EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/16/2013 4:04:00 AM

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  ALGERIA   


Standings

D1 Standings
Places 1-8
 1. GS Petroliers 6-0 
 2. CSMC 5-1 
 3. CRB Dar El-B. 4-2 
 4. US Setif 4-2 
 5. Staoueli 2-4 
 6. USM Blida 2-4 
 7. WA Boufarik 1-5 
 8. Arreridj 0-6 
Places 9-20
 1. CSMB 10-4 
 2. USM Alger 8-8 
 3. Skikda 8-8 
 4. O Batna 8-8 
 5. Trefle BB Blida 8-10 
 6. NAH Dey 7-8 
 7. COBB 5-11 
 8. MS Cherchell 5-12 
 9. Sidi-bel-Abbes 4-14 
 10. CR Bir Khadem 3-14 
 11. CRB Temouch. 1-15 
 12. Annaba 0-15 
Stage One Standings


D1 Round 6: USS is upset by CRB Dar El-B. - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Setif between third ranked USS (4-2) and fourth ranked CRB Dar El-B. (4-2) on Friday night. USS was defeated by CRB Dar El-B. at home 80-64. CRB Dar El-B. moved-up to third place, which they share with US Setif.
WA Boufarik can celebrate finally their first win this season after five consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Arreridj (0-6) 76-55. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. WA Boufarik (1-5) left bottom position moving up to seventh place. It was Arreridj's sixth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with six games lost.
Undefeated leader GS Petroliers delivered the sixth consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked USMB (2-4) 90-69 in Blida. Undefeated GS Petroliers (6-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row. Newly promoted USMB dropped to the fifth place with four games lost. They share the position with Staoueli.
The game in Staoueli was also worth to mention about. Second ranked CSMC (5-1) played at the court of 5th ranked Staoueli (2-4). CSMC defeated Staoueli 82-66. CSMC have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 5-1 record having thirteen points less than leader GS Petroliers. Staoueli at the other side keeps the fifth place with four games lost.


USM Blida - GS Petroliers 69-90

Undefeated leader GS Petroliers delivered the sixth consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked USMB (2-4) 90-69 in Blida. GS Petroliers (6-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row. Newly promoted USMB dropped to the fifth place with four games lost. They share the position with Staoueli.
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WA Boufarik - Arreridj 76-55

WA Boufarik can celebrate finally their first win this season after five consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Arreridj (0-6) 76-55. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. WA Boufarik (1-5) left bottom position moving up to seventh place. It was Arreridj's sixth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with six games lost.
gschID: 239204


Staoueli - CSMC 66-82

The game in Staoueli was also worth to mention about. Second ranked CSMC (5-1) played at the court of 5th ranked Staoueli (2-4). CSMC defeated Staoueli 82-66. CSMC have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 5-1 record having thirteen points less than leader GS Petroliers. Staoueli at the other side keeps the fifth place with four games lost.
gschID: 239203


US Setif - CRB Dar El-B. 64-80

The most important game in the last round took place in Setif between third ranked USS (4-2) and fourth ranked CRB Dar El-B. (4-2) on Friday night. USS was defeated by CRB Dar El-B. at home 80-64. CRB Dar El-B. moved-up to third place, which they share with US Setif.
gschID: 239202



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  ANGOLA   


Tresore Quidome grabs the title abroad - by Eurobasket News

Tresore Quidome (192-G-80) grabs the title abroad as his Swiss Union Neuchatel edged SAM Massagno 89:85. Union Neuchatel became the new Swiss Cup champions. Jules Aw stepped up with 24 points to lead the winning side. Tresore Quidome scored 8 for the winners.
Union Neuchatel strongly started the game. They accumulated a 20:13 lead after ten minutes of action. SAM Massagno adjusted offensively in the second period. They fired 24 points to cut the distance to just 3 points at halftime 40:37. But Union Neuchatel answered with a rally of their own in the third term. They exploded with 26 points to gain a 12-point cushion before the fourth frame 66:54. SAM Massagno went on a desperate rescue run in the final quarter pouring in 31 points but it was not enough at the end. Union Neuchatel stayed calm and secured the win in the dying minutes. Ray Reese had 18 points, while Quinton Day posted 14 points for the winning team. Clint Chapman answered with 27 points for SAM Massagno. Kevin Anderson had 22 points in the loss.



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  APBL   


NYC 524 wins the 2013 APBL championship - by Gianni Pascucci

The team named New York City 524 captured The American Professional Basketball League title over the past weekend in New York. In Final Game, New York City 524 beat The The Rockville Victors 118-116. The Victors were on 17 game winning streak including the playoffs. New York City 524 shot out to an early 38-26 lead in the first quarter. By halftime The The Rockville Victors were up 62-59 at the half. By the 3rd quarter The Victors were up 99-90, but New York City 524 used their low post game to come back and take a 4th quarter lead with under 2 minutes left. New York City 524 would go on to win the game 118-116.
New York City 524 has captured their first major minor league championship. Throughout the season the team has been a soap opera that has been almost entertaining and disappointing to watch at times from on court arguing to after game altercations to momentous deconstruction of winning teams. The team is complied of street ball veterans James Williams (6'8''-F/C-80, college: UMKC), Kurt Cuffy (6'7''-F/C), Perry Wilkes (G-80) and Finals MVP Aaron Collins (6'0''-G). Collins who had 32 points 8 rebounds and 5 assists in New York City 524 victory. Starting point guard John Hawthorne (G) had a double double with 12 points and 12 assists while role players Durell Watson, Floyd Potts, Arnell Milton (6'0''-G-80), Duke Perry (6'8''-F/C), Keshaun Lamatz (G), and Brian Graham (6'4''-G-83, college: Point Loma) provided off the bench scoring, defense, and support.
Throughout their playoff run New York City 524 played some really close and hard fought games. They opened up the first round against the Roman Perez (6'1''-G-86, college: City Tech) led NYC Jaguars beating them in a hard fought battle. Then they hosted the cinderella Manhattan Pride who were up 20 on New York City 524 before collapsing in the 2nd half and losing. Then came the battle versus The Palmieri Jeans Destroyers and league MVP Fahreed Cheatham (6'5''-F-79, college: Lincoln, PA). New York City 524 held MVP Fahreed Cheatham to 8 points with Finals MVP Aaron Collins locking him up all game. And then came the finals where 524 would capture their first title over Rockville.

The amazing part is that New York City 524 did this all with no practice, no tryouts or recruitment of players. This was a collection of New York City street ball guys who battle each other year in and year out. This was the brain child of Brian Graham who started a street ball team 11 years ago in Hoopland and named it after his birthday. Floyd Potts was 524 first team member along with Graham and has been with team from the beginning all the way to winning The APBL championship. For Brian Graham this has been a long journey to win a championship and now he can finally say he is a champion.



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  ARGENTINA   


Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) had 26 points and 15 rebounds as Phoenix snapped a franchise-record seven-game home losing streak - by Eurobasket News

The Phoenix Suns finally got another victory at home - in their last chance of the season. Luis Scola had 26 points and 15 rebounds, Goran Dragic added 21 points and 14 assists and Phoenix snapped a franchise-record seven-game home losing streak with a 119-112 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday night in the Suns' final home game. Markieff Morris had 20 points and had career highs of six blocked shots and five steals for the Suns, who despite the victory finished with the second-worst home record in club history. P.J. Tucker added 21 points for the balanced Phoenix offense, which went small without a true center all night. Dragic, who played part of the third and all of the fourth quarter with a bandage over his left eye after a cut that required three stitches, called it his team's most complete game of the season. "Everybody was involved, everybody was making shots," Dragic said. " (Markieff), he was amazing. He was blocking every shot almost. On defense, we were talking and we played well. If we would play like this earlier, for sure we would be close to the playoffs." Suns interim coach Lindsey Hunter, who doesn't know if he'll be back next season, liked the effort for the home finale. "Hopefully these list couple of games is an indication of some things that we got better at," he said. "We didn't get to where we wanted to, but I think that we got better in a lot of different ways." Carlos Delfino points scored 22, including 6 of 9 3-pointers, and Jeremy Lin 20 for the Rockets, who fell a game behind Golden State for the No. 6 playoff spot in the West. The Rockets are a game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers for the No. 7 spot. Houston finishes its regular season at the Lakers on Wednesday night. "We never had any kind of control of this game at all," Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. " They had control of it all night. We made a couple of runs where we thought we would be OK. In the second quarter, we had a couple of things where I thought we could back in the game. We played very poorly. We had bad shot selection, we missed some shots, they posted us up, they got everything they wanted and we couldn't stop them defensively. "We are going to play a very determined L.A. team. We have to play well." James Harden managed just 15 points on 5-for-18 shooting, 0 for 7 from 3-point range. That's 10.5 points below his season average. "I think that has been one of our problems all season - focus," Lin said. "It usually comes with a younger team. At this point of the season, it is really not an excuse. Every game means so much. We are talking about playoff seeding. We are talking about matchups and things that are more important than anything we played for all season." Despite the victory, Phoenix finished with its second-worst home record in franchise history at 17-24. With one game to go, the Suns are 25-56 and guaranteed the second-worst record in team history. Only the 16-66 inaugural season of 1968-69 was worse. "We all know it was a rough year," Scola said, "but I wish the year would have 100 games left so we could turn this around. The day we finish the year we can start thinking about next season and I'm looking forward to that." Houston never caught the Suns in the second half, cutting it to 75-71 on Omer Asik's dunk with 8:03 left in the third. Phoenix had its highest-scoring quarter of a season with 39 in the first and their highest-scoring half in building a 67-61 lead at the break. The Suns stretched it to as much as a 12-point lead late in the third and were up 90-83 entering the fourth. Houston kept it to single-digits most of the fourth with Patrick Beverley's 3-pointer cutting the lead to 103-101 with 6:20 to go. But two baskets by Morris and a driving layup by Dragic made it 109-101. The Rockets never got closer than five again. Dragic scored six and Wesley Johnson five in a 13-2 run that put the Suns up 35-23 with 1:47 left in the first. But with Harden on the bench, the Rockets rallied in the second quarter with a 7-0 spurt. Delfino sank a 3, then James Anderson dunked and Greg Smith scored inside, putting Houston up 52-50 with 6:05 left in the half. Phoenix regained the lead 56-55 on a fastbreak basket by Jared Dudley, after a behind-the-back assist from Dragic, 2:51 before halftime. It was part of a 15-2 outburst that made it 65-57 on Tucker's layup. Courtesy of: usatoday.com


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  AUSTRIA   

Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Klosterneub. 21-9 
 2. BC Vienna 21-9 
 3. Kapfenberg 20-10 
 4. Wels 18-10 
 5. Oberwart 18-12 
 6. Gmunden 18-12 
 7. Gussing 14-16 
 8. Furstenfeld 11-17 
 9. UBSC Graz 11-17 
 10. Arkadia 4-24 
 11. St.Polten 4-24 

Quarter-Finals: Round 2

Apr. 14: Kapfenberg - Gussing 84-61
Apr. 14: Klosterneub. - Furstenfeld 81-61
Apr. 14: BC Vienna - Wels 78-77
Apr. 14: Oberwart - Gmunden 76-71

Quarter-Finals: Round 3

Apr. 18: BC Vienna - Furstenfeld
Apr. 18: Klosterneub. - Wels
Apr. 18: Oberwart - Gmunden
Apr. 18: Kapfenberg - Gussing



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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

Premier League Standings
 1. Al Manama 15-2 
 2. Al Ahli 14-3 
 3. Muharraq 14-3 
 4. Al Hala 12-5 
 5. Sitra 12-5 
 6. Issa Town 9-8 
 7. Nuwaidrat 9-8 
 8. Hidd 6-11 
 9. Bahrain Club 5-12 
 10. Al Najma 3-14 
 11. Al Ittihad 3-14 
 12. Samaheej 0-17 

Regular Season: Round 17

Apr. 13: Sitra - Al Najma 77-61
Apr. 14: Al Manama - Hidd 74-61
Apr. 15: Al Ahli - Samaheej 73-55
Apr. 14: Bahrain Club - Muharraq 68-92
Apr. 15: Al Ittihad - Al Hala 65-70
Apr. 13: Issa Town - Nuwaidrat 63-69

Regular Season: Round 18

Apr. 17: Nuwaidrat - Sitra
Apr. 17: Hidd - Muharraq
Apr. 18: Al Najma - Al Ahli
Apr. 18: Al Manama - Issa Town
Apr. 19: Al Hala - Bahrain Club
Apr. 19: Al Ittihad - Samaheej


Premier League Round 17: Leader Al Manama gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

Leader Al Manama delivered the fifteenth win on Sunday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Hidd (6-11) 74-61. Al Manama (15-2) have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place. Newly promoted Hidd keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Al Manama are looking forward to face Issa Town (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hidd will play against Muharraq in Al Muharraq and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Bottom-ranked Samaheej (0-17) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 73-55 loss to third ranked Al Ahli (14-3) in Manama. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Al Ahli moved-up to second place, which they share with Muharraq. Samaheej lost their seventeenth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings. Al Ahli's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manama to the arena Al Najma.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Manama. Local Bahrain Club (5-12) was outscored by third ranked Muharraq (14-3) 92-68 on Sunday night. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Muharraq. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Al Ahli. Bahrain Club at the other side keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Muharraq will meet Hidd (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Bahrain Club will play against Al Hala in Muharraq and hope to secure a win.

Other games of round 17 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Al Hala defeated Al Ittihad in Muharraq 70-65. Sitra beat Al Najma at home 77-61. Nuwaidrat won against Issa Town on the opponent's court 69-63.


Al Ittihad - Al Hala 65-70

There was no surprise in Manama where 10th ranked Al Ittihad (3-14) was defeated by fifth ranked Al Hala (12-5) 70-65 on Monday. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sitra. Al Ittihad lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Al Najma. Al Hala will meet at home Bahrain Club (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Al Ittihad's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Manama Samaheej.
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Al Ahli - Samaheej 73-55

Bottom-ranked Samaheej (0-17) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 73-55 loss to third ranked Al Ahli (14-3) in Manama. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Al Ahli moved-up to second place, which they share with Muharraq. Samaheej lost their seventeenth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings. Al Ahli's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manama to the arena Al Najma.
gschID: 237552


Al Manama - Hidd 74-61

Leader Al Manama delivered the fifteenth win on Sunday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Hidd (6-11) 74-61. Al Manama (15-2) have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place. Newly promoted Hidd keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Al Manama are looking forward to face Issa Town (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hidd will play against Muharraq in Al Muharraq and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
gschID: 237551


Bahrain Club - Muharraq 68-92

The game with biggest result difference took place in Manama. Local Bahrain Club (5-12) was outscored by third ranked Muharraq (14-3) 92-68 on Sunday night. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Muharraq. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Al Ahli. Bahrain Club at the other side keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Muharraq will meet Hidd (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Bahrain Club will play against Al Hala in Muharraq and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 237550


Sitra - Al Najma 77-61

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Sitra (12-5) defeated at home 10th ranked Al Najma (3-14) 77-61 on Saturday. Sitra moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Al Hala. Al Najma lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Al Ittihad. Sitra will meet Nuwaidrat (#7) on the road in the next round. Al Najma will play against the league's second-placed Al Ahli in Manama and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 237549


Issa Town - Nuwaidrat 63-69

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 6th ranked Issa Town (9-8) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Nuwaidrat (9-8) 69-63 on Saturday. Nuwaidrat moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Issa Town. Nuwaidrat will meet at home higher ranked Sitra (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Issa Town will play against the league's leader Al Manama and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 237548



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division II

Division II Standings
 1. Houthalen 22-7 
 2. Gembo BBC 21-7 
 3. Kangor.-Boom 21-7 
 4. CEP Fleurus 17-11 
 5. Waregem 16-12 
 6. Sint-Jan Ant. 16-12 
 7. St-Niklase 16-12 
 8. Tongeren 14-15 
 9. Gent Dragons 13-15 
 10. Excelsior 12-15 
 11. Sprimont 12-16 
 12. M.Hainaut II 12-16 
 13. Oudenaarde 10-18 
 14. Essor Charleroi 4-23 
 15. Giants II 4-24 

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 12: CEP Fleurus - Houthalen 98-92
Apr. 14: Excelsior - Sint-Jan Ant. 95-74
Apr. 13: Tongeren - Essor Charleroi 94-78
Apr. 14: Oudenaarde - St-Niklase 82-79
Apr. 12: M.Hainaut II - Gembo BBC 81-99
Apr. 14: Giants II - Kangor.-Boom 76-82
Apr. 13: Gent Dragons - Point Chaud 73-83



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  BOSNIA   

D1 Stats Leaders

LIGA 12 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Tuljkovic, Timisoara 23.8
2 Bakovic, Posusje 22.6
3 Lalovic, Zrinjski. 20.5
4 Filipovic, Vogosca 19.9
5 Hadzifejzovi., Kak. 17.3
6 Hot, Vogosca 17.3
7 Bijelic, Mladost 17.1
8 Bjelica, Capljina 16.3
9 Aleksic, Leotar 16
10 Peljto, Spars S. 15.9

Rebounds Per Game
1 Tuljkovic, Timisoara 9.4
2 Josilo, Radnik B. 8.5
3 Lalovic, Zrinjski. 8.3
4 Goranovic, Radnik B. 7.6
5 Pavlovic, Borac N. 7
6 Damjanovic, Servitium 6.9
7 Hadzifejzovi., Kak. 6.8
8 Rizvic, Bosna 6.8
9 Bijelic, Mladost 6.3
10 Erkic, Radnik B. 5.9

Assists Per Game
1 Hot, Vogosca 7.1
2 Peljto, Spars S. 6.2
3 Hodzic, Bosna 5
4 Kovacevic, Capljina 4.8
5 Bakovic, Posusje 4.7
6 Radovanovic, Radnik B. 4.7
7 Ivanic, Mladost 4.3
8 Bjelica, Capljina 4.3
9 Kastratovic, Varda H. 3.8
10 Damjanovic, Servitium 3.5

Steals Per Game
1 Hot, Vogosca 2.6
2 Lovric, Posusje 2.4
3 Kovacevic, Capljina 2.3
4 Bjelica, Capljina 2
5 Knezevic, Mladost 1.6
6 Hodzic, Bosna 1.6
7 Kastratovic, Varda H. 1.5
8 Borovcanin, Radnik B. 1.5
9 Peljto, Spars S. 1.5
10 Erkic, Radnik B. 1.4

Blocks Per Game
1 Bijelic, Mladost 1.3
2 Suljagic, Bosna 0.8
3 Mustapic, Posusje 0.6
4 Djuranovic, Borac N. 0.5
5 Loncarevic, Radnik B. 0.5
6 Buza, Bosna 0.5
7 Erkic, Radnik B. 0.5
8 Popovic, Capljina 0.5
9 Velimirovic, Mladost 0.4
10 Karamatic, Capljina 0.4



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 Tuesday at 17:00 in KSC "Amel Beckovic", Vogosca.

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.



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  BOTSWANA   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Saints 2-0 
 2. Spartans 1-0 
 3. Troopers 1-0 
 4. Flames 1-0 
 5. Police 1-1 
 6. Cadets 1-1 
 7. BDF V 1-1 
 8. Splinters 1-1 
 9. Bullets 1-1 
 10. Dolphins 0-2 


Botswana Basketball League moving at a quick pace - by Peter Ubakar

This past weekend saw the Botswana Basketball league games taking place at the Botho College courts in which BC Saints played against Diamond Bullets and that gamed ended in favour of BC saints with a score of 72-70. In the next game Police took on Flames and lost 57-38. The games have been moving on a t a quick pace as teams are beginning to vie for postions in the league with moe exciting encouters to come.


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  BRAZIL   


Fred Varejinho got all-American honorable mention - by Paulo Freire

Northeastern A&M College forward Frederico Brito (197-G/F), most knowing as Varejinho earned National Junior College Athletic Association basketball all-American honorable mention recognition recently.
Fred (6-5, 230 from Rio de Janerio, Brazil) led the Golden Norsemen to an 18-14 season record while earning first team all-Region 2 and all-Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference honors.
While setting an NEO school modern-day record with 26 double-double games, Santos led the Golden Norse with a 12.5 rebounding average. He ranked second on the team with a 14.3 scoring average while posting 39 assists, 18 steals and three blocked shots. Santos also led the Norsemen by connecting on 159 of 234 field goals for 68 percent.



Pablo Espinoza join Macae - by Paulo Freire

The CD Macae Sports basketball team has agreed terms with Pablo Espinoza (200-F-87) from Argentina.
The new player join the team for the rest of the Brazil Cup.
Espinoza is a forward player that was playing at the Obras Sanitarias, he also played for quilmes and Atletico Argentino Junin.
At CD Macae Sports he will debut against the Fluminense tomorrow night.
CD Macae Sports who is coach by Leo Costa has been playing terrific on the Brazil Cup.



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Romain Minott & Franklin Penn Jr. To Clash For BD Basketball Championship - by David Edole

Franklin Penn Jr. and Romain Minnot, two players vying for MVP honours will look to will their respective teams when District 2 and Qwomar Trading's District 5 play for the BD Basketball 14-16 divisional championship at the Multipurpose Sports Complex on Saturday, April 20.

District 2 stretched their unbeaten win streak to 7 and booked their place in the championship game by defeating District 3 in a closely fought playoff game that ignited emotions at the sports complex yesterday, April 13.

Minnot showed great poise down the stretch and ended with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals in District 2's 35-32 point victory.

District 3 had chances to snatch the game, but center, Rellando Rogers came up short on a free throw that would have tied the game and a game-tying three-pointer with a few ticks on the clock was missed.

For District 2, D'moi Hodge finished with 10 points, 2 rebounds and 1 block, while Noel Maxwell added 7 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist.

District 3's top scorer was Rodgers with 9 points and 7 rebounds. Damian Hooper finished with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal; and Akeem Nibbs added 5 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 assists.

Qwomar Trading's District 5 will get the chance to end the District 2 streak and win the championship. District 5 clinched a championship berth by defeating Virgin Gorda's District 9, 33-28.

At half-time, District 4 appeared to be coasting along with a 20-9 lead, but a 11 point fourth quarter burst by District 9 brought life into the game.

District 4 only managed 3 points in the final quarter as players appeared frustrated against the District 9 full-court press and aggressive defense.

During the stretch, Penn received a technical foul for indecent language and was benched by coach Morris Wattley. He later returned to see District 5 safely through to the championship round.

Penn finished with 11 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal and 4 assists, while support came from Terique Wattley who added 9 points, including three three-pointers. Wattley also had 2 steals and 2 assists.

District 9's Kimron telemaque produced 14 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal and 2 assists; and Stephon Caul had 6 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block, 4 steals and 2 assists.

The BD District King League will conclude on Saturday and will also see other divisional championship being decided.

In the 11-13 division, District 6 will face District 5 and in the 10 and under division, Virgin Gorda Lakers will take on Sea Cows Bay Spurs.



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Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 23-3 
 2. Levski Sofia 22-4 
 3. Balkan 18-8 
 4. Rilski Sportist 16-10 
 5. Tundja Yambol 13-13 
 6. Cherno More 11-15 
 7. Beroe 10-15 
 8. Chernomorets 10-16 
 9. Spartak Pleven 5-20 
 10. U20 1-25 

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 15: Cherno More - U20 90-71
Apr. 15: Lukoil Academik - Balkan 86-87
Apr. 15: Levski Sofia - Tundja Yambol 81-62
Apr. 15: Chernomorets - Rilski Sportist 80-86
Apr. 17: Beroe - Spartak Pleven


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reginald HOLMES
  Beroe
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Holmes, Beroe21.2 
 2. Tyler, Chernomo.19.0 
 3. Durchev, Tundja Y.16.9 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.16.6 
 5. Smith, Rilski S.16.6 
 6. Marinovic, Levski16.5 
 7. Zahariev, Rilski S.15.9 
 8. Marintchechk., Spa.15.8 
 9. Panic, Balkan15.8 
 10. Milosevic, Tundja15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.13.7 
 2. Milosevic, Tundja9.5 
 3. Galiotos, Perister.9.2 
 4. Santos, Balkan9.0 
 5. Vrcelj, Cherno M.7.7 
 6. Ormon, Tundja Y.7.4 
 7. Watkins, Lukoil A.7.3 
 8. Marintchechk., Spa.6.9 
 9. Gugino, Rilski S.6.7 
 10. Agre, Spartak6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Walker, Beroe7.1 
 2. Marinovic, Levski5.7 
 3. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.6 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.5.0 
 5. Velikov, Cherno M.4.7 
 6. Durchev, Tundja Y.4.3 
 7. Rakovic, Chernomo.4.2 
 8. Radionov, Tundja Y.4.0 
 9. Dyakovski, Sparta.3.9 
 10. Massamba, Lukoil3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (187-PG-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.2 
 2. Walker, Beroe2.2 
 3. Green, Spirou2.1 
 4. Gugino, Rilski S.2.0 
 5. Heath, Lukoil A.2.0 
 6. Velikov, Cherno M.1.9 
 7. Kostov, Levski S.1.9 
 8. Mirkovic, Rilski S.1.9 
 9. Zahariev, Rilski S.1.9 
 10. Avramov, Lukoil A.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.3.1 
 2. Hart, Beroe1.4 
 3. Santos, Balkan1.3 
 4. Watkins, Lukoil A.1.3 
 5. Dupree, Rilski S.1.2 
 6. Gugino, Rilski S.0.9 
 7. Banev, Lukoil A.0.9 
 8. Sjekloca, Tundja Y.0.8 
 9. Radev, Beroe0.7 
 10. Zahariev, Rilski0.7 



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Liga Nacional News - by Daniel Valencia

Cipriano Nunez is in serious talks to become the new head coach for Club Deportes Puerto Varas. The leaders of the team expect to participate in Liga Nacional Movistar in the upcoming season.

Nunez was the head coach for CD Universidad de Concepcion from 1996 to 2006. He also coached Club Deportes Lautaro and Deportivo Comunal Ancud. Nunez last coaching job was with Provincial Llanquihue in the 2009 Dimayor season.



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Bilan's 32-point game gives him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old center Miro Bilan (215-C-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for Cedevita and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 32 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Cedevita in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, Second Stage botton-ranked team Alkar Sinj (#8, 0-5) with 60-point margin 135-75. Cedevita maintains the 3rd position in Croatian league. They are still close to the very top. Cedevita would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. It's Bilan's second year at Cedevita and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Miro Bilan averages this season 16.0ppg and 8.0rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Jusuf Nurkic (212-C-94) of league's second-best Zadar. He is Bosnia and Herzegovina-Slovenian center in his first season at Zadar. In the last game Nurkic recorded impressive 19 points and 9 rebounds. Of course he lead Zadar to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Kvarner 2010 (#6, 1-4) 100-65. Zadar's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just one game this Second Stage, while they won 4 matches. Nurkic is one of the most experienced players at Zadar and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Cedevita's star - center Luksa Andric (208-C-85, agency: Beo Basket). Andric scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was another key player of Cedevita, helping his team with a 135-75 easy win against Alkar Sinj (#8, 0-5). Cedevita is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 4-1 record is not that bad... Andric has a very solid season. In 4 games in Croatia he scored 8.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85) of Cibona - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ivan Buva (208-C-91) of Cedevita - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ivan Siriscevic (198-G/F-87) of KK Split - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Filip Kraljevic (212-F-89) of KK Split - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) of KK Split - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Toni Katic (188-PG-92) of KK Split - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Nikola Gaurina (199-G-83) of Alkar Sinj - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 20-6 
 2. AEK 20-9 
 3. Apoel 18-13 
 4. Etha 16-8 
 5. Apollon 10-14 
 6. AEL 6-15 
 7. ENAD 5-17 
 8. Omonia 3-16 


Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Nancy
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Brown, Nancy20.1 
 2. Allen, Omonia18.8 
 3. Aleksic, Monaco17.9 
 4. Pesic, AEL16.6 
 5. Diggs, Barons k.15.3 
 6. Williams, Etha15.1 
 7. Fisher, AEK15.0 
 8. Warren, Apollon14.7 
 9. Maze, Keravnos14.2 
 10. Crocker, Keravnos13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mihajlo PESIC
  AEL
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Pesic, AEL8.6 
 2. Brown, Nancy7.6 
 3. Aleksic, Monaco7.4 
 4. Diggs, Barons k.6.9 
 5. Buljan, Keravnos6.6 
 6. Vaughn, Keravnos6.5 
 7. Jefferson, Boulaz.6.2 
 8. Maras, Etha6.0 
 9. Fisher, AEK5.9 
 10. Kaskiris, ENAD5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Milutin ALEKSIC
  Monaco
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Aleksic, Monaco5.0 
 2. Diggs, Barons k.4.8 
 3. Maze, Keravnos4.1 
 4. Palalas, AEL3.6 
 5. Adegboye, Etha3.3 
 6. Demertzis, Kavala3.3 
 7. Stiggers, Apoel3.3 
 8. Mokongo, Apoel3.0 
 9. Tutt, AEK2.7 
 10. Dixon, AEK2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 2. Hamilton, ENAD2.3 
 3. Diggs, Barons k.2.1 
 4. Poole, Etha1.8 
 5. Stiggers, Apoel1.8 
 6. Brown, Nancy1.7 
 7. Panteli, AEK1.5 
 8. Williams, Etha1.5 
 9. Allen, AEL1.5 
 10. Crocker, Keravnos1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  AEK
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Harrison, AEK2.1 
 2. Jefferson, Boulaz.1.5 
 3. Brown, Nancy1.3 
 4. Baker, Omonia1.2 
 5. Vaughn, Keravnos1.0 
 6. Morrison, Apoel0.9 
 7. Maras, Etha0.8 
 8. Chan, Apoel0.7 
 9. Pesic, AEL0.5 
 10. Sims, Champville0.5 



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Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Colas, Randers24.3 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.21.9 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC21.4 
 4. Walker, Naestved19.8 
 5. Bowlin, Horsens IC19.6 
 6. Delk, Vaerlose19.3 
 7. Funches, Aarhus BC18.6 
 8. Tomko, Etzella18.5 
 9. Waithe, Bakken18.3 
 10. Darboe, Svendborg18.3 
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. Waithe, Bakken8.5 
 6. Doggett, Naestved8.4 
 7. Washington, Svend.8.1 
 8. Moritz, SISU8.0 
 9. Walker, Naestved7.9 
 10. Baker, Vaerlose7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel ORTEGA
  Randers
  (188-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.8
 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.4.1 
 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. Ortega, Randers2.1 
 5. Nielsen, SISU2.1 
 6. Walker, Naestved2.0 
 7. Dennis, SISU1.9 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg1.9 
 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 


Ligaen Round 2 of Finals. Bakken earn second straight win - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Bakken - Svendborg 83-74

Bakken grabbed 2-0 lead over Svendborg in the title series. Svendborg was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Svendborg 51-29 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international center Chris Christoffersen (218-79, college: Oregon) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. The former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. U.S. Virgin Islands power forward Gregory Washington (208-84, college: Hofstra) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and American power forward Donald Rutherford (199-87, college: Catawba) added 17 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Svendborg. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Bakken: C.Christoffersen 19+12reb+1ast, M.Waithe 16+10reb, M.Sahlertz 15+7reb+3ast, N.Iversen 12+13reb+5ast, F.Nielsen 12+1reb+3ast, A.Jakobsen 6+4reb+6ast
Svendborg: G.Washington 19+10reb+1ast, D.Rutherford 17+9reb+2ast, M.Plannthin 13+5reb, K.Gertz 10+1reb, A.Darboe 9+2reb+5ast, M.Mariegaard 3+4ast
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3-4 Place
Horsens IC - Randers 100-72

Horsens IC celebrated the Ligaen Bronze medals. They overcame Randers in the consolation final. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 100-72. Horsens IC dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Randers' 44 and made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Horsens IC forced 24 Randers turnovers. The former international guard Darko Jukic (198-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 5 assists. American center Keane Thomann (211-89, college: Missouri So.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Damian Ocana (198-86) replied with 16 points and 4 assists and power forward Patrick Nielsen (198-88) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Randers. 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.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: D.Jukic 27+4reb+5ast, K.Thomann 25+10reb, S.Bowlin 19+3reb+8ast, D.Friedrich 10+6reb+1ast, F.Rungby 7+4reb+1ast, L.Varga 5+2reb+2ast
Randers: D.Ocana 16+3reb+4ast, P.Nielsen 13+5reb+3ast, M.Ortega 13+2reb+3ast, C.Nielsen 10+5reb+2ast, N.Nielsen 6+8reb, C.Bendtsen 6+4reb+1ast
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Horsens defeats Randers to win Bronze Medal - by Christian Hamborg

Horsens IC managed to take home the bronze medals in Basketligaen by defeating Randers Cimbria Basketball.
Randers Cimbria Basketball started the game best by winning the first period by 26-32 but in the second period Horsens IC recovered and took a 51-50 lead. In the second half Horsens IC dominated every aspect of the game and won 100-72.
Randers Cimbria Basketball was without their leading scorer and rebounder Bonell Colas who was out with an injury.
For the loosing side Spanish forward Damian Ocana (198-F-86) had 16 points and Spanish guard Miguel Ortega (188-PG-91) had 13 points.

For the winners International forward Darko Jukic (198-G-90) had 27 points and 5 assists while American guard Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89, college: Missouri So.) had 19 points, 7 steals and 8 assists and American center Keane Thomann (211-C-89, college: Missouri So.) had 25 points and 10 rebounds.

During the game it was also announced that Horsens IC IC player Frederik Rungby (199-F-93) was voted Young Player of the Year.



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  EBA   

Standings

EBA Standings
Northern Division
 1. N.Y. Wizards 6-1 
 2. Harrisburg H. 5-3 
 3. Westchester D. 3-5 
 4. New Jersey B. 1-0 
 5. N.Y.Primetime 1-2 
Southern Division
 1. Washington M. 3-2 
 2. Maryland B. 3-3 
 3. Bad News B. 3-3 
 4. Richmond R. 0-1 


Stats Leaders

EBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1, Sneed, Bayraiders, 44.3
2, Asbury, Horizon, 23.4
3, Trautman, Horizon, 23.3
4, Cox, Wizards, 21.7
5, Webb, Dutchmen, 21

Rebounds Per Game
1, Cox, Wizards, 12.7
2, Sneed, Bayraiders, 10
3, Washington, Horizon, 9.4
4, Lawley, Wizards, 9.3
5, Daniels, Dutchmen, 8.7

Assists Per Game
1, Sneed, Bayraiders, 10.3
2, Sharpe, Horizon, 8.9
3, Webb, Dutchmen, 5.3
4, Asbury, Horizon, 4.1
5, Byrd, Horizon, 4

Steals Per Game
1, Webb, Dutchmen, 3
2, Sharpe, Horizon, 2.7
3, Asbury, Horizon, 1.9
4, Scott, Wizards, 1.7
5, Trautman, Horizon, 1.5

Blocks Per Game
1, Daniels, Dutchmen, 2.3
2, Washington, Horizon, 2
3, Boone, Horizon, 1.8
4, Asbury, Horizon, 1.3
5, Harris, Horizon, 1.2



GREAT SCOTT Wizards Sweep Weekend Win EBA Championship - by EBA Media

Wizards_FeatureWith a thrilling 118-116 win over the Harrisburg Horizon, the New York Wizards remained undefeated in EBA play for the 2013 season and win the Eastern Basketball Alliance Championship.

I am amazed that a team can travel like that, get out of their car, and put on a show like the Horizon put on, stated Wizards Head Coach Greg Cerillo

I was immediately concerned and knew we were in for a long day in the first quarter of this game, when we gave up 30 points in the quarter. We hold teams to right around 100, thats our thing. (Prior to this game the Wizards gave up an average of 94 PPG. Even in the lone blemish to their season, a loss to a non-league opponent the ABA New Jersey Express, the Wizards gave up 105 points). We were going to have to find another way to win, and we did just that, continued Cerillo.

The Horizon utilized devastating shooting from both Dominique Asbury (26-points ) and Trey Sharpe 26 points (including 4 3-point shots in the fourth quarter) to give the Wizards fits all night long!

The Wizards however, managed to come up with the answers, and it started with 2-time EBA MVP Aubin Scott who finished the game with 29-points after scoring 27 against Westchester the night before. To prove what a money player Aubin is, he scored 13 points in the 4th quarter alone when the game was up for grabs! Wizards' 69 center Ant Cox outplayed every big man thrown at him scoring 25 points and grabbing 13 boards!

Aubin Scott and Ant Cox are two of the best players in minor league basketball period, stated Wizards Head Coach Greg Cerillo I am sure both will draw serious consideration for MVP honors, and truly both should be signed to play overseas immediately.

Cerillo continued, Cox is a big who can shoot from the outside or score inside on anyone. And Aubin just cant be stopped by any one guard, and is the ultimate, team player. I remember one team last season saying that they held Aubin to 33.

What makes the Wizards so unique though is their depth. Unlike many minor league clubs who can bring 3-5 players to the floor, the Wizards are 12 deep. Adding to the Wizards Championship run on Sunday was 2012 Rebounding Champion, 66 Brandon Lawley who finished the game with 17 points and 12 rebounds, former Arkansas guard Eric Ferguson who finished with 19 points, former Iona guard Trinity Fields added 15 points, while former Florida Atlantic star Shavar Richardson contributed 8, shooting 4-4 from the free throw line. Perhaps just as important though may have been the contributions of 67 Tevon McNair, who although hobbled with an ankle injury, provided depth at the bigs when added with 68 Chris Abney who finished with 2-points, 5-rebounds, and 2-blocks.

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Look at the play and the quality of play in the EBA. Its outstanding, continued Cerllo. We set out this year to prove the quality of our league, and this final game for the championship may have done just that! I have carefully watched the Web-sites all season long to judge the quality of play in our geographic area."

Playing more games (if played poorly with poor competition) and having more teams is not always the recipe for success. I think minor league ball will have to continue to improve if we are going to establish credibility to get our players signed for better opportunities. I know league presidents and owners cringe with regular season wins by almost 60-points, and teams making the playoffs and giving up 170+ points. I know all our leagues and league presidents have discussed these issues openly and I look forward to the changes they will make next season. I truly hope we can see leagues come together for an overall championship or tournament to showcase the best of all our teams and players.

Catch up with all your favorite players and teams by visiting the Eastern Basketball Alliance website.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.20.2 
 2. May, Paris-Levallo.19.8 
 3. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.18.8 
 4. Flowers, Kataja18.3 
 5. Dixon, Karsiyaka17.9 
 6. Burtt, Avtodor17.3 
 7. Raivio, Aalstar16.3 
 8. Simmons, Krasnie16.0 
 9. Williams, Paris-.15.5 
 10. Kudrautsau, Tsmok.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.11.6 
 2. Bader, Szolnok9.8 
 3. Elonu, Tofas9.0 
 4. Hill, Hapoel Holon8.2 
 5. May, Paris-Levallo.7.8 
 6. Thomas, Karsiyaka7.7 
 7. Young, Aalstar7.2 
 8. Camara, Gravelines7.1 
 9. Lashkevich, Tsmoki.7.0 
 10. Smith, Krasnie Kr.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.7.0 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.6.4 
 3. Jordan, Telekom5.9 
 4. Dixon, Karsiyaka5.3 
 5. Burtt, Avtodor4.8 
 6. Kudrautsau, Tsmoki.4.7 
 7. Deane, Khimik4.7 
 8. Kramer, EWE B.4.6 
 9. Raivio, Aalstar4.6 
 10. Joyce, EWE Baske.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Flowers, Kataja3.7 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.2.3 
 3. Mandache, Gaz M.1.9 
 4. Miles, Krasnie Kri.1.9 
 5. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.6 
 6. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.1.5 
 7. Smith, Kataja1.5 
 8. Paulding, EWE B.1.4 
 9. Burtt, Avtodor1.3 
 10. Dundjerski, Gaz M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas WOHLFARTH-BOTTERMANN
  Teleko.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.6 
 2. Goodridge, Yesilgi.1.5 
 3. Aminu, Karsiyaka1.3 
 4. Vasiliev, Krasni.1.2 
 5. Akpomedah, Grave.1.2 
 6. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.2 
 7. Elonu, Tofas1.1 
 8. Pustovyi, Khimik1.1 
 9. May, Paris-Levallo.1.1 
 10. Majok, Tsmoki-M.1.1 



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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. Giles, KTP9.2 
 6. Thornton, FoKoPo9.1 
 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. Zeno, Nilan Bisons3.9 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo3.9 
 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: 1.4
 1. Barrett, KTP1.4 
 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 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Richardson, Ura B.25.9 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.24.6 
 3. Hester, TuNM.23.9 
 4. Taylor, Porvoon23.5 
 5. Moultrie, BC Nokia22.4 
 6. Jallow, Jarvenpaa22.4 
 7. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.22.3 
 8. Mays, Huima22.0 
 9. Mua, Kerava ET21.5 
 10. Harjula, Pyrinto20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antonio HESTER
  TuNM.
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Hester, TuNM.15.6 
 2. Jallow, Jarvenpaa14.8 
 3. Moultrie, BC Nokia13.6 
 4. Syrjala, KaU Koris11.8 
 5. Stephens, Huima11.8 
 6. Towa, Kerava ET11.6 
 7. Keskitalo, JyWe11.6 
 8. Tribbett, BC Jyvas.10.6 
 9. Harrison, Ura B.10.1 
 10. Young, Porvoon10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lauri JARVINEN
  KaU Koris
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Jarvinen, KaU Koris5.3 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.4.4 
 3. Harjula, Pyrinto II4.3 
 4. Mays, Huima4.2 
 5. Ginty, ToPo4.1 
 6. Jallow, Jarvenpaa3.9 
 7. Humalamaki, TuNM.3.8 
 8. Hanninen, Jarvenp.3.8 
 9. Frederick, Oulun N.3.8 
 10. Viita, Jarvenpaa3.7 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Little, Kerava ET2.8 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.7 
 3. Towa, Kerava ET1.9 
 4. Taylor, Porvoon1.9 
 5. Thomas, SayRi1.9 
 6. Mua, Kerava ET1.8 
 7. Richardson, Ura B.1.8 
 8. Hester, TuNM.1.8 
 9. Herrala, Tapiolan.1.7 
 10. Frederick, Oulun1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.5 
 2. Mua, Kerava ET2.1 
 3. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.0 
 4. Woods, BC Nokia1.7 
 5. Capers, ToPo1.4 
 6. Jallow, Jarvenpaa1.4 
 7. Rajala, HBA-Marsky1.3 
 8. Hester, TuNM.1.3 
 9. Young, Porvoon1.2 
 10. Kauhanen, HBA-M.1.2 


1.DIVISION: Tarmo defeated Honka - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Division 1 A, Finals, Game # 1: The Finals got started tonight in Porvoo. There local Tarmo defeated Honka (Tapiola) 76-69 (39-27). Quarters: 20-17, 19-10, 12-15, 25-27. Two nervous teams and a typical play-off-game. Tarmo was leading most of the time and by 15 points (51-36) at the end of third quarter (28:37). A 0-10 run for Honka changed the digits into 51-46, but soon Tarmo was again ahead by 10 pts (56-46). Tarmo's defense was tough especially during the first half, when Honka scored only 27 points. Later Malik Moore (192-G-77, college: Amer.Internat.) and Tuomas Iisalo (195-SF-82, agency: Court Side) scored some pts from behind the arc, but Jarkko Kyllonen (186-PG-87) as Tarmo's PG and SG Vernon Taylor (190-G-87, college: Troy) netted enough pts to win the opening game. Tarmo - Honka now 1-0. Game # 2 on Friday April 19, in Espoo.
Tarmo - Honka 76-69 (39-27). (Vernon Taylor 17/8, Jarkko Kyllonen 16; Isaiah Tate 15, Jarno Nissinen 13 - Tuomas Iisalo 19, Malik Moore 17/11, Ronnie Clark 14/11, Ilkka Sirola 10. A: 638).



KORISLIIGA: KTP won the thriller - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, quarter-finals, Game # 1: Two Teams, KTP (Kotka) and Kouvot (Kouvola) knowing eachother well. So well, that even the home court advantage is so tiny. Kouvot was so close to start stealing that advantage in Game 1, but Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) missed both FTs at time 39:54, when Kouvot was down by two (85-83). Next moment Devonne Giles (203-F-83, college: Texas Tech) made both FTs and KTP had won 87-83 (37-35). Quarters: 18-15, 19-20, 23-26, 27-22.
Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, college: Cent.Michigan) led KTP with a double-double 23pts/13rbs. Giles added with his double-double 20/11. Chris Hester (192-G/F-79, college: E.Washington) led Kouvot with 32 points (1 - 4/4, 2 - 14/19, 3 - 0/1). Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Sam Houston St.) added 20 pts. KTP - Kouvot 1-0.

KTP - Kouvot 87-83 (37-35). (Sefton Barrett 23/13, Devonne Giles 20/11, Timo Heinonen 14/10, Antwine Williams 11 - Chris Hester 32, Gilberto Clavell 20, Antto Nikkarinen 11, Samuli Vanttaja 10/6. A: 1135).



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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. Kerkez, Vardar13.9 
 8. Gocevski, Kozuv13.8 
 9. Dimcevski, Kuman.13.7 
 10. Sharper, Rabotnic.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo10.1 
 2. Kerkez, Vardar9.9 
 3. Trajkovski, Feni I.7.6 
 4. Radunovic, Lirija7.6 
 5. Jelesijevic, Rabot.6.5 
 6. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.6.0 
 7. Kostevski, Vardar6.0 
 8. Tasovski, Lirija5.8 
 9. Knezevic, Feni I.5.7 
 10. Arsic, ABA S.5.1 
Assists Per Game
 Goran SAMARDZIEV
  Feni I.
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Samardziev, Feni I.3.9 
 2. Mijajlovic, Kozuv3.7 
 3. Karadzovski, Kozuv3.6 
 4. Morban, Lirija3.6 
 5. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.5 
 6. Sokolov, Feni I.2.8 
 7. Petrovski, Rabotni.2.7 
 8. Radunovic, Lirija2.4 
 9. Tasovski, Lirija2.3 
 10. Petrovski, Vardar2.2 
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. Ugrinoski, Lirija1.2 
 7. Sokolov, Feni I.1.1 
 8. Kerkez, Vardar1.1 
 9. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.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 


Stojanovski's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old shooting guard Damjan Stojanovski (197-SG-87) had a great game in the last round for MZT Skopje and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Rabotnicki (#4, 10-8) 86-74. MZT Skopje maintains the 6th position in FYR Macedonian league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but MZT Skopje already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. Stojanovski turned to be MZT Skopje's top player in his first season with the team. Damjan Stojanovski averages this season 18.0ppg and 8.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Nemanja Arsic (214-C-85) of ABA Strumica. He is Serbian center in his first season at ABA Strumica. In the last game Arsic recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 18 rebounds. Of course he lead ABA Strumica to another comfortable win 99-81 over slightly lower-ranked Vardar (#-3, 2-14) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed ABA Strumica to move up to -5th position in Places 7-9. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-9 record. Arsic is a newcomer at ABA Strumica and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to center Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) of Kumanovo (#5). Lukovic scored 16 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). Despite Lukovic's great performance Kumanovo lost 78-85 to slightly higher-ranked Lirija (#3, 12-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Kumanovo ranking at the top of Places 1-6, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lukovic could help Kumanovo to bring them higher in the standings. Lukovic has a great season in FYR Macedonia. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.3ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 10.1rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.8bpg and FGP: 60.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zarko Djuric (198-F-89) of Vardar - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Dime Tasovski (200-F-80) of Lirija - 28 points and 9 rebounds
6. Gjorji Cekovski (203-PF-79) of MZT Skopje - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77) of MZT Skopje - 15 points and 9 rebounds
8. Vladimir Brckov (200-F-89) of Feni Indistrija - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Leemire Goldwire (182-PG-85) of Rabotnicki - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Vladimir Filipovic (196-SG-85) of Kozuv - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  GERMANY   

Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Logan STUTZ
  ETB Wohnbau
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau20.1 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven19.7 
 3. Griffin, Gotha18.2 
 4. White, Heidelberg16.8 
 5. Nixon, NBC16.8 
 6. Williams, Vechta16.3 
 7. Calvin, Ehingen16.2 
 8. Roessler, Karlsruhe15.5 
 9. Barker, Jena15.3 
 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. Tyrna, Leipzig1.1 
 8. Thompson, NBC1.1 
 9. Madrich, Vechta0.9 
 10. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 


2013 Beko BBL Awards For John Bryant And Anton Gavel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Beko BBL announced the first awards for the 2012-2013 season. It was announced that ratiopharm Ulm center John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) was named best offensive player and Brose Baskets Bamberg guard Anton Gavel recieved best defensive player. Bryant led the voting with 135 points while Phoenix Hagen guard Davin White had 68 points and FC Bayern MUnich guard Tyrse Rice got 26 points. Alba Berlin guard Dashaun Wood got the award last season.This season Bryant is averaging 16,4ppg and 10,1rpg and is shooting 49,5% from the field. The Beko BBL also announced that Anton Gavel was voted best defensive player for the second straight season. Gavel who is 29 and 189cm big recieved 88 points in the voting. Quantez Robertson of the Fraport Skyliners was second with 73 points while John Bryant was third with 31 points.

Source: Beko BBL



Adam Waleskowski (Duesseldorf Baskets) Hard Defense Won us the Series Against NBC - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Adam Waleskowski (204-F-82, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Florida St.) is a 30 year old 203cm power forward that was born in Cape Girardeau in the United States that also ha sthe German citizenship. This season he is playing for the Duesseldorf Baskets in the Pro A. . He played at Florida St. (NCAA) from 2001-2005. He played at Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (Germany-2.Bundesliga) from 2005-2007, but in the second half of the 2006-2007 season moved to Etendard de Brest (France-ProB, starting five): 18 games: 14.2ppg, Reb-3 (8.3), 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 75.0%. In 2007, he recieved the German Citizenship and played for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB, starting five): 26 games: 14.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 70.6%. In 2008-2009, he played for JSF Nanterre (France-ProB), French League: 7 games: 7.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.5%, FT: 37.5%; left in Nov.'08, in Jan.'09 moved to Achilleas Kaimakliou (Cyprus-Division A, starting five): 11pts, 17reb, 1ast, 1steal, in April '09 signed at Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProA): 4 games: 4.8ppg. In 2009-2010 he played for Achilleas Kaimakliou (Cyprus-Division A). In 2010-2011, he played for BG Goettingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga): EuroCup: 8 games: 3.6ppg, 2.1rpg, left in Feb. '11; German League: 20 games: 8.1ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 76.7% Last season, he played for Pizza Express Apollon (Cyprus-Division A): 7 games: 6.4ppg, left in Dec.'11, in Mar.'12 moved to Astrum Levice (Czech Rep.-NBL): 9 games: 10.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.6%, FT: 76.5%; played also at Onyx Levice (Slovakia-Extraliga): 4 games: 4.3ppg He spoke to eurobasket after the Duesseldorf Baskets after the 81-60 game 5 win against NBC.

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 later in good spirits. How tough was it seeing him like that?

I didnt see him hit the deck as I was getting back on defense, but he hit his head and got a concussion. It is never good seeing a player get injured.


Duesseldorf had the 17-11 lead after one quarter, but it seemed like they could of led by more.

Yes we could of, but we had problems knocking down shots.


What was your impression of NBC big man Ronald Thompson who had his hands full all series long with your big men?

He isnt that athletic, but very long and crafty and is able to wiggle and get his shot off. On defense he did a good job standing in front of his man.


The second quarter was very tight. Was that the perfect playoff atmosphere?

We knew that this would be a tough game. Both teams were fighting very hard, but you see that in every league where you play.


Marc Lynagne hit three big shots in the second quarter. Did you know that he could hit so well?

Yes I knew that. He is a gym rat and is always working on his shot. He hasnt had so many minutes this season, but he proved to coach in practice that he can defend and make shots and got some time and made the most of it.


Was head coach Murat Diidn happy with the rebounding at halftime?

He didnt really focus on that, but more on finding the open man better in the second half.


The Duesseldorf Baskets open up the game and decided it in the third quarter winning it 23-4. What was key for this explosion?

We shot their offense down. They tried to penetrate and kick the ball out, but we did a good job getting in passing lanes and getting our hands up. We also had more intensity on defense with steals and blocks. We finally starting making our shots which we didnt so in the first half.


Did Kendall Chones decide the game for Duesseldorf in the third quarter?

Yes he did. He was huge. With Gadley going down, we needed somebody to step up and he did. He doesnt have the length, but the size and no one could control him. Our point guard Gary Johnson said after a few Chones baskets that I should get the next pass, but I said no no keep giving it to him.


You had two nice blocks on Adler and Nixon. Are you known as a shot blocker?

No I am not. I just tried my best to stay with my man and contest the shots. I am happy I could get my hand on them.


What was key to winning the series against NBC?

Our hard defense won us the series. We defended very well in the last games and limiting turnovers was a big factor. We also rebounded well in game five and boxed everyone out.

What can we expect from the series against Science City Jena?

The best part is that we have the home court advantage. We know that they are a good team. They can shoot out the lights when they get hot. They showed that they can win on the road. It will be a tough series.

Who was the unsung hero in the series against NBC?

Tonight it was Chones and in game four it was Gadley. I think that the whole team was. We always need to play 100%.


Will Murat Didin treat the team to dinner now?

I am not sure, but I know that he is proud of us. Maybe he will give us the day off.


What is the last DVD movie that you saw?

I am watching Family Guy season 11.

Thanks Adam for the chat.




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  GREECE   

Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiacos 21-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 18-4 
 3. Panionios 18-5 
 4. PAOK 17-6 
 5. AGOR 15-8 
 6. Ikaros 11-12 
 7. Apollon Patras 10-13 
 8. Aris 10-13 
 9. KAOD 8-15 
 10. Ilysiakos 7-15 
 11. Kolossos 7-16 
 12. Panelefsiniakos 6-17 
 13. Peristeri GS 6-17 
 14. Kavala 5-17 

Regular Season: Round 23

Apr. 13: Aris - KAOD 85-73
Apr. 13: Panionios - Apollon Patras 80-78
Apr. 13: Kolossos - Peristeri GS 77-67
Apr. 13: AGOR - Ikaros 68-66
Apr. 13: Panelefsiniakos - PAOK 67-54
Apr. 16: Panathinaikos - Kavala
Apr. 16: Ilysiakos - Olympiacos


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos22.1 
 2. Pappas, Panionios18.1 
 3. McCollum, Apollo.15.7 
 4. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.2 
 5. Dendy, Darussafaka14.9 
 6. Kiritsis, Ikaros14.6 
 7. Printezis, Olympia.14.5 
 8. Coleman, Kavala14.2 
 9. Haralampidis, PAOK13.7 
 10. Palmer, KAOD13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.4 
 2. Faye, Ikaros7.9 
 3. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.7 
 4. Anagonye, Ilysiak.7.1 
 5. Jankovic, Panionios7.1 
 6. Coleman, Kavala6.8 
 7. Michel, KAOD6.3 
 8. Haritopoulos, Luko.5.9 
 9. Kanonidis, Periste.5.8 
 10. Asimakopoulo., Ar.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.8 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.4.9 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.3 
 4. McGrath, Zalgiris3.8 
 5. Petroulas, Periste.3.8 
 6. Papantoniou, Peris.3.7 
 7. Pappas, Panionios3.3 
 8. Gibson, Ikaros3.2 
 9. Hatten, Kolossos3.1 
 10. Xanthopoulos, Pa.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.6 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.2 
 3. Pappas, Panionios2.0 
 4. McCollum, Apollo.1.7 
 5. Hatten, Kolossos1.7 
 6. Klaiber, Apollon1.6 
 7. Knowles, KAOD1.5 
 8. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 9. Pelekanos, Aris1.4 
 10. Mantzaris, Perist.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Petway, AGOR2.7 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.5 
 3. Achara, Kavala1.3 
 4. Faye, Ikaros1.3 
 5. Coleman, Kavala1.3 
 6. Turner, Apollon1.2 
 7. Lasme, Panathin.1.1 
 8. Powell, Olympiacos0.9 
 9. Charissis, Aris0.8 
 10. Jankovic, Panioni.0.8 


Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Filathlitikos 20-4 
 2. Nea Kifisia 19-5 
 3. Trikalla 19-5 
 4. Koroivos 17-7 
 5. Lavrio 14-10 
 6. Agia Paraskevis 13-11 
 7. Ikaroi Serron 13-11 
 8. Pagrati 10-14 
 9. Ermis Lagkada 9-15 
 10. Arkadikos 9-15 
 11. OFI 8-16 
 12. Irakleio 6-18 
 13. Niki Volou 6-18 
 14. Doxa Lefkadas 5-19 

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 13: Nea Kifisia - Pagrati 96-69
Apr. 13: Doxa Lefkadas - Agia Paraskevis 89-87
Apr. 13: Ikaroi Serron - Trikalla 80-90
Apr. 13: Arkadikos - Irakleio 75-69
Apr. 13: Niki Volou - OFI 73-72
Apr. 13: Koroivos - Lavrio 72-67
Apr. 13: Ermis Lagkada - Filathlitikos 49-69


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Kostas TOTSIOS
  Ikaroi S.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 20
 1. Totsios, Ikaroi S.20.0 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.19.3 
 3. Karaboulas, Nea K.18.3 
 4. Vranjes, Pagrati16.7 
 5. Kakiouzis, Lavrio16.6 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lav.15.8 
 7. Gizogiannis, Arkad.15.7 
 8. Kitsoulis, OFI15.6 
 9. Psileas, Agia P.15.5 
 10. Simeonidis, Ikaro.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petros NOEAS
  Koroivos
  (204-F-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Noeas, Koroivos9.6 
 2. Papachristos, Trik.8.7 
 3. Kakiouzis, Lavrio8.6 
 4. Sklavos, Pagrati8.6 
 5. Manousos, Doxa L.8.5 
 6. Charismidis, Trika.8.0 
 7. Anagnostopou., Erm.8.0 
 8. Sigounas, Arkadikos7.3 
 9. Simeonidis, Ikaroi7.2 
 10. Cubrilo, Arkadikos7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Fotis VASILOPOULOS
  Pagrati
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.5.9 
 2. Gikas, Filathlitik.5.8 
 3. Karydas, Koroivos5.4 
 4. Moschovitis, Nea K.4.7 
 5. Tsiotras, Arkadikos3.7 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lav.3.6 
 7. Matalon, OFI3.6 
 8. Mavrogiannis, Niki3.5 
 9. Katsares, Trikalla3.4 
 10. Petrakis, OFI3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Thodoris TSIOTRAS
  Arkadikos
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Tsiotras, Arkadikos2.9 
 2. Katsares, Trikalla2.3 
 3. Vranjes, Pagrati2.1 
 4. Ioakeimidis, Ermis2.0 
 5. Karydas, Koroivos1.9 
 6. Gikas, Filathlitik.1.8 
 7. Psileas, Agia P.1.7 
 8. Saloustros, Filath.1.6 
 9. Sakellarakis, Irak.1.5 
 10. Giannakopoul., La.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Krum DOYCHINOV
  OFI
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Doychinov, OFI1.2 
 2. Adetokoubo, Filath.1.0 
 3. Papachristos, Trik.0.9 
 4. Adetokubo, Filath.0.9 
 5. Pavlovic, Pagrati0.7 
 6. Noeas, Koroivos0.7 
 7. Sakellarakis, Irak.0.7 
 8. Petrodimopou., Nea0.7 
 9. Charismidis, Trika.0.7 
 10. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.7 


Div.B Standing

B Standings
North Group
 1. Filippos Veroias 19-4 
 2. Iraklis 17-6 
 3. Egaleo 15-8 
 4. Stratoni 14-9 
 5. Doxa Pefkon 11-12 
 6. Marousi 11-12 
 7. Periko/Arhelaos 11-12 
 8. Aias Evosmou 11-12 
 9. Ionikos N.F. 11-12 
 10. Anatolia 10-13 
 11. Metamorfosi 8-15 
 12. Ionikos Ionias 6-17 
 13. MENT 5-17 
South Group
 1. Psyhiko 21-2 
 2. AEK Athens 20-3 
 3. Panerythraikos 15-8 
 4. Aetos 14-8 
 5. Amyntas Dafnis 13-10 
 6. Enosi 11-12 
 7. Holargos 11-12 
 8. Doukas 9-12 
 9. Near East 9-14 
 10. Halkidas 9-14 
 11. Kronos AD 8-15 
 12. Esperos Patras 6-16 
 13. Perama Ermis 2-22 

Regular Season: Round 25

North

Apr. 14: Iraklis - Ionikos Ionias 91-51
Apr. 14: Metamorfosi - Marousi 85-89
Apr. 14: Ionikos N.F. - Doxa Pefkon 78-73
Apr. 14: Filippos Veroias - MENT 68-46
Apr. 14: Egaleo - Periko/Arhelaos 67-74
Apr. 14: Aias Evosmou - Stratoni 61-71

South

Apr. 14: AEK Athens - Doukas 90-71
Apr. 14: Panerythraikos - Perama Ermis 85-64
Apr. 14: Halkidas - Holargos 83-73
Apr. 14: Kronos AD - Enosi 81-75
Apr. 14: Amyntas Dafnis - Psyhiko 77-83
Apr. 14: Near East - Aetos 67-83



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Best players of Hungarian A Division round 8 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

American Jarrod Jones (205-F-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Albacomp and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage).
The 22-year old forward had a double-double of 20 points and ten rebounds, while his team edged out Kaposvari (#3, 18-12) 89-85. It allowed Albacomp to consolidate first place in the Hungarian A Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Albacomp has a very solid 23-7 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Jones just recently signed at Albacomp, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Jarrod Jones averages this season 16.0ppg and 9.4rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-C-86, agency: BeoExcell) of Jaszberenyi. Dramicanin impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Jaszberenyi was edged in overtime by slightly higher-ranked Atomeromu (#2, 21-9) 95-93. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Places 1-6. Jaszberenyi still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 16-14 record is not bad at all. Dramicanin is well-known by Jaszberenyi fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.3ppg (#7). He also registered 8.6 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Jaszberenyi's star - Serbian Miljan Rakic (195-G-86, agency: BeoExcell). Rakic showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, six rebounds and nine assists in the last round. Despite Rakic's great performance Jaszberenyi lost 93-95in overtime to #2 ranked Atomeromu. But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Jaszberenyi needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Places 1-6. Their record is 16 victories and 14 lost games. Rakic has a great season in Hungary. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.3apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72) of Falco-Szova - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Christopher Dunn (189-PG-83) of Kaposvari - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
6. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) of Atomeromu - 33 points and 3 rebounds
7. Damian Hollis (203-F-88) of Albacomp - 16 points and 10 rebounds
8. Rashad Bell (201-F-82) of Szolnok - 24 points and 8 rebounds
9. James Florence (185-G-88) of Szolnok - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Marko Spica (205-C/F-86) of Kaposvari - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Standings

IBA-PBL Standings
Central Division
 1. Sauk Valley P. 14-2 
 2. Kenosha B. 8-6 
 3. Kankakee S. 7-4 
 4. Chicago R. 6-8 
 5. Bloomington F. 5-4 
 6. St.Louis T. 4-9 
 7. Springfield X. 1-9 
 8. Lake County S. 0-5 
Eastern Division
 1. Rochester R. 11-2 
 2. Gary Splash 11-5 
 3. Holland Dream 6-4 
 4. Lansing C. 6-7 
 5. Indiana D. 5-2 
 6. West Virginia M. 2-9 
 7. Lake Michigan 2-12 
 8. Albany L. 0-0 
 9. New Jersey G-F 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 12

Apr. 14: Lake Michigan - Bloomington F. 94-118
Apr. 14: Kenosha B. - Chicago R. 146-149 OT
Apr. 14: Indiana D. - Lansing C. 121-117
Apr. 14: Springfield X. - St.Louis T. 111-109

Regular Season: Round 13

Apr. 19: Lansing C. - Rochester R.
Apr. 19: St.Louis T. - Springfield X.
Apr. 20: Lake Michigan - Lansing C.
Apr. 20: Kankakee S. - Chicago R.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Paige PAULSEN
  Lake M.
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Paulsen, Lake M.14.5 
 2. Young, Lake M.10.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Paige PAULSEN
  Lake M.
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Paulsen, Lake M.4.5 
 2. Young, Lake M.4.5 
Assists Per Game
 Paige PAULSEN
  Lake M.
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 0
 1. Paulsen, Lake M.0.0 
 2. Young, Lake M.0.0 
Steals Per Game
 Paige PAULSEN
  Lake M.
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Paulsen, Lake M.1.0 
 2. Young, Lake M.0.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Paige PAULSEN
  Lake M.
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Paulsen, Lake M.1.0 
 2. Young, Lake M.0.0 



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Standings - 1 Division

D1 Standings
 1. Haukar 14-3 
 2. Valur 13-3 
 3. Hamar 13-4 
 4. Hottur 12-5 
 5. Breidablik 9-9 
 6. Thor AK 8-7 
 7. FSU 7-10 
 8. IA 3-14 
 9. Augnablik 3-14 
 10. Reynir S. 2-15 

Finals: Round 2

Apr. 14: Hamar - Valur 74-80


Valur beats Hamar in the D1 finals - by Eurobasket News

Valur secured a place tonight to Dominos league after the 80-74 victory over Hamar. Hamar began strong in second period, which ended 27-13 to their advantage. This sharply struck Valur but they responded well and were better in the second period.

The third part of game ended 21-11 for the home team, but the last one belonged to Valur, 26-22, and finally Valur 80-74 victory in greenhouses.

Hamar- Valur 74-80 (18-16, 13-27, 21-11, 22-26)

Hamar: Odd Olafsson 21/6 rebounds, Thorstein Mar Ragnarsson 13/5 rebounds, Orn Sigurarson 11/5 rebounds, Jerry Lewis Hollis 10 / 17 rebounds / 4 guarded shots, The Ragnar. Nathanaelsson 8/7 rebounds / 5 guarded shots, Bjartmar Halldorsson 6, Halldor Gunnar Jonsson 3, Larus Jonsson 2
Valur: Chris Woods 19/11 rebounds, Atli Rafn Hreinsson 18, Supplier Bjorn Petursson 14/9 rebounds, Runar Ingi Erlingsson 9 / 4 rebounds / 5 assists, Ragnar Gylfason 8, Kristinn Olafsson 5, Benedict Blndal 5, orgrmur Guni Bjornsson 2



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Standings - BSL

Winner League Stage Two Standings
Places 1-6
 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 
Places 7-12
 1. Galil Gilboa 10-12 
 2. Hapoel T-A 10-12 
 3. Hapoel Holon 9-13 
 4. Maccabi Ashdod 9-13 
 5. Bnei Hasharon 8-14 
 6. Elizur Ashkelon 5-17 
Stage One Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 1

Places 1-6

Apr. 18: Hapoel Eilat - Maccabi Rishon
Apr. 18: Netanya - Maccabi Haifa

Places 7-12

Apr. 17: Hapoel T-A - Bnei Hasharon
Apr. 16: Elizur Ashkelon - Galil Gilboa
Apr. 18: Hapoel Holon - Maccabi Ashdod



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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. Shimizu, Oita H.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Humphrey, Saitama2.2 
 2. Burns, Yokohama BC2.1 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.0 
 4. Brown, Toyama G.2.0 
 5. McHenry, Okina.2.0 
 6. Alawoya, Oita H.1.9 
 7. Galloway, Hamamats.1.9 
 8. Lyons, Takamats.1.9 
 9. Masato, Iwate B.1.8 
 10. Mito, Toyama G.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 


Best players of Japanese BJ League round 52 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Nigerian-American Reggie Okosa (208-F/C-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for Iwate Big Bulls and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 52.
The 32-year old power forward had a double-double of 23 points and eighteen rebounds, while his team beat Shinshu BW (#9, 16-32) 95-83. Iwate Big Bulls maintains the 4th position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Iwate Big Bulls will need more victories to improve their 31-17 record. Okosa turned to be Iwate Big Bulls' top player in his first season with the team. Reggie Okosa averages this season 16.2ppg and 9.8rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Sam Willard (205-F-88) of Sendai 89ers. Willard impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 22 rebounds. Bad luck as Sendai 89ers lost that game 92-99 to slightly higher-ranked Chiba Jets (#6, 24-24). Sendai 89ers managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 19-29 record. Willard is a newcomer at Sendai 89ers and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Terrance Woodbury (201-G/F-87) of top-ranked Okinawa GK. Woodbury scored 28 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Okinawa GK, leading his team to a 98-72 easy win against the lower-ranked Gunma (#11, 12-36). Okinawa GK confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 38 victories and 10 lost games. Woodbury has a very solid season. In 42 games in Japan he scored 17.9ppg. He also has 4.5rpg and FGP: 54.3%. Woodbury attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Bell (206-F-82) of Osaka Evessa - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Marquin Chandler (202-F-82) of Chiba Jets - 36 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Marshall Brown (199-F-85) of Akita NH - 26 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ricky Woods (194-F/G-84) of Tokyo Cinq R. - 32 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Yuki Kitamuki (184-G-85) of Saitama Bron. - 31 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
9. Robert Johnson (203-C/F-81) of Takamatsu FA - 18 points and 12 rebounds
10. Reginald Warren (204-F-81) of Fukuoka Rizing - 20 points and 13 rebounds

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



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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Kaspiy force decider in semifinal series - by Eurobasket News

Kaspiy Aktau - Barsy Atyrau 80:78 (OT)

Kaspiy Aktau earned the vital win over Barsy Atyrau in the semifinal series. Barsy entered the game leading 2-1 in the best-of-five series. But Kaspiy snatched an overtime win to force the decider. Reinis Strupovics (192-G-87) scored 23 points to lead the winners.
The hosts grabbed a 15:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Barsy took over in the second quarter. The visitors unloaded 28 points in the period to secure a 41:34 halftime lead. Kaspiy got within 6 points at the final intermission. The home side went on an 18:12 run in the fourth frame to force overtime. The teams went neck and neck but the home team managed to prevail at the end. David Nesbitt (200-F-91, college: St.Thomas, FL) and Kris Richard (195-G-89, college: Tulane) delivered 14 points each for the winning side. Edgaras Zelionis (207-F-89) answered with 23 points for Barsy. Zambalist Fredrick (183-G-86, college: S.Carolina) had 14 points in defeat.

Kaspiy Aktau: Reinis Strupovics 23, David Nesbitt 14, Kris Richard 14
Barsy Atyrau: Edgaras Zelionis 23, Zambalist Fredrick 14



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  KOSOVO   

Standings - A1

Liga e pare Standings
 1. Kastrioti 9-1 
 2. BC Studenti 8-1 
 3. Malisheva 7-4 
 4. Futura 7-4 
 5. Fushe 4-6 
 6. Ylli 4-7 
 7. Llapi Podujeve 2-7 
 8. Skenderaj 0-11 

Regular Season: Round 14

Apr. 20: Skenderaj - Futura
Apr. 20: Fushe - Llapi Podujeve
Apr. 20: Ylli - BC Studenti
Apr. 20: Malisheva - Kastrioti


Sigal Prishtina confirms second place - by Dren Shporta

Sigal Prishtina has registered second derby victory with Ahmet Kandemir in charge. Former champions gave to Sigkos Bashkimi their deepest defeat of the season by beating them 85-59.

The white boys were all over the match better than oranges from Prizren, reaching sometimes 30+ lead.

Julian Terrell (206-F/C-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Vanderbilt) with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists and Alvin Snow with 15 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists were among the best players of Ahmet Kandemirs team.

On the other side, Sigkos Bashkimi, that was hoping for the second place finishing in regular season, has lost against direct rival of Play-Off, in a worst possible way.

Rokas Uzas with 18 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a block couldnt do more in a match that Bashkimi was registering worst defeat of the season.



RTV 21 takes the 4th place from champions - by Dren Shporta

Sensational RTV 21 has beaten agains champions Trepca, with 78-61 final result.

Teleboys were better then champions in every aspect of the match and they dropped them from the fourth place to the fifth.

Kendrick Jones (190-G-83, college: Columbus St.) played with double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Brandon Roberson added 18 points and 7 assist in the match were Adin Adinovics man took the fourth place from the champions.

Gazmend Asllani with 20 points and Drilon Hajrizi with 13 points and 2 assists were the only shining lights of reigning champions.



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  LATVIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Peiners, LU21.1 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.19.4 
 3. Cain, Barons k.16.2 
 4. Berzins, Valmiera16.2 
 5. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.7 
 6. Hill jr., Jekabpils15.4 
 7. Ozols, Jurmala14.6 
 8. Rowland, VEF Riga14.5 
 9. Apsitis, Turiba14.2 
 10. Sirsnins, Jekabpi.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Cain, Barons k.10.8 
 2. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.5 
 3. Dargais, LU8.3 
 4. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.7.8 
 5. Chamberlain, Jelga.7.6 
 6. Berzins, Valmiera7.5 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava7.3 
 8. Mednis, Jurmala7.1 
 9. Butjankovs, Valmi.6.9 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  VEF Riga
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Rowland, VEF Riga7.5 
 2. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.7 
 3. Gabrans, Valmiera4.6 
 4. Peiners, LU3.6 
 5. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.4 
 6. Bertans, VEF Riga3.4 
 7. Sims, Ventspils3.3 
 8. Sokolovs, Turiba3.1 
 9. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
 10. Coders, Jurmala3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs STRELNIEKS
  VEF R.
  (196-SG-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Strelnieks, VEF R.2.2 
 2. Rowland, VEF Riga2.1 
 3. Peiners, LU1.9 
 4. Brown, Jurmala1.9 
 5. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.7 
 6. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.7 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 8. Miezis, Barons k.1.5 
 9. Jakovics, Liepaja1.5 
 10. Cain, Barons k.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Cain, Barons k.1.9 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.1.3 
 3. Meiers, Ventspils0.9 
 4. Daniels, VEF Riga0.9 
 5. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.9 
 6. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 7. Chamberlain, Jelga.0.9 
 8. Ziedins, Valmiera0.9 
 9. Leiteris, Liepaja0.8 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.0.8 


Best players of Latvian LBL round 40 - by Eurobasket News

American Justin Hamilton (210-C-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for VEF Riga and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 40.
The 22-year old center had a double-double of 23 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team outclassed U18 (#11, 1-19) with 52-point margin 113-61. VEF Riga maintains the 4th position in Latvian LBL. VEF Riga has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 19-1. Hamilton just recently signed at VEF Riga, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Justin Hamilton averages this season 21.8ppg and 9.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another VEF Riga's star - 28-year old former international forward Gatis Jahovics (200-F-84). Jahovics impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course together with Hamilton he helped VEF Riga with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked U18 (#11, 1-19) 113-61. VEF Riga's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team belongs to top of the standings with 19-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Jahovics is one of the most experienced players at VEF Riga and similarly like Justin Hamilton has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Todd O'Brien (213-C-89) of Jekabpils (#3). O'Brien scored 18 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite O'Brien's great performance Jekabpils lost 79-86 to #2 ranked Barons kvartals. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Jekabpils needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 19 victories and 15 lost games. O'Brien has a great season in Latvia. After 34 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.7ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 9.5rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Roberts Mednis (204-C-89) of Jurmala - 19 points and 11 rebounds
5. Jamar Diggs (187-G-88) of Barons kvartals - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Keith Chamberlain (204-F/C-87) of Jelgava - 12 points and 9 rebounds
7. Tyler Cain (203-F-88) of Barons kvartals - 11 points and 11 rebounds
8. Arturs Duselis (201-F-89) of Jelgava - 23 points and 2 rebounds
9. Maris Gulbis (202-F-85) of Barons kvartals - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Ervins Jonats (203-F-91) of Jurmala - 22 points and 6 rebounds

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



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 25-3 
 2. Sagesse 23-6 
 3. Moutahed 20-9 
 4. Champville 17-11 
 5. Byblos 14-15 
 6. Amchit 14-15 
 7. Hoops 8-20 
 8. Bejjeh 7-21 
 9. Anibal 2-16 
 10. Antranik 2-16 

Second Stage: Round 11

Apr. 15: Moutahed - Byblos 86-75
Apr. 15: Amchit - Sagesse 82-113
Apr. 16: Al Riyadi - Bejjeh
Apr. 16: Hoops - Champville


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 35.6
 1. Emmett, Amchit35.6 
 2. Blair, Hoops26.9 
 3. Harper, Sagesse26.6 
 4. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 5. Khatib, Champville26.2 
 6. Sims, Sagesse24.4 
 7. Williams, Bejjeh23.6 
 8. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 9. Youngblood, Byblos22.8 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed21.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Fraser, Byblos17.4 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi12.1 
 3. Ampim, Antranik12.0 
 4. Hill, Amchit11.1 
 5. Tskitishvili, Cham.11.0 
 6. Jamison, Bejjeh10.8 
 7. Perry, Hoops9.8 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi9.3 
 9. Sims, Sagesse9.0 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Blair, Hoops6.8 
 2. Akl, Sagesse6.4 
 3. Chatfield, Mouta.6.2 
 4. Williams, Bejjeh6.1 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.9 
 6. Fahed, Moutahed5.4 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos5.2 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik5.2 
 9. Khatib, Champville5.1 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Blair, Hoops3.2 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh2.5 
 3. Youngblood, Byblos2.2 
 4. Emmett, Amchit2.1 
 5. Harper, Sagesse1.9 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.8 
 7. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 8. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 9. Fahed, Moutahed1.6 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Herbert HILL
  Amchit
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hill, Amchit2.6 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi2.6 
 3. Tskitishvili, Cham.1.7 
 4. Fraser, Byblos1.6 
 5. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.4 
 6. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.3 
 7. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi0.9 
 9. Terry, Champville0.8 
 10. Bawji, Moutahed0.8 


Bawji's 30-point game gives him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old power forward Bassel Bawji (203-F/C-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for Moutahed and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 10 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 30 points adding seven rebounds for Moutahed in his team's victory, helping them to beat Bejjeh (#8, 7-21) 88-77. Moutahed maintains the 3rd position in Lebanese league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Moutahed will need more victories to improve their 19-9 record. In the team's last game Bawji had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Moutahed, through which he has constantly improved. Bassel Bawji averages this season 11.9ppg and 7.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Larry Blair (183-G-84) of Hoops. He is American guard in his first season at Hoops. In the last game Blair recorded impressive 28 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course he lead Hoops to another comfortable win 105-92 over slightly higher-ranked Amchit (#6, 14-14) being unquestionably team leader. Hoops' 7th position in the standings has not changed. 20 lost games are too many comparing to just eight victories Hoops managed to get this Second Stage. Blair is a newcomer at Hoops and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.9ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 5.1rpg and 6.8apg.

Third place about best performers goes to Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of Byblos (#5). Fraser scored 24 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Fraser's great performance Byblos lost 80-95 to the higher-ranked Sagesse (#2, 22-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Byblos needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 14 victories and 14 lost games. Fraser has a great season in Lebanon. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 17.2rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.7bpg and FGP: 51.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. DeShawn Sims (203-F-88) of Sagesse - 36 points and 7 rebounds
5. Harold Jamison (204-C-76) of Bejjeh - 21 points and 13 rebounds
6. Loren Woods (218-C-78) of Al Riyadi - 18 points and 10 rebounds
7. Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82) of Amchit - 36 points and 9 rebounds
8. Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84) of Byblos - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Corey Williams (191-G-77) of Bejjeh - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
10. Herbert Hill (208-F-84) of Amchit - 18 points and 8 rebounds

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



Champville's Lottery Season . - by Elie Khoury

We can talk for hours, days and even weeks just to describe Champville's Season so far.
it's no surprise the current champions are facing problems defending their trophy, and might settle on battling for the third position.

It all started in a very bizarre Off-season, especially when it comes for a team who won the Lebanese League for the first time in it's history.
Champville Lost the Added Value of Mohammed Ibrahim, who was the mastermind behind winning the Finals 3 to 1 against a strong Team in Anibal.
Mohammed " Moe " Ibrahim, was Coach Ghassan's Favorite Point Guard since the early 2000, when he picked him to represent the Lebanese NT .
Moe signed for Sagesse, after a failed negotiations with champville.
Another Added Value went straight to Sagesse, Elie estephan. Elie is Also known for being coach ghassan's most reliable defender and shooter in the league.
Hassan Dandash, one of the most skilled PGs to ever play in the league. The young Dandash signed for mouttahed and he's having a good season so far.

On the hand, Champville tried replacing all Lost " major " pieces by adding Nadim souaid , Hussein el khatib, Sevag and Anis feghali and Miguel Martinez , who was dropped few days later for unknown reasons.
Nadim souaid was coming from a tremendous year out of Bejje , averaging 18.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 3.8 apg, while shooting 39.5% from behind the arc.

With all that being said, these transfers kept champville's Local squad extremely vulnerable on the PG position.
Carl Sarkis (184-G-86) is averaging 31 mins per game, with 9.7 PPG , 1.9 RPG , 3 APG and 2.5 TO/game while shooting 42.7 FG% , 30.4 3pts % .
Carl Last year averaged 21 mins per game, with 5.7 PPG , 1.7 RPG and 1.2 APG , with 1.3 TO/Game, while shooting 45.5 FG% , 25.2 3pts % .
while Mohamad Ibrahim llast year averaged 6.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 35.3%, in almost 16 mins of play.

Champville's problem remains the Local squad they have besides Fadi El Khatib and precisely the PG position.

If we have to Rate Champville's Off Season, it would be a 5/10.

We will be Discussing All other 9 teams' Season, with Anibal Going Next.



Update on the league - by Elie Khoury

With The season Coming to it's very crucial period , the final 4, top teams are still working on strengthening their squads.
Sagesse Club, who are currently few steps behind the league's leaders Riyadi, just welcomed The All time Record Holder in the CBA , Quincy Douby .
Quincy arrived last night to join his new new, and is expected to start playing the very next game this week.
He will be replacing his fellow American Guard Aaron Harper, who had a tremendous game last night, with 8 out of 12 3points for a total of 39 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.

On the other hand, Rashad " the Dagger " Anderson, is expected to arrive on the 20th of April to join Champville.
According to our sources, champville's coach Ghassan Sarkiss is planning on keep all three foreigners since the club will be participating in many international cups the coming weeks.



Sagesse confirming its comeback with a big win against Amchit - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

Amchit hosted Sagesse in a game on Monday night that was supposed to be very exciting one with the comebacks of Amchit injured players . Sagesse had a different idea about the game and the tea played very beautiful basketball .

The first quarter saw a rocket start from both teams , they two teams were scoring from everywhere and the quarter finished on the score of 22-26. The second half Sagesse continued its performance and applied a good defense on Andre Emmett through Elie Rustom , the help was always a very successful one and Emmett was facing lot of difficulties in scoring . on the other side Deshawn Simms had a big night together with Juien Khazzouh. Sagesse outscored Amchitin this quarter 25-14 to lead the game at the half 51-36. The 2nd half Aaron Harper exploded and start hitting the threes from everywhere and soon the difference increased and reached as much as 30 points , Harper made 8 3points in the game and 100 in the season , Jukien Khazzouh and Deshawn Simms continued to dominate inside despite Herbert Hills good performance with 22 points. Rodrigue Akl had another huge night with 11 points and 16 assists. Elie Rustom who played a major role on defense contributed with 15 points. This big performance from Sagesse players gave them in the end a big win on the score of 113-82.
Aaaron Harper led all scorers with 39 points , Deshwan Simms 31 points and Julien Khazzouh with 15. As for Amchit Andre Emmett finished with 30 points.

By this win Sagesse is confirming is way back to the rhythm they had in the start of the season. Sagesse will play Moutahed in the next round as for Amchit will play Champville.

Q1:22-26 Q2:14-25 Q3:22-28 Q4:24-34



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Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis17.3 
 2. Gailius, Neptunas16.3 
 3. Hughes, Pieno Z.15.5 
 4. Seibutis, Lietuv.15.2 
 5. Samenas, Siauliai14.9 
 6. Milaknis, Rudupis14.5 
 7. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.14.3 
 8. Skucas, LSU-Baltai14.2 
 9. Kieza, Siauliai13.2 
 10. Alijevas, Siauliai12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kieza, Siauliai9.1 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis8.5 
 3. Sarakauskas, Nept.7.9 
 4. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.4 
 5. Varnelis, Juventus6.4 
 6. Orelikas, Rudupis5.9 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.5.8 
 8. Valeika, Rudupis5.7 
 9. Kiausas, Sakalai5.6 
 10. Kupsas, Lietkabel.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Mindaugas STASYS
  LSU-Baltai
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Stasys, LSU-Baltai4.8 
 2. Alijevas, Siauliai4.5 
 3. Viskontas, Juvent.4.5 
 4. Jackson, Siauliai4.4 
 5. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.2 
 6. Dainys, Neptunas3.8 
 7. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.6 
 8. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.4 
 9. Babkauskas, Lietk.3.3 
 10. Malasauskas, LSU.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.4 
 2. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 3. Malasauskas, LSU-.1.8 
 4. Butkevicius, Neptu.1.6 
 5. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.6 
 6. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.1.6 
 7. Alijevas, Siauliai1.5 
 8. Vene, Rudupis1.5 
 9. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.5 
 10. Lengvinas, Naglis1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.4 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis1.7 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.3 
 4. Valeika, Rudupis1.0 
 5. McClure, Neptunas0.8 
 6. Kupsas, Lietkabelis0.8 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.0.8 
 8. Dia, Siauliai0.7 
 9. Bishop, Nevezis0.7 
 10. Ramasauskas, Sak.0.7 


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Edgaras STANIONIS
  Zanav.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Stanionis, Zanav.23.6 
 2. Maneikis, Olimpas19.0 
 3. Valukonis, Suduva.18.7 
 4. Linkevicius, Triob.17.6 
 5. Giedraitis, Mazeik.17.4 
 6. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.16.6 
 7. Jucikas, Meresta16.4 
 8. Kleiza, Suduva-M.15.9 
 9. Tarvydas, Statyba15.8 
 10. Varanauskas, Sta.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martynas LINKEVICIUS
  Triobet
  (197-F-85)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Linkevicius, Triob.10.5 
 2. Trybanski, Dzukija9.7 
 3. Gudaitis, Zalgir.9.2 
 4. Virbalas, Perla.8.8 
 5. Valukonis, Suduva.8.5 
 6. Udras, Perlas-MRU8.4 
 7. Tarolis, Gargzdai7.1 
 8. Kazakauskas, Olimp.7.0 
 9. Staniulis, S.Marc.6.9 
 10. Norkus, Nafta U.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Meres.
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.7.5 
 2. Harrison, Dzukija7.4 
 3. Varanauskas, Stat.4.8 
 4. Razutis, Olimpas4.7 
 5. Mazutis, Mazeikiai4.4 
 6. Kuklierius, Suduva.4.3 
 7. Kutra, Radviliskis4.2 
 8. Pelss, Zanavykas4.2 
 9. Anuzis, Nafta U.4.1 
 10. Kelys, Dzukija3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Edgaras STANIONIS
  Zanav.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Stanionis, Zanav.2.8 
 2. Razutis, Olimpas2.6 
 3. Harrison, Dzukija2.4 
 4. Macernis, Mazeikiai2.4 
 5. Kelys, Dzukija2.4 
 6. Sabeckis, Birstono2.2 
 7. Paliukenas, Staty.2.0 
 8. Giedraitis, Mazeik.2.0 
 9. Pelss, Zanavykas1.9 
 10. Matutis, Gargzdai1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija3.1 
 2. Krestinin, Medea.1.9 
 3. Gudaitis, Zalgir.1.7 
 4. Virbalas, Perla.1.4 
 5. Jucikas, Meresta1.3 
 6. Tarolis, Gargzdai1.2 
 7. Macernis, Mazeikiai1.2 
 8. Kaubrys, Silute1.1 
 9. Zvinklys, Nafta U.1.0 
 10. Milinskas, Triobet0.9 



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  LUXEMBOURG   

Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Mychal GREEN
  Soleuvre
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Green, Soleuvre26.3 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.24.7 
 3. Schumacher, T7124.3 
 4. Kennedy, Residence23.7 
 5. Bryant, Black Star22.8 
 6. Tapscott, Soleuvre22.8 
 7. Frazier, Contern21.9 
 8. Ulin, Sparta21.7 
 9. Smith, Sparta20.2 
 10. Simpson, Etzella19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony SIMPSON
  Etzella
  (203-C/F-87)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Simpson, Etzella14.2 
 2. Powell, Contern13.4 
 3. Sharry, T7112.5 
 4. McDaniel, Black S.11.5 
 5. Tapscott, Soleuvre10.8 
 6. Gary, Musel Pikes10.8 
 7. Frazier, Contern10.1 
 8. Kennedy, Residence9.9 
 9. Wurtz, Musel Pikes9.8 
 10. Golson, Amicale9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kasey ULIN
  Sparta
  (181-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ulin, Sparta5.3 
 2. Schumacher, T714.5 
 3. Bryant, Black Star4.4 
 4. Schartz, Amicale3.9 
 5. Green, Soleuvre3.8 
 6. Biever, Basket Es.3.6 
 7. Koster, Residence3.5 
 8. Schwartz, Musel P.3.4 
 9. Ruffato, T713.4 
 10. Scott, Residence3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Contern
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jones, Contern2.5 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.2.3 
 3. Kennedy, Residence2.2 
 4. Green, Soleuvre1.8 
 5. Schumacher, T711.8 
 6. Simpson, Etzella1.7 
 7. Bryant, Black Star1.7 
 8. Smith, Sparta1.6 
 9. Delgado, Etzella1.6 
 10. Koster, Residence1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Chehales TAPSCOTT
  Soleuvre
  (195-F-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Tapscott, Soleuvre1.7 
 2. Gary, Musel Pikes1.3 
 3. Sharry, T711.2 
 4. Powell, Contern0.9 
 5. Golson, Amicale0.9 
 6. Simpson, Etzella0.9 
 7. McDaniel, Black S.0.9 
 8. Frazier, Contern0.8 
 9. Hoffmann, Sparta0.8 
 10. Fisher, Amicale0.8 


Total League Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Amicale and T71 Dudelange enter Finals - by Eurobasket News

Amicale - Sparta 88-82 OT

Amicale overcame a tough resistence from top-ranked Sparta to clinch a series-sweeping victory. They will now play in the Final. Sparta was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 4-10s. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Amicale made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was Alex Laurent (196-93) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. American forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks. The former international forward Larrie Smith (198-75, college: Tenn Tech) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds and the former international Patrick Arbaut (181-87) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Amicale: A.Laurent 23+14reb+2ast, R.Golson 21+13reb+3ast, E.Jeitz 20+3reb+2ast, S.Picard 15+6reb+4ast, C.Schartz 8+2reb+3ast, B.Melcher 1+2ast
Sparta: L.Smith 27+14reb+2ast, P.Arbaut 13+6reb+6ast, J.Hublart 12+5reb+1ast, K.Ulin 11+3reb+6ast, X.Engel 9+3ast, D.Gindt 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 238962


T71 - Residence 78-74

T71 held off Residence to reach the championship series. Residence was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 21-12 charge of T71, which allowed them to win the game. T71 outrebounded Residence 42-21 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was international point guard Tom Schumacher (190-87, college: Cal.Baptist) who scored 28 points and 5 assists. American forward Ryan Sharry (203-89, college: Middlebury, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 19 rebounds. Four T71 players scored in double figures. American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) produced 30 points and 9 rebounds and international point guard Pitt Koster (182-89) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
T71: T.Schumacher 28+2reb+5ast, D.Stephens 18+9reb+1ast, G.Ruffato 13+5reb+5ast, R.Sharry 12+19reb+1ast, B.Hurt 3+1reb, C.Laures 2+4reb+2ast
Residence: M.Kennedy 30+9reb+2ast, P.Koster 13+6reb+6ast, D.Scott 10+4reb+3ast, I.Tomas 9+1reb, T.Abdiu 6+1reb, M.Schmit 6+1ast
gschID: 238963



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  MEXICO   


Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 7 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Myron Allen (182-PG-79) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Guaymas and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 33-year old playmaker got a double-double of 26 points and ten assists, while his team crushed Los Mochis (#7, 3-3) with 16-point margin 89-73. It allowed Guaymas to consolidate first place in the Mexican CIBACOPA. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Guaymas has a very solid 6-2 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Allen had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Guaymas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Lee College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Allen is league's best passer with 5.9apg. Allen is in league's top in and averages solid 53.5% FGP and 44.7% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward Sammy Monroe (198-F-85) of Cananea. Monroe impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Cananea cruised to a 87-79 relatively comfortable win over Navolato (4-4). This victory allowed Cananea to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 4-4 record is not bad at all. Monroe is one of the most experienced players at Cananea and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.4ppg (#4). He also registered 6.3 boards per game. Newberry College alumni Monroe played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was another Cananea's star - American Rodney Alexander (201-F-87). Alexander scored 18 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Cananea, helping his team with a 87-79 win against Navolato (4-4). Cananea needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 4 lost games. Alexander has a great season in Mexico. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.1ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 6.6rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. James Penny (198-F-76) of Tijuana - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74) of Nogales - 18 points and 15 rebounds
6. Kenny Jones (198-PF-84) of Obregon - 30 points and 12 rebounds
7. Kyle Spain (196-F-87) of Hermosillo - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Carlos Toussaint (190-G-91) of Los Mochis - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Jerome Habel (208-F-85) of Guaymas - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Derek Thomas (193-F-84) of Obregon - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  MONTENEGRO   

Standings - 1A

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

Second Stage: Round 6

Play-Out

Apr. 13: S.Centar - Centar BP 72-79
Apr. 13: Ibar Rozaje - Jedinstvo 59-51
Apr. 14: ABS Primorje - Danilovgrad 56-53

S-League

Apr. 13: Teodo Tivat - Mornar Bar 77-63
Apr. 13: Buducnost - Sutjeska 73-58
Apr. 13: Ulcinj - Lovcen 60-70

Second Stage: Round 7

Play-Out

Apr. 16: ABS Primorje - S.Centar
Apr. 16: Danilovgrad - Ibar Rozaje
Apr. 16: Jedinstvo - Centar BP

S-League

Apr. 16: Lovcen - Sutjeska
Apr. 16: Buducnost - Mornar Bar
Apr. 16: Teodo Tivat - Ulcinj


Allergic To Losing - by Jay-R Strowbridge

The Toughest Thing For Me To Do In The Game of Basketball Is To LOSE! I Cannot Stand Losing Nor Will I Ever Get Use To It. I Refuse To Lose. Unfortunately, We Have Lost Our Last Two Games. We Had Control Of The Game And It Slipped Out Of Our Hands. I PROMISE The KK Danilovgrad Family That The Remaining Games We Will Win. It's Down To By Any Means Necessary...Whether It's Diving On The Ball For A Loose Ball, Getting A Defensive Stop, Or Knocking Down A Game Winning Shot. As A Team We Will Continue To Focus On Defense And Rebounding To Win. As A Leader It's My Responsibility To Achieve This Goal. Losers Run From A Challenge And Make Excuses Because It's "Too Difficult". Winners Embrace The Challenge And Find A Way To Win. There's A Opportunity In Every Difficulty. A Challenge Is Just A Champion's Opportunity To Achieve Greatness. That's What We Are "Winners!" Our Next Opportunity Is Wednesday. Lets Finish Unfinished Business Fellas.

Learn From The Past
Live For Today
Hope For Tomorrow

From The Words Of Coach Mark Jackson "Don't You Dare Go To The Baggage Claim...This Is Just A Layover This Is Not Our Final Destination". We Experienced Turbulence During The First Half of Games But There's A Opportunity In Every Difficulty. We Are Winners! This Race Is A Marathon Not A Sprint...The Marathon Continues

When You Go Through Deep Waters, I Will Be With You. When You Pass Through The Rivers, They Will Not Sweep Over You. When You Walk Through The Fire You Will Not Be Burned; The Flames Will Not Set You Ablaze.
-Isaiah 43:2



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Best players of Montenegrin 1A round 6 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Marko Ljujic (205-C-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) had an amazing evening in the last round for Centar BP and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
The 22-year old center had the game-high 23 points adding eight rebounds for Centar BP in his team's victory, helping them to beat S.Centar (#6, 1-5) 79-72. Centar BP is placed at 3rd position in Montenegrin 1A. Centar BP is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 3rd lost game this season out of 6 games. In the team's last game Ljujic had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Centar BP, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Ljujic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.1ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 8.4rpg) and averages solid 1.7bpg and 61.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American forward Manuel Johnson (201-F-83) of Teodo Tivat. Johnson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Teodo Tivat to another comfortable win 77-63 over slightly higher-ranked Mornar Bar (1-4) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Teodo Tivat to move up to 0th position in S-League. 4 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Teodo Tivat managed to get this Second Stage. Johnson is a newcomer at Teodo Tivat and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Vladimir Starovlah (209-C-94) of S.Centar (#6). Starovlah scored 19 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Starovlah's great performance S.Centar lost 72-79 to the higher-ranked Centar BP (#3, 3-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. S.Centar can only dream about fighting for top spots in Play-Out. They have rather bad season and 1-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Starovlah he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Starovlah has a very solid season. In 6 games in Montenegro he scored 12.0ppg. He also has 6.3rpg, 1.3bpg and FGP: 56.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivan Zejak (203-SF-87) of Danilovgrad - 12 points and 11 rebounds
5. Nikola Zizic (195-G-94) of Sutjeska - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ljeko Nicaj (210-C-87) of Lovcen - 17 points and 9 rebounds
7. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) of Mornar Bar - 13 points and 12 rebounds
8. Jay-R Strowbridge (183-PG-88) of Danilovgrad - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Vladimir Culjkovic) of Ibar Rozaje - 12 points and 11 rebounds
10. Petar Stojanovic (185-PG-90) of Lovcen - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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



Dejan Radonjic is the new coach of Red Star. Jovovic to replace him - by Darko Pekic

The new coach of Red Star is Dejan Radonjic (agency: Beo Basket ). It was announced tonight by the club from Belgrade. After the unexpected defeat against Mega Vizura yesterrday, Red Star's management decided to make some changes and released Vlada Vukoicic . Radonjic, who was a successful player, started his coaching career in Buducnost in 2005 and won many national titles. The club from Podgorica decided to let him go although the season in Montenegro is not over yet, but the management led by Dragan Bokan thought that Radonjic deserved a chance at higher stage. His replacement in Buducnost will be his former assistant Igor Jovovic .


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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 53-28 
 2. Brooklyn N. 48-33 
 3. Boston C. 41-39 
 4. Philadelph.76 33-48 
 5. Toronto R. 32-48 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 49-31 
 2. Chicago B. 44-37 
 3. Milwaukee B. 37-44 
 4. Detroit P. 29-52 
 5. Cleveland C. 24-57 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 65-16 
 2. Atlanta H. 44-36 
 3. Washington W. 29-52 
 4. Charlotte B. 20-61 
 5. Orlando M. 20-61 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 60-21 
 2. Denver N. 56-25 
 3. Utah Jazz 43-38 
 4. Portland TB 33-47 
 5. Minnesota T. 30-51 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 54-26 
 2. Golden St.W. 46-35 
 3. LA Lakers 44-37 
 4. Sacramento K. 28-53 
 5. Phoenix Suns 25-56 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 58-23 
 2. Memphis G. 55-26 
 3. Houston R. 45-36 
 4. Dallas M. 40-41 
 5. N.Orleans H. 27-54 

Regular Season: Round 161

Apr. 15: Dallas M. - Memphis G. 97-103
Apr. 15: Cleveland C. - Miami Heat 95-96
Apr. 15: Orlando M. - Chicago B. 84-102
Apr. 15: Minnesota T. - Utah Jazz 80-96
Apr. 15: Phoenix Suns - Houston R. 119-112
Apr. 15: Golden St.W. - San Antonio S. 116-106
Apr. 15: Milwaukee B. - Denver N. 111-112
Apr. 15: Detroit P. - Philadelph.76 109-101
Apr. 15: Charlotte B. - New York K. 106-95
Apr. 15: Brooklyn N. - Washington W. 106-101
Apr. 15: Oklah.City T. - Sacramento K. 104-95

Regular Season: Round 162

Apr. 16: Atlanta H. - Toronto R.
Apr. 16: Boston C. - Indiana P.
Apr. 16: LA Clippers - Portland TB


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Anthony, New Y.28.7 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.1 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.3 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.8 
 5. Harden, Houston R.25.9 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.4 
 7. Curry, Golden S.23.0 
 8. Irving, Cleveland22.4 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat21.2 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 2. Vucevic, Orlan.11.9 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.7 
 4. Noah, Chicago B.11.3 
 5. Lee, Golden St.W.11.2 
 6. Randolph, Memph.11.1 
 7. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.1 
 8. Chandler, New Y.10.6 
 9. Hickson, Portland.10.5 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.6 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.0 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.1 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.8 
 6. Wall, Washington W.7.7 
 7. Parker, San A.7.6 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.5 
 9. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.2 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 7. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 8. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 10. Young, Philadelph.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.1 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.8 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.7 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.6 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.2.2 
 7. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 


The Knicks waived Solomon Jones - by Eurobasket News

New York Knicks waived 29-year old power forward Solomon Jones (208-111kg-84, college: S.Florida, agency: Priority Sports). But in two NBA games he did not score anything and had only 3 rebounds and 1 block. Jones also played at Liaoning Hunters (CBA) in Chinese league earlier that season. In 19 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 10.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg and 1.9bpg this season. He also spent pre-season at the Suns earlier that year.
The most of last season Jones spent at the Hornets. In 11 games he averaged 5.5ppg and 3.7rpg. The other team he played that season for were the Clippers. In 10 games he averaged just 0.6ppg and 1.7rpg.
The previous (10-11) season Jones played at the Pacers. In 39 games he averaged 3.6ppg and 2.9rpg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2006 Kansas Cagerz selected him in third round (19th overall) in the USBL draft.
The former University of South Florida staris in his seventh season in pro basketball.
He has played previously for four other NBA teams: New Orleans Hornets, Atlanta Hawks, LA Clippers and Indiana Pacers.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Very fluid athlete who runs the court exceptionally well ... His speed running the floor is very good for a 6-10 player ... Has very nice touch on his shot from 15 feet and in ... Face up jump shot is good ...
Lacks great basketball instincts and post fundamentals ..
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By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nbatransactions)



Review of Monday's action in the League - by Eurobasket News

Golden St.W. - San Antonio S. 116-106
Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) made seven 3-pointers to finish with 35 points, leading the Golden State Warriors past the severely short-handed San Antonio Spurs 116-106 on Monday night. Curry hit 7 of 13 shots from beyond the arc to move within one of Ray Allen's single-season record of 269 3-pointers set in 2005-06 with Seattle. Curry added eight rebounds and five assists to help the Warriors pull away late and move a game ahead of Houston for the Western Conference's sixth seed. Gary Neal (6'4''-G-84, college: Towson) had 25 points and five assists and Patty Mills scored 23 points for the Spurs, who rested their key starters a night after losing 91-86 loss at the Los Angeles Lakers. San Antonio still had the Warriors on the brink until Curry took control. After the Spurs tied the game at 84 early in the fourth quarter, Curry connected on three 3-pointers during a run that gave Golden State a 107-87 lead with less than 5 minutes remaining. The 32nd straight sellout crowd announced at 19,596 chanted "Curry! Curry! Curry!" Warriors coach Mark Jackson took his starting point guard out with 3:51 remaining. Fans gave Curry a standing ovation, and they belted out another roar moments later when the video board showed the Rockets lost 119-112 at Phoenix. Klay Thompson (6'6''-G-90, college: Washington St.) scored 23 points and David Lee added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors, who finish the regular season at Portland on Wednesday. Houston, which would hold the tiebreaker over the Warriors after winning the season series 3-1, will visit the Lakers it its finale Wednesday. With Oklahoma City clinching the West's top seed with a win over Sacramento earlier Monday night, the Spurs instead decided to focus on preparing for the playoffs. San Antonio rested point guard Tony Parker (sore neck, left ankle), power forward Tim Duncan (sore left knee) and small forward Kawhi Leonard (sore left knee) sat out because of nagging injuries. All three had played at the Lakers on Sunday night. The Spurs also were without reserve guard Manu Ginobili, who has been out since straining his right hamstring March 29. Backup forward Boris Diaw also is likely out until at least the second round of the playoffs following back surgery. Whether Ginobili returns for the regular-season finale Wednesday against Minnesota is unclear. But Spurs coach Gregg Popovich left no doubt about the status of Parker, Duncan and Leonard for the Timberwolves game. "Everybody will play on Wednesday because it's not a back-to-back," Popovich said. "What we're doing tonight is what we do. We've done it all year. We've done it for 17 years." The Spurs will be seeded second and likely face Golden State or Houston in the first round. Golden State was without center Andrew Bogut (sprained left ankle) and backup Andris Biedrins (lower back tightness). Bogut has missed two straight games since reinjuring his surgically repaired ankle. He has sat out 50 of 81 games this season, and his status for the playoffs is murky. While adjusting to the odd lineups, neither side created much separation for more than three quarters. Harrison Barnes had a driving two-handed dunk over Aron Baynes to give Golden State a 25-19 lead in the first quarter. Mills, who started in nearby Saint Mary's College, capped a quick spurt with a 3-pointer that put San Antonio ahead 26-25. There were 20 lead changes and six ties in the first half. The Spurs held a 57-54 lead at the break. Curry connected on a pair of 3-pointers and a short jumper before Festus Ezeli's dunk put the Warriors up 68-61 early in the third quarter, the largest lead for either side. The Spurs still closed the gap several times, tying the score early in the fourth quarter before Curry ignited Golden State for good. Courtesy of: elpasotimes.com

Phoenix Suns - Houston R. 119-112
The Phoenix Suns finally got another victory at home - in their last chance of the season. Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) had 26 points and 15 rebounds, Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) added 21 points and 14 assists and Phoenix snapped a franchise-record seven-game home losing streak with a 119-112 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday night in the Suns' final home game. Markieff Morris had 20 points and had career highs of six blocked shots and five steals for the Suns, who despite the victory finished with the second-worst home record in club history. P.J. Tucker added 21 points for the balanced Phoenix offense, which went small without a true center all night. Dragic, who played part of the third and all of the fourth quarter with a bandage over his left eye after a cut that required three stitches, called it his team's most complete game of the season. "Everybody was involved, everybody was making shots," Dragic said. " (Markieff), he was amazing. He was blocking every shot almost. On defense, we were talking and we played well. If we would play like this earlier, for sure we would be close to the playoffs." Suns interim coach Lindsey Hunter, who doesn't know if he'll be back next season, liked the effort for the home finale. "Hopefully these list couple of games is an indication of some things that we got better at," he said. "We didn't get to where we wanted to, but I think that we got better in a lot of different ways." Carlos Delfino (6'7''-SF-82) points scored 22, including 6 of 9 3-pointers, and Jeremy Lin 20 for the Rockets, who fell a game behind Golden State for the No. 6 playoff spot in the West. The Rockets are a game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers for the No. 7 spot. Houston finishes its regular season at the Lakers on Wednesday night. "We never had any kind of control of this game at all," Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. " They had control of it all night. We made a couple of runs where we thought we would be OK. In the second quarter, we had a couple of things where I thought we could back in the game. We played very poorly. We had bad shot selection, we missed some shots, they posted us up, they got everything they wanted and we couldn't stop them defensively. "We are going to play a very determined L.A. team. We have to play well." James Harden managed just 15 points on 5-for-18 shooting, 0 for 7 from 3-point range. That's 10.5 points below his season average. "I think that has been one of our problems all season - focus," Lin said. "It usually comes with a younger team. At this point of the season, it is really not an excuse. Every game means so much. We are talking about playoff seeding. We are talking about matchups and things that are more important than anything we played for all season." Despite the victory, Phoenix finished with its second-worst home record in franchise history at 17-24. With one game to go, the Suns are 25-56 and guaranteed the second-worst record in team history. Only the 16-66 inaugural season of 1968-69 was worse. "We all know it was a rough year," Scola said, "but I wish the year would have 100 games left so we could turn this around. The day we finish the year we can start thinking about next season and I'm looking forward to that." Houston never caught the Suns in the second half, cutting it to 75-71 on Omer Asik's dunk with 8:03 left in the third. Phoenix had its highest-scoring quarter of a season with 39 in the first and their highest-scoring half in building a 67-61 lead at the break. The Suns stretched it to as much as a 12-point lead late in the third and were up 90-83 entering the fourth. Houston kept it to single-digits most of the fourth with Patrick Beverley's 3-pointer cutting the lead to 103-101 with 6:20 to go. But two baskets by Morris and a driving layup by Dragic made it 109-101. The Rockets never got closer than five again. Dragic scored six and Wesley Johnson five in a 13-2 run that put the Suns up 35-23 with 1:47 left in the first. But with Harden on the bench, the Rockets rallied in the second quarter with a 7-0 spurt. Delfino sank a 3, then James Anderson dunked and Greg Smith scored inside, putting Houston up 52-50 with 6:05 left in the half. Phoenix regained the lead 56-55 on a fastbreak basket by Jared Dudley, after a behind-the-back assist from Dragic, 2:51 before halftime. It was part of a 15-2 outburst that made it 65-57 on Tucker's layup. Courtesy of: usatoday.com

Minnesota T. - Utah Jazz 80-96
Through 81 games, the latest a workmanlike takedown of an depleted, defeated, lottery-bound team, that's all the Utah Jazz can ask for. They defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 96-80 on Monday, preserving an outside shot at the playoffs. "The work," coach Tyrone Corbin said, "is on Wednesday." A Jazz win against the Memphis Grizzlies and a Houston Rockets win over the Los Angeles Lakers would catapult the Jazz into the eighth and final seed in the Western Conference. Any other result, and the season will end. "Somebody's going to be hurt," Jazz guard Randy Foye (6'3''-G-83, college: Villanova) said. "Either us or [the Lakers]. But the only way you can feel good about it is if you give yourself a chance on Wednesday." And in order to have a chance Wednesday, the Jazz had to beat the Timberwolves for the second time in four nights. A loss in front of 17,009 at the Target Center would have brought a premature close to the Jazz's playoff hopes. There would have been no cliffhanger. "It was a must win for us," Mo Williams (6'1''-PG-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama) said, "and we knew that. It's been must wins the last three weeks for us." The Jazz have won nine of their last 11 games, a run of success that belies the peaks and valleys of this season. Before this stretch, they were losers in 12 of 15 games. Injuries sidelined key players for 32 games (Mo Williams) and 10 (Gordon Hayward). Wins on the road were next to impossible. But starting with a victory over Philadelphia on March 25, the Jazz found a new stride. Their perimeter game began clicking, relieving pressure on center Al Jefferson. The road winning streak is now at three; adding a fourth could dramatically shift perspectives on whether Corbin's first true first full, regulation NBA season was a success. His success, and the Jazz's, is largely tethered to Jefferson's play. In the Jazz's 107-100 win over the Timberwolves on Friday, the former T-wolf turned in arguably the best game of his career: 40 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists As an encore, Jefferson led the Jazz once again versus the Wolves, finishing with 22 points and 8 rebounds. "He didn't have 40," Corbin said, "but he carried us. ... He made some great plays." The Jazz opened the game with a 16-2 lead and never again trailed, despite the Wolves cutting the lead to 2 in the second quarter and 3 in the third. After the Jazz saw their lead trimmed to 61-58, they ran off a 25-10 run, including a pair of 3-pointers by Foye, who finished with 14 points on streaky - but timely - shooting. "We're fighting for something," Foye said. "It was important for us to finish the game." Mo Williams added 15 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds four the Jazz, while Derrick Favors finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds off the bench. Whatever celebration there was Monday was brief, an abbreviated sense of accomplishment with Wednesday's game looming. The Jazz can't dictate their fortunes; they can win and still miss the playoffs if the Lakers beat Houston. "We were in a position to control our own destiny," Gordon Hayward said, "but that time has come and gone. We can control that last game and give ourselves a shot, so that's what we've got to do." While it could have been, Monday was not the end. That will be saved for either Wednesday or some date unknown. Monday - April 15, tax day - the Jazz were granted an extension. Courtesy of: sltrib.com

Oklah.City T. - Sacramento K. 104-95
The Oklahoma City Thunder couldn't coast to the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) and Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) teamed up for 50 points and needed to return in the fourth quarter to hold off a Sacramento charge, and the Thunder clinched the top seed in the West by beating the Sacramento Kings 104-95 on Monday night. It was the 60th win for the franchise, which last accomplished the feat 15 years ago in Seattle. The team hasn't been the top seed in the West since 1996, when the SuperSonics went to the NBA Finals before losing to Michael Jordan's Bulls. "We've never done it here before, so it's new to us," said Durant, who scored 29. "But it feels good. It shows our progression as a franchise each and every year." Tyreke Evans, the Kings' second-leading scorer, did not return after grabbing at his troublesome left knee following a drive to the basket late in the first quarter. Without him, Sacramento fell hopelessly behind before mounting a flurry with the Thunder's stars on the bench. Durant hit a 3-pointer and Westbrook set up Serge Ibaka for a two-handed slam during a string of 11 straight Thunder points midway through the third quarter that stretched the lead to 75-51. Sacramento was able to cut the deficit to 11 early in the fourth quarter and force coach Scott Brooks to put Durant and Westbrook back in and close out the game. "To get 60 wins is quite an accomplishment," Brooks said. "We've come a long ways through the hard work our entire organization has put in." Westbrook didn't make it until the very end, drawing his second technical foul of the game with 2:28 left after spiking the basketball following Travis Outlaw's dunk that brought Sacramento within 100-88. The two technical fouls brought Westbrook's total to 15 for the season, one short of the number that would draw him an automatic one-game suspension. Westbrook, who had 21 points, left the arena without speaking to reporters. It appeared as though he _ along with Durant and Ibaka _ wouldn't return after Westbrook was called for a technical foul with 3:04 left in the third quarter for complaining to referee David Guthrie that he had been hit in the face with no foul called. Westbrook continued complaining until Guthrie instructed reserve Daniel Orton to lead Westbrook to the bench with Oklahoma City leading 76-55. But the Kings soon pieced together a 12-2 comeback late in the third quarter, and Brooks called timeout after Sacramento scored six straight points to cut the lead to 84-73 with 9 1/2 minutes left. Durant and Westbrook returned, and Sacramento couldn't get within double digits until Jimmer Fredette's four-point play with 7.8 seconds to go. "With the second-best team in the NBA, you can't get down early," said Isaiah Thomas, who led Sacramento with 16 points. "You can't get down 18 to 20 points. It's going to be a hell of a job to make a comeback. We fought, though, in that third and fourth quarter." Outlaw scored 15 and Cole Aldrich (6'11''-C-88, college: Kansas) had a double-double for the second straight game by tying his career best with 12 points and setting a career high with 13 rebounds. Leading scorer Demarcus Cousins, who was allowed to play after the NBA rescinded his 16th technical foul of the season, had just seven points and six rebounds and didn't play in the fourth quarter. Evans, who missed 16 games from late November through early January because of left knee injuries, clutched at the front of that knee as he lay under the basket following an awkward landing. His right foot appeared to slip on the court as his left leg folded up underneath him. Outlaw and a trainer helped him off the court and down a tunnel to the locker room with 2 minutes left in the first quarter. A team spokesman described the injury as a left quadriceps strain. "I definitely thought it was his knee, and he thought it was his knee as well," Smart said. "We thought maybe when he fell and he hit the floor that maybe when they fell on it that maybe his knee had thrust into the floor. "But then once he got in the back and realized that it wasn't the knee. It was more the quad. I think it scared him more than anything else, thinking right away it was the knee. Just happy that it was just a quad and a couple weeks of rest and he'll be back to normal." Smart said he won't let Evans, who is a restricted free agent at the end of the season, play in the team's final game Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. "No need for him to go out there and limp around or try to do anything else to that," he said. "So it'll be a fight between Tyreke and I. We'll do it behind closed doors, but it doesn't warrant for him to get out there and try to do something." The Thunder scored the first eight points of the game and didn't relinquish the lead, despite losing Thabo Sefolosha and Hasheem Thabeet to two fouls apiece within the first 7 minutes. The Kings got as close as one and were down 20-16 after Evans' layup. "It shows that we're improving every year, and it's a big number," Sefolosha said. "There's not a lot of teams that can do it. To be a part of that group and just to get to that number, it's big." Courtesy of: capitalgazette.com

Dallas M. - Memphis G. 97-103
Keyon Dooling (6'3''-G-80, college: Missouri) sparked a fourth-quarter surge and the Memphis Grizzlies topped the Dallas Mavericks 103-97 Monday night at American Airlines Center. Dooling, signed less than two weeks ago, drilled four 3-pointers in the final period to break open what had been a close game. The lead changed hands 13 times in the second half before the Grizzlies got some breathing room. A four-point play keyed an 8-0 run that gave Memphis an 85-78 advantage. Memphis, still in running for the homecourt edge in the first round of the playoffs, improved to 55-26 and plays host to Utah on Wednesday. Dallas (40-41) ends its season with Wednesday's home game against New Orleans. Jerryd Bayless (6'3''-PG-88, college: Arizona) paced the Grizzlies with 19 points off the bench, with Dooling adding 13. Another reserve, Ed Davis, scored 11. Tayshaun Prince (12 points) was the only starter in double figures. Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) led all scorers with 26 points. Dallas swingman Vince Carter had 22 points off the bench, and passed Clyde Drexler for 27th place on the league's all-time scoring list. The Grizzlies won the season series against Dallas, 3-1, and snapped a streak of six straight games between the Southwest Division rivals won by the home team. Memphis opened the second half with a 13-4 burst to take its first lead of the game at 51-50. Turnovers by the Mavs aided the Grizzlies' spurt, including a steal and breakaway dunk by Tony Allen to put the visitors on top. Memphis went in the fourth up 68-67. Carter was mixing up 3-pointers and drives to the basket in the second quarter as the Mavericks rebuilt their lead back to double digits. The Grizzlies clamped down defensively and closed the gap to 46-38 at the break. Carter had 15 points at the half, while Bayless scored nine for Memphis. The Grizzlies and Mavericks were both shooting in low 40s at intermission. The Mavericks took advantage of Memphis turnovers early to run out to a 27-17 lead, with Mike James scoring a quick nine points. Dallas took a 29-21 into the second period on the strength of 55 percent shooting. Courtesy of: wptz.com

Milwaukee B. - Denver N. 111-112
Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) put the Milwaukee Bucks on the verge of victory with a spectacular play late in Monday night's home finale against the Denver Nuggets. But again the Bucks could not finish the job, falling to the Nuggets when Denver point guard Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) hit an 11-foot jumper with 9.3 seconds left to provide the decisive points in a 112-111 victory. The Bucks had no timeouts left but quickly pushed the ball up the court and wound up with an open three-point look for J.J. Redick. But his shot bounced out, and Milwaukee (37-44) lost its fifth straight as it continued to slump heading to its first-round playoff matchup against Miami. Ellis had given the Bucks the lead with 14.2 seconds left when he sank a difficult three-pointer from the right wing and was fouled by Nuggets guard Evan Fournier. Ellis made the free throw for a four-point play and a 111-110 lead. "He's had a great season and without him, I don't know where we'd be," Bucks coach Jim Boylan said. Ellis missed the morning shootaround due to an intestinal illness but scored 38 points, one off his season high, and knocked down 6 three-pointers in 11 tries. He drilled 4 threes and had 19 points in the fourth quarter. "No matter what's going on with me, at 7 o'clock or 7:30 I'm always going to be ready to play basketball," Ellis said. "I deal with everything afterward. "We really needed a win. Right now is not the time to throw a pity party or sit out or anything. "We've got to do more. We've got to get better and we've got to do it now." Denver (56-25) needed the victory to clinch home-court advantage in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs and had to fight hard to get it. Lawson finished with 26 points, seven assists and five rebounds, and Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F/G-87, college: De Paul) added 21 points. Javale McGee (7'0''-C-88, college: Nevada) came off the bench to grab a game-high 17 rebounds. The Bucks desperately needed a jolt that Redick's open three could have given them. "I'll take that every day," Boylan said of the shot. "That one just didn't go in. We got a good shot and that's all you can ask for." Redick finished with 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting despite being poked in the eye in the first half. Center John Henson added 14 points and 15 rebounds, and Ersan Ilyasova had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Ilyasova grabbed a rebound late in the game with the Bucks leading by one point and had no one around him, but the ball slipped out of his hands and out of bounds. That gave Denver another possession and Andre Iguodala drove for a basket to put the Nuggets ahead, 108-107, with 51.9 seconds left. "I landed really close to the baseline, and it slipped," Ilyasova said. "That was a big play." Ilyasova said the Bucks have to keep fighting as they head to Oklahoma City for the regular-season finale Wednesday night. Then it will be on to a daunting Eastern Conference playoff matchup against top-seeded Miami. "I would say it's more mental," Ilyasova said. "We're in a losing streak right now. "Winning a game is going to be huge for us, and we kind of need it as far as motivation. We have one more game left and will try to come up with energy and try to win. "The way we've been playing the last couple games, we're off course. We're still up and down (within the game). We've got the Miami Heat, the champions. At least we know we have to give them a fight." Lawson wanted the ball at the end of the game and got it back from Chandler. "I knew he (Ellis) was going to bite if I pushed it to the basket," Lawson said. "I stepped back and had all the time in the world to make the shot." And Lawson said Ellis' four-point play was a lesson for Fournier, the rookie from France. "You can't put your hand in there, especially with Monta," Lawson said. "He (Fournier) put his hand in the cookie jar and something bit him. He won't make that mistake again." The Nuggets, who lead the league in points in the paint, piled up 56 to 44 for the Bucks. "That is where they live; that's where they do all of their work," Boylan said. "Our guys battled so I'm not hanging my head." Courtesy of: jsonline.com

Detroit P. - Philadelph.76 109-101
Lawrence Frank walked quickly toward midcourt as the final seconds ticked away, greeting Doug Collins with a handshake and a few words. Frank's future is uncertain in Detroit and Collins is on his way out as Philadelphia's coach. That's what happens at the end of a disappointing season. Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) had 27 points and 16 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons made the most of their home finale by beating the Philadelphia 76ers 109-101 on Monday night. For both teams, the game was overshadowed by uncertainty off the court. Collins won't be back as Philadelphia's coach, and Pistons owner Tom Gores remained noncommittal before the game on the status of Frank, his coach, and Joe Dumars, his team president. "Any time there's a last of anything-so there's a last home game-for whoever it is, I think everyone has to appreciate the moment," Frank said. "As a team, collectively, this will be the last time we play on this floor." A person familiar with the situation has told The Associated Press that Collins and the Sixers were trying to resolve their future relationship after the coach told them he would not return for a fourth season. Collins didn't discuss his future before the game Monday. Philadelphia finishes the season at Indiana on Wednesday night. "I like what this team is doing, and it is a fun group," Collins said. "I told them that it is supposed to be great weather in Indy (on Tuesday), so we'll take the day off, enjoy ourselves and then get together for one last good game." The 76ers reached the playoffs the last two seasons, but the best they could manage in 2012-13 was avoiding a 50-loss campaign. They're 33-48 heading into their finale. Gores met with reporters briefly and said he was disappointed with Detroit's season, but it's not clear what will happen with Dumars and Frank. The Pistons are playing better of late. They've won four straight, equaling their longest run of the season. Detroit trailed 54-51 at halftime Monday but went on a 14-5 run near the end of the third quarter to open a double-digit lead. The Pistons outscored the 76ers 33-21 in the period. Monroe's spinning three-point play with 10:10 to go in the fourth made it 89-75. It was the 36th double-double of the season for Monroe, equaling the most by a Piston since Grant Hill had 44 in 1995-96. Hill also had 36 the following two seasons. Detroit is finishing up its fourth straight season without a playoff berth, and there's no telling what the offseason could bring, but the players didn't seem affected by the uncertainty. "At the end of the day, this is our job," Monroe said. "When you step on the court, you have to play, and that's what I focus on. There's always going to be stuff that happens off the court. This is a business. There are going to be changes every year. It's about, whoever you are, just making sure you play the best you can." Will Bynum (5'11''-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) scored 22 points in just over 25 minutes for Detroit. Kyle Singler contributed 16 points and Brandon Knight had 12. The 76ers trailed by only seven late in the game, but Bynum's 3-pointer from the left corner made it 106-96. Dorell Wright had 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the 76ers. Jrue Holiday added 14 points. "We were doing some good things and then we started dribbling a little too much," Collins said. "Monroe was terrific. Knight had that little stretch where he got hot and hit some shots and then Bynum was good off of the bench." Courtesy of: eveningsun.com

Brooklyn N. - Washington W. 106-101
Andray Blatche (6'11''-F/C-86) led a bevy of Brooklyn bench players with 20 points and 11 rebounds the Nets erased an early 17 point deficit to beat the Washington Wizards 106-101 on Monday night. Kris Humphries, who was the team's original starting power forward at the beginning of the season before falling out of the rotation, added 20 points and nine boards for Brooklyn. Mirza Teletovic (6'9''-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points and MarShon Brooks chipped in 12 for the Nets, who will host Detroit on Wednesday night before they open up at home in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Nets reserve rookie Toko Shengelia, who has played only 3:42 all season, saw 25 minutes. After averaging 1.1 points and 0.7 rebounds in 18 games, Shengelia finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds. John Wall led Washington with 18 points and 12 assists while Trevor Booker added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Wizards, who lost for the fifth straight time. Brooklyn trailed for pretty much all of the game before finally taking a 95-94 lead on Shengelia's layup with 4:57 left in the fourth. Booker's hook shot with 4:37 remaining gave the Wizards a 96-95 lead but after the Wizards failed to inbound the ball, Teletovic nailed a 3-pointer to make it 98-96 for the Nets with 3:19 left. After Cartier Martin's 3-pointer made it 101-101 with 1:43 left, Blatche's layup gave Brooklyn the lead for good, 103-101, with 55.5 remaining. Having already sealed the no. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, the Brooklyn Nets had a long injury list before the game - as have many NBA teams with their playoff seeds locked. Starters Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois), Brook Lopez, Reggie Evans and Joe Johnson all played cheerleading roles on the bench and were joined by Keith Bogans and Jerry Stackhouse. Brooklyn will play the Chicago Bulls or Atlanta Hawks in the first round. Gerald Wallace, who's been struggling this season as he's looked to find his way in an offense led by Williams, Johnson and Lopez, was Brooklyn's lone starter on the floor after missing his last two games due to a lower left leg contusion. Wallace's injury came early in the second quarter of the Nets' win at Boston last Wednesday night. Wallace, who averaged 15.2 points in 16 games with the Nets after he was acquired from Portland last season, has just posted up 7.8 points a game this season. He scored just two points on three shot attempts in 23 minutes. Humphries, who been almost a non-factor all season long after signing a two-year contract extension during the offseason, resembled the player he was a year ago. Before the national anthem, the Brooklyn Nets aired a short video clip on the big screen above midcourt and had a moment of silence for the bombing that occurred earlier in the day at the Boston Marathon. Courtesy of: nj.com

Cleveland C. - Miami Heat 95-96
LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) warmed up, got dressed and grabbed a seat. Like an ordinary fan, he watched the Heat, who had some guy named Jarvis Vernado playing for them. And Miami won without James -- and most of its other stars. James sat on the bench in street clothes as Norris Cole stripped Kyrie Irving of the ball with 2.2 seconds left to give Miami, with coach Erik Spoelstra resting his starters and most of his top players for the playoffs, a 96-95 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. Cole finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. But it was his only steal on Cleveland's final possession that sealed one of Miami's most unexpected wins this season. "Everbody had a hand in this win," Spoelstra said. "That's what we wanted to do. We're here. We might as well compete and made the most of it." James was disappointed to not play in another homecoming game against his former team, but he appreciated Spoelstra's desire to get the NBA champions as healthy and refreshed as possible heading into the postseason. Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers joined James on the bench while Dwyane Wade, Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem (6'8''-F-80, college: Florida) stayed back in Miami with minor injuries. Rashard Lewis scored 19 points and James Jones had 14 for the Heat Light, and Miami got win 65 -- a number Spoelstra could have imagine. "Sixty-five is a big number," Spoelstra said. "I've been part of championship teams and teams that had great success in this league that have never been able to win this many games." Irving and Tristan Thompson scored 16 apiece for the Cavs, who have lost five straight, 15 of 17 and may soon relieve Byron Scott of his coaching duties. Scott, though, believes he will return for a fourth season. "I am going to be back to coach them," he said. "I've got a year left on my contract, so unless I'm told different, I expect to do that." Irving scored on two driving layups to get the Cavs within one, and Cole gave Cleveland its final chance by missing two free throws with 13.9 seconds left. After two timeouts, the Cavs ran an isolation play for Irving, who drove left and tried to spin on Cole but had the ball taken away by the Cleveland State product. As Cole dribbled out the final seconds, James and the rest of the Heat's high-paid benchwarmers walked onto the floor to help Miami's reserves celebrate. "I wanted to stay between him and the basket," Cole said of the final play. "I had a chance to strip the ball and I did. In situatuions like that the game's on the line. You have to buckle up and play the best defense you can." When the game ended, Irving ran off the floor and skipped a postgame ceremony where Cavs players gave away jerseys and game-worn shoes to fans. A team official said Irving was injured, but that seemed to be news to the 21-year-old All-Star. "That's what I have?" Irving said sarcastically. "Oh. When was someone going to tell me? I'm hurt again. How long am I going to be out? James was limited to a pregame workout with Bosh and Chalmers as the Heat played their final road game before finishing the regular season in Orlando on Wednesday. James was officially listed as being out with a "sore right hamstring" but his benching was more to get him set for another possible title run. This was a fairly uneventful game compared to James' previous visit on March 20, when the Heat overcame a 27-point deficit in the second half to win; a fan wearing a T-shirt asking James to return to Cleveland ran onto the floor; and the giant scoreboard leaked fluid and delayed the opening tip. With James in a brown sport coat and Bosh wearing his Heat warmups, Spoelstra sent out a starting lineup of Cole, Mike Miller, Joel Anthony (6'9''-C-82, college: UNLV), Lewis and 40-year-old journeyman Juwan Howard, who made his first NBA start since April 14, 2010. Still, Miami's backups were too much for the Cavs. "Look at their roster," Thompson said. "They're not scrubs. A lot of these guys are champions and can start on other teams." James warmed up on the Quicken Loans floor, his homecourt for seven years, for more than 30 minutes before heading to the locker room. On his way out, he stopped to sign autographs in the tunnel leading to Miami's dressing room as fans leaned over a railing to hand him balls, caps, posters and anything they could. An aluminum railing briefly gave way and nearly toppled fans on top of James. But security guards acted quickly and were able to secure the partition before ordering fans to move back before someone was seriously injured. James said he was disappointed not to play, but supported his coach. "I'm never sad about sitting," he said, smiling. "I'm sad about not playing." A third straight losing season for Cleveland is winding down with coach Scott's future in jeopardy. Scott is already under contract for next season, but there's no guarantee he'll be back. Owner Dan Gilbert, who has not commented on Scott's status, had a courtside seat for Cleveland's last home game. He can't be happy with his team missing the playoffs again, and could be forced to change coaches. Scott said this season has worn him down. "I'm fatigued, mentally, physically, a little bit of everything," he said. "But I still wake up every morning ready for work." The Cavs did show more effort than on Sunday in Philadelphia when Irving scored a career-low 4 points and Scott benched his starters for the fourth quarter. Courtesy of: foxsportsflorida.com

Orlando M. - Chicago B. 84-102
Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) was holding out hope. The Bulls power forward loved that Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson were back on the court during the team's 102-84 victory against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center on Monday night, but the puzzle was incomplete. The No. 1 remained the last big missing piece. And while Derrick Rose continued to rehab his surgically-repaired left knee - and gave no signs of shutting it down for the rest of the season or playing - Carlos Boozer grasped onto the idea of what the Bulls still could be. 'It's what we had to deal with,'' said Carlos Boozer, who scored a team-high 22 points against the Magic. 'Sometimes you have to deal with players being out. We've dealt with that in the past. Obviously, we want [Rose] to come back. But we had to deal with playing without him. Guys have been able to step up. Obviously, Kirk [Hinrich] has done a great job for us. Nate [Robinson] has done a great job. Marquis [Teague] has done a great job when he was in there. So we've had guys step up and do a pretty damn good job. 'We just have to take care of what's in front of us. [Rose is] doing his job of what he has to do. We're doing our job of what we have to do. If he comes back, it would be ­awesome. If he doesn't, we have to go with what we got.'' Carlos Boozer was then asked if he was holding onto the belief that Rose will show up to the Berto Center one day this week and say, 'I'm ready,'' and would lift the team to a higher level in the postseason. 'Absolutely,'' Carlos Boozer said. 'I don't know why he wouldn't [be a huge boost]. He makes that big of a difference to be quite frank. He makes that big of a difference.'' Settling for Noah and Gibson returning was a heck of a consolation prize, and their presence was felt on offense and defense. While Carlos Boozer did his thing scoring-wise, and Jimmy Butler led the team with 10 rebounds, just the security of having their two bigs back in the rotation was the most comforting. 'That's' the real value of Taj and Jo, when teams go small you can stay big, and then you have a rebounding advantage,'' coach Tom Thibodeau said. 'That's their strength, their defensive ability. And Taj doesn't get enough credit for how good he is defensively, but both guys were huge.'' They played on a minutes watch, combining for 18 points, but there was a reason the Bulls had 42 field goals on 33 assists, while holding the Magic to 84 points. 'We found our defense [Monday night],'' Hinrich said. 'It's a pretty thing when that happens.'' And they need it to happen once more in the regular season, closing out the year Wednesday against Washington, and doing so trailing Atlanta by a half game for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls want that seed, matching up against Brooklyn in the first round rather than Indiana. 'We still have hopes of climbing up depending on what happens with Atlanta,'' Carlos Boozer said. 'We'll do our job and let the rest take care of itself. But the biggest thing is being healthy going into the playoffs. If we are, we can be very dangerous.'' Courtesy of: suntimes.com

Charlotte B. - New York K. 106-95
Gerald Henderson scored 27 points, Kemba Walker had 23 points and a career-high 13 assists and the Charlotte Bobcats defeated a New York Knicks team playing without Carmelo Anthony and a few others 106-95 on Monday night. The victory was the second straight for the Bobcats, who pulled into a tie with Orlando for the worst record in the league. The Knicks played only seven players, resting Anthony and others after wrapping up the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Tyson Chandler, J.R. Smith, Raymond Felton, Amar'e Stoudemire, Marcus Camby (6'11''-C/F-74, college: Massachusetts) and Kenyon Martin also did not play. Walker and Henderson combined to shoot 20 of 31 from the field and go 7 of 7 from the foul line. The Bobcats shot 64 percent in the first three quarters to build a 17-point lead. They outrebounded the Knicks 37-25. Center Bismack Biyombo added 10 points and 11 rebounds for his second straight double-double. Chris Copeland led the Knicks with 32 points, shooting 4 of 8 from 3-point range. The Knicks started a lineup that included Copeland, Iman Shumpert, James White, Steve Novak and Pablo Prigioni. The Bobcats jumped on that crew early, building 30-17 first quarter lead while outrebounding the Knicks 12-4. Charlotte shot 63 percent from the field in the first half and took a 54-45 lead into the locker room. Walker essentially had his way with Prigioni early in the game nearly posting a double-double in the first half with 13 rebounds and eight assists, while Henderson scored 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field. With the game well in hand, Walker only played 31 minutes. Jason Kidd (6'4''-PG-73, college: California) and Rasheed Wallace were the only other Knicks who played. Wallace played his first game since Dec. 13, but only played four minutes and scored two points. Novak had five 3-pointers and scored 17 points, and James White added 15 points and Shumpert had 14 points in the loss. Josh McRoberts, who'll be a free agent after the season, continues to play solid basketball for the Bobcats, scoring 10 points, while handing out eight assists and grabbing seven rebounds. The Bobcats have played much better as a team since acquiring McRoberts in a trade with the Magic for Hakim Warrick. The Bobcats close the season Wednesday night at home against Cleveland while the Knicks host Atlanta. Courtesy of:star-telegram.com



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Len to Declare for NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News

University of Maryland sophomore center Alex Len (7'1''-C-93) is forgoing his final two years of collegiate eligibility to enter the NBA Draft. "I'm very grateful for the two years I've spent at Maryland and for everyone that has supported me during my time here," said Len. "It's been an honor to play here and I've learned so much. I want to thank Coach Turgeon and the coaching staff for believing in me and helping me grow as a player and a person. I also want to thank my teammates who were always there for me. We shared some great moments together. I've grown a lot, both on the court and off the court, over the past two years and I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life." "I'm very proud of Alex and am excited for what the future holds for him," said Turgeon. "To see the progress he's made on the court, in the classroom and socially has been a truly rewarding experience. Alex has worked incredibly hard since he got here and he has earned this opportunity." Len averaged 11.9 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game while leading the ACC with 78 blocks in 2012-13. The 7-foot-1 native of Antratsit, Ukraine, was named honorable mention All-ACC and was a member of the All-ACC Defensive team last season. Len dramatically increased his productivity from his freshman to sophomore season, making improvements in nearly every statistical category. His scoring went from 6.0 points per game to 11.9, while his rebounding increased from 5.4 to 7.8 per game. For his career, Len holds averages of 9.7 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game and 2.1 blocks per game. He played in 60 games with 48 starts, 37 of those coming in 2012-13.
Courtesy of: umterps.com



2013 Jordan Brand Classic Recap - by Carl Berman

NetScouts Basketball was at the Jordan Brand Classic this week in New York for practices and at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn last night for the three All-Star games. Since were most interested in the International players well start with that game.

The International game at the Jordan Brand features the best U17 players in the world. Most are 16 years old and freshman or sophomores in high school. The Black International team beat the White team 76-72 as four players scored in double-figures. The Black was led by 12 points each from 6'8 Lorvo Mazalin (Croatia, 1997) and Thon Maker (7'0, Australia, Carlisle School VA, 1997). Andrea Latorre (6'6, Italy, 1997) and Luc Loubaki (6'3, France, 1997) added 10 points each. Jamal Murray (6'4, Canada, 1997) led the game in scoring for the White team with 24 points.

Of the players that participated we were most impressed with Murray, Ben Simmons (6'9, Australia, Montverde Academy, 1996), Maker, Mazalin, Latorre, Cheick Diallo (6'9, Mali/Our Savior New American, 1996) and Georgios Papagiannis (7'0, Greece, 1997).

Murray was able to get wherever he wanted on the floor, showed off a solid shot with range and has good size for a point guard with good rebounding ability (seven boards). As with most kids his age he needs to add strength and make better decisions but that will likely come in time. Hes a very high level prospect. Maker relocated to Australia from South Sudan when he was five years old. Hes very thin and our main concern for him is whether he has the frame to add strength and some width. Hes also likely not done growing. Maker already exhibits ball skills and can step out for jumpers. He doesnt do a lot inside as he is very thin. Hes obviously a high major talent with NBA potential.

Latorre has good size and shooting ability for a wing while Mazalin is a nice power forward prospect with toughness, good shooting and rebounding ability (eight boards). Diallo is an athletic big man who excels in transition. Papagiannis is a fairly skilled (very skilled for his age) pure center with some nice post footwork and moves already. He can also step out. Hes a very high major/NBA prospect who rumor has it may be playing at a prep school in Delaware this fall.

All the players participating in the international game are at least mid-Division 1 prospects with several with NBA and very high European professional potential. The Jordan Brand Classic is a great way to get a viewing of these players both in practice and in a game situation.

The USA All-Star games were fairly typical with lots of fact-paced transition time, quick shots and not a lot of defense. In the Regional Game the White team topped the Blacks 114-102. Hassan Martin (6'6, Curtis HS, Rhode Island) was the MVP for the winners as he scored 19 points with six rebounds and three steals in 22 minutes of play. Martin is an active combo forward projected as a three in college. He excelled in transition but showed a decent outside shot (2-of-5 threes) that he needs to improve. Hell be a great addition for the Rams and will have a solid four-year career in Kingston. Jon Severe added 16 for the winners but needed 13 shots to do it. Big's Kenton Facey (6'8, Lutheran, UConn) who had 10 points and 10 boards and Kyle Washington (6'9, Brewster Academy, NC State) 12 points and nine boards were both impressive for the Whites.

DeAndre Bembry (6'6, The Patrick School, St. Josephs) was the MVP for the Black team scoring 26 points and adding nine boards. Bembry can light it up from anywhere (3-of-4 threes) and will be an immediate scorer for the Hawks. Tyler Roberson (6'7, Roselle Catholic, Syracuse) will likely see immediate minutes for the Orange. He had 19 points and 13 boards, scoring mostly in transition.

The West topped the East 102-98 in the All-America game as Nigel Williams-Goss (6'3, Washington) scored 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting and dished out four assists. Jabari Parker (6'8, Duke) added 16 and 7. Andrew Wiggins (6'8''-SF-95) (6'7, undecided) and Julius Randle (69, Kentucky) led the East with 19 points each. It will be interesting to see what college Wiggins selects. Kentucky certainly appears overloaded at this point so wed think he'd go elsewhere. Tyler Ennis looked good for the East in his time running the point. He scored 14 with five rebounds, six assists and four steals. Syracuse has their point guard to replace Michael Carter-Williams in the 62 Canadian.

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



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Saint Martin's Names Ostlund as New Men's Basketball Coach - by Sanjey Noriega

From: gnacsports.com

LACEY, Wash. - Michael Ostlund, who was an assistant coach at St.Martin's between 1997 and 2002, is the new head men's basketball coach at St.Martin's University. From 2007-12, Ostlund was the head coach at Snow College, which is located in Ephraim, Utah.

This was the deepest applicant pool we have ever had for this position, and many with collegiate head coaching experience that made it a difficult task for the search committee, said SMU athletic director Bob Grisham.

Michael brings experience as a NCAA Division I player (Weber State University) and as a coach with experience at all levels, having spent the last five years as the head coach at Snow in one of the top junior college conferences in the country. He has recruiting contacts with a vast coaching network throughout the Northwest region as well as nationally.

He combines a passion for the game of basketball, an understanding of the balance between athletics and academics and a real appreciation for the history and culture of St.Martin's, which makes him an ideal fit for our university.

Ostlund put together his most successful season at Snow in 2011-12 as he led the squad to a record of 23-9 and a record of 44-19 (.698) in his final two seasons.

I am grateful for the opportunity, and honored to be the head coach at St.Martin's University, said Ostlund from his current home just outside Salt Lake City. I appreciate the confidence from the SMU administration, and am excited to be heading back to Lacey.

I fully understand the challenges that lie ahead in building the basketball program at SMU, competing in the best Division II conference in the country. We will do everything possible to compete for championships with integrity, our team will represent SMU with pride, and our focus will be on our student-athletes and their success.

The Badgers posted nine wins over nationally ranked National Junior College Association of America teams (NJCAA) during the 2011-12 season as the team finished second in the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) advancing to the semifinals of the Region 18 tournament. His team was ranked as high as 17th in the national poll and spent several weeks in the top 25 or receiving votes in his final two seasons.

Ostlund brings 16 years of coaching experience to St.Martin's having served as the assistant coach at Salt Lake Community College for five seasons (2002-07) where he helped contribute to the program's 116-44 record. During that time the team had five 20 win seasons and advanced to the Region 18 Tournament Championship game twice.

In addition to being an assistant at St.Martin's for five seasons, Ostlund was also an assistant at Bonneville High School in Ogden, Utah, for three seasons, preceded by his first coaching position as an assistant at Weber State University.

He graduated from Weber State with a bachelor's degree in integrated studies and completed his master's in business administration at St.Martin's.

Ostlund played two seasons at Weber State under Denny Huston, long-time assistant coach to former University of Washington head coach Marv Harshman, and was a first team All-Big Sky selection while establishing a NCAA record with 11 consecutive three-point field goals made in 1989.

He inherits a team that returns 11 players from the 2012-13 squad that went 10-16 overall and 6-12 in the GNAC.



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Nepal Army and Wheelchair Sports Association win Wheelchair Basketball Championship in Dharan - by Dinesh Thapa

Nepal Army and Wheelchair Sports Association win the Mens and Womens championship respectively in the Indra Barah Jewellers Basketball Championship here at Dharan, Nepal. This is the first time that the teams from all over Nepal participate in the first ever wheelchair basketball championship in Dharan.

Total of 6 men's and 4 women's team participated in the championship.Sponsored by Indra Barah Jewelers and organized by Dharan Basketball Association, it was a great event to promote wheelchair basketball in Nepal.



Kirtipur Cup Basketball: Gurukul too Hot to Handle for Goldengate - by Dinesh Thapa

Undefeated Gurukul lifted the title of Kirtipur Cup Basketball League by defeating National Basketball Champion GoldenGate Club 78-67 in the final.

Gurukul, led by national team captain Sadish Pradhan along with the stylist Robin Khatri AKA "Metro", finished the league with a perfect record as it won all its matches en route to the title. In the final, Gurukul were too hot to handle for the National Basketball Champion GoldenGate Club.

Veteran Ajay Manandhar was the topscorer for Gurukul in the final with 23 points. Sadish Pradhan scored 19 points while Robin Khatri contributed 13 points for the champions. Bikram Dangol scored 18 points, including four three-pointers, and Sushil Gurung added 15 points for GoldenGate.

Winner Gurukul received Rs 40,000 along with the trophy while runner-up GoldenGate bagged Rs 20,000 with runners up trophy.

Binod Maharjan of Gurukul was declared the most valuable player and awarded with Rs 5,000 and Li-Ning basketball shoes while National team captain Sadish Pradhan was the highest scorer of the tournament and received Rs 5,000. Pradhan scored 262 points for Gurukul in the tournament. Ayush Singh of the host Naya Bazaar Club, Kirtipur finished as the second highest scorer with 210 points.

Altogether six teams had participated in the tournament played in double-league format initially and the top four teams had advanced into the semifinals.



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

PBA Standings
 1. Alaska Aces 11-3 
 2. Rain or Shine 9-4 
 3. San Mig Coffee 8-6 
 4. Talk N Text 7-6 
 5. Petron Blaze 7-6 
 6. Barangay Ginebra 7-7 
 7. Meralco Bolts 6-7 
 8. Air21 Express 6-8 
 9. Barako Bull 5-9 
 10. Global Port 2-12 

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 13: Petron Blaze - Air21 Express 91-95
Apr. 13: Meralco Bolts - San Mig Coffee 90-97
Apr. 14: Global Port - Barako Bull 87-96
Apr. 14: Barangay Ginebra - Talk N Text 86-100

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 17: Talk N Text - Petron Blaze
Apr. 17: Rain or Shine - Meralco Bolts


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 29.3
 1. Dawson, Meralco29.3 
 2. Macklin, Barang.25.4 
 3. Dunigan, Air21 E.25.2 
 4. Caguioa, Barang.22.8 
 5. Bowles, San M.22.4 
 6. David, Global Port21.9 
 7. Dozier, Alaska Aces21.7 
 8. Sundov, Rain o.21.6 
 9. Brock, Guayama21.2 
 10. Canaleta, Air21 E.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert DOZIER
  Alaska Aces
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Dozier, Alaska Aces16.2 
 2. Brock, Guayama16.0 
 3. Macklin, Barang.16.0 
 4. Dunigan, Air21 E.15.6 
 5. Dawson, Meralco15.5 
 6. Bowles, San M.15.0 
 7. Sundov, Rain o.12.2 
 8. Abueva, Alaska Ac.9.1 
 9. Santos, Petron B.7.7 
 10. Belga, Rain or Sh.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Ross, Meralco8.9 
 2. Mercado, Global P.8.1 
 3. Urbiztondo, Barako5.6 
 4. Tenorio, Barang.5.5 
 5. Casio, Alaska Aces5.5 
 6. Cabagnot, Petron5.1 
 7. Cortez, Air21 E.4.8 
 8. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.6 
 9. Villanueva, Barako3.9 
 10. Lee, Rain or Shine3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Dawson, Meralco3.0 
 2. Tenorio, Barang.2.2 
 3. Barroca, San M.1.9 
 4. Ross, Meralco1.8 
 5. Cortez, Air21 E.1.7 
 6. Brock, Guayama1.5 
 7. Urbiztondo, Barako1.3 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.1.3 
 9. Arboleda, Air21 E.1.2 
 10. Castro, Talk N T.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert DOZIER
  Alaska Aces
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Dozier, Alaska Aces2.7 
 2. Dunigan, Air21 E.2.4 
 3. Dawson, Meralco2.3 
 4. Bowles, San M.2.3 
 5. Aguilar, Global Po.1.8 
 6. Brock, Guayama1.4 
 7. Macklin, Barang.1.2 
 8. Fajardo, Petron B.0.9 
 9. Pennisi, Barako Bu.0.8 
 10. Abueva, Alaska A.0.7 


Air 21's Canaleta is PBA Player of the Week - by Aris Ignacio

Air21 Express' Nino Canaleta (196-F-82) was adjudged as the PBA Player of the Week honors for the period of April 8 to 14.

The 31-year old high flyer, sizzled with 37 points capping with a season-high 9 three-point baskets leading the Express with a 95-91 overtime victory against the highly-favored Petron Blaze Boosters last April 13. The victory ascended Air21 to the 8th seed in the upcoming playoffs in the recent PBA Commissioner's Cup with a twice-to-beat matchup with league-leading Alaska Aces.

The 9 three-point baskets made by Canaleta was the most in recent memory, the last being set by teammate RenRen Ritualo (188-G-79) in 2006.

With the recent performance by Canaleta, people are now clamoring the inclusion of the forward in the Smart Gilas national team that will be competing in the FIBA-Asia tournament set in Manila on August 2013.



PBA Round 26: Petron Blaze is defeated by Air21 Express - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in PBA. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Manila between third ranked Petron Blaze (7-6) and eighth ranked Air21 Express (6-8) on Saturday night. Petron Blaze was defeated by Air21 Express in a tough game at home 91-95. Air21 Express outrebounded Petron Blaze 60-47 including 18 on the offensive glass. 30 personal fouls committed by Petron Blaze helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Nino Canaleta (196-82) scored 37 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American center Michael Dunigan (208-89, college: Oregon, agency: N.E.T.) chipped in 18 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks during the contest. American center Henry Sims (208-90, college: Georgetown) responded with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Air21 Express maintains eighth position with 6-8 record. Petron Blaze at the other side dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Talk N Text. Air21 Express will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Petron Blaze will play on the road against Talk N Text (#4) in Makati and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Manila was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked San Mig Coffee (8-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Meralco Bolts (6-7). San Mig Coffee managed to secure a 7-point victory 97-90. American power forward Denzel Bowles (208-89, college: JMU) notched a double-double by scoring 27 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks to lead the effort and Mark Barroca supported him with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Even a double-double of 29 points and 13 rebounds by American forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St.) did not help to save the game for Meralco Bolts. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. San Mig Coffee have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Meralco Bolts at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. San Mig Coffee will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Meralco Bolts' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manila to the arena Rain or Shine.
5th ranked Barangay Ginebra (7-7) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Talk N Text (7-6) with the biggest margin this round 100-86 on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was Jerome Jordan who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds. Kerby Raymundo produced 22 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Talk N Text moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Petron Blaze. Loser Barangay Ginebra dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Talk N Text will meet at home Petron Blaze (#5) in the next round. Barangay Ginebra will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 26 Barako Bull won against Global Port on the opponent's court 96-87.


Global Port - Barako Bull 87-96

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Global Port's (2-12) home loss to ninth ranked Barako Bull (5-9) 87-96 on Sunday. Barako Bull made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Allein Maliksi (191-87) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized American point guard Joshua Urbiztondo (183-83, college: Fresno Pacific) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Four Barako Bull players scored in double figures. Swingman Gary David (188-78) produced 28 points and American center Sylvester Morgan (209-83, college: Georgia St.) added 7 points and 20 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Barako Bull maintains ninth position with 5-9 record. Global Port lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Global Port: G.David 28+3reb+1ast, M.Yee 11+5reb+2ast, W.Miller 8+7reb+4ast, J.Aguilar 8+6reb+1ast, J.Deutchman 7+4reb+1ast, S.Morgan 7+20reb+1ast
Barako Bull: A.Maliksi 25+12reb+1ast, J.Urbiztondo 17+5reb+9ast, I.Mbenga 14+15reb, M.Macapagal 12+4reb+1ast, D.Seigle 11+7reb+2ast, E.Monfort 7+4reb+7ast
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Barangay Ginebra - Talk N Text 86-100

5th ranked Barangay Ginebra (7-7) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Talk N Text (7-6) with the biggest margin this round 100-86 on Sunday night. Talk N Text looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Jamaican center Jerome Jordan (213-86, college: Tulsa) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds. Forward Ranidel deOcampo (195-81) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Center Kerby Raymundo (199-81) produced 22 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized American point guard JayJay Helterbrand (183-76, college: Kentucky St.) added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Talk N Text and five Barangay Ginebra players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Talk N Text moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Petron Blaze. Loser Barangay Ginebra dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Talk N Text will meet at home Petron Blaze (#5) in the next round. Barangay Ginebra will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Barangay Ginebra: K.Raymundo 22+9reb+1ast, L.Tenorio 15+5reb+5ast, M.Baracael 13+3reb+1ast, J.Helterbrand 12+8reb+6ast, V.Macklin 12+9reb+4ast, C.Ellis 5+7reb+2ast
Talk N Text: J.Jordan 23+17reb+2ast, R.deOcampo 20+6reb+3ast, J.Castro 14+6reb+2ast, J.Alapag 11+4reb+3ast, R.Reyes 11+2ast, R.Al-Hussaini 7+6reb+3ast
gschID: 238325


Petron Blaze - Air21 Express 91-95

The most important game in the last round took place in Manila between third ranked Petron Blaze (7-6) and eighth ranked Air21 Express (6-8) on Saturday night. Petron Blaze was defeated by Air21 Express in a tough game at home 91-95. Air21 Express outrebounded Petron Blaze 60-47 including 18 on the offensive glass. 30 personal fouls committed by Petron Blaze helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Nino Canaleta (196-82) scored 37 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American center Michael Dunigan (208-89, college: Oregon, agency: N.E.T.) chipped in 18 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks during the contest. Four Air21 Express players scored in double figures. American center Henry Sims (208-90, college: Georgetown) responded with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized American guard Marcio Lassiter (188-87, college: CS Fullerton) scored 23 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Air21 Express maintains eighth position with 6-8 record. Petron Blaze at the other side dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Talk N Text. Air21 Express will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Petron Blaze will play on the road against Talk N Text (#4) in Makati and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Petron Blaze: H.Sims 30+10reb+2ast, M.Lassiter 23+3reb+5ast, J.Washington 15+3reb, D.Miranda 5+3reb+6ast, J.Mar Fajardo 5+4reb, C.Lutz 4+4reb+2ast
Air21 Express: N.Canaleta 37+9reb, M.Dunigan 18+17reb+4ast, B.Custodio 14+6reb+6ast, W.Arboleda 10+8reb+2ast, S.Baclao 6+8reb+1ast, M.Isip 4+3reb
gschID: 238322


Meralco Bolts - San Mig Coffee 90-97

The game in Manila was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked San Mig Coffee (8-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Meralco Bolts (6-7). San Mig Coffee managed to secure a 7-point victory 97-90. San Mig Coffee had a 41-30 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. San Mig Coffee brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American power forward Denzel Bowles (208-89, college: JMU) notched a double-double by scoring 27 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks to lead the effort and point guard Mark Barroca (178-86) supported him with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Four San Mig Coffee players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 29 points and 13 rebounds by American forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St.) did not help to save the game for Meralco Bolts. Swingman Mark Cardona (180-81) added 20 points for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. San Mig Coffee have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Meralco Bolts at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. San Mig Coffee will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Meralco Bolts' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manila to the arena Rain or Shine.
Top scorers:
Meralco Bolts: E.Dawson 29+13reb+2ast, M.Cardona 20+3reb, S.Salvacion 10+6reb+1ast, R.Buenafe 9+1reb, M.Borboran 6+2reb, J.Reyes 5+2reb+1ast
San Mig Coffee: D.Bowles 27+17reb+4ast, M.Barroca 19+5reb+10ast, J.Devance 18+4reb+6ast, P.Simon 17+5reb+2ast, J.Yap 7, A.Mallari 3+2reb
gschID: 238323



2013 ASEAN Basketball League Roundup: April 10-14, 2013 - by Enzo Flojo

The San Miguel Beermen permanently supplanted the Indonesia Warriors at first place in the standings after SMB beat the Slingers anew and the Warriors fell to the Westports Malaysia Dragons. The Warriors, however, remained within striking distance of the top spot as they also got a win this week over the Sports Rev Thailand Slammers.

It was Mario Wuysang who had the hot hand against the Thais. The perennial starting playmaker for the Indon nationals hit 5-of-6 from beyond the arc on his way to 23 points for the Warriors. Chris Daniels, Dodo Sitepu, John Smith, and Steven Thomas all scored in double-figures for Indonesia, while Froilan Baguion led the Thais with 17 markers.

A couple of days later, the Warriors tasted only their fourth loss of the season, this time at the hands of the Dragons. Fil-American Justin Melton spearheaded Malaysias cause with 17 points on the strength of 4 treys, while Moala Tautuaa registered 16 markers. Mario Wuysang hit 6 triples and finished with 20 points to lead Indonesia.

In the weeks final game, the Beermen throttled the Slingers, 80-69, thanks to 19 points from Chris Banchero. Asi Taulava was a tower of power down low with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Hans Thiele scored 11. ASEAN import Phillip Morrison led Singapore with 28 points on 9-of-19 FG shooting.

Game Recaps:
INDONESIA WARRIORS over SPORTS REV THAILAND SLAMMERS, 83-74
Mario Wuysang had the hot hand for the Indonesia Warriors tonight as he scored 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting to power the Warriors over the Sports Rev Thailand Slammers 83-74 at Nimibutr Stadium, Thailand.

In the win, both Steven Thomas and Chris Daniels recorded double doubles. Thomas finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds while Daniels had 11 points and 10 rebounds. John Smith contributed 11 points and Ronaldo Sitepu chipped in 10 points to help the Warriors grab their fifth consecutive victory.

Slammers had to play without their star Chris Charles who has to serve a one-game suspension. Early on, the Warriors dominated the boards and went up 8-0 on back to back baskets from Wuysang. The Warriors had 6 offensive rebounds in the first quarter. Thomas scored on an offensive rebound and Amin Prihantono sank a three-point to gave the Warriors a 23-10 lead with 2:56 left in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Warriors built their lead to 37-17 on back to back three pointers from Wuysang. Down big midway in the second quarter, the Slammers came alive. A free throw from Wutipong Dasom followed by a Darrius Brannon score, after cleaning up his own miss, started an 11-0 run for the Slammers. The run was capped off with a lay-up by Sukhdavb Ghogar off a nice inbound pass from Froilan Baguion, cutting the Slammers deficit 37-28 with 4 minutes left before halftime. The Slammers were able to get within 4 points before halftime after Baguion successfully made 3 free throws.

However, the Warriors responded in the third quarter by dominating the boards once again and locking up on defense. They limited the Slammers to only 8 points in the third quarter. Sitepu made a lay-up and Prihantono scored on a putback, giving the Warriors a 64-45 lead with 2:25 left in the third quarter.

The Slammers showed a lot of heart in the fourth quarter as they tried to rally from their big deficit. In the absence of Charles, Brannon was in foul trouble early in the second half when Slammers local players stepped up to the plate. Dasom sank a three-point shot, Ghogar made a reverse lay-up and a pair of free throws from Kannut Samerjai shaved the Warriors lead to 71-63 with 4:11 left. Baguion had a chance to bring the Slammers within 4 with 43 seconds left but his three-point shot did not go down. With this win, the Warriors are now 12-3.

Baguion led the Slammers with 17 points, Brannon had 12 points and Samerjai finished with 11 points. Ghogar added 10 points and 8 rebounds for the Slammers who are still holding on the fourth position with a record of 6-10.

WESTPORTS MALAYSIA DRAGONS over INDONESIA WARRIORS, 80-79
It was a back and forth at MABA Stadium, Malaysia but at the buzzer the Westports Malaysia Dragons ended the Warriors win streak at five games with an 80-79 win.

Justin Melton was everywhere on the court as he finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Moala Tautuaa had 16 points, Gavin Edwards and Marcus Hubbard chipped in 14 points each for the Dragons who improved to 9-7.

Both teams were red hot from the arc in this game and combined for a total of 29 three-pointers.

Wuysang continued his hot-streak and finished as the leading scorer of this game with 20 points. John Smith finished with 17 points while Chris Daniels posted a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds.

The Warriors were fully in control in the first half. Amin Prihantono sank back to back three pointers to give the Warriors their first double-digit lead at 29-18 with 6:58 left before halftime.

Down 10 points at the half, the Dragons came out of the locker determined to turn things around. The Dragons started the third quarter with a 12-0 run after Tautuaa, Melton and Hubbard successfully made four straight three-point shots to put the Dragons back in front, 44-42.

The final quarter was action-packed. A pair of free throws from Steven Thomas tied the game at 70 all with 5:22 left and set up an exciting finish for the game. With four minutes left on the clock, Melton grabbed a rebound and stepped on the gas to make a lay-up on the other end and drew the foul from John Smith. Melton completed the three point play and gave the Dragons a 75-70 lead.

The Warriors reponded to Meltons three-point play with a pair of threes from John Smith and Wuysang, giving the Warriors back a 76-75 lead with 2:30 left. Then Edwards came up huge for the Dragons down the stretch. He blocked Thomas shot at one end and converted a three-point play on the other end to give the Dragons an 80-76 lead with 53 seconds left.

The Warriors decided not to foul after Wuysang knocked down a three to get them within one point with 29 seconds left. With a 5 second difference between the game clock and shot clock, Hubbard missed his jumpshot but the Warriors were not able to get off a shot as time ran out. With this loss, the Warriors move down to second with a record of 12-4.

SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over JOBSTREET.COM SINGAPORE SLINGERS, 80-69
The San Miguel Beermen completed a five-game sweep of the JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers this season after an 80-69 win at the Ynares Sports Arena, Philippines. With this win, the Beermen stretched their win streak to eight games and strengthened their position at the top of the ABL standings table with a record of 11-3.

Chris Banchero continued to carry the Beermen and played at an MVP level as he finished with 19 points. Asi Taulava followed with a double-double after posting 15 points and 10 rebounds. The Beermen also received a big boost from forward Hans Thiele who scored 11 points off the bench.

Still in the hunt for the fourth and final playoffs spot, the Slingers were determined to steal this game. Phillip Morrison got it going in the first quarter. Morrison finished the first quarter with a baseline running shot over Paulo Hubalde. The Fil-am guard scored 12 points in the first ten minutes and the Slingers took a 21-16 lead.

Down by 8 points after a Rashaad Singleton dunk, the Beermen responded with a 10-0 run capped by back to back baskets from Justin Williams, giving the Beermen a 32-30 lead. However, the score was deadlocked at 34 at halftime.

The Beermen opened up the third quarter with a reverse lay-up from Brian Williams. Then Banchero drove hard to the basket for back to back lay-ups which gave the Beermen a 40-34 lead. Midway throught the third quarter, the Beermen kept attacking the Slingers defense. The Beermen went up 54-43 after RJ Rizada completed a three-point play.

But the Slingers just wouldnt go away. Wu Qingde opened the final quarter by sinking a shot that danced around on the rim before it went in, shaving the Beermens lead to 5 points. The Slingers then had a chance to cut it to three points but Morrison missed an off-balance jumpshot and Jennings missed a left handed hook shot. The Beermen capitalized on the Slingers misses by scoring on a fastbreak. Justin Williams ran the break and finished a lay-up and drew the foul, this play was followed by another lay-up from Banchero off a nice pass from Hubalde which gave the Beermen a 62-52 lead.

Despite limited playing time this season, Thiele made an impact in this game. Thiele was everywhere on the court. His putback and free throw gave the Beermen a 72-58 lead. The former University of the East star then put the dagger in after scoring on a one dribble pull up to send the game away with 2:37 left.

It was a tough night for the Slingers as they had to play without their local star Wong Wei Long. Desmond Oh then suffered a shoulder injury late in the fourth quarter. Morrison was a bright spot for the Slingers in this game as he finished with an ABL career-high 28 points. Jennings added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Slingers who are now on the fifth position with 5-11.

Source: Game recaps were compressed and compiled from AseanBasketballLeague.com.




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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub DLONIAK
  Siarka J.
  (192-F-83)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Dloniak, Siarka J.20.4 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG20.3 
 3. McCauley, Polph.19.3 
 4. Wise, Rosa Radom17.7 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica15.5 
 6. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.3 
 7. Blassingame, Cibona14.5 
 8. Rothbart, Start G.14.4 
 9. Carter, Polpharma14.2 
 10. Dylewicz, Trefl S.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicchaeus DOAKS
  Siarka J.
  (202-F-87)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Doaks, Siarka J.8.6 
 2. Adams, Rosa Radom8.3 
 3. Harris, AZS K.8.2 
 4. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.7 
 5. McCauley, Polph.7.7 
 6. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.6 
 7. Rothbart, Start G.7.6 
 8. Cel, PGE Turow7.3 
 9. Hrycaniuk, Valencia6.8 
 10. Walker, Kotwica6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Nic WISE
  Rosa Radom
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Wise, Rosa Radom6.9 
 2. Szubarga, Anwil5.9 
 3. Turner, Trefl Sopot5.8 
 4. Blassingame, Cibona5.4 
 5. Koszarek, Stelm.5.2 
 6. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.2 
 7. Jefferson, Kotwica4.8 
 8. Skibniewski, Inter3.7 
 9. Brandwein, Energa3.7 
 10. Carter, Polpharma3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.4 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.9 
 3. Jefferson, Kotwica1.8 
 4. Alexander, Siarka1.6 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 6. Trice, Energa C.1.6 
 7. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 8. Wise, Rosa Radom1.4 
 9. Robinson, PGE T.1.4 
 10. Majewski, Polph.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ty WALKER
  Kotwica
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Walker, Kotwica2.9 
 2. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.9 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.6 
 4. Kulig, PGE Turow1.4 
 5. Rothbart, Start G.1.2 
 6. Harris, AZS K.1.2 
 7. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.1 
 8. Doaks, Siarka J.1.0 
 9. Alexander, Siarka0.8 
 10. Stevic, Stelmet0.7 


Hosley number one in Poland for round 9 - by Eurobasket News

American-Georgian swingman Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84) had a great game in the last round for Stelmet ZG, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage).
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, three rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Asseco Prok. (#5, 17-13) 94-83. Stelmet ZG maintains the 3rd position in Polish TBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Stelmet ZG will need more victories to improve their 19-11 record. In the team's last game Hosley had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Stelmet ZG's top player in his first season with the team. Former Fresno State University star has very solid stats this year. Hosley is in league's top in points (6th best: 15.3ppg) and averages impressive 2.4spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina Robert Rothbart (217-C-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) of Start Gdynia. Rothbart had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Start Gdynia lost that game 65-71 to slightly lower-ranked Kotwica (#0, 8-22). Despite lost game Start Gdynia moved up to -1th position in Places 7-12. 22 lost games are too many comparing to just nine victories Start Gdynia managed to get this Second Stage. Rothbart is a newcomer at Start Gdynia, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.4ppg (#8). He also registered 7.6 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Demetrius Brown (201-F-83) of Kotwica (#0). Brown scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Kotwica, leading his team to a 71-65 win against #-1 ranked Start Gdynia in a game of the week. Kotwica can only dream about fighting for top spots in Places 7-12. They have rather bad season and 8-22 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Brown he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Brown has a very solid season. In 21 games in Poland he scored 11.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Ginyard (196-G/F-87) of Anwil - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Darrell Harris (208-F/C-84) of AZS Koszalin - 13 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84) of Stelmet ZG - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ty Walker (213-C-89) of Kotwica - 7 points and 11 rebounds
8. Ivan Opacak (201-SG-80) of PGE Turow - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Sean Mosley (193-G-89) of Kotwica - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Uros Mirkovic (205-F/C-82) of Polpharma - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
 1. Benfica 19-1 
 2. CAB Madeira 16-3 
 3. Academica 15-5 
 4. Ovarense 13-7 
 5. Vitoria SC 11-9 
 6. Sampaense 9-11 
 7. Barcelos 8-12 
 8. Lusitania 8-12 
 9. Fisica 6-14 
 10. Alges 3-17 
 11. Galitos-Tley 2-18 

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 13: Vitoria SC - Lusitania 88-70
Apr. 13: Galitos-Tley - Alges 63-71
Apr. 13: Ovarense - Benfica 62-78
Apr. 13: Sampaense - Barcelos 62-73
Apr. 13: Fisica - Academica 57-61

Round 9

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

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 17: Benfica - Lusitania
Apr. 17: CAB Madeira - Barcelos
Apr. 17: Academica - Sampaense
Apr. 17: Ovarense - Vitoria SC


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Marko LONCOVIC
  Barcelos
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Loncovic, Barcelos19.9 
 2. Holt, Alges19.2 
 3. Almeida, Vitor.19.1 
 4. Huggins, Lusitania18.3 
 5. Balseiro, Academica17.8 
 6. Rapier, Sampaense17.1 
 7. Dunn, Benfica16.4 
 8. Oliveira, Barcelos16.4 
 9. Baker, Sampaense16.3 
 10. Hallman, Academica15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamarkus HOLT
  Alges
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Holt, Alges11.8 
 2. Hallman, Academica11.5 
 3. Momplaisir, Lusita.10.6 
 4. Nevels, Lusitania9.4 
 5. Almeida, Vitor.9.4 
 6. Loncovic, Barcelos8.8 
 7. Miranda, Ovarense8.8 
 8. Cunha, Vitoria SC8.6 
 9. Barnes, Galitos-Tl.8.3 
 10. Doliboa, Benfica7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jose Miguel BARBOSA
  Ovarense
  (176-G-90)
  Avg: 7
 1. Barbosa, Ovarense7.0 
 2. Sing, Sampaense5.8 
 3. Fernandes, Acade.5.8 
 4. Smith, CAB Madeira5.3 
 5. Fechas, Barcelos4.7 
 6. Costa, CAB Madeira4.6 
 7. Pires, Alges4.4 
 8. Swiggett, Vitor.4.4 
 9. Miranda, Ovarense4.3 
 10. Rodrigues, Fisica3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Rui COELHO
  Barcelos
  (191-G-89)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Coelho, Barcelos2.6 
 2. Barbosa, Ovarense2.6 
 3. Almeida, Vitor.2.4 
 4. Loncovic, Barcelos2.3 
 5. Hallman, Academica2.0 
 6. Swiggett, Vitor.1.9 
 7. Freire, Fisica1.9 
 8. Rosario, Fisica1.8 
 9. Balseiro, Academica1.8 
 10. Oliveira, Barcelos1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLAISIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Momplaisir, Lusita.2.1 
 2. Nevels, Lusitania1.8 
 3. Almeida, Vitor.1.1 
 4. Rosario, Fisica0.9 
 5. Evora, Benfica0.9 
 6. Fonseca, Benfica0.9 
 7. Swetalla, Vitor.0.9 
 8. Barnes, Galitos-Tl.0.9 
 9. Goncalves, Acade.0.7 
 10. Holt, Alges0.7 


Proliga Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Illiabum - Guifoes 74-65

Illibaum clinched the second straight win over Guifoes. Guifoes trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 14-9 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 65-74 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was international Miguel Queiroz (202-91) who scored 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Swingman Tiago Raimundo (194-90) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Ricardo Alpuim (189-88) produced 13 points and 8 rebounds and forward Fernando Ramos (195-84) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Guifoes' coach Paulo Fidalgo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Illiabum: M.Queiroz 15+7reb+2ast, H.Sico 14+2reb+2ast, J.Figueiredo 13+2reb+5ast, A.Coelho 11+2reb+5ast, T.Raimundo 9+11reb+1ast, F.Martins 9+3reb+1ast
Guifoes: R.Alpuim 13+8reb+1ast, F.Ramos 12+6reb, J.Pereira 11+3reb+1ast, R.Mota 10+4reb+2ast, V.Felix 9+1reb+1ast, J.Moreira 4+2reb
gschID: 238557


Oliveirense - Angra 84-45

Oliveirense cruised past Angra to take 2-0 lead in the series. The game without a history. Oliveirense led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Oliveirense forced 21 Angrabasket turnovers and outrebounded them 42-23 including 18 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Angrabasket's players. The best player for the winners was the former international center Nuno Cortez (205-82) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Center Andre Pereira (200-90) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Oliveirense's coach Sergio Salvador felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cape Verdean swingman Flavio Gomes (194-89) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and guard Hugo Pola (180-92) added 10 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Oliveirense: N.Cortez 18+12reb+3ast, A.Pereira 18+11reb, J.Reveles 18+3reb+7ast, N.Freitas 8+3reb+3ast, J.Abreu 7+1reb+5ast, R.Azevedo 6+6reb+1ast
Angra: F.Gomes 16+11reb+1ast, H.Pola 10+3reb+2ast, M.Cardoso 8+2reb+1ast, M.Moreira 7, A.Pontes 4+5reb+1ast, J.Gaspar 0+2reb
gschID: 238555


Maia Basket - Terceira 93-70

Maia Basket had little problems outscoring Tereira at home court for 2-0 series lead. Maia Basket forced 21 Terceira turnovers. Maia Basket shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. Maia Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Terceira's players. The best player for the winners was guard Pedro Tavares (182-83) who scored 23 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. The former international forward Nuno Marcal (205-75) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Maia Basket players scored in double figures. Coach Rui Silva's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American center Chano Rashiduddin (208-88, college: Clark Atlanta) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and forward Frederico Tavares (194-88) added 21 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Maia Basket: P.Tavares 23+3reb+5ast, P.Catarino 23+1reb+4ast, P.Diamantino 16+1reb+1ast, J.Diamantino 13+3reb+3ast, N.Marcal 11+13reb+5ast, R.Sousa 5
Terceira: F.Tavares 21+2reb+1ast, C.Rashiduddin 19+10reb, J.Torrie 12+5reb+1ast, T.Tomassi 7+2reb+3ast, D.Duarte 6+2reb+1ast, R.Piedade 5
gschID: 238554


Electrico FC - Sangalhos 66-60

Electrico held off Sangalhos to secure the second straight win in the series. The teams are slated to meet again for what could be the decider on Apri 20.  
gschID: 238556



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  PUERTO RICO   

Standings - BSN

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

Regular Season: Round 9

Apr. 15: Guayama - Guaynabo 83-76
Apr. 15: Santurce - Bayamon 68-66
Apr. 16: Arecibo - Humacao
Apr. 16: San German - Ponce


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Terrence SHANNON
  Bayamon
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Shannon, Bayamon20.3 
 2. Hickerson, San G.19.2 
 3. Brown, Humacao19.2 
 4. Ayuso, Guaynabo19.1 
 5. Clemente, Humacao18.2 
 6. Figueroa, Guayama18.1 
 7. Horne, Humacao18.0 
 8. Phillip, Quebradil.17.8 
 9. Ramos, Arecibo17.8 
 10. Efejuku, Mayaguez17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Quebradillas
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Phillip, Quebradil.11.8 
 2. Shannon, Bayamon9.5 
 3. Harrellson, Guaya.9.3 
 4. Siler, Ponce9.2 
 5. Gaston, Ponce8.8 
 6. Ramos, Arecibo8.8 
 7. Sweetney, Bayamon8.7 
 8. Williams, Santurce8.6 
 9. Garcia, San German8.5 
 10. Garces, Guaynabo8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Denis CLEMENTE
  Humacao
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Clemente, Humacao5.7 
 2. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.0 
 3. Rivera, Ponce4.8 
 4. Garcia, Quebradill.4.7 
 5. Rodriguez, San G.4.5 
 6. Hickerson, San G.4.4 
 7. Apodaca, Ponce4.3 
 8. Brown, Humacao4.3 
 9. Coronado, Guayama4.1 
 10. Huertas, Quebradi.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Guayama
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Coronado, Guayama2.1 
 2. Fortuna, Ponce2.0 
 3. Rodriguez, Guayama1.8 
 4. Brock, Guayama1.8 
 5. Efejuku, Mayaguez1.6 
 6. Rivera, Ponce1.5 
 7. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.4 
 8. Jones, Guayama1.3 
 9. Ayuso, Guaynabo1.3 
 10. Carmona, Humacao1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael SWEETNEY
  Bayamon
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Sweetney, Bayamon1.8 
 2. Harrellson, Guaya.1.7 
 3. Shannon, Bayamon1.3 
 4. Mata, Quebradillas1.3 
 5. Penn, Humacao1.3 
 6. Lee, Quebradillas1.1 
 7. Siler, Ponce1.0 
 8. Phillip, Quebradil.1.0 
 9. Brock, Guayama1.0 
 10. Orozco, Santurce0.9 


Capitanes release Graham brothers: - by Marcos Carlo

Capitanes de Arecibo released forwards Stephen and Joey Graham (200-G/F-82, college: Oklahoma St.). Now they are looking for replacements to strenghten their squad.

Stephen averaged 6.3 points and Joey 12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. Arecibo is ninth in the standings with a 2-3 record.

Arecibo is going to look for another point guard and a reliable forward. They miss Andres Rodriguez who is playing in Spain and Guillermo Diaz who is injured.

Their next game is tomorrow at home against Caciques-Gigantes.



Three-way tie in first place after the games on Sunday: - by Luis Modestti


There is a three-way tie in first place between Leones de Ponce, Brujos de Guayama and Mets de Guaynabo who share a 4-2 record.

Leones fell to 4-2 after losing to Caciques-Gigantes in Carolina by the score of 106-98. Gilbert Brown scored 30 points and Jamelle Horne 25 for the winners.

Caciques-Gigantes started their rally in the third quarter thanks to the long distance shooting by Brown and Horne.

Mike Harris led Leones with 28 points and 9 rebounds. Elpidio Fortuna added 18 and Carlos Rivera 14.

Piratas reacted to the coaching change and defeated Atleticos de San German 92-88. Darren Phillip (201-F-78, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Fairfield) had a monster game for Piratas with 30 points and 23 boards.

Cangrejeros dominated Capitanes de Arecibo 75-62. Alex Galindo had 23 points for the winners.

Arecibo didn't have enough legs as this was their fourth game in four days. Three of those games were in the FIBA-Americas League.

The games for today are:

Mets de Guaynabo at Brujos de Guayama
Vaqueros de Bayamon at Cangrejeros de Santurce

*Both games are at 8:00 p.m.



Phillip number one in Puerto Rico for week 8 - by Eurobasket News

British-American forward Darren Phillip (201-F-78, agency: Dream Team Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last week for Quebradillas, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 8.
The 34-year old player had a double-double of 30 points and 23 rebounds, while his team edged out San German (#6, 3-3) 92-88. Quebradillas is placed at 8th position in Puerto Rican BSN. Quebradillas 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 3-4 record. Phillip just recently signed at Quebradillas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Fairfield University star has very solid stats this year. Phillip. Phillip is in league's top in points (7th best: 17.8ppg).

The second best player in last week's games was 33-year old American Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, agency: Paris Global Sports) of Bayamon. Shannon had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Bayamon lost that game 67-72 to the higher-ranked Guayama (#3, 4-2). Bayamon are still at the very bottom. 5 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Shannon is one of the most experienced players at Bayamon and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.6ppg (#1). He also registered 9.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last week was American forward Mike Harris (198-F-83) of league's second-best Ponce. Harris scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Harris' great performance Ponce lost 98-106 to the lower-ranked Humacao (#5, 3-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Ponce needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Harris has a very solid season. In 3 games in Puerto Rico he scored 28.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gilbert Brown (198-F-87) of Humacao - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
5. LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) of San German - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Jamelle Horne (200-F-88) of Humacao - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Seth Scott (208-F/C-81) of Humacao - 13 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73) of Guaynabo - 16 points and 12 rebounds
9. Windi Graterol (204-C-86) of Arecibo - 14 points and 10 rebounds
10. Alexander Galindo (200-F-85) of Santurce - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Louis DARBY
  Rovinari
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 21
 1. Darby, Rovinari21.0 
 2. Martinic, CSM B.20.1 
 3. Shepherd, CSM B.18.8 
 4. Petty, Giurgiu18.6 
 5. Wisseh, Rovinari18.4 
 6. Horton, Timba Timi.17.5 
 7. Barac, Pitesti17.3 
 8. Brown, Timba Timis.16.9 
 9. Jones, Pitesti16.1 
 10. Jovanovic, Timiso.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christopher LEE
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-C-84)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Lee, CSU Sibiu9.9 
 2. Glynn, Timba Timis.9.2 
 3. Dragusin, Craiova8.3 
 4. Steffel, Rovinari7.6 
 5. Darby, Rovinari7.1 
 6. Kinloch, Pitesti7.0 
 7. Johnson, Timisoara6.8 
 8. Harvey, Giurgiu6.7 
 9. Carutasu, CSM B.6.7 
 10. Filip, Dinamo B.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.6.9 
 2. Dzambic, Craiova6.4 
 3. Wisseh, Rovinari5.9 
 4. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.7 
 5. Jovanovic, Timisoa.5.5 
 6. Cuic, Targu Mures5.5 
 7. Martinic, CSM B.5.2 
 8. Gruev, CSU Sibiu4.5 
 9. Petty, Giurgiu4.4 
 10. Dundjerski, Gaz M.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.3.1 
 2. Petty, Giurgiu2.3 
 3. Jones, Pitesti2.0 
 4. Henifin, Brisbane1.9 
 5. Burrell, Giurgiu1.7 
 6. Barac, Pitesti1.7 
 7. Mandache, Gaz M.1.7 
 8. Lilov, Gaz Metan1.7 
 9. Gennie, Pitesti1.7 
 10. Shepherd, CSM B.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ionut DRAGUSIN
  Craiova
  (221-C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dragusin, Craiova2.1 
 2. Lee, CSU Sibiu1.5 
 3. Adebayo, Targu M.1.4 
 4. Kickingstall., Tim.1.4 
 5. Sipos, Dinamo B.1.3 
 6. Archie, Timisoara1.2 
 7. Harvey, Giurgiu1.1 
 8. Kinloch, Pitesti1.0 
 9. Morris, CSM B.0.9 
 10. Baciu, U.Mobite.0.9 


Liga Nationala Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Targu Mures - CSM Bucuresti 92-89 (2-0)

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But CSM Bucuresti won third quarter 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by CSM Bucuresti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Lithuanian guard Vaidotas Peciukas (199-82, college: Hawaii) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 5 rebounds. Montenegrin guard Branko Cuic (197-78) contributed with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (183-87, agency: BeoExcell) replied with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Canadian-Jamaican forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) added 19 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for CSM Bucuresti. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Targu Mures: V.Peciukas 28+5reb+3ast, B.Cuic 18+6reb+4ast, D.Paltinisanu 16+7reb, A.Ciric 16+4reb+3ast, M.Ceskovic 7+3ast, D.Kandic 5+8reb+2ast
CSM Bucuresti: G.Martinic 20+6reb+6ast, J.Shepherd 19+10reb+2ast, I.Bosnjak 17+2reb+2ast, S.Sir 16+5reb+2ast, S.Santa 8+2reb, B.Morris 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 239019


Craiova - Gaz Metan 87-90 (0-2)

Craiova trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 24 after three quarters before a 31-10 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 87-90 at the end of the game. Gaz Metan made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. American forward Deven Mitchell (197-84, agency: Interperformances) notched 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (204-82, agency: TSS Management) supported him with 18 points. Even a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds by Serbian power forward Ivan Miskovic (203-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) did not help to save the game for Craiova. American guard LeVar Seals (195-82, college: De Paul) added 22 points for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Gaz Metan: Z.Krstanovic 18+2reb+2ast, D.Mitchell 18+6reb+1ast, A.Mandache 12+3reb+1ast, K.Shiloh 12+1reb+1ast, I.Ivanovic 7+3reb, S.Dundjerski 7+2reb+2ast
Craiova: L.Seals 22+3reb+2ast, I.Miskovic 19+11reb+1ast, R.Hallik 16+2reb+1ast, D.Habus 11+1reb, R.Dzambic 9+1reb+8ast, B.Kabengele-Kalala 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 239018


Ploiesti - Timisoara 74-68 (2-0)

The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Timisoara helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian power forward Vladimir Tica (208-81, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Ploiesti players scored in double figures. Serbian-German forward Robert Sarovic (205-78) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Dominique Archie (200-87, college: S.Carolina) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Ploiesti: C.Burlacu 16+7reb+2ast, P.Miletic 14+2reb, V.Tica 12+5reb, V.Stanescu 11+4reb+1ast, I.Timermanis 9+2reb, A.Vlahovic 8+4reb+4ast
Timisoara: D.Downey 14+2reb+5ast, R.Sarovic 14+9reb, D.Archie 13+4reb+5ast, B.Popescu 6+7reb+1ast, D.Johnson 5+1reb, G.Gallimore 5+1reb
gschID: 239017


Oradea - U.Mobitel.CN 67-68 (1-1)

The guests were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 6-point deficit before their 27-20 run, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Derek Wright (180-86, college: Austin Peay St.) scored 16 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international Mihai Silvasan (200-85, agency: Court Side) chipped in 21 points during the contest. American point guard William Franklin (183-85, college: Bradley) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian guard Nemanja Maric (196-83) scored 8 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
Top scorers:
U.Mobitel.CN: M.Silvasan 21+3reb, D.Wright 16+4reb+5ast, S.Ross 13+5reb+2ast, S.Barnette 5+8reb+1ast, D.Djapa 5+6reb+1ast, H.Nikolov 4+6reb+5ast
Oradea: W.Franklin 15+5reb+2ast, B.Tibirna 13+2reb, D.Dillon 9+2reb+2ast, Z.Comagic 8+5reb, N.Maric 8+7reb+6ast, S.Lupusavei 6+3reb
gschID: 239016



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Interview with Zabian Dowdell - by Stanislav Tyutyunnik

The leader of Enisey Zabian Dowdell (191-PG-84, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Virginia Tech) prepares to run for a Russian Cup title in Final Four in Vladivostok. In this short interview he explained how important it is for him to get wins.


Zabian, congratulations for advancing to Russian Cup Final Four. Share your impressions about this tourney and expectations before the semifinal against Spartak.

We want to win and preparing for that.

Which factors in Enisey team play would be decisive in the last stage of PBL and Russian Cup?


We should be focused on defensive end - improve defensive intensity. On the offensive side we have good and bad moments, but the key to win is definitely defense.

How did the game and your role changed since the departure of Konovalov?


Nothing changed. Im trying to do my best and be the leader on the floor.

Which opponent player youve guarded this season in Europe and Russia was the toughest one and why?


Earl Rowland from VEF. Hes a very strong, disciplined, aggressive player. And he is going through a very good season.

How would you evaluate your playing experience in VTB League? What do you think about the level of this competition comparing to the Spanish league?

I didnt know anything about VTB league before I arrived in Russia. But now I should say its a very good league with a lot of competitive teams. I respect that.

Youre the top scorer and top assistant in Enisey. How hard it is for you to play without the quality backup point guard and be the leader of the last team in PBL?


Most difficult and hardest part for me is losing. Ive never lost so much games like in this season. But we still fighting, trying to win more games. Every player in our team tries to work heartily.

Could you tell about pros and cons of living and playing in Krasnoyarsk so far from Europe?


It doesnt matter whether I play in Europe or Russia its far away from my home anyway. Living in Krasnoyarsk isnt much different living in USA, people treat me well here, Im ok.

Could you tell about your basketball plans for this summer?

I dont know yet. Im planning to return home to my family, take a rest as much as possible and then start trainings again.







Spartak overwhelms Enisey to reach Russian cup final - by Athanasios Ntinas

Four players scored in double figures as Spartak St. Petersburg beat Enisey in the first semi-final of the 2012-2013 Russian cup Final Four. After a strong start, Spartak led by 9 at the end of the first quarter (22-13). Enisey tried to fight back in the second quarter but Spartak remained collected and managed to achieve a big win which gives them the opportunity to play in the final game and lift the trophy. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) led Spartak with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) scored 11. Josh Carter (200-F-88, college: Texas A&M) and Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) finished with 10. Zabian Dowdell (191-PG-84, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Virginia Tech) had game-high 17 points for Enisey, Jason Rich (191-G-86) finished with 15 and Alexei Kotishevskiy (197-F-85) netted 12 points in defeat.


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Al Ittihad triumph in the Premier League - by Eurobasket News

Al Ittihad triumph in the Premier League. The team won eighth successive title. Al Ittihad defeated archrivals Al Ansar 68:65 in the last game.


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Pape Badji and Jules Aw win the Cup title in Switzerland - by Eurobasket News

Pape Badji (206-F/C-92) and Jules Aw (200-F-86) win the Cup title in Switzerland as their Union Neuchatel edged SAM Massagno 89:85. Union Neuchatel became the new Swiss Cup champions.Jules Aw stepped up with 24 points to lead the winning side. Pape Badji scored 10 points for the winners.
Union Neuchatel strongly started the game. They accumulated a 20:13 lead after ten minutes of action. SAM Massagno adjusted offensively in the second period. They fired 24 points to cut the distance to just 3 points at halftime 40:37. But Union Neuchatel answered with a rally of their own in the third term. They exploded with 26 points to gain a 12-point cushion before the fourth frame 66:54. SAM Massagno went on a desperate rescue run in the final quarter pouring in 31 points but it was not enough at the end. Union Neuchatel stayed calm and secured the win in the dying minutes. Ray Reese had 18 points, while Quinton Day posted 14 points for the winning team. Clint Chapman answered with 27 points for SAM Massagno. Kevin Anderson had 22 points in the loss.



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Standings - A Liga

A Standings
Superliga
 1. Partizan 5-0 
 2. Vojvodina 4-1 
 3. Mega Vizura 4-1 
 4. Crvena Zvezda 3-2 
 5. Radnicki KG 2-3 
 6. Konstantin 1-4 
 7. Sloboda Uzice 1-4 
 8. Metalac 0-5 
Places 9-17
 1. Vrsac 14-12 
 2. Radnicki Basket 14-12 
 3. Borac 13-13 
 4. OKK Beograd 12-14 
 5. Tamis 11-15 
 6. Smederevo 10-16 
 7. Sloga 9-17 
 8. BKK Radnicki 8-18 
 9. Jagodina 5-21 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 5

Apr. 14: Partizan - Metalac 86-68
Apr. 14: Mega Vizura - Crvena Zvezda 83-76
Apr. 13: Konstantin - Sloboda Uzice 79-59
Apr. 15: Radnicki KG - Vojvodina 64-79

Second Stage: Round 6

Apr. 17: Metalac - Crvena Zvezda
Apr. 17: Vojvodina - Mega Vizura
Apr. 17: Sloboda Uzice - Radnicki KG
Apr. 17: Partizan - Konstantin


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Sloga
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Popovic, Sloga18.6 
 2. Bakic, Metalac18.2 
 3. Sljivancanin, Borac18.2 
 4. Sibalic, Smederevo17.3 
 5. Marjanovic, Mega V.16.8 
 6. Radovic, Vrsac15.5 
 7. Popadic, Smederevo15.0 
 8. Zekovic, Vojvodina14.9 
 9. Nesovic, AEK13.8 
 10. Kljajevic, Jagodi.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boban MARJANOVIC
  Mega V.
  (222-C-88)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Marjanovic, Mega V.12.2 
 2. Radovic, Vrsac8.7 
 3. Knezevic, OKK B.6.9 
 4. Radenkovic, Smede.6.8 
 5. Kljajevic, Jagodina6.4 
 6. Jevtovic, Sloboda6.1 
 7. Zekovic, Vojvodina6.0 
 8. Marelja, Sloga5.8 
 9. Todorovic, Borac5.8 
 10. Miceta, Sutjeska5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Sloga
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Popovic, Sloga8.1 
 2. Jereminov, Tamis5.9 
 3. Sljivancanin, Borac4.7 
 4. Micic, Mega Vizura4.7 
 5. Malidzan, OKK B.4.5 
 6. Nesovic, AEK4.2 
 7. Milosevic, Vrsac4.0 
 8. Prolovic, Borac3.7 
 9. Velickovic, Konst.3.5 
 10. Vasic, Sloboda Uz.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ognjen KUZETA
  Vojvodina
  (194-G-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.3 
 2. Knezevic, OKK B.2.3 
 3. Nesovic, AEK2.1 
 4. Gacic, BKK Radnicki1.8 
 5. Boltic, Vojvodina1.7 
 6. Jeftic, OKK Beogr.1.6 
 7. Jereminov, Tamis1.6 
 8. Seferovic, Jagodina1.6 
 9. Zivanovic, Metalac1.6 
 10. Todorovic, Borac1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Maksim STURANOVIC
  Radnic.
  (209-C-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sturanovic, Radnic.1.5 
 2. Marjanovic, Mega V.1.4 
 3. Filipovic, Jagodina1.3 
 4. Radovic, Vrsac1.0 
 5. Jevtovic, Sloboda1.0 
 6. Mijovic, Duhok0.7 
 7. Radenkovic, Smede.0.7 
 8. Maravic, Vrsac0.7 
 9. Buric, Tamis0.7 
 10. Bezbradica, BKK R.0.7 


Standings - B Liga

B League Standings
 1. Meridiana NS 20-5 
 2. Crnokosa 16-9 
 3. Napredak A. 15-10 
 4. Napredak K. 14-11 
 5. Morava 14-11 
 6. Mladost Zemun 13-12 
 7. Proleter Naftagas 12-12 
 8. Beovuk 72 12-13 
 9. Zeleznicar 11-14 
 10. Partizan II 10-14 
 11. Radnicki OB 10-15 
 12. Mladost Cacak 10-15 
 13. Plana 9-16 
 14. Spartak 8-17 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 13: Morava - Meridiana NS 86-99
Apr. 14: Radnicki OB - Zeleznicar 72-65
Apr. 14: Mladost Zemun - Napredak K. 67-93
Apr. 13: Proleter Naftagas - Spartak 67-71
Apr. 13: Napredak A. - Crnokosa 67-59
Apr. 13: Mladost Cacak - Plana 113-86
Apr. 13: Beovuk 72 - Partizan II 101-93

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 20: Spartak - Beovuk 72
Apr. 20: Partizan II - Mladost Cacak
Apr. 20: Plana - Radnicki OB
Apr. 20: Zeleznicar - Morava
Apr. 20: Meridiana NS - Napredak A.
Apr. 20: Crnokosa - Mladost Zemun
Apr. 20: Napredak K. - Proleter Naftagas


Stats Leaders - 1B

Points Per Game
 Mihajlo ANDRIC
  Partizan
  (200-SF-94)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Andric, Partizan19.6 
 2. Samardzija, Spart.18.5 
 3. Djordjevic, Parti.18.4 
 4. Glisovic, Plana18.0 
 5. Pavlovic, Mladost17.3 
 6. Stanojevic, Meridi.17.3 
 7. Mitic, Morava16.8 
 8. Savic, Meridian.16.7 
 9. Stanojevic, Crnok.16.6 
 10. Stanojevic, Zelez.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos JANKOVIC
  Mladost .
  (203-C-94)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Jankovic, Mladost11.2 
 2. Majkic, Prolet.9.2 
 3. Sikman, Napredak.8.4 
 4. Milincic, Napredak7.3 
 5. Vukovic, Mladost7.1 
 6. Boricic, Radnicki.6.8 
 7. Davidovac, Meridia.6.6 
 8. Lambic, Prolet.6.5 
 9. Tasic, Omonia6.3 
 10. Gugleta, Zeleznic.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Perica MITIC
  Morava
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Mitic, Morava6.1 
 2. Boricic, Radnicki.5.6 
 3. Mukanovic, Crnok.5.4 
 4. Vukotic, Plana4.8 
 5. Djordjevic, Parti.4.6 
 6. Socanac, Mladost4.4 
 7. Stamenkovic, Radni.4.4 
 8. Savic, Meridian.4.1 
 9. Stanojevic, Meridi.3.8 
 10. Lambic, Prolet.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Milan STANOJEVIC
  Meridi.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Stanojevic, Meridi.3.3 
 2. Boricic, Radnicki.2.5 
 3. Mitic, Morava2.4 
 4. Savic, Meridian.2.3 
 5. Lambic, Prolet.2.2 
 6. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.1 
 7. Milisavljevi., Spa.2.1 
 8. Jojic, Zeleznicar2.0 
 9. Djordjevic, Parti.2.0 
 10. Kuntic, Zeleznicar1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Slobodan GUGLETA
  Zeleznicar
  (-C-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Gugleta, Zeleznicar2.7 
 2. Stojanovic, Morava1.6 
 3. Majkic, Prolet.1.4 
 4. Sikman, Napredak.1.2 
 5. Martinovic, Prolet.1.0 
 6. Jovsic, Meridian.0.7 
 7. Ilic, Morava0.6 
 8. Tomic, Prolet.0.6 
 9. Andrejevic, Morava0.5 
 10. Milincic, Napreda.0.5 


Round 5: First win for Konstantin, second defeat for Crvena zvezda - by Ivan Milenkovic

Konstantin and Sloboda are only teams who showed no ambition to play in Adriatic League next season before the start of Superliga. They didn't sign new players and it was clear that their best chance to win in Superliga will be in head-to-head games, at home. However, Sloboda already surprised overrated Metalac at home and played too relaxed in Nis. Home team took advantage of that and won easily - 79-59. Konstantin led from start to finish. After 15-12 in 6th minute, hosts had 11-0 run and opened 14-point lead in 11th minute. It was 44-24 in 17th minute and 20 points was the difference between two teams in the end of the game, too.
All 12 players scored for Konstantin, none more than 12 points. Milos Trailovic (198-G-81) led his team, Milovan Savic and Nemanja Gudzic added 11 points each, while Bojan Petrovic had 10. Only Aleksandar Vasic (185-G-87) was in a good mood in away team and scored 21 points, Nikola Jevtovic had 11. Sloboda's team stats were poor - only 4 assists, 5 steals and 20 turnovers.

Mega Vizura surprised once again! After defeating Radnicki in Kragujevac, they were (much) better than huge favourites Crvena zvezda Telekom at neutral venue in Krusevac (83-76). "Red and whites" had big help from their fans in a city where Mega will play their home games in Adriatic League next season. But it didn't help them. Crvena zvezda never led and Mega dominated from the start of the game (9-2, 23-10, 31-17). Team led by Dejan Milojevic even had +18 in 18th minute (45-27). After 51-34 in 22nd minute, Crvena zvezda finally started to play better and had 0-13 run in only three minutes. However, Mega managed to keep their lead until the end of third quarter. Then, after 63-62 in 32nd minute, home team made key run - they scored 14 unanswered points. Mega didn't allow Crvena zvezda to score for 7 minutes! With this win, team from Zemun practically secured Adriatic League spot for next season, but they are in good position to fight even for second place. Mega are on a 4-game winning streak and have two games against weaker rivals next.
Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88) dominated in the paint, had 15 points and 16 rebounds and made his opponents Rasko Katic (208-C-80) and Elton Brown (206-C-83) look funny. Four more Mega players scored in double figures, Sasa Avramovic (195-G-93) led his team with 18 points, Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) finally had a good game, scored 12 and added 7 rebounds. In Crvena zvezda Telekom, best scorer was - like usually - Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) with 24 points, Boris Savovic (210-F-87) had 23 points, 9 rebounds and 6 turnovers.

Partizan improved their perfect record to 5-0. After bad first quarter against Metalac, defending champions found good rhythm, played much better in next 20 minutes and left visitors with no chance. Team from Valjevo managed to avoid heavy defeat in last quarter as coach Dusko Vujosevic decided to give chance to all of his players. It was "only" 18-point difference in the end (86-68).
Davis Bertans (203-SF-92) led "black and whites" with 17 points, Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) scored career-high 11, while Leo Westermann (198-G-92) had 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in only 19 minutes. Dragan Kruscic (198-F/G-86) had 15 points for Metalac, Stefan Zivanovic 14 and Stefan Balmazovic 11. Visitors left bad impression, their star player Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88) played poorly, while their captain Djukan Djukanovic (181-G-92) will have to play far less than 36 minutes if Metalac want to start winning games.



B League Round 25 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in B League. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most interesting game of round 25 was a home defeat of 6th ranked Mladost Zemun (13-12) by third ranked Napredak Rubin (14-11) who outscored them by 26 points 93-67. The game was mostly controlled by Napredak Rubin. Mladost Zemun managed to win third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Napredak Rubin had a 32-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Mladost Zemun's players. Guard Luka Milojevic (193-91) stepped up and scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and point guard Vladimir Radmanovac (191-82) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side forward Nenad Banjanin (201-85, college: E.Michigan) responded with 17 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. Despite that victory Napredak Rubin went down to fourth position due to points difference, which they share with Morava. Mladost Zemun at the other side keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. Napredak Rubin is looking forward to face Proleter Naftagas (#7) in Zrenjanin in the next round. Mladost Zemun will play on the road against the league's second-placed Crnokosa in Kosjeric and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Crnokosa (16-9) against sixth ranked Napredak A. (15-10) on Saturday night. Visiting Crnokosa was defeated by Napredak A. in a tough game in Aleksinac 59-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Crnokosa. Dragoljub Sikman nailed 8 points and 18 rebounds for the winning side and Aleksandar Miladinovic accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds. Bosnian forward Nemanja Stanimirovic (203-85) came up with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Crnokosa in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Napredak A. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Crnokosa at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Napredak A. will play against league's leader Meridiana NS in Novi Sad in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Crnokosa will play at home against Mladost Zemun and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Vladicin Han. 4th placed host Morava (14-11) lost to first ranked Meridiana NS (20-5) 99-86. Marko Savic fired 23 points and 6 assists for the winners. Perica Mitic produced 30 points and 6 assists for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Meridiana NS have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Meridiana NS maintains first place with 20-5 record. Morava at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Napredak K.. Meridiana NS will meet at home Napredak A. (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Morava will play against Zeleznicar in Indjija and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Spartak managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against seventh-ranked Proleter Naftagas in Zrenjanin 71-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Proleter Naftagas. Worth to mention a great performance of Jovan Samardzija who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 4 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Spartak maintains fourteenth place with 8-17 record. Proleter Naftagas at the other side keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. Spartak's next round opponent will be higher ranked Beovuk 72 (#8) in Beograd and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Thirteenth ranked Mladost Cacak (10-15) crushed at home 12th ranked Plana (9-16) by 27 points 113-86, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Aleksa Avramovic stepped up and scored 25 points and 6 assists for the winners. Mladost Cacak have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Radnicki OB. Newly promoted Plana dropped to the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Mladost Cacak will face higher ranked Partizan II (#10) in Beograd in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Plana will play at home against Radnicki OB in Obrenovac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 25 Zeleznicar lost to Radnicki OB on the opponent's court 65-72. Beovuk 72 managed to outperform Partizan II in a home game 101-93.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 32 points and 12 rebounds by Nikola Glisovic of Plana.


Mladost Zemun - Napredak K. 67-93

The most interesting game of round 25 was a home defeat of 6th ranked Mladost Zemun (13-12) by third ranked Napredak Rubin (14-11) who outscored them by 26 points 93-67. The game was mostly controlled by Napredak Rubin. Mladost Zemun managed to win third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Napredak Rubin had a 32-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Mladost Zemun's players. Guard Luka Milojevic (193-91) stepped up and scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and point guard Vladimir Radmanovac (191-82) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side forward Nenad Banjanin (201-85, college: E.Michigan) responded with 17 points and forward Nemanja Draskovic (204-91) scored 8 points and 6 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. Despite that victory Napredak Rubin went down to fourth position due to points difference, which they share with Morava. Mladost Zemun at the other side keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. Napredak Rubin is looking forward to face Proleter Naftagas (#7) in Zrenjanin in the next round. Mladost Zemun will play on the road against the league's second-placed Crnokosa in Kosjeric and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Napredak K.: L.Milojevic 25+9reb+4ast, V.Radmanovac 16+8reb+7ast, V.Milincic 11+10reb+6ast, P.Beader 11+1reb, N.Bakraclic 9+4reb, J.Djordjevic 8+1reb+1ast
Mladost Zemun: N.Banjanin 17+4reb+3ast, N.Pavlovic 12+3reb, J.Kantar 12+2reb, N.Draskovic 8+2reb+6ast, D.Narancic 6+7reb+2ast, N.Socanac 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 198884


Radnicki OB - Zeleznicar 72-65

There was a minor upset in Obrenovac where 9th ranked Zeleznicar (11-14) was defeated by eleventh ranked Radnicki OB (10-15) 72-65 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 38-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Radnicki OB forced 19 Zeleznicar turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American center Goran Huskic (210-92, college: Howard Col. (TX)) stepped up and scored 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and forward Dragan Boricic (201-77) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Four Radnicki OB players scored in double figures. Radnicki OB's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the losing side power forward Marko Ognjenovic (205-83) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and forward Slobodan Stanojevic (201-85) scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Radnicki OB maintains eleventh place with 10-15 record, which they share with Mladost Cacak. Zeleznicar lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. Radnicki OB will face Plana (#13) in Velika Plana in the next round.
Top scorers:
Radnicki OB: G.Huskic 22+7reb+1ast, D.Boricic 15+6reb+8ast, V.Radojcic 14+4reb+5ast, A.Stamenkovic 11+3reb+7ast, I.Huskic 5+3reb+2ast, V.Ilic 3+2reb+1ast
Zeleznicar: M.Ognjenovic 17+9reb+2ast, S.Stanojevic 17+6reb+4ast, A.Djordjevic 8+4reb+1ast, V.Jojic 8+5reb+1ast, D.Kuntic 7+3reb+7ast, B.Bakic 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 198886


Napredak A. - Crnokosa 67-59

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Crnokosa (16-9) against sixth ranked Napredak A. (15-10) on Saturday night. Visiting Crnokosa was defeated by Napredak A. in a tough game in Aleksinac 59-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Crnokosa. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 14-11 Crnokosa's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 67-59 at the end of the game. Napredak A. dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Crnokosa's 14. Dragoljub Sikman nailed 8 points and 18 rebounds for the winning side and Aleksandar Miladinovic accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds. Bosnian forward Nemanja Stanimirovic (203-85) came up with 14 points and 8 rebounds and guard Sanel Mukanovic (192-83) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Crnokosa in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Napredak A. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Crnokosa at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Napredak A. will play against league's leader Meridiana NS in Novi Sad in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Crnokosa will play at home against Mladost Zemun and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Napredak A.: R.Mojsilovic 20+1ast, A.Miladinovic 17+7reb+1ast, D.Sikman 8+18reb+1ast, N.Raicevic 6+2reb+1ast, M.Vulic 5+1reb+2ast, N.Stanojevic 5+4reb+1ast
Crnokosa: N.Stanimirovic 14+8reb, S.Mukanovic 10+6reb+2ast, N.Kasabasic 9+2reb+1ast, B.Stanojevic 6+2reb+3ast, M.Kandic 6+3reb, S.Stojanovic 5+4reb
gschID: 198889


Beovuk 72 - Partizan II 101-93

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Beovuk 72's (12-13) home victory over 10th ranked Partizan II (10-14) 101-93 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Partizan II won third quarter 24-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Beovuk 72 made 38-of-47 free shots (80.9 percent) during the game, while Partizan II only scored nineteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded Partizan II 43-28 including a 33-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Partizan II was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. Igor Djukovic stepped up and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and center Ratko Petric (213-86) chipped in 21 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side guard Mladen Djordjevic (187-94) responded with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and point guard Petar Aranitovic (192-94) scored 18 points. Five Beovuk 72 and four Partizan II players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Beovuk 72 moved-up to eighth place. Newly promoted Partizan II keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Beovuk 72 will face bottom-ranked Spartak (#14) in Subotica in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Partizan II will play at home against Mladost Cacak (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Beovuk 72: R.Petric 21+9reb, M.Riboskic 21+5reb+2ast, I.Djukovic 20+8reb+3ast, M.Dondur 16+6reb, D.Pejic 13+6reb+3ast, P.Cvetic 7+4reb+3ast
Partizan II: M.Djordjevic 21+5reb+7ast, M.Andric 20+3reb+1ast, P.Aranitovic 18+3reb+3ast, A.Jugovic 11+3reb+2ast, N.Djordjevic 5+2reb+3ast, B.Babovic 5+2reb
gschID: 198888


Mladost Cacak - Plana 113-86

Thirteenth ranked Mladost Cacak (10-15) crushed at home 12th ranked Plana (9-16) by 27 points 113-86, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game without a history. Mladost Cacak led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Mladost Cacak outrebounded Plana 39-28 including 16 on the offensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Mladost Cacak looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Aleksa Avramovic (-94) stepped up and scored 25 points and 6 assists for the winners and forward Strahinja Petkovic (197-92) chipped in 25 points and 4 assists. At the losing side center Nikola Glisovic (209-73) responded with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds and guard Miroslav Radic (195-84) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mladost Cacak have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Radnicki OB. Newly promoted Plana dropped to the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Mladost Cacak will face higher ranked Partizan II (#10) in Beograd in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Plana will play at home against Radnicki OB in Obrenovac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mladost Cacak: S.Petkovic 25+4reb+4ast, A.Avramovic 25+4reb+6ast, G.Vucicevic 24+2reb+3ast, M.Jankovic 20+13reb, L.Spasic 8+6reb+4ast, S.Knezevic 4+3reb
Plana: N.Glisovic 32+12reb+3ast, M.Radic 16+5reb+1ast, N.Knezevic 12+5reb+3ast, D.Milosavljevic 11+2reb+2ast, I.Milosevic 8+1ast, I.Vukotic 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 198887


Morava - Meridiana NS 86-99

The game between Top Four teams took place in Vladicin Han. 4th placed host Morava (14-11) lost to first ranked Meridiana NS (20-5) 99-86. The game was mostly controlled by Meridiana NS. Morava managed to win third quarter 29-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Meridiana NS shot 66.1 percent from the field. Guard Marko Savic (197-87) fired 23 points and 6 assists for the winners. Ivan Djurovic chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Four Meridiana NS players scored in double figures. Guard Perica Mitic (184-85) produced 30 points and 6 assists and forward Milos Andrejevic (198-89) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Meridiana NS have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Meridiana NS maintains first place with 20-5 record. Morava at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Napredak K.. Meridiana NS will meet at home Napredak A. (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Morava will play against Zeleznicar in Indjija and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Meridiana NS: M.Savic 23+4reb+6ast, I.Djurovic 21+4reb+4ast, N.Jovsic 18+8reb+2ast, M.Skoko 11+2reb+3ast, V.Roncevic 10+1reb+1ast, N.Dragas 7+6reb
Morava: P.Mitic 30+3reb+6ast, M.Andrejevic 16+3reb+3ast, D.Pavlovic 11+4reb+3ast, M.Milenkovic 9+3reb+1ast, G.Kostic 7+4reb+2ast, A.Ilic 6+5reb
gschID: 198885


Proleter Naftagas - Spartak 67-71

Bottom-ranked Spartak managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against seventh-ranked Proleter Naftagas in Zrenjanin 71-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Proleter Naftagas. Spartak forced 19 Proleter Naftagas turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Jovan Samardzija who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 4 assists. Milos Milisavljevic contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Nemanja Subotic (196-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and center Zoran Majkic (207-78) added 6 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Proleter Naftagas. Four Proleter Naftagas players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Spartak maintains fourteenth place with 8-17 record. Proleter Naftagas at the other side keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. Spartak's next round opponent will be higher ranked Beovuk 72 (#8) in Beograd and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Spartak: J.Samardzija 21+2reb+4ast, M.Milisavljevic 14+7reb, M.Markovic 9+9reb, A.Drakulic 9+6reb, A.Sokolovic 7+4reb+3ast, S.Ljubotina 5+3reb
Proleter Naftagas: N.Subotic 22+10reb, D.Bozovic 11+1reb+3ast, M.Martinovic 10+5reb+2ast, N.Knezevic 10+5reb+3ast, Z.Majkic 6+12reb+3ast, M.Tomic 3
gschID: 198883



Crvena zvezda Telekom : Vukoicic fired, Dejan Radonjic new coach! - by Igor Obradovic

After the big drop of form and massive oscillation in the Crvena zvezda Telekom game, it seems that the club has decided to give term of notice for Vlada Vukoicic and in his place come Dejan Dejan Radonjic (agency: Beo Basket ), ex-Buducnost Podgorica first coach.

Vlada Vukoicic this season has won Serbian Cup and finished in second place in the ABA league behind Igokea. He came in first team coach after the dismissal with Milivoje Lazica who was fired after two initial defeats in the Adriatic League this season.

If the collaboration between Crvena zvezda and Dejan Radonjic (agency: Beo Basket )a come, he would be the third coach of the season in the Belgrade team.



Vojvodina Srbijagas stuned Radnicki in Kragujevac - by Igor Obradovic

Another bad team game in Kragujevac result with another defeat, this time by a score of Vojvodina, 64: 79 (23:19, 19:23, 13:22, 9:15).

Best in away team was Boltic Marko with 8pts, 11ast and 7rbd, Kalinic Nikola with 17pts, 1ast, 4rbd and Kuzeta Ognjen with 12pts, 2ast, 5rbd.
In home team, best was Borisov with 16pts, 1ast and 3rbd and Bircevic with 7pts, 1ast and 9rbd.

Some sports portals from Kragujevac spread news that Muta Nikolic resigned from Kragujevac club after three lost in a row in Serbian Superleague.



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Lukas Varga finishes the successful season abroad - by Eurobasket News

Lukas Varga (183-G-85, college: Coker) finishes the successful season abroad. His Danish Horsens IC managed to take home the bronze medals in Basketligaen by defeating Randers Cimbria Basketball.
Randers Cimbria Basketball started the game best by winning the first period by 26-32 but in the second period Horsens IC recovered and took a 51-50 lead. In the second half Horsens IC dominated every aspect of the game and won 100-72.
Randers Cimbria Basketball was without their leading scorer and rebounder Bonell Colas who was out with an injury. For the losing side Spanish forward Damian Ocana had 16 points and Spanish guard Miguel Ortega had 13 points.
For the winners International forward Darko Jukic had 27 points and 5 assists while American guard Skyler Bowlin had 19 points, 7 steals and 8 assists and American center Keane Thomann had 25 points and 10 rebounds. Lukas Varga collected 5 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists.



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Goran Dragic had 21 points and 14 assists and Phoenix snapped a franchise-record seven-game home losing streak - by Eurobasket News

The Phoenix Suns finally got another victory at home - in their last chance of the season. Luis Scola had 26 points and 15 rebounds, Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) added 21 points and 14 assists and Phoenix snapped a franchise-record seven-game home losing streak with a 119-112 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday night in the Suns' final home game. Markieff Morris had 20 points and had career highs of six blocked shots and five steals for the Suns, who despite the victory finished with the second-worst home record in club history. P.J. Tucker added 21 points for the balanced Phoenix offense, which went small without a true center all night. Dragic, who played part of the third and all of the fourth quarter with a bandage over his left eye after a cut that required three stitches, called it his team's most complete game of the season. "Everybody was involved, everybody was making shots," Dragic said. " (Markieff), he was amazing. He was blocking every shot almost. On defense, we were talking and we played well. If we would play like this earlier, for sure we would be close to the playoffs." Suns interim coach Lindsey Hunter, who doesn't know if he'll be back next season, liked the effort for the home finale. "Hopefully these list couple of games is an indication of some things that we got better at," he said. "We didn't get to where we wanted to, but I think that we got better in a lot of different ways." Carlos Delfino points scored 22, including 6 of 9 3-pointers, and Jeremy Lin 20 for the Rockets, who fell a game behind Golden State for the No. 6 playoff spot in the West. The Rockets are a game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers for the No. 7 spot. Houston finishes its regular season at the Lakers on Wednesday night. "We never had any kind of control of this game at all," Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. " They had control of it all night. We made a couple of runs where we thought we would be OK. In the second quarter, we had a couple of things where I thought we could back in the game. We played very poorly. We had bad shot selection, we missed some shots, they posted us up, they got everything they wanted and we couldn't stop them defensively. "We are going to play a very determined L.A. team. We have to play well." James Harden managed just 15 points on 5-for-18 shooting, 0 for 7 from 3-point range. That's 10.5 points below his season average. "I think that has been one of our problems all season - focus," Lin said. "It usually comes with a younger team. At this point of the season, it is really not an excuse. Every game means so much. We are talking about playoff seeding. We are talking about matchups and things that are more important than anything we played for all season." Despite the victory, Phoenix finished with its second-worst home record in franchise history at 17-24. With one game to go, the Suns are 25-56 and guaranteed the second-worst record in team history. Only the 16-66 inaugural season of 1968-69 was worse. "We all know it was a rough year," Scola said, "but I wish the year would have 100 games left so we could turn this around. The day we finish the year we can start thinking about next season and I'm looking forward to that." Houston never caught the Suns in the second half, cutting it to 75-71 on Omer Asik's dunk with 8:03 left in the third. Phoenix had its highest-scoring quarter of a season with 39 in the first and their highest-scoring half in building a 67-61 lead at the break. The Suns stretched it to as much as a 12-point lead late in the third and were up 90-83 entering the fourth. Houston kept it to single-digits most of the fourth with Patrick Beverley's 3-pointer cutting the lead to 103-101 with 6:20 to go. But two baskets by Morris and a driving layup by Dragic made it 109-101. The Rockets never got closer than five again. Dragic scored six and Wesley Johnson five in a 13-2 run that put the Suns up 35-23 with 1:47 left in the first. But with Harden on the bench, the Rockets rallied in the second quarter with a 7-0 spurt. Delfino sank a 3, then James Anderson dunked and Greg Smith scored inside, putting Houston up 52-50 with 6:05 left in the half. Phoenix regained the lead 56-55 on a fastbreak basket by Jared Dudley, after a behind-the-back assist from Dragic, 2:51 before halftime. It was part of a 15-2 outburst that made it 65-57 on Tucker's layup.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



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Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Will HANLEY
  Valencia
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Hanley, Valencia17.7 
 2. Llorente, Guadalaj.16.3 
 3. Luettgerodt, Avila16.2 
 4. Balmon, Guadalaj.14.6 
 5. Matemalas, Palma14.1 
 6. Justo, Lan M.13.9 
 7. Hidalgo, Castello13.0 
 8. Ortega, Castello13.0 
 9. Cruz, La Palma12.9 
 10. Pantin, Lan M.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Will HANLEY
  Valencia
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Hanley, Valencia11.2 
 2. Pantin, Lan M.10.3 
 3. Balmon, Guadalaj.8.9 
 4. Diagne, Mad-Croc8.7 
 5. Joseph, Palma8.2 
 6. Dominguez, G.Cana.8.1 
 7. Ortega, Castello7.4 
 8. Elias, Aurtenec.7.3 
 9. Aramburu, Cafes A.7.1 
 10. Fall, Clinicas Ri.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Francisco CARDENAS
  Oviedo CB
  (177-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Cardenas, Oviedo6.4 
 2. Llorente, Guadalaj.4.8 
 3. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.4 
 4. Herrero, Avila3.4 
 5. Alvarado, Aurtenec.3.4 
 6. Santana, G.Canari.3.3 
 7. Santamaria, Cafes3.2 
 8. San Emeterio, Pal.3.1 
 9. Vives, FIATC J.3.1 
 10. Bassas, Prat J.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Guillem VIVES
  FIATC J.
  (190-F/G-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Vives, FIATC J.2.2 
 2.