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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
 1. Regatas C. 31-11 
 2. Lanus 29-13 
 3. Penarol 27-14 
 4. Boca Jrs 25-16 
 5. Argentino 24-19 
 6. Olimpico LB 24-19 
 7. Quimsa 23-19 
 8. Libertad S. 22-20 
 9. GECR Indalo 21-21 
 10. Atenas 21-22 
 11. Wuber-Est.Bahia 20-21 
 12. Sionista 20-23 
 13. Obras 17-24 
 14. 9 de Julio 12-30 
 15. Union Progr. 10-31 
 16. La Union 10-33 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 31

Mar. 8: Boca Jrs - Libertad S. 98-82
Mar. 8: Argentino - Penarol 90-86
Mar. 8: Atenas - Lanus 79-84
Mar. 8: Olimpico LB - GECR Indalo 74-70
Mar. 6: Lanus - Libertad S. 72-61
Mar. 8: Obras - Quimsa 72-59
Mar. 8: Union Progr. - Regatas C. 69-84
Mar. 8: 9 de Julio - Wuber-Est.Bahia 68-87
Mar. 8: La Union - Sionista 66-68

Second Stage: Round 30

Mar. 10: Union Progr. - Sionista
Mar. 10: Atenas - GECR Indalo
Mar. 10: Argentino - Wuber-Est.Bahia
Mar. 10: Obras - Libertad S.
Mar. 10: La Union - Regatas C.
Mar. 10: Olimpico LB - Lanus
Mar. 10: 9 de Julio - Penarol
Mar. 10: Boca Jrs - 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, Argentino15.2 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol14.9 
 10. Campazzo, Penarol14.3 
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. Lytch, Argentino6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.6 
 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. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.6 
 6. Washam, Regatas C.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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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Mar. 6: Satria Muda - Thailand S. 69-60
Mar. 8: Satria Muda - Petron Blaze 52-57
Mar. 9: Thailand S. - Saigon H.


Beermen end Warriors' winning streak - by Aris Ignacio

The San Miguel Beermen ended the seven-game winning run by the defending ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) champions, Satria Muda BritAma Jakarta, 57-52, at Tennis Indoor Senayan in Jakarta last March 8.

The Beermen notched their third straight win and keeping abreast with the Warriors for the tournament with a 6-3 win-loss record. The Warriors are currently leading the tournament with a 7-3 win-loss card.

JR Cawaling (192-F/G-87) provided the spark for the Beermen with 16 points including three clutch three-point baskets in the fourth quarter that sparked a minor breakaway en-route to winning third straight. Guard Chris Banchero (185-PG-90, college: Seattle Pacific) lead all scorers with 19, while getting 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks for the returning Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee), who was sidelined due to a knee injury suffered several games ago. The Beermen missed the services of leading scorer Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC), who is nursing an injury. Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii), manning the middle, only settled for 2 points but grabbed 14 rebounds.

Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Georgia) led the Warriors with 16 points and 16 rebounds while ABL veteran reinforcement, Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) rounded up with 11 points and 14 boards. Guard Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) only settled for 9 points.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Wildcats def. Kings - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Perth Wildcats had no trouble putting another dent in Sydney's finals hopes, hammering the undermanned Kings 83-56 at the Perth Arena on Friday night.

The Kings headed to Perth without their starting backcourt of Corin Henry and James Harvey and centre Ian Crosswhite all on the injured list.

That was always going to make Sydney's job of trying to beat the Wildcats for the first time since returning to the NBL in 2010 extremely difficult, and it turned impossible as the night went on.

Sydney stuck with Perth in the opening quarter, but then the Wildcats kicked it up a gear at both ends in the second period, scoring 20 points on their own and limiting the Kings to just six.

The margin was 20 at half-time and with the Wildcats clinical enough on offence and with Damian Martin and Kevin Lisch ensuring league-leading scorer Ben Madgen had an off night.

Neither side looked particularly impressive in the second half as Perth shut up shop and cruised to a 27-point victory in front of 11,343 fans.

Wildcats co-captain Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) top-scored with 23 points on an economical 8-of-12 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from three-point territory.

Matt Knight added 19 points, eight rebounds and three steals to go with 10 points from 200-gamer Rhys Carter.

Darnell Lazare scored 16 points for the Kings to go with nine boards as he tried all he could in the absence of Crosswhite. Madgen scored 16 points, 12 of which came in the second half, but he shot 2-of-14 from the field and 0-of-6 from three-point range. He also had five turnovers.

Aaron Bruce also scored an efficient 13 points for the Kings.

Perth has now won 11 straight games inside the Perth Arena since their opening-game loss to the Adelaide 36ers.

The Wildcats improve to a 20-6 record and will likely finish second, but Sydney now slips to 11-15 with games against Wollongong and Townsville to close the season now potentially must-win affairs if they want to play finals for the first time since returning to the NBL.



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Balkan League round 3 (Second Stage) best performance: Mitchell Watt - by Eurobasket News

American forward Mitchell Watt (208-F-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Galil Gilboa, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 11 points and 15 rebounds, while his team crushed Kavala (#5, 3-5) with 19-point margin 94-75. Galil Gilboa maintains the 2nd position in Balkan League First Six. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Galil Gilboa will need more victories to improve their 5-3 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Watt as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Former The University of Buffalo star has very solid stats this year. Watt is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 6.8rpg) and averages impressive 1.6bpg and 59.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola Jeftic (202-F-85) of OKK Beograd. Jeftic had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as OKK Beograd lost that game 96-102 to Mornar Bar (1-3). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Jeftic is a newcomer at OKK Beograd, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward William Coleman (206-F-88) of Kavala (#5). Coleman scored 26 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Coleman's great performance Kavala lost 92-94 to Kumanovo (#3, 4-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Kavala not to end season at such low position in First Six, however are less than slim as they have already lost 5 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Coleman could try to bring Kavala's a little bit higher in the standings. Coleman has individually a great season in Balkan League. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.4rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rakim Sanders (193-G-89) of Galil Gilboa - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Mitchell Watt (208-F-89) of Galil Gilboa - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Pavel Ivanov (200-SF-88) of Levski Sofia - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ivica Dimcevski (194-G/F-89) of Kumanovo - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Hank Thorns (175-PG-89) of Mornar Bar - 25 points and 10 assists
9. Milorad Sutulovic (196-G-90) of OKK Beograd - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) of Kumanovo - 17 points and 10 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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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Oostende 14-5 
 2. Spirou 13-6 
 3. Aalstar 13-7 
 4. M.Hainaut 12-7 
 5. Antwerp 10-10 
 6. Leuven 6-13 
 7. Liege 6-14 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 4-16 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 7: Antwerp - Leuven 89-66
Mar. 8: Verviers-Pep. - Aalstar 86-94
Mar. 8: Spirou - Liege 77-65
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, Aalstar18.1 
 3. Raivio, Aalstar17.1 
 4. Lojeski, Oostende17.1 
 5. Aleksandrov, Vervi.16.7 
 6. Robinson, Leuven16.4 
 7. Mukubu, Liege16.3 
 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. Young, Aalstar6.8 
 5. Thondique, Antwerp6.7 
 6. Tofi, Aalstar6.6 
 7. Wright, Oostende6.2 
 8. Mukubu, Liege6.1 
 9. Gillet, Liege6.0 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Verviers.
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Anderson, Verviers.5.3 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven5.1 
 3. Bosco, Liege4.5 
 4. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.3 
 5. Thompson, Aalstar3.8 
 6. Black, Antwerp3.6 
 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, Aalstar1.6 
 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. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.2 
 3. Riddick, Spirou1.2 
 4. Ferguson, Verviers.1.1 
 5. Dukes, Leuven0.9 
 6. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 7. Thondique, Antwerp0.7 
 8. Love, Antwerp0.7 
 9. Aska, Leuven0.6 
 10. Williamson, Liege0.6 



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  BRAZIL   


Brasilian Dawton Queiroz finishes his College career - by Mel Devonne

Brasilian Dawton Queiroz (205-F/C), of San Carlos, is the big man for Tougaloo College,
located outside Jackson, Mississippi,
Dawton just completed a productive final senior season for the HBCU and
finished the regular season with a 8-18 record.
Dawton played in all 24 games as a back up center for Tougaloo.
He had his best game against Concordia College where he scored 9 points in limited action.
Get your degree Dawton and good luck. We have got our eyes on you.
We also recommend more Brasilain consider HBCUs in the United States as an option
for a college in the future. ( HBCU= Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
www.hbcuinfocenter.com



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Kilven Samuel's doubel-doubel not enough - by David Edole

SHAWNEE, Okla. -- Seminole States Killven Samuel (192-G/F-89) notched a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, but it was for naught as the Trojans bowed out of the NJCAA Region II Tournament with a first-round, 77-58 loss to Connors State Wednesday night at Oklahoma Baptist Universitys Noble Complex.

The game was close at the half, with the Cowboys leading just 35-32, but CSC pulled away with a 42-26 second half to secure a spot in the semifinals.

The Trojans held an early lead, but lackluster shooting haunted them as the night progressed. SSC finished at just 29.9 percent (20-for-67) from the field, and 40 percent (12-for-30) on free throws. The Trojans hit six of 20 attempts from 3-point range, with half of those (3-for-6) coming from JoVaughn Love.

Love was SSCs only other double-digit player with 12 points on the night.

Four Cowboys got into double figures, with Josh Cameron leading all scorers on the night with 24. Jamarcu Weatherspoon added 14, and Hakeem Harris came away with 11. CSCs Denell Henderson picked up a double-double with 10 points and 13 boards, and teammate Willie Atwood finished with seven points and 10 boards.

Connors State fared a little better in the shooting department with a 19-for-59 (32.2 percent) effort from the field and a 36-for-47 (76.6 percent) effort on charities. The Cowboys were 3-for-15 (20 percent) from long range.

The two teams combined for just three assists, and CSC won the rebound battle, 57-48. The Trojans turned the ball over 11 times to nine for the Cowboys.

Seminole State reached the tournament by way of a play-in win Monday over Carl Albert. The Trojans end the season at 11-19.



Smith helps Saints Sink Pirates Ship in Quarterfinals - by David Edole

In the Region VI Tournament Quarterfinals Tuesday night the Seward County Saints drew the #4 seed from the Eastern side of the conference the Independence Pirates. An interesting team on paper, the Saints knew that the Pirates were going to be a team that wanted to get up and down. Unfortunately for Independence, the Saints boast one of the top defensive attacks in the Jayhawk Conference and it was on full display yet again Tuesday night in an 84-66 win to advance yet again to the Region VI Final Four on Friday in Wichita.
Independence gave a glimpse of their strength early on to the Greenhouse crowd, scoring the first six points of the game to take a 6-0 lead three minutes in on the guys in green. Seward got on the board with a finish on the inside from Leslee Smith (200-F) and it sent them on a 7-0 run to claim their first lead of the game 7-6 with 15:03 remaining in the half. Tied at 9 later on, a Seward County timeout prompted a three point barrage from the Saints including a pair of long balls from Kaheem Ransom and another from Jabari Peters to make it 20-9. The Saints werent done yet. After a Independence free throw made the score 23-10, Seward scored eight straight points and the route was on with the Saints in front 31-10. Independence went 8:02 without a field goal through the middle part of the half as the Saints pushed their lead to 21. With Seward still in front big, the Pirates scored the final six points of the half, but the Saints went to the locker room feeling good, up 42-27. The Saints connected on 58% from the field in the first half while high flying Indy hit just 29% from the floor.
The Saints controlled the pace and the game as the second half got underway but could never quite put Independence out of the game. Seward continued to lead by double digits and as many as 20, but with under 9:00 to go the Pirates hit a bank shot three pointer to cut the lead to 63-50. The shot seemed to have re-sparked the Saints as they quickly answered with another finish in the paint from Smith and a three from Peters to start a 9-0 burst to put them back up big 72-50. From that point on it was smooth sailing for the home team as Seward cruised to the finish line for an 84-66 victory.
Sewards offense was consistent in the win, shooting 58% in both the first and second halves of the victory. The Saints were also on from long range, hitting 9 for 19 from three point land, good for 47%. Seward held a high scoring Indy team to just 36% shooting and 23% from deep. Ransom led Seward once again with his 19th career 20 point game as the sophomore guard put in a game high 23 to go along with 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Smith turned in his 3rd double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds and Peters and Edson Avila both cracked double figures with 12 and 10 respectively. Brian Bridgeforth gave the Saints a nice effort off the bench with 8 points and 8 rebounds in 18 minutes of work.
The Saints win their 10th straight and improve to 25-7 overall on the year. Seward advances to the Region VI Final Four for the 6th straight year and will take on Jayhawk West rival Barton on Friday night at 5:30 at Hartman Arena in Park City.



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  BULGARIA   


Four injured players in Lukoil - by Vladi Lazarova

Bulgarian champion and National Cup holder Lukoil Academic is facing tough times only a week after winning the trophy in Varna. Four team players wre put in the injured list. The head coach of the squad Sasho Vezenkov is uncertain, when they will be able to play again.

Former NT center Tencho Banev (209-C-80, agency: Interperformances) and Serbian point guard Bojan Popovic are struggling with groin injuries, according to the club. Veselin Veselinov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Virginia St.) is recovering from achiles tendon pain and Nikolay Kolev (204-C-88) is day-to-day with back problems. Only Popovic is practicing and maybe will travel with his teammates for Pleven, where Lukoil will play with Spartak tomorrow.





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  CHINA   

Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Foshan LL
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 32
 1. Randolph, Foshan32.0 
 2. Douby, Zhejiang CB31.6 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.5 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Liaoning.29.0 
 6. Spencer, Jilin N.28.6 
 7. Daniels, Qingdao E.28.6 
 8. Forbes, Guangsha28.4 
 9. Marbury, Beijing28.2 
 10. Hudson, DongGuan27.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Harvey, TianJin S.16.6 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.15.2 
 3. Randolph, Foshan14.6 
 4. Wang, Fujian QB12.9 
 5. Li, Liaoning H.12.8 
 6. Harris, Jiangsu D.12.4 
 7. Singleton, Xinjian.11.8 
 8. Daniels, Qingdao E.11.3 
 9. Abbas, Shandong FB11.3 
 10. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.2 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.9.1 
 2. Perkins, Foshan LL6.8 
 3. Lu, Shanxi Zh.6.0 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.7 
 5. Jeter, Shandong FB5.5 
 6. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 7. McGrady, Qingd.5.1 
 8. Gaines, Fujian QB4.7 
 9. Qahwash, Jiang.4.7 
 10. Forbes, Guangsha4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Doron PERKINS
  Foshan LL
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Perkins, Foshan LL2.6 
 2. Jeter, Shandong FB2.5 
 3. Spencer, Jilin N.2.5 
 4. Douby, Zhejiang CB2.4 
 5. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 6. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
 7. Marbury, Beijing2.2 
 8. Abbas, Shandong FB2.2 
 9. Han, Bayi R.2.1 
 10. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.3.9 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.9 
 3. Siler, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 4. Jones, Liaoning H.1.9 
 5. Yi, Guangdong ST1.8 
 6. Morris, Beijing Du.1.7 
 7. Daniels, Qingdao E.1.7 
 8. Vroman, Shandong.1.5 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 10. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.4 


CBA Round 5 of Quarter-Finals: Xinjiang advanced to the Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Xinjiang FT - Liaoning H. 115-110 (3-2)

The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 60-52 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Xinjiang Flying Tige made 32-of-40 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while Liaoning Hunters only scored twelve points from the stripe. They outrebounded Liaoning Hunters 37-25 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Xinjiang Flying Tige especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. 27 personal fouls committed by Liaoning Hunters helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Von Wafer (196-85, college: Florida St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international point guard QinPeng Zhang (187-81) contributed with 22 points and 7 assists for the winners. The former international Ailun Guo (192-93) answered with 35 points (!!!) and 6 assists and American power forward Solomon Jones (208-84, college: S.Florida, agency: Priority Sports) added 19 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Liaoning Hunters. Four Xinjiang Flying Tige and five Liaoning Hunters players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang FT: W.Von 24+6reb+4ast, Z.QinPeng 22+3reb+7ast, S.James 20+8reb+2ast, M.Bateer 16+2reb+4ast, M.Kan 11+3reb, T.ZhengDong 9+2reb+1ast
Liaoning H.: G.Ailun 35+1reb+6ast, A.Josh-Emmanuel 20+2reb+3ast, J.Solomon 19+8reb+1ast, Z.Liu 15+1reb+2ast, L.XiaoXu 13+8reb+4ast, Y.Ming 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 234997



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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 9

Mar. 8: Caribbean Heat - Halcones 93-86
Mar. 8: Piratas - Bucaros 75-86
Mar. 8: Once Caldas - Bambuqueros 73-75
Mar. 8: Academia - Aguilas 112-93

Regular Season: Round 10

Mar. 9: Piratas - Bucaros
Mar. 9: Academia - Aguilas
Mar. 9: Once Caldas - Bambuqueros
Mar. 9: Caribbean Heat - Halcones


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyrone RAYSON
  Aguilas
  (198-F-80)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Rayson, Aguilas22.6 
 2. Johnson, Piratas21.8 
 3. Ortiz, Bambuqueros21.3 
 4. Chavez Jacob., Ac.20.9 
 5. Bradford, Caribb.20.1 
 6. Brooks, Bucaros19.3 
 7. Gilbert, Bucaros19.1 
 8. Culver, Caribbea.18.5 
 9. Mayfield, Aguilas17.6 
 10. Aragon, Academia17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeffrey FAHNBULLEH
  Piratas
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Fahnbulleh, Piratas10.8 
 2. Blue, Academia9.3 
 3. Culver, Caribbea.9.1 
 4. Hernandez, Bucaros8.9 
 5. Sanders, Halcones7.7 
 6. Arteaga, Piratas7.0 
 7. Cortes, Once Cald.6.7 
 8. Rayson, Aguilas6.7 
 9. Guevara, Bambuque.6.6 
 10. Burnett, Halcones6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Eddy MAYFIELD
  Aguilas
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Mayfield, Aguilas5.6 
 2. Brooks, Bucaros5.2 
 3. Moreno, Piratas4.6 
 4. Dorsey, Bambuque.4.6 
 5. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.5 
 6. Garcia, Aguilas4.1 
 7. Bradford, Caribb.3.9 
 8. Dayee, Once Caldas3.4 
 9. Aragon, Academia2.9 
 10. Franklin, Caribb.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Stalin ORTIZ
  Bambuqueros
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Ortiz, Bambuqueros2.7 
 2. Moreno, Piratas1.9 
 3. Garris, Once Caldas1.6 
 4. Mayfield, Aguilas1.6 
 5. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.6 
 6. Londono, Academia1.4 
 7. Rayson, Aguilas1.4 
 8. Rodriguez, Halcones1.4 
 9. Fahnbulleh, Piratas1.2 
 10. Guevara, Bambuqu.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Steffon FARLEY
  Academia
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Farley, Academia1.1 
 2. Sanders, Halcones1.0 
 3. Mayfield, Aguilas0.9 
 4. Perez, Bambuqueros0.9 
 5. Blue, Academia0.8 
 6. Hernandez, Bucaros0.6 
 7. Burnett, Halcones0.6 
 8. Cortes, Once Cald.0.6 
 9. Guevara, Bambuque.0.6 
 10. Culver, Caribbea.0.6 


MANIZALES OC INKS JERMAINE ABRAHAM, RELEASES WILKINS - by Victor Garcia

The Manizales OC is making changes on its roster trying add the pieces that the needs to be at the top, the coaching staff and directives decides to release Taverious Wilkins and replaces him with the american power forward Jermaine Abraham (202-F-88, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Elizabeth City) (2,02 F Elizabeth City).
Abraham, 25 years old is coming to improve the game in the paint of the OC, well known for his rebounding skills the player has previous experieces in Dominican Republic and Uruguay.
The Manizales OC is currently 5th on the standings.



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Sigma Barcellona signs Dwight Hardy - by Eurobasket News

Sigma Barcellona (Lega2) signed 26-year old American (has also Congolese passport) point guard Dwight Hardy (188-89kg-87, college: St.John's). He started the season at Sidigas Avellino (SerieA). In 6 games he had 7.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg this season. The last season Hardy played at Tuscany Pistoia. In 41 games he was second best scorer with impressive 22.2ppg and averaged 3.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.9spg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Hardy won ICCAC championship title in 2009. He was also voted All-Big East Most Improved Player of the Year in 2011 at his college time.
Hardy graduated from St.John's University in 2011 and it is his second season as a professional player.
He could be described: A talented guard with great scoring skills and the typical personality of the NY players. Loves to shot and can earn lots of fouls, in his first professional season he showed a great leadership and team mentality that could grant him a bright career.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)



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  D-LEAGUE   

Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 24-13 
 2. Canton C. 23-15 
 3. Sioux Falls S. 21-18 
 4. Erie Bay H. 21-18 
 5. Maine RC 21-19 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 19-19 
 7. Springfield A. 14-24 
 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. 8: Maine RC - Canton C. 87-91
Mar. 8: Santa Cruz W. - Sioux Falls S. 86-64
Mar. 8: Erie Bay H. - Springfield A. 111-105
Mar. 7: Reno B. - Idaho S. 107-114

Regular Season: Round 55

Mar. 9: Erie Bay H. - Bakersfield J.
Mar. 9: Los Angeles D. - Austin T.
Mar. 9: Santa Cruz W. - Idaho S.
Mar. 9: Reno B. - 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. Samuels, Reno B.19.9 
 6. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.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. Jones, Rio G.9.3 
 8. Onuaku, Canton C.9.3 
 9. Wright, Maine RC9.2 
 10. Sims, Erie Bay H.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Reno B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Russell, Reno B.7.7 
 2. Barrett, Maine RC7.7 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.5 
 4. Wright, Iowa E.7.0 
 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. Gutierrez, Canton1.8 
 9. Greene, Los A.1.8 
 10. Leslie, Santa C.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Fabricio MELO
  Maine RC
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Melo, Maine RC3.8 
 2. Varnado, Sioux F.3.8 
 3. Jordan, Reno B.2.5 
 4. Whiteside, Rio G.2.3 
 5. Gladness, Santa C.2.3 
 6. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 7. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.1 
 8. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 9. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 10. Eyenga, Texas L.2.0 


Charge Acquire Pick from Red Claws - by Eurobasket News

The Canton Charge have acquired a second round pick in the 2013 NBA Development League Draft from the Maine Red Claws in exchange for the rights to guard Josh Selby (6'2''-PG-91, college: Kansas), the team announced today. Canton held Selby's rights after he had played in the required minimum 10 games for the team this season
The Charge now own nine choices in the 2013 D-League Draft, as they hold seven of their eight original picks as well as Fort Wayne's first round choice and Maine's second round choice. Canton sent their third round pick to Fort Wayne in a trade earlier this season.
Selby appeared in 11 games with the Charge while on assignment from the Cleveland Cavaliers and averaged 15.3 points on .350 shooting with 6.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 32.9 minutes per game. He was waived by the Cavaliers on March 3, and his rights were obtained by the Charge upon him signing a D-League contract.


Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Latest games recap from around the League - by Eurobasket News

Reno B. - Idaho S. 107-114
The Reno Bighorns (13-23) fell to the Idaho Stampede (13-24) 114-107 Thursday night in Reno. The Bighorns were led by another Samardo Samuels (6'9''-F/C-89, college: Louisville)' double-double. He had a season-high 30 points and 12 rebounds. Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) also had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Idaho was led by Justin Holiday (6'6''-F-89, college: Washington)'s 38 points. The Stampede shot 12-22 from behind the arc, with Holiday and Coby Karl each hitting four three-pointers. The Bighorns, who were without NBA D-League All-Star Marcus Landry because of an ankle injury, shot only 25% from the three-point line, going 4-16. The Bighorns play again on Saturday night against the Sioux Falls Skyforce at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Courtesy of: ktvn.com

Tulsa 66ers - Iowa E. 95-103
With the worst record in the NBA Development League, the Iowa Energy looked for a way to infuse a different spirit into the team for the final month of the season. By signing Alex Ruoff, it appears Iowa may have done just that. Ruoff, signed by Iowa on March 3, led the visiting Energy with 19 points as Iowa won for the first time in four meetings this season against Tulsa, knocking off the 66ers 103-95 before a raucous Kids Day crowd inside the SpiritBank Event Center. Part of Thursday's crowd included more than 2,000 kids from 32 schools. Ruoff was part of the Energy's 53-12 advantage in bench scoring as Central Division rival Iowa (9-31) snapped Tulsa's six-game winning streak. Trailing by as many as seven points early in the fourth period, Tulsa (21-16) tied the game on a pair of free throws by Dominique Sutton (6'5''-F-86, college: N.C.Central) with 3:35 remaining. Iowa, however, finished the game on a 10-2 run, with Chris Wright scoring seven of those points, including a momentum-grabbing 3-pointer with 2:15 left. Wright would finish with 18 points, including seven in the fourth quarter. "We missed open shots, we missed layups, and we didn't do a good job with rebounding," lamented Tulsa coach Darko Rajakovic. "Iowa did an amazing job today at the end of the game." Daniel Orton (6'10''-F-90, college: Kentucky), on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder, finished with a career-high 30 points, going 12-of-15 from the floor, and also grabbing a team-high nine rebounds. "Every time he comes to Tulsa, Daniel is getting better," Rajakovic said. "He did an excellent job in the low post and on rebounding." Tulsa led by as many as 10 points early on, but the Energy put together a 9-0 run late in the third quarter to grab a lead it never relinquished. Andy Rautins finished with 13 points for Tulsa, including a pair of 3-pointers as he became Tulsa's single-season leader with 3-pointers made. He now has 119 buckets from behind the arc this season. Rautins and Tulsa, however, had a tough day shooting from long range, finishing 5-of-25 on 3-pointers. Courtesy of: tulsaworld.com

Santa Cruz W. - Sioux Falls S. 86-64
For at least the first few minutes, it appeared that the Santa Cruz Warriors weren't going to miss Travis Leslie. The MVP of the D-League All-Star Game sat out against the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Friday and was listed as a non-participant for personal reasons. Earlier in the day it was reported by multiple news outlets that Leslie is expected to be signed by the Utah Jazz. That seemed like no big obstacle when the Warriors started their game at a blistering pace, building a 10-0 lead in the first four minutes. From then on, though, the Warriors struggled to find consistent scoring,. Still, they managed to grind out an 86-64 win against the Skyforce at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Of course, any team would be a bit out of sorts trying to offset the loss of its leading scorer. The Warriors should be offered an extended reprieve, considering it was their first game without their lone All-Star, who averaged 16.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 28 games for Santa Cruz. But the Warriors weren't about to use his absence as an excuse. "Our roster changes all the time," Warriors coach Nate Bjorkgren said. "It's something our guys have to get used to. It's the nature of the D-League. We played without him at a time earlier in the year, so it's a continuously changing roster." In his absence, several of Leslie's soon-to-be-former teammates had to step up to fill the void. Cameron Jones (6'4''-G-89, college: N.Arizona) and Hilton Armstrong (6'11''-C/F-84, college: Connecticut) led the game with 16 points apiece while Darington Hobson (6'7''-G/F-87, college: N.Mexico) had 14 rebounds and Mickell Gladness had five blocks. "There was a number of guys that did some nice things," Bjorkgren said. "I thought Mickell Gladness protected the rim real well. I thought Lance Goulbourne gave us good minutes." And as the game wore on, the Warriors became better adjusted to Leslie's absence. The Skyforce made it a six-point game late in the third quarter before the Warriors finally began to look like a team that could run an offensive set without having to ad-lib each shot attempt. "We got sloppy and we stopped our offensive movement," Bjorkgren said of the several miscues in the first half, which helped lead to 21 turnovers in the game. "We stopped running our stuff and executing what we wanted to do." A better defensive effort paid dividends, too, as Santa Cruz held Sioux Falls to 25 points in the second half -- though the Skyforce hurt their cause with a horrendous night from 3-point range, going 0-for-23 from beyond the arc. On his Twitter account, Leslie had more than 30 postings from people congratulating him on the upward move, which was first reported by USA Today. Through his own Twitter account, teammate Jones congratulated Leslie on the promotion. While he wasn't specific on his recent good fortune, Leslie also tweeted: "Glad to be given this opportunity. Couldn't be here without the man above #GodIsGood." Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com

Maine RC - Canton C. 87-91
Point guard Curtis Jerrells is one of the batch of Maine Red Claws players acquired recently as the team takes aim at the playoffs. But that push for the postseason took a step back Friday night in a 91-87 loss to the Canton Charge before a sold-out crowd of 3,045 at the Portland Expo. Jerrells, a point guard, looked ready to make a game-changing defensive play with 1:43 left. With Maine down 85-82, Canton guard Kyle Weaver (6'6''-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.) drove in the lane where Jerrells waited, ready to take the charge. Weaver bowled over Jerrells and the whistle came quickly -- a blocking foul against Jerrells. He jumped to his feet, appeared ready to argue but trotted away. "I felt like I was there," Jerrells said of being in position for a charging call. "But the call was made. He can't go back and change it." Weaver sank the two free throws and the Red Claws had to keep playing catch-up. Maine got one chance to tie it. Down 88-85 with 32 seconds left, Micah Downs' 3-point attempt was short. Maine dropped to 21-19. The Red Claws not only fell three games behind first-place Canton (23-15) in the D-League East, but moved down to third in the division, behind Erie (21-18), which beat Springfield on Friday night. Maine has 10 games remaining, including a Sunday home game against Canton, and Coach Mike Taylor thinks his team is going in the right direction. "We're happy where the team is at and how hard we played tonight," he said. "We've got guys new to the system, learning about their teammates. We'll work through it." Jerrells came off the bench and played 28 minutes at point guard despite just joining the team Thursday night. He kept the offense running. And shooting guard Josh Selby, who also joined the team Thursday night, coming in a trade with Canton, scored 14 points. "The two guys made a good first impression," Taylor said. DaJuan Summers (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgetown) led the team with 16 points. Reserve Omar Reed (6'7''-F/G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Bluefield) had a double-double (14 points/10 rebounds). Downs also scored 14. Chris Wright added 11. Fab Melo blocked seven shots and grabbed six rebounds. "There is a lot of talent there," Canton Coach Alex Jensen said. "It's hard (with new players). They have to find their roles. "That's going to be a much different team on Sunday as they add in the new guys." After Downs' miss near the end, the Charge missed a shot with seven seconds left but the ball was batted out to Kyle Gibson of Canton. He was fouled and sank a free throw for a commanding 89-85 lead. Courtesy of: pressherald.com

Erie Bay H. - Springfield A. 111-105
Cory Higgins (6'5''-G-89, college: Colorado) had 22 points as the new-look Erie BayHawks held off a furious Springfield Armor comeback Friday in a 111-105 NBA Development League victory that ended a three-game losing streak. Kris Joseph (6'7''-F-88, college: Syracuse) led the Armor (14-24) with 34 points. Higgins had three baskets on the break, the last a three-point play to extend the lead to 103-86 with four minutes to play, but the Armor scored 14 quick points, including two 3-pointers by Dennis Horner to cut it to 107-100 with 1:27 left. A Joseph three-point play cut it to six with 17 seconds to go, but after the Armor forced a turnover, they coughed it back up to thwart their own rally. 'We had 24 turnovers, and you can't do that and expect to win in this league,' said Springfield coach Bob MacKinnon, who was an assistant at Erie's Mercyhurst University in the 1980s. Ben Uzoh (6'3''-PG-88, college: Tulsa) had 16 points and Kenny Adeleke 16 rebounds for the Armor. The BayHawks had several new players after a five-player trade with Rio Grande, the most prominent being former Arizona point guard Mustafa Shakur, who had 16 points and five assists. Erie took a 31-25 lead after one quarter despite 14 points by Joseph. The BayHawks extended the lead to 51-39 after pair of fast-break dunks by Demonte Harper, and led 58-49 at halftime. The BayHawks extended that edge to 66-50, but the Armor went on a 16-6 run capped by an Uzoh layup. The BayHawks entered the fourth quarter up 84-74. Six players finished in double figures for Erie. Courtesy of: masslive.com



Vipers acquire 7-0 center Daniels from Santa Cruz - by Eurobasket News

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers traded guard Scott Machado (6'1''-PG-90, college: Iona) to the Santa Cruz Warriors for 7-0 center Daniels Chris (6'11''-C-84, college: Limoges) on Friday. The Vipers will also receive Santa Cruz's second-round pick for next seasons draft.
Daniels, a Texas A&M-Corpus Christi product, played in three games for the Warriors and also played in China this season. Daniels averaged 7.0 points and 5.7 rebounds for the Warriors. In China, Daniels averaged 28.6 points and 11.3 rebounds for Qingdao of the Chinese Basketball League.
Courtesy of: themonitor.com



Charge acquire Brady Morningstar - by Eurobasket News

The Canton Charge have acquired guard Brady Morningstar (6'3''-G-86, college: Kansas) from the Tulsa 66ers in exchange for their fourth round pick in the 2013 NBA Development League Draft, the team announced today.
Morningstar, 27, has played both of his seasons in the NBA D-League with Tulsa and in 16 games this season, is averaging 4.3 points with 1.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.8 steals in 13.9 minutes per game. In the 2011-12 season, he averaged 9.6 points with 2.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 0.9 steals in 27.7 minutes per game.
Morningstar played in 116 career games in his career at the University of Kansas (2006-11) and during his senior season, averaged 7.1 points on .488 shooting with 2.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 steals in 27.6 minutes per game. He was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team after his senior year and was part of three Big 12 Championship teams during his tenure.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Skyforce Acquires Jerrells, Trades to Maine for Ayer - by Eurobasket News

Sioux Falls Skyforce announced today that the team has acquired guard Curtis Jerrells (6'1''-PG-87, college: Baylor) and traded him to the Maine Red Claws in exchange for center Chris Ayer (6'10''-C-83, college: Loyola Mary). The 6-10, 250-pound center has been placed on the inactive list.
Ayer averaged 6.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 37 games with Maine this season after being acquired in a trade with the Reno Bighorns on Nov. 2. He holds NBA Development League career averages of 7.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in 119 games (35 starts) with five teams. His best season came in 2010-11 when he averaged 12.3 points and 5.8 rebounds in 20 games (six starts) with the Dakota Wizards. He averaged 5.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in four seasons (114 games) at Loyola Marymount University.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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  EBA   

Standings

EBA Standings
Northern Division
 1. Harrisburg H. 3-1 
 2. N.Y. Wizards 1-0 
 3. New Jersey B. 1-0 
 4. Westchester D. 1-2 
 5. N.Y.Primetime 0-1 
Southern Division
 1. Maryland B. 1-1 
 2. Bad News B. 1-2 
 3. Washington M. 0-0 
 4. Richmond R. 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 7

Mar. 9: Bad News B. - New Jersey B.
Mar. 9: N.Y.Primetime - Westchester D.
Mar. 10: Washington M. - Harrisburg H.



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Standings

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

Top 16: Round 10

E

Mar. 6: ALBA - Anadolu Efes 86-91
Mar. 8: Unicaja - Panathinaikos 66-60
Mar. 6: Brose Bask. - CSKA 58-78
Mar. 7: Zalgiris - Real Madrid 104-105 OT

F

Mar. 7: Fener.Ulker - Maccabi T-A 85-94
Mar. 8: Khimky - Montepaschi 78-71
Mar. 7: Olympiacos - FCB Regal 77-90
Mar. 8: Besiktas - Caja Laboral 73-83

Top 16: Round 11

E

Mar. 14: Panathinaikos - ALBA
Mar. 14: Real Madrid - Unicaja
Mar. 14: CSKA - Zalgiris
Mar. 14: Anadolu Efes - Brose Bask.

F

Mar. 14: FCB Regal - Besiktas
Mar. 14: Maccabi T-A - Khimky
Mar. 14: Montepaschi - Olympiacos
Mar. 14: Caja Laboral - Fener.Ulker


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Brown, Montepaschi19.3 
 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. Popovic, Zalgiris13.5 
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. Tomic, FCB Regal5.7 
 7. Thompson, ALBA5.7 
 8. Erden, Anadolu Ef.5.6 
 9. Mirotic, Real Madr.5.4 
 10. Markota, Besiktas5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.6.3 
 2. Planinic, Khimky6.2 
 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. Calloway, Unicaja1.3 
 8. Teodosic, CSKA1.3 
 9. Savanovic, Anadolu1.2 
 10. Djedovic, ALBA1.2 
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, Khimky1.3 
 5. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 6. Vidmar, Besiktas1.2 
 7. Ress, Montepaschi1.1 
 8. Khryapa, CSKA1.0 
 9. Davis, Khimky1.0 
 10. Hines, Olympiacos1.0 


NBA announces Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers visits to Europe in October - by Eurobasket News

Right, then. Start calling up that calendar for October because the NBA has announced that two teams from the big league will be coming to Europe (presumably as part of the 2014 NBA Europe Live tour), with another six heading to other continents. From the NBA and Associated Press, the schedule looks like the following. The Oklahoma City Thunder will open the proceedings by playing Fenerbahe lker on Oct. 5 in Istanbul. The Philadelphia 76ers follow a day later against Uxue Bilbao in Spain. The Thunder and 76ers then meet on Oct. 8 in Manchester, England. The Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers will meet on Oct. 10 in Manila, Philippines, and again on Oct. 13 in Taipei, Taiwan. Also in Asia, the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers will play each other on Oct. 15 in Beijing and then again three days later in Shanghai. In South America, the Chicago Bulls will play the Washington Wizards on Oct. 12 in Rio de Janeiro.
Courtesy of: ballineurope.com



Results and Stats from Top 16 Round 10 - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Unicaja - Panathinaikos 66-60
Unicaja clinched a tough home win over Panathinaikos. Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) nailed 22 points to lead the Spanish side. Unicaja improved at 5-5 record, while the Athens team fell at 6-4 after the loss. Panathinaikos opened the game with their trademark stifling defence. The Hellenes limited Unicaja at 8 points in the opening quarter to eke out an 8-point lead. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Panathinaikos accumulated a 35:26 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. Unicaja still trailed by nine points heading into the fourth frame 44:53. However Marcus Williams scored six points in a row to trigger an 8:0 run from the hosts at the start of the fourth frame. Diamantidis restored a 6-point lead for the visitors but Unicaja tied things up on a three-pointer from Marcus Williams with 2 minutes remaining. He followed with two more trebles to make it 66:60 for Unicaja as they claimed the winning outcome at the end. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) delivered 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Fran Vazquez added 13 points for the Malaga team. Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) answered with 15 points for Panathinaikos. Roko-Leni Ukic had 14 points in the loss.

ALBA - Anadolu Efes 86-91
Anadolu Efes posted the 8th victory in EuroLeague Top 16. They stole a tough road success in Berlin tonight. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) provided 23 points to lead the visitors. Anadolu Efes exploded with 28 points in the opening quarter to take a 4-point lead after ten minutes. ALBA stuck around in the second frame. The hosts trailed by four points at halftime 46:50. ALBA erased the deficit in the third term. DaShaun Wood (185-PG-85, college: Wright St.) and Djedovic drained back-to-back three-pointers to put ALBA in front 60:58. Idbihi and DaShaun Wood helped ALBA to a 64:58 advantage after several moments. But Anadolu Efes managed to level things up at 68 heading into the fourth stanza. Sinan Guler triggered a 7:0 run midway through the final term as the visitors posted a 77:70 advantage. ALBA refused to give up turning things around once again. The home team erased the deficit and snatched an 83:81 lead with just over two minutes remaining. Jordan Farmar answered with five consecutive points, while Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) added a layup as Anadolu Efes grabbed an 88:83 advantage. Kerem Tunceri and Jordan Farmar then sealed the winning outcome from the stripe. Semih Erden chipped in 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Kerem Tunceri and Sinan Guler had 10 points apiece in the win. DaShaun Wood answered with 24 points for ALBA. Zach Morley and Ali Traore had 12 points each in the loss.

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

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 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 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.

Group F
Besiktas - Caja Laboral 73-83
Caja Laboral clinched the fifth win in EuroLeague Top 16 Group F. They knocked down Besiktas in Istanbul to improve at 5-5 record. Besiktas remained winless at 0-10 record. Caja Laboral never trailed in this one. They jumped to an early lead and posted an 18:10 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 17-point mark at the start of the second quarter. Caja Laboral arrived at halftime up by 20 points 43:23. Besiktas opened the third quarter on a massive 20:2 run to narrow the gap at just 2-point mark. But Caja Laboral timely stopped the bleeding and opened an 8-point lead into the fourth frame 58:50. Caja Laboral quickly opened a double-digit lead in the fourth stanza and sealed the win at the end. Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) accounted for 22 points, while Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) added 14 points and 6 boards for the winners. Gasper Vidmar (211-C/F-87) answered with 18 points for Besiktas. Ricky Minard had 14 points in the loss.

Fener.Ulker - Maccabi T-A 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 added 15 points for the winning team. Bojan Bogdanovic answered with 26 points for Fenerbahce. Emir Preldzic accounted for 15 points in defeat.

Khimky - Montepaschi 78-71
BC Khimki reach the necessary win over Montepaschi Siena in the first game on Friday evening. The Russian side posted a 78:71 victory for 6-4 record. The Italian side dropped at 5-5 record in Group F. In the first game between two teams on January Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) scored 20 and Tomas Ress dominated in the paint when Siena bested Khimki 82:76 in Italy. This time Khimky secured a 7-point win as they started with 25-20 lead in the first period. The Russian team added 19-17 in the second frame and enjoyed a 7-point lead at the halftime. Moreover they won the third quarter 20-17 and later led 18 points. The Italian squad however dominated the end of the game and reduced to final 7 points. K.C. Rivers top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) added 18. Kresimir Loncar and Vitaliy Fridzon followed them with 8 points apiece. Bobby Brown ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Kristjan Kangur notched 12. Benjamin Ortner brought 11, whilst Matt Janning had 8.

Olympiacos - FCB Regal 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 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 added 10 points each in the victory. Vassilis Spanoulis answered with 23 points for Olympiacos. Georgios Printezis had 16 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.



Euroleague round 10 (Top 16) best performance: Nikola Mirotic - by Eurobasket News

Montenegrin-Spanish power forward Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) had a very impressive game in the last round for top-ranked Real Madrid, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10 (Top 16).
The 21-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Zalgiris (#6, 4-6) in overtime 105-104. It allowed Real Madrid to consolidate first place in the Euroleague group E. Real Madrid has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 9-1. Mirotic has many years of experience at Real Madrid, through which he has constantly improved. Nikola Mirotic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 5.4rpg) and averages impressive 58.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Serbian Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) of CSKA. Krstic had a very good evening with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead CSKA to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Brose Bask. (#8, 0-10) 78-58. CSKA's 3rd position in group E has not changed. His team's 7-3 record is not bad at all. Krstic is well-known at CSKA and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.9ppg (#7). He also registered 4.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Bosnia and Herzegovina guard Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) of Fener.Ulker (#7). Bogdanovic scored 26 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Bogdanovic's great performance Fener.Ulker lost 85-94 to slightly higher-ranked Maccabi T-A (#5, 5-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Fener.Ulker can only dream about fighting for top spots in group F. They have rather bad season and 2-8 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Bogdanovic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Bogdanovic has individually a great season in Euroleague. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.3ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81) of Zalgiris - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) of Zalgiris - 14 points and 5 rebounds
6. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiacos - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85) of Maccabi T-A - 18 points and 6 assists
8. K.C. Rivers (196-G-87) of Khimky - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) of Unicaja - 14 points and 9 rebounds
10. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86) of Anadolu Efes - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. KTP 27-8 
 2. Kataja 25-7 
 3. Nilan Bisons 25-9 
 4. Pyrinto 25-9 
 5. Kauhajoki 22-13 
 6. Kouvot 18-17 
 7. LrNMKY 16-19 
 8. Korihait 12-24 
 9. Salon Vilpas 10-24 
 10. Lapua 10-24 
 11. FoKoPo 9-26 
 12. Namika Lahti 8-27 

Regular Season: Round 37

Mar. 8: Pyrinto - Namika Lahti 106-80
Mar. 8: LrNMKY - Korihait 103-89
Mar. 9: Salon Vilpas - KTP
Mar. 9: Kauhajoki - Kataja
Mar. 9: Kouvot - Nilan Bisons
Mar. 9: FoKoPo - Lapua
Mar. 10: Lapua - Kataja


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 23
 1. Conley, LrNM.23.0 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.0 
 3. Gibson, LrNM.21.3 
 4. Clavell, Kouvot20.2 
 5. Haanpaa, Lapua19.4 
 6. Logins, LrNM.18.1 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto17.9 
 8. Bullock, Kauhajoki17.1 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo17.0 
 10. Holloway, Namika16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Conley, LrNM.10.1 
 2. Robinson, Korihait9.5 
 3. McDade, Nilan B.9.5 
 4. Ford, Kauhajoki9.0 
 5. Thornton, FoKoPo9.0 
 6. Giles, KTP8.7 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto8.4 
 8. Watt, Korihait8.3 
 9. Haanpaa, Lapua8.2 
 10. Johnson, Namika8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Williams, Pyrinto7.5 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.1 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.1 
 4. Smith, Kataja4.9 
 5. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.9 
 6. Gibson, LrNM.4.8 
 7. Watson, Kauhajoki4.6 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.2 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo3.9 
 10. Sarcevic, KTP3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.6 
 2. Coleman, Lapua2.6 
 3. Smith, Kataja2.3 
 4. Holloway, Namika L.2.0 
 5. Gibson, LrNM.2.0 
 6. Conley, LrNM.1.7 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.7 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto1.6 
 9. Tolbert, Lapua1.5 
 10. Ford, Kauhajoki1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Barrett, KTP1.4 
 2. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.2 
 3. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.2 
 4. Ford, Kauhajoki1.1 
 5. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 6. Giles, KTP0.9 
 7. Dyer, Korihait0.9 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 9. McDade, Nilan B.0.9 
 10. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.8 


INTERNATIONAL: Pieti Poikola coaching Denmark NT - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Denmark men's NT has got a new Head Coach. Finnish Pieti Poikola , 35, has been named the new head coach. The contract is model 2+2 years. There were 18 coaches from several countries interested in this job. Poikola started his coaching career in the year 2003 and he reached the top of Finnish Basketball just in five years, when he was named the Head Coach of Pyrinto (Tampere). During the four years (2008-2012) in Tampere he led Pyrinto once into bronze (2008-09) and twice (2009-10 and 2010-11) into Finnish Championship. He was also named twice The Coach of the Year in Finland.


KORISLIIGA: Two times over 100 points - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 36: Two contests tonight, no upsets, but two times over 100 points. Pyrinto (Tampere) defeated YMCA Lahti 106-80 (52-41). Pyrinto (25-9) won all four quarters. Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86, college: Rhode Island) led the hosts with 25 pts. Antero Lehto (184-PG-84) and Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) added both 20 pts. Damon Williams (201-F-73, agency: Two Points, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) gave 11 assists. Louis Johnson (206-F/C-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: W.Illinois) led YMCA Lahti (8-27) with a double-double 19pts/12rbs. Emmanuel Holloway (185-G-86, college: Illinois St.) netted 17 pts.
YMCA Lappeenranta beat UU-Korihait from Uusikaupunki 103-89 (50-36). This contest was at the end of third quarter a two-point-game (65-63), but YMCA LPR had a 8-0 run and was leading then to the end of the game. Greg Logins (200-F-88, college: Canisius) led YMCA LPR (16-19) with 28 pts. Matthew Gibson (196-G-84) netted 26 pts and gave nine assists. Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri) had a double-double 24pts/11rbs. Demond Watt (200-F-89, college: Texas A&M-CC) scored 20 pts for UU-Korihait (12-24). Alain Laroche (198-F-83, college: N.Florida) added 16 pts.

Pyrinto - YMCA Lahti 106-80 (53-41). (Lamonte Ulmer 25, Antero Lehto 20, Carl Lindbom 20 - Louis Johnson 19/12, Emmanuel Holloway 17, Vesa Heinonen 12. A: 777).
YMCA LPR - UU-Korihait 103-89 (50-36). (Greg Logins 28, Matt Gibson 26/9a, Jason Conley 24/11/6a - Demond Watt 20, Alain Laroche 16, Mikko Jalonen 15. A: 1431).



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

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

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 8: Paris-Levallois - Cholet 84-70
Mar. 8: Limoges - Nancy 82-75
Mar. 8: Dijon - Boulazac 78-59
Mar. 9: Orleans - Chalon
Mar. 9: Gravelines - Poitiers
Mar. 9: Strasbourg - Le Havre
Mar. 9: ASVEL - Le Mans
Mar. 9: Nanterre - Roanne


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.18.4 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines18.2 
 3. Williams, Paris-.16.8 
 4. Jackson, AS.16.6 
 5. King, Le Havre16.3 
 6. Fitch, Strasbourg16.2 
 7. Ajinca, Strasbourg16.0 
 8. Nivins, Poitiers15.8 
 9. Sommerville, Nancy15.5 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.0 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.7.7 
 4. Greer, Strasbourg7.6 
 5. Williams, Chalon7.6 
 6. Sommerville, Nancy7.2 
 7. McKenzie, Boulazac7.1 
 8. Collins, Roanne7.0 
 9. Dobbins, Poitiers6.9 
 10. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Le Havre
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. King, Le Havre6.9 
 2. Diabate, Nancy6.6 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.5.5 
 5. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.1 
 6. Greer, Strasbourg4.9 
 7. Schilb, Chalon4.9 
 8. Campbell, Stras.4.8 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines4.6 
 10. Sangare, Roanne4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.0 
 2. Williams, Paris-.1.8 
 3. Leloup, Dijon1.8 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.8 
 5. Campbell, Stras.1.7 
 6. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
 7. Eldridge, Boulazac1.6 
 8. Greene, Orleans1.5 
 9. Linehan, Nancy1.5 
 10. Jomby, Cholet1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.9 
 2. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.5 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.4 
 4. Williams, Chalon1.3 
 5. Badiane, Poitiers1.2 
 6. Sy, AS.1.2 
 7. Goree, Cholet0.9 
 8. Fofana, Le Havre0.9 
 9. Vaty, Gravelines0.8 
 10. Williams, Paris-.0.8 


Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 20-5 
 2. Evreux 19-7 
 3. Le Portel 17-8 
 4. Chalons-Reims 17-9 
 5. Boulogne 15-10 
 6. Fos Ouest 15-10 
 7. Antibes 15-11 
 8. Rouen 14-11 
 9. Bourg 14-12 
 10. Maurienne 13-13 
 11. Lille 12-14 
 12. St Quentin 11-14 
 13. Hyeres-Toulon 10-15 
 14. Nantes 9-16 
 15. St Vallier 8-17 
 16. Denain 8-18 
 17. Bordeaux 7-19 
 18. Charleville 5-20 

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 8: Antibes - Bordeaux 77-79
Mar. 8: Chalons-Reims - Bourg 75-37
Mar. 8: Evreux - Maurienne 60-56
Mar. 8: Denain - Lille 57-48
Mar. 9: Fos Ouest - Rouen
Mar. 9: Nantes - Le Portel
Mar. 9: Boulogne - Pau-Lacq-Orthez
Mar. 9: St Quentin - Hyeres-Toulon
Mar. 9: St Vallier - Charleville


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Brown, Maurienne22.3 
 2. Flowers, Denain19.9 
 3. Blue, Antibes19.2 
 4. Booker, St Vallier19.1 
 5. Wood, Evreux18.7 
 6. Siggers, Lille18.3 
 7. Hilliard, Antibes17.8 
 8. Hannah, Evreux17.3 
 9. Sanders, Charlevil.17.2 
 10. McKines, Rouen17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Wood, Evreux9.9 
 2. Bing, Maurienne9.7 
 3. Jaiteh, Boulogne9.6 
 4. Kitts, Denain9.5 
 5. Lesieu, St Quentin9.1 
 6. McKines, Rouen8.7 
 7. Jackson, Pau-La.8.5 
 8. Rouse, St Vallier8.0 
 9. Blue, Antibes7.7 
 10. Mathis, Nantes7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Craven, St Vallier6.7 
 2. Rowland, Boulogne6.6 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel6.0 
 4. McIntosh, Hyeres-.5.4 
 5. Dumas, Bourg5.4 
 6. Huffman, Antibes5.3 
 7. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.5.2 
 8. Da Silva, Rouen5.1 
 9. Hannah, Evreux5.1 
 10. Calvez, Charlevil.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.5 
 2. Craven, St Vallier2.3 
 3. Mullins, Chalons-.2.2 
 4. Flowers, Denain2.0 
 5. Brown, Maurienne1.9 
 6. Siggers, Lille1.9 
 7. Sonko, Bourg1.8 
 8. Mathis, Nantes1.7 
 9. Rowland, Boulogne1.7 
 10. Hannah, Evreux1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Badiane, Antibes2.0 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.7 
 3. Taccoen, Lille1.2 
 4. Johnson, Chalons-.1.1 
 5. Ho You Fat, Evreux1.0 
 6. Burrell, Chalons-.1.0 
 7. Chism, Maurienne1.0 
 8. Blue, Antibes0.9 
 9. Wesley, Rouen0.8 
 10. Jaiteh, Boulogne0.8 


Standings - N1

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

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 8: La Rochelle - Monaco 96-97 OT
Mar. 9: CFBB - Blois
Mar. 9: Chartres - Sorgues
Mar. 9: St Chamond - Challans
Mar. 9: Vichy - Orchy
Mar. 9: Rueil - Quimper
Mar. 9: Cognac - Souffel


Stats Leaders - N1

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



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Bo McCalebb selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Turkey). He led Fenerbahce Ulker to a 2-point victory over the fifth-ranked Karsiyaka (16-4) 78-76 in the Turkish TBL in Monday night's game. McCalebb was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points and added 4 passes in 20 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (18-2) is placed first in the TBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's McCalebb's first season with the team. McCalebb has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.2apg, 3FGP: 46.2%(12-26) and FT: 88.6% in the 14 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. McCalebb is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, currently plays in Ukraine). Stojanovski was the major contributor in a BC Donetsk's victory against one of league's weakest teams DniproAzot (11-24) 90-80 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Friday. He scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. BC Donetsk (18-15) is placed eighth in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Stojanovski has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 54.3%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 84.7%. He is in the roster of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Greece). Antic contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Kavala (5-14) 94-76 in the Greek A1 on Sunday night. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (18-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Antic averages: 5.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 52.9% and FT: 69.7% in the 16 games. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic is also a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #4. Forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Germany could not help the league outsider Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-10) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance the eighth-placed Brose Baskets Bamberg was edged 76-73 on the road by the leading Real Madrid in the group E of Euroleague. Massey scored 11 points and had 3 steals. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Massey's overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Massey used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2009. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #5. Former international point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) managed to help EA7 Emporio Armani Milano in a victory against the closely-ranked Montepaschi Siena (14-7) 72-68 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Green scored 5 points and added 7 assists in 32 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (13-8) is placed sixth in the SerieA. This year Green's overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 4.9apg in the eight games. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team three years ago. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #6. Center Predrag Samardziski (215-86, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to a 2-point Zvezda's victory against the 11th-ranked Cibona (8-15) 97-95 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. Samardziski scored 5 points. Crvena Zvezda DIVA Beograd (17-6) is placed second in the Adriatic League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Samardziski's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 3.0rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.

Uros Vasiljevic
Uros Vasiljevic
   #7. Former U18 international forward Uros Vasiljevic (201-88, college: Kenyon, currently plays in Croatia) was not able to help KK Dubrovnik (1-15) in their game against Djuro Djakovic (9-7) in the Croatian A1. Vasiljevic cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. KK Dubrovnik was defeated 77-69 in Slavonski Brod by the higher-ranked Djuro Djakovic (#5). It was KK Dubrovnik's 12th consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Vasiljevic's total stats this season are: 5.4ppg and 2.6rpg. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian U18 national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Darius Washington (188-PG-85, college: Memphis, currently plays in France) led Le Mans to a victory against the eighth-ranked Paris-Levallois (11-10) 72-59 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. He scored 12 points and added 7 assists. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (13-8) is placed fourth in the ProA. Washington's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 5.5apg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Washington has never played in FYR Macedonia.

   #2. Kennedy Winston (198-F/G-84, college: Alabama, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance the league leader Gravelines-Dunkerque was edged in an overtime 69-67 on the road by the lower-ranked (#3) Chalon/Saor. Winston was the second best scorer with 12 points in 35 minutes. It was Gravelines-Dunkerque's first loss after seven consecutive victories. Winston has reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg in the seven games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Winston has never played in FYR Macedonia.

   #3. Cedi Osman (195-SG-95, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Pertevniyal (9-16) in their game against Final Genclik (11-14) in the Turkish TB2L (second division), despite his very good performance on Wednesday night. Osman was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 33 minutes. But Pertevniyal was edged 76-75 in Bursa by the higher-ranked (#13) Final Genclik. Osman has reliable stats this year: 13.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3spg in the 21 games. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Turkish. Despite Osman's FYR Macedonian passport, he currently plays for the Turkish U18 national team and is not eligible to play for the FYR Macedonian team.

   #4. Experienced Jovan Zdravevski (197-F-80, currently plays in Iceland) contributed to Stjarnan's victory against the seventh-ranked KR (10-10) 87-75 in the Icelandic Dominos League in Thursday night's game. Zdravevski scored 17 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Stjarnan (5-1) is placed second in the Dominos League. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Zdravevski is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Stjarnan's roster. He has reliable stats this season: 11.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.3apg. Zdravevski is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Icelandic.

   #5. Armin Musovic (192-PG-96, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Fraport Skyliners II (11-10) in their game against Weissenhorn Youngstars (14-7) in the German ProB (third division). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Musovic scored only 3 points in 20 minutes. Fraport Skyliners II (#7) lost 62-75 in Weissenhorn to the second-ranked Youngstars in the Group South. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Musovic's total stats are: 4.0ppg and 1.3apg in the three games. He has both FYR Macedonian and German nationalities.



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  GREECE   


EuroLeague: Unicaja come from behind to edge Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja - Panathinaikos 66:60

Unicaja clinched a tough home win over Panathinaikos. Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) nailed 22 points to lead the Spanish side. Unicaja improved at 5-5 record, while the Athens team fell at 6-4 after the loss.
Panathinaikos opened the game with their trademark stifling defence. The Hellenes limited Unicaja at 8 points in the opening quarter to eke out an 8-point lead. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Panathinaikos accumulated a 35:26 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. Unicaja still trailed by nine points heading into the fourth frame 44:53. However Marcus Williams scored six points in a row to trigger an 8:0 run from the hosts at the start of the fourth frame. Diamantidis restored a 6-point lead for the visitors but Unicaja tied things up on a three-pointer from Marcus Williams with 2 minutes remaining. He followed with two more trebles to make it 66:60 for Unicaja as they claimed the winning outcome at the end. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) delivered 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Fran Vazquez (209-C-83) added 13 points for the Malaga team. Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) answered with 15 points for Panathinaikos. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) had 14 points in the loss.

Unicaja: Marcus Williams 22, Luka Zoric 14, Fran Vazquez 13
Panathinaikos: Jonas Maciulis 15, Roko-Leni Ukic 14



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  HOLLAND   


Francisco Elson selected the top Dutch playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Francisco Elson
Francisco Elson
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international center Francisco Elson (211-76, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC, college: California, currently plays in Iran). Elson contributed to Mahram's victory against the closely-ranked Foolad Mahan (15-3) 73-63 in the Iranian Superleague on Friday night. He scored 6 points, had 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 39 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Mahram Tehran (14-3) is placed third in the Superleague. Elson is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). This year he averages: 8.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.1bpg, 2.4spg in the seven games he played so far. Elson is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Henk Norel (214-87, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help CAI Zaragoza (13-10) to beat Blusens Monbus (11-12). Norel scored 7 points. CAI Zaragoza was defeated 72-64 on the road by the lower-ranked Blusens Monbus (#10). Norel belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 2FGP: 58.6%(123-210) and FT: 54.1%. Norel is in the roster of the Dutch senior national team.

Robin Smeulders
Robin Smeulders
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Robin Smeulders (207-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland, currently plays in Germany). He managed to help EWE Baskets Oldenburg in a victory against the seventh-ranked Artland Dragons (13-12) 84-68 in the German BBL last Saturday. Smeulders recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 12 minutes. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (16-7) is placed third in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Smeulders' overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 57.6%(53-92) and FT: 72.4% in the 23 games. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and German. Smeulders is also a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Roeland Schaftenaar
Roeland Schaftenaar
   #4. Power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Spain) led Leche Rio Breogan to a victory against the league outsider Melilla Baloncesto (4-17) 93-80 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Saturday night. He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (11-9) is placed fifth in the LEB Gold. It's Schaftenaar's first season with the team. Schaftenaar's total stats this year are: 6.9ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.7apg. He used to play for the Dutch national team back in 2010.

Kevin van Wijk
Kevin van Wijk
   #5. Former U16 international forward Kevin van Wijk (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay (9-6) 75-56 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. van Wijk recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. The Valparaiso University has a very solid 12-3 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year van Wijk's total stats are: 6.9ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.7apg in the 19 games. He used to play for the Dutch U16 national team eight years ago.

Kadeem Pantophlet
Kadeem Pantophlet
   #6. Forward Kadeem Pantophlet (201-90, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Duquesne (1-13) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Pantophlet's good performance the Duquesne was edged in an overtime 89-87 at home by the University of North Carolina - Charlotte. He scored 12 points. Pantophlet's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Pantophlet has averaged so far 6.9ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.7apg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Dutch team four years ago.

Thomas van der Mars
Thomas van der Mars
   #7. Former U20 international center Thomas van der Mars (208-90, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the Portland (4-13) in their game against the Loyola Marymount University (3-15) in the NCAA. van der Mars scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 28 minutes. The Portland lost 54-65 on their home court in Portland, OR to the Loyola Marymount University. It was Portland's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. van der Mars has averaged so far 6.9ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.7apg in the 19 games. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team three years ago.

Jito Kok
Jito Kok
   #8. Center Jito Kok (206-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an San Diego's victory against the Pepperdine University (4-13) 76-69 in the NCAA last Saturday. Kok recorded 6 points in 26 minutes. The University of San Diego has 8-9 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Kok is the league's best blocker with 0.3bpg. This year he also averages: 7.3ppg and 4.8rpg in the 21 games. Kok plays currently for the Dutch U18 national team.

Olaf Schaftenaar
Olaf Schaftenaar
   #9. Former U18 international center Olaf Schaftenaar (206-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Oregon St. (3-13) in their game against the University of Oregon (12-5) in the NCAA. He scored 6 points in 21 minutes. The Oregon St. lost 75-85 in Eugene, OR to the University of Oregon. It was Oregon St.'s fifth consecutive loss in a row. Schaftenaar's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Schaftenaar has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 4.8rpg in the 21 games. He used to play for the Dutch U18 national team two years ago.

Charlon Kloof
Charlon Kloof
   #10. Point guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of North Carolina - Charlotte (7-8) crushing them 104-83 in the NCAA last Saturday. Kloof recorded only 3 points. The St.Bonaventure University has 7-8 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. Kloof has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 4.8rpg. He is a former U20 international player as three years ago he still played for the Dutch national team.

   #11. U18 international forward Shane Hammink (201-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the LSU in their game against the University of Missouri in the NCAA. Hammink cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 12 minutes. His team lost 76-89. Hammink has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 4.8rpg in the 21 games. He is a naturalized American. Hammink plays currently for the Dutch U18 national team. Strangely he has never played in Holland.

   #12. Former international center Robert Krabbendam (213-86, also represented by Court Side, college: Virginia Tech, currently plays in Cyprus) contributed to Apollon's victory against the closely-ranked Apoel 83-79 in the Cypriot Division A in Friday night's game. Krabbendam scored 5 points. Krabbendam has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 3.2rpg. He used to play for the Dutch national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Ukraine) led Budivelnyk to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Azovmash (22-11) 97-78 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Budivelnyk Kyiv (26-8) is placed first in the Superleague. Kickert has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg and 5.5rpg in the two games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch.

   #2. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help UCAM Murcia (24-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Tillie's very good performance his team was badly defeated 86-69 on the road by the leading Real Madrid. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Tillie also added 6 rebounds. This season Tillie averages: 8.3ppg and 3.7rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and French.

   #3. Josh Duinker (210-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Caceres Basket's victory against the closely-ranked FCB Regal II (9-12) 85-71 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Duinker scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Caceres Basket (9-12) is placed ninth in the LEB Gold. Duinker has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 4.8rpg. He has both Australian and Dutch nationalities.

   #4. Joey van Zegeren McAdam (208-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Virginia Tech (4-13) in their game against the Duke University (13-4) in the NCAA. He recorded only 4 points. The Virginia Tech was crushed 85-57 in Durham, NC by the Duke University. van Zegeren McAdam's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. van Zegeren McAdam has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 4.8rpg.



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  HUNGARY   

Standings - A Division

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

Second Stage: Round 1

Places 1-6

Mar. 7: Jaszberenyi - Szolnok 68-94
Mar. 9: Kormend - Albacomp
Mar. 9: Kaposvari - Atomeromu

Places 7-13

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


A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko SPICA
  Kaposvari
  (205-C/F-86)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Spica, Kaposvari20.6 
 2. Swanston, Kapos.20.4 
 3. Buljan, Kormend20.1 
 4. Dunn, Kaposvari20.0 
 5. Nelson, Marso N.19.5 
 6. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 7. Wood, Albacomp19.2 
 8. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.19.1 
 9. Copeland, ZTE K.18.8 
 10. Shaw, Kormend18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rastko DRAMICANIN
  Jaszbere.
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 9
 1. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.9.0 
 2. Davis, Marso N.9.0 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 4. Barovic, Soproni8.3 
 5. Keller, Albacomp8.0 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari7.9 
 7. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.9 
 8. Buljan, Kormend7.8 
 9. Shaw, Kormend7.5 
 10. Fey, Falco-Szova7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Albacomp
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Moore, Albacomp6.4 
 2. Williams, Atomeromu6.3 
 3. Dunn, Kaposvari5.9 
 4. Thomas, Soproni5.8 
 5. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.5 
 6. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.2 
 7. Nelson, Marso N.5.2 
 8. Copeland, ZTE K.5.2 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.6 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.3 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari3.0 
 3. Davis, Marso N.2.3 
 4. Buljan, Kormend2.3 
 5. Moore, Albacomp2.3 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.0 
 7. Jones, Szedeak1.9 
 8. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.9 
 9. Hollis, Albacomp1.7 
 10. Loesing, PVSK P.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Akos KELLER
  Albacomp
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Keller, Albacomp1.0 
 2. Barovic, Soproni1.0 
 3. Davis, Marso N.1.0 
 4. Shaw, Kormend0.8 
 5. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.7 
 6. Idlet, Atomeromu0.7 
 7. Toth, Atomeromu0.6 
 8. Fey, Falco-Szova0.6 
 9. Levy, Falco-Szova0.6 
 10. Cseh, FS Debrecen0.6 


Q&A with Kyle Austin - by Tamas Deri

Kyle Austin (203-F-88, college: Cal-Riverside) is a 6'7" tall forward, who can play on both positions and helped his team Kormend with fantastic 23.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per game to get into the best 5 after 22 rounds of the regular season and attending the 2nd round of the best 6 - including Adriatic League team Szolnok.

DT: You started your NCAA carreer in one of the strongest conference - PAC10 - playing for USC, but moved to Cal-Riverside before your junior season, where you put up real good numbers and got on the radar of several NBA teams after you graduated. What are your feelings about those 4 years, what were the biggest differences between the two programs and the level of the two conferences - PAC10 vs. Big West - ? Were you disappointed not getting into the NBA?

KA: I was honored to be apart of the USC program when it was at one of it's highest levels in history as the team had a few future NBA players on the roster. I was a late addition and was happy to achieve my goal in getting to a PAC 10 school. Playing time was scarce and after one game in my sophomore season i decided to transfer mid year and received a waiver from the NCAA to get my year back. The PAC 10 at that time was much stronger than today's PAC 12 with many now NBA all stars and the big west was not as strong, however it was a solid mid major program and I was given the great opportunity to be the main focal point of a team. I actually finished school one year early and attempted to play one year overseas before being eligible for the NBA draft. Things didn't work of course but I was far from disappointed I'm happy to be able to play this game anywhere.

DT: You signed your first professional contract with Palencia in the LEB Gold and played very well in the pre-season. You scored several times in double figures even against some ACB teams, but finally when the season started, you did not get enough time on the court. After playing only 8 games in the regular season you moved to Portugal to finish the season with Vitoria Guimaraes and run a great season averaging 17.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. How did you see the level of the two leagues and how did you like to play in those 2 countries?

KA: Well, anyone who plays overseas knows that that first job is the toughest. You never know what to expect and many are out of the country for the first time. I believe I played pretty well to start In Spain, but i was just a rookie trying to get my feet under me in a whole new world, and eventually combination of the team loosing and me playing 15 minutes a game caused for us to part ways. When I moved to Portugal I had some really good teammates and we began to gel on and off the court well putting together a winning season and finishing in the top 4 but finical problems cut my season short just before the play-offs. The levels of the two leagues were different with Spain being much stronger. Portugal did have a few good teams that reminded me of teams in Leb Gold however.

DT: After a - finally - successful rookie season you signed a good contract with Verviers-Pepinster in Belgium. However, you played only 4 games and moved to Sweden, where you averaged 17.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in only 3 games before moving to Hungary finishing the season with JKSE. How did you like Belgium and why did you leave Pepinster in November? What was the reason that you left Sweden and signed for the rest of the season in Hungary?

KA: After my rookie season the coach of Pepinster at the time was American and lived maybe a hour from my home in Pasadena. He came and watched me workout for some time and I ended up being the first signee. I thought I had landed in an ideal situation yet there I was again limited in minutes (11mpg) and we were loosing. I actually was just in Sweden to visit my friend Omar krayem who played briefly here with me in kormend. An American player on the team suffered a tough loss when his father died. I agreed to play there while he went home it was a good way for me to stay in shape and get some games in until I found another job. Finally I received an offer from JKSE in Hungary.

DT: You were playing very well in our country and helped your team to stay in the Top Division averaging 20.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. How did you like to play for coach Horvath and the chemistry on the team?

KA: I was able to play well in Hungary and I owe that to the coach and the situation I was in. Hungary was and still is a place where I believe players are able to get better and better and they play a good style here. The chemistry was good I met a very good friend of mines in Jibril Hodges and the other guys on the team helped me to feel welcome in the foreign land to me overall it was a good experience and was big in me feeling comfortable to come back to Hungary.

DT: The medias published during the summer, that JKSE gave you an offer to come for this season, but you did not agree. Rumors said, that several higher budget clubs in Hungary were trying to get you on their roster, but finally you started the season as a replacement player in France, playing ALM Evreux Basket in the Pro B! What is the truth, why did you finally decide not to take any of those offers and move to an other country?

KA: I made a few mistakes in the offseason after my second year. I first changed representation because I thought I needed a different direction. And I maybe listened to some of the wrong people. My first choice in my head was to go back to jkse and lead them to a winning season. That didn't happend, but I am happy to see that they have achieved that this year. I returned to the representation I started with...I might add that any players reading this should know to just try and stay loyal and go with an agent you trust and that looks for your best interest and will work hard for you. But in the end o think it worked out for everybody and I'm happy to now be here in Kormend!

DT: You played only five games - instead of injured Drake Reed - in France and left the country end of October. Were you stressed not to get a job for the rest of the season? When did you hear about the chance to play for Kormend?

KA: I actually was trying to come to kormend earlier :-) but the team in France wouldn't allow me to leave early. I wasn't stressed about finding another job I was more stressed with my role on that team and the fact that I chose to go there instead of take g one of the deals I had for the full year. But in the end everything happened for a reason and I hope to help this team keep shocking people.

DT: You arrived some days after Christmas to Hungary and started to practice with your team. Coach Hencsey said, that you were in a real good condition and shape. Where did you work out during the two months not playing ball?

KA: I was actually in better shape than when I had left France, like I said earlier I was frustrated with my role on the last team but I figured the best thing for me to do was get in real good shape so that wherever my next opportunity cam from I'd be ready. I practiced with both, college and high school and did alot of running while at home for two months.


DT: The team had a 5-9 record before the Christmas break and your first game against Albacomp. What did you think about the chances of the team for the season? Which expectations did the coach or/and the management tell you when you arrived?

KA: The goal was to win at least 5, preferably 6 games. After the Albacomp game we had lost but I knew they were the strongest team at that point in the league and I felt with our team we had a chance to win the next 5-6 games.


DT: The team run a strong series in the last two months and won 6 of 8 games in the regular season. After beating ASE on last Saturday and with some luck, you just finished with an 11-11 record on the 5th place and will play the Top 6 in the second round. What are your expectations for the rest of the season? Do you think, that your team can even reach the semifinals?

KA: I think that it's clear that you can't count this team out for anything it seems whenever you think were lifeless we somehow find a way and that's the characteristic of a good team. I know we will fight hard and have a chance against anybody. I recently spoke with a fan after saturdays win and he said now we have to win the championship. I kind of laughed but saw how serious he was and quickly realized that is the goal. We know we can beat anybody in the league so we will fight to win the championship we won't play to just try and reach the semis...but we will take it one game at a time.

DT: After playing 8 games this season you are the leading scorer with 23.4 points per game and the best rebounder - with Bennet Davis - grabbing 9.0 rebounds in 35.4 minutes per game. What do you think about your personal skills and how are you trying to help your team to win? What is your plan for the future? Will you try to move to a new country for the coming season or will you consider to play in Hungary again?

KA: This year I'm not going to make the mistake of looking into the future I really hope to finish here strong and make something special happen. As far as my personal play I know there is so much I can do better to help on both ends and I will continue to improve as the season goes further. The team is beginning to click And I'm excited about that. I think this year more than before I've been more focused on winning than my stats


DT: Before the last game against ASE you were wearing a T-shirt saying "Pasadena to Kormend". What did you want to tell with that text to the fans? Some of them already asked the management if there is a chance to buy a shirt? How do you like Kormend, what are your feelings about the Club and the Fans?

KA: Thanks to Zjaleece and Emeka from Pasadena for the shirt! I can have the shirts sent out here if they'd like thanks to "Odiegwu" custom clothing company. It was just a little appreciation In a sort of the two cities I represent. The fans here are so passionate you can't help but to feed off that and it's a big reason for our success this year as of late. The fans and many of my teammates here are from kormend and they have a strong sense of pride for there team, so that is great to be apart of.

DT: Thanks for your time Kyle and good luck for the rest of the season!





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  ICELAND   

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. KFI 5-14 
 11. Fjolnir 5-15 
 12. IR 5-15 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 7: Tindastoll - Njardvik 98-103
Mar. 8: Fjolnir - IR 79-70
Mar. 7: Skallagrimur - Snaefell 78-85
Mar. 7: KR - Stjarnan 75-87
Mar. 7: Keflavik - Thor Thorl 106-100
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, IR27.2 
 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, IR5.8 
 7. Smith, Thor Thorl5.5 
 8. Fridriksson, Njard.4.7 
 9. Valsson, Keflavik4.6 
 10. Medlock, Skallagr.4.6 
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. Williams, IR2.5 
 5. Broussard, Grind.2.4 
 6. Pitts, KFI2.0 
 7. Viggosson, Tindast.2.0 
 8. Valentine, Tindast.1.9 
 9. Threatt, Snaefell1.9 
 10. Craion, Keflavik1.9 
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 


Standings - 1 Division

D1 Standings
 1. Valur 12-2 
 2. Haukar 12-3 
 3. Hottur 11-4 
 4. Hamar 11-4 
 5. Thor AK 7-6 
 6. FSU 7-7 
 7. Breidablik 7-8 
 8. Augnablik 2-13 
 9. IA 2-13 
 10. Reynir S. 2-13 

Regular Season: Round 16

Mar. 8: Valur - IA 78-62
Mar. 8: Reynir S. - Haukar 69-95
Mar. 8: Hamar - Hottur 66-106
Mar. 10: Breidablik - FSU



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  INDONESIA   


ASEAN League: Petron Blaze stop Warriors streak - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia Warriors - Petron Blaze 52:57

Petron Blaze recorded the third straight win in the ASEAN League season. They defeated Indonesia Warriors on the road tonight to jump at 6-3 record in the standings. Chris Banchero (185-PG-90, college: Seattle Pacific) knocked down 19 points to pace the Beermen. In the meantime the Warriors lost the first game after seven straight wins.
The Warriors dominated at the defensive end in the first half. They grabbed a 13:10 lead after ten minutes. The Warriors kept the Beermen at bay throughout the second frame. The hosts arrived at the interval up by 6 points 25:19. But the Beermen were able to turn things around in the third quarter. The Blaze went on a 22:12 rally to grab a 41:37 lead into the fourth frame. The Beermen kept their opponents at distance throughout the fourth quarter and sealed the victory at the end. JR Cawaling (192-F/G-87) notched 16 points, while Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee) contributed 11 points and 8 rebounds for Petron Blaze. Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Georgia) answered with 16 points and 16 boards for the Warriors. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) had 11 points and 14 boards in the loss.

Indonesia Warriors: Chris Daniels 16+16 boards, Steve Thomas 11+14 boards
Petron Blaze: Chris Banchero 19, JR Cawaling 16, Brian Williams 11



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  IRELAND   

Standings - EBS Superleague

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

Regular Season: Round 20

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


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Patrick SULLIVAN
  Moycullen
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Sullivan, Moycullen22.9 
 2. Taylor, UL Eagles22.1 
 3. Galvin, UCD Marian21.8 
 4. Townes, B.Gais N.21.2 
 5. Walker, UCC Demons19.7 
 6. Killeen, UL Eagles16.2 
 7. Glover, DCU Saints14.6 
 8. Provizors, DCU S.13.5 
 9. Cuffe, UCC Demons13.3 
 10. Summers, Killester13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian17.4 
 2. Walker, UCC Demons12.9 
 3. Townes, B.Gais N.11.9 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.11.7 
 5. Sullivan, Moycullen11.6 
 6. Killeen, UL Eagles11.3 
 7. Noonan, B.Gais N.8.1 
 8. Quill, DCU Saints7.9 
 9. Foley, UCD Marian7.9 
 10. Tummon, Moycullen6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gerard NOONAN
  B.Gais N.
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Noonan, B.Gais N.7.9 
 2. Camps, Moycullen7.1 
 3. Taylor, UL Eagles4.6 
 4. Coughlan, UCC D.4.5 
 5. Walsh, B.Gais N.3.8 
 6. Kinevane, UL Eagl.3.8 
 7. Donnelly, DCU S.3.2 
 8. O''Reilly, UCC D.3.2 
 9. Meany, UCD Marian2.9 
 10. Anderson, DCU S.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Robert TAYLOR
  UL Eagles
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Taylor, UL Eagles2.7 
 2. Camps, Moycullen2.5 
 3. Anderson, DCU S.2.3 
 4. McGinn, B.Gais N.2.2 
 5. Summers, Killester2.1 
 6. Townes, B.Gais N.2.1 
 7. Drumm, UCD Marian1.7 
 8. Donnelly, DCU S.1.7 
 9. Noonan, B.Gais N.1.6 
 10. McLoughlin, B.Gai.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian2.9 
 2. Trimmer, DCU S.2.5 
 3. Stapleton, B.Gais2.1 
 4. Walker, UCC Demons2.1 
 5. Provizors, DCU S.1.8 
 6. Rudak, B.Gais N.1.8 
 7. Townes, B.Gais N.1.7 
 8. Killeen, UL Eagles1.6 
 9. O''Brien, Killester0.9 
 10. Sullivan, Moycull.0.8 


Last weekend of games for 2012/2013 - by Patrick Maher

BASKETBALL IRELAND WEEKEND PREVIEW

As the final curtain falls on the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague, this weekend will see the last of the regular season games played out across the country.

In particular, DCU Saints will find themselves battling for the fourth position on the league table that will also guarantee them the final spot for a semi-final playoff for the elite Champions Trophy. Elsewhere in the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague top three teams will look to use this weekend as preparation for the new competition while others look to finish the 2012-2013 season on a high.

The action will start tonight in the Nivea Mens SuperLeague when DCU Saints welcome Dublin Inter to Glasnevin. Both teams are one-a-piece going into the clash so all is to play for.

Speaking about his side, head coach of DCU Saints, David Donnelly, said, We have been in good form recently, winning both of our last two games on the bounce.

Inter have been shooting very well lately so we know we need to close down their guards on the perimeter. The last game went into over-time too so we need a big performance tonight.

Dublin Inters head coach, Irmantas Griskas understands how close this contest will be, There is nothing between both teams. DCU are probably our biggest rivals so I know we may enter the game a little nervous but we are determined to prove that we can take them.

Moving into the weekend both teams will take to the floor again as they are booked for double weekends.

For the northsiders, DCU, will take on UCC Demons. Only last week the Dubliners overcame the Cork side when they finished on a score-line of 73-80. However, this weekend the game holds greater significance as DCU must win one of their games to qualify and compete in the Champions Trophy semi-finals.

Donnelly once again stressed the importance of the teams focus, We know we need a win and the opportunity to compete in the Champions Trophy has given us the incentive to do so.

We will treat each game in isolation, maintain our efforts and look to finish strong.

As Demons have already secured their semi-final draw against cork rivals, Bord Gais Neptune, this game will give them the opportunity to change their momentum of late and record a win on the road.

Paul Kelleher, head coach of UCC Demons said, Weve had a lot of setbacks recently between players being injured, ill or having working commitments. Unfortunately, this weekend, well be going without Niall Murphy after he left the game injured last week.

However, we are eager to get back on track and back to the consistent team that I know we can be. We are lacking confidence but we wont let anything interfere. We want to win our next three games and the positive atmosphere around the team tells me we can do it.

Elsewhere, Dublin Inters second game of the weekend will see them challenge Killester in the I.W.A. Clontarf.

Griskas attitude is much the same entering this game as it is for the DCU Saints clash, We are one-a-piece with Killester also, so we know we can take this game.

This weekend we want to prove to everyone that we will not be pushed around and will finish the season strong. Our aim is to win both games and to make it difficult for our opponents to try and take us on.

Meanwhile, if DCU were to drop both games this weekend, it would give Killester the opportunity to slip through the cracks and nab the fourth position once they secure their home win.

Killesters head coach, Tom Doherty, said, We want to focus on winning this weekend, everything else is out of our hands.

Inter are an excellent team that have really excelled this season so we will have a close game.

Our lads are working hard and we want to finish the season on a high at home so Saturday night is a big one for us.

In Galway, Moycullen will take on Bord Gais Neptune as they look to finish their most successful season to date in the SuperLeague with a win.

Head coach of Moycullen, Salva Camps, said, We may have been knocked out of the race for the Champions Trophy last weekend but Saturday is still a huge game for us. Its the last game of the season and its on our home court. Well want to play with heart to thank the supporters who have been behind us all year and also to reward ourselves as a team for all the work weve put in since August.

Neptune play with great speed and try to get up and down the court quick but that wont scare us too much. We have a young team and should be able to run with them, we just need to make sure we keep our concentration and dont let them leak out for easy scores on the break too often.

Mark Scannell, Bord Gais Neptunes head coach is excited for his side, We want to win, to give us a chance to tie the second spot with Demons if they lose. It would be a great achievement for us considering other peoples expectations at the start of the season.

I am very proud of the team for everything that they have achieved this season, especially the National Cup title.

Over the last few weeks a lot of our younger boys have earned more court time and they have been coming up trumps. This weekend I want to increase their time and enter the Champions Trophy with a win to give us momentum.

We have respect for Moycullen and know what they are capable of at home so we need to hit the ground running against them.

Meanwhile League Winners, UL Eagles will take on a resilient UCD Marian who saw the better of them only two weeks previous.

Speaking about the game, UL Eagles assistant coach, Mike Hickey said, This is an important game for us in preparation for the semi-final next weekend.

We left a bit behind us when we played them last and we know that once we focus on our defence this time around we can secure the win.

Courtesy ... Elaine Caffrey ... www.basketballireland.ie
Niall Murphy (192-F-86)



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Standings - Lega 2

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

Regular Season: Round 22

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

Round 21

Mar. 8: Tezenis VE - C.de Latte BRE 88-63


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. Battle, Upea CdO17.5 
 9. Jenkins, C.de L.17.5 
 10. James, FCM F.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.6 
 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.8.2 
 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.4.6 
 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. Lawal, Tezenis VE2.2 
 7. Guarino, FCM F.2.2 
 8. Hicks, Giorgo T.2.1 
 9. Fernandez, C.de L.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. Gandini, AcegasAp.0.8 
 10. Brkic, C.de L.0.8 


Sigma Barcellona signs Dwight Hardy - by Eurobasket News

Sigma Barcellona (Lega2) signed 26-year old American (has also Congolese passport) point guard Dwight Hardy (188-89kg-87, college: St.John's). He started the season at Sidigas Avellino (SerieA). In 6 games he had 7.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg this season. The last season Hardy played at Tuscany Pistoia. In 41 games he was second best scorer with impressive 22.2ppg and averaged 3.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.9spg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Hardy won ICCAC championship title in 2009. He was also voted All-Big East Most Improved Player of the Year in 2011 at his college time.
Hardy graduated from St.John's University in 2011 and it is his second season as a professional player.
He could be described: A talented guard with great scoring skills and the typical personality of the NY players. Loves to shot and can earn lots of fouls, in his first professional season he showed a great leadership and team mentality that could grant him a bright career.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)



Euroleague: BC Khimki reach the necessary win over Montepaschi Siena - by Eurobasket News

BC Khimki MR - Montepaschi Siena 78:71

BC Khimki reach the necessary win over Montepaschi Siena in the first game on Friday evening. The Russian side posted a 78:71 victory for 6-4 record. The Italian side dropped at 5-5 record in Group F.
In the first game between two teams on January Bobby Brown scored 20 and Tomas Ress dominated in the paint when Siena bested Khimki 82:76 in Italy. This time Khimky secured a 7-point win as they started with 25-20 lead in the first period. The Russian team added 19-17 in the second frame and enjoyed a 7-point lead at the halftime. Moreover they won the third quarter 20-17 and later led 18 points. The Italian squad however dominated the end of the game and reduced to final 7 points.
K.C. Rivers (196-G-87, college: Clemson) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) added 18. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) and Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) followed them with 8 points apiece. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) notched 12. Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83, college: Metro St.) brought 11, whilst Matt Janning (193-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) had 8.

BC Khimki MR: K.C. Rivers 19, Paul Davis 18, Kresimir Loncar 8, Vitaliy Fridzon 8
Montepaschi Siena: Bobby Brown 17, Kristjan Kangur 12, Benjamin Ortner 11, Matt Janning 8



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Standings - JBL

JBL Standings
 1. Toyota Alvark 29-8 
 2. Aishin SH 29-8 
 3. Toshiba BT 23-14 
 4. Panasonic T. 20-16 
 5. Hitachi SR 20-16 
 6. Mitsubishi DD 10-26 
 7. Tochigi Brex 10-27 
 8. Hokkaido L. 5-31 

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 8: Aishin SH - Tochigi Brex 82-73
Mar. 8: Toyota Alvark - Toshiba BT 77-62
Mar. 9: Hokkaido L. - Hitachi SR
Mar. 9: Toyota Alvark - Toshiba BT
Mar. 9: Aishin SH - Tochigi Brex
Mar. 9: Panasonic T. - Mitsubishi DD
Mar. 10: Hokkaido L. - Hitachi SR
Mar. 10: Panasonic T. - Mitsubishi DD


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba21.9 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi18.6 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.17.4 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.7 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin SH15.6 
 6. Smith, Hitachi SR15.2 
 7. Rolle, Mitsubis.14.3 
 8. Orimo, Hokkaido L.13.9 
 9. Gibbs, Toyota A.13.4 
 10. Hale, Mitsubis.12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.5 
 2. Watkins, Panasoni.12.3 
 3. Fazekas, Toshiba12.2 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.6 
 5. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.7 
 6. Smith, Hitachi SR7.8 
 7. Takeuchi, Toyota7.4 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.7.3 
 9. Young, Aishin SH6.6 
 10. Ricci, Toyota Alv.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH4.1 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi3.8 
 3. Abe, Hokkaido L.3.5 
 4. Shinoyama, Toshi.3.3 
 5. Tsuji, Toshiba BT3.1 
 6. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.0 
 7. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.9 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.8 
 9. Igarashi, Mitsubis.2.7 
 10. Tabuse, Tochigi2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tomokazu ABE
  Hokkaido L.
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Abe, Hokkaido L.2.0 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.7 
 3. Hirose, Panasoni.1.5 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.3 
 5. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.2 
 6. Kawamura, Tochigi1.2 
 7. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.1 
 8. Catron, Hokkaido L.1.1 
 9. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.1 
 10. Tashiro, Mitsubis.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.2.1 
 2. Covile, Aishin SH1.4 
 3. Rolle, Mitsubis.1.3 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.1 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota1.0 
 6. Young, Aishin SH0.9 
 7. Fazekas, Toshiba0.9 
 8. Moss, Toshiba BT0.6 
 9. Hale, Mitsubis.0.6 
 10. Ricci, Toyota Alv.0.5 



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Sigal Prishtina better in local derby - by Dren Shporta

Sigal Prishtina has won the local derby against newcomers in BKT Superleague, RTV 21. Arben Krasniqis boys showed more composure in a match and won it 79-74, final result.

Julian Terrell scored 19 while Fisnik Rugova (206-G/F-89) added 17 points more in a match that former champions came back in the second quarter.

Teleboys were better in the first quarter, while Urim Zenelaj was keeping them in scoresheet. Brandon Roberson scored 22, while former Bashkimi player, Zenelaj added his season record 17 points in a night were they needed more luck.

Sigal Prishtina with this victory has registered its 15th one, while they have only 2 defeats. On the other side, RTV 21, has registered its 10th defeat of the season.

RTV 21 will host Drita in the weekend while former champions Sigal Prishtina will play against reigning champions Trepca.



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  LATVIA   

Standings - LBAL

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

Regular Season: Round 32

Mar. 8: Saldus - Liepaja-2 75-81
Mar. 7: Ogres - RSU 72-62
Mar. 8: Livani - Kvele 56-80
Mar. 8: DSN - Ridzene 55-74
Mar. 9: Gulbene - Jelgava/LLU



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Sagesse 17-2 
 2. Al Riyadi 17-2 
 3. Champville 12-6 
 4. Moutahed 12-7 
 5. Amchit 11-8 
 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. 8: Moutahed - Amchit 92-80
Mar. 7: Bejjeh - Sagesse 74-84
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, Moutahed9.2 
 10. Khazzouh, Sagesse8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Mouta.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Chatfield, Mouta.6.4 
 2. Blair, Hoops6.4 
 3. Akl, Sagesse6.2 
 4. Fahed, Moutahed5.8 
 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. Williams, Bejjeh2.6 
 3. Youngblood, Byblos2.6 
 4. Emmett, Amchit2.2 
 5. Harper, Sagesse1.9 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.7 
 7. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 8. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 9. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.5 
 10. Fakhreddine, Hoo.1.4 
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. Terry, Champville0.8 
 9. Bawji, Moutahed0.8 
 10. Perry, Hoops0.8 



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  MALI   


Amara Sy selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Amara Sy (202-81, currently plays in France). Sy led ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket to a victory against the 12th-ranked Cholet (9-12) 81-71 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored 11 points, had 7 boards, passed 4 assists and added 3 steals. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (12-9) is placed fifth in the ProA. Sy has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3FGP: 37.0% and FT: 69.1%. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Sy played for the Mali senior national team two years ago.

Oumar Sylla
Oumar Sylla
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Oumar Sylla (201-84, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProB (third division). Sylla could not help ifm Baskets Konstanz (4-17) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the 11th-placed ifm Baskets Konstanz was crushed 95-73 on the road by the higher-ranked Leitershofen (#8) in the Group South. Sylla was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 7 rebounds. Sylla's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Sylla has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.2apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 46.0%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 74.1%. He played for the Mali national team in 2009.

Sambou Traore
Sambou Traore
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Sambou Traore (199-79, currently plays in France). Traore was not able to help Limoges CSP Elite (4-13) in their game against STB Le Havre (12-3) in the French ProA. He did not have that impressive stats last Saturday. Traore scored only 3 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 19 minutes. Limoges CSP Elite lost 74-85 in Le Havre to the higher-ranked (#6) STB Le Havre. It was Limoges CSP Elite's fifth consecutive loss in a row. This year Traore averages: 3.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 40.4% and FT: 47.8% in the 16 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Traore played for the Mali national team two years ago.

Dramane Diarra
Dramane Diarra
   #4. Power forward Dramane Diarra (203-80, college: Kansas St., currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Saint Vallier (8-17) in their game against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (20-5) in the French ProB (second division). He recorded 7 points in only 13 minutes. Saint Vallier was crushed 111-76 on the opponent's court by the leading Pau-Lacq-Orthez. This year Diarra's overall stats are: 4.2ppg and 2.2rpg in the 18 games. He has both Mali and French nationalities. Diarra used to play for the Mali national team back in 2011.

Mahamadou Drame
Mahamadou Drame
   #5. Former international shooting guard Mahamadou Drame (188-86, currently plays in France) couldn't help Nantes (10-11) in their game against Aix-Maurienne (13-12) in the French ProB (second division). He recorded 5 points and had 3 steals. It was his first game for Nantes this season. Nantes was defeated 79-66 in Aix-les-Bains by the lower-ranked Aix-Maurienne (#10). It was Nantes' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Similarly like Diarra and Traore above Drame also holds two passports: Mali and French. He used to play for the Mali national team two years ago.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #6. Point guard Ibrahim Saounera (178-87, currently plays in France) couldn't help Rueil (11-11) in their game against Souffelweyersheim (15-6) in the French NM1 (third division). Saounera scored 8 points in 27 minutes. Rueil lost 61-76 in Souffel. to the higher-ranked (#3) Souffelweyersheim. It's Saounera's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 10.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.8apg and 1.7spg in the 22 games. Saounera is a former international player as he played for the Mali senior team two years ago.

Ludovic Chelle
Ludovic Chelle
   #7. Former international guard Ludovic Chelle (183-83, currently plays in France) managed to help Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket to win against the fourth-ranked Chalons-Reims (16-9) 70-66 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. He recorded only 3 points and had 3 steals. Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (10-15) is placed 13th in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Chelle's total stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0spg. He used to play for the Mali national team two years ago.

Mahmoud Diakite
Mahmoud Diakite
   #8. Swingman Mahmoud Diakite (197-86, college: Wyoming, currently plays in France) contributed to a Vendee Challans' victory against the tenth-ranked Sorgues (10-11) 85-74 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Diakite scored only 4 points in 14 minutes. Vendee Challans Basket (7-14) is placed 14th in the NM1. This year Diakite's total stats are: 5.5ppg and 4.5rpg in the two games. He used to play for the Mali national team back in 2011.

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

   #1. Bandja Sy (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the one of league's weakest teams N.Mexico St. (13-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the N.Mexico St. lost 60-66 on the road to the Denver University. Sy had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 39 minutes. Sy's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Sy's fourth season with the team. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Yohann Sangare (193-G-83, currently plays in France) contributed to a Chorale de Roanne's victory against the second-ranked Strasbourg IG (15-6) 70-65 in the French ProA on Monday night. He scored 7 points and added 3 assists in 34 minutes. Chorale de Roanne Basket (11-10) is placed sixth in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Sangare averages: 6.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.0apg in the 21 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.

   #3. Bakary Konate (208-C/F-93, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) was not able to help La Palma (4-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked La Palma was crushed 74-52 in S'Arenal by the higher-ranked Palma (#7). Konate was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 6 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Konate's overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 5.3rpg.



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  MEXICO   


CIBACOPA: Nogales roster update - by Alejandro Martinez

Fuerza Guinda de Nogales has announced the signing of its three imports and its Mexican-American player for this upcoming season. They have come to terms with C R Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74, college: UALR) , F mxO'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82, college: Francis Marion) and G Dallas Logan (193-G-82, college: Northwood) . Ryan is returning to Nogales after having a sensational season in 2011 with the team, which earned him the honors of being named the best center that season. McCullough played for Nogales last season and was considered the team's MVP, leading the league in scoring for most of the season. Logan, considered one of the top guards to play in Mexico, is coming back to CIBACOPA after winning a Championship with Culiacan in 2010. On related news, the club also announced the signing of Mexican American G/F P.J. Reyes (196-G/F, college: Charleston Un.). Reyes just finished a succesful stint in Germany and a brief stop with Soles de Mexicali in the LNBP.The highly coveted explosive athletic wing player is expected to become a crowd favorite. Nogales opens preseason camp on March 18th under the guidance of head coach Andres Contreras with still one National spot to fill. For more information please visit www.fuerzaguinda.com.


Frayles de Guasave roster moves - by Alejandro Martinez

Frayles de Guasave announced the signing of its three imports and national player yesterday. The club announced the signing of returning wing man Eniel Polynice (195-G-88, college: Seton Hall) . Polynice had a brief stint with the club last year and left due to inury. Additionally, the club added F/C.Rob Robinson (203-F-87, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Robert Morris) . Robinson was taken by Guasave in the 1st round from Culiacan this past 2013 draft. Lastly, the club added F Eric Frederick (203-F-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) . This will be his first stint in Mexico. On the national side, the club has added C Jose Farrera (205-C/F-85) . Farrera played for Cananea last season and is considered a serviceable big that can play both 4 and 5 positions. The club still has an opening at the mexican american spot and among the names being mentioned is the one of Franco Harris, whose righst belong to two time champion Cananea. This seems to be a team that will rely heavily on size and boards. They will all start camp on 3/15 under the leadership of coach Marcelo Elusich.


Pepo Martnez wishes to coach Team Mexico - by Carlos Chapa

By Jesus Carvajal
Elnorte.com
After 12 years of living in Mexico and being the foreign coach with the most experience and knowledge of the LNBP, Puerto Rican coach Jose Martinez raises his hand in order to be considered to coach the Mexican National Team that will play in the FIBA Americas 2013.

The head coach of the reigning champions Toros Nuevo Laredo said that his dream is coaching Mexico, because there is enough talent that could be taken advantage of with a well-run program.

It would be an honor to coach the Mexican National Team because I have coached in Mexico for 12 years with good results, Pepo said.

The Boricua gave Toros their second title in the last three years, winning the final series in six games against Halcones Xalapa, a team with a stellar roster, the backbone of the National Team.

With a respectable team like Toros but without having an expensive group of players, Martinez has taken them to the semifinals and three finals in four years.

Martinez added that he knows Latin-American basketball to perfection, which is another advantage; he has coached in his home country Puerto Rico, Venezuela and other countries.

Im very interested and I would love being with Mexico, I have coached in some rival countries and I know their systems, he added.

The Mexican National Team has had Spanish coaches Josep Claros and Sergio Valdeolmillos on past tournaments, they had some achievements, but as many predecessors, they have stated their discomfort with some the front office.

Martinez on his part can lead with all those issues, but at the same time he would like to count on compromised players and a long training camp.

The talent of players like Gustavo Ayon, from the Milwaukee Bucks; Jorge Gutierrez from the NBA D-League and some other playing in Mexico and Europe could translate into a good roster.

What I would like is to have the opportunity to practice and to have the best possible talent available, he cleared.

Pepo said that the owner from Toros Nuevo Laredo and some other officials from the LNBP like Sergio Ganem have expressed their support.

They tell me that I have the merit to be there (coaching the national team), added Martinez, who has coached in Mexico since 2001.

If I wasnt working in Mexico I would be starving back at home. I have worked here for all those years and only work in Puerto Rico occasionally.





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Interview with Samir Saptahovic, former player of Primorka and a star player in Kosovo - by Darko Pekic

Do you remember Samir Shaptahovic (174-PG-81)? A lighting fast sharp shooter that played for Primorka in YUBA league and always fought hard on the court? Well, Samir Shaptahovic has been playing for over 10 ten years in Kosovo and helping one of the youngest basketball nations in Europe to make steps forward and try to join the rest of FIBA basketball community. Eurobasket.com did an interview with Samir and asked him about his past in Montenegro but also about his plans for the future.

Hi Samir, do you remember the day when you started playing basketball and is basketball the first sport that you loved?

I have began practicing basketball at the age of 9 in youth teams of Mornar. My first coach was Predrag Vujacic, and then I played in the cadet and junior teams of Mornar, and Vujacic followed me in all these youth categories. We won everything that was on the table in Montenegro. Of course that basketball was my first love and I have loved it since I was a child. My role model back than was Ranko Carapic (185-G-70, agency: Beo Basket), a great point guard.

You were a member of a very talented generation of Primorka, which was an example of how to work with young players. You succeeded in a short time to transform an anonymous club to a YUBA league member where you played in the season 2001/2002 and had excellent statistics (9.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 17ast, 1.8spg). What kind of memories do you have about Primorka and what was the secret of your success?

My generation was among most successful teams at the time- Slobodan Tosic (195-G-80, agency: BeoExcell), Mladen Sekularac (203-G/F-81), Petar Mijovic and others. Soon we all joined the first team of Mornar. For our efforts and work at that time was credited Dragan Bozinov. When I moved to the first team of Mornar, I was still a junior player, and Mihailo Pavicevic gave me a chance. Thats when my career started moving forward. After the fusion between the clubs from Bar (Mornar and Primorka) I joined Primorka. We started from the First Montenegrin league and in 3 seasons came to Yuba League which was a dream come true for every player. Our coach at that time was Milan Rondovic (agency: BBEH Cokrlija ). In YUBA league I had a very difficult competition, because my position was covered by two established names such as Radovan Pesic (186-G-72, agency: Beo Basket) and Gavrilo Pajovic (187-G-71). I've earned my minutes due to my hard work and effort. Primorka name is still in my heart and I remmember all the players and coaches that were a part of that project.

After an excellent season in Primorka how did you decide to move to MEB Prishtina, a team from the newly formed League of Kosovo?

I have moved to MEB Pristina, because I felt at that moment it was time to make a career out of Montenegro. My club Primorka received 30 000 euro as a transfer fee for my move to Pristina, and then definitely began my career ..

In those years Kosovo basketball was in great expansion. Clubs from Kosovo brought big names such as Acie Earl (208-F/C-70, college: Iowa), Jimmal Ball (179-PG-78, agency: ACMT, college: Akron), Goran Kalamiza (189-G-74) etc.. How you got used to the Kosovo league and how the transition influenced on you as a player?

At the time I arrived here basketball in Kosovo was in a large expansion and was accompanied by a very good media coverage and of course financially. Many former NBA players came, big names from Croatia and across Europe of course, and there were a lot of quality coaches from all over the world, and I learned a lot from all of them, especially from Bujar Ljoci from Kosovo Ekrem Menum from Turkey and Rudolf Jugo from Croatia.

In your first season in Kosovo you won the National Championship. In the meantime, you have built up your name in the Top Division in Kosovo and became a symbol of the League. How did Samir Shaptahovic change as a player in the last ten years?

With Pristina I won everything I was offered, from the Cup titles to the national championships. Of course in the last 10 years primarily I was formed as a man, then as a true basketball player who gained the right experience at point guard position.

How good is the current level of Kosovo League and what is the future of Kosovo basketball?

I sincerely hope that very soon Kosovo basketball will join Europe because these people and this country deserve it ..

Peja, your club, is currently first in the league of Kosovo, led by you and Dardan Berisha (193-SG-88, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) and coach Rudolf Jugo from the bench. What are your ambitions this year? How realistic would be to win the title?

My current club Peja is in the first position in this league, and on my team, I have very prominent names, such as Polish guard Dardan Berisha who will play at the European Championships this summer. The team is coached by one of the best Croatian coaches Rudolf Jugo . The Club's ambitions are clear- march to the national title and cup title but our eternity rival Pristina has the same goal. However I have no doubt that we can win it all this year.

What are your plans for the future? Do you plan to go back to Montenegro as a player or coach?

My plans are now tied to my ciub Peja but it is certain that I will return one day as a player because my dream is one day to finish my career where I started it long time ago.....

Thanks for the interview Samir. Greetings from Montenegro!

All the best to you and Montenegro be always be a part of my heart!



Nikola Vucevic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Montenegrins playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Nikola Vucevic (210-90, college: USC, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Vucevic could not help the Orlando Magic (17-45) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the Orlando Magic was edged 97-96 on the road by the Miami Heat. Vucevic recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 21 rebounds. He also added 4 assists. It's Vucevic's first season with the team. Vucevic is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Vucevic averages: 12.3ppg, 11.4rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 52.6% and FT: 68.4%. He is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Eurocup). Dubljevic led his Spanish team Valencia Basket to a victory over the leader Unics Kazan (4-2) 80-70 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. He was MVP of the game. Dubljevic recorded 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group J. Valencia Basket (4-2) is placed second. Dubljevic has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 55.3%(47-85), 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 81.0% in the 13 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Ivan Ivanovic
Ivan Ivanovic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international forward Ivan Ivanovic (205-80, currently plays in Romania). Ivanovic was the main contributor in a 1-point Gaz Metan's victory against the ninth-ranked CSU Sibiu (12-13) 75-74 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Sunday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Ivanovic recorded 27 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 3 assists. CS Gaz Metan Medias (17-8) is placed fifth in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This season Ivanovic has relatively solid stats: 13.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 56.5%(95-168), 3FGP: 36.5% and FT: 85.5%. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Serbian. Ivanovic played for the Montenegrin national team five years ago.

Vladimir Dragicevic
Vladimir Dragicevic
   #4. Power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to a Spartak St.Petersburg's victory against the leader Budivelnyk (4-2) 83-72 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group K. Spartak St.Petersburg (3-3) is placed second. Dragicevic has reliable stats this year: 10.6ppg and 4.6rpg in the 12 games. He is also Montenegrin national team player.

Suad Sehovic
Suad Sehovic
   #5. International swingman Suad Sehovic (196-87, currently plays in Ukraine) helped Khimik win their game against the 12th-ranked Dnipro (12-21) 81-72 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Thursday night. Sehovic was the top player that evening. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (20-13) is placed fifth in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Sehovic's stats this season are: 11.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Montenegrin and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sehovic plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Bojan Bakic
Bojan Bakic
   #6. Shooting guard Bojan Bakic (195-83, currently plays in Serbia) was the major contributor in Metalac's victory against the closely-ranked Vrsac (12-11) 87-76 in the Serbian A League in Saturday night's game. He scored 19 points and added 3 assists in 26 minutes. Vujic Metalac Valjevo (15-8) is placed third in the A League. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Bakic is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers with 14.5ppg. He also averaged so far 3.3rpg and 2.0apg in the 12 games. Bakic is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

Sead Sehovic
Sead Sehovic
   #7. International swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Hungary was not able to help Szolnok (7-16) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance Szolnok was edged 86-84 in Aleksandrovac by the leading Igokea. Sehovic was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Sehovic averaged so far 12.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.4apg. He is also Montenegrin national team player.

Goran Martinic
Goran Martinic
   #8. Point guard Goran Martinic (183-87, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Romania) was not able to secure a victory for CSM Bucuresti (15-10) in their game against Rovinari (12-13) in the Romanian Liga Nationala, despite his very good performance on Monday night. Martinic was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 7 assists in 36 minutes. But CSM Bucuresti was edged 86-84 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#11) Rovinari. It was CSM Bucuresti's third consecutive loss in a row. Martinic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in CSM Bucuresti's roster. Martinic is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (sixth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 20.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.3apg and 1.6spg in the 25 games. Martinic used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team back in 2007.

Milorad Sutulovic
Milorad Sutulovic
   #9. Former U20 international guard Milorad Sutulovic (196-90, currently plays in Balkan League) couldn't help OKK Beograd (0-4) in their game against Mornar Bar (1-3) in the Balkan League. Despite his very good performance in Tuesday night's game He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Sutulovic also added 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. There are only two games left until the end of the Balkan League Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Sutulovic averaged so far 10.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team three years ago.

Nikola Pekovic
Nikola Pekovic
   #10. Center Nikola Pekovic (209-86, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Minnesota Timberwolves (21-37) in their game against the Los Angeles Lakers (31-31) in the NBA. Pekovic scored 8 points. The Minnesota Timberwolves were crushed 116-94 in Los Angeles by the Lakers. It was Timberwolves' sixth consecutive loss in a row. This season Pekovic has very high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg and 8.8rpg. Pekovic is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

   #11. International power forward Milko Bjelica (205-84, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Caja Laboral in their game against Maccabi T-A in the Euroleague. He scored 5 points in 15 minutes. His team lost 62-66. This year Bjelica's overall stats are: 4.9ppg and 2.8rpg in the 19 games. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

   #12. Former U20 international power forward Filip Barovic (208-90, currently plays in Hungary) couldn't help Soproni in their game against ZTE KK in the Hungarian A Division. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. Barovic is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (second place). This season he has very high stats. Barovic averages: 17.1ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former U21 international power forward Igor Bijelic (207-88, currently plays in Bosnia) helped Mladost win their game against the closely-ranked Bosna ASA BHT 98-92 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I on Saturday night. Bijelic recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. He is currently seventh on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best blockers (first place). This season Bijelic has very high stats. He averages: 17.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4bpg. Bijelic used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team six years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international forward Marko Loncovic (200-91, currently plays in Portugal) couldn't help Barcelos in their game against Benfica in the Portuguese LPB, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. He was the top scorer with 28 points. Loncovic also added 9 rebounds in 40 minutes. But his team was crushed by 73 points 125-52. He is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (sixth place). Loncovic has very impressive stats this year: 21.0ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.2apg and 2.1spg in the 14 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team back in 2011.

   #15. International point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (188-82, another player represented by Beo Basket, college: St.John's, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Milko Bjelica and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Cook couldn't help Caja Laboral in their game against Maccabi T-A. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Cook scored only 3 points and added 4 assists. His team was defeated 66-62. Cook's total stats this season are: 3.0ppg, 1.1rpg and 3.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Cook is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

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

   #1. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in Euroleague) led his Spanish team Real Madrid to an overtime victory over the sixth-ranked Zalgiris (4-6) 105-104 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Mirotic had a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks (made all of his eighteen free throws !!!) in 35 minutes. Real Madrid (9-1) is placed first in group E. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Mirotic has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg and 5.4rpg in the 20 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish. Despite Mirotic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Spanish U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #2. Experienced Branko Cuic (197-G-78, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in a Targu Mures' victory against the seventh-ranked U-Mobitelco (17-8) 111-105 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Monday. Cuic had a double-double by scoring 18 points and making 10 passes. He also added 5 rebounds in 38 minutes. BC Mures Targu-Mures (18-7) is placed third in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Cuic is ranked fourth on the list of the best passers in the league with 5.8apg. This year he also averages: 13.4ppg and 6.4rpg in the 24 games.

   #3. Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81, currently plays in Serbia) led Vojvodina to a 1-point victory against the seventh-ranked Radnicki Basket (12-11) 68-67 in the Serbian A League last Saturday. Marojevic scored 13 points. KK Vojvodina Novi Sad (18-5) is placed first in the A League. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Marojevic's total stats this season are: 9.6ppg and 3.4rpg.

   #4. Balsa Radunovic (207-F/C-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) led Lirija to a 1-point victory over the league leader Kozuv (10-3) 79-78 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga on Sunday night. He was the top player that evening. Radunovic recorded 20 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in 37 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Lirija Skopje (10-3) is placed second in the Prva Liga. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Radunovic is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Radunovic averages: 16.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.7apg and 1.5spg in the 13 games.

   #5. Ranko Velimirovic (205-C/F-72, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Bosnia) led Mladost to a victory against the closely-ranked Bosna ASA BHT (13-6) 98-92 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I last Saturday. Velimirovic recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Mladost Mrkonjic Gradis placed in the Division I. Velimirovic has been at the team for four years. He averaged so far 11.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.1apg in the 17 games.

   #6. Mensud Julevic (200-PF-85, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League could not help Elektra (8-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Julevic's very good performance Elektra was edged 62-59 at home by the higher-ranked Maribor Messer (#3). He was the top scorer with 15 points. Julevic also added 5 rebounds. He averaged so far 12.8ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.9apg. Julevic is another player who holds two passports: Montenegrin and Slovenian. Despite his Montenegrin nationality, Julevic previously played for the Slovenian U21 national team and probably cannot be called to the Montenegrin team.

   #7. Boris Lalovic (209-C-81, currently plays in Bosnia), who plays in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I was not able to help Zrinjski HT (8-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Zrinjski HT lost 89-94 on the road to the lower-ranked (#10) Vogosca. Lalovic was the second best scorer with 21 points. He also added 8 rebounds and 6 assists in 50 minutes. Lalovic is currently third on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has very impressive stats this year: 19.6ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.6apg in the 18 games.

   #8. Petar Despotovic (194-G-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to secure a victory for Konstantin in their game against Sloboda in the Serbian A League. Despotovic scored 9 points and had 3 steals in 21 minutes. His team lost 68-80. This year Despotovic's total stats are: 9.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg in the 23 games. He has both Montenegrin and Serbian nationalities. Despite Despotovic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Serbian university national team.

   #9. Nikola Vucurovic (200-G/F-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) contributed to a Feni Indistrija's victory against the seventh-ranked Vardar 87-74 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga last Saturday. Vucurovic recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (made all of his five free throws). His total stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.5spg.

   #10. Bojan Subotic (203-F-90, currently plays in Adriatic League) managed to help Crvena Zvezda DIVA Beograd in a 2-point victoryagainst the 11th-ranked Cibona 97-95 in the Adriatic League on Saturday night. Subotic scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 10 minutes. This year his total stats are: 4.3ppg and 2.5rpg in the 21 games.



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Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 37-22 
 2. Brooklyn N. 36-26 
 3. Boston C. 34-27 
 4. Toronto R. 24-39 
 5. Philadelph.76 23-38 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 39-23 
 2. Chicago B. 35-27 
 3. Milwaukee B. 30-29 
 4. Detroit P. 23-41 
 5. Cleveland C. 21-41 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 46-14 
 2. Atlanta H. 34-27 
 3. Washington W. 19-41 
 4. Orlando M. 17-46 
 5. Charlotte B. 13-49 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 46-16 
 2. Denver N. 41-22 
 3. Utah Jazz 32-30 
 4. Portland TB 29-32 
 5. Minnesota T. 21-37 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 44-20 
 2. Golden St.W. 35-28 
 3. LA Lakers 32-31 
 4. Sacramento K. 22-42 
 5. Phoenix Suns 21-41 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 48-15 
 2. Memphis G. 41-19 
 3. Houston R. 34-29 
 4. Dallas M. 28-33 
 5. N.Orleans H. 21-41 

Regular Season: Round 124

Mar. 8: Detroit P. - Dallas M. 99-102
Mar. 8: Brooklyn N. - Washington W. 95-78
Mar. 8: Charlotte B. - Oklah.City T. 94-116
Mar. 8: Cleveland C. - Memphis G. 92-103
Mar. 8: Chicago B. - Utah Jazz 89-88
Mar. 8: Golden St.W. - Houston R. 88-94
Mar. 8: Orlando M. - Indiana P. 86-115
Mar. 8: Sacramento K. - Phoenix Suns 121-112
Mar. 8: LA Lakers - Toronto R. 118-116 OT
Mar. 8: Boston C. - Atlanta H. 107-102 OT
Mar. 8: San Antonio S. - Portland TB 106-136
Mar. 8: Miami Heat - Philadelph.76 102-93

Regular Season: Round 125

Mar. 9: Atlanta H. - Brooklyn N.
Mar. 9: New York K. - Utah Jazz
Mar. 9: Washington W. - Charlotte B.
Mar. 9: Memphis G. - N.Orleans H.
Mar. 9: Denver N. - Minnesota T.
Mar. 9: Phoenix Suns - Houston R.
Mar. 9: Golden St.W. - Milwaukee B.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.5 
 2. Anthony, New Y.28.2 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.8 
 4. James, Miami Heat27.0 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.2 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.4 
 7. Irving, Cleveland23.2 
 8. Curry, Golden S.22.1 
 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.11.8 
 4. Randolph, Memph.11.6 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.4 
 6. Vucevic, Orlan.11.3 
 7. Chandler, New Y.11.2 
 8. Lee, Golden St.W.11.1 
 9. Hickson, Portland.10.6 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.1 
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.8.7 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..7.7 
 6. Parker, San A.7.6 
 7. Nelson, Orlando M.7.5 
 8. Williams, Brooklyn7.5 
 9. Calderon, Toron.7.4 
 10. Rubio, Minnesot.7.2 
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.2.3 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.0 
 5. Walker, Charlott.1.9 
 6. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 7. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 8. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 9. Lin, Houston R.1.8 
 10. Jennings, Milwauk.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. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.8 
 4. Duncan, San A.2.7 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.2.2 
 7. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 8. McGee, Denver N.2.1 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.2.0 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


NBA announces Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers visits to Europe in October - by Eurobasket News

Right, then. Start calling up that calendar for October because the NBA has announced that two teams from the big league will be coming to Europe (presumably as part of the 2014 NBA Europe Live tour), with another six heading to other continents. From the NBA and Associated Press, the schedule looks like the following. The Oklahoma City Thunder will open the proceedings by playing Fenerbahe lker on Oct. 5 in Istanbul. The Philadelphia 76ers follow a day later against Uxue Bilbao in Spain. The Thunder and 76ers then meet on Oct. 8 in Manchester, England. The Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers will meet on Oct. 10 in Manila, Philippines, and again on Oct. 13 in Taipei, Taiwan. Also in Asia, the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers will play each other on Oct. 15 in Beijing and then again three days later in Shanghai. In South America, the Chicago Bulls will play the Washington Wizards on Oct. 12 in Rio de Janeiro.
Courtesy of: ballineurope.com



The Warriors ink Malcolm Thomas - by Eurobasket News

Golden State Warriors (NBA) agreed terms with 25-year old center Malcolm Thomas (206-98kg-88, college: San Diego State). He just played at Los Angeles D-Fenders. Thomas also spent the start of the season at Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israel earlier that year. In 13 games he had 6.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2bpg. The last season Thomas played at Rio Grande Valley Vipers. In two games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.0ppg, 11.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg and 4.0bpg. He was called during the season by the Houston Rockets. Thomas was tried-out by Austin Toros earlier that season. In four D-League games he recorded 9.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.3apg and 2.5bpg. He was called during the season by the San Antonio Spurs. But in three games he recorded only 0.3ppg and 1.0rpg.
Thomas has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he played in the final of D-League in 2012. Thomas was also voted USBasket.com All-D-League Forward of the Year in 2012.
He has played previously for LA Lakers.
Thomas attended San Diego State until 2011 and it is his second season as a professional player.

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Twelve games review from Friday night - by Eurobasket News

Golden St.W. - Houston R. 88-94
Chandler Parsons (6'9''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) scored 26 points, James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) had 20 points and 11 assists and the Houston Rockets overcame a horrendous shooting performance to beat the Golden State Warriors 94-88 on Friday night. Jeremy Lin added 15 points and seven rebounds to help Houston improve to 3-0 against his former team this season in a matchup for Western Conference playoff position. The Rockets (34-29) are one game behind the Warriors (35-28) for sixth place in the conference. Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) had 24 points and eight assists and Klay Thompson scored 22 points for Golden State, which fell to 2-1 during its season-long seven-game homestand. David Lee added 16 points and five rebounds for the Warriors despite bruising his right knee in the first half. The Warriors shot 37.9 percent from the floor, while the Rockets were held to 36.5 percent. The Rockets rallied to score the first nine points of the fourth quarter, going ahead 82-76 on Francisco Garcia's 3-pointer. Curry and Thompson each connected from beyond the arc sandwiched around another Houston basket, then the Warriors tied the game at 86 on Harrison Barnes' layup with 3:50 remaining. Harden, who shot just 3 of 17 from the floor, made 3 of 4 free throws over the next two possessions to lift the Rockets to an 89-86 lead. Lee's dunk off a pretty pick-and-roll pass from Curry brought the Warriors within a point before Harden made another from the line to extend Houston's lead to 90-88 with 1:09 to play. After Barnes missed a mid-range jumper, Lin got Curry in the air and drew a foul. Lin, cut by the Warriors last year before breaking out with the New York Knicks, made both free throws. Then Curry missed an open 3-pointer following a timeout, and Warriors coach Mark Jackson declined to foul the Rockets. Instead, Harden lost the ball to Lee, whose quick pass ahead to Curry was intercepted by Carlos Delfino to seal Houston's victory. The Rockets entered the game averaging 107 points, which was tied with Oklahoma City for the most in the NBA. Houston had reached 100 points in 17 of past 18 games. For the first time in a long time, the Rockets had to find another way to win late. The Rockets, who tied the NBA record with 23 made 3-pointers in a testy 140-109 rout of the Warriors in Houston on Feb. 5, started out strong from long range. They made 5 of 6 from beyond the arc to take a 17-16 lead to open the game. Golden State briefly lost Lee to a bruised right knee after the All-Star forward missed a rebound and fouled Thomas Robinson with 4:36 remaining in the quarter. Lee went to the locker room for observation, and he returned in the second half wearing a white wrap around the knee. The Warriors withstood Lee's limitations and Houston's shooters for most of the game. They started attacking the basket instead of settling on the perimeter, going ahead 41-28 on Curry's floater in the lane in the second quarter. The Rockets regained their rhythm from behind the arc. Houston ended the second quarter on a 22-7 run, making 10 of 20 3-pointers before halftime for a 50-48 lead. After Houston went ahead by seven in the third quarter, the Warriors found some relief from an unexpected place. Andrew Bogut's 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down highlighted 11 straight points to give Golden State a 70-66 lead. Bogut hadn't made a 3-pointer since Dec. 1, 2006. He is 2 for 23 from long range in his career. Bogut finished with three points and 11 rebounds in 28 minutes. Jackson chose to use a smaller lineup - Curry, Thompson, Barnes, Lee and Jarrett Jack - late in the fourth quarter instead of Bogut or another big man. Courtesy of: miamiherald.com

LA Lakers - Toronto R. 118-116 OT
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) hit the tying 3-pointer with 5 seconds left in regulation, then dunked for the go-ahead basket with 10 seconds left in overtime, helping the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Toronto Raptors 118-116 on Friday night for their second straight come-from-behind win. Two nights after rallying from 25 points down to win on the road at New Orleans, the Lakers came back from a 15-point deficit in regulation and a slow start in overtime to gain ground on Utah for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth. They also moved a game above .500. Bryant finished with 41 points and 12 assists, making 14 of 16 free throws, and Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) had 24 points and 13 rebounds while going 6 of 13 from the free-throw line. Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) led six Toronto players in double figures with 28 points. Rudy Gay and Alan Anderson (6'6''-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) added 17 points each, and Kyle Lowry had 15 points and 10 assists. Starter Andrea Bargnani left the game with a strained right elbow in the first quarter. The Lakers won their fifth in a row at home and 10th straight at Staples Center against Toronto, which was seeking its first-ever season sweep after winning 108-103 on Jan. 20. The Lakers found themselves playing catch-up nearly the entire game. Under defensive pressure in overtime, Bryant passed off to his teammates, but they repeatedly missed. Steve Nash finally hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 115 with 45 seconds left. Then Bryant's running dunk gave the Lakers their second lead of overtime. Howard fouled Alan Anderson, who made the first free throw and deliberately missed the second. But Aaron Gray fouled going for the ball, giving the Lakers possession. Nash got fouled and missed the first but made the second for a 118-116 lead. Gay's jumper missed as time expired, the same thing that happened to him when he took the last shot of regulation. Bryant and Howard combined to score 12 straight points in the fourth and Nash hit a 3-pointer as the Lakers trailed 103-99, the third time they closed within four points. Bryant's 3-pointer beat the shot clock and got the Lakers to 105-103. Anderson hit a jumper for the Raptors, who led 107-103. Bryant missed a 3-pointer, but after a timeout, he caught the inbounds pass from Nash and hit a 3-pointer that drew the Lakers within a point with 29 seconds to go. Howard fouled Lowry, who made both for a 109-106 lead with 8 seconds left. After another timeout, Bryant caught the inbounds from Steve Blake and fought through traffic to make the tying 3-pointer at 109-all. Bryant had the Lakers in rally mode in the third when they trailed by 13. He keyed a 13-5 run with eight straight points, including back-to-back 3-pointers, to get to 83-78. But then Bryant had two straight turnovers, and Antawn Jamison and Bryant missed 3-pointers to close the quarter trailing 89-79. Howard and Bryant combined to score 17 of the Lakers' 28 points in the second quarter, when they rallied from 15 points down to trail 59-53 at the break. Bryant only played the final five minutes of the period, scoring five points in that time. The Raptors shot 74 percent in the first quarter, outscoring Los Angeles 37-25. Toronto lost Bargnani with a strained right elbow after he scored two points in nine minutes. Courtesy of: foxsports.com

Charlotte B. - Oklah.City T. 94-116
Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) sat in his locker after the game with both of his legs completely wrapped in an air pressure leg massager. It must have been from habit. Durant's legs didn't get overworked Friday night as the Oklahoma City Thunder bolted to a 29-point lead in the third quarter and coasted to their fourth straight victory with a 116-94 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. After playing an average of 42 minutes in his last three games, Durant played less than half of the game but still managed to rack up 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds. But he was more than happy to watch most of the second half from the bench, particularly with the Thunder in the midst of four-game stretch in five nights. "It's good to get some rest," Durant said. "I played 45 minutes last night and tonight (the starters) basically played a half of basketball. That's good to get you re-energized for the next game. But it's also good that we have such a deep team." Depth is what won this one for the Thunder. Derek Fisher and Thabo Sefolosha both had 13 points for the Thunder, who blew open a close game with 19-0 run to start the second quarter with their second team on the floor. Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89) scored 12 points, and Russell Westbrook and Kevin Martin each chipped in with 11. The Thunder shot 59 percent from the field in the first three quarters to build a 90-66 lead and rested their starters the rest of the way. "That second unit is a defensive unit, but they've shown they can also score," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. Center Kendrick Perkins said it's been exciting to see how the second unit has progressed. "You are starting to get a real team chemistry with that unit as far as Fish, Reggie Jackson and Martin playing aggressive in the backcourt and Nick (Collison) taking charges and getting his hands on the ball. They're doing a great job." The Thunder have won seven of their last eight. Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Duke) scored 21 points to lead the Bobcats, who have lost nine straight overall and 22 of their last 24 games at home. The Thunder swept the season series, beating the Bobcats by a combined 67 points. After getting blown out by 45 points at Oklahoma City in their earlier meeting on Nov. 26, the Bobcats seemed determined early on not to let this one get away. They led 29-28 at the end of the first quarter behind the hot shooting of Henderson, who knocked down his first five shots for 11 points. But Charlotte's lead was short-lived. Eventually, the Thunder's talent and depth began to overwhelm the NBA-worst Bobcats. Oklahoma City opened the second quarter by scoring 19 straight points as the Bobcats missed their first 10 shots and took nearly six minutes before Josh McRoberts knocked down an 18-footer to end a seemingly endless scoring drought. "We just couldn't keep them from scoring," Henderson said. "At one point in the second quarter, we were down 18 and we didn't know we got there. We just couldn't stop them from scoring. That's where they're a well-oiled machine." The Thunder held a double-digit lead the rest of the way, taking a 64-50 lead into the locker room after shooting 62.2 percent from the field in the opening half. Half of their points came in the paint as Ibaka was dominant, scoring almost at will. The Thunder outrebounded the Bobcats 49-37. This was a break in a tough stretch of games for Oklahoma City, which defeated the Clippers, Lakers and Knicks before their arrival in Charlotte. They'll see stiffer competition when they host Boston on Sunday and visit Sacramento on Monday. While it may be hard to believe, the Bobcats had a 7-5 record the last time they faced the Thunder. But their season seemed to turn with that devastating 114-69 loss. The Bobcats are 6-44 since that game and own the worst record in the NBA for the second straight season. Courtesy of: newsobserver.com

Sacramento K. - Phoenix Suns 121-112
Isaiah Thomas (5'8''-PG-89, college: Washington) scored 27 points and Tyreke Evans had 25 for the Sacramento Kings, who defeated the Phoenix Suns 121-112 on Friday night. It was a rare win for the Kings (22-42), who had dropped nine of their previous 11 games and escaped the bottom of the Western Conference. Phoenix and New Orleans, both 21-41, now share the worst record in the West. The Kings shot 55 percent and converted six straight free throws in the final 16 seconds to secure the victory. Marcus Thornton made five 3-pointers and scored 23 points for the Kings. DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) had 22 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for Sacramento. Jason Thompson had 12 points. Michael Beasley (6'10''-F-89, college: Kansas St.) scored 24 points for the Suns, who had beaten the Kings in five straight, including twice this season. Wesley Johnson had 19 points and Goran Dragic had 17 points and 16 assists. Luis Scola had 14 points and nine rebounds. After two very subpar games, Cousins came out strong in the opening quarter when he scored the Kings' first eight points. He made all three shots in the first quarter and had 10 rebounds and five assists. Down by 11 points, the Suns scored seven straight with Johnson's two free throws to cut the lead to 116-112 with 46 seconds left. Evans converted two free throws to give the Kings a six-point cushion. In his previous two games, both losses, Cousins shot a combined 3 of 23 and had 13 points. He also appeared disinterested, and Kings coach Keith Smart didn't play him the majority of the fourth quarter in both games. Trailing by 11, the Suns ran off nine unanswered points to pull within 98-95. But Thornton followed with a 3-pointer and added two jumpers, giving the Kings a 109-100 lead with 4:34 remaining. The Suns played without starting center Marcin Gortat, who had started 138 straight games. Gortat suffered a mid-foot sprain to his right foot in Wednesday's lopsided 98-71 home loss to Toronto and maybe lost for the season. After going scoreless in the third quarter, Cousins tossed into a left-handed hook shot over the Suns' Hamed Haddadi. The basket at the 8:52 mark gave Sacramento a 96-85 lead. Sacramento is trying to keep the team in the city and not be sold to a Seattle group. Commissioner David Stern commented on the issue Friday night before the Houston-Golden State game in Oakland. Stern noted that the Kings' offer to keep the team in Sacramento was substantially lower than the $341 million being offered by Seattle hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer and needed to be increased. Stern said he expected the offer to buy the Kings from the Maloof family ownership by 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov and billionaire Ron Burkle would increase in the coming weeks. Sacramento Mayor, Kevin Johnson, who attended the game, said he remains confident an appropriate offer will be made to keep the team in Sacramento. Johnson and city officials are also working on a downtown arena plan. The NBA board of governors is expected to vote in mid-April on the fate of the Kings. Thomas continued his torrid shooting in the third quarter, scoring 11 points and helping the Kings take an 89-82 lead into the fourth. His 3-pointer gave Sacramento a 76-69, its biggest margin in the quarter. Cousins had a huge first half with 18 points and seven rebounds for the Kings, who led 59-57. Thomas made all three 3-point attempts and scored 13 points. Scola, Johnson and Dragic all had 10 points for Phoenix. Courtesy of: ledger-enquirer.com

San Antonio S. - Portland TB 106-136
Damian Lillard (6'2''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) had 35 points and nine assists and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the San Antonio Spurs 136-106 on Friday night to set a record for most points by an opponent at the AT&T Center. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) added 26 points and J.J. Hickson had 23 points and 11 rebounds for Portland, which handed San Antonio its worst loss this season. Eric Maynor added 20 points off the bench and Wesley Matthews had 15 points. Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) had 18 points to lead the Spurs, who were playing their third straight game without All-Star point guard Tony Parker. Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard added 16 points apiece and Cory Joseph had 13 points. San Antonio had difficulty keeping pace with Portland's athleticism in losing for only the fourth time in 29 home games this season. The Trail Blazers were 13 for 21 on 3-pointers and also shot 61 percent overall from the field to upend the Spurs, who entered the game with the league's best record. Hickson and Aldridge dominated early, combining for 33 points and seven rebounds in the first half. Lillard scored 25 points in the second half as Portland outscored San Antonio 46-24 in the final quarter. San Antonio closed within 107-95 on a 6-0 run, but Lillard ended the streak with a 3 that led Maynor to shout "Man down!" as he waited to enter the game. Lillard's 3 sparked a 14-4 run that included three 3s and three free throws by Portland's rookie point guard after he was fouled attempting a 3. Hickson scored 19 points in the first half, going 8 for 11 on a mix jumpers and layups against several Spurs defenders. Courtesy of: kansascity.com

Chicago B. - Utah Jazz 89-88
Marco Belinelli (6'5''-G-86) made a 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left to lift the Chicago Bulls to an 89-88 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night. Belinelli missed a potential tying jumper, but got a second chance when Joakim Noah grabbed the rebound. Jimmy Butler then swung the ball back out to Belinelli in the corner, and he connected on the fallaway 3 to put Chicago in front to stay. Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Butler) missed a jumper on the other end for Utah, and Butler secured the rebound as the horn sounded. Belinelli and Carlos Boozer had 22 points apiece for Chicago, which opens a difficult three-game California road trip at the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. Nate Robinson finished with 14 points and seven assists, and Boozer also had 10 rebounds. Al Jefferson (6'10''-F/C-85) scored 23 points in his return to the lineup for Utah, which has dropped six of seven. Marvin Williams had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and fellow reserve Derrick Favors added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Utah trailed by nine at halftime, but Jefferson and Williams combined for 19 points in the third quarter to get the Jazz back in the game. Favors then scored six points in a 10-0 run that gave Utah an 81-76 lead with 7:22 to go. But short-handed Chicago managed to rally for a sorely needed victory. The Bulls played without Taj Gibson, Kirk Hinrich and Richard Hamilton while they await a resolution to the soap opera surrounding injured All-Star Derrick Rose. Gibson is rehabbing a sprained left knee, Hinrich is out with a sore right foot and Hamilton is having a lower back issue. Rose has been out all season after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in last year's playoff opener against Philadelphia. The 2011 NBA MVP continues to practice without restrictions, but his return from remains up in the air. "He's been cleared to do everything there is," coach Tom Thibodeau said before the game. "Before he makes the final step, everyone has to get together and sign off. That hasn't happened yet. The most important part of this is that we have to trust Derrick, and I trust him." The Jazz got Jefferson back after he missed three games due to a sprained left ankle, and the 6-foot-10 center had an immediate impact. Jefferson got the ball on Utah's first possession and spun away from Noah for a dunk as the Jazz made their first five shots of the game. He had another big jam in the second quarter, driving in and throwing it down over Nazr Mohammed to give Utah a 37-35 lead. Belinelli responded with a four-point play on the other end, helping the Bulls pull away to a 55-46 halftime lead. Boozer had 14 points at the break, and Robinson had 10 points, six assists and five rebounds in the first two quarters. Courtesy of: galvestondailynews.com

Miami Heat - Philadelph.76 102-93
So many streaks. And the Miami Heat made sure they all survived. LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) added 22 points and the Heat pulled away late to beat Philadelphia 102-93 on Friday night - their 12th straight regular-season win over Philadelphia, their 13th in a row at home and most importantly, their 17th straight victory overall. For good measure, it all came on a night where James got to take the final 8 minutes off, a bit of unplanned rest that started with the outcome not exactly decided, either. "We got better tonight," James said. "And that's the most important thing." Chris Bosh scored 16 points, Ray Allen added 12 and Shane Battier scored 11 for the Heat, who matched the 12th-longest winning streak in NBA history and became the first team in the league to clinch a playoff spot this season. James went to the bench with 8:02 left and with the Heat only leading by eight. Philadelphia never got any closer than that from there, and James wound up logging his 11th-shortest night of the season in terms of minutes, playing just over 34 on Friday. "Good team win, particularly in the second half," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Our bench was really dialed in." Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) scored 25 points, Dorell Wright (6'9''-F-85) added 14 and Spencer Hawes finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the 76ers, who lost their 12th straight on the road. Jrue Holiday added a game-high 13 assists for Philadelphia. The 76ers got outscored 48-31 in the final 19 minutes. "I've very proud of them," Philadelphia coach Doug Collins said. "Our guys fought tonight. They did a tremendous job and it's just that Miami is a great, great team and that's what happens with great teams. They ratchet it up on you and squeeze you for about five or six minutes and then they take the game. That's what championships have always done, so I couldn't ask any more of our guys. I thought they did everything they could do." Down by nine in the third quarter, the Heat took a 76-75 lead when James beat the buzzer to end the period with a 3-pointer, then took control with what became a 17-4 run over a 5-minute stretch of the fourth. "Anytime you can hit a big shot like that at the end of the quarter, it definitely is a momentum-shifter," Young said. "And I think that's what got them going and they came out and just jumped out on us on the fourth." Philadelphia gave the Heat all they wanted for the first three quarters, taking a quick 18-11 lead, then making its first five attempts from 3-point range in the second quarter, and finally going on a spurt in the third that had Miami facing a 60-51 deficit at one point. Much as they did in the first 16 of these wins, the Heat - who host Indiana in a playoff rematch on Sunday - found a way. Miami had 10 assists on 12 field goals in the third quarter and took a second-half lead for the first time on a brilliant move by Bosh - who spun to his right, got fouled by Hawes and scored with his left hand anyway, all while being off-balance. His free throw put the Heat up 65-64. Wright, whose career started in Miami, hit a 3-pointer to put Philadelphia back up 71-67, before the Heat closed the third with a trio of 3-pointers from Mario Chalmers, Battier and then James, whose buzzer-beater came seconds after he was hit in the throat area by Philadelphia's Damien Wilkins. James shook off the hit, made the 3, then took a brief look at the Philadelphia bench for emphasis. He was fired up, and the mood permeated everyone on the Miami side in the fourth, when the Heat pulled away. "With the atmosphere here in Miami and with what we had on the line with the streak that everybody outside is probably tired of hearing about, we knew they were going to play very well," Wade said. "We were able to work the game, work the game, until we were able to pull away." Miami had some big moments in the early going, including one possession where James had three offensive rebounds - two off his own misses - before scoring, and another when Chris Andersen blocked shots by Evan Turner in succession to set up a possession where James got an alley-oop dunk. But Philadelphia didn't go away, fueled by the second-quarter 3-point barrage, and nine points by Wright in just 4:28 of the third quarter. The fourth, however, was all Miami, even with James on the bench for the final minutes. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

Cleveland C. - Memphis G. 92-103
Marc Gasol scored 22 points and the Memphis Grizzlies held off a late run for a 103-92 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. Memphis, which strengthened its hold on the fourth spot in the Western Conference playoff race, has won 11 of 12 and is 12-4 since trading star forward Rudy Gay to Toronto on Jan. 30. The Grizzlies' previous victory in Cleveland came on Nov. 29, 2003, LeBron James' rookie season with the Cavaliers. Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke), who missed Cleveland's morning shootaround with flu-like symptoms, scored a team-high 24 points. Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) and Jerryd Bayless (6'3''-PG-88, college: Arizona) each scored 17 points and Grizzlies pulled away after the Cavaliers cut the lead to 88-84 with 5:21 to play. Conley also had 11 assists while Bayless scored 11 points in the fourth quarter. Memphis trailed 51-48 at halftime, but Gasol and Ed Davis combined for 18 points in the third quarter to help the Grizzlies build a double-figure lead. Gasol scored 10 in the period while Davis, starting for the injured Zach Randolph, added eight. Memphis took a 72-61 lead with 4:22 remaining and still led 80-69 after three quarters. Randolph, the Grizzlies' leading scorer with a 15.7 average, missed his third straight game because of a sprained left ankle. Irving re-entered the game with 6:31 remaining in the fourth quarter and scored a minute later on a left-handed drive to the basket, cutting the lead to 88-84. Bayless hit a 3-pointer while Conley scored on a drive and added a jumper to push the lead to 95-86. Irving, the Cavaliers' All-Star point guard, was listed as doubtful Friday morning. He said he began filling ill Thursday night, but felt better after going to the doctor and resting most of Friday. Irving arrived at the arena about 90 minutes before game time and said he was going to play. He was 11 of 21 from the field and had three assists in 36 minutes. Irving was recently held out of three games to rest a hyperextended right knee. He said following Wednesday's win over Utah that the injury was still bothering him. Coach Byron Scott said Thursday he would consider shutting down Irving again, rather than risk him making it worse. Irving said before Friday's game his knee was fine and he wasn't getting shut down. Dion Waiters, who usually starts in the backcourt with Irving, returned after missing two games with the flu that has been affecting the Cavaliers' players and coaches. Waiters scored three points and missed all four shots in 21 minutes. Cavaliers forward Alonzo Gee (6'6''-G-87, college: Alabama) ended the first quarter by hitting a 65-foot shot at the buzzer. Gee scored 12 points while C.J. Miles had 13. The Grizzlies had 10 players score in the first half, but none in double figures. The game marked the first meeting between the teams since they made a trade on Jan. 22 that sent center Marreese Speights and guard Wayne Ellington to the Cavaliers for forward Jon Leuer. Speights scored nine points while Ellington had seven. Leuer scored four points for the Grizzlies. Courtesy of: gadsdentimes.com

Detroit P. - Dallas M. 99-102
O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) scored 22 points and the Dallas Mavericks held on to beat the Detroit Pistons 102-99 on Friday night when Charlie Villanueva missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds. Dallas began the night 4 1/2 games behind eighth-place Utah in the race for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Mavericks blew a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter, allowing Detroit to go ahead 97-96 on a 3-pointer by Khris Middleton. Dirk Nowitzki made two straight shots to put Dallas ahead by three. It was 100-99 after Villanueva caught Jose Calderon's airball and made a layup with 6 seconds left. Darren Collison made two free throws for the Mavericks, and Villanueva missed from the left corner. It was the opener of a four-game road trip for the Mavericks that might represent their last chance to start making up ground and extend their streak of playoff appearances to 13 seasons. Mayo went 5 of 8 from 3-point range and teammate Mike James was 4 of 6. Dallas shot 11 of 21 from beyond the arc. Brandon Knight (6'3''-G-91, college: Kentucky) scored 21 points for the Pistons. Detroit coach Lawrence Frank missed his second straight game because of a personal matter, and assistant Brian Hill filled in. Down 88-73 in the fourth, Detroit started its rally by scoring six straight points. The Pistons were still down 95-88 when Middleton and Villanueva made consecutive 3-pointers to set up a tense finish. Brandan Wright (6'9''-F-87, college: N.Carolina) scored 14 points for the Mavericks, and Nowitzki and James added 12 each. Greg Monroe had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit. Middleton, a rookie who was taken in the second round of last year's draft, scored a season-high 14 points. He'd scored 37 all season prior to the game. Dallas led 76-71 after three quarters, then started the fourth on a 12-2 run capped by two 3-pointers by Vince Carter. Knight then missed a layup while alone on a fast break, and it looked as though the Mavericks would have little trouble closing out the game. It turned out Detroit had one more run left, but the Pistons still lost for the seventh time in eight games. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

Brooklyn N. - Washington W. 95-78
The buzz began almost immediately. It lasted until late in the fourth quarter. Every time Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) touched the ball, a burst of energy surged through the building. Everyone in Barclays Center, with the exception of the Wizards, wanted Williams to keep shooting. No matter what. 'I thought they were going to boo me one time because I didn't shoot it,' Williams said. He was laughing. Williams put himself in the record books while leading the Nets to a 95-78 win over Washington on Friday night. His 42 points were a team high for the season. His 11 three-pointers, on 15 attempts, set a franchise record. His nine threes before halftime set an NBA first-half record. 'Deron was hot, man. He was hot like fish grease,' said Reggie Evans (6'8''-F/C-80, college: Iowa), who had career-high 24 rebounds. For most of the season Williams has been slowed by inflammation to both ankles and looked like a shell of the star point guard he was in his first 5 seasons in Utah. But on Friday night, Williams was unquestionably the best player on the floor. 'I feel great,' Williams said. 'Night and day from the beginning of the season. Mentally and physically.' He torched John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) (16 points), one of the NBA's best young point guards, for most of his early points. And until the fourth quarter, he was the only Net in double figures. The reason? Simple. It was best to just give Williams the ball and get out of the way. 'We were force-feeding him,' guard Joe Johnson said. 'In that first half, he was just flowing.' By the time most of the sellout crowd settled into their seats, Williams already was well into his remarkable evening. Less than five minutes into the game, Williams was 6-for-6 from three-point range. With every shot, the arena grew more boisterous. When Williams hit his seventh three of the first quarter - with 4:01 remaining - the energy in the arena was palpable. In less than eight minutes, Williams had drained more three-pointers than any Net in a game this season. It was the wrong night to show up late. 'I just found myself really open,' Williams said. 'They were helping off me and going under screens, so I hit the first couple - and when those shots leave your hand, they feel like they're good, so I just kept shooting.' Williams finished with 23 first-quarter points, staking the Nets to a 38-14 lead. That's correct. Williams outscored the Wizards, 23-14, in the first 12 minutes, despite playing only 10 of them. Williams went 8-for-9 from the field, including 7-for-7 from three-point range, a franchise record for most three-pointers in a quarter. Williams' pace slowed in the second, but the Nets finished the first half with a 59-33 lead. Williams matched the Wizards' output with 33 and was 9-for-11 from beyond the arc. Williams still was outscoring the Wizards early in the third when he made his 10th three, surpassing Vince Carter to set a franchise record. He made his 11th late in the fourth, and had a shot to tie the NBA record of 12, but it hit the back iron. Williams said he had 'no idea' during the game of any of the records he was chasing. 'If had done this in a loss, it definitely wouldn't have meant anything,' Williams said. 'So all the records are good, good stories to tell your kids and your grandkids when you get older, but I'm just after one thing and that's a championship.' Courtesy of: northjersey.com

Boston C. - Atlanta H. 107-102 OT
Jason Terry (6'2''-PG-77, college: Arizona) hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 35 seconds left in overtime and the Boston Celtics rallied after blowing a big lead in regulation and beat the Atlanta Hawks 107-102 on Friday night. The Celtics blew a 12-point fourth-quarter lead and trailed by four in overtime before outshooting the Hawks from beyond the arc in overtime. Jeff Green, Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) and Terry all hit 3-pointers in the OT and the Celtics held the Hawks without a point for the final 1:20 to clinch Boston's fifth straight win. Pierce finished with 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Kevin Garnett had 17 points and eight rebounds and Terry scored 19, 11 more than Atlanta's reserves combined. Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) scored 32 points and Jeff Teague had 26 points and nine assists for the Hawks, who outscored the Celtics 48-32 in the paint. Al Horford added 22 points and Devin Harris scored 12 for Atlanta. Four starters scored in double figures for the Hawks, but only two other players scored at all for Atlanta in its fourth loss in five games. The Hawks did make it a thrilling finish in a game Boston appeared to have in hand after a 10-0 run early in the fourth quarter. Atlanta still had time and didn't panic, using a 13-4 run to get back in it and force overtime. Kyle Korver's 3-pointer with 1:31 left tied it at 92-all and was just the second field goal by a reserve for the Hawks. Pierce answered with a jumper, then Smith set up Horford on an alley-oop dunk to tie it up again. The Hawks led 98-96 in overtime when Green got lucky for the Celtics with a 3-pointer that bounced high off the rim initially, but somehow stayed on target and went in after two more fortunate bounces and the Celtics had their first lead of overtime at 99-98. Smith answered right away with a 3-pointer, which Pierce matched with 1:37 left to put the Celtics ahead 102-101. It was tied at 102 when Terry continued the 3-point frenzy on a 25-footer with 35 seconds remaining. Atlanta turned it over on a bad pass by Smith and Terry drew a foul, sealing the game with a pair of free throws. Courtesy of: newsobserver.com



The Hornets add Harris to their roster - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Hornets (NBA) added to their roster 26-year old guard Terrel Harris (196-86kg-87, college: Oklahoma State). He just played at Rio Grande Valley Vipers. In 12 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.3apg and 1.1spg this season. Harris was called during the season by the Miami Heat. But in 7 games he averaged only 1.4ppg and 1.3rpg. The last season he was tested by EnBW Ludwigsburg (BBL) in German league. In 6 games he averaged only 2.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.0apg.
Harris has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won NBA championship title in 2012. Harris was also voted Big 12 All-Defensive Team back in 2009 at his college time.
Harris has played previously professionally in France (Strasbourg IG) and other D-League team (Maine Red Claws).
He attended Oklahoma State until 2009 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Long, lean and athletic guard. Solid shooter with a silky shooting stroke. Really good at coming off of screens and ready to shoot. Active and pesky defender.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nbatransactions)



LA Clippers ink Maalik Wayns - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) signed 22-year old point guard Maalik Wayns (187-88kg-91, college: Villanova). He just played at Rio Grande Valley Vipers. In 9 games he had 12.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.0apg and 1.1spg this season. Wayns was called during the season by the Philadelphia 76ers. In 21 games he recorded only 2.6ppg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Wayns' team was regular season runner-up in Big East in 2010. He was also voted NABC Division I All-District 5 1st Team in 2012 at his college time.
Wayns was a member of USA U18 National Team back in 2008.
He graduated from Villanova University in 2012 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  NBLCANADA   

NBLC Standings

NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 31-5 
 2. Summerside S. 22-15 
 3. Windsor Exp. 20-18 
 4. Moncton M. 20-20 
 5. St.John M.R. 19-19 
 6. Halifax R. 18-18 
 7. Oshawa P. 18-19 
 8. Montreal J. 2-36 

Regular Season: Round 32

Mar. 6: Oshawa P. - Windsor Exp. 65-101
Mar. 5: Summerside S. - St.John M.R. 140-95
Mar. 8: Montreal J. - St.John M.R. 113-143
Mar. 8: Windsor Exp. - London L. 108-107 OT
Mar. 8: Summerside S. - Oshawa P. 105-100

Regular Season: Round 34

Mar. 9: Halifax R. - Oshawa P.
Mar. 10: Montreal J. - London L.
Mar. 10: Summerside S. - Halifax R.


Storm announces roster moves - by Eurobasket News

The Summerside Storm of the National Basketball League of Canada announced two roster moves late Wednesday night. The Storm signed point guard Royce Parran (5'9''-G-85, college: Chicago St.), and placed Brandon Hassell (6'11''-F-86, college: Penn St.) on the injured reserve list. Hassell did not play in Tuesday nights 140-95 home-court victory over the Saint John Mill Rats. Parran is no stranger to the NBL of Canada as he scored over 13 points per game with the Quebec Kebs last season. Parran, who played his college ball at Chicago State University, is a Chicago native. Parran is expected to be in a Storm uniform on Friday night, when the Oshawa Power visits Eastlink Arena for a 7 p.m. start. Courtesy of: journalpioneer.com


Storm clinch Atlantic Division title with back-to-back wins - by Eurobasket News

Summerside S. - St.John M.R. 140-95
Once the Summerside Storm got rolling offensively, there would be no looking back in an important lopsided win over the Saint John Mill Rats on Tuesday night. The Storm, keyed by back-to-back three-pointers from Chris Cayole (6'7''-F-85, college: St.Michael's) and Willy Manigat to start the second quarter, went on to outscore the Mill Rats 41-17 in the period en route to building a 30-point lead at halftime - 70-40. The final score of the National Basketball League of Canada contest was 140-95. The win reduced the Storm's magic number of clinching the Atlantic Division to two while improving their record to 22-14 (won-lost). The Mill Rats, one of five teams battling for three playoff spots, fell to 18-19. Omari Johnson (6'9''-F-89, college: Oregon St.) poured in a game-high 26 points to lead the Storm while Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) had 24. Chris Cayole (18), Louis Birdsong Jr. (14), Willy Manigat (14), Doug McKinney (12) and Al Stewart (12) also hit double digits for the Storm. Kenny Jones (6'6''-PF-84, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Kentucky St.) led the Mill Rats with 18 points while Jerice Crouch sank 15 and Cavell Johnson had 14. The win avenged the Storm's 100-89 loss in Saint John on Feb. 21, when the Mill Rats overcame a 24-point deficit at halftime. The Storm, who began a five-game homestand to close out the regular season against Saint John, hosts the Oshawa Power (18-17) on Friday at 7 p.m., and the Halifax Rainmen (18-18) visit the Prince County city for a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Courtesy of: journalpioneer.com

Oshawa P. - Windsor Exp. 65-101
The playoff hopes of the Oshawa Power flickered badly Wednesday night, as a complete second-half collapse resulted in a 101-65 thrashing at the hands of the visiting Windsor Express. Trailing only by a point, 42-41, at halftime, the Power were out-scored 32-15 in the third quarter and, worse yet, 27-9 in the fourth to drop their sixth straight game and fall to 18-18 in the National Basketball League of Canada. Stefan Bonneau (5'10''-PG, college: C.W. Post) led the Express with 20 points, while Larry Diamond (6'2''-G-86, college: Morehouse) had a team-high 17 for the Power at the GM Centre. With five of the league's eight teams making the playoffs, and London and Summerside already clinching, there's still a five-way battle for the final three spots. Windsor (19-18) moved ahead of Oshawa with the win, while Moncton (20-20), Halifax (18-18) and Saint John (18-19) are all in the mix as well. The Power travel east this weekend for games in Summerside Friday and Halifax Saturday before closing out the season next week, with a home game against Saint John Wednesday and a road date with Windsor Saturday, March 16. Courtesy of: durhamregion.com

Summerside S. - Oshawa P. 105-100
The Summerside Storm clinched the Atlantic Division title of the National Basketball League of Canada on Friday night. The Storm defeated the Oshawa Power 105-100 before over 2,000 enthusiastic fans at Eastlink Arena. The win, which also guaranteed the Storm the No. 2 seed and home-court advantage in the semifinals, improved Summerside's record to 23-14 (won-lost). Oshawa fell to 18-19. Brandon Robinson poured in a game-high 35 points to lead the Storm, and Omari Johnson also had a big game with a 34-point effort. Johnson added a key three-pointer with 54.2 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring and give the Storm a five-point lead. Nick Okorie (6'1''-PG-88, college: Texas Tech) had a big game for the Power as he sank 34 points. Once again the Storm's depth played a big role as Summerside's bench outscored Oshawa's by 20 points - 49-29. The Storm is back in action on Sunday, when the Halifax Rainmen visit Eastlink Arena for a 2 p.m. start. Courtesy of: journalpioneer.com

Montreal J. - St.John M.R. 113-143
The Saint John Mill Rats, presented by Rogers, posted a strong second half, scoring 82 points, en route to an important 143-113 road win over the Montreal Jazz. The Jazz played Saint John shot for shot and basket for basket in the first half as the teams went into the intermission tied at 61. But the Mill Rats wasted no time jumping on the Jazz out of the break. A 14-4 run gave Saint John a 75-65 lead and they never looked back. Kenny Jones dropped 34 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, Antonio Burks (6'6''-F-82, college: SF Austin) had 19 points on 5-7 from three, and Melvin Council scored 18 going 3-3 from behind the arc. Other Mill Rats in double figures included Montrealer Sheray Thomas with 14, Steve Deluca 12, and Cavell Johnson and Mike Anderson with 10 each. Jerice Crouch handed out 11 assists. Farnold Degand scored 27 points for the Jazz and Courtland Bluford 18. Saint John improves to 19-19 on the season and keeps their playoff hopes alive. Their next game is a Western road swing to Oshawa on March 13th and at the Windsor Express on March 15th. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Windsor Exp. - London L. 108-107 OT
The Windsor Express won an exciting overtime thriller, 108-107, over the London Lightning at the WFCU Centre, March 8. Kevin Loiselle split a pair of free throws with two seconds to go in overtime to seal the victory. It was a missed free-throw by London's Jermaine Blackburn with the game tied and one second left in regulation (after a questionable foul call) that gave the Express second life. Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC, college: Ill.-Springfield) led all scorers with 27 points, creating fouls and extending a lot of scoring opportunities into three-point plays. Chris Commons had 26 points and was a catalyst in the Express comeback late in the fourth quarter, hitting a pair of three-point shots and clutch free throws down the stretch before fouling out in overtime. The player of the game, however, was Stefan Bonneau. The reserve point guard scored 22 points, had eight assists and six defensive rebounds while controlling the pace of the game in the final minutes. His two made free throws put the Express up by one with 3 seconds left remaining before Blackburn's heart-stopping missed free throw sent the game to overtime. University of Windsor graduate Greg Surmacz played well in front of the hometown fans, leading the Express with fourteen rebounds while chipping in with nine points and five assists in over 43 minutes of playing time. Four Lightning players scored in double-digit figures in the loss, led by Marvin Phillips (6'7''-F-83, college: Claflin)' 25 points. The win was Windsor's fifth in a row and tenth in twelve games. They now hold a 20-18 record and sit in third place overall in the National Basketball League of Canada standings. The final two games in the regular home season are March 15 and 16 at 7PM when the Express host the St. John Millrats and Oshawa Power. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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  NCAA1   

Top 25 - Men

A-Sun Standings
 1. Mercer 15-4 (22-10) 
 2. Florida Gulf Coast 14-4 (22-9) 
 3. Stetson 11-7 (14-15) 
 4. USC Upstate 9-10 (15-17) 
 5. N.Kentucky 8-8 (10-14) 
 6. N.Florida 8-9 (13-17) 
 7. E.Tenn.St. 8-10 (10-19) 
 8. Jacksonville 7-10 (12-18) 
 9. Lipscomb 6-12 (11-17) 
 10. Kennesaw St. 2-15 (3-26) 

Regular Season: Round 118

Mar. 8: Bowling Green - Buffalo 76-65
Mar. 8: Dartmouth - Cornell 76-62
Mar. 8: Yale - Princeton 71-66
Mar. 8: Wichita St. - Missouri St. 69-59
Mar. 8: N.Iowa - Illinois St. 65-73
Mar. 8: Creighton - Drake 65-53
Mar. 8: Akron - Kent St. 64-68
Mar. 8: Brown - Pennsylvania 64-66
Mar. 8: Harvard - Columbia 56-51
Mar. 8: Seton Hall - Rutgers 51-56
Mar. 8: Evansville - Indiana St. 50-51
Mar. 8: Chattanooga - NC-Greensboro 81-87
Mar. 8: Florida Atlantic - Troy 79-81 OT
Mar. 8: W.Carolina - Citadel 76-61
Mar. 8: W.Kentucky - La-Monroe 74-60
Mar. 8: La-Lafayette - N.Texas 74-55
Mar. 8: Marist - Siena 64-70
Mar. 8: Fairfield - St.Peter''s 54-47
Mar. 8: Samford - Furman 51-55
Mar. 8: Wofford - Georgia South 44-60
Mar. 8: Mercer - USC Upstate 72-64
Mar. 8: Florida Gulf Coast - Stetson 72-58
Mar. 8: Wright St. - Youngstown St. 66-59
Mar. 8: Green Bay - Ill.-Chicago 64-63
Mar. 8: Belmont - Tennessee St. 82-73
Mar. 8: Murray St. - E.Kentucky 81-73
Mar. 8: BYU - San Diego 69-72
Mar. 8: Santa Clara - Loyola Mary 58-60

Regular Season: Round 119

Mar. 9: Utah - Oregon
Mar. 9: Purdue - Minnesota
Mar. 9: Kentucky - Florida
Mar. 9: E.Michigan - Toledo
Mar. 9: St.Joseph's - Charlotte
Mar. 9: Memphis - UAB
Mar. 9: Bowling Green - Buffalo
Mar. 9: Connecticut - Providence
Mar. 9: W.Michigan - Cent.Michigan
Mar. 9: Georgetown - Syracuse
Mar. 9: Akron - Kent St.
Mar. 9: Ball St. - N.Illinois
Mar. 9: Boston Coll. - Georgia Tech
Mar. 9: G.Washington - Dayton
Mar. 9: TCU - Oklahoma
Mar. 9: St.Louis - La Salle
Mar. 9: Oklahoma St. - Kansas St.
Mar. 9: LSU - Mississippi
Mar. 9: Vanderbilt - S.Carolina
Mar. 9: W.Virginia - Iowa St.
Mar. 9: Florida St. - N.Carolina St.
Mar. 9: Washington - UCLA
Mar. 9: St.John's - Marquette
Mar. 9: Ohio - Miami, OH
Mar. 9: De Paul - Pittsburgh
Mar. 9: Rhode Island - Massachusetts
Mar. 9: Arkansas - Texas A&M
Mar. 9: Iowa - Nebraska
Mar. 9: Miami, FL - Clemson
Mar. 9: SMU - UTEP
Mar. 9: Boise St. - San Diego St.
Mar. 9: Texas Tech - Texas
Mar. 9: Northwestern St. - Sam Houston St.
Mar. 9: Tennessee - Missouri
Mar. 9: Cincinnati - S.Florida
Mar. 9: Alabama - Georgia
Mar. 9: St.Bonaventure - Fordham
Mar. 9: Louisville - Notre Dame
Mar. 9: Colorado - Oregon St.
Mar. 9: Arizona - Arizona St.
Mar. 9: Montana St. - Sacramento St.
Mar. 9: Nicholls St. - McNeese St.
Mar. 9: E.Carolina - Marshall
Mar. 9: SE Louisiana - Lamar
Mar. 9: Harvard - Cornell
Mar. 9: Mississippi St. - Auburn
Mar. 9: UNLV - Fresno St.
Mar. 9: Brown - Princeton
Mar. 9: Richmond - Duquesne
Mar. 9: Baylor - Kansas
Mar. 9: Air Force - N.Mexico
Mar. 9: Butler - Xavier
Mar. 9: Washington St. - USC
Mar. 9: Denver - Louisiana Tech
Mar. 9: Dartmouth - Columbia
Mar. 9: Yale - Pennsylvania
Mar. 9: SF Austin - Texas A&M-CC
Mar. 9: S.Mississippi - Cent.Florida
Mar. 9: Pacific - Long Beach St.
Mar. 9: UTPA - NJIT
Mar. 9: Rice - Tulsa
Mar. 9: Tulane - Houston
Mar. 9: Houston Baptist - Chicago St.
Mar. 9: Colorado St. - Nevada
Mar. 9: Utah St. - UTSA
Mar. 9: Weber St. - E.Washington
Mar. 9: N.Carolina - Duke
Mar. 9: Montana - N.Arizona
Mar. 9: N.Mexico St. - Texas Arlington
Mar. 9: Utah Valley - CSU Bakersfield
Mar. 9: Idaho St. - Portland St.
Mar. 9: San Jose St. - Texas St.
Mar. 9: Cal Poly - SLO - CS Fullerton
Mar. 9: Cal-Davis - Cal-Irvine
Mar. 9: UCSB - Cal-Riverside
Mar. 9: Idaho - Seattle
Mar. 9: Vermont - New Hampshire
Mar. 9: Hartford - UMBC
Mar. 9: Stony Brook - Binghamton
Mar. 9: Albany - Maine
Mar. 9: Charleston So. - VMI
Mar. 9: Gardner-Webb - Liberty
Mar. 9: George Mason - Drexel
Mar. 9: Delaware - Hofstra
Mar. 9: JMU - William & Mary
Mar. 9: S.Dakota St. - IUPUI
Mar. 9: W.Illinois - S.Dakota


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Torrey CRAIG
  USC Upstate
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Craig, USC Upstate17.2 
 2. Cummings, Kennesa.16.5 
 3. Smith, N.Florida16.4 
 4. Jones, E.Tenn.St.16.0 
 5. Jones, N.Kentucky15.8 
 6. Pegg, Stetson15.7 
 7. Brown, Florid.15.2 
 8. Perez, Stetson15.1 
 9. Wallace, N.Florida14.5 
 10. Thompson, Florid.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aaron ANDERSON
  Kennesaw.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 9
 1. Anderson, Kennesa.9.0 
 2. Glenn, USC Upstate8.1 
 3. Hurt, Lipscomb7.8 
 4. Sankey, Lipscomb7.0 
 5. Powell, Jacksonvil.6.9 
 6. Craig, USC Upstate6.9 
 7. Green, Stetson6.6 
 8. Brown, Florid.6.3 
 9. Pegg, Stetson6.3 
 10. Maxey, USC Upsta.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Brett COMER
  Florid.
  (190-PG-92)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Comer, Florid.6.3 
 2. Wilson, N.Florida6.1 
 3. Hall, Mercer4.8 
 4. Powell, Jacksonvil.4.2 
 5. Naburgs, Stetson3.9 
 6. Faulkner, N.Ken.3.3 
 7. McClain, E.Ten.3.2 
 8. Sankey, Lipscomb2.8 
 9. Miller, Stetson2.8 
 10. Thomas, Mercer2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Bernard THOMPSON
  Florid.
  (190-G-93)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Thompson, Florid.2.9 
 2. Jones, E.Tenn.St.1.8 
 3. Love, Kennesaw St.1.5 
 4. Brown, Florid.1.5 
 5. Comer, Florid.1.5 
 6. Greene, USC Upsta.1.5 
 7. Sankey, Lipscomb1.4 
 8. McDougald, Jackso.1.4 
 9. Wilson, N.Florida1.4 
 10. Jackson, N.Kentu.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jodd MAXEY
  USC Upstate
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Maxey, USC Upstate1.6 
 2. Green, Stetson1.3 
 3. Fieler, Florid.1.3 
 4. Coursey, Mercer1.2 
 5. McKnight, Florid.1.2 
 6. Daniels, N.Florida1.0 
 7. Wallace, N.Florida0.9 
 8. Olumuyiwa, USC U.0.9 
 9. Powell, Jacksonvil.0.9 
 10. Harris, E.Tenn.St.0.9 


Keydets Turn Back Longwood Rally, Advance to BSC Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

CONWAY, S.C. - No. 2 North VMI got 79 points from the trio of Stan Okoye (6'6''-F-91), D.J. Covington and Rodney Glasgow, overcoming Michael Kessens' tournament-record 36 points and a furious second-half comeback by No. 6 North Longwood. The Keydets prevailed 90-86 in an action-packed quarterfinal VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Men's Basketball Championship tilt, Thursday afternoon at The HTC Center.

VMI (14-16) reaches the semifinal round for the third straight year, where the Keydets will face No. 1 South Charleston Southern, Saturday at 12:00 p.m. VMI became the fourth team in tournament history to have three players score 20 or more points in a game, as Big South Player of the Year Stan Okoye finished with 31, Covington added 26 and Glasgow chipped in 22.

Longwood's first season in the Big South Conference ends with an 8-25 record, despite Kessens' career-high 36 points and 15 rebounds. The freshman broke the tournament single-game record of 35 points previously held by Liberty's Jamaal Bennett (1999 vs. UNC Asheville) and Radford's Kenny Thomas (2009 vs. UNC Asheville) on a free throw with 53 seconds remaining.

VMI's cushion stood at 17 points (72-55) with 11:51 left prior to a 10-0 run by the Lancers which initiated their comeback. Kessens' driving layup brought Longwood to within 72-65 at 8:47.

The Lancers went on a late 9-2 surge, pulling to within 88-86 on a Lucas Woodhouse perimeter jumper with 14 seconds left. VMI then sealed its third win over Longwood this season with a Brian Brown offensive rebound and free throw followed by a Glasgow steal and free throw during the final six seconds.

The lead changed hands seven times before VMI fashioned a 12-0 first-half run, taking a 36-27 lead on Stan Okoye's layup with 5:41 remaining in the period.

The Keydets' advantage reached 14 points twice before they took a 55-43 lead into the locker room at halftime. VMI's 55 first-half points tied for the third most in a Big South quarterfinal game.

Stan Okoye racked up 25 of his points points and grabbed five rebounds during the opening half, while Kessens (19 points, 8 rebounds) starred for Longwood before the break.

For the game, Longwood owned a slight advantage in field goal percentage, making 50 percent (29-of-58) of its attempts to VMI's 47.5 percent (29-of-61). Both teams made seven triples and were also proficient from the foul line. The Lancers connected at an 84 percent (21-of-25) clip from the charity stripe, while the Keydets were 83.3 percent (25-of-30).

Longwood outrebounded the Keydets, 41-28, but VMI committed only four turnovers on the afternoon.

Stan Okoye, who hit 12 of his 14 free throw attempts, grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. During his 25-point first half, he passed High Point's Nick Barbour as the fourth-leading scorer in conference history, with 2,134 career points.

Kessens was one of four Lancers to score in double digits, where he was joined by Woodhouse (16 points, game-high nine assists), Karl Ziegler (11 points) and Tristan Carey (10 points).
Courtesy of: http://www.vmikeydets.com



Grinz on Green: Toughness Puts Spartans Back on Winning Track - by Eurobasket News

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Whenever Michigan State's toughness is questioned, a red flag shoots up higher than Beaumont Tower because nothing is more central to the way the Spartan basketball program has been built.

So earlier this week when coach Tom Izzo brought up the T-word publicly for perhaps the first time all season, a warning signal was tripped. Unlike with some of Izzo's previous teams whose lack of heart drove him to distraction, he wasn't criticizing the Spartans for not being tough enough. They had proved they were time after time as individuals and as a team.

Rather, he was opening asking if they had a suitable reserve, and the necessary leadership, to rise up from damage incurred while going through a gauntlet of three straight losses to Indiana, Ohio State and Michigan?

Were they tough enough to overcome the disappointment of losing control of their own Big Ten championship destiny? Was point guard Keith Appling tough enough to shrug off the emotional toll exacted by a wayward scoring touch that resulted in 0-for-9 3-point shooting in the previous three games and a game-losing turnover against the Wolverines?

And would Michigan State have the intestinal fortitude and mental grit to press through the remaining regular season games and into the postseason?

If Thursday night's 58-43 body-slamming victory over Wisconsin is an accurate seismograph, Izzo won't be wondering aloud about the Spartans' toughness again anytime soon. Appling, guard Travis Trice (6'0''-PG), center Adreian Payne and guard Gary Harris (6'4''-G-94) routinely sacrificed their bodies throughout the game.

With MSU's championship hopes rekindled by Ohio State's upset of league-leading Indiana on Tuesday, there was no mope in the Spartans' demeanor as they took the fight to the feisty Badgers from the outset.
"I think it was a step forward (with regard to toughness)," Izzo said. "Trice is on the floor. Payne's on the floor. Harris is on the floor. Appling spent a lot of time on the floor. I thought we gave great effort. I definitely think that some of those plays where we got after it a little bit and we came up with loose balls..., we were seeing it on the film, boy, when you play Wisconsin they get a lot of the 50-50 balls.

"It's one of their trademarks, and I thought tonight we got our share of them."

The Spartans forced 17 turnovers, including a career-high six steals by Trice, and converted them into 23 points.

"The one thing we always look forward to every game is we want to be the toughest team out there," Trice said. "Coming into tonight, we knew we were going to have to give a little bit extra especially because we were playing Wisconsin."

In the first half, despite missing his first three 3-point tries, Appling continued to demonstrate steely resolve and made the fourth for a 20-12 lead with 4:51 remaining.

That basket may ultimately prove to be a turning point in his, and MSU's so-called third season, also known as championship time. Appling finished with an eight-game-high 19 points and a long-awaited smile Izzo said meant as much to him as the win.

In the second half, while Michigan State was in the midst of an 18-3 run that would provide an insurmountable 43-22 lead, Payne had everyone holding their collective breath.

While driving to the basket along the baseline, he went up for a dunk from just outside of the paint but lost the ball on the way up, and with both hands on the rim, he lost control and dropped in free fall directly onto his back. Then, after a quick-damage assessment, the unfazed Payne had the presence of mind while lying on the floor to latch onto the ball and save the possession by calling time-out.

When Payne joined the huddle in front of the Spartan bench, Izzo practically jumped into the towering 6-foot-10 center's arms to give him a hug.

"That kind of reminds me of the teams I used to have," Izzo said. "It is important to me and to him, but I thought it got the crowd going, it got the players going (and) it got the coaches going."

And with just over six minutes remaining, the 6-1, 190-pound Appling crashed headlong, and at full speed, into appropriately named Mike Bruesewitz, a bruising 6-6, 223-pound forward, near midcourt, and appeared to be momentarily stunned. But Appling brushed off the collision with a sniff and kept going as if nothing happened.

Such demonstrations of toughness are "probably the main thing that gets (Izzo) excited the most," said Harris, who had four steals and 11 points.

Izzo has consistently held Appling up as his toughest player since he arrived on campus, and while he may not have appeared that way during his shooting slump, he certainly did with his perseverance.

"It was just a matter of me staying with it and not letting the missed shots get to me," Appling said. "We lost three in a row and there was disappointment, upset, frustration - all of the above.

"I practice with all these guys each and every day and I know what type of players they are and individuals they are, so I never questioned our toughness."

A Michigan State win over Northwestern on Sunday, coupled with an Indiana loss to Michigan, will give the Spartans a share - along with U-M, the Hoosiers and possibly Ohio State if it beats Illinois - of their fourth Big Ten title in five years and Izzo's eighth overall.

However, if Indiana beats Michigan and the Spartans still take care of business against Northwestern, they'll finish alone in second place, ahead of Michigan in the standings and with a better seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament.

With the elephant in the room raising the question of whether the Spartans will cheer on the Wolverines, Izzo has set the MSU mantra as one of rooting neither for nor against any other team, and wanting only for what's best for the Spartans.

"The only sad part for me is we had a chance to have destiny in our own hands and we didn't care of that," Izzo said. "So, I'm pretty comfortable with feeling that what happens, happens. I mean that because we had our chance to do it and yet, I heard (Miami Heat star) LeBron James say last night that sometimes in long streaks, or when playing for things, you've got to get a little lucky.

"So we'll see if we're lucky or unlucky."

As long as MSU sends Derrick Nix out with a win on Senior Day, Appling will be satisfied.

"The only team I root for is Michigan State," he said.
Courtesy of: http://www.msuspartans.com



Buffs Come Together, Lay Unlikely Whipping On Ducks - by Eurobasket News

BOULDER - The Colorado men's basketball team had plenty of reason to worry heading into Thursday's home matchup against No. 19 Oregon.

The Buffs could have let the absence of one key player hinder their performance. Instead, they turned that nervous energy into an improbable 76-53 victory at the Coors Events Center.

Junior forward Andre Roberson (6'7''-F-91), the nation's top rebounder and a CU staple at 11.5 rebounds and 10.8 points per game, was out with a viral illness, news that coach Tad Boyle said he received Tuesday evening.

When he told his players Wednesday at practice, though, they weren't fazed.

"They didn't blink," Boyle said. "I didn't know how they were going to respond. I told Spencer (Dinwiddie) and Ski (Booker) on Tuesday so they could kind of process it in their minds, but the rest of our team responded obviously very well. You realize that the program is bigger than any one player."

The Buffs knew they had to make up for Roberson's absence with extra effort on both ends of the court. And while nearly every healthy CU player hit the court Thursday night, freshman forward Xavier Johnson and sophomore guard Spencer Dinwiddie (6'5''-G-93) led the charge.

"We all just try to pitch in on whatever we're going to lose," Dinwiddie said. "When Andre goes out we lose 11 points and 11 rebounds, so we knew 11 points and 11 rebounds had to come from someplace else."

Dinwiddie scored 17 points and grabbed seven boards, all of which were on the defensive end.

Johnson, meanwhile, led the Buffs in scoring with a game-high 22 points; he added three rebounds in the process. Johnson shot nearly perfectly, hitting 7-of-7 field goals, 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, and 5-of-6 from the free throw line.

"Andre's out, so we needed to produce," Johnson said. "It's hard. It puts a lot of pressure on us freshmen and everybody else, knowing that we have to get back every rebound because that's usually his job. But we just tried to just do the best we can."

Boyle needed his entire team to step up for reasons beyond Roberson's absence, though. With four starters in foul trouble toward the end of the first half, Boyle dipped into his bench - and he wasn't disappointed.

The Buffs had 15 points from off the bench, including seven from junior guard Jeremy Adams.

Boyle said knowing he can put trust in his bench when necessary gave him confidence as a coach heading into the postseason.

"The thing that you look for as a coach is you look for consistency, and on nights like this it makes you feel good," Boyle said. "But Saturday is a new day, and we've got to be ready to strap it up. That's what makes this game so fun, you never know what you're going to get."

CU takes on Oregon State Saturday in its final regular-season contest - and while Boyle said Roberson's status remains day-to-day, his players have shown their ability to step up no matter the situation.
Courtesy of: http://www.cubuffs.com



Bucs defend way into Big South Semis; Shut down Winthrop in Big South Championships, 54-47 - by Eurobasket News

CONWAY, S.C. Senior Mathiang Muo (6'5''-F) scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Charleston Southern to a 54-47 victory over Winthrop Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Conference mens basketball championship at The HTC Center.

With the win, Charleston Southern advances to take on the winner of this afternoon's game between No. 2 North seed VMI and No. 6 North seed Longwood. The semifinal game is set for Saturday, with tipoff scheduled for noon, with the game to be broadcast on ESPN3.

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The game resembled very few Charleston Southern games this season and its first win as Winthrop slowed the game down and made the high-octane Bucs play in the half court. The Bucs answered with maybe their best defensive performance of the season.

"That was a tremendous effort by our guys," CSU head coach Barclay Radebaugh said. "This might be the best weve defended this year. Thats kind of different for us to win the game defensively. Thats where we won the game, along with on the boards. In the tournament you win a game like that, where you dont shoot the ball very well."

CSU limited Winthrop to 32 percent from the floor and just 4-of-28 from three-point range. The Bucs held Winthrop to just seven points and one field goal over the final 11:10 of the game to seal their first win over the Eagles in the Big South Tournament.

CSU won its first game this season when scoring less than 70 points and won a rugged game that was tight down the stretch.

"We won a close game," Radebaugh added. "We executed late and our veterans came through. Thats something we can carry into the rest of the tournament. Im really excited about the way we won this game, because that was different for us."

Muo came through in the game's key moment. With the shot clock running down, the senior buried a step-back three to double the Buc lead to six with 2:35 to play and CSU surrendured only a free throw the rest of the way.

All 15 of Muos points came from behind the 3-point arc, where he hit 5-of-11 attempts, none bigger than a step-back trey from the right wing that pushed the edge to six (52-46) with 2:35 remaining in the game.

Charleston Southern (18-11) knocked down 19-of-21 (.905) free throws and 8-of-9 in the final stanza. Jeremy Sexton accounted for the only miss from the stripe in the final half, but the rebound went out of bounds off a Winthrop player and Muos shot followed for the last of CSUs second-opportunity points.

Reggie King and Jeremy Sexton swapped the opening blows in the contest with King connecting on a short jumper in the paint, while Sexton drove into the lane for a one-handed layup with 18:23 to play in the first half.

Gideon Gamble connected on a trey from the left corner and following a CSU miss on the other end, Gamble found a wide-open Steve Johnson underneath the basket for the one-handed jam to pull the Eagles ahead 7-2 with 16:47 on the clock.

Muo ended a CSU scoring drought with a three-pointer from the left wing, but Johnson answered on the other end with a layup and Joab Jerome turned a CSU miss into a fast break layup as the Eagles momentum forced a Buccaneers timeout with 13:48 remaining in the first half with Winthrop holding the 11-5 lead.

Muo continued to have the hot hand from the floor early in the first half, hitting a second three-pointer from the left wing, sparking a 9-0 run from behind the arc for the Bucs with Sheldon Strickland turning an Arlon Harper steal into a trey, before Muo connected on his third three in the first 20 minutes, this one from the right wing with 10:28 remaining to give the Buccaneers their first lead of the game at 14-11.

Winthrop snapped the CSU run on the following possession as Larry Brown turned a Jerome miss into a layup with the offensive rebound, while Jerome split the defense and was fouled on the following possession before making the layup and his free throw attempt put Winthrop ahead 16-14 with 9:13 remaining in the half.

Cedrick Bowen (6'5''-F-92) put the Bucs back in the lead for the remainder of the first half, connecting on a tough fade-away jumper to knot the game up at 16-all and Saah Nimley found Bowen all alone under the basket on the following possession for the two-hand jam to put the Bucs ahead 18-16.

Following a pair of Nimley free throws, Bowen knocked down another tough turnaround jumper from the right corner to put the Bucs ahead 22-16 with 5:58 to play.

Gamble stopped the Winthrop scoreless drought with layup off the assist from Jerome, but Sexton answered on the other end, out-hustling the WU defense for the offensive rebound and was fouled on the play, making both ensuing free throw attempts to push the Bucs lead back to six.

The Buccaneers were held scoreless from the floor over the final six minutes of the half following Bowens jumper, but the Charleston Southern was able to extend their lead to nine points before the break, taking advantage of near perfect shooting from the free throw line as CSU hit 11-of-12 attempts in the first half.

Harper went 5-of-6 from the line during the run, including the final points of the half with 1:17 to play, connecting on two shots from the charity stripe to stake CSU to a 31-22 halftime lead.

Andre Smith opened the scoring in the second half, connecting on a three-pointer from the top of the key on Winthrops opening possession, but Muo answered two possessions later with a trey

Smith responded with a three from the right corner, but Harper scored on a layup on the next possession, setting up a fast-paced second half.

Four consecutive CSU turnovers stalled the Buccaneers offense and the Eagles took advantage, going on a 5-0 run to bring the game back to within two points following a fast break layup by Jerome with 15:40 remaining with the score at 36-34 in favor of CSU.

Nimley ended the CSU struggles with his first basket from the floor in the contest, connecting on a three from the left wing to extend the CSU lead back to five and Bowen followed with an offensive rebound and put-back on the following possession to push the Bucs back ahead 41-34.

A three-pointer by Gamble from the left wing and three free throws by Farmer pulled Winthrop Back within one with 11:27 to play.

Free throws pushed the Buccaneers lead back to seven as Malcolm Bernard, Harper and Nimley connected on two shots apiece from the charity stripe and Harper and Smith traded layups as Charleston Southern went up 49-42 with 7:26 remaining in the contest.

The Buccaneers defense held the Winthrop offense scoreless from the floor over the final nine minutes of the contest, allowing only six made free throws as Jerome and Gamble connected on four of them to help the Eagles narrow the margin back to within one possession, but as he has done all season, Muo connected on a three-pointer from the right wing with 2:35 remaining, putting the Bucs ahead 52-46.

The shot was a dagger for the Buccaneers as Charleston Southern closed out the contest with a pair of free throws by Matt Kennedy with 9.6 seconds remaining as CSU advanced into the quarterfinals with the 54-47 victory.
Courteys of: http://www.csusports.com



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Kirk Penney's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kirk Penney
Kirk Penney
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard Kirk Penney (196-80, agency: Duran International, college: Wisconsin, currently plays in Turkey). He led TED Kolejliler to a victory over the league outsider Hacettepe (4-16) 92-85 in a derby game in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. Penney was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds in 35 minutes on the court. TED Kolejliler Ankara (11-9) is placed seventh in the TBL. It's Penney's first season with the team. Penney is currently fourth on the list of top scorers with 17.6ppg. He also averaged so far 3.6rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 55.3%(63-114), 3FGP: 44.2% and FT: 80.6% in the 19 games he played so far. Penney played for the New Zealand senior national team two years ago.

Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St., currently plays in Australia). Abercrombie was the major contributor in a New Zealand Breakers' victory against the league outsider Adelaide 36ers (8-17) crushing them 104-79 in the Australian NBL on Thursday night. He scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. New Zealand Breakers (22-3) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's 14th consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Abercrombie is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in New Zealand Breakers' roster. Abercrombie has relatively good stats this season: 11.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 2FGP: 43.5%, 3FGP: 37.7% and FT: 71.7% in the 24 games. He played for the New Zealand national team in 2011.

Mika Vukona
Mika Vukona
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Mika Vukona (198-82, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Vukona contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Adelaide 36ers (8-17) crushing them 104-79. He scored 11 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists. This season Vukona averages: 8.5ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.3apg, 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 62.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Fijian and New Zealand. Vukona is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Isaac Fotu
Isaac Fotu
   #4. Forward Isaac Fotu (203-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Hawaii (9-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Hawaii was edged 64-61 at home by the Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo. Fotu recorded 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 35 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Fotu's overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.3apg in the 24 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Tongan and New Zealand. Fotu is also New Zealand national team player.

Alex Pledger
Alex Pledger
   #5. International center Alex Pledger (213-87, college: Belm.Abbey, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Mika Vukona (above) in the other team. Pledger contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Adelaide 36ers (8-17) crushing them 104-79. He scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Pledger has been at the team for four years. Pledger belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #5) and also on the list of best blockers (first place). His total stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.5bpg. Pledger plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Corey Webster
Corey Webster
   #6. Guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Alex Pledger (above) in the other team. Webster contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Adelaide 36ers (8-17) crushing them 104-79. He scored 11 points and added 3 assists in a mere 16 minutes. This year Webster's total stats are: 6.3ppg and 1.4rpg in the 20 games. He is a former international player as he played for the New Zealand senior team two years ago.

Robert Loe
Robert Loe
   #7. International forward Robert Loe (211-91, currently studies in the States) contributed to St.Louis' victory against the The George Washington University (6-9) 66-58 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. The Saint Louis University has a very solid 10-3 conference record this season. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Loe has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.4apg and 1.9spg in the 21 games. Loe is also New Zealand national team player.

Leon Henry
Leon Henry
   #8. Swingman Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Corey Webster (above) in the other team. Henry contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Adelaide 36ers (8-17) crushing them 104-79. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Henry has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 2.4rpg. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Dillon Boucher
Dillon Boucher
   #9. Former international forward Dillon Boucher (196-75, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Leon Henry (above) in the other team. Boucher managed to help New Zealand Breakers in a victory against the league outsider Adelaide 36ers (8-17) crushing them 104-79. He scored only 4 points and added 4 assists in 16 minutes. Boucher plays fifth season for the team. Boucher has averaged so far 2.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg in the 24 games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team six years ago.

Tai Jack Webster
Tai Jack Webster
   #10. Guard Tai Jack Webster (186-95, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Dillon Boucher (above) in the other team. Webster contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Adelaide 36ers (8-17) crushing them 104-79. He scored only 3 points. This season Webster averages just 0.8ppg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

   #11. International guard Everard Bartlett (193-86, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Perth Wildcats in their game against Cairns Taipans in the Australian NBL. Bartlett cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 10 minutes. His team lost 72-78. Bartlett has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.1apg in the 25 games. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

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

   #1. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Detroit Pistons (23-41) crushing them 114-75 in the NBA last Sunday. He scored 7 points. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 48-15 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Baynes averages: 2.4ppg and 1.4rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand.

   #2. Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in Pitesti's victory against the closely-ranked Giurgiu (8-17) 73-67 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Sunday. Jones recorded 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. BCM U Pitesti (12-13) is placed tenth in the Liga Nationala. Jones is currently fourth on the list of most steals. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Jones averages: 15.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.4apg and 1.9spg. He is a naturalized American. Jones used to play for McDonalds Manawatu Jets in New Zealand league.



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Ebi Ere selected the top Nigerian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ebi Ere
Ebi Ere
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy). He was the major contributor in a Cimberio Varese's victory against the tenth-ranked Juvecaserta (8-13) 74-62 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Ere scored 16 points. Cimberio Varese (17-4) is placed first in the SerieA. Ere has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 43.6% and FT: 78.4%. Ere has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. He played for the Nigerian senior national team four years ago.

Benjamin Eze
Benjamin Eze
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Benjamin Eze (207-81, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Euroleague). Eze contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (2-8) 87-69 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. Montepaschi Siena (7-3) is placed second in group F. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. This year Eze's overall stats are: 5.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 48.4% and FT: 62.5% in the 13 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and Italian. Eze played for the Nigerian national team in 2009.

Josh-Emmanuel Akognon
Josh-Emmanuel Akognon
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton, currently plays in China), who plays in the Chinese CBA. He could not help one of league's weakest teams Liaoning Hunters (19-13) in their last game on Friday. Despite Akognon's very good performance Liaoning Hunters were defeated 100-92 on the road by the higher-ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (#4). He was the second best scorer with 23 points. Akognon also added 6 rebounds. It's Akognon's first season with the team. Akognon is ranked fifth on the list of the top scorers in the league. This season he has very high stats. Akognon averages: 29.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.3apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 86.3%. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Akognon played for the Nigerian national team four years ago.

Ike Diogu
Ike Diogu
   #4. Power forward Ike Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St., currently plays in China) led Guandong Tigers to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (16-16) crushing them 109-86 in the Chinese CBA in Sunday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. Guangdong Southern Tigers (28-4) are placed first in the CBA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Diogu has very impressive stats this year: 17.0ppg and 10.2rpg in the 34 games. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Diogu is also Nigerian national team player.

Michael Efevberha
Michael Efevberha
   #5. Former international guard Michael Efevberha (197-84, college: CS Northridge, currently plays in Czech Republic) led CEZ Nymburk to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked BC Kolin (15-12) crushing them 108-65 in the Czech Republic NBL on Wednesday night. Efevberha recorded 12 points and added 3 passes. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (26-1) is placed first in Group A1. Efevberha has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg and 1.8rpg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Efevberha used to play for the Nigerian national team four years ago.

Aloysius Anagonye
Aloysius Anagonye
   #6. Forward Aloysius Anagonye (203-81, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Greece) led Ilysiakos to a 3-point victory against the league outsider Panelefsiniakos (4-15) 66-63 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds in 27 minutes. Ilysiakos Athens (6-13) is placed tenth in the A1. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. This year Anagonye has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg and 6.8rpg in the nine games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Anagonye is a former international player as he played for the Nigerian senior team four years ago.

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #7. International center Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Karsiyaka (16-4) in their game against Fenerbahce Ulker (18-2) in the Turkish TBL. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Karsiyaka was edged 78-76 in Istanbul by the leading Fenerbahce Ulker. It was Karsiyaka's first loss after seven consecutive victories. Aminu has reliable stats this season: 12.7ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.1spg. He is also Nigerian national team player.

Abdullahi Kuso
Abdullahi Kuso
   #8. Forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese BJ League was not able to secure a victory for Miyazaki Shining Suns (5-33) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the tenth-placed Miyazaki Shining Suns were badly defeated 75-59 in Toyama by the higher-ranked Grouses (#4) in the Western group. Kuso recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks and 3 steals. Kuso is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. This season he has very high stats. Kuso averages: 15.6ppg, 11.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3bpg. He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2007.

Chukwudinma Odiakosa
Chukwudinma Odiakosa
   #9. Former U22 international power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St., currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli National League (second division) couldn't help Hod Hasharon (15-5) in their last game. Despite Odiakosa's very good performance Hod Hasharon lost 79-86 at home to the lower-ranked (#5) Elitzur Yavne. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 14 rebounds. Odiakosa also added 3 assists in 36 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was Hod Hasharon's first loss after six consecutive victories. Odiakosa is currently sixth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 20.1ppg, 13.5rpg and 1.4apg in the 20 games. Odiakosa used to play for the Nigerian U22 national team nine years ago.

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #10. Point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, agency: Two Points, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy) led Pall.Trento to a victory over the closely-ranked Biancoblu BO (10-9) 80-67 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Umeh was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points. Pallacanestro Trento 2009 (9-10) is placed eighth in the Lega2. This season Umeh has very high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.7apg. Umeh holds both American and Nigerian passports. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Nigerian senior national team.

   #11. Former international center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Italy) faced previously mentioned Ebi Ere in the Italian SerieA last game. Akindele couldn't help Juvecaserta in their game against Cimberio Varese. He scored 7 points, had 13 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 30 minutes. His team lost 62-74. Akindele is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.0rpg. This year he also averages: 12.9ppg in the 21 games. Akindele used to play for the Nigerian national team four years ago.

   #12. International forward Derrick Obasohan (198-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in France) couldn't help Cholet in their game against Paris-Levallois in the French ProA. He recorded 9 points. His team was defeated 84-70. Obasohan's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg and 1.9rpg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Obasohan is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

   #13. International center Olumide Oyedeji (210-81, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese JBL couldn't help Tochigi Brex (10-27) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Tochigi Brex was badly defeated 75-58 on their home court in Tochigi by the higher-ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (#5). Oyedeji recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. He averaged so far 10.2ppg, 9.5rpg and 1.2apg. Oyedeji is also Nigerian national team player.

   #14. International forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (210-85, college: Maryland, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Lagun Aro GBC's victory against the league outsider Assignia Manresa 94-90 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. He scored 8 points and blocked 2 blocks. Ibekwe is the league's best blocker. His total stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.7bpg. Ibekwe holds both American and Nigerian passports. He plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

   #15. International forward Andy Ogide (204-87, college: Colorado St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Ourense in their game against Lobe Huesca in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Despite his good performance in Saturday night's game Ogide scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Ogide is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.8ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.2spg. Ogide is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

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

   #1. Emeka Okafor (206-F/C-82, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA) led Washington Wizards to a 3-point victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (23-37) 90-87 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 16 rebounds. Okafor also added 3 assists in 36 minutes. The Washington Wizards have not so impressive 19-40 record this season. Okafor has relatively good stats this year: 9.6ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg in the 59 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American.

   #2. Stan Okoye (198-F-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) led VMI to a victory against the Longwood College (5-13) 94-80 in the NCAA last Saturday. Okoye recorded a double-double by scoring 34 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 4 assists. The Virginia Military Institute has a solid 10-6 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Okoye's fourth year with the team. This season Okoye averages: 9.6ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg.

   #3. Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Lottomatica Roma's victory against the 11th-ranked Vanoli Cremona (8-13) 79-71 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. Lawal also added 3 blocks in 27 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Acea Virtus Roma (14-7) is placed fourth in the SerieA. Lawal is ranked first on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.0ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.3bpg in the 21 games. Lawal is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #4. David Tairu (191-G-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Balkan League), who plays in Greece could not help Kavala (3-5) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Tairu's very good performance the fifth-placed Kavala was badly defeated 94-75 at home by the second-ranked Galil Gilboa in the group C of Balkan League. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Tairu also added 7 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Balkan League Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Tairu has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.3apg. Tairu has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #5. Experienced Reggie Okosa (208-F/C-80, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: La Salle, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese BJ League was not able to help Iwate Big Bulls (25-13) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Iwate Big Bulls were badly defeated 81-65 on the road by the lower-ranked (#7) Takamatsu FA in the Eastern group. Okosa had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 12 rebounds in 38 minutes. Okosa has very impressive stats this year: 15.8ppg, 9.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg in the 38 games. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #6. Festus Ezeli (210-C-89, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Golden State Warriors to win against the Sacramento Kings 87-83 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Ezeli scored only 3 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Ezeli's total stats this season are: 2.5ppg and 3.7rpg.

   #7. Kieron Achara (208-PF-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne, currently plays in Greece) is a teammate of previously mentioned David Tairu. But that was another game of his team in Greek A1 which we would like to mention. Achara, who plays in the Greek A1 was not able to secure a victory for Kavala (5-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Kavala was badly defeated 94-76 on their home court in Kavala by the leading Olympiacos. Achara was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 36 minutes. This year Achara's total stats are: 9.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.3apg in the nine games. He holds both Scottish and Nigerian passports.

   #8. Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wayne St., MI, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked C.de Latte BRE crushing them 88-63 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Friday night. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 20 rebounds. Lawal also added 3 assists and 2 blocks in 32 minutes. Lawal is currently first on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has very reliable stats this year: 10.6ppg, 13.6rpg, 1.8bpg and 2.2spg in the 20 games. Lawal holds both American and Nigerian passports. Lawal attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

   #9. P.J. Alawoya (203-F-88, college: McNeese St., currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese BJ League couldn't help Oita Heat Devils (12-26) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Alawoya's very good performance Oita Heat Devils (#8) were defeated 79-67 in Niigata by the leading Albirex in the Western group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 13 rebounds. Alawoya is currently second on the league's list of most steals. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.3apg and 2.1spg. Alawoya holds both American and Nigerian passports. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

   #10. Tony Omotayo (194-F-85, college: Ft.Valley St., currently plays in UBA) led Atlanta Titans to a victory over the Team Japan 118-102 in the UBA in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Omotayo had a double-double by scoring 36 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 2 blocks in 40 minutes. Omotayo has very impressive stats this year: 18.1ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4bpg and 1.8spg in the eight games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports.



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Div1 Stats Leader

1Div Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Malto, Hoybr. 15.9
2 Schonning, Fyll. 15.8
3 Kahler, Sverr. 15.7
4 Vanvik, Sverr. 14.8
5 Hallen, Fyll. 14.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 Kahler, Sverr. 8.3
2 Vanvik, Sverr. 8.2
3 Strom, Sverr. 7.7
4 Tylman, Hoybr. 7.4
5 Tveit, Fyll. 6.8
Assists Per Game
1 Malto, Hoybr. 3.1
2 Hanger, Sverr. 2.8
3 Ree, Fyll. 2.7
4 Kahler, Sverr. 2.5
5 Tylman, Hoybr. 2.2
5 Hallen, Fyll. 2.2


Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian 1.Division Awards 2012-2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Player of the Year: Matthew Pettit (196-F-88) of Miners
Guard of the Year: Helge Reyes (180-G-86) of Persbraaten
Forward of the Year: Matthew Pettit (196-F-88) of Miners
Center of the Year: Petter Wanvik (194-C-89) of Sverresborg
Import Player of the Year: Matthew Pettit (196-F-88) of Miners
Domestic Player of the Year: Henrik Davidsen (201-F-93) of Miners
Defensive Player of the Year: Henrik Lange (189-G-95) of Tromso
Coach of the Year: Bard Stoller of Miners

1st Team
G: Helge Reyes (180-86) of Persbraaten
G: Runar Ytrehus (189-86) of Persbraaten
F: Matthew Pettit (196-88) of Miners
F: Henrik Davidsen (201-93) of Miners
C: Petter Wanvik (194-89) of Sverresborg

2nd Team
PG: Anders Engen (180-93) of Miners
G: Trond Hallen (177-88) of Fyllingen BBK
G: Henrik Lange (189-95) of Tromso
F: Joachim Kahler (192-89) of Sverresborg
F: Viktor Schonning (-91) of Fyllingen BBK

Honorable Mention
Sikander Farooq (F-93) of Hoybraten
Thomas Tylman (G-80) of Hoybraten
Andreas Strom (188-G-89) of Sverresborg
Ole Moss (187-G-86) of Persbraaten
Jinsen He (186-G-90) of Persbraaten
Christian Bakken (198-F-88) of Persbraaten

Herzon Malto (G-91)
of Hoybraten



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Gary Forbes selected the top Panamanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gary Forbes
Gary Forbes
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Gary Forbes (201-85, college: Virginia, currently plays in China), who plays in the Chinese CBA. He could not help Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (17-15) in their last game. Despite Forbes' very good performance Zhejiang Guangsha Lions lost 96-102 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Beijing Ducks. He was the second best scorer with 24 points. Forbes also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 36 minutes on the court. Forbes belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #8 with 28.4ppg. He also averaged so far 7.8rpg, 4.6apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 48.4%, 3FGP: 31.8% and FT: 77.6% in the 27 games he played so far. Forbes is a naturalized American. He played for the Panamanian senior national team two years ago. Strangely Forbes has never played in Panama.

Dionisio Gomez Camargo
Dionisio Gomez Camargo
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas, currently plays in Japan). He led Shiga L-Stars to a victory over the seventh-ranked Shinshu BW (16-22) 106-101 in the Japanese BJ League last Sunday. Gomez Camargo was MVP of the game. He recorded 28 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Shiga Lakestars (24-14) are placed fourth in Western group. Gomez Camargo has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 53.1% and FT: 68.2%. Gomez Camargo played for the Panamanian national team in 2011.

Jose Lloreda
Jose Lloreda
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Jose Lloreda (203-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU, currently plays in Argentina), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA. He was not able to help Sionista (20-23) in their last game. Despite Lloreda's very good performance Sionista lost in an overtime 84-91 at home to the higher-ranked (#8) Libertad Sunchales. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Lloreda also added 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was Sionista's third consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Lloreda has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 59.1%(127-215) and FT: 54.4% in the 28 games. Former Magnates de Calidonia starter played for the Panamanian national team two years ago.

Josimar Ayarza
Josimar Ayarza
   #4. Forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Argentina), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA was not able to secure a victory for 9 de Julio (12-30) in their last game. Despite his very good performance 9 de Julio was badly defeated 99-80 on their home court in Rio Tercero by the higher-ranked (#9) GECR Indalo. Ayarza was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 34 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Ayarza's second season in pro basketball. It was 9 de Julio's fifth consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. This year Ayarza has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg and 3.5rpg in the 30 games. He is also Panamanian national team player.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Panamanian passport:

   #1. Jordan Henriquez (211-F-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 3-point Kansas St.'s victory against the Baylor University (8-9) 64-61 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He recorded 8 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. The Kansas State University has a very solid 14-3 conference record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Henriquez's fourth year with the team. This season Henriquez has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg and 6.0rpg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Henriquez has never played in Panama.

Other top Panamanian players, who play abroad:

Jamaal Levy (206-C-83) plays for Lanus in Argentinian LigaA
Gabriel Giron (190-G-88) plays for Fuerza Regia in Mexican LNBP
Joel Munoz (179-PG-80) plays for Paulistano in Brazilian NBB
Michael Hicks (194-G/F-76) plays for Tuscany Pistoia in Italian Lega2
Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83) plays for Halcones Rojos in Mexican LNBP
Jamelle Horne (200-F-88) plays for Soles in Mexican LNBP
Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76) plays for Panteras in Mexican LNBP
Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86) plays for Kyoto Hannaryz in Japanese BJ League
Darrell St.Rose (191-F-88) plays for Coopenae-USJ in Costa Rican LBS
Amir Alvarado (198-F-84) plays for Grecia in Costa Rican LBS



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2013 PBA Commissioners Cup Roundup: March 6-8, 2013 - by Enzo Flojo

The SMC Mixers, Meralco Bolts, ROS Elasto-Painters, and Alaska Aces were the big winners of this week, while the Petron Blaze Boosters and the GlobalPort Batang Pier hit different snags in the battle for playoff position in the current PBA Commish Cup.

This past Wednesday, Chris Ross came up big when it counted the most. The former second-fiddle playmaker got some big stops down the stretch and hit the marginal free throws as Meralco completed yet another narrow escape, beating Air21, 89-88. Import Eric Dawson also showed up, tossing in 35 points, grabbing 17 rebounds, and netting 3 steals for the Bolts, who are now at fourth place with a 3-3 slate.

The Express wasted their scintillating fourth quarter rally, not to mention Michael Dunigan's 40-point explosion, by dropping the ball in the endgame. Dunigan's errant pass led to Ross's free throws, while Mike Cortez's final turnover sealed the ignominious fate for Air21.

We also saw how Sunday Salvacion produced another splendid shooting game. Sunday what are you eating? The virtually forgotten sniper had his second straight impressive game, scoring 18 points -- all on three-pointers -- to backstop Dawson's heroics. He hit 6 of his 9 attempts from rainbow country, which means he leads the league with 6 treys per game and he's currently shooting at an unbelievable EIGHTY-SIX PERCENT clip. Are you serious, Sunday? Again, what in tarnation are you eating?!

Right after that match-up, the San Mig Coffee Mixers won over the Alaska Aces, 75-68. Five guys in double-figures for coach Tim Cone and the Mixers -- Denzel Bowles with 16, James Yap with 11, and 10 each for Mark Barroca, Joe Devance and PJ Simon. For the third game running, the Mixers have shown the kind of offensive balance that made them such an indomitable force in last season's Commish Cup. The result? They're now tied with Meralco and Barako at fourth spot with 3 wins and 3 losses each.

Alaska's vaunted pair of wingmen, Cyrus Baguio and Calvin Abueva, sputtered in this match-up. The usually dynamic duo combined for just 3-of-17 FG shooting to finish with 13 total points. Abueva actually missed ALL his field goals. They also turned the ball over a combined 6 times. To compound things even more, import Robert Dozier had maybe his worst game yet, shooting a miserable 7-of-18 from the floor.

With this third straight win, can we say that the defending champs are really back? Let's see. Bowles seems to have settled into a groove. The aforementioned offensive balance is there. The defense has held up. Yep, I guess we can say this is the B-Meg of old again. Good news for coach Cone, but bad news for everyone else.

As good was Wednesday was, however, Friday was smacking!

First off, Chris Tiu came through in the clutch as ROS beat GlobalPort, 103-95. The matinee idol made two triples in the waning minutes to snuff out GlobalPort's last ditch rally and preserve a hard-earned win. Tiu shot 3-of-7 from beyond the arc overall and ended with a 16-point total. Bruno Sundov and Jervy Cruz also contributed well, forming a strange frontline duo that registered 32 points, 20 rebounds, and 5 assists.

In contrast, Batang Pier import Justin Williams probably knew he was on his way out, finishing with a paltry 6 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes. He did block 4 shots, though the last 4 blocks of his brief PBA career. This just typifies how the Batang Pier continue slipping in the standings. GlobalPort, after a strong start to the conference, is now at 2-5, with only the Gin Kings and the Express below them. The Batang Pier just fired Williams and have now hired former Seattle Supersonics draft pick Walter Sharpe. Also, team manager BJ Manalo hinted that more changes are to come.

In the Friday main game, the Alaska Aces bounced back by beating the Petron Blaze Boosters, 83-73. The Alaska bigs showed up their Petron counterparts, with Robert Dozier, Sonny Thoss, and Gabby Espinas combining for 45 points while limiting Renaldo Balkman, June Mar Fajardo, and Jay Washington to just 13 points total. In the process, the Aces remained on top with a 6-1 record. #justanotherday

Perhaps the most memorable moment in the game, though, was Balkmans choke job in the fourth. He may have taken his comparisons to Kenneth "Manimal" Faried a little loo literally. As a fruit of his game-long frustration, the former NBAer practically got all up on everyone's grill. In particular, Balkman tussled with teammate Arwind Santos. Santos tried to pacify the Petron import only to be on the receiving end of a right-handed choke. So what did Arwind do? He tried to choke Balkman back, of course.

With the twin wins of Alaska and ROS, can we christen them the new PBA Royalty? Judging by the way both teams have been playing, it might not be a stretch to label both the Aces and Elasto-Painters as the new teams to fear in the PBA. The big question is, can they remain consistent? And can they win when it counts the most?

Game Recaps:
MERALCO BOLTS over AIR21 EXPRESS, 89-88

Chris Ross showed his worth as leader of the Meralco Bolts.

Ross atoned from his early miscues with crucial stops and two pressure-packed charities to propel the Bolts to a tense 89-88 win over the Air 21 Express in the PBA Commissioners Cup on Wednesday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

For awhile, Ross appeared to play as goat for the Bolts.

He had a crucial turnover and an offensive foul committed against Mike Cortez, just when the Express had already grabbed the upper hand after a long chase.

But he found a way to redeem himself.

He intercepted a bad pass from Air 21 import Michael Dunigan. He was fouled in the process by Mark Isip and calmly sank both charities with 11 seconds left.

Ross completed his heroic act in the Express final play, stealing the ball from Cortez then ran the remaining time out to preserve the win for the Bolts.

The Bolts have won their second straight game and improved their standings to 3-3, tied for fourth place with Barako Bull.

Eric Dawson led the way for the Bolts with 35 points, 17 rebounds and three steals while Sunday Salvacion played his second consecutive solid game, adding 18 points on a prolific 6-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc.

The Bolts squandered a 15-point, third quarter lead, 69-54, and allowed the Express to mount a big rally.

A 15-2 run in the fourth period behind Dunigans berserk, gave the Express an 88-85 lead, but they committed two crucial turnovers down the stretch, allowing the Bolts to score the last four points of the game.

For coach Ryan Gregorio, the experience of losing big leads, but winning in the end, will eventually help his squad to toughen up.

It is really basketball education for us. It was just a great relief throughout this learning because were finding ways to win., said Gregorio. I am just so happy with the kind of warrior mentality my players have.

MER 89- Dawson 35, Salvacion 18, Cardona 11, Hugnatan 8, Ross 6, Hodge 4, Buenafe 3, Manuel 2, Reyes 2, Artadi 0.
AIR 88- Dunigan 40, Isip 13, Canaleta 7, Custodio 6, Omolon 6, Ritualo 5, Cortez 4, Arboleda 3, Sena 2, Menor 2, Atkins 0, Wilson 0, Baclao 0.
QS: 26-19, 49-35, 74-64, 89-88

SAN MIG COFFEE MIXERS over ALASKA ACES, 75-68

Two breathtaking plays down the stretch were enough to signify that Monster Bowles is indeed back in the PBA.

Denzel Bowles came through with his signature dunk then capped the night with a big block against his counterpart Robert Dozier typifying San Mig Coffees dominance over Alaska on Wednesday nights PBA Commissioners Cup game at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Bowles had 16 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four blocks in the Mixers 75-68 victory.

But the reigning Best Import didnt get the job done on his own.

The defending champions played true to form in handing the Aces first taste of defeat in the tournament.

Four other players contributed double figures for the Mixers.

James Yap had 11 points on top of six rebounds while Mark Barroca, Joe Devance and Peter June Simon each tallied 10 points in a display of balances firepower for the Mixers.

In winning for the third straight game, the Mixers were able to reach the .500 mark for the first time in the tournament, a position which will put them back in solid contention.

I tell the team, weve got to get to .500 and try to work from there. It was a horrible first three games for us. Weve kind of developed a blueprint on how we want to play now, said Cone.

After holding Talk N Text to just five points in a quarter in a one-sided win last time out, Alaska was given a dose of its medicine in defense by San Mig Coffee. But for Cone, its also a case of the Aces not making their usual shots.

They didnt shoot the ball very well tonight. We spent the game trying to exploit mismatches, jumping on Denzels back and relying on our defense, it served us well, added Cone.

The Mixers squandered a 23-point lead in the fourth period. But when the Aces were trying to mount a rally, San Mig Coffee got the much needed alarm call from Bowles, who slammed a putback to give his team a 75-65 lead inside the final minute.

On the return play, Bowles was playing second defense and swatted away a short stab by Dozier.

Those two big plays from Bowles proved to be lasting impression for the Mixers, who forged a three-way tie for fourth to sixth spots with the Meralco Bolts and the Barako Bull Energy Colas.

SMC 75- Bowles 16, Yap 11, Barroca 10, Devance 10, Simon 10, Najorda 6, Pingris 6, De Ocampo 5, Reavis 1, Mallari 0, Gaco 0, Gonzales 0.
ALA 68- Dozier 16, Thoss 13, Jazul 10, Espinas 8, Baguio 7, Abueva 6, Hontiveros 5, Casio 3, Ramos 0, Dela Cruz 0.
QS: 12-18, 40-28, 62-39, 75-68.

RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over GLOBALPORT BATANG PIER, 103-95

Chris Tiu played the best game of his PBA career to help Rain or Shine Elasto Painters continue their winning streak with 103-95 triumph over the GlobalPort Batang Pier Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Tiu finished with 16 points and four assists, hitting two three-pointers in the last three minutes of the game when GlobalPort was making a big rally.

Chris Tiu hit some big shots. Were thankful they came at the right time, said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.

Tius last three-pointer gave the Elasto Painters a 96-92 lead with 1:03 left in the game.

After the Elasto Painters made a stop at the other end, Jervy Cruz buried a jumper from left wing to push the lead to six points and take the fight out of the Batang Pier, who lost their fourth straight game to see their win-loss record drop to 2-5.

By notching their fifth straight win, the Elasto Painters record improved to 5-1.

We really got a scare in the second half. We kind of relaxed. Were lucky that their import really didnt make much contribution but the locals played well, added Guiao, who noted GlobalPorts defensive adjustment after halftime.

We had difficulties with the zone. They zoned us from third to fourth quarter, but were lucky we hit some three-point shots in time for us to save this game.

The Elasto Painters built a 17-point lead at the half, and were still up 73-58 in the third quarter after a slam from import Bruno Sundov.

But the Batang Pier scored the next 14 points capped by a Willie Miller three-pointer to threaten, 73-72.

GlobalPort grabbed the upper hand, 89-88, after a three-pointer by Gary David, but the Elasto Painters were able to get their collective act together in the endgame to pull off the win.

We had defensive lapses. The reason why we got the lead was because we played good defense in the first and second quarters, but we relaxed in the second half. Good thing that we made some big shots against their zone, said Guiao.

Six GlobalPort players finished in double figures led by Davids 23 points. Justin Williams, who played his last game for the Batang Pier, finished with only six points, but added 10 rebounds, and four blocks. He played for 25 minutes, but was not fielded back in for majority of the second half.

ROS 103- Sundov 17, Tiu 16, Cruz 15, Norwood 13, Ibanes 9, Quinahan 7, Matias 6, Tang 6, Rodriguez 6, Lee 5, Belga 3, Arana 0.
GLO 95- David 23, Mercado 18, Miller 13, Salvador 11, Aguilar 10, Antonio 10, Williams 6, Yee 2, Lingganay 2, Belencion 0, Crisano 0.
QS: 23-17; 52-35; 73-69; 103-95.

ALASKA ACES over PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS, 83-73

The Alaska Aces are back on top of the heap.

Coming off their first loss of the Commissioners Cup, the Aces responded with a 83-73 victory over the Petron Blaze Boosters to take back the top spot in the standings Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

It was a nip-and-tuck affair all game, with the Boosters still up, 70-69, on a basket by the returning Alex Cabagnot.

But a three-pointer by Dondon Hontiveros touched off a 14-3 run that broke the dam open for the Aces, who won their sixth game in seven outings. The loss snapped Petrons five-game losing streak.

A bizarre sequence occurred late in the game, after Petron import Renaldo Balkman got into a shoving match with teammate Arwind Santos. The scene ended with Balkman grabbing Santos by the neck and having to be restrained by coaches and teammates.

Sonny Thoss posted 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting to lead Alaska.

ALA 83 - Dozier 18, Thoss 14, Espinas 13, Baguio 10, Hontiveros 8, Abueva 7, Casio 5, Reyes 4, Dela Cruz 4, Jazul 0, Belasco 0
PET 73 - Miranda 17, Cabagnot 16, Lassiter 12, Tubid 7, Belkman 6, Yeo 4, Santos 4, Washington 4, Fajardo 3, Lanete 0, Pena 0
QS: 18-13, 38-38, 60-62, 83-73

Source: Unless otherwise specified, game recaps were compressed and compiled from InterAKTV. (Writing credit to Rey Joble)




2013 ASEAN Basketball League Roundup: March 1-8, 2013 - by Enzo Flojo

The San Miguel Beermen and the Indonesia Warriors got some separation from the rest of the field after contrasting wins to start the month of March in the 2013 ASEAN Basketball League.

The Beermen went 2-0 this past week, beating the Westports Malaysia Dragons last Wednesday and the Indonesia Warriors just last night. Chris Banchero did really well in both games, averaging 20ppg while also registering 4rpg, 3spg, and 2.5apg. He was backstopped by one-time import Matt Rogers against the Dragons. The former PBA import scored 21 points to go with 10 rebounds. Rogers didnt play against the Warriors, however, as Brian Williams returned to action. Williams recorded 11 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks against Indonesia, while seldom-used JR Cawaling stepped up with 16 markers including 3 triples. The Beermen are in solo second right now with 6 wins against 3 defeats.

Despite the loss, the Indonesia Warriors remained all alone in first place. They actually went 1-1 this past week, beating the Chang Thailand Slammers two days before losing to SMB. Steven Thomas had a beastly double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds, but it was the heady play of Christian Sitepu that really sparked the Indons seventh straight win. Sitepu tossed in 15 points to go along with 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block in one of his best ABL games ever. The Warriors are idle with a 7-3 slate.

The Slammers didnt come out of the week complete losers, however, as they did beat the Saigon Heat last March 1. Dior Lowhorns 34-point performance for Saigon was not enough as the Slammers shot much better from the field and won the battle of the boards. Chang Thailand made more than 45% of its FGs while also outrebounding the Heat, 43-38. Import Chris Charles led the way with 22 points and 17 rebounds, while Froilan Baguion added 16 points, 12 assists, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals. Thai local Wutipong Dasom continued to be impressive with 16 markers and 7 rebounds while shooting 6-of-10 from the floor. Dasom is in the running for the Best Local Player of the Season citation.

Game Recaps:
CHANG THAILAND SLAMMERS over SAIGON HEAT, 76-58
The Saigon Heat had difficulties controlling Chris Charles without their big man David Palmer, who was forced to sit out of this game from an injury. As a result, the Chang Thailand Slammers came to Tan Binh Stadium and defeated the home team 76-58.

Charles took full advantage in the paint as the Heat were undersized. Charles recorded his seventh double-double as he scored 22 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. Froilan Baguion also recorded a double-double with 16 points and 12 assists. Wutipong Dasom chipped in with 16 points.

The Slammers started the game aggressively with a 13-0 run capped off by a basket from Dasom and a tip-in from Charles. The Heat were not able to score in the first 4 minutes of the game. Dior Lowhorn tried to carry his team in the first quarter and scored the first 16 points for the Heat. A lay-up from Minh Trieu at the end of the first quarter trimmed the Slammers' lead 21-18.

The Heat were able to get within two points early in the second quarter after Lowhorn hit a three-point shot. Baguion answered with two shots from behind the arc which stretched the Slammers lead to 35-28 with 3:05 left before halftime.

It was too much Charles for the Heat in the fourth quarter. Without Palmer under the Heat rim, Charles dominated the paint. A tip-in and lay-up from Charles started an 8-0 run which was capped off by a dunk from Michael Earl to help the Slammers baloon their lead to 64-47 with 7:28 left in the game. Then Charles made a left handed lay-up and tabbed in a pass from Baguion to give the Slammers their biggest lead in the game at 74-53 with 2:17 left.

"It was a great win for us especially playing in a very tough environment. The fans in Saigon are the best basketball fans in the world," said Slammers' head coach Joe Bryant after the game.

Apart from Lowhorn, the other Heat players were not able to reach double-digits in scoring. Lowhorn finished the game with 34 points and 7 rebounds. Phillip Morrison added 7 points and Larry Tieu chipped in with 6 points.

With this win the Slammers ended their three-game losing streak. They will travel to Jakarta, Indonesia to take on the defending champions the Indonesia Warriors on Wednesday March 6th at Tennis Indoor Senayan for the 1900hrs local/2000hrs HKT tip-off.


SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over WESTPORTS MALAYSIA DRAGONS, 77-66

The San Miguel Beermen welcomed the Westports Malaysia Dragons at Ynares Sports Arena for the first time this season earlier today. The Beermen put up a strong performance that earned them the 77 to 66 win.

The Beermen were without import Gabe Freeman, who served his one-game suspension in this match-up. Chris Banchero and Matt Rogers stepped up with monster games and finished with 21 points apiece. Rogers also recorded 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.

The Dragons pulled ahead first and grabbed the biggest lead in the first quarter on a three pointer by Ooi Ban Sin with 2:34 on the clock. The Beermens Ricardo Cawaling and Matt Rogers immediately answered with back to back threes which cut the deficit to just one. The Beermen trailed by only one point heading into the second quarter at 19 to 20.

The Beermen began their ascent in the second quarter with a 7-0 run capped by another three from Cawaling. The Dragons were only able to get on the scoresheet close to the mid-way point from a basket by Gavin Edwards that brought them in at 22 to 27. A pair of free throws by Tautuaa sliced the deficit to just 3 points but Leo Avenido immediately put in a basket to give the Beermen back a 5 point lead. A huge three from R.J. Rizada increased the gap between the teams to 36-28 with two minutes left until the half. In the dying seconds, a Justin Melton steal off Banchero which he converted brought the Dragons back to within six points as the halftime score read 36 to 30 for the Beermen.

Avenido started off the second half with a basket, setting the pace for the Beermen who pulled away with a 9 point lead at 44 to 35 off a Banchero free throw with 7:36 still left in the third quarter. Rizada then sank a three at the mid-way point and increased the Beermen lead further at 49 to 38. The Dragons struggled from the field and despite closing the quarter with a pair of free throws from Monroe and a shot by Edwards, trailed 46 to 57 heading into the final minutes of the game.

Faced with an 11 point deficit and only ten minutes left to play, the Dragons started off the fourth period with a basket by Melton that brought them in within a single digit difference. Then Tautuaa made an important steal that was converted by Edwards which brought them in to just 4 points with 6:25 left in the quarter.

That was the closest the Dragons got however as the Beermen were unstoppable and answered immediately with back to back baskets from Thiele and Banchero. They then went on a 9 point run capped by another basket from Banchero that earned them a 15 point lead with only 2:18 remaining in the game. At the buzzer, the Beermen earned the 77 to 66 win in front of a supportive home crowd.

The Dragons struggled to find the basket this afternoon and managed just 36% from the field and 22% from beyond the arc. Edwards was still the highest scorer in the game with 22 points and 16 rebounds followed by Tautuaas 17. Monroe and Melton were limited to a combined 18 points.

INDONESIA WARRIORS over CHANG THAILAND SLAMMERS, 69-60

The Indonesia Warriors looked no worse for wear after their 19-day break as they extended their winning streak to seven games tonight following their 69 to 60 win over the Slammers. The Warriors have now matched their longest winning streak from the 2012 season.

Steven Thomas led the Warriors with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Christian Ronaldo "Dodo" Sitepu made key contributions as he chipped in 15 points. John Smith added 12 points for the Warriors.

Warriors' head coach Todd Purves was very pleased with Sitepu. "Dodo made some big shots tonight. Dodo was great. It felt great for him to knock down shots that I know he can. He's developing to be a very good player for Indonesia," said Coach Todd.

The Warriors were down by as many as four points in the third quarter. Froilan Baguion converted two charities to gave the Slammers a 41-37 lead with 9:03 left in the third. The Warriors were able to take the lead back after Sitepu made a three-point shot to make it 51-50 with 2:48 left. Then Smith, Sitepu and Canada made a basket each which stretched the Warriors lead to 57-50 at the end of the quarter.

The Slammers lost their cool towards the end of the final quarter after Baguion fouled out of the game due to an offensive foul. The momentum then shifted to the Warriors after the Slammers' head coach Joe Bryant was hit with a technical foul. Mario Wuysang hit a pair of free throws and Jerick Canada made a three-point shot to give the Warriors' their biggest lead in the game 68-55 with 3:27 left to play.

With this win, the Warriors strengthened their position at the top of the standings table with a record of 7 wins and 2 losses. "I'm extremely happy with the win. It was a hard fought game. They have great players and great size. It was a battle the entire game. It came down to the fourth quarter and we were able to make a couple more plays than they were," said Coach Todd.

Chris Charles extended his double-double streak to eight games after posting 15 points and 13 rebounds. Baguion also recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists. Darrius Brannon, who replaced the injured Michael Earl, had 12 points and 9 rebounds.

SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over INDONESIA WARRIORS, 57-52

Chris Banchero and JR Cawaling stepped up in the absence of Gabe Freeman to help the Beermen get their third straight win after tonight's 57-52 win over the Indonesia Warriors at Tennis Indoor Senayan, Indonesia. Freeman had to sit out due to a strain on his medial collateral ligament (MCL).

Banchero took over the game in the second half as he led all scoring with 19 points while Cawaling hit a big three point shot in the fourth quarter to finish with 16 points. In his return, Brian Williams contributed 11 points and 8 rebounds before he fouled out late in the fourth quarter.

It was a low scoring affair in the first half as both teams had trouble scoring the ball. A pair of free throws from Chris Daniels and a basket from Steven Thomas gave the Warriors a 23-17 lead with 1:51 before halftime.

The Warriors had their biggest lead at 33-22 after back to back three-point shots from Sitepu and John Smith with 6:52 left in the third quarter. Then it was the Banchero show as he took over the rest of the game. Banchero made two straight field goals and Cawaling hit a three to shaved the Warriors lead to 34-29 with 4:38 left in the third quarter.

The Warriors committed 6 turnovers in the third quarter which led to Banchero taking advantage in the open court. The Beermen had their first lead in the game after Banchero converted a three point play and made a lay-up to make it 36-34 with 3:04 left in the third quarter.

The Beermen stayed hot in the final quarter as they took a 45-37 lead on a hook shot from Asi Taulava and a tip-in from Williams. The Warriors had no answer for Banchero and Cawaling, both players made back to back three point shots to gave the Beermen their biggest lead in the game at 53-43 with 2:48 left in the final quarter.

The Warriors were able to cut their deficit to 53-48 on a pair of free throws from Jerick Canada with 1:38 left before the final buzzer. The Beermen's missed free throws in the final minute but the Warriors were not able to hit their shots. John Smith had a clean look from the top of the key but his three-point shot was too long as the Warriors suffered their third loss of the season.

In the loss, Chris Daniels recorded a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds, followed by Steven Thomas who added 11 points for the Warriors. The Warriors were limited to only 6 field goals in the second half.

Source: Game recaps were compressed and compiled from AseanBasketballLeague.com.




Boosters' officials meet to decide on Balkman's future - by Aris Ignacio

Petron Blaze Boosters' coaches and officials will be meeting up to decide the fate of import Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina).

Balkman, currently the PBA Commisioner's Cup leading scorer, had lost his cool in the Boosters 73-83 loss to the Alaska Aces by continually arguing with referees and pushed his deputy coach, Biboy Ravanes, teammates Ronald Tubid (186-G-81) and Arwind Santos (193-F-81) during the waning moments of the game.

Santos, the lanky forward of the Boosters, got more than just a shove as Balkman choked him. After the game, players and coaches, had a pep talk and settled the issue in the dugout. Petron's coaches, more specifically head coach Olsen Racela, reiterated that the outburst was just a result of the reinforcement's intensity and passion to win and provided support for his import. But PBA officials had decided to summon Balkman on March 11 in the Commissioner's office for his misconduct during a highly televised game.





Global Port's Williams to be replaced by Walter Sharpe - by Aris Ignacio

The Port Masters struggled, thus forcing them with instill change, starting now.

Global Port Batang Pier decided to send ineffective import, Justin Williams (206-F/C-84, college: Wyoming), home and replacing him with Walter Sharpe (206-F-86, college: UAB). He will be debuting when the Port Masters meet the Air21 Express on March 10.

Sharpe was drafted 32nd by the Seattle SuperSonics during the 2008 NBA Draft but was traded to the Detroit Pistons. He played eight games for the Pistons before being shipped to the Denver Nuggets. He also had a stop with the Milwaukee Bucks before being released in October 2009.
He returned with the Memphis Grizzlies in the current 2013 season. He also played in the NBA Developmental League with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Idaho Stampede, the Dakota Wizards, and the New Mexico Thunderbirds. Recently, he played in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) with the Guangzhou Free Man.

BJ Manalo, Global Port Batang Pier's team manager, says the import change will only be the start of the series of changes that will be happening in the Port Master's camp.



ASEAN League: Petron Blaze stop Warriors streak - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia Warriors - Petron Blaze 52:57

Petron Blaze recorded the third straight win in the ASEAN League season. They defeated Indonesia Warriors on the road tonight to jump at 6-3 record in the standings. Chris Banchero (185-PG-90, college: Seattle Pacific) knocked down 19 points to pace the Beermen. In the meantime the Warriors lost the first game after seven straight wins.
The Warriors dominated at the defensive end in the first half. They grabbed a 13:10 lead after ten minutes. The Warriors kept the Beermen at bay throughout the second frame. The hosts arrived at the interval up by 6 points 25:19. But the Beermen were able to turn things around in the third quarter. The Blaze went on a 22:12 rally to grab a 41:37 lead into the fourth frame. The Beermen kept their opponents at distance throughout the fourth quarter and sealed the victory at the end. JR Cawaling (192-F/G-87) notched 16 points, while Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee) contributed 11 points and 8 rebounds for Petron Blaze. Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Georgia) answered with 16 points and 16 boards for the Warriors. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) had 11 points and 14 boards in the loss.

Indonesia Warriors: Chris Daniels 16+16 boards, Steve Thomas 11+14 boards
Petron Blaze: Chris Banchero 19, JR Cawaling 16, Brian Williams 11



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Standings - DBE

TBL Standings
 1. PGE Turow 15-7 
 2. Stelmet ZG 15-7 
 3. Asseco Prok. 15-7 
 4. Trefl Sopot 14-8 
 5. Anwil 14-8 
 6. Energa Czarni 13-9 
 7. Polpharma 10-12 
 8. AZS Koszalin 10-12 
 9. Siarka Jezioro 9-13 
 10. Rosa Radom 6-16 
 11. Kotwica 6-16 
 12. Start Gdynia 5-17 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 8: Rosa Radom - Kotwica 95-85
Mar. 8: Siarka Jezioro - Trefl Sopot 92-78
Mar. 8: PGE Turow - Stelmet ZG 89-91
Mar. 8: Asseco Prok. - Polpharma 88-64
Mar. 8: Anwil - Start Gdynia 87-55
Mar. 8: Energa Czarni - AZS Koszalin 85-77


DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG20.7 
 2. Dloniak, Siarka J.20.1 
 3. McCauley, Polph.19.1 
 4. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.7 
 5. Carter, Polpharma15.5 
 6. Dylewicz, Trefl So.15.1 
 7. Mosley, Kotwica15.0 
 8. Chylinski, PGE T.14.9 
 9. Blassingame, Assec.14.5 
 10. Wisniewski, AZS K.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicchaeus DOAKS
  Siarka J.
  (202-F-87)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Doaks, Siarka J.8.7 
 2. Harris, AZS K.8.4 
 3. Adams, Rosa Radom8.3 
 4. McCauley, Polph.8.0 
 5. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.7 
 6. Cel, PGE Turow7.5 
 7. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.4 
 8. Rothbart, Start G.7.3 
 9. Hrycaniuk, Asseco7.2 
 10. Dabkus, Energa C.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Szubarga, Anwil6.5 
 2. Turner, Trefl Sopot6.5 
 3. Blassingame, Assec.5.4 
 4. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.4 
 5. Jefferson, Kotwica4.7 
 6. Koszarek, Asseco4.4 
 7. Abernethy, Energa4.1 
 8. Carter, Polpharma3.9 
 9. Brandwein, Energa3.8 
 10. Skibniewski, AZS3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.2 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG2.0 
 3. Jefferson, Kotwica1.7 
 4. Alexander, Siarka1.7 
 5. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 6. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 7. Koszarek, Asseco1.5 
 8. Dloniak, Siarka J.1.3 
 9. Jackson, PGE Turow1.3 
 10. Arabas, Kotwica1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  Energa C.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.8 
 2. Kulig, PGE Turow1.4 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.4 
 4. Lapeta, Stelmet ZG1.3 
 5. Harris, AZS K.1.3 
 6. Doaks, Siarka J.1.2 
 7. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.0 
 8. Rothbart, Start G.1.0 
 9. Boykin, Anwil0.9 
 10. Alexander, Siarka0.8 


TBL Round 22: Leader PGE Turow loses to Stelmet ZG - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in TBL just ended.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of PGE Turow (15-7) in Zgorzelec on Friday night. Hosts were edged by Stelmet ZG (15-7) 91-89. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 14-7 record before this meeting. PGE Turow was trailing by 10 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 27-24 charge of Stelmet ZG, which allowed them to win the game. American-Georgian swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) fired 24 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Serbian power forward Dejan Borovnjak (207-86, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Naturalized French forward Aaron Cel (203-87) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. Stelmet ZG keeps a position of league leader, which they share with PGE Turow and Asseco Prok.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Trefl Sopot (14-8) against ninth ranked Siarka Jezioro (9-13) on Friday night. Visiting Trefl Sopot was defeated by Siarka Jezioro in Tarnobrzeg 92-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Trefl Sopot. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Dawid Przybyszewski (215-81, college: Vanderbilt) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. J.T. Tiller contributed with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Antiguan-American power forward Kurt Looby (208-84, college: Iowa) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Trefl Sopot. Trefl Sopot's coach Mariusz Niedbalski rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Siarka Jezioro maintains ninth position with 9-13 record. Trefl Sopot at the other side dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Anwil.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Wloclawek. Local Anwil (14-8) outscored 12th ranked Start Gdynia (5-17) 87-55 on Friday night. Marcus Ginyard scored 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Robert Rothbart responded with 17 points and 9 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. Anwil moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Trefl Sopot. Start Gdynia lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost.

Rest of the games of round 22 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Kotwica was defeated by Rosa Radom in a road game 95-85. Energa Czarni beat AZS Koszalin at home 85-77. Polpharma was destroyed by Asseco Prok. on the opponent's court 88-64.


PGE Turow - Stelmet ZG 89-91

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of PGE Turow (15-7) in Zgorzelec on Friday night. Hosts were edged by Stelmet ZG (15-7) 91-89. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 14-7 record before this meeting. PGE Turow was trailing by 10 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 27-24 charge of Stelmet ZG, which allowed them to win the game. American-Georgian swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) fired 24 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Serbian power forward Dejan Borovnjak (207-86, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Stelmet ZG players scored in double figures. Naturalized French forward Aaron Cel (203-87) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and the former international point guard Michal Chylinski (190-86, agency: Interperformances) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Stelmet ZG keeps a position of league leader, which they share with PGE Turow and Asseco Prok.
Top scorers:
Stelmet ZG: Q.Hosley 24+6reb+6ast, D.Borovnjak 18+6reb+1ast, W.Hodge 18+1reb+4ast, M.Sroka 15+2reb+2ast, M.Cesnauskis 6+3reb+3ast, Z.Bialek 5+2reb+2ast
PGE Turow: A.Cel 19+11reb+3ast, M.Chylinski 18+1reb+2ast, I.Zigeranovic 15+3reb, I.Opacak 10+2reb, D.Jackson 9+5reb+1ast, P.Stelmach 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 186826


Rosa Radom - Kotwica 95-85

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 10th ranked Kotwica (6-16) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Rosa Radom (6-16) 95-85 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Rosa Radom. Kotwica managed to win third quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. American point guard Nic Wise (178-87, college: Arizona) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard J.J. Montgomery (196-82, college: Arkansas St.) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Four Rosa Radom players scored in double figures. Rosa Radom's coach Wojciech Kaminski used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American center Ty Walker (213-89, college: Wake Forest) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and swingman Grzegorz Arabas (190-78, agency: Promotex) scored 22 points. Rosa Radom moved-up to tenth place, which they share with defeated Kotwica.
Top scorers:
Rosa Radom: N.Wise 23+1reb+11ast, J.Montgomery 19+2reb+3ast, J.Zalewski 12+2reb+1ast, M.Jarmakowicz 11+6reb, P.Kardas 11+1reb, S.Bogavac 6+4reb
Kotwica: G.Arabas 22+1reb+2ast, D.Brown 16+6reb, T.Walker 15+10reb+2ast, J.Zyskowski 9+4reb+3ast, S.Mosley 8+1ast, F.Jonathan Han 7+3reb+8ast
gschID: 186825


Energa Czarni - AZS Koszalin 85-77

No shocking result in a game in Slupsk where sixth ranked Energa Czarni (13-9) defeated 8th ranked AZS Koszalin (10-12) 85-77 on Friday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-10. But AZS Koszalin won second period 21-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Energa Czarni made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Energa Czarni outrebounded AZS Koszalin 37-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Lithuanian Valdas Dabkus (204-84) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) to lead the charge for the winners and American center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Energa Czarni's coach Andrej Urlep used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska) responded with 19 points and international guard Lukasz Wisniewski (186-84, college: Barton County CC, agency: Promotex) scored 18 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Energa Czarni have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 13-9 record. AZS Koszalin lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Polpharma.
Top scorers:
Energa Czarni: V.Dabkus 17+11reb, B.Gadri-Nicholson 16+8reb+1ast, O.Brandwein 15+1reb+8ast, L.Knutson 12+4reb+2ast, M.Nowakowski 7+3reb, M.Kostrzewski 6+3reb+2ast
AZS Koszalin: S.Henry 19+2reb+1ast, L.Wisniewski 18+1reb+2ast, R.Jones 11+9reb+1ast, P.Leonczyk 11+4reb+1ast, B.Woloszyn 7+3reb, I.Milicic 7+2reb+6ast
gschID: 186824


Anwil - Start Gdynia 87-55

The game with biggest result difference took place in Wloclawek. Local Anwil (14-8) outscored 12th ranked Start Gdynia (5-17) 87-55 on Friday night. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 32 points. Anwil dominated on the defensive end, holding Start Gdynia to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Anwil had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. American swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Michal Sokolowski (196-92) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Anwil players scored in double figures. At the losing side Bosnian-Israeli center Robert Rothbart (217-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Tomasz Wojdyla (201-77) scored 12 points and 8 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. Anwil moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Trefl Sopot. Start Gdynia lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Anwil: M.Ginyard 18+7reb+1ast, T.Weeden 16+2reb+1ast, N.Jovanovic 14+2reb, M.Sokolowski 13+6reb+3ast, K.Szubarga 7+3reb+7ast, M.Bartosz 7+3reb+2ast
Start Gdynia: R.Rothbart 17+9reb+1ast, T.Wojdyla 12+8reb+1ast, T.Andrzejewski 7+3reb, G.Mordzak 6, M.Kucharek 6+2reb, J.Mokros 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 186823


Siarka Jezioro - Trefl Sopot 92-78

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Trefl Sopot (14-8) against ninth ranked Siarka Jezioro (9-13) on Friday night. Visiting Trefl Sopot was defeated by Siarka Jezioro in Tarnobrzeg 92-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Trefl Sopot. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Siarka Jezioro's pressure prevailed and they won that period 22-14 extending their advantage to 14 points. Siarka Jezioro outrebounded Trefl Sopot 39-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Dawid Przybyszewski (215-81, college: Vanderbilt) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. American guard J.T. Tiller (191-88, college: Missouri, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Antiguan-American power forward Kurt Looby (208-84, college: Iowa) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) added 11 points and 11 assists in the effort for Trefl Sopot. Four Siarka Jezioro and five Trefl Sopot players scored in double figures. Trefl Sopot's coach Mariusz Niedbalski rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Siarka Jezioro maintains ninth position with 9-13 record. Trefl Sopot at the other side dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Anwil.
Top scorers:
Siarka Jezioro: D.Przybyszewski 24+10reb+1ast, J.Dloniak 20+1reb+1ast, X.Alexander 16+10reb+1ast, J.Tiller 15+7reb+6ast, K.Krajniewski 7+4reb+1ast, D.Wall 7+6reb
Trefl Sopot: K.Looby 16+8reb, A.Waczynski 14+3reb+1ast, M.Michalak 13+2reb, F.Dylewicz 13+5reb+1ast, F.Turner 11+1reb+11ast, L.Harrington 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 186822


Asseco Prok. - Polpharma 88-64

Rather expected game in Gdynia where 7th ranked Polpharma (10-12) was rolled over by fourth ranked Asseco Prok. (15-7) 88-64 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-64. Asseco Prok. dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Polpharma's 26 and made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Polpharma 38-26 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international Przemyslaw Zamojski (194-86, college: Independence CC, agency: Alti Sport) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Austrian-Slovenian center Rasid Mahalbasic (211-90) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Asseco Prok. players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Ben McCauley (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Jawan Carter (180-87, college: Delaware) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Stelmet ZG and PGE Turow. Loser Polpharma keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. They share the position with AZS Koszalin.
Top scorers:
Asseco Prok.: P.Zamojski 18+11reb+1ast, M.Ponitka 18+3reb+2ast, R.Mahalbasic 18+5reb+2ast, R.Witka 11+3reb+2ast, A.Hrycaniuk 10+6reb+1ast, K.Roszyk 5+3reb
Polpharma: B.McCauley 19+5reb, J.Carter 16+2reb+4ast, U.Mirkovic 10+3reb, A.Lichodzijewski 4+8reb+1ast, M.Hicks 3+3reb+2ast, S.Radomski 3
gschID: 186821



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Akron guard Alex Abreu pleads not guilty to drug charges; suspended indefinitely from Zips - by Juan Hernandez

Akron Zips starting point guard Alex Abreu (180-PG-91) pleaded not guilty to trafficking and possession of marijuana on Friday, hours before his teammates played rival Kent State in their regular-season finale (on senior night) without the junior floor general and inspirational leader. Abreu has been suspended indefinitely, pending the outcome of the police investigation.
Abreu posted $5,000 bond and was released from the Summit County Jail at around 6 p.m. He offered only one "no comment" to reporters before he got in a car and was driven away. Abreu is due back in court March 22, when the Zips hope to be playing in the NCAA tournament.
A three-year starter who found his way to Akron from Puerto Rico, averages 10.3 points and 6.3 assists, many of them going to 7-foot center Zeke Marshall (213-C-90), who gives Akron an inside presence to play with any team from any conference.
Freshman Carmelo Betancourt (180-G-92) is expected to start in place of Abreu. Betancourt, who is also from Puerto Rico, has made one start this season and averages 1.8 points and 1.4 assists.



Ex-NBA Player Renaldo Balkman Chokes Teammate During Meltdown in Philippines - by Juan Hernandez

Puerto Rico National team member Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) tried to choke one of his teammates during meltdown in Philippines Basketball League. After Balkman, who play for Petron Blaze Boosters, goes up for a shot and misses, then pleads his case that he was fouled. Unfortunately, that action turned violent,as the 28-year-old bumps the ref and then hits his arm as he tries to show him how he was fouled. As his players try to calm him down, Balkman continues pushing against good sense, ending with him choking his fellow teammate, Arwind Santos (193-F-81). Shortly after the incident he publicly on Twitter apologized to the team, his fans, the League and to Arwind Santos for his actions. Reports have come that he will meet with the commissioner's on Monday.


Humacao/Carolina Caciques/Gigantes sign import player - by Juan Hernandez

The Caciques de Humacao had signed their first import player from the caribbean, his name is Jamelle Horne (200-F-88, college: Arizona). He is a 6'7" 209 pounds forward who can play also the wing, who averaged 20.1 ppg and 6.4 rebs for the Soles de Mexicali in the Mexican Basketball League after a brief stint with the Ironi Kiryat Ata (Israel-National League).
He has Panama Passport and is an exiting player with a lot of offense but also needs to work on his defense and rebounding skills.



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Standings - Superleague B

Superleague Standings
 1. Univ.Surgut 20-2 
 2. Ural Ekaterinb. 16-5 
 3. Novosybirsk 16-6 
 4. Ataman 14-9 
 5. Ruskon-Mord. 14-9 
 6. Dynamo MO 13-9 
 7. TEMP-SUMZ 12-10 
 8. Ryazan 12-11 
 9. AltajBasket 11-11 
 10. Avtodor 9-12 
 11. Planeta-Univ. 8-14 
 12. Volgograd 7-12 
 13. Spartak V. 4-17 
 14. Sojuz Zaretchny 4-18 
 15. Severstal 4-19 

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 8: Planeta-Univ. - TEMP-SUMZ 87-82
Mar. 8: Novosybirsk - Sojuz Zaretchny 87-70
Mar. 8: Dynamo MO - Ryazan 79-60
Mar. 8: Avtodor - Univ.Surgut 71-75
Mar. 8: Ural Ekaterinb. - Spartak V. 70-87
Mar. 8: AltajBasket - Ataman 64-72
Mar. 8: Severstal - Ruskon-Mord. 51-67

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 13: Ruskon-Mord. - Ural Ekaterinb.
Mar. 13: TEMP-SUMZ - Spartak V.
Mar. 13: Ataman - Severstal
Mar. 13: Sojuz Zaretchny - Planeta-Univ.
Mar. 13: Ryazan - AltajBasket
Mar. 13: Univ.Surgut - Novosybirsk
Mar. 13: Volgograd - Avtodor


Euroleague: BC Khimki reach the necessary win over Montepaschi Siena - by Eurobasket News

BC Khimki MR - Montepaschi Siena 78:71

BC Khimki reach the necessary win over Montepaschi Siena in the first game on Friday evening. The Russian side posted a 78:71 victory for 6-4 record. The Italian side dropped at 5-5 record in Group F.
In the first game between two teams on January Bobby Brown scored 20 and Tomas Ress dominated in the paint when Siena bested Khimki 82:76 in Italy. This time Khimky secured a 7-point win as they started with 25-20 lead in the first period. The Russian team added 19-17 in the second frame and enjoyed a 7-point lead at the halftime. Moreover they won the third quarter 20-17 and later led 18 points. The Italian squad however dominated the end of the game and reduced to final 7 points.
K.C. Rivers (196-G-87, college: Clemson) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) added 18. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) and Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) followed them with 8 points apiece. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) notched 12. Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83, college: Metro St.) brought 11, whilst Matt Janning (193-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) had 8.

BC Khimki MR: K.C. Rivers 19, Paul Davis 18, Kresimir Loncar 8, Vitaliy Fridzon 8
Montepaschi Siena: Bobby Brown 17, Kristjan Kangur 12, Benjamin Ortner 11, Matt Janning 8



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Marko Boltic moves to Vojvodina - by Zoran Popovic

Marko Boltic (193-G-87) is new player of BC Vojvodina Srbijagas. Boltic started this season in BKK Radnicki Beograd and on 18 games average scored 10.4 points, 3.1 boards, 2.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Boltic spent three seasons in BKK Radnicki Beograd and before Radnicki, he played for Mladost Zemun. Head coach of BC Vojvodina Srbijagas Sinisa Matic and his team will compete in Serbian Superleague and try to gets fourth place and chance to play next season in Adriatic league. Before Marko Baltic, Vojvodina hired guard Filip Covic.


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Standings - D1

Extraliga Standings
 1. Levice 22-7 
 2. Komarno 20-9 
 3. Nitra 19-11 
 4. Nova Ves 15-14 
 5. Inter Bratislava 15-15 
 6. B.Bystrica 13-16 
 7. Prievidza 12-17 
 8. Svit 9-21 
 9. Handlova 7-22 

Regular Season: Round 33

Mar. 6: Nitra - Inter Bratislava 97-86
Mar. 6: Prievidza - Komarno 90-81
Mar. 8: Levice - Handlova 85-73
Mar. 6: B.Bystrica - Svit 110-99

Regular Season: Round 34

Mar. 9: Prievidza - Nova Ves
Mar. 9: Levice - Komarno
Mar. 9: B.Bystrica - Handlova
Mar. 9: Svit - Inter Bratislava


Extraliga Round 33: Komarno is defeated by Prievidza - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Extraliga. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game between second ranked Komarno (20-9) and seventh ranked Prievidza (12-17) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Komarno was defeated by Prievidza in a tough game in Prievidza 81-90. Defending champion maintains seventh place with 12-17 record. Komarno at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Prievidza are looking forward to face higher ranked Nova Ves (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Komarno will play against the league's leader Levice where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Nitra. Third ranked host Nitra (19-11) defeated 4th placed Inter Bratislava (15-15) 97-86. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Inter Bratislava. American swingman David Noel (199-84, college: N.Carolina) nailed 27 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Deremy Geiger accounted for 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international power forward Martin Rancik (204-78, college: Iowa St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for Inter Bratislava in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nitra maintains third place with 19-11 record having just two points less than leader Levice. Inter Bratislava at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 15 games lost. Nitra will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Inter Bratislava will play on the road against Svit (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Extraliga top team - Levice (22-7) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat ninth ranked Handlova (7-22) 85-73. The best player for the winners was Brandon Fields who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Kevin Bridgewaters who recorded 32 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Levice maintains first place with 22-7 record. Loser Handlova stay at the bottom position with 22 games lost. Levice will meet at home league's second-placed Komarno in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Handlova will play against SKP Banska Bystrica (#6) and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 33 Svit lost to B.Bystrica on the opponent's court 99-110.


Levice - Handlova 85-73

Extraliga top team - Levice (22-7) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat ninth ranked Handlova (7-22) 85-73. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-73. The best player for the winners was American guard Brandon Fields (193-88, college: Nevada) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. The former international point guard Richard Grznar (189-91) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Levice players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Kevin Bridgewaters (179-84, college: Chattanooga) who recorded 32 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) and the other American import center Zack Crimmins (213-89, college: Columbia) added 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Levice maintains first place with 22-7 record. Loser Handlova stay at the bottom position with 22 games lost. Levice will meet at home league's second-placed Komarno in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Handlova will play against SKP Banska Bystrica (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Levice: B.Fields 19+6reb+1ast, J.Simmons 15+6reb, W.Kemp 12+2reb+1ast, R.Grznar 12+5reb+5ast, B.Addison 9+7reb, J.Vojtek 7+5reb
Handlova: K.Bridgewaters 32+5reb+4ast, Z.Crimmins 14+10reb, M.Podhorsky 8+2reb+2ast, R.Vido 8+11reb, O.Haviar 6+2reb+3ast, M.Golian 5+3reb
gschID: 195208


B.Bystrica - Svit 110-99

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Svit (9-21) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked SKP Banska Bystrica (13-16) 110-99 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by SKP Banska Bystrica. Svit managed to win third quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SKP Banska Bystrica shot 63.6 percent from the field. Strangely Svit outrebounded SKP Banska Bystrica 43-23 including a 25-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Croatian guard Sven Smajlagic (193-90) who scored 26 points (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!). American point guard Enique Clemons (180-80, college: Missouri) chipped in 17 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was American center Tyronne McNeal (211-87, college: Miami Dade CC) who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) added 23 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Five SKP Banska Bystrica and four Svit players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. SKP Banska Bystrica maintains sixth place with 13-16 record. Loser Svit keeps the eighth position with 21 games lost. SKP Banska Bystrica will meet at home bottom-ranked Handlova (#9) in the next round. Svit will play against Inter Bratislava and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
B.Bystrica: S.Smajlagic 26+3reb+1ast, M.Ahmetbasic 17+3reb, E.Clemons 17+1reb+2ast, M.Rendla 13, S.Jankovic 13+4reb+1ast, J.Hughes 12+5reb+1ast
Svit: T.McNeal 26+10reb+2ast, W.Channels 23+7reb+2ast, C.Jackson 20+5reb, J.Mascoll 19+7reb, R.George 7+5ast, E.Znanec 2
gschID: 195210


Nitra - Inter Bratislava 97-86

The game between Top Four teams took place in Nitra. Third ranked host Nitra (19-11) defeated 4th placed Inter Bratislava (15-15) 97-86. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Inter Bratislava. The game was mostly controlled by Nitra. Inter Bratislava was better in third quarter 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Inter Bratislava 37-26 including 22 on the defensive glass. American swingman David Noel (199-84, college: N.Carolina) nailed 27 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import point guard Deremy Geiger (180-90, college: Idaho) accounted for 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Nitra players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Martin Rancik (204-78, college: Iowa St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and the former international center Peter Sedmak (207-85) added 21 points respectively for Inter Bratislava in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nitra maintains third place with 19-11 record having just two points less than leader Levice. Inter Bratislava at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 15 games lost. Nitra will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Inter Bratislava will play on the road against Svit (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Nitra: D.Noel 27+9reb+1ast, D.Geiger 20+7reb+6ast, M.Kovacevic 19+1reb, J.Hasan 10+3reb, P.Sparks 6+6reb+4ast, B.Tomek 6+3reb+1ast
Inter Bratislava: P.Sedmak 21+4reb+3ast, M.Rancik 20+10reb+2ast, G.Bulatovic 18+2reb+3ast, J.Graham 8+4reb+1ast, A.Tucker 7+2ast, R.Skibniewski 5+5ast
gschID: 195209


Prievidza - Komarno 90-81

The game between second ranked Komarno (20-9) and seventh ranked Prievidza (12-17) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Komarno was defeated by Prievidza in a tough game in Prievidza 81-90. Defending champion maintains seventh place with 12-17 record. Komarno at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Prievidza are looking forward to face higher ranked Nova Ves (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Komarno will play against the league's leader Levice where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
gschID: 195207



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  SOUTH KOREA   

Standings

KBL Standings
 1. SK Knights 40-9 
 2. Mobis Phoebus 36-13 
 3. ET Land 29-20 
 4. Anyang KGC 28-21 
 5. Goyang Orions 25-25 
 6. Dongbu Promy 19-30 
 7. Samsung Th. 19-30 
 8. Sonic Boom KT 19-31 
 9. LG Sakers 18-31 
 10. KCC Egis 12-37 

Regular Season: Round 38

Mar. 6: Samsung Th. - Sonic Boom KT 87-77
Mar. 8: ET Land - LG Sakers 85-78
Mar. 5: Mobis Phoebus - LG Sakers 79-67
Mar. 8: Sonic Boom KT - Goyang Orions 71-78
Mar. 7: Anyang KGC - KCC Egis 71-69
Mar. 7: SK Knights - Mobis Phoebus 70-77
Mar. 6: Dongbu Promy - Goyang Orions 68-88

Regular Season: Round 39

Mar. 9: Dongbu Promy - Mobis Phoebus
Mar. 9: Anyang KGC - Samsung Th.
Mar. 9: SK Knights - KCC Egis
Mar. 10: Samsung Th. - Dongbu Promy
Mar. 10: Sonic Boom KT - ET Land
Mar. 10: LG Sakers - KCC Egis


KBL Round 38: Leader SK Knights lose to Mobis Phoebus - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in KBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds.

Top ranked SK Knights (40-9) recorded its ninth loss in Seoul on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Mobis Phoebus (36-13) 77-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SK Knights. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 42-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Ricardo Ratliffe (203-89, college: Missouri) who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Si Rae Kim (180-89) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists. Mobis Phoebus' coach JaeHak Yoo used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Mobis Phoebus have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 36-13 record having four points less than leader SK Knights. SK Knights at the other side still keep top place with nine games lost. Mobis Phoebus are looking forward to face Dongbu Promy (#6) in Wonju in the next round. SK Knights will play at home against KCC Egis (#10) in Jeonju and are hoping to win this game.
The game in Busan was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Goyang Orions (25-25) played at the court of 8th ranked Sonic Boom KT (19-31). Goyang Orions managed to secure a 7-point victory 78-71. Belizean-American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists. Jung-Kyu Chun contributed with 22 points for the winners. Goyang Orions' coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Jasper Johnson (203-83, college: Delta St.) replied with 29 points and 9 rebounds for Sonic Boom KT. Goyang Orions have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 25-25 record. Sonic Boom KT lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 31 games lost. Goyang Orions will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sonic Boom KT will play at home against ET Land Elephants (#3) in Inchon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Wonju supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Goyang Orions (25-25) played at the court of 6th ranked Dongbu Promy (19-30). Goyang Orions did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 88-68 on Wednesday. Leon Williams had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Julian Sensley responded with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Goyang Orions have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 25-25 record. Loser Dongbu Promy keeps the sixth place with 30 games lost. They share the position with Samsung Th.. Goyang Orions will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Dongbu Promy will play against Samsung Thunders (#7) in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Tenth-ranked KCC Egis (12-37) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Anyang KGC (28-21). Anyang KGC managed to secure only two-point victory 71-69. However their fans expected much easier game. Juan Pattillo notched 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Anyang KGC have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 28-21 record. KCC Egis lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 37 lost games. Anyang KGC's next round opponent will be Samsung Thunders (#7) in Seoul. KCC Egis will play on the road against LG Sakers in Changwon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 38 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
LG Sakers were defeated by ET Land in Inchon 85-78. Samsung Th. beat Sonic Boom KT at home 87-77. LG Sakers lost to Mobis Phoebus on the opponent's court 67-79.
The best stats of 38th round was 29 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks by Darian Townes of Samsung Th..


Sonic Boom KT - Goyang Orions 71-78

The game in Busan was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Goyang Orions (25-25) played at the court of 8th ranked Sonic Boom KT (19-31). Goyang Orions managed to secure a 7-point victory 78-71. Sonic Boom KT was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 25-11 third quarter run of Goyang Orions. They outrebounded Sonic Boom KT 38-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Belizean-American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Jung-Kyu Chun (188-83) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Four Goyang Orions players scored in double figures. Goyang Orions' coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Jasper Johnson (203-83, college: Delta St.) replied with 29 points and 9 rebounds and guard Yeo-Kwon Yoon (186-84) added 11 points in the effort for Sonic Boom KT. Goyang Orions have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 25-25 record. Sonic Boom KT lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 31 games lost. Goyang Orions will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sonic Boom KT will play at home against ET Land Elephants (#3) in Inchon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Goyang Orions: J.Chun 22+1reb+2ast, L.Williams 19+16reb+6ast, S.Merritt 12+7reb+1ast, J.Choi 10+8reb+1ast, H.Jeon 7+2reb+5ast, S.Kim 6+1reb
Sonic Boom KT: J.Johnson 29+9reb+2ast, Y.Yoon 11+2reb+2ast, D.Kim 9+2reb, Y.Oh 8+2reb, M.Kim 6+1reb+5ast, Y.Song 4+1reb
gschID: 194485


ET Land - LG Sakers 85-78

There was no surprise in Inchon where 9th ranked LG Sakers (18-31) were defeated by third ranked ET Land Elephants (29-20) 85-78. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-19 LG Sakers' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 85-78 at the end of the game. American forward Carlos Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) notched a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and guard Hyun-Min Lee (177-83) supported him with 10 points and 9 assists. Even 18 points and 7 rebounds by American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) did not help to save the game for LG Sakers. Guard Woo-Sub Yaung (185-85) added 12 points and 5 assists for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. ET Land Elephants maintains third position with 29-20 record having eleven points less than leader SK Knights. LG Sakers at the other side keep the ninth place with 31 games lost. ET Land Elephants' next round opponent will be Sonic Boom KT (#8) in Busan where they are favorite. LG Sakers will play at home against KCC Egis in Jeonju and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ET Land: C.Powell 24+11reb+4ast, B.Chung 14+1reb, B.Cha 12+1reb+2ast, H.Lee 10+2reb+9ast, Y.Jung 9+2reb+1ast, D.Casto 7+2reb
LG Sakers: I.Clark 18+7reb+1ast, W.Yaung 12+4reb+5ast, K.Young Hwan 11+1reb+4ast, R.Park 10+2reb+2ast, I.Baek 9+4reb+1ast, C.Withers 8+9reb
gschID: 194484


Anyang KGC - KCC Egis 71-69

Tenth-ranked KCC Egis (12-37) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Anyang KGC (28-21). Anyang KGC managed to secure only two-point victory 71-69. However their fans expected much easier game. KCC Egis were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Anyang KGC dominated on the defensive end, holding KCC Egis to just 6 points in second quarter. American forward Juan Pattillo (201-88, college: W.Kentucky) notched 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and forward Jung-Hyun Lee (191-87) supported him with 19 points. Even 24 points by Yeong-Sang Bakg (-90) did not help to save the game for KCC Egis. American power forward Andre Brown (206-81, college: De Paul, agency: Interperformances) added 8 points and 13 rebounds for the guests. Anyang KGC have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 28-21 record. KCC Egis lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 37 lost games. Anyang KGC's next round opponent will be Samsung Thunders (#7) in Seoul. KCC Egis will play on the road against LG Sakers in Changwon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: J.Lee 19+2reb+1ast, J.Pattillo 19+8reb+1ast, H.Choi 10+3reb+3ast, T.Kim 7+4reb+5ast, Tae 6+3reb+3ast, H.Jung 5+2reb+1ast
KCC Egis: Y.Bakg 24+2reb+1ast, B.Kang 14+2reb+1ast, A.Brown 8+13reb+2ast, J.Thomas 7+3reb, M.Sin 7+5reb+4ast, T.Kim 7+7reb
gschID: 194483


SK Knights - Mobis Phoebus 70-77

Top ranked SK Knights (40-9) recorded its ninth loss in Seoul on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Mobis Phoebus (36-13) 77-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SK Knights. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 42-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Ricardo Ratliffe (203-89, college: Missouri) who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Si Rae Kim (180-89) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists. Mobis Phoebus' coach JaeHak Yoo used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and forward Bu Kyung Choi (200-89) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Mobis Phoebus have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 36-13 record having four points less than leader SK Knights. SK Knights at the other side still keep top place with nine games lost. Mobis Phoebus are looking forward to face Dongbu Promy (#6) in Wonju in the next round. SK Knights will play at home against KCC Egis (#10) in Jeonju and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Mobis Phoebus: R.Ratliffe 19+9reb+2ast, S.Rae Kim 17+4reb+6ast, G.Stevenson 15+4reb+1ast, R.Benson 9+3reb+3ast, G.Park 7+3reb+1ast, J.Park 5+2reb
SK Knights: A.Haynes 27+10reb+1ast, K.Hoon Byun 12, B.Kyung Choi 10+8reb+3ast, C.Sims 6+3reb, H.Joo 5+1reb+7ast, S.Park 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 194482


Samsung Th. - Sonic Boom KT 87-77

There was a small surprise in Seoul where eighth ranked Samsung Thunders (19-30) defeated 8th ranked Sonic Boom KT (19-31) 87-77. Sonic Boom KT was ahead by 10 points at the halftime before a - second half run of Samsung Thunders. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sonic Boom KT to just . They outrebounded Sonic Boom KT 47-28 including a 34-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Samsung Thunders players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. American power forward Darian Townes (208-84) notched a double-double by scoring 29 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks to lead the effort and the former international guard Jung-Suk Lee (183-82) supported him with 14 points and 13 assists. Even a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds by American forward Jasper Johnson (203-83, college: Delta St.) did not help to save the game for Sonic Boom KT. Forward Do-Soo Kim (193-81) added 12 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Samsung Thunders moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Dongbu Promy. Sonic Boom KT lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 31 games lost. Samsung Thunders' next round opponent will be Dongbu Promy (#6) in Wonju. Sonic Boom KT will play at home against ET Land Elephants in Inchon.
Top scorers:
Samsung Th.: D.Townes 29+13reb+1ast, D.Sandrin 14+8reb, J.Lee 14+4reb+13ast, W.Lee 8+6reb+3ast, Y.Ho 8+4reb+1ast, O.Blankson 7+2reb
Sonic Boom KT: J.Johnson 24+11reb+3ast, Y.Oh 14+2reb+1ast, D.Kim 12+6reb, M.Kim 8+1reb+7ast, Y.Kwon Yoon 6+1reb+1ast, S.Min 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 194481


Dongbu Promy - Goyang Orions 68-88

The game in Wonju supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Goyang Orions (25-25) played at the court of 6th ranked Dongbu Promy (19-30). Goyang Orions did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 88-68 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-68. Goyang Orions dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Dongbu Promy's 28. They outrebounded Dongbu Promy 32-21 including 22 on the defensive glass. Goyang Orions looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Belizean-American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Hyung-Soo Jeon (181-78) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Four Goyang Orions players scored in double figures. German-American forward Julian Sensley (206-82, college: Hawaii) responded with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and international power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) scored 17 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Goyang Orions have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 25-25 record. Loser Dongbu Promy keeps the sixth place with 30 games lost. They share the position with Samsung Th.. Goyang Orions will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Dongbu Promy will play against Samsung Thunders (#7) in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Goyang Orions: L.Williams 24+10reb+4ast, H.Jeon 19+5reb+7ast, D.Kim 10+7reb+5ast, S.Kim 10+3reb+2ast, J.Choi 7+2reb+1ast, S.Merritt 7+2reb+1ast
Dongbu Promy: J.Sensley 24+5reb+4ast, E.Sandrin 17+4reb+4ast, K.Jin 10+2reb, R.Roby 8+3reb, K.Lee 3+2reb+1ast, J.Park 3+8ast
gschID: 194480


Mobis Phoebus - LG Sakers 79-67

Very expected game in Ulsan where 9th ranked LG Sakers (18-31) were defeated by second ranked Mobis Phoebus (36-13) 79-67. LG Sakers were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 41-27 second half run of Mobis Phoebus. American forward Ricardo Ratliffe (203-89, college: Missouri) notched 17 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) supported him with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Mobis Phoebus players scored in double figures. Mobis Phoebus' coach JaeHak Yoo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 26 points and 7 rebounds by American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) did not help to save the game for LG Sakers. Guard Woo-Sub Yaung (185-85) added 11 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Mobis Phoebus have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 36-13 record having four points less than leader SK Knights. LG Sakers at the other side keep the ninth place with 31 games lost. Mobis Phoebus' next round opponent will be Dongbu Promy (#6) in Wonju. LG Sakers will play at home against KCC Egis in Jeonju and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mobis Phoebus: G.Stevenson 17+3reb, R.Ratliffe 17+9reb+1ast, R.Benson 12+7reb+2ast, D.Yang 10+1reb+2ast, S.Rae Kim 7+8reb+1ast, J.Park 7+1ast
LG Sakers: I.Clark 26+7reb+1ast, W.Yaung 11+5reb+3ast, I.Baek 10+5reb+2ast, J.Un Lee 8+2reb+2ast, K.Young Hwan 6+1ast, C.Young Jung 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 194479



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Standings - LEB Gold

LEB Gold Standings
 1. Andorra 19-2 
 2. A.Ford Burgos 17-4 
 3. Lucentum 14-7 
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