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  ARGENTINA   



TNA semifinals - by Facundo Iatzky

After the victory of Huracan Trelew in the fifth game of quarterfinals against San Isidro, the semifinals series were defined. These series will start next saturday and the games will be:
San Martin Corrientes - Huracan Trelew and Quilmes mar del plata - Estudiantes Concordia
San Martin should not have problems. They lost only one game in the whole season and seem they will win the championship without problems but in playoffs everything is unpredictable. The other serie seems more even with Quilmes that showed a high level during the last part of the season but they have had some irregularities in 1/8 finals. On the other hand Estudiantes was one of the surprises of the season and was the only team that could beat San Martin. Winners of both series will play the finals, and the losers will play a repechage for the second promotion to Liga A.



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Apr. 17: Saigon H. - Petron Blaze 49-101
Apr. 19: Petron Blaze - KL Dragons
Apr. 21: Thailand S. - Singapore S.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Awards 2013 - by Hugh McAuliffe

Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL 1st Team 2013
Cedric Jackson
Jackson
Kevin Lisch
Lisch
Ben Madgen
Madgen
Seth Scott
Scott
Seth Scott
Knight

Finals MVP: Cedric Jackson (191-G-86) of Breakers
Player of the Year: Cedric Jackson (191-G-86) of Breakers
Guard of the Year: Cedric Jackson (191-G-86) of Breakers
Forward of the Year: Seth Scott (208-F/C-81) of Tigers
Center of the Year: Matthew Knight (203-F/C-85) of Wildcats
Domestic Player of the Year: Ben Madgen (193-G/F-85) of Kings
Import Player of the Year: Cedric Jackson (191-G-86) of Breakers
Rookie of the Year: Cameron Gliddon (195-G-89) of Taipans
Defensive Player of the Year: Damian Martin (186-PG-84) of Wildcats
Coach of the Year: Andrej Lemanis of Breakers

1st Team
G: Cedric Jackson (191-G-86) of Breakers
G: Kevin Lisch (188-G-86) of Wildcats
G/F: Ben Madgen (193-G/F-85) of Kings
F/C: Seth Scott (208-F/C-81) of Tigers
F/C: Matthew Knight (203-F/C-85) of Wildcats

2nd Team
PG: Gary Ervin (183-PG-83) of Crocodiles
G: Jonny Flynn (6'0''-G-89) of Tigers
PG: Damian Martin (186-PG-84) of Wildcats
F: Mika Vukona (198-F-82) of Breakers
F: Shawn Redhage (203-F-81) of Wildcats

Honorable Mention
Jamar Wilson (185-PG-84) of Taipans
Adam Gibson (188-PG-86) of 36ers
Thomas Abercrombie (198-F/G-87) of Breakers
Daniel Johnson (212-C-88) of 36ers
Ian Crosswhite (210-C-82) of Kings
Adris Deleon (180-G-84) of Hawks

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Damian Martin (186-PG-84) of Wildcats
G/F: Ben Madgen (193-G/F-85) of Kings
F: Mika Vukona (198-F-82) of Breakers
F: Shawn Redhage (203-F-81) of Wildcats
C: Daniel Johnson (212-C-88) of 36ers

All-Imports Team
G: Cedric Jackson (191-G-86) of Breakers
G: Kevin Lisch (188-G-86) of Wildcats
PG: Gary Ervin (183-PG-83) of Crocodiles
F: Darnell Lazare (203-F-85) of Kings
F/C: Seth Scott (208-F/C-81) of Tigers



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  BOSNIA   

Standings - BIH League

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

Second Stage: Round 6

Apr. 17: Capljina - Bosna 76-67
Apr. 16: Mladost - Igokea 62-92
Apr. 16: Radnik B. - Siroki WWin 60-82



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  BOTSWANA   


League Games Continue - by Peter Ubakar

The league games will continue at the SSKB courts in gaborone tomorrow friday. The game pis Troopers against BDF V, htis is expected to be a giant batle as both teams prepare to set themselves up for the season. According to Troopers Coach William Nyangu, Troopers have been training hard and are ready to wrestle the title from Spartans. he indicated that they have a few tricks up thier sleeve whihc will be revealed as the season progresses, The game is expected to drwa a large crowd.


Two league games at the SSKB courts - by Peter Ubakar

There will be two league games at the SSKB courts in which BDF V will take on Troopers. This is expected to be an exciting as game because when these two teamslock horns, there is always drama and intrigue as both teams are trying to estblish themselves on the league table. AN interview with the Troopers coach Wilaim Nyangu revealed that they are ready to reclaim thier crown this year and have been training hard and staying focused with one thing on thie mind. They wrestle the title away from Spartans who are the defending champions in the Botswana Basketball league.He also indicated that they have a few new weapons whihc will be unleashed during the season. The public is looking forward to this game and a full house is expected at the courts of firday evening.


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  BULGARIA   

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. Beroe 11-15 
 7. Cherno More 11-15 
 8. Chernomorets 10-16 
 9. Spartak Pleven 5-21 
 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 104-70

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 20: Rilski Sportist - Beroe
Apr. 20: Spartak Pleven - Balkan
Apr. 20: U20 - Lukoil Academik
Apr. 20: Chernomorets - Levski Sofia
Apr. 20: Tundja Yambol - Cherno More


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reginald HOLMES
  Beroe
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Holmes, Beroe21.5 
 2. Tyler, Chernomo.19.0 
 3. Durchev, Tundja Y.16.9 
 4. Smith, Rilski S.16.6 
 5. Mirkovic, Rilski S.16.6 
 6. Marinovic, Levski16.5 
 7. Marintchechk., Spa.15.9 
 8. Zahariev, Rilski S.15.9 
 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.7.1 
 9. Gugino, Rilski S.6.7 
 10. Agre, Spartak6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Walker, Beroe7.2 
 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. Massamba, Lukoil A.3.9 
 10. Dyakovski, Sparta.3.8 
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. Mirkovic, Rilski S.1.9 
 8. Kostov, Levski 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. Santos, Balkan1.3 
 3. Hart, Beroe1.3 
 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 


NBL Round 26: Leader Lukoil Academik loses to Balkan - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in NBL.

Top ranked Lukoil Academik (23-3) recorded its third loss in Sofia on Monday night. Hosts were edged by third ranked Balkan (18-8) 87-86. It ended at the same time the 13-game winning streak of Lukoil Academik. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Vladimir Panic (194-82) who scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international guard Jordan Bozov (191-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 15 points. The former international point guard Bozhidar Avramov (196-90, agency: Interperformances) produced 30 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the hosts. Balkan have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 18-8 record having five points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Defending champion Lukoil Academik still keeps top place with three games lost. Balkan are looking forward to face Spartak Pleven (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Lukoil Academik's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sofia to the arena U20.
The game in Burgas was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Rilski Sportist (16-10) played at the court of 7th ranked Chernomorets (10-16). Rilski Sportist managed to secure a 6-point victory 86-80. American center Tony Gugino (207-86, college: Hillsdale) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Branko Mirkovic contributed with 18 points and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. American center James Tyler (218-88) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds for Chernomorets. Rilski Sportist maintains fourth position with 16-10 record. Chernomorets at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 16 games lost. Rilski Sportist will play against Beroe (#6) in Stara Zagora in the next round. Chernomorets will play at home against the league's second-placed Levski Sofia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Stara Zagora. Local Beroe (11-15) outscored 9th ranked Spartak Pleven (5-21) 104-70 on Wednesday night. Reginald Holmes scored 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Dimitar Marintchechki responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Beroe moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cherno More. Spartak Pleven lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 21 games lost. Beroe will meet higher ranked Rilski Sportist (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Spartak Pleven will play against Balkan (#3) in Botevgrad and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 26 bottom-ranked U20 was crushed by Cherno More in Varna 90-71. Levski Sofia smashed Tundja Yambol at home 81-62.


Beroe - Spartak Pleven 104-70

The game with biggest result difference took place in Stara Zagora. Local Beroe (11-15) outscored 9th ranked Spartak Pleven (5-21) 104-70 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Beroe led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Pleven's 30 and made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Spartak Pleven 39-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. Beroe looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by Spartak Pleven's players. American guard Reginald Holmes (193-87, college: Morgan St.) scored 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Will Walker (183-87, college: De Paul) chipped in 12 points and 10 assists during the contest. Five Beroe players scored in double figures. Power forward Dimitar Marintchechki (201-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and center Denis Agre (203-88, college: Pepperdine) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Beroe moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cherno More. Spartak Pleven lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 21 games lost. Beroe will meet higher ranked Rilski Sportist (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Spartak Pleven will play against Balkan (#3) in Botevgrad and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Beroe: R.Holmes 30+5reb+4ast, M.Carter 18+6reb, B.Bakovic 12+6reb+2ast, W.Walker 12+3reb+10ast, M.Dimitrov 11+9reb+1ast, M.Hart 7+1reb
Spartak Pleven: V.Georgiev 18+1reb, D.Marintchechki 18+12reb+3ast, D.Agre 15+5reb, T.Ostrev 8+1reb+5ast, R.Sofroniev 5+3reb+4ast, A.Dyakovski 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 233946


Lukoil Academik - Balkan 86-87

Top ranked Lukoil Academik (23-3) recorded its third loss in Sofia on Monday night. Hosts were edged by third ranked Balkan (18-8) 87-86. It ended at the same time the 13-game winning streak of Lukoil Academik. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Vladimir Panic (194-82) who scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international guard Jordan Bozov (191-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 15 points. The former international point guard Bozhidar Avramov (196-90, agency: Interperformances) produced 30 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and American center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. Balkan have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 18-8 record having five points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Defending champion Lukoil Academik still keeps top place with three games lost. Balkan are looking forward to face Spartak Pleven (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Lukoil Academik's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sofia to the arena U20.
Top scorers:
Balkan: V.Panic 28+5reb+7ast, J.Bozov 15+3reb+1ast, J.Hunt 12+1reb+3ast, U.Petrovic 8+9reb, B.Jovovic 6+1reb, M.Marinov 5+1reb+3ast
Lukoil Academik: B.Avramov 30+2reb+2ast, D.Watkins 15+8reb, B.Heath 12+2reb+1ast, B.Popovic 11+2reb+1ast, D.Haritopoulos 8+9reb, V.Veselinov 6+2reb
gschID: 233950


Cherno More - U20 90-71

There was no surprise in Varna where 10th ranked U20 (1-25) was crushed by eighth ranked Euroins Cherno More (11-15) 90-71 on Monday. The game without a history. Euroins Cherno More led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international point guard Asen Velikov (185-86) had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Larry Hall (190-83, college: W.Oregon) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Five Euroins Cherno More players scored in double figures. Center Velislav Galabov (207-94) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Nikolay Grozev (199-94) scored 14 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Euroins Cherno More moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Beroe. U20 lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 25 lost games. Euroins Cherno More will meet higher ranked Tundja Yambol (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. U20's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Sofia Lukoil Academik.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: L.Hall 15+5reb+4ast, T.Zhelev 15+3reb+3ast, A.Velikov 13+5reb+10ast, S.Iliev 11+6reb+2ast, L.Vrcelj 11+6reb, P.Aleksiev 8+1reb+2ast
U20: V.Galabov 20+6reb, N.Grozev 14+4reb+1ast, T.Tenchev 11+4reb+3ast, A.Simeonov 7+3reb, K.Kirilov 6+4reb, D.Karamfilov 6+5reb+5ast
gschID: 233949


Chernomorets - Rilski Sportist 80-86

The game in Burgas was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Rilski Sportist (16-10) played at the court of 7th ranked Chernomorets (10-16). Rilski Sportist managed to secure a 6-point victory 86-80. Chernomorets was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 31-17 charge of Rilski Sportist, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Rilski Sportist forced 24 Chernomorets turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American center Tony Gugino (207-86, college: Hillsdale) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 18 points and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. Five Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. American center James Tyler (218-88) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds and Bogdan Boev (196-82) added 24 points and 4 steals in the effort for Chernomorets. Rilski Sportist maintains fourth position with 16-10 record. Chernomorets at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 16 games lost. Rilski Sportist will play against Beroe (#6) in Stara Zagora in the next round. Chernomorets will play at home against the league's second-placed Levski Sofia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: B.Mirkovic 18+2reb+6ast, A.Caloiaro 14+6reb+3ast, H.Zahariev 14+3reb+2ast, T.Gugino 13+11reb+4ast, E.Binev 11+1ast, L.Kirov 6
Chernomorets: B.Boev 24+1ast, J.Tyler 17+15reb+1ast, I.Slavchev 14+5reb+4ast, K.Raykov 8+1reb, K.Koev 6+3reb+1ast, P.Rakovic 4+1reb+8ast
gschID: 233948


Levski Sofia - Tundja Yambol 81-62

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Levski Sofia (22-4) smashed at home 5th ranked Tundja Yambol (13-13) 81-62 on Monday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Levski Sofia's pressure prevailed and they won that period 25-12 extending their advantage to 19 points. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international Dimitar Anguelov (203-79, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Levski Sofia players scored in double figures. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds and guard Stanislav Govedarov (185-80) scored 7 points and 5 assists. Levski Sofia have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-4 record behind leader Lukoil Academik. Loser Tundja Yambol keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. Levski Sofia will meet Chernomorets (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Tundja Yambol will play against Euroins Cherno More in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: D.Anguelov 14+6reb+1ast, D.Dimitrov 12+3reb, P.Ivanov 10+4reb+2ast, M.Marinovic 10+3reb+12ast, S.Georgiev 8+3reb+1ast, N.Varbanov 8+5reb
Tundja Yambol: N.Milosevic 18+9reb+1ast, I.Marchev 8+1reb+1ast, M.Durchev 8+2reb+3ast, S.Govedarov 7+2reb+5ast, S.Cholakov 6+1reb, B.Ormon 5+8reb
gschID: 233947



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  CHILE   


Chile: hopeful but still troubled horizon - by Cristian Quiroga

After change in the leadership of Federation, Chilean basket is starting a road to recover lost time and achieve the definitive union of all the people who loves this beatiful sport.
After Marcelo Casas took the control some weeks ago, is trying to sort tasks by priority, managing money problems with one hand, and retaking purely sporting activity with the other.
Union of leagues is one of the most important points, but could be possible next year because this season is completely programmed with both National League as Dimayor. But intention and willingness exists today and that's a very important aspect.
Regarding to international commitments, first will be turn of U16 NT which will play Fiba Americas U16 Championship in Maldonado, Uruguay. An interesting generation got the ticket last year in Southamerican coached by Juan Manuel Cordoba, who is today coaching in Osorno. And Federation wants to give him back that responsability. Before must fix the situation with his current team, in order to have facilities to work in parallel on both projects, thinking in trainings precisely in Osorno and considering that many of the players part of this NT are from the southern zone of Chile. This way, coach and Federation are waiting for decision of Cordoba team, and start working during this weeks.
More news have Chilean basket with Women NT. Spanish Ricardo Gonzalez has named coach of NT that must participate in Southamerican Championship in wich Chile lost the homefield because of last changes and problems related to previous administration. Championship will be played in Argentina probably during next June.
Anyway, in Women NT our contry have an excellent generation led by Ziomara Morrison and Tatiana Gomez. Now they have the chance to demonstrate what are they currently doing abroad.



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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

DPB Standings
 1. Bambuqueros 20-8 
 2. Bucaros 19-9 
 3. Once Caldas 17-11 
 4. Piratas 15-13 
 5. Academia 14-14 
 6. Aguilas 11-17 
 7. Caribbean Heat 10-18 
 8. Halcones 6-22 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stalin ORTIZ
  Bambuqueros
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 23
 1. Ortiz, Bambuqueros23.0 
 2. Chavez Jacob., Ac.21.3 
 3. Thomas, Piratas20.8 
 4. Rayson, Aguilas20.0 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.19.1 
 6. Northern, Halcones18.6 
 7. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
 8. Gilbert, Bucaros17.9 
 9. Mayfield, Aguilas17.7 
 10. Garris, Once Cald.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Bucaros
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Hernandez, Bucaros12.5 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Piratas12.0 
 3. Northern, Halcones10.9 
 4. Culver, Caribbea.8.8 
 5. Blue, Academia8.7 
 6. Smith, Aguilas8.6 
 7. Rayson, Aguilas7.1 
 8. Baquero, Halcones6.7 
 9. Cortes, Once Cald.6.4 
 10. Trocha, Bucaros5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Eddy MAYFIELD
  Aguilas
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Mayfield, Aguilas5.8 
 2. Moreno, Piratas5.0 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.4.6 
 4. Brooks, Bucaros4.5 
 5. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.5 
 6. Nelson, Halcones3.8 
 7. Jordan, Once Cald.3.5 
 8. Thomas, Piratas3.3 
 9. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
 10. Pomare, Caribbea.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Moreno, Piratas2.1 
 2. Jordan, Once Cald.1.9 
 3. Ortiz, Bambuqueros1.9 
 4. Mayfield, Aguilas1.7 
 5. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.6 
 6. Garris, Once Caldas1.4 
 7. Pomare, Caribbea.1.4 
 8. Renteria, Halcones1.3 
 9. Cortes, Once Cald.1.3 
 10. Chavez Jacob., A.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  Halcones
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Northern, Halcones2.2 
 2. Perez, Bambuqueros0.8 
 3. Farley, Academia0.8 
 4. Blue, Academia0.7 
 5. Hernandez, Bucaros0.6 
 6. Aguaslimpias, Acad.0.6 
 7. Smith, Aguilas0.6 
 8. Baquero, Halcones0.5 
 9. Culver, Caribbea.0.5 
 10. Arboleda, Halcones0.5 


AGUILAS ADDS BRIAN EGWUATU - by Victor Garcia

Aguilas de Tunja announces the arrival of the Nigerian forward Brian Egwuatu (199-F-86, college: USC Aiken) to replace the injured Tyrone Rayson, Egwuatu is a 27 years old player with experience in Finland, Czech Republic and Chile, usually fills the small forward spot and is an athletic player that has played 3 years in the pro basketball
Egwuatu will arrive tomorrow from Houston and will play his first game next friday in the opening of the second phase,



PELLERIN LEAVES AGUILAS DE TUNJA, - by Victor Garcia

According to team sources Agulilas de Tunja head coach Patrick Pellerin leaves the team due to personal reasons, the team has named his assistant coach Yesid Suarez as interim coach, the team will start the second phase of the Professional Basketball Division next friday as sixth seeded in the standings.
But more bad news comes in Tunja, the Agulilas also lost its main scorer Tyrone Rayson due to knee injury, the team is looking for his replacement.



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 6

Apr. 17: Alkar Sinj - Zadar 97-104 OT
Apr. 17: Kvarner 2010 - KK Zagreb 80-66
Apr. 17: Cibona - KK Split 79-61
Apr. 17: Jolly - Cedevita 68-85

Second Stage: Round 7

Apr. 20: Cedevita - Cibona
Apr. 20: Zadar - Jolly
Apr. 20: KK Zagreb - Alkar Sinj
Apr. 20: KK Split - Kvarner 2010


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Ross, Jolly21.4 
 2. Batina, Djuro D.17.1 
 3. Budimir, Osjecki15.2 
 4. Rembert, Krizevci14.9 
 5. Mrva, Jolly14.9 
 6. Skific, Kvarner14.9 
 7. Radic, Kvarner 201014.8 
 8. Lez, Zabok14.7 
 9. Peraica, Darda14.5 
 10. Peric, Dubrovnik14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mate MRVA
  Jolly
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Mrva, Jolly7.4 
 2. Radic, Kvarner 20107.3 
 3. Sarlija, Djuro D.7.0 
 4. Jakolis, Dubrovnik6.9 
 5. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.2 
 6. Peraica, Darda5.3 
 7. Vlaic, Zabok5.3 
 8. Ross, Jolly5.2 
 9. Krstanovic, Krizev.5.1 
 10. Skific, Kvarner5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Krivec, Kvarner5.0 
 2. Tomeljak, Osjecki4.5 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.0 
 4. Glavinic, Sloboda3.8 
 5. Blajic, Djuro D.3.4 
 6. Panduric, Darda3.2 
 7. Pesut, Zabok3.0 
 8. Segaric, KK Zagreb3.0 
 9. Rembert, Krizevci2.9 
 10. Jugo, Alkar Sinj2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Ross, Jolly2.7 
 2. Krivec, Kvarner1.5 
 3. Peric, Dubrovnik1.5 
 4. Meznaric, Prievidza1.4 
 5. Glavinic, Sloboda1.3 
 6. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.3 
 7. Skific, Kvarner1.3 
 8. Mrva, Jolly1.3 
 9. Petrovic, KK Zagreb1.3 
 10. Pesut, Zabok1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.2.0 
 2. Bubalo, Jolly1.1 
 3. Najev, DOSK0.9 
 4. Bakovic, Djuro D.0.7 
 5. Vlaic, Zabok0.7 
 6. Hrncic, Darda0.6 
 7. Budimir, Osjecki0.6 
 8. Zupic, Alkar Sinj0.6 
 9. Bundovic, Zabok0.6 
 10. Halilovic, KK Za.0.5 


A1 Round 6 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

Seventh-ranked Alkar Sinj (0-6) gave a tough game to third ranked KK Zadar (5-1) on Wednesday. The visitors from Zadar managed to secure only seven-point victory 104-97. However their fans expected much easier game. Romeo Travis scored 26 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Alkar Sinj's coach Boris Poljak rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Zadar have a solid four-game winning streak. KK Zadar moved-up to second place, which they share with Cedevita. Alkar Sinj at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. KK Zadar will face Jolly (#5) in Sibenik in the next round. Alkar Sinj will play on the road against KK Zagreb and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Alkar Sinj - Zadar 97-104 OT

Seventh-ranked Alkar Sinj (0-6) gave a tough game to third ranked KK Zadar (5-1) on Wednesday. The visitors from Zadar managed to secure only seven-point victory 104-97. However their fans expected much easier game. Alkar Sinj was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 27-26 charge of KK Zadar, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-6. KK Zadar made 35-of-45 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game, while Alkar Sinj only scored sixteen points from the stripe. Alkar Sinj was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. American Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) scored 26 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Ante Delas (200-88) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five KK Zadar players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Luka Zitko (201-81) with 25 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Rudolf Jugo (183-84) scored 9 points and 8 assists. Alkar Sinj's coach Boris Poljak rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Zadar have a solid four-game winning streak. KK Zadar moved-up to second place, which they share with Cedevita. Alkar Sinj at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. KK Zadar will face Jolly (#5) in Sibenik in the next round. Alkar Sinj will play on the road against KK Zagreb and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Zadar: R.Travis 26+9reb+3ast, A.Delas 21+5reb+1ast, I.Ivanov 15+1reb+1ast, J.Nurkic 11+11reb, M.Ramljak 10+5reb, T.Prostran 7+3reb+1ast
Alkar Sinj: L.Zitko 25+5reb, M.Modric 16, S.Modric 11+2reb+1ast, N.Gaurina 10+3reb, R.Jugo 9+2reb+8ast, A.Bilic 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 236368


Jolly - Cedevita 68-85

Rather expected game in Sibenik where 5th ranked Jolly (3-3) was defeated by third ranked Cedevita (5-1) 85-68 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-68. Cedevita made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Jolly was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana, agency: Priority Sports) scored 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Marino Bazdaric (195-78) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: LUMANI 10.7) with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Luka Katura (194-89) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cedevita have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Zadar. Loser Jolly dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Cedevita's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb Cibona.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: M.Bazdaric 15+5reb+5ast, B.Wright 15+7reb+5ast, P.Suput 14+4reb+1ast, A.Masic 9+5reb, M.Bilan 8+3reb, L.Andric 7+7reb+2ast
Jolly: D.Bubalo 14+3reb, R.Ross 14+8reb+4ast, L.Katura 12+6reb, J.Naletilic 6+2reb+1ast, L.Petkovic 5+2reb+1ast, M.Mrva 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 236369


Kvarner 2010 - KK Zagreb 80-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Kvarner 2010's (2-4) home victory over bottom-ranked KK Zagreb (0-6) 80-66 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Kvarner 2010 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game, while KK Zagreb only scored five points from the stripe. Strangely KK Zagreb outrebounded Kvarner 2010 29-17 including 21 on the defensive glass. Power forward Jure Skific (202-88) scored 23 points to lead the charge for the winners and forward Dino Cinac (198-88) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Kvarner 2010 players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Ivan Novacic (201-85) with 16 points and 7 rebounds and Bosnian forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. KK Zagreb's coach Daniel Jusup tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kvarner 2010 maintains sixth position with 2-4 record. Loser KK Zagreb still closes the standings with six games lost. Kvarner 2010 will face higher ranked KK Split (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KK Zagreb will play against Alkar Sinj and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kvarner 2010: J.Skific 23+4reb+3ast, D.Cinac 17+5reb+1ast, B.Krivec 16+4ast, A.Boban 11+1reb, D.Stipcic 9+3reb+2ast, D.Jelenic 2
KK Zagreb: I.Novacic 16+7reb+1ast, A.Krapic 13+1reb, M.Car 9+3reb+1ast, M.Halilovic 9+9reb+3ast, F.Basljan 8+1reb, M.Poscic 4+1reb
gschID: 236367


Cibona - KK Split 79-61

Not a big story in a game in Zagreb where 4th ranked KK Split (3-3) was defeated by top-ranked Cibona (6-0) 79-61 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 48-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Cibona outrebounded KK Split 44-30 including 16 on the offensive glass. American point guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) scored 25 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Andrija Zizic (207-80, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Cibona players scored in double figures. Cibona's coach Daniel Lutz used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was swingman Ivan Siriscevic (198-87) with 24 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Cibona have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-0 record. Loser KK Split keeps the fourth place with three games lost. Cibona's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena Cedevita.
Top scorers:
Cibona: J.Blassingame 25+3reb+6ast, A.Zizic 16+5reb+1ast, D.Strawberry 12+5reb, D.Saric 10+4reb+1ast, H.Kovacevic 6+8reb+2ast, S.Nicevic 3+2reb
KK Split: I.Siriscevic 24+7reb, F.Kraljevic 11+4reb, J.Sobin 10+8reb+1ast, T.Katic 8+2reb+1ast, I.Bender 4+6reb+1ast, E.Reinholt 2
gschID: 236366



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Mattoni NBL Will Not Stage a Play-Out Round this Season - by Surujh Roopnarine

The fates of Turi Svitavy and BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec are safe as today a decision was made not to hold the play-out stage this season.
Originally planned, the bottom two teams in this year's NBL would face off with the top two teams from the 1.Liga for the right to play in the main competition next season. However, when Sokol Hradec Kralove pulled out of the competition due to financial reasons and their replacement BK Loko Interconex Plzen declined, it was decided that JBC MMCITE Brno would move up to the NBL and make an even 14 teams (tentatively) for the 2013-14 season. Tentative is key, because though all members would like to have Astrum Levice back for another season in the NBL, the Slovak club is still undecided as to whether to compete in one or two leagues next season.


Planned teams for 2013-14:

CEZ Basketball Nymburk
BK Prostejov
BK Nova Hut Ostrava
BK Decin
BK JIP Pardubice
BC Kolin
BK Breda & Weinstein Opava
USK Praha
Astrum Levice (Slovakia)
Levharti Chomutov
SLUNETA Usti nad Labem
Turi Svitavy
BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec
JBC MMCITE Brno



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  D-LEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin DENTMON
  Texas L.
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Dentmon, Texas L.22.9 
 2. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.22.1 
 3. Goudelock, LA La.21.2 
 4. Lamb, Oklah.Ci.20.9 
 5. Mack, Atlanta H.20.1 
 6. Samuels, Hapoel J.19.8 
 7. Joseph, San A.19.4 
 8. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.3 
 9. Jones, Houston R.19.0 
 10. Nichols, Sioux F.18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Texas L.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jones, Texas L.12.6 
 2. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.11.8 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.10.9 
 4. Samuels, Hapoel J.10.3 
 5. Mays, Sioux F.10.0 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.10.0 
 7. Varnado, Miami H.9.9 
 8. Onuaku, Canton C.9.5 
 9. Jones, Houston R.9.0 
 10. Wright, Maine RC8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Sioux F.
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Barrett, Sioux F.7.8 
 2. Mack, Atlanta H.7.5 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.7.1 
 4. Wright, Iowa E.7.0 
 5. Russell, Reno B.6.5 
 6. Karl, Idaho S.6.3 
 7. Quinn, Cleveland C.6.1 
 8. Singletary, Ooste.5.6 
 9. Joseph, San A.5.5 
 10. McNeal, Utah Jazz5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Justin HOLIDAY
  Philadel.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Holiday, Philadel.2.4 
 2. Fortson, Trotamun.2.0 
 3. Millsap, Los A.2.0 
 4. Greene, Reno B.1.9 
 5. Joseph, San A.1.9 
 6. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 7. Tyndale, Maine RC1.8 
 8. Wright, Maine RC1.7 
 9. Singletary, Ooste.1.7 
 10. Leslie, Santa C.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Miami H.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Varnado, Miami H.3.3 
 2. Melo, Boston C.2.9 
 3. Gladness, Santa C.2.3 
 4. Orton, Oklah.Ci.2.2 
 5. Armstrong, Santa C.2.2 
 6. Johnson, Minnesot.2.1 
 7. Daniels, Rio G.2.1 
 8. Moon, Los A.2.0 
 9. Jordan, Talk N Te.2.0 
 10. Williams, Texas L.2.0 



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  EQUATORIAL GUINEA   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Malabo King 1-0 
 2. MBC 1-0 
 3. Six Stars 1-0 
 4. Rhema B. 0-1 
 5. San Antonio 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Apr. 19: MBC - Rhema B.
Apr. 20: San Antonio - Malabo King
Apr. 21: MBC - Six Stars



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  ESTONIA   

Stats Leaders

KML Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Peciukevic., Parnu 16.1
2.Tamm, Tarvas 15.8
3.Wilkinson,Kalev/C 15.7
4.Laksa, Tarvas 15.0
5.Akenparg, TTU 15.0
6.Matulionis, Parnu 15.0
7.Raley-Ross,Tarvas 14.5
8.Okoye, Kalev 14.2
9.Ingram, TU/Rock 13.8
10.Laur, Hito 13.5
Rebounds Per Game
1.Raadik, Parnu 11.6
2.Okoye, Kalev 10.7
3.Elegar, Kalev/Cr.8.2
4.Trumm, Hito 8.2
5.Lindmets, Tarvas 8.1
6.Keedus, TTU 7.0
7.Grafs, Valga 6.9
8.Fall, Kalev/Cr. 6.8
9.Arnold, TTU 6.7
10.Raley-Ross,Tarvas 6.5
Assists Per Game
1 Sinadinovic, Valga 7.0
2.Peciukevic., Parnu 5.3
3 Ingram, TU/Rock 4.8
4 Keedus, TTU 4.8
5 Tamm, Tarvas 4.0
6 Raley-Ross,Tarvas 3.8
7 Campbell, Kalev 3.1
8 Saare, Hito 3.1
9 Laane, Rapla 3.1
10 Cunda, Valga 3.0

Steals Per Game
1 Laane, Rapla 2.4
2 Dorbek, Rapla 2.1
3 Tamm, Tarvas 2
4 Keedus, TTU 1.9
5 Saks, Tarvas 1.7
6 Campbell, Kalev 1.6
7 Akenparg, TTU 1.6
8 Peciukevic., Parnu 1.6

Blocks Per Game
1 Fall, Kalev/Cramo 1.9
2 Stewart, Tarvas 1.4
3 Toome, TU/Rock 1.1
4 Arnold, TTU 0.9
5 Elegar, Kalev/Cr. 0.9
6 Matulionis, Parnu 0.7
7 Okoye, Tln Kalev 0.7
8 Saarmets, TTU 0.6
9 Grafs Valga 0.6



KML Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Parnu - Tarvas 71-82

Tarvas stole a road win over Parnu to complete the sweep of the quarterfinal series. The game was mostly controlled by BC Rakvere. KK Parnu was better in third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when BC Rakvere won last quarter 20-10. They made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. BC Rakvere forced 22 KK Parnu turnovers. Strangely KK Parnu outrebounded BC Rakvere 53-31 including a 22-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. KK Parnu was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a quality performance for Latvian forward Maris Laksa (205-81, college: Providence) who led the winners and scored 25 points. The former international point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) accounted for 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Four BC Rakvere players scored in double figures. International center Rain Raadik (208-89) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 22 rebounds and Lithuanian guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91) added 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for KK Parnu in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: M.Laksa 25+3reb+2ast, K.Saks 19+5reb+1ast, R.Tamm 14+7reb+5ast, B.Raley-Ross 10+6reb+5ast, A.Stewart 7+6reb+2ast, J.Umbrasko 5+3reb+1ast
Parnu: A.Peciukevicius 21+11reb+4ast, K.Evart 14+1reb, R.Raadik 14+22reb+3ast, O.Matulionis 9+8reb+2ast, R.Raap 7+7reb+3ast, K.Kitsing 6+3reb
gschID: 238505


Valga - TU/Rock 55-87

TTU/Rock had little problems against Valga in the third and decisive game of the series. The game without a history. TU/Rock led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. TU/Rock forced 20 Valga turnovers. It was a great shooting night for TU/Rock especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. The best player for the winners was American point guard Justin Ingram (188-85, college: Toledo, agency: Two Points) who scored 13 points and 4 assists. International forward Timo Eichfuss (200-88) chipped in 10 points. Four TU/Rock players scored in double figures. TU/Rock's coach Gert Kullamae felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Latvian center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso) who recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international swingman Veljo Vares (200-81) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
TU/Rock: J.Ingram 13+3reb+4ast, I.Nelyubov 12+1reb, R.Veideman 11+2reb+1ast, T.Eichfuss 10+4reb+2ast, E.Dimsa 9+5reb, J.Toome 9+2reb
Valga: R.Grafs 18+5reb+4ast, V.Vares 12+5reb+2ast, E.Cunda 8+5reb+2ast, H.Rannula 6+3reb+1ast, R.Petersonig 6+2reb+1ast, J.Jarvelainen 3+6reb
gschID: 238504


Rapla - TTU 65-57

Rapla outgunned TTU to secure 2-1 lead in the series. The hosts were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 21-14 TTU's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 65-57 at the end of the game. Rapla made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 TTU turnovers. It was a good game for point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93) who led his team to a victory with 22 points. The former international forward Andre Parn (202-77) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Jaan Puidet (191-92) answered with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Erik Keedus (198-90) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for TTU.
Top scorers:
Rapla: R.Laane 22+3reb+1ast, A.Parn 14+6reb+1ast, M.Paasoja 10+4reb+2ast, I.Pilk 7+7reb+2ast, M.Dorbek 6+2reb+4ast, J.Soo 4+4reb
TTU: J.Puidet 16+8reb+5ast, K.Makke 14+6reb, E.Keedus 12+9reb, K.Akenparg 6+5reb+2ast, M.Kaja 5+4reb+1ast, A.Arnold 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 238503


Tln Kalev - Kalev/Cramo 70-99

Kalev/Cramo eased past Tin Kalev to advance into the semifinals. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 25-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-70. Kalev/Cramo outrebounded Tln Kalev 42-26 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Tln Kalev helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American power forward Gary Wilkinson (205-82, college: Utah St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) helped adding 10 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Nigerian-American forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise St.) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds and forward Janis Vahter (193-86) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: G.Wilkinson 16+7reb, T.Abbott 15, F.Elegar 10+8reb+2ast, A.Skele 9+2reb+5ast, G.Dorbek 8+4reb+2ast, T.Sokk 8+3ast
Tln Kalev: J.Vahter 20+7reb, I.Okoye 20+15reb+2ast, M.Paiste 8+1ast, R.Prii 6, R.Roos 6+1reb+2ast, M.Campbell 5+1ast
gschID: 238502



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Brown, Montepaschi18.8 
 2. Nachbar, Brose B.16.1 
 3. Bogdanovic, Fener..15.9 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.14.9 
 5. Jerrells, Maine RC14.2 
 6. Lampe, Caja L.14.1 
 7. Farmar, Anadolu13.8 
 8. Fernandez, Real M.13.6 
 9. Hickman, Maccabi13.5 
 10. Weems, CSKA13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.3 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A6.5 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal6.3 
 4. Lampe, Caja L.6.1 
 5. Hines, Olympiacos6.0 
 6. Lasme, Panathin.5.9 
 7. Davis, Khimky5.5 
 8. Mirotic, Real Madr.5.5 
 9. Thompson, ALBA5.4 
 10. Erden, Anadolu E.5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Zoran PLANINIC
  Khimky
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Planinic, Khimky6.3 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.9 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.7 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi5.3 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA5.0 
 6. Heurtel, Caja L.4.6 
 7. Farmar, Anadolu4.1 
 8. Cook, Caja Laboral4.1 
 9. Gordon, Anadolu4.0 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ibrahim JAABER
  Petrochimi
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Jaaber, Petrochimi1.9 
 2. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.9 
 3. Gordon, Anadolu1.8 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.6 
 5. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 6. Hickman, Maccabi1.4 
 7. Diamantidis, Panat.1.4 
 8. Cook, Caja Laboral1.3 
 9. Calloway, Unicaja1.2 
 10. Jerrells, Maine RC1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.9 
 2. Lasme, Panathin.1.9 
 3. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 4. Tomic, FCB Regal1.2 
 5. Vidmar, Besiktas1.1 
 6. Kaun, CSKA1.1 
 7. Zoric, Unicaja1.0 
 8. Davis, Khimky1.0 
 9. Ford, Brose Bask.1.0 
 10. Hines, Olympiacos1.0 


Third Games of Quarterfinal Series - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes - Olympiacos 83-72 (1-2)
Anadolu Efes clinched the first win in the EuroLeague quarterfinal series versus Olympiacos. The Turkish powerhouse held off the Piraeus team in Istanbul to narrow the deficit at 1-2 in the series. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) stepped up with 17 points and 5 assists to lead the winners. Anadolu Efes and Olympiacos stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The Turkish team claimed a 19:17 advantage after ten minutes. Anadolu Efes stretched the gap in the second term. The Turkish team accumulated a 37:29 halftime lead. Anadolu Efes opened a double-digit lead early in the third term. Soon the gap grew at 16-point mark 58:42. Anadolu Efes entered the fourth frame up by 15 points 65:50. Acie Law (190-G-85, college: Texas A&M) dragged the Greek team within 7 points 64:71 midway through the fourth frame. But Anadolu Efes executed well enough to seal the winning outcome at the end. Semih Erden and Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points each for the winners. Acie Law answered with 19 points for Olympiacos. Georgios Printezis had 11 points in the loss.

Panathinaikos - FCB Regal 65-63 (2-1)
Panathinaikos shot down Barcelona for the second straight win in the EuroLeague quarterfinal series. It was another thriller that turned the Greens way at the end. Michael Bramos came up with 14 points to lead the winners. Panathinaikos opened the game strongly. Supported by nearly 18000 fans the hosts grabbed a 20:10 lead after ten minutes. Barcelona however stopped the bleeding and worked their way back into the game. The Spaniards cut the deficit at 9 points at halftime 38:29. The visitors completed their comeback in the third period. The Spanish team went on a 22:12 run to secure a 51:50 lead into the final frame. Panathinaikos though turned the tables in the fourth quarter. They came back from 5 points down to take a 64:63 lead after a three-pointer from Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80). Ante Tomic missed two free throws and James Gist punished him with a free throw of his own to make it 65:63. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) had a chance to save the game for Barca but missed a potential winner. Dimitris Diamantidis scored 12 points, while Stephane Lasme added 11 points in the victory. Juan Carlos Navarro answered with 17 points for Barcelona. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-PG-76, college: Maryland) had 13 points in the loss.

Maccabi T-A - Real Madrid 57-69 (0-3)
Real Madrid advanced to the Final Four of Euroleague. The team won over Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 67:59 and swept the series with 3-0 record. The game was mostly controlled by Real Madrid. They started with a 6-point lead in the first period. Having 14-10 advantage, a buzzer-beating put-back layup by Jaycee Carroll restored a 10-16 Madrid lead after 10 minutes. Maccabi T-A was better in second period 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Again Jaycee Carroll followed free throws with a wild slam off a steal to boost Madrid's lead to 8 after 30 minutes. Madrid later improved to 13 points and did not allow the hosts to catch up with them, in the end. It was a great evening for Jaycee Carroll who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) helped adding 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) with 18 points and 6 rebounds and Yogev Ohayon (187-PG-87) scored 11 points. Four Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures.

Caja Laboral - CSKA 93-72 (1-2)
Caja Laboral prolonged their EuroLeague campaign. They knocked down visiting CSKA in Vitoria to cut the deficit at 1-2 in the quarterfinal series. Thomas Heurtel came up with 21 points to lead the winners. Caja Laboral relied on aggressive defence in the first half. They snatched a 15:14 lead after ten minutes. The hosts went on a 28:10 run in the second quarter. Caja Laboral Thomas Huertel gave the home side a 43:24 halftime lead. Caja Laboral maintained the lead throughout the third term. Moreover the hosts grabbed a 33-point buffer late in the period 70:37. CSKA opened the final frame on a 13:7 run to narrow the gap but Caja Laboral were never seriously threatened in the reminder of the contest as they cruised to the win at the end. Milko Bjelica (205-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 15 points, while Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) answered with 12 points for CSKA. Vladimir Micov and Aaron Jackson had 11 points each in the loss.



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Raiders And Eagles Reach Last Four - by Paul Nilsen

The semi-final line-up for the BBL Championship play-offs was confirmed on Monday night as the Marjon Plymouth Raiders and Newcastle Eagles booked their berths in the Final Four thanks to victories over the Glasgow Rocks and One Health Sharks Sheffield respectively.

The Raiders defeated the Rocks 87-78 at the Plymouth Pavilions to give them a 169-149 aggregate victory over the two legs.

29 points from Michael Ojo (195-G-89, college: Lehigh) was the standout performance for the Raiders in the victory, but they were made to work hard by the Rocks as the visitors had lead by as many as 17 points midway through the second quarter.

A strong third period from the Raiders however saw Plymouth overturn the deficit and ultimately secure the victory and move on in the postseason push. At the EIS, Sheffield, the Eagles secured a hard-fought 81-84 victory on the night, thus handing them them a 169-151 aggregate victory over the two legs.

27 points from Joe Chapman was the main performance for the Eagles from a scoring perspective, while Mike Tuck led the Sharks with 25 points personal on the night, but was not enough to help the home side to victory.

Both sides traded baskets for the majority of the game, but it was a Kareem Maddox basket that sparked a 9-0 burst in the final period to take the score out to 76-83 with 1:36 remaining in the game and the Eagles held on for the victory on the night, and as a result secure their semi-final berth.

The Eagles will now play the Surrey Heat in their semi-final, while the Raiders will meet BBL regular season champions, the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders in the other semi-final with the winners squaring off for the BBL Championship at Wembley Arena on Sunday 28 April 2013.



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Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.6 
 2. Conley, LrNM.22.5 
 3. Relphorde, Salon V.21.1 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.20.8 
 5. Clavell, Kouvot20.2 
 6. Haanpaa, Lapua19.3 
 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. McDade, Nilan B.9.8 
 3. Ford, Kauhajoki9.8 
 4. Conley, LrNM.9.7 
 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: 6.5
 1. Williams, Pyrinto6.5 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.9 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.6 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.5.2 
 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: 2.5
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.5 
 2. Coleman, Lapua2.3 
 3. Smith, Kataja2.2 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.2.2 
 5. Holloway, Namika L.1.9 
 6. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.7 
 7. Tolbert, Lapua1.7 
 8. Conley, LrNM.1.6 
 9. Williams, KTP1.5 
 10. Watson, Kauhajoki1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Barrett, KTP1.3 
 2. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.2 
 3. Ford, Kauhajoki1.1 
 4. Fields, Kataja1.1 
 5. Giles, KTP1.0 
 6. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 7. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.0 
 8. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.9 
 9. Dyer, Hapoel Kazrin0.9 
 10. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 


KORISLIIGA: KTP needs one more victory - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, quarter-finals, Game # 2: Kouvot (Kouvola) and KTP (Kotka) meeting eachother second time, this time at Kouvola. SG Ilari Seppala (190-G-93) netted 17 points in 15 minutes and was keeping the hosts in the game, but during the second half KTP was so much stronger and winning finally by 16 points: 71-87 (40-40). Quarters: 16-14, 24-26, 15-24, 16-23. KTP - Kouvot now 2-0.
Kouvot had only two players in double figures. Chris Hester (192-G/F-79, college: E.Washington) led the hosts with 23pts/7rbs and Seppala had those 17 pts (treys 4/8), all scored during the first half. Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Sam Houston St.) was early in foul troubles and played only 20:48 minutes. Clavell had seven tiny points and five fouls.
KTP was led by Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88), who scored 22 pts. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, college: Cent.Michigan) and Timo Heinonen (198-F-81) scored both 17 pts. Michael Pounds (188-PG-88) added 13 pts. KTP won the rebounds 29-36.

Kouvot - KTP 71-87 (40-40). (Chris Hester 23/7, Ilari Seppala 17, Antto Nikkarinen 8 - Bojan Sarcevic 22, Sefton Barrett 17, Timo Heinonen 17, Michael Pounds 13. A: 1304).



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D1 Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 5

Apr. 17: MZT Skopje - Feni Indistrija 98-77
Apr. 17: Kumanovo - Rabotnicki 88-86
Apr. 17: Lirija - Kozuv 83-87

Second Stage: Round 6

Places 1-6

Apr. 20: Kozuv - MZT Skopje
Apr. 20: Lirija - Rabotnicki
Apr. 20: Kumanovo - Feni Indistrija

Places 7-9

Apr. 20: Pelister Bitola - Vardar


Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar KOSTOSKI
  Kumanovo
  (186-G-88)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Kostoski, Kumanovo19.5 
 2. Abukar, Rabotnicki18.2 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija16.9 
 4. Lee-Ingram, Kuman.16.7 
 5. Jelesijevic, Rabot.15.5 
 6. Trajkovski, Feni I.15.2 
 7. Lukovic, Kumanovo15.1 
 8. Tasovski, Lirija14.2 
 9. Kerkez, Vardar13.9 
 10. Dimcevski, Kuman.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dragan KERKEZ
  Vardar
  (--89)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Kerkez, Vardar9.9 
 2. Lukovic, Kumanovo9.9 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija7.5 
 4. Trajkovski, Feni I.7.3 
 5. Jelesijevic, Rabot.6.5 
 6. Kostevski, Vardar6.0 
 7. Tasovski, Lirija5.8 
 8. Knezevic, Feni I.5.7 
 9. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.5.6 
 10. Abukar, Rabotnicki5.2 
Assists Per Game
 Goran SAMARDZIEV
  Feni I.
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Samardziev, Feni I.4.1 
 2. Mijajlovic, Kozuv3.9 
 3. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.7 
 4. Morban, Lirija3.6 
 5. Karadzovski, Kozuv3.6 
 6. McIntosh, Feni I.3.4 
 7. Sokolov, Feni I.2.8 
 8. Petrovski, Rabotni.2.6 
 9. Tasovski, Lirija2.4 
 10. Radunovic, Lirija2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Balsa RADUNOVIC
  Lirija
  (207-F/C-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Radunovic, Lirija1.8 
 2. Dimcevski, Kuman.1.6 
 3. Jevdic, ABA S.1.4 
 4. Stajic, Lirija1.4 
 5. Morban, Lirija1.2 
 6. Vucurovic, Feni I.1.2 
 7. McIntosh, Feni I.1.2 
 8. Pekovic, Kozuv1.2 
 9. Ugrinoski, Lirija1.2 
 10. Sokolov, Feni I.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo1.8 
 2. Trajkovski, Feni I.1.1 
 3. Jelesijevic, Rabot.1.0 
 4. Pavlovski, Kozuv0.9 
 5. Lee-Ingram, Kuman.0.9 
 6. Radunovic, Lirija0.8 
 7. Simic, Lirija0.8 
 8. Abukar, Rabotnicki0.5 
 9. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.0.4 
 10. Kerkez, Vardar0.4 


Prva Liga Round 5 (Second Stage): Kumanovo 2009 defeats Fersped-Rabotnicki in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Prva Liga is at the halfway of the Second Stage and there are still another 5 rounds left.

The most exciting game of round 5 in the Prva Liga took place in Kumanovo. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Fersped-Rabotnicki (10-9) to fifth ranked Kumanovo 2009 (9-10) 88-86 on Wednesday evening. Fersped-Rabotnicki cut a 17-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Fersped-Rabotnicki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-88, college: Brescia, KY, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and international guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Aleksandar Dimitrovski (193-80) responded with 23 points. Kumanovo 2009 maintains fifth place with 9-10 record. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Kumanovo 2009 is looking forward to face league's second-placed Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fersped-Rabotnicki's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Lirija.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Feni Indistrija (12-7) against leader MZT Skopje (5-0) on Wednesday night. Visiting Feni Indistrija was crushed by MZT Skopje in Skopje 98-77. The former international Gjorji Cekovski (203-79) nailed 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and Damjan Stojanovski accounted for 16 points and 4 assists. MZT Skopje's coach Ales Pipan felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Montenegrin swingman Nikola Vucurovic (200-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Feni Indistrija in the defeat. Undefeated MZT Skopje have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 5-0 record. Feni Indistrija lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Lirija. MZT Skopje will play against league's leader Kozuv in Gevgelija in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Feni Indistrija will play on the road against Kumanovo 2009 and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Skopje. 3rd placed host Lirija (12-7) lost to first ranked Kozuv (14-5) 87-83. The best player for the winners was Miladin Pekovic who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Kozuv's coach Marjan Srbinovski used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Dime Tasovski produced 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. The victory was the third consecutive win for Kozuv. They maintain first place with 14-5 record. Loser Lirija dropped to the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Feni Indistrija. Kozuv will meet at home MZT Skopje (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Lirija's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Fersped-Rabotnicki.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points and 7 rebounds by Nemanja Jelesijevic of Rabotnicki.


Places 1-6
Kumanovo - Rabotnicki 88-86

The most exciting game of round 5 in the Prva Liga took place in Kumanovo. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Fersped-Rabotnicki (10-9) to fifth ranked Kumanovo 2009 (9-10) 88-86 on Wednesday evening. Fersped-Rabotnicki cut a 17-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Fersped-Rabotnicki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-88, college: Brescia, KY, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and international guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Aleksandar Dimitrovski (193-80) responded with 23 points and Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-79) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Five Fersped-Rabotnicki players scored in double figures. Kumanovo 2009 maintains fifth place with 9-10 record. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Kumanovo 2009 is looking forward to face league's second-placed Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fersped-Rabotnicki's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Lirija.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: A.Dimitrovski 23+3reb+2ast, N.Jelesijevic 15+6reb+3ast, M.Abukar 13+5reb+5ast, J.Petrovski 12+2reb+2ast, N.Zivcevic 11+1ast, M.Gjurov 6+1reb+2ast
Kumanovo: A.Lee-Ingram 22+5reb+4ast, A.Kostoski 17+5reb+7ast, U.Lukovic 12+8reb, V.Georgievski 9+1ast, D.Mikic 9+2reb, M.Mladenovic 7
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MZT Skopje - Feni Indistrija 98-77

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Feni Indistrija (12-7) against leader MZT Skopje (5-0) on Wednesday night. Visiting Feni Indistrija was crushed by MZT Skopje in Skopje 98-77. The game was mostly controlled by MZT Skopje. Feni Indistrija was better in second period 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. MZT Skopje made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Feni Indistrija turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The former international Gjorji Cekovski (203-79) nailed 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and international Damjan Stojanovski (197-87) accounted for 16 points and 4 assists. Four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. MZT Skopje's coach Ales Pipan felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Montenegrin swingman Nikola Vucurovic (200-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Harper Kamp (203-88, college: California) added 21 points respectively for Feni Indistrija in the defeat. MZT Skopje have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 5-0 record. Feni Indistrija lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Lirija. MZT Skopje will play against league's leader Kozuv in Gevgelija in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Feni Indistrija will play on the road against Kumanovo 2009 and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: H.Kamp 21+2reb, N.Vucurovic 15+8reb, B.Trajkovski 12+3reb, V.Brckov 9+3reb+1ast, D.Knezevic 6+6reb+3ast, G.Samardziev 5+3reb+8ast
MZT Skopje: D.Stojanovski 16+3reb+4ast, G.Cekovski 15+7reb+6ast, K.Nikolovski 14+5reb+2ast, G.Markovski 13+3reb, T.Gecevski 10+3reb+3ast, B.Bakic 9+4reb+2ast
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Lirija - Kozuv 83-87

The game between Top Four teams took place in Skopje. 3rd placed host Lirija (12-7) lost to first ranked Kozuv (14-5) 87-83. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-83. Kozuv made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian swingman Miladin Pekovic (197-83, agency: BeoExcell) who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian power forward Slobodan Bozovic (207-79) chipped in 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Kozuv's coach Marjan Srbinovski used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) produced 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Montenegrin power forward Balsa Radunovic (207-80, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Kozuv and four Lirija players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Kozuv. They maintain first place with 14-5 record. Loser Lirija dropped to the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Feni Indistrija. Kozuv will meet at home MZT Skopje (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Lirija's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Fersped-Rabotnicki.
Top scorers:
Lirija: D.Tasovski 16+7reb+4ast, B.Radunovic 14+6reb+1ast, T.Simic 14+3reb+1ast, C.Morban 11+3reb+3ast, A.Ugrinoski 11+1reb+1ast, N.Karakolev 8+3reb
Kozuv: M.Pekovic 21+5reb+3ast, I.Penov 13+2reb, I.Mijajlovic 12+2reb+6ast, V.Filipovic 10+5reb+3ast, S.Bozovic 10+6reb+5ast, A.Shterjov 9+4reb+1ast
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Standings - 1. Bundesliga

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

Regular Season: Round 33

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

Round 18

Apr. 23: Bremerhaven - Brose Bask.

Round 26

Apr. 17: Bayreuth - EWE Baskets 84-72


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17
 1. White, Phoenix17.0 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.5 
 3. Burrell, Bremerha.15.8 
 4. Peacock, Fraport15.5 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.4 
 6. Rice, B.Muenchen15.1 
 7. Brooks, Fraport SKY15.1 
 8. Gavel, Brose Bask.14.5 
 9. Thompson, ALBA14.1 
 10. Duggins, Walter T.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.1 
 2. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.1 
 3. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.1 
 4. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.1 
 5. McGhee, Bayreuth6.5 
 6. Gordon, Phoenix6.4 
 7. Linhart, TBB Trier6.4 
 8. Robertson, Fraport6.3 
 9. King, Art.Dragons6.3 
 10. Turek, Neckar L.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.7 
 2. Rice, B.Muenchen4.8 
 3. Hamilton, Bayreuth4.4 
 4. White, Phoenix4.4 
 5. Burrell, Bremerha.4.2 
 6. Redding, Walter T.4.1 
 7. Joyce, EWE Baskets3.9 
 8. Timberlake, MBC3.5 
 9. Ovcina, LTi 46ers3.4 
 10. Guenther, Ratio.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Robertson, Fraport1.9 
 2. White, Phoenix1.8 
 3. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.7 
 4. Hamilton, Bayreuth1.6 
 5. Bernard, Neckar L.1.6 
 6. Kramer, EWE B.1.6 
 7. Wood, ALBA1.5 
 8. Linhart, TBB Trier1.5 
 9. Halperin, B.Mue.1.3 
 10. Duggins, Walter T.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gregory, Phoenix1.7 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.5 
 3. Pantelic, MBC1.4 
 4. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.3 
 5. Ford, Brose Bask.1.3 
 6. Morrison, Bremerha.1.2 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.1 
 8. Turek, Neckar L.1.0 
 9. King, Art.Dragons0.9 
 10. Frease, Walter T.0.9 


The Miles Basketball Minute? Where Will The Grab Bag Fate Of The Artland Dragons End This Season? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Who could forget Darius Hall partying with the 3000 fans in Hamburg after the big 74-60 cup win against ENbW Ludwigsburg in 2008 looking like rapper Joseph Bruce of Detroit rap group Dark Lotus giving a concert. That was the first and last title of the Artland Dragons. Every season the club is able to bring in top talented players, but in return are incapable of bringing extended pandemonium to the small 12,000 village with hardware. The list of top players having played in the Artland has been as unending as the Cleveland Cavaliers losing streak of 26 games in 2010-2011. Guys that have played there the last four years have been ex NBA player Toby Bailey, NCAA Final 4 player Hollis Price, top European point guard Tyrese Rice, David Holston, or Nathan Peavy. Especially this season the team was cherished with ex NBA player s Dennis Horner and Ryan Gomes, but they were unable to stay long. This seasons team may be the most talented team ever and Stefan Koch has the chance to win his second title in Germany. It continues to be a mystery why titles seem as rare there as a traffic light in Quackenbruck, but if there is one guy who can bring a title then its Koch. He has to shape the roles and chemistry the way Svetislav Pesic has in Munich. But that is easier said than done this season. Maybe Toby the dragon should heat up his dungeon more under the arena so the team has more of an advantage to win big games at home. With the playoffs starting in two weeks, that title at the moment seems as distant for the team as any FC Bayern Munich boss having anything negative to say about top striker Mario Gomez.

With only two games remaining and the Beko BBL playoffs creeping closer than a famished Sylvester is while on patrol for Tweety, the Artland Dragons are hanging around in sixth place with one win more than the last playoff spot and surprisingly near the end of the playoff ladder. After a slow start to the season where they were pounded in Berlin and humiliated at home against Frankfurt, they found their rhythm winning seven of eight games including in Munich and at home against five time champion Bamberg back to back. One cant forget that this feat was done without the services of injured point guard Demond Mallet. The win in Munich resulted by a buzzer beater by Bryce Taylor (196-SG-86) and the point guard duties were handled by shooting guards Marquez Haynes and Johannes Strasser in the absence of Mallet. However in December started their influx of inconsistent play as they suffered a three game losing streak, then a three game winning streak and then a three game losing streak. From December until March, they were unable to beat a top team, but then ride another three game winning streak sweeping the season series of FC Bayern Munich at home and disposing of Alba Berlin, but then traveling to Ludwigsburg next week and losing to a 17th placed team. A few more wins against those lower teams would have put Artland safely into the playoffs, instead now they must tremble a bit and win some of the remaining games in hopes of playing in May. With all the talent that they have, the Artland Dragons are a real grab bag this season in that one never knows what to expect from them as one day they play like a championship team and the next like a lower class team.

When trying to dissect the reasons for the inconsistency of the team, one has to mention that the team played without a point guard Demond Mallet for a few months where the team actually did ok. The team had Kristaps Valters as a sub for Mallet, but he was unable to convince the club and he was let go and recently added classic point guard Branislav Rathkovica and he has been a help, but it is always difficult to get the integration perfect in a short period of time. Another problem this season has been the power forward position. Guys have come and gone like ex NBA players Dennis Horner and Ryan Gomes as well as talented three point shooter Andrew Drevo. In January they got the perfect power forward in American Bradley Buckman (203-F-84, college: Texas) who dominated in his first game with 14 points and hauling down 13 rebounds in Frankfurt. Bradley Buckman who dominated Turkey the last two seasons hasnt been getting as many shots as he might like which has put his scoring production down. However last night, Artland won in Bamberg as only the second team in the last three seasons there. Buckman dominated scoring 20 points and getting 12 shots. Maybe a trend that should continue in future games for continued success for the team. It also seems like the team pulls out of a hat to choose when to defend and when not too. They have had some spectacular displays of defense keeping Bremerhaven to 51 points, Frankfurt to 57 points, Alba Berlin to 56 points or FC Bayern Munich to 66 points, but then again on other nights have stunk up the building giving up 104 points to run and gun team Phoenix Hagen, 96 points to Bremerhaven or 90 points to the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. Artland had their chance at the cup weekend in Berlin to garner that second team title, but were denied. Maybe they can do it better this time around and annoy a top team in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. They kicked out FC Bayern Munich last season, so why cant they do it this season? With the Beko BBL standings picture as tight as finding a parking place around Times Square in New York at rush hour, the Artland Dragons could meet Bamberg, Ulm, Oldenburg or FC Bayern Munich in the playoffs. The Dragons have had very rapid player fluctuation this season and it just takes time for all to gel. It also took the Fraport Skyliners longer than usual the last two seasons to come together under Muli Katzurin. Artland is a very talented team and guys like Bryce Taylor, Marquez Haynes, Anthony King and Demond Mallet have been the back bone of the team. Stefan Koch is a very intelligent and hard nosed head coach who will have his team ready for the playoffs. The Artland Dragons can definitely put points on the boards, but it will be their desire to defend which could bring their fate. Who blossoms quicker, tulips in Quackenbruck or the Artland Dragons on the court in May will be interesting to see, but if they do meet Bamberg in the playoffs, they will have sky high confidence with the memory of their season series sweep in the back of their minds.




Augie Johnston leaves Wedel, looking to make next step - Hopkins receives contract extension - by Moritz Korff

Augie Johnston (185-PG-86, college: CS Monterey) will leave SC Rist Wedel (2. Bundesliga Pro B) after two years and is determined to make the next step in his basketball career. The 26-year-old guard who led Rist to a second place-finish in the regular season and a playoff quarterfinal appearance in the 2012-13 season is looking to land a spot on a Pro A team or in another European country for the up and coming campaign. "I really enjoyed my time in Wedel and so did my fiancee. I decided to look for a new team next season because as a basketball player you want to play at the highest level possible and against the best competition, so I will work hard to achieve that goal in the Pro A or another country. Wedel is a great place for any player to play at and it is one of the most unique clubs I have seen in Germany where the youth, basketball, and the city work so well together", Johnston said.
Johnston served as the Rist team captain and was the squad's leading scorer, averaging 19.3 points per contest. He was second in the league in three pointers made (83), nailing 45% of his shots from beyond the arc. "I have never seen a player at this level who is putting his heart and soul into basketball like he does", Rist headcoach Sebastian Gleim stated.
Meanwhile, Davey Hopkins (195-SF-88, college: Biola, CA) will return to Wedel after the summer break. The 24-year-old forward from Riverside, California, spent his first year as a pro basketball player with SC Rist. He saw action in 25 Pro B games, averaging 14.6 points, 5.6 boards, 3.8 assists and 1.2 steals a contest.



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EuroLeague: Anadolu Efes avoid elimination with win over Olympiacos - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes - Olympiacos 83:72

Anadolu Efes clinched the first win in the EuroLeague quarterfinal series versus Olympiacos. The Turkish powerhouse held off the Piraeus team in Istanbul to narrow the deficit at 1-2 in the series. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) stepped up with 17 points and 5 assists to lead the winners.
Anadolu Efes and Olympiacos stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The Turkish team claimed a 19:17 advantage after ten minutes. Anadolu Efes stretched the gap in the second term. The Turkish team accumulated a 37:29 halftime lead. Anadolu Efes opened a double-digit lead early in the third term. Soon the gap grew at 16-point mark 58:42. Anadolu Efes entered the fourth frame up by 15 points 65:50. Acie Law (190-G-85, college: Texas A&M) dragged the Greek team within 7 points 64:71 midway through the fourth frame. But Anadolu Efes executed well enough to seal the winning outcome at the end. Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) and Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points each for the winners. Acie Law answered with 19 points for Olympiacos. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) had 11 points in the loss.

Anadolu Efes: Jordan Farmar 17, Semih Erden 15, Dusko Savanovic 15
Olympiacos: Acie Law 19, Georgios Printezis 11



Nemanja Radovic (ex Vrsac) signs at KAO Dramas - by Eurobasket News

KAO Dramas (A1) landed 22-year old Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Radovic (206-97kg-91, agency: Beo Basket). He started the season at KK Vrsac in Serbian A League. In 26 games he averaged impressive 15.5ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0bpg this season.
Among other achievements Radovic won Montenegrin League championship title for four years in a row (between 2009 and 2012). He received also Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Honorable Mention award in 2011. Radovic represented Montenegro at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 4.3ppg, 2.7rpg.
Radovic has played also professionally for other Montenegrin teams like Mornar Bar, Buducnost, S.Centar and KK Mornar Bar II.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MiskoRaznatovic)



A2 Round 25: Doxa Lefkadas won't travel to Heraklion - by Dimitris Kalovelonis

Doxa Lefkadas announces that won't travel to Heraklion for the game against OFI.Doxa has already relegated to B Division and can not afford to pay the 5000 euro in order to travel to Crete.So the 25th round of A2 will take place with one less game,according to regulation Doxa Lefkadas loses the game with score 20-0 and they won't take the one point for the loss, and OFI will have a relaxing Saturday afternoon.


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6 Stars add King to their roster - by Greg

6 Stars (D1) added to their roster 27-year old American guard Kai King (182-85, college: Chaffey CC). His last team was Riverside Rainmakers (ABA) in the U.S.., where he averaged impressive 13.9ppg, 5.0rpg and 4.0apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as King won Venice Basketball Pro Am League championship title for five years in a row (between 2007 and 2011).
King graduated from Chaffey CC in 2006.
On King: Can score in a variety of ways whether mid range jumper, taking his defender down low on the post to driving to the hole and finish through contact with either hand. Very active on the offensive glass with his long arms and quick second jump. An unselfish player who makes the easy pass and creates for his teammates. Can handle and finish with contact over bigger and smaller defenders. Very aggressive rebounder for his position, knows how to place himself to out rebound guys that are bigger and stronger than him. Length and long active arms allow him to play the passing lanes well to get steals. Good shot blocker for his size and position, has nice timing and anticipation. Along with his long wingspan he's able to block or contests opponents very effectively. Very effective on the court even with limited playing time a guy you don't need to run a play for when he is on the court. A very vocal floor leader on the court, willing to sacrifice his own personal stats to win as a team. Finds ways to be effective team whether he is playing or isn't playing great in the locker room and very coachable. High character guy on and off the court. Very respectable and well-mannered. Never any off-court issues. Carries himself like a professional at all times.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - A Division

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

Second Stage: Round 9

Places 1-6

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

Places 7-13

Apr. 16: PVSK Pannon - Soproni 78-70


A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle AUSTIN
  Kormend
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Austin, Kormend21.1 
 2. Swanston, Kapos.20.8 
 3. Dunn, Kaposvari20.2 
 4. Buljan, Keravnos20.1 
 5. Spica, Kaposvari19.7 
 6. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 7. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.19.3 
 8. Wood, Albacomp19.2 
 9. Copeland, Bayamon18.8 
 10. Zagorac, Falco-Sz.18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zeljko ZAGORAC
  Falco-Sz.
  (204-F-81)
  Avg: 11
 1. Zagorac, Falco-Sz.11.0 
 2. Davis, Santurce8.9 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 4. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.8.6 
 5. Barovic, Soproni8.4 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.0 
 7. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.9 
 8. Austin, Kormend7.9 
 9. Buljan, Keravnos7.8 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Christopher DUNN
  Kaposvari
  (189-PG-83)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Dunn, Kaposvari6.6 
 2. Moore, Albacomp6.4 
 3. Rakic, Jaszberenyi6.3 
 4. Williams, Atomeromu6.2 
 5. Thomas, Soproni5.6 
 6. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.4 
 7. Copeland, Bayamon5.2 
 8. Nelson, Marso N.5.1 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.9 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.1 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari2.8 
 3. Buljan, Keravnos2.3 
 4. Davis, Santurce2.3 
 5. Moore, Albacomp2.2 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.2 
 7. Jones, Szedeak1.9 
 8. Kertesz, ZTE K.1.9 
 9. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.8 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bennet DAVIS
  Santurce
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Davis, Santurce1.0 
 2. Barovic, Soproni1.0 
 3. Keller, Albacomp0.9 
 4. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 5. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.7 
 6. Shaw, Kormend0.7 
 7. Idlet, Atomeromu0.7 
 8. Toth, Atomeromu0.7 
 9. Fey, Shinshu BW0.6 
 10. Cseh, FS Debrecen0.6 



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Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Damier PITTS
  KFI
  (177-PG-89)
  Avg: 33.5
 1. Pitts, KFI33.5 
 2. Medlock, Skallagri.27.2 
 3. Palm, IR26.5 
 4. Smith, Thor Thorl25.8 
 5. Broussard, Grind.24.1 
 6. Jackson, Thor Thorl22.6 
 7. Frye, Stjarnan22.1 
 8. Zeglinski, Grindav.21.9 
 9. Craion, Keflavik21.4 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 15
 1. Van, Njardvik15.0 
 2. Amoroso, Snaefell14.5 
 3. Craion, Keflavik13.1 
 4. Baptist, Keflavik10.3 
 5. Virijevic, KFI10.0 
 6. Valentine, Tindast.10.0 
 7. McQueen, Snaefell9.7 
 8. Broussard, Grind.9.3 
 9. Frye, Stjarnan9.0 
 10. Mills, Stjarnan8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Snaefell
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Threatt, Snaefell8.9 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan8.1 
 3. Pitts, KFI7.0 
 4. Gibson, Tindastoll6.9 
 5. Zeglinski, Grindav.6.3 
 6. Smith, Thor Thorl5.7 
 7. Williams, IR5.6 
 8. Richardson, KR5.3 
 9. Fridriksson, Njard.4.8 
 10. Medlock, Skallagr.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Dandre WILLIAMS
  IR
  (177-G-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Williams, IR2.6 
 2. Richardson, KR2.5 
 3. Broussard, Grind.2.4 
 4. Moore, Njardvik2.4 
 5. Medlock, Skallagri.2.3 
 6. Viggosson, Tindast.1.9 
 7. Threatt, Snaefell1.9 
 8. Baptist, Keflavik1.9 
 9. Valentine, Tindast.1.9 
 10. Pitts, KFI1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Keflavik
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Craion, Keflavik2.3 
 2. Mills, Stjarnan2.2 
 3. Bradshaw, Dayton1.8 
 4. Van, Njardvik1.4 
 5. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.3 
 6. Baptist, Keflavik1.3 
 7. Acox, KR1.2 
 8. Magnusson, KR1.1 
 9. Valentine, Tindast.1.1 
 10. McClellan, KR0.8 



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Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami is a newcomer at Foolad Mahan - by Greg

Foolad Mahan Esfahan (Superleague) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old international forward Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-104kg-83). The contract was signed for one month for West Asian Games in Iraq.

Mohammad started the season at Mahram (Superleague). In 10 games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg this season. He also played 5 games in Asian Club Championships where he averaged 14.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 5.4apg.
The scouts decsribe him following way: An interesting swingman, who has great ball handling skills, quick feet, the shooting and the size to play big guard even at European top level.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami is a newcomer at Foolad Mahan - by Greg

Foolad Mahan Esfahan (Superleague) strengthened their roster with addition of 39-year old international forward Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-104kg-83). The contract was signed for one month for West Asian Games in Iraq.

Mohammad started the season at Mahram (Superleague). In 10 games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg this season. He also played 5 games in Asian Club Championships where he averaged 14.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 5.4apg.
The scouts decsribe him following way: An interesting swingman, who has great ball handling skills, quick feet, the shooting and the size to play big guard even at European top level.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Irish InterVarsities Results - by Patrick Maher

Mens A Final

NUI Galway 64 (30) (A Tongo 20, K Hansberry 20) UL 73 (41) (S Kinevane 27, E Quigley 15) MVP Scott Kinevane (UL)

Womens A Final

UCD 65 (29) (E Mairtin 20, A McLoughlin 13) UL 62 (32) (A McDermott 26, S McGorry 17)

Mens B Final

UCC 82 (42) (C Anon 22, R Murphy 13) DIT 62 (32) (R Murray 18, C Lark 14)

Womens B Final

Carlow IT 48 (16) (L McCormack 21, K Delahunt 8) Cork IT 61 (19) (A Estaban 21, M Pichet 19)

Mens A Intervarsity Final: NUIG v UL

(5pm @ UCC Mardyke Arena)

UL 73

NUIG 64

An action packed opening quarter saw both teams play a very high tempo with Ken Hansberry (NUIG) and Scott Kinevane (UL) leading the charge for both teams. Andre Tongo (NUIG) worked hard on the offensive glass for his Galway side but Kinevane turned from scorer to provider as Eoin Quigley (UL) finished a dunk with authority. The first quarter finished out with UL leading narrowly by one, 19-18.

Tongo continued to stretch the UL defence as he knocked down a long three while working the paint with his inside post play. Both teams continued to exchange baskets with Donal McCarthy (UL) connecting on some jump shots from the elbow. Half way through the second quarter UL had increased their lead to seven points, 31-24. James Brophy (NUIG) was able to offer a scoring punch inside when re-introduced into the game but McCarthy (UL) answered with another long deuce to keep the Limerick college team ahead. At half time UL led 41-30.

A very visibly fired up NUIG side came out the second half and raised the tempo again. This time Padraig Burke (NUIG) pushed the ball aggressively up the floor on each play. He was able to feed big man Brophy inside who was fouled and connected on both resulting free throws.

Another foul by UL, this time against Hansberry resulted in a time-out by UL head coach Neil Campbell. With just over five minutes left, his side had seen his lead reduced to five points, 45-40.

NUIG continued to chip away at ULs lead before a pair of Eoin Quigley (UL) free throws at the end of the quarter ensured that they had the advantage going into the final quarter, 52-49.

Again it was Tongo edging his NUIG team forward on every possession but UL were able to answer each time. It wasnt until James OBrien (NUIG) drained a rainbow three that they actually took a lead, the Galwegians up by one with just under four minutes left.

Again both teams exchanged scores on either end but NUIG head coach Con Crowley called a time out with one minute thirty one left after Kinevane drained a heavily contested buzzer beating three against the shot clock.

More baskets from UL pushed their lead to six as NUIG called their last time out with just over forty seconds to discuss their last attempt to steal it back but it wasnt to be. UL ran out winners, 73-64.

This ends a long journey by UL in their quest for glory this is only their second time in an A mens final and the first time ever to be crowned Mens A Intervarsity Champions. Scott Kinevane was deservedly awarded the game Most Valuable Player.

There was no real one pivotal point in the game, it was more our defensive intensity at the start of the game we continued with that throughout the game. Our transition game was massive for on and with Lennart (Heintz) inside control the boards it was a big boast especially against (Ken) Hansberry and (James) Brophy, said Kinevane.

I would like to thank Neil Campbell for all his work throughout the year, without him it wouldnt be possible. His professionalism at training really helped us prepare for the big challenge. Also Noreen OConnell and all at UL for their support, not just this year but all of the years. Without them all it wouldnt be possible.

NUI Galway 64 (30) (A Tongo 20, K Hansberry 20) UL 73 (41) (S Kinevane 27, E Quigley 15)

A Mens All Stars:

Andre Tongo (NUIG)

Scott Kinevane (UL)

Eoin Quigley (UL)

Jim Mower (UUJ)

Ciaran OSullivan (Cork I.T.)

Mens B Intervarsity Final: UCC v DIT

(1pm @ UCC Mardyke Arena)

UCC 82

DIT 62

UCC started the last B final of the day with a point to prove. The current Division One League winners dictated the pace on offense and commanded the paint the defence.

UCC lead by the foreign connection of twin towers Christian Anon and Tibo Priou made DIT work for every score on defence and much to the delight of the crowd Priou swatted away a failed floater by DITs Ron Murray.

Kyle OMahony (UCC) energy fed to the rest of his squad as he weaved through the DIT defence and as a result, UCC finished the opening quarter already with a thirteen point lead, 23-10.

UCC head coach Francis OSullivan continued to torment the DIT defence with fresh legs as Jason Wilkinson re-entered the game and knocked down the long deuce. Another cheer by the crowd was heard when OMahony for UCC stole the ball and assisted Priou for the fast break dunk, the first of the day.

While Priou proceeded to entertain the crowd with another two handed flush Stephen James (DIT) was able to draw the and one in the following play to bring the difference back to five points. Both teams traded baskets as the time ran out on the first half before UCC expanded out for a ten point lead, 42-32.

UCC continued to pile on the defensive pressure on DIT as they struggled to find rhythm on offence. On the other hand, UCC scored at will with a combination of post moves and sharp shooting outside the key.

Luke OMahony (UCC) provided the soft touch inside with a series of interior scores and again it was Priou proving to be the thorn in the DIT side as he turned from provider to scorer in each play and ensured that UCC entered the final quarter with a commanding lead, 65-43.

The fourth and final quarter turned out to be a mirror of the third with DIT unable to stop the free flowing UCC offence.

The final score was 82-62 to UCC with Tibo Priou collecting the elusive MVP golden ball.

Our defence ultimately won us the game along with the sharp shooting from the lads. This combined with the defensive pressure really made all the hard work from the year pay off, said UCC captain Luke OMahony after the game.

UCC 82 (42) (C Anon 22, R Murphy 13) DIT 62 (32) (R Murray 18, C Lark 14)

B Mens All Stars:

Christian Anon (UCC)

Tibo Priou (UCC)

Barry Drumm (DCU)

Ron Murray (DIT)

Philip Neary (NUIM)

Courtesy .... Cian Nihill ....www.basketballireland.ie


Scott Kinevane (175-G-87)



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  ISRAEL   

Standings - BSL

Winner 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 11-12 
 2. Hapoel T-A 11-12 
 3. Hapoel Holon 9-13 
 4. Maccabi Ashdod 9-13 
 5. Bnei Hasharon 8-15 
 6. Elizur Ashkelon 5-18 
Stage One Standings

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 79-60
Apr. 16: Elizur Ashkelon - Galil Gilboa 76-82
Apr. 18: Hapoel Holon - Maccabi Ashdod


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jerome DYSON
  Hapoel Holon
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.19.8 
 2. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.18.1 
 3. Beck, Bnei Hashar.18.0 
 4. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.9 
 5. Collins, Maccabi17.8 
 6. Simpson, Maccabi17.8 
 7. Killingswort., Net.17.5 
 8. Warren, Maccabi16.8 
 9. Wright, Maccabi16.7 
 10. Smith, Maccabi Ha.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.13.5 
 2. Thomas, Maccabi10.1 
 3. Jones, Bnei H.9.9 
 4. Holman, Hapoel Eil.9.7 
 5. Calathes, Maccabi9.5 
 6. Uter, Maccabi9.4 
 7. Wright, Maccabi9.4 
 8. Dove, Elizur Ashke.8.9 
 9. Washington, Netan.8.4 
 10. Simpson, Maccabi8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Gal MEKEL
  Maccabi Haifa
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Mekel, Maccabi Hai.5.4 
 2. Smith, Maccabi Hai.5.3 
 3. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.5.0 
 4. Ohayon, Maccabi4.9 
 5. Perry, Elizur A.4.4 
 6. Warren, Maccabi4.3 
 7. Collins, Maccabi4.2 
 8. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.1 
 9. Pullen, Oknoplas.4.0 
 10. Bradley, Netanya4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Deron WASHINGTON
  Netan.
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Washington, Netan.2.5 
 2. Ohayon, Maccabi2.5 
 3. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.3 
 4. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.3 
 5. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.1 
 6. Wright, Maccabi2.0 
 7. Berkowitz, Bnei H.1.9 
 8. Moore, Elizur A.1.8 
 9. Yavzuri, Galil Gil.1.8 
 10. Smith, Maccabi Ha.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.8 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.9 
 3. Uter, Maccabi1.7 
 4. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.5 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi1.3 
 6. Wright, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Caracter, Bnei H.1.3 
 8. Thomas, Chicago B.1.2 
 9. Holman, Hapoel Eil.1.1 
 10. Kelly, Hapoel T-A1.1 



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Cedric Simmons renews contract with Enel Brindisi - by Eurobasket News

Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86, college: N.Carolina St.) will stay with Enel Brindisi. The centre has agreed on terms of contract extension with the team. The deal is meant for 2013/14 season. Cedric Simmons joined Enel Brindisi at the start of the season. He posts 9.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in SeriaA. Previously the centre had stints in Greece, D-League, China, Spain and NBA. He was named into Greek A1 League All-Newcomers Team in 2011. Cedric Simmons is the member of the Bulgarian National Team. He participated at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. The centre posted 10.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per appearance with Bulgaria.


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Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba21.5 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi18.1 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.16.9 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.0 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin SH15.3 
 6. Rolle, Mitsubis.14.4 
 7. Smith, Hitachi SR14.4 
 8. Orimo, Hokkaido L.13.8 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.13.1 
 10. Gibbs, Toyota A.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba12.3 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.3 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.12.0 
 4. Oyedeji, Tochigi B.10.4 
 5. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.3 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.5 
 7. Smith, Hitachi SR7.3 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.7.2 
 9. Takeuchi, Toyota7.1 
 10. Young, Aishin SH7.0 
Assists Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH4.4 
 2. Abe, Hokkaido L.3.7 
 3. Kawamura, Tochigi3.6 
 4. Shinoyama, Toshi.3.3 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.0 
 6. Sakurai, Hokkaido.2.9 
 7. Tsuji, Toshiba BT2.8 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.8 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi2.7 
 10. Igarashi, Mitsubi.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tomokazu ABE
  Hokkaido L.
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Abe, Hokkaido L.2.1 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.8 
 3. Hirose, Panasoni.1.7 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.2 
 5. Kawamura, Tochigi1.2 
 6. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.2 
 7. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.1 
 8. Shinoyama, Toshi.1.1 
 9. Catron, Hokkaido L.1.1 
 10. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.2.1 
 2. Covile, Aishin SH1.5 
 3. Rolle, Mitsubis.1.4 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.3 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota1.0 
 6. Fazekas, Toshiba0.9 
 7. Young, Aishin SH0.7 
 8. Moss, Toshiba BT0.6 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.0.6 
 10. Hale, Mitsubis.0.6 


Aishin SH wins JBL Final opener - by Eurobasket News

Aishin SH - Toshiba BT 77-71 (1-0)

Aishin SH wins JBL Final opener. They trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 46-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Aishin Sea Horses shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Jamaican center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri) chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Ryusei Shinoyama (178-88) added 9 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 20+12reb+2ast, R.Hashimoto 11+2reb, T.Furukawa 10+2reb+3ast, K.Young 9+10reb+1ast, S.Kashiwagi 9+1reb+8ast, R.Covile 7+6reb
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 21+10reb+4ast, M.Diouf 11+5reb, T.Kurihara 10+3reb, R.Shinoyama 9+4reb+3ast, Y.Kagami 9+2reb, N.Tsuji 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 238671



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Barsy Atyrau reach D1 Final - by Eurobasket News

Barsy Atyrau - Kaspiy 83:75

Barsy Atyrau will play in D1 Final. They overcame Kaspiy in the decisive fifth game of the semifinal series. Chris McEachin (198-G/F-89, college: Norfolk St.) delivered 23 points to lead the winners.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes of action. Kaspiy pulled in front in the second period. They accumulated a 39:32 halftime lead. But Barsy turned things around in the third quarter. The Atyrau team went on a stunning 28:10 rally to accumulate an 11-point buffer before the fourth quarter. Kaspiy tried hard unloading 26 points in the fourth quarter but it was too late to save the game. Edgaras Zelionis (207-F-89) accounted for 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Andrey Endropov (184-PG-78) added 14 points in the win. David Nesbitt (200-F-91, college: St.Thomas, FL) answered with 30 points for Kaspiy. Kris Richard (195-G-89, college: Tulane) had 18 points in the loss.

Barsy Atyrau: Chris McEachin 23, Edgaras Zelionis 15, Andrey Endropov 14
Kaspiy: David Nesbitt 30, Kris Richard 18



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  KOSOVO   

Standings - Superleague

SuperLeague Standings
 1. Peja 23-4 
 2. Sigal Prishtina 21-6 
 3. Bashkimi 19-8 
 4. RTV 21 16-11 
 5. Trepca 15-12 
 6. Drita 6-20 
 7. Vellaznimi 5-21 
 8. Kosova 1-24 

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 17: Bashkimi - Trepca 87-76
Apr. 17: Drita - Peja 78-82
Apr. 17: Kosova - RTV 21 65-117
Apr. 17: Vellaznimi - Sigal Prishtina 59-90

Regular Season: Round 28

Apr. 20: RTV 21 - Bashkimi
Apr. 20: Trepca - Vellaznimi
Apr. 20: Sigal Prishtina - Drita
Apr. 20: Peja - Kosova


Champions out of Play-Off - by Dren Shporta

Reigning champions of Kosova, Trepca, will not be able to defend the title after a defeat against Bashkimi last night in Sezai Surroi, 87-76.

Victory over Bashkimi and hopeful defeat of RTV 21 against Bashkimi in the last gameweek was the only way for champions to be in Play-Off. But, champion team, led by Drilon Hajrizi that scored 23 points and 6 rebounds in the night could only manage to fight until last 3 minutes on the match.

International trio of Bashkimi were again on their day. Kejuan Johnson (27 points + 8 rebounds + 7 assist), Mark Dawson (19 points + 13 rebounds + 2 assists + 1 block) and Rokas Uzas (14 points + 8 rebounds + 2 assists + 1 block) scored 70 percent of teams points.

But Qendrim Biraj (190-G/F-89) (12 points + 2 assists), who came in the breaking moments added some important three pointers and with his good defence - catalised Bashkimi to their 19th victory of the season.




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  LATVIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Peiners, LU21.5 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.19.3 
 3. Cain, Barons k.16.6 
 4. Berzins, Valmiera16.2 
 5. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.6 
 6. Hill jr., Jekabpils15.3 
 7. Ozols, Jurmala14.6 
 8. Rowland, VEF Riga14.5 
 9. Apsitis, Turiba14.2 
 10. Timma, Ventspils13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Cain, Barons k.10.8 
 2. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.4 
 3. Dargais, LU8.1 
 4. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.7.9 
 5. Chamberlain, Jelga.7.6 
 6. Berzins, Valmiera7.4 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava7.3 
 8. Mednis, Jurmala7.1 
 9. Butjankovs, Valmi.6.7 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  VEF Riga
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Rowland, VEF Riga7.5 
 2. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.5 
 3. Gabrans, Valmiera4.6 
 4. Peiners, LU3.6 
 5. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.5 
 6. Bertans, VEF Riga3.4 
 7. Sims, Ventspils3.3 
 8. Sokolovs, Turiba3.1 
 9. Coders, Jurmala3.1 
 10. Brown, 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. Jakovics, Liepaja1.5 
 9. Miezis, Barons k.1.5 
 10. Sirsnins, Jekabpi.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Cain, Barons k.1.8 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.1.3 
 3. Chamberlain, Jelga.0.9 
 4. Meiers, Ventspils0.9 
 5. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.9 
 6. Daniels, VEF Riga0.9 
 7. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 8. Leiteris, Liepaja0.8 
 9. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.0.8 
 10. Aleksejevs, Jekab.0.8 


LBL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals. LU and Barons kvartals earn victories - by Eurobasket News

Barons kvartals - Jekabpils 74-61

Barons kvartals fired past Jekabpils to secure 1-0 lead in LBL quarterfinal series. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Barons kvartals had a 29-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Jurijs Aleksejevs (202-85) answered with 9 points and 9 rebounds and American point guard P.J. Hill jr. (182-87, college: Ohio St.) added 9 points and 6 assists in the effort for Jekabpils.
Top scorers:
Barons kvartals: T.Cain 25+12reb+3ast, M.Gulbis 14+5reb+3ast, D.Dulkys 10+3reb+1ast, J.Rozitis 8+9reb+1ast, I.Bergmanis 7+2reb+4ast, J.Diggs 5+2reb+4ast
Jekabpils: O.Virsis 15+2reb+1ast, T.O'Brien 10+6reb, M.Hlebowicki 10+4reb+1ast, J.Aleksejevs 9+9reb+1ast, P.Hill jr. 9+3reb+6ast, A.Vitols 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 239093


Valmiera - LU 93-94 OT

LU snatched a narrow overtime win over Valmiera to step closer to the semifinal stage. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-18. But Valmiera won second period 14-7. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Valmiera used huge pressure winning it 19-17 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 13-14. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Zanis Peiners (204-90, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and 4 assists. point guard Marcis Vitols (184-92) contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Latvijas Universitate's coach Arturs Visockis-Rubenis used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Janis Kaufmanis (186-89) answered with 35 points (!!!) and forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Valmiera.
Top scorers:
LU: Z.Peiners 35+4reb+4ast, M.Vitols 22+6reb+3ast, H.Rubenis 9+11reb+2ast, N.Saknitis 8+1reb, R.Zebergs 6+5reb+2ast, K.Dargais 6+2reb+1ast
Valmiera: J.Kaufmanis 35+2reb+1ast, J.Berzins 19+5reb+2ast, P.Veselovs 9+6reb+2ast, S.Amolins 9+3reb, A.Cavars 8+10reb+2ast, R.Gabrans 5+7reb+3ast
gschID: 239092



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  LEBANON   


Big wins for Riyadi and Champville - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

After winning the battle against Champville in the previous round , Riyadi welcomed Bejjeh in Manara , Dewarick Spencer continued from where he stopped against Champville , he score a season high with 43 points helping his team to beat the guests on the score of 114-89.Riyadi is confirming the home court advantage and is from one win to secure it for the playoffs. Joe Vogel who was abscent for long period this season also had another good game , he finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds. On the other side Bejjeh was led Harold Jamison with 39 points and Corey Williams who again recorded another triple double with 17 points,18 assists and 12 rebounds. Riyadi is leading the league with 26-3 record as for Bejjeh they are in the with place with 8-21 record.

Q1:27-14 Q2:18-18 Q3:30-38 Q4:39-19

In another game of the night Murr Stadium welcomed a game which was supposed to be a very exciting one , Hoops to Champville due that Hoops is passing in a great period. But Fadi Khatib had a different opinion , he scored from everywhere and scored a season high with 48 pints . The game was only an eight points game at the start of the 4th but Khatib refused to give the home team a hope , he single handled the task and scored 9 consecutive points to secure a comfortable lead for his team to secure the game in the end at the score of 112-95. Hoops had a big game , going to the half trailing with one point only they continued to put the pressure on the League Champion but Champvills big experience prevailed in the end despite the 36 points scored by Larry Blair. Champville is confirming its position in the Final 4 and preparing for the Sagesse game which will be a very critical for the Champions in order to finish 3rd in the standings, unless Moutahed manage to win a game against Sagesse or Riyadi.

Q1:17-18 Q2:19-19 Q3:31-38 Q4:28-37



Lebanese Division A round 11 (Second Stage) best performance: Fadi Khatib - by Eurobasket News

Former international forward Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) had an amazing evening in the last round for Champville, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 11 (Second Stage).
The 33-year old player was the main contributor (48 points, seven rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Hoops (#7, 8-21) with 17-point margin 112-95. Champville maintains the 4th position in Lebanese Division A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Champville will need more victories to improve their 18-11 record. In the team's last game Khatib had a remarkable 57.9% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 8 attempts. It's his second year at Champville and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Fadi Khatib has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 27.3ppg), assists (9th best: 4.1apg) and averages impressive 55.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports) of league's leader Al Riyadi. Spencer had a very good evening with 43 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead Al Riyadi to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Bejjeh (#8, 7-22) 114-89. Of course Al Riyadi still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just three games this Second Stage, while they won 26 matches. Spencer is one of the most experienced players at Al Riyadi and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81) of league's second-best Sagesse. Harper got into 30-points club by scoring 39 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds and six assists. He was a key player of Sagesse, leading his team to a 113-82 easy win against the lower-ranked Amchit (#6, 14-15). Sagesse needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 23 victories and 6 lost games. Harper has a great season in Lebanon. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 26.6ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84) of Byblos - 20 points, 23 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Harold Jamison (204-C-76) of Bejjeh - 39 points and 5 rebounds
6. Herbert Hill (208-F-84) of Amchit - 22 points and 13 rebounds
7. Corey Williams (191-G-77) of Bejjeh - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 18 assists
8. Eric Chatfield (191-G-79) of Moutahed - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82) of Amchit - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Rodrigue Akl (187-PG-88) of Sagesse - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 16 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

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Vieira, Flamengo24.6 
 2. Becker, S.Jose/U.20.2 
 3. Stallworth, Pinhei.20.2 
 4. Vassallo, Arecibo19.4 
 5. Guzman, Mavort19.0 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.18.1 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.16.8 
 8. Benite, Flamengo16.2 
 9. Dos Santos, Brasil.15.9 
 10. Ferreira, Pinheir.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Caio SILVEIRA
  Flamengo
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Silveira, Flamengo8.8 
 2. Becker, S.Jose/U.8.0 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo7.8 
 4. Prestes, Brasilia7.8 
 5. Ferreira, Pinheiro.7.6 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.5 
 7. Graterol, Arecibo7.5 
 8. Hernandez, Pioneros7.2 
 9. Guzman, Mavort7.2 
 10. Battle, Lanus6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.7.0 
 2. de Assis, S.Jose/U.5.8 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.5.0 
 4. Vieira, Flamengo4.4 
 5. Laprovittola, Lanus4.2 
 6. Ribeiro, Brasilia3.9 
 7. Benite, Flamengo3.7 
 8. Laws, S.Jose/U.3.7 
 9. Stallworth, Pinhei.3.4 
 10. Cardenas, Mavort3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.2.1 
 2. Cardenas, Mavort1.7 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.1.7 
 4. Stallworth, Pinhei.1.6 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasil.1.5 
 6. Mensah, Buffalo1.4 
 7. Ribeiro, Brasilia1.4 
 8. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.4 
 9. de Assis, S.Jose/U.1.3 
 10. Benite, Flamengo1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Murilo BECKER
  S.Jose/U.
  (210-C/F-83)
  Avg: 1
 1. Becker, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 2. Antonio, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 3. Battle, Lanus0.9 
 4. Ferreira, Pinheiro.0.8 
 5. Araujo, Pinheiro.0.7 
 6. Zanotti, Flamengo0.5 
 7. Levy, Lanus0.4 
 8. McFarlan, Lanus0.4 
 9. Bambu, Pinheiro.0.3 
 10. Ramos, Arecibo0.3 



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  LITHUANIA   

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis17.7 
 2. Gailius, Neptunas16.1 
 3. Hughes, Pieno Z.15.6 
 4. Seibutis, Lietuv.15.3 
 5. Samenas, Siauliai15.0 
 6. Milaknis, Rudupis14.6 
 7. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.14.3 
 8. Skucas, LSU-Baltai14.2 
 9. Kieza, Siauliai13.3 
 10. Alijevas, Siauliai12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 9
 1. Kieza, Siauliai9.0 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis8.5 
 3. Sarakauskas, Nept.7.6 
 4. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.4 
 5. Varnelis, Juventus6.4 
 6. Orelikas, Rudupis5.8 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.5.7 
 8. Valeika, Rudupis5.7 
 9. Kiausas, Sakalai5.6 
 10. Vene, Rudupis5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Mindaugas STASYS
  LSU-Baltai
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Stasys, LSU-Baltai4.8 
 2. Alijevas, Siauliai4.5 
 3. Jackson, Siauliai4.4 
 4. Viskontas, Juvent.4.3 
 5. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.2 
 6. Dainys, Neptunas3.7 
 7. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.5 
 8. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.4 
 9. Babkauskas, Lietk.3.3 
 10. Seibutis, Lietuv.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.3 
 2. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 3. Malasauskas, LSU-.1.8 
 4. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.6 
 5. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.6 
 6. Butkevicius, Neptu.1.6 
 7. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.1.6 
 8. Simon, Siauliai1.5 
 9. Vene, Rudupis1.5 
 10. Broadus, Neptunas1.5 
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, Rudupis0.9 
 5. McClure, Neptunas0.8 
 6. Gates, Pieno Z.0.8 
 7. Kupsas, Lietkabelis0.8 
 8. Vene, Rudupis0.7 
 9. Dia, Siauliai0.7 
 10. Bishop, Nevezis0.7 


Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL 1st Team 2013
Eigirdas Zukauskas
Zukauskas
Bryan Harrison
Harrison
Rokas Giedraitis
Giedraitis
Martynas Linkevicius
Linkevicius
Arturas Gudaitis
Gudaitis

Finals MVP: Rokas Giedraitis (198-SF-92) of Mazeikiai
Player of the Year: Martynas Linkevicius (197-F-85) of Triobet
Guard of the Year: Tomas Gaidamavicius (191-G-82) of Meresta
Forward of the Year: Martynas Linkevicius (197-F-85) of Triobet
Center of the Year: Cezary Trybanski (218-C-79) of Dzukija
Most Improved Player of the Year: Rokas Giedraitis (198-SF-92) of Mazeikiai
Defensive Player of the Year: Cezary Trybanski (218-C-79) of Dzukija
Coach of the Year: Aloyzas Rudys of Mazeikiai

1st Team
G: Eigirdas Zukauskas (201-PG-92) of Mazeikiai
G: Bryan Harrison (188-G-84) of Dzukija
F: Rokas Giedraitis (198-SF-92) of Mazeikiai
F: Martynas Linkevicius (197-F-85) of Triobet
C: Cezary Trybanski (218-C-79) of Dzukija
F: Osvaldas Macernis (196-F-82) of Mazeikiai

2nd Team
G: Tomas Gaidamavicius (191-G-82) of Meresta
G: Edgaras Stanionis (193-G-88) of Zanavykas
F: Povilas Sakinis (199-F-80) of Dzukija
F: Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) of Zalgiris-Sabonio
C: Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) of Zalgiris-Sabonio

Honorable Mention
Paulius Kleiza (195-SF-88) of Suduva-Mantinga
Ignas Razutis (185-G-87) of Olimpas
Julius Kazakauskas (197-F-90) of Olimpas
Mantas Virbalas (203-C/F-88) of Perlas-MRU
Audrius Maneikis (203-F-84) of Olimpas
Antanas Udras (202-F-92) of Perlas-MRU
Tomas Milinskas (202-F-90) of Triobet
Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) of Suduva-Mantinga
Julius Jucikas (205-C-89) of Meresta
Vilius Sumskis (213-C-84) of Zanavykas
Darius Tarvydas (200-F-91) of Statyba
Audrius Mineikis (201-F-77) of Suduva-Mantinga
Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-PG-91) of Statyba

All-Defensive Team
G: Bryan Harrison (188-G-84) of Dzukija
G: Ignas Razutis (185-G-87) of Olimpas
G: Edgaras Stanionis (193-G-88) of Zanavykas
F: Osvaldas Macernis (196-F-82) of Mazeikiai
C: Cezary Trybanski (218-C-79) of Dzukija
C: Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) of Zalgiris-Sabonio



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  MEXICO   

Standings - CIBACOPA

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Apr. 17: Hermosillo - Cananea 90-78
Apr. 17: Obregon - Guasave 83-85
Apr. 17: Los Mochis - Tijuana 79-87
Apr. 17: Guaymas - Navolato 76-59

Regular Season: Round 11

Apr. 19: Guasave - Nogales
Apr. 19: Navolato - Los Mochis
Apr. 19: Obregon - Hermosillo
Apr. 19: Cananea - Tijuana


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Jones, Obregon25.7 
 2. Frederick, Guasave22.7 
 3. Thomas, Obregon20.8 
 4. Lewis, Los Mochis19.5 
 5. Monroe, Cananea19.4 
 6. Shorter, Guaymas18.9 
 7. Polynice, Guasave18.6 
 8. Quintero, Tijuana18.5 
 9. Alexander, Cananea18.1 
 10. Sperling, Obregon17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 12
 1. Moss, Nogales12.0 
 2. Penny, Tijuana9.4 
 3. Habel, Guaymas8.9 
 4. Frederick, Guasave7.7 
 5. Selleaze, Navolato7.7 
 6. Shipley, Tijuana7.3 
 7. Jones, Obregon7.2 
 8. Lewis, Los Mochis6.9 
 9. Spain, Hermosillo6.8 
 10. Little, Hermosillo6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Myron ALLEN
  Guaymas
  (182-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Allen, Guaymas6.2 
 2. Stallings, Los Moc.6.1 
 3. Logan, Nogales5.3 
 4. Quintero, Tijuana4.8 
 5. Polynice, Guasave4.7 
 6. Toussaint, Los M.4.4 
 7. Shorter, Guaymas4.2 
 8. Little, Hermosillo3.7 
 9. Monreal, Hermosillo3.5 
 10. Sperling, Obregon3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jorge MERCADO
  Nogales
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Mercado, Nogales2.0 
 2. Martin, Navolato2.0 
 3. Stallings, Los Moc.1.8 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo1.7 
 5. Insunza, Navolato1.7 
 6. Polynice, Guasave1.7 
 7. Farrera, Guasave1.6 
 8. Lewis, Los Mochis1.5 
 9. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.1.5 
 10. Spain, Hermosillo1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Moss, Nogales2.6 
 2. Mercado, Nogales1.9 
 3. Penny, Tijuana1.4 
 4. Habel, Guaymas1.4 
 5. Morrison, Tijuana0.9 
 6. Reyes, Nogales0.7 
 7. Robinson, Guasave0.7 
 8. Brown, Cananea0.6 
 9. Ruffus, Los Mochis0.5 
 10. Monroe, Cananea0.5 


CIBACOPA LEAGUE LEADERS - by Alejandro Martinez

In what has been a very entertaining start to the '13 CIBACOPA season the league announced the league leaders through the 1st 8 matches. In points per game, the leader is Obregon's Kenny Jones (198-PF-84, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Kentucky St.). The 6'7 forward is averaging 25,3 points per game. In rebounds the league leader is Nogales' Center Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74, college: UALR. Moss is averaging 12,0)boards per game. In assists, the league is led by Guaymas Myron Allen (182-PG-79, college: Lee JC) with an average of 6,3 assists per game. And lastly in blocks, the league leader is Nogales' Center Ryan Moss with 2,25 blocks per game. For more information on statistics please visit: http://www.sportingpulse.com/comp_info.cgi?c=11-7807-0-258481-0&pool=-1&round=0&a=STATS


CIBACOPA Round 9: Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon beats Frayles de Guasave by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most exciting game of round 9 in the CIBACOPA took place in Ciudad Obregon. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Frayles de Guasave (2-5) to second ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (4-3) 87-84 on Tuesday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Frayles de Guasave. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-84. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: Dream Team Management) who led his team to a victory with 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Eric Frederick (203-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for Frayles de Guasave. Frayles de Guasave's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Despite that victory Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon went down to third position due to points difference, which they share with Los Mochis. Frayles de Guasave at the other side dropped to the seventh place with five games lost. They share the position with Tijuana. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon is again looking forward to face Frayles de Guasave (#7) at home in the next round. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Mineros de Cananea (4-5) against fourth ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (5-4) on Tuesday night. Visiting Mineros de Cananea was crushed by Rayos de Hermosillo in Hermosillo 93-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mineros de Cananea. It was a key game for the second position in the league. American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners and Jesus Lopez chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Todd Brown (196-87, college: Wright St.) with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Mineros de Cananea at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Navolato. Rayos de Hermosillo will again play against Mineros de Cananea (#5) at home in the next round. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round.
CIBACOPA top team - Ostioneros de Guaymas (7-2) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (4-5) 96-89. Shannon Shorter nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Ronald Selleaze came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds for Garra Canera de Navolato in the defeat. Ostioneros de Guaymas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-2 record. Garra Canera de Navolato lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Cananea. Ostioneros de Guaymas will again meet at home Garra Canera de Navolato (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 9 bottom-ranked Tijuana was beaten by Los Mochis on the road 74-68.


Hermosillo - Cananea 93-68

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Mineros de Cananea (4-5) against fourth ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (5-4) on Tuesday night. Visiting Mineros de Cananea was crushed by Rayos de Hermosillo in Hermosillo 93-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mineros de Cananea. It was a key game for the second position in the league. It looked good early as Mineros de Cananea took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Rayos de Hermosillo had a 20-15 second period charge getting the lead and Mineros de Cananea was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-93. They outrebounded Mineros de Cananea 48-27 including a 35-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners and the former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Rayos de Hermosillo players scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Todd Brown (196-87, college: Wright St.) with 18 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Mineros de Cananea at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Navolato. Rayos de Hermosillo will again play against Mineros de Cananea (#5) at home in the next round. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: J.Lopez 23+8reb, K.Spain 19+7reb+4ast, E.Little 19+14reb+7ast, P.Sanders 13+2reb+1ast, J.Camacho 8+4reb+1ast, J.Villanueva 6+7reb
Cananea: T.Brown 18+6reb+1ast, S.Monroe 17+5reb+2ast, Q.Gonzalez 13+2reb+1ast, J.Durazo 8+5reb+2ast, V.Camper 5+5reb+6ast, M.Acuna 3+2reb
gschID: 234885


Los Mochis - Tijuana 74-68

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (4-3) beat at home bottom-ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (2-5) 74-68 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 23-6 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Pioneros Los Mochis dominated on the defensive end, holding Tijuana Zonkeys to just 6 points in fourth quarter. American guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary, LA) nailed 28 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import guard James Lewis (191-86, college: Fresno Pacific) accounted for 16 points and 6 rebounds. Stallings is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Pioneros Los Mochis' coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) came up with 22 points and 6 rebounds and the former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for Tijuana Zonkeys in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pioneros Los Mochis moved-up to third place, which they share with Obregon. Loser Tijuana Zonkeys stay at the bottom position with five games lost. They share it with Guasave. Pioneros Los Mochis will again meet at home bottom-ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: N.Stallings 28+7reb+6ast, C.Toussaint 18+2reb+3ast, J.Lewis 16+6reb+3ast, J.Ruffus 10+6reb+1ast, J.Sandoval 2+6reb, J.Quintero 0+3reb+1ast
Tijuana: M.Morrison 22+6reb+3ast, O.Quintero 17+2reb+4ast, G.Shipley 13+8reb+1ast, L.Ramirez 10+1reb+1ast, E.Medina 2+4reb+2ast, J.Penny 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 234884


Obregon - Guasave 87-84

The most exciting game of round 9 in the CIBACOPA took place in Ciudad Obregon. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Frayles de Guasave (2-5) to second ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (4-3) 87-84 on Tuesday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Frayles de Guasave. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-84. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: Dream Team Management) who led his team to a victory with 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Eric Frederick (203-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and guard Eniel Polynice (195-88, college: Seton Hall) added 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Frayles de Guasave. Four Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. Frayles de Guasave's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Despite that victory Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon went down to third position due to points difference, which they share with Los Mochis. Frayles de Guasave at the other side dropped to the seventh place with five games lost. They share the position with Tijuana. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon is again looking forward to face Frayles de Guasave (#7) at home in the next round. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Obregon: K.Jones 33+6reb+1ast, B.Sperling 19+3reb+3ast, D.Thomas 16+7reb+2ast, J.Salcedo 7+4reb+2ast, H.Rivera 5+1reb, H.Carrillo 5+4reb
Guasave: E.Frederick 22+12reb+3ast, E.Polynice 20+6reb+2ast, J.Farrera 13+1reb, D.Crews 12+8reb, P.Meza Rogel 7+1ast, J.Dominguez 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 234883


Guaymas - Navolato 96-89

CIBACOPA top team - Ostioneros de Guaymas (7-2) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (4-5) 96-89. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Ostioneros de Guaymas made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and the former international swingman Miguel Ayala (198-82, college: UTEP) accounted for 29 points. American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds and Andre Martin (-78) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Garra Canera de Navolato in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-2 record. Garra Canera de Navolato lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Cananea. Ostioneros de Guaymas will again meet at home Garra Canera de Navolato (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: M.Ayala 29+2reb+2ast, S.Shorter 21+10reb+6ast, M.Allen 18+4reb+9ast, J.Habel 14+12reb+1ast, F.Benitez 8+4reb+1ast, A.Zarco 4
Navolato: R.Selleaze 20+7reb+3ast, F.Verdugo 17+5reb+1ast, A.Martin 17+6reb+1ast, A.Villalobos 12+3ast, R.Canady Jr. 11+7reb+2ast, J.Insunza 8+3reb+5ast
gschID: 234882



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  MOLDOVA   


Gamma and Donbasket reach the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Gamma and Donbasket reach the Finals in the country. Both teams easily won over their opponents in the Semifinal clashes.
Gamma overcame Ribnita 118:71 and 105:76. Donbasket meanwhile edged UASM 98:73 and 91:76.
The first game of the finals is planned for Apr 28.



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  MONTENEGRO   

Standings - 1A

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

Second Stage: Round 7

Play-Out

Apr. 17: ABS Primorje - S.Centar 86-79
Apr. 17: Danilovgrad - Ibar Rozaje 76-69
Apr. 17: Jedinstvo - Centar BP 76-54

S-League

Apr. 17: Teodo Tivat - Ulcinj 89-64
Apr. 17: Buducnost - Mornar Bar 85-66
Apr. 17: Lovcen - Sutjeska 48-70

Second Stage: Round 8

Play-Out

Apr. 20: S.Centar - Jedinstvo
Apr. 20: Centar BP - Danilovgrad
Apr. 20: Ibar Rozaje - ABS Primorje

S-League

Apr. 20: Teodo Tivat - Lovcen
Apr. 20: Ulcinj - Buducnost
Apr. 20: Mornar Bar - Sutjeska


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Vladimir BORICIC
  ABS P.
  (195-G/F-84)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Boricic, ABS P.18.3 
 2. Milosevic, Ulcinj17.7 
 3. Stojanovic, Lovcen17.3 
 4. Ljujic, Centar BP16.9 
 5. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.16.9 
 6. Mitchell, Centar B.15.2 
 7. Jovanovic, Danilov.15.0 
 8. Nicaj, Lovcen14.3 
 9. Korac, Jedinstvo14.3 
 10. Ratkovic, ABS P.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Savo DJIKANOVIC
  Jaszbere.
  (211-C-75)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Djikanovic, Jaszbe.9.4 
 2. Pavic, Mornar Bar8.4 
 3. Ljujic, Centar BP8.4 
 4. Radulovic, Teodo T.8.2 
 5. Zejak, Danilovgrad7.8 
 6. Draskovic, Jedin.7.4 
 7. Young, Danilovgrad7.3 
 8. Bacovic, ABS P.7.1 
 9. Radak, ABS P.6.3 
 10. Calic, Sutjeska6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nikola KORAC
  Jedinstvo
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Korac, Jedinstvo5.0 
 2. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.4.5 
 3. Boricic, ABS P.3.7 
 4. Stojanovic, Lovcen3.5 
 5. Calic, Sutjeska3.1 
 6. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.3.0 
 7. Simonovic, Ulcinj2.9 
 8. Mitchell, Centar B.2.9 
 9. Radosavljevi., Mor.2.5 
 10. Femic, Centar BP2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Lazar SIMONOVIC
  Ulcinj
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Simonovic, Ulcinj2.3 
 2. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.2.2 
 3. Mitchell, Centar B.2.0 
 4. Samardzic, Danilov.1.7 
 5. Omerovic, Jedin.1.5 
 6. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.1.5 
 7. Femic, Centar BP1.5 
 8. Djurisic, Mornar B.1.5 
 9. Milosevic, Ulcinj1.4 
 10. Milovic, Ulcinj1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Radoje VUJOSEVIC
  Sutjeska
  (209-C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Vujosevic, Sutjeska1.9 
 2. Ljujic, Centar BP1.7 
 3. Draskovic, Jedin.1.3 
 4. Radulovic, Teodo T.1.2 
 5. Nicaj, Lovcen1.0 
 6. Karalic, ABS P.0.9 
 7. Pavic, Mornar Bar0.9 
 8. Young, Danilovgrad0.9 
 9. Zejak, Danilovgrad0.6 
 10. Skurdauskas, Morn.0.6 


Interview with Jason McCoy, former big man of Mornar Bar - by Darko Pekic

Jason McCoy (206-C/F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee), former big man of Mornar Bar and experienced globetrotter, is talking about his career and season in Montenegro for eurobasket.com. For those who are too young and do not remember Jason take a look at his video against Lovcen Cetinje http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80D9cx2RQT8. The game was played in 2007.

Hello Jason, you are a Houston native. How popular is basketball in your city and who inspired you the most as a boy?

Houston basketball is very popular. Of course we have the NBA team Houston Rockets but we also have several semi pro leagues here as well. The sport of basketball has gotten big with high school kids all the way down to AAU basketball that is played all over the United States. I started playing basketball at the age of 5 years of old. I was inspired by my older siblings because I'm the youngest of 5 kids. My brother and my 3 sisters all received basketball scholarships to play in college as well as I did.

You spent your college career at Rutgers and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 2005 you made the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Tell us more about that experience?

Yes in 2005 was my first year being able to play again because I had to sit out the 2004 season because I transferred from Rutgers. In 2005 I was able to be on a sweet 16 team that was coached by my favorite basketball coach Bruce Pearl ! The experience was great because I played well that season and I was able to start making a name for myself as a respected basketball player. It was a lot of fun being able to play on TV in front family and friends. Also being in numerous of newspaper articles from many different places.

In 2006 you were drafted by Albuquerque Thunderbirds (D-League) but decided to move to Europe and signed for Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (Turkey-D1). However, you did not get a real chance there and had to go back home. How disappointing for a young player like you was that experience and did it motivate you to work even harder to improve yourself as a player?

It was very disappointing! I mean I honestly was debating on quitting basketball and I was about to get a regular job but it was my father that encouraged me. He sat me down and explained to me about all the hardships he had to go through growing up to become a man. He made me realize that problems will always come but its about how you handle the problems that makes you a real man. All of this motivated me to become a better player so I just started working out 2-3 times a day, going to the gym at 2 am sometimes, and watching countless of hours on players that I admire such as Kevin Garnett (211-F/C-76), Michael Jordan (199-F-63, college: N.Carolina), Tracy McGrady (203-G/F-79).

In January 2007 you got a call from Mornar to join them in the newly established Montenegrin basketball league. At that time did you know anything about Montenegro?

In 2007 when Mornar Bar called me I didn't know anything about the country of Montenegro or even where it was located but it didn't matter because I had something to prove.

How did you like your new team and Bar as a town?

I actually loved my team in Bar...we had a lot of great guys on the team. The city was fun also...I enjoyed the beach and the restaurants but I just wish it was a little bit more Americanized.

How good was the level of basketball in Montenegro back then?

The level of competition in the league was ok. Most of the teams wasn't really good but certain guys on certain teams really made it rough on me in some matches. But at the time Buducnost was way better then any of the teams in the league.

During that season Mornar made the Semifinals of domestic league and National Cup. How important for your future career and confidence was to finish a year in Europe? Do you think that the 2006/2007 season was successful for Mornar?

It was very important because I had to prove to myself and the other teams in Europe that I has able to play and go through all of the on and off the court problems in order to lead my team to success. I think the 2006/2007 season for Monar Bar was great! We had some issues but I was very pleased with myself as well as my team.

After the experience in Mornar you travelled the world and played in Turkey, Czech Republic, Uruguay, Slovenia etc. Which league was the most competitive?

Well Turkey is the most competitive but I played in Minsk Belarus and was able to have some success there because we played in the Euro Challenge league which was a lot of fun.

In March you signed in Puerto Rico for Mets de Guaynabo. What are your plans for the future? Would you like to return to Europe?

I still love the game and feel like I have a lot to offer any club. My plans for the future is to continue to get better every single day, God blesses me to open my eyes both mentally and physically. I would love to play in Europe again! I believe the European style fits my game better and I like the way organizations run their teams in Europe.

Thank you for the interview Jason. Eurobasket.com wish you good luck in your career and personal life.

Thanks so much Darko Pekic for your time.



Nemanja Radovic (ex Vrsac) signs at KAO Dramas - by Eurobasket News

KAO Dramas (A1) landed 22-year old Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Radovic (206-97kg-91, agency: Beo Basket). He started the season at KK Vrsac in Serbian A League. In 26 games he averaged impressive 15.5ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0bpg this season.
Among other achievements Radovic won Montenegrin League championship title for four years in a row (between 2009 and 2012). He received also Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Honorable Mention award in 2011. Radovic represented Montenegro at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 4.3ppg, 2.7rpg.
Radovic has played also professionally for other Montenegrin teams like Mornar Bar, Buducnost, S.Centar and KK Mornar Bar II.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MiskoRaznatovic)



MNE S-League Round 7 : New win for Buducnost, Sutjeska and Teodo - by Dragan Scepanovic

Mornar - Buducnost Voli 66:85 (14:19, 14:26, 22:20, 16:20)
Bar - SC Topolica. Spect: 500.Reff: Rutesic (Niksic), Jokic and Savovic (Podgorica).
Mornar: Damjanovic 3, Pajovic 7, Milovic 2, Mikovic. Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) 25, Sekulovic 10, Rondovic 3, Pavic 6, Skurdauskas 6, Pavicevic 3, Torns 1.
Buducnost Voli: Carapic, Mihailovic 8, Marko Popovic (200-SG-85) 12, Jelenic 7, Marko Mugosa (195-F-93) 11, Novosel, Li 9, Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket)c 12, Bunic 7 , A. Popovic 2, Nikolic, Dee Bost (187-G-89, college: Mississippi St.) 17.

Lovcen - Sutjeska 48:70 (11:15, 6:16, 21:18, 10:21)
Cetinje - SC Lovcen.Spect: 300.Reff: Sutulovic, Koljensic, Kajevic (Podgorica).
Lovcen: Stojanovic 3, Borilovic, Milosevic, Bilic, Vrbica 5, Popovic 11, Ljubenkovic 2, Ljeko Nicaj (210-C-87) 13, Milic 8, Milickovic 3, Latkovic 3, Sevaljevic.
Sutjeska: Pavlicevic 6, Vusovic, Perovic 2, Lalic 4, Marko Calic (195-G/F-86) 13, Vujosevic 4, Vujacic 4, Kuveljic 11, Popovic, Djurovic, Zizic 11, Ivan Miceta (205-FC-81) 16.

Teodo - Ulcinj 89:64 (21:16, 24:14, 21:6, 23:28)
Tivat -SC Zupa.Spect: 450.Reff: R. Vojinovic (Niksic), Dragojevic (Podgorica), Janjusevic (Niksic).
Teodo: Fatic 8, Tepavcevic 7, Radulovic 15, Pekic, Mijovic 9, Boskovic, Srdjan Subotic (195-G-88) 28, Johnson 11, Kunjic 6, Djordjevic 5, Perovic, Lucic.
Ulcinj: Latkovic, Taflaj, R. Ivanovic 8, Markasevic, Lazar Simonovic (185-G-82) 16, Osmajic 5, Unkasevic 9, Djokovic 9, Milovic 2, Klikovac 3, Jovanovic 6, Milosevic 6.



Superleague Round 6 an Play Out League Round 7: Easy wins for Buducnost, Sutjeska and Teodo - by Darko Pekic

No surprises happened tonight in the Superleague Round 6. The favorites won their games easily and entered the second stage of Superleague with a huge confidence boost. Two biggest clubs in Montenegro played in Bar a very important game for both teams- Buducnost its first game in post Dejan Radonjic (agency: Beo Basket ) era while Mornar gambled on its last chance to make the Final Four. And Buducnost won again (85-66).The guest were led by Dee Bost (187-G-89, college: Mississippi St.) who scored 17 points while Marko Mugosa (195-F-93) had a double double (11 points and 12 rebounds). Mornar did not play a great game but Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) did. He scored 25 points.

Teodo was looking to get its revenge after a tough loss in Ulcinj at the beginning of Superleague and it did happen (89-64). The guests did not have any chance against motivated guys from Tivat and at the end it was an easy win for the home team. Srdjan Subotic (195-G-88) had a great shooting night and scored 28 points. He was followed by the twin towers Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) (15 points) and Manuel Johnson (201-F-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) (11 points). Ulcinj had only one player who scored in double digits- Lazar Simonovic (185-G-82) (16 points).

Sutjeska did not leave any hope to Lovcen and crashed the home team in Cetinje (70-48). Ivan Miceta (205-FC-81) led the guests with 15 points while Lovcen had Ljeko Nicaj (210-C-87) who scored 13 points.

The Play Out League is getting more and more interesting after the last Round was finished. Danilovgrad defeated Ibar at home (76-69). Jay-R Strowbridge (183-PG-88, college: Oregon) shined once again with 18 points and led his team in scoring but was also efficient on the defensive end. Zivojin Grubovic (207-C-85) played well for Ibar and scored 27 points but it was not enough to get another important win. However, Ibar can be satisfied with their season so far because after the arrival of coach Dragan Kostic many things have changed in Rozaje.

Primorje decided the game against Studentski in the first quarter and got important two points to make them closer to the safe zone (86-79). Vladimir Boricic (195-G/F-84) scored 27 points and added 7 assists for Primorje while Petar Kusovac (195-F-93, college: S.Centar) had an outstanding scoring night for Studentski centar. He scored 29 points.

Two teams from Bijelo Polje played a tied game in the first half but Jedinstvo showed its strength in the second half and destroyed its younger cousin (76-54). Nikola Korac (185-G-86, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) and Danilo Draskovic (207-C-85, agency: BeoExcell) scored 17 points each for the home team. Centar was led by Marko Femic, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) who scored 18 points.



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 54-28 
 2. Brooklyn N. 49-33 
 3. Boston C. 41-40 
 4. Philadelph.76 34-48 
 5. Toronto R. 34-48 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 49-32 
 2. Chicago B. 45-37 
 3. Milwaukee B. 38-44 
 4. Detroit P. 29-53 
 5. Cleveland C. 24-58 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 66-16 
 2. Atlanta H. 44-38 
 3. Washington W. 29-53 
 4. Charlotte B. 21-61 
 5. Orlando M. 20-62 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 60-22 
 2. Denver N. 57-25 
 3. Utah Jazz 43-39 
 4. Portland TB 33-49 
 5. Minnesota T. 31-51 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 56-26 
 2. Golden St.W. 47-35 
 3. LA Lakers 45-37 
 4. Sacramento K. 28-54 
 5. Phoenix Suns 25-57 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 58-24 
 2. Memphis G. 56-26 
 3. Houston R. 45-37 
 4. Dallas M. 41-41 
 5. N.Orleans H. 27-55 

Regular Season: Round 163

Apr. 17: LA Lakers - Houston R. 99-95 OT
Apr. 17: Dallas M. - N.Orleans H. 99-87
Apr. 17: New York K. - Atlanta H. 98-92
Apr. 17: Chicago B. - Washington W. 95-92
Apr. 17: San Antonio S. - Minnesota T. 95-108
Apr. 17: Indiana P. - Philadelph.76 95-105
Apr. 17: Oklah.City T. - Milwaukee B. 89-95
Apr. 17: Portland TB - Golden St.W. 88-99
Apr. 17: Memphis G. - Utah Jazz 86-70
Apr. 17: Denver N. - Phoenix Suns 118-98
Apr. 17: Toronto R. - Boston C. 114-90
Apr. 17: Sacramento K. - LA Clippers 108-112
Apr. 17: Charlotte B. - Cleveland C. 105-98
Apr. 17: Miami Heat - Orlando M. 105-93
Apr. 17: Brooklyn N. - Detroit P. 103-99

1/8 Finals: Round 1

Apr. 20: Brooklyn N. - Chicago B.
Apr. 20: New York K. - Boston C.
Apr. 20: Denver N. - Golden St.W.
Apr. 21: Indiana P. - Atlanta H.
Apr. 21: San Antonio S. - LA Lakers
Apr. 21: Miami Heat - Milwaukee B.
Apr. 21: Oklah.City T. - Houston R.
Apr. 20: LA Clippers - Memphis G.


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..23.2 
 7. Curry, Golden S.22.9 
 8. Irving, Cleveland22.5 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat21.2 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 2. Vucevic, Orlan.11.9 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.7 
 4. Randolph, Memph.11.2 
 5. Lee, Golden St.W.11.2 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.1 
 7. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.1 
 8. Chandler, New Y.10.6 
 9. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.7 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.0 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.0 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.7 
 6. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 7. Parker, San A.7.6 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
 9. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 10. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
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. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 8. Young, Philadelph..1.8 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 10. George, Indiana P.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.8 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.6 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.6 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 7. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 9. Davis, N.Orleans H.1.8 
 10. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 


The Knicks welcome back Barron - by Eurobasket News

New York Knicks landed 32-year old center Earl Barron (212-109kg-81, college: Memphis). It is actually his comeback to the Knicks as he played here before. Barron supposed to play at Washington Wizards, but was released by the team in Dec.'12. In 11 NBA games he averaged just 2.5ppg and 3.9rpg this season. The last summer he was tested by Atleticos (BSN) in Puerto Rican league. In two games he had 11.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.0apg and 2.0bpg. The last () season Barron played at Meralco Bolts (PBA) in Filipino league. In 10 games he had very impressive stats: 29.5ppg, 15.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1bpg. He also played at the Warriors earlier that season. In two games he had only 2.0ppg. Barron also spent pre-season at the Trail Blazers earlier that year.
The previous (10-11) season he played at the Bucks. In 7 games he had 5.1ppg and 3.1rpg.
Barron has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements he won D-League Central Division championship title in 2010. Barron received also USBasket.com All-D-League Honorable Mention award back in 2010.
He was a member of USA University National Team in 2001.
Barron is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy, Turkey, other NBA teams (Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns) and D-League (Los Angeles D-Fenders and Iowa Energy).
Barron attended University of Memphis until 2003 and it is his tenth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A very big and long guy, also enough athletic for his size. Started his career as a forward, this is why offensively he likes to play front to the basket, to use his good mid-range shot. He is a good free throw shooter too, something not usual for a so big man. Needs to improve defensively and at the rebounding department, however, some say he's too soft..

By Eurobasket Data Center



Chicago Bulls limping into the playoffs. - by Chris Mathieu

Chicago Bulls limping into the playoffs.
The Bulls have been warriors all season long and have played well above expectations considering they lost so many quality players in the offseason and how injuries ravaged the team. The question of how healthy they will be entering the playoffs wont be answered until they begin.
The season long absence of Derrick Rose put the team in a difficult position, the fact that he is healthy and refusing to play is inexcusable. The team has battled all season through injuries and the fact that he refuses to play games even though he is clearly the teams best player in practice has placed them in a tough position.
Carlos Boozer has been a lightning rod for controversy for Bulls fans. Most of it is unearned; Carlos has been a tough player and a leader on and off the court. He has played a tough physical game this season and stayed healthy through most of the season.
Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, Kirk Hinrich and Jimmy Butler have been leaders of this Bulls team. Nate Robinson has been an instrumental player as well, playing a fearless brand of basketball and hitting big shot after big shot.
It looks like a favorable matchup against Brooklyn Nets await them in the first round, a matchup that the Bulls, if healthy should have a good chance of winning.
Even though the team missed its best player and team leader all season there have been many highlights for the team this season. The most obvious one was ending the Heats long winning streak.



5 QUESTIONS HEADING INTO THE NBA PLAYOFFS - by Chris Mathieu

5 QUESTIONS HEADING INTO THE NBA PLAYOFFS

1. CAN ANYONE BEAT THE HEAT?
The Heat are clearly the favorites heading into the playoffs. The addition of Chris Anderson adds size, rebounding and interior defense to a team that lacked all three. The blueprint of how to beat them was laid out by the Bulls, get physical, get messy, rebound and run. Its easier said than done however, especially in a 7 game series. In the East it seems unlikely that any team will put up much resistance to the steam rolling Heat. The Pacers do have the size and physicality to give the Heat a challenge. The Knicks have defense with a healthy Tyson Chandler and a star player in Carmelo Anthony, who would need a historical series to beat the Heat. The Bulls could surprise if they are healthy and Derrick Rose returns. All that said, it seems like a lock the Heat will get past all three and into the finals. OKC seems like the only team capable of challenging the Heat but that matchup favors Miami as LeBron has had Durants number in the last few matchups going back to last season. The biggest challenge would be injuries to Dwayne Wade slowing him in the post season.

2. WILL DERRICK ROSE RETURN?
It seems unlikely that the return will happen this season. Rose seems misguided in his belief he has to be 100% healthy before returning, its misguided and misinformed. Rose may never be completely healthy and pain free for the rest of his career. His need to have the same level of comfort in his knee as pre injury may never happen again. The biggest disappointment of the Bulls season so far has been the refusal of this superstar to play even though he has been cleared to do so for two months and has been dominating in practice.

3. CAN THE LAKERS MAKE THE PLAYOFFS AND MAKE SOME NOISE?
The Lakers struggled with injuries and assimilating the moody Dwight Howard into the teams offense and their play has been very inconsistent. Coach DAntoni seems like a poor fit for the team and Howard; a good coach should adapt the offense to suit his star players instead of the other way around. Losing Kobe Bryant was a huge blow to the team. Maybe it will be the wakeup call to motivate Howard to have a big playoff run. Howard can effect a team on both ends of the court when motivated, the question will he be?

4. CAN THE SPURS MAKE ONE LAST RUN AT A TITLE?
They have the best coach in the NBA, a hall of fame player in Tim Duncan and the deepest team in the NBA. They just struggle to keep the older players healthy and on the court. Tony Parker has been struggling since returning from injuries and his ability to breakdown a defense would be key to any deep playoff run. The team recently waived Stephan Jackson who struggled to stay focused and play a team game. They replaced him with a player with an equally bad reputation Tracy McGrady who has failed to ever win a playoff series even though he is one of the best players in the last 20 years. It seems like a huge gamble for a fading player who has a poor reputation to be taken on by a team known for its chemistry. If the team fails to get out of the first round it will be seen as a huge gamble they lost.

5. CAN THE BULLS MAKE NOISE IN THE EAST?
Knocking off the Brooklyn Nets in the first round seems possible even without Derrick Rose completing his return. Playing the Heat in the second round seems an insurmountable obstacle even with a healthy Rose. If the Bulls matchup with the Pacers in the first round it seems unlikely they would be able to get past them with or without a healthy Rose returning. The team will need all hands on deck and a historic run to knock off the Heat.



Regular season is over. Playoffs to begin on Saturday - by Eurobasket News

LA Lakers - Houston R. 99-95 OT
The Lakers survived an injury-plagued, tumultuous season to finish seventh in the Western Conference (45-37) after defeating the Houston Rockets (45-37) in overtime, 99-95, on Wednesday night at Staples Center. Although the Lakers and Rockets split their four meetings, the Lakers earn the higher seeding based on a better record in conference play. The Lakers draw the second-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the first round in a Sunday game while the Rockets will play the top-seeded and defending conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder. Going into the night, the Rockets were the highest scoring team in the league at 106.1 points a game. The Lakers held them well below that in 53 minutes. Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) notched a triple-double with 17 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists. Steve Blake led the Lakers with 24 points, although it was on 6-of-20 shooting, while finishing with seven assists and seven rebounds. Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) played 46 minutes, scoring 16 points, grabbing 18 rebounds, blocking four shots and making three steals. James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) was the game's leading scorer with 30 points but he made only 8 of 25 from the field. Chandler Parsons scored 23 points, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer to force overtime. Houston shot 41.7% (35 of 84) from the field, 24.2% (8 of 33) from three and 70.8% (17 of 24) from the free-throw line. The Lakers dominated the offensive glass, 17-9, giving the Lakers desperately needed possessions. The team shot 36.7% from the field, 31.2% (10 of 32) from behind the arc and 67.6% (23 of 34) from the free-throw line. Defense and rebounding ultimately got the job done for a Lakers team playing without star guards Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. Courtesy of: latimes.com

Portland TB - Golden St.W. 88-99
Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) set a NBA single-season record for 3-pointers with 272 and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 99-88 on Wednesday in the season finale for both teams. It was the 13th straight loss for the Blazers, equaling the franchise record set in the 1971-72 season. Curry surpassed Ray Allen's single-season 3-point total of 269 set in 2005-06. Needing two for the record, Curry opened the game with two straight misses from beyond the arc, but hit his first midway through the first quarter before making the record-breaker with 6:49 to go in the second. His backcourt teammate Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 24 points. With the win, Golden State (47-35) clinched the sixth seed in the Western Conference and will face the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) had 30 points and a season-high 21 rebounds for Portland (33-49), which lost its eighth straight at home. Golden State led by as many as 16 points in the first half but the Blazers closed the gap to 66-60 late in the third quarter on rookie Damian Lillard's layup. Sasha Pavlovic followed with a 3-pointer to pull Portland within 3. Meyers Leonard hit a jumper to get the Blazers within 76-73 with 7:356 left in the game, but Thompson answered for the Warriors with a 3 and Portland couldn't get any closer. Curry hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game with 5:56 to go, putting Golden State up 91-77. He finished with 15 points. The Warriors saw the return of center Andrew Bogut, who missed two games because of a bone bruise on his left ankle. Bogut has missed 42 games this season because of the ankle, which he had microfracture surgery on last April. Bogut finished with two points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes. Portland was without starting forward Nicolas Batum, who missed the team's final eight games with a right shoulder injury, and shooting guard Wesley Matthews, who missed the last five games with a sprained right ankle. The Warriors led by as many as eight points early, but the Blazers kept it close and pulled within 26-24 on Aldridge's jumper. Golden State answered with an 18-5 run to go up 44-29 on Thompson's 3-pointer. The Warriors took a 50-36 lead into the half. David Lee had 20 points and 10 rebounds for his league-leading 56th double-double, becoming the first Warrior to finish atop the league since Wilt Chamberlain had a double-double in all 80 games in the 1963-64 season. Lillard finished with 21 points for the Blazers. Courtesy of: miamiherald.com

Sacramento K. - LA Clippers 108-112
Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) scored 24 points, including several big shots down the stretch, and the Los Angeles Clippers locked up home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, holding off the Sacramento Kings 112-108 on Wednesday night in the regular-season finale for both teams. And with NBA owners still deciding whether to approve the sale and relocation of the Kings to Seattle, possibly the last in California's capital city. Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) had 25 points and 11 assists to lead the Pacific Division-champion Clippers (56-26), who earned the Western Conference's fourth seed and will open against fifth-seeded Memphis (56-26). The Clippers won three of four games against the Grizzlies this season. DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) had a season-high 36 points and a career-best 22 rebounds, and Marcus Thornton scored 21 to rally Sacramento from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter before the Clippers took control. If this really was the last game in Sacramento, the Kings had the home fans rocking one last time. Thornton hit a 3-pointer to pull Sacramento to 91-88 midway through the fourth, then Cousins blocked Matt Barnes' short jumper into the stands and belted out a roar along with the announced sellout crowd of 17,317. Patrick Patterson's shot from the corner arc puts the Kings up 98-97 with 2:31 to play. He pointed his right hand to the crowd and flexed three fingers around his eye as the Clippers called a timeout. Crawford came back with consecutive 3s, the second right in front of Sacramento's bench. The Sixth Man of the Year candidate stared back at Thornton after putting Los Angeles ahead 103-100. Cousins and Blake Griffin traded emphatic two-handed dunks. Then Cousins hit two free throws, Griffin answered with a put-back layup to give the Clippers a 107-102 lead and Los Angeles sealed the game on free throws. If this really was the final game in Sacramento, what a heart-wrenching way to lose. The Maloof family has had a signed agreement since January with a group that wants to buy the Kings, move them to Seattle and rebrand them the SuperSonics - who left the Pacific Northwest for Oklahoma City in 2008. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who sat courtside eating nachos while cheering on the Kings, has streamlined a new arena plan and put together a competing investor group to buy the team. NBA Commissioner David Stern said a decision is unlikely until at least May. Fans were loud during player introductions and often cheered "Sacramento!" Dozens held up signs during timeouts with phrases such as "NBA Please Don't Take Our Team" and "This is NOT goodbye." Many stayed even after the final buzzer and chanted "Here we stay!" Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro, drafted in the second round by the Kings in 1988, said before the game that he thought the atmosphere would actually give his team a boost. Paul and Chauncey Billups certainly had no problem quieting the crowd. The backcourt tandem carried the Clippers to a 50-39 lead late in the second quarter Griffin walked to the locker room with a few seconds remaining in the first half because of back spasms. He still started the third quarter and played through any pain. Sacramento surged ahead 60-59 behind a pair of 3-pointers by Thornton. The Clippers closed the quarter on a 17-8 run, and went ahead 81-70 on Crawford's 3 at the beginning of the fourth. Courtesy of: charlotteobserver.com

Denver N. - Phoenix Suns 118-98
The Denver Nuggets finally got a chance to bask in the glow of their stellar season with the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs wrapped up and the best home record in the league secure at last. "Thirty-eight and three," Karl said, letting the sweet sound of it all roll off his tongue after Denver's 118-98 rout of the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. "I don't know how many teams have won 38 games at home." The Nuggets are the 11th, and Karl is the only coach to do it with two different teams. His Seattle squad accomplished the feat in 1995-96. "I think we can take tonight and just be really happy with what we've accomplished, how we've come together as a team," said Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona), who scored 20 points to go along with Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F/G-87, college: De Paul)'s 21 as Denver extended its franchise record homecourt winning streak to 23 straight. "It was just a big year for us. Tomorrow, it's time to buckle down and get ready for our next opponent." The Nuggets weren't sure who that would be as they left the arena, knowing only that he'd begin the playoffs Saturday at the Pepsi Center, where they eclipsed the old franchise record of 36-5 set in 1976-77, their first year in the NBA. They'll face Golden State or Houston, a matchup that wasn't determined until the late games on the West Coast wrapped up. "They're both going to play fast, which I think is good for us," Karl said, adding: "I wish we had some time to celebrate but we don't." After a hectic final week, Karl planned only a light workout Thursday for the Nuggets, who won an NBA franchise record 57 games overall, besting the 54-win seasons of 1987-88 and 2008-09. Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80)'s 17 points and 11 rebounds led the Suns, who wrapped up the second-worst season in franchise history with a mark of 25-57, the worst in the West. The only one that was worse for the Suns was their inaugural NBA season in 1968-69, when they went 16-66. "Nobody ever wants to end a season like that, but it's all about taking steps," Suns interim coach Lindsey Hunter said. "Unless you go out and sign three max (contract) players then you're going to take steps. You have to build somewhere and you have to start with young guys and you grab some free agents and you change. "Nothing worth anything happens overnight, so we have to keep building and keep working." The Nuggets have won 40 of 50 this calendar year, putting Karl and vice president Masai Ujiri in the conversation for coach and executive of the year honors, respectively barely two years after Carmelo Anthony forced his way out of town. "It's a great accomplishment to win that many games, especially with such a young team," JaVale McGee said. "Everybody's happy, happy with the production." Yet, he senses the Nuggets still have to prove themselves to a skeptical public in the playoffs. "I don't feel any expectations," McGee said. "I feel like we're underdogs and that people feel we're lucky with what our record is, but we'll show them." Lacking a star, the Nuggets won more games than ever before by relying on teamwork, ball movement and a deep roster that's so far withstood the losses of Danilo Gallinari (ACL), who's out for the season, and Kenneth Faried (ankle), whom they're hoping can return in the first round of the playoffs. Even though the Nuggets had their best record since joining the league out of the old ABA 37 years ago, they needed a win in their last game of the regular season to secure the No. 3 seed in the West. The Nuggets gave Karl just what he wanted to sooth any nerves - some breathing room with a 66-40 halftime lead. It helped that the Suns were missing guard Goran Dragic (ankle), who had 21 points and 14 assists in a win over Houston on Monday, his fourth straight double-double. Denver raced out to a 35-20 lead after one quarter and were never threatened, allowing Karl to begin substituting freely with an eye toward preserving the health of his banged-up lineup. "You could see they were trying to get it over with the sooner the better," Scola said. "They're a great team. I like the way they play." The Nuggets had 11 players post double-digit minutes, including Anthony Randolph, who had 11 points and 14 rebounds and seldom-used center Timofey Mozgov with 10 and 10. After the game, the Nuggets said Mozgov fractured his left thumb and is day to day for the playoffs. Courtesy of: foxnews.com

Oklah.City T. - Milwaukee B. 89-95
John Henson (6'11''-F-90, college: N.Carolina) scored 28 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the Milwaukee Bucks past the Oklahoma City Thunder 95-89 in their season finale. The Bucks snapped a five-game losing streak overall (nine-straight on the road) with the victory but still finished the season six games below .500, and their .463 winning percentage is actually lower than last year's .470. Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) finished with 17 points and sank five three-pointers while Gustavo Ayon had 12 rebounds off the bench. Thunder star Kevin Durant sat out the contest while Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, and Thabo Sefolosha played just a handful of minutes. Despite the Thunder's barren lineup, the Bucks trailed after 3 quarters and only took control when OKC turned things over to their youngest players. Reggie Jackson (6'3''-PG-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) had 23 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists to lead the Thunder, who shot just 14 percent from behind the arc. Jackson, Jeremy Lamb, and Derek Fisher combined to go 1-17 from deep. It was another terrific outing for Henson, who shot 11-19 overall and 6-8 from the free-throw line. He grabbed 8 rebounds apiece under each basket and scored in a variety of fashions, from hook shots to jumpers. Being matched up against Hasheem Thabeet certainly didn't hurt, but Henson flashed a nice faceup game with some quickness, creating space with a jab step toward the paint before sinking a mid-range jumper. He also made a quick drive for a big dunk in the second quarter. Henson's emergence has coincided with a pretty relaxed level of play from the Bucks and their opponents late in the season, but it's hard not to be excited about the level of production he's put up lately. The Bucks now turn their attention to the playoff and a first-round matchup with the Miami Heat. According to David Aldridge, the first game of the series will take place on Sunday. Tip times were not immediately available. The Bucks are still nursing a few lingering injuries, most notably the back problems of Larry Sanders. Brandon Jennings also left Wednesday night's game briefly after twisting his ankle when Thabeet landed on it. Hopefully the extra time gives them all a chance to heal. Courtesy of: brewhoop.com

Dallas M. - N.Orleans H. 99-87
A bittersweet 82-game season for the Dallas Mavericks finally came to a shrieking end Wednesday night. With no playoff berth or winning season to play for, the Mavs reached back and let pride take over as they bounced the New Orleans Hornets 99-87 in the regular-season finale before a sellout crowd of 19,973 at American Airlines Center. Thus, the Mavericks ended this uneven season with an even 41-41 record and with tons of unanswered questions and work to do in the off-season. The .500 report card is somewhat of a bonus since the Mavs were treading serious water on Jan. 9 when they were walking around with a sub-par 13-23 record. 'I expected us to battle back and I expected us to get to [.500], and I thought we would get above .500,' coach Rick Carlisle said. 'It didn't happen, but we never lost our spirit; we never lost our belief and our effort. 'Those are all good things, but I'm not going to tell you that we're happy to be .500. That's just how things go around here - I understand that and you guys understand that, too.' This is the first time the Mavs haven't had a winning season since they were 40-42 during the 1999-2000 campaign. Owner Mark Cuban purchased the Mavs from Ross Perot Jr. on Jan. 4, 2000 and this is the first full season he's missed the playoffs - a streak that stops at 12 years in a row. 'I thought we would be a playoff team,' said point guard Darren Collison (6'0''-PG-87, college: UCLA), who led the Mavs against the Hornets with a game-high 25 points. 'I felt like we could do something special. 'But when Dirk [Nowitzki] missed (29) games, that obviously didn't go our way.' Almost everything went the Mavs' way against the Hornets. Nowitzki collected 16 points and nine rebounds, Shawn Marion finished with 15 points and seven boards, and the Mavs shot 51.2 percent from the floor in beating the Hornets for the second time in four days. The Mavs clung to a 19-18 lead after the first period, stretched it to 47-39 at intermission and 75-64 after the third quarter before coasting to the finish line. 'I'm glad we got the win and were able to close out the season and stay .500,' said Marion, who was 7 of 12 from the field. 'We should have never been in this position in the first place, but it is what it is and we never gave up and we ended the season .500, so that's definitely a positive. 'It's better than having a losing season, but at the end of the day I'm sad it's over with and I wish we could turn back the hands of time. But we have to look forward to see what's going to happen this summer and in the future.' Courtesy of: star-telegram.com

Memphis G. - Utah Jazz 86-70
Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) had 25 points and 19 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies ended Utah's playoff hopes with an 86-70 victory over the Jazz on Wednesday. The Grizzlies' victory means the Los Angeles Lakers are assured of making the playoffs even before their late game against the Houston Rockets. Meanwhile, Memphis, the Western Conference's fifth seed, still held out hopes for home-court advantage if the Los Angeles Clippers lost at Sacramento in another late game. Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) finished with 14 points for Memphis, which won its second straight and fifth in the past six. Darrell Arthur finished with 11 points for Memphis. Al Jefferson (6'10''-F/C-85) scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead Utah, the only Jazz player in double figures. The Jazz managed only 32 percent shooting and were outrebounded 57-47. Randolph ended the third quarter with 12 points and seven rebounds as Memphis built the advantage to 16 before carrying a 65-51 lead into the fourth. The Grizzlies built the lead to 20 in the early part of the fourth. Utah made one more push, cutting into the Memphis advantage with eight straight points, part of a 12-2 Jazz run. That reduced the Grizzlies lead to 75-65 with just under 5 minutes left, but the Jazz never got closer. The start of the game seemed to lack the intensity of two teams with playoff implications. About 10 minutes in, the Jazz were shooting 25 percent, while Memphis was at 37 percent. The Grizzlies' starting front-line opened the game missing 10 of 13 shots. The shooting eventually got a tad better, but both were under 41 percent at the half as the Grizzlies carried a 40-38 lead into the break. Jefferson was the only player in double figures with 10 points, while Randolph led the Grizzlies with eight points and eight rebounds. The defense picked up a bit in the third, but the Jazz's shooting woes continued as Utah missed its first six shots, en route to hitting only 3 of 14, while Memphis built the lead to double digits. Utah finished the third hitting 4 of 18 shots and committing four turnovers. It was Randolph who took control for Memphis, working inside and grabbing rebounds. Conley was providing a nice supporting role, taking the ball to the rim. Courtesy of: centredaily.com

Chicago B. - Washington W. 95-92
With their star sidelined all season and just about everyone else in their rotation banged up at some point, the Chicago Bulls did not take the easy road to the playoffs. They got there, though - even if the outside expectations are a little lower this time. Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) had 19 points and 15 rebounds and the Bulls locked up the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 95-92 victory over the Washington Wizards in the regular-season finale Wednesday night. Kirk Hinrich added 18 points and Nazr Mohammed added a season-high 17 for the Bulls, who will face the Brooklyn Nets in the first round. Chicago finished with the best record in the East the past two years but has ceded that distinction to the defending champion Miami Heat. Considering all they've overcome, they'll take it. "We proved this year that we can beat the best and lose to the worst," Joakim Noah said. "Up-and-down year. It's been a tough year. I'm proud of the way we've handled so much adversity." They've dealt with the soap opera surrounding Derrick Rose and his season-long recovery from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, not to mention a long line of injuries to other key players. Yet here they are, about as healthy as they've been all season and hoping to stick around and not make this a one-and-done playoff appearance. They come in on a winning note, although this game sure wasn't easy. They had to withstand A.J. Price (6'2''-PG-86, college: Connecticut) going off for a career-high 24 points and John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) finishing with 23 after a slow start, not to mention several big comebacks when the Wizards looked as though they were ready to be put away. The Bulls led by 21 late in the first quarter but allowed Washington to pull within a point in the second. Chicago then got the lead back up to 11 in the third, but the Wizards rallied again. This time, Washington tied it at 85 on a 3-pointer by Price with just over three minutes left before the Bulls responded with seven unanswered points. Richard Hamilton fed Jimmy Butler for an alley-oop dunk, Hinrich hit a floater and Luol Deng nailed a 3 - after missing five of his first six field goal attempts - to make it 92-85 with 1:42 remaining. The Wizards cut it to 94-92 on a 3-pointer by Wall and a floater by Price with 26.1 seconds left. Hinrich then had a chance to make it a two-possession game but missed the first free throw before hitting the second to make it 95-92 with 17.1 seconds left. Taj Gibson blocked a 3-point attempt from the wing by Price with 10 seconds left, and Wall put up an air ball from long range at the buzzer with Butler guarding him, preserving the win for Chicago. "I was surprised (Gibson) got a piece of it," Price said. "I told him he's so long after he blocked the shot. I thought I had room. Had about four feet, but he still got a piece of it. Great defensive play by him." The Bulls appear to be healing with the playoffs set to begin. They had every key player available except Rose, although Noah (foot) and Gibson (knee) had their minutes limited for the second straight game after missing time because of their injuries. Noah played 14 minutes, did not score and grabbed one rebound. Gibson had eight points in 21 minutes, and it's not clear if they'll start or come off the bench when the Bulls open against the Nets. "We're just trying to figure out the best thing in terms of where their minutes are," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "But having them back is a big plus for us. Whatever they can give us, I feel confident they will get better as time goes along." The Wizards had their share of injuries, too, and a season that started with 12 straight losses ended with them dropping their sixth in a row. They were missing Emeka Okafor after he sprained his right ankle against Brooklyn on Monday. "Great season for our team from where we started and where we finished," Wall said. "We know where we can be if we play together and everyone stays healthy." Courtesy of: timescolonist.com

Indiana P. - Philadelph.76 95-105
ending tilt at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Gerald Green (6'8''-G/F-86) caught the ball in the left corner. Green, he of a .451 true shooting percentage, took one lazy dribble behind the three-point line and launched a fadeaway three with 11 seconds left on the shot clock. Dorell Wright (6'9''-F-85), frankly terrified of surrendering any type of look to Green, met him at the summit and blocked his jump shot. Within the flow of the game, all of this felt extremely normal. A weird time was had by all in Indiana, and the Sixers won 105-95. Then again, there was no reason to expect a ho-hum, grind it out 10-15 point win from the home team, about what the usual result would be when these two teams match up. That's because George Hill, Paul George, David West, and Roy Hibbert were all in suits on the bench, resting up for the playoffs. The lone Pacers starter who drew the short straw and played was Lance Stephenson, whose "Born Ready" nickname was changed to "Born much later than West, Hill, and Hibbert" for the night. Oh to have young legs! So the Sixers, who were playing their regular starters, had an advantage. And for most of the game, the play on the court looked very much like the Sixers had an advantage. They were quicker to every ball, creating and making open shots, and you know, looking a lot like a starting unit going up against bench players. Almost everyone contributed and played well. Then the Pacers made a second-half run. Green (14-23 shooting for 34 points, 6-12 from three) started heating up, Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.) started over-dribbling, and the Sixers as a team started getting a little careless with the basketball. The lead was whittled down to single digits, only a couple of possessions. But Dorell Wright (23 points, 8-15 shooting) and the oft-maligned but surprisingly decent Damien Wilkins (15 points, 6-11 shooting, a timely three-point play) wouldn't let the Sixers be denied. Courtesy of: libertyballers.com

Miami Heat - Orlando M. 105-93
Wednesday's regular-season finale at AmericanAirlines Arena was not about final answers. Not with the Miami Heat hopeful of a two-month playoff run to follow. Instead, the 105-93 victory over the Orlando Magic, the Heat's 66th victory of the season, was about what comes next, starting with Sunday's home playoff opener against the Milwaukee Bucks, at a time to be determined. No, Wednesday was about Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) giving one final test to his balky right knee before the postseason. It was about getting a read on their possible second-round matchup, which will be the winner of the series between the Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets. And it was about seeing whether the loss of Dwight Howard would drop the Magic to rock bottom. Most significant was Wade, who had missed seven of the nine previous games, not even traveling for Monday's victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wade provided instant answers, playing the opening 8:52 and closing that stint with eight points on 4-of-5 shooting with four assists, as the Heat pushed to a 29-20 lead entering the second period. Included in that opening burst was a sweeping drive past Andrew Nicholson for a dunk over Maurice Harkless. As the lone member of the team's Big Three to play, Wade closed with 21 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and two blocked shots in 23 minutes, exiting for good midway through the third quarter. He was active, aggressive, afforded a canvas to display the depth of his skills with LeBron James and Chris Bosh not playing. "I really wanted to get my legs under me," Wade said. He ended the game with knee on ice. "I still have a bone bruise," he said. James missed the game due to a personal matter that will not impact his playoff availability, with Bosh in uniform but not playing, held out for the fifth time in seven games. Also sitting for the Heat was point guard Mario Chalmers, who has been dealing with a tricky right ankle, an injury that is not expected to be a playoff concern. Back for the Heat were forward Udonis Haslem, who had missed the previous four games with a sprained right ankle, and forward Shane Battier, who was given the previous three games off to rest a sore left knee. Haslem started in place of Bosh, with Battier playing off the bench in his typical sixth-man role. "We feel that we've managed it fairly well," coach Erik Spoelstra said of resting his players over these final weeks of the season, with the Heat assured of the top overall playoff seed. "There isn't a perfect plan for it." The rest period also is now over. "Once you get to the playoffs," Spoelstra said, "you do whatever it takes. You can't anticipate rest days." As for the larger picture, Wednesday's results put the Bulls into the Heat's half of the Eastern Conference playoff bracket. That means if the Heat push past the Bucks in their best-of-seven opening-round series, they will host the winner of the Bulls-Nets series in the second round. As for the Magic, Wednesday's results left them at the bottom of the standings a season after advancing to the playoffs while Howard was still assessing his future, eventually to be dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers. On the other end of the spectrum are the Heat, with their league-leading and franchise-record finish, the 13th NBA team to reach 66 victories, closing at 66-16. "It's amazing, it's amazing," Haslem said of the victory total. The Heat also became just the 14th team to finish a season with a winning percentage of .800 or greater. "We know," Battier said, "the second season is going to define this team." Still, the first half of the ride was rewarding, with the Heat winning 37 of their final 39 games. "I never won 60 games. I was hoping to 60 for sure," Wade said. "We started off a little slow. We knew it was going to be a little challenging. We had to find out how to win being champions and we figured it out and the biggest thing was to win on the road. "Everyone knows we were 11-11 on the road and we had to get it together and we got it together in a very big way. But we had to." Courtesy of: sun-sentinel.com

Charlotte B. - Cleveland C. 105-98
Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90, college: Connecticut) had 24 points and seven assists, and the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-98 Wednesday to avoid finishing in the NBA cellar for a second consecutive season. The Bobcats (21-61) finished one game ahead of the Orlando Magic, who lost their season finale to the Miami Heat. Josh McRoberts added 20 points and eight rebounds as the Bobcats closed the season with three straight wins, matching a season high. Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Duke) added 15 points. Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) had 24 points and 10 assists for the Cavaliers, who finished with the third-worst record in the league (24-58) after losing 16 of their last 18 games, including their last six. With the win the Bobcats became the first team in NBA history to triple their win total from the previous season. Charlotte finished last year's lockout-shortened season 7-59 and its .106 winning percentage was the worst ever. The Bobcats jumped all over the Cavaliers early, taking a 34-16 lead after shooting 72 percent from the field in the first quarter. The Bobcats appeared ready to blow out the Cavaliers after extending the lead to 24 in the second quarter, but Irving brought Cleveland back. Irving scored 16 points in the first half on 6-of-9 shooting and the Cavaliers finished the half on an 18-5 run to cut the Charlotte lead to six heading into the break. Cleveland eventually took the lead with 9:30 left in the game when Dion Waiters scored on a driving layup for its only lead of the game at 77-76. But Walker hit a long 3-pointer and Bismack Biyombo scored inside to ignite a 7-0 run giving the Bobcats a lead they'd never relinquish. Walker sealed the game with a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left to put the Bobcats up by five. Cavaliers coach Byron Scott and Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap both face uncertain futures. The Cavs are just 64-166 in three seasons under Scott following the departure of LeBron James. Scott said earlier in the day the season has been "frustrating" because the Cavaliers "never had a chance to see what we had as a whole with all of the injuries we had." As for his future, Scott said earlier in the day, "Yeah, I have a year on my contract, (so) unless they tell me otherwise I plan on being back." Dunlap helped the Bobcats to a major improvement record-wise over last season, but it's unclear if he did enough to convince owner Michael Jordan he should return next season. By finishing last in the league the Magic have the best chance - 25 percent - to land the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA lottery. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

New York K. - Atlanta H. 98-92
Even when the Knicks attempt to rest players to prepare for the playoffs, they can't avoid the injury bug that has plagued them all season. Who expected Game 82 to be any different? Pablo Prigioni, the 35-year-old rookie guard who has started the past 18 games, left Wednesday's regular-season finale after suffering a sprained right ankle - X-rays were negative -- late in the first quarter of the Knicks' 98-92 win over Atlanta at the Garden. Iman Shumpert also left the game with what the Knicks said were cramps in his right leg -- not the one he had surgically repaired last spring -- with barely five minutes remaining and did not return. With NBA scoring champion Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and Jason Kidd taking the night off, Mike Woodson initially said the Knicks (54-28) had eight available players. But he stuck with just six once Prigioni headed to the locker room after rolling his ankle on a drive to the basket with 55 seconds left in the first quarter -- leaving starting point guard Raymond Felton in his warm-up suit on the bench. The sextet included two players brought back for their second tours of duty with the team. Center Earl Barron (7'0''-C-81, college: Memphis) had 11 points and 18 rebounds after he was signed earlier in the day to replace retiring Rasheed Wallace (foot) on the roster, and Quentin Richardson had five points and 10 boards in 29 minutes in his first appearance since signing Tuesday to provide another perimeter option off the bench. Christopher Copeland (6'8''-F-84, college: Colorado) led the way with a career-high 33 points, becoming the first Knick rookie since Bill Cartwright (1980) with consecutive 30-point games. James White (6'7''-G-84, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Cincinnati) added 20 and Shumpert, who mostly manned the point after Prigioni's departure, finished with 18 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in 38 minutes. Neither Anthony nor Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant played in their team's respective season finales, meaning the Knicks' MVP candidate finished atop the league's scoring race for the first time in his 10-year NBA career. Anthony sat out his second straight game to rest his bruised left shoulder for the playoffs, with his and the second-seeded Knicks' quest for an NBA championship slated to begin Saturday against Boston at the Garden. 'I think it's great. It's a nice individual award, but I know Melo is thinking bigger than the scoring title,' Woodson said of Anthony, who led the league with a scoring average of 28.7 points per game. 'His whole thought process this year has been to try to get to the Finals. It starts Saturday.' Bernard King (1984-85) was the only other player in Knicks history to win a scoring title. The recently minted Hall of Famer averaged 32.9 points over 55 games in a season cut short by a knee injury. Durant, the league's leading scorer in each of the previous three seasons, announced Wednesday morning that he was sitting out the Thunder's final game against Milwaukee. Durant, averaging 28.1 points over 81 appearances, would have needed to score 70 points in that game to overtake Anthony, who missed 15 games to injury this season. Tyson Chandler (neck) and Kenyon Martin (ankle) also didn't play, but Woodson reiterated that he expects the first two back for Game 1 against the Celtics. Chandler has missed 16 of the past 20 games with a bulging disc in his neck, and Martin has been sidelined for seven of the last eight with a sore knee and a sprained ankle. But both big men are expected to rejoin the Knicks in practice Thursday, Woodson said. 'The sky's the limit, man. I think we've got a legitimate shot,' Martin said. 'I know what we have in this locker room and I know what these guys are about and what's in these guys' hearts. 'I think we know what we can be. We're not afraid of anybody and we feel like we can beat anybody.' Asked if he had any doubts about playing Saturday, Martin replied, 'What's doubt? It's playoff basketball, dude. You gotta cut this thing off for me not to be ready ... No matter what it is, I'm going to play.' Courtesy of: nydailynews.com

Brooklyn N. - Detroit P. 103-99
The Nets have been in playoff mode for almost a week now, making the last two games of the regular season largely irrelevant and, to put it bluntly, a bit of a drag. They spent Monday tending to the tired needs of their starters; they spent Wednesday praying those same starters would stay upright. They did not do much scoreboard watching either, letting fate - or a second-half surge by the Chicago Bulls - dictate their first-round matchup. It was only in the closing minutes of the Nets' 103-99 win over Detroit on Wednesday that the outcome was decided. With the Bulls' win over Washington, and the Atlanta Hawks' loss to the Knicks, Chicago earned the fifth seed and a series with the fourth-seeded Nets; Game 1 will be in Brooklyn on Saturday evening. The Nets are doing all they can to build up the franchise's first playoff appearance since 2007 - and the first playoff appearance by a Brooklyn team since 1956 - as a must-see event. The playoff decor: black on black. The blackout is the brainchild of the Nets' chief executive officer, Brett Yormark. The hope is to create a unified (and intimidating) atmosphere: fans wearing black while sitting in black seats and watching the action on a court with black trim. And yes, even the players might be wearing black, even though the Nets traditionally wear white at home. 'The goal is to wear black at home,' said Fred Mangione, the team's chief marketing officer. The Nets would need permission from the Bulls to alter their designated uniforms, permission that is normally given without much issue. Mangione said black towels would be distributed to fans for Game 2. On Wednesday, the anticipation was evident in Barclays Center and on the court; the Nets have clearly been eager to get the playoffs under way already. It hardly mattered that, heading into the game, the Nets still did not know who they would play in the first round or when. All week, the players never stated a preference. They claimed to be preoccupied with getting themselves in shape and healthy, which they said they accomplished. 'It's the first time in a long time we've had everybody at full strength,' point guard Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) said. 'We're definitely excited about that and feel confident that when we're playing at a high level, we're tough to beat.' Some teams give their stars the night off on the cusp of the postseason - as the Hawks and the Knicks did Wednesday - but Nets Coach P. J. Carlesimo opted to risk playing his. All five starters had been given Monday's game against Washington off, but on Wednesday, Carlesimo rolled the dice, held his breath and gave his key players 20-something minutes to build a healthy sweat and a little momentum. By the start of the fourth quarter, they had towels slung over their shoulders. There were a few signs of life, like a steal by Williams that led to an alley-oop in transition by Gerald Wallace. On the next play, Wallace stole another pass and finished with a one-handed dunk. Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) had 20 points and 9 rebounds, and Andray Blatche scored 15 points. With that, the Nets won their 49th game, matching the second-highest total in the franchise's N.B.A. history, and sounded ready to face the Bulls. 'The ball's been moving offensively; people are on the same page,' Joe Johnson said. 'We're clicking. The cohesiveness is there. It's pretty good timing for us.' There were video tributes from the players sprinkled throughout the evening, thanking the fans for their support and encouraging them to wear black this weekend. A soft 'Brooklyn' chant picked up at the end of the game. But the fans may have been saving their voices. As the game wore on, Lopez took a moment to reflect, he said. He thought back to when General Manager Billy King and his staff would bring artist renderings of Barclays Center, with 'little factoids' about the size of Brooklyn and its capacity for enthusiasm. That enthusiasm is expected to be in full force Saturday - a black curtain of love. 'It's really been an amazing journey,' Lopez said. 'To finally be here now - on the verge of the playoffs. It's pretty incredible.' Courtesy of: nytimes.com

Toronto R. - Boston C. 114-90
The Toronto Raptors prefer to think of this as a beginning rather than an ending. To be continued next season. Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) scored 24 points as the Raptors beat the playoff-bound Boston Celtics 114-90 in their season finale Wednesday. The victory capped a roller-coaster season that saw Toronto stagger out to a horrible 4-19 start but win the seventh of its last eight games to finish 34-48. "[The strong finish] gives guys some momentum going in (to the off-season), feel good about themselves, understanding why we're telling them to work on certain things," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "It means a lot for the organization, for us, to get a good feel for what we can do when guys are tied in, in a good rhythm." Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) added 19 points, while Jonas Valanciunas had 18 and Alan Anderson finished with 16. Jordan Crawford scored 16 points to top Boston (41-40). Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) had 11 first-half points, and took the second half off to rest up for the playoffs, in which the seventh-place Celtics take on the New York Knicks in the opening round. Kevin Garnett didn't play (sore left ankle). The Raptors drained 12 three-pointers and led for most of the night, taking a 96-70 lead into the fourth quarter in front of 17,690 Air Canada Centre fans - about 2,000 shy of a sellout. By the time Landry Fields went up for a dunk with two minutes left that put Toronto up by 27, both teams had their reserves on the floor and many fans had already left the building. The Raptors had been mathematically eliminated two weeks earlier, sending them into the off-season without a playoff appearance for the fifth consecutive year. Gay, acquired in the mid-season trade that sent Jose Calderon to Detroit, addressed the crowd before the game thanking fans for their support. "Wait for next year," Gay told them. The night was billed as "Fanapalooza," and cheerleaders chucked T-shirts up into the crowd and handed out everything from signed jerseys to gas vouchers - small reward for a loyal fan base that saw Toronto's season go off the rails virtually from opening night. The Raptors stumbled with the second worst start in the NBA, digging themselves a hole so deep that even their 30-29 finish couldn't salvage the season. "We had a disappointing year," Casey said before the game. "Our start was horrendous, not acceptable, we've got to get off to a good start and figure it out quicker. That was the difference in the season." "After that [start], in the Eastern Conference we were No. 6." Contributing to the bad beginning, Casey pointed out that newcomers Lowry and Valanciunas missed training camp, Valanciunas's calf injury lasting through the pre-season. "Woulda coulda shoulda," he said. The Celtics wore a strip of black on their jerseys in their first game since Monday's Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and injured more than 170. Both teams gathered at centre court, and the fans stood for a moment of silence. The bright red Raptors sign that rings the inside of the Air Canada Centre was green, with the words "Tonight, we are all Boston fans." Gay scored 12 points in the first quarter, his pull-up three-pointer with 3:19 left putting Toronto up by seven. Crawford threw up a 40-footer at the buzzer and the Celtics pulled to within 31-30 to end the frame. The Raptors outscored Boston 28-19 in the second, going up by 14 with a minute left before taking a 59-49 lead into the dressing room at halftime A three by John Lucas stretched the Raptors' lead to 27 points late in the third and they led by 26 with a quarter left. Courtesy of: cbc.ca



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USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket News

USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 1st Team 2013
Darren Duncan
Duncan
Devin Sweetney
Sweetney
Brandon Robinson
Robinson
Omari Johnson
Johnson
Elvin Mims
Mims

Player of the Year: Devin Sweetney (6'6''-G/F-87) of Moncton M.
Guard of the Year: Devin Sweetney (6'6''-G/F-87) of Moncton M.
Forward of the Year: Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89) of Summerside S.
Center of the Year: Isaac Butts (6'10''-C) of Moncton M.
Rookie of the Year: Isaac Butts (6'10''-C) of Moncton M.
Defensive Player of the Year: Al Stewart (5'10''-PG-83) of Summerside S.
Domestic Player of the Year: Joey Haywood (6'1''-PG-84) of Halifax R.
Sixt Man of the Year: Rodney Buford (6'5''-G-77) of London L.
Newcomer of the Year: Marvin Phillips (6'7''-F-83) of London L.
Co-Coach of the Year: Michael Ray Richardson of London L.
Co-Coach of the Year: Joe Salerno of Summerside S.

1st Team
G: Darren Duncan (5'11''-PG-88) of Windsor Exp.
G: Devin Sweetney (6'6''-G/F-87) of Moncton M.
F: Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89) of Summerside S.
F: Omari Johnson (6'9''-F-89) of Summerside S.
C: Isaac Butts (6'10''-C) of Moncton M.

2nd Team
G: Anthony Anderson (180-PG-81) St.John M.R.
G: Tim Ellis (6'4''-G-81) of London L.
G/F: Antonio Ballard (6'4''-G/F) of Summerside S.
F: Kenny Jones (198-PF-84) of St.John M.R.
F: Elvin Mims (6'5''-F-79) of London L.

Honorable Mention
Gregory Plummer (6'3''-G-83) of Summerside S.
Al Stewart (5'10''-PG-83) of Summerside S.
Chris Commons (6'9''-F-84) of Windsor Exp.
Greg Surmacz (6'8''-F-86) of Windsor Exp.
Oliver McNally (6'3''-G) of Moncton M.
Jerice Crouch (6'0''-PG-84) of St.John M.R.
Quinnel Brown (6'6''-F-83) of Halifax R.
Jushay Rockett (6'6''-F-84) of Oshawa P.
Nick Okorie (6'1''-PG-88) of Oshawa P.

All-Defensive Team
PG: Chris Hagan (5'9''-PG-89) of Montreal J.
G: Gregory Plummer (6'3''-G-83) of Summerside S.
F: Sylvania Watkins (6'9''-F-84) of Moncton M.
C: Isaac Butts (6'10''-C) of Moncton M.
F: Elvin Mims (6'5''-F-79) of London L.




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UCLA: Frosh Shabazz Muhammad heading to NBA - by Rick Ross

courtesy of cbssports.com
A bit of redundancy here, but for official purposes, I suppose it had to be done. Even though
now-fired Ben Howland basically broke the news in March, UCLA officially stated on Tuesday that freshman
forward Shabazz Muhammad (6'6''-G/F-92) would be entering June 27's NBA Draft.

Muhammad, whose brief career at UCLA was tangled with controversy seemingly from start to finish,
led the Bruins in scoring this past season (17.9). He was Pac-12 Co-Freshman of the
Year with Arizona State's Jahii Carson, who is returning to Tempe for a sophomore campaign.

UCLA was 25-10 this past season and fell in the Round of 64 to Minnesota. Howland was fired shortly thereafter,
and Steve Alford will be the Bruins coach next season.

"I am so thankful for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play at UCLA and will always be proud to be a
Bruin," Muhammad said in a statement. "From a young age, I have dreamed of playing in the NBA,
and I believe that this is the right time for me to move to the next level. ...
It has been an honor and a privilege to play for coach Ben Howland."

Muhammad, once seen as a possible No. 1 overall pick for the 2013 Draft,
is now a surefire top-20 pick, but there is varying opinion on how high or low in that range he could be chosen



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DStv dole out $1.45m for Nigeria basketball league - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Impressed with the turn of events in the first four-year deal of the Nigeria Basketball Premier League, DStv Nigeria has signed an improved four-year contract valued at $1.45 million with the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF).

With the intention to grow the league, as well as, market the game to the world, General Manager, DStv Nigeria, Mayo Okunola, said they decided to ink new deal in their bid to sustain the tempo of the first deal, which expired in 2012.

"I want to commend the NBBF for their efforts in changing the face of the league. We want to help the game to grow as a socially responsible organisation, we felt there is need to increase the tempo and we have signed a new four-year with NBBF valued at $1.45 million.

"We want the Nigerian team to go to the Olympics and other international competitions and we believe developing the game by growing the league will indeed help to actualise all these. We are committed to the league and we hope this year will be a fulfilling season for all and sundry, Okunola said.

He, however, acknowledged the enormous challenge in the league but admitted that with time, all these would be surmounted.

Okunola further affirmed the companys commitment to the game with the intention to use television to project the potentials in the game.

For the NBBF President, Tijani Umar, the federation would remain grateful to the management of DStv for their sincere interest in helping to develop the game, adding that with their support, greater attention would be paid to basketball in the country.

He assured that the federation would not relent in its efforts to better the league, while commending the enormous support from the stakeholders.

"We are grateful to DSTV for their support in the last four years and with the new improved deal, we believe we will continue from where we were with the aim to move up. There is no doubt that all eyes will be on Nigeria after the feat achieved during the Olympics qualifiers in Venezuela, as well as, the performance of our team at the London 2012 Olympics, Umar said.

To ensure a hitch-free this year, the NBBF boss assured that all necessary logistics and plans have been concluded for the dunks off of the league this month, while also assuring the teams of support.

"I want to assure you that every step has been taken to ensure the success of the league. I know expectations are high and the game is greater than politics and we hope this season will be better. For the teams, 40 per cent of the money will go to them so that they can also benefit from this new deal. We cannot but acknowledge the support of all stakeholders including the media for their support to this board and we hope it will continue as we are starting the new season, Umar said.

Comets and Union Bank will officially dunks-off the league on Friday at the Indoor Hall of the National Stadium in Lagos in a ceremonial match to herald the commencement of the new season.

Sixteen teams will compete in the league which is fashioned after the much celebrated America National Basketball Association (NBA) league on conference basis with eight teams in each of the Atlantic and Savannah conferences.



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2013 PBA Commissioners Cup Roundup: April 17, 2013 - by Enzo Flojo

The elimination round is (finally) done. Two teams have bitten the dust GlobalPort and Barako Bull and the brackets are all set! Meralco won a close one against Rain or Shine in OT while Petron throttled past TNT to finalize the quarterfinal pairings in the 2013 PBA Commish Cup!

In yesterdays first game, Meralco leaned on the resurrection of Eric Dawson to beat Rain or Shine, 118-116, in the extra session. Now I'll say it again -- why isn't Dawson in the "next Gilas naturalized player" conversation? Two 50+ point games in one conference? Are you effin' kidding? Plus 14 rebounds, 5 steals, and 4 assists tonight? WOW.

Both Dawsona and Mac Cardona were money here, but the yeomen like Jay-R Reyes, Reynel Hugnatan, and Vic Manuel were the unheralded valuables for the Bolts. That trio combined for 29 points and 21 rebounds!!!

On the other end of the floor, I sincerely hope Beau Belga can have his emotions in check. Belga can be effective at times, but other times, he can be just plain entertaining (and nothing more). In this game, he was the latter. The starting PF for the Painters missed the potential game-winner in OT, tried to scuffle with Mac Cardona in frustration, and produced a big fat egg in 14 minutes. And he will be a PBA All-Star why again?

In the main game, Petron overcame Talk N Text, 87-76. Petrons Henry Sims outplayed TNTs Jerome Jordan despite this being a no-bearing game. Sims, in what is maybe his best outing so far, scored 22 points, grabbed 23 rebounds, got 2 steals, and had 2 blocks to lead Petron in only its first win over TNT this season.

The Texters continued to miss the A-game of sniper Larry Fonacier as the Gilas standout continued to struggle in this conference. Fonacier shot just 1-of-6 from the field and produced only 2 points in 27 minutes of action.

All this while his fellow Gilas hopeful, June Mar Fajardo, was a crackin' Kraken. Man, if Fajardo can put together this kind of game more often -- 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks, shooting 7-of-13 form the field, then he would be a living legend in no time. If he can do that in Gilas, then even better!

Quarterfinals preview coming up later today!

Game Recaps:
MERALCO over RAIN OR SHINE, 118-116 (OT)
Eric Dawson got hurt in the crucial stretch of the overtime period, but the Meralco import returned and came up with a big basket inside the final minute as the Bolts survived the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 118-116, in their final elimination round game of the PBA Commissioners Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night.

The former Player of the Year of the NBA D-League finished with 50 points, 14 rebounds and five steals. It was the second 50-plus performance of Dawson this conference, making him the first player since Jerod Ward of Talk N Text in 2001 Commissioners Cup to score at least 50 points twice in a conference.

Dawson and Mac Cardona delivered the last four points of the game for their team, enabling the Bolts to secure a spot in the best-of-three quarterfinals against the San Mig Coffee Mixers.

Tonights game, Eric Dawson towed us to victory. Playing with one leg, he still managed to make the important basket, said Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio.

The high-scoring Meralco import, who previously scored 57 points, hurt his knee with still more than two minutes left in the game after stepping on the foot of Beau Belga.

He came back to come up with an important basket that put the Bolts on top, 116-115, but Gabe Norwood answered back with split charities at the other end.

Cardonas floater with 56.4 seconds left proved to be the marginal basket and the Bolts, who had to watch Beau Belga missed a potential game-winning triple at the buzzer.

The burly Rain or Shine center missed the shot completely and had an altercation with Cardona, who challenged the shot and embraced Belga after the final buzzer. Not liking the gesture shown by the Meralco swingman, Belga shoved Cardona before cooler heads prevented the thing from going out of hand.

The Bolts squandered a 19-point, second quarter lead (52-33).

The Elasto Painters lost their head coach, Yeng Guiao, barely 10 minutes gone by in the first period after being called for a flagrant misconduct, but that proved to be the rallying point of the reigning Governors Cup, who made a game out of it.

The Bolts will face San Mig Coffee in the quarterfinals series beginning Friday, but this win over Rain or Shine will get the Bolts ready for the playoffs.

Its an important win for us. It primed ourselves an opportunity via the best-of-three series, added Gregorio.

MER 118- Dawson 50, Cardona 19, Reyes 10, Hugnatan 10, Manuel 9, Buenafe 6, Artadi 6, Salvacion 5, Hodge 3, Ross 0.
ROS 116- Sundov 31, Chan 18, Lee 16, Norwood 16, Tiu 11, Cruz 9, Arana 5, Rodriguez 4, Ibanes 4, Matias 2, Belga 0, Quinahan 0.
QS: 34-26; 62-48; 86-80; 110-110; 118-116.

PETRON over TALK N TEXT, 87-76
Playing in a no-bearing game, the best thing Petron Blaze could do in the situation was salvage some pride against an opponent theyve yet to beat this season.

The Boosters did exactly that, as well as gain some momentum heading into the playoffs, whipping the Talk N Text Tropang Texters, 87-76, on the final play date of the elimination round of the PBA Commissioners Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night.

Henry Sims and June Mar Fajardo combined for 39 points while Denok Miranda continued his solid showing as the Boosters closed their campaign with an 8-6 record and set up a best-of-three quarterfinals duel with its latest opponent.

Its hard to motivate a team when theres nothing at stake, but for this game, we played with some measure of pride because we havent defeated Talk N Text yet, said Petron coach Olsen Racela, whose team earned some payback for their heartbreaking loss to the Tropang Texters last month.

Racela knows the important of dictating the tempo of the series and which ever draw the first blood will have better chances of advancing to the semis.

Best of three lang yan eh, so importante makauna agad, he added.

PET 87- Sims 22, Fajardo17, Miranda 14, Tubid 10, Santos 8, Lassiter 5, Lutz 4, Washington 3, Sison 2, Cabagnot 2, Pena 0.
TNT 76- Jordan 18, Alapag 17, De Ocampo 13, Castro 8, Dillinger 7, Reyes 5, Al-Hussaini 4, Fonacier 2, Peek 2, Raymundo 0, Gamalinda 0, Aban 0, Carey 0.
QS: 19-19, 37-33, 56-53, 87-76

Writing credit to Enzo Flojo (HoopNut.com) for the introduction and Rey Joble (InterAKTV) for the game recaps.




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Standings - DBE

TBL Standings
Places 1-6
 1. PGE Turow 22-9 
 2. Trefl Sopot 20-11 
 3. Stelmet ZG 19-11 
 4. Anwil 18-13 
 5. Asseco Prok. 17-14 
 6. Energa Czarni 16-14 
Places 7-12
 1. AZS Koszalin 16-14 
 2. Polpharma 15-16 
 3. Siarka Jezioro 13-17 
 4. Rosa Radom 10-20 
 5. Start Gdynia 9-22 
 6. Kotwica 8-22 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 10

Places 1-6

Apr. 21: Stelmet ZG - PGE Turow
Apr. 21: Asseco Prok. - Anwil
Apr. 21: Energa Czarni - Trefl Sopot

Places 7-12

Apr. 19: Rosa Radom - Kotwica
Apr. 19: Siarka Jezioro - AZS Koszalin
Apr. 21: Rosa Radom - AZS Koszalin
Apr. 21: Siarka Jezioro - Kotwica
Apr. 21: Polpharma - Start Gdynia

Round 7

Apr. 17: Trefl Sopot - Asseco Prok. 79-69
Apr. 18: Stelmet ZG - Energa Czarni


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. Dylewicz, Trefl So.14.4 
 10. Carter, Polpharma14.2 
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 Sopot5.7 
 4. Blassingame, Cibona5.4 
 5. Koszarek, Stelm.5.2 
 6. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.2 
 7. Jefferson, Kotwica4.8 
 8. Carter, Polpharma3.7 
 9. Brandwein, Energa3.7 
 10. Skibniewski, Inte.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.4 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet 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. Robinson, PGE T.1.4 
 9. Wise, Rosa Radom1.4 
 10. Turner, Trefl Sop.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 



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Standings - BSN

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Apr. 17: Santurce - Mayaguez 89-83
Apr. 17: Guaynabo - Bayamon 85-91
Apr. 18: Arecibo - Guayama
Apr. 18: Quebradillas - Ponce


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Terrence SHANNON
  Bayamon
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Shannon, Bayamon20.3 
 2. Brown, Humacao19.9 
 3. Hickerson, San G.19.5 
 4. Ayuso, Guaynabo19.3 
 5. Efejuku, Mayaguez18.3 
 6. Figueroa, Guayama18.1 
 7. Phillip, Quebradil.17.8 
 8. Strong, San German17.7 
 9. Clemente, Humacao17.6 
 10. Horne, Humacao17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Quebradillas
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Phillip, Quebradil.11.8 
 2. Harrellson, Guaya.9.3 
 3. Shannon, Bayamon9.0 
 4. Sweetney, Bayamon8.7 
 5. Siler, Ponce8.7 
 6. Gaston, Ponce8.5 
 7. Williams, Santurce8.3 
 8. Graterol, Arecibo8.0 
 9. Horne, Humacao7.7 
 10. Garcia, San German7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Guaynabo
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.4 
 2. Clemente, Humacao5.4 
 3. Rivera, Ponce5.1 
 4. Garcia, Quebradill.4.7 
 5. Rodriguez, San G.4.4 
 6. Hickerson, San G.4.2 
 7. Coronado, Guayama4.1 
 8. Brown, Humacao4.1 
 9. Huertas, Quebradil.4.1 
 10. Apodaca, Ponce4.0 
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. Rivera, Ponce1.6 
 5. Efejuku, Mayaguez1.6 
 6. Williams, Santurce1.3 
 7. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.3 
 8. Jones, Guayama1.3 
 9. Phillip, Quebradil.1.2 
 10. Ortiz, Mayaguez1.1 
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. Penn, Humacao1.3 
 5. Mata, Quebradillas1.3 
 6. Lee, Quebradillas1.1 
 7. Phillip, Quebradil.1.0 
 8. Orozco, Santurce0.9 
 9. De Jesus, San G.0.9 
 10. Siler, Ponce0.9 


Vaqueros sign Gainous: - by Luis Modestti


Vaqueros de Bayamon signed forward Marquise Gainous (204-F-76, college: TCU) and released center Michael Sweetney. Gainous makes his debut tonight against Mets de Guaynabo.

Gainous played in 2010 with Cangrejeros de Santurce and averaged 12,43 points and 7,3 rebounds in seven games. In January he played for Correcaminos in Mexico and then moved to Osos who participated in the FIBA-Americas League.

He joins James Maye and Terrence Shannon as their trio of imports today. Bayamon has a 0-6 record and is looking for a reaction to get out of this streak.



Puerto Rico to play in Super 4 Tournament - by Luis Modestti


Puerto Rico is going to be part of the Super 4 Tournament in Corrientes, Argentina on August 3 and 4. They will join Brazil, Uruguay and the host as they prepare for the FIBA Americas Championship.

All teams scheduled to play in this tournament take the World Cup very seriously so expect them to have their main players at this phase of training.

The Puerto Rican team could have Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern), Carlos Arroyo, David Huertas, Angel Vassallo, Ricardo Sanchez and Peter John Ramos in uniform.

The FIBA Americas Championship is going to be played in Venezuela on August 30 until September 11. The top four teams qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Spain.



Leones share first place with Brujos: - by Luis Modestti


Leones de Ponce defeated Atleticos de San German 95-83 to improve their record to 5-2 to tie in first place with Brujos de Guayama. This was the first win for Ponce in San German since May 2 of 2007.

Former Atleticos Mike Harris (198-F-83, college: Rice) led Ponce with 22 points while Carlos Rivera and Rick Apodaca added 18 each.

The game was full of rallies, Ponce took a quick 14-7 lead but San German reacted with a 20-4 run to finish the first quarter up 27-18. Joey Rodriguez led the charge from long range with 11 points.

Then in the second quarter Ponce started with a 12-2 run to take a 30-29 lead. The game stayed close and both used their long distance shooting as their main offensive weapon. The first half ended tied at 44. Apodaca led Ponce with 13 points and Carlos Strong netted 18 for San German in the first half.

Ponce took control in the third quarter as Carlos Rivera scored 8 points and his team ended with a 73-66 lead.

In the final quarter Ponce stayed in control because they had a more complete offensive attack, scoring consistently from three points, mid range and inside. They also took advantage of second chances since they dominated the paint.

Strong scored 22 points and Leroy Hickerson 21 for San German who is now 3-4.

Caciques-Gigantes defeated Capitanes de Arecibo 71-65 thanks to a great defensive effort and an aggressive offensive execution.

Gilbert Brown scored 24 points while Jamelle Horne and Denis Clemente added 14 each. Clemente also grabbed 13 rebounds for the winners.


David Cortes had 15 and Carlos Escalera 13 for Capitanes who are 2-4. They have lost their last three games.



Capitanes signed Chris Wright and Justin Keenan: - by Luis Modestti


Capitanes de Arecibo announced the signing of point guard Chris Wright (185-PG-89, college: Georgetown) and forward Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88, college: Ferris St.) as their new imports. They replace Joey and Stephen Graham.

Arecibo needed a point guard since Guillermo Diaz and Rafael Cruz are currently injured. With the signing of Keenan they added depth inside.

Wright played this season with Iowa Energy in the D-League and averaged 15,7 points and 7 assists. He also played briefly for the Dallas Mavericks as well. The 23 year-old guard graduated from Georgetown.

Keenan just played in BSN with Caciques-Gigantes and averaged 9,7 points with 9 rebounds in three games.

Both players are expected to make their debut on Thursday against Brujos de Guayama. Arecibo is in ninth place with a 2-4 record.



Bayamon Vaqueros get their first win - by Luis Ramirez

The Bayamon Vaqueros are win less no more as they defeated the Guaynabo Mets 91-85. Bayamon went into the game with a 0-6 losing streak and desperately needed a win. The Vaqueros had just added a new import player- Marquise Gainous (204-F-76, college: TCU). He provided the scoring power for his team as he scored 22 points to much relief to the Bayamon fans which had yet to savor their first win.

The Vaqueros took the lead in the very first period 26-17. The half ended with the Vaqueros in the lead with a score of 47-32. The game did tighten up in the third quarter as the Guaynabo Mets as they made 3 steals and converted to cut the lead to single digits, 47-38, but the Vaqueros took a time out and came back strong to finish the quarter with a 10 point lead, 68-58.

In the 4th quarter, the Mets were able to close to the gap to just 2 points 87-85 with a 3 pointer from Larry Ayuso but the Vaqueros converted their free throws to seal the win. For Bayamon, Marquise Gainous scored 22 points followed by Terrence Shannon with 20 points. For Guaynabo it was Christian Dalmau and Larry Ayuso with 20 points each.

Courtesy of A&O Solutions



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EuroLeague: Caja Laboral thump CSKA in Vitoria - by Eurobasket News

Caja Laboral - CSKA 93:72

Caja Laboral prolonged their EuroLeague campaign. They knocked down visiting CSKA in Vitoria to cut the deficit at 1-2 in the quarterfinal series. Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89) came up with 21 points to lead the winners.
Caja Laboral relied on aggressive defence in the first half. They snatched a 15:14 lead after ten minutes. The hosts went on a 28:10 run in the second quarter. Caja Laboral Thomas Huertel gave the home side a 43:24 halftime lead. Caja Laboral maintained the lead throughout the third term. Moreover the hosts grabbed a 33-point buffer late in the period 70:37. CSKA opened the final frame on a 13:7 run to narrow the gap but Caja Laboral were never seriously threatened in the reminder of the contest as they cruised to the win at the end. Milko Bjelica (205-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 15 points, while Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) answered with 12 points for CSKA. Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Aaron Jackson (190-G-86, college: Duquesne) had 11 points each in the loss.

Caja Laboral: Thomas Heurtel 21, Milko Bjelica 15, Nemanja Bjelica 13
CSKA: Nenad Krstic 12, Vladimir Micov 11, Aaron Jackson 11



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Standings - A Liga

A Standings
Superliga
 1. Partizan 6-0 
 2. Vojvodina 4-1 
 3. Mega Vizura 4-1 
 4. Crvena Zvezda 3-3 
 5. Radnicki KG 2-3 
 6. Sloboda Uzice 1-4 
 7. Konstantin 1-5 
 8. Metalac 1-5 
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 6

Apr. 17: Metalac - Crvena Zvezda 82-77
Apr. 17: Partizan - Konstantin 76-64
Apr. 19: Vojvodina - Mega Vizura
Apr. 18: Sloboda Uzice - Radnicki KG


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Bojan BAKIC
  Metalac
  (195-SG-83)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Bakic, Metalac18.7 
 2. Popovic, Sloga18.6 
 3. Sljivancanin, Borac18.2 
 4. Sibalic, Smederevo17.3 
 5. Marjanovic, Mega V.16.8 
 6. Radovic, KAOD15.5 
 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, KAOD8.7 
 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. Seferovic, Jagodina1.6 
 7. Jeftic, OKK Beogr.1.6 
 8. Todorovic, Borac1.6 
 9. Sljivancanin, Borac1.6 
 10. Jereminov, Tamis1.6 
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, KAOD1.0 
 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 


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 Marko Boltic (193-G-87) with 8pts, 11ast and 7rbd, Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) with 17pts, 1ast, 4rbd, Ognjen Kuzeta (194-G-87) with 12pts, 2ast, 5rbd and Dragan Zekovic (210-F/C-87, agency: Beo Basket) 17pts, 4ast, 6rbd.
In home team, best was Milos Borisov (198-G/F-85) with 16pts, 1ast and 3rbd and Stefan Bircevic (210-F/C-89) 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 but management refused his resignatio.



Crvena zvezda Telekom : New coach, old habits. - by Igor Obradovic

Another bad game for Crvena zvezda players, this time against Metalca from Valjevo. Metalac Koteks won in the game with 82:77 (16:18, 16:18, 24:18, 26:23).

Neither the change coaches that was done yesterday and rotation Vukoicic - Dejan Radonjic failed to team from Belgrade to win and they have recorded the second defeat in a row after the Mega defeat, have experienced another defeat away from home, this time in Valjevo from local team, Metalac and so came to the score of 3-3 and entering the second part of the competition and must be frantically struggled to top4 in order to fight for a place in the Adriatic League next season.

We remind you that Serbia to the national ratio that has made this year in the ABA league received the right to have four team in ABA league next season. Who won the fourth place in Serbian Super league this year will have to pay a registration fee of 150,000 euros if they want to participate in the regional league next year. As the first, second and third in the standings with a free passage to the regional competition.

In this first half we seen equalmatche, but in the second half and in the last quarter of game Metalac players played fantastic and even have a led at one point +18. At the end of the game Crvena zvezda hit a few threes in a row (the last 3p was one second before end of game), and yet so gentle defeat suffered and could have been a disaster.

Best in winning team was Bojan Bakic (195-SG-83, agency: Interperformances) with 27pts (13/15 for 1p, 4/5 for 2p, 2/7 for 3p), 3rbd and 4ast with index 33 and he won MVP award for this game. Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88) have 13pts, 11rbd, Marko Dujkovic (226-C-90) 12pts, 7rbd, Mitrovic 8pts, 3rbd, Slavko Vranes (230-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) 7pts, 3rbd.
In away team best was Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) with 20pts, 1rbd and 6ast, Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) 10pts, 7rbd and Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) 16pts, 4rbd.

Metalac was recorded first win in Serbian Super league and now have 1 win and 5 loses. Crvena zvezda have 3-3.
In the next round Crvena zvezda will play against Vojvodina Srbijagas on 1. May and Metalac will play away with Konstantin.



Marko Kolaric reaches Tunisian Cup Finals - by Tamara Ruzic

Experienced Serbian center Marko Kolaric (213-F/C-84, college: Chaminade) has reached the Tunisian Cup Finals. Kolaric moved to Stade Nabeulien in January 2013. Before moving to Tunisia, Kolaric has spent several seasons in Turkey and he was surprisingly released from Istanbul BC. Last night his team Stade Nabeulien made great result by qualifying in the final of Tunisian Cup. They will meet Etoile Sportive de Sahel and try to reach one trophy in the season which would be great success for Stade.


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Extraliga Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Nova Ves - Komarno 100-104 OT

Komarno overcame Nova Ves on the road to take 2-0 lead in the semifinal series. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 22-18 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 4-point victory in overtime. Komarno outrebounded Nova Ves 43-30 including 16 on the offensive glass. American forward Kevin Thompson (205-89, college: Morgan St.) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 21 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Chris Lowe (182-87, college: Massachusetts, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American point guard Maurice Acker (178-87, college: Marquette) responded with 29 points and 8 assists and Serbian power forward Aco Mandic (204-84) scored 24 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Five Komarno and four Nova Ves players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Komarno: A.Stevens 22+6reb+1ast, C.Lowe 21+6reb+3ast, V.Simpson 16+4reb+7ast, K.Thompson 15+21reb+1ast, M.Bilik 10+4reb+1ast, J.Kratochvil 8
Nova Ves: M.Acker 29+8ast, A.Mandic 24+3reb+1ast, S.Baldovsky 15+6reb, N.Evans 15+9reb+3ast, V.Hovanak 9+8reb+5ast, O.Ulman 4+4reb+2ast
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Inter Bratislava - Nitra 76-73

Inter Bratislava held off Nitra to tie things up in the semifinal. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-73. The former international power forward Martin Rancik (204-78, college: Iowa St.) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Alando Tucker (198-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American swingman David Noel (199-84, college: N.Carolina) responded with 23 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Patrick Sparks (184-83, college: Kentucky, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: M.Rancik 18+8reb+1ast, A.Tucker 13+6reb+4ast, M.Garnett 10+1reb+1ast, P.Sedmak 9+6reb, J.Graham 8+3reb+1ast, N.Delic 8+5reb+2ast
Nitra: D.Noel 23+9reb+1ast, P.Sparks 21+5reb+5ast, B.Tomek 10+5reb+2ast, S.Bilic 7+2reb, A.McClain 6+7reb, D.Geiger 4+1reb
gschID: 239031



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Standings - 1A

Telemach Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Krka 7-0 
 2. Un.Olimpija 5-2 
 3. Maribor Messer 4-3 
 4. Zlatorog 2-5 
 5. Tajfun 2-5 
 6. Helios 1-6 
Places 7-12
 1. Rogaska 16-10 
 2. Elektra 11-15 
 3. Polzela 11-15 
 4. Geoplin Slovan 11-15 
 5. Grosuplje 9-17 
 6. LTHcast Mercator 7-19 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 8

Places 1-6

Apr. 17: Zlatorog - Tajfun 83-74
Apr. 17: Krka - Maribor Messer 69-62
Apr. 17: Helios - Un.Olimpija 57-70

Places 7-12

Apr. 17: Polzela - Elektra 97-94 OT
Apr. 17: Grosuplje - Geoplin Slovan 80-63
Apr. 17: Rogaska - LTHcast Mercator 75-67

Second Stage: Round 9

Places 1-6

Apr. 23: Maribor Messer - Helios
Apr. 23: Un.Olimpija - Zlatorog
Apr. 23: Tajfun - Krka

Places 7-12

Apr. 23: Grosuplje - Rogaska
Apr. 23: Geoplin Slovan - Polzela
Apr. 23: Elektra - LTHcast Mercator


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Goran JAGODNIK
  Polzela
  (203-F-74)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Jagodnik, Polzela17.8 
 2. Zagorac, Grosuplje17.5 
 3. Abramovic, LTHcas.16.7 
 4. Robertson, Polzela15.4 
 5. Udrih, Zlatorog15.2 
 6. Tomic, Rogaska15.0 
 7. Span, Geoplin Slov.14.9 
 8. Pelko, Maribor14.8 
 9. Mlakar, Geoplin14.7 
 10. Miljkovic, Rogaska13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 David COLLINS
  Elektra
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 8
 1. Collins, Elektra8.0 
 2. Miljkovic, Rogaska7.8 
 3. Zimic, Tajfun7.4 
 4. Zagorac, Grosuplje7.1 
 5. Jagodnik, Polzela6.8 
 6. Jakhel Kolar., LTH.6.5 
 7. Mijovic, Rogaska6.4 
 8. Primorac, Tajfun6.3 
 9. Martin, Polzela6.2 
 10. Rizvic, Maribor6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Danijel VUJASINOVIC
  Polzela
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Vujasinovic, Polze.5.7 
 2. Jovanovic, Maribo.5.6 
 3. Tomic, Rogaska5.0 
 4. Zagorc, Elektra4.2 
 5. Mocnik, Helios4.1 
 6. Antonijevic, Grosu.4.1 
 7. Ferme, Tajfun3.8 
 8. Mlakar, Geoplin3.8 
 9. Kostomaj, Rogaska3.8 
 10. Udrih, Zlatorog3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Samo UDRIH
  Zlatorog
  (195-G-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Udrih, Zlatorog2.0 
 2. Lapornik, Zlatorog1.8 
 3. Robertson, Polzela1.8 
 4. Tomic, Rogaska1.8 
 5. Tomic, Geoplin Slo.1.7 
 6. Vujasinovic, Polze.1.6 
 7. Petrovic, Geopli.1.6 
 8. Span, Geoplin Slov.1.5 
 9. Mlakar, Geoplin1.5 
 10. Antonijevic, Gros.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor TRATNIK
  Grosuplje
  (206-C/F-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Tratnik, Grosuplje1.8 
 2. Collins, Elektra1.7 
 3. Zimic, Tajfun1.2 
 4. Martin, Polzela1.1 
 5. Majstorovic, Helios1.0 
 6. Buda, Geoplin Slov.0.8 
 7. Miljkovic, Grosupl.0.6 
 8. Robertson, Polzela0.6 
 9. Miljkovic, Rogaska0.6 
 10. Sebic, Tajfun0.5 


Telemach League Round 8 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

Polzela (11-15) outlasted Elektra (11-15) in overtime by three points 97-94 on Wednesday night. Worth to mention a great performance of Goran Jagodnik who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds. Elektra's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Polzela moved-up to third place in League. Polzela will face Geoplin Slovan (#4) in Ljubljana in the next round. Elektra will play at home against LTHcast Mercator in Skofja Loka.

In the last game of round 8
In League Un.Olimpija won against Helios on the opponent's court 70-57. Zlatorog managed to outperform Tajfun in a home game 83-74. Maribor Messer lost to undefeated Krka on the road 62-69. Grosuplje defeated Geoplin Slovan on its own court 80-63. LTHcast Mercator was beaten by Rogaska in Rogaska Slatina 75-67.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points and 9 rebounds by Smiljan Pavic of Krka.


Places 1-6
Helios - Un.Olimpija 57-70

Rather expected game in Domzale where 6th ranked Helios (1-6) were defeated by third ranked Un.Olimpija (5-2) 70-57 on Wednesday. Un.Olimpija made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Helios were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Jaka Blazic (196-90) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Dino Muric (200-90) who added 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Un.Olimpija players scored in double figures. Serbian forward Nikola Gacesa (205-87, college: TCU) responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian power forward Djordje Majstorovic (209-90) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Helios' coach Zmagoslav Sagadin rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Un.Olimpija moved-up to second place in League. Helios at the other side keep the sixth position with six games lost. Un.Olimpija will face Zlatorog (#4) in Lasko in the next round. Helios will play on the road against Maribor Messer.
Top scorers:
Un.Olimpija: J.Perkovic 13+5reb+1ast, D.Muric 13+7reb, J.Blazic 11+6reb+3ast, A.Omic 10+6reb, S.Salin 7+2reb, K.Prepelic 5+3reb+1ast
Helios: D.Majstorovic 13+5reb+1ast, N.Gacesa 11+8reb+2ast, D.Rancic 9+1reb, M.Fon 6+2reb+1ast, J.Mocnik 5+3reb+5ast, G.Hrovat 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 235583


Zlatorog - Tajfun 83-74

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Lasko where fifth ranked Zlatorog (2-5) defeated one of their biggest challengers Tajfun (2-5) 83-74 on Wednesday. Tajfun trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 23-15 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 74-83 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Samo Udrih (195-79) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 rebounds and guard Luka Lapornik (195-88) who added 10 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Zlatorog players scored in double figures. Zlatorog's coach Milos Sporar used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Stanko Sebic (204-84) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and forward Milan Sebic (204-86) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Zlatorog moved-up to fourth place in League. Zlatorog will face league's second-placed Un.Olimpija in Ljubljana in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Tajfun will play at home against the league's leader Krka in Novo Mesto.
Top scorers:
Zlatorog: S.Udrih 25+6reb+3ast, A.Djugum 12+4reb+1ast, L.Lapornik 10+11reb+3ast, J.Brodnik 10+6reb+3ast, M.Lapornik 8+1ast, Z.Dimec 8+3reb
Tajfun: S.Sebic 13+6reb, A.Pelc 10, M.Sebic 10+7reb, I.Drzic 10+5reb, T.Ferme 7+1reb+3ast, P.Brolih 7+3reb+6ast
gschID: 235581


Krka - Maribor Messer 69-62

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second-ranked Maribor Messer's (4-3) road loss to top-ranked Krka (7-0) 62-69 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 7 points. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Smiljan Pavic (210-80) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Jaka Klobucar (198-87) who added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. DR Congolese-Belgian forward Ruphin Tshiabu Kayembe (200-92) responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds and guard Bojan Jovanovic (186-82) scored 7 points and 7 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first position in League with 7-0 record. Maribor Messer at the other side dropped to the third place with three games lost. Krka will face Tajfun (#5) in Sentjur in the next round. Maribor Messer will play at home against Helios in Domzale.
Top scorers:
Krka: S.Pavic 24+9reb+1ast, M.Smodis 11+2reb+2ast, J.Klobucar 9+7reb+5ast, J.Vladovic 7+4reb+3ast, U.Lucic 6+6reb+1ast, D.Lorbek 5+3reb+2ast
Maribor Messer: J.Pelko 11+3reb+2ast, R.Tshiabu Kayembe 11+8reb+1ast, E.Sarkinovic 11, I.Josipovic 10+4reb+1ast, B.Jovanovic 7+3reb+7ast, I.Gavric 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 235578


Places 7-12
Polzela - Elektra 97-94 OT

Polzela (11-15) outlasted Elektra (11-15) in overtime by three points 97-94 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 31-27 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 3-point victory in overtime. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Polzela made 8 blocks. Elektra was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Goran Jagodnik (203-74, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds and guard Danijel Vujasinovic (180-89) who added 18 points, 6 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Canadian center David Collins (213-85, college: Bradley) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Montenegrin Mensud Julevic (200-85) scored 21 points and 4 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Elektra's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Polzela moved-up to third place in League. Polzela will face Geoplin Slovan (#4) in Ljubljana in the next round. Elektra will play at home against LTHcast Mercator in Skofja Loka.
Top scorers:
Polzela: G.Jagodnik 21+6reb+1ast, H.Robertson 18+5reb+1ast, D.Vujasinovic 18+3reb+6ast, I.Martin 17+7reb+3ast, M.Vasl 15+8reb+1ast, U.Godler 4
Elektra: M.Julevic 21+4reb+4ast, D.Collins 17+13reb+1ast, S.Bajramlic 15+5reb+3ast, A.Podvrsnik 15+5reb+2ast, Z.Zagorc 11+4reb+5ast, S.Atanackovic 6+5reb
gschID: 235582


Grosuplje - Geoplin Slovan 80-63

There was a small surprise when fifth ranked Grosuplje (9-17) beat at home second-ranked Geoplin Slovan (11-15) 80-63 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Grosuplje. Geoplin Slovan was better in third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Geoplin Slovan 33-18 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Sasa Zagorac (205-84) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds and guard Marko Antonijevic (189-81, agency: Court Side) who added 15 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Guard Dejan Mlakar (192-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 16 points and the former international forward Stipe Modric (206-79) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Geoplin Slovan's coach Gasper Okorn let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Grosuplje maintains fifth position in League with 9-17 record. Geoplin Slovan at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 15 games lost. Grosuplje will face league's leader Rogaska in Rogaska Slatina in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Geoplin Slovan will play at home against Polzela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Grosuplje: S.Zagorac 23+8reb+1ast, M.Antonijevic 15+9reb+6ast, Z.Erculj 14+3reb+1ast, Z.Jerman 9+1reb+4ast, B.Jersin 6+2reb+1ast, M.Trampus 4+3reb+1ast
Geoplin Slovan: D.Mlakar 16+2reb+3ast, S.Modric 13+6reb, J.Span 12+2reb+2ast, V.Petrovic 7+2reb+1ast, A.Tomic 6+1reb+2ast, M.Paravinja 4
gschID: 235580


Rogaska - LTHcast Mercator 75-67

There was no surprise in Rogaska Slatina where 6th ranked LTHcast Mercator (7-19) was defeated by first ranked Rogaska (16-10) 75-67 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 41-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Rogaska made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Rogaska outrebounded LTHcast Mercator 37-22 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. LTHcast Mercator was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian power forward Milos Miljkovic (204-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and center Semir Smajlovic (209-87) who added 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Guard Luka Voncina (193-91, college: Charlotte) responded with 12 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Gregor Jakhel Kolarevic (208-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rogaska maintains first position in League with 16-10 record. LTHcast Mercator at the other side keeps the sixth place with 19 games lost. Rogaska will face Grosuplje (#5) in Grosuplje in the next round. LTHcast Mercator will play on the road against the league's second-placed Elektra in Sostanj.
Top scorers:
Rogaska: S.Smajlovic 16+7reb+1ast, M.Miljkovic 14+11reb+1ast, T.Kostomaj 11+2reb+5ast, B.Tomic 9+1reb+2ast, T.Horvat 8+4reb+3ast, Z.Jotic 7+1reb+1ast
LTHcast Mercator: D.Milasinovic 13+2ast, G.Jakhel Kolarevic 12+5reb, L.Voncina 12+5reb+1ast, L.Dimec 9+3reb, S.Finzgar 9+5reb+1ast, R.Abramovic 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 235579



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  SOUTH KOREA   


Mobis Phoebus won KBL 2012/2013 Finals! - by Eurobasket News

Mobis Phoebus - SK Knights 77-55 (4-0)

The game without a history. Mobis Phoebus led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by SK Knights' players. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (181-81) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and the former international power forward Ji-Hoon Ham (198-84) who added 11 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side forward Bu Kyung Choi (200-89) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds and American center Courtney Sims (211-83, college: Michigan, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Mobis Phoebus: D.Yang 29+3reb+3ast, J.Ham 11+3reb+4ast, R.Ratliffe 9+7reb, J.Park 8+1ast, S.Rae Kim 7+2reb+8ast, G.Stevenson 7+7reb+3ast
SK Knights: C.Sims 14+3reb+1ast, B.Kyung Choi 12+6reb, S.Park 7+3reb, A.Haynes 7+4reb+3ast, K.Hoon Byun 6+1reb, M.Kim 5+3reb
gschID: 239214



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  SPAIN   


EuroLeague: Caja Laboral thump CSKA in Vitoria - by Eurobasket News

Caja Laboral - CSKA 93:72

Caja Laboral prolonged their EuroLeague campaign. They knocked down visiting CSKA in Vitoria to cut the deficit at 1-2 in the quarterfinal series. Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89) came up with 21 points to lead the winners.
Caja Laboral relied on aggressive defence in the first half. They snatched a 15:14 lead after ten minutes. The hosts went on a 28:10 run in the second quarter. Caja Laboral Thomas Huertel gave the home side a 43:24 halftime lead. Caja Laboral maintained the lead throughout the third term. Moreover the hosts grabbed a 33-point buffer late in the period 70:37. CSKA opened the final frame on a 13:7 run to narrow the gap but Caja Laboral were never seriously threatened in the reminder of the contest as they cruised to the win at the end. Milko Bjelica (205-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 15 points, while Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) answered with 12 points for CSKA. Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Aaron Jackson (190-G-86, college: Duquesne) had 11 points each in the loss.

Caja Laboral: Thomas Heurtel 21, Milko Bjelica 15, Nemanja Bjelica 13
CSKA: Nenad Krstic 12, Vladimir Micov 11, Aaron Jackson 11



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  TURKEY   

TB3L Standings

TB3L Standings
Group A
 1. Buyukcekmece 7-3 
 2. MG Spor 7-3 
 3. Manisa 5-5 
 4. Elazig 5-5 
 5. 68 Aksaray Bld. 4-6 
 6. Yesilyurt 2-8 
Group B
 1. I.T.U. 9-1 
 2. Selcuklu 7-3 
 3. FMV Isik 6-4 
 4. Ankara Basket 5-5 
 5. Corlu Sifa 3-7 
 6. Dersim 0-10 
Group C
 1. Boluspor 9-1 
 2. Pamukkale 8-2 
 3. Adanaspor 7-3 
 4. Siirt Polis 3-7 
 5. Istanbul Basket 2-8 
 6. Zile Beld 1-9 
Group D
 1. Ankara DSI Era 10-0 
 2. Sisli 8-2 
 3. Batman Petrol 4-6 
 4. Cankiri 4-6 
 5. Baglar 3-7 
 6. Anadolu Un. 1-9 
Group E
 1. Istanbul DSI 8-2 
 2. Duzce Bld. 8-2 
 3. Orman Genc 8-2 
 4. Bilecik 3-7 
 5. TED Istanbul 2-8 
 6. Yozgat Spurs 1-9 
Group F
 1. Mugla Orman. 8-2 
 2. Yildirimspor 7-3 
 3. Zirve Un. 7-3 
 4. Kepez Bld 5-5 
 5. Samsun 3-7 
 6. Van Genclik 0-10 


EuroLeague: Anadolu Efes avoid elimination with win over Olympiacos - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes - Olympiacos 83:72

Anadolu Efes clinched the first win in the EuroLeague quarterfinal series versus Olympiacos. The Turkish powerhouse held off the Piraeus team in Istanbul to narrow the deficit at 1-2 in the series. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) stepped up with 17 points and 5 assists to lead the winners.
Anadolu Efes and Olympiacos stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The Turkish team claimed a 19:17 advantage after ten minutes. Anadolu Efes stretched the gap in the second term. The Turkish team accumulated a 37:29 halftime lead. Anadolu Efes opened a double-digit lead early in the third term. Soon the gap grew at 16-point mark 58:42. Anadolu Efes entered the fourth frame up by 15 points 65:50. Acie Law (190-G-85, college: Texas A&M) dragged the Greek team within 7 points 64:71 midway through the fourth frame. But Anadolu Efes executed well enough to seal the winning outcome at the end. Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) and Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points each for the winners. Acie Law answered with 19 points for Olympiacos. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) had 11 points in the loss.

Anadolu Efes: Jordan Farmar 17, Semih Erden 15, Dusko Savanovic 15
Olympiacos: Acie Law 19, Georgios Printezis 11



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  UBL   

Standings

UBL Cluster Div. Games Standings
Northern Division
 1. Arkansas B. 2-0 
 2. Arkansas W. 2-1 
 3. Metro L. 2-1 
 4. Springfield T. 2-1 
 5. Oklahoma O-P 0-0 
Southern Division
 1. St.Louis S. 3-0 
 2. Missouri T. 1-1 
 3. Round Rock 1-1 
 4. Texas W. 1-1 
 5. Mississippi T. 0-0 


UBL Thrills vs Terror - by Ozzie Denson



(UBL) NEWS ALERT 4/16/2013

The (UBL) Arkansas Cluster Series in Little Rock AR this pass weekend was a great success ! What a great day of Semi-Pro Basketball the Fans of Wrightsville was Treated "To A GREAT DAY OF BASKETBALL" !

Here are the results of GAME #1 Springfield Thrills VS S.E. Missouri Terror

Springfield defeated the Terror 129 to 75 the Thrills was led in scoring by M. Brown with 34pts M. Battle with 26pts and J. Jenkins 25pts J. Smith 21pts to led the Thrills.

The Terror was led in scoring by Phillip Brown 21pts, Aaron Tilley with 17pts. and D. Caldwell finish with 12pts. It was a game of Size vs Speed, Sizes Won This Time !!!

Here a few comment about the game.

Mr. Buddy Rando owner Springfield Thrills - Said good game. I have a good group of guys !

Mr. Bridges owner of the Terror- Said we need to get better but I'am proud of my guys !

UBL Come Get Some !!!



UBL Warriors vs Wranglers - by Ozzie Denson

(UBL)ARKANSAS CLUSTER SERIES

GAME#4 ARKANSAS WARRIORS VS TEXAS WRANGLERS

Well it was all and then some of the billing when these two rival met

saturday. The Arkansas Texas rivalry in Football has now been continual

in Basketball between these two teams. What a dog fight from beginning

to end the lead for either team was never more than 5pts back and forth

they went all game long before the Warriors pull it out 114 to 112 defeating

the Wranglers.

The Warriors was lead in scoring by LA Farmer 30pts; Michael Handy 26pts;

Ricardo Hall 21pts; Jermaine Samuels 13pts; Quinton Bolden 9pts; Justin Udell 8pts.

Timothy Stewart 5pts; Derrick King 2pts to round out the warriors scoring.

The Wranglers was led in scoring by Terry Williams 24pts; M. Allen 22pts; C. Crosby 20pts; Reggie Griffin 19pts; C.J. Carter 13pts;Z. Butler 10pts; R. Ray & Seldon Denson 2pts each.

Fans Commets: What a fantastic ballgame !

Barn Burner !

Wow !

Best game of the day glad I stay around !

I didn't no the (UBL) had such great teams & players !



UBL Scorpions vs Lightning - by Ozzie Denson

(UBL) NEWS ALERT UPDATE

The (UBL) Arkansas Cluster Series this pass weekend Was Great !

GAME #2 Results

The 2nd game future the League 2 new kids on the block.

St. Louis Scorpions vs Metro-Plex Lightning and what and introduction it was the 2 powerhouse teams went back and forth in the first half with balance scoring on both ends

before the Scorpions took control in the second half. and defeated the Lightning 149 to 109.

The Scorpions team effort was very balance being led in scoring by O. Shadid with 23pts,

M. Barnett 19pts; R, Turner 18pts; G. Rainey C. Simmons P. Hill each with 17pts; C. Williams S. McGee 14pts each and K. Strangther 10pts.

Metro-Plex Lightning was led in scoring by T. Merriweather with 24pts. and (Euro Basketball 2013 Defenses Player of the Year J. Walker 23pts) E. Robinson 14pts A. Martin 13pts; A. Habersham 12pts; J Bradley 10pts; M. Swygart 7pts R. Henry 7pts; T. Moody 2pts.

COMMENTS: C. Simmons one of the star performer for the scropions said it's all about team work !

Coach Mitchell said we will be OK! Just have to get the rust worked off !



UBL Bobcats vs Thrills - by Ozzie Denson

GAME#3 ARKANSAS CLUSTER SERIES 4/13/2013

What a day it was in the LIL Rock, The (UBL) Cluster Series

was at full blast with the Arkansas Bobcats vs Springfield Thrills

What a game the Thrills playing in there second game of the day.

Came to play and put up a good fight before the powerful bobcats

took over in the second half defeating the thrills 154 to 100 the

bobcats was led in scoring by D. Lottner 44pts; Tyrone Davis 28pts;

Daniel Watson aka hotdog with 26pts; Keo Alexander 21pts.;

Rashad Moss 24pts Jason London 11pts.

The thrills was led in scoring by M. Browm 27pts; J. Jenkins 17pts; M. Battle, J. Sorrells 16pts ea.; J. Smith 12pts; K. Parker 10pts; D. Swanson 2pts.

Fans Comment About The Game:Very high scoring fast pace game one fan said !

Great Basketball !

Worth the price of admission !



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  UKRAINE   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Randy CULPEPPER
  Fe.
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Culpepper, Fe.20.1 
 2. Adams, Orleans19.3 
 3. Dykes, Hoverla17.3 
 4. Goods, Hapoel T-A17.2 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Hal.17.1 
 6. Thomas, Cherkasy16.9 
 7. Mitchell, Halychyna16.6 
 8. Greer, Azovmash16.6 
 9. Mayo, Mykolaiv16.1 
 10. Kickert, Budiveln.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.10.6 
 2. Moore, Fe.9.1 
 3. Jones, Albacomp8.5 
 4. Wiggins, DniproAzot8.0 
 5. Eziukwu, Panele.7.9 
 6. Muldrow, Pieno Z.7.6 
 7. Fischer, BC Donet.7.4 
 8. Korniyenko, Dnipro7.2 
 9. Lyons, Budivelnyk6.9 
 10. Harris, Azovmash6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Derrick LOW
  Dnipro
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Low, Dnipro6.9 
 2. Greer, Azovmash6.8 
 3. Florence, Szolnok6.3 
 4. Lawrence, Hoverla6.2 
 5. Deane, Khimik6.0 
 6. Zimmerman, Neckar5.8 
 7. Mitchell, Halychyna5.4 
 8. Perkins, Olympiacos5.4 
 9. Adams, Orleans5.1 
 10. Culpepper, Fe.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 James FLORENCE
  Szolnok
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Florence, Szolnok2.0 
 2. Adams, Orleans1.9 
 3. Culpepper, Fe.1.9 
 4. Shavies, Mykolaiv1.9 
 5. Frazier, Kryvbasb.1.8 
 6. Zimmerman, Neckar1.8 
 7. Chappell, Fe.1.8 
 8. Dykes, Hoverla1.7 
 9. Low, Dnipro1.6 
 10. Butskyy, Fe.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Pieno Z.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Muldrow, Pieno Z.3.1 
 2. Fischer, BC Donet.1.9 
 3. Eziukwu, Panele.1.8 
 4. Goodridge, Yesilgi.1.6 
 5. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.6 
 6. Balashov, BC Odes.1.3 
 7. Hunter, Cherkasy1.3 
 8. Fesenko, BC Donet.1.3 
 9. Gumeniuk, Mykolaiv1.3 
 10. Pustovyi, Khimik1.0 


Superleague Round 4 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Hoverla - Budivelnyk 77-78

Budivelnyk snatched a narrow road win in Ivano-Frankivsk to gain 3-1 lead in the quarterfinal series versus Hoverla. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-77. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri, agency: Edge Sports) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Lithuanian forward Dainius Salenga (197-77) who added 12 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Budivelnyk players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Ryan Pearson (198-90, college: George Mason) responded with 21 points and his fellow American import Kyndall Dykes (190-87, college: New Orleans, agency: Edge Sports) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: L.Lyons 24+5reb+4ast, D.Salenga 12+4reb+6ast, A.Drozdov 11+3reb+1ast, M.Delaney 10+4reb+5ast, G.Tsintsadze 8+3reb, R.Kuksiks 6+3reb+1ast
Hoverla: R.Pearson 21+2reb+2ast, K.Dykes 15+5reb+3ast, P.Burenko 11+7reb+1ast, T.Peterson 8+8reb+4ast, P.Revzin 6+2reb, K.Tiggs 6+4reb+6ast
gschID: 238798


Halychyna - Khimik 76-56

Halychyna cruised past Khimik to sweep the quarterfinal series. It looked good early as Khimik took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Halychyna had a 22-10 second period charge getting the lead and Khimik was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 56-76. They outrebounded Khimik 55-25 including a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Halychyna players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a very good performance for American forward Michael Lee (207-86) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Serbian power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Four Halychyna players scored in double figures. Montenegrin-Bosnian swingman Suad Sehovic (196-87) replied with 13 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Sergei Popov (194-88, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 points in the effort for Khimik. Khimik's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Halychyna: M.Lee 20+9reb+5ast, S.Vasiljevic 15+4reb+5ast, S.Alferov 13+4reb+2ast, V.Vukosavljevic 13+17reb, D.Tiutiunnyk 6+3reb, L.Stefanishin 3+8reb+1ast
Khimik: S.Sehovic 13+9reb+1ast, S.Popov 10+2reb+1ast, S.Lesic 9+3reb, W.Deane 7+3reb+2ast, V.Bobrov 6+3reb+2ast, D.Joseph 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 238795


Cherkasy - Ferro-ZNTU 87-85

Cherkasy held off Ferro-ZNTU to secure the first win in the series. Ferro-ZNTU was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Cherkasy players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by forward Vincent Hunter (208-84, college: Arkansas) who scored that evening 20 points and 7 rebounds and forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) supported him with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Even 26 points and 7 rebounds by R.T. Guinn (208-81, college: Baylor) did not help to save the game for Ferro-ZNTU. point guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) added 22 points and 4 assists for lost side. Five Cherkasy and four Ferro-ZNTU players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Cherkasy: V.Hunter 20+7reb+1ast, C.Thomas 19+6reb+2ast, T.Delininkaitis 15+1reb+5ast, M.Ljubicic 13+6reb+6ast, D.Ikovlev 10+12reb+4ast, M.Ivshyn 5+7reb+1ast
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Guinn 26+7reb, R.Culpepper 22+4reb+4ast, D.Werner 14+5reb+4ast, J.Chappell 10+7reb+3ast, C.Moore 6+7reb+1ast, S.Dikiy 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 238797


BC Donetsk - Azovmash 83-49

BC Donetsk drew first blood against Azovmash claiming a comprehensive win in Game 4. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-49. BC Donetsk dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Azovmash's 26. They outrebounded Azovmash 43-27 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. BC Donetsk looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Azovmash's players. The former international center Kyrylo Fesenko (213-86) fired 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Ramel Curry (192-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four BC Donetsk players scored in double figures. Serbian power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, agency: Beo Basket) produced 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) added 8 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
BC Donetsk: K.Fesenko 17+9reb+1ast, R.Curry 13+5reb+4ast, D.Songaila 10+6reb+4ast, D.Lukashov 10+3reb+2ast, I.Radenovic 10+5reb+4ast, D.Gliebov 7+7reb+3ast
Azovmash: T.Dragicevic 15+6reb+5ast, K.Natyazhko 9+4reb, M.Raduljica 8+4reb+1ast, D.Zabirchenko 5+2reb+2ast, I.Zaytsev 5+3reb+3ast, L.Greer 4+5reb
gschID: 238796



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BBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael OJO
  Plymouth R.
  (195-G-89)
  Avg: 23
 1. Ojo, Plymouth R.23.0 
 2. Marks, Cheshire P.22.0 
 3. Holmes, Surrey H.21.2 
 4. Smith, Newcastl.20.6 
 5. Bell, Plymouth R.19.4 
 6. Owumi, Worceste.19.2 
 7. Gumbs, Cheshire P.17.2 
 8. Ogedengbe, London16.6 
 9. Schneck, Plymouth.16.5 
 10. Jackman, London16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kareem MADDOX
  Newcastl.
  (202-F/C-89)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Maddox, Newcastl.10.5 
 2. Keister, Durham W.10.3 
 3. Schneck, Plymouth.10.3 
 4. Ocitti, Worceste.9.2 
 5. Myers, Cheshire P.9.0 
 6. Tuck, Sheffield S.9.0 
 7. Bucci, Durham W.8.5 
 8. Schreiber, Plymout.8.3 
 9. Holmes, Surrey H.8.2 
 10. Bland, Cheshire P.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ralph BUCCI
  Durham W.
  (193-G-75)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Bucci, Durham W.5.5 
 2. Holmes, Surrey H.5.4 
 3. Chapman, Newcastl.5.2 
 4. Holmes, Surrey H.4.6 
 5. Haskins, Cheshire.4.3 
 6. Sullivan, Leiceste.4.2 
 7. Holmes, Sheffield4.0 
 8. Owumi, Worceste.3.9 
 9. Jones, Manchest.3.8 
 10. Bell, Plymouth R.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Travis HOLMES
  Surrey H.
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Holmes, Surrey H.3.0 
 2. Holmes, Surrey H.2.9 
 3. Ojo, Plymouth R.1.9 
 4. Huffman, Newcastl.1.8 
 5. Bucci, Durham W.1.8 
 6. Smith, Newcastl.1.7 
 7. Taylor, Leiceste.1.7 
 8. Calvo, Leicester R.1.5 
 9. Baldarelli, Durham1.5 
 10. Lasker, Plymouth.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alif BLAND
  Cheshire P.
  (203-C-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bland, Cheshire P.2.4 
 2. Schreiber, Plymout.1.8 
 3. Maddox, Newcastl.1.5 
 4. Masiulis, Worceste.1.4 
 5. Sturt, London Lio.1.4 
 6. Ocitti, Worceste.1.1 
 7. Vanderbeken, Glasg.1.0 
 8. Watts, Manchest.0.9 
 9. Holmes, Surrey H.0.9 
 10. Defoe, Newcastl.0.8 


BBL Team of the Week - Week 30 - by Paul Nilsen

Fittingly, our last line-up of the campaign features some of the players vying for the most appearances this season.

Travis Holmes (193-G-86, college: VMI) (Surrey Heat)

In a quite staggering run of outrageously impressive form, the guard takes a stunning fifth place in our line-up within the space of just seven weeks. He provided a typically influential display to help the Heat overcome a double digit deficit during the quarter-final second leg against Worcester Wolves. He came up with 16 points, four assists, three steals and two rebounds, to catapult his side into the semi-finals and a clash with defending play-off champions Newcastle Eagles.

Drew Sullivan (203-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)

The Riders' star is also in great form and he led his team in a hard fought quarter-final series with London Lions to perpetuate his sides' dream of landing a wonderful BBL treble. The veteran again underlined his all-round game and impact, by coming up with 23 points, including a couple of triples. He also accumulated seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block. That was enough to book a date with Marjon Plymouth Raiders in the last four.

Colin O'Reilly (200-F-84, college: Post) (Marjon Plymouth Raiders)

It has been some 21 weeks since the Raiders' forward last featured in our starting five, but O'Reilly chose a great time to produce one of his biggest performances of the year to book his fourth appearance. He did the business in the second leg against Glasgow Rocks to spark scenes of celebration at the Pavilions, harvesting 25 points off the back of some tremendous three-point shooting. The Irish international sunk five triples from just eight attempts and also claimed a sparkling double-double by pulling down 13 rebounds.

Kareem Maddox (202-F/C-89, college: Princeton) (Newcastle Eagles; pictured)

The Eagles forward ensured his team will step out at Sport Central once more this season, by getting his side off to a flying start in their play-off quarter-final, first-leg against One Health Sharks Sheffield. He finished the first meeting with a super double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds, also entertaining the fans with an array of thunderous dunks. He also did some great defensive work with three steals and three blocked shots to help set up a semi-final duel with Heat.

Andreas Schreiber (206-C-87, agency: Two Points, college: Pennsylvania) (Marjon Plymouth Raiders)

It's a debut BBL Team of the Week appearance for the Raiders' big man after he conjured up the joint best performance of the quarter-finals. His fantastic double-double handed Raiders an impressive and valuable road win at Emirates Arena. He posted an MVP performance by scoring 24 points as well as doing the dirty work on the glass with 14 rebounds. He also managed to rustle up two steals and a blocked shot.

Off The Bench - Chavis Holmes (Surrey Heat), Anthony Rowe (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders), Joe Chapman (Newcastle Eagles), Alex Owumi (Worcester Wolves), Matt Schneck (Marjon Plymouth Raiders),EJ Harrison (Glasgow Rocks),Mike Tuck (One Health Sharks Sheffield)



Paternostro Awarded Molten BBL Coach Of The Year Award - by Paul Nilsen

Rob Paternostro has been voted Molten BBL Coach of the Year for the 2012-13 season after leading Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders to a famous BBL Cup and Championship double.

And, the play-caller is now setting his sights on racking up a sparkling treble, having taken his team into the last four of the 2013 BBL Play-Offs.

The prestigious award was determined by the Basketball Journalists Association, who voted for Paternostro and in the process, delivered his second Coach of the Year accolade, having previously been a winner during the 2008-09 BBL season.

It has certainly been a remarkable campaign for Paternostro, who masterminded the first piece of silverware for Riders in over a decade with a pulsating 85-80 BBL Cup Final success against Newcastle Eagles in front of 7,500 fans at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

He then led his team into the BBL Trophy Final at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow last month and whilst dreams of a potential clean-sweep were ended with a nail-biting defeat to One Health Sharks Sheffield, any disappointment was tempered just a few weeks later, when they romped to their first ever BBL Championship title.

They won the league in commanding fashion to see off defending champions and their main title rivals, Newcastle Eagles. Paternostro presided over a stunning 30 wins, with his team suffering a paltry three losses during a demanding seven month schedule.

Two other coaches also made it onto the podium, with Atiba Lyons of One Health Sharks Sheffield taking second place, having landed the BBL Trophy with that thrilling success against Riders.

Meanwhile, Creon Raftopoulos of Surrey Heat took third place in recognition of leading his team into the top four and being bona-fide title contenders for a considerable chunk of the regular season. Since voting closed, Raftopoulos has also guided Heat into the semi-finals of the BBL Play-Offs.



Raiders And Eagles Reach Last Four - by Paul Nilsen

The semi-final line-up for the BBL Championship play-offs was confirmed on Monday night as the Marjon Plymouth Raiders and Newcastle Eagles booked their berths in the Final Four thanks to victories over the Glasgow Rocks and One Health Sharks Sheffield respectively.

The Raiders defeated the Rocks 87-78 at the Plymouth Pavilions to give them a 169-149 aggregate victory over the two legs.

29 points from Michael Ojo (195-G-89, college: Lehigh) was the standout performance for the Raiders in the victory, but they were made to work hard by the Rocks as the visitors had lead by as many as 17 points midway through the second quarter.

A strong third period from the Raiders however saw Plymouth overturn the deficit and ultimately secure the victory and move on in the postseason push. At the EIS, Sheffield, the Eagles secured a hard-fought 81-84 victory on the night, thus handing them them a 169-151 aggregate victory over the two legs.

27 points from Joe Chapman was the main performance for the Eagles from a scoring perspective, while Mike Tuck led the Sharks with 25 points personal on the night, but was not enough to help the home side to victory.

Both sides traded baskets for the majority of the game, but it was a Kareem Maddox basket that sparked a 9-0 burst in the final period to take the score out to 76-83 with 1:36 remaining in the game and the Eagles held on for the victory on the night, and as a result secure their semi-final berth.

The Eagles will now play the Surrey Heat in their semi-final, while the Raiders will meet BBL regular season champions, the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders in the other semi-final with the winners squaring off for the BBL Championship at Wembley Arena on Sunday 28 April 2013.



Sullivan Takes Second BBL MVP Award Of Career - by Paul Nilsen

Great Britain national team and Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders' star Drew Sullivan (203-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) has been named the British Basketball League MVP for a second time in his career.

The veteran scooped the 2012-13 award in recognition of an outstanding individual season and his immeasurable contribution to the success of Riders in securing the BBL Cup and then the BBL Championship for the first time in their history.

There double haul was built around the rock solid foundation provided by Sullivan, who has been the driving force behind the clubs' assault on silverware.

His leadership and all-round contribution in a number of different facets of the game impressed the BBL head coaches who voted Sullivan as their number one player.

The 33 year old has been a tower of strength defensively, whilst also posing an inside-outside offensive threat. Whether it has been scoring, dishing up assists or crashing the boards, 'Sulli' has been a handful for opponents all over the court and all season long.

He was previously crowned MVP when playing on Tyneside with Newcastle Eagles and he has proven to be a real thorn in the side of his ex-employers, helping Riders beat their rivals in the BBL Cup Final and also subsequently taking away their BBL Championship title.

The decision ensures a proud double for Riders, since Rob Paternostro took the Molten BBL Coach of the Year award. He will be particularly happy the efforts of Sullivan have been recognised, since he was eager to stress the influence of a player with an appetite for defence and the intangibles - highlighting how it isn't always about merely stats and numbers.

"Sometimes the better player is the guy that is influential throughout the game" said Paternostro.

"And, I don't think there is a bigger or better player that influences games in our league than Drew Sullivan."

There was a third reason for Riders to celebrate since Jay Couisnard took second place in the voting, followed by Travis Holmes of Surrey Heat who had a particularly outstanding last part of the season and has helped Heat into the semi-finals of the BBL Play-Offs.

Sullivan will be presented with the Molten BBL Player Of The Year Award at the BBL Playoff Final on April 28th at Wembley Arena, London.




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Women News

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Elena STASCHUK
  Sozh G.
  (192-C-85)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Staschuk, Sozh G.16.5 
 2. Kopylova, Sozh G.16.0 
 3. Anufryienka, Goriz.14.8 
 4. Papova, Olimpia14.5 
 5. Chubkavets, Berez.14.2 
 6. Adamik, BrGU13.8 
 7. Kiriyenko, Sozh Go.13.0 
 8. Drozd, Olimpia12.6 
 9. Filonchyk, Olimpia12.6 
 10. Shapochkina, Olim.12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lyubov ALYOSHKINA
  Olimpia
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Alyoshkina, Olimpia10.6 
 2. Khomenchuk, Goriz.9.4 
 3. Kiriyenko, Sozh Go.8.4 
 4. Kress, Gorizont8.3 
 5. Staschuk, Sozh G.8.1 
 6. Kopylova, Sozh G.7.7 
 7. Filonchyk, Olimpia7.5 
 8. Istseliatsov., Tsm.7.1 
 9. Papova, Olimpia6.9 
 10. Iordan, Tsmoki-M.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Nadzeya DROZD
  Olimpia
  (174-G-83)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Drozd, Olimpia5.7 
 2. Anufryienka, Goriz.4.1 
 3. Tsiruleva, Tsmoki-.2.4 
 4. Charikova, Sozh G.2.3 
 5. Rannaveski, Olimpia2.2 
 6. Papova, Olimpia2.2 
 7. Haponava, Berezina2.1 
 8. Shapochkina, Olimp.2.1 
 9. Pantsiukh, Tsmoki-.2.1 
 10. Kopylova, Sozh G.2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tatiana SHAPOCHKINA
  Olimpia
  (179-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Shapochkina, Olimp.2.6 
 2. Drozd, Olimpia2.6 
 3. Turomsha, Berezina2.5 
 4. Charikova, Sozh G.2.4 
 5. Padshyvalava, Vict.2.3 
 6. Anufryienka, Goriz.2.3 
 7. Valeuskaya, BrGU2.1 
 8. Kalikh, Berezina1.9 
 9. Chubkavets, Berez.1.8 
 10. Holubeva, Victoria1.7 
Blocks Per Game