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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Standings

O Standings
 1 Satria Muda 12-4 
 2 Petron Blaze 10-3 
 3 KL Dragons 9-7 
 4 Thailand S. 6-10 
 5 Singapore S. 5-10 
 6 Saigon H. 3-11 

Regular Season: Round 14

Apr. 12: KL Dragons - Satria Muda 80-79
Apr. 10: Thailand S. - Satria Muda 74-83
Apr. 13: Petron Blaze - Singapore S.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Andrew James Ogilvy (ex Brose Bask.) agreed terms with Kings - by Eurobasket News

Sydney Kings (NBL) inked 25-year old former Australian international center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-113kg-88, college: Vanderbilt). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Irish passport. Ogilvy started the season at Brose Baskets Bamberg in German BBL league. In 5 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0bpg this season. He also played 15 games in Euroleague where he averaged 3.9ppg and 1.7rpg. The last season Ogilvy played at Valencia Basket (ACB) in Spanish league. In 26 games he averaged 4.8ppg and 2.3rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Ogilvy also played 8 games in Eurocup where he averaged 9.5ppg and 3.3rpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Besiktas (TBL) in Turkish league. In 30 games he averaged 12.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1bpg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Ogilvy also played 8 games in Eurocup where he averaged 10.9ppg and 5.8rpg.
His team was regular season runner-up in SEC East Division in 2010.
Ogilvy was also a member of Australian international program for some years. He played for Australian Senior National Team between 2008 and 2011 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2007. Ogilvy also represented Australia at the Oceania Championships four years ago. His team won Gold but his stats at that event were not that impressive as he did not score anything.
Ogilvy has played also professionally in Australia (Australian Institute Sport).
He attended Vanderbilt University until 2010 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



New Zealand win historic third consecutive NBL Championship - by Eurobasket News

The New Zealand Breakers have claimed a third consecutive NBL Championship, producing a gutsy road performance to win Game Two of the 2012/13 iiNet National Basketball League Grand Final Series tonight at Perth Arena. Coming off a strong Game One performance, the Breakers proved why they are the best road team in the competition, wrapping up the game and series 2-0 with a 70-66 win over the Perth Wildcats. In a game worthy of deciding any NBL Championship, it was a tight opening half with the Wildcats feeding off the capacity 12,500 crowd crammed into Perth Arena. In a performance indicative of their ability to grind out a result, the Breakers silenced the fanatical home support with a 25-14 third quarter that saw the lead stretch beyond double figures. With their season on the line, Perth mounted an almighty comeback, getting within one point with less than 30 seconds remaining on the back of two clutch free throws from Greg Hire. As the Perth crowd pushed the Wildcats towards a remarkable come-from-behind victory it was none other than CJ Bruton who would have the final say. The man who led the Breakers to the 2012 NBL title was again on hand to close out the season, draining two late free throws to ice the win. Capping off a remarkable 2012/13 NBL season, New Zealands star import Cedric Jackson (191-G-86, college: Cleveland St.) was named NBL Grand Final MVP. The Breakers historic three-peat puts them in the conversation of all-time best NBL teams, becoming just the second team to achieve the feat joining the Sydney Kings of 2003 to 2005. Coach Andrej Lemanis also joins elite company, with the legendary Brian Goorjian as the only coach to oversee three consecutive NBL titles. After tipping off the season with a loss to the Wildcats at home, the Breakers were quickly back to their dominant best, 24 of their next 27 games including a 16-game winning streak to secure a third-straight minor premiership. Consecutive series sweeps of Sydney and Perth, including two massive road wins, ensured Auckland would again be the home of the NBL Championship trophy. Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Kristina Keneally congratulated the Breakers on another outstanding season. What we have witnessed from the New Zealand Breakers not only this season, but over the past three seasons has been nothing short of remarkable, Ms Keneally said. To win an NBL Championship takes an amazing amount of effort, dedication and desire to win three consecutive NBL Championships is testament to the hunger for success of all involved at the New Zealand Breakers. Congratulations to Andrej Lemanis, his coaching staff and players, owner Paul Blackwell and the Breakers organisation on another brilliant season.
Courtesy of: nbl.com.au



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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 16

Apr. 11: Muharraq - Al Ittihad 96-59
Apr. 10: Al Manama - Nuwaidrat 87-59
Apr. 10: Samaheej - Sitra 75-94
Apr. 9: Bahrain Club - Hidd 73-68
Apr. 11: Al Hala - Al Ahli 64-79
Apr. 9: Al Najma - Issa Town 59-75

Regular Season: Round 17

Apr. 13: Issa Town - Nuwaidrat
Apr. 13: Sitra - Al Najma
Apr. 14: Al Najma - Muharraq
Apr. 14: Al Manama - Hidd
Apr. 15: Al Ahli - Samaheej
Apr. 15: Al Ittihad - Al Hala


Premier League Round 16: Al Ahli beats Al Hala in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Muharraq. Second ranked Al Ahli faced 4th ranked Al Hala. Guests from Manama (13-3) defeated host Al Hala (11-5) 79-64. Al Ahli maintains second position with 13-3 record behind leader Al Manama, which they share with Muharraq. Defending champion Al Hala keeps the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Sitra. Al Ahli's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Manama Samaheej.
Leader Al Manama delivered the fourteenth win. This time they crushed 7th ranked Nuwaidrat (8-8) 87-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Nuwaidrat. Al Manama (14-2) have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Nuwaidrat at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. Al Manama will play against Hidd (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Nuwaidrat will play against Issa Town and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Samaheej (0-16) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 94-75 loss to fifth ranked Sitra (11-5) in Manama on Wednesday evening. Sitra moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Al Hala. Newly promoted Samaheej still closes the standings. Sitra will meet at home Al Najma (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Samaheej will play against the league's second-placed Al Ahli in Manama and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Al Muharraq. Local Muharraq (13-3) outscored 10th ranked Al Ittihad (3-13) 96-59. Muharraq have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Al Ahli. Al Ittihad at the other side keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Muharraq's next round opponent will be Al Najma (#10) in Manama and are hoping to win another game. Al Ittihad will play at home against Al Hala in Muharraq.

In the last two games of round 16 Issa Town defeated Al Najma in a road game 75-59. Bahrain Club beat Hidd at home 73-68.


Al Hala - Al Ahli 64-79

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Muharraq. Second ranked Al Ahli faced 4th ranked Al Hala. Guests from Manama (13-3) defeated host Al Hala (11-5) 79-64. Al Ahli maintains second position with 13-3 record behind leader Al Manama, which they share with Muharraq. Defending champion Al Hala keeps the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Sitra. Al Ahli's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Manama Samaheej.
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Muharraq - Al Ittihad 96-59

The game with biggest result difference took place in Al Muharraq. Local Muharraq (13-3) outscored 10th ranked Al Ittihad (3-13) 96-59. Muharraq have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Al Ahli. Al Ittihad at the other side keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Muharraq's next round opponent will be Al Najma (#10) in Manama and are hoping to win another game. Al Ittihad will play at home against Al Hala in Muharraq.
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Samaheej - Sitra 75-94

Bottom-ranked Samaheej (0-16) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 94-75 loss to fifth ranked Sitra (11-5) in Manama on Wednesday evening. Sitra moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Al Hala. Newly promoted Samaheej still closes the standings. Sitra will meet at home Al Najma (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Samaheej will play against the league's second-placed Al Ahli in Manama and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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Al Manama - Nuwaidrat 87-59

Leader Al Manama delivered the fourteenth win. This time they crushed 7th ranked Nuwaidrat (8-8) 87-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Nuwaidrat. Al Manama (14-2) have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Nuwaidrat at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. Al Manama will play against Hidd (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Nuwaidrat will play against Issa Town and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Al Najma - Issa Town 59-75

There was no surprise in Manama where 10th ranked Al Najma (3-13) was defeated by sixth ranked Issa Town (9-7) 75-59. Issa Town have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 9-7 record. Al Najma lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 13 games lost. Issa Town's next round opponent will be Nuwaidrat (#7) at home. Al Najma will play against Muharraq in Al Muharraq.
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Bahrain Club - Hidd 73-68

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Manama where ninth ranked Bahrain Club (5-11) defeated 8th ranked Hidd (6-10) 73-68. Bahrain Club maintains ninth position with 5-11 record. Newly promoted Hidd keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. Bahrain Club will have a break next round.
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  BELARUS   


Short interview with Ruslan Baidakov (coach of Rubon) - by Valeryi Sobalevsky


S.V. Good morning! I would like to talk about regular season in Belarus basketball league. How would you evaluate the results of Rubon?
Ruslan Baidakov . We showed a good result, considering our problems.
S.V. What problems, for example?
Ruslan Baidakov . We have got the same problems every year. We have the lowest budget of all basketball teams including women's league.
And we have no opportunity to practice in a gym. For a professional team it is a nonsense.
The low temperature is a problem too. Players are getting ill. I remember one training, when there were only 3-4 persons coming. And we lose leading players.
S.V. Given all the problems, you are showing pretty good results.
Ruslan Baidakov . Yes, we have been fighting year by year, we give the result. We tried for the sake of our fans, they deserve better than what we can give them at the moment. Our fans are the best there is nothing like that anywhere. I thank them very much for their support
S.V You won home game against Sozh 92-73, but you lost 77-95 three days later in back-to-back game
Ruslan Baidakov . Yes, in our home game we were on fire and showed good moments execution 52% 2pt and 50% 3pt). In Gomel we had c ertain problems with our roster, E. Ivanov was missing the game due to minor injury.
S.V Whom would you point of your team?
Ruslan Baidakov . I wouldn't do that we have a team play
S.V. What were you missing in a home game against Svisloch?
Ruslan Baidakov . We lost the glass 25 rebounds against 49 rebounds. It's about extra 15 shots what as a result influenced the final score And our shooting performance was worse, both in the game and by the free-throw line
S.V. As far as I know Svisloch signed new players
Ruslan Baidakov . Yes. They have got some new players. We lost few players. We have a really short bench and not deep squad. We require from the young guys of 18-19 to play at once as MVP in crucial and key moments of the games but you see it is not real.
We have to do miracles and demostarate a decent result
Anyways we have a fighting mood and we hope to show solid basketball
S.V. In spite of all problems the Vitebsk fans stick around Rubon. I know it.
Ruslan Baidakov I thank them all and well try to meet the expectations of fans.
S.V. Thanks for interview



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Oostende 17-7 
 2. Spirou 15-8 
 3. M.Hainaut 15-9 
 4. Aalstar 14-9 
 5. Antwerp 13-10 
 6. Leuven 8-14 
 7. Liege 7-17 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 4-19 

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 12: Oostende - Spirou 80-79
Apr. 12: M.Hainaut - Liege 74-60
Apr. 13: Antwerp - Verviers-Pep.
Apr. 13: Aalstar - Leuven



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. Flamengo 30-4 
 2. Brasilia 26-7 
 3. Bauru 24-10 
 4. Uberlandia 23-9 
 5. Pinheiros/Sky 22-11 
 6. S.Jose/Unimed 20-14 
 7. Basquete Cearense 17-16 
 8. Paulistano 17-17 
 9. Minas 16-18 
 10. Limeira 15-19 
 11. Liga Sorocaba 15-19 
 12. Palmeiras 12-22 
 13. Franca 11-8 
 14. Mogi das Cruzes 11-23 
 15. Joinville 11-23 
 16. Vila Velha 10-22 
 17. Tijuca TC 6-28 
 18. Suzano 4-30 

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 64-77

Round 29

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

Round 30

Apr. 11: Franca - Pinheiros/Sky 72-67

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. 13: Basquete Cearense - Vila Velha



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  CHINA   


Solomon Jones (ex Liaoning H.) joins The Knicks - by Eurobasket News

New York Knicks agreed terms with 29-year old power forward Solomon Jones (208-111kg-84, college: S.Florida, agency: Priority Sports). He just played at Liaoning Jiebao Hunters in Chinese CBA league. In 19 games he had very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 10.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg and 1.9bpg this season. Jones also spent pre-season at the Suns earlier that year. The most of last season he spent at the Hornets. In 11 games he recorded 5.5ppg and 3.7rpg. The other team Jones played that season for were the Clippers. But in 10 games he recorded only 0.6ppg and 1.7rpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at the Pacers. In 39 games he recorded 3.6ppg and 2.9rpg.
Jones has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2006 Kansas Cagerz selected him in third round (19th overall) in the USBL draft.
The former University of South Florida standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball.
Jones has played previously for three other NBA teams: Atlanta Hawks, LA Clippers and Indiana Pacers.
On Jones: Very fluid athlete who runs the court exceptionally well ... His speed running the floor is very good for a 6-10 player ... Has very nice touch on his shot from 15 feet and in ... Face up jump shot is good ...
Lacks great basketball instincts and post fundamentals ..
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By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nbatransactions)



Foreigner/Newcomer of the Year? - by Alex Yam

This season brought some new and old surprises, Guangdong reclaimed their glory days with their new coach, Jonas Kazlauskas, and superstar Yi Jianlian returned to capture yet another CBA title, but arguably the biggest surprise this year was the emergence of the Shangdong Flaming Bulls team, as they were led by arguably the top player in the league, and CBA newcomer Pooh Jeter, who teamed with Zaid Abbas, and Jackson Vroman, to lead Shangdong all the way to the CBA finals, and along they way, swept Stephon Marbury and defending champion, Beijing.

Jeter, who has NBA level talent, averaged 24.9 ppg and 5.1 assists, while shooting 38% from 3 and 51% from 2, and over 80% from the stripe, his ability to play both guard positions made him invaluable to Shangdong, and any other team looking for a player with a winning mentality and a skill set to match. Jeter looks to have a bright future in the CBA. MVP almost always goes to a domestic player, but in this case, Jeter makes a strong argument for foreign MVP in the 2012-13 CBA season.



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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

DPB Standings
 1. Bambuqueros 19-8 
 2. Bucaros 19-8 
 3. Once Caldas 16-11 
 4. Piratas 15-12 
 5. Academia 14-13 
 6. Aguilas 11-16 
 7. Caribbean Heat 9-18 
 8. Halcones 5-22 

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 12: Bambuqueros - Piratas 99-88
Apr. 12: Once Caldas - Bucaros 88-89
Apr. 12: Halcones - Academia 81-61
Apr. 12: Caribbean Heat - Aguilas 80-88

Regular Season: Round 28

Apr. 13: Once Caldas - Bucaros
Apr. 13: Bambuqueros - Piratas
Apr. 13: Halcones - Academia
Apr. 13: Caribbean Heat - Aguilas



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  COSTA RICA   

Standings - D1

LBS Standings
 1. Sanatura-Escazu 2-0 
 2. Barva 1-0 
 3. Coopenae-USJ 1-1 
 4. Grecia 1-1 
 5. Grupo Babel 0-1 
 6. Limon 0-2 



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Second Games of Quarterfinal Series - by Eurobasket News

FCB Regal - Panathinaikos 65-66
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) and Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) 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 top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Michael Bramos netted 13. Dimitris Diamantidis delivered 10, while Stephane Lasme had 9. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) ended up with 20 points for the home side and Alejandro Abrines added 10. Erazem Lorbek brought 7, whilst Ante Tomic and Victor Sada notched 6.

Olympiacos - Anadolu Efes 71-53
Olympiacos registered the second straight win over Anadolu Efes at the EuroLeague quarterfinal series. The Reds stunned the Turkish team in Piraeus tonight to take 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 15 points, 8 assists and 4 boards to pace the winners. Olympiacos found themselves trailing by two points after the intense first quarter 14:16. But the hosts picked up the tempo in the second frame. Olympiacos went on a 21:10 run in the period to gain a 35:26 halftime lead. Olympiacos maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 12 points 52:40. Pero Antic gave the home team a 62:41 lead early in the fourth frame and they cruised to the victory at the end. Kyle Hines (198-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 12 points, while Pero Antic added 11 points for the winning side. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) answered with 13 points and 14 boards for Anadolu Efes. Stanko Barac had 9 points in the loss.

CSKA - Caja Laboral 90-68
CSKA made it look easy as they cruised to the comfortable home win over Caja Laboral in the second game of the EuroLeague quarterfinal series. CSKA are now heading to Spain with a comfortable 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Caja Laboral secured a strong start to the game. The Vitoria team went on a 26:20 run in the first quarter. But CSKA quickly stopped the rot. The hosts adjusted defensively and limited their opponents to just 11 points in the next ten minutes. CSKA ensured a 44:37 halftime advantage. More to come in the third term as CSKA stated their dominance. The home side rallied to a massive 69:50 lead at the final intermission. Caja Laboral struggled to get any closer throughout the fourth frame. CSKA coasted in the fourth frame and deservedly posted another win in the series. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83), Zoran Erceg (210-PF-85) and Sasha Kaun delivered 16 points each for CSKA. Teodosic added 14 points and 7 assists for the winners. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) answered with 19 points and 6 boards for Caja Laboral. Fernando San Emeterio had 13 points in the loss.

Real Madrid - Maccabi T-A 75-63
Real made a huge step towards EuroLeague semifinals following the second straight home win over Maccabi. Real earned a comfortable victory in Madrid tonight to secure 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Sergio Llull (192-SG-87) came up with 26 points to pace the Spaniards. Real dominated from start to finish. They established an 18:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Real extended their lead in the second frame. They accumulated a 36:28 halftime buffer. The hosts stretched the gap in the third frame. Real accounted for a 56:46 lead with ten minutes remaining. Real did not slow down in the fourth stanza and completed a well-deserved win at the end. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 14 points, while Nikola Mirotic had 10 points and 7 rebounds in the winning effort. David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) answered with 19 points for Maccabi. Shawn James posted 13 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.



Gist doubtful for the game against Barcelona - by Giorgos Diploidis

After returning from Barcelona where Panathinaikos Athens beat the local team once in two games for the play offs of Euroleague a serious problem appeared for the medical stuff of thr club. James Gist (205-F-86) complained for an injury problem and the medical results proved that he has a serious problem in his tenton. He will follow recovery program for the next days and is doubtful tor the third game in the series with Barcelona which will held in Athens the next Tuesday (16/04).

The most probable is to not be available and this will be a crusial problem for Argiris Pedoulakis The American player was vital so far in the two games againt the squad of Xavier Pascual (agency: INVICTUS Sports Group )



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 23-8 
 2. Evreux 22-9 
 3. Chalons-Reims 20-11 
 4. Le Portel 20-11 
 5. Boulogne 19-12 
 6. Fos Ouest 19-12 
 7. Antibes 18-12 
 8. Rouen 18-13 
 9. Bourg 16-14 
 10. Maurienne 16-15 
 11. Lille 16-15 
 12. Hyeres-Toulon 14-17 
 13. St Quentin 13-18 
 14. Denain 12-19 
 15. Nantes 10-20 
 16. St Vallier 9-21 
 17. Bordeaux 7-24 
 18. Charleville 5-26 

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 12: Le Portel - Chalons-Reims 85-71
Apr. 12: Maurienne - Boulogne 81-80
Apr. 12: Lille - St Quentin 81-66
Apr. 12: Denain - Evreux 74-70
Apr. 12: Bordeaux - Hyeres-Toulon 64-86
Apr. 12: Charleville - Fos Ouest 55-76
Apr. 12: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Rouen 100-62
Apr. 13: Bourg - Antibes
Apr. 13: St Vallier - Nantes



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  GAMBIA   


All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News

The Gambia will stage its first 'All-Star Basketball Game' in recent memory, comprising of the national league's best 24 players, on Saturday at the Independence Stadium Court in Bakau. The event is being organised by the Gambia Basketball Association.
An all-star game is an exhibition game played by the best players in their sports league, except in the circumstances of professional sports systems in which a democratic voting system is used. The players are often chosen by a popular vote of fans of the sport and the game often occurs at the halfway point of the regular season, although this is not the case for some all-star games (such as the Pro Bowl). The method of choosing teams varies, but the selection is usually based upon geographical situation of the clubs or the nationalities of the players involved.
In the United States of America, which is more familiar to an All-Star Game, the exhibition is hosted annually by the National Basketball Association (NBA), matching the league's star players from the Eastern Conference against their counterparts from the Western Conference. The idea of holding an All-Star Game was conceived during a meeting between NBA President Maurice Podoloff, NBA publicity director Haskell Cohen and Boston Celtics owner Walter A. Brown. At that time, the basketball world had just been stunned by the college basketball point-shaving scandal in 1950-1951.
The Gambian game as Observer Sports learnt will be dubbed "The Thank You Game", the Association's way of expressing gratitude to those who made a first national league after an eight-year hiatus successful.
This development was revealed by the president of the Gambia Basketball Association, Muhammed Papa Njie, who was speaking on West Coast Radio's Monday Night Show, Sports File. But unlike in the United States of America where fans select their best team, the Gambian team was selected by the match officials based on the player statistics provided from the first round of the season.
His words: "What we did was, we went through the statistics and chose the best 24 players. These [players] are future national team players and this is a starting process where we will start to groom a national team. So we have decided to take a 24-man team and divide them into two groups to compete against other. What we try to do at the Basketball Association is, for us to have one big family. The motto is to compete fairly but fiercely. Compete fiercely among ourselves but fairly and in order to promote that, that's the reason we have decided to bring everybody together. The referees actually did the selection, not us [the executive] and they did the division of the players. They are not based on club lines, [but] basically on height and the position you play. So it's different, we are coming in with a very different way."
Papa Njie explained that the players in the All-Star team were predictably dominated by those playing in the teams occupying the top four positions in the standings. But there was still places in the team for a couple more players who had incredible seasons up to date despite their teams poor campaign.
"The [top] four teams [in the league] will dominate the selection. We might have one or two teams that are not [amongst] the top but individually they have very good players. Really we based the selection on statistics because I think that's the way we should be going now. We don't look at the player and say he is a star or he was once a star [so therefore] we should select him. No, you have to perform on the court and you have to play regular games. I think that is what is lacking in most disciplines. We believe in performance and that's why we decided to get the referees because they are present in every game and we used the statistics to do the selection," he remarked.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Highest League Standing

Superleague Standings
 1. Olimpi 16-3 
 2. MIA Academy 16-3 
 3. Armia 14-5 
 4. Rustavi 14-6 
 5. Dinamo Tbilisi 12-7 
 6. Kutaisi 12-8 
 7. Sokhumi 9-11 
 8. TSU Tbilisi 6-14 
 9. Batumi 5-15 
 10. Samedicino 2-17 
 11. STU Tbilisi 1-18 

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 12: Kutaisi - Sokhumi 87-76
Apr. 12: Rustavi - Batumi 84-73
Apr. 13: Olimpi - Armia
Apr. 13: Dinamo Tbilisi - STU Tbilisi
Apr. 13: MIA Academy - Samedicino



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ProA Round 4 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Cuxhaven - Karlsruhe 75-91
Karlsruhe won over Cuxhaven 91:75.
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NBC - Duesseldorf 66-75

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But NBC won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Duesseldorf Baskets won last quarter 24-17. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Chris Gadley (207-87, college: Canisius) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and naturalized Croatian guard Marin Petric (190-80) who added 16 points during the contest. At the losing side swingman Cornelius Adler (195-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and naturalized Russian forward Nikita Khartchenkov (200-87) scored 15 points (made all of his seven free throws). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
NBC: N.Khartchenkov 15+4reb+1ast, C.Adler 12+12reb, Z.Nixon 11+5reb+3ast, R.Thompson 8+3reb+1ast, S.Schroeder 8+1reb+1ast, L.Fabrizius 3
Duesseldorf: C.Gadley 24+12reb+2ast, M.Petric 16+4reb, M.Liyanage 9+1reb, A.Waleskowski 7+2reb+1ast, G.Johnson 6+5reb+2ast, P.Flomo 6
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Jena - Goettingen 86-85

BG Goettingen was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 28-24 charge of Science City Jena, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 19 BG Goettingen turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import point guard Garrett Sim (185-90, college: Oregon) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Science City Jena players scored in double figures. Bermudas-British swingman Sullivan Phillips (198-79, college: Wash.Adventist) replied with 27 points and 5 assists (perfect from downtown making all five shots) and guard Marco Grimaldi (188-83) added 17 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) in the effort for BG Goettingen.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: S.Phillips 27+4reb+5ast, M.Grimaldi 17+10reb+3ast, B.Davis 10+5reb+2ast, A.Hitchens 7+1reb+3ast, A.Vargas 7+2reb+1ast, P.Guede 6+2reb
Jena: K.Barker 20+6reb+5ast, G.Sim 14+1reb+4ast, L.Jeka 13+2reb+3ast, C.Roquette 12+3reb, A.Adomaitis 7+4reb+1ast, T.Schwartz 7+3reb
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Dennis Schroeder Picks Up 2 Beko BBL Awards - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The basketball life of German Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) couldnt be better at the moment. The 19 year old 181cm guard found out a few days ago that he will be allowed to travel to Portland to take part in the Nike Hopp Summit game to play with the best young players of Europe against the best of the United States. If he plays well here, he may have that golden ticket to the NBA faster than he can penetrate to the hoop. He also learned today that he had been awarded with two Beko BBL awards. The German palyer was named best young German player under 24 years and also was named most improved player. Schroeder who is averaging 12 points a game also was the youngest German player to ever take part in a Beko BBL allstar game. Last season Brose Baskets Bamberg center Maik Zirbes was honoured with the same two awards.

Source: Beko BBL



Ahamd Smith (NBC) We Have To Expect Duesseldorf To Be Very Motivated Because Their Season is On The Line - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ahmad Smith (194-G-84, agency: LUMANI 10.7, college: St.Bonaventure) is a 28 year old 194cm guard from Virginia that is playing his first season for the NBC of the German PRO A. He started the season with Gotha, but left the team and came to NBC in January 2013. He played at St.Bonaventure (NCAA) from 2002-2006 and in his senior year played 28 games: ScoreA10-8 (14.2ppg), RebA10-10 (6.2rpg), AssistsA10-9 (3.5apg), FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 59.8%. In 2006-2007, he played for Mardyke UCC Demons Cork (Ireland-SuperLeague): 9 games: 18.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.2apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 60.8%. In 2007-2008, he played for SVD 49 Dortmund (Regionalliga): 6 games: 30.2ppg. In 2008-2009, he played for : BSV Wulfen (Germany-Regionalliga) 23.5ppg, 10.1rpg, 6.0apg, 3PT: 35.2%. In 2009-2010, he played for Hertener Loewen (Germany-ProB)29 games: 18.2ppg, Reb-2 (8.7rpg), Assists-1 (7.1apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 69.5%. In 2010-2011, he played for s Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-ProA): left before the season started, then moved to SVD 49 Dortmund (Germany-Regionalliga): 6 games: 12.8ppg, waived in Nov.'10, in Jan.'11 signed at Nuernberger Basketball Club (Germany-ProB, starting five): 15 games: 8.3ppg, 6.8rpg, Assists-1 (7.1apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 69.1%. Last season for the Kichheim Knights he played 35 games: 9.9ppg, 6.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.7apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 62.0% He spoke to eurobasket before game 4 against the Duesseldorf Baskets

Congrats on the 76-70 win in game three for the 2-1 NBC series lead. How did the team stay together after the game one loss and regroup so well?

We made some adjustments on defense that has really helped us.

There were even less fans at game three with 390 persons. Does the atmospher like this sometimes feel like a badly filled high school game. Does that at times annoy you as a professional player?

It could be tough but its the playoffs and were motivated no matter how many fans we play in front of.


Duesseldorf had the slim 53-50 lead after three quarters. NBC poured in 26 points in the fourth quarter. What was key for the win?

We executed our offense well in the fourth quarter and got open shots.


NBC won the rebound duel again. NBC seems to have the number of Duesseldorf on the boards now. Has NBC continued to do extra rebound drills the last days in preparation?

Everyone has been committed to rebounding every possession. We knew that would be a key for this series.


You had 21 points and 10 rebounds numbers of a big man. How happy were you with your own performance?

I thought I played well most importantly we won the game.


Nikita Khartchenkov has really been a big factor in the last two games. How key has his play been for the team having the 2-1 series lead?

Nikita is a great offensive player who could go off for 30 any night. So having him on the court is always a problem and focus for the defense.


NBC can wrap up the series on Friday in game four at home. I am sure NBC doesnt want to make it as exciting as the game two buzzer beater. What will be key in getting the game four win?

Continue to rebound and play solid defense every possession. We have to expect Duessldorf to be very motivated because their season is on the line.


Now that the NCAA tournament is history, what Sports competition will you focus on?

NBA playoffs

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Olympus Has Fallen

Thanks Ahmad for the chat.




Martin Ides (NBC) We Have Shown Will And Desire To Fight And Lay Everything On The Line - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Martin Ides is a 33 year old 217cm head coach and has the German and Czech Republic citizenship that is coaching NBC. He played at Davidson (NCAA) from 1998-2002. He then started his professional basketball career for BK GA Nymburk. He then got valuable experience playing in countries like France, Sweden, Spain, Poland and Greece before coming to Germany in 2008 where he played for the Mitteldeutscher BC (Germany-ProA, starting five): 29 games: 8.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 46.7%, FT: 79.2%. He finished his basketball career for NBC playing there from 2009-2012 playing a total of 81 games. NBC is leading the playoff series against the Duesseldorf Baskets 2-1 and he spoke with eurobasket before game four in Nurnberg.

Congrats on the 76-70 win in game 3 against the Duesseldorf Baskets. It has been an extremly hard fought series. How fortunate can you say is the team leading 2-1 in games?

YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, MILES. VERY TOUGH AND PHYSICAL SERIES. BUT THAT IS THE WAY PLAYOFFS SHOULD BE. WE CAME INTO THE SERIES AS AN UNDERDOG AND WE RESPECT DUSSELDORFS ROSTER QUALITY. ON THE OTHER HAND WE DIDN'T REACH THE PLAYOFFS TO BE HAPPY WITH ONE WIN. WE WANT TO WIN THIS SERIES AND IN ORDER TO DO THAT WE HAD TO WIN A GAME AWAY FROM NURNBERG.

How difficult was the bus ride after the game one loss? You seemed in good spirits after the loss. It seems that the better rebounding in this series has been key for NBC?

WE LOST, BUT I FEEL LIKE LATELY WE HAVE BEEN A TEAM THAT LEARNS FROM ITS MISTAKES. WE CAME BACK FROM BEING DOWN 21 POINTS IN THE 1ST HALF. THE TEAM SHOWED ITS WILL AND DESIRE TO FIGHT AND LAY EVERYTHING ON THE LINE. I THINK IT SHOWED US A WAY FOR THE UPCOMING GAMES. THE REBOUNDING IS HUGE FOR US, BECAUSE DUSSELDORF STRENGTH UNDER THE BASKET IS ABSOLUTELY THE BEST IN THE PRO A. BUT WE ARE PLAYING WITH AMAZING AMOUNT OF HEART AND WE ARE NOT AFRAID TO LAY OUR BODY ON THE LINE AND GET HIT.

NBC was traling 53-50 after three quarters, but poured in 26 points in the fourth quarter. What was key for getting the win in game three?

WE WENT BACK TO OUR GAME PLAN THAT WORKED IN THE FIRST QUARTER, PLAYED TOGETHER, MOVED THE BALL AND IMPROVED OUR SHOT SELECTION.

Zamal Nixon has been contained pretty well in this series. How important has been the emergence of Nikita Khartchenkov in the last two games?

The fact that Zamal is not scoring his usual amount of points does not mean he is contained. He does a great job of using his physical ability to get other guys on our team shots when the defense concentrates on him. Nikita's outside shooting has been a huge part of our game plan. He does not miss when he is open.


Mr triple double Ahmad Smith had big man stats in game three with 21 points and 10 rebounds. How important has been his help under the boards. The game might have turned out differently without his services in game three?

OUR BIG GUYS ARE DOING A GREAT JOB CONTAINING DUSSELDORFS INSIDE PRESENCE, BUT WE TALKED ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO REBOUND WITH 5 PLAYERS ON THE DEFENSIVE GLASS. AHMAD IS THE BEST REBOUNDING GUARD IN THE LEAGUE AND WE MUST HAVE HIS AND OTHER GUARDS REBOUNDING TO BE SUCCESSFULL IN THIS SERIES.

NBC can wrap up the series in game four Friday at home. Both teams know each other in and out now. What is key in a game like this where it is do or die for Duesseldorf. Is heart and effort the biggest keys?

WE HAVE SHOWED WE HAVE A HUGE HEART, WE PLAY WITH EFFORT AND IF WE PLAY DISCIPLINED I LIKE OUR CHANCES.


How much fun has it been battling head coach Murat Didin? You as a rookie coach have seen all kinds of coaches in the PRO A. Do you sometimes gather tricks form more experienced coaches?

OF COURSE. EVERY GAME IS A LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR ME. I DON'T THINK I CAN BECOME A GOOD COACH WITHOUT IT.


You are from Ostrava. Did you ever get any tips from Kamil Novak on the court when he visited home back in the day?

I WAS FORTUNATE TO PLAY TOGETHER WITH KAMIL FOR THE CZECH NATIONAL TEAM AT THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN FRANCE IN 1999. I WAS A ROOKIE AND TRIED TO LEARN ALL POSSIBLE FROM HIM AND REST OF THE TEAM. IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE PLAYING AGAINST GUYS LIKE SABONIS, KUKOC, NOWITZKI.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

TO BE HONEST I DON'T EVEN REMEMBER THE LAST DVD I SAW. NOT MUCH TIME THESE DAYS.


Thanks Martin for the chat.




Adam Waleskowski (Duesseldorf Baskets) We Have To Limit Our Mistakes And Realize Its Time To Win or Go Home - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Adam Waleskowski (204-F-82, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Florida St.) is a 30 year old 203cm power forward that was born in Cape Girardeau in the United States that also ha sthe German citizenship. This season he is playing for the Duesseldorf Baskets in the Pro A. . He played at Florida St. (NCAA) from 2001-2005. He played at Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (Germany-2.Bundesliga) from 2005-2007, but in the second half of the 2006-2007 season moved to Etendard de Brest (France-ProB, starting five): 18 games: 14.2ppg, Reb-3 (8.3), 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 75.0%. In 2007, he recieved the German Citizenship and played for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB, starting five): 26 games: 14.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 70.6%. In 2008-2009, he played for JSF Nanterre (France-ProB), French League: 7 games: 7.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.5%, FT: 37.5%; left in Nov.'08, in Jan.'09 moved to Achilleas Kaimakliou (Cyprus-Division A, starting five): 11pts, 17reb, 1ast, 1steal, in April '09 signed at Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProA): 4 games: 4.8ppg. In 2009-2010 he played for Achilleas Kaimakliou (Cyprus-Division A). In 2010-2011, he played for BG Goettingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga): EuroCup: 8 games: 3.6ppg, 2.1rpg, left in Feb. '11; German League: 20 games: 8.1ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 76.7% Last season, he played for Pizza Express Apollon (Cyprus-Division A): 7 games: 6.4ppg, left in Dec.'11, in Mar.'12 moved to Astrum Levice (Czech Rep.-NBL): 9 games: 10.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.6%, FT: 76.5%; played also at Onyx Levice (Slovakia-Extraliga): 4 games: 4.3ppg He spoke to eurobasket before game 4 against NBC.

Duesseldorf could of swept the series after winning game one, losing on a tip in game two and by six points in game three? How frustrating have the results of the last two games been for the club?

The results of the last 2 games have been really frustrating but we can't give up fighting. We know that we can play better basketball and now have to show it more than ever.


The Duesseldorf Baskets lost game two 76-70. Duesseldorf had the 53-50 lead after three quarters, but NBC poured in 26 points in the fourth quarter rolling to the win. What was key in crucnhtime for NBC getting the win?

I think we made some defensive mistakes, and gave up some key rebounds in the crunch time. They made baskets when they needed them and we did not.


NBC won the rebound duel again. What has been the biggest problems on the boards? Is NBC just playing classic team rebounding?

They have done a really good job of team rebounding. Their guards are really helping them rebound on the defensive end.

Ahmad Smith is averaging nine rebounds a game and is always a threat to help out grabbing a rebund. Is it more his toughness or his timing that has been hurting the Baskets most?

Smith is always hanging around in the paint on both ends of the floor. He gets in the right positions and grabs the ball.


Could Duesseldorf take anything positive out of the game three loss?

We did a lot of good things on both ends of the floor. We have to limit our mistakes and realize it's time to win or go home.


Game four in Nurnberg is a do or die game. In how many do or die games have you been in your career and how have you done in them?


I have been in too many do or die games to count. I couldn't tell you how every one has gone but I can say this is the most important one right now.


The series has been very tight. What will be key to forcing a game 5?

Solid defense, team rebounding, limiting mistakes.

Now that the NCAA tournament is over, on what sport competition will you focus on in your spare time?

Nothing special, maybe NBA playoffs and MLB baseball.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The Other Guys.

Thanks Adam for the chat.




Paul Owusu Remains With SC Rist Wedel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B team SC Rist Wedel announced today that they came to terms with Paul Owusu-Frimpong (200-PF-86) on a contract extension. Paul Owusu-Frimpong is a 26 year old 200cm power forward that just finished his fifth season with the team playing 22 games averaging 6,7ppg and 6,2rpg. "I think that it is great what has happened with Rist in the last months and years. We have a great team that has reached their limit yet. I want to play at the top with the team next season. We have a good coach that gets the team ready for the opponent. Importnat was that I was able to get my duties here and with my job on an even balance. That made my decision easier", stated Paul Owusu-Frimpong.

Source: SC Rist



Aschersleben Tigers keep their leading scorer Julius Zurna - by Moritz Korff

Julius Zurna (188-PG-86) has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the Aschersleben Tigers (1. Regionalliga North) for the 2013-14 season. The 26-year-old guard from Mazeikiai, Lithuania, joined the club midway through this past season. He led the Tigers in scoring (22.8ppg), dished out 3.7 assists a contest and added 3.4 rebounds as well as 1.8 steals per game. Though Zurna played only 14 games, he was second in the RLN in three pointers made (60). His new contract contains a clause for an extension if the team manages to move up to the 2. Bundesliga Pro B. "There is only one goal for us next season: We want to win the league", Zurna told local newspaper Mitteldeutscher Zeitung.


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Gist doubtful for the game against Barcelona - by Giorgos Diploidis

After returning from Barcelona where Panathinaikos Athens beat the local team once in two games for the play offs of Euroleague a serious problem appeared for the medical stuff of thr club. James Gist (205-F-86) complained for an injury problem and the medical results proved that he has a serious problem in his tenton. He will follow recovery program for the next days and is doubtful tor the third game in the series with Barcelona which will held in Athens the next Tuesday (16/04).

The most probable is to not be available and this will be a crusial problem for Argiris Pedoulakis The American player was vital so far in the two games againt the squad of Xavier Pascual (agency: INVICTUS Sports Group )



EuroLeague: Olympiacos race past Anadolu Efes again - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - Anadolu Efes 71:53

Olympiacos registered the second straight win over Anadolu Efes at the EuroLeague quarterfinal series. The Reds stunned the Turkish team in Piraeus tonight to take 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 15 points, 8 assists and 4 boards to pace the winners.
Olympiacos found themselves trailing by two points after the intense first quarter 14:16. But the hosts picked up the tempo in the second frame. Olympiacos went on a 21:10 run in the period to gain a 35:26 halftime lead. Olympiacos maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 12 points 52:40. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) gave the home team a 62:41 lead early in the fourth frame and they cruised to the victory at the end. Kyle Hines (198-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 12 points, while Pero Antic added 11 points for the winning side. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) answered with 13 points and 14 boards for Anadolu Efes. Stanko Barac (216-C-86) had 9 points in the loss.

Olympiacos: Vassilis Spanoulis 15, Kyle Hines 12, Pero Antic 11
Anadolu Efes: Kerem Gonlum 13+14 boards, Stanko Barac 9



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Honduras National Team 2013 - by Simas

Honduras National Team 2013
#s#
Cesar Zuniga
Zuniga
Selvin Connor
Connor
Rolando Rivera
Rivera
Felipe Ruiz
Ruiz
Virgilio Quiroz
Quiroz
#e#5
Cesar Zuniga 195-F Icevic T. Honduras
Selvin Connor 200-F-71 San Marcos-2 El Salvador
Rolando Rivera 178-G-78 Policia T. Honduras
Alvin Cacho 189-G-82 Icevic T. Honduras
Mario Johann Amador 185-G-85 Policia T. Honduras
Leonardo Amador G Policia T. Honduras
Felipe Ruiz 170-PG-94
Virgilio Quiroz 184-G-80 Policia T. Honduras
Octavio Matamoros 198-G/F-86 Ingenieros T. Honduras
Pedro Salazar 205-C-72 Navieros Panama
Michael Martinez
Neptali Figueroa 190-G-76 Ingenieros T. Honduras
Elmer Villeda
Cesar Stling 198-F-74 Halcones Nicaragua
Mario Alcerro 201-F/C-77 Icevic T. Honduras

Jose Leva Head Coach
Henry Andino Assistant



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KEmp Family Lands Ibl Team For Seattle - by John Gary

Courtesy oursportscentral.com With the return of the NBa to Seattle in limbo, the IIblb is bringing it's own brand of pro basketball to the city with the addition of tthe Seattle Flight, a team backed by Shawn and Arena Kemp. The Flight team will mark the Ill return to the Seattle market for the first time since 2009, will participate as a branding team in 2013 and will be permitted to play 5 games against full caliber Ill teams. ILL BRANDING TEAMS ARE permitted to compete as branding teams for three years before they become full Ill teams. Roger Brown will coach the new team.


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EuroLeague: Real step away from semifinals with victory over Maccabi - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - Maccabi 75:63

Real made a huge step towards EuroLeague semifinals following the second straight home win over Maccabi. Real earned a comfortable victory in Madrid tonight to secure 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Sergio Llull (192-SG-87) came up with 26 points to pace the Spaniards.
Real dominated from start to finish. They established an 18:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Real extended their lead in the second frame. They accumulated a 36:28 halftime buffer. The hosts stretched the gap in the third frame. Real accounted for a 56:46 lead with ten minutes remaining. Real did not slow down in the fourth stanza and completed a well-deserved win at the end. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 14 points, while Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) had 10 points and 7 rebounds in the winning effort. David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) answered with 19 points for Maccabi. Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) posted 13 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Real Madrid: Sergio Llull 26, Jaycee Carroll 14, Nikola Mirotic 10
Maccabi: David Logan 19, Shawn James 13



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Lottomatica Roma cut Faisal Aden - by Eurobasket News

Acea Virtus Roma (SerieA) cut 24-year old Somalian international guard Faisal Aden (193-89, college: Washington State). In 6 SerieA games he averaged just 2.0ppg this season. Aden also spent pre-season at Texas Legends in D-League earlier that year.
Last year he was drafted by Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) in third round (45th overall).
The former Washington State star is in his first season in pro basketball. Aden was called to Somalian Senior National Team this year.
He has played also professionally in Belgium (Leuven Bears).
Aden's game is described as: A slim bodied but strong and athletic perimetral player, he can spend time in all positions from 1 to 3, but gives his best at the SG. Likes to have the ball in his hands and shoots lots of times, most of them hitting the basket. Needs to improve his defensive skills to become a good pro player. On Jan. 25, 2013, in a game of his Team Somalia vs. Rwanda, he scored 59 points, setting the new FIBA record for a sinfle, international game.

By Eurobasket Data Center



NBDL? - by Dwight Coleman

When I got off the plane I worked out twice with the Texas Legends on a invite from Del Harris former Lakers Coach and GM and a guy I consider a friend. I shot the ball well and as fate would have it Fred House went down with a injury and the Head Coach Eddie Najera gave me the nod. He told me he was going to activate me for the last game. I scrambled and found an NBA Agent and with the help of Delonte West his agent Noah Croom called the Legends owner to broker the deal. Unfortunately, instead of getting the call to remind me of shoot around I got a call informing me that I was not in the NBDL Player Pool thus not eligible to play the last game. These... Are... The...Breaks.... Break it up... Break it up... Break it up... BREAK DOWN!!! UUU UHH!!!

Dwight SweetMilk Coleman






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KPA Coach clarifies on decision to drop players - by Eurobasket News

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) basketball team coach Antony Ojuku has categorically stated that the decision to drop players who are not from Mombasa by the team was a decision taken by the teams management and not the technical bench.
Speaking to michezoafrika.com, Ojuku stated that KPAs management saw the logistical costs were a bit expensive for them to handle, every time there was a game we had to facilitate on how they (players) would link up with the rest of the players in Mombasa, whether we were playing at home or away and the management felt it was expensive to do that. As a coach I cant do anything about it even though I understand that they are top quality players who played a key role in our matches last season.
The affected players included point guard Alex Lugasi, his brother Fred Lugasi and Martin Kitongo all from Western while Patrick Kirui hailed from Nairobi.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Dan Okwiri dumps KPA for Thunder - by Eurobasket News

Veteran point guard Dan Okwiri has decamped from Mombasa based Kenya Ports Authority basketball team to Nairobi based Thunder for the 2013 KBF Premier League season.
Okwiri made his debut for the Shauri Moyo based side on Sunday in their 71-60 win over USIU Tigers at the Nyhttp://basket-in-africa.blogspot.chayo Gymnasium. Speaking to michezoafrika.com Okwiri explained that his decision to quit the side was raised by a number of reasons;
First of all the technical bench wanted younger players in the team and I was one of the oldest so I had to leave and create room. Also the on and off issues in the team were a factor that made me seek a move away.
On why he decided to move to Thunder, Okwiri stated that he wanted a team that he could help grow and also a way of giving back to God.
Thunder is a growing team that I would be glad to be part of as it grows and that is the reason I decided to join them. Also, the fact its a Christian based team was a motivation to me as I saw it as a way of giving thanks to God for my playing career.
In terms of training and playing Okwiri explains that he has already agreed with Thunder as he is still based in Mombasa.
I will seek some time off work probably take a leave then train with the team intensively for some time in order to get into their playing system. After that I will be coming a day before match days in readiness for a game.
He continues to add that he will not be playing all games but the crucial matches, There are other players that can play my position and as I said I wanted to be part of a growing team in that case I will let the younger players play often and will participate only in the tough, crucial matches.
Thunder have already started their 2013 campaign on a flying note after beating the 2012 Defending Champions Co-op Bank and also the runners up USIU Tigers in the two matches that they have played so far.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  KUWAIT   


Mevlin signs for Al Jahraa - by Ali Ahmed

Al Jahraa agreed terms with 31-years old American Forward Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, college: N.Carolina St.) to play in cup games in Kuwait.

Outlook:
Not so athletic, lefthanded PF, who fills the paint with his big body; has a great timing for the rebounds, good hands and shoots well, even behind the 3pts arch;

Awards/Achievements:
HS first-team All-Mid South -98, 99, 00
HS McDonald's All-American nominee -00
Mid-South Conference player of the year -00
ACC Tournament Finalist -02, 03
ACC All-Tournament 1st Team -03
AC Regular Season Runner-Up -04
ACC Tournament Semifinals -04
All-ACC 2nd Team -04
Portuguese League All-Stars Game -05
WABA Cup Winner -05
Lebanese League Regular Season Runner-Up -05, 09
Lebanese League Finalist -05
Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 2nd Team -05
Asia-Basket.com Lebanese League All-Imports Team -05, 09
Asia-Basket.com Lebanese League All-Defensive Team -05
Portuguese League Semifinals -05
Italian Lega2 Finalist -06
Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 1st Team -06
Eurobasket.com Italian Lega2 All-Imports Team -06
Italian Lega2 Regular Season Champion -07
Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 1st Team -09
Lebanese League Semifinals -09
Arab Club Championships Finalist -09
Asia-Basket.com All-Arab Club Championships Best Import Player -09
Asia-Basket.com All-Arab Club Championships 1st Team -09
Iranian Superleague Semifinals -10
Liga Sudamericana Semifinals -12
Latinbasket.com All-Liga Sudamericana Honorable Mention -12
UBA Champion -12
USA Select Team -12
Williams Jones Cup in Taipei (Taiwan) -12 (Bronze): 9 games: Score-8 (15.1ppg), 8.0rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 42.0%, FT: 77.8%
Asia-Basket.com All-William Jones Cup 1st Team -12



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 24-3 
 2. Sagesse 22-6 
 3. Moutahed 18-9 
 4. Champville 17-10 
 5. Amchit 14-13 
 6. Byblos 14-14 
 7. Hoops 7-20 
 8. Bejjeh 7-20 
 9. Anibal 2-16 
 10. Antranik 2-16 

Second Stage: Round 10

Apr. 12: Sagesse - Byblos 95-80
Apr. 13: Amchit - Hoops
Apr. 13: Bejjeh - Moutahed
Apr. 14: Champville - Al Riyadi



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  LIGA AMERICAS   

Standings

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

Top 4: Round 2

Apr. 12: Brasilia - Arecibo 74-88
Apr. 12: Lanus - Pinheiros/Sky 66-82

Top 4: Round 3

Apr. 13: Brasilia - Pinheiros/Sky
Apr. 13: Arecibo - Lanus



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  LITHUANIA   

Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Rudupis 16-4 
 2. Neptunas 16-4 
 3. Pieno Zvaigzdes 12-8 
 4. Siauliai 12-8 
 5. Juventus 11-9 
 6. Zalgiris 9-1 
 7. Lietuvos rytas 9-2 
 8. Nevezis 8-11 
 9. Lietkabelis 7-13 
 10. LSU-Baltai 5-15 
 11. Sakalai 5-15 
 12. Naglis Palangos 0-20 

Regular Season: Round 28

Apr. 12: LSU-Baltai - Pieno Zvaigzdes 72-102
Apr. 12: Sakalai - Rudupis 61-88
Apr. 12: Siauliai - Juventus 112-74
Apr. 12: Neptunas - Nevezis 102-61
Apr. 13: Zalgiris - Lietuvos rytas



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  MEXICO   

Standings - CIBACOPA

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Apr. 12: Cananea - Navolato 87-79
Apr. 12: Hermosillo - Nogales 85-70
Apr. 12: Los Mochis - Guaymas 73-89
Apr. 14: Tijuana - Obregon



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  MOROCCO   


Interview with Zeljko Zecevic, head-coach of the WAC. - by Marek Krala

We recently have the chance to sit with Zeljko Zecevic ,the head coach of the Wydad Athletic Club.
The red team of Casablanca is currently undefeated and they are on good way for the championship.After 3 years in Morocco and two finals in a row, the most beloved and famous serbian coach of the country is sharing his thoughts with us about the league.


EU: With a strong 10 wins in a row,how do you evaluate the league in Morocco this year?
ZZ: Competition in Morocco, this year has started very late. This fact has caused many problems in the organization and planning of the workout for the all teams. My team practicing together for three years and it may be one of the main reasons for our successful start.

EU: Are you feeling that the league is stronger year after year?

ZZ: In the last three years, of course as my personal judgment, basketball in Morocco irreversibly developing and that's the most important fact. Today in Morocco, exist eight basketball teams who can find their place in the semi-finals or play-off or Cup competition. There are also at least 4 teams that can win or championship or Cup competition. That fact certainly influences the development of basketball in Morocco.
EU: What from your view the biggest difference between a european league and Morocco?

ZZ:The most important thing is to be directed towards the development of basketball promotion with other parameters which are of crucial importance for the development of basketball in Morocco. First of all, I think on "horizontal" development: in marketing, media presence, educating fans ... but I think the most what we can do in a "vertical" organization: in a better organization of the club, the better organization of the younger generations with continuous professional development of staff who working in proper clubs.

EU: Whats your prediction for the Championship and which player is the most valuable player as local and as import.
ZZ: This is a very interesting competition this year. Very short duration, requires from all participants very smart and at the same time a very risk actions. There is no time for lengthy analysis which, of course, raises the possibility of making mistakes. My opinion is, that he who does not risk much, would not at the end benefit much.

Eurobasket would wish a good luck for the rest of the season for Mr. Zecevic and his team and thank you for his time to share with us more information about the moroccan league.

Marek Krala



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 52-27 
 2. Brooklyn N. 47-32 
 3. Boston C. 40-39 
 4. Philadelph.76 32-47 
 5. Toronto R. 31-48 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 49-30 
 2. Chicago B. 43-36 
 3. Milwaukee B. 37-42 
 4. Detroit P. 28-52 
 5. Cleveland C. 24-55 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 63-16 
 2. Atlanta H. 44-36 
 3. Washington W. 29-51 
 4. Orlando M. 20-59 
 5. Charlotte B. 18-61 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 59-21 
 2. Denver N. 54-25 
 3. Utah Jazz 42-38 
 4. Portland TB 33-46 
 5. Minnesota T. 29-50 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 53-26 
 2. Golden St.W. 45-35 
 3. LA Lakers 43-37 
 4. Sacramento K. 28-51 
 5. Phoenix Suns 24-55 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 58-21 
 2. Memphis G. 54-25 
 3. Houston R. 44-35 
 4. Dallas M. 39-40 
 5. N.Orleans H. 27-53 

Regular Season: Round 158

Apr. 12: Toronto R. - Chicago B. 97-88
Apr. 12: N.Orleans H. - LA Clippers 93-96
Apr. 12: Cleveland C. - New York K. 91-101
Apr. 12: Portland TB - Oklah.City T. 90-106
Apr. 12: Washington W. - Philadelph.76 86-97
Apr. 12: Houston R. - Memphis G. 78-82
Apr. 12: LA Lakers - Golden St.W. 118-116
Apr. 12: Detroit P. - Charlotte B. 113-93
Apr. 12: Indiana P. - Brooklyn N. 109-117
Apr. 12: Atlanta H. - Milwaukee B. 109-104
Apr. 12: Miami Heat - Boston C. 109-101
Apr. 12: Dallas M. - Denver N. 108-105 OT
Apr. 12: San Antonio S. - Sacramento K. 108-101
Apr. 12: Utah Jazz - Minnesota T. 107-100

Regular Season: Round 159

Apr. 13: Charlotte B. - Milwaukee B.
Apr. 13: Orlando M. - Boston C.
Apr. 13: Memphis G. - LA Clippers
Apr. 13: Minnesota T. - Phoenix Suns


The Spurs waive Stephen Jackson - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio Spurs (NBA) released 35-year old swingman Stephen Jackson (203-98kg-78, college: Butler Co.CC). In 54 NBA games he had 6.1ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.5apg this season.
The last season Jackson played at the Bucks. In 26 games he recorded 10.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.0apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the Southwest Division title.
The previous (10-11) season Jackson played at the Bobcats. In 67 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.6apg and 1.2spg that season.
In 2009-10 season he played at the Warriors. In 9 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.7apg and 1.6spg.
Jackson has never been drafted by the NBA.
He is quite experienced player. Jackson has played also in Israel, Italy, Venezuela and other NBA teams (Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets and Indiana Pacers).
He attended Butler County CC until 1997 and it is his 16th (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Busy Friday with 14 games around the League - by Eurobasket News

LA Lakers - Golden St.W. 118-116
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) scored 34 points while playing much of the second half in obvious pain with an injured left leg, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied in the final minutes without him to stay in the playoff picture with a 118-116 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night. Immediately after the game, the Lakers announced Bryant probably had a torn tendon. He will have an MRI exam today, but Bryant knows the injury is likely to end his season. "I can't walk," Bryant said. "I tried to maybe put pressure on my heel, but there was nothing there." The fifth-leading scorer in NBA history stayed in the game until 3:06 remained despite obvious mobility limitations and two lengthy breaks to walk off an injury from early in the second half. Bryant apparently hyperextended his knee before tearing his tendon later in the half. Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) scored 47 points in a dynamic performance for the Warriors, but Los Angeles played just enough late defense to hang on for a crucial win. It wasn't immediately clear when Bryant apparently tore his tendon. He went down in a heap under the basket early in the third quarter, rolling on the ground after hyperextending his knee. Bryant stayed in the game and hit two free throws, but the Warriors began a steady run to a nine-point lead early in the fourth quarter. He needed a few more breaks to rest his legs, but the severe injury apparently didn't happen until the final minutes. Los Angeles (43-37) stayed one game ahead of Utah (42-38) for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference with two games to go. The Jazz hold the tiebreaker. After playing all 48 minutes while scoring 47 points in Portland on Wednesday, Bryant pushed the Lakers relentlessly forward on one good leg, leading a 9-0 run by hitting consecutive 3-pointers to tie it at 107 with 3:47 left. After aggravating the injury one more time with 3:08 left, he stayed in to hit two tying free throws before hobbling to the locker room. His teammates improbably did just fine without him, with Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) and Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) getting huge baskets in the final minutes while the Warriors wilted. Gasol had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in his sixth career triple-double. Howard added 28 points and seven rebounds, capping a competent 14-for-22 effort at the free throw line with one last point with 1.5 seconds left. After Steve Blake hit the Lakers' go-ahead free throws with 42 seconds left, Jarrett Jack made a turnover and Carl Landry missed an open jumper on the Warriors' final two possessions. Howard clinched the Lakers' 10th consecutive home win over Golden State. Curry scored 22 points in the first quarter and 32 in the first half in a barrage of outside shooting, but didn't have a field goal in the final 7:19, managing just two free throws in the clutch. He fell one 3-pointer shy of Peja Stojakovic's record 10 by a Lakers opponent. Klay Thompson scored 25 points and David Lee added 19 for the Warriors. Los Angeles began the day barely ahead of the Jazz for the eighth spot, but Utah has the tiebreaker and an easier schedule than the Lakers, who finish against three straight playoff teams. Los Angeles must finish a game ahead of the Jazz to make sure they won't miss the playoffs for just the second time in Bryant's 17 NBA seasons - even if Bryant can't join them. Curry finished the first quarter with 9-of-13 shooting and two assists, with no Lakers defenders able to keep up. Bryant went scoreless in the first, but heated up for 10 points in the first 3:10 of the second. Despite Curry's brilliance, the Warriors were even at 57 with the Lakers at halftime. The Warriors played for the 49th time this season without center Andrew Bogut, who has a bone bruise in his sprained left ankle. The Australian big man had offseason microfracture surgery on the same ankle, and coach Mark Jackson wasn't speculating how long the latest injury could keep him out. Rookie Festus Ezeli took Bogut's starting spot, getting four points and seven rebounds before fouling out. Courtesy of: toledoblade.com

Portland TB - Oklah.City T. 90-106
Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) scored 33 points, including 17 in the third quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers 106-90 on Friday night. Earlier in the evening, the Thunder clinched their third straight Northwest Division title when Dallas defeated Denver 108-105 in overtime. Oklahoma City also remained a half-game up on San Antonio for the top seed in the Western Conference. Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) added 16 points for the Thunder, who led by as many as 22 points. Portland, missing the playoffs for the second straight season, lost its 10th straight, the most since an 11-game skid in the 2005-06 season. The Blazers were led by Will Barton (6'6''-G-91, college: Memphis) - starting in place of injured shooting guard Wesley Matthews - with 18 points. The Thunder were without Kendrick Perkins because of a right hamstring injury he aggravated in a 116-97 victory at Golden State on Thursday night. Hasheem Thabeet started in his place. Thunder guard Kevin Martin was also sitting out because of back spasms. J.J. Hickson returned to Portland's starting lineup after he missed a game with a sore lower back. But the Trail Blazers remained without Matthews (right ankle) for the second straight game and Nicolas Batum (right shoulder) for the fifth straight. Both teams were streaky early. The Blazers opened with a 13-12 lead, but the Thunder went on an 11-2 run to take a 24-15 lead after Westbrook's 3-pointer. Barton capped an 11-2 Portland run with a layup to move the Blazers within 30-28 early in the second quarter. Then Oklahoma City went on an 11-2 run to go up 41-30. The Blazers took a 46-44 lead with 3:06 left in the first half after a 16-3 run that Victor Claver ended with a 3-pointer. Damian Lillard, who scored a career-high 38 points Wednesday against the Lakers, was scoreless until a reverse layup with 30.9 seconds to go before halftime. The Thunder took a 55-54 lead into the break after Thabo Sefolosha's 3-pointer at the buzzer. Oklahoma City opened the second half with a 9-0 run and went up 72-59 on Westbrook's 17-foot jumper. His 3-pointer gave the Thunder an 81-61 lead going into the final quarter. Barton's dunk pulled the Blazers within 97-84 with 4:03 left in the game, prompting Thunder coach Scott Brooks to briefly bring back in Westbrook and Durant, who had been sitting since the end of the third quarter. Hickson and LaMarcus Aldridge sat out the fourth for the Blazers. Portland was coming off a 113-106 loss to the Lakers on Wednesday night. Kobe Bryant had a season-high 47 points, most ever scored by an opposing player in the Rose Garden. Courtesy of: thestate.com

Utah Jazz - Minnesota T. 107-100
Al Jefferson (6'10''-F/C-85) set a career-high with 40 points to lead Utah to a 107-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night at EnergySolutions Arena. After seven wins in their previous nine games, the Jazz started slowly against Minnesota. They converted only three of their first 11 possessions and trailed, 12-11, midway through the first quarter. Utah finally got going offensively and Jefferson scored seven points during a 14-4 run that gave the Jazz a 25-16 lead. It's 27-22 in the closing seconds when Gordon Hayward banked in a 38-foot three-pointer at the buzzer, bumping Utah's lead to eight. In the second quarter, however, the Jazz could not stop J.J. Barea. He scored 12 points in 3:05 and the Timberwolves tie the game, 36-36. The Jazz followed by converting seven of their next eight possessions, but they could not shake loose. In fact, Minnesota took a 52-51 lead on Ricky Rubio's late three-point play and Andrei Kirilenko (6'10''-F-81)'s followed with a dunk that gave the Timberwolves their one-point halftime advantage. In the third quarter, Minnesota hit its first four shots and eventually built a 71-64 lead. It was 75-68 with four minutes left before Utah closed with a 14-6 run. Jefferson scored eight points as the Jazz took an 82-81 lead. With 10 minutes left, the game was tied, 88-88. In the next five minutes, however, Jefferson scored six points, Randy Foye (6'3''-G-83, college: Villanova) buried a three-pointer and Minnesota converted only one of 10 possessions. Utah opened a 97-90 lead with 5:19 remaining and the Jazz held on to stay in the Western Conference playoff race. Courtesy of: sltrib.com

San Antonio S. - Sacramento K. 108-101
Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) delivered another typical performance, which the San Antonio Spurs needed on a day when nothing went as expected. Parker had 22 points and 10 assists in his return from a four-game absence, and San Antonio never trailed in a 108-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday, a day the Spurs lost two key players. San Antonio (58-21) clinched at least the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference following Denver's 108-105 overtime loss Friday in Dallas. The good news didn't resonate in the locker room, where the Spurs were still dealing with the decision to waive forward Stephen Jackson on Friday afternoon, ending his second stint with the team. Hours earlier, San Antonio also lost reserve forward Boris Diaw, who will miss three to four weeks after having surgery Friday to have a synovial cyst removed from his lumbar spine. Jackson's departure took the team by surprise, especially since the playoffs start in eight days. 'It's a hard one,' Parker said, 'but it's a big boss decision.' The Spurs are already without Manu Ginobili, who is going to miss the remainder of the regular season after straining his right hamstring March 29 against the Los Angeles Clippers. 'We probably look a little thin, but life goes on,' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said before the game. 'Nobody knew it was going to be two or three weeks for Boris, but the two events are basically mutually exclusive in the sense of what had to be done.' The Spurs needed everyone to step up in the wake of a depleted roster, and they did so. Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) added 18 points, Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) had 15 points and Tiago Splitter and Danny Green had 12 apiece as seven players scored in double figures for San Antonio. The Spurs shot 54 percent from the field overall (42 for 77) and were 4 for 8 on 3-pointers in the second half. 'When we run our offense, this is what happens,' Leonard said. 'A lot of guys get open shots and they knock them down.' DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Jason Thompson added 18 points, Toney Douglas had 15 and Jimmer Fredette had 14 for Sacramento, which lost its sixth straight to San Antonio. Leonard sparked an 11-2 run, continually beating John Salmons to the basket for a pair of layups, a dunk and a free throw that gave San Antonio a 15-6 lead. He played 35 minutes with his primary backup, Jackson, no longer with the team. 'That's Kawhi's position and he plays a lot of minutes,' Popovich said. 'That's what we want him to do. We want him to play 35-40 minutes a game. He's a heck of a player and he needs minutes, so he's going to get them.' Sacramento shot 4 for 22 to start the game, missing seven straight early in the quarter. San Antonio held a 23-13 lead after the first, the second-lowest point total by a Spurs opponent in the opening quarter this season. 'Sometimes when you don't make shots you don't have that backup to say, OK, next time we get it and get a lot of defense going,'' Kings coach Keith Smart said. 'When young teams and veteran teams miss a couple of shots right away, they drop their shoulders.' Parker didn't attempt a shot in the first quarter, but still led the team with 13 points in the first half. His first points came on a layup with 3:38 left in the second quarter, and closed the first half by scoring 13 of the team's final 15 points. 'He started to take over the game in the second quarter,' Leonard said. 'It was fun watching him get us the lead.' Sacramento opened the third quarter on 15-6 run to pull within 66-65 with 5:49 left in the quarter, but San Antonio quickly rebuilt a 10-point lead on a pair of buckets apiece from Leonard and Parker. The Spurs were outscored 27-24 in the fourth, but their lead was never really threatened to end the tumultuous day. ' (Reaction) starts at the top,' said Spurs guard Gary Neal, who had 10 points. 'Timmy shows up and does his job. Tony shows up and does his job. There's not a lot of gossiping about the situation. It is what it is and we try to prepare ourselves to win games.' Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com

Dallas M. - Denver N. 108-105 OT
Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) and Vince Carter (6'6''-G/F-77, college: N.Carolina) poured in 22 points apiece Friday night to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 108-105 overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets at American Airlines Center. That win brought the Mavs' record to 39-40 heading into Sunday's game in New Orleans. Darren Collison nailed a pair of free throws with 1.9 seconds left to put the Mavs up by three. The Nuggets then called two timeouts before Andre Iguodale air-balled a three-pointer at the buzzer. Carter put the Mavs ahead 106-103 with 1:52 left in overtime. The only other basket came when Denver's Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F-89, college: Morehead St.) scored with 29.5 left to get the Nuggets within 106-105. Besides Nowitzki and Carter, the Mavs got 20 points from OJ Mayo and 15 from Shawn Marion. Mayo's three-point field goal with 34.1 seconds left in regulation put the Mavs up, 99-96. Denver's Andre Miller then split a pair of free throws, and Mavs' backup center Brandan Wright missed two charity tosses which would have gotten the Mavs a four-point lead with 21.7 seconds to go in regulation. Following a miss by Iguodala, the Mavs got the ball back with 10.5 seconds remaining in regulation. However, Miller stripped Mayo in the backcourt and that led to a layup by Corey Brewer which tied the game with 3.9 seconds to go and sent it into overtime after Mayo missed a layup at the buzzer. In a fight with the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 3 seed out West, the Nuggets got 18 points each from Brewer and Iguodala. The Mavs trailed by 11 points early on, but led 78-77 after the third quarter. Courtesy of: star-telegram.com

Houston R. - Memphis G. 78-82
The game had just begun when the usually mild-mannered Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) served notice that the Grizzlies were all business. Or at least on edge. Conley, upset that he didn't receive a foul call on a driving layup attempt, charged at the referee. When Tony Allen put his hand up to dissuade his teammate, Conley slapped Allen's arm away and kept going with his vehement protest. The Grizzlies arrived in Toyota Center on Friday night intent on ending a 13-game road losing streak against the Houston Rockets. Memphis' early fire led to a 19-point first-half lead, but winning in Houston has never been that easy over the past seven years. The score was tied in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter, but the Grizzlies never lost their lead and held on for an 82-78 victory. 'It was a tough, hard-nosed game,' Griz coach Lionel Hollins said. 'I told the team we needed to get off early and we did. And we just hung in there and made some plays at the end.' Unlike the last time the Griz played here, and many times before, this meeting didn't lack suspense. With the Griz leading 80-78, guard Tony Allen missed a pair of free throws and left the Rockets a chance to tie with 6.5 seconds left. However, James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) misfired on a 20-foot shot and Tayshaun Prince was fouled. Prince's two foul shots with 0.4 seconds on the clock accounted for the final score. 'We kind of got out of whack in the fourth quarter,' Allen said. 'I'm mad at myself for missing those free throws.' The Griz made enough clutch shots. Conley and Marc Gasol each split a pair of free throws in the final minute to give the Griz a lead for good after Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard)'s 3-pointer tied the score at 78 with 1:18 left. 'We needed this win for many reasons, and ending that streak was one of them,' Gasol said after the Griz won their third straight and for the seventh time in eight games. The Grizzlies' focus and fire extended to their defensive effort. Harden finished with a game-high 30 points. But the Griz held the Rockets' high-powered offense in check. The Rockets average 106 points per game but shot just 31 percent Friday. Houston did make 11 3-pointers and climbed back in the game with the help of the long ball. The Rockets had four 3-pointers in the third after connecting on five in the first half. Harden's back-to-back 3-pointers cut the Grizzlies' lead to 59-47 midway through the third period. The Grizzlies' lead was five entering the fourth, then Rockets swingman Terrence Jones wiped that out. Jones opened the final frame with a 3-pointer and then scored a tip dunk off a Harden miss. The Rockets played without Chandler Parsons, their second-leading scorer, for a fourth consecutive game because of a strained right calf. Forward Darrell Arthur (back) and Jerryd Bayless (knee) returned for the Griz after both had missed the previous two games to nurse injuries. Bayless didn't show any rust. He hit a couple of 3-pointers during a 13-2 run that gave the Griz their largest lead in the second period. During one sequence, Bayless connected from long range and Gasol stood his ground in the paint on the other end, forcing Harden to miss a layup. The Griz took off on a fast break that Prince finished with an emphatic dunk over Rockets center Omer Asik. Houston coach Kevin McHale immediately called for time as everyone on Memphis' bench sprang from their seats. The interruption didn't slow down the Griz. After a couple of stops, Prince buried a 3-pointer that gave Memphis a 49-30 advantage. The Grizzlies led by 13 at halftime after allowing the Rockets a couple of 3-pointers in the final minute. However, the Griz effectively disrupted the Rockets transition offense by running back and rebounding quick shots. Houston was shooting 29.7 percent and had just four fast-break points by the intermission. Memphis also forced 10 turnovers while committing just two. 'We just didn't have a whole lot of flow to the game offensively,' McHale said. Courtesy of: commercialappeal.com

N.Orleans H. - LA Clippers 93-96
The Hornets followed a familiar script in their penultimate home game of the season, letting a double-digit fourth-quarter lead fade down the stretch and losing. New Orleans lost to the Clippers 96-93, allowing a 10-point lead to evaporate in front of more than 15,000 fans. And fans had to watch as former Hornet Chris Paul led Los Angeles' comeback. He scored 10 fourth-quarter points on his way to 17 for the game. He also had 14 assists and seven rebounds. But the Hornets can't blame anyone but themselves. New Orleans (27-53) made only 17 of 32 free throws and converted only 6 of 19 3-point attempts, allowing Los Angeles that ability to stick around. Thirty-nine fourth-quarter points by Los Angeles didn't help. 'You can look at two things, our free throws and the fourth quarter,' Hornets guard Roger Mason Jr. said. 'We gave up thirty-nine points. We played great defense throughout the game, but when you give up that many points [in the fourth] and you don't hit your free throws, you don't give yourself a chance to win.' It didn't help that the Hornets were short-handed. Greivis Vasquez (right ankle sprain), Anthony Davis (left knee sprain) and Lance Thomas (foot) all sat out. For a time, that was positive. The Hornets pushed the Clippers (53-26) with a small lineup, which helped them build their lead. Brian Roberts, getting his second start in place of Vasquez, handily guided the team, pitching in 15 points, added 11 assists and picking up six rebounds. And guard Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) had 25 points, his third straight game with at least 20 points. It wasn't enough. Los Angeles coach Vinny Del Negro re-inserted Paul back into the lineup with 8:50 to play in the game and that changed everything. 'At that time we were just trying to manage things with what was going to work out there,' Del Negro said. 'We had no real energy and not real rhythm. Sometimes you have to roll the dice and it worked this time.' The Clippers went on a 14-6 run that closed the Hornets' lead to just two points. From there, the Clippers used a 3-pointer from Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) to cut New Orleans' lead to 85-84. Los Angeles' Matt Barnes hit two free throws and the Hornets never led again. Paul hit a 16-foot step-back jumper with 52 seconds to play to give the Clippers an 88-85 led and New Orleans never really recovered. He made six consecutive free throws to close out the game, giving Los Angeles the breathing room it needed to stay ahead as Ryan Anderson and Roberts both hit 3-pointers in the final 30 seconds to keep the game in question. New Orleans will close out its home schedule on Sunday at home against Dallas, the last time the franchise will play as the Hornets ever at the New Orleans Arena. Courtesy of: wwltv.com

Cleveland C. - New York K. 91-101
Despite a depleted frontcourt, the Knicks stood tall on Friday. Their guard-oriented lineup shredded the Cavaliers, 101-91, before 19,430 at Quicken Loans Arena. Forward Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) and swingman J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) each had 31 points in the easy victory. "They have two guys who are very special," Cavs coach Byron Scott said. "Both of those guys are playing great basketball. "J.R. was fantastic. He hit everything he shot." Anthony, the league's leading scorer, had 31 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for the Knicks (52-27), who have won 14 of their last 15 games. He converted 12 of 24 attempts from the field and didn't play in the fourth quarter. Smith, a candidate for Sixth Man of the Year, matched Anthony's point total and added five rebounds. He made 13 of 16 shots from the field, including his last 12. "They are one of the toughest teams in the league," Cavs guard Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) said. "We were able to contest some shots, and they were still making them. With a team like that, when they go five guards deep, they mess with our rotations." The Cavs (24-55) were paced by Irving's 31 points, five rebounds and six assists. He made 11 of a career-high 27 attempts from the field. He was three of a career-high 10 shots from behind the arc. "I tried to come out aggressive," Irving said. "We wanted to push it. Going forward, we have to pay attention to our game plan. We wanted to push it. They're last in the league in transition defense. The opportunities were there. We just didn't take advantage of them." Scott said someone had to score. They shot just 43 percent from the field and 27.3 percent from behind the arc. "He had a couple (shots) that he rushed," Scott said. Irving said his shot felt good all night. "I got good looks," he said. "Some fell, and some didn't." The Knicks were playing without starting center Tyson Chandler and valuable reserve big men, Amar'e Stoudemire, Marcus Camby, Kenyon Martin and Rasheed Wallace. Still, they were very competitive on the boards and were outrebounded by a slim 46-44 margin. Their tallest starters were Chris Copeland and Carmelo Anthony, who are both 6-foot-8. On a night the Cavs might have wanted to take advantage of Tyler Zeller's 7-foot frame, he was no factor whatsoever. The rookie center was scoreless on three shots from the field. Two of his attempts were from the perimeter. Scott said Zeller had a tough nigh offensively and defensively. In the pregame strategy session, coaches told Zeller the Knicks were going to switch almost everything on defense. "He was never able to get himself in the game tonight," Scott said. "The biggest thing is he's not comfortable down there yet. That's something we have to work on in the summer." Zeller said he never took advantage of the mismatches. "My mindset had to change. I didn't figure it out until the end," he said. "Normally when I'm playing, we have bigs who (get) down the floor, and it's a lot easier to pop in that situation. But I should have rolled." Cavs power forward Tristan Thompson was effective on the low post. He added 15 points and 11 rebounds for his 29th double-double of the season. Wayne Ellington added 13 points and five assists, and Alonzo Gee had 12 points and six rebounds. The Cavs have lost three in a row. "That was our intention (to get off to a fast start)," Anthony said. "Guys being fatigued and tired, we had to push ourselves, get some momentum and get some energy from somewhere. We just tried to get the game over with quickly." Courtesy of: news-herald.com

Detroit P. - Charlotte B. 113-93
Jonas Jerebko (6'9''-PF-87) helped turn the game around in the second quarter, and Will Bynum (5'11''-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) took over in the fourth. Those two backups - call them role players if you must - gave the Detroit Pistons quite a lift. "Especially when you're a young player, that word 'role' sometimes can be a curse word," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. "When you're a young player, many times you want to do more and more. Not that you're not capable of doing more, it just comes down to doing what's in the best interests of the team." The 26-year-old Jerebko scored 17 of his 21 points in the second quarter, and Bynum finished with 15 points and 10 assists, leading Detroit to a 113-93 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night. Detroit went 12 of 18 from 3-point range, with Brandon Knight making all three of his attempts. Knight scored 19 points. Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90, college: Connecticut) scored 24 in the first half for the Bobcats but finished with only 28. Detroit rookie Andre Drummond had 15 points and nine rebounds but sprained his right ankle late in the game. The Pistons said he was day-to-day, and Drummond said afterward he'd be fine. Detroit has won three in a row for only the second time all season. The Pistons had a four-game winning streak snapped by Charlotte in January. Either the Bobcats (18-61) or the Orlando Magic (20-59) will finish with the NBA's worst record this season, and although Walker's impressive first half kept Charlotte in the game for a while, the Pistons pulled away in the third quarter. "It's an inch-by-inch process where you have an amalgamation of veterans and young guys," Charlotte coach Mike Dunlap said. "It's never going to be a fast thing - you have to take your lumps while you turn it around." Detroit led 59-53 at the half, and Kyle Singler made a couple 3-pointers early in the third to help the Pistons take a 70-57 lead. Charlotte scored four points on one possession later in the period thanks to technical fouls on Detroit's Greg Monroe and Rodney Stuckey. That made it 75-68, but the Pistons finished the quarter on a 12-5 run, and Khris Middleton started the fourth with a 3-pointer for a 90-73 lead. It was 100-79 after Bynum strolled to the basket for an absurdly easy layup. The backup guard scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, although Detroit really turned the tide in the second, when the Pistons outscored Charlotte 36-23. "Distribute the basketball, get out in transition, get some baskets - and defensively, we needed to get stops," Bynum said. "We tried to do that in the second quarter." Jerebko barely played for a two-month stretch beginning in late November, but he's been getting more minutes these last few weeks, and he made the most of them Friday. Jerebko went 7 for 7 in the second quarter, including a couple 3s. "He's comfortable," Bynum said. "He knows he's getting minutes, the opportunity is there, and he's just being aggressive." Drummond, a promising rookie who has already missed significant time with back problems, left after rolling his ankle under the basket. He stayed down for a while and appeared to be in plenty of pain, but he was able to walk off the court slowly with 5:30 to go. Courtesy of: gadsdentimes.com

Miami Heat - Boston C. 109-101
LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) scored 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting, with nine assists and six rebounds to pace the Miami Heat (63-19) past the Boston Celtics (40-39) 109-101 on April 12. Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) added 17 points (6-of-10 FG) and seven rebounds, and Dwyane Wade added 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists. It was the first time James, Bosh and Wade were in the lineup together since a March 29 win at New Orleans. The game should be the beginning of the starters regaining some rhythm and shaking off any rust they may have from the recent time they have taken off. After being down double-digits after the first quarter, Miami exploded for 41 points in the second quarter to take a halftime lead, and the team didn't let up in the second half. The Heat shot 55 percent as a team, including 12-of-23 shooting from beyond the arc. Miami got a boost from a hot Rashard Lewis as well, who added 19 points in a game that never really felt in question down the stretch. Ray Allen contributed 17 points as well, giving he and Lewis a feeling of a Seattle reunion from when the two where a star duo for the Supersonics last decade. Boston had a solid offensive night, and several starters contributed, led by Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) 25 point night, but they couldn't stop Miami's attack enough to take it. Courtesy of: hothothoops.com

Atlanta H. - Milwaukee B. 109-104
Atlanta Hawks battled back with a fourth quarter surge to sweep the season-series against the Milwaukee Bucks with a 109-104 home victory and moved up to fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings in the same night thanks to the Chicago Bulls losing 97-88 in Toronto on Friday. Josh Smith led Atlanta as he stuffed the stat sheet with 24 points, six rebounds, four steals, three assists, and two blocks, while shooting an efficient 64.7 percent (11-of-17) from the field. Jeff Teague (6'2''-PG-88, college: Wake Forest) and Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) each posted monster double-doubles. Teague tallied 24 points and dished out a team-high 10 assists, while shooting 66.7 percent (10-of-15) in the game. Horford had 18 points and 17 rebounds to go with six assists in 43 minutes of action. Devin Harris was also in double-figures with 19 points, while chipping in with five assists, four boards, three steals. Kyle Korver hit a pair of 3-pointers to extend his streak to 72 straight games with a made deep ball. He finished with eights points, five rebound, two steals, one assist and one block. The short-handed Bucks - who were without dynamic point guard Brandon Jennings and shot blocking center Larry Sanders - led by 14 at halftime and extended their edge to 19 early in the third quarter. However, the Hawks started to turn things around soon after and fought back to cut the deficit to seven points by the end of the third. Ivan Johnson hit a jumper and Harris drained a 3-pointer in back-to-back possessions midway through the fourth quarter to spark a 13-0 surge for the Hawks, powering them to a 98-92 lead over Milwaukee with three minutes left in regulation. Atlanta cruised down the stretch for a 109-104 victory. They swept the Bucks in the four-game season-series and handed them their eight straight road loss. Despite the defeat, Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) was magnificent for Milwaukee in the point guard role as he drained five 3-pointers and tallied 27 points, while dishing out a career-high 17 assists. He also added eight rebounds and five steals in 44 minutes of action. Teammate Ersan Ilyasova also made it rain from deep, pouring in six 3-pointers as he finished with 25 points and seven rebounds. J.J. Redick and Ish Smith chipped in with 10 points each. The Bucks already clinched the eighth and final playoff spot and will play the Heat in the first round of the playoffs. Atlanta moves up a half game ahead of Chicago for fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Bulls were in front of the Hawks prior to Friday's tip-off, but lost in Toronto to fall into the six spot. Which ever teams finishes fifth will play fourth-place Brooklyn in the first round of the playoffs. The #6 seed will face #3 Indiana. Courtesy of: soaringdownsouth.com

Indiana P. - Brooklyn N. 109-117
The Indiana Pacers spent another game forcing themselves to climb back from a huge deficit, using some big second half defense to erase all of a 24-point deficit to take a brief lead in the fourth quarter, but in being unable to keep the Brooklyn Nets from making big shots, saw their chances dwindle into a loss, the team's third in four games. The Nets spent the entire night shooting over the Pacers, getting nearly all of their production from shots outside of the paint. The Brooklyn shooting was lethal in the first half, finishing the first 24 minutes at 65% from the floor, as Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) lit up the Pacers with a critical stretch in the second quarter. Indiana needed ample offense themselves to even keep pace with Brooklyn, falling behind by 19 points at the break. Things got a little worse in the third quarter when the Nets shot their way to a 24 point lead. With Williams reaching 30 points, the Pacers defense, spearheaded by Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) on Williams, and a quick fire response to Nets (increasing) misses with Lance Stephenson fast breaks, began to chip away at the Nets lead, drawing within four in the third quarter. In the fourth, the two teams had a number of big shots as Indiana took the lead on a Stephenson three with five minutes left in the game, but couldn't find enough in the final minutes to hold onto the potential win. The Pacers came up with another tremendous comeback, but had so much to overcome that it eventually caught up to them when it came down to making shots and getting stops. The Nets were in control of the game entire first half with their shooting, and it was ultimately what helped them grab the win down the stretch. New Jersey scored 117 points, but had just 28 in the paint. The Pacers defense had no answer for the scorching Nets in the first half, allowing a season high 69 first points. Deron Williams was a nightmare before Paul George was switched onto him in the third quarter, limiting a 30-point Williams to just three the rest of the game. The active Pacers defense made a huge push thanks to George putting the stops on Williams, but also in getting a solid game from #24, who had 14 second half points, scoring 21 on the night, including three three pointers. Lance Stephenson pushed the tempo on the offensive end with George Hill, the duo getting out in the open court on every forced miss. The duo combined for 30 points and 16 assists on the night, with Hill scoring a 17 & 10 double double. David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier)'s defense deserves a lot of credit in frustrating the Nets in the second half, but he was a matchup problem on the other side, taking it to Kris Humphries and Reggie Evans, scoring 26 with nine boards. While more of a bi-product, West's positives helped unsettle Evans, who was going back and forth with West from before the tip, leading him to a pair of bonehead technicals, which allowed the Pacers to really key in on their comeback without Evans's rebounding inside to challenge the Pacers. Roy Hibbert had a quality game with 18 points and 10 boards, but again sat for a majority of the fourth in favor of Tyler Hansbrough, who was more successful in frustrating Brook Lopez. The Nets had three scorers with 24 points, scored 117 points, a season high for the Pacers defense and hit 12 of their 25 three pointers, giving them a little extra bonus when it came to holding off the Pacers late. Indiana will look to get back in the win column in inching closer to the third seed when they travel to New York to take on the Knicks on Sunday. Courtesy of: indycornrows.com

Washington W. - Philadelph.76 86-97
As he was walking off the court at halftime, Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins asked a favor of one of his captains. 'He was saying talk to the guys, try to keep their spirits up and stuff like that,' Thaddeus Young said. 'And I told him, You have nothing to worry about. Everybody here in this locker room is trying to win this game.'' With their coach's future in question, the 76ers awoke from pack-it-in mode Friday night, recovering from a 13-point, second-quarter deficit and pulling away in the second half for a 97-86 win, putting to rest the Washington Wizards' goal of becoming the best non-playoff team in the Eastern Conference. The 76ers had lost three straight, including two by an average of 22 points since being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Collins spent much of his pregame talk with reporters trying to not answer questions about whether he'll be back as coach next season. Motivation was becoming an issue. 'It would be very easy - we didn't practice yesterday - to come in here, throw your sneakers out there, you get down 13 and get beat by 20,' Collins said. Instead, Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) scored 22 points to lead five 76ers in double figures, stopping a Wizards team that had generated motivation - and momentum - by declaring their goal to catch Philadelphia to help make up for a 4-28 start. 'I think whether it's a conscious thing or a subconscious thing, when you officially get eliminated, it kind of hits you, it takes some of the wind out of your sails,' said Spencer Hawes, who had 15 points and eight rebounds. 'But then you regroup and refocus and try to take out of it whatever you can from the last however-many games.' Young added 18 points and 13 points for the 76ers, while John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) scored 24 points to lead the Wizards, who have lost four straight and trail the 76ers by 3 1/2 games with two left to end their chase - if it can really be called that - for No. 9. 'It's very disappointing,' said Garrett Temple, who scored eight points. 'We set that as a goal about a month ago, month-and-a-half ago and we were striving for that. But at the same time we have two more games left and we definitely want to get to 30 wins.' The 76ers had been a disinterested competitor for the Wizards, and they still could be caught by the 10th-place Toronto Raptors. Asked before the game if the tussle for ninth was on his radar, Collins shrugged and said: 'You know, ninth, 10th - I mean, that's out of the playoffs.' Nevertheless, Holiday bounced back after a pair of bad games and made 8 of 17 shots and added seven assists. Evan Turner also had seven assists, helping compensate for his 0-for-11 night from the field. The Wizards had been strong at home since Wall returned from a knee injury. They finished 22-19 at the Verizon Center, including 18-6 with Wall. But ninth place will go to someone else. 'Any time you don't reach a goal you're a little disappointed,' Washington coach Randy Wittman said. 'But we gave it a shot.' Courtesy of: nj.com



Solomon Jones (ex Liaoning H.) joins The Knicks - by Eurobasket News

New York Knicks agreed terms with 29-year old power forward Solomon Jones (208-111kg-84, college: S.Florida, agency: Priority Sports). He just played at Liaoning Jiebao Hunters in Chinese CBA league. In 19 games he had very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 10.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg and 1.9bpg this season. Jones also spent pre-season at the Suns earlier that year. The most of last season he spent at the Hornets. In 11 games he recorded 5.5ppg and 3.7rpg. The other team Jones played that season for were the Clippers. But in 10 games he recorded only 0.6ppg and 1.7rpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at the Pacers. In 39 games he recorded 3.6ppg and 2.9rpg.
Jones has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2006 Kansas Cagerz selected him in third round (19th overall) in the USBL draft.
The former University of South Florida standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball.
Jones has played previously for three other NBA teams: Atlanta Hawks, LA Clippers and Indiana Pacers.
On Jones: Very fluid athlete who runs the court exceptionally well ... His speed running the floor is very good for a 6-10 player ... Has very nice touch on his shot from 15 feet and in ... Face up jump shot is good ...
Lacks great basketball instincts and post fundamentals ..
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Bulls Not Expecting Mirotic Signing Until 2014 - by Eurobasket News

Gar Forman would not be surprised if Nikola Mirotic (6'10''-F/C-91) decides to remain in Europe instead of joining the Chicago Bulls next season. The Bulls selected Mirotic with the 24th pick in 2011 draft. "You're slotted in the first round, and I think the slot for No. 24 is $1.3 or $1.4 million," Forman said. "Well, he makes a lot more money than that right now over at Real Madrid. So the way the CBA is written is after three years then you're no longer slotted. Then you can use whether it's exception room or cap room in order to pay a guy. "So there's no possibility this summer because next year will be his third year. But after next year, the summer of 2014, then we'll be able to start some negotiations as far as a buyout possibly with Real Madrid or negotiate with him to come over here." Forman envisions playing the 6-foot-10, 220-pound Mirotic at power forward. "He's probably a four, but he's very, very skilled, Forman said. He shoots it from 3, can handle it, good mobility. And he's a tough, tough kid."
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



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London Lightning win second straight NBL of Canada championship title - by Eurobasket News

Lightning can strike twice in the same place. Strike Twice was the catch phrase the London Lightning used to motivate themselves as they looked for their second National Basketball League of Canada championship. But championship No. 2 had nothing to do with phrases or motivation or great strategy. It had to do with the desire even when things looked beyond reach. The Lightning fought through a horrendous start to Game 4 and responded like champions, with determination and courage. They defeated the Summerside Storm 87-80 Friday in front of 3,019 to capture their second NBL title and silence critics who believed they were a little past the boiling point. They won the best-of-five series 3-1. Hey, I aint old. Im not old. Im wise, Tim Ellis shouted as the Lightning celebrated on the floor. Its all about willpower. I feel young. Im not old. It would have been nice to win it at home but Im not a gambling person when it comes to that. We wanted to win it tonight. Last year, the Lightning went up 2-0 on the Halifax Rainmen and had to come home to win a do-or-die Game 5. Ellis was part of that team. After the first quarter Friday, when the Lightning trailed by as many as 21 points, it looked as if that scenario would repeat itself. But we never gave up, Ellis said. I told them, Look, you dont have to give up. If you give up and lay down this year, were going to go back and we might lose. Leave it all here. I told them do what you need to do and cherish this moment. No one would have predicted the final five on the floor who swung the game in the Lightnings favour. Ellis played all 48 minutes and was sensational. Adrian Moss (5'9''-PG-88, college: Indianapolis), Morgan Lewis (6'4''-F-87, college: Findlay, OH), Marvin Phillips (6'7''-F-83, college: Claflin) and Elvin Mims were the other four. Mims only made it on late after Jeremy Williams (6'7''-SF-87, college: UTEP) fouled out. Williams gave the Lightning a huge game. But Moss, the rookie, and Lewis, the former Oshawa Power player, made the difference down the stretch. Moss hit two massive three-pointers. Lewis made some difficult shots with the clock winding down. When they couldnt do it, Phillips hit the big shots and free throws. He was selected most valuable player of the final. I dont even know what to say, an ecstatic Moss said. Words cant express what Im feeling. Being a young guy, the way the coach had faith in me leaving me out there, Im glad I came through for him. The game wont be mistaken as a classic. Both teams played some horrible basketball, but the atmosphere and intensity were ratcheted up to the classic level. The Storm gave the Lightning all they could handle. They lost Josiah Turner in the second quarter with back spasms. But in the end it was about making the big play and the Lightning made more of them. We expected it to be a little ugly. Both teams wanted it so badly, Storm coach Joe Salerno said. London made the shots again. Adrian Moss and Morgan Lewis down the stretch made some shots late in shot clocks. Phillips led the Lightning with 19 points. Moss added 14 with Ellis, Williams and Lewis getting 12 each. Ellis added 13 rebounds. Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) had 24 points for the Storm. As the final 30 seconds clicked down and the Lightning stretched their lead, Lightning coach Micheal Ray Richardson started his little dance down the sideline as the players on the bench, hugged and high-fived each other. We took their best blow but they couldnt take ours, Richardson said. Thats the bottom line. They were warriors. The game is not won in the first quarter its won in the fourth quarter. Ellis, Richardson and owner Vito Frijia gave the championship equal billing. For Richardson it was his fifth minor-league basketball title. The second one is just as special as the first, Frijia said. It would have been special to win in front of our home fans. But a win is a win and a championship is a championship. I cant believe how my guys came back. Richardson had one more thing to say before he left for the dressing room. Both the first two were equally special, he said. No. 3 is going to be even better.
Courtesy of: lfpress.com



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  NEW ZEALAND   


New Zealand win historic third consecutive NBL Championship - by Eurobasket News

The New Zealand Breakers have claimed a third consecutive NBL Championship, producing a gutsy road performance to win Game Two of the 2012/13 iiNet National Basketball League Grand Final Series tonight at Perth Arena. Coming off a strong Game One performance, the Breakers proved why they are the best road team in the competition, wrapping up the game and series 2-0 with a 70-66 win over the Perth Wildcats. In a game worthy of deciding any NBL Championship, it was a tight opening half with the Wildcats feeding off the capacity 12,500 crowd crammed into Perth Arena. In a performance indicative of their ability to grind out a result, the Breakers silenced the fanatical home support with a 25-14 third quarter that saw the lead stretch beyond double figures. With their season on the line, Perth mounted an almighty comeback, getting within one point with less than 30 seconds remaining on the back of two clutch free throws from Greg Hire. As the Perth crowd pushed the Wildcats towards a remarkable come-from-behind victory it was none other than CJ Bruton who would have the final say. The man who led the Breakers to the 2012 NBL title was again on hand to close out the season, draining two late free throws to ice the win. Capping off a remarkable 2012/13 NBL season, New Zealands star import Cedric Jackson (191-G-86, college: Cleveland St.) was named NBL Grand Final MVP. The Breakers historic three-peat puts them in the conversation of all-time best NBL teams, becoming just the second team to achieve the feat joining the Sydney Kings of 2003 to 2005. Coach Andrej Lemanis also joins elite company, with the legendary Brian Goorjian as the only coach to oversee three consecutive NBL titles. After tipping off the season with a loss to the Wildcats at home, the Breakers were quickly back to their dominant best, 24 of their next 27 games including a 16-game winning streak to secure a third-straight minor premiership. Consecutive series sweeps of Sydney and Perth, including two massive road wins, ensured Auckland would again be the home of the NBL Championship trophy. Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Kristina Keneally congratulated the Breakers on another outstanding season. What we have witnessed from the New Zealand Breakers not only this season, but over the past three seasons has been nothing short of remarkable, Ms Keneally said. To win an NBL Championship takes an amazing amount of effort, dedication and desire to win three consecutive NBL Championships is testament to the hunger for success of all involved at the New Zealand Breakers. Congratulations to Andrej Lemanis, his coaching staff and players, owner Paul Blackwell and the Breakers organisation on another brilliant season.
Courtesy of: nbl.com.au



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  PHILIPPINES   

Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

PBA Standings
 1. Alaska Aces 11-3 
 2. Rain or Shine 9-4 
 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 4-9 
 10. Global Port 2-11 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 12: Barako Bull - Rain or Shine 97-106
Apr. 12: Alaska Aces - Global Port 93-92
Apr. 10: San Mig Coffee - Air21 Express 80-66
Apr. 10: Alaska Aces - Barangay Ginebra 102-93

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 13: Petron Blaze - Air21 Express
Apr. 13: Meralco Bolts - San Mig Coffee
Apr. 14: Global Port - Barako Bull
Apr. 14: Barangay Ginebra - Talk N Text


PBA Round 25: Alaska Aces beat Global Port by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

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

Tenth-ranked Global Port (2-11) was very close to win a game against first ranked Alaska Aces (11-3) in Makati on Friday. Alaska Aces managed to secure only one-point victory 93-92. However their fans expected much easier game. Alaska Aces forced 19 Global Port turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Global Port helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American forward Calvin Abueva (191-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. French forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) contributed with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Swingman Gary David (188-78) answered with 29 points for Global Port. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Alaska Aces have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-3 record. Global Port lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Alaska Aces will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Global Port will play at home against Barako Bull (#9) in Quezon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Alaska Aces (11-3) which hosted in Makati 4th placed Barangay Ginebra (7-6). First ranked Alaska Aces managed to get a 9-point victory 102-93. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Barangay Ginebra. French forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 20 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Calvin Abueva chipped in 11 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 18 rebounds and 8 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Alaska Aces have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-3 record. Barangay Ginebra at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with San Mig Coffee. Alaska Aces will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Barangay Ginebra will play at home against Talk N Text (#7) in Makati and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between fifth ranked San Mig Coffee (7-6) and 8th ranked Air21 Express (5-8) in Miguel on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. San Mig Coffee beat guests from Manila 80-66. Denzel Bowles nailed a double-double by scoring 29 points and 16 rebounds for the winning side. Michael Dunigan came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks for Air21 Express in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. San Mig Coffee moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Barangay Ginebra. Air21 Express lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with eight games lost. San Mig Coffee will meet Meralco Bolts (#6) in the next round. Air21 Express will play against Petron Blaze in Manila and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 25 Rain or Shine beat Barako Bull on the road 106-97.


Alaska Aces - Global Port 93-92

Tenth-ranked Global Port (2-11) was very close to win a game against first ranked Alaska Aces (11-3) in Makati on Friday. Alaska Aces managed to secure only one-point victory 93-92. However their fans expected much easier game. Alaska Aces forced 19 Global Port turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Global Port helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American forward Calvin Abueva (191-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. French forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) contributed with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Alaska Aces players scored in double figures. Swingman Gary David (188-78) answered with 29 points and American center Sylvester Morgan (209-83, college: Georgia St.) added 17 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Global Port. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Alaska Aces have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-3 record. Global Port lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Alaska Aces will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Global Port will play at home against Barako Bull (#9) in Quezon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Alaska Aces: R.Dozier 18+8reb+5ast, C.Abueva 17+14reb+2ast, R.Jazul 14+4reb+3ast, D.Hontiveros 11+4reb+2ast, J.Casio 11+2reb+11ast, G.Espinas 8+7reb+1ast
Global Port: G.David 29+3reb+3ast, S.Morgan 17+14reb+2ast, R.Lingganay 8+1reb+3ast, Y.AlJamal 7+4reb+2ast, R.Juntilla 7+4reb+1ast, J.Belencion 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 238320


Barako Bull - Rain or Shine 97-106

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Rain or Shine (9-4) beat 9th ranked Barako Bull (4-9) in Quezon 106-97 on Friday. Rain or Shine looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, agency: Alti Sport) nailed a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side and guard Paul Lee (191-89) accounted for 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized American swingman Danny Seigle (198-76, college: Wagner) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized American point guard Joshua Urbiztondo (183-83, college: Fresno Pacific) added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Barako Bull in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Rain or Shine maintains second place with 9-4 record having just three points less than leader Alaska Aces. Loser Barako Bull keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Rain or Shine will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Barako Bull will play against Global Port (#10) in Pasig and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rain or Shine: B.Sundov 25+15reb+2ast, P.Lee 19+6reb+4ast, R.Arana 18+4reb+2ast, C.Tiu 12+2reb+2ast, J.Cruz 7, R.Matias 6+1reb+1ast
Barako Bull: D.Seigle 19+7reb+3ast, M.Pennisi 17+4reb+2ast, J.Urbiztondo 12+9reb+6ast, A.Maliksi 10+6reb+2ast, I.Mbenga 9+6reb, M.Macapagal 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 238321


San Mig Coffee - Air21 Express 80-66

The game between fifth ranked San Mig Coffee (7-6) and 8th ranked Air21 Express (5-8) in Miguel on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. San Mig Coffee beat guests from Manila 80-66. San Mig Coffee outrebounded Air21 Express 61-46 including a 36-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when San Mig Coffee made 7 blocks. American power forward Denzel Bowles (208-89, college: JMU) nailed a double-double by scoring 29 points and 16 rebounds for the winning side and center Marc Pingris (195-81) accounted for 14 points and 14 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American center Michael Dunigan (208-89, college: Oregon, agency: N.E.T.) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks and forward Nino Canaleta (196-82) added 26 points respectively for Air21 Express in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. San Mig Coffee moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Barangay Ginebra. Air21 Express lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with eight games lost. San Mig Coffee will meet Meralco Bolts (#6) in the next round. Air21 Express will play against Petron Blaze in Manila and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
San Mig Coffee: D.Bowles 29+16reb+2ast, M.Pingris 14+14reb+3ast, P.Simon 12+6reb+1ast, M.Barroca 9+7reb+2ast, J.Devance 7+5reb+7ast, J.Gaco 6+4reb
Air21 Express: N.Canaleta 26+4reb+2ast, M.Dunigan 18+17reb+2ast, M.Isip 10+5reb+1ast, N.Omolon 4+7reb+2ast, R.Menor 2+1reb+1ast, B.Custodio 2+6reb+1ast
gschID: 238318


Alaska Aces - Barangay Ginebra 102-93

An interesting game for Alaska Aces (11-3) which hosted in Makati 4th placed Barangay Ginebra (7-6). First ranked Alaska Aces managed to get a 9-point victory 102-93. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Barangay Ginebra. Alaska Aces made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Barangay Ginebra was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. French forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 20 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and naturalized American forward Calvin Abueva (191-88) chipped in 11 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 18 rebounds and 8 assists and point guard LA Tenorio (177-84) scored 19 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Alaska Aces have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-3 record. Barangay Ginebra at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with San Mig Coffee. Alaska Aces will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Barangay Ginebra will play at home against Talk N Text (#7) in Makati and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Alaska Aces: R.Dozier 28+20reb+4ast, C.Baguio 13+1reb, G.Espinas 12+3reb+2ast, C.Abueva 11+11reb, D.Hontiveros 10+4reb+1ast, J.Casio 8+3reb+8ast
Barangay Ginebra: V.Macklin 27+18reb+8ast, L.Tenorio 19+3reb+2ast, M.Baracael 16+4reb+1ast, K.Raymundo 8+9reb+4ast, R.Labagala 8+4ast, R.Hatfield 7+9reb+1ast
gschID: 238319



2013 PBA Commissioners Cup Roundup: April 10-12, 2013 - by Enzo Flojo

Alaska remained supreme at the summit of the 2013 Commish Cup standings, while Rain or Shine distanced itself from the middle of the pack. San Mig Coffee also had a big win that enabled it to catch up with Ginebra at fourth spot. The last few elims playdates are coming up as the postseason beckons in the PBA!

This past Wednesday was opened by San Mig Coffees conquest of Air21, 80-66. The Mixers got a big lift from Gilas Pilipinas standout Marc Pingris, who scattered 14 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 steal as the Express were just way off their game tonight. They shot a collective 30% from the field and were outhustled on the boards, 63-46. Mike Cortez was particularly inefficient, shooting 1-of-6 from the floor and handing out just 3 assists in 27 minutes.

There have been a few words said about both Denzel Bowles and Mike Dunigan as naturalized player prospects for Gilas Pilipinas, but the better one tonight was surely Bowles. He finished with 29 points and 16 rebounds in another herculean performance, while Dunigan was limited to just 18 points, though he did grab 17 boards and blocked 4 shots. In truth, either one would be a decent replacement for Gilas's Marcus Douthit, who is turning 33 on April 15.

In the second game, Alaska leaned on Rob Doziers monster output to defeat Ginebra, 102-93. Dozier played maybe his best all-around game yet, registering 28 points, 20 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 steal while shooting 9-of-14 from the field. Just WOW. This win made the Aces halt the Kings' winning run at six games while also giving themselves the first twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals, where they could face any team from the following Meralco, Talk N Text, or Air21.

On the other end of the floor, Ginebras Chris Ellis continues to fade as the season progresses, especially now that Mac Baracael has caught fire for coach Alfrancis Chua. Ellis shot 1-of-5 from the field tonight and turned the ball over twice in 16 minutes of action.

Just last night, Alaska won another one, holding GlobalPort at bay, 93-92. Calvin Abueva's double-double was big in helping the Aces roar back from a double-digit deficit to deny the upset-conscious Batang Pier. The Beast had 17 points and 14 rebounds in another sterling effort for league-leading Alaska. Another great outing by Rob Dozier reinforces the possibility he might just be the first recipient of the Bobby Parks Best Import of the Conference Trophy. Dozier was great in this one, scoring 18 points, grabbing 8 rebounds, and handing out 5 assists in another solid, all-around effort. Viva Le French-American!

Meanwhile, Gilas Pilipinas hopeful Japeth Aguilar continued to blow hot and cold. The big man from the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers scored just 5 points and grabbed only 4 rebounds in 21 minutes playing off the bench for GlobalPort.

In the Friday nightcap, Rain or Shine overcame Barako Bull, 106-97. Bruno Sundov eclipsed the lackadaisical DJ Mbenga and how!!! Sundov finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds, including 4 triples, while former LA Laker Mbenga was bleh with 9 points and 6 boards. Safe to say he's on his way out.

In another issue hounding Barako coach Rajko Toroman, Sean Anthony seems to be the odd one out in the swingman rotation. The former Powerade Tiger shares time as a stretch forward with the likes of JC Intal and Danny Seigle, both of whom are a bit shiftier than he is. In this game, Anthony got the nod to start, but he ended up with just 5 points and 3 rebounds in 16 minutes.

After the game, ROS coach Yeng Guiao commented that maybe Barako pulled the plug on Mbenga a little too early and that the Energy Colas gave up too easily. I say Mbenga was a bust and Barako just kissed its quarterfinals chances good bye.

Game Recaps:
SAN MIG COFFEE over AIR21, 80-66
San Mig Coffee import Denzel Bowles scored 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, outdueling Air 21 counterpart Michael Dunigan in their monster matchup to lead the Mixers to an 80-66 victory over the Express Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

With the win, San Mig Coffees win-loss record improved to 7-6, marking the first time the defending champion Mixers moved above the .500 mark in the standings.

If were gonna start playing good basketball, this is the time to play it, said San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone. I think its important to have momentum going into the playoffs.

The Mixers won handily despite a scoreless evening from main man James Yap, who played just 14 minutes and missed all of his shots.

James was sick the whole week, he was unavailable to practice the whole week, said Cone. Hes missed eight practices leading up to this game. James is not a guy who misses practice.

San Mig Coffee got unlikely offensive firepower from Marc Pingris, who scored 14 points on top of 14 rebounds. But the energetic forward had to leave the game with more than eight minutes to go in the fourth quarter after tweaking his right ankle.

Hopefully, hell be available the next game, said Cone about Pingris, who injured the same ankle that had been bothering him all conference. Well know tomorrow.

Before leaving the game, Pingris had also been tapped to defend Air 21 top gun KG Canaleta, who exploded for 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter after the San Mig Coffee forwards departure.

Peter June Simon and Jerwin Gaco scored key baskets late for the Mixers to quash the rally of Air 21, whose record dropped to 5-8 after suffering their third straight defeat.

Dunigan had 18 points and 17 rebounds for the Express.

SMC 80- Bowles 29, Pingris 14, Simon 12, Barroca 9, Devance 7, Gaco 6, Mallari 2, de Ocampo 1, Najorda 0, Yap 0, Gonzales 0, Reavis 0.
AIR 66- Caaleta 26, Dunigan 18, Isip 10, Omolon 4, Menor 2, Custodio 2, Cortez 2, Arboleda 2, Atkins 0, Sena 0, Wiklson 0, Baclao 0, Ritualo 0.
QS: 20-16; 39-29; 60-45; 80-66

ALASKA over BGY. GINEBRA, 102-93
The Alaska Aces captured an all-important twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals after defeating Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 102-93, in Commissioners Cup action Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The victory assured the Aces the top spot in the standings, giving them the bonus for the next round. It also snapped the winning run of Ginebra, which had won six straight coming into the game.

No. 1 doesnt mean anything, except it gives us twice-to-beat advantage. We saw No. 1 losing in the playoffs, like San Mig Coffee losing to Powerade, said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo, whose teams record improved to 10-3.

On a good note, were growing. Last conference we were 8-6.

Robert Dozier scored 11 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter for Alaska, which unloaded a 10-0 run late in the fourth quarter to turn a tied game into a 96-86 spread.

LA Tenorio scored five straight points with less than a minute left to keep the Gin Kings within striking distance, but steady free throw shooting saved the win for the Aces.

Dozier had 20 rebounds and got plenty of support from the rest of the squad, with six other players scoring at least eight points.

The Aces win-loss record improved to 10-3.

Vernon Macklin led Ginebra with 28 points, 18 rebounds, and eight assists, while Tenorio added 19 for the Gin Kings, whose record fell to 7-6.

ALA 102-- Dozier 28, Baguio 13, Espinas 12, Abueva 11, Hontiveros 10, Casio 8, Thoss 8, Dela Cruz 6, Jazul 4, Ramos 2.
GIN 93-- Macklin 27, Tenorio 19, Baracael 16, Labagala 8, Raymundo 8, Hatfield 7, Espiritu 3, Ellis 2, Helterbrand 2, Taha 1, Jensen 0, Maierhofer 0, Wilson 0.
QS: 30-18; 55-41; 71-69; 102-93

ALASKA over GLOBALPORT, 93-92
Down by double-digits in a non-bearing game against GlobalPort, the Alaska Aces could have easily folded.

Instead, the top team in the Commissioners Cup showed its heart, unleashing a furious second half run before repulsing a late Batang Pier rally led by Gary David to pull out a 93-92 victory.

Ill take it, said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo. The hardest games are when you play the last-place team. So much pressure.

Alaska was trailing by 15 points, 72-57, on a three-pointer by GlobalPorts Jaypee Belencion late in the third quarter, before the Aces turned up the heat. A layup by Calvin Abueva capped a a 32-5 run that gave Alaska an 89-77 advantage.

But GlobalPort, the last place team in the PBA, wasnt about to go down without a fight. Led by Gary David who scored 22 of his 29 points in the second half, the Batang Pier went on a 15-4 tear to cut the deficit to a single point with 26 seconds remaining.

GlobalPort forced a turnover in the next play, giving the Batang Pier a chance to salvage a measure of pride to end their tournament. David found himself with a good look, but his layup was erased by Alaska import Robert Dozier.

Batang Pier guard Reed Juntilla recovered the looseball, but his jumper could not hit the target. A loose ball scramble ensued, leaving GlobalPort with one final opportunity with just six-tenths of a second remaining in the game.

GlobalPort tried to find David in the right corner, but Juntillas pass was tipped by Samigue Eman as time expired.

Alaska finished the eliminations with an 11-3 win-loss record. GlobalPort has lost its last 10 games to see its record drop to 2-11.

The Aces will enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals against the team that will finish in eighth place.

Having a long rest is a luxury. Ill take it, at this point, we have injuries, said Trillo.

ALA 93- Dozier 18, Abueva 17, Jazul 14, Casio 11, Hontiveros 11, Espinas 8, Dela Cruz 8, Belasco 4, Ramos 2, Reyes 0, Eman 0, Laure 0.
GLO 92- David 29, Morgan 17, Lingganay 8, Belencion 7, Juntilla 7, Aljamal 7, Aguilar 5, Miller 5, Salvador 4, Deutchman 3, Mandani 0, Yee 0.
QS: 22-18; 45-46; 66-72; 93-92.

RAIN OR SHINE over BARAKO BULL, 106-97
Rain or Shine import Bruno Sundov completely outclassed Barako Bull counterpart DJ Mbenga to lead the Elasto Painters to a 106-97 victory Friday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Sundov had 25 points on 4-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc and added 15 rebounds for Rain or Shine. Mbenga was a disappointment in his second PBA game, posting just nine points and six rebounds as he sat out most of the second half as Barako Bull fell into a huge deficit. The former Los Angeles Lakers center played just 23 minutes.

I thought they gave up too easily on their import, Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said after the game.

Paul Lee and Ryan Araa added 19 and 18 points, respectively for the Elasto Painters, who led by as much as 23 points, 84-61, late in the third quarter.

Barako Bull tried to muster several rallies in the fourth period, coming as close as seven points on a three-pointer by Mark Macapagal with less than a minute left in the match.

But Rain or Shine held steady for their ninth win against four losses in the tournament, clinching at least a playoff for the No. 2 seed, which comes with it twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

We didnt want to repeat the same mistake we had versus Alaska, added Guiao.

Rain or Shine can grab the second spot with a win over Meralco or a Petron loss in either of its last two assignments against Air 21 or Talk N Text.

The real advantage is winning 10 games and waiting for your quarterfinals matchup. Going to the playoffs is not an advantage anymore. Were trying to avoid it, said Guiao.

Barako Bulls win-loss record fell to 4-9, leaving them with one foot out of the playoffs. For the team to make the quarterfinals, Air 21 needs to lose to Petron, and Barako Bull needs to win its final assignment against GlobalPort on Sunday to force a playoff for the last quarterfinals spot.

ROS 106 - Sundov 25, Lee 19, Arana 18, Tiu 12, Cruz 7, Matias 6, Norwood 4, Chan 4, Rodriguez 4, Belga 3, Jaime 2, Quinahan 2, Tang 0, Ibanes 0
BAR 97 - Seigle 19, Pennisi 17, Urbiztondo 12, Maliksi 10, Mbenga 9, Intal 6, Monfort 5, Anthony 5, Kramer 4, Cruz 2, Duncil 0
QS: 26-14, 48-38, 84-67, 106-97

Sources: Intro writing credit to Enzo Flojo/HoopNut.com. Unless otherwise specified, game recaps were compressed and compiled from InterAKTV. (Writing credit to Rey Joble)




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  POLAND   

Standings - DBE

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

Second Stage: Round 9

Places 1-6

Apr. 12: Asseco Prok. - Stelmet ZG 83-94
Apr. 13: Anwil - Trefl Sopot
Apr. 14: Energa Czarni - PGE Turow

Places 7-12

Apr. 12: Kotwica - Polpharma 80-65
Apr. 12: AZS Koszalin - Start Gdynia 68-50
Apr. 13: Rosa Radom - Siarka Jezioro
Apr. 14: AZS Koszalin - Polpharma
Apr. 14: Kotwica - Start Gdynia



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  PUERTO RICO   

Standings - BSN

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Apr. 12: Guayama - San German 81-79
Apr. 12: Mayaguez - Ponce 70-73

Regular Season: Round 8

Apr. 13: Guaynabo - Mayaguez
Apr. 13: Bayamon - Guayama
Apr. 14: Santurce - Arecibo
Apr. 14: San German - Quebradillas
Apr. 14: Humacao - Ponce


Arill steps down as head coach of Piratas - by Luis Modestti


Leonel Arill resigned as head coach of Piratas de Quebradillas effective immediately.

His resignation came after the loss against Cangrejeros 70-67. Piratas are now in ninth place with a 2-4 start

Arill took control of Piratas last season after the resignation of Rolando Hourruitiner. He reached the playoffs but fell short of the semifinals in the Round Robin stage with a 5-5 record.

He is regarded as one of the best young coaches in the league and already won a title while coaching Criollos in 2006.



Mets take possession of first place - by Luis Modestti


Mets de Guaynabo took sole possession of first place by winning over Caciques-Gigantes 81-80.

The game was close from start to finish but a 9-0 run with two three-pointers by Larry Ayuso and one from Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) gave them a 79-73 lead with two minutes left.

After that run Mets were in survival mode and they fouled Gilbert Brown being up 81-80 with 1,8 seconds left and he missed both free-throws that could have given Caciques-Gigantes the win.

Dalmau scored 20 points, Larry Ayuso 16 and Johwen Villegas 14 for Mets who are now 4-1.

Gilbert Brown scored 26 points and Jamelle Horne 20 for Caciques-Gigantes who are seventh with a 2-3 record.

Cangrejeros de Santurce defeated Piratas de Quebradillas 70-67 thanks to a 24-11 final quarter.

Leon Williams scored 22 points and Alex Galindo 10 for Cangrejeros who improved to 2-3.

Quebradillas is now 2-4 and were led by David Huertas who netted 19 points.

The games for today are:

Leones de Ponce at Indios de Mayaguez
Atleticos de San German at Brujos de Guayama



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  ROMANIA   

Standings - D2

Liga Standings
Group I
 1. Steaua 12-2 
 2. Vabova 10-4 
 3. CSU Galati 9-5 
 4. Ploiesti II 7-8 
 5. Brasov 4-11 
Group II
 1. Concordia 13-1 
 2. Politehnica 9-5 
 3. Stiinta B. 8-6 
 4. Phoenix Corona 5-10 
 5. Rapid B. 5-10 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 9

Group I

Apr. 13: Brasov - CSU Galati
Apr. 13: Steaua - Vabova

Group II

Apr. 13: Rapid B. - Stiinta B.
Apr. 13: Concordia - Politehnica



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  RUSSIA   

Standings - Superleague A

PBL Standings
 1. CSKA 14-2 
 2. Khimky 10-4 
 3. Lokomotiv 9-7 
 4. Spartak SP 8-8 
 5. Unics 7-8 
 6. Krasnie Krilya 7-8 
 7. N.Novgorod 7-10 
 8. Spartak-Prim. 6-8 
 9. Triumph 6-9 
 10. Enisey 2-12 

Regular Season: Round 23

Apr. 11: Enisey - Krasnie Krilya 96-65
Apr. 13: Triumph - Unics


Standings - Superleague B

Superleague Standings
 1. Univ.Surgut 24-4 
 2. Ural Ekaterinb. 22-6 
 3. Novosybirsk 21-7 
 4. Ruskon-Mord. 17-11 
 5. Ataman 16-12 
 6. Avtodor 16-12 
 7. TEMP-SUMZ 16-12 
 8. Dynamo MO 15-12 
 9. AltajBasket 15-13 
 10. Ryazan 13-15 
 11. Volgograd 10-17 
 12. Planeta-Univ. 10-18 
 13. Spartak V. 5-23 
 14. Sojuz Zaretchny 5-23 
 15. Severstal 4-24 

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 12: Sojuz Zaretchny - Volgograd 79-69
Apr. 12: Planeta-Univ. - Severstal 77-69
Apr. 12: TEMP-SUMZ - Dynamo MO 70-62
Apr. 12: Ataman - Avtodor 68-73
Apr. 12: Ural Ekaterinb. - Univ.Surgut 66-58
Apr. 12: Spartak V. - AltajBasket 41-71
Apr. 12: Ruskon-Mord. - Novosybirsk 112-105


EuroLeague: CSKA thump Caja Laboral for 2-0 lead - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Caja Laboral 90:68

CSKA made it look easy as they cruised to the comfortable home win over Caja Laboral in the second game of the EuroLeague quarterfinal series. CSKA are now heading to Spain with a comfortable 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
Caja Laboral secured a strong start to the game. The Vitoria team went on a 26:20 run in the first quarter. But CSKA quickly stopped the rot. The hosts adjusted defensively and limited their opponents to just 11 points in the next ten minutes. CSKA ensured a 44:37 halftime advantage. More to come in the third term as CSKA stated their dominance. The home side rallied to a massive 69:50 lead at the final intermission. Caja Laboral struggled to get any closer throughout the fourth frame. CSKA coasted in the fourth frame and deservedly posted another win in the series. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83), Zoran Erceg (210-PF-85) and Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) delivered 16 points each for CSKA. Teodosic added 14 points and 7 assists for the winners. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) answered with 19 points and 6 boards for Caja Laboral. Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) had 13 points in the loss.

CSKA: Nenad Krstic 16, Zoran Erceg 16, Sasha Kaun 16
Caja Laboral: Maciej Lampe 19, Fernando San Emeterio 13



Interview with in Aaron Miles - by Stanislav Tyutyunnik

Aaron Miles (186-PG-83, college: Kansas), top assistant in Russia and VTB League (7.3 apg), is ready to bring Russian Cup trophy to Samara again. He shared some thoughts about his coach, his game vision and his opponents in this interview.


Two seasons ago coach Bazarevich said that youre true playmaker this team needs. How would you describe your set of basketball skills that helped you become such kind of player?

I learned to be a playmaker from the early age. I was very observant, I saw how my father was coaching my sister. So growing up I developed a mentality, an attitude that I should do everything to help my team win and I dont worry about individual stats.

What did Bazarevich tell you when you became a part of Samara team?

He told me to run that team, to be a playmaker. He trusted me, he knew my style.

What was your first impression of Bazarevich? How did he change his coaching style through these seasons?


He was really easy going man compared to my previous coaches. Initially I felt like he wants to control every set that we ran every play. But as the season progressed he developed in trusting me, trusting the team. And he allowed me to run the team and dictate things I was going on out there. He prepares us in practice and when weve got on the floor, he gives us freedom. I appreciate and I like that. This year he has a better mix of my and his sets calling during the game. I should say he didnt change his demeanor. At the game he is excited and nervous at the same time, but off the game he is cool and calm. Also the practices have decreased a little bit.

How different is the training process in Krasnye Krylia from the training in one of your previous team, Cajasol?


In Cajasol we played only once a week and I hated that. We had to practice three times a week twice a day. Countless hours on your body - it is needless. In Krylia Bazarevich, especially in this year, did a great job in resting our bodies and our minds. Last year towards the end of the season we were playing only in PBL and had a lot of practices twice a day and I didnt like that obviously. This year Bazarevich makes sure our bodies are rested. Of course, he tries to make most out of us in a short period of time, but he does that with a quality opposed to quantity approach.

At the FIBA Europe site it was written that youre conductor of the orchestra. Could you tell how hard it is to conduct this team this season compared to the last one?


This season it is easier, it has a lot more fun. This year we have more talent and we are more healthier. We have a good mixture all type of players defenders, scorers, shooters, hustlers, post players. For them knowing that Im a point guard, that likes to get people involved into game, its a lot easier to follow suit.

How does Zaryazhko help you at the first position? In which components he should improve his game?


I like Victor a lot. Hes a young kid that works hard and wants to get better. He has a ton of potential. He is 6-4 with a decent handle and jumpshot. He can defend well. In his age you gonna make mistakes playing against grown men, thats a part of his development. I believe in 4 or 5 years he will be one of the better players in Russia. He got a lot of work to do and he should maintain his confidence on the floor. He is considered as a combo guard, but if hell improve his point guard skills, hell be very dangerous at first position with his height. For that he should improve his court vision, make his decision which set to run much faster and understand which player on the court should get the ball right at the moment.

What did Collins bring to your team?


He brings a lot of knowledge to the game, a lot of experience. Hes gonna help me out. He sees things with a point guard mind and also with a coachs mind. When he comes into the game he brings a sense of composure, he keeps the game at the same level or elevates it. Its good to have him on the team, I like him.

Do you feel comfortable scoring in clutch time or prefer to pass the ball to the other guy?


It depends on the flow of the game. If throughout the game I scored many points and feel confident, then I may take the shot. But if Trey Simmons is scoring a lot, then Ill pass the ball to him, because hes a much better and improving scorer. Or maybe Ill pass to Andre, Jenya, Omar or Collins, we just need to figure out the flow of the game. Some people thinks at the end of the game Let me be a hero, but Im not that kind of man. Ill find the best player in the situation in the end of the game.

How would you describe a type of player you could guard best of all?


I would compete against every type of player. I enjoy going up against good players. Its fun, it helps to bring the best out of you. It can be thought that individually it is easier to guard against player like Rondo, because hes not consider as a shooter, but it could be not good for your team, cause he gets all the team involved. On the other hand you could play individually against tough point guard that scores all the time and thats harder for you but easier for your team, because you can stay focused just on him.

At the Final Four of Russian Cup youll be guarding against Paul Delaney. What can you say about him?


Hes a strong athletic kind of player, he runs team very well, theyve defeated Spartak SPb recently. Hes a leader of Spartak-Primorie, hes knocking down shots, so its gonna be a tough battle, but Im excited to get the Russian Cup again, well try to defend our title.

Could you tell the pluses and minuses of playing in Samara?

Pluses: we have great loyal fans, they come out and support us very well. Its great to play with our coach who gives us the freedom to play.
Negatives: the weather and also I havent found what do to with my family here. I have a wife and three little kids and they stuck in the house most of the time and thats difficult for them and adds a stress for me.







Superleague Round 30: #1 Universitet-Yugra is defeated by Ural Ekaterinburg - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Superlaegue just ended. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Universitet-Yugra (24-4) on the court of second ranked Ural Ekaterinburg on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Ural Ekaterinburg 66-58. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Universitet-Yugra. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 66-58. Ural Ekaterinburg shot 25 for 37 from the free-throw line, while Universitet-Yugra only scored eight points from the stripe. 30 personal fouls committed by Universitet-Yugra helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Chris Monroe (191-81, college: G.Washington) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Anton Glazunov (182-86) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Anton Ageev (192-84) with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Universitet-Yugra's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ural Ekaterinburg have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-6 record having just -17 point less than leader Univ.Surgut. Universitet-Yugra at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Novosybirsk (21-7) against fifth ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (17-11) on Friday night. Visiting Novosybirsk was defeated by Ruskon-Mordovia in a tough game in Saransk 105-112. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Novosybirsk. Guard Fedor Klyuchnikov (192-90) notched 30 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and Alexander Varnakov supported him with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Even a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds by power forward Anton Sayapin (205-86) did not help to save the game for Novosybirsk. Novosybirsk's coach Sergei Kazarzhevsky tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ruskon-Mordovia moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted Novosybirsk keeps the third position with seven games lost.
Bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the ten-game losing streak on Friday night. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Volgograd 79-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Volgograd. The best player for the winners was Vyacheslav Sleta who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Artem Komissarov who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Volgograd's coach Andrey Laletin let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sojuz Zaretchny (5-23) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Spartak V. Loser Volgograd keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost.
The game in Revda was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Dynamo Moscow (15-12) played at the court of eighth ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (16-12). TEMP-SUMZ Revda managed to secure a 8-point victory 70-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dynamo Moscow. It was a good game for Vitaly Kuznetsov who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). TEMP-SUMZ Revda moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Ataman and Avtodor. Newly promoted Dynamo Moscow dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost.
13th ranked Spartak Vidnoye (5-23) was outscored at home by ninth ranked AltajBasket (15-13) with the biggest margin this round 71-41 on Friday night. Dmitriy Ponosov scored 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Newly promoted AltajBasket maintains ninth position with 15-13 record. Spartak Vidnoye lost fourth consecutive game. Spartak Vidnoye at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the thirteenth place with 23 games lost.

In the last two games of round 30 Avtodor won against Ataman on the opponent's court 73-68. Planeta-Univ. managed to outperform Severstal in a home game 77-69.


Sojuz Zaretchny - Volgograd 79-69

Bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the ten-game losing streak on Friday night. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Volgograd 79-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Volgograd. The game without a history. Sojuz Zaretchny led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was forward Vyacheslav Sleta (205-89) who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Denis Novikov (200-85) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Artem Komissarov (200-90) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and Ukrainian point guard Vitaly Boyko (183-82) added 11 points and 8 assists respectively. Volgograd's coach Andrey Laletin let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sojuz Zaretchny (5-23) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Spartak V. Loser Volgograd keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Sojuz Zaretchny: V.Sleta 19+7reb+1ast, D.Novikov 13+7reb+4ast, M.Shustau 10+2reb+2ast, G.Andreev 8+4reb+6ast, A.Lanchakov 8+7reb, O.Filin 8+1reb+3ast
Volgograd: A.Komissarov 20+11reb+1ast, V.Boyko 11+3reb+8ast, A.Fomin 10+6reb, V.Pichkurov 9+4reb+1ast, O.Berhin 8+3reb+1ast, F.Likholitov 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 193586


Ataman - Avtodor 68-73

There was a minor upset in Rostov where one of their biggest challengers Ataman (16-12) was defeated by seventh ranked Avtodor (16-12) 73-68 on Friday. The guests trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Avtodor dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Ataman's 18. They outrebounded Ataman 42-24 including a 33-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. American-Ukrainian guard Steven Burtt (185-84, college: Iona, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 31 points and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Aleksandr Zaykin (208-84) chipped in 9 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Dmitriy Zagnoyko (192-85) with 21 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and guard Pavel Aleksandrov (196-89) scored 17 points. Ataman's coach Mikhail Karpenko tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Avtodor have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with TEMP-SUMZ and Ataman.
Top scorers:
Avtodor: S.Burtt 31+2reb+8ast, %PlayerNameByLink% 13+12reb, A.Zaykin 9+12reb+1ast, A.Pushkin 7+4reb, A.Lavnikov 6+7reb, S.Toropov 6+2reb
Ataman: D.Zagnoyko 21+3reb+3ast, P.Aleksandrov 17+1reb+2ast, S.Denison 8+3reb+1ast, A.Burtsev 7+2reb+1ast, V.Solovyev 7+5reb+1ast, A.Nesterov 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 193585


TEMP-SUMZ - Dynamo MO 70-62

The game in Revda was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Dynamo Moscow (15-12) played at the court of eighth ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (16-12). TEMP-SUMZ Revda managed to secure a 8-point victory 70-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dynamo Moscow. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-17. But Dynamo Moscow won second period 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TEMP-SUMZ Revda forced 19 Dynamo Moscow turnovers and outrebounded them 46-35 including 31 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for forward Vitaly Kuznetsov (196-88) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Power forward Aleksey Tsvetkov (207-84) contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Aleksei Savkov (196-79, agency: Alti Sport) replied with 10 points and 9 rebounds and guard Gleb Plotnikov (190-91, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points in the effort for Dynamo Moscow. TEMP-SUMZ Revda moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Ataman and Avtodor. Newly promoted Dynamo Moscow dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
TEMP-SUMZ: V.Kuznetsov 17+5reb+2ast, A.Tsvetkov 10+6reb+2ast, S.Khlopov 9+8reb, D.Kachanko 8+5reb+2ast, I.Pavlov 7+8reb, A.Komarov 5+6reb
Dynamo MO: G.Plotnikov 16+1reb+1ast, E.Karpeko 11+5reb, A.Savkov 10+9reb+1ast, A.Urazmanov 7+5reb+3ast, A.Korchagin 5+2reb, N.Morgunov 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 193584


Spartak V. - AltajBasket 41-71

13th ranked Spartak Vidnoye (5-23) was outscored at home by ninth ranked AltajBasket (15-13) with the biggest margin this round 71-41 on Friday night. The game without a history. AltajBasket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Spartak Vidnoye to just 5 points in second quarter. AltajBasket held Spartak Vidnoye to an opponent 22.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 42.2 percent accuracy of the winners. AltajBasket forced 23 Spartak Vidnoye turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Spartak Vidnoye's players. Center Dmitriy Ponosov (220-84) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Aleksandr Diatchkov (191-81) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four AltajBasket players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Andrey Loginov (204-93) with 12 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Svyatoslav Makushkin (202-92) scored 4 points and 15 rebounds. Newly promoted AltajBasket maintains ninth position with 15-13 record. Spartak Vidnoye lost fourth consecutive game. Spartak Vidnoye at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the thirteenth place with 23 games lost.
Top scorers:
AltajBasket: D.Ponosov 14+9reb+2ast, V.Gladyshev 14+2reb+5ast, A.Diatchkov 14+5reb+4ast, P.Trushnikov 10+3reb+4ast, D.Poleschuk 8+7reb+1ast, A.Lunev 6+2reb+2ast
Spartak V.: A.Loginov 12+7reb+1ast, D.Pastukhov 6+4reb, A.Chernysh 6+8reb, V.Trushkin 5+3reb+2ast, M.Bychkov 4+3ast, S.Makushkin 4+15reb
gschID: 193582


Planeta-Univ. - Severstal 77-69

Rather predictable result in Ukhta where twelfth ranked Planeta-Univ. (10-18) defeated bottom-ranked Severstal (4-24) 77-69 on Friday. Severstal trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 26-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-77 at the end of the game. Planeta-Univ. made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Severstal's players. Forward Andrey Petukhov (207-86) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Anton Dudukin (209-86) chipped in 18 points during the contest (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was power forward Artem Pisarchuk (205-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) with 15 points and 8 rebounds and guard Evgeniy Chebanenko (194-92) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Severstal's coach Sergei Mokin gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted Planeta-Univ. maintains twelfth position with 10-18 record. Severstal lost twelfth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom.
Top scorers:
Planeta-Univ.: A.Dudukin 18+2reb+2ast, A.Petukhov 12+9reb+2ast, A.Amelin 11+2reb+6ast, I.Suhinin 10+2reb+7ast, S.Zinchenko 8+4reb, A.Krylov 6+3reb+4ast
Severstal: A.Pisarchuk 15+8reb, E.Chebanenko 15+1reb+3ast, S.Zakharov 10+2reb+3ast, E.Voytyuk 10+2reb+1ast, T.Bekkiev 8+2reb+1ast, V.Nikolaev 4+10reb
gschID: 193581


Ural Ekaterinb. - Univ.Surgut 66-58

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Universitet-Yugra (24-4) on the court of second ranked Ural Ekaterinburg on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Ural Ekaterinburg 66-58. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Universitet-Yugra. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 66-58. Ural Ekaterinburg shot 25 for 37 from the free-throw line, while Universitet-Yugra only scored eight points from the stripe. 30 personal fouls committed by Universitet-Yugra helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Chris Monroe (191-81, college: G.Washington) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Anton Glazunov (182-86) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Ural Ekaterinburg players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Anton Ageev (192-84) with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Azerbaijani center Aleksandr Rindin (225-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Universitet-Yugra's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ural Ekaterinburg have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-6 record having just -17 point less than leader Univ.Surgut. Universitet-Yugra at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost.
Top scorers:
Ural Ekaterinb.: C.Monroe 14+7reb+3ast, A.Glazunov 14+3reb+5ast, A.Fedyushin 12+4reb+2ast, A.McGhee 11+5reb, D.Nikolaev 6+6reb+1ast, A.Dedushkin 4+2reb
Univ.Surgut: A.Ageev 14+5reb+3ast, A.Rindin 11+8reb+1ast, A.Miloserdov 7+1reb+2ast, G.Zelenskiy 7+6reb, D.Hloponin 5+2reb, L.Lekavicius 4+8reb+2ast
gschID: 193580


Ruskon-Mord. - Novosybirsk 112-105

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Novosybirsk (21-7) against fifth ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (17-11) on Friday night. Visiting Novosybirsk was defeated by Ruskon-Mordovia in a tough game in Saransk 105-112. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Novosybirsk. Ruskon-Mordovia forced 19 Novosybirsk turnovers. Novosybirsk was plagued by 36 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Fedor Klyuchnikov (192-90) notched 30 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and point guard Alexander Varnakov (185-92) supported him with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Even a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds by power forward Anton Sayapin (205-86) did not help to save the game for Novosybirsk. Center Pavel Podkolzin (226-85) added 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Four Ruskon-Mordovia and five Novosybirsk players scored in double figures. Novosybirsk's coach Sergei Kazarzhevsky tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ruskon-Mordovia moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted Novosybirsk keeps the third position with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Ruskon-Mord.: F.Klyuchnikov 30+4reb+4ast, A.Kuznetsov 23+7reb+1ast, A.Varnakov 19+10reb+3ast, S.Sotnikov 15+11reb+1ast, N.Gresev 10+6reb+1ast, Y.Cherniavskiy 7+1reb
Novosybirsk: A.Sayapin 29+10reb, P.Podkolzin 24+7reb+1ast, P.Zakamov 15+3reb+1ast, V.Pronin 14+1reb+1ast, A.Anisimov 10+5reb+1ast, I.Novikov 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 193583



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  RWANDA   


Who Was Gisembe, The Basketballer? - by Eurobasket News

EMMANUEL NTARUGERA a.k.a Gisembe was a basketball player for the current national basketball league Espoir and the national team. He was among the club players, who never survived the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
According to the vice chairman of Espoir basketball club Henry Pierre Munyengabe, Gisembe was born in 1961 in Nyamirambo, a surbub of Kigali. He was an open-minded sportsman and used to enjoy the company of young children, he said.
Gisembe, who stood at 2 meters, left behind a widow and three children.
The Gisembe Memorial Tournament was initiated in 1996 in honour for the departed star as well as his fallen teammates. Upon inception, Espoir lifted the title for two consecutive times - 1996 and 1997. In 1998, 1999 and 2000, the tournament was won by APR basketball club.
In 2001, the tournament attracted regional clubs such as Urunani of Burundi which went on to win it that year. APR won it again in 2002 before DR Congo's Goma Bulls took it the following year.
Espoir bounced back to lift the title in 2004 before APR dominated from 2005 to 2009. Munyengabe added that the club lost 18 players during the Genocide and they are still working hard to build a strong team again.
This season, Espoir won the national league and playoffs title unbeaten, setting a new record. This year's Gisembe memorial tournament will be held in June, but no dates have been set yet.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Lottomatica Roma cut Faisal Aden - by Eurobasket News

Acea Virtus Roma (SerieA) cut 24-year old Somalian international guard Faisal Aden (193-89, college: Washington State). In 6 SerieA games he averaged just 2.0ppg this season. Aden also spent pre-season at Texas Legends in D-League earlier that year.
Last year he was drafted by Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) in third round (45th overall).
The former Washington State star is in his first season in pro basketball. Aden was called to Somalian Senior National Team this year.
He has played also professionally in Belgium (Leuven Bears).
Aden's game is described as: A slim bodied but strong and athletic perimetral player, he can spend time in all positions from 1 to 3, but gives his best at the SG. Likes to have the ball in his hands and shoots lots of times, most of them hitting the basket. Needs to improve his defensive skills to become a good pro player. On Jan. 25, 2013, in a game of his Team Somalia vs. Rwanda, he scored 59 points, setting the new FIBA record for a sinfle, international game.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SPAIN   

Standings - LEB Gold

LEB Gold Standings
 1. Andorra 22-3 
 2. A.Ford Burgos 21-4 
 3. Lucentum 18-7 
 4. Palencia 14-11 
 5. Breogan 13-12 
 6. Forca Lleida 11-14 
 7. Caceres 11-14 
 8. Lobe Huesca 11-14 
 9. Coruna 10-15 
 10. Clavijo 10-15 
 11. Planasa NV 10-15 
 12. FCB Regal II 10-15 
 13. Ourense 8-17 
 14. Melilla 6-19 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 12: Andorra - Forca Lleida 86-66
Apr. 12: Planasa NV - Melilla 75-67
Apr. 12: Palencia - Lucentum 72-78
Apr. 12: Caceres - Breogan 71-65 OT
Apr. 12: Coruna - Ourense 71-57
Apr. 12: FCB Regal II - A.Ford Burgos 65-90
Apr. 12: Clavijo - Lobe Huesca 65-79

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 19: Forca Lleida - Coruna
Apr. 19: Ourense - Planasa NV
Apr. 19: Melilla - Palencia
Apr. 21: Lucentum - Caceres
Apr. 19: Breogan - Clavijo
Apr. 19: Lobe Huesca - FCB Regal II
Apr. 19: A.Ford Burgos - Andorra


EuroLeague: Real step away from semifinals with victory over Maccabi - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - Maccabi 75:63

Real made a huge step towards EuroLeague semifinals following the second straight home win over Maccabi. Real earned a comfortable victory in Madrid tonight to secure 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Sergio Llull (192-SG-87) came up with 26 points to pace the Spaniards.
Real dominated from start to finish. They established an 18:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Real extended their lead in the second frame. They accumulated a 36:28 halftime buffer. The hosts stretched the gap in the third frame. Real accounted for a 56:46 lead with ten minutes remaining. Real did not slow down in the fourth stanza and completed a well-deserved win at the end. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 14 points, while Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) had 10 points and 7 rebounds in the winning effort. David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) answered with 19 points for Maccabi. Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) posted 13 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Real Madrid: Sergio Llull 26, Jaycee Carroll 14, Nikola Mirotic 10
Maccabi: David Logan 19, Shawn James 13



LEB Gold Round 25 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Caceres Basket (11-14) survived in overtime against Leche Rio Breogan (13-12) by six points 71-65 on Friday night. Olu Ashaolu fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Caceres Basket moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Lobe Huesca and Forca Lleida. Leche Rio Breogan at the other side keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. Caceres Basket will face higher ranked Meridiano Alicante (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Leche Rio Breogan will play against CB Clavijo in Logrono.

In the last two games of round 25 Ourense was defeated by Coruna in a road game 71-57. Planasa NV beat Melilla at home 75-67. Lucentum won against Palencia on the opponent's court 78-72. Clavijo unfortunately lost to Lobe Huesca in a home game 65-79. A.Ford Burgos rolled over FCB Regal II on the road 90-65. Andorra crushed Forca Lleida on its own court 86-66.
The best stats of 25th round was 15 points and 9 assists by Daniel Lopez of A.Ford Burgos.


Coruna - Ourense 71-57

There was no surprise in Coruna where 13th ranked Ourense (8-17) was defeated by eleventh ranked Leyma Basquet (10-15) 71-57 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Leyma Basquet. Ourense was better in second period 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ourense to just 7 points in first quarter. Center Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca (212-83) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Ivorian-American forward Jonathan Kale (203-85, college: Providence) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Four Leyma Basquet players scored in double figures. Croatian power forward Mateo Kedzo (206-84) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds and Nigerian forward Andy Ogide (204-87, college: Colorado St.) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Leyma Basquet moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Ourense lost fourth consecutive game. Ourense at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Leyma Basquet will face higher ranked Lleida Basquet (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ourense will play against Planasa NV (#11) in Pamplona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Coruna: A.Zengotitabengoa 20+1reb+1ast, E.Hernandez-Sonseca 15+12reb+2ast, J.Kale 14+10reb+1ast, M.Suka-Umu 10+2reb+7ast, J.Lucas 4+3reb, A.Hernandez 3+1reb+1ast
Ourense: M.Kedzo 14+7reb, J.Alberto Gonzalez 8+2reb+1ast, A.Ogide 8+7reb+1ast, P.Movilla 7+4reb+1ast, A.Gibbs 6+1reb+2ast, R.Mena 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 187153


Planasa NV - Melilla 75-67

No shocking result in a game in Pamplona where twelfth ranked Planasa NV (10-15) defeated bottom-ranked Melilla Baloncesto (6-19) 75-67 on Friday. Melilla Baloncesto trailed by 17 points at halftime and as many as 24 after three quarters before a 24-8 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 67-75 at the end of the game. Czech center Ondrej Starosta (215-79) fired 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Inaki Narros (194-81) chipped in 16 points. Planasa NV's coach Angel Jareno used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Hector Manzano (207-80) produced 9 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Ted Scott (188-85, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Planasa NV moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Melilla Baloncesto at the other side stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Planasa NV will face Ourense (#13) on the road in the next round. Melilla Baloncesto will play against Palencia Baloncesto.
Top scorers:
Planasa NV: I.Narros 16+2reb+1ast, J.Bonhome 12+5reb+1ast, O.Starosta 10+8reb+2ast, S.Douglass 9+3reb+3ast, M.Cabanas 8+8reb+2ast, C.Diaz 8+2reb+3ast
Melilla: T.Scott 18+2reb, F.Sanchez 13+3reb+1ast, J.Riera 11+5reb+2ast, H.Manzano 9+11reb+1ast, J.Castro 7+1ast, E.Almazan 5+1reb
gschID: 187152


Palencia - Lucentum 72-78

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 4th placed Palencia Baloncesto's (14-11) home loss to third ranked Meridiano Alicante (18-7) 72-78 on Friday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 36-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Meridiano Alicante made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Palencia Baloncesto was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Guillermo Rejon (206-77) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Taylor Coppenrath (205-81, college: Vermont) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Meridiano Alicante's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Urko Otegui (203-81) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Roger Fornas (202-82) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Five Meridiano Alicante and four Palencia Baloncesto players scored in double figures. Meridiano Alicante have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain third place with 18-7 record having four points less than leader Andorra. Palencia Baloncesto at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Meridiano Alicante will face Caceres Basket (#7) at home in the next round. Palencia Baloncesto will play against Melilla Baloncesto.
Top scorers:
Lucentum: R.Bas 14+1reb, G.Rejon 14+11reb+4ast, D.Middleton 10+2reb, S.Green 10+5reb+1ast, T.Coppenrath 10+6reb+1ast, P.Rivero 9+1reb
Palencia: J.Durley 16+1reb+1ast, R.Fornas 15+3reb, E.Garrido 12+6ast, U.Otegui 10+10reb+2ast, J.Porzingis 7+3reb, A.Ott 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 187151


Caceres - Breogan 71-65 OT

Caceres Basket (11-14) survived in overtime against Leche Rio Breogan (13-12) by six points 71-65 on Friday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-13. But Leche Rio Breogan won second period 11-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Leche Rio Breogan used huge pressure winning it 19-15 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 5-11. They outrebounded Leche Rio Breogan 56-42 including 18 on the offensive glass. Nigerian-Canadian forward Olu Ashaolu (200-88, college: Oregon, agency: Dynamics Global Management) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American forward Antonio Pena (203-86, college: Villanova) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Senegalese center Michel Diouf (208-89) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and Dutch power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St.) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Leche Rio Breogan players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Caceres Basket moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Lobe Huesca and Forca Lleida. Leche Rio Breogan at the other side keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. Caceres Basket will face higher ranked Meridiano Alicante (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Leche Rio Breogan will play against CB Clavijo in Logrono.
Top scorers:
Caceres: O.Ashaolu 20+13reb+2ast, A.Pena 15+14reb+5ast, P.Robles 9+2reb, B.Hobbs 6+3reb, J.Duinker 6+6reb+1ast, R.Nguema 5+9reb
Breogan: M.Diouf 14+11reb, S.Ogirri 14+2reb+3ast, R.Schaftenaar 12+9reb, G.Leonavicius 12+6reb+1ast, A.Winchester 6+4reb+1ast, C.Cobos 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 187150


Clavijo - Lobe Huesca 65-79

Everything could happen in Logrono at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Lobe Huesca and 7th ranked CB Clavijo had identical 10-14 record. But CB Clavijo was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Huesca 79-65 on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Lobe Huesca. CB Clavijo was better in fourth quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lobe Huesca made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Lobe Huesca outrebounded CB Clavijo 33-16 including a 24-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Jamar Samuels (200-89, college: Kansas St.) fired 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Slovenian guard Sandi Cebular (196-86) chipped in 16 points. Center David Mesa (202-80) produced 8 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Mikel Uriz (182-89) added 13 points and 6 steals respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lobe Huesca (11-14) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Caceres and Forca Lleida. Loser CB Clavijo dropped to the ninth position with 15 games lost. Lobe Huesca will face FCB Regal II (#12) in Barcelona in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. CB Clavijo will play on the road against Leche Rio Breogan in Lugo.
Top scorers:
Lobe Huesca: J.Samuels 18+9reb, S.Cebular 16+2reb+1ast, E.Sanchez 15+4ast, J.Romero 7+5reb, J.Orfila 6+5reb, M.Krusic 6+2reb+1ast
Clavijo: M.Uriz 13+1reb+2ast, A.Ruiz de Galarreta 12+1reb, D.Mesa 8+6reb+2ast, E.Suarez 7+1reb+3ast, J.Mesa 6+1reb, X.Guirao 5
gschID: 187149


FCB Regal II - A.Ford Burgos 65-90

Not a big story in a game in Barcelona where 10th ranked FCB Regal II (10-15) was outplayed by second ranked Ford Burgos (21-4) 90-65 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Ford Burgos. FCB Regal II was better in second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ford Burgos dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to FCB Regal II's 36. Point guard Daniel Lopez (187-82) fired 15 points and 9 assists for the winners. American forward Lucas Sikma (203-89, college: Portland) chipped in 7 points and 10 rebounds. Four Ford Burgos players scored in double figures. Swedish swingman Marcus Eriksson (196-93) produced 17 points and Senegalese center Papa Mbaye (209-90) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ford Burgos have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Ford Burgos maintains second place with 21-4 record behind leader Andorra. FCB Regal II lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the ninth position with 15 games lost. Ford Burgos will face league's leader River Andorra at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. FCB Regal II will play against Lobe Huesca (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
A.Ford Burgos: J.Xavier 16, D.Lopez 15+4reb+9ast, J.Ortega 14+3reb+1ast, F.Rocchia 12+1reb+2ast, M.Vinicius Toledo 10+2reb, J.Garcia 7+1reb+1ast
FCB Regal II: M.Eriksson 17+2reb, P.Mbaye 12+5reb+1ast, M.Hezonja 10+2reb+2ast, I.Garcia 7+2reb, O.Pauli 6+5reb+1ast, J.Perez 5+4ast
gschID: 187148


Andorra - Forca Lleida 86-66

Everything went according to plan when first ranked River Andorra (22-3) outleveled at home 6th ranked Lleida Basquet (11-14) 86-66 on Friday. The game without a history. River Andorra led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Naturalized Russian power forward Dmitry Flis (203-84) fired 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Devin Wright (203-86) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four River Andorra players scored in double figures. American-Italian power forward Dominic Calegari (208-87, college: Cal-Davis) produced 11 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Greg Mangano (208-89, college: Yale) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted River Andorra maintains first place with 22-3 record. Loser Lleida Basquet keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. River Andorra will face league's second-placed Ford Burgos on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lleida Basquet will play against Leyma Basquet (#9) in Coruna.
Top scorers:
Andorra: M.Blanch 15+3reb+1ast, D.Wright 14+6reb, D.Flis 13+6reb+3ast, T.Hampl 12+4reb, J.Safford 11+2reb, A.Maresch 7+5reb+4ast
Forca Lleida: G.Mangano 13+6reb, D.Calegari 11+7reb+1ast, J.Johnson 9+3reb+4ast, P.Oriola 8+4reb, S.Pino 8, D.Rodriguez 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 187147



EuroLeague: CSKA thump Caja Laboral for 2-0 lead - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Caja Laboral 90:68

CSKA made it look easy as they cruised to the comfortable home win over Caja Laboral in the second game of the EuroLeague quarterfinal series. CSKA are now heading to Spain with a comfortable 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
Caja Laboral secured a strong start to the game. The Vitoria team went on a 26:20 run in the first quarter. But CSKA quickly stopped the rot. The hosts adjusted defensively and limited their opponents to just 11 points in the next ten minutes. CSKA ensured a 44:37 halftime advantage. More to come in the third term as CSKA stated their dominance. The home side rallied to a massive 69:50 lead at the final intermission. Caja Laboral struggled to get any closer throughout the fourth frame. CSKA coasted in the fourth frame and deservedly posted another win in the series. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83), Zoran Erceg (210-PF-85) and Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) delivered 16 points each for CSKA. Teodosic added 14 points and 7 assists for the winners. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) answered with 19 points and 6 boards for Caja Laboral. Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) had 13 points in the loss.

CSKA: Nenad Krstic 16, Zoran Erceg 16, Sasha Kaun 16
Caja Laboral: Maciej Lampe 19, Fernando San Emeterio 13



Bulls Not Expecting Mirotic Signing Until 2014 - by Eurobasket News

Gar Forman would not be surprised if Nikola Mirotic (6'10''-F/C-91) decides to remain in Europe instead of joining the Chicago Bulls next season. The Bulls selected Mirotic with the 24th pick in 2011 draft. "You're slotted in the first round, and I think the slot for No. 24 is $1.3 or $1.4 million," Forman said. "Well, he makes a lot more money than that right now over at Real Madrid. So the way the CBA is written is after three years then you're no longer slotted. Then you can use whether it's exception room or cap room in order to pay a guy. "So there's no possibility this summer because next year will be his third year. But after next year, the summer of 2014, then we'll be able to start some negotiations as far as a buyout possibly with Real Madrid or negotiate with him to come over here." Forman envisions playing the 6-foot-10, 220-pound Mirotic at power forward. "He's probably a four, but he's very, very skilled, Forman said. He shoots it from 3, can handle it, good mobility. And he's a tough, tough kid."
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



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Asia-basket.com All-Taiwanese SBL Awards 2012-13 - by Simas

Asia-basket.com All-Taiwanese SBL 1st Team 2013
#s#
Quincy Davis
Davis
Kuan-Lun Lin
Lin
Wen-Cheng Tsai
Tsai
Taylor King
King
Noel Felix
Felix
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Player of the Year: Davis Quincy (206-F/C-83) of Pure Youth
Guard of the Year: Lin Kuan-Lun (187-PG-84) of KKL
Forward of the Year: King Taylor (203-F-88) of KKL
Center of the Year: Davis Quincy (206-F/C-83) of Pure Youth
Import Player of the Year: Davis Quincy (206-F/C-83) of Pure Youth
Domestic Player of the Year: Lin Kuan-Lun (187-PG-84) of KKL
Defensive Player of the Year: Davis Quincy (206-F/C-83) of Pure Youth
Coach of the Year: Hsu Chin-Tse of Pure Youth

1st Team
PG: Lin Kuan-Lun (187-84) of KKL
G/F: Tsai Wen-Cheng (190-85) of Pure Youth
F: King Taylor (203-88) of KKL
C/F: Felix Noel (205-81) of Taiwan Mobile
F/C: Davis Quincy (206-83) of Pure Youth

2nd Team
PG: Chen Shih-Chieh (176-84) of Pure Youth
F: Taylor Joseph (205-85) of Bank of Taiwan
F: Chen Shun-Hsiang (190-85) of Bank of Taiwan
F/C: Lamizana Mamadou (207-81) of Yulon Luxgen
C/F: Howell Rolando (206-82) of Dacin Tigers

All-Domestic Players Team
G/F: Tsai Wen-Cheng (190-85) of Pure Youth
PG: Lin Kuan-Lun (187-84) of KKL
F: Tien Lei (202-83) of Dacin Tigers
G: Chen Chih-Chung (185-77) of Yulon Luxgen
F: Chen Shun-Hsiang (190-85) of Bank of Taiwan

All-Imports Team
C/F: Howell Rolando (206-82) of Dacin Tigers
F: King Taylor (203-88) of KKL
F: Taylor Joseph (205-85) of Bank of Taiwan
F/C: Davis Quincy (206-83) of Pure Youth
C/F: Felix Noel (205-81) of Taiwan Mobile



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TBF Should Address Basketball Promotion - by Eurobasket News

CALL that Tanzania should enhance basketball participation and promote the game at the grassroots level for better results domestically and internationally has come at the right time.
It comes at a time when the game is experiencing a free fall, no doubt about this fact.Basketball is, like all others, competitive sports. It is also an enjoyable one. The game can as well transform the lives of players, like professional soccer does. For them, the sport can be a permanent source of employment.
However, the game is not played at its full potential in Tanzania, despite the fact that the country is endowed with many talented players. Our teams have repeatedly failed to make the most at the regional tournaments, where Uganda and Kenya have been dominant year in year out. In fact, the national team has qualified for the FIBA African Championship, just once in the past 50 years. A big shame for the country!
It is certainly not too late, however. There was still room for the country to turn around the fortune of the game as suggested by the experts. Speaking at the just ended National Basketball League, held in Tanga region, coaches and referees alike suggested that enhanced enrolment in the NBL and vibrant youth programmes would stimulate the development of the sport.
They also noted that Tanzanian basketball players were lacking some essential skills and attributed it to the fact that they start playing the game without learning the proper fundamentals.It should be noted that youth basketball promotion was the stepping stone to success and Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) must ensure the involvement of children and youth in basketball leagues and competitions in their surroundings.
They should as well conduct basketball clinics and organise more coaching and referees workshops.The other challenge for the TBF is to change its approach -- from entirely depending on the government and instead, look for corporate sponsorship to help finance its programmes, if there are any, anyway.
TBF leadership should also come up with a clear long-term school development programme that would help develop young players into good and responsible national team stars. If this is done, Tanzania will produce more players of Hasheem Thabeet's quality, a local basketball star, who is currently enjoying his game in the US.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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High Voltage shock O'meara! - by Albert-Lee Young

On Wednesday 10th April, High Voltage defeated Omeara 78-57 in round 3 of the 2013 Arima Basketball Knockout Competition. Shawn Lawrence led High Voltage with 18 points, while Randy Greenige and Kegan Craig scored 12 points each. Mathew Sheppard had 18 points for O'meara and Kareem Davis added 11 points.

In the other game, La Horquetta won 66 - 54 over San Juan. Ronaldo Lett led La Horquetta with12 points and Jeffrey Bourne had 11 points. Aaron Charles 16 points and Michael Scoon 10 points were San Juan leading scorers.

Other results:
Round 2 on Monday 8th April, Sangre Grande 64 vs. Malabar 58. For the winners, Rondell Winter had 18 points, N. Rochford 14 points and M. St. Clair 10 points. For Malabar Duane Virgil got 13 points and Kevin Green 10 points.

La Horquetta 73 vs. Arouca 59. The leading scorers for La Horquetta were Jeffrey Bourne with 24 points, Dexter Morion 14 points, Brent Mc Shine 13 points and Ronaldo Lett 12 points. Maurice Francis and Anson Cumberbatch scored 19 and 13 points respectively for the losing team.

Opening round on Sunday 7th April, Valencia 108 vs. Vintage 47. Fabrice Fisher led Valenica with 30pts, Ivan Williams had 24 and Jeffery Saunders got 21 points . Wayne Cupid and Kelvin Peterkin both scored 16pts each for Vintage.

San Juan Warriors 43 vs. Samaroo Village 42. Sean Solomon and Michael Straker scored 15pts and 10pots respectively for San Juan. Both Dayne Cummings and Roger Moore scored 13 points each for Samaroo.




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Standings - TB2L

TB2L Standings
 1. Usak 23-8 
 2. Yesilgiresun 22-9 
 3. Selcuk Univ. 21-10 
 4. Maliye Milli 21-11 
 5. Akhisar Bld 20-11 
 6. Darussafaka 20-11 
 7. Trabzonspor 20-11 
 8. Balikesir 18-13 
 9. Vestel 17-15 
 10. Bandirma Kir. 15-16 
 11. Istanbul B.B. 14-18 
 12. Final Genclik 13-18 
 13. Gelisim 13-19 
 14. Pi Koleji 13-19 
 15. Baskent Genclik 13-19 
 16. Pertevniyal 12-19 
 17. Istanbulspor 4-27 
 18. Izmir BSB 3-28 

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 12: Maliye Milli - Istanbul B.B. 83-77
Apr. 12: Gelisim - Vestel 75-73
Apr. 12: Pi Koleji - Baskent Genclik 73-74
Apr. 13: Pertevniyal - Yesilgiresun
Apr. 13: Balikesir - Darussafaka
Apr. 13: Selcuk Univ. - Final Genclik
Apr. 13: Istanbulspor - Bandirma Kir.
Apr. 13: Akhisar Bld - Izmir BSB
Apr. 14: Usak - Trabzonspor


EuroLeague: Olympiacos race past Anadolu Efes again - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - Anadolu Efes 71:53

Olympiacos registered the second straight win over Anadolu Efes at the EuroLeague quarterfinal series. The Reds stunned the Turkish team in Piraeus tonight to take 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 15 points, 8 assists and 4 boards to pace the winners.
Olympiacos found themselves trailing by two points after the intense first quarter 14:16. But the hosts picked up the tempo in the second frame. Olympiacos went on a 21:10 run in the period to gain a 35:26 halftime lead. Olympiacos maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 12 points 52:40. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) gave the home team a 62:41 lead early in the fourth frame and they cruised to the victory at the end. Kyle Hines (198-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 12 points, while Pero Antic added 11 points for the winning side. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) answered with 13 points and 14 boards for Anadolu Efes. Stanko Barac (216-C-86) had 9 points in the loss.

Olympiacos: Vassilis Spanoulis 15, Kyle Hines 12, Pero Antic 11
Anadolu Efes: Kerem Gonlum 13+14 boards, Stanko Barac 9



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When Ivan Enabu Completed Mission - by Eurobasket News

For every team that made it to the finals of the basketball play-offs in December 2012, the championship was the ultimate prize.
And so did the players, although, taken the league as a whole, perhaps no one did so than Warriors' Ivan Enabu. See, from a family of six (five boys and a girl), five of whom had featured in the Federation of Uganda Basketball Association (Fuba) organised league, Enabu had been the only one not to have a first-division league winners' medal.
But that all changed on December 16 when Enabu finally kissed the winner's trophy after Warriors edged Falcons 4-2. The situation had become so unbearable for Enabu because even his sister Evelyn had won the first-division title with UCU Lady Canons in 2008, while his brother Mark had won the 2008 league title with Power before relocating to Canada.
His younger brothers, Jimmy, 24, won it in 2011 while Emmanuel, 21, had clinched it in 2010 and 2011, both with Dmark Power. In fact, in 2011, it was at the expense of Ivan. As Ivan cried, Emmanuel kissed a second winner's medal in three seasons of top-flight basketball. And since Ivan, who had struggled his way up over the years from the second division with Knight-Riders and UCU Canons, wasn't growing any younger, it wasn't enough being called one of the game's best players without silverware.
Stars are synonymous with success, hence the pressure of underachievement was immense. Ivan had to exorcise the 2011 demons that saw him lose the title to his brothers, following a 4-3 series loss.
"That was one of the lowest days in my adult life I can remember," he told The Observer before the play-off finals.
And his mother, Angela Enabu, knew the depth of his anguish:
"When Ivan lost the finals to Power in 2011, he spent the whole night watching TV."
As a parent, it was difficult for her considering that two of her, other sons who had won also needed her support in as far as their achievement was concerned. All she could do was to encourage him.
"For a while, each time at the meal table," she recalls, "Ivan would remind everyone how he was the odd man without a league title."
And that hurt. In fact, according to Jimmy, because of how sensitive the whole subject was, basketball talk became a touchy subject better left un-discussed in the Enabu home.
Not even the second-division championship with UCU Canons in 2006 and a Sprite Schools Championship title with Kabojja Secondary School in 2002 would suffice for Ivan who first tried his luck in competitive basketball in 2004 aged 20 while with Nkumba Marines.
It's the first-division title that mattered.
And to be considered amongst the greatest, one had to win it according to Ivan. But he added that the double groin injury he suffered during the 2011 play-offs, forcing him to play on painkillers, was the reason he played below par.
But during the 2012 play-offs, he was fit.
That was needed to have his 'A' game on to complete a long-awaited mission. He trained hard to make up for what wasn't a blistering 2012 regular basketball season. As per his standards, Ivan is the kind of player expected to be vying for MVP gongs every season for all the basketball attributes he has that get fans off their seats in awe.
With his elegance, skills, flair and tricks on the ball, Ivan is more or less the equivalent of a Zinedine Zidane in flight. So graceful, he is that with his panache at dribbling on the run and ability to lay an assist out of this world, the accolade that he is the game's best is well suited.
Inspired by Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade, Ivan always hoped that just like Heat's long wait for a championship since 2006 ended in June 2012 with a star-studded side that was hated and loved by many in equal measure for the acquisition of LeBron James, Warriors would add to their single title won in 2009.
They actually did. But before they could, Ivan told The Observer, "I'm not entertaining any negative thoughts. I'm confident that we've a great experienced side to win and God will see us through."
However, if Ivan hadn't won this time, he would have had to deal with a host of cynics who, over the years, have claimed that Ivan is jinxed and therefore whatever club he plays for can't win titles. Yet, even he couldn't escape the taint that mars the great. In the semi-final play-offs against UCU Canons, Ivan was captured on camera punching his opponent, Sunday Okot, in the belly. This was in retaliation after Okot had tripped him on court.
Back in 2009, Ivan and Okot received lengthy bans from Fuba for fighting on court.
"I regret that because I'm not that kind of person. It was just in the heat of the moment," he muses.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
 1. Marinos 25-9 
 2. Gigantes 20-13 
 3. Cocodrilos 19-12 
 4. Gaiteros 19-16 
 5. Bucaneros 17-15 
 6. Guaros 16-17 
 7. Trotamundos 15-18 
 8. Guaiqueries 12-20 
 9. Panteras 12-21 
 10. Toros 10-24 

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 12: Gaiteros - Guaiqueries 92-80
Apr. 11: Bucaneros - Gaiteros 88-76
Apr. 12: Gigantes - Marinos 80-78
Apr. 11: Gigantes - Marinos 78-61
Apr. 11: Toros - Trotamundos 107-103
Apr. 12: Trotamundos - Toros 100-73

Regular Season: Round 33

Apr. 15: Guaiqueries - Gigantes
Apr. 16: Guaiqueries - Gigantes
Apr. 16: Bucaneros - Guaros
Apr. 16: Marinos - Cocodrilos




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Women News


Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian LBF Awards 2012-13 - by Simas

Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian LBF 1st Team 2013
#s#
Erika De Souza
De Souza
Karla da Costa
da Costa
Adriana Pinto
Pinto
Alex Montgomery
Montgomery
Iziane Castro Marques
Castro Marques
#e#5

Player of the Year: Erika De Souza (197-C-82) of Recife
Guard of the Year: Adriana Pinto (170-SG-78) of Recife
Forward of the Year: Alex Montgomery (185-G/F-89) of Recife
Center of the Year: Erika De Souza (197-C-82) of Recife
Defensive Player of the Year: Erika De Souza (197-C-82) of Recife
Coach of the Year: Luiz Augusto Zanon of Americana

1st Team
SG: Karla da Costa (173-78) of Americana
SG: Adriana Pinto (170-78) of Recife
G/F: Alex Montgomery (185-89) of Recife
G/F: Iziane Castro Marques (182-82) of Maranhao
C: Erika De Souza (197-82) of Recife

2nd Team
G: Roneeka Hodges (180-82) of Americana
G/F: Ariadna Felipe (179-83) of Sao Jose
G/F: Patricia Ribeiro (176-90) of Sao Jose
C: Damiris Do Amaral (192-92) of Maranhao
C: Clarissa Dos Santos (187-88) of Americana

Honorable Mention
Kelly Santos (192-C-79) of Maranhao
Joice Rodrigues (168-PG-86) of Ourinhos
Fabao Oliveira (180-F/C-79) of Santo Andre
Yakelyn Plutin (187-F/C-79) of Maranhao
Patricia Ferreira (182-SF-79) of Maranhao



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Eurobasket.com All-Danish Dameligaen Awards 2012-13 - by Simas

Eurobasket.com All-Danish Dameligaen 1st Team 2013
#s#
Emily Hatch
Hatch
Kiki Lund
Lund
Alexandra Chili
Chili
Marie Malone
Malone
Trenice Fuller
Fuller
#e#5

Player of the Year: Emily Hatch (185-F-89) of Lemvig
Guard of the Year: Alexandra Chili (180-G) of Vaerlose
Forward of the Year: Emily Hatch (185-F-89) of Lemvig
Center of the Year: Trenice Fuller (193-C-87) of Falcon
Import Player of the Year: Emily Hatch (185-F-89) of Lemvig
Domestic Player of the Year: Ida Pretzmann (174-G-90) of SISU
Defensive Player of the Year: Trenice Fuller (193-C-87) of Falcon
Coach of the Year: Hrannar Holm of SISU

1st Team
SG: Kiki Lund (177-83) of SISU
G: Alexandra Chili (180) of Vaerlose
F: Emily Hatch (185-89) of Lemvig
C: Marie Malone (191-89) of SISU
C: Trenice Fuller (193-87) of Falcon

2nd Team
G: Ida Pretzmann (174-90) of SISU
G/F: Catharina Jensen (183-89) of Amager
F: Mallory Moore
C/F: Sarah Schicher (188-90) of Lemvig
C: Janet Hatfield (190-85) of Vaerlose

Honorable Mention
Camilla Blands (180-G-85) of SISU
Maria Jespersen (182-G-94) of Aabyhoj
Kelly Meredith (182-C) of Aabyhoj
Ivana Udovalieva (172-PG-84) of Lemvig

All-Domestic Players Team
SG: Kiki Lund (177-83) of SISU
G: Ida Pretzmann (174-90) of SISU
G: Camilla Blands (180-85) of SISU
G/F: Catharina Jensen (183-89) of Amager
F: Mallory Moore

All-Imports Team
G: Alexandra Chili (180) of Vaerlose
F: Emily Hatch (185-89) of Lemvig
C: Janet Hatfield (190-85) of Vaerlose
C: Marie Malone (191-89) of SISU
C: Trenice Fuller (193-87) of Falcon



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PeKa advanced to the Finals - by Eurobasket News

FoA - PeKa 56-73 (1-3)

The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 17 points. Peli-Karhut dominated on the defensive end, holding Forssan Alku to just 6 points in third quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Korinne Campbell (182-88, college: W.Virginia) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import forward Shenita Landry (188-87, college: Temple) who added 9 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Peli-Karhut players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international power forward Laura Saarinen (187-92) responded with 8 points and 14 rebounds and American point guard Sarah Miles (170-89, college: W.Virginia) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
FoA: S.Miles 14+5reb, H.Koponen 10+2reb, M.Lechlitner 10+1reb+3ast, L.Saarinen 8+14reb, B.Arbuckle 4+7reb+1ast, H.Salomaa 4+1reb
PeKa: L.Lehtoranta 17+1reb, K.Campbell 16+12reb+1ast, R.Piipari 11+3ast, A.Pounds 11+5reb, S.Landry 9+8reb+3ast, L.Richter 6+3reb
gschID: 238674



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LFB Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Bourges and Lattes Montpellier advance into Final - by Eurobasket News

Semifinals
Bourges - Lyon 63-45

Bourges cruised past Lyon for the clean sweep of the series. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 63-45. International guard Celine Dumerc (169-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 10 points and 5 rebounds. International Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-88) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Naturalized Senegalese forward Mame-Marie Sy-Diop (185-85) replied with 9 points and 8 rebounds and German forward Romy Baer (187-87) added 10 points in the effort for Lyon. Lyon's coach Laurent Buffard rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Bourges: N.Miyem 12+3reb+1ast, E.Ndongue 10+1reb, C.Dumerc 10+5reb+3ast, C.Diallo 8+4reb+1ast, P.Krawczyk 8+2reb+1ast, M.Coleman 8+5reb
Lyon: R.Baer 10+4reb+1ast, M.Sy-Diop 9+8reb+1ast, E.Podrug 6+2ast, D.Page 6+3reb+2ast, A.Sauret Gillespie 4+1reb, M.Plust 4
gschID: 238773


Lattes Montp. - Perpignan 77-50

Lattes Montpellier shot down Perpignan to secure the place in the Final. The game without a history. Lattes Montpellier led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Perpignan to just 3 points in fourth quarter. Lattes Montpellier dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Perpignan's 28. They outrebounded Perpignan 40-27 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Lattes Montpellier especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. The former international point guard Edwige Lawson-Wade (168-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 5 assists. Guard Gaelle Skrela (178-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) contributed with 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Lattes Montpellier players scored in double figures. Center Helena Ciak (197-89) replied with 9 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Diandra Tchatchouang (186-91, college: Maryland) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Perpignan. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Lattes Montp.: E.Lawson-Wade 14+2reb+5ast, A.Lelas 12+5reb+2ast, K.Mann 12+3reb+1ast, F.Sacko 10+1reb+1ast, G.Skrela 8+9reb+3ast, E.Gomis 8+2reb+1ast
Perpignan: A.Bjorklund 12+3reb+1ast, I.Strunc 10+2reb+3ast, H.Ciak 9+7reb+1ast, D.Tchatchouang 9+6reb+1ast, I.Ciglar 6+2reb+1ast, E.Bertal 2+4reb
gschID: 238772
5-8 Place
Tarbes - Villeneuve 72-66

Tarbes overcame Villeneuve to clinch the victory in the classification series. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. American forward Angelica Robinson (197-87, college: Georgia) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Paoline Salagnac (176-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Belgian center Emma Meesseman (192-93, agency: LBM Management) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international Amelie Pochet (180-84) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Villeneuve D'Ascq.
Top scorers:
Tarbes: A.Robinson 17+6reb+1ast, P.Salagnac 14+5reb+3ast, J.Rad 12+7reb+2ast, K.McCarthy 8+7reb+4ast, L.Datchy 6, G.Ocete 6+1reb+3ast
Villeneuve: E.Meesseman 16+14reb+4ast, B.Dieme 16+3reb+1ast, A.Pochet 14+6reb+3ast, O.Sanni 9+3reb+2ast, J.Digbeu 5+4reb+5ast, A.Nayo 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 238775


Landes - Nantes 85-76

Landes knocked down Nantes to force the third decisive game in the series. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. American forward Angelica Robinson (197-87, college: Georgia) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Paoline Salagnac (176-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Belgian center Emma Meesseman (192-93, agency: LBM Management) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international Amelie Pochet (180-84) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Villeneuve D'Ascq.
Top scorers:
Tarbes: A.Robinson 17+6reb+1ast, P.Salagnac 14+5reb+3ast, J.Rad 12+7reb+2ast, K.McCarthy 8+7reb+4ast, L.Datchy 6, G.Ocete 6+1reb+3ast
Villeneuve: E.Meesseman 16+14reb+4ast, B.Dieme 16+3reb+1ast, A.Pochet 14+6reb+3ast, O.Sanni 9+3reb+2ast, J.Digbeu 5+4reb+5ast, A.Nayo 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 238774



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DBBL Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Heli Girls - Osnabruck 70-50

The game without a history. Heli Girls led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-27 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Heli Girls outrebounded Osnabruck 42-28 including a 32-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Finnish swingman Heta Korpivaara (186-84, college: Seton Hall, agency: Regeneracom Sports) scored 21 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Dorothea Richter (176-83) chipped in 12 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Four Heli Girls players scored in double figures. Power forward Juliane Hoehne (189-83, college: IPFW) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Ali Schwagmeyer (180-90, college: Quincy, agency: Gamble Sports Management) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Heli Girls: H.Korpivaara 21+8reb+3ast, D.Richter 12+13reb+6ast, M.Henderson 12+3reb, Y.Francis 12+7reb, I.Brox 6+1reb, A.Thalhofer 3+1ast
Osnabruck: A.Schwagmeyer 13+5reb, J.Hoehne 12+6reb, A.Pace 9+6reb+1ast, J.Byrd 8+4reb+1ast, M.Knopp 4+1reb, J.Hootmann 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 238571


Bamberg - Wasserburg 77-88

The game was mostly controlled by TSV 1880 Wasserburg. Don Bosco Bamberg managed to win third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TSV 1880 Wasserburg dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Don Bosco Bamberg's 28. American forward Emma Cannon (188-89, college: Cent.Florida) notched a double-double by scoring 27 points and 19 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international guard Stina Barnert (174-89) supported her with 22 points. Even 25 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) by Swedish forward Binta Drammeh (180-92) did not help to save the game for Don Bosco Bamberg. American guard Jessica Miller (173-88, college: Ill.-Chicago) added 15 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Four Don Bosco Bamberg players scored in double figures. Don Bosco Bamberg's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Wasserburg: E.Cannon 27+19reb+1ast, S.Barnert 22+2reb, A.Breitreiner 20+1reb+2ast, R.Thoresen 8+1reb, T.Sten 4+6reb, M.Dalembert 4+8reb+1ast
Bamberg: B.Drammeh 25+4reb, J.Young 15+5reb+1ast, J.Miller 15+8reb, A.Hartmann 11+1reb, T.Lohneiss 4+1reb, B.Benzio 3+7reb
gschID: 238570


Freiburg - Oberhausen 71-47

The game was mostly controlled by Eisvogel Freiburg. Oberhausen managed to win fourth quarter 13-5. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Eisvogel Freiburg dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Oberhausen's 30. They outrebounded Oberhausen 43-31 including a 30-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. American swingman Brooque Williams (176-89, college: California, PA) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import swingman Jahzinga Tracey (185-86, college: Indiana, PA) supported her with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Eisvogel Freiburg's coach Stefan Mienack felt very confident using entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 10 points and 8 rebounds by American guard Markeshia Grant (167, college: S.Carolina) did not help to save the game for Oberhausen. Fijian guard Valerie Nainima (165-86, college: S.Carolina) added 10 points and 4 assists for the guests.
Top scorers:
Freiburg: B.Williams 16+13reb+3ast, J.Tracey 13+6reb+3ast, M.Greene 10+9reb+2ast, C.Hoere 9, J.Hodapp 7+1reb+1ast, J.Schindler 5+2reb+5ast
Oberhausen: M.Grant 10+8reb+3ast, V.Nainima 10+2reb+4ast, C.Krick 9+4reb+1ast, R.Tews 7+6reb, C.Jordan 5+7reb, J.Simonis 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 238569


Rhein MB - Halle 86-72

The game was mostly controlled by Rhein Main Baskets. SV Halle Lions managed to win third quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Rhein Main Baskets won last quarter 25-13. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Strangely SV Halle Lions outrebounded Rhein Main Baskets 34-21 including 17 on the offensive glass. American guard Alyssa Karel (170-89, college: Wisconsin) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points. The other American import forward Denise Beliveau (180-89, college: New Hampshire) contributed with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Canadian forward Tamara Tatham (185-85, college: Massachusetts) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds and American point guard Daphanie Kennedy (175-86, college: Pepperdine) added 17 points and 6 assists in the effort for SV Halle Lions. Four SV Halle Lions players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Rhein MB: A.Karel 28+4reb+2ast, D.Beliveau 19+9reb+4ast, S.Wagner 17+4reb+2ast, P.Dietrich 8+1reb+2ast, A.Rexroth 5+1ast, S.Greunke 5+2reb+3ast
Halle: M.Abelova 17+3reb+1ast, D.Kennedy 17+3reb+6ast, T.Tatham 15+17reb+3ast, F.Ligthart 11+2reb, L.Hebecker 6+2reb+3ast, J.Gaudermann 4+2reb
gschID: 238568



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Eurobasket.com All-Latvian LSBL Awards 2012-13 - by Simas

Eurobasket.com All-Latvian LSBL 1st Team 2013
#s#
Anda Eibele
Eibele
Kristine Silaraja
Silaraja
Dita Rozenberga
Rozenberga
Zane Jakobsone
Jakobsone
Annika Koster
Koster
#e#5

Finals MVP: Anda Eibele (170-G-84) of Cesis
Player of the Year: Laura Audere (178-F-84) of RTU-Merks
Guard of the Year: Anda Eibele (170-G-84) of Cesis
Forward of the Year: Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90) of Tallina U.
Center of the Year: Annika Koster (185-F/C-92) of Eclex Tallinn
Defensive Player of the Year: Daina Lazdeniece (187-C-89) of RTU-Merks
Coach of the Year: Armands Kraulins of Cesis

1st Team
G: Anda Eibele (170-84) of Cesis
G: Kristine Silaraja (172-87) of Cesis
F: Dita Rozenberga (181-92) of TTT Riga
F: Zane Jakobsone (180-85) of Cesis
F/C: Annika Koster (185-92) of Eclex Tallinn

2nd Team
G: Pirgit Puu (168-88) of Tallina U.
G/F: Ieva Krastina (174-90) of TTT Riga
F: Laura Audere (178-84) of RTU-Merks
F: Kerttu Jallai (180-90) of Tallina U.
C: Daina Lazdeniece (187-89) of RTU-Merks

Honorable Mention
Asnate Fomina (176-G-94) of RTU-Merks
Laina Mesila-Kaarmann (186-C/F-87) of Eclex Tallinn
Mirjam Nikolai (177-G-86) of Eclex Tallinn
Trine Kasemagi (190-C-95) of Eclex Tallinn
Kerli Haas (180-F-90) of Rapla KK
Ashley Wallace (183-F-85) of Tallina U.
Valeria Kast (201-C-87) of Tallina U.
Joncelyn Peterkin (187-C-89) of Liepajas
Ieva Vitola (187-F/C-85) of Cesis



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Sirenos reached the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Sirenos - Fortuna 70-67 (2-1)

Sirenos reached the Finals. Fortuna was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 18-13 charge of Sirenos, which allowed them to win the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Fortuna helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international power forward Iveta Salkauske (195-82, college: Illinois, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who led her team to a victory with 28 points and 9 rebounds. The former international guard Rasa Zemantauskaite (176-81) contributed with 19 points for the winners. The former international swingman Lina Aglinskaite (182-87) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Egle Siksniute (198-91) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Fortuna.
Top scorers:
Sirenos: I.Salkauske 28+9reb, R.Zemantauskaite 19+4reb+1ast, E.Taraseviciute 11+6reb+4ast, L.Rakutyte 3+2reb+1ast, E.Sarapaite 3+3reb+6ast, E.Liutkute 2+2reb+1ast
Fortuna: K.Council 21+1reb+1ast, L.Aglinskaite 17+6reb+1ast, E.Siksniute 16+7reb, G.Gutkauskaite 7+6reb+4ast, M.Grigalauskyte 6+9reb+3ast, A.Cerneckyte 0+1reb
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WBCA All-NCAA D1 Awards 2012-13 - by Eurobasket News

WBCA All-NCAA D1 Team 2013
#s#
Elena Delle Donne
Delle Donne
Skylar Diggins
Diggins
Stefanie Dolson
Dolson
Chelsea Gray
Gray
Brittney Griner
Griner
#e#1

WBCA All-NCAA D1 Defensive Player Of The Year: Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90) Baylor University
WBCA All-NCAA D1 Coach Of The Year: Muffet McGraw of Notre Dame
WBCA All-NCAA D1 Rookie Coach of the Year: Holly Warlick of Tennessee

WBCA All-NCAA D1 Team -13
Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89) of Delaware
Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90) of Notre Dame University
Stefanie Dolson (6'5''-C-92) of University of Connecticut
Chelsea Gray (5'11''-G-92) of Duke University
Brittney Griner of Baylor University
Kayla McBride (5'11''-G-92) of University of Notre Dame
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (6'0''-F-93) of University of Connecticut
Chinenye Ogwumike (6'3''-F-92) of Stanford University
Odyssey Sims (5'9''-G-92) of Baylor University
Alyssa Thomas (6'2''-F) of University of Maryland

WBCA All-NCAA D1 Honorable Mention -13
Natalie Achonwa (6'3''-F-92) of University of Notre Dame
Katie Baker (6'0''-F-91) of University of Montana
Rachel Banham (5'9''-G-93) of University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Alex Bentley (5'7''-G-90) of Penn State University
Kelsey Bone (6'4''-C-91) of Texas A&M University
Crystal Bradford (6'0''-G-93) of Central Michigan University
Gennifer Brandon (6'2''-F-90) of University of California Berkeley
Layshia Clarendon (5'9''-G-91) of University of California Berkeley
Tiffany Clarke (6'0''-F-91) of Vanderbilt University
Brittany Chambers (5'8''-G-91) of Kansas State University
Hallie Christofferson (6'3''-F-91) of Iowa State University
Courtney Clements (6'0''-G-89) of San Diego State University
Jerica Coley (5'8''-G-92) of Florida International University
Aaryn Ellenberg (5'7''-G) of University of Oklahoma
Angel Goodrich (5'4''-G) of University of Kansas
Bashaara Graves (6'2''-F-94) of University of Tennessee
Jasmine Hassell (6'2''-F-91) of University of Georgia
Tianna Hawkins (6'3''-F) of University of Maryland
Tayler Hill (5'10''-G-90) of Ohio State University
Jordan Hooper (6'2''-F-92) of University of Nebraska
Chelsea Hopkins (5'8''-G-90) of San Diego State University
Chucky Jeffery (5'10''-G-91) of University of Colorado
Maggie Lucas (5'9''-G-91) of Penn State University
Tyaunna Marshall (5'9''-G-92) of Georgia Institute of Technology
A'Dia Mathies (5'9''-G) of University of Kentucky
Anna Martin (5'9''-G) of DePaul University
Keena Mays (5'7''-G) of Southern Methodist University
Nadirah McKenith (5'7''-G) of St. Johns University
Courtney Osborn (5'10''-G) of Miami University
Theresa Plaisance (6'5''-F-92) of Louisiana State University
Niveen Rasheed (6'0''-F-91) of Princeton University
Sugar Rodgers (5'11''-G) of Georgetown University
Ebony Rowe (6'1''-F-91) of Middle Tennessee State University
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt (5'10''-G-91) of University of North Carolina
Shoni Schimmel (5'9''-G-92) of University of Louisville
Chaundra Sewell (6'1''-F-91) of University of Wyoming
Naama Shafir (5'7''-G-90) of University of Toledo
Meighan Simmons (5'9''-G-92) of University of Tennessee
Andrea Smith (5'8''-G-90) of University of South Florida
Shenneika Smith (6'1''-G) of St. Johns University
Elizabeth Williams (6'3''-C-93) of Duke University
Toni Young (6'2''-F-91) of Oklahoma State University



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WBCA Division II All-America Awards 2012-13 - by Eurobasket News

WBCA Division II All-America Team 2013
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Lauren Battista
Battista
Kiara Brown
Brown
Kari Daugherty
Daugherty
Drameka Griggs
Griggs
Meixandra Porter
Porter
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WBCA Division II All-America Team
Lauren Battista (6'0''-F) Bentley University
Kiara Brown (5'7''-G-90) of Edinboro University
Kari Daugherty (6'1''-G) of Ashland University
Drameka Griggs (5'5''-PG-90) of Clayton State University
Meixandra Porter (5'6''-G-91) of Nova Southeastern University
Folade Raincock-Ekunwe (6'2''-F-91) of Simon Fraser University (BC)
Kelsey Sigl (6'0''-F) of Colorado Mesa University
Bianca Simmons (5'6''-G) of University of Massachusetts Lowell
Hillary Southworth (5'10''-G) of West Liberty University
Kiara Wright (6'0''-C) of Tarleton State University

WBCA Division II All-America Honorable Mention
Samantha Blazetic (6'3''-F/C-90) of Edinboro University
Kayla Brown (5'5''-PG) of University of Findlay
Jaymee Carnes (6'0''-F-92) of North Georgia College & State University
Brittany Cox of Pfeiffer University
Sarah DeShone of Ferris State University
Mary Dixon of Stonehill College
Daisy Feder (5'7''-G-89) of University of California San Diego
Courtney Finn (5'9''-G) of Bentley University
Keuna Flax (5'9''-G) of University of Central Missouri
Daiva Gerbec (6'0''-F-90) of Ashland University
Devin Griffin (5'9''-G) of West Texas A&M University
Jasmine Hammon of University of Alabama Huntsville
Britt Harris (6'2''-C) of Western Washington University
Kira Harvey (5'10''-G) of Lynn University
Megan Hingston of Northwest Nazarene University
Sam Hoyt (5'5''-G-91) of Michigan Technological University
Lizzy Jeronimus (5'11''-F-93) of Pittsburg State University
Laura Kinderknecht (5'7''-G-90) of Washburn University
Bobbi Knudsen of Montana State University Billings
Haylee Lepaio of Newberry College
Taylor Lewis (5'7''-G) of Northeastern State University
Erin Mann (6'1''-C) of Holy Family University
Aurielle Mosley (6'2''-F-90) of Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Jen Papich (6'1''-F) of Gannon University
Katrina Selsor (6'1''-G) of Colorado Mesa University
Daniela Tarailo (5'10''-G-90) of University of South Carolina Aiken
Brittany Weathers of University of West Alabama
Ali Wilkinson (6'0''-F) of Minnesota State University Mankato
Kayk Wilson of Florida Institute of Technology
Jackie Woods of Saint Marys University



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Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Damligan Awards 2012-13 - by Simas

Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Damligan 1st Team 2013
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Elisabeth Egnell
Egnell
Eureka Brooks
Brooks
Ashley Key
Key
Rashada McCants
McCants
Katarina Andersson
Andersson
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Player of the Year: Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87) of Norrkoping
Guard of the Year: Ashley Key (177-G-85) of Mark Basket
Forward of the Year: Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87) of Norrkoping
Center of the Year: Katarina Andersson (191-C-83) of Solna Vikings
Bosman Player of the Year: Kristina Tattersdill (184-F/C-83) of Sallen
Import Player of the Year: Ashley Key (177-G-85) of Mark Basket
Domestic Player of the Year: Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87) of Norrkoping
Defensive Player of the Year: Katarina Andersson (191-C-83) of Solna Vikings
Coach of the Year: Lars Johansson of Norrkoping

1st Team
PG: Eureka Brooks (170-86) of Solna Vikings
G: Ashley Key (177-85) of Mark Basket
F: Elisabeth Egnell (185-87) of Norrkoping
G/F: Rashada McCants (185-86) of Telge
C: Katarina Andersson (191-83) of Solna Vikings

2nd Team
G: Jeannie Saunders (173-86) of Udominate
F: Lykendra Johnson (185-89) of Norrkoping
SG: Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-91) of Telge
F: Earnesia Williams (185-87) of Visby
C/F: Anna Barthold (185-80) of Northland

Honorable Mention
Pamela Rosanio (178-G/F-86) of Udominate
Angel Robinson (172-G-89) of Telge
Taneisha Harrison (182-G-89) of Jarfalla
Erika Valek (168-PG-82) of Sallen
Kristina Tattersdill (184-F/C-83) of Sallen
Frida Aili (179-G-88) of Northland
Angel Robinson (172-G-89) of Telge
Brittany Smart (175-G-85) of Kvarnby
Michele Miller (180-G-85) of Visby

All-Domestic Players Team
SG: Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-91) of Telge
G: Frida Aili (179-88) of Northland
C/F: Anna Barthold (185-80) of Northland
C: Katarina Andersson (191-83) of Solna Vikings
F: Elisabeth Egnell (185-87) of Norrkoping

All-Imports Team
G: Angel Robinson (172-89) of Telge
G: Ashley Key (177-85) of Mark Basket
PG: Eureka Brooks (170-86) of Solna Vikings
F: Earnesia Williams (185-87) of Visby
F: Lykendra Johnson (185-89) of Norrkoping



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  TURKEY   

TBB2L Standings - by Eurobasket News

TKB2L Standings
Group D
 1. Cankaya 23-2 
 2. Orman 19-3 
 3. Nallihan 16-5 
 4. Dizdar 13-11 
 5. Asistanbul 10-13 
 6. Tekkekoy 7-17 
Group E
 1. Altay Konak 23-1 
 2. Edirne 20-4 
 3. Bursa BSB 17-5 
 4. Izmir BSB 12-10 
 5. Balcova 9-15 
 6. Burhaniye Bld 6-15 
Group F
 1. Orduspor 21-1 
 2. Botas 19-3 
 3. Gure 16-8 
 4. Sirince 13-11 
 5. Mersin Univ. 11-11 
 6. 55 Genclik 8-15 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 7

D

Apr. 12: Cankaya - Asistanbul 76-58
Apr. 13: Nallihan - Dizdar
Apr. 13: Orman - Tekkekoy

E

Apr. 13: Bursa BSB - Izmir BSB
Apr. 13: Botas - Mersin Univ.
Apr. 14: Edirne - Burhaniye Bld

F

Apr. 13: Orduspor - 55 Genclik
Apr. 14: Altay Konak - Balcova
Apr. 14: Gure - Sirince


The Semifinals are set - by Eurobasket News

Mersin - Istanbul Univ. 57-73 (1-2)

Istanbul advanced to the semis after a 73:57 win over Mersin. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Istanbul Universitesi's pressure prevailed and they won that period 22-12 extending their advantage to 16 points. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard Essence Carson (183-86, college: Rutgers) who led her team to a victory with 30 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Ebony Hoffman (188-82, college: USC) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Erlana Larkins (185-86, college: N.Carolina) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds and guard Shavonte Zellous (178-86, college: Pittsburgh) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Mersin.
Top scorers:
Mersin: E.Larkins 22+15reb+2ast, S.Zellous 13+6reb, M.Aydin 11+3reb+2ast, B.Ozturk 7+3reb+4ast, O.Zakalyuzhnaya 2+3reb+1ast, C.Handy 2+4reb+2ast
Istanbul Univ.: E.Carson 30+7reb+3ast, E.Hoffman 14+9reb+2ast, N.Kartaltepe Yigit 10+2reb+8ast, S.Mandir 9+2reb+2ast, T.Palazoglu 6+2reb+3ast, I.Osipova 4+6reb+1ast
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