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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Kyle Visser leaves Radnicki Kragujevac - by Eurobasket News

28-year old American center Kyle Visser (211-102kg-85, college: Wake Forest) left Radnicki Kragujevac (A League). In 10 Adriatic League games he recorded 3.2ppg and 2.2rpg this season. Visser also spent pre-season at Juvecaserta (SerieA) in Italian league earlier that year.
The last season he played at New Yorker Phantoms (BBL) in German league. In 36 games he averaged 11.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals. Visser's team made it to the Radivoj Korac (Serbian Cup) Semifinals. He received All-ACC 3rd Team award back in 2007 at his college time.
Visser has played previously for another German team EnBW Ludwigsburg.
He attended Wake Forest University until 2007 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ANGOLA   


Interclube Beat Petro in Bai Basket - by Eurobasket News

Interclube defeated on Friday Petro de Luanda by 95-90, in the last round of the second phase of the national senior males basketball championship (BAI Basket) in "28 de Fevereiro" pavilion.
With this result, Interclube secured the 3rd place with 13 points, while Petro de Luanda are at 4th place with 11 points.
1 de Luanda finished first in the competition with 14 points and will gain one point in the third phase of BAI Basket.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Libolo Play Petro in Angola Cup - by Eurobasket News

Luanda The senior males basketball teams of Recreativo do Libolo and Petro de Luanda will face each other on Tuesday at Luanda's Dream Space pavilion, in the first leg match of Angola cup final.
Both teams will try to win the game with a huge point difference so as to face the second leg match without many difficulties.
1 de Agosto are the title holders of this competition.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  ARGENTINA   


DerMarr Johnson (ex Libertad S.) joins Guaros - by Eurobasket News

Guaros de Lara (LPB) agreed terms with 33-year old American guard DerMarr Johnson (206-95kg-80, college: Cincinnati). He just played at Libertad Sunchales in Argentinian LigaA. In 21 games he had 9.2ppg and 4.0rpg this season. Johnson also played at Osos (Regional) in Mexican league that season. In 6 games he recorded very impressive stats: 26.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg. The last season he played at Barako Bull (PBA) in Filipino league. In four games he recorded also remarkable stats: 20.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.8spg and 1.3bpg.
In 2000 Johnson was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in first round (6th overall). He attended University of Cincinnati and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Johnson won Colombian Copa Federacion championship title in 2011. He was also voted Latinbasket.com Colombian Federation Cup All-Imports Team in 2011.
Johnson is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in China (Beijing Ducks and Jiangsu Dragons), Italy, Lebanon (Sagesse), Puerto Rico (Caciques and Leones), Saudi Arabia (Al Hilal), NBA (Washington Wizards), Colombia (Bucaros) and D-League (Austin Toros).
On Johnson: There is not much that DerMarr Johnson could not do on the basketball court. His 6-9 size gives him the presence of a big man, but his array of excellent basketball skills combined with his athletic ability make him a talented swing player. The problem is that he showed to be a little so "soft" in the clutch moments of the game, and his first approach with the intensity of European leagues was disappointing....

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1 Petron Blaze 13-3 
 2 Satria Muda 12-4 
 3 KL Dragons 9-8 
 4 Thailand S. 6-10 
 5 Singapore S. 5-11 
 6 Saigon H. 3-12 

Regular Season: Round 15

Apr. 19: Petron Blaze - KL Dragons 80-62
Apr. 17: Saigon H. - Petron Blaze 49-101
Apr. 21: Thailand S. - Singapore S.



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  AUSTRIA   


Traiskirchen Lions renew Blazevic, Guard signs for three more seasons. - by Stefan Prager

The Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions announced that they have renewed the contract of Jurica Blazevic (193-F-94). The highly talented 18 year old shooting guard signed for three more years. In his second professional season with the Lions Blazevic averaged 11.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 1.2 apg in nearly 32 minutes per contest. He appeared in 21 games in 18 of those as a starter. Blazevic was selected to play for the European All Stars in the Austrian All Star Game as the youngest player in history of the league.


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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

Premier League Standings
 1. Al Manama 16-2 
 2. Al Ahli 15-3 
 3. Muharraq 15-3 
 4. Al Hala 12-5 
 5. Sitra 12-6 
 6. Nuwaidrat 10-8 
 7. Issa Town 9-9 
 8. Hidd 6-12 
 9. Bahrain Club 5-12 
 10. Al Ittihad 3-14 
 11. Al Najma 3-15 
 12. Samaheej 0-17 

Regular Season: Round 18

Apr. 18: Al Manama - Issa Town 79-66
Apr. 17: Hidd - Muharraq 76-94
Apr. 17: Nuwaidrat - Sitra 76-68
Apr. 18: Al Najma - Al Ahli 60-97
Apr. 19: Al Hala - Bahrain Club
Apr. 19: Al Ittihad - Samaheej



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Galil Gilboa and Levski will play in Final - by Eurobasket News

Levski Sofia - Rilski Sportist 84-74
Levski joined Galil Gilboa in the Balkan League Final. They shot down their Bulgarian rivals Rilski Sportist in the second semifinal in Samokov tonight. Pavel Ivanov (200-SF-88) stepped up with 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead Levski. Levski stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. They opened the game on a 16:5 run. Levski piled up a 24:9 lead after the starting quarter. Rilski came back to life in the second quarter. They outgunned Levski to narrow the deficit at 12-point mark at halftime 43:31. Levski were back in the drivers seat in the third quarter. They opened an 18-point lead midway through the period. Levski entered the fourth frame up by 19 points 64:45. But the game was not over just yet. Rilski went on an 11:0 run to get within 7 points 59:66 midway through the fourth stanza. Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) drained a timely three-pointer to restore a 10-point advantage for Levski. Gugino put Rilski within 6 with 28 seconds remaining. Protic and Pavel Ivanov then sank four free throws to seal the victory for Levski. Mladen Pantic had 18 points, while Marko Marinovic added 16 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds for the winners. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 20 points for Rilski Sportist. Terry Smith (185-PG-86, college: Mercyhurst) and Stanislav Vaklinov had 13 points each in the loss.

Galil Gilboa - Kumanovo 85-76
Galil Gilboa became the first Balkan League finalists. They outgunned Kumanovo in the first game of the Final Four in Samokov. Yaniv Green (206-C-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) stepped up with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Galil Gilboa and Kumanovo stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The Israeli team managed to pull in front on a three-pointer from Yaniv Green 21:18 at the first break. The Israelis went on a 9:0 run early in the second quarter to take a 12-point lead. Galil Gilboa built a 42:33 halftime advantage. Galil Gilboa opened an 18-point advantage in the third quarter. Kumanovo did not surrender and Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) managed to pull the Macedonian team within 5. But Galil Gilboa answered with six straight points and never looked back en route to the victory. Rakim Sanders (193-G-89, college: Fairfield) provided 15 points, while Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) added 13 points for the winning side. Aleksandar Kostoski answered with 29 points for Kumanovo. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the losing case.



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  BELARUS   

Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Eagles
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Rutkauskas, Eagles21.5 
 2. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel20.3 
 3. Konate, Svisloch19.1 
 4. Dolenko, Svisloch16.3 
 5. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.15.0 
 6. Semianiuk, Tsmoki-.14.6 
 7. Zakhar, Impuls B.14.3 
 8. Indrikov, Rubon14.1 
 9. Ignatiev, Impuls B.12.1 
 10. Khodov, Sozh Gom.11.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maks Adam KONATE
  Svisloch
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Konate, Svisloch12.4 
 2. Rutkauskas, Eagles10.2 
 3. Dadukin, Sozh G.10.0 
 4. Zakhar, Impuls B.9.1 
 5. Plivda, Rubon9.1 
 6. Semianiuk, Tsmoki-.9.0 
 7. Krisevich, Tsmoki.8.3 
 8. Ignatiev, Impuls B.6.6 
 9. Sharamet, Borisfen6.4 
 10. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.9 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  Sozh G.
  (185-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Charykau, Sozh G.6.6 
 2. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.2 
 3. Akulich, Rubon4.8 
 4. Dolenko, Svisloch4.7 
 5. Kamarunas, Tsmoki.4.4 
 6. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.3.8 
 7. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.2 
 8. Korzh, Grodno-933.0 
 9. Tatur, Borisfen3.0 
 10. Kryukov, Borisfen3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Akulich, Rubon2.8 
 2. Zakhar, Impuls B.2.5 
 3. Konate, Svisloch2.4 
 4. Charykau, Sozh G.2.3 
 5. Kamarunas, Tsmoki.2.3 
 6. Volodkin, Impuls B.2.2 
 7. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.1 
 8. Malkov, Grodno-932.0 
 9. Tatur, Borisfen2.0 
 10. Indrikov, Rubon2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Yaraslau KURAPAU
  Tsmoki.
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 2. Aheyenka, Borisfen0.0 
 3. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 4. Volodkin, Impuls B.0.0 
 5. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 6. Vasilevich, Grodno.0.0 
 7. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 8. Usovich, Borisfen0.0 
 9. Korneenkov, Svisl.0.0 
 10. Syrovatko, Grodn.0.0 



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Oostende 18-7 
 2. M.Hainaut 15-9 
 3. Spirou 15-9 
 4. Aalstar 15-9 
 5. Antwerp 15-10 
 6. Leuven 8-16 
 7. Liege 8-17 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 4-21 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 19: Antwerp - Spirou 74-70
Apr. 19: Leuven - Oostende 68-97
Apr. 18: Liege - Verviers-Pep. 68-55
Apr. 20: M.Hainaut - Aalstar


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Brose Bask.
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Walsh, Brose Bask.18.9 
 2. Raivio, Aalstar18.4 
 3. Thompson, Aalstar18.0 
 4. Randle, Spirou17.6 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende17.5 
 6. Aleksandrov, Assig.16.7 
 7. Mukubu, Liege16.4 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.5 
 9. Bostic, M.Hainaut15.4 
 10. Robinson, Leuven15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Brose Bask.
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Walsh, Brose Bask.9.7 
 2. Qvale, M.Hainaut6.7 
 3. Wilkinson, Oostende6.6 
 4. Young, Aalstar6.2 
 5. Wright, Oostende6.1 
 6. Tofi, Aalstar6.1 
 7. Mukubu, Liege6.0 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut6.0 
 9. Aleksandrov, Assig.5.9 
 10. Thondique, Antwe.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Krka
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Anderson, Krka5.3 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven5.0 
 3. Bosco, Liege4.5 
 4. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.1 
 5. Randle, Spirou4.1 
 6. Thompson, Aalstar3.8 
 7. Moors, Antwerp3.6 
 8. Raivio, Aalstar3.6 
 9. Walsh, Brose Bask.3.5 
 10. Black, Antwerp3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.6 
 2. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.0 
 3. Mukubu, Liege2.0 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp2.0 
 5. Hanavan, Leuven2.0 
 6. Black, Antwerp1.9 
 7. Bostic, M.Hainaut1.7 
 8. Iarochevitch, Liege1.7 
 9. Randle, Spirou1.6 
 10. Cage, M.Hainaut1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris FERGUSON
  Verviers.
  (206-C-89)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Ferguson, Verviers.1.2 
 2. Wilkinson, Oostende1.2 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.1 
 4. Riddick, Spirou1.0 
 5. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 6. Williamson, Liege0.7 
 7. Love, Antwerp0.7 
 8. Dukes, Leuven0.7 
 9. Thondique, Antwerp0.6 
 10. Mukubu, Liege0.5 


Standings - Division II

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

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 19: Houthalen - Gembo BBC 63-90
Apr. 19: Kangor.-Boom - St-Niklase



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  BOSNIA   

Standings - BIH League

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

Second Stage: Round 6

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

Second Stage: Round 7

Apr. 20: Radnik B. - Capljina
Apr. 20: Siroki WWin - Igokea
Apr. 24: Mladost - Bosna


Division I Round 6: Igokea defeats Mladost in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Igokea (5-1) which played road game in Mrkonjic Grad against one of their biggest challengers Mladost (3-3). Second ranked Igokea had an easy win 92-62. Igokea well out of reach of Mladost shooting 75.6 percent from the field. They outrebounded Mladost 28-14 including a 22-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Igokea especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 68.8 percentage. It was a good game for Serbian power forward Marko Brkic (206-82, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with 19 points. Croatian guard Sinisa Stemberger (195-79) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Montenegrin power forward Igor Bijelic (207-88) replied with 17 points for Mladost. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Igokea have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 5-1 record behind leader Zrinjski HT. Mladost at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. Igokea are looking forward to face league's leader HKK Siroki WWin in Siroki Brijeg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mladost will play at home against Bosna ASA BHT in Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Capljina Lasta's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after five consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Bosna ASA BHT (2-4) 76-67. Montenegrin center Novak Popovic (207-81) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Nemanja Kovacevic chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Ramo Rizvic (200-87) with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Bosna ASA BHT's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Capljina Lasta (1-5) left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with Radnik B. Bosna ASA BHT at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Capljina Lasta will play against Radnik B. (#6) in Bijeljina in the next round. Bosna ASA BHT will play on the road against Mladost in Mrkonjic Grad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Division I top team - HKK Siroki WWin (6-0) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Radnik B. (1-5) in Bijeljina 82-60. Zeljko Sakic notched 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. HKK Siroki WWin's coach Ivan Velic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) by Filip Goranovic did not help to save the game for Radnik B.. Undefeated HKK Siroki WWin have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-0 record. Radnik B. lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth place with five games lost. They share the position with Capljina. HKK Siroki WWin will meet at home league's second-placed Igokea in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Radnik B. will play against Capljina Lasta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


Radnik B. - Siroki WWin 60-82

Division I top team - HKK Siroki WWin (6-0) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Radnik B. (1-5) in Bijeljina 82-60. HKK Siroki WWin had a 26-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when HKK Siroki WWin made 8 blocks. Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: Beo Basket) notched 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) supported him with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four HKK Siroki WWin players scored in double figures. HKK Siroki WWin's coach Ivan Velic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) by Montenegrin power forward Filip Goranovic (205-85) did not help to save the game for Radnik B.. Swingman Vedran Borovcanin (200-85) added 22 points. HKK Siroki WWin have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-0 record. Radnik B. lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth place with five games lost. They share the position with Capljina. HKK Siroki WWin will meet at home league's second-placed Igokea in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Radnik B. will play against Capljina Lasta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Radnik B.: V.Borovcanin 22+3reb+2ast, F.Goranovic 18+15reb+1ast, D.Lontos 10+1reb, N.Erkic 4+4reb+3ast, D.Kokorus 4+3reb, M.Josilo 1+7reb
Siroki WWin: R.Freeman 16+8reb+2ast, K.Vragovic 14+1ast, B.Barac 14+3reb, Z.Sakic 14+9reb+4ast, D.Bosnjak 6+4reb+2ast, J.Bilinovac 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 239259


Mladost - Igokea 62-92

An interesting game for Igokea (5-1) which played road game in Mrkonjic Grad against one of their biggest challengers Mladost (3-3). Second ranked Igokea had an easy win 92-62. Igokea well out of reach of Mladost shooting 75.6 percent from the field. They outrebounded Mladost 28-14 including a 22-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Igokea especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 68.8 percentage. It was a good game for Serbian power forward Marko Brkic (206-82, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with 19 points. Croatian guard Sinisa Stemberger (195-79) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four Igokea players scored in double figures. Montenegrin power forward Igor Bijelic (207-88) replied with 17 points and Serbian guard Marko Kesic (191-85) added 8 points in the effort for Mladost. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Igokea have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 5-1 record behind leader Zrinjski HT. Mladost at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. Igokea are looking forward to face league's leader HKK Siroki WWin in Siroki Brijeg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mladost will play at home against Bosna ASA BHT in Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mladost: I.Bijelic 17+2reb, M.Kesic 8+2reb+2ast, D.Stojkanovic 8+3ast, P.Ivanic 7+2ast, R.Velimirovic 6+1reb+1ast, N.Milosevic 5+5reb
Igokea: M.Brkic 19+4reb+1ast, S.Stemberger 18+3reb+3ast, M.Bocka 17+2reb+2ast, A.Radukic 10+8reb, Z.Kljestan 8+2reb+1ast, C.Hammonds 6+3ast
gschID: 239260


Capljina - Bosna 76-67

Capljina Lasta's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after five consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Bosna ASA BHT (2-4) 76-67. Capljina Lasta dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Bosna ASA BHT's 34. Capljina Lasta forced 19 Bosna ASA BHT turnovers. Montenegrin center Novak Popovic (207-81) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian guard Nemanja Kovacevic (194-85) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Ramo Rizvic (200-87) with 19 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Nermin Buza (206-91) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Bosna ASA BHT's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Capljina Lasta (1-5) left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with Radnik B. Bosna ASA BHT at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Capljina Lasta will play against Radnik B. (#6) in Bijeljina in the next round. Bosna ASA BHT will play on the road against Mladost in Mrkonjic Grad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bosna: R.Rizvic 19+5reb, N.Buza 14+5reb+1ast, S.Demic 12+2reb, E.Camdzic 9+2reb+2ast, M.Keser 5+2reb, A.Demic 4+5reb+1ast
Capljina: N.Popovic 26+13reb+2ast, N.Kovacevic 14+5reb+7ast, K.Bjelica 12+4reb+4ast, M.Galic 9+4reb+2ast, D.Micic 7+3reb+1ast, B.Jelcic 3+5reb
gschID: 239261



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  BOTSWANA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Apr. 20: Warriors - BDF V
Apr. 20: Saints - Police



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  BULGARIA   


Balkan League: Levski roll past Rilski Sportist - by Eurobasket News

Levski - Rilski Sportist 84:74

Levski joined Galil Gilboa in the Balkan League Final. They shot down their Bulgarian rivals Rilski Sportist in the second semifinal in Samokov tonight. Pavel Ivanov (200-SF-88) stepped up with 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead Levski.
Levski stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. They opened the game on a 16:5 run. Levski piled up a 24:9 lead after the starting quarter. Rilski came back to life in the second quarter. They outgunned Levski to narrow the deficit at 12-point mark at halftime 43:31. Levski were back in the drivers seat in the third quarter. They opened an 18-point lead midway through the period. Levski entered the fourth frame up by 19 points 64:45. But the game was not over just yet. Rilski went on an 11:0 run to get within 7 points 59:66 midway through the fourth stanza. Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) drained a timely three-pointer to restore a 10-point advantage for Levski. Gugino put Rilski within 6 with 28 seconds remaining. Protic and Pavel Ivanov then sank four free throws to seal the victory for Levski. Mladen Pantic (209-C-82, agency: Alti Sport) had 18 points, while Marko Marinovic added 16 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds for the winners. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 20 points for Rilski Sportist. Terry Smith (185-PG-86, college: Mercyhurst) and Stanislav Vaklinov (206-PF-89, agency: Interperformances) had 13 points each in the loss.

Levski: Pavel Ivanov 21, Mladen Pantic 18, Marko Marinovic 16
Rilski Sportist: Branko Mirkovic 20, Terry Smith 13, Stanislav Vaklinov 13



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  CROATIA   

Standings - A2 League

A2 Stage Two Standings
 1. GKK Sibenik 4-0 
 2. Skrljevo 3-1 
 3. Belisce 2-2 
 4. Hermes Anal. 1-3 
 5. Cakovec 0-4 
Stage One Standings



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.6 
 2. Bolds, BC Kolin18.2 
 3. Fields, Chomutov17.7 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy17.5 
 5. Meno, USK Praha17.0 
 6. Blazek, B&W Opava16.7 
 7. Fields, Levice16.5 
 8. Reese, Usti n.16.3 
 9. Zabas, BK Pardubi.15.9 
 10. Venta, J.Hradec15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.6 
 2. Tomanec, J.Hradec8.9 
 3. Meno, USK Praha8.8 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.7.9 
 5. Nuhanovic, Levice7.6 
 6. Kohout, BK Prost.7.4 
 7. Simmons, Levice7.1 
 8. Bolds, BC Kolin6.8 
 9. Deloach, Svitavy6.8 
 10. Reese, Usti n.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  BC Kolin
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Ubilla, BC Kolin6.0 
 2. Sirina, B&W Opava5.6 
 3. Ames, NH Ostrava5.4 
 4. Kemp, Levice4.4 
 5. Deloach, Svitavy4.4 
 6. Glover, Chomutov4.3 
 7. Sanders, BK Decin4.2 
 8. Carter, CEZ N.4.2 
 9. Sotnar, USK Praha4.2 
 10. Venta, J.Hradec4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.7 
 2. Ubilla, BC Kolin2.1 
 3. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 4. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 5. Bolds, BC Kolin1.9 
 6. Allen, Chomutov1.9 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
 8. Ames, NH Ostrava1.8 
 9. Taylor, Los A.1.6 
 10. Reese, Usti n.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Levice
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Nuhanovic, Levice1.6 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 3. Fields, Chomutov1.1 
 4. Miklosik, B&W O.1.0 
 5. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 6. Simmons, Levice0.9 
 7. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 8. Svrdlik, BK Prost.0.9 
 9. Kramny, B&W Opava0.8 
 10. Nelson, BK Pardu.0.8 



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  D-LEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin DENTMON
  Texas L.
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Dentmon, Texas L.22.9 
 2. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.22.1 
 3. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.2 
 4. Goudelock, LA La.21.2 
 5. Mack, Atlanta H.20.1 
 6. Samuels, Hapoel J.19.8 
 7. Joseph, San A.19.4 
 8. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.3 
 9. Jones, Houston R.19.0 
 10. Nichols, Sioux F.18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Texas L.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jones, Texas L.12.6 
 2. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.11.8 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.10.9 
 4. Samuels, Hapoel J.10.3 
 5. Mays, Sioux F.10.0 
 6. Varnado, Miami H.9.9 
 7. Jackson, Austin T.9.9 
 8. Onuaku, Canton C.9.5 
 9. Jones, Houston R.9.0 
 10. Wright, Maine RC8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Sioux F.
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Barrett, Sioux F.7.8 
 2. Mack, Atlanta H.7.5 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.7.1 
 4. Wright, Arecibo7.0 
 5. Russell, Reno B.6.5 
 6. Karl, Idaho S.6.3 
 7. Quinn, Cleveland C.6.1 
 8. Singletary, Ooste.5.6 
 9. McNeal, Utah Jazz5.5 
 10. Joseph, San A.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Justin HOLIDAY
  Philadel.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Holiday, Philadel.2.4 
 2. Fortson, Trotamun.2.0 
 3. Millsap, Los A.2.0 
 4. Greene, Reno B.1.9 
 5. Joseph, San A.1.9 
 6. Hannah, Santa C.1.8 
 7. Tyndale, Maine RC1.8 
 8. Murry, Rio G.1.7 
 9. Liggins, Oklah.Ci.1.7 
 10. Leslie, Santa C.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Miami H.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Varnado, Miami H.3.3 
 2. Melo, Boston C.2.9 
 3. Gladness, Santa C.2.3 
 4. Armstrong, Santa C.2.2 
 5. Orton, Oklah.Ci.2.2 
 6. Johnson, Minnesot.2.1 
 7. Moon, Los A.2.0 
 8. Daniels, Rio G.2.0 
 9. Jordan, Talk N Te.2.0 
 10. Williams, Texas L.2.0 


Warriors and Valley Vipers open semifinal series with victories - by Eurobasket News

Austin T. - Santa Cruz W. 101-106
The Santa Cruz Warriors continued their payback tour through the D-League playoffs on Wednesday night by defeating the host Austin Toros 106-101 in Game 1 of their semifinal matchup at Cedar Park Center. Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-PG-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Missouri) deposited a team-high 19 points and six assists and Jeremy Tyler (6'10''-F-91, college: Louisville) added 17 points and six rebounds. Lance Goulbourne (6'8''-F-89, college: Vanderbilt) scored 12 points and had a team-high seven rebounds for the Warriors, who have won three straight postseason games since closing out the regular season on a three-game losing streak. The No. 3 Warriors will now have two chances to beat the No. 6 Toros at home. Game 2 is scheduled for Friday at Kaiser Permanente Arena at 6:30 p.m. Game 3, if necessary, will be held Monday in Santa Cruz at 6:30 p.m. Both games will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network. Wednesday's victory avenged an early season loss for the Warriors. After losing two games to Fort Wayne in the regular season, only to sweep the Mad Ants 2-0 in their opening round best-of-three series, the Warriors Wednesday reversed the outcome from their one and only prior meeting with Austin. Santa Cruz lost to the Toros 96-78 in January after being outscored in the second half by a 61-25 margin. Game 1 was a far different story. The Warriors used a 34-point second quarter to pull ahead of Austin at halftime and never trailed again in the game. Austin did pull to within three points with 7:01 remaining after Toros guard Chris Roberts (6'4''-G-88, college: Bradley) drained a 3, but couldn't quite muster a comeback and the Warriors held on for the win. Austin's Lester Hudson (6'3''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Tenn-Martin) led all scorers with 25 points, while JaMychal Green logged the lone double-double of the contest with 11 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Santa Cruz shot 48.8 percent from the field, compared to Austin's 43.9 percent. The Warriors held the edge on rebounds (46-39), assists (24-15) and steals (14-11), and committed fewer turnovers (21-20). Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com

Tulsa 66ers - Rio Grande VV 92-107
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Connecticut) scored 29 points with eight rebounds, but the Tulsa 66ers fell to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 107-92, in Game 1 of the NBA D-League Semifinals on Friday night at the SpiritBank Event Center. Fellow assignee Deandre Liggins (6'6''-G-88, college: Kentucky) posted 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and Oklahoma City forward Perry Jones collected 10 points and five assists. Rasual Butler, who was named the 2013 NBA D-League Impact Player of the Year earlier Friday, had 12 points and eight rebounds. Tony Taylor scored 12 points and pulled down three boards. "We've already been in this situation, where our back is against the wall," said Tulsa Head Coach Darko Rajakovic. "This is the playoffs and every game is a test of character. We're looking forward to the second game." The 66ers pulled down 39 rebounds and forced 17 Vipers turnovers. Rio Grande Valley was led by D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) with 19 points. The best-of-three series now shifts to State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, with Game 2 on Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m. If a third game is necessary, it will be played Tuesday night at 7. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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  EGYPT   


Mostapha Alfaki is interested in joining Egyptian National team - by Mohamed Ramadan

During a telephone conversation last week the 6-5 shooting guard of Bristol AF British second division team explored his interest in being part of the Egyptian National team.

Alfaki is an explosive scorer, currently he holds both British and Sudanese passports, but he has Egyptian roots from his grandfather and already has some relatives living in Egypt.

Actually it's not easy for Mostapha to play for the British National team, and at the same time it has been a long time ago since we saw the Sudanese National team taking part in African cup of nations. Egypt is the ideal and perfect fit for him due to the big lack of sharp shooters.

Mostapha's top performance this season started in December were he scored in double digits in 7 consecutive games including a 37 point performance against Worthing, but since the 16th of February and until now he failed to score in double digits in any game, didn't find his shooting rhythm and his minutes has been reduced. Despite of this he averages in 20 games this season 43.3% from 3 point range (45-104) which is an impressive figure and 12.2 points per game.

It's a no doubt that Mostapha is a talented player but his form has to be more stable, play better defense and improve his ball handling ability. I believe that he can add to the Egyptian team.



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  EQUATORIAL GUINEA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 2

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



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  ESTONIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.16.4 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas16.0 
 3. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.15.6 
 4. Laksa, Tarvas15.3 
 5. Matulionis, Parnu15.0 
 6. Akenparg, TTU14.7 
 7. Raley-Ross, Tarvas14.4 
 8. Okoye, Tln Kalev14.2 
 9. Ingram, TU/Rock13.8 
 10. Laur, Hito/Johvi13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.5 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.6 
 3. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.2 
 4. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.8.2 
 5. Lindmets, Tarvas8.0 
 6. Grafs, Valga6.9 
 7. Keedus, TTU6.9 
 8. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.8 
 9. Arnold, TTU6.6 
 10. Raley-Ross, Tarv.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.4 
 2. Ingram, TU/Rock4.9 
 3. Keedus, TTU4.7 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tarvas4.0 
 5. Tamm, Tarvas4.0 
 6. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.1 
 7. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.1 
 8. Laane, Rapla3.1 
 9. Cunda, Valga3.0 
 10. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Laane, Rapla2.4 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas2.0 
 3. Keedus, TTU1.9 
 4. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.6 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.6 
 6. Akenparg, TTU1.6 
 7. Saks, Tarvas1.6 
 8. Puidet, TTU1.5 
 9. Veideman, TU/Rock1.5 
 10. Leppik, TU/Rock1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 2. Stewart, Tarvas1.3 
 3. Toome, TU/Rock1.0 
 4. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 5. Arnold, TTU0.9 
 6. Matulionis, Parnu0.7 
 7. Grim, Valga0.6 
 8. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.6 
 9. Saarmets, TTU0.6 
 10. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.5 



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Brown, Montepaschi18.8 
 2. Nachbar, Brose B.16.1 
 3. Bogdanovic, Fener..15.9 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.14.6 
 5. Jerrells, Maine RC14.2 
 6. Farmar, Anadolu13.9 
 7. Lampe, Caja L.13.9 
 8. Weems, CSKA13.7 
 9. Krstic, CSKA13.6 
 10. Fernandez, Real M.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.5 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A6.5 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal6.3 
 4. Lampe, Caja L.6.1 
 5. Lasme, Panathin.6.1 
 6. Hines, Olympiacos5.9 
 7. Mirotic, Real Madr.5.5 
 8. Erden, Anadolu Ef.5.5 
 9. Davis, Khimky5.5 
 10. Thompson, ALBA5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Zoran PLANINIC
  Khimky
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Planinic, Khimky6.3 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.9 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.6 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi5.3 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA5.0 
 6. Heurtel, Caja L.4.5 
 7. Gordon, Anadolu4.0 
 8. Farmar, Anadolu4.0 
 9. Cook, Caja Laboral4.0 
 10. Ohayon, Maccabi3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ibrahim JAABER
  Petrochimi
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Jaaber, Petrochimi1.9 
 2. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.9 
 3. Gordon, Anadolu1.8 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.6 
 5. Diamantidis, Panat.1.5 
 6. Hickman, Maccabi1.4 
 7. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 8. Cook, Caja Laboral1.3 
 9. Calloway, Unicaja1.2 
 10. Planinic, Khimky1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.9 
 2. Lasme, Panathin.1.9 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal1.2 
 4. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 5. Hines, Olympiacos1.1 
 6. Vidmar, Besiktas1.1 
 7. Kaun, CSKA1.1 
 8. Davis, Khimky1.0 
 9. Ford, Brose Bask.1.0 
 10. Falker, Besiktas1.0 


CSKA reach Final Four, Barcelona and Anadolu Efes force deciders - by Eurobasket News

Caja Laboral - CSKA 85-94
CSKA will play in EuroLeague Final Four. The Moscow team can book the tickets to London following a tough road win over Caja Laboral in the fourth game of the quarterfinal series. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83), Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) and Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) scored 19 points each to lead the visitors to the crucial victory. It was a heated battle from start to finish. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Viktor Khryapa capped the period with a free throw to give CSKA a 22:20 lead. Caja Laboral opened the second frame with six straight points to pull in front. The teams traded baskets before CSKA surged ahead to ensure a 36:34 advantage at the interval. Sonny Weems and Micov scored five points in a row to tip off the second half. Soon Sonny Weems gave CSKA a double-digit lead at 49:38. The visitors held on to it and entered the fourth stanza up by 13 points 67:54. CSKA seemed in full control when they grabbed an 83:68 lead with four minutes remaining. But a pair of three-pointers from Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89) put Caja Laboral within 9 points 74:83. Fabien Causeur (193-SG-87) and Thomas Heurtel added two more triples to make it 80:85 with 95 seconds remaining in regulation. Thomas Heurtel dunked the ball after a steal from Bjelica to cut the deficit at 3-point mark 82:85. However Teodosic cooled things off with a three-pointer and later Sonny Weems punished Fernando San Emeterio for a technical foul with three free throws as CSKA eventually got away with a tough victory. Teodosic delivered 13 points for CSKA. Fabien Causeur answered with 19 points for Caja Laboral. Thomas Heurtel had 17 points in the loss.

Panathinaikos - FCB Regal 60-70
Barcelona Regal stole a show from 18,000-plus fans at O.A.K.A. and tied the Quarterfinal series against Panathinaikos Athens at 2-2. The Spanish team posted a 70:60 win and will play the decisive game at home. Barcelona Regal opened the game with 20-10 lead but had some difficulties in the second frame. Panathinaikos Athens managed to come back into the game with a 17-11 surge in the second period and reduced to 4 points at the halftime. The second half however belonged to the Spanish side. Barcelona Regal posted a 12-0 run midway through the third quarter and grabbed a 45:31 lead after Marcelinho Huertas's three-pointer. Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) closed the frame at 51:37, while Erazem Lorbek brought the biggest lead in the game at 57:40. Panathinaikos Athens played better at the very end and cut it to final 10 points. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Ante Tomic (217-C-87) netted 16. Marcelinho Huertas delivered 10, whilst Erazem Lorbek added 8. Michael Bramos replied with 15 points in defeat and Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) scored 13. Stephane Lasme delivered 12 and Jonas Maciulis added 11.

Anadolu Efes - Olympiacos 74-73
Jamon Lucas's tip-in sends the series back to Piraeus as Anadolu Efes overcame Olympiacos 74:73. The Greek side was one step from the Semifinals, but could not keep their lead in the last seconds. Olympiacos Piraeus won the first period 20:12 and looked better in the game. They led 44:38 at the halftime, but allowed the hosts to win the game. Supported by more than 11000 local fans Anadolu Efes won the third quarter 18-14 and reduced to 58:56 after 3 quarters. Acie Law (190-G-85, college: Texas A&M) however gave the guests 70:62 lead with 3 minutes to go, but a 12-3 surge in the last minutes allowed the series to continue in Greece. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) as well as Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) posted 12 each. Jamon Lukas Gordon followed them with 10 points. Acie Law delivered 15 points in the losing effort and Kostas Papanikolaou brought 14. Kyle Hines notched 11, while Konstantinos Sloukas added 10.



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  FINLAND   

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.5 
 2. Conley, LrNM.22.4 
 3. Relphorde, Salon V.21.3 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.20.8 
 5. Clavell, Kouvot20.0 
 6. Haanpaa, Lapua19.3 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto19.0 
 8. Holloway, Namika L.18.0 
 9. Logins, LrNM.17.3 
 10. Flowers, Kataja17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 T.J. ROBINSON
  Korihait
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Robinson, Korihait10.3 
 2. McDade, Nilan B.10.0 
 3. Ford, Kauhajoki9.8 
 4. Conley, LrNM.9.5 
 5. Giles, KTP9.4 
 6. Thornton, FoKoPo9.1 
 7. Watt, Korihait8.8 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto8.5 
 9. Johnson, Namika L.8.3 
 10. Thorpe, FoKoPo8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Williams, Pyrinto6.5 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.9 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.6 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.5.2 
 5. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.9 
 6. Smith, Kataja4.7 
 7. Watson, Kauhajoki4.4 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons3.9 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo3.9 
 10. Virtanen, Kataja3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.5 
 2. Coleman, Lapua2.3 
 3. Gibson, LrNM.2.2 
 4. Smith, Kataja2.1 
 5. Holloway, Namika L.1.9 
 6. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.8 
 7. Tolbert, Lapua1.7 
 8. Conley, LrNM.1.6 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto1.5 
 10. Williams, KTP1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Barrett, KTP1.3 
 2. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.2 
 3. Fields, Kataja1.1 
 4. Ford, Kauhajoki1.1 
 5. Giles, KTP1.1 
 6. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.0 
 7. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.9 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto0.9 
 9. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 10. Jones, LrNM.0.9 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Richardson, Ura B.25.9 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.24.6 
 3. Hester, TuNM.23.9 
 4. Taylor, Porvoon23.2 
 5. Jallow, Jarvenpaa22.4 
 6. Moultrie, BC Nokia22.4 
 7. Mays, Huima22.0 
 8. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.22.0 
 9. Mua, Kerava ET21.5 
 10. Harjula, Pyrinto20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antonio HESTER
  TuNM.
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Hester, TuNM.15.6 
 2. Jallow, Jarvenpaa14.8 
 3. Moultrie, BC Nokia13.6 
 4. Stephens, Huima11.8 
 5. Syrjala, KaU Koris11.8 
 6. Keskitalo, JyWe11.6 
 7. Towa, Kerava ET11.6 
 8. Tribbett, BC Jyvas.10.6 
 9. Harrison, Ura B.10.1 
 10. Young, Porvoon10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Lauri JARVINEN
  KaU Koris
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Jarvinen, KaU Koris5.3 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.4.4 
 3. Harjula, Pyrinto II4.3 
 4. Mays, Huima4.2 
 5. Ginty, ToPo4.1 
 6. Jallow, Jarvenpaa3.9 
 7. Hanninen, Jarvenp.3.8 
 8. Humalamaki, TuNM.3.8 
 9. Frederick, Oulun N.3.8 
 10. Viita, Jarvenpaa3.7 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Little, Kerava ET2.8 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.7 
 3. Thomas, SayRi1.9 
 4. Towa, Kerava ET1.9 
 5. Taylor, Porvoon1.8 
 6. Mua, Kerava ET1.8 
 7. Hester, TuNM.1.8 
 8. Richardson, Ura B.1.8 
 9. Michelsen, HBA-M.1.7 
 10. Jarvinen, KaU Kor.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. Young, Porvoon1.3 
 9. Hester, TuNM.1.3 
 10. Kauhanen, HBA-M.1.2 


KORISLIIGA: KTP crushed Kouvot 97-57 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Q-finals, Game # 3: KTP (Kotka) crushed Kouvot from Kouvola by 40 points 97-57 (47-35) tonight. Quarters: 31-20, 16-15, 21-10, 29-12. KTP won the rebounds 54-23 and was better in everything. KTP to the semi-finals after 3-0 victories. KTP had four players in double digits. Timo Heinonen (198-F-81) led the hosts with 25 pts. Devonne Giles (203-F-83, college: Texas Tech) had a double-double 16pts/19rbs. Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Sam Houston St.) led Kouvot with 11 pts. LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, college: Florida St.) added 11 pts.
KTP - Kouvot 97-57 (47-35). (Timo Heinonen 25, Sefton Barrett 17, Devonne Giles 16/19, Antwine Williams 14 - Gilberto Clavell 11, LaMarr Greer 11, Chris Hester 8. A:1255).


In Division 1 Honka (Tapiola) and Tarmo (Porvoo) are now tied 1-1 in the Finals. Honka won the second contest in Espoo 72-69 (38-33). Quarters: 20-14, 18-19, 16-18, 18-18.
Malik Moore (192-G-77, college: Amer.Internat.) helped Honka with 30pts/14rbs/5a and was game MVP. Ronnie Clark (195-F/G-81) added 14 pts. Tarmo's Vernon Taylor (190-G-87, college: Troy) netted 18 pts and Jerrah Young (203-F-85, college: Toledo) had a double-double 13pts/12rbs. Game # 3 on Monday, April 22, in Porvoo.
Honka - Tarmo 72-69 (38-33). (Malik Moore 30/14/5a, Ronnie Clark 14, Tuomas Iisalo 9 - Vernon Taylor 18, Jerrah Young 13/12, Isaiah Tate 9. A: 1093).



This should be fun - by Pekka Salminen

And Porvoo takes all the fun out of it. And this is a compliment of highest level.

They are so well prepared and focused and they are destroying our game flow totally and attacking our weaknesses big time ...I am impressed!

Talking about Finnish division 1 finals , of course. Yes , we managed to take the second game by three points, so now the finals are tied at 1-1, but like said, it was far from easy. Needed a HUGE offensive performance from our sg Malik Moore and a lot of luck.

So now we are in a best of three situation and we will have the next one at Porvoo on Monday. We realize that we need to steal one away game, but how?

We will try to find a way to take Tarmo away from their comfort zone, we will try to find a way to speed up the game without them getting any breaks (U should see this Vernon Taylor dude in the open court). Other key things for us will be ball movement offensively and denying that ball movement defensively.

Tell U the truth: THIS IS FUN: Two good teams really going hard, playing well in front of a lot of people and this is basketball, and this is happening in Finnish second division!

Gotta go to watch some tape, will be back soon, hopefully as a winner.

Respecting the game

P



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Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 24-8 
 2. Evreux 23-9 
 3. Chalons-Reims 21-11 
 4. Le Portel 20-12 
 5. Fos Ouest 20-12 
 6. Boulogne 19-12 
 7. Rouen 19-13 
 8. Antibes 19-13 
 9. Bourg 17-15 
 10. Lille 16-15 
 11. Maurienne 16-16 
 12. Hyeres-Toulon 15-17 
 13. St Quentin 14-18 
 14. Denain 12-20 
 15. St Vallier 10-22 
 16. Nantes 10-22 
 17. Bordeaux 7-25 
 18. Charleville 5-27 

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 19: Chalons-Reims - Nantes 96-68
Apr. 19: Rouen - Charleville 90-77
Apr. 19: Evreux - St Vallier 87-62
Apr. 19: Fos Ouest - Bourg 84-62
Apr. 19: Antibes - Denain 83-68
Apr. 19: Bordeaux - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 80-94
Apr. 19: Hyeres-Toulon - Maurienne 75-71
Apr. 19: St Quentin - Le Portel 104-96
Apr. 20: Boulogne - Lille


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Brown, Maurienne21.3 
 2. Flowers, Denain21.0 
 3. Booker, St Vallier19.1 
 4. Blue, Antibes18.9 
 5. Wood, Evreux18.7 
 6. Siggers, Lille18.3 
 7. McKines, Rouen17.6 
 8. Hilliard, Antibes17.2 
 9. Sanders, Hermosillo17.2 
 10. Hannah, Evreux17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Wood, Evreux10.4 
 2. Jaiteh, Boulogne10.1 
 3. Bing, Maurienne9.8 
 4. Kitts, Denain8.9 
 5. McKines, Rouen8.8 
 6. Lesieu, St Quentin8.8 
 7. Wyatte, Bordeaux8.4 
 8. Jackson, Pau-La.8.2 
 9. Blue, Antibes7.8 
 10. Mathis, Nantes7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Craven, St Vallier6.8 
 2. Rowland, Boulogne6.4 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel6.0 
 4. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.5.8 
 5. Huffman, Antibes5.4 
 6. Dumas, Bourg5.4 
 7. McIntosh, Feni I.5.4 
 8. Hannah, Evreux5.2 
 9. Da Silva, Rouen5.1 
 10. Calvez, Charlevil.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.3 
 2. Mullins, Chalons-.2.2 
 3. Craven, St Vallier2.2 
 4. Siggers, Lille1.9 
 5. Flowers, Denain1.9 
 6. Sonko, Bourg1.8 
 7. Brown, Maurienne1.8 
 8. Taylor, Le Portel1.8 
 9. Hannah, Evreux1.7 
 10. Hachad, Fos Ouest1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Badiane, Antibes1.8 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.6 
 3. Taccoen, Lille1.3 
 4. Johnson, Chalons-.1.1 
 5. Loum, Boulogne1.1 
 6. Chism, Maurienne1.0 
 7. Blue, Antibes1.0 
 8. Burrell, Chalons-.1.0 
 9. Ho You Fat, Evreux1.0 
 10. Sane, Hyeres-Tou.0.9 



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Balkan League: Galil Gilboa edge Kumanovo to enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Galil Gilboa - Kumanovo 85:76

Galil Gilboa became the first Balkan League finalists. They outgunned Kumanovo in the first game of the Final Four in Samokov. Yaniv Green (206-C-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) stepped up with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
Galil Gilboa and Kumanovo stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The Israeli team managed to pull in front on a three-pointer from Yaniv Green 21:18 at the first break. The Israelis went on a 9:0 run early in the second quarter to take a 12-point lead. Galil Gilboa built a 42:33 halftime advantage. Galil Gilboa opened an 18-point advantage in the third quarter. Kumanovo did not surrender and Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) managed to pull the Macedonian team within 5. But Galil Gilboa answered with six straight points and never looked back en route to the victory. Rakim Sanders (193-G-89, college: Fairfield) provided 15 points, while Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) added 13 points for the winning side. Aleksandar Kostoski answered with 29 points for Kumanovo. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the losing case.

Galil Gilboa: Yaniv Green 19+10 boards, Rakim Sanders 15, Jamar Smith 13
Kumanovo: Aleksandar Kostoski 29, Uros Lukovic 14+10 boards



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GAF Win All-Star Weekend Competition - by Eurobasket News

The GAF women basketball team last Saturday defeated Saint's by 9-8 points at their All-Star Basketball Competition held at the Basketball Court at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.
The second game was followed by the male category where Yellow team defeated Green team by 60-57 points.
The game of the night went to the wire with players showing their slam dunk and the three-point shooting skills.
In the first female competition, Fanta Sallah emerged as the most valuable and outstanding performer throughout the clash and got awarded a trophy at the end of the competition.
Baboucarr Ceesay also got awarded a trophy as the most valuable player at the clash.
In the old hands team, Mama Jeng, Binneh Marong, Yassin Joof Jow, Awa Foon, Mbaheh Camara and others took on the younger players for a ten-minute game. Old hands defeated the young players in that encounter.
At the end of the first game, numerous trophies and certificates were presented to various dignitaries, which included the GNOC, for their financial and morale support during the year. Certificate was also given to the US Ambassador to The Gambia for their support to basketball such as sponsoring the previous 3X3 basketball tournament which saw players from different ages display their talents.
Basketballs were also distributed to the male and female clubs. Each received 5 balls including Old Hands female basketball team who received 2 balls. Thirty balls were given for primary school sport and 30 for secondary school sport.
Seven regional sports coordinators received 5 balls, Combined Services Sports Association 3, Basketball Academy 4 and the University of The Gambia 5.
Trust Bank Gambia Limited received also a certificate of appreciation for sponsoring basketball, which took into consideration their donation of $1,000 for airlifting 300 basketballs from the FIBA Africa office in Ivory Coast to Banjul.
The bank has always been a socially responsible corporate entity and has contributed immensely to the development of sport in the country.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



School of ICT win Maiden UTG Basketball Contest - by Eurobasket News

School of Information and Communication Technology Saturday beat Business and Public Administration 18 - 17 points in the University Of The Gambia and Students Union Inter-School Basketball Finals.
The game, hosted at the YMCA Basketball Lawn, is first of its kind in the development of sport at the University of The Gambia (UTG).
It was also set to take another dimension in the development of basketball at the UTG.
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  GERMANY   

Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Logan STUTZ
  ETB Wohnbau
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau20.1 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven19.7 
 3. Griffin, Gotha18.2 
 4. Nixon, NBC16.8 
 5. White, Heidelberg16.8 
 6. Williams, Vechta16.3 
 7. Calvin, Ehingen16.2 
 8. Roessler, Karlsruhe15.5 
 9. Barker, Jena15.3 
 10. Khartchenkov, NBC15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donald LAWSON
  Chemnitz
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Lawson, Chemnitz10.3 
 2. Gadley, Duesseldorf9.0 
 3. Black, Karlsruhe8.9 
 4. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.1 
 5. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.9 
 6. Johnson, Crailsheim7.9 
 7. Baker, Gotha7.9 
 8. Calvin, Ehingen7.5 
 9. Smith, NBC7.4 
 10. Henley, ETB W.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Williams, Vechta7.2 
 2. Coleman, Crailsheim6.1 
 3. Smith, NBC5.7 
 4. Aud, Finke Baskets5.5 
 5. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.1 
 6. Kelly, Cuxhaven4.9 
 7. Sollazzo, Leipzig4.5 
 8. Matthews, Ehingen4.5 
 9. Barker, Jena4.3 
 10. Jeka, Jena4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Williams, Vechta2.6 
 2. Hardy, Heidelberg2.4 
 3. White, Heidelberg2.2 
 4. Matthews, Ehingen2.1 
 5. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.8 
 6. Pratt, Cuxhaven1.7 
 7. Stockton, Karlsruhe1.6 
 8. Johnson, Duesseld.1.6 
 9. Bynum, Chemnitz1.5 
 10. Williamson, Ehing.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Devin WHITE
  Heidelberg
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. White, Heidelberg2.0 
 2. Gadley, Duesseldorf1.6 
 3. Crowder, Heide.1.4 
 4. Lawson, Chemnitz1.3 
 5. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.2 
 6. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.1 
 7. Tyrna, Leipzig1.1 
 8. Thompson, NBC1.1 
 9. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 10. Henley, ETB W.0.9 


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

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

With only two games remaining and the Beko BBL playoffs creeping closer than a famished Sylvester is while on patrol for Tweety, the Artland Dragons are hanging around in sixth place with one win more than the last playoff spot and surprisingly near the end of the playoff ladder. After a slow start to the season where they were pounded in Berlin and humiliated at home against Frankfurt, they found their rhythm winning seven of eight games including in Munich and at home against five time champion Bamberg back to back. One cant forget that this feat was done without the services of injured point guard Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.). The win in Munich resulted by a buzzer beater by Bryce Taylor (196-SG-86) and the point guard duties were handled by shooting guards Marquez Haynes and Johannes Strasser in the absence of Mallet. However in December started their influx of inconsistent play as they suffered a three game losing streak, then a three game winning streak and then a three game losing streak. From December until March, they were unable to beat a top team, but then ride another three game winning streak sweeping the season series of FC Bayern Munich at home and disposing of Alba Berlin, but then traveling to Ludwigsburg next week and losing to a 17th placed team. A few more wins against those lower teams would have put Artland safely into the playoffs, instead now they must tremble a bit and win some of the remaining games in hopes of playing in May. With all the talent that they have, the Artland Dragons are a real grab bag this season in that one never knows what to expect from them as one day they play like a championship team and the next like a lower class team.

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




Jeremy Black (BG Karlsruhe) It Will Be A Defensive Battle Against SC Rasta Vechta - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jeremy Black (203-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Tampa) is a 27 year old 203cm forrwad from Tampa, Florida that is playing for BG Karlsruhe. He played at Tampa (NCAA2) from 2004-2008 and in his senior year played 30 games: 18.7ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg, 1.5spg, FG: 49.3%, 3Pts: 30.8%, FT: 72.1%. He turned professional in 2008 and since then has always played in Germany. He has only played for two teams with Science City Jena and is now playing his third season with BG Karlsruhe. He spoke to eurobasket about the series win against Cuxhaven and the following series against Vechta.

Congrats on getting by Cuxhaven 3-1 in games and now advancing to the semi finals against Vechta. The three wins all were by fine margins. Was this series win harder than the results showed?

The series was competitive but our coaches prepared us well. Cuxhaven challenged us but our whole team stepped up collectively to win the series led by Mike. He played a big role in us winning the series.


What was key on getting by the Cuxhaven Bascats in four games?

Mike led us but I think all of our guards stepped up and played great basketball. They took turns breaking down Cuxhaven's defense. We shared the ball and stayed solid of defense.

In the game two loss, you grabbed an amazing 26 rebounds. Did you feel like Jeremy Love Black after that game?

I was actually surprised that I had that many rebounds. I felt like I could grab a lot more. It's my first time overseas grabbing at least 20 rebounds and it reminded me of my college days at Tampa. Felt great!

BG Karlsruhe split the season series with Vechta with each team winning on the road. What has been the secret to the success of BG Karlsruhe?

I think our competitiveness is key to our success. We hate to lose and each loss makes us work harder. We have intense practices and we push each other to make our team better. We know that when we compete and stay together, good things happen for us.


Ricthie Williams didnt even play in the second game, but Vechta won. How important will it be containing him in this series?

The playoffs are different than the regular season and we know what Ritchie is capable of doing. We have to contain him and the rest of their team if we want to win.

What kind of series can we await?

It will be a defensive battle; who's defense can stay consistent for series and get stops when they need to. We won't bend easily and we will compete as we expect the same from our opponent

How much as Michael Stockton improved thiss eason? He had some big games against Cuxhaven.

Mike is a dedicated hard worker. He prides himself everyday on getting better. He motivates our team with his energy. He played very aggressive against Cuxhaven causing their defense major problems. He was unstoppable.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Flight was the last movie that I saw.


Thanks Jeremy for the chat.




Adam Waleskowski (Duesseldorf Baskets) We have To Concentrate On Holding Our Composure Against The Jena Pressure - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

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

Congrats on reaching the semi finals of the Pro A playoffs. How advantageous wa sit that the Duesseldorf Baskets Baskets played a five game series instead of a three or four game series against NBC?

A five game series has its advantages and its disadvantages. It was advantageous for us to face elimination games and have to fight our way out from being down 2-1 in the series. We also had to learn what it takes to win on the road in the playoffs.

How is Chris Gadlley doing? Will we see the beast in him in this series against Science City Jena?

Chris is doing well. He was cleared from the hospital and was back after the game. From what I understand, the injury was not that serious but he was treated very cautiously, which is normal when dealing with head injuries. Hopefully, the beast will be back out and hungry.

The Duesseldorf Baskets split the season series with Science City Jena. You came late to the club and only played in the loss. What do you remember from the 88-78 loss?

From what I remember and film, Jena can go! They are a very active team, who can shoot lights out and love to play aggressive, in-the-passing-lane defense.
In that game

Duesseldorf controlled the boards, but were forced to 22 turnovers and you with seven turnovers? Is their defense so difficult to get by or do teh Baskets have to concentrate more on themselves?

That game was a big game for them to make the playoffs and they came out on fire. They were defending us really well, taking away our inside game, taking charges. We will have to concentrate on being strong with the ball and keeping our composure against their pressure.

What will be key to winning this series? Is one of the keys limiting what Lee Jeka is able to do on the offensive end?

Defense and limiting turnovers are the two biggest keys for us. The offensive end of the game will come, but we have to play good 1 v 1 defense, contest shots and win the battle on the boards.

Will we see more of Kendall Chones in this series? He was so dominating in game five with Chris Gadley out.

Hopefully. Kendall put up a huge performance and coach can't ignore that. I hope we can get the same performance, a good rotation of all our bigs, and wear them down inside over the series.

How has the mood been after the team found out that the Duesseldorf Baskets didnt get the license of for Beko BBL?

It was definitely a let-down to hear because of all the work the club has put into getting the license. From what I know there is an appeal process up to 7 days following, so maybe things will change. But, our focus is still on doing our part on the basketball court.

Will Tracey Mcgrady help make the San Antonio Spurs reach the NBA final?

Like Kevin Garnett said "Anything is possible!"

What movie are you looking forward to seeing this summer?

I am more looking forward to going fishing with my pops than seeing any movies.

Thanks Adam for the chat.




ProA Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Vechta - Karlsruhe 72-76 (0-1)

The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 17-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The game was dominated by American players. point guard Michael Stockton (185-89, college: Westminster, UT) fired 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) produced 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Robert Ferguson (203-85, college: St.Joseph's) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five BG Karlsruhe and four SC Rasta Vechta players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe: M.Stockton 18+8reb, R.Roessler 14+3reb+2ast, J.Black 14+10reb+1ast, S.Hauer 12+6reb+2ast, J.Harris 10+3reb+5ast, E.Vierneisel 8+1reb
Vechta: J.Doerksen 16+3reb, R.Williams 15+6reb+4ast, D.Madrich 13+4reb+1ast, R.Ferguson 13+8reb+1ast, A.Rudowitz 6+4reb+1ast, D.Krause 3
gschID: 239075


Duesseldorf - Jena 83-61 (1-0)

The game was mostly controlled by Duesseldorf Baskets. Science City Jena was better in fourth quarter 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Science City Jena 42-24 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American forward Adam Waleskowski (204-82, college: Florida St., agency: Three Eye Sports) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). American point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) answered with 16 points and Lithuanian Aurimas Adomaitis (206-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 11 points in the effort for Science City Jena. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Duesseldorf: A.Waleskowski 29+8reb+1ast, G.Johnson 15+6reb+4ast, M.Liyanage 11+4reb+2ast, P.Flomo 7+10reb+2ast, K.Chones 6+6reb+1ast, N.Adamczak 6+4reb+1ast
Jena: K.Barker 16+2reb, A.Adomaitis 11+4reb, K.Wysocki 11+3reb, T.Schwartz 7+4reb, C.Roquette 4+3reb+1ast, F.Strauss 3+3reb
gschID: 239074



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EuroLeague: Jamon Lucas's tip-in sends the series back to Piraeus - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes - Olympiacos Piraeus 74:73

Jamon Lucas's tip-in sends the series back to Piraeus as Anadolu Efes overcame Olympiacos 74:73. The Greek side was one step from the Semifinals, but could not keep their lead in the last seconds.
Olympiacos Piraeus won the first period 20:12 and looked better in the game. They led 44:38 at the halftime, but allowed the hosts to win the game. Supported by more than 11000 local fans Anadolu Efes won the third quarter 18-14 and reduced to 58:56 after 3 quarters. Acie Law (190-G-85, college: Texas A&M) however gave the guests 70:62 lead with 3 minutes to go, but a 12-3 surge in the last minutes allowed the series to continue in Greece.
Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) as well as Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) posted 12 each. Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) followed them with 10 points. Acie Law delivered 15 points in the losing effort and Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) brought 14. Kyle Hines (198-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) notched 11, while Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) added 10.

Anadolu Efes: Jordan Farmar 15, Semih Erden 12, Dusko Savanovic 12, Jamon Lukas Gordon 10
Olympiacos Piraeus: Acie Law 15, Kostas Papanikolaou 14, Kyle Hines 11, Konstantinos Sloukas 10



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D1 standings

D1 Standings
 1. 6 Stars 0-0 
 2. Malabo Kings 0-0 
 3. Mongomo Basket 0-0 
 4. Rhema Basket 0-0 
 5. San Antonio 0-0 



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 13

Apr. 19: Lansing C. - Rochester R. 121-131
Apr. 19: St.Louis T. - Springfield X.
Apr. 20: Lake Michigan - Lansing C.
Apr. 20: Kankakee S. - Chicago R.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Devron BOSTICK
  Kenosha B.
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 30.3
 1. Bostick, Kenosha30.3 
 2. Cobbs, Kenosha B.28.0 
 3. Bennett, Gary S.24.7 
 4. Thomas, Kenosha B.23.8 
 5. Broughton, Chica.23.0 
 6. Tunnell, West V.21.3 
 7. Mency, Rocheste.19.0 
 8. Walker, Chicago R.19.0 
 9. Bennett, Rocheste.18.7 
 10. Bailey, West V.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason WARREN
  Gary S.
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Warren, Gary S.11.0 
 2. Barkdoll, Rocheste.10.0 
 3. Reaves, Rocheste.9.7 
 4. Haley, Rochester R.9.3 
 5. Bailey, West V.8.7 
 6. Caterina, West V.8.7 
 7. Cobbs, Kenosha B.7.5 
 8. Goldsberry, West V.7.0 
 9. Bostick, Kenosha7.0 
 10. Uqdah, Lake M.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tony BENNETT
  Rocheste.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Bennett, Rocheste.8.0 
 2. Goldsberry, West V.5.3 
 3. Bennett, Gary S.4.3 
 4. Anderson, Rochest.4.3 
 5. Cobbs, Kenosha B.2.8 
 6. Eldride, Gary Spla.2.7 
 7. Warren, Gary S.2.3 
 8. Early, West V.2.0 
 9. Tunnell, West V.2.0 
 10. Broughton, Chica.1.7 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas COBBS
  Kenosha B.
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Cobbs, Kenosha B.3.0 
 2. Uqdah, Lake M.2.0 
 3. Wright, Gary S.2.0 
 4. Eldride, Gary Spla.2.0 
 5. Bennett, Rocheste.2.0 
 6. Goldsberry, West V.2.0 
 7. Bennett, Gary S.1.7 
 8. Collins, West V.1.3 
 9. Bostick, Kenosha1.3 
 10. Thomas, Kenosha1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 James EVERSLEY
  West V.
  (200-F-)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Eversley, West V.1.7 
 2. Giddings, Rocheste.1.7 
 3. Montgomery, Gary S.1.3 
 4. Barkdoll, Rocheste.1.3 
 5. Bailey, West V.1.3 
 6. Warren, Gary S.1.0 
 7. Thomas, Kenosha B.0.8 
 8. Bostick, Kenosha0.8 
 9. Amicks, Chicago R.0.8 
 10. Cobbs, Kenosha B.0.8 


Flex sink Admirals at Michigan matinee - by Gianni Pascucci

The Bloomington Flex started out slowly against the host Lake Michigan Admirals, but came to life midway through the first quarter, earning a 118-94 win Sunday, April 14th in St. Joseph, Michigan. The Admirals jumped out to an early four-point lead as the Flex struggled to find their rhythm offensively. But at the six-minute mark of the first quarter, the Flex took a four-point lead and never looked back, ending the first quarter with a 32-20 advantage.
Jemal Farmer (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Arkansas) led all scorers with 19 points in his second game back with the Flex. Todd Peterson (6'8''-F-84, college: N.Illinois) and Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) each added 15. Scotty Samarco (6'1''-G-86, college: Pikeville) led the Admirals with 18.
The Flex play one more game on the road, next Sunday, April 21, against the Indiana Diesels in Indianapolis before returning home to host the Admirals on April 26 at U.S.Cellular Coliseum.



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Standings

IBL Standings
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 1-0 
 2. Nippon T. 0-0 
 3. Portland C. 0-0 
 4. Salem Sabres 0-0 
 5. Vancouver V. 0-1 
International
 1. Kitsap Adm. 0-0 
 2. Lonestar S. 0-0 
 3. Olympia R. 0-0 
 4. Pit Bulls 0-0 
 5. Seattle 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Apr. 19: Vancouver V. - Bellingham S. 92-116
Apr. 21: Bellingham S. - Vancouver V.


Late surge propels Slam past Vancouver - by Kip Leonetti

The Bellingham Slam broke open a close game in the fourth quarter as they defeated the Vancouver Volcanoes, 116-92, in the International Basketball League opener for both teams.

The visitors' 92 points were the fewest allowed by the Slam in one game since 2011.

In a contest that featured 23 lead changes, the two teams were tied at halftime and the Slam held a five-point lead at 83-78 after three quarters.

Guard Jacob Stevenson (6'4''-G-81, college: W.Washington) and center Evan Matteson (6'10''-C, college: Texas A&M Int.) both enjoyed strong nights for the Bellingham, combining for 55 points.

With the score tied at 77-all with 4:31 left in the third quarter, the Slam scored the last five points of the frame and then opened the fourth with five points from Matteson to extend their lead.

A 15-0 run in the closing stages of the game broke open an otherwise close contest.

Stevenson led the Slam with 30 points while Matteson finished with 25 to go with 10 rebounds. Guard Morris Anderson (6'3''-G, college: W.Washington) was also a key performer, posting totals of 21 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists.

Forward Chehales Tapscott (6'5''-F-90, college: Portland St.) posted a team-high 18 points and 14 boards for Vancouver, while former Slam guard Paul Hafford (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Portland St.) finished with 17 for the Volcanoes.

The two teams play again in a rematch in Vancouver on Sunday, with a 5 p.m. Tip-off scheduled for Clark College.




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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.23.9 
 6. Jackson, Thor Thorl22.6 
 7. Frye, Stjarnan21.8 
 8. Zeglinski, Grindav.21.7 
 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. Amoroso, Snaefell14.5 
 3. Craion, Keflavik13.1 
 4. Baptist, Kankakee.10.3 
 5. Virijevic, KFI10.0 
 6. Valentine, Tindast.10.0 
 7. McQueen, Snaefell9.7 
 8. Broussard, Grind.9.1 
 9. Frye, Stjarnan8.9 
 10. Mills, Stjarnan8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Snaefell
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Threatt, Snaefell8.9 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan8.0 
 3. Pitts, KFI7.0 
 4. Gibson, Tindastoll6.9 
 5. Zeglinski, Grindav.6.2 
 6. Smith, Thor Thorl5.7 
 7. Williams, IR5.6 
 8. Richardson, KR5.3 
 9. Medlock, Skallagri.4.8 
 10. Fridriksson, Njar.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Dandre WILLIAMS
  IR
  (177-G-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Williams, IR2.6 
 2. Richardson, KR2.5 
 3. Broussard, Grind.2.4 
 4. Moore, Njardvik2.4 
 5. Medlock, Skallagri.2.3 
 6. Viggosson, Tindast.1.9 
 7. Baptist, Kankakee.1.9 
 8. Threatt, Snaefell1.9 
 9. Valentine, Tindast.1.9 
 10. Jonsson, Thor Tho.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Keflavik
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Craion, Keflavik2.3 
 2. Mills, Stjarnan2.2 
 3. Bradshaw, Dayton1.8 
 4. Van, Njardvik1.4 
 5. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.3 
 6. Baptist, Kankakee.1.3 
 7. Acox, KR1.2 
 8. Valentine, Tindast.1.1 
 9. Magnusson, KR1.1 
 10. Valdimarsson, Stj.0.8 


Dominos League Round 2 of Finals. Stjarnan bounce back at home court - by Eurobasket News

Stjarnan - Grindavik 93-56

Stjarnan shot down Grindavik to level things up in the title series. The game without a history. Stjarnan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Stjarnan outrebounded Grindavik 49-37 including a 37-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Stjarnan made 8 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Grindavik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Stjarnan players scored in double figures. American point guard Sammy Zeglinski (182-88, college: Virginia) responded with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) scored 20 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: J.Shouse 16+10reb+5ast, J.Frye 15+6reb+3ast, B.Mills 14+2reb+1ast, M.Valdimarsson 13+6reb, J.Zdravevski 12+7reb+4ast, F.Helgason 9+10reb+1ast
Grindavik: A.Broussard 20+2reb+2ast, S.Zeglinski 15+7reb+4ast, T.Olafsson 9+1reb+4ast, D.Ingi Bustion 4+3reb, J.Olafsson 4+7reb, S.Thorsteinsson 2+5reb
gschID: 238986



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Balkan League: Galil Gilboa edge Kumanovo to enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Galil Gilboa - Kumanovo 85:76

Galil Gilboa became the first Balkan League finalists. They outgunned Kumanovo in the first game of the Final Four in Samokov. Yaniv Green (206-C-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) stepped up with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
Galil Gilboa and Kumanovo stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The Israeli team managed to pull in front on a three-pointer from Yaniv Green 21:18 at the first break. The Israelis went on a 9:0 run early in the second quarter to take a 12-point lead. Galil Gilboa built a 42:33 halftime advantage. Galil Gilboa opened an 18-point advantage in the third quarter. Kumanovo did not surrender and Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) managed to pull the Macedonian team within 5. But Galil Gilboa answered with six straight points and never looked back en route to the victory. Rakim Sanders (193-G-89, college: Fairfield) provided 15 points, while Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) added 13 points for the winning side. Aleksandar Kostoski answered with 29 points for Kumanovo. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the losing case.

Galil Gilboa: Yaniv Green 19+10 boards, Rakim Sanders 15, Jamar Smith 13
Kumanovo: Aleksandar Kostoski 29, Uros Lukovic 14+10 boards



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Kevinn Pinkney leaves Angelico Biella - by Eurobasket News

30-year old American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-111kg-83, college: Nevada) left Angelico Biella (SerieA). In 11 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.0ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.5spg this season.
The last summer Pinkney was tested by Atleticos (BSN) in Puerto Rican league. In 17 games he averaged 10.7ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.2apg.
The last season he was tested by Aliaga Petkim (TBL) in Turkish league. In 13 games he averaged 8.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg.
The most of previous (10-11) season Pinkney spent at Enisey Krasnoyarsk (PBL) in Russian league. In 19 games he averaged 7.7ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to make it to the Russian Cup Semifinals. Pinkney also played at Union Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenian league that season. In 15 Euroleague games he averaged 10.7ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.0apg. He also played 18 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 10.6ppg and 3.9rpg.
The previous (09-10) season Pinkney played at Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) in Israel. In 19 games he averaged 9.0ppg and 4.4rpg. He also played 13 games in Eurocup where he averaged 9.4ppg and 3.7rpg.
In 2005 Pinkney was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA) in fifth round (48th overall).
He attended University of Nevada and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Pinkney's team won Slovenian Cup in 2011. He was selected to Slovenian League All-Star Game in 2011.
Pinkney is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in France, Poland, NBA (Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards), Slovenia (Un.Olimpija) and D-League (Bakersfield Jam).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Raw athlete with good size and good hands...Has skills and mobility to counter stronger power forwards... Possesses good shot blocking ability. Has displayed a good shooting touch from the 17- to 18-foot range. He gets good position inside and is quick to the ball. Made a huge work in bulking-up, because he weighed just 190 pounds when he entered Nevada. He's the typical late bloomer, who has yet upside.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Ittihad Schools open win count in title series - by Eurobasket News

Ittihad Schools - ASU 91:85

Ittihad Schools recorded the first win in the championship series. They overcame ASU to trim the deficit at 1-3. The third game of the series is scheduled on April 22. Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79, college: N.Mexico) stepped up with 27 points and 14 rebounds to pace the winners.
Ittihad Schools ensured a strong start of the game. They rallied to a 28:19 lead after ten minutes. ASU trimmed the gap in the second frame. The visitors got within 8 points at halftime 45:37. But Ittihad Schoold were back in control in the third frame. The hosts fired 20 points to secure a 65:53 lead with ten minutes remaining. ASU went on a desperate comeback rally in the final period. They erupted for 32 points but Ittihad Schools hung on to snatch a narrow victory at the end. Mahmoud Abdeen (189-PG-87) delivered 21 points, while Hani AlFaraj (192-SG-87) added 17 points in the victory. Wesam Al-Sous (183-PG-83) answered with 22 points for ASU. Mohammad Hadrab (202-PF-84) had 18 points in the loss.

Ittihad Schools: Malcolm Battles 27+14 boards, Mahmoud Abdeen 21, Hani AlFaraj 17
ASU: Wesam Al-Sous 22, Mohammad Hadrab 18



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Laiser Disqualified Over Use of Ineligible Players At Nairobi Finals - by Eurobasket News

Six time East Africa champions and Kenya Secondary School Sports Association national basketball defending champions Laiser Hill Academy have been disqualified from the ongoing national finals at Mang'u High.
Laiser were disqualified after fielding ineligible players during the Nairobi Metropolitan finals held last month at Upper Hill High School.
The development saw Upper Hill, who fell 69-43 to Laiser represent Metropolitan at Mang'u.
KSSSA secretary general David Ngugi confirming the disqualification said: "It's true Laiser have been disqualified for allegedly fielding ineligible players at the regional finals. We are yet to establish the intensity of the allegations but we will do so in due course."
Ngugi said Laiser fielded some of their students, who were duly registered with the institution but who were not eligible for the games owing to documentation technicalities.
"They are banned for only these games and hopefully they will be here next year," Ngugi said.
He added the development should not be misconstrued to mean they have been doing so consistently, amounting to their dominance.
"Laiser have been working very hard for their success," Ngugi said. "This could be a one off development."He added the move shows how serious they have become in adherence to the set KSSSA rules and regulations.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Maseno, Upper Hill Win Opening Duels - by Eurobasket News

Five-time Kenya Secondary School Sports Association basketball champions Maseno School and Upper Hill School yesterday opened their hunt for the national title with wins as the the Term One Games at Mang'u High started yesterday.
Upper Hill, representing Nairobi Metropolitan, ran riot - humiliating debutants Kapsabet of Nakuru region 97-22 in a one-sided game.
Maseno, the 2010 winners, however, were forced to sweat against a gallant Shimba Hills side before prevailing 46-42 in a closely fought Pool "A" preliminary match.
Upper Hill won the first quarter against Kapsabet 27-8 to signify their intent right from the word go. They claimed the second 20-8, rocked the third 19-1 and the last 31-2.
Joseph Ongoro scored a game high 18 points for Upper Hill, while Emmanuel Najura and Joseph Njeru contributed 11-a-piece.
Collins Kimutai topped the scoring for Kapsabet with eight points. Kipchirchir added five.
In Maseno's match the Nyanza school garnered quick early points to lead 5-0, 5-2, 7-2, 9-2, 9-5 and 9-7 before Shimba rallied back into the game to draw 10-10 at the buzzer.
Shimba shocked the former champions as they rallied to a 10-8 win in the second quarter to take a 20-18 lead at the close of the second quarter.
They were also 13-12 winners in the third quarter but could not hold onto their lead as they fell 9-16 in the last quarter, dashing their hopes of sailing into the semis.
Trevor Gari scored a game high 16 points for Maseno followed by Shapiro Nyamweya with nine. Brian Otieno topped the score sheet for Shimba with 12 points as Tilfin Otieno and Hussein Mohammed contributed nine and six each.
Bahati of Nakuru hit Kirinyaga of Northern 52-43 in the first girls Pool "A" basketball game while Shimba Hills of Mombasa reigned over Ogle of Garissa 147-2 in the second.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  KOSOVO   

Standings - Superleague

SuperLeague Standings
 1. Peja 23-4 
 2. Sigal Prishtina 21-6 
 3. Bashkimi 19-8 
 4. RTV 21 16-11 
 5. Trepca 15-12 
 6. Drita 7-20 
 7. Vellaznimi 5-21 
 8. Kosova 1-25 

Regular Season: Round 27

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

Regular Season: Round 28

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



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  LIGA AMERICAS   

Standings

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


Latinbasket.com All-Liga Americas Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Latinbasket.com All-Liga Americas 1st Team 2013
Welington Dos Santos
Dos Santos
Shamell Stallworth
Stallworth
Angel Daniel Vassallo
Vassallo
Guilherme Giovannoni
Giovannoni
Murilo Becker
Becker

Player of the Year: Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80) of Pinheiros/Sky
Guard of the Year: Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80) of Pinheiros/Sky
Forward of the Year: Guilherme Giovannoni (203-F-80) of Brasilia
Center of the Year: Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) of Pinheiros/Sky
Coach of the Year: Claudio Mortari of Pinheiros/Sky

1st Team
PG: Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) of Brasilia
SG: Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80) of Pinheiros/Sky
G/F: Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86) of Arecibo
F: Guilherme Giovannoni (203-F-80) of Brasilia
C/F: Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) of Pinheiros/Sky

2nd Team
G: Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80) of Brasilia
SG: Joe Smith (192-SG-77) of Pinheiros/Sky
G/F: Joey Graham (200-G/F-82) of Guaynabo
PF: William McFarlan (201-PF-76) of Lanus
C: Paulo Prestes (210-C-88) of Brasilia

3rd Team
PG: Nicolas Laprovittola (187-PG-90) of Lanus
G/F: Joey Graham (200-G/F-82) of Guaynabo
G/F: Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82) of Lanus
C: Robert Battle (204-C-81) of Lanus
C: Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Arecibo

Honorable Mention
Akeem Scott (186-PG-83) of Pioneros
Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) of Flamengo
Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) of Flamengo
Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82) of Mavort
Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) of S.Jose/Unimed



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  LITHUANIA   

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis17.7 
 2. Gailius, Neptunas16.1 
 3. Seibutis, Lietuv.15.9 
 4. Hughes, Pieno Z.15.1 
 5. Samenas, Siauliai15.0 
 6. Milaknis, Rudupis14.6 
 7. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.14.2 
 8. Skucas, LSU-Baltai14.2 
 9. Kieza, Siauliai13.3 
 10. Alijevas, Siauliai12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 9
 1. Kieza, Siauliai9.0 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis8.3 
 3. Sarakauskas, Nept.8.0 
 4. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.4 
 5. Varnelis, Juventus6.4 
 6. Orelikas, Rudupis5.8 
 7. Valeika, Rudupis5.7 
 8. Kiausas, Sakalai5.6 
 9. Kupsas, Lietkabelis5.5 
 10. Vene, Rudupis5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Mindaugas STASYS
  LSU-Baltai
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Stasys, LSU-Baltai4.8 
 2. Alijevas, Siauliai4.5 
 3. Viskontas, Juvent.4.5 
 4. Jackson, Siauliai4.4 
 5. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.2 
 6. Dainys, Neptunas3.6 
 7. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.5 
 8. Nedovic, Lietuvos.3.4 
 9. Seibutis, Lietuv.3.4 
 10. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.3 
 2. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 3. Malasauskas, LSU-.1.8 
 4. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.7 
 5. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.6 
 6. Simon, Siauliai1.5 
 7. Broadus, Neptunas1.5 
 8. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.1.5 
 9. Nedovic, Lietuvos.1.5 
 10. Butkevicius, Nept.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.4 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis1.7 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.3 
 4. Valeika, Rudupis0.9 
 5. Cepukaitis, Pieno0.8 
 6. Kupsas, Lietkabelis0.8 
 7. McClure, Neptunas0.8 
 8. Gates, Pieno Z.0.8 
 9. Ramasauskas, Saka.0.7 
 10. Sarakauskas, Nep.0.7 


LKL Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Semifinalists are set - by Eurobasket News

Pieno Zvaigzdes - Neptunas 92-94 3OT

Neptunas needed three overtimes to overcome Pieno Zvaigdes in the dramatic second game of the series and make it into the semis. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 20-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in triple-overtime eventually winning that period 9-9. Neptunas forced 20 Pieno Zvaigzdes turnovers. Pieno Zvaigzdes was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American-Samoan point guard Rashaun Broadus (180-84, college: BYU) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89, agency: Alti Sport) produced 31 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and Gytis Sirutavicius (195-83) added 10 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: S.Vasiliauskas 31+3reb+3ast, T.Biggs 12+6reb, V.Cepukaitis 10+8reb+2ast, G.Sirutavicius 10+11reb+3ast, G.Maceina 10+2reb+2ast, T.Hughes 5+6reb+1ast
Neptunas: R.Broadus 19+6reb+5ast, D.Gailius 17+3reb+2ast, M.Mazeika 14+6reb+2ast, D.McClure 13+10reb+2ast, V.Sarakauskas 13+14reb, M.Runkauskas 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 239040


Juventus - Lietuvos rytas 83-85

Lietuvos Rytas nipped Juventus on the road and advanced into the next round. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 24-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Lietuvos rytas made 30-of-35 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Juventus was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was the former international Renaldas Seibutis (198-85) who scored 24 points and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The former international power forward Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83) chipped in 20 points. Four Lietuvos rytas players scored in double figures. Lietuvos rytas' coach Dirk Bauermann used entire bench in such tough game. Forward Nerijus Varnelis (201-78) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and point guard Aidas Viskontas (183-86) added 18 points and 7 assists respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Juventus: N.Varnelis 22+6reb+2ast, A.Viskontas 18+4reb+7ast, K.Petrukonis 17+4reb+1ast, G.Matulis 7+4reb+1ast, L.Kisielius 6, A.Cepulis 5+3reb+2ast
Lietuvos rytas: R.Seibutis 24+2reb+5ast, T.Lydeka 20+4reb, N.Nedovic 14+1reb+4ast, J.Blums 12+3reb+1ast, P.O'Bryant 4+4reb, M.Katelynas 4+6reb+3ast
gschID: 239039


Nevezis - Zalgiris 71-91

Zalgiris swept the series versus Nevezis following a comfortable road win on Thursday. The game without a history. Zalgiris led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Nevezis' 28. The best player for the winners was the former international center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-79) who scored 20 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). The former international center Robertas Javtokas (211-80, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Zalgiris' coach Joan Plaza used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Gediminas Zyle (210-88) produced 15 points and 5 rebounds and the former international point guard Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-85) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Nevezis: G.Zyle 15+5reb+3ast, V.Jasikevicius 14+5reb+2ast, A.Aleksandrovas 13+3reb+1ast, M.Girdziunas 12+5ast, T.Bishop 6+5reb, S.Kulevicius 5+4reb
Zalgiris: D.Lavrinovic 20+4reb+1ast, R.Javtokas 14+9reb+2ast, K.Lavrinovic 14+5reb+2ast, M.Kuzminskas 12+4reb, V.Lipkevicius 8+3reb+1ast, O.Lafayette 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 239038


Siauliai - Rudupis 76-93

Rudupis gave no chance for Siauliai beating those on the road. Rudupis shot 63.6 percent from the field. Rudupis had a 23-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) who scored 25 points. Forward Arturas Valeika (207-85, college: Midland CC) chipped in 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots). The former international Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds and guard Laurynas Samenas (192-88) added 19 points respectively for the hosts. Five Rudupis and four Siauliai players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: L.Samenas 19+2reb+3ast, A.Kieza 16+8reb+2ast, R.Alijevas 14+4reb+4ast, D.Burke 13+1reb, V.Liutych 8+2reb, V.Sulskis 4+1reb+1ast
Rudupis: G.Orelikas 25+4reb+1ast, A.Labuckas 18+8reb+3ast, A.Valeika 16+6reb+8ast, A.Milaknis 16+6reb, G.Kadziulis 10+4reb+1ast, P.Ivanauskas 6+1reb
gschID: 239037



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Joe Biever is a newcomer at Residence - by Eurobasket News

Residence Walferdange (Total League) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old ex-international shooting guard Joe Biever (184-90). He started the season at Basket Esch (Total League). In 23 games he recorded 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.6apg this season. The last season Biever played also at Basket Esch. In 16 Total League games he averaged 9.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.3apg and 1.1spg. He represented Luxembourg at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Joe Biever is a newcomer at Residence - by Eurobasket News

Residence Walferdange (Total League) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old ex-international shooting guard Joe Biever (184-90). He started the season at Basket Esch (Total League). In 23 games he recorded 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.6apg this season. The last season Biever played also at Basket Esch. In 16 Total League games he averaged 9.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.3apg and 1.1spg. He represented Luxembourg at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  MALAYSIA   


ASEAN League: Blaze register 10th straight win - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - KL Dragons 80:62

Petron Blaze recorded the tenth straight win in the ASEAN League season. They held off KL Dragons to remain on top of the standings. Pauliasi Taulava (208-C-73) stepped up with 26 points to pace the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the first quarter. The Blaze snatched a 21:19 lead after the first frame. KL Dragons stuck around throughout the second frame. The Malaysian team got within a single point at halftime 34:35. The Beermen retained the control in the third quarter. The Filipino team went on a 21:12 rally to secure a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter. Petron Blaze finished off their opponents with a 24:16 run in the final period. Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee) accounted for 13 points and 14 boards, while Leo Avenido (186-G-78) had 11 points for the winners. Marcus Hubbard (206-C-83, college: Angelo St.) answered with 15 points and 9 rebounds for KL Dragons. Armon and Moala Tautuaa (200-C-89, college: Chadron St.) provided 11 points each in the loss.

Petron Blaze: Pauliasi Taulava 26, Brian Williams 13+14 boards, Leo Avenido 11
KL Dragons: Marcus Hubbard 15, Armon 11, Moala Tautuaa 11



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  MEXICO   

Standings - CIBACOPA

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

Regular Season: Round 11

Apr. 19: Cananea - Tijuana 93-88
Apr. 19: Obregon - Hermosillo 91-106
Apr. 19: Navolato - Los Mochis 90-70
Apr. 19: Guasave - Nogales 109-102

Regular Season: Round 12

Apr. 20: Guasave - Nogales
Apr. 20: Navolato - Los Mochis
Apr. 20: Obregon - Hermosillo
Apr. 20: Cananea - Tijuana



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  MONTENEGRO   


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks so much Darko Pekic for your time.



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  NBA   


Kelly Olynyk Leaving Gonzaga For NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News

Kelly Olynyk (7'0''-F-91) will skip his senior season at Gonzaga to declare for the 2013 NBA Draft. Olynyk, a native of Toronto, was a consensus First Team All-American as a redshirt junior. Olynyk averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



The Trail Blazers waived Jeffries - by Eurobasket News

Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) waived 32-year old center Jared Jeffries (208-109kg-81, college: Indiana). But in 37 NBA games he recorded just 1.2ppg and 1.6rpg this season. Jeffries also spent pre-season at the Knicks earlier that year.
In 2002 he was drafted by Washington Wizards in first round (11th overall). Jeffries attended Indiana University and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball. he received All-Rebook Vegas Summer League 1st Team award back in 2004.
Jeffries was a member of USA U22 National Team in 2001.
He has played previously for Houston Rockets.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nbatransactions)



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  NCAA1   


Kelly Olynyk Leaving Gonzaga For NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News

Kelly Olynyk (7'0''-F-91) will skip his senior season at Gonzaga to declare for the 2013 NBA Draft. Olynyk, a native of Toronto, was a consensus First Team All-American as a redshirt junior. Olynyk averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



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  NEW ZEALAND   

Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. Hub Jets 1-0 
 2. Southland S. 1-0 
 3. Wellington S. 1-0 
 4. Nelson G. 0-0 
 5. OceanaGold N. 0-0 
 6. Waikato P. 0-0 
 7. HBS Bank Hawks 0-1 
 8. Super City R. 0-1 
 9. Taranaki MA 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Apr. 19: Southland S. - Super City R. 93-74
Apr. 19: Taranaki MA - Wellington S. 74-85
Apr. 19: Hub Jets - HBS Bank Hawks 74-71
Apr. 20: Nelson G. - Hub Jets
Apr. 20: Waikato P. - Wellington S.
Apr. 20: OceanaGold N. - Super City R.
Apr. 21: HBS Bank Hawks - Southland S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington S.
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 28
 1. Tait, Wellington S.28.0 
 2. Te Rangi, Southlan.22.0 
 3. Greene, HBS B.22.0 
 4. Warren, Wellington21.0 
 5. Gabriel, Taranaki.21.0 
 6. Horvath, Hub Jets19.0 
 7. Hagan, Hub Jets18.0 
 8. Braswell, Southlan.17.0 
 9. Conklin, Southland17.0 
 10. McLean, Hub Jets17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dillon BOUCHER
  Wellingt.
  (196-F-75)
  Avg: 15
 1. Boucher, Wellingt.15.0 
 2. Horvath, Hub Jets14.0 
 3. Gabriel, Taranaki.14.0 
 4. Bailey, Super C.14.0 
 5. Conklin, Southland13.0 
 6. Frank, Wellington7.0 
 7. Paringatai, Southl.7.0 
 8. Te Rangi, Southlan.7.0 
 9. Cohadarevic, HBS B.6.0 
 10. Warren, Wellingto.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Chris HAGAN
  Hub Jets
  (175-PG-89)
  Avg: 9
 1. Hagan, Hub Jets9.0 
 2. Martin, Southlan.7.0 
 3. Leasure, Taranaki.7.0 
 4. Greene, HBS B.5.0 
 5. Braswell, Southlan.5.0 
 6. Tait, Wellington S.5.0 
 7. Winitana, HBS B.4.0 
 8. Elliott, Taranaki.3.0 
 9. Prewster, HBS B.3.0 
 10. Boucher, Wellingt.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron BAILEY-NOWELL
  Taranaki.
  (196-G/F-81)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bailey-N., Taranak.4.0 
 2. Prewster, HBS B.3.0 
 3. Hagan, Hub Jets3.0 
 4. O''Riley, Super C.3.0 
 5. Conklin, Southland3.0 
 6. Boucher, Wellingt.3.0 
 7. Greene, HBS B.3.0 
 8. Gabriel, Taranaki.3.0 
 9. Braswell, Southlan.3.0 
 10. Horvath, Hub Jets2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Gareth DAWSON
  Southlan.
  (205-C/F-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Dawson, Southlan.5.0 
 2. Salt, Super City R.2.0 
 3. Horvath, Hub Jets2.0 
 4. Frank, Wellington2.0 
 5. McLeod, Southlan.1.0 
 6. Paringatai, Southl.1.0 
 7. Trousdell, Wellin.1.0 
 8. Gabriel, Taranaki.1.0 
 9. Greene, HBS B.1.0 
 10. Natanahira, South.1.0 


Friday Night Round 1 - by Hugh McAuliffe

Last year's MVP NICK HORVATH continued his dominance in the BARTERCARD NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE with 19 points and 14 rebounds, as the TELECOM BUSINESS HUB JETS defeat the HBS BANK HAWKS 74-71.

The Jets had to hold off the Hawks, who managed to erase a twelve point fourth quarter deficit to trail by only one with 35 seconds to remaining.

Hawks import BRIAN GREENE had a game high 22 points, and had a chance to win the game but was unsuccessful, as the home side, behind point guard CHRIS HAGAN finished the game off with a basket.

Hagan collected 18 points and was an assist shy of a double-double, while former Saint TROY MCLEAN made an instant impact for his new team scoring 11 first quarter points (4/4 FG, 3/3 3pt), to give the Jets a 26-19 lead.

Hawks did keep within striking distance, but lapse at the start of the fourth period was the difference in the game as it was the start Head coach TAB BALDWIN did not want with his new team.

Jets will now hit the road to play the FICO FINANCE NELSON GIANTS tomorrow, while the Hawks return home where they will host the ZERO FEES SOUTHLAND SHARKS on Sunday afternoon.

In Invercargill the Sharks started their campaign off nicely defeating the JAMES BLOND SUPER CITY RANGERS 91-74.

The Rangers were competitive in the first half trailing only by six, but a 14-0 run by the Sharks to start the third quarter pushed their lead up to as many as 22.

Waitakere managed to close within 13 at the end of the third, but behind last years rookie of the year REUBEN TE RANGI (23 points) the Sharks would be too strong.

Americans KEVIN BRASWELL and BRIAN CONKLIN each added 17 points. Point guard LUKE MARTIN made a welcomed return to Southland collecting 11 points and seven assists.

17 year old Rangers forward JACK SALT made an impressive NBL debut for the Rangers leading his side with 16 points. DUANNE BAILEY added a nice double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Rangers will now drive up to Dunedin to play the OCEANAGOLD NUGGETS who will host their first game of the season.

Last year's runners up the WELLINGTON SAINTS had to come back from a nine point first quarter deficit to defeat THE GOOD HOME TARANAKI MOUNTAIN AIRS 85-74.

LINDSAY TAIT was his mercurial self scoring a game high 28 points (12/14 FT), as the Saints would win the last three quarters.

There was no rest for NZ Breakers DILLON BOUCHER who grabbed 15 rebounds off the bench on debut for Wellington.

Athletic swing man KENNY GABRIEL was the best for Taranaki grabbing 14 rebounds to go with his 21 points. Shooting guard BRAD ANDERSON was the next best scorer for the Airs with 13.

JACK LEASURE added 12, but shot five of fifteen from the field, while his opposing player ANDREW WARREN did not have his best shooting game (9/28 FG) but managed to score 21.

The score line did not reflect the game as Taranaki was in the lead for the majority of the first three quarters and only trailing by single digits for most of the fourth.

Wellington will now travel up to Hamilton to play their arch rival the WAIKATO PISTONS.



Saturday Night Round 1 - by Hugh McAuliffe

The WELLINGTON SAINTS make it two from two on the road, defeating the ADVICE FIRST WAIKATO PISTONS 115-84, while the FICO FINANCE NELSON GIANTS and OCEANAGOLD NUGGETS open their ledger's with wins.

Saints suffered an early blow as lone import ANDREW WARREN suffered a cut to the thumb only seven minutes into the contest, which ruled him out for the remainder of the game.

Replacing Warren was shooting guard JORDAN MILLS, who made the most of his opportunities, blowing up for a career high and also game high 33 points, which included 9/14 from the three point line.

Mills was supported by forward ARTHUR TROUSDELL and point guard LINDSAY TAIT who added 21 and 18 points respectively.

DILLON BOUCHER continued to disprove the science of ageing, playing 32 minutes and tallying 11 points, eight rebounds and five steals.

It was a much improved shooting night from Wellington, shooting 54% from beyond the arc.

Pistons would be disappointed with the start, as they allowed the visitors to score 30 points in the first quarter, to trail by 12.

Young Tall Black TAI WEBSTER was the pick of the Pistons collecting 19 points and 6 assists. Forward ZACK ATKINSON continued his consistent play from last season adding a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds.

Former Detroit Pistons summer league player VERNON HAMILTON added 21, but did commit six turnovers.

Saints will now return home to play Taranaki next Friday night and then are back on the road to play SOUTHLAND SHARKS on Sunday.

Pistons will play host next Friday to the FICO FINANCE NELSON GIANTS who put on a strong second quarter outscoring the TELECOM BUSINESS HUB JETS 28-11, for the 82-67 win.

Jets fatigue was obvious from the night before as they shot a poor 35% from the field and committed 17 turnovers.

JOSH PACE troubled his former side for 25 points and eight rebounds, ERRON MAXEY added 16 points and guard BROOK RUSCOE was next best with 15.

Stop gap import for the Jets GARRIUS HOLLOMAN was the leading scorer for his side with 15, and Mr Double-double NICK HORVATH had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

In Dunedin the OCEANAGOLD NUGGETS proved they will be one of the teams to beat with a 111-77 thrashing of the JAMES BLONDE SUPER CITY RANGERS.

After a season in Germany, BJ ANTHONY came out with a dominating performance going for 33 points and 12 rebounds, as the Nuggets never looked like losing after a 31-12 opening quarter.

Versatile swingman AKEEM WRIGHT had 19 points, while point guard MARK 'SPARKY' DICKEL grabbed seven steals to go with his nine assists.

It was going to be a tough ask for the visitors, after playing the previous night in Invercargill. Forward DUANE BAILEY collected his second straight double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Rangers will have to play another road game on Thursday against the Jets, before their first home game of the season which will be against the Nuggets again.

Nuggets will play the Hawks on Saturday the night before and will attempt to go 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 1995.



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Multichoice Renews Sponsorship of Nigerian Male Basketball League - by Eurobasket News

Multichoice Nigeria, the sponsors of DSTV National Men's Basketball League, on Wednesday, fulfilled its pledge to continue the sponsorship of the league and also upwardly review the sponsorship package.
Mayo Okunla, Multichoice General Manager, announced this at the signing of another four-year sponsorship contract with the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, to herald the 2012/2013 league season.
The former four year contract, which originally was N150 million from 2008 to 2012, was reviewed upward to N218 million from 2013 till 2017.
Mr. Okunla said that signing the contract with NBBF was a great thing of joy and key corporate social initiative to develop the sport in Nigeria.
"It is a relationship in progress and many more investment would be made because we want better performance and quality showcase.
"The previous four years saw the senior national team D'Tigers reaching the Summer Olympics in London; we therefore look forward to seeing many more of this," he said.
Tijani Umar, NBBF President, applauded Multichoice for the immense support to the game of basketball in Nigeria.
Mr. Umar said the DSTV league was a forward looking company that has become the pioneer in the industry adding that the sponsors were giving back to the community.
"Yet again, we will be experiencing another four years of value being added to our league and the federation itself.
"We are happy about this development for it is indeed another milestone achievement that would yield a great thing for our basketball," Mr. Umar said
According to Mr. Umar, the 16 clubs in the league would share 40 per cent of the new contract sum while the remaining 60 per cent would be for the running of the league.
He said that the NBF would also seek for other avenues to raise money for the league.
"We will be raising money for the clubs and the league through branding and marketing most of the clubs jerseys," he said.
The 2012/2013 league would dunk-off on April 19 with a ceremonial match between Comets Club and Union Bank both of Lagos.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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ASEAN League: Blaze register 10th straight win - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - KL Dragons 80:62

Petron Blaze recorded the tenth straight win in the ASEAN League season. They held off KL Dragons to remain on top of the standings. Pauliasi Taulava (208-C-73) stepped up with 26 points to pace the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the first quarter. The Blaze snatched a 21:19 lead after the first frame. KL Dragons stuck around throughout the second frame. The Malaysian team got within a single point at halftime 34:35. The Beermen retained the control in the third quarter. The Filipino team went on a 21:12 rally to secure a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter. Petron Blaze finished off their opponents with a 24:16 run in the final period. Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee) accounted for 13 points and 14 boards, while Leo Avenido (186-G-78) had 11 points for the winners. Marcus Hubbard (206-C-83, college: Angelo St.) answered with 15 points and 9 rebounds for KL Dragons. Armon and Moala Tautuaa (200-C-89, college: Chadron St.) provided 11 points each in the loss.

Petron Blaze: Pauliasi Taulava 26, Brian Williams 13+14 boards, Leo Avenido 11
KL Dragons: Marcus Hubbard 15, Armon 11, Moala Tautuaa 11



Energy's Urbiztondo traded to Ginebra - by Aris Ignacio

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel completed a last minute change in preparation to their playoff battle for the Commissioner's Cup crown by acquiring spitfire guard Joshua Urbiztondo (183-PG-83, college: Fresno Pacific) from the Barako Bull Energy during the trade deadline in the Philippine Basketball Association.

Urbiztondo, the starting point guard for the Energy, will suit up on April 20 against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. Ginebra has a twice-to-beat disadvantage against the Elasto Painters and would need all the help they could get in order to survive against Rain or Shine due to injuries to star guard Mark Caguioa (188-G-79, college: Glendale CC (AZ)) and center Billy Mamaril (198-F-80, college: Bakersfield JC). The Kings gave up inexperienced rookie Keith Jensen (195-F-88, college: New York U.) and a future draft pick in exchange for the diminutive guard who was once a Best Player for a week.



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Standings - DBE

TBL Standings
Places 1-6
 1. PGE Turow 22-9 
 2. Trefl Sopot 20-11 
 3. Stelmet ZG 20-11 
 4. Anwil 18-13 
 5. Asseco Prok. 17-14 
 6. Energa Czarni 16-15 
Places 7-12
 1. AZS Koszalin 17-14 
 2. Polpharma 15-16 
 3. Siarka Jezioro 13-18 
 4. Rosa Radom 10-21 
 5. Kotwica 9-22 
 6. Start Gdynia 9-22 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 10

Places 1-6

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

Places 7-12

Apr. 19: Rosa Radom - Kotwica 81-83
Apr. 19: Siarka Jezioro - AZS Koszalin 79-90
Apr. 21: Rosa Radom - AZS Koszalin
Apr. 21: Siarka Jezioro - Kotwica
Apr. 21: Polpharma - Start Gdynia

Round 7

Apr. 18: Stelmet ZG - Energa Czarni 83-74
Apr. 17: Trefl Sopot - Asseco Prok. 79-69


DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG20.2 
 2. Dloniak, Siarka J.20.1 
 3. McCauley, Polph.19.3 
 4. Wise, Rosa Radom17.3 
 5. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.4 
 6. Mosley, Kotwica15.4 
 7. Blassingame, Cibona14.5 
 8. Dylewicz, Trefl So.14.4 
 9. Rothbart, Start G.14.4 
 10. Carter, Polpharma14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicchaeus DOAKS
  Siarka J.
  (202-F-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Doaks, Siarka J.8.5 
 2. Harris, AZS K.8.2 
 3. Adams, Rosa Radom8.1 
 4. McCauley, Polph.7.7 
 5. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.6 
 6. Rothbart, Start G.7.6 
 7. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.5 
 8. Cel, PGE Turow7.3 
 9. Walker, Kotwica6.9 
 10. Hrycaniuk, Valenc.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Nic WISE
  Rosa Radom
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Wise, Rosa Radom7.3 
 2. Szubarga, Anwil5.9 
 3. Turner, Trefl Sopot5.7 
 4. Blassingame, Cibona5.4 
 5. Koszarek, Stelm.5.3 
 6. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.2 
 7. Jefferson, Kotwica4.8 
 8. Brandwein, Energa3.7 
 9. Skibniewski, Inter3.7 
 10. Carter, Polpharma3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.3 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.9 
 3. Jefferson, Kotwica1.8 
 4. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 5. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 6. Alexander, Siarka1.6 
 7. Wise, Rosa Radom1.5 
 8. Trice, Energa C.1.5 
 9. Robinson, PGE T.1.4 
 10. Koszarek, Stelm.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ty WALKER
  Kotwica
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Walker, Kotwica2.8 
 2. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.9 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.6 
 4. Kulig, PGE Turow1.4 
 5. Rothbart, Start G.1.2 
 6. Harris, AZS K.1.2 
 7. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.1 
 8. Doaks, Siarka J.1.0 
 9. Lichodzijews., Pol.0.7 
 10. Alexander, Siarka0.7 



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Standings - BSN

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

Regular Season: Round 11

Apr. 19: Bayamon - Humacao 87-79
Apr. 19: Mayaguez - Arecibo 85-77
Apr. 19: Guaynabo - Santurce 79-88
Apr. 20: Guayama - Quebradillas
Apr. 20: Humacao - San German


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Harris, Ponce23.8 
 2. Shannon, Bayamon19.6 
 3. Hickerson, San G.19.5 
 4. Brown, Humacao19.4 
 5. Efejuku, Mayaguez18.9 
 6. Phillip, Quebradil.18.5 
 7. Ayuso, Guaynabo17.9 
 8. Strong, San German17.7 
 9. Horne, Humacao17.6 
 10. Clemente, Humacao17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Quebradillas
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Phillip, Quebradil.12.5 
 2. Harris, Ponce9.4 
 3. Harrellson, Guaya.9.0 
 4. Siler, Ponce8.8 
 5. Sweetney, Bayamon8.7 
 6. Graterol, Arecibo8.5 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon8.5 
 8. Gaston, Ponce8.4 
 9. Ramos, Arecibo8.3 
 10. Horne, Humacao7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos RIVERA
  Ponce
  (187-PG-83)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Rivera, Ponce5.4 
 2. Clemente, Humacao5.4 
 3. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.4 
 4. Garcia, Quebradill.5.0 
 5. Rodriguez, San G.4.4 
 6. Huertas, Quebradil.4.3 
 7. Pagan, Santurce4.3 
 8. Hickerson, San G.4.2 
 9. Coronado, Guayama4.1 
 10. Brown, Humacao4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Guayama
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Coronado, Guayama2.3 
 2. Fortuna, Ponce2.0 
 3. Brock, Guayama1.8 
 4. Rodriguez, Guayama1.8 
 5. Efejuku, Mayaguez1.7 
 6. Scott, Humacao1.4 
 7. Rivera, Ponce1.4 
 8. Abraham, Bayamon1.4 
 9. Williams, Santurce1.3 
 10. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael SWEETNEY
  Bayamon
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Sweetney, Bayamon1.8 
 2. Harrellson, Guaya.1.6 
 3. Penn, Humacao1.4 
 4. Siler, Ponce1.3 
 5. Harris, Ponce1.2 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon1.1 
 7. Mata, Quebradillas1.1 
 8. Brock, Guayama1.0 
 9. Lee, Quebradillas1.0 
 10. Orozco, Santurce0.9 


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

34-year old forward Darren Phillip (201-F-78, agency: Dream Team Management) had a very impressive game in the last week for Quebradillas and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 10.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat Ponce (#1, 5-3) 89-80. Quebradillas maintains the 7th position in Puerto Rican league. Quebradillas is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-4 record. Phillip just recently signed at Quebradillas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Fairfield University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Phillip. Phillip is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.5ppg).

Second best performed player last week was Carlos Rivera (187-PG-83, agency: Paris Global Sports) of top-ranked Ponce. He is a guard in his first season at Ponce. In the last game Rivera recorded impressive 22 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Ponce lost that game 80-89 to the lower-ranked Quebradillas (#7, 4-4). Ponce managed to keep the same 1st spot in the standings. His team has currently 5-3 record. Rivera is one of the most experienced players at Ponce and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Ponce's star - center Garret Siler (213-C-86). Siler scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Siler's great performance Ponce lost 80-89 to the lower-ranked Quebradillas (#7, 4-4). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The last thing Ponce needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 5 victories and 3 lost games. Siler has a great season in Puerto Rico. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.8rpg (6th best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 76.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Juan Coronado (193-G-83) of Guayama - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Arecibo - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Marquise Gainous (204-F-76) of Bayamon - 22 points and 6 rebounds
7. David Huertas (195-G/F-87) of Quebradillas - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86) of Mayaguez - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Joel Jones (196-G/F-81) of Guayama - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Christian Dalmau (194-G-77) of Guaynabo - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists

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



Wins for Piratas and Capitanes - by Luis Modestti

Piratas de Quebradillas and Capitanes de Arecibo won on Thursday over league leaders Leones de Ponce and Brujos de Guayama, respectively. Both Leones and Brujos are still tied in first place with a 5-3 record.

Piratas won over Leones 89-80 as Darren Phillip (201-F-78, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Fairfield) had 22 points and 15 rebounds. Ricardo Melendez scored 19 from the bench and David Huertas 18 for the winners who are 2-0 under new head coach Carlos Calcano.

Ponce had Carlos Rivera with 22 points and Garret Siler 18.

Capitanes dominated Brujos 92-81 to improve to 3-4. Angel Daniel Vassallo scored 22 points and Chris Wright 18 for Arecibo.

There are three games scheduled for Friday:

Caciques-Gigantes at Vaqueros de Bayamon
Cangrejeros de Santurce at Mets de Guaynabo
Capitanes de Arecibo at Indios de Mayaguez.

*Games begin at 8:00 p.m.



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EuroLeague: CSKA upset Caja Laboral to reach Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Caja Laboral - CSKA 85:94

CSKA will play in EuroLeague Final Four. The Moscow team can book the tickets to London following a tough road win over Caja Laboral in the fourth game of the quarterfinal series. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83), Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) and Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) scored 19 points each to lead the visitors to the crucial victory.
It was a heated battle from start to finish. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Viktor Khryapa capped the period with a free throw to give CSKA a 22:20 lead. Caja Laboral opened the second frame with six straight points to pull in front. The teams traded baskets before CSKA surged ahead to ensure a 36:34 advantage at the interval. Sonny Weems and Micov scored five points in a row to tip off the second half. Soon Sonny Weems gave CSKA a double-digit lead at 49:38. The visitors held on to it and entered the fourth stanza up by 13 points 67:54. CSKA seemed in full control when they grabbed an 83:68 lead with four minutes remaining. But a pair of three-pointers from Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89) put Caja Laboral within 9 points 74:83. Fabien Causeur (193-SG-87) and Thomas Heurtel added two more triples to make it 80:85 with 95 seconds remaining in regulation. Thomas Heurtel dunked the ball after a steal from Bjelica to cut the deficit at 3-point mark 82:85. However Teodosic cooled things off with a three-pointer and later Sonny Weems punished Fernando San Emeterio for a technical foul with three free throws as CSKA eventually got away with a tough victory. Teodosic delivered 13 points for CSKA. Fabien Causeur answered with 19 points for Caja Laboral. Thomas Heurtel had 17 points in the loss.

Caja Laboral: Fabien Causeur 19, Thomas Heurtel 17
CSKA: Nenad Krstic 19, Sonny Weems 19, Viktor Khryapa 19



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Rocks pick up BBL Awards - by Eurobasket News

There were two Rocks awarded with end of season honours from the BBL in their Team of the Year announcements today.

Voted by the coaches, Donald The Don Robinson picked up a very credible place on the bench for the overall Molten BBL Team of the Year 2012/13 a fine achievement in his rookie season. After his incredible athletic and electric displays Im sure most Rocks Fans would agree that the award is fully justified.

Gareth was also honoured with a place on the Molten BBL British Team of the Year, again featuring on the bench. While wed have put him in the starting line-up at the very least (we did finish 3rd in the league and he was our MVP), it shows just how team orientated the guys were this season.

Gareth also ranked in the BBLs Team of the Week Chart, finishing equal 4th after racking up five Team of the Week appearances during the season.

Congratulations to the Don and G for their awards.
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk



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Standings - A Liga

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

Second Stage: Round 6

Apr. 19: Vojvodina - Mega Vizura 82-87
Apr. 17: Metalac - Crvena Zvezda 82-77
Apr. 17: Partizan - Konstantin 76-64
Apr. 18: Sloboda Uzice - Radnicki KG 72-70

Second Stage: Round 7

May. 1: Konstantin - Metalac
May. 1: Radnicki KG - Partizan
May. 1: Mega Vizura - Sloboda Uzice
May. 1: Crvena Zvezda - Vojvodina


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Bojan BAKIC
  Metalac
  (195-SG-83)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Bakic, Metalac18.7 
 2. Popovic, Sloga18.6 
 3. Sljivancanin, Borac18.2 
 4. Sibalic, Smederevo17.3 
 5. Marjanovic, Mega V.16.8 
 6. Radovic, KAOD15.5 
 7. Zekovic, Vojvodina15.1 
 8. Popadic, Smederevo15.0 
 9. Nesovic, AEK13.8 
 10. Kljajevic, Jagodi.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boban MARJANOVIC
  Mega V.
  (222-C-88)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Marjanovic, Mega V.12.1 
 2. Radovic, KAOD8.7 
 3. Knezevic, OKK B.6.9 
 4. Radenkovic, Smede.6.8 
 5. Kljajevic, Jagodina6.4 
 6. Jevtovic, Sloboda6.1 
 7. Zekovic, Vojvodina5.9 
 8. Todorovic, Borac5.8 
 9. Marelja, Sloga5.8 
 10. Miceta, Sutjeska5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Sloga
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Popovic, Sloga8.1 
 2. Jereminov, Tamis5.9 
 3. Micic, Mega Vizura4.8 
 4. Sljivancanin, Borac4.7 
 5. Malidzan, OKK B.4.5 
 6. Nesovic, AEK4.2 
 7. Milosevic, Vrsac4.0 
 8. Prolovic, Borac3.7 
 9. Velickovic, Konst.3.5 
 10. Vasic, Sloboda Uz.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Stanoje KNEZEVIC
  OKK B.
  (202-PF-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Knezevic, OKK B.2.3 
 2. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.2 
 3. Nesovic, AEK2.1 
 4. Boltic, Vojvodina1.8 
 5. Gacic, BKK Radnicki1.8 
 6. Seferovic, Jagodina1.6 
 7. Jereminov, Tamis1.6 
 8. Todorovic, Borac1.6 
 9. Jeftic, OKK Beogr.1.6 
 10. Sljivancanin, Bor.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Boban MARJANOVIC
  Mega V.
  (222-C-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Marjanovic, Mega V.1.5 
 2. Sturanovic, Radnic.1.5 
 3. Filipovic, Jagodina1.3 
 4. Radovic, KAOD1.0 
 5. Jevtovic, Sloboda1.0 
 6. Maravic, Vrsac0.7 
 7. Mijovic, Duhok0.7 
 8. Radenkovic, Smede.0.7 
 9. Buric, Tamis0.7 
 10. Bezbradica, BKK R.0.7 


Round 6: Radnicki's fourth straight defeat - by Ivan Milenkovic

In unbelievable game in Uzice, home team surprised Radnicki from Kragujevac and won 72-70 in Round 6 of Superliga.
Sloboda led 66-64 with less than half a minute remaining. Then started incredible finish of the game, with four three-pointers in a row in final 20.5 seconds. Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) scored first for Radnicki, but Branko Andjic (201-F-82) answered with 8.7 seconds to go, it was 69-67. Steven Markovic (190-G-85) scored another three-pointer with 1.7 seconds remaining and visitors thought it will be enough for a win. However, Marko Ljubojevic (202-F/G-84) hit buzzer beater from near half court for huge celebration of home team and their fans (2,500).
Sloboda deservedly won, despite 19 turnovers and only 4 steals (Radnicki had only 6 turnovers and 10 steals). Now, team from Uzice share 5th position with Radnicki, who is on a four-game losing streak and in serious danger of missing playoffs.
Aleksandar Vasic (185-G-87) once again led Sloboda with 15 points, Aleksandar Stevovic, Bogdan Obrenovic and Branko Adjic added 10 points each. Stefan Sinovec scored 14 points for Muta Nikolic's team, Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) and Aleksandar Capin had 11 and Steven Markovic 10.



Kyle Visser leaves Radnicki Kragujevac - by Eurobasket News

28-year old American center Kyle Visser (211-102kg-85, college: Wake Forest) left Radnicki Kragujevac (A League). In 10 Adriatic League games he recorded 3.2ppg and 2.2rpg this season. Visser also spent pre-season at Juvecaserta (SerieA) in Italian league earlier that year.
The last season he played at New Yorker Phantoms (BBL) in German league. In 36 games he averaged 11.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals. Visser's team made it to the Radivoj Korac (Serbian Cup) Semifinals. He received All-ACC 3rd Team award back in 2007 at his college time.
Visser has played previously for another German team EnBW Ludwigsburg.
He attended Wake Forest University until 2007 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Fight takes gloss off Rockers/Hawks show - by Eurobasket News

Seychelles basketball doesnt need another relentless stream of bad publicity after the remarkable progress made by the players on the court, but there are still those who continue to shoot first and then ask why theyve done it.
The Victoria Gymnasium looked like a battlefield on Saturday night as a fight broke out between PLS Hawks and MBU Rockers players and supporters at the end of their first division encounter and the fighting continued on the parking outside the gym as the Seychelles Basketball Federation had apparently not made any provision for police presence during and after the game.
When police officers arrived at the scene, the fight was over and some of those who had been fighting seemed to be making peace with each other. At least this was something good to see!!!
The ugly incident shouldnt be news at all it's something that happens across all sports and because female and male athletes energy drive are intense, it's bound to spill over occasionally and something must be done to prevent it from happening.

PLS Hawks 91 MBU Rockers 83

It wasnt a nice scene for local basketball, especially after an entertaining encounter between PLS Hawks and MBU Rockers the second time the two teams met inside a week after the Hawks had luckily edged the Rockers 96-91 in the Curtain-raiser tournament final after trailing in double digits for long spells.
Again on Saturday, the Rockers looked like shooting down the Hawks for the first time in over a year as they carried the game to the defending champions, who somehow found the way out with a big fourth-quarter 24-12 performance for a 91-83 win thanks to their vast experience and Nigerian all-rounder Alao Solomon once again top-scoring with 28 points. Skipper Bernard Bristol and Jean-Paul Desaubin were the only other hawks in double figures with 12 and 11 points each.
The Rockers won the first and third quarters 25-22 and 29-23, while the Hawks also took the second on a 22-17 score.
While the Hawks should be congratulated for showing that they still have the ability to prey on their opponents and are looking forward to enjoy another good season after staying unbeaten last year when they made a clean sweep of all the titles curtain-raiser, league and SBF Cup the Rockers should also be commended for their persistence and team play as they got balanced scoring with five players finishing in double digits playmaker and captain Nigel Sinon (27), centre Daniel Hoareau (15 before fouling out cheaply early in the fourth quarter), Pascal Bibi (14), Selwyn Tambo (11) and Brian Morel (11).
Without a coach on their bench to guide them on how to run down the clock especially when boasting double-digit leads and not to rush their shots in crunch time, and having the right players on the court when the game is on the line, the Rockers again proved that they have the qualities to trouble any of the so-called big teams.
But once again they had themselves to blame for the defeat as they shot themselves in the leg before this coming weekends encounter with Baya whom they beat 87-80 (77-77 normal time) in overtime in the Curtain-raiser semifinal.

Baya 66 RC Dynamics 43
Centre Timmy Adam came off the bench to carry Bayas scoring load with 24 points including a 3-pointer in a 66-43 win over RC Dynamics.
Fellow centre Alex Baron finished with 14 points, the same total as Steve Denis (184-G) who like Adam started the game on the bench for Baya who won all four quarters 11-6, 18-10, 17-16 and 20-11.
Veteran Emmanuel Jupiter top-scored for RC Dynamics with 14 points and he was helped in offence by Terrence Sirame with 12 points.

Beau Vallon Heat 89 Drifters 68
After trailing by four points 20-24 Beau Vallon turned the heat on Drifters in the remaining three 10-minute periods (23-14, 29-18 and 17-12) to earn an 89-68 win on the back of a game-leading 34 points from centre Robert Lon who is enjoying a new lease of life after falling out with the Baya management last year and not playing for almost the whole year.
Jean-Paul JP Camille, who like Lon and playmaker Giovanni Laval joined the Heat from Baya, drilled in three treys for nine of his 18 points, while Christopher Toto Camille added 14 and Laval got 11.
Ervin Agathine got 23 points, while Arnaud Arrisol banked three shots from downtown and finished with 14 points for Anse Boileau-based Drifters.

Angels 63 Premium Cobras 66
Amadou Sylla scored 19 of his team-leading 24 points in the second half as Premium Cobras overcame a 10-point (23-33) half-time deficit with a 43-30 second-period performance for a 66-63 win against Angels.
Dominique Franoise had the hot hands for Anse Boileau-based Angels with 27 points and Barry Dubignon added 19 but their efforts went in vain as their team, captained by Steve Antat, lost a close match.

Meanwhile, in the womens league, HotShots got 17 points from Sheriffa Agathine and 12 from Samia Asba in a 57-40 victory against Juniors whose top scorers were Laura Franoise with 19 points and skipper Sarah Rose with 13.

In the mens division two, AAP Brothers beat Anse Etoile 54-46 and Cascade Bullets earned a 54-44 win against Razors.

G. G.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Standings - LEB Gold

LEB Gold Standings
 1. A.Ford Burgos 22-4 
 2. Andorra 22-4 
 3. Lucentum 18-8 
 4. Palencia 15-11 
 5. Breogan 14-12 
 6. Caceres 12-14 
 7. Forca Lleida 11-15 
 8. Lobe Huesca 11-15 
 9. Coruna 11-15 
 10. FCB Regal II 11-15 
 11. Planasa NV 10-16 
 12. Clavijo 10-16 
 13. Ourense 9-17 
 14. Melilla 6-20 

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 19: Ourense - Planasa NV 86-83
Apr. 19: Breogan - Clavijo 85-56
Apr. 19: Melilla - Palencia 84-91
Apr. 19: Lobe Huesca - FCB Regal II 77-80
Apr. 19: A.Ford Burgos - Andorra 76-68
Apr. 19: Lucentum - Caceres 72-74 OT
Apr. 19: Forca Lleida - Coruna 68-75

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 26: Andorra - Coruna
Apr. 26: Lucentum - Lobe Huesca
Apr. 26: Palencia - Forca Lleida
Apr. 26: Breogan - Caceres


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Francisco SANCHEZ
  Melilla
  (201-F-79)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Sanchez, Melilla15.6 
 2. Starosta, Plana.15.5 
 3. Winchester, Breog.15.3 
 4. Barbour, Ourense15.3 
 5. Zengotitaben., Cor.14.9 
 6. Samuels, Lobe H.14.6 
 7. Hezonja, FCB Regal14.5 
 8. Blanch, Andorra14.3 
 9. Coppenrath, Lucen.14.3 
 10. Ruiz de Gala., Cl.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ondrej STAROSTA
  Plana.
  (215-C-79)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Starosta, Plana.9.8 
 2. Wachsmann, Melilla9.0 
 3. Sikma, A.Ford B.8.1 
 4. Diouf, Breogan7.9 
 5. Samuels, Lobe H.7.6 
 6. Ogide, Ourense7.0 
 7. McDermott, Palen.6.9 
 8. Otegui, Palencia6.8 
 9. Kale, Coruna6.3 
 10. Coppenrath, Luce.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel PEREZ
  Andorra
  (188-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Perez, Andorra5.5 
 2. Uriz, Clavijo5.0 
 3. Rodriguez, Forca L.4.9 
 4. Marco, Melilla4.5 
 5. Lopez, A.Ford B.4.3 
 6. Forcada, Palencia4.0 
 7. Creus, Assignia M.3.3 
 8. Aguilar, A.Ford B.3.2 
 9. Perez, FCB Regal3.1 
 10. Sanz, Planasa NV3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mario HEZONJA
  FCB Regal
  (202-G/F-95)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hezonja, FCB Regal1.9 
 2. Sikma, A.Ford B.1.9 
 3. Otegui, Palencia1.9 
 4. Toledo, A.Ford B.1.7 
 5. Blanch, Andorra1.7 
 6. Hobbs, Caceres1.7 
 7. Samuels, Lobe H.1.7 
 8. Perez, Andorra1.7 
 9. Lopez, A.Ford B.1.7 
 10. Uriz, Clavijo1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Michel DIOUF
  Breogan
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Diouf, Breogan1.9 
 2. Flis, Andorra1.3 
 3. Mbaye, FCB Regal1.1 
 4. Starosta, Plana.1.0 
 5. Samuels, Lobe H.1.0 
 6. Sikma, A.Ford B.0.9 
 7. Leonavicius, Breog.0.8 
 8. Mejeris, Clavijo0.7 
 9. Gatell, Lobe Hues.0.7 
 10. Hampl, Andorra0.7 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Will HANLEY
  Valencia
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Hanley, Valencia17.7 
 2. Llorente, Guadalaj.16.6 
 3. Luettgerodt, Avila16.2 
 4. Matemalas, Palma14.5 
 5. Balmon, Guadalaj.14.5 
 6. Justo, Lan M.13.9 
 7. Hidalgo, Castello13.0 
 8. Cruz, La Palma12.9 
 9. Ortega, Castello12.9 
 10. Arzallus, Cafes A.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Will HANLEY
  Valencia
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Hanley, Valencia11.2 
 2. Pantin, Lan M.10.3 
 3. Balmon, Guadalaj.8.9 
 4. Diagne, Mad-Croc8.7 
 5. Joseph, Palma8.3 
 6. Dominguez, G.Cana.8.1 
 7. Ortega, Castello7.3 
 8. Elias, Aurtenec.7.3 
 9. Aramburu, Cafes A.7.1 
 10. Fall, Clinicas Ri.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Francisco CARDENAS
  Oviedo CB
  (177-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Cardenas, Oviedo6.4 
 2. Llorente, Guadalaj.4.9 
 3. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.4 
 4. Herrero, Avila3.4 
 5. Alvarado, Aurtenec.3.4 
 6. Santana, G.Canari.3.3 
 7. Santamaria, Cafes3.2 
 8. Vives, FIATC J.3.1 
 9. San Emeterio, Pal.3.1 
 10. Bassas, Prat J.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Guillem VIVES
  FIATC J.
  (190-F/G-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Vives, FIATC J.2.2 
 2. Arcelus, Aurtenec.2.1 
 3. Diaz, Unicaja2.0 
 4. Ros, Prat Juventud1.9 
 5. Rueda, Castello1.9 
 6. Balmon, Guadalaj.1.8 
 7. Santana, G.Canari.1.8 
 8. Forbes, Aurtenec.1.8 
 9. Cardenas, Oviedo1.7 
 10. Matemalas, Palma1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Victor ARTEAGA
  Guadalaj.
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Arteaga, Guadalaj.2.0 
 2. Marti, Prat J.1.8 
 3. Fall, Clinicas Rin.1.7 
 4. Joseph, Palma1.5 
 5. Aramburu, Cafes A.1.3 
 6. Niang, La Palma1.2 
 7. Diagne, Mad-Croc1.1 
 8. Pantin, Lan M.1.0 
 9. Hidalgo, Castello1.0 
 10. Elias, Aurtenec.0.5 


LEB Silver Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Clinicas Rincon - Castello 80-60

Clinicas Rincon cruised past Castello to take 1-0 lead in the semifinal series. The game without a history. Clinicas Rincon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Clinicas Rincon forced 19 Castello turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Castello's players. Worth to mention a great performance of Bosnian-Serbian forward Dejan Todorovic (-94) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 4 assists. point guard Jose Pozas (184-92) contributed with 10 points and 8 assists for the winners. Four Clinicas Rincon players scored in double figures. Clinicas Rincon's coach Francis Tome used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Victor Hidalgo (204-86) answered with 14 points and point guard Roberto Rueda (182-86) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Castello.
Top scorers:
Clinicas Rincon: A.Diaz 15+3reb+2ast, D.Todorovic 14+4reb+4ast, J.Pozas 10+3reb+8ast, M.Malick 10+7reb, D.Sabonis 8+3reb+2ast, M.Fall 8+5reb+2ast
Castello: V.Hidalgo 14+4reb, J.Maria Garcia 14+2ast, R.Rueda 10+5reb+1ast, D.Ortega 9+5reb, R.Archiles 8+4reb+2ast, A.Ausina 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 239119


Guadalajara - Palma 73-79

Palma outgunned Guadalajara on the road to surge ahead in the series. The guests trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 42-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by CB Guadalajara helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Jason Blair (201-79, college: San Diego, agency: SDJ Sports) fired 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Ivan Matemalas (193-80) chipped in 23 points. point guard Sergio Llorente (188-90) produced 23 points and 8 assists and center Jose Balmon (204-81) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five CB Guadalajara players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Palma: I.Matemalas 23+1reb, J.Blair 19+8reb, R.Joseph 12+12reb, G.Torres 6+2reb, T.Canellas 6+4reb+1ast, I.Pampin 4+3reb+7ast
Guadalajara: S.Llorente 23+4reb+8ast, J.Balmon 12+10reb+1ast, M.Diop 11+7reb, V.Arteaga 11+5reb, M.Rodriguez 10, G.Markovic 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 239118



EuroLeague: CSKA upset Caja Laboral to reach Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Caja Laboral - CSKA 85:94

CSKA will play in EuroLeague Final Four. The Moscow team can book the tickets to London following a tough road win over Caja Laboral in the fourth game of the quarterfinal series. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83), Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) and Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) scored 19 points each to lead the visitors to the crucial victory.
It was a heated battle from start to finish. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Viktor Khryapa capped the period with a free throw to give CSKA a 22:20 lead. Caja Laboral opened the second frame with six straight points to pull in front. The teams traded baskets before CSKA surged ahead to ensure a 36:34 advantage at the interval. Sonny Weems and Micov scored five points in a row to tip off the second half. Soon Sonny Weems gave CSKA a double-digit lead at 49:38. The visitors held on to it and entered the fourth stanza up by 13 points 67:54. CSKA seemed in full control when they grabbed an 83:68 lead with four minutes remaining. But a pair of three-pointers from Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89) put Caja Laboral within 9 points 74:83. Fabien Causeur (193-SG-87) and Thomas Heurtel added two more triples to make it 80:85 with 95 seconds remaining in regulation. Thomas Heurtel dunked the ball after a steal from Bjelica to cut the deficit at 3-point mark 82:85. However Teodosic cooled things off with a three-pointer and later Sonny Weems punished Fernando San Emeterio for a technical foul with three free throws as CSKA eventually got away with a tough victory. Teodosic delivered 13 points for CSKA. Fabien Causeur answered with 19 points for Caja Laboral. Thomas Heurtel had 17 points in the loss.

Caja Laboral: Fabien Causeur 19, Thomas Heurtel 17
CSKA: Nenad Krstic 19, Sonny Weems 19, Viktor Khryapa 19



LEB Gold Round 26: Regular season ends with seven games - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LEB Gold just ended. Very exciting round. It does not happen too often that three games need overtime in just one round. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 26 in LEB Gold means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Burgos where host Ford Burgos (22-4) beat league's leader River Andorra (22-4) 76-68 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of River Andorra. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 37-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ford Burgos outrebounded River Andorra 42-22 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Lucas Sikma (203-89, college: Portland) who scored 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. point guard Daniel Lopez (187-82) chipped in 14 points. Ford Burgos' coach Andreu Casadevall used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Austrian Anton Maresch (191-91, agency: Two Points) produced 12 points for the guests. Ford Burgos have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Ford Burgos keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Andorra.

In the last two games of round 26 FCB Regal II defeated Lobe Huesca in Barcelona 80-77. Breogan smashed Clavijo at home 85-56. Palencia won against Melilla on the opponent's court 91-84. Ourense managed to outperform Planasa NV in a home game 86-83. Coruna managed to beat Forca Lleida on the road 75-68.
The best stats of 26th round was 28 points and 10 rebounds by Ondrej Starosta of Planasa NV.


A.Ford Burgos - Andorra 76-68

Round 26 in LEB Gold means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Burgos where host Ford Burgos (22-4) beat league's leader River Andorra (22-4) 76-68 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of River Andorra. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 37-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ford Burgos outrebounded River Andorra 42-22 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Lucas Sikma (203-89, college: Portland) who scored 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. point guard Daniel Lopez (187-82) chipped in 14 points. Ford Burgos' coach Andreu Casadevall used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Austrian Anton Maresch (191-91, agency: Two Points) produced 12 points and forward Marc Blanch (194-82) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Ford Burgos have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Ford Burgos keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Andorra.
Top scorers:
Andorra: A.Maresch 12+3reb+3ast, M.Blanch 12+1reb+3ast, J.Safford 9+4reb, D.Flis 8+3reb+2ast, D.Wright 7+1reb, D.Perez 7+5reb+3ast
A.Ford Burgos: J.Xavier 16+2reb+1ast, D.Lopez 14+4reb+3ast, L.Sikma 10+9reb+4ast, J.Ortega 9+8reb, M.Vinicius Toledo 8+2reb+3ast, I.Lopez 6+7reb
gschID: 187160


Lobe Huesca - FCB Regal II 77-80

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Lobe Huesca (11-15) was edged at home by twelfth ranked FCB Regal II (11-15) 80-77 on Friday. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 24-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for FCB Regal II especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The best player for the winners was Croatian swingman Mario Hezonja (202-95) who scored 21 points. Swedish swingman Marcus Eriksson (196-93) chipped in 22 points (perfect from downtown making all six shots !!!). American forward Jamar Samuels (200-89, college: Kansas St.) produced 14 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Eric Sanchez (181-82, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 11 points respectively for the hosts. Five Lobe Huesca players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. FCB Regal II moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Lobe Huesca.
Top scorers:
Lobe Huesca: J.Samuels 14+5reb+3ast, J.Romero 13+2ast, E.Sanchez 11+3reb+3ast, S.Cebular 10+2reb+4ast, C.Abouo 10+2reb+1ast, L.Costa 7+2reb+4ast
FCB Regal II: M.Eriksson 22+2reb+1ast, M.Hezonja 21+4reb+2ast, J.Perez 8+1reb+5ast, A.Matali 7+4reb, A.Alzamora 6+4reb+1ast, A.Zhigulin 4+1reb
gschID: 187159


Breogan - Clavijo 85-56

No shocking result in a game in Lugo where fifth ranked Leche Rio Breogan (14-12) smashed 10th ranked CB Clavijo (10-16) 85-56 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Leche Rio Breogan. CB Clavijo was better in fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Dutch power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St.) who scored 19 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Lithuanian guard Gintaras Leonavicius (194-83, agency: Players Group) chipped in 11 points. Latvian forward Mareks Mejeris (208-91, agency: Players Group) produced 6 points and 7 rebounds and center David Mesa (202-80) added 11 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Leche Rio Breogan maintains fifth position with 14-12 record. CB Clavijo lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Clavijo: D.Mesa 11+2reb, E.Suarez 11+1reb, X.Guirao 7+1reb+1ast, A.Ruiz de Galarreta 7+2reb, M.Mejeris 6+7reb, D.Busma 5+7reb
Breogan: R.Schaftenaar 19+4reb, G.Leonavicius 11+1reb+3ast, A.Winchester 9+4reb+2ast, S.Ogirri 9+2reb+2ast, E.Quintela 8+2reb+2ast, M.Gomez 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 187158


Lucentum - Caceres 72-74 OT

Caceres escaped with a narrow road win over Lucentum. J.Duinker scored 13 points and 12 rebounds to pace Caceres to the overtime win. A.Pena added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the winning case. R.Bas answered with 15 points for Lucentum. T.Coppenrath had 12 points in the losing effort.
Top scorers:
Lucentum: R.Bas 15+1ast, S.Green 15+9reb+2ast, T.Coppenrath 12+5reb, J.Fernandez 11+8reb+1ast, A.Sabat 9+4reb+1ast, R.Huertas 4
Caceres: J.Duinker 13+12reb+3ast, A.Pena 12+10reb+2ast, B.Hobbs 11+7reb+1ast, O.Ashaolu 11+6reb+1ast, P.Robles 10+1reb, Z.Johnson 8
gschID: 187157


Melilla - Palencia 84-91

Very expected game when 14th ranked Melilla Baloncesto (6-20) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Palencia Baloncesto (15-11) 91-84 on Friday. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 30-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was power forward Roger Fornas (202-82) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Xavier Forcada (195-88) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. The former international forward Francisco Sanchez (201-79) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Ted Scott (188-85, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 15 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Palencia Baloncesto maintains fourth position with 15-11 record. Melilla Baloncesto lost third consecutive game. Melilla Baloncesto at the other side stay at the bottom place with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Melilla: F.Sanchez 18+6reb+2ast, T.Scott 15+2reb+2ast, H.Manzano 10+4reb+1ast, K.Wachsmann 10+5reb+1ast, J.Antonio Marco 7+2reb+7ast, J.Riera 6+1reb+2ast
Palencia: R.Fornas 23+5reb, X.Forcada 16+3reb+4ast, C.Bravo 12+2reb+1ast, U.Otegui 11+5reb+4ast, A.Ott 6+3reb, E.Garrido 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 187156


Ourense - Planasa NV 86-83

There was a small surprise when thirteenth ranked Ourense (9-17) edged at home 11th ranked Planasa NV (10-16) 86-83 on Friday. Planasa NV was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was Croatian power forward Mateo Kedzo (206-84) who scored 18 points. American point guard Ashton Gibbs (188-90, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 16 points. Czech center Ondrej Starosta (215-79) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) and American forward Edward Cage (203-78, college: Bradley) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Ourense maintains thirteenth position with 9-17 record. Planasa NV at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Planasa NV: O.Starosta 28+10reb, E.Cage 13+7reb, C.Diaz 13+1reb+1ast, I.Narros 11+1reb, S.Douglass 9+2reb, I.Sanz 6+1reb
Ourense: M.Kedzo 18+4reb, N.Barbour 16+3reb, A.Gibbs 16+1reb+2ast, R.Lopez 10+1ast, A.Ogide 9+9reb, J.Mugica 8+2reb
gschID: 187155


Forca Lleida - Coruna 68-75

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Lleida Basquet (11-15) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Leyma Basquet (11-15) 75-68 on Friday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 38-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Ivorian-American forward Jonathan Kale (203-85, college: Providence) who scored 23 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Asier Zengotitabengoa (200-88) chipped in 15 points. Leyma Basquet's coach Antonio Herrera allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. point guard Daniel Rodriguez (182-84) produced 20 points and 5 assists and forward Sergi Pino (196-87) added 10 points respectively for the hosts. Leyma Basquet have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Lleida Basquet.
Top scorers:
Forca Lleida: D.Rodriguez 20+3reb+5ast, S.Pino 10+2reb+2ast, J.Simeon 9+2ast, P.Oriola 9+4reb, M.Feliu 6+5reb+1ast, D.Calegari 5+7reb
Coruna: J.Kale 23+9reb, A.Zengotitabengoa 15+3reb+1ast, P.Almazan 9+4reb+4ast, A.Hernandez 8+1reb, E.Hernandez-Sonseca 6+8reb+4ast, X.Lopez 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 187154



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  TURKEY   

Standings - TBL

TBL Standings
 1. Galatasaray 23-3 
 2. Fener.Ulker 21-5 
 3. Banvit BK 21-5 
 4. Anadolu Efes 20-4 
 5. Karsiyaka 20-6 
 6. Besiktas 16-10 
 7. TED Kolejliler 14-12 
 8. Tofas 11-15 
 9. Erdemir 10-16 
 10. Gaziantep 10-16 
 11. Aliaga 9-17 
 12. Turk Telekom 8-18 
 13. Mersin 7-18 
 14. Olin Edirne 7-20 
 15. Antalya 6-20 
 16. Hacettepe 4-22 

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 19: Besiktas - Olin Edirne 87-58
Apr. 20: Mersin - Erdemir
Apr. 20: TED Kolejliler - Turk Telekom
Apr. 20: Fener.Ulker - Antalya
Apr. 20: Tofas - Aliaga
Apr. 20: Gaziantep - Galatasaray
Apr. 21: Banvit BK - Hacettepe
Apr. 21: Karsiyaka - Anadolu Efes


Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Mersin
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Karadeniz, Mersin20.8 
 2. Stanojevic, TED K.18.6 
 3. Burtt, Avtodor17.9 
 4. Penney, TED K.17.5 
 5. Henderson, Erdemir16.8 
 6. Lewis, Antalya16.0 
 7. Dorsey, Gaziantep15.6 
 8. Dixon, Karsiyaka15.5 
 9. Theodore, Antalya15.4 
 10. Brown, Turk T.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joey DORSEY
  Gaziantep
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Dorsey, Gaziantep12.4 
 2. Francis, Aliaga10.2 
 3. Yucel, TED K.10.2 
 4. Elonu, Tofas7.7 
 5. Stimac, Banvit BK7.6 
 6. Prince, Mersin7.2 
 7. Parakhouski, Olin6.9 
 8. Aldemir, Galatasar.6.9 
 9. Karadeniz, Mersin6.4 
 10. Dagli, Galatasaray6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  TED K.
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Woodside, TED K.6.2 
 2. Brown, Turk T.5.3 
 3. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.4.7 
 4. Collins, Gaziantep4.6 
 5. Dixon, Karsiyaka4.5 
 6. Henderson, Erdemir4.4 
 7. Theodore, Antalya4.3 
 8. Burtt, Avtodor4.2 
 9. Farmar, Anadolu4.2 
 10. Holston, Mersin4.0 
Steals Per Game
 J.P. PRINCE
  Mersin
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Prince, Mersin1.7 
 2. Theodore, Antalya1.7 
 3. Hawkins, Galatasa.1.7 
 4. Vujacic, Anadolu1.6 
 5. Shumpert, Aliaga1.4 
 6. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.4 
 7. Lewis, Antalya1.3 
 8. Simmons, Banvit BK1.3 
 9. Gordon, Anadolu1.3 
 10. Brown, Turk T.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Artsiom PARAKHOUSKI
  Olin E.
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Parakhouski, Olin1.7 
 2. Bayav, Erdemir1.3 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK1.2 
 4. Elonu, Tofas1.1 
 5. Aminu, Karsiyaka0.9 
 6. Dorsey, Gaziantep0.8 
 7. Erden, Anadolu Ef.0.8 
 8. Arnold, Aliaga0.8 
 9. Besok, Hacettepe0.8 
 10. Vidmar, Besiktas0.8 


EuroLeague: Jamon Lucas's tip-in sends the series back to Piraeus - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes - Olympiacos Piraeus 74:73

Jamon Lucas's tip-in sends the series back to Piraeus as Anadolu Efes overcame Olympiacos 74:73. The Greek side was one step from the Semifinals, but could not keep their lead in the last seconds.
Olympiacos Piraeus won the first period 20:12 and looked better in the game. They led 44:38 at the halftime, but allowed the hosts to win the game. Supported by more than 11000 local fans Anadolu Efes won the third quarter 18-14 and reduced to 58:56 after 3 quarters. Acie Law (190-G-85, college: Texas A&M) however gave the guests 70:62 lead with 3 minutes to go, but a 12-3 surge in the last minutes allowed the series to continue in Greece.
Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) as well as Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) posted 12 each. Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) followed them with 10 points. Acie Law delivered 15 points in the losing effort and Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) brought 14. Kyle Hines (198-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) notched 11, while Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) added 10.

Anadolu Efes: Jordan Farmar 15, Semih Erden 12, Dusko Savanovic 12, Jamon Lukas Gordon 10
Olympiacos Piraeus: Acie Law 15, Kostas Papanikolaou 14, Kyle Hines 11, Konstantinos Sloukas 10



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  UGANDA   


Guide to the 2013 Basketball Season - by Eurobasket News

Ahead of tonight's season opener between newcomers City Oilers and 2011 champions Dmark Power at the Lugogo Indoor arena this evening, Felix Eupal gives a lowdown and prospects of the men's top division teams.
Dmark Power:
After a disastrous 2013 season in which they were knocked out at the quarterfinal stage, the 2010/11 champions brought back prodigal son Norman Blick in a move meant to restore their pride and championship challenge. Blick led them to the 2010 championship. Power has also elected Joseph Ikong as team captain with Ben Komaketch as his assistant. On top of that, they have acquired the services of Paul Odong from Bush Court, Derrick Mbusi from Heaters and Daniel Owogi from St Michael. On the other hand, Power also offloaded Collins Mukiza, Jimmy Enabu and Richard Balemwa.
City Oilers:
The league debutants made quite a statement when they won the 2013 edition of the UCU Basketball Open last month despite just one week of practice. It's their third year in existence and they have already progressed each year. Their target is to win the league in five years. As for this season, they have set the bar at making the playoffs. To achieve that, they signed point guard Yusuf Ramathan from Miracle, Jimmy Enabu from Power, Arou Ramadan from Kenya's USIU and last year's winning coach Mandy Juruni.
UCU Canons:
Ask any Canons fan and they will tell you they have waited enough for a championship but all in vain. They will also tell you that this year; they are ready to get the monkey off their backs. Canons have never failed to make playoffs since joining topflight in 2007. Their biggest undoing, however, is losing players at the end of every season and having to rebuild a new team each year.
This season, they don't have such worries, having only lost Robert Ogweno. They have beefed up their squad by bringing back Sam Lukaire from junior side UCU JV. In addition, they have improved their back court with the services of forward Ivan Lumanyika from Miracle and improved on the front court by adding point guard Cyrus Kiviri from Warriors as well as Jonathan Egau from Kings. Ndejje Angels:
Last year, the university side made the playoffs and has kept the same team. In a bid to go a step better, they signed Francis Tumusiime and Brian Ssentogo from Falcons plus Dixon Ayega from Heaters. By press time, they were on the verge of signing Stephen Okias from Warriors.
Galaxy Falcons:
The six-time champions have been silent in preseason and the only news from their camp was the acquisition of a new sponsor in form of Galaxy Fm. That's why they are now called Galaxy Falcons. However, they lost Ssentogo, Tumusiime, Julius Lutwama and Edwin Kateregga. At the moment, they are in talks with Heaters' Moses Okwera, Power rejects Balemwa and Mukiza.
Kyambogo Warriors:
Can defending champions Warriors do it again? Most probably not. That's the answer most pundits will give you due to the fact that they lost several key players like Blick, Kiviri and coach Juruni. Emma Samanya, who has been assistant coach for some time, has been elevated to head coach. Other teams like KIU Titans, Miracle Eagles, Vic Heaters, Charging Rhinos, Nkumba Marines and Vegetarians remain tightlipped about any new developments.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Enabu Set to Haunt Power - by Eurobasket News

JIMMY Enabu's promising future will confront his decorated past on the opening night of the 2013 National Basketball League (NBL), Friday at Lugogo.
Ahead of a season that could radically change the face of local hoops, FUBA released the new-look first round regular-season fixture for the men and women's top tiers on Saturday and made the developing story of one of Uganda's upcoming gems the focus of Day 1.
Enabu will lead the newly promoted City Oilers, aiming to become the next big thing in the NBL, against D'Mark Power - the top dogs of the last five years, taking three titles.
Enabu was part of Power's last championship winning side in 2011 but has just joined the Oilers, who are only into their third season but have the wealth and ambition to be a contender now and beyond.
The first game of the campaign will actually feature NBL defending women champions KCCA Leopards and rivals A1 Challenge, who have failed to contend for the title for the last two years.
There is plenty of promise in this season, with the adoption of significant structural and cosmetic changes like the renaming of all FUBA divisions and a reformatted fixture.
There will be no NBL matches on Saturday, for instance.
NBL match-days have been reduced to Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Four new match venues also join the fixture this season, after a move to hold all inter-university games at the home team's campus.
These are UCU, KIU, Nkumba and Ndejje.
National Basketball League:
Friday, MTN Arena
Women: KCCA v A1
Men: Power v Oilers
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Power start revival phase - by Eurobasket News

Blick will be one of the star attractions in Powers squad when they face an equally star-studded City Oilers, who are on debut in the topflight. PHOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA This week, the DMark Power family was blessed with a new fan. Congratulatory messages poured in for their coach Bernes Ankunda whose wife gave birth to a baby boy.
Ankundas happy face was even visible in their final practice sessions ahead of the start of the National Basketball League today at the Lugogo MTN Arena.
With the baby here, this is going to be a good year, Ankunda said. On the floor, Power, who face newly-promoted City Oilers, have so many wrongs to make right following a rather forgettable 2012. The five-time champions lost 2-1 to UCU Canons in the inaugural quarterfinals and reached the semifinals of the Fiba Africa Zone V Basketball tournament here.
A backlash is inevitable. In response, Jimmy Enabu moved to the Oilers, Colin Mukiza rejoined Knight Riders and Richard Balemwa left in search of minutes they never got at Power.
Three-time MVP Norman Blick has since rejoined having left Power two years ago for Miracle Eagles and Warriors, winning his fifth title with the latter last year.
Guard Paul Odong has also stepped up from Division Two side Bush Court. Our target is to get back to Zone V and do well, Ankunda added. Oilers, though desperate to keep their feet on the ground, are no ordinary newcomers and have already won the UCU Open. Backed by City Oil, Enabu is the only star they have in their ranks.
Besides acquiring coach Mandy Juruni from Warriors, he is equipped him with guard Mohammed Yusuf and forward Andrew Opio (both Miracle) and former Falcons big-man Kami Kabange (Espoir, Rwanda). Building a team is a process, Juruni warned. Today is only their first step towards the bigger goal of making the playoffs at the first time of asking.
Prior to the mens game, champions KCCA Leopards face former winners A1 Challenge in the womens division hoping to build on their come-from-behind 4-2 win over UCU Lady Canons last December.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  UNITED KINGDOM   

BBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael OJO
  Plymouth R.
  (195-G-89)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Ojo, Plymouth R.22.8 
 2. Marks, Cheshire P.22.0 
 3. Smith, Newcastl.20.9 
 4. Holmes, Surrey H.20.6 
 5. Bell, Plymouth R.19.4 
 6. Owumi, Worceste.19.2 
 7. Gumbs, Cheshire P.17.2 
 8. Ogedengbe, London16.6 
 9. Schneck, Plymouth.16.6 
 10. Jackman, London16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kareem MADDOX
  Newcastl.
  (202-F/C-89)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Maddox, Newcastl.10.8 
 2. Keister, Durham W.10.3 
 3. Schneck, Plymouth.10.2 
 4. Ocitti, Worceste.9.2 
 5. Tuck, Sheffield S.9.0 
 6. Myers, Cheshire P.9.0 
 7. Schreiber, Plymout.8.7 
 8. Bucci, Durham W.8.5 
 9. Bland, Cheshire P.8.1 
 10. Holmes, Surrey H.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ralph BUCCI
  Durham W.
  (193-G-75)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Bucci, Durham W.5.5 
 2. Holmes, Surrey H.5.4 
 3. Chapman, Newcastl.5.3 
 4. Holmes, Surrey H.4.7 
 5. Haskins, Cheshire.4.3 
 6. Sullivan, Leiceste.4.1 
 7. Holmes, Sheffield4.0 
 8. Owumi, Worceste.3.9 
 9. Jones, Manchest.3.8 
 10. Huffman, Newcast.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Travis HOLMES
  Surrey H.
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Holmes, Surrey H.3.0 
 2. Holmes, Surrey H.2.9 
 3. Ojo, Plymouth R.2.0 
 4. Huffman, Newcastl.1.9 
 5. Smith, Newcastl.1.8 
 6. Bucci, Durham W.1.8 
 7. Taylor, Leiceste.1.7 
 8. Baldarelli, Durham1.5 
 9. Lasker, Plymouth.1.4 
 10. Calvo, Leicester1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alif BLAND
  Cheshire P.
  (203-C-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bland, Cheshire P.2.4 
 2. Schreiber, Plymout.1.7 
 3. Maddox, Newcastl.1.5 
 4. Sturt, London Lio.1.4 
 5. Masiulis, Worceste.1.4 
 6. Ocitti, Worceste.1.1 
 7. Vanderbeken, Glasg.1.0 
 8. Watts, Manchest.0.9 
 9. Holmes, Surrey H.0.9 
 10. Eaves, Manchest.0.8 


The Friday Preview - by Paul Nilsen

The penultimate weekend of an already fabulous 2012-13 season, will see four teams battle it out for a BBL Play-Off Final place at Wembley Arena.

Four of the top five teams in the regular season made it safely past the quarter-final stage, with Marjon Plymouth Raiders hoping to upset BBL Championship winners Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders and Surrey Heat hoping to upset runners-up Newcastle Eagles.

The Riders will be favourites to advance as they continue their quest to seal a spectacular BBL treble, having already scooped the BBL Cup and the league title.

But, according to Raiders' Andrew Lasker (188-PG-82, college: Point Loma) he's just happy to see how the chips fall in what promises to be a fantastic two-legged tie.

"It doesn't matter since there's 80 minutes of basketball and that will prove who's the better team" said the guard.

And, having claimed a great road win at the Emirates Arena against Rocks in the last round before finishing the job on home soil, Lasker was dismissive of having to play at home first this time, before heading to Loughborough on Sunday.

"I'm not bothered who's at home first, we have the same goal as the previous round - to win both games.

"The better team will win the tie, that's what happened in the quarter-finals. The best four teams are left in and the best two sides will be in the final."

The Raiders were of course the only lower seeded club to prevail and interestingly, all three regular season fixtures ended up in home wins - the Devon club managing to come up with one of the paltry three losses Riders incurred during their wonderful title run.

With individual accolades for Riders' head coach Rob Paternostro and Drew Sullivan having been handed out this week, as well as places for other players in the various Teams of the Season, it's likely the favourites will be in bullish mood when they step out at the Pavilions tonight.

Surrey Heat have to do things the other way around by hitting the road first and heading up to the north-east this evening to take on Newcastle Eagles at Sport Central.

The Heat can draw real strength from the fact they have already won on the Eagles' home floor this season, although head coach Creon Raftopoulos is preferring his players only think about the basics and what has served them so well this term.

"We have to remind ourselves it's a long eighty minute game and we must stick to what has been working for us this season" insisted the play-caller.

"Sharing the ball and helping each other on defence is what we need if we are to have a chance of reaching Wembley."

The Heat showed great heart and spirit in their quarter-final clash with Wolves, at one stage falling 15 points behind in the tie during the second leg before producing a magnificent late fight back - something which will focus the minds of the Eagles for sure on Sunday night at Surrey Sports Park.

They are clinging to the last remaining piece of silverware in the cabinet from last seasons' clean sweep, with player-coach Fab Flournoy keen to lock down Holmes brothers Chavis and Travis, to give his team the best chance of making it to Wembley Arena next weekend.



Molten BBL Teams Of The Year Announced - by Paul Nilsen

The BBL coaches have voted for their various Molten BBL Teams of the Year, with 2012-13 Molten Player of the Year Drew Sullivan (203-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) leading the way.

He is joined in the prestigious BBL Team of the Year by his Riders' team-mate Jay Couisnard (198-F-88, college: UMKC), who was the MVP of the 2013 BBL Cup Final. Also making the line-up is Travis Holmes, who has been on fire for Surrey Heat for most of the campaign, even though he was a late replacement and also briefly returned to the States mid-season.

The frontcourt sees a space for Matt Schneck of Marjon Plymouth Raiders, who has been outstandingly consistent throughout the year, whilst BBL rookie Kareem Maddox also gets a spot after tearing it up in the paint for Newcastle Eagles.

The trio of Sullivan, Couisnard and Maddox also make the Molten BBL Defensive Team of the Year. And, they are joined by a third Riders player in the shape of Zaire Taylor, underlining the imperious defence which has been the cornerstone of a terrific year for the Leicester club. Chavis Holmes of Surrey Heat has some of the quickest hands in the BBL and that cements his berth.

The final line-up, also voted for by the BBL coaches, is the Molten BBL British Team of the Year. Unsurprisingly, it's a hat-trick for Drew Sullivan who is the first name on the list. He is joined once again by a Riders' colleague, this time forward Anthony Rowe who has made a huge difference to the team since his switch from Raiders. Also in the starting five are all-action Surrey Heat forward Sam Cricelli, BBL rookie and Londoner Orlan Jackman, as well as Sharks' forward Mike Tuck.

Molten BBL Team of the Year:

Travis Holmes (Surrey Heat)

Drew Sullivan (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)

Jay Couisnard (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)

Matt Schneck (Marjon Plymouth Raiders)

Kareem Maddox (Newcastle Eagles)

Off the Bench - BJ Holmes (One Health Sharks Sheffield), Charles Smith (Newcastle Eagles), Michael Ojo (Marjon Plymouth Raiders), Alex Owumi (Worcester Wolves), Donald Robinson (Glasgow Rocks), Zaire Taylor (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders), Chavis Holmes (Surrey Heat)

Molten BBL Defensive Team of the Year:

Drew Sullivan (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)

Kareem Maddox (Newcastle Eagles)

Chavis Holmes (Surrey Heat)

Jay Couisnard (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)

Zaire Taylor (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)

Off The Bench: Alif Bland (Cheshire Phoenix), Matt Schneck (Marjon Plymouth Raiders), Travis Holmes (Surrey Heat), Darius Defoe (Newcastle Eagles), Michael Ojo (Marjon Plymouth Raiders), Charles Smith (Newcastle Eagles), Alex Owumi (Worcester Wolves)

Molten BBL British Team of the Year:

Drew Sullivan (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)

Mike Tuck (One Health Sharks Sheffield)

Sam Cricelli (Surrey Heat)

Orlan Jackman (London Lions)

Anthony Rowe (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)

Off The Bench: Darius Defoe (Newcastle Eagles), Gareth Murray (Glasgow Rocks), Keith Page (Durham Wildcats), David Watts (Manchester Giants), Michael Ojo (Marjon Plymouth Raiders), Charles Smith (Newcastle Eagles), Ralph Bucci (Durham Wildcats)



Chapman Wants Repeat Performance - by Paul Nilsen

As they prepare to face Surrey Heat this weekend, Newcastle Eagles guard Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Marquette) is looking for his side to replicate their performance in their BBL Championship play-off games against One Health Sharks Sheffield.

The Eagles reached the last four for the ninth straight season with a 169-151 aggregate victory against the Sharks, winning the first leg 85-70 at home before wrapping things up with an 84-81 road win on Monday.

"I think we played really well as a team" said Chapman. "We were aggressive and came out with the right attitude and energy, and we did what we needed to do."

Chapman had admitted that he didn't want to play on the "blue court" at the English Institute of Sport, but was pleased with how the Eagles performed on Monday: "What really helped us was playing there the week before. It gave us a grasp of playing there.

"Everyone played well for us which we needed as they came out aggressively and pressed, but we showed composure and make playing in every position."

Chapman is now excited about Heat visiting Sport Central on Friday before the travelling to Surrey on Sunday evening: "I'm looking forward to playing them. We won the series 2-1 but they beat us at home last time, and we have that in our minds.

"The Holmes brothers [Chavis and Travis] are playing really well at the moment, and the other Holmes - Frank - is also having a great season.

"They have a good coach in Creon Raftopoulos and a great system. They're playing really well at the moment and it'll be a challenge to ensure that we play at a pace that suites us."

Having failed to add any silverware this season after a clean sweep of BBL honours in 2011/12, Chapman is looking to end the season on a high: "It's crazy that we're all healthy right at the end of the season after all we've been through, but it's the right time of year as we want to be the last team standing.

"In a sense we want to save our season by winning the play-offs. We've reached a Cup final and come up just short and injuries cost us in the regular season and the Trophy, so this matter a lot to us."

Friday's game at Sport Central and Sunday's at Surrey Sports Park both tip off at 7.30pm. The winner on aggregate will proceed to the final at Wembley Arena on Sunday April 28.



Paternostro Ready For Raiders Test - by Paul Nilsen

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders' coach Rob Paternostro is clearly looking forward to his side continuing their play-off run as they prepare to face Marjon Plymouth Raiders over the weekend.

The teams meet at Plymouth Pavilions on Friday evening in the first leg before Riders host the West Country side at Loughborough University on Sunday. The winner on aggregate will proceed to the final at Wembley Arena on Sunday April 28.

"It's a great time of year to be playing" said the newly crowned Molten coach-of-the-year. "I know our guys continue to enjoy taking to the floor and we are all pumped up for the weekend. It's been a special season and we all want it to continue."

Paternostro is expecting a tough game against the Raiders: "Plymouth have a lot of talent. They have guys in Drew Lasker, Matt Schneck, Mike Ojo, Jamal Williams and Colin O'Reilly who are all veterans in the BBL and have been good players in this league. Javaris Barnett and Andreas Schreiber are both very talented and have both had big games this season for the Raiders.

"All season they have shown the ability to put lots of points on the board, so for us it is very important that we make it difficult for them to get good looks."

The Riders progressed to the play-off semi-finals by following up Friday's 70-68 win at London Lions on Friday with a 73-61 home win the following day to wrap up a 143-129 aggregate victory, and Paternostro clearly enjoyed the matches: "The two games against the Lions were both played with play-off like intensity. I thought both teams did a nice job of defending and making things difficult for the opposition.

"I thought we did very well to come away from the away leg with a win. At times we didn't play particularly well, but what has been nice about this group is that we continue to find ways to get it done and they continue to play together.

"I thought Drew Sullivan and Anthony Rowe played very well Saturday night in the second leg. They were immense. They were very effective on both ends of the floor and were filled with energy throughout the game.

"I also thought Yorick Williams and Connor Washington were both able to gives us important minutes over the two legs.

"The atmosphere on Saturday was what you love to see, it was the play-offs and you could feel the electricity in the building."



BBL Play Off Round Up: Friday 19 April - by Paul Nilsen

The BBL Championship Play-off Semi-Finals began on Friday night and it was the top two in the League that enjoyed success in their respective first leg match-ups as the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders and Newcastle Eagles secured impressive victories.

The Riders travelled down to the South-West to meet the Marjon Plymouth Raiders and came away from the Plymouth Pavilions with a 14-point advantage after they defeated the Raiders 66-80 on Friday night.

A strong second quarter from the Riders helped them open up a 34-44 half-time lead, but the Raiders came back at them in the third period and managed to trim the deficit back to just six points at 53-59 heading into the final stanza.

The final period saw both sides vying for that all-important advantage heading into the second leg, but it was the League Champion Riders who secured the victory in the end thanks in no small part to the efforts of Anthony Rowe and Zaire Taylor as they each bagged 18 points in the victory.

The second leg is scheduled for Sunday at Loughborough and the Riders will be hoping that they can hold off the Raiders to secure their berth in their third Final of the season.

In the North-East, the Eagles enjoyed a little more comfort as they overcame the Surrey Heat 110-82 at Sport Central on Friday night.

31 points from Damon Huffman (186-PG-85), ably assisted by another 30 point-haul from Charles Smith, was enough to help the Eagles on their way to the comfortable victory.

The Heat will be hoping that playing the second leg in front of their home fans at the Surrey Sports Park on Sunday afternoon will help spur them on to overturn the 28 point deficit and prevent the Eagles from returning to another Play-off Final.



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  URUGUAY   

Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Leandro GARCIA MORALES
  Agu.
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Garcia Moral., Agu.26.4 
 2. Keenan, Arecibo26.3 
 3. Clarkson, Larre B.26.1 
 4. Woodward, Welcome25.9 
 5. Danridge, Monte.24.7 
 6. Baxley, Defensor23.3 
 7. Taboada, Universo.22.7 
 8. Elliott, Olimpia22.1 
 9. Johnson, Toros20.9 
 10. Figueroa, Guayama19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Nacional
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Martin, Nacional15.6 
 2. Faber, Mykolaiv12.5 
 3. Hamilton, Defensor11.8 
 4. Passos, Trotamun.11.3 
 5. Curtis, Bohemios10.5 
 6. Blankson, Un.Atlet.10.5 
 7. Clarkson, Larre B.10.4 
 8. Shellman, Sayago10.3 
 9. Wilkerson, Obera T.9.9 
 10. Johnson, Toros9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Guaiquer.
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Barrera, Guaiquer.7.8 
 2. Bavosi, Un.Atletica6.3 
 3. Vidal, Bigua6.2 
 4. Fitipaldo, Malvin6.0 
 5. De Gouveia, Tabare5.7 
 6. Cortizas, Allavena5.5 
 7. Garcia Moral., Agu.5.3 
 8. Gonzalez, Aguada4.8 
 9. Hamilton, Defensor4.7 
 10. Pereyra, Monte.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kristian CLARKSON
  Larre B.
  (202-F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Clarkson, Larre B.2.5 
 2. Shellman, Sayago2.1 
 3. Vidal, Bigua2.0 
 4. Barrera, Guaiquer.2.0 
 5. Rovira, Tabare1.9 
 6. Garcia, Cordon1.9 
 7. Trelles, Bohemios1.8 
 8. Aguilera, Trouville1.7 
 9. Johnson, Toros1.6 
 10. Nelson, Bohemios1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory DILLIGARD
  Aguada
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dilligard, Aguada2.4 
 2. Hunt, Olimpia2.1 
 3. Rogers, Georgia P.1.8 
 4. Cage, Planasa NV1.7 
 5. Johnson, Toros1.5 
 6. Bravo, Gigantes1.4 
 7. Faber, Mykolaiv1.3 
 8. Kanis, Trouville1.1 
 9. Clarkson, Larre B.1.1 
 10. Newsome, Malvin1.1 



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  VENEZUELA   


Cocodrilos tab Walker Russell - by Eurobasket News

Cocodrilos de Caracas (LPB) inked 31-year old American guard Walker Russell (183-79kg-82, college: Jacksonville State). He played recently at Reno Bighorns (D-League) in the U.S.. In 21 games he averaged 10.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 6.7apg this season. Russell also played at Fort Wayne Mad Ants in D-League that season. In 11 games he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 6.0apg and 1.2spg. He was called during the season by the Oklahoma City Thunder. The last season Russell played at the Pistons in NBA. In 27 games he had 3.0ppg and 2.0apg.
The previous (2011) summer he played at Leones (LNB) in Dominican Rep. league. The last (2011) season Russell played at Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (CBA) in Chinese league. In four games he had 12.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 4.0apg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the OVC Tournament Semifinals in 2006. Russell was selected to D-League All-Star Game in 2009,2011 and 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Russell has played also professionally in Bulgaria, Germany (LTi 46ers), Puerto Rico (Quebradillas), Spain, NBA (Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks), Dominican Republic (Leones de Santo Domingo) and D-League (Ft.Worth F.).
He attended Jacksonville State until 2006 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
Russell's game is described as: An energetic PG, who is very good at passing the basketball and getting the ball to the right man. Defensively, he needs to get better, and he needs to be a more consistent shooter.

By Eurobasket Data Center



DerMarr Johnson (ex Libertad S.) joins Guaros - by Eurobasket News

Guaros de Lara (LPB) agreed terms with 33-year old American guard DerMarr Johnson (206-95kg-80, college: Cincinnati). He just played at Libertad Sunchales in Argentinian LigaA. In 21 games he had 9.2ppg and 4.0rpg this season. Johnson also played at Osos (Regional) in Mexican league that season. In 6 games he recorded very impressive stats: 26.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg. The last season he played at Barako Bull (PBA) in Filipino league. In four games he recorded also remarkable stats: 20.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.8spg and 1.3bpg.
In 2000 Johnson was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in first round (6th overall). He attended University of Cincinnati and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Johnson won Colombian Copa Federacion championship title in 2011. He was also voted Latinbasket.com Colombian Federation Cup All-Imports Team in 2011.
Johnson is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in China (Beijing Ducks and Jiangsu Dragons), Italy, Lebanon (Sagesse), Puerto Rico (Caciques and Leones), Saudi Arabia (Al Hilal), NBA (Washington Wizards), Colombia (Bucaros) and D-League (Austin Toros).
On Johnson: There is not much that DerMarr Johnson could not do on the basketball court. His 6-9 size gives him the presence of a big man, but his array of excellent basketball skills combined with his athletic ability make him a talented swing player. The problem is that he showed to be a little so "soft" in the clutch moments of the game, and his first approach with the intensity of European leagues was disappointing....

By Eurobasket Data Center




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Women News


Julie Vanloo (ex Waregem) is a newcomer at Mondeville - by Eurobasket News

USO Mondeville (LFB) strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old Belgian ex-international point guard Julie Vanloo (172-93). She started the season at Declercq Stortbeton Waregem in Belgian Division I. In 25 games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg this season. The last season Vanloo played also at Declercq Stortbeton (Division I) in Belgium. In 21 games she averaged 11.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg. She helped them to make it to the Belgian Cup Semifinals.
Despite young age Vanloo had great career. Vanloo won Belgian League championship title in 2011. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team in 2011.
She was also a member of Belgian international program for some years. Vanloo played for Belgian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2012 and for U22 National Team last year. She represented Belgium at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 2.6ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BOSNIA   


KK Mladi Krajisnik continue their winning streak - by Eurobasket News

KK Mladi Krajisnik continue their winning streak and celebrated their 6th straight win in the Second Stage. In the latest game the favorites overcame Zeljeznicar 67:58. They won the first period 21-12 and added 14-12 in the second period. Moreover Mladi posted an 18-13 rally in the third frame and did not worry about the end of the game. Jelena Velinovic (193-C-81) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 15 rebounds, while Sales NYKESHA added 20 points and 15 boards. Dajana Bugarin (180-G-89) relied with 24 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Dunja Prcic (180-G-87) notched 9.
KK Sloboda meanwhile improved to 4-2 record beating Borac Zovko Osiguranje 82:62. Dragana Stankovic (193-PF-95) paced all the winners with 25 points and 13 rebounds, while Natasa Kajtaz (169-PG-92) scored 21. Miljana Dzombeta (169-PG-94) posted 20 points in the losing effort.



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  BULGARIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kristina SANTIAGO
  Dunav
  (185-F-89)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Santiago, Dunav21.4 
 2. Tomova, Montana20.2 
 3. Gayle, Neftochimic17.8 
 4. Teilane, Haskovo17.2 
 5. Robinson, Neftochi.16.5 
 6. Dubrovina, Neftoch.16.1 
 7. Dimitrova, Dunav15.6 
 8. Naneva, Beroe15.6 
 9. Mehmedic, Haskovo15.1 
 10. Peteva, Levski14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ashley GAYLE
  Neftochimic
  (193-F/C-90)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Gayle, Neftochimic12.2 
 2. Slavova-N., Montan.11.6 
 3. Johnson, Dunav 88.10.9 
 4. Teilane, Haskovo10.5 
 5. Tomova, Montana9.8 
 6. Santiago, Dunav8.7 
 7. Robinson, Neftochi.8.2 
 8. Farrell, Rilski S.8.2 
 9. Rebane, Neftochi.7.4 
 10. Kovacevic, Hasko.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Olga DUBROVINA
  Neftochi.
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Dubrovina, Neftoch.5.9 
 2. Mehmedic, Haskovo5.3 
 3. Kostova, Dunav 88.5.0 
 4. Anderson, Dunav3.4 
 5. Samburska, Montana3.4 
 6. Nesheva, Montana3.3 
 7. Djikova, Rilski S.3.0 
 8. Allen, Levski2.8 
 9. Sokolan, Neftochim.2.6 
 10. Johnson, Dunav 8.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Charel ALLEN
  Levski
  (181-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Allen, Levski3.0 
 2. Mehmedic, Haskovo2.5 
 3. Dubrovina, Neftoch.2.3 
 4. Johnson, Dunav 88.2.0 
 5. Naneva, Beroe1.9 
 6. Santiago, Dunav1.9 
 7. Koleva, Beroe1.8 
 8. Slavova-N., Montan.1.8 
 9. Anderson, Dunav1.7 
 10. Peteva, Levski1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Haskovo .
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Teilane, Haskovo3.5 
 2. Gayle, Neftochimic2.0 
 3. Tomova, Montana1.9 
 4. Santiago, Dunav1.0 
 5. Allen, Levski0.8 
 6. Ivanova, Levski0.7 
 7. Johnson, Dunav 88.0.6 
 8. Sharenkapova, Dun.0.5 
 9. Kovacevic, Haskovo0.5 
 10. Kostova, Montana0.5 


Dunav 8806 enter the Final stage - by Eurobasket News

Montana 2003 - Dunav 8806 68-86 (1-3)

Dunav 8806 enter the Final stage. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 51-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Dunav 8806 dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Montana 2003's 30. They outrebounded Montana 2003 34-20 including 25 on the defensive glass. Dunav 8806 looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Kristina Santiago (185-89, college: Cal Poly - SLO, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import forward Amanda Johnson (187-90, college: Oregon, agency: LBM Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Dunav 8806 players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Milena Tomova (189-82, college: FIU) replied with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Camellia Mihalkova (181-80) added 21 points and 5 assists (made all of her seven free throws) in the effort for Montana 2003.
Top scorers:
Montana 2003: M.Tomova 22+8reb+5ast, C.Mihalkova 21+3reb+5ast, R.Slavova-Naneva 14+7reb+2ast, R.Nesheva 9+6ast, O.Samburska 2+5ast, N.Simeonova 0+2reb+2ast
Dunav 8806: K.Santiago 30+9reb+2ast, M.Anderson 13+1reb+5ast, Z.Kostova 13+5reb+6ast, T.Sharenkapova 11+8reb+3ast, A.Johnson 10+10reb+5ast, R.Dimitrova 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 239353


Haskovo 2012 - Neftochimic 54-77 (2-2)

The series is tied at 2-2. It looked good early as Haskovo 2012 took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Neftochimic had a 18-10 second period charge getting the lead and Haskovo 2012 was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 54-77. Neftochimic forced 19 Haskovo 2012 turnovers. Worth to mention a quality performance of Ukrainian guard Olga Dubrovina (170-87, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals and the former international forward Maria Zhelyazkova (181-86, agency: Promotex) who added 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Latvian center Anita Teilane (196-85) responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Zheni Dimitrova (184-87) scored 8 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Haskovo 2012: A.Teilane 26+9reb+1ast, Z.Dimitrova 8+7reb, A.Mehmedic 7+3reb+3ast, N.Nikolic 6+1reb+4ast, N.Topalova-Shopova 4+8reb+1ast, A.Kovacevic 2+1reb
Neftochimic: O.Dubrovina 26+11reb+8ast, M.Zhelyazkova 15+6reb+2ast, A.Miteva 10+2reb+1ast, V.Kai Rebane 9+7reb, A.Gayle 9+11reb+1ast, A.Sokolan 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 239352



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  ESTONIA   

Meisterliga Stst Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kerli HAAS
  Rapla KK
  (180-F-90)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Haas, Rapla KK17.8 
 2. Kosk, Rapla KK17.3 
 3. Nikolai, Eclex T.17.3 
 4. Jallai, Tallina U.16.6 
 5. Kasemagi, Eclex T.15.8 
 6. Puu, Tallina U.15.4 
 7. Rosenfeldt, Eclex14.0 
 8. Svilberg, Eclex T.12.2 
 9. Ptitsona, Eclex T.12.0 
 10. Mesila-K., Eclex11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Trine KASEMAGI
  Eclex T.
  (190-C-95)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Kasemagi, Eclex T.12.4 
 2. Jallai, Tallina U.11.8 
 3. Wallace, Tallina U.8.2 
 4. Nikolai, Eclex T.7.0 
 5. Rosenfeldt, Eclex7.0 
 6. Mesila-K., Eclex T.6.3 
 7. Koster, Eclex Tall.6.3 
 8. Haas, Rapla KK6.0 
 9. Miil, Tallina U.5.6 
 10. Kosk, Rapla KK5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Mirjam NIKOLAI
  Eclex T.
  (177-G-86)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Nikolai, Eclex T.4.8 
 2. Rosenfeldt, Eclex3.8 
 3. Kosk, Rapla KK3.5 
 4. Miil, Tallina U.3.2 
 5. Puu, Tallina U.3.0 
 6. Ptitsona, Eclex T.3.0 
 7. Piibur, Eclex Tall.3.0 
 8. Wallace, Tallina U.2.8 
 9. Jallai, Tallina U.2.4 
 10. Uprus, Au.2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Heila ROSENFELDT
  Eclex T.
  (173-G-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Rosenfeldt, Eclex3.3 
 2. Nikolai, Eclex T.2.8 
 3. Koster, Eclex Tall.2.7 
 4. Kosk, Rapla KK2.3 
 5. Jallai, Tallina U.2.2 
 6. Miil, Tallina U.1.8 
 7. Piibur, Eclex Tall.1.8 
 8. Laurimaa, Tallina1.8 
 9. Maaring, Eclex T.1.5 
 10. Ptitsona, Eclex T.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kerttu JALLAI
  Tallina U.
  (180-F-90)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Jallai, Tallina U.1.6 
 2. Mesila-K., Eclex T.1.3 
 3. Arbet-Lenear, Ecle.1.3 
 4. Lass, Eclex Tallinn1.0 
 5. Wallace, Tallina U.0.6 
 6. Kasemagi, Eclex T.0.4 
 7. Puu, Tallina U.0.4 
 8. Rits, Tallina U.0.4 
 9. Haas, Rapla KK0.3 
 10. Maaring, Eclex T.0.3 



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  FINLAND   

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Melissa JELTEMA
  Honka
  (175-G-88)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Jeltema, Honka24.6 
 2. Laaksonen, ToPo21.2 
 3. Murphree, Honka21.1 
 4. Marchbanks, Kerava19.0 
 5. Campbell, PeKa18.5 
 6. Taylor, TuRi17.8 
 7. Day, HyPo17.6 
 8. Jones, Catz17.4 
 9. Holliday, Huima16.9 
 10. Adzasu, Kerava16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Phebe SMITH
  HyPo
  (183-F-)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Smith, HyPo15.6 
 2. Marchbanks, Kerava13.8 
 3. Laaksonen, ToPo13.6 
 4. McBee, ToPo12.1 
 5. Robinson, Huima11.8 
 6. Campbell, PeKa11.7 
 7. Taylor, TuRi11.3 
 8. Black, Huima10.8 
 9. Sten, HoNsU10.8 
 10. Saarinen, FoA10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Vilma KESANEN
  ToPo
  (179-G-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Kesanen, ToPo5.0 
 2. Adzasu, Kerava4.7 
 3. Miles, FoA4.7 
 4. Murphree, Honka4.6 
 5. Daniels, Catz4.3 
 6. Piipari, PeKa3.8 
 7. Hedderson, TuRi3.1 
 8. Jones, Catz3.1 
 9. Jackson, HoNsU2.9 
 10. Menna, BC Nokia2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rosetta ADZASU
  Kerava
  (165-PG-90)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Adzasu, Kerava4.5 
 2. Murphree, Honka3.7 
 3. Auguste, BC Nokia3.1 
 4. Jackson, HoNsU2.8 
 5. Hyvarinen, BC Nokia2.7 
 6. Miles, FoA2.7 
 7. Anderson, Catz2.6 
 8. McKenzie, PeKa2.5 
 9. Marchbanks, Kerava2.5 
 10. Jeltema, Honka2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Minna STEN
  HoNsU
  (189-F-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Sten, HoNsU3.8 
 2. Black, Huima1.6 
 3. Anderson, Catz1.5 
 4. Smith, HyPo1.2 
 5. Ray, FoA1.2 
 6. Saarinen, FoA1.2 
 7. Murphree, Honka1.2 
 8. Reshetko, Catz1.1 
 9. Day, HyPo1.1 
 10. Campbell, PeKa1.1 


Honka clinch 3rd place in the Play-offs - by Eurobasket News

FoA - Honka 85:91

Honka clinch 3rd place in the Play-offs. The team overcame Forssan Alku 91:85 for the bronze medals.
Honka trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 31-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Honka made 20-of-24 free shots during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Forssan Alku helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Jordan Murphree (183-G-87, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Melissa Jeltema (175-G-88, college: Oakland) chipped in 25 points and 14 rebounds. At the losing side the former international power forward Laura Saarinen (187-F/C-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Melissa Lechlitner (170-G-88, college: Notre Dame) scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.



Catz wins SM-sarja Game 1 of the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Catz - PeKa 86-63 (1-0)

Catz wins SM-sarja Game 1 of the Finals. The game was mostly controlled by Catz Lappeenranta. Peli-Karhut was better in fourth quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Catz Lappeenranta forced 21 Peli-Karhut turnovers. American Chandrea Jones (175-87, college: Syracuse, agency: LBM Management) nailed 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and her fellow American import guard Sakellie Daniels (170-84, college: Charlotte) accounted for 18 points and 4 assists. American swingman Korinne Campbell (182-88, college: W.Virginia) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and the former international point guard Reetta Piipari (170-80, college: Xavier) added 17 points respectively for Peli-Karhut in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Catz: C.Jones 23+8reb+1ast, S.Daniels 18+4reb+4ast, A.Anderson 14+6reb+3ast, H.Vapamaa 8+4reb, J.Reshetko 7+7reb+1ast, E.Vapamaa 6+1reb
PeKa: K.Campbell 19+11reb+1ast, R.Piipari 17+2reb+2ast, S.Landry 13+7reb+1ast, M.McKenzie 5+4reb+1ast, L.Richter 5, A.Sastamala 2
gschID: 238982



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  FRANCE   

LFB Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mistie MIMS
  Lyon
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 15
 1. Mims, Lyon15.0 
 2. Sanni, Villeneuve14.8 
 3. Salagnac, Tarbes14.5 
 4. Tolo, Aix-en-P.14.2 
 5. Robert, Lattes M.14.1 
 6. Mosch, Charleville13.9 
 7. Guzman, Landes13.6 
 8. Evans, Arras13.0 
 9. Williams, Villeneu.12.8 
 10. Amant, Nantes12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Angelica ROBINSON
  Tarbes
  (197-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Robinson, Tarbes10.2 
 2. Francis, Aix-en.9.9 
 3. Coulibaly, Mondevi.9.4 
 4. Humphrey, Landes9.1 
 5. Bonnan, Charleville8.7 
 6. Robert, Lattes M.8.0 
 7. Ciak, Perpignan7.8 
 8. Murphy, Samorin7.6 
 9. Sanni, Villeneuve7.5 
 10. Meesseman, Villen.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Celine DUMERC
  Bourges
  (169-G-82)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Dumerc, Bourges5.4 
 2. Dieme, Villeneuve5.1 
 3. Aubert, Nantes5.0 
 4. Thorburn, Aix-en.4.9 
 5. Ciglar, Perpignan4.2 
 6. Gruszczynski, Tar.3.6 
 7. Tanqueray, Mondevi.3.5 
 8. Sauret Gille., Lyon3.5 
 9. Lawson-Wade, Latt.3.4 
 10. Guzman, Landes3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Johanne GOMIS
  Arras
  (179-SG-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Gomis, Arras2.2 
 2. Michel, Nantes2.2 
 3. Houts, Union H.1.9 
 4. Robert, Lattes M.1.9 
 5. Lassiter, Mondevil.1.8 
 6. Dieme, Villeneuve1.8 
 7. Dumerc, Bourges1.8 
 8. Baer, Lyon1.7 
 9. Rad, Tarbes1.7 
 10. Lawson-Wade, Lat.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cayla FRANCIS
  Aix-en.
  (192-C-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Francis, Aix-en.1.6 
 2. Tolo, Aix-en-P.1.5 
 3. Ciak, Perpignan1.5 
 4. Robinson, Tarbes1.5 
 5. Meesseman, Villene.1.2 
 6. Ndongue, Bourges1.1 
 7. Adams, Toulouse1.1 
 8. Page, Lyon1.0 
 9. Lassiter, Mondevil.1.0 
 10. Sy-Diop, Lyon0.8 


Julie Vanloo (ex Waregem) is a newcomer at Mondeville - by Eurobasket News

USO Mondeville (LFB) strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old Belgian ex-international point guard Julie Vanloo (172-93). She started the season at Declercq Stortbeton Waregem in Belgian Division I. In 25 games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg this season. The last season Vanloo played also at Declercq Stortbeton (Division I) in Belgium. In 21 games she averaged 11.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg. She helped them to make it to the Belgian Cup Semifinals.
Despite young age Vanloo had great career. Vanloo won Belgian League championship title in 2011. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team in 2011.
She was also a member of Belgian international program for some years. Vanloo played for Belgian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2012 and for U22 National Team last year. She represented Belgium at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 2.6ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  GAMBIA   


Basketball women coaches ambitious - by Eurobasket News

Two Basketball Women Coaches Yassin Joof-Jow and Binneh Marong are set to improve the performances of their teams following a test game between the two sides recently.
The Armed Forces Basketball Women team beat Saints women side 9-8 at an all-star game last weekend.
Despite the win over opponents, team coach Yassin Joof-Jow is not pretty satisfied with the performance of the girls as they could have performed much better, because they have been together for so long
She said the team performed below expectations which resulted into their poor result after snatching a 1-point victory ahead of their opponents.
She, however, revealed that the girls were nervous due to the high number of spectators, saying they did not have collective training, but she however, promised to go into a massive training ahead of the second round of the basketball league due to commence soon.
Madam Joof-Jow, who is also a member of the GBA, said she is working on developing academics of male and female to help develop the game in the country.
Similar sentiments were expressed by the coach of Saints Binneh Marong, who says her girls also could not perform up to expectations.
She said both tried despite below expectations, adding that the game was for fun and they are working ahead for their preparation of the league.
Author: Adama K. Jallow
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  HUNGARY   

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Brittainey RAVEN
  DKSK
  (182-G-88)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Raven, DKSK20.1 
 2. Milovanovic, UNIQA18.8 
 3. Johnson, UNIQA E.14.8 
 4. Hurst, UNI Gyor14.5 
 5. Balint, Atomeromu14.4 
 6. Dorogobuzova, Bac.13.1 
 7. Kublina, Fenerbahce12.8 
 8. Mrozinska, Cegledi12.8 
 9. Karolyi, BSE-.12.5 
 10. Barbour, PE.12.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Judit BARNAI
  MBK E.
  (190-F/C-94)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Barnai, MBK E.10.4 
 2. Sanford, DKSK8.8 
 3. Jaeschke, PE.7.0 
 4. Nagy-Bujdoso, PEA.6.9 
 5. Mrozinska, Cegledi6.1 
 6. Kublina, Fenerbahce6.0 
 7. Brumermane, Bacsb.5.9 
 8. Skoric, DKSK5.9 
 9. Adamecz, BSE-.5.7 
 10. Krnjic, UNIQA E.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Zsofia FEGYVERNEKY
  UNIQA E.
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Fegyverneky, UNIQ.4.6 
 2. Medgyessy, Cegledi4.5 
 3. Hurst, UNI Gyor4.4 
 4. Ivanyi, Bacsbasket4.2 
 5. Szalay, ZTE N.3.5 
 6. Furesz, PE.3.1 
 7. Raven, DKSK2.9 
 8. Simon, UNI Gyor2.9 
 9. Bukovszki, DKSK2.9 
 10. Johnson, UNIQA E.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Shenise JOHNSON
  UNIQA E.
  (180-G-90)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Johnson, UNIQA E.3.5 
 2. Raven, DKSK3.0 
 3. Szalay, ZTE N.2.5 
 4. Barbour, PE.2.4 
 5. Furesz, PE.2.3 
 6. Laczi, Bacsbasket2.3 
 7. Bukovszki, DKSK2.3 
 8. Cymmer, Cegledi2.2 
 9. Ivanyi, Bacsbasket2.2 
 10. Sanford, DKSK2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Judit BARNAI
  MBK E.
  (190-F/C-94)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Barnai, MBK E.1.4 
 2. Teilane, Haskovo1.1 
 3. Svitlica, Atomeromu1.0 
 4. Hatar, MBK E.0.9 
 5. Brumermane, Bacsb.0.8 
 6. Jaeschke, PE.0.8 
 7. Fegyverneky, UNIQ.0.8 
 8. Sanford, DKSK0.8 
 9. Shegog, Toulouse0.7 
 10. Kublina, Fenerbah.0.7 



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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 D''Andra MOSS
  Umbertide
  (178-SG-88)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Moss, Umbertide17.4 
 2. Lavender, Familia16.6 
 3. Morris, Pozzuoli16.5 
 4. Sepulveda, Chieti16.2 
 5. Hampton, Orvieto15.7 
 6. Kireta, Parma15.7 
 7. Harmon, Parma14.4 
 8. Johnson, Lucca13.8 
 9. Eldebrink, Cagliar.13.4 
 10. Maznichenko, Pozz.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Elodie GODIN
  Familia Schio
  (191-C-85)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Godin, Familia Sch.9.4 
 2. Kireta, Parma9.3 
 3. Cain, Priolo9.3 
 4. Hampton, Orvieto8.4 
 5. Seino, Priolo8.3 
 6. Harmon, Parma7.9 
 7. Karakasevic, Chieti7.8 
 8. Lavender, Familia7.8 
 9. Mahoney, Taranto7.3 
 10. Ruzickova, Lucca7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Elin ELDEBRINK
  Cagliari.
  (174-G-88)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Eldebrink, Cagliar.3.4 
 2. Wambe, Familia Sch.3.3 
 3. Battisodo, Parma3.0 
 4. Infantes, Canik B.2.9 
 5. Striulli, Orvieto2.9 
 6. Cohen, Taranto2.9 
 7. Eric, Priolo2.7 
 8. Andrade, Lucca2.6 
 9. Sottana, Familia2.4 
 10. Mahoney, Taranto2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mery ANDRADE
  Lucca
  (181-F-75)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Andrade, Lucca3.8 
 2. Sepulveda, Chieti3.0 
 3. Moss, Umbertide2.9 
 4. Battisodo, Parma2.9 
 5. Ruzickova, Lucca2.5 
 6. Seino, Priolo2.5 
 7. Mahoney, Taranto2.4 
 8. Maznichenko, Pozzu.2.4 
 9. Eldebrink, Cagliar.2.3 
 10. Morris, Pozzuoli2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Federica BRUNETTI
  Cagliari.
  (184-F/C-88)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Brunetti, Cagliari.1.2 
 2. Petronyte, Taranto1.2 
 3. Cain, Priolo1.1 
 4. Godin, Familia Sch.1.0 
 5. Cinili, Umbertide0.9 
 6. Karakasevic, Chieti0.8 
 7. Ress, Lucca0.8 
 8. Sutherland, Orvieto0.7 
 9. Willis, Umbertide0.5 
 10. Kireta, Parma0.5 


Familia Schio and Lucca sweep Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Lucca - Parma 73-51 (3-0)

Lucca made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Parma turnovers. It was a good game for American forward Adrienne Johnson (182-89, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: LBM Management) who led her team to a victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Slovakian center Marie Ruzickova (189-86, agency: LBM Management) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Lucca's coach Mirco Diamanti felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Croatian center Sonja Kireta (198-76) answered with 18 points and New Zealand-American forward Jillian Harmon (185-87, college: Stanford) added 10 points in the effort for Parma.
Top scorers:
Lucca: A.Johnson 18+8reb, M.Ruzickova 15+7reb+1ast, B.Bagnara 10+2reb, A.Gianolla 8+3reb, F.Dotto 7+1ast, M.Andrade 6+6reb+5ast
Parma: S.Kireta 18+4reb, J.Harmon 10+3reb+1ast, C.Corbani 8+3reb+1ast, V.Battisodo 6+4reb+1ast, T.Ajdukovic 4+7reb, F.Zara 3+4reb
gschID: 239240


Familia Schio - Umbertide 73-67 (3-0)

The hosts were ahead by 8 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 18-11 run, which allowed them to win the game. Familia Schio forced 20 Umbertide turnovers and had a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American center Jantel Lavender (190-88, college: Ohio St.) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. French center Elodie Godin (191-85) helped adding 9 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American D'Andra Moss (178-88, college: VCU, agency: Regeneracom Sports) with 30 points and 7 rebounds and Dutch power forward Naomi Halman (191-86, college: Cal-Irvine) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Familia Schio: J.Lavender 19+15reb, L.Macchi 17+1reb+3ast, G.Sottana 13+2reb+1ast, E.Godin 9+11reb+3ast, J.Nadalin 7+3reb, K.Wambe 6+4reb+4ast
Umbertide: D.Moss 30+7reb+1ast, N.Halman 13+5reb+1ast, F.Tognalini 6+3reb, K.Zohnova 5+3reb+1ast, C.Dotto 5+2reb+1ast, C.Willis 4+6reb+4ast
gschID: 239239



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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Irtysh clinch 2012/2013 title - by Eurobasket News

Irtysh clinch 2012/2013 title as they swept the Finla series agisnt Astana Tigers. Last night Irtysh posted a 76:50 victory and got Gold medals of Kazakhstan.
In Game 1 Irtysh got to a confident start of D1 championship series. The defending champions cruised past Astana Tigers 89:67. Tamara Seregina (182-F-90) delivered 20 points to lead the winners.
Later Irtysh gained the second consecutive win in the D1 championship series. Angelina Yuskova (170-G-90) scored 27 points to lead the defending champions to a narrow 84:83 win over Astana. Tamara Seregina delivered 21 points, while Anna Vinokurova (191-C-92) added 15 points for the winning side. Anastassiya Alishauskaite (172-G-88) answered with 19 points for the Tigers. Ganna Zaritska (187-C-86) and Victoria Shmatova responded with 16 points each in the loss.



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  KENYA   


Buru Buru Girls Tame Heights to Book Semis Spot in Basketball - by Eurobasket News

Former national secondary school basketball champions Buru Buru Girls of Metropolitan booked their place in the semi-finals of the ongoing national games at Mang'u High yesterday.
Buru Buru, the 2012 runners-up behind Shimba Hills, beat Heights of Aberdare 34-9 in a low-scoring match to claim the semi-finals ticket. Buru Buru took the first quarter 9-0 a, the second 6-0 to take a 15-0 half time lead.
They were also 6-1 winners in the third set before they were pipped 8-7 in the last but still managed to book a semis slot. Elisah Mayienga scored a game high 12 points for the winners with Irene Achieng adding eight points. Naomi Waithera was the losers top pointer with six.
Buru Buru coach Julius Otieno attributed their success to the experience garnered at the East African and national championships. Eve Chebet guided St.Brigids of Nzoia to a 76-28 win over Lake region's Mabera.
Chebet scored a game high 23 points, Aurelia Achieng and Bertha Kisiero contributed eight points apiece while Faith Ijarua was Mabera's top scorer with 10. In other girls' matches played, Mabera beat Heights 50-38, Buru Buru hit St Brigids 33-25, Bahati breezed past Kirigara 52-43 while Shimba Hills humiliated Senior Chief Ogle 147-2.
In the boys' category, Mang'u failed to utilise home ground advantage as they lost 66-40 to Friends School Kamusinga in a hotly-contested encounter. In opening round matches on Tuesday, Mang'u beat Mandera 79-7, Friends Schools Kamusinga beat Kangaru 64-28, Upper Hill defeated Kapsabet 77-22 and Maseno overcame Shimba Hills 46-42.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  NCAA1   


Hoops scene abuzz with arrivals of Swoopes, Delle Donne - by Eurobasket News

What a week for women's sports in Chicago. We found out that two big names in basketball will now be settling here ... and trying to win here, too. WNBA and Olympic legend Sheryl Swoopes held a news conference in Rogers Park on Monday to announce that she is the new women's basketball coach at Loyola University. Later that day, the Chicago Sky made Delaware forward Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89), one of the most talked about college players in years, the second pick in the WNBA draft. Delle Donne is expected to immediately help the Sky, which is still in search of its first playoff berth. She is 6-feet-5, can shoot from the outside and handle the ball just as effectively as she can score and battle for rebounds in the paint. She has often been called the female Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78), the versatile 7-foot forward of the Dallas Mavericks. "She's the missing piece. She really complements the other players we already have and she fills our biggest need," Sky head coach and general manager Pokey Chatman said about Delle Donne. "I had my mind made up about Elena a couple of months ago. You do your homework about it early because this is one of the most important picks in franchise history. "We've been watching Elena since she was a teenager. She's a special player with a special skills set that isn't really duplicated in the women's game. Even over in Europe, I haven't seen anyone like her. She's different. She's unique." And she could be a game-changer, as could her draft mates. Delle Donne, Baylor's Brittney Griner (taken by the Phoenix Mercury with the No. 1 pick) and Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins (Tulsa Shock, No. 3), head up what is widely considered the best draft class in WNBA history. The "Big Three" are being counted on to take the WNBA to the next level, both on and off the court. "This has been a dream ever since I started playing basketball. I wanted to play it professionally and I've had my eye on the WNBA," Delle Donne said on draft night. "I've been lucky enough to have a league to go play in after college. That's a big thank you to the women before me who made this possible." Women such as Swoopes. Part of the old guard that put the WNBA on the map in the first place, Swoopes was the very first player signed by the WNBA and among the first three "charter" or "centerpiece" players to be placed on WNBA teams. She was allocated to the Houston Comets, while Lisa Leslie was sent to the Los Angeles Sparks and Rebecca Lobo was sent to the New York Liberty. Swoopes went on to win four WNBA championships with the Comets, including the first in league history in 1997. She is a six-time WNBA all-star and won the league's most valuable player award three times. She also is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. A household name in the world of women's basketball, Swoopes says she is going to use her fame to her advantage in her new job. "I think it helps a lot with recruiting, I really do," Swoopes said. "I will have opportunities to walk into parents' homes that a lot of other people couldn't do. To be able to recruit those types of players is huge. I know I have to get on the road and work, but I want to do that. If I didn't, I would have never applied for the job. I know that recruiting is the biggest part of this game, and I think it (Swoopes' famous name) will help." Swoopes is also hoping that her name will raise awareness of the Loyola program within the community and with potential fans. "I think it's sad that this team averages 500 fans a game," Swoopes said. "I have an agenda to get out there in the community more and promote the program and raise the attendance. I want people to understand who we are and what we're about and what we're representing. We're going to do more things with little kids and with volunteering and with community service. "All of those things are important in building the type of program that you want to be successful."
Courtesy of: dailyherald.com



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  POLAND   

Stats Leaders - PLKK

Points Per Game
 Nnemkadi OGWUMIKE
  CCC P.
  (189-F/C-90)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Ogwumike, CCC P.18.5 
 2. McBride, Artego B.18.1 
 3. Szczechowiak, Arte.16.4 
 4. Charles, Wisla C.15.4 
 5. Nwagbo, Gorzow15.4 
 6. Bennett, Nantes14.5 
 7. Jankowska, Widzew14.1 
 8. Snell, CCC P.14.1 
 9. Ross, Energa Torun13.7 
 10. Michael, Energa T.12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Charity SZCZECHOWIAK
  Artego B.
  (191-C-85)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Szczechowiak, Arte.10.2 
 2. Nwagbo, Gorzow8.9 
 3. Ogwumike, CCC P.8.8 
 4. Charles, Wisla C.8.4 
 5. Dosty, Gorzow8.4 
 6. Michael, Energa T.8.4 
 7. Morris, Artego B.8.4 
 8. Jankowska, Widzew7.1 
 9. Bennett, Nantes6.8 
 10. Kassing, BI SSA6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Julie MCBRIDE
  Artego B.
  (165-G-82)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. McBride, Artego B.7.2 
 2. Palau, CCC P.5.4 
 3. Colson, Lider P.4.6 
 4. Dixon, BI SSA G.3.7 
 5. Idczak, Energa T.3.7 
 6. Gajda, PTK P.3.6 
 7. Pawlak, Wisla C.3.2 
 8. Rzeznik, Widzew3.1 
 9. Kopczyk, Widzew3.0 
 10. Malaszewska, BI2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Julie MCBRIDE
  Artego B.
  (165-G-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. McBride, Artego B.2.7 
 2. Idczak, Energa T.2.7 
 3. Colson, Lider P.2.3 
 4. Gajda, PTK P.2.2 
 5. Zietara, BI SSA G.2.1 
 6. Skobel, Gorzow2.1 
 7. Ross, Energa Torun2.0 
 8. Ouvina, Wisla C.2.0 
 9. Ogwumike, CCC P.2.0 
 10. Nwagbo, Gorzow1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Agnieszka MAJEWSKA
  CCC P.
  (195-C-82)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Majewska, CCC P.1.6 
 2. Dosty, Gorzow1.3 
 3. Szczechowiak, Arte.0.9 
 4. Jankowska, Widzew0.9 
 5. Bennett, Lider P.0.9 
 6. Morris, Artego B.0.8 
 7. Michael, Energa T.0.8 
 8. Szott, Artego Byd.0.7 
 9. Bennett, Nantes0.7 
 10. Charles, Wisla C.0.7 



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  RUSSIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Candace PARKER
  UMMC
  (193-C-86)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Parker, UMMC17.3 
 2. Bonner, Nadezhda16.5 
 3. Johnson, Chevakata16.4 
 4. Prince, Dynamo K.16.3 
 5. Langhorne, Dynamo15.7 
 6. Turner, Dy.14.8 
 7. Augustus, Spartak14.3 
 8. Gruda, UMMC13.5 
 9. Toliver, Dynamo M.13.4 
 10. Taurasi, UMMC13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Glory JOHNSON
  Chevakata
  (191-F-90)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Johnson, Chevakata11.4 
 2. Harper, Dynamo M.8.3 
 3. Parker, UMMC8.3 
 4. Bonner, Nadezhda8.2 
 5. Snow, Dynamo K.7.8 
 6. Vidmer, Dynamo M.7.5 
 7. Langhorne, Dynamo7.4 
 8. Kiseleva, Chevaka.7.3 
 9. Popovic, Spartak N.7.2 
 10. Tolikova, Spart.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Becky HAMMON
  Spartak .
  (175-PG-77)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Hammon, Spartak5.6 
 2. Johnson, Dynamo K.4.9 
 3. Taurasi, UMMC4.6 
 4. Toliver, Dynamo M.4.1 
 5. Dominguez, UMMC4.1 
 6. Montgomery, Nadez.3.6 
 7. Turner, Dy.3.4 
 8. Abrosimova, Dynamo3.2 
 9. Berseneva, Energy3.1 
 10. Parker, UMMC3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Candace PARKER
  UMMC
  (193-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Parker, UMMC2.2 
 2. Johnson, Chevakata2.0 
 3. Turner, Dy.2.0 
 4. Prince, Dynamo K.1.9 
 5. Bonner, Nadezhda1.9 
 6. Vodopiyanova, Dyn.1.9 
 7. Montgomery, Nadez.1.8 
 8. Vorobyeva, Rostov1.7 
 9. Popovic, Spartak N.1.7 
 10. Snytsina, Chevak.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekaterina LISINA
  Dynamo K.
  (203-C-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lisina, Dynamo K.2.0 
 2. Popovic, Spartak N.1.5 
 3. Parker, UMMC1.3 
 4. Myasoedova, Dynam.1.1 
 5. Stepanova, UMMC1.0 
 6. Vidmer, Dynamo M.0.9 
 7. Snow, Dynamo K.0.9 
 8. Loginova, Dy.0.8 
 9. Kiseleva, Chevaka.0.8 
 10. Vieru, Spartak0.8