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  APBL   



Metropolitan All-Stars defeat NOVA Hawks in 1st round of playoffs, 121 - 77 - by Calvin Brown

The Metropolitan All-Stars defeated the NOVA Hawks, in the opening round of the APBL playoffs, 121 77, in the All-Stars most lopsided victory this year. The All-Stars appear to be gearing up for another championship run as they totally dismantled the Hawks. Defense is the key to winning championships, said Coach Al Brown. The All-Stars held the Hawks to just 9 points in the second quarter while scoring 30 point to take the lead for good after being down 21 -23 after the first quarter. Raason Young, making his first start of the season, responded with a team high 24 points and some tenacious defense. Antwon Hawkins continued his torrid scoring chipping in with 22 points and leading the way with a massive, smothering defensive effort on the Hawks best shooter, holding him to just 3 field goals in 16 attempts. Cedrick Stewart showed why he is considered the best point guard in the east coast by scoring 18 points and running the All-Stars offence flawlessly. Cutis Crews came off the bench to score 15 points and helped the All-Stars dominated on the boards. Curt Massey and Calvin Brown, Jr. also came off of the bench to score 13 points apiece and gave some much need relief to the starts. Burgess Williams and Terrance Carter each scored 8 points rounding out the scoring for the All-Stars.
Milton Harris was the only bright spot for the Hawks scoring 24 points, followed by 14 points for Brian Leggett and 10 points for Mike Toth.
The All-Stars, just back from a very successful tour in Peru, where they played to standing room only crowds in 12 cities in 15 days. The All-Stars were greeted in Peru by parades, meeting with the Mayors of the cities, visited the President of Peru and many other Peruvian officials. This was the All-Stars first game since coming back to the USA, after being gone for over 4 weeks traveling throughout Peru.

Raason Young (6'6''-F, college: Montana St. - Billin)



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1 Satria Muda 10-3 
 2 Petron Blaze 9-3 
 3 KL Dragons 8-6 
 4 Singapore S. 5-9 
 5 Thailand S. 4-9 
 6 Saigon H. 3-9 

Regular Season: Round 12

Mar. 31: Singapore S. - Saigon H. 91-77
Mar. 27: Satria Muda - Thailand S. 83-72
Mar. 29: KL Dragons - Saigon H. 75-64

Regular Season: Round 13

Apr. 3: Satria Muda - Saigon H.
Apr. 3: Thailand S. - KL Dragons
Apr. 5: Saigon H. - Thailand S.
Apr. 6: Petron Blaze - Singapore S.


Round 12: Satria Muda keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Indonesian Satria Muda as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Satria Muda defeated 4th ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers in Jakarta 83-72. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. Thailand Slammers managed to win third quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. Filipino guard Jerick Canada (170) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Christien Charles (216-81, college: Villanova) who recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Satria Muda have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Thailand Slammers at the other side dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. Thailand Slammers will play next round against Saigon Heat trying to get back on the winning streak. Satria Muda will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Saigon Heat at home.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Singapore. Local Singapore Slingers (5-9) beat 6th ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-9) 91-77. It was a good game for American power forward Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-84, college: UALR) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. Wei Long Wong contributed with 29 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Singapore Slingers' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Dior Lowhorn (201-87, college: USF) replied with 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for Saigon Heat. Singapore Slingers maintains fourth position with 5-9 record. Saigon Heat lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with nine games lost. Singapore Slingers will play against league's second-placed Petron Blaze in Manila in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Saigon Heat will play at home against Thailand Slammers (#5) in Bangkok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 12 bottom-ranked Saigon H. was defeated by KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur 75-64.


Singapore S. - Saigon H. 91-77

The game with biggest result difference took place in Singapore. Local Singapore Slingers (5-9) beat 6th ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-9) 91-77. The game was mostly controlled by Singapore Slingers. Saigon Heat was better in fourth quarter 23-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American power forward Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-84, college: UALR) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. Singapore guard Wei Long Wong (172-88) contributed with 29 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Singapore Slingers' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Dior Lowhorn (201-87, college: USF) replied with 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward David Palmer (206-86, college: N.Kentucky) added 22 points and 18 rebounds in the effort for Saigon Heat. Singapore Slingers maintains fourth position with 5-9 record. Saigon Heat lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with nine games lost. Singapore Slingers will play against league's second-placed Petron Blaze in Manila in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Saigon Heat will play at home against Thailand Slammers (#5) in Bangkok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Singapore S.: R.Jones-Jennings 37+12reb+2ast, W.Long Wong 29+6reb+1ast, R.Singleton 14+14reb+5ast, P.Aaron Morrison 5+1reb+2ast, Q.Wu 2, M.Folkoff 2+2reb+4ast
Saigon H.: D.Lowhorn 34+7reb, D.Palmer 22+18reb+1ast, J.Reyes 15+1reb+5ast, A.Vergara 4+1reb+1ast, L.Tieu 2+5reb+2ast, C.Sumalinog 0
gschID: 229711


KL Dragons - Saigon H. 75-64

There was no surprise in Kuala Lumpur where 6th ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-9) was defeated by third ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (8-6) 75-64. The game was mostly controlled by KL Dragons. Saigon Heat was better in third quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Saigon Heat to just 7 points in first quarter. It was a good game for American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Filipino-Tongan center Moala Tautuaa (200-89, college: Chadron St.) contributed with 21 points for the winners. KL Dragons' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Dior Lowhorn (201-87, college: USF) replied with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward David Palmer (206-86, college: N.Kentucky) added 20 points and 17 rebounds in the effort for Saigon Heat. KL Dragons maintains third position with 8-6 record having just one points less than leader Satria Muda. Saigon Heat lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with nine games lost. KL Dragons will play against Thailand Slammers (#5) in Bangkok in the next round. Saigon Heat will play at home against Thailand Slammers in Bangkok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KL Dragons: M.Tautuaa 21+3reb, G.Edwards 21+10reb+1ast, J.Melton 10+4reb+7ast, M.Hubbard 8+4reb+1ast, B.Sin Ooi 8+3reb, A.Siefain 4+3reb+1ast
Saigon H.: D.Lowhorn 35+15reb+2ast, D.Palmer 20+17reb+1ast, A.Vergara 4+3reb+1ast, J.Reyes 3+2reb+8ast, C.Sumalinog 1+1reb, L.Tieu 1+2reb+1ast
gschID: 229709


Satria Muda - Thailand S. 83-72

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Indonesian Satria Muda as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Satria Muda defeated 4th ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers in Jakarta 83-72. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. Thailand Slammers managed to win third quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. Filipino guard Jerick Canada (170) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Christien Charles (216-81, college: Villanova) who recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds and Filipino guard Froilan Baguion (170-80) added 11 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Satria Muda have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Thailand Slammers at the other side dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. Thailand Slammers will play next round against Saigon Heat trying to get back on the winning streak. Satria Muda will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Saigon Heat at home.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: M.Wuysang 20+2reb+1ast, J.Canada 19+5reb+4ast, C.Daniels 16+13reb, S.Thomas 8+15reb+3ast, J.Smith 8+6reb+9ast, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 7+4reb+2ast
Thailand S.: C.Charles 30+10reb, F.Baguion 11+6reb+6ast, K.Lertlaaokul 6+1reb, D.Brannon 5+9reb+2ast, L.Gonzaga 5+4reb+1ast, D.Apiromvilaichai 4+1reb
gschID: 229708



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  AUSTRALIA   

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Ben MADGEN
  Kings
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Madgen, Kings17.8 
 2. Flynn, Tigers17.4 
 3. Ervin, Crocodiles16.9 
 4. Deleon, Hawks16.4 
 5. Johnson, 36ers16.2 
 6. Wilson, Taipans15.3 
 7. Lisch, Wildcats15.1 
 8. Jackson, Breakers15.0 
 9. Goulding, Tigers15.0 
 10. Redhage, Wildcats14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel JOHNSON
  36ers
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, 36ers8.1 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles8.0 
 3. Crosswhite, Kings7.6 
 4. Pledger, Breakers7.2 
 5. Lazare, Kings7.1 
 6. Knight, Wildcats7.0 
 7. Davidson, Hawks6.6 
 8. Tragardh, Taipans6.4 
 9. Scott, Tigers6.3 
 10. Vukona, Breakers6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Jackson, Breakers7.1 
 2. Flynn, Tigers5.9 
 3. Gibson, 36ers4.9 
 4. Ervin, Crocodiles4.3 
 5. Wilson, Taipans3.5 
 6. Martin, Hawks3.3 
 7. Martin, Wildcats3.2 
 8. Deleon, Hawks3.1 
 9. Bruce, Kings3.0 
 10. Henry, Kings2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.8 
 2. Martin, Wildcats1.9 
 3. Carter, Wildcats1.5 
 4. Gliddon, Taipans1.4 
 5. Deleon, Hawks1.3 
 6. Henry, Kings1.1 
 7. Ervin, Crocodiles1.1 
 8. Boucher, Breakers1.1 
 9. Martin, Hawks1.1 
 10. Lisch, Wildcats1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Pledger, Breakers1.5 
 2. Nevill, Crocodiles1.2 
 3. Schenscher, 36ers0.9 
 4. Blanchfield, Croco.0.7 
 5. Forman, Hawks0.7 
 6. Scott, Tigers0.7 
 7. Hinder, Crocodiles0.7 
 8. Garlepp, Kings0.7 
 9. Gliddon, Taipans0.6 
 10. Knight, Wildcats0.6 


Standings - ABA

State Standings
Big V
 1. Bulleen B. 2-0 
 2. Diamond V.E. 2-0 
 3. Eltham W. 1-1 
 4. Waverley F. 1-1 
 5. Werribee 1-1 
 6. Ringwood H. 1-1 
 7. Corio Bay 1-1 
 8. Hume City 1-1 
 9. Melbourne 0-2 
 10. Sherbrooke S. 0-2 
Central ABL
 1. C.District L. 0-0 
 2. Eastern M. 0-0 
 3. Forestville E. 0-0 
 4. N.Adelaide R. 0-0 
 5. Norwood F. 0-0 
 6. S.Adelaide P. 0-0 
 7. Southern T. 0-0 
 8. Sturt S. 0-0 
 9. W.Adelaide B. 0-0 
 10. Woodville W. 0-0 
QBL
 1. Brisbane C. 0-0 
 2. Bundaberg B. 0-0 
 3. Cairns M. 0-0 
 4. Gladstone P. 0-0 
 5. Gold Coast R. 0-0 
 6. Ipswich F. 0-0 
 7. Mackay M. 0-0 
 8. Northside W. 0-0 
 9. Rockhampton 0-0 
 10. Suncoast 0-0 
 11. SW Metro P. 0-0 
 12. Toowoomba 0-0 
 13. Townsville H. 0-0 
SBL
 1. Lakeside L. 4-0 
 2. Perry Lakes H. 4-0 
 3. East Perth E. 3-0 
 4. Perth R. 2-1 
 5. SW Slammers 2-1 
 6. Geraldton B. 2-2 
 7. Goldfield G. 2-2 
 8. Wanneroo W. 2-2 
 9. Cockburn C. 1-2 
 10. Willetton T. 1-2 
 11. Mandurah M. 1-3 
 12. Stirling S. 1-3 
 13. Rockingham F. 0-3 
 14. Kalamunda E.S. 0-4 
SEABL-East
 1. Canberra G. 2-0 
 2. Dandenong 2-0 
 3. Frankston B. 2-1 
 4. Geelong S. 2-1 
 5. Bendigo B. 1-2 
 6. Sandringham S. 0-2 
 7. Brisbane S. 0-3 
SEABL-South
 1. Nunawading S. 2-0 
 2. NW Tasmania 2-0 
 3. Albury W.B. 1-1 
 4. Ballarat M. 1-1 
 5. Hobart C. 1-1 
 6. Knox R. 1-2 
 7. Mt Gambier 1-2 
 8. Kilsyth C. 0-2 
WARATAH
 1. Bankstown B. 2-0 
 2. Manly Warr. 2-0 
 3. Norths Bears 2-0 
 4. Parramatta W. 2-1 
 5. Sydney C. 1-1 
 6. Colonial Hotel 1-1 
 7. Hills H. 1-1 
 8. Hornsby S. 1-1 
 9. Illawarra H. 1-1 
 10. Cent.Coast C. 1-1 
 11. Maitland M. 0-2 
 12. Newcastle H. 0-2 
 13. Sutherland S. 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

Mar. 30: Rockingham F. - Perry Lakes H. 95-132
Mar. 30: Perth R. - Wanneroo W. 90-106
Mar. 28: Willetton T. - Lakeside L. 85-111
Mar. 30: Geraldton B. - Goldfield G. 83-77
Mar. 28: Stirling S. - East Perth E. 72-113
Mar. 30: Cockburn C. - Kalamunda E.S. 116-80
Mar. 28: SW Slammers - Mandurah M. 103-100

Regular Season: Round 4

BIG V

Apr. 6: Hume City - Melbourne
Apr. 6: Diamond V.E. - Corio Bay
Apr. 6: Eltham W. - Bulleen B.
Apr. 6: Ringwood H. - Waverley F.
Apr. 6: Werribee - Sherbrooke S.

Central ABL

Apr. 6: S.Adelaide P. - N.Adelaide R.
Apr. 6: Norwood F. - Southern T.
Apr. 6: Sturt S. - C.District L.
Apr. 6: W.Adelaide B. - Forestville E.
Apr. 6: Woodville W. - Eastern M.

SBL

Apr. 5: Perth R. - Stirling S.
Apr. 5: Perry Lakes H. - Cockburn C.
Apr. 6: Geraldton B. - Kalamunda E.S.
Apr. 6: Goldfield G. - Willetton T.
Apr. 6: East Perth E. - SW Slammers
Apr. 6: Cockburn C. - Wanneroo W.
Apr. 7: Mandurah M. - Rockingham F.
Apr. 7: Lakeside L. - Perth R.

SEABL

Apr. 3: Ballarat M. - Bendigo B.
Apr. 5: Hobart C. - Sandringham S.
Apr. 5: Mt Gambier - Knox R.
Apr. 5: Frankston B. - Bendigo B.
Apr. 5: Geelong S. - Kilsyth C.
Apr. 6: Canberra G. - Ballarat M.
Apr. 6: Dandenong - Geelong S.
Apr. 6: Brisbane S. - Nunawading S.
Apr. 6: NW Tasmania - Sandringham S.
Apr. 6: Kilsyth C. - Albury W.B.
Apr. 7: Knox R. - Albury W.B.

WARATAH

Apr. 6: Bankstown B. - Illawarra H.
Apr. 6: Colonial Hotel - Norths Bears
Apr. 6: Hills H. - Cent.Coast C.
Apr. 6: Newcastle H. - Parramatta W.
Apr. 6: Sutherland S. - Manly Warr.
Apr. 6: Sydney C. - Hornsby S.
Apr. 7: Manly Warr. - Hills H.
Apr. 7: Maitland M. - Sydney C.


Breakers def. Kings in 2nd semi-final game, move onto grand final - by Hugh McAuliffe

The New Zealand Breakers stormed into the 2013 Grand Final after beating the Sydney Kings 99-88 in Game 2 of their semi-final series on Sunday afternoon.

The Breakers did the damage in the third quarter behind veteran superstar CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC), out-scoring the Kings 28-12 to wipe out the Kings' 10-point lead and knock the wind from their sails.

Up until that point the Kings' relentless pressure at both ends of the court was paying off, as they fought for every ball in a desperate bid to keep their season alive.

With co-captains Ben Madgen (29 points) and James Harvey (25 points) draining points across the four quarters, as well as the industrial work of Ian Crosswhite (11 points) and Darnell Lazare (8 points) on the inside, the Kings did their best to unsettle the defending champions.

And when a Harvey three-pointer opened up a 10-point lead early in the third quarter the signs were this series could have another game in it.

But rather than panic, the Breakers drew on their play-off experience to turn the tide in their favour.

With giant centre Alex Pledger (18 points, 12 rebounds) proving a nuisance once again inside, and Corey Webster (12 points) the orchestrator off the dribble, the Breakers were always waiting for their chance to explode.

After drawing level off a 10-point scoring run, the Breakers waited until the final minute in the third quarter to make their move.

A seven-point scoring burst from veteran CJ Bruton (who scored 20 of his 21 points in the second half) and a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Webster opened up an unassailable 10-point lead with 10 minutes remaining.

It was clear from the outset that the Kings came to a play, and with both teams exchanging explosive alley-oops and wide-open threes the game got off to a flyer.

But with the first quarter shot clock winding down a three-point bomb from Harvey have the home team a 26-23 edge, prompting a fist pump from the veteran guard and making the belief on the Kings' bench - and indeed in a packed Kingdome - clearly evident.

The Kings more than helf their own through the next two periods, but as the tide turned late in the third quarter there was no stopping the Breakers as they booked a spot in the grand final to face Perth Wildcats.



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  AUSTRIA   

Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. BC Vienna 21-7 
 2. Klosterneub. 19-9 
 3. Kapfenberg 19-9 
 4. Oberwart 18-11 
 5. Wels 17-10 
 6. Gmunden 16-12 
 7. Gussing 14-15 
 8. UBSC Graz 11-16 
 9. Furstenfeld 10-16 
 10. St.Polten 4-23 
 11. Arkadia 3-24 

Regular Season: Round 31

Mar. 31: Wels - St.Polten 97-83
Mar. 31: Gussing - Oberwart 73-76
Apr. 1: UBSC Graz - Furstenfeld
Apr. 1: BC Vienna - Klosterneub.
Apr. 1: Gmunden - Kapfenberg


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Oberwart
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Hinson, Oberwart20.7 
 2. Pearson, Furstenf.19.8 
 3. Grum, Furstenfeld19.8 
 4. Tiedeman, Wels19.7 
 5. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.6 
 6. Boxley, Oberwart18.9 
 7. Shaw, Kapfenberg17.5 
 8. Chaney, Oberwart17.5 
 9. Dale, UBSC G.17.4 
 10. Ray, BC Vienna17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  Furstenf.
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pearson, Furstenf.12.5 
 2. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.8.2 
 3. Heard, Gussing8.0 
 4. Washington, Wels7.8 
 5. Johnson, Oberwart7.4 
 6. Cresnar, Furstenf.7.3 
 7. Boxley, Oberwart7.2 
 8. Spasojevic, Arkadia6.9 
 9. Kohlmaier, St.Polt.6.8 
 10. Lamesic, Wels6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna5.6 
 2. Woods, Kapfenberg5.3 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing4.8 
 4. Lanegger, Klostern.4.4 
 5. Tiedeman, Wels4.3 
 6. Danek, BC Vienna4.0 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels3.9 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna3.9 
 9. O''Neal, Furstenfeld3.5 
 10. Gilchrese, UBSC G.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.4 
 2. Ray, BC Vienna1.7 
 3. Hinson, Oberwart1.7 
 4. Gonzalvez, Wels1.6 
 5. Boylan, BC Vienna1.6 
 6. Chaney, Oberwart1.4 
 7. Arnold, Gmunden1.4 
 8. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.3 
 9. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.3 
 10. Dale, UBSC G.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Blaz CRESNAR
  Furstenf.
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.2 
 2. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.1 
 3. Bortolin, Arkadia1.1 
 4. Gant, Oberwart0.9 
 5. Arnold, Gmunden0.8 
 6. Boxley, Oberwart0.7 
 7. Washington, Wels0.7 
 8. Shaw, Kapfenberg0.7 
 9. Pearson, Furstenf.0.6 
 10. Cox, Furstenfeld0.6 



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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

Premier League Standings
 1. Al Manama 11-2 
 2. Al Ahli 11-2 
 3. Al Hala 11-2 
 4. Sitra 10-3 
 5. Muharraq 10-3 
 6. Issa Town 6-7 
 7. Hidd 5-8 
 8. Nuwaidrat 5-8 
 9. Bahrain Club 4-9 
 10. Al Najma 3-10 
 11. Al Ittihad 2-11 
 12. Samaheej 0-13 

Regular Season: Round 13

Mar. 30: Nuwaidrat - Al Hala 78-68
Mar. 30: Al Ahli - Bahrain Club 78-68
Mar. 29: Al Manama - Al Ittihad 77-65
Mar. 29: Hidd - Sitra 68-78
Mar. 28: Issa Town - Muharraq 66-76
Mar. 28: Samaheej - Al Najma 63-86

Regular Season: Round 14

Apr. 1: Al Najma - Al Manama
Apr. 1: Muharraq - Sitra
Apr. 2: Samaheej - Nuwaidrat
Apr. 2: Al Ittihad - Bahrain Club
Apr. 3: Hidd - Al Ahli
Apr. 3: Issa Town - Al Hala


Premier League Round 13: Three teams share the top - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Al Ahli as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Al Ahli defeated 9th ranked Bahrain Club in Manama 78-68. Al Ahli have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Al Hala and Al Manama. Bahrain Club at the other side keeps the ninth place with nine games lost. Bahrain Club will play next round against Al Ittihad trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will travel locally in Manama to the arena of Al Ittihad. Al Ahli will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Hidd on the road.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Al Hala (11-2) against eighth ranked Nuwaidrat (5-8) on Saturday night. Visiting Al Hala was defeated by Nuwaidrat in Nuwaidrat 78-68. Nuwaidrat moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Hidd. Defending champion Al Hala still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with Al Ahli and Al Manama. Nuwaidrat will play against bottom-ranked Samaheej (#12) in Manama in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Al Hala will play on the road against Issa Town (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Premier League top team - Al Manama (11-2) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Al Ittihad (2-11) 77-65. Al Manama have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-2 record, which they share with Al Ahli and Al Hala. Al Ittihad lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Al Manama's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manama to the arena Al Najma.
Bottom-ranked Samaheej is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 13th consecutive match to tenth ranked Al Najma (3-10) 86-63. Al Najma maintains tenth place with 3-10 record. Samaheej lost their thirteenth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Al Najma's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Al Manama at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Samaheej will play against Nuwaidrat (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Issa Town was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Muharraq (10-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Issa Town (6-7). Muharraq defeated Issa Town 76-66 on Thursday. Muharraq moved-up to third place, which they share with Sitra. Loser Issa Town keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Muharraq will face Sitra (#4) at home in the next round. Issa Town will play against Al Hala in Muharraq and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 13 Sitra beat Hidd on the road 78-68.


Samaheej - Al Najma 63-86

Bottom-ranked Samaheej is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 13th consecutive match to tenth ranked Al Najma (3-10) 86-63. Al Najma maintains tenth place with 3-10 record. Samaheej lost their thirteenth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Al Najma's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Al Manama at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Samaheej will play against Nuwaidrat (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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Issa Town - Muharraq 66-76

The game in Issa Town was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Muharraq (10-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Issa Town (6-7). Muharraq defeated Issa Town 76-66 on Thursday. Muharraq moved-up to third place, which they share with Sitra. Loser Issa Town keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Muharraq will face Sitra (#4) at home in the next round. Issa Town will play against Al Hala in Muharraq and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Hidd - Sitra 68-78

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Sitra (10-3) beat on the road 7th ranked Hidd (5-8) 78-68 on Friday. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Sitra. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Muharraq. Hidd lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Sitra will face Muharraq (#3) in Al Muharraq in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hidd will play at home against the league's leader Al Ahli (#1) in Manama.
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Al Manama - Al Ittihad 77-65

Premier League top team - Al Manama (11-2) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Al Ittihad (2-11) 77-65. Al Manama have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-2 record, which they share with Al Ahli and Al Hala. Al Ittihad lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Al Manama's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manama to the arena Al Najma.
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Al Ahli - Bahrain Club 78-68

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Al Ahli as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Al Ahli defeated 9th ranked Bahrain Club in Manama 78-68. Al Ahli have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Al Hala and Al Manama. Bahrain Club at the other side keeps the ninth place with nine games lost. Bahrain Club will play next round against Al Ittihad trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will travel locally in Manama to the arena of Al Ittihad. Al Ahli will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Hidd on the road.
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Nuwaidrat - Al Hala 78-68

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Al Hala (11-2) against eighth ranked Nuwaidrat (5-8) on Saturday night. Visiting Al Hala was defeated by Nuwaidrat in Nuwaidrat 78-68. Nuwaidrat moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Hidd. Defending champion Al Hala still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with Al Ahli and Al Manama. Nuwaidrat will play against bottom-ranked Samaheej (#12) in Manama in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Al Hala will play on the road against Issa Town (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Standings - Division II

Division II Standings
 1. Houthalen 20-6 
 2. Gembo BBC 19-7 
 3. Kangor.-Boom 19-7 
 4. Sint-Jan Ant. 16-10 
 5. St-Niklase 16-10 
 6. CEP Fleurus 16-10 
 7. Waregem 15-12 
 8. Gent Dragons 12-13 
 9. M.Hainaut II 12-14 
 10. Tongeren 12-15 
 11. Excelsior 11-14 
 12. Sprimont 10-15 
 13. Oudenaarde 9-17 
 14. Giants II 4-22 
 15. Essor Charleroi 3-22 

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 31: Oudenaarde - Sint-Jan Ant. 95-83
Mar. 30: St-Niklase - M.Hainaut II 92-73
Mar. 31: Giants II - Excelsior 89-73
Mar. 30: Waregem - Point Chaud 73-62
Mar. 29: Giants II - Gent Dragons 65-87
Mar. 30: Tongeren - Gembo BBC 105-120
Mar. 29: CEP Fleurus - Kangor.-Boom 100-87
Apr. 1: Gent Dragons - Houthalen



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Standings - BIH League

Division I Stage Two Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Bosna 0-0 
 2. Capljina 0-0 
 3. Igokea 0-0 
 4. Mladost 0-0 
 5. Radnik B. 0-0 
 6. Siroki WWin 0-0 
Places 7-14
 1. Zrinjski HT 11-11 
 2. Varda HE 10-12 
 3. Leotar 10-12 
 4. Kakanj 10-13 
 5. Posusje 9-13 
 6. Borac Nektar 9-14 
 7. Vogosca 8-14 
 8. Servitium 6-16 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 2

Apr. 2: Radnik B. - Capljina
Apr. 3: Siroki WWin - Igokea
Apr. 3: Mladost - Bosna


Bosnian League 12 regular season recap! - by Chris Mathieu

Bosnian League 12 regular season recap!
League 12 is finished and Mladost, Bosna, Capljina, Radnik will joing ABA league team Siroki Wwin and Igokea in League 6. The top two teams move onto ABA next season, most likely a repeat with Igokea and Siroki Wwin. It would take a major upset for a team to knock out one of the big two.
The bottom four teams were Posusje, Borac Nektar, Vogosca, Servitium. Three of the four are likely to be regulated to a lower division. Unless something unusual happens like last two seasons when teams were unable to meet the criteria for promotion and the team is allowed to remain in the first division.
KK MLADOST MRKONJIC GRAD: 18-5
A surprising team that showed good results the team was led by Igor Bijelic who had an excellent season and was a stat stuffer 17.4ppg 6.4rbpg 1.4aspg and 1.2 blocks per game. He shot over 70% from the field and dominated the competition. Drasko Knezevic was one of the best young players in the league he averaged 10.8ppg 2.2rbpg 3.2 aspg and 1.5 steals per game.
Best young players on the team: Drasko Knezevic, Djordje Aleksic

BOSNA ASA BH TELECOM SARAJEVO: 16-6
The team played better than expected, considering the economic conditions of the club. The team is still struggling to develop young talent, which has been the case through the teams history. It will be interesting to see how quickly they can restock and develop their young players. The best player on the team was clearly Ramo Rizvic who dominated play averaging 16.0ppg 6.8rbpg 3.2aspg 1.2stlpg. Ramo also shot over 70% from two, almost 38% from three and over 80% from the free throw line. A curious situation is the use of Nermin Buza who is the team captain; he plays well yet averages under 20 minutes a night.
Best young players on the team: Nermin Buza, Marko Vukovic, Srdjan Damjanovic
HKK CAPLJINA LASTA: 16-6
The team played very well considering their financial limitations. The team was led by Krsto Bjelica who plays a very good all-around game. He averaged 16.5ppg 5.0rbpg 4.2aspg and 2.2 steals per game. Djordje Micic was once a top prospect who flamed out in Slovenia and returned to BiH this year.
Best young players on the team: Djordje Micic,

KK RADNIK BIJELJINA: 11-11
The team lacks a star but plays well as a unit, it played well above the individual talent on the roster. The team was led by its coach Predrag Petricevic more than any individual player.
Best young players on the team: N/A
HKK ZRINJSKI HT MOSTAR: 11-11
The team rebounded well from one of the worst seasons in the history of the league last season. They played well and were led by Boris Lalovic who scored 20.5ppg 8.3rbpg 1.6aspg. He shot well from the field and was clearly the best player on the team and one of the best players in the league. Ermin Jazvin brought strength and toughness to the frontcourt.
Best young players on the team: Bozidar Bubalo, Jure Brajkovic,
KK VARDA HIDROELEKTRANA VISEGRAD: 10-12
Varda lacked a star but managed to grind out some wins playing a team game and playing tough. The team had size and depth and that was the teams biggest strength.
Best young players on the team: Stefan Ivanovic
SL TAKOVO LEOTAR TREBINJE: 10-12
Vladimir Aleksic was the breakout player of the year in the league along with Amin Hot. Aleksic was a revelation for a very young and inexperienced team. He scored 16.1ppg 5.5rbpg 1.0 1.1stlpg. He shot very well from the field shooting 51.8 from two and 44.1 from the three point line. The team is young and talented and if they can find the financial support to keep some of the young talents should have a bright future.
Best young players on the team: Marko Rikalo, Djordje Ninkovic, Srdjan Milanovic
KK KAKANJ: 10-13
The team was a surprise being able to stay in Division 1 next season. The team played well despite not being very talented and lacking depth, size and star power. Luka Drezga was a hired gun who played well at the end of the season. Sead Hadzifejzovic was clearly the best player on the team 17.4ppg 6.9rbpg and 1.4aspg. Dinko Peljto did everything for the team except shoot well from the outside.
Best young players on the team: Aldin Muflizovic
HKK POSUSJE: 9-13
Ivan Backovic did everything for the team averaging 23.5ppg 3.2rbpg 4.8aspg and 1.3 stlpg. He also shot a high percent from the field and was one of the best players in BiH. The team really wasnt very good after losing a lot of talent the last few seasons.
Best young players on the team: Ivan Begic (left the team)
BORAC NEKTAR BANJA LUKA: 9-14
How the mighty have fallen, once one of the top teams in Bosnia they have struggled mightily this season. Nebojsa Pavlovic was the best player on the team this season.
Best young players on the team: Srdjan Loncar
KK VOGOSCA SARAJEVO: Amin Hot was a castoff of KK BOSNA ASA, a team that refused to even give him a look. He was dominating early in the season almost pulling off the impossible quadruple double. The team struggled with a size deficiency even when Mujo Tuljkovic and Damir Krupalija played for the team briefly. Mario Filipovic played well for the team as well.
Best young players on the team: Amin Hot
KK SERVITIUM GRADISKA: 6-16
The team was poorly put together and mostly consisted of castoffs and role players. They never built a cohesive unit and the team struggled all season. Srdjan Golubovic was probably the best player on the team that lacked star power and scoring punch.
Best young players on the team: Nebojsa Maksimovic



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Emilio Taboada gets a deal with Universo/Ajax - by Paulo Freire

The Universo/Ajax team agreed terms with guard Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) from Uruguay.
Taboada is an experience player that will lead the offensive of Universo/Ajax.
The managers of the team, also sign small forward Thiago Rodrigo (F-84).
Thiago was playing at Sao Bernardo dos Campos team at the last Paulista State.
Coach Joao Marcelo Leite now waits for two more players, that will come from United State.
The Universo/Ajax will play the Brazil Cup Tournament and try to classified their team for the next NBB season.



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

25-year old center Steven Toyloy (203-C-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Paulistano and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
He had a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Liga Sorocaba (#9, 15-17) 78-73. Paulistano maintains the 8th position in Brazilian league. Paulistano is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 16-16 record. Toyloy turned to be Paulistano's top player in his first season with the team. University of Cincinnati graduate has very impressive stats this year. Toyloy is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 7.0rpg) and averages solid 57.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Desmond Holloway (190-G-88) of Liga Sorocaba. He is American guard in his first season at Liga Sorocaba. In the last game Holloway recorded impressive 26 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Liga Sorocaba lost that game 81-87 to the higher-ranked Pinheiros/Sky (#6, 20-10). Liga Sorocaba managed to keep the same 9th spot in . His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 15-17 record. Holloway is a newcomer at Liga Sorocaba and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.7ppg (#2). He also registered 4.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Liga Sorocaba's star - guard Kenny Dawkins (175-G-87). Dawkins scored 27 points. Despite Dawkins' great performance Liga Sorocaba lost 73-78 to slightly higher-ranked Paulistano (#8, 16-16). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Liga Sorocaba ranking at the top of Round 34, however are very questionable as they have already lost 17 games, recording just fifteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dawkins could help Liga Sorocaba to bring them higher in the standings. Dawkins has a great season in Brazil. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.3ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Antwaine Wiggins (200-F-88) of Palmeiras - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Guilherme Filipin (191-G/F-83) of Mogi das Cruzes - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80) of Pinheiros/Sky - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Desmond Holloway (190-G-88) of Liga Sorocaba - 22 points and 2 rebounds
8. Ricardo Fischer (185-G-91) of Bauru - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) of Pinheiros/Sky - 22 points and 6 rebounds
10. Robby Collum (185-G-81) of Uberlandia - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  CHINA   


Best Team Line Up - by Robert Wang

Today, China news paper released the best players line up this season.
They are Yi Jianlian from Guang Dong team, average 24.6 points, 10.5 rebounds.
Abbas from Shan Dong team, average 17.9 points and 11.4 rebounds.
Zhu Fangyu from Guang Dong team, average 12.8 points and 4.3 rebounds.
Quincy Douby from Zhe Jiang team, average 31.6 points and 3.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists.
Stephone Marbury from Beijing team, average 28.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists.



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  CROATIA   

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Ross, Jolly22.3 
 2. Batina, Djuro D.17.1 
 3. Mrva, Jolly16.9 
 4. Krapic, KK Zagreb15.4 
 5. Budimir, Osjecki15.2 
 6. Rembert, Krizevci14.9 
 7. Lez, Zabok14.7 
 8. Radic, Kvarner 201014.7 
 9. Skific, Kvarner14.6 
 10. Peraica, Darda14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mate MRVA
  Jolly
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Mrva, Jolly7.8 
 2. Radic, Kvarner 20107.4 
 3. Sarlija, Djuro D.7.0 
 4. Jakolis, Dubrovnik6.9 
 5. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.5 
 6. Krapic, KK Zagreb5.6 
 7. Skific, Kvarner5.3 
 8. Peraica, Darda5.3 
 9. Vlaic, Zabok5.3 
 10. Krstanovic, Krize.5.1 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Krivec, Kvarner5.2 
 2. Tomeljak, Osjecki4.5 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.2 
 4. Glavinic, Darda3.8 
 5. Blajic, Djuro D.3.4 
 6. Panduric, Darda3.2 
 7. Segaric, KK Zagreb3.1 
 8. Pesut, Zabok3.0 
 9. Rembert, Krizevci2.9 
 10. Jugo, Alkar Sinj2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Ross, Jolly2.7 
 2. Krivec, Kvarner1.7 
 3. Krapic, KK Zagreb1.5 
 4. Peric, Dubrovnik1.5 
 5. Meznaric, Darda1.4 
 6. Segaric, KK Zagreb1.4 
 7. Glavinic, Darda1.3 
 8. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.3 
 9. Batina, Djuro D.1.3 
 10. Skific, Kvarner1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.2.0 
 2. Bubalo, Jolly1.2 
 3. Cakarun, Jolly0.9 
 4. Najev, Dubrovnik0.9 
 5. Bakovic, Djuro D.0.7 
 6. Vlaic, Zabok0.7 
 7. Hrncic, Darda0.6 
 8. Budimir, Osjecki0.6 
 9. Bundovic, Zabok0.6 
 10. Zupic, Alkar Sinj0.6 



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
Group A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 29-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 19-11 
 3. BK Pardubice 19-12 
 4. BC Kolin 18-13 
 5. NH Ostrava 18-13 
 6. BK Decin 17-14 
Group A2
 1. Levice 21-15 
 2. USK Praha 16-19 
 3. B&W Opava 14-21 
 4. Chomutov 13-22 
 5. Svitavy 11-24 
 6. J.Hradec 10-25 
 7. Usti n/Labem 10-25 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 7

A1

Mar. 31: BK Pardubice - BK Prostejov 84-74
Mar. 30: CEZ Nymburk - NH Ostrava 81-67
Mar. 30: BC Kolin - BK Decin 76-66

A2

Mar. 30: Svitavy - USK Praha 90-82
Mar. 27: Chomutov - Svitavy 87-68
Mar. 27: USK Praha - B&W Opava 86-57
Mar. 30: B&W Opava - Usti n/Labem 82-71
Mar. 27: Usti n/Labem - Levice 72-81
Mar. 30: Levice - J.Hradec 101-61

Second Stage: Round 8

A1

Apr. 3: BK Prostejov - CEZ Nymburk
Apr. 3: NH Ostrava - BC Kolin
Apr. 3: BK Decin - BK Pardubice

A2

Apr. 3: J.Hradec - B&W Opava
Apr. 3: Usti n/Labem - Svitavy
Apr. 3: USK Praha - Chomutov


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.6 
 2. Venta, J.Hradec19.1 
 3. Bolds, BC Kolin18.2 
 4. Meno, USK Praha17.5 
 5. Deloach, Svitavy17.5 
 6. Fields, Chomutov17.3 
 7. Blazek, B&W Opava16.8 
 8. Fields, Levice16.7 
 9. Reese, Usti n.16.1 
 10. Zabas, BK Pardub.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.2 
 2. Meno, USK Praha9.3 
 3. Tomanec, J.Hradec8.9 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.7.9 
 5. Nuhanovic, Levice7.8 
 6. Kohout, BK Prost.7.3 
 7. Simmons, Levice7.0 
 8. Bolds, BC Kolin6.9 
 9. Deloach, Svitavy6.8 
 10. Reese, Usti n.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  BC Kolin
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Ubilla, BC Kolin6.1 
 2. Sirina, B&W Opava5.9 
 3. Ames, NH Ostrava5.5 
 4. Venta, J.Hradec4.6 
 5. Kemp, Levice4.5 
 6. Carter, CEZ N.4.4 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy4.4 
 8. Glover, Chomutov4.3 
 9. Sanders, BK Decin4.1 
 10. Sotnar, USK Praha4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.6 
 2. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 4. Bolds, BC Kolin2.0 
 5. Ames, NH Ostrava2.0 
 6. Ubilla, BC Kolin1.9 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
 8. Pope, BK Decin1.6 
 9. Taylor, CEZ N.1.6 
 10. Reese, Usti n.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Levice
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Nuhanovic, Levice1.5 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.5 
 3. Fields, Chomutov1.0 
 4. Simmons, Levice0.9 
 5. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 6. Miklosik, B&W O.0.9 
 7. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 8. Svrdlik, BK Prost.0.8 
 9. Houska, BK Decin0.8 
 10. Slavik, USK Praha0.8 


NBL Round 7: USK Praha is upset by Basketbal Svitavy - by Eurobasket News

The game between second ranked USK Praha (16-19) and sixth ranked Basketbal Svitavy (11-24) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. USK Praha was defeated by Basketbal Svitavy in a tough game in Svitavy 82-90. Basketbal Svitavy forced 21 USK Praha turnovers. Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) fired 27 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Basketbal Svitavy's coach Lubomir Ruzicka used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. Basketbal Svitavy moved-up to fifth place in Group A2. USK Praha at the other side keeps the second position with 19 games lost. Basketbal Svitavy are looking forward to face BK Usti nad Labem (#7) on the road in the next round. USK Praha will play against Levharti Chomutov (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Pardubice. Third ranked BK Pardubice faced their biggest opponent BK Prostejov. Host BK Pardubice (19-12) defeated guests from Prostejov (19-11) 84-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BK Prostejov. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Petr Bohacik (205-85) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds. Lukas Kotas contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Naturalized Slovakian Roman Marko (194-86) answered with 19 points for BK Prostejov. BK Pardubice maintains third place in Group A1 with 19-12 record having seven point less than leader Levice. BK Prostejov at the other side keeps the second position with 11 games lost. BK Pardubice will play against BK Decin (#6) on the road in the next round. BK Prostejov will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Nymburk. First ranked CEZ Nymburk faced 3rd placed NH Ostrava. Host CEZ Nymburk (29-1) defeated guests from Ostrava (18-13) 81-67. It was a great evening for Radoslav Rancik who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds. CEZ Nymburk's coach Ronen Ginzburg used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Jeremiah Wilson responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds. CEZ Nymburk have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place in Group A1 with 29-1 record. NH Ostrava lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 13 games lost. They share it with BC Kolin. CEZ Nymburk will meet league's second-placed BK Prostejov on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. NH Ostrava will play against BC Kolin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Praha. Second ranked USK Praha faced 3rd placed B&W Opava. Host USK Praha (16-19) smashed guests from Opava (14-21) 86-57. It was an exceptional evening for Boris Meno who led the winners and scored 24 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. USK Praha maintains second place in Group A2 with 16-19 record having six points less than leader Levice. B&W Opava at the other side keeps the third position with 21 games lost. USK Praha's next round opponent will be Levharti Chomutov (#4) at home. B&W Opava will play against BK Lions Hradec in J.Hradec.
Leader Levice delivered the twentieth first victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked BK Lions Hradec (10-25) 101-61. Willie Kemp fired a double-double by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals for the winners. BK Lions Hradec's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Levice (21-15) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group A2. BK Lions Hradec lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 25 games lost. Levice will have a break next round. BK Lions Hradec will play at home against B&W Opava (#3).

Other games of round 7 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group A1 BK Decin was defeated by BC Kolin in a road game 76-66.
In Group A2 B&W Opava beat Usti n/Labem at home 82-71. Svitavy was destroyed by Chomutov on the opponent's court 87-68. Usti n/Labem unfortunately lost to Levice in a home game 72-81.


Group A1
BK Pardubice - BK Prostejov 84-74

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Pardubice. Third ranked BK Pardubice faced their biggest opponent BK Prostejov. Host BK Pardubice (19-12) defeated guests from Prostejov (19-11) 84-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BK Prostejov. The game was mostly controlled by BK Pardubice. BK Prostejov was better in second period 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Pardubice forced 19 BK Prostejov turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Petr Bohacik (205-85) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Lukas Kotas (193-84) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Naturalized Slovakian Roman Marko (194-86) answered with 19 points and Slovakian Dusan Pandula (196-84) added 18 points in the effort for BK Prostejov. Five BK Pardubice and four BK Prostejov players scored in double figures. BK Pardubice maintains third place in Group A1 with 19-12 record having seven point less than leader Levice. BK Prostejov at the other side keeps the second position with 11 games lost. BK Pardubice will play against BK Decin (#6) on the road in the next round. BK Prostejov will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: R.Marko 19+4reb+2ast, D.Pandula 18+4reb, O.Kohout 11+8reb, J.Prasil 10+6reb, J.Bohacik 7+4reb+3ast, K.Svrdlik 4+5reb
BK Pardubice: P.Bohacik 17+8reb+2ast, T.Nelson 16+7reb, E.Zabas 15+2reb+2ast, M.Carnecky 13+3reb+4ast, L.Kotas 13+5reb+6ast, M.Peterka 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 233053


CEZ Nymburk - NH Ostrava 81-67

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Nymburk. First ranked CEZ Nymburk faced 3rd placed NH Ostrava. Host CEZ Nymburk (29-1) defeated guests from Ostrava (18-13) 81-67. CEZ Nymburk dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to NH Ostrava's 22. They outrebounded NH Ostrava 40-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for Slovakian power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) helped adding 16 points and 5 assists. Five CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. CEZ Nymburk's coach Ronen Ginzburg used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American forward Jeremiah Wilson (203-88, college: Tarleton St.) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Adam Ciz (190-91) scored 15 points. CEZ Nymburk have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place in Group A1 with 29-1 record. NH Ostrava lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 13 games lost. They share it with BC Kolin. CEZ Nymburk will meet league's second-placed BK Prostejov on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. NH Ostrava will play against BC Kolin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: J.Wilson 20+8reb, A.Ciz 15+2reb+3ast, R.Ames 13+1reb+4ast, M.Gniadek 7+7reb+3ast, C.Barnes 4+5reb+2ast, L.Jurecka 3+1ast
CEZ Nymburk: T.Carter 16+3reb+5ast, R.Rancik 14+8reb+2ast, M.Efevberha 13+4reb+2ast, P.Benda 12+5reb+1ast, P.Houska 11+9reb, J.Welsch 8+4reb+4ast
gschID: 233055


BC Kolin - BK Decin 76-66

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked BC Kolin and 6th ranked BK Decin had identical 17-13 record. This time BC Kolin used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Decin 76-66 on Saturday night. BC Kolin made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Forward David Machac (205-80) fired 24 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winners. American forward Richard Field (196-85, college: Mercyhurst) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four BC Kolin players scored in double figures. BC Kolin's coach Predrag Benacek allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swingman Lubos Stria (197-81) produced 26 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. BC Kolin have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place in Group A1, which they share with NH Ostrava. Loser BK Decin keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. BC Kolin will face NH Ostrava (#5) on the road in the next round. BK Decin will play against BK Pardubice.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: L.Stria 26+7reb+1ast, L.Sanders 13+5reb+6ast, P.Pope 10+3reb+1ast, A.Alic 7+1reb+1ast, J.Houska 4+5reb+2ast, R.Landa 2+2reb
BC Kolin: D.Machac 24+5reb, D.Bolds 14+5reb+2ast, R.Field 12+9reb+2ast, E.Ubilla 10+3reb+8ast, D.Radulovic 6+2ast, S.Zuzak 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 233054


Group A2
Levice - J.Hradec 101-61

Leader Levice delivered the twentieth first victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked BK Lions Hradec (10-25) 101-61. Levice dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to BK Lions Hradec's 24 and had 27 for 40 from the free-throw line, while BK Lions Hradec only scored ten points from the stripe. Levice forced 20 BK Lions Hradec turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. BK Lions Hradec was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Willie Kemp (188-87, college: Memphis) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals for the winners. His fellow American import guard Brandon Fields (193-88, college: Nevada) chipped in 21 points and 9 assists. Five Levice players scored in double figures. Center Tomas Voslajer (211-90) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds and Slovenian point guard Matej Venta (188-84) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. BK Lions Hradec's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Levice (21-15) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group A2. BK Lions Hradec lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 25 games lost. Levice will have a break next round. BK Lions Hradec will play at home against B&W Opava (#3).
Top scorers:
J.Hradec: T.Voslajer 12+15reb+2ast, R.Zachrla 11+1reb+1ast, M.Venta 9+7reb+4ast, P.Slechta 6+1reb, J.Pavlik 6+2ast, E.Eisman 6+1reb+1ast
Levice: B.Fields 21+3reb+9ast, W.Kemp 19+5reb+11ast, S.Nuhanovic 14+7reb+1ast, J.Simmons 13+8reb+1ast, F.Lehman 10+7reb+1ast, T.Mrvis 9+4reb
gschID: 233106


B&W Opava - Usti n/Labem 82-71

No shocking result in a game when third ranked B&W Opava (14-21) defeated at home 7th ranked BK Usti nad Labem (10-25) 82-71 on Saturday. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-77) chipped in 16 points. B&W Opava's coach Petr Czudek allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St.) produced 20 points and 6 assists and the other American import forward Brad Reese (199-88, college: Texas Tech) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four BK Usti nad Labem players scored in double figures. B&W Opava maintains third place in Group A2 with 14-21 record having eight points less than leader Levice. Loser BK Usti nad Labem dropped to the sixth position with 25 games lost. B&W Opava will face BK Lions Hradec (#6) in J.Hradec in the next round. BK Usti nad Labem will play at home against Basketbal Svitavy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: T.McFadden 20+4reb+6ast, R.Lewandowski 18+5reb+1ast, B.Reese 15+8reb+2ast, S.Licartovsky 10+2reb+2ast, T.Hruby 6+7reb, A.Pistecky 2+4reb+1ast
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 19+6reb+1ast, L.Sokolovsky 16+3reb+3ast, R.Kramny 12+8reb, P.Martin 8+3reb, P.Dokoupil 8+1reb, J.Sirina 6+3reb+11ast
gschID: 233105


Svitavy - USK Praha 90-82

The game between second ranked USK Praha (16-19) and sixth ranked Basketbal Svitavy (11-24) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. USK Praha was defeated by Basketbal Svitavy in a tough game in Svitavy 82-90. Basketbal Svitavy forced 21 USK Praha turnovers. Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) fired 27 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Basketbal Svitavy's coach Lubomir Ruzicka used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and forward Jiri Slavik (203-89) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Basketbal Svitavy moved-up to fifth place in Group A2. USK Praha at the other side keeps the second position with 19 games lost. Basketbal Svitavy are looking forward to face BK Usti nad Labem (#7) on the road in the next round. USK Praha will play against Levharti Chomutov (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: B.Meno 18+13reb+1ast, V.Cvek 13+4reb+1ast, M.Sotnar 12+1reb+5ast, M.Vocetka 11+1reb+5ast, J.Slavik 11+8reb, S.Votroubek 8+8reb+3ast
Svitavy: P.Mroz 27+6reb, M.Deloach 17+7reb+3ast, L.Moravec 17+3reb+6ast, T.Macela 12+1reb+3ast, P.Milos 9+1reb, P.Harcar 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 233104


Chomutov - Svitavy 87-68

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (11-24) was rolled over on the road by fourth ranked Levharti Chomutov (13-22) 87-68 on Wednesday. American forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) fired 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Levharti Chomutov players scored in double figures. Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) produced 18 points and point guard Tomas Macela (178-88) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Levharti Chomutov maintains fourth place in Group A2 with 13-22 record. Basketbal Svitavy lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with 24 games lost. Levharti Chomutov will face league's second-placed USK Praha on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Basketbal Svitavy will play against BK Usti nad Labem and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: P.Mroz 18+2reb, T.Macela 12+1reb, M.Deloach 8+1reb+2ast, M.Sykora 7+3reb, J.Sedlak 6+4reb, J.Jelinek 6+2reb+2ast
Chomutov: J.Fields 25+7reb, C.Allen 16+1reb+3ast, Z.Hanzlik 12+2reb+2ast, L.Pecka 12+7reb+5ast, A.Zampach 8, S.Glover 8+6reb+3ast
gschID: 233103


USK Praha - B&W Opava 86-57

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Praha. Second ranked USK Praha faced 3rd placed B&W Opava. Host USK Praha (16-19) smashed guests from Opava (14-21) 86-57. USK Praha had a 33-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) who led the winners and scored 24 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Center Viktor Cvek (200-89) accounted for 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Guard Radim Klecka (190-90) came up with 8 points and American guard Phil Martin (193, college: Cal-Riverside) added 8 points respectively for B&W Opava in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. USK Praha maintains second place in Group A2 with 16-19 record having six points less than leader Levice. B&W Opava at the other side keeps the third position with 21 games lost. USK Praha's next round opponent will be Levharti Chomutov (#4) at home. B&W Opava will play against BK Lions Hradec in J.Hradec.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: R.Klecka 8+1reb+3ast, P.Martin 8+2reb+2ast, J.Blazek 8+3reb+1ast, M.Vanak 8+3reb, M.Miklosik 7+3reb, R.Kramny 6+6reb
USK Praha: B.Meno 24+9reb+3ast, V.Cvek 17+5reb+4ast, M.Sotnar 12+2reb+4ast, M.Mares 8+2reb+2ast, J.Slavik 7+5reb, S.Votroubek 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 233102


Usti n/Labem - Levice 72-81

Very predictable result when first ranked Levice (21-15) beat on the road 7th ranked BK Usti nad Labem (10-25) 81-72 on Wednesday. Levice outrebounded BK Usti nad Labem 51-40 including a 21-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. BK Usti nad Labem was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Jeremy Simmons (204-89, college: Charleston, agency: Interperformances) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. point guard Richard Grznar (189-91) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Levice players scored in double figures. American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St.) produced 15 points and 5 assists and forward Jakub Krakovic (205-90) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Levice. They maintain first place in Group A2 with 21-15 record. Loser BK Usti nad Labem dropped to the sixth position with 25 games lost. Levice will have a break next round. BK Usti nad Labem will play at home against Basketbal Svitavy (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: R.Ptacek 17+4reb, T.McFadden 15+4reb+5ast, J.Krakovic 14+10reb, T.Hruby 8+4reb+1ast, B.Reese 8+7reb+2ast, R.Lewandowski 8+8reb+2ast
Levice: R.Grznar 15+5reb+3ast, J.Simmons 14+13reb, B.Addison 10+11reb+1ast, T.Mrvis 10+5reb, R.Nuber 9+2ast, W.Kemp 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 233101



David Machac claims Czech Republic NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced David Machac (205-F-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for BC Kolin and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7 (Second Stage).
The 32-year old forward had the game-high 24 points adding five rebounds for BC Kolin in his team's victory, helping them to beat BK Decin (#6, 17-14) 76-66. BC Kolin is placed at 4th position in Czech Republic NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. BC Kolin will need more victories to improve their 18-13 record. In the team's last game Machac had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at BC Kolin, through which he has constantly improved. David Machac averages this season 12.7ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American point guard Willie Kemp (188-PG-87) of Levice. Kemp impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 11 assists. Of course he lead Levice to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked J.Hradec (#0, 10-25) 101-61. This victory allowed Levice to move up to -5th position in A2. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 21-15 record is not bad and everything may still change. Kemp is a newcomer at Levice and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Congolese Boris Meno (203-F-83, agency: Two Points) of USK Praha (#-4). Meno scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of USK Praha, leading his team to a 86-57 easy win against #-3 ranked B&W Opava in a game of the week. The chances of USK Praha ranking at the top of A2, however are very questionable as they have already lost 19 games, recording just sixteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Meno could help USK Praha to bring them higher in the standings. Meno has a great season in Czech Republic. After 35 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 9.3rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Fields (205-F-88) of Chomutov - 25 points and 7 rebounds
5. Pawel Mroz (215-C-84) of Svitavy - 27 points and 6 rebounds
6. Salih Nuhanovic (208-C-82) of Levice - 14 points and 7 rebounds
7. Lubos Stria (197-G/F-81) of BK Decin - 26 points and 7 rebounds
8. Brandon Fields (193-G-88) of Levice - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Tomas Voslajer (211-C-90) of J.Hradec - 12 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jeremy Simmons (204-F-89) of Levice - 14 points and 13 rebounds

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



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 32-15 
 2. Canton C. 28-19 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 26-22 
 4. Maine RC 25-23 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 24-23 
 6. Erie Bay H. 24-23 
 7. Springfield A. 18-28 
 8. Iowa E. 12-36 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 33-14 
 2. Rio Grande VV 33-15 
 3. Austin T. 26-21 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 26-21 
 5. Los Angeles D. 20-27 
 6. Texas L. 19-29 
 7. Idaho S. 17-31 
 8. Reno B. 15-31 

Regular Season: Round 67

Mar. 30: Tulsa 66ers - Austin T. 83-99
Mar. 30: Rio Grande VV - Sioux Falls S. 127-106
Mar. 30: Iowa E. - Reno B. 122-100
Mar. 30: Canton C. - Texas L. 113-94
Mar. 31: Ft.Wayne MA - Texas L. 109-85
Mar. 30: Idaho S. - Bakersfield J. 108-95
Mar. 30: Los Angeles D. - Santa Cruz W. 100-101

Regular Season: Round 68

Apr. 1: Erie Bay H. - Springfield A.
Apr. 1: Reno B. - Bakersfield J.
Apr. 2: Sioux Falls S. - Tulsa 66ers
Apr. 2: Reno B. - Santa Cruz W.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin DENTMON
  Texas L.
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 26
 1. Dentmon, Texas L.26.0 
 2. Goudelock, Rio G.21.8 
 3. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.5 
 4. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.21.0 
 5. Mack, Maine RC20.1 
 6. Samuels, Reno B.19.6 
 7. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
 8. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.1 
 9. Jones, Rio G.19.0 
 10. Kennedy, Erie B.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Texas L.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Jones, Texas L.12.3 
 2. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.11.8 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.10.7 
 4. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 5. Samuels, Reno B.10.5 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.9.9 
 7. Varnado, Sioux F.9.7 
 8. Onuaku, Canton C.9.5 
 9. Jones, Rio G.9.0 
 10. Wright, Maine RC8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Maine RC
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Barrett, Maine RC7.7 
 2. Mack, Maine RC7.5 
 3. Barrett, Sioux F.7.5 
 4. Fortson, Los A.7.1 
 5. Russell, Reno B.7.1 
 6. Wright, Iowa E.7.0 
 7. Karl, Idaho S.6.2 
 8. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 9. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.1 
 10. Goudelock, Rio G.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Justin HOLIDAY
  Idaho S.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Holiday, Idaho S.2.4 
 2. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.0 
 4. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 5. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 6. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 7. Greene, Los A.1.8 
 8. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.8 
 9. Dentmon, Texas L.1.8 
 10. Leslie, Santa C.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Sioux F.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Varnado, Sioux F.3.5 
 2. Melo, Maine RC3.2 
 3. Jordan, Reno B.2.5 
 4. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.2 
 5. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 6. Gladness, Santa C.2.2 
 7. Armstrong, Santa C.2.2 
 8. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 9. Williams, Texas L.2.0 
 10. Moon, Los A.2.0 


Mavericks recall Jared Cunningham from D-League again - by Eurobasket News

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have recalled Jared Cunningham (6'4''-G-91, college: Oregon St.) from the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League. Cunningham (6-4, 194) served two stints with the Legends, averaging 15.3 points, 3.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 34.5 minutes in 15 games (13 starts). He was originally assigned to the D-League on Dec. 11, then re-assigned on Jan. 28. Cunningham has seen action in eight games for the Mavericks this season and is averaging 2.0 points and 3.3 minutes per game.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



76ers To Call Up Justin Holiday From D-League - by Eurobasket News

The Philadelphia 76ers will call up Justin Holiday (6'6''-F-89, college: Washington) from the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League, according to a source. Holiday is the brother of 76ers star Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA). Justin Holiday is averaging 17.3 points and 5.3 rebounds for Idaho this season.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



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  EGYPT   


Samhan is on the way back to his form - by Mohamed Ramadan

The Egyptian center started to retain his form and show his talent. Despite only playing 15 minutes against German giants Alba Berlin, Omar scored 10 points, made all his 4 shots including a 3 pointer, grabbed 7 rebounds and 2 assists.

His only problem that he plays as a back up for the American center John Bryant who is the second leading scorer in the Bundesliga. Omar's strength and fighting spirit is much higher than Bryant who is very soft but excellent scorer. I'm sure that the days will show that Omar is a better player and an NBA caliber

I have some good news for the national team fans. Egyptian basketball federation will send officially to Samhan asking him to join the team in William Jones tournament, and African Cup of Nations. It's a no doubt that a healthy Samhan can put the team on a higher level.




Omar Oraby's Double Double wasn't Enough; Trojans Eliminated - by Mohamed Ramadan

All season long Omar only averaged 14.6 minutes, and 6.3 points per game, but suddenly in the first game of the knockout stage against Utah he played 35 minutes, scored 8 from his 11 shots to finish the game with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

It is a no doubt that the Trojans were hiding him all season long. This is very common in the NCAA, if we remember Ed Davis of North Carolina who was just a role player and suddenly emerged in the knockout stage and then became the 13th pick in the first round of 2010 NBA draft.

Omar already has a perfect size for NBA, so imagine what a 7-2 can do with other undersized college basketball players and to give him triple time more in minutes was for sure a planned decision to surprise competitors which unfortunately didn't turn in the right direction for the Trojans.

It's a pity that we see his team eliminated at such early level, and totally Omar was unlucky not to be given more minutes during the regular season as it affected a lot his NBA draft stock for this year.

In an interview with Al-Ahly sports channel, Omar expressed his desire to represent the national team and we hope to see him in the squad which is confirmed to play in William Jones cup, African Cup of Nations and may be Mediterranean Games which will be played this summer in Turkey.




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  ESTONIA   

Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. Tarvas 20-10 
 2. TU/Rock 19-1 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 17-5 
 4. TTU 14-12 
 5. Rapla 14-13 
 6. Valga 12-16 
 7. Parnu 11-15 
 8. Tln Kalev 8-21 
 9. Hito/Johvi 2-26 

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 31: Kalev/Cramo - TTU 76-64
Mar. 27: Kalev/Cramo - TU/Rock 69-64
Mar. 30: Hito/Johvi - Kalev/Cramo 66-85
Mar. 30: Tarvas - TU/Rock 64-94
Mar. 30: Parnu - Rapla 61-63

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 2: Valga - TTU
Apr. 5: Tarvas - TTU
Apr. 6: Hito/Johvi - Parnu
Apr. 6: Rapla - Tln Kalev
Apr. 7: TU/Rock - Parnu


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Gary WILKINSON
  Kalev/Cr.
  (205-F/C-82)
  Avg: 16
 1. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.16.0 
 2. Peciukeviciu., Par.15.7 
 3. Akenparg, TTU15.6 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas15.5 
 5. Laksa, Tarvas15.4 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tarvas15.1 
 7. Matulionis, Parnu15.0 
 8. Ingram, TU/Rock14.2 
 9. Campbell, Tln Kalev14.0 
 10. Okoye, Tln Kalev13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.6 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.6 
 3. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.8.6 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.3 
 5. Lindmets, Tarvas8.0 
 6. Fall, Kalev/Cramo7.3 
 7. Grafs, Valga7.0 
 8. Arnold, TTU7.0 
 9. Keedus, TTU6.7 
 10. Ringmets, Rapla6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.3 
 2. Keedus, TTU5.0 
 3. Ingram, TU/Rock4.9 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas4.0 
 5. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.4 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tarvas3.3 
 7. Cunda, Valga3.3 
 8. Laane, Rapla3.3 
 9. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.1 
 10. Raap, Parnu2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Laane, Rapla2.4 
 2. Keedus, TTU2.0 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas2.0 
 4. Akenparg, TTU1.8 
 5. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.7 
 6. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.6 
 7. Raley-Ross, Tarvas1.5 
 8. Saks, Tarvas1.5 
 9. Cunda, Valga1.5 
 10. Ingram, TU/Rock1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.1 
 2. Stewart, Tarvas1.2 
 3. Arnold, TTU1.0 
 4. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 5. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.7 
 6. Saarmets, TTU0.7 
 7. Grim, Valga0.6 
 8. Matulionis, Parnu0.6 
 9. Nelyubov, TU/Rock0.6 
 10. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.5 


Frank Elegar claims Estonian KML weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

U.S. Virgin Islands Frank Elegar (208-C-86) had a very impressive game in the last round for Kalev/Cramo and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 26-year old center had a double-double of 14 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team beat TTU (#4, 14-12) 76-64. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kalev/Cramo maintains the 3rd position in Estonian KML. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kalev/Cramo will need more victories to improve their 17-5 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Elegar as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Drexel University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Elegar is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.6rpg) and averages solid 62.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old international center Rain Raadik (208-C-89) of Parnu. Raadik impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Parnu was edged by slightly higher-ranked Rapla (#5, 14-13) 63-61. Parnu is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-15 record. Raadik is a newcomer at Parnu and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Edvard Trumm (192-F/C-83) of Hito/Johvi (#9). Trumm scored 11 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Trumm's great performance Hito/Johvi lost 66-85 to the higher-ranked Kalev/Cramo (#3, 17-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Hito/Johvi can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-26 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Trumm he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Trumm has individually a great season in Estonia. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.3rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rait Keerles (201-F-80) of Kalev/Cramo - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) of Tarvas - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Bamba Fall (217-C-86) of Kalev/Cramo - 11 points and 6 rebounds
7. Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) of TU/Rock - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Gary Wilkinson (205-F/C-82) of Kalev/Cramo - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Justin Ingram (188-PG-85) of TU/Rock - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists

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



KML Round 25: Leader BC Rakvere loses to TU/Rock - by Eurobasket News

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

Top ranked BC Rakvere (20-10) recorded its tenth loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by second ranked TU/Rock (19-1) 94-64. The game was mostly controlled by TU/Rock. BC Rakvere managed to win third quarter 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 29 personal fouls committed by BC Rakvere helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Justin Ingram (188-85, college: Toledo, agency: Two Points) fired 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Russian center Ivan Nelyubov (207-88) chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds. The former international point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. TU/Rock maintains second place with 19-1 record behind leader Tarvas. BC Rakvere at the other side still keeps top position with ten games lost. TU/Rock are looking forward to face KK Parnu (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. BC Rakvere will play against TTU (#4) in Tallinn and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Parnu. Fifth ranked Rapla (14-13) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked KK Parnu (11-15) 63-61 on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Martin Dorbek (194-91) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 rebounds. Rait-Riivo Laane contributed with 10 points for the winners. Rapla's coach Indrek Ruut allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International center Rain Raadik (208-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds for KK Parnu. Rapla have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 14-13 record. KK Parnu at the other side keeps the seventh position with 15 games lost. Rapla will play against Tln Kalev (#8) in Tallinn in the next round. KK Parnu will play on the road against the league's second-placed TU/Rock in Tartu and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: Kalev/Cramo (#3) and TTU (#4). Kalev/Cramo (17-5) won against visiting TTU (14-12) 76-64. Frank Elegar stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Kalev/Cramo's coach Alar Varrak used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Erik Keedus responded with 5 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Kalev/Cramo have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains third place with 17-5 record having eleven point less than leader Tarvas. Loser TTU keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. Kalev/Cramo's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn .
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tallinn. Third ranked Kalev/Cramo faced their biggest opponent TU/Rock. Host Kalev/Cramo (17-5) defeated guests from Tartu (19-1) 69-64. Frank Elegar nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side. TU/Rock's coach Gert Kullamae tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Kalev/Cramo. Defending champion maintains third place with 17-5 record having eleven point less than leader Tarvas. TU/Rock at the other side keeps the second position with one game lost. Kalev/Cramo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn .

In the last game of round 25 Kalev/Cramo crushed Hito/Johvi in Tallinn 85-66.


Kalev/Cramo - TTU 76-64

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: Kalev/Cramo (#3) and TTU (#4). Kalev/Cramo (17-5) won against visiting TTU (14-12) 76-64. The game without a history. Kalev/Cramo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kalev/Cramo outrebounded TTU 40-20 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds for the winners and American power forward Gary Wilkinson (205-82, college: Utah St.) chipped in 18 points. Kalev/Cramo's coach Alar Varrak used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side the former international forward Erik Keedus (198-90) responded with 5 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and swingman Jaan Puidet (191-92) scored 11 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kalev/Cramo have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains third place with 17-5 record having eleven point less than leader Tarvas. Loser TTU keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. Kalev/Cramo's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn .
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: G.Wilkinson 18+3reb+1ast, B.Fall 15+2reb+1ast, F.Elegar 14+16reb+2ast, R.Keerles 10+4reb, K.McLeod 6+2reb+1ast, T.Sokk 5+4reb+6ast
TTU: A.Arnold 14+1reb, K.Akenparg 11+1reb+1ast, J.Puidet 11+2reb+4ast, M.Kaja 11+4reb+1ast, K.Makke 8+2reb, E.Keedus 5+5reb+7ast
gschID: 234141


Parnu - Rapla 61-63

Important game to mention about took place in Parnu. Fifth ranked Rapla (14-13) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked KK Parnu (11-15) 63-61 on Saturday evening. It looked good early as KK Parnu took an 13-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Rapla took control getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and eventually winning the game that evening by 2 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding KK Parnu to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Martin Dorbek (194-91) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 rebounds. point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93) contributed with 10 points for the winners. Rapla's coach Indrek Ruut allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International center Rain Raadik (208-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Osvaldas Matulionis (200-91) added 21 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for KK Parnu. Rapla have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 14-13 record. KK Parnu at the other side keeps the seventh position with 15 games lost. Rapla will play against Tln Kalev (#8) in Tallinn in the next round. KK Parnu will play on the road against the league's second-placed TU/Rock in Tartu and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Rapla: M.Dorbek 19+5reb+1ast, R.Laane 10+1reb+2ast, M.Paasoja 8+3reb+1ast, R.Nurger 8+3reb, K.Traumann 7+2reb+1ast, A.Parn 7+3reb+1ast
Parnu: O.Matulionis 21+6reb, R.Raadik 14+14reb, R.Raap 10+3reb+5ast, K.Kitsing 9+3reb+2ast, A.Peciukevicius 5+7reb+6ast, K.Liivamagi 2+1reb
gschID: 231195


Hito/Johvi - Kalev/Cramo 66-85

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Hito/Johvi (2-26) was crushed at home by third ranked Kalev/Cramo (17-5) 85-66. It looked good early as Hito/Johvi took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kalev/Cramo had a 28-16 second period charge getting the lead and Hito/Johvi was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-85. The former international forward Rait Keerles (201-80) nailed 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and American power forward Gary Wilkinson (205-82, college: Utah St.) accounted for 17 points and 6 rebounds. Five Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Power forward Edvard Trumm (192-83) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 18 rebounds and guard Siim Laur (189-87) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Hito/Johvi in the defeat. Hito/Johvi's coach Priit Sternhof rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Kalev/Cramo. Defending champion maintains third place with 17-5 record having eleven point less than leader Tarvas. Hito/Johvi lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 26 lost games. Kalev/Cramo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn .
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: R.Keerles 18+8reb+2ast, G.Wilkinson 17+6reb+2ast, K.Mangelsoo 13+2reb+2ast, T.Abbott 11+1reb+3ast, T.Raadik 10+6reb, A.Skele 6+3reb+4ast
Hito/Johvi: S.Laur 12+5reb+4ast, E.Trumm 11+18reb+3ast, J.Saar 10+2reb, A.Saariste 9+4reb+1ast, T.Uuekula 7+3reb+1ast, A.Anijarv 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 231194


Tarvas - TU/Rock 64-94

Top ranked BC Rakvere (20-10) recorded its tenth loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by second ranked TU/Rock (19-1) 94-64. The game was mostly controlled by TU/Rock. BC Rakvere managed to win third quarter 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 29 personal fouls committed by BC Rakvere helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Justin Ingram (188-85, college: Toledo, agency: Two Points) fired 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Russian center Ivan Nelyubov (207-88) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Five TU/Rock players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) added 15 points and 12 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. TU/Rock maintains second place with 19-1 record behind leader Tarvas. BC Rakvere at the other side still keeps top position with ten games lost. TU/Rock are looking forward to face KK Parnu (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. BC Rakvere will play against TTU (#4) in Tallinn and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
TU/Rock: J.Ingram 19+6reb+5ast, T.Eichfuss 15+5reb, R.Veideman 13+3reb+1ast, J.Toome 12+4reb+3ast, I.Nelyubov 10+11reb+1ast, K.Saage 7+3reb+3ast
Tarvas: R.Tamm 21+5reb+2ast, B.Raley-Ross 15+12reb+1ast, M.Laksa 12+3reb+2ast, O.Metsalu 4+1ast, M.Schleicher 4+5reb, A.Metsaru 3
gschID: 231193


Kalev/Cramo - TU/Rock 69-64

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tallinn. Third ranked Kalev/Cramo faced their biggest opponent TU/Rock. Host Kalev/Cramo (17-5) defeated guests from Tartu (19-1) 69-64. It looked good early as TU/Rock took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kalev/Cramo had a 16-5 second period charge getting the lead and TU/Rock was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 64-69. They dominated on the defensive end, holding TU/Rock to just 5 points in second quarter. Kalev/Cramo brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. 35 personal fouls committed by TU/Rock helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side and Senegalese center Bamba Fall (217-86, college: SMU) accounted for 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 blocks. Five Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Lithuanian center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds and international center Joosep Toome (208-85) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for TU/Rock in the defeat. TU/Rock's coach Gert Kullamae tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Kalev/Cramo. Defending champion maintains third place with 17-5 record having eleven point less than leader Tarvas. TU/Rock at the other side keeps the second position with one game lost. Kalev/Cramo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn .
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: G.Dorbek 13+2reb, F.Elegar 12+15reb+1ast, B.Fall 11+6reb, G.Wilkinson 11+5reb+1ast, T.Sokk 10+2reb, K.McLeod 6+2reb
TU/Rock: E.Dimsa 18+8reb+2ast, J.Toome 14+6reb+2ast, R.Veideman 9+1reb+1ast, J.Ingram 9+4reb+2ast, I.Nelyubov 4+4reb+1ast, T.Kurbas 3+4reb
gschID: 231191



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  EUROCUP   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG21.1 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena19.5 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK18.5 
 4. McKee, Triumph17.9 
 5. Eidson, Unics16.5 
 6. Ray, Ratiopharm16.5 
 7. Karasev, Triumph16.1 
 8. Delaney, Budivelnyk16.1 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.0 
 10. Brown, Lokomotiv16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.0 
 2. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.3 
 3. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.3 
 4. Maric, Lokomotiv7.1 
 5. Landry, Triumph7.1 
 6. Stimac, Banvit BK6.8 
 7. Vitkovac, Buducno.6.6 
 8. Savovic, Crvena Z.6.6 
 9. Hervelle, Gescr.6.2 
 10. Ndong, Galatasar.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CALATHES
  Lokom.
  (198-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Calathes, Lokom.6.7 
 2. McKee, Triumph6.1 
 3. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.6 
 4. Wright, Spartak SP5.5 
 5. Kalnietis, Lokomot.5.4 
 6. Satoransky, Cajasol4.8 
 7. Rowland, VEF Riga4.8 
 8. Markovic, Valencia4.7 
 9. Welsch, CEZ N.4.3 
 10. Nelson, Crvena Z.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McKee, Triumph2.4 
 2. Chatman, Unics2.0 
 3. Brown, Lokomotiv1.7 
 4. Doellman, Valencia1.7 
 5. Mejia, Banvit BK1.6 
 6. Wright, Spartak SP1.6 
 7. Hosley, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 8. Calathes, Lokom.1.4 
 9. Carter, Spartak SP1.4 
 10. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Charles DAVIS
  Banvit BK
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 2. Balvin, Cajasol1.2 
 3. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.2 
 4. Naymick, CEZ N.1.2 
 5. Nankivil, Ratiopha.1.0 
 6. Lishchuk, Valencia1.0 
 7. Carter, Spartak SP0.9 
 8. Vougioukas, Unics0.9 
 9. Theis, Ratiopharm0.9 
 10. Ndong, Galatasar.0.8 



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Brown, Montepaschi18.6 
 2. Bogdanovic, Fener..16.3 
 3. Nachbar, Brose B.16.2 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.15.7 
 5. Farmar, Anadolu14.3 
 6. Jerrells, Besiktas14.2 
 7. Weems, CSKA14.2 
 8. Fernandez, Real M.13.9 
 9. Hickman, Maccabi13.9 
 10. Lampe, Caja L.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.4 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A6.5 
 3. Lampe, Caja L.6.0 
 4. Lasme, Panathin.6.0 
 5. Tomic, FCB Regal5.9 
 6. Hines, Olympiacos5.9 
 7. Thompson, ALBA5.6 
 8. Davis, Khimky5.5 
 9. Mirotic, Real Madr.5.4 
 10. Zoric, Unicaja5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.6.5 
 2. Planinic, Khimky6.4 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.4 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi5.3 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA5.1 
 6. Heurtel, Caja L.4.5 
 7. Farmar, Anadolu4.1 
 8. Ohayon, Maccabi4.1 
 9. Gordon, Anadolu4.0 
 10. Cook, Caja Laboral3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Bo MCCALEBB
  Fener.Ul.
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.2.0 
 2. Jaaber, Zalgiris1.9 
 3. Gordon, Anadolu1.8 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.6 
 5. Hickman, Maccabi1.5 
 6. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 7. Calloway, Unicaja1.3 
 8. Teodosic, CSKA1.2 
 9. Cook, Caja Laboral1.2 
 10. Diamantidis, Pana.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.0 
 2. Lasme, Panathin.2.0 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal1.3 
 4. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 5. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 6. Hines, Olympiacos1.1 
 7. Zoric, Unicaja1.1 
 8. Vidmar, Besiktas1.1 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA1.0 
 10. Ford, Brose Bask.1.0 



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 22-7 
 2. Evreux 21-8 
 3. Chalons-Reims 19-10 
 4. Le Portel 19-10 
 5. Boulogne 18-11 
 6. Rouen 17-12 
 7. Antibes 17-12 
 8. Fos Ouest 17-12 
 9. Bourg 16-13 
 10. Maurienne 15-14 
 11. Lille 14-15 
 12. Hyeres-Toulon 13-16 
 13. St Quentin 12-17 
 14. Denain 10-19 
 15. Nantes 10-19 
 16. St Vallier 9-20 
 17. Bordeaux 7-22 
 18. Charleville 5-24 

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 29: Hyeres-Toulon - Boulogne 90-73
Mar. 29: Maurienne - St Quentin 87-75
Mar. 29: Denain - Fos Ouest 81-89
Mar. 29: Lille - Evreux 75-63
Mar. 29: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Chalons-Reims 75-55
Mar. 29: Bordeaux - Rouen 57-71
Mar. 29: Charleville - Antibes 55-65
Mar. 29: Le Portel - St Vallier 103-75
Mar. 29: Bourg - Nantes 100-61

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 5: Chalons-Reims - Maurienne
Apr. 6: Boulogne - Le Portel
Apr. 5: Fos Ouest - Bordeaux
Apr. 5: Nantes - Denain
Apr. 5: Evreux - Bourg
Apr. 5: Antibes - Pau-Lacq-Orthez
Apr. 6: St Vallier - Lille
Apr. 5: Rouen - Hyeres-Toulon
Apr. 5: St Quentin - Charleville


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Brown, Maurienne21.3 
 2. Flowers, Denain21.0 
 3. Booker, St Vallier19.1 
 4. Blue, Antibes19.0 
 5. Wood, Evreux18.7 
 6. Siggers, Lille17.9 
 7. Hilliard, Antibes17.4 
 8. McKines, Rouen17.4 
 9. Hannah, Evreux17.3 
 10. Sanders, Charlevi.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Wood, Evreux10.4 
 2. Bing, Maurienne10.1 
 3. Jaiteh, Boulogne9.7 
 4. Kitts, Denain9.1 
 5. McKines, Rouen8.9 
 6. Lesieu, St Quentin8.7 
 7. Jackson, Pau-La.8.4 
 8. Blue, Antibes7.9 
 9. Rouse, St Vallier7.8 
 10. Mathis, Nantes7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Craven, St Vallier6.8 
 2. Rowland, Boulogne6.6 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel6.0 
 4. Dumas, Bourg5.7 
 5. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.5.5 
 6. McIntosh, Hyeres-.5.4 
 7. Huffman, Antibes5.3 
 8. Hannah, Evreux5.3 
 9. Bassett, Rouen5.0 
 10. Da Silva, Rouen5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.3 
 2. Craven, St Vallier2.2 
 3. Mullins, Chalons-.2.2 
 4. Flowers, Denain2.1 
 5. Sonko, Bourg1.8 
 6. Siggers, Lille1.8 
 7. Brown, Maurienne1.8 
 8. Hannah, Evreux1.7 
 9. Mathis, Nantes1.7 
 10. Taylor, Le Portel1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Badiane, Antibes1.9 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.7 
 3. Taccoen, Lille1.3 
 4. Johnson, Chalons-.1.1 
 5. Burrell, Chalons-.1.0 
 6. Blue, Antibes1.0 
 7. Sane, Hyeres-Toul.1.0 
 8. Chism, Maurienne0.9 
 9. Correa, Pau-Lacq.0.9 
 10. Ho You Fat, Evre.0.9 



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MZT Skopje clinch Cup title - by Eurobasket News

MZT Skopje - Kumanovo 2009 79:71

MZT Skopje earned the Macedonian Cup title. They overcame Kumanovo 2009 in the Final. Damjan Stojanovski (197-SG-87) stepped up with 20 points to lead the winners.
Kumanovo got to the better start. They grabbed a 20:14 advantage after ten minutes. But MZT Skopje gradually took over. They opened the second frame on a 13:4 run to surge ahead. Dimcevski retained the lead for Kumanovo however MZT Skopje finished the half strong to secure a 37:35 halftime lead. MZT Skopje maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by as many as 7 points 59:52. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) made it a 5-point game midway through the fourth frame. But Damjan Stojanovski and Nikolovski boosted the gap to 9 points and MZT Skopje never looked back en route to the win. Gjorji Cekovski (203-PF-79) netted 16 points, while Boris Bakic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points in the victory. Uros Lukovic answered with 22 points and 14 rebounds for Kumanovo. Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 16 points in the losing case.

MZT Skopje: Damjan Stojanovski 20, Gjorji Cekovski 16, Boris Bakic 15
Kumanovo 2009: Uros Lukovic 22+14 boards, Aleksandar Kostoski 16



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  GERMANY   

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Brose Bask. 22-5 
 2. EWE Baskets 19-8 
 3. Ratiopharm 18-9 
 4. B.Muenchen 18-11 
 5. ALBA 16-11 
 6. Art.Dragons 16-12 
 7. Phoenix Hagen 15-13 
 8. s.Oliver Baskets 15-14 
 9. Telekom Baskets 14-13 
 10. Walter Tigers 14-15 
 11. TBB Trier 13-15 
 12. MBC 12-16 
 13. Bremerhaven 12-16 
 14. Fraport SKY 12-17 
 15. NY Phantoms 11-17 
 16. Bayreuth 11-17 
 17. Neckar L'burg 10-19 
 18. LTi 46ers 4-24 

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 31: Ratiopharm - ALBA 92-73
Mar. 31: EWE Baskets - Neckar L'burg 88-79
Mar. 30: Walter Tigers - Bayreuth 86-82
Mar. 30: NY Phantoms - Phoenix Hagen 83-102
Mar. 30: MBC - Telekom Baskets 71-77
Mar. 30: Art.Dragons - B.Muenchen 70-66
Mar. 30: s.Oliver Baskets - Fraport SKY 57-60
Mar. 31: Bremerhaven - TBB Trier 105-73
Mar. 31: Brose Bask. - LTi 46ers 105-54

Round 26

Mar. 28: EWE Baskets - TBB Trier 81-77
Mar. 24: NY Phantoms - s.Oliver Baskets 60-64

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 6: Ratiopharm - NY Phantoms
Apr. 6: B.Muenchen - MBC
Apr. 6: ALBA - s.Oliver Baskets
Apr. 6: Neckar L'burg - Art.Dragons
Apr. 6: LTi 46ers - Bayreuth
Apr. 7: Fraport SKY - EWE Baskets
Apr. 7: Telekom Baskets - Brose Bask.
Apr. 7: TBB Trier - Phoenix Hagen
Apr. 7: Bremerhaven - Walter Tigers


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. White, Phoenix17.4 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.4 
 3. Brooks, LTi 46ers15.9 
 4. Burrell, Bremerha.15.7 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.0 
 6. Peacock, Fraport14.8 
 7. Turek, Neckar L.14.4 
 8. Rice, B.Muenchen14.3 
 9. Gavel, Brose Bask.14.2 
 10. Thompson, ALBA14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.3 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.3 
 3. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.2 
 4. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.0 
 5. Robertson, Fraport6.8 
 6. Gordon, Phoenix6.6 
 7. McGhee, Bayreuth6.4 
 8. King, Art.Dragons6.4 
 9. Linhart, TBB Trier6.3 
 10. Burtschi, Bremerh.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.8 
 2. Rice, B.Muenchen4.7 
 3. Hamilton, Bayreuth4.4 
 4. White, Phoenix4.3 
 5. Burrell, Bremerha.4.2 
 6. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.1 
 7. Redding, Walter T.4.0 
 8. Timberlake, MBC3.7 
 9. Ovcina, LTi 46ers3.5 
 10. Zazai, LTi 46ers3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Robertson, Fraport2.0 
 2. White, Phoenix1.9 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.1.7 
 4. Hamilton, Bayreuth1.6 
 5. Bernard, Neckar L.1.6 
 6. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.6 
 7. Linhart, TBB Trier1.5 
 8. Wood, ALBA1.4 
 9. Duggins, Walter T.1.4 
 10. Burtschi, Bremerh.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gregory, Phoenix1.9 
 2. Pantelic, MBC1.5 
 3. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.5 
 4. Ford, Brose Bask.1.4 
 5. Morrison, Bremerha.1.3 
 6. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.2 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.0 
 8. Turek, Neckar L.1.0 
 9. Frease, Walter T.0.9 
 10. McGhee, Bayreuth0.8 


Neumann's 24 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

20-year old center Philipp Neumann (209-C-92) had a great game in the last round for league's best team Brose Bask. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
He had the game-high 24 points adding eight rebounds for Brose Bask. in his team's victory, helping them to outclass LTi 46ers (#18, 4-24) with 51-point margin 105-54. It allowed Brose Bask. to consolidate first place in the German league. Brose Bask. have a solid 22-5 record. Neumann has many years of experience at Brose Bask., through which he has constantly improved. Philipp Neumann averages this season 4.7ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Lubos Barton (202-SF-80) of NY Phantoms. He is Czech Republic in his first season at NY Phantoms. In the last game Barton recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as NY Phantoms lost that game 83-102 to the higher-ranked Phoenix Hagen (#7, 15-13). This loss caused NY Phantoms to drop to 15th position in . His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-17 record. Barton is one of the most experienced players at NY Phantoms and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Stefon Jackson (196-G-85) of Bremerhaven (#13). Jackson scored 24 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of Bremerhaven, leading his team to a 105-73 easy win against slightly higher-ranked TBB Trier (#11, 13-15). The chances of Bremerhaven ranking at the top of , however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jackson could help Bremerhaven to bring them higher in the standings. Jackson has a very solid season. In 27 games in Germany he scored 12.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrew Drevo (202-F/C-81) of Bremerhaven - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Tyrone Nash (203-F-88) of Walter Tigers - 17 points and 10 rebounds
6. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88) of Brose Bask. - 19 points and 10 rebounds
7. Davin White (186-G-81) of Phoenix Hagen - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Chris Ensminger (209-C-73) of Telekom Baskets - 18 points and 9 rebounds
9. Reggie Redding (196-SF-88) of Walter Tigers - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Jamel McLean (203-F-88) of Telekom Baskets - 14 points and 8 rebounds

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



The Miles Basketball Minute: The Real Season Starts In May For Bamberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

There were times when winning was as easy for the Brose Baskets Bamberg as it was for Rick Barry nailing free throws all day long, Rihanna cranking out hits with 11 number one songs in the German top 100 or how soccer player Baia has won 31 team titles with FC Porto and FC Barcelona. There was even a period of almost two years where Bamberg was unbeaten at home in the Beko BBL. From 2009-2012, the team won the triple winning three league titles and three cups and the word dynasty was a perfect description to the Bavarian team. A Casey Jacobsen belongs to the most professional acting players in the Beko BBL and if one entered the arena after a 40 minute game and examined the face of the California native one seemingly wouldnt know what had been the outcome since he is always 100% focused and rarely shows that win or lose emotion, but as of late the 5 time champion team has been blown off course from the usual expected winning road. Currently the team was riding an 8 game losing streak before the perfect opponent to break it with Giessen visited Bamberg yesterday which most likely had the Bamberg haters in seventh heaven and the rest of the league in bewilderment in this down time.

Even with their domination of the Beko BBL in the last three years, hardcore Bamberg aficionados are upset, but to a point calm as no one is any desperation or in need of jumping into the Regnitz river without a life preserver. The team is still in first place in the Beko BBL standings with a record of 22-5 and three wins more than second placed FC Bayern Munich. If one really observes their losing streak closely one can take the eight loses and subtract five and get three loses. In other words, Bamberg have lost the last five games in the Euroleague and only really been defeated three times in the Beko BBL. One can always lose in the Euroleague, but statistically Bamberg has just had a lot of misfortune in the Euroleague. Ok they were hammered by Athens and Moscow, but had every chance against Alba Berlin, Efes Pilsen and Real Madrid losing each game by three points. Bamberg obviously knows how to win games in crunch time usually with their history the last three seasons, but even a Bamberg isnt always invincible and can have some tough misfortune.

The Euroleague is a totally other world compared to the Beko BBL. Before their three game losing streak in the Beko BBL, the team had won 19 of their last 20 games after starting the season winning two of their first three games. In their three game losing streak in the Beko BBL, they lost to up and coming team FC Bayern Munich 85-71 which isnt surprising with the more improved play since the arrival of Svetislav Pesic. However the last two loses to Phoenix Hagen and Fraport Skyliners is more surprising. Everyone knows that Phoenix Hagen plays run and gun and just tries to score more than their opponent so letting up 104 points and letting them get beat by the game of Phoenix Hagen was alarming. Bamberg was just unlucky that Phoenix Hagen had a very good shooting day. It is rare for Bamberg to give up 100 points as they are a very disciplined defensive team. The rising Fraport Skyliners who have hit their peak now also caught Bamberg by surprise having a solid offensive day and giving Bamberg their taste of hard nosed aggressive Katzurian defense.

If one wants to dissect the current Bamberg misery on the court, one will find various reasons. The team has had injury woes this season having classical point guard John Goldsberry for a very limited time as well as Andrew Ogily. New players came late as Matt Walsh and Alex Renfroe that still need to be integrated and the usual talk about the strain of the weekly Euroleague have been prevalent. Bamberg has a deep roster, but despite that one has noticed that Anton Gavel is a little bit beat up. Still there is no need to worry in Bamberg. Back in the 2008-2009 season as Chris Fleming (agency: Pro One Sports ) was in his first year, he had a slow start and recovered and built winning teams. Now the New Jersey native is in a tough situation, but has the experience and know how to get his team back on track and prepared for the grind of the playoffs. The remaining schedule isnt an easy one with four home games and four away games including opponents like ratiopharm Ulm, Artland Dragons, Alba Berlin and finishing the season with two difficult road games in Bremerhaven and Wurzburg. Matt Walsh is getting better and better and getting used to the German league and will be an important piece in the last month of the regular season for their success. No matter what happens in the last month, Bamberg will reach the playoffs and most likely finish in first place anyway. The real season doesnt start until May where the second season starts for Bamberg where everything counts. Bamberg might not have gotten that cup title this season, but if there is one player who will do anything for that fourth title then its Casey Jacobsen. The Brose Baskets Bamberg can be happy to have a player like him to push his team at all times. Bamberg got back to work this Sunday in their quest to halt their 8 game losing streak against the LTI Giessen 46ers. Bamberg losing at home Sunday against Giessen was about as unlikely as new pope Francis winning the 2013 Boston marathon.




BBL Round 29: Ratiopharm revenged for the Cup loss against ALBA - by Eurobasket News

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

The game between second ranked Bayern Muenchen (18-11) and sixth ranked Artland Dragons (16-12) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Bayern Muenchen was defeated by Artland Dragons in a tough game in Quakenbrueck 66-70. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-66. Artland Dragons looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American Bryce Taylor (196-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points. American-Cypriot power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International Robin Benzing (209-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) answered with 14 points for Bayern Muenchen. Bayern Muenchen's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Artland Dragons have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 16-12 record. Bayern Muenchen at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 11 games lost. Artland Dragons are looking forward to face EnBW Ludwigsburg (#17) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Bayern Muenchen will play against Mitteldeutscher BC (#12) in Weissenfels and is hoping to win this game.
BBL top team - Brose Bask. (22-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighteenth ranked LTi 46ers (4-24) in Bamberg 105-54. International center Philipp Neumann (209-92) stepped up and scored 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Andrew James Ogilvy chipped in 19 points and 10 rebounds. Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (212-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) responded with 5 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 22-5 record. LTi 46ers lost fourteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Brose Bask. will play against Telekom Baskets (#9) in Bonn in the next round and are hoping to win another game. LTi 46ers will play at home against BBC Bayreuth (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Wuerzburg between Deutsche Bank Skyliners and s Oliver Baskets. Sixteenth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (12-17) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked s Oliver Baskets (15-14). Deutsche Bank Skyliners managed to escape with a 3-point win 60-57 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of s Oliver Baskets. Zachery Peacock nailed 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Mike Lenzly came up with 13 points for s Oliver Baskets in the defeat. s Oliver Baskets' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourteenth place. Loser s Oliver Baskets dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will meet at home league's second-placed EWE Baskets in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. s Oliver Baskets will play against ALBA Berlin (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between TBB Trier (13-15) and Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (12-16), which took place in Bremerhaven. 11th ranked TBB Trier was outleveled in a road game by fourteenth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 105-73. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was Stefon Jackson who scored 24 points and 6 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with MBC. TBB Trier at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's next round opponent will be higher ranked Walter Tigers (#10) in Tuebingen and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 29: Neckar L'burg were beaten by EWE Baskets on the road 88-79. Ratiopharm destroyed ALBA on its own court 92-73. Bayreuth unfortunately lost to Walter Tigers in Tuebingen 82-86. NY Phantoms was rolled over Phoenix Hagen at home 83-102. Telekom Baskets defeated MBC on the opponent's court 77-71. EWE Baskets beat TBB Trier in a home game 81-77. s.Oliver Baskets won against NY Phantoms on the road 64-60.
The most impressive performance of 29th round was 21 points and 10 rebounds by Lubos Barton of NY Phantoms.


EWE Baskets - Neckar L'burg 88-79

No shocking result in a game when second ranked EWE Baskets (19-8) beat 17th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (10-19) in Oldenburg 88-79. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-22 EnBW Ludwigsburg's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 88-79 at the end of the game. EWE Baskets made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by EnBW Ludwigsburg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored 20 points. The former international forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, college: Princeton, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. EWE Baskets' coach Sebastian Machowski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Marqus Blakely (196-89, college: Vermont) produced 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import power forward John Turek (206-83, college: Nebraska) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. EWE Baskets maintains second place with 19-8 record having just three points less than leader Brose Bask. EnBW Ludwigsburg lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 19 games lost. EWE Baskets' next round opponent will be Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#14) in Frankfurt which should be an easy win for them. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play at home against Artland Dragons in Quakenbrueck.
Top scorers:
Neckar L'burg: M.Blakely 19+5reb+4ast, J.Turek 16+7reb, W.Bernard 11+1reb+1ast, D.Jackson 10+4reb+1ast, L.Staiger 8+4reb+1ast, E.Coleman 6+6reb
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 20+4reb+2ast, K.Wysocki 14+8reb+1ast, R.Burrell 13+9reb, R.Smeulders 11+4reb+1ast, C.Kramer 10+2reb+4ast, J.Jenkins 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 184198


Ratiopharm - ALBA 92-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked ALBA Berlin's (16-11) road loss to fourth ranked ratiopharm Ulm (18-9) 73-92. The game was mostly controlled by ratiopharm Ulm. ALBA Berlin was better in third quarter 22-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ratiopharm Ulm shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Allan Ray (188-84, college: Villanova) who scored 21 points. His fellow American import center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) chipped in 8 points and 11 rebounds. ratiopharm Ulm's coach Thorsten Leibenath allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. International point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84) produced 18 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm moved-up to third place. ALBA Berlin at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. ratiopharm Ulm's next round opponent will be New Yorker Phantoms (#15) in Braunschweig which should be an easy win for them. ALBA Berlin will play at home against s Oliver Baskets (#8) in Wuerzburg.
Top scorers:
ALBA: H.Schaffartzik 18+2reb+3ast, Y.Idbihi 11+3reb+2ast, D.Thompson 10+10reb, D.Byars 10+2reb+1ast, A.Traore 9+2reb, J.Foster 7+6reb+4ast
Ratiopharm: A.Ray 21+2reb+2ast, P.Guenther 13+3ast, O.Samhan 10+7reb+2ast, D.Theis 9+2reb+1ast, J.Bryant 8+11reb+2ast, P.Schwethelm 8
gschID: 184195


Brose Bask. - LTi 46ers 105-54

BBL top team - Brose Bask. (22-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighteenth ranked LTi 46ers (4-24) in Bamberg 105-54. The game without a history. Brose Bask. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 30-of-37 charity shots (81.1 percent) during the game, while LTi 46ers only scored eight points from the stripe. Brose Bask. forced 24 LTi 46ers turnovers and had a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by LTi 46ers' players. LTi 46ers were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. International center Philipp Neumann (209-92) stepped up and scored 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Australian-Irish center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) chipped in 19 points and 10 rebounds. Five Brose Bask. players scored in double figures. Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (212-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) responded with 5 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Oskar Fassler (198-88, agency: LUMANI 10.7) scored 10 points and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 22-5 record. LTi 46ers lost fourteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Brose Bask. will play against Telekom Baskets (#9) in Bonn in the next round and are hoping to win another game. LTi 46ers will play at home against BBC Bayreuth (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LTi 46ers: J.Weiser 11+2reb+2ast, O.Fassler 10+3reb+5ast, R.Hanke 9+3reb, A.Zazai 8+1reb+2ast, E.Ovcina 5+8reb+7ast, D.Spohr 5+5reb
Brose Bask.: P.Neumann 24+8reb, A.James Ogilvy 19+10reb+1ast, M.Walsh 15+4reb+4ast, C.Jacobsen 15+3reb+6ast, S.Ford 11+4reb+2ast, B.Nachbar 9+1ast
gschID: 184202


Bremerhaven - TBB Trier 105-73

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between TBB Trier (13-15) and Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (12-16), which took place in Bremerhaven. 11th ranked TBB Trier was outleveled in a road game by fourteenth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 105-73. The game without a history. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to TBB Trier's 36 and made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by TBB Trier helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) who scored 24 points and 6 assists. Power forward Andrew Drevo (202-81, college: Nebraska, agency: Warren Sports International) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Five Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players scored in double figures. Barry Stewart (191-88, college: Mississippi St., agency: Pro One Sports) produced 15 points and forward Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron, agency: LUMANI 10.7) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with MBC. TBB Trier at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's next round opponent will be higher ranked Walter Tigers (#10) in Tuebingen and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
TBB Trier: B.Stewart 15+3reb+2ast, N.Linhart 14+3reb+3ast, M.Monninghoff 10+1reb, V.Chikoko 10+5reb, B.Doreth 8+4reb+4ast, J.Bucknor 5+6reb+4ast
Bremerhaven: S.Jackson 24+4reb+6ast, A.Drevo 20+4reb+4ast, T.Everett 13+3reb+4ast, S.Morrison 12+4reb+1ast, P.Zwiener 11+5reb+4ast, S.Burrell 10+4reb+9ast
gschID: 184201


Walter Tigers - Bayreuth 86-82

Rather predictable result when eleventh ranked Walter Tigers (14-15) won against 15th ranked BBC Bayreuth (11-17) in Tuebingen 86-82. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. It looked good early as BBC Bayreuth took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Walter Tigers had a 17-14 second period charge getting the lead and BBC Bayreuth was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-86. 28 personal fouls committed by BBC Bayreuth helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) who scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Tyrone Nash (203-88, college: Notre Dame) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Jason Cain (208-85, college: Virginia) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds and forward Beckham Wyrick (198-83, college: NC-Wilmington) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Walter Tigers moved-up to tenth place. BBC Bayreuth lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Walter Tigers' next round opponent will be Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#13) on the road. BBC Bayreuth will play against LTi 46ers in Giessen.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: J.Cain 15+7reb+2ast, B.Wyrick 14+6reb+2ast, B.Bailey 13+2reb+4ast, N.Simon 12+1ast, G.McGhee 12+7reb+1ast, K.Hamilton 11+4reb+6ast
Walter Tigers: R.Redding 18+6reb+6ast, T.Nash 17+10reb+1ast, V.Duggins 15+2reb+2ast, K.Frease 13+8reb, C.Wells 11+2reb+1ast, J.Young 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 184200


Art.Dragons - B.Muenchen 70-66

The game between second ranked Bayern Muenchen (18-11) and sixth ranked Artland Dragons (16-12) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Bayern Muenchen was defeated by Artland Dragons in a tough game in Quakenbrueck 66-70. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-66. Artland Dragons looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American Bryce Taylor (196-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points. American-Cypriot power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. International Robin Benzing (209-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) answered with 14 points and American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Bayern Muenchen. Bayern Muenchen's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Artland Dragons have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 16-12 record. Bayern Muenchen at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 11 games lost. Artland Dragons are looking forward to face EnBW Ludwigsburg (#17) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Bayern Muenchen will play against Mitteldeutscher BC (#12) in Weissenfels and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: R.Benzing 14+4reb+1ast, T.Rice 13+2reb+1ast, Y.Halperin 12+2reb+3ast, J.Homan 9+8reb, J.Jagla 8+5reb+1ast, B.Thomas 6+2reb
Art.Dragons: B.Taylor 16+3reb+2ast, A.King 14+5reb+2ast, P.Popovic 10+3reb, J.Strasser 10+6reb+2ast, M.Haynes 6+1reb+8ast, B.Ratkovica 6+6ast
gschID: 184199


NY Phantoms - Phoenix Hagen 83-102

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked New Yorker Phantoms (11-17) were outscored by eighth ranked Phoenix Hagen (15-13) in Braunschweig 102-83. New Yorker Phantoms were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Phoenix Hagen dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to New Yorker Phantoms' 36 and made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Phoenix Hagen forced 26 New Yorker Phantoms turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by New Yorker Phantoms helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Davin White (186-81, college: CS Northridge) who scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import guard David Bell (186-81, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 18 points. Czech Lubos Barton (202-80, college: Valparaiso) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Immanuel McElroy (193-80, college: Cincinnati) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Phoenix Hagen and four New Yorker Phantoms players scored in double figures. New Yorker Phantoms' coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Phoenix Hagen have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place. New Yorker Phantoms at the other side dropped to the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Phoenix Hagen's next round opponent will be TBB Trier (#11) on the road. New Yorker Phantoms will play against ratiopharm Ulm (#3).
Top scorers:
NY Phantoms: L.Barton 21+10reb+3ast, I.McElroy 15+7reb+3ast, D.Schroeder 15+5reb+3ast, J.Anderson 11+3reb+3ast, N.Schneiders 9+4reb, C.Pigram 6+3reb+2ast
Phoenix Hagen: D.White 23+5reb+5ast, D.Bell 18+2reb+3ast, M.Dorris 15+6reb+1ast, A.Lodwick 14+2reb, L.Gordon 14+7reb+1ast, A.Hess 12+2reb+2ast
gschID: 184197


MBC - Telekom Baskets 71-77

Everything went according to plan when ninth ranked Telekom Baskets (14-13) defeated 12th ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (12-16) in Weissenfels 77-71. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 19-8. But Mitteldeutscher BC won second period 17-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Telekom Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Mitteldeutscher BC's 24 and made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Jared Jordan (188-84, college: Marist) chipped in 21 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Icelandic point guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (194-88) produced 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Telekom Baskets maintains ninth place with 14-13 record. Newly promoted Mitteldeutscher BC keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Telekom Baskets' next round opponent will be league's leader Brose Bask. in Bamberg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mitteldeutscher BC will play on the road against Bayern Muenchen (#4).
Top scorers:
MBC: H.Vilhjalmsson 16+5reb+4ast, D.Uskoski 12+5reb+2ast, M.Schwarz 12+4reb+1ast, K.Beidler 11+4reb+4ast, D.Pantelic 6+7reb, S.Wachalski 4+1reb+1ast
Telekom Baskets: J.Jordan 21+2reb+3ast, C.Ensminger 18+9reb+1ast, J.McLean 14+8reb+1ast, R.Vaden 12+5reb+2ast, A.Mangold 7+3reb, K.Weems 5+7reb+5ast
gschID: 184196


s.Oliver Baskets - Fraport SKY 57-60

A very close game took place in Wuerzburg between Deutsche Bank Skyliners and s Oliver Baskets. Sixteenth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (12-17) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked s Oliver Baskets (15-14). Deutsche Bank Skyliners managed to escape with a 3-point win 60-57 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of s Oliver Baskets. s Oliver Baskets were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) nailed 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Quantez Robertson (189-84, college: Auburn) accounted for 11 points and 8 rebounds. Robertson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. British-American guard Mike Lenzly (189-81, college: Wofford) came up with 13 points and American Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for s Oliver Baskets in the defeat. s Oliver Baskets' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourteenth place. Loser s Oliver Baskets dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will meet at home league's second-placed EWE Baskets in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. s Oliver Baskets will play against ALBA Berlin (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
s.Oliver Baskets: M.Lenzly 13+2reb+3ast, D.Anderson 11+5reb, J.Boone 10+1reb+1ast, L.McIntosh 8+1reb, C.McNaughton 6+6reb, F.Robinson 5+3reb+1ast
Fraport SKY: Z.Peacock 21+3reb, R.Brooks 13+3reb+3ast, Q.Robertson 11+8reb+2ast, L.Prowell 8+3reb+1ast, D.Robinson 4+1reb+1ast, D.Gibson 2+5reb+2ast
gschID: 184194


Round 26
EWE Baskets - TBB Trier 81-77

There was no surprise when 11th ranked TBB Trier (13-15) lost to second ranked EWE Baskets (19-8) in Oldenburg 77-81. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. It looked good early as TBB Trier took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then EWE Baskets had a 22-14 second period charge getting the lead and TBB Trier was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-81. EWE Baskets made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was point guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron, agency: LUMANI 10.7) who scored 18 points and 7 assists. Power forward Adam Chubb (208-81, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. Forward Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron, agency: LUMANI 10.7) produced 11 points and 9 rebounds and Barry Stewart (191-88, college: Mississippi St., agency: Pro One Sports) added 15 points and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. EWE Baskets maintains second place with 19-8 record having just three points less than leader Brose Bask. TBB Trier at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. EWE Baskets' next round opponent will be Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#14) in Frankfurt which should be an easy win for them. TBB Trier will play at home against Phoenix Hagen.
Top scorers:
TBB Trier: B.Stewart 15+2reb+2ast, J.Bucknor 11+5reb+2ast, V.Chikoko 11+2reb, N.Linhart 11+9reb, A.Seiferth 8+3reb+2ast, B.Doreth 7
EWE Baskets: D.Joyce 18+3reb+7ast, J.Jenkins 14+2reb+2ast, A.Chubb 14+7reb+4ast, R.Paulding 10+5reb+1ast, C.Kramer 8+1reb+1ast, K.Wysocki 7+2reb
gschID: 238073


NY Phantoms - s.Oliver Baskets 60-64

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked s Oliver Baskets (15-14) beat 13th ranked New Yorker Phantoms (11-17) in Braunschweig 64-60. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-12. But New Yorker Phantoms won third quarter 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. s Oliver Baskets made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) who scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Jason Boone (198-85, college: New York U.) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. International point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93) produced 8 points and 8 rebounds and center Nick Schneiders (221-84, college: USC Upstate) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. s Oliver Baskets have a solid series of four victories in a row. Despite that victory s Oliver Baskets went down to eighth position due to points difference. New Yorker Phantoms at the other side dropped to the fifteenth place with 17 games lost. s Oliver Baskets' next round opponent will be higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#5) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. New Yorker Phantoms will play against ratiopharm Ulm (#3).
Top scorers:
NY Phantoms: N.Schneiders 13+5reb, I.McElroy 12+1reb+4ast, J.Anderson 11+4reb+1ast, D.Schroeder 8+8reb+3ast, H.NaNa 7+4reb+1ast, C.Pigram 6+2ast
s.Oliver Baskets: D.Anderson 14+5reb+2ast, J.Boone 12+7reb, F.Robinson 9+7reb, A.King 6+4reb, M.Lenzly 6+1reb+2ast, C.McNaughton 6+1reb
gschID: 235189



ProB Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Rist Wedel - Weissenhorn 66-74 (0-1)

The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 20-17 SC Rist Wedel's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 74-66 at the end of the game. Point guard Till-Joscha Joenke (190-92) stepped up and scored 24 points and 6 assists for the winners and forward Brian Butler (194-91) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side Fabian Boeke (208-86, college: Washington St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and American Davey Hopkins (195-88, college: Biola, CA) scored 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Four SC Rist Wedel players scored in double figures. SC Rist Wedel's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Weissenhorn: T.Joenke 24+4reb+6ast, B.Butler 19+9reb+2ast, M.Shtein 18+6reb+2ast, M.Heberlein 6+2reb, D.Albus 4, K.Gausa 3+6reb+3ast
Rist Wedel: A.Johnston 15+3reb+1ast, F.Boeke 15+11reb+3ast, P.Owusu-Frimpong 10+10reb+1ast, D.Hopkins 10+6reb+6ast, I.Akpinar 8+4reb+2ast, M.Boadu 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 237854


Bayer Giants - BSW Sixers 100-83 (1-0)

The game was mostly controlled by Bayer Giants. BSW Sixers managed to win fourth quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BSW Sixers 44-32 including 29 on the defensive glass. Bayer Giants looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American point guard Adonte Parker (183-89, college: Dayton) nailed 40 points (!!!) and 7 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import Jack Eggleston (203-88, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) accounted for 16 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. Bayer Giants' coach Achim Kuczmann used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Jeremie Simmons (188-87, college: Ohio St., agency: SDJ Sports) came up with 26 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and swingman Tom Lipke (194-86, agency: Court Side) added 10 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for BSW Sixers in the defeat. Four Bayer Giants and five BSW Sixers players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: A.Parker 40+4reb+7ast, G.Twiehoff 18+7reb+2ast, J.Eggleston 16+18reb+10ast, O.Legankovas 10+8reb+2ast, M.Rass 7+1reb+1ast, M.Kuczmann 5+2reb+2ast
BSW Sixers: J.Simmons 26+5reb+4ast, R.Schirmer 21+5reb, S.Ahnsehl 11+1reb+2ast, N.Gerwig 10+7reb, T.Lipke 10+12reb+6ast, M.Haut 5+1reb
gschID: 237853


Langen - Herten Lions 81-78 (1-0)

Herten Lions were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game.
gschID: 237852


Schwelm - Noerdlingen 92-76 (1-0)

The game without a history. SG Schwelmer Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. SG Schwelmer Baskets forced 25 Noerdlingen turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American players dominated the game. point guard Dj Hamilton (183-90, college: MSU Moorhead) nailed 25 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and Julius Coles (193-89, college: Canisius) accounted for 28 points and 7 rebounds. SG Schwelmer Baskets' coach Raphael Wilder allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Chad Gray (200-85, college: Co.Carolina) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds and guard Brandon Hogg (186-89, college: S.Indiana) added 24 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Noerdlingen in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: J.Coles 28+7reb+1ast, D.Hamilton 25+5reb+9ast, A.Kronhardt 10+9reb+1ast, D.Fiorentino 9+5reb, S.Asbach 8+1reb+1ast, S.Schroter 6+5reb+2ast
Noerdlingen: B.Hogg 24+7reb+2ast, C.Gray 17+15reb+3ast, J.Eichler 10+4reb+1ast, D.Rastatter 8+4reb+1ast, F.Brutting 7+1ast, L.Vrkas 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 237851



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Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiacos 20-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 18-4 
 3. Panionios 17-5 
 4. PAOK 17-5 
 5. AGOR 14-7 
 6. Ikaros 11-11 
 7. Apollon Patras 10-12 
 8. Aris 9-13 
 9. KAOD 8-14 
 10. Ilysiakos 7-15 
 11. Peristeri GS 6-16 
 12. Kolossos 6-16 
 13. Kavala 5-17 
 14. Panelefsiniakos 5-17 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 31: Peristeri GS - Kavala 81-72
Mar. 30: Ikaros - Aris 79-67
Mar. 30: KAOD - Kolossos 74-66
Mar. 31: PAOK - Ilysiakos 73-69
Mar. 30: Apollon Patras - Panelefsiniakos 68-65
Mar. 31: Panionios - Panathinaikos 63-56
Apr. 1: Olympiacos - AGOR


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos22.1 
 2. Pappas, Panionios17.4 
 3. McCollum, Apollo.15.5 
 4. Kiritsis, Ikaros15.2 
 5. Dendy, Kolossos14.9 
 6. Liakopoulos, Panel.14.8 
 7. Printezis, Olympia.14.6 
 8. Coleman, Kavala14.2 
 9. Haralampidis, PAOK13.7 
 10. Palmer, KAOD13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.7 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.7 
 3. Faye, Ikaros7.6 
 4. Jankovic, Panionios7.1 
 5. Anagonye, Ilysiak.7.1 
 6. Coleman, Kavala6.8 
 7. Michel, KAOD6.5 
 8. Kanonidis, Periste.6.0 
 9. Haritopoulos, PAOK5.9 
 10. Asimakopoulo., Ar.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.6 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.4.9 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.3 
 4. Petroulas, Periste.3.9 
 5. McGrath, PA.3.8 
 6. Papantoniou, Peris.3.8 
 7. Pappas, Panionios3.3 
 8. Gibson, Ikaros3.2 
 9. Hatten, Kolossos3.1 
 10. Xanthopoulos, Pa.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.7 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.2 
 3. Pappas, Panionios2.0 
 4. McCollum, Apollo.1.7 
 5. Hatten, Kolossos1.7 
 6. Knowles, KAOD1.6 
 7. Klaiber, Apollon1.6 
 8. Liakopoulos, Panel.1.4 
 9. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 10. Pelekanos, Aris1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Petway, AGOR2.7 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.6 
 3. Coleman, Kavala1.3 
 4. Achara, Kavala1.3 
 5. Faye, Ikaros1.3 
 6. Turner, Apollon1.2 
 7. Lasme, Panathin.1.1 
 8. Powell, Olympiacos1.0 
 9. Jankovic, Panionios0.9 
 10. Papadopoulos, PA.0.8 


Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Nea Kifisia 18-4 
 2. Filathlitikos 17-4 
 3. Trikalla 17-5 
 4. Koroivos 15-7 
 5. Lavrio 13-9 
 6. Agia Paraskevis 12-10 
 7. Ikaroi Serron 12-10 
 8. Pagrati 10-12 
 9. Ermis Lagkada 9-13 
 10. Arkadikos 8-14 
 11. OFI 7-15 
 12. Irakleio 6-16 
 13. Niki Volou 5-16 
 14. Doxa Lefkadas 4-18 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 30: Arkadikos - Agia Paraskevis 82-84
Mar. 30: Ermis Lagkada - Pagrati 78-67
Mar. 30: OFI - Irakleio 70-55
Mar. 30: Doxa Lefkadas - Lavrio 68-88
Mar. 30: Nea Kifisia - Ikaroi Serron 66-63
Mar. 30: Koroivos - Trikalla 58-50
Mar. 31: Niki Volou - Filathlitikos


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Kostas TOTSIOS
  Ikaroi S.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Totsios, Ikaroi S.20.4 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.20.0 
 3. Karaboulas, Nea K.18.2 
 4. Kakiouzis, Lavrio17.4 
 5. Giannakopoul., Lav.16.9 
 6. Vranjes, Pagrati16.7 
 7. Psileas, Agia P.16.0 
 8. Kitsoulis, OFI15.8 
 9. Gizogiannis, Arkad.15.1 
 10. Simeonidis, Ikaro.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petros NOEAS
  Koroivos
  (204-F-87)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Noeas, Koroivos9.7 
 2. Papachristos, Trik.8.7 
 3. Kakiouzis, Lavrio8.6 
 4. Sklavos, Pagrati8.5 
 5. Manousos, Doxa L.8.0 
 6. Anagnostopou., Erm.8.0 
 7. Sigounas, Arkadikos7.5 
 8. Koutroulias, Pagra.7.4 
 9. Charismidis, Trika.7.3 
 10. Cubrilo, Arkadikos7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Nikos GIKAS
  Filathlitikos
  (186-PG-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gikas, Filathlitik.6.0 
 2. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.5.9 
 3. Karydas, Koroivos5.4 
 4. Moschovitis, Nea K.4.7 
 5. Giannakopoul., Lav.3.7 
 6. Tsiotras, Arkadikos3.7 
 7. Mavrogiannis, Niki3.6 
 8. Petrakis, OFI3.5 
 9. Koukas, Ikaroi S.3.2 
 10. Katsares, Trikalla3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Thodoris TSIOTRAS
  Arkadikos
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Tsiotras, Arkadikos2.9 
 2. Katsares, Trikalla2.3 
 3. Vranjes, Pagrati2.1 
 4. Ioakeimidis, Ermis2.0 
 5. Karydas, Koroivos1.9 
 6. Gikas, Filathlitik.1.8 
 7. Psileas, Agia P.1.7 
 8. Saloustros, Filath.1.6 
 9. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.5 
 10. Koutinas, Niki Vo.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Krum DOYCHINOV
  OFI
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Doychinov, OFI1.1 
 2. Adetokoubo, Filath.1.0 
 3. Papachristos, Trik.0.9 
 4. Pavlovic, Pagrati0.7 
 5. Charismidis, Trika.0.7 
 6. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.7 
 7. Antetokoubo, Filat.0.7 
 8. Sakellarakis, Irak.0.7 
 9. Noeas, Koroivos0.7 
 10. Petrodimopou., Ne.0.6 


Div.B Standing

B Standings
North Group
 1. Filippos Veroias 17-4 
 2. Iraklis 15-6 
 3. Egaleo 14-7 
 4. Stratoni 13-8 
 5. Doxa Pefkon 11-10 
 6. Periko/Arhelaos 10-11 
 7. Marousi 10-11 
 8. Aias Evosmou 10-11 
 9. Ionikos N.F. 10-12 
 10. Anatolia 9-13 
 11. Metamorfosi 7-14 
 12. Ionikos Ionias 6-15 
 13. MENT 5-15 
South Group
 1. Psyhiko 19-2 
 2. AEK Athens 18-3 
 3. Panerythraikos 14-8 
 4. Amyntas Dafnis 13-8 
 5. Aetos 12-8 
 6. Holargos 11-10 
 7. Enosi 10-11 
 8. Doukas 9-11 
 9. Near East 8-13 
 10. Halkidas 8-14 
 11. Esperos Patras 7-15 
 12. Kronos AD 6-15 
 13. Perama Ermis 2-20 

Regular Season: Round 23

North

Mar. 31: Iraklis - Doxa Pefkon 85-68
Mar. 31: Anatolia - MENT 85-59
Mar. 31: Filippos Veroias - Ionikos Ionias 79-64
Mar. 31: Aias Evosmou - Ionikos N.F. 78-69
Mar. 31: Egaleo - Stratoni 72-69
Mar. 31: Metamorfosi - Periko/Arhelaos 58-72

South

Mar. 31: AEK Athens - Psyhiko 79-59
Mar. 31: Halkidas - Aetos 78-69
Mar. 31: Kronos AD - Holargos 74-71
Mar. 31: Near East - Panerythraikos 68-73
Mar. 31: Esperos Patras - Doukas 67-63
Mar. 31: Amyntas Dafnis - Perama Ermis 102-49


Giorgos Galiotos (ex Cherno More) signs at Peristeri GS Athens - by Eurobasket News

Peristeri GS Athens (A1) landed 27-year old Greek center Giorgos Galiotos (213-86, agency: Interperformances). He played recently at Cherno More in Bulgarian NBL league. In 15 games he averaged 9.0ppg and 9.2rpg this season. Galiotos also spent pre-season at A.G.O Rethymno Aegean earlier that year. The last season he played at Ilysiakos. In 19 games he had just 2.6ppg and 1.8rpg.
Among other achievements Galiotos received Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League Co-Most Improved Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League 2nd Team award back in 2009. He represented Greece at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.8ppg, 3.0rpg.
Galiotos has played previously for four other Greece teams: Panellinios, Alimos, Doukas and Messinis.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Giannis Demertzis (ex Keravnos) signs at Kavala - by Eurobasket News

Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (A1) landed 30-year old Greek point guard Giannis Demertzis (194-83). He started the season at Keravnos in Cypriot Division A. In 21 games he averaged 5.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.5apg and 1.2spg this season. He helped them to win the supercup. Demertzis also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had just 2.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 4.0apg and 1.2spg. The last season he played at Marousi BC (A1, starting five). In 23 games he had 4.7ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg.
AddhereLastSeasonawards The previous (10-11) season Demertzis played at Iraklis (B). In 25 games he had 4.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg that season.
In 2009-10 season he played at PAOK Thessaloniki. In 24 games he had only 2.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.2apg.
Demertzis is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle SWANSTON
  Kapos.
  (201-G/F-86)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Swanston, Kapos.20.8 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari20.5 
 3. Buljan, Kormend20.1 
 4. Spica, Kaposvari19.8 
 5. Wood, Albacomp19.5 
 6. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 7. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.19.1 
 8. Nelson, Marso N.18.8 
 9. Copeland, ZTE K.18.8 
 10. Shaw, Kormend18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rastko DRAMICANIN
  Jaszbere.
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.9.1 
 2. Davis, Marso N.8.9 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 4. Barovic, Soproni8.4 
 5. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.9 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari7.9 
 7. Buljan, Kormend7.8 
 8. Keller, Albacomp7.8 
 9. Toth, PVSK P.7.4 
 10. Fey, Falco-Szova7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Atomeromu
  (189-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Williams, Atomeromu6.5 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari6.4 
 3. Moore, Albacomp6.4 
 4. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.8 
 5. Thomas, Soproni5.7 
 6. Nelson, Marso N.5.2 
 7. Copeland, ZTE K.5.2 
 8. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.2 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.8 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.3 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari2.9 
 3. Davis, Marso N.2.3 
 4. Moore, Albacomp2.3 
 5. Buljan, Kormend2.3 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.2 
 7. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
 8. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.8 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.1.8 
 10. Williams, Atomero.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip BAROVIC
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1
 1. Barovic, Soproni1.0 
 2. Keller, Albacomp1.0 
 3. Davis, Marso N.1.0 
 4. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.7 
 5. Shaw, Kormend0.7 
 6. Idlet, Atomeromu0.7 
 7. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.6 
 8. Cseh, FS Debrecen0.6 
 9. Fey, Falco-Szova0.6 
 10. Toth, Atomeromu0.6 


Alba Fehervar and Szolnoki reach Morgen Ferdinand Cup Final - by Eurobasket News

Alba Fehervar and Szolnoki will play in the Morgen Ferdinand Cup Final.
Alba Fehervar overcame Atomeromu 82:75 in the first semifinal clash yesterday. Damian Hollis (203-F-88, agency: Two Points, college: G.Washington) stepped up with 24 points to lead the winners. Atomeromu led by five points after the starting quarter. But Alba Fehervar responded with a 27:15 run in the second frame to surge ahead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second half as Alba Fehervar held on to their lead clinching victory at the end. Ronald Moore (183-PG-88, college: Siena) netted 16 points, while Jones and Szabo provided 9 points each in the win. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) answered with 25 points for Atomeromu. Williams had 15 points in the loss.
Szolnoki cruised past Pecsi Pannonpower 97:61 to join Alba Fehervar in the Final. Horvath stepped up with 21 points to lead the winning side. Szolnoki stunned their opponents in the first half posting a 56:33 halftime lead. They stretched it to a 35-point distance at the final break and never looked back en route to the win. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) had 14 points, while Zoltan Trepak (210-C-77, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) and Marton Fodor (191-SG-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) netted 11 points each in the victory. Brad Loesing (182-G-89, college: Wofford) answered with 18 points for Pecsi Pannonpower. Todd Hendley (206-F-84, college: NC-Wilmington) netted 12 points in the defeat.



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Euro news - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Hordur Vilhjalmsson was MBC leading scorer when team lost to Telekom Basket in Bundesliga in Germany 71-77 was final score.
Vilhjalmsson sored 16 points, grab 5 rebounds and dished out 4 assist.

CAI Zaragoza picked up important away win against FIAT Joventut in ACB Spain 71-59. Jon Stefansson had 2 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist in the win

Angers BC in NM1 in France won Vichy 73-70. Logi Gunnarsson scorec 7 points, 1 rebounds and 2 assist for Angers.



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Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Dell Aspac 23-1 
 2. Pelita Jaya 21-3 
 3. Satria Muda 18-5 
 4. CLS Knights 17-6 
 5. Garuda 16-8 
 6. Stadium Jak. 12-11 
 7. Hangtuah 11-12 
 8. Bimasakti 7-16 
 9. Satya Wacana 6-17 
 10. Pacific Caesar 5-18 
 11. Tonga BSC 2-21 
 12. NSH GMC Riau 2-22 

Regular Season: Round 38

Mar. 31: Satria Muda - NSH GMC Riau 80-57
Mar. 31: Hangtuah - Pelita Jaya 75-84
Mar. 31: Pacific Caesar - Dell Aspac 72-98
Mar. 31: Garuda - CLS Knights 58-62

Regular Season: Round 39

Apr. 1: Tonga BSC - Stadium Jak.
Apr. 1: Satya Wacana - Satria Muda
Apr. 1: Bimasakti - Hangtuah


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bima RIZKY ARDIANSYAH
  Bimasa.
  (182-PF-90)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Rizky Ardian., Bim.15.5 
 2. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.15.1 
 3. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.14.4 
 4. Prawiro, Dell Aspac13.1 
 5. Pamungkas, Satya12.4 
 6. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.12.2 
 7. Regowo, Dell Aspac12.1 
 8. Sabara, Pacific12.0 
 9. Utomo, CLS Knights11.3 
 10. Sua, Satya Wacana11.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.5 
 2. Sabara, Pacific9.8 
 3. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.1 
 4. Nolland, Garuda8.5 
 5. Gunawan, Satria M.8.5 
 6. Nugroho, Satya W.8.0 
 7. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.6 
 8. Sucipto, NSH G.7.1 
 9. Prasetyo, Hangtuah6.3 
 10. Poedjakesuma, Pel.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.4.8 
 2. Indra, Pacific4.1 
 3. Wijaya, Garuda4.1 
 4. Muharri, CLS K.3.8 
 5. Sartika, Bimasakti3.7 
 6. Gerungan, Dell A.3.7 
 7. Sucipto, Satya W.3.2 
 8. Uneputty, Tonga B.3.1 
 9. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.2.9 
 10. Sebayang, Pelita2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Dimaz MUHARRI
  CLS K.
  (181-PG-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Muharri, CLS K.3.2 
 2. Purwanto, Pelita J.2.9 
 3. Uneputty, Tonga B.2.7 
 4. Sucipto, NSH G.2.6 
 5. Nolland, Garuda2.2 
 6. Michel, Satria Muda2.1 
 7. Sabara, Pacific1.9 
 8. Wijaya, Garuda1.9 
 9. Dewanto, Pelita J.1.9 
 10. Ramadhani, Dell A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.2 
 2. Gunawan, Satria M.1.9 
 3. Nugroho, Satya W.1.7 
 4. Thoyib, Dell Aspac1.6 
 5. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.6 
 6. Teguh, Hangtuah1.5 
 7. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.3 
 8. Gunawan, Satria M.1.3 
 9. Damanik, Pelita Ja.1.1 
 10. Junaidi, Hangtuah1.0 


NBL Round 37: Leader Dell Aspac gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 8 rounds.

Leader Dell Aspac delivered the twentieth second win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Stadium Jakarta (12-11) 81-58. The game without a history. Dell Aspac led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Dell Aspac forced 21 Stadium Jakarta turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Guard Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (177-92) fired 22 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. Guard Muhammad Irman (186-91) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) produced 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dell Aspac (22-1) have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place. Stadium Jakarta at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Dell Aspac are looking forward to face Pacific Caesar (#10) in Surabaya in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Stadium Jakarta will have a break next round.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Riau. Local NSH GMC Riau (2-21) was outscored by tenth ranked Satya Wacana (6-17) 81-54. Worth to mention a great performance of center Firman Nugroho (201-90) who helped to win the game recording 9 points and 16 rebounds. Yoppi France Giay contributed with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Juliano Sucipto (188-82) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for NSH GMC Riau. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Satya Wacana moved-up to ninth place. NSH GMC Riau lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 21 games lost. They share it with Tonga BSC. Satya Wacana will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. NSH GMC Riau will play on the road against Satria Muda (#3) in Jakarta and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 37 Garuda was defeated by Pelita Jaya in Jakarta 67-59. Bimasakti beat Tonga BSC at home 75-68.
The best stats of 37th round was 29 points and 10 rebounds by Bima Rizky Ardiansyah of Bimasakti.


Group Bali
Dell Aspac - Stadium Jak. 81-58

Leader Dell Aspac delivered the twentieth second win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Stadium Jakarta (12-11) 81-58. The game without a history. Dell Aspac led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Dell Aspac forced 21 Stadium Jakarta turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Guard Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (177-92) fired 22 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. Guard Muhammad Irman (186-91) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. Four Dell Aspac players scored in double figures. Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) produced 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and center R Ruslan (197-89) added 7 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dell Aspac (22-1) have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place. Stadium Jakarta at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Dell Aspac are looking forward to face Pacific Caesar (#10) in Surabaya in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Stadium Jakarta will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Stadium Jak.: M.Ferdiansyah 21+2reb, D.Iskandar 10+6reb, Y.Pattikawa 7+2reb, R.Ruslan 7+11reb+1ast, E.Hadi 6+5reb+1ast, M.Wicaksono 4+5reb+1ast
Dell Aspac: A.Prastawa Dhyaksa 22+1reb+2ast, X.Prawiro 11+1reb+2ast, P.Regowo 11+3reb+4ast, F.Andika Ramadhani 10+5reb+2ast, M.Irman 9+11reb+1ast, H.Santosa 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 236338
Pelita Jaya - Garuda 67-59

There was no surprise in Jakarta where 5th ranked Garuda (16-7) was defeated by second ranked Pelita Jaya (20-3) 67-59. Pelita Jaya shot 27 for 36 from the free-throw line, while Garuda only scored eleven points from the stripe. Pelita Jaya forced 24 Garuda turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Garuda was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 rebounds. The former international center Ponsianus Indrawan (191-85) contributed with 7 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Vinton Nolland (194-82) answered with 6 points and 11 rebounds and forward Fadlan Minallah (185-82) added 12 points in the effort for Garuda. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains second place with 20-3 record having just two points less than leader Dell Aspac. Garuda lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Pelita Jaya will play against Hangtuah (#7) in Pandang in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Garuda will play at home against CLS Knights in Surabaya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Garuda: F.Minallah 12+4reb+2ast, J.Hasoloan 11+6reb, D.Pratama 9+3reb, Surliyadin 7+1reb+2ast, V.Nolland 6+11reb+1ast, W.Wijaya 5+2reb+6ast
Pelita Jaya: A.Poedjakesuma 19+5reb, A.Chandra 13+2reb+1ast, Y.Mardiyansyah 7+7reb, P.Indrawan 7+8reb+1ast, E.Sebayang 5+2ast, F.Dini 4+3reb
gschID: 236339

Bimasakti - Tonga BSC 75-68

No shocking result in a game in Sakti where eighth ranked Bimasakti (7-16) defeated bottom-ranked Tonga BSC (2-21) 75-68. Tonga BSC was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 44-34 second half run of Bimasakti. Worth to mention a great performance of Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds. point guard Heryanto Gunawan (177-88) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. point guard Richardo Orlando Uneputty (163-87) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds and guard Haritsa Herlusdityo (180-89) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Tonga BSC. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bimasakti maintains eighth place with 7-16 record. Tonga BSC at the other side stay dead last with 21 lost games. They share the position with NSH GMC Riau. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tonga BSC: R.Orlando Uneputty 15+7reb+2ast, S.Afriatna 14+1reb+1ast, H.Herlusdityo 11+5reb+5ast, H.Kurniawan 8+3reb+3ast, A.Rahmat 7+5reb+2ast, R.Ongkowijoyo 4+8reb+4ast
Bimasakti: B.Rizky Ardiansyah 29+10reb+2ast, H.Gunawan 15+7reb+2ast, Y.Dwi Priasmoro 11+6reb+5ast, D.Sartika 7+5reb+5ast, S.Cahyadi 5+3reb, G.Virgian 5+9reb+2ast
gschID: 236337

NSH GMC Riau - Satya Wacana 54-81

The game with biggest result difference took place in Riau. Local NSH GMC Riau (2-21) was outscored by tenth ranked Satya Wacana (6-17) 81-54. The game was mostly controlled by Satya Wacana. NSH GMC Riau was better in third quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding NSH GMC Riau to just 6 points in first quarter and to 14 points in first half. Satya Wacana forced 27 NSH GMC Riau turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. NSH GMC Riau was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of center Firman Nugroho (201-90) who helped to win the game recording 9 points and 16 rebounds. Forward Yoppi France Giay (188-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Satya Wacana players scored in double figures. Forward Juliano Sucipto (188-82) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and center Max Yanto (215-83) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for NSH GMC Riau. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Satya Wacana moved-up to ninth place. NSH GMC Riau lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 21 games lost. They share it with Tonga BSC. Satya Wacana will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. NSH GMC Riau will play on the road against Satria Muda (#3) in Jakarta and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
NSH GMC Riau: J.Sucipto 13+10reb+2ast, M.Yanto 10+9reb, A.Amier 9+2reb, Y.Efendi 6+2reb+2ast, R.Israelli 6+4reb+1ast, I.Husnuzan 4+2reb+3ast
Satya Wacana: R.Pamungkas 13+4reb+2ast, Y.France Giay 12+10reb, B.Sucipto 10+3reb+7ast, E.Wiratama Nasution 10+7reb, F.Nugroho 9+16reb+2ast, R.Rahangmetan 8+1reb
gschID: 236336



Best players of Indonesian NBL round 37 - by Eurobasket News

Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-PF-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Bimasakti and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 37.
The 22-year old power forward had a double-double of 29 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Tonga BSC (#12, 2-21) 75-68. Bimasakti maintains the 8th position in Indonesian NBL. Bimasakti is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-16 record. In the team's last game Rizky Ardiansyah had a remarkable 64.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Bimasakti and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Bima Rizky Ardiansyah averages this season 15.5ppg and 7.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old center Firman Nugroho (201-C-90) of Satya Wacana. Nugroho impressed basketball fans with 9 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Satya Wacana to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked NSH GMC Riau (#11, 2-21) 81-54. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Satya Wacana managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 9th place. 17 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Satya Wacana managed to get this year. Nugroho is well-known by Satya Wacana fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (177-G-92) of top-ranked Dell Aspac. Dhyaksa scored 22 points. He was a key player of Dell Aspac, leading his team to a 81-58 easy win against the lower-ranked Stadium Jak. (#6, 12-11). Many experts and fans count Dell Aspac as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 22 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Dhyaksa has a great season in Indonesia. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.1ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andi Poedjakesuma (187-F-80) of Pelita Jaya - 19 points and 5 rebounds
5. Pringgo Regowo (190-F-87) of Dell Aspac - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Merio Ferdiansyah (176-SG-85) of Stadium Jak. - 21 points and 2 rebounds
7. Heryanto Gunawan (177-PG-88) of Bimasakti - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Yoppi France Giay (188-F-89) of Satya Wacana - 12 points and 10 rebounds
9. Fandi Andika Ramadhani (184-SF-85) of Dell Aspac - 10 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Max Yanto (215-C-83) of NSH GMC Riau - 10 points and 9 rebounds

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



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Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.19.4 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.19.2 
 3. Diener, Banco d.17.8 
 4. Datome, Acea V.17.2 
 5. Diener, Banco d.16.7 
 6. Brown, Montepaschi16.6 
 7. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 8. Johnson, Angelico.15.7 
 9. Dunston, Cimberio.15.5 
 10. Ere, Cimberio VA15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Acea V.
  (205-C/F-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Lawal, Acea V.9.0 
 2. Akindele, JuveCase.8.1 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.0 
 4. Johnson, Sidigas7.9 
 5. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.8 
 6. Dunston, Cimberio.7.6 
 7. Jelovac, JuveCase.7.4 
 8. Burns, Sutor MGR7.1 
 9. Gigli, Oknoplast BO7.0 
 10. Bourousis, EA7 A.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.5 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.8 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.2 
 4. Tabu-Eboma, Cantu4.0 
 5. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.0 
 6. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.0 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.3.7 
 8. Brown, Montepaschi3.7 
 9. Shakur, Sidigas AV3.4 
 10. Steele, Sutor MGR3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.5 
 2. Robinson, Angelico.2.4 
 3. Kinsey, Pesaro2.4 
 4. Green, Cimberio VA2.0 
 5. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.0 
 6. Shakur, Sidigas AV1.9 
 7. Reynolds, Enel B.1.9 
 8. Thornton, Banco d.1.8 
 9. Dean, Sidigas AV1.8 
 10. Barbour, Pesaro1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.3 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.5 
 3. Cusin, Cantu1.3 
 4. Ress, Montepaschi1.3 
 5. Lawal, Acea V.1.3 
 6. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.2 
 7. Crosariol, Pesaro1.2 
 8. Simmons, Enel B.1.2 
 9. Tyus, Cantu1.2 
 10. Akindele, JuveCas.1.1 


Italy U18 overcame Don Bosco Livorno - by Eurobasket News

Italy U18-Don Bosco Livorno 73:52

Italy U18 overcame Don Bosco Livorno in a friendly campaign. After the loss from Mortara 73-77 in the earlier game, the juniors posted a 73:52 victory.
Don Bosco Livorno opened the game with 20-13 lead, but failed in the second frame. Italy U18 overcame 7-point deficit and grabbed 40:32 halftime advantage. Moreover Italy U18 increased to 57:38 advantage after three quarters and finished the game with 21-point win.
Terenzi and Diego Flaccadori (184-PG-96) stepped up with 11 points each in a win. Valerio Cucci (202-G-95) scored 10, while Marco Spissu (181-G-95), Mussini and Benvenuti posted 6 apiece. Lucarelli and Marchetti produced 9 points each in the losing case. Cunico and Davide Marchini (186-PG-95) brought 8 points each in defeat.

Italy U18: Mussini 6 (0/5, 2/2), Maccaferri (0/4, 0/1), Sacchettini (0/1), Marco Spissu 6 (1/2, 1/1), Rossato (0/1), Donzelli 2 (1/4, 0/1), Diego Flaccadori 11 (1/3, 3/4), Di Prampero 2, Valerio Cucci 10 (3/7, 1/1), Galli 4 (1/1, 0/1), Visentin 4 (2/2), Vedovato 4 (1/3), Artioli 2 (1/3), Terenzi 11 (1/1, 3/3), Forte (0/1 da tre), Benvenuti 6 (3/4, 0/1), Mazzantini 2 (1/1), Panzieri 3 (0/2, 1/1). Allenatore: Andrea Capobianco. Assistente: Antonio Bocchino.
Italia U18: T2:16/44, T3:11/17, Tl:8/8, Ff: 21, Fs: 13, Pp: 23, Pr: 7, Rd: 28, Ra: 12, Rt:40.
Don Bosco: Iardella 2 (0/3, 0/1), Forti (0/1, 0/1), Lucarelli 9 (3/4, 1/2), Marchetti 9 (2/5), Cunico 8 (2/3, 1/3), Passaglia 1 (0/1), Davide Marchini 8 (2/8, 1/4), Mariani 6 (3/6, 0/2), Francesco Modica (204-F-82) 8 (4/10, 0/2), Pasquinelli 1. Allenatore: Andrea Da Prato. Assistente: Lorenzo Formica.
Don Bosco: T2:16/40, T3:3/16, Tl:11/21, Ff: 13, Fs: 20, Pp: 14, Pr: 11, Rd: 16, Ra: 10, Rt:26.
Stats courtesy of: http://www.fip.it



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Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Niigata Albirex 30-13 
 2. Yokohama BC 30-13 
 3. Toyama Grouses 28-15 
 4. Iwate Big Bulls 27-16 
 5. Chiba Jets 23-20 
 6. Akita NH 22-21 
 7. Sendai 89ers 17-26 
 8. Tokyo Cinq R. 16-28 
 9. Shinshu BW 16-29 
 10. Gunma 11-32 
 11. Saitama Bron. 11-32 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 34-9 
 2. Shimane SM 30-15 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 29-16 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 26-17 
 5. Hamamatsu P. 25-19 
 6. Kyoto Hannar. 23-20 
 7. Osaka Evessa 18-25 
 8. Oita H.Devils 17-28 
 9. Takamatsu FA 16-28 
 10. Miyazaki SS 9-36 

Regular Season: Round 47

Mar. 30: Yokohama BC - Fukuoka Rizing 97-106
Mar. 30: Shinshu BW - Takamatsu FA 87-91
Mar. 30: Sendai 89ers - Akita NH 82-79
Mar. 30: Toyama Grouses - Shiga L-Stars 82-63
Mar. 30: Iwate Big Bulls - Tokyo Cinq R. 77-67
Mar. 30: Okinawa GK - Shimane SM 73-61
Mar. 30: Kyoto Hannar. - Chiba Jets 70-73
Mar. 30: Miyazaki SS - Osaka Evessa 62-94
Mar. 30: Saitama Bron. - Oita H.Devils 101-102
Mar. 30: Gunma - Niigata Albirex 100-95

Regular Season: Round 49

Apr. 6: Niigata Albirex - Hamamatsu P.
Apr. 6: Gunma - Saitama Bron.
Apr. 6: Chiba Jets - Toyama Grouses
Apr. 6: Tokyo Cinq R. - Kyoto Hannar.
Apr. 6: Shiga L-Stars - Sendai 89ers
Apr. 6: Osaka Evessa - Akita NH
Apr. 6: Shimane SM - Iwate Big Bulls
Apr. 6: Takamatsu FA - Yokohama BC
Apr. 6: Fukuoka Rizing - Okinawa GK
Apr. 6: Oita H.Devils - Miyazaki SS


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Humphrey, Saitama25.2 
 2. Cummings, Sendai23.2 
 3. Chandler, Chiba J.20.8 
 4. Burns, Yokohama BC20.7 
 5. Brown, Akita NH20.3 
 6. Werner, Chiba Jets19.8 
 7. Jones, Tokyo C.19.7 
 8. Parker, Shimane SM19.5 
 9. Kennedy, Yokohama.18.8 
 10. Woodbury, Okina.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.4 
 2. Willard, Sendai 89.13.6 
 3. White, Oita H.13.2 
 4. Kuso, Miyazaki SS12.4 
 5. Warren, Fukuoka12.4 
 6. Bell, Osaka Evessa11.5 
 7. Werner, Chiba Jets11.2 
 8. Rickert, Osaka E.11.0 
 9. Yamashiro, Saitam.10.7 
 10. Jones, Tokyo C.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Yuki TOGASHI
  Akita NH
  (170-PG-93)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Togashi, Akita NH6.4 
 2. Namizato, Okina.6.1 
 3. Shimura, Sendai6.1 
 4. Galloway, Hamamats.6.0 
 5. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.7 
 6. Burns, Yokohama BC5.0 
 7. Humphrey, Saitama4.1 
 8. Shimizu, Oita H.3.8 
 9. Tomori, Gunma3.7 
 10. Ito, Miyazaki SS3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Draelon BURNS
  Yokohama BC
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Burns, Yokohama BC2.3 
 2. Humphrey, Saitama2.2 
 3. McHenry, Okina.2.1 
 4. Brown, Toyama G.2.0 
 5. Alawoya, Oita H.2.0 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM2.0 
 7. Galloway, Hamamats.1.9 
 8. Lyons, Takamats.1.9 
 9. Masato, Iwate B.1.8 
 10. Mito, Toyama G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.6 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.7 
 3. Carter, Tokyo C.2.2 
 4. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 5. Ashby, Fukuoka1.6 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM1.6 
 7. Williams, Takamats.1.5 
 8. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.5 
 9. Kuso, Miyazaki SS1.5 
 10. Bell, Osaka Eves.1.3 


Japanese JBL round 21 best performance: Philip Ricci - by Eurobasket News

American forward Philip Ricci (202-F-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Toyota Alvark, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, six rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Hokkaido L. (#8, 6-36) with 17-point margin 79-62. Toyota Alvark maintains the 2nd position in Japanese JBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Toyota Alvark will need more victories to improve their 32-10 record. Ricci has many years of experience at Toyota Alvark, through which he has constantly improved. Former Oregon State University star has very solid stats this year. Ricci is in league's top in points (9th best: 13.1ppg) and averages impressive 51.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old former international guard Yuta Tabuse (173-G-80) of Tochigi Brex. Tabuse had a very good evening with 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead Tochigi Brex to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Panasonic T. (#5, 21-21) 99-64. Tochigi Brex's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-29 record. Tabuse is one of the most experienced players at Tochigi Brex and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Chris Moss (204-F-80) of Toshiba BT (#3). Moss scored 13 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Toshiba BT, leading his team to a 79-65 easy win against #4 ranked Hitachi SR in a game of the week. Toshiba BT needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 28 victories and 14 lost games. Moss has a very solid season. In 33 games in Japan he scored 7.0ppg. He also has 4.6rpg and FGP: 50.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tilo Klette (206-C/F-77) of Hokkaido L. - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Philip Ricci (202-F-80) of Toyota Alvark - 14 points and 12 rebounds
6. Magnum Rolle (211-C/F-86) of Mitsubishi DD - 12 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tomoo Amino (196-F-80) of Tochigi Brex - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Tomoo Amino (196-F-80) of Tochigi Brex - 21 points and 5 rebounds
9. Shunsuke Ito (204-C/F-79) of Tochigi Brex - 14 points and 8 rebounds
10. Olumide Oyedeji (210-C-81) of Tochigi Brex - 9 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Standings - Premier League

Premier League Stage Two Standings
Top 4
 1. Al Riyadi 0-0 
 2. ASU 0-0 
 3. Ittihad Schools 0-0 
 4. Kulliyeh 0-0 
Places 5-8
 1. Al Wehdat 0-0 
 2. Ghazat Hash. 0-0 
 3. Kofer Yoba 0-0 
 4. Orthodox 0-0 
Round 2 Standings

Top 4: Round 2

Mar. 29: Al Riyadi - ASU 80-82
Mar. 29: Kulliyeh - Ittihad Schools 64-95

Top 4: Round 4

Apr. 3: Al Riyadi - Ittihad Schools
Apr. 3: Kulliyeh - ASU


ASU gain second straight win in Final Four round - by Eurobasket News

ASU recorded the second consecutive win at the start of the Final Four round. They narrowly defeated Riyadi 82:80 to stay on top of the ladder. Austin Johnson (191-G-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oklahoma) nailed 19 points to lead the charge. Riyadi gained a 22:19 lead after the opening quarter. ASU erased the deficit and snatched a one-point halftime lead. ASU ran away for a 6-point advantage at the final intermission. Riyadi pushed hard late in the game but stopped short of victory at the end. Wesam El Sous delivered 15 points, 7 assists and 5 boards for the winners. Sani Sakakini (204-C-88) answered with game-high 33 points for Riyadi. Ali Jamal (205-C/F-88) netted 12 points in the loss.
Ittihad Schools improved at 1-1 record after dismantling Kulliyeh 95:64. Mahmoud Abdeen (189-PG-87) chipped in 24 points to lead the winners. Ibrahim Bassam (204-C-87) produced 15 points for the winning team. Malek Khashan (185-PG-85) replied with 15 points for Kulliyeh.



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LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Jekabpils 19-11 
 2. Barons kvartals 19-11 
 3. Valmiera 19-12 
 4. VEF Riga 14-1 
 5. Ventspils 14-3 
 6. LU 14-17 
 7. Jelgava 13-17 
 8. Liepaja 12-18 
 9. Jurmala 11-19 
 10. Turiba 10-20 
 11. U18 1-17 

Regular Season: Round 36

Mar. 31: Valmiera - U18 94-64
Mar. 30: Barons kvartals - Ventspils 91-82
Mar. 30: Jelgava - VEF Riga 83-119

Regular Season: Round 37

Apr. 2: VEF Riga - Jurmala
Apr. 3: Valmiera - Jekabpils
Apr. 3: Jelgava - Barons kvartals
Apr. 3: Liepaja - U18


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Peiners, LU20.4 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.19.7 
 3. Cain, Barons k.15.8 
 4. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.8 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera15.8 
 6. Hill jr., Jekabpils15.6 
 7. Sirsnins, Jekabpils14.9 
 8. Ozols, Jurmala14.6 
 9. Brown, Jurmala13.9 
 10. Rudmiezis, Turiba13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Cain, Barons k.10.9 
 2. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.3 
 3. Dargais, LU8.3 
 4. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.1 
 5. Chamberlain, Jelga.7.6 
 6. Butjankovs, Valmi.7.3 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera7.3 
 8. Mizis, Jelgava7.3 
 9. Mednis, Jurmala6.9 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rinalds SIRSNINS
  Jekabpils
  (186-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Sirsnins, Jekabpils6.1 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.4 
 3. Bertans, VEF Riga3.9 
 4. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.6 
 5. Peiners, LU3.5 
 6. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.1 
 7. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
 8. Kanbergs, Jelgava3.1 
 9. Sims, Ventspils3.1 
 10. Metra, Barons k.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs STRELNIEKS
  VEF R.
  (196-SG-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Strelnieks, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Brown, Jurmala1.9 
 3. Peiners, LU1.8 
 4. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.7 
 5. Miezis, Barons k.1.6 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 7. Cain, Barons k.1.5 
 8. Jakovics, Liepaja1.5 
 9. Ginters, U181.5 
 10. Sirsnins, Jekabpi.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Cain, Barons k.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.1.4 
 3. Daniels, VEF Riga0.9 
 4. Meiers, Ventspils0.9 
 5. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 6. Pasecniks, U180.9 
 7. Ziedins, Valmiera0.9 
 8. Leiteris, Liepaja0.8 
 9. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.0.8 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.0.8 


Best players of Latvian LBL round 36 - by Eurobasket News

American Justin Hamilton (210-C-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for VEF Riga and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 36.
The 22-year old center had a double-double of 35 points and eleven rebounds, while his team outclassed Jelgava (#7, 13-17) with 36-point margin 119-83. VEF Riga is placed at 4th position in Latvian LBL. VEF Riga has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 14-1. Hamilton just recently signed at VEF Riga and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Justin Hamilton averages just after two games 26.0ppg and 8.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American guard Jamar Diggs (187-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of second-ranked Barons kvartals. Diggs impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course Barons kvartals cruised to a 91-82 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Ventspils (#5, 14-3). Barons kvartals' second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 19-11 record is not bad at all. Diggs is one of the most experienced players at Barons kvartals and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Janis Berzins (202-F-93, agency: Players Group) of Valmiera (#3). Berzins showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Valmiera, leading his team to a 94-64 easy win against the lower-ranked U18 (#11, 1-17). Valmiera needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 12 lost games. Berzins has a great season in Latvia. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.8ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 7.3rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Agnis Cavars (196-F-86) of Valmiera - 20 points and 15 rebounds
5. Tyler Cain (203-F-88) of Barons kvartals - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Earl Rowland (188-G-83) of VEF Riga - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Maris Ziedins (203-F/C-90) of Valmiera - 17 points and 11 rebounds
8. Davis Geks (190-G-95) of U18 - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Raimonds Gabrans (185-G-84) of Valmiera - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Maris Gulbis (202-F-85) of Barons kvartals - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists

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



LBL Round 36: Barons kvartals beat Ventspils in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Riga. Second ranked Barons kvartals faced 4th ranked Ventspils. Host Barons kvartals (19-11) defeated guests from Ventspils (14-3) 91-82. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ventspils won third quarter 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Barons kvartals made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Jamar Diggs (187-88, college: Wofford, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who scored 27 points and 9 assists. The other American import forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international Arturs Berzins (204-88, agency: FCM) who recorded 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Ventspils' coach Roberts Stelmahers rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Barons kvartals keep a position of league leader, which they share with Jekabpils. Ventspils at the other side dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. Barons kvartals is looking forward to face Jelgava (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Ventspils will have a break next round.
The game in Jelgava supposed to be also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked VEF Riga (14-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Jelgava (13-17). VEF Riga smashed Jelgava 119-83. It was a good game for American center Justin Hamilton (210-90, college: Iowa St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Earl Rowland contributed with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Guard Kristaps Kanbergs (190-88) replied with 18 points and 5 assists for Jelgava. VEF Riga have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Jelgava lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 17 games lost. VEF Riga will play against Jurmala (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Jelgava will play against the league's second-placed Barons kvartals in Riga and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last game of round 36 bottom-ranked U18 was crushed by Valmiera in a road game 94-64.


Valmiera - U18 94-64

There was no surprise when 11th ranked U18 (1-17) was crushed on the road by third ranked Valmiera (19-12) 94-64. The game without a history. Valmiera led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to U18's 32. They outrebounded U18 55-27 including a 40-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. U18 was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for forward Agnis Cavars (196-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds. Forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Cavars is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Valmiera players scored in double figures. Guard Davis Geks (190-95) replied with 26 points and 5 rebounds and forward Ervins Meznieks-Zahars (194-96) added 15 points in the effort for U18. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Valmiera have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 19-12 record having just -1 point less than leader Jekabpils. U18 lost thirteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 17 lost games. Valmiera will play against league's leader Jekabpils at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. U18 will play against Liepaja (#8) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
U18: D.Geks 26+5reb+3ast, E.Meznieks-Zahars 15+3reb, K.Gluditis 6+1reb+1ast, A.Pasecniks 5+2reb, R.Melderis 3+3reb+3ast, K.Cavars 3+3reb
Valmiera: A.Cavars 20+15reb, M.Ziedins 17+11reb, J.Berzins 16+14reb+5ast, R.Gabrans 14+2reb+7ast, K.Krumins 11+3reb+2ast, A.Butjankovs 9+2reb
gschID: 232728


Barons kvartals - Ventspils 91-82

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Riga. Second ranked Barons kvartals faced 4th ranked Ventspils. Host Barons kvartals (19-11) defeated guests from Ventspils (14-3) 91-82. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ventspils won third quarter 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Barons kvartals made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Jamar Diggs (187-88, college: Wofford, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who scored 27 points and 9 assists. The other American import forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Four Barons kvartals players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international Arturs Berzins (204-88, agency: FCM) who recorded 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Folarin Campbell (192-86, college: George Mason) added 12 points and 7 assists respectively. Ventspils' coach Roberts Stelmahers rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Barons kvartals keep a position of league leader, which they share with Jekabpils. Ventspils at the other side dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. Barons kvartals is looking forward to face Jelgava (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Ventspils will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: M.Laksa 14+1reb, A.Berzins 13+7reb+5ast, F.Campbell 12+3reb+7ast, R.Zakis 10+2reb, D.Sims 10+1reb+1ast, J.Timma 8+4reb+1ast
Barons kvartals: J.Diggs 27+3reb+9ast, A.Brunins 20+2reb+1ast, M.Gulbis 18+3reb+5ast, T.Cain 16+10reb+2ast, D.Zonne 3, J.Rozitis 3+3reb
gschID: 232727


Jelgava - VEF Riga 83-119

The game in Jelgava supposed to be also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked VEF Riga (14-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Jelgava (13-17). VEF Riga smashed Jelgava 119-83. The game without a history. VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Jelgava's 36 and made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Jelgava 47-28 including a 34-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. VEF Riga players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a good game for American center Justin Hamilton (210-90, college: Iowa St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) contributed with a triple-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Guard Kristaps Kanbergs (190-88) replied with 18 points and 5 assists and American power forward Keith Chamberlain (204-87, college: Grinnell) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Jelgava. Five VEF Riga and four Jelgava players scored in double figures. VEF Riga have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Jelgava lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 17 games lost. VEF Riga will play against Jurmala (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Jelgava will play against the league's second-placed Barons kvartals in Riga and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: K.Kanbergs 18+4reb+5ast, K.Chamberlain 17+7reb, S.Haynes 15+2reb+2ast, S.Silavs 12+2reb+3ast, A.Justovics 9+4reb+1ast, A.Duselis 9+8reb+1ast
VEF Riga: J.Hamilton 35+11reb+1ast, D.Zavackas 14+7reb+2ast, D.Bertans 13+1reb+6ast, K.Berzins 13+8reb, E.Rowland 11+10reb+10ast, W.Daniels 10+2reb+2ast
gschID: 232726



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  LEBANON   


Best players of Lebanese Division A round 6 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for Amchit and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
The 30-year old swingman had a double-double of 44 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Bejjeh (#8, 6-18) 98-92. Amchit is placed at 5th position in Lebanese Division A. Amchit is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 11th lost game this season out of 24 games. In the team's last game Emmett had a remarkable 52.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be Amchit's top player in his first season with the team. Texas Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Emmett is league's best scorer averaging so far 36.1ppg. Emmett is in league's top in and averages solid 2.2spg and 56.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American guard Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84) of Byblos. Youngblood impressed basketball fans with 36 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course he lead Byblos to another comfortable win 90-74 over slightly lower-ranked Hoops (#7, 6-18) being unquestionably team leader. Byblos' 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Youngblood is a newcomer at Byblos and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.6ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 4.2rpg and 5.3apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Harold Jamison (204-C-76) of Bejjeh (#8). Jamison scored 25 points and grabbed twenty one rebounds (!!!). Despite Jamison's great performance Bejjeh lost 92-98 to the higher-ranked Amchit (#5, 13-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Bejjeh can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 6-18 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Jamison he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Jamison has individually a great season in Lebanon. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.0rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. DeShawn Sims (203-F-88) of Sagesse - 43 points and 9 rebounds
5. Loren Woods (218-C-78) of Al Riyadi - 18 points and 20 rebounds
6. Corey Williams (191-G-77) of Bejjeh - 37 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81) of Sagesse - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Jesse Perry (200-F) of Hoops - 20 points and 14 rebounds
9. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) of Champville - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Rodrigue Akl (187-PG-88) of Sagesse - 8 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists

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



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  MONTENEGRO   

Standings - 1A

1A Standings
Play-Out
 1. Ibar Rozaje 2-0 
 2. Danilovgrad 1-1 
 3. Jedinstvo 1-1 
 4. Centar BP 1-1 
 5. ABS Primorje 1-1 
 6. S.Centar 0-2 
S-League
 1. Buducnost 2-0 
 2. Sutjeska 1-1 
 3. Lovcen 1-1 
 4. Mornar Bar 1-1 
 5. Ulcinj 1-1 
 6. Teodo Tivat 0-2 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 2

Play-Out

Mar. 30: S.Centar - ABS Primorje 77-80
Mar. 30: Ibar Rozaje - Danilovgrad 77-66
Mar. 31: Centar BP - Jedinstvo 76-78

S-League

Mar. 30: Buducnost - Ulcinj 93-53
Mar. 30: Sutjeska - Mornar Bar 75-76
Mar. 31: Lovcen - Teodo Tivat 74-70

Second Stage: Round 3

Apr. 2: Jedinstvo - S.Centar
Apr. 2: Danilovgrad - Centar BP
Apr. 2: ABS Primorje - Ibar Rozaje


Play-Out League Round 2: Ibar defeated Danilovgrad, Studentski Centar still winless - by Darko Pekic

In the Round 2 of Montenegrin Play-Out League, Ibar defeated Danilovgrad at home (77-66) and is now the only team with two wins after the first two rounds. Who would have expected it? Actually, the guys coached by Dragan Kostic bounced back after a tough regular season and got two important wins, very important to avoid relegation this season. The point guard from Serbia, Filip Simic (185-G-90, agency: Beo Basket), scored 15 points for Ibar and added 7 assists. He was followed by Mersudin Kosuta and Marko Perovic (194-G-93) who scored 11 point and 10 points respectively. Ivan Zejak (203-SF-87) scored most of Danilovgrad's points- 30.

In the second game of the Round, Studentski centar and Primorje played a tied game in Podgorica but the guests from Herceg Novi got the win (80:77). Primorje was led by Vladimir Boricic (195-G/F-84) (21 points) and Bojan Ratkovic (181-PG-92) (20 points) while Studentski centar was represented by Vladimir Milosevic (201-F-87) (24 points) and Petar Kusovac (195-F-93, college: S.Centar) (17 points).

Today at noon two teams from Bijelo Polje, Jedinstvo and Centar faced each other. It was a do or die game for Jedinstvo after the defeat against Ibar in the first round and they got the win after a buzzer beater shot! (78:76). The new head coach of Jedinstvo, Momir Milatovic made a successful debut while Danilo Draskovic (207-C-85, agency: BeoExcell) played a perfect game- 27 points and 9 rebounds. Centar was led by Aaron Mitchell (187-G-89, agency: BBEH Cokrlija, college: Longwood) (24 points) and Marko Femic, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) (21 points).



Superleague Round 2: Lovcen wins after an overtime at home - by Darko Pekic

The losing streak of Teodo continues. After the recent tough loses in domestic and Balkan league, the guys coached by Slobodan Savovic (agency: BBEH Cokrlija ) were defeated once again tonight, against Lovcen, a very talented team from the Old Capital of Montenegro, Cetinje. (74:70 for Lovcen). Although Lovcen won after an overtime they showed more passion to get the win and deserved to get first Superleague points. Teodo had a four point lead just a minute before the end of 40 minutes but they blowed the lead and Lovcen took the game to overtime and won it later. Guards Petar Stojanovic (185-PG-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) (19 points) and Masan Vrbica (190-G-94) (17 points) made the biggest influence on the game and crashed Teodo's defense. On the other side, Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) and Marko Mijovic (188-PG-87) scored 15 points each while Manuel Johnson (201-F-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) had once again a double double (14 points and 11 rebounds).


Boris Bakic wins the trophy abroad - by Eurobasket News

Boris Bakic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) wins the trophy abroad as his MZT Skopje earned the Macedonian Cup title. They overcame Kumanovo 2009 79:71 in the Final. Damjan Stojanovski stepped up with 20 points to lead the winners.
Kumanovo got to the better start. They grabbed a 20:14 advantage after ten minutes. But MZT Skopje gradually took over. They opened the second frame on a 13:4 run to surge ahead. Dimcevski retained the lead for Kumanovo however MZT Skopje finished the half strong to secure a 37:35 halftime lead. MZT Skopje maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by as many as 7 points 59:52. Uros Lukovic made it a 5-point game midway through the fourth frame. But Damjan Stojanovski and Nikolovski boosted the gap to 9 points and MZT Skopje never looked back en route to the win. Gjorji Cekovski netted 16 points, while Boris Bakic added 15 points in the victory. Uros Lukovic answered with 22 points and 14 rebounds for Kumanovo. Aleksandar Kostoski chipped in 16 points in the losing case.



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Morocco Basketball Throne Cup 2012/2013. First Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Morocco Basketball Throne Cup 2012/2013 is on the Quarterfinals Stage. Last night the teams played their first games.
AS Sale overcame MCO Mouloudia Oujda 72:61, while Wydad Casablanca edged FUS Rabat 87:75. Chabab Rif Al Hoceima won over Maghreb Fez 72:65 and Renaissance de Berkane as well as Sport Plazza Casa posted 64 points each in the opener.
The Second games to be played on April 3rd.



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 46-26 
 2. Brooklyn N. 42-31 
 3. Boston C. 38-35 
 4. Philadelph.76 30-43 
 5. Toronto R. 27-46 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 47-27 
 2. Chicago B. 40-32 
 3. Milwaukee B. 36-36 
 4. Detroit P. 24-50 
 5. Cleveland C. 22-50 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 58-15 
 2. Atlanta H. 41-33 
 3. Washington W. 27-46 
 4. Orlando M. 19-55 
 5. Charlotte B. 17-56 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 53-21 
 2. Denver N. 50-24 
 3. Utah Jazz 38-36 
 4. Portland TB 33-40 
 5. Minnesota T. 26-46 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 49-25 
 2. Golden St.W. 42-32 
 3. LA Lakers 38-36 
 4. Sacramento K. 27-47 
 5. Phoenix Suns 23-51 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 55-18 
 2. Memphis G. 49-24 
 3. Houston R. 40-33 
 4. Dallas M. 36-37 
 5. N.Orleans H. 26-48 

Regular Season: Round 147

Mar. 31: Chicago B. - Detroit P. 95-94
Mar. 31: San Antonio S. - Miami Heat 86-88
Mar. 31: N.Orleans H. - Cleveland C. 112-92
Mar. 31: Washington W. - Toronto R. 109-92
Mar. 31: New York K. - Boston C. 108-89

Regular Season: Round 148

Apr. 1: Toronto R. - Detroit P.
Apr. 1: Atlanta H. - Cleveland C.
Apr. 1: Milwaukee B. - Charlotte B.
Apr. 1: Memphis G. - San Antonio S.
Apr. 1: Houston R. - Orlando M.
Apr. 1: Minnesota T. - Boston C.
Apr. 1: Utah Jazz - Portland TB
Apr. 1: LA Clippers - Indiana P.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.3 
 2. Anthony, New Y.27.5 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.1 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.9 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.0 
 6. Irving, Cleveland23.2 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 8. Curry, Golden S.22.6 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat21.3 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.7 
 2. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 3. Vucevic, Orlan.11.5 
 4. Randolph, Memph.11.4 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.4 
 6. Lee, Golden St.W.11.1 
 7. Chandler, New Y.11.0 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.7 
 9. Evans, Brooklyn N.10.6 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.6 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.2 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.5 
 5. Wall, Washington W.7.7 
 6. Williams, Brooklyn7.7 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..7.6 
 8. Parker, San A.7.6 
 9. Calderon, Toron.7.4 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 2. Rubio, Minnesot.2.3 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.3 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.0 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 7. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 9. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 10. Leonard, San A.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.1 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.9 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.7 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.5 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.2.2 
 7. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.0 
 8. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.1.9 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.7 


The rich get richer and the rest of us just get older - by Tim Shea

In the throes of this global economic turmoil there may not be a more suitable phrase than, "The rich get richer and the rest of us just get older" to serve as a proper presentation to the reality of the ACB Spanish basketball league that many refer to as,"The second best basketball league after the NBA".

Historically speaking the Spanish league has always been controlled and conquered by two clubs and we will take a look at their numbers that, unlike players numbers, don't lie and show that the reality has become ridiculous.

The two teams in discussion, Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona have equal (and the highest) season budgets of around 30,000,000 which converted to US$ is close to $37,500,000. Another team in the league from the city of Valladolid has the lowest budget at 1,000,000 which is right around $1,250,000 so roughly speaking that means Real and Barcelona have spent an enormous $37 to every $1 that Valladolid can spend!

Lets compare that information to the two teams in similar situation (highest and lowest) from, "The best basketball league in the world", the NBA.

The LA Lakers are the "richest" this season with $100,087,153 in salaries and the Houston Rockets the poorest with a total of $51,917,204. That equates to the LAL using right around $2 to every $1 that HOU spends, making it an agreeable ratio (between highest and lowest) for most pro sports leagues.

To put these numbers in another perspective, we will compare the Spanish league ratio to the LA Lakers-Rockets state of affairs. With that math the LAL would have to spend (ready for this?) $3,703,224,661 to the Rockets $51,917,204. Thats $3.7 BILLION compared to $51.9 million! Those number discrepancies are unfathomable in the NBA.

In addition, looking back to Spain, we have a so called aspirant to this seasons league title (the third highest budgeted team which is on the south-side of half of Real or Barcelona have) Caja Laboral, from the city of Vitoria which recently had to suffer the humiliation of selling one of their best players, Brad Oleson, to FC Barcelona while Real Madrid traveled to the city of Santiago de Compostela to entice and sign seven foot Tunisian Salah Mejri for next season while now playing for and under contract with Spanish league playoff candidate Obradoiro. Can you say the word interference?

Some (many) say that these non-discreet discrepancies are par for the course here in Europe while they remind me of a good friends phrase regarding the professional basketball differences between Europe and the NBA when he said, "In the NBA there are a lot of rules that you learn how to bend while in Europe there seem to be no rules".
It may be that truer words were never spoken.

To my way of thinking, if a sports league is equivalent to a Formula One car race (with the object of getting to the finish line first) then Madrid and Barcelona are driving McLarens while the Valladolid club gets a VW Beetle. Let me be clear, I am not here to judge anyone but if one considers the above numbers and circumstances to have anything to do with fairness then they quite possibly also consider Engelbert Humperdinck a great blues singer.

Its worth repeating that the Spanish league enjoys being considered, "The best league in the world after the NBA", but that title has become the exclusive property of the Euro-league. The Spanish league turns out to be a two man race while all the other teams are analogous to a "one legged man in an ass kicking contest".

In the end it doesn't matter how much marketing or publicity (propaganda) one puts out there to promote any league. The facts remain as apparent as wet shoes coming in out of the rain.



Sunday recap of 5 games - by Eurobasket News

New York K. - Boston C. 108-89
The chant was loud and emphatic, the product of years of pent-up frustration and surely a dose of envy. It lasted only a few seconds. It consisted of only two words, with a subject of 'Boston' and a predicate that cannot be printed in this newspaper. Rest assured, the thousands who filled Madison Square Garden on Sunday night enjoyed every salty repetition of the phrase, as the Knicks dismantled the Celtics, their onetime tormentors, 108-89, edging ever closer to supplanting them as Atlantic Division champions. The Knicks are resurgent. The Celtics, as the Garden crowd accurately noted, are not very good right now, and their five-year reign of dominance is nearing its end. For the Knicks faithful, this was a moment worth savoring all the way around. 'The fans definitely understand what's going on right now,' Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) said. 'Any time we have a chance to beat Boston, it's always a good feeling.' Carmelo Anthony shook off foul trouble to score 24 points, leading the Knicks (46-26) to their eighth straight victory, and their second over Boston (38-35) in six nights. With that, the Knicks won the season series (3-1) for the first time since 2003-4. Their magic number for clinching the division title is six, with 10 games to play. The Knicks now face their stiffest test in weeks: a Tuesday night date in Miami, against the no-longer-streaking but still-imposing Heat. Miami rested LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) and Dwyane Wade on Sunday, perhaps saving them for the showdown. The Knicks, who are ultimately aiming to dethrone the Heat as Eastern Conference champions, feigned indifference: to whether the Heat's stars play or not, and to any suggestion that this final regular-season between the teams holds any meaning. 'We're going to get every game we play,' Kenyon Martin said. 'The importance of every game, you go out to win. It's not just against Miami, or Boston or any team that's in the top of the conference. You go out to win every game.' But doesn't the road to the finals go through Miami? 'That's what you assume?' Martin said. 'You know what assuming do, right?' The Knicks were more eager to discuss other goals, like the large, block-faced '50' scrawled on a locker-room greaseboard by Rasheed Wallace. The Knicks need just four wins in their final 10 games to reach that plateau for the first time since 1999-2000. The eight-game winning streak served as its own milestone - the Knicks' longest since Carmelo Anthony joined them two years ago. (They also won eight straight two months before he arrived.) And the Knicks closed March - their busiest month of the season, with 18 games in 31 days - with a rather impressive 12-6 mark, despite losing Tyson Chandler for the last 10 games. Chandler is now shooting to return Tuesday night, barring any setbacks in his recovery from a bulging disk in his neck. 'We'll welcome him back if he tells me he's ready to go,' Coach Mike Woodson said. Martin, who has held the defense together in Chandler's absence, will most likely return to the bench. Martin sustained a strained abdominal muscle Sunday and sat out the fourth quarter, but he said afterward that he could have played. He is considered probable for Tuesday. J. R. Smith had 15 points and 12 rebounds, ending a three-game streak of 30-point games. Jeff Green led Boston with 27 points and Paul Pierce had 24, but the stumbling Celtics - still playing without their defensive anchor, Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76) - lost for the sixth time in eight games. The Knicks' streak has been built mostly on the backs of the lottery-bound (Orlando, Toronto, Charlotte) and the barely breathing (Utah, Boston). They have beaten just one top-tier team (Memphis) along the way, and even Woodson admitted he is curious how this revival will hold up against the elite teams. The Knicks travel to Miami, Oklahoma City and Chicago over the next 11 days. 'Yeah, we beat Miami the one time without Melo,' Woodson said, referring to the Knicks' last victory over the Heat, on Dec. 6, 'but Miami's playing at such a high level now than when we were playing them back then, it's not even funny. And Oklahoma has been very consistent all season. So yeah, it'll be interesting to see where we stand.' A week ago, Miami was riding a 27-game winning streak. Now the Heat are on cruise control, content with a two-game streak and well-rested stars, while the Knicks are enjoying the league's longest active streak. The game surely will lose a little luster if the Heat are not at full strength. 'I really don't care,' Woodson said. 'We've seen it enough. They're pretty good.' REBOUNDS Tyson Chandler went through solo drills before the game, sprinting, making lateral moves and driving for layups with apparent ease. It was his first extensive on-court workout since he injured his neck and left knee in Denver on March 13. Chandler said he 'felt pretty good' but had a little residual stiffness in the neck, which has a bulging disk. Still, Chandler is able to raise his arms and rotate his neck freely, movements he could not make a week ago. Although the Knicks are not practicing Monday, Chandler plans to go through an informal workout and, if all goes well, will return Tuesday night. The team considered giving Chandler an epidural injection last week, but it was deemed unnecessary after new treatment. Courtesy of: http://www.nytimes.com

San Antonio S. - Miami Heat 86-88
Shane Battier sensed it during Sunday night's introductions. That's when the crowd at the AT&T center was informed that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kansas) would be held out because of what the Miami Heat termed nagging injuries. "You could hear," Battier, the Heat reserve forward, said, "the collective groan, I guess you could say, of the arena, 'Oh, we've got to watch these clowns for 48 minutes.' " There was, however, no clowning around. Depleted but not discouraged, the Heat still found a way, with center Chris Bosh draining a 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds to play to close out the scoring in an 88-86 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, in a meeting of the teams with the two best records in the NBA. "You know what?" Battier continued. "These clowns have a lot of fight in them. The fighting clowns!" With the victory, the Heat took a three-game lead over the Spurs in the overall NBA standings, with the season sweep practically clinching the tiebreaker, with nine games left on the Heat schedule. "Miami Heat pride," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "It doesn't matter who's in uniform or not." While it wasn't the typical Big Three, with James missing his first game of the season, with what the team termed a sore hamstring, and with Wade sitting out with what was listed as a sprained ankle, there still was Bosh. Ultimately, that was enough, as the lead went back and forth in the final minutes. Finally, with the Heat down 86-83 after Spurs forward Tim Duncan converted a jumper with 1:21 to play, Heat point guard Norris Cole helped force a Tony Parker miss on one end and then earned his way to the line on the other end with 32.1 seconds to play, making both free throws to draw the Heat within 86-85. Cole started in place of Mario Chalmers, who missed his second consecutive game with a sprained ankle. With the Heat still down one, power forward Udonis Haslem, inserted for the first time in the fourth quarter for that defensive sequence, then helped force a missed jumper by Duncan. Before that sequence, the Heat had decided if the Spurs missed, they would play in transition. So after Duncan missed a turnaround nine-foot jumper with 11.9 seconds to play, the Heat worked their way up court, with Ray Allen finding a trailing Bosh. With just two points in the period to that stage, Bosh stopped at the top of the 3-point circle and drained a silky 3-pointer with those 1.1 seconds to play. The Spurs then called timeout, with Parker missing a running bank shot at the buzzer. Spoelstra's approach on playing without a timeout before Bosh's shot was, "Let's roll the dice with it," sort of how he rolled the dice with a starting lineup that featured Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79), Mike Miller and Cole in place of James, Wade and Mario Chalmers. "Chris came in on the trail," Spoelstra said, "and that's probably a better look than anything we could have diagrammed." "I liked the trajectory," Bosh said of his release. "It's special for us just to be able to play on a high level, no matter who we have in there. "We're the defending champs no matter who we have in there." James and Wade declined comment afterward, with Wade saying, "It's their time in the sun." But the two greeted their teammates emphatically. "They were tackling everybody on the way to the locker room," Spoelstra said. Bosh led the Heat with 23 points and nine rebounds, supported by 14 points from Ray Allen, 13 from Cole and 12 from Miller. Duncan and forward Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 17 points apiece. But Spurs guards Danny Green and Parker each struggled to 4-of-14 finishes from the field. Going in, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich appreciated the possibilities. In November, he brought a shell of his roster to AmericanAirlines Arena and had the Miami Heat fighting for their lives before Spoelstra's team pulled out a five-point victory. This time, with the tables turned, the Heat recorded only the franchise's third victory in 25 visits to San Antonio. As in the first meeting of the two-game season series, when Popovich sent home Duncan, Parker, Manu Ginobili and Green, the shorthanded team proved to be long on competitiveness. "There's no question," Spoelstra said, "it's a gratifying win." For their part, the Spurs weren't fully whole Sunday, with Ginobili sitting out with a hamstring injury sustained a game earlier against the Los Angeles Clippers, an injury Popovich indicated could keep the guard out for the start of the playoffs. The absences of James and Wade allowed Bosh to operate as the focus of the Heat offense early, and, ultimately, late. "He adapts," Spoelstra said, "to any kind of ballgame." Going in, Popovich warned about understating who the Heat had in uniform. "It happens all the time in the NBA. We've all seen it before," he said. "No matter how good a team is, no matter what a team's record is, to some degree there will be a letdown mentally. It's hard to define it. All coaches try to fight it." For the Spurs, it proved to be a fight to the finish. "Everybody's getting an NBA check and they want to play well," Popovich said of reserves stepping up, his players in November, the Heat's secondary talent in this one. "It's about playing as a team and playing together. It's a great motivation for people to play when the starters do sit. I've been on both sides of it." With Miller scoring from distance and Cole attacking to the rim, the Heat pushed to an unexpected 64-56 lead midway through the third quarter, as Parker was struggling to 3-of-10 shooting. Even after the Spurs made it a two-point game with a 6-0 third-quarter run, the Heat, behind a Battier 3-pointer, were able to move to a 71-64 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Parker seemed to know what was coming, when he said before the game, "We still have to play the game. Remember what happened in Miami?" Spoelstra went into the game extolling his team's depth. "We made a definitive decision during the offseason to bolster a championship team with more depth, and this is one of the reasons why," he said. "Number one, those guys came here to be a part of something unique and special, but, secondly, to have opportunities like this, against elite-level teams and likely during the playoffs, when you don't know when you're number is going to be called, but then you're going to be expected to play at a high level." Courtesy of: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Chicago B. - Detroit P. 95-94
A few hours after kids in Chicago searched for the Easter Bunny, the Bulls were desperate to find an Energizer bunny. That's when Jimmy Butler appeared, intercepting a pass from the Pistons' Kim English (6'6''-G/F-88, college: Missouri) early in the fourth quarter. Butler slammed one down to tie the game at 78. Until then, the Bulls had trailed for nearly 40 minutes. Related Elbow, tempers flare: Butler gets hit in face Video: Thibodeau after Bulls' 95-94 win Box score: Bulls 95, Pistons 94 Maps United Center, 1901 West Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60612, USA Ads by Google "The credit goes to Nate (Robinson)," Butler said. "His ball pressure is what caused it - and made it easier to read that passing lane. If I could, I'd give him an assist on that stat sheet." Numerous players had to contribute to allow the Bulls to escape with a 95-94 victory. It was their 18th consecutive win over the Pistons, who fell to 1-13 in March. "This was big because we know that team is desperate to get wins," Robinson said. "They were going to play hard and free." The Bulls had to rally from 17 down in both of their first two victories over the Pistons this season. On Sunday, the Bulls scored the first point but then gave up nine straight. The game was tight until the end. The Bulls took the lead for good when Luol Deng (game-high 28 points) followed a Robinson miss for a 94-91 advantage. After Charlie Villaneuva misfired on a 3-point try, Daequan Cook (6'5''-G-87, college: Ohio St.) grabbed the rebound and made one of two free throws. Rodney Stuckey drained a 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left for the game's final margin. "We dodged a bullet; we're fortunate," coach Tom Thibodeau said, adding he was concerned about Sunday's game because of the early tip time and Saturday's come-from-ahead loss in Dallas. "In the end, we were just trying to find a way. I thought the key thing was the hustle plays. Jimmy made a couple, and Lu made a big shot. Right now, we need everybody." Playing without Joakim Noah (right foot) and Marco Belinelli (abdominal strain), plus Richard Hamilton and Derrick Rose, the Bulls got little from bigs Nazr Mohammed (0 points, 4 rebounds) and Carlos Boozer (11 and 7 in just 22-plus minutes). They also got help from an unlikely source, Pistons center Andre Drummond. He air-balled back-to-back free throws in the fourth quarter to send a surge through the United Center crowd. Robinson came through late by firing a long pass to Deng for a layup and then stealing one from an unsuspecting Villanueva. "For me it's pretty cool being short like that," the 5-foot-9 guard said, "because he didn't see me coming." Robinson also hit a 3-pointer with just under four minutes to play after Deng's offensive rebound. "Lu got the ball and handed it to me," Robinson said. "Lu knew I was gonna make it; I had that look in my eye." Courtesy of: http://www.chicagotribune.com

N.Orleans H. - Cleveland C. 112-92
The New Orleans Hornets, behind double-digit scoring efforts from five different players, sent the Cleveland Cavaliers down to their eighth straight defeat, 112-92, Sunday night in New Orleans Arena. Rookie Carmelo Anthony Davis put up a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while point guard Greivis Vasquez, coming back from a one-game absence, had 25 points and 9 assists. Ryan Anderson had 23 and Brian Roberts 15 off the bench, while Eric Gordon finished with 14. Davis and Vasquez combined for 29 of the Hornets 36 third-quarter points as the Hornets built a lead of as many as 20 points over the reeling Cavaliers. Even a Kyrie Irving fourth-quarter push wasn't enough for the Cavs to overcome the Hornets this night. Irving scored 12 fourth-quarter points and led Cleveland with 31 on the night. Courtesy of: http://www.nola.com

Washington W. - Toronto R. 109-92
Bradley Beal (6'3''-SG-93, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) scored 24 points in his return to the lineup, leading the Washington Wizards to a 109-92 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night. Emeka Okafor had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) added 18 points and 10 assists for Washington. The Wizards, who came in having lost two in a row on the road, won their seventh straight at home and moved into a tie with Toronto for 10th place in the Eastern Conference. Jonas Valanciunas (6'11''-C-92) had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Raptors, losers of six of their last seven. Toronto leading scorer Rudy Gay scored 11 points - about seven below his average - while being limited to 26 minutes due to foul trouble. Toronto, which has lost six of seven, cut a 20-point third-quarter deficit to six twice in the fourth quarter before Washington pulled away. After missing five straight games, and 11 of 13, with a sprained left ankle, Beal shot 8 for 14 from the field, including a career-high six 3-pointers - on nine attempts - in 30 minutes. Washington increased a 10-point halftime lead to 16 with an 8-2 run to open the second half. Toronto cut it to 70-62, but Beal hit 3-pointers on three of the Wizards' next four possessions to make it 79-64. Sportshub ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 A little over a minute later, Beal hit another 3 and, after a Toronto miss, Okafor's dunk put Washington ahead 86-66 with 2:18 left in the quarter. The Wizards scored 12 points from the foul line in the opening 12 minutes. Wall's two free throws gave the Wizards a 27-25 lead at the end of a first quarter that featured nine lead changes. With Washington ahead by one midway through the second quarter, Keven Seraphin scored six of his 11 first-half points in an 8-2 Washington spurt. A minute later, Wall fed Trevor Ariza for fast-break layup that made it 50-41 and Washington led by 10 at the half. The Wizards shot 52.4 percent from the field in the first half (22 of 42) to 39 percent (17 of 43) for Toronto. Gay was held to five points in the half and DeMar DeRozan to four, while Valanciunas scored 16 for Toronto. NOTES: Wizards F Nene missed his fourth game with a sore right knee. ... The last time Washington won seven consecutive home games was during the 2006-07 season when they won 10 straight. ... The Wizards visit Toronto on Wednesday to wrap up the season-series. Washington has won two of the first three meetings. Courtesy of: philstar.com



Air 21's Michael Dunigan to NBA?: - by Julius Johnson

For the surprising Air 21 Express, success may bring panic.
Reports from NBA sources indicate that Michael Dunigan (6'10''-C-89, agency: N.E.T., college: Oregon) the Import of the Year frontrunner is being strongly pursued by multiple NBA teams.
Dunigan's PBA contract is believed to contain a buyout clause.
With the playoffs approaching, Air 21 cannot afford to lose their dominant post player.
Dunigan is being considered for naturalization so that he can join Smart Gilas, the national team of the Philippines.
Neither Dunigan nor his agent offered to comment



Mavericks recall Jared Cunningham from D-League again - by Eurobasket News

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have recalled Jared Cunningham (6'4''-G-91, college: Oregon St.) from the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League. Cunningham (6-4, 194) served two stints with the Legends, averaging 15.3 points, 3.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 34.5 minutes in 15 games (13 starts). He was originally assigned to the D-League on Dec. 11, then re-assigned on Jan. 28. Cunningham has seen action in eight games for the Mavericks this season and is averaging 2.0 points and 3.3 minutes per game.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



76ers To Call Up Justin Holiday From D-League - by Eurobasket News

The Philadelphia 76ers will call up Justin Holiday (6'6''-F-89, college: Washington) from the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League, according to a source. Holiday is the brother of 76ers star Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA). Justin Holiday is averaging 17.3 points and 5.3 rebounds for Idaho this season.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



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Top 25 - Men

TOP25 Standings
 1. Indiana 14-4 (26-5) 
 2. Louisville 14-4 (29-5) 
 3. Kentucky 12-6 (21-11) 
 4. Ohio St. 14-5 (24-7) 
 5. Michigan 12-6 (25-6) 
 6. N.Carolina St. 11-7 (22-9) 
 7. Kansas 14-4 (29-5) 
 8. Duke 14-4 (27-4) 
 9. Syracuse 11-7 (26-9) 
 10. Florida 14-4 (27-7) 
 11. Arizona 13-7 (25-7) 
 12. N.Carolina 12-7 (22-10) 
 13. UCLA 14-6 (24-9) 
 14. Michigan St. 13-5 (24-7) 
 15. Creighton 13-5 (27-7) 
 16. Memphis 16-0 (30-4) 
 17. Missouri 11-7 (23-11) 
 18. Baylor 9-9 (18-14) 
 19. UNLV 10-6 (25-10) 
 20. San Diego St. 9-7 (22-10) 
 21. Wisconsin 12-7 (21-11) 
 22. Gonzaga 16-0 (29-2) 
 23. Notre Dame 11-7 (25-9) 
 24. Florida St. 9-9 (17-14) 
 25. Texas 7-11 (16-17) 

Regional Finals: Round 132

East

Mar. 30: Syracuse - Marquette 55-39

Midwest

Mar. 31: Louisville - Duke 85-63

NIT Semis

Apr. 2: Baylor - BYU
Apr. 2: Maryland - Iowa

South

Mar. 31: Michigan - Florida 79-59

West

Mar. 30: Wichita St. - Ohio St. 70-66


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Erick GREEN
  Virginia Tech
  (190-PG-91)
  Avg: 25
 1. Green, Virginia Te.25.0 
 2. Curry, Duke17.6 
 3. Plumlee, Duke17.1 
 4. Harris, Virginia16.3 
 5. Hanlan, Boston Col.15.7 
 6. Harris, Wake F.15.4 
 7. Leslie, N.Caroli.15.1 
 8. Snaer, Florida St.14.8 
 9. Hairston, N.Caroli.14.6 
 10. Larkin, Miami, FL14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard HOWELL
  N.Caroli.
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Howell, N.Caroli.10.9 
 2. Plumlee, Duke9.9 
 3. Mitchell, Virginia8.9 
 4. Anderson, Boston8.0 
 5. Len, Maryland7.8 
 6. Thomas, Wake F.7.5 
 7. Leslie, N.Caroli.7.4 
 8. Booker, Clemson7.4 
 9. McAdoo, N.Carolina7.3 
 10. Johnson, Miami,7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo BROWN
  N.Caroli.
  (196-G-)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Brown, N.Caroli.7.2 
 2. Cook, Duke5.2 
 3. Evans, Virginia4.8 
 4. Paige, N.Carolina4.6 
 5. Larkin, Miami, FL4.6 
 6. Strickland, N.Car.4.2 
 7. Green, Virginia Te.3.8 
 8. Howard, Maryland3.6 
 9. Rahon, Boston Coll.3.5 
 10. Hall, Clemson3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Shane LARKIN
  Miami, FL
  (180-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Larkin, Miami, FL2.0 
 2. Brown, N.Caroli.2.0 
 3. Scott, Miami, FL1.5 
 4. McAdoo, N.Carolina1.5 
 5. Cook, Duke1.5 
 6. Paige, N.Carolina1.4 
 7. McKie, Wake Forest1.4 
 8. Bullock, N.Carolina1.3 
 9. Mitchell, Virginia1.3 
 10. Jones, Wake Fore.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 K.J. MCDANIELS
  Clemson
  (198-G/F-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. McDaniels, Clemson2.1 
 2. Miller, Georgia Te.2.1 
 3. Len, Maryland1.9 
 4. Gamble, Miami, FL1.8 
 5. Plumlee, Duke1.5 
 6. Kelly, Duke1.5 
 7. Thomas, Wake F.1.4 
 8. Turpin, Florida St.1.3 
 9. Kadji, Miami, FL1.3 
 10. Anderson, Virginia1.2 


March Madness: Louisville and Michigan Take Last Final Four Spots - by Carl Berman

NetScouts Basketball is covering the 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament from all the regional sites.

Michigan knocked Florida out in the first round, scoring the first 13 points of the game, pulling out to a 23-5 lead and coasting to a 79-59 win. Nik Stauskas came into the game on a shooting slump, hitting on only two of his last twelve three-point attempts. The slump ended as Stauskas hit his first six three-pointers on his way to a game high 22 points, 19 of them in the first half. The Wolverines hit 10-of-19 three-pointers in the game, which bodes well in combating the Syracuse 2-3 zone in the Final Four. NetScouts Basketball's National Player of the Year, Trey Burke (6'0''-PG-92) ran the show efficiently although he was suffering from the effects of a virus. Burke didn't shoot well (5-of-16) but came up with eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals against only one turnover. His game was similar to Michael Carter-Williams' line yesterday for Syracuse.

Michigan is a different team with Mitch McGary starting and contributing. The 610 freshmen came one rebound shy of his third straight tournament double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds while adding five steals. Florida had problems shooting throughout the contest, going 2-of-10 on three-pointers while Erik Murphy shot 0-of-11. The Gators made a run to get within 11 early in the second half but Michigan pulled away soon after. If Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr. can find his stroke the Wolverines seem to have the perimeter skills to handle the Syracuse zone defense. They certainly have the point guard.

Louisville went on a 24-6 run over Duke in the second half to turn a tie game into a relatively easy 85-63 Cardinals win. The Blue Devils didn't have the speed on the perimeter to keep up with Louisville guards Peyton Siva and Russ Smith. Siva had his best game off the tournament, pushing it into another gear after a horrific injury to guard Kevin Ware. Ware broke his leg as he landed awkwardly on defense and was taken by stretcher to the hospital. His leg was broken in two places .and it will be a year before he can return to action.

Gorgui Dieng was able to hit elbow jumpers consistently as he scored 14 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots. The Cardinals won handily despite shooting only 2-of-13 on three-pointers. Russ Smith was 0-of-4 from downtown but still led Louisville with 23 points. Siva scored 16, dished four assists and did not commit a turnover. The Cardinals out-rebounded Duke 42-33 and shot 27-of-48 (56%) on two-pointers as they consistently penetrated and either scored, drew fouls or dished for open mid-range jumpers. Louisville did a great job containing Seth Curry, denying him the ball and employing tough on-ball defense. Curry came on some in the second half and finished with 12 points. Mason Plumlee led Duke with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Louisville advances as the only remaining #1-seed as they will face Wichita State in the Final Four. The Cardinals have to be considered the favorites for the title.

Carl Berman is a Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball and can be followed on twitter here.



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Breakers def. Kings in 2nd semi-final game, move onto grand final - by Hugh McAuliffe

The New Zealand Breakers stormed into the 2013 Grand Final after beating the Sydney Kings 99-88 in Game 2 of their semi-final series on Sunday afternoon.

The Breakers did the damage in the third quarter behind veteran superstar CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC), out-scoring the Kings 28-12 to wipe out the Kings' 10-point lead and knock the wind from their sails.

Up until that point the Kings' relentless pressure at both ends of the court was paying off, as they fought for every ball in a desperate bid to keep their season alive.

With co-captains Ben Madgen (29 points) and James Harvey (25 points) draining points across the four quarters, as well as the industrial work of Ian Crosswhite (11 points) and Darnell Lazare (8 points) on the inside, the Kings did their best to unsettle the defending champions.

And when a Harvey three-pointer opened up a 10-point lead early in the third quarter the signs were this series could have another game in it.

But rather than panic, the Breakers drew on their play-off experience to turn the tide in their favour.

With giant centre Alex Pledger (18 points, 12 rebounds) proving a nuisance once again inside, and Corey Webster (12 points) the orchestrator off the dribble, the Breakers were always waiting for their chance to explode.

After drawing level off a 10-point scoring run, the Breakers waited until the final minute in the third quarter to make their move.

A seven-point scoring burst from veteran CJ Bruton (who scored 20 of his 21 points in the second half) and a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Webster opened up an unassailable 10-point lead with 10 minutes remaining.

It was clear from the outset that the Kings came to a play, and with both teams exchanging explosive alley-oops and wide-open threes the game got off to a flyer.

But with the first quarter shot clock winding down a three-point bomb from Harvey have the home team a 26-23 edge, prompting a fist pump from the veteran guard and making the belief on the Kings' bench - and indeed in a packed Kingdome - clearly evident.

The Kings more than helf their own through the next two periods, but as the tide turned late in the third quarter there was no stopping the Breakers as they booked a spot in the grand final to face Perth Wildcats.



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  PBL   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith RADCLIFF
  Indiana D.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Radcliff, Indiana23.8 
 2. Favors, Sauk V.20.5 
 3. Simpson, Scranton.19.6 
 4. Inabnit, Indiana D.19.3 
 5. Commons, Scranton.19.3 
 6. Love, Chicago M.19.2 
 7. Hill, St. Louis P.18.3 
 8. Harris, Z*.17.5 
 9. Petty, Cent.Ill.17.0 
 10. Hill, Chicago M.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy PETTIFORD
  India.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pettiford, India.12.5 
 2. Hill, Chicago M.10.8 
 3. Fay, Sauk Valley P.8.4 
 4. Slack, Cent.Ill.7.5 
 5. Davis, Rochester R.7.5 
 6. Harris, Sauk V.7.1 
 7. Hill, St. Louis P.6.9 
 8. Harris, Z*.6.8 
 9. Russ, Z*.6.6 
 10. Love, Chicago M.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Herman FAVORS
  Sauk V.
  (174-G-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Favors, Sauk V.8.2 
 2. Simpson, Scranton.6.6 
 3. Snow, Lake M.5.4 
 4. Ruffin, Cent.I.4.9 
 5. Petty, Cent.Ill.4.7 
 6. Crouch, Rocheste.4.7 
 7. Smith, Z*.4.1 
 8. Anderson, Chica.4.0 
 9. Polk, St. Louis P.3.9 
 10. Council, Rocheste.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Marcel ANDERSON
  Chica.
  (175-PG-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Anderson, Chica.1.9 
 2. Rose, Sauk V.1.6 
 3. Pettiford, India.1.5 
 4. Polk, St. Louis P.1.5 
 5. Ruffin, Cent.I.1.4 
 6. Snow, Lake M.1.3 
 7. Favors, Sauk V.1.3 
 8. Crouch, Rocheste.1.3 
 9. Bobo, Lake M.1.2 
 10. Smith, Z*.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shagari ALLEYNE
  Lake M.
  (221-C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Alleyne, Lake M.2.5 
 2. Commons, Scranton.1.9 
 3. Slack, Cent.Ill.1.8 
 4. Webster, Rocheste.1.2 
 5. Pettiford, India.1.1 
 6. Davis, Rochester R.1.0 
 7. Hill, Chicago M.0.9 
 8. Hipp, Sauk V.0.8 
 9. Gorman, Scranton.0.7 
 10. Giddings, Rochest.0.7 



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  POLAND   

Standings - DBE

TBL Standings
Places 1-6
 1. PGE Turow 18-9 
 2. Stelmet ZG 18-9 
 3. Trefl Sopot 17-10 
 4. Asseco Prok. 17-10 
 5. Anwil 17-10 
 6. Energa Czarni 14-13 
Places 7-12
 1. Polpharma 14-12 
 2. AZS Koszalin 13-14 
 3. Siarka Jezioro 11-16 
 4. Rosa Radom 9-18 
 5. Start Gdynia 8-19 
 6. Kotwica 6-21 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 5

Places 1-6

Mar. 30: PGE Turow - Stelmet ZG 73-78
Mar. 30: Anwil - Asseco Prok. 72-84
Mar. 30: Trefl Sopot - Energa Czarni 59-64

Places 7-12

Mar. 30: AZS Koszalin - Siarka Jezioro 98-72
Mar. 30: Kotwica - Rosa Radom 72-81

Second Stage: Round 6

Apr. 3: Anwil - Stelmet ZG
Apr. 3: Trefl Sopot - PGE Turow
Apr. 4: Energa Czarni - Asseco Prok.


DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub DLONIAK
  Siarka J.
  (192-F-83)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Dloniak, Siarka J.20.4 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG20.3 
 3. McCauley, Polph.19.4 
 4. Mosley, Kotwica15.8 
 5. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.3 
 6. Rothbart, Start G.14.6 
 7. Zamojski, Asseco P.14.6 
 8. Blassingame, Assec.14.5 
 9. Chylinski, PGE T.14.2 
 10. Carter, Polpharma14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kim ADAMS
  Rosa Radom
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Adams, Rosa Radom8.4 
 2. Doaks, Siarka J.8.2 
 3. Harris, AZS K.8.0 
 4. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.7 
 5. McCauley, Polph.7.6 
 6. Rothbart, Start G.7.6 
 7. Cel, PGE Turow7.4 
 8. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.4 
 9. Hrycaniuk, Asseco6.8 
 10. Dabkus, Energa C.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Szubarga, Anwil6.3 
 2. Turner, Trefl Sopot6.1 
 3. Blassingame, Assec.5.4 
 4. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.3 
 5. Jefferson, Kotwica4.8 
 6. Koszarek, Asseco4.6 
 7. Brandwein, Energa3.9 
 8. Carter, Polpharma3.7 
 9. Skibniewski, AZS K.3.7 
 10. Tiller, Siarka J.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.4 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG2.0 
 3. Jefferson, Kotwica1.7 
 4. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 6. Alexander, Siarka1.6 
 7. Trice, Energa C.1.5 
 8. Koszarek, Asseco1.4 
 9. Dloniak, Siarka J.1.3 
 10. Tiller, Siarka J.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  Energa C.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.9 
 2. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.4 
 3. Kulig, PGE Turow1.3 
 4. Rothbart, Start G.1.3 
 5. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.2 
 6. Harris, AZS K.1.2 
 7. Doaks, Siarka J.1.1 
 8. Boykin, Anwil0.8 
 9. Alexander, Siarka0.8 
 10. Jones, Stelmet ZG0.8 



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  PORTUGAL   


Jamarkus Holt gets MVP of the Week award for Portuguese LPB - by Eurobasket News

American Jamarkus Holt (205-F) had a very impressive game in the last round for Alges and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The -year old forward had a double-double of 30 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team lost the game against Vitoria SC (#5, 10-8) 66-74. Alges moved-up to the 11th position in the Portuguese LPB. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Alges have already lost 16 games and recorded just two victories. Holt turned to be Alges' top player in his first season with the team. Delta State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Holt is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.8ppg) and rebounds (2nd best: 11.1rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Cape Verdean shooting guard Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) of league's best team Benfica. Gomes impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Benfica to another comfortable win 70-56 over the lower-ranked Fisica (#9, 5-13) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Benfica still keep the league's top spot. His team belongs to top of the standings with 17-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Gomes is well-known by Benfica fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was former international swingman Jose Silva (194-G/F-89) of Vitoria SC (#5). Silva scored 25 points. He was a key player of Vitoria SC, leading his team to a 74-66 win against the lower-ranked Alges (#11, 2-16). Vitoria SC needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 8 lost games. Silva has a very solid season. In 18 games in Portugal he scored 12.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcel Momplaisir (205-C-81) of Lusitania - 15 points and 9 rebounds
5. Durrell Nevels (198-F-86) of Lusitania - 9 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Nuno Oliveira (186-PG-89) of Barcelos - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Arnette Hallman (199-F-88) of Academica - 12 points and 12 rebounds
8. Marko Loncovic (200-F-91) of Barcelos - 12 points and 9 rebounds
9. Mario Fernandes (176-PG-82) of Academica - 10 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Elvis Evora (205-C-78) of Benfica - 13 points and 6 rebounds

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



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  PUERTO RICO   


Atleticos sign Rogers - by Luis Modestti


Atleticos de San German announced forward/center Kevin Rogers (206-F-86, college: Baylor) as their third import.

Rogers studied in Baylor where he played from 2005 until 2009. In his senior season he averaged 12,6 points and 7,6 rebounds. In his professional career he has played in Greece, the D-League and Venezuela.

This year he played for Bucaneros de La Guaira where he averaged 10,4 points and 5,4 rebounds.

The other two imports for San German are Donte Greene and Charles Garcia.

San German makes their debut this Tuesday at Capitanes de Arecibo. Their home opener is on April 6 against Guaynabo.



BSN begins today in Mayaguez - by Luis Modestti


The 2013 BSN season begins today in Mayaguez as Indios receive Piratas.

This season is expected to be one of the most interesting in recent time. Leones and Cangrejeros return and most of the teams changed key pieces in their roster.

The favorites to start the season are Capitanes and Mets due to their star power. Teams like Indios, Piratas and Cangrejeros look good as well due to their young talent.

A 36 game season leaves a lot of room for surprises, streaks and records to come down.

On Monday Brujos visit Leones and then on Tuesday Santurce goes to Humacao and San German visits Arecibo. The games will be televised on WAPA2, WAPA America and Dish Puerto Rico.



Indios start the season with a tight win over Piratas - by Luis Modestti

Hustle, defensive effort and great collective basketball gave Indios the championship last season and the win today. Mayaguez defeated Piratas de Quebradillas 80-76 to start the 2013 BSN season at Palacio de los Deportes.

Mayaguez stayed consistent during the game, giving the ball to center Kentrell Gransberry (206-C-85, college: S.Florida) to iniate the offense and also attacking the basket with Danilo Pinnock and Weyinmi Rose. Defensively they never allowed easy baskets inside and forced Piratas to score from the perimeter.

The game was physical from start to finish. Indios won the first half 43-36 as Gransberry had 11 points while Pinnock netted 10. David Huertas led the way for Piratas with 10 points.

Indios had control in the third quarter thanks to rookie sharp-shooter Isaac Sosa. Then in the final quarter Piratas made some offensive adjustments and started with a 14-4 run to tie it at 69. After a time-out Indios went back to Gransberry, forced turnovers and got second chances to secure it.

Gransberry led Indios with 20 points and 10 boards, Danilo Pinnock added 15 and Sosa along with Rose had 12 each.

Huertas scored 17 points, Cook 12 and Ricardo Melendez 11 for Piratas.

The only game on Monday will be Brujos de Guayama visiting Leones de Ponce at 8:00 pm.



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  RUSSIA   

Standings - Superleague B

Superleague Standings
 1. Univ.Surgut 23-3 
 2. Ural Ekaterinb. 20-6 
 3. Novosybirsk 20-6 
 4. Ruskon-Mord. 16-10 
 5. Ataman 16-11 
 6. TEMP-SUMZ 15-11 
 7. Dynamo MO 14-11 
 8. Avtodor 14-12 
 9. AltajBasket 13-13 
 10. Ryazan 13-14 
 11. Volgograd 9-16 
 12. Planeta-Univ. 9-17 
 13. Spartak V. 5-21 
 14. Severstal 4-22 
 15. Sojuz Zaretchny 4-22 

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 31: Planeta-Univ. - Dynamo MO 74-86
Mar. 31: AltajBasket - Novosybirsk 74-83
Mar. 31: TEMP-SUMZ - Univ.Surgut 72-83
Mar. 31: Sojuz Zaretchny - Ural Ekaterinb. 71-88
Mar. 31: Spartak V. - Volgograd 68-75
Mar. 30: Ataman - Ryazan 66-62
Mar. 31: Severstal - Avtodor 44-72

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 6: Ryazan - Ural Ekaterinb.
Apr. 6: Univ.Surgut - Sojuz Zaretchny
Apr. 6: Volgograd - TEMP-SUMZ
Apr. 6: Avtodor - Ruskon-Mord.
Apr. 6: Dynamo MO - Spartak V.
Apr. 6: Novosybirsk - Severstal
Apr. 6: AltajBasket - Planeta-Univ.


Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Stanislav MAKSHANTSEV
  Novosy.
  (205-PF-78)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Makshantsev, Novo.16.3 
 2. Boyko, Volgograd16.0 
 3. Chernov, AltajBas.15.9 
 4. Pushkin, Sojuz Z.15.9 
 5. Monroe, Ural E.15.6 
 6. Komissarov, Volgo.15.2 
 7. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.15.1 
 8. Podkolzin, Novosyb.13.9 
 9. Kachanko, TE.13.8 
 10. Morgunov, Dynamo13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandr SAVENKOV
  Univ.Sur.
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.8.4 
 2. Podkolzin, Novosyb.7.8 
 3. Zinchenko, Sever.7.4 
 4. Varlamov, AltajBas.7.2 
 5. Vzdykhalkin, Ryaz.7.1 
 6. Denison, Ataman7.1 
 7. Pisarchuk, Sever.7.0 
 8. Makshantsev, Novo.7.0 
 9. Pavlov, Ataman7.0 
 10. Novikov, Sojuz Z.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Anton GLAZUNOV
  Ural E.
  (182-PG-86)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Glazunov, Ural E.5.7 
 2. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.4 
 3. Tokarev, Novosybi.4.6 
 4. Chernov, AltajBas.4.5 
 5. Amirkhanov, Ataman4.4 
 6. Boyko, Volgograd4.2 
 7. Urazmanov, Dynamo4.1 
 8. Anisimov, Novosybi.4.0 
 9. Mateyunas, Avtodor4.0 
 10. Vzdykhalkin, Rya.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Artur URAZMANOV
  Dynamo M.
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Urazmanov, Dynamo2.4 
 2. Mateyunas, Avtodor2.0 
 3. Zakamov, Novosybi.1.8 
 4. Lekavicius, Univ.S.1.8 
 5. Lunev, AltajBasket1.7 
 6. Zakharov, Spart.1.6 
 7. Karpukhin, Avtodor1.6 
 8. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.1.6 
 9. Bartunov, Ryazan1.6 
 10. Glazunov, Ural E.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksandr RINDIN
  Univ.Surgut
  (225-C-85)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Rindin, Univ.Surgut1.4 
 2. Ponosov, AltajBas.1.2 
 3. Denison, Ataman1.1 
 4. Gresev, Ruskon-M.1.1 
 5. Varlamov, AltajBas.1.0 
 6. Kondrashin, Sever.1.0 
 7. Oveshkov, Planeta.0.9 
 8. Kurtsevich, Ataman0.9 
 9. Klimenko, Avtodor0.8 
 10. Sayapin, Novosybi.0.8 


Nikita Morgunov gets MVP of the Week award for Russian Superleague - by Eurobasket News

Experienced former international forward Nikita Morgunov (210-F-75, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Dynamo MO and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Superleague Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 37-year old forward had the game-high 29 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Dynamo MO in his team's victory, helping them to beat Planeta-Univ. (#12, 9-17) 86-74. Dynamo MO maintains the 7th position in Russian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Dynamo MO will need more victories to improve their 14-11 record. Morgunov turned to be Dynamo MO's top player in his first season with the team. Nikita Morgunov averages this season 13.6ppg and 5.4rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old former international center Fedor Likholitov (210-C-80, agency: Alti Sport) of Volgograd. Likholitov impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 17 rebounds. Of course Volgograd cruised to a 75-68 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Spartak V. (#13, 5-21). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Volgograd managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 11th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-16 record. Likholitov is one of the most experienced players at Volgograd and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Vyacheslav Sleta (205-F-89) of Sojuz Zaretchny (#15). Sleta scored 20 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Sleta's great performance Sojuz Zaretchny lost 71-88 to the higher-ranked Ural Ekaterinb. (#2, 20-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Sojuz Zaretchny can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-22 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Sleta he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Sleta has a very solid season. In 25 games in Russia he scored 7.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrey Petukhov (207-F-86) of Planeta-Univ. - 24 points and 10 rebounds
5. Aleksandr Rindin (225-C-85) of Univ.Surgut - 21 points and 15 rebounds
6. Dmitri Nikolaev (200-F-83) of Ural Ekaterinb. - 23 points and 10 rebounds
7. Artem Komissarov (200-G-90) of Volgograd - 16 points and 11 rebounds
8. Aleksandr Dedushkin (210-C-81) of Ural Ekaterinb. - 12 points and 12 rebounds
9. Aleksandr Pavlov (201-F-86) of TEMP-SUMZ - 8 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Vitaly Boyko (183-PG-82) of Volgograd - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists

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



Superleague Round 28: Leader Universitet-Yugra gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Superlaegue. The round 28 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

Leader Universitet-Yugra delivered the twentieth third win on Sunday night. This time they beat 6th ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (15-11) 83-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of TEMP-SUMZ Revda. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-72. Universitet-Yugra made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Azerbaijani center Aleksandr Rindin (225-85, agency: Interperformances) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ilia Aleksandrov (194-81) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Universitet-Yugra's coach Sergei Olhov used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Ivan Pavlov (200-89) produced 28 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Universitet-Yugra have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-3 record. TEMP-SUMZ Revda at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Universitet-Yugra are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. TEMP-SUMZ Revda will play against Volgograd (#11) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Cherepovec. Local Severstal (4-22) was outscored by eighth ranked Avtodor (14-12) 72-44. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Sergey Toropov (206-89) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Richard Hendrix contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Avtodor's coach Mikhail Mikhailov felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Evgeny Voytyuk (200-91, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) replied with 13 points for Severstal. Avtodor have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Avtodor maintains eighth position with 14-12 record. Severstal lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 22 games lost. They share the position with Sojuz Zaretchny. Avtodor will play against higher ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (#4) in Saransk in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Severstal will play on the road against Novosybirsk (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

Rest of the games of round 28 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Volgograd defeated Spartak V. in a road game 75-68. Planeta-Univ. was beaten by Dynamo MO at home 74-86. Novosybirsk won against AltajBasket on the opponent's court 83-74. Bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny unfortunately lost to Ural Ekaterinb. in a home game 71-88. Ryazan recorded a loss to Ataman on the road 62-66.
The best stats of 28th round was 29 points and 7 rebounds by Nikita Morgunov of Dynamo MO.


Spartak V. - Volgograd 68-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 13th ranked Spartak Vidnoye's (5-21) home loss to twelfth ranked Volgograd (9-16) 68-75. Spartak Vidnoye was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 30-16 third quarter run of Volgograd. Volgograd shot 22 for 31 from the free-throw line, while Spartak Vidnoye only scored five points from the stripe. They outrebounded Spartak Vidnoye 49-29 including a 33-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Spartak Vidnoye was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Fedor Likholitov (210-80, college: VCU, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds. Ukrainian point guard Vitaly Boyko (183-82) contributed with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Volgograd players scored in double figures. Forward Vladislav Trushkin (201-93) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Andrey Loginov (204-93) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Spartak Vidnoye. Spartak Vidnoye's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Volgograd moved-up to eleventh place. Newly promoted Spartak Vidnoye keeps the thirteenth position with 21 games lost. Volgograd will play against higher ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#6) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Spartak Vidnoye's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Moscow to the arena Dynamo Moscow.
Top scorers:
Volgograd: V.Boyko 18+7reb+6ast, F.Likholitov 17+17reb, A.Komissarov 16+11reb+1ast, V.Pichkurov 16+4reb+1ast, A.Fomin 6+2reb, O.Berhin 2+6reb+3ast
Spartak V.: A.Chernysh 17+4reb, V.Trushkin 15+5reb+1ast, A.Loginov 11+9reb+1ast, M.Bychkov 8+1reb+5ast, D.Pastukhov 8+1reb, E.Marinin 5+2reb+8ast
gschID: 193572


Severstal - Avtodor 44-72

The game with biggest result difference took place in Cherepovec. Local Severstal (4-22) was outscored by eighth ranked Avtodor (14-12) 72-44. The game without a history. Avtodor led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Severstal to just 6 points in third quarter. Avtodor dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Severstal's 10 and made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Avtodor forced 19 Severstal turnovers and outrebounded them 39-22 including a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Sergey Toropov (206-89) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American power forward Richard Hendrix (204-86, college: Alabama) contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Avtodor's coach Mikhail Mikhailov felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Evgeny Voytyuk (200-91, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) replied with 13 points and guard Sergei Zakharov (194-86) added 7 points in the effort for Severstal. Avtodor have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Avtodor maintains eighth position with 14-12 record. Severstal lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 22 games lost. They share the position with Sojuz Zaretchny. Avtodor will play against higher ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (#4) in Saransk in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Severstal will play on the road against Novosybirsk (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Avtodor: S.Toropov 13+5reb+1ast, A.Klimenko 11+4reb+2ast, R.Hendrix 10+5reb+2ast, A.Pushkin 8+3reb, S.Burtt 7+2reb+3ast, P.Zhukanenko 7+1reb+1ast
Severstal: E.Voytyuk 13+1reb+2ast, E.Chebanenko 8+1reb+1ast, S.Zakharov 7+4reb+1ast, T.Bekkiev 5+4reb+2ast, A.Pisarchuk 4+3reb, K.Kuznetsov 3+1reb+4ast
gschID: 193571


Planeta-Univ. - Dynamo MO 74-86

No shocking result in a game in Ukhta where seventh ranked Dynamo Moscow (14-11) defeated 11th ranked Planeta-Univ. (9-17) 86-74. The game without a history. Dynamo Moscow led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Dynamo Moscow forced 20 Planeta-Univ. turnovers. Strangely Planeta-Univ. outrebounded Dynamo Moscow 44-28 including 25 on the offensive glass. Planeta-Univ. was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for the former international forward Nikita Morgunov (210-75, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Artur Urazmanov (186-87) contributed with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Dynamo Moscow players scored in double figures. Forward Andrey Petukhov (207-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Anton Dudukin (209-86) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Planeta-Univ.Planeta-Univ.'s coach Vyacheslav Merzlyakov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Dynamo Moscow maintains seventh position with 14-11 record. Planeta-Univ. lost third consecutive game. Planeta-Univ. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the twelfth place with 17 games lost. Dynamo Moscow's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Moscow Spartak Vidnoye.
Top scorers:
Dynamo MO: N.Morgunov 29+7reb+2ast, A.Urazmanov 13+7reb+4ast, A.Savkov 12+5reb, G.Plotnikov 11+5ast, A.Karpeko 8+5reb+1ast, A.Korchagin 7+1reb+3ast
Planeta-Univ.: A.Petukhov 24+10reb, A.Dudukin 13+9reb, S.Zinchenko 12+4reb+1ast, I.Suhinin 9+5reb, J.Ellisor 8+8reb+1ast, A.Krylov 4+3reb
gschID: 193570


AltajBasket - Novosybirsk 74-83

Very expected game in Barnau where 9th ranked AltajBasket (13-13) was defeated by third ranked Novosybirsk (20-6) 83-74. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-11. But AltajBasket won third quarter 25-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Novosybirsk made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 AltajBasket turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. AltajBasket was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for swingman Pavel Zakamov (192-80, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who helped to win the game recording 24 points. Naturalized Kazakhstan Stanislav Makshantsev (205-78, college: Furman) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Novosybirsk players scored in double figures. point guard Vasiliy Gladyshev (188-83) replied with 18 points and 7 assists and center Sergey Varlamov (209-84) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for AltajBasket. AltajBasket's coach Aleksandr Rachenkov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Novosybirsk have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Ural Ekaterinb. AltajBasket at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Novosybirsk will play against Severstal (#14) in Cherepovec in the next round which should be an easy win for them. AltajBasket will play at home against Planeta-Univ. (#12) in Ukhta and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Novosybirsk: P.Zakamov 24+2reb+2ast, A.Sayapin 19+5reb+2ast, A.Anisimov 17+2reb+6ast, S.Makshantsev 16+9reb+2ast, V.Pronin 3+1reb, I.Novikov 2+1reb+2ast
AltajBasket: V.Gladyshev 18+4reb+7ast, P.Trushnikov 15+2reb, S.Varlamov 11+9reb+3ast, A.Lunev 9+7reb+1ast, A.Diatchkov 9+5reb+1ast, S.Chernov 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 193569


TEMP-SUMZ - Univ.Surgut 72-83

Leader Universitet-Yugra delivered the twentieth third win on Sunday night. This time they beat 6th ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (15-11) 83-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of TEMP-SUMZ Revda. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-72. Universitet-Yugra made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Azerbaijani center Aleksandr Rindin (225-85, agency: Interperformances) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ilia Aleksandrov (194-81) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Universitet-Yugra players scored in double figures. Universitet-Yugra's coach Sergei Olhov used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Ivan Pavlov (200-89) produced 28 points and 6 rebounds and guard Dmitriy Kachanko (200-86) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Universitet-Yugra have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-3 record. TEMP-SUMZ Revda at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Universitet-Yugra are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. TEMP-SUMZ Revda will play against Volgograd (#11) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Univ.Surgut: A.Rindin 21+15reb+1ast, A.Miloserdov 17+2reb+3ast, I.Aleksandrov 15+7reb+2ast, L.Lekavicius 11+3reb+1ast, A.Ageev 7+1reb+4ast, G.Zelenskiy 7+2reb
TEMP-SUMZ: I.Pavlov 28+6reb+1ast, D.Kachanko 17+4reb+2ast, A.Pavlov 8+12reb+2ast, M.Kiryanov 6+3reb+2ast, A.Semchenko 5+6reb+1ast, S.Khlopov 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 193568


Sojuz Zaretchny - Ural Ekaterinb. 71-88

Very predictable result when second ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (20-6) beat on the road bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (4-22) 88-71. The game without a history. Ural Ekaterinburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a very good performance for forward Dmitri Nikolaev (200-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. The former international center Aleksandr Dedushkin (210-81, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Forward Vyacheslav Sleta (205-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Grigoriy Andreev (193-90) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for Sojuz Zaretchny. Sojuz Zaretchny's coach Sergey Mostovschikov rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ural Ekaterinburg maintains second position with 20-6 record having just -16 point less than leader Univ.Surgut, which they share with Novosybirsk. Sojuz Zaretchny lost ninth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. They share the position with Severstal. Ural Ekaterinburg will play against Ryazan (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sojuz Zaretchny will play against the league's leader Universitet-Yugra (#1) in Surgut and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ural Ekaterinb.: C.Monroe 23+2ast, D.Nikolaev 23+10reb+1ast, A.Dedushkin 12+12reb+1ast, A.Fedyushin 9+4reb, M.Dybovskiy 9+3reb, A.Glazunov 8+3reb+11ast
Sojuz Zaretchny: V.Sleta 20+11reb, G.Andreev 12+2reb+5ast, P.Khomyakov 10+8reb+1ast, V.Balyakin 9+2reb, D.Novikov 9+5reb, A.Lanchakov 4+4reb
gschID: 193567


Ataman - Ryazan 66-62

Not a big story in a game in Rostov where 10th ranked Ryazan (13-14) was defeated by sixth ranked Ataman (16-11) 66-62. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were already 17 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-12 Ryazan's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 66-62 at the end of the game. It was a very good performance for Canadian power forward Sean Denison (211-85, college: Santa Clara, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Dmitriy Zagnoyko (192-85) contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Ataman players scored in double figures. Guard Dramir Zibirov (188-86) replied with 15 points and 5 assists and power forward Aleksey Tsvetkov (207-84) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Ryazan. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ataman moved-up to fifth place. Ryazan at the other side keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Ataman will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ryazan will play at home against the league's second-placed Ural Ekaterinburg (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ataman: P.Aleksandrov 11+3reb+1ast, S.Denison 11+9reb+2ast, A.Nesterov 10+2reb, D.Zagnoyko 10+5reb+3ast, I.Kaytnov 7+1reb+1ast, A.Burtsev 6+3reb
Ryazan: D.Zibirov 15+3reb+5ast, N.Stepanenkov 10+3reb, A.Tsvetkov 9+6reb, O.Bartunov 9+4reb+2ast, A.Kirjanov 7, M.Polyakov 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 193566



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Standings - B Liga

B League Standings
 1. Meridiana NS 18-5 
 2. Crnokosa 15-8 
 3. Napredak K. 14-9 
 4. Morava 14-9 
 5. Mladost Zemun 13-10 
 6. Napredak A.