are: 5.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.3apg in the 10 games. He is a naturalized American. Bremer used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team two years ago. He played also for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #10. Forward Nihad Djedovic (198-90, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Germany couldn't help ALBA Berlin (1-8) in their last game on Friday. Despite Djedovic's good performance ALBA Berlin (#7) was defeated 80-65 in Moscow by the higher-ranked CSKA (#3) in the group E of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Djedovic also added 3 assists. Djedovic has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. Former U16 international forward Dejan Todorovic (94, currently plays in Spain) helped Clinicas Rincon win their game against the ninth-ranked Castello 82-67 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. Todorovic was the top player that evening. He recorded 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. Todorovic is currently eighth on the league's list of top scorers with 13.3ppg. This year he also averages: 3.8rpg and 1.3apg in the 18 games. Todorovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 national team four years ago.

   #12. International point guard Sasa Vasiljevic (180-79, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Ukraine) helped Halychyna win their game against the closely-ranked Azovmash 89-86 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Sunday night. He recorded 11 points and added 7 passes. Vasiljevic has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 1.6rpg and 4.0apg. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #13. Former international point guard Terell Castle (182-72, agency: Court Side, college: Nicholls St., currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan couldn't help Eco Orebro (5-26) in their last game. Despite Castle's very good performance the bottom-ranked Eco Orebro was badly defeated 93-75 in Stockholm by the much higher-ranked (#4) 08 Stockholm. He was the top scorer with 32 points. Castle also added 8 rebounds in 34 minutes. Castle belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #8) and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 17.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.7apg and 1.8spg in the 31 games. Castle is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team six years ago. Castle played also for BC Igokea Partizan Aleksandrovac in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.

   #14. International center Nedzad Sinanovic (221-83, currently plays in Spain) helped Blancos de Rueda win their game against the eighth-ranked Asefa Estudiantes 80-77 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Sinanovic has averaged so far 7.2ppg and 4.1rpg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #15. Former international center Esmir Rizvic (213-82, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Slovenia) helped Maribor Messer win their game against the closely-ranked Elektra 62-59 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Saturday. Rizvic scored 8 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 29 minutes. This year he has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg and 6.4rpg in the 17 games. Rizvic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Turkey could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (2-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the seventh-placed Fenerbahce Ulker was badly defeated 87-69 on the road by the second-ranked Montepaschi Siena in the group F of Euroleague. Bogdanovic was the top scorer with 22 points in 32 minutes. Bogdanovic is currently fourth on the league's list of top scorers with 15.8ppg. He also averaged so far 2.1rpg and 1.2apg in the 19 games he played so far. Bogdanovic has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #2. Stanko Barac (216-C-86, currently plays in Turkey) led Anadolu Efes to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Antalya (4-16) crushing them 96-72 in the Turkish TBL in Sunday night's game. Barac recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (16-4) is placed fourth in the TBL. Barac's total stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 2.4rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #3. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Russia was not able to help Khimky (5-4) in their last game. Despite Planinic's good performance Khimky (#4) was edged 71-69 in Barcelona by the leading Regal FC in the group F of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Planinic also added 5 rebounds in 35 minutes. Planinic is currently second on the league's list of best passers with 6.1apg. This year he also averages: 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.2spg in the 17 games. Similarly like Barac and Bogdanovic above Planinic has both Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina nationalities.

   #4. Damir Markota (209-F-85, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Besiktas (12-8) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance Besiktas was defeated 78-70 in a derby game by the leading Fenerbahce Ulker. Markota was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Markota's total stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.1apg. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #5. Nikola Jeftic (202-F-85, currently plays in Serbia) led OKK Beograd to a surprising victory over the second-ranked Mega Vizura (18-5) 90-84 in the Serbian A League in Saturday night's game. Jeftic was MVP of the game. He scored 28 points (!!!), grabbed 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 33 minutes. OKK Beograd (11-12) is placed eighth in the A League. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Jeftic has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.5spg in the 22 games. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian.

   #6. Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Croatia couldn't help Cedevita (12-11) in their last game. Despite Suton's good performance Cedevita was edged 77-76 at home by the leading Partizan. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. This year Suton's total stats are: 5.4ppg and 2.9rpg in the 21 games. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities.

   #7. Mirza Begic (217-C-85, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a 3-point Real Madrid's victory against the eighth-ranked Brose Baskets Bamberg 76-73 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Begic scored 8 points. His total stats this season are: 4.9ppg and 3.1rpg. Begic has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian.

   #8. Marko Keselj (206-SF-88, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in a Le Mans' victory against the eighth-ranked Paris-Levallois 72-59 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 33 minutes. Keselj has relatively good stats this year: 14.5ppg and 8.0rpg in the two games. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian passports.

   #9. Robert Rothbart (217-C-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL couldn't help Start Gdynia (5-16) in their last game. Despite Rothbart's very good performance the bottom-ranked Start Gdynia was edged 75-72 on their home court in Gdynia by the higher-ranked (#9) Siarka Jezioro. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 12 rebounds. Rothbart also added 4 blocks in 27 minutes. Rothbart has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.1bpg in the 20 games. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli.

   #10. Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Hungary couldn't help Szolnok (7-16) in their last game. Despite Sehovic's good performance Szolnok was edged 86-84 in Aleksandrovac by the leading Igokea. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Sehovic also added 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 31 minutes. This year Sehovic has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.4apg in the 19 games. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegrin nationalities.



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Brazil celebrate over World in NBB All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - World 146:144 (OT)

Brazil selection earned an overtime victory in the first overtime success in NBB All-Star Game. An exciting game took place at the Nilson Nelson Gym in Brasilia. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. He was named the MVP after the game.
It was a spectacular performance from both teams. Brazil led by two points 36:34 after the first quarter. They went on a 42:28 run in the second frame to pile up a 78:62 lead at halftime. But the World selection took the upper hand in the second half. They went on a 34:23 run in the third term to narrow the gap. World denied the deficit and tied things up at 132 at the end of regulation. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-PF-83) came up with a decisive three-pointer late in the overtime to bring Brazil to the victory. He accounted for 25 points, while Rafael Mineiro added 23 points and 9 rebounds for Brazil. Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) responded with 37 points for World. Robert Day (197-F-82, college: W.Oregon) had 26 points in the losing case.

Brazil: Alex Ribeiro 26, Olivinha Rodriguez 25, Rafael Mineiro 23
World: Shamell Stallworth 37, Robert Day 26, Desmond Holloway (190-G-88, college: Co.Carolina) 18



Rio Claro sign Brandon Brown and renew with Rafu - by Paulo Freire

The ACBD Rio Claro basketball team have add two more players for the 2013 season.
The managers of the team sign the american player Brandon Brown (178-PG-89, college: Montana-West), the point guard will have his second professional experience after 16 games in Australia while playing for the Mount Gambier Pioneers and average 16.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.4apg
Brown is not a tall player, but use his speed to force the offensive game, he is a product of Montana-Western a school that playes the NAIA.
ACBD Rio Claro also have agreed with Rafu Da Silva (197-G/F-83, college: New Haven), the guard had a couple of offers from other clubs, but decided to stay for one more season at the club. Rafu will lead the team in the offensive along the two american players.



Tiago Splitter's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Brazilians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to an easy victory against the Sacramento Kings (21-40) crushing them 130-102 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Splitter had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 47-14 record this season. Splitter has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 59.1%(238-403) and FT: 74.5% in the 61 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Splitter is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Hilario Nene
Hilario Nene
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Hilario Nene (207-82, currently plays in NBA). He led Washington Wizards to a 3-point victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (23-35) 90-87 in the NBA last Sunday. Nene scored 15 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Washington Wizards have not so impressive 19-39 record this season. Nene has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.7ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 48.8% and FT: 73.9%. Nene is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to a 3-point Real Madrid's victory against the eighth-ranked Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-9) 76-73 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. Hettsheimer scored 8 points in only 12 minutes. Real Madrid (8-1) is placed first in group E. This year Hettsheimer's overall stats are: 4.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 53.1% and FT: 81.8% in the 11 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish. Hettsheimer played for the Brazilian national team two years ago.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #4. Point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Regal FC Barcelona (14-9) to beat Caja Laboral (19-4). Huertas scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona was edged 69-67 on the road by the second-ranked Caja Laboral. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. This year Huertas' total stats are: 8.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.7apg and 1.1spg in the 23 games. He has both Brazilian and Italian nationalities. Huertas is also Brazilian national team player.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #5. Former international center Hatila Passos (211-85, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB was not able to help Hebraica (2-5) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the eighth-placed Hebraica was defeated 71-67 in a derby game by the higher-ranked Malvin (#4) in the Serie 1. Passos recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. Passos belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.5ppg, 11.1rpg and 1.1apg. Passos used to play for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

Rafael Maia
Rafael Maia
   #6. Center Rafael Maia (206-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Brown to an easy victory against the Cornell University (4-3) 84-65 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 13 rebounds. Maia also added 4 assists in 29 minutes. The Brown University has 3-4 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Maia has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 11.1rpg and 1.1apg in the 38 games. He is a former U17 international player as he played for the Brazilian team six years ago.

Rafael Freire
Rafael Freire
   #7. International point guard Rafael Freire (188-92, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Blusens Monbus' victory against the sixth-ranked CAI Zaragoza (13-10) 72-64 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Freire scored 10 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (11-12) is placed tenth in the ACB. Freire has averaged so far 2.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.6apg. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Joao Paulo Batista
Joao Paulo Batista
   #8. Power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France) managed to help Le Mans Sarthe Basket in a victory against the eighth-ranked Paris-Levallois (11-10) 72-59 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Batista scored 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (13-8) is placed fourth in the ProA. It's Batista's fifth season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.6apg in the 21 games. Batista used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

Marcus Vinicius Toledo
Marcus Vinicius Toledo
   #9. International forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-86, currently plays in Spain) helped Ford Burgos win their game against one of league's weakest teams Leyma Basquet (7-13) crushing them 92-52 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Autocid Ford Burgos (16-4) is placed second in the LEB Gold. Toledo is currently fourth on the league's list of most steals. He has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.8spg. Toledo is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

Lucas Nogueira
Lucas Nogueira
   #10. Center Lucas Nogueira (213-92, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Asefa Estudiantes (12-11) in their game against Blancos de Rueda (9-14) in the Spanish ACB. He scored only 4 points in 8 minutes on the court. Asefa Estudiantes was edged 80-77 in Valladolid by the much lower-ranked (#15) Blancos de Rueda. Nogueira has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 3.0rpg in the 23 games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Brazilian senior national team.

   #11. International point guard Raul Neto (186-92, currently plays in Spain) helped Lagun Aro GBC win their game against the league outsider Assignia Manresa 94-90 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. Neto scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Neto has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

   #12. Former international center Lucas Tischer (208-83, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Penarol in their game against Obras in the Argentinian LigaA. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Tischer scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 93-79. Tischer has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 3.8rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2006.

   #13. Former international guard Carlos Cobos (193-88, currently plays in Spain) helped Leche Rio Breogan win their game against the league outsider Melilla Baloncesto 93-80 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Saturday night. Cobos scored only 4 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes. Cobos has averaged so far 5.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

   #14. Former international swingman Jonathan Tavernari (198-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy) helped Givova Scafati win their game against one of league's weakest teams Prima Veroli 88-84 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 5 points in 10 minutes. Tavernari has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 3.2rpg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Vitor Faverani (211-C-88, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Valencia Basket (13-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Valencia Basket was defeated 72-66 on the road by the much lower-ranked Cajasol (#14). Faverani was the second best scorer with 15 points. It's Faverani's fourth season with the team. His total stats this year are: 9.4ppg and 4.7rpg.

   #2. Rodrigo de Souza (188-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Pacific's victory against the California State University, Fullerton (6-10) 64-55 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. de Souza scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. The University of Pacific has a solid 11-5 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. de Souza has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg in the 23 games he played so far.

   #3. Andre Coimbra (205-F-86, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in Japan) contributed to an Oita Heat Devils' surprising victory against the leader Niigata Albirex (27-11) 86-78 in the Japanese BJ League in Saturday night's game. Coimbra scored 6 points, had 4 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Oita Heat Devils (12-26) are placed eighth in Western group. Coimbra has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1bpg.

   #4. Renan Lenz (206-C-90, currently studies in the States) was not able to help the Utah (3-13) in their game against the University of California (12-5) in the NCAA. He scored only 4 points in 10 minutes. The Utah was badly defeated 64-46 in Berkeley, CA by the University of California. It was Utah's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Lenz's first season with the team. Lenz has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1bpg in the eight games.

   #5. Pedro Maciel (185-PG-89, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the Nicholls St. (7-9) in their game against the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (5-11) in the NCAA. He recorded 6 points. The Nicholls St. was defeated 68-64 in Corpus Christi, TX by the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Maciel has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1bpg.

   #6. Gerson Santo (206-C-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Colorado State University to win against the Fresno State University 74-67 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Santo recorded only 2 points. Santo has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 3.2rpg.

   #7. Gustavo Lo Leggio (195-F-87, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Lugano Tigers in their game against Geneve Lions in the Swiss LNA. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. His team lost in an overtime 89-93. Lo Leggio has averaged so far 1.4ppg and 1.1rpg in the seven games. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Swiss.

   #8. Rinaldo Mafra (201-F-86, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Jacksonville St. in their game against the Belmont University in the NCAA. Mafra cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points. His team was defeated 78-71. Mafra has averaged so far 1.4ppg and 1.1rpg.

   #9. Arthur Bernardi (206-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Houston Baptist in their game against the New Jersey Institute of Technology in the NCAA. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 35 minutes. His team lost 58-69. Bernardi has averaged so far 1.4ppg and 1.1rpg in the seven games.



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Yambol reinforcing in the front court - by Maria Mitzova

Tundja Yambol is taking another vital step towards a good playoff spot, signing Serbian center forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-F/C-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza).
Filip Vukosavljevic is well known in Bulgaria with his enrolment with Rilski sportist last year. He had an average of 14.7 pts and 6.2 rebs for 47 games in Bulgarian NBL and Balkan League combined.
Filip Vukosavljevic started the season with Serbian Metalac Valjevo, but then moved to Cypriot team Omonia, before agreeing terms with Tundja Yambol.
Vukosavljevic was on the transfer list of Balkan and Cherno more in the beginning of the season, but never reached a deal.
Most likely, with Vukosavljevic signing, Tundja Yambol will send home Montenegrin center Luka Sjekloca.



Cherno more cut two imports - by Maria Mitzova

Cherno More Port Varna released two of its import players - Larry Hall (190-G-83, college: W.Oregon) and Giorgos Galiotos (213-C-86, agency: Interperformances).
Both never covered the expectations of the management, and were a way too often on the injured list.
The third import on the roster - Ljubisa Vrcelj (210-C-84, college: Jacksonville) - will stay in Varna, but his paycheck will receive some major reduction.
Meanwhile, Cherno More Port Varna is talking to Lukoil Academic about a loan deal with Nikolay Kolev (204-C-88). Kolev plays very limited, to none, minutes for the champion, so it is a possible outcome for him till the end of the season.



Earl Rowland selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Latvian team VEF Riga to a victory over the tenth-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk (1-15) 85-74 in the VTB United League last Thursday. Rowland was MVP of the game. He recorded 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. VEF Riga (10-6) is placed fourth in group B. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Rowland's first season with the team. Rowland is currently third on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Rowland averages: 16.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 6.1apg, 2.2spg, 2FGP: 55.9%(85-152), 3FGP: 30.4% and FT: 82.1%. He is a naturalized American. Rowland played for the Bulgarian senior national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Lithuania. Ivanov could not help Lietuvos rytas (8-8) to beat Khimky (12-4). He recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The sixth-placed Lietuvos rytas was defeated 88-79 at home by the leading Khimky in the group A of VTB United League. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Ivanov's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 2FGP: 62.3%(43-69), 3FGP: 12.5% and FT: 67.3%. He played for the Bulgarian national team in 2011.

Filip Videnov
Filip Videnov
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international small forward Filip Videnov (196-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Turkey). Videnov was the main contributor in an Olin Edirne's victory against one of league's weakest teams Antalya (4-16) 71-59 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Videnov scored 23 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 33 minutes. Olin Edirne Basketball (5-15) is placed 14th in the TBL. Videnov has very impressive stats this year: 16.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 60.7%(17-28) in the five games he played so far. He is also a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #4. Power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to help Enel Brindisi (10-11) in their last game. Despite Simmons' very good performance Enel Brindisi was edged 95-93 on their home court in Brindisi by the second-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Simmons also added 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. This year Simmons' overall stats are: 8.7ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.2bpg in the 21 games. He is a naturalized American. Simmons is also Bulgarian national team player. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #5. Former international forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Air Avellino's surprising victory against the fifth-ranked Cantu (13-8) 63-52 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Ivanov scored 9 points and grabbed 21 rebounds. Sidigas Avellino (6-14) is placed 14th in the SerieA. Ivanov has relatively good stats this season: 12.3ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.8spg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team two years ago.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #6. Guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Unicaja Malaga in a victory against the fourth-ranked Gescrap BB (14-9) 63-59 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Calloway scored only 3 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 16 minutes. Unicaja Malaga (11-12) is placed 11th in the ACB. This year Calloway's total stats are: 6.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg in the 23 games. He is a naturalized American. Calloway is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team three years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #7. International power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in U-Mobitelco's victory against the 14th-ranked CS Farul Constanta (4-21) 77-65 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Tuesday night's game. Nikolov scored 17 points. CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca (17-8) is placed seventh in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Nikolov has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.8apg and 1.7spg. He is also Bulgarian national team player.

Jared Homan
Jared Homan
   #8. Center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Germany) helped Bayern Muenchen win their game against the league leader Brose Baskets Bamberg (21-3) 85-71 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. He recorded only 4 points in 18 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. FC Bayern Muenchen (17-8) is placed second in the BBL. Homan has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1bpg in the 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Homan used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2010. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Krum Doychinov
Krum Doychinov
   #9. Former international center Krum Doychinov (206-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Greece) helped OFI win their game against the eighth-ranked Pagrati (9-9) 94-79 in the Greek A2 (second division) last Saturday. Doychinov was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points, had 7 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots. OF Irakleio (5-13) is placed 12th in the A2. Doychinov is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1bpg. Doychinov used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

Aleksandar Gruev
Aleksandar Gruev
   #10. Guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala was not able to secure a victory for CSU Sibiu (12-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance CSU Sibiu was edged 75-74 on their home court in Sibiu by the higher-ranked (#5) Gaz Metan. Gruev recorded 14 points and added 5 assists (made all of his five free throws) in 36 minutes. Gruev is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.7apg. This year his other stats are: 13.4ppg and 2.5rpg in the 23 games. Gruev is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. International shooting guard Ivan Lilov (196-88, currently plays in Romania) helped Gaz Metan win their game against the league outsider CS Dinamo Bucuresti crushing them 84-48 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Wednesday night's game. He scored 6 points. Lilov has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.5spg. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

   #12. Former international guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St., currently plays in Spain) helped Cajasol win their game against the seventh-ranked Valencia Basket 72-66 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. Blakney scored only 4 points in 19 minutes. He has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 1.1rpg and 2.5apg in the 12 games. Blakney is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2007.

   #13. Former U20 international guard Georgi Sirakov (186-92, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Mazzeo San Severo in their game against Recanati in the Italian Nazionale A (third division). Sirakov scored 5 points in 25 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 71-54. This year he averages only 7.5ppg in the 25 games. Sirakov used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team two years ago.

   #14. International forward Aleksandar Georgiev (203-90, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Assignia Manresa in their game against Lagun Aro GBC in the Spanish ACB. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Georgiev scored only 1 points. His team was defeated 94-90. He has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 2.2rpg. Georgiev plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Ukraine) led Khimik to a victory over the closely-ranked Ferro-ZNTU (20-14) 91-85 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Deane scored 40 points (!!!) and added 8 assists in 35 minutes. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (19-13) is placed fifth in the Superleague. Deane has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 6.1apg in the 30 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #2. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Kavala (5-14) 94-76 in the Greek A1 on Sunday night. Antic recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (18-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Antic's overall stats are: 5.9ppg and 2.9rpg in the 16 games. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #3. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) managed to help ES Chalon-Sur-Saone to win in overtime against the league leader Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-6) 69-67 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Evtimov scored only 4 points, had 9 boards, passed 4 assists and added 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (13-7) is placed third in the ProA. Evtimov has relatively good stats this season: 11.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and French.

   #4. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia), who plays in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga could not help Kozuv (10-3) in their last game. Despite Karadzovski's very good performance the league leader Kozuv was edged 79-78 on the road by the second-ranked Lirija. He was the second best scorer with 16 points in 26 minutes. It was Kozuv's first loss after nine consecutive victories. Karadzovski's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Karadzovski is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league with 3.3apg. This year he also averages: 13.2ppg and 2.7rpg in the 13 games. Karadzovski has both Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian nationalities.

   #5. Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Umana Venezia (11-10) in their game against Sutor Montegranaro (7-14) in the Italian SerieA. He scored 5 points. Umana Venezia was crushed 88-64 in Montegranaro by the lower-ranked Sutor (#13). Clark has reliable stats this season: 12.9ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.2apg. He is a naturalized American. However Clark has never played in Bulgaria.

   #6. Viktor Vladov (202-F-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked ifm Baskets Konstanz crushing them 95-73 in the German ProB (third division) on Saturday night. He scored 6 points. Vladov has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 3.1rpg. He also holds two passports: Bulgarian and German.



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Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Foshan LL
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 32
 1. Randolph, Foshan32.0 
 2. Douby, Zhejiang CB31.6 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.5 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Liaoning.29.9 
 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. Gaines, Fujian QB4.7 
 9. Qahwash, Jiang.4.7 
 10. Forbes, Guangsha4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Doron PERKINS
  Foshan LL
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Perkins, Foshan LL2.6 
 2. Jeter, Shandong FB2.5 
 3. Spencer, Jilin N.2.5 
 4. Douby, Zhejiang CB2.4 
 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 ST1.8 
 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 



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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 8

Mar. 5: Caribbean Heat - Piratas
Mar. 5: Halcones - Once Caldas
Mar. 5: Bucaros - Academia
Mar. 5: Bambuqueros - Aguilas


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jamal JOHNSON
  Piratas
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 23
 1. Johnson, Piratas23.0 
 2. Chavez Jacob., Ac.21.8 
 3. Ortiz, Bambuqueros21.8 
 4. Rayson, Aguilas21.2 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.20.4 
 6. Brooks, Bucaros20.3 
 7. Mayfield, Aguilas18.8 
 8. Bradford, Caribb.18.5 
 9. Gilbert, Bucaros18.3 
 10. Aragon, Academia18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeffrey FAHNBULLEH
  Piratas
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 10
 1. Fahnbulleh, Piratas10.0 
 2. Blue, Academia9.8 
 3. Hernandez, Bucaros8.5 
 4. Sanders, Halcones8.2 
 5. Arteaga, Piratas8.0 
 6. Culver, Caribbea.7.8 
 7. Baquero, Halcones7.6 
 8. Guevara, Bambuque.7.2 
 9. Farley, Academia6.8 
 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. Moreno, Piratas4.0 
 7. Chavez Jacob., Ac.3.7 
 8. Bradford, Caribb.3.5 
 9. Aragon, Academia2.5 
 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. Ceter, Halcones1.6 
 7. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.5 
 8. Garris, Once Caldas1.4 
 9. Londono, Academia1.3 
 10. Contreras, Halcon.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Steffon FARLEY
  Academia
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Farley, Academia1.3 
 2. Mayfield, Aguilas1.0 
 3. Sanders, Halcones1.0 
 4. Cortes, Once Cald.0.8 
 5. Blue, Academia0.8 
 6. Hernandez, Bucaros0.7 
 7. Aguaslimpias, Acad.0.5 
 8. Catao, Academia0.5 
 9. Aragon, Academia0.5 
 10. Williams, Aguilas0.5 



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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. Skific, Kvarner14.6 
 10. Radic, Kvarner 20.14.6 
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. Peraica, Darda5.3 
 10. Krstanovic, Krize.5.3 
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. Panduric, Darda3.1 
 7. Segaric, KK Zagreb3.1 
 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. Batina, Djuro D.1.5 
 6. Krapic, KK Zagreb1.5 
 7. Meznaric, Darda1.4 
 8. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.4 
 9. Zivkovic, Djuro D.1.4 
 10. Skific, Kvarner1.4 
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. Bundovic, Zabok0.7 
 7. Vlaic, Zabok0.6 
 8. Zupic, Alkar Sinj0.6 
 9. Hrncic, Darda0.6 
 10. Halilovic, KK Za.0.6 



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  CUBA   

LSB Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eddy HECHEVARRIA
  Santi.
  (193-F/G-86)
  Avg: 23
 1. Hechevarria, Santi.23.0 
 2. Soria, Guantanamo20.4 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago19.5 
 4. Jaca, Camaguey18.7 
 5. Boffil, Villa Clara17.6 
 6. Granda, Ciego d.17.2 
 7. Castillo, Matanzas16.6 
 8. Ramos, Camaguey14.9 
 9. Alfonso, Matanzas14.5 
 10. Valdez, Capitalin.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jasiel MORALES
  Matanzas
  (196-F-84)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Morales, Matanzas8.9 
 2. Sanchez, Santiago7.1 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago7.0 
 4. Reyes, Ciego de Av.6.9 
 5. Haiti, Ciego de Av.6.9 
 6. Jaca, Camaguey6.7 
 7. Fundora, Villa Cla.6.6 
 8. Alorda, Capitalinos5.3 
 9. Baldo, Camaguey4.8 
 10. Cairo, Capitalinos4.6 
Assists Per Game
 Fernando HERNANDEZ
  Santiago
  (190-G/F-90)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Hernandez, Santia.4.4 
 2. Arcia, Villa Clara3.9 
 3. Villegas, Camaguey3.6 
 4. Rodriguez, Ciego d.3.2 
 5. Oliva, Artemisa3.1 
 6. Deschapelles, Mata.2.9 
 7. Monterrey, Artem.2.3 
 8. Haiti, Ciego de Av.2.3 
 9. Areas, Santiago2.0 
 10. Ramos, Camaguey2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Yasmanis DESCHAPELLES
  Matan.
  (179-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Deschapelles, Mata.5.5 
 2. Hernandez, Santia.4.3 
 3. Monterrey, Artem.4.2 
 4. Villegas, Camaguey3.9 
 5. Jaca, Camaguey3.7 
 6. Ramos, Camaguey3.7 
 7. Castillo, Matanzas3.7 
 8. Arcia, Villa Clara3.7 
 9. Ochoa, Santiago3.3 
 10. Soria, Guantanamo3.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Juan Carlos SANCHEZ
  Santiago
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Sanchez, Santiago2.4 
 2. Morales, Matanzas1.1 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago1.1 
 4. Rivera, Matanzas1.0 
 5. Jaca, Camaguey0.9 
 6. Lima, Capitalinos0.8 
 7. Valdez, Capitalinos0.7 
 8. Baldo, Camaguey0.6 
 9. Hernandez, Matan.0.5 
 10. Granda, Ciego d.0.5 



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  CYPRUS   


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

Limassol - CY,

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

Game Notes:

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

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

* game stats provided by the Cyprus Basketball Federation *



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  D-LEAGUE   

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. 20-18 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 18-19 
 7. Springfield A. 14-23 
 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. 4: Springfield A. - Erie Bay H. 130-112
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

Regular Season: Round 53

Mar. 5: Ft.Wayne MA - Canton C.
Mar. 5: Sioux Falls S. - Idaho S.
Mar. 5: Rio Grande VV - Iowa E.
Mar. 5: Bakersfield J. - Texas L.
Mar. 6: Rio Grande VV - Austin T.
Mar. 6: Los Angeles D. - Texas L.


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. Mack, Maine RC20.1 
 4. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.20.1 
 5. Goudelock, Rio G.19.7 
 6. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 7. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
 8. Howard, Ft.Wayne.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. Jackson, Austin T.10.2 
 6. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.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. Karl, Idaho S.6.1 
 8. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 9. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.0 
 10. Uzoh, Springfield5.7 
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. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 5. McNeal, Bakersfi.1.9 
 6. Fortson, Los A.1.9 
 7. Gutierrez, Canton1.8 
 8. Singletary, Texas1.8 
 9. Sutton, Tulsa 66e.1.8 
 10. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.8 
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 


Raptors Reassign Quincy Acy To D-League - by Eurobasket News

The Toronto Raptors have reassigned rookie forward Quincy Acy (6'7''-F-90, college: Baylor) to the Bakersfield Jam, Torontos NBA Development League affiliate. Acy (6-7, 225, Baylor) has appeared in 20 games for Toronto this season, averaging 3.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 7.7 minutes. He appeared in three games for Bakersfield from December 6-10, averaging 12.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 21.7 minutes. He posted highs of 18 points, five rebounds and 23 minutes in his debut Dec. 7 at Reno.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Red Claws acquire former Boston Celtics guard Gabe Pruitt - by Serafim Karaiskakis

The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, today announced that they have acquired former Boston Celtic Gabe Pruitt from the Sioux Falls Skyforce in a trade that will send recently acquired forward James Mays to Sioux Falls.

Pruitt, 26, was a 2007 NBA Draft selection of the Boston Celtics (2nd round, 32nd overall) and appeared in 62 games with the Celtics over two seasons. As a rookie, the 6-4, 185 lb. guard out of USC was a member of the 2008 Celtics NBA Championship team, appearing in four playoff games during the teams championship run.

Pruitt is veteran of five NBA Development League seasons, suiting up for 129 total games for the Utah Flash, Los Angeles D-Fenders and Sioux Falls Skyforce while averaging 10.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. In 34 games with the Skyforce this season, Pruitt has averaged 6.5 ppg and 2.6 rpg.

source: http://www.nba.com/dleague/maine



Five games recap from Monday - by Eurobasket News

Bakersfield J. - Los Angeles D. 111-98
Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) (27 points, 8 assists, 5 steals) and Atlanta Hawks' assignee Mike Scott (6'8''-F-88, college: Virginia) (27 points, 10 rebounds) had stellar performances for the Bakersfield Jam (24-11) in a 111-98 victory over the visiting Los Angeles D-Fenders (15-20) on Sunday. The Jam jumped out to a 31-22 advantage to end the first and increased their lead to 14 points at halftime (57-43). In that first half, Bakersfield shot 51% from the field while holding Los Angeles to 40%. The Jam kept their strong execution and play in the third as they extended their lead to as many as 26 points and by as many as 19 in the fourth. Bakersfield out-rebounded Los Angeles 42-36 and held a slight advantage in points in the paint (52-46). In addition to McNeal's and Scott's strong contributions, Damion James added a double-double of his own with 17 points and 13 rebounds while Renaldo Major had 14 points and three steals. Adam Koch, who started in place of injured Brian Butch, posted 11 points and six rebounds. All five starters for the Jam scored in double-figures. The D-Fenders were led by Morris Almond (6'6''-F/G-85, college: Rice) who scored 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) posted 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists while Gary Flowers added 19 points and six rebounds. Lazar Hayward came off the bench to score 16 points for Los Angeles. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Iowa E. - Idaho S. 107-115
Justin Holiday (6'6''-F-89, college: Washington) had 33 points, 11 rebounds and six steals as the Idaho Stampede beat the Iowa Energy 115-107 on Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa. The win ended Idaho's losing streak at six games. Idaho (11-24) entered the fourth quarter tied with Iowa (8-30) but made 11-of-20 shots and 7-of-8 free throws while forcing seven Energy turnovers to run away with the win. Justin Harper (6'10''-F-89, college: Richmond) had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Jason Ellis had 14 points and 11 rebounds as seven Idaho players scored in double figures. Iowa was held to just 3-of-12 from behind the 3-point line and committed 23 total turnovers, which led to 24 points for the Stampede. Idaho also went 22-for-23 from the free-throw line. Holiday, a Washington product, is averaging 28.5 points per game in his past four games and has bested his season-high in points in three of his past four games, with 31 and 32 previously. Holiday is also averaging 4.75 steals per game in his past four and leads the league in the category. Courtesy of: idahostatesman.com

Austin T. - Sioux Falls S. 103-92
The Skyforce lost 103-92 to Austin (Texas) on Sunday, in large part because of a torrid second quarter by the Toros. The Skyforce (21-16) led 23-19 after one quarter, but Austin (22-14) outscored the Force 35-16 in the second period for a 54-39 halftime advantage. In the second half, the Skyforce kept things close but were unable to overcome the first-half deficit amid a night of poor shooting. The Skyforce shot only 35 percent overall and 25 percent from 3-point range. The Toros shot 49 percent overall and 46 percent shooting beyond the arc. Seth Tarver (6'5''-G/F-88, college: Oregon St.) led the Skyforce with 15 points. He also grabbed four rebounds. James Mays (6'9''-F-86, college: Clemson) registered 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Chris Davis added 14 points off the bench. Five Toros' players were in double figures. The Skyforce are set for the rematch at 3 p.m. today in Austin. Courtesy of: argusleader.com

Maine RC - Erie Bay H. 102-101
Seven Erie players scored in double figures Sunday afternoon, but the BayHawks lost to the Maine Red Claws 102-101 in front of 2,705 fans at the Portland Expo Building. Erik Daniels (6'9''-G/F-82, college: Kentucky) had 18 points and eight rebounds to lead Erie. The BayHawks (20-17) missed three attempts at a winning shot in the final 4 seconds, including a Chris Wright (6'8''-F-88, college: Dayton) block of Daniels' putback attempt. Wright had game highs of 24 points and 11 rebounds for Maine (21-18). The BayHawks are clinging to the final playoff spot in the D-League, leading the Red Claws by percentage points. The BayHawks played their first game this season without center Henry Sims, who signed with the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday. Sims is expected to be available today when New Orleans hosts the Orlando Magic. The 6-foot 10-inch rookie out of Georgetown had played in the BayHawks' first 36 games, averaging 17.1 points, 9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. The BayHawks' D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) added 16 points and eight rebounds. Harper scored 15 points, Cory Higgins added 14, and Kyle Goldcamp, Mike Singletary and Tirrell Baines added 10 apiece. Higgins missed a jump shot with 3.9 seconds to go, and Daniels grabbed the rebound before Wright blocked his shot out of bounds. Higgins then missed a 3-point shot at the buzzer. Micah Downs (6'8''-G/F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) added 23 points for the Red Claws, who also edged the BayHawks 90-88 Friday. The BayHawks will visit the Springfield Armor today at 7 p.m. Erie has three games remaining against Maine. They visit the Red Claws on March 28 and host them April 5-6. Courtesy of: goerie.com

Springfield A. - Erie Bay H. 130-112
It will be hard to keep the Springfield Armor out of the NBA Development League playoff race if they continue to play like they did Monday. Ramone Moore (6'4''-G-89, college: Temple) scored all 20 of his points in the fourth quarter and the Armor put a loss on the team they're trying to catch for the final playoff spot, beating the Erie BayHawks 130-112 at the MassMutual Center. The 130 points were not only a season high but a franchise record for the Armor (14-23), who set several high-water marks on offense. "Good shots by good shooters usually mean made baskets, and I thought tonight we did a much better job scoring off our defense and getting easy baskets than we have in previous games," Armor coach Bob MacKinnon said. "We started off the game very sluggish, but I thought after that our activity picked up and we were getting deflections and loose balls." Springfield shot 61.2 percent from the floor and 63.6 percent on 3-pointers, both franchise records. The 52 made field goals and 32 assists were season highs. "That's what Coach has been preaching a lot - distributing the ball, moving the ball and getting guys open shots - and I think we're buying in," Moore said. "You can see the last few games we've been getting a lot of wins. I honestly believe we should be 7-0, but the last two games didn't go our way in the end. We're playing pretty good basketball right now and I hope it continues." It's a little hard to believe the Armor actually trailed by two entering the fourth quarter. Erie (20-18) did not go away despite Springfield's superior shooting. D.J. Kennedy, who always seems to play well against Springfield, had 27 points, eight assists and six rebounds to lead the BayHawks to a 93-91 lead after three. But Moore, who was 0 for 2 entering the fourth, was nearly perfect in the final 12 minutes, hitting 8 of 9 field goals and 3 of 4 from behind the arc. "I just had to stay ready and I have to give credit to the other four guys who were on the floor with me," Moore said. "I didn't have a very good first half, so I just tried to keep my focus and go out there and do something." "I guess he would have had 80 if I played him the whole game," MacKinnon said. "Maybe that's my fault, maybe I need to play him some more." Moore wasn't alone in the fourth. Paul Carter had not played a minute before turning in two points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal in 12 minutes while Dennis Horner, who had not attempted a field goal in 11 minutes, was 3 for 3 with four rebounds in the fourth. "Once they got on a run, I was going to put our starters back in, but our starters said, 'Hey, Coach, they're on a roll, let them go,'" MacKinnon said. "That shows you the unselfishness of a Toko and Kris Joseph, that they weren't worried about their numbers." Tornike Shengelia (6'8''-PF-91) had 26 points and six assists in three quarters while Joseph had 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists, also in three quarters. The same goes for Ben Uzoh, who had 11 assists to go with six points and four rebounds, and Carleton Scott, who had 18 points. While the likelihood of a playoff spot is low, the Armor did themselves a favor by beating Erie. They have seven of their next eight games at home, including two more with the BayHawks. "Now we got to keep building," MacKinnon said. "When we came back from the break, we had 20 games and we tried to break it down into five-game segments. We went 4-1 in the first five-game segment and now we're 1-1 in the second five-game segment. We're going to see what we can do." Courtesy of: masslive.com



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Horizon Avenge Early Season Loss - by EBA Media

Harrisburg (3-1) hung on for a hard fought 108-105 victory that exacted a measure of revenge for a loss to Westchester (1-2) earlier in the season.

Clutch 4th quarter shooting from the 3-point and foul line from guard Trey Sharpe secured the Horizon win. Dom Asbury led the Horizon with 27 points, followed by Anthony Trautmans 21. Sharpe had his third straight double-double by adding 10 assists to his 14 points. Both big men for Harrisburg also recorded double-doubles: Boone and Washington each had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Absent from the Horizon line-up was their 6'9''Center, Pat Grubbs.

Aaron Williams was high man for the Dutchmen tossing in 29 points. He was followed by 7'0'' Joe Dorsetts 23 and Jamall Webbs 22.

Catch up with all your favorite players and teams by visiting the Eastern Basketball Alliance website.



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Omar Samhan signed with Ratiopharm ULM - by Mohamed Ramadan

Omar Samhan has signed with German Bundesliga team Ratiopharm Ulm which is currently ranking 5th in the league. After recovering from a rupture of the cruciate ligament which had him side lined since last year, Samhan is looking to retain his form once again in Germany.

He had a remarkable career at the NCAA with St. Mary averaging 21.3ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.0apg, 2.9bpg, FGP: 55.3%, FT: 72.7% starting from 2006 till 2010. He reached with them NCAA sweet 16 in 2010, selected WCC All-Tournament Team, and all-WCC defensive player of the year. In 10/11 season, Samhan started his career in Europe with Lithuanian giants B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas winning with them the Lithuanian League championship. A year later he played for Talk N Text Tropang Texters of Philippines averaging in Commissioner's Cup 2 games 15.0ppg, 11.5rpg, 4.0bpg. Was part of Houston Rockets team in the NBA for a short spell which turned out to be un successful.




Ismail Ahmed might join Egypt in African Cup of Nations - by Mohamed Ramadan

National team head coach and legend Amr Abo El-Kheir contacted Ismail Ahmad to join his team which is taking part in the coming African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast. It started during Groninger Basketball Week in the Netherlands when Ismail who was part of the Riyadi squad refused to play against the Egyptian National team.

It's well known that Abo El-Kheir has an excellent relation with the player since their days together in Al Ittihad winning the Egyptian league together and becoming the runner up of the Arab Champions League tournament in Alexandria.

Despite of his age, the 37 years old still has his complete game in scoring, rebounding, ball handling and passing. No Doubt Ismail is the best Egyptian basketball player in the past decade but refusing to join the National team left a lot of question marks.




Sporting beats Ahly & Gezira still falling down - by Sherif Soliman

The second round Games held yesterday in Cairo & Alexandria went normally with no surprises. On the other hand Gezira is still falling down with three defeats from army and Itesalat .While Sporting still proving that they will compete for the championship after beating Ahly last night. The 3rd round will be held on 13,14,15 march,

Somouha 72- 66 Police
Ahly 75- 79 Sporting
Olimpy 72-71 Shams
Gezira 59- 60 Army
Ithad 76- 72 Zamaleh
Itesalat 78-69 Heliopolis



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Standings - Liga Superior

D1 Standings
 1. San Marcos 2-0 
 2. UTEC 2-0 
 3. Delgadense 1-0 
 4. Leones 1-1 
 5. Roll Royce 1-1 
 6. Denver 0-1 
 7. And1 San Miguel 0-2 
 8. Chaleco 0-2 



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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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris LAKSA
  Tarvas
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Laksa, Tarvas16.3 
 2. Peciukeviciu., Par.16.1 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas15.9 
 4. Akenparg, TTU15.8 
 5. Matulionis, Parnu15.3 
 6. Campbell, Tln Kalev14.4 
 7. Raley-Ross, Tarvas14.3 
 8. Pilk, Rapla14.2 
 9. Okoye, Tln Kalev14.0 
 10. Laur, Hito/Johvi13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.3 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.3 
 3. Lindmets, Tarvas8.5 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi7.6 
 5. Arnold, TTU7.2 
 6. Ringmets, Rapla7.0 
 7. Keedus, TTU6.9 
 8. Grafs, Valga6.9 
 9. Cunda, Valga6.2 
 10. Peciukeviciu., Pa.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.3 
 2. Keedus, TTU5.0 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas4.4 
 4. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.7 
 5. Laane, Rapla3.6 
 6. Cunda, Valga3.6 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.5 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tarvas3.3 
 9. Rannula, Valga2.6 
 10. Pilk, Rapla2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Laane, Rapla2.6 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas2.2 
 3. Keedus, TTU2.0 
 4. Akenparg, TTU1.8 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.8 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tarvas1.6 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.6 
 8. Saage, TU/Rock1.6 
 9. Saare, Hito/Johvi1.5 
 10. Pilk, Rapla1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew ARNOLD
  TTU
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Arnold, TTU1.1 
 2. Saarmets, TTU0.8 
 3. Matulionis, Parnu0.8 
 4. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.7 
 5. Grim, Valga0.6 
 6. Saks, Tarvas0.6 
 7. Raadik, Parnu0.6 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tarvas0.4 
 9. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.4 
 10. Ringmets, Rapla0.4 


Estonian KML round 21 best performance: Augustas Peciukevicius - by Eurobasket News

Lithuanian guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for Parnu, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 21-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, six rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Hito/Johvi (#9, 1-22) 83-73. Parnu maintains the 7th position in Estonian KML. Parnu 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 9-13 record. In the team's last game Peciukevicius had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Parnu's top player in his first season with the team. Augustas Peciukevicius averages this season 15.4ppg, 5.8rpg and 5.5apg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old former international point guard Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) of league's leader Tarvas. Tamm had a very good evening with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Of course he lead Tarvas to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Hito/Johvi (#9, 1-22) 101-73. Of course Tarvas still keep the league's top spot. His team has currently 19-6 record. Tamm is a newcomer at Tarvas, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.9ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 5.0rpg and 4.4apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Siim Laur (189-G-87) of Hito/Johvi (#9). Laur scored 23 points. Despite Laur's great performance Hito/Johvi lost 73-83 to slightly higher-ranked Parnu (#7, 9-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Hito/Johvi can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-22 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Laur he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Laur has a very solid season. In 18 games in Estonia he scored 13.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Edgars Cunda (195-G-84) of Valga - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Rain Raadik (208-C-89) of Parnu - 17 points and 12 rebounds
6. Raitis Grafs (208-C-81) of Valga - 15 points and 6 rebounds
7. A.J. Stewart (205-F-88) of Tarvas - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Rait-Riivo Laane (179-PG-93) of Rapla - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Ike Okoye (206-F-86) of Tln Kalev - 11 points and 15 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)



VTB League: Azovmash hand Kalev the fifth consecutive loss - by Eurobasket News

Kalev/Cramo - Azovmash 73:77

Azovmash hand Kalev the fifth consecutive loss in VTB League. The Ukrainian side grabbed a 77:73 road win in Estonia.
The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 21-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Kalev/Cramo was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Tadija Dragicevic (206-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Lynn Greer (186-PG-79, college: Temple) chipped in 12 points and 8 assists. Five Azovmash players scored in double figures. Frank Elegar (208-C-86, college: Drexel) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and Gary Wilkinson (205-F/C-82, college: Utah St.) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Keith McLeod (190-PG-79, college: Bowling Green) and Ty Abbott (192-G-88, college: Arizona St.) followed them with 10 points apiece.
Azovmash will face league's leader Khimky in the next round. Kalev will take on Krasnie Krilya in Samara.

Kalev/Cramo: Frank Elegar 16, Gary Wilkinson 12, Keith McLeod 10, Ty Abbott 10
Azovmash: Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) 14, Tadija Dragicevic 13+10rebs, Lynn Greer 12, Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) 11, Igor Zaytsev (210-C-89) 11



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Felipe Reyes signs extension with Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid have agreed on terms of contract extension with Felipe Reyes (206-PF-80). The new deal is meant for two seasons. Felipe Reyes has been playing for Real Madrid since 2004. This season his stats read 7.8 points, 4.6 boards per game in Euroleague. The forward also notches 9.7 points, 5.4 rebounds per appearance in ACB. He has been the member of the Spanish National Team since 2000. Felipe Reyes participated at 2012 Olympic Games in London. He posted 3.4 points and 3.5 boards per game for Spain. The forward was named ACB Most Improved Player back in 2000. He earned All-ACB Honourable Mention last season.


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Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Brazil0-0
2. Canada0-0
3. Jamaica0-0
4. P.Rico0-0
5. Uruguay0-0
Group B
1. Argentina0-0
2. Dominican R.0-0
3. Mexico0-0
4. Paraguay0-0
5. Venezuela0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Aug. 30: PUR - BRA
Aug. 30: JAM - CAN

B

Aug. 30: ARG - PAR
Aug. 30: VEN - MEX



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Finnish 1st Division round 24 best performance: Brian Moultrie - by Eurobasket News

American Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87) had a great game in the last round for BC Nokia, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 14 rebounds, while his team BC Nokia maintains the 4th position in Finnish 1st Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. BC Nokia will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 11-8 record. Moultrie turned to be BC Nokia's top player in his first season with the team. Former Armstrong Atlantic State University star has very solid stats this year. Moultrie is in league's top in points (2nd best: 24.7ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 13.9rpg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg and 66.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old American Nafis Ricks (188-G) of BC Jyvaskyla. Ricks had a very good evening with a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead BC Jyvaskyla to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked JyWe (#8, 6-19) 98-63. BC Jyvaskyla's 5th position in group B has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-15 record. Ricks is a newcomer at BC Jyvaskyla, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.6ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 9.7rpg and 4.4apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Andre Stephens (202-F-87) of Huima (#6). Stephens scored 27 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Stephens' great performance Huima lost 81-86 to the higher-ranked Tapiolan Honka (#3, 13-8). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Huima not to end season at such low position in group A, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Stephens could try to bring Huima's a little bit higher in the standings. Stephens has individually a great season in Finland. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.8rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ronnie Clark (195-F/G-81) of Tapiolan Honka - 39 points and 11 rebounds
5. Joonas Suotamo (209-F/C-86) of Espoo Basket - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Pierre Jallow (203-F/C-79) of Jarvenpaa - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Josh Nofflet (194-G/F-88) of Oulun NMKY - 26 points and 13 rebounds
8. Lauri Jarvinen (185-C-85) of KaU Koris - 20 points and 6 rebounds
9. Kraidon Woods (205-C/F-88) of BC Nokia - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Devin Ginty (188-G-89) of ToPo - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 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)



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

27-year old guard Martin Zeno (196-G-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Nilan Bisons and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 35.
He had a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds, while his team was edged out by Kataja (#3, 24-6) 74-72. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Nilan Bisons maintains the 2nd position in Finnish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Nilan Bisons will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 25-8 record. In the team's last game Zeno had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Nilan Bisons and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Texas Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Zeno is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.9ppg), assists (8th best: 4.3apg) and averages solid 54.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Chris Hester (192-G/F-79) of Kouvot. He is American swingman in his first season at Kouvot. In the last game Hester recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Kouvot to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked KTP (#1, 26-8) 83-63. Kouvot's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-17 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hester is a newcomer at Kouvot and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Louis Johnson (206-F/C-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of Namika Lahti (#11). Johnson scored 20 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Namika Lahti, leading his team to a 78-73 win against the higher-ranked Kauhajoki (#5, 21-13). Namika Lahti can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 8-25 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Johnson he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Johnson has individually a great season in Finland. After 32 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.1rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryan McDade (201-F-80) of Nilan Bisons - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Emmanuel Holloway (185-G-86) of Namika Lahti - 21 points and 9 rebounds
6. Samuli Vanttaja (210-F/C-91) of Kouvot - 9 points and 17 rebounds
7. Haminn Quaintance (201-F-85) of Kauhajoki - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Andrais Thornton (203-F-85) of FoKoPo - 12 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Alain Laroche (198-F-83) of Korihait - 20 points and 10 rebounds
10. Giordan Watson (178-PG-85) of Kauhajoki - 20 points and 8 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)



Made the play-offs! - by Pekka Salminen

My team, Tapiolan Honka, has been performing pretty well lately:

Our record is 7-3 last 10 games which is good, but is has not been that easy: those wins include two 2-pt wins, twice we were down by almost 20 and turned the game around..so its been tough and I really appreciate my players effort and focus.

Our main opponents have lost some crucial games in last rounds, so our play offs spot is secured despite the fact that there are 2-4 rounds left in competition, we have two: ToPo and Porvoo, and yes, our 1st round opponent will be ToPo or Porvoo!

It will be interesting to see what will happen in those remaining regular season games, who does have to guts to to calculate and leave stuff and how much stuff for the play-offs?

My dear reader; U must understand this: Honka-ToPo is not Your average game, regular season, pre-season, play-offs game, not a big difference: U just have to beat the other guy.

The rivalry (=love/hate relationship) between these clubs has been going on for 50 years or so, great stories are told from those games, there has been heroes, villains, 2nd and 3rd generation players, bad calls, good calls, luck, bad luckBASKETBALL!

BTW ToPo has lost once at home this year,against .us. And in January they did something we cannot forget: they beat us BIG TIME, by 28 pts at our place. This is a big no no!

Besides: I worked at ToPo last year and this year they are coached by a good friend of mine MIkko Mantere.

So there is a little more fuel there into the battle of the metropolitan area.

Our last game will be against Porvoo. At the moment they are leading the league and there is a reason to this: they are very good, but they lack the depth ToPo and we have.

The city of Porvoo is located close to the Helsinki area, only 30 mins by car, so there will be a lot of people and (hopefully) hype in the remaining regular season games and in the play-offs.

Here the mandatory Joensuun Kataja comment: WOW!

The guys made it, cannot believe it, they made it! I am so happy for all those guys, players, coaches, management, board. They deserve this if somebody does!

Now the are one obstacle (BCM Gravelines Dunkerque) away from the final four in FIBA Eurochallenge.

HYV JTKT, Tsemppi!

Now it is time to go, Sauna time for Yours truly, so over and out!

Moikka

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Standings - ProA

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

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 2: Le Havre - Limoges 85-74
Mar. 2: Poitiers - Boulazac 81-86 OT
Mar. 2: Dijon - Orleans 74-83
Mar. 2: Le Mans - Paris-Levallois 72-59
Mar. 2: Cholet - ASVEL 71-81
Mar. 2: Nancy - Nanterre 71-79
Mar. 4: Roanne - Strasbourg 70-65
Mar. 2: Chalon - Gravelines 69-67 OT

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 9: Orleans - Chalon
Mar. 9: Dijon - Boulazac
Mar. 9: Gravelines - Poitiers
Mar. 9: Strasbourg - Le Havre
Mar. 9: ASVEL - Le Mans
Mar. 9: Paris-Levallois - Cholet
Mar. 9: Nanterre - Roanne
Mar. 9: Limoges - Nancy


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Dwight BUYCKS
  Gravelines
  (190-PG-89)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Buycks, Gravelines18.2 
 2. May, Paris-Levallo.18.0 
 3. Williams, Paris-.16.8 
 4. Jackson, AS.16.6 
 5. King, Le Havre16.3 
 6. Fitch, Strasbourg16.2 
 7. Ajinca, Strasbourg16.0 
 8. Nivins, Poitiers15.8 
 9. Sommerville, Nancy15.4 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.0 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.7.8 
 4. Williams, Chalon7.6 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg7.6 
 6. Sommerville, Nancy7.2 
 7. McKenzie, Boulazac7.1 
 8. Collins, Roanne7.0 
 9. Dobbins, Poitiers6.9 
 10. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Le Havre
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. King, Le Havre6.9 
 2. Diabate, Nancy6.6 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.5.5 
 5. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.1 
 6. Greer, Strasbourg4.9 
 7. Schilb, Chalon4.9 
 8. Campbell, Stras.4.8 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines4.6 
 10. Sangare, Roanne4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.0 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.9 
 3. Leloup, Dijon1.9 
 4. Williams, Paris-.1.8 
 5. Campbell, Stras.1.7 
 6. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
 7. Linehan, Nancy1.6 
 8. Eldridge, Boulazac1.6 
 9. Greene, Orleans1.5 
 10. Thompson, Le Hav.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gobert, Cholet2.1 
 2. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.5 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.4 
 4. Williams, Chalon1.3 
 5. Walker, Limoges1.2 
 6. Sy, AS.1.2 
 7. Badiane, Poitiers1.2 
 8. Goree, Cholet0.9 
 9. Fofana, Le Havre0.9 
 10. Jean-B., Chalon0.8 


Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Vichy 17-5 
 2. Orchy 16-4 
 3. Souffel 15-6 
 4. Cognac 14-7 
 5. Quimper 14-7 
 6. La Rochelle 13-9 
 7. Monaco 12-8 
 8. Blois 11-9 
 9. Rueil 11-11 
 10. Sorgues 10-11 
 11. Chartres 9-12 
 12. Angers BC 49 8-13 
 13. St Chamond 8-13 
 14. Challans 7-14 
 15. Rennes 4-18 
 16. CFBB 0-22 

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 2: Challans - Sorgues 85-74
Mar. 2: Angers BC 49 - Rennes 85-60
Mar. 2: St Chamond - Cognac 78-76
Mar. 2: Quimper - Vichy 77-80
Mar. 2: Orchy - La Rochelle 77-72
Mar. 2: Souffel - Rueil 76-61
Mar. 2: Monaco - CFBB 100-46

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 9: CFBB - Blois
Mar. 9: Chartres - Sorgues
Mar. 9: St Chamond - Challans
Mar. 9: Vichy - Orchy
Mar. 9: Rueil - Quimper
Mar. 9: Cognac - Souffel
Mar. 9: La Rochelle - Monaco


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ryan ZAMROZ
  Sorgues
  (192-G/F-87)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Zamroz, Sorgues19.2 
 2. Raji, Quimper17.8 
 3. Kaunisto, Blois17.7 
 4. Herard, Challans16.9 
 5. Hill, Angers BC 4916.7 
 6. Petrovic, Orchy16.6 
 7. Inglis, CFBB16.5 
 8. Cole, La Rochelle16.0 
 9. Thinon, Sorgues15.6 
 10. Pene, Rennes15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.5 
 2. Raji, Quimper8.9 
 3. Sall, Rennes7.5 
 4. Calasan, Monaco7.5 
 5. Inglis, CFBB7.4 
 6. Cole, La Rochelle7.4 
 7. N''Diaye, Souffel7.0 
 8. Tornato, Blois7.0 
 9. Hill, Angers BC 497.0 
 10. Diame, Rueil7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony CHRISTOPHE
  Monaco
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Christophe, Monaco7.2 
 2. Cherry, Quimper6.1 
 3. Barbry, Orchy5.7 
 4. Rathieuville, Chal.5.6 
 5. Fellah, Angers B.4.6 
 6. Thomas, Vichy4.6 
 7. Brochard, Blois4.2 
 8. Inglis, CFBB4.0 
 9. Boivin, Chartres3.9 
 10. Mouillard, Cognac3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Rida EL AMRANI
  Vichy
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. El Amrani, Vichy2.7 
 2. Bennett, Monaco1.9 
 3. Rathieuville, Chal.1.8 
 4. Herard, Challans1.7 
 5. Lessort, Vichy1.7 
 6. Geay, Challans1.7 
 7. Saounera, Rueil1.7 
 8. Pene, Rennes1.7 
 9. Lonzieme, Angers B.1.7 
 10. Davis, Blois1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Daviin DAVIS
  Blois
  (193-F-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Davis, Blois1.6 
 2. N''Diaye, Souffel1.4 
 3. Diame, Rueil1.4 
 4. Alingue, Souffel1.3 
 5. Rinna, St Chamond1.2 
 6. Inglis, CFBB1.2 
 7. Tornato, Blois1.1 
 8. Traore, Angers B.1.1 
 9. Kaunisto, Blois0.9 
 10. Smock, CFBB0.8 


ProA Round 21: Strasbourg IG loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position, few extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 21 in ProA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Roanne where host Chorale de Roanne (11-10) beat league's leader Strasbourg IG (15-6) 70-65 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Strasbourg IG. Strasbourg IG was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 21-13 charge of Chorale de Roanne, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized Ivorian guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 25 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The former international William Gradit (197-82, college: Hill JC) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo, agency: Pro One Sports) who recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Strasbourg IG's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chorale de Roanne have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois and Nanterre. Strasbourg IG at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Gravelines who have the same record. Strasbourg IG will play next round against STB Le Havre trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Chorale de Roanne will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked JSF Nanterre on the road.
Top ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-6) recorded its sixth loss on the court of third ranked Chalon/Saor. Visitors were edged by Chalon/Saor in overtime 69-67. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Gravelines-Dunkerque. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who led his team to a victory with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Shelden Williams contributed with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Power forward J.K. Edwards (202-82, college: UNLV) answered with 11 points and 7 rebounds for Gravelines-Dunkerque. Defending champion maintains third place with 13-7 record having just three points less than leader Gravelines. Gravelines-Dunkerque at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. They share it with Strasbourg. Chalon/Saor will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Poitiers (#15) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

Other games of round 21 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Limoges was defeated by Le Havre in a road game 85-74. Nancy was beaten by Nanterre at home 71-79. Paris-Levallois lost to Le Mans on the opponent's court 59-72. Dijon unfortunately lost to Orleans in a home game 74-83. ASVEL managed to beat Cholet on the road 81-71.
The best stats of 21th round was 26 points and 9 assists by Bernard King of Le Havre.


Roanne - Strasbourg 70-65

Round 21 in ProA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Roanne where host Chorale de Roanne (11-10) beat league's leader Strasbourg IG (15-6) 70-65 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Strasbourg IG. Strasbourg IG was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 21-13 charge of Chorale de Roanne, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized Ivorian guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 25 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The former international William Gradit (197-82, college: Hill JC) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo, agency: Pro One Sports) who recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, agency: Priority Sports) added 18 points respectively. Strasbourg IG's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chorale de Roanne have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois and Nanterre. Strasbourg IG at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Gravelines who have the same record. Strasbourg IG will play next round against STB Le Havre trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Chorale de Roanne will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked JSF Nanterre on the road.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: A.Ajinca 18+4reb, L.Campbell 14+6reb+7ast, J.Shurna 14+1reb+1ast, J.Greer 6+3reb+3ast, R.Greer 5+4reb, M.Zianveni 4+2reb
Roanne: P.Amagou 25+1reb+3ast, W.Gradit 10+6reb+1ast, S.Gray 8+1reb+3ast, Y.Sangare 7+2reb+3ast, V.Samnick 7+3reb+1ast, R.Reid 4+4reb
gschID: 179008


Le Havre - Limoges 85-74

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 12th ranked Limoges CSP Elite (8-12) was defeated on the road by thirteenth ranked STB Le Havre (9-12) 85-74 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by STB Le Havre. Limoges CSP Elite was better in third quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. STB Le Havre looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Limoges CSP Elite was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) who scored 26 points and 9 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Congolese-Central African forward Max Kouguere (198-87) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four STB Le Havre players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jon Brockman (201-87, college: Washington) who recorded 21 points and 7 rebounds and the former international point guard Joseph Gomis (180-78) added 12 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. STB Le Havre moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Cholet. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite dropped to the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. STB Le Havre will face league's second-placed Strasbourg IG on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Sluc Nancy (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Limoges: J.Brockman 21+7reb+2ast, J.Gomis 12+2reb, T.Gipson 10+1reb+2ast, J.Mipoka 9+2reb+1ast, B.Wanamaker 6+1reb+2ast, K.McAlarney 5+1reb
Le Havre: B.King 26+3reb+9ast, M.Kouguere 14+8reb, B.Smith 12+3reb, C.Mason 10+6reb+6ast, F.Paschal 6+3reb+1ast, G.Brown 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 179011


Nancy - Nanterre 71-79

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked JSF Nanterre (11-10) defeated on the road 14th ranked Sluc Nancy (7-14) 79-71 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-71. The best player for the winners was Colombian power forward Juan Palacios (204-85) who scored 19 points. The former international forward Stephen Brun (202-80) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jamal Shuler (191-86) who recorded 18 points and the former international power forward Claude Marquis (204-80) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Five Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. JSF Nanterre have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois and Roanne. Sluc Nancy lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. JSF Nanterre will face Chorale de Roanne (#6) at home in the next round. Sluc Nancy will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nancy: J.Shuler 18+1reb+2ast, M.Sommerville 14+6reb, C.Marquis 13+8reb, H.Toure 12+3reb, S.Diabate 10+2reb+6ast, B.Brown 2+1reb
Nanterre: J.Palacios 19+4reb+2ast, S.Brun 13+7reb+3ast, T.Meacham 12+2reb+3ast, J.Nzeulie 9+4reb+1ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 9+2reb+1ast, C.Warren 7+1reb+5ast
gschID: 179010


Le Mans - Paris-Levallois 72-59

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Paris-Levallois (11-10) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Le Mans (13-8) 72-59 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-59. Le Mans outrebounded Paris-Levallois 44-30 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was U.S. Virgin Islands forward Cuthbert Victor (197-83, college: Murray St.) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. American guard Cam Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Four Le Mans players scored in double figures. Le Mans' coach J.D. Jackson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international point guard Antoine Diot (191-89) who recorded 13 points and 4 assists and American forward Sean May (206-84, college: N.Carolina) added 6 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Le Mans maintains fourth place with 13-8 record. Loser Paris-Levallois keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Le Mans will face ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#5) on the road in the next round. Paris-Levallois will play against Cholet.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: A.Diot 13+4reb+4ast, A.Albicy 12+2reb+2ast, J.Aka 10+1reb, J.Cox 8+1reb+1ast, M.N'Doye 7+2reb, S.May 6+12reb
Le Mans: C.Long 16+4reb+5ast, M.Keselj 15+7reb, C.Victor 14+13reb, D.Washington 12+2reb+7ast, D.Issa 8+7reb, J.Paulo Batista 5+7reb
gschID: 179009


Dijon - Orleans 74-83

There was a small surprise when eleventh ranked Entente Orleans 45 (10-11) beat on the road 8th ranked JDA Dijon (10-11) 83-74 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-19. But JDA Dijon won second period 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Entente Orleans 45 shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Brandon Hunter (201-80, college: Ohio) who scored 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Zach Moss (201-81, college: Mountain St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fair Dickinson) added 16 points respectively. Five Entente Orleans 45 and four JDA Dijon players scored in double figures. Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Dijon. Entente Orleans 45 will face higher ranked Chalon/Saor (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Dijon: Z.Moss 24+10reb, A.Harris 16+3reb+2ast, T.Campbell 15+3ast, J.Leloup 10+2reb+4ast, D.Melody 5+3reb+2ast, L.Aboudou 2+1ast
Orleans: D.Viney 17+2reb+1ast, B.Hunter 15+7reb+3ast, C.Hill 14+3reb+4ast, B.Greene 14+5reb+2ast, A.Eito 11+4reb+4ast, M.Lebrun 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 179007


Cholet - ASVEL 71-81

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Cholet (9-12) was defeated at home by fifth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (12-9) 81-71 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 43-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket outrebounded Cholet 36-25 including 23 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) who scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket players scored in double figures. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach Pierre Vincent used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Travon Bryant (206-83, college: Missouri) who recorded 19 points and the other American import point guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky) added 13 points and 6 assists respectively. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket maintains fifth place with 12-9 record. Loser Cholet dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will face higher ranked Le Mans (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cholet will play against Paris-Levallois (#8).
Top scorers:
Cholet: T.Bryant 19+4reb+2ast, A.Slaughter 13+6ast, R.Gobert 9+5reb, R.Jomby 8+8reb+1ast, L.Vebobe 7+4reb, C.Ona-Embo 7+2ast
ASVEL: E.Jackson 25+6reb+4ast, T.Abromaitis 15+4reb, A.Sy 11+7reb+4ast, M.Thompson 10+4reb+6ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 7+5reb+1ast, G.Joseph 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 179006


Poitiers - Boulazac 81-86 OT

Boulazac surprised Poitiers on the road in overtime. A.McKenzie stepped up with 27 points and  7 rebounds to lead the visitors. Alex Acker added 25 points for Boulazac as they jumped at 6-15 record in the ladder. Dominic James answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Poitiers. A.Smith added 14 points in the loss.
Top scorers:
Poitiers: D.James 21+7reb+7ast, A.Smith 14+3reb+1ast, A.Nivins 12+4reb, A.Grant 9+6reb+2ast, L.Kante 9+4reb+2ast, P.Guillard 7+9reb+1ast
Boulazac: A.McKenzie 27+7reb+1ast, A.Acker 25+3reb+4ast, D.Monroe 16+13reb+3ast, T.Dubiez 7+1reb+2ast, D.Harris 6+1reb+3ast, Y.Gaillou 5
gschID: 179005


Chalon - Gravelines 69-67 OT

Top ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-6) recorded its sixth loss on the court of third ranked Chalon/Saor. Visitors were edged by Chalon/Saor in overtime 69-67. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Gravelines-Dunkerque. Gravelines-Dunkerque was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 14-6 third quarter run of Chalon/Saor. They tied the game at the end of regular time. Then they were better in overtime eventually winning that period 12-10. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Gravelines-Dunkerque to just 6 points in third quarter. Chalon/Saor brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who led his team to a victory with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Shelden Williams (206-83, college: Duke) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Power forward J.K. Edwards (202-82, college: UNLV) answered with 11 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Dwight Buycks (190-89, college: Marquette) added 15 points in the effort for Gravelines-Dunkerque. Defending champion maintains third place with 13-7 record having just three points less than leader Gravelines. Gravelines-Dunkerque at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. They share it with Strasbourg. Chalon/Saor will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Poitiers (#15) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: D.Buycks 15+4reb+2ast, K.Winston 12+3reb+1ast, J.Edwards 11+7reb+3ast, A.M'Baye 8+4reb+1ast, L.Vaty 8+6reb, Y.Bokolo 6+3reb+2ast
Chalon: B.Schilb 26+6reb+4ast, S.Williams 20+11reb+3ast, M.Denmon 13+1reb+1ast, K.Houston 5+3reb+4ast, I.Evtimov 4+9reb+4ast, N.Lang 1+2reb
gschID: 179004



Mari Konate (ex Naglis Palangos) agreed terms with Chalons-Reims - by Eurobasket News

Chalons-Reims (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old French forward Mari Konate (203-88, college: Mc Neese State). He started the season at Naglis Palangos in Lithuanian LKL league. In 9 games he recorded 7.6ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.1spg this season. Konate also played 11 games in Baltic League where he averaged 6.5ppg and 4.6rpg.
His team won Southland Conference East Division Regular Season in 2011.
Konate has played previously for another French team Saint-Quentin.
He attended Mc Neese State until 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Mari Konate (ex Naglis Palangos) agreed terms with Chalons-Reims - by Eurobasket News

Chalons-Reims (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old French forward Mari Konate (203-88, college: Mc Neese State). He started the season at Naglis Palangos in Lithuanian LKL league. In 9 games he recorded 7.6ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.1spg this season. Konate also played 11 games in Baltic League where he averaged 6.5ppg and 4.6rpg. 
 His team won Southland Conference East Division Regular Season in 2011.
Konate has played previously for another French team Saint-Quentin.
He attended Mc Neese State until 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  FYR MACEDONIA   

D1 Standings

Prva Standings
 1. Kozuv 10-3 
 2. Lirija 10-3 
 3. Feni Indistrija 10-3 
 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 79-78

Regular Season: Round 14

Mar. 9: Pelister Bitola - Lirija
Mar. 9: ABA Strumica - Kumanovo
Mar. 9: Kozuv - Feni Indistrija
Mar. 9: Vardar - Rabotnicki


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, Lirija16.0 
 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. Lukovic, Kumanovo14.0 
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, Lirija8.0 
 5. Jelesijevic, Rabot.7.2 
 6. Knezevic, Feni I.6.5 
 7. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.6.0 
 8. Zaharievski, Pelis.5.9 
 9. Kostevski, Vardar5.8 
 10. Dimcevski, Kuman.5.6 
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, Kozuv3.3 
 6. Morban, Lirija3.0 
 7. Petrovski, Rabotni.2.7 
 8. Radunovic, Lirija2.7 
 9. Jelesijevic, Rabot.2.6 
 10. Petrovski, Vardar2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Boban STAJIC
  Lirija
  (185-PG-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Stajic, Lirija1.8 
 2. Dimcevski, Kuman.1.8 
 3. Bogoev, ABA S.1.8 
 4. Radunovic, Lirija1.5 
 5. Jevdic, ABA S.1.5 
 6. Balazs, ABA S.1.4 
 7. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.1.3 
 8. Kerkez, Vardar1.3 
 9. Pajic, Vardar1.3 
 10. Ugrinovski, Lirija1.3 
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. Radunovic, Lirija0.7 
 7. Simic, Lirija0.6 
 8. Talevski, Pelist.0.5 
 9. Avramovski, Rabot.0.5 
 10. Kerkez, Vardar0.5 


Prva Liga Round 13: Leader Kozuv loses to Lirija - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Prva Liga. Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Kozuv (10-3) in Skopje on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Lirija (10-3) 79-78. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Kozuv. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 9-3 record before this meeting. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-78. Lirija dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Kozuv's 28. Montenegrin power forward Balsa Radunovic (207-80, agency: Interperformances) fired 20 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Naturalized Serbian center Toni Simic (210-76) chipped in 12 points. Serbian swingman Miladin Pekovic (197-83, agency: BeoExcell) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Lirija have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Feni Indistrija and Kozuv. Lirija is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Pelister Bitola (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kozuv will play against Feni Indistrija (#3) in Kavadarci and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Skopje supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked ABA Strumica (5-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (6-7). Fersped-Rabotnicki smashed ABA Strumica 99-66. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Somalian forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!). Jane Petrovski contributed with 17 points for the winners. The former international center Zlatko Gocevski (206-82, agency: Interperformances) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds for ABA Strumica. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fersped-Rabotnicki moved-up to fifth place. ABA Strumica lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Fersped-Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Vardar.

In the last two games of round 13 Vardar was defeated by Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci 87-74. Kumanovo beat Pelister Bitola at home 92-77.


Lirija - Kozuv 79-78

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Kozuv (10-3) in Skopje on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Lirija (10-3) 79-78. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Kozuv. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 9-3 record before this meeting. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-78. Lirija dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Kozuv's 28. Montenegrin power forward Balsa Radunovic (207-80, agency: Interperformances) fired 20 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Naturalized Serbian center Toni Simic (210-76) chipped in 12 points. Four Lirija players scored in double figures. Serbian swingman Miladin Pekovic (197-83, agency: BeoExcell) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian power forward Slobodan Bozovic (207-79) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Lirija have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Feni Indistrija and Kozuv. Lirija is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Pelister Bitola (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kozuv will play against Feni Indistrija (#3) in Kavadarci and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lirija: B.Radunovic 20+9reb+4ast, T.Simic 12+2reb+1ast, D.Tasovski 11+3reb, E.Hadzibulic 10+1ast, C.Morban 8+2reb+2ast, B.Stajic 7+1reb+1ast
Kozuv: M.Pekovic 22+5reb, D.Karadzovski 16+2reb+2ast, S.Bozovic 14+9reb+2ast, I.Mijajlovic 9+2reb+5ast, P.Blazevski 7+4reb+2ast, G.Glavchev 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 201888


Feni Indistrija - Vardar 87-74

There was no surprise in Kavadarci where 7th ranked Vardar (2-11) was defeated by third ranked Feni Indistrija (10-3) 87-74. The game was mostly controlled by Feni Indistrija. Vardar was better in fourth quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Vardar 34-18 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds. Montenegrin swingman Nikola Vucurovic (200-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Feni Indistrija players scored in double figures. Serbian forward Zarko Djuric (198-89) answered with 27 points and 4 steals and Darko Kostevski (-86) added 22 points in the effort for Vardar. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Feni Indistrija. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Kozuv and Lirija. Vardar lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the seventh place with 11 games lost. Feni Indistrija will play against league's leader Kozuv in Gevgelija in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vardar's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Fersped-Rabotnicki.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: B.Trajkovski 23+8reb+1ast, N.Vucurovic 14+5reb, H.Kamp 12+5reb, C.McIntosh 11+3reb+4ast, D.Sokolov 10+2ast, M.Simonovski 7+1reb
Vardar: Z.Djuric 27+3reb+1ast, D.Kostevski 22+3reb+1ast, V.Gajovic 14+4reb+1ast, N.Stankov 4+2reb, V.Levkoski 4+1ast, D.Lazarevski 2+3reb
gschID: 201890


Rabotnicki - ABA Strumica 99-66

The game in Skopje supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked ABA Strumica (5-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (6-7). Fersped-Rabotnicki smashed ABA Strumica 99-66. The game without a history. Fersped-Rabotnicki led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-27 charity shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Fersped-Rabotnicki outrebounded ABA Strumica 34-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Somalian forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!). point guard Jane Petrovski (181-87) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Five Fersped-Rabotnicki players scored in double figures. The former international center Zlatko Gocevski (206-82, agency: Interperformances) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian center Nemanja Arsic (214-85) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for ABA Strumica. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fersped-Rabotnicki moved-up to fifth place. ABA Strumica lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Fersped-Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Vardar.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: M.Abukar 33+2reb+2ast, J.Petrovski 17+3reb+3ast, J.Sharper 12+1reb+4ast, N.Zivcevic 10+5reb+2ast, N.Jelesijevic 10+7reb+2ast, S.Avramovski 6+4reb+1ast
ABA Strumica: Z.Gocevski 17+5reb+1ast, T.Grncarov 11+2reb+3ast, N.Arsic 10+7reb, T.Nikolov 8+1reb, F.Spasev 8+1reb+1ast, F.Pajevic 7+5reb
gschID: 201889


Kumanovo - Pelister Bitola 92-77

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Kumanovo 2009 (8-5) defeated at home bottom-ranked Pelister Bitola (1-12) 92-77. The game without a history. Kumanovo 2009 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kumanovo 2009 outrebounded Pelister Bitola 38-22 including a 22-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for American forward Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-88, college: Brescia, KY, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian center Uros Lukovic (212-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Kumanovo 2009's coach Ljubislav Lukovic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian point guard Nikola Vukasovic (192-91) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian center Aleksandar Kalanj (208-86) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Pelister Bitola. Five Kumanovo 2009 and four Pelister Bitola players scored in double figures. Kumanovo 2009 maintains fourth place with 8-5 record. Pelister Bitola lost their third game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Kumanovo 2009 will play against ABA Strumica (#6) on the road in the next round. Pelister Bitola will play against the league's second-placed Lirija in Skopje to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: A.Lee-Ingram 24+8reb+1ast, I.Dimcevski 18+2reb, U.Lukovic 13+11reb+1ast, M.Janevski 12+5reb, M.Mladenovic 10+3reb+6ast, A.Kostoski 7+1reb+8ast
Pelister Bitola: V.Sataric 16+3reb+1ast, N.Vukasovic 15+5reb+3ast, G.Anakievski 14+2ast, A.Kalanj 13+4reb+4ast, Z.Petkovski 7+2reb, B.Sanjin 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 201887



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  GERMANY   

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


German ProB round 21 best performance: Chris Heinrich - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American center Chris Heinrich (208-C-77) had an amazing evening in the last round for Oldenburg, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 35-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Schwelm (#1, 17-4) 94-83. Oldenburg maintains the 4th position in American ProB. Oldenburg 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 11-10 record. It's Heinrich's second year at Oldenburg and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Chris Heinrich averages this season 16.0ppg and 7.6rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Steven Bennett (173-PG-88) of SU Medien. Bennett had a very good evening with 35 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course he lead SU Medien to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked BSW Sixers (#9, 9-12) 99-71. SU Medien's 6th position in North has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-11 record. Bennett is one of the most experienced players at SU Medien and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. Former Chaminade University star Bennett is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Goetz Twiehoff (198-PF-85) of Bayer Giants (#3). Twiehoff scored 15 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Bayer Giants, leading his team to a 81-74 win against #1 ranked Dragons in a game of the week. Bayer Giants needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in South. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 8 lost games. Twiehoff has a very solid season. In 19 games in Germany he scored 10.1ppg. He also has 7.3rpg and FGP: 55.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Travis Clark (195-F) of MTV Wolfenbuettel - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Blake Poole (195-C-88) of Dorsten - 20 points and 18 rebounds
6. Brian Butler (194-F-91) of Weissenhorn - 18 points and 10 rebounds
7. Richard Froehlich (206-C-86) of Leitershofen - 19 points and 15 rebounds
8. Adonte Parker (183-PG-89) of Bayer Giants - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists
9. Lindsey Hughey (190-G-89) of Leitershofen - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Jack Eggleston (203-PF-88) of Bayer Giants - 20 points, 16 rebounds and 2 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)



Lee Jeka claims German ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

British-Australian Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops) had a great game in the last round for Jena and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 29-year old guard had the game-high 24 points adding five assists for Jena in his team's victory, helping them to beat ETB Wohnbau (#12, 10-14) 100-92. Jena is placed at 8th position in German ProA. Jena is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-12 record. In the team's last game Jeka had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Jena's top player in his first season with the team. Jeka has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (7th best: 4.4apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Logan Stutz (205-F-88) of ETB Wohnbau. Stutz impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as ETB Wohnbau lost that game 92-100 to the higher-ranked Jena (#8, 12-12). This loss caused ETB Wohnbau to drop to 12th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-14 record. Stutz is a newcomer at ETB Wohnbau 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 20.2ppg (#1). He also registered 8.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another ETB Wohnbau's star - American Aaron Cook (186-G-83, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). Cook scored 18 points and passed ten assists (!!!). Despite Cook's great performance ETB Wohnbau lost 92-100 to the higher-ranked Jena (#8, 12-12). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of ETB Wohnbau ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Cook could help ETB Wohnbau to bring them higher in the standings. Cook has a great season in Germany. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.3apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Adam Sollazzo (198-G-90) of Leipzig - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Walter Simon (202-F-89) of Leipzig - 15 points and 10 rebounds
6. Jason Adams (194-G/F-89) of Finke Baskets - 22 points and 6 rebounds
7. A.J. Rudowitz (198-F-88) of Vechta - 20 points and 9 rebounds
8. Jaivon Harris (197-G-82) of Karlsruhe - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Patrick Flomo (203-F-80) of Duesseldorf - 18 points and 6 rebounds
10. Devin White (203-F-88) of Heidelberg - 26 points and 3 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)



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

31-year old power forward Chevon Troutman (202-PF-81, agency: Beo Basket) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked B.Muenchen and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Brose Bask. (#1, 21-3) 85-71. B.Muenchen is placed at 2nd position in German league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. B.Muenchen will need more victories to improve their 17-8 record. It's Troutman's second year at B.Muenchen and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Chevon Troutman averages this season 13.6ppg and 5.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Djordje Pantelic (204-F-84) of MBC. He is Serbian forward in his first season at MBC. In the last game Pantelic recorded impressive double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead MBC to another comfortable win outscoring NY Phantoms (10-15) 92-58. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in . But MBC managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 14th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-15 record. Pantelic is a newcomer at MBC 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 place about best performers goes to guard Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84) of Bayreuth (#12). Hamilton showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of Bayreuth, leading his team to a 75-71 win against slightly higher-ranked TBB Trier (#10, 11-13). The chances of Bayreuth ranking at the top of , however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Hamilton could help Bayreuth to bring them higher in the standings. Hamilton has a great season in Germany. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.4apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Turek (206-F/C-83) of Neckar L'burg - 14 points and 10 rebounds
5. DaShaun Wood (185-PG-85) of ALBA - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82) of EWE Baskets - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Chris Ensminger (209-C-73) of Telekom Baskets - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Kelly Beidler (199-F-88) of MBC - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Quantez Robertson (189-G-84) of Fraport SKY - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Marqus Blakely (196-F-89) of Neckar L'burg - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiacos 18-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 16-3 
 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. Kavala 5-14 
 12. KAOD 5-14 
 13. Peristeri GS 5-14 
 14. Panelefsiniakos 4-15 

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 4: Panathinaikos - KAOD 87-70
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

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 9: PAOK - Aris
Mar. 9: Olympiacos - Kolossos
Mar. 9: Ikaros - Kavala
Mar. 9: KAOD - Peristeri GS
Mar. 9: Panelefsiniakos - Panathinaikos
Mar. 9: Apollon Patras - AGOR
Mar. 9: Panionios - Ilysiakos


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, Ikaros16.2 
 4. McCollum, Apollo.15.7 
 5. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.6 
 6. Dendy, Kolossos14.9 
 7. Printezis, Olympia.14.6 
 8. Gibson, Ikaros14.5 
 9. Coleman, Kavala13.9 
 10. Petrovic-S., Apol.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.6 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.6 
 3. Jankovic, Panionios7.2 
 4. Faye, Ikaros7.2 
 5. Coleman, Kavala6.7 
 6. Michel, KAOD6.5 
 7. Jones, Ilysiakos6.2 
 8. Kanonidis, Periste.6.2 
 9. Haritopoulos, PAOK5.9 
 10. Asimakopoulo., Ar.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.5 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.1 
 3. Petroulas, Periste.4.3 
 4. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.3 
 5. Grundy, Kavala3.9 
 6. Papantoniou, Peris.3.9 
 7. McGrath, PA.3.8 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos3.4 
 9. Kiritsis, Ikaros3.3 
 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, Apollon2.3 
 4. Pappas, Panionios2.1 
 5. McCollum, Apollo.1.8 
 6. Klaiber, Apollon1.6 
 7. Knowles, KAOD1.5 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos1.5 
 9. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 10. Pelekanos, Aris1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Petway, AGOR2.7 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.6 
 3. Coleman, Kavala1.4 
 4. 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 


Standings - A2

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

Regular Season: Round 18

Mar. 2: OFI - Pagrati 94-79
Mar. 2: Ermis Lagkada - Koroivos 93-90
Mar. 2: Filathlitikos - Irakleio 81-48
Mar. 2: Niki Volou - Ikaroi Serron 79-70
Mar. 2: Agia Paraskevis - Lavrio 72-71
Mar. 2: Doxa Lefkadas - Nea Kifisia 65-83
Mar. 2: Arkadikos - Trikalla 62-66

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 9: Pagrati - Arkadikos
Mar. 9: Trikalla - Niki Volou
Mar. 9: Ikaroi Serron - Doxa Lefkadas
Mar. 9: Nea Kifisia - Ermis Lagkada
Mar. 9: Irakleio - Koroivos
Mar. 9: Lavrio - OFI
Mar. 9: Filathlitikos - Agia Paraskevis


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Kostas TOTSIOS
  Ikaroi S.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Totsios, Ikaroi S.20.7 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.20.5 
 3. Karaboulas, Nea K.18.8 
 4. Giannakopoul., Lav.18.3 
 5. Kakiouzis, Lavrio17.7 
 6. Vranjes, Pagrati16.7 
 7. Kitsoulis, OFI16.2 
 8. Simeonidis, Ikaroi15.4 
 9. Psileas, Agia P.15.3 
 10. Kaklamanos, Trika.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petros NOEAS
  Koroivos
  (204-F-87)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Noeas, Koroivos9.2 
 2. Papachristos, Trik.8.7 
 3. Kakiouzis, Lavrio8.2 
 4. Anagnostopou., Erm.8.2 
 5. Sklavos, Pagrati7.8 
 6. Manousos, Doxa L.7.7 
 7. Simeonidis, Ikaroi7.4 
 8. Cubrilo, Arkadikos7.4 
 9. Koutroulias, Pagra.7.4 
 10. Sigounas, Arkadik.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Athanasios KARYDAS
  Koroivos
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Karydas, Koroivos5.9 
 2. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.5.7 
 3. Gikas, Filathlitik.5.6 
 4. Moschovitis, Nea K.4.8 
 5. Papadakis, OFI4.1 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lav.3.7 
 7. Tsiotras, Arkadikos3.6 
 8. Katsares, Trikalla3.6 
 9. Mavrogiannis, Niki3.4 
 10. Govas, Arkadikos3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Thodoris TSIOTRAS
  Arkadikos
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Tsiotras, Arkadikos2.7 
 2. Katsares, Trikalla2.4 
 3. Vranjes, Pagrati2.1 
 4. Karydas, Koroivos2.0 
 5. Gikas, Filathlitik.1.9 
 6. Psileas, Agia P.1.8 
 7. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.7 
 8. Ioakeimidis, Ermis1.7 
 9. Saloustros, Filath.1.6 
 10. Koutinas, Niki Vo.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Thanasis ADETOKOUBO
  Filath.
  (200-F-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Adetokoubo, Filath.1.2 
 2. Doychinov, OFI1.1 
 3. Papachristos, Trik.0.9 
 4. Nikoloudis, Ikaroi0.7 
 5. Pelkic, Irakleio0.7 
 6. Anagnostopou., Erm.0.7 
 7. Sakellarakis, Irak.0.7 
 8. Antetokoubo, Filat.0.7 
 9. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.7 
 10. Charismidis, Trik.0.7 


A1 Round 19: Panionios are defeated by AGOR - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Panionios (15-4) and fifth ranked AGOR (12-7) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Panionios was defeated by AGOR in Rethymno 78-68. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Panionios. The game was mostly controlled by AGOR. Panionios managed to win second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AGOR forced 19 Panionios turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Panionios helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Paris Horne (191-87, college: St.John's) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points. His fellow American import guard Marc Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Limelight Hoops) helped adding 16 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). At the losing side American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 19 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. AGOR maintains fifth place with 12-7 record. Panionios at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with PAOK. AGOR are looking forward to face Apollon Patras (#6) on the road in the next round. Panionios' supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Ilysiakos.
A1 top team - Olympiacos (18-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat eleventh ranked Kavala (5-14) 94-76. It was a quality performance for the former international forward Georgios Printezis (206-85, agency: FCM) who led the winners and scored 21 points. Kostas Papanikolaou accounted for 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Olympiacos' coach Giorgos Bartzokas allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Scottish-Nigerian Kieron Achara (208-83, college: Duquesne, agency: Two Points) came up with 16 points and 5 rebounds for Kavala in the defeat. Olympiacos have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 18-1 record. Kavala at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Peristeri GS and KAOD. Olympiacos will play against Kolossos (#9) in Rodou in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kavala will play on the road against Ikaros in Kalitheas and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Thessaloniki was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Apollon Patras (9-10) played at the court of seventh ranked Aris (9-10). Aris managed to secure a 4-point victory 68-64 on Saturday. Muhamed Pasalic fired 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Aris' coach Vangelis Agelou used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Errick McCollum produced 18 points and 5 steals for lost side. Aris moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Apollon Patras. Aris' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Thessaloniki to the arena PAOK.
A very interesting game took place in Athens. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 14th ranked Panelefsiniakos (4-15) to tenth ranked Ilysiakos (6-13) 66-63 on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Aloysius Anagonye who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Ilysiakos moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Kolossos. Newly promoted Panelefsiniakos stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Ilysiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Panionios.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 19: KAOD lost to Panathinaikos on the opponent's court 70-87. Peristeri GS unfortunately lost to Ikaros in a home game 79-88. PAOK managed to beat Kolossos on the road 70-65.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 17 points and 5 rebounds by Zoran Vrkic of Ikaros.


Panathinaikos - KAOD 87-70

Very expected game in Athens where 11th ranked KAOD (5-14) was defeated by second ranked Panathinaikos (16-3) 87-70. They made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Panathinaikos forced 21 KAOD turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by KAOD helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Lithuanian swingman Jonas Maciulis (199-85) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jason Rowe (178-78, college: Loyola, MD, agency: Two Points) answered with 14 points and 6 assists and the other American import guard Preston Knowles (185-89, college: Louisville) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for KAOD. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Panathinaikos. They maintain second place with 16-3 record having just two points less than leader Olympiacos. KAOD lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Panathinaikos' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Panelefsiniakos (#14) in Eleusina which should be an easy win for them. KAOD will play at home against Peristeri GS in Athens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KAOD: J.Rowe 14+3reb+6ast, K.Palmer 13+4reb+1ast, P.Knowles 13+7reb+1ast, G.Michel 8+7reb, K.Kakaroudis 8+2reb+4ast, S.Ioannou 5+1reb
Panathinaikos: S.Schortsanitis 20+1reb, D.Diamantidis 13+5reb+8ast, J.Maciulis 13+9reb, S.Lasme 9+2reb+1ast, M.Bramos 7+5reb, H.Giannopoulos 7+2reb
gschID: 203820


Aris - Apollon Patras 68-64

The game in Thessaloniki was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Apollon Patras (9-10) played at the court of seventh ranked Aris (9-10). Aris managed to secure a 4-point victory 68-64 on Saturday. Apollon Patras was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Bosnian guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87) fired 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Antonis Asimakopoulos (203-76) chipped in 6 points and 7 rebounds. Aris' coach Vangelis Agelou used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) produced 18 points and 5 steals and naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (199-77, agency: BeoExcell) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Aris moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Apollon Patras. Aris' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Thessaloniki to the arena PAOK.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: E.McCollum 18+3reb+3ast, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 14+5reb, G.Klaiber 9+4reb, K.Grant 8+5reb, I.Lianos 7+5reb+1ast, I.Krolo 4+2reb
Aris: M.Pasalic 20+3reb+4ast, Z.Sarikopoulos 9+6reb+1ast, M.Pelekanos 7+4reb+2ast, J.Hunt 6+3reb+1ast, S.Karapostolou 6+2reb+2ast, A.Asimakopoulos 6+7reb+3ast
gschID: 203816


Peristeri GS - Ikaros 79-88

Rather predictable result in Athens where eighth ranked Ikaros (8-11) defeated 12th ranked Peristeri GS (5-14) 88-79. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 19-17 Peristeri GS's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 88-79 at the end of the game. Ikaros made 18-of-19 charity shots (94.7 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian guard Zoran Vrkic (200-87) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). American point guard Danny Gibson (180-84, college: S.Indiana) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Five Ikaros players scored in double figures. Ikaros' coach Dimitris Priftis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. point guard Nontas Papantoniou (190-90) answered with 21 points and 6 assists and forward Andreas Kanonidis (198-91) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Peristeri GS. Ikaros maintains eighth place with 8-11 record. Peristeri GS lost their seventh game in a row. They dropped to the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Ikaros' next round opponent will be Kavala (#11) at home. Peristeri GS will play against KAOD in Dramas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Peristeri GS: N.Papantoniou 21+3reb+6ast, A.Mantzaris 17+2ast, A.Kanonidis 13+8reb+1ast, D.Kompodietas 8+2reb, A.Petroulas 8+2reb+3ast, P.Melissaratos 7+1reb
Ikaros: D.Gibson 19+2reb+3ast, Z.Vrkic 17+5reb+3ast, N.Strnad 13+2reb+1ast, M.Faye 13+4reb+2ast, M.Pantic 10+6reb+2ast, M.Giannakidis 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 203819


Kavala - Olympiacos 76-94

A1 top team - Olympiacos (18-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat eleventh ranked Kavala (5-14) 94-76. They outrebounded Kavala 37-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. Olympiacos players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. It was a quality performance for the former international forward Georgios Printezis (206-85, agency: FCM) who led the winners and scored 21 points. International forward Kostas Papanikolaou (206-90) accounted for 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Olympiacos' coach Giorgos Bartzokas allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Scottish-Nigerian Kieron Achara (208-83, college: Duquesne, agency: Two Points) came up with 16 points and 5 rebounds and Nigerian-American guard David Tairu (191-86, college: Texas Tech, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Kavala in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Olympiacos have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 18-1 record. Kavala at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Peristeri GS and KAOD. Olympiacos will play against Kolossos (#9) in Rodou in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kavala will play on the road against Ikaros in Kalitheas and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kavala: K.Achara 16+5reb+2ast, N.Mitrovic 14, G.Arbet 13+1reb+2ast, D.Tairu 12+5reb+3ast, S.Manolopoulos 11+3reb+1ast, C.Stefanidis 8+5reb+4ast
Olympiacos: G.Printezis 21+4reb+3ast, K.Papanikolaou 17+9reb, M.Gecevicius 12+3reb+4ast, V.Spanoulis 11+7ast, D.Katsivelis 9+1reb, P.Antic 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 203818


Ilysiakos - Panelefsiniakos 66-63

A very interesting game took place in Athens. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 14th ranked Panelefsiniakos (4-15) to tenth ranked Ilysiakos (6-13) 66-63 on Saturday evening. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 21-17 run, which allowed them to win the game. Ilysiakos outrebounded Panelefsiniakos 37-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-American forward Aloysius Anagonye (203-81, college: Michigan St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. American point guard Terrell Stoglin (185-91, college: Maryland) contributed with 16 points for the winners. point guard Thomas Nikou (185-80) answered with 9 points and 4 assists and American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) added 5 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Panelefsiniakos. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Ilysiakos moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Kolossos. Newly promoted Panelefsiniakos stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Ilysiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Panionios.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: X.Gibson 10+3reb, N.Papanikolaou 10+3reb, T.Nikou 9+2reb+4ast, N.Papanikolopoulos 8+1reb, G.Dimakos 7+1reb+1ast, N.Liakopoulos 6+3reb+5ast
Ilysiakos: T.Stoglin 16+4reb+1ast, A.Anagonye 15+11reb+1ast, T.Garrison 8+10reb+2ast, G.Apostolidis 8+2reb+1ast, N.Chatzis 6+2reb+1ast, M.Paragios 5+3reb
gschID: 203822


AGOR - Panionios 78-68

The game between third ranked Panionios (15-4) and fifth ranked AGOR (12-7) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Panionios was defeated by AGOR in Rethymno 78-68. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Panionios. The game was mostly controlled by AGOR. Panionios managed to win second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AGOR forced 19 Panionios turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Panionios helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Paris Horne (191-87, college: St.John's) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points. His fellow American import guard Marc Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Limelight Hoops) helped adding 16 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). At the losing side American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 19 points and naturalized Serbian forward Vladimir Jankovic (202-90, agency: FCM) scored 9 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. AGOR maintains fifth place with 12-7 record. Panionios at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with PAOK. AGOR are looking forward to face Apollon Patras (#6) on the road in the next round. Panionios' supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Ilysiakos.
Top scorers:
Panionios: L.Milbourne 19+3reb+3ast, C.Booker 10+2reb, V.Jankovic 9+4reb+3ast, N.Pappas 8+5reb+1ast, V.Kavvadas 7+1reb, G.Athanasoulas 5+4reb+2ast
AGOR: M.Antonio Carter 16+2reb+1ast, P.Horne 16+2reb+2ast, N.Angelopoulos 9+3reb+3ast, C.Colimon 9+1reb+1ast, B.Petway 7+4reb+2ast, A.Tsochlas 7+1ast
gschID: 203821


Kolossos - PAOK 65-70

Not a big story in a game in Rodou where 9th ranked Kolossos (6-13) was defeated by fourth ranked PAOK (15-4) 70-65. Kolossos was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 27-19 charge of PAOK, which allowed them to win the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Kolossos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for American point guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 5 rebounds. The former international center Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-80) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Marcus Hatten (186-80, college: St.John's) answered with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and the other American import power forward Kevin Langford (204-85, college: TCU) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Kolossos. Kolossos' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for PAOK. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Panionios. Kolossos lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. PAOK's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Thessaloniki Aris.
Top scorers:
Kolossos: M.Hatten 16+7reb+4ast, K.Langford 13+5reb, G.Kalaitzis 10+3reb+1ast, G.Kalambokis 9+2reb+1ast, B.Osby 5+8reb, F.Koumpouras 5+3reb+2ast
PAOK: W.Hatcher 15+5reb+3ast, L.Papadopoulos 13+9reb, N.Kalles 12+2reb+1ast, G.Dedas 8+3reb+1ast, L.Kaselakis 6+1reb, E.Margaritis 6+1reb
gschID: 203817



Anthony Grundy (ex Kavala) agreed terms with Hacettepe - by Eurobasket News

Hacettepe University (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 34-year old American point guard Anthony Grundy (189-79, college: North Carolina State). He played recently at Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas in Greek A1 league. In 10 games he recorded 10.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.9apg and 2.6spg this season. Grundy also played 2 games in Balkan League where he averaged impressive 18.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.0apg and 2.0spg. He also spent pre-season at Mahram (Superleague) in Iran earlier that year. The last season Grundy played at Mersin. In 30 games he averaged remarkable 17.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.8apg and 1.6spg (in top 5).
He ended the previous (2011) season at Bucaneros (LPB) in Venezuelan league. But the most of that year Grundy spent at Petron Blaze (PBA) in Filipino league. In four games he averaged great 20.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 8.0apg and 2.0spg. The last (2011) season he played at AEK Athens (B) in Greek league. In 10 games he averaged 14.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.1apg and 1.9spg.
Among other achievements Grundy's team made it to the Greek Cup Final Four in 2008 and 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention award back in 2009.
Grundy is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Cyprus, Germany, Israel, Italy (Naturhouse Ferrara and BancaTercas), Sweden, NBA (Atlanta Hawks), Venezuela (Marinos) and D-League (Roanoke D.).
Grundy attended North Carolina State until 2002 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A skinny scorer who can spend time in both guard positions. Has quick hands, is very athletic, can create and attacks the basket looking to score. Doesn' t have the size to play the SG at NBA level, but could improve his court vision and become a good PG. Passing and ball-handling are yet OK. Long arms make hiem a strong defender, leaping ability and timing allow him to grab more rebounds than expected.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @trendbasket)



*****************************************************
  HOLLAND   

Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Orca's Urk 19-1 
 2. De Groene 16-3 
 3. Cangeroes 14-6 
 4. De Hoppers 12-8 
 5. Binnenland 11-7 
 6. Red Giants 11-9 
 7. Rotterdam 2 9-10 
 8. Almonte 9-12 
 9. Leiden 2 9-12 
 10. MSV/Zeemacht 8-12 
 11. Punch 8-13 
 12. Almere P. 6-15 
 13. BC Apollo 2 6-15 
 14. UBALL 3-18 

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 2: Leiden 2 - Binnenland 79-72
Mar. 2: Orca's Urk - De Groene 73-63
Mar. 2: Cangeroes - Punch 71-48
Mar. 2: UBALL - BC Apollo 2 69-78
Mar. 2: Almere P. - Almonte 65-64
Mar. 2: MSV/Zeemacht - Red Giants 53-72
Mar. 2: De Hoppers - Rotterdam 2 101-83

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 7: UBALL - De Groene
Mar. 9: Almonte - Cangeroes
Mar. 9: Punch - De Hoppers
Mar. 9: Orca''s Urk - UBALL
Mar. 9: Binnenland - MSV/Zeemacht
Mar. 9: BC Apollo 2 - Almere P.
Mar. 9: Rotterdam 2 - Leiden 2
Mar. 9: De Groene - Red Giants



*****************************************************
  HUNGARY   

Standings - A Division

A Division Stage Two Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Albacomp 0-0 
 2. Atomeromu 0-0 
 3. Jaszberenyi 0-0 
 4. Kaposvari 0-0 
 5. Kormend 0-0 
 6. Szolnok 0-0 
Places 7-13
 1. Falco-Szova 11-11 
 2. Soproni 11-11 
 3. PVSK Pannon 10-12 
 4. ZTE KK 9-13 
 5. Marso NYKK 8-14 
 6. Szedeak 8-14 
 7. FS Debrecen 2-20 
Stage One Standings

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 2: Kormend - Atomeromu 94-85
Mar. 2: Szedeak - PVSK Pannon 82-90
Mar. 2: Kaposvari - Jaszberenyi 79-84
Mar. 2: Falco-Szova - Albacomp 72-77
Mar. 2: Soproni - ZTE KK 71-72
Mar. 2: FS Debrecen - Marso NYKK 40-71

Second Stage: Round 1

Places 1-6

Mar. 7: Jaszberenyi - Szolnok
Mar. 9: Kormend - Albacomp
Mar. 9: Kaposvari - Atomeromu

Places 7-13

Mar. 8: Marso NYKK - Soproni
Mar. 9: Szedeak - Falco-Szova
Mar. 9: FS Debrecen - PVSK Pannon


A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko SPICA
  Kaposvari
  (205-C/F-86)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Spica, Kaposvari20.6 
 2. Swanston, Kapos.20.4 
 3. Buljan, Kormend20.1 
 4. Dunn, Kaposvari20.0 
 5. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.19.6 
 6. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 7. Nelson, Marso N.19.5 
 8. Wood, Albacomp19.2 
 9. Copeland, ZTE K.18.8 
 10. Shaw, Kormend18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bennet DAVIS
  Marso N.
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9
 1. Davis, Marso N.9.0 
 2. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.8.9 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 4. Barovic, Soproni8.3 
 5. Keller, Albacomp8.0 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari7.9 
 7. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.9 
 8. Buljan, Kormend7.8 
 9. Markovic, Jaszbere.7.6 
 10. Shaw, Kormend7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Albacomp
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Moore, Albacomp6.4 
 2. Williams, Atomeromu6.3 
 3. Dunn, Kaposvari5.9 
 4. Thomas, Soproni5.8 
 5. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.5 
 6. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.2 
 7. Nelson, Marso N.5.2 
 8. Copeland, ZTE K.5.2 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.6 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.3 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari3.0 
 3. Davis, Marso N.2.3 
 4. Buljan, Kormend2.3 
 5. Moore, Albacomp2.3 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.0 
 7. Jones, Szedeak1.9 
 8. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.9 
 9. Hollis, Albacomp1.7 
 10. Loesing, PVSK P.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Akos KELLER
  Albacomp
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Keller, Albacomp1.0 
 2. Barovic, Soproni1.0 
 3. Davis, Marso N.1.0 
 4. Shaw, Kormend0.8 
 5. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.7 
 6. Idlet, Atomeromu0.7 
 7. Toth, Atomeromu0.6 
 8. Levy, Falco-Szova0.6 
 9. Fey, Falco-Szova0.6 
 10. Cseh, FS Debrecen0.6 


A Division Round 22: Atomeromu loses to Kormend - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in A Division just ended.

The most important game in the last round took place in Kormend between second ranked Atomeromu (16-6) and seventh ranked Kormend (11-11) on Saturday night. Atomeromu was defeated by Kormend in a tough game on the road 85-94. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Atomeromu. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Atomeromu won third quarter 27-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. The former international forward Csaba Ferencz (195-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Kormend's coach Tamas Hencsey used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International swingman David Vojvoda (196-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) replied with 23 points for Atomeromu. Kormend have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Soproni and Falco-Szova. Atomeromu at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Kaposvari (15-7) against fourth ranked Jaszberenyi (14-8) on Saturday night. Host Kaposvari was defeated by Jaszberenyi in a tough game in Kaposvar 79-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kaposvari. Serbian guard Miljan Rakic (195-86, agency: BeoExcell) scored 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Rastko Dramicanin chipped in 24 points during the contest. At the losing side Serbian power forward Marko Spica (205-86, college: Cent.Michigan) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Jaszberenyi have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 14-8 record. Kaposvari at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost.
A Division top team - Albacomp (17-5) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked Falco-Szova (11-11) in Szombathely 77-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Falco-Szova. Akos Keller notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 21 points and 5 rebounds by Tamas Will did not help to save the game for Falco-Szova. Albacomp have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-5 record. Loser Falco-Szova keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Kormend and Soproni.
A very interesting game took place in Sopron. It ended with only one-point home defeat of higher ranked Soproni (11-11) to tenth ranked ZTE KK (9-13) 72-71 on Saturday evening. Donald Copeland fired 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. ZTE KK moved-up to ninth place. Soproni lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost.
The game between 12th ranked FS Debrecen (2-20) and eleventh ranked Marso NYKK (8-14) in Debrecen on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Nyiregyhazi outscored FS Debrecen 71-40. It was a very good performance for Mate Mohacsi who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 5 rebounds. Marso NYKK's coach Tamas Ferenczi felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Marso NYKK moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Szedeak. FS Debrecen lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 20 games lost.

In the last game of round 22 PVSK Pannon beat Szedeak on the road 90-82.
The most impressive performance of 22th round was 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists by Brad Loesing of PVSK Pannon.


FS Debrecen - Marso NYKK 40-71

The game between 12th ranked FS Debrecen (2-20) and eleventh ranked Marso NYKK (8-14) in Debrecen on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Nyiregyhazi outscored FS Debrecen 71-40. The game without a history. Marso NYKK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding FS Debrecen to just 6 points in first quarter. It was a very good performance for forward Mate Mohacsi (192-90) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 5 rebounds. Bahamas forward Bennet Davis (206-84, college: Northeastern, agency: KMG Sports Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Marso NYKK's coach Tamas Ferenczi felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Mate Medve (197-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) replied with 21 points and 5 rebounds and guard Andras Helmeczi (195-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for FS Debrecen. Marso NYKK moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Szedeak. FS Debrecen lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
FS Debrecen: M.Medve 21+5reb+2ast, A.Helmeczi 8+6reb+4ast, K.Izzo 4+5reb, G.Cseh 3+6reb+2ast, D.Benocs 2+3reb, V.Vas 2+3reb
Marso NYKK: M.Mohacsi 28+5reb+1ast, B.Davis 17+10reb, A.Nelson 9+5reb+3ast, C.Kaluha 7+3reb+3ast, L.Polyak 5+6reb, F.Boldizsar 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 197048


Kormend - Atomeromu 94-85

The most important game in the last round took place in Kormend between second ranked Atomeromu (16-6) and seventh ranked Kormend (11-11) on Saturday night. Atomeromu was defeated by Kormend in a tough game on the road 85-94. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Atomeromu. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Atomeromu won third quarter 27-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. The former international forward Csaba Ferencz (195-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Kormend's coach Tamas Hencsey used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International swingman David Vojvoda (196-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) replied with 23 points and American point guard Lorenzo Williams (189-84, college: Rice, agency: Court Side) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Atomeromu. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kormend have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Soproni and Falco-Szova. Atomeromu at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: D.Vojvoda 23+3reb+3ast, L.Williams 18+6reb+2ast, J.Levy 15+2reb+1ast, S.Idlet 11+5reb, A.Toth 7+3reb+1ast, G. Kortelyesi 5+7reb+3ast
Kormend: K.Austin 26+12reb+1ast, C.Ferencz 24+3reb+2ast, A.Rujak 15+3reb+2ast, M.Shaw 14+10reb, P.Grebenar 8+4reb+4ast, O.Krayem 2+2ast
gschID: 197047


Falco-Szova - Albacomp 72-77

A Division top team - Albacomp (17-5) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked Falco-Szova (11-11) in Szombathely 77-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Falco-Szova. Falco-Szova trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 14-8 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-77 at the end of the game. International power forward Akos Keller (208-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Brandon Wood (187-89, college: Michigan St., agency: N.E.T.) supported him with 14 points and 5 assists. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 21 points and 5 rebounds by swingman Tamas Will (196-87, agency: TSS Management) did not help to save the game for Falco-Szova. Slovenian forward Zeljko Zagorac (204-81) added 14 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. Five Albacomp and four Falco-Szova players scored in double figures. Albacomp have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-5 record. Loser Falco-Szova keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Kormend and Soproni.
Top scorers:
Falco-Szova: T.Will 21+5reb+1ast, L.Kalman 17+1reb+4ast, Z.Zagorac 14+12reb, T.Ivosev 10+5reb+1ast, T.Harazin 4+3reb+1ast, B.Stafford 2
Albacomp: A.Keller 19+12reb, B.Wood 14+2reb+5ast, Z.Szabo 13+2reb+1ast, L.Juhos 12+4reb, R.Moore 10+4ast, D.Hollis 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 197046


Szedeak - PVSK Pannon 82-90

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked PVSK Pannon's (10-12) road victory over 9th ranked Szedeak (8-14) in Szeged 90-82 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Szedeak won third quarter 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for PVSK Pannon especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Szedeak was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American guard Brad Loesing (182-89, college: Wofford) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Serbian power forward Nebojsa Dukic (206-85) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Anthony Jones (191-84, college: Indiana Tech) added 10 points and 6 assists in the effort for Szedeak. Five Szedeak players scored in double figures. PVSK Pannon maintains eighth position with 10-12 record. Szedeak lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Szedeak: N.Dukic 18+6reb+1ast, A.Gurley 16+2reb, Z.Kiss 13+4reb, M.Csorvasi 11+6reb, A.Jones 10+4reb+6ast, L.Csorvasi 8+6reb+2ast
PVSK Pannon: B.Loesing 23+6reb+6ast, A.Legion 16+7reb+3ast, A.Csabay 12+4reb+1ast, N.Toth 9+3reb, K.Nagy 9+2reb, P.Kovacs 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 197045


Kaposvari - Jaszberenyi 79-84

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Kaposvari (15-7) against fourth ranked Jaszberenyi (14-8) on Saturday night. Host Kaposvari was defeated by Jaszberenyi in a tough game in Kaposvar 79-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kaposvari. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kaposvari won fourth quarter 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Serbian guard Miljan Rakic (195-86, agency: BeoExcell) scored 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 24 points during the contest. At the losing side Serbian power forward Marko Spica (205-86, college: Cent.Michigan) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American-Kittitian swingman Kyle Swanston (201-86, college: JMU, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Five Jaszberenyi and four Kaposvari players scored in double figures. Jaszberenyi have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 14-8 record. Kaposvari at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: M.Spica 21+11reb+1ast, K.Swanston 20+5reb+3ast, C.Dunn 11+5reb+9ast, R.Hendlein 11+9reb, G.David 9+1reb+1ast, G.Drahos 7+5reb+3ast
Jaszberenyi: R.Dramicanin 24+3reb, M.Rakic 18+9reb+6ast, B.Horti 13+3reb, M.Markovic 11+8reb+7ast, P.Szabo 10+2reb+5ast, R.Torok 8+6reb
gschID: 197044


Soproni - ZTE KK 71-72

A very interesting game took place in Sopron. It ended with only one-point home defeat of higher ranked Soproni (11-11) to tenth ranked ZTE KK (9-13) 72-71 on Saturday evening. Soproni was ahead by 14 points after three quarters before a 25-10 charge of ZTE KK, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Soproni outrebounded ZTE KK 37-20 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. American-Puerto Rican point guard Donald Copeland (177-84, college: Seton Hall) fired 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Dorenzo Hudson (195-88, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Two Points) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Montenegrin power forward Filip Barovic (208-90) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and swingman Norbert Takacs (197-90, agency: TSS Management) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. ZTE KK moved-up to ninth place. Soproni lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Soproni: F.Barovic 21+11reb+2ast, N.Takacs 18+5reb, D.Thomas 14+5reb+1ast, C.Hinkle 8+6reb+2ast, G.Toth 4+4reb+1ast, A.Molnar 2+2reb+1ast
ZTE KK: D.Copeland 27+5reb+3ast, D.Hudson 15+5reb+1ast, D.Gaspar 11+2reb+1ast, D.Puszta 7+1reb+2ast, D.Koma 6, A.Kovacs 4+2reb
gschID: 197043



Adriatic League: Igokea survive Szolnoki challenge - by Eurobasket News

Igokea - Szolnoki 86:84

Igokea had to toil for a home win over Szolnoki tonight. The league leaders clinched just 2-point victory at the end. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) delivered 19 points for the winners.
Igokea exploded with 27 points in the opening quarter and raced to a 6-point lead after ten minutes. Szolnoki cut the deficit in the second frame. The Hungarian team narrowed the gap at 3-point mark at the interval 43:40. The visitors pulled ahead in the third term. They poured in 25 points to build a 4-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Igokea used a 6:0 rally to spur in front in the fourth frame howver Szolnoki kept close. Corsley Edwards gave the home team an 83:80 lead within the final minute but a wild three-pointer from Istvan Nemeth tied things up at 83. Hammonds sank two free throws, while Florence answered with just one as Igokea grabbed an 85:84 lead. Joksimovic sank another free throw and sealed the win at the end. Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) nailed 11 points for the winning side. Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) accounted for 14 points for Szolnoki. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) had 13 points in the defeat.

Igokea: Corsley Edwards 19, Branko Jorovic (204-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) 18, Sinisa Stemberger 11
Szolnoki: Sead Sehovic 14, Brandon Gay 13



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  IRELAND   

Standings - EBS Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. UL Eagles 14-5 
 2. UCC Demons 13-7 
 3. B.Gais Neptune 12-8 
 4. DCU Saints 9-10 
 5. UCD Marian 9-12 
 6. Killester 8-12 
 7. Ballon Inter 7-12 
 8. Moycullen 7-13 

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 2: Ballon Inter - UCD Marian 83-88
Mar. 2: UL Eagles - B.Gais Neptune 77-81
Mar. 2: Killester - Moycullen 77-67
Mar. 3: UCC Demons - DCU Saints 73-80
Mar. 1: Ballon Inter - UCD Marian 64-72

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 9: UL Eagles - UCD Marian
Mar. 9: DCU Saints - UCC Demons
Mar. 9: Killester - Ballon Inter
Mar. 9: Moycullen - B.Gais Neptune


Basketball Ireland Weekend Review - by Patrick Maher

Basketball Ireland Weekend Review

The weekend just past in Irish basketball saw UL Eagles lift the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague trophy for a second straight season on the same day that ULs womens team, UL Huskies, accepted the Nivea Womens SuperLeague regular season title for the third year running.

Meanwhile there were noteworthy wins for UCD Marian, DCU Saints, Killester and Bord Gais Neptune on the mens side, while Ulster Rockets, Team Montenotte Hotel Cork and WIT Wildcats all notched up victories heading into the womens playoffs.

Nivea For Mens SuperLeague

While their victorious homecoming celebrations may have been tempered by an upstart Bord Gais Neptune, UL Eagles can look back at a memorable weekend that saw the Limerick side capture the 2012/13 Nivea For Men s SuperLeague title.

The defending champions secured one of Irish basketballs most coveted trophies on Friday night with a win over Dublin Inter at the National Basketball Arena.

Having already let one opportunity to win the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague slip through their fingers a week earlier, head coach Mark Keenan was relieved to finally put the title race to bed.

We were all relieved to finally get the job done, said Keenan, who added that the speculation that they might blow the title served as motivation for his squad.

The players read the stuff on the Basketball Ireland website and other places questioning if we were going to blow it and I think that helped focus the minds and gave us a bit of motivation. We were very focused Friday night.

Despite that focus, Eagles trailed early in the game before benefiting from a major surge either side of half time that helped them win the second and third quarters by a combined 17 points.

On a night when their influential centre Jason Killeen led all scorers with 21 points, that push proved crucial as a late Inter comeback fell short with Eagles finishing winners by eight points.

I was never worried that we couldnt get it done. Inter are a good team but when we changed up to zone defence it broke their rhythm, said Keenan of the match.

As the party for Eagles began, Keenan was able to reflect on another season that has ended in a Nivea For Mens SuperLeague title. It is also his second straight back to back achievement having led Killester to the same mark in 2009 and 2010.

This Eagles team is as good as any other team I have coached, lauded Keenan.

We may not play up to our talent as much as wed like to but when we do, we are as good as any team that I have been with.

Neptune obviously did not get the message that Saturday was to be a Limerick celebration however and led by an inspired Mike McGinn, they toppled the champs on their home court 77 to 81.

Despite admitting that Eagles possibly didnt have much left in the tank after Friday, Neptune head coach Mark Scannell was still delighted with the result.

We needed this heading into [the Champions Trophy]. We had lost three in a row and that wasnt like us.

We have had a bad stretch since winning the cup and we know we cant just turn the tap on and off when we want. We have another tough one to finish the regular season in Galway against Moycullen coming up and we need that to get us ready.

While Neptunes place in the Champions Trophy is guaranteed after their cup triumph in January, several teams are scrapping for fourth and the final spot in the tournament.

Two of those teams are Killester and Moycullen, who met in Clontarf Saturday night, with the Dubliners getting the best of a physical affair.

Our depth was probably a key factor in the end, remarked Killester head coach Tom Doherty as he digested his teams 10 points win that leaves them right in the hunt for fourth.

We arent thinking about who needs to win or lose for us to go through. Leading up to this one we were totally just focused on we have two games left, lets win those and if we get through then great.

Whether they are focused on it or not however, Killester will need DCU Saints to drop a game if they are to advance. Saints showed no signs of letting up however when they toppled UCC Demons in Cork on Sunday afternoon, winning 73 to 80.

The result means that Saints now need just one win from their two games this coming weekend to wrap up fourth. They play Dublin Inter on Thursday before a rematch with Demons again on Saturday.

Elsewhere, UCD Marian continued their red-hot streak to record their fourth win in a row as they took down Dublin Inter 83 88 in the famed Oblate Hall in Inchicore. While the run comes too late for them to challenge for a place in the Champions Trophy, the south side Dublin club have shown why they were ranked so highly prior to the season.

Basketball Ireland Weekend Results

Friday March 1st

Nivea For Mens SuperLeague

Dublin Inter 64 (28) (J Killeen 21, S Kinevane 15, R Talyor 13) UL Eagles 72 (36) (M Tamusauskas 18, M Cepliauskas 14, A Statkus 13)

Saturday March 2nd

Nivea For Mens SuperLeague

Dublin Inter 83 (52) (A Statkus 23, L Jonaitis 14, M Tamusauskas 13) UCD Marian 88 (43) ( D James 27, T Viglianco 17, K Foley 9)

UL Eagles 77 (36) (R Taylor 26, J Killeen 19, S Kinevane 13) Bord Gais Neptune 81 (33) (M McGinn 26, G Noonan 18, D Townes 17)

Killester 77 (38) (M Westbrooks 19, A Casey 15, M Bonaparte 14) Moycullen 67 (39) (P Sullivan 30, N Cunningham 10, S Camps 6)

Basketball Ireland Mens Division One

Donegal Town 67 (31) (W Timoney 18, R Muldoon 15, D Muldoon 11) Fr Mathews 70 (33) (E O Callaghan 18, D Fleming 18, P O Driscoll 17)

Team Garveys St Marys 65 (37) (D Wall 17, D Griffin 14, A Fitzgerald 9) Templeogue Azzurri 68 (41) (L Thompson 18, I Gordon 16, P Taylor 14)

Maree 69 (36) (K Hansberry 15, T Mitkus 10, P Burke 8) Matt OFlaherty Chemist Titans 78 (40) (A Tongo 32, G Sedebeskis 11, C McMichael 8)

Sunday March 3rd

Nivea For Mens SuperLeague

UCC Demons 73 (39) (K Walker 20, N Murphy 16, S Coughlan 10) DCU Saints 80 (47) (M Trimmer 15, P Glover 12, M Chubb 11)

Basketball Ireland Mens Division One

Blue Demons 73 (40) (S McCarthy 16, K Hosford 14, C Anon 10) Team Left Bank Kilkenny 50 (31) (J OKeefe 13, P Brennan 11, J Butler 10)

Ulster Elks 108 (49) (J Mower 35, M Graves 28, A Hickey 16) Ballon BC 61 (33) (R Eidukas 19, B Valkuls 16, M Rubstavicius 7)

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



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  ISRAEL   

Standings - BSL

Winner League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 17-2 
 2. Hapoel Eilat 12-7 
 3. Maccabi Haifa 12-7 
 4. Hapoel J-M 11-8 
 5. Maccabi Rishon 10-9 
 6. Netanya 9-10 
 7. Bnei Hasharon 8-11 
 8. Maccabi Ashdod 8-11 
 9. Hapoel T-A 8-11 
 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: Hapoel J-M - Maccabi Rishon 83-91
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 69-65

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 10: Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel J-M
Mar. 10: Hapoel Holon - Hapoel T-A
Mar. 10: Maccabi Ashdod - Hapoel Eilat
Mar. 10: Maccabi Rishon - Elizur Ashkelon
Mar. 10: Galil Gilboa - Bnei Hasharon
Mar. 10: Maccabi T-A - Netanya


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.19.0 
 4. Collins, Maccabi18.0 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi17.9 
 6. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.8 
 7. Killingswort., Net.17.6 
 8. Wright, Maccabi17.2 
 9. Smith, Maccabi Hai.16.6 
 10. Warren, Maccabi16.5 
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, Maccabi10.0 
 5. Holman, Hapoel Eil.9.9 
 6. Uter, Maccabi9.6 
 7. Calathes, Maccabi9.3 
 8. Dove, Elizur Ashke.9.0 
 9. Washington, Netan.8.6 
 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, Maccabi5.2 
 3. Smith, Maccabi Hai.5.1 
 4. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.4.8 
 5. Perry, Elizur A.4.4 
 6. Collins, Maccabi4.3 
 7. Bradley, Netanya4.2 
 8. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.1 
 9. Pullen, Hapoel J-M4.0 
 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. Hickman, Maccabi1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.8 
 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. Watt, Galil Gilboa1.3 
 8. Caracter, Bnei H.1.3 
 9. Thomas, Maccabi1.2 
 10. Holman, Hapoel Ei.1.1 


Winner League Round 19: Leader Maccabi T-A loses to Hapoel Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Winner League is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Maccabi T-A (17-2) recorded its second loss on the court of ninth ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Hapoel Tel-Aviv 69-65. It ended at the same time the 15-game winning streak of Maccabi T-A. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 45-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hapoel Tel-Aviv made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) fired 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Bar Timor (190-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 20 points. American point guard Ricky Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) produced 23 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Tel-Aviv (8-11) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Bnei Hasharon and Maccabi Ashdod. Defending champion Maccabi T-A still keeps top position with two games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv is looking forward to face Hapoel Holon (#10) on the road in the next round. Maccabi T-A will play against GreenTops Netanya (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Netanya. Third ranked Hapoel Eilat (12-7) saved a 2-point derby victory on the road edging 5th ranked GreenTops Netanya (9-10) 74-72 on Sunday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Eli Holman (208-89, college: Detroit Mercy) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Scotty Hopson contributed with 18 points for the winners. point guard Eyal Shulman (192-87) answered with 19 points and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for GreenTops Netanya. Hapoel Eilat moved-up to second place, which they share with Maccabi Haifa. GreenTops Netanya lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Hapoel Eilat will play against Maccabi Ashdod (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. GreenTops Netanya will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Hod Hasharon was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Maccabi Haifa (12-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Bnei Hasharon (8-11). Maccabi Haifa managed to secure a 7-point victory 89-82 on Sunday. It was a great evening for Pat Calathes who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side J.R. Reynolds responded with 32 points and 4 assists. Maccabi Haifa have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Hapoel Eilat. Bnei Hasharon at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Hapoel T-A and Maccabi Ashdod. Maccabi Haifa will meet at home Hapoel Jerusalem (#4) in the next round. Bnei Hasharon will play against Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Ashkelon. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 12th ranked Ironi Ashkelon (5-14) to eleventh ranked Hapoel Holon (7-12) 83-82 on Sunday evening. The game was dominated by American players. It was an exceptional evening for Frank Hassell who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Hapoel Holon moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Galil Gilboa. Ironi Ashkelon lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Hapoel Holon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#9) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Ashkelon will play against Maccabi Rishon in Rishon Le-Zion.
Important game to mention about took place in Ashdod. Tenth ranked Maccabi Ashdod (8-11) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Galil Gilboa (7-12) 86-84 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Galil Gilboa. Diamon Simpson fired 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Maccabi Ashdod's coach Ofer Berkovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Maccabi Ashdod moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Hapoel T-A and Bnei Hasharon. Loser Galil Gilboa dropped to the tenth position with 12 games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will face league's second-placed Hapoel Eilat at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Galil Gilboa will play against Bnei Hasharon (#7) in Hod Hasharon.

In the last game of round 19 Maccabi Rishon defeated Hapoel J-M in Rishon Le-Zion 91-83.


Hapoel J-M - Maccabi Rishon 83-91

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 4th placed Hapoel Jerusalem (11-8) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Maccabi Rishon (10-9) 91-83 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 54-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The game was also dominated by American players. Forward Julian Wright (203-87, college: Kansas) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. point guard Willie Warren (193-89, college: Oklahoma, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 20 points and 7 assists. Four Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures. Courtney Fells (198-86, college: N.Carolina St.) produced 25 points and forward Craig Smith (201-83, college: Boston Coll.) added 13 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Maccabi Rishon have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 10-9 record. Loser Hapoel Jerusalem keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Maccabi Rishon will face bottom-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Jerusalem will play against Maccabi Haifa (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: J.Wright 23+13reb+2ast, W.Warren 20+4reb+7ast, L.Jones 16+2reb+4ast, A.Uter 14+10reb+2ast, N.Cohen 9+2reb+1ast, N.Hanochi 8+2reb+1ast
Hapoel J-M: C.Fells 25+3reb, R.Limonad 17+4reb+3ast, C.Smith 13+11reb, M.Tapiro 9+2reb+7ast, E.Kadir 7+2reb+1ast, J.Pullen 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 193026


Hapoel T-A - Maccabi T-A 69-65

Top ranked Maccabi T-A (17-2) recorded its second loss on the court of ninth ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Hapoel Tel-Aviv 69-65. It ended at the same time the 15-game winning streak of Maccabi T-A. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 45-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hapoel Tel-Aviv made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) fired 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Bar Timor (190-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 20 points. American point guard Ricky Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) produced 23 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import center Shawn James (207-83, college: Northeastern, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 15 points and 5 blocks respectively for lost side. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Tel-Aviv (8-11) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Bnei Hasharon and Maccabi Ashdod. Defending champion Maccabi T-A still keeps top position with two games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv is looking forward to face Hapoel Holon (#10) on the road in the next round. Maccabi T-A will play against GreenTops Netanya (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: B.Timor 20+2reb+1ast, C.Kelly 18+9reb+2ast, D.Stitt 13+1reb+2ast, M.Naor 8+3reb+3ast, B.Randle 7+7reb+1ast, Y.Shiran 2+2reb
Maccabi T-A: R.Hickman 23+7reb+2ast, S.James 15+4reb+1ast, L.Eliyahu 11+5reb+2ast, Y.Ohayon 5+1reb+6ast, S.Landesberg 4+5reb, N.Caner-Medley 4+1reb
gschID: 193021


Netanya - Hapoel Eilat 72-74

Important game to mention about took place in Netanya. Third ranked Hapoel Eilat (12-7) saved a 2-point derby victory on the road edging 5th ranked GreenTops Netanya (9-10) 74-72 on Sunday evening. Hapoel Eilat outrebounded GreenTops Netanya 33-22 including 21 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Eli Holman (208-89, college: Detroit Mercy) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) contributed with 18 points for the winners. point guard Eyal Shulman (192-87) answered with 19 points and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American power forward Raymar Morgan (202-88, college: Michigan St.) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for GreenTops Netanya. Four GreenTops Netanya players scored in double figures. Hapoel Eilat moved-up to second place, which they share with Maccabi Haifa. GreenTops Netanya lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Hapoel Eilat will play against Maccabi Ashdod (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. GreenTops Netanya will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Eilat: S.Hopson 18+3reb+1ast, L.O'Bannon 15+3reb+2ast, E.Holman 14+13reb, A.Nissim 9+2reb+1ast, J.Tillman 8+6reb, T.Younger 7+3reb+2ast
Netanya: E.Shulman 19+3reb+5ast, M.Killingsworth 16+3reb+1ast, R.Morgan 13+7reb+1ast, R.Bradley 10+3reb+2ast, D.Washington 9+4reb+2ast, Y.Orland 3
gschID: 193023


Bnei Hasharon - Maccabi Haifa 82-89

The game in Hod Hasharon was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Maccabi Haifa (12-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Bnei Hasharon (8-11). Maccabi Haifa managed to secure a 7-point victory 89-82 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 7 points. It was a great evening for American-Greek swingman Pat Calathes (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. International point guard Gal Mekel (190-88, college: Wichita St.) helped adding 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Maccabi Haifa players scored in double figures. At the losing side American point guard J.R. Reynolds (188-84, college: Virginia) responded with 32 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American-Mexican swingman Romel Beck (201-82, college: UNLV, agency: Interperformances) scored 18 points. Maccabi Haifa have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Hapoel Eilat. Bnei Hasharon at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Hapoel T-A and Maccabi Ashdod. Maccabi Haifa will meet at home Hapoel Jerusalem (#4) in the next round. Bnei Hasharon will play against Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: P.Calathes 25+9reb+4ast, G.Mekel 24+5reb+6ast, D.Smith 13+4reb+3ast, I.Kozikaro 12+3reb, C.Carr 7+2reb+2ast, J.Thomas 7+11reb
Bnei Hasharon: J.Reynolds 32+3reb+4ast, R.Beck 18+2reb+1ast, D.Caracter 11+6reb+1ast, B.Rice 8+3reb+3ast, J.Jones 7+9reb+1ast, N.Berkowitz 2+3reb+3ast
gschID: 193025


Maccabi Ashdod - Galil Gilboa 86-84

Important game to mention about took place in Ashdod. Tenth ranked Maccabi Ashdod (8-11) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Galil Gilboa (7-12) 86-84 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Galil Gilboa. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 28-25 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Diamon Simpson (201-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) fired 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import guard Mardy Collins (198-84, college: Temple) chipped in 18 points. Maccabi Ashdod's coach Ofer Berkovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Rakim Sanders (193-89, college: Fairfield) produced 22 points and the former international Dagan Yavzuri (193-85) added 16 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Maccabi Ashdod and five Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. Maccabi Ashdod moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Hapoel T-A and Bnei Hasharon. Loser Galil Gilboa dropped to the tenth position with 12 games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will face league's second-placed Hapoel Eilat at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Galil Gilboa will play against Bnei Hasharon (#7) in Hod Hasharon.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: M.Collins 18+4reb+3ast, D.Simpson 16+9reb+2ast, M.Mizrahi 14+4reb, D.Hagag 11+2reb+1ast, J.Skeen 11+8reb, A.Freeman 9+2reb+5ast
Galil Gilboa: R.Sanders 22+4reb+2ast, D.Yavzuri 16+10reb+2ast, M.Watt 16+5reb, J.Smith 12+4reb+6ast, Y.Green 10+8reb+3ast, K.Hayes 5+1ast
gschID: 193024


Elizur Ashkelon - Hapoel Holon 82-83

A very interesting game took place in Ashkelon. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 12th ranked Ironi Ashkelon (5-14) to eleventh ranked Hapoel Holon (7-12) 83-82 on Sunday evening. Ironi Ashkelon was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 26-16 charge of Hapoel Holon, which allowed them to win the game. The game was dominated by American players. It was an exceptional evening for forward Frank Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) accounted for 25 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Swingman Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and forward Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Ironi Ashkelon in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Holon moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Galil Gilboa. Ironi Ashkelon lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Hapoel Holon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#9) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Ashkelon will play against Maccabi Rishon in Rishon Le-Zion.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: J.Dyson 25+2reb+4ast, L.Hill 19+6reb, F.Hassell 19+17reb, D.Waters 13+10ast, S.Harush 7+2reb+3ast, Z.Rosen 0+1reb+2ast
Elizur Ashkelon: J.Hayes 19+3reb, M.Dove 16+8reb+3ast, J.Mills 15+11reb+2ast, M.Moore 12+5reb+5ast, D.Shamriz 8+1reb, O.Shaashoua 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 193022



Hapoel Tel Aviv G Bar Timor, Israel's next NBA draftee? - by David Pick

A new name has emerged in the race to become Israel's next NBA draftee as Hapoel Tel Aviv guard Bar Timor (Agency: Avi Zilberman) draws overseas interest.

After several strong showings in Israel's minor league, the latest one being an outstanding championship season with Hapoel Tel Aviv last year, many analysts have crowned 21-year-old Bar Timor as one of the best future guards in the country. After signing a multi-year contract with Hapoel last summer, Timor leapfrogged into Israeli hoops' center stage grossing over 1,000 All-Star votes, then, leading his Tel Aviv underdogs passed crosstown rival Maccabi 69-65, scoring 20 points on 8-12 field goal shooting, including 4-5 from beyond the arc.

Here is Eurobasket's break down on Bar Timor

DOB: March 2, 1992, Height: 6-foot-3, Current Team: Hapoel Tel Aviv, Position: PG/SG, Quick Digits: 8.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists.

Outlook: Timor began his professional career with Hapoel Haifa of Israel's minor league while still in high school and just 17-years-old. The Haifa native would relocate to Hapoel Kiryat Tivon the following season, emerging as the top Israeli prospect, registering 11.6 points, 2.6 boards, 4.6 dimes, and 1.4 steals per game, before heading south to join Hapoel Tel Aviv.

In 2010, Timor represented Israel in the Division B U18 European Championship and finished as the competition's top passer with 5.8 dimes per. During the summer of 2012, after winning Israel's national-league title and qualifying for the domestic Super League, Timor led Israel's U20 national-team to the European Championship Division A tournament, registering 15.6 points and 2.6 rebounds, clinching Top 5 rankings in assists (4.4) and steals (2.8).

Timor, 21, a current member of Israel's Senior national-team's extended roster, eyes the 2014 NBA draft and has been linked to the Phoenix Suns. He is ranked 31st on DraftExpress.com's 1992-born international list. Although Timor's under a three-year deal with Hapoel, the guard leans towards utilizing his German passport, exploring Germany's top division market next summer.

Strengths: Plays both point guard and shooting guard positions at a high level, yet feels more comfortable as playmaker due to his quick first step, IQ and high-quality passing skills. Timor's acceleration benefits him in the open-court, and he has proven able of throwing perfect half-court lob passes. Good ball handler, though not yet absolute for a natural point guard. Has an explosive first step that allows him to blow by defenders, making excellent decisions off pick and roll situations on offense, and play the passing lanes on the defensive end (recorded two or more steals in six games this season). Unknown for his three point shooting, Timor upped his percentages from 25.8% last season to 41% this season.

Weaknesses: Timor is inconsistent when shooting from the perimeter (though he's significantly improved that aspect of his game this season). He must increase muscle weight if he wants to become a standout finisher inside the paint. Lacks aggressiveness which hurts him when running through screens and defending taller and more athletic perimeter opponents. His ball handling skills are good enough for a SG but not yet supreme for a full-time point guard.




Best players of Israeli Winner League round 19 - by Eurobasket News

American J.R. Reynolds (188-PG-84) had a great game in the last round for Bnei Hasharon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 28-year old playmaker had the game-high 32 points adding three rebounds and four assists for Bnei Hasharon as his team lost the game against Maccabi Haifa (#3, 12-7) 82-89. Bnei Hasharon maintains the 7th position in Israeli Winner League. Bnei Hasharon is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 11th lost game this season out of 19 games. In the team's last game Reynolds had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Bnei Hasharon's top player in his first season with the team. J.R. Reynolds averages this season 13.8ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Julian Wright (203-F-87) of Maccabi Rishon. Wright impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Maccabi Rishon cruised to a 91-83 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Hapoel J-M (#4, 11-8). Maccabi Rishon's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Wright is a newcomer at Maccabi Rishon 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 17.2ppg (#8). He also registered 10.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Frank Hassell (203-F-88) of Hapoel Holon (#10). Hassell scored 19 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Hapoel Holon, leading his team to a 83-82 win against slightly lower-ranked Elizur Ashkelon (#12, 5-14). The chances of Hapoel Holon not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 12 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Hassell could try to bring Hapoel Holon's a little bit higher in the standings. Hassell has individually a great season in Israel. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.8ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 13.2rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.9bpg and FGP: 51.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84) of Maccabi Rishon - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85) of Maccabi Haifa - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Curtis Kelly (205-PF-88) of Hapoel T-A - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Gal Mekel (190-PG-88) of Maccabi Haifa - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Eli Holman (208-F/C-89) of Hapoel Eilat - 14 points and 13 rebounds
9. Lawrence Hill (203-F-87) of Hapoel Holon - 19 points and 6 rebounds
10. Diamon Simpson (201-F-87) of Maccabi Ashdod - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Standings - 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. Oknoplast 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 - Oknoplast 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: Oknoplast BO - JuveCaserta


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.8.0 
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. Gay, Aget S.4.1 
 7. Roderick, LeGamber.4.0 
 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. James, FCM F.1.3 
 6. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.3 
 7. Giddens, C.de L.1.0 
 8. Butkevicius, Novip.0.9 
 9. Brkic, C.de L.0.9 
 10. Gandini, AcegasAp.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.16.0 
 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.9.0 
 4. Pazzi, Castelletto8.6 
 5. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.5 
 6. Benfatto, Ferrara8.3 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.2 
 8. Mancin, Mirandola7.5 
 9. Spizzichini, Firen.7.3 
 10. Bonessio, Bari7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.5.7 
 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: 4.6
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.4.6 
 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. Casadei, Firenze0.7 
 9. Wojciechowsk., Tor.0.7 
 10. Pazzi, Castelletto0.7 


Best players of Italian Nazionale A round 27 - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Polish Jakub Wojciechowski (210-F/C-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Torino and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 22-year old power forward had a double-double of 22 points and twelve rebounds, while his team crushed Reggio Calabr. (#10, 12-12) with 21-point margin 80-59. It allowed Torino to consolidate first place in the Polish Nazionale A. Torino have a solid 21-4 record. In the team's last game Wojciechowski had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Torino's top player in his first season with the team. Jakub Wojciechowski averages this season 16.0ppg and 9.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old forward Stefano Spizzichini (202-F-90) of Firenze. Spizzichini impressed basketball fans with 24 points and 8 rebounds. It was enough for Firenze to edge the lower-ranked Latina Basket (#16, 9-17) by 5 points 86-81. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Firenze managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 11th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-12 record. Spizzichini is well-known by Firenze fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Alessandro Mancin (208-C-86) of Mirandola (#12). Mancin scored 21 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Mancin's great performance Mirandola lost 63-69 to the lower-ranked Perugia (#18, 7-18). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Mirandola ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Mancin could help Mirandola to bring them higher in the standings. Mancin has a great season in Italy. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the leag