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  APBL   


Stats leaders

ABPL Standings
N Eastern Division
 1. Brooklyn F. 0-0 
 2. NYC 524 0-0 
 3. NYC Jaguars 0-0 
 4. Tri-State E. 0-0 
N Gateway Division
 1. Hudson Valley 0-0 
 2. Manhattan P. 0-0 
 3. North Jersey P. 0-0 
 4. Palmieri Jeans 0-0 
S Colonial Division
 1. Alexandria A. 0-0 
 2. Bay Area Sh. 0-0 
 3. NoVa Hawks 0-0 
 4. Winchester S. 0-0 
S Patriot Division
 1. Beltway B. 0-0 
 2. Capital City E. 0-0 
 3. M. All-Stars 0-0 
 4. Rockville V. 0-0 



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  ARGENTINA   


Ginobili and Parker score 18 points each to lift Spurs to 91-79 win over Lakers in Game 1 - by Eurobasket News

SAN ANTONIO Emanuel Ginobili (198-SG-77, agency: Interperformances) and Tony Parker (188-PG-82) scored 18 points each and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Lakers 91-79 on Sunday in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series.

Tim Duncan added 17 points and 10 rebounds, Matt Bonner had 10 points and Kawhi Leonard had eight points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio.

Dwight Howard had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Steve Nash scored 16 points and Pau Gasol added 16 points and 16 rebounds for Los Angeles.

Despite the double-doubles from Howard and Gasol, the Lakers failed to take full advantage of their inside presence, much to the consternation of the Kobe Bryant, who watched the national broadcast.

"Post. Post. Post," Bryant tweeted in reference to the Lakers' offense.
Courtesy of: http://www.foxnews.com



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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 Singapore S. 6-11 
 5 Thailand S. 6-11 
 6 Saigon H. 3-12 

Regular Season: Round 15

Apr. 19: Petron Blaze - KL Dragons 80-62
Apr. 21: Thailand S. - Singapore S. 56-62
Apr. 17: Saigon H. - Petron Blaze 49-101

Regular Season: Round 16

Apr. 24: Thailand S. - Petron Blaze
Apr. 24: Saigon H. - Satria Muda
Apr. 26: Satria Muda - KL Dragons
Apr. 27: Petron Blaze - Saigon H.
Apr. 28: Singapore S. - Thailand S.


Round 15: Petron Blaze beats KL Dragons in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game was played in Manila. First ranked Filipino Petron Blaze faced 3rd placed Malaysian KL Dragons. Host Petron Blaze (13-3) defeated guests from Kuala Lumpur (9-8) 80-62. The game was mostly controlled by Petron Blaze. KL Dragons managed to win second period 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Petron Blaze dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to KL Dragons' 34. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Petron Blaze made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was center Pauliasi Taulava (208-73) who scored 26 points and 5 rebounds. American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) chipped in 13 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Petron Blaze's coach Olsen Racela used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Marcus Hubbard (206-83, college: Angelo St.) who recorded 15 points and 9 rebounds. Petron Blaze have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-3 record. KL Dragons at the other side keep the third position with eight games lost. Petron Blaze are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Saigon Heat (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. KL Dragons will play against the league's second-placed Satria Muda in Jakarta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Filipino leader Petron Blaze delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-12) 101-49. It was a good game for American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Chris Banchero contributed with 12 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Petron Blaze's coach Olsen Racela felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Chris Sumalinog answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Saigon Heat. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Petron Blaze. They maintain first place with 13-3 record. Saigon Heat lost their eleventh game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Petron Blaze will play against Thailand Slammers (#5) in Bangkok in the next round. Saigon Heat will play again on the road against the league's leader Petron Blaze in Manila and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last game of round 15 Singapore S. defeated Thailand S. in a road game 62-56.


Thailand S. - Singapore S. 56-62

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Bangkok where 4th placed Thailand Thailand Slammers (6-11) were defeated by fifth ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (6-11) 62-56. Thailand Slammers were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Vietnamese Phillip Aaron Morrison who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 4 assists. American power forward Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-84, college: UALR) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Filipino guard Froilan Baguion (170-80) answered with 16 points and 6 assists and American power forward Christien Charles (216-81, college: Villanova) added 3 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks in the effort for Thailand Slammers. Thailand Slammers' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Singapore Slingers moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Thailand S. Singapore Slingers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Thailand Slammers will play again on the road against Singapore Slingers (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Thailand S.: F.Baguion 16+2reb+6ast, K.Samerjai 11+1reb, D.Brannon 8+6reb, K.Lertlaaokul 7+2reb+2ast, C.Klahan 7+1reb, C.Charles 3+16reb+2ast
Singapore S.: P.Aaron Morrison 26+1reb+4ast, R.Jones-Jennings 16+13reb+1ast, D.Dulay 12+7reb, S.Yu Lim 5+1ast, W.Jie Oh Desmond 3+2reb+3ast, Q.Wu 0
gschID: 229722


Petron Blaze - KL Dragons 80-62

An exciting game was played in Manila. First ranked Filipino Petron Blaze faced 3rd placed Malaysian KL Dragons. Host Petron Blaze (13-3) defeated guests from Kuala Lumpur (9-8) 80-62. The game was mostly controlled by Petron Blaze. KL Dragons managed to win second period 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Petron Blaze dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to KL Dragons' 34. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Petron Blaze made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was center Pauliasi Taulava (208-73) who scored 26 points and 5 rebounds. American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Petron Blaze's coach Olsen Racela used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Marcus Hubbard (206-83, college: Angelo St.) who recorded 15 points and 9 rebounds and Filipino-Tongan center Moala Tautuaa (200-89, college: Chadron St.) added 11 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Petron Blaze have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-3 record. KL Dragons at the other side keep the third position with eight games lost. Petron Blaze are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Saigon Heat (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. KL Dragons will play against the league's second-placed Satria Muda in Jakarta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KL Dragons: M.Hubbard 15+9reb, A.Siefain 11+2reb+3ast, M.Tautuaa 11+12reb, G.Edwards 10+9reb, Y.Seng John Ng 5, J.Melton 5+2reb+6ast
Petron Blaze: P.Taulava 26+5reb+3ast, B.Williams 13+14reb+4ast, L.Avenido 11+3reb+1ast, H.Thiele 10+7reb, J.Williams 8+8reb+3ast, R.Rizada 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 229721


Saigon H. - Petron Blaze 49-101

Filipino leader Petron Blaze delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-12) 101-49. The game without a history. Petron Blaze led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Saigon Heat's 20. Petron Blaze forced 19 Saigon Heat turnovers and outrebounded them 50-28 including a 34-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Petron Blaze players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Saigon Heat's players. It was a good game for American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. point guard Chris Banchero (185-90, college: Seattle Pacific) contributed with 12 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Five Petron Blaze players scored in double figures. Petron Blaze's coach Olsen Racela felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Chris Sumalinog answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Quang To added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Saigon Heat. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Petron Blaze. They maintain first place with 13-3 record. Saigon Heat lost their eleventh game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Petron Blaze will play against Thailand Slammers (#5) in Bangkok in the next round. Saigon Heat will play again on the road against the league's leader Petron Blaze in Manila and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Saigon H.: C.Sumalinog 16+6reb+2ast, S.Ly 12+2reb, Q.To 8+8reb+1ast, D.Lowhorn 7+3reb, A.Vergara 6+4reb+5ast, T.Trung Ngo 0+5reb+1ast
Petron Blaze: P.Taulava 18+2reb, C.Banchero 12+4reb+6ast, B.Williams 11+10reb+4ast, J.Williams 11+11reb, V.Acuna 11+3reb+1ast, L.Avenido 9+1reb+3ast
gschID: 229720



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

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

Regular Season: Round 6

BIG V

Apr. 20: Hume City - Waverley F. 83-101
Apr. 21: Werribee - Eltham W. 70-73
Apr. 20: Sherbrooke S. - Melbourne 64-52
Apr. 20: Bulleen B. - Corio Bay 104-101
Apr. 20: Diamond V.E. - Ringwood H. 103-94

Central ABL

Apr. 20: Norwood F. - N.Adelaide R. 96-77
Apr. 20: Forestville E. - Sturt S. 88-71
Apr. 20: Southern T. - S.Adelaide P. 75-65
Apr. 19: Norwood F. - Woodville W. 74-90
Apr. 20: Eastern M. - C.District L. 72-91
Apr. 20: Woodville W. - W.Adelaide B. 69-77

SBL

Apr. 19: Willetton T. - East Perth E. 95-90
Apr. 20: Stirling S. - Rockingham F. 93-131
Apr. 20: Goldfield G. - Perry Lakes H. 92-105
Apr. 20: Geraldton B. - Perth R. 90-97
Apr. 19: SW Slammers - Lakeside L. 84-79
Apr. 20: Wanneroo W. - SW Slammers 114-84
Apr. 20: Mandurah M. - Kalamunda E.S. 111-104
Apr. 19: Rockingham F. - Cockburn C. 109-96
Apr. 20: Cockburn C. - Willetton T. 101-110

SEABL

Apr. 20: Geelong S. - Ballarat M. 99-77
Apr. 19: Mt Gambier - Albury W.B. 98-81
Apr. 21: Ballarat M. - NW Tasmania 89-91
Apr. 21: Knox R. - Sandringham S. 84-91
Apr. 20: Dandenong - NW Tasmania 81-93
Apr. 20: Bendigo B. - Nunawading S. 81-80
Apr. 19: Canberra G. - Hobart C. 75-86
Apr. 20: Brisbane S. - Hobart C. 72-82
Apr. 20: Kilsyth C. - Frankston B. 57-78
Apr. 20: Sandringham S. - Albury W.B. 105-111

WARATAH

Apr. 20: Hornsby S. - Illawarra H. 87-74
Apr. 21: Colonial Hotel - Hills H. 84-71
Apr. 21: Norths Bears - Sutherland S. 79-50
Apr. 20: Norths Bears - Hills H. 77-62
Apr. 20: Sydney C. - Manly Warr. 72-77
Apr. 20: Newcastle H. - Bankstown B. 71-65
Apr. 20: Maitland M. - Cent.Coast C. 66-72

Regular Season: Round 7

BIG V

Apr. 27: Corio Bay - Sherbrooke S.
Apr. 27: Ringwood H. - Hume City
Apr. 27: Melbourne - Eltham W.
Apr. 28: Waverley F. - Bulleen B.
Apr. 28: Diamond V.E. - Werribee

Central ABL

Apr. 25: Forestville E. - C.District L.
Apr. 27: N.Adelaide R. - Forestville E.
Apr. 27: S.Adelaide P. - Eastern M.
Apr. 27: Sturt S. - Southern T.
Apr. 27: W.Adelaide B. - Norwood F.
Apr. 27: C.District L. - Woodville W.

SBL

Apr. 25: Lakeside L. - East Perth E.
Apr. 26: Wanneroo W. - Kalamunda E.S.
Apr. 26: Mandurah M. - Cockburn C.
Apr. 26: East Perth E. - Perth R.
Apr. 27: Geraldton B. - Stirling S.
Apr. 27: Cockburn C. - Goldfield G.
Apr. 27: SW Slammers - Rockingham F.
Apr. 27: Lakeside L. - Wanneroo W.
Apr. 27: Willetton T. - Perry Lakes H.
Apr. 28: Kalamunda E.S. - Goldfield G.

SEABL

Apr. 25: Bendigo B. - Ballarat M.
Apr. 25: Frankston B. - Dandenong
Apr. 26: Hobart C. - Mt Gambier
Apr. 26: Albury W.B. - Canberra G.
Apr. 27: Dandenong - Kilsyth C.
Apr. 27: Brisbane S. - Geelong S.
Apr. 27: NW Tasmania - Mt Gambier
Apr. 27: Knox R. - Nunawading S.
Apr. 28: Canberra G. - Frankston B.
Apr. 28: Nunawading S. - Sandringham S.
Apr. 28: Ballarat M. - Albury W.B.

WARATAH

Apr. 26: Cent.Coast C. - Newcastle H.
Apr. 27: Illawarra H. - Maitland M.
Apr. 27: Bankstown B. - Sydney C.
Apr. 27: Parramatta W. - Colonial Hotel
Apr. 27: Cent.Coast C. - Hornsby S.
Apr. 27: Sutherland S. - Hills H.
Apr. 27: Norths Bears - Manly Warr.
Apr. 28: Hornsby S. - Colonial Hotel


Central ABL: Wyatt's Threes add Insult to Injury - by Eurobasket News

Aaron Wyatt helped Woodville continue their unbeaten start to the season, icing a victory at Mars with two long threes.

To make matters worse for Norwood, Matt Lycett, who scored 35 points 6 days earlier, left the game in the 2nd quarter with a suspected broken foot.

Woodville had the best of the first quarter, despite Wyatt picking up two early fouls. Jarrod Graves ended the quarter with a 3 pointer coming off an on-ball screen then a back court steal and a layup.

Wyatts scoring kicked in in the 2nd, and a lightning-fast crossover in transition left Brad Davidson struggling to find a matchup for him.

Nevertheless, Norwood regained the lead by simply outscoring Woodville, and with Keith Krause hitting three pointers from the trail position he has owned for years, Norwood looked like its old self. Andrew Webber (180-G-85, college: Armstr.Atlantic) hit a three off a set play, and Norwood entered the break up 45-42.

The second half started as a seesawing battle with neither team able to gain an ascendency. Krause hit another three from the top, but Cameron Wilson (183-G-80) scored 7 Woodville points in a row to keep the Warriors in control.

When Matt Long put back his own miss and converted the three point play, it seemed to be against the flow, but within minutes, Norwood had a 10 point lead. Even more suddenly, Woodville scored 14 unanswered points across three quarter time break, then went on another run to lead by 8. Norwood reduced the lead to 3 and with 5 minutes to go, it was anyones game.

Wyatts first three came just before the shot clock buzzer and his second, under as much pressure, came 40 seconds later. This triggered a 15-0 run which wasnt ended until the result was beyond doubt, the Warriors running away to win 90-74.

Andrew Webber and Ed Millard were Norwoods best, scoring 15 and 16 respectively, and Jake Sadauskas 10 was efficient, on a night where Norwood shot 33% from the floor.

In his third game in the CABL, Wyatt scored 33, eclipsing the 22 he had in round 1, and sending the message to the league that the Warriors have yet another weapon.

Darren Ng struggled to score, but did significant damage by drawing two defenders coming off on-ball screens, creating scoring opportunities for others two or three passes ahead.

Cam Wilson made two great hustle plays for which he is so well known one in the second quarter chasing down a loose ball that everyone else had forgotten about, and another deep in Norwood territory early in fourth quarter both of which triggered fast breaks and gave Woodville momentum.

Woodville 90 (Aaron Wyatt 33, Cameron Wilson 19, Darren Ng 15)
Norwood 74 (Ed Millard 16, Andrew Webber 15, Jake Sadauskas 10, Keith Krause 10)
Courtesy of: Central ABL



Central ABL: Young Guns Causing Headaches for Opposition Coaches - by Eurobasket News

If youve ever tried putting together a jigsaw puzzle without the picture on the lid of the box, youll have some idea of what most CABL coaches will be feeling like putting together their scouting reports this season.

Uncertain.

The reason for this air of speculation is a wave of talented youth crashing onto the CABL scene. Multiple clubs will be hoping for more of the glimpses of potential shown by their promising juniors last year. With five of the six players featured having played in the bronze-medal-winning SA Under 20 team back in February, coaches and fans alike will be eager to see if their success can be translated from the brightest stage of junior basketball in Australia to the senior level.

Among the eight Sturt juniors having been promoted to the seniors list to replenish their depleted stocks are talented guards Sam Daly and Hamish Burns. Both are expected to fill key roles for the Sabres this season, after getting a taste of CABL action last year. Burns, an aggressive slasher and tough defender describes the challenge of his role this season as having extended to improving his perimeter shooting in an attempt to fill the 17.8ppg void left by three-point specialist and 36er Darren Ng.

Just trying to spread the floor while [Daly] is driving and knock down the open shot, thatll be a big part of my job this year, says Burns. Bringing energy every night, and picking up the slack where I can from three of our main guys leaving is my main role this season.

Meanwhile, the smooth-moving Daly has been training with the 36ers squad over the summer as part of his preparation to take over from big brother Toms starting role this year, last years Woollacott medallist choosing to pursue a contract with Mount Gambier in the SEABL this season.

The fact that hes gone leaves me with a whole lot of minutes that I wouldnt have normally had with the more experienced guys aroundits a lot of responsibility, says Daly.

But defenders will have their hands just as full with the younger model, who at 190cm averaged 7.3 points and 2.6 assists last season, boasting a rare combination of size, athleticism and smarts at the point guard position.

Sam will start at the one spot for us this season hes got a good skill-set and mind-set for someone his age. Both him and [Burns] have a bucketful of talent, coach Tom James-Martin said.

Bearcat fans also have reason to be excited. Second-year starter Patrick Thomas is looking to improve upon his strong rookie season after the lengthy left-handed guard proved himself an integral part of the starting line-up with his outstanding perimeter defence. However Thomas plans to use the extra training he had over the summer with the sixers, as well as the extra defensive scrutiny drawn by some of his higher profile teammates, to his advantage on the other end of the floor this year.

Guys like Jason Cadee and Daniel Johnson on my team, theyll be getting a lot of attention, says Thomas, who averaged 7.6ppg and 2.8apg last season. [The Sixers training] has really helped my shooting, just getting up shots everyday against higher calibre defenders so this season my job will also be to step in offensively and knock down open shots.

But its not only Sturt and West that can expect big things from their youth in season 2013. Fellow state under 20 bronze medallist Ryan Clark is a second year big man for the Woodville Warriors who will provide some important back-up for Woodvilles veteran front court. Harbouring a well-developed arsenal of low-post moves and an underrated mid-range jump shot, Clark is one who certainly appreciates the magnitude of the opportunity he has created for himself.

I used to be the floor wiper back in the early 2000scoming out every week, watching Scottie Whitmore and all those greats, those great teams[theyre] what really inspired me to want to play for this club at this level.

Also sure to catch some teams by surprise is tough young shooting guard Jordan Centernera. The SASI graduate, who spent much of 2011/12 playing in Germany for the Artland Dragons, has returned to his former junior club after a brief stint with Sturt in under 18s. Capable of scoring in bunches by knocking down open shots or getting to the hoop, coaches will have to be on their guard to keep him from getting hot.

Hes our most prolific scorer in the under 23s program, says Lions coach Scott Whitmore. He was injured a lot last yearbut hes definitely likely to have a major impact for us this season.

The Southern Tigers are another team who can expect a welcome injection of talented youth into their new-look squad this season, headlined by future star Sam Johns. The versatile big man is a nightmare match-up for most teams, utilising his size and strength by posting up smaller guards, but equally capable of burning more cumbersome opponents from the outside.

Sam's versatility combined with a strong basketball IQ makes him tough to guard, says Southern Tiger teammate Tim Smyth, who also hints that its not just his on-floor play that makes him so valuable. The leadership skills he brings to our group are far beyond his years. Sometimes I forget he is only 18 years of age.

With all this new talent floating around the league and several teams undergoing major shake-ups over the summer, its likely a number of coaches will delay putting together a scouting report until this years key personnel becomes clearer.

For those that do, theyd just better hope they didnt forget a piece.

By Lachlan Sellar
Courtesy of: Central ABL



SEABL Results-Round 5 - by Eurobasket News

FRIDAY 19th APRIL

CANBERRA 75 (Griffin 19, Dumovic 17)

Lost to

HOBART 86 (Polk 21, Gregg 20)


Hobart proved too good for the Gunners after a 27-20 first quarter. Hobart dominated the boards with Canberra struggling mightily from long range, only managing 19.2% for the match. Jordan Gregg (201-C, college: E.Oregon) finished with a double-double for Hobart with 20pts and 10rebs while Gunnners Camontae Griffin struggled to convert at the offensive end.

MVP Brandon Polk (Hobart)

MT GAMBIER 98 (Hill 32, Sutton 13)

def

ALBURY/WODONGA 81 (Opacic 19, Duck 16)


Mt Gambier surprised no one and proved too good for Albury Wodonga after a more accurate day from the floor. The Pioneers finished the contest shooting at 46.2% while Albury Wodonga could only manage 38.1%. Brad Hill (198-G/F-86) was the standout for either side with 32pts and 10rebs.

MVP Brad Hill (Mt Gambier)

SATURDAY 20th APRIL

SANDRINGHAM 105 (Pichon 29, Richard 23)

Lost to

ALBURY/WODONGA 111 (Vann 26, Payne 25)

**OVERTIME**


In one of the games of the weekend, Albury Wodonga collected their second win for the season against Sandringham in a close event that took O/T to decide. Both teams shot well and moved well with and without the ball, but in the end, Albury Wodonga veteran Nick Payne (190-G-81) stepped up when needed, scoring 11pts in overtime to guide his team to the much needed victory.

MVP Nick Payne (Albury/Wodonga)

GEELONG 99 (Mercer 22, Herbert 20)

def

BALLARAT 77 (Blicavs 20, Walker 16)


Geelong kept their position atop of the SEABL ladder with an easy win over Ballarat. Ballarat never seemed in it as Geelong controlled the temp with their outstanding ball movement and ability to convert. Five Geelong players scored in double figures, two over 20 points, proving they have one of the deepest teams in the league.

MVP Mike Mercer (192-G-86, college: S.Florida) (Geelong)

BRISBANE 72 (Kenny 23, Derksen 12)

Lost to

HOBART 82 (George 30, Polk 16)


Hobart capped off a successful weekend with a ten point victory over Brisbane. Hobart came out strong and never gave an inch to the Spartans. Brisbane struggled from the three-point line, finishing at 22.2% while Hobart managed a marginally better 32%. Deba George (183-PG-85) was fantastic with 30pts@55%.

MVP Deba George (Hobart)

DANDENONG 81 (Montreal 22, Harms 15)

Lost to

NW TASMANIA 93 (Payne 23, Janev 17, Harris 17)


NW Tasmania never really felt too much pressure from the Rangers, coming away with a 12 point victory. The game was lost from beyond the arc for Dandenong who only connected on 6 from 26 shots. This allowed NW Tasmania to control the boards and set the tempo for the match.

MVP Troy Payne (NW Tasmania)

BENDIGO 81 (Ferguson 25, Probert 14)

def

NUNAWADING 80 (Conn 18, de Silva Gonzaga 18)


In a game that was close from the get-go, Bendigo managed to get the win over a gallant Nunawading side. The game was tight all across the board, but in the end it came down to Spectres import Gonzaga missing a free throw with seconds remaining, that helped the Braves hold on to victory.

MVP Kevin Probert (183-G-88) (Bendigo)

KILSYTH 57 (Kusyner 17, Lang 14)

Lost to

FRANKSTON 78 (Louis 23, Long 21)


In a clash between two struggling clubs, Frankston were able to find the basket with a little more ease and come away with the Win. Both teams struggled from the line all night but it was Kilsyth's inaccuracy from beyond the arc that allowed the Blues to skip away. The Cobras only hit 3 from 20 from long range.

MVP Chuck Long (Frankston)

SUNDAY 21st APRIL

KNOX 84 (Strong 22, Massingale 17)

Lost to

SANDRINGHAM 91 (Pichon 26, Richard 24)


Sandringham got away with the victory in the end after a solid shooting performance from the floor. Sandringham led for the entire match, but let the Raiders back into the match late. Sabres John Pichon (198-F-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: McNeese St.) continues his impressive form this season with 26pts from 54.5% shooting and 13rebs.

MVP John Pichon (Sandringham)

BALLARAT 89 (Hanson 22, Walker 19)

Lost to

NW TASMANIA 91 (Payne 20, Janev 18)


In one of the hottest match-ups of the weekend, NW Tasmania grinded their way past Ballarat to get their second win of the weekend. NW Tasmania shared the ball around brilliantly for the entire match, allowing for more open shots and a conversion rate of 51.5%. Troy Payne and Tom Wright finished with 8 assists a piece for N W Tasmania.

MVP Troy Payne (NW Tasmania)
Courtesy of: http://www.seabl.com.au



Big V: Weekend Wrap- Round 5 - by Eurobasket News

Four teams top the tonne, the Boomers stand up to their biggest challenge yet, the Hawks get grounded by the Eagles, the Suns toast a win and the Devils continue their winning ways.
SCM ROUND UP
ROUND 5
Ringwoods championship defence is on the slide following another loss, this time to a resurgent Diamond Valley, who themselves were searching for a win after two successive losses. The Eagles pushed out to a 13pt lead by the halfway mark and it proved to be too much for the visiting Hawks to drag back in. Matt Fennell (19pts) continued his great form with another big game and was ably assisted by Adam Moore (14pts, 13rbs), Matt Reynolds (16pts), Brett Fennell (15pts) and Nathan Truman (14pts). For the Hawks too much was left to Shaun Clarke (26pts, 10rbs), Sam Belt (21pts, 10rbs) and Bryan Dougher (18pts). Now sitting at 1-4, the Hawks need to turn things around quickly and quite simply their season is on the line next week against Hume City.
Sherbrooke won its first game over a subdued Melbourne, storming home with a 27-11 last quarter to finally taste victo-ry. In a scrappy contest that included 44 turnovers, the Suns won the battle of the boards (48-30) and nailed opportuni-ties down the stretch (12/18) at a 67% clip. Bryan Moore (196-F, college: Assumption) (22pts, 13rbs) lit it up for the home team, while for Mel-bourne only Robert Stone (14pts) stood tall on a tough night. The Suns are now up and running, but unfortunately the Ti-gers are waning at the foot of the ladder.
After a solid start (26-22), Hume City couldnt hold Waverley, especially during the middle quarters when the visiting Fal-cons went on a 56-33 run to clinch another victory. Other than their shooting from the foul line (16/31) everything tended to swing in Waverleys favour.
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Brad Kelleher (34pts) was brilliant and Ivan Platenik (201-F-83, college: Alaska-Anch.) (22pts, 12rbs) put up his usual numbers, while for the Broncos a big game from Jamal Brown (34pts, 21rbs) kept the home crowd entertained. The win continues to push Waverleys season along, but make no mistake that this weeks game between Hume City and Ring-wood has a heap riding on it.
Bulleen and Corio Bay put on an epic battle that end-ed in and overtime win to the Boomers that will go down as one of their best ever. Fast, free flowing and hugely exciting, the fans got their moneys worth as some of the biggest stars in the Big V turned it on. Up by 7pts at three-quarter time, the Stingrays looked a good thing, but with Mike Rose (22pts, 8rbs), Yusuf Qaafow (190-G-87) (19pts, 6ast) and Corey Standerfer (38pts, 10rbs) sublime down the stretch, the Boomers forced the game into a fifth period and didnt look back. Corio Bay were well served by Eric Williams (28pts, 10rbs), Stefan Osborne (20pts) and Malo Hicks (18pts, 13rbs), while Jason Reardon threw nine dimes. Great game, brilliant contest and surely a sign of things to come later in the season.
Eltham closed out the weekend with a 73-70 win down at the dreaded Furness, thanks largely to the contin-ued outstanding form of Scott Cuffe (33pts, 12rbs). Giv-en the recent form of the Devils, this was a very good win for the improving Wildcats who, in looking at the stats, only ran six players. Grabbing the lead late in the third quarter, the visitors never looked back and with the win are starting to add some spice to a very even middle tier on the SCM ladder. Other Wildcats to play well included John Lister (17pts) and James Malvaso (10pts, 10rbs), while Muka Silver (12pts, 14rbs) did his bit for the Devils.
ROUND 5 RESULTS
Diamond Valley 103 defeated Ringwood 94 Bulleen 104 defeated Corio Bay 101 Sherbrooke 64 defeated Melbourne 52 Eltham 73 defeated Werribee 70
Waverley 101 defeated Hume City 83
Ringwoods championship-defending season is on the line. The Hawks have lost their last four games by an average of just 5pts per game and though they are only two wins out of the top four, they havent won since March 16.
Courtesy of: http://www.bigv.com.au



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  AUSTRIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Oberwart
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Hinson, Oberwart21.2 
 2. Tiedeman, Wels19.7 
 3. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.6 
 4. Boxley, Oberwart19.0 
 5. Grum, Furstenfeld18.6 
 6. Dale, UBSC G.17.5 
 7. Shaw, Kapfenberg17.4 
 8. Kovacevic, St.Po.17.3 
 9. Gilchrese, UBSC G.17.2 
 10. Chaney, Oberwart16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  BC Vienna
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Pearson, BC Vienna8.8 
 2. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.8.2 
 3. Heard, Gussing8.2 
 4. Washington, Wels7.5 
 5. Johnson, Oberwart7.1 
 6. Spasojevic, Arkadia6.9 
 7. Kohlmaier, St.Polt.6.8 
 8. Lamesic, Wels6.8 
 9. Speiser, St.Polten6.8 
 10. Boxley, Oberwart6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna5.6 
 2. Klepeisz, Gussing4.8 
 3. Woods, Kapfenberg4.7 
 4. Lanegger, Klostern.4.4 
 5. Tiedeman, Wels4.1 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna4.0 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels3.9 
 8. Danek, BC Vienna3.7 
 9. O''Neal, Furstenfeld3.5 
 10. Gilchrese, UBSC G.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.4 
 2. Gonzalvez, Wels1.6 
 3. Ray, BC Vienna1.6 
 4. Hinson, Oberwart1.6 
 5. Chaney, Oberwart1.5 
 6. Arnold, Gmunden1.5 
 7. Boylan, BC Vienna1.4 
 8. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.3 
 9. Pryor, Kapfenberg1.3 
 10. Farokhmanesh, We.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Blaz CRESNAR
  Furstenf.
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.3 
 2. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.1 
 3. Bortolin, Arkadia1.0 
 4. Washington, Wels0.8 
 5. Arnold, Gmunden0.8 
 6. Gant, Oberwart0.8 
 7. Nelson, Kapfenberg0.7 
 8. Boxley, Oberwart0.6 
 9. Cox, Furstenfeld0.6 
 10. Shaw, Kapfenberg0.6 


A Bundesliga Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. BC Vienna and Oberwart reach semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Gussing - Kapfenberg 73-89

Kapfenberg forced the fifth decisive game in the series as they claimed a road win over Gussing. It looked good early as Gussing Knights took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kapfenberg Bulls had a 30-20 second period charge getting the lead and Gussing Knights were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-89. Kapfenberg Bulls made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. American swingman Quentin Pryor (193-83, college: Morehead St., agency: Court Side) contributed with 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. International point guard Thomas Klepeisz (185-91, agency: TSS Management) replied with 20 points and 4 assists and American forward Dario Hunt (203-89, college: Nevada) added 21 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Gussing Knights.
Top scorers:
Gussing: D.Hunt 21+5reb, T.Klepeisz 20+2reb+4ast, M.Heard 11+11reb, E.Kadic 9+2reb, M.Klepeisz 6+1ast, C.Vancura 4+1reb+1ast
Kapfenberg: J.Dean Shaw 22+3reb+1ast, Q.Pryor 22+7reb+2ast, M.Sanchez 18+13reb+4ast, D.Nelson 12+4reb+1ast, H.Opoku 6+2reb, G.Woods 5+1reb
gschID: 239320


Wels - BC Vienna 84-93

BC Vienna defeated Wels to make it into the semis. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-84. BC Vienna dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Raiffeisen Wels' 40. 24 personal fouls committed by Raiffeisen Wels helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) fired 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. The other American import power forward Maurice Pearson (206-89, college: Georgetown, KY, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds. American-Iranian point guard Ali Farokhmanesh (183-88, college: N.Iowa) produced 20 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four BC Vienna and five Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Wels: A.Farokhmanesh 20+4reb+6ast, D.Washington 16+6reb+2ast, D.Lamesic 16+7reb+2ast, D.Gonzalvez 11+2reb+5ast, C.Hallett 11+3reb+1ast, R.Vieider 10+4reb
BC Vienna: S.Ray 25+6reb+4ast, M.Pearson 22+7reb+2ast, R.Richards 12+2reb+1ast, S.Stazic 12+5reb+4ast, B.Danek 8+3reb+4ast, F.Trmal 6+4reb
gschID: 239321


Gmunden - Oberwart 84-91

Oberwart entered the semifinal stage as they handed Gmunden the third loss in the series. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-84. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Puerto Rican point guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and American-Puerto Rican guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy) who added 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Robert Arnold (198-88, college: Boise St.) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Five Redwell Gunners Oberwart and four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. Gmunden Swans' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: R.Arnold 21+6reb+1ast, J.Brown 17+3reb+3ast, E.Murati 16+4reb+1ast, D.Oppland 16+8reb+1ast, M.Mayer 7+6reb+4ast, R.Poiger 3+2reb+3ast
Oberwart: D.Hinson 27+5reb+6ast, R.Chaney 17+9reb+1ast, D.Gant 15+3reb, S.Boxley 15+6reb+4ast, H.Ochsenhofer 12+2reb+4ast, J.Johnson 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 239322



Mattersburg Rocks clinch B Bundesliga title - by Eurobasket News

Mattersburg Rocks triumphed at the B Bundesliga championship. They defeated Basket Flames 87:69 tonight to sweep the championship series. Mattersburg dominated from start to finish in this one. They led by five points at the first break 19:14. The gap grew at double digits in the second period. The Rocks grabbed a 46:32 halftime lead. Mattersburg stretched the margin in the third quarter. They accumulated a 66:41 advantage into the fourth period. The Rocks did not slow down and cruised to the victory at the end. Lukas Pinterits (193-G/F-86) fired 20 points to lead the visitors. David Geisler (186-G-80) finished with 18 points, while Joey Vickery (180-G-67) added 12 points for Mattersburg. Pocksteiner responded with 13 points for Basket Flames. Vladimir Gavranic (203-F-87, college: Abil.Christian) had 12 points in defeat.


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Galil Gilboa beat Levski to defend the title - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Galil Gilboa - Levski Sofia 87-79
Balkan League fans got the sense of deja-vu when Galil Gilboa defended their Balkan League title tonight. They prevailed against Levski Sofia in overtime drama almost copying the last seasons title game scenario. Rakim Sanders (193-G-89, college: Fairfield) stepped up with 30 points and 17 rebounds to pace the winners to the second straight Balkan League trophy. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Galil Gilboa eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. But Levski took over in the second frame. The Bulgarian powerhouse went on a 24:15 rally in the second quarter to ensure a 41:33 halftime lead. Galil Gilboa narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Israeli team got within 6 points at the third break. Galil Gilboa pulled in front on a jumper from Yaniv Green (206-C-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) midway through the fourth frame. Levski rebounded and entered the final 27 seconds of regulation up by two points 63:61. But Yaniv Green went perfect from the line and sent the game into overtime. Now Galil Gilboa were closer to the victory as they led by as many as four points with 42 seconds remaining in the extra period. But Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) hit four free throws in the remaining seconds to force the second overtime. This time Galil Gilboa used an 11:0 rally to clear off for good and triumphed at the end. Yaniv Green delivered 16 points, while Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) contributed 14 points for the winners. Marko Marinovic answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Levski. Mladen Pantic added 17 points in the losign effort.
3-4 Place
Kumanovo - Rilski Sportist 77-85
Rilski Sportist claimed the Balkan League Bronze. They held off Kumanovo in Samokov to step onto the pedestal. Hristo Zahariev (197-SG-90) stepped off the bench to topscore with 25 points and 6 boards for the winners. Kumanovo enjoyed a slim 23:22 lead after the opening quarter. But Rilski took over in the second frame. The hosts went on a 25:16 run to ensure a 47:39 halftime advantage. Kumanovo tried to change the complexion of the encounter in the third quarter. The Macedonian team got within 4 points at the final intermission. But it was not enough. Rilski fired 22 points in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had 14 points and 10 assists, while Terry Smith added 14 points for the winners. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Kumanovo. Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-F-88, agency: Beo Basket, college: Brescia, KY) had 22 points and 12 boards in the loss.



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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, Svisloch18.4 
 4. Dolenko, Svisloch16.2 
 5. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.15.0 
 6. Semianiuk, Tsmoki-.14.6 
 7. Zakhar, Impuls B.14.3 
 8. Indrikov, Rubon13.9 
 9. Ignatiev, Impuls B.12.1 
 10. Khodov, Sozh Gom.11.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maks Adam KONATE
  Svisloch
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Konate, Svisloch12.1 
 2. Rutkauskas, Eagles10.2 
 3. Dadukin, Sozh G.10.0 
 4. Plivda, Rubon9.1 
 5. Zakhar, Impuls B.9.1 
 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. Polyulyak, Svisloch5.4 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.2 
 4. Dolenko, Svisloch4.7 
 5. Akulich, Rubon4.7 
 6. Kamarunas, Tsmoki.4.4 
 7. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.3.8 
 8. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.2 
 9. Kryukov, Borisfen3.0 
 10. Tatur, 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. Kamarunas, Tsmoki.2.3 
 4. Charykau, Sozh G.2.3 
 5. Konate, Svisloch2.3 
 6. Volodkin, Impuls B.2.2 
 7. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.1 
 8. Malkov, Grodno-932.0 
 9. Indrikov, Rubon2.0 
 10. Dadukin, Sozh G.2.0 
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. Viaroukin, Sozh Go.0.0 
 5. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 6. Vashkevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 7. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 8. Tatur, Borisfen0.0 
 9. Korneenkov, Svisl.0.0 
 10. Sugonyako, Tsmok.0.0 


Sozh Gomel reached the Semifinal Stage - by Eurobasket News

Rubon - Svisloch 73-60 (1-1)

The game was mostly controlled by Rubon. Svisloch was better in fourth quarter 17-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rubon forced 21 Svisloch turnovers. The former international guard Dmitri Akulich (190-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Evgeni Ivanov (202-84) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Akulich is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. point guard Oleksandr Dolenko (191-90) replied with 15 points and 4 assists and forward Dmitri Shilovich (200-89) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Svisloch.
Top scorers:
Rubon: D.Akulich 19+7reb+4ast, E.Ivanov 15+7reb+1ast, Z.Plivda 10+10reb+1ast, Y.Patupchyk 9+2reb, A.Indrikov 6+6reb+3ast, S.Sapegin 5+2reb+4ast
Svisloch: O.Dolenko 15+4reb+4ast, D.Shilovich 14+8reb, N.Polyulyak 11+7reb, A.Hrumiantsau 9+3reb, M.Adam Konate 5+7reb+1ast, P.Shuleyko 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 239213


Tsmoki-Minsk II - Sozh Gomel 62-66 (0-2)

The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-10. But Tsmoki-Minsk II won second period 21-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Tsmoki-Minsk II helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Ukrainian forward Sergei Dadukin (198-83) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 18 rebounds. Ukrainian forward Dmytro Khodov (203-87) chipped in 19 points. Forward Aliaksandr Semianiuk (207-93) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds and Yauheni Beliankou (197-95) added 13 points respectively for the hosts. Tsmoki-Minsk II's coach Tadas Stockus rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Sozh Gomel: D.Khodov 19+4reb+1ast, S.Dadukin 13+18reb+3ast, T.Viaroukin 9+3reb+2ast, S.Charykau 9+4reb+6ast, S.Miakinin 8+10reb, P.Bliznets 5+2reb
Tsmoki-Minsk II: A.Semianiuk 18+17reb, Y.Beliankou 13+4reb+2ast, V.Krisevich 10+7reb+1ast, V.Ignatchik 7+6reb+2ast, S.Kazlou 6+6reb+1ast, R.Rubinshteyn 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 239212



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  BOSNIA   

Standings - BIH League

Division Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Igokea 6-1 
 2. Siroki WWin 6-1 
 3. Mladost 3-3 
 4. Bosna 2-4 
 5. Radnik B. 2-5 
 6. Capljina 1-6 
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 7

Apr. 20: Radnik B. - Capljina 68-66
Apr. 20: Siroki WWin - Igokea 64-80
Apr. 24: Mladost - Bosna


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Timisoara
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Tuljkovic, Timisoa.23.8 
 2. Bakovic, Posusje23.0 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.20.5 
 4. Filipovic, Vogosca19.9 
 5. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.17.4 
 6. Hot, Vogosca17.3 
 7. Bijelic, Mladost16.6 
 8. Aleksic, Leotar16.0 
 9. Peljto, Spars S.15.9 
 10. Bjelica, Capljina15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Timisoara
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Tuljkovic, Timisoa.9.4 
 2. Lalovic, Zrinjski.8.3 
 3. Goranovic, Radnik8.3 
 4. Josilo, Radnik B.7.9 
 5. Pavlovic, Borac N.7.0 
 6. Damjanovic, Servit.6.9 
 7. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.6.8 
 8. Rizvic, Bosna6.7 
 9. Jovanovic, Radnik5.8 
 10. Ninkovic, Leotar5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Hot, Vogosca7.1 
 2. Peljto, Spars S.6.2 
 3. Kovacevic, Capljina5.1 
 4. Radovanovic, Radni.4.7 
 5. Bakovic, Posusje4.6 
 6. Bjelica, Capljina4.3 
 7. Hodzic, Bosna4.3 
 8. Ivanic, Mladost4.2 
 9. Kastratovic, Varda3.9 
 10. Damjanovic, Servi.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hot, Vogosca2.6 
 2. Lovric, Posusje2.5 
 3. Kovacevic, Capljina2.5 
 4. Bjelica, Capljina1.9 
 5. Peljto, Spars S.1.5 
 6. Borovcanin, Radnik1.5 
 7. Kastratovic, Varda1.5 
 8. Bakovic, Posusje1.4 
 9. Knezevic, Mladost1.4 
 10. Pavlovic, Borac N.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.1 
 2. Buza, Bosna0.6 
 3. Mustapic, Posusje0.6 
 4. Djuranovic, Borac0.5 
 5. Suljagic, Bosna0.5 
 6. Loncarevic, Radnik0.5 
 7. Popovic, Capljina0.5 
 8. Karamatic, Capljina0.4 
 9. Jovanovic, Radnik0.4 
 10. Erkic, Radnik B.0.4 


Emir Sulejmanovic 56 points and 46 rebounds in 2 games - by Miljan Veskovic

Emir Sulejmanovic (204-C/F-95) played an amazing Slovenian Junior F4. In two games he collected 56 points and 46 rebounds! He was the top scorer of the tournament and voted the all tournament team. In semi-finals Union Olimpija made a small surprise beating Slovan 81:73, in that game he led the team with 23 points and 22 rebounds. Two days later Olimpija lost the breathtaking final game against Helios 72:70, Sulejmanovic was even better scoring 33 points and grabbing 24 rebounds. Emir is a part of Union Olimpija's senior team roster and during the season he collected minutes in all competitions including Euroleague game against Real Madrid. He is still waiting to debut for Bosnia and Herzegovina national selections, hopefully FIBA will allow him to play for his home country.


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  BOTSWANA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Apr. 20: Warriors - BDF V 25-85

Regular Season: Round 8

Apr. 27: Spartans - Splinters
Apr. 27: Cadets - Saints



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  BRAZIL   

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Vieira, Flamengo20.9 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.4 
 3. Day, Uberlandia18.8 
 4. Simmons, Vila Velha18.5 
 5. Dawkins, Liga S.18.0 
 6. Smith, Pinheiro.17.6 
 7. Dos Santos, Brasil.17.2 
 8. Nardi Duarte, Min.17.0 
 9. Antonio, S.Jose/U.16.8 
 10. Giovannoni, Brasi.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babby ARAUJO
  Mogi d.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Araujo, Mogi d.8.7 
 2. Rodriguez, Flame.8.7 
 3. Ribeiro, Basque.8.4 
 4. Prestes, Brasilia7.7 
 5. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.5 
 6. Castellar, Limeira7.5 
 7. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.2 
 8. Becker, S.Jose/U.7.2 
 9. Teichmann, Franca7.0 
 10. Silveira, Flamengo6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.7.6 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.5 
 3. Collum, Uberlandia5.7 
 4. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.5 
 5. Silva, Uberlandia5.2 
 6. Fischer, Bauru4.5 
 7. Garcia, Uberlandia4.5 
 8. Taylor, Bauru4.4 
 9. Lima, Limeira4.3 
 10. Campos, Suzano4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Paulinho BORACINI
  Pinheiro.
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 0.2
 1. Boracini, Pinheiro.0.2 
 2. Ribeiro, Basque.0.2 
 3. Benite, Flamengo0.2 
 4. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.2 
 5. Campos, Suzano0.1 
 6. Ferreira, Pinheiro.0.1 
 7. Castellar, Limeira0.1 
 8. Mortari, Pinheiro.0.1 
 9. Luz dos Sant., Fra.0.1 
 10. Giovannoni, Brasi.0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.2 
 2. Dawkins, Liga S.2.1 
 3. Figueroa, Franca1.9 
 4. Campos, Suzano1.9 
 5. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.9 
 6. Taylor, Bauru1.8 
 7. Teichmann, Franca1.8 
 8. Day, Uberlandia1.7 
 9. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 
 10. Brown, Palmeiras1.7 


Machado comes back to The Warriors - by Eurobasket News

Golden State Warriors (NBA) inked 23-year old naturalized Brazilian point guard Scott Machado (185-82kg-90, college: Iona). It is actually his comeback to the Warriors as he played here before. Machado played recently at Santa Cruz Warriors. In 14 games he recorded 6.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.9apg this season. He was called during the season by the Golden State Warriors. Machado also spent pre-season at Rio Grande Valley Vipers earlier that year. In 18 D-League games he averaged 10.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 6.1apg and 1.0spg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements Machado's team won MAAC Regular Season in 2012. He received also All-MAAC Player of the Year award, USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 1st Team award and NABC Division I All-District 1 1st Team award in 2012 at his college time.
Machado was a member of Brazilian University National Team two years ago.
He has played previously for Houston Rockets.
Machado attended Iona College until 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Controls the game without having to score... Tremendous passer with a great understanding of the game... Pure point guard that looks to get his teammates involved.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BULGARIA   


Balkan League: Rilski Sportist earn Bronze medals - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist - Kumanovo 85:77

Rilski Sportist claimed the Balkan League Bronze. They held off Kumanovo in Samokov to step onto the pedestal. Hristo Zahariev (197-SG-90) stepped off the bench to topscore with 25 points and 6 boards for the winners.
Kumanovo enjoyed a slim 23:22 lead after the opening quarter. But Rilski took over in the second frame. The hosts went on a 25:16 run to ensure a 47:39 halftime advantage. Kumanovo tried to change the complexion of the encounter in the third quarter. The Macedonian team got within 4 points at the final intermission. But it was not enough. Rilski fired 22 points in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had 14 points and 10 assists, while Terry Smith (185-PG-86, college: Mercyhurst) added 14 points for the winners. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Kumanovo. Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-F-88, agency: Beo Basket, college: Brescia, KY) had 22 points and 12 boards in the loss.

Rilski Sportist: Hristo Zahariev 25, Branko Mirkovic 14+10 assists, Terry Smith 14
Kumanovo: Uros Lukovic 23, Anthony Lee-Ingram 22+12 boards



Balkan League: Galil Gilboa beat Levski to defend title - by Eurobasket News

Galil Gilboa - Levski Sofia 87:79 (2OT)

Balkan League fans got the sense of dj-vu when Galil Gilboa defended their Balkan League title tonight. They prevailed against Levski Sofia in overtime drama almost copying the last seasons title game scenario. Rakim Sanders (193-G-89, college: Fairfield) stepped up with 30 points and 17 rebounds to pace the winners to the second straight Balkan League trophy.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Galil Gilboa eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. But Levski took over in the second frame. The Bulgarian powerhouse went on a 24:15 rally in the second quarter to ensure a 41:33 halftime lead. Galil Gilboa narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Israeli team got within 6 points at the third break. Galil Gilboa pulled in front on a jumper from Yaniv Green (206-C-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) midway through the fourth frame. Levski rebounded and entered the final 27 seconds of regulation up by two points 63:61. But Yaniv Green went perfect from the line and sent the game into overtime. Now Galil Gilboa were closer to the victory as they led by as many as four points with 42 seconds remaining in the extra period. But Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) hit four free throws in the remaining seconds to force the second overtime. This time Galil Gilboa used an 11:0 rally to clear off for good and triumphed at the end. Yaniv Green delivered 16 points, while Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) contributed 14 points for the winners. Marko Marinovic answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Levski. Mladen Pantic (209-C-82, agency: Alti Sport) added 17 points in the losign effort.

Galil Gilboa: Rakim Sanders 30+17 boards, Yaniv Green 16, Jamar Smith 14
Levski Sofia: Marko Marinovic 18, Mladen Pantic 17



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  CANADA   


Joey Vickery wins the title in Austria - by Eurobasket News

Joey Vickery (180-G-67) wins the title in Austria as his Mattersburg Rocks triumphed at the B Bundesliga championship. They defeated Basket Flames 87:69 tonight to sweep the championship series. Mattersburg dominated from start to finish in this one. They led by five points at the first break 19:14. The gap grew at double digits in the second period. The Rocks grabbed a 46:32 halftime lead. Mattersburg stretched the margin in the third quarter. They accumulated a 66:41 advantage into the fourth period. The Rocks did not slow down and cruised to the victory at the end. Lukas Pinterits fired 20 points to lead the visitors. David Geisler finished with 18 points, while Joey Vickery added 12 points for Mattersburg. Pocksteiner responded with 13 points for Basket Flames. Vladimir Gavranic had 12 points in defeat.
Joey Vickery joined Mattersburg Rocks in 2008 and finished his 5th season with the team.



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  CYPRUS   


Advice First Waikato Pistons add Hamilton to their roster, ex ENAD - by Eurobasket News

Advice First Waikato Pistons (NBL) added to their roster 29-year old American point guard Vernon Hamilton (183-84, college: Clemson). He just played at Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios in Cypriot Division A. In 17 games he recorded 8.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.8apg and 2.3spg (in top 2) this season. Part of last season Hamilton spent at Iowa Energy in D-League. In 6 games he averaged 3.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.3apg and 1.8spg. He also spent pre-season at Hoops Club (Division A) in Lebanese league that year. In 6 games he averaged impressive 16.2ppg, 6.7rpg, 4.0apg and 3.2spg.
The previous (10-11) season Hamilton was tested by TianJin Steel (CBA) in Chinese league. In 13 games he averaged remarkable 26.8ppg, 8.5rpg, 4.9apg and 3.8spg. He was tried-out by Santa Cruz Warriors (previous name Dakota Warriors) in D-League that season. In 12 games he averaged 13.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg. The other team Hamilton played shortly was Austin Toros in D-League. In four games he averaged 13.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.8apg and 1.3spg.
In 2008 (a year after he left the college) Hamilton was drafted by Erie BayHawks (D-League) in third round (39th overall).
The former Clemson University standout is in his sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won D-League Southwest Division championship title in 2009. Hamilton was also voted ACC All-Defensive Team back in 2006 at his college time.
Hamilton is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany, Latvia, Switzerland (SAM Massagno), Turkey, Ukraine (Mykolaiv) and D-League (Frisco Texas Legends, Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Reno Bighorns).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Advice First Waikato Pistons add Atkinson to their roster, ex J.Hradec - by Eurobasket News

Advice First Waikato Pistons (NBL) added to their roster 27-year old American power forward Zack Atkinson (206-100kg-86, college: Cal-Irvine). He was tested at BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec in NBL league in Czech Republic, but left the team in January, but it seems he will not stay with that team after all. In 6 NBL games he recorded 5.8ppg and 5.8rpg this season. Atkinson ended the last season at Bayside (Copa Federacion) in Colombian league. But the most of that year he spent at Harbour. In 16 games he averaged 14.6ppg, 10.2rpg (#5 in the league), 1.2apg and 1.3bpg. The last (2012) season Atkinson was tested by Oita Heat Devils (BJ League) in Japan. In 23 games he averaged 6.9ppg and 6.6rpg. The most of previous (10-11) season he spent at La Palma (EBA) in Spanish league. In 12 games he averaged 9.8ppg and 5.3rpg. Atkinson also played at Lobe Huesca (LEB Gold) in Spanish league that season. In 7 games he averaged 4.4ppg and 1.9rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted to Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Honorable Mention in 2012.
Atkinson graduated from University of California-Irvine in 2010 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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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
  Golden S.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jones, Golden S.12.6 
 2. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.11.8 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.10.9 
 4. Samuels, Hapoel J.10.3 
 5. Mays, Sioux F.10.0 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.9.9 
 7. Varnado, Miami H.9.9 
 8. Onuaku, Canton C.9.5 
 9. Jones, Houston R.9.0 
 10. Wright, Maine RC8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Sioux F.
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Barrett, Sioux F.7.8 
 2. Mack, Atlanta H.7.5 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.7.1 
 4. Wright, Arecibo7.0 
 5. Russell, Cocodrilos6.5 
 6. Karl, Idaho S.6.3 
 7. Quinn, Cleveland C.6.1 
 8. Singletary, Ooste.5.6 
 9. McNeal, Utah Jazz5.5 
 10. Joseph, San A.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Justin HOLIDAY
  Philadel.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Holiday, Philadel.2.4 
 2. Millsap, Los A.2.0 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.2.0 
 4. Greene, Reno B.1.9 
 5. Joseph, San A.1.9 
 6. Tyndale, Maine RC1.8 
 7. Hannah, Santa C.1.8 
 8. Singletary, Ooste.1.7 
 9. Liggins, Oklah.Ci.1.7 
 10. Joseph, Brooklyn1.7 
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 enter title series - by Eurobasket News

Tulsa 66ers - Rio Grande VV 106-113
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers advance to the NBA Development League Finals with today's 113-106 win over the Tulsa 66ers in Game 2 of the Semi-Finals. The Vipers won Game 1 107-92 at Tulsa. RGV also set a new franchise record tonight of 19 three points shots in a game. D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) led the Vipers with a triple-double, 28 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Glen Rice, Jr. scored 20 points, followed by Toure Murry (6'5''-G-89, college: Wichita St.) with 19 points. Tim Ohlbrecht scored a double-double 16 points, 10 rebounds. Chris Johnson and Kyle Fogg each scored 11 points. Rasual Butler (6'7''-F-79, college: La Salle) led the 66ers with 26 points. Hollis Thompson added 17 points. Mario Little and Ron Anderson each scored 14 points. Tony Taylor recorded a double-double 12 points, 12 rebounds. Rodney Bartholomew also scored 12 points, and Isaiah Wilkerson scored 11 points. D.J. Kennedy scored 12 of his 28 points to lead the Vipers in the first quarter. With 2:38 left in the quarter, the game was tied at 19 points. Wilkerson sank a jump shot to put Tulsa up 21-19, and Kennedy responded with a shot from behind the arc to give RGV a 22-21 advantage and start a 12-0 run. At the end of the quarter, the Vipers were up 31-21. The Vipers continued to build a lead throughout the second quarter. With 4:07 left in the first half, Daniels sank a shot from the line to give RGV their largest advantage of the first half, 51-35. At the half, the Vipers led the 66ers 60-47. Tulsa fought back throughout the third quarter. With 1:07 on the clock, Wilkerson sank a three-pointer to close Tulsa's deficit to 79-74. Ohlbrecht responded with a shot from behind the arc at the buzzer, to give the Vipers the 82-74 lead at the end of the third. Rice, Jr. and Kennedy sank consecutive threes to start the fourth quarter. With 5:45 left in the game, Rice, Jr. gave RGV their biggest lead of the night, 103-84. Tulsa closed their deficit to single-digits in the last minute of the game. With nine seconds on the clock, Little connected on a layup that put the 66ers within 111-106 of the Vipers. Kennedy sank two free throws to finish the game. RGV won 113-106. The Vipers will face the Santa Cruz Warriors in the NBA Development League Finals. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Santa Cruz W. - Austin T. 103-97
The Santa Cruz Warriors reached the D-League basketball finals Friday night. But the man who was key in delivering them there might not be around to enjoy the ride. Scott Machado earlier this week was signed by the Golden State Warriors for the remainder of the season, which will include however many games the NBA club can last in the playoffs. But it was his importance in Friday's semifinal, which he was playing in while on assignment from Golden State, that ensured the Santa Cruz Warriors' season will last another round, another week. Machado knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:35 remaining, then delivered the dagger -- an alley-oop pass to Darington Hobson in the final minute -- to help lift Santa Cruz to a come-from-behind 103-97 victory over the Austin Toros. Santa Cruz claims the best-of-three series 2-0 to secure a spot in the upcoming D-League finals. The Warriors will play the winner of the other semifinal, pitting No. 2 seeded Rio Grande Valley against No. 6 Tulsa. RGV leads that series 1-0 after a 107-92 win Friday night. "It's great. For all of us to come together and get to the championship, it feels good," said Jeremy Tyler (6'10''-F-91, college: Louisville), who scored 10 of his team-high 22 points in the final stanza. The 6-foot-10 post shot 7 of 11 from the field, 8 of 11 from the free-throw line. "But the mission isn't done," Tyler quickly added. "We still have two games to win." It's the Warriors' fourth straight win and second straight series sweep. Machado, who averages a little more than eight points per game, finished with 13 Friday, while Tyler had nine rebounds. Lance Goulbourne (6'8''-F-89, college: Vanderbilt) came off the bench to deposit 13 points and 11 rebounds in front of 2,300 fans at Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz. When Santa Cruz moved from Bismarck, N.D., in the offseason, it didn't even have an arena to play its home games. Now, the Warriors stand just two wins away from claiming the title. Not bad for the inaugural season. "It feels great," Warriors coach Nate Bjorkgren said after the victory. "It was an outstanding atmosphere. The players played hard, but we have a lot of work to do yet." Austin's Tre Kelley led all scorers with 24 points on 9 of 16 shooting -- this after recording just eight points during Santa Cruz's 106-101 victory in Game 1. Lester Hudson (6'3''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Tenn-Martin) added 20 points for the Toros, who finished the regular season runner-up in the Central Division before upsetting top-seeded Bakersfield in the first round of the playoffs. Machado's 3 with 2:35 left supplied Santa Cruz with its first lead since the second quarter. Then he made the alley-oop pass to Hobson, who converted an up-and-under lay-in that all but sealed the clinching victory. "I saw him kind of back door. I wanted to throw it to (Tyler), but I saw him back door and I wanted to make a play," Machado said. After JaMychal Green tied with 1 of 2 free throws, Tyler answered with two from the charity stripe as the Warriors closed on a 9-3 run. Hudson, who shot just 5 of 17 from the field in the game, missed three straight shots in the waning moments as Santa Cruz extended its lead. When a reporter asked how the team plans to celebrate its finals bid, Tyler said the festivities won't happen "until it's over." "But," he added, "a couple of us might go bowling." Just who Santa Cruz will see in the championship remains up in the air. Rio Grande Valley's win over Tulsa was impressive. Not only were they playing without leading scorer Andrew Goudelock, who was recently called up by the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers for the remainder of the season, but also Tulsa was competing with three NBA players who were on assignment. The Oklahoma City Thunder assigned Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones and DeAndre Liggins to Tulsa prior to the game. The three combined for 59 points in the losing effort. Bjorkgren said preparations for the finals begin Saturday. "That series is going to be a real battle," Bjorkgren said. "Both teams are very good." Santa Cruz didn't play very well from the start Friday. From the opening tip, the Toros showed their urgency and jumped out to a 10-0 lead less than three minutes into regulation. Both Hudson and Kelley knocked down open 3s, while forwards Rick Jackson and JaMychal Green provided easy baskets in the paint. Santa Cruz had several in-and-out shots that wouldn't drop, while its 1-of-5 start from the free-throw line didn't help matters either. Not until Stefhon Hannah knocked down a 15-foot jumper from the wing with 8:16 remaining in the first quarter -- snapping an 0-of-5 start -- did the Warriors finally get off the schneid. Hannah finished with 14 points. Still, the early deficit proved to be the difference for Santa Cruz, which trailed Austin 29-19 after one quarter. The Toros shot 6 of 8 from behind the arc to start the game. Austin's hot shooting did not carry over to the second quarter, though, as Santa Cruz began to better defend the perimeter. And despite Dontell Jefferson's early basket, the Toros went cold early on in the second stanza as Santa Cruz went on a 9-0 run. The Warriors continually fed Goulbourne and Tyler in the paint, leading the Toros to double- and sometimes triple-team the Santa Cruz posts. It didn't seem to matter. "Just make the right decision," Tyler said of the double teams. "I was always told, when you're getting double- or triple-teamed, it's a privilege. But you've got to make right decisions." Austin didn't have quite the size or speed to match up in the low block, and Goulbourne and Tyler combined for 15 second-quarter points - almost all of which were in the paint. Shooting 15 of 21 from the free-throw line in the first half - compared to Austin's 8 of 8 performance - Santa Cruz eventually tied the game at 35-all after Moe Baker forced a steal, then completed a three-point play with 5:43 left in the half. But Austin showed life when it closed the first half on a 9-0 run, culminating with a Ryan Ayers lay-in at the buzzer that resulted in defensive goaltending. The Toros led 51-45 at the break. They held the lead until Machado's 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter, as Santa Cruz outscored Austin 32-23 in the final stanza. 'Just have faith, just believe in each other,' Hannah said. 'I think that's what kept us in the game.' Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com



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  EQUATORIAL GUINEA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Apr. 26: Malabo King - Six Stars
Apr. 26: San Antonio - Rhema B.



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  FIJI   


Saints retains basketball title - by Eurobasket News

The Saints men's basketball team has again defended their title after beating Boston Whites 42-28 in the Easter Basketball Championship yesterday.

Saints captain Leonard Whippy said that the final was tougher than expected but it was their defense that pulled them through.

Meanwhile, in the Women's division, Sparks has been crowned Champions after defeating USP Chosen 27-21.
Courtesy of: http://www.sportingpulse.com



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Gravelines 19-9 
 2. Chalon 18-10 
 3. Strasbourg 17-11 
 4. Le Mans 16-12 
 5. Roanne 16-12 
 6. ASVEL 16-12 
 7. Nanterre 15-13 
 8. Orleans 14-14 
 9. Cholet 14-14 
 10. Dijon 14-14 
 11. Paris-Levallois 13-15 
 12. Le Havre 12-16 
 13. Limoges 12-16 
 14. Nancy 10-17 
 15. Boulazac 9-19 
 16. Poitiers 8-19 

Regular Season: Round 28

Apr. 20: Dijon - Strasbourg 84-69
Apr. 20: Orleans - Le Mans 83-67
Apr. 20: Cholet - Chalon 79-78
Apr. 20: Limoges - Paris-Levallois 79-61
Apr. 20: Le Havre - Roanne 78-70
Apr. 20: Boulazac - Nanterre 75-63
Apr. 20: ASVEL - Gravelines 67-65
Apr. 22: Poitiers - Nancy


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.18.4 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines17.7 
 3. King, Le Havre16.8 
 4. Jackson, AS.16.4 
 5. Williams, Paris-.16.2 
 6. Sommerville, Nancy16.0 
 7. Fitch, Strasbourg15.9 
 8. Ajinca, Strasbourg15.9 
 9. Schilb, Chalon15.4 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.8 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.7.7 
 4. Williams, Chalon7.7 
 5. McKenzie, Boulazac7.3 
 6. Greer, Strasbourg7.1 
 7. Sommerville, Nancy7.0 
 8. Collins, Roanne7.0 
 9. Dobbins, Poitiers6.9 
 10. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Le Havre
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. King, Le Havre7.4 
 2. Diabate, Nancy6.8 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Schilb, Chalon5.4 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg5.1 
 6. Albicy, Paris-Le.4.9 
 7. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.8 
 8. Campbell, Stras.4.5 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines4.4 
 10. Sangare, Roanne4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.2 
 2. Leloup, Dijon2.0 
 3. Melody, Dijon1.8 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 5. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.7 
 6. Campbell, Stras.1.6 
 7. Eldridge, s.Oliv.1.6 
 8. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
 9. Jomby, Cholet1.6 
 10. Greene, Orleans1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.7 
 2. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.6 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.3 
 4. Sy, AS.1.2 
 5. Williams, Chalon1.1 
 6. Fofana, Le Havre1.0 
 7. Badiane, Poitiers1.0 
 8. Issa, Le Mans0.9 
 9. Vaty, Gravelines0.8 
 10. Samnick, Roanne0.8 


Jason Siggers signs at Strasbourg - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg IG (ProA) landed 28-year old American shooting guard Jason Siggers (188-85, college: Albany). He started the season at Lille Metropole Basket Clubs (ProB). In 32 games he averaged impressive 18.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.7apg and 1.8spg this season. The last season Siggers played at SPO Rouen (ProB). In 32 games he was the best scorer with remarkable 18.5ppg and recorded 4.1rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Guard of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
Among other achievements Siggers' team made it to the Swiss LNA Semifinals in 2009. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Player of the Year award back in 2008.
Siggers has played previously professionally in Denmark (Bakken) and Switzerland (Boncourt).
He attended University at Albany until 2007 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Ginobili and Parker score 18 points each to lift Spurs to 91-79 win over Lakers in Game 1 - by Eurobasket News

SAN ANTONIO Emanuel Ginobili (198-SG-77, agency: Interperformances) and Tony Parker (188-PG-82) scored 18 points each and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Lakers 91-79 on Sunday in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series.

Tim Duncan added 17 points and 10 rebounds, Matt Bonner had 10 points and Kawhi Leonard had eight points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio.

Dwight Howard had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Steve Nash scored 16 points and Pau Gasol added 16 points and 16 rebounds for Los Angeles.

Despite the double-doubles from Howard and Gasol, the Lakers failed to take full advantage of their inside presence, much to the consternation of the Kobe Bryant, who watched the national broadcast.

"Post. Post. Post," Bryant tweeted in reference to the Lakers' offense.
Courtesy of: http://www.foxnews.com



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Balkan League: Rilski Sportist earn Bronze medals - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist - Kumanovo 85:77

Rilski Sportist claimed the Balkan League Bronze. They held off Kumanovo in Samokov to step onto the pedestal. Hristo Zahariev (197-SG-90) stepped off the bench to topscore with 25 points and 6 boards for the winners.
Kumanovo enjoyed a slim 23:22 lead after the opening quarter. But Rilski took over in the second frame. The hosts went on a 25:16 run to ensure a 47:39 halftime advantage. Kumanovo tried to change the complexion of the encounter in the third quarter. The Macedonian team got within 4 points at the final intermission. But it was not enough. Rilski fired 22 points in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had 14 points and 10 assists, while Terry Smith (185-PG-86, college: Mercyhurst) added 14 points for the winners. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Kumanovo. Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-F-88, agency: Beo Basket, college: Brescia, KY) had 22 points and 12 boards in the loss.

Rilski Sportist: Hristo Zahariev 25, Branko Mirkovic 14+10 assists, Terry Smith 14
Kumanovo: Uros Lukovic 23, Anthony Lee-Ingram 22+12 boards



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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. Calvin, Ehingen16.2 
 7. Williams, Vechta16.0 
 8. Barker, Jena15.6 
 9. Roessler, Karlsruhe15.3 
 10. Kelly, Cuxhaven15.0 
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. Johnson, Crailsheim7.9 
 6. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.9 
 7. Baker, Gotha7.9 
 8. Calvin, Ehingen7.5 
 9. Henley, ETB W.7.4 
 10. Smith, NBC7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Williams, Vechta7.0 
 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, Jena4.1 
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. Johnson, Duesseld.1.6 
 8. Stockton, Karlsruhe1.6 
 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. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.1 
 6. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.1 
 7. Thompson, NBC1.1 
 8. Tyrna, Leipzig1.1 
 9. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 10. Henley, ETB W.0.9 


Bodfeld Baskets give head coach Dainius Pleta 3-year contract extension - by Moritz Korff

Dainius Pleta has agreed to a contract extension with 1. Regionalliga North team Bodfeld Baskets through the 2015-16 season. "We had a lot of fun over the past two years. We earned promotion and have established ourselves in the 1. Regionalliga. It's time to keep going, we have set ourselves high targets", he stated on the club's website. "We don't want to force it [moving up to the 2. Bundesliga] next year, that would put too much pressure on this young team", Pleta added. "Not to mention the other ambitious teams in the league. We want to do better than last season. But I havn't signed a three-year deal to still be playing in the 1. Regionalliga in 2016", he said on basketball-elbingerode.de.


Kenneth Ogbe will play college basketball at Utah - by Moritz Korff

Kenneth Ogbe (197-SG-94) will take his game to the United States and turn out for the University of Utah in the 2013-14 season, the NCAA Division One school said.
"Kenneth will be a valuable player in the backcourt. His size on the perimeter will help immensely on the defensive end of the court. He matches a high-level skill set with a great knowledge for the game", Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak said on utahutes.cstv.com.
Ogbe saw action in 26 games of the 2. Bundesliga Pro A during the 2012-13 campaign, averaging 6.5 points and 3.0 rebounds a game for the Ehingen Steeples. His older brother Dennis Ogbe (201-F-91) is attending Tennessee Tech University since 2010.



Mr Versatile Nate Linehart Sends The Fraport Skyliners To A Do Or Die Game Against Ludwigsburg Carrying TBB Trier To The 78-70 Victory - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

When looking visionally at the cities Frankfurt and Trier, there is about as much difference as the music of Rihanna and old school rocker Ozzy Osbourne as Frankfurt is the financial capital of Germany with a mini skyline in comparison to New York City, while Trier is a beautiful quaint German town that is filled with alluring nature, the river Mosel, beautiful wine hills and TBB Trier team manager and mascot Aggi who for some basketball fans is just worth a visit. On the court the teams of Henrik Rodl and Muli Katzurin have one very distinct similarity in which both coaches preach Defense as the way to achieving basketball success. The Fraport Skyliners have had three hard fought defensive battles against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and the last season both teams had a defensive battle in the trenches in the Fraport arena with TBB Trier digging themselves free of the Skyliner clutches winning 64-54. In that game TBB Trier was able to keep Frankfurt to 21% shooting from downtown and forced them to cough up the ball 17 times. Jon Leuer and Jimmy Mckinney both had 14 points a piece and ex NBA player Jermareo Davidson had 10 points, but had less luck with his fade away jumper shooting 4/11 from the field. The Fraport Skyliners have had nice memories winning the battle in Wurzburg twice, but losing the last two defensive battles in Frankfurt against Trier and Wurzburg and now were focused to finally come out of the ditch with their chests held high with an important victory. However if it was just the grind of a long season or more missed assignments, switching or just mental lapses, TBB Trier had not defended the way head coach Henrik Rodl had liked averaging giving up 88 points in the last six games, but against the Fraport Skyliners showed their defensive face beating the Fraport Skyliners 78-70. We knew that Frankfurt was one of the best defensive teams in the league and we anticipated a defensive battle today. Defense is our identity and we got back to our old ways tonight. We didnt really change anything stragitally, but we just raised our defensive intensity and just played with a lot more energy than in the first half. We gave a total team effort today, stressed Ohio native Nate Linhart (201-F-86, agency: LUMANI 10.7, college: Akron).

Win or lose the best Skyliner basketball news in the last week was the release of jovial point guard Dawan Robinson from the hospital. The Philadelphia native was held up in the hospital the last two weeks because of a lung problem, but finally was given the green light to depart the place where hospital food has its own made up name for each patient. If the penetrating scoring point guard will ever be able to step on the court again and give his 110% is unknown, but against TBB Trier the American was on the court again even if it was only on the sideline. He had made known that he will be a sort of right hand for Muli Katurin as an assistant coach. Robinson who at times looks like he cant wipe that serious smile of his face, but then at the jolt of mascot Dunking Kong stamping up and down on the court, the American flashes a lightening smile that would light up any room even in a steel mill in Allentown. Robinson gave a solid debut as a helping coach on the sidelines getting excited at times as if Toby the Dragon had given him some of his secret energy dragon potion via DHL from Quackenbruck. Robinson may never had played in the NBA like fellow Philadelphian Aaron Mckie from 1994-2008 and five seasons for the 76ers, but both have one thing in common, both are on the bench as the ex NBA player is an assistant coach for the NBA team, while Robinson could be an assistant in the making. When one was observing Robinson in the second half and the woes of the Fraport Skyliners, one could see that he wanted to be on the court more than anything, but instead was sitting next to Taylor Brown at the end of the bench. I was a bit upset that I was so far away from the team. I wanted to be on the court so bad, but it hurt that I couldnt do anything. In a way, this loss is my fault, because I couldnt be on the court. Even though I am from Philadelphia, I am not a fan of the 76ers, because I havent liked some of the decisions the team has made over the years, but as far as Aaron Mckie, I think he has done a good job there. He helped me a lot when I played Summer league there. When I was younger, I wanted just to spend more time with my family after my playing days, but now as I am getting older, I like to see players get better and develop. I think coaching is something I would like to do after my playing days are over, stressed Dawan Robinson.

The Fraport Skyliners came into the game coming off a bitter loss in Bonn and had the chance to secure the season with a win against TBB Trier, but a poor second half gave TBB Trier the lead and they never looked back. The Fraport Skyliners really picked a brutally bad time period to play a lousy second half and now must tremble next weekend and beat the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg to stay in the Beko BBL. Frankfurt didnt shoot that bad, but just were unable to find their offensive flow in the second half not getting into a groove and allowing TBB Trier to take the momentum. TBB Trier played very good team defense in the second half. We allowed too many open looks and they made their free throws. We had problems executing on offense and defense and gave up too many second chance points at the rim, expressed Fraport Skyliner forward Quantez Robertson. TBB Trier was riding on a five game losing streak and werent totally safe to stay in the league, but the team wanted to return back to the Mosel city with a win in their baggage and travel to their last two games in Berlin and Quackenbruck with no more worries. It took TBB Trier a while to find their rhythm, but in the second half, they played excellent basketball and deserved to win the game. We played well as a team and just did everything right on offense and defense. We made the right passes and shots. I cant remember anyone turning down shots. We stepped up our defensive intensity in the second half. We denied all entries and just took them out of their comfort zone. I think that this was our best game of the season, expressed Canadian native Jermaine Bucknor.

4,470 fans wanted to see the game and some fans even remembered who the tall man was wearing glasses as Derrick Allen was back in his old living room taking in the game where he dominated from 2007-2010. Frankfurt was without Dawan Robinson and Devin Gibson and the point guard duties were held by Konstantin Klein and Max Merz. Before the first fan could scoop some tasty buttered popcorn and stuff their face, Quantez Robertson gave the fans the first hurra with a mega slam dunk with a perfect ally-op pass from his Auburn teammate Laquan Prowell. TBB Trier took the lead 3-2 with an Andreas Seifert lay in and Linhart free throw. The Fraport Skyliners quickly got their offense rolling escaping out on an 8-0 run to lead 10-3. Frankfurt did heavy damage in the paint as Konstantin Klein hit a runner, Robertson a lay up and Peacock twice. TBB Trier seemed asleep on defense just standing around which Frankfurt took advantage of. Klein then scored again on the penetration making it look as easy as his teammate Dawan Robinson as Frankfurt led 13-5. TBB Trier had no groove on offense, but someone hung around as Andreas Seifert kept them in the game. TBB Trier made a little comeback going on a 7-2 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 15-12. Seifert scored inside and made free throws as did Bastian Doreth. With Klein getting two early fouls, Muli Katzurin inserted 19 year old German Max Merz. Prowell hit a huge three pointer and Ryan Brooks a pull up jumper, but TBB Trier stayed on their heels as Doreth made a running left handed hook shot and Brian Harper hit free throws. Frankfurt only had a 22-18 lead after one quarter. Frankfurt started very well on offense. TBB Trier had problems getting used to the Frankfurt defense. Andreas Seifert kept TBB Trier in the game, expressed TV Langen German Sebastian Barth. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 77% from the field and 25% from outside while TBB Trier was hooting 50% from the field and 0% from outside. Frankfurt had the 6-2 rebound edge, but four turnovers while TBB Trier had only one turnover.

The Fraport Skyliners started off very hot in the second quarter getting out on a 9-2 run to extend their lead to 31-20. Johannes Voigtmann started the run with a mid distance jumper and Brooks and Super Tez hit free throws. German Max Merz then scored his first Beko BBL points with a shot from downtown. However as quick as Frankfurt started, they all of a sudden lost rhythm as the second half of the second quarter was like day and night as TBB Trier made their come back going on a 14-4 run to go into halftime trailing only 35-34. It was Nate Linhart who led TBB Trier in the run adding three buckets, getting assists and grabbing key offensive rebounds. Seifert also made an easy lay in after being served a quick pass on a platter by Linhart. Linhart faked a shot and like back in the 80s in best Larry Bird manner passed the German the ball. Linhart almost seemed embarrassed when being compared to the passing talent of Larry Bird, Larry Bird was one of my idols. I thought Andreas had the better shot so I passed him the ball. I just try to make team plays that make my teammates happy, stressed Nate Linhart. Despite being a big reason for the win, the Ohio native didnt see anything out of the ordinary of his performance. I am not a flashy player. This was just a normal day at the office for me, added Nate Linhart. His teammate Jermaine Bucknor was all smiles when he heard the name Linhart. He is a great player. He simply does everything on the court. He is best offensive rebounder that I have ever played with. He is always seeking out the ball from the wing. His ability to get the offensive rebound is incredible. He is hard to guard because he is a lefty. I think that he will get more credit that he deserves after this season, commented Jermaine Bucknor. His opponent Quantez Robertson was also impressed with his play. He had an all around good game. He got to the rim, got extra offensive rebounds and just did what was needed, added Quantez Robertson. TBB Trier trailed only 35-34 at halftime. Frankfurt led up a bit in the second quarter. TBB Trier kept hanging around. They got big offensive rebounds and some floaters. Frankfurt lost their rhythm on offense and werent aggressive going to the hoop. Max Merz did a good job. He was a bit nervous at first, but he hit a big three pointer and played solid defense, stated TV Langen German Sebastian Barth. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 60% from the field and 33% from the three point line while TBB Trier was shooting 46% from the field and 0% from the three point line. Frankfurt ha dthe 13-11 rebound advantage, but eight turnovers while TBB Trier had four turnovers.

The Third quarter was the most exciting of the game and at one point there was no difference on the court of both teams as there were seven lead changes, but TBB Trier was able to pull away in the last minutes of the third quarter. Andreas Seiferth gave TBB Trier the lead back again 36-35 with free throws, but Klein retrieved it back for Frankfurt with an off balance lay in as Frankfurt led 37-36. Frankfurt went on a 5-0 run to extend their lead to 40-36 as the German boys did the damage as Klein made free throws and Voigtmann a jumper. TBB Trier wasnt fazed as they returned back on a 5-0 run to get the lead back 41-40. Harper who had been quiet up to that stand point scored twice inside. Brooks and Stewart then traded buckets as tBB Trier led 43-42. Frankfurt got the lead back going on a 4-0 run as Brooks kept having the hot hand making a lay in and Max Merz connected on a runner as Frankfurt led 46-43. TBB Trier found a hot streak again at the right juncture ending the third quarter with a 13-5 run. Stewart and Prowell traded baskets as Frankfurt still led 48-45. Athletic forward Vitalis Chikoko made a lay in getting a quick bullet pass from Linhart. Linhart and Bucknor then nailed back to back three pointers as TBB Trier led 54-48. TBB Trier was outhustling Frankfurt getting key offensive rebounds and working for the perfect shots which they hit. TBB Trier seemed to want it more at that point. Bucknor made an off balance shot on the last possession as TBB Trier led 56-51 after three quarters. TBB Trier played better offense and just played better pick and roll and got the ball inside and stepped up their defense, added Sebastian Barth.

In the fourth quarter The Fraport Skyliners had to step up, but instead were greeted by a 10-3 TBB Trier run which got them into full gear and helped them gain the momentum and cruise to the win. Ex Gonzaga sniper Mathis Monninghoff and Quantez Robertson traded three point bombs as TBB Trier still led 59-54. Frankfurt was unable to keep pace as TBB Trier continued to score as Buchnor hit a jumper and free throws and normally little used Joshiko Saibou buried a three pointer from the corner as TBB Trier led more comfortably 66-54 and the Fraport arena suddenly got very quiet. Frankfurt wasnt taking care of the ball, missed easy lay ups and couldnt secure offensive rebounds, added TV Langen forward Martinis Woody. Zach peacock came back into the game and even though Frankfurt was trying to come back, turnovers was hindering them as well as missed free throws. Danilo Barthel who was back after missing some games due to back problems scored in traffic and Robertson made a free throw, but TBB Trier still led 68-58. Peacock and Bucknor then scored back to back, but Frankfurt still trailed 71-60. Peacock then suffered two turnovers landing on the line on the base line and getting an offensive foul his fifth and having to leave the game. American Barry Stewart punished him and the Skyliners dropping a three pointer extending the TBB Trier lead to 76-62 and deciding the game. Prowell hit a three pointer as TBB Trier only led 76-65, but with time running out Stewart connected on free throws as TBB Trier led 78-65. Frankfurt closed out the game with a 5-0 run with Klein and Tez free throws, but too little too late. We were playing good team basketball. We all stuck together and kept our composure. We learned from our loss last weekend in Tuebingen and executed better down the stretch, added Jermaine Bucknor. They were more aggressive in some spots. We had some miscommunication on defense. They were just tougher than we were. The game is 40 minutes. You either make plays or you dont. Our offense was stagnant. Even when a team like Trier is aggressive, you can punish them. We just werent able to do that, said Ryan Brooks. We kept the lead and did good team management. Coach called good plays and we executed them to perfection, expressed Nate Linhart. I think that we were just missing leadership in crunch time, added Dawan Robinson.

TBB Trier was led by Jermaine Bucknor and Andreas Seiferth with 14 points a piece. Barry Stewart added 13 points. Nate Linhart chipped in with 12 points and nine rebounds. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Quantez Robertson with 14 points. Ryan Brooks contributed 13 points, five rebounds and three assists. Konstantin Klein produced 11 points. Max Merz got his first Beko BBL field goal and finished with six points. Experienced Skyliner point guard dawan Robinson was thrilled with his performance. Merz did a great job coming from the bench. He did more than was expected for a 19 year old. He had no turnovers, made shots and did good decisions. It was a great game by him, added Dawan Robinson. The Fraport Skyliners shot 51% from the field and31% from outside while TBB Trier shot 47% from the field and 36% from outside. TBB Trier won the rebound duel 30-28 and only had eight turnovers while Frankfurt had 14 turnovers. The Fraport Skyliners now have a do or die game next weekend against the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg. The Fraport Skyliners will need every player next weekend even a Dawan Robinson on the bench. Young German Mathis Monninghoff is content that the Fraport Skyliners will go into summer vacation with the ticket to the Beko BBL for the 2013-2014 season. Frankfurt has a great arena and fans. They play great basketball and will be ready and hit their shots against Ludwigsburg. I am sure that they will win the game, stressed Mathis Monninghoff.




Tim Ohlbrecht Looking In The Directin Of The D-League Final - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After spending weeks in the NBA and seeing what NBA life is like and getting into 3 games, the Houston Rockets sent Tim Ohlbrecht (210-F/C-88) back to their D-league affiliate Rio Grande Vipers. Ohlbrecht now has the chance to help the Vipers win the D-league title and so far they are on a good way. He helped the Vipers sweep the Maine Red Claws where ex Vipers assistant coach Mike Taylor had a very solid rookie season as head coach two games to zero. In the series was able to average six points a game. In the semi finals, the Vipers were able to get by Tulsa 107-92 in game one and the German produced a double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. With one more win, Rio Grande could meet Santa Cruz or Austin in the final.


TBB Trier making German Player Development An Institution - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

When closely examining Beko BBL teams, it seems like each club has its own special kind of task that people can identify with besides trying to win games and getting their seats filled. For example, the Brose Baskets Bamberg win, win, win and if not then already fans question the job of their coach without being realistic, Phoenix Hagen have their own run and gun system that works to perfection where mascot Felix could come in from the bench and help contribute, the Walter Tigers Tuebingen giving young unknown NCAA rookies a chance and helping heighten their markt credit each year or TBB Trier who are still looking for a new playoff birth since their last in 2004, but instead elate their fans by signing young Germans and watching them develop and being a perfect example for the league how it should be done. Since Henrik Rodel stepped on board in 2010, he has had a fettish for bringing over ex Alba Berlin German players and help them mature for a lower budget player. He brought over Philipp Zwiener giving him confidence and into one of the top German players in his two seasons there as well as making Andreas Seiferth (209-C-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) into a solid Beko BBL bigman and giving him minutes. He also gave players like Oliver Clay and Oskar Fassler minutes. Both have moved on, but have an important role with their new teams Wurzburg and Giessen. This season, he got huge talent Bastian Doreth on loan from Munich and Mathis Monninghof from the NCAA and both have been vital contributing. He also helped make Maik Zirbes into an Euroleague player. Now if one is bored over the summer, one could play Basketball lotto and try to come up with names of German players that might land on the Mosel in Trier and become German basketball household names. I think that it is great that Henrik Rodl has had the courage and been able to play with young German players the last years and giving them minutes. I think that it is important that other Beko BBL teams take TBB Trier as an example and follow their path. The Trier players develop further through playing time. Good examples are Monninghoff and SEiferth. In the last years came a good cut and good direction with the 6-6 rule. I hope that more teams will have trust in German players, added SC Rist guard Ismet Akpinar.

In the last years it hasnt only often been a fight to get success on the court, but also finding sponsors to help fatten the TBB Trier budget which has been extreme low. Trier which is very lonely in the western part of Germany has its problems to find the sponsors. However in an attempt to help find them, the club decided to start a marketing company in cooperation with some local professional soccer teams to help garner more interest from sponsors. Since the budget of the club is around only two million, the team continues to lose their top players to richer clubs as was seen with the departure of German national players Maik Zirbes and Philipp Zwiener. Rodl shapes them and they get richer elsewhere. Losing classic point guard Dru Joyce also will hurt. The question will be if Jarrett Howell can replace him? These were the three most notable players that they lost. They were able to hold Dragan Dojcin, Nate Linhart, Andreas Seiferth and Joshiko Saibou. Henrik Rodl had a long summer building a new team and constructing a massive facelift. He brought in seven new players, but with Barry Stewart got a player back who he coached in 2010-2011 on the Mosel. Stewart could be the Zwiener for this season in which he leads the team. Getting Barry back was the biggest offseason move for them. We missed his intangibles from a year ago and he can score with the best of them in the Beko BBL. As for his role, he will be the team identification this season, because he is that good, added ex TBB Trier guard John Bynum. The team brought in the young Germans Bastian Doreth and Mathis Monninghoff who will be put into the cold water at once to perform. Rodl also picked up Americans Brian Harper who built a solid basketball career in Japan the last years and Jarrett Howell who has extensive experience in Europe. Rodl also picked up a rare diamond in Vitalis Chicoko who impressed at the end of last season with BG Goettingen which rarely anyone noticed. Pedro Lopes is a young German that first will be groomed by Rodl. They recently picked up Jermaine Bucknor for insurance after the injury to Dojcin. The strength of TBB Trier this will season will be like any other season their fighting mentality and never die attitude until the end. Rodl has been known for the construction of good defensive teams, but with this new facelift is back at the start and will need to incorporate that into the new team again. Any team that plays TBB Trier will have to be ready for a hard fought game. The weakness of the team will be making a new team chemistry and sticking with the other Beko BBL teams under the glass as Maik Zirbes was their stability factor down low. Ex TBB Trier guard John Bynum is positive about the new TBB Trier team. They got off to a great start with their road win and it will be important to see if the young players can stay consistent. I think that they are better than last season. They are more athletic, actually run, have a lot of versatility and play together, warned John Bynum.

In the last Six years, The Skyliners have a record of 8-6 against TBB Trier with 5-2 at home and 3-4 on the road. Frankfurt lost the last two games in Trier 74-64 in 2008 on the last day of the season where teams were jockeying for playoff places and Frankfurt ended up getting The Bayer Giants Leverkusen in the quarterfinals. In 2009-2010, TBB Trier played a very energetic and spirited game winning 78-70 despite a monster game by American Derrick Allen who registered 29 points and 10 boards. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost the first game of the season in Trier 71-67 as Jimmy Mckinney and Qarraan Calhoun were missing due to injury. It was your typical season opening game as both teams were nervous and missing way too many shots. The game was tied at halftime 26 all. Frankfurt had fire power in the third quarter, but went down in the fourth quarter scoring only nine points as Frankfurt had no nerves in crunch time to win. Derrick Allen had 19 points and eight rebounds and despite TBB Trier was without top scorer Chrs Copeland, the team got needed production form Jamal Shuler, Brian Brown and George Evans to conserve the win. In 2009-2010, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost the first game ion Trier 71-67 as Ex Skyliner Derrick Allen contributed 19 points and eight rebounds and Frankfurt won at home 71-69 winning the game with Pascal Roller free throws. Derrick Allen led Frankfurt with 17 points. In 2010-2011, Frankfurt swept the season series. They won at home 72-55 as Pascal Roller led the home team with 17 points. The return date in Trier was an exciting battle as Frankfurt clawed out a 69-61 win as they came from behind going on a 10-0 run in crunch time to prevail. Dashaun Wood led the charge with 18 points and Jimmy Mckinney added 11 points. In their first meeting last season, TBB Trier came out with a 64-54 victory as defense played a key role. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Jon Leuer and Jimmy Mckinney with 14 points a piece. In their second meeting last season, the Fraport Skyliners were riding the wave of a very strong second half of the season where they had beat top teams like FC Bayern Munich, ratiopharm Ulm, Bamberg, Artland Dragons and the EWE Baskets Oldenburg and came to Trier with a lot of self confidence winning 72-52 displaying another trademark top defensive performance as ex NBA player Jermareo Davidson steered 19 points to the win and Jimmy Mckinney added 18 points. This was also the game where Eisbaeren Bremerhaven forward Jacob Burtschi was on the floor as much as Boris Becker had dived on the hallowed lawn at Wimbeldon in his career. This season TBB Trier won at home against Frankfurt 78-59. At halftime everything looked ok as Frankfurt trailed by only one point, but TBB trier exploded in the third quarter winning it 25-8 leading them on to the win. American Brian Harper proved too much for Frankfurt with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Skyliner Ted Scott gave his debut netting 20 points. The Fraport Skyliners are in 14th place while TBB Trier in 12th with one game more too play, but three remaining road games in Frankfurt, Berlin and Artland. Both teams need one victory to secure a spot for next season. The defesne of Trier is their staple, but as of recently they have been taking a beating averaging 87 points in the five game losing streak. Frankfurt knows that that means nothing. We have to fight for 40 minutes. It will be a defensive game. The team with the least turnovers will win, stated Devin Gibson. The Fraport Skyliners continue to play good basketball even if they have lost two of the last three games. Frankfurt lost in crunch time against Oldenburg and Bonn and know that the do or die games dont end yet. It is all or nothing in the last two games. We have to play defense like we did against Oldenburg. It will be a defensive battle, warned Johannes Voigtmann. TBB Trier visit Frankfurt April 20th.

The Fraport Skyliners head into the TBB Trier game with a record of 1-2 and are seeking their second road victory of the season. The Fraport Skyliners are recovering from a bitter 71-68 loss in their home opener against the Mitteldeutscher BC. The Fraport Skyliners didnt do a good job playing inside out and gave up 17 offensive rebounds. The Fraport Skyliners continue to do a good job keeping the turnovers down. Winning in Trier wont be a cake walk and the Fraport Skyliners will have to play more consistent offense and give a top defensive effort. We have to find a better balance inside and out. We have to keep the ball moving and get Dowell and Wright more involved. Once we get our shooters going than it is easier for our inside penetration, stressed Fraport Skyliner guard Johnathan Jones. TBB Trier have a record of 1-1 and will have more than a week rest and will be ready for the Fraport Skyliners. They lost their first home game and will be gunning for their first home win. Trier has to use their versatility and speed up the game to their advantage. They have to control the tempo and control the boards, stressed ex TBB Trier guard John Bynum.

The team is led by Dragan Dojcin who is a 36 year old 205cm power forward from Serbia. He is playing his third season with TBB Trier and his sixth season in the BEKO BBL. He is a Left handed power forward that is very quick. He has a very good shoot from the distance and can play under the basket. He played in Slovenia and Serbia before going to Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): EuroCup Challenge: 10 games: 10.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.1apg, FG: 50%, 3PT: 40%, FT: 82.1%; Ukrainian League: 30 games: 9.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 76.7%. In 2006-2007, he played for Panionios Forthnet Athens (Greece-A1, starting five): FIBA EuroCup: 15 games: 8.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 37.8%, FT: 64.3%; Greek League: 26 games: 8.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 59.0%, 3FGP: 46.0%, FT: 56.0%. He played for Alba Berlin from 2007-2010. His best season was 2009-2010 where he played EuroCup: 14 games: 4.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.5apg; German League: 36 games: 5.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 59.1%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 67.6%. He won the Slovenian cup in 2004, BEKO BBL title in 2008, BEKO BBL cup in 2009 and reached the Eurocup final in 2010 with Alba Berlin. In 2010-2011 with TBB Trier, he played 34 games: 7.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 56.9%. Last season, he for TBB Trier he played 32 games: 5.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 73.0%.. Nate Linhart is a 26 year old 201cm forward from Gahanna, Ohio that is playing his fourth professional basketball season and second with TBB Trier. He played at Akron (NCAA) from 2005-2009 and played with ex TBB Trier teammate Dru Joyce. In his senior year, he played 36 games: 10.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 44.3%, 3Pts: 32.8%, FT: 81.3%. In 2009-2010, he played for BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five): 44 games: 11.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 76.1%. In 2010-2011, he played for the Erie Bay Hawks (D-League): 50 games: 10.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.8%. Last season for TBB Trier he played 33 games: 9.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.0apg, Steals-1 (1.7spg), FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 69.7%.

Barry Stewart is a 24 year old 191cm guard from Tennessee that is playing his third professional basketball season and third in Germany. He played at Mississippi St. (NCAA) from 2006-2010 playing a total of 141 NCAA games. In 2010-2011, he turned professional playing for TBB Trier (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 35 games: 8.8ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 35.8%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 78.4%. Last season, he played for the LTi Giessen 46ers (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 34 games: 13.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 80.7%. Jarrett Howell is a 28 year old 180cm guard that is playing his seventh professional basketball season. He started his basketball career at Niagra (NCAA) in 2002. He then played at Texas Arlington (NCAA) from 2003-2006. In his senior year, he played 30 games: 14.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.1apg, 2.0spg, FG: 45.9%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 86.4%. In 2006-2007, he played for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg (Poland-DBL), left in Dec.'06: 9 games: 6.6ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 23.5%, FT: 77.1%. In 2007-2008, he played for Svendborg (Denmark-Basketliga, starting five): 24 games: Score-5 (21.6ppg), 3.3rpg, Assists-2 (4.9apg), Steals-1 (3.1spg), 2FGP: 52.3%, 3PT-1 (47.0%), FT: 88.0%. In 2008-2009, he played for Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih (Ukraine-UBL, starting five): 52 games: 14.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.9apg, Steals-4 (1.8spg), FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 85.0%. In the last three seasons, he played for CS Gaz Metan Medias (Romania-Div.A). He never averaged less than 14,2ppg and 5,2apg showing his scoring and playmaking. Last season, he played for CS Gaz Metan Medias (Romania-Div.A, starting five): 14 games: 15.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.3apg, Steals-3 (2.1spg), FGP: 47.2%, 3PT-3 (46.8%), FT-2 (88.5%); in Jan.'12 moved to Levski Sofia (Bulgaria-NBL): Bulgarian League: 24 games: 8.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT-2 (45.5%), FT: 83.3%; Balkan League: 6 games: 9.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 87.5%. He won the cup in Rumania and Denmark where he was MVP and won the league title in the Ukraine.
Brian Harper is a 28 year old 206cm swingman. He is an explosive guard at 6'10". He started off playing guard at 6'5" at Paine and grew to 6'10" and never changing positions. He is a smooth shooting wing with explosive athleticism. He has tremendous lateral movement with a wing span of 7'4". He is a talented ball handler. He adds an extra advantage as he utilizes his size to rebound over smaller defenders. He played at Paine (NCAA2) from 2003-2007. As a rookie in 2007-2008, he played for Gimle BBK Bergen (Norway-1Div., starting five): 15 games: Score-3 (25.1ppg), 8.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 21.5%, FT: 66.3%. In 2008-2009, he played for KCC Egis (Korea-KBL, starting five): Korean League: 9 games: 15.1ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 76.7%; released in Nov.'08, in Feb.'09 moved to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 8 games: 3.5ppg, 1.6rpg; in March '09 signed at Reno Bighorns (D-League): 5 games: 1.2ppg. Harper played in Japan the last three seasons for Toyama Grouses (Japan-BJ League) playing a total of 102 games. Last season he played 9 games: 16.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 28.7%, FT: 61.3%. Jermaine Bucknor is a 28 year old 199cm forward from Edmonton, Canada. He got the Jamacian citizenship in 2007. He played at Richmond (NCAA) from 2001-2006. He played a total of 100 NCAA games. He played in France from 2006-2010 before coming to Germany. In his rookie season, he played for Limoges CSP Elite (France-ProB): 12 games: 11.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 40.4%, FT: 79.3%; left in Dec.'06, in Jan.'07 tested by Polpak Swiecie (Poland-DBL): 16 games: 7.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 57.6%. In 2007-2008, he played for ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (France-ProB): French League: 24 games: 12.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 29.5%, FT: 76.1%; 24 games: 12.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 75.0%;. In 2008-2009, he played for Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France-ProB): 10 games: 11.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 43.6%, FT: 81.8%, in Feb.'09 moved to Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (France-ProB): 12 games: 14.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 63.0%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 93.2%. In 2009-2010, he played for Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France-ProB): 31 games: 13.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 45.8%, FT: 82.4%. In 2010-2011, he played for the : Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-1.Bundesliga): German League: 12 games: 7.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 65.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 78.6%; EuroChallenge: 4 games: 4.5ppg, 3.5rpg; EuroCup Qualifying Round: 1 game: 14pts, 4reb, 2ast, 3steals, 1block, in Feb.'11 moved to Club 9 de Julio Rio Tercero (Argentina-LigaA, starting five): 18 games: 14.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.4apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 69.4%. Last season, he played for Libertad Sunchales (Argentina-LigaA, starting five): 19 games: 9.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 60.8%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 75.9%, in Jan.'12 moved to s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-BBL): 13 games: 5.4ppg, 2.5rpg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 81.3%. This past summer, he played for the Edmonton Energy (IBL): 6 games: 11.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 58.3%. He played at the World ChampiD
Bastian Doreth is a 23 year old 183cm guard that was born in Nurnberg and is playing his first season with TBB Trier. He started his basketball career in 2006 with Franken Hexer (2.Regionalliga). In 2007-2008, he played for : SELLBYTEL Baskets Nuernberg (ProA, starting five): 27 games: 5.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 30.5%, FT: 57.1%. In 2008-2009, he played for Franken Hexer (ProB, starting five): 27 games: 11.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 39.3%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 79.1%. In 2009-2010, he got experience playing for Brose Baskets Bamberg (1.Bundesliga): EuroCup: 1 game: 0pts, had also license to play at Nuernberger Basketball Club (ProB): 28 games: 11.5ppg, 3.3rpg, Assists-4 (5.8apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 41.8%, FT: 74.5%. He played for FC Bayern Munich the last two seasons. Last season, he played 17 games: 2.2ppg. He played at the recent Qualifications to European Championships 2013 -12: 8 games: 3.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.4apg. Mathis Monninghoff is a 20 year old 199cm forward that was born in Ibbenburen. He is playing his first season for TBB Trier. He started his basketball career in 2007 for Bayer Giants Leverkusen U16 team. He played for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Pro B) in 2009-2010 playing 23 games: 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 57.6%. He played at Gonzaga from 2010-2012 playing a total of 52 NCAA games. He played at the recent European Championships U20 in Slovenia -12: 6 games: 6.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 18.2%, 3PT: 35.5%. The club brought in Vitalis Chicoko who is a 21 year old 207cm power forward/center from Zimbabwe, Africa. He is a talented, lanky forward/center who has a huge upside. Even standing almost 6-10, he can spend yet time at the PF position, thanks to enormous athletic skills, versatility, and good feel for the game. He played last season for BG Goettingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 17 games: 6.9ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 57.5%, 3PT-2 (50.0%), FT: 54.2%; played also at ASC 46 Goettingen (Germany-Regionalliga): 18 games: 14.1ppg, 10.6rpg, 2.8bpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 52.9%. Big German talent Andreas Seiferth who comes from the Alba Berlin schoolis playing his second season with TBB Trier. Seiferth is a 23year old 206cm power forward/center. In 2010-2011 he played for : ALBA Berlin (1.Bundesliga): German League: 5 games: 0.6ppg; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 1 game: 0pts, 1reb; EuroCup: 5 games: 1.0ppg, 1.4rpg, had also a license to play at ALBA Berlin II (Regionalliga): 20 games: 15.4ppg, Reb-2 (10.7rpg), 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 67.4%. Last season for TBB Trier, he played 34 games: 4.6ppg, 2.1rpg. Joshiko Saibou is a 22 year old 188cm point guard from Berlin that is playing his second season for TBB TRier. He also started his basketball career at the Alba Berlin school in 2008. In 2010-2011, he played for ALBA Berlin (1.Bundesliga): German League: 2 games: 0pts; EuroCup: 2 games: 1.0ppg, 1.5rpg, had also license to play for ALBA Berlin II (ProB, starting five): 23 games: 10.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 20.5%, FT: 72.0%. Last season, for TBB Trier he played 23 games: 0.4ppg, 1.0rpg, played also at DJK MJC Trier (Regionalliga): 6 games: 18.5ppg.




ProA Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Jena - Duesseldorf 72-85

The game was mostly controlled by Duesseldorf Baskets. Science City Jena managed to win third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Duesseldorf Baskets made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Duesseldorf Baskets outrebounded Science City Jena 37-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Patrick Flomo (203-80, college: Ohio) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 assists. Five Duesseldorf Baskets players scored in double figures. American guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) produced 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Christoph Roquette (203-82) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Jena: K.Barker 24+5reb+5ast, C.Roquette 11+6reb+1ast, L.Jeka 8+2reb+1ast, K.Wysocki 8+1ast, E.Reyes-Napoles 7+1reb, A.Adomaitis 6+2reb
Duesseldorf: P.Flomo 20+6reb, A.Waleskowski 15+3reb, G.Johnson 12+3reb+10ast, K.Chones 10+9reb+1ast, N.Adamczak 10+7reb, T.Tzakopoulos 9+2reb+3ast
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Karlsruhe - Vechta 60-77

The game was mostly controlled by SC Rasta Vechta. BG Karlsruhe was better in fourth quarter 12-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BG Karlsruhe 36-24 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward A.J. Rudowitz (198-88, college: Stonehill) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Dirk Madrich (211-83) contributed with 12 points for the winners. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Michael Stockton (185-89, college: Westminster, UT) replied with 19 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) added 8 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for BG Karlsruhe.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe: M.Stockton 19+1reb+4ast, S.Hauer 11+3reb+1ast, R.Roessler 10+5reb+2ast, J.Black 8+9reb+1ast, J.Harris 7+5reb+4ast, N.Menck 5+1ast
Vechta: A.Rudowitz 14+7reb+1ast, D.Madrich 12+4reb+2ast, J.Doerksen 11+6reb, C.Hassan 11+2reb, R.Ferguson 9+7reb+1ast, R.Williams 8+8reb+1ast
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Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Filathlitikos 21-4 
 2. Nea Kifisia 20-5 
 3. Trikalla 20-5 
 4. Koroivos 17-8 
 5. Lavrio 14-11 
 6. Ikaroi Serron 14-11 
 7. Agia Paraskevis 14-11 
 8. Arkadikos 10-15 
 9. Pagrati 10-15 
 10. OFI 9-16 
 11. Ermis Lagkada 9-16 
 12. Irakleio 6-19 
 13. Niki Volou 6-19 
 14. Doxa Lefkadas 5-20 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 20: Filathlitikos - Koroivos 82-72
Apr. 20: Arkadikos - Niki Volou 74-66
Apr. 20: Pagrati - Ikaroi Serron 70-84
Apr. 20: Lavrio - Nea Kifisia 70-74
Apr. 20: Agia Paraskevis - Ermis Lagkada 70-68
Apr. 20: Irakleio - Trikalla 68-96
Apr. 21: OFI - Doxa Lefkadas 20-0

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 27: Trikalla - Pagrati
Apr. 27: Niki Volou - Irakleio
Apr. 27: Ikaroi Serron - Lavrio
Apr. 27: Nea Kifisia - Filathlitikos
Apr. 27: Koroivos - Agia Paraskevis
Apr. 27: Ermis Lagkada - OFI
Apr. 27: Doxa Lefkadas - Arkadikos


Div.B Standing

B Standings
North Group
 1. Filippos Veroias 19-5 
 2. Iraklis 17-7 
 3. Egaleo 16-8 
 4. Stratoni 14-10 
 5. Marousi 12-12 
 6. Periko/Arhelaos 12-12 
 7. Ionikos N.F. 12-12 
 8. Aias Evosmou 12-12 
 9. Doxa Pefkon 11-12 
 10. Anatolia 11-13 
 11. Metamorfosi 8-16 
 12. Ionikos Ionias 6-18 
 13. MENT 5-18 
South Group
 1. Psyhiko 22-2 
 2. AEK Athens 21-3 
 3. Aetos 15-8 
 4. Panerythraikos 15-9 
 5. Amyntas Dafnis 14-10 
 6. Enosi 11-13 
 7. Holargos 11-13 
 8. Doukas 10-12 
 9. Near East 9-15 
 10. Halkidas 9-15 
 11. Kronos AD 8-16 
 12. Esperos Patras 7-16 
 13. Perama Ermis 2-22 

Regular Season: Round 26

North

Apr. 21: Ionikos Ionias - Aias Evosmou 71-77
Apr. 21: Periko/Arhelaos - Iraklis 71-65
Apr. 21: MENT - Egaleo 70-80
Apr. 21: Stratoni - Ionikos N.F. 69-79
Apr. 21: Marousi - Filippos Veroias 68-62
Apr. 21: Anatolia - Metamorfosi 20-1

South

Apr. 21: Doukas - Halkidas 94-89
Apr. 21: Aetos - Panerythraikos 87-64
Apr. 21: Psyhiko - Near East 78-59
Apr. 21: Holargos - Amyntas Dafnis 70-76
Apr. 21: Esperos Patras - Kronos AD 69-62
Apr. 21: Enosi - AEK Athens 65-83



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Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Orca's Urk 23-3 
 2. De Groene 21-5 
 3. Binnenland 19-7 
 4. Cangeroes 19-7 
 5. De Hoppers 14-11 
 6. Red Giants 12-14 
 7. Rotterdam 2 12-14 
 8. Almonte 11-15 
 9. Leiden 2 11-15 
 10. Punch 10-16 
 11. BC Apollo 2 9-17 
 12. MSV/Zeemacht 9-17 
 13. Almere P. 8-18 
 14. UBALL 3-22 

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 20: BC Apollo 2 - MSV/Zeemacht 97-71
Apr. 20: Cangeroes - Almere P. 83-62
Apr. 20: Orca's Urk - Leiden 2 79-92
Apr. 20: Punch - Binnenland 68-71
Apr. 20: Almonte - Red Giants 67-54
Apr. 20: De Groene - Rotterdam 2 67-52
Apr. 21: UBALL - De Hoppers


Eredivisie Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Zwolle - Leeuwarden 67-76

Leeuwarden grabbed the second straight win over Zwolle. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-67. Leeuwarden made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Leeuwarden outrebounded Zwolle 38-27 including a 31-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Jerrell Williams (203-88, college: La Salle) who scored 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists. Holcomb Faye is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Leeuwarden's coach Erik Braal used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Darryl Webb (198-88, college: Indiana, PA) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds and guard Tanner Smith (195-90, college: Clemson) added 21 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: T.Smith 21+3reb+1ast, Z.Novak 17+5reb+1ast, J.Magette 11+1reb+3ast, D.Webb 10+14reb+1ast, N.Hulzebos 5+3reb, A.Bunnig 2
Leeuwarden: R.Holcomb Faye 18+2reb+5ast, C.Osaikhwuwuomwan 15+7reb, J.Williams 12+9reb+5ast, D.Michaels 12+6reb+2ast, S.Givens 9+9reb+1ast, T.de Paula 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 239350


Den Helder K. - Groningen 57-70

Groningen stepped closer to the semis after handling Den Helder for the second time in a row. The game was mostly controlled by Groningen. Den Helder K. was better in fourth quarter 19-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. American forward Jamal Boykin (203-87, college: California) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. The former international guard Rogier Jansen (188-84, agency: Court Side) contributed with 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. Groningen's coach Ivica Skelin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international center Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC, agency: Court Side) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Mark Hill (180-87, college: CS Northridge, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 9 points and 4 assists in the effort for Den Helder K.
Top scorers:
Den Helder K.: J.van der List 12+11reb+4ast, P.Bach 10+2reb+1ast, S.Mladenovic 10+3reb, M.Hill 9+1reb+4ast, M.Van Schaik 7, S.Warren 6+4reb+1ast
Groningen: J.Boykin 20+9reb+3ast, R.Jansen 12+7ast, M.Kingma 9+4reb, J.Voorn 7+2reb, T.Koenis 6+6reb+2ast, T.Theeuwkens 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 239348


M.Magixx - Leiden 54-67

Leiden celebrated the second consecutive victory beating M.Magixx. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 67-54. Leiden outrebounded M.Magixx 46-34 including 31 on the defensive glass. American guard Antoine Young (182-89, college: Creighton) scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Canadian forward Ross Bekkering (203-87) chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Leiden players scored in double figures. Indian-Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (198-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds and Ghanian-American guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe (187-88, college: N.Iowa) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
M.Magixx: K.Ahelegbe 16+5reb+1ast, H.Bekkering 11, R.Sihota 10+15reb, N.Oudendag 8+5reb+2ast, T.Vermeulen 7+2reb+1ast, R.Nardi 4+4reb+4ast
Leiden: A.Young 14+6reb+4ast, R.Bekkering 12+10reb, M.Schachtner 10+5reb+3ast, W.de Jong 10+5reb+2ast, A.Slagter 8+8reb+3ast, S.Cunningham 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 239349


Weert - Den Bosch 65-90

Den Bosch gave no chance for Weert cruising to the victory. The game without a history. Den Bosch led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Den Bosch outrebounded Weert 38-23 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The game was also dominated by American players. Guard Matt Bauscher (188-85, college: Boise St.) notched 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and guard Andre Young (175-90, college: Clemson) supported him with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Den Bosch's coach Raoul Korner felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 12 points and 9 rebounds by center Antwan Carter (198, college: Longwood, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Weert. Guard Bryquis Perine (190-88, college: Green Bay, agency: Court Side) added 15 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Four Weert players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Weert: S.Besseling 15+3reb+1ast, B.Perine 15+1reb+4ast, R.Fletcher 13+3ast, A.Carter 12+9reb+2ast, K.van Kempen 6+5reb+4ast, S.De Haas 3+1ast
Den Bosch: D.Wright 21+1reb+2ast, A.Young 17+6reb+4ast, M.Bauscher 15+6reb+7ast, P.Van Paassen 11+2reb, S.Wessels 9+11reb+3ast, K.Akerboom 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 239347



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Euro news - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Germany:
MBC lost to Bayeruth 71-86. Hordur Vilhjalmsson 7 points and 3 assist in the loss.
France:
Angers BC lost to Souffel 60-63. Logi Gunnarsson 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assist for Angers
Spain:
CAI Zaragoza beat Blancos . Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) with a very good game for CAI 16 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assist. 4/5 in three point shooting.
Sweden:
Finals does not look good for regular season Champion Sundsvall Dragons since they are down 0-2 against Sodertalje Kings after Saturday game when they lost 76-74
Icelanders on Dragons team did their job though as usual. Jakob Sigurdarson games leading scorer with 23 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist. Hlynur Baeringsson 16 points and 9 rebounds.



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Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Dell Aspac 27-1 
 2. Pelita Jaya 25-4 
 3. Satria Muda 21-7 
 4. CLS Knights 21-7 
 5. Garuda 20-8 
 6. Stadium Jak. 15-14 
 7. Hangtuah 14-13 
 8. Bimasakti 8-20 
 9. Satya Wacana 8-20 
 10. Pacific Caesar 6-22 
 11. Tonga BSC 2-26 
 12. NSH GMC Riau 2-27 

Regular Season: Round 46

Apr. 20: Bimasakti - NSH GMC Riau 79-49
Apr. 20: Stadium Jak. - Satria Muda 63-80
Apr. 20: Pacific Caesar - Satya Wacana 59-77
Apr. 20: CLS Knights - Pelita Jaya 59-71

Regular Season: Round 48

Apr. 22: Hangtuah - NSH GMC Riau
Apr. 22: Garuda - Tonga BSC
Apr. 22: CLS Knights - Stadium Jak.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bima RIZKY ARDIANSYAH
  Bimasa.
  (182-PF-90)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Rizky Ardian., Bim.15.9 
 2. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.15.1 
 3. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.15.0 
 4. Pamungkas, Satya13.5 
 5. Prawiro, Dell Aspac12.8 
 6. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.12.3 
 7. Nagata, Pacific12.1 
 8. Poedjakesuma, Peli.12.0 
 9. Regowo, Dell Aspac12.0 
 10. Gunawan, Satria M.11.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.4 
 2. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.3 
 3. Sabara, Pacific8.8 
 4. Gunawan, Satria M.8.5 
 5. Nolland, Garuda8.3 
 6. Nugroho, Satya W.8.0 
 7. Sucipto, NSH G.7.5 
 8. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.5 
 9. Poedjakesuma, Peli.6.6 
 10. Prasetyo, Hangtu.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.4.8 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.4.6 
 3. Wijaya, Garuda4.5 
 4. Indra, Pacific4.3 
 5. Sartika, Bimasakti4.0 
 6. Gerungan, Dell A.3.5 
 7. Uneputty, Tonga B.3.3 
 8. Sucipto, Satya W.3.0 
 9. Hardianus, Hangtu.2.8 
 10. Wisnu, Satria Muda2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.1 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.3.0 
 3. Uneputty, Tonga B.2.6 
 4. Sucipto, NSH G.2.4 
 5. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.2.1 
 6. Michel, Satria Muda2.1 
 7. Ramadhani, Dell As.2.0 
 8. Wijaya, Garuda2.0 
 9. Dewanto, Pelita J.1.9 
 10. Sabara, Pacific1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.4 
 2. Gunawan, Satria M.1.9 
 3. Nugroho, Satya W.1.8 
 4. Teguh, Hangtuah1.7 
 5. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.5 
 6. Thoyib, Dell Aspac1.5 
 7. Gunawan, Satria M.1.2 
 8. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.2 
 9. Rahmat, Tonga BSC1.1 
 10. Damanik, Pelita J.1.1 


NBL Round 46: Derby game ends with Satria Muda's defeat of Stadium Jakarta - by Eurobasket News

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

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Jakarta: Satria Muda (#4) and Stadium Jakarta (#6). Stadium Jakarta was smashed at home by 17 points 63-80 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 17 points. Satria Muda dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Stadium Jakarta's 30. Satria Muda forced 21 Stadium Jakarta turnovers and outrebounded them 42-30 including 18 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Rony Gunawan (194-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international point guard Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-81) contributed with 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. Indra Budianto (181-83) replied with 13 points for Stadium Jakarta. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Satria Muda (21-7) moved-up to third place, which they share with CLS Knights. Stadium Jakarta at the other side keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. Satria Muda is looking forward to face Garuda (#5) in Bandung in the next round. Stadium Jakarta will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Pelita Jaya (25-4) which played road game in Surabaya against one of their biggest challengers CLS Knights (21-7). Second ranked Pelita Jaya managed to get a 12-point victory 71-59. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of CLS Knights. The former international forward Dimas Aryo Dewanto (180-86) scored 22 points and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Andi Poedjakesuma chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Rachmad Utomo (180-85) responded with 14 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains second position with 25-4 record having just one points less than leader Dell Aspac. CLS Knights at the other side keep the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Satria Muda. Pelita Jaya will play against Pacific Caesar (#10) in Surabaya in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CLS Knights will have a break next round.
The game between eighth ranked Bimasakti (8-20) and 11th ranked NSH GMC Riau (2-27) in Sakti on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Bimasakti outscored guests from Riau 79-49. Bima Rizky Ardiansyah notched 19 points to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) by Max Yanto did not help to save the game for NSH GMC Riau. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bimasakti maintains eighth position with 8-20 record, which they share with Satya Wacana. NSH GMC Riau lost thirteenth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom. Bimasakti will meet Satya Wacana (#9) in the next round. NSH GMC Riau will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 46 Satya Wacana beat Pacific Caesar on the road 77-59.


Group Surabaya
CLS Knights - Pelita Jaya 59-71

An interesting game for Pelita Jaya (25-4) which played road game in Surabaya against one of their biggest challengers CLS Knights (21-7). Second ranked Pelita Jaya managed to get a 12-point victory 71-59. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of CLS Knights. CLS Knights were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Pelita Jaya shot 21 for 30 from the free-throw line, while CLS Knights only scored three points from the stripe. CLS Knights were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Dimas Aryo Dewanto (180-86) scored 22 points and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Rachmad Utomo (180-85) responded with 14 points and center H Herman (193-89) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains second position with 25-4 record having just one points less than leader Dell Aspac. CLS Knights at the other side keep the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Satria Muda. Pelita Jaya will play against Pacific Caesar (#10) in Surabaya in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CLS Knights will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Pelita Jaya: D.Aryo Dewanto 22+4reb+2ast, A.Chandra 19+3reb+1ast, A.Poedjakesuma 16+12reb, K.Purwanto 5+3reb+5ast, D.Wenas 3+3reb, P.Indrawan 3+4reb+1ast
CLS Knights: R.Utomo 14+4reb+1ast, H.Herman 10+5reb+2ast, T.Agus 9+1reb+2ast, D.Muharri 7+6reb+3ast, A.Ekayana 6, D.Haryoko 4+6reb
gschID: 238653


Stadium Jak. - Satria Muda 63-80

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Jakarta: Satria Muda (#4) and Stadium Jakarta (#6). Stadium Jakarta was smashed at home by 17 points 63-80 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 17 points. Satria Muda dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Stadium Jakarta's 30. Satria Muda forced 21 Stadium Jakarta turnovers and outrebounded them 42-30 including 18 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Rony Gunawan (194-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international point guard Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-81) contributed with 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. Indra Budianto (181-83) replied with 13 points and Yan Pattikawa (193-82) added 10 points in the effort for Stadium Jakarta. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Satria Muda (21-7) moved-up to third place, which they share with CLS Knights. Stadium Jakarta at the other side keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. Satria Muda is looking forward to face Garuda (#5) in Bandung in the next round. Stadium Jakarta will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: R.Gunawan 19+10reb+4ast, F.Julius Ahmad 13+3reb+4ast, K.Argadiba 10+4reb, A.Wisnu 8+4reb+2ast, F.Julius Achmad 7+3reb+2ast, G.Gunawan 7+3reb+1ast
Stadium Jak.: I.Budianto 13+4reb, M.Ferdiansyah 12+2reb+1ast, Y.Pattikawa 10+4reb+2ast, A.Sujarwo 9+4reb+1ast, F.Budianto 5+3reb+2ast, M.Wicaksono 4+1reb
gschID: 238652


Pacific Caesar - Satya Wacana 59-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Satya Wacana's (8-20) road victory over 10th ranked Pacific Caesar (6-22) in Surabaya 77-59 on Saturday. The game without a history. Satya Wacana led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Pacific Caesar's 24. Satya Wacana forced 20 Pacific Caesar turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Satya Wacana made 7 blocks. Guard Budi Sucipto (169-88) notched 21 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) supported him with 20 points. Satya Wacana's coach used an eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Even 19 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) by forward Gege Nagata (185-88) did not help to save the game for Pacific Caesar. Forward Muhammad Fauzia (184-88) added 11 points and 6 assists for lost side. Satya Wacana moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Bimasakti. Loser Pacific Caesar keeps the tenth position with 22 games lost. Satya Wacana will meet at home Bimasakti (#8) in the next round. Pacific Caesar will play against the league's second-placed Pelita Jaya having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Satya Wacana: B.Sucipto 21+1reb+4ast, R.Pamungkas 20+3reb+1ast, Y.Sua 10+1reb, E.Wiratama Nasution 8+5reb, F.Nugroho 7+12reb+4ast, Y.France Giay 6+6reb
Pacific Caesar: G.Nagata 19+3reb+1ast, M.Fauzia 11+3reb+6ast, A.Sabara 8+6reb+3ast, E.Sasmito 8+11reb, D.Kurniawan 7+7reb+1ast, H.Listiyono 6+4reb
gschID: 238651


Bimasakti - NSH GMC Riau 79-49

The game between eighth ranked Bimasakti (8-20) and 11th ranked NSH GMC Riau (2-27) in Sakti on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Bimasakti outscored guests from Riau 79-49. Bimasakti made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while NSH GMC Riau only scored eight points from the stripe. Bimasakti forced 28 NSH GMC Riau turnovers. Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) notched 19 points to lead the effort and point guard Heryanto Gunawan (177-88) supported him with 17 points. Even a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) by center Max Yanto (215-83) did not help to save the game for NSH GMC Riau. Forward Juliano Sucipto (188-82) added 11 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bimasakti maintains eighth position with 8-20 record, which they share with Satya Wacana. NSH GMC Riau lost thirteenth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom. Bimasakti will meet Satya Wacana (#9) in the next round. NSH GMC Riau will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Bimasakti: B.Rizky Ardiansyah 19+4reb+1ast, H.Gunawan 17+1reb+3ast, Y.Dwi Priasmoro 14+3ast, S.Cahyadi 6+4reb+2ast, Charlie* 4, A.As'Adi 4+2reb+3ast
NSH GMC Riau: M.Yanto 26+15reb, J.Sucipto 11+8reb, A.Amier 4+3reb+2ast, T.Tirtahadi 3, L.Alfian Eka Koswara 3, A.Pamungkas 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 238654



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Standings - BSL

Winner Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Maccabi T-A 20-3 
 2. Hapoel Eilat 15-8 
 3. Maccabi Haifa 15-9 
 4. Hapoel J-M 12-11 
 5. Netanya 12-11 
 6. Maccabi Rishon 11-13 
Places 7-12
 1. Hapoel T-A 12-12 
 2. Galil Gilboa 11-12 
 3. Hapoel Holon 10-14 
 4. Maccabi Ashdod 10-14 
 5. Bnei Hasharon 8-15 
 6. Elizur Ashkelon 5-19 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 2

Places 1-6

Apr. 21: Hapoel Holon - Elizur Ashkelon 83-77
Apr. 21: Maccabi Rishon - Maccabi T-A 71-77
Apr. 21: Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel J-M 58-78

Places 7-12

Apr. 21: Maccabi Ashdod - Hapoel T-A 75-77
Apr. 22: Hapoel Eilat - Netanya


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jerome DYSON
  Hapoel Holon
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.19.7 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.18.2 
 3. Beck, Bnei Hashar.18.0 
 4. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.18.0 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi17.6 
 6. Killingswort., Net.17.3 
 7. Collins, Maccabi17.2 
 8. Wright, Maccabi16.8 
 9. Warren, Maccabi16.6 
 10. Smith, Maccabi Ha.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.13.8 
 2. Jones, Bnei H.9.9 
 3. Thomas, Maccabi9.7 
 4. Holman, Hapoel Eil.9.6 
 5. Wright, Maccabi9.4 
 6. Uter, Maccabi9.3 
 7. Calathes, Maccabi9.3 
 8. Dove, Elizur Ashke.8.8 
 9. Simpson, Maccabi8.3 
 10. Washington, Neta.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Hapoel H.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Waters, Hapoel H.7.1 
 2. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.5.3 
 3. Smith, Maccabi Hai.5.2 
 4. Mekel, Maccabi Hai.5.1 
 5. Ohayon, Maccabi4.9 
 6. Perry, Elizur A.4.3 
 7. Warren, Maccabi4.3 
 8. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.1 
 9. Collins, Maccabi4.1 
 10. Pullen, Oknoplas.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Deron WASHINGTON
  Netan.
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Washington, Netan.2.5 
 2. Ohayon, Maccabi2.4 
 3. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.4 
 4. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.2 
 5. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.1 
 6. Wright, Maccabi2.0 
 7. Berkowitz, Bnei H.1.9 
 8. Moore, Elizur A.1.8 
 9. Yavzuri, Galil Gil.1.8 
 10. Simpson, Maccabi1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.8 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.7 
 3. Uter, Maccabi1.6 
 4. Simpson, Maccabi1.4 
 5. Caracter, Bnei H.1.3 
 6. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.3 
 7. Wright, Maccabi1.3 
 8. Thomas, Chicago B.1.2 
 9. Watt, Galil Gilboa1.1 
 10. Kelly, Hapoel T-A1.1 


National League Round 26: Hod Hasharon loses to Ironi Nahariya in the game between Top 4 teams - by Netanel Dahan



The Regular Season in National League just ended.

The playoffs will start this week, the series:

Nes Ziona-Galil.
Nahariya-Kiryat Ata.
Hod Hasharon-Yavne.
Afula-Ramat Gan.



The game between Top Four teams took place in Nahariya. Second ranked host Ironi Nahariya (21-5) defeated one of their biggest challengers Hod Hasharon (18-8) 90-80. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-80. Guard Aviram Zelkovits (193-89) scored 23 points to lead the charge for the winners and American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Ironi Nahariya's coach Shay Minister used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Ironi Nahariya maintains second position with 21-5 record behind leader Ironi Nes-Ziona. Hod Hasharon at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost.
National League top team - Ironi Nes-Ziona (22-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Maccabi K/G (5-21) in Kiryat Gat 98-79. American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) notched a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Tal Michael Dunne supported him with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Ironi Nes-Ziona's coach Nadav Zilberstein allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds by American forward Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) did not help to save the game for Maccabi K/G. Ironi Nes-Ziona maintains first position with 22-4 record. Maccabi K/G lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth place with 21 games lost.
A very close game took place in Beer Yaakov between Elitzur Ramla and Beer Yaakov. Tenth ranked Elitzur Ramla (10-16) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked Beer Yaakov (10-16). Elitzur Ramla managed to escape with a 2-point win 83-81 in the game for the ninth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Beer Yaakov. The best player for the winners was Johndre Jefferson who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 20 rebounds. Joshua Alexander produced 25 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Beer Yaakov's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Elitzur Ramla moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Macc.B.Yaakov.
A very interesting game took place in Kfar Saba. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 11th ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (8-18) to twelfth ranked Kiryat Tivon (8-18) 74-71 in the fight for the eleventh place. Tomer Ber-Aven orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Kiryat Tivon moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Hapoel K/S.
Fifth ranked Hapoel Afula (17-9) crushed at home 8th ranked Hapoel Kazrin (11-15) by 25 points 96-71, which is the biggest margin this round on Thursday night. Allen Durham had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hapoel Afula have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Ironi Ramat Gan. Hapoel Kazrin lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost.

In the last two games of round 26 Ironi K-A lost to Ironi Ramat Gan on the opponent's court 71-89. Bottom-ranked Maccabi K/B unfortunately lost to Elitzur Yavne in a home game 68-77.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 36 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 4 assists by Tyrone Kent of Ironi Ramat Gan.


Ironi Nahariya - Hod Hasharon 90-80

The game between Top Four teams took place in Nahariya. Second ranked host Ironi Nahariya (21-5) defeated one of their biggest challengers Hod Hasharon (18-8) 90-80. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-80. Guard Aviram Zelkovits (193-89) scored 23 points to lead the charge for the winners and American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Ironi Nahariya's coach Shay Minister used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU) scored 20 points and 4 assists. Five Ironi Nahariya and four Hod Hasharon players scored in double figures. Ironi Nahariya maintains second position with 21-5 record behind leader Ironi Nes-Ziona. Hod Hasharon at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Hod Hasharon: B.Walker 20+1reb+4ast, C.Odiakosa 18+10reb+2ast, I.Stolero 17+1ast, O.Hover 10+3reb+3ast, G.Gandel 8+7reb+1ast, E.Asante Asare 5+4reb+2ast
Ironi Nahariya: A.Zelkovits 23+4reb+1ast, N.Miller 18+3reb+3ast, R.Clemente 15+9reb, N.Golan 14+2reb+3ast, R.Pitshon 12+9reb+1ast, O.Ben Hemo 3+1reb


gschID: 197926


Maccabi K/G - Ironi Nes-Ziona 79-98

National League top team - Ironi Nes-Ziona (22-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Maccabi K/G (5-21) in Kiryat Gat 98-79. It looked good early as Maccabi K/G took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ironi Nes-Ziona had a 25-16 second period charge getting the lead and Maccabi K/G was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 79-98. They outrebounded Maccabi K/G 42-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. Ironi Nes-Ziona players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) notched a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) supported him with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Benn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. Ironi Nes-Ziona's coach Nadav Zilberstein allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds by American forward Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) did not help to save the game for Maccabi K/G. His fellow American import swingman Muhammad El Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook, agency: Two Points) added 23 points for the hosts. Ironi Nes-Ziona maintains first position with 22-4 record. Maccabi K/G lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth place with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/G: L.Daniel 29+11reb+2ast, M.El Amin 23+3reb+3ast, D.Peterson 9+6reb+2ast, T.Pisecki 8+3reb+1ast, O.Ron 7+3reb+6ast, D.Katzaf 2
Ironi Nes-Ziona: B.Benn 24+11reb+4ast, C.Tate 17+4reb+1ast, T.Michael Dunne 16+9reb+7ast, R.Zehavian 13+6reb, G.Amitay 13+2reb+3ast, T.Karpels 11+6reb+4ast
gschID: 197925


Ironi Ramat Gan - Ironi K-A 89-71

Rather expected game when 7th ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (15-11) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (17-9) 89-71 on Thursday. The game without a history. Ironi Ramat Gan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American swingman Tyrone Kent (196-86, college: Toledo) had a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 4 assists (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Itay Grinboim (193-85, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Kent is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) responded with 22 points and his fellow American import forward Ivory Clark (198-85) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ironi Ramat Gan have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 17-9 record, which they share with Hapoel Afula. Loser Ironi Kiryat Ata keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: D.Govens 22+3reb+1ast, I.Clark 16+8reb+1ast, K.Izik 8+1reb+2ast, G.Halamish 8+5reb+1ast, C.Watson 6+2reb+1ast, I.Nanikashvili 5+6reb+6ast
Ironi Ramat Gan: T.Kent 36+12reb+4ast, I.Grinboim 19+4reb+2ast, T.Havkin 12, V.Yeremishin 8+2reb, A.Tamir 7+3reb+3ast, D.Assaf 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 197923


Hapoel Afula - Hapoel Kazrin 96-71

Fifth ranked Hapoel Afula (17-9) crushed at home 8th ranked Hapoel Kazrin (11-15) by 25 points 96-71, which is the biggest margin this round on Thursday night. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Afula. Hapoel Kazrin was better in third quarter 25-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Afula forced 19 Hapoel Kazrin turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Oz Blayzer (199-92) chipped in 14 points during the contest. Durham is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Five Hapoel Afula players scored in double figures. Naturalized Russian power forward Anton Kazarnovski (205-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Ron Sabag (182-90) scored 14 points and 7 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hapoel Afula have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Ironi Ramat Gan. Hapoel Kazrin lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Kazrin: A.Kazarnovski 15+11reb+3ast, R.Sabag 14+1reb+7ast, M.James 12+5reb+2ast, R.Dyer 8+6reb+1ast, R.Cohen 6+2reb+1ast, B.Maor 6
Hapoel Afula: A.Fisher 17+1ast, L.Ariely 15+3reb, O.Blayzer 14+3reb+2ast, R.Barzilai 13+6ast, A.Durham 12+11reb, E.Eliyah 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 197921


Maccabi K/B - Elitzur Yavne 68-77

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Elitzur Yavne (16-10) defeated on the road bottom-ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (4-22) 77-68 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-68. Swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: Two Points) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Guard Tal Ronen (192-88) responded with 23 points and guard Dror Davidi (190-84) scored 2 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Elitzur Yavne maintains sixth position with 16-10 record. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/B: T.Ronen 23+4reb+1ast, D.Joyner 14+6reb+4ast, S.Labanowski 14+6reb+1ast, A.Barak 4, Z.Tavor 4+2reb+1ast, M.Shamis 3+1reb
Elitzur Yavne: B.Laing 19+5reb+1ast, E.Hofman 17+7reb+8ast, I.Nesterenko 17+6reb, N.Matalon 9+4reb+4ast, Y.Lioutrine 8+4reb+1ast, O.Farchi 7+10reb+4ast
gschID: 197920


Macc.B.Yaakov - Elitzur Ramla 81-83

A very close game took place in Beer Yaakov between Elitzur Ramla and Beer Yaakov. Tenth ranked Elitzur Ramla (10-16) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked Beer Yaakov (10-16). Elitzur Ramla managed to escape with a 2-point win 83-81 in the game for the ninth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Beer Yaakov. They outrebounded Beer Yaakov 42-30 including 33 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Johndre Jefferson (207-88, college: S.Carolina) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 20 rebounds. The other American import guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary, agency: FCM) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. American guard Joshua Alexander (193-87, college: SF Austin) produced 25 points and 9 rebounds and guard Inan Iram (194-88, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Beer Yaakov's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Elitzur Ramla moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Macc.B.Yaakov.
Top scorers:
Macc.B.Yaakov: J.Alexander 25+9reb+1ast, I.Iram 20+6reb, A.Eliyahu 14+4reb+7ast, J.Hall 8+3reb+3ast, I.Simin 4+3reb+1ast, Z.Volfer 4+1reb+1ast
Elitzur Ramla: V.Teel 19+5reb+5ast, J.Jefferson 15+20reb+1ast, O.Zinderman 15+2reb+1ast, O.Cohen 13+1reb+2ast, A.Fogel 10+4reb+1ast, A.Guterman 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 197922


Hapoel K/S - Kiryat Tivon 71-74

A very interesting game took place in Kfar Saba. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 11th ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (8-18) to twelfth ranked Kiryat Tivon (8-18) 74-71 in the fight for the eleventh place. Kiryat Tivon made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Swingman Tomer Ber-Aven (196-92) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Belizean-American forward Alex Carcamo (200-77, college: E.Washington, agency: Dream Team Management) contributed with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Kiryat Tivon players scored in double figures. Forward Eitan Rotemberg (197-91) replied with 21 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Maurice McNeil (205-87, college: Houston) added 23 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Kfar Saba. Kiryat Tivon moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Hapoel K/S.
Top scorers:
Hapoel K/S: M.McNeil 23+7reb, E.Rotemberg 21+7reb+2ast, H.Karni 7+4reb, A.Harush 7+3reb+4ast, M.Hampton 6+5reb+4ast, O.Cohen 5+4reb+2ast
Kiryat Tivon: S.Farine 17+3reb+6ast, T.Ber-Aven 16+11reb+5ast, A.Carcamo 16+8reb+4ast, G.Murray 16+7reb+3ast, N.Yanay 4+3reb+1ast, I.Raguan 3
gschID: 197919





Balkan League: Galil Gilboa beat Levski to defend title - by Eurobasket News

Galil Gilboa - Levski Sofia 87:79 (2OT)

Balkan League fans got the sense of dj-vu when Galil Gilboa defended their Balkan League title tonight. They prevailed against Levski Sofia in overtime drama almost copying the last seasons title game scenario. Rakim Sanders (193-G-89, college: Fairfield) stepped up with 30 points and 17 rebounds to pace the winners to the second straight Balkan League trophy.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Galil Gilboa eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. But Levski took over in the second frame. The Bulgarian powerhouse went on a 24:15 rally in the second quarter to ensure a 41:33 halftime lead. Galil Gilboa narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Israeli team got within 6 points at the third break. Galil Gilboa pulled in front on a jumper from Yaniv Green (206-C-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) midway through the fourth frame. Levski rebounded and entered the final 27 seconds of regulation up by two points 63:61. But Yaniv Green went perfect from the line and sent the game into overtime. Now Galil Gilboa were closer to the victory as they led by as many as four points with 42 seconds remaining in the extra period. But Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) hit four free throws in the remaining seconds to force the second overtime. This time Galil Gilboa used an 11:0 rally to clear off for good and triumphed at the end. Yaniv Green delivered 16 points, while Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) contributed 14 points for the winners. Marko Marinovic answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Levski. Mladen Pantic (209-C-82, agency: Alti Sport) added 17 points in the losign effort.

Galil Gilboa: Rakim Sanders 30+17 boards, Yaniv Green 16, Jamar Smith 14
Levski Sofia: Marko Marinovic 18, Mladen Pantic 17



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Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Cimberio VA 22-6 
 2. Banco di Sard. 20-8 
 3. Acea Virtus RM 18-10 
 4. Montepaschi 17-11 
 5. Trenkwalder RE 17-11 
 6. EA7 Armani 17-11 
 7. Cantu 16-12 
 8. Umana VE 14-14 
 9. JuveCaserta 13-15 
 10. Sidigas AV 12-15 
 11. Vanoli CR 11-17 
 12. Enel Brindisi 11-17 
 13. Sutor MGR 11-17 
 14. Pesaro 10-18 
 15. Oknoplast BO 8-19 
 16. Angelico BI 6-22 

Regular Season: Round 28

Apr. 21: Sutor MGR - Pesaro 94-108
Apr. 21: Vanoli CR - Cimberio VA 88-92
Apr. 21: Acea Virtus RM - Enel Brindisi 88-82
Apr. 21: EA7 Armani - Angelico BI 85-67
Apr. 21: Montepaschi - Umana VE 83-81
Apr. 21: JuveCaserta - Sidigas AV 75-85
Apr. 21: Trenkwalder RE - Cantu 71-65
Apr. 21: Oknoplast BO - Banco di Sard. 110-120 OT

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 28: Banco di Sard. - JuveCaserta
Apr. 28: Cantu - EA7 Armani
Apr. 28: Cimberio VA - Pesaro
Apr. 28: Sidigas AV - Umana VE
Apr. 28: Angelico BI - Acea Virtus RM
Apr. 28: Sutor MGR - Montepaschi
Apr. 28: Trenkwalder RE - Vanoli CR
Apr. 28: Enel Brindisi - Oknoplast BO


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Jonathan GIBSON
  Enel Brindisi
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Gibson, Enel Brind.19.2 
 2. Taylor, Trenkwal.19.0 
 3. Diener, Banco d.17.8 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi17.3 
 5. Datome, Acea V.17.1 
 6. Diener, Banco d.16.9 
 7. Johnson, Angelico.16.4 
 8. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 9. Dunston, Cimberio.15.3 
 10. Cinciarini, Sutor15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaloyan IVANOV
  Sidigas AV
  (205-F-86)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Ivanov, Sidigas AV10.4 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.9.2 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 4. Akindele, Champvil.8.0 
 5. Brunner, Trenkwal.8.0 
 6. Jelovac, JuveCase.7.5 
 7. Dunston, Cimberio.7.5 
 8. Johnson, Sidigas7.4 
 9. Bourousis, EA7 A.7.2 
 10. Burns, Sutor MGR7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.5 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.9 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.3 
 4. Green, EA7 Armani4.7 
 5. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.3 
 6. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.1 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.4.0 
 8. Brown, Montepaschi3.9 
 9. Tabu, Cantu3.8 
 10. Di Bella, Sutor M.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.7 
 2. Robinson, PGE T.2.4 
 3. Kinsey, Unicaja2.1 
 4. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.1 
 5. Reynolds, Enel B.2.0 
 6. Shakur, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 7. Green, Cimberio VA1.9 
 8. Barbour, Pesaro1.9 
 9. De Nicolao, Cimber.1.8 
 10. Goss, Acea V.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.3 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.8 
 3. Lawal, Acea V.1.3 
 4. Crosariol, Pesaro1.3 
 5. Simmons, Enel B.1.3 
 6. Tyus, Cantu1.2 
 7. Ress, Montepaschi1.2 
 8. Cusin, Cantu1.2 
 9. Akindele, Champvil.1.1 
 10. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.1 


Standings - Lega 2

Lega2 Standings
 1. Sigma Barcel. 19-7 
 2. Giorgo Tesi PT 18-7 
 3. Novipiu Casale 17-9 
 4. C.de Latte BRE 15-10 
 5. LeGamberi FO 14-11 
 6. Tezenis VE 14-12 
 7. Biancoblu BO 13-12 
 8. Pall.Trento 12-13 
 9. Givova Scafati 12-14 
 10. FCM Ferentino 10-15 
 11. Upea CdO 10-15 
 12. Fileni BPA Jesi 10-15 
 13. AcegasAps TR 9-16 
 14. Aget Service IM 9-17 
 15. Prima Veroli 9-17 

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 21: Giorgo Tesi PT - Fileni BPA Jesi 92-72
Apr. 21: FCM Ferentino - Prima Veroli 86-72
Apr. 21: LeGamberi FO - C.de Latte BRE 85-83
Apr. 21: Pall.Trento - AcegasAps TR 84-79
Apr. 21: Tezenis VE - Novipiu Casale 81-67
Apr. 21: Aget Service IM - Givova Scafati 76-66
Apr. 21: Sigma Barcel. - Biancoblu BO 100-97 OT

Regular Season: Round 28

Apr. 25: C.de Latte BRE - Giorgo Tesi PT
Apr. 25: Upea CdO - Sigma Barcel.
Apr. 25: AcegasAps TR - Tezenis VE
Apr. 25: Prima Veroli - Nuovo Napoli
Apr. 25: Novipiu Casale - Aget Service IM
Apr. 25: Givova Scafati - FCM Ferentino
Apr. 25: Fileni BPA Jesi - Pall.Trento
Apr. 25: Biancoblu BO - LeGamberi FO


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Casper WARE
  Novipiu Casale
  (177-PG-90)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Ware, Novipiu Casa.21.9 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.21.2 
 3. Green, Novipiu Cas.19.4 
 4. Marigney, Prima V.18.9 
 5. Young, Upea CdO18.5 
 6. Mays, Givova S.18.4 
 7. Jenkins, C.de L.18.1 
 8. Roderick, LeGamber.18.0 
 9. Walker, Prima Vero.17.9 
 10. Hicks, Giorgo T.17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.8 
 2. Ekperigin, FCM F.10.2 
 3. Todic, Khimik9.9 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.9.2 
 5. Mosley, Biancobl.9.0 
 6. George, Upea CdO9.0 
 7. Butkevicius, Novip.8.8 
 8. Slay, Givova Scafa.8.4 
 9. Gandini, AcegasAp.7.9 
 10. Toppo, Giorgo T.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Casper WARE
  Novipiu Casale
  (177-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Ware, Novipiu Casa.5.1 
 2. Fernandez, C.de L.4.9 
 3. Pecile, Biancobl.4.8 
 4. Green, Sigma B.4.8 
 5. Battle, Upea CdO4.3 
 6. Roderick, LeGamber.4.3 
 7. Gay, Aget S.4.2 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.3.6 
 9. Marigney, Prima V.3.3 
 10. Guarino, FCM F.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Donato CUTOLO
  Biancobl.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Cutolo, Biancobl.2.8 
 2. Mays, Givova S.2.6 
 3. George, Upea CdO2.3 
 4. James, FCM F.2.3 
 5. Lawal, Tezenis VE2.2 
 6. Guarino, FCM F.2.2 
 7. Baldassarre, Givov.2.1 
 8. Fernandez, C.de L.2.0 
 9. Ware, Novipiu Casa.2.0 
 10. Battle, Upea CdO2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE1.9 
 2. Mosley, Biancobl.1.8 
 3. Griffin, Fileni B.1.4 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.2 
 5. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.2 
 6. James, FCM F.1.1 
 7. Roderick, LeGamber.1.0 
 8. Gandini, AcegasAp.1.0 
 9. Butkevicius, Novip.0.9 
 10. Giddens, C.de L.0.9 


Standings - B1

Nazionale Standings
 1. Torino 23-7 
 2. Matera 20-11 
 3. Castelletto 18-13 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 18-13 
 5. Agrigento 18-14 
 6. Lucca 17-13 
 7. Omegna 17-14 
 8. Treviglio 16-14 
 9. Firenze 16-15 
 10. Reggio Calabr. 15-16 
 11. Bari 15-16 
 12. Recanati 14-17 
 13. Mirandola 14-18 
 14. Ferrara 13-18 
 15. Chieti 13-18 
 16. Latina Basket 12-19 
 17. San Severo 10-21 
 18. Perugia 8-22 
Folded
 1. Bologna 6-4 

Regular Season: Round 34

Apr. 21: Lucca - Treviglio 94-83
Apr. 21: Bari - Recanati 78-82
Apr. 21: Reggio Calabr. - Castelletto 77-69
Apr. 21: Agrigento - Ferrara 70-59
Apr. 21: Matera - Casalpusterlengo 68-81
Apr. 21: Chieti - Firenze 67-75
Apr. 21: Mirandola - Latina Basket 63-57
Apr. 21: Perugia - Omegna 50-82

Regular Season: Round 35

Apr. 25: Firenze - San Severo
Apr. 25: Treviglio - Agrigento
Apr. 25: Ferrara - Torino
Apr. 25: Lucca - Mirandola
Apr. 25: Castelletto - Omegna
Apr. 25: Recanati - Casalpusterlengo
Apr. 25: Chieti - Bari
Apr. 25: Latina Basket - Reggio Calabr.
Apr. 25: Matera - Perugia


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia20.8 
 2. Carrizo, Latina B.20.2 
 3. Casadei, Firenze16.6 
 4. Parente, Lucca16.6 
 5. Reati, Treviglio15.8 
 6. Benfatto, Ferrara15.6 
 7. Wojciechowsk., Tor.15.3 
 8. Ferrarese, Trevigl.15.1 
 9. Ruggiero, Bari15.1 
 10. Bolzonella, Caste.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Rossi, Chieti10.8 
 2. Iannilli, San Seve.10.2 
 3. Wojciechowsk., Tor.9.3 
 4. Pazzi, Castelletto8.6 
 5. Benfatto, Ferrara8.4 
 6. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.3 
 7. Ricci, Casalpus.8.2 
 8. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.1 
 9. Raminelli, Trevigl.7.9 
 10. Spizzichini, Fire.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jordan LOSI
  Mirandola
  (182-PG-80)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Losi, Mirandola5.6 
 2. Piazza, Reggio C.5.5 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.4.8 
 4. Marino, Casalp.4.5 
 5. Carrizo, Latina B.3.7 
 6. Ferrarese, Trevigl.3.6 
 7. Caroldi, Firenze3.4 
 8. Cantone, Matera3.2 
 9. Rajola, Chieti3.1 
 10. Raschi, Chieti3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.4.5 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia3.4 
 3. Gueye, San Severo2.9 
 4. Cortesi, Ferrara2.9 
 5. Parente, Lucca2.8 
 6. Vico, Matera2.8 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.2.6 
 8. Sanna, Firenze2.5 
 9. Maggio, San Severo2.5 
 10. Casadei, Firenze2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.4 
 2. Raminelli, Trevigl.1.3 
 3. Rossi, Chieti0.9 
 4. Del Brocco, San S.0.8 
 5. Gagliardo, Latina0.8 
 6. Iannuzzi, Matera0.8 
 7. Iannilli, San Seve.0.8 
 8. Bisconti, Bari0.7 
 9. Mancin, Mirandola0.7 
 10. Wojciechowsk., To.0.7 


DNC season recap (part 1) - by Armando Caporaso

With only one round remaining to the end of the regular season this is the situation, group by group, in DNC:

A
Expo Inox Mortara is the team directly promoted to the DNB leads by the third top scorer of the league (Marco Mossi with 20.2 points) and the second assistman (Fabio Grugnetti with 4.8 assist), impossible the comeback of Pavia that has 6 points less (but is already sure of the second place). For the playoff all is decided, Alessandria (10th) is 0-2 against Oleggio with still 2 points to recover. Filippo Politi (205-C-80) (13.3 rebounds for match) will try to lead Domodossola during the playoff after the very good season closed, for now, with 31.7 of ranking, probably one of the best players this year. For the playout will be decisive the last game, La Spezia has 8 points, 4 instead for Biella (Lorenzo Uglietti has closed however a good season with 18.2 points for game), to avoid the immediately relegation and reach the post season the Elcharrocinture.it needs to win or to hope in a defeat of the Tarros maintaining the four points of separation.

B
Even here already assigned the direct promotion, Montichiari (22-3 the record) has 4 more points of Orzinuovi (already officially second) and obtained a place for the next season in DNB thanks also the points & the steals of Alessandro Infanti (15.7 ppg + 3.9 spg, second best player of this season). Perfect season for the Contadi Castaldi that in the last month had won also the league cup eliminating in order Mortara, Molfetta and Lugo in the decisive final (67-59) thanks a great offensive performance own of Infanti (23 points). For the playoff Piadena will close as third (Leonida Moscatelli is the 6th best rebounder with 11.6), already decided all the 8 teams with the San Bonifacio of the expert center Andrea Camata, top rebounder this season with a great 14.4 rpg. The challenge for the persistence in DNC will be between Arzignano and Porto Mantovano (Carlo Coppi its been one of the players more used with 37.6 minutes for game).

C
In the third group of the league still to decide the first promotion, Pordenone and Udine (semifinalist in the league cup) share the first place with 42 points. The GSA of the couple Matias Ezequiel Principe - Ivan Gatto (respectively 12.6 and 9.7 rebounds) will play the last game against Cormons while the current leaders (1-1 in the seasonal head-to-head but important +22 in the home game) will go on the court of Conegliano. One of the two teams will have to settle of the playoff with the other 7 teams: already complete the list, Montebelluna and the Jadran Trieste are vying for the third place while Marghera of Francesco Marini and Alberto Causin (almost 22 ppg for the first and best scorer of the league, 20.1 for the forward) will try to attack the fifth position. Certainly there will be the playout, the Servolana Trieste (last in the standing) should play against one between Vendemiano, Crm Padova or Gorizia. All this teams have 14 points but the last two will play one against the other.

D
On top of the group D there is the other finalist of the league cup, the Ovra Lugo with 40 points that own two days ago obtained the promotion for the DNB (after 7 years of absence) thanks the perfect victory on the court of Porto Sangiorgio (86-48).The Sigma Imola is right there with only 2 points missing from the first place but the two defeats during the season against the leaders condemn the team of Andrea Porcellini (21.6 points and 25.9 of ranking, fifth best player of the season) to achieve a place for the 2013/14 DNB season only after the playoff. Still at stake the last place for the post season, San Marino and own Porto Sangiorgio have 18 points (advantage for the team of the little nation), will play in the last round respectively with Imola (however already sure of the second place) and at Porto S.Elpidio. For the playout Marco Di Giandomenico (3.5 steals) and his Ascoli must win maintaining so the 4 points of difference or could arrive the direct relegation in case of a victory for Fabriano (Recanati of Emanuele Piloni, fifth blocker with 1.6 blocks for game, instead is already save).

Ps all playoff and playout series are with the format of 'best of 3'!



SerieA Round 28 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Fifteenth-ranked Oknoplast BO (8-19) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Banco di Sard. (20-8) in Bologna on Sunday. The visitors from Sassari managed to secure only ten-point victory 120-110. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Marvis Thornton who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 5 rebounds. Oknoplast BO's coach Luca Bechi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Banco di Sard. maintains second position with 20-8 record having just two points less than leader Cimberio VA. Oknoplast BO lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 19 games lost. Banco di Sard. will face Juvecaserta (#9) in Caserta in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Oknoplast BO will play on the road against Enel Brindisi (#12).

Other games in round 28 were not that significant. Cantu was beaten by Trenkwalder RE on the road 71-65. JuveCaserta lost to Sidigas AV on its own court 75-85. Pesaro managed to outperform Sutor MGR in a road game 108-94. Acea Virtus RM managed to beat Enel Brindisi at home 88-82. Cimberio VA defeated Vanoli CR on the opponent's court 92-88. EA7 Armani beat Angelico BI in a home game 85-67. Umana VE lost to Montepaschi on the road 81-83.
The most impressive performance of 28th round was 22 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks by Andrea Crosariol of Pesaro.


Trenkwalder RE - Cantu 71-65

Everything could happen in Reggio Emilia at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Trenkwalder RE and 6th ranked Cantu had identical 16-11 record. This time Trenkwalder RE used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Cantu 71-65 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 37-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) who helped to win the game recording 8 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. The other American import point guard Troy Bell (186-80, college: Boston Coll.) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Trenkwalder RE's coach Massimiliano Menetti used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International Stefano Mancinelli (203-83) replied with 14 points and the former international Pietro Aradori (195-88) added 15 points in the effort for Cantu. Trenkwalder RE have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Montepaschi and EA7 Armani. Cantu at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Trenkwalder RE will face Vanoli Cremona (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cantu will play against Armani Milano (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder RE: T.Bell 18+2reb, A.Cinciarini 11+5reb+4ast, G.Brunner 9+8reb+2ast, D.Slanina 8+3reb+2ast, D.Taylor 8+8reb+5ast, M.Antonutti 5+2reb
Cantu: N.Mazzarino 15+1reb+1ast, P.Aradori 15+2reb+1ast, S.Mancinelli 14+3reb+2ast, J.Brooks 7+7reb+1ast, M.Leunen 5+5reb, J.Smith 3+1reb
gschID: 185643


JuveCaserta - Sidigas AV 75-85

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 9th ranked Juvecaserta (13-15) lost to tenth ranked Air Avellino (12-15) in Caserta 75-85 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 33-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Air Avellino made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Air Avellino outrebounded Juvecaserta 37-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Bulgarian forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Slovenian point guard Jaka Lakovic (186-78) contributed with 26 points for the winners. Five Air Avellino players scored in double figures. Serbian power forward Stevan Jelovac (208-89, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 24 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Stefano Gentile (191-89) added 16 points and 4 steals in the effort for Juvecaserta. Juvecaserta's coach Stefano Sacripanti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Air Avellino maintains tenth position with 12-15 record. Juvecaserta at the other side keeps the ninth place with 15 games lost. Air Avellino will face higher ranked Umana Venezia (#8) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Sidigas AV: J.Lakovic 26+2reb+3ast, K.Ivanov 20+12reb, J.Richardson 14+3reb, T.Dean 11+4reb+3ast, L.Johnson 10+7reb, J.Hunter 4+3reb+1ast
JuveCaserta: S.Jelovac 24+5reb+1ast, S.Gentile 16+2reb+3ast, A.Michelori 10+4reb+1ast, D.Mavraides 8+5reb+2ast, G.Maresca 6+2reb, M.Mordente 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 185642


Sutor MGR - Pesaro 94-108

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fourteenth ranked VL Pesaro (10-18) won against on the road 13th ranked Sutor Montegranaro (11-17) 108-94 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 108-94. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Andrea Crosariol (211-84, college: Fair Dickinson) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 27 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) replied with 25 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Daniele Cinciarini (194-83) added 18 points in the effort for Sutor Montegranaro. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Sutor Montegranaro's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. VL Pesaro maintains fourteenth position with 10-18 record. Sutor Montegranaro at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with 17 games lost. VL Pesaro will face league's leader Cimberio Varese on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Pesaro: A.Barbour 27+6reb+2ast, A.Crosariol 22+13reb+1ast, L.Mack 20+3reb+1ast, D.Cavaliero 11+1reb+3ast, T.Thomas 10+3reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 10+4reb+5ast
Sutor MGR: C.Burns 25+7reb, D.Cinciarini 18+3reb+1ast, F.Di Bella 15+1reb+4ast, V.Amoroso 14+5reb+1ast, T.Slay 10+4reb, L.Panzini 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 185641


Acea Virtus RM - Enel Brindisi 88-82

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Enel Brindisi (11-17) lost on the road to third ranked Lottomatica Roma (18-10) 88-82 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Enel Brindisi was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 9-point lead after three quarters before a 25-10 charge of Lottomatica Roma, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Lottomatica Roma forced 23 Enel Brindisi turnovers. Enel Brindisi was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Nigerian power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. International forward Luigi Datome (203-87) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Jonathan Gibson (188-87, college: N.Mexico St., agency: Three Eye Sports) replied with 22 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Enel Brindisi. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Enel Brindisi's coach Pier Luigi Bucchi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lottomatica Roma maintains third position with 18-10 record having four points less than leader Cimberio VA. Newly promoted Enel Brindisi dropped to the eleventh place with 17 games lost. Lottomatica Roma will face bottom-ranked Angelico Biella (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Enel Brindisi will play against Oknoplast BO (#15) in Bologna.
Top scorers:
Acea Virtus RM: G.Lawal 19+10reb, L.Datome 18+6reb+1ast, L.D'Ercole 14+2reb+1ast, P.Goss 12+5reb+4ast, J.Taylor 12+3reb+7ast, P.Lorant 9+3reb
Enel Brindisi: J.Gibson 22+5reb+2ast, A.Robinson 13+3reb+3ast, J.Viggiano 13+2reb, C.Simmons 10+8reb, S.Reynolds 10+7reb+8ast, M.Formenti 8
gschID: 185640


Vanoli CR - Cimberio VA 88-92

Everything went according to plan when first ranked Cimberio Varese (22-6) defeated on the road 11th ranked Vanoli Cremona (11-17) 92-88 on Sunday. Vanoli Cremona was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a great shooting night for Cimberio Varese especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.7 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. The other American import point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Cimberio Varese players scored in double figures. International point guard Luca Vitali (201-86) replied with 22 points and 6 assists and Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) added 18 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Vanoli Cremona. Cimberio Varese maintains first position with 22-6 record. Vanoli Cremona at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 17 games lost. Cimberio Varese will face VL Pesaro (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Vanoli Cremona will play against Trenkwalder RE in Reggio Emilia.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: A.Banks 23+2ast, M.Green 19+4reb+3ast, B.Dunston 16+13reb, E.Ere 15+4reb+1ast, D.Sakota 8+1reb+1ast, A.De Nicolao 7+1reb+1ast
Vanoli CR: J.Jackson 25+1reb+1ast, L.Vitali 22+4reb+6ast, H.Peric 18+11reb+1ast, B.Chase 8, A.Stipanovic 6+4reb, T.Kotti 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 185639


Oknoplast BO - Banco di Sard. 110-120 OT

Fifteenth-ranked Oknoplast BO (8-19) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Banco di Sard. (20-8) in Bologna on Sunday. The visitors from Sassari managed to secure only ten-point victory 120-110. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime then Oknoplast BO managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Banco di Sard. who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 18-8. They made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Marvis Thornton (194-77, college: St.John's) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) contributed with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American-Georgian point guard Jacob Pullen (185-89, college: Kansas St.) replied with 38 points (!!!) and 5 steals and international point guard Giuseppe Poeta (190-85) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Oknoplast BO. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Oknoplast BO's coach Luca Bechi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Banco di Sard. maintains second position with 20-8 record having just two points less than leader Cimberio VA. Oknoplast BO lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 19 games lost. Banco di Sard. will face Juvecaserta (#9) in Caserta in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Oknoplast BO will play on the road against Enel Brindisi (#12).
Top scorers:
Banco di Sard.: M.Thornton 30+5reb+3ast, T.Diener 26+5reb+7ast, D.Diener 24+2reb+2ast, D.Gordon 19+11reb, M.Ignerski 13+5reb+1ast, M.Vanuzzo 3+2reb+1ast
Oknoplast BO: J.Pullen 38+3ast, D.Andjusic 14+6reb+1ast, G.Poeta 14+6reb+5ast, A.Gigli 12+7reb+2ast, M.Rocca 12+4reb, V.Gaddefors 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 185638


EA7 Armani - Angelico BI 85-67

There was no surprise when 16th ranked Angelico Biella (6-22) lost on the road to seventh ranked Armani Milano (17-11) 85-67 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Armani Milano. Angelico Biella was better in third quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Angelico Biella 48-27 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Armani Milano looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a very good performance for swingman Alessandro Gentile (198-92) who helped to win the game recording 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American-FYR Macedonian point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure) contributed with 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American-Montenegrin point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) replied with 10 points and 8 assists and Slovenian power forward Goran Jurak (203-77) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Angelico Biella. Four Angelico Biella players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Armani Milano moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Trenkwalder RE and Montepaschi. Angelico Biella at the other side stay dead last with 22 lost games. Armani Milano will face Cantu (#7) on the road in the next round. Angelico Biella will play against Lottomatica Roma (#3).
Top scorers:
EA7 Armani: N.Melli 13+4reb+1ast, M.Hairston 13+3reb+1ast, L.Radosevic 11+5reb+1ast, A.Gentile 10+7reb+4ast, M.Green 9+9reb+2ast, K.Langford 8+2reb+6ast
Angelico BI: G.Jurak 14+7reb+1ast, A.Renzi 11+6reb, T.Rochestie 10+4reb+8ast, T.Johnson 10+3reb+2ast, J.Mavunga 9+3reb+1ast, M.Lagana 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 185637


Montepaschi - Umana VE 83-81

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Montepaschi Siena (17-11) edged at home 8th ranked Umana Venezia (14-14) 83-81 on Sunday. However just two-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 47-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 8 assists. The other American import forward David Moss (196-83, college: Indiana St., agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and French forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Umana Venezia. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 17-11 record, which they share with Trenkwalder RE and EA7 Armani. Umana Venezia at the other side keeps the eighth place with 14 games lost. Montepaschi Siena will face Sutor Montegranaro (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Umana Venezia will play against Air Avellino (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: B.Brown 22+3reb+8ast, D.Moss 16+6reb, B.Eze 15+4reb, K.Kangur 10+6reb+1ast, D.Hackett 8+5reb+1ast, D.Christmas 7+1reb+2ast
Umana VE: K.Kee Clark 24+2reb+1ast, S.Szewczyk 16+12reb+2ast, Y.Diawara 15+11reb+3ast, G.Rosselli 13+4reb+4ast, J.Hubalek 6+3reb+1ast, T.Bowers 3+3reb
gschID: 185636



Lega2 Round 27 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Sixth-ranked Biancoblu BO (13-12) made lots of trouble for first ranked Sigma Barcellona (19-7) on Sunday. Sigma Barcellona managed to secure only three-point victory 100-97. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Biancoblu BO. The best player for the winners was Craig Callahan who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Sigma Barcellona have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-7 record. Biancoblu BO at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Sigma Barcellona will face Upea CdO (#11) in Capo d'Orlando in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Biancoblu BO will play at home against LeGamberi Foods Forli (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 27 AcegasAps TR was defeated by Pall.Trento in a road game 84-79. Giorgo Tesi PT smashed Fileni BPA Jesi at home 92-72. Prima Veroli lost to FCM Ferentino on the opponent's court 72-86. LeGamberi FO managed to outperform C.de Latte BRE in a home game 85-83. Givova Scafati recorded a loss to Aget Service IM on the road 76-66. Tezenis VE defeated Novipiu Casale on its own court 81-67.
The best stats of 27th round was 28 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals by David Cournooh of Biancoblu BO.


Pall.Trento - AcegasAps TR 84-79

There was no surprise when 13th ranked AcegasAps TR (9-16) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Pall.Trento (12-13) 84-79 on Sunday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-79. Pall.Trento made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. AcegasAps TR was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, agency: Two Points) who scored 26 points. The former international power forward Luca Garri (207-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Argentinian point guard Ariel Filloy (189-87, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Belarusian Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Four Pall.Trento and five AcegasAps TR players scored in double figures. AcegasAps TR's coach Eugenio Dalmasson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pall.Trento moved-up to eighth place. AcegasAps TR lost fifth consecutive game. AcegasAps TR at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Pall.Trento will face Fileni BPA Jesi (#12) on the road in the next round. AcegasAps TR will play against Tezenis VE in Verona.
Top scorers:
Pall.Trento: M.Umeh 26+3reb+3ast, L.Garri 14+10reb, L.Dordei 13+10reb, B.Elder 12+3reb+1ast, L.Conte 8+4reb, A.Forray 6+1reb+3ast
AcegasAps TR: M.Ruzzier 13+2reb+2ast, M.Carra 12+1reb+2ast, L.Gandini 12+6reb+2ast, A.Filloy 12+7reb+5ast, M.Meshcharakou 11+5reb+5ast, M.Diviach 10+5reb
gschID: 188965


Sigma Barcel. - Biancoblu BO 100-97 OT

Sixth-ranked Biancoblu BO (13-12) made lots of trouble for first ranked Sigma Barcellona (19-7) on Sunday. Sigma Barcellona managed to secure only three-point victory 100-97. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Biancoblu BO. Biancoblu BO was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 19-16 charge of Sigma Barcellona, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 16-13. Sigma Barcellona made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game, while Biancoblu BO only scored six points from the stripe. They outrebounded Biancoblu BO 42-30 including a 35-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was naturalized American forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Three Eye Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Jobey Thomas (194-80, college: Charlotte) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Ghanian guard David Cournooh (188-90) who recorded 28 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) and American center William Mosley (202-89, college: Northwestern St.) added 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively. Five Sigma Barcellona and four Biancoblu BO players scored in double figures. Sigma Barcellona have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-7 record. Biancoblu BO at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Sigma Barcellona will face Upea CdO (#11) in Capo d'Orlando in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Biancoblu BO will play at home against LeGamberi Foods Forli (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sigma Barcel.: J.Thomas 20+5reb+1ast, D.Hardy 19+2reb+3ast, C.Callahan 16+11reb+4ast, A.Cittadini 13+10reb+3ast, M.Giuri 10+7reb+6ast, R.Bucci 10+2reb
Biancoblu BO: D.Cournooh 28+5reb+8ast, W.Mosley 19+8reb+1ast, D.Cutolo 12+5reb+2ast, R.Harris 11+2reb+3ast, P.Verri 8, M.Vitali 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 188964


Giorgo Tesi PT - Fileni BPA Jesi 92-72

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Tuscany Pistoia (18-7) smashed at home 10th ranked Fileni BPA Jesi (10-15) 92-72 on Sunday. The game without a history. Tuscany Pistoia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was Panamanian swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Fiorello Toppo (198-80) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Five Tuscany Pistoia players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) who recorded 33 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds and American forward Eric Griffin (203-90, college: Campbell) added 13 points and 16 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tuscany Pistoia maintains second place with 18-7 record having just -8 point less than leader Sigma Barcel. Loser Fileni BPA Jesi keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Tuscany Pistoia will face C.de Latte BRE (#4) in Brescia in the next round. Fileni BPA Jesi will play at home against Pall.Trento (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Giorgo Tesi PT: A.Graves 18+1reb, M.Hicks 16+7reb+1ast, G.Galanda 13+3reb+1ast, F.Toppo 12+8reb+2ast, R.Cortese 11+3reb+1ast, R.Rullo 7+2reb+3ast
Fileni BPA Jesi: M.Maggioli 33+9reb+2ast, E.Griffin 13+16reb+1ast, M.Santiangeli 10+2reb+2ast, J.Sanders 9+6reb+2ast, F.Zanelli 5+1reb+2ast, R.Gaspardo 2+3reb
gschID: 188963


FCM Ferentino - Prima Veroli 86-72

Rather expected game when 14th ranked Prima Veroli (9-17) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked FCM Ferentino (10-15) 86-72 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 49-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. FCM Ferentino made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American-Guyanese forward Delroy James (203-87, college: Rhode Island) who scored 6 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. point guard Francesco Guarino (182-79) chipped in 17 points. FCM Ferentino's coach Franco Gramenzi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) who recorded 23 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and Latvian swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85) added 22 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. FCM Ferentino moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Fileni BPA Jesi and Upea CdO. Loser Prima Veroli dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. FCM Ferentino will face higher ranked Givova Scafati (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Prima Veroli will play against Nuovo Napoli where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
FCM Ferentino: M.Casini 18+1reb+1ast, F.Guarino 17+3ast, G.Gurini 14+4reb, M.Allegretti 14+3reb, L.Ekperigin 6+7reb+1ast, D.James 6+10reb+6ast
Prima Veroli: P.Marigney 23+2reb+3ast, M.Jurevicus 22+3reb, S.Berti 16+1reb+2ast, T.Rinaldi 10+5reb, D.Savo 1, M.Rossetti 0+7reb
gschID: 188962


LeGamberi FO - C.de Latte BRE 85-83

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked LeGamberi Foods Forli (14-11) edged at home 4th placed C.de Latte BRE (15-10) 85-83 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But C.de Latte BRE won third quarter 25-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when LeGamberi Foods Forli won last quarter 19-18. The best player for the winners was American swingman Terrence Roderick (196-88, college: UAB, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Stefano Borsato (192-86, agency: Two Points) chipped in 17 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) who recorded 22 points and 7 rebounds and the former international power forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) added 24 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for LeGamberi Foods Forli. They maintain fifth place with 14-11 record. Loser C.de Latte BRE keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. LeGamberi Foods Forli will face Biancoblu BO (#7) in Bologna in the next round. C.de Latte BRE will play at home against the league's second-placed Tuscany Pistoia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LeGamberi FO: T.Roderick 27+10reb+7ast, S.Borsato 17+2reb+2ast, B.Spencer 12+3reb+5ast, N.Natali 11+3reb+4ast, B.Musso 10+3reb+1ast, A.Tessitori 6+4reb+1ast
C.de Latte BRE: D.Brkic 24+7reb, M.Jenkins 22+7reb+3ast, F.Loschi 15+3reb, N.Barlos 11+8reb+1ast, J.Fernandez 10+5reb+8ast, A.Scanzi 1+2reb+1ast
gschID: 188961


Aget Service IM - Givova Scafati 76-66

There was an upset in Imola where higher ranked Givova Scafati (12-14) was defeated by fifteenth ranked Aget Service IM (9-17) 76-66 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-66. Aget Service IM forced 21 Givova Scafati turnovers. Strangely Givova Scafati outrebounded Aget Service IM 40-28 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). American point guard D.J. Gay (183-89, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists. Four Aget Service IM players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and the former international swingman Andrea Ghiacci (200-81) added 15 points respectively. Aget Service IM moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Prima Veroli. Givova Scafati lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. Aget Service IM will face higher ranked Novipiu Casale (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Aget Service IM: R.Valenti 19+9reb, D.Gay 17+4reb+6ast, M.Turel 15+1reb+1ast, F.Masoni 12+3reb+2ast, M.Chillo 8+4reb+1ast, M.Maestrello 5+7reb+3ast
Givova Scafati: R.Slay 17+15reb+4ast, A.Ghiacci 15+4reb+2ast, P.Baldassarre 10+6reb, K.Mays 9+7reb+3ast, G.Sorrentino 9+3reb+1ast, J.Tavernari 4+2reb
gschID: 188960


Tezenis VE - Novipiu Casale 81-67

There was a surprise result in Verona where seventh ranked Tezenis VE (14-12) won against 3rd placed Novipiu Casale (17-9) 81-67 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Tezenis VE. Novipiu Casale was better in fourth quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tezenis VE dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Novipiu Casale's 26. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-86, college: Wayne St., MI) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 21 rebounds and 4 blocks. American guard Charlie Westbrook (193-89, college: S.Dakota) chipped in 23 points. Lawal is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Casper Ware (177-90, college: Long Beach St.) who recorded 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and the former international swingman Niccolo Martinoni (202-89) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively. The victory was the third consecutive win for Tezenis VE. They moved-up to sixth place. Loser Novipiu Casale keeps the third position with nine games lost. Tezenis VE will face AcegasAps TR (#13) in Trieste in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Novipiu Casale will play at home against Aget Service IM (#14) in Imola and be promoted back to the SerieA just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Tezenis VE: C.Westbrook 23+3reb+1ast, O.Lawal 19+21reb+2ast, M.Da Ros 15+8reb+4ast, R.McConnell 6+5ast, G.Boscagin 6+4reb, D.Lauwers 5+2reb
Novipiu Casale: C.Ware 32+6reb+4ast, N.Martinoni 11+6reb, R.Green 8+2reb+2ast, S.Pierich 8+4reb+1ast, M.Malaventura 4+1ast, G.Ferrero 2+1reb
gschID: 188959



Nazionale A Round 34: Matera is upset by Casalpusterlengo - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Nazionale A is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds.

The most important game in the last round took place in Matera between second ranked Matera (20-11) and fourth ranked Casalpusterlengo (18-13) on Sunday night. Matera was defeated by Casalpusterlengo at home 81-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Matera. Matera was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 25-10 charge of Casalpusterlengo, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Gianpaolo Ricci (200-91) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Federico Bellina (205-79, agency: Players Group) chipped in 23 points. Power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-91, agency: Two Points) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Casalpusterlengo have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Castelletto. Matera at the other side keeps the second position with 11 games lost. Casalpusterlengo is looking forward to face Recanati (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Matera will play against Perugia (#18) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Castelletto (18-13) against eleventh ranked Reggio Calabr. (15-16) on Sunday night. Visiting Castelletto was defeated by Reggio Calabr. in a tough game in Reggio Calabria 69-77. Worth to mention a great performance of Luca Fontecchio (202-91, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 9 rebounds. Alessandro Piazza contributed with 7 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Reggio Calabr.'s coach Francesco Ponticiello allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. point guard Alexander Simoncelli (188-86, agency: Interperformances) replied with 17 points and 5 assists for Castelletto. Reggio Calabr. moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Bari. Castelletto at the other side keeps the third position with 13 games lost. They share it with Casalpusterlengo. Reggio Calabr. will play against Latina Basket (#16) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Castelletto will play against Omegna (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Lucca was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Treviglio (16-14) played at the court of eighth ranked Lucca (17-13). Lucca defeated Treviglio 94-83 on Sunday. Davide Parente scored 16 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Davide Reati responded with 18 points. Lucca moved-up to sixth place. Loser Treviglio dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. Lucca will meet at home Mirandola (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Treviglio will play against Agrigento (#5) and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Bari, where 9th ranked Bari (15-16) lost at home to twelfth ranked Recanati (14-17) 78-82. Nicolo Benedusi notched 18 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort. Recanati maintains twelfth position with 14-17 record. Bari lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with 16 games lost. Recanati's next round opponent will be higher ranked Casalpusterlengo (#4) at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Perugia. Local Perugia (8-22) was outscored by eighth ranked Omegna (17-14) 82-50 on Sunday night. Christian Villani fired 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Perugia's coach Andrea Fabrizi gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Omegna have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Perugia lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth position with 22 games lost. Omegna will face higher ranked Castelletto (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Perugia will play against the league's second-placed Matera (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.

Rest of the games of round 34 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Ferrara was defeated by Agrigento in a road game 70-59. Chieti was beaten by Firenze at home 67-75. Latina Basket lost to Mirandola on the opponent's court 57-63.


Agrigento - Ferrara 70-59

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (13-18) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Agrigento (18-14) 70-59 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Agrigento. Naturhouse Ferrara was better in fourth quarter 12-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Agrigento dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Naturhouse Ferrara's 28. Agrigento forced 21 Naturhouse Ferrara turnovers. The former international center Roberto Chiacig (210-74) fired 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Vincenzo Di Viccaro (191-84) chipped in 16 points. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) produced 13 points and 9 rebounds and guard Michele Ferri (191-85) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Agrigento moved-up to fifth place. Naturhouse Ferrara lost third consecutive game. Naturhouse Ferrara at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. Agrigento will face Treviglio (#8) on the road in the next round. Naturhouse Ferrara will play against the league's leader Torino (#1).
Top scorers:
Ferrara: M.Ferri 13+6reb, M.Benfatto 13+9reb+1ast, G.Spizzichini 12+3reb+1ast, G.Gazzotti 7+6reb, A.Campiello 6+1reb+1ast, S.Cortesi 4+3reb+1ast
Agrigento: V.Di Viccaro 16+1reb+3ast, R.Chiacig 15+4reb+2ast, A.Chiarastella 10+8reb+1ast, F.Mian 9+1reb+2ast, A.Moruzzi 8+4reb+1ast, D.Demartini 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 191941


Matera - Casalpusterlengo 68-81

The most important game in the last round took place in Matera between second ranked Matera (20-11) and fourth ranked Casalpusterlengo (18-13) on Sunday night. Matera was defeated by Casalpusterlengo at home 81-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Matera. Matera was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 25-10 charge of Casalpusterlengo, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Gianpaolo Ricci (200-91) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Federico Bellina (205-79, agency: Players Group) chipped in 23 points. Four Casalpusterlengo players scored in double figures. Power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-91, agency: Two Points) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian guard Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-86, agency: Players Group) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Casalpusterlengo have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Castelletto. Matera at the other side keeps the second position with 11 games lost. Casalpusterlengo is looking forward to face Recanati (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Matera will play against Perugia (#18) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Matera: A.Iannuzzi 20+10reb, C.Sebastian Vico 18+2reb+2ast, C.Cantone 10+5reb+2ast, M.Samoggia 8+1reb, A.Vitale 5+1reb, M.Cozzoli 3+1reb
Casalpusterlengo: F.Bellina 23+3reb, G.Ricci 15+12reb, T.Marino 11+2reb+1ast, L.Vencato 10+1reb+2ast, A.Chiumenti 6+4reb+1ast, R.Prandin 5+4reb
gschID: 191940


Chieti - Firenze 67-75

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Firenze (16-15) defeated on the road 14th ranked Chieti (13-18) 75-67 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 30-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Firenze outrebounded Chieti 41-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. Forward Stefano Spizzichini (202-90) fired 8 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Center Andrea Capitanelli (203-86) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. Firenze's coach Riccardo Paolini used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized San Marino Andrea Raschi (198-79) produced 14 points and naturalized Serbian forward Marko Micevic (198-89) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Chieti players scored in double figures. Firenze have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain ninth position with 16-15 record. Loser Chieti keeps the fourteenth place with 18 games lost. Firenze will face Mazzeo San Severo (#17) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Chieti will play against Bari.
Top scorers:
Chieti: A.Raschi 14+3reb+3ast, F.Gialloreto 13+2reb+1ast, S.Rajola 11+2reb+1ast, E.Rossi 10+6reb, M.Micevic 9+8reb+3ast, L.Bolletta 6+2reb
Firenze: S.Rabaglietti 16+2reb+1ast, D.Casadei 11+7reb+1ast, A.Capitanelli 9+11reb, A.Giampaoli 9, S.Spizzichini 8+11reb+4ast, M.Caroldi 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 191938


Mirandola - Latina Basket 63-57

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 16th ranked Latina Basket's (12-19) road loss to fifteenth ranked Mirandola (14-18) 57-63 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 20-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Mirandola forced 21 Latina Basket turnovers. Point guard Jordan Losi (182-80) fired 9 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Forward Luca Pignatti (195-86) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, agency: Players Group) produced 16 points and forward Filippo Gagliardo (206-78) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Mirandola moved-up to thirteenth place. Loser Latina Basket keeps the sixteenth position with 19 games lost. Mirandola will face higher ranked Lucca (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Latina Basket will play against Reggio Calabr. (#10) in Reggio Calabria.
Top scorers:
Latina Basket: M.Carrizo 16+4reb+1ast, F.Gagliardo 12+5reb+1ast, R.Tavernelli 11+1reb+2ast, T.Milani 8+2reb, M.Arrigoni 4+10reb, T.Plateo 4+1reb
Mirandola: G.Sgobba 15+3reb, L.Pignatti 12+7reb+2ast, M.Venturelli 11+3reb+1ast, J.Losi 9+6reb+7ast, M.Fantinelli 6+2reb+3ast, A.Mancin 6+4reb
gschID: 191937


Reggio Calabr. - Castelletto 77-69

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Castelletto (18-13) against eleventh ranked Reggio Calabr. (15-16) on Sunday night. Visiting Castelletto was defeated by Reggio Calabr. in a tough game in Reggio Calabria 69-77. Castelletto was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 21-7 third quarter run of Reggio Calabr.. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Castelletto to just 7 points in third and fourth quarters. They made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Castelletto 38-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. Castelletto was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Luca Fontecchio (202-91, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 9 rebounds. point guard Alessandro Piazza (174-87) contributed with 7 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Reggio Calabr.'s coach Francesco Ponticiello allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. point guard Alexander Simoncelli (188-86, agency: Interperformances) replied with 17 points and 5 assists and center Marco Pazzi (203-79) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Castelletto. Reggio Calabr. moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Bari. Castelletto at the other side keeps the third position with 13 games lost. They share it with Casalpusterlengo. Reggio Calabr. will play against Latina Basket (#16) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Castelletto will play against Omegna (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Castelletto: A.Simoncelli 17+4reb+5ast, A.Ranuzzi 11+3reb, M.Ceron 10+4reb+1ast, M.Pazzi 9+8reb, G.Sanguinetti 7+1reb, N.Damiani 6+2reb
Reggio Calabr.: L.Fontecchio 18+9reb, G.Rugolo 16+2reb, F.Quaglia 9+8reb, M.Caprari 8+1reb+1ast, A.Fabi 8+5reb, A.Piazza 7+6reb+8ast
gschID: 191936


Lucca - Treviglio 94-83

The game in Lucca was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Treviglio (16-14) played at the court of eighth ranked Lucca (17-13). Lucca defeated Treviglio 94-83 on Sunday. Lucca made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Treviglio turnovers. Point guard Davide Parente (188-83) scored 16 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Diego Banti (204-83, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Davide Reati (193-88) responded with 18 points and point guard Simone Ferrarese (182-87) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Five Lucca and four Treviglio players scored in double figures. Lucca moved-up to sixth place. Loser Treviglio dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. Lucca will meet at home Mirandola (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Treviglio will play against Agrigento (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Treviglio: D.Reati 18+3reb+1ast, S.Ferrarese 14+5reb+2ast, R.Perego 13+5reb+1ast, T.Carnovali 10+4reb, M.Raminelli 8+8reb, S.Tomasini 6+1reb+1ast
Lucca: M.Negri 19+4reb, D.Banti 17+7reb, D.Parente 16+4reb+5ast, W.Santarossa 11+6reb+3ast, R.Casagrande 11+8reb+1ast, S.Crotta 10+6reb
gschID: 191935


Perugia - Omegna 50-82

The game with biggest result difference took place in Perugia. Local Perugia (8-22) was outscored by eighth ranked Omegna (17-14) 82-50 on Sunday night. The game without a history. Omegna led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 23 Perugia turnovers. Swingman Christian Villani (200-82) fired 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Massimo Farioli (202-77) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. point guard Giacomo Chiatti (183-86) produced 11 points and 5 rebounds and center Paolo Chiarello (204-78) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Perugia's coach Andrea Fabrizi gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Omegna have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Perugia lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth position with 22 games lost. Omegna will face higher ranked Castelletto (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Perugia will play against the league's second-placed Matera (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Perugia: P.Chiarello 12+4reb+1ast, G.Chiatti 11+5reb+1ast, N.Mei 8+1reb+2ast, S.Bonamente 7+7reb+1ast, F.Ramenghi 4+2reb, M.Bei 4+2reb
Omegna: C.Villani 19+7reb, M.Farioli 18+5reb+2ast, P.Picazio 14+6reb+3ast, M.Jovancic 9+4reb, A.Saccaggi 8+3reb+1ast, G.Mariani 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 191933


Bari - Recanati 78-82

We should mention about the upset which took place in Bari, where 9th ranked Bari (15-16) lost at home to twelfth ranked Recanati (14-17) 78-82. They made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Strangely Bari outrebounded Recanati 43-26 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Bari helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Nicolo Benedusi (193-88) notched 18 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort and Marco Tagliabue (206-86) supported him with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Even 20 points and 7 rebounds by guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81) did not help to save the game for Bari. Swingman Daniele Bonessio (200-88) added 11 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Recanati maintains twelfth position with 14-17 record. Bari lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with 16 games lost. Recanati's next round opponent will be higher ranked Casalpusterlengo (#4) at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Bari: A.Ruggiero 20+7reb+2ast, L.Bisconti 14+7reb+3ast, T.Laquintana 13+5reb+4ast, D.Bonessio 11+10reb+6ast, D.Dodo 9+2reb, S.Bonfiglio 6+4reb
Recanati: M.Tagliabue 18+7reb, N.Benedusi 18+6reb+6ast, M.Gnaccarini 10+3reb+7ast, A.Pierini 10+1reb+1ast, R.Castelli 8+1reb+2ast, G.Tessitore 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 191939



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  JAPAN   

Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba21.2 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi18.1 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.16.9 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.0 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin SH15.5 
 6. Rolle, Mitsubis.14.4 
 7. Smith, Hitachi SR14.4 
 8. Orimo, Hokkaido L.13.8 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.13.1 
 10. Gibbs, Toyota A.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba12.3 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.3 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.12.0 
 4. Oyedeji, Tochigi B.10.4 
 5. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.3 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.5 
 7. Smith, Hitachi SR7.3 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.7.2 
 9. Takeuchi, Toyota7.1 
 10. Young, Aishin SH6.9 
Assists Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH4.4 
 2. Abe, Hokkaido L.3.7 
 3. Kawamura, Tochigi3.6 
 4. Shinoyama, Toshi.3.3 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.0 
 6. Tsuji, Toshiba BT2.9 
 7. Sakurai, Hokkaido.2.9 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.8 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi2.7 
 10. Igarashi, Mitsubi.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tomokazu ABE
  Hokkaido L.
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Abe, Hokkaido L.2.1 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.8 
 3. Hirose, Panasoni.1.7 
 4. Kawamura, Tochigi1.2 
 5. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.2 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.2 
 7. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.1 
 8. Shinoyama, Toshi.1.1 
 9. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.1 
 10. Catron, Hokkaido1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.2.1 
 2. Covile, Aishin SH1.5 
 3. Rolle, Mitsubis.1.4 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.3 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota1.0 
 6. Fazekas, Toshiba0.9 
 7. Young, Aishin SH0.7 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.0.6 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.0.6 
 10. Moss, Toshiba BT0.6 


Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Niigata Albirex 33-16 
 2. Yokohama BC 32-17 
 3. Iwate Big Bulls 32-17 
 4. Toyama Grouses 32-17 
 5. Chiba Jets 25-24 
 6. Akita NH 24-25 
 7. Sendai 89ers 20-29 
 8. Tokyo Cinq R. 17-32 
 9. Shinshu BW 16-33 
 10. Saitama Bron. 15-34 
 11. Gunma 12-37 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 39-10 
 2. Fukuoka Rizing 33-17 
 3. Shiga L-Stars 31-18 
 4. Shimane SM 31-18 
 5. Kyoto Hannar. 27-22 
 6. Hamamatsu P. 27-22 
 7. Osaka Evessa 22-27 
 8. Oita H.Devils 21-30 
 9. Takamatsu FA 20-31 
 10. Miyazaki SS 9-42 

Regular Season: Round 53

Apr. 20: Shimane SM - Saitama Bron. 98-100
Apr. 20: Oita H.Devils - Toyama Grouses 91-85
Apr. 20: Takamatsu FA - Kyoto Hannar. 90-76
Apr. 20: Gunma - Hamamatsu P. 87-97
Apr. 20: Iwate Big Bulls - Miyazaki SS 86-59
Apr. 20: Niigata Albirex - Osaka Evessa 85-76
Apr. 20: Shiga L-Stars - Akita NH 84-67
Apr. 20: Shinshu BW - Sendai 89ers 79-81
Apr. 20: Yokohama BC - Chiba Jets 67-74
Apr. 20: Tokyo Cinq R. - Okinawa GK 56-86

Regular Season: Round 55

Apr. 27: Akita NH - Tokyo Cinq R.
Apr. 27: Niigata Albirex - Sendai 89ers
Apr. 27: Shinshu BW - Toyama Grouses
Apr. 27: Gunma - Chiba Jets
Apr. 27: Saitama Bron. - Yokohama BC
Apr. 27: Hamamatsu P. - Kyoto Hannar.
Apr. 27: Shiga L-Stars - Shimane SM
Apr. 27: Osaka Evessa - Okinawa GK
Apr. 27: Fukuoka Rizing - Iwate Big Bulls


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 26
 1. Humphrey, Saitama26.0 
 2. Cummings, Sendai22.1 
 3. Woods, Tokyo C.21.9 
 4. Burns, Yokohama BC20.9 
 5. Chandler, Chiba J.20.9 
 6. Werner, Chiba Jets19.8 
 7. Parker, Shimane SM19.8 
 8. Brown, Akita NH19.5 
 9. Jones, Tokyo C.19.2 
 10. Keller, Gunma19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.5 
 2. Willard, Sendai 89.14.1 
 3. Warren, Fukuoka12.6 
 4. Kuso, Miyazaki SS12.3 
 5. Bell, Osaka Evessa11.7 
 6. Werner, Chiba Jets11.2 
 7. Williams, Saitama10.9 
 8. Rickert, Osaka E.10.8 
 9. White, Hamamats.10.7 
 10. Parker, Shimane SM10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Takehiko SHIMURA
  Sendai
  (160-G-83)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Shimura, Sendai6.3 
 2. Namizato, Okina.6.3 
 3. Togashi, Akita NH5.9 
 4. Galloway, Hamamats.5.9 
 5. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.6 
 6. Jones III, Oita H.5.1 
 7. Burns, Yokohama BC4.9 
 8. Humphrey, Saitama4.2 
 9. Woods, Tokyo C.4.1 
 10. Shimizu, Oita H.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Humphrey, Saitama2.2 
 2. Burns, Yokohama BC2.1 
 3. Brown, Toyama G.2.1 
 4. McHenry, Okina.2.0 
 5. Parker, Shimane SM2.0 
 6. Galloway, Hamamats.1.9 
 7. Alawoya, Oita H.1.9 
 8. Lyons, Takamats.1.9 
 9. Masato, Iwate B.1.8 
 10. Woods, Tokyo C.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.6 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.7 
 3. Carter, Tokyo C.2.2 
 4. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 5. Kuso, Miyazaki SS1.6 
 6. Ashby, Fukuoka1.6 
 7. Parker, Shimane SM1.6 
 8. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.5 
 9. Williams, Takamats.1.4 
 10. Bell, Osaka Eves.1.3 


BJ League Round 53: Toyama Grouses lose to Oita Heat Devils - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in BJ League is almost over. Almost everything is clear. There are only 3 rounds left. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between third ranked Toyama Grouses (32-17) and eighth ranked Oita Heat Devils (21-30) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Toyama Grouses were defeated by Oita Heat Devils in a tough game in Oita 85-91. Toyama Grouses were trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 38-30 charge of Oita Heat Devils, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American guard Verdell Jones III (195-89, college: Indiana, agency: Edge Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import center Thomas Granado (208-88, college: Concordia Irvine) contributed with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Oita Heat Devils' coach Yukinori Suzuki used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) answered with 26 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for Toyama Grouses. Oita Heat Devils maintains eighth place with 21-30 record. Toyama Grouses at the other side dropped to the second position with 17 games lost. They share it with Yokohama BC and Iwate Big Bulls. Oita Heat Devils are again looking forward to face higher ranked Toyama Grouses (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Shimane Magic (31-18) against tenth ranked Saitama Broncos (15-34) on Saturday night. Host Shimane Magic was edged by Saitama Broncos in a tough game in Shimane 98-100. American swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners and Yuki Kitamuki chipped in 28 points and 5 assists. point guard Edward Yamamoto (173-86) responded with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Shimane Magic's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Saitama Broncos maintains tenth place with 15-34 record. Shimane Magic at the other side keeps the third position with 18 games lost. They share it with Shiga L-Stars. Saitama Broncos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shimane Magic will play again at home against Saitama Broncos and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Yokohama BC (32-17) against sixth ranked Chiba Jets (25-24) on Saturday night. Host Yokohama BC was defeated by Chiba Jets in a tough game in Yokohama 67-74. American players dominated the game. Marquin Chandler nailed 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Draelon Burns came up with 24 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for Yokohama BC in the defeat. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Chiba Jets moved-up to fifth place. Loser Yokohama BC keeps the second position with 17 games lost. They share it with Iwate Big Bulls and Toyama Grouses. Chiba Jets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Yokohama BC will play again against Chiba Jets and hope to secure a win.
BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (39-10) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (17-32) 86-56. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was Anthony McHenry who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Okinawa GK have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 39-10 record. Tokyo Cinq R. at the other side keeps the eighth position with 32 games lost. Okinawa GK will have a break next round. Tokyo Cinq R. will play again at home against the league's leader Okinawa GK (#1).
BJ League top team - Niigata Albirex (33-16) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked Osaka Evessa (22-27) 85-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. Americans were the main players on the court. Chris Holm orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 17 rebounds. Osaka Evessa's coach Bill Cartwright let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Niigata Albirex maintains first place with 33-16 record. Loser Osaka Evessa keeps the seventh position with 27 games lost. Niigata Albirex will face again Osaka Evessa (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 53: Kyoto Hannar. were beaten by Takamatsu FA on the road 90-76. Shiga L-Stars won against Akita NH on its own court 84-67. Hamamatsu P. managed to outperform Gunma in Mikawa 97-87. Shinshu BW recorded a loss to Sendai 89ers at home 79-81. Miyazaki SS was crushed by Iwate Big Bulls on the opponent's court 86-59.


Oita H.Devils - Toyama Grouses 91-85

The game between third ranked Toyama Grouses (32-17) and eighth ranked Oita Heat Devils (21-30) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Toyama Grouses were defeated by Oita Heat Devils in a tough game in Oita 85-91. Toyama Grouses were trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 38-30 charge of Oita Heat Devils, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American guard Verdell Jones III (195-89, college: Indiana, agency: Edge Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import center Thomas Granado (208-88, college: Concordia Irvine) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Oita Heat Devils' coach Yukinori Suzuki used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) answered with 26 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and guard Takeshi Mito (184-85) added 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Toyama Grouses. Five Oita Heat Devils and four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Oita Heat Devils maintains eighth place with 21-30 record. Toyama Grouses at the other side dropped to the second position with 17 games lost. They share it with Yokohama BC and Iwate Big Bulls. Oita Heat Devils are again looking forward to face higher ranked Toyama Grouses (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: T.Shimizu 21+2reb+4ast, T.Granado 18+10reb, V.Jones III 16+7reb+7ast, A.Coimbra 16+7reb+3ast, K.Mitomo 11+3reb+7ast, P.Alawoya 4+9reb+1ast
Toyama Grouses: I.Brown 26+9reb+4ast, J.Jacob 19+3reb, M.Joho 13+4reb+6ast, T.Mito 11+9reb+4ast, A.Garcia 7+10reb+4ast, T.Fujie 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 200929


Takamatsu FA - Kyoto Hannar. 90-76

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked Takamatsu FA (20-31) beat at home higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (27-22) 90-76 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Takamatsu FA. Kyoto Hannar. was better in third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). His fellow American import forward Brandon Penn (203-90, college: Rider, agency: I.D.S. Law) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Jermaine Boyette (188-78, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds and Yu Okada (184-83) added 23 points in the effort for Kyoto Hannar.Four Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. Takamatsu FA maintains ninth place with 20-31 record. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the fifth position with 22 games lost. Takamatsu FA will face again higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: D.Lyons 23+9reb+7ast, B.Penn 20+7reb+1ast, P.Williams 13+10reb+2ast, Y.Kodera 9, D.Tamura 7, Y.Kishimoto 7+2reb+2ast
Kyoto Hannar.: Y.Okada 23+4reb, J.Boyette 20+6reb+3ast, M.Cousin 15+7reb, M.Kataoka 11+2reb+1ast, L.Pomare 5+13reb+2ast, T.Murakami 2+2reb
gschID: 200928


Shimane SM - Saitama Bron. 98-100

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Shimane Magic (31-18) against tenth ranked Saitama Broncos (15-34) on Saturday night. Host Shimane Magic was edged by Saitama Broncos in a tough game in Shimane 98-100. Shimane Magic cut a 20-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. Saitama Broncos made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Shimane Magic turnovers. American swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners and guard Yuki Kitamuki (184-85) chipped in 28 points and 5 assists. point guard Edward Yamamoto (173-86) responded with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Five Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. Shimane Magic's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Saitama Broncos maintains tenth place with 15-34 record. Shimane Magic at the other side keeps the third position with 18 games lost. They share it with Shiga L-Stars. Saitama Broncos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shimane Magic will play again at home against Saitama Broncos and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 41+14reb+4ast, Y.Kitamuki 28+2reb+5ast, M.Haraguchi 13+6reb+1ast, W.Oliver 9+8reb, T.Yamashiro 4+2reb, D.Baker 2+2reb
Shimane SM: E.Yamamoto 29+7reb+6ast, M.Parker 24+13reb+4ast, J.Davis 17+5reb+1ast, B.Puckett 11+8reb, T.Yokoo 10+3reb+3ast, B.Freeman 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 200927


Shiga L-Stars - Akita NH 84-67

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Akita Happinets' (24-25) road loss to fourth ranked Shiga L-Stars (31-18) 67-84 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Shiga L-Stars. Akita Happinets was better in third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Power forward Shelton Colwell (202-80, college: Missouri St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures. Guard Dion Harris (190-85, college: Michigan) answered with 25 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Akita Happinets. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Shiga L-Stars have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Shimane SM. Loser Akita Happinets dropped to the sixth position with 25 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will face again Akita Happinets (#6) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: B.Yokoe 19+6reb+5ast, W.Arnold 19+10reb+5ast, S.Colwell 16+12reb+4ast, J.Nakama 11+4reb+3ast, R.Nixon 8+2reb, D.Terashita 6+3reb+1ast
Akita NH: D.Harris 25+3reb+1ast, M.Brown 15+7reb+6ast, Y.Togashi 14+5reb+1ast, M.Anderson 6+5reb, K.Tateyama 3, R.Mizumachi 2
gschID: 200926


Yokohama BC - Chiba Jets 67-74

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Yokohama BC (32-17) against sixth ranked Chiba Jets (25-24) on Saturday night. Host Yokohama BC was defeated by Chiba Jets in a tough game in Yokohama 67-74. Yokohama BC trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 27-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 67-74 at the end of the game. It was a great shooting night for Chiba Jets especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. American players dominated the game. Forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) nailed 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and power forward Marquis Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) accounted for 7 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) came up with 24 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Yokohama BC in the defeat. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Chiba Jets moved-up to fifth place. Loser Yokohama BC keeps the second position with 17 games lost. They share it with Iwate Big Bulls and Toyama Grouses. Chiba Jets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Yokohama BC will play again against Chiba Jets and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: T.Kensuke 14+2reb+2ast, M.Chandler 13+8reb+3ast, D.Bell 11+3reb+3ast, H.Sato 8+4reb, T.Ishida 8+1reb+1ast, M.Gray 7+11reb+1ast
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 24+3reb+3ast, T.Kennedy 19+6reb, M.Kabaya 15+1ast, P.Faye 8+10reb, K.Yamada 1+1reb+2ast, S.Hisayama 0
gschID: 200925


Tokyo Cinq R. - Okinawa GK 56-86

BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (39-10) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (17-32) 86-56. The game without a history. Okinawa GK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Tokyo Cinq R.'s 26. Okinawa GK players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. Swingman Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. Swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and center Jared Carter (216-86, college: Kentucky, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 2 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Okinawa GK have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 39-10 record. Tokyo Cinq R. at the other side keeps the eighth position with 32 games lost. Okinawa GK will have a break next round. Tokyo Cinq R. will play again at home against the league's leader Okinawa GK (#1).
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: A.McHenry 21+14reb+3ast, T.Woodbury 19+5reb, N.Kosuge 13+2reb+5ast, D.Larkai 13+6reb+2ast, S.Kinjo 5, M.Yamauchi 5+4reb
Tokyo Cinq R.: R.Woods 24+13reb+4ast, C.Aoki 9+3reb+1ast, J.Jones 7+4reb+1ast, C.Sasaki 5+1reb, A.Inoue 4+2reb, Y.Kurihara 3+1reb
gschID: 200924


Gunma - Hamamatsu P. 87-97

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (27-22) won against on the road 11th ranked Gunma (12-37) 97-87 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 57-45 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hamamatsu Phoenix shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Five Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) answered with 38 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Gunma. Hamamatsu Phoenix moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Kyoto Hannar. Gunma lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 37 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round. Gunma will play again at home against Hamamatsu Phoenix (#6) in Mikawa.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: K.Galloway 25+14reb+6ast, J.Parmer 17+10reb+6ast, O.Shinnosuke 12+2reb+2ast, E.Fuqua 11+5reb+3ast, M.Ohguchi 11+3reb+2ast, A.Ohta 9+6reb
Gunma: D.Keller 38+6reb+1ast, J.Dixon 16+3reb+4ast, K.Tomori 9+4reb+2ast, R.Orr 7+8reb+1ast, T.Tatsuhiko 6+2reb+3ast, S.Okada 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 200923


Shinshu BW - Sendai 89ers 79-81

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Shinshu BW (16-33) was edged by seventh ranked Sendai 89ers (20-29) in Nagano 81-79 on Saturday. Shinshu BW cut a 16-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. Sendai 89ers looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 23 rebounds. His fellow American import forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Sendai 89ers' coach Robert Pierce allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Takato Saito (181-85) answered with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists and American power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) added 17 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Shinshu BW. Four Sendai 89ers and five Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. Sendai 89ers maintains seventh place with 20-29 record. Shinshu BW lost fourteenth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 33 games lost. Sendai 89ers will have a break next round. Shinshu BW will play again at home against Sendai 89ers (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: T.Cummings 19+8reb+2ast, T.Komoda 17+1reb, M.Hargrow 16+1reb+5ast, S.Willard 12+23reb+2ast, T.Shimura 5+1reb+5ast, S.Coleman 5+6reb+1ast
Shinshu BW: T.Saito 20+7reb+9ast, E.Morris 17+9reb+3ast, S.Yosuke 13+3reb+3ast, M.Fey 13+12reb, J.Green 13+4reb+1ast, E.Walton 2+4reb
gschID: 200922


Niigata Albirex - Osaka Evessa 85-76

BJ League top team - Niigata Albirex (33-16) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked Osaka Evessa (22-27) 85-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 53-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Niigata Albirex made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 17 rebounds. Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Five Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Guard Dwayne Lathan (190-89, college: Indiana St.) answered with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Osaka Evessa. Osaka Evessa's coach Bill Cartwright let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Niigata Albirex maintains first place with 33-16 record. Loser Osaka Evessa keeps the seventh position with 27 games lost. Niigata Albirex will face again Osaka Evessa (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: N.Murry 20+4reb+2ast, K.Sato 16+4reb+2ast, S.Komatsu 12+3reb+2ast, C.Holm 11+17reb+3ast, R.Webb 11+5reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 11+1ast
Osaka Evessa: D.Lathan 16+6reb+4ast, R.Rickert 12+8reb+1ast, M.Bell 11+8reb+1ast, S.Watanuki 9+2reb, N.Walkup 8+3reb+1ast, M.Obuchi 6
gschID: 200921


Iwate Big Bulls - Miyazaki SS 86-59

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (32-17) outplayed at home 10th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (9-42) 86-59 on Saturday. Iwate Big Bulls dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Miyazaki Shining Suns' 40. Iwate Big Bulls forced 23 Miyazaki Shining Suns turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!). His fellow American import forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech) contributed with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. American power forward Thomas Fairley (206-82, college: Lamar) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) added 15 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Miyazaki Shining Suns. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Iwate Big Bulls have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Yokohama BC and Toyama Grouses. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 42 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will face again Miyazaki Shining Suns (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: D.Sneed 23+5reb+2ast, C.Dixon 14+9reb+5ast, K.Takahashi 13+3reb+4ast, R.Okosa 13+6reb+1ast, N.Takushi 9+2reb+4ast, T.Masato 6+1reb+6ast
Miyazaki SS: T.Fairley 21+12reb, A.Kuso 15+13reb+5ast, H.Otsuka 10+1ast, M.Takahashi 7+1reb, Y.Fukumizu 4+5reb+3ast, T.Toyoda 2+1reb
gschID: 200920



Aishin force the decider - by Eurobasket News

Aishin SH - Toshiba BT 74-65 (2-2)

Aishin force the decider as they won Game 4 74:65. Aishin trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 42-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Aishin Sea Horses dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Toshiba Thunders' 26. The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American center Ryvon Covile (206-84, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Naoto Tsuji (185-89) produced 26 points and 5 assists and American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) added 7 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 25+14reb+3ast, R.Covile 16+7reb, S.Kitagawa 10+3reb+1ast, S.Kashiwagi 8+1reb+1ast, T.Furukawa 7+4reb, K.Young 7+5reb
Toshiba BT: N.Tsuji 26+2reb+5ast, N.Fazekas 7+9reb+1ast, M.Diouf 6+6reb, R.Shinoyama 6+4reb+3ast, S.Kikuchi 5+1reb, T.Kurihara 5
gschID: 239434



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BC Astana roll past Barsy for 2-0 lead - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana - Barsy Atyrau 97:87

BC Astana stepped closer to retaining D1 title. They handed the second straight defeat to Barsy Atyrau to secure 2-0 lead in the best-of-five title series. Branko Cvetkovic (200-F/G-84, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 19 points to lead the winners.
BC Astana fired 32 points in the opening quarter to clear off. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded a 54:42 halftime lead. Barsy exploded with 25 points in the third term but cut the deficit by just one point 67:78. Barsy stayed aggressive in the final term but BC Astana protected the lead well enough to register the second consecutive victory. David Simon (208-C-82, college: IPFW) finished with 16 points, while Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) added 14 points in the victory. Chris McEachin (198-G/F-89, college: Norfolk St.) answered with 25 points for Barsy Atyrau. Vadim Matyukevych (208-C-80) had 11 points in the loss.

BC Astana: Branko Cvetkovic 19, David Simon 16, Brion Rush 14
Barsy: Chris McEachin 25, Vadim Matyukevych 11



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  KOSOVO   

Standings - Superleague

SuperLeague Standings
 1. Peja 24-4 
 2. Sigal Prishtina 22-6 
 3. Bashkimi 20-8 
 4. RTV 21 16-12 
 5. Trepca 16-12 
 6. Drita 7-21 
 7. Vellaznimi 5-22 
 8. Kosova 1-26 

Regular Season: Round 28

Apr. 20: Trepca - Vellaznimi 91-59
Apr. 20: Sigal Prishtina - Drita 74-54
Apr. 21: RTV 21 - Bashkimi 68-80
Apr. 20: Peja - Kosova 113-49


Kosova Cup Final Four - this week - by Dren Shporta

Kosova Cup Final Four will start this week in Prizren, which has been selected a venue where it will take place.

League leaders Peja, former champions Sigal Prishtina, reigning Cup Winner KB Trepca Mitrovice and last season Cup finalst Sigkos Bashkimi - have qualified to the semifinals which will be played on 25th and 26th April.

The first semifinal match will be played between last years Play-Off finalists, Sigal Prishtina and KB Trepca Mitrovice, where KB Trepca Mitrovice will be looking to retain the Cup trophy.

The second semifinal match will be played between league leaders, Peja and Sigkos Bashkimi, that will play in home court.

The Cup final will host winners of semifinal matches on Sunday at Sezai Surroi court of Prizren.

The draw of the Cup interestingly has been the same one as the last seasons, while after beating Sigal Prishtina and Peja, KB Trepca Mitrovice and Bashkimi have reached the final, which was won from the greens from Mitrovica.



Bashkimi defeats RTV 21, in the last match of regular season - by Dren Shporta

The surprise of the season, RTV 21, have lost their last match of regular season against Bashkimi last night 68-80. But, they have guaranteed Play Off last gameweek, when Bashkimi defeated Trepca in Sezai Surroi court.

American power forward, Mark Dawson (206-F/C-83, college: Long Beach St.), registered double-double (22 points + 16 rebounds) for his team and was the highest scorer in the oranges 22nd victory of the season.

He was helped from lithuanian, Rokas Uzas, who had a good game last night contributing in the victory with 17 points + 3 assists. Player of the month (March), Kejuan Johnson delivered to his teammates 8 assist and scored 15 points.

At newcomers, Urim Zenelaj, registered double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Kendrick Jones added 18 points (highest scorer of his team) and 7 rebounds.

Other teams like league leaders, Peja and former champions Sigal Prishtina, including reigning champions Trepca - have registered routine victories against their oponents in last gameweek of regular season.



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Al Kuwait SC wins Kuwait Federation Cup - by Eurobasket News

Al Kuwait SC wins Kuwait Federation Cup. The team added another title of the season with an 84:65 win against Kazma. Desmond Penigar (201-F-81, college: Utah St.) erupted with 32 points in a win.
Earlier AlKuwait SC triumphed at 2012/2013 season. Kuwait beat defending champions Al Qadsia 90:83 in Round 49 action.



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  MEXICO   

Standings - CIBACOPA

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

Regular Season: Round 12

Apr. 20: Obregon - Hermosillo 88-92
Apr. 20: Cananea - Tijuana 83-105
Apr. 20: Navolato - Los Mochis 71-89
Apr. 20: Guasave - Nogales 105-106

Regular Season: Round 13

Apr. 23: Tijuana - Hermosillo
Apr. 23: Los Mochis - Obregon
Apr. 23: Guasave - Navolato
Apr. 23: Nogales - Guaymas


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Jones, Obregon25.7 
 2. Frederick, Guasave23.7 
 3. Monroe, Cananea22.2 
 4. Moss, Nogales20.0 
 5. Polynice, Guasave19.8 
 6. Lewis, Los Mochis19.5 
 7. Sperling, Obregon19.3 
 8. Quintero, Tijuana19.0 
 9. Shorter, Guaymas18.9 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Moss, Nogales12.3 
 2. Penny, Tijuana8.9 
 3. Habel, Guaymas8.9 
 4. Selleaze, Navolato7.7 
 5. Jones, Obregon7.4 
 6. Frederick, Guasave7.1 
 7. Monroe, Cananea7.0 
 8. Lewis, Los Mochis6.9 
 9. Spain, Hermosillo6.7 
 10. Alexander, Canan.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Myron ALLEN
  Guaymas
  (182-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Allen, Guaymas6.2 
 2. Stallings, Los Moc.6.1 
 3. Polynice, Guasave5.6 
 4. Logan, Nogales5.3 
 5. Toussaint, Los M.4.4 
 6. Quintero, Tijuana4.4 
 7. Shorter, Guaymas4.2 
 8. Dominguez, Guasave3.9 
 9. Monreal, Hermosillo3.6 
 10. Little, Hermosillo3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Andre MARTIN
  Navolato
  (--78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Martin, Navolato2.0 
 2. Stallings, Los Moc.1.8 
 3. Insunza, Navolato1.7 
 4. Polynice, Guasave1.7 
 5. Mercado, Nogales1.6 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.5 
 7. Monreal, Hermosillo1.5 
 8. Lewis, Los Mochis1.5 
 9. Dominguez, Guasave1.4 
 10. Shorter, Guaymas1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Moss, Nogales2.2 
 2. Penny, Tijuana1.5 
 3. Mercado, Nogales1.4 
 4. Habel, Guaymas1.4 
 5. Gonzalez, Cananea1.3 
 6. Morrison, Tijuana0.9 
 7. Monroe, Cananea0.7 
 8. Ruffus, Los Mochis0.5 
 9. Brown, Cananea0.4 
 10. Alexander, Canan.0.4 


Polynice number one in Mexico for round 11 - by Eurobasket News

American guard Eniel Polynice (195-G-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Guasave, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, seven rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Nogales (#3, 5-5) 109-102. Guasave maintains the 8th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Guasave is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 4-6 record. In the team's last game Polynice had a remarkable 70.6% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Guasave, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Seton Hall University star has very solid stats this year. Polynice is in league's top in points (6th best: 19.8ppg), assists (3rd best: 5.6apg) and averages impressive 58.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Sammy Monroe (198-F-85) of Cananea. Monroe had a very good evening with a double-double of 40 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Cananea lost that game 99-105 to the lower-ranked Tijuana (#9, 5-5). This loss caused Cananea to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-8 record. Monroe is one of the most experienced players at Cananea and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.3ppg (#3). He also registered 6.8 boards per game. Former Newberry College star Monroe is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was Bahamas forward Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74) of Nogales (#3). Moss got into 30-points club by scoring 36 points in the last round. He went also for seventeen rebounds . Despite Moss' great performance Nogales lost 102-109 to the lower-ranked Guasave (#8, 4-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Nogales 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 5 lost games. Moss has a great season in Mexico. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.0ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 12.3rpg (#1 in league). He also has 2.2bpg and FGP: 68.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kenny Jones (198-PF-84) of Obregon - 26 points and 9 rebounds
5. Brandon Sperling (196-G-90) of Obregon - 28 points and 7 rebounds
6. Carlos Toussaint (190-G-91) of Los Mochis - 30 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Elvis Medina (183-PG-84) of Tijuana - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Duke Crews (203-F-88) of Guasave - 18 points and 10 rebounds
9. William Toombs) of Navolato - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Eric Frederick (203-F-88) of Guasave - 31 points and 6 rebounds

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



William Toombs agreed terms with Navolato - by Eurobasket News

Garra Canera de Navolato (CIBACOPA) strengthened their roster with addition of American William Toombs). He played recently at Phenix City Bombers (ABA) in the U.S..

By Eurobasket Data Center



Navolato tabs Marcus Elliott, ex Olimpia - by Eurobasket News

Garra Canera de Navolato (CIBACOPA) inked 29-year old American guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech). He played recently at Olimpia in Uruguayan LUB league. In 33 games he averaged impressive 22.1ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg this season. The last summer Elliott was tested by Guaiqueries (LPB) in Venezuelan league. In 9 games he had 12.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg. The most of last (11-12) season he spent at Atletico Welcome (LUB) in Uruguayan league. In 13 games he had very remarkable stats: 16.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg. Elliott also played at Liceo Mixto (DIMAYOR) in Chilean league that season. In 13 games he had also great stats: 16.2ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.0apg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Mavort in Ecuadorian league. In three Liga Americas games he had 12.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg.
In 202010 summer Elliott played at Centauros de Apure (LNB) in Venezuelan league. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB 1st Team, All-Imports Team and to the All-Star Game. His team made it to the WAC Tournament Semifinals in 2006.
Elliott is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Argentina (Libertad Sunchales), Chile (Deportivo Valdivia), Venezuela (Panteras).
Elliott attended Louisiana Tech University until 2007 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



CIBACOPA Round 11: Mineros de Cananea is defeated by Tijuana Zonkeys - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Mineros de Cananea (4-8) and ninth ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (5-5) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Mineros de Cananea was defeated by Tijuana Zonkeys in a tough game in Cananea 99-105. The guests trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 30-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for point guard Elvis Medina (183-84, college: Arizona W. CC) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). The former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) helped adding 22 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry) responded with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Mineros de Cananea's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tijuana Zonkeys moved-up to third place, which they share with Los Mochis and Nogales. Mineros de Cananea at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mineros de Cananea will play again at home against Tijuana Zonkeys (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#5) were upset in Guasave by eighth ranked Frayles de Guasave 109-102. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Eniel Polynice (195-88, college: Seton Hall) who led the winners and scored 29 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Eric Frederick accounted for 31 points and 6 rebounds. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) came up with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds for Fuerza Guinda Nogales in the defeat. Frayles de Guasave (4-6) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Obregon. Fuerza Guinda Nogales at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. They share it with Tijuana and Los Mochis. Frayles de Guasave will again play against higher ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will have a break next round.
The game in Ciudad Obregon was also quite interesting. Second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (8-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (4-6). Rayos de Hermosillo defeated Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon 106-91 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Jesus Lopez who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Kenny Jones produced 26 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the hosts. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon's coach tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rayos de Hermosillo have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 8-4 record having just -2 point less than leader Guaymas. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Guasave. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon will play again against the league's second-placed Rayos de Hermosillo (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Fourth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (5-7) crushed at home 6th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (5-5) by 20 points 90-70, which is the biggest margin this round. Marcus Elliott orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 6 assists. Garra Canera de Navolato's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory Garra Canera de Navolato went down to sixth position due to points difference. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. Garra Canera de Navolato's next round opponent will be again higher ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.



Cananea - Tijuana 99-105

The game between third ranked Mineros de Cananea (4-8) and ninth ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (5-5) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Mineros de Cananea was defeated by Tijuana Zonkeys in a tough game in Cananea 99-105. The guests trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 30-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for point guard Elvis Medina (183-84, college: Arizona W. CC) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). The former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) helped adding 22 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry) responded with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and naturalized American forward Quentin Gonzalez (200-84, college: McNeese St.) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mineros de Cananea's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tijuana Zonkeys moved-up to third place, which they share with Los Mochis and Nogales. Mineros de Cananea at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mineros de Cananea will play again at home against Tijuana Zonkeys (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: E.Medina 24+3reb+2ast, O.Quintero 22+6reb+1ast, M.Morrison 18+6reb+2ast, L.Ramirez 17+2reb, G.Shipley 12+2reb, J.Penny 9+8reb+1ast
Cananea: S.Monroe 40+10reb+2ast, Q.Gonzalez 16+7reb+3ast, V.Camper 12+3reb+4ast, R.Grant 10+2reb+4ast, O.Zuniga 7+3reb, M.Valenzuela 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 234893


Obregon - Hermosillo 91-106

The game in Ciudad Obregon was also quite interesting. Second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (8-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (4-6). Rayos de Hermosillo defeated Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon 106-91 on Friday. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Rayos de Hermosillo players scored in double figures. American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: Dream Team Management) produced 26 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and the other American import guard Brandon Sperling (196-90, college: Humboldt St.) added 28 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon's coach tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rayos de Hermosillo have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 8-4 record having just -2 point less than leader Guaymas. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Guasave. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon will play again against the league's second-placed Rayos de Hermosillo (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: J.Lopez 19+7reb+2ast, P.Sanders 16+3reb+2ast, E.Little 16+5reb+1ast, K.Spain 15+6reb, J.Villanueva 13+3reb, J.Camacho 10+1reb+1ast
Obregon: B.Sperling 28+7reb, K.Jones 26+9reb, L.Pulido 11+5reb+1ast, J.Salcedo 9+2reb, E.Soto 6+3reb, D.Thomas 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 234892


Navolato - Los Mochis 90-70

Fourth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (5-7) crushed at home 6th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (5-5) by 20 points 90-70, which is the biggest margin this round. Garra Canera de Navolato shot 60.3 percent from the field. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Pioneros Los Mochis' players. American guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 6 assists. His fellow American import William Toombs contributed with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Garra Canera de Navolato's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. International guard Carlos Toussaint (190-91) answered with 30 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward John Ruffus (207-81, college: Fayetteville St.) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Pioneros Los Mochis. Five Garra Canera de Navolato and four Pioneros Los Mochis players scored in double figures. Despite that victory Garra Canera de Navolato went down to sixth position due to points difference. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. Garra Canera de Navolato's next round opponent will be again higher ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Navolato: F.Verdugo 22+1reb+2ast, M.Elliott 21+4reb+6ast, R.Selleaze 17+8reb+2ast, W.Toombs 16+8reb+4ast, J.Insunza 10+5reb+11ast, A.Villalobos 4+1reb+2ast
Los Mochis: C.Toussaint 30+6reb+2ast, N.Stallings 14+4reb+3ast, J.Ruffus 10+8reb+3ast, J.Quintero 10+8reb, L.Felipe Diaz 5+3reb, J.Olvera 1
gschID: 234891


Guasave - Nogales 109-102

Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#5) were upset in Guasave by eighth ranked Frayles de Guasave 109-102. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Eniel Polynice (195-88, college: Seton Hall) who led the winners and scored 29 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import forward Eric Frederick (203-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) accounted for 31 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) came up with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds and American-Cameroonian guard Mahmoud Abdul-Awwel (196-84, college: Arizona) added 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Fuerza Guinda Nogales in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Frayles de Guasave (4-6) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Obregon. Fuerza Guinda Nogales at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. They share it with Tijuana and Los Mochis. Frayles de Guasave will again play against higher ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Guasave: E.Frederick 31+6reb+1ast, E.Polynice 29+7reb+7ast, D.Crews 18+10reb, P.Meza Rogel 17+4reb+5ast, J.Dominguez 10+3reb+4ast, J.Farrera 4+4reb
Nogales: R.Moss 36+17reb, M.Abdul-Awwel 20+9reb+5ast, O.McCullough 17+6reb+8ast, M.Strobbe 17+5reb+3ast, B.Heredia 10+2reb+7ast, E.Linan 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 234890



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Play-Out League Round 8: Mitchell defeated Danilovgrad - by Darko Pekic

In the last game of Play-Out League Round 8, Centar and Danilovgrad played a do or die game in Bijelo Polje both hoping not to loose and therefore make an important step toward their season goal- to avoid relegation. But only one team can be a winner and tonight it was Centar (77-67). The game was tied in the first half but Centar started the third quarter with a nice run and Danilovgrad was not able to recover from that until the end of game, although some calculations say that even -5 defeat was good for them in the avoid relegation battle. Centar was led tonight by the outstanding American point guard Aaron Mitchell (187-G-89, agency: BBEH Cokrlija, college: Longwood) who scored 31 points and added 6 assists. He was able to hit some important shots for the home team and help them win the important game. He was followed by Marko Ljujic (205-C-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) who scored 17 points. Jay-R Strowbridge (183-PG-88, college: Oregon) led the guests once again in scoring (21 points) but he was not able to help his team win tonight.


Nikola Milatovic resigned. Milosav Susic is the new head coach of Ulcinj - by Darko Pekic

The head coach of Ulcinj, Nikola Milatovic (agency: BBEH Cokrlija ), announced tonight that he would not coach the team from Southern Montenegro any longer and the board members decided to offer the job to his former assistant Milosav Susic (agency: BBEH Cokrlija ) who accepted it tonight and became the head coach of Ulcinj. Susic is a well known name of Montenegrin basketball and has played for years in Slovenia and Montenegro. This will be his first job as a Head coach.

Ulcinj has a 2-5 record in the Superleague and there are 3 more games to be played before the Final Four.



MNE Survival League Round 8. : Important win for ABS and Centar - by Dragan Scepanovic

8Ibar - ABS Primorje 73:74 (22:19, 14;15, 17:22, 20:18)
Rozaje.SC: Bandzovo brdo. Spect: 500. Reff: Sanjevic (Podgorica), Kostic (Ulcinj) and Vojinovic (Niksic).
IBAR: Perovic 8, Felic 4, Mersudin Kosuta 15, Hadzibegovic, Culjkovic 4, Nurkovic 3, Kalic 7, Grubovic 9, Simic 10, Zejnilovic 3, Asmir Numanovic (206-C-91) 10.
ABS PRIMORJE: Bojan Ratkovic (181-PG-92) 14, Dabovic, Vladimir Boricic (195-G/F-84) 29, D. Arapovic, Savic, Bulatovic, S. Arapovic 2, Kovacevic 8, Karalic 6, Bacovic 5, Branislav Radak (208-C-87) 10, Roganovic.

Centar - Danilovgrad 77:67 ( 20:16,14:17, 20:13,23:21)
B.Polje. SC Nikoljac. Spect 250. Reff. Sutulovic (Podgorica), Janjusevic ( Niksic), Turcinovic (Cetinje)
CENTAR : Aaron Mitchell (187-G-89, agency: BBEH Cokrlija, college: Longwood) 31, Femic 12 , Marko Ljujic (205-C-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) 17 (9 Reb) , Knezevic 10 (7 Reb); DANILOVGRAD : Jay-R Strowbridge (183-PG-88, college: Oregon) 21, Zejak 14, Young 13, Jovanovic 12

Studentski centar - Jedinstvo 71:70 (18:19, 16:13, 22:32, 15:6)
Podgorica: SC Buducnost Voli. Spect: 50. Reff: Muhadinovic (Cetinje), Kajevic (Podgorica) and Scekic (Berane).
STUDENTSKI CENTAR: Raicevic 13, Kusovac 11, Vidakovic, Ivan Misinezovic (188-G-93) 10, Gagovic, Miranovic 11, Vladimir Milosevic (201-F-87) 20, Vukovic, Nenezic, Starovlah 6.
JEDINSTVO: Kovacevic, Musovic, Krgovic 11, Danilo Draskovic (207-C-85, agency: BeoExcell) 21, S. Ticevic, Saud Omerovic (194-F-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) 18, Nikola Korac (185-G-86, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) 10, Ljujic 8, B. Ticevic, Furundcic, Jeknic 2, Halilovic.





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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 28.8
 1. Anthony, New Y.28.8 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.1 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.3 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.8 
 5. Harden, Houston R.25.9 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Curry, Golden S.22.8 
 8. Irving, Cleveland22.5 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.21.1 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.5 
 2. Vucevic, Orlan.11.9 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 4. Lee, Golden St.W.11.2 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.1 
 6. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.1 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.11.0 
 8. Chandler, New Y.10.6 
 9. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.6 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.0 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.0 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.7 
 6. Parker, San A.7.6 
 7. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 8. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 7. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 9. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 10. Young, Philadelph.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.8 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.6 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.6 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.1 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 


First games of First Round of playoffs - by Eurobasket News

Oklah.City T. - Houston R. 120-91
In making his postseason return to the familiar and now unfriendly confines of Chesapeake Energy Arena, James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) witnessed firsthand everything that has made the Oklahoma City Thunder so formidable in recent years. The Thunder, the top seed in the Western Conference, pulled away late in the second quarter and secured a 120-91 victory over the eighth-seeded Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the best-of-seven NBA playoff series. A good portion of the boisterous crowd that Harden became accustomed to during his first three seasons in the league booed his every basket and cheered his every miscue. Unable to agree on a contract extension with Harden, the Thunder traded the reigning NBA's sixth man of the year in October and then watched him become the league's fifth-leading scorer and an All-Star. But the trade also benefited the Thunder, who have designs on making a return trip to the NBA Finals. And Harden, who scored 20 points on 6-for-19 shooting, could not match the offensive firepower of his former teammates, including stars Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas), who had 24 points and Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA), who had 19 to go along with 10 assists and eight rebounds. The Rockets, who averaged 106 points a game during the regular season, missed their first nine field goal attempts and dug themselves into an early 13-point first-quarter deficit. Thunder coach Scott Brooks said his team would not shy away from running against the Rockets, and they beat them at their own game. Before the game, Harden said it would be "interesting" to see how fans greeted him upon his return to Oklahoma City in the playoffs. He signed about a dozen autographs and hugged a security guard before entering the locker room after warming up. But during player introductions, he was serenaded with a chorus of boos, which he heard again when he went to the free throw line early in the game. With 8:32 left in the first quarter, Harden found himself covering Durant. The Thunder star cut to the basket, and Serge Ibaka found him with a pass for a layup that gave the home team an eight-point advantage. The Thunder, more talented and more experienced, only piled it on in the second half against the young Rockets, who made their first playoff appearance since the 2008-09 season. Courtesy of: usatoday.com

Miami Heat - Milwaukee B. 110-87
So many things went the way the Milwaukee Bucks wanted. LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) matched his playoff-low for shots in a game, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were held in relative check and the Miami Heat turned the ball over far more than usual. And none of it really mattered. Game 1 was a Heat blowout, as probably everyone outside of Milwaukee would have expected. James scored 27 points on 9 for 11 shooting - finishing two assists shy of a triple-double - while Ray Allen (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut) scored 20 off the bench and the defending champion Heat picked up where they left off in the NBA playoffs a year ago, never trailing on the way to beating the Bucks 110-87 to open their Eastern Conference first-round series. "Second half, they just came out and we kind of had no answer for them," said Bucks guard Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89), who led Milwaukee with 26 points. Jennings and Monta Ellis were the majority of Milwaukee's offense, the starting Bucks' backcourt combining for 48 points in all. The rest of the Bucks managed 39, and against the Heat, that almost surely won't be enough. James finished with 10 rebounds and eight assists, both game-highs. "All I care about is the win," James said. "I didn't even know my stats. I just knew that we were playing efficient offensively besides the turnovers. We want to try to keep that going." Wade scored 16, Bosh added 15 and Chris Andersen finished with 10 on 4 for 4 shooting for the Heat, who opened their title defense by holding Milwaukee to 42 percent shooting and outrebounding the Bucks 46-31. Game 2 is Tuesday in Miami. "We've got nothing to lose," Jennings said. "Nobody should be scared or anything. Let's just hoop." James had taken only 11 shots in a playoff game twice before, and his postseason per-game average entering Sunday was just under 21 tries. But with the way he controlled the game Sunday, he didn't exactly need to shoot. That's probably not the best of signs for the Bucks. "Obviously, incredibly efficient," Bucks coach Jim Boylan said. "When you have a game like that, what can you do?" Milwaukee came into the series with Jennings predicting his team would oust the reigning champions in six games. They'll have to win four of five now for that to happen. And with James playing like this, the odds would seem particularly slim. His assist total was only six shy of what the Bucks managed, combined. "That's about as efficient as you can get," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Made that look easier than it was." The 23-point margin notwithstanding, it was far from a perfect night for Miami. The Heat shot only 30 percent from 3-point range, plus turned the ball over 19 times - giving Milwaukee 22 points - and still won with ease. Milwaukee had 10 offensive rebounds in the first half, zero in the second half. "I think we played good basketball in stretches," Ellis said. "They're a great team. They capitalized on our mistakes. I think they were more aggressive towards the end. In the third and fourth, they never looked back." One issue for Milwaukee was center Larry Sanders' foul trouble. He finished with six points, five rebounds and five fouls in 18 minutes, never being the factor the Bucks needed. "I couldn't be as aggressive as I wanted to," Sanders said. "I tried to get myself going. I had to re-start my motor a couple of times. But that's part of the game." The Bucks said coming into Game 1 that they would brace for Miami to come out flying, and the Heat more than delivered on that expectation. Miami scored on its first five possessions and after back-to-back scores at the rim by James - the first of those a vicious one-handed slam after Wade set him up on a 3-on-1 break - the Heat were up 21-8 early. Milwaukee got 26-24 at the end of the first, with Jennings scoring 10 in the period. And the Bucks hung around for the remainder of the first half, with the Miami lead just 52-45 going into intermission. "I thought in the first half we played with some good energy, had some good ball movement, created some turnovers and took advantage of that," Boylan said. "In the third quarter they came out a little bit more focused ... with a little more purpose, I think." Ellis opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer, getting the Bucks within four. Then came the second big Heat flurry of the night, and the Bucks had no more answers. An 11-1 Miami run immediately followed that 3-pointer by Ellis, stretching the lead to 14. Miami closed the quarter with seven straight points - James started that burst with a left-handed slam, then set up Andersen for another dunk. Another dunk by Andersen, this time when he soared in for a two-handed flush of a missed 3-pointer by Shane Battier, sent the building into overdrive, with people in the "White Hot" crowd waving their giveaway T-shirts in unison. Anderson flapped his arms - he's called "Birdman" for a reason - and the Heat improved to an uncanny 40-3 when he plays. "He brings us a lot of energy and effort plays," James said. "He flies above the rim and we're so happy to have him." Courtesy of: startribune.com

San Antonio S. - LA Lakers 91-79
Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-SG-77, agency: Interperformances) and Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) scored 18 points each as the San Antonio Spurs led from early in the first quarter and beat the Los Angeles Lakers 91-79 on Sunday in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series. Tim Duncan added 17 points and 10 rebounds, Matt Bonner had 10 points and Kawhi Leonard had eight points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio. Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Steve Nash scored 16 points and Pau Gasol added 16 points and 16 rebounds for Los Angeles. Despite the double-doubles from Howard and Gasol, the Lakers failed to take full advantage of their inside presence, much to the consternation of the injured Kobe Bryant, who watched the national broadcast. "Post. Post. Post," Bryant tweeted in reference to the Lakers' offense. Bryant is out for the remainder of the season with a torn Achilles. Los Angeles' length caused San Antonio problems early as the Spurs missed their first three shots - all inside the paint - as they altered their shots to avoid Howard and Gasol. Nash, who returned after missing nine games with a hip/hamstring injury, gave the Lakers their only lead with a jumper on the game's opening possession. Duncan broke the drought, hitting a pair of jumpers over Gasol that gave San Antonio a 4-2 lead with 9:33 remaining and the Spurs led the rest of the way. The Lakers shot 35 percent from the field in the first half, primarily missing shots from 11 feet and out. Los Angeles had 10 points in the paint, but could not consistently work the ball inside for attempts. "What I would say if I was there right now," Bryant tweeted. "Pau get ur (butt) on the block and don't move till u get it." Los Angeles pulled within 28-24 with 7 minutes left as Howard had four points in an 8-0 run, including an alley-oop dunk off a feed from Gasol to cap the run. It was the closest Los Angeles would come as San Antonio extended its lead to 10 points in the quarter. The Lakers shot 50 percent from the field in the second quarter, but also had seven turnovers. Los Angeles went on an 11-4 run to cut San Antonio's lead to 54-50, but the Spurs rebuilt their lead once again. Manu Emanuel Ginobili hit a pair of 3s to give San Antonio a 70-57 lead to close the third. Emanuel Ginobili was 6 for 13 from the field and 3 for 5 on 3s. Leonard blocked a 3-point attempt by Metta World Peace and then made a layup on the ensuing fast break. Leonard faked an attempt, sending World Peace flying past him for an open shot that gave San Antonio a 76-63 lead with 8 minutes left. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

Indiana P. - Atlanta H. 107-90
Uncle Reggie Miller didn't do it. Neither did Jermaine O'Neal. Ron Artest? Uh-uh. Mark Jackson was the only Indiana Pacer to record a triple-double in the playoffs in franchise history. That changed Sunday afternoon when Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) removed any doubt that had crept into the minds of many about the state of the Pacers and whether he could get a jolt back into his 22-year-old legs to carry them in the playoffs. George returned to All-Star form not only with his scoring, but also with his rebounding, passing and defending. The third-year swingman joined Jackson in the record books by recording a triple-double in the Pacers' 107-90 Game 1 playoff victory over the Atlanta Hawks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is 7:30 p.m. ET Wednesday at the fieldhouse. "It's a big deal for Paul," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "I'm happy for him, I'm happy for this community and this franchise that we have an up-and-coming player like Paul George." George hadn't been the same player the past two weeks who had some around the league drooling over him earlier in the season. His shot wasn't falling. He wasn't defending at a high level. He acknowledged that his legs were tired and his mind was fatigued. That's not surprising because he's counted on to defend the opposing team's best perimeter player and be the primary scoring option on the wing offensively. George closed the regular season 17-of-60 (28.3%) from the field, including 6-of-28 (21.4%) on three-pointers. But fatigue could no longer be an excuse, not when every game in the series matters, and definitely not after he hadn't played in a game for a week. George didn't overhaul his game-day or practice-day routines to get ready for the playoffs. He just spent more time resting on off days. More time getting massages. More time eating healthy. And more time in the cold tub. "I've said for this playoff run I'm leaving everything on the floor," George said. "I know what is expected of me now. I want the pressure. I'll do whatever it takes." George was back playing with the confidence he had during the team's successful road trip against the Western Conference three weeks ago. In the final seconds of the first half, he drove to the basket, scored, was sent to the floor on a foul by Hawks center Johan Petro, then flexed his muscles like he suddenly had Dwight Howard's physique. Then there was the time where George got Josh Smith leaning one way, zipped the ball to his left hand, drove to the basket and put up a left-handed layup high off the glass. George looked over at the Hawks bench and grinned as he strutted down court. George was only 3-of-13 from the field, but didn't let the poor shooting percentage get him down. Instead of settling for jumpers, George attacked the basket and attempted a career-high 18 free throws, making 17 of them. "I was just telling myself, 'Keep attacking,' " George said. "My mindset is (on the) next play. I just told myself to try to get to the free throw line, stay in attack mode." In a game where the Pacers lived up to their marketing slogan of "Blue Collar," it was only fitting that George got his triple-double when he dove on the ground for an offensive rebound to keep a possession alive. David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) ended up with a three-point play to stop a Hawks' run where they had trimmed the Pacers' lead from 16 down to nine. "He was all over the place tonight. That's who Paul George is," Vogel said. "He doesn't make the All-Star team because he's averaging 28 (points) a game like (Kevin) Durant or Carmelo (Anthony), but because he's one of the most complete players in the game." It just happened that George impacted the game in the scoring, rebounding, defending and assists department for the Pacers. And that's why they have a 1-0 lead over the Hawks in the series. Courtesy of: usatoday.com

Denver N. - Golden St.W. 97-95
Andre Miller (6'2''-PG-76, college: Utah) scored a playoff career-high 28 points and sank a nifty layup with 1.3 seconds left that lifted the Denver Nuggets to a 97-95 win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. Miller drove left past rookie Draymond Green, did an up-and-under between two defenders under the basket and banked the ball off the glass with his right hand. The Warriors inbounded the ball and Stephen Curry's desperation 3-pointer wasn't anywhere close as the horn sounded and the Nuggets celebrated their 24th straight win at the Pepsi Center. Miller scored 18 in the frenetic fourth quarter. Game 2 is Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center, where the Nuggets posted an NBA-best 38-3 home record during the season. "It could have went either way tonight so we have to be better prepared on Tuesday," Miller said. The Warriors trailed 93-92 when Curry was pickpocketed by Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina), whose layup made it a three-point game with 35 seconds remaining. Curry, who shot his way into NBA history by sinking a record 272 3-pointers this season, got a whistling pass from Jarrett Jack and swished a contested 3 with Lawson all over him, then did his funky dance downcourt during the timeout with 14.5 seconds left. Miller inbounded the ball, then got it back and isolated on Green until the driving to the hoop for the winning bucket. "We found a way to pull it out," Miller said. "This was a tough game." The sixth-seeded Warriors, playing in their first playoff game in six seasons, lost All-Star David Lee to a possible right hip flexor strain in the fourth quarter when he banged into JaVale McGee. He shot both free throws, then couldn't run back downcourt and was taken for X-rays. Lee finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds, all but two off the defensive glass. Klay Thompson (6'6''-G-90, college: Washington St.) led Golden State with 22 points and Curry had 19. Jarret Jack added 10 points and 10 assists. Center Andrew Bogut, who's been bothered by a bone bruise on his surgically repaired left ankle, had 14 boards and nine points for the Warriors. Corey Brewer sparked a 13-2 run that the Nuggets used to take a 71-64 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Warriors responded to Lee's injury by quickly erasing an eight-point deficit. Then Miller took over. Trying to make it out of the first round for the first time in his 13-year NBA career, he came up with several big baskets in the final period. The frenetic finish followed a plodding first 2 1/2 quarters that wasn't anything like the high-octane, run-and-run game everyone expected from these two teams. That notion fizzled in the first half with a rash of poor shooting, too many turnovers and a bunch of debatable calls. Denver would have matched its lowest point total for a first half if not for Wilson Chandler's breakaway basket at the buzzer that pulled the third-seeded Nuggets to 48-44 at halftime. In their three home losses this season, the Nuggets managed 42 first-half points against Miami on Nov. 15, 43 against Minnesota on Jan. 3 and 50 against Washington on Jan. 18, before winning their last 23 home games heading into the playoffs. "You play 82 games to get to this spot, to have your home court help you with confidence, help you with the jitters," Nuggets coach George Karl said before tip-off. "I think Golden State is a very good opponent and a very difficult opponent in a lot of ways. I don't expect it to be anything but a damn good basketball series. Today's the first game and let's see what happens." What happened was the Nuggets nearly lost the home-court advantage they so cherished. Not having their best free-throw shooter in Danilo Gallinari (out with an ACL injury) and their top rebounder in Kenneth Faried (ankle) didn't help. But the Nuggets pulled out another close one at home. They haven't lost at home in more than three months, but Golden State coach Mark Jackson dismissed any notion that it was because of altitude or boisterous crowds. "We've watched every bit of film and I haven't seen the altitude score and I haven't seen a fan score or rebound," Jackson said before the game. "At the end of the day, credit goes to that coaching staff led by George Karl and that group of players. Win, lose or draw, it won't be because of the fans or the altitude." Jackson played in plenty of playoff games but this was his postseason coaching debut. He said he had no butterflies, however: "We're playing with house money. We're going to roll this dice and have fun with it. Nobody expects us (to win) and that's OK. If I was picking, I'd pick them to win it. I'd pick them to win this series. I'd give them the edge at coaching, too." Karl laughed at that remark. "Pile on those expectations," he said. "Let's go, baby!" Karl freely admitted he was a bundle of nerves before the game: "I'm nervous for summer league games, so why wouldn't I be nervous for this game?" Courtesy of: foxsports.com

New York K. - Boston C. 85-78
The orange shirts were twirling, the volume was swelling, the fans were standing, and in the midst of Madison Square Garden's happy mayhem, Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) was surveying and directing, with a calm certainty. Dribbling 35 feet from the basket, he saw a charging Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76) and a freely roaming Kenyon Martin. The rest happened so quickly that it left the Boston Celtics dumbfounded. A bullet pass. A fingertips catch. A layup. And then bedlam. That nearly too-high pass and the easy basket that followed provided the final, finishing touch Saturday as the Knicks grinded out an 85-78 victory in the emotional opener of this first-round playoff series. 'Terrible pass,' Martin said, smiling. 'He bailed me out on that one,' Anthony said later. It was an imperfect end to an imperfect win, but one that resonated on many levels as the Knicks, hosting a Game 1 for the first time since 2001, took their first series lead in 12 years. 'It's a wonderful feeling,' said Anthony, who scored 36 points and made all the key plays down the stretch. Game 2 is Tuesday night at the Garden. The emotions were more raw for the Celtics, who opened the playoffs in the shadow of the Boston Marathon bombings and the manhunt that followed. 'I think emotionally, it could go either way,' Coach Doc Rivers said before tip-off. Every Celtics jersey was adorned with a patch reading, 'Boston Stands as One.' In an unusual gesture, Paul Pierce and Anthony addressed the crowd before the game, with Anthony conveying 'our prayers and our condolences' and Pierce declaring, 'Boston will rise and run again.' A small number of fans booed Pierce as he took the microphone, but they were quickly shushed and drowned out by a much larger contingent. Color guard units from the Boston and New York fire departments jointly presented the American flag for the national anthem. A brief chant of 'U-S-A!' followed, which quickly gave way to 'Let's go, Knicks!' as a playoff normalcy settled in. Anthony was sometimes erratic, going 13 for 29 from the field against a relentless Boston defense, but he hit two jumpers to put the Knicks ahead for good in the fourth quarter, and added a steal and a fast-break layup to hold off the Celtics in the final minutes. J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) added 15 points, and Raymond Felton had 10. The rest was done with defense, which has not exactly been the Knicks' calling card this season. They tied one franchise record by holding the Celtics to 25 points in the second half and broke another record by allowing only 8 points in the fourth quarter. The Celtics scored 2 points in the final 4 minutes 32 seconds, on a pair of free throws. 'We played probably our best defense of the year in that second half,' said Jason Kidd, who had three of the Knicks' seven steals in the final quarter. All told, Boston had 21 turnovers, leading to 20 points for the Knicks and underlining what could be a decisive factor in the series. The Celtics are playing without Rajon Rondo, their All-Star point guard, and, for that matter, without any point guards, making it difficult to find easy baskets. The strain showed. Avery Bradley and Jeff Green each had six turnovers, and Pierce had four. Green led Boston with 26 points, but he scored only 6 after halftime as Anthony moved over to check him. Pierce finished with 21 points. The Celtics' bench went 0 for 7 from the field. Still, neither team led by more than 7 points, and the Celtics were in striking distance until the final minute. 'We were in a great position to take over the game, to win the game,' Green said. 'Turnovers killed us. Offensive rebounds killed us.' Expectations for the Knicks have rarely been higher, a notion that was made abundantly clear in the home locker room, where every stall was decorated with two shiny gold decals. One was a depiction of the Larry O'Brien trophy; the other was a numeral 16 - the number of wins it takes to claim the title. After a painful last few weeks of the regular season, the Knicks were close to whole, with Tyson Chandler back in the starting lineup and Martin there to spell him. Chandler, who missed the last six games because of a neck injury, struggled with his stamina, playing 21 minutes, none in the fourth quarter, and finishing with five rebounds and no points. He said his neck was fine, however. So the Knicks turned to Martin for the critical minutes. Martin, who had missed games with ankle and knee injuries in recent weeks, regained his form immediately, finishing with 9 rebounds, 10 points and a clinching layup. Green was guarding Anthony on the play, and Garnett came charging to create a double team as Martin approached to set a screen. Anthony waved for Martin to keep going, and Martin darted toward the lane, unchecked. He caught the ball behind Pierce and Bradley and easily laid it up. 'It was a great catch,' Martin said, complimenting himself. 'I was in the right position at the right time.' Courtesy of: nytimes.com

LA Clippers - Memphis G. 112-91
Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) led seven players in double figures with 23 points, Eric Bledsoe (6'1''-PG-89, college: Kentucky) had 15 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 112-91 on Saturday while getting just one dunk in their playoff opener. Chauncey Billups scored 14 points, and Caron Butler and Jamal Crawford had 13 apiece on a night when Blake Griffin was held to 10 points and five rebounds before fouling out with 3:32 left as Lob City was grounded. Reserve Jerryd Bayless (6'3''-PG-88, college: Arizona) led the Grizzlies with 19 points, Marc Gasol had 16 and Zach Randolph had 13 points and four rebounds while playing with five fouls in the rematch of last year's first-round series, won by the Clippers in seven games. Bayless was one of four Grizzlies with four fouls. Griffin missed a dunk in the first quarter, when Tony Allen and Ed Davis had Memphis' only two. DeAndre Jordan's driving one-handed slam midway through the fourth was the Clippers' first, and the big man's first basket of the game. Game 2 is Monday night at Staples Center. The Grizzlies closed within a point early in the fourth on a 3-pointer by former Clipper Keyon Dooling. Los Angeles answered with a 15-3 run to go up 92-79, equaling the 13-point lead it had in the first half. Eric Bledsoe, who had seven points, opened and closed the spurt with layups as the reserves played an important role in the key stretch. The high-flying Clippers kept their feet on the ground for most of a game dominated by the referees. Memphis was called for 29 fouls and the Clippers 28. Memphis owned a 48-46 edge in scoring in the paint, while the Clippers dominated 25-5 in second-chance points and were better on the boards, 47-23. The Grizzlies never led, and it didn't help that Randolph picked up two fouls and Mike Conley Jr. had three in the first half. Besides Griffin, Jordan had four fouls, while Matt Barnes, Lamar Odom and Ronny Turiaf had three apiece for the Clippers. Paul scored his team's first seven points in the third, extending their lead to 64-53. The Clippers led 57-51 at halftime after Barnes tipped in Paul's miss just before the buzzer. They led by 13 points early in the second before the Grizzlies cut it to two points twice in the final 1:24. Courtesy of: magicvalley.com

Brooklyn N. - Chicago B. 106-89
The Brooklyn blackout was a blowout. Ripping apart the vaunted Chicago Bulls defense during an impressive second quarter, the Nets punctuated their return to the postseason with a 106-89 victory on Saturday night. Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) scored 22 points, Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) had 21 and the Nets made 16 of 20 shots in the second period on their way to 60 percent in the first half. "That's a hell of a performance," Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said. Joe Johnson finished with 16 for the Nets, who made their successful first season in Brooklyn even better with a victory in their first playoff appearance since 2007. They will host Game 2 on Monday night. The Nets wore their road black uniforms and fans were encouraged to wear black as well to make it a "blackout" for the first major postseason game in Brooklyn since Oct. 10, 1956, when the Yankees beat the Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series at Ebbets Field. The Nets then came out white-hot, shooting nearly 56 percent and putting six players in double figures. "Everybody was excited for this game," Williams said. "I think it has been a long time coming for this franchise, this organization with the move and everything. We expected to be here, so we came out playing like we wanted to be here ... we were locked in today." Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) had 25 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls, who had Joakim Noah in the starting lineup despite foot pain. But he was clearly limited, and there was no reason to play him more than the 14 minutes he got with the game never in doubt after halftime. "It was the end of the first (quarter) and they hit us with a haymaker, got us back on our heels," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "So end of the first, second quarter, poor defense, poor intensity, poor energy on offense. You can't win like that." The sellout crowd of 17,732 was roaring long before Nets reserve Jerry Stackhouse, who wears the No. 42 that Jackie Robinson once sported in Brooklyn, sang the national anthem. Owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who committed hundreds of millions on player contracts last summer expecting a longtime loser in New Jersey to win big in Brooklyn, came on the court to thank fans for their passion and support, telling them that this playoff appearance was only the beginning. And what a beginning it was. Williams even had a reverse dunk in the third quarter, showing how much better he feels after ankle pain had him playing well below his usual level before the All-Star break, when he could barely jump. Gerald Wallace and C.J. Watson each scored 14 for the Nets, while Andray Blatche had 12. Noah has battled plantar fasciitis in his right foot and Thibodeau said he didn't want his All-Star center playing if he was injured. But Noah, who grew up in New York, wanted to give it a try. He finished with four points. "The thing is he hasn't practiced so he's going to be rusty, but I'd rather have him out there. Whatever he can give us is a plus," Thibodeau said. "We didn't play well. It wasn't Jo, it was our team. So he's a big plus for our team, so we'd like to have him out there. We've got to play better. Everyone has to play better." The Bulls are still without Derrick Rose, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in last year's playoff opener. Thibodeau hasn't ruled out the former MVP returning in this series, noting the end would be two weeks from Saturday if it went the distance. That looked unlikely after Game 1. Chicago won three of four during the regular season, holding the Nets to 87.5 points per game, but Brooklyn had 89 after the third quarter of this one. "It was disappointing," Noah said. "We didn't play well. We didn't come out with the right mindset. They scored way too many points in the paint. We didn't execute well offensively. But you know what, we've got to bounce back. No time to feel sorry for ourselves. We've showed resiliency all year and I think we've got a lot of basketball left." Fans chanted "Brooklyn! Brooklyn!" before the tip and chanted Wallace's name during it, recognizing his strong performance after a difficult regular season. The Nets jumped out to an 11-point lead after one quarter, getting 12 points from Lopez. It was 38-26 midway through the second before the Nets blew it open. Lopez made two straight baskets, the latter a dunk after Williams juked Marco Belinelli so badly that Jay-Z practically jumped out of his nearby courtside seat. Former Bulls backup Watson followed with a 3-pointer to make it a 20-point game for the first time, and it was 60-35 at halftime after the Nets scored the final six points. "I thought we competed extremely well, I thought we defended extremely well and pushed the ball and shared the ball extremely well in the first half," Carlesimo said. Noah started the second half, clearly not running well, but was back on the bench before long. Nate Robinson scored 17 points for Chicago, while Jimmy Butler and Belinelli each had 13. Luol Deng had just six on 3-of-11 shooting. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com



Shocking injury for the Warriors - by Eurobasket News

Yesterday was not the best night to be a Golden State Warriors fan. Despite a pretty good effort on the road against Denver Nuggets, Warriors lost the allowing a last second game winner by Andre Miller (6'2''-PG-76, college: Utah) and they lost their key big man David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) to an injury. Lee suffered an injury in the fourth quarter and was not able to come back. Its announced today that the big man will be out for the rest of the season due to a grade 3 tear in his right hip flexor. Warriors put on a good performance away from home yesterday but their job now will be a lot more difficult without their all-star forward who had an amazing season averaging 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds.
Courtesy of: trendbasket.net



Machado comes back to The Warriors - by Eurobasket News

Golden State Warriors (NBA) inked 23-year old naturalized Brazilian point guard Scott Machado (185-82kg-90, college: Iona). It is actually his comeback to the Warriors as he played here before. Machado played recently at Santa Cruz Warriors. In 14 games he recorded 6.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.9apg this season. He was called during the season by the Golden State Warriors. Machado also spent pre-season at Rio Grande Valley Vipers earlier that year. In 18 D-League games he averaged 10.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 6.1apg and 1.0spg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements Machado's team won MAAC Regular Season in 2012. He received also All-MAAC Player of the Year award, USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 1st Team award and NABC Division I All-District 1 1st Team award in 2012 at his college time.
Machado was a member of Brazilian University National Team two years ago.
He has played previously for Houston Rockets.
Machado attended Iona College until 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Controls the game without having to score... Tremendous passer with a great understanding of the game... Pure point guard that looks to get his teammates involved.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  NEW ZEALAND   

Standings Men

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Apr. 19: Southland S. - Super City R. 93-74
Apr. 21: HBS Bank Hawks - Southland S. 89-56
Apr. 20: Waikato P. - Wellington S. 84-115
Apr. 20: Nelson G. - Hub Jets 82-67
Apr. 19: Taranaki MA - Wellington S. 74-85
Apr. 19: Hub Jets - HBS Bank Hawks 74-71
Apr. 20: OceanaGold N. - Super City R. 111-77

Regular Season: Round 2

Apr. 25: Hub Jets - Super City R.
Apr. 26: Waikato P. - Nelson G.
Apr. 26: Wellington S. - Taranaki MA
Apr. 27: Taranaki MA - Nelson G.
Apr. 27: HBS Bank Hawks - OceanaGold N.
Apr. 28: Southland S. - Wellington S.
Apr. 28: Super City R. - OceanaGold N.


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 


Advice First Waikato Pistons add Atkinson to their roster, ex J.Hradec - by Eurobasket News

Advice First Waikato Pistons (NBL) added to their roster 27-year old American power forward Zack Atkinson (206-100kg-86, college: Cal-Irvine). He was tested at BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec in NBL league in Czech Republic, but left the team in January, but it seems he will not stay with that team after all. In 6 NBL games he recorded 5.8ppg and 5.8rpg this season. Atkinson ended the last season at Bayside (Copa Federacion) in Colombian league. But the most of that year he spent at Harbour. In 16 games he averaged 14.6ppg, 10.2rpg (#5 in the league), 1.2apg and 1.3bpg. The last (2012) season Atkinson was tested by Oita Heat Devils (BJ League) in Japan. In 23 games he averaged 6.9ppg and 6.6rpg. The most of previous (10-11) season he spent at La Palma (EBA) in Spanish league. In 12 games he averaged 9.8ppg and 5.3rpg. Atkinson also played at Lobe Huesca (LEB Gold) in Spanish league that season. In 7 games he averaged 4.4ppg and 1.9rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted to Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Honorable Mention in 2012.
Atkinson graduated from University of California-Irvine in 2010 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Advice First Waikato Pistons add Hamilton to their roster, ex ENAD - by Eurobasket News

Advice First Waikato Pistons (NBL) added to their roster 29-year old American point guard Vernon Hamilton (183-84, college: Clemson). He just played at Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios in Cypriot Division A. In 17 games he recorded 8.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.8apg and 2.3spg (in top 2) this season. Part of last season Hamilton spent at Iowa Energy in D-League. In 6 games he averaged 3.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.3apg and 1.8spg. He also spent pre-season at Hoops Club (Division A) in Lebanese league that year. In 6 games he averaged impressive 16.2ppg, 6.7rpg, 4.0apg and 3.2spg.
The previous (10-11) season Hamilton was tested by TianJin Steel (CBA) in Chinese league. In 13 games he averaged remarkable 26.8ppg, 8.5rpg, 4.9apg and 3.8spg. He was tried-out by Santa Cruz Warriors (previous name Dakota Warriors) in D-League that season. In 12 games he averaged 13.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg. The other team Hamilton played shortly was Austin Toros in D-League. In four games he averaged 13.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.8apg and 1.3spg.
In 2008 (a year after he left the college) Hamilton was drafted by Erie BayHawks (D-League) in third round (39th overall).
The former Clemson University standout is in his sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won D-League Southwest Division championship title in 2009. Hamilton was also voted ACC All-Defensive Team back in 2006 at his college time.
Hamilton is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany, Latvia, Switzerland (SAM Massagno), Turkey, Ukraine (Mykolaiv) and D-League (Frisco Texas Legends, Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Reno Bighorns).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Advice First Waikato Pistons tab Tai Jack Webster - by Eurobasket News

Advice First Waikato Pistons (NBL) inked 18-year old former New Zealand international guard Tai Jack Webster (186-95). He played recently at Breakers in Australian NBL league. But in 6 games he averaged just 1.0ppg this season. The last summer Webster played at Auckland. In two games he had only 1.0ppg and 1.0apg. He won Australian NBL championship title.
Webster was also a member of New Zealand international program for some years. He played for New Zealand Senior National Team last year and for U22 National Team last year. Webster represented New Zealand at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His stats at that event were 2 games: 13.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0apg.
Webster's game is described as: A very promising PG, who can yet quarterback a team at senior level. He can score in lots of ways, passes the ball very well and has great quickness. Need to improve his slow tempo game and his passing selection (turnovers risk..).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Advice First Waikato Pistons tab Tai Jack Webster - by Eurobasket News

Advice First Waikato Pistons (NBL) inked 18-year old former New Zealand international guard Tai Jack Webster (186-95). He played recently at Breakers in Australian NBL league. But in 6 games he averaged just 1.0ppg this season. The last summer Webster played at Auckland. In two games he had only 1.0ppg and 1.0apg. He won Australian NBL championship title.
Webster was also a member of New Zealand international program for some years. He played for New Zealand Senior National Team last year and for U22 National Team last year. Webster represented New Zealand at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His stats at that event were 2 games: 13.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0apg.
Webster's game is described as: A very promising PG, who can yet quarterback a team at senior level. He can score in lots of ways, passes the ball very well and has great quickness. Need to improve his slow tempo game and his passing selection (turnovers risk..).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Jamelle Horne won the player of week - by Robert OConnell

In a very busy week for our players internationally, power forward Jamelle Horne (200-F-88, college: Arizona) of Caciques de Humacao won the player of the week, in three games played he put 19.3 pts 8.3 reb and 1.3 ass, he is currently the 8th best scorer in the league with 17.6 pts. In second we had swingman Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, college: G.Washington) of Indios de Mayaguez who also played three times last week and put 16.6 pts 7 reb and 3.6 ass. The third place is for veteran swingman Michael Hicks (194-G/F-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) of Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia in Italy who played two times and averaged a double - double with 16.5 pts and 12.0 reb. An honorary mention to shooting guard Isaac St.Rose (190-G/F-83, college: John Brown) of Escazu Somatra in Costa Rica who scored 26 pts in his last game against his former team Ferreteria Brenes Barva, also a mention to forward Amir Alvarado (198-F-84, college: Marshalltown CC) of Super Cable Grecia also in Costa Rica who scored 19 pts in his last game, he is the current leader scorer of that league. The other active Panamanians who had action were this ones:
Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Missouri So.) SG of Southwest Slammers, Australia in two games 19 pts 4 reb
Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86, college: San Diego) PF of Kyoto Hannaryz, Japan in three games 9.3 pts 10.6 reb
Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, college: Providence) C of Mets de Guaynabo, Puerto Rico in three games 3.0 pts 4.6 reb
Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) PF of Marinos de Anzoategui, Venezuela played two games 4.0 pts 3.5 reb
Joel Munoz (179-PG-80) PG of Paulistianos, Brazil played twice 7.0 pts 3 reb 0.5 ass
Dangelo Vaughn (192-F-80) SF Barberena, Guatemala one game 25 pts
We also congratulated Power Forward Jamaal Levy (206-C-83, college: Wake Forest) for the Americas League Tournament with Lanus Buenos Aires that came in Second Place, and also Power Forward Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) of Panteras de Aguascalientes that made it to the semifinals. Power Forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-F-80, college: Arkansas), and Center Jose Lloreda (203-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) didn't played last week.



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 30.4
 1. Dawson, Meralco30.4 
 2. Bowles, San M.24.0 
 3. Macklin, Barang.23.9 
 4. Dunigan, Air21 E.23.9 
 5. Caguioa, Barang.22.8 
 6. Sundov, Rain o.22.7 
 7. David, Global Port21.9 
 8. Dozier, Alaska Aces21.4 
 9. Brock, Guayama21.2 
 10. Canaleta, Air21 E.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert DOZIER
  Alaska Aces
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Dozier, Alaska Aces16.6 
 2. Brock, Guayama16.0 
 3. Dawson, Meralco15.5 
 4. Dunigan, Air21 E.15.4 
 5. Bowles, San M.15.1 
 6. Macklin, Barang.14.7 
 7. Sundov, Rain o.12.9 
 8. Abueva, Alaska Ac.9.0 
 9. Pingris, San M.7.4 
 10. Santos, Petron B.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Ross, Meralco9.1 
 2. Mercado, Global P.8.1 
 3. Casio, Alaska Aces5.5 
 4. Urbiztondo, Barang.5.5 
 5. Tenorio, Barang.5.3 
 6. Cabagnot, Petron5.3 
 7. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.9 
 8. Cortez, Air21 E.4.7 
 9. Lee, Rain or Shine4.2 
 10. Villanueva, Barak.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Dawson, Meralco3.1 
 2. Tenorio, Barang.2.1 
 3. Barroca, San M.2.0 
 4. Ross, Meralco1.9 
 5. Cortez, Air21 E.1.6 
 6. Brock, Guayama1.5 
 7. Norwood, Rain o.1.4 
 8. Urbiztondo, Barang.1.3 
 9. Anthony, Barako B.1.2 
 10. Williams, Talk N.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert DOZIER
  Alaska Aces
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Dozier, Alaska Aces2.8 
 2. Dunigan, Air21 E.2.4 
 3. Bowles, San M.2.2 
 4. Dawson, Meralco2.0 
 5. Aguilar, Global Po.1.8 
 6. Brock, Guayama1.4 
 7. Macklin, Barang.1.1 
 8. Fajardo, Petron B.0.9 
 9. Devance, San M.0.9 
 10. Pennisi, Barako B.0.8 


PBA Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Alaska Aces - Air21 Express 87-81

Alaska Aces outrebounded Air21 Express 53-36 including a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. French forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 22 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and point guard Joseph Casio (177-86) chipped in 19 points and 5 assists. Four Alaska Aces players scored in double figures. At the losing side American center Michael Dunigan (208-89, college: Oregon, agency: N.E.T.) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Nino Canaleta (196-82) scored 16 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Air21 Express: N.Canaleta 16+4reb+1ast, M.Dunigan 13+11reb+7ast, M.Cortez 11+4reb+5ast, N.Omolon 9+5reb+1ast, B.Custodio 8, M.Isip 8+3reb
Alaska Aces: J.Casio 19+4reb+5ast, R.Dozier 17+22reb, C.Abueva 14+7reb, C.Baguio 12+3reb+3ast, J.Thoss 12+2reb, R.Jazul 8+4reb+6ast
gschID: 239346


Barangay Ginebra - Rain or Shine 90-83

Barangay Ginebra forced 23 Rain or Shine turnovers. Strangely Rain or Shine outrebounded Barangay Ginebra 61-46 including 21 on the offensive glass. Rain or Shine was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds. point guard LA Tenorio (177-84) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Barangay Ginebra players scored in double figures. Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, agency: Alti Sport) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 16 rebounds and power forward Jervy Cruz (193-86) added 12 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Rain or Shine. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Rain or Shine: B.Sundov 29+16reb+2ast, J.Chan 15+3ast, J.Cruz 12+13reb, R.Arana 8+3reb, P.Lee 6+2reb+6ast, G.Norwood 5+6reb+2ast
Barangay Ginebra: V.Macklin 21+7reb+3ast, L.Tenorio 19+7reb+3ast, K.Raymundo 14+4reb, J.Helterbrand 13+1reb+2ast, M.Baracael 7+4reb, R.Hatfield 7+5reb
gschID: 239345


Meralco Bolts - San Mig Coffee 88-85

Meralco Bolts looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by San Mig Coffee helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St.) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Chris Ross (185-85, college: Marshall) chipped in 7 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Dawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American power forward Denzel Bowles (208-89, college: JMU) produced a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 15 rebounds and 4 blocks and naturalized American swingman Alex Mallari (193-87, college: Lewis-Clark St.) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
San Mig Coffee: D.Bowles 37+15reb, A.Mallari 12+6reb+2ast, P.Simon 9+4reb+1ast, J.Yap 8, M.Pingris 7+6reb+3ast, M.Barroca 6+4reb+4ast
Meralco Bolts: E.Dawson 25+18reb+4ast, S.Salvacion 13+5reb+2ast, R.Buenafe 13+4reb+2ast, M.Cardona 8+3reb+1ast, V.Manuel 8+4reb, C.Ross 7+6reb+8ast
gschID: 239343


Petron Blaze - Talk N Text 93-100

Talk N Text forced 20 Petron Blaze turnovers. Strangely Petron Blaze outrebounded Talk N Text 51-38 including 39 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Forward Ranidel deOcampo (195-81) stepped up and scored 22 points for the winners and naturalized American guard Ryan Reyes (188-83, college: Cerritos JC) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side American center Henry Sims (208-90, college: Georgetown) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 21 rebounds and center June Mar Fajardo (196-89) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Five Talk N Text and four Petron Blaze players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Petron Blaze: H.Sims 22+21reb, M.Lassiter 17+3reb+3ast, J.Mar Fajardo 13+8reb+2ast, R.Tubid 11+4reb+4ast, D.Miranda 9+2reb+4ast, A.Santos 8+5reb
Talk N Text: R.deOcampo 22+4reb+1ast, R.Reyes 16+7reb+4ast, L.Fonacier 14+3reb+3ast, J.Jordan 11+5reb, J.Castro 11+2reb+5ast, A.Peek 11+5reb+1ast
gschID: 239344



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Standings - DBE

TBL Standings
Places 1-6
 1. PGE Turow 23-9 
 2. Trefl Sopot 21-11 
 3. Stelmet ZG 20-12 
 4. Asseco Prok. 18-14 
 5. Anwil 18-14 
 6. Energa Czarni 16-16 
Places 7-12
 1. AZS Koszalin 18-14 
 2. Polpharma 15-17 
 3. Siarka Jezioro 14-18 
 4. Rosa Radom 10-22 
 5. Start Gdynia 10-22 
 6. Kotwica 9-23 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 10

Places 1-6

Apr. 21: Asseco Prok. - Anwil 90-85
Apr. 21: Energa Czarni - Trefl Sopot 79-85 OT
Apr. 21: Stelmet ZG - PGE Turow 73-102

Places 7-12

Apr. 21: Siarka Jezioro - Kotwica 83-76
Apr. 19: Rosa Radom - Kotwica 81-83
Apr. 19: Siarka Jezioro - AZS Koszalin 79-90
Apr. 21: Polpharma - Start Gdynia 71-74
Apr. 21: Rosa Radom - AZS Koszalin 63-74

Round 7

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

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 27: PGE Turow - Polpharma
Apr. 27: Asseco Prok. - Anwil
Apr. 28: Trefl Sopot - AZS Koszalin
Apr. 28: Stelmet ZG - Energa Czarni


DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub DLONIAK
  Siarka J.
  (192-F-83)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Dloniak, Siarka J.20.1 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG19.8 
 3. McCauley, Polph.18.9 
 4. Wise, Rosa Radom17.3 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica15.5 
 6. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.2 
 7. Blassingame, Cibona14.5 
 8. Dylewicz, Trefl So.14.4 
 9. Rothbart, Start G.14.3 
 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 Radom8.2 
 4. McCauley, Polph.7.8 
 5. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.6 
 6. Rothbart, Start G.7.5 
 7. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.4 
 8. Cel, PGE Turow7.2 
 9. Hrycaniuk, Valencia6.8 
 10. Walker, Kotwica6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Nic WISE
  Rosa Radom
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Wise, Rosa Radom7.3 
 2. Szubarga, Anwil5.8 
 3. Turner, Trefl Sopot5.6 
 4. Blassingame, Cibona5.4 
 5. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.2 
 6. Koszarek, Stelm.5.2 
 7. Jefferson, Kotwica4.7 
 8. Carter, Polpharma3.7 
 9. Skibniewski, Inter3.7 
 10. Brandwein, Energa3.7 
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. Alexander, Siarka1.7 
 5. Robinson, PGE T.1.7 
 6. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 7. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 8. Wise, Rosa Radom1.5 
 9. Trice, Energa C.1.5 
 10. Koszarek, Stelm.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ty WALKER
  Kotwica
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Walker, Kotwica2.7 
 2. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.9 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.6 
 4. Kulig, PGE Turow1.5 
 5. Doaks, Siarka J.1.1 
 6. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.1 
 7. Harris, AZS K.1.1 
 8. Rothbart, Start G.1.1 
 9. Alexander, Siarka0.8 
 10. Boykin, Anwil0.7 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Mateusz BIERWAGEN
  Astori.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bierwagen, Astori.18.0 
 2. Celej, Start Lublin17.5 
 3. Pacocha, AZS Radex16.6 
 4. Kikowski, Slask W.16.0 
 5. Dluski, AZS Kutno