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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Schedule for F4 - by Igor Obradovic

They are known terms for playing the final four of the Adriatic League.

Adriatic League Final will be played on 25 to 27 April and are known scheduled semi-final and final matches.
Semifinal match in the first game will be Crvena zvezda Telekom against Radnicki Kragujevac and the match will start at 17:00. In second semifinal match will meet Igokea and Partizan mt: and the match will be played at 21:00.
After semifinal games will be a day of rest and on 27. April will be played final game and it will be played in 20:30.

Teams that reach the semi-final victory gained the right to participate in the Euroleague next season.



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Abidjan 2013 Afrobasket: Tougher road to Afrobasket title - by Olusegun Ikuesan

......As FIBA Africa introduce new format

The sixteen countries that will take part in the 27th edition of the African Cup of Nations Afrobasket billed for Abidjan, Cote dIvoire from August 20 through 31 this have equal chances of lifting the title as FIBA Africa has introduce new format that makes it tougher for the title to be won.

The new format which will see all sixteen team squaring up against each other after the preliminary round unlike the previous editions where only eight teams will make it to the quarter finals, the 27th edition will see all sixteen countries having opportunity in the final-eight round or second round where group-A leader will battle it out with fourth placed team in group-B.

The new format is fashion after the FIBA World Championship but unlike the world championship which has twenty four countries the Africa showpiece is made up of sixteen and only time will tell before the continental ruling body open up the championship to twenty four as the game is gaining more awareness and popularity on the continent, which is as a result of the good work the men and women at the FIBA Africa secretariat in Abidjan and Cairo under the leadership of the Secretary General Alphonse Bile are doing daily to ensure that basketball remain a top sport in Africa.

The eight winners in the second round (round of eight finals) will then book a place in the quarter finals with the three top teams finisher on August 31 will fly the continent flag at the new look FIBA World Cup slated for Madrid Spain in 2014.



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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Quebradillas
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Phillip, Quebradil.19.1 
 2. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 4. Jackson, GECR I.17.6 
 5. Lewis, Marinos16.6 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.2 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.16.0 
 8. Lytch, Argentino15.1 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol15.1 
 10. Pau, Olimpico LB14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.10.8 
 2. Phillip, Quebradil.10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.5 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.1 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.5 
 6. Battle, Lanus7.3 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon7.1 
 8. Williams, Quimsa7.1 
 9. Sanchez, Libertad.6.9 
 10. Mata, Penarol6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.4 
 2. Martinez, Regat.4.9 
 3. Osimani, Obras4.2 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.0 
 5. Labaque, Atenas3.9 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 7. Cajal, Union Progr.3.8 
 8. Cequeira, Sionista3.7 
 9. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.6 
 10. Treise, Libertad3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.4 
 2. Pau, Olimpico LB1.9 
 3. Lescano, Atenas1.9 
 4. Lewis, Marinos1.7 
 5. Washam, Regatas C.1.5 
 6. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.5 
 7. Labaque, Atenas1.4 
 8. Elsener, Atenas1.4 
 9. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.4 
 10. Laprovittola, Lan.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.1.7 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.5 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 4. Meyinsse, Regat.1.1 
 5. Santiago, Boca Jrs1.1 
 6. Torres, Fluminense1.1 
 7. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 8. Weigand, Argentino0.8 
 9. Espinoza, Obras0.8 
 10. Humphrey, Blancos0.8 


LigaA Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Regatas clinch semifinal ticket - by Eurobasket News

Regatas C. - GECR Indalo 81-77

Regatas Corrientes rallied past GECR Indalo in the decisive game of the quarterfinal series. Regatas Corrientes dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to GECR Indalo's 30. They outrebounded GECR Indalo 32-20 including 23 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by GECR Indalo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international guard Paolo Quinteros (190-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. American center Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia, agency: Dream Team Management) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. Four Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) answered with 29 points and the other American import forward Jason Robinson (196-80, college: Pikeville) added 20 points in the effort for GECR Indalo.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 22+2reb+3ast, J.Meyinsse 18+5reb+1ast, J.Martinez 15+4reb+5ast, F.Kammerichs 10+7reb+1ast, T.Washam 7+6reb+4ast, N.Romano 5+2reb
GECR Indalo: D.Jackson 29+3reb+2ast, J.Robinson 20+1reb+1ast, P.Orlietti 8+4reb+1ast, S.Scala 7+4reb+2ast, M.Byro 5+1reb+1ast, K.Seawright 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 238644



Liga Americas: Lanus trounce Uniceub/BRB - by Eurobasket News

Lanus - Uniceub/BRB 77:49

Lanus victoriously opened their Liga Americas Final Four round campaign. They thrashed Uniceub/BRB in Arecibo for 1-0 record. Nicolas Laprovittola (187-PG-90) provided 18 points to pace the Argentinean side.
Lanus surged ahead early in the encounter. The Argentineans piled up a 19:13 lead after the starting frame. Lanus boosted the gap in the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by as many as 20 points 45:25. Lanus cleared off for good in the third quarter. The Argentinean side limited Uniceub/BRB to just 9 points in the third term and accumulated a 35-point lead at the final intermission. Uniceub/BRB went on a 15:8 run in the fourth stanza but could not save the game at the end. Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel) delivered 12 points, while William McFarlan (201-PF-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: St.Thomas Aquinas) provided 11 points in the win. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) answered with 14 points for Uniceub/BRB. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) had 12 points in the loss.

Lanus: Nicolas Laprovittola 18, Robert Battle 12, William McFarlan 11
Uniceub/BRB: Welington Dos Santos 14, Alex Ribeiro 12



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  AUSTRALIA   

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Ben MADGEN
  Kings
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Madgen, Kings18.2 
 2. Flynn, Charlotte B.17.4 
 3. Ervin, Crocodiles16.9 
 4. Deleon, Hawks16.4 
 5. Johnson, 36ers16.2 
 6. Lisch, Wildcats15.3 
 7. Wilson, Taipans15.3 
 8. Goulding, Tigers15.0 
 9. Jackson, Breakers14.6 
 10. Redhage, Wildcats14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel JOHNSON
  36ers
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, 36ers8.1 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles8.0 
 3. Crosswhite, Kings7.6 
 4. Pledger, Breakers7.3 
 5. Knight, Wildcats7.2 
 6. Lazare, Kings7.2 
 7. Davidson, Hawks6.6 
 8. Tragardh, Taipans6.4 
 9. Scott, Humacao6.3 
 10. Vukona, Breakers6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Jackson, Breakers6.9 
 2. Flynn, Charlotte B.5.9 
 3. Gibson, 36ers4.9 
 4. Ervin, Crocodiles4.3 
 5. Wilson, Taipans3.5 
 6. Martin, Hawks3.3 
 7. Martin, Wildcats3.2 
 8. Bruce, Kings3.1 
 9. Deleon, Hawks3.1 
 10. Henry, Kings2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.8 
 2. Martin, Wildcats1.9 
 3. Carter, Wildcats1.4 
 4. Gliddon, Taipans1.4 
 5. Deleon, Hawks1.3 
 6. Ervin, Crocodiles1.1 
 7. Henry, Kings1.1 
 8. Martin, Hawks1.1 
 9. Boucher, Breakers1.0 
 10. Lisch, Wildcats1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Pledger, Breakers1.5 
 2. Nevill, Crocodiles1.2 
 3. Schenscher, 36ers0.9 
 4. Blanchfield, Croco.0.7 
 5. Forman, Hawks0.7 
 6. Scott, Humacao0.7 
 7. Hinder, Crocodiles0.7 
 8. Martin, Wildcats0.6 
 9. Gliddon, Taipans0.6 
 10. Johnson, 36ers0.6 



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  AUSTRIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Oberwart
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Hinson, Oberwart20.8 
 2. Tiedeman, Wels19.7 
 3. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.6 
 4. Boxley, Oberwart19.4 
 5. Grum, Furstenfeld19.0 
 6. Dale, UBSC G.17.5 
 7. Kovacevic, St.Po.17.3 
 8. Chaney, Oberwart17.2 
 9. Gilchrese, UBSC G.17.2 
 10. Shaw, Kapfenberg17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  BC Vienna
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Pearson, BC Vienna9.2 
 2. Heard, Gussing8.2 
 3. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.8.1 
 4. Washington, Wels7.8 
 5. Johnson, Oberwart7.3 
 6. Boxley, Oberwart7.0 
 7. Cresnar, Furstenf.6.9 
 8. Spasojevic, Arkadia6.9 
 9. Speiser, St.Polten6.8 
 10. Kohlmaier, St.Pol.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna5.8 
 2. Woods, Kapfenberg5.1 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing4.8 
 4. Lanegger, Klostern.4.5 
 5. Tiedeman, Wels4.1 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna4.0 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels3.8 
 8. Danek, BC Vienna3.7 
 9. Gilchrese, UBSC G.3.5 
 10. O''Neal, Furstenfe.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.4 
 2. Hinson, Oberwart1.8 
 3. Ray, BC Vienna1.8 
 4. Gonzalvez, Wels1.6 
 5. Arnold, Gmunden1.5 
 6. Boylan, BC Vienna1.5 
 7. Chaney, Oberwart1.4 
 8. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.3 
 9. Dale, UBSC G.1.3 
 10. Oppland, Gmunden1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Blaz CRESNAR
  Furstenf.
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.2 
 2. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.1 
 3. Bortolin, Arkadia1.0 
 4. Gant, Oberwart0.9 
 5. Arnold, Gmunden0.9 
 6. Washington, Wels0.8 
 7. Shaw, Kapfenberg0.6 
 8. Pearson, BC Vienna0.6 
 9. Nelson, Kapfenberg0.6 
 10. Boxley, Oberwart0.6 


A Bundesliga Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Kapfenberg - Gussing 71-74

Gussing snatched a narrow road win over Kapfenberg to open the quarterfinal series. It looked good early as Kapfenberg Bulls took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Gussing Knights took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 3 points. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. International point guard Thomas Klepeisz (185-91, agency: TSS Management) contributed with 10 points and 8 assists for the winners. Heard is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Gussing Knights' coach Radomir Mijanovic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and American power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Kapfenberg Bulls.
Top scorers:
Gussing: M.Heard 28+11reb+1ast, S.Koch 13+5reb+1ast, T.Klepeisz 10+4reb+8ast, E.Kadic 9+2reb+1ast, D.Hunt 6+2reb+1ast, M.Jandrasits 6+2reb
Kapfenberg: D.Nelson 18+7reb+1ast, J.Dean Shaw 16+4reb+3ast, M.Sanchez 14+11reb+2ast, H.Opoku 8, Q.Pryor 6+1reb+3ast, G.Woods 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 238599


Oberwart - Gmunden 98-92

Oberward shot down Gmunden at home court to take 1-0 lead in the series. Gmunden Swans were ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 31-17 third quarter run of Redwell Gunners Oberwart. They made 20-of-22 charity shots (90.9 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for American-Puerto Rican point guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 4 steals. American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) contributed with 24 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Redwell Gunners Oberwart players scored in double figures. Serbian forward Enis Murati (194-88) answered with 24 points and American point guard Joshua Brown (187-88, college: Towson) added 15 points in the effort for Gmunden Swans.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: D.Hinson 28+1reb+3ast, S.Boxley 24+3reb+2ast, R.Chaney 17+5reb, J.Johnson 10+6reb+1ast, D.Gant 7, H.Artner 6
Gmunden: E.Murati 24+2reb+3ast, J.Brown 15+3reb+3ast, R.Arnold 15+4reb+1ast, D.Oppland 9+6reb+1ast, R.Poiger 8+1reb, C.Novas 7+2reb
gschID: 238598


BC Vienna - Wels 86-75

BC Vienna controlled the game and deservedly posted victory against Wels in the playoff opener. The game was mostly controlled by BC Vienna. Raiffeisen Wels was better in third quarter 27-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Vienna players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Raiffeisen Wels' players. It was a very good performance for the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 assists. American swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: CS Northridge) contributed with 13 points and 9 assists for the winners. American forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) answered with 25 points and 6 rebounds and the former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Raiffeisen Wels. Four Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: S.Stazic 25+4reb+7ast, I.Boylan 13+3reb+9ast, M.Pearson 12+3reb+1ast, R.Richards 9+3reb, J.Francois 7+3reb+1ast, B.Danek 7+2reb+2ast
Wels: T.Tiedeman 25+6reb+3ast, D.Gonzalvez 15+1reb+2ast, D.Lamesic 15+6reb+2ast, D.Washington 10+9reb, A.Farokhmanesh 5+4reb+2ast, R.Vieider 5+1reb
gschID: 238596


Klosterneub. - Furstenfeld 87-73

Klosterneuburg shot down Furstenfeld for the initial win in the series. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Xion Dukes's pressure prevailed and they won that period 28-16 extending their advantage to 14 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Furstenfeld Panthers' 38. They outrebounded Furstenfeld Panthers 43-28 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (205-79) fired 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St.) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Tyrone Sally (201-82, college: W.Virginia) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and Slovenian swingman Samo Grum (193-79) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Four Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: R.Suljanovic 24+6reb+1ast, C.Bobb 18+6reb+2ast, C.Greimeister 10+4reb, D.Zeleznik 9+5reb+5ast, C.Nagler 8+6reb+1ast, K.Payton 7+3reb+5ast
Furstenfeld: T.Sally 18+10reb+2ast, S.Grum 16+4reb+3ast, J.Rubin 13+2reb+4ast, P.Radakovics 12+2reb+2ast, D.Hasenburger 5+3reb, S.Leitgeb 5+4reb
gschID: 238597



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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

Premier League Standings
 1. Al Manama 14-2 
 2. Al Ahli 12-3 
 3. Muharraq 12-3 
 4. Al Hala 11-4 
 5. Sitra 11-5 
 6. Issa Town 9-7 
 7. Nuwaidrat 8-8 
 8. Hidd 6-10 
 9. Bahrain Club 5-11 
 10. Al Ittihad 3-12 
 11. Al Najma 3-13 
 12. Samaheej 0-16 

Regular Season: Round 16

Apr. 10: Al Manama - Nuwaidrat 87-59
Apr. 10: Samaheej - Sitra 75-94
Apr. 9: Bahrain Club - Hidd 73-68
Apr. 9: Al Najma - Issa Town 59-75
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 92-97

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 16: Sozh Gomel - Tsmoki-Minsk II
Apr. 16: Svisloch - Rubon


Belarusian Premier League round 6 (Second Stage) best performance: Sergey Tatur - by Eurobasket News

Guard Sergey Tatur (195-G-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for Borisfen, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
The 21-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, two rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Tsmoki-Minsk II (#1, 12-18) 97-92. Borisfen maintains the 3rd position in Belarusian Premier League. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 23 games and recorded just seven victories. In the team's last game Tatur had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Borisfen, through which he has constantly improved. Sergey Tatur has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (9th best: 3.0apg).

The second best player in last round's games was young Yauheni Beliankou (197-SF-95) of league's leader Tsmoki-Minsk II. Beliankou had a very good evening with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Tsmoki-Minsk II lost that game 92-97 to slightly lower-ranked Borisfen (#3, 7-23). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Play-Out. Tsmoki-Minsk II still maintains its place as the top team in the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-18 record. Beliankou is a newcomer at Tsmoki-Minsk II and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international guard Siarhei Charykau (185-PG-82) of league's second-best Sozh Gomel. Charykau showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, five rebounds and seven assists in the last round. Despite Charykau's great performance Sozh Gomel lost 77-79 to #1 ranked Grodno-93. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Sozh Gomel needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Championship. Their record is 20 victories and 10 lost games. Charykau has a great season in Belarus. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.6apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maks Adam Konate (200-F-91) of Svisloch - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Vladimir Krisevich (210-C-91) of Tsmoki-Minsk II - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Oleksandr Dolenko (191-PG-90) of Svisloch - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Aliaksandr Semianiuk (207-F-93) of Tsmoki-Minsk II - 25 points and 11 rebounds
8. Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-G-75) of Grodno-93 - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Vitaliy Bliznyuk (206-C-79) of Grodno-93 - 8 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Sergei Miakinin (206-F/C-86) of Sozh Gomel - 13 points and 6 rebounds

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



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  BELGIUM   

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Brose Bask.
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Walsh, Brose Bask.18.9 
 2. Raivio, Aalstar18.4 
 3. Thompson, Aalstar18.4 
 4. Randle, Spirou17.8 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende17.1 
 6. Mukubu, Liege16.9 
 7. Aleksandrov, Assig.16.7 
 8. Robinson, Leuven16.1 
 9. Green, Verviers.16.0 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Brose Bask.
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Walsh, Brose Bask.9.7 
 2. Wilkinson, Oostende6.8 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut6.7 
 4. Young, Aalstar6.2 
 5. Tofi, Aalstar6.2 
 6. Wright, Oostende6.2 
 7. Thondique, Antwerp6.2 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut5.9 
 9. Aleksandrov, Assig.5.9 
 10. Aska, Leuven5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Krka
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Anderson, Krka5.3 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven5.2 
 3. Bosco, Liege4.5 
 4. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.1 
 5. Randle, Spirou4.0 
 6. Thompson, Aalstar3.9 
 7. Moors, Antwerp3.7 
 8. Black, Antwerp3.6 
 9. Raivio, Aalstar3.5 
 10. Walsh, Brose Bask.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.6 
 2. Mukubu, Liege2.1 
 3. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.0 
 4. Hanavan, Leuven2.0 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp1.9 
 6. Black, Antwerp1.8 
 7. Randle, Spirou1.8 
 8. Iarochevitch, Liege1.7 
 9. Bostic, M.Hainaut1.7 
 10. Biggs, Antwerp1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian QVALE
  M.Hainaut
  (210-C-88)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.1 
 2. Wilkinson, Oostende1.1 
 3. Ferguson, Verviers.1.0 
 4. Riddick, Spirou1.0 
 5. Dukes, Leuven0.8 
 6. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 7. Thondique, Antwerp0.7 
 8. Williamson, Liege0.7 
 9. Love, Antwerp0.6 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende0.5 


Ruoff is back at Aalstar - by Eurobasket News

Generali Okapi Aalstar (Ethias League) agreed terms with 27-year old American guard Alex Ruoff (198-86, college: W.Virginia). It is actually his comeback to Okapi Aalstar as he played here before. Ruoff just played at Iowa Energy (D-League) in the U.S.. In 11 games he had 11.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg this season. He also spent pre-season at Canton Charge in D-League earlier this year. In 24 games he recorded 7.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. The last season Ruoff played at Okapi Aalstar. In 9 Ethias League games he recorded 9.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.8spg. He also played 3 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 12.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.3apg.
Last year (three years after he left the college) Ruoff was drafted by Erie Bay Hawks (D-League) in second round (28th overall).
He attended West Virginia University until 2009 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Ruoff played in the final of Belgian League for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). He was also voted Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year back in 2009 at his college time.
Ruoff has played previously for another Belgian team Liege Basket.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BOSNIA   

Standings - BIH League

Division Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Siroki WWin 3-0 
 2. Igokea 2-1 
 3. Mladost 2-2 
 4. Radnik B. 2-2 
 5. Bosna 1-3 
 6. Capljina 0-4 
Places 7-14
 1. Zrinjski HT 11-11 
 2. Varda HE 10-12 
 3. Leotar 10-12 
 4. Kakanj 9-13 
 5. Borac Nektar 9-13 
 6. Posusje 8-13 
 7. Vogosca 8-14 
 8. Servitium 6-15 
Stage One Standings



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  BOTSWANA   


League kicked off - by Peter Ubakar

The Botswana Basketball league which is a league kicked of on the 5th april 2013 with games between Troopers and Dolphins. The games were held at the university of Botswana basketball courts. In the first game troopers who are the runners up from last year"s championships beat dolphins 63- 48. In other games played BDF V beat cadets 68-43. While Botho college saints trounced platinum warriors 74-34 We are looking forward to an exciting league this year with the addition of a few more teams to the league.


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  BRAZIL   

Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. Flamengo 30-4 
 2. Brasilia 26-7 
 3. Uberlandia 23-9 
 4. Bauru 23-10 
 5. Pinheiros/Sky 22-10 
 6. S.Jose/Unimed 20-14 
 7. Basquete Cearense 17-16 
 8. Paulistano 17-17 
 9. Minas 16-17 
 10. Limeira 15-19 
 11. Liga Sorocaba 15-19 
 12. Palmeiras 12-22 
 13. Mogi das Cruzes 11-23 
 14. Joinville 11-23 
 15. Franca 10-8 
 16. Vila Velha 10-22 
 17. Tijuca TC 5-28 
 18. Suzano 4-29 

Regular Season: Round 36

Apr. 6: Pinheiros/Sky - Flamengo 93-91
Apr. 6: Vila Velha - Liga Sorocaba 88-82
Apr. 6: S.Jose/Unimed - Brasilia 84-79
Apr. 6: Paulistano - Tijuca TC 84-65
Apr. 6: Mogi das Cruzes - Basquete Cearense 80-86
Apr. 6: Palmeiras - Limeira 72-68
Apr. 6: Suzano - Joinville 65-75
Apr. 11: Minas - Bauru

Round 29

Apr. 8: Flamengo - Tijuca TC 107-103 2OT

Round 30

Apr. 11: Franca - Pinheiros/Sky

Round 33

Apr. 8: Limeira - Joinville 96-86
Apr. 10: Flamengo - Suzano 89-56
Apr. 7: Brasilia - Minas 81-86
Apr. 9: Franca - S.Jose/Unimed 76-53
Apr. 11: Basquete Cearense - Vila Velha


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Vieira, Flamengo20.9 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.5 
 3. Simmons, Vila Velha18.7 
 4. Day, Uberlandia18.6 
 5. Smith, Pinheiro.18.5 
 6. Dawkins, Liga S.18.1 
 7. Antonio, S.Jose/U.17.9 
 8. Dos Santos, Brasil.17.7 
 9. Beal, Minas17.3 
 10. Giovannoni, Brasi.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (202-PF-83)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.8.7 
 2. Araujo, Mogi d.8.7 
 3. Ribeiro, Basque.8.4 
 4. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.8 
 5. Prestes, Brasilia7.5 
 6. Castellar, Limeira7.4 
 7. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.2 
 8. Toyloy, Paulistano7.0 
 9. Teichmann, Franca6.9 
 10. Silveira, Flamengo6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.7.9 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.4 
 3. Collum, Uberlandia5.6 
 4. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.4 
 5. Garcia, Uberlandia4.5 
 6. Fischer, Bauru4.5 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.4.4 
 8. Taylor, Bauru4.3 
 9. Boracini, Pinheiro.4.3 
 10. Lima, Limeira4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Paulinho BORACINI
  Pinheiro.
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 0.2
 1. Boracini, Pinheiro.0.2 
 2. Ribeiro, Basque.0.2 
 3. Benite, Flamengo0.2 
 4. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.2 
 5. Campos, Suzano0.1 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.0.1 
 7. Castellar, Limeira0.1 
 8. Klafke, Basque.0.1 
 9. Luz dos Sant., Fra.0.1 
 10. Laws, S.Jose/U.0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.3 
 2. Dawkins, Liga S.2.0 
 3. Figueroa, Franca1.9 
 4. Campos, Suzano1.9 
 5. Taylor, Bauru1.8 
 6. Teichmann, Franca1.8 
 7. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.8 
 8. Ribeiro, Basque.1.7 
 9. Brown, Palmeiras1.7 
 10. Day, Uberlandia1.7 


Liga Americas: Lanus trounce Uniceub/BRB - by Eurobasket News

Lanus - Uniceub/BRB 77:49

Lanus victoriously opened their Liga Americas Final Four round campaign. They thrashed Uniceub/BRB in Arecibo for 1-0 record. Nicolas Laprovittola (187-PG-90) provided 18 points to pace the Argentinean side.
Lanus surged ahead early in the encounter. The Argentineans piled up a 19:13 lead after the starting frame. Lanus boosted the gap in the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by as many as 20 points 45:25. Lanus cleared off for good in the third quarter. The Argentinean side limited Uniceub/BRB to just 9 points in the third term and accumulated a 35-point lead at the final intermission. Uniceub/BRB went on a 15:8 run in the fourth stanza but could not save the game at the end. Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel) delivered 12 points, while William McFarlan (201-PF-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: St.Thomas Aquinas) provided 11 points in the win. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) answered with 14 points for Uniceub/BRB. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) had 12 points in the loss.

Lanus: Nicolas Laprovittola 18, Robert Battle 12, William McFarlan 11
Uniceub/BRB: Welington Dos Santos 14, Alex Ribeiro 12



Liga Americas: Pinheiros/Sky topple Arecibo to open Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Pinheiros/Sky - Capitanes de Arecibo 88:76

Pinheiros/Sky claimed the opening win at the Liga Americas Final Four round. They knocked down Capitanes de Arecibo to improve at 1-0 record. Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) stepped up with 23 points, 6 boards and 4 assists to lead the winners.
Pinheiros/Sky earned a 23:21 lead after ten minutes of action. Arecibo bounced back in the second term. The Puerto Rican team grabbed a 42:41 halftime lead. But the Brazilian team were back in charge in the third term. Pinheiros went on a 22:19 run to eke out a 2-point advantage 63:61 with ten minutes remaining. Pinheiros/Sky dominated in the fourth quarter. The Brazilian team went on a 25:15 rally in the final stanza to seal the winning outcome. Joe Smith (192-SG-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) and Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) chipped in 17 points each for the winners. Stephen Graham (198-F/G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) answered with 12 points for Arecibo. Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86, college: Virginia Tech) tallied 11 points in the loss.

Pinheiros/Sky: Shamell Stallworth 23, Joe Smith 17, Mineiro Ferreira 17
Capitanes de Arecibo: Stephen Graham 12, Angel Daniel Vassallo 11



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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 15-10 
 5. Tundja Yambol 13-12 
 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. 11: Rilski Sportist - Tundja Yambol 95-98
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

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 15: Beroe - Spartak Pleven
Apr. 15: Levski Sofia - Tundja Yambol
Apr. 15: Chernomorets - Rilski Sportist
Apr. 15: Cherno More - U20
Apr. 15: Lukoil Academik - Balkan


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reginald HOLMES
  Beroe
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 21
 1. Holmes, Beroe21.0 
 2. Tyler, Chernomo.18.9 
 3. Durchev, Tundja Y.17.1 
 4. Smith, Rilski S.17.0 
 5. Mirkovic, Rilski S.16.5 
 6. Marinovic, Levski16.3 
 7. Zahariev, Rilski S.16.0 
 8. Marintchechk., Spa.15.8 
 9. Milosevic, Tundja15.7 
 10. Panic, Balkan15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.13.6 
 2. Milosevic, Tundja9.4 
 3. Galiotos, Perister.9.2 
 4. Santos, Balkan8.8 
 5. Vrcelj, Cherno M.7.8 
 6. Watkins, Lukoil A.7.3 
 7. Ormon, Tundja Y.7.2 
 8. Marintchechk., Spa.6.8 
 9. Agre, Spartak6.6 
 10. Gugino, Rilski S.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Walker, Beroe7.1 
 2. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.6 
 3. Marinovic, Levski5.3 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.5.2 
 5. Velikov, Cherno M.4.4 
 6. Durchev, Tundja Y.4.3 
 7. Massamba, Lukoil A.4.0 
 8. Rakovic, Chernomo.4.0 
 9. Radionov, Tundja Y.4.0 
 10. Dyakovski, Sparta.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Walker, Beroe2.3 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.1 
 3. Green, Spirou2.1 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.2.1 
 5. Velikov, Cherno M.2.0 
 6. Gugino, Rilski S.2.0 
 7. Zahariev, Rilski S.1.9 
 8. Kostov, Levski S.1.9 
 9. Mirkovic, Rilski S.1.9 
 10. Avramov, Lukoil A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.3.0 
 2. Hart, Beroe1.4 
 3. Santos, Balkan1.3 
 4. Watkins, Lukoil A.1.3 
 5. Dupree, Rilski S.1.3 
 6. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 7. Gugino, Rilski S.0.9 
 8. Sjekloca, Tundja Y.0.8 
 9. Zahariev, Rilski S.0.7 
 10. Galiotos, Periste.0.7 


Tundja Yambol defeats Rilski Sportist in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in NBL.

The most exciting game of round 25 in the NBL took place in Samokov. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th placed Rilski Sportist (15-10) to fifth ranked Tundja Yambol (13-12) 98-95 on Thursday evening. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 51-43 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Tundja Yambol outrebounded Rilski Sportist 39-20 including a 24-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Tundja Yambol especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Brian Ormon (201-84, college: Mountain St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners and international Martin Durchev (204-87) chipped in 22 points and 5 assists. At the losing side naturalized Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 23 points and 5 assists. Tundja Yambol maintains fifth place with 13-12 record. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Tundja Yambol are looking forward to face league's second-placed Levski Sofia on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rilski Sportist will play against Chernomorets in Burgas and is hoping to win this game.
NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (23-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Beroe (10-15) in Stara Zagora 84-73. Americans were the main players on the court. Center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse) nailed 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and Brandon Heath accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds. Lukoil Academik's coach Sasho Vezenkov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Reginald Holmes (193-87, college: Morgan St.) came up with 27 points and 6 rebounds for Beroe in the defeat. Lukoil Academik have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-2 record. Newly promoted Beroe keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Cherno More and Chernomorets. Lukoil Academik will play against Balkan (#3) in Botevgrad in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Beroe will play at home against Spartak Pleven and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Varna was also quite interesting. Second ranked Levski Sofia (21-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Euroins Cherno More (10-15). Levski Sofia managed to secure a 9-point victory 86-77 on Wednesday. Marko Marinovic fired 30 points and 9 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. Asen Velikov produced 18 points and 9 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Levski Sofia. They maintain second place with 21-4 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Loser Euroins Cherno More dropped to the sixth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Chernomorets and Beroe. Levski Sofia will meet at home Tundja Yambol (#5) in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play against U20 in Sofia and hope to secure a win.
Eighth ranked Chernomorets (10-15) beat at home 9th ranked Spartak Pleven (5-20) by 14 points 83-69, which is the biggest margin this round. Worth to mention a great performance of James Tyler who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 15 rebounds and 7 blocks. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Chernomorets moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cherno More and Beroe. Spartak Pleven lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 20 games lost. Chernomorets' next round opponent will be higher ranked Rilski Sportist (#4) in Samokov and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Spartak Pleven will play on the road against Beroe (#6) in Stara Zagora.

In the last game of round 25 Balkan won against U20 on the opponent's court 85-79.


Rilski Sportist - Tundja Yambol 95-98

The most exciting game of round 25 in the NBL took place in Samokov. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th placed Rilski Sportist (15-10) to fifth ranked Tundja Yambol (13-12) 98-95 on Thursday evening. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 51-43 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Tundja Yambol outrebounded Rilski Sportist 39-20 including a 24-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Tundja Yambol especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Brian Ormon (201-84, college: Mountain St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners and international Martin Durchev (204-87) chipped in 22 points and 5 assists. At the losing side naturalized Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 23 points and 5 assists and American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) scored 18 points and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Five Tundja Yambol and four Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. Tundja Yambol maintains fifth place with 13-12 record. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Tundja Yambol are looking forward to face league's second-placed Levski Sofia on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rilski Sportist will play against Chernomorets in Burgas and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Tundja Yambol: B.Ormon 23+10reb, M.Durchev 22+2reb+5ast, S.Govedarov 14+2reb+5ast, N.Milosevic 12+12reb, Z.Kascelan 12+7ast, S.Petkov 9+7reb
Rilski Sportist: B.Mirkovic 23+1reb+5ast, T.Smith 18+2reb+5ast, T.Gugino 17+4reb+2ast, H.Zahariev 12+3reb+1ast, E.Binev 8+2reb+2ast, A.Caloiaro 8+5reb+4ast
gschID: 233944


U20 - Balkan 79-85

Very expected game in Sofia where 10th ranked U20 (1-24) was defeated by third ranked Balkan (17-8) 85-79. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But U20 won third quarter 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Balkan made 30-of-35 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by U20 helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Brazilian center Atila Santos (208-83, college: Minnesota St., agency: Warren Sports International) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Martin Marinov (190-85) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Five Balkan players scored in double figures. Naturalized Danish forward Tencho Tenchev (202-93, agency: Interperformances) answered with 18 points and 4 assists and Nikolay Stoyanov (195-94) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for U20. U20's coach Lyubomir Minchev rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Balkan. They maintain third place with 17-8 record having six points less than leader Lukoil Academik. U20 lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 24 lost games. Balkan's next round opponent will be league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and it will be for sure the game of the week. U20 will play on the road against Euroins Cherno More (#8) in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Balkan: M.Marinov 18+2reb+4ast, A.Santos 17+12reb+3ast, V.Panic 14+6reb+1ast, U.Petrovic 14+4reb, S.Marinov 11+5reb+5ast, L.Lilov 5+1reb
U20: T.Tenchev 18+4ast, D.Karamfilov 13+4reb+4ast, N.Stoyanov 12+8reb+2ast, A.Natskin 8+2ast, K.Kirilov 7+7reb, V.Galabov 7+1reb
gschID: 233945


Chernomorets - Spartak Pleven 83-69

Eighth ranked Chernomorets (10-15) beat at home 9th ranked Spartak Pleven (5-20) by 14 points 83-69, which is the biggest margin this round. It looked good early as Spartak Pleven took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Chernomorets had a 24-18 second period charge getting the lead and Spartak Pleven was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-83. They outrebounded Spartak Pleven 41-27 including 32 on the defensive glass. Chernomorets brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American center James Tyler (218-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 15 rebounds and 7 blocks. Bogdan Boev (196-82) contributed with 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Tyler is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Power forward Dimitar Marintchechki (201-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management) answered with 15 points and 9 rebounds and center Denis Agre (203-88, college: Pepperdine) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Spartak Pleven. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Chernomorets moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cherno More and Beroe. Spartak Pleven lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 20 games lost. Chernomorets' next round opponent will be higher ranked Rilski Sportist (#4) in Samokov and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Spartak Pleven will play on the road against Beroe (#6) in Stara Zagora.
Top scorers:
Chernomorets: J.Tyler 25+15reb+1ast, B.Boev 24+9reb+3ast, K.Raykov 11+2reb, I.Slavchev 10+5reb+2ast, P.Rakovic 9+4reb+6ast, K.Koev 2+5reb+2ast
Spartak Pleven: V.Georgiev 16+2reb+3ast, D.Agre 16+5reb+1ast, D.Marintchechki 15+9reb, T.Ostrev 12+1reb, I.Stankov 4+5reb+2ast, R.Sofroniev 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 233943


Beroe - Lukoil Academik 73-84

NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (23-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Beroe (10-15) in Stara Zagora 84-73. The game was mostly controlled by Lukoil Academik. Beroe was better in fourth quarter 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lukoil Academik dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Beroe's 18. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Beroe's players. Americans were the main players on the court. Center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse) nailed 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds. Lukoil Academik's coach Sasho Vezenkov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Reginald Holmes (193-87, college: Morgan St.) came up with 27 points and 6 rebounds and center Mitchell Carter (208-100, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Beroe in the defeat. Lukoil Academik have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-2 record. Newly promoted Beroe keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Cherno More and Chernomorets. Lukoil Academik will play against Balkan (#3) in Botevgrad in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Beroe will play at home against Spartak Pleven and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: D.Watkins 20+7reb+6ast, P.Marinov 14+4reb+3ast, B.Heath 13+6reb+3ast, B.Avramov 8+1reb+2ast, V.Veselinov 7+4reb+1ast, B.Popovic 6+2reb+2ast
Beroe: R.Holmes 27+6reb+1ast, M.Carter 15+7reb+2ast, W.Walker 8+3reb+8ast, B.Bakovic 7+8reb+2ast, V.Aleksandrov 6+5reb+2ast, M.Hart 4+2reb
gschID: 233942


Cherno More - Levski Sofia 77-86

The game in Varna was also quite interesting. Second ranked Levski Sofia (21-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Euroins Cherno More (10-15). Levski Sofia managed to secure a 9-point victory 86-77 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-77. Levski Sofia shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 51.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) fired 30 points and 9 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. Serbian guard Nemanja Protic (182-86) chipped in 14 points and 8 assists. The former international point guard Asen Velikov (185-86) produced 18 points and 9 assists and Croatian-Canadian center Ljubisa Vrcelj (210-84, college: Jacksonville) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Levski Sofia. They maintain second place with 21-4 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Loser Euroins Cherno More dropped to the sixth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Chernomorets and Beroe. Levski Sofia will meet at home Tundja Yambol (#5) in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play against U20 in Sofia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: M.Marinovic 30+2reb+9ast, N.Protic 14+1reb+8ast, D.Dimitrov 13+7reb, D.Anguelov 11+5reb+2ast, V.Petkov 6+1reb, P.Ivanov 5+1ast
Cherno More: A.Velikov 18+3reb+9ast, V.Kyosev 13+2reb, L.Hall 13+4reb+3ast, L.Vrcelj 12+7reb+2ast, S.Tsonkov 8, P.Aleksiev 7+4reb+4ast
gschID: 233941



Bulgarian NBL round 25 best performance: Marko Marinovic - by Eurobasket News

Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Levski Sofia, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, two rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Cherno More (#8, 10-15) 86-77. Levski Sofia maintains the 2nd position in Bulgarian NBL. They are still close to the very top. Levski Sofia would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 21-4 record. In the team's last game Marinovic had a remarkable eight three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Levski Sofia's top player in his first season with the team. Marko Marinovic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 16.3ppg), assists (3rd best: 5.3apg) and averages impressive 65.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American James Tyler (218-C-88) of Chernomorets. Tyler had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Chernomorets to another comfortable win 83-69 over slightly lower-ranked Spartak Pleven (#9, 5-20) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Chernomorets to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-15 record. Tyler is a newcomer at Chernomorets, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.9ppg (#2). He also registered 13.6 boards per game. Former star Tyler is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Brian Ormon (201-F-84) of Tundja Yambol (#5). Ormon scored 23 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Tundja Yambol, leading his team to a 98-95 win against slightly higher-ranked Rilski Sportist (#4, 15-10). Tundja Yambol needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 12 lost games. Ormon has a great season in Bulgaria. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.2rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Atila Santos (208-C-83) of Balkan - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Bogdan Boev (196-SG-82) of Chernomorets - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Darryl Watkins (211-C-84) of Lukoil Academik - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Asen Velikov (185-PG-86) of Cherno More - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Nemanja Milosevic (204-C/F-87) of Tundja Yambol - 12 points and 12 rebounds
9. Tony Gugino (207-C-86) of Rilski Sportist - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Martin Durchev (204-SF-87) of Tundja Yambol - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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  COLOMBIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stalin ORTIZ
  Bambuqueros
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Ortiz, Bambuqueros22.6 
 2. Thomas, Piratas21.6 
 3. Chavez Jacob., Ac.21.3 
 4. Rayson, Aguilas20.0 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.19.1 
 6. Gilbert, Bucaros18.2 
 7. Garris, Once Caldas18.2 
 8. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
 9. Brooks, Bucaros18.0 
 10. Mayfield, Aguilas17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Bucaros
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Hernandez, Bucaros12.6 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Piratas12.0 
 3. Culver, Caribbea.8.8 
 4. Smith, Aguilas8.8 
 5. Blue, Academia8.7 
 6. Rayson, Aguilas7.1 
 7. Cortes, Once Cald.6.3 
 8. Baquero, Halcones6.1 
 9. Arteaga, Piratas6.0 
 10. Thomas, Piratas5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Eddy MAYFIELD
  Aguilas
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Mayfield, Aguilas5.8 
 2. Moreno, Piratas5.3 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.4.7 
 4. Brooks, Bucaros4.6 
 5. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.5 
 6. Nelson, Halcones3.8 
 7. Thomas, Piratas3.6 
 8. Jordan, Once Cald.3.4 
 9. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
 10. Pomare, Caribbea.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Moreno, Piratas2.2 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros2.0 
 3. Jordan, Once Cald.1.9 
 4. Mayfield, Aguilas1.7 
 5. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.6 
 6. Pomare, Caribbea.1.4 
 7. Garris, Once Caldas1.4 
 8. Renteria, Halcones1.3 
 9. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.3 
 10. Forbes, Once Cal.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Divier PEREZ
  Bambuqueros
  (201-F/C-89)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Perez, Bambuqueros0.8 
 2. Farley, Academia0.8 
 3. Blue, Academia0.7 
 4. Hernandez, Bucaros0.6 
 5. Smith, Aguilas0.6 
 6. Aguaslimpias, Acad.0.6 
 7. Baquero, Halcones0.5 
 8. Culver, Caribbea.0.5 
 9. Arboleda, Halcones0.5 
 10. Cortes, Once Cal.0.4 


Colombian DPB round 26 best performance: Tayron Thomas - by Eurobasket News

American point guard Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Piratas, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 34 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Halcones (#8, 4-22) 100-91. Piratas maintains the 4th position in Colombian DPB. 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 15-11 record. In the team's last game Thomas had a remarkable 76.5% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Piratas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Philadelphia University star has very solid stats this year. Thomas is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.6ppg), assists (7th best: 3.6apg) and averages impressive 54.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Daniel Northern (206-F/C-85) of Halcones. Northern had a very good evening with a double-double of 32 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Halcones lost that game 91-100 to the higher-ranked Piratas (#4, 15-11). Halcones are still at the very bottom. 22 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Halcones managed to get this year. Northern is one of the most experienced players at Halcones and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international center John Hernandez (207-C-84) of league's second-best Bucaros. Hernandez scored 14 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Hernandez's great performance Bucaros lost 76-77 to the lower-ranked Caribbean Heat (#7, 9-17). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Bucaros needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 18 victories and 8 lost games. Hernandez has a great season in Colombia. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.6rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cesar Cortes (201-F-80) of Once Caldas - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Cesar Chavez Jacobo (196-PG-85) of Academia - 22 points and 6 rebounds
6. Sergio Trocha (204-C-87) of Bucaros - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jared Corpus (193-F) of Aguilas - 17 points and 4 rebounds
8. Justin Garris (196-F/G-89) of Once Caldas - 30 points
9. Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) of Piratas - 17 points and 13 rebounds
10. Juan Camilo Londono (188-G-83) of Academia - 23 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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  COSTA RICA   


Clausura Regular Season updating - by Gianni Pascucci

Just after the decision to ban Liceo from competion, the officials of FeCoBa started rewriting the Clausura Schedule. Only two rounds have been played so far, and Sanatura-Escazu leads the table with two wins, respectively 86-79 over Grecia and 64-63 on the road over Coopenae USJ San Ramon.

See here down the updated standings:

1. Sanataura Escazu 2-0
2. Ferreteria Brenes Barva 1-0
3. Coopenae USJ San Ramon 1-1
4. Super Cable Grecia 1-1
5. Grupo Babel Perez Zeledon 0-1
6. Recope Limon 0-2



Liceo banned from LBS competitions - by Gianni Pascucci

Jose Carlos Barquero, President of CostaRican Basketball Federation (FeCoBa), released this week an official statement regarding the position of Liceo de Costa Rica and the FeCoBa decision to ban this club fron the Clausura Tournment of LBS.
The reason of this action is to ensure continuity and quality of the first division (LBS) tournament, that will go on with only six teams.
Liceo will be now subject to a remedial plan to come back to the right status and to be eligible to participate in the next season tournament. In fact, it seems that FeCoBa has "frozen" its franchise until Liceo officials will show to be able to join back the league. Otherwise, the club will lose the LBS franchise and will be forced to restart from lower division, as did Grecia and Limon, and like UCR is doing this season.
For sure, Liceo The Lyceum leaves a great void, because during its stay in LBS won eight National Championships, four National Cup tournaments, and one edition of Central America Club Competition.



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  CROATIA   


Dario Saric claims Croatian A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented international power forward Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Cibona and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
The 18-year old power forward had a double-double of 20 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat KK Zagreb (#7, 0-4), Second Stage botton-ranked team 93-83. It allowed Cibona to consolidate first place in the Croatian A1. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Cibona already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Saric had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Cibona's top player in his first season with the team. Dario Saric averages just after three games 17.3ppg and 9.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young Bosnia and Herzegovina forward Miralem Halilovic (205-F-91) of KK Zagreb. Halilovic impressed basketball fans with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as KK Zagreb lost that game 83-93 to league's leader Cibona (#1, 4-0). KK Zagreb managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 4 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Halilovic is one of the most experienced players at KK Zagreb and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) of KK Split (#5). Sobin scored 13 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Sobin's great performance KK Split lost 61-75 to the higher-ranked Zadar (#2, 3-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing KK Split needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Sobin has a very solid season. In 3 games in Croatia he scored 15.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivica Radic (208-F-90) of Kvarner 2010 - 20 points and 9 rebounds
5. Marin Rozic (201-F-83) of Cibona - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Bracey Wright (191-G-84) of Cedevita - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ronald Ross (188-G-83) of Jolly - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Andrija Zizic (207-C-80) of Cibona - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ivan Novacic (201-F-85) of KK Zagreb - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Mate Mrva (195-F-83) of Jolly - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  CYPRUS   


Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Awards 2012-13 - by Eurobasket Center

All-Cyprus League 1st Team 2013
#s#
Dante Stiggers
Stiggers
Charron Fisher
Fisher
Mihalis Kakiouzis
Kakiouzis
Marvin Jefferson
Jefferson
Michael Harrison
Harrison
#e#1

Player of the Year: Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85) of AEK
Guard of the Year: Dante Stiggers (188-PG-82) of Apoel
Shooting Guard of the Year: Charron Fisher of AEK
Small Forward of the Year: Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-F-76) of AEK
Power Forward of the Year: Marvin Jefferson (206-C-86) of Apollon
Center of the Year: Michael Harrison (206-F/C-84) of AEK
Rookie of the Year: Dion Dixon (190-G-89) of AEK
Domestic Rookie of the Year: Marios Georgiou (193-F-91) of AEL
Co-Newcomer of the Year: C.J. Williams (195-G) of Etha
Co-Newcomer of the Year: Brandon Brown (201-F-85 of Apollon
Most Improved Player of the Year: Christopher Razis (194-PG-89) of ENAD
Co-Bosman Player of the Year: Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81) of AEK
Co-Bosman Player of the Year: Dante Stiggers of Apoel
Import Player of the Year: Charron Fisher of AEK
Domestic Player of the Year: Iakovos Panteli (187-G-85) of AEK
Defensive Player of the Year: Michael Harrison of AEK
Coach of the Year: Nikolas Papadopoulos of AEK

1st Team
PG: Dante Stiggers of Apoel
G: Charron Fisher of AEK
G: Mihalis Kakiouzis of AEK
F: Marvin Jefferson of Apollon
C: Michael Harrison of AEK

2nd Team
PG: Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) of Apoel
G: Donte Poole (190-G-89) of Etha
F: Dejan Cup (202-PF-83) of Etha
F: Isaac Wells (203-F-85of Apoel
C: Julian Vaughn (205-C/F-88) of Keravnos

3rd Team
Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87) of Keravnos
Jeremiah Davis (183-PG-81) of Apoel
Jamar Diggs (187-G-88) of Omonoia
Brandon Brown of Apollon
Ales Chan (216-C-80) of Apoel

Honorable Mention
Mike Morrison (205-F-89) of Apoel
Brandon Brown of Apollon
Dion Dixon of AEK
Ken Tutt (185-PG-84) of Etha
Tony Crocker of Keravnos
Jeremy Allen (193-G-88) of Omonoia
Jamar Diggs of Omonoia
Kerry Williams (181-G-87) of Etha
Bobby Maze (191-PG-86) of Keravnos
Michal Kremen (200-G/F-81) of Apoel
Milutin Aleksic (203-F-82) of AEL
Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81) of AEL

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Iakovos Panteli of AEK
G: Christopher Razis of ENAD
F: Vassilis Kounas (194-G-84) of ENAD
F: Christos Loizidis (207-C-91) of AEL
C: JoJo Garcia of AEK

All-Imports Team
PG: Bobby Maze of Keravnos
G: Charron Fisher of AEK
F: Porter Troupe of Apoel
F: Marvin Jefferson of Apollon
C: Michael Harrison of AEK

All-Bosmans Team
PG: Michael Mokongo of Apoel
G: Dante Stiggers of Apoel
F: Vujadin Subotic of AEK
F: Dejan Cup of Etha
C: Ivan Maras (207-PF-86) of Etha

All-Defensive Team
Michael Mokongo of Apoel
Dante Stiggers of Apoel
Mihalis Kakiouzis of AEK
Julian Vaughn of Keravnos
Michael Harrison of AEK

All-Newcomers Team
Stefanos Iliadis (185-PG-94) of Apollon
Simos Antoniou (198-G-94) of AEL
Marios Georgiou of AEL
Giorgos Stylianou (201-G-94) of AEL
Merkouris Panagi (193-F/C-95) of AEL



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.6 
 2. Bolds, BC Kolin17.9 
 3. Deloach, Svitavy17.5 
 4. Fields, Chomutov17.5 
 5. Meno, USK Praha17.4 
 6. Blazek, B&W Opava16.9 
 7. Fields, Levice16.7 
 8. McFadden, Usti n.16.4 
 9. Reese, Usti n.16.3 
 10. Zabas, BK Pardub.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.3 
 2. Meno, USK Praha9.2 
 3. Tomanec, J.Hradec8.9 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.7.9 
 5. Nuhanovic, Levice7.8 
 6. Kohout, BK Prost.7.5 
 7. Simmons, Levice7.0 
 8. Bolds, BC Kolin6.9 
 9. Deloach, Svitavy6.8 
 10. Reese, Usti n.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  BC Kolin
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Ubilla, BC Kolin6.1 
 2. Sirina, B&W Opava5.7 
 3. Ames, NH Ostrava5.6 
 4. Kemp, Levice4.5 
 5. Deloach, Svitavy4.4 
 6. Carter, CEZ N.4.3 
 7. Glover, Chomutov4.3 
 8. Sotnar, USK Praha4.2 
 9. Sanders, BK Decin4.1 
 10. Venta, J.Hradec4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.7 
 2. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 4. Ames, NH Ostrava1.9 
 5. Bolds, BC Kolin1.9 
 6. Ubilla, BC Kolin1.8 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
 8. Pope, BK Decin1.6 
 9. Reese, Usti n.1.6 
 10. Taylor, Los A.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Levice
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Nuhanovic, Levice1.5 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.5 
 3. Fields, Chomutov1.1 
 4. Miklosik, B&W O.1.0 
 5. Meno, USK Praha1.0 
 6. Simmons, Levice0.9 
 7. Mroz, Svitavy0.8 
 8. Nelson, BK Pardu.0.8 
 9. Slavik, USK Praha0.8 
 10. Kohout, BK Prost.0.8 



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  DENMARK   

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Colas, Randers24.3 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.22.4 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC21.3 
 4. Walker, Naestved19.8 
 5. Bowlin, Horsens IC19.6 
 6. Delk, Vaerlose19.3 
 7. Funches, Aarhus BC18.6 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg18.6 
 9. Waithe, Bakken18.5 
 10. Tomko, Etzella18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Colas, Randers14.7 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.9.5 
 3. Dezouvre, Aarhus9.4 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC8.9 
 5. Doggett, Naestved8.4 
 6. Waithe, Bakken8.4 
 7. Washington, Svend.8.1 
 8. Moritz, SISU8.0 
 9. Walker, Naestved7.9 
 10. Baker, Vaerlose7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel ORTEGA
  Randers
  (188-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Ortega, Randers6.9 
 2. Bowlin, Horsens IC6.5 
 3. Darboe, Svendborg5.9 
 4. Nielsen, SISU5.3 
 5. Murphy, Naestved4.8 
 6. Tomko, Etzella4.5 
 7. Dennis, SISU4.3 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.4.2 
 9. Jonsson, Keflavik4.0 
 10. Delaney, Aalborg3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC2.9 
 2. Tomko, Etzella2.4 
 3. Delk, Vaerlose2.1 
 4. Nielsen, SISU2.1 
 5. Ortega, Randers2.1 
 6. Walker, Naestved2.0 
 7. Dennis, SISU1.9 
 8. Jukic, Horsens IC1.9 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg1.8 
 10. Rungby, Horsens1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Washington, Svend.2.5 
 2. Colas, Randers2.0 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.5 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.4 
 5. Jukic, Horsholm1.3 
 6. Jukic, Horsens IC1.1 
 7. Doggett, Naestved1.1 
 8. Funches, Aarhus BC1.1 
 9. Thomann, Horse.1.0 
 10. Waithe, Bakken1.0 


Ligaen Round 1 of Finals. Bears take the lead - by Eurobasket News

Svendborg - Bakken 81-87

Bakken surprised Svendborg in the opening game of the title series. Svendborg was trailing by 14 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 26-19 charge of Bakken, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Chris Christoffersen (218-79, college: Oregon) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks. Canadian forward Marvell Waithe (205-87, college: Arkansas) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Donald Rutherford (199-87, college: Catawba) answered with 8 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists and the former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Svendborg. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: A.Darboe 16+8reb+3ast, G.Washington 14+6reb+1ast, C.Magaard 12+3reb, M.Plannthin 11+3reb+6ast, K.Gertz 10+1reb+1ast, D.Rutherford 8+11reb+9ast
Bakken: C.Christoffersen 20+17reb+2ast, M.Waithe 19+8reb+1ast, N.Iversen 17+7reb+2ast, A.Jakobsen 12+1reb+2ast, F.Nielsen 7+2reb+2ast, J.Jensen 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 238658



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Quarterfinal Stage. Opening Games - by Eurobasket News

Maine RC - Rio Grande VV 118-120
Josh Selby (6'2''-PG-91, college: Kansas) almost shot the Maine Red Claws back from the brink. But a 17-point deficit to start the fourth quarter was too much despite Selby's 23 points in the period as the Rio Grande Valley Vipers won the first D-League playoff game in Maine, 120-118. Selby's final points came on a 3-pointer with .9 seconds left after hitting a 3-pointer with 16.3 seconds remaining. In between, Vipers guard Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston) hit four free throws to keep the game a two-possession margin. Selby also made three three-point plays earlier in the half. "The lane was open and my shots were falling," Selby said. "It ain't never fun when you lose. I don't care if I get 60. Never fun when you lose because I'm a winner." Selby's offense corresponded to an increased defensive intensity as the Red Claws rallied from a 94-77 deficit after three quarters. In that span the Claws went with a small lineup, harassed the ball, and Chris Wright shut down the Vipers' inside threat of 7-footer Chris Daniels (6'11''-C-84, college: Limoges), who scored 28 points but none in the fourth quarter. Goudelock and Glen Rice Jr. each had 27 for the Vipers. Selby finished with 28 points. Jermaine Taylor had 29, including a dunk that cut it to 109-105 with 2:31 left, got the 2,348 fans in full throat and signaled the game would go to the wire. Four free throws from Rice and a huge 3-pointer by Goudelock slowed the comeback, and Rio Grande Valley held a 116-107 lead with 53 seconds left. Curtis Jerrells drained a 3 and Maine forced a stop and was out on a fast-break opportunity when referee Dedric Taylor blew a whistle, thinking a Red Claw had called a timeout. Selby ended up hitting the first of his two late 3-pointers but precious time was lost. "It took away a fast-break opportunity from us but that's just the breaks of the game. Sometimes people can make mistakes and in that case it was a misunderstanding, a miscommunication. We had no intention of calling a timeout," Claws Coach Mike Taylor said. The series resumes Saturday in Hidalgo, Texas. If needed, Game 3 is Monday in Texas. "We've just got to play the way we did in that comeback," Jermaine Taylor said. What the Claws need to avoid are slow starts to each half. In the first quarter it was all about defense. The Vipers played it and the Red Claws' effort amounted to little more than waving at Goudelock, Rice and Daniels as they drove to the basket. Rio Grande set the tempo with a 31-19 first quarter, making 67 percent of its shots and holding the Claws to 33 percent. Maine responded a bit in the second and trailed 59-50 at the half. But the third quarter was a repeat of the first with a little more ill will. Rio Grande Valley made 4 of 8 3-pointers in the quarter and three technicals were called: a double technical on Wright and Rice, and another on Selby. Rio Grande led 79-69 at the time, then went on a 12-2 run to stretch the lead to 91-71. "In the third quarter we lost our emotional discipline a little bit," Mike Taylor said. "But when it came down to it, to be down that much and fight back and be in it at the end showed great heart, great character." Courtesy of: pressherald.com

Austin T. - Bakersfield J. 113-107
The Austin Toros (1-0) came out red hot as they took down the number one seeded Bakersfield Jam (113-107) in Thursday evening's first round playoff matchup at Cedar Park Center. Adidas player of the game Lester Hudson led the way for the Toros finishing the game just one rebound shy of a triple-double with 20 points, 10 assists and nine boards. It was a full team effort for the Toros' as every player chipped in points on the night and five scored in double figures. The Toros defense played a big role, holding the Jam scoreless in the first seven minutes of the 3rd quarter and 13 points for the period. Chris Roberts (6'4''-G-88, college: Bradley) led all Toros in scoring with 22 points from the bench. JaMychal Green (6'8''-F-90, college: Alabama) and Rick Jackson (6'9''-F-89, college: Syracuse) each punched in double-doubles with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 15 points, 17 rebounds respectively. Jamarr Sanders (6'4''-G-88, college: UAB) rounded out double digit scoring with 14 points. Diante Garrett (6'4''-G-88, college: Iowa St.), on assignment from the Phoenix Suns led the Jam (0-1) in scoring with 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Former Texas standout Damion James contributed 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists in his return to Austin. Renaldo Major added in 13 points and nine rebounds. The Toros travel to Bakersfield for game two on Sunday at 9pm CT. Game three (if necessary) will take place on Monday April 15th at 9pm. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Santa Cruz W. 118-124
The Santa Cruz Warriors previously dropped two games to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants earlier this season, but 6-foot-10 center Jeremy Tyler (6'10''-F-91, college: Louisville) wasn't a member of the team just yet. The Mad Ants perhaps wish that was still true. Tyler came off the bench to score 34 points and lead Santa Cruz past Fort Wayne 124-118 in Game 1 of their opening-round series for the D-League playoffs on Wednesday. The No. 3 Warriors (33-18), who have home-court advantage in the best-of-three series against No. 5 Fort Wayne (27-24), will look to close out the Mad Ants on Saturday at Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz. Tip off is 7 p.m. Game 3, if necessary, will take place in Santa Cruz on Sunday at 6 p.m. Tyler's output was a Warriors season-best. He went 12-for-15 from the free-throw line and 11-for-14 from the field, adding a team-high three steals. Stefhon Hannah scored 23 points and dished out six assists, while Cameron Jones, who play for Fort Wayne last season, chipped in with 15 points against his old team. Tyler's performance was enough to offset the Fort Wayne's Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama), who exploded for a game-high 40 points. Mitchell shot just 15 of 31 from the field, however. Santa Cruz extended its lead to as many as 17 points in the third quarter, and appeared to be pulling away. But the Mad Ants came racing back and pulled within one to start the final frame. After trading buckets and the lead for the first four and a half minutes of the fourth quarter, the Warriors started to distance themselves from Fort Wayne, thanks to 21 fourth-quarter points from Tyler. It was Santa Cruz's first win over Fort Wayne this season. The Warriors lost to the Mad Ants 102-86 on Jan. 3 and 118-90 on Jan. 5 to begin a season-long four-game losing streak. Santa Cruz had lost three straight games entering Wednesday's playoff opener and five of its last six. Fort Wayne, meanwhile, had won 11 of its last 15 games to earn its first playoff spot in the team's six-year history. Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso) scored 22 off the bench for Fort Wayne, while Anthony Harris had a game-high nine assists. There were 13 lead changes in the game. Santa Cruz and Fort Wayne scored a combined 73 first-quarter points, with the Warriors taking a 38-35 lead against the Mad Ants into the second quarter. Fort Wayne held its largest lead, of three points, with 10:47 left in the first half. But the Warriors went on a 10-0 run and ended the half ahead by nine. Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com

Tulsa 66ers - Canton C. 118-99
Two of the NBA Development League's top three defensive teams took the floor in Tulsa on Wednesday night. A shootout ensued, and the 66ers packed way more bullets than the Charge. Tulsa never trailed and won 118-99 in the SpiritBank Event Center, taking Game 1 of this best-of-three D-League quarterfinal series. The Charge return home for Game 2 on Friday night, needing a win to stay alive and force a decisive Game 3 in Canton on Sunday. "They did a helluva job," Charge head coach Alex Jensen said about the 66ers by phone after the game. "They were well prepared and took it to us right from the start." The 66ers had three NBA players - Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Connecticut), Perry Jones and DeAndre Liggins - on assignment from their parent club, the Oklahoma City Thunder. They brought 10-year NBA veteran Rasual Butler (6'7''-F-79, college: La Salle) off the bench, as well as the D-League's top 3-point shooter in Andy Rautins. It was simply too much firepower and athleticism for a scrappy Charge team to overcome. The 66ers shot a sizzling 60.8 percent from the floor and 11-of-24 (45.8 percent) from the 3-point line. They committed only nine turnovers and turned Charge miscues into transition points. "Everyone knows Tulsa and Rio Grande Valley have twice as much talent as anyone in the league," Jensen said. "But that's not why they won. Defensively we were really bad. "Once they get going, it's hard to stop." Late in the game as the Charge tried to make a push, Liggins eyed up Charge power forward Ryan Rossiter on a switch and buried a deep jumper. Moments later on another switch, Rossiter found himself on Lamb, a guy who could step into an NBA game right now and put up numbers. The NBA lottery pick and former national champion at UConn toyed with Rossiter before driving for a pretty bank shot. The 118 points are the most Canton has allowed since Maine scored 123 in the season opener on Nov. 23. The Charge allowed a league-low 96.0 a game in the regular season, while Tulsa was third best at 97.4. "The frustrating thing is we were making mistakes on things we talked about going back to the first day of training camp," Jensen said. Lamb scored a game-high 24 points on 11-of-18 shooting. Butler, Rautins and Tony Taylor scored 18 points each for the 66ers, whom the Charge chose to play in the D-League's strange playoff structure. The East Division-champion Charge could not keep up, especially without leading scorer Kyle Gibson, who is out for the playoffs with a wrist injury. Antoine Agudio (6'3''-G-85) scored a team-high 17 points. D'Aundray Brown, Micheal Eric and Kyle Weaver scored 15 points each, although Weaver committed six of Canton's 16 turnovers. An 8-0 Tulsa run and the Charge turning the ball over on five of six possessions had Canton trailing 23-9 with 3:46 left in the first quarter. The lead got to 16 before the Charge settled in and fought back. Brown's jumper had the Charge down three points late in the second quarter. But another 8-0 Tulsa run crushed Canton's momentum. Agudio's driving bucket had the Charge down 62-53 at the half. "We were playing really well when we got it to three," Jensen said. "But then we screw up the first option of a play we've run since training camp and they get a lay-up. Then we turn it over." The Charge shot 60.5 percent in the first half. The only problem was Tulsa shot 64.1 percent. The Charge stayed within striking distance in the third thanks to the foul line, but they could get no closer than seven. Rautins' deep jumper had Tulsa up 11 late in the third. After Liggins found Taylor for a 3-pointer with the shot clock running out, Tulsa led 90-76 entering the fourth. The Charge never seriously threatened from there. Courtesy of: cantonrep.com



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  DOMINICA   


DABA opened the 2013 basketball season on Saturday April 6 - by Eurobasket News

The Dominica Amateur Basketball Association (DABA) opened the 2013 basketball season on Saturday April 6, at the Lindo Park Hard Court. The program for the evening included speeches by the Sports Minister Hon. Justina Charles, sponsor representative Mrs. Giselle Francis, welcome address by the president Mr. Mickey Joseph and the vote of thanks by Secretary Gary Benjamin. Also two members of the basketball teams volunteered to deliver the national anthem ( Ms. Sawana fabien) and the opening pray (Mr. Sergi Joseph) .





The association expected about 30 teams to participate in the opening parade and eventual ballarama, the expected make up to include 25 male teams and 5 female, in the end only about 22 teams attended with the others indicating problems with proper uniforms. However the proceedings went on to be a very successful opening for DABA and the start of the 2013 season. In her speech the Sports Minister Hon, Justina Charles reiterated the ministry's continued support to basketball in the number of hard courts being built around the country and encouraged the association to submit plans to the ministry early when requiring assistance. Meanwhile the President of DABA restated his call for an indoor basketball or multi purpose indoor facility to avoid the disruption to the season because of rain. The headline sponsor LIME through their representative Mrs. Giselle Francis indicated the company's continued support to the sport of basketball notwithstanding the difficult economy.



The association also used this opportunity to award a number of persons who contributed to the development of basketball in Dominica, Mr. Dave Baron (Former President), Mr. Andre Charles (Former Referee and Executive Member) Mr. Russel Moreau and Leroy Dover for 25 years of service as a referee and Mr. Davidson Toulon for being a member of the Dominica National team since 1992. The ocassion was also used to hand the trophies to winners of the Wilmoth Leblanc Basketball Classic, Gatorade Blazers , Goodwill Starz for winning their respective division and the following MVP's Sawana Fabien, Kelsey Guye, Lester Langlais and William Jimbo Graham.



The season will run with 3 separate divisions, Domlec Premier Division, Pizza Hut Delivery Division 1 and Vitamalt Division 2. The season will run for about 6 months depending on weather conditions. The association is also expected to select a national squad to possible attend the Caribbean Basketball Championship and the Sugar Creole Basketball Tournament in St Kitts.



At the end of the games Dr. Mac Prowlers lasted out the 19 other teams to win the 2013 Ballarama Championship.
Courtesy of: http://www.caribbeanbasketball.com



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  EUROLEAGUE   


3D did it again! - by Chris Mammides

Panathinaikos may changed the entire team this last summer but as long as its captain its there, the team is remaining on the winning pool. Tonight it was Barca to taste Diamantidis scoring and leadership charisma since the Hellene captain's three pointer from down town ended the game in favor of Panathinaikos with 65-66 to simply tie the series and take the games back home to the "hot" OAKA with the nearly 20.000 green funs waiting for the miracle to happen once more.
Nothing it's finnsihed and the players of Coach Pedoulakis do know that very well since Barcelona is a tough and unpredictable team and the level of the basketball at this stage has nothign to do with the homecourts since Barca can easily take the advantage with a simple win in OAKA to take the sereis once more back home. All these are scenarios which will become obvious in a week's time or a bit more. The points of the matter is that Panathinaikos succeeded another super road win against the Spanish power house and in general in both the games in Palau Blaugrana proved that is an equal if not a better contnentor than the home team, let's not forget how the Greens lose the first game and in what a "terror" Barca finally took the precious win at the overtime.


About the thrilling game once more Panathinaikos showed some unpredictable character reminding the old days of Coach Obradovic at the bench, after a very difficult first half where the home team under Navarro's and Marcelinho's scoring crescent was leading the game with 32-27 with the Greens not being able to score more than 11 points in the second period.

At the early stages of the third period though Navarro was there, sinking an off-balance shot from beyond the arc and an assist for Jawai, which put Barcelona further into the driving seat. Schortsanitis and Diamantidis under the big pressure by the Spaniards drove the Hellenes into three consecutive turnovers and gave the upper hand to Barca which builded a 10-point lead from the resulting fast breaks. Sada then sent in an audacious three-pointer from the corner, answered quickly by Roko Ukic with his first perimeter basket of the night. However, there was more to come from Navarro, who went outside yet again for a sensational pump fake & triple combination. Panathinaikos had brought it back to a 6-point game, but would have to find a way to stop the Barcelona guard from inflicting further damage if it was to draw level. Barcelona had other options, as a sensational series of passes to find C.J. Wallace under the basket demonstrated, but Navarro was running the show for the home side. Despite all this, Panathinaikos crept back into the game and leveled things up, 45-45, with Ukic's second three-pointer. Abrines hit a nothing-but-net shot from beyond the arc, made a steal and converted 2 free throws quickly afterwards, reestablishing a 5-point lead for the host that was reduced to 2 before the buzzer.

The fourt period was the time of the big players, so a duell between Navarro and 3D was expected to come, and it came... The 7.000 Spaniards so Ante Tomic and Lorbek back on court to start the final period, Barcelona looked to outmuscle its opponent and preserve its lead. Maciulis went outside for Panathinaikos, making it 54-53 and forcing Barcelona coach Xavi Pascual to put Navarro back in. Another shot from beyond the arc from Diamantidis gave Panathinaikos a 4-point lead, as it used momentum to try and snatch the win. Lorbek tied the game, 60-60, with a pair of free throws, setting up a tense final five minutes of action. The tension hit as Navarro came through to score the only two baskets over the next three and a half minutes, for both teams... However Bramos nailed a triple with 79 seconds to play and Lasme rejected Jawai at the rim to keep the Greens within 1 with a minute to go. A runner by Wallace with 51.3 seconds left was ruled to be after the 24-second shot clock had expired. But after Bramos missed, Navarro provided another clutch play by getting to the rebound, however he only split the free throws that came with 19.6 seconds left, 65-63. Diamantidis took charge for the Greens with a step-back three over Jawai to for a 65-66 lead with 8.4 second to go. Barca gave the ball to Navarro, who had his shot blocked by Lasme. However Lasme landed with the ball out of bounds, leaving the hosts with 1.7 seconds for a final shot. The ball went to Sarunas Jasikevicus, but his three-pointer hit the back of the rim and bounced out, and Panathinaikos raced off the court with the win.

Top scorer for Panathinaikos was the amazing James Gist (205-F-86) who ended the game with 14 points and 7 rebounds while his only problem is still the charity line where he was once more not very good as the 2out of 5 is proving so...
Bramos absolute behind the arc game and his 13 points was the next best scoring player for the Greens while 3D ended the game with 10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 asssits and 3 steals, while Lasme's block shots at the end and his 9 points, 7 rebounds and 3 block shots are definetely giving him a place in the most valuable players.

Barca had Navarro with 20 points and Abrines with 10 but that was it, the other key players like Sada, Tomic and Lorbek were in a low production, Saras ended the game with two free throws....



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. Nilan Bisons 35-9 
 2. Kataja 33-9 
 3. KTP 32-12 
 4. Pyrinto 31-13 
 5. Kauhajoki 27-17 
 6. Kouvot 22-22 
 7. LrNMKY 17-26 
 8. Salon Vilpas 13-30 
 9. Korihait 13-31 
 10. Lapua 13-31 
 11. Namika Lahti 13-31 
 12. FoKoPo 12-32 

Regular Season: Round 45

Apr. 11: Korihait - Nilan Bisons 95-107
Apr. 11: Lapua - Kouvot 94-96
Apr. 7: Kataja - Pyrinto 87-82
Apr. 11: KTP - Kauhajoki 82-73
Apr. 9: Pyrinto - Kataja 73-71
Apr. 11: Namika Lahti - Kataja 54-103
Apr. 11: LrNMKY - Pyrinto 40-83
Apr. 11: FoKoPo - Salon Vilpas 102-81

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 14: Nilan Bisons - Salon Vilpas
Apr. 14: Kataja - LrNMKY
Apr. 14: Pyrinto - Kauhajoki
Apr. 15: KTP - Kouvot


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Richardson, Ura B.25.9 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.24.6 
 3. Hester, TuNM.23.9 
 4. Taylor, Porvoon23.8 
 5. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.22.6 
 6. Moultrie, BC Nokia22.4 
 7. Jallow, Jarvenpaa22.4 
 8. Mays, Huima22.0 
 9. Mua, Kerava ET21.5 
 10. Harjula, Pyrinto20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antonio HESTER
  TuNM.
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Hester, TuNM.15.6 
 2. Jallow, Jarvenpaa14.8 
 3. Moultrie, BC Nokia13.6 
 4. Syrjala, KaU Koris11.8 
 5. Stephens, Huima11.8 
 6. Towa, Kerava ET11.6 
 7. Keskitalo, JyWe11.6 
 8. Tribbett, BC Jyvas.10.6 
 9. Young, Porvoon10.1 
 10. Harrison, Ura B.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Lauri JARVINEN
  KaU Koris
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Jarvinen, KaU Koris5.3 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.4.4 
 3. Harjula, Pyrinto II4.3 
 4. Mays, Huima4.2 
 5. Ginty, ToPo4.1 
 6. Jallow, Jarvenpaa3.9 
 7. Hanninen, Jarvenp.3.8 
 8. Humalamaki, TuNM.3.8 
 9. Frederick, Oulun N.3.8 
 10. Moore, Tapiolan.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Little, Kerava ET2.8 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.7 
 3. Taylor, Porvoon2.0 
 4. Towa, Kerava ET1.9 
 5. Thomas, SayRi1.9 
 6. Hester, TuNM.1.8 
 7. Mua, Kerava ET1.8 
 8. Richardson, Ura B.1.8 
 9. Frederick, Oulun N.1.7 
 10. Michelsen, HBA-M.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.5 
 2. Mua, Kerava ET2.1 
 3. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.0 
 4. Woods, BC Nokia1.7 
 5. Capers, ToPo1.4 
 6. Jallow, Jarvenpaa1.4 
 7. Rajala, HBA-Marsky1.3 
 8. Hester, TuNM.1.3 
 9. Young, Porvoon1.2 
 10. Kauhanen, HBA-M.1.2 


KORISLIIGA: It's time for the play-off-games - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 44: Finally the regular season with 44 rounds is over. A few rounds ago a few positions were already clear - so it became popular to leave the American players out of the roster and give playing time to the younger Finnish bench warmers. So, don't be surprised reading results like 40-83 with 28 turnovers, 54-103 with 26 turnovers etc.
Last season Finnish Champion Bisons (Loimaa) won the regular season with 35-9 record. Kataja (Joensuu) was # 2 with the same record. Then came KTP (Kotka) and Pyrinto from Tampere. The leading scorer is Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) (Bisons), who averaged 22,48 ppg in 44 contests. Tonight Zeno netted his season high 38 pts (1 - 3/4, 2 - 16/26, 3 - 1/2). The leading rebounder is T.J. Robinson (203-F-89, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Long Beach St.) (UU-Korihait), who averaged 10,50 rpg in 24 games. There were very few Finnish players among the 25 best scorers or rebounders. Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) (Lapua) was one exception, when averaging 19,37 ppg (# 5) and 8,1 rpg (# 11) in 43 games. Haanpaa scored 42/43 times in double digits and had a double-double 14 times. Mikko Jalonen (186-PG-82) (UU-Korihait) was # 25 in scoring (14,40 ppg) and Samuli Vanttaja (210-F/C-91) (Kouvot) was # 16 in rebounds (6,75 rpg).

YMCA LPR - Pyrinto 40-83 (19-41). (Anttoni Tapio 10, Antti Niskanen 8, Anton Kankaanpaa 8 - Lamonte Ulmer 20/8, Carl Lindbom 13, Osku Heinonen 9. A: 317).
YMCA Lahti - Kataja 54-103 (31-54). (Aleksi Alanen 10/6, Joonas Vaino 10, Vesa Heinonen 8 - Petri Virtanen 27, Sami Lehtoranta 14, Jonte Flowers 14. A: 1032).
UU-Korihait - Bisons 95-107 (46-62). (Villematti Kopio 26, Mikko Jalonen 24, T.J.Robinson 19/16 - Martin Zeno 38/13, Jeb Ivey 21, Ryan McDade 16/13. A: 597).
KTP - Karhu 82-73 (38-36). (Marcus Faison 16, Antwine Williams 14/7, Timo Heinonen 10 - Tremaine Ford 18/9, J'Nathan Bullock 12, Eldar Skamo 11. A: 1042).

Lapua - Kouvot 94-96 (43-42). (Samuel Haanpaa 24, Dwight Tolbert 24, Dominique Coleman 18/14/12a - Antto Nikkarinen 37, Ilari Seppala 24, Jere Luoma 10. A: 323).
FoKoPo - Vilpas 102-81 (44-38). (Jahmar Thorpe 34/14, Andrais Thornton 32/13, Markus Molenius 18 - Samu Kaaresvirta 21/9, Eero Lehtinen 17, Troy Barnies 10. A: 352).


The play-off-games will start on Sunday, April 14. First round games:
Bisons vs Vilpas
Kataja vs YMCA Lappeenranta
KTP vs Kouvot
Pyrinto vs Kauhajoki



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  FRANCE   

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.18.9 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines17.7 
 3. Jackson, AS.16.8 
 4. King, Le Havre16.4 
 5. Williams, Paris-.16.4 
 6. Ajinca, Strasbourg16.0 
 7. Sommerville, Nancy16.0 
 8. Fitch, Strasbourg15.9 
 9. Green, Orleans15.2 
 10. Schilb, Chalon15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.8 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.7.8 
 4. Greer, Strasbourg7.6 
 5. Williams, Chalon7.6 
 6. Sommerville, Nancy7.0 
 7. McKenzie, Boulazac6.9 
 8. Collins, Roanne6.8 
 9. Dobbins, Poitiers6.8 
 10. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Le Havre
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. King, Le Havre7.4 
 2. Diabate, Nancy6.6 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Greer, Strasbourg5.2 
 5. Albicy, Paris-Le.5.2 
 6. Schilb, Chalon5.0 
 7. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.0 
 8. Bokolo, Gravelines4.7 
 9. Campbell, Stras.4.5 
 10. Everett, Bremerha.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.2 
 2. Leloup, Dijon1.9 
 3. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.8 
 4. Melody, Dijon1.8 
 5. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.7 
 6. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
 7. Eldridge, s.Oliv.1.6 
 8. Jomby, Cholet1.6 
 9. Schilb, Chalon1.6 
 10. Campbell, Stras.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.8 
 2. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.6 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.3 
 4. Williams, Chalon1.2 
 5. Sy, AS.1.2 
 6. Fofana, Le Havre1.1 
 7. Badiane, Poitiers1.0 
 8. Issa, Le Mans0.9 
 9. Toure, Nancy0.8 
 10. Samnick, Roanne0.8 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Brown, Maurienne21.3 
 2. Flowers, Denain21.1 
 3. Blue, Antibes19.2 
 4. Booker, St Vallier19.1 
 5. Wood, Evreux18.7 
 6. Siggers, Lille18.4 
 7. McKines, Rouen17.5 
 8. Hilliard, Antibes17.5 
 9. Sanders, Hermosillo17.2 
 10. Hannah, Evreux17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Wood, Evreux10.4 
 2. Jaiteh, Boulogne10.0 
 3. Bing, Maurienne9.8 
 4. Kitts, Denain9.1 
 5. McKines, Rouen8.9 
 6. Wyatte, Bordeaux8.8 
 7. Lesieu, St Quentin8.8 
 8. Jackson, Pau-La.8.3 
 9. Rouse, St Vallier7.9 
 10. Blue, Antibes7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Craven, St Vallier6.7 
 2. Rowland, Boulogne6.4 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel5.9 
 4. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.5.7 
 5. Dumas, Bourg5.5 
 6. McIntosh, Feni I.5.4 
 7. Huffman, Antibes5.3 
 8. Da Silva, Rouen5.2 
 9. Hannah, Evreux5.2 
 10. Bassett, Rouen5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.3 
 2. Mullins, Chalons-.2.2 
 3. Craven, St Vallier2.2 
 4. Flowers, Denain2.0 
 5. Siggers, Lille2.0 
 6. Sonko, Bourg1.9 
 7. Brown, Maurienne1.8 
 8. Taylor, Le Portel1.7 
 9. Mendy, Pau-Lacq.1.6 
 10. Mathis, Nantes1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Badiane, Antibes1.9 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.7 
 3. Loum, Boulogne1.2 
 4. Taccoen, Lille1.2 
 5. Johnson, Chalons-.1.1 
 6. Burrell, Chalons-.1.0 
 7. Ho You Fat, Evreux1.0 
 8. Chism, Maurienne1.0 
 9. Blue, Antibes1.0 
 10. Wesley, Rouen0.9 


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ryan ZAMROZ
  Sorgues
  (192-G/F-87)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Zamroz, Sorgues18.8 
 2. Hill, Angers BC 4917.4 
 3. Kaunisto, Blois17.1 
 4. Cole, La Rochelle17.0 
 5. Herard, Challans16.6 
 6. Raji, Quimper16.6 
 7. Pene, Rennes16.5 
 8. Inglis, CFBB16.2 
 9. Petrovic, Orchy16.2 
 10. Ocokoljic, Rueil16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.0 
 2. Raji, Quimper8.2 
 3. Tornato, Blois7.7 
 4. Cole, La Rochelle7.7 
 5. Alingue, Souffel7.6 
 6. Inglis, CFBB7.2 
 7. Sall, Rennes7.2 
 8. Calasan, Monaco7.2 
 9. Caskill, Cognac7.0 
 10. Pasut, Sorgues6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony CHRISTOPHE
  Monaco
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Christophe, Monaco7.0 
 2. Cherry, Quimper6.2 
 3. Rathieuville, Chal.5.4 
 4. Barbry, Orchy5.4 
 5. Brochard, Blois4.8 
 6. Thomas, Vichy4.5 
 7. Fellah, Angers B.4.5 
 8. Sahraoui, La Roche.4.0 
 9. Inglis, CFBB4.0 
 10. Mouillard, Cognac3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Rida EL AMRANI
  Vichy
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. El Amrani, Vichy2.4 
 2. Davis, Blois2.0 
 3. Bennett, Monaco1.9 
 4. Saounera, Rueil1.7 
 5. Rathieuville, Chal.1.7 
 6. Christophe, Monaco1.6 
 7. Lonzieme, Angers B.1.6 
 8. Pene, Rennes1.6 
 9. Thibedore, Quimper1.6 
 10. Lessort, Vichy1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Daviin DAVIS
  Blois
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Davis, Blois1.8 
 2. N''Diaye, Souffel1.4 
 3. Rinna, St Chamond1.3 
 4. Diame, Rueil1.3 
 5. Inglis, CFBB1.2 
 6. Alingue, Souffel1.2 
 7. Tornato, Blois1.2 
 8. Traore, Angers B.1.1 
 9. Kolb, Quimper0.8 
 10. Ben Driss, Rennes0.8 


Le Portel is considering to sign Frederic Adjiwanou - by Eurobasket News

ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (ProB) is close to sign 33-year old domestic center Frederic Adjiwanou (204-104kg-80, college: St.Mary's, CA) who played last time at Boulazac Basket Dordogne. In 39 games he had 6.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.2apg last season. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Adjiwanou was voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Newcomer of the Year back in 2006.
He has played previously for five other France teams: Olympique Antibes, JDA Dijon, Le Mans, Chalons-Reims and Entente Orleans 45.
Adjiwanou attended Saint Mary's College of California until 2005 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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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


FYR Macedonian Prva Liga round 3 (Second Stage) best performance: Anthony Lee-Ingram - by Eurobasket News

American forward Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Kumanovo and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
Lee-Ingram impressed basketball fans with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Bad luck as Kumanovo lost that game 79-91 to Kozuv (12-5). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Lee-Ingram is one of the most experienced players at Kumanovo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was the 27-year old forward Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points). He had the game-high 19 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Rabotnicki in his team's victory, helping them to beat Feni Indistrija (#2, 12-5) 81-73. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Rabotnicki maintains the 4th position in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Rabotnicki will need more victories to improve their 10-7 record. Abukar just recently signed at Rabotnicki, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Mohammed Abukar averages this season 19.3ppg.

The third best performed player last round was another Kumanovo's star - Serbian Uros Lukovic (212-C-89). Lukovic scored 14 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Lukovic's great performance Kumanovo lost 79-91 to Kozuv (#1, 12-5). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Kumanovo ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lukovic could help Kumanovo to bring them higher in the standings. Lukovic has a great season in FYR Macedonia. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.2ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 9.5rpg (2nd best). He also has 2.1bpg and FGP: 60.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Balsa Radunovic (207-F/C-80) of Lirija - 23 points and 3 rebounds
5. Aleksandar Ugrinoski (192-G-88) of Lirija - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) of Feni Indistrija - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Damjan Stojanovski (197-SG-87) of MZT Skopje - 23 points and 7 rebounds
8. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84) of Kozuv - 22 points and 4 assists
9. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77) of MZT Skopje - 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Nenad Zivcevic (204-F-87) of Rabotnicki - 20 points and 4 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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  GERMANY   

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. White, Phoenix17.3 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.6 
 3. Burrell, Bremerha.15.8 
 4. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.1 
 5. Peacock, Fraport15.1 
 6. Brooks, Fraport SKY15.0 
 7. Gavel, Brose Bask.14.6 
 8. Thompson, ALBA14.4 
 9. Turek, Neckar L.14.4 
 10. Rice, B.Muenchen14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.1 
 2. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.2 
 3. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.1 
 4. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.0 
 5. McGhee, Bayreuth6.6 
 6. Gordon, Phoenix6.6 
 7. Robertson, Fraport6.4 
 8. King, Art.Dragons6.3 
 9. Linhart, TBB Trier6.3 
 10. Thompson, ALBA6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.8 
 2. Rice, B.Muenchen4.8 
 3. Hamilton, Bayreuth4.6 
 4. White, Phoenix4.3 
 5. Burrell, Bremerha.4.2 
 6. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.1 
 7. Redding, Walter T.4.0 
 8. Timberlake, MBC3.6 
 9. Ovcina, LTi 46ers3.5 
 10. Taylor, Neckar L.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Robertson, Fraport1.9 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.1.8 
 3. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.8 
 4. White, Phoenix1.8 
 5. Hamilton, Bayreuth1.7 
 6. Linhart, TBB Trier1.6 
 7. Bernard, Neckar L.1.6 
 8. Wood, ALBA1.4 
 9. Halperin, B.Mue.1.4 
 10. Duggins, Walter T.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gregory, Phoenix1.8 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.5 
 3. Pantelic, MBC1.4 
 4. Morrison, Bremerha.1.3 
 5. Ford, Brose Bask.1.3 
 6. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.2 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.0 
 8. Frease, Walter T.1.0 
 9. Turek, Neckar L.1.0 
 10. McGhee, Bayreuth0.9 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Logan STUTZ
  ETB Wohnbau
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau20.1 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven19.8 
 3. Sollazzo, Leipzig19.0 
 4. Griffin, Gotha18.2 
 5. Nixon, NBC17.1 
 6. White, Heidelberg16.8 
 7. Williams, Vechta16.3 
 8. Calvin, Ehingen16.2 
 9. Roessler, Karlsruhe15.2 
 10. Barker, Jena15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donald LAWSON
  Chemnitz
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Lawson, Chemnitz10.3 
 2. Gadley, Duesseldorf9.4 
 3. Black, Karlsruhe8.8 
 4. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.1 
 5. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.9 
 6. Johnson, Crailsheim7.9 
 7. Baker, Gotha7.9 
 8. Smith, NBC7.7 
 9. Calvin, Ehingen7.5 
 10. Henley, ETB W.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, Vechta7.3 
 2. Coleman, Crailsheim6.1 
 3. Smith, NBC5.7 
 4. Aud, Finke Baskets5.5 
 5. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.1 
 6. Kelly, Cuxhaven4.9 
 7. Sollazzo, Leipzig4.5 
 8. Matthews, Ehingen4.5 
 9. Barker, Jena4.4 
 10. Jeka, Jena4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Williams, Vechta2.7 
 2. Hardy, Heidelberg2.4 
 3. White, Heidelberg2.2 
 4. Matthews, Ehingen2.1 
 5. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.8 
 6. Johnson, Duesseld.1.7 
 7. Pratt, Cuxhaven1.7 
 8. Stockton, Karlsruhe1.6 
 9. Williamson, Ehingen1.5 
 10. Bynum, Chemnitz1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Devin WHITE
  Heidelberg
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. White, Heidelberg2.0 
 2. Gadley, Duesseldorf1.7 
 3. Crowder, Heide.1.4 
 4. Lawson, Chemnitz1.3 
 5. Thompson, NBC1.2 
 6. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.2 
 7. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.1 
 8. Tyrna, Leipzig1.1 
 9. Henley, ETB W.0.9 
 10. Johnson, Crailshe.0.9 


Johannes Lischka claims German BBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Former international power forward Johannes Lischka (203-PF-87, agency: LUMANI 10.7) had an amazing evening in the last round for Walter Tigers and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 25-year old power forward had a double-double of 24 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Telekom Baskets (#9, 15-14) 80-74. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Walter Tigers maintains the 10th position in German BBL. Walter Tigers 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 15-16 record. In the team's last game Lischka had a remarkable 83.3% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Johannes Lischka averages this season 10.3ppg and 5.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Jamel McLean (203-F-88) of Telekom Baskets. McLean impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Telekom Baskets lost that game 74-80 to slightly lower-ranked Walter Tigers (#10, 15-16). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Telekom Baskets dropped in the standings to 9th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. McLean is one of the most experienced players at Telekom Baskets and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Zachery Peacock (203-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports) of Fraport SKY (#14). Peacock scored 25 points. He was a key player of Fraport SKY, leading his team to a 95-57 easy win against the lower-ranked LTi 46ers (#18, 4-26). The chances of Fraport SKY ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 18 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Peacock could help Fraport SKY to bring them higher in the standings. Peacock has a great season in Germany. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.8ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eric Coleman (200-C-85) of Neckar L'burg - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Devin Uskoski (201-F-85) of MBC - 25 points and 8 rebounds
6. Kenny Frease (213-C-89) of Walter Tigers - 17 points and 11 rebounds
7. Marqus Blakely (196-F-88) of Neckar L'burg - 25 points and 9 rebounds
8. Kelly Beidler (199-F-88) of MBC - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Dwayne Anderson (198-PF-86) of s.Oliver Baskets - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) of Brose Bask. - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 2 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)



The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg Fly First Class On Air Robinson Soaring 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: Diamantidis and Bramos late triples propel PAO to victory in Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Regal-Panathinaikos Athens 65:66

Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) and Michael Bramos late triples propel PAO to victory in Barcelona. The Greek side tied the series after a thrilling 66:65 win. The series will move now to Athens.
Panathinaikos Athens opened the game with 16-11. The Spanish side however took the lead in the second frame and after a 21-11 surge grabbed 32:27 halftime advantage. Panathinaikos Athens was too far to give up and won the third period 21-18. BRAMOS nailed three early in the fourth for 54:53 and Dimitris Diamantidiss long shot gave the guests 60:58 lead. FC Barcelona Regal replied with a late run and reached 64:60 with 1 minute to go. Another threes however from Michael Bramos and Dimitris Diamantidis brought the final victory.
James Gist (205-F-86) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) netted 13. Dimitris Diamantidis delivered 10, while Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) had 9. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) ended up with 20 points for the home side and Alejandro Abrines (198-F-93) added 10. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) brought 7, whilst Ante Tomic (217-C-87) and Victor Sada (192-G-84) notched 6.

FC Barcelona Regal: Juan Carlos Navarro 20, Alejandro Abrines 10, Erazem Lorbek 7, Ante Tomic 6, Victor Sada 6
Panathinaikos Athens: James Gist 14, Michael Bramos 13, Dimitris Diamantidis 10, Stephane Lasme 9



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Standings - A Division

A Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Albacomp 22-7 
 2. Atomeromu 20-9 
 3. Kaposvari 18-11 
 4. Jaszberenyi 16-13 
 5. Kormend 12-17 
 6. Szolnok 6-1 
Places 7-13
 1. Falco-Szova 15-11 
 2. Soproni 14-12 
 3. PVSK Pannon 13-13 
 4. ZTE KK 11-15 
 5. Szedeak 10-17 
 6. Marso NYKK 9-17 
 7. FS Debrecen 2-25 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 7

Places 1-6

Apr. 10: Jaszberenyi - Albacomp 94-90
Apr. 10: Szolnok - Atomeromu 73-68
Apr. 10: Kaposvari - Kormend 110-88

Places 7-13

Apr. 10: Szedeak - FS Debrecen 95-75
Apr. 10: Falco-Szova - PVSK Pannon 84-76

Second Stage: Round 8

Places 1-6

Apr. 13: Albacomp - Kaposvari
Apr. 13: Jaszberenyi - Atomeromu
Apr. 13: Kormend - Szolnok

Places 7-13

Apr. 13: ZTE KK - Falco-Szova
Apr. 13: FS Debrecen - Marso NYKK


A Division Round 7 (Second Stage): Leader Albacomp loses to Jaszberenyi - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

Top ranked Albacomp (22-7) recorded its seventh loss on the court of fourth ranked Jaszberenyi on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Jaszberenyi 94-90. Albacomp trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 31-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 90-94 at the end of the game. Jaszberenyi looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Albacomp helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian guard Miljan Rakic (195-86, agency: BeoExcell) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points, 6 rebounds and 14 assists for the winners. Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84) chipped in 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. American point guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) produced 27 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for lost side. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jaszberenyi maintains fourth place in Division with 16-13 record. Albacomp at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. Jaszberenyi are looking forward to face league's second-placed Atomeromu in Paks in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Albacomp will play at home against Kaposvari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Atomeromu (20-9) against sixth ranked Szolnok (6-1) on Wednesday night. Visiting Atomeromu was defeated by Szolnok in a tough game in Szolnok 68-73. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording 30 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Rashad Bell contributed with 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Lorenzo Williams (189-84, college: Rice, agency: Stanley International) answered with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Atomeromu. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion maintains sixth place in Division with 6-1 record. Atomeromu at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Szolnok will play against higher ranked Kormend (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Atomeromu will play against Jaszberenyi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Szombathely. First ranked Falco-Szova faced 3rd placed PVSK Pannon. Host Falco-Szova (15-11) defeated guests from Pecs (13-13) 84-76. It was a great evening for Tomislav Ivosev who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 7 rebounds. Falco-Szova's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Norbert Toth responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Falco-Szova maintains first place in Division with 15-11 record. Loser PVSK Pannon keeps the third position with 13 games lost. Falco-Szova will meet ZTE KK (#4) in the next round. PVSK Pannon will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 7 In Division Kormend was crushed by Kaposvari in a road game 110-88. Szedeak smashed FS Debrecen at home 95-75.


Places 1-6
Szolnok - Atomeromu 73-68

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Atomeromu (20-9) against sixth ranked Szolnok (6-1) on Wednesday night. Visiting Atomeromu was defeated by Szolnok in a tough game in Szolnok 68-73. The hosts were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 25-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording 30 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Naturalized American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Lorenzo Williams (189-84, college: Rice, agency: Stanley International) answered with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and international swingman David Vojvoda (196-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Atomeromu. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion maintains sixth place in Division with 6-1 record. Atomeromu at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Szolnok will play against higher ranked Kormend (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Atomeromu will play against Jaszberenyi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: J.Florence 30+6reb+8ast, R.Bell 15+12reb+2ast, A.Horvath 12+2reb+2ast, M.Fodor 7+2reb+1ast, M.Szabo 6+15reb+1ast, S.Sehovic 3+3reb+1ast
Atomeromu: D.Vojvoda 20+5reb+1ast, L.Williams 18+5reb+5ast, A.Toth 13+6reb, J.Levy 9+2reb+4ast, S.Idlet 5+2reb, T.Kaman 3+8reb+1ast
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Jaszberenyi - Albacomp 94-90

Top ranked Albacomp (22-7) recorded its seventh loss on the court of fourth ranked Jaszberenyi on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Jaszberenyi 94-90. Albacomp trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 31-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 90-94 at the end of the game. Jaszberenyi looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Albacomp helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian guard Miljan Rakic (195-86, agency: BeoExcell) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points, 6 rebounds and 14 assists for the winners. Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84) chipped in 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. American point guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) produced 27 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and naturalized American forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington, agency: Two Points) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Five Jaszberenyi and four Albacomp players scored in double figures. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jaszberenyi maintains fourth place in Division with 16-13 record. Albacomp at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. Jaszberenyi are looking forward to face league's second-placed Atomeromu in Paks in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Albacomp will play at home against Kaposvari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: M.Markovic 21+9reb+5ast, R.Dramicanin 18+4reb+2ast, M.Rakic 16+6reb+14ast, G.Soos 13+2reb+2ast, B.Horti 11+1reb, S.Djikanovic 10+6reb+1ast
Albacomp: R.Moore 27+6reb+9ast, D.Hollis 13+4reb, K.Smith 11+2reb+1ast, J.Jones 11+4reb+1ast, A.Keller 8+3reb+1ast, J.Lekli 6+1reb
gschID: 234757


Kaposvari - Kormend 110-88

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Kormend (12-17) was crushed on the road by third ranked Kaposvari (18-11) 110-88 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Kaposvari. Kormend managed to win third quarter 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kaposvari shot 60.9 percent from the field and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. It was a great evening for American-Kittitian swingman Kyle Swanston (201-86, college: JMU, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points and 6 rebounds. The former international Roland Hendlein (203-86, agency: TSS Management) helped adding 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five Kaposvari players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Attila Farkas (209-87, agency: TSS Management) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kaposvari maintains third place in Division with 18-11 record having four points less than leader Albacomp. Loser Kormend keeps the fifth position with 17 games lost. Kaposvari will meet league's leader Albacomp in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kormend will play against Szolnok (#6) in Szolnok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: K.Swanston 28+6reb+2ast, M.Spica 15+3reb+2ast, G.Drahos 15+3reb+3ast, R.Hendlein 14+8reb+3ast, C.Dunn 14+3reb+4ast, G.David 13+7reb
Kormend: K.Austin 24+6reb+2ast, A.Farkas 16+8reb+1ast, A.Rujak 16+2ast, M.Somenek 8+3reb, B.Sonyak 7+3reb, G.Fodor 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 234758


Places 7-13
Falco-Szova - PVSK Pannon 84-76

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Szombathely. First ranked Falco-Szova faced 3rd placed PVSK Pannon. Host Falco-Szova (15-11) defeated guests from Pecs (13-13) 84-76. Falco-Szova forced 21 PVSK Pannon turnovers. It was a great evening for Serbian forward Tomislav Ivosev (204-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 7 rebounds. Slovenian forward Zeljko Zagorac (204-81) helped adding 17 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Four Falco-Szova players scored in double figures. Falco-Szova's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side the former international forward Norbert Toth (203-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and guard Peter Kovacs (189-88) scored 13 points. Falco-Szova maintains first place in Division with 15-11 record. Loser PVSK Pannon keeps the third position with 13 games lost. Falco-Szova will meet ZTE KK (#4) in the next round. PVSK Pannon will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Falco-Szova: T.Will 22+2reb, Z.Zagorac 17+8reb, T.Ivosev 16+7reb+2ast, L.Kalman 12+2reb+7ast, B.Varadi 6+3reb+2ast, Z.Perl 3+1ast
PVSK Pannon: N.Toth 17+10reb+1ast, A.Csabay 14+1reb+1ast, P.Kovacs 13+4reb+1ast, K.Nagy 9+2reb, T.Hendley 7+4reb, B.Loesing 7+1reb+5ast
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Szedeak - FS Debrecen 95-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Szedeak's (10-17) home victory over 7th ranked FS Debrecen (2-25) 95-75 on Wednesday. Szedeak moved-up to fifth place in Division. Loser FS Debrecen keeps the seventh position with 25 games lost. Szedeak will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. FS Debrecen will play against Marso NYKK (#6) in Nyiregyhazi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Standings

IBA-PBL Standings
Central Division
 1. Sauk Valley P. 13-2 
 2. Kenosha B. 8-4 
 3. Kankakee S. 6-4 
 4. Bloomington F. 4-4 
 5. St.Louis T. 4-8 
 6. Chicago R. 4-8 
 7. Lake County S. 0-4 
 8. Springfield X. 0-8 
Eastern Division
 1. Rochester R. 10-2 
 2. Gary Splash 10-5 
 3. Holland Dream 6-4 
 4. Lansing C. 6-6 
 5. Indiana D. 4-2 
 6. West Virginia M. 2-8 
 7. Lake Michigan 2-10 
 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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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bima RIZKY ARDIANSYAH
  Bimasa.
  (182-PF-90)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Rizky Ardian., Bim.15.9 
 2. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.15.2 
 3. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.15.0 
 4. Pamungkas, Satya13.1 
 5. Prawiro, Dell Aspac12.8 
 6. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.12.3 
 7. Regowo, Dell Aspac12.0 
 8. Poedjakesuma, Peli.11.9 
 9. Nagata, Pacific11.9 
 10. Sabara, Pacific11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.7 
 2. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.3 
 3. Sabara, Pacific8.9 
 4. Gunawan, Satria M.8.4 
 5. Nolland, Garuda8.3 
 6. Nugroho, Satya W.7.8 
 7. Sucipto, NSH G.7.5 
 8. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.5 
 9. Poedjakesuma, Peli.6.4 
 10. Prasetyo, Hangtu.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.4.8 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.4.7 
 3. Wijaya, Garuda4.5 
 4. Indra, Pacific4.4 
 5. Sartika, Bimasakti4.0 
 6. Gerungan, Dell A.3.5 
 7. Uneputty, Tonga B.3.3 
 8. Sucipto, Satya W.3.0 
 9. Wisnu, Satria Muda2.8 
 10. Dwi Priasmor., Bi.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.3 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.3.0 
 3. Uneputty, Tonga B.2.6 
 4. Sucipto, NSH G.2.4 
 5. Michel, Satria Muda2.1 
 6. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.2.1 
 7. Ramadhani, Dell As.2.0 
 8. Wijaya, Garuda2.0 
 9. Dewanto, Pelita J.1.9 
 10. Nolland, Garuda1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.2 
 2. Gunawan, Satria M.2.0 
 3. Nugroho, Satya W.1.7 
 4. Teguh, Hangtuah1.7 
 5. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.5 
 6. Thoyib, Dell Aspac1.5 
 7. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.3 
 8. Damanik, Pelita Ja.1.1 
 9. Rahmat, Tonga BSC1.1 
 10. Gunawan, Satria M.1.1 


ASEAN League: Warriors upset Slammers in Bangkok - by Eurobasket News

Thailand Slammers - Indonesia Warriors 74:83

The Indonesia Warriors consolidated their leading position in the ASEAN League standings. They overcame the Thailand Slammers away from home to improve at 12-3 record. Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) came up with 23 points to lead the winners.
The Warriors set the tone right from the start. They opened the game with 8 unanswered points. The visitors ensured a 26:15 lead after ten minutes. The Slammers bounced back in the second period. The hosts cut the deficit at 4-point mark 39:43 at the interval. But the Warriors cleared off right after the big break. They went on a key 23:8 run in the period to secure a 19-point lead into the fourth stanza. The Slammers triggered a 27:17 rescue effort in the final quarter but came up way too short of victory. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) delivered 13 points and 15 boards, while Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, college: Georgia) and John Smith (188-G-86, college: Hawaii-Hilo) added 11 points each for the winning side. Froilan Baguion (170-G-80) answered with 17 points for the Slammers. Darrius Brannon (206-F-83, college: Houston) had 12 points in the loss.

Thailand Slammers: Froilan Baguion 17, Darrius Brannon 12
Indonesia Warriors: Mario Wuysang 23, Steve Thomas 13+15 boards, Chris Daniels 11+10 boards, John Smith 11



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Standings - D1

D1 Standings
 1. Al Kahraba 13-2 
 2. Al Karkh 11-3 
 3. Duhok 9-4 
 4. Zakho 9-6 
 5. Al Shurtah 8-7 
 6. Nift Al-Janoub 5-9 
 7. Al-Tadamoun 4-9 
 8. Al Hilla 4-10 
 9. Al-Mofiqia 1-14 

Regular Season: Round 17

Apr. 9: Al-Tadamoun - Nift Al-Janoub 93-83
Apr. 9: Al Kahraba - Zakho 81-77
Apr. 9: Duhok - Al Karkh 80-58
Apr. 9: Al-Mofiqia - Al Shurtah 20-0

Regular Season: Round 18

Apr. 12: Al Karkh - Al Kahraba
Apr. 12: Zakho - Al-Tadamoun
Apr. 12: Duhok - Al-Mofiqia
Apr. 12: Al Shurtah - Al Hilla



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Standings - BSL

Winner League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 18-3 
 2. Maccabi Haifa 15-7 
 3. Hapoel Eilat 14-8 
 4. Netanya 11-11 
 5. Hapoel J-M 11-11 
 6. Maccabi Rishon 11-11 
 7. Galil Gilboa 10-12 
 8. Hapoel T-A 10-12 
 9. Hapoel Holon 9-13 
 10. Maccabi Ashdod 9-13 
 11. Bnei Hasharon 8-13 
 12. Elizur Ashkelon 5-17 

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 11: Maccabi Haifa - Maccabi Rishon 98-90
Apr. 10: Hapoel T-A - Maccabi Ashdod 92-88
Apr. 11: Galil Gilboa - Elizur Ashkelon 87-74
Apr. 10: Hapoel Eilat - Hapoel J-M 84-79
Apr. 10: Hapoel Holon - Netanya 67-58
Apr. 14: Bnei Hasharon - Maccabi T-A


USA Open Men's Hoops Maccabiah Roster Revealed - by David Pick

The upcoming Maccabiah Games, also referred to as the "Jewish Olympics", are held every four years in Israel attracting the elite Jewish athletes from around the world. The 19th Maccabiah will be held July 2013.

New York Knicks star forward Amar'e Stoudamire will make a guest appearance, his second in Israel, after confirming his participation as the Assistant Coach for Canada's Men's Team.

Former NCAA Coach and current ESPN Analyst Seth Greenberg was assigned the Head Coaching position for the USA Open Men's Team, however, due to personal reasons, Greenberg stepped down as coach while older brother Brad Greenberg, a former General Manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, whose enjoying an outstanding coaching season leading Maccabi Haifa to Israel's No. 2 seed, elected to lead the Americans.

In Israel, Greenberg has exceeded all expectations and recently led Haifa to the state-cup finals, in addition to being selected to co-coach Team Foreigners in the Israeli All-Star Game. Greenberg will be associated by Ross Condon, Director of Operations at Pennsylvania State University. Condon previously served as an assistant coach at Boston University, and partnered with Greenberg at Radford University between the 2007-2009 seasons.

As for Greenberg's red-white-and-blue roster, although it isn't 100% confirmed, Eurobasket gives you the 12 draftees, likely to rep Team USA.

Zack Rosen, Point Guard (6'0, 24): In his debut season overseas, the former Penn star playmaker registers 6.3 points on 40% shooting from beyond the arc, 90% free throws, and 2 assists per game for Hapoel Holon of Israel's top division. Rosen is also a member of Team USA's 2009 Maccabiah gold medal squad.

Stu Douglass, Shooting Guard (6'3, 22): Douglass is a lights-out shooter for the Americans, stroking his way to a noteworthy rookie season in Spain's highly regarded second division for Planasa Navarra, netting 9.6 points on 43% 3-ball shooting, and over 90% from the charity stripe. He also records 1.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per.

Douglass played college ball at the University of Michigan where he served as co-captain during his Junior and Senior seasons, setting the record for most games played by any Michigan baller making 136 consecutive appearances. Last summer, Douglass was high on Greenberg, Haifa's recruiting radar as the team is likely to make a repeated run for the guard this offseason.

Mitchell Kates, Point Guard (6'2, 24): A Computer Science and Engineering Senior at MIT, Kates also played Varsity for school's NCAA Division III crew.

Kates currently hold MIT's All-Time records in assists and steals, and has been recognized for his stellar play on ESPN, Slam Magazine, Sports Illustrated, The Boston Globe and The New York Times. Last year, Kates played in and started all 31 games as a Junior, tailing 14.2 points, 5.4 assists and 2.3 steals per game. He returns to Israel after winning the 2005 Maccabiah with USA's U-16.

Evan Conti, Second Guard (6'3, 20): Conti is a high-energy Freshman guard for the Quinnipiac Bobcats. The Holy Cross High alumnus averaged nearly 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists per game as a senior, earning the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) First Team recognition. Conti was selected to New York City's Second Team by the New York Post and New York Daily News.

He registers 8.5 points, 4.4 boards and 2.3 dimes for the Bobcats this season. In 2009, Conti competed in and was named Most Valuable Player of the Maccabiah in Israel for the U-18 age group. His tournament-high came against the hosts where Conti dropped a game-high 36 points, 27 of them by half-time.

Bryan Cohen, Second Guard (6'4, 23): A former four-year starting guard at Bucknell University, Cohen earned Second Team All-Patriot League honors as a Senior, appearing in 33 games, posting averages of 6.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 dimes per.

Cohen, a three-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, became the only player in history to win the same major award three times. Furthermore, Cohen broke Bucknell's record with 130 career games played, and hasn't missed a match throughout his four collegiate seasons, toping retired Bucknell, European legend in point guard J.R. Holden.

Cohen played for Team USA in the 2009 Maccabiah Games in Israel under head coach Bruce Pearl, scoring in double figures in four-of-six games, helping to lead the U.S. to a gold medal. Cohen currently plays for Maccabi Haifa under coach Greenberg, averaging 0.8 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.3 assist per.

Danny Rubin, Second Guard (6'5, 21): Rubin is a Junior guard at Boston College. As a Sophomore, Rubin played in 19 games, averaging 1.9 points per in the ACC contests. In his first six games in Boston's maroon-and-gold, Rubin netted eight points on 16-for-32 shooting from the floor.

Alex Rosenberg, Forward (6'7, 21): Rosenberg is a hard-working sophomore forward at Columbia University, who resumes Maccabiah actions for a second time. His father, Marc, a two-time Maccabiah participant, played college hoops at Northeastern and Western New England College.

As a freshman, Rosenberg Jr. grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds in a win vs. Holy Cross. His best collegiate showing this season came in Colombia's blowout victory over Villanova, scoring a career-best 21 points, knocking down an impressive 11-14 free throws.

The New Jersey-born, averages 9.5 points, 4.3 boards and 2 dimes over 28 games, and is also childhood friend and four-year AAU pupil of Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star Point Guard Kyrie Irving.

Ben Carter, Power Forward (6'8, 18): Born in Tel Aviv to an American ball player and Israeli mother, Carter, a rare Israeli native on USA's lineup, plays power forward at Oregon University. Carter moved to Las Vegas at six-months-old, where he has successfully flourished his game.

Carter is a talented and smart offensive player, aggressive dunker and a polished finisher around the rim, who prefers facing up from midrange. He can step out to hit the three, although he is yet to attempt a 3-pointer for the Ducks. Carter's vertical leap isn't crazy, yet his timing and anticipation produce a respectable shot blocker.

Will Tashman, Forward (6'8, 21): Tashman recently completed a standout Senior year at MIT, leading the team both in scoring and rebounding with a respected double-double of 16.3 points and 10.8 boards nightly.

The California native received First Team All-District player honors, and is the third player in program history to be selected to the prestigious NABC All-Region squad.

Tashman became the first MIT player to reach a career milestone of 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, finishing among the Top-10 all-time at MIT in points (1,414), rebounds (1,023), field goal percentage (.541), free throw percentage (.740), assists (270) and blocks (82).

Isaac Rosefelt, a 27-year-old, 6-foot-8, six-year pro with experience from Portugal, Spain, France, and multiple seasons in Israel, currently with Bnei Herzliya, announced being unavailable this summer, despite Coach Greenberg expressing great desire to have the veteran big man on board.

Rosefelt will be replaced by Tim Carter, a 6-foot-8 Freshman forward at Western Wyoming Community College, and the brother of Ben Carter. Tim Started in 26-of-28 games for Western Wyoming this season, averaging 5 points and 3.7 boards in 16 minutes of action.

Eitan Chemerinski, Power Forward (6'8, unknown): Chemerinski emerged as one of the Ivy League's top offensive players down low, shooting 63 percent from the floor, ranking 2nd all-time in Cornell history. The Maryland native force completed his Senior season averaging 6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1 steals per contest, and has been eyed my multiple top division Israeli organizations.

Chemerinski posted double-digits in a series of games against Binghamton, Buffalo, Boston University and Delaware, registering 12.8 points, netting a noteworthy 22-of-29 from the floor.

Ex-Cornell center Jeff Foote, who underwent a brief stint with Israeli power Maccabi Tel Aviv, and now plays in Lithuania described the 218-pounder as an athletic big with good leaping ability, a nose for rebounding and a quick first step off the dribble. Foote also noted that his former teammate is an efficient shot blocker.

Jake Cohen, Power Forward/Center (6'10, 22): Davidson graduate Jake Cohen has been targeted by nearly every pro-team in Israel, including Maccabi Tel Aviv. Cohen is rumored to be playing at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, which is mobbed by Israeli agents.

At 6-foot-10, Cohen, the most exciting name on Team USA's roster, hasnt fully committed to join the tour and is expected to draw NBA interest this summer, particularly from the Charlotte Bobcats. Davidson College is located in Davidson, N.C., 19 miles north of Charlotte, allowing Bobcats officials to get a close-up look at Cohen these past couple of years.

Cohen, 22, was the two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year both his Junior and Senior seasons.

The Pennsylvania native joined Davidson in the 200910 season and quickly enrolled in the team's starting lineup. Averaging 13.3 points per game, Cohen become the first freshman to lead Davidson in scoring since the Golden State Warriors shooter Stephen Curry. Cohen upped his stats every season, concluding with 15 points, 5.2 boards and 1.5 assists over 35 showings for the Wildcats.

In his first taste of European hoops, Cohen represented Israel in the 2010 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship Division B in Austria, where he demolished opponents, finishing first in the competition in scoring (20), free throw percentage (87%), and drawn fouls (6.4), to which he added eight rebounds per game in 30 minutes of action.




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Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.19.5 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.18.8 
 3. Diener, Banco d.17.6 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi17.2 
 5. Datome, Acea V.17.1 
 6. Diener, Banco d.16.7 
 7. Johnson, Angelico.16.3 
 8. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 9. Cinciarini, Sutor15.5 
 10. Ere, Cimberio VA15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Acea V.
  (205-C/F-88)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Lawal, Acea V.9.2 
 2. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.1 
 3. Brunner, Trenkwal.8.0 
 4. Akindele, JuveCase.8.0 
 5. Johnson, Sidigas7.7 
 6. Jelovac, JuveCase.7.7 
 7. Dunston, Cimberio.7.5 
 8. Bourousis, EA7 A.7.1 
 9. Burns, Sutor MGR7.0 
 10. Gigli, Oknoplast6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.4 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.9 
 3. Green, EA7 Armani5.2 
 4. Reynolds, Enel B.5.1 
 5. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.2 
 6. Tabu, Cantu4.1 
 7. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.1 
 8. Taylor, Acea V.3.8 
 9. Brown, Montepaschi3.7 
 10. Steele, Hapoel J.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.5 
 2. Robinson, PGE T.2.4 
 3. Kinsey, Pesaro2.2 
 4. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.1 
 5. Reynolds, Enel B.1.9 
 6. Shakur, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 7. Green, Cimberio VA1.9 
 8. Barbour, Pesaro1.8 
 9. Polonara, Cimberio.1.7 
 10. Goss, Acea V.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.3 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.5 
 3. Crosariol, Pesaro1.3 
 4. Simmons, Enel B.1.3 
 5. Lawal, Acea V.1.3 
 6. Ress, Montepaschi1.2 
 7. Cusin, Cantu1.2 
 8. Tyus, Cantu1.2 
 9. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.2 
 10. Akindele, JuveCas.1.1 


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Casper WARE
  Novipiu Casale
  (177-PG-90)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Ware, Novipiu Casa.21.8 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.20.7 
 3. Green, Novipiu Cas.20.5 
 4. Mays, Givova S.18.8 
 5. Hicks, Giorgo T.18.1 
 6. Jenkins, C.de L.18.1 
 7. Walker, Prima Vero.17.9 
 8. Battle, Upea CdO17.5 
 9. Roderick, LeGamber.17.1 
 10. Griffin, Fileni B.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.6 
 2. Ekperigin, FCM F.10.2 
 3. Todic, Khimik9.9 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.9.2 
 5. George, Upea CdO9.0 
 6. Mosley, Biancobl.9.0 
 7. Butkevicius, Novip.8.8 
 8. Slay, Givova Scafa.8.4 
 9. Gandini, AcegasAp.8.0 
 10. Toppo, Giorgo T.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Casper WARE
  Novipiu Casale
  (177-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ware, Novipiu Casa.5.3 
 2. Green, Sigma B.5.0 
 3. Fernandez, C.de L.4.8 
 4. Pecile, Biancobl.4.7 
 5. Battle, Upea CdO4.3 
 6. Roderick, LeGamber.4.1 
 7. Gay, Aget S.4.0 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.3.6 
 9. Guarino, FCM F.3.2 
 10. Mays, Givova S.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Donato CUTOLO
  Biancobl.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cutolo, Biancobl.2.7 
 2. Mays, Givova S.2.6 
 3. George, Upea CdO2.3 
 4. James, FCM F.2.3 
 5. Lawal, Tezenis VE2.2 
 6. Ware, Novipiu Casa.2.1 
 7. Filloy, AcegasAp.2.1 
 8. Battle, Upea CdO2.0 
 9. Baldassarre, Givov.2.0 
 10. Green, Novipiu Ca.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE1.8 
 2. Mosley, Biancobl.1.8 
 3. Griffin, Fileni B.1.5 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.3 
 5. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.2 
 6. Butkevicius, Novip.1.0 
 7. Gandini, AcegasAp.1.0 
 8. James, FCM F.1.0 
 9. Roderick, LeGamber.1.0 
 10. Giddens, C.de L.1.0 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia20.8 
 2. Parente, Lucca17.0 
 3. Casadei, Firenze16.4 
 4. Wojciechowsk., Tor.15.7 
 5. Reati, Treviglio15.7 
 6. Benfatto, Ferrara15.6 
 7. Ruggiero, Bari15.5 
 8. Prandin, Casalp.15.4 
 9. Bolzonella, Castel.15.1 
 10. Ferrarese, Trevig.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Rossi, Chieti11.1 
 2. Iannilli, San Seve.10.2 
 3. Wojciechowsk., Tor.9.3 
 4. Pazzi, Castelletto8.5 
 5. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.4 
 6. Benfatto, Ferrara8.3 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.1 
 8. Ricci, Casalpus.7.9 
 9. Raminelli, Trevigl.7.9 
 10. Mancin, Mirandola7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jordan LOSI
  Mirandola
  (182-PG-80)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Losi, Mirandola5.5 
 2. Piazza, Reggio C.5.4 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.4.7 
 4. Marino, Casalp.4.5 
 5. Ferrarese, Trevigl.3.6 
 6. Caroldi, Firenze3.4 
 7. Rajola, Chieti3.3 
 8. Cantone, Matera3.3 
 9. Raschi, Chieti3.1 
 10. Mariani, Omegna3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.4.5 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia3.3 
 3. Parente, Lucca2.9 
 4. Cortesi, Ferrara2.9 
 5. Ihedioha, Castelle.2.8 
 6. Gueye, San Severo2.8 
 7. Vico, Matera2.8 
 8. Spizzichini, Ferra.2.6 
 9. Casadei, Firenze2.6 
 10. Sanna, Firenze2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.4 
 2. Raminelli, Trevigl.1.3 
 3. Rossi, Chieti1.0 
 4. Iannuzzi, Matera0.9 
 5. Gagliardo, Latina0.8 
 6. Mancin, Mirandola0.8 
 7. Iannilli, San Seve.0.8 
 8. Del Brocco, San S.0.8 
 9. Piunti, Mirandola0.8 
 10. Bisconti, Bari0.7 



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  IVORY COAST   


Abidjan 2013 Afrobasket: Tougher road to Afrobasket title - by Olusegun Ikuesan

......As FIBA Africa introduce new format

The sixteen countries that will take part in the 27th edition of the African Cup of Nations Afrobasket billed for Abidjan, Cote dIvoire from August 20 through 31 this have equal chances of lifting the title as FIBA Africa has introduce new format that makes it tougher for the title to be won.

The new format which will see all sixteen team squaring up against each other after the preliminary round unlike the previous editions where only eight teams will make it to the quarter finals, the 27th edition will see all sixteen countries having opportunity in the final-eight round or second round where group-A leader will battle it out with fourth placed team in group-B.

The new format is fashion after the FIBA World Championship but unlike the world championship which has twenty four countries the Africa showpiece is made up of sixteen and only time will tell before the continental ruling body open up the championship to twenty four as the game is gaining more awareness and popularity on the continent, which is as a result of the good work the men and women at the FIBA Africa secretariat in Abidjan and Cairo under the leadership of the Secretary General Alphonse Bile are doing daily to ensure that basketball remain a top sport in Africa.

The eight winners in the second round (round of eight finals) will then book a place in the quarter finals with the three top teams finisher on August 31 will fly the continent flag at the new look FIBA World Cup slated for Madrid Spain in 2014.



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Jerome Jordan joins Talk N Text - by Eurobasket News

Talk N Text Tropang Texters (PBA) agreed terms with 27-year old Jamaican ex-international center Jerome Jordan (213-100kg-86, college: Tulsa). He just played at Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League) in the U.S.. In 18 games he had 11.6ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.4bpg this season. Jordan also played at Bighorns in D-League this season. In 23 games he recorded 12.7ppg, 8.0rpg and 2.5bpg. He was called during the season by the Memphis Grizzlies. Jordan was called during the season by the Houston Rockets. He was called during the season by the New York Knicks. The last season Jordan played at Erie Bay Hawks in D-League. In 8 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.6ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.5bpg.
Three years ago he was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) in second round (44th overall). Jordan attended University of Tulsa until 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team won Slovenian Supercup in 2012. Jordan was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Centrobasket 2nd Team in 2012. He represented Jamaica at the Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) last year. Jordan's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 10.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0apg, Blocks-2 (1.8bpg), FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 73.9%.
Jordan has played previously professionally in Serbia (Vrsac) and Slovenia (Krka).
On Jordan: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2010)
Has an ideal NBA center frame with tremendous dimensions including a huge (7-foot-6) wingspan on a 7-plus foot frame ... Players his size don't often have his agility. Solid in the open floor and has some leaping ability ... Shows nice touch for a bigman.
Does not appear to enjoy contact and lacks the tough demeanor that you want in a post player ... Lack of body strength becomes apparent when he meets contact
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By Eurobasket Data Center



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Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba21.4 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi18.1 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.16.9 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.0 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin SH15.2 
 6. Smith, Hitachi SR14.4 
 7. Rolle, Mitsubis.14.4 
 8. Orimo, Hokkaido L.13.8 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.13.1 
 10. Gibbs, Toyota A.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.3 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba12.1 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.12.0 
 4. Oyedeji, Tochigi B.10.4 
 5. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.3 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.6 
 7. Smith, Hitachi SR7.3 
 8. Takeuchi, Toyota7.2 
 9. Hale, Mitsubis.7.2 
 10. Young, Aishin SH6.9 
Assists Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH4.4 
 2. Abe, Hokkaido L.3.7 
 3. Kawamura, Tochigi3.6 
 4. Shinoyama, Toshi.3.3 
 5. Tsuji, Toshiba BT2.9 
 6. Sakurai, Hokkaido.2.9 
 7. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.9 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.8 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi2.7 
 10. Igarashi, Mitsubi.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tomokazu ABE
  Hokkaido L.
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Abe, Hokkaido L.2.1 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.8 
 3. Hirose, Panasoni.1.7 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.2 
 5. Kawamura, Tochigi1.2 
 6. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.2 
 7. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.1 
 8. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.1 
 9. Catron, Hokkaido L.1.1 
 10. Shinoyama, Toshi.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.2.1 
 2. Covile, Aishin SH1.5 
 3. Rolle, Mitsubis.1.4 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.3 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota1.0 
 6. Fazekas, Toshiba0.8 
 7. Moss, Toshiba BT0.7 
 8. Young, Aishin SH0.7 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.0.6 
 10. Hale, Mitsubis.0.6 


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Humphrey, Saitama25.8 
 2. Cummings, Sendai22.1 
 3. Woods, Tokyo C.21.1 
 4. Burns, Yokohama BC20.8 
 5. Chandler, Chiba J.20.6 
 6. Jones, Tokyo C.19.8 
 7. Werner, Chiba Jets19.8 
 8. Brown, Akita NH19.4 
 9. Parker, Shimane SM19.4 
 10. Keller, Gunma18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.5 
 2. Willard, Sendai 89.13.7 
 3. Warren, Fukuoka12.6 
 4. Kuso, Miyazaki SS12.3 
 5. Bell, Osaka Evessa11.4 
 6. Werner, Chiba Jets11.2 
 7. Rickert, Osaka E.11.0 
 8. Yamashiro, Saitam.11.0 
 9. White, Hamamats.10.7 
 10. Jones, Tokyo C.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Yuki TOGASHI
  Akita NH
  (170-PG-93)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Togashi, Akita NH6.5 
 2. Shimura, Sendai6.3 
 3. Namizato, Okina.6.2 
 4. Galloway, Hamamats.6.0 
 5. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.8 
 6. Jones III, Oita H.5.1 
 7. Burns, Yokohama BC5.0 
 8. Humphrey, Saitama4.2 
 9. Shimizu, Oita H.3.9 
 10. Ito, Miyazaki SS3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Draelon BURNS
  Yokohama BC
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Burns, Yokohama BC2.2 
 2. Humphrey, Saitama2.1 
 3. McHenry, Okina.2.0 
 4. Parker, Shimane SM2.0 
 5. Brown, Toyama G.2.0 
 6. Alawoya, Oita H.2.0 
 7. Galloway, Hamamats.1.9 
 8. Lyons, Takamats.1.9 
 9. Masato, Iwate B.1.9 
 10. Mito, Toyama G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.5 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.7 
 3. Carter, Tokyo C.2.2 
 4. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 5. Kuso, Miyazaki SS1.6 
 6. Ashby, Fukuoka1.6 
 7. Parker, Shimane SM1.6 
 8. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.5 
 9. Williams, Takamats.1.4 
 10. Kent, Akita NH1.3 



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  KENYA   


Equity adapting to Division One League - by Eurobasket News

Equity basketball team are slowly adapting to the Kenya Basketball Federation Division One League according to the teams coach Radhi Ndalu. Equity secured their second win in the league on Sunday after they beat fellow debutants in the league Little Prince 61-49 at the Nyayo Gymnasium.
The team coach states that despite the wins the team has not managed to train well therefore not at its top form, the recent rains has hampered our training so we are not at our best, once we can train adequately I know we can play better basketball.
However the coach states that the two wins is a great motivation for the side and that they are adapting, obviously we are glad of the wins since they have eased us into the league.
On the challenges of playing in a new league the coach pointed out their main shortcoming was the short clock, in this league you have 24 seconds with the ball while in the lower league which we played (NBA) there was no way of gauging. Because of this, you find that we hold on to the ball longer therefore causing problems here since time might run out for us when we are in possession. But we are working on that.
Equity has managed to acquire the services of Brian Obimbo formerly of UON Terrorists and Victor Kwambai who used to play for USIU Tigers and the coach has described them as worthy additions to his team, Obimbo finished campus last year and we are looking at the possibility of securing a job with the bank. For Kwambai, he is already an employee and therefore he is good to go. They are both good players and I know they will help us in our campaign.
The coachs parting shot was for the other teams in the league, most of the other teams dont give us the respect that we need since we are from the lower league but let them watch us and see how we shall give them a hard time and from there things will be different.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Slum basketball good for identifying talent - by Eurobasket News

Nairobi Basketball Association Chairman Ronny Owino has lauded Basketball tournaments especially those held in the slums as they will help coaches identify talents even from tender age. The chairman was speaking after the conclusion of the Pamoja Tuvumiliane women Basketball tournament organized by Safe Spaces basketball team in collaboration with UNICEF and USAID over the weekend.
Owino identified one outstanding player Mary Ngoiri Kibunja whom he referred to the national team coaches to train and help polish her skills.
The lady was outstanding in the two day tournament something which has caught my attention I have referred her to the national team coaches and she will soon start training with them. He said.
Owino said Ngoiri will have an opportunity to train with the Nairobi team that wilkl be preparing for the with the Inter Cities basketball championship to be held in Kampala Uganda from the 29th April to 5th May.
The lady is young and green which means the coaches will work with her to polish her skills. Such opportunities never come easy given the competitiveness for positions in the national team. He said.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Lugasi brothers no longer part of KPA - by Eurobasket News

Alex Lugasi (PG) and his brother Fred Lugasi will be no longer part of the Kenya Ports Authority basketball team in the 2013 KBF Premier League.
According to Alex Lugasi they were informed that the team could no longer sponsor players that are not based in Mombasa, we were told that it was not possible to sponsor the players that are not from Mombasa since the logistical costs were expensive so they had to drop us. But they also mentioned that they were waiting for contracts to be released and after that they would re evaluate their decision.
Also affected by the decision was Patrick Kirui from Nairobi and Martin Kitongo who hails from Western alongside the Lugasi brothers.
The two brothers were an integral part of KPAs campaign last year, missing the title by a whisker.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  KOSOVO   

Standings - Superleague

SuperLeague Standings
 1. Peja 21-4 
 2. Sigal Prishtina 19-6 
 3. Bashkimi 18-7 
 4. Trepca 15-10 
 5. RTV 21 14-11 
 6. Drita 6-19 
 7. Vellaznimi 5-19 
 8. Kosova 1-23 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 11: Bashkimi - Peja 73-69
Apr. 11: Trepca - Sigal Prishtina 73-69
Apr. 10: Drita - RTV 21 65-83
Apr. 11: Vellaznimi - Kosova


Bashkimi registers first victory over leader, Peja - by Dren Shporta

Bashkimi with incredible fight shown by all players has achieved to register a first victory over league leaders Peja this season.

The orange boys from Prizren led by slovenian coach Muharem Vugdalic registered their 18th victory of the season, first against Peja, 73-69 in the end of the match.

Mark Dawson (206-F/C-83, college: Long Beach St.) registered a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds, Kejuan Johnson played with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists while Rokas Uzas added 13 points and 7 rebounds.

At Peja, Dardan Berisha scored 22 points to be the best scorer in Rudolf Jugos team, and Samir Shaptahovic showed again his high quality by registering double-double with 16 points and 12 assists in the night.



Trepca defeats Sigal Prishtina - by Dren Shporta

Trepca has achieved much wanted victory over Sigal Prishtina 73-69. Champions are back in the play off fight with this vicotry were Gazmend Asllani (200-F-86) and Drilon Hajrizi shined with 17, respectively 15 points scored.

This was Trepcas second victory over Sigal Prishtina this season and in general, this is their 15th win.

Sigal Prishtina had a chance to win the game but Granit Rugova missed to score in dying moments of the game while the result was 71-69 for champions.

Alvin Snow scored 16 points for Sigal Prishtina while Granit Rugova added 14 more in the sixth defeat of the season for them. Sigal Prishtina plays Bashkimi next weekend in the match where they can define the second place in the ranking.



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  LATVIA   

LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Valmiera 22-12 
 2. Barons kvartals 20-13 
 3. Jekabpils 19-14 
 4. VEF Riga 17-1 
 5. Ventspils 16-3 
 6. LU 16-17 
 7. Jelgava 13-20 
 8. Liepaja 13-20 
 9. Jurmala 12-21 
 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 107-98
Apr. 11: VEF Riga - Barons kvartals 107-81

Regular Season: Round 40

Apr. 14: VEF Riga - LU
Apr. 14: Ventspils - Turiba
Apr. 14: Liepaja - Jurmala
Apr. 14: Jelgava - LU
Apr. 14: Jekabpils - Barons kvartals


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Peiners, LU21.1 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.19.6 
 3. Cain, Barons k.16.5 
 4. Berzins, Valmiera16.0 
 5. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.8 
 6. Hill jr., Jekabpils15.8 
 7. Ozols, Jurmala14.6 
 8. Sirsnins, Jekabpils14.2 
 9. Apsitis, Turiba14.1 
 10. Rudmiezis, Turiba14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Cain, Barons k.10.8 
 2. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.3 
 3. Dargais, LU8.3 
 4. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.7.9 
 5. Chamberlain, Jelga.7.5 
 6. Berzins, Valmiera7.5 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava7.1 
 8. Butjankovs, Valmi.7.0 
 9. Mednis, Jurmala7.0 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  VEF Riga
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Rowland, VEF Riga7.5 
 2. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.8 
 3. Gabrans, Valmiera4.5 
 4. Peiners, LU3.6 
 5. Bertans, VEF Riga3.5 
 6. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.5 
 7. Sims, Ventspils3.2 
 8. Plater, Liepaja3.1 
 9. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
 10. Sokolovs, Turiba3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs STRELNIEKS
  VEF R.
  (196-SG-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Strelnieks, VEF R.2.2 
 2. Rowland, VEF Riga1.9 
 3. Peiners, LU1.9 
 4. Brown, Jurmala1.9 
 5. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.7 
 6. Jakovics, Liepaja1.6 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 8. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.6 
 9. Ginters, U181.5 
 10. Cain, Barons k.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Cain, Barons k.1.9 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.1.3 
 3. Daniels, VEF Riga0.9 
 4. Ziedins, Valmiera0.9 
 5. Meiers, Ventspils0.9 
 6. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 7. Chamberlain, Jelga.0.8 
 8. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.8 
 9. Pasecniks, VEF Ri.0.8 
 10. Leiteris, Liepaja0.8 


LBL Round 39: VEF Riga beats Barons kvartals in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in LBL. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: VEF Riga (#4) and Barons kvartals (#2). VEF Riga (17-1) crushed visiting Barons kvartals (20-13) by 26 points 107-81. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 69-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. VEF Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Barons kvartals' 32 and had 32 for 44 from the free-throw line, while Barons kvartals only scored sixteen points from the stripe. VEF Riga forced 19 Barons kvartals turnovers and outrebounded them 44-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 34 personal fouls committed by Barons kvartals helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). American forward Will Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international point guard Ilmars Bergmanis (184-81) who recorded 22 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. VEF Riga have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 17-1 record. Barons kvartals at the other side keep the second position with 13 games lost. VEF Riga's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga Latvijas Universitate.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Jekabpils (19-14) against fifth ranked Ventspils (16-3) on Wednesday night. Visiting Jekabpils were crushed by Ventspils in Ventspils 82-53. It was a good game for international forward Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Akselis Vairogs contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American center Todd O'Brien (213-89, college: UAB) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for Jekabpils. Jekabpils' coach Edgars Teteris gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Ventspils maintains fifth place with 16-3 record. Jekabpils lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keep the third position with 14 games lost. Ventspils will play against Turiba (#10) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Jekabpils will play against the league's second-placed Barons kvartals (#2) in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Valmiera delivered the twentieth second victory on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Liepaja (13-20) 102-82. It was a great evening for Raimonds Gabrans who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was Arnolds Helmanis with 19 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Valmiera. They maintain first place with 22-12 record. Loser Liepaja dropped to the seventh position with 20 games lost. They share it with Jelgava. Valmiera will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Liepaja will play against Jurmala (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Jelgava supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Barons kvartals (20-13) played at the court of 7th ranked Jelgava (13-20). Barons kvartals smashed Jelgava 98-74. It was an exceptional evening for Tyler Cain who led the winners and scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Barons kvartals maintains second place with 20-13 record having just three points less than leader Valmiera. Jelgava lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 20 games lost. Barons kvartals' next round opponent will be Jekabpils (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Jelgava will play against Latvijas Universitate (#6) in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Ninth-ranked Turiba (11-21) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Latvijas Universitate (16-17) on Wednesday. The visitors from Riga managed to secure only three-point victory 83-80. However their fans expected easier game. The best player for the winners was Zanis Peiners who scored 26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Latvijas Universitate's coach Arturs Visockis-Rubenis used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Latvijas Universitate. They maintain sixth place with 16-17 record. Loser Turiba dropped to the tenth position with 21 games lost. Latvijas Universitate will face Jelgava (#7) on the road in the next round. Turiba will play against Ventspils.

In the last game of round 39 Jelgava was defeated by Jurmala in a road game 107-98.


VEF Riga - Barons kvartals 107-81

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: VEF Riga (#4) and Barons kvartals (#2). VEF Riga (17-1) crushed visiting Barons kvartals (20-13) by 26 points 107-81. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 69-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. VEF Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Barons kvartals' 32 and had 32 for 44 from the free-throw line, while Barons kvartals only scored sixteen points from the stripe. VEF Riga forced 19 Barons kvartals turnovers and outrebounded them 44-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 34 personal fouls committed by Barons kvartals helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). American forward Will Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international point guard Ilmars Bergmanis (184-81) who recorded 22 points and 4 assists and swingman Salvis Metra (195-84) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively. Five VEF Riga and four Barons kvartals players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. VEF Riga have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 17-1 record. Barons kvartals at the other side keep the second position with 13 games lost. VEF Riga's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga Latvijas Universitate.
Top scorers:
Barons kvartals: I.Bergmanis 22+3reb+4ast, A.Epners 13+4reb, S.Metra 12+3reb+5ast, D.Zonne 12+1reb, J.Rozitis 9+8reb+2ast, A.Skele 6+2reb+3ast
VEF Riga: E.Rowland 23+10reb+8ast, W.Daniels 20+8reb+3ast, D.Bertans 16+2reb+1ast, K.Berzins 13+6reb+1ast, A.Kavaliauskas 12+2reb+3ast, D.Zavackas 10+9reb+1ast
gschID: 232742


Jurmala - Jelgava 107-98

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Jelgava (13-20) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Jurmala (12-21) 107-98 on Thursday. Jelgava trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 32-27 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 98-107 at the end of the game. Jurmala made 42-of-53 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game, while Jelgava only scored twelve points from the stripe. Jurmala looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Jelgava was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was forward Ervins Jonats (203-91) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds. Center Roberts Mednis (204-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Lauris Mizis (198-89) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Shedrick Haynes (182-88, college: Tarleton St.) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Jurmala maintains ninth place with 12-21 record. Jelgava lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 20 games lost. Jurmala will face higher ranked Liepaja (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: S.Haynes 17+6reb+2ast, S.Silavs 16+4ast, A.Justovics 14+3reb, K.Kanbergs 13+4reb+4ast, K.Chamberlain 12+8reb+2ast, L.Mizis 12+10reb+3ast
Jurmala: E.Jonats 27+14reb+1ast, R.Mednis 22+11reb+4ast, U.Vilums 17+2reb+4ast, D.Coders 16+2reb+8ast, R.Strauts 10+2reb, E.Slesers 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 232739


Liepaja - Valmiera 82-102

Leader Valmiera delivered the twentieth second victory on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Liepaja (13-20) 102-82. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 102-82. It was a great evening for the former international guard Raimonds Gabrans (185-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 7 assists. The former international power forward Pavels Veselovs (207-83, agency: Players Group) helped adding 27 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was Arnolds Helmanis (200-92) with 19 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and American guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate Word, agency: Alti Sport) scored 18 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Valmiera. They maintain first place with 22-12 record. Loser Liepaja dropped to the seventh position with 20 games lost. They share it with Jelgava. Valmiera will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Liepaja will play against Jurmala (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: A.Helmanis 19+4reb, P.Caldwell 18+2reb+3ast, A.Ate 11, I.Jakovics 9+1ast, A.Adediran 6+6reb+2ast, K.Miglinieks 6
Valmiera: P.Veselovs 27+4reb+1ast, R.Gabrans 23+4reb+7ast, J.Berzins 22+6reb, A.Cavars 8+7reb+1ast, S.Amolins 7+2reb, A.Butjankovs 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 232741


Ventspils - Jekabpils 82-53

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Jekabpils (19-14) against fifth ranked Ventspils (16-3) on Wednesday night. Visiting Jekabpils were crushed by Ventspils in Ventspils 82-53. It looked good early as Jekabpils took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ventspils had a 20-14 second period charge getting the lead and Jekabpils were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 53-82. Ventspils dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Jekabpils' 24 and made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. It was a good game for international forward Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Akselis Vairogs (195-85, agency: Players Group) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Ventspils players scored in double figures. American center Todd O'Brien (213-89, college: UAB) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and the former international center Jurijs Aleksejevs (202-85) added 13 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Jekabpils. Jekabpils' coach Edgars Teteris gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Ventspils maintains fifth place with 16-3 record. Jekabpils lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keep the third position with 14 games lost. Ventspils will play against Turiba (#10) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Jekabpils will play against the league's second-placed Barons kvartals (#2) in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jekabpils: T.O'Brien 13+11reb+1ast, J.Aleksejevs 13+11reb+1ast, R.Sirsnins 8+1reb+3ast, P.Hill jr. 6+3reb+1ast, O.Virsis 5+1reb+1ast, A.Vitols 3
Ventspils: J.Timma 17+5reb+3ast, A.Vairogs 15+5reb+4ast, M.Laksa 11+3reb+1ast, F.Campbell 11+3reb+2ast, R.Zakis 10+9reb+2ast, A.Berzins 10+6reb+1ast
gschID: 232740


Turiba - LU 80-83

Ninth-ranked Turiba (11-21) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Latvijas Universitate (16-17) on Wednesday. The visitors from Riga managed to secure only three-point victory 83-80. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 22-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Latvijas Universitate forced 21 Turiba turnovers. Strangely Turiba outrebounded Latvijas Universitate 44-29 including 30 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was guard Zanis Peiners (204-90, agency: Interperformances) who scored 26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Klavs Strazdins (192-93) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Latvijas Universitate's coach Arturs Visockis-Rubenis used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Karlis Apsitis (200-92) who recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds and forward Matiss Rudmiezis (190-91) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Latvijas Universitate. They maintain sixth place with 16-17 record. Loser Turiba dropped to the tenth position with 21 games lost. Latvijas Universitate will face Jelgava (#7) on the road in the next round. Turiba will play against Ventspils.
Top scorers:
Turiba: K.Apsitis 20+7reb+3ast, M.Steinbergs 15+2reb+1ast, M.Rudmiezis 14+8reb, J.Antrops 13+5reb+3ast, M.Motivans 6+7reb+2ast, M.Vinauds 4+1reb+1ast
LU: Z.Peiners 26+5reb+6ast, K.Strazdins 19+5reb, R.Zebergs 13+4reb+3ast, H.Rubenis 12+7reb+3ast, I.Aizpurs 6+1reb+2ast, M.Dargis 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 232738


Jelgava - Barons kvartals 74-98

The game in Jelgava supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Barons kvartals (20-13) played at the court of 7th ranked Jelgava (13-20). Barons kvartals smashed Jelgava 98-74. The game without a history. Barons kvartals led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Jelgava's 36 and made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Barons kvartals forced 28 Jelgava turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) who led the winners and scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) accounted for 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. American power forward Keith Chamberlain (204-87, college: Grinnell) came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Shedrick Haynes (182-88, college: Tarleton St.) added 16 points respectively for Jelgava in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Barons kvartals maintains second place with 20-13 record having just three points less than leader Valmiera. Jelgava lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 20 games lost. Barons kvartals' next round opponent will be Jekabpils (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Jelgava will play against Latvijas Universitate (#6) in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: K.Chamberlain 20+5reb, S.Haynes 16+2ast, K.Kanbergs 10+1reb+2ast, S.Silavs 8+1ast, A.Duselis 7+6reb+1ast, G.Justovics 6+7reb+4ast
Barons kvartals: T.Cain 23+6reb+5ast, M.Gulbis 17+9reb+2ast, D.Dulkys 16+2reb+1ast, D.Zonne 9+1ast, J.Diggs 8+4reb+2ast, A.Epners 7+3reb+2ast
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  LEBANON   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 35.8
 1. Emmett, Amchit35.8 
 2. Blair, Hoops26.8 
 3. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 4. Harper, Sagesse26.3 
 5. Khatib, Champville26.1 
 6. Williams, Bejjeh23.7 
 7. Sims, Sagesse23.7 
 8. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 9. Youngblood, Byblos22.8 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed21.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Fraser, Byblos17.5 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi12.1 
 3. Ampim, Antranik12.0 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.11.4 
 5. Jamison, Bejjeh10.7 
 6. Perry, Hoops10.1 
 7. Sims, Sagesse9.4 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi9.3 
 9. Salyers, Moutahed8.9 
 10. Bawji, Moutahed8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Blair, Hoops6.7 
 2. Akl, Sagesse6.1 
 3. Chatfield, Mouta.6.0 
 4. Williams, Bejjeh5.9 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.7 
 6. Fahed, Moutahed5.3 
 7. Khatib, Champville5.2 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik5.2 
 9. Youngblood, Byblos5.2 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Blair, Hoops3.2 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh2.5 
 3. Youngblood, Byblos2.2 
 4. Harper, Sagesse2.0 
 5. Emmett, Amchit2.0 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.8 
 7. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 8. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 9. Fahed, Moutahed1.6 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi2.6 
 2. Tskitishvili, Cham.1.8 
 3. Fraser, Byblos1.7 
 4. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.5 
 5. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.4 
 6. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi0.9 
 8. Terry, Champville0.8 
 9. Bawji, Moutahed0.8 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed0.7 


Best players of Lebanese Division A round 9 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82) had a great game in the last round for Amchit and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage).
The 30-year old swingman had a double-double of 42 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Al Riyadi (#1, 24-3) 90-81. Amchit maintains the 6th position in Lebanese Division A. Amchit is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 13th lost game this season out of 27 games. In the team's last game Emmett had a remarkable 53.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Amchit's top player in his first season with the team. Texas Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Emmett is league's best scorer averaging so far 35.8ppg. Emmett is in league's top in and averages solid 56.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 35-year old Jamaican guard Corey Williams (191-G-77) of Bejjeh. Williams impressed basketball fans with a triple-double of 30 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Of course Bejjeh cruised to a 90-82 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Byblos (#5, 14-13). Bejjeh's 8th position in the standings has not changed. 20 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Bejjeh managed to get this Second Stage. Williams is a newcomer at Bejjeh and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.7ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 7.7rpg and 5.9apg.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) of Champville (#4). Khatib got into 30-points club by scoring 39 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds and five assists. Despite Khatib's great performance Champville lost 79-81 to #3 ranked Moutahed. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Champville needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 17 victories and 10 lost games. Khatib has a great season in Lebanon. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.3ppg (5th best) and assists with 4.1apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. DeShawn Sims (203-F-88) of Sagesse - 36 points and 10 rebounds
5. Larry Blair (183-G-84) of Hoops - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Loren Woods (218-C-78) of Al Riyadi - 16 points and 18 rebounds
7. Eric Chatfield (191-G-79) of Moutahed - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Herbert Hill (208-F-84) of Amchit - 26 points and 10 rebounds
9. Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84) of Byblos - 17 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jesse Perry (200-F) of Hoops - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  LIGA AMERICAS   

Standings

Liga Americas Standings
Group A
 1 Lanus 1-0 
 2 Pinheiros/Sky 1-0 
 3 Arecibo 0-1 
 4 Brasilia 0-1 
Stage Two Standings

Top 4: Round 1

Apr. 11: Pinheiros/Sky - Arecibo 88-76
Apr. 11: Lanus - Brasilia 77-49

Top 4: Round 2

Apr. 12: Lanus - Pinheiros/Sky
Apr. 12: Brasilia - Arecibo


Final Four. Day 1 in Arecibo - by Eurobasket News

Lanus - Brasilia 77-49
Lanus victoriously opened their Liga Americas Final Four round campaign. They thrashed Uniceub/BRB in Arecibo for 1-0 record. Nicolas Laprovittola (187-PG-90) provided 18 points to pace the Argentinean side. Lanus surged ahead early in the encounter. The Argentineans piled up a 19:13 lead after the starting frame. Lanus boosted the gap in the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by as many as 20 points 45:25. Lanus cleared off for good in the third quarter. The Argentinean side limited Uniceub/BRB to just 9 points in the third term and accumulated a 35-point lead at the final intermission. Uniceub/BRB went on a 15:8 run in the fourth stanza but could not save the game at the end. Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel) delivered 12 points, while William McFarlan provided 11 points in the win. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) answered with 14 points for Uniceub/BRB. Alex Ribeiro had 12 points in the loss.

Pinheiros/Sky - Arecibo 88-76
Pinheiros/Sky claimed the opening win at the Liga Americas Final Four round. They knocked down Capitanes de Arecibo to improve at 1-0 record. Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) stepped up with 23 points, 6 boards and 4 assists to lead the winners. Pinheiros/Sky earned a 23:21 lead after ten minutes of action. Arecibo bounced back in the second term. The Puerto Rican team grabbed a 42:41 halftime lead. But the Brazilian team were back in charge in the third term. Pinheiros went on a 22:19 run to eke out a 2-point advantage 63:61 with ten minutes remaining. Pinheiros/Sky dominated in the fourth quarter. The Brazilian team went on a 25:15 rally in the final stanza to seal the winning outcome. Joe Smith (192-SG-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) and Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) chipped in 17 points each for the winners. Stephen Graham (198-F/G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) answered with 12 points for Arecibo. Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86, college: Virginia Tech) tallied 11 points in the loss.



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  LITHUANIA   

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis18.1 
 2. Gailius, Neptunas16.2 
 3. Hughes, Pieno Z.15.4 
 4. Samenas, Siauliai14.5 
 5. Skucas, LSU-Baltai13.8 
 6. Milaknis, Rudupis13.1 
 7. Kadziulis, Rudupis13.0 
 8. Sragauskis, LSU-B.12.9 
 9. Kieza, Siauliai12.6 
 10. Vene, Rudupis12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Kieza, Siauliai9.4 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis8.6 
 3. Sarakauskas, Nept.7.7 
 4. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.4 
 5. Varnelis, Juventus6.6 
 6. Gates, Pieno Z.5.8 
 7. Vene, Rudupis5.8 
 8. Kiausas, Sakalai5.8 
 9. Orelikas, Rudupis5.7 
 10. Valeika, Rudupis5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Mindaugas STASYS
  LSU-Baltai
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Stasys, LSU-Baltai4.6 
 2. Jackson, Siauliai4.6 
 3. Dainys, Neptunas4.1 
 4. Viskontas, Juvent.4.1 
 5. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.1 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.4 
 7. Babkauskas, Lietk.3.3 
 8. Malasauskas, LSU-.3.2 
 9. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.2 
 10. Broadus, Neptunas3.1 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.1 
 2. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 3. Butkevicius, Neptu.1.8 
 4. Malasauskas, LSU-.1.8 
 5. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.7 
 6. Vene, Rudupis1.5 
 7. Simon, Siauliai1.5 
 8. Lengvinas, Naglis1.4 
 9. Kadziulis, Rudupis1.4 
 10. Jackson, Siauliai1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.4 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis1.7 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.4 
 4. Valeika, Rudupis0.9 
 5. McClure, Neptunas0.9 
 6. Gates, Pieno Z.0.9 
 7. Ramasauskas, Saka.0.8 
 8. Kupsas, Lietkabelis0.8 
 9. Vene, Rudupis0.7 
 10. Dia, Siauliai0.7 



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  LUXEMBOURG   

Standings

Diekirch League Stage Two Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Sparta 21-7 
 2. Residence 17-11 
 3. Amicale 17-11 
 4. T71 16-12 
 5. Musel Pikes 14-14 
 6. Etzella 14-14 
Places 7-10
 1. Contern 12-12 
 2. Soleuvre 10-14 
 3. Basket Esch 9-15 
 4. Black Star 2-22 
Stage One Standings

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 12: Sparta - Amicale
Apr. 12: Residence - T71


Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Mychal GREEN
  Soleuvre
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Green, Soleuvre26.3 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.24.7 
 3. Schumacher, T7123.7 
 4. Kennedy, Residence23.4 
 5. Bryant, Black Star22.8 
 6. Tapscott, Soleuvre22.8 
 7. Frazier, Contern21.9 
 8. Ulin, Sparta21.5 
 9. Smith, Sparta19.7 
 10. Simpson, Etzella19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony SIMPSON
  Etzella
  (203-C/F-87)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Simpson, Etzella14.2 
 2. Powell, Contern13.4 
 3. Sharry, T7112.1 
 4. McDaniel, Black S.11.5 
 5. Tapscott, Soleuvre10.8 
 6. Gary, Musel Pikes10.8 
 7. Frazier, Contern10.1 
 8. Kennedy, Residence9.9 
 9. Scott, Residence9.8 
 10. Wurtz, Musel Pikes9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kasey ULIN
  Sparta
  (181-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Ulin, Sparta5.5 
 2. Bryant, Black Star4.4 
 3. Schumacher, T714.4 
 4. Schartz, Amicale3.9 
 5. Green, Soleuvre3.8 
 6. Biever, Basket Es.3.6 
 7. Koster, Residence3.4 
 8. Scott, Residence3.4 
 9. Schwartz, Musel P.3.4 
 10. Smith, Sparta3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Contern
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jones, Contern2.5 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.2.3 
 3. Kennedy, Residence2.1 
 4. Schumacher, T711.9 
 5. Green, Soleuvre1.8 
 6. Bryant, Black Star1.7 
 7. Simpson, Etzella1.7 
 8. Delgado, Etzella1.6 
 9. Smith, Sparta1.6 
 10. Koster, Residence1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Chehales TAPSCOTT
  Soleuvre
  (195-F-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Tapscott, Soleuvre1.7 
 2. Gary, Musel Pikes1.3 
 3. Sharry, T711.3 
 4. Powell, Contern0.9 
 5. Simpson, Etzella0.9 
 6. McDaniel, Black S.0.9 
 7. Hoffmann, Sparta0.8 
 8. Frazier, Contern0.8 
 9. Fisher, Amicale0.8 
 10. Golson, Amicale0.7 



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  MONTENEGRO   

Standings - 1A

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

Second Stage: Round 5

Play-Out

Apr. 10: Danilovgrad - S.Centar 72-78
Apr. 11: ABS Primorje - Jedinstvo 67-72
Apr. 10: Ibar Rozaje - Centar BP 63-59

S-League

Apr. 10: Mornar Bar - Ulcinj 73-75
Apr. 10: Sutjeska - Teodo Tivat 73-51
Apr. 9: Lovcen - Buducnost 54-80

Second Stage: Round 6

Play-Out

Apr. 13: S.Centar - Centar BP
Apr. 13: Ibar Rozaje - Jedinstvo
Apr. 13: ABS Primorje - Danilovgrad

S-League

Apr. 13: Ulcinj - Lovcen
Apr. 13: Teodo Tivat - Mornar Bar
Apr. 13: Buducnost - Sutjeska


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dusan MILOSEVIC
  Ulcinj
  (198-G-90)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Milosevic, Ulcinj18.5 
 2. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.18.2 
 3. Stojanovic, Lovcen17.2 
 4. Jovanovic, Danilov.15.8 
 5. Mitchell, Centar B.15.2 
 6. Ratkovic, ABS P.14.9 
 7. Radulovic, Teodo T.14.5 
 8. Nicaj, Lovcen14.2 
 9. Korac, Jedinstvo14.1 
 10. Zejak, Danilovgrad13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Savo DJIKANOVIC
  Jaszbere.
  (211-C-75)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Djikanovic, Jaszbe.9.4 
 2. Radulovic, Teodo T.8.5 
 3. Pavic, Mornar Bar8.2 
 4. Zejak, Danilovgrad7.6 
 5. Draskovic, Jedin.7.5 
 6. Young, Danilovgrad7.2 
 7. Radak, ABS P.6.9 
 8. Bacovic, ABS P.6.8 
 9. Calic, Sutjeska6.2 
 10. Zizic, Sutjeska5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Nikola KORAC
  Jedinstvo
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Korac, Jedinstvo4.8 
 2. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.4.2 
 3. Stojanovic, Lovcen3.5 
 4. Calic, Sutjeska3.2 
 5. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.3.1 
 6. Simonovic, Ulcinj2.8 
 7. Mitchell, Centar B.2.6 
 8. Tepavcevic, Teodo2.6 
 9. Femic, Centar BP2.5 
 10. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Lazar SIMONOVIC
  Ulcinj
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Simonovic, Ulcinj2.3 
 2. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.2.2 
 3. Mitchell, Centar B.2.0 
 4. Samardzic, Danilov.1.8 
 5. Omerovic, Jedin.1.7 
 6. Djurisic, Mornar B.1.6 
 7. Milosevic, Ulcinj1.5 
 8. Femic, Centar BP1.4 
 9. Calic, Sutjeska1.4 
 10. Kosuta, Ibar Roz.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Radoje VUJOSEVIC
  Sutjeska
  (209-C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Vujosevic, Sutjeska1.9 
 2. Radulovic, Teodo T.1.3 
 3. Draskovic, Jedin.1.0 
 4. Nicaj, Lovcen0.9 
 5. Pavic, Mornar Bar0.9 
 6. Young, Danilovgrad0.8 
 7. Korac, Centar BP0.6 
 8. Skurdauskas, Morna.0.6 
 9. Radak, ABS P.0.5 
 10. Mrdak, Danilovgrad0.5 


Interview with Morris Finley, Lagun Aro GBC's point guard and former star player of Mornar Bar - by Darko Pekic

After some great seasons at the Euroleague level, Morris Finley (180-G-81, agency: Two Points, college: UAB), one of the best foreigners that have ever played in Montenegro, joined in January Lagun Aro GBC (ACB) and is trying to help the team from San Sebastian to avoid relegation. Maybe all basketball fans do not know, but Mo has started his playing career in Mornar Bar and dominated the League with 23.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.2apg, 2.4spg in 2004-2005 so eurobasket.com took the opportunity to ask him about his past in Montenegro but also about his current team and plans for the future.

Hello Mo, how are doing? You joined Lagun Aro GBC in January, how do you like your new club? There are some well known names there, such as Qyntel Woods (203-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) and Ivan Paunic (194-SG-87, agency: Beo Basket)..

I am very well. I am enjoying Lagun Aro very much. The club here is extremely proffessional and hard working. The players have welcomed me since Day 1. Our team is full of experienced players who love basketball and working with them has been a pleasure for me.

Do you think you can avoid relegation this year?

I believe we can avoid relegation. Obviously, we still have much work to do, but I am confident in the way we are working each day to achieve our goal of remaining in the ACB.

Lets return to your childhood. Who was your favorite athlete when you started playing basketball?

As a kid my favorite athletes were my father Walter Finley, my uncles Jesse and James Sims, and the members of the varsity basketball team from my hometown of LaFayette, Alabama.

How did you choose UAB? Is it because it was close to home or you had different reasons?

UAB was one of the few schools that offered me a scholarship. Fortunately, it was also close to my hometown.

At the Unieversity of Alabama you had very nice numbers your senior year: 13.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.8spg. After that you participated at Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft). How did you choose to go sign with Mornar? Who convinced you to go there?

After the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, I did not receive any opportunities to play in the USA. Mornar was the only team in the world to offer me a contract.

That team was very successful and had another American, Wayne Wallace (205-C/F-80, college: Virginia Union), who dominated the League in 2004-2005 in rebounding and blocks. How did you like Wayne as a player and was he helpful for a rookie like you with no pro experience?

Wayne Wallace is one of my favorite teammates of all-time! Wayne was especially nice, as were all of the guys on that team in Mornar. He was able to help me adjust to being outside of the US, because he knew exactly how I was feeling at the time.

You led the team in scoring and Mornar won some important games during that season. Do you think that Mornar was an important stepping stone in your career?

Mornar definitely helped me prepare for life as a basketball player in Europe. The starting pg of the team was Radovan Pesic (186-G-72, agency: Beo Basket). I don't know if he realized it, but he was very instrumental in teaching me how to adapt to the style of play in Europe, different tricks of the trade, etc. He was very helpful and a terrific player. Thanks Pesic!!

How did you like Serbian & Montenegro Legaue and Montenegro as a country?

Serbia and Montenegro was cool. Very picturesque.

After your experience in Mornar, you played in Greece, Belgium, Italy and Turkey. You even reached Euroleague level and most people consider you the most successful foreigner who has ever played in Montenegro. How much has Morris Finley changed over the years as a player?

I think I am a much better basketball player now. I've had the luxury of learning firsthand from great players such as Pesic, Tyrone Grant (202-F-77, college: St.John's), Davide Bonora (188-G-73) and Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson). They each taught me different skills that are needed in abundance to survive as a professional basketball player.

What are your plans for the future? For how long you think you can still play?

I plan to play until God tells me to do something else.

Thank you for this interview Mo. Eurobasket.com wishes you good luck in the years to come.

Thank you.



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Basketball Official Attacks Player - by Eurobasket News

KHOMAS Basketball Association (KBA) League Director Allan Nghixulifwa allegedly assaulted Polytechnic Blues player Penda Hashoongo on Sunday.
Hashoongo told The Namibian Sport yesterday that Nghixulifwa attacked him before a friendly match between Poly Blues and Ocean Splash at the University of Namibia basketball court.
The small forward and captain of Poly Blues believes the "shock" attack may have been sparked by a comment he (Hashoongo) made on the social network Facebook a week earlier.
According to Hashoongo, who has since opened a case of assault against Nghixulifwa (CR229/04/13) with the police, the post had made no reference to Nghixulifwa as it only intimated that he intended to register his team for the upcoming season.
However Nghixulifwa is understood to have taken exception to the post and instructed Hashoongo to delete the post, a directive which the latter ignored.
"He just walked up to me and punched me in the stomach and pushed me against the wall and choking me. He said he was tired of my sh*t," Hashoongo said.
While Nghixulifwa confirmed the attack, he declined to give his version of the story but hinted at personal differences between him and Hashoongo.
"I don't want to say much on what happened. All I can say is that what happened between Penda and I was not a matter between an official and a player," Nghixulifwa said.
Hashoongo claims that he and Nghixulifwa are not acquaintances and that he reported the assault to the KBA authorities on Monday.
"I don't know him outside of basketball. I don't know why he attacked me. I followed him to ask why he punched me and he just walked away. It doesn't make sense," Hashoongo said.
KBA president Isak Nahum said this was a personal dispute which had nothing to do with basketball.
"If there is a case opened with the police then we must let the police deal with it. I have spoken to both men and told them to resolve the matter amicably and not drag the basketball fraternity into disrepute," Nahum said.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Mini Basketball Tourney a Hit in Tsumeb - by Eurobasket News

Windhoek The Namibian Basketball Federation (NBF) successfully hosted its highly anticipated mini basketball development tourney at Tsumeb on Saturday.
About 100 participants took part in the Tsumeb Mini Basketball Programme, which attracted participants from St Francis Primary School (boys and girls team), Nomtsoub Primary School (boys and girls team), Francis Galton Primary School (mixed team), Ondundu Primary School (boys team) and Tsumeb English Medium Primary School (boys team).
The NBF held several individual training sessions that included ball handling and shooting skills to help motivate the youngsters to continue working on their fundamentals. The youngsters were also taken through the ropes as they played a few games that were aimed at giving them a taste of competition. St Francis won both the boys and girls category, while Grootfontein won the mixed category.
The NBF development officer, Francina Amakali, assisted by German expert Frank Albin and several local volunteers organised the mini development tourney. The tournament was made possible through Dr Nderecha from Alpha Clinic who sponsored the trophies, FNB, the German Olympic Sports Confederation and the German Federal Foreign Office, who donated equipment to the participating teams.
Meanwhile, the NBF also launched their first basketball high performance centre in Namibia in Tsumeb under the guidance of Francina Amakali, Frank Albin and local coaches. Selected players born during the period 1996 to 2000 will work every week on their individual skills according to standards set by the NBF and progress will be evaluated on a regular basis. The NBF is planning to implement such high performance centres in various regions to raise skill level and groom future national players.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 51-27 
 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. 43-35 
 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. 58-21 
 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. 45-34 
 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 157

Apr. 11: Golden St.W. - Oklah.City T. 97-116
Apr. 11: Chicago B. - New York K. 118-111 OT

Regular Season: Round 158

Apr. 12: Toronto R. - Chicago B.
Apr. 12: Washington W. - Philadelph.76
Apr. 12: Indiana P. - Brooklyn N.
Apr. 12: Atlanta H. - Milwaukee B.
Apr. 12: Miami Heat - Boston C.
Apr. 12: Detroit P. - Charlotte B.
Apr. 12: Cleveland C. - New York K.
Apr. 12: N.Orleans H. - LA Clippers
Apr. 12: Houston R. - Memphis G.
Apr. 12: Dallas M. - Denver N.
Apr. 12: San Antonio S. - Sacramento K.
Apr. 12: Utah Jazz - Minnesota T.
Apr. 12: Portland TB - Oklah.City T.
Apr. 12: LA Lakers - Golden St.W.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Anthony, New Y.28.7 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.3 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.3 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.9 
 5. Harden, Houston R.25.9 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.4 
 7. Irving, Cleveland22.7 
 8. Curry, Golden S.22.5 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat21.3 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 2. Vucevic, Orlan.11.9 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.7 
 4. Noah, Chicago B.11.4 
 5. Lee, Golden St.W.11.3 
 6. Randolph, Memph.11.2 
 7. Evans, Brooklyn N.10.7 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.6 
 9. Chandler, New Y.10.6 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.7 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.1 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.4 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.7 
 6. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 7. Parker, San A.7.5 
 8. Rubio, Minnesot.7.5 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..7.5 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.5 
 2. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.2 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 9. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 10. Leonard, San A.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.1 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.8 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.6 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.6 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.2.2 
 7. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.0 
 8. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


Bulls and Thunder post victories on Thursday - by Eurobasket News

Chicago B. - New York K. 118-111 OT
If you laid the Knicks' top six big men from end to end, you would get 41 feet and 4 inches of pain, and enough sore necks, feet, knees and ankles to fill a modest orthopedic ward. The Knicks stepped onto the United Center court Thursday night without any of them, having arrived without the services of Amar'e Stoudemire's right knee, Kenyon Martin's left ankle, Tyson Chandler's neck, Kurt Thomas' right foot and the two left feet belonging to Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace. They put nine players in uniform, started the 6-foot 8-inch Chris Copeland at center and put their 13-game winning streak on the line against the feisty, physical Chicago Bulls. After all the fretting over injured giants, the game was decided by the smallest player on the court. Nate Robinson (5'9''-PG-84, college: Washington), the Chicago Bulls' sprightly 5-foot, 9-inch guard, exploded for 35 points, including 8 in overtime, sending the Knicks to a 118-111 defeat, their first loss since March 17. The third longest winning streak in Knicks history is over. The Bulls - who two weeks ago snuffed out the Miami Heat's 27-game streak - reign as the N.B.A.'s premier streak stoppers. They also swept the season series with the Knicks. 'They can have it,' Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) said, a bit of contempt in his voice. 'They can have it. They can have these regular season wins. They did a great job at beating us four times. We're not worrying about them at this point. We're concerned about ourselves.' For the first time in 26 days, the Knicks have something to be concerned about. They blew a 15-point lead in the second half and never found a way to contain Robinson, who went 10 for 18 from the field and 10 for 10 from the foul line, eluding Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert and everyone else in a Knicks jersey. 'He's a handful,' Coach Mike Woodson said. Anthony led the Knicks with 36 points, his sixth straight game with at least 35, breaking Bernard King's franchise record. He also grabbed 19 rebounds, helping offset the absences of, well, everybody. But Anthony missed the biggest shot of the night, an open 19-footer at the regulation buzzer. When overtime arrived, the Knicks had nothing left. They made just 3 of 11 shots and were outscored by Robinson alone. J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) scored 28 points but went 1 for 6 in overtime. There was one more injury scare along the way. Raymond Felton sprained his right knee while chasing after the jump ball in overtime and crumpled to the court, wincing. 'I mean, the first thing you're thinking is, Is he going to get up and continue?' said Woodson, who rushed onto the court to check on Felton. Felton did get up and finished the game. Despite an obvious limp, he said he would play Friday night in Cleveland. The Knicks (51-27) still lead the Indiana Pacers (49-29) by two games in the race for the second seed in the East, with four games to play. The Pacers visit Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Chicago (43-35) moved a half-game ahead of the Atlanta Hawks for the fifth seed. The Bulls are the only team in the East to go undefeated against the Knicks this season - a fact the Knicks dismissed as trivial. 'We played them four times. We came up short four times,' Jason Kidd said. 'There's a bigger picture right now.' Not as easily dismissed was that the Bulls again flustered the Knicks into technical fouls and tough shots. The Knicks converted just 40.4 percent of their field goals, with Anthony going 13 for 35 and Smith going 11 for 27. The Bulls surged ahead by 7 points in the fourth quarter, with Robinson providing a nifty reverse layup and two 3-pointers, celebrating the second one by co-opting Steve Novak's 'discount double-check' belt gesture. The Knicks rallied in the final 3 minutes of regulation, and Anthony tied the game at 105-105 with 14.5 seconds left. The Knicks' revival has been built on brilliant shooting, so it is only appropriate that this season will be immortalized with the N.B.A. record for 3-pointers. The Knicks hit 10 more Thursday night, pushing their season total to 847, breaking the mark set by the 2009-10 Orlando Magic, who had 841. This season has also been defined by the Knicks' move to small-ball, a tact they took to new extremes Thursday, out of sheer necessity. With all of their big men sidelined, the Knicks installed Copeland as their center, making him the shortest player to start at the position since Buck Williams, also 6-8, on April 18, 1998. The Knicks could have listed the 6-8 Anthony at center, but Woodson dismissed the suggestion with a gentle laugh. 'Cope's the center,' he said. 'I can't call Carmelo the center. If I do, he'll jump on me for that.' Copeland scored 14 points, and the Knicks battled the Bulls to a virtual draw in rebounds, never looking any worse off for their lack of big bodies. Chandler, the Knicks' All-Star center, was left in New York to rehabilitate a bulging disk in his neck. Martin, his most recent fill-in, also stayed home to rest a sprained ankle. They will both miss Friday's game in Cleveland as well. As it happened, the Knicks picked a good night to be undersized, with the Bulls also suffering from an injury-plagued frontcourt rotation. Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson were both out, leaving the 6-9 Carlos Boozer to jump center against Copeland. Boozer finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) had 22 points and 14 rebounds. Luol Deng returned from a hip injury and finished with 16 points. The Knicks hit a flurry of 3-pointers en route to a 17-point first-quarter lead. Smith closed the quarter with another 3-pointer, which pushed the Knicks past the Magic for the single-season record. 'We got off to a great start,' Anthony said, adding, 'We ran out of gas in overtime. They can have it.' Courtesy of: nytimes.com

Golden St.W. - Oklah.City T. 97-116
Kevin Durant had 31 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to help the Oklahoma City Thunder regain the Western Conference's best record with a 116-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night. Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, college: W.Carolina) scored 23 points off the bench and Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) added 18 points and nine assists for the Thunder, who moved a half-game ahead of idle San Antonio for the top seed. The Spurs split the season series with Oklahoma City, but the Thunder (58-21) own the tiebreaker because of its better conference record. Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) scored 22 points and reserve Jarrett Jack had 19 points on a night the playoff-bound Warriors lost center Andrew Bogut to another injury. The 7-footer left in the first quarter with a sprained left ankle. His status is unclear. The Warriors (45-34) are a mere half-game ahead of Houston for sixth place in the West. The Rockets hold the tiebreaker after winning three of four this season over Golden State, which looked every bit like a team at the back of the playoff pack against the defending conference champions. At times, even in embarrassing fashion. Serge Ibaka blocked Bogut's dunk attempt at the rim in the first quarter, then gave an extended finger wave that even drew roars from Golden State's 31st straight sellout crowd announced at 19,596. Ibaka ran down court to tip-back Durant's miss, then hit a 3-pointer and later dunked to put Oklahoma City ahead 22-15. Ibaka finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Durant was 10 for 16 from the floor, helping the Thunder outshoot the Warriors 50.6 to 44 percent. Bogut exited with 2:55 remaining in the quarter, went to the locker and did not return. The team said Bogut sprained his left ankle, which he broke in January of 2012 and underwent microfracture on last April. It's unclear how Bogut was injured and his status for Friday night's game at the Los Angeles Lakers was not immediately clear. In the meantime, Durant and Westbrook got rolling late in the second half, including one series sure to fill the highlights: Westbrook finished a layup over a defender, then blocked Curry's shot before Durant took the ball coast-to-coast for a soaring one-handed dunk at full extension that again brought the road fans to their feet once more. The Thunder's defense smothered Golden State's shooters in the third quarter to put the game away. They started the third quarter on a 22-5 run, and they took a 94-73 lead on Durant's 3-pointer in the final minute of the third quarter. Oklahoma City played the second half without its center, too, due to an injury that seems far less serious. Kendrick Perkins sat out the final 24 minutes because of right hamstring tightness, the team said. With the Thunder in full control, there was no need to play anyway. The only drama left was whether Durant would get his second triple-double of the season against the Warriors. Instead, Thunder coach Scott Brooke replaced Durant with 8:14 remaining with his team still up 20 points. Durant recorded his first career triple-double in a 119-109 win over the Warriors in Oklahoma City on Nov. 18. Courtesy of: utsandiego.com



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Coach Kevin McGeehan signs at Campbell - by Eurobasket News

Campbell University have agreed on terms of contract with coach Kevin McGeehan. He started the season working as assistant coach at Richmond (NCAA). He has worked there since 2004. He won Atlantic 10 Tournament championship title in 2011.

By Eurobasket Data Center



USA Open Men's Hoops Maccabiah Roster Revealed - by David Pick

The upcoming Maccabiah Games, also referred to as the "Jewish Olympics", are held every four years in Israel attracting the elite Jewish athletes from around the world. The 19th Maccabiah will be held July 2013.

New York Knicks star forward Amar'e Stoudamire will make a guest appearance, his second in Israel, after confirming his participation as the Assistant Coach for Canada's Men's Team.

Former NCAA Coach and current ESPN Analyst Seth Greenberg was assigned the Head Coaching position for the USA Open Men's Team, however, due to personal reasons, Greenberg stepped down as coach while older brother Brad Greenberg, a former General Manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, whose enjoying an outstanding coaching season leading Maccabi Haifa to Israel's No. 2 seed, elected to lead the Americans.

In Israel, Greenberg has exceeded all expectations and recently led Haifa to the state-cup finals, in addition to being selected to co-coach Team Foreigners in the Israeli All-Star Game. Greenberg will be associated by Ross Condon, Director of Operations at Pennsylvania State University. Condon previously served as an assistant coach at Boston University, and partnered with Greenberg at Radford University between the 2007-2009 seasons.

As for Greenberg's red-white-and-blue roster, although it isn't 100% confirmed, Eurobasket gives you the 12 draftees, likely to rep Team USA.

Zack Rosen, Point Guard (6'0, 24): In his debut season overseas, the former Penn star playmaker registers 6.3 points on 40% shooting from beyond the arc, 90% free throws, and 2 assists per game for Hapoel Holon of Israel's top division. Rosen is also a member of Team USA's 2009 Maccabiah gold medal squad.

Stu Douglass, Shooting Guard (6'3, 22): Douglass is a lights-out shooter for the Americans, stroking his way to a noteworthy rookie season in Spain's highly regarded second division for Planasa Navarra, netting 9.6 points on 43% 3-ball shooting, and over 90% from the charity stripe. He also records 1.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per.

Douglass played college ball at the University of Michigan where he served as co-captain during his Junior and Senior seasons, setting the record for most games played by any Michigan baller making 136 consecutive appearances. Last summer, Douglass was high on Greenberg, Haifa's recruiting radar as the team is likely to make a repeated run for the guard this offseason.

Mitchell Kates, Point Guard (6'2, 24): A Computer Science and Engineering Senior at MIT, Kates also played Varsity for school's NCAA Division III crew.

Kates currently hold MIT's All-Time records in assists and steals, and has been recognized for his stellar play on ESPN, Slam Magazine, Sports Illustrated, The Boston Globe and The New York Times. Last year, Kates played in and started all 31 games as a Junior, tailing 14.2 points, 5.4 assists and 2.3 steals per game. He returns to Israel after winning the 2005 Maccabiah with USA's U-16.

Evan Conti, Second Guard (6'3, 20): Conti is a high-energy Freshman guard for the Quinnipiac Bobcats. The Holy Cross High alumnus averaged nearly 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists per game as a senior, earning the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) First Team recognition. Conti was selected to New York City's Second Team by the New York Post and New York Daily News.

He registers 8.5 points, 4.4 boards and 2.3 dimes for the Bobcats this season. In 2009, Conti competed in and was named Most Valuable Player of the Maccabiah in Israel for the U-18 age group. His tournament-high came against the hosts where Conti dropped a game-high 36 points, 27 of them by half-time.

Bryan Cohen, Second Guard (6'4, 23): A former four-year starting guard at Bucknell University, Cohen earned Second Team All-Patriot League honors as a Senior, appearing in 33 games, posting averages of 6.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 dimes per.

Cohen, a three-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, became the only player in history to win the same major award three times. Furthermore, Cohen broke Bucknell's record with 130 career games played, and hasn't missed a match throughout his four collegiate seasons, toping retired Bucknell, European legend in point guard J.R. Holden.

Cohen played for Team USA in the 2009 Maccabiah Games in Israel under head coach Bruce Pearl, scoring in double figures in four-of-six games, helping to lead the U.S. to a gold medal. Cohen currently plays for Maccabi Haifa under coach Greenberg, averaging 0.8 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.3 assist per.

Danny Rubin, Second Guard (6'5, 21): Rubin is a Junior guard at Boston College. As a Sophomore, Rubin played in 19 games, averaging 1.9 points per in the ACC contests. In his first six games in Boston's maroon-and-gold, Rubin netted eight points on 16-for-32 shooting from the floor.

Alex Rosenberg, Forward (6'7, 21): Rosenberg is a hard-working sophomore forward at Columbia University, who resumes Maccabiah actions for a second time. His father, Marc, a two-time Maccabiah participant, played college hoops at Northeastern and Western New England College.

As a freshman, Rosenberg Jr. grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds in a win vs. Holy Cross. His best collegiate showing this season came in Colombia's blowout victory over Villanova, scoring a career-best 21 points, knocking down an impressive 11-14 free throws.

The New Jersey-born, averages 9.5 points, 4.3 boards and 2 dimes over 28 games, and is also childhood friend and four-year AAU pupil of Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star Point Guard Kyrie Irving.

Ben Carter, Power Forward (6'8, 18): Born in Tel Aviv to an American ball player and Israeli mother, Carter, a rare Israeli native on USA's lineup, plays power forward at Oregon University. Carter moved to Las Vegas at six-months-old, where he has successfully flourished his game.

Carter is a talented and smart offensive player, aggressive dunker and a polished finisher around the rim, who prefers facing up from midrange. He can step out to hit the three, although he is yet to attempt a 3-pointer for the Ducks. Carter's vertical leap isn't crazy, yet his timing and anticipation produce a respectable shot blocker.

Will Tashman, Forward (6'8, 21): Tashman recently completed a standout Senior year at MIT, leading the team both in scoring and rebounding with a respected double-double of 16.3 points and 10.8 boards nightly.

The California native received First Team All-District player honors, and is the third player in program history to be selected to the prestigious NABC All-Region squad.

Tashman became the first MIT player to reach a career milestone of 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, finishing among the Top-10 all-time at MIT in points (1,414), rebounds (1,023), field goal percentage (.541), free throw percentage (.740), assists (270) and blocks (82).

Isaac Rosefelt, a 27-year-old, 6-foot-8, six-year pro with experience from Portugal, Spain, France, and multiple seasons in Israel, currently with Bnei Herzliya, announced being unavailable this summer, despite Coach Greenberg expressing great desire to have the veteran big man on board.

Rosefelt will be replaced by Tim Carter, a 6-foot-8 Freshman forward at Western Wyoming Community College, and the brother of Ben Carter. Tim Started in 26-of-28 games for Western Wyoming this season, averaging 5 points and 3.7 boards in 16 minutes of action.

Eitan Chemerinski, Power Forward (6'8, unknown): Chemerinski emerged as one of the Ivy League's top offensive players down low, shooting 63 percent from the floor, ranking 2nd all-time in Cornell history. The Maryland native force completed his Senior season averaging 6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1 steals per contest, and has been eyed my multiple top division Israeli organizations.

Chemerinski posted double-digits in a series of games against Binghamton, Buffalo, Boston University and Delaware, registering 12.8 points, netting a noteworthy 22-of-29 from the floor.

Ex-Cornell center Jeff Foote, who underwent a brief stint with Israeli power Maccabi Tel Aviv, and now plays in Lithuania described the 218-pounder as an athletic big with good leaping ability, a nose for rebounding and a quick first step off the dribble. Foote also noted that his former teammate is an efficient shot blocker.

Jake Cohen, Power Forward/Center (6'10, 22): Davidson graduate Jake Cohen has been targeted by nearly every pro-team in Israel, including Maccabi Tel Aviv. Cohen is rumored to be playing at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, which is mobbed by Israeli agents.

At 6-foot-10, Cohen, the most exciting name on Team USA's roster, hasnt fully committed to join the tour and is expected to draw NBA interest this summer, particularly from the Charlotte Bobcats. Davidson College is located in Davidson, N.C., 19 miles north of Charlotte, allowing Bobcats officials to get a close-up look at Cohen these past couple of years.

Cohen, 22, was the two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year both his Junior and Senior seasons.

The Pennsylvania native joined Davidson in the 200910 season and quickly enrolled in the team's starting lineup. Averaging 13.3 points per game, Cohen become the first freshman to lead Davidson in scoring since the Golden State Warriors shooter Stephen Curry. Cohen upped his stats every season, concluding with 15 points, 5.2 boards and 1.5 assists over 35 showings for the Wildcats.

In his first taste of European hoops, Cohen represented Israel in the 2010 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship Division B in Austria, where he demolished opponents, finishing first in the competition in scoring (20), free throw percentage (87%), and drawn fouls (6.4), to which he added eight rebounds per game in 30 minutes of action.




Bruce Weber extends deal with Kansas State - by Eurobasket News

Bruce Weber has extended his stay with Kansas State basketball team. The head coach signed a one-year extension prolonging his deal through 2017/18 season. He also received an increase in his salary. Bruce Weber masterminded a 14-4 record for the Wildcats in Big 12 championship. They shared the title with archrivals Kansas. The Wildcats lost to La Salle in the NCAA tournament then. Bruce Weber was trumped Big 12 Coach of the Year.


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Lanus and Panamanian Jamal Levy won the first game - by Robert OConnell

Lanus Buenos Aires won by large against Brazilian Uniceub/BRB/Brasilia 77-49. It is one of the largest win of Lanus Buenos Aires who started winning the first quarter 19 -13. The second quarter was a little bit of the same and was also won by Lanus Buenos Aires 26-12 by half time Lanus Buenos Aires was winning 45-25. The third quarter was the worst for the Brazilian team who only scored 9 points against 29 of Lanus Buenos Aires. The fourth quarter was the only one won by Uniceub/BRB/Brasilia 15-8 but was too short to win the game. Panamanian power forward Jamaal Levy (206-C-83, college: Wake Forest) scored 7 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished one assist, the best of Lanus Buenos Aires was point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (187-PG-90) with 18 points and 5 assist. Wellington 'Tata' Santos (196-F-89) was the best for Uniceub/BRB/Brasilia with 14 points.


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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


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 29.3
 1. Dawson, Meralco29.3 
 2. Dunigan, Air21 E.25.8 
 3. Macklin, Barang.25.4 
 4. Balkman, Guaiqueri.25.0 
 5. Caguioa, Barang.22.8 
 6. Bowles, San M.21.9 
 7. Dozier, Alaska Aces21.4 
 8. David, Global Port21.3 
 9. Brock, Guayama21.2 
 10. Sundov, Rain o.21.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Petron B.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Williams, Petron B.18.2 
 2. Dozier, Alaska Aces17.4 
 3. Brock, Guayama16.0 
 4. Macklin, Barang.16.0 
 5. Dawson, Meralco15.7 
 6. Dunigan, Air21 E.15.5 
 7. Bowles, San M.14.8 
 8. Balkman, Guaiqueri.13.4 
 9. Harvey, Talk N Te.12.3 
 10. Sundov, Rain o.11.9 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Ross, Meralco8.7 
 2. Mercado, Global P.8.1 
 3. Tenorio, Barang.5.5 
 4. Cabagnot, Petron5.4 
 5. Urbiztondo, Barako5.3 
 6. Cortez, Air21 E.4.8 
 7. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.6 
 8. Casio, Alaska Aces4.3 
 9. Lee, Rain or Shine4.0 
 10. Villanueva, Barak.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Dawson, Meralco3.0 
 2. Tenorio, Barang.2.2 
 3. Balkman, Guaiqueri.2.0 
 4. Ross, Meralco1.8 
 5. Barroca, San M.1.8 
 6. Cortez, Air21 E.1.7 
 7. Brock, Guayama1.5 
 8. Urbiztondo, Barako1.4 
 9. Williams, Talk N.1.2 
 10. Castro, Talk N T.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Petron B.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Williams, Petron B.4.7 
 2. Dozier, Alaska Aces3.0 
 3. Balkman, Guaiqueri.2.7 
 4. Dawson, Meralco2.4 
 5. Dunigan, Air21 E.2.3 
 6. Bowles, San M.2.0 
 7. Aguilar, Global Po.1.9 
 8. Brock, Guayama1.4 
 9. Macklin, Barang.1.2 
 10. Fajardo, Petron B.1.0 


Jerome Jordan joins Talk N Text - by Eurobasket News

Talk N Text Tropang Texters (PBA) agreed terms with 27-year old Jamaican ex-international center Jerome Jordan (213-100kg-86, college: Tulsa). He just played at Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League) in the U.S.. In 18 games he had 11.6ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.4bpg this season. Jordan also played at Bighorns in D-League this season. In 23 games he recorded 12.7ppg, 8.0rpg and 2.5bpg. He was called during the season by the Memphis Grizzlies. Jordan was called during the season by the Houston Rockets. He was called during the season by the New York Knicks. The last season Jordan played at Erie Bay Hawks in D-League. In 8 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.6ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.5bpg.
Three years ago he was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) in second round (44th overall). Jordan attended University of Tulsa until 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team won Slovenian Supercup in 2012. Jordan was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Centrobasket 2nd Team in 2012. He represented Jamaica at the Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) last year. Jordan's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 10.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0apg, Blocks-2 (1.8bpg), FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 73.9%.
Jordan has played previously professionally in Serbia (Vrsac) and Slovenia (Krka).
On Jordan: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2010)
Has an ideal NBA center frame with tremendous dimensions including a huge (7-foot-6) wingspan on a 7-plus foot frame ... Players his size don't often have his agility. Solid in the open floor and has some leaping ability ... Shows nice touch for a bigman.
Does not appear to enjoy contact and lacks the tough demeanor that you want in a post player ... Lack of body strength becomes apparent when he meets contact
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By Eurobasket Data Center



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  POLAND   

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG20.4 
 2. Dloniak, Siarka J.20.2 
 3. McCauley, Polph.19.6 
 4. Wise, Rosa Radom17.4 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica15.7 
 6. Hosley, Stelmet ZG14.9 
 7. Blassingame, Cibona14.5 
 8. Dylewicz, Trefl So.14.3 
 9. Carter, Polpharma14.2 
 10. Rothbart, Start G.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicchaeus DOAKS
  Siarka J.
  (202-F-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Doaks, Siarka J.8.5 
 2. Adams, Rosa Radom8.2 
 3. Harris, AZS K.8.0 
 4. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.8 
 5. McCauley, Polph.7.8 
 6. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.5 
 7. Rothbart, Start G.7.5 
 8. Cel, PGE Turow7.4 
 9. Hrycaniuk, Valencia6.8 
 10. Borovnjak, Stelm.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Nic WISE
  Rosa Radom
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Wise, Rosa Radom7.0 
 2. Szubarga, Anwil6.0 
 3. Turner, Trefl Sopot6.0 
 4. Blassingame, Cibona5.4 
 5. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.4 
 6. Jefferson, Kotwica4.8 
 7. Koszarek, Stelm.4.8 
 8. Brandwein, Energa3.9 
 9. Carter, Polpharma3.7 
 10. Skibniewski, Inte.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.4 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG2.0 
 3. Jefferson, Kotwica1.8 
 4. Szubarga, Anwil1.7 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 6. Alexander, Siarka1.6 
 7. Koszarek, Stelm.1.4 
 8. Trice, Energa C.1.4 
 9. Majewski, Polph.1.3 
 10. Wise, Rosa Radom1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ty WALKER
  Kotwica
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Walker, Kotwica2.8 
 2. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.9 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.5 
 4. Kulig, PGE Turow1.4 
 5. Rothbart, Start G.1.2 
 6. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.2 
 7. Harris, AZS K.1.2 
 8. Doaks, Siarka J.1.0 
 9. Alexander, Siarka0.8 
 10. Lichodzijews., Po.0.7 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Mateusz BIERWAGEN
  Astori.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bierwagen, Astori.18.0 
 2. Celej, Start Lublin17.7 
 3. Pacocha, AZS Radex16.6 
 4. Kikowski, Slask W.15.4 
 5. Dluski, AZS Kutno15.3 
 6. Kukielka, Polonia14.9 
 7. Szymanski, Znicz B.14.8 
 8. Lewandowski, SKK14.6 
 9. Wilczek, Start Lub.14.5 
 10. Woloszyn, MKS D.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Adam METELSKI
  AZS P.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Metelski, AZS P.12.1 
 2. Wilczek, Start Lub.11.0 
 3. Dluski, AZS Kutno9.6 
 4. Zurawski, Stal O.8.9 
 5. Mielczarek, AZS R.7.7 
 6. Lisewski, P.Cuk.7.6 
 7. Hyzy, Slask W.7.5 
 8. Szymanski, Znicz B.7.2 
 9. Gabinski, Slask W.7.0 
 10. Luszczewski, Star.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  Start Lublin
  (189-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Wilczek, Start Lub.7.1 
 2. Hybiak, AZS P.6.0 
 3. Laczynski, MOSiR K.6.0 
 4. Grochowski, MKS D.5.9 
 5. Baran, Sokol Lanc.5.3 
 6. Szumelda-K., Stal4.9 
 7. Basinski, SKK S.4.9 
 8. Lewandowski, Astor.4.9 
 9. Pacocha, AZS Radex4.8 
 10. Brek, AZS Kutno4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Pawel HYBIAK
  AZS P.
  (173-PG-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hybiak, AZS P.2.5 
 2. Grochowski, MKS D.2.3 
 3. Lewandowski, Astor.2.3 
 4. Basinski, SKK S.2.1 
 5. Wilczek, Start Lub.2.0 
 6. Hyzy, Slask W.1.9 
 7. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.9 
 8. Flieger, Slask W.1.8 
 9. Laczynski, MOSiR K.1.8 
 10. Klima, Sokol Lanc.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dariusz WYKA
  Polonia
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Wyka, Polonia1.9 
 2. Lisewski, P.Cuk.1.4 
 3. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.4 
 4. Gabinski, Slask W.1.2 
 5. Fras, Astoria Bydg.1.1 
 6. Metelski, AZS P.1.1 
 7. Glabas, AZS Kutno1.1 
 8. Olejnik, Stal Ostr.1.0 
 9. Wrobel, UMKS K.1.0 
 10. Sobkowiak, AZS P.0.8 


2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lukasz NIESOBSKI
  Sudety
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Niesobski, Sudety20.2 
 2. Przyborowski, Pula.19.6 
 3. Grod, Notec19.3 
 4. Piotrkowski, AZS A.18.8 
 5. Pawlowski, Pogon P.18.1 
 6. Brembly, Trefl S.18.0 
 7. Krzeminski, Basket17.5 
 8. Niesobski, Sudety17.4 
 9. Nitsche, Asseco P.17.2 
 10. Zalucki, Korsarz17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jaroslaw PAWLOWSKI
  Pogon P.
  (194-F-80)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Pawlowski, Pogon P.10.5 
 2. Konsek, Korsarz10.0 
 3. Wojdyr, Wilki Mors.9.7 
 4. Kapturski, Pulask.9.7 
 5. Wysocki, Tur B.9.4 
 6. Mis, Handlopex AZS9.1 
 7. Cetnar, Rosa I.8.7 
 8. Grod, Notec8.6 
 9. Michalek, Basket P.8.4 
 10. Malona, Ksiezak8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dawid MIECZKOWSKI
  Pulask.
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 8.5
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