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  ABA   



Jacksoville wins 2013 ABA Title - by Gianni Pascucci

The Jacksonville Giants owned by Ron Sholes claimed the 2013 ABA crown for the second year in a row yesterday night, in front of their fans at the Jacksonville Veterans Arena. They deefated 2-0 the North Dallas Vandals in best of three ABA Final Series, but it wasn't and easy job. The Vandals fought till the last second in each of the two games, the final results tell this clearly:
Game 1, played Saturday 13 at the UNF Arena: Jacksonville Giants 85 - North Dallas Vandals 84
Game 2, played Sunday 14 at Veterans Arena: Jacksonville Giants 110 - North Dallas Vandals 109



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  ARGENTINA   


Liga Americas: Lanus topple Arecibo to wrap up campaign - by Eurobasket News

Capitanes de Arecibo - Lanus 82:91

Lanus capped their Liga Americas campaign with victory. They overcame Capitanes de Arecibo on the final day of the Final Four stage. Fernando Martina (202-F/C-81) knocked down 19 points to lead the winners.
With Pinheiros/Sky grabbing the title a day earlier the teams had no pressure on them entering this one. They traded baskets throughout the opening quarter as scoreboard read 24:24 after ten minutes. Lanus surged ahead in the second period. The Argentinean team posted a 48:41 halftime lead. The teams remained hot offensively in the third quarter. Lanus maintained the advantage entering the fourth frame up by 7 points 71:64. They outgunned Arecibo 20:18 in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Patricio Prato (195-G-79) delivered 17 points, while Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel) added 15 points for the winners. Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86, college: Virginia Tech) answered with 20 points for Arecibo. David Cortes Ruiz (194-F-82) had 14 points in the loss.

Capitanes de Arecibo: Angel Daniel Vassallo 20, David Cortes Ruiz 14
Lanus: Fernando Martina 19, Patricio Prato 17, Robert Battle 15



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

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

Regular Season: Round 5

BIG V

Apr. 13: Eltham W. - Sherbrooke S. 95-79
Apr. 13: Ringwood H. - Werribee 84-91
Apr. 13: Melbourne - Bulleen B. 80-96
Apr. 14: Corio Bay - Hume City 79-72
Apr. 14: Waverley F. - Diamond V.E. 110-89

Central ABL

Apr. 14: N.Adelaide R. - Sturt S. 98-89
Apr. 13: Sturt S. - S.Adelaide P. 90-73
Apr. 13: N.Adelaide R. - Woodville W. 83-86
Apr. 14: C.District L. - Southern T. 81-67
Apr. 14: W.Adelaide B. - Eastern M. 79-55
Apr. 13: Southern T. - W.Adelaide B. 73-81
Apr. 13: Eastern M. - Norwood F. 72-96
Apr. 14: S.Adelaide P. - Forestville E. 70-88

SBL

Apr. 13: Goldfield G. - Mandurah M. 97-105
Apr. 13: Kalamunda E.S. - East Perth E. 94-126
Apr. 13: Wanneroo W. - Perry Lakes H. 86-95
Apr. 13: SW Slammers - Cockburn C. 85-76
Apr. 12: Rockingham F. - Lakeside L. 73-113
Apr. 14: East Perth E. - Geraldton B. 125-102
Apr. 13: Lakeside L. - Geraldton B. 121-93
Apr. 13: Perth R. - Rockingham F. 119-89
Apr. 12: Willetton T. - SW Slammers 111-98
Apr. 13: Stirling S. - Willetton T. 107-103

SEABL

Apr. 13: Brisbane S. - Sandringham S. 91-81
Apr. 13: Nunawading S. - Ballarat M. 86-90
Apr. 13: NW Tasmania - Geelong S. 77-80
Apr. 13: Frankston B. - Canberra G. 75-80
Apr. 12: Hobart C. - Geelong S. 70-81
Apr. 13: Kilsyth C. - Mt Gambier 68-76
Apr. 13: Albury W.B. - Bendigo B. 57-64
Apr. 12: Mt Gambier - Canberra G. 111-75
Apr. 13: Knox R. - Dandenong 103-85
Apr. 14: Dandenong - Canberra G. 102-69

WARATAH

Apr. 14: Hornsby S. - Newcastle H. 91-73
Apr. 13: Manly Warr. - Colonial Hotel 84-68
Apr. 13: Hills H. - Sydney C. 82-89
Apr. 14: Cent.Coast C. - Parramatta W. 79-61
Apr. 13: Bankstown B. - Hornsby S. 73-79
Apr. 13: Illawarra H. - Newcastle H. 66-77
Apr. 13: Maitland M. - Sutherland S. 64-63
Apr. 13: Parramatta W. - Norths Bears 54-86

Regular Season: Round 6

BIG V

Apr. 20: Diamond V.E. - Ringwood H.
Apr. 20: Sherbrooke S. - Melbourne
Apr. 20: Hume City - Waverley F.
Apr. 20: Bulleen B. - Corio Bay
Apr. 21: Werribee - Eltham W.

Central ABL

Apr. 19: Norwood F. - Woodville W.
Apr. 20: Eastern M. - C.District L.
Apr. 20: Norwood F. - N.Adelaide R.
Apr. 20: Southern T. - S.Adelaide P.
Apr. 20: Woodville W. - W.Adelaide B.
Apr. 20: Forestville E. - Sturt S.

SBL

Apr. 19: SW Slammers - Lakeside L.
Apr. 19: Rockingham F. - Cockburn C.
Apr. 19: Willetton T. - East Perth E.
Apr. 20: Geraldton B. - Perth R.
Apr. 20: Goldfield G. - Perry Lakes H.
Apr. 20: Wanneroo W. - SW Slammers
Apr. 20: Mandurah M. - Kalamunda E.S.
Apr. 20: Cockburn C. - Willetton T.
Apr. 20: Stirling S. - Rockingham F.

SEABL

Apr. 19: Canberra G. - Hobart C.
Apr. 19: Mt Gambier - Albury W.B.
Apr. 20: Dandenong - NW Tasmania
Apr. 20: Brisbane S. - Hobart C.
Apr. 20: Sandringham S. - Albury W.B.
Apr. 20: Geelong S. - Ballarat M.
Apr. 20: Bendigo B. - Nunawading S.
Apr. 20: Kilsyth C. - Frankston B.
Apr. 21: Knox R. - Sandringham S.
Apr. 21: Ballarat M. - NW Tasmania

WARATAH

Apr. 20: Sydney C. - Manly Warr.
Apr. 20: Hornsby S. - Illawarra H.
Apr. 20: Maitland M. - Cent.Coast C.
Apr. 20: Newcastle H. - Bankstown B.
Apr. 20: Norths Bears - Hills H.
Apr. 21: Norths Bears - Sutherland S.
Apr. 21: Colonial Hotel - Hills H.


Big V: Weekend Wrap- Rnd 4 - by Eurobasket News

As Bulleen, Waverley and Corio Bay continue to shine, so too does Werribee, but right now all eyes are on Ringwood as they try and find their next win in their title-defence season.
SCM ROUND UP
ROUND 4
The Werribee Devils landed a massive blow on Ringwood in round 4, clipping the Hawks 91-84 on their own nest to leave the home team reeling at 1-3, while its all smiles at the Devils (3-1) following a terrific start to the season. Hav-ing proven their worth at home, the Devils did it away from The Furness, showing plenty of sting against some of the best p[layers in the competition. Doun by 4pts at the half, the Devils grabbed the lead heading into the last quarter and steadied down the stretch to claim their best win of the season. Jordan Hughes (193-G, college: Dakota St.) (16pts) and Josh Oswald (15pts) led another team effort by the Devils, while a sombre Ring-wood were led by Bryan Dougher (24pts), Shaun Clarke (15pts, 12rbs) and Sam Belt (15pts, 10rbs). The Devils have officially arrived and the Hawks have come out the wrong end of a tough month to start the season.
Elthams up and down start to the season continued in round 4, this time to the good with the Wildcats beating Sherbrooke 95-79. The home team tore the game open with a 34-16 second quarter, leaving the result beyond doubt throughout the second half. Despite losing the re-bound count 30-45, the Wildcats were effective from the foul line (21/27) and landed 12/26 from beyond the arc at 46%. Scott Cuffe (25pts, 11rbs) continues to go from strength to strength, and David Buchberger impressed again with 29pts. For the Suns, Mo Williams (178-G-89, college: Pacific Union) (18pts) was the best on a disappointing night.
Bulleens unbeaten run has stretched to four games follow-ing a comfortable win against Melbourne, largely set up by a 56-34 first half. Mike Rose arrived in time to step out for his first game, netting 26pts and dishing out 6 dimes to get his time as a Boomer off to a good start, while Corey Standerfer (201-PF, college: York, NB) delivered another impressive 28pts. The Tigers battled hard all the way to the final buzzer and finished the game with a 31pt last quarter. Best for the Tigers included Jarrod Fryar (18pts) and Emmanuel Golong (13pts), while Jonny Kloester had 12pts against the team he played for last season.
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Corio Bay did enough to get over the top of Hume City and Jamal Brown (29pts, 10rbs), grabbing a 79-72 win to continue their push up the ladder. It wasnt a showstopper, which we have come to expect from the Stingrays at home, with Eric Williams (9pts) and Malo Hicks (11pts) kept relatively quiet. Stefan Osborne (18pts) kept up his recent form to lead the home team to victory against a spirited Broncos outfit, who relied heavily on Brown and Alex Bogart-King (13pts). The win pushes the Stingrays into fourth (3-1) on the ladder, while the Broncos (2-2) are in sixth and have a big schedule against Waverley, Diamond Valley, Werribee and Bulleen coming up.
Waverley and coach Andy Sherwell left no stone unturned in dismantling Diamond Valley in a high-scoring encounter, the 110-89 result providing plenty of entertainment for the fans. The home team started with a 39-27 first quarter and didnt look back, building on their lead at every break via a 54% shooting clip. Sedale Threatt Jnr (25pts, 8rbs, 14ast) was un-stoppable, Tom Boyle added 23pts and Ivan Platenik (25pts, 10rbs) was at his best. The Eagles enjoyed another good game from Matt Fennell (21pts, 9rbs), but after a barnstorm-ing start to the season its been a tough couple of weeks and its unclear yet as to whether or not Diamond Valley has what it takes to mix it with the frontrunners? Time will tell.
ROUND 4 RESULTS
Werribee 91 defeated Ringwood 84 Corio Bay 79 defeated Hume City 72 Eltham 95 defeated Sherbrooke 79 Waverley 110 defeated DValley 89 Bulleen 96 defeated Melbourne 80
If not for a close 8pt loss to top team Bulleen back in round one, right now we could be looking at Werri-bee up on top. The Devils have proven they belong in the top flight after beating Waverley, Sherbrooke and Ringwood in their last three games.
Courtesy of: http://www.bigv.com.au



Aleks Maric wins EuroCup title - by Eurobasket News

Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) wins EuroCup title with his Lokomotiv (Russia). Lokomotiv Kuban became the new EuroCup champions. They knocked down Bilbao Basket 75:64 in Charleroi tonight to clinch the trophy. Aleks Maric paced balanced effort from the Russian team finishing with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. Bilbao Basket eked out a narrow 17:16 lead after the starting quarter. But Lokomotiv took over in the second frame. They used a 15:2 run to secure a 37:28 lead. Kostas Kostas Vasiliadis stopped the rot with a jumper but Lokomotiv entered the second half up by 8 points 38:30. Derrick Brown and Calathes extended the lead to double digits early in the third term. Lokomotiv stayed in front throughout the third term. The Russian team entered the fourth quarter up by 9 points 54:45. Lokomotiv opened the fourth stanza with 11 straight points to shock Bilbao. The Basque team fought desperately till the final seconds and cut the deficit to 7 points but it was as close as they could get. Lokomotiv stayed calm and escaped with a triumphant victory at the end. Richard Hendrix finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Derrick Brown added 11 points for the winners. Kostas Vasiliadis answered with 11 points for Bilbao Basket. Milovan Rakovic had 11 points in the losing effort.



SBL: East Perth caps off big weekend (Sunday wrap) - by Eurobasket News

Week 5 SBL action concluded on Sunday with the Rockingham Flames winning the only women's fixture and East Perth and Lakeside scoring comprehensive men's victories.

The day started at Mike Barnett Sports Complex with the Rockingham Flames beating the Lakeside Lightning 84-71. The Flames set up the win with a dominant 25-14 third quarter and held on in the last period to win by 13.

Samantha Whitcomb led the way for Rockingham with 22 points while Cortney Hargreaves (181-G-91) added 18 points and five assists, and Mary-Alice Telfer 18 points and 11 rebounds. Kaye Tucker also had 14 points, five boards and three assists.

Krystal Stoneking top-scored for Lakeside with 20 points and six rebounds. Jessica Beran added 16 points and five boards, and Courtney Byrnes and Emily Fielding 11 points apiece.

The Lakeside Lightning men's team then bounced back from their women's loss with a 113-73 win over the Rockingham Flames largely on the back of a 44-point second quarter.

Justin Cecil (203-F-88, college: Mercer) scored 27 points for the Lightning with Ben Beran adding 18 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Jesse Dixon also scored 14 points with Jarrad Prue pulling in 18 boards.

Steven Bennett hit 22 points for Rockingham with Cooper Land (203-F-88, college: Wright St.) adding 17 points and Travis Moore 12.

The People's Choice Eagles then backed up its big win over the Kalamunda Eastern Suns on Saturday night with another comfortable win on Sunday, beating the Sun City Plumbing Geraldton Buccaneers 125-102 at the Morley Sport and Recreation Centre.

Former NBL championship winner and 196-game veteran Drew Williamson led the way for the Eagles with 25 points and six assists on the back of a supremely efficient 8-of-11 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point territory.

It was another strong overall team performance for East Perth, though, with Joe-Alan Tupaea scoring 18 points and dishing out seven assists, Tom Jervis finishing with 16 points and 15 rebounds, and John Taylor 16 points and Nikola Donlagic 14.

Robert Kampman had a massive game for the Buccaneers with 35 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. Aaron Ralph also scored 21 points and Daniel Thomas 19.

Article by Chris Pike
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



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  AUSTRIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Oberwart
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Hinson, Oberwart20.9 
 2. Tiedeman, Wels19.7 
 3. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.6 
 4. Boxley, Oberwart19.2 
 5. Grum, Furstenfeld18.5 
 6. Dale, UBSC G.17.5 
 7. Kovacevic, St.Po.17.3 
 8. Gilchrese, UBSC G.17.2 
 9. Shaw, Kapfenberg17.0 
 10. Chaney, Oberwart16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  BC Vienna
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Pearson, BC Vienna9.1 
 2. Heard, Gussing8.1 
 3. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.8.1 
 4. Washington, Wels7.6 
 5. Johnson, Oberwart7.2 
 6. Boxley, Oberwart6.9 
 7. Spasojevic, Arkadia6.9 
 8. Kohlmaier, St.Polt.6.8 
 9. Speiser, St.Polten6.8 
 10. Cresnar, Furstenf.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna5.7 
 2. Woods, Kapfenberg5.0 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing4.7 
 4. Lanegger, Klostern.4.4 
 5. Tiedeman, Wels4.1 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna4.0 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels3.8 
 8. Danek, BC Vienna3.7 
 9. O''Neal, Furstenfeld3.5 
 10. Gilchrese, UBSC G.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.4 
 2. Ray, BC Vienna1.7 
 3. Hinson, Oberwart1.7 
 4. Gonzalvez, Wels1.5 
 5. Arnold, Gmunden1.5 
 6. Boylan, BC Vienna1.5 
 7. Chaney, Oberwart1.4 
 8. Pryor, Kapfenberg1.3 
 9. Koch, Gussing1.3 
 10. Farokhmanesh, We.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Blaz CRESNAR
  Furstenf.
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.3 
 2. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.1 
 3. Bortolin, Arkadia1.0 
 4. Gant, Oberwart0.9 
 5. Arnold, Gmunden0.8 
 6. Washington, Wels0.7 
 7. Nelson, Kapfenberg0.7 
 8. Shaw, Kapfenberg0.6 
 9. Cox, Furstenfeld0.6 
 10. Boxley, Oberwart0.6 


A Bundesliga Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Oberwart - Gmunden 76-71

Oberwart claimed the second straight win over Gmunden. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Gmunden Swans won third quarter 14-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Redwell Gunners Oberwart made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Strangely Gmunden Swans outrebounded Redwell Gunners Oberwart 42-25 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. American-Puerto Rican point guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) scored 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American-Puerto Rican guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy) chipped in 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian forward Enis Murati (194-88) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: D.Hinson 23+7reb+4ast, S.Boxley 14+4reb+6ast, R.Chaney 12+8reb+4ast, H.Ochsenhofer 11+3ast, J.Johnson 8+4reb, D.Gant 3+1reb
Gmunden: D.Oppland 19+6reb, R.Arnold 14+4reb+1ast, J.Brown 13+3reb+3ast, E.Murati 13+6reb+2ast, M.Mayer 7+12reb+2ast, R.Poiger 3+6reb+1ast
gschID: 238602


BC Vienna - Wels 78-77

BC Vienna survived a thriller against Wels to take 2-0 lead in the series. It looked good early as Raiffeisen Wels took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BC Vienna had a 23-11 second period charge getting the lead and Raiffeisen Wels were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-78. BC Vienna made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) saved the victory by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American guard David Gonzalvez (193-87, college: Richmond) replied with 14 points and 8 assists and international Romed Vieider (195-91) added 16 points in the effort for Raiffeisen Wels. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: S.Ray 17+3reb+2ast, S.Stazic 15+6reb+4ast, R.Richards 12+4reb, M.Pearson 12+4reb+1ast, B.Danek 11+1reb+4ast, I.Boylan 7+5reb+3ast
Wels: R.Vieider 16+2reb+3ast, D.Gonzalvez 14+3reb+8ast, D.Lamesic 11+8reb+2ast, A.Farokhmanesh 11+7reb+3ast, C.Hallett 11+4reb+1ast, D.Washington 9+4reb
gschID: 238601


Klosterneub. - Furstenfeld 81-61

Klosternueburg are now 2-0 up on Furstenfeld following a home win tonight. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 46-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Xion Dukes outrebounded Furstenfeld Panthers 38-23 including a 31-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Furstenfeld Panthers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (205-79) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. The former international swingman Christoph Nagler (196-84) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Xion Dukes' coach Werner Sallomon used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Paul Radakovics (191-88) produced 19 points and Slovenian center Blaz Cresnar (214-86) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: C.Bobb 16+3reb, R.Suljanovic 15+11reb+2ast, C.Nagler 15+5reb+1ast, K.Payton 9+5reb+1ast, D.Zeleznik 8+3reb+3ast, C.Greimeister 6
Furstenfeld: P.Radakovics 19+2reb+1ast, B.Cresnar 14+6reb, C.Cox 9+1reb+1ast, J.Rubin 9+4reb+3ast, T.Sally 5+5reb+2ast, S.Grum 5+2reb
gschID: 238600


Kapfenberg - Gussing 84-61

Kapfenberg knocked down Gussing to level things up in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Kapfenberg Bulls. Gussing Knights managed to win fourth quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kapfenberg Bulls made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. Kapfenberg Bulls outrebounded Gussing Knights 34-18 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. American power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) during the contest. Five Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) responded with 12 points and 7 rebounds and international forward Sebastian Koch (202-88) scored 16 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: Q.Pryor 15+4reb+2ast, D.Nelson 14+9reb+1ast, M.Sanchez 14+6reb+2ast, J.Dean Shaw 12+1reb, D.Mayes 12+4reb+2ast, G.Woods 5+2reb+3ast
Gussing: S.Koch 16+3reb, M.Heard 12+7reb, D.Hunt 12+3reb, E.Kadic 7+1ast, C.Astl 4+3reb+1ast, C.Vancura 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 238603



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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

Premier League Standings
 1. Al Manama 15-2 
 2. Muharraq 14-3 
 3. Al Ahli 13-3 
 4. Sitra 12-5 
 5. Al Hala 11-5 
 6. Issa Town 9-8 
 7. Nuwaidrat 9-8 
 8. Hidd 6-11 
 9. Bahrain Club 5-12 
 10. Al Ittihad 3-13 
 11. Al Najma 3-14 
 12. Samaheej 0-16 

Regular Season: Round 17

Apr. 13: Sitra - Al Najma 77-61
Apr. 14: Al Manama - Hidd 74-61
Apr. 14: Bahrain Club - Muharraq 68-92
Apr. 13: Issa Town - Nuwaidrat 63-69
Apr. 15: Al Ahli - Samaheej
Apr. 15: Al Ittihad - Al Hala



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  BELARUS   


Three questions for eight clubs - by Timur Tolokh

The fourth regular season in VTB United League history has come to an end and the 12-team playoffs now await. Four team earned a first-round bye: Khimki (Russia), UNICS (Russia), CSKA (Russia) and Zalgiris (Lithuania). Eight clubs will play for the right to meet them in the quarterfinals: Krasnye Krylia (Russia), Spartak (Russia), Lokomotiv-Kuban (Russia), Nizhny Novgorod (Russia), Triumph (Russia), VEF (Latvia), Astana (Kazakhstan) and Donetsk (Ukraine).

Eight clubs from the League failed to advance to the postseason. As they prepare to move on, we asked a top official at each club three questions concerning the just-concluded VTB United League regular season.

1. Assess your teams performance this season in the VTB United League.
2. What was the biggest surprise for you during the regular season?
3. Who do you think will make the playoff finals and who will win the League?

Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)
(9-9, 7th place in Group A)



Martynas Purlys, Director

1. I cant call our performance this season satisfactory, since we didnt make it to the next stage of the competition. The team had a goal making the playoffs but we came up just short of accomplishing that task.

2. First of all, Id like to say that the level of competition in the VTB United League was much higher this season. There are a lot of teams playing at a very high level. This season clubs in both groups represented their countries in the Euroleague. As a result, the level of competition rose significantly. The final standings and playoff berths werent decided until the last few games.

3. Right now its very difficult to say who will play in the finals and win it all. In my opinion, both Zalgiris and Lokomotiv-Kuban can make it to the finals.

Enisey (Russia)
(6-12, 7th place in Group B)



Vladimir Petrokovskij, President

1. We played a bit better this season than last. The VTB United League is our first priority. Im very happy that we could win six games. Each was difficult, but interesting. Overall, Im satisfied with our performance.

2. I was pleasantly surprised when we had a chance to make the playoffs and take a big step forward. We had a number of injuries, subsequently, and fell out of contention, but at the same time the results and our play were fairly stable, which is always good to see.

3. Its hard to make a prediction this season. I really hope that two Russian teams meet in the finals. Im not going to name two specific clubs or a playoff favorite, though. Ill repeat that this year is very interesting and difficult to predict.

Nymburk (Czech Republic)
(5-13, 8th place in Group B)



Ronen Ginzburg, Head Coach

1. I think that we competed honorably this year. Yes, things didnt always work out, but thats basketball. Overall, Im happy with the result. We have areas to work on, and well try fix the mistakes that were made this season.

2. I was surprised by the outcome of the game between Tsmoki-Minsk (Belarus) and Zalgiris (Lithuania). Thats what I remember most from this season.

3. Its too early to talk about the champion, given that very strong teams have advanced to the playoffs. Its difficult to predict the outcome in those series. I think that a lot of games will be decided in the final seconds. I think that UNICS Kazan and, of course, CSKA, have decent chances. Well find out for sure in early June.

PGE Turow (Poland)
(4-14, 8th place in Group A)



Grzegorz Ardeli, Sports Director

1. First of all, Id like to point out that the VTB United League took a big step forward this season. We played with teams that have been successful in the Euroleague and its a big honor for us to be among the participants.

2. Its very difficult for me to answer this question. I can only comment on Turows group. Astana was a surprise this season. We didnt expect that they would be so well-prepared. It was also a big shock that Lietuvos Rytas did not make the playoffs.

3. I think that CSKA is the favorite this season. Dont forget about Khimki, either, who proved that it can compete with and defeat the top teams.

Azovmash (Ukraine)
(3-15, 9th place in Group A)



Sergey Kachinskiy, Vice President

1. Of course, our preseason expectations didnt match our results. We planned to fight for a playoff berth, but couldnt do it. Why was that? I think there are several reasons here. As you know, our club lost its president in the fall, which was a big blow for all of us. During the season we had to switch coaches. We had roster trouble and the busy calendar also affected our play. You have to play your best in the VTB United League, but we, unfortunately, couldnt keep up the pace and compete in every regular-season game at a high level.

2. There were several surprises Donetsk sneaking into the playoffs at the last moment, Astanas wins against top teams and the fact that legends Lietuvos Rytas missed out on the postseason.

3. Ill predict UNICS and CSKA make the finals and that the Army Men win it all.

Tsmoki-Minsk (Belarus)
(3-15, 9th place in Group B)



Konstantin Shereverya, General Director

1. For several reasons, I cant view our final result as satisfactory. The team was challenged to make the top six in the group and advance to the next stage, but we didnt prove capable of doing so. Overall, we did meet our goals at the end of the season. I think that there must always be forward progress and that we have something to strive for.

2. The biggest surprise was our win over Zalgiris. We have almost an entirely new team this season only a few players are left from the old roster. We have plenty of desire to fight and win. This win, undoubtedly, makes the players more confident in their own strength. We understood that we can compete with almost any opponent.

3. Its always difficult to make predictions. I think that the European powerhouses like Zalgiris Kaunas and CSKA Moscow should be in the finals. I wouldnt count out UNICS Kazan, either, as theyve played well this season. Im convinced that it will go down to the wire its the VTB United League, after all. Youll recall that it wasnt clear until the very end of the regular season who would make the playoffs Everyone wants to win. Its a thankless task, trying to predict the champion. I think that everyones worthy of winning. There arent any weak clubs. The end of the season should be very exciting.

Neptunas (Lithuania)
(3-15, 10th place in Group B)



Osvaldas Karauskas, Director

1. Our goal was to secure a place in the VTB United League next season. We didnt manage the task, unfortunately. The team had a number of problems, which made it difficult for us to do so. Its good that we received invaluable experience with the League being so strong this season. We had to play against very talented teams.

2. The League itself was a big eye-opener. It was run superbly this year. We saw the strongest clubs in Europe how they work, how they succeed and we gained invaluable playing experience in games against basketball powerhouses. As for a concrete team, Tsmoki-Minsk shocked with its win over Zalgiris.

3. Because of the Leagues high level this season its very difficult to predict who will meet in the finals, and, even more so, who will be the champion. I think that Khimki can fight for the title. Everyones seen how they can play in the Euroleague. They have a great chance. Its all going to go down to the final seconds.

Kalev (Estonia)
(3-15, 10th place in Group A)



Toomas Linamae, Vice President

1. To be honest, we hoped to make the playoffs at the start of the season. Each year we try to improve on our performance in the VTB United League. We have something to strive for. All the same, Im satisfied with our play this season. We may not have won enough games, but we played with honor. We never backed down against even the strongest opponents and made life difficult for everyone.

2. It was a surprise that teams this season werent easily separated into strong or weak categories. Everyone played at a high level. Were proud to take part in a league like this.

3. There are a lot of good teams that could make the finals. I think that two Russian teams will compete for the championship this season, Khimki and CSKA, and that the Army Men will come out on top.

VTB-league.com



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  BOSNIA   

Standings - BIH League

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

Second Stage: Round 5

Apr. 13: Bosna - Radnik B. 81-72
Apr. 13: Mladost - Siroki WWin 74-75
Apr. 13: Capljina - Igokea 61-73


Standings - D2 Leagues

Division II Standings
1.Liga RS
 1. HEO 13-2 
 2. Gradanski 9-5 
 3. Gacko 9-6 
 4. Bratunac 8-6 
 5. Drina Birac 8-6 
 6. Prijedor 7-7 
 7. Feniks 7-8 
 8. Sutjeska 7-8 
 9. Rudar 5-8 
 10. Rogatica 2-13 
 11. Jahorina 2-13 
A1 Liga
 1. Spars Sarajevo 21-1 
 2. Sloboda Tuzla 18-4 
 3. Play Off 15-7 
 4. Brcko 14-8 
 5. Gradina S. 13-9 
 6. Celik 11-11 
 7. Bosnjak 10-12 
 8. Student 8-14 
 9. Spars Mostar 7-15 
 10. Orlovik 6-16 
 11. Donji Vakuf 5-17 
 12. Limometal 4-18 
A1 Liga Herceg-Bosne
 1. Vitez 13-1 
 2. Brotnjo 11-3 
 3. Student M. 9-3 
 4. Siroki II 8-5 
 5. Kiseljak 5-8 
 6. Grude 5-9 
 7. Busovaca 4-9 
 8. Livno 4-9 
 9. Rama 2-11 

Finals: Round 2

Apr. 14: Sloboda Tuzla - Spars Sarajevo 64-61

Finals: Round 3

Apr. 17: Spars Sarajevo - Sloboda Tuzla


Jusuf Nurkic spectacular in Zadar win! - by Chris Mathieu


Jusuf Nurkic (212-C-94) spectacular in Zadar win! Nurkic put on a performance for the ages in only a few minutes on the court. In only 16 minutes of playing time he scored 19 points, shooting 8-10 from the field and 3-6 from the free throw line. He added 9 rebounds, 1 assist 2 steals and 2 blocks. Even more impressive was his index rating of 29! That would be a great rating in a game were a player plays 30 minutes to be a +2 for every minute on the court is unheard of on this level of basketball. He dominated every minute on the court in spectacular fashion. He flashes similar talents that Arvydas Sabonis does with this size, shooting, rebounding, passing and defense. There are few players who have the size, athleticism and all-around game shown by Nurkic. All this in a player who is only 18 years old, the sky is the limit for this player if he continues to work hard and develop his game. He truly is one of the leaders of this spectacular generation of Bosnian kids, what I like to call their platinum generation.



A1 Finals, Game 2: Sloboda - Spars 64:61 (32:27) - by Sead Buljina

Another down-to-wire game between Sloboda and Spars. It's a real shame that both teams cannot move up to D1. Spars players need to play much stronger league than they have had opportunity to play so far. Tonight's game proved that Tuzla deserves a strong D1 team. A packed gym in Mejdan with Damir Mrsic, Damir Mulaomerovic, Mihajlo "Miki" Vukovic, Senad Muminovic, Azur Korlatovic and other former players and coaches in attendance contributed to a great game. Not a beauty, but a dramatic one for sure. After Sloboda won the first half, guests staged a comeback in the 3rd quarter. It was a basket for basket in the last quarter. Sloboda's guards Avdibegovic and Glavinic made some big shots, especially Avdibegovic draining 5 clutch free throws. Hujdurovic and Gligora had good game, allowing Jocovic and Salic only 10 points combined. But, Nedim Buza made up for Spars' big men lack of scoring by grabing offensive rebounds and scoring 13 points. Buza, however, missed the last 3-point desperation shot at the buzzer. So, this time hosts held on to their lead. Many Sloboda fans recalled a game during the regular season when Sloboda led by 8 points with 50 seconds to go and lost that game. So, it was a breath of relief and celebration at the end of the game. The score is now tied 1:1 in a 3-win series. Next game shall be played on Wednesday in Sarajevo.

OKK "SLOBODA" - OKK "SPARS" 64:61
Tuzla, KSC Mejdan, small gym
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Ademir Zurapovic, Haris Bijedic, Karovic

SLOBODA: Ibracevic 2, Mladen Gligora 13, Alibasic, Adi Sarajlic, Armin Avdibegovic 12, Josip Glavinic 11, Asim Ahmedic 3, Enes Latifagic 9, Sasa Dzambic 3, Rusmir Grosic 2, Tanasilovic 3, Nermin Hujdurovic 6.

SPARS: Adi Zahiragic, Aleksej Nikolic 14, Dinko Peljto, Adin Vrabac 6, Vladan Jocovic 2, Begic, Zlatan Halilbegovic 5, Ferhatbegovic, Mirza Bulic 7, Nedim Buza 13, Stefan Glogovac 6, Djoko Salic 8.



Transfers: OKK Sloboda releases six, signs five players - by Sead Buljina

KK "Bosna" has brought back Amar Suljagic (213-C-88) and Milan Keser (206-C-81) for the League 6. OKK "Sloboda" (Tuzla) has split with six (6) players including starting point guard Aleksandar Pejic, Aldin Dzaferovic, Haris Karagic, Filip Zekavicic (210-C-92) and Nikola Marijan. Muris Andjelija has finished his pro career. Also, starting forward Enes Latifagic (201-SF-92) broke his hand just prior to the play offs. Another key player, Nermin Hujdurovic (205-F/C-88) is also injured and questionable for the rest of the season. Thus, "Sloboda" signed a National team member, Armin Avdibegovic (189-PG-84), Mladen Gligora, Josip Glavinic and young locals Adi Sarajlic and Mirza Alibasic.
KK "Spars" has earlier signed experienced center Vladica Jocovic and two days ago Dinko Peljto (186-PG-87) who was the second-best assistant in D1 averaging 5.7 assists, 15.6 points and 3 rebounds per game.
A League 6 participant, KK "Radnik" (Bijeljina, D1) has signed 21-year old Marko Josilo, the second best rebounder during the regular D1 season. Josilo has played for Varda (D1) averaging 12.8 points and 9 rebounds per game.



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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 18-16 
 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 10-23 
 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. 13: Basquete Cearense - Vila Velha 77-75
Apr. 9: Franca - S.Jose/Unimed 76-53

Regular Season: Round 34

Apr. 11: Uberlandia - S.Jose/Unimed
Apr. 9: Basquete Cearense - Minas
Apr. 11: Tijuca TC - Suzano
Apr. 16: Brasilia - Vila Velha


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Vieira, Flamengo20.9 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.5 
 3. Day, Uberlandia18.8 
 4. Simmons, Vila Velha18.6 
 5. Dawkins, Liga S.18.1 
 6. Smith, Pinheiro.18.0 
 7. Antonio, S.Jose/U.17.9 
 8. Dos Santos, Brasil.17.7 
 9. Beal, Minas17.3 
 10. Giovannoni, Brasi.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (202-PF-83)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.8.7 
 2. Araujo, Mogi d.8.7 
 3. Ribeiro, Basque.8.6 
 4. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.8 
 5. Prestes, Brasilia7.5 
 6. Castellar, Limeira7.4 
 7. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.2 
 8. Teichmann, Franca7.1 
 9. Toyloy, Paulistano7.0 
 10. Silveira, Flamengo6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.7.9 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.4 
 3. Collum, Uberlandia5.7 
 4. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.4 
 5. Silva, Uberlandia5.2 
 6. Garcia, Uberlandia4.5 
 7. Fischer, Bauru4.5 
 8. Taylor, Bauru4.4 
 9. Smith, Pinheiro.4.3 
 10. Boracini, Pinheir.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Paulinho BORACINI
  Pinheiro.
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 0.2
 1. Boracini, Pinheiro.0.2 
 2. Ribeiro, Basque.0.2 
 3. Benite, Flamengo0.2 
 4. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.2 
 5. Campos, Suzano0.1 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.0.1 
 7. Castellar, Limeira0.1 
 8. Klafke, Basque.0.1 
 9. Luz dos Sant., Fra.0.1 
 10. Laws, S.Jose/U.0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.3 
 2. Dawkins, Liga S.2.0 
 3. Figueroa, Franca1.9 
 4. Campos, Suzano1.9 
 5. Teichmann, Franca1.8 
 6. Taylor, Bauru1.8 
 7. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.8 
 8. Day, Uberlandia1.7 
 9. Brown, Palmeiras1.7 
 10. Ribeiro, Basque.1.7 


Liga Americas: Uniceub/BRB nip Pinheiros/Sky - by Eurobasket News

Uniceub/BRB - Pinheiros/Sky 85:81

Uniceub/BRB added some positive moments to their Liga Americas Final Four campaign beating Pinheiros/Sky on the final day of the competition. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) came up with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the winners. Pinheiros/Sky entered the game clinching the title on Saturday. Uniceub/BRB dominated in the first half. The NBB champions grabbed a 25:18 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap in the second quarter. Brasilia accounted for a 48:31 halftime lead. But Pinheiros/Sky picked up the slack in the third quarter. The champions went on a 30:16 rally to get within 3 points at the final intermission. Uniceub/BRB however slowed their opponents down in the fourth frame and sneaked to a narrow win at the end. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) delivered 15 points, while Arthur Silva (198-G/F-82) contributed 14 points in the victory. Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) answered with game-high 29 points for Pinheiros. Leonardo Morro (208-C-84) had 15 points in the loss.

Uniceub/BRB: Welington Dos Santos 20, Alex Ribeiro 15, Arthur Silva 14
Pinheiros/Sky: Shamell Stallworth 29, Leonardo Morro 15



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 5

Apr. 14: KK Zagreb - KK Split 76-88
Apr. 13: Jolly - Cibona 64-81
Apr. 14: Cedevita - Alkar Sinj 135-75
Apr. 13: Zadar - Kvarner 2010 100-65

Second Stage: Round 6

Apr. 17: Cibona - KK Split
Apr. 17: Krizevci - KK Zagreb
Apr. 17: Alkar Sinj - Zadar
Apr. 17: Jolly - Cedevita


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Ross, Jolly21.8 
 2. Batina, Djuro D.17.1 
 3. Mrva, Jolly15.6 
 4. Budimir, Osjecki15.2 
 5. Rembert, Krizevci14.9 
 6. Radic, Kvarner 201014.8 
 7. Lez, Zabok14.7 
 8. Skific, Kvarner14.6 
 9. Peraica, Darda14.5 
 10. Peric, Dubrovnik14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mate MRVA
  Jolly
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Mrva, Jolly7.7 
 2. Radic, Kvarner 20107.3 
 3. Sarlija, Djuro D.7.0 
 4. Jakolis, Dubrovnik6.9 
 5. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.5 
 6. Vlaic, Zabok5.3 
 7. Peraica, Darda5.3 
 8. Krapic, KK Zagreb5.2 
 9. Ross, Jolly5.1 
 10. Krstanovic, Krize.5.1 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Krivec, Kvarner5.1 
 2. Tomeljak, Osjecki4.5 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.0 
 4. Glavinic, Sloboda3.8 
 5. Blajic, Djuro D.3.4 
 6. Panduric, Darda3.2 
 7. Segaric, KK Zagreb3.0 
 8. Pesut, Zabok3.0 
 9. Rembert, Krizevci2.9 
 10. Jugo, Alkar Sinj2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Ross, Jolly2.7 
 2. Peric, Dubrovnik1.5 
 3. Krivec, Kvarner1.5 
 4. Meznaric, Prievidza1.4 
 5. Mrva, Jolly1.4 
 6. Glavinic, Sloboda1.3 
 7. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.3 
 8. Skific, Kvarner1.3 
 9. Batina, Djuro D.1.3 
 10. Petrovic, KK Zagr.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.2.0 
 2. Bubalo, Jolly1.1 
 3. Najev, DOSK0.9 
 4. Bakovic, Djuro D.0.7 
 5. Vlaic, Zabok0.7 
 6. Hrncic, Darda0.6 
 7. Vrsaljko, Jolly0.6 
 8. Budimir, Osjecki0.6 
 9. Bundovic, Zabok0.6 
 10. Halilovic, KK Za.0.5 


A1 Round 5 (Second Stage): Cibona defeats Jolly in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Cibona (5-0) which played road game in Sibenik against 3rd placed Jolly (3-2). Leader Cibona had an easy win 81-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jolly. The game was mostly controlled by Cibona. Jolly managed to win third quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Cibona won last quarter 23-8. They made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Cibona had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Jolly helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds. International power forward Dario Saric (208-94) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: LUMANI 10.7) answered with 15 points and 5 assists for Jolly. Undefeated Cibona have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 5-0 record. Jolly at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with KK Split. Cibona are looking forward to face KK Split (#4) at home in the next round. Jolly will play against Cedevita in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked KK Zagreb is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to fifth ranked KK Split (3-2) 88-76. Swingman Ivan Siriscevic (198-87) stepped up and scored 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Josip Sobin chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Bosnian forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. KK Zagreb's coach Daniel Jusup rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Split moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Jolly. KK Zagreb lost their fifth game in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. They share the position with Alkar Sinj. KK Split will play against league's leader Cibona in Zagreb in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KK Zagreb will play on the road against Krizevci (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Alkar Sinj is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to third ranked Cedevita (4-1) 135-75 on Sunday evening. Miro Bilan nailed 32 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Nikola Gaurina came up with 21 points for Alkar Sinj in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Cedevita. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Zadar. Alkar Sinj lost their fifth game in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. They share the position with KK Zagreb. Cedevita will meet Jolly (#5) in the next round. Alkar Sinj will play against the league's second-placed KK Zadar and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 5 Kvarner 2010 was smashed by Zadar on the road 100-65.


KK Zagreb - KK Split 76-88

Bottom-ranked KK Zagreb is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to fifth ranked KK Split (3-2) 88-76. KK Zagreb was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 49-36 second half run of KK Split. KK Zagreb was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Ivan Siriscevic (198-87) stepped up and scored 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Bosnian forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and the former international forward Ivan Novacic (201-85) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Five KK Split and four KK Zagreb players scored in double figures. KK Zagreb's coach Daniel Jusup rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Split moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Jolly. KK Zagreb lost their fifth game in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. They share the position with Alkar Sinj. KK Split will play against league's leader Cibona in Zagreb in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KK Zagreb will play on the road against Krizevci (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
KK Split: J.Sobin 19+5reb+2ast, I.Siriscevic 18+9reb+2ast, T.Katic 13+6reb+5ast, E.Reinholt 13+7reb+2ast, P.Marinelli 12+1ast, F.Kraljevic 10+11reb+2ast
KK Zagreb: M.Halilovic 18+11reb, I.Novacic 17+7reb+2ast, M.Car 12+3reb+1ast, A.Krapic 11+9reb+2ast, J.Segaric 7+4ast, K.Zganec 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 236365


Cedevita - Alkar Sinj 135-75

Bottom-ranked Alkar Sinj is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to third ranked Cedevita (4-1) 135-75 on Sunday evening. The game without a history. Cedevita led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Alkar Sinj's 34 and made 23-of-24 free shots (95.8 percent) during the game. Cedevita forced 25 Alkar Sinj turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 18 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Cedevita looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Alkar Sinj's players. Center Miro Bilan (215-89) nailed 32 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winning side and center Ivan Buva (208-91) accounted for 17 points and 9 rebounds. Five Cedevita players scored in double figures. Guard Nikola Gaurina (199-83, agency: Interperformances) came up with 21 points and point guard Rudolf Jugo (183-84) added 5 points and 5 assists respectively for Alkar Sinj in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Cedevita. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Zadar. Alkar Sinj lost their fifth game in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. They share the position with KK Zagreb. Cedevita will meet Jolly (#5) in the next round. Alkar Sinj will play against the league's second-placed KK Zadar and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: M.Bilan 32+8reb+2ast, I.Buva 17+9reb+2ast, L.Andric 16+7reb+2ast, P.Suput 13+2ast, M.Tomas 12+6ast, R.Rogic 11+1reb+4ast
Alkar Sinj: N.Gaurina 21+3reb+2ast, S.Modric 12+1reb, A.Bilic 10+3ast, Z.Zupic 6+4reb+1ast, J.Matic 6+3reb+2ast, R.Jugo 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 236363


Zadar - Kvarner 2010 100-65

No shocking result in a game when second ranked KK Zadar (4-1) crushed at home 6th ranked Kvarner 2010 (1-4) 100-65 on Saturday. The game without a history. KK Zadar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KK Zadar shot 64.4 percent from the field. KK Zadar outrebounded Kvarner 2010 39-18 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for KK Zadar especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. Bosnian-Slovenian center Jusuf Nurkic (212-94) nailed 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side and American Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) accounted for 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Forward Dino Cinac (198-88) came up with 18 points and forward Ivica Radic (208-90) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Kvarner 2010 in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for KK Zadar. KK Zadar maintains second place with 4-1 record behind leader Djuro Djakovic, which they share with Cedevita. Kvarner 2010 lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with four games lost. KK Zadar will meet Alkar Sinj (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Kvarner 2010 will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Zadar: J.Nurkic 19+9reb+1ast, A.Delas 18+1reb+1ast, R.Travis 17+5reb, I.Batur 10+2reb, B.Krasic 10+4reb+1ast, I.Ivanov 9+8reb+3ast
Kvarner 2010: D.Cinac 18+3reb, I.Radic 11+6reb, B.Krivec 10+3ast, J.Skific 8+1reb, A.Smolic 6+3reb, A.Boban 4+1reb
gschID: 236364


Jolly - Cibona 64-81

An interesting game for Cibona (5-0) which played road game in Sibenik against 3rd placed Jolly (3-2). Leader Cibona had an easy win 81-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jolly. The game was mostly controlled by Cibona. Jolly managed to win third quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Cibona won last quarter 23-8. They made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Cibona had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Jolly helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds. International power forward Dario Saric (208-94) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: LUMANI 10.7) answered with 15 points and 5 assists and forward Mate Mrva (195-83) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Jolly. Cibona have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 5-0 record. Jolly at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with KK Split. Cibona are looking forward to face KK Split (#4) at home in the next round. Jolly will play against Cedevita in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cibona: D.Strawberry 19+6reb+2ast, D.Saric 17+5reb, J.Blassingame 10+4reb+5ast, A.Zizic 10+2reb, S.Nicevic 8+3reb+1ast, H.Kovacevic 6+3reb
Jolly: R.Ross 15+3reb+5ast, M.Mrva 11+7reb+1ast, D.Butorac 10+2reb+2ast, D.Bubalo 8+5reb, L.Katura 5+3reb, L.Petkovic 5
gschID: 236362



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
Group A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 33-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 21-13 
 3. NH Ostrava 20-14 
 4. BK Decin 19-15 
 5. BK Pardubice 19-15 
 6. BC Kolin 18-16 
Group A2
 1. Levice 21-15 
 2. USK Praha 17-19 
 3. B&W Opava 15-21 
 4. Chomutov 13-23 
 5. Usti n/Labem 11-25 
 6. Svitavy 11-25 
 7. J.Hradec 10-26 
Stage One Standings

Play-Offs: Round 1

Game 1

Apr. 6: Levice - Chomutov 93-66
Apr. 6: USK Praha - B&W Opava 76-67

Game 2

Apr. 10: B&W Opava - USK Praha 92-85
Apr. 10: Chomutov - Levice 89-87

Game 3

Apr. 13: USK Praha - B&W Opava 66-56
Apr. 13: Levice - Chomutov 107-74


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.6 
 2. Bolds, BC Kolin18.2 
 3. Fields, Chomutov17.7 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy17.5 
 5. Meno, USK Praha17.0 
 6. Blazek, B&W Opava16.7 
 7. Fields, Levice16.5 
 8. Reese, Usti n.16.3 
 9. Zabas, BK Pardubi.16.1 
 10. Allen, Chomutov15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.6 
 2. Tomanec, J.Hradec8.9 
 3. Meno, USK Praha8.8 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.7.9 
 5. Nuhanovic, Levice7.6 
 6. Kohout, BK Prost.7.4 
 7. Simmons, Levice7.1 
 8. Reese, Usti n.6.8 
 9. Bolds, BC Kolin6.8 
 10. Deloach, Svitavy6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  BC Kolin
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Ubilla, BC Kolin6.0 
 2. Sirina, B&W Opava5.6 
 3. Ames, NH Ostrava5.4 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy4.4 
 5. Kemp, Levice4.4 
 6. Carter, CEZ N.4.3 
 7. Glover, Chomutov4.3 
 8. Sotnar, USK Praha4.3 
 9. Sanders, BK Decin4.1 
 10. McFadden, Usti n.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.7 
 2. Ubilla, BC Kolin2.1 
 3. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 4. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 5. Bolds, BC Kolin1.9 
 6. Allen, Chomutov1.9 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
 8. Ames, NH Ostrava1.8 
 9. Pope, BK Decin1.6 
 10. Taylor, Los A.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Levice
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Nuhanovic, Levice1.6 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 3. Fields, Chomutov1.1 
 4. Miklosik, B&W O.1.0 
 5. Svrdlik, BK Prost.0.9 
 6. Simmons, Levice0.9 
 7. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 8. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 9. Nelson, BK Pardu.0.8 
 10. Slavik, USK Praha0.8 


NBL Round 10 of the Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in NBL just ended.

The most important game in the last round took place in Ostrava between third ranked NH Ostrava (20-14) and sixth ranked BK Decin (19-15) on Saturday night. NH Ostrava was defeated by BK Decin in a tough game at home 75-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of NH Ostrava. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 41-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Bosnian forward Admir Alic (197-84) scored 22 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Lubos Stria (197-81) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American guard Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-83, college: New Orleans) responded with 14 points. BK Decin moved-up to fourth place, which they share with BK Pardubice. NH Ostrava at the other side keeps the third position with 14 games lost.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Pardubice. 4th ranked host BK Pardubice (19-15) was smashed by first ranked CEZ Nymburk (33-1) 100-68. American point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) notched 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Tomas Pomikalek supported him with 18 points. CEZ Nymburk's coach Ronen Ginzburg felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 17 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) by American center Travis Nelson (208-87, college: Minnesota St.) did not help to save the game for BK Pardubice. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 33-1 record. BK Pardubice lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with BK Decin.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Nymburk. First ranked host CEZ Nymburk (33-1) smashed their biggest opponent BK Prostejov (21-13). Tweety Carter fired 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Coach Ronen Ginzburg's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ondrej Kohout produced 8 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 33-1 record. Loser BK Prostejov keeps the second place with 13 games lost.

In the last game of round 10 BC Kolin lost to BK Prostejov on the opponent's court 87-96.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists by Roman Marko of BK Prostejov.


Group A1
BK Pardubice - CEZ Nymburk 68-100

The game between Top Four teams took place in Pardubice. 4th ranked host BK Pardubice (19-15) was smashed by first ranked CEZ Nymburk (33-1) 100-68. The game without a history. CEZ Nymburk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by BK Pardubice's players. BK Pardubice was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) notched 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the former international forward Tomas Pomikalek (200-89) supported him with 18 points. Five CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. CEZ Nymburk's coach Ronen Ginzburg felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 17 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) by American center Travis Nelson (208-87, college: Minnesota St.) did not help to save the game for BK Pardubice. International point guard Michal Carnecky (184-85) added 14 points and 5 assists for lost side. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 33-1 record. BK Pardubice lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with BK Decin.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: T.Pomikalek 18+3reb+2ast, T.Carter 17+7reb+4ast, J.Welsch 12+1reb+5ast, R.Rancik 10+2reb+2ast, P.Benda 10+3reb+1ast, M.Efevberha 8+1reb
BK Pardubice: T.Nelson 17+8reb, M.Carnecky 14+1reb+5ast, P.Bohacik 9+4reb, M.Peterka 9+8reb, Z.Pospisil 6+5reb, O.Peterka 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 233063


BK Prostejov - BC Kolin 96-87

Very expected game when 6th ranked BC Kolin (18-16) was defeated on the road by second ranked BK Prostejov (21-13) 96-87 on Sunday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-13. But BC Kolin won second period 20-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when BK Prostejov won last quarter 90-21. Naturalized Slovakian Roman Marko (194-86) fired 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The former international guard Pavel Slezak (186-84) chipped in 25 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Demarius Bolds (190-84, college: Missouri Western, agency: I.D.S. Law) produced 27 points and forward Martin Kriz (201-93) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five BK Prostejov and four BC Kolin players scored in double figures. BK Prostejov maintains second position with 21-13 record having just two point less than leader CEZ Nymburk. BC Kolin lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: P.Slezak 25+5reb, R.Marko 19+8reb+6ast, O.Kohout 18+2reb, D.Pandula 14+4reb+3ast, J.Bohacik 10+3reb+1ast, K.Svrdlik 10+12reb+4ast
BC Kolin: D.Bolds 27+3reb, M.Kriz 16+9reb, E.Ubilla 15+3reb+5ast, D.Machac 10+8reb, R.Field 7+5reb, S.Zuzak 6+1reb
gschID: 233062


NH Ostrava - BK Decin 75-79

The most important game in the last round took place in Ostrava between third ranked NH Ostrava (20-14) and sixth ranked BK Decin (19-15) on Saturday night. NH Ostrava was defeated by BK Decin in a tough game at home 75-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of NH Ostrava. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 41-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Bosnian forward Admir Alic (197-84) scored 22 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Lubos Stria (197-81) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American guard Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-83, college: New Orleans) responded with 14 points and his fellow American import forward Austin Dufault (205-90, college: Colorado) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. BK Decin moved-up to fourth place, which they share with BK Pardubice. NH Ostrava at the other side keeps the third position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: A.Alic 22+2reb, L.Stria 12+5reb+3ast, J.Jiricek 11+5reb+1ast, L.Sanders 8+3reb+4ast, P.Pope 7+3reb, J.Houska 7+4reb+1ast
NH Ostrava: C.Barnes 14+2reb+3ast, R.Ames 14+1reb, A.Dufault 11+5reb+2ast, M.Gniadek 9+3reb+2ast, J.Stehlik 7+6reb+3ast, J.Wilson 7+4reb
gschID: 233064


CEZ Nymburk - BK Prostejov 102-56

The game between Top Four teams took place in Nymburk. First ranked host CEZ Nymburk (33-1) smashed their biggest opponent BK Prostejov (21-13). They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to BK Prostejov's 28. CEZ Nymburk forced 22 BK Prostejov turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by BK Prostejov's players. American point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) fired 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Slovakian power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. Coach Ronen Ginzburg's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Ondrej Kohout (204-91) produced 8 points and 12 rebounds and international Kamil Svrdlik (206-86, college: Fair Dickinson) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 33-1 record. Loser BK Prostejov keeps the second place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: T.Carter 20+1reb+4ast, V.Hruban 15+4reb+2ast, M.Efevberha 13+3reb+3ast, R.Rancik 13+7reb+2ast, T.Pomikalek 9+3reb+3ast, P.Benda 8+6reb+1ast
BK Prostejov: P.Slezak 11+2reb+1ast, K.Svrdlik 10+6reb, V.Bratcenkov 10+2reb, O.Kohout 8+12reb+1ast, D.Pandula 8+4reb+1ast, R.Marko 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 233065



NBL Play-Offs: USK Praha and Levice reach the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Game 1
USK Praha - B&W Opava 76-67

USK Praha outrebounded B&W Opava 42-30 including a 36-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international center Stanislav Votroubek (212-81) nailed 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-77) came up with 16 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) added 12 points and 6 assists respectively for B&W Opava in the defeat.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: S.Votroubek 25+9reb+1ast, B.Meno 16+7reb+2ast, M.Mares 11+9reb+1ast, J.Slavik 8+4reb, M.Sotnar 7+5reb+5ast, L.Festr 6+1reb+1ast
B&W Opava: L.Sokolovsky 16+7reb+1ast, J.Sirina 12+2reb+6ast, J.Blazek 12+6reb+1ast, P.Dokoupil 9+1reb+1ast, R.Kramny 8+7reb+1ast, P.Martin 8+3reb
gschID: 239065


Levice - Chomutov 93-66

Levice forced 19 Levharti Chomutov turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Levice made 7 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Jeremy Simmons (204-89, college: Charleston, agency: Interperformances) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Guard Brandon Fields (193-88, college: Nevada) chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Levice players scored in double figures. Forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds and guard Curtis Allen (193-86, college: ORU) added 14 points 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.
Top scorers:
Levice: J.Simmons 20+12reb+3ast, B.Fields 20+7reb+4ast, W.Kemp 18+3reb+4ast, R.Grznar 14+4reb+1ast, S.Nuhanovic 8+3reb+5ast, B.Addison 7+5reb
Chomutov: J.Fields 17+16reb+1ast, C.Allen 14+3reb+2ast, L.Pecka 10+4reb+1ast, A.Zampach 6+4reb, Z.Hanzlik 6+1reb, P.Bosak 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 239064


Game 2
B&W Opava - USK Praha 92-85

B&W Opava dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to USK Praha's 32 and made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Phil Martin (193, college: Cal-Riverside) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 5 rebounds. The former international guard Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-77) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four B&W Opava players scored in double figures. The former international center Stanislav Votroubek (212-81) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and forward Jiri Slavik (203-89) added 20 points in the effort for USK Praha.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: P.Martin 26+5reb+2ast, J.Blazek 18+8reb+1ast, L.Sokolovsky 17+8reb+3ast, R.Kramny 14+8reb, J.Sirina 6+3reb+5ast, P.Dokoupil 5+2reb+1ast
USK Praha: J.Slavik 20+4reb+1ast, S.Votroubek 19+6reb+1ast, M.Mares 15+4reb+1ast, B.Meno 8+2reb, M.Vocetka 8+3reb, V.Cvek 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 239067


Chomutov - Levice 89-87

26 personal fouls committed by Levice helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Curtis Allen (193-86, college: ORU) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American point guard Willie Kemp (188-87, college: Memphis) responded with 21 points and Slovenian center Salih Nuhanovic (208-82) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Levharti Chomutov and five Levice players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Chomutov: J.Fields 19+10reb+1ast, Z.Hanzlik 15+2reb+1ast, C.Allen 15+5reb+1ast, P.Bosak 14+4reb+3ast, V.Honomichl 8+1reb+2ast, A.Zampach 6+2ast
Levice: W.Kemp 21+1reb+3ast, B.Addison 18+5reb, S.Nuhanovic 15+9reb, B.Fields 12+8reb+2ast, J.Simmons 10+7reb+2ast, R.Grznar 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 239066


Game 3
USK Praha - B&W Opava 66-56

Forward Jiri Slavik (203-89) stepped up and scored 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) chipped in 14 points. At the losing side the former international guard Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-77) responded with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and center Radim Kramny (215-85) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: J.Slavik 18+8reb, B.Meno 14+4reb+1ast, M.Vocetka 9+4reb, V.Cvek 7+9reb+2ast, M.Mares 6+4reb, S.Votroubek 5+5reb
B&W Opava: L.Sokolovsky 20+7reb+4ast, J.Blazek 10+4reb+2ast, R.Kramny 8+8reb, J.Sirina 8+2reb+2ast, P.Dokoupil 5+6reb, R.Klecka 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 239069


Levice - Chomutov 107-74

Levice dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Levharti Chomutov's 44. Levice forced 21 Levharti Chomutov turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. point guard Willie Kemp (188-87, college: Memphis) stepped up and scored 24 points for the winners and forward Jeremy Simmons (204-89, college: Charleston, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Levice players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and guard Curtis Allen (193-86, college: ORU) scored 13 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Levice: W.Kemp 24+4reb+3ast, S.Nuhanovic 17+2reb+3ast, R.Grznar 16+4reb+2ast, B.Addison 15+11reb+1ast, J.Simmons 14+8reb+6ast, B.Fields 14+1reb+5ast
Chomutov: J.Fields 23+13reb+1ast, C.Allen 13+3reb+1ast, P.Bosak 10+2reb, A.Zampach 6+3reb, Z.Hanzlik 6+2reb+2ast, V.Honomichl 6+3ast
gschID: 239068



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  DENMARK   

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Colas, Randers24.3 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.22.0 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC21.4 
 4. Walker, Naestved19.8 
 5. Bowlin, Horsens IC19.6 
 6. Delk, Vaerlose19.3 
 7. Funches, Aarhus BC18.6 
 8. Waithe, Bakken18.5 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg18.5 
 10. Tomko, Etzella18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Colas, Randers14.7 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.9.5 
 3. Dezouvre, Aarhus9.4 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC8.8 
 5. Doggett, Naestved8.4 
 6. Waithe, Bakken8.4 
 7. Moritz, SISU8.0 
 8. Washington, Svend.8.0 
 9. Walker, Naestved7.9 
 10. Baker, Vaerlose7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel ORTEGA
  Randers
  (188-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Ortega, Randers6.8 
 2. Bowlin, Horsens IC6.5 
 3. Darboe, Svendborg5.8 
 4. Nielsen, SISU5.3 
 5. Murphy, Naestved4.8 
 6. Tomko, Etzella4.5 
 7. Dennis, SISU4.3 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.4.2 
 9. Jonsson, Keflavik4.0 
 10. Nielsen, Randers3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC3.0 
 2. Tomko, Etzella2.4 
 3. Delk, Vaerlose2.1 
 4. Nielsen, SISU2.1 
 5. Ortega, Randers2.1 
 6. Walker, Naestved2.0 
 7. Dennis, SISU1.9 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg1.8 
 9. Jukic, Horsens IC1.8 
 10. Rungby, Horsens1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Washington, Svend.2.5 
 2. Colas, Randers2.0 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.5 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.4 
 5. Jukic, Horsholm1.3 
 6. Doggett, Naestved1.1 
 7. Jukic, Horsens IC1.1 
 8. Funches, Aarhus BC1.1 
 9. Delk, Vaerlose1.0 
 10. Thomann, Horse.1.0 



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  D-LEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin DENTMON
  Texas L.
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Dentmon, Texas L.22.9 
 2. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.22.1 
 3. Goudelock, LA La.21.2 
 4. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers20.9 
 5. Mack, Atlanta H.20.1 
 6. Samuels, Hapoel J.19.8 
 7. Joseph, San A.19.4 
 8. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.3 
 9. Jones, Houston R.19.0 
 10. Nichols, Sioux F.18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Texas L.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jones, Texas L.12.6 
 2. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.11.8 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.10.9 
 4. Samuels, Hapoel J.10.3 
 5. Jackson, Austin T.10.2 
 6. Mays, Sioux F.10.0 
 7. Varnado, Miami H.9.9 
 8. Onuaku, Canton C.9.5 
 9. Jones, Houston R.9.0 
 10. Wright, Maine RC8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Sioux F.
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Barrett, Sioux F.7.8 
 2. Mack, Atlanta H.7.5 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.7.1 
 4. Wright, Iowa E.7.0 
 5. Russell, Reno B.6.5 
 6. Karl, Idaho S.6.3 
 7. Quinn, Cleveland C.6.1 
 8. Singletary, Ooste.5.6 
 9. McNeal, Utah Jazz5.5 
 10. Joseph, San A.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Justin HOLIDAY
  Philadel.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Holiday, Philadel.2.4 
 2. Millsap, Los A.2.0 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.2.0 
 4. Greene, Reno B.1.9 
 5. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 6. Joseph, San A.1.9 
 7. Tyndale, Maine RC1.8 
 8. Murry, Rio G.1.7 
 9. Wright, Maine RC1.7 
 10. Singletary, Ooste.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Miami H.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Varnado, Miami H.3.3 
 2. Melo, Maine RC2.9 
 3. Gladness, Santa C.2.3 
 4. Orton, Oklah.Ci.2.2 
 5. Armstrong, Santa C.2.2 
 6. Johnson, Minnesot.2.1 
 7. Daniels, Rio G.2.1 
 8. Jordan, Talk N Te.2.0 
 9. Moon, Los A.2.0 
 10. Williams, Texas L.2.0 


Toros Warriors and Valley Vipers advance into semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Bakersfield J. - Austin T. 107-114
A barrage from the backcourt helped the Austin Toros upend the Bakersfield Jam 114-107 Sunday night in California to sweep their first-round NBA Development League playoff series. Tre Kelley (6'0''-PG-85, college: S.Carolina) scored 29 points and Lester Hudson (6'3''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Tenn-Martin) had 28 as the Toros added the road victory to their 113-107 triumph at Cedar Park on Thursday. Hudson and forward Rick Jackson contributed 12 rebounds apiece. Brian Butch (6'11''-C/F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) led the Jam with 24 points, and Stephen Dennis (6'6''-G-87, college: Kutztown) had 23, but Bakersfield's choice to face Austin in the first round of the playoffs backfired as the Jam could not even force a deciding third game on their home floor. Bakersfield won the battle of the boards 54-42 and at one point led by 16, but the Toros had a huge advantage on 3-pointers, hitting 46 percent to the Jam's 23. Kelley and Hudson each hit 4 of 8 to lead the way. Courtesy of: statesman.com

Canton C. - Tulsa 66ers 102-80
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb scored 23 points with five rebounds and five steals, but the Tulsa 66ers fell to the Canton Charge, 102-80, in Game 2 of the NBA D-Leauge Playoffs First Round on Friday at Canton Memorial Civic Center in Canton, Ohio. Fellow Oklahoma City assignee DeAndre Liggins had six points, four rebounds and three assists and Thunder forward Perry Jones posted two points and four boards. Rasual Butler (6'7''-F-79, college: La Salle) scored 15 points and grabbed four rebounds. Canton's win forces a Game 3 for the best-of-three series, set for Sunday at 2 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcasted on tape delay on CBS Sports Network at 11:30 p.m. The Charge used hot shooting to jump to a 33-20 lead after the first quarter. Canton was led by Ryan Rossiter (6'9''-F/C-89, college: Siena) with 24 points and nine rebounds. The 66ers forced 20 Charge turnovers, including 13 off of steals. Tulsa is 2-0 all-time in a Game 3 with both wins coming on the road during the 2010 postseason. Courtesy of: ktul.com

Santa Cruz W. - Ft.Wayne MA 110-92
The best season in the Mad Ants' six years came to a quick playoff end at Santa Cruz on Saturday night. The Ants lost 110-92 to the Santa Cruz Warriors at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Santa Cruz won the best-of-three NBA Development League first-round playoff series 2-0. Fort Wayne, which finished the regular season with a franchise-best 27-23 record under first-year coach Duane Ticknor, appeared in the playoffs for the first time. The Ants lost Game 1 to the Warriors on Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum. A strong start to the third quarter by Santa Cruz made the difference in Game 2 as the Warriors swept the short series. Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso) led the Ants with 25 points, Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama) added 20 and Brandon Wallace scored 12 with 10 rebounds. Santa Cruz was led by Jeremy Tyler with 25 points and 11 rebounds and Hilton Armstrong (6'11''-C/F-84, college: Connecticut) scored 17 points with 10 rebounds. Courtesy of: news-sentinel.com

Rio Grande VV - Maine RC 98-97
If Saturday night's game is any indication, there could be a tough playoff road ahead for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. It didn't matter that the Vipers held on for a 98-97 victory against the Maine Red Claws to sweep their best-of-three series without their leading scorer, point guard Andrew Goudelock. The biggest thing that stood out for Vipers Coach Nick Nurse? Turnovers. The Vipers had 29 of them, and they contributed heavily to Maine rallying from an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter to make it 92-92 with 49 seconds remaining. The Vipers made 6 of 8 free throws to barely hang on and win their 12th straight. 'The win's important,' Nurse said. 'I don't want to take anything away from Maine, but we played really poorly. I'm really disappointed with the way we threw the ball around and how carelessly we played. 'I'm not disappointed with how we started. We built an 18-point lead two or three times, but I'm disappointed with how we finished for sure.' Saturday's game gave the Vipers a preview of what things will be like without Goudelock, who sat on the bench in street clothes. The Vipers declined comment on why the potential D-League MVP didn't play, but he said he was going to get called up Sunday by the Los Angeles Lakers, who have a roster spot open because of Kobe Bryant's season-ending injury. For the first three quarters it didn't appear the Vipers needed Goudelock. They coasted and carried a 77-60 lead into the fourth. Then things went dry around the middle of the quarter after Chris Daniels (6'11''-C-84, college: Limoges) knocked in a 3-pointer that made it 90-72 with 7:40 remaining. That turned out to be the last field goal for the Vipers. Rio Grande Valley helped fuel a 20-2 Maine run with turnover after turnover. 'We turned it over almost every possession,' forward Glen Rice (6'5''-G-91, college: Georgia Tech) Jr. said. 'They just got more shots at the rim.' Saturday's game mirrored Thursday's Game 1 at the Portland Expo in which the Vipers nearly blew a comfortable lead. 'It's been the same story for games,' said Maine Coach Mike Taylor, who was an assistant with the Vipers last season. 'The Vipers played with great pace. (Nurse) does such a great job with the team. They got out to a big lead in both games. 'I'm really proud of our guys. We really fought back. There were a couple of times when we could have folded, but at the end of the day you've got to tip your cap. 'We threw everything we had at them. They were able to win both games to come out on top.' Rice led the Vipers with 27 points and 12 rebounds. D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Reserve Tyler Honeycutt added 18 points for the Vipers, who will play the winner of the Canton-Tulsa series in the semifinals. Canton and Tulsa will play a decisive third game Sunday night. 'It's always nice to learn a lesson and still win the game,' Rice said. 'We know we can't turn it over like that. We almost cost us the game.' The Red Claws were led by reserve Josh Selby (6'2''-PG-91, college: Kansas), who had 22 points. Chris Wright scored 21 points and Curtis Jerrells had 19. Jermaine Taylor, a former Viper, scored 16 points. 'Good thing this is the playoffs and you just want to win,' Kennedy said. 'Don't matter how you win. You just have to win and advance. 'That was probably the worst fourth quarter we've played all season. We can blame it on a lot of things, but we didn't execute well at the end.' Courtesy of: pressherald.com



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  ESTONIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.16.1 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas15.9 
 3. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.15.6 
 4. Matulionis, Parnu15.3 
 5. Akenparg, TTU15.0 
 6. Laksa, Tarvas14.7 
 7. Raley-Ross, Tarvas14.7 
 8. Okoye, Tln Kalev14.0 
 9. Ingram, TU/Rock13.8 
 10. Laur, Hito/Johvi13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.3 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.5 
 3. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.2 
 4. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.8.2 
 5. Lindmets, Tarvas8.0 
 6. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.9 
 7. Grafs, Valga6.9 
 8. Arnold, TTU6.8 
 9. Keedus, TTU6.8 
 10. Raley-Ross, Tarv.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.4 
 2. Ingram, TU/Rock4.9 
 3. Keedus, TTU4.9 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas4.0 
 5. Raley-Ross, Tarvas3.8 
 6. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.2 
 7. Laane, Rapla3.1 
 8. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.1 
 9. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.0 
 10. Cunda, Valga3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Laane, Rapla2.4 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas2.0 
 3. Keedus, TTU1.8 
 4. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.7 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.6 
 6. Akenparg, TTU1.6 
 7. Saks, Tarvas1.6 
 8. Ingram, TU/Rock1.5 
 9. Cunda, Valga1.4 
 10. Saage, TU/Rock1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 2. Stewart, Tarvas1.3 
 3. Toome, TU/Rock1.0 
 4. Arnold, TTU1.0 
 5. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 6. Matulionis, Parnu0.8 
 7. Grim, Valga0.6 
 8. Grafs, Valga0.6 
 9. Saarmets, TTU0.6 
 10. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.6 


KML playoffs: Parnu and Rapla victorious - by Janar

KK Parnu and TYCO Rapla won the 2nd games of G4S KML quarter-final series. Parnu evened the series by beating BC Rakvere Tarvas 80:67, Rapla leads 2:0 against TTU after a 61:51 win on Sunday.
KK Parnu made 5 three-pointers and outscored Tarvas 29:20 on 3rd quarter on the way to the victory. Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91) made quite an extraordinary performance- 16 points, 10 rbs, 9 assists and 9 fouls received. Osvaldas Matiulionis added 16+7, Kristjan Evart 16 points, Kristjan Kitsing 14+10 and Rain Raadik 13+7 rbs. Both Kitsing and Evart made 4 three-pointers.
Reimo Tamm scored 16 for Tarvas. Juris Umbrasko and Anthony Stewart added 11 points.

TYCO Rapla outscored TTU KK 18:8 in the last quarter with 7 different players scoring at least 2 points. TTU made only 2/10 shots in last quarter and added unbelievable 10 turnovers. Altogether, TTU made 28 turnovers as opposed to 19 by the hosts.
Rait-Riivo Laane led the winners for the second game in a row with 13 points. Martin Dorbek added 10 and Andre Parn 9 points. Erik Keedus led TTU with 13 points but also 7 turnovers. Jaan Puidet shined with 10 points, 14 rbs and 5 steals, Kiur Akenparg also 10 points.




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  EUROCUP   


Stellar Upsides from Aleks Maric and Richard Hendrix - by David Pick

Behind a strong double-double showing of 12 points and 10 rebounds, courtesy of 6-11 Australian center Aleks Maric, and thanks to a dominate Most Valuable Player performance by interim big man Richard Hendrix, who contributed 14 points and 9 boards, Russian Lokomotiv Kuban secured its first ever Eurocup title with a 75-64 triumph over Spanish Uxue Bilbao.

Both Maric (Panathinaikos) and Hendrix (EA7 Milan), shown the door by their recently respected Euroleague homes, have managed to come alive in Russia, upped their statistics, and resurrect their stardom, en route to returning to Euroleague action next season.

While Maric is locked in with Kuban for the upcoming 2013-14 season, Hendrix, who is on a loan from Milan, will get shipped back to Italy to honor the second year of his deal.

Kuban Coach Evgeny Pashutin utilized his massive inside presence to the maximum. Maric playing the center, and Hendrix at power-forward revealed to be a killer duo combining for 19 boards, five of them offensive, and five assists.

"Our strategy offensively was to go inside to Richard Hendrix and Aleks Maric," a victorious Pashutin said. "They both dominated and we were able to get a lead, go from there and have a good game," the 44-year-old Russian-born coach added.

Awkwardly enough, Israeli power Maccabi Tel Aviv, currently trailing Real Madrid 0-2 in the best-of-five Euroleague quarter-finals series, is getting demolished inside the paint by its Spanish rival.

Seeing that Maccabi sent 7-footer Giorgi Shermadini to Greece on December 2012, and waived high-flying 6-8 power-forward Malcolm Thomas, who is now hooping for the Chicago Bulls, Shawn James' outstanding performances remain no match against Madrid's inside firepower. Dating back to March 2013, Maccabi targeted and engaged in conversations with Maric, who eventually preferred the Russian currency. Upon joining Kuban on January 2013, David Blatt heavily pursued Hendrix, and urged Tel Aviv officials to re-sign the Alabama alumnus. Yet Maccabi executives eventually inked Croatian Euroleague-rook Darko Planinic to a multi-year deal.

Planinic is far from being the coaching staff favorite Hendrix was, or Maric could have been, registering just 3.5 points and 1.5 boards during 6.5 minutes per versus Madrid.

As Madrid outrebounds Tel Aviv 85-44 over the first pair of series contests, Maric, tailing a miserable four points in seven minutes for Panathinaikos under former coach Zeljko Obradovic last season, has jump-started his international career, revisiting his dominance from when playing in Serbia with Partizan Belgrade.

"Our target from the beginning was to win this cup. We are now going to the play in the Euroleague. We conquered our goal of taking Kuban to the next level. It is an amazing feeling," said Maric, completing his Eurocup debut season with double-digit scoring figures of 11 points and 7.3 rebounds nightly.

Hendrix's season upside has also been remarkable. The 264-pounder who took home Israel's Center of the Year honors, discovered unfamiliar territory earlier this season under Sergio Scariolo, barley logging double-digits in minutes, which by default, meant failing to adapt to the Italian system.

In Russia, Hendrix revived his brand, doubled his scoring averages, and tripled his European competition statistics. For Kuban's defensive anchor, winning the Eurocup title was simply the icing on the cake.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Stellar Upsides from Aleks Maric and Richard Hendrix - by David Pick

Behind a strong double-double showing of 12 points and 10 rebounds, courtesy of 6-11 Australian center Aleks Maric, and thanks to a dominate Most Valuable Player performance by interim big man Richard Hendrix, who contributed 14 points and 9 boards, Russian Lokomotiv Kuban secured its first ever Eurocup title with a 75-64 triumph over Spanish Uxue Bilbao.

Both Maric (Panathinaikos) and Hendrix (EA7 Milan), shown the door by their recently respected Euroleague homes, have managed to come alive in Russia, upped their statistics, and resurrect their stardom, en route to returning to Euroleague action next season.

While Maric is locked in with Kuban for the upcoming 2013-14 season, Hendrix, who is on a loan from Milan, will get shipped back to Italy to honor the second year of his deal.

Kuban Coach Evgeny Pashutin utilized his massive inside presence to the maximum. Maric playing the center, and Hendrix at power-forward revealed to be a killer duo combining for 19 boards, five of them offensive, and five assists.

"Our strategy offensively was to go inside to Richard Hendrix and Aleks Maric," a victorious Pashutin said. "They both dominated and we were able to get a lead, go from there and have a good game," the 44-year-old Russian-born coach added.

Awkwardly enough, Israeli power Maccabi Tel Aviv, currently trailing Real Madrid 0-2 in the best-of-five Euroleague quarter-finals series, is getting demolished inside the paint by its Spanish rival.

Seeing that Maccabi sent 7-footer Giorgi Shermadini to Greece on December 2012, and waived high-flying 6-8 power-forward Malcolm Thomas, who is now hooping for the Chicago Bulls, Shawn James' outstanding performances remain no match against Madrid's inside firepower. Dating back to March 2013, Maccabi targeted and engaged in conversations with Maric, who eventually preferred the Russian currency. Upon joining Kuban on January 2013, David Blatt heavily pursued Hendrix, and urged Tel Aviv officials to re-sign the Alabama alumnus. Yet Maccabi executives eventually inked Croatian Euroleague-rook Darko Planinic to a multi-year deal.

Planinic is far from being the coaching staff favorite Hendrix was, or Maric could have been, registering just 3.5 points and 1.5 boards during 6.5 minutes per versus Madrid.

As Madrid outrebounds Tel Aviv 85-44 over the first pair of series contests, Maric, tailing a miserable four points in seven minutes for Panathinaikos under former coach Zeljko Obradovic last season, has jump-started his international career, revisiting his dominance from when playing in Serbia with Partizan Belgrade.

"Our target from the beginning was to win this cup. We are now going to the play in the Euroleague. We conquered our goal of taking Kuban to the next level. It is an amazing feeling," said Maric, completing his Eurocup debut season with double-digit scoring figures of 11 points and 7.3 rebounds nightly.

Hendrix's season upside has also been remarkable. The 264-pounder who took home Israel's Center of the Year honors, discovered unfamiliar territory earlier this season under Sergio Scariolo, barley logging double-digits in minutes, which by default, meant failing to adapt to the Italian system.

In Russia, Hendrix revived his brand, doubled his scoring averages, and tripled his European competition statistics. For Kuban's defensive anchor, winning the Eurocup title was simply the icing on the cake.



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  FINLAND   

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Conley, LrNM.22.5 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.4 
 3. Relphorde, Salon V.21.5 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.20.8 
 5. Clavell, Kouvot20.5 
 6. Haanpaa, Lapua19.5 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto18.8 
 8. Holloway, Namika L.18.0 
 9. Logins, LrNM.17.5 
 10. Burgess, FoKoPo17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 T.J. ROBINSON
  Korihait
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Robinson, Korihait10.3 
 2. Conley, LrNM.9.8 
 3. McDade, Nilan B.9.7 
 4. Ford, Kauhajoki9.5 
 5. Thornton, FoKoPo9.1 
 6. Giles, KTP9.1 
 7. Watt, Korihait8.8 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto8.6 
 9. Johnson, Namika L.8.3 
 10. Thorpe, FoKoPo8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Williams, Pyrinto6.6 
 2. Coleman, Lapua6.0 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.6 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.5.3 
 5. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.9 
 6. Smith, Kataja4.7 
 7. Watson, Kauhajoki4.4 
 8. Burgess, FoKoPo3.9 
 9. Zeno, Nilan Bisons3.9 
 10. Virtanen, Kataja3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.6 
 2. Coleman, Lapua2.3 
 3. Gibson, LrNM.2.2 
 4. Smith, Kataja2.2 
 5. Holloway, Namika L.1.9 
 6. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.8 
 7. Conley, LrNM.1.7 
 8. Tolbert, Lapua1.7 
 9. Williams, KTP1.5 
 10. Watson, Kauhajoki1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Barrett, KTP1.3 
 2. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.2 
 3. Fields, Kataja1.1 
 4. Ford, Kauhajoki1.1 
 5. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 6. Giles, KTP1.0 
 7. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.0 
 8. Dyer, Hapoel Kazrin0.9 
 9. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.9 
 10. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 


KORISLIIGA play-off-games got started - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, play-off-games, Game # 1: Three contests tonight, no big upsets, but one OT game. Pyrinto (Tampere) needed an OT before visitor Karhu from Kauhajoki was beaten: 99-93 (85) (41-34). It was Damon Williams (201-F-73, agency: Two Points, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) again, who saved Pyrinto into OT by his 3-pointer at 39:47 (13 seconds to go). Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86, college: Rhode Island) arranged then the victory for the hosts during the extra 5 minutes. There were 20 lead changes and 13 ties in this thriller. Ulmer led pyrinto with a double-double 34pts/15rbs (1 - 10/12, 2 - 9/16, 3 - 2/3). Giordan Watson (178-PG-85, college: Cent.Michigan) led Karhu with 31 pts (1 - 9/11, 2 - 5/9, 3 - 4/9).
In Joensuu Kataja defeated YMCA Lappeenranta 91-67 (41-29). Kataja won all four quarters. The biggest difference came from behind the arc: Kataja 10/25 and YMCA LPR 3/18. Antti Kanervo (193-SG-89) led Kataja with 17 pts and Matthew Gibson (196-G-84) YMCA LPR with 19 pts though being in foul troubles already during the first half. And the regular season winner Bisons (Loimaa) won over Vilpas (Salo) 86-70 (38-31). Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) netted 20 pts as well as Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) and Ryan McDade (201-F-80, college: N.Arizona). McDade grabbed also 11 rebounds. Marcus Relphorde (198-F-88, college: Colorado) scored game high 23 pts. Next game: 15.4. KTP - Kouvot.

Pyrinto - Karhu 99-93 (85) (41-34). (Lamonte Ulmer 31/15, Damon Williams 23/11, Carl Lindbom 14 - Giordan Watson 31, Tremaine Ford 20/12, Jussi Eskola 18. A: 1047).
Kataja - YMCA LPR 91-67 (41-29). (Antti Kanervo 17, Dan Coleman 15, Johnell Smith 14 - Matt Gibson 19/6a, Jason Conley 15, Greg Logins 10/10. A: 1023).
Bisons - Vilpas 86-70 (38-31). (Ryan McDade 20/11, Jeb Ivey 20/5a, Mikko Koivisto 20 - Marcus Relphorde 23, Troy Barnies 16/8, Eero Lehtinen 9. A: 1091).



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  FRANCE   

Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Orchy 23-4 
 2. Souffel 19-9 
 3. Vichy 19-9 
 4. Blois 17-10 
 5. Cognac 16-11 
 6. Monaco 16-11 
 7. Quimper 16-12 
 8. La Rochelle 16-12 
 9. Rueil 15-13 
 10. Sorgues 13-14 
 11. Chartres 11-16 
 12. Angers BC 49 11-16 
 13. St Chamond 11-17 
 14. Challans 9-18 
 15. Rennes 7-20 
 16. CFBB 0-27 

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 13: Quimper - Monaco 96-92
Apr. 13: St Chamond - Angers BC 49 94-76
Apr. 13: Rueil - Sorgues 91-78
Apr. 13: Souffel - Blois 84-58
Apr. 13: La Rochelle - Rennes 80-72
Apr. 13: Orchy - Challans 77-73
Apr. 13: Vichy - Chartres 75-48

Round 30

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

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 20: Monaco - Orchy
Apr. 20: Rennes - Vichy
Apr. 20: Chartres - Rueil
Apr. 20: Challans - CFBB
Apr. 20: Sorgues - Cognac
Apr. 20: Blois - Quimper
Apr. 20: Angers BC 49 - Souffel


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ryan ZAMROZ
  Sorgues
  (192-G/F-87)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Zamroz, Sorgues18.4 
 2. Kaunisto, Blois17.2 
 3. Hill, Angers BC 4917.1 
 4. Raji, Quimper17.1 
 5. Cole, La Rochelle17.0 
 6. Pene, Rennes16.5 
 7. Herard, Challans16.3 
 8. Inglis, CFBB16.2 
 9. Ocokoljic, Rueil16.1 
 10. Petrovic, Orchy15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.0 
 2. Raji, Quimper8.0 
 3. Cole, La Rochelle7.7 
 4. Alingue, Souffel7.7 
 5. Tornato, Blois7.4 
 6. Diame, Rueil7.4 
 7. Sall, Rennes7.2 
 8. Inglis, CFBB7.2 
 9. N''Diaye, Souffel7.1 
 10. Calasan, Monaco7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony CHRISTOPHE
  Monaco
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Christophe, Monaco7.0 
 2. Cherry, Quimper6.2 
 3. Barbry, Orchy5.4 
 4. Rathieuville, Chal.5.2 
 5. Fellah, Angers B.4.9 
 6. Thomas, Vichy4.6 
 7. Brochard, Blois4.6 
 8. Sahraoui, La Roche.4.0 
 9. Inglis, CFBB4.0 
 10. Mouillard, Cognac3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Rida EL AMRANI
  Vichy
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. El Amrani, Vichy2.3 
 2. Davis, Blois2.0 
 3. Bennett, Monaco1.9 
 4. Mouillard, Cognac1.6 
 5. Saounera, Rueil1.6 
 6. Rathieuville, Chal.1.6 
 7. Christophe, Monaco1.6 
 8. Pene, Rennes1.6 
 9. Thibedore, Quimper1.6 
 10. Lonzieme, Angers1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Daviin DAVIS
  Blois
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Davis, Blois1.7 
 2. Diame, Rueil1.5 
 3. N''Diaye, Souffel1.4 
 4. Rinna, St Chamond1.3 
 5. Inglis, CFBB1.2 
 6. Alingue, Souffel1.2 
 7. Tornato, Blois1.2 
 8. Traore, Angers B.1.1 
 9. Kolb, Quimper0.8 
 10. Ben Driss, Rennes0.8 


NM1 Round 31: Souffelweyersheim beats Blois in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NM1 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds. Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Souffel.. Second ranked Souffelweyersheim faced 4th placed Blois. Host Souffelweyersheim (19-9) smashed guests from Blois (17-10) 84-58. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Blois. The game without a history. Souffelweyersheim led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Blois' 20. Souffelweyersheim forced 19 Blois turnovers and had a 30-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Blois' players. Senegalese power forward Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-84, college: USC) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds. Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. Blois' coach Hugues Occansey gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Souffelweyersheim maintains second place with 19-9 record having three points less than leader Orchy, which they share with Vichy. Blois at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Souffelweyersheim is looking forward to face Angers BC 49 (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Blois will play against Quimper UJAP (#7) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Leader Orchesien BC delivered the twentieth third victory. This time they beat 14th ranked Vendee Challans (9-18) 77-73 in Orchies. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Emilien Barbry (188-83) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 4 assists. Renaud Brocheray contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. point guard Sebastien Cherasse (184-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds for Vendee Challans. Orchesien BC (23-4) have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place. Vendee Challans at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. Orchesien BC will play against Monaco (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Vendee Challans will play against CFBB (#16) in Paris and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Quimper was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Monaco (16-11) played at the court of seventh ranked Quimper UJAP (16-12). Quimper UJAP managed to secure a 4-point victory 96-92 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Monaco. It was a great evening for Corey Raji who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). At the losing side Milutin Aleksic responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Quimper UJAP maintains seventh place with 16-12 record, which they share with La Rochelle. Newly promoted Monaco keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Cognac. Quimper UJAP will meet higher ranked Blois (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Monaco will play against the league's leader Orchesien BC having rather not much hope for a victory.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Angers, where higher ranked Cognac (16-11) lost to twelfth ranked Angers BC 49 (11-16) in a road game 65-69. It was an exceptional evening for Logi Gunnarsson who led the winners and scored 22 points. Angers BC 49 moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Chartres. Cognac lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. Angers BC 49's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Souffelweyersheim in Souffel. and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cognac will play on the road against Sorgues.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Vichy. Local JA Vichy (19-9) outscored 11th ranked Chartres (11-16) 75-48 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chartres. Guillaume Pons fired 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JA Vichy moved-up to second place, which they share with Souffel. Loser Chartres keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. JA Vichy will face Union Rennes (#15) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Chartres will play against Rueil (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 31 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Angers BC 49 was defeated by St Chamond in Saint Chamond 94-76. Rueil beat Sorgues at home 91-78. Rennes lost to La Rochelle on the opponent's court 72-80.
The best stats of 31th round was 17 points, 23 rebounds and 6 blocks by Moise Diame of Rueil.


Orchy - Challans 77-73

Leader Orchesien BC delivered the twentieth third victory. This time they beat 14th ranked Vendee Challans (9-18) 77-73 in Orchies. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Vendee Challans won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Orchesien BC forced 21 Vendee Challans turnovers. Strangely Vendee Challans outrebounded Orchesien BC 47-24 including a 34-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Emilien Barbry (188-83) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 4 assists. Forward Renaud Brocheray (202-80) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. point guard Sebastien Cherasse (184-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and center Nils Gouacide (208-84) added 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) in the effort for Vendee Challans. Orchesien BC (23-4) have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place. Vendee Challans at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. Orchesien BC will play against Monaco (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Vendee Challans will play against CFBB (#16) in Paris and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orchy: E.Barbry 19+2reb+4ast, J.Bestron 13+1reb+1ast, R.Brocheray 13+7reb+2ast, D.Petrovic 9+6reb+2ast, R.Malet 8+3reb+5ast, R.Carter 8+2reb+2ast
Challans: N.Gouacide 22+5reb, S.Cherasse 19+13reb+2ast, F.Herard 10+5reb+2ast, S.Mekdad 5+7reb+1ast, J.Geay 4+3ast, M.Diakite 4+3reb
gschID: 186336


Quimper - Monaco 96-92

The game in Quimper was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Monaco (16-11) played at the court of seventh ranked Quimper UJAP (16-12). Quimper UJAP managed to secure a 4-point victory 96-92 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Monaco. Monaco was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Quimper UJAP made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Nigerian forward Corey Raji (198-88, college: Boston Coll., agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Swingman Florian Thibedore (193-90) helped adding 23 points. At the losing side Serbian forward Milutin Aleksic (203-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists and Serbian-Bosnian center Nemanja Calasan (205-85, college: Purdue) scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Quimper UJAP and five Monaco players scored in double figures. Quimper UJAP maintains seventh place with 16-12 record, which they share with La Rochelle. Newly promoted Monaco keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Cognac. Quimper UJAP will meet higher ranked Blois (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Monaco will play against the league's leader Orchesien BC having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Quimper: C.Raji 32+3reb+3ast, F.Thibedore 23+3reb+2ast, W.Molas 15+6reb+2ast, R.Gregoire 10+5reb+1ast, C.Cherry 8+4reb+7ast, B.Matanga 5+1reb+2ast
Monaco: M.Diallo 23+1reb+1ast, M.Aleksic 19+10reb+9ast, N.Calasan 16+6reb+5ast, D.McClintock 13+2reb+1ast, J.Jones 13+3reb, M.Labeyrie-Hafsi 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 186331


Souffel - Blois 84-58

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Souffel.. Second ranked Souffelweyersheim faced 4th placed Blois. Host Souffelweyersheim (19-9) smashed guests from Blois (17-10) 84-58. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Blois. The game without a history. Souffelweyersheim led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Blois' 20. Souffelweyersheim forced 19 Blois turnovers and had a 30-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Blois' players. Senegalese power forward Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-84, college: USC) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Four Souffelweyersheim players scored in double figures. Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and American swingman Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Blois' coach Hugues Occansey gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Souffelweyersheim maintains second place with 19-9 record having three points less than leader Orchy, which they share with Vichy. Blois at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Souffelweyersheim is looking forward to face Angers BC 49 (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Blois will play against Quimper UJAP (#7) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Souffel: A.N'Diaye 16+12reb+2ast, J.Cazenobe 15+3reb+3ast, M.M'Bodji 14+2reb, J.Alingue 13+10reb+3ast, F.Minet 9+3reb+5ast, J.Tschamber 8+2reb+3ast
Blois: V.Kaunisto 18+12reb+1ast, G.Staelens 10+1ast, D.Davis 9+6reb+3ast, M.Sy 7+4reb, K.Morlende 6+1reb, J.Tornato 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 186330


St Chamond - Angers BC 49 94-76

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 12th ranked Angers BC 49 (11-16) was defeated on the road by thirteenth ranked Saint Chamond (11-17) 94-76 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-76. Saint Chamond dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Angers BC 49's 24. They outrebounded Angers BC 49 35-24 including 29 on the defensive glass. Saint Chamond shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Forward Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-83) chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Saint Chamond players scored in double figures. Center Maxime Chupin (205-89, college: Cal-Irvine) produced 21 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Algerian point guard Ahmed Fellah (180-81) added 7 points and 11 assists respectively for lost side. Saint Chamond maintains thirteenth place with 11-17 record. Loser Angers BC 49 dropped to the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Saint Chamond will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
St Chamond: J.Landu-Bongo 25+3reb, J.Rinna 19+8reb+4ast, T.Pearson 18+14reb+1ast, I.Bankevics 15+1reb+3ast, E.Sadiku 9+3reb+10ast, R.Tillon 3+4reb+4ast
Angers BC 49: M.Chupin 21+8reb+3ast, L.Gunnarsson 21, A.Hill 9+4reb, T.Lonzieme 8+1reb+2ast, A.Fellah 7+4reb+11ast, S.Traore 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 186329


Vichy - Chartres 75-48

The game with biggest result difference took place in Vichy. Local JA Vichy (19-9) outscored 11th ranked Chartres (11-16) 75-48 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chartres. The game without a history. JA Vichy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Swingman Guillaume Pons (198-79) fired 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Octavio Da Silveira (204-89) chipped in 21 points. Four JA Vichy players scored in double figures. Bosnian guard Milan Vasic (195-77) produced 9 points and forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) added 5 points and 8 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. JA Vichy moved-up to second place, which they share with Souffel. Loser Chartres keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. JA Vichy will face Union Rennes (#15) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Chartres will play against Rueil (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vichy: O.Da Silveira 21+4reb, B.Thomas 16+2reb+3ast, G.Pons 16+7reb+2ast, J.Reynolds 10+7reb+1ast, G.Lessort 5+3reb, P.Kiple 3
Chartres: J.Sauret 11+1reb+2ast, M.Vasic 9+4reb+2ast, A.Boivin 6+2reb+1ast, A.Hergott 5+6reb+1ast, G.Merie 5+8reb+1ast, G.Lemon 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 186335


Rueil - Sorgues 91-78

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Rueil's (15-13) home victory over 10th ranked Sorgues (13-14) 91-78 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Rueil. Sorgues was better in fourth quarter 29-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Sorgues 52-34 including a 37-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Moise Diame (205-86) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points, 23 rebounds and 6 blocks for the winners. Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St., agency: TSS Management) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Julien Doreau (200-83) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and American-Italian swingman Ryan Zamroz (192-87, college: Master's, agency: Players Group) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rueil maintains ninth place with 15-13 record. Loser Sorgues keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Rueil will face Chartres (#11) on the road in the next round. Sorgues will play against Cognac.
Top scorers:
Rueil: M.Diame 17+23reb+1ast, D.Gentil 17+4reb, S.Ocokoljic 16+5reb+1ast, S.Ricard 13+2reb+1ast, I.Saounera 12+1reb+2ast, A.Desespringalle 7+4reb+5ast
Sorgues: R.Zamroz 19+2reb+3ast, J.Doreau 18+6reb+2ast, Q.Hankins-Cole 12+8reb+1ast, C.Mansare 11+6reb+1ast, A.Thinon 5+1reb+3ast, W.Gueye 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 186328


La Rochelle - Rennes 80-72

Very expected game when 15th ranked Union Rennes (7-20) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked La Rochelle (16-12) 80-72 on Saturday. La Rochelle moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Quimper. Union Rennes at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. La Rochelle will have a break next round. Union Rennes will play at home against JA Vichy (#3).
gschID: 186333


Round 30
Angers BC 49 - Cognac 69-65

We should mention about the upset which took place in Angers, where higher ranked Cognac (16-11) lost to twelfth ranked Angers BC 49 (11-16) in a road game 65-69. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-14 Cognac's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 69-65 at the end of the game. It was an exceptional evening for Icelandic Logi Gunnarsson (192-81) who led the winners and scored 22 points. Forward SyPir Traore (204-85) accounted for 9 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Guard Romain Hillotte (197-91) came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds and Sadio Doucoure (195-92) added 8 points and 13 rebounds respectively for Cognac in the defeat. Angers BC 49 moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Chartres. Cognac lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. Angers BC 49's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Souffelweyersheim in Souffel. and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cognac will play on the road against Sorgues.
Top scorers:
Angers BC 49: L.Gunnarsson 22+4reb+1ast, M.Chupin 11+9reb, T.Lonzieme 11+5reb+2ast, S.Traore 9+13reb+2ast, A.Fellah 8+3reb+9ast, E.De Casabianca 3+2reb+2ast
Cognac: R.Hillotte 19+9reb, J.Ludon 13+5reb, S.Doucoure 8+13reb, C.Bertorelle 7+7reb+3ast, D.Sencanski 7+5reb, M.Choplin 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 238511



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  FYR MACEDONIA   

D1 Standings

Prva Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Kozuv 13-5 
 2. Feni Indistrija 12-6 
 3. Lirija 12-6 
 4. Rabotnicki 10-8 
 5. Kumanovo 8-10 
 6. MZT Skopje 4-0 
Places 7-9
 1. ABA Strumica 7-9 
 2. Pelister Bitola 3-13 
 3. Vardar 2-14 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 4

Places 1-6

Apr. 13: Kozuv - Feni Indistrija 87-86
Apr. 13: Lirija - Kumanovo 85-78
Apr. 13: Rabotnicki - MZT Skopje 74-86

Places 7-9

Apr. 13: ABA Strumica - Vardar 99-81

Second Stage: Round 5

Apr. 17: Lirija - Kozuv
Apr. 17: MZT Skopje - Feni Indistrija
Apr. 17: Kumanovo - Rabotnicki


Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar KOSTOSKI
  Kumanovo
  (186-G-88)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Kostoski, Kumanovo19.6 
 2. Radunovic, Lirija17.1 
 3. Jelesijevic, Rabot.15.5 
 4. Trajkovski, Feni I.15.4 
 5. Lukovic, Kumanovo15.3 
 6. Tasovski, Lirija14.1 
 7. Gocevski, Kozuv13.8 
 8. Dimcevski, Kuman.13.7 
 9. Kerkez, Vardar13.5 
 10. Sharper, Rabotnic.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dragan KERKEZ
  Vardar
  (--89)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Kerkez, Vardar10.3 
 2. Lukovic, Kumanovo10.1 
 3. Trajkovski, Feni I.7.6 
 4. Radunovic, Lirija7.6 
 5. Jelesijevic, Rabot.6.5 
 6. Kostevski, Vardar6.3 
 7. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.6.0 
 8. Tasovski, Lirija5.8 
 9. Knezevic, Feni I.5.7 
 10. Dimcevski, Kuman.4.9 
Assists Per Game
 Goran SAMARDZIEV
  Feni I.
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Samardziev, Feni I.3.9 
 2. Mijajlovic, Kozuv3.7 
 3. Morban, Lirija3.6 
 4. Karadzovski, Kozuv3.6 
 5. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.5 
 6. Sokolov, Feni I.2.8 
 7. Petrovski, Rabotni.2.7 
 8. Petrovski, Vardar2.4 
 9. Radunovic, Lirija2.4 
 10. Tasovski, Lirija2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Balsa RADUNOVIC
  Lirija
  (207-F/C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Radunovic, Lirija1.7 
 2. Dimcevski, Kuman.1.6 
 3. Jevdic, ABA S.1.4 
 4. Stajic, Lirija1.4 
 5. Morban, Lirija1.2 
 6. Kerkez, Vardar1.2 
 7. Ugrinoski, Lirija1.2 
 8. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.1.1 
 9. Sokolov, Feni I.1.1 
 10. Simonovski, Feni1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo1.8 
 2. Jelesijevic, Rabot.1.0 
 3. Pavlovski, Kozuv0.9 
 4. Trajkovski, Feni I.0.9 
 5. Simic, Lirija0.8 
 6. Radunovic, Lirija0.7 
 7. Avramovski, Rabot.0.4 
 8. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.0.4 
 9. Kerkez, Vardar0.4 
 10. Gocevski, Kozuv0.4 


Prva Liga Round 4 (Second Stage): Kozuv beats Feni Indistrija by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 4 in the Prva Liga took place in Gevgelija. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of their biggest opponent Feni Indistrija (12-6) to first ranked Kozuv (13-5) 87-86 in the game for the first place. It was a key game for the top position in Liga. Feni Indistrija was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 25-21 charge of Kozuv, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian Vladimir Filipovic (196-85) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. The former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Kozuv's coach Marjan Srbinovski used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American point guard Corey McIntosh (183-85, college: Iowa St.) replied with 21 points for Feni Indistrija. Kozuv maintains first position in Liga with 13-5 record. Feni Indistrija at the other side keeps the second place with six games lost. Kozuv are looking forward to face Lirija (#3) in Skopje in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Feni Indistrija will play on the road against MZT Skopje and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Skopje: MZT Skopje (#6) and Fersped-Rabotnicki (#4). Fersped-Rabotnicki was defeated at home 74-86 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Gjorji Cekovski (203-79) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Damjan Stojanovski who added 18 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. MZT Skopje's coach Ales Pipan allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American-Somalian forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Defending champion maintains sixth position in Liga with 4-0 record. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. MZT Skopje will play against league's second-placed Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Fersped-Rabotnicki will play on the road against Kumanovo 2009 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for ABA Strumica (7-9) which hosted in Strumica 3rd ranked Vardar (2-14). First ranked ABA Strumica had an easy win 99-81. The winners were led by Nemanja Arsic who had that evening a double-double by scoring 22 points and 18 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Even 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by Zarko Djuric did not help to save the game for Vardar. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ABA Strumica maintains first position in Liga with 7-9 record. Loser Vardar keeps the third place with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 4
In Liga Kumanovo was beaten by Lirija on the road 85-78.


Places 1-6
Rabotnicki - MZT Skopje 74-86

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Skopje: MZT Skopje (#6) and Fersped-Rabotnicki (#4). Fersped-Rabotnicki was defeated at home 74-86 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. MZT Skopje made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. MZT Skopje outrebounded Fersped-Rabotnicki 44-21 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Gjorji Cekovski (203-79) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and international Damjan Stojanovski (197-87) who added 18 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. MZT Skopje's coach Ales Pipan allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American-Somalian forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American point guard Leemire Goldwire (182-85, college: Charlotte, agency: Two Points) scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Fersped-Rabotnicki players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains sixth position in Liga with 4-0 record. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. MZT Skopje will play against league's second-placed Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Fersped-Rabotnicki will play on the road against Kumanovo 2009 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: G.Cekovski 22+7reb+4ast, D.Stojanovski 18+13reb+2ast, T.Gecevski 15+9reb, E.Bogoev 7, G.Markovski 7+1reb, N.Otasevic 5+3reb+3ast
Rabotnicki: M.Abukar 15+5reb+4ast, J.Petrovski 13+2ast, N.Jelesijevic 13+3reb, L.Goldwire 13+6reb+4ast, M.Gjurov 9+3reb+1ast, N.Zivcevic 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 235612


Lirija - Kumanovo 85-78

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Lirija (12-6) beat 5th ranked Kumanovo 2009 (8-10) in Skopje 85-78 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 32-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Lirija made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The winners were led by the former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) who scored that evening 28 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Serbian center Toni Simic (210-76) supported him with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 16 points and 17 rebounds by Serbian center Uros Lukovic (212-89) did not help to save the game for Kumanovo 2009. International guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 18 points for lost side. Five Kumanovo 2009 players scored in double figures. Lirija maintains third position in Liga with 12-6 record behind leader Kozuv. Loser Kumanovo 2009 keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Lirija will meet at home league's leader Kozuv in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kumanovo 2009 will play against Fersped-Rabotnicki (#4) in Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lirija: D.Tasovski 28+9reb, B.Radunovic 15+6reb+1ast, T.Simic 15+7reb, A.Ugrinoski 9+5reb+3ast, E.Hadzibulic 7+1reb+4ast, C.Morban 6+4reb+5ast
Kumanovo: A.Kostoski 18+3reb+3ast, U.Lukovic 16+17reb, V.Georgievski 13+5reb+2ast, A.Lee-Ingram 11+6reb+2ast, D.Mikic 11+6reb+2ast, M.Mladenovic 3+2ast
gschID: 235611


Kozuv - Feni Indistrija 87-86

The most exciting game of round 4 in the Prva Liga took place in Gevgelija. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of their biggest opponent Feni Indistrija (12-6) to first ranked Kozuv (13-5) 87-86 in the game for the first place. It was a key game for the top position in Liga. Feni Indistrija was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 25-21 charge of Kozuv, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian Vladimir Filipovic (196-85) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. The former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Kozuv's coach Marjan Srbinovski used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American point guard Corey McIntosh (183-85, college: Iowa St.) replied with 21 points and forward Vladimir Brckov (200-89) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Feni Indistrija. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Kozuv maintains first position in Liga with 13-5 record. Feni Indistrija at the other side keeps the second place with six games lost. Kozuv are looking forward to face Lirija (#3) in Skopje in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Feni Indistrija will play on the road against MZT Skopje and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Kozuv: V.Filipovic 22+2reb+2ast, I.Mijajlovic 14+2reb+1ast, S.Bozovic 11+1reb+1ast, M.Pekovic 10+4reb+2ast, P.Blazevski 10+2reb, D.Karadzovski 10+5reb+4ast
Feni Indistrija: C.McIntosh 21+3reb+2ast, N.Vucurovic 15+1reb, B.Trajkovski 15+3reb, V.Brckov 13+6reb+2ast, D.Knezevic 11+4reb, H.Kamp 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 235610


Places 7-9
ABA Strumica - Vardar 99-81

An interesting game for ABA Strumica (7-9) which hosted in Strumica 3rd ranked Vardar (2-14). First ranked ABA Strumica had an easy win 99-81. The game was mostly controlled by ABA Strumica. Vardar managed to win fourth quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ABA Strumica shot 62.7 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for ABA Strumica especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Vardar's players. The winners were led by Serbian center Nemanja Arsic (214-85) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 22 points and 18 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and forward Petre Cvetkov (190-84) supported him with 14 points and 6 assists. Four ABA Strumica players scored in double figures. Even 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by Serbian forward Zarko Djuric (198-89) did not help to save the game for Vardar. Serbian Dragan Kerkez (-89) added 19 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ABA Strumica maintains first position in Liga with 7-9 record. Loser Vardar keeps the third place with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
ABA Strumica: N.Arsic 22+18reb+1ast, M.Hasanov 15+2reb+3ast, P.Cvetkov 14+2reb+6ast, T.Nikolov 13+3reb+5ast, F.Spasev 12+1reb, T.Grncarov 9+4reb+5ast
Vardar: V.Gajovic 23+1reb, Z.Djuric 20+6reb+4ast, D.Kerkez 19+6reb, D.Kostevski 9+3reb, D.Lazarevski 6+2reb, N.Stankov 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 235613



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  GERMANY   

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Brose Bask. 24-6 
 2. EWE Baskets 22-8 
 3. Ratiopharm 20-10 
 4. B.Muenchen 20-12 
 5. ALBA 18-12 
 6. Phoenix Hagen 17-14 
 7. Art.Dragons 17-14 
 8. s.Oliver Baskets 17-15 
 9. Telekom Baskets 16-14 
 10. Walter Tigers 16-16 
 11. MBC 13-18 
 12. Bremerhaven 13-18 
 13. TBB Trier 13-18 
 14. Fraport SKY 13-19 
 15. NY Phantoms 12-19 
 16. Bayreuth 12-19 
 17. Neckar L'burg 12-20 
 18. LTi 46ers 4-27 

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 14: Ratiopharm - Art.Dragons 88-60
Apr. 14: TBB Trier - Walter Tigers 82-87
Apr. 13: ALBA - MBC 82-81
Apr. 13: Telekom Baskets - Fraport SKY 81-75
Apr. 13: Neckar L'burg - NY Phantoms 80-65
Apr. 13: Bayreuth - Brose Bask. 77-95
Apr. 14: Bremerhaven - EWE Baskets 72-78
Apr. 13: LTi 46ers - s.Oliver Baskets 67-89
Apr. 13: B.Muenchen - Phoenix Hagen 119-83

Regular Season: Round 33

Apr. 20: s.Oliver Baskets - Ratiopharm
Apr. 20: Walter Tigers - NY Phantoms
Apr. 20: Neckar L'burg - B.Muenchen
Apr. 20: Phoenix Hagen - Art.Dragons
Apr. 20: EWE Baskets - Telekom Baskets
Apr. 20: MBC - Bayreuth
Apr. 20: Brose Bask. - ALBA
Apr. 20: Fraport SKY - TBB Trier
Apr. 20: Bremerhaven - LTi 46ers

Round 18

Apr. 23: Bremerhaven - Brose Bask.

Round 26

Apr. 17: Bayreuth - EWE Baskets


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17
 1. White, Phoenix17.0 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.5 
 3. Burrell, Bremerha.15.8 
 4. Peacock, Fraport15.5 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.4 
 6. Brooks, Fraport SKY15.1 
 7. Rice, B.Muenchen15.1 
 8. Gavel, Brose Bask.14.5 
 9. Thompson, ALBA14.1 
 10. Turek, Neckar L.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.1 
 2. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.1 
 3. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.1 
 4. Chubb, EWE Baskets6.9 
 5. McGhee, Bayreuth6.5 
 6. Gordon, Phoenix6.4 
 7. Linhart, TBB Trier6.4 
 8. King, Art.Dragons6.3 
 9. Robertson, Fraport6.3 
 10. Turek, Neckar L.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.7 
 2. Rice, B.Muenchen4.8 
 3. Hamilton, Bayreuth4.4 
 4. White, Phoenix4.4 
 5. Burrell, Bremerha.4.2 
 6. Redding, Walter T.4.1 
 7. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.0 
 8. Timberlake, MBC3.5 
 9. Zazai, LTi 46ers3.4 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Robertson, Fraport1.9 
 2. White, Phoenix1.8 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.1.7 
 4. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.7 
 5. Hamilton, Bayreuth1.6 
 6. Bernard, Neckar L.1.6 
 7. Wood, ALBA1.5 
 8. Linhart, TBB Trier1.5 
 9. Halperin, B.Mue.1.3 
 10. Duggins, Walter T.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gregory, Phoenix1.7 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.5 
 3. Pantelic, MBC1.4 
 4. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.3 
 5. Ford, Brose Bask.1.3 
 6. Morrison, Bremerha.1.2 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.1 
 8. Turek, Neckar L.1.0 
 9. King, Art.Dragons0.9 
 10. Frease, Walter T.0.9 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Logan STUTZ
  ETB Wohnbau
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau20.1 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven19.8 
 3. Griffin, Gotha18.2 
 4. White, Heidelberg16.8 
 5. Nixon, NBC16.8 
 6. Williams, Vechta16.3 
 7. Calvin, Ehingen16.2 
 8. Barker, Jena15.3 
 9. Roessler, Karlsruhe15.2 
 10. Kelly, Cuxhaven15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donald LAWSON
  Chemnitz
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Lawson, Chemnitz10.3 
 2. Gadley, Duesseldorf9.2 
 3. Black, Karlsruhe8.8 
 4. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.1 
 5. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.9 
 6. Johnson, Crailsheim7.9 
 7. Baker, Gotha7.9 
 8. Calvin, Ehingen7.5 
 9. Henley, ETB W.7.4 
 10. Smith, NBC7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, Vechta7.3 
 2. Coleman, Crailsheim6.1 
 3. Smith, NBC5.7 
 4. Aud, Finke Baskets5.5 
 5. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.1 
 6. Kelly, Cuxhaven4.9 
 7. Sollazzo, Leipzig4.5 
 8. Matthews, Ehingen4.5 
 9. Barker, Jena4.4 
 10. Jeka, Jena4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Williams, Vechta2.7 
 2. Hardy, Heidelberg2.4 
 3. White, Heidelberg2.2 
 4. Matthews, Ehingen2.1 
 5. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.8 
 6. Pratt, Cuxhaven1.7 
 7. Stockton, Karlsruhe1.6 
 8. Johnson, Duesseld.1.6 
 9. Bynum, Chemnitz1.5 
 10. Williamson, Ehing.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Devin WHITE
  Heidelberg
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. White, Heidelberg2.0 
 2. Gadley, Duesseldorf1.7 
 3. Crowder, Heide.1.4 
 4. Lawson, Chemnitz1.3 
 5. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.2 
 6. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.1 
 7. Thompson, NBC1.1 
 8. Tyrna, Leipzig1.1 
 9. Johnson, Crailsheim0.9 
 10. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 


Ahmad Smith (NBC) Kendall Chones Is The Reason We Lost Game five. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ahmad Smith (194-G-84, agency: LUMANI 10.7, college: St.Bonaventure)s 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 after the 81-60 game five loss to the Duesseldorf Baskets.

In the first few minutes, American Chris Gdley took a tumble hitting his head on the floor and had to leave the game and go to the hospital. There was fear of a concussion, but he returned back to the arena two hours late rin good spirits. How tough was it seeing him like that?

It was tough seeing him on the floor. You always hate to see anyone take an injury like that. That is part of the game, but I am happy that he is ok again.

Duesseldorf had the 17-11 lead after one quarter, but it seemed like they could of led by more. How happy were you about only being down by six points?

They set a good pace and missed some easy lay ups and we couldnt get out on transition


How well did teammate Ronald Thompson keep his own in this series?

He was extremely solid. It was tough going against their many bigs, but I felt that he was very competitive in the series.


How big was the production of German Sebastian Schroeder in the second quarter as well as this season?

He hit some big shots and was that needed spark from the bench that we needed at that point in the game. He has improved a lot since Christmas and I am sure that he will continue to work hard on his game in the off season.


You had zero points at half time, but you were looking to set up your teammates. Did you have more of the green light in the second half?

I tried to look more for my teammates in the first half and in the second half I tried to look for my shot, but our shots just werent falling.


Duesseldorf dominated the third quarter outscoring NBC 23-4 which decided the game. What was key for this outburst?

They got very many offensive rebounds and their bigs deflated us. That gave them in extra shot clock which hurt us.

Kendall Chones dominated the third quarter. Did he decide the game for Duesseldorf?

He is a big guy and just dominated the game. He is the reason why we lost game five.


Was NBC just drained in the fourth quarter? You guys made on elast run, but to no avail.

Duesseldorf scouted Zamal Nixon and me very well. They packed the lane and we missed easy shots. We cant take any excuses that we were fatigued.


What was key to losing this five game series against Duesseldorf?

Not winning game four hurt us, but their big men just wore us down. They kept pounding the ball down low.

Would you like to play with Zamal Nixon next season?

Yes I would love to play with him again and at best in the Beko BBL.


Who was your toughest opponent in the Pro A this season?

Zamal Nixon in practice every day.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

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Bene Vekalas Hits From The Bank Of The Rhein River And Bonn Win 11th Game In Row At Home Against Frankfurt 81-75 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

For many years, Bamberg was a place where the Frankfurt Skyliners went, played 40 minutes and lost and went home again and probably enjoyed the beautiful drive most to the pretty Bavarian city than their woes on the court. Frankfurt finally won in the 2010 playoffs lifting that dreaded Bamberg curse, but talking about jinxes is something nobody likes to talk about, but that terrifying B word keeps creeping up as Bonn has been a place be it the old Hardtberg gym or the new Telekom dome where they havent won in more than 8 years. The last time, Frankfurt was able to exit the court with a victory, Bamberg was still searching for their Beko BBL title, Fraport Skyliner center Johannes Voigtmann was 12 years old, Telekom Baskets Bonn center Chris Ensminger was already in his 30s and winning Beko BBl rebound titles as if they were growing on a Quaking Aspen in his home state Ohio and Alba Berlin point guard Dashaun Wood was making a name for himself at Wright State. There were some games to be remembered like the OT loss in 2009 where Titus Ivory brought the game into OT where the team then got squashed, two years ago despite a Derrick Rose like performance from Dashaun Wood scoring 20 points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out seven assists, the team lost a squeaker 92-89 and perhaps the most bitter loss of all being last season where four months of hard work where the team came from 17th place back to ninth place and having that golden opportunity to reach the playoffs on the last game day only to lose badly 81-62 as a 19-9 second quarter run by Bonn got them going and carried them to victory. Frankfurt had no remedy how to stop 38 year old Chris Ensminger who made the zone look his own feeding ground and where he played like a real tough man among Kids. It was the last game of Jermareo Davidson as he scored 18 points as well as that of sniper Jimmy Mckinney who contributed 13 points. The Fraport Skyliners returned back to Bonn looking to snap their 10 game losing streak there, but once again came up short losing 81-75 and have been winless in Bonn for the last 99 months. One man that has seen many games between both teams is Telekom Baskets Bonn sport director Andreas Bottcher who cant explain the dominance either. We also had a stretch where we lost many games in Frankfurt. I remember Oluoma Nnamaka winning a game on the last play and then us winning game five in Frankfurt in 2008. There were times where Frankfurt wasnt playing well in the league, but came here and played very hard. I will never forget our win in 2009 in OT after Titus Ivory brought Frankfurt in to OT. One thing that I noticed tonight wasnt seeing Jimmy mCkinney, smiled Andreas Bottcher. New England native Jared Jordan has played Frankfurt three times in the Telekom Dome and left the floor three times as winner. The first game was carnival weekend where it is always a tough atmosphere and last season was a win or lose for the playoffs. Our fans really help us. WE really have a very good home court advantage here. Our fans understand the game and they see themselves as part of the team. When we get going, our fans really get going as well, said Jared Jordan. I can understand Frankfurt losing here. It is really hard to win in tight games. One or two quick baskets and Bonn is in the game again. The fans are great here. You have to take the wind out of Bonn early to have a chance, stated Johannes Voigtmann.

The Telekom Baskets Bonn had many important components for the win like American Jamel Mclean who always banged under the boards and kept going inside scoring and drawing fouls. However the most important player for the Telekom Baskets Bonn was 29 year old 192cm shooting guard Benes Veikalis who led Bonn with 22 points and scored eight points in the last minute to help lead Bonn to the win. Veikalis who is playing his second season in Bonn and last season played 35 games: 13.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 61.4%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT-3 (88.5%); EuroChallenge: 9 games: 11.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT-3 (93.3%). His stats have been down somewhat this season, but when his team needs him to score from downtown then he is a guy that they can always rely on. Teammate Jared Jordan understands that for him to get assists, guys like Veikalis have to hit and that is something he does. I told you last season in an interview that Veikalis is one of the most underrated players in the league. The last two seasons he has gotten off to slow starts, but he has shown that he is able to bounce back and hit shots. Benas told me after the game that the four point play was the first time in a long time that he had had one again. His shot took the life out of Frankfurt and closed out the game, stressed Jared Jordan. With Bonn up by one point, Veikalis hit a big three pointer and was fouled by Ryan Brooks extending the Bonn lead to 75-70. Fraport Skyliner American Quantez Robertson wasnt surprised by the output from Veikalis, because it was the fourth game that he had seen him play. He made tough and easy shots and got them into rhythm. He is one of those guys that when you leave open, that he will make any sho, warned Quantez Robertson. Fraport Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin was very analytical after the game, but saw more luck in the shot of Veikalis then anything else.Veikalis was in the zone. He never looked at the rim when he shot it. But when you are in the zone then you make shots like that, explained Muli Katzurin. Veikalis got big eyes when he heard the comment form the Skyliner coach, but took it with humour. That was an incredible shot and I had a little luck, but I definitely was looking at the rim, smiled Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.).

The Telekom Baskets Bonn came into the game in eight place and needed a win fto stay active in the playoff race since they have even tougher games in the next weeks. Bonn has been playing very strong basketball the last week having won nine of the last 13 games and had to be careful and smart with the constant aggressive come back of the Fraport Skyliners, but in the end had enough energy to come out with the win. This was a difficult piece of work for us. Frankfurt likes to grind out games and they have been playing very good defense the last weeks. We didnt play good defense in the first half, but picked it up in the second half with more intensity. We focused on not letting Zack Peacock or Ryan Brooks beat us, but have other guys try to beat us, stressed Jared Jordan. The Fraport Skyliners have been playing very good basketball the last two months having won seven of their last nine games and had every chance to finally win in Bonn, but just couldnt make the key plays in the last minute to get over the hump for the victory. We had injuries, but this was a game that we could of won. At the end, we gave them momentum by getting unneeded fouls and unnecessary turn overs. This gave them the needed confidence and they took advantage of it. We lost this game more by what we didnt do then what they did, warned ex LTi Giessen 46er Ryan Brooks.

Both teams had injury woes as the Fraport Skyliners were without captain Marius Nolte, Danilo Barthel and Dawan Robinson. The Telekom Baskets Bonn were without American sharp shooter Robert Vaden and German guard Andrej Mangold. The Fraport Skyliners also sporting fashionable white shirts saying We will fight for you. That was definitely something they did for 40 minutes. They took the first lead of the game as Quantez Robertson took the ball from the jump ball and raced to the hoop for the dunk. However Bonn came back right away going on a 6-0 run as Jamel Mclean who played at Xavier with Beko BBL players Stanley Burrell and Kenny Frease right away let his presence be felt going inside on the first two Bonn possessions getting free throws and Veikalis scored from downtown and Wohlfarth-Botterman connected on one free throw. Bonn got into their offensive rhythm quick as Mclean scored inside on a double pump lay up and American Kyle Weems connected on a jumper as the play reminded one on the FC Bayern Munich new offense under Svetislav Pesic where his players fire away as soon as possible not letting the defense adjust on the set play. The only Skyliner who was in a groove was German Johannes Voigtman that came in for American Laquan Prowell who got two quick fouls. He scored twice inside cutting the Bonn lead to 10-6. Bonn continued to have control of the game as Kyle Weems and Wolfarth-Bottermann scored inside as Bonn led 15-9. Voigtmann continued to be in the zone as he made a baby hook, but Weems came back connecting on a tough fade away jumper. Peacock and Jordan then traded buckets, but Bonn still led 20-13. Veikalis scored and last season the only ally-op combination was Jordan to Tony Gaffney, but this season Gaffney is gone and Bonn showed a new connection as Veikalis took a break from sharp shooting and found Weems for the ally-op. Voigtmann closed out the first quarter with a dunk, but Frankfurt trailed 24-17. I dont think that we had that much a problem with the zone since we had seen it against Oldenburg. We just didnt expect it and we couldnt get stops, stressed Ryan Brooks. The Telekom Baskets Bonn were shooting 64% from the field and 33% from outside while the Fraport Sklyiners were shooting 39% from the field and 25% from outside. Bon had the 10-8 rebound edge and one turnover while Frankfurt had no turnovers.
The game remained tight in the second quarter until the Fraport Skyliners took the lead and were able to go into halftime with a sizeable lead. Peacock got Frankfurt started in their comeback with a mid distance jumper. Mclean then caught a Jordan airball and dunking the ball home for the 26-20 Bonn lead. However Frankfurt then took control going on a 14-4 run to take the 34-30 lead. Brooks got the run started with a deep three pointer which was matched by a Jared Jordan fall back shot. It is always difficult to know if Jordan will really shoot it or make that quick kick out pass to the open teammate. Voigtmann and Peacock got three lay ins and Frankfurt had their second lead of the game 31-30. Brooks then nailed another three pointer. After German David Mccray hit free throws, Frankfurt started another run of 11-4 as their offense was in charge with Peacock and Brooks leading the charge. Peacock scored twice as did Brooks. Voigtmann then nailed a jumper as the Fraport Skyliners marched into the locker room at halftime with their heads held high and the 45-36 lead. Frankfurt exploded with 28 points as Peacock and Brooks had 22 points combined. We got more stops and our aggressive defense created a better offensive flow, expressed Ryan Brooks. They got very easy baskets against our zone with their high low play. We didnt play aggressive enough and let them do what they wanted to, added Jared Jordan. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 53% from the field and 50% from the three point line while the Telekom Baskets Bonn were shooting 52% from the field and 17% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 16-14 rebound edge. Bonn had six turnovers and Frankfurt two turnovers.

The third quarter remained the lowest scoring in the game as the Telekom Baskets Bonn came back making basketball life very uneasy for the Fraport Skyliners. The Telekom Baskets Bonn jumped out on a 4-0 mini run to cut the lead to 45-40 Jonas Wolfarth-Botterman scored over Prowell and then retrieved a high lob pass from Jordan and slammed home the ally-op pass. With Gaffney gone, Jordan has less ally-op passes, but if he sees the chance then he doesnt hesitate to throw the ball up for whomever. I have less ally-ops this season. Gaffney was a freak. There arent many that could run the fllor like him or get up like he could. I thought that I threw it up to high for Jonas, but he made the play, expressed Jared Jordan. Brooks then nailed a jumper and Bonn then displayed top notch ball movement and waited until the perfect shot which was drained by Jordan as Bonn trailed 47-43. Prowell and Peacock then made free throws as Frankfurt led 51-43. The Telekom Baskets Bonn then made their run going on a 10-0 run to retake the lead 53-51. Mclean hit a high rainbow jumper from the free throw line and nailed free throws. Veikalis hit a three pointer and Mccray connected on free throws for the lead. Wolfarth-Botterman sparked Bonn with two consecutive blocks on Devin Gibson and Quantez Robertson. Peacock then made a dunk, but Veikalis mailed a pull up jumper as Bonn led 56-53 after three quarters. We missed easy shots and had too many turnovers despite having good looks, added Ryan Brooks. The Telekom Baskets Bonn were shooting 50% from the field and 27% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 40% from the field and 36% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 26-25 rebound advantage. Bonn had seven turnovers and Frankfurt only five turnovers.

Both teams came out firing in the fourth quarter hitting their shots at a good rate. Peacock had much intensity leading Frankfurt on a mini 4-0 run scoring on a jumper and on a one hand hook shot as Frankfurt regained the lead 57-56, but would never lead again in the game. Veikalis dropped a three pointer, but Vogtmann hit a jumper knotting the game at 59-59. Jordan hit a three pointer giving Bonn the 62-59 lead and they never looked back. Peacock was on fire hitting two more jumpers as he had eight points in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter, but Frankfurt trailed 64-63. Mclean was key now for Bonn as the club noticed the foul trouble of Frankfurt and took advantage of itdrawing the fifth fouls of Voigtmann and Prowell. Bonn led 67-65 as Quantez Robertson had to play the position four. Mclean got to the free throw line again dropping two free throws for the 69-65 advantage. Young German Konstantin Klein had misfortune missing from outside, but he made up for it with hustle plays like grabbing an offensive rebound from Weems and sneaking inside form the wing and taking the Peacock pass for a layup as Bonn still led 69-67. Weems then stepped up hitting a seemingly impossible fade away jumper from the corner as Bonn led 71-67. Brooks and Klein then hit free throws as Bonn led only 71-70. Then came the key play in crunch time as Veikalis connected for a three pointer and one for the 75-70 lead with 40 seconds to play. I lost him for a second. I figured I could foul him, but he made a big shot, expressed Ryan Brooks. With time running out, Bonn was able to win the game with free throws at the end despite a bucket by Larry Wright and last second three pointer from Quantez Robertson. We had the chance to make a big step here, but we were unable to use it. This was also a big game for Bonn. We were missing a little luck to win here, stressed Johannes Voigtmann. We were fighting hard and we wanted to win, but we had some turnovers and they hit three pointers. That is basketball, commented Muli Katzurin.

The Telekom Baskets Bonn were led by Benas Veikalas with 22 points. Jamel Mclean added 18 points, six rebounds and three assists. Jared Jordan contributed 12 points and seven assists. Kyle Weems chipped in with 11 points and Jonas Wolfarth-Bottermann had 10 points. The Fraport Sklyiners were led by Zach peacock who had 25 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. This was the third game in a row where Zach ahs played much. Players are tired at the end of the season, but he had a great game. This wasnt an easy team, but he had tough opponents. I like how cool he acts on the court and how much confidence he shows in his shots, stressed Johannes Voigtmann. Ryan Brooks and Johannes Voigtmann chipped in with 16 points a piece. The fight to stay in the league remains tight as the Fraport Skyliners will look for a win next weekend at home against TBB Trier and if they do prevail will book the needed ticket to stay in the league.




Alan Ibrahimagic Named German U-16 head Coach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The German basketball federation announced today that Alan Ibrahimagic (agency: LUMANI 10.7 ) will guide the german U-16 national team from now on. His first big task will be coaching the team at the U-16 European championships in August in Kiev. Currently the 35 year old who hast he Australien/Bosnien citizenship is assistant coach for the Neckar Riesen in the beko BBL. "This is a big honour and chance for me. I have always liked working with the youth. I hope I can continue to help make the German youth go on a good way in international play. In the past I have had contact with guys like Emir Mutapcic, Henrik Rodl and Frank Menz. I am looking forward to the challenge", stated Alan Ibrahimagic (agency: LUMANI 10.7 ). As a player he played for Lichterfelde and VfB Hermsdorf Berlin (Regionalliga).As a head coach, he got experiecne in the Alba Berlin system coaching the JBBL team and PRO B team in 2010-2011. Last season he was assistant coach with Alba Berlin. "Alan has shown through the years that he is an excellent youth coach. He was successful in Berlin with the JBBL and NBBL teams. I am looking forward to working together with him", stressed Frank Menz

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

25-year old center John Bryant (208-C-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Ratiopharm and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32.
He had a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds, while his team outclassed Art.Dragons (#7, 17-14) with 28-point margin 88-60. Ratiopharm is placed at 3rd position in German league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ratiopharm will need more victories to improve their 20-10 record. In the team's last game Bryant had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Ratiopharm, through which he has constantly improved. Santa Clara University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bryant. Bryant is in league's top in points (2nd best: 16.5ppg) and averages solid 1.5bpg and 52.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Zachery Peacock (203-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports) of Fraport SKY. He is American forward in his first season at Fraport SKY. In the last game Peacock recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Fraport SKY lost that game 75-81 to the higher-ranked Telekom Baskets (#9, 16-14). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Fraport SKY keeps 14th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-19 record. Peacock is a newcomer at Fraport SKY and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.5ppg (#4). He also registered 5.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports) of B.Muenchen (#4). Rice got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for six assists. He was a key player of B.Muenchen, leading his team to a 119-83 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Phoenix Hagen (#6, 17-14). B.Muenchen needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 20 victories and 12 lost games. Rice has a great season in Germany. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.1ppg (7th best) and assists with 4.8apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lawrence Roberts (206-F/C-82) of B.Muenchen - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
5. DaShaun Wood (185-PG-85) of ALBA - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Johannes Lischka (203-PF-87) of Walter Tigers - 19 points and 10 rebounds
7. Jamel McLean (203-F-88) of Telekom Baskets - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82) of EWE Baskets - 26 points and 3 rebounds
9. Reggie Redding (196-SF-88) of Walter Tigers - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83) of Telekom Baskets - 22 points and 5 rebounds

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



BBL Round 32: Top-ranked Brose Bask. wins another game - by Eurobasket News

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

BBL top team - Brose Bask. (24-6) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they beat sixteenth ranked BBC Bayreuth (12-19) 95-77. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-77. Brose Bask. made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by BBC Bayreuth helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Casey Jacobsen (198-81, college: Stanford) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. The other American import point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, college: Belmont) contributed with 13 points and 5 assists for the winners. American center Gary McGhee (208-88, college: Pittsburgh) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for BBC Bayreuth. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 24-6 record. BBC Bayreuth at the other side dropped to the fifteenth place with 19 games lost. They share the position with NY Phantoms. Brose Bask. are looking forward to face Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BBC Bayreuth will play against the league's second-placed EWE Baskets in Oldenburg and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Eleventh-ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (13-18) was very close to win a game against fifth ranked ALBA Berlin (18-12). ALBA Berlin managed to secure only one-point victory 82-81. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 6 assists and 4 steals and Ali Traore who added 16 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. ALBA Berlin's coach Sasa Obradovic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) responded with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. ALBA Berlin maintains fifth position with 18-12 record. Newly promoted Mitteldeutscher BC keeps the eleventh place with 18 games lost. They share the position with TBB Trier and Bremerhaven. ALBA Berlin will play against league's leader Brose Bask. in Bamberg in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mitteldeutscher BC will play at home against BBC Bayreuth (#16) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between fourth ranked Bayern Muenchen (20-12) and 6th ranked Phoenix Hagen (17-14) in Muenchen on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Bayern Muenchen outscored guests from Hagen 119-83. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Phoenix Hagen. The winners were led by Tyrese Rice who scored that evening 30 points and 6 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Even 17 points by David Bell did not help to save the game for Phoenix Hagen. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayern Muenchen maintains fourth position with 20-12 record. Loser Phoenix Hagen keeps the sixth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Art.Dragons. Bayern Muenchen will meet EnBW Ludwigsburg (#17) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Phoenix Hagen will play against Artland Dragons (#7) in Quakenbrueck and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 32: Art.Dragons was smashed by Ratiopharm on the road 88-60. Bremerhaven lost to EWE Baskets on its own court 72-78. Walter Tigers managed to outperform TBB Trier in Tuebingen 87-82. Telekom Baskets managed to beat Fraport SKY at home 81-75. s.Oliver Baskets crushed LTi 46ers on the opponent's court 89-67. Neckar L'burg beat NY Phantoms in a home game 80-65.
The most impressive performance of 32th round was 25 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists by Zachery Peacock of Fraport SKY.


Ratiopharm - Art.Dragons 88-60

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked ratiopharm Ulm (20-10) crushed at home 6th ranked Artland Dragons (17-14) 88-60 on Sunday. They outrebounded Artland Dragons 47-35 including 34 on the defensive glass. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and guard Allan Ray (188-84, college: Villanova) supported him with 22 points. Even 15 points and 5 rebounds by Bryce Taylor (196-86) did not help to save the game for Artland Dragons. Guard Demond Mallet (186-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 13 points for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. ratiopharm Ulm moved-up to third place. Loser Artland Dragons keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Phoenix Hagen. ratiopharm Ulm will meet s Oliver Baskets (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Artland Dragons will play against Phoenix Hagen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: A.Ray 22+4reb+3ast, J.Bryant 19+13reb, P.Guenther 15+2reb+5ast, L.Jeter 7+1reb+4ast, M.Hesson 6+8reb, D.Theis 5+10reb+1ast
Art.Dragons: B.Taylor 15+5reb+1ast, D.Mallet 13+4reb+2ast, A.King 11+5reb+1ast, J.Strasser 9+4reb+2ast, M.Haynes 6+2reb+1ast, B.Buckman 3+5reb+3ast
gschID: 184261


Bremerhaven - EWE Baskets 72-78

Very expected game when 11th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (13-18) lost at home to second ranked EWE Baskets (22-8) 78-72 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-16. But Eisbaeren Bremerhaven won second period 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. EWE Baskets made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored that evening 26 points and the former international forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, college: Princeton, agency: Pro One Sports) supported him with 7 points and 5 rebounds. EWE Baskets' coach Sebastian Machowski used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 17 points by American point guard Stanley Burrell (191-84) did not help to save the game for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. His fellow American import guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) added 13 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. EWE Baskets have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-8 record having just two points less than leader Brose Bask. Loser Eisbaeren Bremerhaven keeps the eleventh place with 18 games lost. They share the position with TBB Trier and MBC. EWE Baskets will meet BBC Bayreuth (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against the league's leader Brose Bask. (#1) in Bamberg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 26+3reb+1ast, A.Chubb 9+3reb+2ast, C.Kramer 8+3reb+3ast, K.Wysocki 7+5reb+3ast, D.Joyce 7+2reb+1ast, J.Jenkins 7+5reb+2ast
Bremerhaven: S.Burrell 17+2reb+2ast, S.Morrison 14+3reb, S.Jackson 13+6reb+1ast, A.Harris 9+2reb+2ast, A.Canty 5, P.Zwiener 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 184260


TBB Trier - Walter Tigers 82-87

Rather predictable result when tenth ranked Walter Tigers (16-16) won against on the road 12th ranked TBB Trier (13-18) 87-82 on Sunday. The winners were led by American Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) who scored that evening 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international Johannes Lischka (203-87, agency: LUMANI 10.7) supported him with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Even a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron, agency: LUMANI 10.7) did not help to save the game for TBB Trier. Jamaican-Canadian forward Jermaine Bucknor (199-83, college: Richmond) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Five TBB Trier players scored in double figures. TBB Trier's coach Henrik Roedl rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Walter Tigers maintains tenth position with 16-16 record. TBB Trier lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with 18 games lost. They share the position with MBC and Bremerhaven. Walter Tigers will meet at home New Yorker Phantoms (#15) in the next round where they are favorite. TBB Trier will play against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#14) in Frankfurt and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: J.Lischka 19+10reb, V.Duggins 19+4reb+1ast, R.Redding 17+7reb+5ast, K.Frease 9+5reb+2ast, J.Young 9+5reb, T.Nash 8+5reb+1ast
TBB Trier: B.Stewart 14+6reb+1ast, V.Chikoko 14+4reb, J.Bucknor 12+7reb+4ast, N.Linhart 12+10reb+3ast, A.Seiferth 11+1reb, B.Harper 7+3reb
gschID: 184263


Telekom Baskets - Fraport SKY 81-75

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (13-19) lost to ninth ranked Telekom Baskets (16-14) in Bonn 75-81 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 45-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Telekom Baskets made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. The winners were led by Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-83, college: Metro St.) who scored that evening 22 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Jamel McLean (203-88, college: Xavier) supported him with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Five Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 25 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists by American forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) did not help to save the game for Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Center Johannes Voigtmann (208-92) added 16 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Telekom Baskets maintains ninth position with 16-14 record. Loser Deutsche Bank Skyliners keep the fourteenth place with 19 games lost. Telekom Baskets will meet league's second-placed EWE Baskets in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against TBB Trier (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: B.Veikalas 22+5reb+1ast, J.McLean 18+6reb+3ast, J.Jordan 12+4reb+7ast, K.Weems 11+4reb+3ast, J.Wohlfarth-Bottermann 10+4reb, D.McCray 6+1reb
Fraport SKY: Z.Peacock 25+11reb+5ast, J.Voigtmann 16+6reb+2ast, R.Brooks 16+2reb+2ast, K.Klein 6+4reb+2ast, Q.Robertson 5+3reb+1ast, D.Gibson 3+2reb
gschID: 184262


LTi 46ers - s.Oliver Baskets 67-89

Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked s Oliver Baskets (17-15) outplayed bottom-ranked LTi 46ers (4-27) in Giessen 89-67 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by s Oliver Baskets. LTi 46ers managed to win third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. s Oliver Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to LTi 46ers' 26. They outrebounded LTi 46ers 44-28 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by American Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) who scored that evening 16 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Frank Robinson (193-84, college: CS Fullerton) supported him with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Even 8 points and 11 rebounds by Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (212-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for LTi 46ers. Forward Dominik Spohr (198-89) added 14 points for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. s Oliver Baskets maintains eighth position with 17-15 record. LTi 46ers lost seventeenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 27 lost games. s Oliver Baskets will meet at home higher ranked ratiopharm Ulm (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. LTi 46ers will play against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
s.Oliver Baskets: D.Anderson 16+7reb+1ast, O.Clay 15+4reb, C.McNaughton 12+4reb+1ast, F.Robinson 10+8reb+3ast, L.McIntosh 9+3reb+2ast, J.Boone 9+3reb+1ast
LTi 46ers: A.Buechert 14+3reb+1ast, D.Spohr 14+4reb+1ast, A.Zazai 11+2reb+2ast, M.Curry 11+1reb+4ast, E.Ovcina 8+11reb+2ast, R.Hanke 3
gschID: 184259


Neckar L'burg - NY Phantoms 80-65

There was a minor upset when 15th ranked New Yorker Phantoms (12-19) lost on the road to seventeenth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (12-20) 80-65 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by EnBW Ludwigsburg. New Yorker Phantoms managed to win second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by international Lucca Staiger (196-88, college: Iowa St.) who scored that evening 22 points and American power forward John Turek (206-83, college: Nebraska) supported him with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. Even 11 points by American guard Courtney Pigram (185-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) did not help to save the game for New Yorker Phantoms. His fellow American import guard Immanuel McElroy (193-80, college: Cincinnati) added 5 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. EnBW Ludwigsburg maintains seventeenth position with 12-20 record. Loser New Yorker Phantoms keep the fifteenth place with 19 games lost. They share the position with Bayreuth. EnBW Ludwigsburg will meet at home higher ranked Bayern Muenchen (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. New Yorker Phantoms will play against Walter Tigers (#10) in Tuebingen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Neckar L'burg: L.Staiger 22+4reb, M.Blakely 14+9reb+1ast, J.Turek 14+8reb+3ast, E.Coleman 12+9reb+1ast, D.Jackson 10+2reb, D.Zimmerman 5+2reb+4ast
NY Phantoms: D.Schroeder 11+1reb+2ast, C.Pigram 11+3reb+1ast, J.Anderson 11+2ast, R.Kulawick 8, N.Schneiders 5+3reb, N.Mittmann 5+5reb
gschID: 184258


Bayreuth - Brose Bask. 77-95

BBL top team - Brose Bask. (24-6) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they beat sixteenth ranked BBC Bayreuth (12-19) 95-77. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-77. Brose Bask. made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by BBC Bayreuth helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Casey Jacobsen (198-81, college: Stanford) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. The other American import point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, college: Belmont) contributed with 13 points and 5 assists for the winners. American center Gary McGhee (208-88, college: Pittsburgh) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American-Puerto Rican guard Kevin Hamilton (193-84, college: Holy Cross) added 17 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for BBC Bayreuth. Five Brose Bask. and four BBC Bayreuth players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 24-6 record. BBC Bayreuth at the other side dropped to the fifteenth place with 19 games lost. They share the position with NY Phantoms. Brose Bask. are looking forward to face Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BBC Bayreuth will play against the league's second-placed EWE Baskets in Oldenburg and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: C.Jacobsen 21+1reb+1ast, A.Renfroe 13+4reb+5ast, S.Ford 12+8reb, A.Gavel 12+2reb+4ast, B.Nachbar 11+3reb, A.James Ogilvy 10+6reb+4ast
Bayreuth: G.McGhee 18+6reb+2ast, K.Hamilton 17+2reb+5ast, N.Simon 15+1reb, B.Bailey 13+3reb+1ast, J.Trapani 5+4reb, J.Cain 3+8reb+2ast
gschID: 184257


B.Muenchen - Phoenix Hagen 119-83

The game between fourth ranked Bayern Muenchen (20-12) and 6th ranked Phoenix Hagen (17-14) in Muenchen on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Bayern Muenchen outscored guests from Hagen 119-83. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Phoenix Hagen. The game was mostly controlled by Bayern Muenchen. Phoenix Hagen managed to win third quarter 31-29. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bayern Muenchen dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Phoenix Hagen's 34 and made 34-of-41 free shots (82.9 percent) during the game, while Phoenix Hagen only scored sixteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded Phoenix Hagen 42-30 including a 34-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Bayern Muenchen looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The winners were led by American point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) who scored that evening 30 points and 6 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and the other American import power forward Lawrence Roberts (206-82, college: Mississippi St.) supported him with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 17 points by American guard David Bell (186-81, agency: Three Eye Sports) did not help to save the game for Phoenix Hagen. Naturalized American swingman Adam Hess (201-81, college: William & Mary, agency: LUMANI 10.7) added 13 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayern Muenchen maintains fourth position with 20-12 record. Loser Phoenix Hagen keeps the sixth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Art.Dragons. Bayern Muenchen will meet EnBW Ludwigsburg (#17) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Phoenix Hagen will play against Artland Dragons (#7) in Quakenbrueck and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: T.Rice 30+6ast, B.Thomas 18+2reb+3ast, J.Jagla 15+5reb, L.Roberts 13+11reb+5ast, Y.Halperin 8+9reb+3ast, S.Hamann 8+1reb+6ast
Phoenix Hagen: D.Bell 17+4reb+3ast, A.Hess 13+9reb+1ast, O.Wendt 12+2reb+1ast, D.White 11+4reb+5ast, A.Lodwick 8, M.Dorris 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 184256


ALBA - MBC 82-81

Eleventh-ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (13-18) was very close to win a game against fifth ranked ALBA Berlin (18-12). ALBA Berlin managed to secure only one-point victory 82-81. However their fans expected much easier game. Mitteldeutscher BC was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 20-16 charge of ALBA Berlin, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Mitteldeutscher BC 37-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. ALBA Berlin brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 6 assists and 4 steals and French Ali Traore (207-85, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Beo Basket) who added 16 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. ALBA Berlin's coach Sasa Obradovic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) responded with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Steve Wachalski (202-83) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four ALBA Berlin and five Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. ALBA Berlin maintains fifth position with 18-12 record. Newly promoted Mitteldeutscher BC keeps the eleventh place with 18 games lost. They share the position with TBB Trier and Bremerhaven. ALBA Berlin will play against league's leader Brose Bask. in Bamberg in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mitteldeutscher BC will play at home against BBC Bayreuth (#16) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ALBA: D.Wood 22+4reb+6ast, A.Traore 16+10reb, H.Schaffartzik 13+4reb+4ast, J.Foster 12+2reb, D.Byars 7+3reb+2ast, D.Thompson 7+2reb+1ast
MBC: K.Beidler 16+6reb+4ast, M.Schwarz 14, S.Wachalski 13+6reb+3ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 10+2reb+6ast, D.Pantelic 10+5reb+3ast, C.Timberlake 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 184255



ProA Round 5 of Quarter-Finals: Duesseldorf reach the semis - by Eurobasket News

Duesseldorf - NBC 81-60 (3-2)

Duesseldorf reach the semis as they won over NBC 81:60. NBC managed to win second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding NBC to just 4 points in third quarter. They outrebounded NBC 42-22 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Kendall Chones (201-84, college: Colgate, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds. Naturalized Croatian guard Marin Petric (190-80) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. American point guard Zamal Nixon (186-89, college: Houston) produced 16 points and naturalized Russian forward Nikita Khartchenkov (200-87) added 18 points respectively for the guests. 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:
Duesseldorf: M.Petric 16+5reb+2ast, A.Waleskowski 13+2reb+1ast, K.Chones 12+17reb+1ast, P.Flomo 11+1reb, M.Liyanage 11+3reb, T.Tzakopoulos 9+3reb+4ast
NBC: N.Khartchenkov 18+3reb, Z.Nixon 16+4reb+1ast, R.Thompson 8+7reb, S.Schroeder 7+1reb, C.Adler 5+3reb, L.Fabrizius 3+1reb
gschID: 238977



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B' Division: Week 25: Iraklis booked a place in the play-offs and Psyhiko is closer to the A2! - by Chris Mammides

In the 25th week of the most exciting competition in the second division the team of Psyhiko in the South Group succeeded a solid road win after winning the team of Amyntas Dafnis in a game were the top guns of both the teams scored more than 30 points with the home teams Leonidas Zoupas (182-PG-82) finishing at the 30 points while the veteran Nikos Pettas ended the game with 37 being the top scorer and MVP of the week in both the groups and entire the second division.
AEK Athens on the other hand, did its duty since Coach Zagkos players beat easily the team of Doukas and kept their very few hopes to reach the top seat if Psyhiko finally loses the last game of the season against the weak team of Near East..
On the other games of the same Group, Aetos thrashed the team of Near East with 83-67, while Halkida kept some hopes alive since it manage to win the game against Holargos in the overtime with 83-73.
Kronos Agiou Dimitriou won the game against Enosi Iliou but couldnt save the division and the relegation is now fact for the team from Agios Dimitrios, whatever the score of the last week will be. Last but not least the team of Panerythraikos beat the weakest team of the league, Perama with 85-64 and sent her to the third division winless
In the North Group the things are still open in all cases, since with the road win of Pierikos Arhelaos in Egaleo saved the division once and for all while Iraklis road win in Volos against Metamorfosis gave him the right to participate in the play offs for a position in the A2 of next season while the team from Volos is returning to the third division. The thriller in this group will continue also next week since at least five teams will fight to survive the division since the teams of Anatolia, Maroussi, Pierikos Arhelaos, Ionikos Neas Filadelfias and Aias Evosmou will be playing the division next week and the loser will follow the teams of MENT, Ionikos Ionias and Metamorfosi Volou in the Third division.

The games in numbers were as follows:

South Group
Kronos Agiou Dimitriou Enosi Iliou- 81-75
Periods: 24-21, 42-44, 59-60, 81-75
Kronos: Michalopoulos 18, Antonopoulos 11, Dmitris Karaplis (204-F-78) 26.
Enosi: G. Bellas 10, O Bellas 11, Rodostoglou 10, Kostas Tsotsos (205-F/C-83) 13, Stragas 11

Halkida - Holargos 83-73 in OT (62-62.)
Periods: 15-19, 34-29, 46-49, 62-62., 83-73.
Halkida: Giorgos Lappas (189-G-86) 15, Petaloris 14, Katsoulas 12, Pardakas 14
Holargos: Dedas 10, Vassilis Emmanouilidis (185-G-77) 20, Katranas 12, Tassopoulos 13

AEK-Doukas 90-71
Periods: 26-19, 49-33,72-51,90-71
AEK: Veskoukis 12, Polytarhou 10, Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-F/C-83) 17, Kopsaftis 16
Doukas: Sotiris Bourdanos (187-G-86) 19, Flippakos 13, Halaris 11

Amyntas Dafnis - Psyhiko 77-83
Periods: 21-20, 42-44, 57-57, 77-83
Amyntas: Choumas 18, Leonidas Zoupas 30
Psyhiko: Nikos Pettas (195-G-81) 37, Kolokas 17

Near East - AETOS 67-83
Periods: 19-25, 45-42, 57-65, 67-83
Near East: Giannis Deep (186-PG-86) 19, Karastamatis 14, Mougios 10
Aetos: Kokkalis 10, Tyrlas 14, Rigas Papargiropoulos (202-F-86) 20, Theos 13

Panerythraikos - Perama 85-64
Periods: 21-16, 44-22, 54-45, 85-64
Panerythraikos: Makris 21, Topalis 16, Thomas Georgiou (181-PG-82) 10,
Perama: Korkosouras 16, Spyro Marinos 19


North Group

Metamorfosi Volou Maroussi 85-89
Periods: 31-25, 47-47, 61-69, 85-89.
Metamorfosi: Karagiorgos 11, Nanis 18, Thomas Georgiou 19, Tassos 17, Tsolis 17
Marousi: Alexis Bardas (189-SF-81) 32 with 9 three pointers, Koupidis 20, Konstantakopoulos 11, Maheras 12

Iraklis- Ionikos Ionias 91-51
Periods: 23-24, 46-34, 66-43, 91-51
Iraklis: Maslarinos 11, Kazakos 10, Stamboulis 15, Dimitris Samaras (SG-90) 24, Apostolidis 11
Ionikos Ionias: Giahanatzis 10, Gavriel Kourkounasios (192-F-94) 13

Aias Evosmou - Stratoni 61-71
Periods: 17-21, 39-35, 45-48, 61-71.
Aias: Thodoris Tepetidis (204-F-88) 15, Mavridis 11, Gymnopoulos 11
Stratoni: Menelaos Kokolios (185-G-87) 16, Moschou 11, Kigmetoglou 15

Ionikos Neas Filadelfias Mahites Daxa Pefkakia 78-73
Periods: 19-13, 46-40, 68-55, 78-73
Ionikos: Mavraganis 17, Christodoulos 12, Alexis Tsakiridis (185-G-79) 25
Mahites: Stavridis 11, Arnidis 13, Milonidis 10, Giorgos Pavlidis (206-F-78) 26

Egaleo Pierikos Arhelaos 67-74
Periods: 8-17, 26-34, 53-53, 67-74.
Egaleo: Grylis 16, Moumbarak 15, Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) 22.
Pierikos: Nektarios Marousits (194-G-89) 23, Giorgos Asimakis (195-F-83) 26



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Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Orca's Urk 23-2 
 2. De Groene 20-5 
 3. Binnenland 18-7 
 4. Cangeroes 18-7 
 5. De Hoppers 14-11 
 6. Red Giants 12-13 
 7. Rotterdam 2 12-13 
 8. Leiden 2 10-15 
 9. Almonte 10-15 
 10. Punch 10-15 
 11. MSV/Zeemacht 9-16 
 12. Almere P. 8-17 
 13. BC Apollo 2 8-17 
 14. UBALL 3-22 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 13: De Hoppers - Orca's Urk 85-77
Apr. 13: Cangeroes - UBALL 85-38
Apr. 13: Red Giants - Punch 81-49
Apr. 14: MSV/Zeemacht - Almonte 80-45
Apr. 14: Leiden 2 - BC Apollo 2 74-77
Apr. 13: Binnenland - Rotterdam 2 74-69
Apr. 13: Almere P. - De Groene 47-67

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 20: Almonte - Red Giants
Apr. 20: De Groene - Rotterdam 2
Apr. 20: Punch - Binnenland
Apr. 20: Cangeroes - Almere P.
Apr. 20: Orca's Urk - Leiden 2
Apr. 20: BC Apollo 2 - MSV/Zeemacht
Apr. 21: UBALL - De Hoppers



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Standings - A Division

A Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Albacomp 23-7 
 2. Atomeromu 21-9 
 3. Kaposvari 18-12 
 4. Jaszberenyi 16-14 
 5. Kormend 12-18 
 6. Szolnok 7-1 
Places 7-13
 1. Falco-Szova 16-11 
 2. Soproni 14-12 
 3. PVSK Pannon 13-13 
 4. ZTE KK 11-16 
 5. Marso NYKK 10-17 
 6. Szedeak 10-17 
 7. FS Debrecen 2-26 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 8

Places 1-6

Apr. 13: Jaszberenyi - Atomeromu 93-95 OT
Apr. 13: Albacomp - Kaposvari 89-85
Apr. 13: Kormend - Szolnok 75-87

Places 7-13

Apr. 13: ZTE KK - Falco-Szova 80-83 OT
Apr. 13: FS Debrecen - Marso NYKK 45-62

Second Stage: Round 9

Places 1-6

Apr. 17: Atomeromu - Albacomp
Apr. 17: Szolnok - Kaposvari
Apr. 17: Kormend - Jaszberenyi

Places 7-13

Apr. 16: PVSK Pannon - Soproni


A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle AUSTIN
  Kormend
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Austin, Kormend21.1 
 2. Swanston, Kapos.20.8 
 3. Dunn, Kaposvari20.2 
 4. Buljan, Keravnos20.1 
 5. Spica, Kaposvari19.7 
 6. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 7. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.19.3 
 8. Wood, Albacomp19.2 
 9. Copeland, Bayamon18.8 
 10. Zagorac, Falco-Sz.18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zeljko ZAGORAC
  Falco-Sz.
  (204-F-81)
  Avg: 11
 1. Zagorac, Falco-Sz.11.0 
 2. Davis, Santurce8.9 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 4. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.8.6 
 5. Barovic, Soproni8.5 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.0 
 7. Austin, Kormend7.9 
 8. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.9 
 9. Buljan, Keravnos7.8 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Christopher DUNN
  Kaposvari
  (189-PG-83)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Dunn, Kaposvari6.6 
 2. Moore, Albacomp6.4 
 3. Rakic, Jaszberenyi6.3 
 4. Williams, Atomeromu6.2 
 5. Thomas, Soproni5.6 
 6. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.4 
 7. Copeland, Bayamon5.2 
 8. Nelson, Marso N.5.1 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.8 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.1 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari2.8 
 3. Buljan, Keravnos2.3 
 4. Davis, Santurce2.3 
 5. Moore, Albacomp2.2 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.2 
 7. Kertesz, ZTE K.1.9 
 8. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
 9. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.8 
 10. Williams, Atomero.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip BAROVIC
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1
 1. Barovic, Soproni1.0 
 2. Davis, Santurce1.0 
 3. Keller, Albacomp0.9 
 4. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 5. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.7 
 6. Shaw, Kormend0.7 
 7. Idlet, Atomeromu0.7 
 8. Toth, Atomeromu0.7 
 9. Fey, Shinshu BW0.6 
 10. Cseh, FS Debrecen0.6 


A Division Round 8 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

Fourth-ranked ZTE KK (11-16) made lots of trouble for first ranked Falco-Szova (16-11) in Zalaegerszeg. The visitors from Szombathely managed to secure only three-point victory 83-80. However their fans expected easier game. The winners were led by Laszlo Kalman who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 assists and 4 steals. Falco-Szova's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Falco-Szova maintains first position in Division with 16-11 record. ZTE KK at the other side keeps the fourth place with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Fourth-ranked Jaszberenyi (16-14) made lots of trouble for second ranked Atomeromu (21-9) on Saturday. The visitors from Paks managed to secure only two-point victory 95-93. However their fans expected easier game. The best player for the winners was David Vojvoda who scored 33 points (!!!) (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Atomeromu maintains second position in Division with 21-9 record having just two points less than leader Albacomp. Loser Jaszberenyi keeps the fourth place with 14 games lost. Atomeromu will face league's leader Albacomp in Szekesfehervar in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jaszberenyi will play on the road against Kormend and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The best stats of 8th round was 40 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds by Jeremy Wise of Soproni.


Places 1-6
Jaszberenyi - Atomeromu 93-95 OT

Fourth-ranked Jaszberenyi (16-14) made lots of trouble for second ranked Atomeromu (21-9) on Saturday. The visitors from Paks managed to secure only two-point victory 95-93. However their fans expected easier game. Jaszberenyi was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 20-17 charge of Atomeromu, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 11-9. Atomeromu made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was international swingman David Vojvoda (196-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who scored 33 points (!!!) (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). American point guard Lorenzo Williams (189-84, college: Rice, agency: Stanley International) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists. Serbian guard Miljan Rakic (195-86, agency: BeoExcell) produced 22 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) added 24 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Atomeromu and four Jaszberenyi players scored in double figures. Atomeromu maintains second position in Division with 21-9 record having just two points less than leader Albacomp. Loser Jaszberenyi keeps the fourth place with 14 games lost. Atomeromu will face league's leader Albacomp in Szekesfehervar in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jaszberenyi will play on the road against Kormend and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: R.Dramicanin 24+6reb+2ast, M.Rakic 22+6reb+9ast, S.Djikanovic 14+14reb+2ast, G.Soos 10+1reb+1ast, B.Horti 10+6reb+4ast, M.Markovic 7+2reb+4ast
Atomeromu: D.Vojvoda 33+3reb+1ast, L.Williams 17+3reb+6ast, A.Toth 15+7reb, G.Koertelyesi 11+4reb+2ast, A.Kovacs 10+5reb+1ast, S.Idlet 5+2reb
gschID: 234761


Kormend - Szolnok 75-87

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked Kormend (12-18) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Szolnok (7-1) 87-75 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 50-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Szolnok made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game. Szolnok outrebounded Kormend 43-24 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kormend was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was naturalized American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) who scored 24 points and 8 rebounds. American guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 17 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. The former international forward Csaba Ferencz (195-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) added 18 points respectively for the hosts. Four Kormend players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains sixth position in Division with 7-1 record. Loser Kormend keeps the fifth place with 18 games lost. Szolnok will face higher ranked Kaposvari (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kormend will play against Jaszberenyi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kormend: K.Austin 18+3reb+1ast, C.Ferencz 16+6reb+1ast, A.Rujak 10+4ast, P.Grebenar 10+2reb+1ast, A.Farkas 9+5reb+1ast, G.Fodor 6+5reb+1ast
Szolnok: R.Bell 24+8reb+1ast, J.Florence 17+3reb+6ast, E.Kalve 14+7reb+1ast, B.Gay 8+5reb, M.Bader 8+9reb+2ast, A.Horvath 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 234762


Albacomp - Kaposvari 89-85

No shocking result in a game in Szekesfehervar where first ranked Albacomp (23-7) defeated 3rd ranked Kaposvari (18-12) 89-85 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kaposvari won fourth quarter 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Jarrod Jones (205-90, college: Ball St.) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington, agency: Two Points) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists and Serbian power forward Marko Spica (205-86, college: Cent.Michigan) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Kaposvari players scored in double figures. Albacomp maintains first position in Division with 23-7 record. Loser Kaposvari keeps the third place with 12 games lost. Albacomp will face league's second-placed Atomeromu in Paks in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kaposvari will play on the road against Szolnok in Szolnok.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: C.Dunn 20+5reb+10ast, K.Swanston 20+3reb, M.Spica 17+8reb+3ast, G.David 10+5reb, R.Hendlein 9+6reb, K.Kiss 7+2reb
Albacomp: J.Jones 20+10reb, B.Wood 19+2reb+3ast, D.Hollis 16+10reb+1ast, Z.Szabo 9+5reb+4ast, Z.Supola 7+2reb+2ast, F.Bodi 6
gschID: 234760


Places 7-13
FS Debrecen - Marso NYKK 45-62

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked FS Debrecen's (2-26) home loss to sixth ranked Marso NYKK (10-17) 45-62 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 62-45. Marso NYKK dominated on the defensive end, holding FS Debrecen to just 6 points in second quarter. They outrebounded FS Debrecen 46-29 including 33 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Latvian forward Martins Berkis (198-85, agency: TSS Management) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds. Forward Mate Mohacsi (192-90, agency: TSS Management) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Four Marso NYKK players scored in double figures. Guard Mate Medve (197-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and guard Andras Helmeczi (195-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 9 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Marso NYKK moved-up to fifth place in Division. Loser FS Debrecen keeps the seventh position with 26 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
FS Debrecen: M.Medve 12+11reb, I.Kovacs 10+3reb+1ast, A.Helmeczi 9+3reb+5ast, P.Hajmasy 8+5reb+1ast, D.Benocs 4+4reb+1ast, V.Vas 2+3reb+1ast
Marso NYKK: C.Kaluha 13+5reb+1ast, M.Berkis 12+15reb+3ast, L.Polyak 11+4reb+1ast, M.Mohacsi 10+10reb+1ast, M. Mondzinger 8+6reb+3ast, J.Siska 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 234783


ZTE KK - Falco-Szova 80-83 OT

Fourth-ranked ZTE KK (11-16) made lots of trouble for first ranked Falco-Szova (16-11) in Zalaegerszeg. The visitors from Szombathely managed to secure only three-point victory 83-80. However their fans expected easier game. ZTE KK was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 26-15 third quarter run of Falco-Szova. They tied the game at the end of regular time. Then they were better in overtime eventually winning that period 15-12. 30 personal fouls committed by ZTE KK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by the former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 assists and 4 steals and Slovenian forward Zeljko Zagorac (204-81) supported him with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Falco-Szova's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 22 points by guard David Puszta (187-90) did not help to save the game for ZTE KK. Forward Daniel Koma (202-79, agency: TSS Management) added 16 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Falco-Szova maintains first position in Division with 16-11 record. ZTE KK at the other side keeps the fourth place with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: D.Puszta 22+4reb+1ast, D.Koma 16+6reb, A.Vertetics 15+2reb+2ast, G.Baki 12+5reb+1ast, D.Kertesz 11+7reb+3ast, C.Borszeki 4+3reb
Falco-Szova: B.Stafford 16+1reb, L.Kalman 14+2reb+11ast, T.Will 14+5reb, Z.Zagorac 13+10reb+1ast, B.Varadi 12, T.Ivosev 11+4reb+2ast
gschID: 234782



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IBL returns to California - by Kip Leonetti

The International Basketball League has returned to the Golden State with the addition of the East Bay Pit Bulls for the 2013 season.

The Pit Bulls, based in Pleasanton, Calif., will operate as an IBL branding team for the 2013 season, which will allow the team to play five regular season games against top-caliber full season teams in the league. The IBL's branding team concept allows new teams to participate in a portion of the regular season to determine the viability of their market prior to becoming a full season team within three years.

The Pit Bulls are owned and by Full Circle Ventures LLC, which operates a chain of health clubs and also offers basketball training in the East Bay area. The Pit Bulls have also undertaken a number of community outreach initiatives relating to youth basketball and, true to their name, the rescue of abused and abandoned pit bull dogs.

The Pit Bulls have already attracted a loyal following of fans after participating for two seasons as a member of the American Basketball Association in the winter, and will be looking to extend their presence into the spring and summer seasons as members of the IBL.

East Bay will launch their inaugural season in the IBL with three road games in the Pacific Northwest June 7-9 against the Salem Sabres, Vancouver Volcanoes and 2012 Champion Bellingham Slam. The Pit Bulls will then return to the Bay Area to host the Slam on June 22 and the Volcanoes on June 29. Both games will be played at Las Positas College in Livermore, the home venue for the Pit Bulls for the 2013 season.




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Grindavik & Stjarnan in the finals - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

It will be Grindavik vs. Stjarnan in Dominos League finals. Same team met in Cup finals where Stjarnan came away with a win.
Last games in semi finals.
Grindavik beat KR 92-88. Grindavik did look better from beginning . Shooting better, rebounding better, less turnovers and did play better team ball over all
Top scorers for KR. Brandon Richardson 21. Brynjar Bjornson 19. Helgi Magnusson 16.
For Grindavik. Aaron Broussard (195-F-90, college: Seattle) 32. Sammy Zeglinski 20 Thorleifur Olafsson 15

Stjarnan beat Snaefell 97-84. Close game most of the time but in fourth quarter Stjarnan run away from Snaefell to secure the spot in the finals.
Top scorers for Stjarnan. Jarrid Frye 27 Justin Shoouse 24. Jovan Zdravevski 21.
For Snaefell. Jon Olafur Jonsson 30 Ryan Amoroso 20



Euro news - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

SWEDEN:
Sundsvall Dragons will face Sodertalje Kings in top league finals.
Sundsvall destroyed Norrkoping Dolphins in the last game 102-72. Well organized team ball and good defense made it easy for Sundsvall to win.
Icelandic players on Sundsvall did well as usual , Jakob Sigurdarson 19 points6 assist and 4 rebounds. Hlynur Baeringsson 11 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assist.
Pavel Ermolinskij on Norrkoping team scored 2 points,4 rebounds and 2 assist.
SPAIN:
CAI Zaragoza beat Unicaja 88-68 and stay in 7th seat of the league. Jon Stefansson did not score for CAI but had 4 rebounds and 2 assist.
Finally Assignia Manresa did pick up a win by beating UCAM Murcia 103-100. Haukur Palsson on Manresa 2 rebounds and 1 assist.
GERMANY:
MBC lost to Alba Berlin 82-81. Hordur Vilhjalmsson 10 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assist



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Standings - BSL

Winner League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 19-3 
 2. Maccabi Haifa 15-7 
 3. Hapoel Eilat 14-8 
 4. Netanya 11-11 
 5. Hapoel J-M 11-11 
 6. Maccabi Rishon 11-11 
 7. Galil Gilboa 10-12 
 8. Hapoel T-A 10-12 
 9. Hapoel Holon 9-13 
 10. Maccabi Ashdod 9-13 
 11. Bnei Hasharon 8-14 
 12. Elizur Ashkelon 5-17 

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 11: Maccabi Haifa - Maccabi Rishon 98-90
Apr. 10: Hapoel T-A - Maccabi Ashdod 92-88
Apr. 11: Galil Gilboa - Elizur Ashkelon 87-74
Apr. 10: Hapoel Eilat - Hapoel J-M 84-79
Apr. 14: Bnei Hasharon - Maccabi T-A 73-91
Apr. 10: Hapoel Holon - Netanya 67-58


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jerome DYSON
  Hapoel Holon
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.19.8 
 2. Beck, Bnei Hashar.18.9 
 3. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.18.1 
 4. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.9 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi17.8 
 6. Collins, Maccabi17.8 
 7. Killingswort., Net.17.5 
 8. Warren, Maccabi16.8 
 9. Wright, Maccabi16.7 
 10. Smith, Maccabi Ha.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.13.5 
 2. Thomas, Maccabi10.1 
 3. Jones, Bnei H.10.0 
 4. Holman, Hapoel Eil.9.7 
 5. Calathes, Maccabi9.5 
 6. Uter, Maccabi9.4 
 7. Wright, Maccabi9.4 
 8. Dove, Elizur Ashke.8.9 
 9. Washington, Netan.8.4 
 10. Simpson, Maccabi8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Gal MEKEL
  Maccabi Haifa
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Mekel, Maccabi Hai.5.4 
 2. Smith, Maccabi Hai.5.3 
 3. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.5.0 
 4. Ohayon, Maccabi4.9 
 5. Warren, Maccabi4.3 
 6. Perry, Elizur A.4.3 
 7. Collins, Maccabi4.2 
 8. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.1 
 9. Pullen, Oknoplas.4.0 
 10. Bradley, Netanya4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Deron WASHINGTON
  Netan.
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Washington, Netan.2.5 
 2. Ohayon, Maccabi2.5 
 3. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.3 
 4. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.2 
 5. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.1 
 6. Wright, Maccabi2.0 
 7. Berkowitz, Bnei H.1.9 
 8. Yavzuri, Galil Gil.1.9 
 9. Smith, Maccabi Hai.1.8 
 10. Moore, Elizur A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.8 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.9 
 3. Uter, Maccabi1.7 
 4. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.5 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi1.3 
 6. Wright, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Thomas, Chicago B.1.2 
 8. Caracter, Bnei H.1.2 
 9. Holman, Hapoel Eil.1.1 
 10. Kelly, Hapoel T-A1.1 


Winner League Round 22: Maccabi Haifa beats Maccabi Rishon in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Haifa. Second ranked Maccabi Haifa faced 4th ranked Maccabi Rishon. Host Maccabi Haifa (15-7) defeated guests from Rishon Le-Zion (11-11) 98-90. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Maccabi Rishon won third quarter 24-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Haifa shot 28 for 41 from the free-throw line, while Maccabi Rishon only scored ten points from the stripe. 32 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Rishon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Mexican point guard Paul Stoll (180-85) fired 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) chipped in 19 points and 6 assists. Maccabi Haifa's coach Brad Greenberg used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Julian Wright (203-87, college: Kansas) produced 21 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for lost side. Maccabi Haifa have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-7 record having four points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Maccabi Rishon at the other side keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Hapoel J-M and Netanya.
Leader Maccabi T-A delivered the nineteenth victory. This time they beat 11th ranked Bnei Hasharon (8-14) 91-73 in Hod Hasharon. Worth to mention a great performance of international Lior Eliyahu (206-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Devin Smith contributed with 14 points for the winners. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Derrick Caracter (206-88, college: UTEP) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Bnei Hasharon. Defending champion maintains first position with 19-3 record. Bnei Hasharon lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 14 games lost.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Holon, where higher ranked GreenTops Netanya (11-11) lost to eleventh ranked Hapoel Holon (9-13) in a road game 58-67 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of GreenTops Netanya. The game was dominated by American players. Frank Hassell had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Ramel Bradley responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Hapoel Holon moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Maccabi Ashdod. Loser GreenTops Netanya keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Hapoel J-M and Maccabi Rishon.

Rest of the games of round 22 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked Elizur Ashkelon was defeated by Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina 87-74. Hapoel Eilat beat Hapoel J-M at home 84-79. Maccabi Ashdod lost to Hapoel T-A on the opponent's court 88-92.
The best stats of 22th round was 30 points and 5 steals by Jerome Dyson of Hapoel Holon.


Bnei Hasharon - Maccabi T-A 73-91

Leader Maccabi T-A delivered the nineteenth victory. This time they beat 11th ranked Bnei Hasharon (8-14) 91-73 in Hod Hasharon. The game without a history. Maccabi T-A led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Maccabi T-A forced 24 Bnei Hasharon turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Maccabi T-A especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Bnei Hasharon's players. Worth to mention a great performance of international Lior Eliyahu (206-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. American swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Derrick Caracter (206-88, college: UTEP) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds and guard Niv Berkowitz (190-86, college: Marquette, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Bnei Hasharon. Five Maccabi T-A and four Bnei Hasharon players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first position with 19-3 record. Bnei Hasharon lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: L.Eliyahu 16+6reb+7ast, D.Logan 16+1reb, D.Smith 14+4reb+1ast, G.Pnini 11+3reb+2ast, N.Caner-Medley 10+2reb, R.Hickman 10+5ast
Bnei Hasharon: D.Caracter 19+8reb, R.Beck 15+3reb+1ast, J.Jones 11+4reb+3ast, J.Reynolds 10+1reb+3ast, N.Berkowitz 8+6reb+6ast, I.Rosefelt 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 193043


Galil Gilboa - Elizur Ashkelon 87-74

There was no surprise in Rosh Pina where 12th ranked Ironi Ashkelon (5-17) was defeated by eighth ranked Galil Gilboa (10-12) 87-74 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-74. American guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) scored 15 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international Dagan Yavzuri (193-85) chipped in 9 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin let to play all 12 players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American swingman Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball St.) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and Dudu Shamriz (191-91) scored 18 points. Galil Gilboa have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Hapoel T-A. Ironi Ashkelon lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: J.Smith 15+3reb+6ast, K.Hayes 15+1reb+3ast, A.Simhon 14+5reb+1ast, R.Sanders 12+1reb+1ast, D.Yavzuri 9+9reb+5ast, S.Taggart 8+8reb
Elizur Ashkelon: J.Mills 20+9reb+2ast, D.Shamriz 18+4reb, M.Moore 12+2reb, M.Perry 9+3reb+2ast, G.Porat 5+2reb+1ast, M.Dove 4+9reb
gschID: 193044


Maccabi Haifa - Maccabi Rishon 98-90

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Haifa. Second ranked Maccabi Haifa faced 4th ranked Maccabi Rishon. Host Maccabi Haifa (15-7) defeated guests from Rishon Le-Zion (11-11) 98-90. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Maccabi Rishon won third quarter 24-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Haifa shot 28 for 41 from the free-throw line, while Maccabi Rishon only scored ten points from the stripe. 32 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Rishon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Mexican point guard Paul Stoll (180-85) fired 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) chipped in 19 points and 6 assists. Five Maccabi Haifa players scored in double figures. Maccabi Haifa's coach Brad Greenberg used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Julian Wright (203-87, college: Kansas) produced 21 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (200-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Maccabi Haifa have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-7 record having four points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Maccabi Rishon at the other side keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Hapoel J-M and Netanya.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: P.Stoll 19+6reb+7ast, D.Smith 19+3reb+6ast, P.Calathes 19+6reb+1ast, J.Thomas 14+13reb, I.Kozikaro 14+9reb+1ast, G.Mekel 11+1reb+3ast
Maccabi Rishon: J.Wright 21+7reb+6ast, A.Uter 18+8reb+2ast, N.Cohen 12+6reb, S.Dawson 10+2reb, L.Jones 8+2reb+4ast, W.Warren 7+3reb+6ast
gschID: 193041


Hapoel Eilat - Hapoel J-M 84-79

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Hapoel Eilat (14-8) defeated at home 5th ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (11-11) 84-79 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Hapoel Eilat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Larry O'Bannon (194-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) scored 24 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Eli Holman (208-89, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side Josh Duncan (203-86) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds and Courtney Fells (198-86, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Hapoel Eilat maintains third position with 14-8 record having five points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Hapoel Jerusalem lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Maccabi Rishon and Netanya.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Eilat: L.O'Bannon 24+1reb+5ast, J.Tillman 15+7reb, E.Holman 14+6reb+2ast, S.Hopson 10+8reb+1ast, A.Nissim 10+3ast, A.Ben-Chimol 7+2reb+5ast
Hapoel J-M: J.Duncan 20+9reb+3ast, C.Fells 17+8reb+2ast, R.Limonad 17+3reb+3ast, E.Kadir 13+3reb+1ast, M.Tapiro 6+7reb+2ast, D.Grunfeld 4
gschID: 193040


Hapoel T-A - Maccabi Ashdod 92-88

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv and 9th ranked Maccabi Ashdod had identical 9-12 record. This time Hapoel Tel-Aviv used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Ashdod 92-88 on Wednesday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Maccabi Ashdod won third quarter 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) scored 26 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Anthony Goods (191-87, college: Stanford) chipped in 26 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Mardy Collins (198-84, college: Temple) responded with 25 points and 7 rebounds and the former international point guard Dror Hagag (178-78, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Five Maccabi Ashdod players scored in double figures. Hapoel Tel-Aviv (10-12) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Galil Gilboa. Loser Maccabi Ashdod keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Hapoel Holon.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: C.Kelly 26+5reb+2ast, A.Goods 26+5reb+1ast, M.Naor 16+6reb+6ast, J.Skjoldebrand 6+4reb, Y.Shiran 6+3reb+2ast, D.Stitt 4+4reb+2ast
Maccabi Ashdod: M.Collins 25+7reb, D.Hagag 16+6reb+6ast, A.Freeman 13+4reb+4ast, D.Simpson 12+2reb+1ast, J.Skeen 10+5reb+3ast, G.Israeli 9+2ast
gschID: 193039


Hapoel Holon - Netanya 67-58

We should mention about the upset which took place in Holon, where higher ranked GreenTops Netanya (11-11) lost to eleventh ranked Hapoel Holon (9-13) in a road game 58-67 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of GreenTops Netanya. Hapoel Holon made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Frank Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) chipped in 30 points and 5 steals during the contest. At the losing side guard Ramel Bradley (188-85) responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Marco Killingsworth (203-82, college: Indiana, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Hapoel Holon moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Maccabi Ashdod. Loser GreenTops Netanya keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Hapoel J-M and Maccabi Rishon.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: J.Dyson 30+1reb+2ast, F.Hassell 16+14reb+5ast, L.Hill 8+9reb+4ast, D.Waters 5+4reb+2ast, Z.Rosen 5+1reb, S.Harush 2+5reb+4ast
Netanya: R.Bradley 23+8reb+2ast, M.Killingsworth 15+9reb+2ast, R.Morgan 9+5reb+2ast, E.Shulman 5+3reb+2ast, D.Washington 4+2reb+2ast, E.Gueta 2+3reb
gschID: 193042



Best players of Israeli Winner League round 22 - by Eurobasket News

American Jerome Dyson (191-G-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Hapoel Holon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 25-year old guard had the game-high 30 points adding two assists for Hapoel Holon in his team's victory, helping them to beat Netanya (#4, 11-11) 67-58. Hapoel Holon is placed at 9th position in Israeli Winner League. Hapoel Holon is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-13 record. Dyson turned to be Hapoel Holon's top player in his first season with the team. University of Connecticut graduate has very impressive stats this year. Dyson is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.8ppg. Dyson is in league's top in and averages solid 2.3spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American power forward Curtis Kelly (205-PF-88) of Hapoel T-A. Kelly impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Hapoel T-A to edge slightly lower-ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#10, 9-13) by 4 points 92-88. Hapoel T-A's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-12 record. Kelly is well-known by Hapoel T-A fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Hapoel T-A's star - American Anthony Goods (191-G-87). Goods scored 26 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was another key player of Hapoel T-A, helping his team with a 92-88 win against slightly lower-ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#10, 9-13). The chances of Hapoel T-A ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Goods could help Hapoel T-A to bring them higher in the standings. The season just started for Goods as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be another team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Julian Wright (203-F-87) of Maccabi Rishon - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Frank Hassell (203-F-88) of Hapoel Holon - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
6. James Thomas (205-F/C-80) of Maccabi Haifa - 14 points and 13 rebounds
7. Josh Duncan (203-PF-86) of Hapoel J-M - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Donta Smith (201-SF-83) of Maccabi Haifa - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Dror Hagag (178-PG-78) of Maccabi Ashdod - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Matan Naor (195-SF-80) of Hapoel T-A - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists

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



Stellar Upsides from Aleks Maric and Richard Hendrix - by David Pick

Behind a strong double-double showing of 12 points and 10 rebounds, courtesy of 6-11 Australian center Aleks Maric, and thanks to a dominate Most Valuable Player performance by interim big man Richard Hendrix, who contributed 14 points and 9 boards, Russian Lokomotiv Kuban secured its first ever Eurocup title with a 75-64 triumph over Spanish Uxue Bilbao.

Both Maric (Panathinaikos) and Hendrix (EA7 Milan), shown the door by their recently respected Euroleague homes, have managed to come alive in Russia, upped their statistics, and resurrect their stardom, en route to returning to Euroleague action next season.

While Maric is locked in with Kuban for the upcoming 2013-14 season, Hendrix, who is on a loan from Milan, will get shipped back to Italy to honor the second year of his deal.

Kuban Coach Evgeny Pashutin utilized his massive inside presence to the maximum. Maric playing the center, and Hendrix at power-forward revealed to be a killer duo combining for 19 boards, five of them offensive, and five assists.

"Our strategy offensively was to go inside to Richard Hendrix and Aleks Maric," a victorious Pashutin said. "They both dominated and we were able to get a lead, go from there and have a good game," the 44-year-old Russian-born coach added.

Awkwardly enough, Israeli power Maccabi Tel Aviv, currently trailing Real Madrid 0-2 in the best-of-five Euroleague quarter-finals series, is getting demolished inside the paint by its Spanish rival.

Seeing that Maccabi sent 7-footer Giorgi Shermadini to Greece on December 2012, and waived high-flying 6-8 power-forward Malcolm Thomas, who is now hooping for the Chicago Bulls, Shawn James' outstanding performances remain no match against Madrid's inside firepower. Dating back to March 2013, Maccabi targeted and engaged in conversations with Maric, who eventually preferred the Russian currency. Upon joining Kuban on January 2013, David Blatt heavily pursued Hendrix, and urged Tel Aviv officials to re-sign the Alabama alumnus. Yet Maccabi executives eventually inked Croatian Euroleague-rook Darko Planinic to a multi-year deal.

Planinic is far from being the coaching staff favorite Hendrix was, or Maric could have been, registering just 3.5 points and 1.5 boards during 6.5 minutes per versus Madrid.

As Madrid outrebounds Tel Aviv 85-44 over the first pair of series contests, Maric, tailing a miserable four points in seven minutes for Panathinaikos under former coach Zeljko Obradovic last season, has jump-started his international career, revisiting his dominance from when playing in Serbia with Partizan Belgrade.

"Our target from the beginning was to win this cup. We are now going to the play in the Euroleague. We conquered our goal of taking Kuban to the next level. It is an amazing feeling," said Maric, completing his Eurocup debut season with double-digit scoring figures of 11 points and 7.3 rebounds nightly.

Hendrix's season upside has also been remarkable. The 264-pounder who took home Israel's Center of the Year honors, discovered unfamiliar territory earlier this season under Sergio Scariolo, barley logging double-digits in minutes, which by default, meant failing to adapt to the Italian system.

In Russia, Hendrix revived his brand, doubled his scoring averages, and tripled his European competition statistics. For Kuban's defensive anchor, winning the Eurocup title was simply the icing on the cake.



Ashkelon released Marcus Moore - by Idan Seggev

Elizur Ashkelon released yesterday the guard-forward, Marcus Moore (198-G-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Washington St.) and they will stay with four foreigns until the end of the season. The management decided not to continue with the situation when one foreign isn't registered for matches (in the Israeli league Ashkelon can play with 4 foreigns only) and decided to cut him after talked with coach Ariel Beit-Halamy (agency: Avi Zilberman ).
The meanning is that Jarvis Hayes (201-G/F-81, college: Georgia), who wasn't registered last week vs. Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa, will continue until the end of the season. Moore was excellent in the first round when he scored 18 points per game and the team looked great. In 18 matches this season he has an average of 15.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg & 2.6 apg. Moore is the 9th player who was released by the team this year. Ashkelon is fighting for their place in the first league and they will play a crucial match vs. Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa on April 16th.



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Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Cimberio VA 21-6 
 2. Banco di Sard. 19-8 
 3. Acea Virtus RM 17-10 
 4. Montepaschi 16-11 
 5. Cantu 16-11 
 6. Trenkwalder RE 16-11 
 7. EA7 Armani 16-11 
 8. Umana VE 14-13 
 9. JuveCaserta 13-14 
 10. Sidigas AV 11-15 
 11. Vanoli CR 11-16 
 12. Enel Brindisi 11-16 
 13. Sutor MGR 11-16 
 14. Pesaro 9-18 
 15. Oknoplast BO 8-18 
 16. Angelico BI 6-21 

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 14: Cimberio VA - EA7 Armani 95-81
Apr. 14: Pesaro - Vanoli CR 88-81
Apr. 14: Umana VE - JuveCaserta 85-88
Apr. 14: Cantu - Sutor MGR 85-61
Apr. 14: Montepaschi - Oknoplast BO 75-55
Apr. 14: Sidigas AV - Trenkwalder RE 69-78
Apr. 14: Banco di Sard. - Acea Virtus RM 105-87
Apr. 14: Enel Brindisi - Angelico BI 101-94

Regular Season: Round 28

Apr. 21: Montepaschi - Umana VE
Apr. 21: EA7 Armani - Angelico BI
Apr. 21: Oknoplast BO - Banco di Sard.
Apr. 21: Vanoli CR - Cimberio VA
Apr. 21: Acea Virtus RM - Enel Brindisi
Apr. 21: Sutor MGR - Pesaro
Apr. 21: JuveCaserta - Sidigas AV
Apr. 21: Trenkwalder RE - Cantu


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.19.4 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.19.1 
 3. Diener, Banco d.17.5 
 4. Datome, Acea V.17.1 
 5. Brown, Montepaschi17.1 
 6. Johnson, Angelico.16.7 
 7. Diener, Banco d.16.5 
 8. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 9. Langford, EA7 A.15.4 
 10. Ere, Cimberio VA15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaloyan IVANOV
  Sidigas AV
  (205-F-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Ivanov, Sidigas AV10.3 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.9.1 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 4. Akindele, JuveCase.8.0 
 5. Brunner, Trenkwal.8.0 
 6. Jelovac, JuveCase.7.6 
 7. Dunston, Cimberio.7.5 
 8. Johnson, Sidigas7.4 
 9. Bourousis, EA7 A.7.2 
 10. Burns, Sutor MGR7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.5 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.9 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.2 
 4. Green, EA7 Armani4.9 
 5. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.3 
 6. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.1 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.3.9 
 8. Tabu, Cantu3.9 
 9. Brown, Montepaschi3.8 
 10. Di Bella, Sutor M.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.7 
 2. Robinson, PGE T.2.4 
 3. Kinsey, Pesaro2.1 
 4. Reynolds, Enel B.2.0 
 5. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.0 
 6. Barbour, Pesaro2.0 
 7. Green, Cimberio VA1.9 
 8. Shakur, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 9. De Nicolao, Cimber.1.8 
 10. Goss, Acea V.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.3 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.7 
 3. Simmons, Enel B.1.3 
 4. Lawal, Acea V.1.3 
 5. Ress, Montepaschi1.2 
 6. Crosariol, Pesaro1.2 
 7. Cusin, Cantu1.2 
 8. Tyus, Cantu1.2 
 9. Akindele, JuveCase.1.1 
 10. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.1 


Standings - Lega 2

Lega2 Standings
 1. Sigma Barcel. 18-7 
 2. Giorgo Tesi PT 17-7 
 3. Novipiu Casale 17-8 
 4. C.de Latte BRE 15-9 
 5. LeGamberi FO 13-11 
 6. Biancoblu BO 13-11 
 7. Tezenis VE 13-12 
 8. Givova Scafati 12-13 
 9. Pall.Trento 11-13 
 10. Fileni BPA Jesi 10-14 
 11. Upea CdO 10-15 
 12. FCM Ferentino 9-15 
 13. AcegasAps TR 9-15 
 14. Prima Veroli 9-16 
 15. Aget Service IM 8-17 

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 14: Giorgo Tesi PT - Sigma Barcel. 97-103 OT
Apr. 14: LeGamberi FO - Aget Service IM 91-88 OT
Apr. 14: Givova Scafati - Tezenis VE 89-93
Apr. 14: Upea CdO - FCM Ferentino 87-95
Apr. 14: Biancoblu BO - C.de Latte BRE 85-72
Apr. 14: Novipiu Casale - Pall.Trento 74-67
Apr. 14: Prima Veroli - AcegasAps TR 67-59

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 21: Tezenis VE - Novipiu Casale
Apr. 21: Aget Service IM - Givova Scafati
Apr. 21: LeGamberi FO - C.de Latte BRE
Apr. 21: FCM Ferentino - Prima Veroli
Apr. 21: Giorgo Tesi PT - Fileni BPA Jesi
Apr. 21: Sigma Barcel. - Biancoblu BO
Apr. 21: Pall.Trento - AcegasAps TR


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Casper WARE
  Novipiu Casale
  (177-PG-90)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Ware, Novipiu Casa.21.5 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.20.7 
 3. Green, Novipiu Cas.20.1 
 4. Mays, Givova S.18.8 
 5. Marigney, Prima V.18.6 
 6. Young, Upea CdO18.5 
 7. Hicks, Giorgo T.18.0 
 8. Jenkins, C.de L.17.9 
 9. Walker, Prima Vero.17.9 
 10. Roderick, LeGambe.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.5 
 2. Ekperigin, FCM F.10.4 
 3. Todic, Khimik9.9 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.9.2 
 5. Mosley, Biancobl.9.0 
 6. George, Upea CdO9.0 
 7. Butkevicius, Novip.8.7 
 8. Slay, Givova Scafa.8.1 
 9. Gandini, AcegasAp.8.0 
 10. Toppo, Giorgo T.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Casper WARE
  Novipiu Casale
  (177-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Ware, Novipiu Casa.5.1 
 2. Green, Sigma B.4.9 
 3. Pecile, Biancobl.4.8 
 4. Fernandez, C.de L.4.8 
 5. Battle, Upea CdO4.3 
 6. Roderick, LeGamber.4.2 
 7. Gay, Aget S.4.0 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.3.6 
 9. Marigney, Prima V.3.3 
 10. Guarino, FCM F.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Donato CUTOLO
  Biancobl.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Cutolo, Biancobl.2.8 
 2. Mays, Givova S.2.6 
 3. George, Upea CdO2.3 
 4. James, FCM F.2.3 
 5. Guarino, FCM F.2.2 
 6. Lawal, Tezenis VE2.2 
 7. Ware, Novipiu Casa.2.1 
 8. Filloy, AcegasAp.2.1 
 9. Baldassarre, Givov.2.1 
 10. Fernandez, C.de L.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE1.8 
 2. Mosley, Biancobl.1.8 
 3. Griffin, Fileni B.1.5 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.3 
 5. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.2 
 6. Butkevicius, Novip.1.0 
 7. Gandini, AcegasAp.1.0 
 8. James, FCM F.1.0 
 9. Roderick, LeGamber.1.0 
 10. Giddens, C.de L.0.9 


Standings - B1

Nazionale Standings
 1. Torino 23-7 
 2. Matera 20-10 
 3. Castelletto 18-12 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 17-13 
 5. Agrigento 17-14 
 6. Treviglio 16-13 
 7. Lucca 16-13 
 8. Omegna 16-14 
 9. Bari 15-15 
 10. Firenze 15-15 
 11. Reggio Calabr. 14-16 
 12. Recanati 13-17 
 13. Chieti 13-17 
 14. Ferrara 13-17 
 15. Mirandola 13-18 
 16. Latina Basket 12-18 
 17. San Severo 10-21 
 18. Perugia 8-21 
Folded
 1. Bologna 6-4 

Regular Season: Round 33

Apr. 14: Ferrara - Matera 91-93
Apr. 14: Casalpusterlengo - Bari 88-55
Apr. 14: Castelletto - Agrigento 82-59
Apr. 14: San Severo - Mirandola 74-81
Apr. 14: Latina Basket - Chieti 74-68
Apr. 14: Firenze - Torino 71-41
Apr. 14: Recanati - Reggio Calabr. 60-57
Apr. 13: Omegna - Lucca 54-48

Regular Season: Round 34

Apr. 21: Perugia - Omegna
Apr. 21: Bologna - San Severo
Apr. 21: Lucca - Treviglio
Apr. 21: Reggio Calabr. - Castelletto
Apr. 21: Mirandola - Latina Basket
Apr. 21: Chieti - Firenze
Apr. 21: Bari - Recanati
Apr. 21: Matera - Casalpusterlengo
Apr. 21: Agrigento - Ferrara


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia20.8 
 2. Casadei, Firenze16.8 
 3. Parente, Lucca16.7 
 4. Reati, Treviglio15.7 
 5. Benfatto, Ferrara15.7 
 6. Wojciechowsk., Tor.15.3 
 7. Prandin, Casalp.15.3 
 8. Ferrarese, Trevigl.15.1 
 9. Ruggiero, Bari15.1 
 10. Bolzonella, Caste.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rossi, Chieti11.0 
 2. Iannilli, San Seve.10.2 
 3. Wojciechowsk., Tor.9.3 
 4. Pazzi, Castelletto8.6 
 5. Benfatto, Ferrara8.4 
 6. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.3 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.2 
 8. Ricci, Casalpus.8.0 
 9. Raminelli, Trevigl.7.9 
 10. Mancin, Mirandola7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jordan LOSI
  Mirandola
  (182-PG-80)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Losi, Mirandola5.5 
 2. Piazza, Reggio C.5.4 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.4.8 
 4. Marino, Casalp.4.6 
 5. Ferrarese, Trevigl.3.6 
 6. Caroldi, Firenze3.5 
 7. Rajola, Chieti3.2 
 8. Cantone, Matera3.2 
 9. Raschi, Chieti3.1 
 10. Gnaccarini, Recan.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.4.5 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia3.3 
 3. Gueye, San Severo2.9 
 4. Vico, Matera2.9 
 5. Cortesi, Ferrara2.9 
 6. Parente, Lucca2.8 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.2.7 
 8. Casadei, Firenze2.6 
 9. Caroldi, Firenze2.6 
 10. Spizzichini, Ferr.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.4 
 2. Raminelli, Trevigl.1.3 
 3. Rossi, Chieti1.0 
 4. Iannuzzi, Matera0.9 
 5. Gagliardo, Latina0.9 
 6. Del Brocco, San S.0.8 
 7. Iannilli, San Seve.0.8 
 8. Piunti, Mirandola0.7 
 9. Bisconti, Bari0.7 
 10. Wojciechowsk., To.0.7 


Stellar Upsides from Aleks Maric and Richard Hendrix - by David Pick

Behind a strong double-double showing of 12 points and 10 rebounds, courtesy of 6-11 Australian center Aleks Maric, and thanks to a dominate Most Valuable Player performance by interim big man Richard Hendrix, who contributed 14 points and 9 boards, Russian Lokomotiv Kuban secured its first ever Eurocup title with a 75-64 triumph over Spanish Uxue Bilbao.

Both Maric (Panathinaikos) and Hendrix (EA7 Milan), shown the door by their recently respected Euroleague homes, have managed to come alive in Russia, upped their statistics, and resurrect their stardom, en route to returning to Euroleague action next season.

While Maric is locked in with Kuban for the upcoming 2013-14 season, Hendrix, who is on a loan from Milan, will get shipped back to Italy to honor the second year of his deal.

Kuban Coach Evgeny Pashutin utilized his massive inside presence to the maximum. Maric playing the center, and Hendrix at power-forward revealed to be a killer duo combining for 19 boards, five of them offensive, and five assists.

"Our strategy offensively was to go inside to Richard Hendrix and Aleks Maric," a victorious Pashutin said. "They both dominated and we were able to get a lead, go from there and have a good game," the 44-year-old Russian-born coach added.

Awkwardly enough, Israeli power Maccabi Tel Aviv, currently trailing Real Madrid 0-2 in the best-of-five Euroleague quarter-finals series, is getting demolished inside the paint by its Spanish rival.

Seeing that Maccabi sent 7-footer Giorgi Shermadini to Greece on December 2012, and waived high-flying 6-8 power-forward Malcolm Thomas, who is now hooping for the Chicago Bulls, Shawn James' outstanding performances remain no match against Madrid's inside firepower. Dating back to March 2013, Maccabi targeted and engaged in conversations with Maric, who eventually preferred the Russian currency. Upon joining Kuban on January 2013, David Blatt heavily pursued Hendrix, and urged Tel Aviv officials to re-sign the Alabama alumnus. Yet Maccabi executives eventually inked Croatian Euroleague-rook Darko Planinic to a multi-year deal.

Planinic is far from being the coaching staff favorite Hendrix was, or Maric could have been, registering just 3.5 points and 1.5 boards during 6.5 minutes per versus Madrid.

As Madrid outrebounds Tel Aviv 85-44 over the first pair of series contests, Maric, tailing a miserable four points in seven minutes for Panathinaikos under former coach Zeljko Obradovic last season, has jump-started his international career, revisiting his dominance from when playing in Serbia with Partizan Belgrade.

"Our target from the beginning was to win this cup. We are now going to the play in the Euroleague. We conquered our goal of taking Kuban to the next level. It is an amazing feeling," said Maric, completing his Eurocup debut season with double-digit scoring figures of 11 points and 7.3 rebounds nightly.

Hendrix's season upside has also been remarkable. The 264-pounder who took home Israel's Center of the Year honors, discovered unfamiliar territory earlier this season under Sergio Scariolo, barley logging double-digits in minutes, which by default, meant failing to adapt to the Italian system.

In Russia, Hendrix revived his brand, doubled his scoring averages, and tripled his European competition statistics. For Kuban's defensive anchor, winning the Eurocup title was simply the icing on the cake.



Lega2 Round 26: Tuscany Pistoia loses a game and the top position to Sigma Barcellona - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, few extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Tuscany Pistoia (17-7) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Sigma Barcellona (18-7) in overtime 103-97. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 17-7 record before this meeting. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 29-27 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 6-point victory in overtime. Strangely Tuscany Pistoia outrebounded Sigma Barcellona 52-33 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Tuscany Pistoia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Congolese point guard Dwight Hardy (188-87, college: St.John's) scored 35 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized American forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 25 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Panamanian swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds. Sigma Barcellona have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Tuscany Pistoia at the other side dropped to the second place with seven games lost. Sigma Barcellona are looking forward to face Biancoblu BO (#6) in Bologna in the next round where they are favorite. Tuscany Pistoia will play at home against Fileni BPA Jesi (#10) and is hoping to win this game.

In the last two games of round 26 AcegasAps TR lost to Prima Veroli on the opponent's court 59-67. Novipiu Casale managed to outperform Pall.Trento in a home game 74-67. FCM Ferentino managed to beat Upea CdO on the road 95-87. Givova Scafati was defeated by Tezenis VE on its own court 89-93. C.de Latte BRE was beaten by Biancoblu BO in Bologna 85-72.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 34 points (!!!) and 7 assists by Richard McConnell of Tezenis VE.


Prima Veroli - AcegasAps TR 67-59

There was a minor upset when 12th ranked AcegasAps TR (9-15) was defeated on the road by fifteenth ranked Prima Veroli (9-16) 67-59 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 67-59. Prima Veroli outrebounded AcegasAps TR 39-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Latvian swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Naturalized Argentinian point guard Ariel Filloy (189-87, agency: Interperformances) responded with 21 points and Belarusian Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. AcegasAps TR's coach Eugenio Dalmasson rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Prima Veroli moved-up to fourteenth place. AcegasAps TR lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Prima Veroli will face higher ranked FCM Ferentino (#12) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: M.Jurevicus 19+5reb+1ast, P.Marigney 18+7reb+4ast, G.Carenza 11+2reb+1ast, T.Rinaldi 9+7reb+2ast, L.Infante 5+9reb, S.Berti 5+2reb+2ast
AcegasAps TR: A.Filloy 21+4reb+2ast, M.Meshcharakou 12+7reb+1ast, M.Carra 9+1reb+1ast, M.Diviach 8+5reb, A.Coronica 2+1ast, M.Ruzzier 2+2ast
gschID: 188958


Novipiu Casale - Pall.Trento 74-67

Very predictable result when third ranked Novipiu Casale (17-8) defeated at home 9th ranked Pall.Trento (11-13) 74-67 on Sunday. Pall.Trento trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 20-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 67-74 at the end of the game. Novipiu Casale forced 19 Pall.Trento turnovers. The former international forward Simone Pierich (198-81) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Casper Ware (177-90, college: Long Beach St.) chipped in 16 points during the contest. Four Novipiu Casale players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Luca Garri (207-82) responded with 14 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Barry Elder (197-82, college: Georgia Tech) scored 15 points. Novipiu Casale have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 17-8 record having just -7 point less than leader Sigma Barcel. Newly promoted Pall.Trento keeps the ninth place with 13 games lost. Novipiu Casale will face Tezenis VE (#7) in Verona in the next round. Pall.Trento will play at home against AcegasAps TR in Trieste.
Top scorers:
Novipiu Casale: C.Ware 16+3reb+2ast, S.Pierich 16+7reb+1ast, R.Green 13+4reb+2ast, M.Malaventura 13+1reb, N.Martinoni 9+8reb, P.Butkevicius 7+6reb
Pall.Trento: M.Umeh 16+1reb+1ast, B.Elder 15+4reb+1ast, L.Garri 14+9reb+1ast, A.Forray 6+4reb+6ast, A.Basile 6+4reb, M.Spanghero 6+7reb
gschID: 188957


Upea CdO - FCM Ferentino 87-95

There was a minor upset in Capo d'Orlando where 10th ranked Upea CdO (10-15) was defeated by thirteenth ranked FCM Ferentino (9-15) 95-87 on Sunday. Upea CdO trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 13 after three quarters before a 31-26 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 87-95 at the end of the game. FCM Ferentino forced 24 Upea CdO turnovers. American-British forward Laurence Ekperigin (201-88, college: Le Moyne) had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Argentinian point guard Marcos Casini (188-80) chipped in 13 points and 7 assists during the contest. FCM Ferentino's coach Franco Gramenzi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Alex Young (198-89, college: IUPUI) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized American guard Donte Mathis (190-77, college: Texas St., agency: Two Points) scored 16 points. Five FCM Ferentino and four Upea CdO players scored in double figures. FCM Ferentino moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with AcegasAps TR. Upea CdO lost third consecutive game. Upea CdO at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eleventh position with 15 games lost. FCM Ferentino will face Prima Veroli (#14) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
FCM Ferentino: L.Ekperigin 21+14reb+5ast, F.Guarino 19+2ast, G.Gurini 14+8reb, M.Casini 13+4reb+7ast, S.Parrillo 11+1reb+1ast, M.Allegretti 11+4reb+1ast
Upea CdO: A.Young 27+10reb+3ast, D.Mathis 16+4reb+3ast, M.Poletti 13+8reb+1ast, M.Portannese 12+2reb+2ast, S.Huff 7+4reb, M.Palermo 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 188956


LeGamberi FO - Aget Service IM 91-88 OT

Forli survived overtime to take down Aget Imola at home court. T.Roderick stepped up with impressive 27 points and 16 boards to pace the winners. Musso added 18 points for the home side. D.Gay answered with 31 points and 6 boards for Imola. M.Maestrello had 17 points in the losing case.
Top scorers:
LeGamberi FO: T.Roderick 27+16reb+5ast, B.Musso 18+2reb+1ast, S.Borsato 12+2reb+4ast, N.Natali 11+1reb+1ast, B.Spencer 11+6reb+1ast, A.Tessitori 10+8reb
Aget Service IM: D.Gay 31+4reb+5ast, M.Maestrello 17+5reb+2ast, R.Valenti 12+5reb, M.Chillo 11+8reb, F.Masoni 9+2reb, F.Foiera 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 188955


Givova Scafati - Tezenis VE 89-93

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Tezenis VE and 7th ranked Givova Scafati had identical 12-12 record. But Givova Scafati was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Verona 93-89 on Sunday night. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Tezenis VE made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Tezenis VE outrebounded Givova Scafati 39-23 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. point guard Richard McConnell (182-89, college: St.Mary's, CA, agency: Priority Sports) scored 34 points (!!!) and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Charlie Westbrook (193-89, college: S.Dakota) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) responded with 24 points and 5 steals and point guard Keddric Mays (183-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) scored 18 points. Four Tezenis VE and five Givova Scafati players scored in double figures. Tezenis VE (13-12) moved-up to seventh place. Loser Givova Scafati dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Tezenis VE will face higher ranked Novipiu Casale (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Givova Scafati will play against Aget Service IM (#15) in Imola.
Top scorers:
Tezenis VE: R.McConnell 34+4reb+7ast, C.Westbrook 19+5reb+4ast, G.Boscagin 17+8reb+1ast, O.Lawal 13+11reb, M.Da Ros 7+8reb+2ast, D.Lamma 3
Givova Scafati: R.Slay 24+2reb+1ast, K.Mays 18+4reb+2ast, J.Tavernari 13+2reb, P.Baldassarre 12+4reb+2ast, F.Bushati 11+5reb+5ast, A.Ghiacci 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 188953


Biancoblu BO - C.de Latte BRE 85-72

There was a minor upset in Bologna where one of their biggest challengers C.de Latte BRE (15-9) was defeated by sixth ranked Biancoblu BO (13-11) 85-72 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Biancoblu BO. C.de Latte BRE was better in third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international point guard Andrea Pecile (187-80) scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Donato Cutolo (198-87, agency: Players Group) chipped in 24 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. American guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds and the former international power forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. C.de Latte BRE's coach Alberto Martelossi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Biancoblu BO moved-up to fifth place, which they share with LeGamberi FO. Loser C.de Latte BRE keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Biancoblu BO will face league's leader Sigma Barcellona on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. C.de Latte BRE will play against LeGamberi Foods Forli and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Biancoblu BO: A.Pecile 24+6reb+5ast, D.Cutolo 24+9reb, D.Cournooh 14+4reb+6ast, M.Vitali 12+4reb+4ast, W.Mosley 5+8reb+2ast, G.Pini 4+1reb+1ast
C.de Latte BRE: J.Fernandez 16+3reb+4ast, N.Barlos 15+5reb+1ast, M.Jenkins 14+8reb+3ast, D.Brkic 11+11reb+2ast, G.Cuccarolo 7+2reb, J.Giddens 6+5reb
gschID: 188952


Giorgo Tesi PT - Sigma Barcel. 97-103 OT

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Tuscany Pistoia (17-7) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Sigma Barcellona (18-7) in overtime 103-97. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 17-7 record before this meeting. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 29-27 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 6-point victory in overtime. Strangely Tuscany Pistoia outrebounded Sigma Barcellona 52-33 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Tuscany Pistoia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Congolese point guard Dwight Hardy (188-87, college: St.John's) scored 35 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized American forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 25 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Panamanian swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds and American guard Antonio Graves (191-85, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Two Points) scored 23 points and 4 assists. Four Tuscany Pistoia players scored in double figures. Sigma Barcellona have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Tuscany Pistoia at the other side dropped to the second place with seven games lost. Sigma Barcellona are looking forward to face Biancoblu BO (#6) in Bologna in the next round where they are favorite. Tuscany Pistoia will play at home against Fileni BPA Jesi (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Sigma Barcel.: D.Hardy 35+5reb+7ast, C.Callahan 25+8reb, T.Green 19+3reb+4ast, J.Thomas 8+2reb+4ast, M.Mocavero 6+5reb, A.Cittadini 5+4reb+1ast
Giorgo Tesi PT: A.Graves 23+2reb+4ast, G.Galanda 18+8reb+1ast, M.Hicks 17+17reb+3ast, F.Toppo 13+6reb+1ast, G.Meini 9+4reb+1ast, R.Cortese 9+6reb+2ast
gschID: 188951



Best players of Italian SerieA round 27 - by Eurobasket News

American Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Cimberio VA and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 26-year old power forward had the game-high 20 points adding nine rebounds for Cimberio VA in his team's victory, helping them to beat EA7 Armani (#7, 16-11) 95-81. It allowed Cimberio VA to consolidate first place in the Italian SerieA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cimberio VA has a very solid 21-6 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Dunston turned to be Cimberio VA's top player in his first season with the team. Dunston has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 7.5rpg) and averages solid 2.3bpg,2.7spg and 64.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American shooting guard Keith Langford (193-SG-83) of EA7 Armani. Langford impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as EA7 Armani lost that game 81-95 to the higher-ranked Cimberio VA (#1, 21-6). This loss caused EA7 Armani to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Langford is a newcomer at EA7 Armani and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.4ppg (#9).

The third best performed player last round was Serbian Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89, agency: Beo Basket) of JuveCaserta (#9). Jelovac scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of JuveCaserta, leading his team to a 88-85 win against slightly higher-ranked Umana VE (#8, 14-13). The chances of JuveCaserta ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jelovac could help JuveCaserta to bring them higher in the standings. Jelovac has a great season in Italy. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.6rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) of Sidigas AV - 13 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86) of Enel Brindisi - 17 points and 11 rebounds
6. Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) of Montepaschi - 18 points and 11 rebounds
7. Andrija Stipanovic (209-C-86) of Vanoli CR - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jonathan Gibson (188-PG-87) of Enel Brindisi - 25 points and 2 rebounds
9. Trey Johnson (196-G-84) of Angelico BI - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Luca Vitali (201-PG-86) of Vanoli CR - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists

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



Italian Nazionale A round 33 best performance: Alberto Chiumenti - by Eurobasket News

Power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-F/C-87, agency: Players Group) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Casalpusterlengo, receiving a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, nine rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Bari (#9, 15-15) with 33-point margin 88-55. Casalpusterlengo is placed at 4th position in Italian Nazionale A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Casalpusterlengo will need more victories to improve their 17-13 record. Chiumenti has many years of experience at Casalpusterlengo, through which he has constantly improved. Alberto Chiumenti averages this season 13.6ppg and 6.9rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Gionata Zampolli (189-G-85) of San Severo. Zampolli had a very good evening with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as San Severo lost that game 74-81 to slightly higher-ranked Mirandola (#15, 13-18). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. San Severo keeps 17th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-21 record. Zampolli is one of the most experienced players at San Severo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Massimo Rezzano (203-F/C-82) of league's second-best Matera. Rezzano scored 12 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Matera, leading his team to a 93-91 win against the lower-ranked Ferrara (#14, 13-17). Matera needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 20 victories and 10 lost games. Rezzano has a very solid season. In 29 games in Italy he scored 14.7ppg. He also has 6.9rpg and and 3PT: 40.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Daniele Casadei (199-F/G-81) of Firenze - 26 points and 9 rebounds
5. Marko Micevic (198-F-89) of Chieti - 15 points and 8 rebounds
6. Giulio Gazzotti (202-F-91) of Ferrara - 17 points and 10 rebounds
7. Marco Pazzi (203-C-79) of Castelletto - 16 points and 10 rebounds
8. Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-G-86) of Matera - 25 points and 8 rebounds
9. Michele Benfatto (205-F/C-85) of Ferrara - 20 points and 9 rebounds
10. Francesco Quaglia (206-F/C-88) of Reggio Calabr. - 12 points and 6 rebounds

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



Italian Lega2 round 26 best performance: Dwight Hardy - by Eurobasket News

American-Congolese point guard Dwight Hardy (188-PG-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Sigma Barcel., receiving a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (35 points, five rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Giorgo Tesi PT (#2, 17-7) in overtime 103-97. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Sigma Barcel. to take over top position in the Italian Lega2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sigma Barcel. has a very solid 18-7 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Hardy had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He just recently signed at Sigma Barcel., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Dwight Hardy averages this season 23.6ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Richard McConnell (182-PG-89, agency: Priority Sports) of Tezenis VE. McConnell had a very good evening with 34 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. It was enough for Tezenis VE to edge slightly lower-ranked Givova Scafati (#8, 12-13) 93-89. This victory allowed Tezenis VE to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. McConnell is a newcomer at Tezenis VE, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Terrence Roderick (196-G/F-88, agency: Interperformances) of LeGamberi FO (#5). Roderick showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of LeGamberi FO, leading his team to a 91-88overtime win against the lower-ranked Aget Service IM (#15, 8-17). LeGamberi FO needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 11 lost games. Roderick has a great season in Italy. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.2apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. D.J. Gay (183-PG-89) of Aget Service IM - 31 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Laurence Ekperigin (201-F-88) of FCM Ferentino - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Donato Cutolo (198-F-87) of Biancoblu BO - 24 points and 9 rebounds
7. Michael Hicks (194-G/F-76) of Giorgo Tesi PT - 17 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86) of Tezenis VE - 13 points and 11 rebounds
9. Andrea Pecile (187-PG-80) of Biancoblu BO - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Alex Young (198-G/F-89) of Upea CdO - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists

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



SerieA Round 27: Cimberio Varese beats Armani Milano in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in SerieA is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Varese. First ranked Cimberio Varese faced 4th placed Armani Milano. Host Cimberio Varese (21-6) defeated guests from Milano (16-11) 95-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Armani Milano. The game was mostly controlled by Cimberio Varese. Armani Milano managed to win third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) who scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Cimberio Varese's coach Francesco Vitucci used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) who recorded 26 points and 4 steals (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Cimberio Varese maintains first place with 21-6 record. Armani Milano at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Cimberio Varese are looking forward to face Vanoli Cremona (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Armani Milano will play against Angelico Biella (#16) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sassari. Second ranked Banco di Sard. faced 3rd placed Lottomatica Roma. Host Banco di Sard. (19-8) defeated guests from Roma (17-10) 105-87. It was a good game for American point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 assists. Drake Diener contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Banco di Sard.'s coach Romeo Sacchetti allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) answered with 21 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for Lottomatica Roma. Banco di Sard. maintains second place with 19-8 record having just two points less than leader Cimberio VA. Lottomatica Roma lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with ten games lost. Banco di Sard. will play against Oknoplast BO (#15) in Bologna in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lottomatica Roma will play at home against Enel Brindisi (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Venezia between Juvecaserta and Umana Venezia. Ninth ranked Juvecaserta (13-14) got a very close victory on the road over 8th ranked Umana Venezia (14-13). Juvecaserta managed to escape with a 3-point win 88-85 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Umana Venezia. It was a great evening for Stevan Jelovac who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Alvin Young with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Umana Venezia's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Juvecaserta have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain ninth place with 13-14 record. Loser Umana Venezia keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Juvecaserta will meet at home Air Avellino (#10) in the next round. Umana Venezia will play against Montepaschi Siena and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Pesaro, where higher ranked Vanoli Cremona (11-16) lost to fifteenth ranked VL Pesaro (9-18) in a road game 81-88. It was an exceptional evening for Lamont Mack who led the winners and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). VL Pesaro moved-up to fourteenth place. Vanoli Cremona at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. VL Pesaro's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sutor Montegranaro (#13) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Cantu. Local Cantu (16-11) outscored 12th ranked Sutor Montegranaro (11-16) 85-61 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Sutor Montegranaro. The best player for the winners was Pietro Aradori who scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cantu moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Sutor Montegranaro dropped to the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Cantu will face Trenkwalder RE (#6) in Reggio Emilia in the next round. Sutor Montegranaro will play at home against VL Pesaro (#14).

Other games of round 27 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked Angelico BI was defeated by Enel Brindisi in a road game 101-94. Sidigas AV was beaten by Trenkwalder RE at home 69-78. Oknoplast BO was destroyed by Montepaschi on the opponent's court 75-55.


Enel Brindisi - Angelico BI 101-94

There was no surprise when 16th ranked Angelico Biella (6-21) was defeated on the road by thirteenth ranked Enel Brindisi (11-16) 101-94 on Sunday. Angelico Biella trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 27-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 94-101 at the end of the game. Enel Brindisi made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American-Bulgarian power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American point guard Jonathan Gibson (188-87, college: N.Mexico St., agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 25 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Qatari guard Trey Johnson (196-84, college: Jackson St., agency: Priority Sports) who recorded 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) added 23 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Five Enel Brindisi and four Angelico Biella players scored in double figures. Enel Brindisi moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Sutor MGR and Vanoli CR. Loser Angelico Biella stay at the bottom position with 21 games lost. Enel Brindisi will face higher ranked Lottomatica Roma (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Angelico Biella will play against Armani Milano (#7).
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: J.Gibson 25+2reb+1ast, C.Simmons 17+11reb, S.Reynolds 15+1reb+7ast, A.Robinson 14+6reb+3ast, M.Formenti 12+4reb+2ast, J.Grant 9+5reb+1ast
Angelico BI: T.Johnson 26+5reb+5ast, K.Pinkney 23+6reb, M.Lagana 19+4reb+1ast, T.Rochestie 14+1reb+2ast, T.Raspino 6+3reb+1ast, G.Jurak 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 185635


Sidigas AV - Trenkwalder RE 69-78

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Trenkwalder RE (16-11) defeated on the road 10th ranked Air Avellino (11-15) 78-69 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-69. The best player for the winners was American-Swiss Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) who scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) chipped in 17 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Bulgarian forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American power forward Linton Johnson (203-80, college: Tulane, agency: Priority Sports) added 17 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively. Four Air Avellino players scored in double figures. Trenkwalder RE have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Air Avellino keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Trenkwalder RE will face Cantu (#5) at home in the next round. Air Avellino will play against Juvecaserta (#9) in Caserta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder RE: D.Taylor 17+4reb+1ast, T.Bell 13+1reb+1ast, G.Brunner 12+9reb+2ast, A.Cinciarini 9+5reb+5ast, M.Jeremic 8+1reb, D.Filloy 8+3reb
Sidigas AV: L.Johnson 17+3reb, K.Ivanov 13+16reb+4ast, J.Richardson 12+2reb, J.Lakovic 11+2reb+6ast, J.Hunter 5+3reb+2ast, P.Biligha 4+3reb
gschID: 185634


Cimberio VA - EA7 Armani 95-81

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Varese. First ranked Cimberio Varese faced 4th placed Armani Milano. Host Cimberio Varese (21-6) defeated guests from Milano (16-11) 95-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Armani Milano. The game was mostly controlled by Cimberio Varese. Armani Milano managed to win third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) who scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Cimberio Varese players scored in double figures. Cimberio Varese's coach Francesco Vitucci used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) who recorded 26 points and 4 steals (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and American-Bosnian guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 13 points respectively. Cimberio Varese maintains first place with 21-6 record. Armani Milano at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Cimberio Varese are looking forward to face Vanoli Cremona (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Armani Milano will play against Angelico Biella (#16) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: B.Dunston 20+9reb+1ast, A.Banks 17+1reb+1ast, M.Green 17+7reb+7ast, E.Ere 15+1reb+1ast, D.Sakota 10+3reb, A.De Nicolao 8+3reb+5ast
EA7 Armani: K.Langford 26+3reb+3ast, E.Bremer 13+3reb+1ast, M.Green 10+3reb+1ast, A.Fotsis 8+5reb+1ast, M.Hairston 8+4reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 185633


Umana VE - JuveCaserta 85-88

A very close game took place in Venezia between Juvecaserta and Umana Venezia. Ninth ranked Juvecaserta (13-14) got a very close victory on the road over 8th ranked Umana Venezia (14-13). Juvecaserta managed to escape with a 3-point win 88-85 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Umana Venezia. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Umana Venezia won third quarter 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Juvecaserta won last quarter 24-23. They also forced 19 Umana Venezia turnovers. It was a great evening for Serbian power forward Stevan Jelovac (208-89, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 6 rebounds. point guard Stefano Gentile (191-89) helped adding 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Juvecaserta players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard Alvin Young (188-75, college: Niagara) with 15 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import point guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Umana Venezia's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Juvecaserta have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain ninth place with 13-14 record. Loser Umana Venezia keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Juvecaserta will meet at home Air Avellino (#10) in the next round. Umana Venezia will play against Montepaschi Siena and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
JuveCaserta: S.Jelovac 25+6reb+2ast, Z.Jonusas 19+2reb, M.Mordente 13+1reb+5ast, S.Gentile 12+7reb+2ast, D.Mavraides 9+3reb+1ast, A.Michelori 8+1reb
Umana VE: T.Bowers 19+5reb, S.Szewczyk 15+3reb+1ast, A.Young 15+6reb+3ast, G.Rosselli 8+6reb+4ast, I.Zoroski 8+2reb+1ast, Y.Diawara 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 185632


Cantu - Sutor MGR 85-61

The game with biggest result difference took place in Cantu. Local Cantu (16-11) outscored 12th ranked Sutor Montegranaro (11-16) 85-61 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Sutor Montegranaro. The game was mostly controlled by Cantu. Sutor Montegranaro was better in third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was the former international Pietro Aradori (195-88) who scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Israeli center Alex Tyus (205-88, college: Florida) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Five Cantu players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international point guard Fabio Di Bella (187-78) who recorded 6 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Tamar Slay (204-80, college: Marshall) added 15 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cantu moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Sutor Montegranaro dropped to the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Cantu will face Trenkwalder RE (#6) in Reggio Emilia in the next round. Sutor Montegranaro will play at home against VL Pesaro (#14).
Top scorers:
Cantu: S.Mancinelli 13+2reb, P.Aradori 13+6reb+4ast, N.Mazzarino 13+2ast, M.Leunen 12+3reb+1ast, A.Tyus 12+8reb, J.Brooks 11+5reb+2ast
Sutor MGR: T.Slay 15, R.Freimanis 11+2reb+1ast, K.Johnson 6+5reb, V.Mazzola 6+3reb+2ast, F.Di Bella 6+5reb+6ast, D.Cinciarini 6+2reb
gschID: 185631


Pesaro - Vanoli CR 88-81

We should mention about the upset which took place in Pesaro, where higher ranked Vanoli Cremona (11-16) lost to fifteenth ranked VL Pesaro (9-18) in a road game 81-88. Vanoli Cremona was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. VL Pesaro forced 21 Vanoli Cremona turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Lamont Mack (201-87, college: Charlotte) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) accounted for 18 points and 6 steals for the winning side. Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds and Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86) added 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for Vanoli Cremona in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. VL Pesaro moved-up to fourteenth place. Vanoli Cremona at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. VL Pesaro's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sutor Montegranaro (#13) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Pesaro: L.Mack 22+5reb+1ast, A.Barbour 18+3reb+2ast, T.Kinsey 12+9reb+1ast, A.Crosariol 12+6reb+2ast, D.Cavaliero 10, R.Stipcevic 8+1reb+5ast
Vanoli CR: H.Peric 21+8reb+2ast, J.Jackson 15+3reb+2ast, L.Vitali 15+4reb+6ast, A.Stipanovic 14+10reb+2ast, B.Chase 7+2reb+3ast, T.Kotti 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 185630


Banco di Sard. - Acea Virtus RM 105-87

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sassari. Second ranked Banco di Sard. faced 3rd placed Lottomatica Roma. Host Banco di Sard. (19-8) defeated guests from Roma (17-10) 105-87. It looked good early as Lottomatica Roma took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Banco di Sard. had a 32-19 second period charge getting the lead and Lottomatica Roma was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 87-105. Banco di Sard. players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 assists. His fellow American import guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Banco di Sard.'s coach Romeo Sacchetti allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) answered with 21 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and international forward Luigi Datome (203-87) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Lottomatica Roma. Five Banco di Sard. and four Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. Banco di Sard. maintains second place with 19-8 record having just two points less than leader Cimberio VA. Lottomatica Roma lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with ten games lost. Banco di Sard. will play against Oknoplast BO (#15) in Bologna in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lottomatica Roma will play at home against Enel Brindisi (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Banco di Sard.: T.Easley 17+7reb+1ast, B.Sacchetti 17+3reb+3ast, D.Diener 15+6reb+5ast, M.Vanuzzo 14+3reb+1ast, M.Thornton 13+5reb+2ast, T.Diener 12+4reb+11ast
Acea Virtus RM: P.Goss 21+2reb+5ast, L.Datome 17+5reb+2ast, J.Taylor 15+2reb+6ast, O.Czyz 10+1reb, G.Lawal 9+9reb+1ast, L.D'Ercole 8+1ast
gschID: 185629


Montepaschi - Oknoplast BO 75-55

Very expected game when 14th ranked Oknoplast BO (8-18) was rolled over on the road by fifth ranked Montepaschi Siena (16-11) 75-55 on Sunday. The game without a history. Montepaschi Siena led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Montepaschi Siena made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was Estonian Kristjan Kangur (201-82) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists. Four Montepaschi Siena players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international Angelo Gigli (209-83) who recorded 5 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Matteo Imbro (192-94) added 6 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Oknoplast BO lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. Montepaschi Siena will face Umana Venezia (#8) at home in the next round. Oknoplast BO will play against the league's second-placed Banco di Sard. (#2) in Sassari.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: K.Kangur 18+11reb+1ast, B.Brown 15+2reb+7ast, D.Moss 14+2reb, B.Eze 10+5reb, M.Carraretto 9+3reb+2ast, D.Hackett 5+4reb+6ast
Oknoplast BO: J.Pullen 12+1ast, D.Andjusic 9+1reb+1ast, G.Poeta 7+1reb, M.Imbro 6+5reb+3ast, S.Fontecchio 6, J.Parzenski 5+4reb
gschID: 185628



Nazionale A Round 33: #1 Torino is defeated by Firenze - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Torino (23-7) on the court of tenth ranked Firenze on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by Firenze 71-41. The game without a history. Firenze led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Torino to just 6 points in third quarter. Firenze dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Torino's 14. Firenze forced 20 Torino turnovers and outrebounded them 42-28 including 32 on the defensive glass. Swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) stepped up and scored 26 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and the former international point guard Mattia Caroldi (185-82) chipped in 12 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Firenze's coach Riccardo Paolini felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) with 4 points and 10 rebounds. Firenze (15-15) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Bari. Torino lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with seven games lost. Firenze is looking forward to face Chieti (#13) on the road in the next round. Torino will have a break next round.
Twelfth-ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (13-17) gave a tough game to second ranked Matera (20-10). The visitors from Matera managed to secure only two-point victory 93-91. However their fans expected much easier game. Naturalized Argentinian guard Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-86, agency: Players Group) nailed 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Massimo Rezzano accounted for 12 points and 14 rebounds. Power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) came up with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Naturhouse Ferrara in the defeat. Matera maintains second place with 20-10 record having just three points less than leader Torino. Newly promoted Naturhouse Ferrara keeps the twelfth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Chieti and Recanati. Matera will play against Casalpusterlengo (#4) at home in the next round. Naturhouse Ferrara will play against Agrigento (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Castelletto. Third ranked host Castelletto (18-12) smashed 4th placed Agrigento (17-14) 82-59. The best player for the winners was Francesco Ihedioha who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Albano Chiarastella who recorded 14 points and 9 rebounds. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Castelletto maintains third place with 18-12 record having five points less than leader Torino. Newly promoted Agrigento dropped to the fifth position with 14 games lost. Castelletto will meet Reggio Calabr. (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Agrigento will play against Naturhouse Ferrara (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Lucca (#5) was upset in Omegna by eighth ranked Omegna 54-48. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lucca. It was a good game for Stefano Masciadri who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Omegna have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 16-14 record. Newly promoted Lucca dropped to the sixth position with 13 games lost. Omegna's next round opponent will be Perugia (#18) on the road and are hoping to win another game.
Important game to mention about took place in Recanati. Fourteenth ranked Recanati (13-17) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 11th ranked Reggio Calabr. (14-16) 60-57 on Sunday evening. Fabio Stefanini stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Reggio Calabr.'s coach Francesco Ponticiello rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Recanati moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Ferrara and Chieti. Reggio Calabr. lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Recanati will face higher ranked Bari (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 33: Chieti lost to Latina Basket on the opponent's court 68-74. San Severo unfortunately lost to Mirandola in a home game 74-81. Bari was rolled over Casalpusterlengo on the road 55-88.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 22 points and 9 rebounds by Alberto Chiumenti of Casalpusterlengo.


Latina Basket - Chieti 74-68

There was a minor upset when 13th ranked Chieti (13-17) was defeated on the road by sixteenth ranked Latina Basket (12-18) 74-68 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Chieti won third quarter 15-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, agency: Players Group) stepped up and scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and guard Tommaso Milani (190-88) chipped in 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) with 18 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Serbian forward Marko Micevic (198-89) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Latina Basket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixteenth place with 12-18 record. Chieti at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Latina Basket will face higher ranked Mirandola (#15) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Latina Basket: T.Milani 17+2reb+3ast, M.Carrizo 15+6reb+4ast, R.Santolamazza 15+2reb, M.Arrigoni 14+6reb, A.Cecchetti 4+4reb, R.Tavernelli 4+3reb+2ast
Chieti: E.Rossi 18+9reb, M.Micevic 15+8reb+1ast, A.Raschi 13+5reb+4ast, F.Gialloreto 12+1reb+1ast, S.Rajola 6+3reb+2ast, M.Diomede 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 191931


San Severo - Mirandola 74-81

Rather predictable result when fifteenth ranked Mirandola (13-18) defeated on the road 17th ranked Mazzeo San Severo (10-21) 81-74 on Sunday. Mazzeo San Severo trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 19-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-81 at the end of the game. Point guard Jordan Losi (182-80) stepped up and scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and forward Luca Pignatti (195-86) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Gionata Zampolli (189-85) with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and swingman Ivan Scarponi (196-86) scored 22 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Mirandola maintains fifteenth place with 13-18 record. Mazzeo San Severo at the other side keeps the seventeenth position with 21 games lost. Mirandola will face Latina Basket (#16) at home in the next round. Mazzeo San Severo will play against Bologna in Ozzano Emilia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mirandola: A.Pilotti 16+1ast, M.Venturelli 16+3reb+2ast, J.Losi 15+6reb+6ast, L.Pignatti 13+8reb+1ast, M.Fantinelli 8+1ast, G.Piunti 6+2reb+1ast
San Severo: I.Scarponi 22+2reb+1ast, G.Zampolli 19+8reb+7ast, O.Gueye 15, G.Sirakov 10, L.De Paoli 8+7reb, A.Iannilli 0
gschID: 191930


Casalpusterlengo - Bari 88-55

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Bari (15-15) was rolled over on the road by fifth ranked Casalpusterlengo (17-13) 88-55 on Sunday. The game without a history. Casalpusterlengo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Casalpusterlengo outrebounded Bari 43-26 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 3 passes made by Bari's players. Power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) stepped up and scored 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and forward Marco Planezio (196-91, agency: Players Group) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Coach Andrea Zanchi's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was swingman Daniele Bonessio (200-88) with 17 points and 9 rebounds and the former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-82) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. Casalpusterlengo have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Bari at the other side keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost. Casalpusterlengo will face league's second-placed Matera on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bari will play against Recanati (#12).
Top scorers:
Casalpusterlengo: A.Chiumenti 22+9reb+1ast, S.Fiorito 14+1reb+1ast, M.Planezio 12+9reb+1ast, R.Prandin 11+1reb+2ast, F.Bellina 7+6reb+1ast, L.Vencato 6+1reb+4ast
Bari: D.Bonessio 17+9reb, L.Bisconti 9+6reb+1ast, T.Laquintana 7+1reb+1ast, M.Cardillo 7+2reb, A.Ruggiero 5+3reb+1ast, D.Barozzi 4+2reb
gschID: 191928


Castelletto - Agrigento 82-59

The game between Top Four teams took place in Castelletto. Third ranked host Castelletto (18-12) smashed 4th placed Agrigento (17-14) 82-59. The game without a history. Castelletto led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Agrigento to just 6 points in second quarter. Castelletto made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Agrigento turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Francesco Ihedioha (196-86) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Center Marco Pazzi (203-79) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Four Castelletto players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Argentinian forward Albano Chiarastella (196-85) who recorded 14 points and 9 rebounds and forward Fabio Mian (196-92) added 14 points respectively. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Castelletto maintains third place with 18-12 record having five points less than leader Torino. Newly promoted Agrigento dropped to the fifth position with 14 games lost. Castelletto will meet Reggio Calabr. (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Agrigento will play against Naturhouse Ferrara (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Castelletto: M.Ceron 20+2reb+2ast, M.Pazzi 16+10reb+1ast, A.Ranuzzi 15+7reb, F.Ihedioha 13+13reb+1ast, A.Simoncelli 9+8ast, F.Prelazzi 6+3reb
Agrigento: F.Mian 14+4reb+2ast, A.Chiarastella 14+9reb, V.Di Viccaro 12, D.Demartini 7, R.Chiacig 4+8reb+2ast, A.Quarisa 4+3reb
gschID: 191927


Firenze - Torino 71-41

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Torino (23-7) on the court of tenth ranked Firenze on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by Firenze 71-41. The game without a history. Firenze led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Torino to just 6 points in third quarter. Firenze dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Torino's 14. Firenze forced 20 Torino turnovers and outrebounded them 42-28 including 32 on the defensive glass. Swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) stepped up and scored 26 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and the former international point guard Mattia Caroldi (185-82) chipped in 12 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Firenze's coach Riccardo Paolini felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) with 4 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Daniele Sandri (197-90) scored 11 points. Firenze (15-15) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Bari. Torino lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with seven games lost. Firenze is looking forward to face Chieti (#13) on the road in the next round. Torino will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Firenze: D.Casadei 26+9reb+1ast, M.Caroldi 12+8reb+5ast, A.Capitanelli 10+7reb, S.Rabaglietti 8+2reb+2ast, S.Spizzichini 7+8reb, M.Sanna 6+6reb+2ast
Torino: D.Sandri 11+2reb+1ast, F.Baldi Rossi 8+3reb, D.Parente 8+1reb+2ast, L.Gergati 6+5reb+1ast, J.Wojciechowski 4+10reb+1ast, M.Evangelisti 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 191923


Ferrara - Matera 91-93

Twelfth-ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (13-17) gave a tough game to second ranked Matera (20-10). The visitors from Matera managed to secure only two-point victory 93-91. However their fans expected much easier game. Naturhouse Ferrara was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized Argentinian guard Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-86, agency: Players Group) nailed 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and the former international power forward Massimo Rezzano (203-82) accounted for 12 points and 14 rebounds. Power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) came up with 20 points and 9 rebounds and forward Giulio Gazzotti (202-91) added 17 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Naturhouse Ferrara in the defeat. Four Matera and five Naturhouse Ferrara players scored in double figures. Matera maintains second place with 20-10 record having just three points less than leader Torino. Newly promoted Naturhouse Ferrara keeps the twelfth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Chieti and Recanati. Matera will play against Casalpusterlengo (#4) at home in the next round. Naturhouse Ferrara will play against Agrigento (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Matera: C.Sebastian Vico 25+8reb+1ast, A.Vitale 18+4reb+2ast, A.Iannuzzi 14+5reb+1ast, M.Rezzano 12+14reb+2ast, C.Cantone 7+2reb+2ast, M.Samoggia 7+1reb+1ast
Ferrara: M.Benfatto 20+9reb+1ast, G.Gazzotti 17+10reb, V.Circosta 15+1reb+3ast, M.Ferri 15+5reb+2ast, G.Spizzichini 11+5reb, S.Cortesi 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 191925


Recanati - Reggio Calabr. 60-57

Important game to mention about took place in Recanati. Fourteenth ranked Recanati (13-17) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 11th ranked Reggio Calabr. (14-16) 60-57 on Sunday evening. Recanati had a 25-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. Swingman Fabio Stefanini (196-93) stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and forward Attilio Pierini (201-81) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was power forward Francesco Quaglia (206-88) with 12 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Alessandro Piazza (174-87) scored 9 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Reggio Calabr.'s coach Francesco Ponticiello rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Recanati moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Ferrara and Chieti. Reggio Calabr. lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Recanati will face higher ranked Bari (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Recanati: F.Stefanini 17+6reb+1ast, A.Pierini 16+6reb, R.Castelli 9+5reb, M.Gnaccarini 9+2reb+6ast, G.Tessitore 5+4reb, M.Tagliabue 3+5reb
Reggio Calabr.: F.Quaglia 12+6reb, N.Sabbatino 10, A.Piazza 9+2reb+6ast, M.Caprari 9+4reb+1ast, A.Fabi 7+6reb+3ast, M.Ammannato 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 191929


Omegna - Lucca 54-48

Lucca (#5) was upset in Omegna by eighth ranked Omegna 54-48. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lucca. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 6-point deficit before their 20-8 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for forward Stefano Masciadri (200-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Andrea Saccaggi (192-89, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 13 points for the winners. The former international forward Walter Santarossa (200-78) answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds and Riccardo Casagrande (196-88, agency: Two Points) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Lucca. Omegna have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 16-14 record. Newly promoted Lucca dropped to the sixth position with 13 games lost. Omegna's next round opponent will be Perugia (#18) on the road and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Omegna: A.Saccaggi 13+3reb, P.Picazio 11+1reb+2ast, S.Masciadri 11+12reb+1ast, C.Villani 7+4reb+2ast, G.Mariani 4+1reb+2ast, M.Farioli 4+10reb+1ast
Lucca: R.Casagrande 14+7reb+2ast, W.Santarossa 13+9reb+3ast, A.Barsanti 9+1reb, D.Parente 6+6reb+2ast, D.Banti 4+4reb, M.Negri 2+1reb
gschID: 191922



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Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Niigata Albirex 32-16 
 2. Yokohama BC 32-16 
 3. Toyama Grouses 32-16 
 4. Iwate Big Bulls 31-17 
 5. Akita NH 24-24 
 6. Chiba Jets 24-24 
 7. Sendai 89ers 19-29 
 8. Tokyo Cinq R. 17-31 
 9. Shinshu BW 16-32 
 10. Saitama Bron. 14-34 
 11. Gunma 12-36 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 38-10 
 2. Fukuoka Rizing 33-17 
 3. Shimane SM 31-17 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 30-18 
 5. Kyoto Hannar. 27-21 
 6. Hamamatsu P. 26-22 
 7. Osaka Evessa 22-26 
 8. Oita H.Devils 20-30 
 9. Takamatsu FA 19-31 
 10. Miyazaki SS 9-41 

Regular Season: Round 52

Apr. 14: Okinawa GK - Gunma 98-72
Apr. 14: Sendai 89ers - Chiba Jets 92-99
Apr. 14: Shinshu BW - Iwate Big Bulls 83-95
Apr. 14: Kyoto Hannar. - Takamatsu FA 74-71
Apr. 14: Toyama Grouses - Yokohama BC 72-96
Apr. 14: Miyazaki SS - Shiga L-Stars 68-77
Apr. 14: Akita NH - Niigata Albirex 65-62
Apr. 14: Hamamatsu P. - Fukuoka Rizing 51-60
Apr. 14: Saitama Bron. - Tokyo Cinq R. 122-100
Apr. 14: Osaka Evessa - Oita H.Devils 107-94

Regular Season: Round 53

Apr. 20: Iwate Big Bulls - Miyazaki SS
Apr. 20: Niigata Albirex - Osaka Evessa
Apr. 20: Shinshu BW - Sendai 89ers
Apr. 20: Gunma - Hamamatsu P.
Apr. 20: Tokyo Cinq R. - Okinawa GK
Apr. 20: Yokohama BC - Chiba Jets
Apr. 20: Shiga L-Stars - Akita NH
Apr. 20: Shimane SM - Saitama Bron.
Apr. 20: Takamatsu FA - Kyoto Hannar.
Apr. 20: Oita H.Devils - Toyama Grouses


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 26
 1. Humphrey, Saitama26.0 
 2. Cummings, Sendai22.1 
 3. Woods, Tokyo C.21.8 
 4. Chandler, Chiba J.21.1 
 5. Burns, Yokohama BC20.8 
 6. Werner, Chiba Jets19.8 
 7. Parker, Shimane SM19.8 
 8. Brown, Akita NH19.7 
 9. Jones, Tokyo C.19.4 
 10. Keller, Gunma18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.5 
 2. Willard, Sendai 89.13.9 
 3. Warren, Fukuoka12.6 
 4. Kuso, Miyazaki SS12.3 
 5. Bell, Osaka Evessa11.8 
 6. Yamashiro, Saitam.11.4 
 7. Werner, Chiba Jets11.2 
 8. Rickert, Osaka E.10.8 
 9. White, Hamamats.10.7 
 10. Parker, Shimane SM10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Takehiko SHIMURA
  Sendai
  (160-G-83)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Shimura, Sendai6.3 
 2. Namizato, Okina.6.2 
 3. Togashi, Akita NH6.1 
 4. Galloway, Hamamats.5.9 
 5. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.7 
 6. Jones III, Oita H.5.0 
 7. Burns, Yokohama BC4.9 
 8. Humphrey, Saitama4.2 
 9. Woods, Tokyo C.4.1 
 10. Ito, Miyazaki SS4.0 
Steals Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Humphrey, Saitama2.2 
 2. Burns, Yokohama BC2.1 
 3. McHenry, Okina.2.0 
 4. Brown, Toyama G.2.0 
 5. Parker, Shimane SM2.0 
 6. Alawoya, Oita H.1.9 
 7. Galloway, Hamamats.1.9 
 8. Lyons, Takamats.1.9 
 9. Masato, Iwate B.1.8 
 10. Woods, Tokyo C.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.6 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.7 
 3. Carter, Tokyo C.2.2 
 4. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 5. Kuso, Miyazaki SS1.6 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM1.6 
 7. Ashby, Fukuoka1.6 
 8. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.5 
 9. Williams, Takamats.1.4 
 10. Kent, Akita NH1.3 


BJ League Round 51: Sendai 89ers defeat Chiba Jets in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

The most exciting game of round 51 in the BJ League took place in Sendai. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Chiba Jets (23-24) to seventh ranked Sendai 89ers (19-28) 92-89 on Saturday evening. Sendai 89ers made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) helped adding 16 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was power forward Marquis Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 21 rebounds. Sendai 89ers maintains seventh place with 19-28 record. Chiba Jets lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 24 games lost. They share it with Akita NH. Sendai 89ers are again looking forward to face higher ranked Chiba Jets (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chiba Jets will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Toyama. Third ranked host Toyama Grouses (32-15) defeated second-best Yokohama BC (31-16) 89-83. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was an exceptional evening for forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) who led the winners and scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Jeremy Jacob accounted for 20 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) came up with 28 points and 5 assists for Yokohama BC in the defeat. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Toyama Grouses have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Niigata Albirex. Yokohama BC at the other side dropped to the third place with 16 games lost. Toyama Grouses will again play against Yokohama BC (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Yokohama BC will have a break next round.
BJ League top team - Niigata Albirex (32-15) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked Akita Happinets (23-24) 79-70. The best player for the winners was Nile Murry who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Marshall Brown who recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds. Akita Happinets' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Niigata Albirex maintains first place with 32-15 record, which they share with Toyama Grouses. Loser Akita Happinets keep the fifth position with 24 games lost. They share it with Chiba Jets. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Akita Happinets will play again against the league's leader Niigata Albirex (#1) and hope to secure a win.
BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (37-10) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Gunma (12-35) 96-63. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for Anthony McHenry who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Okinawa GK maintains first place with 37-10 record. Gunma lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 35 games lost. Okinawa GK's next round opponent will be again Gunma (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game.
The game in Mikawa was also quite interesting. Third ranked Fukuoka Rizing (32-17) played at the court of 5th ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (26-21). Fukuoka Rizing defeated Hamamatsu Phoenix 69-58 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Julius Ashby who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to second place. Loser Hamamatsu Phoenix keeps the fifth position with 21 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play again at home against the league's second-placed Fukuoka Rizing (#2).

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 51: Shiga L-Stars won against Miyazaki SS on the opponent's court 78-75. Osaka Evessa managed to outperform Oita H.Devils in a home game 88-77. Takamatsu FA were rolled over Kyoto Hannar. on the road 79-51. Saitama Bron. was defeated by Tokyo Cinq R. on its own court 83-101. Iwate Big Bulls beat Shinshu BW in a road game 92-82.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points, 20 rebounds and 15 assists by Ricky Woods of Tokyo Cinq R..


Hamamatsu P. - Fukuoka Rizing 58-69

The game in Mikawa was also quite interesting. Third ranked Fukuoka Rizing (32-17) played at the court of 5th ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (26-21). Fukuoka Rizing defeated Hamamatsu Phoenix 69-58 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Fukuoka Rizing. Hamamatsu Phoenix was better in third quarter 24-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) helped adding 15 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern) with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import center Elbert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA) scored 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to second place. Loser Hamamatsu Phoenix keeps the fifth position with 21 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play again at home against the league's second-placed Fukuoka Rizing (#2).
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: K.Galloway 21+15reb+5ast, E.Fuqua 8+9reb+1ast, O.Shinnosuke 7+1reb+2ast, A.Ohta 6+7reb, Y.Tsubasa 6+1reb, S.Nakanishi 4+1reb
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Ashby 16+11reb+5ast, R.Warren 15+11reb, A.Takeno 12+3reb+2ast, J.Nakanishi 9+5reb+2ast, J.Johnson 8+2reb, J.Peppers 4+12reb+3ast
gschID: 200905


Miyazaki SS - Shiga L-Stars 75-78

Very expected game when 10th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (9-40) were edged at home by fourth ranked Shiga L-Stars (29-18) 78-75 on Saturday. It was a great evening for American guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 36 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Shelton Colwell (202-80, college: Missouri St.) helped adding 15 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds and point guard Kyohei Ito (175-88) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Miyazaki Shining Suns' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Shiga L-Stars. They maintain fourth place with 29-18 record. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 40 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will have a break next round. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play again at home against Shiga L-Stars (#4).
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: A.Kuso 20+15reb+3ast, K.Ito 17+5reb+5ast, Y.Kojima 10+3reb+3ast, H.Otsuka 10+2reb+5ast, T.Fairley 7+14reb+2ast, M.Takahashi 6+1ast
Shiga L-Stars: W.Arnold 36+5reb+1ast, S.Colwell 15+11reb+1ast, D.Gomez Camargo 11+8reb+1ast, T.Fujiwara 10+3reb+3ast, D.Terashita 2+2reb, J.Nakama 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 200908


Osaka Evessa - Oita H.Devils 88-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Osaka Evessa's (21-26) home victory over 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (20-29) 88-77 on Saturday. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Osaka Evessa made 7 blocks. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a great evening for forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Dwayne Lathan (190-89, college: Indiana St.) helped adding 13 points. Four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Thomas Granado (208-88, college: Concordia Irvine) with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and guard Verdell Jones III (195-89, college: Indiana, agency: Edge Sports) scored 16 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Osaka Evessa maintains seventh place with 21-26 record. Loser Oita Heat Devils keep the eighth position with 29 games lost. Osaka Evessa will face again Oita Heat Devils (#8) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: T.Granado 27+10reb+2ast, V.Jones III 16+3reb+5ast, K.Mitomo 11+1reb+5ast, P.Alawoya 8+3reb+1ast, M.Ohara 7+1ast, A.Coimbra 6+3reb+1ast
Osaka Evessa: M.Bell 20+15reb+5ast, D.Lathan 13+4reb+3ast, S.Watanuki 13+4reb+1ast, R.Rickert 10+3reb+2ast, S.Konno 10+1reb, N.Walkup 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 200907


Kyoto Hannar. - Takamatsu FA 79-51

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (19-30) was rolled over on the road by sixth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (26-21) 79-51 on Saturday. Kyoto Hannar. dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Takamatsu FA's 28. They outrebounded Takamatsu FA 36-23 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a great evening for center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 17 rebounds. Guard Jermaine Boyette (188-78, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) helped adding 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was power forward Robert Johnson (203-81, college: Oregon) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kyoto Hannar. moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hamamatsu P. Loser Takamatsu FA keeps the ninth position with 30 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will face again Takamatsu FA (#9) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: D.Lyons 15+3reb+4ast, R.Johnson 14+10reb, B.Penn 8+3reb+2ast, M.Kita 5, H.Kikuchi 5+3reb+1ast, I.Omori 2
Kyoto Hannar.: J.Boyette 22+1ast, M.Cousin 14+17reb+2ast, L.Pomare 12+7reb+1ast, M.Kataoka 10+1ast, Y.Okada 8+1reb+2ast, H.Kantake 7+4reb
gschID: 200906


Saitama Bron. - Tokyo Cinq R. 83-101

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Tokyo Cinq R.'s (17-30) road victory over 10th ranked Saitama Broncos (13-34) 101-83 on Saturday. Tokyo Cinq R. looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Tokyo Cinq R. made 10 blocks. It was a great evening for American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) who led his team to a victory with a triple-double by scoring 28 points, 20 rebounds and 15 assists. Guard Cohey Aoki (167-80) helped adding 21 points. Four Tokyo Cinq R. players scored in double figures. Tokyo Cinq R.'s coach Motofumi Aoki used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Takuma Yamashiro (167-85) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Tokyo Cinq R. moved-up to eighth place. Loser Saitama Broncos keep the tenth position with 34 games lost. Tokyo Cinq R. will have a break next round. Saitama Broncos will play again at home against Tokyo Cinq R. (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 27+12reb+1ast, T.Yamashiro 15+12reb, M.Haraguchi 12+8reb+1ast, D.Baker 9+7reb+2ast, Y.Kitamuki 7+2reb+8ast, Y.Nobihura 7+4reb+1ast
Tokyo Cinq R.: R.Woods 28+20reb+15ast, C.Aoki 21+2reb+3ast, H.Takada 11+4reb+4ast, J.Jones 11+8reb+1ast, Y.Kurihara 10+1reb, J.Carter 8+7reb
gschID: 200904


Akita NH - Niigata Albirex 70-79

BJ League top team - Niigata Albirex (32-15) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked Akita Happinets (23-24) 79-70. They outrebounded Akita Happinets 40-27 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) who recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds and the former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) added 21 points respectively. Akita Happinets' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Niigata Albirex maintains first place with 32-15 record, which they share with Toyama Grouses. Loser Akita Happinets keep the fifth position with 24 games lost. They share it with Chiba Jets. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Akita Happinets will play again against the league's leader Niigata Albirex (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: Y.Togashi 21+1reb+3ast, M.Brown 20+7reb+1ast, S.Taguchi 18+7reb, M.Anderson 6+8reb+5ast, D.Harris 3+1reb+3ast, R.Mizumachi 2
Niigata Albirex: N.Murry 17+10reb+2ast, R.Webb 14+1reb+2ast, Y.Ikeda 13+9reb, C.Holm 12+12reb+2ast, K.Sato 7+1ast, T.Finger 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 200900


Shinshu BW - Iwate Big Bulls 82-92

There was no surprise in Nagano where 8th ranked Shinshu BW (16-31) was defeated by fourth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (30-17) 92-82 on Saturday. Iwate Big Bulls looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle) helped adding 25 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas) with 22 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) scored 9 points and 17 rebounds. Five Iwate Big Bulls and four Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. Shinshu BW's coach Takatoshi Ishibashi let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Iwate Big Bulls maintains fourth place with 30-17 record. Shinshu BW lost their twelfth game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with 31 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will have a break next round. Shinshu BW will play again at home against Iwate Big Bulls (#4).
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: J.Green 22+6reb+2ast, E.Walton 14+4reb, M.Fey 13+7reb+1ast, S.Yosuke 10+2reb+5ast, E.Morris 9+17reb+3ast, T.Utsunomiya 5+1ast
Iwate Big Bulls: R.Okosa 25+9reb+3ast, C.Dixon 21+12reb+5ast, D.Sneed 15+10reb+1ast, K.Takahashi 15+1reb+6ast, N.Takushi 14+3reb+6ast, T.Masato 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 200903


Okinawa GK - Gunma 96-63

BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (37-10) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Gunma (12-35) 96-63. Okinawa GK dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Gunma's 26. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Swingman Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) contributed with 30 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. Forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) answered with 24 points and 7 rebounds and guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Gunma. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Okinawa GK maintains first place with 37-10 record. Gunma lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 35 games lost. Okinawa GK's next round opponent will be again Gunma (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Gunma: D.Keller 24+7reb, J.Dixon 10+7reb+4ast, L.Witcher 9+9reb+1ast, K.Tomori 6+3reb+6ast, Y.Okumoto 5+3reb, S.Noriyuki 5+2reb
Okinawa GK: T.Woodbury 30+6reb+1ast, A.McHenry 24+13reb+2ast, N.Kosuge 14+3reb, D.Larkai 11+12reb+1ast, T.Yonamine 5+2reb+1ast, M.Yamauchi 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 200909


Toyama Grouses - Yokohama BC 89-83

The game between Top Four teams took place in Toyama. Third ranked host Toyama Grouses (32-15) defeated second-best Yokohama BC (31-16) 89-83. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Toyama Grouses made 26-of-32 charity shots (81.3 percent) during the game, while Yokohama BC only scored ten points from the stripe. Yokohama BC was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was an exceptional evening for forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) who led the winners and scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Jeremy Jacob (203-87, college: Oregon) accounted for 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) came up with 28 points and 5 assists and forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Yokohama BC in the defeat. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Toyama Grouses have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Niigata Albirex. Yokohama BC at the other side dropped to the third place with 16 games lost. Toyama Grouses will again play against Yokohama BC (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Yokohama BC will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 28+1reb+5ast, T.Kennedy 16+7reb+1ast, L.Malloy 10+4reb, P.Faye 8+9reb, O.Kimura 7+2reb, T.Aoki 5+1reb+1ast
Toyama Grouses: J.Jacob 20+7reb+1ast, T.Fujie 20+1reb+2ast, I.Brown 19+8reb+4ast, A.Garcia 18+7reb+2ast, M.Joho 5+4reb+1ast, T.Mito 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 200902


Sendai 89ers - Chiba Jets 92-89

The most exciting game of round 51 in the BJ League took place in Sendai. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Chiba Jets (23-24) to seventh ranked Sendai 89ers (19-28) 92-89 on Saturday evening. Sendai 89ers made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) helped adding 16 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was power forward Marquis Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 21 rebounds and forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) scored 22 points and 4 assists. Five Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. Sendai 89ers maintains seventh place with 19-28 record. Chiba Jets lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 24 games lost. They share it with Akita NH. Sendai 89ers are again looking forward to face higher ranked Chiba Jets (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chiba Jets will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: M.Chandler 22+4reb+4ast, T.Kensuke 16+8ast, M.Gray 14+21reb+2ast, H.Sato 13+3reb+2ast, D.Bell 11+2reb+2ast, S.Isshiki 8+1reb+2ast
Sendai 89ers: T.Cummings 26+12reb+3ast, T.Shimura 17+2reb+9ast, S.Willard 16+12reb+3ast, S.Coleman 9+3reb, T.Komoda 6+3reb+1ast, M.Hargrow 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 200901



Ricky Woods' triple-double lands him BJ League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

American swingman Ricky Woods (194-F/G-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Tokyo Cinq R., receiving a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 51.
The 28-year old player recorded a triple-double of 28 points addeding also 20 rebounds and 15 assists, while his team crushed Saitama Bron. (#10, 13-34) with 18-point margin 101-83. Tokyo Cinq R. is placed at 8th position in Japanese BJ League. Tokyo Cinq R. is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 17-30 record. Woods just recently signed at Tokyo Cinq R., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Southeastern Louisiana University star has very solid stats this year. Woods is in league's top in points (3rd best: 24.3ppg).

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Michael Bell (206-F-82) of Osaka Evessa. Bell had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds. Of course Osaka Evessa cruised to a 88-77 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Oita H.Devils (#8, 20-29). Osaka Evessa's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 21-26 record. Bell is a newcomer at Osaka Evessa, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Anthony McHenry (202-SF-83) of league's top team Okinawa GK. McHenry scored 24 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Okinawa GK, leading his team to a 96-63 easy win against the lower-ranked Gunma (#11, 12-35). Okinawa GK confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 37 victories and 10 lost games. McHenry has a very solid season. In 45 games in Japan he scored 15.7ppg. He also has 9.6rpg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 58.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Thomas Granado (208-C-88) of Oita H.Devils - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Wayne Arnold (193-G-84) of Shiga L-Stars - 36 points and 5 rebounds
6. T.J. Cummings (205-F-81) of Sendai 89ers - 26 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Kevin Galloway (200-PG-88) of Hamamatsu P. - 21 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Sam Willard (205-F-88) of Sendai 89ers - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Reggie Okosa (208-F/C-80) of Iwate Big Bulls - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Marcus Cousin (211-C-86) of Kyoto Hannar. - 14 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists

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



BJ League Round 52: Leader Niigata Albirex loses to Akita Happinets - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in BJ League is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Niigata Albirex (32-16) recorded its sixteenth loss on the court of fifth ranked Akita Happinets on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Akita Happinets 65-62. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 65-62. American forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Akita Happinets' coach Kazuo Nakamura used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds for lost side. Akita Happinets maintains fifth position with 24-24 record, which they share with Chiba Jets. Niigata Albirex at the other side still keeps top place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Toyama Grouses and Yokohama BC. Akita Happinets is looking forward to face higher ranked Shiga L-Stars (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Niigata Albirex will play against Osaka Evessa and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Toyama. Third ranked Yokohama BC faced their biggest opponent Toyama Grouses. Guests from Yokohama (32-16) smashed host Toyama Grouses (32-16) 96-72. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Toyama Grouses. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of Senegalese center Pape Faye (200-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. Masayuki Kabaya contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Jeremy Jacob (203-87, college: Oregon) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for Toyama Grouses. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Yokohama BC keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Niigata Albirex and Toyama Grouses. Yokohama BC will play against Chiba Jets (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Toyama Grouses will play against Oita Heat Devils (#8) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Leader Okinawa GK delivered the 38th victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 11th ranked Gunma (12-36) 98-72. Worth to mention a quality performance of Terrance Woodbury who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side Dominique Keller responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Okinawa GK have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 38-10 record. Gunma lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh place with 36 games lost. Okinawa GK will meet Tokyo Cinq R. (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gunma will play against Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa and hope to secure a win.
The game in Sendai was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Chiba Jets (24-24) played at the court of 7th ranked Sendai 89ers (19-29). Chiba Jets managed to secure a 7-point victory 99-92. The winners were led by Marquin Chandler who had that evening a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Chiba Jets moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Akita NH. Sendai 89ers at the other side keep the seventh position with 29 games lost. Chiba Jets' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Yokohama BC on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Sendai 89ers will play against Shinshu BW (#9) in Nagano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Mikawa was also quite interesting. Second ranked Fukuoka Rizing (33-17) played at the court of 6th ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (26-22). Fukuoka Rizing managed to secure a 9-point victory 60-51 on Sunday. Reginald Warren fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Fukuoka Rizing maintains second position with 33-17 record having just -3 point less than leader Okinawa GK. Loser Hamamatsu Phoenix keeps the sixth place with 22 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play on the road against Gunma (#11).

Rest of the games of round 52 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Takamatsu FA were defeated by Kyoto Hannar. in a road game 74-71. Saitama Bron. smashed Tokyo Cinq R. at home 122-100. Iwate Big Bulls won against Shinshu BW on the opponent's court 95-83. Osaka Evessa managed to outperform Oita H.Devils in a home game 107-94. Shiga L-Stars managed to beat Miyazaki SS on the road 77-68.
The best stats of 52th round was 19 points, 22 rebounds and 7 assists by Sam Willard of Sendai 89ers.


Okinawa GK - Gunma 98-72

Leader Okinawa GK delivered the 38th victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 11th ranked Gunma (12-36) 98-72. The game was mostly controlled by Okinawa GK. Gunma managed to win fourth quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okinawa GK dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Gunma's 38. Worth to mention a quality performance of American swingman Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) who added 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side American forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and Vincentian center Nyika Williams (203-87, college: Pacific) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Okinawa GK have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 38-10 record. Gunma lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh place with 36 games lost. Okinawa GK will meet Tokyo Cinq R. (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gunma will play against Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Gunma: N.Williams 15+6reb, D.Keller 15+14reb+1ast, J.Dixon 11+4reb+4ast, S.Okada 10+5reb+2ast, L.Witcher 7+5reb, Y.Okumoto 6+1reb
Okinawa GK: T.Woodbury 28+11reb+2ast, A.McHenry 18+12reb+4ast, D.Larkai 17+4reb+1ast, N.Kosuge 13+3reb+1ast, T.Yonamine 7+1reb+1ast, R.Kishimoto 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200919


Kyoto Hannar. - Takamatsu FA 74-71

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (19-31) was edged on the road by fifth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (27-21) 74-71 on Sunday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego) fired a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American guard Masaharu Kataoka (190-85) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. American swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) produced 25 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Robert Johnson (203-81, college: Oregon) added 18 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Kyoto Hannar. maintains fifth position with 27-21 record. Takamatsu FA lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 31 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will face again Takamatsu FA (#9) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: D.Lyons 25+8reb+2ast, R.Johnson 18+12reb+1ast, B.Penn 11+3reb+1ast, Y.Kishimoto 7+3reb+4ast, H.Kikuchi 5+3reb+1ast, D.Tamura 5+2reb
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Kataoka 16+5reb+3ast, Y.Okada 14+3reb+2ast, M.Cousin 13+4reb+1ast, L.Pomare 11+12reb+1ast, R.Inagaki 10+2reb+1ast, J.Boyette 9+5reb+4ast
gschID: 200916


Saitama Bron. - Tokyo Cinq R. 122-100

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Saitama Broncos (14-34) smashed at home 8th ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (17-31) 122-100 on Sunday. The game without a history. Saitama Broncos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Saitama Broncos forced 25 Tokyo Cinq R. turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Guard Yuki Kitamuki (184-85) fired a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 assists for the winners. American swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 28 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Five Saitama Broncos players scored in double figures. American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) produced a double-double by scoring 32 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals and guard Cohey Aoki (167-80) added 30 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Saitama Broncos maintains tenth position with 14-34 record. Loser Tokyo Cinq R. keeps the eighth place with 31 games lost. Saitama Broncos will face higher ranked Shimane Magic (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Cinq R.: R.Woods 32+13reb+8ast, C.Aoki 30+2reb+5ast, J.Carter 12+13reb, J.Jones 9+7reb+2ast, H.Takada 7+3reb+4ast, A.Inoue 5+2reb+1ast
Saitama Bron.: Y.Kitamuki 31+3reb+11ast, J.Humphrey 28+7reb+8ast, M.Haraguchi 16+5reb+2ast, T.Yamashiro 15+9reb, W.Oliver 14+7reb+2ast, Y.Nobihura 12+2reb+2ast
gschID: 200914


Shinshu BW - Iwate Big Bulls 83-95

Very expected game in Nagano where 9th ranked Shinshu BW (16-32) was defeated by fourth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (31-17) 95-83 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-83. Iwate Big Bulls looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech) chipped in 20 points and 6 assists. American power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas) added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Four Iwate Big Bulls and five Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. Iwate Big Bulls have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Shimane SM. Shinshu BW lost thirteenth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 32 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will face Miyazaki Shining Suns (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shinshu BW will play against Sendai 89ers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: M.Fey 16+8reb+1ast, E.Morris 14+8reb+1ast, J.Green 13+7reb+4ast, S.Yosuke 11+3reb+4ast, T.Saito 10+2reb+5ast, E.Walton 9+5reb+1ast
Iwate Big Bulls: R.Okosa 23+18reb+5ast, C.Dixon 20+4reb+6ast, D.Sneed 16+5reb, K.Takahashi 13+3reb+10ast, T.Masato 10+2reb+2ast, N.Takushi 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 200913


Akita NH - Niigata Albirex 65-62

Top ranked Niigata Albirex (32-16) recorded its sixteenth loss on the court of fifth ranked Akita Happinets on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Akita Happinets 65-62. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 65-62. American forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Akita Happinets' coach Kazuo Nakamura used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) added 9 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Akita Happinets maintains fifth position with 24-24 record, which they share with Chiba Jets. Niigata Albirex at the other side still keeps top place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Toyama Grouses and Yokohama BC. Akita Happinets is looking forward to face higher ranked Shiga L-Stars (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Niigata Albirex will play against Osaka Evessa and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: H.Kondo 17+1reb+2ast, C.Holm 14+16reb+2ast, R.Webb 9+12reb+1ast, N.Murry 9+6reb+1ast, K.Sato 7+3reb, Y.Ikeda 4+2reb+2ast
Akita NH: M.Brown 26+13reb+3ast, Y.Togashi 16+4reb+4ast, D.Harris 7+6reb, M.Anderson 6+2reb, S.Taguchi 5+3reb+1ast, K.Shoji 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 200910


Osaka Evessa - Oita H.Devils 107-94

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Osaka Evessa's (22-26) home victory over 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (20-30) 107-94 on Sunday. Osaka Evessa made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Oita Heat Devils were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. point guard Shun Watanuki (178-87) chipped in 13 points and 8 assists. Guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) produced 23 points and 7 assists and Nigerian-American forward P.J. Alawoya (203-88, college: McNeese St.) added 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Osaka Evessa and four Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. Osaka Evessa maintains seventh position with 22-26 record. Loser Oita Heat Devils keep the eighth place with 30 games lost. Osaka Evessa will face league's leader Niigata Albirex on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Oita Heat Devils will play against Toyama Grouses (#3).
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: T.Shimizu 23+2reb+7ast, P.Alawoya 18+9reb+4ast, T.Granado 15+4reb+2ast, V.Jones III 15+8reb+7ast, S.Umemiya 10, A.Coimbra 9+4reb+1ast
Osaka Evessa: M.Bell 24+12reb+6ast, N.Walkup 22+1reb, S.Konno 14+3reb+6ast, S.Watanuki 13+2reb+8ast, D.Lathan 13+3reb+1ast, R.Rickert 10+11reb+2ast
gschID: 200917


Sendai 89ers - Chiba Jets 92-99

The game in Sendai was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Chiba Jets (24-24) played at the court of 7th ranked Sendai 89ers (19-29). Chiba Jets managed to secure a 7-point victory 99-92. Chiba Jets made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. The winners were led by American forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Reina Itakura (194-81) supported him with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 19 points, 22 rebounds and 7 assists by American forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) did not help to save the game for Sendai 89ers. His fellow American import forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) added 24 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Chiba Jets moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Akita NH. Sendai 89ers at the other side keep the seventh position with 29 games lost. Chiba Jets' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Yokohama BC on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Sendai 89ers will play against Shinshu BW (#9) in Nagano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: T.Cummings 24+6reb+1ast, S.Willard 19+22reb+7ast, M.Hargrow 16+1reb+1ast, T.Komoda 10+3reb+3ast, T.Shimura 8+4reb+6ast, H.Kusaka 5+2reb+3ast
Chiba Jets: M.Chandler 36+11reb+4ast, D.Bell 21+2reb+1ast, R.Itakura 12+9reb+3ast, M.Gray 10+11reb+2ast, S.Isshiki 8+5reb+3ast, H.Sato 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200911


Hamamatsu P. - Fukuoka Rizing 51-60

The game in Mikawa was also quite interesting. Second ranked Fukuoka Rizing (33-17) played at the court of 6th ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (26-22). Fukuoka Rizing managed to secure a 9-point victory 60-51 on Sunday. American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. The other American import forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. American point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and the former international center Atsuya Ohta (206-84) added 12 points and 15 rebounds respectively for lost side. Fukuoka Rizing maintains second position with 33-17 record having just -3 point less than leader Okinawa GK. Loser Hamamatsu Phoenix keeps the sixth place with 22 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play on the road against Gunma (#11).
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: K.Galloway 15+14reb+2ast, A.Ohta 12+15reb+2ast, O.Shinnosuke 10+1ast, J.Parmer 9+3reb+2ast, M.Ohguchi 3+2reb+3ast, E.Fuqua 2+9reb
Fukuoka Rizing: R.Warren 20+13reb, J.Peppers 14+11reb+2ast, J.Ashby 12+12reb+1ast, A.Takeno 6+2reb+1ast, J.Nakanishi 3+1reb, S.Ishitani 2+1reb
gschID: 200915


Miyazaki SS - Shiga L-Stars 68-77

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (9-41) were defeated at home by fourth ranked Shiga L-Stars (30-18) 77-68 on Sunday. American power forward Shelton Colwell (202-80, college: Missouri St.) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Junpei Nakama (193-83) chipped in 20 points. Four Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures. American power forward Thomas Fairley (206-82, college: Lamar) produced 9 points and 15 rebounds and Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Miyazaki Shining Suns' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shiga L-Stars have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 30-18 record. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 41 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will face Akita Happinets (#5) at home in the next round. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Iwate Big Bulls (#4).
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: H.Otsuka 14+1reb+3ast, A.Kuso 14+9reb+3ast, Y.Kojima 9+3reb+2ast, T.Fairley 9+15reb+2ast, Y.Fukumizu 8, K.Ito 6+3reb+6ast
Shiga L-Stars: J.Nakama 20+4reb+3ast, S.Colwell 19+15reb+1ast, W.Arnold 14+10reb+1ast, B.Yokoe 13+2reb, Y.Inoue 6+3reb+1ast, D.Terashita 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 200918


Toyama Grouses - Yokohama BC 72-96

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Toyama. Third ranked Yokohama BC faced their biggest opponent Toyama Grouses. Guests from Yokohama (32-16) smashed host Toyama Grouses (32-16) 96-72. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Toyama Grouses. It was a key game for the top position in the league. They outrebounded Toyama Grouses 48-29 including 18 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Senegalese center Pape Faye (200-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. Swingman Masayuki Kabaya (183-82) contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. American forward Jeremy Jacob (203-87, college: Oregon) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import