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  ABA   



ABA All Star Game April 20, 2013 Chicago IL: Rosters, Alternates, Coaches, Venue and other Info!! - by Vance Marbury

The 2013 ABA All Star Game will be held on April 20th 2013. The ABA Chicago Steam host Coordinator for this event. Event details are as follows:

ABA EAST ALL STARS
Jermaine Bell, Jacksonville Giants 7 ft C
Ed Horton, Jacksonville Giants 6-4 PG/SG
Maurice Mickens, Memphis Bluff City Reign 6 ft G
Kyle Myer, Lima Explosion 6-8 F
Rashaad Faust, Georgia Gwizzlies6-7 F
Odgra Bobo, Michiana Monarchs 6-8 PG/SG
Bryan Calloway, Fayetteville Flight 6-0 G
Jordan Payne, Gulf Coast Flash 6-5 SGF
Mareo Thompson, Electric City Lions 6-2 G
JaShon Muxib, Jersey Express 6-6 G
Adreew Muse, Chicago Steam 6-2 G
Keith Dean, Chicago Steam 6-G

Alternates:
Oludale Charles Doherty Jr, Hampton Roads Stallions
Al Presley, Southwest Warriors

Coaches:
Kevin Waters, Jacksonville Giants
Ron HIcks, Chicago Steam


ABA WEST ALL STARS
Rob Turner, Arizona Scorpions 6-9 D
Jamal Livingston, Arizona Scorpions 6-9 F
David Kinder, San Diego Surf 6-8 F/C
Jerry DuPress, Los Angeles SLAM 6-7 SF
Mike Willis, Texas FUEL 6-8 F
Reuben Lewis, Bay Area Matrix 6-4 G
Mario Saunders, West Texas Whirlwinds 6-8 F
Tyrone Davis, Conway Cyclones 6-8 PF/C
Marcus Stockton, Colorado Kings 6-11 C

Alternates:
Darius Eason, Conway Cyclones
Justin Artis, Patrick Lewis, Olympia Reign
Chris Weston, Dwayne Blakeley, Missouri Rhythm
Ryan McBride, Colorado Kings
Marcus Bradford, Seattle Mountaineers

Coaches:
Ron Tilley, Arizona Scorpions
Asst Coach: TBA

Venue Location:
SOUTH SUBURBAN COLLEGE
15800 S. STATE STREET - SOUTH HOLLAND, IL
11:00 ABA All-Star warm-up/shootaround
12:00-1:00 Slam Dunk & 3-point contest
1:00-2:30 Lady Steam vs. Indy
3:00-5:00 ABA All-Star Game

TICKETS
General Admission to All Star game: $10
Ticket Package to all All Star events: $25
VIP: $25

Host Hotel: Red Roof Inn - 708-895-9570
2450 173th Street - Lansing, IL 60438

For More Info go to the Chicago Steam website: http://www.chicagosteambasketball.com



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Abidjan 2003 Afrobasket: Now that the group have emerge, what next? - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Africa basketball ruling body FIBA Africa on March 30 this year roll out the grouping for the 27th Africa Cup of Nations (Afrobasket) slated for August 20 31 in Abidjan Cote dIvoire.

The sixteen qualified countries were grouped into four pool of four countries each with the host Cote dIvoire seeded in group-A, defending champion Tunisia, runner-up Angola and third place side at the 26th edition of the continent most glamorous basketball championship Nigeria were seeded in group B, C and D.

Other countries to battle two-time champion and host Cote dIvoire in group-A are five-time winner Egypt, Senegal and host of the 2005 edition Algeria.

Tunisia will contend with Rwanda, Burkina Faso and Morocco in group-B while ten-time champion and Africa most seeded team Angola will do battle against Central Africa Republic, Mozambique and Cape Verde.

Nigeria who is looking to win the Nations Cup for the first time after several attempts will slug it against 2007 finalist Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville and Mali in group-D.

Each country will play games at the preliminary rounds with two teams qualifying for the knock-out stage enroute the grand finale.

The questions on the lips of basketball faithful across Africa is that what next after the grouping, will Tunisia successfully defend it title it won two years ago in Madagascar beating Angola in the final or will another champion emerged?



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1 Satria Muda 12-3 
 2 Petron Blaze 10-3 
 3 KL Dragons 8-7 
 4 Thailand S. 6-10 
 5 Singapore S. 5-10 
 6 Saigon H. 3-11 

Regular Season: Round 14

Apr. 10: Thailand S. - Satria Muda 74-83
Apr. 12: KL Dragons - Satria Muda
Apr. 13: Petron Blaze - Singapore S.



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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

Premier League Standings
 1. Al Manama 13-2 
 2. Al Ahli 12-3 
 3. Muharraq 12-3 
 4. Al Hala 11-4 
 5. Sitra 10-5 
 6. Issa Town 9-7 
 7. Nuwaidrat 8-7 
 8. Hidd 6-10 
 9. Bahrain Club 5-11 
 10. Al Ittihad 3-12 
 11. Al Najma 3-13 
 12. Samaheej 0-15 

Regular Season: Round 16

Apr. 9: Bahrain Club - Hidd 73-68
Apr. 9: Al Najma - Issa Town 59-75
Apr. 10: Al Manama - Nuwaidrat
Apr. 10: Samaheej - Sitra
Apr. 11: Muharraq - Al Ittihad
Apr. 11: Al Hala - Al Ahli



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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
Championship
 1. Grodno-93 29-1 
 2. Sozh Gomel 20-10 
 3. Svisloch 13-17 
 4. Rubon 12-18 
Play-Out
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk II 12-18 
 2. Impuls BGUIR 12-18 
 3. Borisfen 7-23 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 6

Championship

Apr. 9: Rubon - Svisloch 84-91
Apr. 9: Grodno-93 - Sozh Gomel 79-77

Play-Out

Apr. 9: Tsmoki-Minsk II - Borisfen 83-86



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  BERMUDAS   


Bermuda to face Warriors in Buffalo - by Eurobasket News

The Bermuda National Mens Basketball Team will be playing two games against the Pro team Buffalo Warriors May 17th and 22nd in Buffalo. National coach Roderick Spencer said, We are taking about 14 or 15 guys. All but 3 are players that have been part of our last Island Games and or Caribbean Basketball Conference teams with a few new faces that we are looking at. Spencer when asked how this came about said, This came about after a talk I had with Terrence Dill, we needed games and the Buffalo Warriors were looking to fill a hole in their schedule. Spence went on to say, We are definitely open to hosting them here in Bermuda but like always it will come down to funding, when asked if Bermuda could host the Buffalo Warriors. And to the question about when will Bermuda get a chance to see the top players all on the court at the same time, To be honest I don't known when Bermuda will see our best team play.
Courtesy of: islandstats.com



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  BRAZIL   


Universo/Ajax agreed with Fabian Ramirez and Adyb Fernandes - by Paulo Freire

After hiring the Uruguayan Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) of 30 years old, and 1.93cm tall, the Universo/Ajax team will have another imported player reinforcement to the rotation of the new team for the Brazil Cup.
Yesterday, the Directed Board of the Universo announced the power forward Fabian Ramirez (193-F-90) of 23 years old. The Argentine player was born in Corrientes and has passages by teams of argentina and in the young basics teams of Argentina National Team. South American Champion under-17 (2007) and the Pan American under-18 (2008) and played under-19 World (2009) in New Zealand.
In Argentina, Fabian Ramirez played at Olympic Cyclist Club of la Banda, in Corrientes and San Martin, also at Boca Juniors.

Beyond it, the Universo/Ajax will strengthen the team with another player, the team also sign Adyb Fernandes (F). The player played at Sorocaba, Xv de Piracicaba and Macae.



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  BULGARIA   

Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 23-2 
 2. Levski Sofia 21-4 
 3. Balkan 17-8 
 4. Rilski Sportist 15-9 
 5. Tundja Yambol 12-12 
 6. Beroe 10-15 
 7. Chernomorets 10-15 
 8. Cherno More 10-15 
 9. Spartak Pleven 5-20 
 10. U20 1-24 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 10: Chernomorets - Spartak Pleven 83-69
Apr. 10: U20 - Balkan 79-85
Apr. 10: Cherno More - Levski Sofia 77-86
Apr. 10: Beroe - Lukoil Academik 73-84
Apr. 11: Rilski Sportist - Tundja Yambol


Petar Georgiev, president of BC Rilski Sportist: Our club and the EUROHOLD Balkan League have been developing together over the years - by Christomir Rackov

Back in the year 2009 Rilski Sportist hosted the first ever Final Four of the EUROHOLD Balkan League and became the first champion of the tournament. Now the team will host the Final Four once again and the president of the club Mr. Petar Georgiev says he hopes the event will not be different than the bigger European tournaments:

"Samokov has the ambitions to organize an excellent competition, an excellent Final Four. Our goal for this Final Four is it to be not so different that those of the bigger European competitions. This season, despite the fact that this tournament had some very strong teams in it, we managed to qualify for the Final Four, so we'll do everything we can to perform well until the end.

We try to play good basketball for the Bulgarian standards and as you can all see not only that, but for the standards of the Balkans as well. Now the entire Balkans know about Samokov as a city with a good basketball team. I think the conditions Samokov can offer are one of the best in the country for basketball games.

Of course, this Final Four will cost more than the first one. Back then it was the first one ever in the EUROHOLD Balkan League and I can say we have been developing together - we walk our path together step by step, right from the start. Of course, the goals we have set include the organization of the Final Four to be very good and this means more money invested in it.

I do not expect anything special in the game versus Levski. I think all the tension between the two teams needs to be quickly quelled by the referees. I can definitely say that the referees in the EUROHOLD Balkan League are much different that those in our local championship though and you have to watch the game to see for yourselves that this is the truth. For these 5 years I have had almost no complaints."



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  CHINA   


The Knicks to sign James Singleton, ex Xinjiang FT - by Eurobasket News

New York Knicks will sign 32-year old forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray State). He started the season at Xinjiang Flying Tigers in Chinese CBA league. In 21 games he averaged impressive 15.2ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg this season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The last season Singleton played at the Wizards. In 12 games he had 8.2ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.3apg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements Singleton's team won Chinese CBA Regular Season for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 2nd Team award in 2012.
Singleton is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Armani Milano and Fileni BPA Jesi), Spain (Caja Laboral), other NBA teams (Dallas Mavericks and LA Clippers) and China (Guandong Tigers).
Singleton attended Murray State until 2003 and it is his tenth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Jumping ability and timing was honed as a high school volleyball player. Is a hard worker who loves to workout and play basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

DPB Standings
 1. Bambuqueros 18-8 
 2. Bucaros 18-8 
 3. Once Caldas 16-10 
 4. Piratas 15-11 
 5. Academia 14-12 
 6. Aguilas 10-16 
 7. Caribbean Heat 9-17 
 8. Halcones 4-22 

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 9: Halcones - Piratas 91-100
Apr. 9: Bambuqueros - Academia 89-103
Apr. 10: Once Caldas - Aguilas 88-78
Apr. 9: Caribbean Heat - Bucaros 77-76

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 12: Once Caldas - Bucaros
Apr. 12: Bambuqueros - Piratas
Apr. 12: Halcones - Academia
Apr. 12: Caribbean Heat - Aguilas


PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 26- RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Bambuqueros played its worst game of the season very relaxed on defense and trying to live from the 3 pt shooting but 6 out of 32 attempts meant the victory for the visitors Academia de Medellin, Camilo Londono academias captain guided his team to the victory with 23 pts, Bambuqueros both teams are already qualified for the second phase of the PBD.
Bambuqeros Utrahuilca 89 S. Ortiz 23 pts, J. Dunn 21 pts
Academia de la Montana 113 C. Londono 23 pts, C. Chavez 21 pts

With the last breath Caribbean heat rescue the victory, Ralphy Holmes made on of 2 free throws and Bukaros waisted the last posetion iin Cartagena, the C.Heat is still alive and will play live or death in the last two games of the regular season against the Aguilas, Edward Steele had his career high 31 pts leading the winners
Caribbean Heat 77 E. Steele 31 pts, R. Holmes 22 pts.
Bukaros Freskaleche 76 L. Gilbert 18 pts, J. Hernandez 14 pts + 15 rebs

Piiratas sweeped the series against the eliminated Halcones, Tayron Thomas was unstoppable agains with 34 pts and 12 rebounds.
Halcones de Cucuta 91 D. Northern 32pts + 14 rebs, R. Jeter 21 pts
Piratas de Bogota 100 T. Thomas 34 pts + 12 rebs, J. Fahnbulled 17 pts + 13 rebs.

Aguilas missed a great oportunity to take distance in the fight for the sixth place falling as visitors against the Manizales OC, the OC had a good balance in the offensive side 6 of their players score in double figures, while Eddy Mayfield (185-G-81, college: Sam Houston St.) was Aguilas horse in the game with 34 pts, not enough to win.
Manizales OC 81 A. Jordan 15 pts, C. Ordonez 11 pts.
Aguilas de Tunja 76 E. Mayfield 34 pts, T. Rayson 11 pts

NOTE:
Manizales OC vs Aguilas , second game @ Manizales will be today, and TV broacasted by Directv.



Tayron Thomas' triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old point guard Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) had a very impressive game in the last round for Piratas and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
He recorded a triple-double of 18 points addeding also 15 rebounds and 10 assists, while his team outclassed Halcones (#8, 4-21) with 38-point margin 119-81. Piratas maintains the 4th position in Colombian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Piratas will need more victories to improve their 14-11 record. Thomas just recently signed at Piratas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Philadelphia University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thomas is in league's top in points (4th best: 20.7ppg), assists (7th best: 3.5apg) and averages solid 52.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Philip Brooks (188-G-84) of league's second-best Bucaros. He is American guard in his first season at Bucaros. In the last game Brooks recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 10 assists. Of course he lead Bucaros to another comfortable win 87-73 over the lower-ranked Caribbean Heat (#7, 8-17) being unquestionably team leader. Bucaros' second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 18-7 record is not bad at all. Brooks is one of the most experienced players at Bucaros and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.3ppg (#6). He also recorded 4.6 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Eddy Mayfield (185-G-81) of Aguilas (#6). Mayfield got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. Despite Mayfield's great performance Aguilas lost 76-81 to the higher-ranked Once Caldas (#3, 15-10). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Aguilas ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Mayfield could help Aguilas to bring them higher in the standings. Mayfield has a great season in Colombia. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.1apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Hernandez (207-C-84) of Bucaros - 10 points and 22 rebounds
5. Ralphy Holmes (192-G-79) of Caribbean Heat - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Edgar Arteaga (200-F-80) of Piratas - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Eleutherio Renteria (194-G/F-81) of Halcones - 20 points and 7 rebounds
8. Leonard Mendez (196-G-87) of Piratas - 18 points
9. Sergio Trocha (204-C-87) of Bucaros - 11 points and 10 rebounds
10. Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) of Bambuqueros - 13 points and 6 rebounds

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



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

A1 Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Cibona 4-0 
 2. Zadar 3-1 
 3. Jolly 3-1 
 4. Cedevita 3-1 
 5. KK Split 2-2 
 6. Kvarner 2010 1-3 
 7. KK Zagreb 0-4 
 8. Alkar Sinj 0-4 
Places 9-14
 1. Djuro Djakovic 9-3 
 2. Darda 8-3 
 3. Osjecki Sokol 6-5 
 4. Zabok 5-7 
 5. Krizevci 5-7 
 6. Dubrovnik 1-9 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 4

Apr. 10: Cibona - KK Zagreb 93-83
Apr. 10: Kvarner 2010 - Cedevita 75-91
Apr. 10: KK Split - Zadar 61-75
Apr. 10: Alkar Sinj - Jolly 50-65

Second Stage: Round 5

Apr. 13: Jolly - Cibona
Apr. 13: Cedevita - Alkar Sinj
Apr. 13: Zadar - Kvarner 2010
Apr. 13: KK Zagreb - KK Split


A1 Round 4 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

The biggest surprise of round 4 was guest KK Zadar's (3-1) road victory over KK Split (#5) 75-61 on Wednesday evening. The game without a history. KK Zadar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Bosnian-Slovenian center Jusuf Nurkic (212-94) fired 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. Swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. KK Zadar moved-up to second place, which they share with Jolly and Cedevita. KK Split at the other side keeps the fifth position with two games lost. KK Zadar is looking forward to face Kvarner 2010 (#6) in Rijeka in the next round. KK Split will play on the road against KK Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Zagreb: Cibona (#1) and KK Zagreb (#7). Cibona (4-0) won against visiting KK Zagreb (0-4) 93-83. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Marin Rozic (201-83, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Dario Saric contributed with 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Bosnian forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds for KK Zagreb. Cibona have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 4-0 record. KK Zagreb at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Alkar Sinj. Cibona will play against Jolly (#3) in Sibenik in the next round, which may be the game of the day. KK Zagreb will play at home against KK Split (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Alkar Sinj (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 65-50 loss to fourth ranked Jolly (3-1) in Sinj on Wednesday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Worth to mention a great performance of Ronald Ross who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side Josip Matic responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jolly moved-up to second place, which they share with Zadar and Cedevita. Loser Alkar Sinj still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with KK Zagreb. Jolly will meet at home league's leader Cibona in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Alkar Sinj will play against Cedevita (#4) in Zagreb and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
The game in Rijeka was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Cedevita (3-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Kvarner 2010 (1-3). Cedevita defeated Kvarner 2010 91-75. The winners were led by Bracey Wright who scored that evening 19 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Cedevita have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Zadar and Jolly. Kvarner 2010 at the other side keeps the sixth position with three games lost. Cedevita's next round opponent will be Alkar Sinj (#8) at home where they are favorite. Kvarner 2010 will play against the league's second-placed KK Zadar.



Alkar Sinj - Jolly 50-65

Bottom-ranked Alkar Sinj (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 65-50 loss to fourth ranked Jolly (3-1) in Sinj on Wednesday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 65-50. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: LUMANI 10.7) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and forward Mate Mrva (195-83) who added 10 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Josip Matic (202-92) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds and guard Nikola Gaurina (199-83, agency: Interperformances) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jolly moved-up to second place, which they share with Zadar and Cedevita. Loser Alkar Sinj still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with KK Zagreb. Jolly will meet at home league's leader Cibona in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Alkar Sinj will play against Cedevita (#4) in Zagreb and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Alkar Sinj: J.Matic 12+8reb, L.Zitko 8+2reb+1ast, N.Gaurina 8+5reb+1ast, Z.Zupic 7+5reb, S.Modric 7+2reb, R.Jugo 4+1ast
Jolly: R.Ross 17+10reb+2ast, M.Mrva 10+7reb+3ast, D.Vrsaljko 10+5reb, D.Bubalo 9+8reb+1ast, D.Butorac 7+3reb+1ast, J.Naletilic 5+2reb
gschID: 236361


Kvarner 2010 - Cedevita 75-91

The game in Rijeka was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Cedevita (3-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Kvarner 2010 (1-3). Cedevita defeated Kvarner 2010 91-75. The game was mostly controlled by Cedevita. Kvarner 2010 was better in second period 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cedevita shot 62.5 percent from the field. The winners were led by American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana, agency: Priority Sports) who scored that evening 19 points and Serbian forward Predrag Suput (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) supported him with 17 points. Four Cedevita players scored in double figures. Even 20 points and 9 rebounds by forward Ivica Radic (208-90) did not help to save the game for Kvarner 2010. Power forward Jure Skific (202-88) added 18 points for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Cedevita have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Zadar and Jolly. Kvarner 2010 at the other side keeps the sixth position with three games lost. Cedevita's next round opponent will be Alkar Sinj (#8) at home where they are favorite. Kvarner 2010 will play against the league's second-placed KK Zadar.
Top scorers:
Kvarner 2010: I.Radic 20+9reb+1ast, J.Skific 18+1reb, D.Cinac 11+5reb+2ast, D.Stipcic 7+3reb+1ast, H.Sirko 7+1reb, M.Juricic 6+1ast
Cedevita: B.Wright 19+4reb+3ast, P.Suput 17+1reb+1ast, L.Andric 12+2reb+1ast, M.Bilan 11+4reb, L.Babic 10+1reb+2ast, M.Bazdaric 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 236360


KK Split - Zadar 61-75

The biggest surprise of round 4 was guest KK Zadar's (3-1) road victory over KK Split (#5) 75-61 on Wednesday evening. The game without a history. KK Zadar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Bosnian-Slovenian center Jusuf Nurkic (212-94) fired 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. Swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Toni Katic (188-92) added 11 points and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Five KK Zadar and four KK Split players scored in double figures. KK Zadar moved-up to second place, which they share with Jolly and Cedevita. KK Split at the other side keeps the fifth position with two games lost. KK Zadar is looking forward to face Kvarner 2010 (#6) in Rijeka in the next round. KK Split will play on the road against KK Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KK Split: I.Siriscevic 16+1reb, J.Sobin 13+11reb+1ast, F.Kraljevic 11+3reb+1ast, T.Katic 11+3reb+7ast, P.Marinelli 8+2reb+1ast, I.Bender 2+2reb
Zadar: J.Nurkic 16+7reb+1ast, R.Travis 14+2reb+4ast, A.Delas 12+2reb+3ast, M.Ramljak 10+4reb+4ast, B.Krasic 10+5reb, J.Brkic 6+2reb
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Cibona - KK Zagreb 93-83

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Zagreb: Cibona (#1) and KK Zagreb (#7). Cibona (4-0) won against visiting KK Zagreb (0-4) 93-83. KK Zagreb was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 46-34 second half run of Cibona. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Marin Rozic (201-83, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). International power forward Dario Saric (208-94) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Bosnian forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Ivan Novacic (201-85) added 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for KK Zagreb. Four KK Zagreb players scored in double figures. Cibona have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 4-0 record. KK Zagreb at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Alkar Sinj. Cibona will play against Jolly (#3) in Sibenik in the next round, which may be the game of the day. KK Zagreb will play at home against KK Split (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb: M.Car 16+4ast, M.Halilovic 16+8reb+3ast, I.Novacic 15+7reb+2ast, J.Segaric 14+6reb+1ast, P.Babic 7+2reb+1ast, K.Zganec 6+3reb+1ast
Cibona: M.Rozic 22+6reb+5ast, D.Saric 20+11reb+2ast, A.Zizic 15+8reb+3ast, H.Kovacevic 14+1reb+1ast, D.Strawberry 8+6reb+2ast, M.Jagodic Kuridza 6+1reb+1ast
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  CYPRUS   


Tonis Konstantinides - The records' coach - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

The 38 year-old coach reached the pinnacle of his career in June 2012 when he was appointed as the Men's Basketball National Team's head coach. Tonis, as we call him is distinguished for his hard work, very good pre-season preparation and discipline.

Between the years 2008-2012 he had been Etha's head coach which he led to historic titles. Specifically he has won 2 championships, 1 cup and 1 super cup.

Besides this, he led Etha in the Eurochallenge, disqualifying the all-mighty Artland Dragons, leading Etha in the Eurocup. In the Eurocup Etha had amazing appearances against many teams, like the Spartak-Saint Petersburg.

Taking a closer look at his record, coach Antonis Konstantinides is a terrific talent. He has successfully coached quite a few teams so far, including:
1996-1998: Coach of the Academies A.S Sourmena, Greece
1998-2000: Coach of the Academies PAEEK Kyrineias,Cyprus
2000-2003: Head Coach of the 2nd Team of Omonoia Nicosia
2003-2006: Head Coach of Omonoia Nicosia (Senior team)
2006-2008: Head Coach of PHILIPS College (Senior team)
2008-2012: Head Coach of Intercollege ETHA (Senior team)
2012-Present: Head Coach of B.C. APOEL Nicosia (Senior Team)
National Team:
2008: Ass, Coach of U16 National Team Cyprus
2008-2011: Head Coach of Women National Team Cyprus.
2012-2013: Head Coach of Mens National Team Cyprus.

Besides his success as Etha's head coach, in his career he has great achievements that are worth mentioning. These include:

Among the few Cypriot coaches who have won all 3 titles in the same year (championship, cup, super-cup).
Has won 2 consecutive championships, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.
Has led his teams at the semi-finals the last four years (3 with Etha and 1 with Apoel).
Has reached the final the last 3 years (2 with Etha and 1 with Apoel).
Has a record in breaking the "home court disadvantage". In Cyprus, at least so far, breaking the home court disadvantage at the playoffs has been a significant achievement.
o First, as Etha's head coach in 2010-2011 he won Apoel away at the semi-finals, reached the finals and won the championship.
o In 2011-2012, again as Etha's head coach, he won Apollon away at the semifinals and then he broke Keravnos's home court advantage at game 1 and won the championship.
o This last year, as Apoels' coach, he broke Keravnos's home court advantage twice at the semi-finals and reached the finals.
Has succeeded important Eurochallenge victories against Triumph in Russia and against Olin in Turkey.
Has been awarded as the "Coach of the year" in 2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012




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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
Group A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 32-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 20-13 
 3. NH Ostrava 20-13 
 4. BK Pardubice 19-14 
 5. BC Kolin 18-15 
 6. BK Decin 18-15 
Group A2
 1. Levice 21-15 
 2. USK Praha 17-19 
 3. B&W Opava 15-21 
 4. Chomutov 13-23 
 5. Usti n/Labem 11-25 
 6. Svitavy 11-25 
 7. J.Hradec 10-26 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 10

Apr. 10: CEZ Nymburk - BK Prostejov 102-56
Apr. 13: BK Pardubice - BC Kolin
Apr. 13: BK Pardubice - CEZ Nymburk
Apr. 13: NH Ostrava - BK Decin



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  EGYPT   


The Egyptian super league on fire - by Sherif Soliman

Egyptian Super League began in Alexandria earlier this week.The competition seems to be between three teams to win the super league , Sporting Alexandrian club ,the Egyptian Cup winners and Champions of U16 league looking for their 3rd chamionchip. While the defending champions Al-Ahly who released Amin Rozik will compete strongly.finally the Alexandrian Union club who achieved good results despite the circumstances still fights for an achievment before the end of the season.


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KML play-offs: no surprises so far - by Janar

So far, there are no surprises in quarter-final series of G4S KML play-offs.

TU/Rock won Valga/Maks&Moorits 85:65 and BC Rakvere Tarvas struggled but beat KK Parnu 89:81 at home. TYCO Rapla took an important away win against TTU KK 82:68 behind brilliant performance by Rait-Riivo Laane (179-PG-93).

Laane scored 31 points in the opening game of the most intriguing matchup of quarter-finals, including most of the decisive 13:0 run during 3rd quarter. After that, the numbers were 60:41 with 10 minutes to go.
Rapla led 21:19 after first quarter thanks to Laane's shot from the middle of the court. The first half ended 43:36 and 3rd quarter 60:41.
Laane led the winners with 31 points and 4 steals. Martin Paasoja (191-G-93) added 12, Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) and Martin Dorbek (194-G-91) 11 points. Erik Keedus (198-F-90) scored 16 (6/7 FG) points, 8 rbs and 5 ast for TTU, Kiur Akenparg (190-F-88) added 14 points. TTU made 21 turnovers, Rapla - 9. Rapla won offensive rebounding 13:5.

In Tartu, TU/Rock led only 39:35 at the halftime against Valga. In the middle of the 3rd, it was 47:47 but since then, the hosts dominated the game and won convincingly. Joosep Toome (208-C-85) led the winners with 20 points, Rain Veideman (193-G-91) added 17 + 8 rbs, Justin Ingram (188-PG-85, agency: Two Points, college: Toledo) 15 + 5 ast. Joonas Jarvelainen (202-F/C-90) and Raitis Grafs (208-C-81, college: Valparaiso) scored 15 for Valga.

BC Rakvere Tarvas was trailing 17:24 after 1st quarter against Parnu but won the first half 44:39. It was 64:50 with a quarter to play but with 40 seconds left, the gap was only 4 points. Still, the hosts held on and took the first game. Kaido Saks (205-F-86) led the winners with 24+7rbs, Brandis Raley-Ross (188-G-87, college: S.Carolina) contributed 20+8+7ast, Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) added 20+7+6 ast. Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91) had 21+8+7ast for Parnu, Kristjan Kitsing (205-F-90) added 21+4rbs and Osvaldas Matulionis (200-F-91) 19+8. Rain Raadik (208-C-89) was held on 6+10 (his averages during reg.season were 13+11).



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First games of Quarterfinal series - by Eurobasket News

FCB Regal - Panathinaikos 72-70 OT
Barcelona opened their EuroLeague quarterfinal series against Panathinaikos with victory. They snatched a dramatic overtime win over the Hellenes in the opener. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) stepped up with 14 points to lead the winners. Panathinaikos silenced the Palau Blaugrana with a storming start to the game. The Athens outfit went on a 21:11 run in the first ten minutes. The Spaniards reacted with a 23:11 rally in the second period. The hosts spurred ahead to take a 34:32 halftime lead. Panathinaikos were back in the drivers seat in the third period. The Greek side limited Barcelona to 11 points in the quarter and earned a 51:45 lead with ten minutes remaining in regulation. Barcelona denied the deficit and surged ahead for a 64:61 lead with just over a minute remaining in regulation. Diamantidis drained a triple to tie things up at 64. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) then missed a layup as the teams headed into overtime. The lead changed hands for several times early in the extra period. Finally Juan Carlos Navarro hit a three-pointer to give the hosts a 72:70 lead with 2 minutes left in overtime. The teams then went scoreless in the remaining two minutes and Barcelona escaped with a narrow win at the end. Ante Tomic and Victor Sada (192-G-84) netted 13 points each for the winners. James Gist (205-F-86) and Stephane Lasme responded with 14 points each for Panathinaikos.

Olympiacos - Anadolu Efes 67-62
Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) paces Olympiacos past Anadolu Efes in Game 1 of EuroLeague Quarterfinals. He scored 26 points in a 67:62 win. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-15. But Anadolu Efes won second period 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Georgios Printezis who helped to win the game recording 26 points. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Acie Law notched 7 and Kyle Hines delivered 6. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Semih Erden added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Anadolu Efes. Jamon Lukas Gordon scored 10, while Jordan Farmar netted 8. Game 2 to be played on Friday, April 12th.

Real Madrid - Maccabi T-A 79-53
Real Madrid claimed the opening win in the EuroLeague quarterfinal series versus Maccabi. The Spanish powerhouse eased to the victory in Madrid to open the series. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) came up with 15 points and 6 boards to lead the winners. Maccabi surprised the hosts with a powerful start. The Israeli champions went on a 23:14 rally in the first quarter. But Real quickly stopped the rot. The hosts answered with a 24:4 run in the second frame to gain a 38:27 halftime lead. Real maintained the lead throughout the third term. The home side accumulated a 59:43 advantage at the final intermission. Real never looked back afterwards outscoring their opponents 20:10 in the final period. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) netted 14 points, while Sergio Rodriguez added 10 points and 10 assists in the win. Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) answered with 9 points for Maccabi. Niklas Caner-Medley had 8 points in the loss.

CSKA - Caja Laboral 89-78
CSKA outgun Caja Laboral in Moscow in front of almost 5000 local fans. The Russian team tasted the first, 89:78 win in the Quarterfinal series. The Russian team started with 26-19 and never looked behind after. The hosts added 24-16 in the second frame and led 50:35 at the halftime. Both teams scored 23 points each in the third period, while the last quarter belonged to the visiting team. Caja Laboral needed a 20-16 rally to reduce the result to final 11 points. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) nailed 17. Sasha Kaun and Nenad Krstic followed them with 16 points each. Fabien Causeur (193-SG-87) answered with 17 points in the losing effort, while Andres Nocioni added 16. Maciej Lampe scored 12 and Milko Bjelica posted 10.



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. Nilan Bisons 34-9 
 2. Kataja 32-9 
 3. KTP 31-12 
 4. Pyrinto 30-13 
 5. Kauhajoki 27-16 
 6. Kouvot 21-21 
 7. LrNMKY 17-25 
 8. Salon Vilpas 13-29 
 9. Lapua 13-29 
 10. Korihait 13-30 
 11. Namika Lahti 13-30 
 12. FoKoPo 11-32 

Regular Season: Round 45

Apr. 7: Kataja - Pyrinto 87-82
Apr. 9: Pyrinto - Kataja 73-71
Apr. 11: LrNMKY - Pyrinto
Apr. 11: Korihait - Nilan Bisons
Apr. 11: Namika Lahti - Kataja
Apr. 11: KTP - Kauhajoki
Apr. 11: FoKoPo - Salon Vilpas
Apr. 11: Lapua - Kouvot


1.DIVISION: Honka - ToPo 3-1 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Division 1 A, semi-finals, Game # 4: Honka (Tapiola) defeated tonight Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) 93-79 (45-49). Quarters: 24-26, 21-23, 25-13, 23-17. This means ToPo's season is over, Honka continues in the Finals. Honka - ToPo 3-1. Malik Moore (192-G-77, college: Amer.Internat.) led Honka with game high 25 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Tero Laitinen added 17 and Ronnie Clark 14 pts. HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming) helped ToPo with a double-double 17pts/12rbs. Elias Kajander added 17 pts.
Honka - ToPo 93-79 (45-49). (Malik Moore 25/11/6a, Tero Laitinen 17, Ronnie Clark 14, Jouko Jarvinen 8 - HL Coleman 17/12, Elias Kajander 17, Marcus Capers 13, Devin Ginty 13/4a. A: 1234).

Division 1 Finalists Tarmo from Porvoo, the regular season winner (19-5) and Honka from Espoo, regular season # 3 (15-9) will play with the system the best out of five contests (three wins needed to win it all). The Finals will start on Monday, April 15 in Porvoo: Tarmo vs Honka. The following games will be: Thursday, April 19 Honka - Tarmo, Monday, April 22 Tarmo - Honka, Friday, April 26 Honka - Tarmo (if necessary) and Sunday, April 28 Tarmo - Honka (if necessary).
The winner goes up to Top League (Korisliiga).



3-1 we are in the Finals! - by Pekka Salminen

I am so proud of my team, Tapiolan Honka.
We played a great semifinals series and overcame a tough opponent in ToPo.
Our execution, focus and determination was simply great all series long.

The best thing was that this was really a team effort. Ronnie Clark was totally unstoppable most of the series, but there were pretty much new heroes in every game.
Malik Moore for example had a "decent" stat line in the last game 25/11+6 assists and 5 steals.
And Tero Laitinen thenhe was the MVP in two of our wins playing great D against the legend, Hanno Mottola, and scored some really important buckets also (14 pts in the last game).
Got a solid performance from rest of the team and as a result we are in the finals!

The Finals will start on Monday at Porvoo. The city is located only like 50 km west of Helsinki, so real close to Espoo. Hopefully our great fans will find their way there to support us.

Porvoo (Tarmo is the name of the club there) is the winner of the regular season, and we have to respect that. We are talking about a good team with three quality Americans, an excellent pg in Jarkko Kyllnen , two sharpshooters (Nissinen and Holme) and tons of experience.

Best of five it will be and it will be challenging and tough and also a lot of fun.
And remember this: the winner will be promoted to the league!

It is Friday morning, the ToPo game was played yesterday and I just got a lot of scouting material about Porvoo from my respected assistant Coach Syrjanen. Dont these young guys need any sleep?

Have to follow Syrjanens example and start working on preparation for the finals series.

Thanks for reading this!

P





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  FRANCE   

Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Orchy 22-4 
 2. Souffel 18-9 
 3. Vichy 18-9 
 4. Blois 17-9 
 5. Monaco 16-10 
 6. Cognac 16-11 
 7. Quimper 15-12 
 8. La Rochelle 15-12 
 9. Rueil 14-13 
 10. Sorgues 13-13 
 11. Chartres 11-15 
 12. Angers BC 49 11-15 
 13. St Chamond 10-17 
 14. Challans 9-17 
 15. Rennes 7-19 
 16. CFBB 0-27 

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 13: Rueil - Sorgues
Apr. 13: St Chamond - Angers BC 49
Apr. 13: Souffel - Blois
Apr. 13: Quimper - Monaco
Apr. 13: La Rochelle - Rennes
Apr. 13: Vichy - Chartres
Apr. 13: Orchy - Challans

Round 30

Apr. 9: Angers BC 49 - Cognac 69-65


Paris-Levallois join Nanterre in Cup Final - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois - ASVEL 72:65

Paris-Levallois will play in the French Cup Final. They shot down ASVEL tonight to join Nanterre in the title game. Antoine Diot (191-PG-89) came up with 25 points to lead the winners.
Paris-Levallois grabbed an 18:13 lead after the opening quarter. The gap grew in the second quarter. Paris-Levallois posted a comfortable 38:25 halftime advantage. ASVEL struggled to narrow to the deficit throughout the third term. Paris-Levallois arrived at the final intermission up by as many as 9 points 57:48. They protected the lead well in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Giovan Oniangue (196-F-91) delivered 13 points, while John Cox (196-G-81, college: USF) and Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) had 10 points each in the win. Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern) and Tim Abromaitis (203-F-89, college: Notre Dame) answered with 14 points each for ASVEL. Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) had 12 points in the loss.

Paris-Levallois: Antoine Diot 25, Giovan Oniangue 13, John Cox 10, Sean May 10
ASVEL: Michael Thompson 14, Tim Abromaitis 14, Edwin Jackson 12



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  FYR MACEDONIA   

D1 Standings

Prva Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Kozuv 12-5 
 2. Feni Indistrija 12-5 
 3. Lirija 11-6 
 4. Rabotnicki 10-7 
 5. Kumanovo 8-9 
 6. MZT Skopje 3-0 
Places 7-9
 1. ABA Strumica 6-9 
 2. Pelister Bitola 3-13 
 3. Vardar 2-13 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 3

Apr. 10: MZT Skopje - Lirija 93-85
Apr. 10: Kumanovo - Kozuv 79-91
Apr. 10: Feni Indistrija - Rabotnicki 73-81

Second Stage: Round 4

Places 1-6

Apr. 13: Kozuv - Feni Indistrija
Apr. 13: Lirija - Kumanovo
Apr. 13: Rabotnicki - MZT Skopje

Places 7-9

Apr. 13: ABA Strumica - Vardar


Prva Liga Round 3 (Second Stage): Leader Feni Indistrija loses to Fersped-Rabotnicki - by Eurobasket News

Top ranked Feni Indistrija (12-5) recorded its fifth loss in Kavadarci on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (10-7) 81-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Feni Indistrija. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Feni Indistrija won third quarter 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fersped-Rabotnicki made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American-Somalian forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Serbian forward Nenad Zivcevic (204-87) chipped in 20 points. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Darko Sokolov (190-86) who recorded 17 points and 5 rebounds. Fersped-Rabotnicki have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 10-7 record. Feni Indistrija at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. They share it with Kozuv. Fersped-Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje MZT Skopje.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Skopje: MZT Skopje (#6) and Lirija (#3). MZT Skopje (3-0) won against visiting Lirija (11-6) 93-85. It was a good game for international Damjan Stojanovski (197-87) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Todor Gecevski contributed with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Montenegrin power forward Balsa Radunovic (207-80, agency: Interperformances) answered with 23 points for Lirija. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for MZT Skopje. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 3-0 record. Lirija lost their third game in a row. They keep the third position with six games lost. MZT Skopje's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Fersped-Rabotnicki.
The game in Kumanovo was also quite interesting. Second ranked Kozuv (12-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Kumanovo 2009 (8-9). Kozuv defeated Kumanovo 2009 91-79 on Wednesday. Kozuv keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Feni Indistrija. Kumanovo 2009 lost their fourth game in a row. Loser Kumanovo 2009 keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Kozuv will meet at home league's second-placed Feni Indistrija in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kumanovo 2009 will play against Lirija in Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The best stats of 3rd round was 17 points and 20 rebounds by Dragan Kerkez of Vardar.


Places 1-6
MZT Skopje - Lirija 93-85

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Skopje: MZT Skopje (#6) and Lirija (#3). MZT Skopje (3-0) won against visiting Lirija (11-6) 93-85. Lirija was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 33-11 third quarter run of MZT Skopje. They made 24-of-28 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. MZT Skopje outrebounded Lirija 36-19 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lirija was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for international Damjan Stojanovski (197-87) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 7 rebounds. International center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Montenegrin power forward Balsa Radunovic (207-80, agency: Interperformances) answered with 23 points and Croatian guard Aleksandar Ugrinoski (192-88, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Lirija. Five MZT Skopje and four Lirija players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for MZT Skopje. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 3-0 record. Lirija lost their third game in a row. They keep the third position with six games lost. MZT Skopje's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Fersped-Rabotnicki.
Top scorers:
Lirija: B.Radunovic 23+3reb+1ast, A.Ugrinoski 14+6reb+5ast, D.Tasovski 13+2reb, E.Hadzibulic 12, J.Price 10+4reb+2ast, N.Karakolev 7+1reb
MZT Skopje: D.Stojanovski 23+7reb, C.Davis 14+5reb+2ast, K.Nikolovski 10+7reb+1ast, T.Gecevski 10+8reb+5ast, D.Noa 10+3reb+1ast, G.Cekovski 7+2reb+2ast
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Feni Indistrija - Rabotnicki 73-81

Top ranked Feni Indistrija (12-5) recorded its fifth loss in Kavadarci on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (10-7) 81-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Feni Indistrija. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Feni Indistrija won third quarter 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fersped-Rabotnicki made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American-Somalian forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Serbian forward Nenad Zivcevic (204-87) chipped in 20 points. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Darko Sokolov (190-86) who recorded 17 points and 5 rebounds and the former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Four Feni Indistrija players scored in double figures. Fersped-Rabotnicki have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 10-7 record. Feni Indistrija at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. They share it with Kozuv. Fersped-Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje MZT Skopje.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: D.Sokolov 17+5reb+2ast, C.McIntosh 14+1reb+2ast, B.Trajkovski 11+10reb, V.Brckov 10+8reb+1ast, H.Kamp 9+8reb+1ast, N.Vucurovic 8+1reb+1ast
Rabotnicki: N.Zivcevic 20+4reb+1ast, M.Abukar 19+9reb+2ast, N.Jelesijevic 15+3reb, L.Goldwire 8+3reb+1ast, A.Dimitrovski 5+2reb+1ast, J.Sharper 4+2reb+1ast
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Kumanovo - Kozuv 79-91

The game in Kumanovo was also quite interesting. Second ranked Kozuv (12-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Kumanovo 2009 (8-9). Kozuv defeated Kumanovo 2009 91-79 on Wednesday. Kozuv keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Feni Indistrija. Kumanovo 2009 lost their fourth game in a row. Loser Kumanovo 2009 keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Kozuv will meet at home league's second-placed Feni Indistrija in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kumanovo 2009 will play against Lirija in Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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  GEORGIA   

Highest League Standing

Superleague Standings
 1. Olimpi 16-3 
 2. MIA Academy 16-3 
 3. Armia 14-5 
 4. Rustavi 13-6 
 5. Dinamo Tbilisi 12-7 
 6. Kutaisi 11-8 
 7. Sokhumi 9-10 
 8. TSU Tbilisi 6-14 
 9. Batumi 5-14 
 10. Samedicino 2-17 
 11. STU Tbilisi 1-18 

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 12: Rustavi - Batumi
Apr. 12: Kutaisi - Sokhumi
Apr. 13: Olimpi - Armia
Apr. 13: Dinamo Tbilisi - STU Tbilisi
Apr. 13: MIA Academy - Samedicino



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  GERMANY   

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Brose Bask. 23-6 
 2. EWE Baskets 21-8 
 3. Ratiopharm 19-10 
 4. B.Muenchen 19-12 
 5. ALBA 17-12 
 6. Phoenix Hagen 17-13 
 7. Art.Dragons 17-13 
 8. s.Oliver Baskets 16-15 
 9. Telekom Baskets 15-14 
 10. Walter Tigers 15-16 
 11. MBC 13-17 
 12. Bremerhaven 13-17 
 13. TBB Trier 13-17 
 14. Fraport SKY 13-18 
 15. NY Phantoms 12-18 
 16. Bayreuth 12-18 
 17. Neckar L'burg 11-20 
 18. LTi 46ers 4-26 

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 10: Phoenix Hagen - Neckar L'burg 95-85
Apr. 10: Fraport SKY - LTi 46ers 95-57
Apr. 9: NY Phantoms - ALBA 84-80
Apr. 10: MBC - TBB Trier 84-72
Apr. 10: Walter Tigers - Telekom Baskets 80-74
Apr. 10: EWE Baskets - B.Muenchen 75-72
Apr. 10: Art.Dragons - Bayreuth 73-60
Apr. 10: s.Oliver Baskets - Bremerhaven 63-53
Apr. 10: Brose Bask. - Ratiopharm 108-75

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 13: ALBA - MBC
Apr. 13: B.Muenchen - Phoenix Hagen
Apr. 13: Bayreuth - Brose Bask.
Apr. 13: Neckar L'burg - NY Phantoms
Apr. 13: LTi 46ers - s.Oliver Baskets
Apr. 14: Bremerhaven - EWE Baskets
Apr. 14: Ratiopharm - Art.Dragons
Apr. 14: Telekom Baskets - Fraport SKY
Apr. 14: TBB Trier - Walter Tigers


BBL Round 31: EWE Baskets edge Bayern Muenchen by three points - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in BBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds. Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The most exciting game of round 31 in the BBL took place in Oldenburg. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Bayern Muenchen (19-12) to second ranked EWE Baskets (21-8) 75-72 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 25-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Bayern Muenchen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. point guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia South, agency: Pro One Sports) fired 19 points for the winners. Forward Ronnie Burrell (204-83, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 18 points. point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) produced 22 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. EWE Baskets have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 21-8 record having just two points less than leader Brose Bask. Bayern Muenchen at the other side keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. EWE Baskets are looking forward to face Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bayern Muenchen will play against Phoenix Hagen (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Bamberg. First ranked Brose Bask. faced 3rd placed ratiopharm Ulm. Host Brose Bask. (23-6) smashed guests from Ulm (19-10) 108-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ratiopharm Ulm. Worth to mention a great performance of Slovenian Bostjan Nachbar (207-80) who helped to win the game recording 22 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Anton Gavel contributed with 19 points for the winners. American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) answered with 11 points and 7 rebounds for ratiopharm Ulm. 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 23-6 record. ratiopharm Ulm at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. Brose Bask. will play against BBC Bayreuth (#16) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. ratiopharm Ulm will play against Artland Dragons (#7) in Quakenbrueck and hopes to get back on the winning track.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Braunschweig, where higher ranked ALBA Berlin (17-12) lost to sixteenth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (12-18) in a road game 80-84 on Tuesday. It was a great evening for Courtney Pigram who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points. At the losing side Deon Thompson responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds. New Yorker Phantoms moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Bayreuth. Loser ALBA Berlin keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. New Yorker Phantoms will meet EnBW Ludwigsburg (#17) on the road in the next round. ALBA Berlin will play against Mitteldeutscher BC (#11) in Weissenfels and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Frankfurt. Local Deutsche Bank Skyliners (13-18) outscored 18th ranked LTi 46ers (4-26) 95-57. It was a quality performance for Zachery Peacock who led the winners and scored 25 points (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!). 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. Deutsche Bank Skyliners moved-up to fourteenth place. LTi 46ers lost sixteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Deutsche Bank Skyliners' next round opponent will be higher ranked Telekom Baskets (#9) in Bonn and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LTi 46ers will play at home against s Oliver Baskets (#8) in Wuerzburg.

Other games of round 31 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
TBB Trier was defeated by MBC in Weissenfels 84-72. Phoenix Hagen beat Neckar L'burg at home 95-85. Bremerhaven lost to s.Oliver Baskets on the opponent's court 53-63. Walter Tigers managed to outperform Telekom Baskets in a home game 80-74. Bayreuth recorded a loss to Art.Dragons on the road 73-60.
The best stats of 31th round was 24 points and 12 rebounds by Johannes Lischka of Walter Tigers.


MBC - TBB Trier 84-72

There was a minor upset in Weissenfels where 12th ranked TBB Trier (13-17) was defeated by fourteenth ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (13-17) 84-72. TBB Trier was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 53-39 second half run of Mitteldeutscher BC. They made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. The game was also dominated by American players. It was an exceptional evening for forward Devin Uskoski (201-85, college: Rocky Mountain) who led the winners and scored 25 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) accounted for 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Forward Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron, agency: LUMANI 10.7) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds and Barry Stewart (191-88, college: Mississippi St., agency: Pro One Sports) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for TBB Trier in the defeat. Four TBB Trier players scored in double figures. TBB Trier's coach Henrik Roedl rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Mitteldeutscher BC moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Bremerhaven and TBB Trier. TBB Trier lost fourth consecutive game. Mitteldeutscher BC's next round opponent will be higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#5) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
MBC: D.Uskoski 25+8reb+1ast, K.Beidler 17+7reb+4ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 10+1reb+3ast, O.Jeanty 9+1reb, D.Pantelic 8+8reb, P.Heyden 7+1reb+1ast
TBB Trier: N.Linhart 19+6reb+1ast, B.Stewart 14+6reb+2ast, A.Seiferth 12+6reb+2ast, B.Harper 10+5reb, V.Chikoko 8+2reb, J.Howell 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 184233


Fraport SKY - LTi 46ers 95-57

The game with biggest result difference took place in Frankfurt. Local Deutsche Bank Skyliners (13-18) outscored 18th ranked LTi 46ers (4-26) 95-57. The game without a history. Deutsche Bank Skyliners led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to LTi 46ers' 14 and made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a quality performance for American forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) who led the winners and scored 25 points (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!). His fellow American import guard Ryan Brooks (193-88, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) accounted for 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Four Deutsche Bank Skyliners players scored in double figures. Forward Dominik Spohr (198-89) came up with 17 points and center Andreas Buechert (208-87, college: Winthrop) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for LTi 46ers in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Deutsche Bank Skyliners moved-up to fourteenth place. LTi 46ers lost sixteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Deutsche Bank Skyliners' next round opponent will be higher ranked Telekom Baskets (#9) in Bonn and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LTi 46ers will play at home against s Oliver Baskets (#8) in Wuerzburg.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: Z.Peacock 25+2reb+1ast, L.Prowell 18+2reb+1ast, R.Brooks 16+5reb+4ast, J.Voigtmann 12+1reb+1ast, M.Nolte 7+9reb, L.Wright 6+2reb+1ast
LTi 46ers: D.Spohr 17+4reb+1ast, A.Buechert 10+7reb, E.Ovcina 9+2reb+2ast, A.Zazai 7+1reb+5ast, M.Curry 6+4ast, O.Fassler 6
gschID: 184232


Phoenix Hagen - Neckar L'burg 95-85

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Phoenix Hagen (17-13) defeated at home 17th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (11-20) 95-85. EnBW Ludwigsburg was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 54-37 second half run of Phoenix Hagen. They also forced 21 EnBW Ludwigsburg turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The game was also dominated by American players. It was an exceptional evening for guard David Bell (186-81, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 8 assists. Guard Davin White (186-81, college: CS Northridge) accounted for 15 points and 8 assists for the winning side. Phoenix Hagen's coach Ingo Freyer allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Marqus Blakely (196-88, college: Vermont) came up with 25 points and 9 rebounds and center Eric Coleman (200-85, college: N.Iowa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 19 points and 11 rebounds respectively for EnBW Ludwigsburg in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Phoenix Hagen have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 17-13 record, which they share with Art.Dragons. EnBW Ludwigsburg at the other side keeps the seventeenth position with 20 games lost. Phoenix Hagen's next round opponent will be higher ranked Bayern Muenchen (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against New Yorker Phantoms (#15) in Braunschweig and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Phoenix Hagen: D.Bell 22+1reb+8ast, M.Dorris 17+3reb+3ast, A.Hess 16+8reb, D.White 15+2reb+8ast, D.Gregory 12+7reb, L.Gordon 10+7reb+2ast
Neckar L'burg: M.Blakely 25+9reb+1ast, E.Coleman 19+11reb+3ast, D.Zimmerman 14+5reb+7ast, D.Jackson 14+1reb+2ast, W.Bernard 10+2reb+1ast, J.Turek 3+6reb
gschID: 184231


s.Oliver Baskets - Bremerhaven 63-53

Rather expected game in Wuerzburg where 11th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (13-17) was defeated by ninth ranked s Oliver Baskets (16-15) 63-53. s Oliver Baskets forced 19 Eisbaeren Bremerhaven turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import guard Frank Robinson (193-84, college: CS Fullerton) accounted for 12 points for the winning side. The former international Philip Zwiener (201-85, agency: LUMANI 10.7) came up with 12 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) added 9 points respectively for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. s Oliver Baskets moved-up to eighth place. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost. s Oliver Baskets' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked LTi 46ers (#18) in Giessen and are hoping to win another game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play at home against the league's second-placed EWE Baskets (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
s.Oliver Baskets: D.Anderson 12+10reb+5ast, F.Robinson 12+3reb+3ast, J.Little 10+3reb, C.McNaughton 8+3reb+1ast, L.McIntosh 6+4reb, J.Boone 6+6reb
Bremerhaven: P.Zwiener 12+7reb+2ast, S.Jackson 9+4reb+2ast, A.Canty 8+2reb, A.Drevo 6+2reb+1ast, J.Burtschi 6+5reb+1ast, S.Morrison 5+2reb
gschID: 184230


EWE Baskets - B.Muenchen 75-72

The most exciting game of round 31 in the BBL took place in Oldenburg. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Bayern Muenchen (19-12) to second ranked EWE Baskets (21-8) 75-72 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 25-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Bayern Muenchen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. point guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia South, agency: Pro One Sports) fired 19 points for the winners. Forward Ronnie Burrell (204-83, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 18 points. point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) produced 22 points and power forward Lawrence Roberts (206-82, college: Mississippi St.) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. EWE Baskets have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 21-8 record having just two points less than leader Brose Bask. Bayern Muenchen at the other side keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. EWE Baskets are looking forward to face Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bayern Muenchen will play against Phoenix Hagen (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: J.Jenkins 19+2reb+2ast, R.Burrell 18+3reb, R.Smeulders 10+6reb+1ast, R.Paulding 8+3reb+4ast, C.Kramer 5+3reb+4ast, A.Chubb 5+6reb+1ast
B.Muenchen: T.Rice 22+3ast, L.Roberts 12+9reb, J.Homan 10+9reb+1ast, J.Jagla 8+5reb, B.Thomas 6+2reb+2ast, R.Benzing 5+2reb
gschID: 184237


Walter Tigers - Telekom Baskets 80-74

There was a small surprise in Tuebingen where tenth ranked Walter Tigers (15-16) beat 8th ranked Telekom Baskets (15-14) 80-74. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-10. But Telekom Baskets won second period 23-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Walter Tigers won last quarter 24-19. It was an exceptional evening for the former international Johannes Lischka (203-87, agency: LUMANI 10.7) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). American center Kenny Frease (213-89, college: Xavier) accounted for 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Five Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. American forward Jamel McLean (203-88, college: Xavier) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import forward Kyle Weems (198-89, college: Missouri St.) added 15 points respectively for Telekom Baskets in the defeat. Walter Tigers maintains tenth place with 15-16 record. Telekom Baskets at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. Walter Tigers' next round opponent will be TBB Trier (#13) on the road.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: J.Lischka 24+12reb, K.Frease 17+11reb+1ast, R.Redding 14+5reb+3ast, V.Duggins 12+3reb+5ast, C.Wells 10+4reb+3ast, J.Young 3
Telekom Baskets: J.McLean 21+13reb+2ast, K.Weems 15+4reb+1ast, J.Wohlfarth-Bottermann 11+2reb, D.McCray 9+1reb, B.Veikalas 8+3reb+3ast, C.Ensminger 4+4reb
gschID: 184236


Brose Bask. - Ratiopharm 108-75

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Bamberg. First ranked Brose Bask. faced 3rd placed ratiopharm Ulm. Host Brose Bask. (23-6) smashed guests from Ulm (19-10) 108-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ratiopharm Ulm. The game without a history. Brose Bask. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 58.6 percentage. Brose Bask. players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by ratiopharm Ulm's players. ratiopharm Ulm was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Slovenian Bostjan Nachbar (207-80) who helped to win the game recording 22 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Naturalized Slovakian point guard Anton Gavel (188-84, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 19 points for the winners. American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) answered with 11 points and 7 rebounds and international point guard Per Guenther (185-88) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for ratiopharm Ulm. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-6 record. ratiopharm Ulm at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. Brose Bask. will play against BBC Bayreuth (#16) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. ratiopharm Ulm will play against Artland Dragons (#7) in Quakenbrueck and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: B.Nachbar 22+2reb+2ast, A.Gavel 19+1reb+3ast, S.Ford 15+6reb, A.James Ogilvy 14+4reb+2ast, K.Tadda 13+3reb+1ast, C.Jacobsen 12+1reb+5ast
Ratiopharm: A.Ray 14+1reb+1ast, J.Bryant 11+7reb, S.Esterkamp 11+1reb, D.Theis 11+3reb+1ast, P.Guenther 10+5reb+2ast, O.Samhan 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 184235


Art.Dragons - Bayreuth 73-60

Not a big story in a game in Quakenbrueck where 13th ranked BBC Bayreuth (12-18) was defeated by seventh ranked Artland Dragons (17-13) 73-60. The game without a history. Artland Dragons led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 32-of-37 charity shots (86.5 percent) during the game, while BBC Bayreuth only scored thirteen points from the stripe. Artland Dragons forced 20 BBC Bayreuth turnovers. 30 personal fouls committed by BBC Bayreuth helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian center Petar Popovic (211-79) who led the winners and scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Demond Mallet (186-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) accounted for 15 points for the winning side. American-Jamaican Bryan Bailey (185-80, college: Bucknell) came up with 17 points and Italian-American forward Joe Trapani (203-88, college: Boston Coll.) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for BBC Bayreuth in the defeat. BBC Bayreuth's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Artland Dragons moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Phoenix Hagen. BBC Bayreuth at the other side dropped to the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. Artland Dragons' next round opponent will be higher ranked ratiopharm Ulm (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BBC Bayreuth will play against the league's leader Brose Bask. (#1) in Bamberg.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: P.Popovic 15+5reb+1ast, D.Mallet 15+3reb+2ast, B.Taylor 13+3reb+1ast, A.King 9+5reb+1ast, J.Strasser 7+5reb+1ast, B.Ratkovica 6+2reb+4ast
Bayreuth: B.Bailey 17+2reb, J.Trapani 13+5reb+1ast, B.Wyrick 10+2reb, K.Hamilton 6+3reb+1ast, G.McGhee 4+6reb+1ast, S.Schmitz 4+2ast
gschID: 184234


NY Phantoms - ALBA 84-80

We should mention about the upset which took place in Braunschweig, where higher ranked ALBA Berlin (17-12) lost to sixteenth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (12-18) in a road game 80-84 on Tuesday. It was a great evening for American guard Courtney Pigram (185-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points. Czech Lubos Barton (202-80, college: Valparaiso) helped adding 11 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds and French Ali Traore (207-85, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Beo Basket) scored 16 points. Four New Yorker Phantoms and five ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. New Yorker Phantoms moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Bayreuth. Loser ALBA Berlin keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. New Yorker Phantoms will meet EnBW Ludwigsburg (#17) on the road in the next round. ALBA Berlin will play against Mitteldeutscher BC (#11) in Weissenfels and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
NY Phantoms: C.Pigram 18+2reb+2ast, J.Anderson 17+1ast, E.Boateng 11+6reb, L.Barton 11+7reb+2ast, I.McElroy 9+6reb+3ast, N.Schneiders 7+4reb
ALBA: A.Traore 16+3reb+2ast, D.Thompson 16+5reb+1ast, J.Foster 14+3reb+3ast, D.Wood 13+4reb+3ast, N.Djedovic 13+4reb+1ast, H.Schaffartzik 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 184229



Jacob Burtschi (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) Anthony Canty Did A Good Job Against the Wurzburg Press Defense - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) is a 28 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who is playing his first season with the Bremerhaven Eisbaeren. He played as a rookie for Phoenix Hagen in 2010-2011 averaging 14.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, Steals-3 (1.5spg), FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 44.2%, FT: 82.2%. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07. Last season he played for CAI Zaragoza (Spain-ACB, starting five): 9 games: 2.6ppg, 2.4rpg; left in Nov.'11, in Dec.'11 moved to Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL): German League: 22 games: 8.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 87.5%; EuroCup: 2 games: 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg. He spoke to Eurobasket after the 63-53 loss in Wurzburg.

How clear was the humiliating loss against Wurzburg at home earlier in the season in your mind?

It wasnt so much on my mind. We had to leave that experience behind us. Each game starts at 0-0 and doesnt start from the end of that game.


How big was the revenge factor in this game against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg?

We had revenge and wanted to get back at them. This is a tough place to play with the atmosphere and their fans.


How sad were you that you couldnt play against your ex teammate Jimmy Mckinney?

It sucked. I wanted to give him a hard time on the court. I talked to him a bit before the game. I hope that he continues to have a good recovery.


How would win a modeling contest at Xuits in Frankfurt Jimmy Mckinney or you?

I would win hands down. Jimmy would come in a distant second. I am way better looking than him. Lol


What was key for losing 63-53 in Wurzburg?

We did a good job letting up just 63 points, but we gave up too many offensive rebounds and easy points.

A lot of bodies were hitting the ground in the first quarter. Was the court slippery?

Yes the floor seemed a bit slick. We wet our shoes a bit. Sometimes when people walk on the floor not wearing basketball shoes, dust tends to come on the floor resulting in the court being slippery.

You are known for diving on the floor. You saved a ball from going out in the first quarter. What NBA player did you always like to watch who was known for diving for balls?

I liked watching Shane Battier of the Miami Heat. He isnt a fancy player, but he dives all over the court.


At halftime Wurzburg had the 36-28 lead. I noticed that German Anthony Canty had a tough time bringing the ball up and many players had to help. Did this effect the game of Bremerhaven?

Canty did a good job bringing the ball for a guy with little experience. It was tough for him to come into a game where he had to play a lot and then play against that excellent full court press, but he did a great job.


Right before halftime, Canty nailed a tough three point buzzer beater. Did you know the ball was going in?

When he fell back double clutching, I knew it would hit the glass, but didnt know that it would go in.


You once had a hard battle with Jason Boone inside. Is he more like a steam roller or tank?

He is more like a tank. He just moves his body into you and just does what he wants with you. I just tried to hold my own with him.


After the Eisbaeren cut the Wurzburg lead to 36-33, they exploded on a 14-2 run. What was key for the run?

I thought that we did a good job after they led by 16 to get the lead back down to single digits. They played very good defense and we had defensive break downs leading to that big run.

In the fourth quarter Bremerhaven made one more run cutting the Wurzburg lead to 61-53, but Wurzburg clamped down to win. What was key for them closing out game?

We just ran out of time. In our last come back, we were more focused on loose balls and rebounds. If we had played more like that earlier in the quarter then we would have better chance to win.


Were you surprised that Louisville won the 2013 NCAA tournament?

No I wasnt because I picked them to win. I love how Louisville play defense. I also love Rick Pitino. He is a great coach. I picked then from the start to win it all.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Shooter with Mark Wahlberg.


Thanks Jacob for the chat.





Air Robinson And The S. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg In First Class Soar Past The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 63-53 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

With The Beko BBL regular season winding down teams are battling and jockeying for positions as the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven traveled to Wurzburg for a rare Wednesday evening clash with the Bavarian club fighting for that last playoff place while the Eisbaeren looking for that secure spot in the standings not in danger of reaching position 17. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven still had to settle a sour score from the humiliating 70-55 loss earlier in the season at home to Wurzburg where the Bavarian team had a great defensive showcase dismantling the Eisbaeren offense to 30% shooting from the field and 18% from the parking lot while holding Oklahoma native Jacob Burtschi to one point and playmaker Stanley Burrell to one assist. Bremerhaven was looking for their second win in a row after celebrating a big win at home against Tuebingen, but once again were able to produce very little offense losing 63-53 falling to 13th place in the standings. Despite scoring only 53 points, one has too mention that they were without starting point guard Stanley Burrell who wa sill and didnt make the trip and American Terrell Everett who was injured. Wurzburg controlled the game and despite a few runs by Bremerhaven in their comeback were able to shut the door in the fourth quarter , but couldnt make any ground on Phoenix Hagen who beat the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg. We cant make any excuses that we lost because Burrell and Everett couldnt play. You have to do the best that you can with what you have. Wurzburg played very good defense and forced us too many turnovers and we missed many open shots. We ahd too work for every shot. They were simply better than we were tonight, stressed Eisbaeren Bremerhaven American Keith Waleskowski. The win against Bremerhaven was more than important and a duty as they have tough games coming up against Bamberg and Ulm. After two loses, we had to find our rhythm again. WE woke up in the third quarter and we finally understood that every game counts now. Burrell didnt play, but they had good guards and Canty hit some big shots. Our defense held them too 53 points. We knew that if we continued to pressure them that they would get tired, stated Wurzburg American Frank Robinson (193-G-84, college: CS Fullerton).

Despite Easter vacation being over, the game being in midweek and FC Bayern Munich playing Champions league, the s.Oliver arena was sold out as 3,140 person filled the stands. Anthony Canty got Bremerhaven on the board first hitting a three pointer after Jacob Burtschi did a good job finding him out of the double team. However the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg werent impressed as John Mr pit bull Little brought back memories to the 2012 playoff series against Alba Berlin where he suddenly was a vicious scoring threat as he hit two three pointers early in the first quarter giving Wurzburg their first lead 8-7 after German national player Philipp Zwiener had scored inside. Wurzburg was a little sloppy in the first minutes on offense, but slowly found their groove. Philadelphia native Dwayne Anderson scored on a dunk after getting an extra pass from Chris Mcnaughton as Wurzburg led 10-7. Bremerhaven then executed on a perfect fast break as Scott Morrison grabbed the rebound fed Zwiener on the outlet pass and he found Stefon Jackosn for the easy lay up. Morrison ten scored inside giving Bremerhaven the 11-10 lead. However Wurzburg closed out the first quarter with a 7-1 run to lead 17-12. Little hit a jumper, Anderson dunked again and ex Ludwigsburg American Frank Robinson dropped a three pointer. Wurzburg was shooting very well at 47% from the field and 50% from outside while Bremerhaven was struggling shooting 33% from the field and 20% from outside. Wurzburg had the 8-6 rebound edge, but both teams had six turnovers a piece.

The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg kept control of the game in the second quarter despite the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven fighting in their come back effort. Wurzburg got out of the gate fast in the second quarter going on a mini 4-0 run as Jason Boone and Frank Robinson scored inside as they led 21-12. Wurzburg was having problems bringing the ball ahead and many of the guards had to help as Wurzburg as making life very difficult for Canty. I had never heard of Canty, but he did a pretty good job against our press. I was surprised how confident he was, said Frank Robinson. Canty was in a tough situation . Their defense cost us much energy with bringing the ball forward. Sometimes when we did a good job bringing the ball forward, we then had problems in our set offense getting a good shot. He hasnt seen many minutes this season, but he did a good job handling the ball and hit some big shots. It was a good experience for him and he had a chance to grow up as a player, stressed Keith Waleskowski. Burtschi then hit a big three pointer as Bremerhaven trailed 21-16. Breemrhaven was defending pretty well, which was keeping them in the game, but at times Wurzburg was able tos core easily as Chris Mcnaughton wa sin his own world down low finding his timing quick and sinking a hook shot and Mike Lenzly who had been very quiet in the game nailed a three pointer as Wurzburg had their biggest lead of the game at 26-16. The Eisbaeren kept scraping away and all of a sudden lept out on a 9-3 run to cut the Wurzburg lead to 29-25. Zwiener and Mcnaughton traded put backs down low and Jackson then connected on a three pointer. Andrew Drevo then hit two free throws. Wurzburg closed out the second quarter strong with a 7-3 run as Lamont Mcintosh nailed a jumper over Drevo. Lenzly scored inside and Alex King executed on a three pointer via the soft touch rainbow. Bremerhaven was very fortunate that Canty hit a buzzer beater double clutch three pointer that found kind help form the back board as Wurzburg led 36-28. Wurzburg was shooting 54% from the field and 42% from the three point line while Bremerhaven was shooting 31% from the field and 33% from the three point line.

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven came out of the locker room focused going on a 5-0 run to cut the Wurzburg lead to 36-33. Canty scored on a pretty floater and Burtschi connected on a jumper from the corner. Wurzburg then went on a 6-0 run to extend their lead to 42-33 as Frank AIR Robinson made consecutive dunks with one being more spectacular than the other. Dwayne Anderson found Robinson on the first dunk with a perfect ally-op pass and on the second dunk Robinson who hails from Compton, California took flight it seems in Compton and landed in Long Beach dunking over a helpless Philipp Zwiener. I told Dwayne Anderson that that was my best game dunk ever. When I attack the rim I dont plan. This was a perfect chance to wake up the team, stressed Frank Robinson. The dunk really did spark Wurzburg as they went on a 9-0 run after Morrison scored inside extending their lead to 51-35. Lamont Mcintosh was a menace in this run on offense and defense as he hit two jumpers, but also chased Jackson on the fast break blocking his lay up attempt form behind. Bremerhaven was fortunate to cut down the lead a bit ending the third quarter with a 5-0 run as German Jusuf El Domiaty hit a three pointer and Jackson nailed free throws as Bremerhaven trailed 51-42 after three quarters.

With 10 minutes to play, it didnt help the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven with coming back letting the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg cruise out on a 9-0 run to extend their lead to 60-42. Dwayne Anderson scored all nine points in the run hitting two three pointers making a perfect impression of his injured teammate Jimmy Mckinney who is usually parked in the corner having those hands ready for the quick release. Anderson also gave Robinson a rest slamming home a dunk. Bremerhaven had one last gasp going on a 7-0 run to cut the Wurzburg lead to 61-53 with two minutes to play. Zwiener hit a runner and three pointer and Drevo connected on a runner. However Wurzburg clamped down at the end not allowing any more Eisbaeren to score and Robinson and Anderson nailed free throws sealing the 63-53 win. They made a run, but all teams make runs. We made many stops. Mcintosh played very well in the second half. I have known him for years, but he surprises me in every game. He is our Jason Terry,

added Frank Robinson. We went on a run and even though they missed free throws, we couldnt capitalize on it. When we needed big baskets, we made turnovers or missed shots. That was the story of our night, added Keith Waleskowski. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg were led by Dwayne Anderson with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Frank Robinson also chipped in with 12 points. John Little contributed 10 points. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were led by Philipp Zwiener with 12 points and seven rebounds.




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EuroLeague: Printezis paces Olympiacos past Anadolu Efes - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - Anadolu Efes 67:62

Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) paces Olympiacos past Anadolu Efes in Game 1 of EuroLeague Quarterfinals. He scored 26 points in a 67:62 win.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-15. But Anadolu Efes won second period 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Georgios Printezis who helped to win the game recording 26 points. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Acie Law (190-G-85, college: Texas A&M) notched 7 and Kyle Hines (198-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 6. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Anadolu Efes. Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) scored 10, while Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) netted 8.
Game 2 to be played on Friday, April 12th.

Olympiacos: Georgios Printezis 26, Vassilis Spanoulis 9, Acie Law 7, Kyle Hines 6
Anadolu Efes: Kerem Gonlum 17, Jamon Lukas Gordon 10, Semih Erden 9, Jordan Farmar 8



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Standings

IBA-PBL Standings
Central Division
 1. Sauk Valley P. 7-1 
 2. Kenosha B. 4-2 
 3. Kankakee S. 3-2 
 4. Bloomington F. 2-2 
 5. Chicago R. 2-4 
 6. St.Louis T. 2-4 
 7. Lake County S. 0-2 
 8. Springfield X. 0-4 
Eastern Division
 1. Rochester R. 5-1 
 2. Gary Splash 5-3 
 3. Holland Dream 3-2 
 4. Lansing C. 3-3 
 5. Indiana D. 2-1 
 6. West Virginia M. 1-4 
 7. Lake Michigan 1-5 
 8. Albany L. 0-0 
 9. New Jersey G-F 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 11

Apr. 12: Kankakee S. - Springfield X.
Apr. 13: Indiana D. - Holland Dream
Apr. 13: Gary Splash - Lake County S.
Apr. 13: Lake Michigan - Chicago R.
Apr. 13: Sauk Valley P. - Kenosha B.
Apr. 13: Rochester R. - West Virginia M.



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Standings - BSL

Winner League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 18-3 
 2. Maccabi Haifa 14-7 
 3. Hapoel Eilat 14-8 
 4. Maccabi Rishon 11-10 
 5. Hapoel J-M 11-11 
 6. Netanya 11-11 
 7. Hapoel T-A 10-12 
 8. Galil Gilboa 9-12 
 9. Hapoel Holon 9-13 
 10. Maccabi Ashdod 9-13 
 11. Bnei Hasharon 8-13 
 12. Elizur Ashkelon 5-16 

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 10: Hapoel T-A - Maccabi Ashdod 92-88
Apr. 10: Hapoel Eilat - Hapoel J-M 84-79
Apr. 10: Hapoel Holon - Netanya 67-58
Apr. 11: Maccabi Haifa - Maccabi Rishon
Apr. 14: Bnei Hasharon - Maccabi T-A
Apr. 11: Galil Gilboa - Elizur Ashkelon


EuroLeague: Real coast past Maccabi in Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - Maccabi 79:53

Real Madrid claimed the opening win in the EuroLeague quarterfinal series versus Maccabi. The Spanish powerhouse eased to the victory in Madrid to open the series. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) came up with 15 points and 6 boards to lead the winners.
Maccabi surprised the hosts with a powerful start. The Israeli champions went on a 23:14 rally in the first quarter. But Real quickly stopped the rot. The hosts answered with a 24:4 run in the second frame to gain a 38:27 halftime lead. Real maintained the lead throughout the third term. The home side accumulated a 59:43 advantage at the final intermission. Real never looked back afterwards outscoring their opponents 20:10 in the final period. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) netted 14 points, while Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) added 10 points and 10 assists in the win. Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) answered with 9 points for Maccabi. Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Maryland) had 8 points in the loss.

Real Madrid: Rudy Fernandez 15, Nikola Mirotic 14, Sergio Rodriguez 10+10 assists
Maccabi: Shawn James 9, Niklas Caner-Medley 8



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Dionte Christmas joins Montepaschi Siena - by Antonello Varallo

Montepaschi Siena has reinforced the roster with Dionte Christmas (196-G-86, college: Temple). After the elimination from Euroleague, Siena is now looking for the right structure to face italian playoff.
Christmas is a 27 years old shooting guard. He had an amazing college career (with Temple): he is the only player in Atlantic 10 Conference history to lead the league in scoring for 3 seasons. His professional career began in Israel, where Christmas played 13 games (19.5 ppg) with Hapoel Afula. Then he moved to Turkey (Mersin, 12.6 ppg), Czech Republic (Nymburg, 1.3 ppg), Greece (Paok, 10.3 ppg, AGOR, 18.6 ppg) and, at the beginning of this season, Russia (CSKA, 6.5 ppg in Euroleague, 3.8 ppg in Russian League). He played the best game of his career on 21-1-2012: Christmas scored 41 points against Olympiacos.



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Abidjan 2003 Afrobasket: Now that the group have emerge, what next? - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Africa basketball ruling body FIBA Africa on March 30 this year roll out the grouping for the 27th Africa Cup of Nations (Afrobasket) slated for August 20 31 in Abidjan Cote dIvoire.

The sixteen qualified countries were grouped into four pool of four countries each with the host Cote dIvoire seeded in group-A, defending champion Tunisia, runner-up Angola and third place side at the 26th edition of the continent most glamorous basketball championship Nigeria were seeded in group B, C and D.

Other countries to battle two-time champion and host Cote dIvoire in group-A are five-time winner Egypt, Senegal and host of the 2005 edition Algeria.

Tunisia will contend with Rwanda, Burkina Faso and Morocco in group-B while ten-time champion and Africa most seeded team Angola will do battle against Central Africa Republic, Mozambique and Cape Verde.

Nigeria who is looking to win the Nations Cup for the first time after several attempts will slug it against 2007 finalist Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville and Mali in group-D.

Each country will play games at the preliminary rounds with two teams qualifying for the knock-out stage enroute the grand finale.

The questions on the lips of basketball faithful across Africa is that what next after the grouping, will Tunisia successfully defend it title it won two years ago in Madagascar beating Angola in the final or will another champion emerged?



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ASU claim 20th win in the season - by Eurobasket News

ASU celebrated the 20th win in the Premier League season. They overcame Ittihad Schools 85:76 in what could be seen as a rehearsal of the upcoming Final series. These teams will meet in the best-of-five series to decide on the champion. The series is slated to tip off on April 15. Austin Johnson (191-G-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oklahoma) scored 30 points to lead ASU to the victory. They built a 43:36 halftime lead. Ittihad Schoold got within 4 points at the final intermission but ASU finished off their opponents in the fourth frame. Wesam Al-Sous (183-PG-83) connected for 28 points for the winners. Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79, college: N.Mexico) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Ittihad Schools. Hani AlFaraj (192-SG-87) had 21 points in defeat.
Riyadi ended their Final Four campaign with victory. They knocked down Kulliyeh 95:66. Sani Sakakini (204-C-88) came up with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Riyadi. Ahmad Al Dwairi (210-C-93) delivered 18 points in the victory. Ahmad Obaid had 12 points in the losing case.



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Standings - Superleague

SuperLeague Standings
 1. Peja 21-3 
 2. Sigal Prishtina 19-5 
 3. Bashkimi 17-7 
 4. Trepca 14-10 
 5. RTV 21 14-11 
 6. Drita 6-19 
 7. Vellaznimi 5-19 
 8. Kosova 1-23 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 10: Drita - RTV 21 65-83
Apr. 11: Vellaznimi - Kosova
Apr. 11: Bashkimi - Peja
Apr. 11: Trepca - Sigal Prishtina



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LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Valmiera 22-12 
 2. Barons kvartals 20-12 
 3. Jekabpils 19-14 
 4. VEF Riga 16-1 
 5. Ventspils 16-3 
 6. LU 16-17 
 7. Jelgava 13-19 
 8. Liepaja 13-20 
 9. Jurmala 11-21 
 10. Turiba 11-21 
 11. U18 1-18 

Regular Season: Round 39

Apr. 10: Ventspils - Jekabpils 82-53
Apr. 10: Liepaja - Valmiera 82-102
Apr. 10: Turiba - LU 80-83
Apr. 9: Jelgava - Barons kvartals 74-98
Apr. 11: Jurmala - Jelgava
Apr. 11: VEF Riga - Barons kvartals



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Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 24-3 
 2. Sagesse 21-6 
 3. Moutahed 18-9 
 4. Champville 17-10 
 5. Byblos 14-13 
 6. Amchit 14-13 
 7. Hoops 7-20 
 8. Bejjeh 7-20 
 9. Anibal 2-16 
 10. Antranik 2-16 

Second Stage: Round 9

Apr. 9: Hoops - Sagesse 86-79
Apr. 10: Byblos - Bejjeh 82-90
Apr. 9: Al Riyadi - Amchit 81-90
Apr. 8: Moutahed - Champville 81-79

Second Stage: Round 10

Apr. 12: Sagesse - Byblos
Apr. 13: Amchit - Hoops
Apr. 13: Bejjeh - Moutahed
Apr. 14: Champville - Al Riyadi


Sagesse lands Quincy Douby.... - by Rabih Khoury


Sagesse management finalized a deal with American scoring guard Douby Quincy (191-G-84, college: Rutgers) to replace Aaron Harper. Douby is considered one of the biggest deals in Lebanese Basketball History after last years Marcus Haislip signing in Champville. Douby and Sagesse agreed on a 2 month contract and he will arrive to Lebanon in the next couple of days. Douby played this season in China where he was the second scorer averaging 31.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.4apg. He also broke Andre Emmets record in CBA where he scored 75 points in 1 game this season. How will be the next face to face competition between Douby and Emmet in Lebanon ??
Also Sagesse management said that Aaron Harper will stay with the team on standby because of the heavy schedule coming up in Lebanese league, WABA and Arab Cup.



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Catching up with Dwight Burke - by Surujh Roopnarine

Dwight Burke (202-C/F-86, college: Marquette) is currently helping BC Siauliai close out the Lithuanian LKL regular season on a high note as the playoffs approach. Currently 11-8 with one game left after Monday nights 92-81 setback versus Lietuvos rytas, Siauliai is tied with Juventus and Pieno zvaigzdes with 58 points.
The already well-traveled Burke, 26, began this season with BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves in Slovakia where he posted career highs in scoring, rebounds and steals prior to an issue with his Visa forcing him to move to BC Siauliai.
The former Marquette University forward out of Brooklyn, New York has already played professionally in Uruguay, Czech Republic, France and Austria prior to this season and continues to improve and round out his game as a 6-8 forward.

Q. Monday was your best game as a member of Siauliai, playing 22 minutes while scoring 12 points and grabbing five rebounds. Are you now fully comfortable with your new team and situation?

A. I am feeling more comfortable. It took a while, longer than I was hoping for, but going into a new team and situation there is always an adjustment period. I feel like its harder sometimes for a forward to do so sometimes because different teams have different styles of play for their front line players. Some like them to be more involved and versatile, some like just pick and roll guys. So I had to find my place within the team and still am to a certain degree, but Monday night the game just came to me and I went out and just tried to make an impact. It worked out for me personally, but we didnt get the win, so it tainted my performance somewhat.

Q. Lietuvos rytas is a perennial powerhouse not only in Lithuania, but also in Euro competitions. What was the atmosphere like playing against them and how would you compare it to some of the other top teams you have faced in your career?

A. Rytas has a very good club and very good players. They were playing in Euroleague this year so that alone says a lot. I get a little more excited about games like that because since leaving college in 2009 I cant say Ive always faced top competition. The only other team I can think of that compares is Nymburk (when I played in Czech Republic). So its a good chance to measure my level of personal growth within competition. Also I aspire to play for clubs participating at the highest level in Europe so if I can make a good impact when I step on the court in those games then I feel like Im taking steps in the right direction.

Q. After having to leave Nova Ves, what was the main factor in agreeing to terms with Siauliai?

A. When it became clear that I was going to leave Nova Ves, I struggled with deciding what to do with the rest of my season. I was having a great season and looking forward to finishing it out making a nice run in the playoffs and maybe even winning the championship. So naturally I considered just going back to the U.S. and weighing my options for next season. Then my agent contacted me about the offer in Siauliai. After looking at their reputation and seeing an opportunity to play on a higher level it was really an easy decision for me.

Q. The team is still battling for playoff positioning and it comes down to the last game of the regular season. What is the feeling among your team about what needs to be done to succeed in the playoffs? What about your personal pressure or feelings?

A. Thats correct; right now we are fighting for seeding. That will come down to Fridays game and determine where we will be, and who we will play. We want to finish the season strong and gain the best possible seed. I personally dont feel any pressure because its still basketball and I love to do it. I was not expecting to be in this position, for this club at the beginning of my season, so I just want to continue to get better and compete at a high level. I leave the rest up to God and let the chips fall where they may.

Q. Regardless of how the team fares in the playoffs, how will you look back on this season for yourself? What new things did you learn about your game as well as the business of overseas basketball?

A. As with every season, there are ups and downs. My goal this season was to complete a whole season with one club and try to dominate enough to rebuild my resume after having a sub-par season prior to this one. I bounced around to three different teams out of necessity and wanted to get back to being myself as a player. I grew a lot as a player in Spisska. I felt my skill level increased and my ability to lead a team and make an impact. I cant neglect the influence that playing alongside my college teammate Maurice Acker (178-PG-87, college: Marquette) had on me. We both want to see each other succeed and pushed ourselves to be better. Unfortunately the situation in Spisska Nova Ves didnt pan out the way I would like, but Im very blessed and appreciative of the opportunity to finish the season playing for a Siauliai. I hope it will open up great opportunities to advance my career in the future.



BC Siauliai Parts Ways with Injured Papa Dia - by Surujh Roopnarine

BC Siauliai and Senegalese forward Papa Dia (208-F-87, college: SMU) have mutually agreed to part ways after it was determined that the 6-10 Dia would not be able to play again this season. Out since February 6 with an injured back, Dia had been rehabbing in hopes of returning to the court, but the club brought in Dwight Burke (202-C/F-86, college: Marquette) in March as insurance and now will ride with the current club down the stretch, fighting for the final playoff spot. The 26-year old Dia out of SMU has a very solid season in his second as a professional. In 14 Baltic League games he averaged 11.2 points and 4.3 rebounds, while in 13 domestic LKL contests he averaged 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. A member of the Senegalese National Team, he participated in the 2011 African Championships in Madagascar.


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Standings - CIBACOPA

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Apr. 10: Guaymas - Guasave 96-106
Apr. 10: Obregon - Cananea 89-88 OT
Apr. 10: Nogales - Los Mochis 87-62
Apr. 10: Navolato - Hermosillo 81-68

Regular Season: Round 7

Apr. 12: Los Mochis - Guaymas
Apr. 12: Hermosillo - Nogales
Apr. 12: Cananea - Navolato
Apr. 12: Tijuana - Obregon


CIBACOPA Round 6: #1 Ostioneros de Guaymas are defeated by Frayles de Guasave - by Eurobasket News

After 6 rounds played we can already see who rules in the CIBACOPA and who belongs to weaker ones. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (4-2) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked Frayles de Guasave (2-4) 106-96. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ostioneros de Guaymas. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 53-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Frayles de Guasave made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Rob Robinson (203-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: SDJ Sports) scored 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Eniel Polynice (195-88, college: Seton Hall) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Frayles de Guasave moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Cananea. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side still keep top position with two games lost. They share it with Navolato. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play on the road against Pioneros Los Mochis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


Navolato - Hermosillo 81-68

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato and one of their biggest challengers Rayos de Hermosillo had identical 3-2 record. This time Garra Canera de Navolato used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Hermosillo 81-68 on Wednesday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 13 points. Garra Canera de Navolato made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Rayos de Hermosillo turnovers. Strangely Rayos de Hermosillo outrebounded Garra Canera de Navolato 42-29 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Rayos de Hermosillo was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 24 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Froilan Verdugo (-79) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Garra Canera de Navolato's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international center Joaquin Villanueva (207-86) with 14 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. Garra Canera de Navolato (4-2) used an opportunity after Guaymas lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Defending champion Rayos de Hermosillo dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. Garra Canera de Navolato will face Mineros de Cananea (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against Fuerza Guinda Nogales and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Navolato: R.Selleaze 24+8reb+1ast, F.Verdugo 18+7reb+1ast, A.Villalobos 13+3reb+1ast, A.Martin 9+2reb+1ast, J.Insunza 9+3reb+5ast, R.Canady Jr. 8+1reb
Hermosillo: J.Villanueva 14+9reb, K.Spain 10+5reb, S.Monreal 10+2reb+2ast, E.Little 9+6reb+2ast, J.Esteva Hernandez 8+5reb+1ast, J.Camacho 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 234871


Obregon - Cananea 89-88 OT

Obregon survived overtime to post the third win in the season. They overcame visiting Cananea. D.Thomas stepped up with 28 points to lead the hosts. B.Sperling contributed 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning team. R.Alexander answered with 22 points for Cananea.
Top scorers:
Obregon: D.Thomas 28+5reb+2ast, B.Sperling 22+7reb+4ast, K.Jones 14+2reb, L.Pulido 9+5reb+4ast, J.Salcedo 8+5reb+1ast, R.Benites 4+2reb
Cananea: R.Alexander 22+4reb, O.Zuniga 20+3reb+2ast, S.Monroe 19+6reb+1ast, T.Brown 17+4reb+3ast, Q.Gonzalez 8+6reb+1ast, M.Acuna 2+1reb+1ast
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Guaymas - Guasave 96-106

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (4-2) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked Frayles de Guasave (2-4) 106-96. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ostioneros de Guaymas. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 53-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Frayles de Guasave made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Rob Robinson (203-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: SDJ Sports) scored 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Eniel Polynice (195-88, college: Seton Hall) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) with 22 points and 9 rebounds and guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) scored 26 points and 5 assists. Five Frayles de Guasave and four Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. Frayles de Guasave moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Cananea. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side still keep top position with two games lost. They share it with Navolato. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play on the road against Pioneros Los Mochis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guasave: R.Robinson 24+9reb+4ast, E.Polynice 22+4reb+4ast, E.Frederick 19+5reb+3ast, V.Buelna 18+4reb+2ast, J.Farrera 16+9reb+1ast, J.Dominguez 7+3reb
Guaymas: S.Shorter 26+3reb+5ast, J.Habel 22+9reb+3ast, M.Ayala 13+6reb+1ast, F.Benitez 13+3reb+1ast, M.Allen 6+2reb+8ast, A.Zarco 6+1ast
gschID: 234873


Nogales - Los Mochis 87-62

There was a surprise result when seventh ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (3-3) smashed at home second-best Pioneros Los Mochis (3-1) 87-62 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Pioneros Los Mochis was better in fourth quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fuerza Guinda Nogales made 8 blocks. American guard Dallas Logan (193-82, college: Northwood) scored 21 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Michael Strobbe (201-85) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Fuerza Guinda Nogales players scored in double figures. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American guard James Lewis (191-86, college: Fresno Pacific) with 22 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward John Ruffus (207-81, college: Fayetteville St.) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hermosillo. Loser Pioneros Los Mochis dropped to the third position with one game lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will face Rayos de Hermosillo (#5) on the road in the next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against the league's leader Ostioneros de Guaymas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nogales: D.Logan 21+2reb+4ast, M.Strobbe 18+8reb+1ast, B.Heredia 15+3reb+5ast, R.Moss 14+7reb+4ast, J.Mercado 7+4reb, E.Linan 5+1reb
Los Mochis: J.Lewis 22+5reb+1ast, J.Ruffus 13+6reb, C.Toussaint 8+2reb+1ast, L.Felipe Diaz 6+1reb, J.Quintero 5+8reb, J.Sandoval 4+1reb
gschID: 234872



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

27-year old forward Jerome Habel (208-F-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Guaymas and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds, while his team crushed Guasave (#8, 1-4) with 21-point margin 97-76. It allowed Guaymas to consolidate first place in the Mexican league. Guaymas have a solid 4-1 record. Habel just recently signed at Guaymas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. San Diego State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Habel is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 6.5rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 65.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Kenny Jones (198-PF-84, agency: Dream Team Management) of Obregon. He is American forward in his first season at Obregon. In the last game Jones recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Obregon to another comfortable win 87-69 over slightly lower-ranked Cananea (#6, 2-3) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Obregon to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-1 record is not bad and everything may still change. Jones is one of the most experienced players at Obregon and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Emmanuel Little (196-F-85) of Hermosillo (#3). Little showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Hermosillo, leading his team to a 83-76 win against #4 ranked Navolato in a game of the week. Hermosillo needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Little has a great season in Mexico. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.8apg (4th best). Little attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christopher Rodgers (196-G-84) of Nogales - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Jorge Camacho (203-F-89) of Hermosillo - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Eric Frederick (203-F-88) of Guasave - 30 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Javier Insunza) of Navolato - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Fernando Benitez (204-F/C-89) of Guaymas - 14 points and 10 rebounds
9. Raymond Canady Jr. (201-G/F-84) of Navolato - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. James Lewis (191-G-86) of Los Mochis - 15 points and 8 rebounds

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



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Superleague Round 4 & Play Out League Round 5: Ulcinj surprised Mornar, Sutjeska win easy over Teodo - by Darko Pekic

In the last Round of Superleague, local rivals Mornar and Ulcinj were expected to play a tied game and it happened. Both team had one than one chance to win it but at the end of the day Ulcinjs fans cheered in Topolica hall (75-73 for Ulcinj). Dusan Milosevic (198-G-90, agency: BeoExcell) led the guests once again with 17 points and 6 assists while Mornar had an unstoppable force under the basket called Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) who scored 28 points and grabbed 18 rebounds but it was not enough to get another win this season.

Although Sutjeska and Teodo were the Top ranked teams in the Regular season the fans in Niksic did not see an interesting game and Sutjeska got an easy win (73-51). Teodo gave up after the first quarter and is now miles away from the last Final Four spot. Sutjeskas players distributed their points well and the top scorer was Nikola Zizic (195-G-94, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) with only 12 points. Teodo was led in scoring by the American big man Manuel Johnson (201-F-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) who only scored in double digits- 11 points.

Buducnost had no problems against Lovcen in the first game of the Round that was played on Tuesday in Cetinje (80-54). Buducnost got a big lead at the halftime and did not want to miss a chance to get an easy win. On the other side, the young Lovcen team was unable to do more. Ivan Jelenic (192-SG-85, agency: BeoExcell) scored 19 points for the guests while Masan Vrbica (190-G-94) led the home team with 19 points.

In the Play-Out League the major surprise happened in Danilovgrad where winless Studentski centar earned their first 2 points against the home team (78-72) and surprised many basketball fans in Montenegro. The players coached by Slavenko Rakocevic had a great shooting night and were solid in defense. In that way, they got a very important win before the second, decisive, phase of Play-Out League. Mirko Miranovic (190-G-90) scored 27 points for the guests while Ivan Zejak (203-SF-87) led his team with 19 points.

Ibar and Centar played a tied game in Rozaje. The home team had a nice lead at the halftime but the guest started playing good offense later and made the game interesting. However, Ibar won it and will have less worries than Centar in the second part of the League. Marko Perovic (194-G-93) scored 20 points for the home team and Aaron Mitchell (187-G-89, agency: BBEH Cokrlija, college: Longwood) had once again a great game with 24 points for the guests.

Today Primorje will face Jedinstvo at home.



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Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 51-26 
 2. Brooklyn N. 46-32 
 3. Boston C. 40-38 
 4. Philadelph.76 31-47 
 5. Toronto R. 30-48 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 49-29 
 2. Chicago B. 42-35 
 3. Milwaukee B. 37-41 
 4. Detroit P. 27-52 
 5. Cleveland C. 24-54 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 62-16 
 2. Atlanta H. 43-36 
 3. Washington W. 29-50 
 4. Orlando M. 20-59 
 5. Charlotte B. 18-60 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 57-21 
 2. Denver N. 54-24 
 3. Utah Jazz 41-38 
 4. Portland TB 33-45 
 5. Minnesota T. 29-49 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 52-26 
 2. Golden St.W. 45-33 
 3. LA Lakers 42-37 
 4. Sacramento K. 28-50 
 5. Phoenix Suns 24-55 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 57-21 
 2. Memphis G. 53-25 
 3. Houston R. 44-34 
 4. Dallas M. 38-40 
 5. N.Orleans H. 27-52 

Regular Season: Round 156

Apr. 10: Washington W. - Miami Heat 98-103
Apr. 10: Denver N. - San Antonio S. 96-86
Apr. 10: Boston C. - Brooklyn N. 93-101
Apr. 10: Dallas M. - Phoenix Suns 91-102
Apr. 10: Sacramento K. - N.Orleans H. 121-110
Apr. 10: Orlando M. - Milwaukee B. 113-103 OT
Apr. 10: LA Clippers - Minnesota T. 111-95
Apr. 10: Portland TB - LA Lakers 106-113
Apr. 10: Cleveland C. - Detroit P. 104-111
Apr. 10: Philadelph.76 - Atlanta H. 101-124

Regular Season: Round 157

Apr. 11: Chicago B. - New York K.
Apr. 11: Golden St.W. - Oklah.City T.


Wednesday recap of 10 games - by Eurobasket News

Cleveland C. - Detroit P. 104-111
One struggling team was bound to get some good news Wednesday night. Detroit coach Lawrence Frank was happy to have something positive to talk about following the Pistons' 111-104 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. "These are the guys we're building around, and we've got to fight for them," Frank said. "I have confidence in them, which is why I felt comfortable leaving them out there." Andre Drummond (6'11''-C-93, college: Connecticut) scored a career-high 29 points and the Pistons won a second straight game for the first time in two months. Greg Monroe's basket with 38.8 seconds remaining gave Detroit a 105-103 lead and the Pistons, who hadn't won consecutive games since Feb. 8-9, swept the four-game season series from the Cavaliers. Detroit has beaten Cleveland six straight times. Drummond, who spent most of the fourth quarter at the free throw line after Cleveland coach Byron Scott chose to intentionally foul the 34 percent shooter, also grabbed 11 rebounds. Monroe scored 23 points and Rodney Stuckey added 18. Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) scored 27 points, including 21 in the second half, but missed a 3-pointer that would have given the Cavaliers the lead with 21 seconds left. The All-Star guard was playing on the second night of back-to-back games for the first time since returning from a shoulder injury. Irving committed two turnovers in the final 2:12 and missed a free throw with 16 seconds remaining. "I was obviously a little fatigued just like everyone else on the floor, but that's no excuse for not executing," he said. Both teams have been in recent tailspins, leading to speculation that the two coaches could be replaced at the end of the season. The Pistons have just four wins in their last 19 games and are 6-19 since the All-Star break. The Cavaliers have lost 12 of 14. Drummond was 8 of 14 at the line in the fourth quarter and made two free throws to give Detroit a 101-99 lead with 2:06 to play. His tip-in put Detroit up by four, but Tristan Thompson scored on a drive and Irving's basket with 44 seconds remaining tied the game. Drummond, who was 9 of 17 from the line for the game, wasn't surprised at the Cavaliers' strategy. "I knew I needed to make them for us to win, so I just focused at the line," he said. "Some went in, some went out, but all of them were on line. It gives me more points. That's the way you've got to look at it. It gave me a chance to work on my free throws." Monroe's basket gave Detroit the lead for good. Following Irving's missed 3-pointer, Cleveland's strategy backfired a bit when Drummond grabbed the rebound and was fouled by Thompson after passing the ball. Since the foul away from the ball occurred under the two-minute mark, the Pistons got two free throws and possession. Stuckey made a foul shot and Jonas Jerebko split a pair after another foul. "I tried to foul him right away, but they called it after he passed the ball," said Thompson. "I guess it's my fault, but I have to keep playing." Scott would like to have seen the foul occur when Drummond grabbed the rebound. "I didn't think (Drummond) had the ball," Scott said. "I thought they were trying to take the ball up the floor. It was a young, second-year player mistake. Tristan was thinking right. It was just way too late." Irving was injured March 10 and missed eight games. He returned March 31, but sat out the following night as part of the team's recovery protocol. Dion Waiters came off the bench and scored 11 points in 15 minutes in his first action since injuring his left knee March 20. Waiters, the team's second-leading scorer, missed 10 games. Thompson added 19 points. Will Bynum scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter for the Pistons. Pistons point guard Jose Calderon, the league's leading three-point shooter, missed his second straight game with a strained triceps. He's averaging 11.6 points a game since being acquired from Toronto. The Cavaliers blew a 20-point, fourth-quarter lead Tuesday in a 99-94 loss at Indiana. Trailing by two in the closing seconds, Irving drove to the basket for an apparent game-tying layup but was whistled for charging. Scott thought Indiana's Jeff Pendgergraph should have been called for a blocking foul, but the call was upheld after a video review. NOTES: Frank said C Jason Maxiell is still recovering from season-ending surgery for a detached retina and isn't traveling with the team. ... Cavaliers G C.J. Miles (concussion) missed his second straight game. Miles was inadvertently elbowed in the forehead by Orlando's Nikola Vucevic (6'11''-C-90, college: USC) on Sunday. ... F Luke Walton (sprained ankle) missed his third straight game. Courtesy of:Associated Press

Denver N. - San Antonio S. 96-86
DENVER - Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F/G-87, college: De Paul) scored 29 points and Corey Brewer (6'9''-G/F-86, college: Florida) had 28 as the Denver Nuggets overcame a slow start Wednesday night to post their franchise-record 21st straight home win, 96-86 over the San Antonio Spurs. The Nuggets (54-24) also tied their franchise record for victories in an NBA season, with four games remaining, including two at home, where they improved to a league-best 36-3. Andre Iguodala recorded a triple-double with 12 points, 10 assists and 13 rebounds for the Nuggets, who haven't lost at home since Jan. 18 against Washington. They broke the old mark of 20 straight home wins set by Doug Moe's 1984-85 team. Courtesy of: http://www.timescolonist.com

LA Clippers - Minnesota T. 111-95
The Clippers employed a balanced offensive attack to beat the Timberwolves, 111-95 Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) led the attack with 19 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds. Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) added 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. As a team the Clippers had 34 assists. As a team the Timberwolves made 35 shots. That's why the Wolves were blown out. Quite simple. The Wolves were led in scoring by Nikola Pekovic, who finished 20 points on 7-13 shooting. Ricky Rubio's shooting struggles continued. He made two layups in the third quarter and finished 2-8 from the field. He is 3-31 shooting over his last three games. Minnesota has four games left in the season, starting with a game at Utah Friday. Courtesy of: http://article.wn.com

Portland TB - LA Lakers 106-113
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) had a monster 47-point night as the Los Angeles Lakers won in Portland and inched closer to clinching the eighth playoff spot in the West. The Lakers are currently one game ahead of Utah in the Western Conference standings. With the Los Angeles Lakers facing what essentially amounted to a must-win game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night, Kobe Bryant left nothing to chance. The 34-year-old veteran poured in 47 points, and the Lakers went on to defeat the Trailblazers, 113-106, in Portland. For more on the story, visit Silver Screen and Roll and Blazers Edge With the victory, Los Angeles is now one full game ahead of the Utah Jazz for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Jazz had Wednesday night off and return to the court on Friday against Minnesota. But on Wednesday, the story was about Bryant, who had one his best performances of the season in one of the Lakers' biggest games. Along with his 47 points, Bryant added eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and four blocks to go along with 18-of-18 shooting from the free throw line. Pau Gasol added 23 points for Los Angeles, which improved to 42-37 on the season. Portland got a strong effort from rookie guard Damian Lillard, who poured in 38 points on the evening. LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Blazers, who fell to 33-45 overall with the loss. Courtesy of: http://www.sbnation.com

Sacramento K. - N.Orleans H. 121-110
Sacramento, Calif. -- New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) played his first back-to-back set for the first time since last season. But the Hornets were still overmatched by the Kings in nearly all phases on Wednesday night as they were routed 121-110 at Sleep Train Arena. Problems only magnified for the Hornets in the fourth quarter when Hornets rookie forward Anthony Davis had to leave the game with a sprained left knee and did not return. The Hornets concluded their five-game road trip, losing four of five games. Showing signs in recent games that he's recovered from his nagging knee problems, Gordon had his restrictions of not playing in the second game of back-to-back sets lifted Wednesday night. But even with Gordon in the lineup, the Hornets were no match against the Kings. Gordon scored 23 points points but the Hornets allowed the game to get out of hand when they were held to just six points after the opening 8 minutes of the second quarter. The Kings opened the second quarter on a 18-6 run to take a 53-34 lead. Taking advantage of 62.8 percent shooting, the Kings closed out with a 65-48 halftime lead. Forward John Salmons (6'7''-F-79, college: Miami, FL), who scored 22 points, had his way against Hornets forward Al Farouq Aminu. Former LSU and Hornets guard Marcus Thornton struck often from the perimeter to make an impact off the bench. Thornton had 16 points by halftime, which included 13 in the second quarter, before finishing with 20. Hornets shook up his lineup after halftime, going with a three-guard lineup that forced Al Farouq Aminu to the bench and Brian Roberts on the floor with Greivis Vasquez and Gordon. The Hornets played with more intensity in the second half, but it didn't help get a victory. The Kings closed out the game shooting 55.3 percent from the field. Courtesy of: http://www.nola.com

Dallas M. - Phoenix Suns 91-102
DALLAS - P.J. Tucker (6'5''-F-85, college: Texas) scored 17 points, including two key baskets in the closing minutes, and the Phoenix Suns pushed the Dallas Mavericks to the brink of playoff elimination for the first time since 2000 with a 102-91 victory Wednesday night. The Suns blew a 14-point lead in the second quarter and almost did it again in the fourth before hanging on to snap a 10-game losing streak that was their longest in 16 years. The loss, combined with the Lakers' 113-106 win over Portland, ended a 12-season streak of playoff trips for the Mavericks (38-40). The Suns, who led 85-71 early in the fourth, were up just four when Tucker put in a layup for a six-point lead after a shot by Luis Scola barely touched the rim as the shot clock expired. Tucker, who also had 10 rebounds, grabbed a miss by O.J. Mayo on the other end, then hit a 3-pointer for a 98-89 lead with 1:01 remaining. Tucker, a 26 percent shooter from long range this season, was 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. Goran Dragic led the Suns with 21 points and 13 assists, while Scola had 11 points and a season-high 15 rebounds. Shawn Marion led the Mavericks with 22 points and nine rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) scored 21 points and Vince Carter had 18. Phoenix took the lead for good with an 18-4 run in the third quarter. Dragic started it with a 3-pointer to break a 63-all tie, then had assists on a layup by Tucker and a 3-pointer from Markieff Morris. The Mavericks went almost 5 minutes without a basket in the third quarter and another 4 minutes to start the fourth before Mayo hit a long jumper, but Phoenix pushed the lead back to 12 with help from free throws by Dragic after Mayo was called for a flagrant foul for throwing his shoulder into the Suns guard when he was driving. The Suns led 51-41 at halftime after being up by 14 in the first quarter, but Dallas started the second half with a 12-2 run to get even. Wesley Johnson scored 15 points in the second quarter to help the Suns rebuild a double-digit lead they lost when Carter sparked a 12-0 Dallas run with a one-handed dunk off a miss by Nowitzki, who was 0 of 5 in the first quarter and took some practice shots before going to the bench at the end of the period. Johnson was 3 of 4 from 3-point range and the Suns, 29th in the NBA in 3-point shooting at 33 percent coming in, were 6 of 9 from beyond the arc in the second quarter. Dragic had 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the first quarter to build the Phoenix lead, and the Suns' starting backcourt of Dragic and Johnson outscored Dallas starters Mike James and Mayo 33-8 in the first half, which ended with Phoenix leading 61-51. NOTES: Dallas coach Rick Carlisle got a first-quarter technical when C Chris Kaman was called for a foul after knocking over Dragic at midcourt when a dribbling Dragic stopped in front of him. Carlisle stepped onto the court to complain about the call, drawing a puzzled look from Dragic. Mavericks C Elton Brand missed his fourth straight game with a sore right calf, and Suns F Michael Beasley missed his second straight for the birth of his daughter in Phoenix. There was a brief delay in the fourth quarter when the scoreboards, game clocks and shot clocks went blank or reset. Turned out there was 4:20 remaining. Courtesy of: http://www.dallasnews.com

Boston C. - Brooklyn N. 93-101
Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama) isn't having a great season, but one thing he is doing well is keeping opposing SFs in check. So when he left the TD Garden floor with a left heel contusion, Paul Pierce was no doubt licking his chops. But Boston needed much more than Pierce's 23 points to match the Nets' big three of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez. Those three combined for 70 of the Nets' 101 points as Brooklyn dominated the Celtics on their home floor. Williams was spectacular, scoring 29 on 9-18 shooting, going 10-10 from the line and adding 11 assists. His current play is a great sign for a Nets team whose playoff success will likely be determined by how far he can lead them. Let's look at some other reasons why the Celtics were no match for the Nets tonight. - Both teams shot well from the line, but the Nets made 12 more than the Celtics, going a sparkling 25-28. - The Celtics starting frontcourt of Kevin Garnett, Jeff Green and Brandon Bass combined to shoot 14-39, leaving Pierce to fend for himself offensively. - Johnson and Lopez, on the other hand, combined to shoot 16-29 and took advantage of mismatches against the undersized Celtics all night - providing Williams with the help he needed. - The Nets had a great 2nd quarter, continued to play well in the 3rd quarter, and never allowed the run they have given up so many times in the 2nd half this season. They were consistent on both ends for the entire game - not something we've seen regularly, but another great sign with the playoffs approaching. - Reggie Evans (6'8''-F/C-80, college: Iowa) didn't miss a single shot. (OK. He didn't take one. But still!) The Nets look good for the 4th spot in the East. As of right now, they would host the Chicago Bulls, who are tied with the Atlanta Hawks for the 5th seed but own the tiebreaker over the Hawks. The Celtics will almost assuredly be beginning the playoffs in Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks. (There is still an outside chance that the Indiana Pacers could pass the red-hot Knicks, in which case Boston would go to Indianapolis.) Courtesy of:http://www.netsdaily.com

Orlando M. - Milwaukee B. 113-103 OT
On Wednesday morning, Orlando Magic rookie Maurice Harkless was asked what he and his teammates needed to learn with 78 games down and just four to go. He answered without hesitating. The Magic, he said, needed to learn how to close out games. A few hours later, they took a positive step, thanks to three former Milwaukee Bucks. Tobias Harris, Doron Lamb (6'4''-G-91, college: Kentucky) and Beno Udrih tormented their old team by leading the Magic to a 113-103 overtime win over the Bucks in J.J. Redick's first game in Orlando since the teams' Feb. 21 blockbuster trade. 'It's about time that we closed out a game,' Harris said. 'We've been so close. When we got down, I was just thinking, Man, this is dej vu again.' But we just fought hard as a team.' It took a climactic basket by Harris to send the game into overtime. Harris tied the score 95-95 when he sank a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left in regulation as Milwaukee's Marquis Daniels fouled him. But Harris' ensuing free throw - the potential game-winning free throw - was off-target. No matter. Lamb, a rookie who rarely played during his Bucks tenure, scored five of his career-high 16 points in the extra period. 'I didn't really focus on [getting revenge],' Lamb said. 'I was just trying to get a win for my teammates.' Harris tied a career high by scoring 30 points and added a career-high 19 rebounds against his former team, while Nik Vucevic added a career-high 30 points and 20 rebounds. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no pair of teammates had scored at least 30 points and collected at least 19 rebounds since March 15, 1967, when the duo of Willis Reed and Walt Bellamy did it for the New York Knicks in a loss to the Baltimore Bullets. Redick finished with 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting. For him, the night's highlight may have been a 55-second video tribute to him during the first timeout of the first quarter. Redick peeked several times at the scoreboard, and as the tribute ended, the fans in Amway Center's lower bowl gave him a standing ovation. Redick waved to the crowd as tears welled in his eyes. His wife, Chelsea, wiped tears from her face. 'Just a classy, classy gesture on the part of the Magic,' Redick said. 'It's something I'll remember the rest of my life, for sure. I'm just very appreciative of that gesture. It's awesome.' Bucks rookie power forward John Henson scored 17 points, grabbed a career-high 25 rebounds and blocked a career-high seven shots. Udrih, another player whom the Bucks shipped to the Magic, scored 13 points and distributed 11 assists. The Magic had lost their previous two games after they held eight-point leads late in the third quarter. 'It was a tough game,' Harkless said. 'They made a run at the end, and we were able to bounce back. That's something that we weren't able to do in the past few games. It was great for us to get a win and take that step.' The Bucks lost two key starters during the first half. Point guard Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) left the game midway through the first quarter because of a sore left Achilles' tendon. Late in the first quarter, center Larry Sanders fell back-first onto the parquet floor when he went up for a shot and absorbed a hard foul from Andrew Nicholson. Although Sanders played a bit in the second quarter, he sat out the second half with a sore lower back. For a while, though, it looked like the Magic (20-59) wouldn't be able to recover against the Bucks (37-41), especially after Harris missed his free throw at the end of regulation. But at the end of overtime, with Orlando up 111-103, Harris grabbed a rebound, drove the length of the court and dunked, which upset the Bucks and disappointed his coach, Jacque Vaughn. 'Maybe I'm old-fashioned a little bit,' Vaughn said. 'But I understand the moment and how hard he played to help us get to that position. It stares you in the face that he played for that team. But, at the same time, I totally believe there's a respect for the game. But there's also a youthful excitement about the game also.' Afterward, asked to describe his motivation, Harris said, 'That wasn't personal at all. I have all the respect for the Milwaukee Bucks: the players on the team, the organization as a whole. As a young player, I haven't really ever been in a game towards the end except for this year. When I got the rebound, I thought they were trying to foul, and I just pushed it out, and I didn't see nobody behind me. 'I just decided, I'm wide-open. I'm going to battle until the game is over.' I just wanted them to know, No way they could come back in this game.' Needless to say, I probably didn't look at the score of the game and see that we were up, so I apologize for that. And if anybody thought that was disrespectful, that's not the type of player that I am. So you live and you learn from it.' And, on Wednesday, the Magic may have learned something, too: how to close out a game. Courtesy of: http://www.orlandosentinel.com

Washington W. - Miami Heat 98-103
Ray Allen scored 23 points, LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) and Dwyane Wade chilled at the end of the bench, and the Miami Heat's B-squad gave the resting A-team the gift of home-court advantage throughout the playoffs Wednesday night, clinching the best record in the NBA with a 103-98 victory over the Washington Wizards. With James (right hamstring) and Wade (sprained ankle and bruised knee) looking like two guys sitting at a bus stop, and Chris Bosh at home with flu-like symptoms, plus Udonis Haslem getting the night off because of a sore right ankle, the what-was-left-over of the Heat committed 25 turnovers but still managed the win that assured they'll finish better than the Western Conference-leading San Antonio Spurs. The Heat, who have won four straight, also set a franchise record for victories with 62, moving one ahead of the 1996-97 team. They also improved to 14-1 on the second night of back-to-backs. A.J. Price tied a career high with 23 points and John Wall had 17 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who had won nine straight at home. James played in Tuesday night's 94-83 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, but the Heat are playing it safe with the reigning league MVP. 'Not a setback,' coach Erik Spoelstra said. 'Want to make sure he feels right. He was a little bit tight yesterday after the game. That was probably to be expected. It was the same amount of tightness he had after Saturday night's game, but we had two days off in between, so he was able to manage that.' Wade missed his sixth consecutive game. While he and James at least made the trip to Washington, Bosh stayed home and missed a third straight game because of flu-like symptoms. Haslem sat out after recording his first double-double of the season in Tuesday's game. He said the ankle has been bothering him for a while, and he felt a pain when he planted while chasing a rebound. He doesn't expect to be sidelined for long. 'I don't want it to be a situation where I go into the playoffs with something nagging,' Haslem said. 'We just want to have all cylinders firing and everybody as healthy as possible.' The absence of the big names gave the game a low-key, exhibition feel. The Heat committed 11 turnovers in the first quarter, yet still had a three-point lead. Miami made 17 3-pointers in the game, compared to 16 2-pointers. Rashard Lewis scored 17 points, Shane Battier had 15, Mike Miller added 14 and Mario Chalmers (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kansas) finished with 13 for the Heat. The Wizards turned out to be an even match for the Miami backup wave. Neither team led by double digits until the Heat went ahead 98-88 with 2:53 remaining. James Jones and Lewis hit 3-pointers in a 12-0 run that gave the Heat an 83-74 lead early in the fourth quarter. Wall soon returned to the game and helped get the Wizards within one, but a three-point play and a 3-pointer by Allen restored Miami's modest cushion. Wall, who has led the Wizards' recent resurgence, had the highlight play in the first half, catching a low alley-oop pass from Martell Webster, reversing under the basket and flinging the ball up and in while crashing to the floor. While the Heat are gearing up for the playoffs, lottery-bound Washington has a goal of finishing ninth - a pursuit that's been ridiculed but seemed unlikely when it was 4-28. 'What do you want to aim for?' coach Randy Wittman said before the game. 'Eighty wins, when you're 4-28? We were at the very bottom at 4-28 - there was 29 teams ahead of us, all right? Let's see how many we can pass.' Courtesy of: Associated Press

Philadelph.76 - Atlanta H. 101-124
With the season winding down, the Sixers went through the motions and suffered and whooping at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks. Fun for the whole family. "Hey Jonny, are you aware that Tanner is watching a Sixers/Hawks game that is of the utmost pointlessness for his favorite team?" "Shhhhhhhhhh! I told him that we were having cake night. I convinced him that if he watched whatever I put on TV, I'd give him all the sweets he'd like. There was even talk of creme brulee." There's aren't a ton of reasons to sit down on the couch and tune in to the Sixers for roughly 2.5 hours. Shit, I can't even come up with four. I know sadism is one of them, though. If you did somehow come up with an excuse to watch the Sixers take on the Hawks on this crazy, reminding me of "Twister" stormy evening, you more than likely need some help. Dave specializes in curing this sort of condition with stories about Niagara intramural basketball. It's no place for hand-checking. If the first quarter didn't spell out "2012-2013 Philadelphia 76ers", then I will never know something that will. One of the Comcast Keys to the Game was future Sixers draft pick, Pride. Shortly following Malik explaining why "Pride" is key to beating the Hawks, Molly Sullivan had an aside story about Damien Wilkens and his crafty ability to be a veteran. All I could do was smile and remember the fun we've had all season with this bunch of rag-tag folk. I'm feeling an uplifting Disney movie in about 15 years. Lil Bow Wow gets back into the basketball movie biz (<3 Like Mike) to play Jrue Holiday. A man can dream. Both the Hawks and Sixers looked relatively uninterested in playing any sort of defense in the first half. Yes both teams were shooting under 30% halfway through the first quarter but it was because a lot of outside shots were taken. Shortly after, Thaddeus Young went off, single-handedly keeping the Sixers in contention with 22 first-half awkwardly smooth points on 16 shots. As efficient and great as Thad was in the half, little Jrue was equally as bad shooting the ball, ending with 1-9 line. Josh "Max Him Out Now" Smith lead the way for the Hawks in the first half 17 points on 12 shots, abusing the Sixers frontcourt in the process. Side note: that commercial with the hipster dude picking out which teams he wants to see live, let's address it. He chooses the Hawks. Why? Just why? With so many interesting teams in the NBA, who thought it'd be a good idea to make the Hawks his choice? That's almost as bad as selecting the Sixers. (Just remembered I, along with some of you lads, attended a Sixers/Hawks game in December. Ugh we're so dumb and sad) Anyway, despite what some of our memories wish to accept, the second half happened. Carrying over from the first half, Thad hit the first two buckets of the half including a horrifically beautiful banked jumper from the top of the key, followed by a wonderfully corny bank/Wells Fargo Center pun from Malik. Those two buckets from Thad were the lone 2 until the 6 minute-mark of the quarter when Jrue spun his way to the rim for two. That field goal was the first from a Sixer not named Thaddeus Young in approximately 10 minutes of game time. Sixers. While the Sixers were sitting around picking dandelions, the Hawks cruised to an 18-6 run that put them up 20 with just 18 minutes to go. They were out and running off Sixer misses and were getting to the rim with ease (nothing different from the first half). With the defensive effort put forth by the Sixers, the Hawks were able to end the third quarter with 93 points (a 20 point lead). Over city for you gamblers. The fourth quarter was just getting the inevitable done with. Jrue and Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.) weren't great, good, or decent. They were flat out bad. Thad had some excellent offensive numbers but struggled mightily defensively and didn't even go on a flirtacious date with the free throw line. He actually ducked in a doorway when he saw her coming down the hallway. The icing on the cake was an Ivan Johnson offensive rebound over Lavoy Allen and Arnett Moultrie off a missed Kyle Korver three-pointer. Johnson ripped the ball away from both Sixers and got an easy put-back dunk, showing off how soft the Sixer frontcourt truly is. Hey, at least Dana Barros got a mention from Marc Zumoff. Courtesy of: http://www.libertyballers.com



Atlanta 124, Philadelphia 101 - by Milord Nikolic

Josh Smith collected 28 points and 12 rebounds as visiting Atlanta crushed Philadelphia to snap a three-game slide. John Jenkins added 21 points off the bench and Al Horford recorded 16 points and nine boards for the Hawks (43-36), who moved into a virtual tie with the idle Chicago Bulls (42-35) for the No. 5 spot in the Eastern Conference. Thaddeus Young had 28 points and eight rebounds and Nick Young scored 19 off the bench as the 76ers dropped their third straight game by at least 19 points. Atlanta used a 15-2 run through the middle of the second quarter to take control and did not trail the rest of the way. Smiths two baskets in the final minute of the quarter gave the Hawks a 59-51 edge at the break. Horford had six points during an 18-4 burst to begin the third quarter that pushed the lead out to 77-55. Horfords jumper off a feed from Jeff Teague with 5:20 left in the game made it 113-88 and Atlanta cleared the bench.



Reality Bites by Tim Shea - by Tim Shea



Concerned, curious and (a little bit) confused...

Question:
Can someone tell me how many time-outs are allowed during a NCAA Final Four game? I lost count. Talk about interruptions! Can you say the word Endless? Between the two tense teams and TV timeouts with a MESSAGE FROM OUR SPONSORS. The actual presentation comes across like a hot summer afternoon, second of a double header, extra inning, baseball game. Flow and rhythm? What happened? It just aint normal.

Another Question: Do the NCAA rules allow teams, in danger of committing a back court time-limit violation, to call a time out? Can someone kindly tell me?

Good news. Unlike so many of the professional basketball players worldwide, the NCAA student-athletes do not protest and exhibit themselves after every single one of the refs decisions! Congratulations on that as it is refreshing. Not too long ago it was customary that the only player permitted to enter into dialogue with the referees was the Captain. What happened to that? Just asking.

Countless Columns of Comments
Dept: Syracuse University traditional and now famous half court two-three zone and its effectiveness and methodology. Two weapons of combat when faced with combating ANY zone, often overlooked for their simplicity, is fast breaking it and the effective use of offensive rebounding activity. These were the major tools and most of what University of Michigan utilized to defeat Syracuse and make it to the NCAA final game.

Re: Rutgers scandal. Questions and more questions. Like: How does a man like (Coach) Mike Rice get this to this rank? Put in a position of power to serve as an educator, a leader and theoretically, an architect of student-athletes, he was for all intents and purposes a verified madman while previously coaching Robert Morris University. Why would anyone in their right mind expect him to suddenly change? What he did at Rutgers was the exact opposite of what is expected of someone in his position and he did it for a relatively long time. He deserved to be fired right along with the people at Rutgers who hired him. From where I sit he never should have been hired in the first place. Bottom line? He needs a doctor; he needs psychological treatment far beyond anger management therapy. ** Coach Rice was finally fired last week not for cause (!), meaning that under his contract he is in line to be paid over $1 million, or 75% of his remaining salary, plus a $100,000 bonus for staying on the job through the 2012-13 season. What a world!

Wake-up Call Dept: Will the basketball players competing outside of the USA pro leagues ever get around to collectively organizing themselves to protect their professional rights? It seems that every other day we read or hear about a foreign player not being paid or playing/living under deplorable conditions. Therefore my question, how long and how many players contracts need to be dissed before some type of union or association is created to help protect them?


NBA: Unlike the NBA where luxury taxes and salary caps maintain a certain equilibrium and a semblance of equality between clubs, where winning streaks like Miami, Denver or New York are newsworthy... Here in our professional league in Spain it becomes big news when either the Barcelona or Real Madrid teams lose a game! More than one (in a row)? Fuhgedaboudit.

International: League officials MUST Begin Some Honest Discussion re: The standards or rules concerning player movement as it pertains to: Screen setting.
To be specific:
A) On the ball blocks in the Pick and Roll
B) The off-the-ball baseline blocks.
Historically a point of debate, the actual state of affairs has become undisciplined and downright dangerous to the game and to the players. Moving blocks destroy the intended fairness and harmony between the offense and defense and generate a
SEVERE SITUATIONAL IMBALANCE between the two. It says here that the rules of the game MUST not be compromised, otherwise the game takes on some type of mutant form. Bottom line? Its gotten completely of control and something must be done to correct it. Punto & basta.



Reality Bites by Tim Shea - by Tim Shea



Concerned, curious and (a little bit) confused...

Question:
Can someone tell me how many time-outs are allowed during a NCAA Final Four game? I lost count. Talk about interruptions! Can you say the word Endless? Between the two tense teams and TV timeouts with a MESSAGE FROM OUR SPONSORS. The actual presentation comes across like a hot summer afternoon, second of a double header, extra inning, baseball game. Flow and rhythm? What happened? It just aint normal.

Another Question: Do the NCAA rules allow teams, in danger of committing a back court time-limit violation, to call a time out? Can someone kindly tell me?

Good news. Unlike so many of the professional basketball players worldwide, the NCAA student-athletes do not protest and exhibit themselves after every single one of the refs decisions! Congratulations on that as it is refreshing. Not too long ago it was customary that the only player permitted to enter into dialogue with the referees was the Captain. What happened to that? Just asking.

Countless Columns of Comments
Dept: Syracuse University traditional and now famous half court two-three zone and its effectiveness and methodology. Two weapons of combat when faced with combating ANY zone, often overlooked for their simplicity, is fast breaking it and the effective use of offensive rebounding activity. These were the major tools and most of what University of Michigan utilized to defeat Syracuse and make it to the NCAA final game.

Re: Rutgers scandal. Questions and more questions. Like: How does a man like (Coach) Mike Rice get this to this rank? Put in a position of power to serve as an educator, a leader and theoretically, an architect of student-athletes, he was for all intents and purposes a verified madman while previously coaching Robert Morris University. Why would anyone in their right mind expect him to suddenly change? What he did at Rutgers was the exact opposite of what is expected of someone in his position and he did it for a relatively long time. He deserved to be fired right along with the people at Rutgers who hired him. From where I sit he never should have been hired in the first place. Bottom line? He needs a doctor; he needs psychological treatment far beyond anger management therapy. ** Coach Rice was finally fired last week not for cause (!), meaning that under his contract he is in line to be paid over $1 million, or 75% of his remaining salary, plus a $100,000 bonus for staying on the job through the 2012-13 season. What a world!

Wake-up Call Dept: Will the basketball players competing outside of the USA pro leagues ever get around to collectively organizing themselves to protect their professional rights? It seems that every other day we read or hear about a foreign player not being paid or playing/living under deplorable conditions. Therefore my question, how long and how many players contracts need to be dissed before some type of union or association is created to help protect them?


NBA: Unlike the NBA where luxury taxes and salary caps maintain a certain equilibrium and a semblance of equality between clubs, where winning streaks like Miami, Denver or New York are newsworthy... Here in our professional league in Spain it becomes big news when either the Barcelona or Real Madrid teams lose a game! More than one (in a row)? Fuhgedaboudit.

International: League officials MUST Begin Some Honest Discussion re: The standards or rules concerning player movement as it pertains to: Screen setting.
To be specific:
A) On the ball blocks in the Pick and Roll
B) The off-the-ball baseline blocks.
Historically a point of debate, the actual state of affairs has become undisciplined and downright dangerous to the game and to the players. Moving blocks destroy the intended fairness and harmony between offense and defense and generate a SITUATIONAL IMBALANCE between the two. It says here that the rules of the game MUST not be compromised, otherwise the game takes on some type of mutant form. Bottom line? Its gotten completely of control and something must be done to correct it. Punto & basta.



The Knicks to sign James Singleton, ex Xinjiang FT - by Eurobasket News

New York Knicks will sign 32-year old forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray State). He started the season at Xinjiang Flying Tigers in Chinese CBA league. In 21 games he averaged impressive 15.2ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg this season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The last season Singleton played at the Wizards. In 12 games he had 8.2ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.3apg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements Singleton's team won Chinese CBA Regular Season for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 2nd Team award in 2012.
Singleton is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Armani Milano and Fileni BPA Jesi), Spain (Caja Laboral), other NBA teams (Dallas Mavericks and LA Clippers) and China (Guandong Tigers).
Singleton attended Murray State until 2003 and it is his tenth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Jumping ability and timing was honed as a high school volleyball player. Is a hard worker who loves to workout and play basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Knicks waive Thomas - by Eurobasket News

New York Knicks released 41-year old forward Kurt Thomas (206-107kg-72, college: TCU). In 38 NBA games he had just 2.6ppg and 2.3rpg this season. Thomas also spent pre-season at the Trail Blazers earlier that year.
He has never been drafted by the NBA. Thomas won NBA Central Division championship title in 2011.
He has played previously for five other NBA teams: Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Thomas attended Texas Christian University until 1995 and it is his 18th (!!!) season as a professional player.
He could be described: A real tough player, hard working and smart, great defender on the opposite power forwards and centers, very effective rebounder and great scorer inside; however, he has been one of the three players ever to lead the NCAA in scoring and rebounding, and this means something;.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Storm Look to Even Series Friday in Summerside - by Eurobasket News

After a 45-45 tie at halftime, the Summerside STORM outscored the London Lightning by 12 points in the third quarter en route to a 111-99 win over the London Lightning in Summerside to get back into the NBL Finals series. Game four in the series goes Friday night at Credit Union Place at 7 pm with the London leading the best of five series at two games to one. To the delight of 2,582 STORM Fans, Omari Johnson (6'9''-F-89, college: Oregon St.) came alive in the series with 33 points, shooting over 50% from the field on 13 for 21 shooting. Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) and Antoine Tisby (6'8''-F/C-83, college: S.Carolina) each chipped in with 20 points. Tim Ellis (6'4''-G-81, college: Kansas St.) led the Lightning attack with 17 points.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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Furman welcomes back coach Medved - by Eurobasket News

Furman University agreed to terms of contract with coach Niko Medved. It is actually his comeback to Paladins as he used to coach here before. Medved started the season as assistant coach at Colorado State University (NCAA). He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the conference (MWC). They also advanced to the league semifinals. The last season Medved worked also at Colorado State University.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Marist signs coach Jeff Bower - by Eurobasket News

Marist College signed coach Jeff Bower. He has coached for the last eight seasons at New Orleans Hornets in the NBA. Bower won NBA Southwest Division championship title in 2008. Jeff Bower was lately scouting for the Dallas Mavericks. The specialist used to work as an associate head coach for Marist for five seasons in early 90s.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @WojYahooNBA)



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Reality Bites by Tim Shea - by Tim Shea

Concerned, curious and (a little bit) confused...

Question:
Can someone tell me how many time-outs are allowed during a NCAA Final Four game? I lost count. Talk about interruptions! Can you say the word Endless? Between the two tense teams and TV timeouts with a MESSAGE FROM OUR SPONSORS. The actual presentation comes across like a hot summer afternoon, second of a double header, extra inning, baseball game. Flow and rhythm? What happened? It just aint normal.

Another Question: Do the NCAA rules allow teams, in danger of committing a back court time-limit violation, to call a time out? Can someone kindly tell me?

Good news. Unlike so many of the professional basketball players worldwide, the NCAA student-athletes do not protest and exhibit themselves after every single one of the refs decisions! Congratulations on that as it is refreshing. Not too long ago it was customary that the only player permitted to enter into dialogue with the referees was the Captain. What happened to that? Just asking.

Countless Columns of Comments
Dept: Syracuse University traditional and now famous half court two-three zone and its effectiveness and methodology. Two weapons of combat when faced with combating ANY zone, often overlooked for their simplicity, is fast breaking it and the effective use of offensive rebounding activity. These were the major tools and most of what University of Michigan utilized to defeat Syracuse and make it to the NCAA final game.

Re: Rutgers scandal. Questions and more questions. Like: How does a man like (Coach) Mike Rice get this to this rank? Put in a position of power to serve as an educator, a leader and theoretically, an architect of student-athletes, he was for all intents and purposes a verified madman while previously coaching Robert Morris University. Why would anyone in their right mind expect him to suddenly change? What he did at Rutgers was the exact opposite of what is expected of someone in his position and he did it for a relatively long time. He deserved to be fired right along with the people at Rutgers who hired him. From where I sit he never should have been hired in the first place. Bottom line? He needs a doctor; he needs psychological treatment far beyond anger management therapy. ** Coach Rice was finally fired last week not for cause (!), meaning that under his contract he is in line to be paid over $1 million, or 75% of his remaining salary, plus a $100,000 bonus for staying on the job through the 2012-13 season. What a world!

Wake-up Call Dept: Will the basketball players competing outside of the USA pro leagues ever get around to collectively organizing themselves to protect their professional rights? It seems that every other day we read or hear about a foreign player not being paid or playing/living under deplorable conditions. Therefore my question, how long and how many players contracts need to be dissed before some type of union or association is created to help protect them?


NBA: Unlike the NBA where luxury taxes and salary caps maintain a certain equilibrium and a semblance of equality between clubs, where winning streaks like Miami, Denver or New York are newsworthy... Here in our professional league in Spain it becomes big news when either the Barcelona or Real Madrid teams lose a game! More than one (in a row)? Fuhgedaboudit.

International: League officials MUST Begin Some Honest Discussion re: The standards or rules concerning player movement as it pertains to: Screen setting.
To be specific:
A) On the ball blocks in the Pick and Roll
B) The off-the-ball baseline blocks.
Historically a point of debate, the actual state of affairs has become undisciplined and downright dangerous to the game and to the players. Moving blocks destroy the intended fairness and harmony between offense and defense and generate a SERIOUS SITUATIONAL IMBALANCE between the two. It says here that the rules of the game MUST not be compromised, otherwise the game takes on some type of mutant form. Bottom line? Its gotten completely of control and something must be done to correct it. Punto & basta.



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Josimar Ayarza will play with Marinos in Venezuela - by Robert OConnell

Panamanian 6'8" Forward Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) will play with Marinos de Anzoategui in Venezuela after playing with 9 de Julio Rio Tercero en Argentina. He will make his day view in the next Marino's game. Josimar is currently in the Panamanian National Team and played in the last Fiba Americas Olimpic Tournament. That will bet hefirst experience for him in the Venezuelan Professional League. He will provide outside shooting, athleticism, and some shot blocking hability.


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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

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

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 10: San Mig Coffee - Air21 Express 80-66
Apr. 10: Alaska Aces - Barangay Ginebra 102-93
Apr. 12: Alaska Aces - Global Port
Apr. 12: Barako Bull - Rain or Shine



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Standings - DBE

TBL Standings
Places 1-6
 1. PGE Turow 21-9 
 2. Trefl Sopot 18-11 
 3. Stelmet ZG 18-11 
 4. Anwil 18-12 
 5. Asseco Prok. 17-12 
 6. Energa Czarni 16-13 
Places 7-12
 1. Polpharma 15-14 
 2. AZS Koszalin 14-14 
 3. Siarka Jezioro 12-17 
 4. Rosa Radom 10-19 
 5. Start Gdynia 9-20 
 6. Kotwica 6-22 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 8

Apr. 9: PGE Turow - Asseco Prok. 88-61
Apr. 10: Trefl Sopot - Stelmet ZG 82-78
Apr. 9: Energa Czarni - Anwil 73-54

Second Stage: Round 9

Places 1-6

Apr. 12: Asseco Prok. - Stelmet ZG
Apr. 13: Anwil - Trefl Sopot
Apr. 14: Energa Czarni - PGE Turow

Places 7-12

Apr. 12: AZS Koszalin - Start Gdynia
Apr. 12: Kotwica - Polpharma
Apr. 13: Rosa Radom - Siarka Jezioro
Apr. 14: AZS Koszalin - Polpharma
Apr. 14: Kotwica - Start Gdynia


TBL Round 8 (Second Stage): Stelmet ZG loses to Trefl Sopot - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Second Stage in TBL. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Sopot between second ranked Stelmet ZG (18-11) and fourth ranked Trefl Sopot (18-11) on Wednesday night. Stelmet ZG was defeated by Trefl Sopot in a tough game on the road 78-82. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 25-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Stelmet ZG helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Filip Dylewicz (202-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Trefl Sopot's coach Mariusz Niedbalski used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international point guard Lukasz Koszarek (187-84) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 assists for Stelmet ZG. Trefl Sopot moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Stelmet ZG. Trefl Sopot is looking forward to face Anwil (#4) in Wloclawek in the next round. Stelmet ZG will play on the road against Asseco Prok. in Gdynia and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Anwil (18-12) against sixth ranked Energa Czarni (16-13) on Tuesday night. Visiting Anwil was crushed by Energa Czarni in Slupsk 73-54. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Roderick Trice (191-84, college: S.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and Marcin Dutkiewicz who added 12 points during the contest. American guard Tony Weeden (186-83, college: Chicago St., agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 12 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Energa Czarni have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 16-13 record. Anwil at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 12 games lost. Energa Czarni will play against league's leader PGE Turow in Zgorzelec in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Anwil will play at home against the league's second-placed Trefl Sopot and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
TBL top team - PGE Turow (21-9) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Asseco Prok. (17-12) in Zgorzelec 88-61. The winners were led by Michal Chylinski who scored that evening 12 points and 4 assists. PGE Turow's coach Miodrag Rajkovic felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds by Rasid Mahalbasic did not help to save the game for Asseco Prok.. PGE Turow have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-9 record. Defending champion Asseco Prok. keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. PGE Turow will meet Energa Czarni (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Asseco Prok. will play against Stelmet ZG in Zielona Gora and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive performance of 8th round was 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists by Sean Mosley of Kotwica.


Trefl Sopot - Stelmet ZG 82-78

The most important game in the last round took place in Sopot between second ranked Stelmet ZG (18-11) and fourth ranked Trefl Sopot (18-11) on Wednesday night. Stelmet ZG was defeated by Trefl Sopot in a tough game on the road 78-82. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 25-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Stelmet ZG helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Filip Dylewicz (202-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Trefl Sopot's coach Mariusz Niedbalski used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international point guard Lukasz Koszarek (187-84) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 assists and American-Georgian swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Stelmet ZG. Four Stelmet ZG players scored in double figures. Trefl Sopot moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Stelmet ZG. Trefl Sopot is looking forward to face Anwil (#4) in Wloclawek in the next round. Stelmet ZG will play on the road against Asseco Prok. in Gdynia and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Trefl Sopot: F.Dylewicz 19+6reb+3ast, F.Turner 18+2reb+2ast, S.Spralja 17+4reb, A.Waczynski 9+2reb+3ast, R.Davis 7+4reb+2ast, M.Stefanski 7+4reb+1ast
Stelmet ZG: W.Hodge 17+1ast, D.Borovnjak 15+4reb+1ast, Q.Hosley 14+7reb, L.Koszarek 11+2reb+11ast, O.Stevic 9+11reb, M.Sroka 7+7reb+3ast
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Energa Czarni - Anwil 73-54

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Anwil (18-12) against sixth ranked Energa Czarni (16-13) on Tuesday night. Visiting Anwil was crushed by Energa Czarni in Slupsk 73-54. The game was mostly controlled by Energa Czarni. Anwil was better in second period 13-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Roderick Trice (191-84, college: S.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and guard Marcin Dutkiewicz (196-86) who added 12 points during the contest. American guard Tony Weeden (186-83, college: Chicago St., agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 12 points and his fellow American import swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) scored 7 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Energa Czarni have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 16-13 record. Anwil at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 12 games lost. Energa Czarni will play against league's leader PGE Turow in Zgorzelec in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Anwil will play at home against the league's second-placed Trefl Sopot and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Energa Czarni: M.Dutkiewicz 12+4reb+1ast, B.Davis 11+5reb+1ast, R.Trice 11+7reb+4ast, O.Brandwein 9+2reb+1ast, M.Kostrzewski 7+3reb+1ast, V.Dabkus 7+5reb
Anwil: T.Weeden 12+3reb, S.Hajric 8+3reb, M.Ginyard 7+4reb+1ast, K.Szubarga 6+2reb+3ast, P.Frasunkiewicz 4+6reb, N.Jovanovic 4+3reb+1ast
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PGE Turow - Asseco Prok. 88-61

TBL top team - PGE Turow (21-9) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Asseco Prok. (17-12) in Zgorzelec 88-61. The game was mostly controlled by PGE Turow. Asseco Prok. managed to win fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. PGE Turow dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Asseco Prok.'s 34. The winners were led by the former international point guard Michal Chylinski (190-86, agency: Interperformances) who scored that evening 12 points and 4 assists and the former international power forward Damian Kulig (206-87) supported him with 13 points. Four PGE Turow players scored in double figures. PGE Turow's coach Miodrag Rajkovic felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds by Austrian-Slovenian center Rasid Mahalbasic (211-90) did not help to save the game for Asseco Prok.. The former international forward Piotr Szczotka (196-81, agency: Alti Sport) added 12 points for the guests. PGE Turow have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-9 record. Defending champion Asseco Prok. keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. PGE Turow will meet Energa Czarni (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Asseco Prok. will play against Stelmet ZG in Zielona Gora and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: D.Kulig 13+4reb+2ast, A.Cel 13+5reb, M.Chylinski 12+3reb+4ast, D.Jackson 12+1ast, I.Opacak 10+2reb+1ast, I.Zigeranovic 9+7reb
Asseco Prok.: P.Szczotka 12+4reb+2ast, R.Mahalbasic 12+11reb+2ast, T.Snieg 10+2reb, M.Ponitka 9+7reb+1ast, P.Zamojski 6+6reb+3ast, P.Pamula 5+2ast
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Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
 1. Benfica 18-1 
 2. CAB Madeira 15-3 
 3. Academica 14-5 
 4. Ovarense 13-6 
 5. Vitoria SC 10-9 
 6. Sampaense 9-10 
 7. Barcelos 7-11 
 8. Lusitania 7-11 
 9. Fisica 6-13 
 10. Alges 2-17 
 11. Galitos-Tley 2-17 

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 13: Sampaense - Barcelos
Apr. 13: Ovarense - Benfica
Apr. 13: Galitos-Tley - Alges
Apr. 13: Vitoria SC - Lusitania
Apr. 13: Fisica - Academica

Round 9

Apr. 9: Galitos-Tley - CAB Madeira 66-79



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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. San German 3-1 
 2. Guaynabo 3-1 
 3. Ponce 3-1 
 4. Mayaguez 3-2 
 5. Humacao 2-2 
 6. Arecibo 2-2 
 7. Guayama 2-2 
 8. Quebradillas 2-3 
 9. Santurce 1-3 
 10. Bayamon 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 6

Apr. 10: Guayama - Mayaguez 99-84
Apr. 10: San German - Bayamon 88-84 OT
Apr. 11: Humacao - Guaynabo
Apr. 11: Quebradillas - Santurce


Garret Siler gets MVP of the Week award for Puerto Rican BSN - by Eurobasket News

American Garret Siler (213-C-86) had a very impressive game in the last week for Ponce and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 5.
The 26-year old center had a double-double of 24 points and twelve rebounds, while his team edged out Santurce (#9, 1-3) in overtime 97-96. Ponce is placed at 3rd position in Puerto Rican BSN. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Ponce will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. Siler just recently signed at Ponce, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Augusta State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Siler leads league in rebounds with 11.7rpg. Siler is in league's top in and averages solid 76.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last week's games was 29-year old American forward Mike Harris (198-F-83) of . Harris impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Ponce to edge league's leader (#0, ) in overtime by 1 point 97-96. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Ponce consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 3-1 record is not bad at all. Harris is one of the most experienced players at Ponce and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last week was Bahamas Bennet Davis (206-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management) of Santurce (#9). Davis scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Davis' great performance Santurce lost 96-97in overtime to the higher-ranked Ponce (#3, 3-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Santurce can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Davis he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Davis has a very solid season. In 3 games in Puerto Rico he scored 6.0ppg. Davis attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kentrell Gransberry (206-C-85) of Mayaguez - 22 points and 11 rebounds
5. Jamelle Horne (200-F-88) of Humacao - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Terrence Shannon (203-F-79) of Bayamon - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) of San German - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. David Huertas (195-G/F-87) of Quebradillas - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) of Humacao - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Rick Apodaca (193-G-80) of Ponce - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 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)



Brock returns to Guayama - by Luis Modestti


Brujos de Guayama announced the signing of forward/center Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama) and released Matt Robertson.

Brock returns to Guayama for his second straight season. In 2012 he averaged 9,5 points and 9,7 rebounds.

After playing in Guayama he had stops in the Dominican Republic and the Philippines. In the Philippines he averaged 21,2 points and 16 boards in 11 games for Barako Bull.

Guayama is in desperate need for big men that can cover the paint area. The team only has Josh Harrellson to cover the center position and there are no natives available to play the forward/center positions.



Lions mount comeback to stun Cangrejeros - by Luis Ramirez

The Ponce Lions came back from a 13 point deficit in the first half to spoil the Santurce Cangrejeros home opener with a final score of 97-96 in overtime. Santurce opened the first quarter strong and quickly took a 14 point lead as the quarter came to an end 29-15. The second quarter was much the same for the Cangrejeros as they were able to finish the first half 49-36. The Lions were not intimidated and came out strong in the third quarter. Garret Siler dominated under the boards and Rick Apodaca was effective from the 3 point line to cut the lead to just 7 points 57-50 with 5:09 minutes to play in the quarter. Santurce once again tried to open the game but Ponce was able to stay close and the quarter ended 67-60. In the 4th quarter, Santurce made consecutive 3 pointers to take an 11 point lead with 7 minutes left in the quarter. It was Siler once again cutting the lead with consecutives and one to cut the lead to 6 points 78-72 with less than 5 minutes to play. Manuel Fortuna tied the game 78-78 with a 3 pointer with 3:20 left on the clock. Ponce took the first lead 84-83 in the game with a 3 pointer from Rick Apodaca with less than a minute in regular play, but Santurce came right back with a basket of their own. Mike Harris (198-F-83, college: Rice) tied the game with a free throw to send the game into overtime.

In overtime both teams exchanged leads in the opening minutes but Carlos Rivera made a 3 pointer with just over 2 minutes left to put the Lions in front 91-88. Mike Harris tried to tip the ball out of the cylinder and it dropped into the basket for Santurce to give Santurce the lead with less than a minute to play but Carlos Rivera came right back and scored to put Ponce in the lead again 95-94 with 31 seconds left. Then it was Wilfredo Pagan who made a basket to put Santurce in the lead 96-95 with 17 seconds left. It was Harris who sealed the win with a basket when there was 7 second left in the game.

Mike Harris was the leading scorer with 29 points and 10 rebounds followed by Garret Siler with 24 points with 12 rebounds. For Santurce, Ben Davis scored 23 points with and Wilfredo Pagan with 22 points.

In the other BSN game it was Quebradillas over Humacao-Carolina 83-72.



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EuroLeague: CSKA outgun Caja Laboral in Moscow - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Caja Laboral 89:78

CSKA outgun Caja Laboral in Moscow in front of almost 5000 local fans. The Russian team tasted the first, 89:78 win in the Quarterfinal series.


The Russian team started with 26-19 and never looked behind after. The hosts added 24-16 in the second frame and led 50:35 at the halftime. Both teams scored 23 points each in the third period, while the last quarter belonged to the visiting team. Caja Laboral needed a 20-16 rally to reduce the result to final 11 points.
Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) nailed 17. Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) and Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) followed them with 16 points each. Fabien Causeur (193-SG-87) answered with 17 points in the losing effort, while Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) added 16. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) scored 12 and Milko Bjelica (205-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) posted 10.

Game 2 to be played on April 12th.

CSKA: Sonny Weems 19, Milos Teodosic 17, Sasha Kaun 16, Nenad Krstic 16
Caja Laboral: Fabien Causeur 17, Andres Nocioni 16, Maciej Lampe 12, Milko Bjelica 10



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Knezevic's 31-point game gives him B League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old swingman Nebojsa Knezevic (196-F/G-87) had a great game in the last round for Proleter Naftagas and receives a Eurobasket.com B League Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had the game-high 31 points adding three rebounds and six assists for Proleter Naftagas in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Mladost Zemun (#5, 13-11) 90-87. Proleter Naftagas maintains the 7th position in Serbian B League. Proleter Naftagas 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 12-11 record. In the team's last game Knezevic had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at Proleter Naftagas and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Nebojsa Knezevic averages this season 16.2ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Milan Dondur of Beovuk 72. He is a in his 5th season at Beovuk 72. In the last game Dondur recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Beovuk 72 lost that game 73-81 to the lower-ranked Plana (#12, 9-15). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Beovuk 72 dropped in the standings to 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-13 record. Dondur is one of the most experienced players at Beovuk 72 and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Nikola Glisovic (209-C-73) of Plana (#12). Glisovic scored 25 points. He was a key player of Plana, leading his team to a 81-73 win against the higher-ranked Beovuk 72 (#9, 11-13). The chances of Plana not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Glisovic could try to bring Plana's a little bit higher in the standings. Glisovic has individually a great season in Serbia. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.1ppg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bojan Stanojevic (205-C-88) of Crnokosa - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Milos Andrejevic (198-F-89) of Morava - 23 points and 5 rebounds
6. Milan Markovic) of Spartak - 21 points and 12 rebounds
7. Milan Stanojevic (188-G-86) of Meridiana NS - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Dragoljub Sikman) of Napredak A. - 19 points and 10 rebounds
9. Ivica Vukotic (183-G-77) of Plana - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 14 assists
10. Milos Milisavljevic) of Spartak - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 8 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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Catching up with Dwight Burke - by Surujh Roopnarine

Dwight Burke (202-C/F-86, college: Marquette) is currently helping BC Siauliai close out the Lithuanian LKL regular season on a high note as the playoffs approach. Currently 11-8 with one game left after Monday nights 92-81 setback versus Lietuvos rytas, Siauliai is tied with Juventus and Pieno zvaigzdes with 58 points.
The already well-traveled Burke, 26, began this season with BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves in Slovakia where he posted career highs in scoring, rebounds and steals prior to an issue with his Visa forcing him to move to BC Siauliai.
The former Marquette University forward out of Brooklyn, New York has already played professionally in Uruguay, Czech Republic, France and Austria prior to this season and continues to improve and round out his game as a 6-8 forward.

Q. Monday was your best game as a member of Siauliai, playing 22 minutes while scoring 12 points and grabbing five rebounds. Are you now fully comfortable with your new team and situation?

A. I am feeling more comfortable. It took a while, longer than I was hoping for, but going into a new team and situation there is always an adjustment period. I feel like its harder sometimes for a forward to do so sometimes because different teams have different styles of play for their front line players. Some like them to be more involved and versatile, some like just pick and roll guys. So I had to find my place within the team and still am to a certain degree, but Monday night the game just came to me and I went out and just tried to make an impact. It worked out for me personally, but we didnt get the win, so it tainted my performance somewhat.

Q. Lietuvos rytas is a perennial powerhouse not only in Lithuania, but also in Euro competitions. What was the atmosphere like playing against them and how would you compare it to some of the other top teams you have faced in your career?

A. Rytas has a very good club and very good players. They were playing in Euroleague this year so that alone says a lot. I get a little more excited about games like that because since leaving college in 2009 I cant say Ive always faced top competition. The only other team I can think of that compares is Nymburk (when I played in Czech Republic). So its a good chance to measure my level of personal growth within competition. Also I aspire to play for clubs participating at the highest level in Europe so if I can make a good impact when I step on the court in those games then I feel like Im taking steps in the right direction.

Q. After having to leave Nova Ves, what was the main factor in agreeing to terms with Siauliai?

A. When it became clear that I was going to leave Nova Ves, I struggled with deciding what to do with the rest of my season. I was having a great season and looking forward to finishing it out making a nice run in the playoffs and maybe even winning the championship. So naturally I considered just going back to the U.S. and weighing my options for next season. Then my agent contacted me about the offer in Siauliai. After looking at their reputation and seeing an opportunity to play on a higher level it was really an easy decision for me.

Q. The team is still battling for playoff positioning and it comes down to the last game of the regular season. What is the feeling among your team about what needs to be done to succeed in the playoffs? What about your personal pressure or feelings?

A. Thats correct; right now we are fighting for seeding. That will come down to Fridays game and determine where we will be, and who we will play. We want to finish the season strong and gain the best possible seed. I personally dont feel any pressure because its still basketball and I love to do it. I was not expecting to be in this position, for this club at the beginning of my season, so I just want to continue to get better and compete at a high level. I leave the rest up to God and let the chips fall where they may.

Q. Regardless of how the team fares in the playoffs, how will you look back on this season for yourself? What new things did you learn about your game as well as the business of overseas basketball?

A. As with every season, there are ups and downs. My goal this season was to complete a whole season with one club and try to dominate enough to rebuild my resume after having a sub-par season prior to this one. I bounced around to three different teams out of necessity and wanted to get back to being myself as a player. I grew a lot as a player in Spisska. I felt my skill level increased and my ability to lead a team and make an impact. I cant neglect the influence that playing alongside my college teammate Maurice Acker (178-PG-87, college: Marquette) had on me. We both want to see each other succeed and pushed ourselves to be better. Unfortunately the situation in Spisska Nova Ves didnt pan out the way I would like, but Im very blessed and appreciative of the opportunity to finish the season playing for a Siauliai. I hope it will open up great opportunities to advance my career in the future.



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Standings - 1A

Telemach Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Krka 5-0 
 2. Maribor Messer 3-2 
 3. Un.Olimpija 3-2 
 4. Tajfun 2-3 
 5. Zlatorog 1-4 
 6. Helios 1-4 
Places 7-12
 1. Rogaska 15-9 
 2. Elektra 11-13 
 3. Geoplin Slovan 10-14 
 4. Polzela 9-15 
 5. Grosuplje 7-17 
 6. LTHcast Mercator 7-17 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 6

Places 1-6

Apr. 10: Un.Olimpija - Tajfun 81-45

Places 7-12

Apr. 10: Geoplin Slovan - Elektra 68-73
Apr. 10: Rogaska - Polzela 67-83
Apr. 10: Grosuplje - LTHcast Mercator 65-62

Second Stage: Round 7

Places 1-6

Apr. 13: Maribor Messer - Zlatorog
Apr. 13: Helios - Krka
Apr. 13: Tajfun - Un.Olimpija

Places 7-12

Apr. 13: Geoplin Slovan - Rogaska
Apr. 13: Elektra - Grosuplje
Apr. 13: LTHcast Mercator - Polzela


Olimpija crushes Sentjur by 36 points - by Zeljko Zule

Union Olimpija demolished Tajfun Sentjur by 81-45 in the first game of Telemach League Play-Off Round 6. Dino Muric (200-F-90) had 18 points and 8 rebounds, Luka Rupnik (185-PG-93) came off the bench for 15 points, all on the 3-pointer and Jasmin Perkovic (205-F-80, agency: Court Side) added 10 points. Olmpija opened the game with 16 consecutive points and its defense held Sentjur scoreless for a 5:39. Olimpija's struggled continued, ad they built its lead to 31-4 before Sentjur got its first field goal at the 13:14 mark of the first half after misfiring on its firs 11 shots. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90) was the lone scorer in double digits with 18 points.
League Play-Out Round 6:
Grosuplje-LTH Castings Mercator 65-62: Grosuplje have emerged triumphant from the battle of the bottom-placed sides. Marko Antonijevic (189-G-81, agency: Court Side) finished with 17 points, Sasa Zagorac (205-F/C-84) added 16, Ziga Erculj (177-G-86) 13 and Igor Tratnik (206-C/F-89) 12. The leargest lead of either teams was LTH 35-26, early in the second half. Grosuplje erasing that 9-point deficit and taking the lead 55-51 midway through the final quarter, its largest lead of the game. LTH responded with nine straight points to go up 60-55 with three minutes to go. Grosuplje went on a 9-0 and made all seven of their free-throws in that span as take an advantage 64-60 with 21 seconds left. Simon Finzgar (196-F-80) made a lay-up to cut the deficit to two and had an additonal free throw. He missed and Matic Trampus grabbed defensive board to secure an inportant win for Grosuplje. Finzgar was the lone LTH's scorer in double figures wuth game-high 20 points.
Rogaska Crystal-Hopsi 67-83: The visiting team, who never trailed, scored 15 straight points to go up 25-5 late in the first quarter and led by as many as 23 points midway through the third period. Hugh Robertson (198-G-89, college: S.Florida) finished with 17 points, Kervin Bristol (208-F-88, college: Fordham) collected 16 points and 12 rebounds, Goran Jagodnik (203-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) posted 15 points and Danijel Vujasinovic (180-G-89) collected 11 points and 8 rebounds. Rogaska's bench players outscored its starters 40-27. Zeljko Jotic (185-G-89) and Milos Miljkovic (204-F/C-84) posted 14 points apiece, Tadej Kostomaj (186-G-87) and Boban Tomic (190-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) both scored 12 points.
Slovan-Elektra 68-73: After trailing 55-56 going into the final quarter, Elektra went on a 12-2 run to ta take a lead 67-58 and ended Slovan's eight game winning streak. Mensud Julevic (200-PF-85) scored 14 points, Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90) added 10 poitns and David Collins (213-C-85, college: Bradley) grabbed 12 rebounds. Slovan was led by Stipe Modric (206-F-79) with his 20 points, Domen Bratoz (186-PG-93) scored 14 points and Dejan Mlakar (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) 11.




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Reality Bites by Tim Shea - by Tim Shea

Concerned, curious and (a little bit) confused...

Question:
Can someone tell me how many time-outs are allowed during a NCAA Final Four game? I lost count. Talk about interruptions! Can you say the word Endless? Between the two tense teams and TV timeouts with a MESSAGE FROM OUR SPONSORS. The actual presentation comes across like a hot summer afternoon, second of a double header, extra inning, baseball game. Flow and rhythm? What happened? It just aint normal.

Another Question: Do the NCAA rules allow teams, in danger of committing a back court time-limit violation, to call a time out? Can someone kindly tell me?

Good news. Unlike so many of the professional basketball players worldwide, the NCAA student-athletes do not protest and exhibit themselves after every single one of the refs decisions! Congratulations on that as it is refreshing. Not too long ago it was customary that the only player permitted to enter into dialogue with the referees was the Captain. What happened to that? Just asking.

Countless Columns of Comments
Dept: Syracuse University traditional and now famous half court two-three zone and its effectiveness and methodology. Two weapons of combat when faced with combating ANY zone, often overlooked for their simplicity, is fast breaking it and the effective use of offensive rebounding activity. These were the major tools and most of what University of Michigan utilized to defeat Syracuse and make it to the NCAA final game.

Re: Rutgers scandal. Questions and more questions. Like: How does a man like (Coach) Mike Rice get this to this rank? Put in a position of power to serve as an educator, a leader and theoretically, an architect of student-athletes, he was for all intents and purposes a verified madman while previously coaching Robert Morris University. Why would anyone in their right mind expect him to suddenly change? What he did at Rutgers was the exact opposite of what is expected of someone in his position and he did it for a relatively long time. He deserved to be fired right along with the people at Rutgers who hired him. From where I sit he never should have been hired in the first place. Bottom line? He needs a doctor; he needs psychological treatment far beyond anger management therapy. ** Coach Rice was finally fired last week not for cause (!), meaning that under his contract he is in line to be paid over $1 million, or 75% of his remaining salary, plus a $100,000 bonus for staying on the job through the 2012-13 season. What a world!

Wake-up Call Dept: Will the basketball players competing outside of the USA pro leagues ever get around to collectively organizing themselves to protect their professional rights? It seems that every other day we read or hear about a foreign player not being paid or playing/living under deplorable conditions. Therefore my question, how long and how many players contracts need to be dissed before some type of union or association is created to help protect them?


NBA: Unlike the NBA where luxury taxes and salary caps maintain a certain equilibrium and a semblance of equality between clubs, where winning streaks like Miami, Denver or New York are newsworthy... Here in our professional league in Spain it becomes big news when either the Barcelona or Real Madrid teams lose a game! More than one (in a row)? Fuhgedaboudit.

International: League officials MUST Begin Some Honest Discussion re: The standards or rules concerning player movement as it pertains to: Screen setting.
To be specific:
A) On the ball blocks in the Pick and Roll
B) The off-the-ball baseline blocks.
Historically a point of debate, the actual state of affairs has become undisciplined and downright dangerous to the game and to the players. Moving blocks destroy the intended fairness and harmony between offense and defense and generate a SERIOUS SITUATIONAL IMBALANCE between the two. It says here that the rules of the game MUST not be compromised, otherwise the game takes on some type of mutant form. Bottom line? Its gotten completely of control and something must be done to correct it. Punto & basta.



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Reality Bites by Tim Shea - by Tim Shea



Concerned, curious and (a little bit) confused...

Question:
Can someone tell me how many time-outs are allowed during a NCAA Final Four game? I lost count. Talk about interruptions! Can you say the word Endless? Between the two tense teams and TV timeouts with a MESSAGE FROM OUR SPONSORS. The actual presentation comes across like a hot summer afternoon, second of a double header, extra inning, baseball game. Flow and rhythm? What happened? It just aint normal.

Another Question: Do the NCAA rules allow teams, in danger of committing a back court time-limit violation, to call a time out? Can someone kindly tell me?

Good news. Unlike so many of the professional basketball players worldwide, the NCAA student-athletes do not protest and exhibit themselves after every single one of the refs decisions! Congratulations on that as it is refreshing. Not too long ago it was customary that the only player permitted to enter into dialogue with the referees was the Captain. What happened to that? Just asking.

Countless Columns of Comments
Dept: Syracuse University traditional and now famous half court two-three zone and its effectiveness and methodology. Two weapons of combat when faced with combating ANY zone, often overlooked for their simplicity, is fast breaking it and the effective use of offensive rebounding activity. These were the major tools and most of what University of Michigan utilized to defeat Syracuse and make it to the NCAA final game.

Re: Rutgers scandal. Questions and more questions. Like: How does a man like (Coach) Mike Rice get this to this rank? Put in a position of power to serve as an educator, a leader and theoretically, an architect of student-athletes, he was for all intents and purposes a verified madman while previously coaching Robert Morris University. Why would anyone in their right mind expect him to suddenly change? What he did at Rutgers was the exact opposite of what is expected of someone in his position and he did it for a relatively long time. He deserved to be fired right along with the people at Rutgers who hired him. From where I sit he never should have been hired in the first place. Bottom line? He needs a doctor; he needs psychological treatment far beyond anger management therapy. ** Coach Rice was finally fired last week not for cause (!), meaning that under his contract he is in line to be paid over $1 million, or 75% of his remaining salary, plus a $100,000 bonus for staying on the job through the 2012-13 season. What a world!

Wake-up Call Dept: Will the basketball players competing outside of the USA pro leagues ever get around to collectively organizing themselves to protect their professional rights? It seems that every other day we read or hear about a foreign player not being paid or playing/living under deplorable conditions. Therefore my question, how long and how many players contracts need to be dissed before some type of union or association is created to help protect them?


NBA: Unlike the NBA where luxury taxes and salary caps maintain a certain equilibrium and a semblance of equality between clubs, where winning streaks like Miami, Denver or New York are newsworthy... Here in our professional league in Spain it becomes big news when either the Barcelona or Real Madrid teams lose a game! More than one (in a row)? Fuhgedaboudit.

International: League officials MUST Begin Some Honest Discussion re: The standards or rules concerning player movement as it pertains to: Screen setting.
To be specific:
A) On the ball blocks in the Pick and Roll
B) The off-the-ball baseline blocks.
Historically a point of debate, the actual state of affairs has become undisciplined and downright dangerous to the game and to the players. Moving blocks destroy the intended fairness and harmony between offense and defense and generate a SITUATIONAL IMBALANCE between the two. It says here that the rules of the game MUST not be compromised, otherwise the game takes on some type of mutant form. Bottom line? Its gotten completely of control and something must be done to correct it. Punto & basta.



EuroLeague: Real coast past Maccabi in Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - Maccabi 79:53

Real Madrid claimed the opening win in the EuroLeague quarterfinal series versus Maccabi. The Spanish powerhouse eased to the victory in Madrid to open the series. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) came up with 15 points and 6 boards to lead the winners.
Maccabi surprised the hosts with a powerful start. The Israeli champions went on a 23:14 rally in the first quarter. But Real quickly stopped the rot. The hosts answered with a 24:4 run in the second frame to gain a 38:27 halftime lead. Real maintained the lead throughout the third term. The home side accumulated a 59:43 advantage at the final intermission. Real never looked back afterwards outscoring their opponents 20:10 in the final period. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) netted 14 points, while Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) added 10 points and 10 assists in the win. Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) answered with 9 points for Maccabi. Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Maryland) had 8 points in the loss.

Real Madrid: Rudy Fernandez 15, Nikola Mirotic 14, Sergio Rodriguez 10+10 assists
Maccabi: Shawn James 9, Niklas Caner-Medley 8



EuroLeague: CSKA outgun Caja Laboral in Moscow - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Caja Laboral 89:78

CSKA outgun Caja Laboral in Moscow in front of almost 5000 local fans. The Russian team tasted the first, 89:78 win in the Quarterfinal series.


The Russian team started with 26-19 and never looked behind after. The hosts added 24-16 in the second frame and led 50:35 at the halftime. Both teams scored 23 points each in the third period, while the last quarter belonged to the visiting team. Caja Laboral needed a 20-16 rally to reduce the result to final 11 points.
Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) nailed 17. Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) and Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) followed them with 16 points each. Fabien Causeur (193-SG-87) answered with 17 points in the losing effort, while Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) added 16. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) scored 12 and Milko Bjelica (205-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) posted 10.

Game 2 to be played on April 12th.

CSKA: Sonny Weems 19, Milos Teodosic 17, Sasha Kaun 16, Nenad Krstic 16
Caja Laboral: Fabien Causeur 17, Andres Nocioni 16, Maciej Lampe 12, Milko Bjelica 10



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EuroLeague: Printezis paces Olympiacos past Anadolu Efes - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - Anadolu Efes 67:62

Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) paces Olympiacos past Anadolu Efes in Game 1 of EuroLeague Quarterfinals. He scored 26 points in a 67:62 win.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-15. But Anadolu Efes won second period 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Georgios Printezis who helped to win the game recording 26 points. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Acie Law (190-G-85, college: Texas A&M) notched 7 and Kyle Hines (198-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 6. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Anadolu Efes. Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) scored 10, while Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) netted 8.
Game 2 to be played on Friday, April 12th.

Olympiacos: Georgios Printezis 26, Vassilis Spanoulis 9, Acie Law 7, Kyle Hines 6
Anadolu Efes: Kerem Gonlum 17, Jamon Lukas Gordon 10, Semih Erden 9, Jordan Farmar 8



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When will Rakeem Christmas have his breakout season? - by David Edole

The Syracuse University basketball team saw its 2012-13 season come to an end on Saturday with a 61-56 loss to Michigan in the NCAAs semifinals at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Within the next few days, the SU players will meet with the coaches. They will go over the season, lay out plans for the offseason and look ahead to the 2013-14 campaign.

In a similar fashion, we will do the same for each Syracuse player, not including seniors Brandon Triche and James Southerland. How did each player fare this season? Did they meet or exceed expectations? What goals should they have for the offseason? What will their roles be next year? And, in some cases, will they even be back next year?

Rakeem Christmas (206-F/C-91)

Sophomore, 6-9, 228 lbs.

Final stats: 5.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.8 bpg

2012-13 season

Christmas failed to make the big jump from his freshman year to his sophomore year that many people expected. Maybe the expectations were unfair. After all, Christmas came to Syracuse as a prospect whose offensive game consisted mostly of dunks and offensive put-backs. He averaged just 11.3 points per game as a high school senior.

So lets look at Christmas without preconceived notions. He went from 11.5 minutes per game as a freshman to 20.8 minutes per game this past season. He averaged 5.1 points and 4.5 rebounds. Even while splitting playing time with Baye Moussa Keita, Christmas still blocked 73 shots thats the fifth-highest total ever for a Syracuse sophomore. The four names ahead of Christmas were all full-time players as sophomores Etan Thomas, Rony Seikaly, Fab Melo and Roosevelt Bouie.

Christmas tantalized and frustrated Syracuse fans with glimpses of his potential. He scored 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds against Providence on Jan. 9. In his next three games, he had eight points and 13 boards. He played great against Notre Dame, scoring 12 points, grabbing five rebounds and blocking four shots against All-Big East center Jack Cooley. The next game against St. Johns, Christmas had two points and one rebound.

Offseason

Christmas needs to do two things in the offseason. The first is simple: develop two or three back-to-the-basket moves.

The second could be easy or it could prove to be difficult. Christmas needs to decide just how good he wants to be. With his size, strength and athleticism, Christmas could be a force on the defensive end of the court and he could turn himself into a serviceable low-post option on the offensive end as well. But none of it will matter until he decides whether he wants it badly enough or not.

Not since Darryl Watkins has a big man frustrated SU coach Jim Boeheim as much as Christmas. Like Christmas, Watkins was an athletically gifted center who didnt play hard all the time. Watkins averaged just 3.7 points and 3.3 rebounds as a sophomore. He had a total of 52 blocks in his first two years combined. But as a junior, Watkins blocked 99 shots. He rejected 112 as a senior when he also averaged 8.1 points and 7.5 rebounds.

Next season

Just as he did this past year, Christmas will have to battle Keita and Dajuan Coleman for playing time next season.

Christmas is stronger than Keita. Hes a better defender than Coleman. Hes the best overall athlete of the three. But until and unless he learns to go hard all the time, he will settle into a rotation.

A frontcourt of C.J. Fair, Jerami Grant and Rakeem Christmas would give Syracuses 2-3 zone defense an incredible backline. Those three would confound opponents, enveloping over half the court, cutting off passing lanes were their length and athleticism.

Fans are a fickle lot. They can burden a young player with unreasonable expectations and then when the player fails to reach them fast enough, the fan gives up on the player and moves on.That would be a mistake when it comes to Christmas.

A player with Christmas' blend of agility and strength is very rare. So he didn't have a breakout year this past season. He still showed modest improvement and signs of greatness.

Perhaps Jimmy Fallon's favorite Syracuse player will enjoy that breakout season in 2013-14.




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Superleague Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk - Hoverla 96-59

Budivelnyk prevailed against Hoverla for the second straight win in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Budivelnyk. Hoverla was better in third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Budivelnyk looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Hoverla's players. American forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri, agency: Edge Sports) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Latvian Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, college: Arizona St.) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five Budivelnyk players scored in double figures. American forward Ryan Pearson (198-90, college: George Mason) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import Kyndall Dykes (190-87, college: New Orleans, agency: Edge Sports) scored 16 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: L.Lyons 16+5reb+1ast, D.Salenga 16+1reb, M.Anisimovas 13+2reb+3ast, R.Kuksiks 12+6reb+3ast, M.Delaney 10+4reb+6ast, G.Tsintsadze 7+3reb+5ast
Hoverla: R.Pearson 19+8reb+2ast, K.Dykes 16+3reb+2ast, Y.Frasenyuk 10+6reb+1ast, T.Peterson 5+6reb, A.Chemyakin 4+3reb, G.Dzyuba 2+6reb
gschID: 238419


Khimik - Halychyna 75-82

Halychyna shocked Khimik heading back home with a 2-0 cushion in the series. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-16. But Khimik won second period 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Halychyna looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Serbian power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, agency: Beo Basket) scored 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Ivan Shkurupiy (200-82) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American-Bulgarian point guard Willie Deane (188-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) responded with 13 points and 6 assists and Montenegrin-Bosnian swingman Suad Sehovic (196-87) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Khimik's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Halychyna: V.Vukosavljevic 23+8reb+3ast, I.Shkurupiy 13+7reb+2ast, O.Saltovets 10+2reb+2ast, S.Vasiljevic 10+4ast, D.Tiutiunnyk 9+4reb, M.Lee 7+3reb+3ast
Khimik: S.Sehovic 13+8reb+1ast, A.Pustovyi 13+4reb+2ast, W.Deane 13+4reb+6ast, S.Popov 12+2reb, D.Joseph 7+1reb+2ast, S.Zavadsky 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 238418


Azovmash - BC Donetsk 82-74

Azovmash got the best out of two home games to secure 2-0 lead against BC Donetsk. BC Donetsk trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 24-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-82 at the end of the game. Strangely BC Donetsk outrebounded Azovmash 39-25 including 16 on the offensive glass. Serbian power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 25 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Lynn Greer (186-79, college: Temple) chipped in 23 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Azovmash players scored in double figures. Azovmash's coach Sergei Zavalin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American-Trinidad and Tobago center D'or Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and Lithuanian power forward Darius Songaila (204-78, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Azovmash: T.Dragicevic 25+5reb, L.Greer 23+1reb+5ast, M.Raduljica 10+5reb+1ast, O.Kolchenko 10+3reb+1ast, D.Zabirchenko 5+3reb+3ast, I.Zaytsev 4+1reb
BC Donetsk: C.Millage 16+3reb+3ast, D.Songaila 13+7reb+3ast, D.Fischer 11+12reb+2ast, M.Pustozvonov 9+2reb, R.Curry 7+3ast, D.Gliebov 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 238417


Ferro-ZNTU - Cherkasy 93-89 OT

Ferro-ZNTU needed overtime to tame Cherkasy for the second consecutive win in the series. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 21-18 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 4-point victory in overtime. Cherkasy was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) scored 24 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Jeremy Chappell (191-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Ferro-ZNTU players scored in double figures. American forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) responded with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and Denis Ikovlev (201-86, college: Nevada, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Culpepper 24+3reb+5ast, R.Guinn 19+4reb+1ast, J.Chappell 16+10reb+3ast, D.Werner 15+5reb+2ast, A.Butskyy 8+6reb+5ast, A.Rybalko 7+4reb+1ast
Cherkasy: C.Thomas 25+6reb+7ast, D.Ikovlev 19+5reb+2ast, D.Swanson 15+4reb+3ast, M.Ivshyn 9+4reb, V.Hunter 7+11reb+2ast, T.Delininkaitis 7+2reb+2ast
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Standings - EBL Conf.

EBL D1 Standings
 1. Reading R. 22-4 
 2. Bristol AF 18-8 
 3. Northumbria 17-9 
 4. Leopards 16-10 
 5. Tees Valley M. 16-10 
 6. Leeds Carnegie 16-10 
 7. Worthing T. 13-13 
 8. Leicester W. 12-14 
 9. Medway Park 12-14 
 10. Hemel Storm 11-15 
 11. Westminster W. 10-16 
 12. Bradford D. 10-16 
 13. Derby T. 6-20 
 14. Brixton T. 3-23 

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 7: Tees Valley M. - Westminster W. 80-89
Apr. 7: Northumbria - Leopards 79-89
Apr. 7: Reading R. - Bradford D. 72-70
Apr. 9: Westminster W. - Leicester W. 66-79
Apr. 7: Leeds Carnegie - Bristol AF 66-67
Apr. 7: Brixton T. - Worthing T. 57-62

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 13: Reading R. - Leicester W.
Apr. 13: Bristol AF - Worthing T.
Apr. 13: Leopards - Tees Valley M.
Apr. 14: Northumbria - Leeds Carnegie


Lynard Stewart - A BBL Legend - by Jeff King

Lynard Stewart (202-F-74, college: Temple), BBL MVP in season 2007/08, 4th overall all-time in block shots with 358 blocks in 272 games and 13th overall all-time in rebounds with 2221 first came to the UK to play for Sheffield in 2001 spending 3 seasons with the Sharks before moving to London Towers in 2004.

At Towers he played two seasons before following Coach Chris Finch to Belgium for a season in 2006/07 with Euphony Bree before returning to the UK to sign with the Newcastle Eagles in 2007 winning the BBL MVP in his first season and helping the Eagles win six trophies in his 3 seasons at Newcastle.

Fondly remember across the BBL, EuroBasket caught up with Lynard following the end of his own basketball season and firstly asked, what's Lynard Stewart up to these days?

Lynard is up to so many things, besides the family (he has a young son and daughter); during the day I work in the behavioural health field with middle school aged kids. In my afternoons I'm the Head Men's Basketball Coach for William PENN CHARTER Varsity High School.

I also started a business B-ALL (believe, achieve, live, and learn) with my best friend mentoring youth using sports as an intervention. So I've been and am very busy.

What's it like being a Head Coach albeit at a junior level?

I wouldn't say its totally at the junior level, because here in the states some kids go right to the NBA from high school, or now one year of college. So it's at a high level.

What's the team and facilities like?

The team is good; we have a good mix of elder players and young players. I think we have some great facilities; we have a main court, along with a field house. So I would say about 6 full court baskets. We have an indoor heated pool, along with soccer fields, lacrosse, baseball, and football fields.

What's the standard like?

I kinda answered this one already, but its very competitive. Philadelphia is a huge city I believe the 5 largest in the states, so we have loads of basketball talent.

What were your goals for this season?

I had simple goals for the season. I believed if we played together, played hard, and did all the things we need to do in practice we would be fine. In the end we finished the season strong and over all we finished 19 and 9. We suffered a 1 point lost in the State semi-finals which was hard to take as a win would have given us a shot at the State finals.

Have you any players we should look out for?

We have a few players that's should be on the radar. They need sometime in college first, but they are definite potential players.

What are Lynard Stewart's strengths as a coach and what's your style like?

Good question. I think my experience as a player is my best strength. Being taught the game by some of the best coaches in my area and then in Europe has been so helpful. The huge mix of discipline, determination, strategy, and will has helped so much.

My style is simple, run we can run, and when we can't let's run a good play. Next season we lose some of our big guys, so I think we going to adapt an up tempo style of play. I think I'm going to enjoy putting in different press defences and a quick offense.

From what coaches do you draw inspiration and what of their methods do you like and adopt?

All of my coaches have inspired me. But to name a few, my college coach John Chaney inspired me to create an attitude about the game of basketball, a winning attitude. My high school coach taught me meaning of being disciplined. Professional coaches like Chris Finch inspired me to study the game along with my opponent, Robbie Peers taught me to be a players coach along with being honest with the players, Fab Flournoy inspired me to install will and determination into my players.

How far is Lynard Stewart hoping to go as a coach?

Right now I'm happy to be where I am. Being able to teach the game at this level and see kids grow as players and young men is a wonderful feeling to have. But I've always dreamed of being able to coach with my brothers. We all played professionally at one point in our live, but we never got the chance to play together, so I would love for that to happen, if it ever does.

How much do you miss playing?

I miss playing a lot sometimes. I had to stay away from the game when I first retired. Because I knew I could still play at a high level, even now. So I limit how much I play. Because I know I'll get the urge. I stay in shape though; someone thought I was 27 the other day!

Do you keep an eye on The BBL?

I keep a few eyes on the BBL. I love the new website. I see that the eagles and Leicester have become the team to beat these days. And I also see that the government have cut funding for basketball I believe. Shocked to see that, especially after just hosting the Olympics although I believe that decision has been somewhat reversed now.

You had a great BBL career which you must look back on fondly?

There are so many moments to look back on. I find myself telling my friends here so many stories. I really miss the friends I made there. I stay in touch with them a lot. But those moments on the long bus rides home, or the times having a pint were very special. Ha-ha-ha-ha, I often recall winning the playoffs, I have a picture of that team up in my house.

What where your highlights in The BBL?

Winning the league, the playoffs, and MVP not sure what year that was (2007/08). My son tries to play with golden Molten ball all the time.

Do you keep in touch with any of your ex-team mates/coaches?

With today's social network it's easy to keep up with everyone. But I communicate with Chris Finch; I went to see his team play the other night. I talked to Fab when I can. Rob Yanders, Charles Smith, Justin Phoenix, and Jeremy Hyatt I've reached out to most.

What did you think of The BBL as a league and in its quality?

When I was last there, I felt there was a huge gap between teams. When I first entered the league all the teams played hard and had lots of talent. I know economically its hard for some cities, and without the support its almost impossible. Player wise there has always been some great players in the league.

Would you recommend The BBL to others?

Would I? I have recommended the league to others. I've often tried to get some players from my home town to get over there.

Anything else you'd like to say and/or add?

I miss the BBL a lot along with the fans. I think there is a huge opportunity for basketball to become a great sport there. But like everything its needs the right support. My time in the BBL will always have an impact on my life. I think the one regret I have now that I'm a coach is that I never attempted to be a player coach. I look back now and realise its something I should have done.

Lynards a genuine, nice guy and during his playing days a presence that every coach in the league feared and would have liked to have seen in their side. We thank Lynard for his time and input and wish him all the very best in the future.

Thanks Diesel!



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Aguada will play the LUB final games - by Hector Lopez

Aguada reached the final games for the Uruguayan League after beating Malvin 85-81 after an overtime (75-75) and will be playing with Defensor Sporting for the best of seven since next Monday. Aguada won the serie 3-1 against Malvin. Aguada took a 18 point lead (68-48) with 7.20 minutos to play, but Malvin netted a 27-9 to tie the game with two free throws by Fernando Martinez (170-PG-79) with 5 seconds to play.
For Aguada Leandro Garcia Morales (186-PG-80, college: Texas A&M) 32 points 6 rebounds and 10 assists, Gregory Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 20 points 9 rebounds, Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech) 13 points 20 rebounds and Alejandro Muro (187-G-74, agency: Players Group) 10 poibnts 3 rebounds 4 assists. For Malvin Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 22 points 19 rebounds Fernando Martinez (170-PG-79) 21 points 4 rebounds 6 assists, Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, college: William Carey) 18 points 4 rebounds 3 assists, Anthony Myles (208-F/C-82, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Xavier) 4 points 7 rebounds.



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Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
 1. Marinos 25-7 
 2. Cocodrilos 19-12 
 3. Gigantes 18-13 
 4. Gaiteros 18-15 
 5. Bucaneros 16-15 
 6. Guaros 16-17 
 7. Trotamundos 14-17 
 8. Guaiqueries 12-19 
 9. Panteras 12-21 
 10. Toros 9-23 

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 8: Marinos - Gigantes 92-85
Apr. 9: Guaros - Guaiqueries 91-83
Apr. 9: Trotamundos - Bucaneros 83-78
Apr. 10: Cocodrilos - Gaiteros 77-78
Apr. 10: Guaros - Guaiqueries 75-103
Apr. 9: Cocodrilos - Gaiteros 73-78

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 11: Gigantes - Marinos
Apr. 11: Toros - Trotamundos
Apr. 12: Trotamundos - Toros
Apr. 12: Cocodrilos - Panteras
Apr. 12: Gigantes - Marinos
Apr. 12: Gaiteros - Guaiqueries




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Women News


Haskovo 2012 reach the semis - by Eurobasket News

Levski - Haskovo 2012 59-65 (1-2)

Haskovo 2012 reach the semis. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 23-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Haskovo 2012 made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Haskovo 2012 outrebounded Levski 51-31 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for Latvian center Anita Teilane (196-85) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 22 rebounds and 4 blocks. Bosnian power forward Alma Kovacevic (186-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. International forward Daniela Peteva (179-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 25 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Viktoria Stoycheva (165-92) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Levski.
Top scorers:
Levski: D.Peteva 25+9reb+1ast, V.Stoycheva 13+5reb+1ast, C.Allen 8+6reb+3ast, H.Ivanova 7+6reb, R.Bachvarova 6+3reb+2ast, N.Pasheva 0+1reb
Haskovo 2012: N.Nikolic 22+1ast, A.Teilane 15+22reb+2ast, A.Kovacevic 14+17reb+2ast, A.Mehmedic 9+7reb+4ast, Z.Dimitrova 5+2reb, A.Zagorova 0+1reb+1ast
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Gospic, Novi Zagreb easily wins semifinals game 1 - by Zeljko Zule

Gospic and Novi Zagreb both win Semifinals Game 1 on theirs homecourt. Regular season champion Gospic outscored Medvescak by 90-51, while Novi Zagreb used a big first quarter run to capture a 102-61 win over Sibenik.
Gospic (1)-Medvescak (4) 90-51: Gospic scored 11 straight points to take a lead 20-12 and and went on a 16-2 run that pushed their advantage to 47-20 late in first half. Iva Badanjak (191-C-85) came off the bench for game-high 24 points, Monika Bosilj (178-G-85, college: FIU) added 15 points, Emanuela Salopek (178-SG-87) 13, Chevon Keith (178-G-86, college: W.Carolina) 12 and Martina Dover (177-G-86) 11. Gospic missed just one free throw, while Medvescak went 3-15 from the free throw line only shooting 20 percent. Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) scored 14 points and Iva Todoric (174-F-93) 11.
Novi Zagreb (2)-Sibenik Jolly (3) 102-61: Novi Zagreb shooting 66 percent (44 of 67) for the night and also shared the ball, finishing with 22 assists. Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Richmond) scored 19 points, Ina Marin (170-G-86) 16, Latoya Williams (190-C-87, college: Chipola JC) 15, Leilani Mitchell (165-PG-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) 11 and Ana Cacic (175-G-86) 10 and Sena Pavetic (197-C-86) both added 10 points. Sibenik trailed by as many as 26 points in the first quarter. Luca Ivankovic (207-C-87) scored 17 points and Antonija Misura (178-F-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 11 points..




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Bourges and Lattes Montpellier grab leads in the semifinal series - by Eurobasket News

Semifinals
Lyon - Bourges 59-69

Bourges shot down Lyon away from home to take the lead in the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Bourges. Lyon was better in third quarter 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-18 charity shots (94.4 percent) during the game. International center Emmeline Ndongue (192-83) stepped up and scored 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and international Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-88) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Bourges players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Danielle Page (188-86, college: Nebraska) responded with 15 points and the other American import center Mistie Mims (191-83, college: Duke) scored 14 points. Lyon's coach Laurent Buffard rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Lyon: D.Page 15+3reb+1ast, M.Mims 14+4reb, M.Sy-Diop 12+4reb+1ast, A.Sauret Gillespie 8+5reb+5ast, L.Ardon 8+2reb+2ast, A.Plagnard 2+4reb+1ast
Bourges: E.Ndongue 21+7reb, J.Leedham 13+2reb+3ast, N.Miyem 12+7reb+1ast, M.Coleman 11+2reb+1ast, C.Dumerc 7+5reb+6ast, P.Krawczyk 3+1reb
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Perpignan - Lattes Montp. 66-71

Lattes Montpellier stepped closer to the Final with a road win over Perpignan. After very bad start, Perpignan stormed back in the second period cutting the deficit to 3 points 42-39. But it was not enough and Lattes Montpellier took back the control in second half. The former international forward Geraldine Robert (183-80) fired 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Fatimatou Sacko (177-85) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. The former international forward Diandra Tchatchouang (186-91, college: Maryland) produced 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Laina Badiane (183-85) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Five Lattes Montpellier and four Perpignan players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Perpignan: L.Badiane 14+4reb, A.Bjorklund 12+4reb, D.Tchatchouang 12+5reb+5ast, F.Dieng 11+3reb+3ast, H.Ciak 7+6reb+1ast, E.Bertal 5+3reb+2ast
Lattes Montp.: G.Robert 13+8reb+2ast, G.Skrela 11+3reb+5ast, K.Mann 10+4reb, F.Sacko 10+9reb+1ast, E.Gomis 10+3reb+2ast, E.Lawson-Wade 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 238520
5-8 Place
Nantes - Landes 78-74

Nantes grabbed the lead in the classification series for 5-8 places. They overcame visiting Landes in the opener. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 40-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. DR Congolese center Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-82) nailed 9 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Latvian forward Gunta Basko (181-80, college: Siena, agency: Josep and Nicolas) accounted for 11 points. Nantes Reze's coach Emmanuel Coeuret used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American center Jennifer Humphrey (191-84, college: Kentucky, agency: Josep and Nicolas) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and American-Dominican Carmen Guzman (172-85, college: UAB, agency: Merit Sports) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Basket Landes in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Landes: J.Humphrey 16+15reb+2ast, C.Guzman 13+5reb+3ast, O.Epoupa 10+4reb+2ast, V.Ayayi 8+1reb, A.Le Gluher 8+1reb, T.Abalde 8+2reb+2ast
Nantes: G.Basko 11+4reb+2ast, Y.Andreyeva 11+2reb+1ast, S.Michel 10+3reb+2ast, B.Ngoyisa 9+7reb+1ast, I.Arrondo 9+3reb, M.Amant 8+7reb
gschID: 238523


Villeneuve - Tarbes 67-69

Tarbes stole a road win over Villenueve to surge ahead in the series. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 40-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Tarbes forced 21 Villeneuve D'Ascq turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Paoline Salagnac (176-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. American forward Angelica Robinson (197-87, college: Georgia) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Belgian center Emma Meesseman (192-93, agency: LBM Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and American swingman Lenae Williams (182-79, college: De Paul, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 21 points in the effort for Villeneuve D'Ascq.
Top scorers:
Villeneuve: L.Williams 21+2reb+2ast, E.Meesseman 14+11reb+3ast, O.Sanni 13+5reb+1ast, B.Dieme 8+4reb+9ast, J.Digbeu 5+4reb+1ast, A.Pochet 4+3reb
Tarbes: P.Salagnac 19+3reb+7ast, K.McCarthy 17+5reb+2ast, A.Robinson 11+13reb+1ast, J.Rad 9+3reb+2ast, N.El Gargati 7+7reb+4ast, J.Cousseins-Smith 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 238522



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AO Ellinikou ties the series at 2-2 - by Eurobasket News

AO Ellinikou - Athinaikos 61-58 (2-2)

AO Ellinikou ties the series at 2-2. Athinaikos trailed by 44 points after 3 quarters before a 9-56 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 58-61 at the end of the game. AO Ellinikou dominated on the defensive end, holding Athinaikos to just 4 points in third quarter and to 13 points in second half. The best player for the winners was American forward Breanna Brock (187-90, college: Missouri) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds. The former international guard Maria Roza Boni (179-86) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Afroditi Kosma (187-83) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Lolita Lymoura (180-85) added 12 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Athinaikos' coach Giorgos Leivadis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
AO Ellinikou: B.Brock 18+18reb+2ast, M.Roza Boni 14+5reb, E.Stamati 12+5reb+1ast, T.Chalivera 7+6reb+1ast, M.Axiopoulou 4+1reb+3ast, A.Balta 4+2reb
Athinaikos: A.Kosma 18+10reb+1ast, L.Lymoura 12+11reb+3ast, Z.Kechagia 10+2reb+2ast, T.Zotova 7+2reb, S.Kiriakopoulou 6+7reb+1ast, A.Spatharou 3+1ast
gschID: 238527



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Uniqua Euroleasing Sopron will face Gyor in the final - by Viktor Greksa


The home side PINKK Pcsi 424 gave a real fight to the favourite in Game 2 but UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron never lost their lead and will play with Gyor for the gold medal.

We all knew which team was the favourite for this semifinal and despite of the PINKKs real fighting spirit the 20-points win in Game 1 just proved the statistics.

Sopron wanted to make a quick work of Game 2 and took an early lead thanks to the 2 Sarok-baskets from downtown and Sara Krnjic's (196-C-91) efficient game which was difficult to counter for the home team (13-19). The second quarter continued in similar fashion but the teams started to play with lot more mistakes Sopron tried to increase the lead from futile long-range efforts while PINKK couldn't even score the easiest baskets. Nevertheless, with the production from Katerina Dorogobuzova (190-F-90, agency: LBM Management) the home side came out better from the low-scoring period and managed to cut the deficit to single basket by half-time (26-28).

PINKK didn't give it up for a moment in the second half either and managed to stay within close distance to Sopron but were never able to take the lead. Shenise Johnson (180-G-90, college: Miami, FL) added a triple to her first points of the game in the 3rd quarter and the favourite finally built up a comfortable lead by the end of the third period (36-47).
The home side tried to use the tremendous support received from their fans to their advantage and launched a final charge to turn the game around but after two baskets from Zsofia Fegyverneky (182-G-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) Sopron had a 10-point lead. However, as in a real thriller, it was Sopron who had to take a time out as PINKK reduced the gap to 5-points only with a Torok-triple by the 35th minute. But as the end of the game drew closer the home side started to make fouls and the guests scored easy points from the charity to earn their place in the finals.

PINKK Pecsi 424 UNIQA Euroleasing - UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron 54:64 (13-19; 13-9; 10-19; 18-17)

PINKK Pecsi 242: Brumermane 14, Dorogobuzova 10, Sarok 6, Ivanyi 4, Laczi 2 Subs: Torok 7, Kovats 6, Stewart 5, Rujak
UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron: Krnjic 13, Fegyverneky 13, Milovanovic 12, Johnson 9, Holt 7 Subs: Cserny 8, Zsovar 2, Pal


The first match of the finals will be played on the 15th of April at 18:45 in Sopron.



Hat-Agro UNI Gyor earned a chance to defend title after heated win in Game 2 - by Viktor Greksa


The match lived up to its expectations and 2000 fans watching the encounter could really feel the heat and tension of a real semi-final battle between HAT-AGRO UNI Gyor (2nd) and Work Force DVTK Miskolc (4th).

The match started in a similar fashion to the first leg in Gyor on Saturday and although the guests had the lead throughout the entire first half they were not able to open up a gap bigger than 2-3 baskets (28-32). Natalie Hurst (164-PG-83) had an excellent game for the guests the small Australian point guard had been attacking the board very efficiently.
In the second half the flow of the game didn't change too much as Gyor tried to hang on to their marginal lead. Then closer to the end of the 3rd period errors started to creep into the guests game as the mental pressure on the players was mounting up and Work Force DVTK launched a 9-0 charge to take a 2-point lead by the 29th minute (46-44)! By this period of the match the best player of Game 1 for Gyor Rita Rasheed (182-F-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) got herself into foul trouble as he collected her 4th already and was sitting on the bench. The biggest contributor to this comeback for DVTK was Brittainey Raven (182-G-88, college: Texas) whose individual efforts and improvisation kept not only the home side in the game but gave them hope to fight on.
Emotions were running high and both teams were playing with a lot of mistakes. Just after DVTK managed to carve out a small lead for the first time Gyor were able to cope with the pressure and re-took the initiative with an 8-0 run to go in front again by the 34th minute (48-54). But DVTK didn't give up and managed to equalize again closer to the end of the 4th quarter. Then Lakloth Anna scored an important 3-pointer which seemed to have ultimately tipped the mental balance of the game into Gyor's favour and they benefit from this advantage to convert their free shots with better efficiency and thus win the semifinals.

Work Force DVTK Miskolc - HAT-AGRO UNI Gyor 61:64 (17:19;11:14;20:12;13:20)

Work Force DVTK: Miskolc: Raven 22, Skoric 12, Sanford 10, Bozoki 6, Bukovszki 4 Subs: Szabo 5, Fuertoes 2, Dubei
HAT-AGRO UNI Gyor: Hurst 21, Rasheed 12, Raksanyi 11, Lima 5, ri 2 Subs: Smith 6, Lakloth 5, Semsei 2




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Hamar to Dominos league - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Hamar will play again in top league ( Dominos league) next season. team will replace Fjolnir who came last in top league.
Hamar and Stjarnan played tonight the last game in play-offs final where Hamar won 73-59 and the serie 2-1 Congratulation Hamar.
Top scorers for Hamar. Iris Asgeirsdottir 23. Marin Laufey Davidsdottir (172-G-94) 22 + 15 rebounds.
For Stjarnan. Andrea Osp Palsdottir 16. Kristin Fjola Reynisdottir 15. Bara Fanney Halfdanardottir 13



Dominos League Round 3 of Semi-Finals. KR and Valur are back in the lead - by Eurobasket News

Snaefell - KR 50-73

KR overcame Snaefell to take 2-1 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by KR. Snaefell was better in fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KR forced 21 Snaefell turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Shannon McCallum (177-87, college: Charlotte) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international power forward Sigrun Amundadottir (181-88, agency: Promotex) accounted for 11 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Kieraah Marlow (178-85) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds and forward Berglind Gunnarsdottir (178-93) added 10 points respectively for Snaefell 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.
Top scorers:
Snaefell: K.Marlow 15+15reb+3ast, B.Gunnarsdottir 10+3reb+1ast, R.Karlsdottir 7+5reb+1ast, H.Bjorgvinsdottir 6+2reb+1ast, E.Hognadottir 4+4reb+2ast, H.Sigurdardottir 2+2reb+3ast
KR: S.McCallum 25+10reb+6ast, S.Amundadottir 11+13reb+2ast, S.Magnusdottir 9+4reb+2ast, B.Einarsdottir 6+1reb+3ast, A.Einarsdottir 5+1ast, R.Olafsdottir 5+4reb+3ast
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Keflavik - Valur 68-75

Valur snatched a road win over Keflavik to surge ahead in the series. Keflavik trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 22-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 68-75 at the end of the game. It was a great evening for American guard Jaleesa Butler (185-87, college: Georgetown) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international forward Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir (176-85) helped adding 24 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Valur's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Birna Valgardsdottir (181-76) with 17 points and 6 rebounds and the former international point guard Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (168-87) scored 15 points and 5 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: B.Valgardsdottir 17+6reb, P.Gunnlaugsdottir 15+4reb+2ast, J.Jenkins 10+5reb+5ast, B.Gudmundsdottir 10+5reb+3ast, S.Run Hinriksdottir 8+7reb+1ast, I.Kristinardottir 8+8reb
Valur: K.Sigurjonsdottir 24+9reb+1ast, J.Butler 15+15reb+8ast, H.Jonsdottir 11+1reb+1ast, U.Asgeirsdottir 10+4reb+1ast, T.Bjarnadottir 7+4reb+2ast, R.Brynjarsdottir 6+6reb+1ast
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Jaime LLoreda inks with the Guaynabo Mets in Puerto Rico - by Robert OConnell

Panamanian 6'8" Power Forward/Center Jose Lloreda (203-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) has signed with the Guaynabo Mets after playing in the Argentina and before that in Dominican Republic. The international power foward and a current member of the Panamanian National Team will join his teamate from the National Team the 6-9 Center Ruben Garces, they played together in the last Fiba Americas Olimpics Qualifing tournament. The Guaynabo Mets are currently 3-1 and they are leading the Puertorican League.


Jose Jaime LLoreda will become the fourth panamanian player in Puerto Rico - by Robert OConnell

International Power Forward Jose Lloreda (203-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) signed with the Mets de Guaynabo and will become the fourth panamanian in the Puerto Rican League, he played last year with Indios de Mayaguez. He will team up with his teamate from team Panama Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, college: Providence) who is coming off the bench from them and is posting 4.5 points and 8.3 rebounds in 4 games. The Mets de Guaynabo are currently in first place with a 3-1 record, LLoreda will bring them scoring in the low post, rebounds and tons of international experience. He played this year in Dominican Republic with Titanes and just finished with the Sionista in Argentina where he posted 10.9 points and 5.7 rebounds in 35 games.


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Targoviste, ICIM Arad and Alba Iulia sweep the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Alba Iulia - Sf.Gheorghe 86-68 (2-0)

The game without a history. Alba Iulia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Alba Iulia forced 23 Sf.Gheorghe turnovers. American forward Amanda Thompson (183-87, college: Oklahoma) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Russian-Israeli forward Ekaterina Abramzon (185-87) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five Alba Iulia players scored in double figures. Alba Iulia's coach Miroslav Popovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Jence Rhoads (180-88, college: Vanderbilt) responded with 22 points and 6 assists and her fellow American import swingman Jasmin Bailey (172-90, college: Ill.-Chicago) scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists.
Top scorers:
Sf.Gheorghe: J.Rhoads 22+4reb+6ast, J.Bailey 14+8reb+8ast, M.Valentine 12+7reb+1ast, T.Wampler 8+2reb, V.Dinca 6+3reb+3ast, J.Kajdacsi 6+1reb
Alba Iulia: A.Thompson 20+6reb+1ast, E.Abramzon 17+6reb+3ast, R.Tobin 16+7reb+1ast, T.Brantlova 10+1reb+3ast, A.Uiuiu 10+2reb+3ast, J.Vukoje 9+2reb+3ast
gschID: 237846


Timisoara - ICIM Arad 56-81 (0-2)

The game was mostly controlled by ICIM Arad. Timisoara managed to win third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ICIM Arad forced 28 Timisoara turnovers. American forward Chrissy Givens (180-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) notched 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import point guard Jennifer Risper (175-87, college: Vanderbilt) supported her with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four ICIM Arad players scored in double figures. Even 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by American guard Tiffany Brown (165-86, college: Georgia South) did not help to save the game for Timisoara. Serbian guard Biljana Pesovic (180-83) added 8 points and 7 assists for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Timisoara: T.Brown 12+7reb+4ast, S.Maric 10+3reb+1ast, B.Pesovic 8+3reb+7ast, A.Vuksic 8+5reb, A.Stoiedin 6+5reb+1ast, M.Fodor 5+8reb+1ast
ICIM Arad: C.Givens 16+9reb+1ast, C.Bartee 15+6reb+1ast, J.Risper 13+5reb+6ast, P.Cristina Ciocan 12+4reb+1ast, K.Laplante 8+5reb, C.Wirth 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 237844


Sp.Studentesc - Targoviste 67-84 (0-2)

The game was mostly controlled by CSM Targoviste. Sp.Studentesc was better in fourth quarter 29-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CSM Targoviste dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Sp.Studentesc's 20 and made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. CSM Targoviste forced 21 Sp.Studentesc turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Sp.Studentesc's players. The best player for the winners was Russian-Kazakhstan power forward Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Serbian power forward Ivanka Matic (193-79, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 15 points. Four CSM Targoviste players scored in double figures. CSM Targoviste's coach Georgios Dikeoulakos used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian guard Tamara Bajic (172-87) produced 27 points and Serbian center Vladinka Erak (190-84) added 11 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Sp.Studentesc: T.Bajic 27+2reb+3ast, L.Bejtic 17+5reb+1ast, V.Erak 11+12reb, T.Lungu 3+2reb, L.Otrocol 3+2reb+3ast, C.Perta 3+5reb
Targoviste: K.Tikhonenko 16+8reb, I.Matic 15+4reb+1ast, J.Davis 12+3reb+4ast, A.Hutanu 12+3reb, G.Marginean 9+3reb+1ast, A.Walker 7+2reb+1ast
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Alexandria - Satu Mare 65-57 (1-1)

Strangely Satu Mare outrebounded Alexandria 39-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. American guard Shanita Arnold (165-89, college: Arizona, agency: Gamble Sports Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 4 assists. The former international forward Georgiana Rus (189-87) contributed with 8 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American power forward Shanika Freeman (186-83, college: Jacksonville St.) replied with 25 points and 8 rebounds and her fellow American import forward Khadijah Whittington (185-86, college: N.Carolina St.) added 10 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Satu Mare.
Top scorers:
Satu Mare: S.Freeman 25+8reb, K.Whittington 10+13reb+4ast, H.Szlimak 8+5reb+1ast, A.Orosz 7+3reb+2ast, A.Parau 5+5reb+5ast, D.Kovacevic 2+4reb+1ast
Alexandria: S.Arnold 24+2reb+4ast, A.Sipos 17+3reb+1ast, A.Arlen 13+9reb+1ast, G.Rus 8+10reb+5ast, D.Bucica 3+2reb+1ast, C.Teodorescu 0
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Standings - Women

SKL Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Triglav 22-2 
 2. Athlete Celje 22-2 
 3. Grosuplje 16-8 
 4. Ilrija 13-11 
 5. Jezica 8-17 
 6. Domzale 5-19 
Places 7-9
 1. AJM Maribor 6-13 
 2. GVT Konjice 5-14 
 3. Odeja KED 4-15 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 9

Apr. 10: Triglav - Domzale 76-35
Apr. 10: Jezica - Ilrija 69-61
Apr. 10: Athlete Celje - Grosuplje 103-48

Second Stage: Round 10

Apr. 13: Athlete Celje - Triglav
Apr. 13: Grosuplje - Ilrija
Apr. 13: Domzale - Jezica



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LFB Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Uni Girona complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Uni Girona - UNB Obenasa 66-57

Uni Girona paved their way into the semifinals with a home win over UNB Obenasa in the decider. Navarra Pamplona trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 18-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 57-66 at the end of the game. Argon Uni Girona forced 20 Navarra Pamplona turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including 25 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Jacinta Monroe (193-88, college: Florida St.) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. point guard Noemi Jordana (173-80) chipped in 5 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international power forward Laura Herrera (190-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who recorded 12 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Maria Asurmendi (168-86) added 15 points respectively.
Top scorers:
Uni Girona: J.Monroe 26+12reb, A.Carbo 10+6reb+2ast, J.Freixanet 8+4reb, M.Beld 6+2reb+2ast, N.Jordana 5+6reb+8ast, C.Bravard 4+3reb
UNB Obenasa: M.Asurmendi 15+2reb+2ast, L.Herrera 12+7reb, K.Sotiriou 12+4reb+1ast, M.Revuelto 7+6reb+3ast, P.Arguello 5+3reb, N.Diez 3
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Dynamo wins the Final opener - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo - Elizabeth-Basket 81-65 (1-0)

Dynamo wins the Final opener 81:65. Dynamo dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Elizabeth-Basket's 36. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Kimberly Williams (168-74, college: De Paul, agency: Merit Sports) who helped to win the game recording 23 points. Her fellow American import guard Juanita Ward (180-86, college: Syracuse, agency: Merit Sports) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Dynamo players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Olena Zherzherunova (191-78, agency: LBM Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and international swingman Alina Iagupova (186-92, agency: LBM Management) added 12 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Elizabeth-Basket.
Top scorers:
Dynamo: K.Williams 23+4reb+2ast, J.Ward 14+7reb+3ast, Y.Spitkovska 12+3reb+7ast, T.White 12+6reb+1ast, I.Tsekova 10+4reb+1ast, J.Canady 6+14reb
Elizabeth-Basket: O.Zherzherunova 18+12reb+1ast, A.Ievtushenko 13+6reb, A.Iagupova 12+11reb+6ast, R.Vidovic 8+3reb+2ast, S.Raymond 8+1reb+1ast, A.Traore 4+4reb






3rd place
Tim-Scuf - Bar Regina-B. 82-78

Tim-Scuf forced 26 Bar Regina-B. turnovers. International guard Inna Kochubei (174-82) fired 18 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Forward Nataliya Skorbatyuk (183-95) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-93) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and the former international center Taisiia Bovykina (190-89, agency: LBM Management) added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Tim-Scuf: I.Kochubei 18+6ast, M.Uro-Nilie 17+4reb, N.Skorbatyuk 13+7reb+3ast, Y.Berezinets 11+4reb+4ast, I.Faskhudinova 8+1reb, K.Matsko 8+7reb+1ast
Bar Regina-B.: L.Naumenko 19+9reb+1ast, A.Pokoiova 17+3reb+6ast, T.Bovykina 14+9reb+6ast, O.Pysmennyk 10+5reb+3ast, L.Karlye 6+1reb, V.Suzyk 4+5reb+1ast


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IL Shooting Stars Teamsup with Jackie Joyner Kersee Foundation - by Willie McCray

The Illinois Shooting Stars continued their efforts to give back to the community by having a basketball clinic for the youth held at the Jackie Joyner Kersee Foundation of East St. Louis, IL. During the clinic the children were taught the fundamentals of the game, the importance of team work on and off the court and also had an opportunity to scrimmage in front of their friends and family. Each child walked away with a ticket to the Stars first home game on May 11, 2013 and some essential tools they need so that they may continue their journey in basketball and in everyday life. The IL. Stars had a great time and we are looking forward to next years clinic.