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  ANGOLA   



Rwanda Team to Play Against Angola - by Eurobasket News

Rwanda basketball national team is scheduled to play a friendly game against Africa's powerhouse Angola either in May or June, head coach Moise Mutokambali has told Times Sport.
The match will be to prepare the team for the Afro basketball championship which is slated to run from 15-26 June 2013 in Ivory Coast.
"We are still in negotiations with the Angolan (basketball) federation but until now nothing has been agreed," he revealed on Tuesday.
He added, "The players have been occupied with the national league, which has reached the Playoffs final, nevertheless, we need to engage them in some international games as we prepare for the continental tournament."
Rwanda qualified for the Afro basketball championship after finishing as runners-up to Egypt at the Zone V qualifier held in Tanzania in January.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  ARGENTINA   

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
 1. Regatas C. 30-11 
 2. Lanus 28-13 
 3. Penarol 27-13 
 4. Boca Jrs 24-16 
 5. Quimsa 23-18 
 6. Argentino 23-19 
 7. Olimpico LB 23-19 
 8. Libertad S. 22-19 
 9. GECR Indalo 21-20 
 10. Atenas 21-21 
 11. Wuber-Est.Bahia 19-21 
 12. Sionista 19-23 
 13. Obras 16-24 
 14. 9 de Julio 12-29 
 15. Union Progr. 10-30 
 16. La Union 10-32 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 31

Mar. 6: Lanus - Libertad S. 72-61
Mar. 8: La Union - Sionista
Mar. 8: Union Progr. - Regatas C.
Mar. 8: Olimpico LB - GECR Indalo
Mar. 8: Atenas - Lanus
Mar. 8: 9 de Julio - Wuber-Est.Bahia
Mar. 8: Argentino - Penarol
Mar. 8: Boca Jrs - Libertad S.
Mar. 8: Obras - Quimsa


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.19.4 
 2. Nelson, 9 de Julio18.0 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras17.7 
 4. Jackson, GECR I.17.4 
 5. Lewis, La Union16.7 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.1 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.6 
 8. Lytch, Argentino14.9 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol14.9 
 10. Shannon, La Union14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.10.9 
 2. Phillip, Union Pro.10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.4 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.2 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.7 
 6. Williams, Quimsa7.4 
 7. Battle, Lanus7.3 
 8. Shannon, La Union7.1 
 9. Fierro, Atenas7.0 
 10. Lewis, La Union6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.7 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.0 
 3. Osimani, Obras4.2 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.0 
 5. Labaque, Atenas3.9 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 7. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.9 
 8. Cajal, Union Progr.3.9 
 9. Cequeira, Sionista3.8 
 10. Treise, Libertad3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.4 
 2. Pau, Olimpico LB1.9 
 3. Lescano, Atenas1.8 
 4. Lewis, La Union1.7 
 5. Washam, Regatas C.1.6 
 6. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.6 
 7. Labaque, Atenas1.5 
 8. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.5 
 9. Quinteros, Regat.1.5 
 10. Laprovittola, Lan.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.1.8 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.4 
 3. Meyinsse, Regat.1.3 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 5. Humphrey, Obras1.0 
 6. Santiago, Boca Jrs1.0 
 7. Torres, Wuber-Es.0.9 
 8. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 9. Kammerichs, Regat.0.8 
 10. Weigand, Argentino0.8 



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 22-3 
 2. Wildcats 19-6 
 3. Kings 11-14 
 4. Hawks 11-14 
 5. Tigers 10-13 
 6. Taipans 9-15 
 7. Crocodiles 8-16 
 8. 36ers 8-17 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 7: Breakers - Taipans 80-77
Mar. 8: Wildcats - Kings
Mar. 9: 36ers - Taipans
Mar. 9: Crocodiles - Hawks
Mar. 10: Tigers - Breakers


Stats Leaders - NBL

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



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  AZERBAIJAN   


Gala-Atena clinch eighth win in the season - by Eurobasket News

Gala-Atena claimed the eight win in D1 season. They knocked down Gyandzha 105:53 to clear off on top of the table. Gala-Atena leads the standings with a perfect 8-0 record. NTL-Maxiss stays in the second position with six victories. Gyandzha remain third with 12 points in eight games played.


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

Balkan League Standings
Group C
 1. Levski Sofia 5-2 
 2. Galil Gilboa 5-3 
 3. Kumanovo 4-3 
 4. Rilski Sportist 3-4 
 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. 7: Rilski Sportist - Galil Gilboa 79-104
Mar. 5: Kavala - Galil Gilboa 75-94

Last Four

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

Second Stage: Round 4

First Six

Mar. 12: Levski Sofia - Kavala
Mar. 13: Kumanovo - Rilski Sportist
Mar. 20: Teodo Tivat - Galil Gilboa
Mar. 20: Kumanovo - Kavala

Last Four

Mar. 19: Mornar Bar - Kozuv
Mar. 20: Djuro Djakovic - OKK Beograd


Round 3 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

Montenegrin Teodo Tivat (#6) forced the game against Bulgarian Levski Sofia (#1) into an overtime, but lost by eight points 82-90 on Wednesday night. It was a great evening for Chavdar Kostov who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 5 assists. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Levski Sofia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group C with 5-2 record. Teodo Tivat lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with five games lost. Levski Sofia will face Kavala (#5) at home in the next round. Teodo Tivat will play against the league's second-placed Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points and 12 rebounds by Nikola Jeftic of OKK Beograd.


First Six
Rilski Sportist - Galil Gilboa 79-104

Rather expected game in Samokov where 4th placed Bulgarian Rilski Sportist (3-4) was crushed by second ranked Israeli Galil Gilboa (5-3) 104-79 on Thursday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Galil Gilboa dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Rilski Sportist's 38. They outrebounded Rilski Sportist 46-29 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American guard Rakim Sanders (193-89, college: Fairfield) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Shawn Taggart (207-85, college: Memphis) helped adding 17 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) with 15 points and 8 assists and American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) scored 15 points. Five Galil Gilboa and four Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Galil Gilboa have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place in Group C with 5-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Levski Sofia. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Galil Gilboa will face bottom-ranked Teodo Tivat (#6) on the road in the next round. Rilski Sportist will play against Kumanovo 2009 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: R.Sanders 20+12reb+3ast, S.Taggart 17+10reb+1ast, J.Smith 17+3reb+2ast, M.Watt 14+11reb+2ast, N.Tishman 12+4reb+2ast, D.Yavzuri 7+2reb+1ast
Rilski Sportist: B.Mirkovic 15+2reb+8ast, T.Smith 15+4reb+2ast, H.Zahariev 14+3reb+2ast, A.Caloiaro 10+4reb, T.Gugino 8+5reb, B.Dupree 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 231543


Levski Sofia - Teodo Tivat 90-82 OT

Montenegrin Teodo Tivat (#6) forced the game against Bulgarian Levski Sofia (#1) into an overtime, but lost by eight points 82-90 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 25-21 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 8-point victory in overtime. Levski Sofia had a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Teodo Tivat was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Chavdar Kostov (195-88, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 5 assists. Pavel Ivanov (200-88) helped adding 21 points and 10 rebounds. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was point guard Marko Mijovic (188-87) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 assists and center Aleksandar Radulovic (207-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Levski Sofia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group C with 5-2 record. Teodo Tivat lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with five games lost. Levski Sofia will face Kavala (#5) at home in the next round. Teodo Tivat will play against the league's second-placed Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: C.Kostov 25+4reb+5ast, P.Ivanov 21+10reb+2ast, D.Anguelov 16+5reb+7ast, M.Marinovic 11+3reb+6ast, V.Petkov 6+2reb+1ast, N.Varbanov 6+11reb
Teodo Tivat: A.Radulovic 16+9reb, M.Mijovic 13+1reb+13ast, B.Boskovic 13+8reb+1ast, M.Johnson 11+3reb, I.Kunjic 11+3reb, S.Subotic 10+9reb+4ast
gschID: 231542


Kavala - Galil Gilboa 75-94

Rather predictable result when second ranked Israeli Galil Gilboa (5-3) smashed on the road 5th ranked Greek Kavala (3-5) 94-75 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Galil Gilboa. Kavala was better in third quarter 26-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Galil Gilboa dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Kavala's 18. It was a great shooting night for Galil Gilboa especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Mitchell Watt (208-89, college: Buffalo) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) helped adding 15 points and 6 assists. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Nigerian-American guard David Tairu (191-86, college: Texas Tech, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) with 19 points and 7 rebounds and Scottish-Nigerian Kieron Achara (208-83, college: Duquesne, agency: Two Points) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Galil Gilboa have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place in Group C with 5-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Levski Sofia. Kavala lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. Galil Gilboa will face bottom-ranked Teodo Tivat (#6) on the road in the next round. Kavala will play against Kumanovo 2009 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: Y.Green 18+3reb+1ast, D.Yavzuri 15+3reb+3ast, J.Smith 15+2reb+6ast, A.Simhon 12+2reb+1ast, M.Watt 11+15reb+5ast, R.Sanders 11+6reb+2ast
Kavala: D.Tairu 19+7reb+2ast, K.Achara 13+8reb+1ast, S.Manolopoulos 12+5reb+2ast, S.Panos 11+3reb+2ast, N.Mitrovic 10+3reb+2ast, G.Arbet 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 231544


Kumanovo - Kavala 94-92

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Greek Kavala (3-5) was edged on the road by fifth ranked FYR Macedonian Kumanovo 2009 (4-3) 94-92 on Wednesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kavala won fourth quarter 28-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kumanovo 2009 made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Swingman Ivica Dimcevski (194-89, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 23 points. The best for the losing side was American forward William Coleman (206-88, college: Memphis) with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds and Scottish-Nigerian Kieron Achara (208-83, college: Duquesne, agency: Two Points) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Kumanovo 2009 moved-up to third place in Group C. Kavala lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. Kumanovo 2009 will face again Kavala (#5) at home in the next round. Kavala will play against the league's leader Levski Sofia.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: I.Dimcevski 23+4reb+2ast, U.Lukovic 17+10reb, A.Kostoski 14+7reb+8ast, M.Janevski 12+1reb, A.Lee-Ingram 12+3reb, D.Mikic 7+3reb
Kavala: W.Coleman 26+11reb+1ast, N.Mitrovic 17+2reb+1ast, D.Tairu 14+2reb+2ast, K.Achara 11+7reb+2ast, G.Arbet 10+3reb+3ast, S.Panos 6+3reb
gschID: 234459


Last Four
Mornar Bar - OKK Beograd 102-96

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both third ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar and 4th placed Serbian OKK Beograd had identical 0-3 record. This time Mornar Bar used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Beograd 102-96 on Tuesday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But OKK Beograd won third quarter 28-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American point guard Hank Thorns (175-89, college: TCU) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 assists. Serbian forward Lazar Radosavljevic (204-91, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 18 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Bosnian-Serbian forward Nikola Jeftic (202-85) with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds and Montenegrin guard Milorad Sutulovic (196-90) scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mornar Bar maintains third place in Group D with 1-3 record having seven points less than leader Levski Sofia. It was OKK Beograd's fourth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. Mornar Bar will face league's leader Kozuv in Gevgelija in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. OKK Beograd will play on the road against the league's second-placed Djuro Djakovic in Slavonski Brod and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Mornar Bar: H.Thorns 25+10ast, L.Radosavljevic 18+1reb+4ast, S.Tosic 12+5reb+1ast, V.Pavic 11+9reb, M.Mikovic 10+1reb, M.Damjanovic 9+2reb+4ast
OKK Beograd: N.Jeftic 28+12reb+1ast, M.Sutulovic 20+5reb+4ast, S.Knezevic 19+5reb, M.Pavlovic 15+9reb+4ast, L.Maksimovic 7+2reb+2ast, V.Malidzan 4+5reb+9ast
gschID: 233553



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.18.9 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas17.6 
 3. Orelikas, Rudupis17.5 
 4. Okoye, Tln Kalev17.4 
 5. Raadik, Parnu17.4 
 6. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.16.2 
 7. Akenparg, TTU15.9 
 8. Peciukeviciu., Par.15.1 
 9. Brown, Naglis P.14.6 
 10. Berzins, Valmiera14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Cain, Barons k.11.2 
 2. Raadik, Parnu10.8 
 3. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.9 
 4. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.9.5 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera7.9 
 6. Cipruss, Lietkabel.7.2 
 7. Zelionis, Barsy A.7.2 
 8. Fall, Kalev/Cramo7.1 
 9. Keedus, TTU7.1 
 10. Varnelis, Juventus7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Zygimantas JANAVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Janavicius, Rudupis5.7 
 2. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.7 
 3. Campbell, Tln Kalev5.0 
 4. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.5 
 5. Cunda, Valga4.2 
 6. Tamm, Tarvas4.1 
 7. Maceina, Pieno Z.4.0 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tarvas3.8 
 9. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.8 
 10. Viskontas, Juven.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.1 
 3. Janavicius, Rudupis2.1 
 4. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 5. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 6. Berzins, Valmiera1.9 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava1.8 
 8. Matulionis, Parnu1.8 
 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. Zyle, Nevezis0.9 


Results and Stats from First Leg of Quarterfinal Round - by Eurobasket News

Barons kvartals - TU/Rock 63-49

Barons kvartals built a solid lead heading into the return leg in their quarterfinal series versus TU/Rock. The Latvian team claimed a 14-point lead after the home game. The game without a history. Barons kvartals led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Latvian forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) chipped in 8 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Timo Eichfuss (200-88) produced 13 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Justin Ingram (188-85, college: Toledo, agency: Two Points) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. TU/Rock's coach Gert Kullamae rotated twelve players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Barons kvartals: M.Gulbis 21+11reb+3ast, J.Rozitis 14+2reb, J.Diggs 12+1reb+2ast, T.Cain 8+11reb+1ast, D.Dulkys 4+4reb+1ast, A.Brunins 4+2reb+1ast
TU/Rock: T.Eichfuss 13+5reb+1ast, J.Ingram 10+5reb+2ast, T.Kurbas 7, V.Allingu 6+4reb, E.Dimsa 5+1reb, M.Doronin 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 233792


Kalev/Cramo - Pieno Zvaigzdes 71-54

Kalev/Cramo knocked down Pieno Zvaigzdes in the first game of the series. The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. Pieno Zvaigzdes was better in fourth quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kalev/Cramo dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Pieno Zvaigzdes' 20. Latvian guard Armands Skele (192-83) nailed 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and American power forward Gary Wilkinson (205-82, college: Utah St.) accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89, agency: Alti Sport) came up with 16 points and American forward Tyrell Biggs (203-86, college: Pittsburgh) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Pieno Zvaigzdes in the defeat. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Mindaugas Lukosius tested eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: G.Wilkinson 15+5reb, B.Fall 13+5reb, F.Elegar 12+6reb+1ast, A.Skele 10+6reb+5ast, T.Abbott 7+2reb+2ast, R.Keerles 5+4reb
Pieno Zvaigzdes: S.Vasiliauskas 16+2reb+3ast, T.Biggs 12+6reb+2ast, T.Hughes 6+5reb, E.Kairys 6+1reb, M.Ruikis 5+5reb, J.Sinica 3+6reb
gschID: 233791


Siauliai - Ventspils 81-78

Siauliai eked out a narrow home win over Ventspils in the quarterfinal series opener. 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 (78.3 percent) during the game. Guard Laurynas Samenas (192-88) stepped up and scored 21 points for the winners and Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side forward Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American point guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St.) scored 19 points and 6 assists.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: L.Samenas 21+2reb+3ast, R.Alijevas 13+3reb+5ast, A.Kieza 13+5reb+4ast, V.Sulskis 10+2reb, P.Dia 10+1reb, O.Galdikas 8+6reb
Ventspils: J.Timma 20+6reb+2ast, D.Sims 19+2reb+6ast, S.Valters 11+4reb+3ast, M.Laksa 7+6reb+1ast, M.Meiers 7+2reb, A.Berzins 7+5reb+5ast
gschID: 233790


Tarvas - Rudupis 72-108

Rudupis are step away from the next stage after they stunned Tarvas in Rakvere. The game without a history. 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 (91.3 percent) 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 guard Arturas Milaknis (195-86) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 4 assists. Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) contributed with 21 points for the winners. point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) answered with 21 points and American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) added 18 points in the effort for BC Rakvere. Five Rudupis and four BC Rakvere players scored in double figures. BC Rakvere's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: G.Orelikas 21+4reb+2ast, A.Milaknis 20+4reb+4ast, A.Labuckas 15+2reb, S.Vene 15+6reb+3ast, A.Urbutis 10+8reb+1ast, G.Kadziulis 10+2reb+3ast
Tarvas: R.Tamm 21+1reb+3ast, B.Raley-Ross 18+1reb+2ast, J.Umbrasko 17+3reb+1ast, K.Saks 10+1reb+3ast, M.Laksa 4, A.Stewart 2+2reb
gschID: 233793



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Dzmitry Kuzmin claims Belarusian Premier League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced former international guard Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-G-75) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Grodno-93 and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 37-year old guard had the game-high 18 points adding five rebounds and nine assists for Grodno-93 in his team's victory, helping them to beat Rubon (#3, 10-12) 80-66. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Grodno-93 to consolidate first place in the Belarusian Premier League. Grodno-93 has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 22-1. In the team's last game Kuzmin had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at Grodno-93 and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Kuzmin has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 6.0rpg) and assists (2nd best: 5.1apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate (200-F-91) of Svisloch. Konate impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds. Of course Svisloch cruised to a 85-76 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Impuls BGUIR (#6, 8-15). Svisloch's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-14 record. Konate is one of the most experienced players at Svisloch and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Aliaksandr Semianiuk (207-F-93) of Tsmoki-Minsk II (#4). Semianiuk showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Semianiuk's great performance Tsmoki-Minsk II lost 70-71 to the lower-ranked Borisfen (#7, 5-19). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Tsmoki-Minsk II ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Semianiuk could help Tsmoki-Minsk II to bring them higher in the standings. Semianiuk has a great season in Belarus. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.9ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 8.9rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vladimir Krisevich (210-C-91) of Tsmoki-Minsk II - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Fedor Kryukov (181-PG-88) of Borisfen - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Evgeni Ivanov (202-G/F-84) of Rubon - 15 points and 5 rebounds
7. Henadziy Zakhar (198-SF-92) of Impuls BGUIR - 14 points and 10 rebounds
8. Artem Malkov (185-PG-88) of Grodno-93 - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Oleksandr Dolenko (191-PG-90) of Svisloch - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Sergey Tatur (195-G-91) of Borisfen - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Oostende 14-5 
 2. Spirou 12-6 
 3. M.Hainaut 12-7 
 4. Aalstar 12-7 
 5. Antwerp 10-10 
 6. Leuven 6-13 
 7. Liege 6-13 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 4-15 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 7: Antwerp - Leuven 89-66
Mar. 8: Verviers-Pep. - Aalstar
Mar. 8: Spirou - Liege
Mar. 9: Oostende - M.Hainaut


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Walsh, Spirou18.9 
 2. Thompson, Aalstar18.2 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende17.1 
 4. Aleksandrov, Vervi.16.9 
 5. Mukubu, Liege16.5 
 6. Robinson, Leuven16.4 
 7. Raivio, Aalstar16.2 
 8. Green, Verviers.16.0 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.8 
 10. Bostic, M.Hainaut14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Walsh, Spirou9.7 
 2. Qvale, M.Hainaut7.0 
 3. Wilkinson, Oostende6.9 
 4. Thondique, Antwerp6.7 
 5. Tofi, Aalstar6.7 
 6. Young, Aalstar6.6 
 7. Wright, Oostende6.2 
 8. Gillet, Liege6.1 
 9. Mukubu, Liege6.1 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Verviers.
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Anderson, Verviers.5.4 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven5.1 
 3. Bosco, Liege4.6 
 4. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.3 
 5. Black, Antwerp3.6 
 6. Thompson, Aalstar3.6 
 7. Moors, Antwerp3.5 
 8. Walsh, Spirou3.5 
 9. Raivio, Aalstar3.4 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.7 
 2. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.2 
 3. Mukubu, Liege2.1 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp1.9 
 5. Hanavan, Leuven1.9 
 6. Black, Antwerp1.9 
 7. Iarochevitch, Liege1.7 
 8. Thompson, Aalstar1.7 
 9. Anderson, Aalstar1.6 
 10. Walsh, Spirou1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Wesley WILKINSON
  Oostende
  (207-PF-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Wilkinson, Oostende1.3 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.3 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.2 
 4. Ferguson, Verviers.1.2 
 5. Dukes, Leuven0.9 
 6. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 7. Love, Antwerp0.7 
 8. Thondique, Antwerp0.7 
 9. Aska, Leuven0.6 
 10. Iarochevitch, Lie.0.5 


Ethias League (Leuven and Antwerp) - by Peter Buyse

Couple of changes at Port of Antwerp Giants for the next season. New head-coach Paul Vervaeck will be joined by present Houthalen and former Giants player Brian Lynch .
At present Houthalen the team he has coached for the past 2 years is in a tie for 1st place in the 2nd Division.

Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91, agency: Three Eye Sports) has agreed to a 2 year contract extension and will be a Giant till the end of the 2014-2015 season.

Leuven has announced that Ivan Aska (200-F-90, college: Murray St.) will miss between 6 and 8 weeks due to a broken toe.



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D1 Stats Leaders

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


Standings - D2 Leagues

Division Standings
1.Liga RS
 1. HEO 13-1 
 2. Gradanski 10-3 
 3. Bratunac 8-5 
 4. Drina Birac 8-5 
 5. Gacko 8-6 
 6. Prijedor 7-6 
 7. Feniks 6-8 
 8. Sutjeska 6-8 
 9. Rudar 4-10 
 10. Rogatica 3-11 
 11. Jahorina 2-12 
A1 Liga
 1. Spars Sarajevo 12-1 
 2. Sloboda Tuzla 11-2 
 3. Play Off 10-3 
 4. Gradina S. 7-6 
 5. Celik 7-6 
 6. Student 6-7 
 7. Bosnjak 6-7 
 8. Brcko 6-7 
 9. Spars Mostar 5-8 
 10. Limometal 3-10 
 11. Orlovik 3-10 
 12. Donji Vakuf 2-11 
Liga Herceg-Bosne
 1. Vitez 8-0 
 2. Brotnjo 6-2 
 3. Student M. 5-3 
 4. Siroki II 4-4 
 5. Busovaca 4-4 
 6. Kiseljak 3-5 
 7. Livno 3-5 
 8. Grude 2-6 
 9. Rama 1-7 


Zeljko Kljestan leaves HKK Capljina - by Miljan Veskovic

Zeljko Kljestan (198-F/G-92) has left HKK Capljina Lasta after almost two seasons. The athletic swingman had a great impact since his arrival to Capljina, he was starter at shooting guard position contributing in HKK Capljina's successful 2011/12 season. During this season he had solid all-around role averaging 7.2pts (58.1% 2FGP, 31.8% 3FGP and 83.3% FT), 4.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg. Due to some personal issues the player and the club agreed about the termination of the contract. Before HKK Capljina Zeljko Kljestan (198-F/G-92) has played for KK Plus Gradjanski.


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Standings - BNL

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

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 7: Minas - Vila Velha 95-72
Mar. 7: Joinville - Basquete Cearense 94-71
Mar. 7: Pinheiros/Sky - S.Jose/Unimed 77-82
Mar. 7: Limeira - Brasilia 77-80
Mar. 7: Suzano - Franca 75-71
Mar. 7: Tijuca TC - Bauru 71-79
Mar. 7: Paulistano - Mogi das Cruzes 67-77
Mar. 7: Palmeiras - Uberlandia 112-104 OT
Mar. 7: Flamengo - Liga Sorocaba 102-64

Round 19

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

Round 22

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

Round 26

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

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 9: Tijuca TC - Liga Sorocaba
Mar. 9: Joinville - Brasilia
Mar. 9: Pinheiros/Sky - Mogi das Cruzes
Mar. 9: Paulistano - S.Jose/Unimed
Mar. 9: Palmeiras - Franca
Mar. 9: Suzano - Uberlandia
Mar. 9: Flamengo - Bauru
Mar. 9: Limeira - Basquete Cearense


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Vieira, Flamengo21.7 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.2 
 3. Simmons, Vila Velha20.0 
 4. Day, Uberlandia19.0 
 5. Dos Santos, Brasil.18.7 
 6. Antonio, S.Jose/U.18.5 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.18.4 
 8. Nardi Duarte, Min.18.0 
 9. Boracini, Pinheiro.17.6 
 10. Beal, Minas17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babby ARAUJO
  Mogi d.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Araujo, Mogi d.9.1 
 2. Ribeiro, Basque.9.0 
 3. Rodriguez, Flame.8.7 
 4. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.8 
 5. Agba, Bauru7.7 
 6. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.5 
 7. Castellar, Limeira7.3 
 8. Silveira, Flamengo7.0 
 9. Soares, Suzano6.8 
 10. Toyloy, Paulistano6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.8.1 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.5 
 3. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.3 
 4. Boracini, Pinheiro.4.8 
 5. Taylor, Bauru4.8 
 6. Garcia, Uberlandia4.5 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.4.5 
 8. Lima, Limeira4.4 
 9. Dawkins, Liga S.4.4 
 10. Campos, Suzano4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Shamell STALLWORTH
  Pinhei.
  (195-SG-80)
  Avg: 0.3
 1. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.3 
 2. Boracini, Pinheiro.0.3 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.0.2 
 4. Benite, Flamengo0.2 
 5. De Souza, Joinville0.1 
 6. Laws, S.Jose/U.0.1 
 7. Froehlich, Franca0.1 
 8. Ribeiro, Brasilia0.1 
 9. Mensah, Flamengo0.1 
 10. Teichmann, Franca0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.0 
 2. Figueroa, Franca1.9 
 3. Campos, Suzano1.8 
 4. Dawkins, Liga S.1.8 
 5. Parker, Vila Velha1.8 
 6. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.8 
 7. Brown, Palmeiras1.8 
 8. Day, Uberlandia1.7 
 9. Teichmann, Franca1.7 
 10. Ribeiro, Basque.1.6 


NBB Round 27: Brasilia defeats Winner/Limeira in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with extra overtimes, derby games and favorites losing the games.

Twelfth-ranked Winner/Limeira (11-15) gave a tough game to second ranked Brasilia (21-4) on Thursday. The visitors from Brasilia managed to secure only three-point victory 80-77. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Winner/Limeira won third quarter 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Brasilia dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Winner/Limeira's 18. It was a great evening for international forward Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. The former international point guard Welington Dos Santos (185-81) helped adding 16 points and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Helio Vitor Lima (184-81) with 23 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Brasilia have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 21-4 record having six points less than leader Flamengo. Winner/Limeira at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Brasilia are looking forward to face Joinville (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Winner/Limeira will play against SKY/Basquete in Aldeota and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Uberlandia (17-9) against sixteenth ranked Palmeiras (7-18) on Thursday night. Visiting Uberlandia was defeated by Palmeiras in a tough game in Sao Paulo in overtime104-112. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for guard Caleb Brown (182-87, college: Austin Peay St.) who led the winners and scored 28 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Tyrone Curnell accounted for 27 points and 10 rebounds. Palmeiras' coach Arturo Alvarez allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Robert Day (197-82, college: W.Oregon) came up with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for Uberlandia in the defeat. Palmeiras maintains sixteenth place with 7-18 record. Uberlandia at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. They share it with Franca. Palmeiras' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Sao Paulo Vivo/Franca.
Bottom-ranked Suzano managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of nine consecutive loses on Thursday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked Vivo/Franca in Sao Paulo 75-71. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Vivo/Franca. The best player for the winners was Paulo Nery who scored 24 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Jhonatan Luz dos Santos who recorded 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Vivo/Franca's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Suzano (4-21) moved-up to seventeenth place. Loser Vivo/Franca dropped to the third position with nine games lost. They share it with Uberlandia. Suzano will meet at home higher ranked Uberlandia (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vivo/Franca's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sao Paulo to the arena Palmeiras.
NBB top team - Flamengo (25-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Liga Sorocaba (11-14) in Rio de Janeiro 102-64. It was a good game for Marquinhos Vieira who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Flamengo's coach Jose Neto felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Flamengo. They maintain first place with 25-2 record. Liga Sorocaba at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. Flamengo's next round opponent will be Paschoalotto/Bauru (#5) at home. Liga Sorocaba will play against Tijuca TC (#18) in Rio de Janeiro.
NBB top team - Flamengo (25-2) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Mogi (10-16) in Mogi das Cruzes 86-64. It was a great evening for Marquinhos Vieira who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. Mogi's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the third consecutive win for Flamengo. They maintain first place with 25-2 record. Loser Mogi keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Flamengo will face Paschoalotto/Bauru (#5) at home in the next round. Mogi will play against Pinheiros (#6) in Sao Paolo.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 27: Basquete Cearense was destroyed by Joinville on the opponent's court 94-71. Minas outscored Vila Velha in a home game 95-72. Mogi das Cruzes managed to beat Paulistano on the road 77-67. Pinheiros/Sky was defeated by S.Jose/Unimed on its own court 77-82. Bauru beat Tijuca TC in a road game 79-71. Joinville was destroyed by Pinheiros/Sky at home 73-93. Bottom-ranked Suzano unfortunately lost to S.Jose/Unimed on the opponent's court 74-89.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points and 7 rebounds by Paul Crosby of Minas.


Joinville - Basquete Cearense 94-71

There was an upset when higher ranked SKY/Basquete (11-14) was crushed on the road by fourteenth ranked Joinville (9-17) 94-71 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 53-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Joinville dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to SKY/Basquete's 46. They outrebounded SKY/Basquete 36-23 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Joinville made 16 blocks. It was a great evening for forward Diego Conceicao (200-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 7 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Forward Durval Prado (200-92) helped adding 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. Four Joinville players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward William Drudi (206-81) with 21 points (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and the former international swingman Andre Bresolin (195-87) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Joinville maintains fourteenth place with 9-17 record. SKY/Basquete lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. Joinville will face league's second-placed Brasilia at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Joinville: D.Conceicao 25+7reb, D.Prado 16+7reb+3ast, T.Aleo 16+5reb+4ast, M.Dias 15, R.Probst 6+5reb+1ast, R.Scholz 4+2reb+2ast
Basquete Cearense: W.Drudi 21+2reb+1ast, F.Ribeiro 11+6reb, A.Bresolin 10+6reb+3ast, M.Costa 8+6ast, J.de Oliveira 7+3reb+2ast, D.Rossetto 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 229297


Minas - Vila Velha 95-72

Very predictable result in Belo Horizonte where ninth ranked Minas (14-12) smashed 15th ranked Vila Velha (8-18) 95-72 on Thursday. The game without a history. Minas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Minas made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for American center Paul Crosby (203, college: Miss.Valley St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). The former international swingman Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-88) helped adding 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Minas players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was power forward Daniel Costa (204-81) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and American point guard James Parker (188-81, college: Robert Morris) scored 20 points and 6 blocks. Minas maintains ninth place with 14-12 record. Vila Velha lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Minas: P.Crosby 27+7reb, B.Nardi Duarte 16+5reb+5ast, J.Beal 16+1reb+4ast, D.Nunes 14+7reb, R.Mineiro Rodrigues 9+5reb, M.Borders 5+4reb+2ast
Vila Velha: J.Parker 20+3reb+1ast, D.Costa 18+11reb, B.Simmons 14+2reb, C.Santos 8+6reb+2ast, E.Araujo Gorges 7+2reb+1ast, A.Pinheiro 5+6reb+7ast
gschID: 229293


Palmeiras - Uberlandia 112-104 OT

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Uberlandia (17-9) against sixteenth ranked Palmeiras (7-18) on Thursday night. Visiting Uberlandia was defeated by Palmeiras in a tough game in Sao Paulo in overtime104-112. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 7-point deficit before their 22-15 run, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 39-31. Palmeiras outrebounded Uberlandia 57-44 including 18 on the offensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 14 blocks. Uberlandia was plagued by 36 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for guard Caleb Brown (182-87, college: Austin Peay St.) who led the winners and scored 28 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Forward Tyrone Curnell (203-88, college: Valdosta St.) accounted for 27 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Palmeiras' coach Arturo Alvarez allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Robert Day (197-82, college: W.Oregon) came up with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Robby Collum (185-81, college: W.Michigan) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for Uberlandia in the defeat. Four Palmeiras and five Uberlandia players scored in double figures. Palmeiras maintains sixteenth place with 7-18 record. Uberlandia at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. They share it with Franca. Palmeiras' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Sao Paulo Vivo/Franca.
Top scorers:
Palmeiras: C.Brown 28+9reb+3ast, T.Curnell 27+10reb+3ast, A.Wiggins 22+9reb+3ast, G.Pereira 13+3reb+2ast, T.Lima 8+6reb+2ast, M.Vinicius 8+12reb+3ast
Uberlandia: R.Day 22+6reb+7ast, L.Felipe Gruber 20+7reb, R.Collum 19+5reb+8ast, A.Parisotto 17+5reb+1ast, V.Silva 10+3reb+3ast, L.Cipolini 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 229296


Suzano - Franca 75-71

Bottom-ranked Suzano managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of nine consecutive loses on Thursday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked Vivo/Franca in Sao Paulo 75-71. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Vivo/Franca. Vivo/Franca trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 25-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 71-75 at the end of the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Suzano made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Paulo Nery (188-81) who scored 24 points. Guard Jefferson Campos (190-91) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Jhonatan Luz dos Santos (196-87) who recorded 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international power forward Guilherme Teichmann (204-83, college: Tulsa) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Vivo/Franca's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Suzano (4-21) moved-up to seventeenth place. Loser Vivo/Franca dropped to the third position with nine games lost. They share it with Uberlandia. Suzano will meet at home higher ranked Uberlandia (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vivo/Franca's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sao Paulo to the arena Palmeiras.
Top scorers:
Suzano: P.Nery 24+3reb+1ast, J.Campos 19+3reb+2ast, E.Soares 11+7reb+1ast, R.Da Silva 10+1reb, N.Santana 9+6reb+2ast, J.Felipe Vianna 2+4reb+1ast
Franca: J.Pablo Figueroa 16+1reb, D.Kurtz 14+6reb, J.Luz dos Santos 11+8reb+4ast, G.Teichmann 10+9reb+3ast, C.Borges dos Santos 7+3ast, J.Froehlich 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 229295


Paulistano - Mogi das Cruzes 67-77

There was an upset in Sao Paolo where higher ranked Paulistano (14-11) was defeated by thirteenth ranked Mogi (10-16) 77-67 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 20-8 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Mogi had a 35-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mogi made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for power forward Thomas Gehrke (203-82, college: UTEP) who led his team to a victory scoring 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international center Babby Araujo (211-80, college: BYU) helped adding 11 points and 11 rebounds. Four Mogi players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Pedro Lima (190-87) with 15 points and international guard Elinho Corazza (193-89, college: Miami Dade CC) scored 13 points and 5 assists. Paulistano's coach Gustavo Conti tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Mogi maintains thirteenth place with 10-16 record. Loser Paulistano keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Mogi will face higher ranked Pinheiros (#6) in Sao Paolo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Mogi das Cruzes: M.Riddick 17+2reb, E.Caviglia 12+3reb+2ast, T.Gehrke 12+9reb+2ast, B.Araujo 11+11reb, G.Vinicius 8+3reb+5ast, G.Filipin 6+1reb
Paulistano: P.Lima 15+3reb+1ast, E.Corazza 13+1reb+5ast, S.Toyloy 12+6reb, A.Oliveira 8+1reb+2ast, R.Carbonari 5+4reb+1ast, E.Carvalho 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 229294


Flamengo - Liga Sorocaba 102-64

NBB top team - Flamengo (25-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Liga Sorocaba (11-14) in Rio de Janeiro 102-64. The game without a history. Flamengo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Liga Sorocaba's 30. They outrebounded Liga Sorocaba 39-22 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Flamengo players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 1 passes made by Liga Sorocaba's players. It was a good game for the former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds. The former international Olivinha Rodriguez (202-83) contributed with 21 points (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winners. Four Flamengo players scored in double figures. Flamengo's coach Jose Neto felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Desmond Holloway (190-88, college: Co.Carolina) answered with 16 points and forward Luciano Machado (198-85) added 14 points in the effort for Liga Sorocaba. The victory was the third consecutive win for Flamengo. They maintain first place with 25-2 record. Liga Sorocaba at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. Flamengo's next round opponent will be Paschoalotto/Bauru (#5) at home. Liga Sorocaba will play against Tijuca TC (#18) in Rio de Janeiro.
Top scorers:
Flamengo: M.Vieira 22+5reb+3ast, O.Rodriguez 21+4reb, E.Machado 13+4ast, C.Silveira 11+6reb, B.Zanotti 11+3reb+1ast, K.Mensah 7+6reb+11ast
Liga Sorocaba: D.Holloway 16+4reb+1ast, L.Machado 14+1reb, K.Dawkins 8+3reb, D.Gomes 8, F.Russo 5+4reb, A.Neto 5+1reb
gschID: 229292


Limeira - Brasilia 77-80

Twelfth-ranked Winner/Limeira (11-15) gave a tough game to second ranked Brasilia (21-4) on Thursday. The visitors from Brasilia managed to secure only three-point victory 80-77. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Winner/Limeira won third quarter 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Brasilia dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Winner/Limeira's 18. It was a great evening for international forward Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. The former international point guard Welington Dos Santos (185-81) helped adding 16 points and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Helio Vitor Lima (184-81) with 23 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) and American guard Omar Carter (195-88, college: Appalachian St.) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Brasilia have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 21-4 record having six points less than leader Flamengo. Winner/Limeira at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Brasilia are looking forward to face Joinville (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Winner/Limeira will play against SKY/Basquete in Aldeota and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brasilia: G.Giovannoni 17+11reb+1ast, W.Dos Santos 16+3reb+8ast, A.Alves 10+3reb+1ast, A.Silva 9+4reb+4ast, T.Romualdo 6+2reb+2ast, F.dos Santos 6+2reb
Limeira: H.Vitor Lima 23+3reb+3ast, R.Ramon 17+2reb+8ast, O.Carter 16+10reb+2ast, D.Castellar 6+9reb, G.Hubner 6+4reb+2ast, L.Da Silva 3+1reb
gschID: 229291


Pinheiros/Sky - S.Jose/Unimed 77-82

There was a small surprise in Sao Paolo where seventh ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (16-11) beat 5th ranked Pinheiros (16-9) 82-77 on Thursday. Pinheiros was trailing by 12 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 25-15 charge of Sao Jose/Vinac, which allowed them to win the game. They made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sao Jose/Vinac made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Murilo Becker (210-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 8 rebounds. The former international point guard Fulvio de Assis (186-81) helped adding 13 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Sao Jose/Vinac players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international center Andre Bambu (205-79) with 20 points and American Joe Smith (192-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) scored 16 points. Pinheiros' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Sao Jose/Vinac. They maintain seventh place with 16-11 record. Loser Pinheiros keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Sao Jose/Vinac will face Paulistano (#8) in Sao Paolo in the next round. Pinheiros will play at home against Mogi in Mogi das Cruzes.
Top scorers:
S.Jose/Unimed: M.Becker 26+8reb+1ast, D.Stefanelli 18+5reb+2ast, F.de Assis 13+6reb+8ast, J.Antonio 11+8reb+1ast, A.Calvo 7+3reb+1ast, A.Laws 4+4reb+3ast
Pinheiros/Sky: A.Bambu 20+1reb+1ast, J.Smith 16+1reb+2ast, M.Ferreira 13+5reb, P.Boracini 10+3ast, M.Dornelles 9+3reb+1ast, S.Stallworth 4+6reb+4ast
gschID: 229290


Tijuca TC - Bauru 71-79

There was no surprise in Rio de Janeiro where 17th ranked Tijuca TC (4-22) was defeated by sixth ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (16-9) 79-71 on Thursday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-9. But Tijuca TC won second period 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Tijuca TC 40-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for international guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. American forward DeAndre Coleman (201-86, college: S.Alabama) helped adding 11 points and 11 rebounds. Four Paschoalotto/Bauru players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American swingman Rashaun McLemore (195-86, college: CS Northridge) with 22 points and guard Marcellus Camara (190-88) scored 15 points. Tijuca TC's coach Miguel da Luz tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Paschoalotto/Bauru moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Pinheiros/Sky. Tijuca TC lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom. Paschoalotto/Bauru will face league's leader Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tijuca TC will play at home against Liga Sorocaba (#11) in Sorocabana.
Top scorers:
Bauru: L.Taylor 20+8reb+3ast, A.de Sousa 15+6reb, P.Alves 11+8reb+1ast, D.Coleman 11+11reb+1ast, G.Pereira 9+1reb+1ast, A.Mosso 7+3reb
Tijuca TC: R.McLemore 22+3reb, M.Camara 15+2reb+1ast, F.Lima 12+4reb+1ast, C.Araujo 5+7reb, R.Bishop 5+3reb, A.Filho 4+1reb
gschID: 229289


Round 19
Joinville - Pinheiros/Sky 73-93

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Pinheiros (16-9) outleveled on the road 14th ranked Joinville (9-17) 93-73 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Pinheiros. Joinville was better in third quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points. The former international power forward Mineiro Ferreira (208-88) helped adding 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Pinheiros players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Vinicius Telo (203-85, college: Cameron) with 20 points and the former international power forward Ricardo Probst (200-76) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pinheiros maintains fifth place with 16-9 record, which they share with Bauru. Joinville lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. Pinheiros will face Mogi (#13) in Mogi das Cruzes in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Joinville will play at home against the league's second-placed Brasilia.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros/Sky: S.Stallworth 29+3reb+2ast, M.Ferreira 13+6reb+2ast, M.Dornelles 12+2reb, J.Smith 11+1reb+2ast, P.Boracini 6+6reb+3ast, A.Bambu 6+5reb
Joinville: V.Telo 20+3reb+2ast, V.De Souza 15, R.Probst 11+6reb, M.Dias 7+1reb, D.Conceicao 6+1reb+1ast, A.Moreira 6+6reb
gschID: 232680


Round 22
Mogi das Cruzes - Flamengo 64-86

NBB top team - Flamengo (25-2) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Mogi (10-16) in Mogi das Cruzes 86-64. The game without a history. Flamengo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Flamengo had a 34-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for the former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. International swingman Vitor Benite (190-90) helped adding 18 points and 6 rebounds. Four Flamengo players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was power forward Thomas Gehrke (203-82, college: UTEP) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and the former international center Babby Araujo (211-80, college: BYU) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Mogi's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the third consecutive win for Flamengo. They maintain first place with 25-2 record. Loser Mogi keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Flamengo will face Paschoalotto/Bauru (#5) at home in the next round. Mogi will play against Pinheiros (#6) in Sao Paolo.
Top scorers:
Flamengo: M.Vieira 20+5reb+3ast, V.Benite 18+6reb+3ast, C.Silveira 12+7reb+1ast, O.Rodriguez 10+12reb+1ast, S.Santos 9+7reb+1ast, K.Mensah 8+5reb+3ast
Mogi das Cruzes: T.Gehrke 18+13reb+2ast, B.Araujo 11+10reb+1ast, P.Patekoski 10+3reb, G.Filipin 5+1reb, C.Ranches 5+2reb+1ast, L.Santos 4+5reb
gschID: 233176


Round 26
S.Jose/Unimed - Suzano 89-74

Very expected game when 18th ranked Suzano (4-21) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (16-11) 89-74 on Monday. The game without a history. Sao Jose/Vinac led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Suzano's players. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Jefferson Antonio (207-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. International swingman Dede Stefanelli (196-84) helped adding 20 points and 5 rebounds. Sao Jose/Vinac's coach Regis Marrelli used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was guard Paulo Nery (188-81) with 21 points and 7 rebounds and guard Jefferson Campos (190-91) scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Sao Jose/Vinac. They maintain seventh place with 16-11 record. Suzano lost their ninth game in a row. They dropped to the seventeenth position with 21 games lost. Sao Jose/Vinac will face Paulistano (#8) in Sao Paolo in the next round. Suzano will play at home against Uberlandia (#3).
Top scorers:
S.Jose/Unimed: D.Stefanelli 20+5reb+2ast, J.Antonio 19+7reb+1ast, A.Laws 12+1ast, E.Camilo 7+1reb, A.Calvo 7+2reb+2ast, F.de Assis 6+3reb+9ast
Suzano: J.Campos 22+5reb+4ast, P.Nery 21+7reb+3ast, N.Santana 13+2reb, E.Soares 8+5reb+1ast, J.Felipe Vianna 7+6reb, R.Fusco 3+2ast
gschID: 233880



Robinho is loaned to Rio Claro - by Paulo Freire

The point guard of 20 years old, Robinho dos Santos (183-G-92), was loan from Sao Jose dos Campos to ACBD Rio Claro to play the Brazil Cup basketball tournament that may be classified a team for the next NBB edition. One of the most loved players by the Sao Jose fans, the athlete faces the new challenge to gain more playing time on the court in ACBD Rio Claro, the loan is until Jun.

-After the end of the LDB (basketball development League competition under-22), in which we stayed in fourth place, there was a consultation of ACBD Rio Claro, that they needed another point guard. We passed the situation for the coaching staff and to Robinho and we found best for him to go. There he will play, having more time on the court, get moreget more experience. - said the Director of Sao Jose, Lus Inacio Messias.

The ACBD Rio Claro begins their walk in the regional phase of the Brazil Cup on Friday in Belo Horizonte, against Minas. The three best placed in this stage will advance to the final tournament, called Super Cup Brazil.



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Balkan League: Galil Gilboa thrash Rilski - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist - Galil Gilboa 79:104

Galil Gilboa clinched another victory in Balkan League Top Six. They knocked down Rilski Sportist in Samokov to improve at 5-3 record. The Israeli team are almost certain now of reaching Final Four. Rakim Sanders (193-G-89, college: Fairfield) delivered 20 points and 12 rebounds to pace Galil Gilboa.
Galil Gilboa silenced the hosts in the first quarter. The Israeli team went on a 27:15 rally in the opening ten minutes. Rilski though struck right back in the second frame. The Bulgarian team exploded with 33 points in the period and levelled things up at 48. Galil Gilboa were back in the drivers seat in the third quarter. The visitors ignited a 29:14 run to clear off. The visitors finished off Rilski with a 27:17 spurt in the fourth stanza. Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) and Shawn Taggart (207-F-85, college: Memphis) accounted for 17 points each for the winners. James Terry (208-C-60, college: Howard) and Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 15 points apiece for Rilski Sportist.

Rilski Sportist: James Terry 15, Branko Mirkovic 15
Galil Gilboa: Rakim Sanders 20+12 boards, Jamar Smith 17, Shawn Taggart 17



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COURTNEY NELSON COMES TO HALCONES, SANDERS RELEASED - by Victor Garcia

Halcones de Cucuta currently at the bottom of the standings keeps moving its roster trying to improve, the team management chooses to sent Omar Sanders back home and brings the american guard Courtney Nelson (186-G-85, college: William Pater.) (1,86 G, William Patterson NCAA II).
Nelson is a combo forward with good scoring skills and good background, had good experience in the Dominican Republic setting a record for three pointers made in one single game making 11, Nelson also played last season in Guerreros de Bogota arriving to the finals with the team, also has played in Kosovo and Chile.
Nelson will bring scoring and a reliable point guard to Cucuta.



TERRELL TAYLOR REPLACES WILLIAMS IN AGUILAS - by Victor Garcia

Terrell Taylor (203-C-81, college: Virginia Tech) (2,03 C, Virginia Tech), will arrive soon to Colombia to replace the injuried Curtis Williams as the Aguilas de Tunja center, Taylor is a proven veteran with big experience and good numbers in Southamerica.
Taylor has played all over the country in Argentina, Uruguay and Chile, and also played in the Chinesse second league the NBL., Taylor can bring a strong body in the paint and good scoring in the frontcourt of Aguilas.
Patrck Pellerin the Aguilas coach is confident that Taylor will fill the needs of the team in the paint, Aguilas is 1-3 in the last four games on the road.



Colombian DPB round 8 best performance: Philip Brooks - by Eurobasket News

American guard Philip Brooks (188-G-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Bucaros, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (31 points, three rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Academia (5-3) 81-72. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Bucaros is placed at 2nd position in Colombian DPB. 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. In the team's last game Brooks had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He just recently signed at Bucaros, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Langston University, OK star has very solid stats this year. Brooks is in league's top in points (6th best: 20.4ppg), assists (2nd best: 5.3apg) and averages impressive 64.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old former international forward Cesar Cortes (201-F-80) of Once Caldas. Cortes had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead Once Caldas to another comfortable win 68-54 over slightly lower-ranked Halcones (#8, 2-6) being unquestionably team leader. Once Caldas' 6th position in the standings has not changed. 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 on the list of top players last round was former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of league's top team Bambuqueros. Ortiz scored 26 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Bambuqueros, leading his team to a 108-88 easy win against the lower-ranked Aguilas (#5, 4-4). Bambuqueros confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 2 lost games. Ortiz has a great season in Colombia. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.3ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tyrone Rayson (198-F-80) of Aguilas - 29 points and 7 rebounds
5. Joe Manuel (196-F) of Bambuqueros - 23 points and 5 rebounds
6. Steffon Farley (203-F) of Academia - 19 points and 5 rebounds
7. Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) of Piratas - 21 points and 10 rebounds
8. Patrick Culver (208-C-84) of Caribbean Heat - 17 points and 18 rebounds
9. Darrin Dorsey (188-PG) of Bambuqueros - 19 points and 6 rebounds
10. Desmond Blue (211-C-88) of Academia - 13 points and 11 rebounds

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



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  CROATIA   

Standings - A2 League

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

Regular Season: Round 21

Center

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

East

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

North

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

South

Mar. 3: Sukosan - Solin
Mar. 3: Policnik - Trogir
Mar. 3: Omis Galeb - DOSK
Mar. 3: Metkovic - Puntamika
Mar. 3: GKK Sibenik - Kastela
Mar. 3: Jazine - Cetina

West

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


B Liga Standings

B Liga Standings
Center
 1. Zapad 14-1 
 2. Podsused 11-4 
 3. Medvescak 10-5 
 4. Fortuna 8-7 
 5. Sisak 8-7 
 6. Ivanic 7-8 
 7. Jaska 6-9 
 8. Auctor 5-10 
 9. Petrinja 4-11 
 10. Maksimir 1-1 
 11. Savia 1-14 
 12. Duga Resa 0-0 
East
 1. Rekord Tim 13-3 
 2. Hrvatski Sokol 11-6 
 3. Nasice 7-9 
 4. SK Sedan 6-9 
 5. SK Vukovar 6-9 
 6. Beli Manastir 6-10 
 7. Orahovica 4-10 
 8. Slavonija 0-0 
 9. Strmac 0-0 
 10. Pozega 0-1 
 11. Ilok 0-14 
West
 1. Sukosan 2-0 
 2. Amfora 0-0 
 3. D.Petrovic 0-0 
 4. Dalmatia Lions 0-0 
 5. Dalvin 0-0 
 6. Jolly-JBS-J.B. 0-0 
 7. Mislav 0-0 
 8. Otok Ugljan 0-0 



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Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 18-3 
 2. Etha 16-5 
 3. AEK 14-7 
 4. Apoel 12-9 
 5. Apollon 9-12 
 6. ENAD 6-15 
 7. AEL 6-15 
 8. Omonia 3-17 

Quarter-Finals: Round 3

Mar. 5: Apoel - Apollon 84-53

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Mar. 8: Etha - AEK
Mar. 9: Keravnos - Apoel


Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Apollon
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Brown, Apollon20.2 
 2. Allen, Omonia18.8 
 3. Aleksic, AEL17.9 
 4. Pesic, AEL16.6 
 5. Williams, Etha15.7 
 6. Jamar Diggs Omonia15.2 
 7. Fisher, AEK15.2 
 8. Warren, Apollon14.5 
 9. Crocker, Keravnos14.1 
 10. Maras, Etha12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mihajlo PESIC
  AEL
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Pesic, AEL8.6 
 2. Brown, Apollon7.5 
 3. Aleksic, AEL7.4 
 4. Buljan, Keravnos7.2 
 5. Jamar Diggs Omonia7.0 
 6. Vaughn, Keravnos6.7 
 7. Fisher, AEK6.3 
 8. Jefferson, Apollon6.3 
 9. Kaskiris, ENAD6.1 
 10. Maras, Etha5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Milutin ALEKSIC
  AEL
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Aleksic, AEL5.0 
 2. Jamar Diggs Omonia4.9 
 3. Maze, Keravnos4.6 
 4. Palalas, AEL3.6 
 5. Adegboye, Etha3.4 
 6. Demertzis, Kerav.3.4 
 7. Stiggers, Apoel3.3 
 8. Mokongo, Apoel2.7 
 9. Panteli, AEK2.7 
 10. Tutt, AEK2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 2. Hamilton, ENAD2.4 
 3. Stiggers, Apoel1.9 
 4. Jamar Diggs Omonia1.9 
 5. Poole, Etha1.8 
 6. Brown, Apollon1.7 
 7. Crocker, Keravnos1.6 
 8. Panteli, AEK1.6 
 9. Allen, AEL1.5 
 10. Kremen, Apoel1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  AEK
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrison, AEK1.9 
 2. Jefferson, Apollon1.5 
 3. Baker, Omonia1.2 
 4. Vaughn, Keravnos1.2 
 5. Brown, Apollon1.2 
 6. Chan, Apoel0.8 
 7. Morrison, Apoel0.8 
 8. Maras, Etha0.8 
 9. Pesic, AEL0.5 
 10. Sims, ENAD0.5 



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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 17-10 
 5. BK Decin 16-12 
 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 101-68
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. Deloach, Svitavy7.0 
 7. Kohout, BK Prost.7.0 
 8. Reese, Usti n.6.9 
 9. Simmons, Levice6.9 
 10. Bolds, BC Kolin6.8 
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 Decin3.9 
 9. Pope, BK Decin3.9 
 10. Pavkovic, CEZ N.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.9 
 2. Sirina, B&W Opava2.1 
 3. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 4. Bolds, BC Kolin2.1 
 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. Fields, Chomutov1.0 
 5. Miklosik, B&W O.1.0 
 6. Mroz, Svitavy0.9 
 7. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 8. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 9. Slavik, USK Praha0.8 
 10. Houska, BK Decin0.8 



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Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Colas, Randers25.7 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.22.8 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC21.9 
 4. Bowlin, Horsens IC20.5 
 5. Walker, Naestved19.5 
 6. Delk, Vaerlose19.0 
 7. Funches, Aarhus BC18.6 
 8. Tomko, Bakken18.5 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg18.4 
 10. Ocana, Randers18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Colas, Randers15.3 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.9.4 
 3. Dezouvre, Aarhus9.4 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC8.9 
 5. Doggett, Naestved8.3 
 6. Baker, Vaerlose8.0 
 7. Moritz, SISU8.0 
 8. Washington, Svend.8.0 
 9. Walker, Naestved7.7 
 10. Thomann, Horse.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel ORTEGA
  Randers
  (188-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Ortega, Randers7.3 
 2. Bowlin, Horsens IC6.8 
 3. Darboe, Svendborg5.9 
 4. Nielsen, SISU5.4 
 5. Murphy, Naestved4.7 
 6. Tomko, Bakken4.5 
 7. Dennis, SISU4.3 
 8. Nielsen, Randers4.2 
 9. Plannthin, Svend.4.1 
 10. Jonsson, Aarhus4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC2.9 
 2. Tomko, Bakken2.4 
 3. Delk, Vaerlose2.1 
 4. Nielsen, SISU2.1 
 5. Ortega, Randers2.0 
 6. Walker, Naestved2.0 
 7. Dennis, SISU1.9 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg1.9 
 9. Jukic, Horsens IC1.9 
 10. Rungby, Horsens1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Washington, Svend.2.6 
 2. Colas, Randers2.2 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.6 
 4. Jukic, Horsholm1.3 
 5. Jukic, Horsens IC1.2 
 6. Funches, Aarhus BC1.1 
 7. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 8. Delk, Vaerlose1.0 
 9. Doggett, Naestved1.0 
 10. Smith, SISU0.9 


Ligaen Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

SISU - Randers 84-88

Randers surprised SISU on the road to take the lead in the quarterfinal series. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. Randers made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Randers outrebounded SISU 41-25 including 29 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 18 rebounds. The former international swingman Chris Nielsen (192-85) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Mickey Dennis (190-78, college: JMU) answered with 15 points, 8 assists and 5 steals and the other American import center Zack Moritz (210-88, college: Boise St.) added 13 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for SISU. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Randers: B.Colas 21+18reb+2ast, C.Nielsen 20+7reb+3ast, D.Ocana 19+5reb+2ast, M.Ortega 12+2reb+4ast, P.Nielsen 10+5reb, C.Jorgensen 6+2reb+1ast
SISU: D.Smith 19+3reb+2ast, M.Dennis 15+4reb+8ast, M.Flowers 14+2reb, M.Nielsen 14+1reb+9ast, Z.Moritz 13+13reb+1ast, D.Harder 7+2ast
gschID: 234471


Horsens IC - Naestved 100-84

Horsens got to a confident start of their quarterfinal campaign. They held off Naestved at home court. 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 100-84. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Skyler Bowlin (190-89, college: Missouri So.) who helped to win the game recording 32 points and 9 assists. The former international guard Darko Jukic (198-90) contributed with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Caleb Walker (193-89, college: Nebraska) answered with 26 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and the other American import forward Quinton Doggett (203, college: Southern) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Naestved. Naestved's coach Geoff Kotila rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: S.Bowlin 32+4reb+9ast, D.Jukic 27+9reb+5ast, K.Thomann 16+6reb, E.Kvedaravicius 8+2reb+2ast, F.Rungby 8+3reb+2ast, D.Friedrich 6+1reb
Naestved: C.Walker 26+3reb+3ast, A.Murphy 18+2reb+4ast, Q.Doggett 16+8reb+1ast, L.Hoirup 9+2reb, J.Benjamin 5+7reb+4ast, M.Hoirup 4+1ast
gschID: 234470


Bakken - Horsholm 93-70

Bakken Bears knocked down Horsholm at home court to secure 1-0 lead in the series. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-70. Bakken forced 19 Horsholm turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Horsholm helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Canadian forward Marvell Waithe (205-87, college: Arkansas) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Bakken's coach Mathias Bach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Alexander Bak (193-91) answered with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Hungarian forward Attila Kovacs (203-85) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Horsholm. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Bakken: M.Waithe 22+3reb+1ast, N.Iversen 17+11reb+4ast, C.Lindberg 13+3reb, A.Jakobsen 11+1reb+7ast, M.Sahlertz 8+7reb+1ast, C.Christoffersen 7+2reb
Horsholm: B.Marinkovic 16+7reb, A.Kovacs 15+7reb+2ast, A.Bak 15+6reb+4ast, Z.Jukic 11+7reb+2ast, C.Hesseldal 6+5reb+2ast, K.Vange 3+3reb
gschID: 234469


Svendborg - Vaerlose 86-71

Svendborg cruised to the opening win in the quarterfinal series. The game without a history. Svendborg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a very good performance for U.S. Virgin Islands power forward Gregory Washington (208-84, college: Hofstra) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds. American power forward Donald Rutherford (199-87, college: Catawba) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Justin Baker (203-89, college: Utah Valley) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Richard Delk (193-86, college: Troy) added 21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Vaerlose. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: G.Washington 19+17reb+2ast, D.Rutherford 17+7reb+3ast, M.Plannthin 16+3reb+2ast, A.Darboe 9+5reb+6ast, M.Mariegaard 9+1ast, C.Magaard 6+6reb+1ast
Vaerlose: J.Baker 27+10reb+2ast, R.Delk 21+7reb+5ast, P.Moller 10+4reb+5ast, J.Jensen 4+3reb, R.Norgaard 4+4reb, A.Karason 3+3reb
gschID: 234468



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  D-LEAGUE   

Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 23-13 
 2. Canton C. 22-15 
 3. Sioux Falls S. 21-17 
 4. Maine RC 21-18 
 5. Erie Bay H. 20-18 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 19-19 
 7. Springfield A. 14-23 
 8. Iowa E. 9-31 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 25-11 
 2. Rio Grande VV 23-14 
 3. Austin T. 22-15 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 21-16 
 5. Texas L. 17-22 
 6. Los Angeles D. 16-20 
 7. Reno B. 13-23 
 8. Idaho S. 13-24 

Regular Season: Round 54

Mar. 7: Tulsa 66ers - Iowa E. 95-103
Mar. 7: Reno B. - Idaho S. 107-114
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. Samuels, Reno B.19.9 
 7. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.7 
 8. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 9. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.19.4 
 10. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
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.7.0 
 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
 Justin HOLIDAY
  Idaho S.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Holiday, Idaho S.2.3 
 2. Moon, Los A.2.3 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.0 
 4. McNeal, Bakersfi.1.9 
 5. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 6. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 7. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.8 
 8. Leslie, Santa C.1.8 
 9. Millsap, Los A.1.8 
 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. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 6. Gladness, Santa C.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 


Lakers Assign Morris, Sacre To D-League - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Lakers have assigned Darius Morris (6'4''-G-91, college: Michigan) and Robert Sacre (7'0''-C-89, agency: Edge Sports, college: Gonzaga) to the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Lakers NBA Development League affiliate.
Morris (6-4, 190, Michigan) has played in 42 games this season for Los Angeles, averaging 4.4 points, 1.7 assists and 1.2 rebounds. On Dec. 16, he tallied 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field in a 111-98 win over the 76ers. He appeared in one game on assignment last season for the D-Fenders and scored 21 points in a 99-98 win over the Dakota Wizards.
Sacre (7-0, 260, Gonzaga) has appeared in 27 games for the Lakers this season, averaging 1.5 points, 1.1 rebounds and 7.2 minutes. He has played in four games on assignment with the D-Fenders, averaging 11.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 31.0 minutes. He returned to the Lakers following a 22-point performance vs. Sioux Falls at the 2013 NBA D-League Showcase in Reno, Nev.



Glen Rice claims D-League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented Glen Rice (195-G-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Rio Grande VV and that's him to receive a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 53.
The 21-year old guard had a double-double of 29 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Austin T. (#3, 22-15) 118-110. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Rio Grande VV is placed at 2nd position in D-League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rio Grande VV will need more victories to improve their 23-14 record. In the team's last game Rice had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Glen Rice averages this season 11.2ppg and 5.8rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old point guard Courtney Fortson (180-PG-88) of Los Angeles D.. Fortson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 14 assists. Of course he lead Los Angeles D. to another comfortable win 99-86 over slightly higher-ranked Texas L. (#5, 17-22) being unquestionably team leader. Los Angeles D.'s 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 16-20 record. Fortson is a newcomer at Los Angeles D. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Los Angeles D.'s star - Malcolm Thomas (206-C-88). Thomas showcased his all-around game by recording 13 points, seventeen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Los Angeles D., helping his team with a 99-86 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Texas L. (#5, 17-22). The chances of Los Angeles D. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 20 games, recording just sixteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Thomas could help Los Angeles D. to bring them higher in the standings. The season just started for Thomas as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be another team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andre Barrett (175-PG-82) of Sioux Falls S. - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 15 assists
5. JaMychal Green (203-F-90) of Austin T. - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Glen Rice (195-G-91) of Rio Grande VV - 20 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Damian Saunders (200-F-88) of Sioux Falls S. - 23 points and 8 rebounds
8. Ron Howard (196-G/F-82) of Ft.Wayne MA - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88) of Rio Grande VV - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Tre Kelley (183-PG-85) of Austin T. - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 8 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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Talented Tarek El Ghannam is Back on Track - by Mohamed Ramadan

The highly talented and injury prone Center 6-11 El Ghannam has won the MVP candidate in Zone 5 African Championship qualifiers in Tanzania, the best center in African Cup for Clubs tournament, and the leading candidate for the MVP of the Egyptian League this season. He is currently out performing other centers in the Egyptian league on both offensive and defensive ends of the floor.

Despite losing against Sporting in the Egyptian league, El Ghannam didn't participate in the first quarter were his team was trailing by 13 points. His presence, ability of scoring 3's and spreading the floor allowed his team immediately to cut the deficit and retained the lead for a short period.

His last presence with the Egyptian National team in African Cup of nations was in Angola 2007 were the team reached the semi final with Cameroon and was controlling the game until the first half and suddenly El Ghannam was injured end of the 2nd quarter, and Egypt not only lost this match but also lost the 3rd place against Cape Verde by a buzzer beater shot. Without him in 2009 and 2011 Egypt ranked 10th and 11th respectively.




A New Egyptian in NCAA League - by Eurobasket News

Posted By: Mohamed Ramadan
The swingman of University of Western Illinois in the NCAA league and the current leading scorer of his team could be a great addition to the Egyptian Basketball National team in the future.
Abdel Nader (201-F-93) is a 6-7 small forward Earned MAC All-Freshman team honors last season after averaging 10.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. This season his figures have developed with 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He is expected to be an NBA draft prospect in 2015.
In September 25, 1993 in Alexandria, Egypt Abdel Nader was born. His family moved from Egypt to the United States when he was three years old.
During 2011 African championships, Egyptian National team had its worst ranking ever and was one of the worst shooting teams in the tournament. Can Abdel Naders shooting ability and size add to the Egyptian National team?
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. Tarvas 19-6 
 2. TU/Rock 17-0 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 13-5 
 4. TTU 12-10 
 5. Rapla 11-11 
 6. Valga 10-14 
 7. Parnu 9-13 
 8. Tln Kalev 6-20 
 9. Hito/Johvi 2-22 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 7: Tln Kalev - Hito/Johvi 64-84
Mar. 9: TTU - Rapla
Mar. 9: Parnu - Valga
Mar. 12: TU/Rock - Rapla


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris LAKSA
  Tarvas
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Laksa, Tarvas16.3 
 2. Peciukeviciu., Par.16.1 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas15.9 
 4. Akenparg, TTU15.8 
 5. Matulionis, Parnu15.3 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tarvas14.3 
 7. Pilk, Rapla14.2 
 8. Laur, Hito/Johvi14.0 
 9. Okoye, Tln Kalev13.9 
 10. Campbell, Tln Kal.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.3 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.3 
 3. Lindmets, Tarvas8.5 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.1 
 5. Arnold, TTU7.2 
 6. Ringmets, Rapla7.0 
 7. Keedus, TTU6.9 
 8. Grafs, Valga6.9 
 9. Cunda, Valga6.2 
 10. Peciukeviciu., Pa.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.3 
 2. Keedus, TTU5.0 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas4.4 
 4. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.7 
 5. Laane, Rapla3.6 
 6. Cunda, Valga3.6 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.4 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tarvas3.3 
 9. Rannula, Valga2.6 
 10. Pilk, Rapla2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Laane, Rapla2.6 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas2.2 
 3. Keedus, TTU2.0 
 4. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.8 
 5. Akenparg, TTU1.8 
 6. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.7 
 7. Raley-Ross, Tarvas1.6 
 8. Saare, Hito/Johvi1.5 
 9. Pilk, Rapla1.5 
 10. Puidet, TTU1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew ARNOLD
  TTU
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Arnold, TTU1.1 
 2. Saarmets, TTU0.8 
 3. Matulionis, Parnu0.8 
 4. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.7 
 5. Saks, Tarvas0.6 
 6. Grim, Valga0.6 
 7. Raadik, Parnu0.6 
 8. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.5 
 9. Raley-Ross, Tarvas0.4 
 10. Ringmets, Rapla0.4 


Baltic League: Barons kvartals overcame TU/Rock in Game 1 - by Eurobasket News

Barons kvartals - TU/Rock 63:49

Barons kvartals overcame TU/Rock in Game 1 of the Quarterfinals. The Latvian side grabbed a 63:49 at the home court. The return leg of the tie will be played on March 10th in Estonia.
Barons kvartals built a solid lead heading into the return leg in their quarterfinal series versus TU/Rock. The Latvian team claimed a 14-point lead after the home game. Barons kvartals led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Maris Maris Gulbis (202-F-85, agency: Players Group) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward Tyler Tyler Cain (203-F-88, college: S.Dakota) chipped in 8 points and 11 rebounds. Timo Timo Eichfuss (200-F-88) produced 13 points and 5 rebounds. Justin Justin Ingram (188-PG-85, agency: Two Points, college: Toledo) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side.

Barons kvartals: Maris Gulbis 21+11rebs, Jekabs Rozitis (205-C-86) 14, Jamar Diggs (187-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Wofford) 12, Tyler Cain 8+11rebs
TU/Rock: Timo Eichfuss 13, Justin Ingram 10



Baltic League: Kalev/Cramo knocked down Pieno Zvaigzdes in the first game of the series - by Eurobasket News

Kalev/Cramo - Pieno Zvaigzdes 71:54

Kalev/Cramo knocked down Pieno Zvaigzdes in the first game of the series. The Estonian side grabbed 71:54 win in the first Quarterfinal game. The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. Pieno Zvaigzdes was better in fourth quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kalev/Cramo dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Pieno Zvaigzdes' 20. Armands Skele (192-G-83) nailed 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and Gary Wilkinson (205-F/C-82, college: Utah St.) accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds. Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89, agency: Alti Sport) came up with 16 points and Tyrell Biggs (203-F-86, college: Pittsburgh) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Pieno Zvaigzdes in the defeat.

Kalev/Cramo: Gary Wilkinson 15, Bamba Fall (217-C-86, college: SMU) 13 Frank Elegar (208-C-86, college: Drexel) 12, Armands Skele 10
Pieno Zvaigzdes: Sarunas Vasiliauskas 16, Tyrell Biggs 12



BBL: Kalev/Cramo started the play-offs with a big victory - by Janar

BC Kalev/Cramo took a huge 71:54 win against Pieno Zvaigzde Pasvalys in 1st game of Baltic Basketball League quarterfinal in Kalev Sports Hall. The hosts dominated the game from the beginning, trailing for only 25 seconds (0:3) in the first quarter. Gary Wilkinson (205-F/C-82, college: Utah St.) scored 6 and Gert Dorbek (193-SG-85) added 5 in opening quarter and Kalev/Cramo led 19:9 after 10 minutes. In 2nd, the guests made a 7:0 run and decreased the gap to 6 (25:19). But baskets by Bamba Fall (217-C-86, college: SMU) ended the first half wigth a 6:0 run and 31:19.

After the first quarter, the gap was 18, already. Fall and Elegar made some huge dunks. On the negative side, Cepukaitis and Elegar had a little thrash-talking and pushing and were awarded a technicals. In 4th, the hosts went up by 21 but three-pointers by Hughes and Sinica helped the guests to close the gap a little.

Wilkinson led the winners with 15 points. Fall added 13, Elegar 12 and Skele 10 points. The 2-point shots made the difference today - the hosts made 52%, the guests only 32%. Vasiliauskas scored 16 for the guests.



BBL: Kalev/Cramo started the play-offs with a big victory - by Janar

BC Kalev/Cramo took a huge 71:54 win against Pieno Zvaigzde Pasvalys in 1st game of Baltic Basketball League quarterfinal in Kalev Sports Hall. The hosts dominated the game from the beginning, trailing for only 25 seconds (0:3) in the first quarter. Mike Wilkinson scored 6 and Gert Dorbek added 5 in opening quarter and Kalev/Cramo led 19:9 after 10 minutes. In 2nd, the guests made a 7:0 run and decreased the gap to 6 (25:19). But baskets by Bamba Fall ended the first half wigth a 6:0 run and 31:19.

After the first quarter, the gap was 18, already. Fall and Elegar made some huge dunks. On the negative side, Cepukaitis and Elegar had a little thrash-talking and pushing and were awarded a technicals. In 4th, the hosts went up by 21 but three-pointers by Hughes and Sinica helped the guests to close the gap a little.

Wilkinson led the winners with 15 points. Fall added 13, Elegar 12 and Skele 10 points. The 2-point shots made the difference today - the hosts made 52%, the guests only 32%. Vasiliauskas scored 16 for the guests.



KML Player of the Month - Rain Raadik - by Janar

Rain Raadik (208-C-89) was voted the player of the month of G4S KML, today. Raadik averaged 18.5 points and 10 rebounds in four games in February. His team played all games on road and won four of them, including the game against BC Rakvere Tarvas where Raadik had 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Starting October, the Player of the Month awards have been given to Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84), Renato Lindmets (200-F-84, college: Westfield St.), Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91) and Heiko Rannula (185-G-83).



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.20.5 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.20.2 
 3. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.18.8 
 4. Dixon, Karsiyaka18.6 
 5. Flowers, Kataja18.1 
 6. Burtt, Tofas17.3 
 7. Williams, Paris-.16.3 
 8. Raivio, Aalstar16.3 
 9. Kudrautsau, Tsmoki.15.4 
 10. Bader, Szolnok15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.11.6 
 2. Bader, Szolnok9.8 
 3. Elonu, Tofas9.0 
 4. Hill, Hapoel Holon8.2 
 5. May, Paris-Levallo.7.9 
 6. Thomas, Karsiyaka7.3 
 7. Young, Aalstar7.2 
 8. Lashkevich, Tsmoki.7.0 
 9. Camara, Gravelines6.7 
 10. Ensminger, Teleko.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.6.7 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.6.6 
 3. Jordan, Telekom5.8 
 4. Deane, Khimik5.3 
 5. Dixon, Karsiyaka5.2 
 6. Burtt, Tofas4.8 
 7. Kudrautsau, Tsmoki.4.7 
 8. Kramer, EWE B.4.7 
 9. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.6 
 10. Raivio, Aalstar4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Flowers, Kataja3.8 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.2.3 
 3. Miles, Krasnie Kri.1.9 
 4. Mandache, Gaz M.1.9 
 5. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.7 
 6. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.1.5 
 7. Paulding, EWE B.1.5 
 8. Smith, Kataja1.5 
 9. Joseph, Khimik1.3 
 10. Aminu, Karsiyaka1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Vernon GOODRIDGE
  Khimik
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Goodridge, Khimik1.5 
 2. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.4 
 3. Aminu, Karsiyaka1.3 
 4. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.2 
 5. Vasiliev, Krasni.1.2 
 6. May, Paris-Levallo.1.1 
 7. Elonu, Tofas1.1 
 8. Balashov, Krasni.1.1 
 9. Majok, Tsmoki-M.1.1 
 10. Hassell, Hapoel H.1.0 



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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 



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Standings

Euroleague Standings
Group E
 1. Real Madrid 9-1 
 2. Anadolu Efes 8-2 
 3. CSKA 7-3 
 4. Panathinaikos 6-3 
 5. Unicaja 4-5 
 6. Zalgiris 4-6 
 7. ALBA 1-9 
 8. Brose Bask. 0-10 
Group F
 1. FCB Regal 9-1 
 2. Montepaschi 7-2 
 3. Olympiacos 6-4 
 4. Khimky 5-4 
 5. Maccabi T-A 5-5 
 6. Caja Laboral 4-5 
 7. Fener.Ulker 2-8 
 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. 7: Zalgiris - Real Madrid 104-105 OT
Mar. 8: Unicaja - Panathinaikos

F

Mar. 7: Fener.Ulker - Maccabi T-A 85-94
Mar. 7: Olympiacos - FCB Regal 77-90
Mar. 8: Besiktas - Caja Laboral
Mar. 8: Khimky - Montepaschi


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Brown, Montepaschi19.4 
 2. Bogdanovic, Fener..16.3 
 3. Nachbar, Brose B.16.2 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.15.9 
 5. Jerrells, Besiktas14.2 
 6. Weems, CSKA14.0 
 7. Krstic, CSKA13.9 
 8. Farmar, Anadolu13.8 
 9. Teodosic, CSKA13.7 
 10. Planinic, Khimky13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.1 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A6.5 
 3. Lasme, Panathin.6.2 
 4. Lampe, Caja L.6.2 
 5. Hines, Olympiacos5.8 
 6. Thompson, ALBA5.7 
 7. Tomic, FCB Regal5.7 
 8. Erden, Anadolu Ef.5.6 
 9. Markota, Besiktas5.5 
 10. Mirotic, Real Mad.5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.6.3 
 2. Planinic, Khimky6.1 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.4 
 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. Llull, Real Madrid3.7 
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. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 7. Teodosic, CSKA1.3 
 8. Diamantidis, Panat.1.3 
 9. Calloway, Unicaja1.2 
 10. Planinic, Khimky1.2 
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. Falker, Besiktas1.1 
 8. Ress, Montepaschi1.1 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA1.0 
 10. Hines, Olympiacos1.0 



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Nilan Bisons land Jason Davis - by Greg

Nilan Bisons Loimaa (Korisliiga) tabbed 28-year old American swingman Jason Davis (196-93kg-85, college: Sacramento State). He started the season at MBK Banik Handlova in Slovakian Extraliga, but left the team in Dec.'12. In 10 games he averaged 15.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg this season.
The last season Davis played at SK Cherkasy Monkeys (Superleague) in Ukraine. In 15 games he had 6.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.0apg.
Davis attended Sacramento State until 2008 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Jason is very quick, strong and athletic who can finish in traffic. Great shooting stroke, he can hit the three pointer with consistency. A true scoring machine who doesn't miss when he is in the zone. Smart player who knows how to play the game. He is a capable passer and a good ball handler.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Beginning of the season ... - by Rodrigue Olivier Kassa

BASKETBALL NEWS: OPEN LIBABE 2013

As a prelude to the start of the season, LIBABE organized a tournament warm-up from 1 to 3 February 2013 at the gym in Leon MBA classes Senior Men and Women, in D2 and Hope.

Clubs taking part in this celebration and have finished on the podium are:

1st: Somo B who beat the Aces in the Estuary Senior Men: 57-44;

1st : Ladies Ndella senior who beat Somo B by a score of 43-34;

1st : NBA beat the Rangers 38-37 in class by Hope;

1st: Rangers D2 disposed of by Galaxy 46-40.

The party was great and the audience was likely to respond to the call of the organizers as what the season has started!



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Basketball League update - by Eurobasket News

Serrekunda West defeated Lamin 60-27 points at their weekend game played last Saturday.
Later in the day, Saints challenged Sport House and made it over them by knocking them 44-32 points.
Earlier on Friday, YMCA sailed over their opponents Brikama, by a single point in an encounter which ended 36-35 points.
Despite every effort to turn the scores in their favour Brikama could not make a breakthrough.
GAF also defeated Serrekunda East in the second game of the day by 44-38 points.
Author: Adama K. Jallow
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Basketball Association Clarifies - by Eurobasket News

The Gambia Basketball Association (GBA) has explained that the final moments that overshadowed Brikama's 36-35 loss to YMCA at the weekend was due to lack of understanding on the part of the West Coast Region team.
Following the defeat, Brikama coach Lamin Touray told Observer Sports that it will be hard for his side to win the league because 'every time they (officials) call against Brikama'. "We don't know the reason they call against us. Any game we play against teams from the Kombos, we have difficulties. We have lots of fouls committed but it doesn't matter the game was over. The time was up, so blow the whistle," he said.
Brikama lodged a protest to the organising committee of the Basketball League following their weekend defeat. But clarifying the controversy surrounding the rant by the Brikama coach through its secretary general, Abdoulie Jallow, the GBA hit out at the team for their behaviour.
"What happened was a misunderstanding. Brikama officials and players were coming to the table trying to ask for time and there are people by rules who are allowed to come to the desk and ask for time-out. The referee thought that was the game they were playing to delay the time and we decided to stop the time.
It was one minute before the end of the game. Now, we are all humans, I am not blaming the referee. We saw them coming back and forth at that time they were ready to make a change but he thought they were going to do the same thing they were doing, so he, (referee) decided that the time to be stopped; by that time Brikama was leading," Jallow said.
The GBA secretary geral added: "When the game resumed, the controversy worsened when about ten seconds left in the game, there was a foul against Brikama and now Brikama by that time was leading by one point and the guy had two shots by that time since it was running clock the time had runned down and the whistle was blown that the game was over. As far as the regulations are concerned this guy had to take two shots.
In this case if he takes the two shots and makes both of them the game goes to YMCA. That is what happened and that led to the shouting and yelling and it's unfortunate that they were using very abusive languages and some of them were even directed towards us the (officials). We will take the right decision and we will not accept indiscipline."
Jallow further dismissed Brikama's claim that they are usually victimised whenever they play against teams from the Greater Banjul Area. "This is a new association whatever must have happened ten or seven years ago, those referees and officials have all gone. So how that can filter to us that we have never treated them unfairly. As far as we are concerned this is news to us.
"There are clauses in the constitution that look into indiscipline, they need to look at it. That's why we took them through it. We explained to them before the beginning of the league. So it is no excuse for anybody to come and violate any provision of that constitution," he concluded.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Nowitzki and Marion lead Mavs over Rockets - by Eurobasket News

Dallas, TX Dirk Nowitzki (213-F-78) and Shawn Marion netted 22 points apiece in the Dallas Mavericks' 112-108 win over the Houston Rockets.

O.J. Mayo added 13 points, a career-high 12 assists and six rebounds for Dallas, which had dropped four of its last five contests coming in.

The Mavericks have won six in a row against Houston in Big D and improved to 23-2 when Nowitzki scores at least 15 points.

James Harden was 16-of-16 from the line and finished with 28 points for the Rockets, who had won four of their past six tilts prior to the opening tip.

"Harden had a lot of points, but at the end of the game Shawn (Marion) was the guy who got the key stops," Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said.

Houston trailed by as many as 11 in the third, but a Harden 3-pointer at the top of the key gave the Rockets their first lead, 104-102, since the latter stages of the second with 3:41 to go in the fourth.

Mayo quickly answered with a triple and jumper on back-to-back Dallas possessions before Nowitzki knocked down a jumper to give the Mavs a 109-104 edge with 1:51 remaining.

Four straight Harden foul shots pulled the visitors within a point, and the Rockets regained possession down 110-108 with 49.9 to go after Marion split a pair from the stripe.

Harden came up short on a step-back trey with 28.5 ticks on the clock, but Houston got the ball back after it went out of bounds off Dallas. But Harden's ensuing drive at the hoop was defended well by Brandan Wright and Darren Collison sunk two foul shots to seal the win for the Mavs.

"I thought we put ourselves in a position to win. It's one that we let slip away," Houston forward Chandler Parsons, who scored a career-high 32 against Dallas Sunday, said.

Dallas jumped out to a 34-25 advantage after one before the Rockets outscored the Mavs 31-26 in the second to head into the break down, 60-56. Dallas headed into the fourth with an 87-83 cushion.

Game Notes

Dallas turned the ball over just 11 times and recorded 35 assists on 45 made field goals ... Vince Carter added 16 points and seven boards off the bench for the Mavs.
Courtesy of: http://www.foxnews.com



Can The Fraport Skyliners Win In Their Debut In The New ratiopharm Arena? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It is no secret that in the Beko BBL, you have a distinct array of different sizes of arenas to the overwhelming NBA like palace of the O2 World arena in Berlin to middle class type arenas like the Stechert arena in Bamberg, Volkswagon Halle in Braunschweig, Telekom Dome in Bonn or the Fraport arena which at times is as quiet as a quiet corner on the Ammer lake in Bavaria and then again bedlam in crunch time in a close battle against the Brose Baskets Bamberg. Then again there are very tiny places to play that cant really be called arenas, but as Duesseldorf Giants poo bah Murat Didin likes to say gyms like the Ost Halle in Giessen, Artland arena or the now defunct Kuhberg halle which was the old stomping ground of ratiopharm Ulm. Since December 2011, the team no longer plays there having moved into the new more modern ratiopharm Ulm arena that holds 6000 patrons. The Kuhberg Halle was a tiny like gym that always came to life when they played. The ratiopharm Ulm fans were often seen as the sixth man, because they were so close to the floor and at times on account of the noise level seemed like they were hanging on the backs of the opponent because they seemed so close. In the Kuhberg arena, the Frankfurt Skyliners often had to put up with the feistiness of the smallest/biggets center of all times in the Beko BBL Jeff Gibbs, the nonstop aggressiveness on offense and defense of German national player Per Guenther or the three point bombs from 2006 NCAA champion Lee Humphrey who probably could have scored from the Ulm minster on any day. Last season, the club played early in the season in Ulm and still played in the Kuhberg Halle and had to wait more than a year to get their crack at playing in the new arena. This weekend Muli Katzurin and his gang will try to upset the 2012 Beko BBL finalist in the first ever game in the ratiopharm Ulm arena

Since ratiopharm Ulm entered the Beko BBL in 2006, the Frankfurt Skyliners have a positive record against them. They won in overtime 87-83 in 2007 with Murat Didin. The Eric Chadfield buzzer beater will for some reason always be stuck in the minds of people, which had an eerie similarity to the buzzer beater of Justin Gray against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg this season. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a positive 2-1 record in the Ballsporthalle. In 2009-2010, Frankfurt lost 74-69, but got a strong game form ex Skyliner Lorenzo Gordon who scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. In the first meeting last season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners dominated the game and put on a scoring display led by 23 points by Seth Doliboa as the club prevailed 95-82.Frankfurt shot an astronomical 57% from the field and easily won the rebounding fight 34-25. Ratiopharm Ulm did a great job only having seven turnovers. In the return game in Frankfurt last season, Ratiopharm Ulm lost 84-77 as Skyliner American Seth Doliboa had another monster game pouring home 18 points and 15 rebounds. Last season, Frankfurt lost a 87-82 nail bitter in the Kuhberg arena, but returned home to win 74-67 as Dashaun Wood poured in 17 points and 12 assists. In the first meeting of last season, the Fraport Skyliners lost a winnable game 81-75 in the old Kuhberg Halle where Dane Watts made the two big buckets at the end showing NBA player Jon Leuer that guys from Missouri can play basketball. Ratiopharm Ulm had five guys in double figures, shot better and rebounded better. Frankfurt was led by Justin Gray with 14 points. The Fraport Skyliners got revenge in the return game in Frankfurt winning 77-64 in their strong second half of the season. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Michael Thompson with 16 points while Jacob Burtschi had 15 points. In the first meeting this season, the Fraport Skyliners pulled off a massive upset in their living room winning 78-62 as they were able to control the game and play a solid effort for 40 minutes. Frankfurt was led by Zach peacock with 18 points and American Devin Gibson played his best game of the season producing 17 points and dishing out six assists. Ratiopharm Ulm won the rebounding duel, but the Frankfurt defense was at their best forcing Ulm to cough up the ball 23 times. Since the brutal loss in Frankfurt, Ratiopharm Ulm have been up and down having a 7-6 record and have lost three of the last four games. They have been very vulnerable on the road losing to weak teams like Giessen and Ludwigsburg. However they still remain a tough team to pinch at home as they have a 7-3 record. Ulm is led by John Bryant and even if you can contain him somewhat, they still have enough weapons to beat you otherwise. Ulm is a good team and this will be a tough test for Frankfurt. Rebounding will be key for Frankfurt as John Bryant is always crashing the boards, stressed Alba Berlin guard Je Kel Foster. Quantez Robertson (189-G-84, college: Auburn) remembers the big win in Frankfurt and wants to sweep the season series. Defense will be most important as well as rebounding. We have to limit them to one shot, execute our offense and make them play our pace, warned Quantez Robertson.

Last season the team brought in a healthy core of Americans with double double candidate Dane Watts, scorer Isiah Swann, Beko BBL veteran Steven Esterkamp that got another chance after sitting out a year and playing in the PRO A with Essen last season and Skyliner Jon Leuer teammate at Wisconsin Keaton Nankivil. On paper the club looked like a playoff team, but ratiopharm Ulm manager Thomas Stoll was careful not to get too excited at the start last season. The league is stronger this year. Of course the fans can dream of the playoffs, but we just want to finish better than 14th place last season, stressed Thomas Stoll. We want to win more games than we lose. Maybe we can be near the playoffs, added ratiopharm Ulm head coach Thorsten Leibenath at the start of the season. The Ulm fans were dreaming of the playoffs after the strong 3-1 start. The club started the season with an impressive win in Bayreuth possibly the loudest arena in the league, then came home and beat playoff candidate Artland Dragons, then lost by a slim margin of 64-59 showing that they already have understood how to play strong defense early in the season against the leagues best Bamberg and then beat the always tough defensive minded TBB Trier on the road getting a monster game from John Bryant with 27 points, 16 rebounds and five assists. Instead of suffering a tail spin the team was strong all season having winning streaks of seven, six and five games. They were a solid team with some great players at each position. They will be a team in my opinion that will be in the playoffs if they continue to get better and work together as a team. I wouldnt call them a sleeper anymore but I am sure no one expected a lot from them this season. I do think they can make a push for the playoffs and I think they have great guard play and solid back ups at each position. They have guys who can shoot the ball and a great inside game with Bryant in the middle. As far as weaknesses the only thing I see would be what would happen if Bryant or Watts both got into foul trouble at the same time, warned John Bynum last season. The secret to the success has been a combination of coach Leibentah who found the right mix to follow his system and a group of non selfish players that play for each other and always want to win. Before the season, Leibenath was humble suggesting he wanted to win more games than he lost. However at the end of the season he proved all doubters wrong as the team finished in second place with a record of 27-7.They had an impressive playoff run routing the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig 3-0 scoring an average of 94 games in the three game series. Next they swept the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg 3-0 stopping their impressive season, but then ran out of gas against the Brose Baskets Bamberg finding out what it is like being swept 3-0. They had no real chance in the first two games, but lost a bitter 97-95 game three as Bamberg won their fifth league championship.

After such an impressive season, the question is can one top last season. The only step up is winning the league championship this season, but that is never easy considering the league gets more competitive each season. One can take the famous Bill Shankly phrase never change a winning team and apply it perfectly to ratiopharm Ulm as they did their best keeping important components like 2012 Beko BBL MVP John Bryant who can serve up a double double as well as Jared Jordan can an ally-op pass. The team also kept hard working Dane Watts who gives Bryant a lot of support on the boards, allrounder Steven Esterkamp, best German Per Guenther who has progressed as a player each season since 2008, role player Keaton Nankivil who can hurt you with his annoying three point shooting and oldest active Ulmer there since 2007 Sebastian Betz. The team lost scoring ace Isaiah Swann and Rocky Trice, but got more than sufficient compensation with ex NBA player Allan Ray, American guard Lance Jeter coming for the injured Tommy Mason-Griffin, German national player Philipp Schwethelm on loan from FC Bayern Munich who is starting to shine under Leibenath and bug German talent Daniel Theis who has already been inserted into the starting rotation despite little Beko BBL experience. The biggest strength of ratiopharm Ulm this season is the huge euphoric atmosphere that the team got last season that so far this season has held on as the team is near the top of the Beko BBL standings. Another strength is the deep roster and that many players were kept keeping some team chemistry form last season and the brand of players that they have where each plays for each other and where egos arent the most important thing despite stars like Brayant, Guenther and Ray. Important is also that the roster of players have many different qualities that help make this one of the more balanced teams in the Beko BBl with each player able of doing much on the court. Ratiopharm Ulm can only beat themselves this season. The question will be can they hold up against the pressure of continuing to win over a whole season. The double game function of Eurocup and injuries could take a toll on the team in the second half of the season and an injury to John Bryant could really hurt the club since his game fuels ratiopharm Ulm. The defense also could be a factor as the team is still finding a defensive identity as they gave up an average of 88 points in the first nine games. If they were only an average scoring team, then they would be near the cellar of the Beko BBL standings. But one thing is clear and Thorsten Leibenath can have more room to joke this season after the strong season last season. I dont think anyone will predict us as a team being in the cellar this season, said Thorsten Leibenath.Ulm has made another step forward. They found the right players once again this season. They can hit three pointers each second. Ulm is showing stability and when all players think the same then they are able to improve. They deserve to be at the top of the league now, stressed Fraport Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin. With the Eurocup stress, the team has been steady, but at 7-5 since their loss in Frankfurt.their defense continues to be up and down having held Bayreuth and TBB Trier under 60 points, but giving up 90 points or more to Oldenburg, Bonn and Hagen. The team recently brought in big man Omar Samhan and Pro B player Myles Hesson from Weissenhorn. The team has lost American Dane Watts for the season.

ratiopharm Ulm is led by John Bryant who is a 25 year old 208cm center that is playing his third season in Ulm and was born in Berkeley, California and grew up in San Pablo. He played at Santa Clara university coming in in 2005 as well known players Doron Perkins and Kyle Bailey had just graduated. He played 124 NCAA games getting WCC Player of the Year in 2009. In his last three years, he was able to average double figures in points. In his senior year, he tore up the NCAA playing 33 games: 18.1ppg, 14.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2.5bpg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 78.7%. In 2009 he was drafted by the Erie BayHawks (D-League,2rd (31) and played 48 games: 13.2ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 49.3%, FT: 77.6%. In the summer 2010, he played NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (Milwaukee Bucks). He has a great feel for the game. This is his first season and who would of thought that he would play so well? He stays with his strength and takes high percentage shots. He has a very high basketball IQ with scoring and rebounding. I think that he could compete at any level in the world., stressed ex teammate Travis Walton. In 2010-2011 for Ulm he played 34 games: 14.6ppg, Reb-1 (10.9rpg), 1.1apg, Blocks-2 (1.5bpg), FGP: 60.4%, FT: 74.2%. Last season, he played 42 games: 14.1ppg, Reb-1 (9.4rpg), 1.3apg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 57.3%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 71.7%. . Per Guenther is a 24 year old 185cm point guard that was born in Giessen and grew up in Hagen and is playing his fifth season with ratiopharm Ulm. He has very good speed and can dribble with both his hands he is very good in shooting from the arc and he has very good organizational skills, he watches the court with one glance and can assist his team-mates on a blind method pretending that he will shoot. He has an inborn charisma of a leader from a young age so he leads his team without having any problem. He played for BBV Hagen from 2003-2006 and with Phoenix Hagen from 2006-2008. In his last season in Hagen, he raised eyebrows with his play playing 29 games: 14.5ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 55.8%, 3FGP: 35.7%, FT: 80.1%. He has improved his play each season as in 2009-2010 he played 34 games: 6.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 80.3%. Last season, he became into a real scoring option, but still keeping his playmaking qualities in front of him. He got into three games at the World Championships in Turkey in 2010. In 2010-2011 the German national player played 34 games: 12.4ppg, 1.2rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 27.9%, FT: 84.2%. Last season, he played 41 games: 10.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 53.7%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 83.1%.

Allan Ray played at Villanova from 2002-2006 playing a total of 120 NCAA games. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 18.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 88.9%. He reached the final eight and sweet 16 for Villanova. In 2007, he came to Europe and played in Italy for teams like Lottomatica Virtus Roma, Carife Ferrara and Fabi Shoes Montegranaro until 2011. Last season he played for Krka Novo Mesto (Slovenia-Telemach League, starting five): Adriatic League: 1 game: 10pts, 1reb; EuroCup: 2 games: 18.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.0apg, 1.5spg, later that month moved to Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (France-ProA, starting five): French League: 22 games: 15.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 89.6%; EuroChallenge: 3 games: 14.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.0apg. Keaton Nakivil is a 23 year old 203cm forward from Madison Wisconsin that is playing his second season with ratiopharm Ulm. At Wisconsin he played together with Skyliner Jon Leuer and played a total of 107 NCAA games. In his senior year, he played 34 games: 9.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 45.7%, FT: 83.8%. He reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2008 and 2011. Keaton "The Anvil" Nankivil is going to play a big role in Ulm's success this season. He is a rookie but has been picking up on the European game quickly. He is a team player with high basketball IQ and is automatic from 3pt land. He might drop an anvil on somebody's head in transition this year if they are not careful, stressed teammate Dane Watts. Last season, he played 42 games: 8.1ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 78.6%. Phillip Schwethelm is a 23 year old 201cm forward that is playing his first season in Ulm being loaned from FC Bayern Munich. He started his basketball career with Cologne in 2004, where he played until 2009. He played Euroleague at the age of 17. He helped Cologne win the Beko BBL title in 2006. He played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven from 2009-2011 and in 2010-2011played 36 games: 10.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 44.9%, FT: 72.9%. He has been a member of the German national team since 2010. Last season he played EuroCup: 6 games: 1.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.3apg; German League: 30 games: 3.2ppg, 2.2rpg. This past summer, he played Qualifications to European Championships 2013 - 7 games: 4.1ppg, 2.7rpg. Steve Esterkamp is a 31 year old 198cm forward from Cincinnati, Ohio that is playing his tenth season in Germany and second in Ulm. He is a great shooter and great competitor, has also a very solid mid-range shot, brings a lot of toughness to his team, is a solid rebounder from the wing position, is a excellent free throw shooter throughout his career, plays always extremely hard and to win, not afraid to take the big shots at the end of the game and always finds ways to get the job done. He is probably best remembered for playing with the Paderborn Baskets from 2004-2009 helping the team reach the beko BBL in 2006 winning 50 games in a row in the second Bundesliga. In Paderborn, he was part of the three Muskeeters with Marius Nolte and Tim Black. Esterkamp played a total of 159 games for Paderborn. In 2009, he helped force Alba Berlin to a 5 game playoff series that they eventually lost. He then went to Bremerhaven in 2009, but got hurt and never played a game there. In 2010-2011, he got his career back on track playing for ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (Germany-ProA, starting five): 13 games: 16.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 73.2%. Last season for Ulm he played 42 games: 10.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 44.0%, FT: 76.1%.

Dane Watts who is a 26 year old 203 cm who is playing his fourth season in Germany and who is a modern day forward doing the job inside and outside. He played at Creighton from 2004-2008 playing with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he averaged 11,3ppg, 6,4rpg and 1,0apg. Last season, he quietly had a very solid BBL rookie season in Ludwigsburg averaging in 20 minutes averaging 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7% in 32 games. It wouldnt be a surprise if most followers of German basketball didnt even know that he led the BBL in field goal percentage at 68%. in 2008-2009 as a rookie. He is a team player that still has a lot of potential and could become a scoring option in Tuebingen. Dane has a lot of potential and has all the qualities that a big player of today needs. He can shoot, is athletic, has good ball handling and defends well, joked Jay Thomas. In 2009-2010, Watts played 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. In 2010-2011 for Tuebingen he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. Last season, he played 38 games: 9.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 24.6%, FT: 58.1%. Lance Jeter is a 24 year old 190cm guard from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania that is 32 games: 11.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 72.8% playing his first season in Germany and ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Nebraska (NCAA) and in his senior year played 32 games: 11.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 72.8%. Last season he turned professional and played for Lasaulec Aris Leeuwarden (Holland-Eredivisie): 32 games: Score-2 (16.8ppg), 3.8rpg, Assists-5 (3.4apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 73.0%. 27 year old 200cm forward Sebastian Betz is hardworking wing who provides energy, defensive effort and consistent three point shooting. He started his professional basketball career in 2003 with Bamberg playing there until 2007. In five years, he was only able to play four games never being able to shake the Dirk Bauermann rotation. Mike Taylor scooped him up in 2007 and the German is playing his sixth season in Ulm. His best season so far has been 2008-2009 as he played 36 games: 5.2ppg, 1.5rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 54.9%. Last season the German played 42 games: 3.3ppg, 1.5rpg. The team also picked up German Daniel Theis that is a 20 year old 203cm power forward. He started his basketball career in 2009 for the Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (ProB). He already played a game for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig in the 2010-2011 season as he had a double license. Last season he played : 21 games for the Phantoms: 3.4ppg, 1.9rpg; played also at Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (ProB): 25 games: 18.4ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, Blocks-1 (2.2bpg), FGP: 61.4%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 72.4%. The team also has young Germans Marcel Heberlein and Till Joscha- Jonke.





Ilian Evtimov (Chalon) It Was Hard Adjusting Our Defense To The Game Of Deon Thompson - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) is a 29 year old 201 cm forward playing his third season in France for Chalon. He has the French-Bulgarian citzenships and played at North Carolina State from 2001-2006. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 10.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FG: 45.3%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT. After a short stint with Estudiantes Madrid in 2006, he played at VidiVici Bologna in the 2006-2007 season. He played FIBA EuroCup playing 15 games averaging 6.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 65.4%, 3FGP: 47.1%, FT: 72.2%; and playing15 games in the Italian league averaging 3.1ppg, 2.1rpg. In 2007-2008, he moved to The Deutsche Bank Skyliners playing 10 ULEB Cup games averaging 14.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 85%; and in the German League playing 44 games averaging 13.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 41.4%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 86.2%. In 2008-2009, he continued playing in Frankfurt playing 10 EuroChallenge: games averaging 8.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 70.0%; and in the German League playing 34 games averaging 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 74.6%. In 2009-2010, he played for BC Levski Sophia (Bulgaria-NBL): 1 game: 6pts, 5reb, 2ast, 3steals; Balkan League: 1 game: 3pts, 1reb, 1ast, 2steals; in Oct.'09 moved to Proteas EKA AEL Limassol (Cyprus-Division EuroChallenge: 13 games: 10.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 45.6%, FT: 83.3%: FT-2 (90.9%). In 2010-2011, he played for Chalon playing 33 games: 11.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 84.2%. Last season for Chalon he played French League: 35 games: 9.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT-1 (94.7%); EuroCup Qualifications: 2 games: 9.0ppg, 1.5rpg; EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 46.0%, FT-1 (95.2% He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball.

You missed a month on account of an injury. How tough was this period for you?

It was difficult because we all came back after Christmas with a lot of energy for a fresh start in 2013, but then I got injured after a few days in practice. It was very frustrating for me, but these things happen.


When you look back at your career, you have had luck not having injury problems.

Yes that is correct. I missed a season at North Carolina State, but other than that I have been fortunate. In my 2.5 years at Chalon before this injury, I missed only one game.

What is always the most difficult thing for a player during an injury?

Watching your team on the court and seeing things happen on the court and physically not being able to help them.

Was Chalon able to compensate your loss during your injury?

I think that they did a good job. We lost to Gravelines by 30 points and lost in the cup to a PRO B team, but since then have won three games in a row.


After winning the double last season, Chalon is strong again and are near the top of the standings. What makes them so strong this season?

I think that we have experience and have many returning players and that we have a good chemistry. We like playing on the court together. It is still a building process.

Talk a little about the players that Chalon have added and made you stronger.

We have Sheldon Williams who played at Duke and was in the NBA. I have known him for many years. He is a great guy on and off the court. We also added marcus DEnmon who is very athletic and Kevin Houston who is a point guard with PRO A experience. I played against him two seasons ago. All three guys are great and there is no negativity at all.

How important and difficult was it to keep Blake Schilb?

It was difficult keeping him. He was the PRO A MVP last season and was in demand before and during the season. His contract ends after this season and I am sure there will be even more demand for him.


How much fun is it playing with Sheldon Williams?

It is always fun with him. Recently his old school Duke beat mine North Carolina State and he came into the locker room with a Duke shirt and teased me. I then reminded him that we beat them a month ago. We like teasing each other about basketball and the good old days.

How did you play against Duke and Sheldon Williams with North Carolina State back in the day?

I remember beating them at home when they were ranked number one in the nation. All our fans ran on the court. It was a very special moment in my career. We lost too them in a ACC semi final where we were leading for most of the game. He and JJ Redick had great games. I believe we won only once in six games.

What has been the most amazing thing that you have seen Sheldon Williams do on the court?

He is an incredible player. His moves are most amazing. He just likes to go through the defense and somehow gets off a shot in traffic and it goes in. Along the way everyone else falls down, because he is so strong.


How much potential does a Marcus Denmon have?

He was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs. He is a two guard and we are trying to help him become a one. He is an unbelievable shooter and is still young and very gifted. He was injured for three months which has hurt.

Did it surprise you that a guy of Denmons skill played at Jimmy Mckinneys school Missouri?

No it doesnt. I asked Him about Jimmy, but he never played with him, but had heard of him as he came the year Jimmy went pro.


You are playing another solid season. Has anything changed with your role?

Nothing has really changed. My role is still to shoot three pointers, be smart and make room for Williams and Schilb.

You are shooting over 40% from downtown for the second consecutive season. What is your secret to the Evti swish being so consistent?

Just much practice and having confidence. I am more confident than ever with my shot.

What has improved most with your game since you have come to Chalon?

I think that I have become a better shooter. I read the defense better which lets me get my shot off better. I alos am a better defender.

You played nine games in the Euroleague. What was your fondest memory of the Euroleague?

My nicest memory was beating Siena at home in overtime. We lost many close games and were so close to qualifying. The margin of error is very small in the Euroleague.

Who was the toughest guy you played against in the Euroleague?

Deon Thompson from Alba Berlin. It was hard adjusting our defense to his game. I know him since many years since we have played against each other each summer for the last 5-7 years. It was really hard to stop him.

How surprised are you that your friend Greg Jenkins is playing in the third league in France?

Wow I was not aware of that. I have not spoken to him since last season. Players sometimes go through hard times. Sometimes it is hard to get a job as there are many players and less jobs. Some players have less luck and before they know it end up in lower leagues.

Are you still making drawings?

Not as much as before, but every now and then I draw with my son.

With what ex Skyliners do you have the most contact to?

Derrick Allen and Koko Archibong.

Videos of little boys making incredible shots have been popping up. When will your son be in a basketball video?

I saw that video of that two year old boy making incredible shots. My son saw that video and was jumping up and down and grabbed the ball. My son not as talented yet, but he is younger and practicing.

Who will win Oscar as best film?

I have no idea. I have been watching a great show Revenge.


When will you return to Frankfurt?

I dont know, but maybe in the summer. I want to show my wife where I lived for two years.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Revenge.

Thanks Evti for the chat.




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EuroLeague: Barcelona roll past Olympiacos in Piraeus - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - Barcelona 77:90

Barcelona celebrated a confident road win in Piraeus tonight. The Catalan team overcame Olympiacos for 9-1 record on top of Group F. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) notched 21 points to lead the visitors. The Reds slipped at 6-4 record after the defeat.
Olympiacos eked out a 20:17 lead after a very close first quarter. The visitors used an 8:0 run midway through the second quarter to take a 39:30 lead. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) capped the first half with a layup as the Spanish team led by 10 points 46:36. However Olympiacos tuned in offensively in the third period. They went on a 9:1 run to narrow the deficit at just two points 47:49. Soon Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) put the hosts in front 59:58. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) and Jawai capped the period with three points as the visitors sneaked in front 63:62. Pete Mickeal and Erazem Lorbek helped Barcelona to a 67:62 lead early in the fourth quarter. The visitors dominated in every facet of the game and posted an 82:71 lead midway through the quarter. Huertas and Jasikevicius opened a 16-point lead for the visitors and Barcelona never looked back again en route to the win. Pete Mickeal delivered 20 points, while Juan Carlos Navarro and Ante Tomic (217-C-87) added 10 points each in the victory. Vassilis Spanoulis answered with 23 points for Olympiacos. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) had 16 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Olympiacos: Vassilis Spanoulis 23, Georgios Printezis 16
Barcelona: Erazem Lorbek 21, Pete Mickeal 20, Juan Carlos Navarro 10, Ante Tomic 10



Solomon Alabi is a newcomer at Ikaros - by Eurobasket News

Ikaros Kallitheas (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-109kg-88, college: Florida State). He played recently at Idaho Stampede (D-League) in the U.S.. In 18 games he recorded 4.9ppg and 5.5rpg this season. Alabi also spent pre-season at Qingdao Eagles (CBA) in Chinese league earlier that year. The most of last season he spent at the Raptors in NBA. In 13 games he averaged just 2.5ppg and 3.6rpg. The other team Alabi played that season for was Bakersfield Jam in D-League. In 9 games he averaged 9.1ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.9bpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Erie Bay Hawks in D-League. In 22 games he averaged 7.2ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.8bpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Great season indeed as he was voted to USBasket.com D-League All-Imports Team.
Three years ago Alabi was drafted by Mavericks (NBA) in second round (50th overall). He attended Florida State until 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball. Alabi played in the final of ACC Tournament in 2009. He represented Nigeria at the World Championships U19 in Novi Sad (Serbia) six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 9.2ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.0apg, 2.0spg, 2.8bpg, 2FGP: 43.6%, FT: 66.7%.
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Jonathan Wasserman for NBADraft.net in 2010)
The biggest strength Alabi has going for him are his physical tools ... 7'1, long and athletic, Alabi is the ideal protector of the rim that teams dream of having in regards to clogging the lane and preventing penetration ... Unlike most 7-footers, Alabi can adjust, position himself, use his immense wingspan and jump better than most centers his size ... These physical tools make him an excellent shot blocker on and off the ball, and a likely candidate for offensive tips and putbacks off misses.
Foot speed and reaction time are not at a high level ... Offensively, he does not have a diverse range of moves in the post, and relies too much on his height and length, which he won't be able to use as much against taller and stronger defenders at the next level
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By Eurobasket Data Center



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

24-year old forward Darryl Webb (198-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Zwolle and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Weert (#8, 12-17) 92-90. Zwolle is placed at 4th position in Dutch league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Zwolle will need more victories to improve their 16-13 record. In the team's last game Webb had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Zwolle's top player in his first season with the team. Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate has very impressive stats this year. Webb is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.3rpg) and averages solid 52.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Kenneth van Kempen (208-C-87, agency: Court Side) of Weert. He is former international center in his 3rd season at Weert. In the last game van Kempen recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Weert was edged by the higher-ranked Zwolle (#4, 16-13) 92-90. Weert is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-17 record. van Kempen is one of the most experienced players at Weert and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of league's second-best Leiden. de Jong scored 22 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Leiden, leading his team to a 70-59 win against the lower-ranked Leeuwarden (#5, 16-14). Leiden is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 24-6 record is not that bad... de Jong has a very solid season. In 27 games in Holland he scored 13.2ppg. He also has 5.9rpg and FGP: 59.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Samme Givens (195-F) of Leeuwarden - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Zack Novak (193-G-90) of Zwolle - 30 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Antwan Carter (198-C) of Weert - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Rahmon Fletcher (177-PG-88) of Weert - 19 points and 6 assists
8. Tanner Smith (195-G-90) of Zwolle - 20 points and 4 rebounds
9. Jessey Voorn (193-SG-90) of Groningen - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Sjors Besseling (198-F-85) of Weert - 21 points 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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IBL Tryouts Coming to Seattle on April 7 - by Kip Leonetti

The International Basketball League will hold player tryouts on Sunday, April 7 in Seattle for athletes interested in playing for any of the leagues teams during the 2013 season.

The tryouts will take place from Noon to 6 p.m. at the Wellness Center Gymnasium located on the campus of North Seattle Community College. The cost to register for the tryout is $75. Interested players can submit their profile and sign up at www.ibl.com/tryouts.

Managed by current IBL Head Coach Joe Navarro, a special assignments scout for several NBA teams, the tryout is an opportunity for prospective players to be seen by coaches and staff from multiple IBL teams as they evaluate talent and make player selections for their rosters for the upcoming season, which will tip-off in late April.

At this tryout, players will participate in testing, drills and scrimmages throughout the day which will be videotaped and a scouting report will be compiled. Based on the results of the tryout, players may earn a roster spot on an IBL team for the 2013 season, become a league All-Star and have a chance to play in many of the winter leagues IBL players move to, including the NBA Development League as well as international leagues overseas.

"Heading into our ninth season, Seattle is a great host for League tryouts with a great basketball community, and will be home to a new IBL team in the Pacific Northwest which will be announced shortly," commented IBL Commissoner Graf. "The IBL is focused on efficiency, dedicated to fostering international basketball talent, building communities and teams in markets in close proximity to each other. New rivals will be created and old ones remain in the state of Washington, from the 2012 champion Bellingham Slam who have been with us for six years to the 2011 champion Vancouver Volcanoes in their ninth season of play."

In addition to the league tryout in Seattle, team tryouts are on the horizon as well. The Vancouver Volcanoes have also scheduled tryouts for the 2013 season. This tryout, set for Sunday, March 24 at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., will be an opportunity for players to showcase their talent to the coaching staff as they prepare for another season.

2013 IBL Tryout (For all IBL teams):
Date: Sunday, April 7, 2013
Time: Noon - 6pm PST
Location: North Seattle Community College Wellness Center Gymnasium - 9600 College Way North in Seattle, WA
Registration fee only: $75 - Registration fee with t-shirt: $90
To sign up: http://www.ibl.com/tryouts
Note: The registration fee must be submitted to confirm participation. Players will be responsible for bringing their own workout gear.

Vancouver Volcanoes Team Tryout:
Date: Sunday, March 24, 2013
Time: Noon - 6pm PST
Location: O'Connell Sports Complex at Clark College - 1933 Fort Vancouver Way in Vancouver, WA
Registration fee: $40
To sign up: Contact Head Coach Joe Navarro by e-mail at joe@vancouvervolcanoes.com



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Standings - Iceland Express League

Express L. Standings
 1. Grindavik 15-4 
 2. Snaefell 15-5 
 3. Thor Thorl 14-6 
 4. Stjarnan 13-7 
 5. Keflavik 13-7 
 6. Njardvik 11-9 
 7. KR 10-10 
 8. Skallagrimur 7-13 
 9. Tindastoll 6-14 
 10. IR 5-14 
 11. KFI 5-14 
 12. Fjolnir 4-15 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 7: Tindastoll - Njardvik 98-103
Mar. 7: Skallagrimur - Snaefell 78-85
Mar. 7: KR - Stjarnan 75-87
Mar. 7: Keflavik - Thor Thorl 106-100
Mar. 8: Fjolnir - IR
Mar. 10: KFI - Grindavik


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Damier PITTS
  KFI
  (177-PG-89)
  Avg: 34.5
 1. Pitts, KFI34.5 
 2. Palm, IR27.5 
 3. Smith, Thor Thorl26.2 
 4. Medlock, Skallagri.25.6 
 5. Jackson, Thor Thorl23.4 
 6. Broussard, Grind.22.5 
 7. Craion, Keflavik22.4 
 8. Zeglinski, Grindav.22.1 
 9. Shouse, Stjarnan21.8 
 10. Quaintance, Skall.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Van, Njardvik14.9 
 2. Craion, Keflavik13.8 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.12.9 
 4. Valentine, Tindast.10.3 
 5. Virijevic, KFI10.0 
 6. McQueen, Snaefell9.7 
 7. Mills, Stjarnan9.5 
 8. Jackson, Thor Thorl9.3 
 9. Broussard, Grind.9.1 
 10. Flake, Thor Thorl8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Snaefell
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Threatt, Snaefell9.3 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan8.3 
 3. Pitts, KFI7.2 
 4. Gibson, Tindastoll6.9 
 5. Zeglinski, Grindav.6.5 
 6. Williams, IR6.1 
 7. Smith, Thor Thorl5.5 
 8. Fridriksson, Njard.4.7 
 9. Medlock, Skallagri.4.6 
 10. Valsson, Keflavik4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Haminn QUAINTANCE
  Skalla.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Quaintance, Skalla.2.8 
 2. Moore, Njardvik2.7 
 3. Medlock, Skallagri.2.5 
 4. Broussard, Grind.2.4 
 5. Williams, IR2.2 
 6. Viggosson, Tindast.2.0 
 7. Pitts, KFI2.0 
 8. Valentine, Tindast.1.9 
 9. Craion, Keflavik1.9 
 10. Threatt, Snaefell1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Keflavik
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Craion, Keflavik2.2 
 2. Mills, Stjarnan2.2 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.1.7 
 4. Bradshaw, KFI1.7 
 5. Van, Njardvik1.4 
 6. Acox, KR1.3 
 7. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.3 
 8. Valentine, Tindast.1.2 
 9. Magnusson, KR1.2 
 10. Valdimarsson, Stj.0.8 


KR change assistant coaches - by Snorri Arnaldsson

KR Reykjavik decided Monday to relieve assistant coach Gunnar Sverrison of his duties and hire long time KR Reykjavik youth coach Finnur Stefansson in his place. KR Reykjavik has lacked stability so far this season and are hoping that Finnur will help them reach their goals.

Gunnar was hired as an assistant to player/coach Helgi Magnusson last summer, but according to KR Reykjavik sources, it wasn't working like they had hoped. Helgi will continue to serve as the head coach, but Finnur will have a bigger role in preparing practices and coaching games.

KR Reykjavik is currently in 6th place in the Dominos league with 10 wins in 19 games.



Hlynur Baeringsson selected the top Icelandic playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Hlynur Baeringsson
Hlynur Baeringsson
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan. He could not help Sundsvall Dragons (26-6) in their last game. Despite Baeringsson's very good performance the league leader Sundsvall Dragons was crushed 102-69 on the road by the second-ranked Uppsala Basket. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Baeringsson also added 5 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Baeringsson is currently first on the list of best rebounders with 10.2rpg. He also averaged so far 14.7ppg, 3.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 58.0%(134-231), 3FGP: 43.6% and FT: 70.5% in the 32 games he played so far. Baeringsson is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Hlynur Baeringsson. But that was another game of his team in Swedish Basketligan which we would like to mention. Sigurdarson contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Boras Basket (21-11) crushing them 111-88. He recorded 6 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sundsvall Dragons (26-6) is placed first in the Basketligan. It's Sigurdarson's fourth season with the team. Sigurdarson is currently sixth on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Sigurdarson averages: 17.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.1apg, 3FGP: 38.6% and FT: 91.4%(128-140). He is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.

Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (194-88, currently plays in Germany). Vilhjalmsson contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked New Yorker Phantoms (10-15) crushing them 92-58 in the German BBL on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and making the same number of passes in 30 minutes. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (10-15) is placed 14th in the BBL. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This year Vilhjalmsson's overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 44.3%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 78.3% in the 25 games. He is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Pavel Ermolinskij
Pavel Ermolinskij
   #4. Guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87, agency: I.D.S. Law, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to help Norrkoping Dolphins (3-2) in their game against White Eagles (6-26) in the Swedish Basketligan. Ermolinskij recorded 6 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Norrkoping Dolphins was edged 96-94 in Stockholm by the one of league's weakest teams White Eagles (#11). His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Ermolinskij belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #6. His total stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 6.7rpg, 4.5apg and 1.2spg. Ermolinskij is also Icelandic national team player.

Logi Gunnarsson
Logi Gunnarsson
   #5. International shooting guard Logi Gunnarsson (192-81, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Union Rennes (8-7) crushing them 85-60 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He scored 7 points in 23 minutes. Angers BC 49 (8-13) is placed 12th in the NM1. It's Gunnarsson's first season with the team. Gunnarsson has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.6apg in the 20 games. He plays currently for the Icelandic national team.

Axel Karason
Axel Karason
   #6. Small forward Axel Karason (194-83, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to secure a victory for Vaerlose (9-12) in their game against Horsholm (11-16) in the Danish Ligaen. Karason did not beat the league record on Thursday evening. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Vaerlose was crushed 84-63 at home by the lower-ranked Horsholm (#7). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This season Karason has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.6apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Icelandic National Team roster.

Gudni Valentinusson
Gudni Valentinusson
   #7. Former U20 international center Gudni Valentinusson (204-85, currently plays in Denmark) managed to help Aarhus BC in a 3-point victoryagainst the closely-ranked Naestved (13-14) 78-75 in the Danish Ligaen in Thursday night's game. Valentinusson scored 5 points in 15 minutes. Aarhus BC (7-20) is placed second from the bottom (#9) in the Ligaen. The Regular Season already ended. This year Valentinusson's total stats are: 3.6ppg and 1.9rpg in the 24 games. He used to play for the Icelandic U20 national team eight years ago.

Other top Icelandic players, who play abroad:

Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) plays for CAI Zaragoza in Spanish ACB
Haukur Palsson (197-SF-92) plays for Assignia Manresa in Spanish ACB



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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.21.1 
 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.18.7 
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.12.3 
 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.5.7 
 4. Farchi, Elitzur Ya.5.4 
 5. Golan, Ironi Nahar.4.6 
 6. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.4 
 7. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.4.3 
 8. Benn, Ironi N.4.3 
 9. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.3 
 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.2.5 
 5. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.4 
 6. Hofman, Elitzur2.3 
 7. Laing, Macc.B.Y.2.0 
 8. Watson, Ironi K-A2.0 
 9. Gordon, Hapoel K.2.0 
 10. Paelay, Elitzur Y.1.9 
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.1.5 
 5. Blair, Ironi N.1.4 
 6. Constantine, Hapoe.1.4 
 7. Labanowski, Macca.1.2 
 8. Blayzer, Hapoel Af.1.2 
 9. Durham, Hapoel A.1.1 
 10. Odiakosa, Hod H.1.0 


EuroLeague: Maccabi gain victory in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce - Maccabi Tel-Aviv 85:94

Maccabi Tel-Aviv celebrated the fifth win in EuroLeague Top 16 round. They claimed road win in Istanbul tonight. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) stepped up with 18 points for the Israeli powerhouse.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first quarter. The scoreboard read 22:22 at the first break. However Maccabi stepped on the gas in the second frame. The Israeli team fired 27 points and cleared off to a 9-point lead at the interval 49:40. Maccabi opened a 13-point lead midway through the third term. Fenerbahce were able to cut it to 11-point mark heading into the fourth stanza 60:71. However the hosts never got closer than six points throughout the fourth frame and Maccabi coasted to the victory. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) chipped in 16 points, while David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) added 15 points for the winning team. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) answered with 26 points for Fenerbahce. Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 15 points in defeat.

Fenerbahce: Bojan Bogdanovic 26, Emir Preldzic 15
Maccabi Tel-Aviv: Ricky Hickman 18, Devin Smith 16, David Logan 15



Balkan League: Galil Gilboa thrash Rilski - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist - Galil Gilboa 79:104

Galil Gilboa clinched another victory in Balkan League Top Six. They knocked down Rilski Sportist in Samokov to improve at 5-3 record. The Israeli team are almost certain now of reaching Final Four. Rakim Sanders (193-G-89, college: Fairfield) delivered 20 points and 12 rebounds to pace Galil Gilboa.
Galil Gilboa silenced the hosts in the first quarter. The Israeli team went on a 27:15 rally in the opening ten minutes. Rilski though struck right back in the second frame. The Bulgarian team exploded with 33 points in the period and levelled things up at 48. Galil Gilboa were back in the drivers seat in the third quarter. The visitors ignited a 29:14 run to clear off. The visitors finished off Rilski with a 27:17 spurt in the fourth stanza. Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) and Shawn Taggart (207-F-85, college: Memphis) accounted for 17 points each for the winners. James Terry (208-C-60, college: Howard) and Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 15 points apiece for Rilski Sportist.

Rilski Sportist: James Terry 15, Branko Mirkovic 15
Galil Gilboa: Rakim Sanders 20+12 boards, Jamar Smith 17, Shawn Taggart 17



Oded Brandwein selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Oded Brandwein
Oded Brandwein
   #1. This week's number one is former U20 international guard Oded Brandwein (186-88, agency: N.E.T., currently plays in Poland). He was the major contributor in a Energa Czarni's victory against the tenth-ranked Kotwica (6-15) 81-62 in the Polish TBL in Sunday night's game. Brandwein scored 17 points and added 4 assists (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 27 minutes on the court. Energa Czarni Slupsk (12-9) is placed sixth in the TBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Brandwein averages: 9.8ppg, 1.1rpg, 3.6apg, 2FGP: 40.8%, 3FGP: 39.6% and FT: 86.7% in the 18 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Polish. Former Elitzur Yavne starter played for the Israeli U20 national team five years ago.

Robert Rothbart
Robert Rothbart
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Robert Rothbart (217-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL. Rothbart could not help Start Gdynia (5-16) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Start Gdynia was edged 75-72 at home by the higher-ranked Siarka Jezioro (#9). Rothbart recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 4 blocks. Rothbart's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Rothbart has relatively good stats this season: 13.6ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 55.1%(109-198) and FT: 65.1%. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli. Ex-Hapoel Galil Elyon player is in the roster of the Israeli senior national team.

Alex Tyus
Alex Tyus
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Alex Tyus (205-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Italy). He was not able to help Cantu (13-8) in their game against Air Avellino (6-14) in the Italian SerieA. Tyus scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Cantu was defeated 63-52 on the road by the much lower-ranked Air Avellino (#14). Tyus is currently fifth on the list of best blockers. His overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 69.6%(78-112) and FT: 55.3%. Tyus is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the Israeli senior national team. Tyus used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.

Yotam Halperin
Yotam Halperin
   #4. Shooting guard Yotam Halperin (193-84, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Bayern Muenchen's victory against the league leader Brose Baskets Bamberg (21-3) 85-71 in the German BBL last Sunday. He recorded 6 points, 3 assists and 5 steals in 18 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. FC Bayern Muenchen (17-8) is placed second in the BBL. This year Halperin's overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg in the 24 games. He is also Israeli national team player.

Yuval Naimy
Yuval Naimy
   #5. International point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Russia) helped Triumph Lyubertsy win their game against the second-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (16-8) 78-74 in the Russian PBL on Sunday night. Naimy scored 6 points. Triumph Lyubertsy (5-7) is placed seventh in the PBL. It's Naimy's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 8.5ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.0apg. Naimy plays currently for the Israeli national team.

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

   #1. Jason Thomas (191-G-82, college: American, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan could not help Boras Basket (21-11) in their last game. Despite Thomas' very good performance Boras Basket lost 118-123 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) LF Basket. He scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 36 minutes. Thomas' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Thomas has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.0apg in the 32 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan in Israeli league.

   #2. Guy Aud (188-G-89, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Finke Baskets (9-15) in their game against USC Leipzig (4-20) in the German ProA (second division). Aud scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. Finke Baskets lost 82-91 in Leipzig to the league outsider (#16) USC Leipzig. It was Finke Baskets' third consecutive loss in a row. Aud belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #2 with 5.9apg. He also averaged so far 9.8ppg and 3.1rpg in the 23 games. Aud has a dual citizenship: Israeli and German. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Other top Israeli players, who play abroad:

Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) plays for Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA
Joshua Reisman (188-G-82) plays for Lechugueros in Mexican LNBP
Gil Sobol (201-C-93) plays for Fraport Skyliners II in German ProB
Guy Parselani (217-C-78) plays for The San Diego Surf in the ABA
Haran Shifman (183-G-84) plays for Polonia in Polish 1Liga
Shawn Weinstein (186-G-85) plays for Barako Bull in Filipino PBA
Or Sela (180-PG-84) plays for Charlottenburg in German Regionalliga
Nathan Zana (185-G-77) plays for Blonay Basket in Swiss LNB

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



Best players of Israeli National League round 20 - by Eurobasket News

Nigerian Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-F/C-85, agency: N.E.T.) had a very impressive game in the last round for Hod Hasharon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 27-year old power forward had a double-double of 21 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team lost the game against Elitzur Yavne (#5, 14-6) 79-86. Hod Hasharon maintains the 3rd position in Israeli National League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hod Hasharon will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 15-5 record. Odiakosa turned to be Hod Hasharon's top player in his first season with the team. Illinois State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Odiakosa is in league's top in points (6th best: 20.1ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 13.5rpg) and averages solid 65.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Lenny Daniel (203-F-87) of Maccabi K/G. Daniel impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he lead Maccabi K/G to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Maccabi K/B (#14, 3-17) 74-48. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Maccabi K/G managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 12th place. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Maccabi K/G managed to get this year. Daniel is a newcomer at Maccabi K/G and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.3ppg (#1). He also registered 10.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was former international Amit Tamir (208-C/F-79) of Ironi Ramat Gan (#7). Tamir scored 26 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Ironi Ramat Gan, leading his team to a 85-65 easy win against the higher-ranked Hapoel Afula (#4, 13-7). Ironi Ramat Gan needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 8 lost games. Tamir has a very solid season. In 20 games in Israel he scored 17.8ppg. He also has 8.1rpg, FGP: 58.6% and 3PT: 40.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mike James (185-G-90) of Hapoel Kazrin - 31 points and 7 rebounds
5. Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85) of Ironi Nahariya - 22 points and 14 rebounds
6. Tal Michael Dunne (197-F-87) of Ironi Nes-Ziona - 20 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Cyrus Tate (203-F/C-85) of Ironi Nes-Ziona - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Vernon Teel (193-G-87) of Elitzur Ramla - 11 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Joshua Alexander (193-G-87) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 27 points and 11 rebounds
10. Darrin Govens (185-PG-88) of Ironi K-A - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Casper WARE
  Novipiu Casale
  (177-PG-90)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Ware, Novipiu Casa.21.8 
 2. Green, Novipiu Cas.21.7 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.20.9 
 4. Marigney, Aget S.19.8 
 5. Mays, Givova S.18.7 
 6. Hicks, Giorgo T.18.1 
 7. Walker, Prima Vero.17.9 
 8. Jenkins, C.de L.17.8 
 9. James, FCM F.17.5 
 10. Battle, Upea CdO17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.2 
 2. Todic, LeGamber.9.9 
 3. Ekperigin, FCM F.9.6 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.9.4 
 5. Mosley, Biancobl.9.1 
 6. Butkevicius, Novip.9.1 
 7. George, Upea CdO9.0 
 8. Slay, Givova Scafa.8.9 
 9. Giddens, C.de L.8.4 
 10. Toppo, Giorgo T.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Taurean GREEN
  Sigma B.
  (184-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Green, Sigma B.5.5 
 2. Ware, Novipiu Casa.5.3 
 3. Pecile, Biancobl.4.8 
 4. Fernandez, C.de L.4.7 
 5. Battle, Upea CdO4.2 
 6. Gay, Aget S.4.1 
 7. Roderick, LeGamber.4.0 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.3.6 
 9. Marigney, Aget S.3.5 
 10. Mays, Givova S.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Donato CUTOLO
  Biancobl.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Cutolo, Biancobl.2.9 
 2. Mays, Givova S.2.8 
 3. James, FCM F.2.4 
 4. George, Upea CdO2.3 
 5. Ware, Novipiu Casa.2.3 
 6. Fernandez, C.de L.2.2 
 7. Guarino, FCM F.2.2 
 8. Lawal, Tezenis VE2.2 
 9. Hicks, Giorgo T.2.1 
 10. Battle, Upea CdO2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 William MOSLEY
  Biancobl.
  (202-C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Mosley, Biancobl.2.0 
 2. Lawal, Tezenis VE1.8 
 3. Griffin, Fileni B.1.6 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.4 
 5. James, FCM F.1.3 
 6. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.3 
 7. Giddens, C.de L.1.0 
 8. Butkevicius, Novip.0.9 
 9. Brkic, C.de L.0.9 
 10. Gandini, AcegasAp.0.8 



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  JAMAICA   


Roy Hibbert's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Jamaicans playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Roy Hibbert (218-86, college: Georgetown, currently plays in NBA). He led Indiana Pacers to a victory against the Chicago Bulls (34-27) 97-92 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Hibbert had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 35 minutes on the court. The Indiana Pacers have a solid 38-23 record this season. It's Hibbert's fifth year with the team. Hibbert is ranked fourth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 2.7bpg. He also averaged so far 10.3ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 42.9% and FT: 71.0% in the 60 games he played so far. Hibbert is a naturalized American. He played for the Jamaican senior national team three years ago.

Ronald Yates
Ronald Yates
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Switzerland). He was the major contributor in Fribourg's victory against one of league's weakest teams SAM Massagno (4-17) 101-82 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night. Yates scored 24 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Benetton Fribourg Olympic (18-3) is placed first in the LNA. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Yates has relatively good stats this season: 12.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 49.7%, 3FGP: 23.1% and FT: 64.8%. He is a naturalized American. Yates played for the Jamaican national team in 2010.

Ryan Reid
Ryan Reid
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Ryan Reid (203-86, college: Florida St., currently plays in France). Reid managed to help Chorale de Roanne Basket to win against the second-ranked Strasbourg IG (15-6) 70-65 in the French ProA last Monday. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Chorale de Roanne Basket (11-10) is placed sixth in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Reid averages: 5.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 55.4%(36-65) and FT: 63.2%. He is a naturalized American. Reid played for the Jamaican national team two years ago.

Kevin Young
Kevin Young
   #4. Center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri, currently plays in Japan) contributed to a 3-point Aishin Sea Horses' victory against the league leader Toyota Alvark (28-8) 66-63 in the Japanese JBL on Saturday night. He scored 5 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 19 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Aishin Sea Horses (28-8) are placed second in the JBL. It's Young's first season with the team. This year Young's overall stats are: 9.3ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.1apg in the 35 games. He used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2006.

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

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

   #2. Experienced Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St., currently plays in Lebanon), who plays in the Lebanese Division A was not able to help Bejjeh (5-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Bejjeh lost 74-84 at home to the leading Sagesse. Williams had a double-double by scoring 37 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 6 assists and 3 steals in 40 minutes. It was Bejjeh's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Williams' team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Williams is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (fifth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Williams averages: 22.9ppg, 7.6rpg, 5.6apg and 2.6spg in the 19 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American.

   #3. Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Israel) led Maccabi Rishon to a victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (11-8) 91-83 in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night's game. Uter recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals. Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (10-9) is placed fifth 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 is very crucial. Uter belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #6) and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has very reliable stats this season: 13.5ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.7bpg and 1.2spg. Uter is a naturalized American.

   #4. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala was not able to secure a victory for CSM Bucuresti (15-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance CSM Bucuresti was edged 86-84 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#11) Rovinari. Shepherd was the second best scorer with 25 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 38 minutes. It was CSM Bucuresti's third consecutive loss in a row. Shepherd is currently third on the league's list of top scorers with 19.5ppg. This year he also averages: 4.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.7spg in the 24 games. Shepherd is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #5. Garry Gallimore (192-G-84, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Miercurea Ciuc (3-22) 89-71 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Wednesday night's game. He scored 9 points in 20 minutes. BC Timisoara (17-8) is placed sixth in the Liga Nationala. It's Gallimore's first season with the team. This year Gallimore averages: 9.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.0apg in the 11 games. He has both Jamaican and Canadian nationalities. Despite Gallimore's Jamaican passport, he previously played for the Canadian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Jamaican team.

   #6. Sebastian Douglas (193-G-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Cleveland St. in their game against the University of Illinois-Chicago in the NCAA. He recorded 9 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes. His team was crushed by 23 points 82-59. This year Douglas' overall stats are: 5.3ppg and 3.9rpg in the 18 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #7. Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help TBB Trier in their game against BBC Bayreuth in the German BBL. Bucknor recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 75-71. Bucknor's overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg and 2.6rpg. He also holds two passports: Jamaican and Canadian.

   #8. Sherman Gay (201-PF-82, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in France) contributed to a Le Portel's victory against the 11th-ranked Lille Metropole 90-76 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. Gay recorded 8 points in 27 minutes. Gay is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.7bpg. This year he also averages: 15.9ppg and 6.2rpg in the 25 games. Gay is a naturalized American.

   #9. Bryan Bailey (185-SG-80, college: Bucknell, currently plays in Germany) faced previously mentioned Jermaine Bucknor in the German BBL last game. Bailey helped BBC Bayreuth win their game against the closely-ranked TBB Trier 75-71. He recorded 6 points. This season Bailey has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.5apg. He is a naturalized American.

   #10. Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams New Yorker Phantoms in their game against Mitteldeutscher BC in the German BBL. Anderson recorded 6 points in 32 minutes. His team was crushed by 34 points 92-58. This year his overall stats are: 7.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.7apg in the 13 games. Anderson has dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican.



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  KOSOVO   

Standings - Superleague

SuperLeague Standings
 1. Peja 16-1 
 2. Sigal Prishtina 15-2 
 3. Bashkimi 12-5 
 4. Trepca 9-8 
 5. RTV 21 7-10 
 6. Vellaznimi 4-13 
 7. Drita 4-13 
 8. Kosova 1-16 

Regular Season: Round 17

Mar. 7: Sigal Prishtina - RTV 21 79-74
Mar. 6: Trepca - Peja 72-75
Mar. 6: Vellaznimi - Drita 69-72
Mar. 6: Bashkimi - Kosova 119-80

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 9: Trepca - RTV 21
Mar. 9: Bashkimi - Sigal Prishtina
Mar. 9: Vellaznimi - Peja
Mar. 9: Kolegji Univer. - Kosova


Unstoppable Peja defeats champion Trepca - by Dren Shporta

Peja has won the derby of Gameweek 17 defeating reigning champions, Trepca 75-72.

Dardan Berisha (193-SG-88, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) and Samir Shaptahovic were the best in the team coached by Rudolf Jugo. Berisha scored 26 points, same as Shaptahovic in the close win of league leaders against champions.

On the other side, Drilon Hajrizi, was in his old shape. The player of the year 2012 in Kosovo, has scored his season best 28 points, while american guard Ryan White added 17 more in the derby match.

With this vicory Peja is in 3-0 lead with Trepca during this season and they have a record of 16 victories against only one defeat.

Trepca is still struggling to win a game in duels with Top 4 teams this season.



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  LATVIA   

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 17-8 
 5. VeA 16-8 
 6. Kvele 13-12 
 7. Ogres 13-12 
 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 32

Mar. 7: Ogres - RSU 72-62
Mar. 8: Livani - Kvele
Mar. 8: DSN - Ridzene
Mar. 8: Saldus - Liepaja-2
Mar. 9: Gulbene - Jelgava/LLU


Baltic League: Barons kvartals overcame TU/Rock in Game 1 - by Eurobasket News

Barons kvartals - TU/Rock 63:49

Barons kvartals overcame TU/Rock in Game 1 of the Quarterfinals. The Latvian side grabbed a 63:49 at the home court. The return leg of the tie will be played on March 10th in Estonia.
Barons kvartals built a solid lead heading into the return leg in their quarterfinal series versus TU/Rock. The Latvian team claimed a 14-point lead after the home game. Barons kvartals led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Maris Maris Gulbis (202-F-85, agency: Players Group) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward Tyler Tyler Cain (203-F-88, college: S.Dakota) chipped in 8 points and 11 rebounds. Timo Timo Eichfuss (200-F-88) produced 13 points and 5 rebounds. Justin Justin Ingram (188-PG-85, agency: Two Points, college: Toledo) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side.

Barons kvartals: Maris Gulbis 21+11rebs, Jekabs Rozitis (205-C-86) 14, Jamar Diggs (187-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Wofford) 12, Tyler Cain 8+11rebs
TU/Rock: Timo Eichfuss 13, Justin Ingram 10



Janis Strelnieks selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89, currently plays in Eurocup). He led his Russian team Spartak St.Petersburg to a victory against the leader Budivelnyk (4-2) 83-72 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Strelnieks recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists in 35 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group K. Spartak St.Petersburg (3-3) is placed second. This year Strelnieks averages: 6.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 56.8%(21-37), 3FGP: 23.4% and FT: 77.8% in the 13 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Davis Bertans (203-92, currently plays in Adriatic League). Bertans was the major contributor in Partizan's victory against the eighth-ranked Cedevita (12-11) 77-76 in the Adriatic League last Sunday. He scored 18 points. 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. Bertans' overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 45.5%(45-99) and FT: 75.0%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Blums
Janis Blums
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Janis Blums (191-82, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Lithuania. Blums could not help Lietuvos rytas (8-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance the sixth-placed Lietuvos rytas lost 79-88 at home to the leading Khimky in the group A of VTB United League. Blums recorded 11 points in a mere 16 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Blums' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.1apg, 3FGP: 42.7% and FT: 87.2% in the 14 games. Blums is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Rihards Kuksiks
Rihards Kuksiks
   #4. Small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Ukraine) was not able to help Budivelnyk (25-8) in their game against BC Odessa (13-20) in the Ukrainian Superleague. He scored 9 points and blocked 2 blocks. But the league leader Budivelnyk was edged 87-85 on their home court in Kyiv by the much lower-ranked BC Odessa (#11). They ended the series of seven consecutive victories. Kuksiks' overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.6apg. He is also Latvian national team player.

Juris Umbrasko
Juris Umbrasko
   #5. An experienced former international swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79, currently plays in Baltic League) was not able to secure a victory for BC Rakvere (4-2) in their game against Rudupis (5-1) in the Baltic League, despite his very good performance last Tuesday. Umbrasko recorded 17 points in 28 minutes. But BC Rakvere (#2) was crushed 108-72 on the road by the leading Rudupis in the group G of Baltic League. This year Umbrasko has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team five years ago.

Maris Laksa
Maris Laksa
   #6. Forward Maris Laksa (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Juris Umbrasko. But that was another game of his team in Estonian KML which we would like to mention. Laksa led BC Rakvere to a victory over the closely-ranked TTU (12-10) 70-65. He was MVP of the game. Laksa scored 15 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Rakvere Tarvas (19-6) is placed first in the KML. Laksa is the league's top scorer. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Laksa averages: 16.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Latvian senior team ten years ago.

Mareks Jurevicus
Mareks Jurevicus
   #7. Former international swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Prima Veroli (7-13) in their game against Givova Scafati (11-9) in the Italian Lega2 (second division), despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. Jurevicus was the second best scorer with 23 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 36 minutes. But Prima Veroli lost 84-88 on their home court in Veroli to the much higher-ranked (#5) Givova Scafati. Jurevicus has reliable stats this year: 14.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team two years ago.

Edgars Jeromanovs
Edgars Jeromanovs
   #8. Point guard Edgars Jeromanovs (186-86, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Norrkoping Dolphins (3-2) in their game against White Eagles (6-26) in the Swedish Basketligan. Despite his very good performance last Friday Jeromanovs was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 3 assists and 4 steals. Jeromanovs' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Jeromanovs averaged so far 12.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.4apg and 1.5spg. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Armands Skele
Armands Skele
   #9. International guard Armands Skele (192-83, currently plays in Baltic League) contributed to an easy victory against the leader Pieno Zvaigzdes (4-2) 71-54 in the Baltic League on Thursday night. Skele recorded 10 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group F. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (5-1) is placed second. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This year Skele's overall stats are: 6.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 4.3apg and 2.0spg in the seven games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Kristaps Valters
Kristaps Valters
   #10. Guard Kristaps Valters (190-81, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's surprising victory against the ninth-ranked FIATC Joventut (11-12) 92-86 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Valters scored 13 points and added 4 assists. Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada (7-16) is placed 16th in the ACB. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Valters' total stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.9apg. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Latvian senior national team.

   #11. Former U18 international guard Edgars Cunda (195-84, currently plays in Estonia) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Valga in their game against Rapla in the Estonian KML, despite his very good performance last Saturday. Cunda was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in 36 minutes. But his team lost 71-83. Cunda is ranked sixth on the list of the best passers in the league with 3.6apg. This year he also averages: 11.6ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.4spg in the 23 games. Cunda used to play for the Latvian U18 national team eleven years ago.

   #12. Former international center Kaspars Kambala (206-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV, currently plays in Turkey) was the main contributor in a Pi Koleji's shocking victory against the third-ranked Maliye Milli 83-75 in a derby game in the Turkish TB2L (second division) on Friday night. He was the best player in that game. Kambala scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. This season he has very high stats. Kambala averages: 21.3ppg and 11.9rpg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2009.

   #13. International forward Mareks Mejeris (208-91, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Spain) helped CB Clavijo win their game against the 11th-ranked Caceres Basket 70-57 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Mejeris was the top player that evening. He scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. This year Mejeris' total stats are: 9.1ppg and 5.4rpg in the 20 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

   #14. Former international center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Edgars Cunda and both played together in the last Estonian KML game. Grafs couldn't help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Valga in their game against Rapla. Despite his very good performance last Saturday He scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Grafs averaged so far 11.7ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2010.

   #15. International point guard Kaspars Vecvagars (193-93, currently plays in Lithuania) couldn't help Lietkabelis in their game against Rudupis in the Lithuanian LKL, despite his good performance on Saturday night. Vecvagars recorded 10 points in 15 minutes. But his team was crushed by 23 points 100-77. He has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.7apg in the 15 games. Vecvagars is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Gary Gandel (203-G/F-80, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli National League (second division) could not help Hod Hasharon (15-5) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Hod Hasharon was defeated 86-79 at home by the lower-ranked Elitzur Yavne (#5). Gandel was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 4 passes. Gandel averaged so far 11.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.6apg and 1.1spg. He has a dual citizenship: Latvian and Israeli.

   #2. Edmunds Tukiss (200-SF-89, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Dragons Rhoendorf (18-3) in their game against Bayer Giants (13-8) in the German ProB (third division). Tukiss scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Dragons Rhoendorf was defeated 81-74 on the road by the lower-ranked Bayer Giants (#3) in the Group South. It was Dragons Rhoendorf's first loss after four consecutive victories. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Tukiss has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 2.7rpg.

   #3. Martins Abele (216-C-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Duquesne (1-13) in their game against the University of North Carolina - Charlotte (7-8) in the NCAA. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. The Duquesne was edged in an overtime 89-87 on their home court in Pittsburgh, PA by the University of North Carolina - Charlotte. It was Duquesne's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Abele's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. Abele has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 2.7rpg in the 19 games he played so far.



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Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Sagesse 17-2 
 2. Al Riyadi 17-2 
 3. Champville 12-6 
 4. Moutahed 11-7 
 5. Amchit 11-7 
 6. Byblos 10-8 
 7. Hoops 5-14 
 8. Bejjeh 5-14 
 9. Anibal 2-16 
 10. Antranik 2-16 

Second Stage: Round 1

Mar. 7: Al Riyadi - Hoops 95-88
Mar. 7: Bejjeh - Sagesse 74-84
Mar. 8: Moutahed - Amchit
Mar. 9: Byblos - Champville


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 36.6
 1. Emmett, Amchit36.6 
 2. Harper, Sagesse26.4 
 3. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 4. Blair, Hoops26.1 
 5. Khatib, Champville24.6 
 6. Perry, Hoops24.5 
 7. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 8. Williams, Bejjeh22.9 
 9. Youngblood, Byblos22.4 
 10. Sims, Sagesse21.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Fraser, Byblos17.9 
 2. Ampim, Antranik12.0 
 3. Tskitishvili, Cham.11.6 
 4. Woods, Al Riyadi11.4 
 5. Perry, Hoops10.7 
 6. Sims, Sagesse9.9 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi9.8 
 8. Jamison, Bejjeh9.5 
 9. Salyers, Moutahed9.3 
 10. Khazzouh, Sagesse8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Mouta.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Chatfield, Mouta.6.5 
 2. Blair, Hoops6.4 
 3. Akl, Sagesse6.2 
 4. Fahed, Moutahed5.6 
 5. Williams, Bejjeh5.6 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.4 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos5.4 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik5.2 
 9. Ismail, Al Riyadi5.0 
 10. Khatib, Champville4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Blair, Hoops3.2 
 2. Youngblood, Byblos2.6 
 3. Williams, Bejjeh2.6 
 4. Emmett, Amchit2.2 
 5. Harper, Sagesse1.9 
 6. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 7. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 8. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.7 
 9. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.5 
 10. Fahed, Moutahed1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikoloz TSKITISHVILI
  Champv.
  (212-C/F-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Tskitishvili, Cham.2.7 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi2.3 
 3. Fraser, Byblos1.9 
 4. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.8 
 5. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.4 
 6. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.1 
 7. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 8. Bawji, Moutahed0.8 
 9. Perry, Hoops0.8 
 10. Terry, Champville0.8 



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Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Edgaras STANIONIS
  Zanav.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Stanionis, Zanav.23.4 
 2. Valukonis, Suduva.20.9 
 3. Maneikis, Olimpas19.4 
 4. Kleiza, Birstono19.4 
 5. Giedraitis, Mazeik.17.2 
 6. Linkevicius, Triob.16.9 
 7. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.16.6 
 8. Tarvydas, Statyba16.0 
 9. Kuklierius, Suduva.16.0 
 10. Macernis, Mazeiki.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martynas LINKEVICIUS
  Triobet
  (197-F-85)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Linkevicius, Triob.10.5 
 2. Trybanski, Dzukija10.4 
 3. Gudaitis, Zalgir.8.9 
 4. Virbalas, Perla.8.8 
 5. Udras, Perlas-MRU8.6 
 6. Valukonis, Suduva.8.1 
 7. Montrimavici., Rad.7.3 
 8. Kazakauskas, Olimp.7.1 
 9. Tarolis, Gargzdai7.1 
 10. Mineikis, Suduva.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Meres.
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.7.6 
 2. Harrison, Dzukija7.5 
 3. Varanauskas, Stat.4.8 
 4. Razutis, Olimpas4.7 
 5. Kelys, Perlas-MRU4.6 
 6. Kuklierius, Suduva.4.5 
 7. Mazutis, Mazeikiai4.4 
 8. Kutra, Radviliskis4.3 
 9. Anuzis, Nafta U.4.1 
 10. Pelss, Zanavykas4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Zydrunas KELYS
  Perlas-MRU
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Kelys, Perlas-MRU2.8 
 2. Stanionis, Zanav.2.8 
 3. Macernis, Mazeikiai2.7 
 4. Razutis, Olimpas2.6 
 5. Harrison, Dzukija2.3 
 6. Sabeckis, Birstono2.3 
 7. Paliukenas, Staty.2.2 
 8. Mazutis, Mazeikiai2.1 
 9. Pelss, Zanavykas1.9 
 10. Kleiza, Birstono1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija3.1 
 2. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.9 
 3. Gudaitis, Zalgir.1.6 
 4. Jucikas, Meresta1.3 
 5. Virbalas, Perla.1.3 
 6. Tarolis, Gargzdai1.2 
 7. Macernis, Mazeikiai1.2 
 8. Kaubrys, Silute1.1 
 9. Zvinklys, Nafta U.1.0 
 10. Milinskas, Triobet0.9 


EuroLeague: Real snatch dramatic overtime win in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Real Madrid 104:105 (OT)

Real Madrid sneaked past Zalgiris in a first-class basketball thriller in Kaunas tonight. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace Real to the ninth win in EuroLeague Top 16 Group E.
Zalgiris started the game aggressively. The hosts erupted for 29 points in the opening quarter to take a 10-point lead. Kaukenas opened a 12-point lead early in the second quarter. The gap grew at 14-point mark midway through the second frame. However Real managed to trim the deficit at 4-point mark at the interval 40:44. The hosts opened the second half with 7 points in a row to take an 11-point lead. Real answered with a 16:2 rally to grab a 60:56 advantage. They entered the fourth quarter up by two points 63:61. Zalgiris quickly regained the lead in the fourth period and soon Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) gave the hosts a 77:70 lead. But Real stuck around. Nikola Mirotic pulled the Spanish team within two 81:83 with 12 seconds remaining in regulation. McGrath sank one of two free throw attempts and Sergio Rodriguez was put to the stripe. He drained the first one and missed the second one. However Nikola Mirotic grabbed a crucial offensive rebound and got fouled. He went deadly from the stripe to send the game into overtime. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) and Nikola Mirotic drilled three trebles in the extra period as Real made it 99:94. Sergio Rodriguez and Nikola Mirotic then scored six free throws in a row to keep Real out of trouble. Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Lavrinovic put the hosts within one in the dying seconds but Zalgiris simply ran out of time at the end. Jaycee Carroll produced 21 points, while Sergio Llull (192-SG-87) added 14 points for the winners. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) answered with 20 points for Zalgiris. Mindaugas Kuzminskas chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Zalgiris: Tremmell Darden 20, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 16
Real Madrid: Nikola Mirotic 31, Jaycee Carroll 21, Sergio Llull 14



Baltic League: Kalev/Cramo knocked down Pieno Zvaigzdes in the first game of the series - by Eurobasket News

Kalev/Cramo - Pieno Zvaigzdes 71:54

Kalev/Cramo knocked down Pieno Zvaigzdes in the first game of the series. The Estonian side grabbed 71:54 win in the first Quarterfinal game. The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. Pieno Zvaigzdes was better in fourth quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kalev/Cramo dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Pieno Zvaigzdes' 20. Armands Skele (192-G-83) nailed 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and Gary Wilkinson (205-F/C-82, college: Utah St.) accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds. Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89, agency: Alti Sport) came up with 16 points and Tyrell Biggs (203-F-86, college: Pittsburgh) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Pieno Zvaigzdes in the defeat.

Kalev/Cramo: Gary Wilkinson 15, Bamba Fall (217-C-86, college: SMU) 13 Frank Elegar (208-C-86, college: Drexel) 12, Armands Skele 10
Pieno Zvaigzdes: Sarunas Vasiliauskas 16, Tyrell Biggs 12



Darius Songaila selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Darius Songaila
Darius Songaila
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international power forward Darius Songaila (204-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Ukrainian team BC Donetsk to a victory over the closely-ranked PGE Turow (4-12) 99-85 in the VTB United League in Monday night's game. Songaila was MVP of the game. He recorded 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) in 29 minutes on the court. BC Donetsk (7-9) is placed seventh in group A. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Songaila's first season with the team. Songaila is currently second on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (seventh place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Songaila averages: 16.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 59.2%(100-169) and FT: 88.3% in the 15 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Antanas Kavaliauskas
Antanas Kavaliauskas
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Latvia). Kavaliauskas was the main contributor in a VEF Riga's victory against the closely-ranked Ventspils (13-2) 73-61 in the Latvian LBL last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Kavaliauskas scored 24 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. VEF Riga (12-1) is placed fifth in the LBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Kavaliauskas has relatively good stats this season: 11.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 79.1%(53-67) and FT: 66.7%. He is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Jonas Maciulis (199-85, currently plays in Greece). Maciulis was the major contributor in Panathinaikos' victory against the 12th-ranked KAOD (5-14) 87-70 in the Greek A1 on Monday night. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 24 minutes. Panathinaikos Athens (18-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. This year Maciulis' overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 64.0%(32-50) and FT: 66.7% in the 18 games. He is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Donatas Motiejunas
Donatas Motiejunas
   #4. Power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Houston Rockets' victory against the Orlando Magic (17-45) 118-110 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Motiejunas scored 17 points. The Houston Rockets have 33-29 record this season. Motiejunas' total stats this year are: 4.5ppg and 1.5rpg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2011.

Martynas Gecevicius
Martynas Gecevicius
   #5. Former international guard Martynas Gecevicius (193-88, currently plays in Greece) helped Olympiacos win their game against the 11th-ranked Kavala (5-14) 94-76 in the Greek A1 last Sunday. Gecevicius recorded 12 points and added 4 assists in 26 minutes. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (18-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Gecevicius' total stats are: 8.8ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.4apg in the 16 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team two years ago.

Sarunas Jasikevicius
Sarunas Jasikevicius
   #6. Point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-76, college: Maryland, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Regal FC Barcelona (14-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Jasikevicius' good performance Regal FC Barcelona was edged 69-67 on the road by the second-ranked Caja Laboral. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Jasikevicius also added 4 assists. Jasikevicius has averaged so far 6.1ppg and 1.9apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

Mantas Kalnietis
Mantas Kalnietis
   #7. International point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Russian team Lokomotiv win their game against the ninth-ranked Neptunas (2-14) crushing them 84-48 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Kalnietis recorded 14 points and added 6 passes in 24 minutes. 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. Kalnietis belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #7 with 4.5apg. He also averaged so far 14.1ppg and 2.3rpg in the 12 games. Kalnietis is also Lithuanian national team player.

Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas
   #8. Center Jonas Valanciunas (211-92, currently plays in NBA) helped Toronto Raptors win their game against the Phoenix Suns (21-40) crushing them 98-71 in the NBA last Wednesday. He scored 10 points and blocked 2 shots. The Toronto Raptors have 24-38 record this season. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. Valanciunas has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.1bpg. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Simas Jasaitis
Simas Jasaitis
   #9. International small forward Simas Jasaitis (202-82, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mantas Kalnietis. But that was another game of his team in Eurocup which we would like to mention. Jasaitis helped his Russian team Lokomotiv win their game against the closely-ranked Buducnost (3-3) 72-54. He recorded 8 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks 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. This year Jasaitis has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.5apg in the 13 games. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

Vaidotas Peciukas
Vaidotas Peciukas
   #10. Guard Vaidotas Peciukas (199-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Romania) helped Targu Mures win their game against the seventh-ranked U-Mobitelco (17-8) 111-105 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Monday night's game. Peciukas was the top player that evening. He recorded 26 points (!!!), 5 assists and 3 steals. BC Mures Targu-Mures (18-7) is placed third in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Peciukas has reliable stats this season: 13.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.3apg. He is a former university international player as eight years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Antanas Kavaliauskas and both played together in the last Latvian LBL game. Zavackas helped VEF Riga win their game against the closely-ranked Ventspils 73-61. He scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Zavackas has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team thirteen years ago.

   #12. Former University international center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Ukraine was not able to help Budivelnyk (4-2) in their last game. Despite Anisimovas' good performance the first-placed Budivelnyk lost 72-83 in St.Petersburg to the second-ranked Spartak in the group I of Eurocup. He recorded 12 points in 25 minutes. Anisimovas is currently first on the league's list of best blockers with 1.3bpg. He also averaged so far 10.0ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1apg in the 12 games. Anisimovas used to play for the Lithuanian university national team back in 2007.

   #13. International shooting guard Deividas Dulkys (198-88, college: Florida St., currently plays in Latvia) helped Barons kvartals win their game against the ninth-ranked Liepaja crushing them 93-71 in the Latvian LBL last Saturday. He scored 15 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Dulkys' stats this season are: 10.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.5apg. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

   #14. Former University international guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91, currently plays in Estonia) helped KK Parnu win their game against the league outsider Hito/Johvi 83-73 in the Estonian KML on Sunday night. Peciukevicius was the top player that evening. He scored 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds in 36 minutes. Peciukevicius has very impressive stats this year: 16.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 5.3apg and 1.8spg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former U20 international guard Mantas Cesnauskis (191-81, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Stelmet ZG (14-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Cesnauskis' good performance Stelmet ZG was defeated 100-96 at home by the one of league's weakest teams Rosa Radom (#11). He scored 10 points and added 4 assists. Cesnauskis has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.4apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team thirteen years ago.

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

   #1. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Germany) led Telekom Baskets to a victory over the league outsider LTi 46ers (4-20) crushing them 94-56 in the German BBL last Sunday. Veikalas was the top player that evening. He recorded 16 points and added 3 assists in a mere 19 minutes. Telekom Baskets Bonn (13-11) is placed sixth in the BBL. Veikalas averaged so far 11.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.3apg in the 24 games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Michigan, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Liege Basket (6-13) 85-68 in the Belgian Ethias League last Friday. Young recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks (made all of his five free throws) in 21 minutes. Generali Okapi Aalstar (12-7) is placed fourth in the Ethias League. Young is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 6.6rpg. This year he also averages: 8.1ppg in the 17 games. Young is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Lithuania.

   #3. Nik Stauskas (198-G-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Michigan's victory against the Purdue University (7-10) 80-75 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Stauskas scored 17 points. The University of Michigan has a solid 12-5 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Stauskas averages only 8.1ppg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lithuanian. Despite Stauskas' Lithuanian passport, he previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team.

   #4. Gabas Maldunas (203-F-93, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Dartmouth (1-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Maldunas' very good performance the Dartmouth was defeated 68-63 on the road by the Princeton University. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds (made all of his five free throws). There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Maldunas averages only 8.1ppg.

   #5. Evaldas Juozapaitis (189-G-84, currently plays in Sweden) was the main contributor in Hoganas' victory against the third-ranked IK Eos (6-16) 83-72 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Juozapaitis scored 38 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds. Hoganas Basket (9-10) is placed seventh in South group. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Juozapaitis is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Hoganas' roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Juozapaitis averages: 16.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.6spg.

   #6. Zygimantas Jonusas (200-F-82, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Juvecaserta in their game against Cimberio Varese in the Italian SerieA. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Jonusas scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. His team lost 62-74. He has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg in the 20 games.

   #7. Edgaras Kvedaravicius (191-G-92, currently plays in Denmark) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Naestved 100-84 in the Danish Ligaen last Thursday. Kvedaravicius recorded 8 points. He has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 1.8rpg.

   #8. Martynas Kuksta (203-C-89, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Evaldas Juozapaitis and both played together in the last Swedish Basketettan game. Kuksta was the major contributor in Hoganas' victory against the third-ranked IK Eos 83-72. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 13 rebounds. Kuksta also added 5 blocks and 3 steals. He is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league. This season Kuksta has very high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.8bpg.

   #9. Petras Balocka (205-C/F-86, college: Hawaii, currently plays in France) contributed to a Vendee Challans' victory against the tenth-ranked Sorgues 85-74 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. Balocka scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. He has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 5.6rpg.

   #10. Deividas Busma (212-C-87, agency: Two Points, college: Idaho St., currently plays in Spain) managed to help CB Clavijo in a victory against the 11th-ranked Caceres Basket 70-57 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Busma scored only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. He has averaged so far 8.4ppg and 4.9rpg in the 13 games.



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Standings

Diekirch League Stage Two Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Sparta 17-6 
 2. Amicale 15-8 
 3. Etzella 14-9 
 4. T71 13-10 
 5. Musel Pikes 13-10 
 6. Residence 12-11 
Places 7-10
 1. Contern 9-12 
 2. Basket Esch 8-13 
 3. Soleuvre 8-13 
 4. Black Star 2-19 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 6

Mar. 15: Residence - Etzella
Mar. 15: T71 - Musel Pikes
Mar. 15: Sparta - Amicale



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2013 DI MBB Championship Qualifiers Announced - by Eurobasket News

By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially released the field of 32 teams for the 76th Annual Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship. Held in Kansas City, Mo., since 2002, the event will take place at historic Municipal Auditorium. There are 31 games scheduled from March 13 - 19 in single-elimination format. The official 32-team bracket will be announced via a graphical selection show at 7:30 p.m. CST on NAIA.org.

The field is comprised of 17 automatic berths and 15 at-large selections, which were determined using the final regular-season Coaches' Top 25 Poll released earlier today.

No. 1-ranked and undefeated Columbia (Mo.) (33-0) played their way in after bringing home the American Midwest Conference Tournament Championship. The Cougars are the only team in NAIA and NCAA levels of men's basketball to have a perfect record. Columbia is one of 11 programs to be making its 10th-or-better trip with its 17th overall.

Defending national champion Concordia (Calif.) snuck into the field by virtue of winning the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Championship. Out of the Coaches' Top 25 poll for seven-straight weeks, the Eagles won their final six games of the regular season to earn the automatic berth.

Amongst this year's qualifiers, Concordia joins a list of nine other teams with one national championship banner hanging from the rafters. The Eagles have won two titles, trailing Oklahoma City with six rings, Life (Ga.) with three and tied with Oklahoma Baptist with two. Oklahoma City holds the most all-time national championships in the 76-year history.

The Bison of Oklahoma Baptist hold the distinction of the most championship victories with a 58-22 record. Out of the Sooner Athletic Conference, Oklahoma Baptist has made 26 trips, including the last 13 events.

Georgetown (Ky.), who earned the No. 7 at-large berth, is 54-30 in championship action and punched its ticket to a championship-record 32nd postseason and 22nd-straight appearance.

Six newcomers will be making their first trip to Kansas City: Arizona Christian, Cal State San Marcos, Hope International (Calif.), Philander Smith (Ark.), SAGU (Texas) and St. Thomas (Texas).

Four conferences claimed the most teams with four among the 11 conferences or unaffiliated group: Frontier Conference, Golden State Athletic Conference, Sooner Athletic Conference and Southern States Athletic Conference.

NeuLion is the NAIA's Digital Media Partner and official video-streaming company of 12 select NAIA National Championship events. The first 28 games from Kansas City, Mo., will be available via live video stream for $29.95 and any single day can be purchased for $9.95. Also, one can purchase the all-tournament package of all four basketball tournaments for $49.95. For more information and to pre-register, click here.
Courtesy of: http://www.naia.org



Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Bracket Released - by Eurobasket News

By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - (Bracket) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially released the bracket for the 76th annual Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship. The 32-team, single elimination format will take place from March 13 - 19 at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.

The championship kicks off at 9 a.m. CST the first three days, with eight games scheduled each day. Quarterfinal action tips off at 2 p.m. on March 16. For the first time in the history of the event, the semifinals on March 18 will be broadcast live on ESPN3 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The championship final, which will be televised live on CBS Sports Network, will start at 7:30 p.m. on March 19.

NeuLion, the NAIA's official video streaming company of 12 select NAIA National Championship events, will be broadcasting the first 28 games from Kansas City, Mo. An all-tournament pass (28 games) is available for $29.95, while a single day pass can be purchased for $9.95. For more information and to pre-register, click here.

Courtesy of: http://www.naia.org



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 37-22 
 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. 45-16 
 2. Denver N. 41-22 
 3. Utah Jazz 32-29 
 4. Portland TB 28-32 
 5. Minnesota T. 21-37 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 44-20 
 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 123

Mar. 7: New York K. - Oklah.City T. 94-95
Mar. 7: Denver N. - LA Clippers 107-92

Regular Season: Round 124

Mar. 8: Charlotte B. - Oklah.City T.
Mar. 8: Orlando M. - Indiana P.
Mar. 8: Boston C. - Atlanta H.
Mar. 8: Brooklyn N. - Washington W.
Mar. 8: Detroit P. - Dallas M.
Mar. 8: Cleveland C. - Memphis G.
Mar. 8: Miami Heat - Philadelph.76
Mar. 8: Chicago B. - Utah Jazz
Mar. 8: San Antonio S. - Portland TB
Mar. 8: Sacramento K. - Phoenix Suns
Mar. 8: LA Lakers - Toronto R.
Mar. 8: Golden St.W. - Houston R.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.7 
 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. Noah, Chicago B.11.4 
 6. Vucevic, Orlan.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. Williams, Brooklyn7.5 
 8. Nelson, Orlando M.7.5 
 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. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 6. Walker, Charlott.1.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 8. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 9. Kidd, New York K.1.8 
 10. Lin, Houston R.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.1 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 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 


Lakers Assign Morris, Sacre To D-League - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Lakers have assigned Darius Morris (6'4''-G-91, college: Michigan) and Robert Sacre (7'0''-C-89, agency: Edge Sports, college: Gonzaga) to the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Lakers NBA Development League affiliate.
Morris (6-4, 190, Michigan) has played in 42 games this season for Los Angeles, averaging 4.4 points, 1.7 assists and 1.2 rebounds. On Dec. 16, he tallied 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field in a 111-98 win over the 76ers. He appeared in one game on assignment last season for the D-Fenders and scored 21 points in a 99-98 win over the Dakota Wizards.
Sacre (7-0, 260, Gonzaga) has appeared in 27 games for the Lakers this season, averaging 1.5 points, 1.1 rebounds and 7.2 minutes. He has played in four games on assignment with the D-Fenders, averaging 11.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 31.0 minutes. He returned to the Lakers following a 22-point performance vs. Sioux Falls at the 2013 NBA D-League Showcase in Reno, Nev.



Suns center Marcin Gortat likely out for season with Lisfranc sprain - by Eurobasket News

The Phoenix Suns will be without starting center Marcin Gortat (6'11''-C-84) for a while after he suffered a Lisfranc sprain in his right foot during Wednesday's loss to the Toronto Raptors. The injury is expected to keep him out for at least 3-4 weeks. "For me it looks like it's more like a season than three weeks because after three weeks there's going to be another week of treatment and before I get back conditioning-wise and get in shape and everything the season's going to be over," Gortat said after practice Thursday. Gortat left the Suns' 98-71 loss to Toronto Wednesday late in the first quarter after he was stepped on by Raptors forward Amir Johnson (6'9''-F/C-87). "It hurts, it hurts," an emotional Gortat said. "All the work I put in...frustrating. Six years without injury." Gortat had started each of the Suns' 61 games this season, and while he is thankful the injury isn't worse, he's not pleased with the idea of his season essentially being over. "I'm definitely not going to work all this to get back just to come back for one or two games," he said. "I'd rather just rest the rest of the year." Should this be the end of Gortat's season, the 29-year-old will have finished with averages of 11.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. Gortat added he will not play for the Polish national basketball team like he did last offseason, pointing to the extra work as a reason for the injury. "Basically that's what screwed me over, that's what really screwed me over," he said, saying he's sure the added wear and tear led to this. "That was just stupid."
Courtesy of: arizonasports.com



Thunder and Nuggets gain victories on Thursday - by Eurobasket News

Denver N. - LA Clippers 107-92
The Denver Nuggets routed the surging Los Angeles Clippers 107-92 on Thursday night, riding 21 points from Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) and 20 from Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-SF-88, agency: Players Group) to their 12th straight home win. Seven Nuggets scored in double figures as Denver won its seventh straight overall and improved to 27-3 at home, tied with the Miami Heat for best in the NBA. Despite 19 points from Matt Barnes (6'7''-F-80, college: UCLA) and 17 from Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma), the Clippers saw their five-game road winning streak come to an end. More importantly, they lost the season series to the Nuggets 2-1, a tiebreaker that could come into play if Denver can catch them for the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Right now, the Nuggets are in fifth, behind Memphis. Before tip-off, Nuggets coach George Karl was asked about facing one of his favorite players, Chauncey Billups, his former point guard who was dragged into the Carmelo Anthony trade a couple years ago. 'I hope he has a good game,' Karl said, 'and I hope we win.' The Nuggets, who last won a dozen straight at home in 2005, got the best of Billups in his latest homecoming. He scored eight points. Karl also said his goal was three-fold: 'I'd like to win the turnover game, I'd like Chris Paul to be just good and not great and at the end of the night we have the same amount of 3-pointers as they do.' Both teams had 11 turnovers, Denver outscored Los Angeles by a dozen points from long range and Paul was good, not great, scoring 16 points and dishing out 10 assists, one fewer than Lawson had. A bucket by Griffin, who was coming off his third career triple-double, gave the Clippers a 60-59 lead before the Nuggets scored 20 of the next 24 points to grab control. Andre Iguodala's wide-open 3-pointer from the right elbow put Denver ahead 67-60. He added another 3, then fed Danilo Gallinari for a shot from the exact spot on the right side. A drive by Lawson and an alley-oop dunk by Gallinari made it 77-64 and forced a timeout. The Clippers pulled to 85-75 heading into the fourth quarter but never got closer than eight before the Nuggets turned up the heat, outscoring them 13-2 on the fast break in the second half and stretching their lead to 18. Jamal Crawford, who had a game-high 22 points in the Clippers' win over Denver on Christmas Day, sat out with a sore left ankle that he injured Wednesday night in L.A.'s 117-101 win over Milwaukee in which he scored 25 points. 'His ankle is pretty swollen, pretty sore after the flight last night with the back-to-backs,' Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. Del Negro said the Nuggets could withstand the loss of Crawford because none of his players logged extensive minutes against the Bucks, and sure enough, the Clippers were every bit as fresh as the Nuggets, matching them on fast-break points at six each in the first half, which ended in a 49-49 tie. Of any Nuggets opponent, the Clippers can counter Denver's break-neck style. But the Nuggets began to beat them on the break in the second half. Courtesy of: salon.com

New York K. - Oklah.City T. 94-95
The performance said a lot about the Knicks heart and character but it also said something about their late game execution. The Knicks, playing their fourth game in five nights and without an injured Carmelo Anthony for the second straight game, lost 95-94 to Oklahoma City after J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) missed a fade away jumper at the buzzer. Smith had his best game of the season, scoring 36 points on 14 for 29 shooting but he made just two of nine shots in the final period as Mike Woodson twice elected not to put the ball in Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82)'s hands with the Knicks trailing by one in the final 40 seconds. The Knicks went scoreless in the final 1:50 and fell to 37-22 overall and 4-5 without Anthony in the lineup. Stoudemire finished with 16 points on 5-for-16 shooting and Raymond Felton (6'1''-PG-84, college: N.Carolina) added 16 points. Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) scored 36, Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) 21 and Kevin Martin 16 as the Thunder improved to 45-16. Anthony missed his second straight game with a sore knee. Woodson, who has described Anthony's condition as 'fluid build-up', said on Thursday's that Anthony is still listed as day-to-day. The Knicks play again Saturday against Utah before heading to the West Coast for five games including Anthony's first game back in Denver since the trade two years ago. 'I'm not overly concerned,' Woodson said. Of course, in October the Knicks said they weren't concerned when Stoudemire suffered what was called a sore knee. Within weeks he underwent surgery and didn't make his season debut until Jan. 1. Also, Rasheed Wallace was labeled as day-to-day for two months before having foot surgery last week. 'Let's not hope (its long term),' Woodson added. 'I think he's going to be fine. Only the doctors know best. Right now he's day-to-day.' The Knicks needed to make up for Anthony's scoring especially after OKC opened up an 11-point second quarter. Smith's 18 points helped close the deficit to 59-56 by halftime and with Smith scoring 13 in the third quarter the Knicks built a six-point lead. More importantly, the Knicks were roughing up the Thunder. Durant and Westbrook took several hard fouls as they drove to the basket with Kenyon Martin doing a lot of the damage. Westbrook scored 19 first-half points but was erratic all game starting with a blown breakaway lay-up in the opening seconds. Westbrook's play in the third quarter was at times mindless as he missed five of six shots and committed three turnovers. His carelessness and Smith's shooting changed the tenor of the game and energized the crowd. Scott Brooks, the OKC coach and former Knicks reserve guard, had Westbrook on the bench to open the fourth and over the first six minutes Durant led the Thunder on a 12-4 run. Stoudemire sat the first five minutes of the period and made an immediate impact, drawing a shooting foul and tying the game at 87. Serge Ibaka's dunk put the Thunder ahead but Jason Kidd set up Smith for an open three. Although the Knicks had missed their first six from behind the arc, Smith buried his shot and gave the Knicks the lead at 90-89 with 4:30 to play. After Durant and Raymond Felton traded baskets, Smith forced a jumper over Thabo Sefolosha that rimmed out. Westbrook wisely found Durant, who drove to the basket and drew a foul on Stoudemire. Woodson had replaced Chandler with Stoudemire with 6:37 left and the Knicks more than held their own. Even after Stoudemire went to the foul line with 1:50 to play and gave the Knicks a 94-93 lead, Woodson substituted Martin for defense but he immediately fouled out while guarding Durant. Durant's free throws with 1:38 gave the Thunder the lead and OKC regained possession when Felton lost his dribble. This time, Woodson substituted Chandler for Stoudemire and the Knicks, despite giving up the rebound on Durant's miss, grabbed Westbrook's errant shot with 42 seconds left. Woodson called time out and instead of playing through Stoudemire, Smith launched a three that didn't have a chance. The Thunder got the match-up they wanted; Durant on Kidd late in the shot clock. Durant, who made just 3 of 8 shots in the quarter, missed a pull-up and the Knicks called their final time out with 7.9 seconds left. Again, Woodson ran a play for Smith, who couldn't find the range with Westbrook providing solid defense. Courtesy of: nydailynews.com



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Top 25 - Men

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

Regular Season: Round 117

Mar. 7: Nicholls St. - Lamar 90-63
Mar. 7: CS Northridge - Hawaii 88-75
Mar. 7: Montana St. - N.Arizona 83-79 OT
Mar. 7: Weber St. - Portland St. 80-52
Mar. 7: SE Louisiana - McNeese St. 79-68
Mar. 7: Morgan St. - Florida A&M 78-67
Mar. 7: Cal-Davis - Long Beach St. 76-77
Mar. 7: Colorado - Oregon 76-53
Mar. 7: Idaho St. - E.Washington 73-87
Mar. 7: Georgia - Kentucky 72-62
Mar. 7: Utah - Oregon St. 72-61
Mar. 7: Savannah St. - Md-E Shore 71-54
Mar. 7: Pacific - Cal-Irvine 70-62
Mar. 7: Coppin St. - Beth.-Cookman 69-61
Mar. 7: Cal Poly - SLO - Cal-Riverside 68-62
Mar. 7: Bradley - Drake 66-81
Mar. 7: N.Colorado - S.Utah 66-58
Mar. 7: Northwestern St. - Texas A&M-CC 66-51
Mar. 7: UCSB - CS Fullerton 66-50
Mar. 7: Hampton - N.C.Central 64-68
Mar. 7: Montana - Sacramento St. 63-52
Mar. 7: Massachusetts - Butler 62-73
Mar. 7: S.Carolina St. - Delaware St. 62-60
Mar. 7: Missouri St. - S.Illinois 61-53
Mar. 7: Northwestern - Penn St. 59-66
Mar. 7: Michigan St. - Wisconsin 58-43
Mar. 7: SF Austin - Sam Houston St. 57-42
Mar. 7: Norfolk St. - N.Carolina A&T 55-48
Mar. 7: Florida St. - Virginia 53-51
Mar. 7: Denver - Texas Arlington 84-55
Mar. 7: N.Mexico St. - Louisiana Tech 78-60
Mar. 7: Utah St. - Texas St. 77-61
Mar. 7: San Diego - Pepperdine 62-59
Mar. 7: USF - Loyola Mary 60-61 OT
Mar. 7: Stetson - E.Tenn.St. 67-46
Mar. 7: Jacksonville - USC Upstate 62-76
Mar. 7: VMI - Longwood 90-86
Mar. 7: Gardner-Webb - Campbell 71-57
Mar. 7: High Point - Liberty 60-61
Mar. 7: Charleston So. - Winthrop 54-47
Mar. 7: Tennessee St. - Morehead St. 88-75
Mar. 7: E.Kentucky - SE Missouri St. 84-69

Regular Season: Round 118

Mar. 8: Seton Hall - Rutgers
Mar. 8: Harvard - Columbia
Mar. 8: Dartmouth - Cornell
Mar. 8: Brown - Pennsylvania
Mar. 8: Yale - Princeton
Mar. 8: Marist - Siena
Mar. 8: Fairfield - St.Peter''s
Mar. 8: W.Kentucky - La-Monroe
Mar. 8: La-Lafayette - N.Texas
Mar. 8: Florida Atlantic - Troy
Mar. 8: Wofford - Georgia South
Mar. 8: Samford - Furman
Mar. 8: Chattanooga - NC-Greensboro
Mar. 8: W.Carolina - Citadel
Mar. 8: USC Upstate - Mercer
Mar. 8: Stetson - Florida Gulf Coast
Mar. 8: Youngstown St. - Wright St.
Mar. 8: Ill.-Chicago - Green Bay
Mar. 8: Belmont - Tennessee St.
Mar. 8: Murray St. - E.Kentucky
Mar. 8: Loyola Mary - St.Mary''s, CA
Mar. 8: BYU - San Diego


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Tyler HAWS
  BYU
  (196-G-)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Haws, BYU20.9 
 2. Ireland, Loyola M.20.2 
 3. Davies, BYU17.9 
 4. Foster, Santa Clara17.8 
 5. Olynyk, Gonzaga17.7 
 6. Dellavedova, St.Ma.16.5 
 7. Trasolini, Santa C.15.7 
 8. Dickerson, USF14.9 
 9. Dee, San Diego14.6 
 10. Harris, Gonzaga14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cole DICKERSON
  USF
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Dickerson, USF9.7 
 2. Nicholas, Portland8.7 
 3. Davies, BYU8.0 
 4. Trasolini, Santa C.7.8 
 5. Harris, Gonzaga7.5 
 6. Davis, Pepperdine7.3 
 7. Hamilton, Loyola M.7.1 
 8. Olynyk, Gonzaga7.0 
 9. Manresa, San Diego6.7 
 10. Atanga, Santa Cl.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Matthew DELLAVEDOVA
  St.Ma.
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Dellavedova, St.Ma.6.2 
 2. Anderson, San Die.5.6 
 3. Doolin, USF5.4 
 4. Roquemore, Santa5.4 
 5. Willis, Pepperdine4.7 
 6. Foster, Santa Clara4.5 
 7. Carlino, BYU4.4 
 8. Ireland, Loyola M.3.6 
 9. Rodgers, Portland3.4 
 10. Flint, Loyola Mary3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin FOSTER
  Santa Clara
  (188-PG-)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Foster, Santa Clara2.4 
 2. Anderson, San Die.2.2 
 3. Carlino, BYU1.8 
 4. Doolin, USF1.7 
 5. Cowels III, Santa1.6 
 6. Davies, BYU1.5 
 7. Jackson, Pepperdi.1.5 
 8. Ireland, Loyola M.1.5 
 9. Stockton, Gonzaga1.5 
 10. Pangos, Gonzaga1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  San Diego
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Kok, San Diego1.6 
 2. Trasolini, Santa C.1.6 
 3. Garrett, Santa C.1.4 
 4. Olynyk, Gonzaga1.2 
 5. Barker, Portland1.2 
 6. Davies, BYU1.1 
 7. Thieleke, Portland0.9 
 8. Hodgson, St.Ma.0.9 
 9. Atanga, Santa Cla.0.9 
 10. De Freitas, Peppe.0.8 


MAAC Announces 2012-2013 All-MAAC Men's Basketball Awards - by Allen Waters

Springfield, Mass. - Iona College senior guard Lamont Jones has been selected as the 2012-2013 Pepsi Max MAAC Player of the Year by the MAAC's head coaches.
Jones, a 6-foot, 196-pound senior guard from Harlem, N.Y., earned a spot on the All-MAAC First Team after finishing the regular season leading the league in scoring with 23.2 points per game. He netted 45 percent of his attempts from the field and 87 percent from the free throw line. Jones also contributed 3.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals a night for the Gaels. A two-time MAAC Player of the Week, he posted double figures in 29 out of 30 games played this year. A few coaches have stated that jones is underrated and may be top 10 point guards in that draft. One coach Stated that Lamont jones is smilier to Damien lillard was drafted by the Portland trail blazers #6 overall pick 2012 draft.

Jones Lamont (6'0''-G)



Akron PG Alex Abreu suspended after drug arrest - by Eurobasket News

Akron's at-large hopes took a major hit when it lost to Buffalo earlier in the week, and the Zips received more bad news on Thursday evening. Starting point guard Alex Abreu (5'11''-PG-91) was arrested on drug charges and has been suspended indefinitely, according to Phil Trexler of the Akron Beacon Journal. Abreu, a 5-foot-10 junior from Puerto Rico, has been the catalyst for Akron's offense this season, averaging 10.3 points and 6.0 assists for the Zips. In the past five games, Abreu had been averaging 13.0 points and 5.5 assists. He is also arguably the team's best 3-point shooter, knocking down nearly 40 percent of his attempts from behind the arc. "I can't believe it," one MAC head coach said. "The MAC is back open again without him." Without Abreu, coach Keith Dambrot will need to turn to two relatively inexperienced backups to run the show. Freshman Carmelo Betancourt has been playing the point off the bench, but he plays fewer than 10 minutes per game. Deji Ibitayo could also see some minutes at the position. Akron is 14-1 in the Mid-American this season, but the loss to Buffalo earlier this week could cripple its at-large hopes if it doesn't win the automatic bid. There's a solid win over Middle Tennessee, but that's the only top-50 win on the resume. The two sub-100 losses are also difficult to swallow. Now, the loss of Abreu puts the Zips in even more peril, considering the commmittee will have to factor in his absence. The Zips (24-5) can clinch the outright MAC title on Friday against Kent State.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



Taylor Rips Down 19 Boards in 77-66 OT Win - by Eurobasket News

CINCINNATI - Seniors Brad Redford (6'1''-PG-90), Travis Taylor (6'8''-F-90) and Jeff Robinson (6'10''-F-90) led the Musketeers to an overtime victory against No. 16/15 Saint Louis late Wednesday night beating the Billikens 77-66. The three seniors accounted for 39 of the team's points. Xavier has won seven-straight and 16 of the last 17 games on senior night.

The Musketeers improve their record to 17-12 and 9-6 in the Atlantic 10. Saint Louis drops to 23-6 overall and 12-3 in conference play. Xavier now holds a 30-14 all-time lead over Saint Louis including wins in nine of the last 11 meetings.

Taylor played his final home game, finishing with 19 points, a career-high 19 rebounds and a career-high six blocked shots. This is Taylor's 10th double-double of the season. Robinson ended with nine points and six rebounds in 24 minutes.

Freshman Semaj Christon (6'3''-G-92) tallied game-highs in points (20) and assists (7) to go along with seven rebounds. The last time Christon scored 20 or more points was against George Washington on Jan. 12 when he had 21.

The Musketeers earned their first lead of the game, 25-24, with 18:52 left in the second half after Isaiah Philmore sank both of his free throws. Philmore finished with eight points and a steal in 38 minutes of play.

The Musketeers went on a 10-0 run that lasted 5:42 giving XU the 37-29 advantage with 11:31 left in the half. During the span Saint Louis missed eight-consecutive shots. Redford hit a big 3-point shot at the end of the run to give the Musketeers the eight-point advantage. Redford then hit another long ball with 5:34 remaining in the second half to go up 50-45.

Xavier held a 58-54 lead with 48 seconds left in the second half when Saint Louis' Mike McCall Jr. hit a trey in the right corner to cut the lead to one. After Dee Davis made one of his two free throws to give XU the 59-57 lead, Saint Louis answered with a two-point bucket with 12 seconds to tie the game. Davis' attempt from the key with three seconds left did not fall, forcing the game into overtime.

Xavier struck first in overtime and didn't look back. XU held a 67-62 lead with 1:29 remaining after Redford made both of his free throws. Redford finished with 11 points from 3-of-5 shooting from long range, three rebounds, and a rare block, his fourth of his career. This marked the first time in Redford's career that he has scored in double figures in four-straight games.

The Musketeers finished the game shooting 42.6 percent (23-of-54) from the field while holding Saint Louis to a season-low 30.1 percent (22-of-73). SLU shot 37.5 percent (12-of-32) in the second half and only 9.1 percent (1-of-11) in overtime, while the Musketeers made 54.2 percent (13-of-24) and 50 percent (2-of-4).

Xavier swatted a season-high 10 shots, including two by Justin Martin. The last time Xavier had 10 or more blocks in a game was on Nov. 27, 2010 against Wofford at Cintas Center. Xavier also out rebounded Saint Louis 46-42.

Taylor started off with six of Xavier's first nine points and was able to tie the game 9-all with 12:50 left in the first half on a break-away dunk.

Redford knocked down his first long-range shot of the game with 2:37 to cut the lead to 24-20. However, Xavier was held scoreless for the rest of the half and entered the locker rooms down four. Christon led all scorers with nine points and three assists in the first half.

Kwamain Mitchell had a team-high 17 points and fouled out with four other Billikens. Cody Ellis, SLU's second leading scorer shot 0-for-15 for the game and 0-for-11 from long range.

Xavier concludes the regular season on the road at Butler this Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://www.goxavier.com



SU Beats DePaul 78-57 on Senior Night - by Eurobasket News

SYRACUSE Seniors James Southerland (6'8''-F-90, college: Syracuse) and Brandon Triche (6'4''-G-91) helped celebrate Senior Night by lifting #17/16 Syracuse (23-7, 11-6) to a 78-57 victory against DePaul (11-19, 2-15) on senior night in the Carrier Dome Wednesday evening.

Southerland led the Orange with his first career double-double, tallying 22 points and setting a personal best by grabbing 10 rebounds. Triche tallied 15 points, five rebounds and four assits. Junior C.J. Fair totaled 16 points, while sophomore Michael Carter-Williams (6'6''-G-91) posted 10 and dished out five assists. Sophomore Rakeem Chirstmas matched a career-high mark with five blocks.

The victory snapped Syracuse's modest three-game losing streak.

Despite pulling ahead with an early 9-6 lead, Syracuse struggled to maintain the advantage as DePaul responded with three consecutive three balls to capture its first six-point advantage at 17-11.

Trailing by as much as six points again at 21-15 with 10:41 remaining in the opening frame, sophomore Michael Carter-Williams trimmed the advantage back to two points at 22-20 with a three-point play.

Chasing another two-point deficit at 24-22, the Orange responded with a 15-0 run to take the lead for good. SU entered the intermission with a nine-point advantage at 35-26 after the scoring streak, highlighted by a slam from Fair and back-to-back three-point plays from Southerland and Triche.

Breaking the game open in the second half, Syracuse secured its first double-digit lead at 39-29, before stretching the advantage to 14 points at 43-29 with 14:03 remaining in the frame. Triche led the Orange with four straight points during an 8-0 spurt that spanned 3:26.

The Orange lead never dipped below 10 points in the second half, while the advantage increased to as much as 24 points at 73-49 with less than three minutes remaining in the game.

SU held a 22-15 edge on the offensive boards against the Blue Demons, while forcing 18 turnovers for 17 Orange points off miscues.

The Orange is back in action this weekend, traveling to Georgetown to take for a rematch with the Hoyas on Saturday, March 9. Tip time is slated for noon.
Courtesy of: http://www.suathletics.com



ISU Downs No. 13 Oklahoma State On Senior Night - by Eurobasket News

AMES, Iowa -Will Clyburn (6'7''-G-90) tallied 20 points to help Iowa State (20-10 overall, 10-7 Big 12) to an 87-76 victory over No. 13 Oklahoma State (22-7 overall, 12-5 Big 12) Wednesday in Hilton Coliseum on Senior Night.

The Cyclone seniors came up big late, tallying 10 points in a 10-2 ISU run to increase a two-point lead to 10 points with 2:15 remaining in the game.

ISU, now 32-3 in Hilton Coliseum in the last two seasons, has tallied back-to-back 10-win league wins for just the second time in school history.

Clyburn and the seniors had help from Melvin Ejim (6'6''-F-91) and Georges Niang. Ejim tallied his 13th double-double with 13 points and 12 boards. Niang chipped in with 18 points.

After falling behind 6-0, the Cyclones bounced back with 10-straight points to move ahead 10-6 behind a pair of treys from Chris Babb and Niang.

The Cyclone lead reached 15 points at 30-15 after McGee hit a jumper from the corner. The Cowboys chipped the lead down to 10 points (39-29) at the break.

ISU was 3-of-11 from 3-point range in the opening period, but the Cowboys missed all of their nine attempts from downtown.

Both teams came out on fire in the second half. OSU made 7-of-8 to begin the second period, but ISU was 7-of-13 out of the gates to keep its double-digit lead at 11 points (56-45) with 13:03 left to play in the game.

OSU cut the ISU lead to six points on a Marcus Smart trey, but ISU then answered with a 5-0 run to move back up, 66-55 after a Chris Babb dunk. Smart led the way for Oklahoma State with 24 points on 8-22 shooting.

Moments later, Kamari Murphy scored on a tip-in. OSU then got a steal and a 3-pointer from Phil Forte to make it 66-60 ISU with 8:11 remaining in the game.

Two steals by Smart led to two-straight Cowboy baskets, as OSU cut the lead to 67-64 with 6:17 left in the game. Smart then cut the lead to two points (70-68) after a steal and dunk with 4:34 remaining.

Then the seniors took over. Clyburn buried a three, followed by a Lucious drive and a big 3-pointer from Tyrus McGee (6'2''-G-91) to cap off an 8-0 run to make it 78-68 ISU with 3:12 left. Clyburn then came up with another big bucket to make it 80-70 with 2:15 left.

ISU held on by making its free-throws late.

The Cyclones made seven 3-pointers in the game to give them 294 on the season, breaking the single-season school record.

Iowa State travels to West Virginia Saturday to face the Mountaineers at 12:45 CT. The game will be broadcast on the Big 12 Network.
Courtesy of: http://www.cyclones.com



Stevens: Add A 75-62 Win Over Nevada To Lobos' NCAA Resume - by Eurobasket News

As far as this Mountain West dance in Las Vegas, New Mexico's 75-62 roll of Nevada in Reno doesn't make their No. 1 seed any lower. There is no "zero" seed on the bracket in Vegas.

As far as the NCAA dance toward Atlanta, the win over Nevada helps mostly because it wasn't a loss. The No. 11/12 ranked Lobos (26-4, 13-2 MW) were expected to beat down the team that sits on the bottom of the Mountain West standings.

And that's exactly what the 2013 Mountain West champions did.

"We did not need to have this loss. This road win was a big key," said Lobo Coach Steve Alford . "It just adds to the (NCAA) resume. We just keep building this thing.

"It would have been very easy to look the other way as far as competing and these guys just refused to do that. This team continues to win. We are getting a lot of notice. We are getting national attention, national exposure.

"The brand is getting out there and people are talking about us as a No. 1 or No. 2 seed and this team is not getting distracted by it."

The Lobos used a 17-0 run to break out of a 56-55 deficit into a 72-56 lead and cruised in for the road win at Nevada.

"The last ten minutes it was like the guys said, 'OK, enough is enough,'" said Alford. "I thought we did a good job of wearing an opponent down."

The Lobos did their usual defensive thing down the stretch run, but UNM also had a potent inside-outside attack that Nevada had no defensive answer to. They weren't good enough on the edge to stop Tony Snell (6'7''-G-91). They weren't big enough inside to deal with 7-foot Alex Kirk (7'0''-F/C-91) and 6-9 Cameron Bairstow.

New Mexico got a Mountain West-high 25 points from Tony Snell. Bairstow muscled inside for his first career double-double with 15 points and 10 boards. The Lobos' Twin Towers were too much for Nevada as another double-double was produced by Kirk, who had 11 points and 10 boards.

"Our bigs are terrific," said Alford. "I thought they were as dominate in the paint tonight as they have been all season. They controlled the paint at both ends. And our guards controlled things. We are taking care of the ball. We are valuing the ball and taking good shots."

The Lobos shot 50 percent from the field and held Nevada to 41.2 percent shooting. UNM got 14 points off turnovers to five for Nevada. However, the Wolf Pack didn't have too many opportunities to score off UNM miscues. The Lobos had only six turnovers.

"Outstanding. I can't say enough about this team," said Alford. "We are not turning over the ball. It's not like we are playing slower or carefully. There is just a confidence in this team."

There also is a lot of savvy talent on the edge. Snell, Kendall Williams and Hugh Greenwood combined for 11 assists and three turnovers. Williams also reached double figures with 10 points and he added five assists and three steals. Kirk had three blocks.

Nevada got 25 points from Malik Story, but the Wolf Pack went from the 10:53 mark of the second half to the 1:51 mark without a field goal.

"We put (Snell) on Story with about ten minutes to go and he did a phenomenal job," said Alford. "This is stuff we wouldn't have thought about a year ago. Tony's development as a defensive player has taken this team to another level.

"They (Lobos) are an outstanding defensive team and they seem to make the majority of their shots in the last eight minutes of a game."

The Lobos fell behind 24-19 with 7:16 to play in the first half and then broke out of a 29-all tie with 2:46 to play to take a 36-32 halftime lead.

The Lobos lost their 36-32 halftime lead at the 12:20 mark of the second half. UNM gave up a 9-0 Nevada run accented by a 3-pointer by Story to fall into a 50-47 deficit. UNM's Jamal Fenton hit a 3-ball to regain the lead at 51-48 and a Bairstow dunk put UNM up 53-52.

Story stayed hot from deep and hit another trey and his 19th points. Nevada was up 55-53, but Bairstow scored inside to form another tie at 55-all. Bairstow scored two more field goals to pull UNM out of a 56-55 hole into a 59-56 lead. Nevada called a time out probably trying to figure out how to control the Australian in the paint, who had scored eight straight points.

The Lobos came out of the huddle and showed their versatility inside. Kirk scored inside to make it 61-56 with 6:39 to play. A jumper by Snell at the 5:55 mark handed UNM a 64-56 cushion.

The Lobos were scoring well on offense and had slowed Story down on the other end. UNM was on a 9-0 run and Bairstow made it 10-0 with a single free throw: 65-56.

Another UNM stop led to another Snell jumper: 67-56. Nevada needed another huddle. The Lobos were pulling away riding a 12-0 run. At the 3:54 media stop, the Lobos still guarded that 67-56 score. Kirk came out of the break and added two more from the line. UNM was up 69-56.

Nevada came down and missed again. The Wolf Pack was falling apart as the Lobos once again upped their defensive intensity down the stretch. Snell probably iced the game with a soft dunk plus one more from the line. UNM's 17-0 run made it 72-56 and UNM coasted to its 26th win.
Courtesy of: http://www.golobos.com



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WWU remains No.1 in third NCAA II West Region poll - by Sanjey Noriega

From: wwuvikings.com

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - W.Washington again earned the top spot in the third NCAA Division II West Region men's basketball ranking released Wednesday, March 6.

The rating was the last of the season with selections for the West Regional slated for Sunday on NCAA.com at 7:30 p.m. The defending regional and national champion Vikings are expected to be the No.1 seed and host this year's regional of the NCAA Division II national tournament on March 15-16 and 18.

WWU, 26-1 overall,won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season title with a conference record-setting 17-1 mark. The Vikings are the No.1 seed in this week's GNAC Tournament, meeting the winner of today's Alaska Fairbanks/Montana State Billings first-round game in a semifinal match-up Friday (7:30 p.m.). The championship contest is Saturday (7:30 p.m.) and will be televised on ROOT Sports.

WWU, ranked No.2 nationally, is followed in the West Region by Cal Poly Pomona, Seattle Pacific, Dixie State, Cal State San Bernardino, Grand Canyon, Chaminade, Alaska Anchorage, Chico State, and San Francisco State.

The regional ranking helps determine which five at-large teams join the tournament champions from the GNAC, Pacific West Conference and California Collegiate Athletic Association in the West Regional.

Generally the top-ranked team earns the right to host the eight-team regional, but there have been occasions where two four-team sub-regionals have been held.

NCAA II West Region Rankings

1.Western Washington
2. Cal Poly Pomona
3. Seattle Pacific
4. Dixie State
5. Cal State San Bernardino
6. Grand Canyon
7. Chaminade
8. Alaska Anchorage
9. Chico State
10. San Francisco State




Hilltoppers Win Third Straight WVIAC Tournament Championship - by Simas

CHARLESTON, W. Va. West Liberty notched its third straight WVIAC Tournament Championship with a huge second half, downing Fairmont State 92-78.

The score was tied six times and the lead changed on seven occasions in the first period.

For much of the first five minutes of the game, the Falcons held a small lead. The squad had a five-point edge, which was the largest margin for the designated visitors in the contest.

Tied at 31, C.J. Hester hit a lay-up for a two-point edge with 5:01 to go. Bubby Goodwin hit a three-point shot to make it a five-point advantage, but the Falcons Brendan Cooper countered with a jumper of his own.

Goodwin buried a deep three to push the lead to six, 39-33, with 3:26 to play. Seger Bonfiant got into the act, drilling a three to make it a 42-33 contest at the 2:54 mark. However, Cooper hit four charity tosses down the stretch and Isaac Thornton scored a three-point shot, pulling FSU within two at the break.

The Falcons netted six of the first eight points of the second half, taking a 46-44 lead at the 18-minute mark. The teams traded buckets and Thorntons lay-up with 16:28 to play put FSU up 48-46. Just 15 seconds later, Chris Morrows deep three-point shot gave the Hilltoppers a lead they would not relinquish. The shot started a 10-0 run that lasted 2:30.

WLU pushed its lead to 10 on two free throws by Alex Falk (6'3''-G) with 12:17 to play. Holding a 60-52 lead with 12:02 to go, the Hilltoppers went on another run, this time it resulted in an 18-point advantage at 72-54.

The victors led by as many as 20 and allowed the Falcons to pull within single digits for just 19 ticks the rest of the way.

Falk led all scorers with 27 points to go along with six assists and four steals. Hester added 21 points and 14 rebounds while Goodwin netted 18. Shawn Dyer chipped in 12. Chris Morrow stuffed three field goal attempts and pulled down seven rebounds. WLU drilled 54.7 percent of its shots from the floor and canned 29-of-33 free throw attempts (87.9 percent).

The Falcons were paced by Malik Stith and Thornton. Both players shared team-high honors with 17 points apiece. Cooper added 13 points while KeChaun Lewis hit for nine points. Isaiah Hill added eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

WVIAC Tournament Final: West Liberty - Fairmont State 92-78
WVIAC Tournament Semifinals:
Fairmont State - Alderson-Broaddus 75-74 OT
West Liberty - Wheeling Jesuit 92-73


All-WVIAC 1st Team 2012-2013
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Alex Falk
Falk
Kurklin Bohanon
Bohanon
Cedric Harris
Harris
Terrell Lipkins
Lipkins
Chad Moore
Moore
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Player of the Year: Alex Falk (6'3''-G) of W.Liberty St.
All-Tournament MVP: Alex Falk (6'3''-G) of W.Liberty St.
Freshman of the Year: Justin Fritts (6'1''-PG) of Wheeling Jesuit
Coach of the Year: Jim Crutchfield of W.Liberty St.

1st Team
G: Kurklin Bohanon (6'3''-90) of Alders.-Broad.
G: Alex Falk (6'3'') of W.Liberty St.
G: Cedric Harris (6'0'') of W.Liberty St.
PG: Terrell Lipkins (6'0'') of Charleston Un.
F: Chad Moore (6'5'') of Shepherd
PG: Nick Novak (6'0'') of Pitt-Johnstown
G: Ben Siefert (6'3'') of Wheeling Jesuit
G: Isaac Thornton (6'3''-81) of Fairmont St.
F: Kelsey Williams (6'7'') of W.Virg.Wesl.

2nd Team
F: Brendan Cooper (6'7'') of Fairmont St.
G: C.J. Hester (6'4'') of W.Liberty St.
F: Isaiah Hill (6'9'') of Fairmont St.
PG: D'Quan Lynch (5'10'') of Davis & Elkins
G: Jamel Morris (6'3'') of Glenville St.
G: Brantley Osborne (6'2'') of Shepherd
PG: Malik Stith (5'11'') of Fairmont St.
F: Damien Tunstalle (6'4'') of Concord

Honorable Mention
Ashton Brown (5'9''-PG) of Ohio Valley
Evan Faulkner (6'1''-G) of Charleston Un.
Anton Hutchins (6'4''-G) of W.Virginia St.
Max Kenyi (6'4''-G) of Seton Hill
Malachi Leonard (6'7''-F) of Seton Hill
Lamar Mallory (6'7''-F) of Glenville St.
Jordan Miller (6'0''-PG) of Pitt-Johnstown

All-Tournament Team
Kurklin Bohanon (6'3''-G-90) of Alders.-Broad.
Brendan Cooper (6'7''-F) of Fairmont St.
Shawn Dyer (6'0''-G) of W.Liberty St.
Alex Falk (6'3''-G) of W.Liberty St.
C.J. Hester (6'4''-G) of W.Liberty St.
Adam Kline (6'6''-F) of Alders.-Broad.
Terrell Lipkins (6'0''-PG) of Charleston Un.
Ben Siefert (6'3''-G) of Wheeling Jesuit
Malik Stith (5'11''-PG) of Fairmont St.
Isaac Thornton (6'3''-G-81) of Fairmont St.

All-Freshman Team
D.J. Blanks (6'3''-G) of Glenville St.
Seger Bonifant (6'7''-F) of W.Liberty St.
Noah Cottrill (6'4''-G) of W.Virg.Wesl.
Justin Fritts (6'1''-PG) of Wheeling Jesuit
Aleksandar Kesic (6'8''-F) of Charleston Un.



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Spot in the Sweet 16 on the line Saturday when CUA faces Ephs - by Eurobasket News

WASHINGTON - A spot in the Sweet 16 is on the line Saturday afternoon when CUA makes the long trek to Massachusetts to face Williams in the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinals, appearing in their first tourney since 2007, defeated Staten Island in the 1st Round on March 2 by a score of 67-61. Nate Koenig netted a season-high 19 points, while classmate Shawn Holmes added 17 points, five assists and three rebounds.

CUA ranks 8th in the nation and leads the Landmark Conference in scoring defense, holding teams to 57.6 points per game. The Cardinals also lead the conference in field goal percentage defense, limiting opponents to 38.3 percent shooting (13th nationally).

CUA leads the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.68) and ranks 2nd in fewest turnovers per game (9.4). The Cardinals have committed single-digit TOs 16 times this season.

Bryson Fonville is the third leading shooter in the Landmark Conference, hitting 52.7 percent of his shots from the field. The first-year point guard scored a career-high 21 points in a postseason win over Merchant Marine Academy on February 20, and is averaging a team-high 15.2 points on 52 percent shooting in his last five.

CUA is 23-0 this season when allowing fewer than 70 points. The Cardinals are only 2-3 however, when they give up 70 or more.

The Cardinals are playing in their 14th NCAA Tournament this season. Saturday marks CUA's 19th tourney game played on the road or at a neutral site. The Cards are 8-10 in the first 18, with their last road or neutral win coming in the 2001 National Championship game in Salem, Va. against William Paterson.

CUA is 21-0 this season when leading at halftime. Dating back to last season, the Cardinals have won 27 consecutive games when leading at intermission.

At 24-4, Williams is the 9th ranked team in the country, according to D3Hoops.com. Three of the Ephs losses this season have come against archrival Amherst, including a one-point setback in the NESCAC championship on February 24.

Williams has four players averaging double digits, led by All-Conference selections Taylor Epley (18.3) and Michael Mayer (17.3). Mayer is the top rebounder (9.0), and Nate Robertson hands out 4.6 assists per game. The Ephs are 4th in the nation in field goal percentage (50.3), 10th in scoring margin (14.0), 25th in scoring offense (79.5), and 28th in 3-point percentage (38.7). They have won 10 of 12 home games in 2012-13, including a NCAA Tournament 1st Round victory.

Despite all of their combined success, these two programs have never met in men's basketball. CUA captured the 2001 Division III National Championship, while Williams won it all in 2003.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Emory Men's Basketball Travels To Whitworth For NCAA Second Round Game - by Eurobasket News

GAME FACTS - The Emory University men's basketball team looks to continues its stay in the NCAA Division III Tournament this weekend when it ventures to Spokane, Washington, for a second-round matchup against Whitworth University. The Eagles and Pirates will square off on Saturday (Mar. 9) evening at the Whitworth Fieldhouse with tip scheduled for 10:00 pm (EST).

Live Stats and a video stream provided for the game. To access the Live Stats, go to the following link: http://www.whitworth.edu/Athletics/Teams/basketball/livestats/xlive.htm. http://www.whitworthpirates.com/sports/mbkb/2012-13/releases/20130304o3mlog.

THE COACHES - Leading the Emory program is sixth-year Head Coach Jason Zimmerman (Davidson, 1994). Named head coach in April of 2007, Zimmerman came to Emory after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Evansville (2003-04 through 2006-07). Prior to his stint with the Aces, Zimmerman was an assistant at Davidson College for seven years (1996-97 through 2002-03). During his tenure with the Eagles' program, he has compiled a school and career record of 91-60.

Zimmerman has directed the Eagles four straight winning seasons, the first time in school history that has happened. This year's 20 wins represents the third time that the program has reached that figure and ties the second-highest season victory total in school annals. After going 17-33 his first two years with the Eagles, Zimmerman has guided Emory to a ledger of 74-27 since the 2009-10 season.

In his second year on the sidelines at Whitworth is Matt Logie (6'4''-G, college: Lehigh) (Lehigh, '03). He enters this Saturday's contest with a school and career mark of 51-7. This is the second straight season that he has led Whitworth into the NCAA Tournament.

2012-13 RECORDS Emory heads into the second round of the NCAAs with an overall record of 20-6. The Eagles captured their sixth straight game when they opened the postseason at home with a 77-56 triumph over Randolph College on Saturday. Junior Jake Davis led the team's scoring attack with 25 points, tying his second-highest total of the year, while senior Michael Friedberg and sophomore Michael Florin (6'0''-G) each chipped in 10 points. Emory turned in a sterling defensive effort, coming up with 15 steals, tying its second-highest mark of the year, and holding the WildCats to just 37.3 percent from the floor.

Emory earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and is one of three University Athletic Association teams still alive in the postseason. The Eagles shared the league title with Washington University and the University of Rochester, both of whom are hosting second-round games on Saturday.

During its six-game winning streak, Emory has outscored the opposition by an 82.7-61.2 per-game margin. The Eagles have shot 50.3 percent (181-360) from the floor over the last six games while limiting the opposition to 38.8 percent (131-338).

This is the program's second-ever trip to the national tournament and first since 1990 when that team earned a first-round bye before defeating Emory and Henry in the second round.

Whitworth University, a member of the Northwest Conference, hosts Emory with an overall record of 25-3. The Pirates, ranked 6th nationally in the final regular season D3hoops.com Poll, hosted Redlands last weekend in their NCAA first-round game and came away with a 75-69 triumph. Whitworth captured an automatic bid to the tournament by virtue of its championship performance in the NWC Tournament.

SERIES RECORDS Saturday's affair between Emory and Whitworth will be the first-ever meeting on the hardwood between the schools.

TIDBITS AND NUGGETS Alex Greven saw a 39-game streak of sinking three-point field goals come to an end in the Randolph game. Greven's effort was the second-longest in school history, just one game shy of tying Jeff Hall (Jan. 25, 2004 through Feb. 25, 2006 ) for the top mark Michael Friedberg has blocked shots to his credit in 39 of his last 44 contests with 32 performances of two or more rejections in that stretch Emory has held nine opponents to fewer than 60 points this year and has won its last 13 games when accomplishing that feat Emory stands 6-6 in overtime games during Jason Zimmerman's tenure as head coach Emory has had players register 20 or more points on 19 occasions this season while opponents have had 17 cagers reach or surpass that mark Emory has had five or more players score in double figures in six games this season vs. zero for the opposition In their 20 victories, the Eagles are averaging 84.2 points vs. 63.0 for the opposition and shooting 48.7 percent (622-of-1278) from the floor compared to their foes 38.3 percent (444-of-1159) In its six setbacks, Emory is being outscored by an 79.0-74.8 margin and hitting 42.6 percent of its field goal tries compared to 49.3 percent for opponents Emory's 12.3 turnovers per game is the third-lowest mark in the UAA, and the team tops the conference while ranking 21st in turnover margin (+4.19) The Eagles are 23-9 during the Zimmerman era when finishing with less than 10 turnovers, 18-3 since the 2010-11 season.

EMORY DEFENSE PICKING UP THE PACE While the Emory offense and its variety of weapons presents a challenge to the opposition, the team's effort on the defensive end of the floor has stepped up recently, holding opponents to less than 60 points in the last three and in four of the past six contests. Over the last four outings, the Eagles are surrendering an average of just 55.2 points and allowing the opposition just 36.4 percent (80-of-220) from the floor.

Emory has been opportunistic as well, recording double figures in steals in its last five contests and averaging 13.4 thefts in that stretch. The Eagles' 15 steals against Randolph represented the 11th outing of double digits in that category, and their 9.7 per-game effort in steals tops the UAA and ranks 46th nationally.

FLORIN HANDLING THE ROCK Michael Florin turned in a solid all-around game against Randolph, recording his seventh double-figure scoring performance of the year with 10 points while dishing out seven assists with just one turnover in 35 minutes of action. Florin also came up with three steals, his 11th performance of the year with two or more thefts.

Entering Saturday's game against Whitworth, Florin stands as the league leader in assists in overall contests with a 5.8 per-game average with that effort ranking 15th among D-III players. He closed out the conference portion of the schedule in the top spot (5.9 apg). Florin still maintains his No. 1 status in the UAA with a 2.9 assist/turnover ratio, with that effort ranking seventh nationally.

Over the last eight contests, Florin has totaled 58 assists (7.3 apg) with 18 turnovers while averaging 32 minutes per stint. Florin, who ranks 9th all-time at Emory with 186 assists, has 16 outings of six or more assists this season. His 150 assists in 2012-13 ranks fourth on Emory's seasonal list.

After scoring in double figures twice in the team's opening 20 games, Florin has produced 10 or more points in five of the last six contests including a career-high 16 points in a 106-87 decision over Case Western (Feb. 15). Over the last five games, he is scoring at a 10.0 per-game clip and is shooting 51.6 percent (16-of-31) from the field.

DAVIS FUELS WIN OVER RANDOLPH Jake Davis came through with a dominating offensive performance in the win over Randolph on Saturday, torching the WildCats for a game-high 25 points, hitting nine-of-19 from the floor, including two-of-five from three-point range, and all five of his free throw attempts. His performance represented the 13th time this year that he had either led or shared for the team's scoring lead and the 11th occasion of tallying 20 or more points.

Named to the All-UAA First Team for the second straight year, Davis has scored in double-figures in 47 of his past 49 games. In the Washington University game on Feb. 8, he had a 42-game double-figure scoring streak snapped.

Entering Saturday's game, Davis holds down the No. 2 spot in scoring among UAA players in overall (18.0 ppg) action and finished third in conference (16.7 ppg) outings. Davis owns a 13-game streak of three-point field goals and is hitting at a 47.7 percent clip (21-of-44) from beyond the arc in that stretch. Over his last five games, he is averaging a team-high 18.8 points and shooting 53.8 percent (35-of-65) from the floor. On the year, his 50.3 percent (170-of-338) showing is second on the squad and 12th among UAA cagers.

In addition to his scoring average, Davis figures prominently in the league with an 11th-place ranking in rebounding (5.3 rpg), a fourth-place showing in free throw percentage (.879, 58-of-66) and a 10th-place standing in three-point percentage (.415, 34-of-82).

He has connected on 50 percent or better of his field goal opportunities on 13 occasions this year and has either led or tied for the team high in caroms in five games. In 12 road/neutral appearances this season, Davis has averaged 17.5 points compared to his team-high 18.4 per-game showing in 14 home dates.

He ranks as the school's seventh all-time leading scorer with 1,239 points and is sixth with 465 career field goals. He also stands 15th on Emory's career chart with 464 rebounds and is ninth in free throws (237) and 20th in three-point field goals (72).

GREVEN ON A ROLL Alex Greven saw a five-game double-figure scoring streak end in the Randolph game as he finished that contest with seven points. Though he didn't register double-digit points in that outing, he did pull down a team-high seven boards, the seventh time this season he ranked as the squad's top rebounder.

During the team's current six-game winning streak, Greven is averaging a team-high 18.2 points per contest and shooting a keen 53.6 percent (37-of-69) from the floor. He has been deadly from three-point range, knocking down 57.1 percent (20-of-35) from beyond the arc in that stretch, and has converted 15-of-18 from the charity stripe.

A 2012-13 First Team All-UAA honoree, Greven has led the squad's scoring efforts in four of the past six outings including back-to-back 26 point efforts against Case (Feb. 17) and Carnegie Mellon (Feb. 19) that enabled him to capture UAA Player of the Week honors as well as a berth on the D3oops.com Team of the Week. A double-figure scorer in 23 contests this season, he has produced eight outings of 20 or more points this season (17 during his career).

No. 2 on the team and No. 3 in the UAA in scoring with a 16.5 per-game average, Greven tossed in a team-leading 17.4 points per game in league action with that mark good for the No. 2 slot. Greven's recent hot streak from beyond the arc has enabled him to move into the No. 8 position on the UAA ladder for three-point percentage (.419) while his .500 effort in conference tilts was good for second place. He is also one the conference's most dependable free throw shooters with his .806 performance (79-of-98) placing sixth on the league ladder.

Career-wise, Greven ranks as the school's No. 6 all-time leading scorer with 1,252 points. Other Emory career categories that he figures in include field goals (8th, 414), three-point field goals (6th, 160), free throws (8th, 264) and assists (t-20th, 129).

FRIEDBERG GETS IT DONE AT BOTH ENDS OF THE FLOOR Senior Michael Friedberg, a Second Team All-UAA pick, has been a stalwart in the rebounding department for Emory, pacing the club in that department in seven of the last eight games, averaging 8.5 caroms per outing during that stretch. The 6-foot-6 Friedberg, who has either led or shared for Eagle rebounding honors on 12 occasions this year, has produced five games of double-digit caroms and will enter the Whitworth affair first on the team while holding down the No. 5 slot on the UAA chart for rebounding in overall contests with a 6.9 per-game effort. His 6.9 per-game average in league play was sixth.

The owner of four double-doubles this year and eight during his career, Friedberg has emerged as one of Division III's premier shot blockers with his 2.3 per-game average in rejections topping the league and ranking 24th nationally. Freidberg swatted away three Randolph shot attempts last Saturday, his 19th performance this year of two or more blocks and ninth of three or more rejections. Over the past four games, he is averaging 3.5 blocks and 3.0 steals.

Earlier in the season, he became Emory's all-time leader in blocked shots in the LaGrange (Nov. 24) outing when his rejection of a shot attempt by Denzel Robinson early in the second half put him atop that list. Currently, Friedberg has 189 blocked shots to his credit, bettering the previous standard of 138 held by Tim Garrett (1986-90). His 59 blocks in 2012-13 are third on Emory's seasonal ladder, just one shy of tying his second-place standing of 60.

Offensively, Friedberg's 11.7 per-game scoring average places him fourth on the club and 15th among UAA players. He has notched double-figure scoring on 17 occasions this year and has hit 50 percent or better of his field goal attempts in 13 outings.

Career-wise, Friedberg stands fifth on the school's all-time rebounding list with 554 caroms, seven from moving past Spiros Ferderigos (2004-08) and into 4th place. He also ranks 17th on the school's career field goals list with 328 and is the school's 18th all-time scorer with 905 points.

EMORY SOLID AT THE STRIPE After seeing a 15-game streak of shooting 70 percent or better from the charity stripe come to an end in the regular-season finale against Rochester, the Eagles regained their shooting eye in the Randolph contest, converting 14 of their 18 opportunities (.778).

Entering this weekend's action, Emory holds down the No. 3 position in the league and 19th nationally with an effort of .747 from the foul line with that mark ranking as the program's third-best mark in school history.

In league contests, the Eagles connected at a 75.0 percent clip, good for third place. In its 14 home games, Emory shows a 75.5 percent success rate (194-of-257) in free throw shooting while posting a 73.8 percent mark (149-of-202) in road/neutral affairs.

MOORE ADDS PUNCH TO EMORY OFFENSE McPherson Moore has given the Emory offense a boost this season with his 12.0 per-game scoring average in overall play good for third place on the team and 14th among UAA players. In league games, Moore is scored at 12.1 per-game clip with that mark ranking 13th. In addition, he enters the upcoming weekend in the No. 7 position among UAA players in field goal percentage (.518).

A double-figure scorer on 16 occasions this year, he has been shot 50 percent or higher from the floor in 18 games. He has produced a season-high 19 points on three occasions (vs. Piedmont, 12/8; at Case Western, 1/18, & at Carnegie Mellon, 1/20) and has either led or shared for team scoring honors in four games.

His 4.8 per-game effort in the rebounding department is third on the squad and 18th among league players. He has compiled 14 outings of five or more caroms, 13 of which have come over the past 19 games.

The 6-foot-2 Moore has demonstrated a deft touch when it comes to three-point shooting with his 45.5 percent conversion rate (35-of-77) from beyond the arc pacing the squad and good for fifth place on the league ladder. He has at least one trey in 16 of his last 18 games.
Moore has been efficient at the foul line, hitting 91.1 percent (51-o-56) of his attempts from the stripe. He established a school record with 44 straight makes from the stripe, bettering the previous standard of 38 held by Austin Claunch, that started during the University of the Ozarks game (Nov. 17) and ended at Chicago (Feb. 10).

TRIO OF FOSTER, SCHATTIE & TRAWICK FIGURE IN WIN OVER RANDOLPH The reserve trio of sophomores Alex Foster and Josh Schattie, along with freshman Will Trawick, played a key role in Emory's win over Randolph last weekend.

The three combined for 19 points and 14 rebounds in helping the Eagles advance to the second of the NCAA Tournament. Schattie was the game's top-scoring sub with eight points, hitting a pair of field goals and all four of his free throw opportunities. Foster and Trawick totaled seven and four points, respectively with each player grabbing six rebounds.

During the Eagles' current six-game winning streak, the three are averaging a combined 12.8 points and 9.7 rebounds with Schattie tossing in 5.3 points and averaging 2.2 steals in that stretch.

NOTES Greven's 65 three-point field goals tie for fourth on Emory's seasonal ladder Emory's 106 points vs. Case (Feb. 15) represented the second time this year and the 10th time during Jason Zimmerman's tenure as head coach that an Emory team had reached or surpassed the 100-point mark Emory has turned the ball over less than its opposition in 20 of 26 games this year and stands 15-5 in those contests In their 20 victories, the Eagles are averaging 12.1 miscues per game compared to 13.2 in their six setbacks Since the 2010-11 season, the Eagles stand 46-14 in contests when they have finished with fewer turnovers than their foes Emory has outshot 20 opponents from the floor this year and posts an 19-1 record in those affairs The Eagles have shot 50 percent or better from the floor in four games of their last six games and are connecting at a 50.3 rate (181-of-360) over that stretch vs. 38.8 percent (131-of-338) for the opposition Emory has connected on 50 percent or better from the floor in nine contests this season, posting an 8-1 ledger in those affairs Sophomore Alex Foster has scored in double figures on 10 occasions during his career, six times during the '12-13 campaign Foster has three pointers to his credit in 14 games including five performances of two or more treys Emory has attempted more free throws than the opposition in 12 contests this year (10-2) Emory has enjoyed an advantage in the points-off-turnover category in the last 15 and in 23 games this season The Eagles stand 18-3 when leading at the break this season, 73-12 during Jason Zimmerman's tenure as head coach Over the past three seasons, Emory is 35-4 in its last 39 home games During Zimmerman's tenure, the Eagles have scored 90 or more points on 32 occasions and own a 29-3 slate in those games Emory has scored 50 or more points in six halves this year Emory has outpointed its opposition in 38 of 52 halves of play while being outscored 11 times Emory is averaging 39.6 points during the first of play compared to the opposition's mark of 30.3 points Over the final 20 minutes of play, the Eagles are scoring at a 41.8-point clip vs. 36.1 for their foes Emory is averaging a UAA-leading 82.2 points per game, good for 16th place nationally and stands No. 1 in the conference and fifth on the national scene in scoring margin (+15.3) Emory's 204 three-point field goals are the third-highest showing in school history.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Randolph Mens Basketball Star Guard Colton Hunt Named Jostens Trophy Finalist - by Eurobasket News

LYNCHBURG, VA Monday afternoon the finalists for the prestigious Jostens Trophy were announced and Randolph College star guard Colton Hunt (Whittier, NC/Smoky Mountain) was among the 10 finalists listed by the members of the Rotary Club of Salem, VA.

The club is responsible for the initial review of annual nominations and narrowed the pool to 10 men and 11 women finalists. The Jostens Trophy is awarded to an outstanding Division III men's and women's basketball player who excels on the floor, in the classroom and in the community.

Hunt finished the his amazing senior campaign averaging 24.2 points per game, pulling in a team-leading 7.3 rebounds as well. His scoring output is third in the country as of Monday, and he also ranks in the top 15 nationally in steals per game after leading the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) in both points and steals this season. Hunt also earned the ODAC Kurt Axe Memorial Player of the Year award in 2012-13.

The senior guard is not only a star on the court but in the classroom as well. Earlier this season Hunt was named as the 2013 Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year in Division III, as he posts a 3.94 GPA in economics with minors in physics and finance. Hunt was named the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the third consecutive season this year.

Colton has also shined in the community, as he is a peer tutor in economics, business, math and calculus as well as physics. He has volunteered at basketball camps in his home of Whittier, NC, while also reading to local elementary students in Lynchburg and serving on Randolph's Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

Voters' ballots are due by March 13 with the winning schools expected to be notified by March 15. The awards presentation is scheduled for Thursday, March 21 at the Salem Civic Center in conjunction with the Men's Division III quarterfinals and semifinals being hosted in Salem, Va., on March 22-23.

The trophy models the Rotary International motto of "Service Above Self" by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of the well-rounded Division III student-athlete. This year's class marks the 16th year the award has been presented.

The rest of the 10 finalists are as followed: Sean Dart, Willamette; John DiBartolomeo, Rochester; Keven Donohue, Union; Chris Kearney, Catholic; Taylor Koth, Ripon; Michael Mayer, Williams; Wes Nordquist, Buena Vista; Jason Norsen, St. John Fisher; Nathan Roeder, North Central (Minn.). To read more about the Jostens Trophy, click HERE.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



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DStv PBL: Oluyole Warriors defeat University of Ibadan in warm-up games - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Returnee Oluyole Warriors basketball club of Ibadan is not taking it returned to the Nigeria premier basketball league lightly as it recently engage the University of Ibadan basketball team and Oluyole Cadet side in a warm-up games in readiness for the league jump-ball date which has been shifted by one week.

The Ibadan based Warriors who last played in the Nigeria top-flight league fourteen years ago defeated the University of Ibadan men team twice (51-28 and 56-18 points) respectively and edged it cadet side by 70-27 points to send a warning signal to other team in the Atlantic Conference of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) organized DStv Premier Basketball League.

Oluyole Warriors head coach Oluyemi Abiodun told our correspondent that the Warriors are ready to take the stage by storm.

Coach Abiodun said the team has been given the necessary support by the commissioner for sports in Oyo State Honourable Dapo Lam-Adesina and the chairman of the state basketball association Babatunde Babalola.

"We are proud to say that we are enjoying all the support we can think of to excel from the Commissioner for Youth and Sports in oyo State Hon. Dapo Lam-Adesina and our able association chairman Babatunde Babalola.

"The players are battle ready to make a loud statement in the league and will not disappoint its teeming fans and supporters.

"'The three warm-up games we recently played have helped the coaching crew to assess the readiness of the players for the task ahead.

"We are battle ready for the league and will not leave anything to chance as we are prepared to compete in the ever tough Atlantic conference.

Oluyole Warriors will open it campaign against league defending champion in Ibadan on March 16



Solomon Alabi is a newcomer at Ikaros - by Eurobasket News

Ikaros Kallitheas (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-109kg-88, college: Florida State). He played recently at Idaho Stampede (D-League) in the U.S.. In 18 games he recorded 4.9ppg and 5.5rpg this season. Alabi also spent pre-season at Qingdao Eagles (CBA) in Chinese league earlier that year. The most of last season he spent at the Raptors in NBA. In 13 games he averaged just 2.5ppg and 3.6rpg. The other team Alabi played that season for was Bakersfield Jam in D-League. In 9 games he averaged 9.1ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.9bpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Erie Bay Hawks in D-League. In 22 games he averaged 7.2ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.8bpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Great season indeed as he was voted to USBasket.com D-League All-Imports Team.
Three years ago Alabi was drafted by Mavericks (NBA) in second round (50th overall). He attended Florida State until 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball. Alabi played in the final of ACC Tournament in 2009. He represented Nigeria at the World Championships U19 in Novi Sad (Serbia) six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 9.2ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.0apg, 2.0spg, 2.8bpg, 2FGP: 43.6%, FT: 66.7%.
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Jonathan Wasserman for NBADraft.net in 2010)
The biggest strength Alabi has going for him are his physical tools ... 7'1, long and athletic, Alabi is the ideal protector of the rim that teams dream of having in regards to clogging the lane and preventing penetration ... Unlike most 7-footers, Alabi can adjust, position himself, use his immense wingspan and jump better than most centers his size ... These physical tools make him an excellent shot blocker on and off the ball, and a likely candidate for offensive tips and putbacks off misses.
Foot speed and reaction time are not at a high level ... Offensively, he does not have a diverse range of moves in the post, and relies too much on his height and length, which he won't be able to use as much against taller and stronger defenders at the next level
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By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - BLNO

BLNO Stage Two Standings
Playoffs
 1. Tromso 20-4 
 2. Centrum 16-8 
 3. Baerum Basket 14-10 
Challenge
 1. Ammerud Bskt 0-0 
 2. Asker Aliens 0-0 
 3. Froya Basket 0-0 
 4. Gimle BBK 0-0 
 5. Miners 0-0 
 6. Persbraaten 0-0 
Stage One Standings

Play-Offs: Round 1

Mar. 8: Froya Basket - Miners
Mar. 8: Gimle BBK - Persbraaten
Mar. 9: Ammerud Bskt - Miners
Mar. 9: Asker Aliens - Persbraaten
Mar. 9: Froya Basket - Ammerud Bskt
Mar. 9: Gimle BBK - Asker Aliens



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

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

Regular Season: Round 13

Mar. 6: Air21 Express - Meralco Bolts 88-89
Mar. 6: San Mig Coffee - Alaska Aces 75-68

Regular Season: Round 14

Mar. 8: Global Port - Rain or Shine
Mar. 8: Alaska Aces - Petron Blaze
Mar. 9: Talk N Text - Barako Bull


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Renaldo BALKMAN
  Petron B.
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Balkman, Petron B.28.2 
 2. Dawson, Meralco25.5 
 3. Dunigan, Air21 E.25.3 
 4.