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  ARGENTINA   



TNA Round 16 - by Facundo Iatzky

Only 3 rounds remain in Regular season. San MArtin Corrientes clinched the first position in north zone after their victory over San isidro 76-71. as Estudiantes will be the second one after beat Instituto Cordoba. In the southern zone things are much unclear. Quilmes mar del plata got the first position after winning to sport club 93-78 in the game of the round. But the same sport club and huracan trelew follow them very close.
Player of the round: Nicolas Lauria (202-F-88) of Tomas de Rocamora: 32 pts 10 reb 2 bl
other remarkable performances:
Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87, college: Findlay, OH) of estudiantes concordia: 27 pts 18 reb
Julian Olmedo (188-G-77) of San lorenzo chivilcoy: 21 pts 10 ass
Scott Cutley of alianza viedma: 23 pts 8 reb
Mateo Gaynor (198-G-90) of san lorenzo chivilcoy: 20 pts 12 reb



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


ABL Hoops Fest on its way this March - by Aris Ignacio

The ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) will feature a mid-season festivity that will showcase the players' skills on different events highlighted by some games that will affect the current standings of the tournament.

The inaugural event will be held on March 15 to 17 in Ho Chi Minh City and will be entertaining fans with competitions like the three-point shootout and the slam dunk contest. Each of the six teams in the current ABL tournament will be represented by a player. The competitors will be the following:

Three-point shootout:

Lim Sheng Yu (190-F-90) - Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers
Leo Avenido (186-G-78) - San Miguel Beermen
Jai Reyes (173-G) - Saigon Heat
Patrick Cabahug (186-G) - Westsports KL Dragons
Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) - Satria Muda BritAma Jakarta
Wacharapong Tongsri - Chang Thailand Slammers

Slam Dunk Contest:

Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) - San Miguel Beermen
Moala Tautuaa (200-C-89, college: Chadron St.) - Westsports KL Dragons
Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Georgia) - Satria Muda BritAma Jakarta
David Palmer (206-F/C-86, college: N.Kentucky) - Saigon Heat
Delvin Goh - Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers
Wutipong Dasom - Chang Thailand Slammers

The games that will be featured during the festivities will be the Beermen meeting the Slingers on March 15 and the Heat on March 17.



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - NBL

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

Regular Season: Round 21

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

Regular Season: Round 22

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


Stats Leaders - NBL

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



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  AUSTRIA   

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 


Austrian A Bundesliga round 26 best performance: Radosav Spasojevic - by Eurobasket News

Montenegrin power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-F/C-92, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for Arkadia, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 20-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat St.Polten (#10, 3-21) 74-68. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Arkadia maintains the 11th position in Austrian A Bundesliga. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 21 games and recorded just two victories. In the team's last game Spasojevic had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Arkadia and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Radosav Spasojevic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 19.6ppg) and rebounds (8th best: 6.8rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American David Gonzalvez (193-G-87, agency: Limelight Hoops) of Wels. Gonzalvez had a very good evening with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he lead Wels to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Furstenfeld (#9, 8-15) 97-76. Wels' 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Gonzalvez is a newcomer at Wels, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Arkadia's star - Argentinian center Matias Bortolin (205-C-93, agency: Interperformances). Bortolin scored 18 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Arkadia, helping his team with a 74-68 win against slightly higher-ranked St.Polten (#10, 3-21). Arkadia can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-21 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Bortolin he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Bortolin has a very solid season. In 21 games in Austria he scored 10.9ppg. He also has 6.4rpg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 55.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joe Dean Shaw (199-F-87) of Kapfenberg - 31 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Blaz Cresnar (214-C-86) of Furstenfeld - 19 points and 10 rebounds
6. Darnell Hinson (186-PG-80) of Oberwart - 30 points and 2 rebounds
7. Markus Pinezich (190-G-88) of St.Polten - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Shawn Ray (194-G/F-80) of BC Vienna - 22 points and 6 rebounds
9. Dario Hunt (203-F-89) of Gussing - 12 points and 12 rebounds
10. Elvis Kadic (201-F-80) of Gussing - 19 points and 5 rebounds

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



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

Balkan League Standings
Group C
 1. Levski Sofia 4-2 
 2. Galil Gilboa 4-3 
 3. Kumanovo 4-3 
 4. Rilski Sportist 3-3 
 5. Kavala 3-5 
 6. Teodo Tivat 2-4 
Group D
 1. Kozuv 4-0 
 2. Djuro Djakovic 3-1 
 3. Mornar Bar 1-3 
 4. OKK Beograd 0-4 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 3

First Six

Feb. 27: Kumanovo - Kavala 94-92
Mar. 5: Kavala - Galil Gilboa 75-94
Mar. 6: Levski Sofia - Teodo Tivat
Mar. 7: Rilski Sportist - Galil Gilboa

Last Four

Mar. 5: Mornar Bar - OKK Beograd 102-96



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  BELARUS   


Belarus edge Legion in All Star Game - by Eurobasket News

Belarus-Legion 104:103

Belarus edge Legion in All Star Game. The local players grabbed a valuable 104:103 win in the fantastic show.
Legion looked better in the first period and took 33:25 lead after the first 10 minutes. Belarus however dominated the court in the second frame and replied with 29-18 in it. Again the teams exchanged the victories in the second half. Legion won the third period 30-22, but then the local players needed a 28-22 surge for the final result.
Igor Konuyshenko top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Aleksandr Kudryavcev netted 17. Aleksandr Semenyuk and Pavel Ulianko followed them with 13 points each. Maxim Kanate answered with 25 points and 10 rebounds in defeat and Tierre Brown (188-G-79, college: McNeese St.) scored 18. Dmitriy Hodov brought 13, whilst Ater Majok (208-F-87, college: Connecticut) added 12.

Belarus: Igor Konuyshenko (196-G/F-86) 18, Aleksandr Kudryavcev 17, Aleksandr Semenyuk 13, Pavel Ulianko 13
Legion: Maxim Kanate 25+10 rebs, Tierre Brown 18, Dmitriy Hodov 13, Ater Majok 12



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  BELGIUM   


Division II - Round Twenty-Five - by Bert Larsimont

Port of Anwterp Giants II vs. Gembo BBC: 67-106

The young Giants of coach Luc Smout challenged their opponents in the first quarter. Very quickly, the Gembo guys responded with great plays inside, great shooting from the perimeter, quickness and efficiency in fastbreak situations, etc. Gembo center Laurens Jansen (200-C-83) had a great presence in the paint: he scored 26 points. Also a special mention to Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91, agency: Three Eye Sports) who finished again as best scorer for the losing side.
See free video highlights on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8z9oMZ9r-A&list=UUoSEPiDqNhOjhQW7eAC-isQ&index=1.
Score evolution: 15-21, 27-46, 47-75 and 67-106.
Best scorers:
Giants II: A. Rojas Palma 13, D. Donkor 22, A. Van Vliet 6, R. Bogaerts 3, D. De Hooon 6, M. Rademakers 6, D. Marchant 11.
Gembo: D. Loubry 13, N. Celis 8, T. Goethaert 2, E. Van Aken 16, A. Goetgeluck 9, T. Marien 8, W. Lemaire 2, M. Swinnen 5, A. Vermeersch 8, L. Jansen 26, Y. Desiron 8, P. Van Rillaer 2.

Excelsior Brussels vs. CEP Fleurus: 69-73

The game played in the beautiful facilities of Excelsior in Neder-over-Hembeek was scheduled on Sunday afternoon. Although the visitors have lost a few key players during the season, they managed to overcome lagain ast weekend. The Excelsior Brussels' nice comeback in the third quarter could have been the turning point in this thrilling game. The efforts of Excel's players Gregory De Pooter (196-F-84, 18 points and 6 rebounds), Xavier Collette (185-PG-85, agency: LBM Management, 10 points, 3 assists, 1 steal and 5 rebounds) and Randy Oveneke (201-F-86) (14 points, 2 steals and 3 rebounds) were not enough and CEP Fleurus of coach Paul Vervaeck recovered to finish strongly under the impulse of Christian Manzanza (193-F-85, college: Peninsula JC) but also of Amaury Marion (196-F-91) and Christian Ilongo (194-F-85, agency: Promotex). Double-double for CEP forward Christian Manzanza (12 points and 10 rebounds) who also defended like an intimidator in this game.
Score evolution: 11-17, 30-36, 54-52 and 69-73.
Best scorers:
Excelsior: X. Collette 10, N. Verrept 8, M. Depuydt 6, S. Vlaeminck 2, G. De Pooter 18, L. Maesfrancx 4, J. De Schepper 3, S. Pelle 2, R. Oveneke 14, S. Semijejero 2.
CEP F: A. Marion 12, K. Jonniaux 11, J. Vanesse 6, C. Manzanza 12, T. Bauwens 9, L. Hazard 5, S. Muric 6, C. Ilongo 12.

Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. Kangoeroes Boom: 75-82

Sebastien Vermeulen (207-F/C-81), currently playing for Sint-Niklase Condors, has signed with BS Waregem for next season. The Kangoeroes of coach Tom Poppe traveled to West Flanders and, despite the great resistance of BS Waregem, came back with a crucial win. Sebastien Bellin (205-C-78, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Oakland) and Dieter Souveryns (193-F/G-83) were particularly efficient in offense for Kabo last weekend.
Score evolution: 19-23, 44-45, 60-62 and 75-82.
Best scorers:
BS Waregem: A. Steinbach 12, B. Samaey 15, O. Foucart 11, T. Foucart 23, A. Gueye 10, S. Naudts 4.
Kangoeroes: S. Bellin 19, S. Hemeleers 3, W. Dobbelaere 2, D. Souveryns 21, M. Bessems 3, M. Gorremans 16, D. Dhaens 8, W. Van Schil 10

Gent Dragons vs. Sint-Niklase Condors: 65-77

After 11-7 on the scoreboard, the Condors of Dennis Bovoy (187-G/F-86) and Niels Maris (196-F-89) reacted well and led from the middle of the first to the middle of the second quarter (11-16, 14-21 and 20-25). The Dragons had missed free-throws and a few three-point attempts. Experienced player Thomas Van De Vondel (194-F/G-80) suddenly scored 13 points in a row and the score was close again: 27-27. It was actually the very last challenging moment in this game and the Condors quickly re-took the lead... all the way this time! The scoreboard showed 31-38, 37-40 on a basket by Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side) for the Dragons, 50-57 by Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92, agency: Court Side) from long range for the Condors, 56-72 and 65-77.
Score evolution: 14-21, 31-38, 50-57 and 65-77.
Best scorers:
Dragons: B. Heinle 5, R. Spaens 8, L. Tielens 5, F. Lait 9, T. Van De Vondel 21, M. Van Gelder 6, L. Enobakhare 11.
Condors: N/A

Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. Cuva Houthalen: 78-95

The hosts always trailed behind in this much awaited game of Round 25! The Jantjes, currently ranked fourth in Division II, will travel to Sprimont next Sunday and will welcome the competition's leaders of Kangoeroes Boom on 2013-03-23. See highlights and interview of Brian Lynch , who has just accepted a job of assistant coach at Port of Antwerp Giants involved in Ethias League, on atv.be: http://www.atv.be/item/brian-lynch-met-houthalen-op-bezoek-bij-sint-jan. Cuva was led by their US player Jason Westrol (191-G-88, college: Bentley) in offense.
Score evolution: 22-28, 42-51, 57-72 and 78-95.
Best scorers:
Sint-Jan: V. Haerbos 7, B. Hartshorne 6, N. El Khounchar 4, A. Druwez 5, S. Geukens 24, L. Anthonis 7, V. Kesteloot 15, M. Brown 10.
Cuva: J. Westrol 25.

Union Mons Hainaut II vs. BasKet Tongeren: 74-82

Third win in a row for the Limburgers. Joeri Moonen (205-F-84) of BK Tongeren had a double-double: 13 points and 12 rebounds in this win against Union Mons Hainaut II.
Score at the half: 32-44.
Best scorers:
Mons Hainaut II: E. Lecomte 15, G. Vlamynck 4, L. Schwartz 17, D. Walasiak 8, M. Renard 11, T. Traversin 6, A. Gorgemans 13.
BK Tongeren: J. Van Hoecke 12, M. Hendrix 9, K. Doukmani 2, J. Delva 13, P. Pipeleers 9, H. Baert 12, J. Moonen 10, J. Eskens 15.

Point Chaud Sprimont vs. Essor Charleroi (Spirou B): 95-68

Serbo-swiss player Stefan Petkovic (185-PG-92) has joined the Spirou squad and played with the Spirou B team last weekend. Spirou Charleroi (Ethias League) is trying out the 20-year old swiss international point guard with an option to adding him to the roster in the future. The MVP of the game was nevertheless top shooter Gilles Vrancken (192-PF) of PC Sprimont who had 30 points in this game. It was a rather easy success for the men of coach Pascal Horrion . Also to be noticed: Point Chaud Sprimont is the only home team to have won in this round played last weekend. Beside Petkovic who showed some good skills at playmaking, two other Essor players deserve a special mention: Anthony Lambot (184-G-94) who scored 21 points and Boris Penninck (202-C-88) who was well present inside.
Best scorers:
PC Sprimont: F. Manset 2, F. Delsaute 12, J.-B. Thome 13, G. Vrancken 30, Dispa 8, F. Forthomme 10, J. Flagothier 10, G. Hertay 10.
Essor: A. Lambot 21, T. Lefvre 1, S. Petkovic 12, J. Stas 6, Y. Diop 6, M. Fusek 3, B. Penninck 17, M. Steenberghs 2.





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  BOSNIA   

Standings - BIH League

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

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 2: Mladost - Bosna 98-92
Mar. 2: Vogosca - Zrinjski HT 94-89
Mar. 2: Varda HE - Servitium 83-58
Mar. 2: Posusje - Radnik B. 81-67
Mar. 3: Leotar - Borac Nektar 73-62
Mar. 2: Kakanj - Capljina 64-77

Regular Season: Round 20

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


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Vogosca
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 24
 1. Tuljkovic, Vogosca24.0 
 2. Bakovic, Posusje22.8 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.19.6 
 4. Filipovic, Vogosca19.3 
 5. Hot, Vogosca17.9 
 6. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.17.6 
 7. Bijelic, Mladost17.4 
 8. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.17.3 
 9. Bjelica, Capljina16.7 
 10. Rizvic, Bosna16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Vogosca
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Tuljkovic, Vogosca8.8 
 2. Josilo, Varda HE8.8 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.8.2 
 4. Jazvin, Zrinjski HT8.0 
 5. Rizvic, Bosna6.9 
 6. Damjanovic, Servit.6.7 
 7. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.6.6 
 8. Bijelic, Mladost6.6 
 9. Pavlovic, Borac N.6.5 
 10. Goranovic, Radnik6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Hot, Vogosca7.2 
 2. Peljto, Kakanj6.5 
 3. Kascelan, Leotar5.9 
 4. Kovacevic, Capljina5.4 
 5. Hodzic, Bosna5.2 
 6. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.5.2 
 7. Radovanovic, Radni.5.0 
 8. Bakovic, Posusje4.9 
 9. Ivanic, Mladost4.8 
 10. Bjelica, Capljina4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hot, Vogosca2.7 
 2. Lovric, Posusje2.7 
 3. Kovacevic, Capljina2.3 
 4. Bjelica, Capljina2.3 
 5. Borovcanin, Radnik1.7 
 6. Hodzic, Bosna1.6 
 7. Kastratovic, Varda1.6 
 8. Knezevic, Mladost1.6 
 9. Pavlovic, Borac N.1.5 
 10. Milosevic, Mladost1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.4 
 2. Suljagic, Kakanj0.7 
 3. Mustapic, Posusje0.7 
 4. Erkic, Radnik B.0.5 
 5. Jovanovic, Radnik0.5 
 6. Djuranovic, Borac0.5 
 7. Velimirovic, Mlado.0.5 
 8. Popovic, Capljina0.5 
 9. Buza, Bosna0.5 
 10. Aljovic, Vogosca0.4 


Division I Round 19: Bosna ASA BHT loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Division I 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 change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

Round 19 in Division I means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Mrkonjic Grad where host Mladost (14-5) beat league's leader Bosna ASA BHT (13-6) 98-92 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Mladost made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Bosna ASA BHT helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Drasko Knezevic (185-93) fired 21 points and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Milan Kezic (193-86) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Swingman Sindis Demic (192-83) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Mladost keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Capljina. Bosna ASA BHT at the other side dropped to the third place with six games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Capljina. Bosna ASA BHT will play next round against Leotar trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Mladost will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Servitium in Gradiska.
Bottom-ranked Vogosca managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the series of two consecutive loses. This time they won against seventh-ranked Zrinjski HT in Sarajevo 94-89. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zrinjski HT. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian swingman Mario Filipovic (196-88) who helped to win the game recording 41 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Amin Hot contributed with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Montenegrin center Boris Lalovic (209-81) answered with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for Zrinjski HT. Zrinjski HT's coach Zoran Glomazic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vogosca (7-12) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Kakanj. Zrinjski HT at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Borac Nektar and Posusje. Vogosca will play against higher ranked Borac Nektar (#8) in Banja Luka in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zrinjski HT will play at home against Posusje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Trebinje was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Borac Nektar (8-11) played at the court of seventh ranked Leotar (9-10). Leotar defeated Borac Nektar 73-62 on Sunday. It was a great evening for Djordje Ninkovic who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side Nebojsa Pavlovic responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Borac Nektar's coach Drago Karalic tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Leotar moved-up to sixth place. Borac Nektar lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Posusje and Zrinjski HT. Leotar will meet higher ranked Bosna ASA BHT (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Borac Nektar will play against Vogosca (#10) in Sarajevo and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Posusje, where 4th placed Radnik B. (10-9) lost to ninth ranked Posusje (8-11) in a road game 67-81. It was an exceptional evening for Ivan Bakovic who led the winners and scored 32 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Posusje's coach Tihomir Mustapic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Posusje moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Borac Nektar and Zrinjski HT. Radnik B. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Posusje's next round opponent will be Zrinjski HT (#7) in Mostar. Radnik B. will play at home against Kakanj.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Varda. Local Varda HE (10-9) outscored 11th ranked Servitium (6-13) 83-58 on Saturday night. Marko Josilo fired 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Varda HE moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Radnik B. Loser Servitium dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. Varda HE will face league's leader Capljina Lasta on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Servitium will play against the league's second-placed Mladost (#2) in Mrkonjic Grad.

In the last game of round 19 Capljina defeated Kakanj in a road game 77-64.


Posusje - Radnik B. 81-67

We should mention about the upset which took place in Posusje, where 4th placed Radnik B. (10-9) lost to ninth ranked Posusje (8-11) in a road game 67-81. It looked good early as Radnik B. took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Posusje had a 25-10 second period charge getting the lead and Radnik B. was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-81. Posusje dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Radnik B.'s 36. Posusje forced 20 Radnik B. turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Radnik B.'s players. It was an exceptional evening for Croatian guard Ivan Bakovic (197-81) who led the winners and scored 32 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Kresimir Mustapic (206-90) accounted for 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Posusje's coach Tihomir Mustapic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Nebojsa Erkic (197-89) came up with 17 points and power forward Jovica Kecman (204-88) added 9 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Radnik B. in the defeat. Posusje moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Borac Nektar and Zrinjski HT. Radnik B. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Posusje's next round opponent will be Zrinjski HT (#7) in Mostar. Radnik B. will play at home against Kakanj.
Top scorers:
Radnik B.: N.Erkic 17+3reb+1ast, M.Markovic 12+5reb+1ast, D.Simic 12+2reb, J.Kecman 9+11reb+1ast, V.Borovcanin 7+6reb+2ast, D.Kokorus 5+2reb
Posusje: I.Bakovic 32+5reb+6ast, K.Mustapic 13+11reb+3ast, M.Lovric 11+6reb+4ast, N.Vlajcic 8+2reb+1ast, J.Sakota 8+5reb+1ast, A.Cutura 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 201814


Vogosca - Zrinjski HT 94-89

Bottom-ranked Vogosca managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the series of two consecutive loses. This time they won against seventh-ranked Zrinjski HT in Sarajevo 94-89. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zrinjski HT. Vogosca made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Zrinjski HT was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian swingman Mario Filipovic (196-88) who helped to win the game recording 41 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Montenegrin guard Amin Hot (192-92) contributed with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Montenegrin center Boris Lalovic (209-81) answered with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman Ivica Petric (198-88) added 26 points in the effort for Zrinjski HT. Zrinjski HT's coach Zoran Glomazic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vogosca (7-12) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Kakanj. Zrinjski HT at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Borac Nektar and Posusje. Vogosca will play against higher ranked Borac Nektar (#8) in Banja Luka in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zrinjski HT will play at home against Posusje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zrinjski HT: I.Petric 26+3reb+1ast, B.Lalovic 21+8reb+6ast, M.Djukanovic 17+5reb+2ast, G.Tomic 8+5reb, J.Brajkovic 7+2reb+1ast, B.Bubalo 4+1ast
Vogosca: M.Filipovic 41+6reb+4ast, A.Hot 22+7reb+5ast, M.Keser 19+11reb+1ast, A.Aljovic 5+5reb, S.Albinovic 4+4reb+2ast, E.Kahriman 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 201815


Mladost - Bosna 98-92

Round 19 in Division I means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Mrkonjic Grad where host Mladost (14-5) beat league's leader Bosna ASA BHT (13-6) 98-92 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Mladost made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Bosna ASA BHT helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Drasko Knezevic (185-93) fired 21 points and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Milan Kezic (193-86) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Swingman Sindis Demic (192-83) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds and forward Ramo Rizvic (200-87) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Mladost keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Capljina. Bosna ASA BHT at the other side dropped to the third place with six games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Capljina. Bosna ASA BHT will play next round against Leotar trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Mladost will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Servitium in Gradiska.
Top scorers:
Bosna: R.Rizvic 18+4reb+3ast, S.Leric 17, S.Demic 17+5reb+3ast, A.Demic 15+3reb+1ast, E.Camdzic 10+3reb, N.Buza 10+2reb+1ast
Mladost: M.Kezic 21+5reb+1ast, D.Knezevic 21+3reb+4ast, R.Velimirovic 17+6reb+1ast, I.Bijelic 16+6reb+1ast, P.Ivanic 10+1reb+6ast, M.Radanovic 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 201811


Varda HE - Servitium 83-58

The game with biggest result difference took place in Varda. Local Varda HE (10-9) outscored 11th ranked Servitium (6-13) 83-58 on Saturday night. Varda HE forced 22 Servitium turnovers and had a 13-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Naturalized Serbian guard Marko Josilo (201-92) fired 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Montenegrin point guard Darko Kastratovic (189-88, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 15 points and 4 steals. Five Varda HE players scored in double figures. Guard Igor Damjanovic (190-85) produced 13 points and 7 assists and swingman Nemanja Bilanovic (198-87) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Varda HE moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Radnik B. Loser Servitium dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. Varda HE will face league's leader Capljina Lasta on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Servitium will play against the league's second-placed Mladost (#2) in Mrkonjic Grad.
Top scorers:
Servitium: N.Bilanovic 17+6reb, I.Damjanovic 13+3reb+7ast, D.Kovacevic 10+4reb+3ast, O.Vukovic 5+1reb+1ast, D.Savic 5+1reb+2ast, V.Pecanac 4+3reb
Varda HE: D.Kastratovic 15+3reb+3ast, D.Tresac 12+6reb+2ast, S.Lakic 12+2ast, M.Josilo 12+9reb+2ast, I.Zolotic 11+4reb+1ast, A.Djeric 6+6ast
gschID: 201812


Leotar - Borac Nektar 73-62

The game in Trebinje was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Borac Nektar (8-11) played at the court of seventh ranked Leotar (9-10). Leotar defeated Borac Nektar 73-62 on Sunday. It was a great evening for center Djordje Ninkovic (210-93) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Dejan Sakotic (194-93) helped adding 15 points. Four Leotar players scored in double figures. At the losing side Nebojsa Pavlovic (200-87) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Srdjan Loncar (185-91) scored 10 points. Borac Nektar's coach Drago Karalic tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Leotar moved-up to sixth place. Borac Nektar lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Posusje and Zrinjski HT. Leotar will meet higher ranked Bosna ASA BHT (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Borac Nektar will play against Vogosca (#10) in Sarajevo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Borac Nektar: N.Pavlovic 15+6reb+2ast, S.Loncar 10+4reb+2ast, S.Blanusa 9+3reb, R.Ivic 8+2reb+2ast, D.Djuranovic 8+5reb+1ast, S.Matic 7+3reb+1ast
Leotar: D.Ninkovic 22+10reb+1ast, D.Sakotic 15+4reb+3ast, M.Kovacevic 13+3reb+1ast, D.Markovic 12+6reb+2ast, M.Rikalo 9+4reb+7ast, P.Gojkovac 2
gschID: 201816


Kakanj - Capljina 64-77

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Kakanj (7-12) was defeated at home by second ranked Capljina Lasta (14-5) 77-64 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-64. Strangely Kakanj outrebounded Capljina Lasta 38-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. Serbian guard Krsto Bjelica (192-88) fired 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Serbian guard Nemanja Kovacevic (194-85) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Four Capljina Lasta players scored in double figures. Capljina Lasta's coach Goran Peric used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. point guard Dinko Peljto (187-87) produced 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and center Amar Suljagic (210-88) added 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Capljina Lasta have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Mladost. Newly promoted Kakanj keeps the tenth place with 12 games lost. Capljina Lasta will face Varda HE (#5) at home in the next round. Kakanj will play against Radnik B. (#4) in Bijeljina.
Top scorers:
Kakanj: D.Peljto 23+7reb+5ast, A.Suljagic 21+10reb, L.Drezga 5+7reb+2ast, A.Dedic 5+4reb+1ast, S.Hadzifejzovic 4+5reb, H.Kovacevic 2
Capljina: K.Bjelica 19+6reb+4ast, N.Kovacevic 16+3reb+5ast, B.Jelcic 13+5reb, M.Galic 12+1reb+1ast, N.Popovic 6+2reb, D.Karamatic 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 201813



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. Flamengo 24-2 
 2. Brasilia 20-4 
 3. Uberlandia 17-8 
 4. Franca 17-8 
 5. Pinheiros/Sky 16-8 
 6. Bauru 15-9 
 7. S.Jose/Unimed 15-11 
 8. Paulistano 14-10 
 9. Minas 13-12 
 10. Basquete Cearense 11-13 
 11. Liga Sorocaba 11-13 
 12. Limeira 11-14 
 13. Mogi das Cruzes 9-16 
 14. Joinville 8-17 
 15. Vila Velha 8-17 
 16. Palmeiras 6-18 
 17. Tijuca TC 4-21 
 18. Suzano 3-21 

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 7: Tijuca TC - Bauru
Mar. 7: Pinheiros/Sky - S.Jose/Unimed
Mar. 7: Limeira - Brasilia
Mar. 7: Flamengo - Liga Sorocaba
Mar. 7: Minas - Vila Velha
Mar. 7: Paulistano - Mogi das Cruzes
Mar. 7: Suzano - Franca
Mar. 7: Palmeiras - Uberlandia
Mar. 7: Joinville - Basquete Cearense

Round 19

Mar. 4: Joinville - Pinheiros/Sky 73-93

Round 22

Mar. 4: Mogi das Cruzes - Flamengo 64-86

Round 26

Mar. 4: S.Jose/Unimed - Suzano 89-74


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Vieira, Flamengo21.7 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.4 
 3. Simmons, Vila Velha20.2 
 4. Day, Uberlandia18.9 
 5. Antonio, S.Jose/U.18.9 
 6. Dos Santos, Brasil.18.8 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.18.5 
 8. Boracini, Pinheiro.18.1 
 9. Nardi Duarte, Min.18.0 
 10. Beal, Minas17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Felipe RIBEIRO
  Basque.
  (201-F-79)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Ribeiro, Basque.9.2 
 2. Araujo, Mogi d.9.0 
 3. Rodriguez, Flame.8.9 
 4. Agba, Bauru7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.6 
 6. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.5 
 7. Castellar, Limeira7.2 
 8. Silveira, Flamengo7.0 
 9. Soares, Suzano6.8 
 10. Toyloy, Paulistano6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.8.1 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.5 
 3. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.2 
 4. Taylor, Bauru4.9 
 5. Boracini, Pinheiro.4.9 
 6. Garcia, Uberlandia4.7 
 7. Dawkins, Liga S.4.6 
 8. Smith, Pinheiro.4.6 
 9. Campos, Suzano4.4 
 10. Lima, Limeira4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Shamell STALLWORTH
  Pinhei.
  (195-SG-80)
  Avg: 0.3
 1. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.3 
 2. Boracini, Pinheiro.0.3 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.0.2 
 4. Mensah, Flamengo0.2 
 5. Benite, Flamengo0.2 
 6. Ferreira, Pinheiro.0.1 
 7. Ribeiro, Brasilia0.1 
 8. Teichmann, Franca0.1 
 9. Froehlich, Franca0.1 
 10. Calvo, S.Jose/U.0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.0 
 2. Campos, Suzano1.9 
 3. Figueroa, Franca1.9 
 4. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.9 
 5. Dawkins, Liga S.1.8 
 6. Brown, Palmeiras1.7 
 7. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.1.6 
 8. Taylor, Bauru1.6 
 9. Ribeiro, Brasilia1.6 
 10. Teichmann, Franca1.6 



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  BULGARIA   

Standings A2

Division A Standings
 1. Spartak MVR 10-2 
 2. UE Varna 9-3 
 3. Academik BL 8-4 
 4. Thrace Univ. 8-4 
 5. Academik PL 6-6 
 6. Dunav 2007 3-8 
 7. Chavdar 2-9 
 8. Vidabasket 1-11 

Regular Season: Round 12

Mar. 3: Academik PL - Thrace Univ. 85-61
Mar. 3: Chavdar - Spartak MVR 64-68
Mar. 3: Vidabasket - UE Varna 54-92
Mar. 3: Academik BL - Dunav 2007 102-62

Regular Season: Round 13

Mar. 10: Spartak MVR - Academik BL
Mar. 10: Chavdar - Vidabasket
Mar. 10: Thrace Univ. - UE Varna
Mar. 10: Dunav 2007 - Academik PL


Division A Round 12: Thrace Univ. is upset by Academik Plovdiv - by Eurobasket News

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

The most important game in the last round took place in Plovdiv between third ranked Thrace Univ. (8-4) and fifth ranked Academik Plovdiv (6-6) on Sunday night. Thrace Univ. was crushed by Academik Plovdiv on the road 85-61. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Thrace Univ.. Academik Plovdiv maintains fifth position with 6-6 record. Newly promoted Thrace Univ. keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Academik BL. Academik Plovdiv are looking forward to face Dunav 2007 (#6) in Ruse in the next round. Thrace Univ. will play at home against the league's second-placed UE Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Spartak MVR delivered the tenth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Chavdar (2-9) 68-64 in Troyan. Spartak MVR have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Spartak MVR maintains first position with 10-2 record. Chavdar lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with nine games lost. Spartak MVR will play against Academic Blagoevgrad (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Chavdar will play against Vidabasket (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Vida supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked UE Varna (9-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Vidabasket (1-11). UE Varna smashed Vidabasket 92-54 on Sunday. Newly promoted UE Varna maintains second position with 9-3 record behind leader Spartak MVR. Vidabasket lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. UE Varna will meet Thrace Univ. (#4) in the next round. Vidabasket will play against Chavdar (#7) in Troyan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Blagoevgrad. Local Academic Blagoevgrad (8-4) outscored 6th ranked Dunav 2007 (3-8) 102-62. Academic Blagoevgrad moved-up to third place, which they share with Thrace Univ. Dunav 2007 at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Academic Blagoevgrad's next round opponent will be league's leader Spartak MVR in Sofia and it will be for sure the game of the week. Dunav 2007 will play at home against Academik Plovdiv (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Chavdar - Spartak MVR 64-68

Leader Spartak MVR delivered the tenth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Chavdar (2-9) 68-64 in Troyan. Spartak MVR have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Spartak MVR maintains first position with 10-2 record. Chavdar lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with nine games lost. Spartak MVR will play against Academic Blagoevgrad (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Chavdar will play against Vidabasket (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 232909


Academik BL - Dunav 2007 102-62

The game with biggest result difference took place in Blagoevgrad. Local Academic Blagoevgrad (8-4) outscored 6th ranked Dunav 2007 (3-8) 102-62. Academic Blagoevgrad moved-up to third place, which they share with Thrace Univ. Dunav 2007 at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Academic Blagoevgrad's next round opponent will be league's leader Spartak MVR in Sofia and it will be for sure the game of the week. Dunav 2007 will play at home against Academik Plovdiv (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 232908


Academik PL - Thrace Univ. 85-61

The most important game in the last round took place in Plovdiv between third ranked Thrace Univ. (8-4) and fifth ranked Academik Plovdiv (6-6) on Sunday night. Thrace Univ. was crushed by Academik Plovdiv on the road 85-61. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Thrace Univ.. Academik Plovdiv maintains fifth position with 6-6 record. Newly promoted Thrace Univ. keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Academik BL. Academik Plovdiv are looking forward to face Dunav 2007 (#6) in Ruse in the next round. Thrace Univ. will play at home against the league's second-placed UE Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 232907


Vidabasket - UE Varna 54-92

The game in Vida supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked UE Varna (9-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Vidabasket (1-11). UE Varna smashed Vidabasket 92-54 on Sunday. Newly promoted UE Varna maintains second position with 9-3 record behind leader Spartak MVR. Vidabasket lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. UE Varna will meet Thrace Univ. (#4) in the next round. Vidabasket will play against Chavdar (#7) in Troyan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 232906



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  CAMEROON   


Luc Mbah a Moute selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to an overtime Milwaukee Bucks' victory against the Toronto Raptors (23-38) 122-114 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Mbah a Moute recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks have 30-28 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Mbah a Moute's fifth year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 7.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 41.8%, 3FGP: 32.0% and FT: 58.5% in the 43 games he played so far. Mbah a Moute played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Miami, FL to an easy victory against the Virginia Tech (4-12) 76-58 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Kadji recorded 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. The University of Miami, Florida has a very solid 14-2 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 season Kadji averages: 7.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 41.8%, 3FGP: 32.0% and FT: 58.5%. He played for the Cameroonian national team in 2011.

Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international shooting guard Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (187-77, currently plays in France). He was the major contributor in Aix-Maurienne's victory against the closely-ranked Nantes (10-11) 79-66 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Ekanga-Ehawa recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his five free throws). Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (13-12) is placed tenth in the ProB. This season Ekanga-Ehawa has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.6spg, 3FGP: 41.8% and FT: 88.9%. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Ekanga-Ehawa played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Victor Samnick
Victor Samnick
   #4. Power forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown, currently plays in France) contributed to a Chorale de Roanne's victory against the second-ranked Strasbourg IG (15-6) 70-65 in the French ProA last Monday. Samnick scored 7 points. Chorale de Roanne Basket (11-10) is placed sixth in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Samnick's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.5apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Samnick used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2011.

Arsene Towa
Arsene Towa
   #5. Former international forward Arsene Towa (191-81, currently plays in Finland) led Kerava Energia Team to a victory against the sixth-ranked HBA-Marsky (8-16) 92-84 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) in Tuesday night's game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Kerava Energia Team (19-6) is placed first in Division B. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Towa is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Kerava Energia Team's roster. Towa is currently third on the list of best rebounders. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Towa averages: 16.2ppg, 12.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.9spg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

William Arnaud Adala
William Arnaud Adala
   #6. Forward William Arnaud Adala (198-93, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the one of league's weakest teams Wake Forest (5-10) to beat the Florida State University (7-9). He scored 5 points in 14 minutes. The Wake Forest lost 62-76 on the road to the Florida State University. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. It's Arnaud Adala's first season with the team. This year Arnaud Adala's overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.2apg in the 21 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #7. Former international forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams New Yorker Phantoms (10-15) in their game against Mitteldeutscher BC (10-15) in the German BBL. NaNa recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. New Yorker Phantoms was crushed 92-58 in Weissenfels by the higher-ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (#14). They ended the series of four consecutive victories. NaNa has reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Steve Moundou-Missi (201-F, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Harvard (5-2) in their last game. Despite Moundou-Missi's very good performance the Harvard lost 53-58 on the road to the Princeton University. He scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 31 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Moundou-Missi's overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1apg in the 43 games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Rudolf Mua (201-F/C-80, currently plays in Finland) led Kerava Energia Team to a victory over the sixth-ranked HBA-Marsky (8-16) 92-84 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) in Tuesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Mua recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks and 3 steals. Kerava Energia Team (19-6) is placed first in Division B. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Mua belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #7) and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Mua averages: 21.6ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2.0bpg and 1.9spg.

   #3. Talba Toudjani (201-F-80, currently plays in Georgia) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked TSU (5-10) 86-68 in the Georgian Superleague last Friday. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 17 minutes. Energy Invest Rustaviis placed in the Superleague. It's Toudjani's first season with the team. This year Toudjani's overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg in the 14 games.

   #4. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group, 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 in Sunday night's game. He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. Sidigas Avellino (6-14) is placed 14th in the SerieA. This year Biligha's overall stats are: 3.3ppg and 1.8rpg in the 18 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and Italian. Despite Biligha's Cameroonian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cameroonian team.

   #5. Sama Taku (185-G, currently studies in the States) helped Pacific edge the University of California, Riverside (3-13) 70-68 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He recorded 12 points in 32 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 important. It's Taku's first year with the team. This season Taku's overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.5apg in the 20 games.

   #6. Michel Enanga (196-F, is currently at the American university) was not able to help the Co.Carolina in their game against the Charleston Southern University in the NCAA. Enanga cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 32 minutes. His team lost 64-75. Enanga has very impressive stats this year: 16.2ppg, 12.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.9spg in the 24 games.

   #7. William Yengue (193-F, currently plays in Canada) was not able to secure a victory for the Dalhousie University in their game against the X-Men in the Canadian university league CIS. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. His team was defeated 74-70. Yengue's overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.2apg.

   #8. Yannick Atanga (203-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Santa Clara University in a victory against the Loyola Marymount University crushing them 79-56 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Atanga scored only 2 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes. Atanga's stats this year are: 10.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.2apg in the 25 games.

   #9. Gedeon Pitard (188-PG-89, currently plays in France) helped STB Le Havre win their game against the 11th-ranked Limoges CSP Elite 85-74 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. He scored only 3 points. Pitard's total stats this season are: 4.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French.

   #10. Saidou Njoya (186-PG-89, currently plays in France) helped JL Bourg win their game against the 16th-ranked Denain Voltaire 91-81 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. Njoya recorded 6 points in 21 minutes. This year Njoya's total stats are: 2.7ppg and 1.9apg in the 11 games.



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Steve Nash's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Canadians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Steve Nash
Steve Nash
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Steve Nash (190-74, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a 1-point Los Angeles Lakers' victory against the Atlanta Hawks (33-26) 99-98 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Nash had a double-double by scoring 15 points and making 10 passes in 33 minutes on the court. The Los Angeles Lakers have 30-30 record this season. Nash has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 7.2apg, 2FGP: 53.9%, 3FGP: 43.6% and FT: 90.3%(65-72) in the 36 games he played so far. Nash played for the Canadian senior national team ten years ago.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #2. Second place goes to former U19 international forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (20-40) in their last game on Friday. Despite Thompson's very good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers were badly defeated 105-89 on the road by the Los Angeles Clippers. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 12 rebounds. This season Thompson has very high stats. He averages: 11.3ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 49.0% and FT: 64.9%. Thompson played for the Canadian U19 national team in 2009.

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in Russia). Landry led Triumph Lyubertsy to a victory over the second-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (16-8) 78-74 in the Russian PBL in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Landry scored 22 points and added 3 passes. Triumph Lyubertsy (5-7) is placed seventh in the PBL. Landry is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.6apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 43.8%, 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 73.7%. Landry played for the Canadian national team four years ago.

Carl English
Carl English
   #4. Guard Carl English (192-81, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help Asefa Estudiantes (12-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Asefa Estudiantes was edged 80-77 in Valladolid by the much lower-ranked (#15) Blancos de Rueda. English was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 4 assists in 33 minutes. English is currently first on the league's list of top scorers with 19.4ppg. He also averaged so far 3.6rpg and 2.2apg in the 22 games. English used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2011.

Samuel Dalembert
Samuel Dalembert
   #5. Former international center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 1-point Milwaukee Bucks' victory against the Utah Jazz (32-28) 109-108 in the NBA last Monday. He scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks have 30-28 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Dalembert's first year with the team. Dalembert's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.4bpg. He has a dual citizenship: Haitian and Canadian. Dalembert used to play for the Canadian national team five years ago.

Myck Kabongo
Myck Kabongo
   #6. Point guard Myck Kabongo (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an overtime Texas' victory against the The University of Oklahoma (11-6) 92-86 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He recorded 31 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals in 37 minutes. The The University of Texas have not so impressive 5-11 conference record this season. Kabongo's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Kabongo's overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.4bpg in the 36 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Canadian senior team four years ago.

Cory Joseph
Cory Joseph
   #7. Former international point guard Cory Joseph (190-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Detroit Pistons (23-39) crushing them 114-75 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Joseph scored 8 points and added 4 assists. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 47-14 record this season. Joseph's total stats this year are: 3.6ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.7apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Marvell Waithe
Marvell Waithe
   #8. Forward Marvell Waithe (205-87, college: Arkansas, currently plays in Denmark) was the main contributor in Bakken's victory against the league outsider Aalborg (2-25) 104-88 in the Danish Ligaen last Thursday. Waithe was the best player in that game. He scored 32 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds in 29 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Waithe's third season in pro basketball. Bakken Bears (21-6) is placed second in the Ligaen. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Waithe has very impressive stats this year: 20.3ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg in the six games. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

Devoe Joseph
Devoe Joseph
   #9. Former U19 international guard Devoe Joseph (193-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Kryvbasbasket (13-21) crushing them 92-63 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Sunday night's game. Joseph scored 16 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 29 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (19-13) is placed fifth in the Superleague. It's Joseph's first year with the team. Joseph has relatively good stats this season: 11.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.7apg and 1.1spg in the 32 games. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team six years ago.

Marc Trasolini
Marc Trasolini
   #10. Forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Loyola Marymount University (1-15) crushing them 79-56 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 29 minutes. The Santa Clara University has 9-7 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Trasolini is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Santa Clara's roster. This season Trasolini has relatively solid stats: 14.2ppg, 8.2rpg, 3.2apg and 1.1spg in the 24 games. He is a former U19 international player as four years ago he still played for the Canadian national team.

   #11. Former international forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala was not able to secure a victory for CSM Bucuresti (15-10) in their last game on Monday. Despite Shepherd's very good performance CSM Bucuresti was edged 86-84 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Rovinari (#11). He was the second best scorer with 25 points. Shepherd also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists. He is currently third on the list of top scorers. This season Shepherd has very high stats. He averages: 19.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.7spg. Shepherd used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Portland crushing them 81-52 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Olynyk recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 4 assists. This season Olynyk has very high stats. He averages: 19.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.7spg. Olynyk used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2011.

   #13. Former U19 international center Sim Bhullar (226-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams N.Mexico St. (12-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the N.Mexico St. lost 60-66 in Denver, CO to the Denver University. Bhullar recorded 17 points and blocked 4 shots in 33 minutes. He has very impressive stats this year: 19.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.7spg in the 24 games. Bhullar used to play for the Canadian U19 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former international forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Blusens Monbus' victory against the sixth-ranked CAI Zaragoza 72-64 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored 10 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Kendall has reliable stats this season: 13.0ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.8apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former international guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Balkan League), who plays in Greece couldn't help Kavala (3-4) in their last game. Despite Mitrovic's very good performance the fifth-placed Kavala was edged 94-92 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Kumanovo_2009 in the group C of Balkan League. He was the second best scorer with 17 points in 30 minutes. Mitrovic averaged so far 10.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.1apg in the 10 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Matt Bonner (206-F-80, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) led San Antonio Spurs to an easy victory against the Sacramento Kings (21-40) crushing them 130-102 in the NBA on Friday night. He scored 13 points in 23 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 47-14 record this season. It's Bonner's seventh year with the team. This year Bonner's overall stats are: 4.1ppg and 1.9rpg in the 52 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American.

   #2. Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklah.Baptist, currently plays in Lebanon) led Byblos to a victory over the closely-ranked Hoops Club (5-13) 108-97 in the Lebanese Division A last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Fraser had a double-double by scoring 35 points and getting 20 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 40 minutes. Byblos (10-8) is placed sixth in the Division A. The Regular Season already ended. Fraser is ranked first on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Fraser averages: 18.7ppg, 17.9rpg, 2.1apg, 1.9bpg and 1.3spg in the 17 games.

   #3. Andrew Nicholson (205-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Orlando Magic (17-44) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the Orlando Magic was defeated 118-110 on the road by the Houston Rockets. Nicholson scored 17 points. Nicholson has relatively good stats this season: 8.4ppg and 3.6rpg.

   #4. Omar El Turk (186-SG-81, college: Dawson Coll., currently plays in Lebanon) was the main contributor in a Al Riyadi's victory against the league outsider Antranik (2-16) crushing them 109-68 in a derby game in the Lebanese Division A on Monday night. El Turk was the top player that evening. He recorded 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (16-2) is placed second in the Division A. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. El Turk is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his ninth year in Al Riyadi's roster. El Turk's total stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.4apg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #5. Corey Muirhead (197-F-83, college: W.Carolina, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL was not able to help BK Pardubice (17-9) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Muirhead's very good performance the third-placed BK Pardubice was defeated 99-86 in Prostejov by the lower-ranked BK Prostejov (#4) in the Group A1. He recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 10 rebounds. Muirhead also added 4 assists. Muirhead is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. This season he has very good stats: 14.2ppg, 8.2rpg, 3.2apg and 1.1spg. Muirhead is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #6. Jason Calliste (188-PG, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Detroit Mercy's victory against the University of Illinois-Chicago 79-67 in the NCAA last Saturday. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and making 10 passes. Calliste also added and 3 steals in 38 minutes. He has very impressive stats this year: 19.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.7spg in the 24 games.

   #7. Ali Kanaan (207-C/F-85, college: Mass.-Lowell, currently plays in Lebanon) is a teammate of previously mentioned Omar El Turk and both played together in the last Lebanese Division A game. Kanaan contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Antranik crushing them 109-68 in a derby game. He recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 23 minutes. This year Kanaan's total stats are: 4.6ppg and 4.8rpg in the 11 games. He has both Canadian and Lebanese nationalities.

   #8. Justin Edwards (190-PG-92, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Maine (6-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Edwards' very good performance the Maine was defeated 79-74 in Durham, NH by the University of New Hampshire. He scored 29 points (!!!) (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Edwards' total stats this season are: 4.6ppg and 4.8rpg.

   #9. Dejan Kravic (211-F-90, is currently at the American university) contributed to a Texas Tech's victory against the Texas Christian University 72-63 in the NCAA last Saturday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. Kravic also added 3 assists. His total stats this season are: 4.6ppg and 4.8rpg. Kravic also holds two passports: Serbian and Canadian.

   #10. Kyle Johnson (195-G-88, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in Italy) helped Sutor Montegranaro win their game against the eighth-ranked Umana Venezia crushing them 88-64 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He scored 15 points in 23 minutes. This year Johnson's total stats are: 7.9ppg and 3.4rpg in the 21 games. He holds both Canadian and British passports.



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Romain Sato selected the top Central African playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Romain Sato (194-81, college: Xavier, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Turkey. He could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (2-7) to beat Montepaschi Siena (7-2). Sato scored 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. 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. This year Sato averages: 7.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 46.5%, 3FGP: 29.7% and FT: 80.8% in the 18 games he played so far. He played for the Central African senior national team two years ago.

Max Kouguere
Max Kouguere
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Max Kouguere (198-87, currently plays in France). Kouguere was the major contributor in a STB Le Havre's victory against the 11th-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (4-13) 85-74 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. STB Le Havre (12-3) is placed sixth in the ProA. Kouguere has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 62.1%(77-124), 3FGP: 34.6% and FT: 66.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Central African. Kouguere played for the Central African national team in 2011.

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79, currently plays in France). He was not able to help Strasbourg IG (15-6) in their game against Chorale de Roanne (11-10) in the French ProA. Zianveni scored only 4 points in 13 minutes. Strasbourg IG lost 65-70 in Roanne to the lower-ranked (#6) Chorale de. They ended the series of ten consecutive victories. This year Zianveni's overall stats are: 5.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 58.8%(20-34) and FT: 64.3% in the nine games. He is another player who holds two passports: Central African and French. Zianveni played for the Central African national team two years ago.

Michael Mokongo
Michael Mokongo
   #4. Point guard Michael Mokongo (180-86, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to secure a victory for Apoel (12-9) in their game against Apollon (9-12) in the Cypriot Division A. His contribution was not very remarkable in Friday's game. Mokongo scored only 2 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Apoel was defeated 83-79 in Limassol by the lower-ranked Apollon (#5). It's Mokongo's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 8.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg. Mokongo has both Central African and French nationalities. He used to play for the Central African national team back in 2011.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

Jimmy Djimrabaye (204-C/F-92) plays for Gravelines-Dunkerque in French ProA
Neil Wilfried Londoumon (190-G-93) plays for Paris-Levallois in French ProA
Julio Malingapot (194-SF-95) plays for JDA Dijon in French ProA
Clarence Juillet (198-C-83) plays for Berck in French NM2
Francois Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi (196-F-83) plays for Marmande in French NM2
Destin Damachoua (184-G-86) plays for Vanves in French NM2
William Kossangue-Toro (198-F-86) plays for Lucon in French NM2
Yannick Zachee (194-F-86) plays for GET Vosges in French NM2
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85) plays for Pornic in French NM2
Maixent Monbollet (203-F/C-81) plays for Tourcoing in French NM2
Benjamin M'Boli (199-F-88) plays for Ormes in French NM2

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



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Mar. 5: Caribbean Heat - Piratas 92-88
Mar. 5: Bucaros - Academia 81-72
Mar. 5: Halcones - Once Caldas 54-68
Mar. 5: Bambuqueros - Aguilas 108-88

Regular Season: Round 9

Mar. 8: Piratas - Bucaros
Mar. 8: Academia - Aguilas
Mar. 8: Once Caldas - Bambuqueros
Mar. 8: Caribbean Heat - Halcones


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stalin ORTIZ
  Bambuqueros
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Ortiz, Bambuqueros23.3 
 2. Rayson, Aguilas22.6 
 3. Johnson, Piratas22.3 
 4. Chavez Jacob., Ac.20.9 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.20.6 
 6. Brooks, Bucaros20.4 
 7. Bradford, Caribb.20.0 
 8. Gilbert, Bucaros18.9 
 9. Mayfield, Aguilas17.6 
 10. Aragon, Academia17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeffrey FAHNBULLEH
  Piratas
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Fahnbulleh, Piratas9.9 
 2. Culver, Caribbea.9.9 
 3. Blue, Academia9.3 
 4. Hernandez, Bucaros8.5 
 5. Sanders, Halcones7.7 
 6. Arteaga, Piratas7.6 
 7. Cortes, Once Cald.7.0 
 8. Rayson, Aguilas6.7 
 9. Guevara, Bambuque.6.6 
 10. Burnett, Halcones6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Eddy MAYFIELD
  Aguilas
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Mayfield, Aguilas5.6 
 2. Brooks, Bucaros5.3 
 3. Moreno, Piratas5.0 
 4. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.5 
 5. Dorsey, Bambuque.4.5 
 6. Garcia, Aguilas4.1 
 7. Dayee, Once Caldas3.9 
 8. Bradford, Caribb.3.8 
 9. Aragon, Academia2.9 
 10. Pomare, Caribbea.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Stalin ORTIZ
  Bambuqueros
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ortiz, Bambuqueros3.0 
 2. Moreno, Piratas2.3 
 3. Rodriguez, Halcones1.6 
 4. Mayfield, Aguilas1.6 
 5. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.6 
 6. Garris, Once Caldas1.6 
 7. Rayson, Aguilas1.4 
 8. Londono, Academia1.4 
 9. Fahnbulleh, Piratas1.3 
 10. Cortes, Once Cal.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Steffon FARLEY
  Academia
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Farley, Academia1.1 
 2. Sanders, Halcones1.0 
 3. Mayfield, Aguilas0.9 
 4. Blue, Academia0.8 
 5. Perez, Bambuqueros0.8 
 6. Culver, Caribbea.0.6 
 7. Hernandez, Bucaros0.6 
 8. Cortes, Once Cald.0.6 
 9. Burnett, Halcones0.6 
 10. Guevara, Bambuqu.0.4 


PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 7- RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Javier Gordon the Caribbean Heat manager/owner also had to coach the team in the first game against the Piratas in Cartagena, and despite it was his first pro game as coach Gordon drived his team to the its first victory in the season.
Cory Bradford and Patrick Culver joined efforts to complete 52 pts together, Culver double double was completed by his 12 rebounds, Edward Steele the spectacular island player had 17, and was very importany playing defense on Piratas main weapon Jamal Johnson, the heat had a brilliant 9 of 19 beyond the arc
Piratas has the chance to win , the black team took a one point lead thanks to a Leonard Mendez three pointer with 1:15 remaining in the last quarter, but failed in the other side and Bradford had a quick answer, Jeff Fahnbulleh scored 19 points for Piratas and Edgar Arteaga 17.
Caribbean Heat 95 C. Bradford 27 pts (6/13 3pt fg), P. Culver 25 pts + 12 rebs.
Piratas de Bogota 89 J. Fahnbulleh 19 pts, E. Arteaga 17 pts.

Bukaros defeated the leader Academia de la montana in Bucaramanga, the game between two good defensive teams finished with the victory of the most experienced, but the real game start from the second quarter when both team made adjustments of their defenses , Bukaros had a strong performance of Sergio Trocha (204-C-87, college: Rocky Mountain) the young center with his first career double double posted a nice 24 pts and 17 rebounds with 10 of 11 from the field, Gilbert Lawrence had 20 pts, Bukaros power in the rebounds was the key in the game.
Academias Cesar Chavez 23 points was the best for his team, Norbey Aragon had 12.
Bukaros Freskaleche 79 S. Trocha 24 pts + 17 rbs, G. Lawrence 20 pts
Academia de la Montana 71 C. Chavez 23, N. Aragon 12

Halcones del Norte achived its second victory of the season defeating in an exciting overtime the Manizales OC, Halcones had Louis Truscott leade the way with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Eleuterio Renteria and Omar Sanders had 16 points each, Halcones had a 5 point lead at the half but a poor third quarter put the 5 behind, however the last quarter effort was enough to send the game to the overtime.
Manizales OC highs and lows beyond the arc continues, yesterday collapsed making a poor 2 of 21 waisting too many ball possesions, Cesar Cortez had 18 points, Taverious Wilkins 12.
Halcones del Norte 78 L. Truscott 20pts + 15 rebs, E. Renteria 16 pts.
Manizales OC 73 C. Cortez 18pts, T. Wilkins 12pts.

Bambuqueros and Aguilas de Tunja played a game for the delight of the attendance, in Neiva, the Bambuqueros reached a 18 points lead at the half and relaxed in the second half, Stalin Ortiz 29 pts and Darrin Dorsey 25 points leaded the way for the locals, while Tayrone Rayson had 23 and Eddy Mayfield 20 in Aguilas.
It was the third straight victory for the Bambuqueros that climbs in the standings.
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 111 S. Ortiz 29pts, D. Dorsey 25pts.
Aguilas de Tunja 94 T. Rayson 23 pts, E. Mayfield 20 pts.




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Standings - A2 League

A2 Standings
Group Center
 1. Hermes Anal. 11-0 
 2. Samobor 8-4 
 3. Zrinjevac 8-5 
 4. Dubrava 7-4 
 5. Gorica 7-5 
 6. Sanac Karl. 6-7 
 7. Maksimir 4-6 
 8. Mladost Z.(C) 4-7 
 9. Bosco 4-8 
 10. Kaptol 2-8 
 11. Rudes 2-9 
 12. Sus.-Moslavina 0-0 
Group East
 1. Belisce 14-2 
 2. Vinkovci 11-2 
 3. Meteor D. 9-5 
 4. Vukovar 7-7 
 5. Zupanja 7-8 
 6. Vrijednosnice 6-8 
 7. Pozega 6-9 
 8. Olimp Inspekt 3-12 
 9. Virovitica 2-12 
Group North
 1. Cakovec 14-5 
 2. Podravac Virje 14-5 
 3. Mladost D.(N) 14-5 
 4. Graficar 14-5 
 5. Medjimurje C. 12-7 
 6. Bjelovar 11-7 
 7. Petar Zrinski 9-9 
 8. Vindija V. 9-9 
 9. Radnik 5-14 
 10. Ivancica 4-14 
 11. Rudar-Cimper 4-15 
 12. Koprivnica 0-19 
Group South
 1. GKK Sibenik 19-1 
 2. Puntamika 19-1 
 3. Kastela 14-6 
 4. Sukosan 10-10 
 5. Jazine 10-10 
 6. Omis Galeb 9-11 
 7. Policnik 8-12 
 8. Metkovic 8-12 
 9. Solin 7-13 
 10. Cetina 6-14 
 11. DOSK 5-15 
 12. Trogir 5-15 
Group West
 1. Skrljevo 12-2 
 2. Stoja Pula 11-3 
 3. Crikvenica 10-4 
 4. Kastav 9-5 
 5. Pula 1981 9-6 
 6. Zamet 5-9 
 7. Otocac 4-9 
 8. Ghia Staff 2-12 
 9. Rovinj 1-13 
 10. Ucka 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 21

Center

Mar. 9: Dubrava - Kaptol
Mar. 9: Hermes Anal. - Samobor
Mar. 9: Maksimir - Gorica
Mar. 9: Rudes - Zrinjevac
Mar. 9: Bosco - Sanac Karl.

East

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

North

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

South

Mar. 3: Sukosan - Solin 98-63
Mar. 3: Policnik - Trogir 80-83
Mar. 3: Omis Galeb - DOSK 80-71
Mar. 3: Metkovic - Puntamika 73-75
Mar. 3: GKK Sibenik - Kastela 111-76
Mar. 3: Jazine - Cetina 110-102

West

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


Kresimir Loncar selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in VTB United League). He was the major contributor in Khimky's victory against the sixth-ranked Lietuvos rytas (8-8) 88-79 in the VTB United League in Monday night's game. Loncar recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks in 21 minutes on the court. BC Khimky Moscow Region (12-4) is placed first in group A. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Loncar averages: 7.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 59.7%(46-77) and FT: 79.4% in the 15 games he played so far. He played for the Croatian senior national team three years ago.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, currently plays in Euroleague). Tomic led his Spanish team Regal FC Barcelona to a 2-point victory against the fourth-ranked Khimky (5-4) 71-69 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Regal FC Barcelona (8-1) is placed first in group F. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Tomic belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #4. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.6apg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 63.8%(95-149) and FT: 61.1%. Tomic played for the Croatian national team in 2011.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Greek team Panathinaikos to a victory against the second-ranked Anadolu Efes (7-2) 75-62 in the Euroleague on Friday night. Ukic scored 13 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 35 minutes. Panathinaikos Athens (6-3) is placed fourth in group E. This year Ukic's overall stats are: 9.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 64.3% in the 18 games. He is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Dontaye Draper
Dontaye Draper
   #4. Point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked UCAM Murcia (10-13) 86-69 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Draper scored 9 points. Real Madrid (22-1) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Draper's total stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 1.7apg. He is a naturalized American. Draper used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2011. He played also for Cedevita Zagreb in Croatian league.

Krunoslav Simon
Krunoslav Simon
   #5. International swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) led Unicaja Malaga to a surprising victory over the fourth-ranked Gescrap BB (14-9) 63-59 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Simon was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points in 26 minutes. Unicaja Malaga (11-12) is placed 11th in the ACB. This year Simon's total stats are: 9.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.9apg in the 23 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Jasmin Perkovic
Jasmin Perkovic
   #6. An experienced forward Jasmin Perkovic (205-80, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to Un.Olimpija's victory against the closely-ranked Krka (9-14) 76-63 in the Adriatic League on Saturday night. Perkovic scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (13-10) is placed sixth in the Adriatic League. There are only three games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Perkovic has averaged so far 4.6ppg and 1.6rpg. He is a former U21 international player as he played for the Croatian team twelve years ago.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #7. Former international guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to Zalgiris' victory against the seventh-ranked CEZ Nymburk (5-10) 90-84 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Popovic recorded 10 points (made all of his six free throws) in 22 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (15-1) is placed first in group B. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Popovic has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 1.2rpg and 3.1apg in the 14 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Luka Zoric
Luka Zoric
   #8. Center Luka Zoric (211-84, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Krunoslav Simon. But that was another game of his team in Euroleague which we would like to mention. Zoric, who plays in Spain could not help Unicaja Malaga (4-5) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance the sixth-placed Unicaja Malaga was badly defeated 83-67 on the road by the higher-ranked Zalgiris (#5) in the group E of Euroleague. Zoric was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Zoric has relatively good stats this season: 11.7ppg and 4.6rpg. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Damir Rancic
Damir Rancic
   #9. Former international guard Damir Rancic (199-83, currently plays in Slovenia) was not able to help Helios (12-5) in their game against Polzela (4-13) in the Slovenian Telemach League, despite his very good performance on Saturday night. Rancic was the top scorer with 22 points in 31 minutes. But the league leader Helios lost 74-81 at home to the much lower-ranked (#9) Polzela. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Rancic has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.0apg in the five games. He used to play for the Croatian national team four years ago.

Mario Delas
Mario Delas
   #10. Power forward Mario Delas (207-90, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Marko Popovic. He played also in the last Euroleague game facing Luka Zoric (above) in the other team. Delas contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (4-5) 83-67. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Delas has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 1.8rpg. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Croatian senior national team.

   #11. International point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for VL Pesaro in their game against Trenkwalder RE in the Italian SerieA, despite his very good performance last Sunday. Stipcevic was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 33 minutes. But his team was edged 68-65. Stipcevic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6spg in the eight games. Stipcevic plays currently for the Croatian national team.

   #12. Former international guard Zoran Vrkic (200-87, currently plays in Greece) led Ikaros to a victory over the 12th-ranked KAOD 80-74 in the Greek A1 on Monday night. He was the best player in that game. Vrkic scored 19 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Vrkic has reliable stats this season: 11.4ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.7apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2011.

   #13. Former international point guard Jakov Vladovic (187-83, currently plays in Adriatic League) faced previously mentioned Jasmin Perkovic in the Adriatic League last game. Vladovic couldn't help Krka in their game against Un.Olimpija. Despite his very good performance last Saturday He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Vladovic also added 7 assists. Vladovic is currently third on the list of best passers. He has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 4.4apg. Vladovic used to play for the Croatian national team four years ago.

   #14. Former international swingman Mario Stojic (198-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to a 2-point Base Oostende's victory against the fifth-ranked Antwerp Giants 69-67 in the Belgian Ethias League on Friday night. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 30 minutes. Stojic's stats this year are: 12.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former international center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Vanoli Cremona in their game against Lottomatica Roma in the Italian SerieA. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game Stipanovic was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Stipanovic is currently second on the list of best rebounders. He has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.4spg. Stipanovic used to play for the Croatian national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Boise St. to an easy victory against the The University of Nevada (3-11) crushing them 73-47 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Drmic recorded 26 points (!!!) in 34 minutes. 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. Drmic's stats this year are: 11.4ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.7apg in the 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian.

   #2. Experienced Marin Petric (190-G-80, currently plays in Germany) led Duesseldorf Baskets to a victory over the tenth-ranked NBC (11-13) 79-65 in the German ProA (second division) last Sunday. He was the top player that evening. Petric scored 22 points and added 4 passes in 28 minutes. Duesseldorf Baskets (17-7) is placed third in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Petric averaged so far 10.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.8apg in the 23 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and German.

   #3. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to a 3-point Tajfun's victory against the eighth-ranked LTHcast Mercator (5-12) 76-73 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Saturday night. Primorac scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. KK Tajfun Sentjur (12-5) is placed second in the Telemach League. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Primorac is currently seventh on the list of best rebounders. This season he has very good stats: 13.2ppg and 6.8rpg.

   #4. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in Slovenia) was the major contributor in a 3-point Maribor Messer's victory against the closely-ranked Elektra (8-9) 62-59 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Saturday. Maric scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. KK Maribor Messer (12-5) is placed third in the Telemach League. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Maric averaged so far 13.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg.

   #5. Sandi Marcius (206-F-90, currently studies in the States) contributed to Purdue's victory against the University of Wisconsin (9-5) 69-56 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Purdue University has 7-9 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. It's Marcius' fourth year with the team. Marcius averaged so far 13.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg.

   #6. Marco Buljevic (197-G-87, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) could not help ETB Wohnbau (10-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance ETB Wohnbau lost 92-100 at home to the higher-ranked (#8) Science City Jena. Buljevic was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 3 passes in 31 minutes. Buljevic averaged so far 10.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.0apg in the 24 games. He has both Croatian and German nationalities. Despite Buljevic's Croatian passport, he previously played for the German U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Croatian team.

   #7. Igor Milicic (194-G-76, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland) was not able to help AZS Koszalin in their game against Anwil in the Polish TBL. Milicic scored 6 points. His team was defeated 75-68. He has averaged so far 5.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.7apg. Milicic also holds two passports: Croatian and Polish.

   #8. Milos Paravinja (212-C/F-79, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to a 2-point Geoplin Slovan's victory against the closely-ranked Rogaska 73-71 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Saturday night. He scored 8 points and added 3 assists in 24 minutes. Paravinja has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.4apg in the 16 games. He has Croatian and Slovenian nationalities.

   #9. Vladimir Tomasevic (200-F-75, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to a Beovuk 72's victory against the closely-ranked Proleter Naftagas 94-82 in the Serbian B League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Tomasevic recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. He has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 1.1rpg.

   #10. Kristijan Krajina (206-F-90, is currently at the American university) helped Mt.St.Mary's win their game against the Monmouth University 77-63 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Krajina scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 14 minutes. He has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 1.1rpg in the 13 games.



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Tomas Satoransky selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, currently plays in Spain). He led Cajasol to a surprising victory over the seventh-ranked Valencia Basket (13-10) 72-66 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Satoransky was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 28 minutes on the court. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (9-14) is placed 14th in the ACB. Satoransky is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.1apg. He also averaged so far 12.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 31.1% and FT: 75.6% in the 22 games he played so far. Satoransky is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Jan Vesely (211-90, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to a 3-point Washington Wizards' victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (23-36) 90-87 in the NBA last Sunday. Vesely scored 6 points. The Washington Wizards have not so impressive 19-39 record this season. This year Vesely averages: 2.8ppg, 2.5rpg and FT: 25.8%. He played for the Czech Republic national team in 2010.

Pavel Pumprla
Pavel Pumprla
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Pavel Pumprla (198-86, currently plays in Spain). Pumprla contributed to a Blusens Monbus' victory against the sixth-ranked CAI Zaragoza (13-10) 72-64 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored 6 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (11-12) is placed tenth in the ACB. Pumprla's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 57.4%(54-94), 3FGP: 46.2%(6-13) and FT: 82.1%. He is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Jiri Hubalek
Jiri Hubalek
   #4. Center Jiri Hubalek (208-82, agency: Two Points, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Umana Venezia (11-10) to beat Sutor Montegranaro (7-14). Hubalek scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 9 minutes. Umana Venezia was crushed 88-64 on the road by the lower-ranked (#13) Sutor Montegranaro. This year Hubalek's overall stats are: 1.7ppg and 1.8rpg in the nine games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2009.

Ales Chan
Ales Chan
   #5. An experienced former international center Ales Chan (216-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A was not able to help Apoel (12-9) in their last game on Friday. Despite Chan's good performance Apoel was defeated 83-79 in Limassol by the lower-ranked Apollon (#5). He scored 13 points. It's Chan's first season with the team. Chan's total stats this year are: 6.8ppg and 3.9rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team three years ago.

Ondrej Balvin
Ondrej Balvin
   #6. Center Ondrej Balvin (216-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tomas Satoransky and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Balvin managed to help Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla in a victory against the seventh-ranked Valencia Basket (13-10) 72-66. He scored 5 points in 15 minutes. This year Balvin's total stats are: 3.5ppg and 2.7rpg in the 19 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Czech Republic National Team roster.

Lubos Barton
Lubos Barton
   #7. International small forward Lubos Barton (202-80, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams New Yorker Phantoms (10-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Barton's good performance New Yorker Phantoms was crushed 92-58 in Weissenfels by the higher-ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (#14). He recorded 10 points. Barton has averaged so far 4.6ppg and 3.3rpg. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #8. Center Ondrej Starosta (215-79, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) couldn't help Planasa NV (8-12) in their last game on Friday. Despite Starosta's good performance Planasa NV was crushed 78-53 on the opponent's court by the leading River_Andorra. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Starosta also added 4 rebounds. Starosta is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Starosta averages: 15.1ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2008.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #9. International center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Ondrej Starosta in the Spanish LEB Gold last game. Hampl helped River Andorra win their game against the tenth-ranked Planasa NV (8-12) crushing them 78-53. He scored only 4 points. Hampl has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 4.0rpg. He is also in the roster of the Czech Republic national team.

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

   #1. Michal Kremen (200-G/F-81, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A could not help Apoel (12-9) in their last game. Despite Kremen's very good performance Apoel lost 79-83 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) Apollon. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Kremen also added 7 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 4 balls in 29 minutes. It's Kremen's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 7.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg in the 16 games he played so far.

   #2. David Steffel (212-C/F-85, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala was not able to help Rovinari (12-13) in their last game. Despite Steffel's good performance Rovinari lost 84-92 in Mures to the much higher-ranked (#3) Targu. He scored 12 points, had 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 33 minutes. It was Rovinari's third consecutive loss in a row. Steffel is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders with 8.2rpg. This year his other stats are: 12.8ppg and 1.5apg in the 25 games.

   #3. Jaroslav Tyrna (207-F/C-86, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an USC Leipzig's victory against the closely-ranked Finke Baskets (9-15) 91-82 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday. Tyrna scored 9 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 19 minutes. Uni-Riesen Leipzig (4-20) is located at the very bottom in the ProA. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of twelve consecutive loses. Tyrna has averaged so far 6.1ppg and 5.5rpg in the 10 games.



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  D-LEAGUE   

Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 23-13 
 2. Canton C. 22-15 
 3. Sioux Falls S. 21-17 
 4. Maine RC 21-18 
 5. Erie Bay H. 20-18 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 19-19 
 7. Springfield A. 14-23 
 8. Iowa E. 8-31 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 25-11 
 2. Austin T. 22-14 
 3. Rio Grande VV 22-14 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 21-15 
 5. Texas L. 17-21 
 6. Los Angeles D. 15-20 
 7. Reno B. 13-22 
 8. Idaho S. 12-24 

Regular Season: Round 53

Mar. 5: Bakersfield J. - Texas L. 117-108
Mar. 5: Rio Grande VV - Iowa E. 115-111
Mar. 5: Ft.Wayne MA - Canton C. 115-102
Mar. 5: Sioux Falls S. - Idaho S. 102-109
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: 25.8
 1. Dentmon, Texas L.25.8 
 2. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.1 
 3. Mack, Maine RC20.1 
 4. Goudelock, Rio G.20.0 
 5. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.19.9 
 6. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.7 
 7. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 8. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
 9. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.19.4 
 10. Samuels, Reno B.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luke HARANGODY
  Ft.Wayne.
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.11.8 
 2. Butch, Bakersfi.10.9 
 3. Samuels, Reno B.10.8 
 4. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 5. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.10.2 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.10.2 
 7. Wright, Maine RC9.4 
 8. Jones, Rio G.9.3 
 9. Onuaku, Canton C.9.1 
 10. Sims, Erie Bay H.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Maine RC
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Barrett, Maine RC7.7 
 2. Russell, Reno B.7.7 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.5 
 4. Wright, Iowa E.7.1 
 5. Fortson, Los A.6.4 
 6. Singletary, Texas6.1 
 7. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 8. Karl, Idaho S.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.2.3 
 3. Fortson, Los A.1.9 
 4. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 5. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 6. McNeal, Bakersfi.1.9 
 7. Singletary, Texas1.8 
 8. Leslie, Santa C.1.8 
 9. Greene, Los A.1.8 
 10. Sutton, Tulsa 66.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Sioux F.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Varnado, Sioux F.3.8 
 2. Melo, Maine RC3.7 
 3. Jordan, Reno B.2.5 
 4. Whiteside, Rio G.2.3 
 5. Gladness, Santa C.2.2 
 6. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 7. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.1 
 8. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 9. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 10. Foster, Sioux F.2.0 


D-League round 52 best performance: Justin Holiday - by Eurobasket News

Forward Justin Holiday (198-F-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Idaho S., receiving a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 52.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 33 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Iowa E. (#8, 8-30) 115-107. Idaho S. maintains the 8th position in D-League. Idaho S. is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-24 record. In the team's last game Holiday had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Idaho S.'s top player in his first season with the team. Justin Holiday averages this season 15.1ppg and 5.2rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Augustus Gilchrist (208-F/C-89, agency: SportsTalent) of Iowa E.. Gilchrist had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Iowa E. lost that game 107-115 to slightly higher-ranked Idaho S. (#8, 11-24). Iowa E. managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. 30 lost games are too many comparing to just eight victories Iowa E. managed to get this year. Gilchrist is one of the most experienced players at Iowa E. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward JaMychal Green (203-F-90) of league's second-best Austin T.. Green scored 21 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Austin T., leading his team to a 103-92 win against #3 ranked Sioux Falls S. in a game of the week. Austin T. needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 22 victories and 14 lost games. Green has a very solid season. In 26 games in D-L he scored 10.9ppg. He also has 7.2rpg and FGP: 50.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. D.J. Kennedy (198-G/F-89) of Erie Bay H. - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Mike Scott (203-F-88) of Bakersfield J. - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kris Joseph (200-F-88) of Springfield A. - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Chris Wright (203-F-88) of Maine RC - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jerel McNeal (191-G-87) of Bakersfield J. - 27 points and 8 assists
9. Damion James (201-F-87) of Bakersfield J. - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Tornike Shengelia (203-PF-91) of Springfield A. - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists

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



Mitchell is back at Sioux Falls Skyforce, ex NY Phantoms - by Eurobasket News

Sioux Falls Skyforce agreed terms with 25-year old guard Casey Mitchell (193-100kg-88, college: W.Virginia). It is actually his comeback to Sioux Falls Skyforce as he played here before. Mitchell supposed to play at NY Phantoms in German BBL league, but left the team in Dec.'12. In 11 games he had 13.1ppg and 2.5rpg this season. The last season he played at Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Telemach League) in Slovenia. In 8 games he recorded 3.6ppg. Mitchell also played 6 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 5.0ppg and 1.5rpg. He also played at Sioux Falls Skyforce earlier that season. In 23 D-League games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg. Mitchell also spent pre-season at A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (A1) in Greek league earlier that year.
Two years ago he was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) as #4 pick overall.
Mitchell attended West Virginia University until 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball. He played in the final of Slovenian League.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Sioux Falls Skyforce waives Will Foster - by Eurobasket News

Sioux Falls Skyforce released 25-year old center Will Foster (226-118kg-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Duran International). In 30 D-League games he had 3.4ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.0bpg this season.
The last summer Foster was tested by Leones (LNB) in Dominican Rep. league.
He ended the last (11-12) season at Rio Grande Valley Vipers. In three games he recorded 3.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3bpg. But the most of that year Foster spent at Idaho Stampede. In 18 games he recorded 5.7ppg, 6.7rpg and 2.9bpg.
The previous (10-11) season he was tested by CBP/Sentir Penafiel (LPB) in Portuguese league.
In 2010 summer Foster played at Seattle.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team won WCC Regular Season for four years in a row (between 2007 and 2010).
Foster has played previously for Seattle A..
He attended Gonzaga University until 2010 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Trevor Ariza selected the top Dominican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Ariza could not help the Washington Wizards (19-39) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the Washington Wizards were edged 96-95 on the road by the Detroit Pistons. Ariza was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Ariza has relatively good stats this season: 8.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 33.6% and FT: 83.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Ariza played for the Dominican Republic senior national team eight years ago. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Turkey). Mejia contributed to a 2-point Banvit BK's victory against the closely-ranked Mersin (15-6) 92-90 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. He scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (18-2) is placed second in the TBL. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. It's Mejia's first season with the team. This year Mejia has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 59.1%(78-132), 3FGP: 48.6%(17-35) and FT: 71.9%. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Mejia played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Josh Asselin
Josh Asselin
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Josh Asselin (210-78, college: Michigan, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Assignia Manresa (4-19) in their last game. Despite Asselin's very good performance the bottom-ranked Assignia Manresa lost 90-94 in San Sebastian to the one of league's weakest teams (#17) Lagun Aro GBC. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Asselin also added 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. It was Assignia Manresa's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Asselin has reliable stats this year: 11.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 44.8% and FT: 84.9% in the 23 games he played so far. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Asselin played for the Dominican Republic national team seven years ago. He used to play for Naco in Dominican Republic league.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #4. Swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Strasbourg IG (15-6) in their game against Chorale de Roanne (11-10) in the French ProA. Greer scored 6 points and added 3 assists. Strasbourg IG was defeated 70-65 in Roanne by the lower-ranked Chorale de (#6). They ended the series of ten consecutive victories. Greer belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #5) and also on the list of best passers (sixth place). This season he averages: 5.6ppg and 3.0rpg. Greer also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2009. Greer played also for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Eulis Baez
Eulis Baez
   #5. Former international forward Eulis Baez (198-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 to win against the 13th-ranked CB Canarias (9-14) 78-70 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Baez scored only 4 points. Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 (14-9) is placed third in the ACB. Baez's overall stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team four years ago.

Rodrigo Madera
Rodrigo Madera
   #6. Center Rodrigo Madera (208-90, currently plays in Canada) couldn't help the St.Francis Xavier (13-7) in their game against the Capers (19-1) in the Canadian university league CIS. Madera scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The St.Francis Xavier (#3) was defeated 80-70 in Sydney, NS by the Capers. Madera's overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg and 6.4rpg. He is a former U17 international player as he played for the Dominican Republic team six years ago.

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

   #1. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) led Atlanta Hawks to a victory over the Utah Jazz (32-28) 102-91 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Horford had a double-double by scoring 34 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 5 blocks in 43 minutes. The Atlanta Hawks have 33-26 record this season. It's Horford's sixth year with the team. Horford has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 10.0rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2bpg in the 56 games he played so far.

   #2. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in a Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's surprising victory against the ninth-ranked FIATC Joventut (11-12) 92-86 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Feldeine was MVP of the game. He scored 29 points (!!!) and had 4 steals in 37 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Feldeine's third season in pro basketball. Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada (7-16) is placed 16th in the ACB. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Feldeine is currently second on the league's list of top scorers with 16.9ppg. This year his other stats are: 2.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg in the 23 games. Feldeine has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #3. Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Australia) contributed to a Wollongong Hawks' victory against the closely-ranked Melbourne Tigers (10-13) 88-82 in the Australian NBL last Saturday. Deleon was MVP of the game. He scored 31 points (!!!), had 7 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 38 minutes. Wollongong Hawks (11-14) are placed fourth in the NBL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Deleon is currently fourth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very impressive stats this year: 16.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg in the 25 games.

   #4. Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Detroit Pistons (23-39) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Villanueva's good performance the Detroit Pistons were crushed 114-75 on the road by the San Antonio Spurs. He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Villanueva is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Pistons' roster. Villanueva has reliable stats this season: 7.3ppg and 3.9rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Despite Villanueva's Dominican Republic nationality, he previously played for the USA U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Dominican Republic team. Interesting that Villanueva has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #5. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville, currently plays in NBA) helped Houston Rockets win their game against the Dallas Mavericks (26-33) crushing them 136-103 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. He scored 8 points in 18 minutes. It was his first game for Houston Rockets this season. His team have 33-28 record this season.

   #6. Ronald Ramon (182-G-86, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Brazil) was the major contributor in Winner/Limeira's victory against the closely-ranked Pinheiros 82-81 in the Brazilian NBB last Wednesday. Ramon scored 17 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Ramon has reliable stats this season: 14.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.6apg. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Interesting that Ramon has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #7. Experienced Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in France) was not able to help Strasbourg IG in their game against Chorale de Roanne in the French ProA. He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. His team lost 65-70. Greer is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best passers (sixth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.0ppg, 7.6rpg, 4.9apg and 1.3spg in the 20 games. Greer also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Interesting that he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #8. Chris Perez (190-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Stetson win their game against the Kennesaw State University 91-77 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Perez scored 18 points. His stats this season are: 13.0ppg, 7.6rpg, 4.9apg and 1.3spg.

   #9. Westher Molteni (199-F-87, currently plays in Switzerland) helped Lugano Tigers win their game against one of league's weakest teams SAM Massagno 89-85 in the Swiss LNA in Wednesday night's game. Molteni had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 33 minutes. This year Molteni's overall stats are: 3.1ppg and 3.4rpg in the 13 games. He has dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and Swiss.

   #10. Sean Ogirri (188-PG-86, college: Wyoming, 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. Ogirri scored 10 points and added 3 passes in 26 minutes. This year Ogirri's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg in the 20 games. He has Nigerian and Dominican Republic nationalities.



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  EGYPT   


Will Sporting Surprise to continue? - by Mohamed Ramadan

I guess the answer is YES. The management of the club made a great decision on signing the experienced coach Ahmed Marei. The ex Al Gezira coach up tempo style turned out to be very effective for the team. The way they are spreading the floor allowing Ahmed Mounir and his teammates shooting 3's surprised the league this season. No doubt that the addition of veterans Wael Badr and Mohamed El Kerdani gave the team a huge boost.

In a rematch for the Egyptian Cup final Sporting had beaten Al Ahly once again, but narrowly this time 79 75 overcoming an excellent performance from star Tarek El Ghanam and guard Ibrahim El Gammal. Wael Badr excelled at crunch time. He had an excellent steal that turned to be an easy lay up, followed by a 3 pointer from down town that frozen the game.

The end of the season will bring us if Sporting Men and Women teams capable of making history winning together both the Egyptian League and Egyptian cup in the same season!!!!!




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  EUROCUP   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG21.1 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena19.5 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK18.5 
 4. McKee, Triumph17.9 
 5. Ray, Ratiopharm17.0 
 6. Eidson, Unics16.8 
 7. Karasev, Triumph16.1 
 8. Brown, Lokomotiv16.0 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm15.6 
 10. Baron, Lokomotiv15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.1 
 2. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.8 
 3. Maric, Lokomotiv7.6 
 4. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.3 
 5. Landry, Triumph7.1 
 6. Stimac, Banvit BK6.8 
 7. Vitkovac, Buducno.6.8 
 8. Savovic, Crvena Z.6.6 
 9. Hervelle, Gescr.6.5 
 10. Vougioukas, Unics6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CALATHES
  Lokom.
  (198-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Calathes, Lokom.7.3 
 2. McKee, Triumph6.1 
 3. Kalnietis, Lokomot.6.0 
 4. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.6 
 5. Wright, Spartak SP5.4 
 6. Satoransky, Cajasol4.8 
 7. Rowland, VEF Riga4.8 
 8. Markovic, Valencia4.7 
 9. Chatman, Unics4.4 
 10. Welsch, CEZ N.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McKee, Triumph2.4 
 2. Chatman, Unics1.9 
 3. Wright, Spartak SP1.6 
 4. Brown, Lokomotiv1.6 
 5. Doellman, Valencia1.6 
 6. Calathes, Lokom.1.6 
 7. Mejia, Banvit BK1.6 
 8. Eidson, Unics1.5 
 9. Hosley, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 10. Carter, Spartak SP1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Michailis ANISIMOVAS
  Budiv.
  (214-C-84)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.4 
 2. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 3. Balvin, Cajasol1.2 
 4. Naymick, CEZ N.1.2 
 5. Vougioukas, Unics1.0 
 6. Nankivil, Ratiopha.0.9 
 7. Theis, Ratiopharm0.9 
 8. Anikiyenko, Budiv.0.8 
 9. Ndong, Galatasaray0.8 
 10. Hamilton, Gescr.0.8 



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. KTP 26-8 
 2. Kataja 25-6 
 3. Nilan Bisons 25-8 
 4. Pyrinto 24-8 
 5. Kauhajoki 21-13 
 6. Kouvot 17-17 
 7. LrNMKY 15-18 
 8. Korihait 12-23 
 9. Salon Vilpas 10-24 
 10. Lapua 9-24 
 11. Namika Lahti 8-25 
 12. FoKoPo 8-26 

Regular Season: Round 36

Mar. 5: Korihait - Kataja 68-76
Mar. 6: Lapua - Salon Vilpas
Mar. 6: Nilan Bisons - Kauhajoki
Mar. 6: Namika Lahti - Kouvot
Mar. 6: KTP - Pyrinto
Mar. 6: LrNMKY - FoKoPo


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 23
 1. Conley, LrNM.23.0 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons21.9 
 3. Gibson, LrNM.21.1 
 4. Clavell, Kouvot20.4 
 5. Haanpaa, Lapua19.2 
 6. Ulmer, Pyrinto17.8 
 7. Logins, LrNM.17.8 
 8. Bullock, Kauhajoki17.1 
 9. Coleman, Kataja16.8 
 10. Flowers, Kataja16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 10
 1. Conley, LrNM.10.0 
 2. McDade, Nilan B.9.6 
 3. Robinson, Korihait9.3 
 4. Ford, Kauhajoki9.0 
 5. Thornton, FoKoPo8.9 
 6. Giles, KTP8.5 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto8.5 
 8. Watt, Korihait8.3 
 9. Johnson, Namika L.8.1 
 10. Ulmer, Pyrinto7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Williams, Pyrinto7.5 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.1 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.9 
 4. Smith, Kataja4.9 
 5. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.8 
 6. Gibson, LrNM.4.6 
 7. Watson, Kauhajoki4.5 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.3 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo3.9 
 10. Sarcevic, KTP3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.6 
 2. Coleman, Lapua2.6 
 3. Smith, Kataja2.4 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.2.0 
 5. Holloway, Namika L.2.0 
 6. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.8 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto1.7 
 8. Conley, LrNM.1.7 
 9. Barrett, KTP1.5 
 10. Tolbert, Lapua1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Barrett, KTP1.4 
 2. Ford, Kauhajoki1.1 
 3. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.1 
 4. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 6. Giles, KTP0.9 
 7. Dyer, Korihait0.9 
 8. Ulmer, Pyrinto0.8 
 9. Hampton, Lapua0.8 
 10. Taft, Korihait0.8 


KORISLIIGA: UU-Korihait got tired - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 35: Only one contest tonight. Hosting UU-Korihait was ahead vs Kataja (Joensuu) by six (60-54), when the last quarter got started. But Kataja came strong during the last 10 minutes (8-22) and won finally 68-76 (39-36). Quarters: 19-22, 20-14, 21-18, 8-22. Korihait (12-23) had four players in double digits. T.J. Robinson (203-F-89, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Long Beach St.) led Korihait with 17 points. Demond Watt (200-F-89, college: Texas A&M-CC) added 14 pts and grabbed eight rebounbs. Kataja's leading scorer and rebounder was again Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.): 22pts/9rbs. Antti Kanervo (193-SG-89) added 16 pts. Kataja (25-6) has played three games less than the other top teams. If winning them will be alone the top team in Top League.
UU-Korihait - Kataja 68-76 (39-36). (T.J.Robinson 17, Demond Watt 14/8, Alain Laroche 13, Mikko Jalonen 13 - Jonte Flowers 22/9, Antti Kanervo 16, Dan Coleman 13, Johnell Smith 11. A: 580).



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  FRANCE   


Blake Schilb claims French ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Blake Schilb (200-G/F-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) had an amazing evening in the last round for Chalon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 29-year old swingman had the game-high 26 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Chalon in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Gravelines (#1, 15-6) in overtime 69-67. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Chalon maintains the 3rd position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chalon will need more victories to improve their 13-7 record. In the team's last game Schilb had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Chalon, through which he has constantly improved. Loyola University of Chicago graduate has very impressive stats this year. Schilb is in league's top in assists (7th best: 4.9apg) and averages solid 54.8% FGP and 40.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American guard Bernard King (196-G-81) of Le Havre. King impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course Le Havre cruised to a 85-74 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Limoges (#13, 8-12). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Le Havre 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 9-12 record. King is a newcomer at Le Havre and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.3ppg (#5). He also recorded 6.9 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Zach Moss (201-F-81) of Dijon (#10). Moss scored 24 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Moss' great performance Dijon lost 74-83 to Orleans (10-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Dijon ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Moss could help Dijon to bring them higher in the standings. Moss has a very solid season. In 20 games in France he scored 10.5ppg. He also has 5.1rpg and FGP: 62.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shelden Williams (206-F-83) of Chalon - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) of ASVEL - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Amadi McKenzie (201-PF-86) of Boulazac - 27 points and 7 rebounds
7. Darryl Monroe (202-C/F-86) of Boulazac - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Louis Campbell (190-PG-79) of Strasbourg - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88) of Strasbourg - 18 points and 4 rebounds
10. Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) of Roanne - 25 points and 3 assists

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



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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 


Best players of FYR Macedonian Prva Liga round 13 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Montenegrin Balsa Radunovic (207-F/C-80, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Lirija and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 32-year old power forward had the game-high 20 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Lirija in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Kozuv (10-3) 79-78. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Lirija is placed at 2nd position in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lirija will need more victories to improve their 10-3 record. In the team's last game Radunovic had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Lirija's top player in his first season with the team. Radunovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.0ppg), rebounds (4th best: 8.0rpg), assists (8th best: 2.7apg) and averages solid 66.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points) of Rabotnicki. Abukar impressed basketball fans with 33 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Rabotnicki to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked ABA Strumica (#6, 5-8) 99-66. This victory allowed Rabotnicki to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-7 record. Abukar is one of the most experienced players at Rabotnicki and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) of Kumanovo (#4). Lee-Ingram scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Kumanovo, leading his team to a 92-77 easy win against the lower-ranked Pelister Bitola (#8, 1-12). Kumanovo needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 5 lost games. Lee-Ingram has a very solid season. In 4 games in FYR Macedonia he scored 14.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zarko Djuric (198-F-89) of Vardar - 27 points and 3 rebounds
5. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) of Kumanovo - 13 points and 11 rebounds
6. Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88) of Feni Indistrija - 23 points and 8 rebounds
7. Darko Kostevski (86) of Vardar - 22 points and 3 rebounds
8. Slobodan Bozovic (207-C/F-79) of Kozuv - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Nikola Vukasovic (192-PG-91) of Pelister Bitola - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Miladin Pekovic (197-G/F-83) of Kozuv - 22 points and 5 rebounds

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



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  GERMANY   


Patrick Flomo Gets German Citizenship - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Already back in 2009, Patrick Flomo (203-F-80, college: Ohio) was dreaming of getting the German citizenship as he married his German girlfriend and this week, it became official. Flomo is a 32 year old 203cm forward that is known as Mr dunk and is currently playing for the Duesseldorf Giants and officially has the German citizenship. He played at Ohio university and came to Europe in 2002 to start his professional basketball career. He played his first two seasons in Finland and Holland, but since 2005 has always played for German teams. He started with the Hertener Lions in the second league where he played 29 games: 17.0ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 3.7bpg, 2FGP: 61.6%. This got the interest of Beko BBL team Telekom Baskets Bonn where he had a successful ride from 2006-2011. He did have some injury woes, but he did help contribute to reaching two Beko BBL finals against Alba Berlin and Oldenburg and one cup final. He has been playing for Murat Didin since 2011 in Duesseldorf. This decision also helps the Duesseldorf Giants because they have an added German player on their roster.





Jermaeo Davidson (I Will Continue Each Season To Try To Get Back To The NBA) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jermareo Davidson (208-F-84, college: Alabama) is a 28 year old 208cm forward from Atlanta, Georgia that is was his first season for Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye (Turkey-TBL), but was recently relased. He started his basketball career for Alabama (NCAA) and played there from 2003-2007 reaching the NCAA Elite 8 in 2004. He got drafted by the Golden State Warriors (NBA,2rd (36) in 2007 and was traded to Charlotte Hornets. In the 2007-2008 season, he played for the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA): 38 games: 3.2ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 40.8%, FT: 64.3%, in Jan.'08 was assigned to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 6 games: 18.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.3spg, 1.0bpg, FGP. In 2008-2009, he played for the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA): 38 games: 3.2ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 40.8%, FT: 64.3%, in Jan.'08 was assigned to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 6 games: 18.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.3spg, 1.0bpg, FGP. In 2009-2010, he played for the Golden State Warriors (NBA), only pre-season, then moved to Darussafaka C.Tires Istanbul (Turkey-TBL): 27 games: 15.9ppg, Reb-1 (10.7rpg), 1.0spg, Blocks-2 (1.3bpg), FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 62.8%. In 2010-2011, he played for Krasnie Krilya Samara (Russia-PBL): Russian League: 7 games: 4.6ppg, 4.0rpg; EuroCup: 4 games: 9.8ppg, 4.3rpg, left in Dec.'10, same month moved to Idaho Stampede (D-League): 30 games: 15.3ppg, Reb-3 (10.1rpg), 1.5bpg, FGP: 52.2%, FT: 75.9%.Last season he played for the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): EuroCup: 6 games: 12.5ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.6%, FT: 50.0%; German League: 26 games: 12.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg, Blocks-2 (1.7bpg), FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 77.3% He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

You recently were back in Frankfurt. What made you come back for a short visit?

My team in Turkey had a week break so I decided to come back to Frankfurt to visit some old friends. Some of the young kids who were fans now have become friends. It was a short 2.5 hour flight from Turkey so I came.

Did you see any ex Skyliner teammates?

I saw Devin Gibson and Quantez Robertson in the mall. I didnt see a Skyliners practice. I would have liked to have seen Marius Nolte and the other guys.

What do you like about Germany?

That everyone speaks English. It also makes me not miss home as much when there is so much English speaking.

What made the Fraport Skyliners so strong in the second half of 2011-2012?

I think that the team finally found their chemistry. I was challenged to play better and I think that I met the challenge and stepped up. I would like to say that I was a big part of the success. The team also stuck together and always played together.

We miss your great fade away jumper, but now we have the great fade away jumper of Zach Peacock. What do you remember of his game?

To be honest, I dont know much from his game, but I have heard that he has a great fade away jumper. I have much respect for him and wish him all the best for the rest of the season.

How did Jacob Burtschi make you laugh?

He is a natural comedian. He came to the team in the middle of the season and one would not expect a guy to talk much, but he had many funny stories. He also loved to quote my favorite comedian Gary Owens.


Who was the toughest player that you ever played against?

Chuck Davis. We played together in college and each summer. We know each others game inside out and have studied our games down to the core. There are always players that you can get away with things on the court, but not against Chuck.

Last season, you were the best shot blocker in the Beko BBL and this season your near the top in Turkey. What NBA shot blocker have you always admired?

To be honest, I dont really pay attention to that. I would say a Lebron James who is more of an offside blocker coming from the help, something I like to do. One day I want to do it like Lebron and slap it against the rim. I like when Lebron slaps it on the rim, but I am not really sure he does that.


What have been the main reasons for Antalya struggling this season?

We have been playing well up until the fourth quarter, but then we cant close out the game. It is always the small things like rebounds or defensive rotations. We also have a problem talking on defense.

You are bringing great stats in Turkey. Does the league fit your style?

I think that for me to be successful in general, it all depends on the team and what they want me to do and what they allow me to do. Teams like to see me with my back to the rim or setting screens. If teams let me roam around free, then that is when I can really produce. I dont care as much about stats as I do about winning. I really want to win all the time.

You scored 32 points against Besiktas Istanbul. Did you notice early that you were in the zone?

Whenever I do get going then I am always in the zone. The way I am palying this season, you have only seen one half of what I can do.

Do you get extra motivation when you play against guys like David Anderson and Mike Batiste?

I am always motivated. When there is hype on a player, I always step up. I love to take the challenge, but it doesnt matter if a player is known or not, I always bring it.

What is the most spectacular thing that you have seen ex NBA player Rodney Carney do?

He is always going 100 miles an hour. He is a high flyer that just loves to dunk over everyone. I had no idea that he could shoot so well, but if you give him just a little space, then the shot will most likely always go in.

How much potential does Jordan Theodore have who had a stellar career at Seton Hall?

I love his energy and hard work. He is so passionate for the game as well. I see him playing in the NBA. I love his game so much.


You told me last season that you wanted to play 2012 NBA summer league. What happened with that wish?

There is no place like the NBA. I didnt get an opening last summer. They kept telling me that they would get back to me. I dont know the reason if it was how I played last season in Frankfurt, but I dont know. I will continue each season to try to get back to the NBA. I wont play in the D-league anymore.


With what person do you get most mistaken for?

It is usually rappers like Two Chains, Wakka Flat, Future, Bimarley or Mikey Moore. I have heard them all. Shaq actually called me Mikey Moore once. What rapper I get mistaken for usually depends how much hair I have


How is your rap career going?

I have made some new songs, but I only pursue it when I have time. Basketball still comes first.


What has been wrong with your ex team Charlote Bobcats? What are they missing?

Maybe they are missing Jermareo Davidson? I cant watch basketball in general, because I always want to play. If I see mistakes, I want to correct it right away. I cant watch NBA games, because it just hurts my heart so much. I want to be in the NBA so much. I just dont follow the NBA, so I have no idea what your talking about concerning the Charlote Bobcats.

The famous debate as who is better Kobe or Lebron?

Lebron still has time to develop and to get better than Kobe. Kobe has a maturity level that Lebron just hasnt reached yet. Lebron still has a lot of room for growth.

What was the last DVD that you saw?

The campaign


Thanks Jermareo for the chat.





Mitchell is back at Sioux Falls Skyforce, ex NY Phantoms - by Eurobasket News

Sioux Falls Skyforce agreed terms with 25-year old guard Casey Mitchell (193-100kg-88, college: W.Virginia). It is actually his comeback to Sioux Falls Skyforce as he played here before. Mitchell supposed to play at NY Phantoms in German BBL league, but left the team in Dec.'12. In 11 games he had 13.1ppg and 2.5rpg this season. The last season he played at Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Telemach League) in Slovenia. In 8 games he recorded 3.6ppg. Mitchell also played 6 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 5.0ppg and 1.5rpg. He also played at Sioux Falls Skyforce earlier that season. In 23 D-League games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg. Mitchell also spent pre-season at A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (A1) in Greek league earlier that year.
Two years ago he was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) as #4 pick overall.
Mitchell attended West Virginia University until 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball. He played in the final of Slovenian League.

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroCup: Ratiopharm Ulm hold off Bilbao - by Eurobasket News

Ratiopharm Ulm - Bilbao 85:81

Ratiopharm Ulm opened the EuroCup quarterfinal series versus Bilbao with victory. The German team gained a 4-point advantage prior to the return leg in Spain next week. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) was unstoppable for Ulm with 30 points and 7 rebounds.
Bilbao silenced a sell-out crowd of 5500 fans in Ulm in the starting quarter. The Spaniards went on a 30:18 rally to tip off the game. But Ulm reacted with balanced and determined effort in the second quarter. The hosts picked up the defensive aggressiveness to narrow the gap at 3-point mark at halftime 42:45. Ratiopharm Ulm continued to dominate defensively in the third term. It paid off the home side pulled ahead for a 60:58 lead at the final intermission. The margin grew at 12-point mark midway through the fourth frame. However Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) and Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) pulled Bilbao within five and then Zisis hit a free throw to finalize the score. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) notched 13 points, while Per Guenther (185-PG-88) and Keaton Nankivil (203-F-89, college: Wisconsin) had 10 points each for the winners. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) answered with 21 points for Bilbao. Lamont Hamilton, Axel Hervelle and Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) chipped in 13 points each in the loss.

Ratiopharm Ulm: John Bryant 30, Allan Ray 13, Per Guenther 10, Keaton Nankivil 10
Bilbao: Kostas Vasiliadis 21, Lamont Hamilton 13, Axel Hervelle 13, Alex Mumbru 13



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  GREECE   


Greek A1 round 19 best performance: Georgios Printezis - by Eurobasket News

Former international forward Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked Olympiacos, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, four rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Kavala (#11, 5-14) with 18-point margin 94-76. It allowed Olympiacos to consolidate first place in the Greek A1. Olympiacos has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 18-1. It's Printezis' second year at Olympiacos and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Georgios Printezis has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 14.6ppg) and averages impressive 71.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Croatian Zoran Vrkic (200-G-87) of Ikaros. Vrkic had a very good evening with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Ikaros cruised to a 88-79 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Peristeri GS (#13, 5-14). Ikaros' 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-11 record. Vrkic is a newcomer at Ikaros, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Olympiacos' star - international forward Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90). Papanikolaou scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was another key player of Olympiacos, helping his team with a 94-76 easy win against the lower-ranked Kavala (#11, 5-14). Many experts and fans count Olympiacos as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 18 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Papanikolaou has a very solid season. In 19 games in Greece he scored 9.9ppg. He also has 4.3rpg, FGP: 72.5% and 3PT: 45.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Errick McCollum (185-PG-88) of Apollon Patras - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Wiliam Hatcher (188-PG-84) of PAOK - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Aloysius Anagonye (203-F-81) of Ilysiakos - 15 points and 11 rebounds
7. Landon Milbourne (201-F-87) of Panionios - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) of Panathinaikos - 20 points
9. Nontas Papantoniou (190-PG-90) of Peristeri GS - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Andreas Kanonidis (198-F-91) of Peristeri GS - 13 points and 8 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)



Smush Parker (ex Cibona) joins Peristeri GS Athens - by Eurobasket News

Peristeri GS Athens (A1) agreed terms with 32-year old American guard Smush Parker (193-100kg-81, college: Fordham, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group). He played at Cibona in Croatian A1 league, but was released by the team two months ago. In 5 Adriatic League games he had 9.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg this season. Parker ended the last season at Indios (LNB) in Dominican Rep. league. He helped them to win the league title. But the most of that year he spent at Guaros (LPB) in Venezuelan league. In 29 games he recorded 14.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Venezuelan LPB All-Star Game. Parker also played 2 games in Liga Americas where he recorded very remarkable stats: 19.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 4.0apg and 3.5spg. The last (2012) season he played at Petrochimi (Superleague) in Iran. Part of previous (10-11) season Parker spent at Iraklis (B). In 9 games he recorded also great stats: 15.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg and 2.0spg. He also played at Spartak St.Petersburg (PBL) in Russian league earlier that season. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Parker was exposed to basketball on different levels. But in 5 PBL games he recorded just 1.2ppg and 1.2apg. He also played 5 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded only 2.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.8apg and 1.0spg. Parker also played 1 game in Eurocup where he had only 2 points and 3 assists.
In 2002 he was drafted by Idaho Stampede (CBA) in second round (11th overall).
Parker attended Fordham University and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 1st Team back in 2010.
Parker has played also professionally in NBA (Miami Heat, LA Clippers and LA Lakers), China (Guandong Tigers) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
On Parker: Good shooter and gifted ballhandler... Has good size for the point guard position... Can play the two spot... Turnover prone... Can make it in the league, but needs to develop his playmaking skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Balkan League: Galil Gilboa upset Kavala on the road - by Eurobasket News

Kavala - Galil Gilboa 75:94

Galil Gilboa had little problems against Kavala away from home in the latest Balkan League game. Yaniv Green (206-C-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) scored 18 points to lead the winners.
Galil Gilboa started the game confidently. The Israeli team opened an 8-point advantage ten minutes into the game. Galil Gilboa maintained the advantage throughout the second period. They accumulated a 47:29 halftime cushion. Kavala showed some signs of recovery in the next period. The Hellenes dropped 26 points to cut the deficit at 9-point mark at the final break. Galil Gilboa responded with a 30-point rally in the fourth frame and sealed the win at the end. Dagan Yavzuri (193-SG-85) and Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) netted 15 points each for the winners. David Tairu (191-G-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, college: Texas Tech) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Kavala. Kieron Achara (208-PF-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) had 13 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Kavala: David Tairu 19, Kieron Achara 13
Galil Gilboa: Yaniv Green 18, Dagan Yavzuri 15, Jamar Smith 15



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  HOLLAND   

Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 24-4 
 2. Leiden 23-6 
 3. Groningen 21-9 
 4. Zwolle 16-13 
 5. Leeuwarden 16-13 
 6. Den Helder K. 14-16 
 7. M.Magixx 13-16 
 8. Weert 12-17 
 9. Amsterdam 4-25 
 10. Rotterdam 2-26 

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 5: Weert - Zwolle 90-92
Mar. 5: Groningen - Den Helder K. 63-50
Mar. 6: Leiden - Leeuwarden



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  HUNGARY   


Loesing's 23 points and 6 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old guard Brad Loesing (182-G-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for PVSK Pannon and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had the game-high 23 points adding six rebounds and six assists for PVSK Pannon in his team's victory, helping them to beat Szedeak (#6, 8-14) 90-82. Thanks to this victory PVSK Pannon moved-up to the 3rd position in the Hungarian league. PVSK Pannon is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-12 record. In the team's last game Loesing had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be PVSK Pannon's top player in his first season with the team. Wofford College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Loesing is in league's top in assists (9th best: 4.6apg) and averages solid 51.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Kyle Austin (203-F-88) of Kormend. He is American forward in his first season at Kormend. In the last game Austin recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Kormend cruised to a 94-85 relatively comfortable win over league's leader Atomeromu (0-0). Despite this victory Kormend slide down in the standings to 5th position. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Austin is a newcomer at Kormend and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Filip Barovic (208-F/C-90) of league's second-best Soproni. Barovic scored 21 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Barovic's great performance Soproni lost 71-72 to #4 ranked ZTE KK. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Soproni needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 11 lost games. Barovic has a great season in Hungary. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.3rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marko Spica (205-C/F-86) of Kaposvari - 21 points and 11 rebounds
5. Donald Copeland (177-PG-84) of ZTE KK - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Mate Mohacsi (192-F-90) of Marso NYKK - 28 points and 5 rebounds
7. Akos Keller (208-F/C-89) of Albacomp - 19 points and 12 rebounds
8. Bennet Davis (206-F-84) of Marso NYKK - 17 points and 10 rebounds
9. Mate Medve (197-G-89) of FS Debrecen - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) of Atomeromu - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  IRAQ   


Iraqi 1st Division round 10th result - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Kahraba beat Al-Mofiqia for the 2nd time in 1week by 32pts and the final result was : 79/47
Duhok beat Al-Hilla by 14pts, the final result was : 82/68
Zakho beat Nift Al-Janoub in close game by 4pts only and the final result was : 72/68
Al Karkh beat Al-Tadamoun by 25pts and the final result was : 81/56

Next Round : round number 11th
Thursday 7th March: Al Kahraba V/S Al-Hilla
Friday 8th March: Al Shorta V/S Duhok, Al-Tadamoun V/S Al-Mofiqia,
Saturday 9th March : Nift Al-Janoub V/S Al Karkh



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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


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Patrick SULLIVAN
  Moycullen
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Sullivan, Moycullen22.9 
 2. Taylor, UL Eagles22.1 
 3. Galvin, UCD Marian21.8 
 4. Townes, B.Gais N.21.2 
 5. Walker, UCC Demons19.6 
 6. Killeen, UL Eagles16.2 
 7. Glover, DCU Saints14.8 
 8. Cuffe, UCC Demons14.0 
 9. O''Sullivan, UCC D.13.6 
 10. Provizors, DCU S.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian17.4 
 2. Walker, UCC Demons12.6 
 3. Townes, B.Gais N.11.9 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.11.7 
 5. Sullivan, Moycullen11.6 
 6. Killeen, UL Eagles11.3 
 7. Noonan, B.Gais N.8.1 
 8. Foley, UCD Marian7.9 
 9. Quill, DCU Saints7.9 
 10. Tummon, Moycullen6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gerard NOONAN
  B.Gais N.
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Noonan, B.Gais N.7.9 
 2. Camps, Moycullen7.1 
 3. Coughlan, UCC D.4.6 
 4. Taylor, UL Eagles4.6 
 5. Kinevane, UL Eagl.3.8 
 6. Walsh, B.Gais N.3.8 
 7. O''Reilly, UCC D.3.3 
 8. Donnelly, DCU S.3.2 
 9. Anderson, DCU S.3.0 
 10. O''Sullivan, UCC D.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Robert TAYLOR
  UL Eagles
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Taylor, UL Eagles2.7 
 2. Camps, Moycullen2.5 
 3. McGinn, B.Gais N.2.2 
 4. Summers, Killester2.1 
 5. Townes, B.Gais N.2.1 
 6. Anderson, DCU S.2.1 
 7. Drumm, UCD Marian1.7 
 8. McLoughlin, B.Gais1.6 
 9. Noonan, B.Gais N.1.6 
 10. Donnelly, DCU S.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian2.9 
 2. Walker, UCC Demons2.2 
 3. Stapleton, B.Gais2.1 
 4. Trimmer, DCU S.1.9 
 5. Provizors, DCU S.1.8 
 6. Rudak, B.Gais N.1.8 
 7. Townes, B.Gais N.1.7 
 8. Killeen, UL Eagles1.6 
 9. O''Brien, Killester0.9 
 10. Sullivan, Moycull.0.8 



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  ISRAEL   

Standings - National League

National League Standings
 1. Ironi Nes-Ziona 17-3 
 2. Ironi Nahariya 16-4 
 3. Hod Hasharon 15-5 
 4. Hapoel Afula 14-6 
 5. Elitzur Yavne 14-6 
 6. Ironi K-A 11-9 
 7. Ironi Ramat Gan 11-9 
 8. Hapoel Kazrin 10-10 
 9. Elitzur Ramla 8-12 
 10. Hapoel K/S 7-13 
 11. Macc.B.Yaakov 6-14 
 12. Maccabi K/G 4-16 
 13. Kiryat Tivon 4-16 
 14. Maccabi K/B 3-17 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 5: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Hapoel Kazrin 87-69
Mar. 5: Ironi K-A - Elitzur Ramla 87-52
Mar. 5: Hapoel K/S - Macc.B.Yaakov 86-85
Mar. 5: Ironi Nahariya - Kiryat Tivon 85-75
Mar. 5: Hod Hasharon - Elitzur Yavne 79-86
Mar. 5: Maccabi K/G - Maccabi K/B 74-48
Mar. 5: Ironi Ramat Gan - Hapoel Afula 61-77

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 12: Ironi K-A - Hapoel K/S
Mar. 12: Elitzur Ramla - Ironi Nes-Ziona
Mar. 12: Hapoel Kazrin - Hod Hasharon
Mar. 12: Elitzur Yavne - Ironi Nahariya
Mar. 12: Maccabi K/B - Ironi Ramat Gan
Mar. 12: Hapoel Afula - Macc.B.Yaakov
Mar. 12: Kiryat Tivon - Maccabi K/G


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Maccabi .
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Daniel, Maccabi23.3 
 2. Teel, Elitzur Ramla22.6 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.21.4 
 4. Westbrook, Hapoel20.9 
 5. Laing, Macc.B.Y.20.5 
 6. Odiakosa, Hod H.20.1 
 7. Johnson, Hapoel K.19.8 
 8. Murray, Kiryat T.19.5 
 9. Zelkovits, Ironi N.19.0 
 10. Fisher, Hapoel Af.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.13.9 
 2. Odiakosa, Hod H.13.5 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.12.4 
 4. Daniel, Maccabi10.5 
 5. Teel, Elitzur Ramla10.4 
 6. Ramsey, Ironi R.10.0 
 7. McGhee, Elitzur10.0 
 8. Joyner, Maccabi9.7 
 9. Constantine, Hapoe.9.5 
 10. Johnson, Hapoel9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.6 
 2. Teel, Elitzur Ramla6.3 
 3. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.5.9 
 4. Farchi, Elitzur Ya.5.4 
 5. Golan, Ironi Nahar.4.6 
 6. Benn, Ironi N.4.3 
 7. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.4.3 
 8. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.3 
 9. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.2 
 10. Ber-Aven, Kiryat4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Elitzur Ramla
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Teel, Elitzur Ramla3.2 
 2. Alexander, Maccabi2.9 
 3. Benn, Ironi N.2.8 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.4 
 5. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.4 
 6. Hofman, Elitzur2.3 
 7. Gordon, Hapoel K.2.0 
 8. Watson, Ironi K-A2.0 
 9. Laing, Macc.B.Y.2.0 
 10. McGhee, Elitzur1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.3.6 
 2. Clark, Ironi K-A2.0 
 3. Daniel, Maccabi1.8 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.4 
 5. Constantine, Hapoe.1.4 
 6. Blair, Ironi N.1.4 
 7. Labanowski, Macca.1.2 
 8. Durham, Hapoel A.1.2 
 9. Odiakosa, Hod H.1.0 
 10. Blayzer, Hapoel A.0.9 


Balkan League: Galil Gilboa upset Kavala on the road - by Eurobasket News

Kavala - Galil Gilboa 75:94

Galil Gilboa had little problems against Kavala away from home in the latest Balkan League game. Yaniv Green (206-C-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) scored 18 points to lead the winners.
Galil Gilboa started the game confidently. The Israeli team opened an 8-point advantage ten minutes into the game. Galil Gilboa maintained the advantage throughout the second period. They accumulated a 47:29 halftime cushion. Kavala showed some signs of recovery in the next period. The Hellenes dropped 26 points to cut the deficit at 9-point mark at the final break. Galil Gilboa responded with a 30-point rally in the fourth frame and sealed the win at the end. Dagan Yavzuri (193-SG-85) and Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) netted 15 points each for the winners. David Tairu (191-G-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, college: Texas Tech) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Kavala. Kieron Achara (208-PF-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) had 13 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Kavala: David Tairu 19, Kieron Achara 13
Galil Gilboa: Yaniv Green 18, Dagan Yavzuri 15, Jamar Smith 15



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  ITALY   


Virtus Bologna fired Finelli, the new coach is Luca Bechi - by Antonello Varallo

After 5 defeats in last 6 games, Virtus Bologna has decided to fire coach Alessandro Finelli. The new coach has been already hired: Luca Bechi has agreed terms with the owner of the club, Walter Sabatini until the end of the season. Bechi returns in Italy after 2 years. He spent 9 seasons with Biella (first 5 years as coach assistant, other 4 as head coach), 1 with Brindisi, and he has a record of 63-139 in regular season games, 6-14 in playoff. During 2008-2009 he reached Serie A Semifinals, working with players as James Gist, Reece Gaines and Greg Brunner. Last year, he coached Azovmash Mariupol (Ukraine-Superleague), reaching Ukrainian Superleague Final.


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  LATVIA   

Standings - LBAL

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

Regular Season: Round 31

Mar. 2: RSU - Saldus 91-83
Mar. 5: Kvele - Gulbene 84-92
Mar. 5: Valmiera BSS - Livani 75-77
Mar. 1: Livani - Jelgava/LLU 59-104
Mar. 6: BK VEF-LSPA - Liepaja-2
Mar. 6: Ridzene - VEF skola
Mar. 6: Jelgava/LLU - VeA


Janis Berzins MVP of Latvian Basketball League in February - by Eurobasket Center

BK Valmiera forward Janis Berzins (202-F-93, agency: Players Group) is announced as the most valuable player in February in Aldaris Latvian Basketball League. He lead team to 3 victories in 5 games performing such average statistics 19.6ppg, 7.6rebs, 5.6ass, 1.8st and 5.6 drawn fouls on him as well as total efficiency 26!

Must admit that Janis Berzins was awarded as MVP in Baltic Basketball League in January. Furthermore, the first time in career he was voted in national All Star game 2013 starting line-up.

In current season 19 years old Berzins demonstrates terrific performance becoming leader of BK Valmiera with average statistics:
Baltic League: 14.6pts, 7.9reb, 1.5ast, 2.1stl, 20.0eff
Latvian League: 15.8pts, 7.3reb, 2.9ast, 1.3stl, 19.1eff



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  MONTENEGRO   

Standings - 1A

1A Standings
 1. Mornar Bar 13-2 
 2. Sutjeska 12-3 
 3. Teodo Tivat 12-3 
 4. Lovcen 8-7 
 5. Ulcinj 8-7 
 6. Jedinstvo 6-9 
 7. Primorje 4-11 
 8. Danilovgrad 4-11 
 9. Centar BP 4-11 
 10. Ibar Rozaje 4-11 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost

Regular Season: Round 15

Mar. 2: Mornar Bar - Centar BP 91-83
Mar. 4: Ibar Rozaje - Lovcen 89-85
Mar. 2: Danilovgrad - ABS Primorje 79-84
Mar. 2: Teodo Tivat - Ulcinj 76-69
Mar. 3: Jedinstvo - Sutjeska 56-63

Regular Season: Round 16

Mar. 9: Primorje - Jedinstvo
Mar. 9: Sutjeska - Teodo Tivat
Mar. 9: Ulcinj - Ibar Rozaje
Mar. 9: Lovcen - Mornar Bar
Mar. 9: Centar BP - Danilovgrad


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon ROBERSON
  Ibar R.
  (180-PG-)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Roberson, Ibar R.21.7 
 2. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.19.9 
 3. Stojanovic, Lovcen17.9 
 4. Milosevic, Ulcinj17.1 
 5. Young, Centar BP16.8 
 6. Jovanovic, Danilov.15.5 
 7. Ratkovic, ABS P.15.4 
 8. Radulovic, Teodo T.15.2 
 9. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.14.9 
 10. Mitchell, Centar14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rickey YOUNG
  Centar BP
  (205-F/C-90)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Young, Centar BP9.8 
 2. Djikanovic, Teodo9.4 
 3. Radulovic, Teodo T.8.7 
 4. Zejak, Danilovgrad8.2 
 5. Draskovic, Jedin.7.2 
 6. Pavic, Mornar Bar7.0 
 7. Radak, ABS P.6.7 
 8. Bacovic, ABS P.6.5 
 9. Zizic, Sutjeska6.4 
 10. Calic, Sutjeska5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Marko MIJOVIC
  Teodo Tivat
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.3.9 
 2. Korac, Jedinstvo3.7 
 3. Stojanovic, Lovcen3.7 
 4. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.3.3 
 5. Radosavljevi., Mor.3.2 
 6. Mitchell, Centar B.3.0 
 7. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje2.9 
 8. Calic, Sutjeska2.9 
 9. Pajovic, Mornar B.2.6 
 10. Damjanovic, Morna.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Nikola PAVLICEVIC
  Sutjeska
  (192-SG-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.2.3 
 2. Simonovic, Ulcinj2.3 
 3. Young, Centar BP2.0 
 4. Mitchell, Centar B.1.9 
 5. Djurisic, Mornar B.1.7 
 6. Omerovic, Jedin.1.7 
 7. Stojanovic, Lovcen1.6 
 8. Calic, Sutjeska1.6 
 9. Femic, Centar BP1.6 
 10. Mijovic, Teodo Ti.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Radoje VUJOSEVIC
  Sutjeska
  (209-C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Vujosevic, Sutjeska2.0 
 2. Radulovic, Teodo T.1.4 
 3. Draskovic, Jedin.1.1 
 4. Pavic, Mornar Bar0.9 
 5. Nicaj, Lovcen0.9 
 6. Young, Centar BP0.9 
 7. Mrdak, Danilovgrad0.7 
 8. Skurdauskas, Morna.0.6 
 9. Mitchell, Centar B.0.6 
 10. Pavlicevic, Sutje.0.5 


Jay-R Strowbridge starts blogging from Montenegro! - by Jay-R Strowbridge

Welcome Eurobasket Family,

First want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for making all of this possible. I want to my wife, my family, friends and fans for believing in me. Its a privilege and honor to be able to play this game I love in another continent and share my experience with you. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read my blog. Special thanks to Eurobasket for allowing me to share my journey with you.

My name is Jay-R Strowbridge (183-PG-88, college: Oregon) and I am the newest member of the KK Danilovgrad family. I was born in Fort Campbell, KY and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. The US is different than Europe but since I have been in Danilovgrad the Strowbridge family has had a smooth transition. Coach Borivoje Stanisic
is one of the main reasons my transition has been so smooth. Coach has been a tremendous help and established a life long relationship. Also, its great to have teammates like Rickey Young (205-F/C-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija, college: W.Virginia Tech) and Milovan Skendzic (193-G-92) that make sure we felt welcomed. If it had not been for these great group of guys and google translate the transition may have been a tougher, but when you have a team like mine you don't have to worry about that. Also, the people of Danilovgrad are polite and friendly. I have been all over the US various places and Europe, but the hospitality this town has shown to my wife and I has been unbelievable. It is definitely a blessing to be here. We have adjusted well living in Montenegro. Although, we haven't had many inconveniences there are differences between living in the US and Europe. For example, the cost of living is more expensive in the US than Europe, and in Europe many people depend on the transit system whether its a small town/big city. Also, I have noticed the gasoline prices are more expensive in Europe and size of vehicle are drastically smaller in Europe than US. I have noticed that coffee is very big in Europe. I have even seen vending machines that will make fresh coffee for you.

I believe basketball is universal. The goal is to WIN! No matter what country you are in the goal of the game is to score more points than your opponent and stop them from scoring more points than you. The biggest difference I have seen in U.S. style of play vs European basketball is the speed of the game is faster and you have more spacing in the U.S. to create plays. For example, in the NBA/NBA D League you have defensive 3 seconds. D3 doesn't allow anyone to stand no longer than 3 seconds in the paint for help side. This is different because in Europe you can plant a shot blocker in the lane to limit penetration. Another key difference is the physicality of the game. I have experience that its more physical in Europe for imports than it is in the U.S.

A similarity of the Montenegrin league and the leagues I have played in the U.S. are there aren't many imports on each team. This allows the domestic players a opportunity to develop and chance to perform or they will find someone that will compete.

As a team we have been preparing for our game vs Primorje this weekend. The intensity of practice has improved daily and we are taking steps forward to our ultimate goal. The dedication is being revealed because we have guys working out before and after practice to become better players. We must stay focused, stay united, take one game at a time, and compete for 40 minutes. We have a must win game vs Primorje today. Unfortunately, I will not be able to play until the play out but I will be the best sideline coach and supporter I can be. We will get the win but we need our 6th man there (the fans) come out and support us. We cannot do this without you guys. I look forward to the day I put on my blue and white Danilovgrad. I promise the fans we demand respect from opponents in the league. We will not back down from ANYONE. Danilovgrad will be a winning culture and when you play Danilovgrad be prepared for a heavyweight fight for 40 minutes.

Thank you for your time, hope enjoyed reading my first post and stay tuned for more updates from the Strow Show!

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. -Philippians 4:13 -

Failure Is Not An Option

(F.I.N.A.O)



Best players of Montenegrin 1A round 15 - by Eurobasket News

Marko Ljujic (205-C-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) had a very impressive game in the last round for Centar BP and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 22-year old center had a double-double of 28 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team lost the game against Mornar Bar (#1, 13-2) 83-91. Centar BP is placed at 7th position in Montenegrin 1A. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Centar BP have already lost 11 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Ljujic had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He just recently signed at Centar BP, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Marko Ljujic averages this season 22.2ppg and 9.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young guard Masan Vrbica (190-G-94) of Lovcen. Vrbica impressed basketball fans with 25 points and 2 rebounds. Bad luck as Lovcen was edged by the lower-ranked Ibar Rozaje (#9, 4-11) 89-85. Lovcen managed to keep the same 4th spot in the standings. His team's 8-7 record is not bad at all. Vrbica is well-known by Lovcen fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) of Teodo Tivat (#3). Radulovic scored 23 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Teodo Tivat, leading his team to a 76-69 win against slightly lower-ranked Ulcinj (#5, 8-7). Teodo Tivat is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 12-3 record is not that bad... Radulovic has a great season in Montenegro. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.2ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 8.7rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 59.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Petar Stojanovic (185-PG-90) of Lovcen - 21 points and 5 assists
5. Dusan Milosevic (198-G-90) of Ulcinj - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) of Mornar Bar - 22 points and 8 rebounds
7. Aaron Mitchell (187-G-89) of Centar BP - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Ljeko Nicaj (210-C-87) of Lovcen - 23 points
9. Manuel Johnson (201-F-83) of Teodo Tivat - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Marko Mijovic (188-PG-87) of Teodo Tivat - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Martin Methodist RedHawks Stunned By Scrappy Freed-Hardeman Squad - by Stephan Ditgens

PULASKI, Tenn. For the first time since early January, Martin Methodist found itself on the wrong end of a TranSouth conference matchup as it suffered a 60-53 loss to Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) in the semifinals of the TranSouth Conference Tournament Saturday night in the Curry Christian Life Center.

After trailing for the entire first half, the RedHawks (20-10) turned in a strong second-half rally, taking their first lead of the contest at the 11:11 mark. Over the next few minutes, the teams would trade buckets before the RedHawks took their largest and last lead of the night 43-41 at the 7:22 mark.

Over the next seven-plus minutes, the RedHawks battled to pull within a single point, but were never able to recapture the lead as the Lions (14-18) held serve and were able to come up with timely stops to extend the lead to 56-47 with 49 seconds to play. The RedHawks responded with a quick 3-pointer and forced a jump ball on the ensuing possession, but were unable to pull any closer than six points until the outcome was virtually decided.

"Hats off to Freed-Hardeman on a hard-fought victory," RedHawks head coach Scott Combs said. "They played great and I give them a lot of credit. This wasn't our best game by any stretch of the imagination, but they made the plays they needed to pull away down the stretch."

Justin Blake finished with 15 points on a 4-of-10 shooting night to lead the RedHawks, who saw their 12-game losing streak come to an abrupt end. Davie Champagnie joined Blake in double-figures, scoring 12 points on just two made field goals. The senior added eight points at the free-throw line as part of an impressive 8-of-11 performance.

Dealing with double and triple teams for much of the night, Jeremy Rodgers still managed to muster nine points while hauling in 14 rebounds. Josh Watson also added 14 boards for the RedHawks, who enjoyed a 53-45 edge on the glass.

As a team, the RedHawks shot an icy-cold 23.4 percent, their lowest mark from the floor this season.

"This certainly wasn't our A-game," Combs said. "Maybe not even our B or C game. But I told those guys I was proud of the way they competed and did not give up down the stretch. They fought like heck to get back in this ballgame and we just came up a bit short against a very scrappy team tonight."

Mark Brown finished with 16 points the last of which came via an uncontested fast-break layup at the end of regulation to lead the Lions, who advanced to Tuesday's TranSouth title game, which will now be played at Life (Ga.) University.

The loss dropped the RedHawks to 20-10 on the season and into postseason limbo as the team must now wait and see if it will earn an at-large berth into the NAIA National Tournament, which begins March 12 in Kansas City.

The RedHawks will learn their fate when the 32 qualifying teams are announced Wednesday.

"We didn't do ourselves any favors tonight," Combs said. "But we have got a strong resume and were one of the hottest teams in the nation before this loss. We will just have to wait and see what happens when the announcement comes."

courtesy of goredhawks.com



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 36-21 
 2. Brooklyn N. 34-26 
 3. Boston C. 32-27 
 4. Philadelph.76 23-36 
 5. Toronto R. 23-38 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 38-22 
 2. Chicago B. 34-26 
 3. Milwaukee B. 30-28 
 4. Detroit P. 23-39 
 5. Cleveland C. 20-40 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 44-14 
 2. Atlanta H. 33-26 
 3. Washington W. 19-39 
 4. Orlando M. 17-44 
 5. Charlotte B. 13-47 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 44-16 
 2. Denver N. 40-22 
 3. Utah Jazz 32-28 
 4. Portland TB 28-31 
 5. Minnesota T. 20-37 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 43-19 
 2. Golden St.W. 34-27 
 3. LA Lakers 30-31 
 4. Phoenix Suns 21-39 
 5. Sacramento K. 21-41 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 47-14 
 2. Memphis G. 39-19 
 3. Houston R. 33-28 
 4. Dallas M. 26-33 
 5. N.Orleans H. 21-40 

Regular Season: Round 121

Mar. 5: Oklah.City T. - LA Lakers 122-105
Mar. 5: Sacramento K. - Denver N. 113-120
Mar. 5: Philadelph.76 - Boston C. 101-109

Regular Season: Round 122

Mar. 6: Charlotte B. - Brooklyn N.
Mar. 6: Cleveland C. - Utah Jazz
Mar. 6: Indiana P. - Boston C.
Mar. 6: Atlanta H. - Philadelph.76
Mar. 6: Miami Heat - Orlando M.
Mar. 6: Detroit P. - New York K.
Mar. 6: Memphis G. - Portland TB
Mar. 6: N.Orleans H. - LA Lakers
Mar. 6: Minnesota T. - Washington W.
Mar. 6: Dallas M. - Houston R.
Mar. 6: San Antonio S. - Chicago B.
Mar. 6: Phoenix Suns - Toronto R.
Mar. 6: LA Clippers - Milwaukee B.
Mar. 6: Golden St.W. - Sacramento K.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 28.6
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.6 
 2. Anthony, New Y.28.2 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.4 
 4. James, Miami Heat27.0 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.2 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.6 
 7. Irving, Cleveland23.3 
 8. Curry, Golden S.22.2 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat21.7 
 10. Parker, San A.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anderson VAREJAO
  Clevelan.
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Varejao, Clevelan.14.4 
 2. Howard, LA Lakers12.1 
 3. Randolph, Memph.11.6 
 4. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.4 
 6. Lee, Golden St.W.11.3 
 7. Chandler, New Y.11.2 
 8. Vucevic, Orlan.11.2 
 9. Hickson, Portland.10.5 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.5 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.4 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.5 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..7.8 
 6. Parker, San A.7.6 
 7. Williams, Brooklyn7.5 
 8. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 9. Calderon, Toron.7.4 
 10. Wall, Washington7.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.5 
 2. Rubio, Minnesot.2.3 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.2 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Lin, Houston R.1.9 
 6. Walker, Charlott.1.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 8. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 9. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 10. James, Miami Heat1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.2 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.9 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.7 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.2.3 
 6. Howard, LA Lakers2.3 
 7. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 8. McGee, Denver N.2.1 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.2.0 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


Knicks sign Kenyon Martin to second 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News

Veteran forward Kenyon Martin (6'9''-F-77, college: Cincinnati) has barely played for the Knicks during his initial 10-day deal, but the team wants him to stick around a bit longer. New York Knicks Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations and General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has signed Martin to a second consecutive 10-day contract. Martin, 6-9, 230-pounds, has appeared in one game, playing five minutes. The 36-21 Knicks are currently third in the Eastern conference.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Thunder, Celtics and Nuggets gain wins on Tuesday - by Eurobasket News

Sacramento K. - Denver N. 113-120
Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) had 24 points and Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-SF-88, agency: Players Group) added 23 for the Denver Nuggets as they won their sixth straight game, defeating the Sacramento Kings 120-113 on Tuesday night. The deep and talented Nuggets used a 36-point third quarter to build a lead against the Kings that they never relinquished in winning their season-best third straight road game. They scored 70 second-half points when they shot nearly 64 percent. The streaking Nuggets have won seven of eight games, including 11 in a row at home, where they own a 26-3 record, which ties Miami for the best mark in the NBA. Kenneth Faried had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Andre Miller scored 16 and Kosta Koufos had 15 points and eight rebounds for Denver. Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, college: LSU) continued his torrid scoring of late, making five 3-pointers and getting 32 points for the Kings, who have lost eight of their last 10 games. They own the worst record in the Western Conference. Isaiah Thomas (5'8''-PG-89, college: Washington) had 23 points, Jason Thompson had 18 and John Salmons scored 11. The Denver interior defense helped make it a difficult evening for Kings leading scorer DeMarcus Cousins. He missed 11 of 12 shots, was 6 of 10 from the free throw line, and finished with eight points, 13 rebounds and a career-high five blocks. Denver extended the lead to 10 points or more several times in the fourth period, but behind the shooting of Thornton, the Kings didn't fold. A 3-pointer by Salmons midway through the quarter Sacramento to 101-95. Veteran guard Miller was the key for Denver in the fourth quarter. He continually penetrated and got to the basket for easy looks, scoring 12 points in the period. His back-to-back layups gave Denver a 10-2 run for a 12-point lead with 3:17 left. Lawson scored 12 points and Koufos had nine in the third quarter, when the Nuggets took the lead for good and entered the fourth with an 86-79 advantage. The Nuggets outscored Sacramento 36-29 in the third period and led by as many as 14 points. Tied at the half, the Nuggets got their offense going early in the third quarter with a 14-3 run. Lawson 3-pointer gave Denver a 64-53 lead. Thompson made all seven shots and scored 14 points for the Kings, who kept the Denver running game in check during a 50-50 first half. Thornton scored 12 points for the Kings and Faried had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets in the half. Off the court, Mayor Kevin Johnson announced last week that 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov and billionaire Ron Burkle made an offer to the NBA to purchase the Kings. At a city council meeting Tuesday night, Sacramento City Manager John Shirey said he intends to bring a financing term sheet for a new downtown sports arena to a vote at the council's March 26 meeting. Seattle hedge fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer signed an agreement in January to buy the Kings from the Maloof family, the majority owners. The NBA board of governors is expected to vote in mid-April on the fate of the Kings. Courtesy of: kansascity.com

Oklah.City T. - LA Lakers 122-105
Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) had 37 points and 10 rebounds, Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) scored 26 and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off a second-half charge to beat the improving Los Angeles Lakers 122-105 on Tuesday night. The Thunder led from start to finish, but had their 18-point lead whittled down to five midway through the fourth quarter. Serge Ibaka, who dodged a suspension after delivering a low blow against Blake Griffin in Oklahoma City's previous game, hit a 3-pointer and Westbrook had a two-handed slam as the Thunder scored the last 12 points. Los Angeles didn't score for the last 6:14. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) ended up with 30 points after leaving the game with a right elbow injury in the first quarter. Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) matched his season best with 20 points as the Lakers fell back below .500 after reaching the mark for the first time since December. Oklahoma City tied an NBA record with two turnovers. Milwaukee set the record in a game against Indiana on April 1, 2006, and Cleveland tied it in an overtime game against Portland on March 19, 2009. The Lakers trailed by as much as 18 in the opening minutes of the second half. But Bryant and Nash hit 3-pointers during a string of eight straight points to get the deficit down to 85-79 with 3:31 to go in the third quarter. Oklahoma City bumped the lead back up to 104-91 on Derek Fisher's 3-pointer soon after a fan hit a half-court shot to win $20,000 in the break between the third and fourth quarters. The Lakers then got as close as 110-105 after Nash's 3-pointer with 6:14 left. Nash and Metta World Peace each missed 3s during a string of four straight empty possessions with L.A. down by six, and Ibaka then connected on a 3-pointer from the right corner to help the Thunder start pulling away. World Peace finished with 16 points and Dwight Howard had six points and 16 rebounds before fouling out with 2:24 remaining. Los Angeles fell to 1-11 in road games against the teams that currently occupy the eight Western Conference playoff spots and is now 2 1/2 games behind eighth-place Utah. After finally pulling back to .500 during a season marred by injuries, the Lakers got another big scare. Bryant came out of the game and headed to the locker room with a right elbow injury less than 4 minutes in. Bryant air-balled his first shot from 3-point range and was grabbing at the elbow, even crossing up arms with Durant after the ball had been stolen away by Durant. A trainer accompanied Bryant to the locker room, starting an anxious few minutes for a team that has already had All-Stars Howard, Nash and Pau Gasol miss time with injuries this season. Gasol is out another two to four weeks with a right foot injury, and reserve Jordan Hill is out for the season after surgery on his left hip. Bryant was able to return about 4 1/2 minutes later, making his first shot a left-handed hook. He dribbled predominantly with his left hand and even snagged one rebound by cradling it in his left arm. By the time Bryant went out, the Thunder had already delivered an opening 7-0 burst while Los Angeles missed its first 10 shots from the field. Oklahoma City also closed the first half with seven straight points to go up 71-55 after Durant's step-back jumper. It was the highest scoring first half of the season for Oklahoma City. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

Philadelph.76 - Boston C. 101-109
So much for Boston's grim outlook once Rajon Rondo was lost for the season. Avery Bradley (6'2''-PG-90, college: Texas) has followed the trusted blueprint of dogged defense and impact scoring to help push the Celtics up the standings. Bradley scored a season-high 22 points, and Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Boston Celtics to a 109-101 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. Kevin Garnett scored 18 points to help the Celtics improve to 12-4 since Rondo was lost with a torn knee ligament. The Celtics entered in seventh place, but were no more than two games behind the next three teams ahead in the standings. Bradley was 10 of 15 and chipped in seven rebounds and five assists, the kind of numbers needed for the Celtics to slip into a coveted top-four spot for the playoffs. "My teammates have confidence in me and I have confidence in myself," Bradley said. "When I have an open shot, I have to take it. That's how we play on this team. It helps us when I do that." Led by Pierce, the Celtics controlled the game and used a 9-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to seal the win. Last May, these two teams went to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. On Wednesday, the Sixers lost for the ninth time in 10 games and are well out of the playoff race. Jrue Holiday had 18 points and 10 assists for the Sixers, and Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.) scored 18 points. "We kept competing, trying to bring effort," Turner said. "But it's rough. They hit 3s and made some tough shots." The Sixers beat the Celtics twice this season after stretching the Celtics to seven games in last year's playoff series. But the Sixers are a team in free-fall because of injuries and a roster ill-equipped to handle the losses of postseason standouts Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams. There was some mild concern late in the fourth period when Holiday, their All-Star point guard, was hurt. Holiday grabbed his right ankle and hobbled back on defense after an awkward drive. He hopped on one foot after a steal attempt went nowhere, but did stay in the game. Nothing much went right for the Sixers. "We just missed too many easy shots," said Royal Ivey, who scored 10 points. Like so many teams over the last 15 years, the Sixers had no real answer for Pierce. He hit his first four 3-point attempts, each one more crushing than the last. When the Sixers went on a mini-run to close within eight, Pierce and Jason Terry connected on consecutive 3s to build a comfortable lead. Pierce had averaged 21.8 points over 54 career games against the 76ers. At one point in the first half, both teams were 15 of 32 from the field. The Celtics found other ways to separate themselves from the Sixers: Boston went to the free-throw line and made 3s. The Sixers missed 9 of 11 3-point attempts in the first half and were 0 for 3 from the free-throw line. The Sixers finished 5 of 21 on 3s and 14 of 18 on foul shots They did score 64 points in the paint. But they only made 41 of a whopping 100 shots from the floor. The Celtics shot a solid 5 percent in the third (11 of 20) and 53 percent (10 of 19) in the fourth to methodically build to a 15-point lead. "It was who could score the most. That's not the way we want to play the game," Garnett said. Boston got sloppy at the end of the third quarter and had three turnovers in the final 90 seconds. That helped the Sixers score six straight points and slice the lead to five. Jordan Crawford opened the fourth period with a pair of 3-pointers that made it 91-76 and the Celtics never let up from there. Crawford's points and production off the bench were needed for a veteran team with another game Wednesday night at Indiana. He scored 12 points and fellow reserve Jeff Green added 16. Pierce's perfection helped the Celtics go 11 of 19 from 3-point range. "That's the new us in a lot of ways, the ball finds the open guy," coach Doc Rivers said. "It's simple, but it's hard to do unless you buy in. Everyone has bought in." Courtesy of: publicopiniononline.com



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NBLC Standings

NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 31-4 
 2. Summerside S. 21-15 
 3. Moncton M. 20-20 
 4. Oshawa P. 18-17 
 5. Halifax R. 18-18 
 6. Windsor Exp. 18-18 
 7. St.John M.R. 18-19 
 8. Montreal J. 2-35 

Regular Season: Round 32

Mar. 5: Summerside S. - St.John M.R. 140-95
Mar. 6: Oshawa P. - Windsor Exp.
Mar. 8: Montreal J. - St.John M.R.
Mar. 8: Summerside S. - Oshawa P.
Mar. 8: Windsor Exp. - London L.


Sweetney's 56-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old swingman Devin Sweetney (198-G/F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Moncton M. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
He had the game-high 56 points adding eight rebounds and five assists for Moncton M. in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Montreal J. (#8, 2-35) with 48-point margin 135-87. Moncton M. maintains the 3rd position in NBLCanada league. Moncton M. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 20-20 record. In the team's last game Sweetney had a remarkable 53.3% from 2-point range and got ten three-pointers out of 24 attempts. He turned to be Moncton M.'s top player in his first season with the team. St.Francis College (PA) graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sweetney is in league's top in points (2nd best: 25.0ppg).

Second best performed player last round was Quinnel Brown (198-F-83) of Halifax R.. He is American forward in his first season at Halifax R.. In the last game Brown recorded impressive double-double of 40 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Halifax R. cruised to a 112-104 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Montreal J. (#8, 2-35). Despite this victory Halifax R. slide down in the standings to 5th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 18-18 record is not bad and everything may still change. Brown is a newcomer at Halifax R. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Gregory Plummer (191-G-83) of league's second-best Summerside S.. Plummer got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . He was a key player of Summerside S., leading his team to a 109-105 win against #1 ranked London L. in a game of the week. Summerside S. needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 20 victories and 15 lost games. Plummer has a great season in NBL. After 34 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.9ppg (8th best). Plummer attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Melvin Goins (180-G-87) of Halifax R. - 30 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Kamar Burke (196-F/G-86) of Moncton M. - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Kenny Jones (198-PF-84) of St.John M.R. - 26 points and 10 rebounds
7. Elvin Mims (196-F-79) of London L. - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Anthony Johnson (201-F-89) of Windsor Exp. - 18 points and 10 rebounds
9. Darren Duncan (180-PG-88) of Windsor Exp. - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists
10. Darren Duncan (180-PG-88) of Windsor Exp. - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 12 assists

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



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Top 25 - Men

ACC Standings
 1. Miami, FL 14-2 (21-4) 
 2. Duke (8) 13-4 (25-4) 
 3. N.Carolina (12) 11-5 (21-8) 
 4. Virginia 10-5 (19-8) 
 5. N.Carolina St. (6) 9-6 (19-8) 
 6. Maryland 8-8 (19-9) 
 7. Florida St. (24) 7-9 (15-14) 
 8. Boston Coll. 6-11 (13-16) 
 9. Wake Forest 5-10 (12-15) 
 10. Clemson 4-11 (11-14) 
 11. Georgia Tech 4-11 (14-12) 
 12. Virginia Tech 4-13 (13-16) 

Regular Season: Round 115

Mar. 5: Missouri - Arkansas 93-63
Mar. 5: Marshall - S.Mississippi 88-84
Mar. 5: Mississippi - Alabama 87-83
Mar. 5: W.Michigan - Ball St. 85-89
Mar. 5: Duke - Virginia Tech 85-57
Mar. 5: Ill.-Chicago - Cleveland St. 82-59
Mar. 5: Campbell - Presbyterian 81-73 OT
Mar. 5: Kansas St. - TCU 79-68
Mar. 5: Providence - Seton Hall 76-66
Mar. 5: NC-Asheville - Longwood 72-87
Mar. 5: Akron - Miami, OH 72-58
Mar. 5: Toledo - N.Illinois 70-46
Mar. 5: Buffalo - Ohio 69-72
Mar. 5: Kent St. - Bowling Green 69-61
Mar. 5: UNLV - Boise St. 68-64
Mar. 5: Notre Dame - St.John''s 66-40
Mar. 5: Iowa - Illinois 63-55
Mar. 5: Youngstown St. - Loyola, IL 62-60
Mar. 5: Green Bay - Wisc.-Milwaukee 62-46
Mar. 5: Co.Carolina - Liberty 61-78
Mar. 5: Clemson - Boston Coll. 61-68
Mar. 5: Cent.Michigan - E.Michigan 61-59
Mar. 5: Indiana - Ohio St. 58-67
Mar. 5: Radford - Winthrop 58-60 OT
Mar. 5: Rutgers - Marquette 54-60
Mar. 5: UTEP - Memphis 54-56

Regular Season: Round 116

Mar. 6: Wyoming - Colorado St.
Mar. 6: Syracuse - De Paul
Mar. 6: Villanova - Georgetown
Mar. 6: Dayton - St.Bonaventure
Mar. 6: Fordham - Temple
Mar. 6: Maryland - N.Carolina
Mar. 6: La Salle - G.Washington
Mar. 6: St.Joseph's - Rhode Island
Mar. 6: UAB - Cent.Florida
Mar. 6: E.Carolina - Tulane
Mar. 6: Iowa St. - Oklahoma St.
Mar. 6: Purdue - Michigan
Mar. 6: Duquesne - Charlotte
Mar. 6: S.Carolina - Mississippi St.
Mar. 6: VCU - Richmond
Mar. 6: Florida - Vanderbilt
Mar. 6: Houston - Rice
Mar. 6: Texas A&M - LSU
Mar. 6: Tulsa - SMU
Mar. 6: Xavier - St.Louis
Mar. 6: N.Carolina St. - Wake Forest
Mar. 6: Nebraska - Minnesota
Mar. 6: S.Florida - Connecticut
Mar. 6: Auburn - Tennessee
Mar. 6: Miami, FL - Georgia Tech
Mar. 6: Oklahoma - W.Virginia
Mar. 6: Washington St. - UCLA
Mar. 6: Seattle - CSU Bakersfield
Mar. 6: Nevada - N.Mexico
Mar. 6: California - Stanford
Mar. 6: San Diego St. - Air Force
Mar. 6: Washington - USC


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Erick GREEN
  Virginia Tech
  (190-PG-91)
  Avg: 25
 1. Green, Virginia Te.25.0 
 2. Harris, Virginia17.2 
 3. Curry, Duke17.1 
 4. Plumlee, Duke17.0 
 5. Kelly, Duke15.3 
 6. Leslie, N.Caroli.15.1 
 7. Harris, Wake F.15.0 
 8. Hanlan, Boston Col.14.9 
 9. McAdoo, N.Carolina14.8 
 10. Anderson, Boston14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard HOWELL
  N.Caroli.
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Howell, N.Caroli.10.9 
 2. Plumlee, Duke10.2 
 3. Mitchell, Virginia8.8 
 4. Anderson, Boston8.3 
 5. Len, Maryland8.1 
 6. McAdoo, N.Carolina8.0 
 7. Johnson, Miami, FL7.8 
 8. Booker, Clemson7.7 
 9. Leslie, N.Caroli.7.6 
 10. Thomas, Wake F.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo BROWN
  N.Caroli.
  (196-G-)
  Avg: 7
 1. Brown, N.Caroli.7.0 
 2. Cook, Duke5.2 
 3. Evans, Virginia5.1 
 4. Paige, N.Carolina4.6 
 5. Larkin, Miami, FL4.3 
 6. Strickland, N.Car.4.0 
 7. Howard, Maryland3.9 
 8. Green, Virginia Te.3.9 
 9. Hall, Clemson3.3 
 10. Rahon, Boston Col.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Shane LARKIN
  Miami, FL
  (180-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Larkin, Miami, FL2.0 
 2. Brown, N.Caroli.2.0 
 3. Scott, Miami, FL1.7 
 4. McAdoo, N.Carolina1.6 
 5. Cook, Duke1.6 
 6. McKie, Wake Forest1.4 
 7. Green, Virginia Te.1.3 
 8. Shannon, Florida1.3 
 9. Strickland, N.Car.1.3 
 10. Bullock, N.Caroli.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel MILLER
  Georgia Tech
  (211-C-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Miller, Georgia Te.2.2 
 2. McDaniels, Clemson2.1 
 3. Len, Maryland2.0 
 4. Gamble, Miami, FL1.9 
 5. Plumlee, Duke1.6 
 6. Kadji, Miami, FL1.4 
 7. Kelly, Duke1.4 
 8. Thomas, Wake F.1.4 
 9. Johnson, Miami, FL1.3 
 10. Turpin, Florida S.1.3 


Marcus Brown To Be Inducted Into The State of Arkansas Hall Of Fame - by Eurobasket News

Marcus Brown (6'4''-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) will be inducted into the State of Arkansas Hall of Fame this Friday on March 8, 2013. Brown, a former Euroleague basketball star, started his career at West Memphis High School and went on to become Murray State Universitys third all-time leading scorer with 2,236 points. Brown was inducted into his University's Hall of Fame on February 6, 2010 and on October 17, 2011 Brown was honored and given a special medal of honor from the Euroleague and Arvydas Sabonis in front of 16,000 fans. The well known Marcus Brown had a highly successful professional career in Europe winning 20 Championships and domestic cups and played in the Euroleague final four on three separate occasions. Brown was the first American to be the Euroleague all time scoring leader earlier in his career. Brown ended his 13-year professional career as the Euroleagues all-time leading scorer, winning five most valuable player awards in his career. As a high school basketball player, he led West Memphis to the 1991 Class AAAA state championship and the overall championship. In his senior year at Murray State, Brown finished as the nations second-leading scorer behind Californias Shareef Abdur-Rahim. He was drafted in the second round of the 1996 NBA draft by Portland. After playing briefly at Portland, Vancouver and Detroit, he became the highest-paid American player during his career in the Euroleague.

For more information please visit http://www.arksportshalloffame.com.



Armstrong Scores 22 in Eagles Victory over UMES - by Eurobasket News

BALTIMORE-- Andre Armstrong (6'3''-G-91) scored a game-high 22 points, including two crucial free throws with 18 seconds to play, leading Coppin State to a 63-60 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory over Maryland Eastern Shore on Monday at the Physical Education Complex.

With the Eagles clinging to a 61-60 lead, Armstrong calmly nailed two free throws with 18 seconds left to push the Coppin State lead to 63-60.

Kevin Mayes missed a jumper for UMES with nine seconds to play, but the Hawks retained possession after a scramble for the loose ball. Following a Coppin State timeout, Mays missed another layup and Sterling Smith grabbed the rebound for Coppin State.

Coppin State (7-23, 4-11 MEAC) was solid on the defensive end holding the Hawks to 37.7 (23-of-61) percent shooting from the field and 26.1 (6-of-23) percent from the three-point line for the game.

Armstrong was 4-for-8 from the three-point line and 10-for-11 from the free-throw line to lead the Eagles. Michael Murray chipped in with nine points and eight rebounds, while Collin Johnson contributed nine points and seven rebounds.

UMES (2-24, 2-13 MEAC) was led by Troy Snyder (6'6''-F) who posted a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Louis Bell added 17 points on 4-for-11 shooting from the three-point line, while Mays finished with 12 points.

Leading at halftime 31-26, the Eagles continued to score to keep their lead. Armstrong connected on a three-pointer to increase the Eagles lead to 36-29 with 16:55 remaining in the second period.

Following a layup by Mays, Johnson hit another three-pointer for Coppin State to increase the lead to 39-31 with 15:59 to play in the second half.

A three-pointer by Taariq Cephas gave Coppin State a 42-34 lead with 14:12 left in the game, but the Hawks responded with a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 42-40 with 12:09 to play.

Murray ended the run with a three-pointer, but back-to-back three-pointers by Bell gave UMES a 46-45 lead with 9:42 remaining in the game.

The Eagles used a 6-2 run to regain the lead at 51-48, but Bell connected on a three-pointer to tie the contest at 51-51 with 5:59 to play.

Armstrong put the Eagles ahead to stay at 54-51 with a three-pointer with 4:33 left in the second half.

Johnson made one of two free throws with 3:53 to play extending the lead to 55-51, but Bell drilled a three-pointer with 3:36 to play that cut the lead to 55-54.

The Eagles never led by more than three points for the remainder of the game, but never surrendered the lead to the Hawks.

Coppin State led 31-26 at halftime as Armstrong scored eight points, but led by as many as 14 points in the first half.

Armstrong gave Coppin State a 31-17 lead with 4:56 to play, but the Hawks answered with a 9-0 run to close the first half to cut the lead to 31-26 at the break.

Coppin State will play its final regular season game of the season on Thursday (March 7) when it hosts Bethune-Cookman at 7:30 p.m. in the Physical Education Complex.
Courtesy of: http://www.coppinstatesports.com



Morgan State pulls away early, cruises past Hornets - by Eurobasket News

BALTIMORE, Md. Justin Black (6'2''-G/F-92) scored 20 points as the Bears extended to its longest current winning streak to four games, beating Delaware State, 66-47 at Hill Field House on Monday night.

Morgan State improved its record to 13-14 overall, 9-6 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and has won seven of its last eight games.

Black scored 14 of his game-high 20 in the second half and shot 9 of 13 from the floor.

I just want to play hard and go out there play hard and put the numbers up, said Black, a 6-foot-4 junior guard. We are on a nice little roll here.

"I thought we did a good job tonight, Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman said. We did a good job defending today and I was pleased.

We shared the basketball and we only turned the ball over two times in the first half; that's big for us. If we don't turn the ball over, then we're playing good basketball. I thought Justin [Black] did a good job attacking with the ball, and I think Blake [Bozeman] did a good job with point guard play. It was a great team effort."

Delaware State (13-16, 8-7) pulled off a 52-50 win after watching the Bears squander a 16-point lead in their last matchup in Dover on Feb. 18th. But Morgan State made sure that tonight there would be no letup against the Hornets.

The Hornets struggled for most of the game against Morgan State's defensive pressure as the Bears converted 17 turnovers into 22 points. They also outscored the Hornets in fastbreak points by a 16-0 margin.

Shaquille Duncan played a key role for the Bears interior and finished with 11 points, seven rebounds, with four blocks and three assists.

Delaware State held an 8-2 lead at the opening, but the Bears roared back with a 19-3 run. Anthony Hubbard (10 points, 3 assists) scored 8 points during the run and when DeWayne Jackson scored a fastbreak layup with 7:43 left in the half, the Bears held a 25-13 advantage.

The Hornets went 6 minutes without a basket, before Kendall Gray scored on a dunk with 6:56 remaining in the half.

The Bears held a 35-21 advantage at the break.

Morgan State opened the second half on a 8-2 run and a Justin Black layup gave the Bears a 43-26 lead with 15:50 left to play.

Morgan State's largest lead of the night came off a steal by Blake Bozeman (6'2''-PG-92) who fed Justin Black an open 3-pointer to push the lead to 24 (60-36) with 6:39 left.

Bozeman cleared his bench with just under 2 minutes remaining much to the delight of the home crowd.

The Bears shot 50 percent (27 of 53) from the field in a game in which everyone with a Morgan State jersey on got time on the floor tonight.

Marques Oliver was the only Hornet in double-figures with 13 points and nine rebounds. Delaware State's leading scorer Tahj Tate was held well below his average with 4 points on 2 of 10 shooting.

The Hornets were held to 17 of 56 shooting (30 percent) and shot 20 percent from 3-point territory (3 of 15).
Courtesy of: http://www.morganstatebears.com



Pitino Gets His 300th Louisville Win - by Eurobasket News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Rick Pitino was noticeably hoarse in acknowledging his 300th victory with Louisville on Monday night, no doubt caused by all his yelling at the eighth-ranked Cardinals to carry out the cornerstone defensive strategy that has made him successful.
Judging from Louisville's second-nature execution in a 67-51 defeat of Cincinnati, Rick Pitino probably could have saved his voice. The Cardinals forced the Bearcats into a season-high 21 turnovers, several coming during a 25-7 run over a 10:03 stretch in the second half.

A game once tied at 37 was soon a 62-44 Louisville lead that culminated in the Cardinals' sixth straight win and a postgame video tribute to Rick Pitino .

"The biggest question I got tonight from the media was coming off such an emotional game, could you be on top of it?" said Rick Pitino , referring to the carryover from Saturday's 58-53 victory at Syracuse. "I said, 'Without question.' It's been the M.O. of this team all year. They haven't let down one time. We've lost, but we've brought it every game. That was a very good defensive performance."

Louisville (25-5, 13-4 Big East) drew within one-half game of first-place Georgetown, which plays at Villanova on Wednesday. Besides forcing turnovers, the Cardinals held Cincinnati to 7-of-24 shooting (29 percent) in the second half and 18 of 51 overall (35 percent).

Missing all seven 3-point attempts after hitting 6 of 14 in the first half was also frustrating for the Bearcats, though not as much as their errors.

"We had no chance to win because we turned the ball over 21 times," said Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin, a Cardinals assistant in 2002 and 2003.

Louisville converted Cincinnati's mistakes into 23 points, keying an offensive effort in which the Cardinals outscored the Bearcats 42-16 in the paint.

Russ Smith scored 18 points and Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng added 11 each for Louisville, which shot 48 percent (28 of 58) including 13 of 24 in the second half.

"Everybody's playing great right now," Siva said. "This is like Louisville every year. Coach P gets us going like this every year. All that hard work is finally paying off."

Cashmere Wright (6'0''-PG-90) scored 15 points and Sean Kilpatrick (6'4''-G-90) and JaQuan Parker had 12 each for the Bearcats, who lost for the sixth time in eight games. Cincinnati lost their second straight to Louisville, which beat the Bearcats in last year's Big East tournament's championship game en route to a Final Four berth.

That defense defined the game was no surprise for these Big East rivals separated by about 100 miles.

Despite their recent slump, the Bearcats still rank in the top 30 in field goal defense (18th, 38.5 percent) and scoring (28th, 59.2 per game).

Louisville remained one of the top defensive teams, ranking third in steals per game (10.7) and turnover margin (plus-6). The Cardinals were coming off Saturday's 58-53 win over No. 12 Syracuse, where both teams shot 36 percent; Louisville won it by outscoring Syracuse's bench 22-15, hitting a couple more 3-pointers and taking 12 more free throws.

That victory moved Louisville up two spots in the latest poll, and the Cardinals' objective was using familiar home surroundings to boost their offense.

Their plan worked for the most part in the first half, as the Cardinals shot a respectable 44 percent (15 of 34) and outscored the Bearcats 22-8 in the paint. Louisville moved the ball around well and it helped Siva bounce back from a scoreless game at Syracuse, as he scored all of his points on five field goals including a 3-pointer.

Louisville's defense was key, scoring 12 points off 12 turnovers while holding Cincinnati to 11-of-27 shooting (41 percent). The Bearcats' 3-point shooting helped them stay close and trail just 35-31 at halftime.

A 13-9 run over the final 7:12 of the half provided Louisville's cushion, but that disappeared early in the second half as the Cardinals went nearly 5 minutes without a field goal. Cincinnati rallied to tie the game at 37 by the first media timeout.

Louisville followed with a 9-1 run that eventually became a 60-44 lead. Everybody contributed, with the bench outscoring Cincinnati's reserves 19-6.

As Rick Pitino added another achievement to go along with his 650th career victory earned earlier this season at South Florida, he took satisfaction in this one because the Cardinals are playing the way they need to at this point in the season.

"All the parts are coming together, and it is what we hoped," Rick Pitino said. "I like our team right now."
Courtesy of: http://www.gocards.com



No. 4/3 Kansas Seniors Shine, Smother Texas Tech, 79-42 - by Eurobasket News

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- With 4:45 remaining and an appreciative roar from the sold-out crowd, head coach Bill Self replaced his four seniors for the last time inside Allen Fieldhouse as No. 4/3 Kansas locked up a 79-42 victory over Texas Tech on Senior Night.

Per tradition, the home finale also doubles as an emotional night for Kansas (26-4, 14-3) and its fans as seniors Elijah Johnson, Travis Releford, Jeff Withey and Kevin Young were recognized prior to and following the contest with Texas Tech (10-18, 3-14). For the 26th time this season, all four seniors along with redshirt freshman Ben McLemore started the game together and, for the 26th time, they came away with a win.

Fittingly on the night dedicated to them, the seniors stood out. By the end of the first half, Johnson had tied Jayhawk legends Kirk Hinrich (6'4''-G-81, college: Kansas) and Ryan Robertson (6'5''-G-76, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kansas) for the most assists in a half for conference game (9) before ending his home finale with a career-high 12 dimes, the fourth time in his senior campaign the Las Vegas native has posted 10 or more assists.

Withey ended his night one rebound shy of a double-double. The San Diego, Calif., native racked up 22 points on a career-high tying eight field goals, nine rebounds and four blocks. Young missed only once on Monday, scoring 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting and 4-of-4 from the free throw line, while Releford hit 8-of-10 free throws en route to 13 points.

The Jayhawk foursome - who each took their turn giving the traditional senior speeches after the game - will leave a lasting legacy at Kansas. Thus far, the class of 2013 has won four regular season-Big 12 titles (Releford 4, Johnson and Withey 3, Young 1), two Big 12 Tournament championships (2010, 2011), advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight twice and one Final Four, including last year's run to the NCAA championship game. On Monday, the group also saw the Jayhawks win its 30th-consecutive home finale.

With the victory, Kansas takes a half-game lead in the Big 12 title race over in-state rival Kansas State (24-5, 13-3), who hosts TCU Tuesday.

In possibly his last game in Lawrence as well, McLemore rounded out the Jayhawk leaders with 13 points and five rebounds.

Through the early minutes on Monday night, a 7-0 Kansas start prompted a quick timeout from the Tech bench. Midway through the first half, however, neither team was rolling as Tech inched it way back to a smaller, 10-3 deficit by the 10-minute mark. An alley-oop from Johnson to Young followed quickly by another put-back dunk from Young rejuvenated the Jayhawks as they bounded out on a 19-2 run, comprised entirely by the Kansas seniors.

Withey added an exclamation point to the game-changing scoring run with a three-pointer, drilling the first and only attempt from behind the arc for his entire career. The trey kicked KU's lead out to 20 points, 32-12, and Tech took another timeout.

A tip-in from sophomore forward Jordan Tolbert pushed the Red Raiders over the 20-point plateau in the final second of the opening half as Kansas went to break with a commanding, 45-20 lead. Tolbert ended the night as the only Red Raider in double figures, leading the team with 16 points.

KU sprinted out to an 8-0 lead to start the second half, eclipsing the 30-point margin just two minutes into the frame, 53-20. While the Jayhawk defense held the Red Raiders to just two field goals through the first seven minutes, the offense keep its foot on the gas.

The game already in hand, Self gave his reserves nearly five minutes on the floor before checking his starting five back into the game. Together, the crew strung together a 16-3 run before checking out for the final time with 4:45 on the clock and a 77-38 lead.

As the focus turned toward the anticipation of the annual senior speeches, the new generation of Jayhawks held down the lead for the remaining minutes to walk away with the 79-42 win. The 37-point margin of defeat on Senior Night marked the largest since KU's 109-51 victory in the 2007-08 home finale - also against Texas Tech.

UP NEXT
No. 4/3 Kansas will close out the regular season at Baylor on Saturday, March 9, at 5 p.m. on ESPN. KU will then participate in the Big 12 Championship, March 13-16, at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Its first action will be in the quarterfinals on Thursday, March 14.

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



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McFarland Earns Third Straight Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week Award - by Eurobasket News

WALTHAM, Mass. Bentley University forward Tyler McFarland (6'5''-F) (Rockport, Maine/Camden Hills HS) has been named the Northeast-10 Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week for the third straight week and the fifth time this season following a career game in the season finale last Tuesday.

McFarland saved his best for last as he finished provided 29 points, 14 rebounds and two assists in the Falcons' fourth straight win, 81-70 over UMass-Lowell. He established career highs in points, for the second straight game and third time in his last six, and rebounds while becoming the first Falcon to have at least 29 points and 14 rebounds in the same game since 1995.

McFarland, a member of the NE-10 All-Rookie Team, made 11 of 20 shots overall and buried five of eight threes, setting career-bests for both field goals and three-pointers.

The strong finish to the season boosted his scoring average to 15.5 points as he became the first freshman to lead Bentley in scoring in more than 40 years. He also led the team in rebounds (8.4 a game), blocks (30) and free throw percentage (.835), with his rebound average fifth best in the conference.
Courtesy of: http://bentleyfalcons.com



Men's Basketball Reaches NE-10 Semis by Rallying for 85-80 Win over Southern Connecticut - by Eurobasket News

RINDGE, N.H. (March 3, 2013) -- The Franklin Pierce University men's basketball team advanced to the Northeast-10 Conference Championship semifinal round with an 85-80 win over a pesky Southern Connecticut State squad in the quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon at The Fieldhouse in Rindge. The fourth-seeded Ravens improved to 20-7, while the fifth-seeded Owls fell to 17-10.

The Ravens reached the 20-win plateau for the second-straight season and will now take on the top-seeded Saint Anselm Hawks in the semis on Wednesday night at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium in Manchester. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. Franklin Pierce and Saint Anselm split their two-game regular season series with each winning on their respective home court.

Senior guard Eric Jean-Guillaume (6'0''-PG-91) (Stamford, Conn.) and junior forward Ellis Cooper (6'3''-F-91) (Northampton, Mass.) each pumped in a team-high 19 points. The two players turned in strong performances just a couple of days after they were honored by the NE-10, including Jean-Guillaume picking up his second-consecutive player-of-the-year accolade.

Cooper also logged a double-double as he ripped down 10 rebounds. Sophomore forward Ryen Vilmont (6'5''-F-92) (Philadelphia, Pa.) also tallied a double-double for the Ravens with 16 points and 11 boards and junior forward Ant Lessane (Brooklyn, N.Y.) came off the bench to add 10 points in the win.

Southern Connecticut also had four players score in double-digits, led by Greg Langston's game-high 31 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field, including an impressive 6-of-8 effort from three-point range. Trevon Hamlet followed with a double-double of 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Tylon Smith and Luke Houston added 12 and 10, respectively.

Franklin Pierce held a double-digit lead for a majority of the second half, but quickly saw its lead evaporate with a furious rally by the Owls. Southern Connecticut mounted a 14-3 run midway through the stanza to knot the score at 62-all, and then reeled off eight-consecutive points minutes later to take a 72-67 lead with 7:18 remaining. Langston buried a three to kick-start the run, while Houston capped it with five points on a three-ball and layup.

Franklin Pierce didn't fold and a Vilmont three, followed by a Cooper layup, put the Ravens back up at 73-32. Smith answered with a layup at the other end of the court, but Vilmont and Cooper teamed up once again as each hit a pair of foul shots on back-to-back possessions to make it 77-74.

Jean-Guillaume then stepped up for the Ravens and tossed in a layup and converted a pair of foul shots. Vilmont made another trip to the free throw line and when he sank both opportunities the Ravens held an 82-76 lead with just 1:18 left, which sealed the post-season win.

Franklin Pierce shot a strong 51 percent (28-of-55) from the floor for the game.

The game went back and forth with eight lead changes over the opening nine minutes, but Franklin Pierce finally was able to gain some traction with a 7-0 run, keyed by a three-pointer from junior guard Curtis Christian (Harlem, N.Y.), to take a 31-24 lead with 6:55 to go until halftime.

Jean-Guillaume had a steal and coast-to-coast dunk at the buzzer to cap a wild first half as the Ravens held a narrow 46-43 lead at the intermission. The Ravens scored the opening seven points of the second half to open up a 10-point advantage, and their lead hovered around that mark for the next several minutes before the Owls made their run to get back in it.

The win enabled Franklin Pierce to exact some revenge against Southern Connecticut, which downed the Ravens 68-65 back on Jan. 9 in New Haven.

For more information on Franklin Pierce men's basketball, please visit the team's page at athletics.franklinpierce.edu (.) To follow the program even further, please visit Franklin Pierce Athletics on YouTube (www.youtube.com/FranklinPierceSports), Twitter (www.twitter.com/FPUathletics) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/FranklinPierceRavens). Fans wishing to purchase Franklin Pierce men's basketball apparel can do so on the athletic department's online store at athletics.franklinpierce.edu/store (.)
Courtesy of: http://athletics.franklinpierce.edu



Hounds Fall Short in 67-64 Quarterfinal Loss - by Eurobasket News

Worcester, Mass. (March 3) -- Despite three players in double figures and a late rally, the No. 2 seeded Assumption College men's basketball team fell to No. 10 Saint Rose by a 67-64 final in the Northeast-10 Tournament Quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon. The Hounds, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, are receiving votes in the NABC/Division II National Poll for the second straight week and are ranked No. 3 in the most recent NCAA East Region Poll.

Saint Rose led by as many as seven in the first half and continued to hold an 18-12 lead with 10:49 remaining after a jumper from Dominykas Milka. An 8-2 Assumption run, capped by a three-point play from freshman Tim Kasper (6'7''-F-92) (Cologne, Germany/Gymnasium Schloss Hagerhof), tied the game at 20-20 just 3:27 later. The teams went back and forth over the rest of the half and the Hounds took a 33-32 lead on a three-pointer from senior Ryan Rozsnaki (6'0''-G) (Montreal, Quebec/Landstown) with 38 seconds on the clock. The Golden Knights took a one-point lead into the halftime break though as Andre Pope knocked down a pair of free throws with just 0.7 seconds left for the 34-33 edge.

In the second half, neither team led by more than four for nearly the entire period and the game headed into the final three minutes tied at 58-58 after a layup from sophomore Jimmy Zenevitch (Methuen, Mass./Central Catholic). A three by Pope and a jumper by Milka with 1:34 put Saint Rose back in front by five, but the Hounds again cut the lead to one in the final seconds on a pair of free throws from Rozsnaki. Tyler Sayre (6'5''-F) sealed the win though for the Golden Knights with a pair of free throws with 1.8 seconds left.

Sophomore Terrance Bobb-Jones (Wilmington, Del./Delcastle Voc-Tech) led the Hounds with 16 points, along with 15 from graduate student Kevin Donahue (Pawcatuck, Conn./Stonington) and 10 from Zenevitch. Saint Rose had four players in double figures, paced by a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double from Milka.

With the loss, the Hounds fall to 20-7 overall, while the Golden Knights improve to 15-13 and advance to the Northeast-10 Tournament semifinals. Saint Rose will travel to No. 6 seeded Southern New Hampshire for a Wednesday night matchup with the Penmen beginning at 7 p.m.

Assumption now awaits the announcement of the NCAA Division II Tournament field, which is scheduled to be unveiled at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 10th at www.ncaa.com. The top eight teams in the final regional poll receive bids to the NCAA East Regional.
Courtesy of: http://www.assumptiongreyhounds.com



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Juniata Outlasts Albright, 91-80, For First ECAC Title in Double-Overtime Thriller - by Eurobasket News

READING, Pa. The Juniata men's basketball team won its first Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) postseason title after upsetting host No. 1 seed Albright College 91-80 in double-overtime Sunday afternoon. The Eagles recorded the most wins in program history this season finishing 21-9 overall.

Junior Jeremy Hays (McMechen, W. Va./John Marshall) was named tournament MVP. He scored a game and career-high 24 points in the championship with a team-high three steals. He scored 14 of his points in the first half. All five starters finished in double figures. Junior Kevin Stapleton (6'3''-G) (Indiana, Pa./Indiana) earned 15 points in 44 minutes on the floor while fellow junior Brian Scholly (State College, Pa./State College) picked up 13 points. Seniors Nate Higgins (St. Mary's, Pa./Elk County Catholic) and Alex Raymond (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Altoona) finished with 11 points each. Higgins grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for a double-double.

Junior Lucas Mellot (Wardsburg, Pa./Southern Fulton) put in valuable minutes off the bench for the Eagles. He recorded nine points and nine rebounds.

The teams went back and forth during most of the first half. Juniata went on a 7-2 run to take the lead (33-29) with 4:18 on the clock. But the Eagles offense stalled and Albright scored 11 unanswered points heading into the break up 40-33.

The Eagles drought continued into the second half until Higgins hit a layup at 17:51. With Albright up 46-35, Juniata put on a press and scored 12 unanswered points of their own to take the lead 47-46 with 13:23 on the clock.

Kyle Jordan finally broke the Lions silence on a layup after nearly five minutes and the teams went back to trading buckets.

Juniata regained the lead (59-57) on a three by Scholly at 8:16. Jordan tied it back up at 59 with 6:15 remaining in the game and Stapleton responded with a three on the next possession to give Juniata the lead.

The Eagles held onto the lead until Zach Benjamin completed a three-point play at the foul line to give Albright the 66-64 lead with 3:10 to play.

Stapleton pulled Juniata within one (68-67) on a deep three with 1:06 on the clock.

Down 69-67 with 45.9 seconds remaining, Hays drove to the basket and drew a foul. He hit both free throws to tie the game up at 69-all.

With 26 seconds on the clock, Sam Marrella's three fell short for the Lions and the team's got tied up on the rebound forcing a jump ball that went Albright's way. Juniata played tight defense for the final seconds and Mellott got a huge block in the corner with less than a second remaining to send it into overtime.

Albright got on the board first in overtime with a three. Scholly responded with a three to tie the score again with 1:51 on the clock.

Both teams hit a jumper within 11 seconds of each other and the game sat tied up again (74-74) with only 48 seconds to play. Juniata would get possession with a 12 second differential between the game and shot clock.

Hays' shot with three seconds on the shot clock fell short, but Scholly grabbed the rebound and kicked it back out to the top of the key. Curley called timeout to set up the final play for the Eagles. They set up a three for Scholly with four seconds left that bounced off the rim and out of bounds leaving two on the clock for the Lions. But tight defense by Juniata forced the second overtime.

Stapleton opened scoring in the second overtime with a three. The Eagles would go up by five (82-77) before Albright began fouling. Juniata held the Lions to just two points in the final two minutes. The game was tied a total of nine times with 23 lead changes.

Juniata ends the season with the most wins in program history. They are ranked in every statistical category as a team including 27th in assists-turnover ratio and 34th in 3-point field goal percentage. Three Eagles end the year ranked nationally. Raymond concludes his career ranked in free throw percentage, assists per game and assist-turnover ratio. Hays is recognized in the same categories as Raymond but also appears in the steals per game list. And Scholly is ranked in points per game, field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage and 3-point field goals per game. He is ranked fourth and sixth respectively in the latter two categories.

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Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Eastern Men's Basketball Wears ECAC Crown - by Eurobasket News

WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Following a slow start, the third-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team rode a 22-6 scoring run over the final nine minutes of the first half on the way to a 74-60 victory over top-seeded Westfield State University Sunday in the championship game of the 2013 ECAC New England Division III Tournament at the Woodward Center.

The ECAC title is the first in men's basketball for Eastern (22-8), which was making its seventh appearance since 1981. The Warriors had beaten Johnson & Wales University, 85-64, in a first-round home contest Wednesday and moved into the championship game for the third in its last three tournament appearances with a 77-65 win over second-seeded Anna Maria College Saturday at the Woodward Center.

Junior forward Mike Garrow (6'4''-F) (Terryville) was named tournament MVP after scoring 25 points and pulling down a career-high 14 rebounds (only the second time that he has had at least ten rebounds this year) in playing virtually all 40 minutes. Garrow was 10-of-15 from the floor, including 4-of-5 from three-point range as one of five Eastern players to contribute at least one three-pointer.

Westfield (23-6) sank two three-point field goals and completed a conventional three-point play to take a quick 9-1 lead four minutes into play, and led by six before the Warriors scored 22 of the final 28 points of the half to take a ten-point lead into the break. During that scoring stretch, five different Eastern players nailed three-point field goals, with Garrow contributing two, senior guard Tyler Hundley (Cheshire), junior guard Brian Salzillo (North Haven) and junior guard Justin Nunez (Hartford) and freshman guard Trachone Preston (Enfield) one each.

"It was definitely a battle," admitted 11th-year Eastern head coach Bill Geitner afterward. "It was 40 minutes of very, very intense basketball, but I think that our guys knew that that was going to be the case. We had the utmost respect for Westfield. We knew that it was going to be a very physical game, and our guys persevered."

Westfield started three seniors, among them 6-foot-7 inch Matt Devine and 6-foot-6 inch Ryan White, and guard Lee Vazquez. Devine and White combined for 19 points and 15 rebounds (Devine also blocking four shots), with the 5-foot- 6 inch Vazquez commiting mayhem with 15 points, six steals, four assists and three rebounds in 38 minutes. Vazquez was his conference's unanimous selection as Player-of-the-Year and was joined on the all-conference first team by Devine for a team which captured its first outright regular-season conference championship this winter.

Eastern, which won nine of its last ten this season en route to its fourth straight 20-win season, pushed the lead to 13 when Salzillo fed Garrow for a driving transition basketball four minutes into the second half. After the Owls pulled to within five with six minutes left, Garrow took over by scoring seven straight Eastern points with a bucket in the paint, a corner three-pointer on a pass from Preston and a baseline drive to restore a nine-point lead with less than two minutes left. The Warriors kept the hosts at bay by sinking all ten of their free throws over the final 69 seconds, four of the freebies coming on one-and-one situations. Preston was 6-for-6 from the stripe in those final second, with Salzillo adding two and sophomore guard Brandon Yarborough (Stamford) two.

Salzillo, who wrapped up the season with a program-record 94 three-pointers, teammed with Garrow in the first half to keep the Owls from running away with the game. Both had 12 points in the half, with Salzillo adding three assists and three steals. After misfiring on five of their first six shots and turning the ball over three times on their first ten possessions against Westfield's pressing defense, the Warriors rallied to shoot 51.9 percent in the first half (Westfield just 30.3) .

Behind Garrow, Salzillo fired in 20 points, matching Garrow with four three-point field goals and adding five steals and five assists, and Preston added 12 points.

Six-foot-five inch senior forward Chris Robitaille (Canton) who joined Garrow this year as a first-team All-Little East Conference selection -- completed a late run to 1,000 career points, reaching the milestone with a turnaround jump shot in the paint on his fifth attempt of the contest with 11:13 left in the first half his third and fourth points of the game. Robitaille, the 27th player to reach that plateau in program history and the fifth under Geitner, finished the game with just seven points and three rebounds, but was instrumental in the team's surge to the final. Robitaille had a career-high 31 points with 11 rebounds in the first-round win and followed with 22 points and a career-high 17 rebounds (fifth double-double in six games) in Saturday's semifinal.

Robitaille led the Warriors in the tournament by averaging 20 points and 10.2 rebounds and shooting .614 from the floor. Garrow averaged 19 points and 7.3 rebounds and totaled ten assists and sank .676 percent of his field goals. Salzillo averaged 18.7 points and 3.7 rebounds, collecting a team-high 12 assists and shooting .519 from three-point range (14-of-27). The Warriors were 30-of-38 from the stripe in the tourney, shot .543 from the floor and .500 from three-point range (28-of-56).

Eastern completed the season by winning nine of 11 games on its opponents' home court. Westfield had won 11 of 12 overall entering Sunday's title game.

It is the sixth ECAC championship for Eastern first since the women's lacrosse program defeated Plymouth State in 2002. Other ECAC titles came by the women's volleyball team in 1985 and 1988, men's soccer in 1974 and women's basketball in 1988-89.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Albright Men Drop ECAC Title Game in Double Overtime - by Eurobasket News

The Albright College men's basketball team couldn't hold onto an 11-point second half lead in the 2013 ECAC South championship game, falling to visiting Juniata 91-80 in double-overtime.

Senior Dave Singleton (6'4''-G) had a double-double in his final collegiate game, totaling 12 rebounds and 13 points. He concluded his career with 985 points and 200 steals.

Also playing in their final game were center Zach Benjamin (15 points, nine rebounds) and guard Cornell Mickens (6'3''-G-91) (four points). Juniors Pedro Perez (17 points) and Kyle Jordan (12 points, 12 rebounds) were in double-figures, as was freshman Andre Marshall (14 points, four steals).

Neither team could score for more than half of the opening overtime period, until Perez drained a three-pointer with 2:22 left. Brian Scholly answered for Juniata from behind the arc, but missed another three-point attempt that would have won the game.

The Eagles exploded for 17 points in the second overtime, converting 10 free throws attempts to pull away.

Jordan had pulled down an offensive rebound and converted two free throws with 2:16 left in regulation, to put Albright ahead 68-64. Albright had three chances to add to that, but missed a lay-up and the front end of two one-and-ones.

Kevin Stapleton (6'3''-G) drilled a three-pointer with 65 seconds remaining to pull within one, and Jeremy Hays tied in with two free throws after Jordan had split a pair at the other end.

Albright led 46-35 with 17 minutes to play, but Hays scored six straight points (including consecutive fast break buckets off Lion turnovers), and then assisted on the go-ahead basket as Juniata went on a 12-0 run.

Perez had opened the first half scoring, after Benjamin pulled down an offensive rebound on the first possession and assisted the basket. Albright led 7-4 after a Sam Marrella three-pointer.

Hays hit a nice up-and-under lay-in to make it 9-8 Albright, and the game was tied at 17-all after Evan Ward's put-back. Juniata was clinging to a 24-23 lead after Marshall and Alex Raymond traded three-pointers.

The Lions finished the first half on an 8-0 run. Benjamin's put-back made it 38-33; Marshall hit Perez with a great pass and swatted Raymond with seven seconds remaining.

Hays was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after totaling 24 points on 11-of-20 shooting. All five Eagle starters were in double-figures, including a double-double effort from Nate Higgins (11 points, 13 rebounds).

Albright finishes its 2012-13 campaign at 22-7 overall, the second-highest win total in school history. Juniata (21-9) wins its first ECAC title.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

PBA Standings
 1. Alaska Aces 5-0 
 2. Petron Blaze 5-1 
 3. Rain or Shine 4-1 
 4. Barako Bull 3-3 
 5. San Mig Coffee 2-3 
 6. Meralco Bolts 2-3 
 7. Talk N Text 2-3 
 8. Global Port 2-4 
 9. Air21 Express 1-4 
 10. Barangay Ginebra 1-5 

Regular Season: Round 12

Mar. 3: Rain or Shine - Barangay Ginebra 96-93
Mar. 3: Barako Bull - Petron Blaze 78-91

Regular Season: Round 13

Mar. 6: Air21 Express - Meralco Bolts
Mar. 6: San Mig Coffee - Alaska Aces


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Renaldo BALKMAN
  Petron B.
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Balkman, Petron B.28.2 
 2. David, Novi Z.23.7 
 3. Benson, Talk N Te.23.6 
 4. Dawson, Meralco23.6 
 5. Dunigan, Air21 E.22.4 
 6. Dozier, Alaska Aces22.2 
 7. Caguioa, Barang.21.8 
 8. Brock, Barako Bull19.0 
 9. Sundov, Rain o.18.6 
 10. Yap, San M.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Novi Z.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Williams, Novi Z.19.3 
 2. Brock, Barako Bull16.3 
 3. Dozier, Alaska Aces15.8 
 4. Benson, Talk N Te.15.8 
 5. Dunigan, Air21 E.15.6 
 6. Dawson, Meralco15.2 
 7. Balkman, Petron B.12.8 
 8. Sundov, Rain o.11.2 
 9. Abueva, Alaska Ac.9.6 
 10. Aguilar, Novi Z.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Solomon MERCADO
  Novi Z.
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Mercado, Novi Z.9.8 
 2. Ross, Meralco8.6 
 3. Tenorio, Barang.5.2 
 4. Casio, Alaska Aces5.0 
 5. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.6 
 6. Cortez, Air21 E.4.4 
 7. Villanueva, Barako4.3 
 8. Devance, San M.4.2 
 9. Urbiztondo, Barako4.2 
 10. Lee, Rain or Shine3.8 
Steals Per Game
 LA TENORIO
  Barang.
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Tenorio, Barang.2.8 
 2. Dawson, Meralco2.8 
 3. Balkman, Petron B.2.2 
 4. Benson, Talk N Te.1.8 
 5. Ross, Meralco1.8 
 6. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.6 
 7. Urbiztondo, Barako1.5 
 8. Dozier, Alaska Aces1.4 
 9. Lanete, Petron B.1.4 
 10. Lee, Rain or Shine1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Novi Z.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Williams, Novi Z.4.7 
 2. Dozier, Alaska Aces3.2 
 3. Dawson, Meralco3.2 
 4. Balkman, Petron B.2.8 
 5. Aguilar, Novi Z.2.5 
 6. Benson, Talk N Te.2.4 
 7. Dunigan, Air21 E.2.4 
 8. Brock, Barako Bull1.3 
 9. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.0 
 10. Reyes, Meralco1.0 


Balkman number one in Philippines for round 12 - by Eurobasket News

Puerto Rican-American forward Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Petron Blaze, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 33 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Barako Bull (#4, 3-3) 91-78. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Petron Blaze maintains the 2nd position in Filipino PBA. They are still close to the very top. Petron Blaze would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 5-1 record. Balkman just recently signed at Petron Blaze, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former University of South Carolina star has very solid stats this year. Balkman is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.2ppg. Balkman is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 12.6rpg) and averages impressive 3.2bpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Evan Brock (204-F-84) of Barako Bull. Brock had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 24 rebounds. Bad luck as Barako Bull lost that game 78-91 to slightly higher-ranked Petron Blaze (#2, 5-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Barako Bull still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 3-3 record is not bad at all. Brock is one of the most experienced players at Barako Bull and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.8ppg (#9). He also registered 14.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Vernon Macklin (208-F/C-86) of Barangay Ginebra (#10). Macklin scored 27 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Macklin's great performance Barangay Ginebra lost 93-96 to the higher-ranked Rain or Shine (#3, 4-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Barangay Ginebra can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-5 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Macklin he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Macklin has a very solid season. In 2 games in Philippines he scored 18.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. LA Tenorio (177-PG-84) of Barangay Ginebra - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Kerby Raymundo (199-C-81) of Barangay Ginebra - 18 points and 11 rebounds
6. Danny Seigle (198-F/G-76) of Barako Bull - 17 points and 5 rebounds
7. Jervy Cruz (193-F/C-86) of Rain or Shine - 13 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Sean Anthony (193-F-86) of Barako Bull - 12 points and 6 rebounds
9. Beau Belga (198-C-86) of Rain or Shine - 18 points and 9 rebounds
10. Ronald Tubid (186-G-81) of Petron Blaze - 10 points and 8 rebounds

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



The NBA: This is BIG. Houston and Indiana, See You in October 2013!!! - by Enzo Flojo

By now, everyone already knows about the biggest NBA development involving the Philippines an actual NBA preseason game will be played here in Manila. James Harden, Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons, and the rest of the Rockets will pit their skills against those of Roy Hibbert, Danny Granger, Paul George, and the rest of the Indiana Pacers.

As NBA Asia Senior VP and Managing Director Scott Levy said in my interview with him, These are two exciting teams with some of the best young stars today.

Its a game sure to feature a ton of highlight reel material.

So, the real question is, why havent you filed your leave yet? Why havent you started saving up for the tickets yet? This is the first sanctioned NBA game in the Philippines since 1979 when the Washington Bullets walloped the PBA All-Stars at the Araneta Coliseum, 133-123.

I am 110% sure that this event will be a big shebang, at least if the BIG Announcement event today was to be any standard.

I walked into the Coral Gate of the SM Mall of Asia Arena expecting the usual drill for public relations occasions like this registration, free meals, and then the big reveal. My excitement really stemmed from the fact that this was the first NBA press con I was attending EVER. I already knew an NBA game would be played here. Heck, almost everyone in Manila who gave half a damn about NBA basketball knew it, too. We also knew who the teams would be.

We just wanted confirmation. We just wanted formality.

And, yeah, free lunch and SM/NBA loot bags never hurt anyone, right?

What greeted everyone, however, was a total production. There was an NBA photowall. The free food was actually quite good (I remember seeing a few guys go back for repeats!). The press con was held not in a room, but in the actual event bowl of the MOA Arena. The NU cheerdancers were present to open the program. Solar Sports covered it on TV, with veteran commentator Chiqui Reyes doing emcee duties. NBA Philippines presented SM Primes Hans Sy with an autographed Danny Granger jersey and the actual Spalding basketball that will be used in the game.

For me, though, the most exciting things were the three video clips played on the MOA Arenas imposing jumbotron. The first one was of David Stern formalizing the announcement and reminding everyone why the Philippines is an important NBA market (we actually have the most NBA fans outside of the United States, at least based on Facebook and Twitter data). The second clip had Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale describing how excited he is to come to Manila, and the last one was a teaser that contained highlights from several Rockets and Pacers. This trio of clips was a nice touch that added even more legitimacy to the whole event, while also upping the excitement factor because, well, they were all shown on the friggin jumbotron!!!

The row of organizers, which included, aside from Mr. Levy and Mr. Sy, NBA Asias Mr. Carlo Singson and West Avenue Theatres Mr. Eugene Tejerero among others, also graciously responded to questions from the audience. After the press con formally closed, the organizers even stayed behind to answer even more questions and grant some interviews from the info-hungry media mavens.

This was when I got to catch Mr. Levy. I asked him why it took so long for the NBA to play a game in Manila, especially considering how big an NBA market we are, and he simply said, We finally found the perfect partner in SM.

I was also interested to know what the teams and players itineraries would be when they arrive in Manila, but Mr. Levy and the rest of the organizers were pretty much mum about these details. All they said was we should keep tabs on the online accounts of the NBA (NBA.com, NBA Philippines, Facebook, and Twitter) for further updates.

If the latest NBA-connected events are to be gauges, however, we can probably expect the Rockets and Pacers to go through the gamut of media events, basketball clinics, mall tours, and charity activities. Heck, dont be surprised to see Jeremy Lin or Chandler Parsons end up on a Bench billboard, or maybe James Harden become an endorser for a shaving company. How about Roy Hibbert or the NBA cheerleaders on a noontime show? Here in the Philippines, that is actually possible. I hope the NBAers know what theyre getting into!

Needless to say, 2013 is going to be big for the MOA Arena and for Philippine basketball in general. I mean, the 2013 FIBA Asia will be held there and now the first ever NBA preseason game featuring two NBA clubs as well! To paraphrase one of my media colleagues, it looks like the MOA Arena is carving its own niche in local sports entertainment history.

As for ticket prices, dont expect to pay the same amount you do for the usual UAAP or PBA games (like Php300 for a Patron seat). That just wont happen. Instead, be ready to shell out 4-5 figures for this once-in-a-lifetime event. Even if Mr. Sy promised everyone that they already have many sponsors to help defray the costs, I dont think the tickets will be accessible to most sectors of the metro. There wasnt even any indication it would be shown on free TV, though I think it would be a really terrible move if they fail to acquire a free TV partner.

In any case, this game should be an awesome event. It will be BIG in practically every sense of the word.

Source: HoopNut.com



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  POLAND   

Standings - DBE

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

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 2: Stelmet ZG - Rosa Radom 96-100
Mar. 1: Polpharma - PGE Turow 85-79
Mar. 2: Trefl Sopot - Asseco Prok. 78-65
Mar. 1: Start Gdynia - Siarka Jezioro 72-75
Mar. 4: AZS Koszalin - Anwil 68-75
Mar. 3: Kotwica - Energa Czarni 62-81

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 8: Asseco Prok. - Polpharma
Mar. 8: Siarka Jezioro - Trefl Sopot
Mar. 8: Anwil - Start Gdynia
Mar. 8: Energa Czarni - AZS Koszalin
Mar. 8: Rosa Radom - Kotwica
Mar. 8: PGE Turow - Stelmet ZG


Standings - 2 Liga

2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Wilki Morskie 14-2 
 2. SMS PZKosz 11-5 
 3. Ksiezak Lowicz 11-5 
 4. Trefl II Sopot 9-7 
 5. Korsarz Gdansk 8-8 
 6. Basket Pila 7-9 
 7. MKS Skierniew. 7-9 
 8. Notec 6-10 
 9. GTK Gdynia 5-12 
 10. Suchy Las 3-14 
Group B
 1. AZS AWF K-ce 15-3 
 2. WKK Wroclaw 14-4 
 3. Pogon Prudnik 12-5 
 4. GTK Gliwice 11-6 
 5. Tychy 11-7 
 6. Sudety 10-7 
 7. Mickiewicz 7-12 
 8. HK Zory 6-12 
 9. Alba Chorzow 6-13 
 10. Nysa Klodzko 4-14 
 11. Wschowa 2-16 
Group C
 1. MCKiS Jaworz. 13-0 
 2. PWiK Piaseczno 11-4 
 3. Handlopex AZS 8-8 
 4. Legia 7-8 
 5. Rosa II Radom 7-8 
 6. Tur Bielsk Pdl. 7-8 
 7. Pulaski Warka 6-9 
 8. AZS AGH Alstom 6-10 
 9. Wisla AWF Kr. 5-10 

Regular Season: Round 21

A

Mar. 9: Suchy Las - GTK Gdynia
Mar. 9: Ksiezak Lowicz - Basket Pila
Mar. 9: Notec - SMS PZKosz
Mar. 9: MKS Skierniew. - Trefl II Sopot
Mar. 9: Wilki Morskie - Korsarz Gdansk

B

Mar. 9: Alba Chorzow - Pogon Prudnik
Mar. 9: Nysa Klodzko - Sudety
Mar. 9: GTK Gliwice - Wschowa
Mar. 9: Tychy - WKK Wroclaw
Mar. 9: HK Zory - AZS AWF K-ce

C

Mar. 9: Tur Bielsk Pdl. - Wisla AWF Kr.
Mar. 9: Pulaski Warka - Rosa II Radom
Mar. 9: Legia - Handlopex AZS
Mar. 9: MCKiS Jaworz. - PWiK Piaseczno

Round 15

Mar. 5: HK Zory - GTK Gliwice 85-81 OT


2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lukasz NIESOBSKI
  Sudety
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Niesobski, Sudety21.4 
 2. Grod, Notec20.7 
 3. Przyborowski, Pula.18.9 
 4. Pawlowski, Pogon P.18.7 
 5. Piotrkowski, AZS A.18.7 
 6. Krzeminski, Basket17.3 
 7. Kuczynski, Tur B.17.2 
 8. Nitsche, Korsarz17.2 
 9. Zalucki, Korsarz17.1 
 10. Brembly, Trefl I.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Piotr MIS
  Handlopex AZS
  (204-F/C-77)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Mis, Handlopex AZS9.9 
 2. Konsek, Korsarz9.8 
 3. Pawlowski, Pogon P.9.8 
 4. Wojdyr, Wilki Mors.9.1 
 5. Wysocki, Tur B.9.0 
 6. Kapturski, Pulask.8.7 
 7. Strzelecki, Micki.8.6 
 8. Michalek, Basket P.8.5 
 9. Cetnar, Rosa I.8.5 
 10. Grod, Notec8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dawid MIECZKOWSKI
  Pulask.
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Mieczkowski, Pulas.8.3 
 2. Stoklosa, Wilki M.7.8 
 3. Grzelinski, WKK W.7.1 
 4. Ecka, AZS A.5.6 
 5. Kozak, Sudety5.5 
 6. Paszkiewicz, PWiK5.4 
 7. Wrobel, GTK G.5.3 
 8. Jarosz, MKS S.5.1 
 9. Schenk, Rosa I.4.8 
 10. Wluczynski, Ksiez.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Konrad KAPTURSKI
  Pulask.
  (197-F-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Kapturski, Pulask.2.8 
 2. Wojcik, MKS S.2.7 
 3. Grod, Notec2.5 
 4. Paszkiewicz, PWiK2.5 
 5. Niesobski, Sudety2.4 
 6. Schenk, Rosa I.2.4 
 7. Wluczynski, Ksieza.2.4 
 8. Brembly, Trefl I.2.4 
 9. Rogacewicz, Baske.2.4 
 10. Filipiak, Notec2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Piotr MIS
  Handlopex AZS
  (204-F/C-77)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Mis, Handlopex AZS1.9 
 2. Sobuta, Rosa I.1.8 
 3. Nowerski, Legia1.8 
 4. Milewski, AZS A.1.6 
 5. Michalek, Basket P.1.5 
 6. Wysocki, Tur B.1.4 
 7. Nedzi, Legia1.3 
 8. Wojdyr, Wilki Mors.1.2 
 9. Rudnik, Basket Pila1.1 
 10. Cetnar, Rosa I.1.1 



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Quebradillas sign NBA veteran Brian Cook: - by Luis Modestti


Nine-year NBA veteran Brian Cook (208-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) was signed by Piratas de Quebradillas. The announcement was made by team owner Felo Rivera.

Cook played from 2003 until 2012 with the Lakers, Magic, Rockets, Clippers and Wizards. His career averages are 5,5 points and 2,6 rebounds in 421 games.

Quebradillas expects great things from Cook, especially on the offensive side. His sidekick in the paint will be Darren Phillip.

The team also announced that they are going to test Dominican guard Edgar Sosa. He broke the tibia in his right leg during the 2011 FIBA-Americas Championship. He played in January for Valladolid in ACB.



Forbes will not play in BSN: - by Luis Modestti


After weeks of uncertainty former NBA Player Forbes Gary (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia) published in his Twitter account (@GForbz3) that he is not coming to play in Puerto Rico for San German.

On January 9 the agents contacted me stating that Forbes didn't sign with San German just after the team announced it. Team and league officials said the opposite. Tournament director Fernando Quinones said: "I have a contract signed by Forbes Gary and it was submitted to the league by Atleticos. I don't know what the controversy is."

Now the question is: Who signed that contract?

Forbes just finished playing in China averaging 28,4 points for Guangsha Lions. He could be a candidate to sign in the NBA soon.



Capitanes drawn in Group E of the FIBA-Americas League semifinals: - by Luis Modestti

Capitanes de Arecibo was drawn into Group E of the FIBA-Americas League semifinals along with Pioneros, Sao Jose and Uniceub/BRB.

Their semifinal stage begins on March 22 in Cancun. The top two teams qualify to the Final Four.

Arecibo finished in first place of Group C with a 2-1 record. They lost to Pioneros and dominated Sao Jose and Mavort.

They expected to have Peter John Ramos in their roster for the semifinals after he got eliminated in China. He could be a key component for this team who is playing for their first international championship.



Leones beat Cangrejeros in warm-up: - by Luis Modestti



Leones de Ponce defeated Cangrejeros de Santuce 72-67 in a warm-up game played last Sunday in Juncos.

Rick Apodaca (193-G-80, college: Hofstra) led Leones with 22 points. Leones played without their imports. Mike Harris is expected to come this week.

Santurce had some of their main players there like Alex Galindo, Sammy Villegas, Luis Villafane, Matt Addison and some imports that are being tested.



Guayama signs Josh Harellson: - by Luis Modestti


Brujos de Guayama announced Josh Harrellson (208-F-89, college: Kentucky) as their import for the 2013 season. He is expected to cover the center position for them.

Harrellson played for the University of Kentucky from 2008-2011. He reached the Final Four in 2011 and averaged 7,6 points with 8,8 rebounds that season.

He played for the Knicks during the 2011-2012 season averaging 4,2 points and 3,7 rebounds. On July he was traded to Houston and was released in the pre-season. In January of this year he signed a 10-day contract with the Miami Heat and played in six games.

The team is going to test Robert Glenn to cover the power forward position while guard Juan Coronado already joined Brujos.

Team owner Rafael Rodriguez expects to have Al Thornton by late March or in April. Thornton suffered a knee injury while playing in China and is currently in rehab.



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  RUSSIA   

Standings - Higher League

Higher League Stage Two Standings
Group A
 1. Dynamo-MGTU 4-1 
 2. Stary Sobol NT 3-2 
 3. Irkutsk 3-5 
 4. Kamit-Univ. 2-3 
 5. SBSK 2-3 
 6. Dynamo-Stavr. 1-4 
Group B
 1. BK Tambov 4-1 
 2. Sogdiana-Skif 4-1 
 3. Rodniki Izh. 3-2 
 4. Parma 2-3 
 5. Elbrus Cherk. 1-4 
 6. Neftekhimik T. 1-4 
Stage One Standings


Lamayn Wilson agreed terms with Krasnie Krilya - by Greg

Krasnie Krilya Samara (PBL) inked 33-year old American forward Lamayn Wilson (204-101kg-80, college: Troy). He was tested at Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rican BSN league, but was not approved after all. Lamayn started the season by Armia (Superleague) in Georgia. In 9 games he recorded 13.2ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.9apg this season. Wilson also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 15.0ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0bpg.
The last season he played at CEZ Nymburk (NBL) in Czech Republic league. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and Wilson had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 33 NBL games he averaged 14.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Forward of the Year and voted to 1st Team. Wilson also played 3 games in Euroleague where he averaged 12.3ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.0spg. He also played 14 games in Eurocup where he averaged 11.0ppg and 5.1rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. And finally Wilson played 16 games in VTB United League where he averaged 11.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SERBIA   

Stats Leaders - 1B

Points Per Game
 Mihajlo ANDRIC
  Partizan II
  (200-SF-94)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Andric, Partizan II20.8 
 2. Stanojevic, Crnok.18.2 
 3. Glisovic, Plana17.7 
 4. Stanojevic, Meridi.17.6 
 5. Djordjevic, Partiz.17.3 
 6. Stanojevic, Zelez.16.9 
 7. Savic, Meridian.16.8 
 8. Mitic, Morava16.5 
 9. Knezevic, Prolet.16.2 
 10. Vucicevic, Mlados.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos JANKOVIC
  Mladost .
  (203-C-94)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Jankovic, Mladost11.2 
 2. Majkic, Prolet.9.3 
 3. Grujic, Morava9.0 
 4. Sikman, Napredak.7.7 
 5. Vukovic, Mladost7.7 
 6. Milincic, Napredak7.5 
 7. Boricic, Radnicki.6.6 
 8. Gugleta, Zeleznicar6.4 
 9. Tasic, Radnicki OB6.3 
 10. Radic, Plana6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Perica MITIC
  Morava
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Mitic, Morava6.2 
 2. Mukanovic, Crnok.5.4 
 3. Boricic, Radnicki.5.4 
 4. Socanac, Mladost4.7 
 5. Stamenkovic, Radni.4.4 
 6. Djordjevic, Partiz.4.3 
 7. Vukotic, Plana4.3 
 8. Kuntic, Spartak4.1 
 9. Savic, Meridian.3.7 
 10. Stanojevic, Merid.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Milan STANOJEVIC
  Meridi.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Stanojevic, Meridi.2.9 
 2. Kuntic, Spartak2.7 
 3. Savic, Meridian.2.6 
 4. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.6 
 5. Mitic, Morava2.5 
 6. Boricic, Radnicki.2.3 
 7. Djurovic, Meridian.2.3 
 8. Milisavljevi., Spa.2.1 
 9. Stojanovic, Crnok.2.1 
 10. Djordjevic, Parti.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Slobodan GUGLETA
  Zeleznicar
  (-C-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Gugleta, Zeleznicar2.9 
 2. Majkic, Prolet.1.7 
 3. Stojanovic, Morava1.3 
 4. Sikman, Napredak.1.2 
 5. Martinovic, Prolet.1.1 
 6. Grujic, Morava1.0 
 7. Jovsic, Meridian.0.6 
 8. Tomic, Prolet.0.6 
 9. Kesar, Plana0.6 
 10. Prlja, Spartak0.6 


Mitic number one in Serbian B League for round 19 - by Eurobasket News

Guard Perica Mitic (184-G-85) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Morava, receiving a Eurobasket.com B League Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (35 points, seven rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Spartak (#14, 4-15) with 19-point margin 89-70. Morava is placed at 2nd position in Serbian B League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Morava will need more victories to improve their 13-6 record. In the team's last game Mitic had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Morava's top player in his first season with the team. Perica Mitic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 16.5ppg) and averages impressive 2.5spg and 55.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 35-year old Dragan Boricic (201-F-77) of Radnicki OB. Boricic had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 12 assists. It was enough for Radnicki OB to edge the higher-ranked Napredak A. (#6, 10-9) 81-78. Radnicki OB's 11th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-11 record. Boricic is one of the most experienced players at Radnicki OB and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Nikola Glisovic (209-C-73) of Plana (#12). Glisovic scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Plana, leading his team to a 85-79 win against the higher-ranked Crnokosa (#3, 12-7). The chances of Plana 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, Glisovic could try to bring Plana's a little bit higher in the standings. Glisovic has individually a great season in Serbia. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.7ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milan Dondur) of Beovuk 72 - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Miroslav Radic (195-G-84) of Plana - 17 points and 11 rebounds
6. Ratko Petric (213-C-86) of Beovuk 72 - 20 points and 7 rebounds
7. Dragoljub Sikman) of Napredak A. - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Vlatko Ilic) of Radnicki OB - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Milos Jankovic (203-C-94) of Mladost Cacak - 10 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Slobodan Gugleta (C-83) of Zeleznicar - 20 points and 3 rebounds

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



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Standings - D1

Extraliga Standings
 1. Levice 21-7 
 2. Komarno 20-8 
 3. Nitra 18-11 
 4. Inter Bratislava 15-14 
 5. Nova Ves 15-14 
 6. B.Bystrica 12-16 
 7. Prievidza 11-17 
 8. Svit 9-20 
 9. Handlova 7-21 

Regular Season: Round 32

Mar. 2: Svit - Komarno 97-86
Mar. 4: Nitra - Levice 93-91 OT
Mar. 2: B.Bystrica - Nova Ves 84-74
Mar. 2: Prievidza - Handlova 71-73

Regular Season: Round 33

Mar. 6: Prievidza - Komarno
Mar. 6: Levice - Handlova
Mar. 6: Nitra - Inter Bratislava
Mar. 6: B.Bystrica - Svit


Bridgewaters' 40-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old point guard Kevin Bridgewaters (179-PG-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Handlova and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32.
He had the game-high 40 points adding four rebounds and five assists for Handlova in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Prievidza (#7, 11-17) 73-71. Handlova maintains the 9th position in Slovakian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 21 games and recorded just seven victories. In the team's last game Bridgewaters had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Handlova's top player in his first season with the team. Kevin Bridgewaters averages this season 21.8ppg and 6.2apg.

Second best performed player last round was Sven Smajlagic (193-G-90) of B.Bystrica. He is Croatian guard in his first season at B.Bystrica. In the last game Smajlagic recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Of course B.Bystrica cruised to a 84-74 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Nova Ves (#5, 15-14). This victory allowed B.Bystrica to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-16 record. Smajlagic is a newcomer at B.Bystrica and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Amin Stevens (198-F-90) of league's second-best Komarno. Stevens scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Stevens' great performance Komarno lost 86-97 to the lower-ranked Svit (#8, 9-20). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Komarno needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 20 victories and 8 lost games. Stevens has a very solid season. In 18 games in Slovakia he scored 12.8ppg. He also has 6.6rpg and FGP: 55.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Salih Nuhanovic (208-C-82) of Levice - 21 points and 11 rebounds
5. Kevin Thompson (205-F-89) of Komarno - 25 points and 9 rebounds
6. Wesley Channels (190-G-88) of Svit - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 14 assists
7. Peter Dorazil (199-F/C-89) of B.Bystrica - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. David Noel (199-G/F-84) of Nitra - 16 points and 11 rebounds
9. Horace Bond (203-F-88) of Svit - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Aco Mandic (204-C/F-84) of Nova Ves - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  SOUTH KOREA   

Standings

KBL Standings
 1. SK Knights 40-8 
 2. Mobis Phoebus 35-13 
 3. ET Land 28-20 
 4. Anyang KGC 27-21 
 5. Goyang Orions 23-25 
 6. Dongbu Promy 19-29 
 7. Sonic Boom KT 19-29 
 8. Samsung Th. 18-30 
 9. LG Sakers 18-30 
 10. KCC Egis 12-36 

Regular Season: Round 38

Mar. 5: Mobis Phoebus - LG Sakers 79-67
Mar. 6: Dongbu Promy - Goyang Orions
Mar. 6: Samsung Th. - Sonic Boom KT
Mar. 7: SK Knights - Mobis Phoebus
Mar. 7: Anyang KGC - KCC Egis
Mar. 8: ET Land - LG Sakers
Mar. 8: Sonic Boom KT - Goyang Orions



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  SPAIN   


Spanish EBA Best Performance of the week: Juan Jose Garcia - by Mariano Galindo

Spanish power forward Juan Garcia (200-F/C-89) had a great game in the last round for Eurocolegio Casvi receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week EBA award. Juan Jose Garcia signed a double-double with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Moreorever, he added 3 assists and received 8 fouls in 32 minutes played, for 45 index rating. Close to him was Marc Cuesta (190-G-89) (Plasencia Extremadura), who posted 44 index rating, thanks to 31 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists.


EuroCup: Ratiopharm Ulm hold off Bilbao - by Eurobasket News

Ratiopharm Ulm - Bilbao 85:81

Ratiopharm Ulm opened the EuroCup quarterfinal series versus Bilbao with victory. The German team gained a 4-point advantage prior to the return leg in Spain next week. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) was unstoppable for Ulm with 30 points and 7 rebounds.
Bilbao silenced a sell-out crowd of 5500 fans in Ulm in the starting quarter. The Spaniards went on a 30:18 rally to tip off the game. But Ulm reacted with balanced and determined effort in the second quarter. The hosts picked up the defensive aggressiveness to narrow the gap at 3-point mark at halftime 42:45. Ratiopharm Ulm continued to dominate defensively in the third term. It paid off the home side pulled ahead for a 60:58 lead at the final intermission. The margin grew at 12-point mark midway through the fourth frame. However Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) and Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) pulled Bilbao within five and then Zisis hit a free throw to finalize the score. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) notched 13 points, while Per Guenther (185-PG-88) and Keaton Nankivil (203-F-89, college: Wisconsin) had 10 points each for the winners. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) answered with 21 points for Bilbao. Lamont Hamilton, Axel Hervelle and Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) chipped in 13 points each in the loss.

Ratiopharm Ulm: John Bryant 30, Allan Ray 13, Per Guenther 10, Keaton Nankivil 10
Bilbao: Kostas Vasiliadis 21, Lamont Hamilton 13, Axel Hervelle 13, Alex Mumbru 13



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  SWEDEN   

Standings - Basketligan

Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 26-6 
 2. Uppsala 24-8 
 3. Sodertalje 23-9 
 4. Norrkoping 21-11 
 5. Boras 21-11 
 6. Solna 20-12 
 7. LF Basket 16-16 
 8. 08 15-17 
 9. Jamtland 8-24 
 10. Nassjo 7-25 
 11. Eagles 6-26 
 12. Eco Orebro 5-27 

Regular Season: Round 32

Mar. 5: Solna - Nassjo 97-63
Mar. 5: Jamtland - Eagles 85-77
Mar. 5: 08 - Norrkoping 82-85
Mar. 4: Sundsvall - Uppsala 69-102
Mar. 5: Eco Orebro - Sodertalje 62-89
Mar. 5: Boras - LF Basket 118-123

Regular Season: Round 33

Mar. 7: 08 - Jamtland
Mar. 8: Sodertalje - Boras
Mar. 8: Norrkoping - Sundsvall
Mar. 8: Uppsala - Solna
Mar. 8: LF Basket - Eco Orebro
Mar. 8: Eagles - Nassjo


Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Miller, Boras22.2 
 2. Dugat, LF Basket20.3 
 3. Palm, Boras19.7 
 4. Wesby, Sundsvall18.7 
 5. Cuffee, Sundsvall17.9 
 6. Sigurdarson, Sunds.17.8 
 7. Oglesby, Boras17.7 
 8. Ruach, Nassjo17.2 
 9. Castle, Eco Orebro16.9 
 10. Augustus, 0816.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sunds.
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.2 
 2. Simms, Sodertalje9.9 
 3. Palm, Boras9.8 
 4. Wright, Uppsala8.7 
 5. Walker, Nassjo8.6 
 6. McKnight, Boras8.3 
 7. Johnson, Solna8.0 
 8. Lalugba, Jamtland7.6 
 9. Toutziarakis, Solna7.5 
 10. Santee, Eco Oreb.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Miller, Boras6.2 
 2. Castle, Eco Orebro5.6 
 3. Dugat, LF Basket4.7 
 4. Levin, Solna4.7 
 5. Jackson, Uppsala4.6 
 6. Ermolinskij, Norrk.4.5 
 7. Mbemba, 084.5 
 8. Jeromanovs, Norrk.4.4 
 9. Ahonen, Solna4.3 
 10. Guyton, Eagles4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Nenad STEFANOVIC
  Eagles
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Stefanovic, Eagles2.0 
 2. Ruach, Nassjo2.0 
 3. Mbemba, 082.0 
 4. Dugat, LF Basket1.9 
 5. Carter, Uppsala1.8 
 6. Castle, Eco Orebro1.8 
 7. Jackson, Uppsala1.6 
 8. Walker, Nassjo1.6 
 9. McKnight, Boras1.6 
 10. Jeromanovs, Norrk.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kodi AUGUSTUS
  08
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Augustus, 081.9 
 2. Simms, Sodertalje1.7 
 3. Hughes, Norrkoping1.6 
 4. Wright, Uppsala1.5 
 5. Henderson, LF Ba.1.3 
 6. Palm, Boras1.3 
 7. Johnson, Solna1.1 
 8. Brown, 081.1 
 9. Lalugba, Jamtland0.8 
 10. Toutziarakis, Sol.0.8 


Basketligan Round 32: Uppsala Basket defeats leader Sundsvall Dragons - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Sundsvall Dragons (26-6) at the home court on Monday night. Hosts were rolled over by second ranked Uppsala Basket (24-8) 102-69. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Uppsala Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 66.7 percent from the field. Uppsala Basket forced 24 Sundsvall Dragons turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. Uppsala Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The former international Stefan Grundberg (196-82, college: Geneva) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Rickard Eriksson (190-82) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Uppsala Basket's coach Kelly Grant felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Icelandic forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) replied with 22 points and 5 rebounds for Sundsvall Dragons. Uppsala Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 24-8 record having just two points less than leader Sundsvall. Sundsvall Dragons at the other side still keep top place with six games lost. Uppsala Basket are looking forward to face Solna Vikings (#6) at home in the next round. Sundsvall Dragons will play against Norrkoping Dolphins (#5) in Norrkoping and are hoping to win this game.
Seventh-ranked 08 Stockholm (15-17) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (21-11). The visitors from Norrkoping managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of 08 Stockholm. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Martin Ringstrom (206-81) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Oladapo Ayuba who added 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Norrkoping Dolphins' coach Paul Burke allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Isiah Brown (203-89, college: E.Tenn.St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Boras. 08 Stockholm at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 17 games lost. Norrkoping Dolphins will play against league's leader Sundsvall Dragons at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. 08 Stockholm will play against KFUM Jamtland (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was also surprising home defeat of 4th ranked Boras Basket in a game versus LF Basket (#7) 123-118. The winners were led by Henry Dugat who had that evening a triple-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Even a double-double of 24 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists by Michael Palm did not help to save the game for Boras Basket. LF Basket (16-16) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position. Loser Boras Basket keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Norrkoping. LF Basket will meet at home bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (#12) in the next round where they are favorite. Boras Basket will play against Sodertalje Kings (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between sixth ranked Solna Vikings (20-12) and 9th ranked Nassjo (7-25) in Solna ended with biggest points difference. Solna Vikings outscored guests from Nassjo 97-63. The best player for the winners was Justin Sedlak who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Solna Vikings maintains sixth position with 20-12 record. Newly promoted Nassjo dropped to the tenth place with 25 games lost. Solna Vikings' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Uppsala Basket on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Nassjo will play against White Eagles (#11) in Stockholm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 32 Sodertalje smashed Eco Orebro on the road 89-62. Jamtland won against Eagles on its own court 85-77.


Eco Orebro - Sodertalje 62-89

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Sodertalje Kings (23-9) crushed on the road bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (5-27) 89-62. Sodertalje Kings shot 63.0 percent from the field. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Eco Orebro's players. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Alexander Lindqvist (205-91) who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Center Wictor Grenthe (201-87) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Five Sodertalje Kings players scored in double figures. Croatian forward Fran Urli (203-89, college: Hawaii-Pacific, agency: Dynamics Global Management) produced 11 points and 6 rebounds and guard Brandon Barton (192-88) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Sodertalje Kings maintains third position with 23-9 record having just three points less than leader Sundsvall. Eco Orebro lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 27 lost games. Sodertalje Kings' next round opponent will be Boras Basket (#4) at home. Eco Orebro will play against LF Basket (#7) in Lulea.
Top scorers:
Sodertalje: A.Lindqvist 21+5reb+3ast, W.Grenthe 17+6reb+3ast, J.Roberson 15+3reb+4ast, G.Sundstrom 12+4reb+1ast, T.Borg 11+2reb+5ast, J.Andersson 5+3ast
Eco Orebro: D.Santee 14+4reb, B.Barton 13+1reb+5ast, F.Urli 11+6reb+3ast, P.McDonald 8+4reb+1ast, T.Castle 6+2reb+1ast, R.Duric 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 182098


Boras - LF Basket 118-123

An interesting game was also surprising home defeat of 4th ranked Boras Basket in a game versus LF Basket (#7) 123-118. LF Basket shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. The winners were led by American guard Henry Dugat (183-87, college: Baylor) who had that evening a triple-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and Irish forward Conor Grace (210-82, college: Davidson) supported him with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 24 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists by the former international center Michael Palm (209-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) did not help to save the game for Boras Basket. American forward Christopher McKnight (201-87, college: Akron) added 27 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. LF Basket (16-16) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position. Loser Boras Basket keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Norrkoping. LF Basket will meet at home bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (#12) in the next round where they are favorite. Boras Basket will play against Sodertalje Kings (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LF Basket: H.Dugat 28+11reb+10ast, C.Ryan 23+3reb+3ast, C.Grace 21+9reb+3ast, U.Igbavboa 19+6reb+2ast, A.Person 12+2reb+2ast, J.Akesson 8+5reb+2ast
Boras: C.McKnight 27+12reb+1ast, M.Palm 24+10reb+8ast, J.Miller 24+1reb+14ast, J.Thomas 17+6reb+2ast, T.Oglesby 14+3reb+1ast, H.Carlsson 10
gschID: 182095


Jamtland - Eagles 85-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked White Eagles' (6-26) road loss to tenth ranked KFUM Jamtland (8-24) 77-85. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But White Eagles won third quarter 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KFUM Jamtland made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman Tim Whitworth (198-81, college: Drexel) who scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American-Liberian power forward Boakai Lalugba (202-81, college: Bucknell) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Five KFUM Jamtland players scored in double figures. American guard Carlton Guyton (193-90, college: Kent St.) produced 34 points (!!!) and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Serbian forward Marko Latinovic (203-87, college: Erskine) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. KFUM Jamtland moved-up to ninth place. Newly promoted White Eagles keep the eleventh position with 26 games lost. KFUM Jamtland's next round opponent will be higher ranked 08 Stockholm (#8) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. White Eagles will play against Nassjo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jamtland: T.Whitworth 23+6reb+5ast, A.Karlsson 14+2reb, J.Ronstrom 12+3reb, B.Lalugba 12+7reb+4ast, L.Marolt 11+3reb+1ast, D.Klaric 7+4reb+3ast
Eagles: C.Guyton 34+4reb+5ast, M.Latinovic 16+6reb+1ast, A.Micovic 9+2reb, R.Rutkauskas 9+11reb, A.Cavars 7+8reb+5ast, N.Axelsson 2+6reb+2ast
gschID: 182097


Solna - Nassjo 97-63

The game between sixth ranked Solna Vikings (20-12) and 9th ranked Nassjo (7-25) in Solna ended with biggest points difference. Solna Vikings outscored guests from Nassjo 97-63. The game without a history. Solna Vikings led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Solna Vikings players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The best player for the winners was Slovakian power forward Justin Sedlak (205-87, college: Florida Tech) who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian swingman Vukasin Mandic (200-82) chipped in 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Solna Vikings players scored in double figures. Canadian point guard Tut Ruach (188-85) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and American forward William Walker (200-87, college: Bethel, IN, agency: Warren Sports International) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Solna Vikings maintains sixth position with 20-12 record. Newly promoted Nassjo dropped to the tenth place with 25 games lost. Solna Vikings' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Uppsala Basket on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Nassjo will play against White Eagles (#11) in Stockholm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Solna: J.Sedlak 24+6reb, V.Mandic 21+2reb+2ast, D.Johnson 19+4reb+1ast, K.Lewis 14+3reb+7ast, J.Nystrom 9+2ast, S.Toutziarakis 9+7reb+1ast
Nassjo: T.Ruach 16+5reb+3ast, W.Walker 12+6reb+3ast, K.Palmqvist 8+2ast, S.Damjanovic 8+6reb, S.Lukasiak 8+4reb, K.Wazzi 4+1reb+4ast
gschID: 182096


08 - Norrkoping 82-85

Seventh-ranked 08 Stockholm (15-17) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (21-11). The visitors from Norrkoping managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of 08 Stockholm. 08 Stockholm was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded 08 Stockholm 40-23 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Martin Ringstrom (206-81) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American-British forward Oladapo Ayuba (198-86, college: UMKC) who added 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Norrkoping Dolphins' coach Paul Burke allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Isiah Brown (203-89, college: E.Tenn.St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and naturalized Serbian forward Bojan Cvilak (200-82) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Boras. 08 Stockholm at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 17 games lost. Norrkoping Dolphins will play against league's leader Sundsvall Dragons at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. 08 Stockholm will play against KFUM Jamtland (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Norrkoping: M.Ringstrom 22+7reb+1ast, O.Ayuba 17+9reb+2ast, K.Gabriel 16+2reb+2ast, J.Kjellbom 12+5reb, C.Maraker 6+3reb, M.Lindquist 5+4reb+5ast
08: I.Brown 17+10reb+2ast, B.Cvilak 17+2reb+1ast, N.Stefanovic 10+1reb+5ast, N.Hedstrom 10+2reb+2ast, W.Beck 8, O.Ilunga 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 182094


Sundsvall - Uppsala 69-102

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Sundsvall Dragons (26-6) at the home court on Monday night. Hosts were rolled over by second ranked Uppsala Basket (24-8) 102-69. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Uppsala Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 66.7 percent from the field. Uppsala Basket forced 24 Sundsvall Dragons turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. Uppsala Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The former international Stefan Grundberg (196-82, college: Geneva) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Rickard Eriksson (190-82) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Uppsala Basket players scored in double figures. Uppsala Basket's coach Kelly Grant felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Icelandic forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) replied with 22 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Alex Wesby (198-80, college: Temple, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Sundsvall Dragons. Uppsala Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 24-8 record having just two points less than leader Sundsvall. Sundsvall Dragons at the other side still keep top place with six games lost. Uppsala Basket are looking forward to face Solna Vikings (#6) at home in the next round. Sundsvall Dragons will play against Norrkoping Dolphins (#5) in Norrkoping and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Uppsala: S.Grundberg 17+4reb+2ast, R.Eriksson 15+2reb+1ast, J.Jeansson 14+1reb+2ast, K.Wright 12+3reb+1ast, J.Robinson 11+2ast, A.Nordstrom 8+2ast
Sundsvall: H.Baeringsson 22+5reb+2ast, A.Wesby 15+4reb+4ast, J.Sigurdarson 11+5ast, T.Liden 8+2reb, W.Gutenius 7+3reb, M.Cuffee 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 182093



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Standings - LNA

LNA Standings
 1. Fribourg 18-3 
 2. Geneve Lions 16-4 
 3. Lugano Tigers 12-9 
 4. Monthey 11-9 
 5. Neuchatel 11-10 
 6. Boncourt 7-13 
 7. Starwings 6-15 
 8. BBC Nyon 4-17 
 9. SAM Massagno 4-17 
Folded
 1. SAV Vacallo 13-5 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 8: Fribourg - Geneve Lions
Mar. 8: Monthey - Boncourt
Mar. 8: Lugano Tigers - Neuchatel
Mar. 8: Starwings - SAM Massagno


Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Justin RUTTY
  BBC Nyon
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 21
 1. Rutty, BBC Nyon21.0 
 2. Mladjan, Lugano T.21.0 
 3. Owens, BBC Nyon20.4 
 4. Chapman, SAM M.19.1 
 5. O''Bannon, SAV V.17.8 
 6. Kuburovic, SAV V.17.5 
 7. Dobbins, Starwings17.5 
 8. Burrows, Starwings17.2 
 9. Hodzic, Monthey17.1 
 10. Ely, Boncourt16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin RUTTY
  BBC Nyon
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Rutty, BBC Nyon11.9 
 2. Burrows, Starwings9.2 
 3. Barber, Lugano T.9.1 
 4. Chapman, SAM M.8.9 
 5. Garrett, Fribourg7.8 
 6. Kakiouzis, SAV V.7.7 
 7. Reid, Fribourg7.5 
 8. Dobbins, Starwings7.5 
 9. Dubas, Monthey7.3 
 10. Aw, Neuchatel7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jamelle BARRETT
  SAM M.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Barrett, SAM M.7.6 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo7.3 
 3. Parker, Geneve L.6.0 
 4. Jenkins, Starwings5.7 
 5. Kojadinovic, Month.4.7 
 6. Draughan, Fribourg4.6 
 7. Stimac, Geneve L.3.8 
 8. Brown, Geneve L.3.4 
 9. Burrows, Starwings3.4 
 10. Fergerson, Lugano3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jamelle BARRETT
  SAM M.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Barrett, SAM M.3.0 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo2.9 
 3. Jenkins, Starwings2.3 
 4. Petkovic, SAV V.2.1 
 5. Kakiouzis, SAV V.2.0 
 6. Owens, BBC Nyon1.9 
 7. Fergerson, Lugano1.9 
 8. James, Geneve L.1.8 
 9. Ely, Boncourt1.7 
 10. Kojadinovic, Mont.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Clint CHAPMAN
  SAM M.
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Chapman, SAM M.2.8 
 2. Garrett, Fribourg2.7 
 3. Matter, Starwings1.5 
 4. Dobbins, Starwings1.4 
 5. Burrows, Starwings1.4 
 6. Toure, Geneve Lio.1.3 
 7. Badji, Neuchatel1.2 
 8. Barber, Lugano T.1.0 
 9. Owens, BBC Nyon0.9 
 10. Dubas, Monthey0.7 


Ronald Yates gets MVP of the Week award for Swiss LNA - by Eurobasket News

American-Jamaican Ronald Yates (201-F-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Fribourg and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 29-year old forward had the game-high 24 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Fribourg in his team's victory, helping them to crush SAM Massagno (#9, 4-17) with 19-point margin 101-82. It allowed Fribourg to consolidate first place in the Swiss LNA. Fribourg have a solid 18-3 record. It's Yates' second year at Fribourg and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Ronald Yates averages this season 12.9ppg and 6.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Korvotney Barber (201-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports) of Lugano Tigers. Barber impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Lugano Tigers was edged in overtime by slightly higher-ranked Geneve Lions (#2, 16-4) 93-89. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Lugano Tigers still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 12-9 record is not bad at all. Barber is a newcomer at Lugano Tigers and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Jackson Capel (191-G-87) of Boncourt (#6). Capel scored 22 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Boncourt, leading his team to a 92-73 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Starwings (#7, 6-15). The chances of Boncourt not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Capel could try to bring Boncourt's a little bit higher in the standings. Capel has a very solid season. In 19 games in Switzerland he scored 12.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) of Geneve Lions - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Arizona Reid (196-F-86) of Fribourg - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Edwin Draughan (196-G/F-82) of Fribourg - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85) of Starwings - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Jules Aw (200-F-86) of Neuchatel - 19 points and 7 rebounds
9. Justin Rutty (200-F-89) of BBC Nyon - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Richie Gordon (203-F-89) of Lugano Tigers - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Charles Davis gets MVP of the Week award for Turkish TBL - by Eurobasket News

American-Azerbaijani Charles Davis (205-C-84) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Banvit BK and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 28-year old center had the game-high 24 points adding six rebounds and two assists for Banvit BK in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Mersin (#13, 5-15) 92-90. Banvit BK maintains the 2nd position in Turkish TBL. Banvit BK has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 18-2. In the team's last game Davis had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Banvit BK, through which he has constantly improved. Charles Davis averages this season 13.6ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American power forward Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points) of Karsiyaka. Thomas impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Karsiyaka was edged by the higher-ranked Fener.Ulker (#1, 18-2) 78-76. This loss caused Karsiyaka to drop to 5th position in the standings. It was just his team's 4th loss this season, while they won 16 other games. Thomas is a newcomer at Karsiyaka and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Ali Karadeniz (203-F-80) of Mersin (#13). Karadeniz scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Karadeniz's great performance Mersin lost 90-92 to the higher-ranked Banvit BK (#2, 18-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Mersin can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-15 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Karadeniz he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Karadeniz has individually a great season in Turkey. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.5ppg (best scorer). Ali Karadeniz has also Turkish passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Torin Francis (210-C-83) of Aliaga - 9 points and 20 rebounds
5. Nedim Yucel (203-F-79) of TED Kolejliler - 13 points and 16 rebounds
6. Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83) of Anadolu Efes - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83) of Karsiyaka - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Ben Woodside (180-PG-85) of TED Kolejliler - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Ricardo Marsh (207-F-81) of Hacettepe - 21 points and 6 rebounds
10. Kirk Penney (196-G-80) of TED Kolejliler - 21 points and 11 rebounds

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



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Eudora Kean Tournament Standings/ Stats - by David Edole

Ivanna Eudora Kean 2nd Annual Varsity High School Boys Tournament
CAHS 4-0 1.00
KEAN 2-2 .500
Ponce Vocational 2-2 .500
Complex BARAS 1-2 .333
Ponce B Team 1-2 .333
Antilles CANES 0-2 .000

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Scoring
Scoring G FG 3FG FTP TS Avg

1. Elisha Arnold CAHS 4 25 2 12 68 17.0
2. Sekayi Petersen CAHS 4 26 1 7 62 15.5
3. Kelvin Alvarez PRB 3 14 2 3 37 12.3
4. Hector Martinez PRA 4 14 3 5 42 10.5
5. Luis Rodriguez PRA 4 10 5 2 37 9.3
6. Kyu Matthews IEKHS 4 13 0 10 36 9.0
7. Jorge Toro PRA 4 14 1 5 36 9.0
8. J'Moi Smith CAHS 4 7 4 8 34 8.5
9. Malik Miller BARAS 3 10 1 2 25 8.3
10. Akiyo Neille IEKHS 4 4 4 13 33 8.3

Rebounding G Off Def Rebs Avg
1. Kyu Matthews IEKHS 4 16 18 34 8.5
2. Yanick Toure BARAS 3 6 16 22 7.3
3. Sekayi Petersen CAHS 4 13 14 27 6.8
4. Kerrol Laurent IEKHS 4 18 9 27 6.8
5. Elisha Arnold CAHS 4 7 19 26 6.5
6. Hector Martinez PRA 4 8 17 25 6.3
7. Dominick Purpura CAHS 4 6 18 24 6.0
8. Carlos Medina PRB 3 12 6 18 6.0
9. Alexis Serrano PRA 4 9 9 18 4.5
10. Tommy Fortin CANES 2 5 4 9 4.5

Assists G Asst Avg
1. J'Moi Smith CAHS 4 13 3.3
2. Elisha Arnold CAHS 4 12 3.0
3. Dominick Purpura CAHS 4 10 2.5
4. Ian Barrows CANES 2 5 2.5
5. Sekayi Petersen CAHS 4 8 2.0
6. Luis Rodriguez PRA 4 8 2.0
7. Stephaun Adams IEKHS 3 6 2.0
8. DeVantee Anthony CAHS 4 7 1.8
9. Malacoy Francis IEKHS 4 7 1.8
10. Kelvin Alvarez PRB 3 5 1.7

Blocks G Blks Avg
1. Khefren Sackey BARAS 2 4 2.0
2. Dashaun Lewis BARAS 3 5 1.7
3. Jevon Philpott CAHS 4 6 1.5
4. Dominick Purpura CAHS 4 4 1.0
5. Elisha Arnold CAHS 4 3 0.8
6. Jecoy Julius IEKHS 4 3 0.8
7. Kyu Matthews IEKHS 4 3 0.8
8. Romeo Joseph CAHS 2 1 0.5
9. Eli James CANES 2 1 0.5
10. Caleem Serrant EKHS 3 1 0.3

Steals G Stls Avg

1. J'Moi Smith CAHS 4 13 3.2
2. Sekayi Petersen CAHS 4 13 3.2
3. Elisha Arnold CAHS 4 12 3.0
4. Kelvin Alvarez PRB 3 9 3.0
5. Ian Barrows CANES 2 6 3.0
6. Stephaun Adams IEKHS 3 8 2.7
7. Yanick Toure BARAS 3 8 2.7
8. Akito Amaro CAHS 4 9 2.2
9. Christian Berrios PRA 4 8 2.0
10. Ingaro Montalvo PRB 3 6 2.0





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URBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jermaine BARNES
  (194-G/F-82)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Barnes, GIE M.25.2 
 2. Morris, Houston E.24.3 
 3. Bowdy, N.Texas F.24.1 
 4. Tairu, Cleveland H.23.0 
 5. Brown, S.Generals22.4 
 6. Antoine, Georgia S.22.3 
 7. Vanlandingha., GIE22.2 
 8. Allen, Georgia P.21.8 
 9. McCarty, Clevelan.21.7 
 10. Brewster, Atlan.21.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terence MORRIS
  (208-F-79)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Morris, Houston E.15.6 
 2. Kelly, GIE M.15.1 
 3. Turner, Georgia P.11.3 
 4. Chase, Team Japan10.8 
 5. Abraham, Cincinna.10.4 
 6. Briggs, Cleveland10.3 
 7. Pojah, Houston E.10.0 
 8. Bennett, Georgia S.10.0 
 9. Bowdy, N.Texas F.9.9 
 10. Morton, Georgia P.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 DeAndre BRAY
  (168-G-85)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bray, Georgia P.10.9 
 2. Barnes, GIE M.7.2 
 3. Mardis, Houston E.7.0 
 4. Ragsdale, GIE M.6.6 
 5. Vanlandingha., GIE6.2 
 6. Belton, S.Generals6.1 
 7. Morris, Houston E.6.0 
 8. De La Cruz, S.Gen.5.8 
 9. Turner, Texas C.5.3 
 10. Lusane, Georgia P.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Quin HUMPHREY
  (194-G/F-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Humphrey, GIE M.4.0 
 2. Bray, Georgia P.3.5 
 3. Lusane, Georgia P.3.4 
 4. Williams, GIE M.2.7 
 5. Antoine, Georgia S.2.6 
 6. Gainous, GIE M.2.2 
 7. Tairu, Cleveland H.2.2 
 8. Brown, Houston E.2.1 
 9. Barnes, GIE M.2.1 
 10. Iwasa, Team Japan2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Terence MORRIS
  (208-F-79)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Morris, Houston E.5.3 
 2. Morton, Georgia P.4.6 
 3. Bryant, Dallas G.4.1 
 4. Kelly, GIE M.2.8 
 5. Abraham, Cincinna.2.4 
 6. Hill, GIE M.2.0 
 7. Johnson, Texas C.2.0 
 8. Woodyard, Dallas G.2.0 
 9. Lewis, N.Texas F.1.9 
 10. Works, Dallas G.1.8 


Weekend full recap in the UBA - by David Walls

3/2/2013
Georgia PRIME- Georgia Spartans 99-95
Atlanta, GA -- Not much has gone wrong for the PRIME this season. Their now 11-0 behind the great shooting of Derrick Allen (6'5''-G/F-85, college: Valdosta St.) Saturday Allen scored 29 points of 7-13 shooting from the three. Miguel Morton (6'8''-F/C-83, college: Columbus St.) added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the win. DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Jacksonville St.) finished with yet another double-double with 11 points and 12 assists. The Spartans were in the game but lost sight late in the fourth. Ransom Antoine (6'5''-F-82, college: Columbus St.) scored 31 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in a losing effort. Chad Eichelberger (6'11''-C-82, agency: TSS Management, college: St.Andrews) added 11 points, 11 rebounds and 8 blocks in the loss.

GIE Maile Matrix- Team Japan 118-82
Atlanta (AP) - The Matrix roll pass Team Japan 118-82. GIE put on a show for home fans as they dominated Team Japan from start to finish. Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, GA) was a machine for the Matrix scoring 35 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists. Brian Kelly (6'8''-F-85, college: Clayton St.) added 28 points and 18 rebounds. Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Clayton St.) put on a dunk show ranking up 6 dunks to go alone with his 26 points performance The Matrix are now 8-3 and ranked 2nd in the Southern Conference. Jun Iwasa (6'2''-G-80) was the only bright spot for Team Japan scoring a team high 27 points in a losing effort.

Cleveland Havok- Texas Cyclones 100-88
Houston (AP) - The Havok continue there winning ways despite being short handed. The Havok controlled the game from start to finish behind great coach from Kevin Franklin . Jeremy McCarty (6'7''-F-88, college: Oklahoma City) led his team to victory behind an impressive 9 rebounds along with his career high 40 points. Delvin Franklin (6'2''-G, college: Florida Gulf Coast) was in all-star form scoring 25 points and pulling down 5 rebounds in a losing effort.

3/3/2013
Houston Express- Texas Cyclones 118-102
Houston, TX -- The Express rank up there 7th win Saturday night. Their 7-2 behind the MVP play of Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79, college: Maryland). Saturday Morris scored a game high 31 points and pulled down 15 rebounds. Anthony Allison (6'6''-F-86, college: Texas Coll.) added 26 points and 8 rebounds for the Express. Effran Bryant (5'6''-PG-88, college: Tarleton St.) scored 27 points in a losing effort for the Cyclones who continue to struggle. Terry Turner (6'2''-G-83) added 18.

Atlanta Titans - Team Japan 118-102
Atlanta, GA (AP) - The Titans lock down their 2nd win passing Team Japan 118-102. The Titans controlled the game from start to finish behind the great play of Josh Brewster (6'7''-F-85, college: Alabama St.). Brewster finished the game with 35 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Tony Omotayo (6'5''-F-85, college: Ft.Valley St.) added a career high 36 points and 8 rebounds knocking down 4 three pointers late in the 4th. Ahmad Grant (6'3''-G-87, college: NC-Wilmington) came up big with a double double pulling down 10 rebounds with 25 points. Team Japan was lead by Jun Iwasa with 20 points in a losing effort.



McCarty's 40 points land him Player of the Week honors - by David Walls

David Walls Reports:
3/5/2013

Cleveland Havok forward Jeremy McCarty (6'7''-F-88, college: Oklahoma City) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Cleveland Havok and receives a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.

McCarty led the Havok to a 100- 88 victory over the Texas Cyclones. He had a season high 40 points and 9 rebounds in the win. The Havok are now 10-1 in the Western Conference and look to move pass the Georgia PRIME as the UBA power this season.

He is currently averaging 21.0ppg (10), 7.7rpg, 2.8apg while shooting an amazing 52.0% from the field.





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METROPLEX LIGHTNING SQUEEZE BY NORTH TEXAS FRESH - by Eurobasket Center

by LaPorsha Odom

In a this Texas battle the North Texas Fresh traveled to the city limits of downtown Dallas to face the outer league rival Metroplex Lightning. Both teams were short handed but the key matchup of UBAs leading scorer Jay Bowdy (6'6''-F/G-83, college: W.Georgia) and one of the UBLs top scorers Micah Reed was still in the making. Game started off slow with both teams scoring little to none in the 1st quarter. Then the pace picked up. TROY EDWARDS of the Fresh euro stepped his way to a game high 32 points and 9 rebounds. Reed and Bowdy battled the entire game making it hard for each other to score. Fouls were being dished out on both ends by the players but it didnt stop them from attacking each other. Metroplex Lightning new addition Ed Robinson came off the bench full gear to give the Lightning 20 points and 4 assist. The largest lead of the game for Metro was 13 but the Fresh would not quit. Jay Bowdy put his team on his back and recorded his 1st triple double of the 2013 season with 24 points, 18 rebounds and 11 assist! This by far is his best performance of the year! Micah Reed wasnt too far behind with 27 points and 10 rebounds. These are 2 of the best players in the state says Coach Neal Mitchell. You have 2 guys who are so determined and focused on putting out the best they can every time they step on the floor. Other key scorers for the North Texas Fresh were Chris Brown with 9 points and 10 rebounds. Metroplex Lightning key players also included Anthony Martin with 18 points and 5 rebounds, Tereon Hill 19 points and 19 rebounds and Dale DJ Perkins with 11 points and 7 rebounds.
Look for the Metroplex Lightning to close out its preseason this weekend with games in the city of Dallas. The UBL season will start in March 16th 2013.



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Standings - Higher League

Higher League Standings
 1. Musson 22-3 
 2. Khartsyzsk 19-4 
 3. Avantazh-Pol. 18-3 
 4. VolinBasket 13-8 
 5. Tornado 11-12 
 6. Pulsar 10-13 
 7. Koksokh-Stal 9-14 
 8. Kirovograd 8-17 
 9. BK Kremen 2-18 
 10. Ternopil 0-20 

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 9: Koksokh-Stal - Avantazh-Pol.
Mar. 9: Kirovograd - BK Kremen
Mar. 9: Khartsyzsk - Pulsar
Mar. 9: Musson - Tornado
Mar. 9: Ternopil - VolinBasket



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Standings - BBL

BBL Standings
 1. Leicester R. 20-2 
 2. Newcastle E. 20-2 
 3. Glasgow Rocks 17-9 
 4. Plymouth R. 16-8 
 5. Worcester W. 15-9 
 6. Surrey Heat 15-9 
 7. London Lions 11-16 
 8. Sheffield S. 9-14 
 9. Manchester G. 9-18 
 10. Cheshire P. 8-18 
 11. Durham W. 8-19 
 12. Mersey Tigers 0-24 

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 3: Glasgow Rocks - Durham W. 88-66
Mar. 3: Surrey Heat - Cheshire P. 87-78
Mar. 3: London Lions - Sheffield S. 86-78
Mar. 1: Mersey Tigers - Newcastle E. 57-100

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 8: E.London R. - Mersey Tigers
Mar. 8: Manchester G. - Leicester R.
Mar. 8: Newcastle E. - Surrey Heat
Mar. 8: Sheffield S. - Plymouth R.
Mar. 8: Worcester W. - London Lions
Mar. 10: Cheshire P. - Worcester W.
Mar. 10: Durham W. - E.London R.
Mar. 10: London Lions - Sheffield S.


BBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael OJO
  Plymouth R.
  (195-G-89)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Ojo, Plymouth R.23.4 
 2. Marks, Cheshire P.22.4 
 3. Smith, Newcastl.21.5 
 4. Bell, Plymouth R.19.4 
 5. Owumi, Worceste.17.7 
 6. Jackman, London L.17.0 
 7. Ogedengbe, London16.9 
 8. Chapman, Newcastl.16.9 
 9. Schneck, Plymouth.16.8 
 10. Gumbs, Cheshire P.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt SCHNECK
  Plymouth.
  (203-C-88)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Schneck, Plymouth.10.3 
 2. Maddox, Newcastl.10.2 
 3. Keister, Durham W.9.8 
 4. Myers, Cheshire P.8.9 
 5. Bland, Cheshire P.8.8 
 6. Ocitti, Worceste.8.8 
 7. Tuck, Sheffield S.8.8 
 8. Defoe, Newcastl.8.6 
 9. Holmes, Surrey H.8.5 
 10. Bucci, Durham W.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Chavis HOLMES
  Surrey H.
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Holmes, Surrey H.6.0 
 2. Chapman, Newcastl.5.8 
 3. Bucci, Durham W.5.4 
 4. Holmes, Sheffield4.8 
 5. Sullivan, Leiceste.4.4 
 6. Haskins, Cheshire.4.4 
 7. Owumi, Worceste.4.1 
 8. Huffman, Newcastl.4.0 
 9. Jones, Manchest.3.7 
 10. Bailey, Manchest.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Chavis HOLMES
  Surrey H.
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Holmes, Surrey H.3.3 
 2. Ojo, Plymouth R.2.3 
 3. Taylor, Leiceste.1.9 
 4. Huffman, Newcastl.1.9 
 5. Bucci, Durham W.1.9 
 6. Calvo, Leicester R.1.6 
 7. Smith, Newcastl.1.6 
 8. Baldarelli, Durham1.5 
 9. Holmes, Sheffield1.5 
 10. Lasker, Plymouth.1.4 
Blocks Per Game