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  APBL   



High scoring guard Terry Hosley - by Justin Moore

1.Terry Hosley (6'0''-G-85) your one of the best unknown scoring guards on the minor league circuit why do you think that is?
I'll just give the credit to hardwork and dedication being patient taking what the defense give and if i smell blood then goodnight

2. This is your second season on the APBL what do you think of the league in a whole?
very competitive league and well respected and big opportunity to players that have a tougher route

3. You have a 56pt outing this season tell us about that game?
i was very upset and alot of my teammates was having tough a game i had to give us boost and the bucket seem so big and i feed off the crowd but it would've been more special with the win

4.The Bayarea shuckers have shown that they can get guys contracts overseas what do you think you have to work on to get that shot?
just keep producing and surround yourself around the right people

5.Being from Baltimore a basketball hotbed with so many talented players does playing against and with NBA and overseas guys help you when your out there in the Apbl
yes it reminds you that you can't take a day off

6. What are your goals with the game of basketball?
i want that chance to make a serious living playing basketball that's it and that's all i think i belong there but i Gotta wait my turn.



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1. Satria Muda 7-2 
 2. Petron Blaze 5-3 
 3. Singapore S. 4-4 
 4. KL Dragons 4-5 
 5. Saigon H. 3-5 
 6. Thailand S. 3-7 

Regular Season: Round 8

Mar. 6: Satria Muda - Thailand S. 69-60
Mar. 8: Satria Muda - Petron Blaze
Mar. 9: Thailand S. - Saigon H.


Williams back in Beermen lineup - by Aris Ignacio

Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee) will be back when the San Miguel Beermen when they meet a red-hot Satria Muda BritAma Jakarta on March 8 at the Tennis Indoor Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Beermen are riding in a two-game winning run and will be up against the seven-game streak of the Warriors after losing its first two outings.

Williams, who is reactivated for Friday's game, will be replacing Matthew Rogers (211-C-87, college: SW Baptist). Rogers recently exploded with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks in the Beermen's last outing win against the Westsports KL Dragons. Also returning will be Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC), who was suspended in an altercation with Desmond Wei Jie Oh (176-F-86) in San Miguel's win over the Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers.

Also expected to provide support for Williams and Freeman will be playmaker Chris Banchero (185-PG-90, college: Seattle Pacific) and center Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii). The Beermen will continue to miss the services of Eric Menk (199-F-74, college: L.Superior), who had a fractured nose, and spitfire Leo Avenido (186-G-78), who is sidelined due to an ankle injury.

The Dragons will heavily rely on reinforcements, Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) and Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Georgia), with the support of guards Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) and Jerick Canada (170-G).



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

Balkan League Standings
Group C
 1. Levski Sofia 5-2 
 2. Galil Gilboa 4-3 
 3. Kumanovo 4-3 
 4. Rilski Sportist 3-3 
 5. Kavala 3-5 
 6. Teodo Tivat 2-5 
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. 6: Levski Sofia - Teodo Tivat 90-82 OT
Mar. 5: Kavala - Galil Gilboa 75-94
Mar. 7: Rilski Sportist - Galil Gilboa

Last Four

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



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.18.7 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas17.6 
 3. Orelikas, Rudupis17.5 
 4. Raadik, Parnu17.4 
 5. Okoye, Tln Kalev17.4 
 6. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.16.3 
 7. Akenparg, TTU15.9 
 8. Peciukeviciu., Par.15.1 
 9. Hughes, Pieno Z.14.6 
 10. Brown, Naglis P.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Raadik, Parnu10.8 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.9 
 3. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.9.8 
 4. Berzins, Valmiera7.9 
 5. Fall, Kalev/Cramo7.3 
 6. Cipruss, Lietkabel.7.2 
 7. Zelionis, Barsy A.7.2 
 8. Keedus, TTU7.1 
 9. Varnelis, Juventus7.0 
 10. Bishop, Nevezis6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.7 
 2. Janavicius, Rudupis5.7 
 3. Campbell, Tln Kalev5.0 
 4. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.5 
 5. Maceina, Pieno Z.4.2 
 6. Cunda, Valga4.2 
 7. Tamm, Tarvas4.1 
 8. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.8 
 9. Viskontas, Juvent.3.8 
 10. Dambrauskas, Saka.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.6 
 2. Janavicius, Rudupis2.1 
 3. Laane, Rapla2.1 
 4. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 5. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 6. Berzins, Valmiera1.9 
 7. Matulionis, Parnu1.8 
 8. Mizis, Jelgava1.8 
 9. Tamm, Tarvas1.8 
 10. Jakovics, Liepaja1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.2 
 2. Petrukonis, Juven.1.8 
 3. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.7 
 4. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 5. Rozitis, Barons k.1.5 
 6. Galdikas, Siauliai1.2 
 7. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 8. Gates, Pieno Z.1.1 
 9. Chamberlain, Jelga.1.0 
 10. Valeika, Rudupis0.9 


Dwight Burke Moves to BC Siauliai - by Surujh Roopnarine

26-year old power forward Dwight Burke (202-C/F-86, college: Marquette) has moved on from BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves to Lithuania where he will suit up for BC Siauliai. In the midst of a career best season, the 6-8 Burke appeared in 26 games for Nova Ves, averaging career highs in points (16.8), rebounds (8.3), assists (1.4) and steals (1.5).
A problem with his work visa led to the abrupt departure from his club in Slovakia.
In his fourth professional career out of Marquette University Burke will help Siauliai try to move up the standings in the LKL where at 8-7 they currently reside in 7th position. Additionally, the club just won their first game of its quarterfinals matchup with Ventspils in the Baltic League playoffs and will look to advance further.
During his career Burke has played in Uruguay, Czech Republic (where he was an All-Star during the 2010-11 season), France, Austria and Slovakia.



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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
 1. Grodno-93 22-1 
 2. Sozh Gomel 17-6 
 3. Rubon 10-12 
 4. Tsmoki-Minsk II 9-13 
 5. Svisloch 9-14 
 6. Impuls BGUIR 8-15 
 7. Borisfen 5-19 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 5: Grodno-93 - Rubon 80-66
Mar. 5: Impuls BGUIR - Svisloch 76-85
Mar. 5: Borisfen - Tsmoki-Minsk II 71-70

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 9: Tsmoki-Minsk II - Sozh Gomel
Mar. 9: Rubon - Svisloch
Mar. 9: Grodno-93 - Impuls BGUIR


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  Sozh Gomel
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 22
 1. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel22.0 
 2. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.21.5 
 3. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.16.3 
 4. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.14.9 
 5. Zakhar, Impuls B.14.6 
 6. Indrikov, Rubon13.2 
 7. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.13.1 
 8. Dadukin, Sozh G.12.1 
 9. Akulich, Rubon12.0 
 10. Konuyshenko, Gro.11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sergei DADUKIN
  Sozh G.
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Dadukin, Sozh G.10.5 
 2. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.10.2 
 3. Zakhar, Impuls B.8.9 
 4. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.8.9 
 5. Krisevich, Tsmoki.6.5 
 6. Sharamet, Borisfen6.3 
 7. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.6.0 
 8. Kuzmin, Grodno-936.0 
 9. Ignatiev, Impuls B.5.9 
 10. Kurapau, Tsmoki.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  Sozh G.
  (185-PG-82)
  Avg: 7
 1. Charykau, Sozh G.7.0 
 2. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.1 
 3. Akulich, Rubon4.8 
 4. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.4.5 
 5. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.5 
 6. Kryukov, Borisfen3.3 
 7. Sapegin, Rubon2.8 
 8. Tatur, Borisfen2.7 
 9. Dadukin, Sozh G.2.7 
 10. Korzh, Grodno-932.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Akulich, Rubon3.1 
 2. Zakhar, Impuls B.2.5 
 3. Charykau, Sozh G.2.5 
 4. Malkov, Grodno-932.2 
 5. Volodkin, Impuls B.2.2 
 6. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.2 
 7. Dadukin, Sozh G.1.9 
 8. Indrikov, Rubon1.9 
 9. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.1.9 
 10. Tatur, Borisfen1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Aliaksandr KUZMITSKI
  Impuls B.
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuzmitski, Impuls0.0 
 2. Aheyenka, Borisfen0.0 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 4. Yafremov, Grodn.0.0 
 5. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 6. Viaroukin, Sozh Go.0.0 
 7. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 8. Vashkevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 9. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 10. Tatur, Borisfen0.0 


Premier League Round 27 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

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

The biggest surprise of round 27 was guest Svisloch's (#5) road victory over Impuls BGUIR (#6) 85-76 on Tuesday evening. The game without a history. Svisloch led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Svisloch outrebounded Impuls BGUIR 42-31 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Impuls BGUIR helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate (200-91) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. point guard Oleksandr Dolenko (191-90) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Yuriy Ignatiev (198-91) who recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds. Svisloch have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 9-14 record. Impuls BGUIR lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 15 games lost. Svisloch are looking forward to face higher ranked Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Impuls BGUIR will play on the road against the league's leader Grodno-93 and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Important game to mention about took place in Mogilev. Seventh ranked Borisfen (5-19) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 4th placed Tsmoki-Minsk II (9-13) 71-70 on Tuesday evening. It was a good game for point guard Fedor Kryukov (181-88) who saved his team from a defeat with 24 points. Sergey Tatur contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Aliaksandr Semianiuk (207-93) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for Tsmoki-Minsk II. Tsmoki-Minsk II's coach Tadas Stockus rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Borisfen maintains seventh place with 5-19 record. Tsmoki-Minsk II at the other side keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Borisfen will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tsmoki-Minsk II will play at home against the league's second-placed Sozh Gomel (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
An exciting game was played in Grodno. First ranked Grodno-93 faced 3rd placed Rubon. Host Grodno-93 (22-1) defeated guests from Vitebsk (10-12) 80-66. It was a great evening for Dzmitry Kuzmin who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Zintis Plivda with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Grodno-93 maintains first place with 22-1 record. Loser Rubon keeps the third position with 12 games lost. Grodno-93 will meet at home Impuls BGUIR (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Rubon will play against Svisloch in Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Borisfen - Tsmoki-Minsk II 71-70

Important game to mention about took place in Mogilev. Seventh ranked Borisfen (5-19) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 4th placed Tsmoki-Minsk II (9-13) 71-70 on Tuesday evening. Tsmoki-Minsk II was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 26-16 charge of Borisfen, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 24 Tsmoki-Minsk II turnovers. Tsmoki-Minsk II was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for point guard Fedor Kryukov (181-88) who saved his team from a defeat with 24 points. Guard Sergey Tatur (195-91) contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Aliaksandr Semianiuk (207-93) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and center Vladimir Krisevich (210-91) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Tsmoki-Minsk II. Four Tsmoki-Minsk II players scored in double figures. Tsmoki-Minsk II's coach Tadas Stockus rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Borisfen maintains seventh place with 5-19 record. Tsmoki-Minsk II at the other side keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Borisfen will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tsmoki-Minsk II will play at home against the league's second-placed Sozh Gomel (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Borisfen: F.Kryukov 24+3reb+3ast, S.Tatur 14+5reb+4ast, V.Haidukevich 12+2reb, A.Aheyenka 8+4reb+3ast, A.Sharamet 7+4reb, E.Kopylov 6+9reb+1ast
Tsmoki-Minsk II: A.Semianiuk 15+11reb+4ast, E.Sugonyako 14+5reb+2ast, V.Krisevich 11+10reb+3ast, Y.Kurapau 11+3reb, D.Roslikov 8+2ast, V.Ignatchik 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 204770


Grodno-93 - Rubon 80-66

An exciting game was played in Grodno. First ranked Grodno-93 faced 3rd placed Rubon. Host Grodno-93 (22-1) defeated guests from Vitebsk (10-12) 80-66. The game was mostly controlled by Grodno-93. Rubon managed to win fourth quarter 14-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Grodno-93 looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Rubon's players. It was a great evening for the former international guard Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-75) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. The former international forward Kanstantin Yafremov (202-86, agency: Promotex) helped adding 13 points and 9 rebounds. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Latvian center Zintis Plivda (206-88) with 12 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Evgeni Ivanov (202-84) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Five Grodno-93 and four Rubon players scored in double figures. Grodno-93 maintains first place with 22-1 record. Loser Rubon keeps the third position with 12 games lost. Grodno-93 will meet at home Impuls BGUIR (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Rubon will play against Svisloch in Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: D.Kuzmin 18+5reb+9ast, A.Malkov 14+5reb+2ast, K.Yafremov 13+9reb+2ast, Y.Mishukov 10+6reb+1ast, I.Konuyshenko 10+2reb+4ast, V.Korzh 6+1reb+1ast
Rubon: E.Ivanov 15+5reb+1ast, S.Sapegin 13+1reb+5ast, Z.Plivda 12+9reb, A.Indrikov 10+6reb+1ast, D.Akulich 8+8reb+3ast, V.Ilyukevich 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 204769


Impuls BGUIR - Svisloch 76-85

The biggest surprise of round 27 was guest Svisloch's (#5) road victory over Impuls BGUIR (#6) 85-76 on Tuesday evening. The game without a history. Svisloch led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Svisloch outrebounded Impuls BGUIR 42-31 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Impuls BGUIR helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate (200-91) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. point guard Oleksandr Dolenko (191-90) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Yuriy Ignatiev (198-91) who recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds and Henadziy Zakhar (198-92) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Svisloch have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 9-14 record. Impuls BGUIR lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 15 games lost. Svisloch are looking forward to face higher ranked Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Impuls BGUIR will play on the road against the league's leader Grodno-93 and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Svisloch: O.Dolenko 22+7reb+2ast, M.Adam Konate 19+15reb+1ast, I.Sharipov 14+5reb+1ast, D.Shilovich 14+7reb, P.Pronin 6+5reb+1ast, M.Dabravolski 4+1reb+1ast
Impuls BGUIR: Y.Ignatiev 17+9reb, H.Zakhar 14+10reb, A.Papruha 14+4reb+2ast, D.Azaare 10+2reb+3ast, K.Stsiapanau 9+1reb+1ast, K.Volodkin 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 204768



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division II

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

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 1: Point Chaud - Essor Charleroi 95-68
Mar. 5: Gembo BBC - Houthalen 84-88
Mar. 2: Sint-Jan Ant. - Houthalen 78-95
Mar. 2: Waregem - Kangor.-Boom 75-82
Mar. 1: M.Hainaut II - Tongeren 74-82
Mar. 3: Excelsior - CEP Fleurus 69-73
Mar. 3: Giants II - Gembo BBC 67-106
Mar. 2: Gent Dragons - St-Niklase 65-77

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 8: Point Chaud - Sint-Jan Ant.
Mar. 9: St-Niklase - Giants II
Mar. 9: Tongeren - CEP Fleurus
Mar. 9: Kangor.-Boom - Gent Dragons
Mar. 10: Essor Charleroi - M.Hainaut II
Mar. 10: Gembo BBC - Oudenaarde
Mar. 10: Houthalen - Waregem


Cedrick Banks to Liege Basket - by Bert Larsimont

We have just received a news release from Higher Vision Sports AMG Miami.

Cedrick Banks (190-G-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Ill.-Chicago), who won the French Cup in 2010 and was the French Regular Season Champion in 2007 and played this season with Turk Telekom Ankara and the Euroleague club Elan Chalon-Sur-Saone, signed with Belgium club Liege Basket today. The Belgium Club hopes the signing of Banks can push them to the Ethias League playoffs. Banks also played for Nebraska Cranes (USBL) in 2005, Besancon in 2005-06, SLUC Nancy in 2006-07, Maccabi Rishon in 2007-08, Entente Orleans from 2008 to 2010, Limoges CSP in 2010-11 and Entente Orleans again in 2011-2012.

Banks played two Euroleague games with Elan Chalon-Sur-Saone this season and averaged 10 points per game, 3 rebounds per game, 2 assists per game and 2 steals per game.



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Mario Filipovic claims Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Croatian Mario Filipovic (196-G/F-88) had a great game in the last round for Vogosca and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 24-year old swingman had the game-high 41 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Vogosca in his team's victory, helping them to beat Zrinjski HT (#7, 8-11) 94-89. Vogosca is placed at 10th position in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. Vogosca is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-12 record. In the team's last game Filipovic had a remarkable 82.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Vogosca's top player in his first season with the team. Filipovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.3ppg) and averages solid 65.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old center Amar Suljagic (210-C-88) of Kakanj. Suljagic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Kakanj lost that game 64-77 to the higher-ranked Capljina (#1, 14-5). This loss caused Kakanj to drop to 11th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-12 record. Suljagic is one of the most experienced players at Kakanj and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Montenegrin Boris Lalovic (209-C-81) of Zrinjski HT (#7). Lalovic showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Lalovic's great performance Zrinjski HT lost 89-94 to the lower-ranked Vogosca (#10, 7-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Zrinjski HT ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lalovic could help Zrinjski HT to bring them higher in the standings. Lalovic has a great season in Bosnia. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.6ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 8.2rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivan Bakovic (197-G-81) of Posusje - 32 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Milan Keser (206-C-82) of Vogosca - 19 points and 11 rebounds
6. Djordje Ninkovic (210-C-93) of Leotar - 22 points and 10 rebounds
7. Kresimir Mustapic (206-F-90) of Posusje - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Dinko Peljto (187-PG-87) of Kakanj - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Milan Kezic (193-SG-86) of Mladost - 21 points and 5 rebounds
10. Krsto Bjelica (192-G-88) of Capljina - 19 points, 6 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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Balkan League: Chavdar Kostov leads Levski past Teodo Tivat - by Eurobasket News

Levski - Teodo Tivat 90:82 (OT)

Levski defeated Teodo Tivat at the second stage of the Balkan League tournament. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) notched 25 points to pace the Bulgarian side.
Teodo Tivat jumped to an early lead. The Montenegrin side posted a 23:20 advantage after ten minutes. Teodo Tivat maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The visitors ensured a 44:36 halftime advantage. Levski increased the tempo in the third term. The hosts fired 25 points in the stanza and cut the distance at 4-point mark. Levski denied the deficit in the fourth quarter and managed to force overtime. The hosts proved the strength in the extra period. Levski held the visitors to 3 points in the overtime and stole a tough win at the end. Pavel Ivanov (200-SF-88) notched 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Dimitar Anguelov (203-SF-79, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points, 7 assists and 5 boards in the victory. Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Teodo Tivat. Marko Mijovic (188-PG-87) and Bojan Boskovic (203-C-86) chipped in 13 points apiece in the loss.

Levski: Chavdar Kostov 25, Pavel Ivanov 21+10 boards, Dimitar Anguelov 16
Teodo Tivat: Aleksandar Radulovic 16, Marko Mijovic 13, Bojan Boskovic 13



Levski signed center Mladen Pantic - by Christomir Rackov

Levski Sofia signed Serbian player Mladen Pantic (209-C-82, agency: Alti Sport). The contract is for the rest of this season. Pantic arrives from Greece, where he played for Ikaros Kallitheas. He is already in Sofia and is practising with "The Blues". Pantic started the season in Serbia with KK Borac Cacak and averaged 20.6 points and 11.6 rebounds. The 30-year-old center has also played for teams like Radnicki Kragujevac, ALBA Berlin, Kavala, Igokea Aleksandrovac and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk earlier in his career.

Mladen Pantic will fill in for Nikolay Varbanov (210-C-85), who has hernia and needs surgery. The new player is already expected to play for the team by next week.



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Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Foshan LL
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 32
 1. Randolph, Foshan32.0 
 2. Douby, Zhejiang CB31.6 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.5 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Liaoning.29.3 
 6. Spencer, Jilin N.28.6 
 7. Daniels, Qingdao E.28.6 
 8. Forbes, Guangsha28.4 
 9. Marbury, Beijing28.2 
 10. Hudson, DongGuan27.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Harvey, TianJin S.16.6 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.15.2 
 3. Randolph, Foshan14.6 
 4. Wang, Fujian QB12.9 
 5. Li, Liaoning H.12.9 
 6. Harris, Jiangsu D.12.4 
 7. Singleton, Xinjian.12.0 
 8. Abbas, Shandong FB11.3 
 9. Daniels, Qingdao E.11.3 
 10. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.2 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.9.1 
 2. Perkins, Foshan LL6.8 
 3. Lu, Shanxi Zh.6.0 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.7 
 5. Jeter, Shandong FB5.5 
 6. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 7. McGrady, Qingd.5.1 
 8. Gaines, Fujian QB4.7 
 9. Qahwash, Jiang.4.7 
 10. Forbes, Guangsha4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Doron PERKINS
  Foshan LL
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Perkins, Foshan LL2.6 
 2. Jeter, Shandong FB2.5 
 3. Spencer, Jilin N.2.5 
 4. Douby, Zhejiang CB2.4 
 5. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 6. Abbas, Shandong FB2.2 
 7. Marbury, Beijing2.2 
 8. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
 9. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.2.1 
 10. Han, Bayi R.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.3.9 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.9 
 3. Siler, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 4. Jones, Liaoning H.1.9 
 5. Yi, Guangdong ST1.8 
 6. Morris, Beijing Du.1.7 
 7. Daniels, Qingdao E.1.7 
 8. Vroman, Shandong.1.5 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 10. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.4 


CBA Round 4 of Quarter-Finals: Liaoning tied the series at 2-2 - by Eurobasket News

Liaoning H. - Xinjiang FT 102-94 (2-2)

Xinjiang Flying Tige was trailing by 17 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 34-24 charge of Liaoning Hunters, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Xinjiang Flying Tige's 42. Liaoning Hunters looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Solomon Jones (208-84, college: S.Florida, agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. The former international center XiaoXu Li (206-90) contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Von Wafer (196-85, college: Florida St.) added 28 points in the effort for Xinjiang Flying Tige. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Liaoning H.: J.Solomon 25+13reb+3ast, L.XiaoXu 21+8reb+1ast, G.Ailun 18+5reb+4ast, L.Wei 13+3reb+1ast, Y.Ming 9+4reb+8ast, Z.Liu 9+1reb+4ast
Xinjiang FT: W.Von 28+1reb+3ast, S.James 19+10reb+3ast, Z.QinPeng 18+8reb+3ast, T.ZhengDong 16+5reb+1ast, X.GuoChong 8, C.Tal 3+7reb+7ast
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PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 8- RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Caribbean Heat reached its second victory defeating again the Piratas de Bogota in overtime, just like the previous night the game was very close, Piratas played good defense in the first half and finished the second quarter with a 9 points lead, but for the second half had the Caribbean Heat awoke, Piratas began to show some signals of fatigue and allowed the Caribbean Heat to get 22 offensive rebounds that finished in 20 points making a big difference.
In the overtime Piratas guard John The rat Perez made two free throws to tied the game with 49 seconds in the clock but Edgar Artega tunrover with 25 seconds left gave the Caribbean Heat the chance to win the game , Larry Pomare did not waist the ball making a layup with 7 seconds in the clock and two free throws made with 2 seconds in the clock giving the final 4 points lead to the Cartagena team.
Caribbean Heat 92 C.Bradford 22 pts, P. Culver 17 pts + 18 rebs
Piratas de Bogota 88 J. Johnson 24 pts, J. Fahnbulleh 21 pts + 10 rebs.

Bukaros keep winning at home, the yellow squad leaded by Phillip Brooks who scored 31 pts, the Bukaros defense limited Academia main player Cesar Chavez too his season lowest 13 pts, Academia has been hurted by the lack of confidence on his bench their replacements played a total of just 26 minutes in the game and scored 3 points,
Bukaros Gilbert Lawrence added 21 pts , John Hernande 12 pts and 10 rebs, Academias Norbey Aragon had 21 pts, Steffon Farley 18 pts
Bukaros Freskaleche 81 P. Brooks 31 pts, G. Lawrence 21 pts
Academia de la Montana 72 N. Aragon 21 pts, S. Farley 18 pts

The national tv game did not had a good level, Halcones del Norte and Manizales OC shoot a terrible 25% combined form the field, Halcones score a very low 54 pts in the and just one of their players reached double digits in scoring, their 24 turnovers are a season high.
Manizales had the leadership of the veteran Cesar Cortez (200-F/C) with 30 pts and 13 reb pulling the ship, but his imports scored just 14 pts in the game, Halcones Louis Truscott had 13 pts.
Halcones del Norte 54 L. Truscott 13 pts
Manizales OC 68 C. Cortez 30 pts + 13 rebs, J. Garris 12 pts.

Bambuqueros climbed to the first place in the standings after its 4th straight victory , defeating the Aguilas de Tunja, 108 88.
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 108- S. Ortiz 26 pts, J, Manuel 23 pts .
Aguilas 88 - T. Rayson 29 pts.




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

25-year old center Sergio Trocha (204-C-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Bucaros and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Academia (5-3) 79-71. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Bucaros is placed at 2nd position in Colombian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bucaros will need more victories to improve their 5-3 record. Trocha just recently signed at Bucaros, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Sergio Trocha averages this season 8.1ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Cesar Cortes (201-F-80) of Once Caldas. He is former international forward in his first season at Once Caldas. In the last game Cortes recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Once Caldas lost that game 73-78 to slightly lower-ranked Halcones (#8, 2-6). Once Caldas is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Cortes is one of the most experienced players at Once Caldas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Louis Truscott (203-F-78, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of Halcones (#8). Truscott scored 20 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Halcones, leading his team to a 78-73 win against slightly higher-ranked Once Caldas (#6, 4-4). Halcones can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-6 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Truscott he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Truscott has a very solid season. In 3 games in Colombia he scored 16.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darrin Dorsey (188-PG) of Bambuqueros - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Patrick Culver (208-C-84) of Caribbean Heat - 25 points and 12 rebounds
6. Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of Bambuqueros - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tyrone Rayson (198-F-80) of Aguilas - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Cesar Chavez Jacobo (196-PG-85) of Academia - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Lawrence Gilbert (200-F-86) of Bucaros - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Cory Bradford (191-G-78) of Caribbean Heat - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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Latinbasket.com All-Cuban LSB Awards 2012-2013 - by Simas

Latinbasket.com All-Cuban LSB 1st Team
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Yasser Rodriguez
Rodriguez
Yordanis Jaca
Jaca
Joan Luis Haiti
Haiti
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Player of the Year: Eddy Hechevarria (193-F/G-86) of Santiago
Guard of the Year: William Granda (189-SG-85) of Ciego de Avila
Forward of the Year: Yordanis Jaca (195-PF-83) of Camaguey
Center of the Year: Joan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) of Ciego de Avila
Defensive Player of the Year: Rogelis Ochoa (197-F-93) of Santiago
Play-Offs MVP: William Granda (189-SG-85) of Ciego de Avila
Coach of the Year: Yoanis Zaldivar of Ciego de Avila

1st Team
PG: Yasser Rodriguez (187-88) of Ciego de Avila
SG: William Granda (189-85) of Ciego de Avila
F/G: Eddy Hechevarria (193-86) of Santiago
PF: Yordanis Jaca (195-83) of Camaguey
C: Joan Luis Haiti (200-82) of Ciego de Avila

2nd Team
G: Julio Villegas (197-94) of Camaguey
G: Reiner Castillo (185-86) of Matanzas
G/F: Lisvan Valdez (195-88) of Capitalinos
F: Rogelis Ochoa (197-93) of Santiago
C: Orestes Torres (203-87) of Capitalinos

Honorable Mention
Yordanis Ramos (188-G-87) of Camaguey
Yoannis Soria (195-G/F-86) of Guantanamo
Jasiel Morales (196-F-84) of Matanzas
Andy Boffil (190-G/F-82) of Villa Clara



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
Group A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 26-1 
 2. NH Ostrava 18-9 
 3. BK Pardubice 17-9 
 4. BK Prostejov 16-10 
 5. BK Decin 16-11 
 6. BC Kolin 15-12 
Group A2
 1. Levice 15-14 
 2. USK Praha 13-16 
 3. Chomutov 11-17 
 4. B&W Opava 9-20 
 5. J.Hradec 9-20 
 6. Svitavy 9-20 
 7. Usti n/Labem 7-22 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 4

A1

Mar. 6: CEZ Nymburk - BC Kolin 108-65
Mar. 7: BK Prostejov - BK Decin
Mar. 9: NH Ostrava - BK Pardubice

A2

Mar. 6: USK Praha - Svitavy 83-81
Mar. 6: Usti n/Labem - B&W Opava 80-90
Mar. 6: J.Hradec - Levice 103-90
Mar. 9: B&W Opava - J.Hradec
Mar. 9: Svitavy - Usti n/Labem
Mar. 9: Chomutov - USK Praha


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.9 
 2. Deloach, Svitavy18.3 
 3. Blazek, B&W Opava18.1 
 4. Bolds, BC Kolin18.0 
 5. Fields, Chomutov17.6 
 6. Meno, USK Praha17.4 
 7. Reese, Usti n.17.3 
 8. Zabas, BK Pardubi.16.3 
 9. Dufault, BK Prost.15.7 
 10. Bosak, Chomutov15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.3 
 2. Meno, USK Praha9.3 
 3. Tomanec, J.Hradec9.1 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.8.2 
 5. Nuhanovic, Levice7.7 
 6. Kohout, BK Prost.7.1 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy7.0 
 8. Simmons, Levice6.9 
 9. Reese, Usti n.6.9 
 10. Blazek, B&W Opava6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  B&W Opava
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Sirina, B&W Opava5.8 
 2. Ames, NH Ostrava5.7 
 3. Carter, CEZ N.4.8 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy4.6 
 5. Kemp, Levice4.4 
 6. Glover, Chomutov4.1 
 7. Sotnar, USK Praha4.1 
 8. Sanders, BK Decin4.0 
 9. Pope, BK Decin4.0 
 10. Pavkovic, CEZ N.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.9 
 2. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Bolds, BC Kolin2.1 
 4. Sirina, B&W Opava2.1 
 5. Ames, NH Ostrava2.0 
 6. Deloach, Svitavy2.0 
 7. Reese, Usti n.1.8 
 8. Pope, BK Decin1.6 
 9. Taylor, CEZ N.1.6 
 10. Sanders, BK Decin1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 2. Nuhanovic, Levice1.5 
 3. Simmons, Levice1.0 
 4. Miklosik, B&W O.1.0 
 5. Fields, Chomutov1.0 
 6. Mroz, Svitavy0.9 
 7. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 8. Nelson, BK Pardu.0.8 
 9. Houska, BK Decin0.8 
 10. Slavik, USK Praha0.8 



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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. Rio Grande VV 23-14 
 3. Austin T. 22-15 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 21-15 
 5. Texas L. 17-22 
 6. Los Angeles D. 16-20 
 7. Reno B. 13-22 
 8. Idaho S. 12-24 

Regular Season: Round 53

Mar. 6: Los Angeles D. - Texas L. 99-86
Mar. 6: Rio Grande VV - Austin T. 118-110
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

Regular Season: Round 54

Mar. 7: Tulsa 66ers - Iowa E.
Mar. 7: Reno B. - Idaho S.
Mar. 8: Erie Bay H. - Springfield A.
Mar. 8: Maine RC - Canton C.
Mar. 8: Santa Cruz W. - Sioux Falls S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin DENTMON
  Texas L.
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Dentmon, Texas L.25.3 
 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. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.19.4 
 9. Joseph, Austin T.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.10.1 
 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
 Walker RUSSELL
  Reno B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Russell, Reno B.7.7 
 2. Barrett, Maine RC7.7 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.5 
 4. Wright, Iowa E.7.1 
 5. Fortson, Los A.6.6 
 6. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 7. Karl, Idaho S.6.1 
 8. Singletary, Texas6.1 
 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.2.0 
 4. McNeal, Bakersfi.1.9 
 5. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 6. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 7. Greene, Los A.1.8 
 8. Leslie, Santa C.1.8 
 9. Singletary, Texas1.8 
 10. Wright, Maine RC1.8 
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 


Recap of latest games around the League - by Eurobasket News

Bakersfield J. - Texas L. 117-108
The Texas Legends (17-21), presented by Veracruz (visit Veracruz.mx), fought to make it a close game but fell behind to the first-place Bakersfield Jam (25-11) 108-117. The Legends got caught up early, ending the first quarter down by ten. However, they used the second quarter to make a powerful comeback (31-19) and take the lead going into halftime 54-52. In the third quarter, the Legends were unable to control Bakersfield's shooting, allowing 39 points. It was this deficit that proved to be too much for the Legends. Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) led the Legends with 25 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists, followed closely by Christian Eyenga (6'7''-G-89) with 24 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist. Bakersfield was powered on by Mike Scott (6'8''-F-88, college: Virginia) with the game's only double-double 22 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Sioux Falls S. - Idaho S. 102-109
The Skyforce blew a game they had to have Tuesday night at the Arena, falling apart in the fourth quarter to drop a 109-102 decision to Idaho in front of 2,535 fans at the Arena. Sioux Falls entered the game with a somewhat tenuous grip on an NBADL playoff spot after back-to-back losses, but the Stampede figured to be a welcome chance to get healthy, as they entered the game with the second-worst record in the league. For most of the first three quarters, Sioux Falls (21-17) looked poised to cruise to the win, taking a 58-47 lead at half and pushing the advantage as high as 18 before the Stampede (12-24) got it back to 11 by the end of the third. Idaho then dominated the final stanza, outscoring the Force 37-19 to stun the crowd into silence. A Coby Karl bucket gave Idaho a 102-100 lead with about a minute to play, and seconds later he would add a 3 to make it 105-100. After James Mays was stuffed in the lane, the Stampede closed it out at the line. 'Very frustrating,' said Skyforce coach Joel Abelson in a post-game interview that lasted 49 seconds. 'We didn't make shots and they made some tough shots. Sometimes that's the way it goes.' Karl and Justin Harper had 18 points each to lead the Stampede, who turned the ball over 19 times in the first half but just five the rest of the way. They also hit 12-of-21 shots in the fourth quarter, while the Force were just 7-for-19. 'To come back from that far down against a team as good as Sioux Falls - in their place - I think that say a lot about our guys in terms of their fight and their will,' said Idaho coach Michael Peck, who previously coached at national high school powerhouse Findlay-Prep in Las Vegas. 'We really earned it, too. When you're behind by that much, you can shoot 100 percent but that's not enough. You have to get stops, too, and we did that.' Justin Holiday (6'6''-F-89, college: Washington) had 16 points for the Stampede, while Durrell Summers added 15. Demetris Nichols (6'9''-F-84, college: Syracuse) had 26 points for the Skyforce, while Damian Saunders had 23 points and eight boards. Andre Barrett had 16 points and 15 assists, but Abelson said that the flurry of transactions the team has made of late is making it hard for the team to get on the same page. 'We're still trying to learning each other,' said Abelson, who was formerly an Idaho assistant. 'We'll keep working and learning and trying to gel as a group.' But with their grip on a playoff berth slipping and the team about to head out on a four-game road trip, there isn't much time for them to do it. 'For sure, it needs to (happen) on Friday,' Abelson said. 'We need to turn it around (at Santa Cruz). To get outscored 37-19 in the fourth quarter on your home floor is unacceptable.' Courtesy of: argusleader.com

Rio Grande VV - Iowa E. 115-111
The near-empty dressing room told the story for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers after their game against the Iowa Energy on Tuesday. It was symbolic of the whirlwind day of transactions that saw the Vipers' roster go from 11 to eight players. Still, the Vipers fought through that and defeated the Energy 115-111 at State Farm Arena. 'It looks pretty empty,' Vipers guard Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston) said, referring to the dressing room. 'It is what it is. It's part of the business, and you got to move on. We're short-handed, especially in the inside, but you got to play the right way, and nine times out of 10, the game will go the right way for you.' It did for the Vipers, who virtually had no inside presence, and relied on the 3-point shot and a late run for the victory. Goudelock led the Vipers with 26 points. Guard Chris Johnson (6'6''-F-90, college: Dayton) scored 22 points and made 6 of 9 shots from the arc. Glen Rice (6'5''-G-91, college: Georgia Tech) Jr. had 20 points and 14 rebounds. Houston Rockets assignee Royce White (6'8''-F-91, college: Iowa St.) had his best game of the season with 10 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Maalik Wayns worked through some recent struggles and added 21 points from the bench. The Vipers made 13 shots from the arc. The Vipers victory came hours after their roster went though an overhaul. First, forward Tyler Honeycutt, who had averaged 19.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in two games for the Vipers, was recalled to the Houston Rockets and then waived to make room to sign guard Aaron Brooks. Later, the Vipers traded guard Terrel Harris and forward Wesley Witherspoon to the Erie Bayhawks for guard/forward D.J. Kennedy and forward Mike Singletary. Kennedy and Singletary were not available for Tuesday's game. Their availability for tonight's game against Austin will depend on travel. They are supposed to arrive to the Valley by mid-afternoon today. 'I'll be honest, it was hard on me today,' Vipers coach Nick Nurse said. 'We played Iowa two, three weeks ago, and we're missing six players from that roster. That team was on a 10 out of 12 winning pace. We had an identity of being a big, strong, powerful rebounding team playing through the inside.' The Vipers certainly are not that anymore, at least not for now. And it definitely wasn't on Tuesday. The Energy out-rebounded the Vipers 48-40. 'We knew that we didn't have as many numbers, but we didn't let that stop us,' Rice said. 'We knew that we would have to come out here and work, just like we do every game.' The game was tight throughout. The Vipers and Energy traded the lead 15 times and the game was tied 16 times. 'I thought the game was up for grabs and luckily, we grabbed it,' Nurse said. The Vipers made some big plays in the final 3:27. Rice had two big baskets - one on a post-up move on a mismatch and then another on an up-and-under move that gave the Vipers a 112-109 lead with 23 seconds remaining. White had a nice tip-in following a 3-point miss by Johnson that put the Vipers in the lead 110-107 with 49 seconds left. 'Everybody had to step up for the guys who are gone,' Goudelock said. 'It has to be a collective team win. No one is going to do it by himself. I think we did a good job of that today.' The victory moved the Vipers back into a tie for first place in the NBA Development League standings with the Austin. Each will have 22-14 records when they meet tonight at State Farm Arena. Five Vipers tallied more than 31 minutes on Tuesday, but they didn't seem to be concerned that fatigue would be a factor tonight. 'You can't really be concerned about those types of things,' Goudelock said. 'One thing I learned about this business is if you are concerned about something, it's just added stress on your mental state.' Rice was more succinct: 'We're young. We got legs. We'll be fine.' Courtesy of: themonitor.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Canton C. 115-102
The heartburn question was whether the Mad Ants could live off their 17-point lead going into the fourth quarter. It was a legitimate concern, considering that, in the third quarter, East Division-leading Canton had whittled a dozen points off the Ants' giddy 29-point halftime bulge. And with the Charge not slowing down at the start of the fourth, they had climbed to within 12 points with 6:15 remaining. But a tourniquet to stop the bleeding came in the form of seven straight Fort Wayne points, and the Ants (19-19) held on for dear life and a dearer 115-102 win Tuesday at Memorial Coliseum. The victory returned the Mad Ants to .500 for the first time since Jan. 18, when they were 11-11. Additionally, it put them 3 1/2 games out of first place behind Canton (22-15) and two games behind Erie and Maine in the chase for the final spot in the D-League playoffs. 'I'm more worried about how far we're behind the people ahead of us,' Ants coach Duane Ticknor said of reaching the .500 plateau. 'Obviously it's a big step. We haven't been there since mid-January.' As the night turned out, the Ants rode the wave of their spectacular first half, and more specifically, a second quarter in which they outscored Canton 36-12. With an 18-1 run that lasted five minutes, spearheaded by Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama)'s nine points, the Mad Ants turned a 34-31 game into a 52-32 runaway. And by halftime, the lead was 70-41. 'That was a phenomenal first half,' Ticknor said. 'To score 70 points in the half and, more importantly, hold them to 41 and 12 points in the second quarter - that was our best defensive effort of any quarter all year long.' Forward Anthony Richardson, who added 16 points, agreed with his coach. 'It's like we just decided to do it altogether, and we did it,' Richardson said. 'We played defense like that before, but not to that magnitude for that long.' But the Charge did exactly that and got within the 12 points. 'That's part of basketball,' Richardson said. 'Basketball is a game of runs and mistakes. As long as you can keep those at a minimum, you've got a good chance of winning the game.' Mitchell led the Ants with 27 points and Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso) had 26. Also getting 16 was Luke Harangody, who returned after missing six games with a sore knee. 'It feels all right,' Harangody said. 'I'm still not a hundred percent, and I still have things I can't do out there, but it's going to be a process. No pain; there's still a lot of strengthening.' Courtesy of: journalgazette.net

Los Angeles D. - Texas L. 99-86
The Los Angeles D-Fenders celebrated the 16th win in the season as they overcame visiting Texas Legends. Morris Almond (6'6''-F/G-85, college: Rice) stepped up with 27 points to lead the home team to the victory. Courtney Fortson (5'11''-PG-88, college: Arkansas) added 23 points, 14 assists and 7 rebounds for the home team. The D-Fenders used a strong 32:15 first quarter to clear off. They maintained the lead throughout the remainder of the contest. Malcolm Thomas had a solid debut for Los Angeles with 13 points and 17 rebounds. Sean Singletary answered with 21 points and 6 assists for the Legends. Justin Dentmon netted 17 points in the defeat.

Rio Grande VV - Austin T. 118-110
Glen Rice, Jr.'s double-double 29 points, 11 rebounds led the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 118-110 over the Austin Toros tonight at State Farm Arena. Tonight's matchup was a battle for the top spot in the NBA Development League Central Division. Entering tonight's contest, both teams were tied with a 22-14 record. Tonight's win gave RGV the top spot in the division and second seed in the race for the playoffs. Additionally, the Vipers were led by Royce White with 23 points. Andrew Goudelock added 20 points, and Toure Murry tallied 19 points. Tre Kelley led the Toros with 23 points. JaMychal Green tallied a double-double 20 points, 11 rebounds. Tyler Wilkerson also added a double-double 14 points, 10 rebounds. Chris Roberts recorded 14 points and Jamarr Sanders contributed 13 points. The first half of action was close with neither team able to make a run to break away. At halftime, the Toros held the lead 58-57. RGV was able to steal the 67-65 lead early in the third quarter on a layup from Chris Johnson. Austin fought back to tie the game three times during the third quarter. At the end of the third, the Vipers were up 82-76. Early in the fourth quarter, the Rice, Jr. knocked down a three-pointer to help the Vipers brake away with an 88-76 advantage. A shot from behind the arc by Rice, JR. gave RGV their biggest lead of the night, 104-89 with 4:51 remaining. Austin fought back and was able to close their margin of deficit, but the Vipers claimed the 118-110 win. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Springfield Armor released Christian Polk - by Eurobasket News

Springfield Armor released 26-year old guard Christian Polk (190-87, college: UTEP, agency: Interperformances). In 32 D-League games he had 9.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.6apg this season. Polk also played at Polpharma (TBL) in Polish league earlier that season. In only one game he recorded 5 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
Last year (a year after he left the college) Polk was drafted by Springfield Armor (D-League) in second round (29th overall).
He attended Univ.of Texas at El Paso until 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Polk played in the final of C-USA Tournament for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). He was also voted HS Region Player of the Year and a first-team all-state selection back in 2006.
Polk could be described: Polk, is a very good shooting guard with an excellent ball-handler, able to change directions quickly and get to the rim in strong fashion, where he can finish in a variety of ways. Can beat opponents from long range: is a very good shooter with NBA 3 poins range. Played two seasons at Arizona State (2006-07, 2007-08), as a freshman in '06-''07 averaged 12.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.8 steals while making 26 starts, his scoring average ranked seventh-best among freshmen in school annals: At Utep (2010-2011 senior season) shot the ball at 45% from three. Can defend 1-2-3 position. Can help at the PG; had 3 ass. per game in senior year at UTEP.

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Springfield Armor acquire Edwin Ubiles, NBA D-League Rookie of the Year for 2011-12 - by Eurobasket News

The Springfield Armor announced Tuesday that they have acquired guard/forward Edwin Ubiles (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Siena), the NBA D-League Rookie of the Year for 2011-12, from the Santa Cruz Warriors.
In exchange, the Armor agreed to give Santa Cruz a second-round selection in the 2013 NBA D-League Draft and a fifth-round draft pick that was originally acquired by the Armor from the Warriors on Jan. 7 in a trade that sent Shawn Taggart (6'10''-F-85, college: Memphis) to Santa Cruz and Paul Carter (6'9''-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Ill.-Chicago) to Springfield. To make room on the roster, the Armor waived guard Christian Polk. The active roster now stands at 10.
Ubiles (6-6, 204, Siena) captured NBA D-League Rookie of the Year honors following the 2011-12 season after averaging 19.6 points on 50.3 percent shooting, 5.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 34.3 minutes in 41 games (all starts) with the Dakota Wizards. Ubiles also earned a GATORADE Call-Up to the Washington Wizards, averaging 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in four games. This past summer, Ubiles was a member of the Brooklyn Nets Orlando Summer League team.
During the 2012-13 season, Ubiles appeared in 14 games off the bench with the Santa Cruz Warriors, averaging 7.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 17.5 minutes per game. Ubiles joined the Warriors after appearing in one game with Cholet Basket of the France-ProA League.
A native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Ubiles was a standout four-year performer at Siena College, earning All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) First Team honors twice (2007-08 and 2008-09), Second Team honors once (2009-10) and MAAC co-Rookie of the Year honors (2006-07).
Ubiles, 26, will join the Armor for practice Wednesday and will be available when the team travels to Erie to take on the BayHawks on Friday at 7 p.m. at Erie Insurance Arena.



BayHawks complete five-player trade - by Eurobasket News

The Erie BayHawks continue their massive roster turnover with only a few days until the D-League trade deadline. After losing all-star center Henry Sims to a call-up recently, the BayHawks (20-18) have traded away D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) and Mike Singletary (6'6''-F-88, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Texas Tech) to Rio Grande Valley for guards Mustafa Shakur (6'4''-G-84, college: Arizona), Terrel Harris (6'5''-G-87, college: Oklahoma St.) and forward Wesley Witherspoon (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Memphis). Kennedy, a D-League all-star, led Erie with 18.8 points and 5.5 assists per game and was second in rebounding at 8.3 rpg and second in steals at 1.7 spg. Singletary averaging 10 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game for the BayHawks.
Shakur, a 6-4, 213-pound guard from Arizona, spent the past two seasons in Italy. Rio Grande Valley controlled his rights from his last appearance in the D-League. Shakur is averaging 11.5 points, 3.4 assists and 3.3 rebounds for Sidigas Avellino.
Harris, a 6-5, 190-pound guard from Oklahoma State, is putting up 12.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this season. He appeared in 22 games with the Miami Heat last season and played in seven games in Miami this year before being released in January.
Witherspoon is a 6-9, 215-pound forward from Memphis that could fill a need left by Sims departure for the BayHawks. He started the season with Austin before being traded to Rio Grande Valley. He averaged 4.7 points per game in 15 appearances with the Vipers. All three new acquisitions will be in uniform Friday when the BayHawks take on Springfield at 7 p.m.
Courtesy of: goerieblogs.com



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Baltic League: Rudupis enjoy the road win in Rakvere - by Eurobasket News

Tarvas - Rudupis 72:108

Rudupis enjoy the road win in Rakvere at the first leg of the Baltic League Quarterfinals. The Lithuanian team smashed Tarvas 108:72 in Game 1.
The return game of the tie will be played on March 9th in Lithuania.
Rudupis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 69.8 percent from the field and made 21-of-23 charity shots during the game. Rudupis outrebounded BC Rakvere 38-15 including a 33-8 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 65.0 percentage. Rudupis players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. BC Rakvere was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Arturas Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) (195-86) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 4 assists. Gediminas Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Reimo Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) answered with 21 points and American guard Brandis Brandis Raley-Ross (188-G-87, college: S.Carolina) added 18 points in the effort for BC Rakvere.

Tarvas: Reimo Tamm 21, Brandis Raley-Ross 18, Juris Umbrasko (197-G/F-79) 17, Kaido Saks (205-F-86) 10
Rudupis: Gediminas Orelikas 21, Arturas Milaknis 20, Arnas Labuckas (203-F-87) 15, Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) 15



Siim-Sander Vene selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (203-90, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Baltic League). He led his Lithuanian team Rudupis to an easy victory against the closely-ranked BC Rakvere (4-2) crushing them 108-72 in the Baltic League in Tuesday night's game. Vene recorded 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 24 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group F. Rudupis Prienu (5-1) is placed first. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Vene averages: 9.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 53.9%, 3FGP: 29.3% and FT: 55.9% in the 16 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Kangur could not help Montepaschi Siena (14-7) to beat Armani Milano (13-8). He scored 7 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Montepaschi Siena was defeated 72-68 on the road by the lower-ranked Armani Milano (#6). Kangur's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 56.5%(26-46), 3FGP: 43.9% and FT: 66.7%. He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Janar Talts
Janar Talts
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Janar Talts (207-83, currently plays in Italy). Talts contributed to a Cimberio Varese's victory against the tenth-ranked Juvecaserta (8-13) 74-62 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He scored 7 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 19 minutes. Cimberio Varese (17-4) is placed first in the SerieA. This year Talts' overall stats are: 3.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 65.9%(27-41), 3FGP: 28.6% in the 21 games. He is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Sten-Timmu Sokk
Sten-Timmu Sokk
   #4. Point guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89, currently plays in Georgia) led Olimpi to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Samedicino-Academia (1-13) crushing them 110-63 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague in Saturday night's game. Sokk recorded 16 points and added 9 passes. Olimpi Tbilisi (12-2) is placed third in the Superleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Sokk's first season with the team. Sokk is ranked third on the list of the best passers in the league. His total stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.1apg and 1.2spg. Sokk has a dual citizenship: Greek and Estonian. He is also Estonian national team player.

Gregor Arbet
Gregor Arbet
   #5. International swingman Gregor Arbet (195-83, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1 was not able to help Kavala (5-14) in their last game. Despite Arbet's good performance Kavala was badly defeated 94-76 at home by the leading Olympiacos. He recorded 13 points in 28 minutes. This year Arbet's total stats are: 9.1ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1apg in the seven games. He plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Reinar Hallik
Reinar Hallik
   #6. Center Reinar Hallik (208-84, currently plays in Romania) was not able to secure a victory for Craiova (19-6) in their game against Timisoara (17-8) in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Hallik recorded 9 points. But Craiova was defeated 85-81 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Timisoara (#6). They ended the series of nine consecutive victories. Hallik has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 2.0rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Estonian National Team roster.

Viljar Veski
Viljar Veski
   #7. Former international center Viljar Veski (215-86, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Palma Air Europa in a victory against the 14th-ranked La Palma (5-14) crushing them 74-52 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. Veski recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 11 minutes. Palma Air Europa (9-9) is placed seventh in the LEB Silver. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Veski has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 3.1rpg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Estonian national team three years ago.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Marko Meimer (200-F-96) plays for Caceres Basket in Spanish LEB Gold
Joonas Vaino (204-C/F-92) plays for Namika Lahti in Finnish Korisliiga
Kent-Kaarel Vene (192-SG-94) plays for Zalgiris-Sabonio in Lithuanian NKL
Reimo Pahn (202-F-87) plays for Kerava Energia Team in Finnish 1st Division
Karl-Robin Jurjens (199-F-96) plays for Cajasol Castilleja in Spanish EBA
Remy Pold (196-G-92) plays for Loughborough in British EBL D2
Maert Tralla (177-PG-87) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Madis Shumanov (207-C-88) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga

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



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Top former ESL players currently in pro basketball based on last week's performance - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Eurobasket Summer League players who are currently playing pro basketball.

Matija Poscic
Matija Poscic
   #1. Matija Poscic (204-C-85, college: De Paul, currently plays in Croatia) led KK Zagreb to a victory over the seventh-ranked KK Zabok (6-10) 85-72 in the Croatian A1 in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Poscic had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 31 minutes. KK Zagreb (12-4) is placed first in the A1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Poscic's first season with the team. Poscic is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders with 6.5rpg. He also averaged so far 9.2ppg in the 15 games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2012 Poscic went to the ESL camp in Torino playing for Team Torino.

Kyndall Dykes
Kyndall Dykes
   #2. Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Ukraine) led Hoverla to a 3-point victory over the 11th-ranked Kryvbasbasket (13-21) 68-65 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Friday. Dykes was the best player in that game. He scored 22 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (19-15) is placed sixth in the Superleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Dykes has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.8spg. Worth to mention Dykes played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Four years ago he took part in the ESL camp in Malaga, Spain playing for Team Naples.

Demarius Bolds
Demarius Bolds
   #3. Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Missouri Western, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL could not help BC Kolin (15-11) in their last game. Despite Bolds' very good performance the sixth-placed BC Kolin lost 91-96 on the road to the higher-ranked (#5) BK Decin in the Group A1. He was the top scorer with 29 points. Bolds also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes. Bolds is currently fourth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Bolds averages: 17.7ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg and 2.1spg in the 26 games he played so far. Bolds is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Five years ago he played at the ESL camp in Chicago playing for Warsaw.

Jermaine Barnes
Jermaine Barnes
   #4. Jermaine Barnes (194-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, GA, currently plays in UBA) led GIE Maile Matrix to a victory over the Team Japan (2-3) crushing them 118-82 in the UBA in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Barnes recorded a double-double by scoring 35 points and making 13 passes. He also added 8 rebounds and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group Southern. The GIE Maile Matrix has a solid 8-3 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Barnes is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Barnes averages: 25.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 7.2apg and 2.1spg. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2011 Barnes attended the ESL camp in Houston playing for Tokyo.

Steven Bennett
Steven Bennett
   #5. Steven Bennett (173-PG-88, college: Chaminade, currently plays in Germany) led Spot Up Medien Baskets to a victory over the ninth-ranked BSW Sixers (9-12) crushing them 99-71 in the German ProB (third division) last Saturday. Bennett was the top player that evening. He scored 35 points (!!!), had 7 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 37 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Bennett's third season in pro basketball. Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (10-11) is placed sixth in Group North. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Bennett has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.1apg and 2.4spg in the 10 games he played so far. He played in 2012at the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas for Team Lugano.

David Tairu
David Tairu
   #6. David Tairu (191-G-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Balkan League), who plays in Greece could not help Kavala (3-5) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Kavala (#5) was badly defeated 94-75 at home by the second-ranked Galil Gilboa in the group C of Balkan League. Tairu was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 7 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Balkan League Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Tairu has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.3apg. Tairu is a naturalized American. Tairu attended two years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Houston.

Bilal Benn
Bilal Benn
   #7. Bilal Benn (196-G/F-86, college: Niagara, currently plays in Israel) was the major contributor in an Ironi Nes-Ziona's victory against the fifth-ranked Elitzur Yavne (14-6) 113-104 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game. Benn had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 5 assists and 4 steals in 44 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Benn's third season in pro basketball. Ironi Nes-Ziona (17-3) is placed first in the National League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Benn is currently sixth on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Benn averages: 18.5ppg, 9.2rpg, 4.3apg and 2.8spg in the 20 games he played so far. Worth to mention he played also for Team Zurich at the ESL in Las Vegas in 2010.

Robert Holcomb Faye
Robert Holcomb Faye
   #8. Robert Holcomb Faye (185-G-84, college: Radford, currently plays in Holland) led Leeuwarden to a victory against the closely-ranked Zwolle (16-13) 96-83 in the Dutch Eredivisie last Saturday. Holcomb Faye recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and making 11 passes. He also added and 3 steals. Aris Leeuwarden (16-13) is placed fifth in the Eredivisie. Holcomb Faye is the league's best passer. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 7.9apg and 1.8spg. He played five years ago at the ESL in Las Vegas for Team Brussels.

Terrance Woodbury
Terrance Woodbury
   #9. Terrance Woodbury (201-G/F-87, college: Georgia, currently plays in Japan) led Okinawa GK to a victory over the second-ranked Yokohama BC (25-11) 75-58 in the Japanese BJ League on Sunday night. He was the top player that evening. Woodbury recorded 25 points (made all of his seven free throws) in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Western. Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa (28-8) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Woodbury has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg and 4.3rpg in the 30 games he played so far. Woodbury attended in 2010 the ESL camp in Las Vegas.

Quantez Robertson
Quantez Robertson
   #10. Quantez Robertson (189-G-84, college: Auburn, currently plays in Germany) led Deutsche Bank Skyliners to a surprising victory over the fourth-ranked ALBA Berlin (15-8) 65-62 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Robertson recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 5 assists and 4 steals. Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (9-16) is placed 16th in the BBL. Robertson is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Deutsche Bank Skyliners' roster. Robertson belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #4) and also on the list of most steals (first place). This season he has very good stats: 11.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.9apg and 2.0spg. Worth to mention Robertson played also for Team Amsterdam at the ESL in Chicago four years ago.



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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, Unics16.4 
 7. Karasev, Triumph16.1 
 8. Brown, Lokomotiv16.1 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm15.6 
 10. Rowland, VEF Riga15.3 
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, Unics6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CALATHES
  Lokom.
  (198-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Calathes, Lokom.7.1 
 2. McKee, Triumph6.1 
 3. Kalnietis, Lokomot.6.1 
 4. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.6 
 5. Wright, Spartak SP5.5 
 6. Satoransky, Cajasol4.8 
 7. Rowland, VEF Riga4.8 
 8. Markovic, Valencia4.7 
 9. Welsch, CEZ N.4.3 
 10. Chatman, Unics4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McKee, Triumph2.4 
 2. Chatman, Unics2.0 
 3. Doellman, Valencia1.8 
 4. Wright, Spartak SP1.7 
 5. Brown, Lokomotiv1.7 
 6. Mejia, Banvit BK1.6 
 7. Calathes, Lokom.1.5 
 8. Carter, Spartak SP1.5 
 9. Hosley, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 10. Eidson, Unics1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michailis ANISIMOVAS
  Budiv.
  (214-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.3 
 2. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 3. Balvin, Cajasol1.2 
 4. Naymick, CEZ N.1.2 
 5. Nankivil, Ratiopha.0.9 
 6. Theis, Ratiopharm0.9 
 7. Vougioukas, Unics0.9 
 8. Doellman, Valencia0.8 
 9. Milosevic, Buducno.0.8 
 10. Ndong, Galatasar.0.8 


Quarterfinal stage. Results and Stats from First Leg - by Eurobasket News

Spartak SP - Budivelnyk 83-72
Spartak Saint Petersburg clinched an 11-point victory against Budivelnyk in the opening leg of the EuroCup quarterfinal series. They will now have to defend it in one weeks time in the Ukrainian capital to reach the semis. Zack Wright (195-G-85, college: Central Mo.) knocked down 18 points and issued 7 assists to lead the winners. Spartak got to the aggressive start. They piled up a 23:19 lead ten minutes into the game. The Russian team maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They piled up a 43:36 halftime advantage. Budivelnyk used a 10:2 run midway through the third quarter to surge ahead 54:53. Spartak regained the lead to enter the fourth stanza up by three points 63:60. Zack Wright opened a double-digit lead for Spartak midway through the fourth quarter 75:65. Janis Strelnieks and Josh Carter drained back-to-back triples to give Spartak an 83:70 lead with just one second remaining. However Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) managed to answer with a layup to finalize the score. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) delivered 17 points, while Josh Carter produced 15 points for the winning team. Leo Lyons answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Budivelnyk. Artur Drozdov had 16 points in the loss.

Buducnost - Lokomotiv 54-72
Lokomotiv Kuban made a huge step towards EuroCup semifinals. They defeated Buducnost in Podgorica to head to the return leg in Krasnodar with a comfortable cushion. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) posted 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the Russian team. Buducnost looked confident in the opening stanza. The hosts built a 15:8 lead at the first break. But Lokomotiv took over in the next period. The visitors straighten defensively and held Buducnost to 13 points in the second frame. Lokomotiv narrowed the gap at 3-point mark 25:28. The third quarter became decisive in this one. Lokomotiv turned it into a disaster for the home side. The visitors went on a 26:8 rally to secure a 51:36 lead into the fourth frame. Lokomotiv kept stunned the hosts at distance throughout the final period clinching a key victory at the end. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) accounted for 15 points, while Andrey Zubkov and Mantas Kalnietis added 10 points each in the win. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for Buducnost. Dusko Bunic had 9 points in the losing effort.

Ratiopharm - Gescrap BB 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 and Axel Hervelle 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 and Keaton Nankivil 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 chipped in 13 points each in the loss.

Valencia - Unics 80-70
Valencia heading to Kazan having built a 10-point buffer after the opening round of EuroCup Quarterfinal series. Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 19 points to lead the hosts to the victory. The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. Valencia eked out a 21:20 lead ten minutes into the encounter. The hosts stepped on the gas in the second frame. Valencia dropped 24 points and cleared off to a 45:35 distance at halftime. The margin grew at 13-point mark midway through the third quarter. However Unics went on a 10:0 run to narrow the deficit. Valencia entered the fourth quarter up by six points 64:58. Pau Ribas, Bojan Dubljevic and Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) helped Valencia restore a 12-point lead with under four minutes remaining. Terrell Lyday (191-G-79, college: BYU) dragged the visitors within 8 points 70:78 with just over a minute remaining. However Justin Doellman dunked for the final result of the game 80:70. Justin Doellman accounted for 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, while Stefan Markovic added 10 points for the winners. Terrell Lyday answered with 28 points for Unics. Mire Chatman chipped in 13 points and pulled down 8 rebounds in the loss.



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Standings

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

Top 16: Round 10

E

Mar. 6: ALBA - Anadolu Efes 86-91
Mar. 6: Brose Bask. - CSKA 58-78
Mar. 8: Unicaja - Panathinaikos
Mar. 7: Zalgiris - Real Madrid

F

Mar. 7: Olympiacos - FCB Regal
Mar. 8: Besiktas - Caja Laboral
Mar. 8: Khimky - Montepaschi
Mar. 7: Fener.Ulker - Maccabi T-A


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Brown, Montepaschi19.4 
 2. Nachbar, Brose B.16.2 
 3. Bogdanovic, Fener..15.8 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.15.5 
 5. Jerrells, Besiktas14.2 
 6. Weems, CSKA14.0 
 7. Krstic, CSKA13.9 
 8. Popovic, Zalgiris13.8 
 9. Farmar, Anadolu13.8 
 10. Teodosic, CSKA13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.1 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A6.4 
 3. Lampe, Caja L.6.2 
 4. Lasme, Panathin.6.2 
 5. Hines, Olympiacos5.7 
 6. Thompson, ALBA5.7 
 7. Tomic, FCB Regal5.7 
 8. Erden, Anadolu Ef.5.6 
 9. Markota, Besiktas5.5 
 10. Sanikidze, Montep.5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.6.3 
 2. Planinic, Khimky6.1 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.5 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi5.2 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA5.1 
 6. Heurtel, Caja L.4.7 
 7. Farmar, Anadolu4.2 
 8. Ohayon, Maccabi3.9 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA3.8 
 10. Gordon, Anadolu3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ibrahim JAABER
  Zalgiris
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Jaaber, Zalgiris1.9 
 2. Gordon, Anadolu1.9 
 3. Khryapa, CSKA1.7 
 4. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.7 
 5. Hickman, Maccabi1.7 
 6. Diamantidis, Panat.1.3 
 7. Fernandez, Real M.1.3 
 8. Teodosic, CSKA1.3 
 9. Planinic, Khimky1.2 
 10. Savanovic, Anado.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Panathin.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Lasme, Panathin.2.1 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A1.8 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal1.4 
 4. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 5. Vidmar, Besiktas1.2 
 6. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 7. Ress, Montepaschi1.1 
 8. Falker, Besiktas1.1 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA1.0 
 10. Davis, Khimky1.0 



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. KTP 27-8 
 2. Kataja 25-7 
 3. Nilan Bisons 25-9 
 4. Pyrinto 24-9 
 5. Kauhajoki 22-13 
 6. Kouvot 18-17 
 7. LrNMKY 15-19 
 8. Korihait 12-23 
 9. Salon Vilpas 10-24 
 10. Lapua 10-24 
 11. FoKoPo 9-26 
 12. Namika Lahti 8-26 

Regular Season: Round 36

Mar. 6: Lapua - Kataja 97-81
Mar. 6: KTP - Pyrinto 93-78
Mar. 6: LrNMKY - FoKoPo 88-98
Mar. 6: Nilan Bisons - Kauhajoki 84-90
Mar. 6: Namika Lahti - Kouvot 77-81
Mar. 5: Korihait - Kataja 68-76

Regular Season: Round 37

Mar. 8: Pyrinto - Namika Lahti
Mar. 8: LrNMKY - Korihait
Mar. 9: Salon Vilpas - KTP
Mar. 9: Kauhajoki - Kataja
Mar. 9: Kouvot - Nilan Bisons
Mar. 9: FoKoPo - Lapua
Mar. 10: Lapua - Kataja


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Conley, LrNM.22.9 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.0 
 3. Gibson, LrNM.21.1 
 4. Clavell, Kouvot20.2 
 5. Haanpaa, Lapua19.4 
 6. Logins, LrNM.17.8 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto17.7 
 8. Bullock, Kauhajoki17.1 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo17.0 
 10. Flowers, Kataja16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 10
 1. Conley, LrNM.10.0 
 2. McDade, Nilan B.9.5 
 3. Robinson, Korihait9.3 
 4. Thornton, FoKoPo9.0 
 5. Ford, Kauhajoki9.0 
 6. Giles, KTP8.7 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto8.5 
 8. Watt, Korihait8.3 
 9. Haanpaa, Lapua8.2 
 10. Johnson, Namika8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Williams, Pyrinto7.4 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.1 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.1 
 4. Smith, Kataja4.9 
 5. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.9 
 6. Gibson, LrNM.4.7 
 7. Watson, Kauhajoki4.6 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.2 
 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, Kataja2.3 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.2.0 
 5. Holloway, Namika L.2.0 
 6. Conley, LrNM.1.8 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.7 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto1.6 
 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. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.2 
 3. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.2 
 4. Ford, Kauhajoki1.1 
 5. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 6. McDade, Nilan B.0.9 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 8. Giles, KTP0.9 
 9. Dyer, Korihait0.9 
 10. Hampton, Lapua0.8 


Finnish Korisliiga round 36 best performance: Devonne Giles - by Eurobasket News

American forward Devonne Giles (203-F-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked KTP, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 36.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat Pyrinto (#4, 24-9) 93-78. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed KTP to consolidate first place in the Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. KTP has a very solid 27-8 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Giles turned to be KTP's top player in his first season with the team. Former Texas Tech University star has very solid stats this year. Giles is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 8.7rpg) and averages impressive 61.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Charles Burgess (186-PG-84, agency: Two Points) of FoKoPo. Burgess had a very good evening with 33 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course FoKoPo cruised to a 98-88 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked LrNMKY (#7, 15-19). This victory allowed FoKoPo to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 11th position in the standings. 26 lost games are too many comparing to just nine victories FoKoPo managed to get this year. Burgess is a newcomer at FoKoPo, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 6.8rpg and 3.9apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International) of LrNMKY (#7). Conley showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Conley's great performance LrNMKY lost 88-98 to the lower-ranked FoKoPo (#11, 9-26). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of LrNMKY ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 19 games, recording just fifteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Conley could help LrNMKY to bring them higher in the standings. Conley has a great season in Finland. After 32 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.9ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 10.0rpg (#1 in league). Conley attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) of Lapua - 26 points and 15 rebounds
5. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85) of Kataja - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Nilan Bisons - 26 points and 6 rebounds
7. Andrais Thornton (203-F-85) of FoKoPo - 20 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Matthew Gibson (196-G-84) of LrNMKY - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84) of FoKoPo - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) of Kataja - 33 points

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)



KORISLIIGA: Bisons, Kataja and Pyrinto lost! - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 35: Five interesting contests tonight. Three out of four top teams lost their game! Biggest upset took place at Lapua, where Korikobrat beat Kataja (Joensuu) 97-81 (44-28). Both teams had two American players on the roster, but Kataja (25-7) probably already thinking next week EuroChallenge games? Lapua (10-24) was better in everything. Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) again making a double-double 26pts/15rbs, Dwight Tolbert (195-F-86, college: Lander) adding 20 pts and Jeffrey Bonds (199-F-82, college: Cal Poly Pomona) also helping with a double-double 16pts/11rbs. Lapua was shooting the FTs with 93% accuracy (27/29). Kataja's three Finnish guards only in double digits. Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) scored game high 33 pts (1 - 7/7, 2 - 7/10, 3 - 4/11).
KTP (Kotka) was in difficulties vs Pyrinto (Tampere) during the first half, but KTP (27-8) won the third quarter 32-11 and finally also the game 93-78 (40-48). Devonne Giles (203-F-83, college: Texas Tech) was the game MVP with 28 pts and 16 rbs. Giles was 10/10 at FT-line and 9/11 (2) and 0/1 (3) with his FGs. Timo Heinonen (198-F-81) added 18 pts. Damon Williams (201-F-73, agency: Two Points, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) led Pyrinto with 17 pts and Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) had a double-double 16pts/11rbs. Pyrinto (24-9) was shooting with 18% (3/17) accuracy from behind the arc.
Bisons (Loimaa) lost the second time on home court, when visitor Karhu (Kauhajoki) came back to the game during the third quarter (11-29) and finally winning 84-90 (44-33). Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) had scored 14 pts already during the opening quarter and 26 pts totally. Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) added 19 pts and Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) gave 12 assists. Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) led Karhu with 19 pts. Ilkka Vuori (181-PG-86) added 18 pts.
At Lappeenranta local YMCA lost vs FoKoPo (Forssa) 88-98 (51-37). Also here the third quarter was important especially for FoKoPo, when winning that 10 minutes 13-28 and getting back to the game. Matthew Gibson (196-G-84) led the hosts with 23 pts. FoKoPo (9-26) got all 98 points from the starters! Charles Burgess (186-PG-84, agency: Two Points, college: Texas Tech) was hot: 33 pts (1 - 11/14, 2 - 8/13, 3 - 2/6). Andrais Thornton (203-F-85, college: NW Missouri St.) added with a double-double 20pts/14rbs.
And in Lahti local YMCA was almost taking very important victory, but lost the last two minutes 2-14 and visitor Kouvot (Kouvola) was thankful: 77-81 (39-39).
Emmanuel Holloway (185-G-86, college: Illinois St.) led YMCA Lahti (8-26) with 18 pts. Samuli Vanttaja (210-F/C-91) continued with his strong games, when leading this time Kouvot (18-17) with 18 points. Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Sam Houston St.) added 16 pts.
Lapua - Kataja 97-81 (44-28). (Samuel Haanpaa 26/15, Dwight Tolbert 20, Jeffrey Bonds 16/11 - Petri Virtanen 33, Antti Kanervo 14, Juho Lehtoranta 13. A: 318).
KTP - Pyrinto 93-78 (40-48). (Devonne Giles 28/16, Timo Heinonen 18, Antwine Williams 14 - Damon Williams 17, Carl Lindbom 16/11, Lamonte Ulmer 14/12. A: 1045).
Bisons - Kauhajoki 84-90 (44-33). (Martin Zeno 26, Mikko Koivisto 19, Jeb Ivey 16/12a - Eric Hicks 19, Ilkka Vuori 18, Eldar Skamo 13. A: 715).
YMCA LPR - FoKoPo 88-98 (51-37). (Matt Gibson 23/9a, Jason Conley 22/12, Greg Logins 15 - Charles Burgess 33, Andrais Thonrton 20/14, Jahmar Thorpe 19/12. A: 431).
YMCA Lahti - Kouvot 77-81 (39-39). (Emmanuel Holloway 18/5a, Jordan Hasquet 15/8, Louis Johnson 13 - Samuli Vanttaja 18, Gilberto Clavell 16, Lamarr Greer 14/6a. A:702)



Teemu Rannikko selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80, currently plays in Adriatic League). He contributed to Un.Olimpija's victory against the closely-ranked Krka (9-14) 76-63 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night's game. Rannikko scored 6 points and added 4 assists in 16 minutes on the court. 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 will be critical. This year Rannikko averages: 7.1ppg, 1.1rpg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 68.0%(17-25), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 86.2% in the 22 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Montenegro. Lee could not help Buducnost (14-9) to beat Radnicki KG (15-8). He scored 7 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Buducnost was defeated 78-63 on the road by the higher-ranked Radnicki KG (#3). They ended the series of four consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Lee has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 59.9%(100-167). He is a naturalized American. Lee is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Finland.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Sasu Salin (192-91, currently plays in Adriatic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Teemu Rannikko and both played together in the last Adriatic League game. Salin managed to help Union Olimpija Ljubljana in a victory against the closely-ranked Krka (9-14) 76-63. He scored only 4 points in 10 minutes. Salin is currently fifth on the league's list of most steals with 1.7spg. This year his other stats are: 7.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 41.9%, 3FGP: 33.7% and FT: 66.7% in the 22 games. Salin is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #4. Guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: FCM, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to help Solna Vikings (20-12) in their game against Boras Basket (21-11) in the Swedish Basketligan. He scored 6 points and added 4 passes. Solna Vikings was edged 91-89 in Boras by the higher-ranked Basket (#4). Ahonen's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. It's Ahonen's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 4.3apg. Ahonen is also Finnish national team player.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #5. International small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Vanoli Cremona (8-13) in their game against Lottomatica Roma (14-7) in the Italian SerieA. He scored 5 points in 20 minutes. Vanoli Cremona lost 71-79 in Roma to the much higher-ranked (#4) Lottomatica. This year Huff's overall stats are: 4.1ppg and 3.4rpg in the 17 games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Joonas Caven
Joonas Caven
   #6. Power forward Joonas Caven (211-93, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Prat Juventud's victory against the sixth-ranked Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi (9-8) 73-66 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. Caven recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. CB Prat Juventud (12-6) is placed second in the LEB Silver. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Caven's total stats this season are: 7.8ppg and 2.6rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Finnish National Team roster.

Lauri Toivonen
Lauri Toivonen
   #7. Former University international forward Lauri Toivonen (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped UTPA win their game against the University of New Orleans 71-57 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. Toivonen scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 24 minutes. The University of Texas-Pan American has 4-3 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. This year Toivonen's total stats are: 7.8ppg and 2.6rpg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Finnish university national team two years ago.

Alex Murphy
Alex Murphy
   #8. Forward Alex Murphy (203-93, currently studies in the States) helped Duke win their game against the Virginia Tech (4-13) crushing them 85-57 in the NCAA last Tuesday. Murphy recorded only 2 points. The Duke University has a very solid 13-4 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. Murphy has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 2.6rpg. He is a naturalized American. Murphy plays currently for the Finnish U20 national team. Apparently he has never played in Finland.

Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) plays for Khimky in Russian PBL
Emir Sulejmanovic (204-C/F-95) plays for Un.Olimpija in Slovenian Telemach League
Tuukka Kotti (205-PF-81) plays for Vanoli Cremona in Italian SerieA
Kristjan Rinaldo (192-G/F-91) plays for TTU in Estonian KML
Joonatan Torbica (180-G-98) plays for TV 1862 Langen in German ProB
Iikka Maki (191-SF-94) plays for Sant Nicolau in Spanish EBA
Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) plays for AEL in Cypriot Division A
Ville Kaunisto (205-F-82) plays for Blois in French NM1



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Joakim Noah's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among French playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA). He led Chicago Bulls to a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers (23-36) 93-82 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. Noah was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 21 rebounds. Noah also added 11 blocks and 3 steals in 45 minutes on the court. The Chicago Bulls have 34-26 record this season. It's Noah's sixth year with the team. He is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). Noah has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.1ppg, 11.4rpg, 4.2apg, 2.3bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 47.3% and FT: 74.9% in the 56 games he played so far. Noah is a naturalized American. He played for the French senior national team two years ago. Strangely Noah has never played in France.

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the San Antonio Spurs (47-14) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Parker's very good performance the San Antonio Spurs were defeated in an overtime 105-101 on the road by the Phoenix Suns. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Parker also added 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Parker is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 12th year in Spurs' roster. This season he has very high stats. Parker averages: 21.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 7.6apg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 37.3% and FT: 82.9%. He is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA). Batum was the major contributor in a Portland Trail Blazers' victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (13-47) 122-105 in the NBA on Monday night. He scored 20 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 37 minutes. The Portland Trail Blazers have 28-31 record this season. Batum has very impressive stats this year: 15.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 4.9apg, 1.2bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 49.1%, 3FGP: 37.3% and FT: 85.3% in the 58 games. He is also a member of the French senior national team.

Fabien Causeur
Fabien Causeur
   #4. Shooting guard Fabien Causeur (193-87, currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in a 2-point Caja Laboral's victory against the closely-ranked Regal FC Barcelona (14-9) 69-67 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Causeur was the best player in that game. He scored 18 points. Caja Laboral Vitoria (19-4) is placed second in the ACB. Causeur's overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg and 1.8rpg. He is also French national team player.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #5. Former U20 international guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Fabien Causeur. But that was another game of his team in Euroleague which we would like to mention. Heurtel was not able to help Caja Laboral (4-5) in their game against Maccabi T-A (4-5). He scored 9 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 27 minutes. But the sixth-placed Caja Laboral lost 62-66 at home to the higher-ranked (#5) Maccabi T-A in the group F of Euroleague. Heurtel is currently sixth on the league's list of best passers with 4.7apg. This year he also averages: 7.0ppg and 2.5rpg in the 19 games. Heurtel used to play for the French U20 national team four years ago.

Johan Petro
Johan Petro
   #6. Center Johan Petro (214-86, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Atlanta Hawks (33-26) in their game against the Los Angeles Lakers (30-31) in the NBA. He scored 6 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Atlanta Hawks were edged 99-98 in Los Angeles by the Lakers. It was Hawks' third consecutive loss in a row. Petro's overall stats this season are: 2.4ppg and 1.8rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the French senior team three years ago.

Leo Westermann
Leo Westermann
   #7. U20 international guard Leo Westermann (198-92, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to a 1-point Partizan's victory against the eighth-ranked Cedevita (12-11) 77-76 in the Adriatic League in Sunday night's game. Westermann scored 13 points and added 4 assists in 31 minutes. BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (14-9) is placed fourth in the Adriatic League. There are only three games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Westermann's overall stats are: 7.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg in the 23 games. He is also French U20 national team player.

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
   #8. Center Kevin Seraphin (206-89, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA couldn't help the Washington Wizards (19-39) in their last game. Despite Seraphin's good performance the Washington Wizards were edged 96-95 in Detroit by the Pistons. He recorded 12 points in a mere 17 minutes. Seraphin has relatively good stats this year: 9.4ppg and 4.6rpg in the 55 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi
   #9. Former international power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an Indiana Pacers' victory against the Golden State Warriors (34-27) 108-97 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Mahinmi scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers have a solid 38-22 record this season. It's Mahinmi's first year with the team. His total stats this year are: 5.4ppg and 4.0rpg. Mahinmi used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Yakhouba Diawara
Yakhouba Diawara
   #10. Forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA couldn't help Umana Venezia (11-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Umana Venezia was crushed 88-64 in Montegranaro by the lower-ranked (#13) Sutor. Diawara was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 assists in 28 minutes. This year Diawara has relatively solid stats: 14.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg in the 20 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Aaron Cel (203-87, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Poland couldn't help PGE Turow (4-12) in their last game on Monday. Despite Cel's good performance PGE Turow (#8) was defeated 99-85 in Donetsk by the higher-ranked BC Donetsk (#7) in the group A of VTB United League. He was the top scorer with 13 points. Cel also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Cel is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. His total stats this season are: 9.3ppg and 6.9rpg. Cel used to play for the French U20 national team six years ago.

   #12. International center Ronny Turiaf (208-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Los Angeles Clippers in a victory against the Indiana Pacers 99-91 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. He scored 5 points and blocked 2 shots in 22 minutes. This year Turiaf's total stats are: 2.0ppg and 2.5rpg in the 58 games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

   #13. Former international point guard Rodrigue Beaubois (186-88, agency: Court Side, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Dallas Mavericks in their game against the Houston Rockets in the NBA. He scored 7 points in only 14 minutes. His team were crushed by 33 points 136-103 in the NBA. Beaubois has averaged so far 3.8ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.9apg in the 41 games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

   #14. International small forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83, agency: Three Eye Sports, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Minnesota Timberwolves in their game against the Miami Heat in the NBA. Gelabale scored 6 points and had 3 steals. His team were badly defeated by 16 points 97-81 in the NBA. He has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 2.9rpg. Gelabale plays currently for the French national team.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Amath M'Baye (206-89, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Oklahoma (11-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Oklahoma lost in an overtime 86-92 in Austin, TX to the The University of Texas. M'Baye recorded 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 37 minutes. He has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 2.9rpg in the 20 games. M'Baye used to play for the French U20 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help UCAM Murcia (24-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Tillie's very good performance his team was badly defeated 86-69 on the road by the leading Real Madrid. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Tillie also added 6 rebounds. Tillie's total stats this season are: 8.3ppg and 3.7rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #2. Bandja Sy (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the one of league's weakest teams N.Mexico St. (12-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Sy's very good performance the N.Mexico St. was defeated 66-60 in Denver, CO by the Denver University. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. Sy also added 2 blocks. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sy has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 2.5rpg. Sy is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.

   #3. Robert Dozier (206-F-85, college: Memphis, currently plays in Philippines) led Alaska Aces to a victory over the seventh-ranked Talk N Text (2-3) crushing them 92-69 in a derby game in the Filipino PBA in Friday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Dozier had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 18 rebounds. He also added 5 assists and 2 blocks in 36 minutes. Alaska Aces (5-0) are placed first in Commissioner's Cup group. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Dozier is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Dozier averages: 22.2ppg, 15.8rpg, 2.0apg, 3.2bpg and 1.4spg in the five games he played so far.

   #4. Afik Nissim (186-PG-81, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a 2-point Hapoel Eilat's victory against the sixth-ranked GreenTops Netanya (9-10) 74-72 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. He recorded 9 points and had 4 steals in 28 minutes. Hapoel Eilat (12-7) is placed second in the Winner League. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Nissim has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.2apg and 1.6spg in the 19 games. He has both French and Israeli nationalities.

   #5. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Hapoel Jerusalem (11-8) in their game against Maccabi Rishon (10-9) in the Israeli Winner League. Kadir recorded 7 points. Hapoel Jerusalem was defeated 91-83 in Rishon Le-Zion by the lower-ranked Maccabi Rishon (#5). It was Hapoel Jerusalem's first loss after three consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Kadir has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.2apg. He also holds two passports: French and Israeli.

   #6. Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Iran), who plays in the Iranian Superleague couldn't help Foolad Mahan (15-3) in their last game. Despite Kone's good performance Foolad Mahan lost 63-73 at home to the lower-ranked (#3) Mahram. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 15 rebounds in 31 minutes. Kone is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). He has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.1apg in the seven games. Kone holds both Ivorian and French passports.

   #7. Roy Samaha (205-F/C-84, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Bejjeh crushing them 92-59 in the Lebanese Division A on Sunday night. He recorded 13 points. Samaha has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 4.8rpg. He has French and Lebanese nationalities.

   #8. Boris Meno (203-F-83, agency: Two Points, college: Davidson, currently plays in Czech Republic) was the major contributor in a 2-point USK Praha's victory against the sixth-ranked Basketbal Svitavy 83-81 in the Czech Republic NBL last Wednesday. Meno recorded 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Meno is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). This season he has very high stats. Meno averages: 17.4ppg, 9.3rpg and 1.2apg. He holds both Congolese and French passports.

   #9. Alfredo Ott (193-G-83, college: Dillard, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked FCB Regal II crushing them 104-77 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Ott scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 21 minutes. He has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3spg in the 20 games. Ott is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in France.

   #10. Mamadou Lamizana (207-F/C-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Rutgers, currently plays in Taiwan), who plays in the Taiwanese SBL couldn't help Yulon Luxgen (15-14) in their last game. Despite Lamizana's very good performance Yulon Luxgen lost 91-101 on their home court in to the second-ranked Taiwan Mobile. He had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 17 rebounds. Lamizana also added 4 assists and 2 blocks in 39 minutes. Lamizana is currently second on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 22.9ppg, 12.7rpg, 3.2apg, 2.6bpg and 1.4spg in the 13 games. Lamizana has dual citizenship: Ivorian and French.



Cognac lands Mickael Toti - by Eurobasket News

Cognac BB (NM1) tabbed 26-year old naturalized Ivorian point guard Mickael Toti (181-87). He played most recently at St Vallier (ProB). In 32 games he averaged 3.5ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.8apg last season.
The previous (10-11) season Toti played at JSF Nanterre (ProA). In 5 games he had 3.0ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.2apg that season. The most of previous (09-10) season he spent at Quimper UJAP (ProB). In 17 games he had 3.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.1apg. Toti also played at BC Boncourt Red Team (LNA) in Swiss league that season. In four games he had 7.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.8spg.
In 2008-09 season he played at SPO Rouen (ProB). In 30 games he had just 2.2ppg and 1.4apg.
In 2007-08 season Toti played at Limoges CSP Elite (ProB). In 33 games he had 5.9ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.9apg. He won French ProB championship title in 2011. Toti represented France at the African Championships in Madagascar two years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 4.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.7apg.
Toti has played previously for two other France teams: Chalons-Reims and Stade Clermont.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Melvin Sanders (ex Sigma Barcel.) agreed terms with Karsiyaka - by Eurobasket News

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old American (has also Georgian passport) swingman Melvin Sanders (196-94kg-81, college: Oklahoma State). He started the season at Sigma Barcellona in Italian Lega2. In 17 games he recorded 9.0ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.5apg this season. The last season Sanders played at Hacettepe. In 29 games he averaged 12.7ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention. The most of previous (10-11) season he spent at Menorca Basquet (ACB) in Spanish league. In 14 games he averaged 7.6ppg and 2.5rpg that season. Sanders also played at Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian league earlier that season. In two EuroChallenge Qualifying Round games he averaged 8.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg. He also played 8 games in VTB United League where he averaged 14.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.0apg and 1.5spg.
The previous (09-10) season Sanders played at Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 (ACB) in Spanish league. In 34 games he averaged 6.2ppg and 2.2rpg. He also played 12 games in Eurocup where he averaged 6.9ppg and 2.3rpg.
In 2003 Dodge City Legend selected him as fourth overall pick in USBL draft.
He attended Oklahoma State and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball. Sanders' team won Belarusian Cup in 2011.
He is a very experienced player. Sanders has played also professionally in Belgium, France (Pau-Lacq-Orthez), Greece (Panellinios), NBA (San Antonio Spurs), Spain (Unicaja Malaga) and D-League (Fayetteville P.).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A near world-class track and field athlete in the jump events.
A tremendous defender who is yet polishing his offensive skills; a great athletic talent who's got a lot of energy
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By Eurobasket Data Center



Nikoloz Tskitishvili's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Georgians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nikoloz Tskitishvili
Nikoloz Tskitishvili
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports, currently plays in Lebanon). He led Champville to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Anibal (2-16) crushing them 99-73 in the Lebanese Division A last Monday. Tskitishvili was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 18 rebounds. Tskitishvili also added 4 assists and 4 blocks. Champville (12-6) is placed third in the Division A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Tskitishvili is currently third on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Tskitishvili averages: 18.8ppg, 11.6rpg, 2.4apg, 2.7bpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 58.0%(69-119), 3FGP: 40.4% and FT: 77.6%. He played for the Georgian senior national team two years ago.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Fisher could not help FIATC Joventut (11-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance FIATC Joventut lost 86-92 at home to the much lower-ranked (#16) Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. Fisher was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 5 assists in 32 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Fisher's second season in pro basketball. Fisher has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 42.5%, 3FGP: 36.2% and FT: 82.7% in the 22 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Fisher played previously for the USA university national team, he is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team. Strangely Fisher has never played in Georgia.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Zaza Pachulia (210-84, currently plays in NBA). He was not able to help the Atlanta Hawks (33-26) in their game against the Phoenix Suns (21-39) in the NBA. Pachulia scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks were defeated 92-87 on the road by the Suns. It was Hawks' third consecutive loss in a row. Pachulia's overall stats this season are: 5.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 47.9% and FT: 75.7%. He is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Georgi Tsintsadze
Georgi Tsintsadze
   #4. Point guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to secure a victory for Budivelnyk (25-8) in their last game. Despite Tsintsadze's very good performance the league leader Budivelnyk was edged 87-85 on their home court in Kyiv by the much lower-ranked (#10) BC Odessa. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Tsintsadze also added 4 assists in 25 minutes. They ended the series of seven consecutive victories. This year Tsintsadze's overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.6apg and 1.5spg in the 33 games. He is also Georgian national team player.

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #5. International small forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (2-7) 87-69 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. Sanikidze scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Montepaschi Siena (7-2) is placed second in group F. Sanikidze's total stats this season are: 5.9ppg and 5.3rpg. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Nika Metreveli
Nika Metreveli
   #6. Power forward Nika Metreveli (211-91, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) couldn't help Omegna (13-11) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Omegna was defeated 67-59 on their home court in Omegna by the higher-ranked Torino (#6). Metreveli was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 7 rebounds. This season Metreveli has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.2spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #7. International point guard Jacob Pullen (185-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hapoel Jerusalem (11-8) in their game against Maccabi Rishon (10-9) in the Israeli Winner League. Pullen recorded 6 points in 27 minutes. Hapoel Jerusalem lost 83-91 in Rishon Le-Zion to the lower-ranked (#5) Maccabi Rishon. It was Hapoel Jerusalem's first loss after three consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Pullen has reliable stats this year: 12.6ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.0apg and 1.1spg in the 19 games. He is a naturalized American. Pullen is also Georgian national team player. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #8. Center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus to win against the eighth-ranked Besiktas (0-9) 79-60 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Shermadini scored only 1 points. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (6-3) is placed third in group F. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Shermadini's total stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1bpg. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Beka Burjanadze
Beka Burjanadze
   #9. U20 international power forward Beka Burjanadze (203-94, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Cajasol's surprising victory against the seventh-ranked Valencia Basket (13-10) 72-66 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. Burjanadze scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (9-14) is placed 14th in the ACB. This year Burjanadze averages just 1.7ppg in the 20 games. He is also in the roster of the Georgian U20 national team.

Georges Mdivani
Georges Mdivani
   #10. Center Georges Mdivani (204-85, agency: Promotex, currently plays in France) couldn't help Rueil (11-11) in their game against Souffelweyersheim (15-6) in the French NM1 (third division). Mdivani scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Rueil was defeated 76-61 in Souffel. by the higher-ranked Souffelweyersheim (#3). Mdivani's total stats this season are: 7.3ppg and 5.9rpg. He is a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Georgian senior national team.

   #11. Former U16 international power forward Davit Maisuradze (205-90, currently plays in Ukraine) couldn't help Kirovograd in their game against Musson in the Ukrainian Higher League (second division). Maisuradze cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 20 minutes. His team was crushed by 31 points 76-45. This year Maisuradze's total stats are: 9.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.3apg in the 24 games. He used to play for the Georgian U16 national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL could not help Karsiyaka (16-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Karsiyaka was edged 78-76 on the road by the leading Fenerbahce Ulker. Thomas had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 2 blocks in 35 minutes. It was Karsiyaka's first loss after seven consecutive victories. It's Thomas' first season with the team. Thomas has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg in the 19 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #2. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Poland) was not able to help Stelmet ZG (14-7) in their game against Rosa Radom (5-16) in the Polish TBL. Hosley scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. But Stelmet ZG lost 96-100 at home to the one of league's weakest teams (#11) Rosa Radom. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Hosley is ranked seventh on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hosley averages: 15.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.7apg and 2.0spg in the 19 games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Hosley has never played in Georgia.



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EuroLeague: CSKA Moscow down Brose Baskets in Stechert Arena - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets - CSKA Moscow 58:78

CSKA Moscow down Brose Baskets in Stechert Arena in EuroLeague Group E. The Russian team took 7-3 record after a road 78:58 win. Brose Baskets suffered their 10th consecutive loss.
CSKA Moscow won the opening period 23-18 and posted all the victories later in the quarters. The Russian team added 23-17 rally for 11-point halftime advantage. CSKA Moscow scored 16 points in the third and the last quarters that was also enough for the narrow wins. Brose Baskets managed to post 12 points in the third quarter and ended up with 11 points at the end.
Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) and Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 17 points each. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) nailed 16, while Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) added 11. Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort, while Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, college: Florida) had 13. Maik Zirbes (208-C-90, agency: LUMANI 10.7) brought 8 and Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) as well as Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) had 7 apiece.

Brose Baskets: Sharrod Ford 16, Matt Walsh 13, Maik Zirbes 8, Anton Gavel 7, Casey Jacobsen 7
CSKA Moscow: Nenad Krstic 17, Vladimir Micov 17, Milos Teodosic 16, Sonny Weems 11



Dirk Nowitzki's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Germans playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Dallas Mavericks (26-33) in their last game. Despite Nowitzki's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks lost 90-95 on the road to the Milwaukee Bucks. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 20 rebounds. Nowitzki also added 3 assists in 35 minutes on the court. It's Nowitzki's 15th season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Nowitzki averages: 15.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 44.1%, 3FGP: 42.0% and FT: 83.3% in the 30 games he played so far. He played for the German senior national team two years ago.

Chris Kaman
Chris Kaman
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dirk Nowitzki. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Kaman contributed to a Dallas Mavericks' victory against the Brooklyn Nets (34-26) 98-90. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. The Dallas Mavericks have 26-33 record this season. Kaman has very impressive stats this year: 11.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 50.8% and FT: 80.8% in the 46 games. He is a naturalized American. Kaman played for the German national team in 2011. Strangely he has never played in Germany.

Elias Harris
Elias Harris
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States). Harris led Gonzaga to an easy victory against the University of Portland (4-12) crushing them 81-52 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The Gonzaga University has a very solid 16-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all sixteen games in the conference. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Harris is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Gonzaga's roster. Harris has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 50.8% and FT: 80.8%. He is also a member of the German senior national team.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #4. Center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Spain) helped Caja Laboral edge the closely-ranked Regal FC Barcelona (14-9) 69-67 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Pleiss scored 6 points and blocked 2 blocks. Caja Laboral Vitoria (19-4) is placed second in the ACB. Pleiss' overall stats this season are: 5.6ppg and 4.6rpg. He is also German national team player.

Dennis Ogbe
Dennis Ogbe
   #5. Former U20 international forward Dennis Ogbe (201-91, currently studies in the States) led Tenn Tech to a victory against the Morehead State University (8-8) 72-66 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Ogbe recorded 26 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in 34 minutes. The Tennessee Tech University has 6-10 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Ogbe's overall stats are: 5.6ppg and 4.6rpg in the 20 games. He used to play for the German U20 national team two years ago.

Maodo Lo
Maodo Lo
   #6. Guard Maodo Lo (190-92, is currently at the American university) helped Columbia win their game against the Yale University (4-3) 59-46 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. Lo scored 20 points and added 3 assists. The Columbia University has 3-4 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Lo's total stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the German team two years ago.

Kevin Bright
Kevin Bright
   #7. U20 international swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Vanderbilt win their game against the Auburn University (3-13) 62-55 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. The Vanderbilt University has 7-8 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Bright's first year with the team. This season Bright has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.6apg in the 23 games. He is also German U20 national team player.

Tim Ohlbrecht
Tim Ohlbrecht
   #8. Power forward Tim Ohlbrecht (210-88, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Houston Rockets in a victory against the Dallas Mavericks (26-33) crushing them 136-103 in the NBA on Sunday night. He scored only 3 points in 6 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Houston Rockets this season. His team have 33-28 record this season. Ohlbrecht plays currently for the German national team.

Sebastian Koch
Sebastian Koch
   #9. Former U18 international guard Sebastian Koch (203-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Elon win their game against the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (6-11) 80-66 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He recorded 12 points and added 5 passes. It was his first game for Elon this season. His team has a solid 13-5 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Koch used to play for the German U18 national team four years ago.

Davis Martens
Davis Martens
   #10. Forward Davis Martens (206-89, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Siena (2-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Martens' good performance the Siena was badly defeated 80-61 in New Rochelle, NY by the Iona College. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Martens has been at the team for four years. Martens' total stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.1apg. He is a former U18 international player as six years ago he still played for the German national team.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Hawaii win their game against the Univ. of California-Santa Barbara 70-66 in the NCAA last Thursday. Standhardinger scored 8 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. His total stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.7apg. Standhardinger used to play for the German U20 national team four years ago.

   #12. Former U16 international guard Max Dileo (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Monmouth (5-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Monmouth lost 63-77 at home to the Mt.Saint Mary's University, MD. Dileo scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. This year his total stats are: 9.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.7apg in the 19 games. Dileo is a naturalized American. He used to play for the German U16 national team back in 2009. Apparently Dileo has never played in Germany.

   #13. International shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Boston Coll. edge the The University of Virginia 53-52 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. He scored 9 points. Heckmann has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.7apg. He is also German national team player.

   #14. Former U20 international point guard T.J. DiLeo (190-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Temple win their game against the University of Detroit Mercy 83-78 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He scored only 3 points and added 3 passes. DiLeo has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 1.8rpg. He is a naturalized American. DiLeo used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2010. Interesting that he has never played in Germany.

   #15. Former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Japan) helped Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo edge one of league's weakest teams Mitsubishi Dolphins 69-67 in the Japanese JBL in Sunday night's game. Klette scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 16 minutes. He has reliable stats this year: 12.1ppg and 6.2rpg in the 34 games. Klette used to play for the German U22 national team fourteen years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Federico Kammerichs (202-F-80, currently plays in Argentina) was the major contributor in a Regatas Corrientes' victory against the sixth-ranked Libertad Sunchales (22-18) 76-72 in the Argentinian LigaA last Wednesday. Kammerichs recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Regatas Corrientes (30-11) is placed first in the LigaA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Kammerichs belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4. His overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.5apg. Kammerichs has a dual citizenship: German and Argentinian.

   #2. Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium) led Base Oostende to a 2-point victory against the fifth-ranked Antwerp Giants (9-10) 69-67 in the Belgian Ethias League last Friday. Stojic recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 30 minutes. Telenet Oostende (14-5) is placed first in the Ethias League. This year Stojic has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg in the 18 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and German.

   #3. Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in South Korea), who plays in the South Korean KBL could not help one of league's weakest teams Dongbu Promy (19-30) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Sensley's very good performance Dongbu Promy was badly defeated 88-68 at home by the higher-ranked Goyang Orions (#5). He was the top scorer with 24 points. Sensley also added 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. It's Sensley's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.7apg. Sensley is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

   #4. Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Tel-Aviv to a surprising victory over the league leader Maccabi T-A (17-2) 69-65 in a derby game in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. Timor was MVP of the game. He recorded 20 points in 26 minutes. Hapoel Tel-Aviv (8-11) is placed ninth in the Winner League. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Timor's total stats are: 8.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg in the 19 games. He has both Israeli and German nationalities.

   #5. Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in Romania) led Timisoara to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Miercurea Ciuc (3-22) 89-71 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Wednesday. Sarovic scored 14 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes. BC Timisoara (17-8) is placed sixth in the Liga Nationala. It's Sarovic's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.6apg in the 23 games. Sarovic also holds two passports: Serbian and German.

   #6. Martin Seiferth (208-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the E.Washington (6-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the E.Washington was defeated 78-74 on their home court in Cheney, WA by the University of North Dakota. Seiferth recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 7 blocks. This season Seiferth has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.6apg.

   #7. Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Sweden) led LF Basket to a victory over the third-ranked Sodertalje Kings 78-63 in the Swedish Basketligan last Tuesday. Igbavboa was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Igbavboa has reliable stats this season: 14.7ppg and 7.1rpg. He is a naturalized American. Igbavboa used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.

   #8. Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Kotwica 81-62 in the Polish TBL last Sunday. He scored 7 points in only 10 minutes. This year Tomaszek's total stats are: 7.2ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.1apg in the 19 games. He holds both German and Polish passports.

   #9. Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Bnei Hasharon in their game against Maccabi Haifa in the Israeli Winner League. Rice recorded 8 points and added 3 assists in 35 minutes. His team lost 82-89. This year Rice's total stats are: 9.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.7apg in the 19 games. He has dual citizenship: Israeli and German.

   #10. Ismar Seferagic (201-F, currently plays in Canada) couldn't help the University of Windsor in their game against the Thunderwolves in the Canadian university league CIS, despite his good performance last Saturday. Seferagic scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. But his team lost 64-78. He has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 1.8rpg in the 23 games. Seferagic holds both German and Canadian passports.



EuroLeague: Anadolu Efes with victory in Berlin - by Eurobasket News

ALBA - Anadolu Efes 86:91

Anadolu Efes posted the 8th victory in EuroLeague Top 16. They stole a tough road success in Berlin tonight. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) provided 23 points to lead the visitors.
Anadolu Efes exploded with 28 points in the opening quarter to take a 4-point lead after ten minutes. ALBA stuck around in the second frame. The hosts trailed by four points at halftime 46:50. ALBA erased the deficit in the third term. DaShaun Wood (185-PG-85, college: Wright St.) and Djedovic drained back-to-back three-pointers to put ALBA in front 60:58. Idbihi and DaShaun Wood helped ALBA to a 64:58 advantage after several moments. But Anadolu Efes managed to level things up at 68 heading into the fourth stanza. Sinan Sinan Guler (192-SG-83, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Carroll, MT) triggered a 7:0 run midway through the final term as the visitors posted a 77:70 advantage. ALBA refused to give up turning things around once again. The home team erased the deficit and snatched an 83:81 lead with just over two minutes remaining. Jordan Farmar answered with five consecutive points, while Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) added a layup as Anadolu Efes grabbed an 88:83 advantage. Kerem Tunceri (191-PG-79) and Jordan Farmar then sealed the winning outcome from the stripe. Semih Erden chipped in 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Kerem Tunceri and Sinan Guler had 10 points apiece in the win. DaShaun Wood answered with 24 points for ALBA. Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) and Ali Traore (207-PF-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) had 12 points each in the loss.

ALBA: DaShaun Wood 24, Zach Morley 12, Ali Traore 12
Anadolu Efes: Jordan Farmar 23, Semih Erden 12, Kerem Tunceri 10, Sinan Guler 10



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Kostas Koufos selected the top Greek playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA). He led Denver Nuggets to a victory against the Sacramento Kings (21-42) 120-113 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Koufos recorded 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. The Denver Nuggets have a solid 40-22 record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Koufos has relatively good stats this year: 8.1ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 59.9%(226-377) and FT: 57.3% in the 61 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Koufos played for the Greek senior national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Spain. Vasiliadis could not help Gescrap BB (4-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Gescrap BB was defeated 85-81 on the road by the second-ranked ratiopharm Ulm in the group J of Eurocup. Vasiliadis was the top scorer with 21 points. This season Vasiliadis has relatively solid stats: 14.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 84.2%. He is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in Eurocup). Mavrokefalidis was the major contributor in a Spartak St.Petersburg's victory against the leader Budivelnyk (4-2) 83-72 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group K. Spartak St.Petersburg (3-3) is placed second. Mavrokefalidis has reliable stats this year: 14.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 76.3% in the 13 games. He played for the Greek national team two years ago.

Nick Calathes
Nick Calathes
   #4. Point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Buducnost (3-3) 72-54 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Calathes recorded 15 points and added 4 assists in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group K. Lokomotiv Kuban (5-1) is placed first. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Calathes is currently first on the league's list of best passers with 7.1apg. This year he also averages: 13.5ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.5spg in the 13 games. Calathes is a naturalized American. He is also Greek national team player. Calathes used to play for 3-year contract with Panathinaikos Athens in Greek league.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #5. International power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Russia) led Unics Kazan to a victory over the closely-ranked Krasnie Krilya (6-4) 74-66 in the Russian PBL on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Vougioukas scored 18 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Unics Kazan (5-7) is placed sixth in the PBL. It's Vougioukas' first season with the team. Vougioukas is ranked fifth on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.3apg. Vougioukas plays currently for the Greek national team.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #6. Guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Vasiliadis and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Zisis, who plays in Spain was not able to help Gescrap BB (4-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance Gescrap BB lost 81-85 in Ulm to the second-ranked ratiopharm in the group J of Eurocup. Zisis recorded 11 points and added 4 assists in 31 minutes. This year Zisis' overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.6apg in the 13 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

Theodoros Papaloukas
Theodoros Papaloukas
   #7. An experienced former international point guard Theodoros Papaloukas (200-77, also represented by FCM, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked ALBA Berlin (1-9) 80-65 in the Euroleague last Friday. Papaloukas scored 7 points and added 4 assists. CSKA Moscow (7-3) is placed third in group E. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Papaloukas' total stats this season are: 2.7ppg and 2.1apg. He used to play for the Greek national team five years ago.

Stavros Toutziarakis
Stavros Toutziarakis
   #8. Center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, another player represented by FCM, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to secure a victory for Solna Vikings (20-12) in their game against Boras Basket (21-11) in the Swedish Basketligan, despite his very good performance on Tuesday night. Toutziarakis had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 26 minutes. But Solna Vikings was edged 91-89 in Boras by the higher-ranked (#4) Basket. Toutziarakis' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Toutziarakis' stats this year are: 12.8ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.2apg in the 31 games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2007.

Dimitrios Tsaldaris
Dimitrios Tsaldaris
   #9. Former international swingman Dimitrios Tsaldaris (194-80, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in an Angelico Biella's victory against the closely-ranked Oknoplast BO (7-13) 87-76 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Tsaldaris scored 19 points and added 3 assists in 30 minutes. Angelico Biella (5-16) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in the SerieA. Tsaldaris averaged so far 10.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.3apg in the six games. He used to play for the Greek national team four years ago.

Ioannis Papapetrou
Ioannis Papapetrou
   #10. Swingman Ioannis Papapetrou (203-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Texas' victory against the Baylor University (8-9) 79-70 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. Papapetrou scored 18 points, had 4 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 33 minutes. The The University of Texas have rather weak 5-11 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. This year Papapetrou's total stats are: 2.5ppg and 2.3rpg in the 14 games. He is U18 international player who is currently on the Greek National Team roster.

   #11. Former U20 international small forward Dusan Sakota (209-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Cimberio Varese's victory against the tenth-ranked Juvecaserta 74-62 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He scored 6 points in 15 minutes. Sakota has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 2.3rpg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team seven years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CB Canarias in their game against G.Canaria 2014 in the Spanish ACB. Lampropoulos scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was defeated 78-70. Lampropoulos has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 3.5rpg. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team back in 2003.

   #13. Former international guard Emmanouil Papamakarios (192-80, currently plays in Spain) helped Lagun Aro GBC win their game against the league outsider Assignia Manresa 94-90 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. He scored 9 points. Papamakarios has averaged so far 4.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Greek national team eight years ago.

   #14. Former international forward Christos Tapoutos (203-82, currently plays in Turkey) helped Olin Edirne win their game against one of league's weakest teams Antalya 71-59 in the Turkish TBL on Saturday night. He scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. Tapoutos averaged so far 10.3ppg and 4.7rpg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2005.

   #15. Former U18 international swingman John Sinis (206-91, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams San Diego in their game against the University of San Francisco in the NCAA. Sinis scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 83-70. Sinis averaged so far 11.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel) led Maccabi Haifa to a victory over the seventh-ranked Bnei Hasharon (8-11) 89-82 in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night's game. Calathes was MVP of the game. He recorded 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Maccabi Bazan Haifa (12-7) is placed third in the Winner League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Calathes belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #7. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg, 9.3rpg and 2.3apg. Calathes is a naturalized American. He used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #2. Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-PG-89, currently plays in Georgia) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Samedicino-Academia (1-13) crushing them 110-63 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague in Saturday night's game. Sokk recorded 16 points and added 9 passes. Olimpi Tbilisi (12-2) is placed third in the Superleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Sokk is currently third on the league's list of best passers. His total stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.1apg and 1.2spg. Sokk has a dual citizenship: Greek and Estonian.

   #3. Experienced Alexey Savrasenko (215-C-79, currently plays in VTB United League) managed to help Lokomotiv Kuban to win against the ninth-ranked Neptunas (2-14) crushing them 84-48 in the VTB United League on Sunday night. Savrasenko recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Lokomotiv Kuban (12-4) is placed third in group B. It was his team's sixth 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 is very crucial. Savrasenko's total stats this season are: 2.5ppg and 2.3rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Russian.

   #4. Corey Petros (208-F/C-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Oakland (10-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Petros' good performance the Oakland was edged 74-72 at home by the Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ.-Ft.Wayne. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Petros has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 2.3rpg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Petros has never played in Greece.

   #5. Dan Mavraides (193-G-88, college: Princeton, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to help Juvecaserta (8-13) in their last game. Despite Mavraides' good performance Juvecaserta lost 62-74 on the road to the leading Cimberio Varese. He was the second best scorer with 11 points in 23 minutes. It was Juvecaserta's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Mavraides has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.2spg in the 10 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Mavraides used to play for Aris Thessaloniki in Greek league.

   #6. Elias Motran (201-F-80, currently plays in Lebanon), who plays in the Lebanese Division A was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Bejjeh (5-13) in their last game. Despite Motran's good performance Bejjeh was badly defeated 87-70 in Beirut by the higher-ranked (#7) Hoops Club. He scored 13 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes. Motran has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.5apg in the 13 games. He has both Greek and Lebanese nationalities.

   #7. Nicholas Livas (198-G-87, college: Ill.-Springfield, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a BG Goettingen's victory against one of league's weakest teams Oettinger Rockets Gotha 65-56 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday. Livas scored 9 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Livas has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 6.7rpg and 2.5apg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Livas has never played in Greece.

   #8. Angelo Tsagarakis (190-G-84, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProB (second division) couldn't help Chalons-Reims (16-9) in their last game on Friday. Despite Tsagarakis' good performance Chalons-Reims was defeated 70-66 on the opponent's court by the much lower-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#13). He recorded 10 points and added 3 assists. Tsagarakis averaged so far 13.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.6apg. He also holds two passports: Greek and French. Despite Tsagarakis' Greek nationality, he previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #9. Mannos Nakos (179-PG-88, currently plays in Sweden) helped Uppsala Basket win their game against the league leader Sundsvall Dragons crushing them 102-69 in the Swedish Basketligan last Monday. Nakos scored 5 points and added 3 passes in 14 minutes. Nakos has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 1.7apg in the 32 games. He holds both Greek and Swedish passports.

   #10. Athanasios Kalpakas (198-F-84, currently plays in Sweden) helped Akropol win their game against the tenth-ranked KFUM Uppsala crushing them 78-55 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Saturday night. Kalpakas scored 15 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Kalpakas averaged so far 11.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg. He has Greek and Swedish nationalities.



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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 24-4 
 2. Leiden 24-6 
 3. Groningen 21-9 
 4. Zwolle 16-13 
 5. Leeuwarden 16-14 
 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. 6: Leiden - Leeuwarden 70-59
Mar. 5: Groningen - Den Helder K. 63-50

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 9: Rotterdam - Groningen
Mar. 9: Zwolle - M.Magixx
Mar. 9: Den Helder K. - Den Bosch
Mar. 10: Amsterdam - Weert
Mar. 13: Den Helder K. - Zwolle
Mar. 14: Den Bosch - Leeuwarden
Mar. 14: Amsterdam - Rotterdam


Eredivisie Round 28: Zwolle beats Weert by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 28 in the Eredivisie took place in Weert. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 8th ranked Weert (12-17) to fifth ranked Zwolle (16-13) 92-90 on Tuesday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 30-21 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Zwolle outrebounded Weert 39-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Zack Novak (193-90, college: Michigan, agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 30 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import forward Darryl Webb (198-88, college: Indiana, PA, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 24 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Kenneth van Kempen (208-87, college: Ohio, agency: Court Side) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for Weert. Zwolle moved-up to fourth place. Weert lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 17 games lost. Zwolle are looking forward to face Den Helder K. (#6) on the road in the next round. Weert will play against Amsterdam and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between third ranked Groningen (21-9) and 6th ranked Den Helder K. (14-16) in Groningen ended with biggest points difference. Groningen beat guests from Den Helder 63-50. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international guard Rogier Jansen (188-84, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 8 assists and Jamal Boykin who added 9 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Storm Warren (200-88, college: LSU) responded with 7 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Groningen have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 21-9 record having just one points less than leader Den Bosch. Den Helder K. at the other side keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost. Groningen will play against bottom-ranked Rotterdam (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Den Helder K. will play against Zwolle (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 28 Leeuwarden was beaten by Leiden on the road 70-59.


Leiden - Leeuwarden 70-59

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Leiden (24-6) beat at home 5th ranked Leeuwarden (16-14) 70-59. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Leiden outrebounded Leeuwarden 41-20 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of international Worthy de Jong (194-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and international guard Arvin Slagter (191-85, agency: Court Side) who added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. Leiden's coach Toon Van Helfteren allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American forward Samme Givens (195, college: Drexel) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import David Michaels (201-90, college: Whitman, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 14 points and 4 steals. Leiden have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 24-6 record having just -2 point less than leader Den Bosch. Leeuwarden at the other side keeps the fifth place with 14 games lost. Leiden will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Leeuwarden will play on the road against the league's leader Den Bosch (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Leiden: W.de Jong 22+13reb+1ast, A.Slagter 12+6reb+8ast, S.Cunningham 8+1reb+2ast, M.Schachtner 8+3reb, R.Bekkering 7+8reb+1ast, A.Young 6+1reb
Leeuwarden: S.Givens 19+12reb+5ast, D.Michaels 14+4reb+1ast, R.Holcomb Faye 9+3ast, J.Williams 8+2ast, C.Osaikhwuwuomwan 4+3reb, D.Hope 3+1ast
gschID: 193732


Groningen - Den Helder K. 63-50

The game between third ranked Groningen (21-9) and 6th ranked Den Helder K. (14-16) in Groningen ended with biggest points difference. Groningen beat guests from Den Helder 63-50. It looked good early as Den Helder K. took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Groningen had a 22-9 second period charge getting the lead and Den Helder K. was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 50-63. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international guard Rogier Jansen (188-84, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 8 assists and American forward Jamal Boykin (203-87, college: California) who added 9 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Storm Warren (200-88, college: LSU) responded with 7 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Mark Hill (180-87, college: CS Northridge, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 10 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Groningen have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 21-9 record having just one points less than leader Den Bosch. Den Helder K. at the other side keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost. Groningen will play against bottom-ranked Rotterdam (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Den Helder K. will play against Zwolle (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Groningen: R.Jansen 13+3reb+8ast, J.Voorn 11+4reb+2ast, J.Boykin 9+7reb+3ast, T.Theeuwkens 8+3reb+1ast, J.Dourisseau 7+6reb+2ast, T.Koenis 7+8reb+1ast
Den Helder K.: M.Hill 10+1reb+3ast, O.Krubally 9+3reb+1ast, J.van der Kooij 9+2ast, S.Warren 7+7reb+1ast, Q.Treffers 6+6reb, J.van der List 3+6reb+2ast
gschID: 193730


Weert - Zwolle 90-92

The most exciting game of round 28 in the Eredivisie took place in Weert. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 8th ranked Weert (12-17) to fifth ranked Zwolle (16-13) 92-90 on Tuesday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 30-21 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Zwolle outrebounded Weert 39-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Zack Novak (193-90, college: Michigan, agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 30 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import forward Darryl Webb (198-88, college: Indiana, PA, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Kenneth van Kempen (208-87, college: Ohio, agency: Court Side) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and American point guard Rahmon Fletcher (177-88, college: Green Bay, agency: Court Side) added 19 points and 6 assists in the effort for Weert. Five Weert players scored in double figures. Zwolle moved-up to fourth place. Weert lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 17 games lost. Zwolle are looking forward to face Den Helder K. (#6) on the road in the next round. Weert will play against Amsterdam and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: Z.Novak 30+6reb+5ast, D.Webb 24+12reb+1ast, T.Smith 20+4reb+1ast, J.Magette 8+5reb+9ast, K.Zondervan 4+5reb+1ast, N.Hulzebos 4+7reb+2ast
Weert: S.Besseling 21+4ast, R.Fletcher 19+1reb+6ast, K.van Kempen 17+11reb+4ast, A.Carter 15+8reb+3ast, B.Perine 10+8ast, G.Robinson 8+4reb
gschID: 193731



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ASEAN League: Warriors extend winning streak to seven - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia Warriors - Thailand Slammers 69:60

Indonesia Warriors claimed the 7th straight win at the ASEAN League championship. They knocked down the Thailand Slammers at home court to improve at 7-2 record on top of the ladder. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) stepped up with 16 points and 15 rebounds for the home team.
The Warriors jumped to a 23:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The Slammers slowed the hosts down in the second frame. The visitors took over and raced to a 39:37 halftime advantage. The Warriors picked up the tempo in the third quarter. The home team went on a 20:11 run to ensure a 7-point lead heading into the final period. The Warriors limited their Thai opponents to 10 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-C/F-86) notched 15 points, while John Smith (188-G-86, college: Hawaii-Hilo) had 12 points for the winners. Froilan Baguion (170-G-80) answered with 15 points and 10 assists for the Slammers. Christien Charles (216-F/C-81, college: Villanova) provided 15 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Indonesia Warriors: Steve Thomas 16+15 boards, Christian Ronaldo Sitepu 15, John Smith 12
Thailand Slammers: Froilan Baguion 15+10 assists, Christien Charles 15+13 boards



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  IRELAND   

Standings - EBS Division I

Division 1 Standings
North
 1. Ulster Elks 10-2 
 2. Templeogue 8-4 
 3. Ballon 2 2-10 
 4. Donegal 1-11 
South
 1. Titans BC 12-2 
 2. Blue Demons 10-4 
 3. St.Marys 8-6 
 4. Maree 7-7 
 5. Fr.Mathews 4-10 
 6. Kilkenny 4-10 



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Standings - National League

National League Standings
 1. Ironi Nes-Ziona 17-3 
 2. Ironi Nahariya 16-4 
 3. Hod Hasharon 15-5 
 4. Elitzur Yavne 14-6 
 5. Hapoel Afula 13-7 
 6. Ironi Ramat Gan 12-8 
 7. Ironi K-A 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: Ironi Ramat Gan - Hapoel Afula 85-65
Mar. 5: Hod Hasharon - Elitzur Yavne 79-86
Mar. 5: Maccabi K/G - Maccabi K/B 74-48

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 


National League Round 20: Hod Hasharon is upset by Elitzur Yavne - by Eurobasket News

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

The most important game in the last round took place in Hod Hasharon between third ranked Hod Hasharon (15-5) and fifth ranked Elitzur Yavne (14-6) on Tuesday night. Hod Hasharon was defeated by Elitzur Yavne in a tough game at home 79-86. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Hod Hasharon. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-79. Elitzur Yavne dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Hod Hasharon's 30. Elitzur Yavne forced 19 Hod Hasharon turnovers. The best player for the winners was American swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds for the hosts. Elitzur Yavne maintains fifth position with 14-6 record. Hod Hasharon at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. Elitzur Yavne are looking forward to face league's second-placed Ironi Nahariya at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hod Hasharon will play against Hapoel Kazrin and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the ten-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Maccabi K/G outleveled thirteenth-ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik in Kiryat Gat 74-48. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 26-point difference suggests that Maccabi K/G is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. American forward Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. Muhammad El Amin contributed with 22 points for the winners. Maccabi K/G's coach Roni Tzukerman felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized American Sean Labanowski (205-92) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds for Maccabi Kiryat Bialik. Maccabi K/G (4-16) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Kiryat Tivon. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. Maccabi K/G will play against Kiryat Tivon (#13) in Kiryat Tivon in the next round. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik will play at home against Ironi Ramat Gan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Ironi Nes-Ziona delivered the seventeenth victory on Tuesday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Hapoel Kazrin (10-10) 87-69 in Nes Ziyona. Worth to mention a quality performance of Tal Michael Dunne who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Mike James responded with 31 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ironi Nes-Ziona have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-3 record. Newly promoted Hapoel Kazrin dropped to the eighth place with ten games lost. Ironi Nes-Ziona will meet Elitzur Ramla (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Kazrin will play against Hod Hasharon and hope to secure a win.
The game in Ramat Gan supposed to be also worth to mention about. 4th ranked Hapoel Afula (13-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (12-8). Ironi Ramat Gan did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 85-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hapoel Afula. The winners were led by Amit Tamir who had that evening a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Despite that victory Ironi Ramat Gan went down to seventh position due to points difference. Hapoel Afula at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (#14) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Afula will play against Beer Yaakov (#11).
Important game to mention about took place in Kfar Saba. Tenth ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (7-13) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 11th ranked Beer Yaakov (6-14) 86-85 in the fight for the tenth place. The best player for the winners was Adir Harush who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Hapoel Kfar Saba maintains tenth position with 7-13 record. Loser Beer Yaakov keeps the eleventh place with 14 games lost. Hapoel Kfar Saba will face higher ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Beer Yaakov will play against Hapoel Afula (#4).

In the last two games of round 20 Kiryat Tivon was defeated by Ironi Nahariya in a road game 85-75. Ironi K-A smashed Elitzur Ramla at home 87-52.


Ironi Ramat Gan - Hapoel Afula 85-65

The game in Ramat Gan supposed to be also worth to mention about. 4th ranked Hapoel Afula (13-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (12-8). Ironi Ramat Gan did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 85-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hapoel Afula. It looked good early as Hapoel Afula took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ironi Ramat Gan took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 20 points. Ironi Ramat Gan outrebounded Hapoel Afula 38-27 including 23 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Hapoel Afula helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by the former international power forward Amit Tamir (208-79, college: California) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and American swingman Tyrone Kent (196-86, college: Toledo) supported him with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Kent is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Ironi Ramat Gan players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Afula. Forward Oz Blayzer (199-92) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 blocks for the guests. Despite that victory Ironi Ramat Gan went down to seventh position due to points difference. Hapoel Afula at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (#14) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Afula will play against Beer Yaakov (#11).
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: A.Tamir 26+10reb+2ast, T.Kent 20+7reb+2ast, K.Ramsey 11+9reb+3ast, D.Assaf 10+3reb+4ast, I.Grinboim 10+3reb+8ast, V.Yeremishin 8+4reb
Hapoel Afula: A.Durham 16+10reb+1ast, A.Fisher 16+3reb+1ast, O.Blayzer 13+5reb+3ast, E.Eliyah 7+3reb+1ast, L.Ariely 6+2reb+1ast, I.Bochman 4+1reb
gschID: 197878


Hapoel K/S - Macc.B.Yaakov 86-85

Important game to mention about took place in Kfar Saba. Tenth ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (7-13) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 11th ranked Beer Yaakov (6-14) 86-85 in the fight for the tenth place. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-85. The best player for the winners was forward Adir Harush (187-90) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. point guard Raz Elbaz (187-86) chipped in 17 points. American guard Joshua Alexander (193-87, college: SF Austin) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and guard Inan Iram (194-88, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 15 points and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Kfar Saba maintains tenth position with 7-13 record. Loser Beer Yaakov keeps the eleventh place with 14 games lost. Hapoel Kfar Saba will face higher ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Beer Yaakov will play against Hapoel Afula (#4).
Top scorers:
Hapoel K/S: A.Harush 18+13reb+1ast, R.Elbaz 17+4reb+2ast, H.Karni 16+5reb+1ast, M.McNeil 10+8reb, K.New 9+1reb, O.Cohen 6+2ast
Macc.B.Yaakov: J.Alexander 27+11reb+1ast, I.Simin 16+4reb+6ast, J.Hall 15+9reb+1ast, I.Iram 15+4reb+7ast, S.Kleimintz 7+4reb+1ast, A.Eliyahu 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 197877


Ironi Nahariya - Kiryat Tivon 85-75

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Kiryat Tivon (4-16) was defeated on the road by second ranked Ironi Nahariya (16-4) 85-75 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-75. Ironi Nahariya made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Ironi Nahariya outrebounded Kiryat Tivon 45-28 including a 34-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Canadian guard Simon Farine (188-87) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Greg Murray (195-89, college: Point Loma) added 21 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Ironi Nahariya maintains second position with 16-4 record behind leader Ironi Nes-Ziona. Kiryat Tivon lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 16 games lost. Ironi Nahariya will face Elitzur Yavne (#5) on the road in the next round. Kiryat Tivon will play against Maccabi K/G (#12) in Kiryat Gat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: R.Clemente 22+14reb, Y.Deri 14+1ast, N.Miller 12+9reb+4ast, N.Golan 10+1reb+3ast, A.Zelkovits 8+6reb+3ast, R.Pitshon 7+9reb+2ast
Kiryat Tivon: S.Farine 23+5reb+3ast, G.Murray 21+7reb+2ast, T.Darby 16+6reb+2ast, I.Raguan 8, N.Levi 5+1reb+3ast, T.Ber-Aven 2+1ast
gschID: 197876


Ironi K-A - Elitzur Ramla 87-52

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata's (11-9) home victory over 9th ranked Elitzur Ramla (8-12) 87-52 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Ironi Kiryat Ata led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) who scored 25 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Ilan Nanikashvili (187-79) chipped in 9 points and 11 assists. Coach Sharon Avrahami's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players saving starting five for next games. American guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary, agency: FCM) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists and his fellow American import power forward Johndre Jefferson (207-88, college: S.Carolina) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Ironi Kiryat Ata moved-up to sixth place. Loser Elitzur Ramla keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata will face Hapoel Kfar Saba (#10) at home in the next round. Elitzur Ramla will play against the league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona in Nes Ziyona.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: D.Govens 25+6reb+3ast, G.Halamish 12+7reb, K.Izik 10+5reb, I.Nanikashvili 9+4reb+11ast, I.Clark 9+10reb+4ast, C.Watson 9+3reb+2ast
Elitzur Ramla: J.Jefferson 14+10reb+1ast, V.Teel 11+17reb+7ast, O.Cohen 11+4reb, A.Fogel 7, O.Zinderman 4, T.Simchony 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 197882


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Hapoel Kazrin 87-69

Leader Ironi Nes-Ziona delivered the seventeenth victory on Tuesday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Hapoel Kazrin (10-10) 87-69 in Nes Ziyona. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-69. Ironi Nes-Ziona dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Kazrin's 44. They outrebounded Hapoel Kazrin 35-20 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ironi Nes-Ziona looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa) who added 24 points (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) during the contest. American guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) responded with 31 points and 7 rebounds and guard Liran Shvarzvald (191-86) scored 11 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ironi Nes-Ziona have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-3 record. Newly promoted Hapoel Kazrin dropped to the eighth place with ten games lost. Ironi Nes-Ziona will meet Elitzur Ramla (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Kazrin will play against Hod Hasharon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: C.Tate 24+3reb+3ast, T.Michael Dunne 20+14reb+2ast, T.Karpels 17+2reb+5ast, E.Engel 9+3reb+3ast, B.Benn 8+7reb+4ast, G.Amitay 5+2reb+6ast
Hapoel Kazrin: M.James 31+7reb, L.Shvarzvald 11+2reb+1ast, S.Salz 7+2reb+3ast, R.Sabag 5+1reb+7ast, A.Kazarnovski 5+6reb+1ast, B.Maor 4
gschID: 197881


Hod Hasharon - Elitzur Yavne 79-86

The most important game in the last round took place in Hod Hasharon between third ranked Hod Hasharon (15-5) and fifth ranked Elitzur Yavne (14-6) on Tuesday night. Hod Hasharon was defeated by Elitzur Yavne in a tough game at home 79-86. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Hod Hasharon. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-79. Elitzur Yavne dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Hod Hasharon's 30. Elitzur Yavne forced 19 Hod Hasharon turnovers. The best player for the winners was American swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds and naturalized Latvian swingman Gary Gandel (203-80) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Elitzur Yavne maintains fifth position with 14-6 record. Hod Hasharon at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. Elitzur Yavne are looking forward to face league's second-placed Ironi Nahariya at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hod Hasharon will play against Hapoel Kazrin and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Yavne: B.Laing 22+5reb+2ast, E.Hofman 20+5reb+3ast, M.McGhee 13+9reb+5ast, I.Nesterenko 13+8reb, N.Matalon 9+1reb+4ast, Y.Lioutrine 9+5reb+1ast
Hod Hasharon: C.Odiakosa 21+14reb+3ast, G.Gandel 16+2reb+4ast, I.Stolero 15+1reb, E.Asante Asare 14+2reb+3ast, G.Dotan 5+3reb+2ast, B.Walker 4+3reb+6ast
gschID: 197880


Maccabi K/G - Maccabi K/B 74-48

Bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the ten-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Maccabi K/G outleveled thirteenth-ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik in Kiryat Gat 74-48. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 26-point difference suggests that Maccabi K/G is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi Kiryat Bialik's 24. Maccabi K/G forced 23 Maccabi Kiryat Bialik turnovers and outrebounded them 38-25 including 32 on the defensive glass. American forward Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. The other American import swingman Muhammad El Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook, agency: Two Points) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Maccabi K/G's coach Roni Tzukerman felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized American Sean Labanowski (205-92) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) added 9 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Maccabi Kiryat Bialik. Maccabi K/G (4-16) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Kiryat Tivon. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. Maccabi K/G will play against Kiryat Tivon (#13) in Kiryat Tivon in the next round. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik will play at home against Ironi Ramat Gan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/G: M.El Amin 22+4reb+2ast, L.Daniel 20+16reb+1ast, O.Ron 10+4reb+4ast, T.Pisecki 9+6reb, H.Gonshor 5+3reb+3ast, Y.Shtarkman 2
Maccabi K/B: S.Labanowski 14+6reb+1ast, D.Joyner 9+9reb, M.Alexander 8+1reb+5ast, M.Shamis 7+2reb+2ast, A.Barak 4+1reb, D.Davidi 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 197879



Hapoel Jerusalem inks Ronald Steele - by Shai Levi

After almost 2 years playing at Turkey and Italy, American Poing Guard, Ronald Steele, is on his way back to Israel and this time he will play for Hapoel Jerusalem.
The Ex Bnei Hasharon Guard has agreed to join Jeruaslem and will replace Jacob Pullen, that is set to leave the club from the capital city and according to Italian sources has drawn interest from Italy's Virtus Bologna, his former team Angelico Biella, and a team from Russia.
Steele started the season playing with Sutor Montegranaro and put up 11 points, 3.4 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game over 18 Italian League games. Over the last month Steele was talking with several Israeli clubs and one of them was Maccabi Rishon Lezion but he chose Jerusalem over the others and
Pullen, a 23-year-old Kentucky State alumnus, averages 12.6 points and 4 assists per game and shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc in Israeli competition.



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  ITALY   

Standings - B1

Nazionale Standings
 1. Torino 22-4 
 2. Matera 17-9 
 3. Agrigento 15-10 
 4. Castelletto 15-10 
 5. Treviglio 14-11 
 6. Lucca 14-11 
 7. Casalpusterlengo 13-11 
 8. Omegna 13-11 
 9. Reggio Calabr. 12-12 
 10. Bari 12-12 
 11. Firenze 11-12 
 12. Mirandola 11-14 
 13. Chieti 11-14 
 14. Recanati 10-14 
 15. Ferrara 10-15 
 16. Latina Basket 9-17 
 17. San Severo 8-18 
 18. Perugia 7-18 
Folded
 1. Bologna 6-4 

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 6: Agrigento - Casalpusterlengo 79-72
Mar. 6: Recanati - Ferrara 73-64
Mar. 6: Lucca - Bari 64-62
Mar. 6: Omegna - Torino 59-67
Mar. 6: Treviglio - Matera 111-71
Mar. 6: Castelletto - San Severo 100-79
Mar. 16: Mirandola - Firenze
Mar. 7: Chieti - Perugia


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia20.8 
 2. Casadei, Firenze16.9 
 3. Parente, Lucca16.6 
 4. Reati, Treviglio16.4 
 5. Wojciechowsk., Tor.15.7 
 6. Gueye, San Severo15.6 
 7. Ruggiero, Bari15.6 
 8. Prandin, Casalp.15.4 
 9. Bolzonella, Castel.15.4 
 10. Ferrarese, Trevig.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Rossi, Chieti11.2 
 2. Iannilli, San Seve.10.7 
 3. Wojciechowsk., Tor.9.1 
 4. Pazzi, Castelletto8.6 
 5. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.4 
 6. Benfatto, Ferrara8.2 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.1 
 8. Mancin, Mirandola7.5 
 9. Spizzichini, Firen.7.3 
 10. Ricci, Casalpus.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.5.7 
 2. Losi, Mirandola5.3 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.5.0 
 4. Marino, Casalp.4.7 
 5. Caroldi, Firenze3.7 
 6. Ferrarese, Trevigl.3.6 
 7. Rajola, Chieti3.5 
 8. Cantone, Matera3.3 
 9. Gnaccarini, Recana.3.2 
 10. Santolamazza, Lat.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.4.6 
 2. Cortesi, Ferrara3.1 
 3. Bonamente, Perugia2.9 
 4. Parente, Lucca2.9 
 5. Caroldi, Firenze2.8 
 6. Gueye, San Severo2.8 
 7. Vico, Matera2.8 
 8. Ihedioha, Castelle.2.7 
 9. Maggio, San Severo2.6 
 10. Losi, Mirandola2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.7 
 2. Rossi, Chieti1.0 
 3. Iannuzzi, Matera0.9 
 4. Mancin, Mirandola0.9 
 5. Iannilli, San Seve.0.8 
 6. Del Brocco, San S.0.8 
 7. Gagliardo, Latina0.8 
 8. Pazzi, Castelletto0.7 
 9. Piunti, Mirandola0.7 
 10. Casadei, Firenze0.7 



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  IVORY COAST   


Cognac lands Mickael Toti - by Eurobasket News

Cognac BB (NM1) tabbed 26-year old naturalized Ivorian point guard Mickael Toti (181-87). He played most recently at St Vallier (ProB). In 32 games he averaged 3.5ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.8apg last season.
The previous (10-11) season Toti played at JSF Nanterre (ProA). In 5 games he had 3.0ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.2apg that season. The most of previous (09-10) season he spent at Quimper UJAP (ProB). In 17 games he had 3.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.1apg. Toti also played at BC Boncourt Red Team (LNA) in Swiss league that season. In four games he had 7.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.8spg.
In 2008-09 season he played at SPO Rouen (ProB). In 30 games he had just 2.2ppg and 1.4apg.
In 2007-08 season Toti played at Limoges CSP Elite (ProB). In 33 games he had 5.9ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.9apg. He won French ProB championship title in 2011. Toti represented France at the African Championships in Madagascar two years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 4.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.7apg.
Toti has played previously for two other France teams: Chalons-Reims and Stade Clermont.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  KOSOVO   

Standings - Superleague

SuperLeague Standings
 1. Peja 16-1 
 2. Sigal Prishtina 14-2 
 3. Bashkimi 12-5 
 4. Trepca 9-8 
 5. RTV 21 7-9 
 6. Vellaznimi 4-13 
 7. Drita 4-13 
 8. Kosova 1-16 

Regular Season: Round 17

Mar. 6: Trepca - Peja 72-75
Mar. 6: Vellaznimi - Drita 69-72
Mar. 6: Bashkimi - Kosova 119-80
Mar. 7: Sigal Prishtina - RTV 21


Bashkimi easily against Kosova - by Dren Shporta

Kosovo's last seasons Cup finalist, Bashkimi has registered an easy victory last night against the bottom team of BKT Superleague, Kosova Vushtrri.

The boys in orange, have scored for the first time in the second part of the season over 100 points to a team.

American playmaker Kejuan Johnson (193-G-85, college: Long Beach St.) was the main scorer in the match that Bashkimi won 119-80, scoring excellent 31 points, while in the last quarter he was rested from coach, Muharem Vugdalic.

Mark Dawson, the power forward of Bashkimi has registered a double double while adding 22 points and registering 14 rebounds in the match.

At the losing side, the only shining light was Arian Tahiri (loaned from Trepca) with his 17 points.

Bashkimi has registered its 12th victory of the season, before they visit leaders Peja in weekend, while Kosova has added to their losing streak one more defeat.



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  LATVIA   

LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Jekabpils 17-9 
 2. Barons kvartals 17-9 
 3. Valmiera 15-11 
 4. Ventspils 13-2 
 5. VEF Riga 12-1 
 6. Jurmala 11-15 
 7. LU 11-16 
 8. Jelgava 10-14 
 9. Liepaja 10-16 
 10. Turiba 8-18 
 11. U18 1-14 

Regular Season: Round 31

Mar. 6: Jurmala - Jekabpils 84-88
Mar. 9: Jurmala - Liepaja
Mar. 10: U18 - LU


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Peiners, LU20.4 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.20.0 
 3. Sirsnins, Jekabpils16.5 
 4. Cain, Barons k.16.1 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera15.8 
 6. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.8 
 7. Hill jr., Jekabpils15.3 
 8. Ozols, Jurmala15.0 
 9. Apsitis, Turiba14.1 
 10. Brown, Jurmala14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Cain, Barons k.10.5 
 2. O''Brien, Jekabpils8.8 
 3. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.3 
 4. Dargais, LU8.3 
 5. Butjankovs, Valmi.7.6 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava7.3 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera7.3 
 8. Mednis, Jurmala6.8 
 9. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.6.8 
 10. Iljins, Valmiera6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rinalds SIRSNINS
  Jekabpils
  (186-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Sirsnins, Jekabpils6.3 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.0 
 3. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.7 
 4. Bertans, VEF Riga3.5 
 5. Sims, Ventspils3.3 
 6. Metra, Barons k.3.2 
 7. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
 8. Timma, Ventspils3.1 
 9. Bergmanis, Barons3.1 
 10. Peiners, LU3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Peiners, LU1.9 
 2. Brown, Jurmala1.8 
 3. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.8 
 4. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 5. Miezis, Barons k.1.6 
 6. Cain, Barons k.1.6 
 7. Jakovics, Liepaja1.5 
 8. Timma, Ventspils1.5 
 9. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.5 
 10. Ate, Liepaja1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Cain, Barons k.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.1.3 
 3. Meiers, Ventspils1.1 
 4. Iljins, Valmiera1.0 
 5. Ziedins, Valmiera0.9 
 6. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.0.8 
 7. Leiteris, Liepaja0.8 
 8. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.0.7 
 9. Pasecniks, U180.7 
 10. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.7 


Standings - LBAL

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

Regular Season: Round 31

Mar. 2: RSU - Saldus 91-83
Mar. 5: Kvele - Gulbene 84-92
Mar. 6: Jelgava/LLU - VeA 84-90
Mar. 6: BK VEF-LSPA - Liepaja-2 79-55
Mar. 6: Ridzene - VEF skola 79-116
Mar. 5: Valmiera BSS - Livani 75-77
Mar. 1: Livani - Jelgava/LLU 59-104


Baltic League: Siauliai won over Ventspils in the Quarterfinal opener - by Eurobasket News

Siauliai - Ventspils 81:78

Siauliai won over Ventspils in the Quarterfinal opener by three points. The Lithuanian team grabbed an 81:78 victory before heading to Latvia. The second game of the tie will be played on March 9th in Ventspils.
Siauliai started with 21-17 in the first period and posted a 19-14 rally in the second frame. Ventspils were trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 28-23 charge of Siauliai, which allowed them to win the game. They made 18-of-23 free shots during the game. Laurynas Samenas (192-G-88) fired 21 points for the winners. Aurimas Kieza (202-PF-82, college: Hofstra) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Janis Timma (201-F-92, agency: FCM) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) added 19 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Sandis Valters (193-G-78) followed them with 11 points in the losing effort.

Ventspils: Janis Timma 20, Donald Sims 19, Sandis Valters 11
Siauliai: Laurynas Samenas 21, Rolandas Alijevas (192-G-85, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) 13, Aurimas Kieza 13, Vytautas Sulskis (200-G-88, college: Youngstown St.) 10, Papa Dia (208-F-87, college: SMU) 10



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Krasnie Krilya adds Collins to their roster, ex Al Riyadi - by Eurobasket News

Krasnie Krilya Samara (PBL) added to their roster 37-year old American guard DeJuan Collins (188-85kg-76, college: Tuskegee). He was tested at Al Riyadi in Lebanese Division A, but was not approved after all. The last season Collins played at Zalgiris (LKL) in Lithuanian league. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 16 LKL games he recorded 5.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg. Collins also played 12 games in Euroleague where he averaged 6.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.5apg. He also played 2 games in Baltic League where he averaged 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.0apg. And finally Collins played 15 games in VTB United League where he averaged 3.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.7apg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Honorable Mention in 2011.
Collins is quite experienced player. He has played also in Germany (ALBA Berlin, Brose Baskets Bamberg and Walter Tigers), Greece (Aris and Kavala), Italy (Cimberio Varese), Spain (Cajasol) and Russia (Lokomotiv).
Collins attended Tuskegee University until 1999 and it is his 14th (!!!) season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: DeJuan is a big strong physical guard, who is able to score off the penetration as well as his perimeter shooting. With a strong powerful first step and his quickness, he is very difficult to defend. He is a fierce competitor, who backs down from nobody, as he has been known to dunk over 7'0' players. He is also a very physical defender, as his athleticism allows him to shut down players. He is capable of playing the point guard and shooting guard position.
DeJuan is a very outgoing person, who loves to compete and win. He makes his off-season home in Baton Rogue, Louisiana
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By Eurobasket Data Center



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Baltic League: Siauliai won over Ventspils in the Quarterfinal opener - by Eurobasket News

Siauliai - Ventspils 81:78

Siauliai won over Ventspils in the Quarterfinal opener by three points. The Lithuanian team grabbed an 81:78 victory before heading to Latvia. The second game of the tie will be played on March 9th in Ventspils.
Siauliai started with 21-17 in the first period and posted a 19-14 rally in the second frame. Ventspils were trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 28-23 charge of Siauliai, which allowed them to win the game. They made 18-of-23 free shots during the game. Laurynas Samenas (192-G-88) fired 21 points for the winners. Aurimas Kieza (202-PF-82, college: Hofstra) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Janis Timma (201-F-92, agency: FCM) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) added 19 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Sandis Valters (193-G-78) followed them with 11 points in the losing effort.

Ventspils: Janis Timma 20, Donald Sims 19, Sandis Valters 11
Siauliai: Laurynas Samenas 21, Rolandas Alijevas (192-G-85, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) 13, Aurimas Kieza 13, Vytautas Sulskis (200-G-88, college: Youngstown St.) 10, Papa Dia (208-F-87, college: SMU) 10



Baltic League: Rudupis enjoy the road win in Rakvere - by Eurobasket News

Tarvas - Rudupis 72:108

Rudupis enjoy the road win in Rakvere at the first leg of the Baltic League Quarterfinals. The Lithuanian team smashed Tarvas 108:72 in Game 1.
The return game of the tie will be played on March 9th in Lithuania.
Rudupis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 69.8 percent from the field and made 21-of-23 charity shots during the game. Rudupis outrebounded BC Rakvere 38-15 including a 33-8 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 65.0 percentage. Rudupis players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. BC Rakvere was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Arturas Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) (195-86) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 4 assists. Gediminas Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Reimo Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) answered with 21 points and American guard Brandis Brandis Raley-Ross (188-G-87, college: S.Carolina) added 18 points in the effort for BC Rakvere.

Tarvas: Reimo Tamm 21, Brandis Raley-Ross 18, Juris Umbrasko (197-G/F-79) 17, Kaido Saks (205-F-86) 10
Rudupis: Gediminas Orelikas 21, Arturas Milaknis 20, Arnas Labuckas (203-F-87) 15, Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) 15



Dwight Burke Moves to BC Siauliai - by Surujh Roopnarine

26-year old power forward Dwight Burke (202-C/F-86, college: Marquette) has moved on from BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves to Lithuania where he will suit up for BC Siauliai. In the midst of a career best season, the 6-8 Burke appeared in 26 games for Nova Ves, averaging career highs in points (16.8), rebounds (8.3), assists (1.4) and steals (1.5).
A problem with his work visa led to the abrupt departure from his club in Slovakia.
In his fourth professional career out of Marquette University Burke will help Siauliai try to move up the standings in the LKL where at 8-7 they currently reside in 7th position. Additionally, the club just won their first game of its quarterfinals matchup with Ventspils in the Baltic League playoffs and will look to advance further.
During his career Burke has played in Uruguay, Czech Republic (where he was an All-Star during the 2010-11 season), France, Austria and Slovakia.



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Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Cananea 0-0 
 2. Guasave 0-0 
 3. Guaymas 0-0 
 4. Hermosillo 0-0 
 5. Los Mochis 0-0 
 6. Navolato 0-0 
 7. Nogales 0-0 
 8. Obregon 0-0 
 9. Tijuana 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Apr. 2: Navolato - Tijuana
Apr. 2: Nogales - Cananea
Apr. 2: Hermosillo - Guaymas
Apr. 2: Guasave - Los Mochis



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Balkan League: Chavdar Kostov leads Levski past Teodo Tivat - by Eurobasket News

Levski - Teodo Tivat 90:82 (OT)

Levski defeated Teodo Tivat at the second stage of the Balkan League tournament. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) notched 25 points to pace the Bulgarian side.
Teodo Tivat jumped to an early lead. The Montenegrin side posted a 23:20 advantage after ten minutes. Teodo Tivat maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The visitors ensured a 44:36 halftime advantage. Levski increased the tempo in the third term. The hosts fired 25 points in the stanza and cut the distance at 4-point mark. Levski denied the deficit in the fourth quarter and managed to force overtime. The hosts proved the strength in the extra period. Levski held the visitors to 3 points in the overtime and stole a tough win at the end. Pavel Ivanov (200-SF-88) notched 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Dimitar Anguelov (203-SF-79, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points, 7 assists and 5 boards in the victory. Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Teodo Tivat. Marko Mijovic (188-PG-87) and Bojan Boskovic (203-C-86) chipped in 13 points apiece in the loss.

Levski: Chavdar Kostov 25, Pavel Ivanov 21+10 boards, Dimitar Anguelov 16
Teodo Tivat: Aleksandar Radulovic 16, Marko Mijovic 13, Bojan Boskovic 13



Balkan League: Mornar Bar edge OKK Beograd - by Eurobasket News

Mornar Bar - OKK Beograd 102:96

Mornar Bar claimed a narrow home win over OKK Beograd in the Balkan League season. Hank Thorns (175-PG-89, college: TCU) stepped up with 25 points and 10 assists to lead the Montenegrin team in the Last Four Group action.
Morna Bar fired 27 points in the opening quarter to take a 3-point lead. The Montenegrin side maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The hosts piled up a 54:44 halftime advantage. OKK Beograd cut the deficit in the third quarter. The Serbian team got within 8 points at the final intermission. But it was not enough. Mornar Bar stayed ahead throughout the final period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) notched 18 points, while Slobodan Tosic (195-G-80, agency: BeoExcell) added 12 points for Mornar Bar. Nikola Jeftic (202-F-85) answered with 28 points and 12 rebounds for OKK Beograd. Milorad Sutulovic (196-G-90) netted 20 points in the loss.

Mornar Bar: Hank Thorns 25+10 assists, Lazar Radosavljevic 18, Slobodan Tosic 12
OKK Beograd: Nikola Jeftic 28+12 boards, Milorad Sutulovic 20



EuroCup: Lokomotiv stun Buducnost in Podgorica - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost - Lokomotiv Kuban 54:72

Lokomotiv Kuban made a huge step towards EuroCup semifinals. They defeated Buducnost in Podgorica to head to the return leg in Krasnodar with a comfortable cushion. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) posted 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the Russian team.
Buducnost looked confident in the opening stanza. The hosts built a 15:8 lead at the first break. But Lokomotiv took over in the next period. The visitors straighten defensively and held Buducnost to 13 points in the second frame. Lokomotiv narrowed the gap at 3-point mark 25:28. The third quarter became decisive in this one. Lokomotiv turned it into a disaster for the home side. The visitors went on a 26:8 rally to secure a 51:36 lead into the fourth frame. Lokomotiv kept stunned the hosts at distance throughout the final period clinching a key victory at the end. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) accounted for 15 points, while Andrey Zubkov (205-G/F-91) and Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points each in the win. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for Buducnost. Dusko Bunic (206-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) had 9 points in the losing effort.

Buducnost: Cedomir Vitkovac 14, Dusko Bunic 9
Lokomotiv Kuban: Derrick Brown 17, Nick Calathes 15, Andrey Zubkov 10, Mantas Kalnietis 10



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Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 37-21 
 2. Brooklyn N. 35-26 
 3. Boston C. 33-27 
 4. Toronto R. 24-38 
 5. Philadelph.76 23-37 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 38-23 
 2. Chicago B. 34-27 
 3. Milwaukee B. 30-29 
 4. Detroit P. 23-40 
 5. Cleveland C. 21-40 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 45-14 
 2. Atlanta H. 34-26 
 3. Washington W. 19-40 
 4. Orlando M. 17-45 
 5. Charlotte B. 13-48 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 44-16 
 2. Denver N. 40-22 
 3. Utah Jazz 32-29 
 4. Portland TB 28-32 
 5. Minnesota T. 21-37 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 44-19 
 2. Golden St.W. 35-27 
 3. LA Lakers 31-31 
 4. Phoenix Suns 21-40 
 5. Sacramento K. 21-42 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 48-14 
 2. Memphis G. 40-19 
 3. Houston R. 33-29 
 4. Dallas M. 27-33 
 5. N.Orleans H. 21-41 

Regular Season: Round 122

Mar. 6: Miami Heat - Orlando M. 97-96
Mar. 6: Memphis G. - Portland TB 91-85
Mar. 6: Golden St.W. - Sacramento K. 87-83
Mar. 6: Minnesota T. - Washington W. 87-82
Mar. 6: Indiana P. - Boston C. 81-83
Mar. 6: Charlotte B. - Brooklyn N. 78-99
Mar. 6: Detroit P. - New York K. 77-87
Mar. 6: Phoenix Suns - Toronto R. 71-98
Mar. 6: LA Clippers - Milwaukee B. 117-101
Mar. 6: Dallas M. - Houston R. 112-108
Mar. 6: Atlanta H. - Philadelph.76 107-96
Mar. 6: Cleveland C. - Utah Jazz 104-101
Mar. 6: N.Orleans H. - LA Lakers 102-108
Mar. 6: San Antonio S. - Chicago B. 101-83

Regular Season: Round 123

Mar. 7: New York K. - Oklah.City T.
Mar. 7: Denver N. - LA Clippers


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 Lakers27.6 
 4. James, Miami Heat27.0 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.3 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.6 
 7. Irving, Cleveland23.2 
 8. Curry, Golden S.22.0 
 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. Asik, Houston R.11.7 
 4. Randolph, Memph.11.6 
 5. Vucevic, Orlan.11.4 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.4 
 7. Lee, Golden St.W.11.2 
 8. Chandler, New Y.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.8.6 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..7.8 
 6. Parker, San A.7.6 
 7. Nelson, Orlando M.7.5 
 8. Williams, Brooklyn7.5 
 9. Calderon, Toron.7.4 
 10. Wall, Washington7.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.2 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 6. Walker, Charlott.1.9 
 7. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 8. Kidd, New York K.1.8 
 9. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 10. Leonard, San A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.1 
 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 


Busy Wednesday with 14 games - by Eurobasket News

Charlotte B. - Brooklyn N. 78-99
The third quarter has been the Brooklyn Nets' Achilles heel of late. However, on Wednesday night it proved to be their saving grace. The Nets shrugged off a sluggish first half and turned a 10-point halftime deficit into a 99-78 blowout win over the Charlotte Bobcats, reminding everyone they still have the ability to flip that switch. Deron Williams had 20 points and eight assists, Joe Johnson (6'7''-G-81, college: Arkansas) added 22 points and the Nets limited the NBA-worst Bobcats 25 in the second half on 10-of-40 shooting. Brooklyn outscored Charlotte 28-9 in the third quarter. "We hit shots and got stops in the second half, that was the main thing," Williams said. "We had some good looks in the first half but we just didn't knock them down." Brooklyn (35-26) remains in the thick of Eastern Conference playoff race but needed a win to regain some momentum after losing four of its previous five games, including the previous two. This was an expected win, but a needed win for the Nets. They have a lengthy road trip later this month, so there's a belief in the locker room that every win they can get now will be important as they look ahead to the playoff seeding. They came in tied for the fifth-best record in the conference. "It was good for us to get a win and bounce back," Williams said. The Nets trailed by 53-43 at the half, but opened the third quarter with a 21-6 run led by Williams and Johnson, and never looked back. The Bobcats managed just nine points in the third quarter on 3-of-19 shooting and were outscored 56-25 in the second half to lose their eighth straight game. Reggie Evans (6'8''-F/C-80, college: Iowa) grabbed 16 rebounds and Brook Lopez had 16 points and five rebounds for the Nets. "It was passion, not effort," said Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo. "We didn't play with near the same passion that we did in the second half. Reggie was, I thought, unbelievable, not just in rebounding but the effort on the splits and the helping. Brook was contesting shots. Our guards did a much better job in the second half." Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 17 points and Ben Gordon added 16 for the Bobcats, who are 6-43 since starting the season 7-5. It was almost as if the Bobcats didn't bother showing up for the second half. Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson and Gordon were a combined 4 for 21 from the field in the second half. "It felt like a darn lid was on the rim," Henderson said. "You know you can't win in this league if you can't score." Said Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap: "We had some good looks but we let (the missed shots) bleed into our defensive intensity. The cheap buckets for us are free throws. But we have to do a better job of creating that with our penetration game." Williams, who had a career-high 57 points in his last appearance at Time Warner Cable Arena last season, scored 13 points in the second half and Johnson added 16 to lead the comeback. Williams knocked down a 3-pointer with 6 minutes left in the third quarter to put the Nets ahead for good at 62-59. He's averaging 20 points per game over his past five games. Still there is room for improvement for the Nets, who committed 24 turnovers. "I've never seen so many travels called in my life," Williams said. "It must have been a point of emphasis tonight or something." For a while it looked like the Nets might be in for another long night. Charlotte hit nine of its first 12 shots, including two dunks by Bismack Biyombo, to build an early 18-6 lead. But Brooklyn cut the lead to three after three straight 3-pointers on three possessions, two of those by Keith Bogans. Things got a little testy midway through the second quarter when Gordon tripped Gerald Wallace as he was heading up the court on a fast break. Gordon was whistled for a foul, but Nets assistant coach Mario Elie was slapped with a technical after arguing that Gordon should have been called for an intentional foul. NOTES: Kris Humphries appears to have completely fallen out of the Nets' rotation. The high-priced forward didn't even play against the Bobcats. Courtesy of: http://www.nj.com

Cleveland C. - Utah Jazz 104-101
CLEVELAND - Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) scored 20 points and Cleveland's All-Star guard made all the big plays down the stretch, rallying the Cavaliers to a 104-101 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. The Cavs trailed 100-92 with less than three minutes left before Irving took over. He scored eight points, made a steal and assisted on Wayne Ellington's dunk as Cleveland stormed back to stun the Jazz. Irving added 10 assists in his second game back after missing three with a hyperextended knee. Tristan Thompson had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Cleveland, which trailed by 12 in the fourth. Gordon Hayward scored 25 and Enes Kanter had 17 for the Jazz, who have lost five of six. After Ellington's dunk, Utah's Mo Williams missed a layup that danced around the rim but wouldn't drop. Irving and the Cavaliers were sleepwalking for more than 45 minutes before finally snapping to life. With Cleveland trailing 100-92, Irving made a gorgeous baseline spin and dropped a short jumper. He then split a pair of free throws and dropped two more to bring the Cavs within 101-97 with 1:40 remaining. Williams, who returned to Utah's starting lineup after missing 32 games with a thumb injury, missed a 3-pointer before Irving converted a three-point play to bring Cleveland within one. On Utah's next trip, Irving poked the ball away from Hayward, dribbled up the floor and fed Ellington, who finished strong at the rim to make it 102-101. The play sent a shockwave through the crowd at Quicken Loans Arena that had waited all night for something good to happen. Williams, who spent three seasons with the Cavs, found a lane to the basket but had his potential go-ahead layup make a full trip around the rim without falling. As Ellington was fouled grabbing the rebound, Williams stared at the basket in disbelief. Ellington's two free throws made it 104-101, and Williams was short with a 3-pointer in the final second. It was a crushing loss for the Jazz, who are trying to hold off the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference. Paul Millsap scored 16 points and Alec Burks 14 for the Jazz. Utah coach Tyrone Corbin benched starting forward Marvin Williams (6'9''-F-86, college: N.Carolina) for DeMarre Carroll, hoping it would spark Utah's first unit. But Carroll scored just four points and the Jazz reserves outscored the starters 56-45. Randy Foye scored 11 points in the third quarter, when the Jazz went on a 16-3 run to open a 71-58 lead. With Utah leading 57-55, Foye drained a 3-pointer and Utah's team leader from long range hit two more 3s as the Jazz pushed their lead to 74-60. The Cavaliers were only missing two players with the flu, but they all appeared under the weather. Cleveland lacked energy, but a dunk by Alonzo Gee in the final second of the quarter seemed to ignite the Cavs. But they fell behind 88-76, when Irving came back into the game with 7:26 left. The Cavs were without starting rookie guard Dion Waiters, who missed his second straight game with a 48-hour flu bug that has flattened a few teammates. Daniel Gibson also sat out with nasty stomach virus, which sidelined Tyler Zeller for one day and caused him to lose five pounds. Hayward scored 15 points in the second quarter, helping the Jazz open a 51-49 halftime lead. After going scoreless in the first and missing his only shot, Hayward misfired three more times to start the second before finding his range. He drained a 3-pointer to put the Jazz ahead 40-39, and dunked twice while scoring 12 of Utah's final 15 points over the last 5:15 of the period. Cavs coach Byron Scott was leery of Utah's size and aggressiveness. The Jazz averaged 59 rebounds - 23 offensive - in their past two games and Scott joked after the morning shootaround that Cleveland's big men needed to be prepared for a physical game. "I hope our guys go home and eat a lot of Tabasco sauce and gun powder," he said. "You've got to be mean and tough tonight." The Cavs more than held their own, outrebounding the Jazz 49-38. NOTES: Mo Williams received a nice ovation from the Cleveland crowd during pregame introductions. Williams played for the Cavs from 2009-11. ... Corbin said there was no timetable on Jefferson, who rolled his ankle last week in a loss to Atlanta. ... Scott said Waiters came in earlier in the day to be checked by team doctors and was feeling better. ... The Jazz continue their trip on Friday at Chicago and then play in New York on Sunday. ... Irving is the ninth player in NBA history to surpass 2,000 career points before turning 21. Irving's birthday is March 23. Courtesy of: http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Atlanta H. - Philadelph.76 107-96
ATLANTA - Jeff Teague (6'2''-PG-88, college: Wake Forest) scored 27 points, Anthony Tolliver (6'9''-C-85, college: Creighton) added a season-high 21 and the Atlanta Hawks bounced back from a sluggish start for a 107-96 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night, snapping a three-game losing streak. Tolliver, averaging just 3.4 points a game, had already surpassed his previous best of 13 points by halftime. The Sixers kept leaving him open beyond the arc, and he kept knocking down 3-pointers, finishing 5 for 7 from long range. The Hawks missed their first eight shots but quickly pulled themselves together against weary Philadelphia, which was playing its eighth game in 12 days. Atlanta led by 19 before settling for a 59-47 lead at halftime. After Philadelphia cut it to 66-63, the Hawks finished the third quarter on a 25-7 spurt. Atlanta's Al Horford also scored 21 points with 12 rebounds, and Josh Smith chipped in with 13 points. Damien Wilkins led the Sixers with 21 points, while Dorell Wright had 20. The Hawks, coming off a West Coast road trip, started out like they were still suffering from jet lag. They went nearly 5 minutes before scoring their first points, when Smith laid one in after a series of quick passes. Suddenly, it was a different team. Atlanta dominated the rest of the half, hitting 25 of 36 (69 percent) from the field. Teague's performance was no surprise. The point guard repeatedly beat the Sixers off the dribble, slicing into the lane for easy layups and thoroughly outplaying Philadelphia's young guard, Jrue Holiday. Teague made 10 of 15, including three beyond the arc, and doled out 11 assists. But Tolliver's play caught Philadelphia totally off guard. In the teams' previous meeting, a Sixers victory in December, the journeyman played only 7 minutes and failed to score. This time, he couldn't miss from the outside, chipped in with a season-best eight rebounds, and gave the Hawks a much-needed spark off the bench. Atlanta snapped another losing streak, as well. Philadelphia had won six straight over the Hawks. The Sixers made a run in the third quarter, closing to 66-63. But again, the Hawks turned it on the rest of the period, finishing with a 25-7 run that put Philadelphia away. Thaddeus Young had 16 points for the Sixers, who shot just 43 percent (37 of 86). Atlanta finished at 54 percent (43 of 80) from the field. NOTES: The Hawks recalled F Mike Scott from Bakersfield of the NBA Development League, where he averaged 24.7 points and 11.3 rebounds during a three-game stint. ... Atlanta also made a couple of other moves, waiving F-C Jeremy Tyler and signing G Shelvin Mack to a 10-day contract. Tyler was acquired from Golden State on Feb. 21 but played only one game for the Hawks. ... Philadelphia's starters combined for just 37 points. ... Atlanta's Kyle Korver extended his franchise-record streak for hitting at least one 3-pointer to 53 games. ... The Hawks played without C Zaza Pachulia, who remains slowed by a strained right Achilles. ... Holiday was held to 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting. He did have 12 assists. Courtesy of:www.newsobserver.com

Indiana P. - Boston C. 81-83
The Boston Celtics might not be the team the Indiana Pacers want to see in the first round of next month's playoffs. Coach Doc Rivers' squad came into Bankers Life Fieldhouse and won its second consecutive game over the team that's now third in the Eastern Conference. Boston scored the game's final 11 points Wednesday night for an 83-81 victory. The Celtics beat the Pacers by 19 points on Jan. 4. It was a game coach Frank Vogel's team appeared to have wrapped up when it led 81-72 with 4:36 to play. Not only did Indiana not score again, it yielded a pair of easy baskets during the run, both on feeds by Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76) from the perimeter. Avery Bradley tied the score with a basket at the rim with 1:21 to play; Jeff Green won the game with a back cut to the goal with 0.5 seconds left. The latter was particularly troubling for the league's best defensive team. Giving its full attention to Paul Pierce, the Pacers let a double team of him get the best of them as no one accounted for Green. He actually was open a couple of ticks before Garnett found him. 'No communication,' said Pacers forward David West, who got caught with Paul George encasing Pierce at the free throw line extended. 'We weren't solid enough.' Said Green: 'It was a great pass by (Garnett). It was great execution, great draw up by (Rivers).' A chance to win the game fell short when George Hill's lob to George was knocked away by Pierce. Vogel screamed for a foul on Pierce. Pierce, who taunted the Pacers crowd before Green's winning basket, hugged Rivers amid a chorus of fieldhouse boos. 'We're 50 to 60 games (into the season) and teams are going to go one way or another,' Pierce said. 'Obviously a tough loss to swallow,' Vogel said as his team fell to 38-23. ' (The Celtics) picked up their defense in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter, and we had some defensive breakdowns down the stretch. 'I don't know. We've got a good team; we've got to move on from it.' Up next is a two-game swing through Florida, with a Sunday evening game against streaking Miami, winners of 16 in a row. But if Wednesday night was an early glimpse of playoff basketball, bring it on. There was drama aplenty, including hard fouls, double technicals, big shots, bigger shots and solid defense, save the two plays by the Pacers at the end. Indiana led by as many as 14 points in the third quarter (63-49), punishing the Celtics with transition offense. Lance Stephenson (6'5''-F-90, college: Cincinnati) keyed much of that, scoring eight points in the period. Roy Hibbert was the star of the first quarter, scoring 12 points, but he never scored again. That summed up the Pacers' post play: 30 points inside in the first half, 14 in the second as they settled for 16 3-point attempts. Vogel said the lack of execution in the game's final 18 minutes was the difference. 'It's part of the lesson you learn over an 82-game season: to win in the playoffs you know you have to execute offensively down the stretch,' he said. 'We didn't do that well enough tonight.' West said the team's tumble started in the third quarter and was only buoyed by Hill's eight points in a 61-second span in the fourth. Otherwise, very little. 'Midway through the third we got out of sync and were never able to get a good rhythm,' West said. ' (The Celtics) were making too many plays. We weren't able to get them off their first option.' Pierce was held to 13 points, more than five off his average, but he made the key final defensive play. Garnett finished with 18 points for Boston, which improved to 33-27. It was the Celtics' only visit to Indianapolis during the regular season. The teams meet again April 16 in Boston. George led the Pacers with 16 points, Hill 14. West had 11 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Courtesy of: http://www.indystar.com

Golden St.W. - Sacramento K. 87-83
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The possible tying shot that Klay Thompson (6'6''-G-90, college: Washington St.) missed in a last-second loss at Sacramento earlier this season will no longer be the second-year guard's enduring memory of the Northern California series. Thompson made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 7.5 seconds remaining and finished with 20 points to lead the Golden State Warriors past the Kings, 87-83 on Wednesday night. Not only did Thompson atone for that 94-92 loss on Nov. 5, he helped the Warriors erase almost 48 minutes of bad basketball in one stroke. ''This kind of made up for it,'' Thompson said. Thompson, who has matched his career best with three straight games of at least 20 points, then forced Tyreke Evans into an errant layup on the final possession to seal a sloppy win for the Warriors over the Western Conference's worst team. After dropping the first two in Sacramento this season, Golden State overcame 18 turnovers and 36 percent shooting against its Northern California rival. David Lee had 17 points and 10 rebounds and rookie Harrison Barnes added 14 points for the Warriors, who are 2-0 since returning home from a four-game road losing streak. They held the Kings to 40 percent shooting and forced 15 turnovers. ''We're not the Miami Heat. We're not the Oklahoma City Thunder. A lot of nights it's not going to be pretty,'' Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. ''That's just the fact. I embrace it. I give my guys credit because we battled, we competed, we got stops when we had to and we continued to put a check mark in the 'W' column.'' Jason Thompson (6'11''-F-86, college: Rider) had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Patrick Patterson scored 15 for Sacramento, which has lost 11 of its last 13 games. DeMarcus Cousins had five points and four rebounds and sat out the entire second and fourth quarters in another bad body-language performance. Asked after the game if he was surprised by his minutes, Cousins said: ''You kind of expect anything here.'' ''I went with a group that kept us in the game,'' Kings coach Keith Smart said. ''We are a play away from winning the basketball game. That group got us back in the game.'' In the end, the long-range shot bailed out the Warriors again. Stephen Curry came off a pick-and-roll and made a 3-pointer to give Golden State an 82-78 lead with a little more than 2 minutes remaining. The Warriors stopped Sacramento, but then had a shot-clock violation just before Jarrett Jack's layup. Thompson hit a jumper and Patterson followed with a 3-pointer in front of the Warriors bench to put the Kings ahead 83-82. Patterson mouthed a few words and flicked three fingers back at Golden State's bench as he skipped down court. The Warriors then blew two chances to tie or take the lead. Jack missed a 3-pointer on the first one, and Thompson missed an open jumper after another stop and timeout. The third time proved to be the charm. Lee found Thompson standing open in the corner on a play designed for Curry, and the second-year guard's swish gave Golden State an 85-83 lead, holding his hand in the air as the sold-out crowd announced at 19,956 roared to its feet. Thompson, whose miss around the free-throw line capped the loss in Sacramento, had never hit a game-winning shot in the NBA. ''Didn't know it'd come this time around. But if you want to be a great player in this league, you can't have a conscience,'' said Thompson, who finished 6 for 17 from the floor. ''I've learned a lot this year. I've missed some big shots. Hopefully this is a building block. I've learned you just got to play free out there and let it go when you're open.'' Evans missed a difficult layup in Thompson's face on the next play, Draymond Green grabbed the rebound and made both free throws to seal the victory. Evans said after the game Thompson should've been called for a foul. ''Everybody saw it, but I didn't get the call, so got to keep playing,'' he said. Andrew Bogut, starting for the second straight game after sitting out the previous six with back spasms, only played in spurts and deferred to his teammates on offense. He finished with two points and eight rebounds in 28 minutes. Cousins picked up two fouls in the first 10 minutes, sat the rest of the half and often looked disinterested. During one timeout in the second quarter, he watched the in-house band instead of joining the Kings huddle. Cousins, who had eight points on 1-for-12 shooting in a home loss against Denver a night earlier, finished 2 for 10 from the floor. With more room to move on the floor, Jack and Thompson each made two 3-pointers and Curry added another to highlight a 20-6 run in the first quarter that gave Golden State a 26-16 lead. The Warriors started 5 of 9 from beyond the arc. Sacramento answered with a 15-5 spurt capped by Toney Douglas' layup and 3-pointer midway through the second quarter. The Kings led 44-41 at the break. Each team committed nine turnovers in the first half. Both sides struggled to create separation the rest of the way, and neither team looked sharp. ''At this point in the season,'' Lee said, ''I'll take a win any way we can get it.'' NOTES: The Warriors are 185-184 all-time against the Kings. The teams play one more time this season on March 27 in Oakland. ... Curry's streak of at least 25 points in five straight games ended. ... Lee had his season-high eighth straight double-double. Courtesy of: http://sports.yahoo.com

LA Clippers - Milwaukee B. 117-101
SAN ANTONIO - Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Chicago Bulls 101-83 on Wednesday night in a matchup of teams missing their starting All-Star point guards. Manu Ginobili added 18 points and nine assists, Tiago Splitter (6'11''-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Kawhi Leonard scored 14 points for San Antonio (48-14), which was playing its second game without Tony Parker. Patty Mills provided a needed punch off the Spurs' bench, scoring 10 of his 13 points in the second half. Parker is expected to miss about four weeks with an ankle sprain and Derrick Rose has yet to play for Chicago this season after undergoing major knee surgery. Marco Belinelli had 21 points, Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) added 19, Marquis Teague had 11 and Carlos Boozer 10 for Chicago (34-27). The Bulls led by as many as 14 points before the Spurs rallied behind increased defensive activity. Chicago shot 8 for 31 in the first 18 minutes of the second half. San Antonio chipped away at the lead in the third quarter, finally taking a 66-65 advantage on Boris Diaw's free throw that completed a three-point play. Nate Robinson's 3-pointer put the Bulls back ahead, but the Spurs went on a 14-0 run to bridge the third and fourth quarters. Deng's 3 ended the run, pulling the Bulls within 80-71 with 9:27 left in the game. San Antonio was able to close out its third straight win at home, outscoring Chicago 54-31 in the second half. NOTES: Robinson has played all 61 games for the Bulls this season while Rose, Richard Hamilton and Kurt Hinrich have missed a combined 91 games. . With Cory Joseph starting the past two games, Ginobili is the only Spur playing significant minutes who has not started this season. Aron Baynes, who has appeared in nine games since signing Jan. 23, and James Anderson, who was waived Dec. 10 after appearing in 10 games, are the only other players on this season's roster to not start. . Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he talks regularly to his mentor, former Spurs coach and current SMU coach Larry Brown. "I just talked to Coach yesterday. He's enjoying (coaching SMU) because he gets to practice ... all the time. If Larry Brown can practice and teach, he's a happy camper. That's great. He's enjoyed the school and I know he's enjoyed being back in the saddle. He'll go crazy if he's not coaching." . Bulls GM John Paxson played his first two seasons with the Spurs before signing with the Bulls as a free agent in 1985. Paxson spent his final nine seasons in Chicago, where he won three straight NBA titles alongside Michael Jordan. Courtesy of: http://www.newsobserver.com

Phoenix Suns - Toronto R. 71-98
PHOENIX - Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) scored 15 points and Amir Johnson (6'9''-F/C-87) added 14 to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 98-71 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. Seldom-used Sebastian Telfair scored 13 points in his return to Phoenix as the Raptors ended a five-game losing streak. Markieff Morris scored 12 points and was the only player in double figures for the Suns, who committed a season-high 29 turnovers and snapped a three-game winning streak. The Raptors led 25-22 late in the first quarter when Suns center Marcin Gortat came down with a rebound and had his left foot stepped on by Johnson. Gortat did not return and Phoenix, already without backup Jermaine O'Neal, was left with Hamed Haddadi as the only true center available. As a result, the Suns spent the bulk of the game with a smaller lineup that was dominated by the speedy Raptors' guards, led by DeRozan and Telfair. Sent to the Raptors on Feb. 21 for Haddadi and a second-round pick, Telfair had played only seven-plus minutes, had remained on the bench as coach's decision four times and had yet to attempt a basket, much less score any points. Against his former team, Telfair entered the game to light applause with 2:38 left in the first quarter and played the remainder of the half. He scored his first points for Toronto on a driving layup, sprinting past Goran Dragic with 35.1 seconds left in the quarter and finished the first half with a team-high 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting as the Raptors opened a 54-40 halftime lead. Toronto opened the second half on a 7-0 run to make it 61-40 with 9:49 left in the third quarter and led by at least 15 the rest of the way. NOTES: Morris kept the Suns from matching the 32-year-old franchise record for fewest points with a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left. ... X-rays on Gortat's foot were negative. He's schedule for an MRI exam on Thursday. Gortat has started 138 consecutive games for the Suns and 182 straight overall. ... Telfair had his highest scoring total since getting for the Suns on Jan. 14 against Oklahoma City. ... Gortat finished with eight points, tied for third-highest on the team. ... Haddadi played just over nine minutes, his first game action since coming to the Suns, and had two rebounds and four fouls. . O'Neal left the team to be with his 13-year-old daughter, who is undergoing surgery to repair a leaking heart valve. Courtesy of: http://www.huffingtonpost.com

San Antonio S. - Chicago B. 101-83
SAN ANTONIO - Tim Duncan had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Chicago Bulls 101-83 on Wednesday night in a matchup of teams missing their starting All-Star point guards. Manu Ginobili added 18 points and nine assists, Tiago Splitter had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Kawhi Leonard scored 14 points for San Antonio (48-14), which was playing its second game without Tony Parker. Patty Mills provided a needed punch off the Spurs' bench, scoring 10 of his 13 points in the second half. Parker is expected to miss about four weeks with an ankle sprain and Derrick Rose has yet to play for Chicago this season after undergoing major knee surgery. Marco Belinelli had 21 points, Luol Deng added 19, Marquis Teague had 11 and Carlos Boozer 10 for Chicago (34-27). The Bulls led by as many as 14 points before the Spurs rallied behind increased defensive activity. Chicago shot 8 for 31 in the first 18 minutes of the second half. San Antonio chipped away at the lead in the third quarter, finally taking a 66-65 advantage on Boris Diaw's free throw that completed a three-point play. Nate Robinson's 3-pointer put the Bulls back ahead, but the Spurs went on a 14-0 run to bridge the third and fourth quarters. Deng's 3 ended the run, pulling the Bulls within 80-71 with 9:27 left in the game. San Antonio was able to close out its third straight win at home, outscoring Chicago 54-31 in the second half. NOTES: Robinson has played all 61 games for the Bulls this season while Rose, Richard Hamilton and Kurt Hinrich have missed a combined 91 games. . With Cory Joseph starting the past two games, Ginobili is the only Spur playing significant minutes who has not started this season. Aron Baynes, who has appeared in nine games since signing Jan. 23, and James Anderson, who was waived Dec. 10 after appearing in 10 games, are the only other players on this season's roster to not start. . Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he talks regularly to his mentor, former Spurs coach and current SMU coach Larry Brown. "I just talked to Coach yesterday. He's enjoying (coaching SMU) because he gets to practice ... all the time. If Larry Brown can practice and teach, he's a happy camper. That's great. He's enjoyed the school and I know he's enjoyed being back in the saddle. He'll go crazy if he's not coaching." . Bulls GM John Paxson played his first two seasons with the Spurs before signing with the Bulls as a free agent in 1985. Paxson spent his final nine seasons in Chicago, where he won three straight NBA titles alongside Michael Jordan. Courtesy of: The Associated Press

Dallas M. - Houston R. 112-108
DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points, O.J. Mayo had two big fourth-quarter baskets and a career-high 12 assists, and the Dallas Mavericks bounced back from a blowout loss in Houston with a 112-108 victory over the Rockets on Wednesday night. Mayo scored five straight points to put Dallas ahead 107-104, and the Mavericks won despite 28 points from James Harden, who scored the last seven for the Rockets. Harden missed a 3-pointer and a layup with the Rockets trying to tie in the final seconds, three days after their 33-point win in Houston. Chandler Parsons had 23 points for Houston, while Jeremy Lin scored 12 but sat the entire fourth quarter in favor of backup Patrick Beverley. Officials twice had to use replay to confirm possession on an out-of-bounds call. The first call in favor of the Rockets was confirmed, giving Harden a second chance. But the second ruling went Dallas' way with 6.4 seconds left, and Darren Collison hit two free throws for a 112-108 lead. Harden, who also had nine assists, put the Rockets ahead 104-102 with a 3-pointer with 3:41 remaining, but Mayo answered with a 3 and another jumper to put Dallas up for good at 107-104. Mayo's last assist came on a bucket by Nowitzki that pushed the lead to 109-104. Shawn Marion matched Nowitzki with 22 points. Mayo had 13. Nowitzki was called for his fifth foul and a technical midway through the fourth quarter after a rough sequence that ended with the 7-footer getting his shot blocked by the 6-foot-1 Beverley. Nowitzki knocked Carlos Delfino to the floor as he was trying to start a fast break. Rockets coach Kevin McHale looked primed for a technical a few minutes earlier when Beverley was called for an offensive foul after he ran into Vince Carter while Carter was pursuing Thomas Robinson (6'9''-PF-91, college: Kansas), whose dunk was waved off. Three days after getting outscored by Houston 44-17 in the third quarter, the Mavericks pushed a four-point halftime lead to 13 before letting the Rockets get within 84-83 on a 15-3 spurt late in the third. Carter restored Dallas' four-point lead with a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left. Lin hit a 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer, but officials overturned a ruling that the basket was good after a lengthy video review. The change gave Dallas a 60-56 halftime lead. Lin's shot came at the end of a sequence that illustrated the brisk pace of the first half. After a Houston miss, Carter rushed up the floor with 7 seconds left, but Marion's layup was blocked by Parsons. The Rockets managed to get Lin an open shot at the 3-point line in less than 4 seconds. The Mavericks were shooting nearly 70 percent in the middle of the second quarter but only led by four because the Rockets made six straight shots, four of them coming in a stretch of six combined baskets between the teams in just 1:23. Houston's hot streak included three quick 3-pointers that erased most of a 41-31 Dallas lead, the biggest of the first half for the Mavericks. Delfino had two of them. Nowitzki had eight points in the first quarter after finishing Sunday's blowout loss with that total. Marion had 12 in the first for Dallas, and the pair combined to go 9 of 12 from the field. Mayo had five assists in the first six minutes, and four of them led to layups and one dunk for Marion. NOTES: G Mike James made his first start for Dallas. He was picked up as a free agent and played on a pair of 10-day contracts before getting a guaranteed deal for the rest of the season. It was James' first start since March 25, 2009, with Washington. Harden became the third Rockets player with at least 500 free throws in a season. He's on pace to break Moses Malone's franchise record of 630 from 1981-82. Mavericks C Elton Brand had a first-quarter block to pass McHale on the career list. They were tied for 24th at 1,690 blocks when the game started. Parsons has the longest 20-point streak of his career at five straight games. Courtesy of: The Associated Press

Minnesota T. - Washington W. 87-82
MINNEAPOLIS - The final seconds ticked off the clock and Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) looked up to see his Minnesota Timberwolves ahead on the scoreboard. It's been a rare occurrence for him recently, and as the relief washed over him he flung the ball high in the air and into the stands. A six-game losing streak was done, just their fourth victory in the last 26 games was in hand, and Rubio was the one who had made sure they didn't let another game slip away. He had 15 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and six steals to lead the Timberwolves to an 87-82 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. "Today was a relief to get that win," Rubio said. Derrick Williams added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves, and J.J. Barea scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter for the Wolves, who again were playing with just nine healthy players because of a slew of injuries. Sign Up for the Sports Digest newsletter! John Wall had 19 points and seven assists, and Trevor Ariza added 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Wizards, who were missing leading scorer Bradley Beal because of a sprained left ankle. Washington turned the ball over 24 times, leading to 30 points by Minnesota. "We're not going to beat anybody with the carelessness we had with the ball," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "We just don't value the basketball at all. It doesn't hurt us to have a turnover. We just throw it all over." Washington led by eight early in the fourth, but Rubio's defense keyed a 21-9 surge by the Timberwolves over the final 9:30. He had four steals in the final 8:25, the last coming with 30 seconds remaining and the Wolves clinging to a one-point lead. Shaking off a sore left hand, he dove to the floor to poke a loose ball away from Wall and push it ahead to Barea for a layup that gave Minnesota an 85-82 lead with 28.2 seconds left. Luke Ridnour scored 15 points and Dante Cunningham (6'8''-F-87, college: Villanova) added 11 points and five rebounds for the Timberwolves. "They have just been slapped around so much," Wolves coach Rick Adelman said. "I think you get to a point where you keep saying the same things, you keep talking about the same things. But you need to get a win." Nene had 12 points and eight boards, and Emeka Okafor added 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Wizards, who squandered a 44-34 advantage on the boards against the short-handed Wolves. The Wizards turned the ball over 17 times in the first three quarters, but they opened the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run to take control. Wall hit a free throw after a technical foul on Ridnour, Nene scored on an easy layup and Kevin Seraphin backed the smaller Cunningham down low for a post-up bucket to give Washington a 73-65 lead. Adelman put Rubio back in the game, and he came up with two steals, fed Barea for a 3 and hit two free throws to get Minnesota back in it. Barea's second 3-pointer a minute later tied the game at 77. "I just thought we weren't into the flow of the offense very early and we had just careless turnovers," said Wall, who had six turnovers and missed eight of his last 10 shots. "It was passes that were there, but we waited too late or made it a tougher pass than it was. That let them get themselves back in the game. We just feel like we gave this game away." Wittman was an assistant in Minnesota under Flip Saunders and also was the head coach here from 2007-09. He went 36-105 with the rebuilding team during that time and was having just as much trouble since taking over for the fired Saunders in Washington until Wall hit the court this season. The hard-driving coach has tried to be patient with this young Wizards team, and he's had to be. Injuries to Wall, Nene and Okafor gutted the Wizards at the start of the season. They slogged through a miserable 5-28 start, but they are 14-12 with Wall in the lineup. One of the few bright spots for the Timberwolves over the last month has been Rubio's return to form from his torn ACL last March. He made his season debut in December, and has gradually gotten his game back. The restrictions on his minutes have been lifted and the behind-the-back passes and instinctive perimeter defense have returned. "We feed off of him," Williams said. "We all look to him." Courtesy of:http://washingtonexaminer.com

N.Orleans H. - LA Lakers 102-108
NEW ORLEANS - No matter how bad this season may look by the Lakers' lofty standards, it should be obvious by now that Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) isn't remotely close to giving up. Kobe Bryant scored 13 of his 42 points during a 20-0 run in the last 6:22 of the fourth quarter, and Los Angeles overcame a 25-point deficit to fend off the New Orleans Hornets, 108-102 on Wednesday night. The vintage performance featured about every shot in Kobe Bryant's extensive repertoire, from off-balance jumpers angling way from the hoop, to quick-strike transition 3-pointers, to driving layups as he was fouled. He also kept his teammates involved with 12 assists, and by the time the stirring comeback was complete, the Lakers had not only staved off potential embarrassment, but also emerged increasingly confident about their playoff chances. "I believed we were going to win it the whole time," Kobe Bryant said. "The most important thing for me was to bring my teammates along with me. I had to force the game upon them a little bit and change the momentum and get everybody believing we could do this together." The Hornets were still ahead by 21 in the final minute of the third quarter when Greivis Vasquez's 3-pointer made it 93-72, and even after the Lakers had whittled their deficit to 12, the Hornets went up 102-88 on Robin Lopez's dunk with 6:47 to go. But the Hornets would not score again, and Kobe Bryant, who also had 12 assists, began to take over with help from Jodie Meeks, who hit two of his five 3-pointers during the final surge to finish with 19 points. "This game brought us closer together as a team," said Dwight Howard, who had 20 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks, including a key rejection of Lopez's attempted game-tying shot in the final 30 seconds. "This is what it takes when you're playing for the playoffs and then when you're in the playoffs, fighting through games like this and it just shows our character. We had a tough one last night, we started out on a bad note tonight, but instead of giving up, we kept fighting until the end." Kobe Bryant, who injured his right elbow in a loss at Oklahoma City on Tuesday night but played through it to score 30, scored 25 points in the second half in New Orleans. He had 18 in the final quarter as the Lakers (31-31) pulled back to .500 and remained within 1 1/2 games of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. Kobe Bryant's driving layup with 1:34 left tied it at 102. He then pulled up for a 10-foot fade to put the Lakers ahead with 36 seconds left. "It's tough games like this that really strengthen the bond between us players and that's really what the playoffs is about," Kobe Bryant said. "You have adversity. It's about who's going to stick together and who's not going to break." Metta World Peace added 11 points for the Lakers, many of whom lingered in the locker room after the game, along with coach Mike D'Antoni, to watch Dallas hold on to beat Houston - another result that helped Los Angeles. "It was a big win tonight and it will be a nice ride home," D'Antoni said. "Then Friday you have to play another game (against Toronto)." Eric Gordon scored 18 for New Orleans but missed all five shots in the fourth quarter. Vasquez had 15 points and 12 assists, but missed all six of his shots in the final period. Ryan Anderson scored 14, while Lopez had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Hornets coach Monty Williams was at a loss to explain why the Hornets completely came apart during the final minutes, winding up with only nine points in the final period while giving up 33. "We just couldn't execute, and once it started to roll that way it's hard to stop that momentum," Williams said. "We gave up 33 when we needed to get stops and that is hard to swallow and that is all on my shoulders. There is nobody else to look at but me." Anthony Davis added 13 points for New Orleans but played less than a minute of the fourth quarter because of Williams' decision to leave Anderson in the entire period. "Ryan was knocking down shots," Williams said. "He spaces the floor so much that it gives Greivis and Eric room to operate. So, that's a call I made." Al-Farouq Aminu had 12 points and 16 rebounds, and Austin Rivers had 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting, but did not play in the second half after breaking a bone in his right hand. Team officials say he'll miss 4-6 weeks. The Lakers came in with a nine-game regular season winning streak against New Orleans, but when Howard's rim-rattling dunk put Los Angeles ahead 8-4, that was the largest lead the Lakers would have until the final seconds. After the first quarter ended in a tie at 28, the Hornets then turned in their best single quarter in the entire season. New Orleans scored 39 points in the second quarter, giving them a season-high 67 points at the half. Rivers, playing more aggressively and confidently than usual, opened the period with a driving layup that ignited a 7-0 run that included Anderson's 3. Later, Rivers spun into the lane and pulled up for a short jumper, then added two more floaters in what turned into a 27-6 run. Gordon hit three 3s during the spurt. Aminu's free throws capped the run, which gave New Orleans its largest lead at 63-38. Kobe Bryant settled the Lakers down by taking the ball inside and getting to the foul line, scoring six straight. He finished the quarter with a driving layup as he was fouled to give him 17 points and pull Los Angeles to 67-48 at halftime. Notes: The Hornets have not beaten the Lakers in the regular season since March 29, 2010, in New Orleans. ... Vasquez has 23 double-doubles this season. ... Those sitting courtside included actor Robert DeNiro (who sat next to Hornets owner Tom Benson), Baltimore Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones, Saints coach Sean Payton and new Saints defensive co-ordinator Rob Ryan. Earlier in the day, Jones, a New Orleans native, represented the Ravens when the club donated a pair of Harley Davidson motorcycles to the New Orleans Police Department in an expression of gratitude for the security protection the club received during Super Bowl week. Courtesy of:http://www.timescolonist.com

Memphis G. - Portland TB 91-85
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Marc Gasol had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Jerryd Bayless (6'3''-PG-88, college: Arizona) scored all 13 of his points in the final 13 minutes, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Portland Trail Blazers91-85 on Wednesday night. Memphis, which won its second straight and 10th in the last 11, rallied from 17 points down in the third quarter. Mike Conley added 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, and had six assists. Tony Allen scored 10 points, including two free throws with 4.8 seconds left provided the final margin. Damian Lillard scored 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting to lead Portland. J.J. Hickson had 12 points and 13 rebounds, Eric Maynor also scored 12, and Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette) had 11. Nicolas Batum scored 10 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Memphis was without leading rebounder Zach Randolph (left ankle sprain) and reserve forward Darrell Arthur (sore neck and back). All of Batum's points came in the first half, as he and Aldridge were a combined 6 of 23 from the field for the night, part of Portland shooting 41 percent. Memphis overcame Portland's final lead with an 11-1 run to go ahead 87-83 with 21.1 seconds left. Gasol had six points in the stretch, and Bayless had a 3 to start the rally. Sportshub ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 The Grizzlies outscored Portland 53-35 in the second half. Portland shot 54 percent in the first half, including Lillard hitting 5 of 7 for 14 points and a 50-38 lead at the break. Batum only missed one of his five shots in the half for 10 points. Meanwhile, Aldridge, Portland's leading scorer at 20.8 per game, connected on only one of his six shots in the half. The Memphis offense seemed completely out of synch with unusual rotations due to missing frontline players. But the Trail Blazers also were making shots, including connecting on 4 of their 7 shots from outside the arc. The Portland lead reached 13 in the half and could have been more, except Lillard's floater at the end of the half came after the horn. Gasol had 10 for Memphis in the first half as the Grizzlies were hindered by missing five of their six free throws. Memphis finished the night 11 of 18 from the line. Portland continued to extend the lead to open the second half, eventually reaching 17 in the third quarter. Hickson and Lillard had a couple of baskets each. Conley and Gasol were doing what they could to keep Memphis close, scoring 11 and seven, respectively, in the period. After Portland built the lead to 63-46 near the midway point of the third, Memphis closed the quarter with a 19-4 rally with the last basket coming on a 3-pointer from Bayless, his first points of the game, trimming the deficit to 67-65 entering the fourth. Another 3-pointer from Bayless erased the Trail Blazers' advantage and put the Grizzlies up 72-71 with just more than 9 minutes left. But after an exchange of leads, Matthews converted a three-point play, and Maynor scored from long range to rebuild the Portland advantage to 82-76. Memphis then began its final push for the victory. NOTES: The Trail Blazers lost their seventh straight road game, and have not won on the road since a 100-98 victory at Minnesota on Feb. 4. . Memphis F Quincy Pondexter was a game-time decision with a case of food poisoning. He finished with four points on 2-for-6 shooting in 22 minutes. . Lillard connected on his first 3-pointer of the game, giving him 130, most by a rookie since Stephon Curry made 166 in 2009-10. . Hickson finished the game 6 of 12 from the field. He has shot at least 50 percent in 23 straight games. . Conley had two steals, giving him 50 straight games with at least one. ... Memphis is now 29-2 when they outshoot their opponents. Courtesy of: http://www.philstar.com

Detroit P. - New York K. 77-87
Raymond Felton scored 26 points, and the New York Knicks pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Detroit Pistons 87-77 on Wednesday night despite Carmelo Anthony's absence. Anthony sat out after injuring his right knee Monday, but New York went on a 16-0 run in the fourth to put away the game. The Pistons were without big man Greg Monroe, who has a sore left ankle, and Detroit coach Lawrence Frank missed the game because of a personal matter. The Knicks turned the ball over 11 times in the first quarter, but they still led 44-38 at the half. Brandon Knight (6'3''-G-91, college: Kentucky) scored 17 points for the Pistons and led a third-quarter rally, but Detroit managed only 12 points in the fourth. The Knicks have won five of six heading into Thursday's home game against Oklahoma City. The Pistons were actually without their top two big men because rookie Andre Drummond is out with a stress fracture in his back. Amare Stoudemire took advantage, scoring 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting, but Tyson Chandler scored only two points. New York ended up taking 35 shots from 3-point range against the undermanned Pistons, making 13. The Knicks trailed 73-71 when they went on their decisive run, which included two 3-pointers by J.R. Smith, one by Jason Kidd and another by Felton to cap it. Smith scored 20 points. Assistant coach Brian Hill, filling in for Frank, joked before the game that he might need a blindfold and a cigarette because of the difficult task ahead. Despite all of New York's early turnovers, the Pistons trailed by 15 in the second quarter before a mild rally before halftime. Detroit controlled the start of the third as well. Knight scored 11 of his team's 13 points in one stretch and gave the Pistons a 65-55 lead when he made a 3-pointer with 2:44 left, but Detroit didn't score for the rest of the quarter. Felton scored the last eight points of the period - including two 3s - to tie it at 65. The Knicks also scored the first six points of the fourth, but Detroit answered with eight in a row and took a 73-71 lead on two free throws by Rodney Stuckey. Detroit's Jose Calderon had 10 points and 16 assists. NOTES: The Knicks finished with 21 turnovers to Detroit's 20. ... New York outrebounded the Pistons 48-36. ... Detroit's Jason Maxiell scored 14 points, including three early dunks. Courtesy of: http://www.theglobeandmail.com

Miami Heat - Orlando M. 97-96
Game on the line, LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) knew he was going to get to the rim. And he delivered. James scored 26 points, including a go-ahead layup after getting past DeQuan Jones with 3.2 seconds left, and the Heat scrambled late to beat the Orlando Magic 97-96 on Wednesday night and extend their franchise-record winning streak to 16 games. ''I had no intention of shooting another jumper,'' James said. He missed a pair of 3-pointers about 90 seconds earlier, so he went for the 3-footer instead. From the right wing, James drove diagonally through the lane, then used his left hand - after all, he is left-handed - for the basket that won it for Miami. It was the first time he came up with what became a game-winning basket in the final five seconds of a game since a 3-pointer beat the Magic in the 2009 playoffs, according to STATS LLC. ''This is tough,'' Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said, after his team fell to 0-2 against Miami this season - the two losses by a total of three points. ''You've got guys who battled, who really wanted to win this game and deserved to win this game.'' Dwyane Wade scored 24 points on 10-for-16 shooting - he's now shooting 62 percent in his last seven games - and Chris Bosh added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who blew a 20-point, second-half lead and then rallied from a five-point deficit in the final minutes. Nikola Vucevic (6'11''-C-90, college: USC) had 25 points and 21 rebounds for the Magic, who got 16 points apiece from Jameer Nelson and Tobias Harris, 13 from Arron Afflalo and 12 from Maurice Harkless. ''They're one of the best teams in the NBA, if not the best and we gave it our all,'' Harris said. ''They knew that. It's just a matter of a couple of seconds that could have changed the game. It's a tough loss for us but it's the right step in the right direction.'' Nikola Vucevic now has two games of 20 rebounds or more in his career - both this season, and both against Miami. He had a 20-point, 29-rebound effort in a loss to the Heat on Dec. 31. But he was one of three Magic players to foul out in the final minutes, as Orlando let a golden chance go awry. The foul discrepancy in the game - 30 for the Magic, 17 by Miami - was a hot topic in the Orlando locker room afterward. The Magic went 10 for 12 from the foul line, Miami 27 of 31. Perhaps the biggest two calls of the game came late, and both went Miami's way, although the Heat didn't like one of those at first. Nelson hit a jumper with 1:36 left, giving the Magic a 96-93 lead. James missed two 3-pointers on the next Miami possession, and on the ensuing Miami trip, Harris drove from the left baseline but his basket was waved off, with Shane Battier beating him to the spot and drawing an offensive foul, Harris' sixth of the night. Battier said he had no hesitation about the charge. ''He is defined by winning plays,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''He just continues to make them.'' Miami tried for the tie twice on the next trip, but Wade and Ray Allen missed 3-pointers. Bosh was fouled on a rebound - the sixth on Nikola Vucevic, making him the third Orlando player to reach the limit in the final minutes. Bosh made both free throws to get the Heat within one with 38 seconds remaining. Al Harrington missed a wild 3-pointer, and James got the rebound to seal the stop Miami desperately needed. So with 12.6 seconds left, the Heat got the ball and a chance to win. Spoelstra had told referees that if Miami got a stop, the Heat did not want a timeout. One was whistled anyway, and Spoelstra said that referees apologized for the miscommunication afterward. No matter - the play got set up, the ball went to James, and he delivered in the clutch. Orlando had no timeouts, and only managed a 3-point try by Afflalo from near midcourt as time expired. ''It's about getting W's and trying to find a way not get L's,'' Wade said. ''Tonight we found the way.'' The Heat came in with 44 wins, the Magic with 44 losses, and after two possessions of the second half the reigning NBA champions had a 20-point lead. And then about one quarter later, they were losing. Nikola Vucevic had 10 points and nine rebounds in the third quarter alone - the Heat, as a team, had four rebounds in the period - and the tide of the game totally turned in a matter of minutes. What was a 60-40 Miami lead got whittled down steadily, with the Magic getting within 15 after a jumper by Afflalo, then 10 on a hook shot by Nikola Vucevic, five on a 3-pointer by Harris and finally within 77-74 when Nikola Vucevic closed the quarter with two free throws. Orlando didn't stop there, either. Nelson made a contested 3-pointer to tie the game at 79-all with 10:29 left, and his three-point play about a minute later gave the Magic their first lead of the night. Nikola Vucevic added back-to-back baskets, and suddenly, Orlando was up 86-81 with 8:29 left - meaning the Magic run, in about 14 minutes of actual playing time, was a 46-21 burst. ''Maybe it's the way they defend,'' Nikola Vucevic said. ''They give me open looks and a chance to rebound a little bit more.'' Miami answered with the next six points to briefly re-take the lead, but Nikola Vucevic struck again with 5:03 remaining, getting a short shot off the glass to drop and stake the Magic to a 91-87 edge. In the end, James was one play better. ''He took it into his own hands,'' Spoelstra said. Courtesy of: msn.foxsports.com



Danny Granger out a week as Pacers take precautions - by Eurobasket News

Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) will miss at least a week with soreness in his left knee, the team announced Wednesday. The Pacers said Granger will continue to receive treatments on his knee and will be re-evaluated in a week. Granger, who missed Indiana's first 55 games with patellar tendinosis, returned Feb. 23 and had been on restricted minutes no more than 20 a game. He played 19 minutes in his first three games back and shook off the rust with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting in Indiana's 99-911 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 28. However, played 10 minutes Friday against the Toronto Raptors and eight minutes Sunday against the Chicago Bulls. He told the Pacers' medical staff he had discomfort in his left knee in both games. He did not practice Tuesday. It is a setback, and it remains to be seen how significant the setback is. The Pacers were counting on Granger to provide a scoring punch the remainder of season either off the bench or from the starting lineup and be more productive in time for the playoffs. Asked if the Pacers were considering pulling the plug on Granger's season, Indiana coach Frank Vogel told reporters on Tuesday, "We're not anywhere near that. Hopefully, we're not going to have to cross that bridge. I don't think we're going to have to."
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



The Hawks released Tyler - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Hawks released 22-year old forward Jeremy Tyler (209-118kg-91, college: Louisville). But in only one NBA game he did not score anything and had only 3 rebounds. Tyler also played at the Warriors earlier this season. In 15 games he recorded just 1.5ppg and 1.1rpg. The other team he played shortly was Santa Cruz Warriors. In four games he recorded 14.3ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
Two years ago (two years after he left the college) Tyler was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats in second round (39th overall). The former University of Louisville staris in his fourth season in pro basketball. Tyler's college team won Big East Tournament in 2009.
He has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Haifa), Italy and Japan (Tokyo Apache).
Tyler could be described: (by Jorrye Nixon for NBADraft.net in 2011)
A highly touted prep big man, Tyler was considered at or ner the top of his class for a very long time When you look at him it's obvious why, as he looks like an NBA big man despite his age, at 6'10 260 Moves well and shows good coordination and fluidity for a guy his size. Although he's got good size and athleticism, he's not all that decisive in his moves and he will be easier for NBA posts to defend until he tightens his moves with the ball in his hands
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By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nbatransactions)



Austin Rivers Out 4-6 Weeks With Broken Hand - by Eurobasket News

Hornets rookie, Austin Rivers (6'4''-G-92, college: Duke), will miss the next 4-6 weeks after breaking the fourth metacarpal bone in his right hand during the first half of the loss to the Lakers on Wednesday night.
Rivers played 15 minutes and scored 10 points, 4 above his season average, on 5-6 shooting before leaving the game in which his team went on to give up a 25-point lead at home to drop to 21-41 on the season.
Courtesy of: beyondthebuzzer.com



Shelvin Mack signs at The Hawks - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Hawks landed 23-year old guard Shelvin Mack (190-94kg-90, college: Butler). He played at Maine Red Claws, but eventually released. In 23 D-League games he averaged impressive 20.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 7.5apg and 1.2spg this season. Mack was called during the season by the Philadelphia 76ers. But in three games he had just 0.7ppg. He was called during the season by the Washington Wizards. In 7 games he had 5.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.3apg.
Two years ago Mack was drafted by Washington Wizards in second round (34th overall). He attended Butler University until 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Mack's college team won Horizon League Tournament for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). He received also NABC Division I All-District 12 2nd Team award in 2011. Mack represented USA at the World Championships U19 in New Zealand four years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 5.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 35.2%, 3PT: 48.1%, FT: 22.2%.
Let's have closer look into Mack's outlook: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2011)
Instant offense type of shooter/scorer at the lead guard position Very composed. Always on balance, never seems to rush things. Good pace to his game. Plays smart, values the basketball Aggressive scorer with a crafty offensive game. Really knows how to create shots and has a strong one on one game. Good shot selection. Solid athlete though nothing extraordinary. Lacks tremendous leaping ability Lacks great blow by speed off the dribble
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By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nbatransactions)



Will the NBA fall asleep on Elijah Pittman? - by Julius Johnson

Kobe became the next MJ, Nash the next Stockton, and Howard the next Shaq ... Everybody loves historical comparisons.

Below are excerpts from a Draft Express scouting report written just before the 2007 NBA draft.

"a fairly anonymous name in college basketball"

"raw, but extremely promising hybrid forward with prototypical tools for the next level."

"Standing somewhere around 6-8, he passes the eye test and then some, with an awesome combination of size, length, and athleticism"

"runs the floor like a deer, with great quickness and big, long strides, being capable of getting off his feet for highlight reel caliber dunks with the great of ease, either in alleyoop fashion or for a thunderous putback dunk"

"an extremely reserved, quiet person off the court"

"long ways to go to reach his full potential"

"If hes to play some small forward at the next level, its important for him to learn how to use his size better in the paint, as that could be an excellent source of production when being defended by smaller guys"

The player described is Wilson Chandler (see http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Wilson-Chandler-505/), who was drafted 23rd overall by the New York Knicks.

Until Chandler declared for and remained in the 2007 draft, most so-called draft experts didn't list Chandler as a likely draft pick, not even in the 2nd round. Chandler played under the radar for a poor college team. Last March, Chandler signed a 5yr deal with the Denver Nuggets worth $37 million.

Is it possible that the next Wilson Chandler is soon to emerge from the ranks of the unknown?

Marshall's Elijah Pittman (6'9''-F-91) has quietly positioned himself to follow Chandler's remarkable climb.

Taking a closer look using Stats Sheet at http://statsheet.com/mcb/players/compare?add=wilson-chandler&i=1&p1=elijah-pittman we see great similarity.

Player Pittman Chandler
Height 6'9 6'8
Points 16. 14.6
P/40 20.1 18.4
FG% 49.1 45.0
FT% 69.4 65.4
3FG% 37.2 33.3
O Reb 1.6 1.8
Assists 1.53 1.41

If Draft Express simply changed the date of the Wilson Chandler scouting report, they would describe Elijah Pittman in a nutshell. To date, Draft Express hasn't even issued one scouting report on Pittman, even though Pittman's attributes mirror if not exceed those of Chandler. 29 teams and a bunch of scouting services fell asleep on Wilson Chandler in 2007.

In 2013, Elijah Pittman will test the collective memory of NBA executives.

When all is said and done, the next Wilson Chandler will have emerged.



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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. Windsor Exp. 19-18 
 5. Halifax R. 18-18 
 6. Oshawa P. 18-18 
 7. St.John M.R. 18-19 
 8. Montreal J. 2-35 

Regular Season: Round 32

Mar. 6: Oshawa P. - Windsor Exp. 65-101
Mar. 5: Summerside S. - St.John M.R. 140-95
Mar. 8: Montreal J. - St.John M.R.
Mar. 8: Summerside S. - Oshawa P.
Mar. 8: Windsor Exp. - London L.



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  NCAA1   

Top 25 - Men

ACC Standings
 1. Miami, FL 14-3 (21-5) 
 2. Duke (8) 13-4 (25-4) 
 3. N.Carolina (12) 12-5 (22-8) 
 4. Virginia 10-5 (19-8) 
 5. N.Carolina St. (6) 10-6 (20-8) 
 6. Maryland 8-9 (19-10) 
 7. Florida St. (24) 7-9 (15-14) 
 8. Boston Coll. 6-11 (13-16) 
 9. Georgia Tech 5-11 (15-12) 
 10. Wake Forest 5-11 (12-16) 
 11. Clemson 4-11 (11-14) 
 12. Virginia Tech 4-13 (13-16) 

Regular Season: Round 116

Mar. 6: VCU - Richmond 93-82
Mar. 6: LIU Brooklyn - Quinnipiac 91-83
Mar. 6: E.Carolina - Tulane 88-85
Mar. 6: Duquesne - Charlotte 87-89 OT
Mar. 6: Iowa St. - Oklahoma St. 87-76
Mar. 6: La Salle - G.Washington 84-70
Mar. 6: Houston - Rice 84-62
Mar. 6: Oklahoma - W.Virginia 83-70
Mar. 6: Mercer - Lipscomb 82-48
Mar. 6: N.Carolina St. - Wake Forest 81-66
Mar. 6: St.Joseph''s - Rhode Island 81-44
Mar. 6: S.Carolina - Mississippi St. 79-72
Mar. 6: SE Missouri St. - E.Illinois 78-68
Mar. 6: Syracuse - De Paul 78-57
Mar. 6: Xavier - St.Louis 77-66 OT
Mar. 6: Lafayette - Holy Cross 77-54
Mar. 6: Auburn - Tennessee 75-82
Mar. 6: Purdue - Michigan 75-80
Mar. 6: Dayton - St.Bonaventure 75-63
Mar. 6: Robert Morris - St.Francis, NY 75-57
Mar. 6: Seattle - CSU Bakersfield 74-75 OT
Mar. 6: Morehead St. - Tenn-Martin 73-66
Mar. 6: Florida Gulf Coast - N.Florida 73-63
Mar. 6: Washington St. - UCLA 73-61
Mar. 6: Wagner - Cent.Conn.St. 72-50
Mar. 6: Lehigh - Colgate 71-64
Mar. 6: California - Stanford 70-83
Mar. 6: UAB - Cent.Florida 70-74
Mar. 6: Bryant - Mt.St.Mary''s 69-75
Mar. 6: Miami, FL - Georgia Tech 69-71
Mar. 6: Maryland - N.Carolina 68-79
Mar. 6: Villanova - Georgetown 67-57
Mar. 6: Florida - Vanderbilt 66-40
Mar. 6: Tulsa - SMU 65-71
Mar. 6: Washington - USC 65-57
Mar. 6: S.Florida - Connecticut 65-51
Mar. 6: Army - American 65-44
Mar. 6: Nevada - N.Mexico 62-75
Mar. 6: San Diego St. - Air Force 58-51
Mar. 6: Bucknell - Navy 58-42
Mar. 6: Texas A&M - LSU 57-68
Mar. 6: Wyoming - Colorado St. 56-78
Mar. 6: Fordham - Temple 55-74
Mar. 6: Portland - Loyola Mary 54-65
Mar. 6: Nebraska - Minnesota 53-51

Regular Season: Round 117

Mar. 7: Montana St. - N.Arizona
Mar. 7: Georgia - Kentucky
Mar. 7: Florida St. - Virginia
Mar. 7: Massachusetts - Butler
Mar. 7: Northwestern - Penn St.
Mar. 7: Savannah St. - Md-E Shore
Mar. 7: S.Carolina St. - Delaware St.
Mar. 7: Morgan St. - Florida A&M
Mar. 7: Coppin St. - Beth.-Cookman
Mar. 7: Norfolk St. - N.Carolina A&T
Mar. 7: Hampton - N.C.Central
Mar. 7: SE Louisiana - McNeese St.
Mar. 7: Nicholls St. - Lamar
Mar. 7: Northwestern St. - Texas A&M-CC
Mar. 7: Colorado - Oregon
Mar. 7: Montana - Sacramento St.
Mar. 7: Michigan St. - Wisconsin
Mar. 7: N.Mexico St. - Louisiana Tech
Mar. 7: Denver - Texas Arlington
Mar. 7: Sam Houston St. - SF Austin
Mar. 7: Weber St. - Portland St.
Mar. 7: Utah St. - Texas St.
Mar. 7: N.Colorado - S.Utah
Mar. 7: Idaho St. - E.Washington
Mar. 7: UCSB - CS Fullerton
Mar. 7: Cal Poly - SLO - Cal-Riverside
Mar. 7: San Jose St. - UTSA
Mar. 7: Cal-Davis - Long Beach St.
Mar. 7: Pacific - Cal-Irvine
Mar. 7: CS Northridge - Hawaii
Mar. 7: Utah - Oregon St.


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.15.2 
 7. Hanlan, Boston Col.14.9 
 8. Harris, Wake F.14.8 
 9. McAdoo, N.Carolina14.6 
 10. Anderson, Boston14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard HOWELL
  N.Caroli.
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Howell, N.Caroli.10.7 
 2. Plumlee, Duke10.2 
 3. Mitchell, Virginia8.8 
 4. Anderson, Boston8.3 
 5. Len, Maryland8.1 
 6. McAdoo, N.Carolina7.8 
 7. Thomas, Wake F.7.7 
 8. Leslie, N.Caroli.7.7 
 9. Booker, Clemson7.7 
 10. Johnson, Miami,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.Carolina4.5 
 5. Larkin, Miami, FL4.4 
 6. Strickland, N.Car.4.1 
 7. Green, Virginia Te.3.9 
 8. Howard, Maryland3.8 
 9. Rahon, Boston Coll.3.3 
 10. Hall, Clemson3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Lorenzo BROWN
  N.Caroli.
  (196-G-)
  Avg: 2
 1. Brown, N.Caroli.2.0 
 2. Larkin, Miami, FL2.0 
 3. Scott, Miami, FL1.7 
 4. Cook, Duke1.6 
 5. McAdoo, N.Carolina1.5 
 6. Strickland, N.Car.1.3 
 7. Mitchell, Virginia1.3 
 8. Shannon, Florida1.3 
 9. Green, Virginia Te.1.3 
 10. McKie, Wake Fore.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 K.J. MCDANIELS
  Clemson
  (198-G/F-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. McDaniels, Clemson2.1 
 2. Miller, Georgia Te.2.1 
 3. Gamble, Miami, FL1.9 
 4. Len, Maryland1.9 
 5. Plumlee, Duke1.6 
 6. Thomas, Wake F.1.4 
 7. Kelly, Duke1.4 
 8. Kadji, Miami, FL1.4 
 9. Turpin, Florida St.1.3 
 10. Leslie, N.Caroli.1.2 


Will the NBA fall asleep on Elijah Pittman? - by Julius Johnson

Kobe became the next MJ, Nash the next Stockton, and Howard the next Shaq ... Everybody loves historical comparisons.

Below are excerpts from a Draft Express scouting report written just before the 2007 NBA draft.

"a fairly anonymous name in college basketball"

"raw, but extremely promising hybrid forward with prototypical tools for the next level."

"Standing somewhere around 6-8, he passes the eye test and then some, with an awesome combination of size, length, and athleticism"

"runs the floor like a deer, with great quickness and big, long strides, being capable of getting off his feet for highlight reel caliber dunks with the great of ease, either in alleyoop fashion or for a thunderous putback dunk"

"an extremely reserved, quiet person off the court"

"long ways to go to reach his full potential"

"If hes to play some small forward at the next level, its important for him to learn how to use his size better in the paint, as that could be an excellent source of production when being defended by smaller guys"

The player described is Wilson Chandler (see http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Wilson-Chandler-505/), who was drafted 23rd overall by the New York Knicks.

Until Chandler declared for and remained in the 2007 draft, most so-called draft experts didn't list Chandler as a likely draft pick, not even in the 2nd round. Chandler played under the radar for a poor college team. Last March, Chandler signed a 5yr deal with the Denver Nuggets worth $37 million.

Is it possible that the next Wilson Chandler is soon to emerge from the ranks of the unknown?

Marshall's Elijah Pittman (6'9''-F-91) has quietly positioned himself to follow Chandler's remarkable climb.

Taking a closer look using Stats Sheet at http://statsheet.com/mcb/players/compare?add=wilson-chandler&i=1&p1=elijah-pittman we see great similarity.

Player Pittman Chandler
Height 6'9 6'8
Points 16. 14.6
P/40 20.1 18.4
FG% 49.1 45.0
FT% 69.4 65.4
3FG% 37.2 33.3
O Reb 1.6 1.8
Assists 1.53 1.41

If Draft Express simply changed the date of the Wilson Chandler scouting report, they would describe Elijah Pittman in a nutshell. To date, Draft Express hasn't even issued one scouting report on Pittman, even though Pittman's attributes mirror if not exceed those of Chandler. 29 teams and a bunch of scouting services fell asleep on Wilson Chandler in 2007.

In 2013, Elijah Pittman will test the collective memory of NBA executives.

When all is said and done, the next Wilson Chandler will have emerged.



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  NCAA2   


Second half ralley helps Benedict claim consecutive SIAC Men's Basketball Championship title - by Greg

Atlanta, GA--Marcus Goode (6'10''-C) was named 2013 SIAC Men's Basketball Tournament MVP as the 6-10 senior All-American recorded a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead Benedict College to its second consecutive SIAC Men's Basketball Championship with a 68-60 victory over Morehouse College Saturday evening at Forbes Arena.

Lamar Adkins added 15 points off the bench for the Tigers, who won their fourth tournament title since 2004 under head coach Fred Watson.

"We knew that they [Morehouse] were going to come out aggressive," Watson said. "They are very well coach and know us very well and really challenged us in all phases of the game. I am happy to have a group of seniors that are self motivated and know how to get the job done."

Andrae Nelson had 20 points to lead the Maroon Tigers, and was named to the All-Tournament team, as was Darrius Williams, who had 17 points and 11 rebounds.

While Morehouse applied pressure on SIAC Men's Player of the Year Xavier Collier, the point guard managed to get his teammates involved by dishing a game-high nine assists to match his 10 points he scored. Rickie Jackson, who was named to the All-Conference team along with Goode, scored six points, but hit his 12th and 13th 3-point basket in the second half to help spark Benedict's comeback.

Morehouse opened up the second half with a 9-3 run to take a 41-33 lead, getting the large home Morehouse crowd excited and forcing Watson to burn a quick time out. Senior Cassius Bell hit a jumper on the ensuing play, but Morehouse's Shawn Allen responded with a jumper. Goode converted on a layup that would spark a 18-4 run by the Tigers.

A 3-pointer by Jackson cut the lead to three as Brenan Reynard hit back-to-back baskets to give Benedict the 46-45 lead with 11:01 to play. An Adkins jumper gave Benedict the lead for good, 48-47, with 10:17 to play, and he followed by hitting a 3-pointer on the next possession.

Benedict had a 61-53 lead with 2:27 left, but Morehouse got a 3-pointer from Austin Anderson and a jumper from Nelson to make it 61-58 with 1:43 left to play. Over the next minute, Benedict missed one field goal and two free throws, while Morehouse missed two field goals. Adkins snapped the scoring drought by sinking two critical free throws with .38 second remaining in the game to put the Tigers ahead 63-58.

Morehouse cut the lead to 65-60 with .18 seconds left on a jumper by Williams, but Adkins sank two more free throws with .16 seconds left to secure the victory.

Joining Goode, Jackson, Nelson, and Williams on the All-Tournament team was Tuskegee guard Calvin Thomas, who averaged 16 points in two tournament games for the Golden Tigers.

Courtesy of SIAC

SIAC Tournament Final: Benedict - Morehouse 68-60
SIAC Tournament Semifinals:
Benedict - Paine 68-55
Morehouse - Tuskegee 63-59

All-SIAC 1st Team 2012-2013
#s#
Marcus Goode
Goode
Xavier Collier
Collier
Darrius Williams
Williams
Andrae Nelson
Nelson
Terrence Bowman
Bowman
#e#5

All-Tournament MVP: Marcus Goode (6'10''-C) of Benedict
Player of the Year: Xavier Collier (5'11''-PG) of Benedict
Defensive Player of the Year: Torrean Walker (6'7''-C) of Stillman
Freshman of the Year: Shaquille Cook () of Tuskegee
Newcomer of the Year: Darrius Williams (6'4''-G) of Morehouse
Coach of the Year: Grady Brewer of Morehouse

1st Team
G: Jaren Harris (5'10'') of Albany St.
PG: Xavier Collier (5'11'') of Benedict
C: Marcus Goode (6'10'') of Benedict
G: Darrius Williams (6'4'') of Morehouse
F: Andrae Nelson (6'6'') of Morehouse
G: Terrence Bowman (6'4'') of Claflin
PG: Mario Jordan (5'11'') of Paine
F: Ladarius Rhone (6'5'') of Stillman
G: Calvin Thomas (5'6'') of Tuskegee
F: Brandon Davey (6'6'') of Ft.Valley St.

All-Tournament Team
Darrius Williams (6'4''-G) of Morehouse
Ricky Jackson (6'7''-F-87) of Z*Tennessee MH
Andrae Nelson (6'6''-F) of Morehouse
Marcus Goode (6'10''-C) of Benedict
Calvin Thomas (5'6''-G) of Tuskegee



Westmorland leads BowieState to second CIAA Men's Basketball Title in School History - by Simas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Byron Westmorland had a huge night in leading Bowie State to the CIAA championship.

The senior forward scored a career-high 38 points including 26 points in the second half to outduel Livingstone's Mark Thomas and help Bowie State break open a tight game for an 85-74 victory over Livingstone in the CIAA finals at Time Warner Cable Arena on Saturday. The Bulldogs (16-13 overall) won their second championship, including the first under Head Coach Darrell Brooks, after entering the tournament as the No. 4 Northern Division seed. The latest title comes 10 years after the Bulldogs claimed their first CIAA crown in 2003.

With the victory, the Bulldogs received the conference's automatic bid in the NCAA Division II Tournament. The Blue Bears (22-6 overall) are anticipating an at-large bid after reaching the title game as the No. 6 ranked team in the Atlantic Region. The top eight teams in the region will advance to the tournament.

"I'm so proud of my team, especially my five seniors," Brooks said. "They've worked hard. We've had a lot of adversity this year and all through it, they stuck together and we got a great reward for it."

However, the Blue Bears missed out on that elusive first league championship after winning their first Southern Division title and coming into the tournament as the division's top seed. The Blue Bears can blame Westmoreland, the tournament MVP, for that.

The Bulldogs' star sparked a late run which clinched the title for the Bulldogs. Down 53-51 with 14:42 left, the Bulldogs outscored the Blue Bears 34-21 with Westmoreland scoring 18 points during the spurt. The Bulldogs' finish was similar to Friday's semifinal against Winston-Salem State when they went on a late surge to reach the championship game.

The Bulldogs withstood an outstanding effort by Thomas of the Blue Bears, a talented guard who scored a career-high 34 points before fouling out late. Thomas kept the Blue Bears in the game by scoring 18 points in the second half. His layup on a drive cut the Blue Bears' deficit to 75-67. But Westmoreland completed a three-point play of his own for a 78-67 lead with 2:05 left that wrapped up the game for the Bulldogs, who outscored the Blue Bears 42-33 in the second half.

Westmorland finished the night making 13 of 19 shots which ranged from jumpers to layups in transition which resulted in three-point plays at times. He also made 10 of 15 free throws in addition to getting six rebounds and four steals.

Westmorland got support from his inside players. Forward Carlos Smith had 11 points and seven rebounds and forward Najee White contributed 10 points. Forward Dameatric Scott had seven rebounds and five assists. Guard Bryan Wilson also helped out on the boards, grabbing six to go along with eight points. The inside play complemented Westmoreland as the Bulldogs scored 46 points in the paint and 16 second-chance points.

"[The] game was kind of what we expected," Brooks said. "It was a war. We thought it was going to be a very physical game. We thought that the team that did the best job defending and on the backboards would be the team that would probably win the game and fortunately, it was us."

As a team, the Bulldogs shot 56 percent. Meanwhile, the Blue Bears shot 38 percent.

"Bowie came out and scored points," Livingstone coach James Stinson said. "That was the biggest fear. We knew they would score. We knew that Westmoreland was a tough person to stop, but we left some points out there ourselves, by not making free throws, by missing a few layups here and there, and I think we were a little anxious at certain points in time. We've been down this road once before and we just didn't take advantage of the opportunity that was presented to us. I take my hat off to Bowie State and congratulate them for doing such a good job."

Other than Thomas, the Blue Bears struggled from the floor. Thomas was 11 of 21 from the floor and 9 of 13 from the free-throw line in addition to three steals. Darnell Turner added 11 points but he was the only other double figure scorer. Anthony Welch scored nine points on 3 of 4 three-point shooting.

The Bowie State big men impact the contest from the start by limiting the Blue Bears to one shot and getting inside for easy baskets. A dunk by Carlos Smith off a missed layup lifted the Bulldogs to an early 15-7 lead.

Led by Thomas, the Blue Bears came back to pull within 22-19. The Blue Bears led 26-24 on his three-point play.

The Bulldogs reclaimed momentum when Wilson swished a three pointer for a 40-36 Bulldogs lead with under a minute remaining in the half. A three-pointer by Westmorland made the score 43-38 Bowie State, but Thomas answered with a three before halftime to cut the Bulldogs lead to 43-41 at the break.

Thomas scored 16 points in the first half for the Blue Bears. Westmorland scored 12 and Smith with 10 for the Bulldogs. White added eight points for the Bulldogs.

Thomas gave the Blue Bears a 46-44 lead in the second half on a three-pointer, but Bowie State reclaimed the lead at 51-46 on a free throw and layup by Westmorland.

Once again, it was Thomas who brought back the Blue Bears. His free throw and three from the deep corner put the Blue Bears back ahead 53-51. Westmoreland scored five straight points as the Bulldogs regained the lead at 56-53. A dunk by White and a layup by Westmoreland extended their lead to 65-56, giving the Bulldogs the cushion they needed to hold off the Blue Bears. When Scott scored on a tip-in, the lead reached 13 points at 75-62.

The All-CIAA Tournament team featured Westmorland and Scott of Bowie State, and Thomas, Jody Hill and Ethan Anderson of Livingstone. The other All-CIAA Tourney members are Quinton McDuffie of Chowan, Christopher Grier of Virginia State, Justin Glover of Winston-Salem State, Derrick Washington of Lincoln (Pa.), and Angelo Sharpless of Elizabeth City State. Johnson C. Smith won the John B. McLendon Team Sportsmanship Award.

Courtesy of CIAA


CIAA Tournament Final: Bowie State - Livingstone College 85-74
CIAA Tournament Semifinals:
Bowie State - Winston-Salem State 83-66
Elizabeth City State - Livingstone College 53-68

All-CIAA 1st Team 2012-2013
#s#
Angelo Sharpless
Sharpless
Quinton McDuffie
McDuffie
Wykevin Bazemore
Bazemore
Kenny Mitchell
Mitchell
Emilio Parks
Parks
#e#5

Player of the Year: Angelo Sharpless (6'4''-G-90) of Elizabeth City
All-Tournament MVP: Byron Westmorland (6'4''-F-90) (6'4''-F-90) (6'4''-F-90) of Bowie St.
Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Wells (6'1''-PG-90) of Winston Salem
Rookie of the Year: Kortez Smith (5'7''-PG) of Chowan
Coach of the Year: Darrell Brooks of Bowie St.

1st Team
F: Quinton McDuffie (6'5'') of Chowan
F: Wykevin Bazemore (6'4'') of Winston Salem
F/C: Kenny Mitchell (6'9''-90) of Virginia St.
G: Angelo Sharpless (6'4''-90) of Elizabeth City
F: Emilio Parks (6'5'') of Johnson C. Smith
F: Tyrrel Tate (6'5''-92) of Fayetteville St.
F: Byron Westmorland (6'4''-90) of Bowie St.
SG: Kenny Sharpe (6'3''-88) of Lincoln, PA
G: Justin Glover (6'3'') of Winston Salem
PG: Trevin Parks (5'11''-91) of Johnson C. Smith
PG: Mark Thomas (5'10''-PG) (5'10'') of Livingstone
PG: Percy Woods (5'10'') of St.Augustine

All-Tournament Team
Byron Westmorland (6'4''-F-90) of Bowie St.
Ethan Anderson (6'9''-F) of Livingstone
Jody Hill (6'1''-G) of Livingstone
Mark Thomas (5'10''-PG) of Livingstone
Quinton McDuffie (6'5''-F) of Chowan
Christopher Grier (6'3''-G) of Virginia St.
Justin Glover (6'3''-G) of Winston Salem
Derrick Washington (6'0''-PG-90) of Lincoln, PA
Angelo Sharpless (6'4''-G-90) of Elizabeth City

All-Rookie Team
Kortez Smith (5'7''-PG) of Chowan
Michel-Ofik Nzege (6'8''-F-92) of Winston Salem
Joshua Linson (6'2''-F) of Johnson C. Smith
Miykael Faulcon (6'4''-G) of Elizabeth City
Dominique Byrd (6'6''-F) of Elizabeth City



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Harvey back for struggling Texters - by Aris Ignacio

The rebounding demon is back in the PBA.

Donnell Harvey (203-F/C-80, college: Florida), who led the Talk N Text Tropang Texters to a runner-up finish in last year's Commissioner's Cup, will be suiting up when they face the Barako Bull Energy in an out-of-town game in Legaspi City in Albay on March 9. Harvey, who recently had played with the TianJin Steel in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), will be expected to bring back the hustle and energy he provided en-route to a finals appearance last year. He replaced an effective but silent Keith Benson (210-C-88, college: Oakland), who just managed to bring a 2-3 win-loss card for the highly-touted Tropang Texters.

The former University of Alabama alumnus averaged 19.06 points, 16 rebounds, 2.17 assiasts and 1.5 steals last season for the Tropang Texters, who lost to the B-Meg Llamados (now San Mig Coffee Mixers) in the Commissioner's Cup finals in seven games.



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  POLAND   

Standings - 1 Liga

1Liga Standings
 1. Slask Wroclaw 25-2 
 2. AZS Kutno 18-8 
 3. MKS DG 17-10 
 4. MOSiR Krosno 16-11 
 5. P.Cukier SIDEn 15-12 
 6. Start Lublin 14-13 
 7. Stal Ostrow 14-13 
 8. AZS Radex 14-13 
 9. Sokol Lancut 14-13 
 10. Spojnia 13-14 
 11. Polonia 13-14 
 12. Znicz Basket 13-14 
 13. Astoria Bydg. 11-16 
 14. SKK Siedlce 7-19 
 15. AZS PP 6-20 
 16. UMKS Kielce 5-23 

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 6: AZS Radex - Spojnia 98-73
Mar. 6: P.Cukier SIDEn - Astoria Bydg. 92-77
Mar. 6: UMKS Kielce - Start Lublin 89-87
Mar. 6: MOSiR Krosno - Polonia 85-73
Mar. 6: Znicz Basket - SKK Siedlce 81-61
Mar. 6: AZS Kutno - Stal Ostrow 74-66
Mar. 6: MKS DG - Sokol Lancut 72-64
Mar. 6: AZS PP - Slask Wroclaw 72-51

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 9: Spojnia - MOSiR Krosno
Mar. 9: Polonia - MKS DG
Mar. 9: SKK Siedlce - UMKS Kielce
Mar. 9: Sokol Lancut - Znicz Basket
Mar. 9: Stal Ostrow - AZS PP
Mar. 9: Start Lublin - AZS Kutno
Mar. 9: Astoria Bydg. - AZS Radex
Mar. 9: Slask Wroclaw - P.Cukier SIDEn


Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Mateusz BIERWAGEN
  Astori.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bierwagen, Astori.18.0 
 2. Celej, Start Lublin17.7 
 3. Pacocha, AZS Radex15.9 
 4. Dluski, AZS Kutno15.8 
 5. Kikowski, Slask W.15.5 
 6. Wilczek, Start Lub.15.0 
 7. Kukielka, Polonia14.9 
 8. Szymanski, Znicz B.14.7 
 9. Lewandowski, SKK14.6 
 10. Flieger, Slask W.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Adam METELSKI
  AZS P.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Metelski, AZS P.11.9 
 2. Wilczek, Start Lub.11.0 
 3. Dluski, AZS Kutno9.4 
 4. Zurawski, Stal O.9.2 
 5. Lisewski, P.Cuk.7.7 
 6. Mielczarek, AZS R.7.3 
 7. Diduszko, Slask W.7.1 
 8. Hyzy, Slask W.7.0 
 9. Szymanski, Znicz B.7.0 
 10. Wyka, Polonia6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  Start Lublin
  (189-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Wilczek, Start Lub.6.9 
 2. Grochowski, MKS D.6.7 
 3. Laczynski, MOSiR K.6.4 
 4. Hybiak, AZS P.5.8 
 5. Baran, Sokol Lanc.5.3 
 6. Basinski, SKK S.5.0 
 7. Szumelda-K., Stal4.9 
 8. Lewandowski, Astor.4.8 
 9. Pacocha, AZS Radex4.7 
 10. Brek, AZS Kutno4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Grzegorz GROCHOWSKI
  MKS D.
  (180-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Grochowski, MKS D.2.8 
 2. Hybiak, AZS P.2.5 
 3. Lewandowski, Astor.2.2 
 4. Szymanski, Znicz B.2.1 
 5. Basinski, SKK S.2.1 
 6. Wilczek, Start Lub.2.0 
 7. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.0 
 8. Laczynski, MOSiR K.1.8 
 9. Sikora, P.Cuk.1.7 
 10. Baran, Sokol Lan.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dariusz WYKA
  Polonia
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Wyka, Polonia1.7 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.5 
 3. Lisewski, P.Cuk.1.4 
 4. Metelski, AZS P.1.2 
 5. Fras, Astoria Bydg.1.2 
 6. Glabas, AZS Kutno1.0 
 7. Wrobel, UMKS K.1.0 
 8. Gabinski, Slask W.1.0 
 9. Olejnik, Stal Ostr.0.9 
 10. Grudzinski, Spojn.0.9 


1Liga Round 27: AZS PP defeats leader Slask Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News

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

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Slask Wroclaw (25-2) in Pozoan on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by fifteenth ranked AZS PP (6-20) 72-51. It ended at the same time the 25-game winning streak of Slask Wroclaw. The game was mostly controlled by AZS PP. Slask Wroclaw managed to win second period 16-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AZS PP dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Slask Wroclaw's 26. AZS PP forced 23 Slask Wroclaw turnovers and outrebounded them 42-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for guard Tomasz Baszak (182-82) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 4 assists. point guard Pawel Hybiak (173-89) contributed with 10 points and 9 assists for the winners. Forward Lukasz Diduszko (197-86) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds for Slask Wroclaw. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted AZS PP maintains fifteenth place with 6-20 record. Slask Wroclaw at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. AZS PP are looking forward to face higher ranked Stal Ostrow (#7) in Ostrow Wlkp. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Slask Wroclaw will play at home against P.Cukier SIDEn (#5) in Torun and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked UMKS Kielce managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of seven consecutive loses. This time newly promoted UMKS Kielce edged seventh-ranked WIKANA Start 89-87. It was a great evening for point guard Hubert Makuch (179-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 assists. Damian Tokarski helped adding 15 points and 8 rebounds. UMKS Kielce's coach Rafal Gil allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was guard Sebastian Szymanski (186-91, agency: Promotex) with 22 points and 4 assists. Newly promoted UMKS Kielce maintains sixteenth place with 5-23 record. WIKANA Start at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 13 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. UMKS Kielce will play against higher ranked SKK Siedlce (#14) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. WIKANA Start will play against the league's second-placed AZS Kutno (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
The game between ninth ranked AZS Radex (14-13) and 10th ranked Spojnia (13-14) in Szczecin on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. AZS Radex outscored guests from Stargard 98-73. It was a quality performance for Lukasz Pacocha who led the winners and scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Hubert Pabian came up with 21 points for Spojnia in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. AZS Radex moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Spojnia lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Znicz Basket and Polonia. AZS Radex will meet Astoria Bydg. (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Spojnia will play against MOSiR Krosno and hope to secure a win.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 27: Polonia was beaten by MOSiR Krosno on the road 85-73. AZS Kutno won against Stal Ostrow on its own court 74-66. Sokol Lancut unfortunately lost to MKS DG in Dabrowa Gornicza 64-72. P.Cukier SIDEn managed to beat Astoria Bydg. at home 92-77. SKK Siedlce was crushed by Znicz Basket on the opponent's court 81-61.
The most impressive performance of 27th round was 24 points and 6 rebounds by Damian Pieloch of Sokol Lancut.


MOSiR Krosno - Polonia 85-73

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked MOSiR Krosno (16-11) beat at home 11th ranked Polonia (13-14) 85-73 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by MOSiR Krosno. Polonia managed to win third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for MOSiR Krosno especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for point guard Kamil Laczynski (180-89) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 5 assists. Forward Marcin Salamonik (202-83) accounted for 19 points for the winning side. Four MOSiR Krosno players scored in double figures. MOSiR Krosno's coach Dusan Radovic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Grzegorz Plocica (190-80) came up with 26 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Michal Musijowski (180-89) added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Polonia in the defeat. MOSiR Krosno maintains fourth place with 16-11 record. Loser Polonia dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Znicz Basket and Spojnia. MOSiR Krosno will meet Spojnia (#10) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Polonia will play against MKS DG in Dabrowa Gornicza and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
MOSiR Krosno: M.Salamonik 19+4reb+3ast, K.Laczynski 18+4reb+5ast, A.Misiewicz 14+5reb+1ast, W.Pisarczyk 12+4reb+2ast, D.Oczkowicz 7+4reb+6ast, D.Adamczewski 6+3reb
Polonia: G.Plocica 26+6reb+3ast, M.Musijowski 16+7reb+6ast, M.Kolowca 7, T.Zablocki 7+5reb+2ast, D.Wyka 6+2reb+1ast, B.Bal 4+1ast
gschID: 191577


AZS Kutno - Stal Ostrow 74-66

Very expected game when 6th ranked Stal Ostrow (14-13) lost on the road to second ranked AZS Kutno (18-8) 74-66 on Wednesday. Stal Ostrow trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 21-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 66-74 at the end of the game. It was an exceptional evening for point guard Dawid Brek (185-89, agency: Promotex) who led the winners and scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Power forward Wojciech Glabas (207-90) accounted for 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Power forward Wojciech Zurawski (199-76) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds and point guard Filip Matczak (186-93) added 22 points and 4 assists respectively for Stal Ostrow in the defeat. Stal Ostrow's coach Mikolaj Czaja rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. AZS Kutno maintains second place with 18-8 record having eight points less than leader Slask Wroclaw. Newly promoted Stal Ostrow keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. AZS Kutno will meet WIKANA Start (#6) in the next round. Stal Ostrow will play against AZS PP in Pozoan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
AZS Kutno: W.Glabas 21+6reb+1ast, D.Brek 18+5reb+6ast, K.Jakobczyk 16+2reb+2ast, G.Malecki 9+4reb+1ast, M.Szwed 8+9reb, L.Kwiatkowski 2+2reb
Stal Ostrow: F.Matczak 22+4ast, W.Zurawski 15+15reb+1ast, L.Olejnik 6+3reb, M.Kalowski 6+2reb+1ast, A.Kaczmarzyk 6+4reb, J.Dryjanski 4+4reb
gschID: 191576


AZS PP - Slask Wroclaw 72-51

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Slask Wroclaw (25-2) in Pozoan on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by fifteenth ranked AZS PP (6-20) 72-51. It ended at the same time the 25-game winning streak of Slask Wroclaw. The game was mostly controlled by AZS PP. Slask Wroclaw managed to win second period 16-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AZS PP dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Slask Wroclaw's 26. AZS PP forced 23 Slask Wroclaw turnovers and outrebounded them 42-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for guard Tomasz Baszak (182-82) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 4 assists. point guard Pawel Hybiak (173-89) contributed with 10 points and 9 assists for the winners. Forward Lukasz Diduszko (197-86) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Michal Gabinski (202-87) added 6 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Slask Wroclaw. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted AZS PP maintains fifteenth place with 6-20 record. Slask Wroclaw at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. AZS PP are looking forward to face higher ranked Stal Ostrow (#7) in Ostrow Wlkp. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Slask Wroclaw will play at home against P.Cukier SIDEn (#5) in Torun and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
AZS PP: T.Baszak 17+4reb+4ast, M.Szydlowski 10+3reb, P.Hybiak 10+3reb+9ast, A.Metelski 7+12reb, P.Gacek 6+4reb+1ast, L.Ulchurski 6+2reb+1ast
Slask Wroclaw: L.Diduszko 14+5reb, A.Mroczek-Truskowski 8+3reb+1ast, T.Prostak 8+1reb+2ast, M.Gabinski 6+10reb+2ast, N.Kulon 6+3reb+2ast, T.Ochonko 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 191575


MKS DG - Sokol Lancut 72-64

Very predictable result when third ranked MKS DG (17-10) won against 8th ranked Sokol Lancut (14-13) in Dabrowa Gornicza 72-64 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 11 points at the halftime before their 46-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. MKS DG dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Sokol Lancut's 24. It was an exceptional evening for forward Michal Woloszyn (202-84) who led the winners and scored 18 points. Swingman Marek Piechowicz (203-88) accounted for 11 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Four MKS DG players scored in double figures. MKS DG's coach Wojciech Wieczorek used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Damian Pieloch (195-89) came up with 24 points and 6 rebounds and guard Michal Baran (185-80) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for Sokol Lancut in the defeat. MKS DG have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 17-10 record having eight points less than leader Slask Wroclaw. Sokol Lancut lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 13 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. MKS DG will meet Polonia (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sokol Lancut will play against Znicz Basket (#12) in Pruszkow and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
MKS DG: M.Woloszyn 18+2reb+2ast, M.Piechowicz 11+3reb+6ast, J.Karolak 11+3reb+1ast, M.Dziemba 11, L.Grzegorzewski 10+3reb+3ast, M.Maj 8+8reb+1ast
Sokol Lancut: D.Pieloch 24+6reb+2ast, M.Baran 9+5reb+7ast, K.Gawrzydek 7+6reb, P.Halas 7+3reb+1ast, B.Dubiel 6+1reb+1ast, M.Klima 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 191574


AZS Radex - Spojnia 98-73

The game between ninth ranked AZS Radex (14-13) and 10th ranked Spojnia (13-14) in Szczecin on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. AZS Radex outscored guests from Stargard 98-73. The game without a history. AZS Radex led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 61.1 percent from the field and made 20-of-21 free shots (95.2 percent) during the game. AZS Radex outrebounded Spojnia 38-14 including a 33-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. AZS Radex looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. It was a quality performance for point guard Lukasz Pacocha (182-82, agency: Promotex) who led the winners and scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Maciej Majcherek (190-82) accounted for 18 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Four AZS Radex players scored in double figures. Forward Hubert Pabian (202-89, agency: Promotex) came up with 21 points and point guard Piotr Trepka (182-80) added 8 points respectively for Spojnia in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. AZS Radex moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Spojnia lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Znicz Basket and Polonia. AZS Radex will meet Astoria Bydg. (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Spojnia will play against MOSiR Krosno and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
AZS Radex: L.Pacocha 20+8reb+5ast, M.Majcherek 18+4reb+5ast, M.Miszczuk 17+4reb+3ast, M.Raczynski 14+1reb+1ast, K.Pytys 12+5reb, K.Mielczarek 6+10reb+5ast
Spojnia: H.Pabian 21+1reb+1ast, T.Stepien 9+2reb, L.Ratajczak 8+3reb, A.Soczewski 8, P.Trepka 8+4reb+3ast, B.Szczepaniak 7+4ast
gschID: 191573


P.Cukier SIDEn - Astoria Bydg. 92-77

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Astoria Bydg. (11-16) lost to fifth ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (15-12) in Torun 77-92 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by P.Cukier SIDEn. Astoria Bydg. managed to win fourth quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. P.Cukier SIDEn dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Astoria Bydg.'s 42. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Astoria Bydg.'s players. It was an exceptional evening for guard Piotr Smigielski (190-89) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 4 assists. Guard Jacek Jarecki (197-88) accounted for 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Four P.Cukier SIDEn players scored in double figures. P.Cukier SIDEn's coach Eugeniusz Kijewski used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. point guard Pawel Lewandowski (186-83) came up with 24 points and power forward Sebastian Laydych (203-87) added 14 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Astoria Bydg. in the defeat. P.Cukier SIDEn have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 15-12 record. Newly promoted Astoria Bydg. keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. P.Cukier SIDEn will meet league's leader Slask Wroclaw on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Astoria Bydg. will play against AZS Radex (#8) in Szczecin and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
P.Cukier SIDEn: A.Lisewski 18+4reb+1ast, P.Smigielski 18+4reb+4ast, J.Jarecki 16+5reb+5ast, W.Barycz 16+3reb+1ast, M.Kowalewski 10+1reb+1ast, L.Zytko 4+3reb+11ast
Astoria Bydg.: P.Lewandowski 24+3reb+1ast, S.Laydych 14+11reb+1ast, M.Bierwagen 13+5reb+2ast, P.Robak 9+5reb+4ast, D.Szyttenholm 9+3reb+3ast, W.Fras 6+5reb
gschID: 191572


Znicz Basket - SKK Siedlce 81-61

Everything went according to plan when twelfth ranked Znicz Basket (13-14) outplayed 14th ranked SKK Siedlce (7-19) in Pruszkow 81-61 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Znicz Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to SKK Siedlce's 34. Znicz Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Marcin Matuszewski (194-82) who led the winners and scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Michal Aleksandrowicz (188-89) accounted for 15 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Four Znicz Basket players scored in double figures. Swingman Przemyslaw Lewandowski (204-78, agency: Promotex) came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds and forward Marcin Chodkiewicz (200-82, agency: Promotex) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for SKK Siedlce in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Znicz Basket moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Polonia and Spojnia. Loser SKK Siedlce keeps the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Znicz Basket will meet higher ranked Sokol Lancut (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SKK Siedlce will play against UMKS Kielce (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Znicz Basket: M.Matuszewski 16+9reb+5ast, M.Aleksandrowicz 15+2reb+5ast, L.Bonarek 12+8reb+1ast, P.Szymanski 11+6reb+5ast, G.Malewski 9+4reb+1ast, K.Czosnowski 6+1ast
SKK Siedlce: P.Lewandowski 14+6reb+3ast, M.Chodkiewicz 13+6reb+1ast, T.Deja 11+3reb, M.Rapucha 9+2reb, K.Sulima 5+1ast, J.Czyz 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 191571


UMKS Kielce - Start Lublin 89-87

Bottom-ranked UMKS Kielce managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of seven consecutive loses. This time newly promoted UMKS Kielce edged seventh-ranked WIKANA Start 89-87. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-19. But WIKANA Start won third quarter 24-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for point guard Hubert Makuch (179-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 assists. Guard Damian Tokarski (192-88) helped adding 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four UMKS Kielce players scored in double figures. UMKS Kielce's coach Rafal Gil allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was guard Sebastian Szymanski (186-91, agency: Promotex) with 22 points and 4 assists and forward Bartosz Ciechocinski (201-91) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Newly promoted UMKS Kielce maintains sixteenth place with 5-23 record. WIKANA Start at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 13 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. UMKS Kielce will play against higher ranked SKK Siedlce (#14) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. WIKANA Start will play against the league's second-placed AZS Kutno (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
UMKS Kielce: H.Makuch 20+2reb+6ast, L.Fafara 17+2reb+3ast, D.Tokarski 15+8reb+3ast, M.Wrobel 11+6reb+1ast, R.Krol 9+1reb, J.Lewandowski 5+1reb
Start Lublin: S.Szymanski 22+4ast, T.Celej 18+3reb, B.Ciechocinski 18+5reb+2ast, L.Wilczek 9+8reb+8ast, M.Wilczek 8+2reb+1ast, P.Kowalski 7+7reb+2ast
gschID: 191570



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Standings - Proliga

Proliga Standings
 1. Oliveirense 14-2 
 2. Maia Basket 13-3 
 3. Electrico FC 12-4 
 4. Sangalhos 9-8 
 5. Illiabum 9-8 
 6. Guifoes 8-8 
 7. Angra 7-10 
 8. Terceira 6-11 
 9. Benfica B 4-12 
 10. Ginasio 4-12 
 11. Leca 4-12 

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 9: Illiabum - Benfica B
Mar. 9: Sangalhos - Ginasio
Mar. 9: Maia Basket - Leca
Mar. 9: Angra - Oliveirense
Mar. 9: Electrico FC - Guifoes
Mar. 10: Terceira - Oliveirense



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Krasnie Krilya adds Collins to their roster, ex Al Riyadi - by Eurobasket News

Krasnie Krilya Samara (PBL) added to their roster 37-year old American guard DeJuan Collins (188-85kg-76, college: Tuskegee). He was tested at Al Riyadi in Lebanese Division A, but was not approved after all. The last season Collins played at Zalgiris (LKL) in Lithuanian league. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 16 LKL games he recorded 5.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg. Collins also played 12 games in Euroleague where he averaged 6.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.5apg. He also played 2 games in Baltic League where he averaged 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.0apg. And finally Collins played 15 games in VTB United League where he averaged 3.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.7apg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Honorable Mention in 2011.
Collins is quite experienced player. He has played also in Germany (ALBA Berlin, Brose Baskets Bamberg and Walter Tigers), Greece (Aris and Kavala), Italy (Cimberio Varese), Spain (Cajasol) and Russia (Lokomotiv).
Collins attended Tuskegee University until 1999 and it is his 14th (!!!) season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: DeJuan is a big strong physical guard, who is able to score off the penetration as well as his perimeter shooting. With a strong powerful first step and his quickness, he is very difficult to defend. He is a fierce competitor, who backs down from nobody, as he has been known to dunk over 7'0' players. He is also a very physical defender, as his athleticism allows him to shut down players. He is capable of playing the point guard and shooting guard position.
DeJuan is a very outgoing person, who loves to compete and win. He makes his off-season home in Baton Rogue, Louisiana
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By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroCup: Lokomotiv stun Buducnost in Podgorica - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost - Lokomotiv Kuban 54:72

Lokomotiv Kuban made a huge step towards EuroCup semifinals. They defeated Buducnost in Podgorica to head to the return leg in Krasnodar with a comfortable cushion. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) posted 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the Russian team.
Buducnost looked confident in the opening stanza. The hosts built a 15:8 lead at the first break. But Lokomotiv took over in the next period. The visitors straighten defensively and held Buducnost to 13 points in the second frame. Lokomotiv narrowed the gap at 3-point mark 25:28. The third quarter became decisive in this one. Lokomotiv turned it into a disaster for the home side. The visitors went on a 26:8 rally to secure a 51:36 lead into the fourth frame. Lokomotiv kept stunned the hosts at distance throughout the final period clinching a key victory at the end. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) accounted for 15 points, while Andrey Zubkov (205-G/F-91) and Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points each in the win. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for Buducnost. Dusko Bunic (206-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) had 9 points in the losing effort.

Buducnost: Cedomir Vitkovac 14, Dusko Bunic 9
Lokomotiv Kuban: Derrick Brown 17, Nick Calathes 15, Andrey Zubkov 10, Mantas Kalnietis 10



EuroCup: Valencia topple Unics - by Eurobasket News

Valencia - Unics 80:70

Valencia heading to Kazan having built a 10-point buffer after the opening round of EuroCup Quarterfinal series. Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 19 points to lead the hosts to the victory.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. Valencia eked out a 21:20 lead ten minutes into the encounter. The hosts stepped on the gas in the second frame. Valencia dropped 24 points and cleared off to a 45:35 distance at halftime. The margin grew at 13-point mark midway through the third quarter. However Unics went on a 10:0 run to narrow the deficit. Valencia entered the fourth quarter up by six points 64:58. Pau Ribas, Bojan Dubljevic and Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) helped Valencia restore a 12-point lead with under four minutes remaining. Terrell Lyday (191-G-79, college: BYU) dragged the visitors within 8 points 70:78 with just over a minute remaining. However Justin Doellman dunked for the final result of the game 80:70. Justin Doellman accounted for 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, while Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) added 10 points for the winners. Terrell Lyday answered with 28 points for Unics. Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) chipped in 13 points and pulled down 8 rebounds in the loss.

Valencia: Bojan Dubljevic 19, Justin Doellman 18, Stefan Markovic 10
Unics: Terrell Lyday 28, Mire Chatman 13



EuroCup: Spartak roll past Budivelnyk in Saint Petersburg - by Eurobasket News

Spartak SP - Budivelnyk 83:72

Spartak Saint Petersburg clinched an 11-point victory against Budivelnyk in the opening leg of the EuroCup quarterfinal series. They will now have to defend it in one weeks time in the Ukrainian capital to reach the semis. Zack Wright (195-G-85, college: Central Mo.) knocked down 18 points and issued 7 assists to lead the winners.
Spartak got to the aggressive start. They piled up a 23:19 lead ten minutes into the game. The Russian team maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They piled up a 43:36 halftime advantage. Budivelnyk used a 10:2 run midway through the third quarter to surge ahead 54:53. Spartak regained the lead to enter the fourth stanza up by three points 63:60. Zack Wright opened a double-digit lead for Spartak midway through the fourth quarter 75:65. Janis Strelnieks and Josh Carter (200-F-88, college: Texas A&M) drained back-to-back triples to give Spartak an 83:70 lead with just one second remaining. However Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) managed to answer with a layup to finalize the score. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) delivered 17 points, while Josh Carter produced 15 points for the winning team. Leo Lyons answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Budivelnyk. Artur Drozdov (200-SF-80) had 16 points in the loss.

Spartak SP: Zack Wright 18, Loukas Mavrokefalidis 17, Josh Carter 15
Budivelnyk: Leo Lyons 21, Artur Drozdov 16



EuroLeague: CSKA Moscow down Brose Baskets in Stechert Arena - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets - CSKA Moscow 58:78

CSKA Moscow down Brose Baskets in Stechert Arena in EuroLeague Group E. The Russian team took 7-3 record after a road 78:58 win. Brose Baskets suffered their 10th consecutive loss.
CSKA Moscow won the opening period 23-18 and posted all the victories later in the quarters. The Russian team added 23-17 rally for 11-point halftime advantage. CSKA Moscow scored 16 points in the third and the last quarters that was also enough for the narrow wins. Brose Baskets managed to post 12 points in the third quarter and ended up with 11 points at the end.
Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) and Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 17 points each. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) nailed 16, while Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) added 11. Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort, while Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, college: Florida) had 13. Maik Zirbes (208-C-90, agency: LUMANI 10.7) brought 8 and Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) as well as Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) had 7 apiece.

Brose Baskets: Sharrod Ford 16, Matt Walsh 13, Maik Zirbes 8, Anton Gavel 7, Casey Jacobsen 7
CSKA Moscow: Nenad Krstic 17, Vladimir Micov 17, Milos Teodosic 16, Sonny Weems 11



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  RWANDA   


Thailand Slammers sign Darrius Brannon - by Eurobasket News

Chang Thailand Slammers (ASEAN League) signed 30-year old Rwandan ex-international forward Darrius Brannon (206-83, college: Houston). He played most recently at Corr.Victoria in Mexican LNBP, but left. In 10 games he had 6.0ppg and 5.1rpg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Brannon's team made it to the C-USA Tournament Semifinals in 2006. He was also voted Top Freshman Rebounder of the Year (12.3rpg) back in 2002 at his college time. Brannon was a member of Rwandan Senior National Team two years ago.
He has played previously professionally in TPBL (Houston B.) and ABA (Houston R.S.).
Brannon attended University of Houston until 2006 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
He could be described: Extremely athletic and hard working, Mr. Brannon is a great addition to any team. He is an all around player; rebounding, scoring and blocking shots drive his winning attitude. Darrius is a great around the basket scorer. He has a nice package of skills and is an outstanding passer for a big man. He is almost completely ambidextrous, even to the point of being able to drill 3-pointers with either hand. Brannon has a great basketball IQ that could help propel any professional basketball team.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Mladen Pantic moves to Bulgaria - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian center Mladena Pantic moves from Greece to Bulgaia. After begining of the season in Borac Cacak, great start and short period in Ikaros Kallitheas, Mladen Patic moves to Bulgaria. Patic signs contract with Levski until the end of season. Pantic started career in FMP Zeleznik and played 8 seasons for them. Two times Pantic was loaned to Lavovi and Borac Cacak during his growth on professional scene. International career Pantic started in ALBA Berlin, continued in Kavala, Keravnos and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. Except FMP, Lavovi and Borac of Serbian teams, Pantic played for Radnicki Kragujevac, Mega Vizura, Igoke Aleksandrovac and Hemofarm Stada. Mladen Pantic was member of Yugoslavian U18 and U20 National team.


Mladen Pantic moves to Bulgaria - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian center Mladen Pantic (209-C-82, agency: Alti Sport) moves from Greece to Bulgaia. After begining of the season in Borac Cacak, great start and short period in Ikaros Kallitheas, Mladen Patic moves to Bulgaria. Patic signs contract with Levski until the end of season. Pantic started career in FMP Zeleznik and played 8 seasons for them. Two times Pantic was loaned to Lavovi and Borac Cacak during his growth on professional scene. International career Pantic started in ALBA Berlin, continued in Kavala, Keravnos and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. Except FMP, Lavovi and Borac of Serbian teams, Pantic played for Radnicki Kragujevac, Mega Vizura, Igoke Aleksandrovac and Hemofarm Stada. Mladen Pantic was member of Yugoslavian U18 and U20 National team.


Balkan League: Mornar Bar edge OKK Beograd - by Eurobasket News

Mornar Bar - OKK Beograd 102:96

Mornar Bar claimed a narrow home win over OKK Beograd in the Balkan League season. Hank Thorns (175-PG-89, college: TCU) stepped up with 25 points and 10 assists to lead the Montenegrin team in the Last Four Group action.
Morna Bar fired 27 points in the opening quarter to take a 3-point lead. The Montenegrin side maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The hosts piled up a 54:44 halftime advantage. OKK Beograd cut the deficit in the third quarter. The Serbian team got within 8 points at the final intermission. But it was not enough. Mornar Bar stayed ahead throughout the final period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) notched 18 points, while Slobodan Tosic (195-G-80, agency: BeoExcell) added 12 points for Mornar Bar. Nikola Jeftic (202-F-85) answered with 28 points and 12 rebounds for OKK Beograd. Milorad Sutulovic (196-G-90) netted 20 points in the loss.

Mornar Bar: Hank Thorns 25+10 assists, Lazar Radosavljevic 18, Slobodan Tosic 12
OKK Beograd: Nikola Jeftic 28+12 boards, Milorad Sutulovic 20



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Standings - D1

Extraliga Standings
 1. Levice 21-7 
 2. Komarno 20-9 
 3. Nitra 19-11 
 4. Nova Ves 15-14 
 5. Inter Bratislava 15-15 
 6. B.Bystrica 13-16 
 7. Prievidza 12-17 
 8. Svit 9-21 
 9. Handlova 7-21 

Regular Season: Round 33

Mar. 6: Nitra - Inter Bratislava 97-86
Mar. 6: Prievidza - Komarno 90-81
Mar. 6: B.Bystrica - Svit 110-99
Mar. 8: Levice - Handlova



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Grosuplje lands Korosec - by Zeljko Zule

Two weeks after bringing aboard a new coach Predrag Milovic, bottom placed Grosuplje has added to its roster first player by signing Aljaz Korosec (190-PG-92). He arrives from Hopsi, for whom he averaged 7.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals over 27 minutes in 9 Telemach League games this season. Korosec grew up with Helios. Ha also played for Triglav and LTH Castings Mercator.

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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 24-25 
 6. Dongbu Promy 19-30 
 7. Samsung Th. 19-30 
 8. Sonic Boom KT 19-30 
 9. LG Sakers 18-30 
 10. KCC Egis 12-36 

Regular Season: Round 38

Mar. 6: Samsung Th. - Sonic Boom KT 87-77
Mar. 5: Mobis Phoebus - LG Sakers 79-67
Mar. 6: Dongbu Promy - Goyang Orions 68-88
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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Marc Gasol selected the top Spaniard playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Marc Gasol (216-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Memphis Grizzlies (39-19) in their last game. Despite Gasol's very good performance the Memphis Grizzlies lost 91-98 on the road to the Miami Heat. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Gasol also added 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in 36 minutes on the court. It's Gasol's fifth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Gasol averages: 13.9ppg, 7.8rpg, 3.9apg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3FGP: 8.3% and FT: 87.4% in the 58 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Serge Ibaka (208-89, currently plays in NBA). Ibaka led Oklahoma City Thunder to an easy victory against the New Orleans Hornets (21-40) crushing them 119-74 in the NBA last Wednesday. He recorded 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. The Oklahoma City Thunder has a solid 44-16 record this season. This year Ibaka has very high stats. He averages: 13.6ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.9bpg, 2FGP: 57.6%(318-552), 3FGP: 40.5% and FT: 77.0%. Ibaka has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Spanish. Ex-C.B. L'Hospitalet player is in the roster of the Spanish senior national team.

Ricky Rubio
Ricky Rubio
   #3. The Spanish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Ricky Rubio (192-90, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Rubio was not able to help the Minnesota Timberwolves (20-37) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves were crushed 116-94 in Los Angeles by the Lakers. Rubio recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and making the same number of passes. He also added 8 rebounds. Rubio has relatively good stats this season: 8.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 7.1apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 37.4%, 3FGP: 18.2% and FT: 77.1%. He played for the Spanish national team two years ago.

Jose Manuel Calderon
Jose Manuel Calderon
   #4. Point guard Jose Manuel Calderon (192-81, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 1-point Detroit Pistons' victory against the Washington Wizards (19-39) 96-95 in the NBA on Wednesday night. He recorded 6 points, 4 rebounds and 18 assists. The Detroit Pistons have 23-39 record this season. This year Calderon has very high stats. He averages: 12.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 7.1apg and 1.1spg. Calderon is also Spanish national team player.

Victor Claver
Victor Claver
   #5. International power forward Victor Claver (207-88, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (20-37) 109-94 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. He recorded 10 points in only 14 minutes. The Portland Trail Blazers have 28-31 record this season. It's Claver's first year with the team. This year Claver's overall stats are: 2.9ppg and 2.4rpg in the 35 games. He plays currently for the Spanish national team.

Daniel Munoz
Daniel Munoz
   #6. Point guard Daniel Munoz (183-87, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the American (5-9) in their game against the Lafayette College (10-4) in the NCAA, despite his very good performance last Saturday. He recorded 13 points and added 6 passes in 40 minutes. But the American lost 72-80 in Easton, PA to the Lafayette College. It was American's fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Munoz has been at the team for four years. This season Munoz's total stats are: 4.2ppg and 3.7rpg in the 35 games. He is a former U17 international player as he played for the Spanish team ten years ago.

Miguel Ortega
Miguel Ortega
   #7. Former U18 international point guard Miguel Ortega (188-91, currently plays in Denmark) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Horsens IC (19-8) 97-79 in the Danish Ligaen on Thursday night. Ortega scored 6 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 32 minutes. Randers Cimbria Basketball (13-14) is placed fifth in the Ligaen. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Ortega's first season with the team. Ortega is the league's best passer and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 12.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 7.4apg and 2.0spg in the 26 games. Ortega used to play for the Spanish U18 national team four years ago.

Salvador Camps
Salvador Camps
   #8. An experienced point guard Salvador Camps (178-79, currently plays in Ireland) couldn't help Moycullen (7-13) in their game against Killester (8-12) in the Irish Superleague. He recorded 6 points and added 6 assists in 16 minutes. The bottom-ranked Moycullen lost 67-77 in Dublin to the higher-ranked (#6) Killester. Camps' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Camps is ranked second on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (second place). This year he has very good stats: 11.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 7.1apg and 2.5spg in the 13 games. Camps used to play for the Spanish national team back in 2001.

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

   #1. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) led San Antonio Spurs to an easy victory against the Sacramento Kings (21-41) crushing them 130-102 in the NBA on Friday night. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds in 23 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 47-14 record this season. Splitter has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.4apg in the 61 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish.

   #2. Experienced Luis Scola (206-F/C-80, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in an overtime Phoenix Suns' victory against the San Antonio Spurs (47-14) 105-101 in the NBA last Wednesday. Scola recorded 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 20 minutes. The Phoenix Suns have 21-39 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Scola has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.7ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.3apg in the 60 games. Scola is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Spanish.

   #3. Caio Silveira (211-C-87, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Brazil) led Flamengo to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Mogi (9-16) crushing them 86-64 in the Brazilian NBB last Monday. Silveira scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (6-0) is placed first in the NBB. So far his team won all six games in the Regular Season. This season Silveira has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg and 7.0rpg. He has both Spanish and Brazilian nationalities.

   #4. Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85, currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB could not help Hebraica (2-5) in their last game. Despite Barrera's good performance the eighth-placed Hebraica lost 67-71 in a derby game to the higher-ranked (#4) Malvin in the Serie 1. He recorded 13 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists in 37 minutes. It was Hebraica's third consecutive loss in a row. Barrera is currently first on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (second place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 7.6apg and 2.1spg in the 40 games. Barrera also holds two passports: Spanish and Uruguayan.

   #5. Sergi Coll (204-F/C-82, currently plays in Portugal), who plays in the Portuguese LPB was not able to help Ovarense (10-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Ovarense was defeated 84-77 at home by the lower-ranked Vitoria SC (#5). Coll was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 6 rebounds. This season Coll has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4spg.

   #6. Jose Manuel Coego (204-C/F-78, currently plays in Portugal) led CAB Madeira to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Sampaense crushing them 103-77 in the Portuguese LPB last Saturday. He scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 30 minutes. This year Coego has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg and 5.3rpg in the 15 games.

   #7. Devin Davis (202-F-74, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Argentina), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA was not able to secure a victory for Wuber-Est.Bahia (19-20) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance Wuber-Est.Bahia was edged 80-78 on the road by the much higher-ranked Boca Juniors (#4). Davis recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. Davis' total stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.4apg. He is a naturalized American. Davis used to play for 13.6ppg, Reb-1(9.8), 2apg, in April '98 signed with Huelva in Spanish league.

   #8. Alvaro Calvo (202-F-83, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Suzano 89-74 in the Brazilian NBB in Monday night's game. He scored 7 points in only 12 minutes. This year Calvo's total stats are: 8.6ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg in the 19 games.

   #9. Carlos Cherry (184-PG-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in France) couldn't help Quimper UJAP in their game against JA Vichy in the French NM1 (third division). Despite his very good performance last Saturday He was the top scorer with 19 points. Cherry also added 4 rebounds and dished 9 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Cherry is currently second on the league's list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 6.1apg and 1.2spg.

   #10. Ariel Eslava (201-F/C-79, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked La Union 88-72 in the Argentinian LigaA on Friday night. Eslava scored 8 points and added 3 assists in only 11 minutes. This year his total stats are: 4.2ppg and 3.7rpg in the 35 games. Eslava has Spanish and Argentinian nationalities.



EuroCup: Valencia topple Unics - by Eurobasket News

Valencia - Unics 80:70

Valencia heading to Kazan having built a 10-point buffer after the opening round of EuroCup Quarterfinal series. Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 19 points to lead the hosts to the victory.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. Valencia eked out a 21:20 lead ten minutes into the encounter. The hosts stepped on the gas in the second frame. Valencia dropped 24 points and cleared off to a 45:35 distance at halftime. The margin grew at 13-point mark midway through the third quarter. However Unics went on a 10:0 run to narrow the deficit. Valencia entered the fourth quarter up by six points 64:58. Pau Ribas, Bojan Dubljevic and Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) helped Valencia restore a 12-point lead with under four minutes remaining. Terrell Lyday (191-G-79, college: BYU) dragged the visitors within 8 points 70:78 with just over a minute remaining. However Justin Doellman dunked for the final result of the game 80:70. Justin Doellman accounted for 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, while Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) added 10 points for the winners. Terrell Lyday answered with 28 points for Unics. Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) chipped in 13 points and pulled down 8 rebounds in the loss.

Valencia: Bojan Dubljevic 19, Justin Doellman 18, Stefan Markovic 10
Unics: Terrell Lyday 28, Mire Chatman 13



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Standings - BasketEttan

Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Taby 15-4 
 2. Akropol 15-4 
 3. LF Future 15-4 
 4. Umea 13-8 
 5. Blackeberg 12-7 
 6. Solna Branten 9-10 
 7. Alvik Basket 9-10 
 8. Orongo 9-11 
 9. Fryshuset 8-12 
 10. Uppsala KFUM 8-12 
 11. BG Lulea 3-16 
 12. Jarva Devils 1-19 
South
 1. Brahe Basket 15-4 
 2. Eos 14-6 
 3. Boras II 13-5 
 4. Malbas 12-8 
 5. Jarfalla 12-8 
 6. Haga Haninge 10-11 
 7. Hoganas 9-10 
 8. Eskilstuna 9-11 
 9. Talje 8-10 
 10. Hogsbo 8-11 
 11. Helsingborg 5-13 
 12. Sanda 1-19 

Regular Season: Round 20

North

Mar. 2: Orongo - Umea 83-76
Mar. 2: Akropol - Uppsala KFUM 78-55
Mar. 3: Solna Branten - Fryshuset 66-75
Mar. 2: Taby - Jarva Devils 105-66
Mar. 7: LF Future - BG Lulea

Round 12

Mar. 2: Alvik Basket - BG Lulea 85-59
Mar. 3: Blackeberg - BG Lulea 62-71

Round 13

Mar. 3: Alvik Basket - LF Future 86-93
Mar. 2: Blackeberg - LF Future 76-86

Round 17

Mar. 10: Boras II - Hoganas

Round 21

Mar. 10: Solna Branten - Taby

Round 8

Mar. 3: Talje - Boras II 70-96

South

Mar. 3: Brahe Basket - Haga Haninge 91-84
Mar. 2: Hoganas - Eos 83-72
Mar. 2: Eskilstuna - Boras II 81-89
Mar. 2: Talje - Jarfalla 78-68
Mar. 3: Hogsbo - Helsingborg 77-71
Mar. 6: Malbas - Sanda 67-68


Stats Leaders - BasketEttan

Points Per Game
 Markus LENNGREN
  Hogsbo
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Lenngren, Hogsbo23.8 
 2. Alix, Jarfalla22.1 
 3. Dawit, Fryshuset21.7 
 4. Ronnqvist, LF Fu.20.8 
 5. Nagwere, Fryshuset19.8 
 6. Hartmann, Akropol19.2 
 7. Sellin, Helsingborg18.8 
 8. Cavalieri, Brahe B.18.7 
 9. Bergstrom, Black.18.6 
 10. Andersson, Taby18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jesper ELIASSON
  Solna B.
  (204-F-94)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Eliasson, Solna B.11.7 
 2. Hult, Eos10.0 
 3. Lenngren, Hogsbo9.7 
 4. Saleman, Umea9.5 
 5. Alix, Jarfalla9.3 
 6. Hartmann, Akropol9.2 
 7. Sinani, Helsingborg9.2 
 8. Sellin, Helsingborg8.9 
 9. Halling, Jarfalla8.9 
 10. Nagwere, Fryshus.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Christian KOUTRAS
  Akropol
  (189-G-88)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Koutras, Akropol10.5 
 2. Lundin, Taby6.0 
 3. Blazevic, Talje5.4 
 4. Bankhead, Malbas5.0 
 5. Nystrom, Eos5.0 
 6. Pierre, Umea4.9 
 7. Kebedom, Brahe B.4.7 
 8. Nagwere, Fryshuset4.6 
 9. Panghulan, Black.4.5 
 10. Larsson, LF Futu.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel URBAN
  Eskilstuna
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Urban, Eskilstuna3.0 
 2. Dawit, Fryshuset2.9 
 3. Bankhead, Malbas2.8 
 4. Nystrom, Eos2.7 
 5. Strazdauskas, Hog.2.6 
 6. Baltrokonis, Hogan.2.5 
 7. Maraker, Boras II2.4 
 8. Koutras, Akropol2.4 
 9. Hansson, Alvik B.2.4 
 10. Alix, Jarfalla2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Hugh ROBINSON
  Brahe B.
  (202-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Robinson, Brahe B.2.1 
 2. Kuksta, Hoganas1.8 
 3. Urban, Eskilstuna1.5 
 4. Saleman, Umea1.3 
 5. Sinani, Helsingborg1.3 
 6. Soderman, Haga H.1.2 
 7. Bergstrom, Black.1.2 
 8. Hult, Eos1.1 
 9. Ismaili, Boras II1.0 
 10. Nystrom, Eos1.0 


Henry Dugat's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old guard Henry Dugat (183-G-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for LF Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32.
He recorded a triple-double of 28 points addeding also 11 rebounds and 10 assists, while his team beat Boras (#4, 21-11) 123-118. LF Basket maintains the 7th position in Swedish league. LF Basket 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 16-16 record. Dugat turned to be LF Basket's top player in his first season with the team. Baylor University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Dugat is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.3ppg) and assists (3rd best: 4.7apg).

Second best performed player last round was Carlton Guyton (193-G-90) of Eagles. He is American guard in his first season at Eagles. In the last game Guyton recorded impressive 34 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Eagles lost that game 77-85 to slightly higher-ranked Jamtland (#9, 8-24). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Eagles keeps 11th position. 26 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Eagles managed to get this year. Guyton is a newcomer at Eagles and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Christopher McKnight (201-F-87) of Boras (#4). McKnight scored 27 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite McKnight's great performance Boras lost 118-123 to the lower-ranked LF Basket (#7, 16-16). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Boras needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 21 victories and 11 lost games. McKnight has a great season in Sweden. After 32 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.3rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Palm (209-C-79) of Boras - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Martin Ringstrom (206-F-81) of Norrkoping - 22 points and 7 rebounds
6. Alexander Lindqvist (205-F-91) of Sodertalje - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Tim Whitworth (198-G/F-81) of Jamtland - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. James Miller (180-PG-79) of Boras - 24 points and 14 assists
9. Isiah Brown (203-F-89) of 08 - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Christopher Ryan (196-G-90) of LF Basket - 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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1LN Standings

1LN Standings
East
 1. Winterthur 16-2 
 2. Birsfelden 14-4 
 3. Solothurn 14-4 
 4. Starwings U23 13-5 
 5. Boncourt U23 9-9 
 6. Gordola 7-11 
 7. Rapid Bienne 6-12 
 8. Lug.Tigers U23 5-13 
 9. Massagno U23 5-13 
 10. Baden 1-17 
West
 1. Chene 17-3 
 2. Ovronnaz-Mart. 17-3 
 3. Cossonay 13-7 
 4. Vevey U23 13-7 
 5. Collombey-Muraz 12-8 
 6. Nyon U23 11-9 
 7. La Chx-de-F. 7-13 
 8. Renens 7-13 
 9. Agaune 5-15 
 10. Morges 4-16 
 11. Sion 4-16 



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ASEAN League: Warriors extend winning streak to seven - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia Warriors - Thailand Slammers 69:60

Indonesia Warriors claimed the 7th straight win at the ASEAN League championship. They knocked down the Thailand Slammers at home court to improve at 7-2 record on top of the ladder. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) stepped up with 16 points and 15 rebounds for the home team.
The Warriors jumped to a 23:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The Slammers slowed the hosts down in the second frame. The visitors took over and raced to a 39:37 halftime advantage. The Warriors picked up the tempo in the third quarter. The home team went on a 20:11 run to ensure a 7-point lead heading into the final period. The Warriors limited their Thai opponents to 10 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-C/F-86) notched 15 points, while John Smith (188-G-86, college: Hawaii-Hilo) had 12 points for the winners. Froilan Baguion (170-G-80) answered with 15 points and 10 assists for the Slammers. Christien Charles (216-F/C-81, college: Villanova) provided 15 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Indonesia Warriors: Steve Thomas 16+15 boards, Christian Ronaldo Sitepu 15, John Smith 12
Thailand Slammers: Froilan Baguion 15+10 assists, Christien Charles 15+13 boards



Thailand Slammers sign Darrius Brannon - by Eurobasket News

Chang Thailand Slammers (ASEAN League) signed 30-year old Rwandan ex-international forward Darrius Brannon (206-83, college: Houston). He played most recently at Corr.Victoria in Mexican LNBP, but left. In 10 games he had 6.0ppg and 5.1rpg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Brannon's team made it to the C-USA Tournament Semifinals in 2006. He was also voted Top Freshman Rebounder of the Year (12.3rpg) back in 2002 at his college time. Brannon was a member of Rwandan Senior National Team two years ago.
He has played previously professionally in TPBL (Houston B.) and ABA (Houston R.S.).
Brannon attended University of Houston until 2006 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
He could be described: Extremely athletic and hard working, Mr. Brannon is a great addition to any team. He is an all around player; rebounding, scoring and blocking shots drive his winning attitude. Darrius is a great around the basket scorer. He has a nice package of skills and is an outstanding passer for a big man. He is almost completely ambidextrous, even to the point of being able to drill 3-pointers with either hand. Brannon has a great basketball IQ that could help propel any professional basketball team.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - TB2L

TB2L Standings
 1. Usak 18-7 
 2. Yesilgiresun 18-7 
 3. Maliye Milli 17-8 
 4. Selcuk Univ. 17-8 
 5. Trabzonspor 16-9 
 6. Balikesir 15-10 
 7. Darussafaka 15-10 
 8. Akhisar Bld 15-10 
 9. Vestel 14-11 
 10. Bandirma Kir. 13-12 
 11. Gelisim 12-13 
 12. Istanbul B.B. 11-14 
 13. Final Genclik 11-14 
 14. Baskent Genclik 10-15 
 15. Pertevniyal 9-16 
 16. Pi Koleji 9-16 
 17. Istanbulspor 3-22 
 18. Izmir BSB 2-23 

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 6: Vestel - Yesilgiresun 85-93
Mar. 6: Istanbul B.B. - Akhisar Bld 82-80
Mar. 6: Darussafaka - Izmir BSB 81-55
Mar. 6: Maliye Milli - Bandirma Kir. 78-80
Mar. 6: Final Genclik - Pertevniyal 76-75
Mar. 6: Selcuk Univ. - Istanbulspor 76-46
Mar. 6: Balikesir - Pi Koleji