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  ABA   



Canada wins first Canada vs US Series - by Gianni Pascucci

How good are the Calgary Crush, the ABA's only Canadian team ? Very good. The past weekend, the Calgary Crush defeated the highly-ranked and Elite Eight West bound The San Diego Surf in two exciting games before packed houses on Saturday and Sunday by the scores of 96-90 and 109-96. Tyler Fidler (6'9''-G-89) led the team on the court, Eddie Richardson was succesful as usual on the bench.
"These were definitely more than "exhibition games," stated ABA Director of Officials, Tom Chichester. "These were hard fought, very physical games, almost difficult to control by the referees as both teams wanted very much to win. In the end, Calgary prevailed and I know that teams will not take them lightly in the future."
"The Calgary Crush chose not to participate in the ABA Playoffs at the end of their first season in the ABA," stated ABA CEO Joe Newman . "But there's no doubt that they are a very strong team and we know that they will be serious contenders for the ABA Championship in the years to come. We are very proud of what Salman Rashidian and his entire organization has done and the great support from the fans in Calgary. Hopefully, we'll have additional teams in Western Canada next season. The Canada vs US Series is off to a good start and the future of the series is bright."
For series details , visit www.calgarycrush.com



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  ABI   


ABI League workouts begin! - by Eurobasket Center

Commissioner has stated that after the NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament the league per season tournaments will start play with its teams from Colombia, Guatemala, and El Salvador this will give players from colleges that have not been given a chance to play in Portsmouth Invitational Tournament or All Star Games. Players that have not played international with talent a chance to show their skills. Our main goal is to show the world what kind of league we will have in the Fall of 2013. We are still looking for players and there are 24 position open for this season. Workouts will be APRIL 5-6,12-13, 2013 this two day workouts will be in Birmingham, Alabama. Click on the ABI Camp button for more information. http://www.abibasket.com/


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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Algeria0-0
2. Egypt0-0
3. Ivory Coast0-0
4. Senegal0-0
Group B
1. Burkina Fas.0-0
2. Morocco0-0
3. Rwanda0-0
4. Tunisia0-0
Group C
1. Angola0-0
2. C.Africa0-0
3. Cape Verde0-0
4. Mozambique0-0
Group D
1. Congo-Braza.0-0
2. Cameroon0-0
3. Mali0-0
4. Nigeria0-0



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  APBL   


Manhattan Pride win in Opening Round of the APBL Playoffs - by Mike Lee

The opening round of the APBL playoffs began on Saturday, March 30th. In true March Madness style, the first weekend featured an upset as the sixth-seeded Manhattan Pride defeated the third-seeded Hudson Valley Kingz, 99-98.

The Manhattan Pride finished the regular season with a 3-13 record and in last place in the Gateway Division of the Northern Conference. The Hudson Valley Kingz solidified their third-seed with an 11-5 record also in the Gateway Division of the Northern Conference. In their only matchup during the regular season, the KIngz defeated the Pride, 137-117.

However, Saturday's outcome was a different story as the two teams played a highly contested game, with only one point separating the two teams at the end.

The Pride were led by dynamic forward Nate Young (6'6''-G/F-86), who finished with 32 points and 12 rebounds. Scottie Nimmons (5'10''-G, college: Lehman) also played a key role for the Pride with 20 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists. Of the win Nimmons stated, "My feeling after the game was a great one because we played together and we didn't panic when the Hudson Valley Kingz made their run. Most importantly it is a great confidence builder going into the next round." William Modeste (6'1''-G-81, college: Polytechnic) was the only other Pride player in double figures, finishing the game with 18 points and five made three-pointers.

Jonathan Youngmann (6'5''-F-85) who finished with nine points and eight rebounds in the win stated, "My view on the game is that we played team offense and defense. We didn't panic when the Hudson Valley Kingz made their run since we know basketball is a game based on runs. We knew we had to hold their run to a minimum but still focus on our positives. We felt like we made the right decisions and adjustments when things didn't go our way and we communicated on both ends. We have a lot of confidence heading into next game. We just need to build off of our momentum from this win and continue working together for more wins moving forward. I'm very happy with my teammates and their attitude, since we had a lot of bumps this season."

Following the game, Nate Young reacted by saying, "it feels good to take care of business at the right time of year. The playoffs are a whole new season. No matter how bad youve played before, you have a clean slate to make it right. You get to quiet all the trash talk and chatter by sending teams packing. I love it. We finally have our entire team and we are looking to make noise."

"As a player you try to win every game you play, but the playoffs are a completely different feel. It goes from "wanting" to win to "having" to win. It really pushes you. I think from this point on our chances are as good as any team in the playoffs. We have a solid roster and it shows when we play together"

William Modeste of the Pride also stated, "I'm just happy with the overall effort, teamwork, and togetherness we displayed Saturday night. What I liked most was everyone came in focused and determined to do whatever it took to help their team win."

"It's human nature to have a different level of approach and a different level of focus when you're playing a playoff game. As a player or a coach, you understand that every single possession in a playoff situation can cost your team the season. Everyone on the Pride came up and gave a positive contribution to the team. The organization and the fans were proud to see their team play with pride as we are all excited to move on and try and make a deep playoff run."

Idris Abjae (6'5''-F) who also contributed with 10 rebounds and six points said on winning after the game, "[It's a] good feeling. We came in with a plan a stuck to it. Proud of my team for coming together when it counted the most to get the win."

The Pride will advance to the next round of the playoffs which will be held on Saturday, April 6th.



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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.19.1 
 2. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 4. Jackson, GECR I.17.5 
 5. Lewis, La Union16.6 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.1 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.6 
 8. Gutierrez, Penarol15.3 
 9. Lytch, Argentino15.0 
 10. Pau, Olimpico LB14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.10.8 
 2. Phillip, Union Pro.10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.5 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.3 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.5 
 6. Battle, Lanus7.3 
 7. Williams, Quimsa7.2 
 8. Shannon, La Union7.1 
 9. Sanchez, Libertad.6.9 
 10. Lytch, Argentino6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.4 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.0 
 3. Osimani, Obras4.2 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.0 
 5. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 6. Labaque, Atenas3.9 
 7. Cajal, Union Progr.3.8 
 8. Cequeira, Sionista3.7 
 9. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.7 
 10. Treise, Libertad3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Pau, Olimpico LB1.9 
 3. Lescano, Atenas1.9 
 4. Lewis, La Union1.7 
 5. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.6 
 6. Washam, Regatas C.1.5 
 7. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.4 
 8. Elsener, Atenas1.4 
 9. Laprovittola, Lanus1.4 
 10. Labaque, Atenas1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.1.7 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.5 
 3. Meyinsse, Regat.1.3 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 5. Santiago, Boca Jrs1.1 
 6. Torres, Wuber-Es.1.1 
 7. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 8. Humphrey, Obras0.9 
 9. Espinoza, Obras0.8 
 10. Sanchez, Libertad.0.8 


LigaA Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Penarol - Quimsa 70-67

Penarol overcame Quimsa to take 2-0 lead in the series. It looked good early as Quimsa took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Penarol had a 20-8 second period charge getting the lead and Quimsa was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-70. Quimsa was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. International power forward Leonardo Gutierrez (201-78) scored 24 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Martin Leiva (209-80) chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Penarol players scored in double figures. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The former international power forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) responded with 18 points and American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 20 points.
Top scorers:
Penarol: L.Gutierrez 24+5reb, M.Mata 10+8reb+2ast, M.Leiva 10+11reb+2ast, F.Campazzo 10+7reb+3ast, S.Safar 6+3reb+1ast, M.Ibarra 6+2reb+1ast
Quimsa: J.Baxter 20+2reb+2ast, D.Lo Grippo 18+4reb+2ast, J.Mojica 10+8reb+2ast, S.Vega 6+8reb+1ast, J.Williams 5+8reb+1ast, E.Villares 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 238022


Lanus - Atenas 70-68

Lanus narrowly defeated Atenas to gain 2-0 lead in the quarterfinal series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-18. But Atenas won second period 15-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 30 personal fouls committed by Atenas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) contributed with 8 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Javier Bulfoni (192-76) replied with 24 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and American center Djibril Kante (205-80, college: Indiana St.) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Atenas. Atenas' coach Alejandro Lotterio rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Lanus: A.Boccia 23+3reb+1ast, N.Laprovittola 10+1reb+3ast, W.McFarlan 9+5reb+2ast, R.Battle 8+7reb+3ast, L.Perez 7+1reb+1ast, F.Martina 7+3reb+1ast
Atenas: J.Bulfoni 24+3reb+1ast, D.Kante 11+10reb, A.Elsener 10+3reb+2ast, M.Fierro 7+12reb, D.Guaita 7+2reb, B.Colli 6+2reb
gschID: 238021


Regatas C. - GECR Indalo 87-73

Regatas cruised past GECR Indalo for the second straight win in the series. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-73. Regatas Corrientes dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to GECR Indalo's 40. They outrebounded GECR Indalo 34-21 including 23 on the defensive glass. The former international forward Federico Kammerichs (202-80) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and American center Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia, agency: Dream Team Management) supported him with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by American power forward Kahiem Seawright (203-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: Edge Sports) did not help to save the game for GECR Indalo. His fellow American import guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) added 16 points for the guests.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 14, J.Meyinsse 14+5reb+1ast, F.Kammerichs 14+15reb+3ast, M.Gerlero 11+6reb+2ast, N.Ferreyra 11+2reb+1ast, N.Romano 9+2reb+2ast
GECR Indalo: K.Seawright 16+5reb+1ast, D.Jackson 16+4reb, D.Romero 10+2reb+3ast, S.Scala 9+3reb+2ast, P.Orlietti 8, J.Robinson 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 238019


Boca Jrs - Argentino 75-55

Boca Juniors outgunned Argentino to step closer to the semis. The game without a history. Boca Juniors led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Naturalized American guard Phillip Hopson (188-87, college: Idaho) notched 22 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) to lead the effort and international guard Federico Van Lacke (191-80) supported him with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Even 23 points and 9 rebounds by American forward Kavon Lytch (199-87, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Dream Team Management) did not help to save the game for Argentino. Naturalized Italian guard Juan Cangelosi (195-81) added 12 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: P.Hopson 22+6reb+3ast, J.DeGroat 21+8reb, F.Van Lacke 15+5reb+9ast, D.Santiago 7+7reb+2ast, F.Aguerre 5+1reb, F.Migliori 3+2reb+1ast
Argentino: K.Lytch 23+9reb, J.Cangelosi 12+2reb, B.Carlwell 7+4reb, N.De los Santos 6+3reb+2ast, C.Amicucci 4+6reb, M.Delgado 2+2reb
gschID: 238020



Andres Nocioni selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Argentinian players, who play currently abroad.

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international small forward Andres Nocioni (199-79, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Spanish team Caja Laboral to a victory over the closely-ranked Khimky (13-10) 86-82 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Nocioni was MVP of the game. He recorded 24 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court. Caja Laboral Vitoria (11-12) is placed sixth in group F. Nocioni's team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And that game will be critical. Nocioni has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 34.2% and FT: 78.9% in the 23 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Italian and Argentinian. Ex-Penarol Mar del Plata player is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Luis Scola (206-80, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Scola could not help the Phoenix Suns (23-51) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance the Phoenix Suns were defeated 117-103 at home by the Sacramento Kings. Scola was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 7 rebounds. It's Scola's first season with the team. Scola has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.4ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 47.3% and FT: 77.8%. Scola is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Spanish. He is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Carlos Delfino
Carlos Delfino
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Carlos Delfino (200-82, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Delfino was not able to help the Houston Rockets (40-33) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Houston Rockets lost 94-103 on the road to the Memphis Grizzlies. Delfino recorded 15 points (made all of his five free throws) in 28 minutes. This year Delfino has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 47.3%, 3FGP: 37.9% and FT: 86.3% in the 62 games. He has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Delfino is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Emanuel Ginobili
Emanuel Ginobili
   #4. Shooting guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 1-point San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Denver Nuggets (50-24) 100-99 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He scored 9 points and added 4 assists. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 55-18 record this season. Ginobili is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 11th year in Spurs' roster. This season Ginobili has very high stats. He averages: 11.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.6apg and 1.4spg. Ginobili also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
   #5. International point guard Pablo Prigioni (190-77, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Boston Celtics (38-35) 100-85 in the NBA last Tuesday. Prigioni recorded 7 points and added 5 passes in 30 minutes. The New York Knicks have a solid 46-26 record this season. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This year Prigioni's overall stats are: 3.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.0apg in the 68 games. Similarly like Ginobili and Delfino above he holds both Italian and Argentinian passports. Prigioni plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Juan Pablo Figueroa
Juan Pablo Figueroa
   #6. Point guard Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Brazil) was the main contributor in Vivo/Franca's victory against the 12th-ranked Mogi (11-21) 79-71 in the Brazilian NBB in Saturday night's game. Figueroa was the best player in that game. He scored 14 points, had 4 rebounds, passed 6 assists and added 4 blocks in 38 minutes. Vivo/Franca Basquete Sao Paulo (9-8) is placed third in the NBB. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Figueroa is ranked fourth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.9bpg. He also averaged so far 8.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.1apg in the 30 games. Figueroa is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Leonardo Mainoldi
Leonardo Mainoldi
   #7. International forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's surprising victory against the fifth-ranked Gescrap BB (16-11) 90-82 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada (9-18) is placed 15th in the ACB. Mainoldi has been at the team for five years. Mainoldi has reliable stats this season: 10.2ppg and 5.7rpg. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #8. Guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Italy) helped C.de Latte BRE win their game against the 13th-ranked FCM Ferentino (8-14) 90-85 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 14 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Fernandez's third season in pro basketball. Centrale del Latte Brescia (14-8) is placed fourth in the Lega2. Fernandez is currently fourth on the list of best passers. His total stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.7apg and 2.0spg. Fernandez plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #9. Former international point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Spain) helped Blancos de Rueda win their game against the closely-ranked UCAM Murcia (11-16) crushing them 91-57 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Porta scored 8 points in 17 minutes. Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (11-16) is placed 12th in the ACB. This year Porta's total stats are: 9.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.6apg in the five games. He used to play for the Argentinian national team five years ago.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #10. Point guard Nicolas Richotti (181-86, currently plays in Spain) helped CB Canarias win their game against the closely-ranked FIATC Joventut (13-14) 71-68 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Richotti scored 6 points and added 3 passes in 18 minutes. Iberostar Canarias Tenerife (11-16) is placed 13th in the ACB. Richotti has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.9apg in the 27 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria), who plays in the Austrian A Bundesliga was not able to secure a victory for Arkadia Lions (3-24) in their last game. Despite Vay's very good performance the bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions were crushed 99-78 in Wels by the higher-ranked (#5) Raiffeisen. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Vay also added 8 assists in 32 minutes. Vay has very impressive stats this year: 21.7ppg, 8.3rpg, 5.3apg and 1.4spg in the seven games. He used to play for the Argentinian national team four years ago.

   #12. Former U17 international center Matias Bortolin (205-93, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) is a teammate of previously mentioned Fabricio Vay and both played together in the last Austrian A Bundesliga game. Bortolin, who plays in the Austrian A Bundesliga couldn't help Arkadia Lions (3-24) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions were crushed 99-78 in Wels by the higher-ranked Raiffeisen (#5). Bortolin was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 8 rebounds. Bortolin is ranked third on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1bpg. Bortolin used to play for the Argentinian U17 national team back in 2010.

The list of other players, who all have Argentinian passport but never been selected to any of Argentinian national teams:

   #1. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help AcegasAps TR (9-14) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance AcegasAps TR was defeated 84-78 on the road by the second-ranked Sigma Barcellona. Filloy was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added made 5 passes and 7 steals. Filloy has reliable stats this season: 13.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.8apg and 2.1spg. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Despite Filloy's Argentinian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

   #2. Experienced Manuel Carrizo (198-F/G-80, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) led Latina Basket to a 2-point victory over the closely-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (10-19) 73-71 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Sunday night. Carrizo was the top player that evening. He scored 28 points (!!!), had 8 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 4 balls in 36 minutes. A.S.D. Latina Basket (10-18) is placed 16th in the Nazionale A. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Carrizo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.4apg and 1.4spg in the 10 games he played so far. Carrizo is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #3. Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-G-86, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Italy) led Matera to a victory against the closely-ranked Firenze (15-10) 89-83 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Thursday. He recorded 20 points and had 5 steals (made all of his eight free throws) in 32 minutes. Bawer Matera (19-10) is placed second in the Nazionale A. Vico is currently fourth on the league's list of most steals with 2.8spg. This year he also averages: 13.8ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.3apg in the 28 games. Similarly like Carrizo and Filloy above Vico has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #4. Juan Ignacio Jasen (196-F-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an UCAM Murcia's victory against the ninth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (14-13) 76-68 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. UCAM Murcia (24-6) is placed in the ACB. Jasen's total stats this season are: 3.3ppg and 1.9rpg. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #5. Marcos Casini (188-PG-80, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to help FCM Ferentino (8-14) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Casini's very good performance FCM Ferentino was defeated 73-66 in Imola by the one of league's weakest teams Aget Service IM (#14). He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Casini has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #6. Albano Chiarastella (196-F-85, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in Agrigento's victory against the closely-ranked Matera 74-69 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) in Sunday night's game. Chiarastella scored 16 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals. Chiarastella has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4spg. Similarly like all previous players above, he has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #7. Demian Filloy (198-F-82, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia in a victory against the 11th-ranked Enel Brindisi 84-69 in the Italian SerieA last Saturday. Filloy recorded 5 points in 19 minutes. Filloy has averaged so far 3.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1spg in the 21 games. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #8. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for LeGamberi Foods Forli in their game against Novipiu Casale in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Musso scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists. His team was edged 78-77. Musso averaged so far 10.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.7spg. Similarly like all previous players above, he has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #9. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 3-point Pall.Trento's victory against the closely-ranked Tezenis VE 75-72 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Friday night's game. Forray scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. Forray has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.2apg and 1.9spg in the 22 games. He has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #10. Augustin Fabi (199-G/F-91, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) couldn't help Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria (14-14) in their last game on Friday. Despite Fabi's good performance Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria was edged 75-73 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Bari (#10). He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Fabi also added 4 rebounds. Fabi has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.



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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Ben MADGEN
  Kings
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Madgen, Kings18.2 
 2. Flynn, Tigers17.4 
 3. Ervin, Crocodiles16.9 
 4. Deleon, Hawks16.4 
 5. Johnson, 36ers16.2 
 6. Wilson, Taipans15.3 
 7. Lisch, Wildcats15.1 
 8. Goulding, Tigers15.0 
 9. Jackson, Breakers14.7 
 10. Redhage, Wildcats14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel JOHNSON
  36ers
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, 36ers8.1 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles8.0 
 3. Crosswhite, Kings7.6 
 4. Pledger, Breakers7.3 
 5. Lazare, Kings7.2 
 6. Knight, Wildcats7.0 
 7. Davidson, Hawks6.6 
 8. Tragardh, Taipans6.4 
 9. Scott, Tigers6.3 
 10. Forman, Hawks6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Jackson, Breakers7.1 
 2. Flynn, Tigers5.9 
 3. Gibson, 36ers4.9 
 4. Ervin, Crocodiles4.3 
 5. Wilson, Taipans3.5 
 6. Martin, Hawks3.3 
 7. Martin, Wildcats3.2 
 8. Deleon, Hawks3.1 
 9. Bruce, Kings3.1 
 10. Lisch, Wildcats2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.8 
 2. Martin, Wildcats1.9 
 3. Carter, Wildcats1.5 
 4. Gliddon, Taipans1.4 
 5. Deleon, Hawks1.3 
 6. Henry, Kings1.1 
 7. Martin, Hawks1.1 
 8. Ervin, Crocodiles1.1 
 9. Boucher, Breakers1.0 
 10. Lisch, Wildcats1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Pledger, Breakers1.4 
 2. Nevill, Crocodiles1.2 
 3. Schenscher, 36ers0.9 
 4. Hinder, Crocodiles0.7 
 5. Forman, Hawks0.7 
 6. Blanchfield, Croco.0.7 
 7. Scott, Tigers0.7 
 8. Martin, Wildcats0.6 
 9. Gliddon, Taipans0.6 
 10. Johnson, 36ers0.6 


Nathan Jawai's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Australians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Australian players, who play currently abroad.

Nathan Jawai
Nathan Jawai
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Nathan Jawai (208-86, college: Midland CC, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Spanish team Regal FC Barcelona to a victory over the fourth-ranked Montepaschi Siena (12-11) 77-69 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Jawai was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 12 rebounds. Jawai also added 2 blocks in 27 minutes on the court. Regal FC Barcelona (21-2) is placed first in group F. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And that game will be critical. This year Jawai averages: 7.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 68.9%(71-103) and FT: 71.2% in the 23 games he played so far. He played for the Australian senior national team four years ago.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nathan Jawai and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Ingles was the major contributor in a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the fourth-ranked Montepaschi Siena (12-11) 77-69. He recorded 20 points in 35 minutes. This year Ingles' overall stats are: 6.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.2apg, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 80.6% in the 21 games. He is in the roster of the Australian senior national team.

Andrew Bogut
Andrew Bogut
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Andrew Bogut (212-84, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Bogut could not help the Golden State Warriors (42-32) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the Golden State Warriors were defeated 105-98 on the road by the Sacramento Kings. Bogut scored 12 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 4 blocks. Bogut's total stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.8bpg, 2FGP: 47.7% and FT: 52.8%. He played for the Australian national team five years ago.

Andrew James Ogilvy
Andrew James Ogilvy
   #4. Center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider LTi 46ers (4-24) crushing them 105-54 in the German BBL last Sunday. Ogilvy had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 20 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Ogilvy's third season in pro basketball. Brose Baskets Bamberg (22-5) is placed first in the BBL. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Ogilvy has relatively good stats this year: 14.3ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.3bpg in the three games. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Irish. Ogilvy used to play for the Australian national team back in 2011.

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #5. International swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help G.Canaria 2014 (15-12) in their game against Blusens Monbus (14-13) in the Spanish ACB. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night He was the top scorer with 20 points. This season Newley has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Daniel Kickert
Daniel Kickert
   #6. Power forward Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Ukraine) was not able to secure a victory for Budivelnyk (28-10) in their game against Khimik (24-14) in the Ukrainian Superleague, despite his good performance in Sunday night's game. Kickert scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. But the league leader Budivelnyk lost in an overtime 88-93 in Yuzhny to the lower-ranked (#4) Khimik. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Kickert has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg and 5.2rpg in the six games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Aleks Maric
Aleks Maric
   #7. International center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska, currently plays in VTB United League) couldn't help Lokomotiv (12-6) in their game against VEF Riga (11-7) in the VTB United League. Maric scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The third-placed Lokomotiv was edged 98-95 at home by the lower-ranked VEF Riga (#4) in the group B of VTB United League. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Maric's first season with the team. Maric is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.9ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.1spg. Maric is also Australian national team player.

David Barlow
David Barlow
   #8. Power forward David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Spain) contributed to an UCAM Murcia's victory against the ninth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (14-13) 76-68 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 12 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 30 minutes. UCAM Murcia (24-6) is placed in the ACB. This year Barlow's total stats are: 7.0ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2apg in the 26 games. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Julian Khazzouh
Julian Khazzouh
   #9. Former international center Julian Khazzouh (209-86, currently plays in Lebanon) couldn't help Sagesse (20-4) in their game against Al Moutahed (15-9) in the Lebanese Division A. Despite his good performance in Sunday night's game Khazzouh scored 10 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is quite important. Khazzouh belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #4. He has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6bpg. Khazzouh used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

Daniel Dillon
Daniel Dillon
   #10. Swingman Daniel Dillon (194-86, college: Arizona, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Oradea (23-6) in their game against U-Mobitelco (19-10) in the Romanian Liga Nationala, despite his good performance in Thursday night's game. Dillon scored 10 points in 31 minutes. But the league leader Oradea lost 75-84 on their home court in Oradea to the lower-ranked (#7) U-Mobitelco. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Dillon's stats this year are: 11.4ppg, 5.1rpg and 3.1apg in the 29 games. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Australian senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut, currently plays in VTB United League) managed to help Tsmoki-Minsk in a victory against the closely-ranked CEZ Nymburk 71-63 in the VTB United League last Sunday. Majok scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 14 minutes. He has averaged so far 4.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1bpg in the 13 games. Majok used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international guard Steven Markovic (190-85, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Konstantin 90-73 in the Serbian A League on Saturday night. He recorded only 3 points. It was his first game for Radnicki KG this season. Markovic used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

The list of other players, who all have Australian passport but never been selected to any of Australian national teams:

   #1. Kyrie Irving (191-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (22-50) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Irving's very good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers were badly defeated 112-92 on the road by the New Orleans Hornets. He was the top scorer with 31 points. Irving also added 6 assists (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). Irving is currently sixth on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Irving averages: 23.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.7apg and 1.6spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Irving's Australian passport, he previously played for the USA U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Australian team. Strangely Irving has never played in Australia.

   #2. Lee Jeka (187-G-83, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a Science City Jena's victory against the third-ranked Duesseldorf Baskets (20-10) 88-78 in the German ProA (second division) last Thursday. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and making 10 passes. Jeka also added 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. Science City Jena (15-15) is placed seventh in the ProA. The Regular Season already ended. Jeka's stats this year are: 13.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 4.5apg in the 29 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: British and Australian.

   #3. Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-G-85, currently plays in Germany) faced previously mentioned Lee Jeka in the German ProA last game. Tzakopoulos, who plays in the German ProA (second division) was not able to help Duesseldorf Baskets (20-10) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance Duesseldorf Baskets was defeated 88-78 in Jena by the lower-ranked Science City (#7). Tzakopoulos was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 3 assists. The Regular Season already ended. Tzakopoulos has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.6apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Australian.

   #4. Experienced Michael Kingma (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, currently plays in Holland) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked M.Magixx (15-18) crushing them 95-74 in the Dutch Eredivisie last Thursday. Kingma recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. GasTerra Flames Groningen (22-10) is placed third in the Eredivisie. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Kingma has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 4.8rpg. He has both Australian and Dutch nationalities.

   #5. Thomas Ammar (199-G/F-87, college: Mars Hill, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Hoops Club (6-18) 90-74 in the Lebanese Division A on Tuesday night. Ammar scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. Byblos (13-11) is placed sixth in the Division A. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. Ammar has averaged so far 7.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.5apg in the 23 games. He also holds two passports: Australian and Lebanese.

   #6. Adrien Sturt (209-C-86, college: Snow CC, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL was not able to secure a victory for London Lions (11-19) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Sturt's good performance London Lions was defeated 98-92 in Guildford by the higher-ranked Surrey Heat (#4). He scored 10 points. Sturt is currently fourth on the league's list of best blockers. This season he has very good stats: 14.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4bpg.

   #7. Laurent Lahey (204-F/C-89, currently plays in Switzerland) managed to help BC Boncourt Red Team in a victory against the closely-ranked BBC Nyon 93-74 in the Swiss LNA in Wednesday night's game. He scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes. Lahey has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 2.2rpg in the 23 games. He has dual citizenship: Australian and Swiss.



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Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. BC Vienna 21-8 
 2. Klosterneub. 20-9 
 3. Kapfenberg 19-10 
 4. Oberwart 18-11 
 5. Wels 17-10 
 6. Gmunden 17-12 
 7. Gussing 14-15 
 8. Furstenfeld 11-16 
 9. UBSC Graz 11-17 
 10. St.Polten 4-23 
 11. Arkadia 3-24 

Regular Season: Round 31

Mar. 31: Wels - St.Polten 97-83
Apr. 1: Gmunden - Kapfenberg 88-75
Apr. 1: UBSC Graz - Furstenfeld 75-83
Mar. 31: Gussing - Oberwart 73-76
Apr. 1: BC Vienna - Klosterneub. 71-73

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 7: Kapfenberg - BC Vienna
Apr. 7: Klosterneub. - Oberwart
Apr. 7: Gmunden - Gussing
Apr. 7: St.Polten - Arkadia
Apr. 7: Furstenfeld - Wels


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Oberwart
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Hinson, Oberwart20.7 
 2. Pearson, Furstenf.19.8 
 3. Grum, Furstenfeld19.8 
 4. Tiedeman, Wels19.7 
 5. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.6 
 6. Boxley, Oberwart18.9 
 7. Shaw, Kapfenberg17.6 
 8. Dale, UBSC G.17.5 
 9. Chaney, Oberwart17.5 
 10. Gilchrese, UBSC G.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  Furstenf.
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pearson, Furstenf.12.5 
 2. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.8.0 
 3. Heard, Gussing8.0 
 4. Washington, Wels7.8 
 5. Johnson, Oberwart7.4 
 6. Cresnar, Furstenf.7.3 
 7. Boxley, Oberwart7.2 
 8. Spasojevic, Arkadia6.9 
 9. Kohlmaier, St.Polt.6.8 
 10. Lamesic, Wels6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna5.6 
 2. Woods, Kapfenberg5.2 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing4.8 
 4. Lanegger, Klostern.4.4 
 5. Tiedeman, Wels4.3 
 6. Danek, BC Vienna3.9 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels3.9 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna3.8 
 9. Gilchrese, UBSC G.3.5 
 10. O''Neal, Furstenfe.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.4 
 2. Ray, BC Vienna1.8 
 3. Hinson, Oberwart1.7 
 4. Gonzalvez, Wels1.6 
 5. Boylan, BC Vienna1.5 
 6. Arnold, Gmunden1.5 
 7. Chaney, Oberwart1.4 
 8. Pryor, Kapfenberg1.3 
 9. Woods, Kapfenberg1.3 
 10. Dale, UBSC G.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Blaz CRESNAR
  Furstenf.
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.2 
 2. Bortolin, Arkadia1.1 
 3. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.1 
 4. Gant, Oberwart0.9 
 5. Arnold, Gmunden0.9 
 6. Boxley, Oberwart0.7 
 7. Shaw, Kapfenberg0.7 
 8. Washington, Wels0.7 
 9. Pearson, Furstenf.0.6 
 10. Cox, Furstenfeld0.6 


A Bundesliga Round 31: #1 BC Vienna is defeated by Xion Dukes - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked BC Vienna (21-8) in Wien on Monday night. Hosts were edged by second ranked Xion Dukes (20-9) 73-71. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 25-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for the former international guard Kevin Payton (196-86, college: Minnesota) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (205-79) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: CS Northridge) responded with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Xion Dukes have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 20-9 record behind leader BC Vienna. BC Vienna at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. Xion Dukes are looking forward to face Redwell Gunners Oberwart (#4) at home in the next round. BC Vienna will play against Kapfenberg Bulls and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Gussing. Fourth ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (18-11) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Gussing Knights (14-15) 76-73 on Sunday evening. It was an exceptional evening for American-Puerto Rican point guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) who led the winners and scored 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Seamus Boxley accounted for 16 points and 5 rebounds. International point guard Thomas Klepeisz (185-91, agency: TSS Management) came up with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for Gussing Knights in the defeat. Gussing Knights' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 18-11 record. Gussing Knights lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 15 games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play against league's second-placed Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gussing Knights will play on the road against Gmunden Swans (#6) in Gmunden and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (19-10) against sixth ranked Gmunden Swans (17-12) on Monday night. Visiting Kapfenberg Bulls were defeated by Gmunden Swans in Gmunden 88-75. Dan Oppland fired 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Gmunden Swans' coach Kresimir Basic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Demetrius Nelson produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Gmunden Swans maintains sixth place with 17-12 record. Loser Kapfenberg Bulls keep the third position with ten games lost. Gmunden Swans will meet at home Gussing Knights (#7) in the next round. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against the league's leader BC Vienna (#1) in Wien and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fifth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (17-10) beat at home 10th ranked St.Polten (4-23) by 14 points 97-83, which is the biggest margin this round. Worth to mention a great performance of Ali Farokhmanesh who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Raiffeisen Wels have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 17-10 record. St.Polten at the other side keeps the tenth position with 23 games lost. Raiffeisen Wels' next round opponent will be Furstenfeld Panthers (#8) on the road. St.Polten will play against Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 31 Furstenfeld won against UBSC Graz on the opponent's court 83-75.


Gmunden - Kapfenberg 88-75

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (19-10) against sixth ranked Gmunden Swans (17-12) on Monday night. Visiting Kapfenberg Bulls were defeated by Gmunden Swans in Gmunden 88-75. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 52-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) fired 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Serbian forward Enis Murati (194-88) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. Four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. Gmunden Swans' coach Kresimir Basic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) added 22 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Gmunden Swans maintains sixth place with 17-12 record. Loser Kapfenberg Bulls keep the third position with ten games lost. Gmunden Swans will meet at home Gussing Knights (#7) in the next round. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against the league's leader BC Vienna (#1) in Wien and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: D.Oppland 20+6reb+1ast, R.Arnold 15+5reb+1ast, E.Murati 13+3reb+5ast, D.Friedrich 12+3reb+2ast, J.Brown 11+3reb+5ast, M.Mayer 9+7reb+1ast
Kapfenberg: D.Nelson 27+10reb+1ast, J.Dean Shaw 22+8reb+3ast, F.Kramer 8+1reb+2ast, H.Opoku 7+6reb+2ast, G.Woods 7+3reb+2ast, Q.Pryor 2+7reb+3ast
gschID: 233403


BC Vienna - Klosterneub. 71-73

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked BC Vienna (21-8) in Wien on Monday night. Hosts were edged by second ranked Xion Dukes (20-9) 73-71. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 25-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for the former international guard Kevin Payton (196-86, college: Minnesota) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (205-79) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: CS Northridge) responded with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) scored 21 points. Xion Dukes have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 20-9 record behind leader BC Vienna. BC Vienna at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. Xion Dukes are looking forward to face Redwell Gunners Oberwart (#4) at home in the next round. BC Vienna will play against Kapfenberg Bulls and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: K.Payton 22+8reb+4ast, R.Suljanovic 16+5reb+1ast, C.Bobb 15+4reb, M.Rachar 8+4reb, C.Greimeister 5+1ast, D.Zeleznik 3+2reb
BC Vienna: I.Boylan 23+5reb+5ast, S.Stazic 21+3reb+3ast, M.Pearson 8+5reb, T.Gaspar 6+3reb, B.Danek 5+2reb+2ast, S.Ray 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 233400


UBSC Graz - Furstenfeld 75-83

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 8th ranked UBSC Graz (11-17) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (11-16) 83-75. UBSC Graz was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 46-37 second half run of Furstenfeld Panthers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Tyrone Sally (201-82, college: W.Virginia) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 7 rebounds. Slovenian swingman Samo Grum (193-79) contributed with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American swingman Michael Dale (197-84, college: S.Illinois) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import point guard Eric Gilchrese (183-87, college: New Hampshire, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 19 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals in the effort for UBSC Graz. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Furstenfeld Panthers moved-up to eighth place. UBSC Graz at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 17 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers' next round opponent will be higher ranked Raiffeisen Wels (#5) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: T.Sally 27+7reb+1ast, S.Grum 19+5reb+6ast, P.Radakovics 14+5ast, J.Rubin 10+5reb+1ast, B.Cresnar 7+8reb, C.Cox 6+6reb+2ast
UBSC Graz: M.Dale 21+10reb+2ast, E.Gilchrese 19+6reb+7ast, C.Knor 15+4reb+1ast, M.Stegnjaic 12+5reb+1ast, C.Bronson 8+9reb, D.Heuberger 0
gschID: 233399


Wels - St.Polten 97-83

Fifth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (17-10) beat at home 10th ranked St.Polten (4-23) by 14 points 97-83, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Raiffeisen Wels. St.Polten was better in second period 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Iranian point guard Ali Farokhmanesh (183-88, college: N.Iowa) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. International Romed Vieider (195-91) contributed with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international center Martin Kohlmaier (218-84) answered with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and Serbian swingman Maksim Kovacevic (199-87) added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for St.Polten. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Raiffeisen Wels have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 17-10 record. St.Polten at the other side keeps the tenth position with 23 games lost. Raiffeisen Wels' next round opponent will be Furstenfeld Panthers (#8) on the road. St.Polten will play against Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wels: A.Farokhmanesh 22+5reb+5ast, R.Vieider 21+5reb+4ast, D.Washington 17+9reb, D.Gonzalvez 14+2reb+3ast, D.Lamesic 13+8reb+1ast, C.Hallett 7
St.Polten: M.Kohlmaier 19+6reb+4ast, M.Kovacevic 17+7reb+5ast, M.Speiser 15+3reb+3ast, A.Worenz 15+5reb, M.Pinezich 10+3reb+2ast, T.Csebits 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 233402


Gussing - Oberwart 73-76

Important game to mention about took place in Gussing. Fourth ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (18-11) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Gussing Knights (14-15) 76-73 on Sunday evening. Gussing Knights were ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 18-7 third quarter run of Redwell Gunners Oberwart. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Gussing Knights to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 29-of-33 charity shots (87.9 percent) during the game, while Gussing Knights only scored seven points from the stripe. Gussing Knights were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American-Puerto Rican point guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) who led the winners and scored 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) accounted for 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. International point guard Thomas Klepeisz (185-91, agency: TSS Management) came up with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Gussing Knights in the defeat. Four Redwell Gunners Oberwart and five Gussing Knights players scored in double figures. Gussing Knights' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 18-11 record. Gussing Knights lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 15 games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play against league's second-placed Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gussing Knights will play on the road against Gmunden Swans (#6) in Gmunden and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: D.Hinson 20+1reb+2ast, S.Boxley 16+5reb+2ast, R.Chaney 16+3reb, J.Johnson 10+5reb, H.Ochsenhofer 6+1reb+3ast, L.Linzer 2+1reb
Gussing: M.Heard 15+9reb+1ast, T.Klepeisz 14+8reb+7ast, D.Hunt 11+9reb+1ast, E.Kadic 11+2reb+2ast, S.Koch 11+3ast, M.Jandrasits 6
gschID: 233401



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Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
Championship
 1. Grodno-93 27-1 
 2. Sozh Gomel 19-8 
 3. Svisloch 12-16 
 4. Rubon 11-16 
Play-Out
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk II 11-16 
 2. Impuls BGUIR 11-17 
 3. Borisfen 6-23 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 5

Championship

Apr. 5: Grodno-93 - Svisloch
Apr. 5: Sozh Gomel - Rubon

Play-Out

Apr. 5: Tsmoki-Minsk II - Impuls BGUIR
Apr. 6: Tsmoki-Minsk II - Impuls BGUIR


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Tsmoki.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.21.5 
 2. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel20.9 
 3. Konate, Svisloch19.1 
 4. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.16.0 
 5. Dolenko, Svisloch14.7 
 6. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.14.5 
 7. Zakhar, Impuls B.14.1 
 8. Indrikov, Rubon13.7 
 9. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.12.8 
 10. Ignatiev, Impuls12.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maks Adam KONATE
  Svisloch
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Konate, Svisloch12.6 
 2. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.10.2 
 3. Dadukin, Sozh G.10.2 
 4. Plivda, Rubon9.1 
 5. Zakhar, Impuls B.8.9 
 6. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.8.3 
 7. Krisevich, Tsmoki.7.9 
 8. Ignatiev, Impuls B.6.7 
 9. Sharamet, Borisfen6.5 
 10. Kuzmin, Grodno-936.0 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  Sozh G.
  (185-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Charykau, Sozh G.6.6 
 2. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.3 
 3. Dolenko, Svisloch5.1 
 4. Akulich, Rubon4.9 
 5. Kamarunas, Tsmoki.4.5 
 6. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.4.0 
 7. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.3 
 8. Kryukov, Borisfen3.0 
 9. Tatur, Borisfen3.0 
 10. Sapegin, Rubon2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Akulich, Rubon3.0 
 2. Kamarunas, Tsmoki.2.7 
 3. Konate, Svisloch2.6 
 4. Zakhar, Impuls B.2.4 
 5. Charykau, Sozh G.2.4 
 6. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.2 
 7. Volodkin, Impuls B.2.2 
 8. Malkov, Grodno-932.0 
 9. Indrikov, Rubon1.9 
 10. Tatur, Borisfen1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 2. Aheyenka, Borisfen0.0 
 3. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 4. Yafremov, Grodn.0.0 
 5. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 6. Viaroukin, Sozh Go.0.0 
 7. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 8. Vashkevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 9. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 10. Tatur, Borisfen0.0 


Vladimir Veremeenko selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Belarusian players, who play currently abroad.

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in Russia). He was the major contributor in an Unics Kazan's victory against the second-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (20-8) 73-58 in the Russian PBL in Monday night's game. Veremeenko scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes on the court. Unics Kazan (5-5) is placed sixth in the PBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Veremeenko's fifth season with the team. This year he averages: 7.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 69.4%(25-36) and FT: 89.5% in the nine games he played so far. Veremeenko has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. He played for the Belarusian senior national team six years ago.

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in Lithuania). Liutych led Siauliai to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked LSU-Baltai (5-14) crushing them 97-75 in the Lithuanian LKL last Tuesday. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. BC Siauliai (11-7) is placed third in the LKL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Liutych's overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 56.5%(35-62), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 64.7%. He is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Turkey). Parakhouski led Olin Edirne to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Erdemir (9-15) crushing them 90-53 in the Turkish TBL on Saturday night. He scored 11 points and blocked 2 shots in only a mere 14 minutes. Olin Edirne Basketball (6-18) is placed 14th in the TBL. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. It's Parakhouski's first season with the team. Parakhouski is the league's best blocker with 1.8bpg. This year his other stats are: 12.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 64.8%(127-196) and FT: 52.3% in the 24 games. Parakhouski is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Mikita Meshcharakou
Mikita Meshcharakou
   #4. Small forward Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help AcegasAps TR (9-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance AcegasAps TR was defeated 71-67 at home by the higher-ranked Biancoblu BO (#7). Meshcharakou was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Meshcharakou's overall stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3spg. He is also Belarusian national team player.

Dante Stiggers
Dante Stiggers
   #5. International point guard Dante Stiggers (188-82, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Apoel (18-13) in their game against AEK (20-9) in the Cypriot Division A. Stiggers did not have that impressive stats last Tuesday. He recorded only 3 points and added 3 assists in 20 minutes. Apoel lost 70-78 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) AEK. Stiggers is currently sixth on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (third place). This year his overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.4apg and 2.0spg in the 24 games. Stiggers is a naturalized American. He plays currently for the Belarusian national team. Stiggers used to play for BK Minsk-2006 in Belarusian league.

Aleh Kojenets
Aleh Kojenets
   #6. An experienced center Aleh Kojenets (208-77, college: NC-Wilmington, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Statyba (23-16) crushing them 89-64 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) in Thursday night's game. Kojenets scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Mazeikiai (31-8) is placed first in the NKL. Kojenets has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg and 4.0rpg in the 37 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Belarusian senior team four years ago.

Maksim Shustau
Maksim Shustau
   #7. Former international guard Maksim Shustau (188-86, currently plays in Russia) was not able to secure a victory for Sojuz Zaretchny (4-22) in their game against TEMP-SUMZ Revda (15-11) in the Russian Superleague (second division), despite his good performance on Monday night. He scored 11 points in 22 minutes. But the bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny was badly defeated 86-67 on their home court in Zaretchny by the much higher-ranked (#6) TEMP-SUMZ Revda. It was Sojuz Zaretchny's ninth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Shustau's total stats are: 9.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.2apg in the 14 games. He used to play for the Belarusian national team five years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Belarusian passport but never been selected to any of Belarusian national teams:

   #1. Yivgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88, currently plays in Israel) led Elitzur Yavne to a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (14-9) 69-67 in the Israeli National League (second division) on Thursday night. He scored 12 points. Elitzur Yavne (15-8) is placed fourth in the National League. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Lioutrine's total stats this season are: 7.1ppg and 3.7rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Israeli. Despite Lioutrine's Belarusian passport, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.

   #2. Igor Suhinin (188-G-81, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian Superleague (second division) could not help Planeta-Universitet Ukhta (9-17) to beat Dynamo Moscow (14-11). Suhinin recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But Planeta-Universitet Ukhta was defeated 86-74 on the road by the higher-ranked Dynamo Moscow (#7). It was Planeta-Universitet Ukhta's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Suhinin's total stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg.

   #3. Vladi Yeremishin (201-F/C-84, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) faced previously mentioned Yivgeni Lioutrine in the Israeli National League last game. Yeremishin was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Ironi Ramat Gan (14-9) in their game against Elitzur Yavne (15-8). He scored 6 points. Ironi Ramat Gan was edged 69-67 in Yavne by the higher-ranked Elitzur (#4). It was Ironi Ramat Gan's first loss after three consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Yeremishin has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 2.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Israeli. Despite Yeremishin's Belarusian nationality, he previously played for the Israeli university national team and probably cannot be called to the Belarusian team.



Premier League Round 4: Sozh Gomel beats Svisloch in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Second Stage in Premier League.

An exciting game was played in Osipovichi. Second ranked Sozh Gomel faced one of their biggest challengers Svisloch. Guests from Gomel (19-8) defeated host Svisloch (12-16) 85-68. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 17-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-68. Ukrainian forward Dmytro Khodov (203-87) fired 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Ukrainian power forward Sergei Miakinin (206-86) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate (200-91) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 20 rebounds for lost side. Sozh Gomel maintains second position in League with 19-8 record having just -8 point less than leader Tsmoki-Minsk II. Svisloch at the other side keeps the third place with 16 games lost. Sozh Gomel are looking forward to face Rubon (#4) in Vitebsk in the next round. Svisloch will play on the road against the league's leader Grodno-93 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game was played in Vitebsk. First ranked Grodno-93 faced 4th ranked Rubon. Guests from Grodno (27-1) defeated host Rubon (11-16) 83-69. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Kanstantin Yafremov (202-86, agency: Promotex) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 rebounds. Igor Konuyshenko contributed with 16 points for the winners. Russian guard Anton Indrikov (193-87) replied with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Rubon. Rubon's coach Ruslan Baidakov rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Grodno-93 maintains first position in League with 27-1 record. Rubon at the other side keeps the fourth place with 16 games lost. Grodno-93 will play against Svisloch (#3) in Osipovichi in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Rubon will play on the road against the league's second-placed Sozh Gomel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game was played in Mogilev. Second ranked Impuls BGUIR faced one of their biggest challengers Borisfen. Guests from Minsk (11-17) defeated host Borisfen (6-23) 83-66. Worth to mention a great performance of Yuriy Ignatiev who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side Sergey Tatur responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Borisfen's coach Rostislav Vergun tested eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Impuls BGUIR maintains second position in League with 11-17 record having just -1 point less than leader Tsmoki-Minsk II. Newly promoted Borisfen keeps the third place with 23 games lost. Impuls BGUIR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Minsk to the arena Tsmoki-Minsk II.

The best stats of 4th round was 29 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals by Kiril Sitnik of Sozh Gomel.


Group Championship
Svisloch - Sozh Gomel 68-85

An exciting game was played in Osipovichi. Second ranked Sozh Gomel faced one of their biggest challengers Svisloch. Guests from Gomel (19-8) defeated host Svisloch (12-16) 85-68. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 17-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-68. Ukrainian forward Dmytro Khodov (203-87) fired 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Ukrainian power forward Sergei Miakinin (206-86) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate (200-91) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 20 rebounds and point guard Oleksandr Dolenko (191-90) added 12 points and 9 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sozh Gomel maintains second position in League with 19-8 record having just -8 point less than leader Tsmoki-Minsk II. Svisloch at the other side keeps the third place with 16 games lost. Sozh Gomel are looking forward to face Rubon (#4) in Vitebsk in the next round. Svisloch will play on the road against the league's leader Grodno-93 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svisloch: M.Adam Konate 22+20reb+2ast, A.Korneenkov 13+3reb, O.Dolenko 12+1reb+9ast, D.Shilovich 11+5reb+1ast, I.Sharipov 7+2reb, P.Shuleyko 2+3reb
Sozh Gomel: D.Khodov 18+8reb+4ast, S.Miakinin 16+7reb+1ast, S.Charykau 15+3reb+2ast, S.Dadukin 12+7reb+3ast, M.Ozhegov 9+1ast, T.Viaroukin 7+6reb+3ast
gschID: 235431


Rubon - Grodno-93 69-83

An exciting game was played in Vitebsk. First ranked Grodno-93 faced 4th ranked Rubon. Guests from Grodno (27-1) defeated host Rubon (11-16) 83-69. Rubon was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 43-28 second half run of Grodno-93. Rubon was plagued by 35 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Kanstantin Yafremov (202-86, agency: Promotex) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Igor Konuyshenko (196-86) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Russian guard Anton Indrikov (193-87) replied with 14 points and 8 rebounds and Latvian center Zintis Plivda (206-88) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Rubon. Five Grodno-93 and four Rubon players scored in double figures. Rubon's coach Ruslan Baidakov rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Grodno-93 maintains first position in League with 27-1 record. Rubon at the other side keeps the fourth place with 16 games lost. Grodno-93 will play against Svisloch (#3) in Osipovichi in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Rubon will play on the road against the league's second-placed Sozh Gomel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rubon: Z.Plivda 16+8reb, S.Sapegin 16+6reb+1ast, A.Indrikov 14+8reb+2ast, D.Akulich 11+2reb+3ast, Y.Patupchyk 5+2reb, E.Ivanov 4+1reb
Grodno-93: I.Konuyshenko 16+4reb, K.Yafremov 14+9reb+3ast, A.Mastou 14+3reb, D.Kuzmin 10+4reb+2ast, U.Charko 10+5reb, A.Malkov 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 235430


Group Play-Out
Borisfen - Impuls BGUIR 66-83

An exciting game was played in Mogilev. Second ranked Impuls BGUIR faced one of their biggest challengers Borisfen. Guests from Minsk (11-17) defeated host Borisfen (6-23) 83-66. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-66. Impuls BGUIR dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Borisfen's 38. Impuls BGUIR forced 19 Borisfen turnovers and outrebounded them 46-24 including a 33-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Yuriy Ignatiev (198-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and Henadziy Zakhar (198-92) who added 17 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Sergey Tatur (195-91) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and forward Evgeniy Kopylov (199-91) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Four Impuls BGUIR and five Borisfen players scored in double figures. Borisfen's coach Rostislav Vergun tested eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Impuls BGUIR maintains second position in League with 11-17 record having just -1 point less than leader Tsmoki-Minsk II. Newly promoted Borisfen keeps the third place with 23 games lost. Impuls BGUIR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Minsk to the arena Tsmoki-Minsk II.
Top scorers:
Borisfen: S.Tatur 13+5reb+1ast, A.Sharamet 13+3reb, A.Aheyenka 11+2reb+1ast, E.Kopylov 10+8reb+1ast, F.Kryukov 10+4reb+2ast, D.Vorchakov 3+3ast
Impuls BGUIR: Y.Ignatiev 23+11reb+1ast, H.Zakhar 17+14reb+3ast, D.Azaare 15+10reb+2ast, K.Volodkin 15+5reb+1ast, A.Kuzmitski 6+3reb+2ast, K.Stsiapanau 4+1ast
gschID: 235429



Henadziy Zakhar claims Belarusian Premier League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented Henadziy Zakhar (198-SF-92) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Impuls BGUIR and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
The 20-year old had a double-double of 17 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team crushed Borisfen (#3, 6-23) with 17-point margin 83-66. Impuls BGUIR maintains the 2nd position in Belarusian Premier League. Impuls BGUIR is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 17th lost game this season out of 28 games. Zakhar has many years of experience at Impuls BGUIR, through which he has constantly improved. Zakhar has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 14.1ppg), rebounds (5th best: 8.9rpg) and averages solid 2.4spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate (200-F-91) of Svisloch. Konate impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 20 rebounds. Bad luck as Svisloch lost that game 68-85 to slightly higher-ranked Sozh Gomel (#2, 19-8). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Championship. Svisloch still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-16 record. Konate is one of the most experienced players at Svisloch and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.1ppg (#3). He also registered 12.6 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Ukrainian Dmytro Khodov (203-F-87) of second-ranked Sozh Gomel. Khodov showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Sozh Gomel, leading his team to a 85-68 easy win against #3 ranked Svisloch. Sozh Gomel needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in Championship. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 8 lost games. Khodov has a very solid season. In 14 games in Belarus he scored 10.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Yuriy Ignatiev (198-F-91) of Impuls BGUIR - 23 points and 11 rebounds
5. Sergei Miakinin (206-F/C-86) of Sozh Gomel - 16 points and 7 rebounds
6. Denis Azaare (196-G/F-92) of Impuls BGUIR - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Anton Indrikov (193-G-87) of Rubon - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Kanstantin Yafremov (202-F-86) of Grodno-93 - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Sergei Dadukin (198-F-83) of Sozh Gomel - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Siarhei Charykau (185-PG-82) of Sozh Gomel - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Standings - Division II

Division II Standings
 1. Houthalen 21-6 
 2. Gembo BBC 19-7 
 3. Kangor.-Boom 19-7 
 4. Sint-Jan Ant. 16-10 
 5. St-Niklase 16-10 
 6. CEP Fleurus 16-10 
 7. Waregem 15-12 
 8. Gent Dragons 12-14 
 9. M.Hainaut II 12-14 
 10. Tongeren 12-15 
 11. Excelsior 11-14 
 12. Sprimont 10-15 
 13. Oudenaarde 9-17 
 14. Giants II 4-22 
 15. Essor Charleroi 3-22 

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 31: Oudenaarde - Sint-Jan Ant. 95-83
Mar. 30: St-Niklase - M.Hainaut II 92-73
Mar. 31: Giants II - Excelsior 89-73
Mar. 30: Waregem - Point Chaud 73-62
Apr. 1: Gent Dragons - Houthalen 70-77
Mar. 29: Giants II - Gent Dragons 65-87
Mar. 30: Tongeren - Gembo BBC 105-120
Mar. 29: CEP Fleurus - Kangor.-Boom 100-87

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 5: Point Chaud - Excelsior
Apr. 6: St-Niklase - Tongeren
Apr. 6: Sint-Jan Ant. - Waregem
Apr. 6: Kangor.-Boom - M.Hainaut II
Apr. 7: Essor Charleroi - Giants II
Apr. 7: Gembo BBC - CEP Fleurus
Apr. 7: Houthalen - Oudenaarde


Axel Hervelle selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Belgian players, who play currently abroad.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Gescrap BB (16-11) to beat Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (9-18). Hervelle scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. But Gescrap BB lost 82-90 at home to the much lower-ranked (#15) Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. This year Hervelle averages: 8.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.9%(82-144), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 83.3% in the 26 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (190-85, currently plays in Italy). He was not able to help Cantu (15-10) in their game against Juvecaserta (11-14) in the Italian SerieA. Tabu was the second best scorer with 8 points. He also added 4 assists in 27 minutes. Cantu was edged 66-65 on their home court in Cantu by the lower-ranked (#9) Juvecaserta. This year Tabu's overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 43.4%, 3FGP: 39.4% and FT: 82.5% in the 25 games. He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Marcus Faison
Marcus Faison
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international guard Marcus Faison (196-78, college: Siena, currently plays in Finland), who plays in the Finnish Korisliiga. He was not able to secure a victory for KTP-Basket (31-10) in their last game. Despite Faison's very good performance KTP-Basket lost 83-89 on the road to the one of league's weakest teams (#11) Namika Lahti. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Faison also added 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Faison has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 36.0%, 3FGP: 48.3%(14-29) and FT: 72.0% in the eight games. He is a naturalized American. Faison played for the Belgian national team two years ago. He used to play for TEC Spirou Charleroi in Belgian league.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #4. Point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CAI Zaragoza (15-12) in their game against Real Madrid (25-2) in the Spanish ACB. Van Rossom scored 5 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. CAI Zaragoza was defeated 84-75 on their home court in Zaragoza by the leading Real Madrid. Van Rossom's total stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg. He is also Belgian national team player.

Aleksander Lichodzijewski
Aleksander Lichodzijewski
   #5. Former international center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help Polpharma (14-13) in their game against Start Gdynia (8-19) in the Polish TBL. Lichodzijewski recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The first-placed Polpharma was defeated 74-70 in Gdynia by the lower-ranked Start (#5) in the Places 7-12 group. It was Polpharma's first loss after four consecutive victories. It's Lichodzijewski's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 8.7ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.2apg. Lichodzijewski has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Polish. He used to play for the Belgian national team five years ago.

Dimitri Lauwers
Dimitri Lauwers
   #6. Guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-79, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Aget Service IM (8-15) 71-55 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. He scored 8 points in 23 minutes. Tezenis Verona (11-12) is placed eighth in the Lega2. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Lauwers' total stats are: 6.3ppg and 3.3rpg in the four games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #7. U20 international point guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Alabama (23-13) in their game against the University of Maryland (25-12) in the NCAA Regional Semifinals. Obasohan cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. The Alabama was edged 58-57 on their home court in Tuscaloosa, AL by the University of Maryland. The Regional Semifinals already ended in the NCAA. Obasohan has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 3.3rpg. He is also Belgian U20 national team player.

Gael Hulsen
Gael Hulsen
   #8. Swingman Gael Hulsen (193-90, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-30) in their game against Newcastle Eagles (0-0) in the British BBL. Hulsen scored 7 points and added 4 assists in 28 minutes. The bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was crushed 92-69 in Newcastle by the higher-ranked (#6) Eagles. So far Liverpool Mersey Tigers lost all games in the Regular Season. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Hulsen has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.3apg and 1.1spg in the 29 games. He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team back in 2009.

The list of other players, who all have Belgian passport but never been selected to any of Belgian national teams:

   #1. Tyler Haws (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) led BYU to an easy victory against the University of Southern Mississippi (6-0) 79-62 in the NCAA Regional Semifinals last Wednesday. Haws scored 25 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. The Brigham Young University has a solid 24-11 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regional Semifinals. And that game will be critical. It's Haws' fourth year with the team. Haws' overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.8apg.

   #2. Experienced Ryan Hoover (187-PG-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a Fileni BPA Jesi's surprising victory against the fifth-ranked Givova Scafati (12-11) 73-72 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Hoover recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 3 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Fileni BPA Jesi (10-13) is placed 11th in the Lega2. Hoover has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.8spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hoover has never played in Belgium.

   #3. Jonathan Dubas (202-SF-91, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA could not help Monthey (13-12) in their last game. Despite Dubas' very good performance Monthey lost 73-79 on the road to the second-ranked Fribourg. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Dubas also added 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Dubas has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.7spg in the 25 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Swiss.

   #4. Ruphin Tshiabu Kayembe (200-F-92, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to a Maribor Messer's victory against the fifth-ranked Helios (12-9) 64-59 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Saturday night. Tshiabu Kayembe recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 16 minutes. KK Maribor Messer (14-7) is placed third in Places 1-6 group. This year Tshiabu Kayembe's total stats are: 3.4ppg and 2.2rpg in the 11 games. He is another player who holds two passports: DR Congolese and Belgian.

   #5. Douglas Tshomba (201-F-83, college: Tusculum, currently plays in France), who plays in the French NM1 (third division) was not able to help JA Vichy (18-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Tshomba's good performance JA Vichy was edged 73-70 in Angers by the much lower-ranked BC 49 (#11). He recorded 10 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. This season Tshomba has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.8apg.



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Standings - BIH League

Division Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Mladost 17-6 
 2. Bosna 17-6 
 3. Capljina 16-7 
 4. Radnik B. 11-12 
 5. Igokea 1-0 
 6. Siroki WWin 1-0 
Places 7-14
 1. Zrinjski HT 11-11 
 2. Varda HE 10-12 
 3. Leotar 10-12 
 4. Kakanj 9-13 
 5. Borac Nektar 9-13 
 6. Posusje 8-13 
 7. Vogosca 8-14 
 8. Servitium 6-15 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 1

Mar. 30: Igokea - Mladost 87-68
Mar. 30: Siroki WWin - Radnik B. 85-66
Mar. 29: Bosna - Capljina 69-67

Second Stage: Round 2

Apr. 2: Radnik B. - Capljina
Apr. 3: Siroki WWin - Igokea
Apr. 3: Mladost - Bosna


D1 Stats Leaders

LIGA 12 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Tuljkovic, Vogosca 24
2 Bakovic, Posusje 22.6
3 Lalovic, Zri 20.5
4 Filipovic, Vogosca 19.9
5 Hadzifejzovic 17.3
6 Bijelic, Mladost 17.3
7 Sinadinovic, Zrinj 17.3
8 Hot, Vogosca 17.3
9 Bjelica, Capljina 16.3
10 Rizvic, Bosna 16.0

Rebounds Per Game
1 Tuljkovic, Vogosca 9.4
2 Josilo, Varda HE 8.9
3 Lalovic, Zrinjski. 8.3
4 Goranovic, Radnik 7.1
5 Pavlovic, Borac N. 7
6 Hadzifejzovic 6.8
7 Rizvic, Bosna 6.8
8 Bijelic, Mladost 6.4
9 Erkic, Radnik B. 6.3
10 Damjanovic, Servitium 6.3

Assists Per Game
1 Hot, Vogosca 7.1
2 Peljto, Kakanj 5.7
3 Sinadinovic, Zri 5.2
4 Kovacevic, Capljina 4.9
5 Bakovic, Posusje 4.8
6 Hodzic, Bosna 4.7
7 Radovanovic, Radnik 4.7
8 Ivanic, Mladost 4.3
9 Bjelica, Capljina 4.2
10 Kastratovic, Varda H. 3.6

Steals Per Game
1 Hot, Vogosca 2.5
2 Lovric, Posusje 2.5
3 Kovacevic, Capljina 2.2
4 Bjelica, Capljina 2.2
5 Kastratovic, Varda H. 1.6
6 Hodzic, Bosna 1.6
7 Borovcanin, Radnik B. 1.6
8 Knezevic, Mladost 1.5
9 Peljto, Kakanj 1.5
10 Milosevic, Mladost 1.4

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



Standings - D2 Leagues

Division Standings
1.Liga RS
 1. HEO 13-1 
 2. Gradanski 9-3 
 3. Gacko 9-6 
 4. Bratunac 8-6 
 5. Drina Birac 8-6 
 6. Prijedor 7-7 
 7. Feniks 7-8 
 8. Sutjeska 7-8 
 9. Rudar 5-8 
 10. Rogatica 2-11 
 11. Jahorina 2-13 
A1 Liga
 1. Spars Sarajevo 19-1 
 2. Sloboda Tuzla 17-3 
 3. Play Off 14-6 
 4. Brcko 13-7 
 5. Gradina S. 12-8 
 6. Student 11-14 
 7. Bosnjak 9-11 
 8. Celik 9-11 
 9. Spars Mostar 7-13 
 10. Orlovik 5-15 
 11. Limometal 4-16 
 12. Donji Vakuf 3-17 
Liga Herceg-Bosne
 1. Vitez 13-1 
 2. Brotnjo 11-3 
 3. Siroki II 8-5 
 4. Student M. 5-3 
 5. Kiseljak 5-8 
 6. Grude 5-9 
 7. Busovaca 4-9 
 8. Livno 4-9 
 9. Rama 2-11 


KK Radnik Bijeljina inks Marko Josilo - by Eurobasket News

KK Radnik Bijeljina (Division I) signed 21-year old naturalized Serbian guard Marko Josilo (201-92). He started the season at KK Varda Hidroelektrana Visegrad (Division I). In 19 games he had 12.8ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg this season. Josilo won Serbian League championship title in 2011.
He was a member of Serbian U19 National Team two years ago.
Josilo has played previously professionally in Austria and Serbia (Partizan).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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

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



Zack Wright selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Bosnians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Zack Wright (195-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian PBL. Wright could not help one of league's weakest teams Spartak St.Petersburg (6-6) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance Spartak St.Petersburg was edged 85-82 on the road by the higher-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (#4). Wright was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 boards, passed 7 assists and added 4 steals. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Wright averages: 7.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 61.3%(38-62), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 72.7%. He is a naturalized American. Wright is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Kenan Bajramovic
Kenan Bajramovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Kenan Bajramovic (205-81, currently plays in Turkey). He was not able to help Banvit BK (20-4) in their game against Karsiyaka (18-6) in the Turkish TBL. Despite his good performance last Wednesday Bajramovic scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Bajramovic's overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 42.1% and FT: 76.7%. He is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Jusuf Nurkic
Jusuf Nurkic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Jusuf Nurkic (212-94, currently plays in Adriatic League). He was the major contributor in a KK Zadar's victory against the league outsider KK Split (8-18) 85-68 in the Adriatic League in Sunday night's game. Nurkic scored 14 points. KK Zadar (9-17) is placed 12th in the Adriatic League. The Regular Season already ended in the Adriatic League. Nurkic's overall stats this season are: 4.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 2FGP: 57.9%(11-19). He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. Despite Nurkic played previously for the Slovenian U16 national team, he is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Ivan Opacak
Ivan Opacak
   #4. An experienced shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for PGE Turow (18-9) in their game against Stelmet ZG (18-9) in the Polish TBL. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Opacak was the top scorer with 15 points. Opacak's overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg and 2.7rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Opacak is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Barisa Krasic
Barisa Krasic
   #5. Former international center Barisa Krasic (203-78, currently plays in Croatia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jusuf Nurkic. But that was another game of his team in Croatian A1 which we would like to mention. Krasic contributed to an overtime KK Zadar's victory against the seventh-ranked Cedevita (0-1) 84-79. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was his first game for KK Zadar this season. His team is placed fourth in Places 1-8 group. Krasic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team eight years ago.

Esmir Rizvic
Esmir Rizvic
   #6. Center Esmir Rizvic (213-82, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Slovenia) led Maribor Messer to a victory over the fifth-ranked Helios (12-9) 64-59 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Saturday night. Rizvic was MVP of the game. He recorded 18 points in 24 minutes. KK Maribor Messer (14-7) is placed third in Places 1-6 group. It's Rizvic's first season with the team. Rizvic has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg and 6.2rpg in the 21 games he played so far. He is a former international player as he played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team four years ago.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #7. U18 international power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in Slovenia) managed to help Union Olimpija Ljubljana to win against the fifth-ranked Helios (12-9) 77-63 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Wednesday night's game. Sulejmanovic scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was his first game for Un.Olimpija this season. His team is placed second in Places 1-6 group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Sulejmanovic is also Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team player.

Ernest Bremer
Ernest Bremer
   #8. Guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Armani Milano's victory against the closely-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (18-7) 85-79 in the Italian SerieA last Saturday. He recorded 7 points and added 3 assists in 24 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (15-10) is placed fifth in the SerieA. This year Bremer's overall stats are: 6.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.3apg in the 14 games. He is a naturalized American. Bremer used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2011. He played also for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #9. International forward Nihad Djedovic (198-90, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his German team ALBA Berlin win their game against the closely-ranked Zalgiris (13-10) crushing them 77-55 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Djedovic recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 26 minutes. ALBA Berlin (7-16) is placed seventh in group E. His team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And now that game is very crucial. This year Djedovic's total stats are: 8.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg in the 22 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Zlatko Jovanovic
Zlatko Jovanovic
   #10. Point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Timisoara (19-10) in their game against Giurgiu (11-18) in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Despite his very good performance last Thursday Jovanovic was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 3 assists. Jovanovic's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Jovanovic is currently ninth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Jovanovic averages: 16.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 6.0apg. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

   #11. International center Nedzad Sinanovic (221-83, currently plays in Spain) helped Blancos de Rueda win their game against the closely-ranked UCAM Murcia crushing them 91-57 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Sinanovic scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. He has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 4.3rpg. Sinanovic plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #12. International power forward Edin Bavcic (209-84, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Greece) helped KAOD win their game against the closely-ranked Kolossos 74-66 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Bavcic has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 3.6rpg. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #13. International center Elmedin Kikanovic (210-88, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in VTB United League) couldn't help Enisey Krasnoyarsk in their game against Neptunas in the VTB United League, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. Kikanovic had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds in 24 minutes. But his team lost 63-77. He has averaged so far 8.5ppg and 3.4rpg in the 18 games. Kikanovic is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

   #14. International point guard Sasa Vasiljevic (180-79, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Ukraine) helped Halychyna edge the 11th-ranked Dnipro 69-67 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Wednesday night. He scored 9 points in 27 minutes. Vasiljevic has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.9apg in the 39 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #15. International point guard Nemanja Gordic (192-88, currently plays in Serbia) helped Partizan win their game against the sixth-ranked Mega Vizura crushing them 95-64 in the Serbian A League last Saturday. Gordic recorded only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Partizan this season. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

The list of other players, who all have Bosnia and Herzegovina passport but never been selected to any of Bosnia and Herzegovina national teams:

   #1. Mirza Begic (217-C-85, currently plays in Spain) led Real Madrid to a victory over the seventh-ranked CAI Zaragoza (15-12) 84-75 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Begic scored 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. Real Madrid (25-2) is placed first in the ACB. This year Begic averages: 5.7ppg and 3.0rpg in the 27 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian.

   #2. Stanko Barac (216-C-86, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Erdemir (9-15) crushing them 78-46 in the Turkish TBL last Sunday. Barac recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (20-4) is placed second in the TBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This season Barac averages: 4.9ppg and 2.9rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #3. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (20-4) in their last game. Despite Bogdanovic's very good performance Fenerbahce Ulker was edged 91-88 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) Banvit BK. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Bogdanovic also added 6 passes in 30 minutes. Bogdanovic has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.9apg in the 21 games. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities.

   #4. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, currently plays in Sweden) was the main contributor in a Sodertalje Kings' victory against the closely-ranked Solna Vikings (22-16) crushing them 98-74 in the Swedish Basketligan last Wednesday. Bizaca was MVP of the game. He scored 31 points (!!!), grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 34 minutes. Sodertalje Kings (27-10) is placed third in the Basketligan. Bizaca has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.4apg in the 32 games.

   #5. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Khimik (24-14) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Sehovic's very good performance Khimik was defeated 91-79 in Mariupol by the higher-ranked Azovmash (#3). He was the top scorer with 20 points. Sehovic also added 4 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Sehovic's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. Sehovic also holds two passports: Montenegrin and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #6. Damir Markota (209-F-85, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Besiktas (14-10) in their last game. Despite his good performance Besiktas lost 72-76 in a derby game to the second-ranked Galatasaray. Markota had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 29 minutes. This year his overall stats are: 7.9ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.0apg in the 24 games. Markota has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #7. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, currently plays in Russia) contributed to a 1-point Khimky's victory against one of league's weakest teams Krasnie Krilya 82-81 in the Russian PBL on Monday night. Planinic scored 8 points and added 3 passes in 29 minutes. Planinic is currently second on the list of best passers with 5.0apg. This year his other stats are: 12.3ppg and 2.9rpg in the nine games. Planinic has Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina nationalities.

   #8. Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Hungary) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Kaposvari 103-85 in the Hungarian A Division last Wednesday. Sehovic recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 29 minutes. Sehovic has relatively good stats this year: 15.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 3.0apg in the three games. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegrin passports.

   #9. Miroslav Todic (205-F-85, currently plays in Ukraine) is a teammate of previously mentioned Suad Sehovic. But that was another game of his team in Ukrainian Superleague which we would like to mention. Todic contributed to a 3-point Khimik's victory against the closely-ranked BC Donetsk 93-90. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Todic's overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3spg. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian passports.

   #10. Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a Targu Mures' victory against the tenth-ranked CSU Sibiu 88-74 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Thursday night. Ceskovic was the best player in that game. He scored 19 points. This season Ceskovic has relatively solid stats: 14.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.6apg. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities.



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Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. Flamengo 27-3 
 2. Brasilia 25-4 
 3. Uberlandia 22-9 
 4. Bauru 22-10 
 5. Pinheiros/Sky 20-10 
 6. S.Jose/Unimed 19-11 
 7. Paulistano 16-16 
 8. Liga Sorocaba 15-17 
 9. Minas 14-16 
 10. Basquete Cearense 14-16 
 11. Limeira 12-18 
 12. Mogi das Cruzes 11-21 
 13. Joinville 10-21 
 14. Palmeiras 10-22 
 15. Franca 9-8 
 16. Vila Velha 9-21 
 17. Tijuca TC 5-25 
 18. Suzano 4-26 

Regular Season: Round 33

Mar. 30: Tijuca TC - Palmeiras 82-79 OT
Mar. 30: Liga Sorocaba - Pinheiros/Sky 81-87
Mar. 28: Uberlandia - Mogi das Cruzes 75-68
Mar. 30: Bauru - Paulistano 66-64

Round 34

Mar. 28: Flamengo - Palmeiras 81-61
Mar. 30: Franca - Mogi das Cruzes 79-71
Mar. 28: Liga Sorocaba - Paulistano 73-78

Regular Season: Round 35

Apr. 4: Pinheiros/Sky - Tijuca TC
Apr. 4: Suzano - Limeira
Apr. 4: Franca - Uberlandia
Apr. 4: S.Jose/Unimed - Basquete Cearense
Apr. 4: Mogi das Cruzes - Brasilia
Apr. 4: Vila Velha - Bauru
Apr. 4: Minas - Liga Sorocaba
Apr. 4: Paulistano - Flamengo
Apr. 4: Palmeiras - Joinville

Round 29

Mar. 31: Basquete Cearense - Suzano

Round 31

Apr. 4: Pinheiros/Sky - Brasilia
Apr. 4: Limeira - Tijuca TC


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Vieira, Flamengo21.6 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.7 
 3. Simmons, Vila Velha18.6 
 4. Day, Uberlandia18.6 
 5. Dawkins, Liga S.18.3 
 6. Smith, Pinheiro.18.1 
 7. Dos Santos, Brasil.18.1 
 8. Antonio, S.Jose/U.17.8 
 9. Beal, Minas17.5 
 10. Giovannoni, Brasi.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babby ARAUJO
  Mogi d.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 9
 1. Araujo, Mogi d.9.0 
 2. Ribeiro, Basque.8.7 
 3. Rodriguez, Flame.8.5 
 4. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.9 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.5 
 6. Silveira, Flamengo7.1 
 7. Castellar, Limeira7.1 
 8. Toyloy, Paulistano7.0 
 9. Agba, Bauru6.9 
 10. Teichmann, Franca6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.8.2 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.5 
 3. Collum, Uberlandia5.6 
 4. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.3 
 5. Garcia, Uberlandia4.5 
 6. Fischer, Bauru4.5 
 7. Campos, Suzano4.3 
 8. Smith, Pinheiro.4.3 
 9. Boracini, Pinheiro.4.3 
 10. Lima, Limeira4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Paulinho BORACINI
  Pinheiro.
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 0.2
 1. Boracini, Pinheiro.0.2 
 2. Ribeiro, Basque.0.2 
 3. Benite, Flamengo0.2 
 4. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.2 
 5. De Souza, Joinville0.1 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.0.1 
 7. Klafke, Basque.0.1 
 8. Froehlich, Franca0.1 
 9. Laws, S.Jose/U.0.1 
 10. Mensah, Flamengo0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.3 
 2. Dawkins, Liga S.2.0 
 3. Campos, Suzano1.9 
 4. Figueroa, Franca1.9 
 5. Teichmann, Franca1.8 
 6. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.8 
 7. Taylor, Bauru1.8 
 8. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 
 9. Ribeiro, Basque.1.7 
 10. Day, Uberlandia1.7 


Tiago Splitter's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Brazilians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Brazilians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the San Antonio Spurs (55-19) in their last game. Despite Splitter's good performance the San Antonio Spurs were edged 92-90 on the road by the Memphis Grizzlies. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds in 25 minutes on the court. Splitter has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 57.6%(291-505) and FT: 73.1% in the 74 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Splitter is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Spanish team Regal FC Barcelona to a victory against the fourth-ranked Montepaschi Siena (12-11) 77-69 in the Euroleague last Friday. Huertas recorded 14 points and added 6 assists. Regal FC Barcelona (21-2) is placed first in group F. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And that game will be critical. This season Huertas averages: 8.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 36.9% and FT: 97.0%(32-33). He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Italian. Huertas is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Joao Paulo Batista
Joao Paulo Batista
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France). He contributed to a Le Mans' victory against the closely-ranked STB Le Havre (12-3) 86-73 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Batista recorded 12 points in a mere 18 minutes. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (15-10) is placed fourth in the ProA. It's Batista's fifth season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 66.7% and FT: 86.4% in the 25 games. Batista played for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

Rafael Freire
Rafael Freire
   #4. Point guard Rafael Freire (188-92, currently plays in Spain) helped Blusens Monbus edge the closely-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (15-12) 72-70 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. He scored 6 points, made 5 passes and 3 steals. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (14-13) is placed eighth in the ACB. Freire's overall stats this season are: 3.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.7apg. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #5. Former international center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Real Madrid in a victory against the 16th-ranked Cajasol (9-18) 84-74 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Hettsheimer scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. Real Madrid (25-2) is placed first in the ACB. This year Hettsheimer's overall stats are: 3.8ppg and 1.5rpg in the 16 games. He has both Brazilian and Spanish nationalities. Hettsheimer used to play for the Brazilian national team two years ago.

Jonathan Tavernari
Jonathan Tavernari
   #6. Swingman Jonathan Tavernari (198-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy) helped Givova Scafati win their game against the closely-ranked Biancoblu BO (11-11) 92-86 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Thursday night's game. Tavernari scored 12 points in a mere 16 minutes. Givova Scafati Basket (12-11) is placed fifth in the Lega2. It's Tavernari's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 8.0ppg and 3.0rpg in the 23 games. Tavernari is a former international player as he played for the Brazilian senior team three years ago.

Raul Neto
Raul Neto
   #7. International point guard Raul Neto (186-92, currently plays in Spain) helped Lagun Aro GBC win their game against the 13th-ranked CB Canarias (11-16) 89-77 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. He scored 7 points and added 3 assists. Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (8-19) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the ACB. Neto has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Lucas Tischer
Lucas Tischer
   #8. Center Lucas Tischer (208-83, currently plays in Argentina) helped Penarol win their game against the seventh-ranked Quimsa (26-24) 92-80 in the Argentinian LigaA in Friday night's game. Tischer recorded only 1 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Penarol Mar del Plata (30-14) is placed third in the LigaA. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Tischer has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 4.0rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2006.

Lucas Nogueira
Lucas Nogueira
   #9. Former international center Lucas Nogueira (213-92, currently plays in Spain) helped Asefa Estudiantes win their game against the league outsider Assignia Manresa (5-22) 90-75 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored only 2 points. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (13-14) is placed 11th in the ACB. Nogueira has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 3.2rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team two years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Brazilian passport but never been selected to any of Brazilian national teams:

   #1. Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St., currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Chernomorets (9-14) 85-70 in the Bulgarian NBL on Friday night. He scored 6 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 4 blocks. Balkan Botevgrad (15-8) is placed third in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Santos is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 11.5ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.2bpg.

   #2. Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese BJ League could not help Shimane Magic (30-16) in their last game. Despite Hatano's good performance the third-placed Shimane Magic lost 76-90 on the road to the leading Okinawa GK in the Western group. He scored 12 points in only a mere 13 minutes. It was Shimane Magic's third consecutive loss in a row. Hatano has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 1.1rpg in the 17 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Japanese. Despite Hatano's Brazilian passport, he previously played for the Japanese U22 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Brazilian team.

   #3. Andre Coimbra (205-F-86, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in Japan) contributed to a 1-point Oita Heat Devils' victory against the 11th-ranked Saitama Broncos (11-33) 102-101 in the Japanese BJ League last Saturday. Coimbra scored 6 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 5 blocks in 25 minutes. Oita Heat Devils (18-28) are placed ninth in Western group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Coimbra has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2bpg in the 16 games.

   #4. Jazreel de Jesus (186-G, college: W.Oklahoma St. JC, currently plays in Puerto Rico) managed to help Leones de Ponce in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Brujos (0-1) 86-75 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Monday night's game. de Jesus recorded only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Leones this season. His team is placed in the BSN. So far his team won all twelve games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.



Tijuca Breaks Losing streak with overtime win - by Mel Devonne

Had a chance to to take in some NBB action this weekend in Tijuca as
Tijuca edged in overtime Palmerias 82-79 for their 5th win of the season.
Its been a tough season for Tijuca with coaching and personel changes
a plenty, and wins a few.
Saturdays win broke a 9 game winning streak for Tijuca who are winding down
the season and trying to get out of last place in the NBB.
One negative from the game was that US import and sharp shooting Rashaun
McLemore went down in the 1st quarter with a nasty knee injury and didnt return.
Tijuca was led by Fredrico Lima with 21 points, and Palmerias got good minutes
from Antwain Wiggins who led them with 19 points.



Tijuca Breaks Losing streak with overtime win - by Mel Devonne

Had a chance to to take in some NBB action this weekend in Tijuca as
Tijuca edged in overtime Palmerias 82-79 for their 5th win of the season.
Its been a tough season for Tijuca with coaching and personel changes
a plenty, and wins a few.
Saturdays win broke a 9 game winning streak for Tijuca who are winding down
the season and trying to get out of last place in the NBB.
One negative from the game was that US import and sharp shooting Rashwan
Mclemore went down in the 1st quarter with a nasty knee injury and didnt return.
Tijuca was led by Fredrico Lima with 21 points, and Palmeria got good minutes
from Antwain Wiggins who led them with 19 points.



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Earl Rowland's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award among Bulgarians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Bulgarians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Latvia). He led VEF Riga to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Jelgava (13-17) crushing them 119-83 in the Latvian LBL in Saturday night's game. Rowland had a triple-double by scoring 11 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and passing 10 assists in 31 minutes on the court. VEF Riga (14-1) is placed fourth in the LBL. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Rowland's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 6.8apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 47.1% and FT: 76.5% in the 11 games he played so far. Rowland is a naturalized American. He played for the Bulgarian senior national team two years ago. Strangely Rowland has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an Unicaja Malaga's surprising victory against the second-ranked Caja Laboral (20-7) crushing them 93-72 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Calloway scored 10 points and added 4 assists. Unicaja Malaga (14-13) is placed ninth in the ACB. This season Calloway averages: 6.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 28.3% and FT: 82.8%. He is a naturalized American. Calloway played for the Bulgarian national team in 2010. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, currently plays in Romania). Nikolov led U-Mobitelco to a victory over the 14th-ranked Oradea (0-27) 84-75 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Thursday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Nikolov scored 24 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 40 minutes. CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca (19-10) is placed seventh in the Liga Nationala. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Nikolov has relatively solid stats: 14.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.9apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 60.7%(111-183), 3FGP: 35.2% and FT: 69.4% in the 28 games. He is also a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Roderick Blakney
Roderick Blakney
   #4. An experienced guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St., currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Cajasol (9-18) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Blakney's very good performance Cajasol was defeated 84-74 on the road by the leading Real Madrid. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Blakney's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 1.1rpg and 2.3apg. He is a naturalized American. Blakney used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2007. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Filip Videnov
Filip Videnov
   #5. International small forward Filip Videnov (196-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Turkey) was the main contributor in an Olin Edirne's victory against the ninth-ranked Erdemir (9-15) crushing them 90-53 in the Turkish TBL on Saturday night. Videnov was the best player in that game. He scored 22 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals in 32 minutes. Olin Edirne Basketball (6-18) is placed 14th in the TBL. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Videnov has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.1ppg, 3.8rpg and 3.0apg in the nine games. Videnov plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #6. Forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a Air Avellino's shocking victory against the fourth-ranked Montepaschi Siena (15-10) 75-70 in the Italian SerieA in Monday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. Ivanov also added and 3 steals. Sidigas Avellino (10-14) is placed tenth in the SerieA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Ivanov has reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.8spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team two years ago.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #7. International shooting guard Ivan Lilov (196-88, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Craiova (11-16) crushing them 101-66 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Thursday. Lilov scored 8 points, grabbed 7 boards, passed 5 assists and added 4 steals in 20 minutes. CS Gaz Metan Medias (19-10) is placed fifth in the Liga Nationala. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Lilov's stats this year are: 10.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.7spg in the 14 games. He is also Bulgarian national team player.

Jared Homan
Jared Homan
   #8. Center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Bayern Muenchen (18-11) in their game against Artland Dragons (16-12) in the German BBL. Homan scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. But Bayern Muenchen was defeated 70-66 in Quakenbrueck by the lower-ranked Artland Dragons (#6). Homan's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg and 5.9rpg. He is a naturalized American. Homan used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2010. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Aleksandar Gruev
Aleksandar Gruev
   #9. Former international guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala was not able to secure a victory for CSU Sibiu (14-15) in their last game. Despite Gruev's very good performance CSU Sibiu lost 74-88 at home to the lower-ranked (#11) Targu Mures. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Gruev also added 3 assists in 35 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Gruev averaged so far 14.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 4.5apg in the 27 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team two years ago.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #10. Power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Enel Brindisi (10-15) in their game against Trenkwalder RE (14-11) in the Italian SerieA. Simmons recorded 7 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. Enel Brindisi was defeated 84-69 on their home court in Brindisi by the higher-ranked Trenkwalder RE (#7). It was Enel Brindisi's sixth consecutive loss in a row. Simmons' overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.2bpg. He is a naturalized American. Simmons is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Lithuania) managed to help Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in a victory against the closely-ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes 85-69 in the Lithuanian LKL on Saturday night. Ivanov scored only 1 points in 8 minutes on the court. This year Ivanov's overall stats are: 6.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.4apg in the nine games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international center Krum Doychinov (206-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Irakleio 70-55 in the Greek A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. Doychinov recorded 9 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Doychinov is currently first on the league's list of best blockers. His total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg. Doychinov used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2010.

   #13. International forward Aleksandar Georgiev (203-90, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Assignia Manresa in their game against Asefa Estudiantes in the Spanish ACB. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Georgiev scored only 3 points in 13 minutes. His team lost 75-90. This year Georgiev's total stats are: 4.6ppg and 2.1rpg in the 27 games. He is also Bulgarian national team player.

   #14. Former U20 international guard Georgi Sirakov (186-92, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Mazzeo San Severo's shocking victory against the seventh-ranked Torino 67-58 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Wednesday night. Sirakov recorded 5 points. This season he averages only 7.7ppg. Sirakov used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team back in 2011.

The list of other players, who all have Bulgarian passport but never been selected to any of Bulgarian national teams:

   #1. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help one of league's weakest teams Khimik (24-14) in their last game. Despite Deane's good performance Khimik lost 79-91 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Azovmash. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and making 13 passes in 29 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Deane has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.1apg and 1.1spg in the 36 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #2. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to Olympiacos' victory against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (7-16) 78-73 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. He recorded 9 points. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (16-7) is placed third in group F. Antic's team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And now that game is very crucial. Antic's overall stats this season are: 6.1ppg and 3.4rpg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #3. Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Italy) led Umana Venezia to a victory over the closely-ranked Vanoli Cremona (10-15) 80-74 in the Italian SerieA last Monday. Clark was MVP of the game. He recorded 19 points in 30 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (13-12) is placed eighth in the SerieA. This year Clark has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.3apg in the 21 games. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Clark has never played in Bulgaria.

   #4. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) contributed to a 2-point Chalon/Saor's victory against the 14th-ranked Sluc Nancy (8-17) 77-75 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He recorded 9 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (17-8) is placed third in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Evtimov has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and French.



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  CANADA   


Canada wins first Canada vs US Series - by Gianni Pascucci

How good are the Calgary Crush, the ABA's only Canadian team ? Very good. The past weekend, the Calgary Crush defeated the highly-ranked and Elite Eight West bound The San Diego Surf in two exciting games before packed houses on Saturday and Sunday by the scores of 96-90 and 109-96. Tyler Fidler (6'9''-G-89) led the team on the court, Eddie Richardson was succesful as usual on the bench.
"These were definitely more than "exhibition games," stated ABA Director of Officials, Tom Chichester. "These were hard fought, very physical games, almost difficult to control by the referees as both teams wanted very much to win. In the end, Calgary prevailed and I know that teams will not take them lightly in the future."
"The Calgary Crush chose not to participate in the ABA Playoffs at the end of their first season in the ABA," stated ABA CEO Joe Newman . "But there's no doubt that they are a very strong team and we know that they will be serious contenders for the ABA Championship in the years to come. We are very proud of what Salman Rashidian and his entire organization has done and the great support from the fans in Calgary. Hopefully, we'll have additional teams in Western Canada next season. The Canada vs US Series is off to a good start and the future of the series is bright."
For series details , visit www.calgarycrush.com



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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

DPB Standings
 1. Bambuqueros 16-5 
 2. Bucaros 15-6 
 3. Once Caldas 12-9 
 4. Academia 12-9 
 5. Piratas 10-10 
 6. Caribbean Heat 7-13 
 7. Aguilas 7-14 
 8. Halcones 4-17 

Regular Season: Round 21

Apr. 1: Academia - Bucaros 92-87
Apr. 1: Aguilas - Bambuqueros 86-92
Apr. 1: Once Caldas - Halcones 110-74
Apr. 2: Piratas - Caribbean Heat


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stalin ORTIZ
  Bambuqueros
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Ortiz, Bambuqueros22.4 
 2. Chavez Jacob., Ac.21.9 
 3. Rayson, Aguilas21.0 
 4. Johnson, Piratas19.7 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.19.4 
 6. Brooks, Bucaros19.0 
 7. Garris, Once Caldas18.2 
 8. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
 9. Gilbert, Bucaros18.0 
 10. Dorsey, Bambuque.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeffrey FAHNBULLEH
  Piratas
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Fahnbulleh, Piratas12.2 
 2. Hernandez, Bucaros11.7 
 3. Blue, Academia9.2 
 4. Culver, Caribbea.9.1 
 5. Wilkins, Once Cald.6.7 
 6. Rayson, Aguilas6.6 
 7. Cortes, Once Cald.6.1 
 8. Aragon, Academia6.0 
 9. Baquero, Halcones6.0 
 10. Arteaga, Piratas5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Eddy MAYFIELD
  Aguilas
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Mayfield, Aguilas5.3 
 2. Moreno, Piratas5.2 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.5.0 
 4. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.7 
 5. Brooks, Bucaros4.4 
 6. Nelson, Halcones3.2 
 7. Dayee, Once Caldas3.1 
 8. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
 9. Garcia, Aguilas2.6 
 10. Caicedo, Bambuqu.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Stalin ORTIZ
  Bambuqueros
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ortiz, Bambuqueros2.2 
 2. Moreno, Piratas2.0 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.9 
 4. Mayfield, Aguilas1.8 
 5. Garris, Once Caldas1.5 
 6. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.4 
 7. Pomare, Caribbea.1.3 
 8. Cortes, Once Cald.1.2 
 9. Aragon, Academia1.2 
 10. Mendez, Piratas1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Steffon FARLEY
  Academia
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Farley, Academia0.8 
 2. Blue, Academia0.7 
 3. Perez, Bambuqueros0.7 
 4. Hernandez, Bucaros0.7 
 5. Aguaslimpias, Acad.0.6 
 6. Culver, Caribbea.0.6 
 7. Cuero, Aguilas0.6 
 8. Arboleda, Halcones0.5 
 9. Mayfield, Aguilas0.5 
 10. Aragon, Academia0.5 


QUICK LOOK AT THE PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION 2013. - by Victor Garcia

Almost arriving to the end of the PBD first tournament is a good time to take a look to the positive and negative aspects of the competition.

The most positive fact is the tournament itself, finally a professional project start in Colombia, maybe many things must be evaluated and changes should come, like the role of the teams in the management of the tournament, according the actual format the teams are just invited no real partners of the Division, the development of the regulation is very important , rules that can protect the rights of the teams over the players will be very important to keep the equilibrium among the competitors.

A better coverage of the media including the cable TV broadcast of weekly games is another positive aspect, since Directv is the main sponsor most of the media in the country is giving coverage of the results and standings, but the knowledge of the media in general must improve and specialized analyst must be recruited.

Few under 21 players has seen action but is very important that players like the Manizales OC young duo of Leonardo Salazar (1,78 G) and Jahn Paul Mejia (2,04 F) are really members of the competitive roster of their team, others like the Bukaros youngs Hansel Atencia (1,78 G) and Daniel Garcia (1,95 F) has seen some minutes in the games.

The negative points starts for the general level of the Cup, the limited budget of the teams and the lack of experience of the managements caused that many teams recruited low level import player, something that has an important impact on the level of the cup.

Low attendance in many gyms, the people are just starting to know the tournament but the low level of some games games does not helps.

The selection of the games to be TV boradcasted has not been the better.

In general terms the Professional Basketball Division needs to work on its general development but to reach a solid development should do it with the teams as partners to guarantee a long and sustainable future, and the most important thing: a serious players development program is something to be implemented very soon.




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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
Group A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 29-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 19-11 
 3. BK Pardubice 19-12 
 4. BC Kolin 18-13 
 5. NH Ostrava 18-13 
 6. BK Decin 17-14 
Group A2
 1. Levice 21-15 
 2. USK Praha 16-19 
 3. B&W Opava 14-21 
 4. Chomutov 13-22 
 5. Svitavy 11-24 
 6. J.Hradec 10-25 
 7. Usti n/Labem 10-25 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 7

A1

Mar. 31: BK Pardubice - BK Prostejov 84-74
Mar. 30: CEZ Nymburk - NH Ostrava 81-67
Mar. 30: BC Kolin - BK Decin 76-66

A2

Mar. 30: Svitavy - USK Praha 90-82
Mar. 27: Chomutov - Svitavy 87-68
Mar. 27: USK Praha - B&W Opava 86-57
Mar. 30: B&W Opava - Usti n/Labem 82-71
Mar. 27: Usti n/Labem - Levice 72-81
Mar. 30: Levice - J.Hradec 101-61

Second Stage: Round 8

A1

Apr. 3: BK Prostejov - CEZ Nymburk
Apr. 3: NH Ostrava - BC Kolin
Apr. 3: BK Decin - BK Pardubice

A2

Apr. 3: J.Hradec - B&W Opava
Apr. 3: Usti n/Labem - Svitavy
Apr. 3: USK Praha - Chomutov



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  DENMARK   

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Colas, Randers25.1 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.22.5 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC21.5 
 4. Bowlin, Horsens IC19.9 
 5. Walker, Naestved19.8 
 6. Delk, Vaerlose19.3 
 7. Funches, Aarhus BC18.6 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg18.6 
 9. Tomko, Bakken18.5 
 10. Thomann, Horse.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Colas, Randers15.2 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.9.5 
 3. Dezouvre, Aarhus9.4 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC8.7 
 5. Doggett, Naestved8.4 
 6. Washington, Svend.8.2 
 7. Moritz, SISU8.0 
 8. Walker, Naestved7.9 
 9. Thomann, Horse.7.8 
 10. Baker, Vaerlose7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel ORTEGA
  Randers
  (188-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Ortega, Randers6.9 
 2. Bowlin, Horsens IC6.6 
 3. Darboe, Svendborg5.8 
 4. Nielsen, SISU5.3 
 5. Murphy, Naestved4.8 
 6. Tomko, Bakken4.5 
 7. Dennis, SISU4.3 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.4.3 
 9. Jonsson, Aarhus BC4.0 
 10. Nielsen, Randers3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC3.0 
 2. Tomko, Bakken2.4 
 3. Delk, Vaerlose2.1 
 4. Nielsen, SISU2.1 
 5. Walker, Naestved2.0 
 6. Ortega, Randers2.0 
 7. Jukic, Horsens IC1.9 
 8. Dennis, SISU1.9 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg1.8 
 10. Parker, Bakken1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Washington, Svend.2.6 
 2. Colas, Randers2.0 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.5 
 4. Jukic, Horsholm1.3 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.1.2 
 6. Funches, Aarhus BC1.1 
 7. Doggett, Naestved1.1 
 8. Jukic, Horsens IC1.1 
 9. Thomann, Horse.1.0 
 10. Delk, Vaerlose1.0 


Ligaen Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Horsens IC and Svendborg take lead - by Eurobasket News

Bakken - Horsens IC 69-70

Horsens IC snatched a road win over Bakken to take 2-1 lead in the semifinal series. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 22-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for the former international guard Darko Jukic (198-90) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists. American center Keane Thomann (211-89, college: Missouri So.) contributed with 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Horsens IC players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC) answered with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international center Chris Christoffersen (218-79, college: Oregon) added 13 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Bakken. Bakken's coach Mathias Bach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: K.Thomann 23+8reb+1ast, S.Bowlin 17+2reb+4ast, D.Jukic 15+12reb+9ast, L.Varga 10+5reb, D.Friedrich 5+1reb, N.Thomsen 0
Bakken: N.Iversen 23+8reb+5ast, C.Christoffersen 13+14reb+2ast, C.Parker 9+8reb+4ast, M.Sahlertz 7+2reb, F.Nielsen 5+1ast, M.Waithe 4+11reb+1ast
gschID: 237946


Svendborg - Randers 87-83

Svendborgs surged ahead versus Randers following the home win. Randers were ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 44-37 second half run of Svendborg. Strangely Randers outrebounded Svendborg 41-23 including a 16-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Randers were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American power forward Donald Rutherford (199-87, college: Catawba) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Mikkel Plannthin (195-88) helped adding 16 points and 7 assists. Svendborg's coach Craig Pedersen allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 21 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Damian Ocana (198-86) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Svendborg and five Randers players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: D.Rutherford 21+10reb+2ast, A.Darboe 16+3reb+4ast, M.Plannthin 16+3reb+7ast, G.Washington 15+3reb, M.Mariegaard 5+1reb+2ast, C.Magaard 5+2ast
Randers: B.Colas 23+21reb+5ast, C.Nielsen 17+3reb+3ast, D.Ocana 15+8reb+1ast, M.Ortega 12+5reb+5ast, M.Nielsen 10+1reb+1ast, P.Nielsen 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 237945



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  D-LEAGUE   

Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 32-15 
 2. Canton C. 28-19 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 26-22 
 4. Erie Bay H. 25-23 
 5. Maine RC 25-23 
 6. Sioux Falls S. 24-23 
 7. Springfield A. 18-29 
 8. Iowa E. 12-36 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 34-14 
 2. Rio Grande VV 33-15 
 3. Austin T. 26-21 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 26-21 
 5. Los Angeles D. 20-27 
 6. Texas L. 19-29 
 7. Idaho S. 17-31 
 8. Reno B. 15-32 

Regular Season: Round 68

Apr. 1: Reno B. - Bakersfield J. 94-124
Apr. 1: Erie Bay H. - Springfield A. 83-81
Apr. 2: Sioux Falls S. - Tulsa 66ers
Apr. 2: Reno B. - Santa Cruz W.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin DENTMON
  Texas L.
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 26
 1. Dentmon, Texas L.26.0 
 2. Goudelock, Rio G.21.8 
 3. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.5 
 4. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.21.0 
 5. Mack, Maine RC20.1 
 6. Samuels, Reno B.19.8 
 7. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
 8. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.1 
 9. Jones, Rio G.19.0 
 10. Kennedy, Erie B.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Texas L.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Jones, Texas L.12.3 
 2. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.11.8 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.10.9 
 4. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 5. Samuels, Reno B.10.5 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.9.9 
 7. Varnado, Sioux F.9.7 
 8. Onuaku, Canton C.9.5 
 9. Jones, Rio G.9.0 
 10. Wright, Maine RC8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Maine RC
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Barrett, Maine RC7.7 
 2. Barrett, Sioux F.7.5 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.5 
 4. Fortson, Los A.7.1 
 5. Wright, Iowa E.7.0 
 6. Russell, Reno B.6.8 
 7. Karl, Idaho S.6.2 
 8. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 9. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.1 
 10. Goudelock, Rio G.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Justin HOLIDAY
  Idaho S.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Holiday, Idaho S.2.4 
 2. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.0 
 4. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 5. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 6. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 7. Greene, Los A.1.8 
 8. Leslie, Santa C.1.8 
 9. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.8 
 10. Gutierrez, Canton1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Sioux F.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Varnado, Sioux F.3.5 
 2. Melo, Maine RC3.2 
 3. Jordan, Reno B.2.5 
 4. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.2 
 5. Armstrong, Santa C.2.2 
 6. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 7. Gladness, Santa C.2.2 
 8. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 9. Williams, Texas L.2.0 
 10. Moon, Los A.2.0 


Recap of latest action around the League - by Eurobasket News

Ft.Wayne MA - Texas L. 109-85
For the first five years immediately after the Mad Ants' final regular-season home games - win or lose - rectangle bits of confetti littered the floor while Kool & The Gang's 'Celebration' blared throughout Memorial Coliseum. Except for the 2010-11 season, when the Ants had a brief chance to qualify for the D-League playoffs (they didn't), there wasn't much to celebrate other than the end of a frustrating season. With Kool's R&B anthem blasting and the familiar maroon and gold confetti strewn about, the Ants ended their regular-season home schedule with a 109-85 drubbing of Texas on Sunday. But this year, maybe a celebration will be in order. The victory - the team's third in a row and 10th in their last 13 games - strengthened the Ants' (26-22) hopes of making the NBA D-League playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Two games remain in the Ants' regular season. They play at Sioux Falls on Friday and at Tulsa on Saturday. Fort Wayne, currently seventh in the standings, is a half game behind Austin and Tulsa, who are tied for the No. 5 seed with 26-21 records. The Ants are a game ahead of Maine (25-23), and a game and a half ahead of Sioux Falls and Erie - each 24-23. Eight teams make the playoffs. 'Basically, the Sioux Falls game is a playoff game,' Ants coach Duane Ticknor said. 'That's the way we look at it. If we beat them, then we're in.' Playoff matchups won't be determined until Sunday. The three division leaders (Bakersfield in the West, Rio Grande Valley in the Central and Canton in the East, in that order) will choose their opponents in the best-of-three first round. Santa Cruz could overtake Bakersfield in the West Division, thereby claiming the No. 1 choice. The way the Ants are playing, they might not be a wise choice. 'I think we're playing our best basketball at the right time of year,' said Anthony Richardson (6'7''-F-83, college: Florida St.), who, along with Chris Porter (6'7''-F-78, college: Auburn), led the team with 17 points Sunday. 'This is the perfect time to be playing the way we're playing. You can't ask for anything more. It's working out perfect for us.' With the 6-foot-9 Richardson being guarded from the beginning by eight-year NBA veteran Delonte West (6-4), Richardson scored nine points to help the Ants to a 31-17 first-quarter lead.'We didn't know exactly how they would match up, but that's just us playing basketball,' Richardson said. 'We saw a mismatch, a smaller guy, and we tried to take advantage of it. No science; just basketball.' Ticknor also saw the beginning as a statement. 'We thought the start of the game was really important, just to let them know how this game meant something to us and it really didn't mean anything to them,' Ticknor said. 'So we set the tone early. I thought our starting group came out and was just dynamite the first quarter, and we maintained it the whole game.' Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama) had 16 for the Mad Ants, while Brandon Wallace had 15, and Anthony Harris scored 13. Courtesy of: journalgazette.net

Iowa E. - Reno B. 122-100
Augustus Gilchrist (6'10''-F/C-89, agency: SportsTalent, college: S.Florida) scored 11 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in his first career start to help the Iowa Energy roll past the Reno Bighorns 122-100 Saturday night. Paul Harris (6'4''-F/G-86, college: Syracuse) added 22 points and 11 rebound for the Energy, who blew open a tight game with a 40-25 advantage in the 3rd quarter before cruising to the easy victory. Seven Energy players finished in double figures as Othyus Jeffers (10 points), Justin Hurrt (15), Chris Wright (17), Alex Ruoff (17) and Robert Hite (15) all joined Augustus Gilchrist and Harris with big nights. Iowa forced 22 Reno turnover while only committing 11 of their own. Despite missing center Jarrid Famous, the undersized Iowa club won the rebounding battle 42-36. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Canton C. - Texas L. 113-94
Saturday night easily could have become about the players not in uniform for the Canton Charge. Kyle Weaver, Antoine Agudio and others were present and accounted for, and they made sure it was all about the guys wearing the wine and gold. With the Charge missing Kyle Gibson and Arinze Onuaku - their top two scorers - a variety of players stepped up and filled the void as Canton rolled to a 113-94 victory against the Texas Legends at Memorial Civic Center. Confetti cannons shot off after the final horn as a crowd of 3,725 celebrated a playoff berth in Canton's regular season home finale. The win snapped a two-game losing streak and clinched the East Division title for the Charge (28-19), who are guaranteed the No. 3 seed in the eight-team playoffs. 'It was one of those nights where it's fun to be a part of it,' Charge head coach Alex Jensen said. 'We played hard from the get-go. Defensively we played as a team. I give a lot of credit to our team because we were outmatched in a lot of instances and some positions. But we kept fighting.' It's the second playoff appearance for the Charge in as many years, but they were more interested in just getting back on the winning track after some inconsistent play lately. 'It don't think this was about winning the division and all that stuff,' Weaver said. 'This was more about bouncing back from last game and playing well. We just had to play better.' Weaver struggled to the tune of 1-of-10 shooting in Wednesday's 110-108 loss at Springfield. He had no such problems Saturday. Weaver scored 10 points during a 13-0 Canton run in the third quarter that basically ended any drama. He scored a game-high 22 points overall on 8-of-16 shooting. Agudio added 20 points as seven Canton players scored in double figures to offset the absence of Gibson (right wrist) and Onuaku (jaw). The Charge shot 56.3 percent from the floor and 82.9 percent (29-for-35) from the foul line. 'It says a lot about this team,' Weaver said. 'We have a lot of character, guys who are fighters.' A tight game early saw the Charge get some separation when Travis Franklin (6'7''-F-88, college: Colorado St.) scored six straight points. Canton led 32-24 after the first quarter. The lead grew to as many as 13 in the second quarter. During the third quarter, the game got out of hand. Canton led by as many as 27 and got whatever shot it wanted. 'The truth is they play well as a team,' Texas head coach Eduardo Najera said. 'They're not very talented. I don't see anyone out there that is going to dominate. But they have a balanced team from the starters to the bench. You have to give them credit. They play hard.' The Legends are a team with plenty of former NBA players but little cohesion from constant roster movement. It showed in their 19 turnovers and 38.1-percent shooting. A frustrated Najera picked up a technical late in the third when Weaver wasn't whistled for traveling after Christian Eyenga (6'7''-G-89) got called for it on the previous possession. 'Same (expletive) call,' he yelled, earning one of the Legends' four technical fouls on this night. Texas features three former Cavaliers. Eyenga led the Legends (19-28) with 17 points. Dwayne Jones (6'11''-C-83, college: St.Joseph's) scored 12 and Delonte West added 10 points in his fifth game since joining the D-League earlier this month. Courtesy of: cantonrep.com

Idaho S. - Bakersfield J. 108-95
The Idaho Stampede trailed by 20 points at halftime Saturday night. Of course they did. After all, Idaho came into the game against the Bakersfield Jam with a 16-31 record. The Jam were on the other side of the standings, with a league-best 33-13 record. So it made sense that the announced crowd of 2,494 at CenturyLink Arena was resigned to another loss as Idaho came out of the tunnel after halftime trailing by those 20 points. But then something clicked. "We said we needed to play with some toughness and some pride," Idaho forward Sean Evans (6'8''-F-88, college: St.John's) said. Evans scored 14 points in the third quarter. Justin Holiday (6'6''-F-89, college: Washington) added 13 and Durrell Summers had nine. Idaho rode that third-quarter wave to its biggest win of the season, a 108-95 victory that sent that once-sleepy crowd into a frenzy. "I have no idea what just happened in that third quarter," coach Mike Peck said. "Coming from 20 down against this team, that says something. (The Jam) are the top of the league for a reason. They're good, they're vets, they're solid and they're smart. We just did an unbelievable job, collectively. It feels good." By the end of the game, several Stampede players got in on the victory. Holiday finished with a game-high 28 points. Justin Harper (11 points, 10 rebounds) and Reggie Hamilton (15 points, 11 assists) each had double-doubles. And Idaho seemed to cleanse itself of a season of frustration in one quarter. "I wouldn't say it washes it away, but it definitely feels good," Evans said. By the end of the game, the playmaking became contagious. Holiday's finger rolls were going in. Hamilton's driving layups were falling as he was getting fouled. Evans was slamming home dunks. Coby Karl (6'5''-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boise St.) wanted a piece of it, too. "Coach put me back in, and I saw what was going on, and I wasn't going to mess it up," Karl said. "I was just moving the ball, and I had an opportunity. I thought it was a good look." It was, too. The 3-pointer from a couple feet beyond the arc went in. The shot gave Idaho a 101-89 lead with 2 minutes, 42 seconds remaining. And with that, the Stampede - and their fans - were able to celebrate. "We did it as a team," Holiday said. "That was the best part about it." Courtesy of: idahostatesman.com

Los Angeles D. - Santa Cruz W. 100-101
Los Angeles D-Fenders guard Mike Taylor recorded a season-high 24 points on Saturday night. The visiting Santa Cruz Warriors are thankful it wasn't 26. Taylor's open 15-foot jump shot at the buzzer was just slightly off the mark as the Warriors escaped Los Angeles with a key 101-100 victory over the D-Fenders to snap a two-game losing streak. Jeremy Tyler (6'10''-F-91, college: Louisville) scored a game-high 31 points off the bench for the Warriors (32-15), who made up a game in the West Division standings on first-place Bakersfield (33-14). The Jam dropped a 108-95 decision to Idaho on Saturday night, despite leading the Stampede by 20 points at halftime. Both teams have three games remaining, including a pair of games against each other on Friday and Saturday to close out the regular season. Santa Cruz will first visit Reno on Tuesday at 7 p.m. before traveling to Bakersfield on Friday. The Jam, meanwhile, will visit Reno on Monday at 6:30 p.m. Tyler's game-high output came on 12 of 17 shooting from the field, 7 of 10 from the free throw line. He had six rebounds. One of Tyler's rare misses in the game came with the Warriors trailing 100-99 with 22.8 seconds left. The Santa Cruz center drove right before hoisting a hook shot in the paint that didn't fall. Los Angeles chased after the loose ball but collected it while stepping out of bounds, resulting in a controversial turnover. Given a second chance, this time with 14 seconds left, the Warriors again went to Tyler, who drove right before sinking a short-range bank shot in the paint to give Santa Cruz a one-point lead with 10 seconds remaining. On the ensuing possession, the D-Fenders got the ball in the corner to Taylor, who shed his defender with a pump fake but couldn't convert the would-be game-winning basket. Taylor led Los Angeles with 24 points on 8 of 16 shooting. Travis Leslie (6'4''-G-90, college: Georgia) finished with 19 points on 9 of 15 shooting, but fouled out in the fourth quarter. Taylor Griffin added 11 points and eight rebounds, while Darington Hobson provided 10 points and five assists. Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com

Rio Grande VV - Sioux Falls S. 127-106
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers whipped the Skyforce for the second day in a row, defeating Sioux Falls 127-106 on Saturday in an NBA Development League game. The loss hurts Sioux Falls' chances of making the playoffs. The Skyforce (24-23) are battling Maine (25-23) and Erie (24-23) for the final playoff spot. Sioux Falls has three games remaining, the next two at home and the final one on the road. Former Skyforce player Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston) led Rio Grande Valley (33-15) with 27 points. The Vipers, who stretched their winning streak to eight games, led 39-23 after one quarter and 70-50 at halftime. For Sioux Falls, Jarvis Varnado (6'9''-F-88, college: Mississippi St.) had 29 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots. Mychel Thompson had 23 points and James Mays 18. Demetris Nichols did not play. Rio Grande Valley had defeated Sioux Falls 124-106 on Friday. Courtesy of: argusleader.com

Tulsa 66ers - Austin T. 83-99
The Tulsa 66ers needed a win on Saturday night to cement their place in the postseason, but the Chris Roberts and the Austin Toros made sure to put their rival's plans on hold. Roberts came off the bench to score 20 points and lead a balanced scoring attack as the Toros logged a 99-83 decision over Tulsa in a key NBA Development League contest before 2,613 fans on Thunder Affiliate Night inside the SpiritBank Event Center. The win was big for Austin as it gave the Toros a 3-2 edge over Tulsa in the season series between the Central Division foes. With both teams sitting at 26-21 and jockeying for postseason position, the tiebreaker could loom large as the season comes to a close next week. "We didn't find our rhythm from the beginning of the game and we were trying to fight back all night long," said Tulsa head coach Darko Rajakovic. "They got easy baskets and easy possessions. They seemed to get every loose ball and we were missing open shots." Tulsa trailed by 13 points at intermission, but started the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers from Oklahoma City Thunder assignee Deandre Liggins (6'6''-G-88, college: Kentucky) to cut the Austin lead to 53-46 early in the third quarter. Tulsa, however, would get no closer as the visitors pushed its lead back to 13 points thanks to a 10-4 run highlighted by eight points from Roberts. Liggins led Tulsa with 18 points, but would be held scoreless in the final period as the 66ers could never put together a sustained run. Andrew Rautins (6'4''-G-86, college: Syracuse) finished with 14 points, including a 2-for-6 mark from behind the arc. His 3-pointer with 7:28 remaining in the contest gave him 144 on the season, earning him the most prolific 3-point shooting season in NBA D-League history. Andrew Rautins passed Blake Ahearn (Austin/Dakota), who owned the record with 143 makes in the 2008-09 season. Andrew Rautins' historic 3-pointer sliced the Austin advantage to seven points, but the Toros immediately answered with an 8-3 burst to grab back momentum. Tulsa has lost three of its last four games but sits in a solid position to earn its second postseason berth in the last three seasons. Tulsa has three games left, including the regular-season finale at home Saturday against Fort Wayne. Courtesy of: tulsaworld.com



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  FINLAND   

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Richardson, Ura B.25.9 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.24.6 
 3. Hester, TuNM.23.9 
 4. Taylor, Porvoon23.8 
 5. Moultrie, BC Nokia23.7 
 6. Jallow, Jarvenpaa22.4 
 7. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.22.1 
 8. Mays, Huima22.0 
 9. Mua, Kerava ET21.5 
 10. Harjula, Pyrinto20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antonio HESTER
  TuNM.
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Hester, TuNM.15.6 
 2. Jallow, Jarvenpaa14.8 
 3. Moultrie, BC Nokia14.0 
 4. Stephens, Huima11.8 
 5. Syrjala, KaU Koris11.8 
 6. Towa, Kerava ET11.6 
 7. Keskitalo, JyWe11.6 
 8. Young, Porvoon10.4 
 9. Harrison, Ura B.10.1 
 10. Coleman, ToPo9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Lauri JARVINEN
  KaU Koris
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Jarvinen, KaU Koris5.3 
 2. Herrala, HBA-M.5.0 
 3. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.4.4 
 4. Harjula, Pyrinto II4.3 
 5. Mays, Huima4.2 
 6. Ginty, ToPo4.1 
 7. Jallow, Jarvenpaa3.9 
 8. Hanninen, Jarvenp.3.8 
 9. Humalamaki, TuNM.3.8 
 10. Russell, Oulun N.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Little, Kerava ET2.8 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.7 
 3. Herrala, HBA-M.2.2 
 4. Towa, Kerava ET1.9 
 5. Taylor, Porvoon1.9 
 6. Thomas, SayRi1.9 
 7. Richardson, Ura B.1.8 
 8. Hester, TuNM.1.8 
 9. Mua, Kerava ET1.8 
 10. Russell, Oulun N.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.5 
 2. Mua, Kerava ET2.1 
 3. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.0 
 4. Woods, BC Nokia1.7 
 5. Capers, ToPo1.4 
 6. Jallow, Jarvenpaa1.4 
 7. Rajala, HBA-Marsky1.3 
 8. Hester, TuNM.1.3 
 9. Young, Porvoon1.2 
 10. Kauhanen, HBA-M.1.2 


1.DIVISION: BC Nokia and Honka winning - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Division 1 A, Quarterfinals: The home court advantage was meaning a lot tonight. Honka (Tapiola) crushed Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) by 24 points 90-66 (41-31). ToPo had 26 turnovers and was shooting with 15% accuracy (2/13) from the distance. Only one ToPo-player (HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming)was over 10 points. Honka was defending well. Ronnie Clark (195-F/G-81) scored game high 25 pts. Malik Moore (192-G-77, college: Amer.Internat.) added 21 pts and gave seven assists. Honka - ToPo 1-0.
BC Nokia beat Tarmo (Porvoo) 20-9 during the last quarter and won the contest by 10 pts: 75-65 (36-41). BC Nokia grabbed 19 offensive rebounds and won rbs 45-31. Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) had a double-double 23pts/17rbs. Timo Riihela (193-G-80) added 14 pts and gave eight assists. Tarmo's Vernon Taylor (190-G-87, college: Troy) was shooting well 29 pts (1 - 5/5, 2 - 9/10, 3 - 2/4), but rest of the team had too tiny figures. Tarmo - BC Nokia 1-1. Next games coming Thursday, April 4: Tarmo - BC Nokia and ToPo - Honka.



KORISLIIGA: FoKoPo will fall to Division 1 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 42: Two contests tonight. Kataja (Joensuu) beat Kouvot (Kouvola) with left hand 99-71 (44-22). Kataja (31-8) was led by Daniel Coleman (206-F-85, college: Minnesota), who scored 21 points. Juho Nenonen (202-SF-87) added 19 and Sami Lehtoranta (205-PF-79) 16 pts. Kouvot (20-21) is and will be # 6 during the regular season. Ilari Seppala (190-G-93) led Kouvot vs Kataja with 22 pts and six assists.
YMCA Lahti was winning the third game in a row. This time UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) was scoring eight points less than hosting YMCA Lahti: 93-85 (46-39). This result means FoKoPo (Forssa) will be # 12 and Division 1 A is calling. Emmanuel Holloway (185-G-86, college: Illinois St.) was hot also tonight: 37 pts (1 - 7/10, 2 - 9/10, 3 - 4/8).

Kataja - Kouvot 99-71 (44-22). (Dan Coleman 21/7, Juho Nenonen 19, Sami Lehtoranta 16 - Ilari Seppala 22/6a, Alexander Madsen 15, Jere Luoma 12. A: 836).
YMCA Lahti - UU-Korihait 93-85 (46-39). (Emmanuel Holloway 37, Louis Johnson 12, Aleksi Alanen 12 - Alain Laroche 24, Mikko Jalonen 17, Pyry Rainamaa 14. A: 834).



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Gravelines 17-7 
 2. Strasbourg 17-8 
 3. Chalon 17-8 
 4. Le Mans 15-10 
 5. Roanne 14-10 
 6. ASVEL 14-11 
 7. Nanterre 13-12 
 8. Paris-Levallois 13-12 
 9. Orleans 12-13 
 10. Dijon 12-13 
 11. Le Havre 11-14 
 12. Cholet 11-14 
 13. Limoges 10-15 
 14. Nancy 8-17 
 15. Poitiers 8-17 
 16. Boulazac 7-18 

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 30: Roanne - Cholet 90-79
Mar. 30: Le Mans - Le Havre 86-73
Mar. 30: Gravelines - Orleans 85-56
Mar. 30: Nanterre - Paris-Levallois 77-66
Mar. 30: Nancy - Chalon 75-77
Apr. 1: Poitiers - Dijon 69-62
Mar. 30: Limoges - ASVEL 62-70
Mar. 30: Strasbourg - Boulazac 100-68

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 6: Cholet - Le Mans
Apr. 6: ASVEL - Strasbourg
Apr. 6: Orleans - Poitiers
Apr. 6: Le Havre - Gravelines
Apr. 6: Boulazac - Roanne
Apr. 6: Paris-Levallois - Nancy
Apr. 6: Chalon - Nanterre
Apr. 6: Dijon - Limoges

Round 23

Apr. 2: Roanne - Gravelines


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.19.1 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines17.8 
 3. Jackson, AS.16.7 
 4. King, Le Havre16.5 
 5. Williams, Paris-.16.3 
 6. Sommerville, Nancy16.1 
 7. Fitch, Strasbourg15.9 
 8. Ajinca, Strasbourg15.9 
 9. Nivins, Poitiers15.2 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.9 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.7.8 
 4. Greer, Strasbourg7.7 
 5. Williams, Chalon7.6 
 6. Sommerville, Nancy7.0 
 7. Dobbins, Poitiers6.9 
 8. McKenzie, Boulazac6.8 
 9. Collins, Roanne6.7 
 10. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Le Havre
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. King, Le Havre7.3 
 2. Diabate, Nancy6.7 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.5.2 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg5.1 
 6. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.1 
 7. Schilb, Chalon5.1 
 8. Bokolo, Gravelines4.7 
 9. Campbell, Stras.4.6 
 10. Sangare, Roanne4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.0 
 2. Melody, Dijon1.8 
 3. Leloup, Dijon1.8 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.8 
 5. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.6 
 6. Schilb, Chalon1.6 
 7. Eldridge, Boulazac1.6 
 8. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
 9. Campbell, Stras.1.6 
 10. Jomby, Cholet1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.8 
 2. Akpomedah, Grave.1.5 
 3. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.5 
 4. Williams, Chalon1.2 
 5. Sy, AS.1.2 
 6. Fofana, Le Havre1.1 
 7. Badiane, Poitiers1.0 
 8. Issa, Le Mans0.8 
 9. Goree, Cholet0.8 
 10. Vaty, Gravelines0.8 


ProA Round 25: Top-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque wins another game - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

ProA top team - Gravelines-Dunkerque (17-7) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (12-13) 85-56. It was a great shooting night for Gravelines-Dunkerque especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Entente Orleans 45's players. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Juby Johnson (196-81, college: Miami, OH) contributed with 20 points for the winners. American guard Christopher Hill (191-83, college: Michigan St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) answered with 21 points for Entente Orleans 45. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gravelines-Dunkerque maintains first place with 17-7 record. Entente Orleans 45 at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Dijon. Gravelines-Dunkerque are looking forward to face Chorale de Roanne (#5) on the road in the next round. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Poitiers (#15) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Fourteenth-ranked Sluc Nancy (8-17) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Chalon/Saor (17-8). The visitors from Chalon managed to secure only two-point victory 77-75. However their fans expected much easier game. American swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) stepped up and scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners and Steed Tchicamboud chipped in 8 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Sluc Nancy's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Chalon/Saor have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Strasbourg. Sluc Nancy at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Poitiers. Chalon/Saor will play against JSF Nanterre (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sluc Nancy will play against Paris-Levallois (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between JDA Dijon (12-13) and Poitiers (8-17), which took place in Poitiers. Higher ranked JDA Dijon lost to fifteenth ranked Poitiers in a road game 62-69 on Monday. Anthony Dobbins nailed 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Andre Harris came up with 17 points for JDA Dijon in the defeat. Poitiers moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Nancy. Loser JDA Dijon keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Orleans. Poitiers will meet higher ranked Entente Orleans 45 (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. JDA Dijon will play against Limoges CSP Elite and hope to secure a win.
The game between second ranked Strasbourg IG (17-8) and 15th ranked Boulazac Basket (7-18) in Strasbourg ended with biggest points difference. Strasbourg IG outscored guests from Boulazac 100-68. Ricardo Greer fired a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Strasbourg IG maintains second place with 17-8 record having just -1 point less than leader Gravelines, which they share with Chalon. Newly promoted Boulazac Basket dropped to the bottom position with 18 games lost. Strasbourg IG's next round opponent will be ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#6) on the road. Boulazac Basket will play against Chorale de Roanne (#5).

Other games in round 25 were not that significant. Paris-Levallois was beaten by Nanterre on the road 77-66. Le Mans won against Le Havre on its own court 86-73. ASVEL managed to outperform Limoges in Villeurbanne 70-62. Roanne managed to beat Cholet at home 90-79.


Poitiers - Dijon 69-62

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between JDA Dijon (12-13) and Poitiers (8-17), which took place in Poitiers. Higher ranked JDA Dijon lost to fifteenth ranked Poitiers in a road game 62-69 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-62. American-Italian guard Anthony Dobbins (194-81, college: Richmond) nailed 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and American point guard Dominic James (180-86, college: Marquette) accounted for 19 points. American power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fair Dickinson) came up with 17 points and the other American import point guard T.J. Campbell (175-88, college: Portland) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for JDA Dijon in the defeat. Poitiers moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Nancy. Loser JDA Dijon keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Orleans. Poitiers will meet higher ranked Entente Orleans 45 (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. JDA Dijon will play against Limoges CSP Elite and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Poitiers: D.James 19+2reb, A.Dobbins 16+8reb+6ast, A.Smith 11+2reb, L.Kante 9+1reb, A.Nivins 7+6reb+1ast, A.Grant 4+4reb+1ast
Dijon: A.Harris 17+2reb+3ast, T.Campbell 14+1reb+5ast, J.Leloup 13+4reb+2ast, Z.Moss 8+6reb+3ast, L.Owens 5+3reb+1ast, F.Prenom 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 179040


Nanterre - Paris-Levallois 77-66

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked JSF Nanterre (13-12) beat at home 7th ranked Paris-Levallois (13-12) 77-66. Paris-Levallois was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 43-28 second half run of JSF Nanterre. American forward Chris Oliver (198-85, college: Radford) fired 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import guard Trenton Meacham (188-85, college: Illinois) chipped in 15 points. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. American forward Sean May (206-84, college: N.Carolina) produced 28 points and 5 rebounds and the former international point guard Andrew Albicy (178-90) added 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. JSF Nanterre moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Paris-Levallois. JSF Nanterre's next round opponent will be higher ranked Chalon/Saor (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: T.Meacham 15+3reb+2ast, C.Oliver 14+7reb, C.Warren 11+6reb+2ast, S.Brun 10+4reb+2ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 8+5reb+1ast, D.Lighty 8+2reb+3ast
Paris-Levallois: S.May 28+5reb+2ast, A.Diot 10+2reb+2ast, A.Albicy 7+6reb+4ast, M.N'Doye 5+2reb, J.Cox 4+4reb+2ast, J.Hodge 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 179043


Le Mans - Le Havre 86-73

Very expected game when 11th ranked STB Le Havre (11-14) lost on the road to fourth ranked Le Mans (15-10) 86-73. The game was mostly controlled by Le Mans. STB Le Havre was better in third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Le Mans forced 23 STB Le Havre turnovers. American guard Cam Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: KMG Sports Management) fired 27 points and 4 steals for the winners. FYR Macedonian-American point guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Four Le Mans players scored in double figures. American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) produced 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists and Romanian forward Vlad Moldoveanu (209-88, college: the other American import) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Le Mans maintains fourth place with 15-10 record. STB Le Havre at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Le Mans' next round opponent will be Cholet (#12) on the road and are hoping to win another game. STB Le Havre will play against the league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: C.Long 27+2reb+3ast, P.Sy 19+3reb+1ast, D.Washington 16+4reb+4ast, J.Paulo Batista 12+2reb+1ast, C.Victor 8+1reb+5ast, D.Issa 2+2reb
Le Havre: B.King 33+1reb+4ast, B.Smith 15+2reb, V.Moldoveanu 8+6reb+5ast, G.Brown 6+5reb+1ast, M.Kouguere 6+3reb, B.Fofana 3+8reb
gschID: 179042


Strasbourg - Boulazac 100-68

The game between second ranked Strasbourg IG (17-8) and 15th ranked Boulazac Basket (7-18) in Strasbourg ended with biggest points difference. Strasbourg IG outscored guests from Boulazac 100-68. The game was mostly controlled by Strasbourg IG. Boulazac Basket was better in second period 25-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strasbourg IG dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Boulazac Basket's 32 and made 21-of-23 charity shots (91.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Boulazac Basket 42-20 including a 32-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Strasbourg IG players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. The former international point guard Aymeric Jeanneau (187-78) chipped in 14 points and 9 assists. Four Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. American Amadi McKenzie (201-86, college: Tenn Tech) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import point guard Darnell Harris (181-86, college: La Salle) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Strasbourg IG maintains second place with 17-8 record having just -1 point less than leader Gravelines, which they share with Chalon. Newly promoted Boulazac Basket dropped to the bottom position with 18 games lost. Strasbourg IG's next round opponent will be ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#6) on the road. Boulazac Basket will play against Chorale de Roanne (#5).
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: R.Greer 24+11reb+8ast, A.Toupane 19+1reb+3ast, R.Duport 15+6reb, A.Jeanneau 14+4reb+9ast, A.Ajinca 9+7reb+2ast, J.Shurna 6+5reb
Boulazac: A.McKenzie 18+7reb+3ast, D.Harris 13+1reb+3ast, T.Dubiez 9+1ast, T.Smith 9+4reb+1ast, Y.Gaillou 7+2reb, A.Acker 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 179041


Limoges - ASVEL 62-70

Very predictable result when sixth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (14-11) won against on the road 13th ranked Limoges CSP Elite (10-15) 70-62. The guests were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 13-point deficit before their 31-10 run, which allowed them to win the game. The former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) fired 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Tim Abromaitis (203-89, college: Notre Dame) chipped in 8 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Four ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket players scored in double figures. American forward Jon Brockman (201-87, college: Washington) produced 9 points and 18 rebounds and the other American import guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket maintains sixth place with 14-11 record. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite keeps the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Strasbourg IG at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Limoges CSP Elite will play against JDA Dijon (#10).
Top scorers:
ASVEL: E.Jackson 20+4reb+4ast, M.Thompson 17+2ast, A.Sy 10+5reb+1ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 10+7reb, T.Abromaitis 8+8reb+5ast, P.Morlende 5+2ast
Limoges: T.Plaisted 12+6reb+2ast, B.Wanamaker 12+6reb+6ast, J.Brockman 9+18reb+2ast, T.Gipson 9+1reb+3ast, N.Boungou Colo 8+2reb, K.McAlarney 5
gschID: 179039


Nancy - Chalon 75-77

Fourteenth-ranked Sluc Nancy (8-17) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Chalon/Saor (17-8). The visitors from Chalon managed to secure only two-point victory 77-75. However their fans expected much easier game. Sluc Nancy was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 22-17 charge of Chalon/Saor, which allowed them to win the game. American swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) stepped up and scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners and the former international guard Steed Tchicamboud (193-81) chipped in 8 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Ivorian point guard Souleyman Diabate (183-87, agency: Beo Basket) scored 8 points and 7 assists. Four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. Sluc Nancy's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Chalon/Saor have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Strasbourg. Sluc Nancy at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Poitiers. Chalon/Saor will play against JSF Nanterre (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sluc Nancy will play against Paris-Levallois (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Chalon: B.Schilb 18+7reb+4ast, S.Williams 15+4reb, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 14+5reb, M.Denmon 10+2reb, I.Evtimov 9+4reb+4ast, S.Tchicamboud 8+5reb+7ast
Nancy: M.Sommerville 17+10reb+3ast, C.Marquis 15+4reb, J.Shuler 13+1reb+3ast, H.Toure 11+4reb+2ast, S.Diabate 8+4reb+7ast, K.Grant 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 179038


Roanne - Cholet 90-79

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Cholet (11-14) lost on the road to fifth ranked Chorale de Roanne (14-10) 90-79. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 32-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. The former international William Gradit (197-82, college: Hill JC) fired 16 points for the winners. Jamaican-American power forward Ryan Reid (203-86, college: Florida St.) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Rudy Jomby (197-88) produced 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international forward Karim Souchu (198-79, college: Furman, agency: Prossin Sports Management) added 20 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Chorale de Roanne and four Cholet players scored in double figures. Cholet's coach Jean Manuel Sousa let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Chorale de Roanne have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 14-10 record. Cholet at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Chorale de Roanne's next round opponent will be league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cholet will play against Le Mans (#4).
Top scorers:
Roanne: S.Gray 16+3reb, W.Gradit 16+3reb+3ast, P.Amagou 14+1reb+5ast, R.Reid 12+8reb, M.Howard 10+6reb+2ast, V.Samnick 9+5reb+3ast
Cholet: K.Souchu 20+1reb+4ast, T.Bryant 16+2reb+2ast, R.Jomby 14+5reb+6ast, R.Gobert 10+10reb, A.Coleman 9+1reb+3ast, A.Slaughter 4+3ast
gschID: 179037


Gravelines - Orleans 85-56

ProA top team - Gravelines-Dunkerque (17-7) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (12-13) 85-56. It was a great shooting night for Gravelines-Dunkerque especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Entente Orleans 45's players. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Juby Johnson (196-81, college: Miami, OH) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Five Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. American guard Christopher Hill (191-83, college: Michigan St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) answered with 21 points and the other American import forward Brandon Hunter (201-80, college: Ohio) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Entente Orleans 45. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gravelines-Dunkerque maintains first place with 17-7 record. Entente Orleans 45 at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Dijon. Gravelines-Dunkerque are looking forward to face Chorale de Roanne (#5) on the road in the next round. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Poitiers (#15) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: J.Johnson 20+2reb+1ast, L.Vaty 16+9reb+1ast, D.Buycks 12+6reb+4ast, O.Camara 11+9reb+2ast, A.M'Baye 11+4reb+1ast, K.Winston 8+1reb+5ast
Orleans: C.Hill 21+4reb, B.Hunter 8+7reb+1ast, A.Eito 7+4reb+2ast, B.Greene 6+5reb+3ast, T.Martin 6+4reb, M.Lebrun 4+3reb
gschID: 179036



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The Fraport Skyliners Win Round Two At The Battle Of Wurzburg 60-57 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The last two times when the Fraport Skyliners and s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg have met they have given the word defense a new meaning the same way ratiopharm Ulm center John Bryant could easily have a new middle name as MVP or New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig point guard Dennis Schroder has given the word NBA prospect a new meaning this season with his rapid development. In the last two games, both teams were only able to score 221 points combined and Frankfurt averaged only 55 points in the two game battle and Wurzburg only 55 points. The last time that the two teams tangled in Wurzburg, fans witnessed a hard fought battle as no team was willing to give up until the siren sounded. In a game where there were 42 turnovers and steals combined, the only thing missing was the dirt and dust from the ditch and ex Air Force cadet squadron 8 member Jacob Burtschi roaring commands filling in for the infantry, but instead was the master on defense leading the Fraport Skyliners with four steals. Both teams returned back for a third showdown and didnt disappoint in the intensity and fight until the end as the Fraport Skyliners got revenge from their loss at home earlier in the season and were able to win the second round of the battle of Wurzburg 60-57. Quantez Robertson was able to depart the floor in Wurzburg as a winner again and saw a distinct difference to last seasons game. Last year the game was very tight here. Last season they had quick guards that could get to the rim easier while this season, they had guards that shot well from outside. I think that this win was tougher than last years. I love these type of games, because it gets you ready for the playoffs. When you play this aggressive every night, things come easier to the team than when you dont play aggressive, stressed Fraport Skyliner forward Quantez Robertson. New York native Jason Boone fouled out late in the game and knew the reason at the end why Frankfurt prevailed. Both were tough games here the last two seasons. Frankfurt was even more aggressive this game. I felt that they had a deeper rotation than we did. WE had to play more minutes. It came down to who wanted it more and that was Frankfurt, added 2010 Eurochallenge winner Jason Boone. I dont want to have another defensive battle against Wurzburg again. I would rather win by 15 points. I dont want any grey hair yet, I am too young for that, smiled Devin Gibson. Ex Wurzburg American Rickey Harris was at the game supporting his ex team and also had round one of the battle of Wurzburg on his mind. I remember the game lasts eason as no team that could score. It was a total defensive game. Jimmy Mckinney was knocking down shots in the second half and Jermareo Davidson was blocking shots. It was a huge game and huge win for Frankfurt, commented Ricky Harris.

It has almost been 49 months since the then rookie Frank Robinson last played a Beko BBL game against the Frankfurt Skyliners as he had arrived late in the season to the EnBW Ludwigsburg having played 8 Euroleague games for Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia) and started the season with the Atlanta hawks in training camp tangling with guys like Michael Bibby or Mario West and getting pointers from head coach Mike Woodson. Back in March 2009, when he made his Beko BBL debut, he scored two points in 10 minutes and already then got a taste of how Frankfurt can defend when they want to as his team mustered only 58 points. Robinson had to tangle with a Titus Ivory or Keith Simmons and watched how the muscular bodies of Anthony King and Kelvin Gibbs who seemed twice as wide as Jeff Gibbs battle underneath. Since his rookie season, the California native who had a stellar career at Cal. State Fullerton and was a teammate of Bobby Dont be cruel Brown went on to play in countries like Israel and Georgia. He played twice in the Eurochallenge in the 2010-2011 season against Frankfurt where he experienced the penetration magic of Dashaun Wood. Last season, he was supposed to head to the Artland Dragons, but the transfer folded at the last second. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg are already his third team this season after having played for Asseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland-TBL), left in Nov.'12: Euroleague: 7 games: 7.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 40.7%, 3FGP: 26.9%, FT: 50.0%; Polish TBL: 8 games: 5.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 23.8%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 68.8%, in Dec.'12 moved to Budivelnyk Kyiv (Ukraine-Superleague): Eurocup: 6 games: 3.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.0apg; Ukrainian Superleague: 9 games: 5.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 44.2%, 3FGP: 5.9%, FT: 46.7%. Most of the team from the Eurochallenge games from two seasons ago have come and gone except for captain Marius Nolte and the speedy Duracell battery bunny from Cincinnati Quantez Robertson who at times seems like he has been on full throttle on the court non stop since entering the Beko BBL in 2009. Robinson who was brought in to help compensate guard injury woes in the last months was playing his fourth game against Frankfurt as a professional and finished with five points and three rebounds and is happy about playing in Wurzburg, but was unfortunate that Quantez Robertson had his number in the game. I love the city, we have a great coach and is a good organization. I love my role, but I was not happy with my performance. If I would have played better than the 70% I gave, we would have won. Frankfurt did a good job keeping me out of rhythm. Robertson was a big reason why I only scored five points, but he got a lot of help from his teammates, added Frank Robinson.

The Fraport Sklyiners arrived in Wurzburg having won five of their last six games and sprouting with a healthy self confidence. They came without German Danilo Barthel who was suffering back problems since the Bremerhaven game, but the club knew exactly what to expect and did a super job with their game plan and didnt allow the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg to take them out of their game. Fraport Skyliner point guard Dawan Robinson was not fit and played only 13 minutes and couldnt be the dominant player he was the last weeks, but the team showed that they can win without a top scoring game from the Philadelphia native. This was a real intense game and very physical. WE stuck together and it felt really good to win this game. They are a very good defensive team, but so are we. The team didnt need me so much tonight and that is a good thing. It is always good when other guys can step up from the bench. Devin Gibson did a great job on defense and controlling the tempo, explained Dawan Robinson. Ryan Brooks had a slow first half, but picked it up in the second half and was thrilled by the effort of the team. They did a good job closing out on me in the first half and I passed up some shots, but I got more aggressive in the second half and started taking shots. We knew it would be a battle against the best defensive team in the league. Everything worked for us at the end staying smart on defense in a very high intensity game. This game really tested our mental toughness. I felt this was the biggest win since I have been here and we can continue to build on that" expressed ex LTi Giessen 46er Ryan Brooks. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg came into the game riding a four game winning streak and knew what to expect and played a great game, but in the end just werent able to catch the Fraport Skyliners napping in key situations. The fans saw two good defensive teams. We came into the game with a lot of self confidence, but couldnt make shots at the end. I tip my hat to Frankfurt who have been fighting for their lives and have continued to win, added Atlanta native Lamont Mcintosh.

The Fraport Skyliners jumped on the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg quickly in the first quarter taking a 6-2 lead. Zack peacock connected on a step back jumper and Quantez Robertson hit a pull up jumper and Peacock hit free throws. Both teams were playing very aggressive defense and the turnovers were happening on a high rate and both teams had to play a more contained offense not risking too much as the intensity level was high. Wurzburg roared back on a mini 4-0 run as Jason Boone showed that he is a lot faster than his big body shows as he spun around Peacock for an easy lay up and 6 time Czech title winner Michael Lenzly hit a jumper as the game was tied at 6-6. Two strong three point snipers Laquan Prowell and Michael Lenzly than traded three pointers as the game was knotted 9-9. Frankfurt got some extra momentum in the last minute closing out the first quarter with a 6-0 run. Peacock made an easy put back inside and Quantez Robertson nailed a three pointer over Alex King. It was a tight game, but the Skyliners had the better rhythm. Every point was important in a low scoring game, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 50% from outside while the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg were shooting 36% from the field and 20% from outside. Frankfurt had the 9-4 rebound edge, but five turnovers while Wurzburg had three turnovers.

The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg came out in the second quarter reborn going on an explosive 9-0 run to take the 18-15 lead. Mcintosh connected on two jumpers, Alex King made a three pointer showing his high rainbow and Dwayne Anderson made a steal and dunked. Frankfurt passed on many open shots electing to bring the ball inside. A Jason Boone was in the way and it is difficult to run him over. Frankfurt wasnt making good decisions, stressed Steven Clauss. The game remained very tight in the second quarter as the Fraport Skyliners were able to retain the lead, but lose it at the end. The Fraport Skyliners had to fight for every basket as Peacock made a pretty hook shot over Anderson and had some fortune that Boone came over one tick to late on the helpside and Robinson made a lay up getting by Boone as Frankfurt led 21-18. Boone and Peacock then traded baskets as Frankfurt still led 23-20. Wurzburg then outscored Frankfurt 6-5 to take a 26-25 lead into halftime. Ex Bremerhaven center Chris Mcnaughton scored inside and Frank Robinson spun around Skyliner captain Marius Nolte for a tough lay in with his left hand. Prowell and Mcnaughton then traded baskets as the second quarter ended. Frankfurt lost their rhythm a bit in the second quarter and Wurzburg had a better flow in the offense, stressed Steven Clauss. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg were shooting 48% from the field and 22% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 45% from the field and 33% from the three point line. Frankfurt led the rebound duel 15-9, but had nine turnovers while Wurzburg had six turnovers.
The third quarter remained razor sharp as there were four lead changes and no team led by more than four points. After Boone made two free throws, Frankfurt made a mini 4-0 run as Peacock made a difficult shot in traffic shoveling the ball into the hoop somehow with his left hand and Ryan Brooks made his first field goal as Frankfurt led 29-28. Wurzburg was able to retake the lead again and lead 34-30 Michael Lenzly dropped another three pointer and ex Villanover forward Dwayne Anderson scored inside. Zachery Peacock (203-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Tech) scored inside showing his immense working qualities inside and Brooks tied the game at 34-34 with a free throw. Brooks then scored a jumper and Prowell made a put back as Frankfurt led 39-36. Wurzburg tied the game with Mcintosh and Lenzly free throws at 39-39. Robertson then suffered a technical foul, but all Wurzburg could do was get two Mcintosh free throws for the 41-39 lead. Frankfurt could have had the lead after 30 minutes, but missed four consecutive free throws from Peacock and Brooks. Peacock dunked at the end of the third quarter getting served from a silver platter from Dawan Robinson as the game was dead locked at 41-41 after 30 minutes. No team was able to pull away. Brooks was able to find his game more, because Wurzburg was concentrating more on Peacock which gave open space for Brooks. Boone getting his fourth foul hurt Wurzburg, said basketball expert Steven Clauss. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 29% from the parking lot while the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg were shooting 41% from the field and 23% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 21-18 rebound edge and both teams coughed up the ball 14 times each.

In the fourth quarter Mcintosh and Robertson traded three pointers as the game was tied at 44-44. Then a few minutes went by as no team could muster any points, but fans saw the second airball by Alex King in the game and Chris Mcnaughton blocked a Quantez Robertson dunk. Muli Katzurin than inserted captian Marius Nolte for Zach peacock giving him a rest and Frankfurt responded with a lightening 6-0 explosion as Ryan Brooks and Quantez Robertson hit back to back three pointers as Frankfurt led 50-44 and they would never trail again in the game. But Wurzburg kept the game exciting as they didnt allow Frankfurt to pull out the lawn chair as they kept fighting back and pressuring Frankfurt. Lenzly set up Boone for a powerful dunk off the penetration cutting the Frankfurt lead to 53-48. With less than three minutes, Wurzburg still had energy and big shots prepared in their arsenal as Dwayne Anderson hit a clutch bomb form outside as Frankfurt led only 53-52. Gibson and brooks then connected for free throws as Frankfurt led 56-52. However as if Frankfurt hadnt learned earlier in the game of the shooting deadliness of Lenzly, the 2012 Olympic participant dropped a huge three pointer as Wurzburg trailed 56-55. After Robinson free throws, Wurzburg struck back with 18 seconds to play as Dwayne Anderson went hard to the hoop got his own offensive rebound and made a put back as Frankfurt led 58-57. Peacock then drowned insurance free throws for the 60-57 lead. Wurzburg had one last offensive play and Frankfurt elected not to foul and Lenzly was blocked by Peacock on a step back jumper got the ball back and kicked the ball to the open Mcintsoh who tried to bring the game to overtime, but was denied with his three pointer. That last shot felt wonderful. I took it with a lot of confidence to take the game to overtime, but it just happens that not all shots go in. Frankfurt made their free throws at the end. I felt that we made enough plays, but just not at the end to win, stressed Lamont Mcintosh. Our defense was key at the end. We did a great job helping on the rotations and switching on the pick and role. They took hard shots at the end and we locked down on offense, added Dawan Robinson. The last two minutes was like March Madness. There was so much intensity where every play mattered and one could feel it everywhere on the floor. We did a good job keeping composure for 40 minutes and limiting them from running and getting easy buckets, added Devin Gibson.

The Fraport Skyliners were led by Zachery Peacock with 21 points on seven for nine shooting. One can almost say give Zack the ball and all is good. Peacock played like a grown man tonight. Boone is a monster, but he kept his composure and showed the type of player that he is, added Dawan Robinson. Peacock was hard to stop. We slowed tempo down too much to help his game in the half court. He always possess match up problems. He hit his jumpers and is a very underrated center in the league, added Jason Boone. I really had to work hard on defense. I love to guard the pick and role and the little guards. I love those challenges, commented Zachery Peacock. Ryan Brooks added 13 points and Quantez Robertson had 11 points. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg were led by Michael Lenzly with 13 points. Dwayne Anderson produced 11 points and Jason Boone contributed 10 points. Despite the low scoring game, the Fraport Skyliners finshed with 47% shooting from the field and 42% from outside showing that they were picking their spots and taking good shots. Frankfurt also won the rebound battle 29-27 and forced Wurzburg to 15 turnovers. After the win, there was a very reflective Marius Nolte who was thrilled for another big win, but also a bit sad with the whole timing. The way that we have played recently and compared to earlier in the season is like two worlds. I always had the hope that we could develop like this, but I am a bit unhappy that it happened so late. It is great how Brooks and Prowell fit into the team and the emergence of Robinson. We have shown now that we can fight out of tough situations. This season has been even tougher mentally than last season. We are sticking together now and we continue to be on a good way, warned Marius Nolte. The Fraport Skyliners welcome the EWE Baskets Oldenburg next weekend.




The Miles Basketball Minute: The Real Season Starts In May For Bamberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

There were times when winning was as easy for the Brose Baskets Bamberg as it was for Rick Barry nailing free throws all day long, Rihanna cranking out hits with 11 number one songs in the German top 100 or how soccer player Baia has won 31 team titles with FC Porto and FC Barcelona. There was even a period of almost two years where Bamberg was unbeaten at home in the Beko BBL. From 2009-2012, the team won the triple winning three league titles and three cups and the word dynasty was a perfect description to the Bavarian team. A Casey Jacobsen belongs to the most professional acting players in the Beko BBL and if one entered the arena after a 40 minute game and examined the face of the California native one seemingly wouldnt know what had been the outcome since he is always 100% focused and rarely shows that win or lose emotion, but as of late the 5 time champion team has been blown of course from the usual expected winning road. Currently the team was riding an 8 game losing streak before the perfect opponent to break it with Giessen visited the Bamberg yesterday which most likely had the Bamberg haters in seventh heaven and the rest of the league in bewilderment in this down time.

Even with their domination of the Beko BBL in the last three years, hardcore Bamberg aficionados are upset, but to a point calm as no one is any desperation or in need of jumping into the Regnitz river without a life preserver. The team is still in first place in the Beko BBL standings with a record of 22-5 and three wins more than second placed FC Bayern Munich. If one really observes their losing streak closely one can take the eight loses and subtract five and get three loses. In other words, Bamberg have lost the last five games in the Euroleague and only really been defeated three times in the Beko BBL. One can always lose in the Euroleague, but statistically Bamberg has just had a lot of misfortune in the Euroleague. Ok they were hammered by Athens and Moscow, but had every chance against Alba Berlin, Efes Pilsen and Real Madrid losing each game by three points. Bamberg obviously knows how to win games in crunch time usually with their history the last three seasons, but even a Bamberg isnt always invincible and can have so tough misfortune.

The Euroleague is a totally other world compared to the Beko BBL. Before their three game losing streak in the Beko BBL, the team had won 19 of their last 20 games after starting the season winning two of their first three games. In their three game losing streak in the Beko BBL, they lost to up and coming team FC Bayern Munich 85-71 which isnt surprising with the more improved play since the arrival of Svetislav Pesic. However the last two loses to Phoenix Hagen and Fraport Skyliners is more surprising. Everyone knows that Phoenix Hagen plays run and gun and just tries to score more than their opponent so letting up 104 points and letting them get beat by the game of Phoenix Hagen was alarming. Bamberg was just unlucky that Phoenix Hagen had a very good shooting day. It is rare for Bamberg to give up 100 points as they are a very disciplined defensive team. The rising Fraport Skyliners who have hit their peak now also caught Bamberg by surprise having a solid offensive day and giving Bamberg their taste of hard nosed aggressive Katzurian defense.

If one wants to dissect the current Bamberg misery on the court, one will find various reasons. The team has had injury woes this season having classical point guard John Goldsberry for a very limited time as well as Andrew Ogily. New players came late as Matt Walsh and Alex Renfroe that still need to be integrated and the usual talk about the strain of the weekly Euroleague have been prevalent. Bamberg has a deep roster, but despite that one has noticed that Anton Gavel is a little bit beat up. Still there is no need to worry in Bamberg. Back in the 2008-2009 season as Chris Fleming (agency: Pro One Sports ) was in his first year, he had a slow start and recovered and built winning teams. Now the New Jersey native is in a tough situation, but has the experience and know how to get his team back on track and prepared for the grind of the playoffs. The remaining schedule isnt an easy one with four home games and four away games including opponents like ratiopharm Ulm, Artland Dragons, Alba Berlin and finishing the season with two difficult road games in Bremerhaven and Wurzburg. Matt Walsh is getting better and better and getting used to the German league and will be an important piece in the last month of the regular season for their success. No matter what happens in the last month, Bamberg will reach the playoffs and most likely finish in first place anyway. The real season doesnt start until May where the second season starts for Bamberg where everything counts. Bamberg might not have gotten that cup title this season, but if there is one player who will do anything for that fourth title then its Casey Jacobsen. The Brose Baskets Bamberg can be happy to have a player like him to push his team at all times. Bamberg got back to work last Sunday in their quest to halt their 8 game losing streak against the LTI Giessen 46ers winning easily with 50 plus points. Bamberg losing at home Sunday against Giessen was about as unlikely as new pope Francis winning the 2013 Boston marathon.




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Standings - A1

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

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 1: Olympiacos - AGOR 88-73
Mar. 31: Peristeri GS - Kavala 81-72
Mar. 30: Ikaros - Aris 79-67
Mar. 30: KAOD - Kolossos 74-66
Mar. 31: PAOK - Ilysiakos 73-69
Mar. 30: Apollon Patras - Panelefsiniakos 68-65
Mar. 31: Panionios - Panathinaikos 63-56

Regular Season: Round 23

Apr. 13: Aris - KAOD
Apr. 13: Kolossos - Peristeri GS
Apr. 13: Panathinaikos - Kavala
Apr. 13: AGOR - Ikaros
Apr. 13: Ilysiakos - Olympiacos
Apr. 13: Panelefsiniakos - PAOK
Apr. 13: Panionios - Apollon Patras


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos22.1 
 2. Pappas, Panionios17.4 
 3. McCollum, Apollo.15.5 
 4. Kiritsis, Ikaros15.2 
 5. Dendy, Kolossos14.9 
 6. Liakopoulos, Panel.14.8 
 7. Printezis, Olympia.14.5 
 8. Coleman, Kavala14.2 
 9. Haralampidis, PAOK13.7 
 10. Palmer, KAOD13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.7 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.7 
 3. Faye, Ikaros7.6 
 4. Jankovic, Panionios7.1 
 5. Anagonye, Ilysiak.7.1 
 6. Coleman, Kavala6.8 
 7. Michel, KAOD6.5 
 8. Kanonidis, Periste.6.0 
 9. Haritopoulos, PAOK5.9 
 10. Lasme, Panathin.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.8 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.4.9 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.3 
 4. Petroulas, Periste.3.9 
 5. Papantoniou, Peris.3.8 
 6. McGrath, PA.3.8 
 7. Pappas, Panionios3.3 
 8. Gibson, Ikaros3.2 
 9. Xanthopoulos, Pan.3.1 
 10. Kiritsis, Ikaros3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.7 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.2 
 3. Pappas, Panionios2.0 
 4. Hatten, Kolossos1.7 
 5. McCollum, Apollo.1.7 
 6. Klaiber, Apollon1.6 
 7. Knowles, KAOD1.6 
 8. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 9. Liakopoulos, Panel.1.4 
 10. Petway, AGOR1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Petway, AGOR2.6 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.6 
 3. Coleman, Kavala1.3 
 4. Achara, Kavala1.3 
 5. Faye, Ikaros1.3 
 6. Turner, Apollon1.2 
 7. Lasme, Panathin.1.1 
 8. Powell, Olympiacos0.9 
 9. Jankovic, Panionios0.9 
 10. Hines, Olympiacos0.8 



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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 28-5 
 2. Leiden 26-8 
 3. Groningen 23-10 
 4. Zwolle 18-16 
 5. Leeuwarden 18-16 
 6. Den Helder K. 17-17 
 7. M.Magixx 15-18 
 8. Weert 15-18 
 9. Amsterdam 4-30 
 10. Rotterdam 3-29 

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 1: Den Helder K. - Rotterdam 93-73
Apr. 1: Den Bosch - Leiden 88-85
Apr. 1: Zwolle - Groningen 66-74
Apr. 1: Leeuwarden - Amsterdam 103-69
Apr. 2: Weert - M.Magixx



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle SWANSTON
  Kapos.
  (201-G/F-86)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Swanston, Kapos.20.8 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari20.5 
 3. Buljan, Kormend20.1 
 4. Spica, Kaposvari19.8 
 5. Wood, Albacomp19.5 
 6. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 7. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.19.1 
 8. Nelson, Marso N.18.8 
 9. Copeland, ZTE K.18.8 
 10. Shaw, Kormend18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rastko DRAMICANIN
  Jaszbere.
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.9.1 
 2. Davis, Marso N.8.9 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 4. Barovic, Soproni8.4 
 5. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.9 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari7.9 
 7. Buljan, Kormend7.8 
 8. Keller, Albacomp7.8 
 9. Toth, PVSK P.7.4 
 10. Fey, Falco-Szova7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Atomeromu
  (189-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Williams, Atomeromu6.5 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari6.4 
 3. Moore, Albacomp6.4 
 4. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.8 
 5. Thomas, Soproni5.7 
 6. Nelson, Marso N.5.2 
 7. Copeland, ZTE K.5.2 
 8. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.2 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.8 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.3 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari2.9 
 3. Davis, Marso N.2.3 
 4. Moore, Albacomp2.3 
 5. Buljan, Kormend2.3 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.2 
 7. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
 8. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.8 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.1.8 
 10. Williams, Atomero.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip BAROVIC
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1
 1. Barovic, Soproni1.0 
 2. Keller, Albacomp1.0 
 3. Davis, Marso N.1.0 
 4. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.7 
 5. Shaw, Kormend0.7 
 6. Idlet, Atomeromu0.7 
 7. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.6 
 8. Cseh, FS Debrecen0.6 
 9. Fey, Falco-Szova0.6 
 10. Toth, Atomeromu0.6 


Alba Fehervar claim Morgen Ferdinand Cup title - by Eurobasket News

Alba Fehervar - Szolnoki 74:54

Alba Fehervar celebrated the Morgen Ferdinand Cup title. They overcame Szolnoki in the Final. Jarrod Jones (205-F-90, college: Ball St.) came up with 18 points to lead the winners.
Alba Fehervar cleared off early in the game. They built a 20:11 lead after ten minutes. Szolnoki struck back in the second quarter. They cut the deficit and trailed by just one point at the interval 35:34. But Alba Fehervar adjusted defensively in the third frame. They got away for a 7-point lead at the final intermission. Szolnoki could not recover in the fourth period as Alba Fehervar coasted to the victory. Kevin Smith (195-F-89, college: Richmond) netted 16 points, while Damian Hollis (203-F-88, agency: Two Points, college: G.Washington) added 9 points in the win. Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) answered with 14 points for Szolnoki. Akos Horvath (193-SG-81) netted 13 points in defeat.

Alba Fehervar: Jarrod Jones 18, Kevin Smith 16, Damian Hollis 9
Szolnoki: Sead Sehovic 14, Akos Horvath 13



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Amaya Joins Bellingham's Coaching Staff - by Kip Leonetti

Bellingham Slam fan favorite Tyler Amaya (6'7''-F-82, college: W.Washington) is back with the squad, albeit in a different capacity, as he has joined the teams coaching staff as an assistant coach for the 2013 International Basketball League season.

Amaya has been a fixture in the regions basketball community for over a decade, having led Mount Vernon High School to a 3A state championship in 2001 and Western Washington University to consecutive NCAA-II West Regional Tournament appearances in 2005 and 2006, with stints at Gonzaga and Dixie State College in between.

Amaya first joined the Slam midway into the 2008 season, and helped spark a run of 12 straight wins that ultimately saw the team capture their first of two IBL Championships.

Ultimately, Amaya played parts of four seasons with the Slam, intertwined with various opportunities to play professionally overseas.

His professional career spanned five continents and included stops in Germany, Tunisia, Syria, China and New Zealand. Most recently, he played for two teams in Saudi Arabia during the 2011-12 season.

Amaya will serve as head coach Rob Ridnour's top assistant coach, filling a role that had been held by Mike Elsner since the 2008 season. Elsner stepped down from his position following the 2012 season in order to spend more time with his family. Amaya's new position with the Slam will be his first foray into coaching at the professional ranks.

The Slam will open training camp shortly in advance of the teams home opener on April 19, when they host the Vancouver Volcanoes. A 7 p.m. tip-off is scheduled for Whatcom Pavilion.



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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.23.4 
 6. Jackson, Thor Thorl22.6 
 7. Zeglinski, Grindav.21.9 
 8. Frye, Stjarnan21.5 
 9. Craion, Keflavik21.4 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan20.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 15
 1. Van, Njardvik15.0 
 2. Craion, Keflavik13.1 
 3. Baptist, Keflavik10.3 
 4. Virijevic, KFI10.0 
 5. Valentine, Tindast.10.0 
 6. McQueen, Snaefell9.7 
 7. Broussard, Grind.9.3 
 8. Mills, Stjarnan9.0 
 9. Frye, Stjarnan8.8 
 10. Jackson, Thor Tho.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Snaefell
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Threatt, Snaefell9.1 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan8.5 
 3. Pitts, KFI7.0 
 4. Gibson, Tindastoll6.9 
 5. Zeglinski, Grindav.6.2 
 6. Smith, Thor Thorl5.7 
 7. Williams, IR5.6 
 8. Fridriksson, Njard.4.8 
 9. Medlock, Skallagri.4.8 
 10. Frye, Stjarnan4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron BROUSSARD
  Grind.
  (195-F-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Broussard, Grind.2.6 
 2. Williams, IR2.6 
 3. Moore, Njardvik2.4 
 4. Medlock, Skallagri.2.3 
 5. Threatt, Snaefell2.1 
 6. Frye, Stjarnan1.9 
 7. Viggosson, Tindast.1.9 
 8. Baptist, Keflavik1.9 
 9. Valentine, Tindast.1.9 
 10. Jonsson, Thor Tho.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MILLS
  Stjarnan
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Mills, Stjarnan2.4 
 2. Craion, Keflavik2.3 
 3. Bradshaw, KFI1.8 
 4. Van, Njardvik1.4 
 5. Baptist, Keflavik1.3 
 6. Acox, KR1.2 
 7. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.1 
 8. Valentine, Tindast.1.1 
 9. Magnusson, KR1.0 
 10. Valdimarsson, Stj.0.8 


Grindavik takes the lead - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Semi-Finals started tonight with the game between Grindavik & KR. Grindavik took the lead in the serie by winning 95-87
Terrible start in first half for KR was too much. Even team started ok since score was tight at 10-10 but then came 17-0 run and halftime score was 50-34 for Grindavik.
KR started second half strong by scoring first seven points but then it went back to the same.
In fourth quarter KR kept getting closer and closer and did cut it down to one point but not well organized offense and mistakes on the other end gave Grindavik the win.
Next game at KR and they need to play the game from beginning to have chance against good Grindavik team.
Top scorers for Grindavik. Aaron Broussard (195-F-90, college: Seattle) 31. Johann Olafsson 28 Thorleifur Olafsson 12.
For Kr. Brynjar Bjornson 24. Brandon Richardson 21. Kristofer Acox 14



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Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Dell Aspac 23-1 
 2. Pelita Jaya 21-3 
 3. Satria Muda 18-5 
 4. CLS Knights 17-6 
 5. Garuda 16-8 
 6. Stadium Jak. 12-11 
 7. Hangtuah 11-12 
 8. Bimasakti 7-16 
 9. Satya Wacana 6-17 
 10. Pacific Caesar 5-18 
 11. Tonga BSC 2-21 
 12. NSH GMC Riau 2-22 

Regular Season: Round 38

Mar. 31: Satria Muda - NSH GMC Riau 80-57
Mar. 31: Hangtuah - Pelita Jaya 75-84
Mar. 31: Pacific Caesar - Dell Aspac 72-98
Mar. 31: Garuda - CLS Knights 58-62

Regular Season: Round 40

Apr. 2: CLS Knights - Tonga BSC
Apr. 2: NSH GMC Riau - Pelita Jaya
Apr. 2: Dell Aspac - Bimasakti
Apr. 2: Garuda - Pacific Caesar


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bima RIZKY ARDIANSYAH
  Bimasa.
  (182-PF-90)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Rizky Ardian., Bim.15.5 
 2. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.15.0 
 3. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.14.4 
 4. Prawiro, Dell Aspac12.6 
 5. Pamungkas, Satya12.4 
 6. Sabara, Pacific12.3 
 7. Regowo, Dell Aspac12.3 
 8. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.12.2 
 9. Poedjakesuma, Peli.11.3 
 10. Utomo, CLS Knigh.11.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.4 
 2. Sabara, Pacific9.6 
 3. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.0 
 4. Gunawan, Satria M.8.4 
 5. Nolland, Garuda8.3 
 6. Nugroho, Satya W.8.0 
 7. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.6 
 8. Sucipto, NSH G.7.3 
 9. Prasetyo, Hangtuah6.4 
 10. Poedjakesuma, Pel.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.4.8 
 2. Wijaya, Garuda4.1 
 3. Indra, Pacific4.0 
 4. Muharri, CLS K.4.0 
 5. Sartika, Bimasakti3.7 
 6. Gerungan, Dell A.3.5 
 7. Sucipto, Satya W.3.2 
 8. Uneputty, Tonga B.3.1 
 9. Sebayang, Pelita J.3.0 
 10. Dwi Priasmor., Bi.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Dimaz MUHARRI
  CLS K.
  (181-PG-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Muharri, CLS K.3.2 
 2. Purwanto, Pelita J.2.9 
 3. Uneputty, Tonga B.2.7 
 4. Sucipto, NSH G.2.5 
 5. Michel, Satria Muda2.2 
 6. Nolland, Garuda2.1 
 7. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.2.0 
 8. Dewanto, Pelita J.1.9 
 9. Wijaya, Garuda1.9 
 10. Sabara, Pacific1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.2 
 2. Gunawan, Satria M.2.0 
 3. Nugroho, Satya W.1.7 
 4. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.6 
 5. Thoyib, Dell Aspac1.5 
 6. Teguh, Hangtuah1.5 
 7. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.3 
 8. Gunawan, Satria M.1.3 
 9. Junaidi, Hangtuah1.2 
 10. Damanik, Pelita J.1.1 


NBL Round 38: Top-ranked Dell Aspac wins another game - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

NBL top team - Dell Aspac (23-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Pacific Caesar (5-18) in Surabaya 98-72. Dell Aspac forced 30 Pacific Caesar turnovers and had a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Forward Pringgo Regowo (190-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Guard Raymond Shariputra (181-91) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Airlangga Sabara (190-85) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds for Pacific Caesar. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dell Aspac have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-1 record. Pacific Caesar at the other side keeps the tenth place with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Bandung was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked CLS Knights (17-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Garuda (16-8). CLS Knights managed to secure a 4-point victory 62-58. Point guard Dimaz Muharri (181-85) scored 7 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Rachmad Utomo chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The former international point guard Wendha Wijaya (181-82) responded with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. CLS Knights have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 17-6 record. Garuda lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Pandang was also quite interesting. Second ranked Pelita Jaya (21-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Hangtuah (11-12). Pelita Jaya managed to secure a 9-point victory 84-75 on Sunday. Andi Poedjakesuma notched 19 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) by Adhi Prasetyo did not help to save the game for Hangtuah. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pelita Jaya have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 21-3 record having just two points less than leader Dell Aspac. Loser Hangtuah keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. Pelita Jaya will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hangtuah will play against Bimasakti (#8) in Sakti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 38 NSH GMC Riau was smashed by Satria Muda on the road 80-57.
The most impressive performance of 38th round was 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks by Rony Gunawan of Satria Muda.


Group Bali
Pacific Caesar - Dell Aspac 72-98

NBL top team - Dell Aspac (23-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Pacific Caesar (5-18) in Surabaya 98-72. Dell Aspac forced 30 Pacific Caesar turnovers and had a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Forward Pringgo Regowo (190-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Guard Raymond Shariputra (181-91) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Dell Aspac players scored in double figures. Airlangga Sabara (190-85) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds and center Eko Sasmito (188-85) added 12 points in the effort for Pacific Caesar. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dell Aspac have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-1 record. Pacific Caesar at the other side keeps the tenth place with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Dell Aspac: P.Regowo 16+8reb+5ast, O.Wira Sanjaya 14+1reb+1ast, R.Shariputra 13+5reb+2ast, A.Prastawa Dhyaksa 13+1ast, M.Irman 8+6reb+1ast, R.Effendi 8+2reb
Pacific Caesar: A.Sabara 19+5reb+2ast, M.Fauzia 14+5reb, E.Sasmito 12+4reb+3ast, G.Nagata 7+2reb+3ast, D.Kurniawan 5+4reb+2ast, C.Indra 5+5reb+3ast
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Group Bali
Garuda - CLS Knights 58-62

The game in Bandung was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked CLS Knights (17-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Garuda (16-8). CLS Knights managed to secure a 4-point victory 62-58. Garuda was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. CLS Knights forced 22 Garuda turnovers. Point guard Dimaz Muharri (181-85) scored 7 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Rachmad Utomo (180-85) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The former international point guard Wendha Wijaya (181-82) responded with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Hendru Ramli (188-88) scored 15 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. CLS Knights have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 17-6 record. Garuda lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: R.Utomo 12+5reb+2ast, A.Ekayana 10+6reb+2ast, H.Herman 8+10reb+1ast, D.Muharri 7+6reb+7ast, T.Agus 6+4reb, J.Jeffry 6+1reb+2ast
Garuda: H.Ramli 15+3reb+1ast, W.Wijaya 9+7reb+5ast, Surliyadin 8+4reb, V.Nolland 7+4reb, J.Hasoloan 5+1reb, C.Gideon 4+1reb+1ast
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Group Bali
Hangtuah - Pelita Jaya 75-84

The game in Pandang was also quite interesting. Second ranked Pelita Jaya (21-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Hangtuah (11-12). Pelita Jaya managed to secure a 9-point victory 84-75 on Sunday. The game without a history. Pelita Jaya led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Pelita Jaya forced 21 Hangtuah turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) notched 19 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and center Fidyan Dini (195-83) supported him with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Even 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) by center Adhi Prasetyo (194-93) did not help to save the game for Hangtuah. Guard Agustinus Sigar (180-79) added 11 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pelita Jaya have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 21-3 record having just two points less than leader Dell Aspac. Loser Hangtuah keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. Pelita Jaya will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hangtuah will play against Bimasakti (#8) in Sakti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pelita Jaya: A.Poedjakesuma 19+7reb+2ast, F.Dini 16+7reb+1ast, D.Aryo Dewanto 10+2reb, P.Indrawan 8+5reb+3ast, E.Sebayang 8+5reb+6ast, K.Purwanto 6+5reb+4ast
Hangtuah: A.Prasetyo 19+8reb, T.Wilopo 14+2ast, A.Sigar 11+5reb+2ast, I.Teguh Teguh 8+5reb+1ast, H.Hardianus 6+5reb+2ast, J.Sagala 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 236548


Group Bali
Satria Muda - NSH GMC Riau 80-57

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Satria Muda (18-5) crushed bottom-ranked NSH GMC Riau (2-22) in Jakarta 80-57 on Sunday. The game without a history. Satria Muda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Satria Muda forced 28 NSH GMC Riau turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Satria Muda made 8 blocks. The former international power forward Rony Gunawan (194-80) notched 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the effort and Vamiga Michel (191-92) supported him with 15 points and 4 steals. Four Satria Muda players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds by forward Juliano Sucipto (188-82) did not help to save the game for NSH GMC Riau. Center Max Yanto (215-83) added 12 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Satria Muda have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 18-5 record having six points less than leader Dell Aspac. NSH GMC Riau lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom. Satria Muda will meet Satya Wacana (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. NSH GMC Riau will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: R.Gunawan 15+7reb+3ast, V.Michel 15+3reb+3ast, F.Julius Achmad 11+1ast, B.Siregar 10+5reb, F.Julius Ahmad 8+2reb+1ast, G.Gunawan 7+8reb+3ast
NSH GMC Riau: M.Yanto 12+7reb+1ast, J.Sucipto 12+11reb+1ast, L.Alfian Eka Koswara 7+1reb+2ast, T.Tirtahadi 5+2reb+1ast, Y.Efendi 4+2reb+1ast, R.Febriyan 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 236547



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Arsalan Kazemi, Was Subjected To A Whole Lot Of Racism In His Time As A Student-Athlete at Rice College - by Mohammad Ahmadi

Oregon's Arsalan Kazemi (200-F-90) has been a key player in the Ducks' run to the Sweet 16, but while at Rice from 2009-12 he alleged that Owls athletic director Rick Greenspan repeatedly made insulting and discriminating remarks to him, two fellow Middle Eastern players and an assistant coach, and that led to his request for a hardship waiver from the NCAA to be eligible to play this season.
According to a document, the first Iranian-born player in NCAA Division I men's college basketball, alleged in his hardship waiver that Greenspan made derogatory comments referencing Al-Qaeda and the Axis of Evil when talking about Kazemi and two of his teammates.
The NCAA only grants hardship waivers under special circumstances, but in this case it gave waivers to Kazemi and his teammate, center Omar Oraby, an Egyptian who transferred to USC in September.
The 6-foot-7, 226-pound Kazemi has been instrumental for Oregon (28-8) this season, averaging 9.3 points and a team-best 9.9 rebounds per game. The 12th-seeded Ducks face No. 1 seed Louisville in a Midwest regional semifinal in Indianapolis on Friday night.
On Thursday, Kazemi, who is Muslim, declined to answer questions about the allegations he made against Greenspan in his hardship waiver request. "I won't talk about that," Kazemi said.
Greenspan, who was hired as Rice's athletic director in March 2010, denied all of Kazemi's allegations. "I'm glad he's having success in the postseason, but we at the university categorically deny any allegations of discriminatory treatment that might be claimed during his time at Rice," said Greenspan, who was previously the athletic director at Indiana and Army.
In his hardship waiver, Kazemi claimed that Greenspan routinely made insulting remarks based on ethnicity and religion to him, two other players (Oraby and forward Ahmad Ibrahim) and a former assistant coach (Marco Morcos) during his three years at Rice. Oraby averaged 6.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game at USC this past season, while Ibrahim bypassed his three remaining years of eligibility to turn professional and play in his native Lebanon.
Morcos, an Egyptian native whose contract was not renewed after last season and recruited all three players, has filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging discriminatory remarks and a hostile work environment at Rice, according his lawyer, Aaron Pool. Morcos, who declined to provide any more details to SI.com, was an assistant for two seasons at Rice under coach Ben Braun. He had also previously served as the Owls' director of basketball operations for two years.
When asked about his EEOC complaint, Morcos said there were certain things he could not talk about for legal reasons.
Oraby did not return a message left on their cellphone and Braun and Ibrahim could not be reached for comment.
In Kazemi's waiver request, he claimed that Greenspan told Marcos to "recruit more terrorists" on multiple occasions. He also alleged that when talking in Arabic to another player that Greenspan asked if they were having an "Al-Qaeda meeting."
When Morcos wore a traditional Middle Eastern gown as part of a team function for Halloween, Kazemi alleged in the waiver request that Greenspan told the assistant, "All you need is a backpack and you are ready to bomb the school." On multiple road trips, Kazemi claimed that Greenspan directed airport security to thoroughly search the bags of him, Oraby and Ibrahim because of their Middle Eastern heritage.
Kazemi also accused Greenspan of telling him and other players in January 2012, "We only need one more guy to complete the Axis of Evil."
Another time, Kazemi alleged he was talking in a foreign language to another player and Morcos when Greenspan walked by and told them, "Stop speaking in this language because you could be plotting against us."
Kazemi maintained in his hardship waiver that he and his guardian in the United States approached Braun on several occasions and requested that Braun speak with Greenspan about his comments. Kazemi also claimed that Rice's coaching staff did not grant him special accommodations for matters related to his religion such as prayer, facial hair and diet.
When asked about the allegations, a Rice spokesperson issued a statement that read, in part: "As a matter of policy, Rice University avoids commenting on personnel matters or matters before the NCAA. However, allegations involving two former men's basketball players require a brief response.
"In September 2012, two student-athletes received permission from Rice to transfer to the University of Southern California and the University of Oregon. Both schools have sought a waiver of the NCAA's one-year residency rule so that the students can compete in the upcoming basketball season. Unfortunately, USC and Oregon have included in those waiver applications meritless allegations of discrimination, including some previously asserted by a former assistant basketball coach whose contract was not renewed last spring.
"Rice head basketball Coach Ben Braun and Athletics Director Rick Greenspan strongly deny those allegations. Rice University has a strong institutional commitment to tolerance and diversity, and both Braun and Greenspan share those values and provide services and programs that accommodate the needs of a diverse student-athlete population."
Anthony Ibrahim, who helped bring Kazemi to the U.S., told SI.com on Thursday that he knew about the allegations in Kazemi's waiver request and believes them to be true. "There's no reason to lie," he said.
Rice did not support the hardship waiver for Kazemi or Oraby. This season the Owls struggled to a 5-26 record, including a 1-15 finish in Conference USA. With Kazemi in 2011-12, Rice went 17-15 and made the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament quarterfinals.
An NCAA spokesperson said it reviews all waivers on a case-by-case basis and couldn't comment on Kazemi's case specifically citing privacy concerns.




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Iraqi 1st Division rounds 13th, 14th and 15th results .. round 16th games - by Ahmad Madwar

Round 13th results : 16th March
Duhok beat the leading team Al Kahraba by 5pts after one overtime and the final result was : 86/81
Zakho beat Al-Mofiqia by 36pts and the final result was : 71/35
Al Shurtah beat Al-Tadamoun by 3pts and the final result was : 85/82
Nift Al-Janoub beat Al-Hilla by 3pts and the final result was 67/64

Round 14th results : 22th March
Al Karkh beat Al-Mofiqia by 22pts and the final result was 77/55
Al-Hilla beat Zakho by 1pts and the final result was 86/85
Al Shurtah beat Nift Al-Janoub by 3pts after 2 overtimes and the final result was 106/103 .. the foreign players in each team had a great game and it was a real battle between Ricky James, Travis Taylor from Nift Al-Janoub and Jamarr Hardy (191-G-83, college: Lenoir CC), Hiram Fuller (206-C-81, college: Fresno St.) from Al Shurtah, Jamarr had a triple double in this game with 32points 12rebounds 11assists and he added 5steals, this is not his first triple double he had more 5triple doubles in the previous games, Hiram had a double double in this game with 18points 16rebounds, he added 2blocks and 2assists
Al-Tadamoun V/S Duhok game the postponed ..

Round 15th results : 29th March
Zakho beat Al-Shurtah by 4pts after 1 overtime and the final result was 77/73
Al-Karkh beat Al-Hilla by 8pts and the final result was 73/65
Al Kahraba beat Al-Tadamoun by 9pts and the final result was 9pts and the final result was 103/94 .. Chris Kaba (203-F-88, college: N.Colorado) and Jefferson Mason (198-G-88, college: Minnesota St.) the foreign players of Al-Tadamoun had a great game .. and they did them team to help them to get the W .. but the local players in Al Kahraba played the main part to got them team that W .. Chris Kaba (203-F-88, college: N.Colorado) had a double double in the game .. and he scored close to 30pts in this game, Jeff was close to get a triple double with 36pts 8reb 8ast ..
Duhok V/S Nift Al-Janoub game postponed

Round 16th games : 2nd April
Al Karkh V/S Al Shurtah
Zakho V/S Duhok
Al-Hilla V/S Al-Mofiqia
Al Kahraba V/S Nift Al Janoub




Interview with Emanuel Willis - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket had the pleasure of talking with Emanuel Willis. The veteran big man is a part of the new crop of US PLAYERS IN IRAQ. He was able to share his thoughts on being a part of a new idea in the storied war torn part of the Middle East, and what he sees going forward from this experience.

EU: Emanuel, first off, THANK YOU for talking with us. How are you enjoying Iraq? How did you find out about this league and how did you sign a contract to play here?

EW: First of all I want to thank Eurobasket for this interview, and I would also like to thank God for this opportunity. This is my first time in Iraq and I really did not know what to expect in Iraq. My team and management in Duhok, Iraq has made it very easy and humbling for me to come and play here. Team Duhok is a first class organization and also an amzing city, that has made my transiton from the United States very comfortable to come play in the Iraqi basketball league. I am enjoying every moment of being here. I found out about this league through my agent Laith Najjar of Advantage Sports Agency. I signed a contract through his partner Mohammed Al-Kafaji who is a part of the Duhok basketball club.

EU: You do know that this is the First True attempt at having US proffessionals playing in the league. How have you found the level of play here compared to other Mid-East countries? We see that you have also played in Oman, Kuwait and also in Turkey.

EW: In all honesty, the level of play in Iraq is becoming very compettitive. There love of the game is growing by the day. Having US professionals has helped with exposure and also increased the competition all across the league. Teams now believe they have an opportunity to compete for the championship. The local big men in Iraq is the difference and I believe that is what seperates the other leagues I have played in. They are young and growing each season. Having US professionals is benefiting them tremendously.

EU: Being a veteran of international basketball in a variety of countries, how do you feel the addition of import players helps the level of basketball here? Do you think it helps the country as a whole?

EW: The addtion of imports has made a great impact on the game of basketball here in Iraq. The country appreciates good basketball and is growing to love this game. The knowledge, experience, and talent the imports bring to this country is a huge help to each and every player in this league. The country lacks knowledge of the game and with the imports bringing in their experience, it's helped players grow and understand the game of basketball tremendously. The country is excited for the years to come and knows that this league will continue to grow and become more competittive.

EU: How have the local fans accepted you and the other American players?

EW: Our local fans here in Duhok are some of the best in the league. Duhok has a winning traditon here and have won the last 4 championships in Iraq. On the other hand we play in alot of hostile environments because many teams want to beat us. The fans have embraced the imports as family in Iraq. It's still a growing league but in a couple years the fan base for basketball should be incredible.

EU: Do you see this as being a positive thing for Iraq? Do you see any room for improvement in this?

EW: Yes it is a positive thing in Iraq that they have embraced the imports. They have started a new league by bringing imports, and I believe it will open the doors for other Americans to come to the league. There are minor changes needed to be made to make this a top Middle East league. As I stated before in a couple of years it will be a great league for imports to come and play.

EU: Have the local coaches been able to keep up?What are your thoughts?

EW: The local coaches here have adjusted to the new and improved basketball in Iraq. I have personally seen a lot of adjustments made for the better in the league. Since almost every team has imports the league has gotten better over night. Which means you have about 5 teams that can win the championship and that's due to the coaches adjusting to this new style of basketball.

EU: Tell us briefly how it is for you to play with the local players and in a country that may not be as far along basketball wise as the US or some of your other place of experience?

EW: I can't speak for the other imports in the league, but it is actually very easy for me to play with my teammates here in Iraq. That's because 3 of our locals are Iraqi-Americans. Jenero Dawood, Michael Shamon, and Rame Batta are all basically Americans with college experience. So, it's more easier to relate to people that's from the states. We also have great national team players that know the game which makes it fun to play here.

EU: Any thoughts on the rest of the season?

EW: We are currently in 3rd place in the league with 5 games left in the regular season and I would love for us to fight our way in that first spot. So we can bring Duhok a championship. And being MVP of the league would be icing on the cake with averaging 24 points 14rebounds 4blocks 3assists per game.

EU: We know that it is early, but what are your plans for the future?

EW: My plan for the future is to establish myself as one of the best big men in the region, so I can get to another level playing international basketball.

EU: Any thing to say to your family & fans?

EW: I would like to thank my fans and family for the love and support they have shown me all these years. They are the reason why I am still playing at a high level. I will be playing my heart out for the fans for years to come. I would like to say thanks to Eurobasket for the interview.

EUROBASKET WOULD LIKE TO WISH EMANUEL WILLIS A GREAT SECOND HALF OF THE IRAQ! WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEAR GREAT THINGS FROM HIM IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE! BEST SWISHES EMAN!



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Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Cimberio VA 20-5 
 2. Banco di Sard. 18-7 
 3. Acea Virtus RM 17-8 
 4. Montepaschi 15-10 
 5. EA7 Armani 15-10 
 6. Cantu 15-10 
 7. Trenkwalder RE 14-11 
 8. Umana VE 13-12 
 9. JuveCaserta 11-14 
 10. Sidigas AV 10-14 
 11. Vanoli CR 10-15 
 12. Enel Brindisi 10-15 
 13. Sutor MGR 10-15 
 14. Oknoplast BO 8-16 
 15. Pesaro 8-17 
 16. Angelico BI 5-20 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 1: Cimberio VA - Acea Virtus RM 81-58
Apr. 1: Umana VE - Vanoli CR 80-74
Mar. 30: Banco di Sard. - EA7 Armani 79-85
Apr. 1: Sidigas AV - Montepaschi 75-70
Apr. 1: Angelico BI - Sutor MGR 73-86
Mar. 30: Enel Brindisi - Trenkwalder RE 69-84
Apr. 1: Cantu - JuveCaserta 65-66
Mar. 30: Pesaro - Oknoplast BO 101-91

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 7: EA7 Armani - Pesaro
Apr. 7: Oknoplast BO - Umana VE
Apr. 7: Vanoli CR - Montepaschi
Apr. 7: Angelico BI - Cantu
Apr. 7: Acea Virtus RM - Sidigas AV
Apr. 7: Sutor MGR - Cimberio VA
Apr. 7: JuveCaserta - Enel Brindisi
Apr. 7: Trenkwalder RE - Banco di Sard.


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.19.4 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.19.2 
 3. Diener, Banco d.17.8 
 4. Datome, Acea V.17.3 
 5. Brown, Montepaschi16.8 
 6. Diener, Banco d.16.7 
 7. Johnson, Angelico.15.9 
 8. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 9. Ere, Cimberio VA15.4 
 10. Langford, EA7 A.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Acea V.
  (205-C/F-88)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Lawal, Acea V.9.4 
 2. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 3. Akindele, JuveCase.8.0 
 4. Johnson, Sidigas7.9 
 5. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.8 
 6. Jelovac, JuveCase.7.6 
 7. Dunston, Cimberio.7.5 
 8. Gigli, Oknoplast BO7.0 
 9. Bourousis, EA7 A.6.9 
 10. Burns, Sutor MGR6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.5 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.8 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.2 
 4. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.0 
 5. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.0 
 6. Tabu-Eboma, Cantu4.0 
 7. Brown, Montepaschi3.6 
 8. Taylor, Acea V.3.6 
 9. Shakur, Sidigas AV3.4 
 10. Steele, Sutor MGR3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.6 
 2. Robinson, Angelico.2.4 
 3. Kinsey, Pesaro2.4 
 4. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.0 
 5. Green, Cimberio VA2.0 
 6. Shakur, Sidigas AV1.9 
 7. Reynolds, Enel B.1.9 
 8. Thornton, Banco d.1.8 
 9. Dean, Sidigas AV1.8 
 10. Barbour, Pesaro1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.3 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.5 
 3. Ress, Montepaschi1.3 
 4. Lawal, Acea V.1.3 
 5. Cusin, Cantu1.2 
 6. Crosariol, Pesaro1.2 
 7. Tyus, Cantu1.2 
 8. Simmons, Enel B.1.2 
 9. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.2 
 10. Akindele, JuveCas.1.1 


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

26-year old forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) had a very impressive game in the last round for Sidigas AV and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Montepaschi (#4, 15-10) 75-70. Sidigas AV is placed at 10th position in Italian league. Sidigas AV is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-14 record. Ivanov turned to be Sidigas AV's top player in his first season with the team. Kaloyan Ivanov averages this season 12.0ppg and 9.0rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Jacob Pullen (185-PG-89) of Oknoplast BO. He is American-Georgian guard in his first season at Oknoplast BO. In the last game Pullen recorded impressive 34 points. Bad luck as Oknoplast BO lost that game 91-101 to slightly lower-ranked Pesaro (#15, 8-17). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Oknoplast BO keeps 14th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-16 record. Pullen is one of the most experienced players at Oknoplast BO and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84) of Pesaro (#15). Kinsey scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Pesaro, leading his team to a 101-91 win against slightly higher-ranked Oknoplast BO (#14, 8-16). The chances of Pesaro not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kinsey could try to bring Pesaro's a little bit higher in the standings. Kinsey has a very solid season. In 14 games in Italy he scored 12.6ppg. He also has 6.8rpg and 2.4spg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Keith Langford (193-SG-83) of EA7 Armani - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Travis Diener (184-PG-82) of Banco di Sard. - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Scottie Reynolds (188-PG-87) of Enel Brindisi - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tony Easley (206-F-87) of Banco di Sard. - 21 points and 6 rebounds
8. Troy Bell (186-PG-80) of Trenkwalder RE - 24 points
9. Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89) of JuveCaserta - 17 points and 12 rebounds
10. Andrija Stipanovic (209-C-86) of Vanoli CR - 14 points and 12 rebounds

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



SerieA Round 25: Banco di Sard. loses to Armani Milano - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

The game between second ranked Banco di Sard. (18-7) and sixth ranked Armani Milano (15-10) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Banco di Sard. was defeated by Armani Milano in a tough game in Sassari 79-85. Banco di Sard. trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 18-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-85 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 4 assists. Swingman Alessandro Gentile (198-92) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) answered with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Banco di Sard.Armani Milano moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Montepaschi and Cantu. Banco di Sard. at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Armani Milano is looking forward to face VL Pesaro (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Banco di Sard. will play against Trenkwalder RE (#7) in Reggio Emilia and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Cimberio Varese (20-5) which hosted in Varese 3rd placed Lottomatica Roma (17-8). First ranked Cimberio Varese had an easy win 81-58. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Lottomatica Roma. International forward Achille Polonara (202-91) stepped up and scored 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Janar Talts chipped in 8 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Cimberio Varese's coach Francesco Vitucci felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American-Nigerian power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 8 points and 18 rebounds. Cimberio Varese maintains first place with 20-5 record. Lottomatica Roma at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Cimberio Varese will play against Sutor Montegranaro (#13) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Lottomatica Roma will play against Air Avellino (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Cantu between Juvecaserta and Cantu. Ninth ranked Juvecaserta (11-14) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked Cantu (15-10). Juvecaserta managed to escape with a 1-point win 66-65 on Monday evening. Stevan Jelovac nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Pietro Aradori came up with 19 points and 5 rebounds for Cantu in the defeat. Cantu's coach Andrea Trinchieri rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Juvecaserta maintains ninth place with 11-14 record. Loser Cantu dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with Montepaschi and EA7 Armani. Juvecaserta will meet at home Enel Brindisi (#12) in the next round. Cantu will play against Angelico Biella (#16) and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Montepaschi Siena (15-10) and Air Avellino (10-14), which took place in Avellino. 4th placed Montepaschi Siena lost to twelfth ranked Air Avellino in a road game 70-75. Kaloyan Ivanov fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Montepaschi Siena's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Air Avellino have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to tenth place. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Air Avellino's next round opponent will be higher ranked Lottomatica Roma (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Montepaschi Siena will play against Vanoli Cremona.

Other games in round 25 were not that significant. Sutor MGR beat Angelico BI on the road 86-73. Umana VE won against Vanoli CR on its own court 80-74. Trenkwalder RE managed to outperform Enel Brindisi in Reggio Emilia 84-69. Pesaro managed to beat Oknoplast BO at home 101-91.
The most impressive performance of 25th round was 18 points and 8 rebounds by Tarence Kinsey of Pesaro.


Angelico BI - Sutor MGR 73-86

No shocking result in a game when thirteenth ranked Sutor Montegranaro (10-15) beat on the road bottom-ranked Angelico Biella (5-20) 86-73. It looked good early as Angelico Biella took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Sutor Montegranaro had a 23-11 second period charge getting the lead and Angelico Biella was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-86. Sutor Montegranaro made 25-of-29 charity shots (86.2 percent) during the game, while Angelico Biella only scored seven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Angelico Biella 36-23 including 27 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Angelico Biella helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international point guard Fabio Di Bella (187-78) fired 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Luca Campani (206-90) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Sutor Montegranaro's coach Carlo Recalcati allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-Qatari guard Trey Johnson (196-84, college: Jackson St., agency: Priority Sports) produced 19 points and 6 assists and American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sutor Montegranaro have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Enel Brindisi and Vanoli CR. Angelico Biella lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 20 games lost. Sutor Montegranaro's next round opponent will be league's leader Cimberio Varese at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Angelico Biella will play against Cantu (#6).
Top scorers:
Sutor MGR: F.Di Bella 17+5reb+5ast, D.Cinciarini 16+3reb+1ast, L.Campani 13+6reb+1ast, K.Johnson 11+3reb+1ast, C.Burns 9+3reb+1ast, T.Slay 9+5reb+1ast
Angelico BI: T.Johnson 19+2reb+6ast, K.Pinkney 15+8reb+1ast, D.Tsaldaris 14+4ast, G.Jurak 11+7reb+3ast, T.Rochestie 9+1ast, T.Raspino 4
gschID: 185618


Sidigas AV - Montepaschi 75-70

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Montepaschi Siena (15-10) and Air Avellino (10-14), which took place in Avellino. 4th placed Montepaschi Siena lost to twelfth ranked Air Avellino in a road game 70-75. It looked good early as Montepaschi Siena took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Air Avellino had a 22-15 second period charge getting the lead and Montepaschi Siena was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 70-75. 25 personal fouls committed by Montepaschi Siena helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Bulgarian forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Slovenian point guard Jaka Lakovic (186-78) chipped in 19 points. American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) produced 20 points and Estonian Kristjan Kangur (201-82) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Montepaschi Siena's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Air Avellino have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to tenth place. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Air Avellino's next round opponent will be higher ranked Lottomatica Roma (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Montepaschi Siena will play against Vanoli Cremona.
Top scorers:
Sidigas AV: J.Lakovic 19+2reb+2ast, K.Ivanov 15+10reb, J.Hunter 14+2reb+3ast, B.Brown 9+5reb, J.Richardson 8+5reb+2ast, T.Dean 7+4reb
Montepaschi: B.Brown 20+2reb+2ast, K.Kangur 16+8reb, D.Moss 10+3reb+2ast, M.Carraretto 9+3reb+2ast, B.Eze 4+7reb+1ast, T.Ress 4
gschID: 185617


Cimberio VA - Acea Virtus RM 81-58

An interesting game for Cimberio Varese (20-5) which hosted in Varese 3rd placed Lottomatica Roma (17-8). First ranked Cimberio Varese had an easy win 81-58. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Lottomatica Roma. The game without a history. Cimberio Varese led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Cimberio Varese forced 24 Lottomatica Roma turnovers. Lottomatica Roma was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. International forward Achille Polonara (202-91) stepped up and scored 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Estonian Janar Talts (207-83) chipped in 8 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Cimberio Varese's coach Francesco Vitucci felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American-Nigerian power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 8 points and 18 rebounds and international forward Luigi Datome (203-87) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Cimberio Varese maintains first place with 20-5 record. Lottomatica Roma at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Cimberio Varese will play against Sutor Montegranaro (#13) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Lottomatica Roma will play against Air Avellino (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: E.Ere 13+3reb, E.Rush 10, A.Polonara 9+9reb+2ast, J.Talts 8+5reb+4ast, A.Banks 8+2reb+1ast, D.Sakota 8+1reb
Acea Virtus RM: L.Datome 19+5reb, J.Taylor 13+3reb+2ast, P.Goss 9+4reb+1ast, G.Lawal 8+18reb, F.Aden 5, B.Jones 4+1reb
gschID: 185616


Umana VE - Vanoli CR 80-74

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Vanoli Cremona (10-15) lost on the road to eighth ranked Umana Venezia (13-12) 80-74. It looked good early as Vanoli Cremona took an 16-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Umana Venezia took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 6 points. They made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. The former international guard Guido Rosselli (198-83) fired 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American-Bulgarian point guard Kee Kee Clark (180-84, college: St.Peter's) chipped in 19 points. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Umana Venezia maintains eighth place with 13-12 record. Vanoli Cremona at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Umana Venezia's next round opponent will be Oknoplast BO (#14) in Bologna which should be theoretically an easy game. Vanoli Cremona will play at home against Montepaschi Siena.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: K.Kee Clark 19+1ast, J.Hubalek 15+5reb, G.Rosselli 13+5reb+3ast, Y.Diawara 10+2reb+2ast, A.Young 9+4reb+2ast, T.Bowers 8+4reb+1ast
Vanoli CR: H.Peric 15+7reb+3ast, B.Chase 14, A.Stipanovic 14+12reb, L.Vitali 11+6reb+5ast, A.Johnson 9+1reb+2ast, A.Conti 5
gschID: 185615


Cantu - JuveCaserta 65-66

A very close game took place in Cantu between Juvecaserta and Cantu. Ninth ranked Juvecaserta (11-14) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked Cantu (15-10). Juvecaserta managed to escape with a 1-point win 66-65 on Monday evening. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Serbian power forward Stevan Jelovac (208-89, agency: Beo Basket) nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Stefano Gentile (191-89) accounted for 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international Pietro Aradori (195-88) came up with 19 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) added 5 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Cantu in the defeat. Cantu's coach Andrea Trinchieri rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Juvecaserta maintains ninth place with 11-14 record. Loser Cantu dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with Montepaschi and EA7 Armani. Juvecaserta will meet at home Enel Brindisi (#12) in the next round. Cantu will play against Angelico Biella (#16) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
JuveCaserta: S.Jelovac 17+12reb+1ast, S.Gentile 12+5reb+4ast, J.Akindele 11+6reb, D.Marzaioli 8+2reb+1ast, D.Mavraides 7+2reb, A.Michelori 7+5reb
Cantu: P.Aradori 19+5reb+2ast, J.Tabu 8+1reb+4ast, M.Cusin 7+2reb, J.Smith 6+3reb+2ast, A.Tyus 6+3reb, N.Mazzarino 6+1ast
gschID: 185614


Enel Brindisi - Trenkwalder RE 69-84

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Trenkwalder RE (14-11) won against on the road 10th ranked Enel Brindisi (10-15) 84-69. The game was mostly controlled by Trenkwalder RE. Enel Brindisi was better in fourth quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American-Swiss Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Trenkwalder RE players scored in double figures. American point guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) produced 22 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple, agency: Priority Sports) added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Enel Brindisi's coach Pier Luigi Bucchi let to play ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Trenkwalder RE maintains seventh place with 14-11 record. Enel Brindisi lost their sixth game in a row. Enel Brindisi at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Trenkwalder RE's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Banco di Sard. in Sassari and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Enel Brindisi will play on the road against Juvecaserta (#9) in Caserta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder RE: T.Bell 24, D.Taylor 17+5reb+4ast, G.Brunner 14+11reb+2ast, A.Cinciarini 13+6reb+1ast, M.Jeremic 7+1reb, D.Filloy 5+3reb
Enel Brindisi: S.Reynolds 22+4reb+2ast, J.Gibson 12+2reb+3ast, K.Ndoja 9+2reb, A.Robinson 9+10reb, C.Simmons 7+6reb, J.Grant 6+5reb
gschID: 185619


Banco di Sard. - EA7 Armani 79-85

The game between second ranked Banco di Sard. (18-7) and sixth ranked Armani Milano (15-10) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Banco di Sard. was defeated by Armani Milano in a tough game in Sassari 79-85. Banco di Sard. trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 18-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-85 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 4 assists. Swingman Alessandro Gentile (198-92) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) answered with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) added 23 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Banco di Sard.Armani Milano moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Montepaschi and Cantu. Banco di Sard. at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Armani Milano is looking forward to face VL Pesaro (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Banco di Sard. will play against Trenkwalder RE (#7) in Reggio Emilia and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
EA7 Armani: K.Langford 26+4reb+4ast, A.Gentile 18+5reb+3ast, L.Radosevic 11+3reb, A.Fotsis 7+8reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 7+6reb+1ast, E.Bremer 7+2reb+3ast
Banco di Sard.: D.Diener 23+6reb+1ast, T.Easley 21+6reb+1ast, T.Diener 21+6reb+5ast, M.Thornton 7+3reb+1ast, M.Vanuzzo 3+2reb, M.Ignerski 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 185613


Pesaro - Oknoplast BO 101-91

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 14th ranked Oknoplast BO (8-16) lost on the road to fifteenth ranked VL Pesaro (8-17) 101-91. VL Pesaro made 18-of-19 charity shots (94.7 percent) during the game. VL Pesaro shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 60.7 percentage. American guard Tarence Kinsey (200-84, college: S.Carolina) fired 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import forward Lamont Mack (201-87, college: Charlotte) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Five VL Pesaro players scored in double figures. VL Pesaro's coach Zare Markovski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-Georgian point guard Jacob Pullen (185-89, college: Kansas St.) produced 34 points (!!!) and the former international Angelo Gigli (209-83) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. VL Pesaro maintains fifteenth place with 8-17 record. Oknoplast BO at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. VL Pesaro's next round opponent will be higher ranked Armani Milano (#5) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Pesaro: T.Kinsey 18+8reb, L.Mack 17+5reb+2ast, A.Barbour 16+5reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 13+1reb+1ast, A.Crosariol 12+5reb+3ast, D.Cavaliero 10+2ast
Oknoplast BO: J.Pullen 34+1reb+1ast, S.Smith 16+5reb+1ast, A.Gigli 16+6reb+1ast, V.Gaddefors 8+4reb+1ast, M.Rocca 7+1reb, D.Andjusic 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 185612



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Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Niigata Albirex 30-14 
 2. Yokohama BC 30-14 
 3. Toyama Grouses 29-15 
 4. Iwate Big Bulls 28-16 
 5. Chiba Jets 23-21 
 6. Akita NH 22-22 
 7. Sendai 89ers 18-26 
 8. Shinshu BW 16-30 
 9. Tokyo Cinq R. 15-29 
 10. Gunma 12-32 
 11. Saitama Bron. 11-33 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 35-9 
 2. Shimane SM 30-16 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 30-16 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 26-18 
 5. Hamamatsu P. 25-19 
 6. Kyoto Hannar. 24-20 
 7. Osaka Evessa 19-25 
 8. Takamatsu FA 18-28 
 9. Oita H.Devils 18-28 
 10. Miyazaki SS 9-37 

Regular Season: Round 48

Mar. 31: Saitama Bron. - Oita H.Devils 98-100
Mar. 31: Sendai 89ers - Akita NH 94-71
Mar. 31: Okinawa GK - Shimane SM 90-76
Mar. 31: Iwate Big Bulls - Tokyo Cinq R. 89-83
Mar. 31: Gunma - Niigata Albirex 88-80
Mar. 31: Shinshu BW - Takamatsu FA 85-92
Mar. 31: Kyoto Hannar. - Chiba Jets 80-73
Mar. 31: Miyazaki SS - Osaka Evessa 69-91
Mar. 31: Yokohama BC - Fukuoka Rizing 66-67
Mar. 31: Toyama Grouses - Shiga L-Stars 62-60

Regular Season: Round 49

Apr. 6: Niigata Albirex - Hamamatsu P.
Apr. 6: Gunma - Saitama Bron.
Apr. 6: Chiba Jets - Toyama Grouses
Apr. 6: Tokyo Cinq R. - Kyoto Hannar.
Apr. 6: Shiga L-Stars - Sendai 89ers
Apr. 6: Osaka Evessa - Akita NH
Apr. 6: Shimane SM - Iwate Big Bulls
Apr. 6: Takamatsu FA - Yokohama BC
Apr. 6: Fukuoka Rizing - Okinawa GK
Apr. 6: Oita H.Devils - Miyazaki SS


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Humphrey, Saitama25.8 
 2. Cummings, Sendai23.3 
 3. Burns, Yokohama BC20.8 
 4. Chandler, Chiba J.20.6 
 5. Brown, Akita NH20.3 
 6. Werner, Chiba Jets19.8 
 7. Jones, Tokyo C.19.8 
 8. Parker, Shimane SM19.4 
 9. Kennedy, Yokohama.18.5 
 10. Woodbury, Okina.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.4 
 2. Willard, Sendai 89.13.7 
 3. White, Oita H.13.2 
 4. Warren, Fukuoka12.4 
 5. Kuso, Miyazaki SS12.3 
 6. Bell, Osaka Evessa11.4 
 7. Werner, Chiba Jets11.2 
 8. Yamashiro, Saitam.11.0 
 9. Rickert, Osaka E.11.0 
 10. Jones, Tokyo C.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Yuki TOGASHI
  Akita NH
  (170-PG-93)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Togashi, Akita NH6.5 
 2. Shimura, Sendai6.3 
 3. Namizato, Okina.6.2 
 4. Galloway, Hamamats.6.0 
 5. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.7 
 6. Jones III, Oita H.5.1 
 7. Burns, Yokohama BC5.0 
 8. Humphrey, Saitama4.2 
 9. Shimizu, Oita H.3.9 
 10. Ito, Miyazaki SS3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Draelon BURNS
  Yokohama BC
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Burns, Yokohama BC2.2 
 2. Humphrey, Saitama2.1 
 3. Brown, Toyama G.2.0 
 4. Parker, Shimane SM2.0 
 5. Alawoya, Oita H.2.0 
 6. McHenry, Okina.2.0 
 7. Masato, Iwate B.1.9 
 8. Lyons, Takamats.1.9 
 9. Galloway, Hamamats.1.9 
 10. Bell, Chiba Jets1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.5 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.7 
 3. Carter, Tokyo C.2.2 
 4. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 5. Parker, Shimane SM1.6 
 6. Kuso, Miyazaki SS1.6 
 7. Ashby, Fukuoka1.5 
 8. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.5 
 9. Williams, Takamats.1.4 
 10. Kent, Akita NH1.3 


Best players of Japanese BJ League round 48 - by Eurobasket News

American Anthony McHenry (202-SF-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Okinawa GK and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 48.
The 29-year old had the game-high 25 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Okinawa GK in his team's victory, helping them to beat Shimane SM (#3, 30-16) 90-76. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Okinawa GK to consolidate first place in the Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Okinawa GK has a very solid 35-9 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game McHenry had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Okinawa GK, through which he has constantly improved. Anthony McHenry averages this season 15.5ppg and 9.4rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American swingman Ricky Woods (194-F/G-84) of Tokyo Cinq R.. Woods impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 37 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Tokyo Cinq R. lost that game 83-89 to the higher-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (#4, 28-16). Tokyo Cinq R. managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 15-29 record. Woods is one of the most experienced players at Tokyo Cinq R. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Chris Holm (212-C-84) of top-ranked Niigata Albirex. Holm scored 22 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). Despite Holm's great performance Niigata Albirex lost 80-88 to the lower-ranked Gunma (#10, 12-32). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Niigata Albirex needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 30 victories and 14 lost games. Holm has a great season in Japan. After 43 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 14.4rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Fey (213-F/C-83) of Shinshu BW - 25 points and 16 rebounds
5. Takuma Yamashiro (167-PG-85) of Saitama Bron. - 17 points, 24 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Dexter Lyons (198-F/G-81) of Takamatsu FA - 30 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Marcus Cousin (211-C-86) of Kyoto Hannar. - 25 points and 12 rebounds
8. Abdullahi Kuso (206-F-84) of Miyazaki SS - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Sam Willard (205-F-88) of Sendai 89ers - 6 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Draelon Burns (194-G-85) of Yokohama BC - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists

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



Leader Niigata Albirex loses to Gunma - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in BJ League is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 8 rounds. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Niigata Albirex (30-14) recorded its fourteenth loss on the court of tenth ranked Gunma on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Gunma 88-80. The best player for the winners was American guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) who scored 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. The other American import forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). Newly promoted Gunma maintains tenth position with 12-32 record. Niigata Albirex lost third consecutive game. They still keep top place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Yokohama BC. Gunma are looking forward to face Saitama Broncos (#11) at home in the next round. Niigata Albirex will play against Hamamatsu Phoenix (#5) in Mikawa and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Yokohama. Third ranked Fukuoka Rizing (30-16) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging second-best Yokohama BC (30-14) 67-66 on Sunday evening. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. It was a good game for American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Josh Peppers contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for Yokohama BC. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to second place, which they share with Shimane SM. Yokohama BC lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with 14 games lost. They share it with Niigata Albirex. Fukuoka Rizing will play against league's leader Okinawa GK at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Yokohama BC will play against Takamatsu FA and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Toyama between Toyama Grouses and Shiga L-Stars. Third ranked Toyama Grouses (29-15) got a very close home victory over one of their biggest challengers Shiga L-Stars (26-18). Toyama Grouses managed to escape with a 2-point win 62-60 in the game for the third place. Worth to mention a great performance of Ira Brown who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Shelton Colwell with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Toyama Grouses have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 29-15 record behind leader Okinawa GK. Shiga L-Stars lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 18 games lost. Toyama Grouses will meet Chiba Jets (#5) on the road in the next round. Shiga L-Stars will play against Sendai 89ers and hope to secure a win.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Okinawa. First ranked Okinawa GK faced second-best Shimane Magic. Host Okinawa GK (35-9) defeated guests from Shimane (30-16) 90-76. The winners were led by Anthony McHenry who scored that evening 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Okinawa GK have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 35-9 record. Shimane Magic lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with 16 games lost. Okinawa GK's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Fukuoka Rizing on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Shimane Magic will play against Iwate Big Bulls and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Kyoto was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Chiba Jets (23-21) played at the court of sixth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (24-20). Kyoto Hannar. managed to secure a 7-point victory 80-73 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chiba Jets. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Marcus Cousin who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kyoto Hannar. maintains sixth position with 24-20 record. Chiba Jets at the other side keep the fifth place with 21 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will face Tokyo Cinq R. (#9) on the road in the next round. Chiba Jets will play against Toyama Grouses (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 48 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Tokyo Cinq R. were defeated by Iwate Big Bulls in a road game 89-83. Shinshu BW was beaten by Takamatsu FA at home 85-92. Oita H.Devils won against Saitama Bron. on the opponent's court 100-98. Miyazaki SS was outscored by Osaka Evessa in a home game 69-91. Akita NH was rolled over Sendai 89ers on the road 94-71.
The best stats of 48th round was 37 points (!!!), 18 rebounds and 7 assists by Ricky Woods of Tokyo Cinq R..


Iwate Big Bulls - Tokyo Cinq R. 89-83

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (15-29) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (28-16) 89-83 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) chipped in 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Four Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) who recorded a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 18 rebounds and 7 assists and center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) added 23 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Iwate Big Bulls maintains fourth position with 28-16 record. Tokyo Cinq R. lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 29 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will face higher ranked Shimane Magic (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Tokyo Cinq R. will play against Kyoto Hannar. (#6).
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: D.Sneed 24+7reb+1ast, C.Dixon 24+15reb+4ast, T.Masato 16+4reb+3ast, R.Okosa 14+10reb+5ast, K.Takahashi 5+4reb+1ast, M.Sawaguchi 3+1reb+1ast
Tokyo Cinq R.: R.Woods 37+18reb+7ast, J.Jones 23+9reb, H.Takada 10+6reb+3ast, J.Carter 5+6reb+1ast, C.Aoki 4+4reb+1ast, C.Sasaki 2+1ast
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Shinshu BW - Takamatsu FA 85-92

There was a small surprise in Nagano where ninth ranked Takamatsu FA (18-28) defeated 9th ranked Shinshu BW (16-30) 92-85 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Takamatsu FA made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Strangely Shinshu BW outrebounded Takamatsu FA 46-31 including a 26-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Shinshu BW was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) who scored 30 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Paul Williams (208-83, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: I.D.S. Law) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds and power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) added 19 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Four Takamatsu FA and five Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. Takamatsu FA moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Oita H.Devils. Shinshu BW lost eleventh consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 30 games lost. Takamatsu FA will face league's second-placed Yokohama BC at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: D.Lyons 30+9reb+2ast, P.Williams 20+10reb+1ast, D.Tamura 12+1reb+2ast, M.Suzuki 12+1reb+2ast, B.Penn 8+3reb+2ast, R.Johnson 6+4reb+2ast
Shinshu BW: M.Fey 25+16reb+1ast, E.Morris 19+9reb+3ast, T.Saito 13+9reb+7ast, J.Green 10+9reb+2ast, S.Yosuke 10+3ast, E.Walton 6+3reb
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Toyama Grouses - Shiga L-Stars 62-60

A very close game took place in Toyama between Toyama Grouses and Shiga L-Stars. Third ranked Toyama Grouses (29-15) got a very close home victory over one of their biggest challengers Shiga L-Stars (26-18). Toyama Grouses managed to escape with a 2-point win 62-60 in the game for the third place. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 23-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Toyama Grouses had a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 7 rebounds and Puerto Rican power forward Angel Garcia (209-88, college: Memphis) who added 10 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Shelton Colwell (202-80, college: Missouri St.) with 18 points and 8 rebounds and Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Toyama Grouses have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 29-15 record behind leader Okinawa GK. Shiga L-Stars lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 18 games lost. Toyama Grouses will meet Chiba Jets (#5) on the road in the next round. Shiga L-Stars will play against Sendai 89ers and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: I.Brown 16+7reb+2ast, T.Mito 11+1reb+2ast, A.Garcia 10+13reb+1ast, J.Jacob 6+6reb, B.Cole 6+4reb, T.Fujie 6+1ast
Shiga L-Stars: S.Colwell 18+8reb+3ast, D.Gomez Camargo 14+13reb, W.Arnold 12+2reb+1ast, B.Yokoe 7+1reb+2ast, J.Nakama 3+2reb+2ast, T.Fujiwara 3+1ast
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Gunma - Niigata Albirex 88-80

Top ranked Niigata Albirex (30-14) recorded its fourteenth loss on the court of tenth ranked Gunma on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Gunma 88-80. The best player for the winners was American guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) who scored 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. The other American import forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Keller is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) and Kimitake Sato (184-84) added 25 points respectively. Newly promoted Gunma maintains tenth position with 12-32 record. Niigata Albirex lost third consecutive game. They still keep top place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Yokohama BC. Gunma are looking forward to face Saitama Broncos (#11) at home in the next round. Niigata Albirex will play against Hamamatsu Phoenix (#5) in Mikawa and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Gunma: J.Dixon 33+5reb+3ast, D.Keller 15+5reb, L.Witcher 12+3reb+2ast, N.Williams 8+7reb+1ast, S.Okada 8+8reb+3ast, K.Tomori 6+1reb+3ast
Niigata Albirex: K.Sato 25+4reb+1ast, C.Holm 22+17reb+2ast, N.Murry 20+6reb+3ast, Y.Ikeda 4+3reb+2ast, T.Finger 4+2reb+2ast, R.Webb 3+3reb+1ast
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Saitama Bron. - Oita H.Devils 98-100

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Saitama Broncos (11-33) were edged at home by eighth ranked Oita Heat Devils (18-28) 100-98 on Sunday. Oita Heat Devils looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) who scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Nigerian-American forward P.J. Alawoya (203-88, college: McNeese St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. Alawoya is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) who recorded 41 points (!!!) and 7 assists and point guard Takuma Yamashiro (167-85) added 17 points and 24 rebounds respectively. Oita Heat Devils have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 18-28 record, which they share with Takamatsu FA. Saitama Broncos lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 33 games lost. Oita Heat Devils will face Miyazaki Shining Suns (#10) at home in the next round. Saitama Broncos will play against Gunma and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: S.Umemiya 23+6reb+3ast, P.Alawoya 21+13reb, T.Shimizu 19+7reb+8ast, V.Jones III 14+2reb+9ast, T.Granado 12+3reb+2ast, M.Ohara 9+3reb+3ast
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 41+4reb+7ast, M.Haraguchi 19+5reb+1ast, T.Yamashiro 17+24reb+3ast, Y.Nobihura 6+1ast, Y.Kitamuki 5+4reb+1ast, W.Oliver 4+2reb+1ast
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Miyazaki SS - Osaka Evessa 69-91

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Osaka Evessa (19-25) outscored on the road 10th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (9-37) 91-69 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Osaka Evessa. Miyazaki Shining Suns was better in third quarter 20-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Osaka Evessa dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Miyazaki Shining Suns' 32. The best player for the winners was American power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import guard Dwayne Lathan (190-89, college: Indiana St.) chipped in 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. Osaka Evessa's coach Bill Cartwright 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 Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and American power forward Thomas Fairley (206-82, college: Lamar) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Osaka Evessa have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 19-25 record. Miyazaki Shining Suns at the other side keep the tenth place with 37 games lost. Osaka Evessa will face higher ranked Akita Happinets (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Oita Heat Devils (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: R.Rickert 15+13reb+3ast, N.Walkup 14+4reb+3ast, S.Watanuki 14+2reb+2ast, S.Konno 13+1ast, D.Lathan 12+8reb+4ast, M.Bell 8+9reb+2ast
Miyazaki SS: A.Kuso 24+10reb+3ast, Y.Kojima 11+3reb+3ast, T.Fairley 10+10reb+2ast, K.Ito 8+6reb+5ast, M.Takahashi 8+1reb+1ast, H.Otsuka 8+2ast
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Kyoto Hannar. - Chiba Jets 80-73

The game in Kyoto was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Chiba Jets (23-21) played at the court of sixth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (24-20). Kyoto Hannar. managed to secure a 7-point victory 80-73 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chiba Jets. The game without a history. Kyoto Hannar. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. Chiba Jets were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. Forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Marquis Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds and swingman D'Andre Bell (198-87, college: Georgia Tech) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Four Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannar. maintains sixth position with 24-20 record. Chiba Jets at the other side keep the fifth place with 21 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will face Tokyo Cinq R. (#9) on the road in the next round. Chiba Jets will play against Toyama Grouses (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Cousin 25+12reb+1ast, D.Palmer 18+9reb+2ast, Y.Okada 9+2reb+1ast, L.Pomare 8+2reb, R.Inagaki 6+2ast, M.Kataoka 4+3reb+3ast
Chiba Jets: M.Gray 19+16reb+1ast, M.Chandler 16+3reb+1ast, D.Bell 16+7reb+3ast, S.Isshiki 10+2reb+3ast, H.Sato 5+1reb+1ast, M.Karimata 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200877


Yokohama BC - Fukuoka Rizing 66-67

Important game to mention about took place in Yokohama. Third ranked Fukuoka Rizing (30-16) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging second-best Yokohama BC (30-14) 67-66 on Sunday evening. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. It was a good game for American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and Senegalese center Pape Faye (200-87) added 8 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Yokohama BC. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to second place, which they share with Shimane SM. Yokohama BC lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with 14 games lost. They share it with Niigata Albirex. Fukuoka Rizing will play against league's leader Okinawa GK at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Yokohama BC will play against Takamatsu FA and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: R.Warren 16+11reb+4ast, J.Peppers 14+5reb+3ast, M.Kano 12+3reb+1ast, J.Ashby 8+8reb+3ast, J.Nakanishi 7+4reb+2ast, A.Takeno 5+2reb+2ast
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 24+13reb+5ast, L.Malloy 9+3reb+1ast, P.Faye 8+10reb, K.Yamada 7+3reb+3ast, M.Kabaya 6+1reb+3ast, T.Kennedy 6+3reb
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Sendai 89ers - Akita NH 94-71

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 6th ranked Akita Happinets (22-22) were outplayed on the road by seventh ranked Sendai 89ers (18-26) 94-71 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Sendai 89ers. Akita Happinets was better in second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sendai 89ers dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Akita Happinets' 26. They outrebounded Akita Happinets 53-28 including a 40-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sendai 89ers looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Akita Happinets' players. The best player for the winners was American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) who scored 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) chipped in 6 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Sendai 89ers players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) who recorded 19 points and 8 assists and American guard Dion Harris (190-85, college: Michigan) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sendai 89ers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 18-26 record. Akita Happinets lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 22 games lost. Sendai 89ers will face higher ranked Shiga L-Stars (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: T.Cummings 26+6reb+4ast, M.Hargrow 14+6reb+1ast, T.Shimura 12+6reb+12ast, S.Coleman 10+5reb, D.Takaoka 10+2reb+1ast, T.Komoda 10+5reb+3ast
Akita NH: Y.Togashi 19+1reb+8ast, D.Harris 17+5reb, Y.Kikuchi 9+3reb, K.Shoji 8+3reb+2ast, M.Kato 8+3reb, %PlayerNameByLink% 6+2reb
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Okinawa GK - Shimane SM 90-76

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Okinawa. First ranked Okinawa GK faced second-best Shimane Magic. Host Okinawa GK (35-9) defeated guests from Shimane (30-16) 90-76. The game was mostly controlled by Okinawa GK. Shimane Magic was better in second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-23 charity shots (91.3 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) who scored that evening 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and British power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, college: Bellarmine) supported him with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Even 15 points and 9 rebounds by American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) did not help to save the game for Shimane Magic. His fellow American import Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St., agency: I.D.S. Law) added 19 points. Four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. Okinawa GK have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 35-9 record. Shimane Magic lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with 16 games lost. Okinawa GK's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Fukuoka Rizing on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Shimane Magic will play against Iwate Big Bulls and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: A.McHenry 25+9reb+4ast, D.Larkai 23+8reb, T.Woodbury 22+2reb, R.Kishimoto 9+2reb, N.Kosuge 5+2reb+1ast, M.Yamauchi 3+3reb+1ast
Shimane SM: B.Puckett 19+1reb, T.Yokoo 16+2reb+2ast, M.Parker 15+9reb, K.Hatano 12+3reb, K.Yamabuchi 6+1reb+6ast, B.Freeman 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 200879



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Wins for ASU and Riyadi at Final Four stage - by Eurobasket News

ASU clinched the third straight win at the Final Four stage of the championship. They overcame Ittihad Schools 78:62 to stay undefeated. ASU built a 41:32 halftime lead. They dominated in the second half and rolled to a confident win at the end. Austin Johnson (191-G-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oklahoma) came up with 13 points to pace the winners. Wesam El Sous, Mohammad Shaher (210-C-90) and Mousa Alawadi added 12 points each for ASU. Mahmoud Abdeen (189-PG-87) and Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79, college: N.Mexico) chipped in 15 points apiece in the loss.
Riyadi claimed the second win beating Kulliyeh 89:80. Ali Jamal (205-C/F-88) stepped up with 24 points, 6 assists and 5 boards to lead the charge. Sani Sakakini (204-C-88) accounted for game-high 33 points and 11 boards for Riyadi. Qais Weld-Ali (191-SF-90) netted 24 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for Kulliyeh.



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Standings -D1

D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 19-1 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 13-7 
 3. Kaspiy Aktau 11-9 
 4. BK Kapshagay 7-13 
 5. Tobol 6-14 
 6. BK Almaty 4-16 

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 4: BC Astana - BK Kapshagay
Apr. 6: Barsy Atyrau - Kaspiy Aktau



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  KENYA   


Maseno Meet St. Mary's Yala in Lake - by Eurobasket News

Champions Maseno School qualified for today's finals after easily overcoming Homa Bay in the basketball semifinals of the Lake Region Secondary School Games. Maseno, fielding their 'B' team, beat Homabay 104-38 in the first semifinal at Kisii University and will face St. Mary's Yala in the finals, where, Raphael Francisco and Charles Chan are expected to play key role.
Yala led by Raphael Francisco and Charles Chan edged out fancied Ambira 58-40 in the other semi. Maseno coach Paul Otula said: "I have not fielded my first team in the entire championship. I may field them in the final."
The finals will be played today at Cardinal Otunga High School, Mosocho. In the girls' category, St Mary's Mabera shocked defending champions Ulanda Girls winning 54-14 to book a final date with Raliew who defeated Kisumu Girls 46-26. Netball champions Obambo thrashed Kobala 46-14 to qualify to the finals.
Free scoring Irene Apiyo and Christine Atieno inspired Obambo to the victory. Obambo now will face Ogande in the final. Ogande narrowly beat Nyarach 28-23 in the other semi-final.
Obambo coach Rose Onyango vowed to retain their title. "My target is to win here then goal all the way to win the national trophy and qualify to the East Africa games," she said.
Maseno School and St Mary's Yala will today renew their rivalry when they face each other in the rugby finals. In the semis, Maseno defeated a stubborn Nyabondo High 14-10 while Yala walloped Cardinal Otunga High School, Mosocho 45-03. Yala had their three players disqualified for being non-students.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Al Kuwait 26-3 
 2. Al Qadsia 25-5 
 3. Kazma 25-6 
 4. Al Sahel 24-6 
 5. Al Jahraa 18-12 
 6. Al Arabi 15-14 
 7. Al Yarmook 14-16 
 8. Al Sulaibikhat 11-19 
 9. Al Nasar 10-17 
 10. Al Tadhamon 5-24 
 11. Al Salmiyah 3-28 
 12. Al Shabab 2-28 

Regular Season: Round 49

Mar. 31: Kazma - Al Sahel 82-79
Mar. 31: Al Kuwait - Al Salmiyah 82-50
Mar. 31: Al Tadhamon - Al Jahraa 82-110
Mar. 31: Al Shabab - Al Qadsia 71-103

Regular Season: Round 50

Apr. 3: Al Sulaibikhat - Al Yarmook
Apr. 3: Al Kuwait - Al Qadsia
Apr. 3: Al Nasar - Kazma
Apr. 3: Al Tadhamon - Al Shabab


D1 Round 49: Kazma edges Al Sahel by three points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 49 in the D1 took place in Kuwait City. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked Al Sahel (24-6) to fourth ranked Kazma (25-6) 82-79 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Al Sahel. Kazma have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Al Sahel at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost.
Leader Al Kuwait delivered the twentieth sixth victory. This time they crushed 11th ranked Al Salmiyah (3-28) 82-50 in Kuwait City. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Al Kuwait. They maintain first place with 26-3 record. Al Salmiyah lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 28 games lost.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Al Ahmadi. Local Al Shabab (2-28) was outscored by third ranked Al Qadsia (25-5) 103-71 on Sunday night. Al Qadsia moved-up to second place. Al Shabab lost their seventeenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 28 lost games.

In the last game of round 49 Al Jahraa crushed Al Tadhamon in a road game 110-82.


Al Shabab - Al Qadsia 71-103

The game with biggest result difference took place in Al Ahmadi. Local Al Shabab (2-28) was outscored by third ranked Al Qadsia (25-5) 103-71 on Sunday night. Al Qadsia moved-up to second place. Al Shabab lost their seventeenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 28 lost games.
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Al Tadhamon - Al Jahraa 82-110

There was no surprise in Al Farwaniya where 10th ranked Al Tadhamon (5-24) was crushed by fifth ranked Al Jahraa (18-12) 110-82 on Sunday. Al Jahraa maintains fifth place with 18-12 record. Loser Al Tadhamon keeps the tenth position with 24 games lost.
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Kazma - Al Sahel 82-79

The most exciting game of round 49 in the D1 took place in Kuwait City. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked Al Sahel (24-6) to fourth ranked Kazma (25-6) 82-79 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Al Sahel. Kazma have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Al Sahel at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost.
gschID: 237893


Al Kuwait - Al Salmiyah 82-50

Leader Al Kuwait delivered the twentieth sixth victory. This time they crushed 11th ranked Al Salmiyah (3-28) 82-50 in Kuwait City. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Al Kuwait. They maintain first place with 26-3 record. Al Salmiyah lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 28 games lost.
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Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Rudupis 15-3 
 2. Neptunas 15-3 
 3. Siauliai 11-7 
 4. Juventus 11-8 
 5. Pieno Zvaigzdes 10-8 
 6. Zalgiris 8-1 
 7. Lietuvos rytas 8-2 
 8. Nevezis 8-10 
 9. Lietkabelis 7-13 
 10. LSU-Baltai 5-14 
 11. Sakalai 5-14 
 12. Naglis Palangos 0-20 

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 30: Rudupis - LSU-Baltai 91-73
Apr. 1: Neptunas - Zalgiris 78-77
Mar. 30: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Lietuvos rytas 69-85
Mar. 30: Naglis Palangos - Sakalai 65-111
Mar. 30: Nevezis - Siauliai 48-77
Mar. 30: Juventus - Lietkabelis 104-71

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 8: Siauliai - Lietuvos rytas
Apr. 9: Rudupis - Zalgiris
Apr. 9: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Neptunas


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis18.1 
 2. Gailius, Neptunas16.2 
 3. Hughes, Pieno Z.15.4 
 4. Samenas, Siauliai14.7 
 5. Skucas, LSU-Baltai13.8 
 6. Milaknis, Rudupis13.1 
 7. Kadziulis, Rudupis13.0 
 8. Sinica, Sakalai12.9 
 9. Sragauskis, LSU-B.12.9 
 10. Kieza, Siauliai12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Kieza, Siauliai9.7 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis8.6 
 3. Sarakauskas, Nept.7.7 
 4. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.4 
 5. Varnelis, Juventus6.6 
 6. Sinica, Sakalai6.5 
 7. Vene, Rudupis5.8 
 8. Kiausas, Sakalai5.8 
 9. Gates, Pieno Z.5.8 
 10. Orelikas, Rudupis5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Mindaugas STASYS
  LSU-Baltai
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Stasys, LSU-Baltai4.6 
 2. Jackson, Siauliai4.5 
 3. Dainys, Neptunas4.1 
 4. Viskontas, Juvent.4.1 
 5. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.1 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.4 
 7. Babkauskas, Lietk.3.3 
 8. Malasauskas, LSU-.3.2 
 9. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.2 
 10. Broadus, Neptunas3.1 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.1 
 2. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 3. Malasauskas, LSU-.1.8 
 4. Butkevicius, Lietk.1.8 
 5. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.7 
 6. Simon, Siauliai1.6 
 7. Vene, Rudupis1.5 
 8. Sinica, Sakalai1.5 
 9. Lengvinas, Naglis1.4 
 10. Kadziulis, Rudupis1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.4 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis1.7 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.4 
 4. Valeika, Rudupis0.9 
 5. McClure, Neptunas0.9 
 6. Gates, Pieno Z.0.9 
 7. Ramasauskas, Saka.0.8 
 8. Kupsas, Lietkabelis0.8 
 9. Vene, Rudupis0.7 
 10. Dia, Siauliai0.7 


Best players of Lithuanian LKL round 26 - by Eurobasket News

Talented Denisas Krestininas (202-F-94) had an amazing evening in the last round for Sakalai and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 18-year old forward had a double-double of 17 points and twenty six rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Naglis Palangos (#12, 0-20) with 46-point margin 111-65. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Sakalai maintains the 11th position in Lithuanian LKL. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Sakalai have already lost 14 games and recorded just five victories. It was one of impressive evenings for Krestininas as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Denisas Krestininas averages this season 4.1ppg and 6.9rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old former international power forward Aurimas Kieza (202-PF-82) of Siauliai. Kieza impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Siauliai to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Nevezis (#8, 8-10) 77-48. This victory allowed Siauliai to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 11-7 record is not bad at all. Kieza is a newcomer at Siauliai and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Serbian Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) of Lietuvos rytas (#7). Nedovic scored 19 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of Lietuvos rytas, leading his team to a 85-69 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (#5, 10-8). Lietuvos rytas is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 8-2 record is not that bad... Nedovic has a very solid season. In 8 games in Lithuania he scored 10.6ppg. He also has 3.3apg, FGP: 51.2% and 3PT: 47.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Arturas Valeika (207-F-85) of Rudupis - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Yancy Gates (206-F-89) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 25 points
6. Mindaugas Stasys (180-PG-86) of LSU-Baltai - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Zygimantas Skucas (200-SF-92) of LSU-Baltai - 22 points and 3 rebounds
8. Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80) of Zalgiris - 15 points and 3 rebounds
9. Deividas Gailius (200-F-88) of Neptunas - 23 points and 5 rebounds
10. Saulius Kulvietis (203-F-91) of Sakalai - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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



LKL Round 26: Neptunas hand first defeat to Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in LKL. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Zalgiris (8-1) in Klaipeda on Monday night. Visitors were edged by Neptunas (15-3) 78-77. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Zalgiris. The hosts 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 the former international forward Deividas Gailius (200-88) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. American-Samoan point guard Rashaun Broadus (180-84, college: BYU) chipped in 14 points. The former international forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-89) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Neptunas have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Rudupis. Defending champion Zalgiris keeps the sixth place with one game lost. Neptunas is looking forward to face Pieno Zvaigzdes (#5) in Pasvalys in the next round. Zalgiris will play on the road against the league's leader Rudupis in Prienai and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (10-8) against eighth ranked Lietuvos rytas (8-2) on Saturday night. Host Pieno Zvaigzdes was defeated by Lietuvos rytas in Pasvalys 85-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pieno Zvaigzdes. Serbian point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Janis Blums contributed with 13 points for the winners. Lietuvos rytas' coach Dirk Bauermann allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Yancy Gates (206-89, college: Cincinnati) replied with 25 points (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for Pieno Zvaigzdes. Lietuvos rytas have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Pieno Zvaigzdes at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Lietuvos rytas will play against higher ranked Siauliai (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play against the league's second-placed Neptunas and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Leader Rudupis delivered the fifteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 10th ranked LSU-Baltai (5-14) 91-73 in Prienai. Arturas Valeika scored 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. Rudupis' coach Virginijus Seskus used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mindaugas Stasys responded with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Rudupis maintains first position with 15-3 record, which they share with Neptunas. LSU-Baltai lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Sakalai. Rudupis will meet at home Zalgiris (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. LSU-Baltai will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos (0-20) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 111-65 loss to eleventh ranked Sakalai (5-14) in Palanga. Denisas Krestininas notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 26 rebounds to lead the effort. Sakalai moved-up to tenth place, which they share with LSU-Baltai. Naglis Palangos at the other side still closes the standings. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Kedainiai supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Siauliai (11-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Nevezis (8-10). Siauliai smashed Nevezis 77-48 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Aurimas Kieza who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Siauliai's coach Gediminas Petrauskas felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Siauliai have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Nevezis lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Siauliai will face Lietuvos rytas (#7) in Vilnius in the next round.

In the last game of round 26 Lietkabelis was crushed by Juventus in Utena 104-71.


Neptunas - Zalgiris 78-77

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Zalgiris (8-1) in Klaipeda on Monday night. Visitors were edged by Neptunas (15-3) 78-77. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Zalgiris. The hosts 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 the former international forward Deividas Gailius (200-88) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. American-Samoan point guard Rashaun Broadus (180-84, college: BYU) chipped in 14 points. The former international forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-89) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center Robertas Javtokas (211-80, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Neptunas have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Rudupis. Defending champion Zalgiris keeps the sixth place with one game lost. Neptunas is looking forward to face Pieno Zvaigzdes (#5) in Pasvalys in the next round. Zalgiris will play on the road against the league's leader Rudupis in Prienai and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: R.Javtokas 15+3reb, M.Kuzminskas 14+6reb+1ast, M.Delas 12+5reb, D.Lavrinovic 8+3reb, M.Popovic 7+2reb+3ast, V.Lipkevicius 7+4reb+3ast
Neptunas: D.Gailius 23+5reb+1ast, R.Broadus 14+4reb+3ast, M.Mazeika 11+4reb, E.Dainys 6+4reb+4ast, L.Mikalauskas 6+3reb, M.Runkauskas 6+4reb+2ast
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Naglis Palangos - Sakalai 65-111

Bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos (0-20) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 111-65 loss to eleventh ranked Sakalai (5-14) in Palanga. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Naglis Palangos' 46. They outrebounded Naglis Palangos 53-31 including a 35-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sakalai players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Forward Denisas Krestininas (202-94) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 26 rebounds to lead the effort and swingman Zygimantas Sestokas (196-86, college: Hofstra, agency: Players Group) supported him with 25 points. Even 14 points and 8 rebounds by forward Viktoras Chodosovskis (200-89) did not help to save the game for Naglis Palangos. Guard Modestas Kumpys (192-91) added 10 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Sakalai moved-up to tenth place, which they share with LSU-Baltai. Naglis Palangos at the other side still closes the standings. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Naglis Palangos: V.Chodosovskis 14+8reb+2ast, O.Kushnirov 11+6reb, R.Barrett 11+1reb+3ast, M.Kumpys 10+6reb+2ast, M.Mockevicius 10+2reb+3ast, E.Kubilius 5+4reb
Sakalai: Z.Sestokas 25+1reb+2ast, A.Kiausas 19+5reb+2ast, D.Krestininas 17+26reb+3ast, S.Kulvietis 17+4reb+4ast, J.Gintvainis 10+6reb+6ast, I.Ramasauskas 10+3reb+1ast
gschID: 194366


Juventus - Lietkabelis 104-71

There was no surprise in Utena where 9th ranked Lietkabelis (7-13) was crushed by fifth ranked Juventus (11-8) 104-71 on Saturday. The game without a history. Juventus led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 86 of its points in the paint compared to Lietkabelis' 44. They outrebounded Lietkabelis 34-19 including a 25-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Juventus looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Nerijus Varnelis (201-78) who scored 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). point guard Darius Gvezdauskas (191-88) chipped in 18 points. Four Juventus players scored in double figures. Juventus' coach Rytis Vaisvila felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Vaidotas Volkus (202-85, college: Redlands CC) produced 18 points and center Mindaugas Kupsas (215-91) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Juventus moved-up to fourth place. Loser Lietkabelis keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: V.Volkus 18+4reb+1ast, M.Kupsas 14+7reb, D.Griskenas 12+2reb+2ast, E.Ulanovas 9+3reb+4ast, E.Jezukevicius 6+2reb, K.Babkauskas 6+1reb+8ast
Juventus: D.Gvezdauskas 18+3ast, N.Varnelis 16+5reb+3ast, R.Olander 12+7reb+1ast, P.Morkeliunas 11+3reb+1ast, K.Petrukonis 10+4reb+1ast, L.Kisielius 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 194365


Pieno Zvaigzdes - Lietuvos rytas 69-85

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (10-8) against eighth ranked Lietuvos rytas (8-2) on Saturday night. Host Pieno Zvaigzdes was defeated by Lietuvos rytas in Pasvalys 85-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pieno Zvaigzdes. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Lietuvos rytas's pressure prevailed and they won that period 25-15 extending their advantage to 16 points. They made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Lietuvos rytas shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Serbian point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Latvian Janis Blums (191-82) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Lietuvos rytas' coach Dirk Bauermann allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Yancy Gates (206-89, college: Cincinnati) replied with 25 points (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) and the former international point guard Gediminas Maceina (188-84) added 11 points and 6 assists in the effort for Pieno Zvaigzdes. Lietuvos rytas have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Pieno Zvaigzdes at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Lietuvos rytas will play against higher ranked Siauliai (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play against the league's second-placed Neptunas and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: Y.Gates 25+1reb, G.Maceina 11+4reb+6ast, J.Sinica 9+2reb, T.Biggs 6+1reb, T.Hughes 6+5reb+3ast, M.Ruikis 4+1reb+2ast
Lietuvos rytas: N.Nedovic 19+4reb+6ast, J.Blums 13+3reb, R.Seibutis 11+1reb+3ast, P.O'Bryant 10+3reb, M.Katelynas 10+2reb+1ast, S.Babrauskas 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 194364


Nevezis - Siauliai 48-77

The game in Kedainiai supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Siauliai (11-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Nevezis (8-10). Siauliai smashed Nevezis 77-48 on Saturday. The game without a history. Siauliai led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Nevezis' 34. Siauliai forced 20 Nevezis turnovers and outrebounded them 43-23 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Ukrainian point guard Klym Artamonov (183-93) chipped in 10 points and 4 assists. Siauliai's coach Gediminas Petrauskas felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Rolandas Jakstas (202-92) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and center Gediminas Zyle (210-88) added 12 points respectively for the hosts. Siauliai have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Nevezis lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Siauliai will face Lietuvos rytas (#7) in Vilnius in the next round.
Top scorers:
Nevezis: G.Zyle 12+3reb+2ast, R.Jakstas 10+10reb+1ast, P.Semaska 8+2reb+1ast, V.Jasikevicius 6+2reb+3ast, M.Girdziunas 6+2reb, T.Cerneckis 5+1reb
Siauliai: A.Kieza 19+11reb+1ast, O.Galdikas 12+4reb, K.Artamonov 10+2reb+4ast, R.Alijevas 9+3reb+2ast, L.Samenas 9+1reb+1ast, D.Burke 8+3reb
gschID: 194363


Rudupis - LSU-Baltai 91-73

Leader Rudupis delivered the fifteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 10th ranked LSU-Baltai (5-14) 91-73 in Prienai. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-73. Rudupis made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Rudupis outrebounded LSU-Baltai 41-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Forward Arturas Valeika (207-85, college: Midland CC) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Arminas Urbutis (205-86, college: Hofstra) chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) during the contest. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. Rudupis' coach Virginijus Seskus used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Mindaugas Stasys (180-86) responded with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Zygimantas Skucas (200-92) scored 22 points. Rudupis maintains first position with 15-3 record, which they share with Neptunas. LSU-Baltai lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Sakalai. Rudupis will meet at home Zalgiris (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. LSU-Baltai will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
LSU-Baltai: Z.Skucas 22+3reb+1ast, M.Stasys 14+5reb+7ast, E.Alunderis 10+6reb, A.Sakalauskas 9+3reb, S.Vingelis 6+4reb+2ast, T.Tamosiunas 5+1reb+1ast
Rudupis: A.Valeika 19+8reb+2ast, S.Vene 14+5reb+3ast, A.Labuckas 13+1reb, A.Milaknis 13+5reb+1ast, A.Urbutis 12+11reb, G.Orelikas 9+7reb+2ast
gschID: 194362



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Buducnost and Milan Milosevic part ways - by Darko Pekic

Buducnost did not register Milan Milosevic (205-F-85, agency: Interperformances), Strahinja Milosevic (203-F-85) and Pavlin Ivanov (194-SG-93, agency: Beo Basket) for domestic Superleague due to foreigners restriction and according to the sources from the powerhouse from Podgorica, Milan Milosevic will no longer be the member of Buducnost. The Bosnian international had a disappointing season, averaging only 1.9 ppg and 2.5 rpg in Adriatic League while shooting only 9.5% from the 3 point line. Last year he had slightly better stats but he was very productive in defense and coach Dejan Radonjic (agency: Beo Basket ) decided to keep him for another season but this season he got less playing time and produced less so the only option was to part way.

He started his career in Hercegovac Bileca and later moved to Sloboda Dita Tuzla where he got major popularity and earned a contract with Red Star Belgrade. After an episode in Belgrade, Milosevic played in Cyprus. He was a member of Bosnian National Team for European Championships in Lithuania (2011).



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Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 46-26 
 2. Brooklyn N. 42-31 
 3. Boston C. 38-36 
 4. Philadelph.76 30-43 
 5. Toronto R. 27-47 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 48-27 
 2. Chicago B. 40-32 
 3. Milwaukee B. 36-37 
 4. Detroit P. 25-50 
 5. Cleveland C. 22-51 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 58-15 
 2. Atlanta H. 42-33 
 3. Washington W. 27-46 
 4. Orlando M. 19-56 
 5. Charlotte B. 17-57 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 54-20 
 2. Denver N. 50-24 
 3. Utah Jazz 39-36 
 4. Portland TB 33-41 
 5. Minnesota T. 27-46 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 49-26 
 2. Golden St.W. 42-32 
 3. LA Lakers 38-36 
 4. Sacramento K. 27-47 
 5. Phoenix Suns 23-51 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 55-19 
 2. Memphis G. 50-24 
 3. Houston R. 41-33 
 4. Dallas M. 36-37 
 5. N.Orleans H. 26-48 

Regular Season: Round 148

Apr. 1: Toronto R. - Detroit P. 98-108
Apr. 1: Memphis G. - San Antonio S. 92-90
Apr. 1: Milwaukee B. - Charlotte B. 131-102
Apr. 1: Utah Jazz - Portland TB 112-102
Apr. 1: Houston R. - Orlando M. 111-103
Apr. 1: Minnesota T. - Boston C. 110-100
Apr. 1: LA Clippers - Indiana P. 106-109
Apr. 1: Atlanta H. - Cleveland C. 102-94

Regular Season: Round 149

Apr. 2: Washington W. - Chicago B.
Apr. 2: Miami Heat - New York K.
Apr. 2: LA Lakers - Dallas M.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.3 
 2. Anthony, New Y.27.5 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.1 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.9 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.0 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Irving, Cleveland23.2 
 8. Curry, Golden S.22.6 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat21.3 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.7 
 2. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 3. Vucevic, Orlan.11.5 
 4. Randolph, Memph.11.4 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.4 
 6. Lee, Golden St.W.11.1 
 7. Chandler, New Y.11.0 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.7 
 9. Evans, Brooklyn N.10.6 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.6 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.2 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.5 
 5. Wall, Washington W.7.7 
 6. Williams, Brooklyn7.7 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..7.6 
 8. Parker, San A.7.6 
 9. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 10. Rubio, Minnesot.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.3 
 3. Rubio, Minnesot.2.3 
 4. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 5. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 7. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 8. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 10. Young, Philadelph.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.1 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.9 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.7 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.5 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.2.2 
 7. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.0 
 8. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 
 10. Biyombo, Charlott.1.7 


The 76ers waived Pargo - by Eurobasket News

Philadelphia 76ers waived 27-year old point guard Jeremy Pargo (188-99kg-86, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports). In 14 NBA games he recorded 4.9ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.0apg this season. Pargo also played at the Cavaliers earlier that season. In 25 games he averaged 7.8ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.6apg.
The most of last season he spent at the Grizzlies. In 41 games he averaged 3.1ppg and 1.3apg. Pargo also spent pre-season at Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israel that year.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements Pargo won Israeli Premier League championship title for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). He received also Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Imports Team award in 2011.
Pargo has played previously for Galil Gilboa.
He attended Gonzaga University until 2009 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Eight games review from Monday - by Eurobasket News

LA Clippers - Indiana P. 106-109
The Indiana Pacers' hot streak extended through Monday, as they toppled the Los Angeles Clippers 109-106 at the Staples Center. A late-season surge continued for the Pacers, who moved past the idle New York Knicks (who have won their last eight games) into second place in the Eastern Conference. Indiana has won eight of its last nine contests. By now, the Pacers shouldn't be worrying much about the Central Division title. They're up 6 1/2 games in those standings over the Chicago Bulls with seven games to go. Meanwhile, the Clippers seem to be trending in a direction opposite Indiana. Los Angeles has lost four of its last five and is now 7-8 since March 1. The Clippers' final seven games include five opponents with sub-.500 records, providing them a chance to collect some wins before the postseason in a way they haven't over the past month. Indiana's lead swelled as large as 24 points at 80-56 with 3:26 left to play in the third quarter, capping a run of 10 unanswered points scored over a 2 1/2-minute span. Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) led the Pacers with 26 points and 10 rebounds, but he fouled out with 1:35 to play. At that point the Clippers' comeback effort was within six points. A pair of Chris Paul free throws and a Blake Griffin dunk put the Clippers within one possession for the first time since the score was 39-36 with 6:50 left in the second quarter. But the Clippers never took the lead, thanks mostly to the Pacers' free-throw shooting. Indiana was 8-of-8 from the line in the final 31.9 seconds to seal the win. Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) led the Clippers with 25 points. He made a free throw with 9.2 seconds left and missed the second intentionally. Chris Paul missed three-point attempt that would have tied the game, but Matt Barnes tipped it in. Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) hit two free throws for the Pacers to set the final score. Courtesy of: sbnation.com

Utah Jazz - Portland TB 112-102
Al Jefferson (6'10''-F/C-85) scored 24 points, Mo Williams (6'1''-PG-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama) hit six 3-pointers and the Utah Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 112-102 Monday night to extend their winning streak to a season-best five games. The win was Utah's second in four days over the Blazers (33-41), losers of five consecutive. Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette) scored 23 for Portland, still without leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge because of a sprained ankle. Rookie standout Damian Lillard added 17 points, including three 3-pointers to break the NBA's single-season rookie record (166) for 3s. Utah moved a half-game ahead of the idle Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth Western Conference playoff spot, and two games ahead of Dallas. The Blazers were within 79-72 after Eric Maynor's 3-pointer with 2:02 left in the third before Williams hit his fifth and sixth 3-pointers to give Utah an 87-74 lead going into the fourth. Utah outscored Portland 52-28 in the paint. The Jazz opened the fourth on a 10-4 run, and never looked back. Randy Foye did the damage in Saturday's win over Brooklyn, going 8 of 9 on 3-pointers. On Monday, it was Williams' turn. He was a season-high 6 of 7 and finished with 20 points as six Jazz players scored in double figures. Jefferson made 12 of 21 shots, had 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Derrick Favors added 18 points and seven rebounds. Lillard, the No. 6 overall pick in the June draft, had averaged 24.3 points in three previous games against Utah this season. And he was playing in a homecoming of sorts, having played just 40 miles north of Salt Lake City at Weber State. But Williams made sure the rookie couldn't match him. In Portland on Friday, Williams scored 26 of his 28 points in the second half. He was 3 of 3 from beyond the arc in the third Monday as Utah pulled away. The Blazers trailed by as many as 14 points in the first quarter. But another 3-pointer by Lillard and three-point play by Meyers Leonard pulled Portland within 29-25 with 10:35 left in the second. Victor Claver and Matthews then got hot. Matthews was 4 of 5 in the second quarter and Claver a pair of 3s, the second getting the Blazers within 47-46 with 1:57 left in the half. Williams kept the Jazz ahead with his third 3 of the night and Jefferson closed out the half with a nice spin move around J.J. Hickson for an easy layup and a 56-49 Jazz advantage. The Blazers had 10 first-half turnovers and were outscored 26-16 in the paint in the first half. They finished with 16 turnovers and were outscored 15-4 on second-chance points. Utah raced out to a 7-0 lead thanks to another 3-pointer by Foye, and bumped it to 27-13 with 2:52 left in the quarter after another dunk by Jefferson. The Jazz forced six Blazers turnovers in the first quarter and 10 in the half. Courtesy of: lcsun-news.com

Minnesota T. - Boston C. 110-100
The Boston Celtics lost tonight to the Minnesota Timberwolves 110 to 100 at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Celtics were playing without the Captain Paul Pierce and former Timberwolf Kevin The Big Ticket' Garnett. Not so ironically this was also the first time the Timberwolves have beat the Celtics since the KG trade to Boston, the last time we lost to them was on a Ricky Davis buzzer beater February 11, 2007. The story of the game was turnovers and fouls, the Celtics turned the ball over early and often giving up easy fast break baskets to the Wolves. The Celtics coughed the ball up 17 times tonight, and allowed 23 fast break points. All night the refs called everything extremely close; a lot of calls were ticky-tacky calls in my opinion. Even though the Timberwolves dominated the free throw battle, 25 to 9 makes, it felt like the refs were calling it close both ways .The Celtics did make a strong comeback as they were down 14 midway through the third and came back to be within 6 going into the 4th quarter. The killer was Nikola Pekovic (6'10''-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) who almost single handedly fouled out what was left of the Celtics decimated front line, he finished with 29 points. Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) also played well despite being in foul trouble, with 9 points and 10 assists. The Celtics leading scorer was Avery Bradley (6'2''-PG-90, college: Texas), who bounced back offensively scoring 19 points. Both Terrence Williams and Jason Terry stood out to me as playing solid games as the both chipped in 14 points. The Celtics return home Wednesday to face the Detroit Pistons at the Garden. Courtesy of: celticslife.com

Houston R. - Orlando M. 111-103
The Houston Rockets demonstrated what they wanted to accomplish against the Orlando Magic on the first possession of the teams' game Monday night. Power forward Greg Smith established deep low-post position against Tobias Harris, received an entry pass from Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard), dribbled once and unleashed an emphatic right-handed dunk. The Rockets scored on each of their first 11 possessions of the game, piling up points in the paint. By the time the Magic woke up and corrected the problem, it was too late. The Rockets sprinted to an early lead and held off a late rally to win 111-103 at Toyota Center. "It's interesting," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "You get on the road and how you take care of yourself on your day off and how you prepare yourself - it's good learning lessons for young guys. At the beginning of the game, we needed a little better focus." Rockets center Omer Asik (7'0''-C-86) tied a career high by scoring 22 points, and he did it by making 11 of his 13 shot attempts. He also collected 18 rebounds. Point guard Lin added 19 points and 11 assists. Houston coach Kevin McHale rested the duo the entire fourth quarter, and the tactic almost cost the Rockets the game. After trailing by 17 points early in the fourth quarter, the Magic cut the lead to 106-101 on a Beno Udrih 3-pointer with 2:05 left. But James Anderson scored on a tip-in on Houston's next possession. With Houston ahead 108-103, Nik Vucevic missed a contested shot from close range with 18 seconds left, and his ensuing tip was off-target. "Guys on our team don't quit," said rookie Maurice Harkless (6'8''-G/F-93, college: St.John's), who scored a career-high 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting. "We always fight back. I love playing with these guys because they never quit." The way the Magic (19-56) finished wasn't the proble The way they started was the problem. They allowed one easy basket after another, most of them close to their hoop. Smith and Asik feasted on the Magic's interior defense, and the Rockets scored 22 of their first 27 points in the paint. "We needed the chance to score inside and we needed it to be easy for us," Asik said. "Greg and I kept attacking the rim and tried to score. That's all we tried to do." Houston (41-33) played without a pair of starters, shooting guard James Harden and small forward Chandler Parsons, but the Rockets didn't seem to have any problems. Orlando managed 14 first-quarter points, the fewest points the Rockets have allowed in the first quarter all season. Knowing that the Rockets play at the NBA's fastest pace, Vaughn and his assistant coaches advised their players to sprint back on defense after they made or missed shots. The Rockets imposed their will, anyway. Case in point: a sequence with just under four minutes remaining in the second quarter. Magic swingman DeQuan Jones missed a driving layup. The Rockets collected the rebound and passed the ball ahead to Lin, who found Donatas Motiejunas wide open on the other end of the court for an easy score. The bucket extended Houston's lead to 50-36. "The possessions where guys get transition buckets," Vaughn said, "those are the ones we have to take care of. Those are the ones that you can't give in to, whether you're tired or whether you lose focus for a second. Those are the ones you can control. As a team, we have to get better at those situations." The Magic outscored the Rockets 60-46 in the second half. Too little. Too late. "We're going to learn," Harkless said. "We're going to get better. We're a young team. We've got a lot of room to grow. I think we're definitely going to do a better job of that soon." Courtesy of: orlandosentinel.com

Memphis G. - San Antonio S. 92-90
Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) drove for a layup with 0.6 seconds left, and the Memphis Grizzlies rallied to beat the San Antonio Spurs 92-90 Monday night for their third straight victory. The Grizzlies matched their franchise record with their 50th win this season, and they won their 12th straight at home. They pulled out a win in a game where Conley's bucket gave them their first lead since 18-16 late in the first quarter. Conley scored the final five points and finished with 23. Jerryd Bayless (6'3''-PG-88, college: Arizona) had 17 points, Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) 16, Zach Randolph 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Tayshaun Prince had 11 points. Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) had 25 points for the Spurs. Parker tried to beat the buzzer with a jumper that was too late. Tiago Splitter added 13 points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio, who was not at full strength playing its second game in two nights. The Spurs left Kawhi Leonard at home with a sore left knee. Manu Ginobili is out at least three weeks with a strained right hamstring, and Tim Duncan also did not play after playing 35 minutes in Sunday night's 88-86 loss to Miami. With the Spurs missing three of their top four scorers, Memphis managed to split the season series, with both teams winning on their home courts. The Grizzlies are pushing to start the postseason on their home court in a tight squeeze in the Western Conference standings with Denver and the Clippers. Conley won the game but he also went without a steal. That snapped his steal streak at 64 games, which had been the longest active streak in the NBA. The Grizzlies edged San Antonio in points in the paint 40-36 and outscored the Spurs 30-22 in the fourth quarter. San Antonio opened the game missing its first eight shots. The Grizzlies jumped out to a nine-point lead before the Spurs suddenly started hitting. The Spurs connected on 13 of their next 17 shots and wound up leading by as much as nine themselves with a 44-37 lead at halftime. The Spurs went up by as much as 50-39 in the third quarter. Bayless scored eight in the fourth quarter in helping Memphis whittle away at the Spurs' lead. The Grizzlies tied it up for the sixth and final time at 90 on a 3-pointer by Conley with 30 seconds left. Parker had a chance to put the Spurs ahead but missed a 14-footer with 7.9 seconds left. That set up Conley's winning bucket, as he drove past Danny Green to give Memphis its first lead since 55 seconds left in the first quarter. Courtesy of: nytimes.com

Milwaukee B. - Charlotte B. 131-102
Larry Sanders (6'11''-F-88, college: VCU) had a career-high 24 points and 13 rebounds as Milwaukee cruised to a 131-102 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night for the Bucks' highest scoring total in more than four years. Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) had 19 points, a career-high 14 assists and six steals to help Milwaukee pull 1 1/2 games behind seventh-place Boston in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Celtics lost to Minnesota on Monday. Ersan Ilyasova added 22 points for the Bucks, J.J. Redick scored 20, and Brandon Jennings 19. Milwaukee, which had lost five of six, remained solidly in the eighth position in the East, with a six-game lead ove idle Philadelphia. Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90, college: Connecticut) scored 27 points to lead the Bobcats, and Gerald Henderson had 17. Charlotte came in allowing 47.3 percent shooting and 103.1 points per game - second worst in the league in both categories - and it showed. The Bucks never trailed after early in the first quarter, led 69-60 at halftime and 100-84 after the third quarter en route to their largest scoring output since a 133-99 win over Dallas on Jan. 21, 2009. Charlotte has lost five of six and dropped to 1-15 all-time at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Offense came easy for both teams. Sanders, coming off a then-career-high 21 points in the Bucks' loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, had 16 in the first half, as the Bucks shot 54 percent (28 of 52) in the half. Milwaukee outscored Charlotte 40-35 in the second quarter. Jennings and Ilyasova each had 15 points in the half. The Bobcats trailed at halftime despite shooting 63 percent (22 of 35). Gordon, coming off a scoreless game against Philadelphia on Saturday, had all 14 of his points in the second quarter. Walker also had 14 in the period for Charlotte. It was much the same in the second half, as the Bucks tallied 31 in both the third and fourth quarters and shot 51 percent (51 of 100) for the game with 32 assists. Milwaukee led by as many as 33 in the fourth quarter. Both teams were short-handed. Charlotte played without forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who had 'to take care of some personal business at home,' coach Mike Dunlap said before the game. Kidd-Gilchrist, the second overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, was coming off one of his better nights as a pro, with 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting and nine rebounds against Philadelphia on Saturday. Also, center Byron Mullens missed his third straight game with a sore left ankle, center Brendan Haywood missed his ninth straight with a left foot stress reaction, and guard Ramon Sessions missed his 13th with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Milwaukee was without forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who missed the game due to an undisclosed illness. Courtesy of: wiscnews.com

Atlanta H. - Cleveland C. 102-94
It took 73 games, and the ultimate outcome was the same, but the Cavs finally showed the fight Monday that coach Byron Scott has been waiting to see. Marreese Speights (6'10''-F/C-87, college: Florida) matched his career high with 23 points, but the Cavs fell to the Atlanta Hawks 102-94 to extend their losing streak to nine consecutive games. The Cavs pulled within 63-60 on a layup from Wayne Ellington with 6:54 left in the third, but the Hawks scored 11 consecutive points to take control. The Cavs played without Kyrie Irving and C.J. Miles. Irving was scheduled to take the night off since it was the second game in a back-to-back, while Miles was a late scratch with a tender ankle he injured in Sunday's loss at the New Orleans Hornets. The roster was further depleted when Daniel Gibson was ejected in the second quarter after receiving two quick technical fouls. With the vacancies, Omri Casspi (6'9''-SF-88) had nine points, four rebounds and four assists in 17 minutes, his most extensive playing time since a Dec. 5 loss to the Chicago Bulls. After sleepwalking through the last few weeks, the Cavs finally showed a little fire when Gibson was ejected and Luke Walton gave the Hawks' Ivan Johnson a two-handed shove to the ground in the fourth after Johnson hit Walton in the face. 'I've been waiting for that all season long. It was good to see,' Scott said. 'It took a lot longer than I wanted, but I think that also can put to rest the questions of, Have these guys given up or quit?' I think they played as hard as they can play tonight. They played with that fire and they were physical. If we fight like that every night, we'll be OK.' Gibson wanted a foul called after he fell to the ground on a 3-point attempt with 7:07 left in the half. He got up, yelled and angrily pointed at referee John Goble, who quickly gave him the first technical. Then Gibson started jawing with the Hawks' DeShawn Stevenson during the stoppage in play and he was quickly given a second technical and ejected. It was the second time in his career he has been ejected from a game. Stevenson has feuded with the Cavs since those memorable playoff series when he was a member of the Washington Wizards, but Gibson said he didn't have a previous gripe with him. 'Maybe that frustration came out of us,' Gibson said. 'Things weren't going our way, it got physical and we didn't back down. That's what Coach wants us to be like, the team he wants us to be.' The Cavs have struggled terribly on defense for most of the season, so the Cavs switched up the defense and played a lot of zone. Scott said it was a decision he made after Sunday's loss as a way to try and bolster the defense. Courtesy of: ohio.com

Toronto R. - Detroit P. 98-108
Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) scored 24 points, Jose Manuel Calderon (6'4''-PG-81) had 19 points and nine assists against his former team, and the Detroit Pistons snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Raptors 108-98 on Monday night. Rodney Stuckey scored 18 points, Jonas Jerebko had 10 of his 15 in the fourth quarter and rookie Khris Middleton added 11 as the Pistons won for just the third time in 19 games. Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) scored 34 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 17 and DeMar DeRozan 15 as the Raptors lost for the seventh time in eight games. Toronto was outscored 33-19 in the final quarter. Detroit opened the fourth with an 8-2 run, turning a 79-75 deficit into an 83-81 lead and forcing Toronto to call timeout with 9:40 left after a reverse layup by Middleton. The stoppage didn't help Toronto, as Stuckey completed a three-point play, Calderon made a jumper and Middleton added another layup, making it 90-81 with 7:45 left and causing Raptors coach Dwane Casey to burn another timeout. This time, Toronto responded, scoring six straight points. Calderon hit a 3 but DeRozan replied with consecutive jump shots, cutting it to 93-91 with 4:58 remaining. Gay briefly gave restored Toronto's lead with a 3, but back-to-back 3s by Middleton and Stuckey, and a jumper by Jerebko, made it 101-94 for Detroit with 2:29 left. A three-point play by Gay cut it to 103-98 with 1:23 to go, but Jerebko threw down a put-back slam on Calderon's missed 3 with 35 seconds left, killing Toronto's comeback hopes. Returning to Toronto for the first time since he was traded on Jan. 30, Calderon was honored with a standing ovation during pregame introductions and a special video tribute. Calderon spent 7 1/2 seasons with Toronto and is the team's career leader in assists (3,770) and free throw percentage (.877). Before the game, the Pistons announced that forward Jason Maxiell will miss the remainder of the season after surgery to repair a detached retina. Maxiell began complaining of blurry vision last week and didn't travel with the team for Sunday's loss at Chicago. He stayed in Detroit to visit a specialist, who diagnosed the injury. Detroit was also without guard Will Bynum, who sat out with a strained right hand. Raptors swingman Landry Fields was unavailable because of pain in his right elbow. Fields had surgery on the elbow last November, forcing him to miss 22 games. He skipped Monday's game to travel to Los Angeles for follow-up testing. Monroe scored 10 points