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  ANGOLA   



Petro De Luanda Win Angola Cup in Basketball - by Eurobasket News

Luanda The senior males basketball team of Petro de Luanda won the 2013 edition of Angola cup, after beating Recreativo do Libolo by 96-94, in the second leg match of the final.
In the first leg match, played on Tuesday, Petro de Luanda had already defeated their opponent by 107-118.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  APBL   

APBL Stats Leaders

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Antoine Morgano NJP 35.7
2 Fahreed Cheatham PJD 34.3
3 Nate Young MP 33.1
4 Doug Herring Jr. HVK 31.7
5 Terry Hosley BAS 30.6
6 Angelo Hernandez NH 28.8
7 Kurt Cuffy 524 26.2
8 Corriche Gaskin HVK 25.0
9 Marcus Ashton WIN 24.7
10 Anis Taylor PJD 24.4

Rebounds Per Game
1 Kurt Cuffy 524 16.9
2 Danny Thompson BAS 15.6
3 Anthony Cox HVK 14.6
4 Tyrone Hill PJD 12.6
5 Fahreed Cheatham PJD 12.6
6 Antoine Morgano NJP 12.1
7 Doug Herring Jr. HVK 12.1
8 Nate Young MP 11.0
9 Korey Riley JAG 9.9
10 Brian Leggett NH 9.8

Assists Per Game
1 Andrew Gould MP 9.4
2 Doug Herring Jr. HVK 8.8
3 Dele Ojo RV 7.9
4 Roman Perez JAG 7.6
5 Brian Smith BB 6.5
6 John Hawthorne 524 5.8
7 Jeremiah King NJP 5.8
8 Cedric Stewart MAS 5.6
9 Karim Telfair TSE 5.6
10 Mike Mckenzie BAS 5.5

Steals Per Game
1 Doug Herring Jr. HVK 2.9
2 Brian Smith BB 2.9
3 Antoine Morgano NJP 2.6
4 Aaron Collins 524 2.9
5 Cedric Stewart MAS 2.7
6 Dele Ojo RV 2.4
7 Rogers Barnes BB 2.8
8 Anthony Williams RV 1.9
9 Jeremiah King NJP 1.9
10 Curtis McCollum BKF 1.9

Blocks Per Game
1 Kevin Briggs HVK 4.9
2 Danny Thompson BAS 3.9
3 Kurt Cuff 524 3.1
4 Mike Anderson BB 3.4
5 Brian Leggett NH 2.2
6 Anthony Cox HVK 3.4
7 Onyie Onunaku WIN 1.6
8 Naji Turner BKF 1.6
9 Antoine Morgano NJP 1.3
10 Andre Hardy CAP 1.3



Catching up with Kevin jolley - by Justin Moore

I caught with an overseas vet Kevin Jolley (6'3''-F-82, college: Quinnipiac) as he spoke about his career and the possible return to the DMV area to suit up with the Tri-City Suns check out the interview below.


1.Kevin you have been playing abroad for years now what's the key to maintaining a long pro career?

The main thing is working on your game to make your weakness a strength. The one thing I tell all the younger guys sometimes its better to be a good person than a great player. For the most part I can call most of my teams and go back and play there or at least the country. Also taking care of your body ICE plenty of ICE lol.

2.You returned to Iceland for a second stint how was it returning to a country you've had success in ?

Actually it was my 3rd time, I went for 3 weeks its nardvik but my team in Portugal wouldn't release me for some reason. I love Iceland one of my favorite places behind Lebanon the people where nice the leagues ran very well. It makes you feel at home , they have all the American restaurants we have at home unlike most European countries.

3.Coming from the dc area better known as the dmv which is a horned of talented players talk about some of your basketball experiences and battles in the dmv?

Basketball in the DMV where do I start. Well I was a late bloomer and I played AAU team from North Carolina so coming up I didn't have many battles. I remember the few times playing games at the run and shoot all night with players like James white, Chris McCray, David Hawkins and many more. Our area is a gold mind for basketball I like when I leave the country and play against a guy I've known since 14 years old..

4.What are your summer plans? And talk about the possibility of you suiting up in the APBl with the Tri-City Suns?

My plans this summer are to go to Cali and train kinds individually, work on my game to keep in shape and make up my mind if ill play my 8th season. I have a few offers already I just want to take my time and see how the summer plays out. Oh yea I'm going to play in the Drew league in LA that should be fun. As far as the suns, I've played a game with them already I will definitely keep playing with them. I played for the first them with shaq, man this guy is good makes the game looks so easy.. The team looks good so we should have a lot of wins



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Pauliasi Taulava claims ASEAN League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Pauliasi Taulava (208-C-73) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's leader Petron Blaze and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 39-year old center had the game-high 26 points adding five rebounds and three assists for Petron Blaze in his team's victory, helping them to crush KL Dragons (#3, 9-8) with 18-point margin 80-62. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Petron Blaze to consolidate first place in the ASEAN League . Petron Blaze have a solid 13-3 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Taulava as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Taulava has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 7.1rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Petron Blaze's star - 25-year old American center Brian Williams (208-C-87). Williams impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds. Of course together with Taulava he helped Petron Blaze with another comfortable win 80-62 over slightly lower-ranked KL Dragons (#3, 9-8) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Petron Blaze consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 13 matches. Williams is a newcomer at Petron Blaze and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Petron Blaze's star - American Brian Williams (208-C-87). Williams showcased his all-around game by recording 11 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Petron Blaze, helping his team with a 101-49 easy win against the lower-ranked Saigon H. (#6, 3-12). Petron Blaze confirms their top position in the standings Williams has a great season in ASEAN League. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.1rpg (6th best) and assists with 3.3apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-F/C-84) of Singapore S. - 16 points and 13 rebounds
5. Justin Williams (206-F/C-84) of Petron Blaze - 11 points and 11 rebounds
6. Chris Banchero (185-PG-90) of Petron Blaze - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Pauliasi Taulava (208-C-73) of Petron Blaze - 18 points and 2 rebounds
8. Justin Williams (206-F/C-84) of Petron Blaze - 8 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Phillip Aaron Morrison) of Singapore S. - 26 points and 4 assists
10. Val Acuna (188-F-86) of Petron Blaze - 11 points and 3 rebounds

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



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  AUSTRALIA   

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Ben MADGEN
  Kings
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Madgen, Kings18.2 
 2. Flynn, Tigers17.4 
 3. Ervin, Crocodiles16.9 
 4. Deleon, Hawks16.4 
 5. Johnson, 36ers16.2 
 6. Wilson, Taipans15.3 
 7. Lisch, Wildcats15.2 
 8. Goulding, Tigers15.0 
 9. Jackson, Breakers14.6 
 10. Redhage, Wildcats14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel JOHNSON
  36ers
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, 36ers8.1 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles8.0 
 3. Crosswhite, Kings7.6 
 4. Pledger, Breakers7.3 
 5. Knight, Wildcats7.2 
 6. Lazare, Kings7.2 
 7. Davidson, Hawks6.6 
 8. Tragardh, Taipans6.4 
 9. Scott, Humacao6.3 
 10. Forman, Hawks6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Jackson, Breakers6.9 
 2. Flynn, Tigers5.9 
 3. Gibson, 36ers4.9 
 4. Ervin, Crocodiles4.3 
 5. Wilson, Taipans3.5 
 6. Martin, Hawks3.3 
 7. Martin, Wildcats3.2 
 8. Bruce, Kings3.1 
 9. Deleon, Hawks3.1 
 10. Lisch, Wildcats3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.8 
 2. Martin, Wildcats1.9 
 3. Carter, Wildcats1.4 
 4. Gliddon, Taipans1.4 
 5. Deleon, Hawks1.3 
 6. Ervin, Crocodiles1.1 
 7. Martin, Hawks1.1 
 8. Henry, Kings1.1 
 9. Boucher, Wellingt.1.0 
 10. Lisch, Wildcats1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Pledger, Breakers1.5 
 2. Nevill, Crocodiles1.2 
 3. Schenscher, 36ers0.9 
 4. Scott, Humacao0.7 
 5. Hinder, Crocodiles0.7 
 6. Knight, Wildcats0.7 
 7. Abercrombie, Break.0.7 
 8. Forman, Hawks0.7 
 9. Blanchfield, Croco.0.7 
 10. Edwards, Taipans0.6 



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  AUSTRIA   

Standings - 2.Bundesliga

2.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Vienna Timb. 16-2 
 2. Mattersb.R. 14-4 
 3. Mistelbach 14-4 
 4. Basket Flames 13-5 
 5. Worthersee 10-8 
 6. Falcons 6-12 
 7. Dornbirn 6-12 
 8. Kos Celovec 5-13 
 9. Salzburg 4-14 
 10. Tirol 2-16 

Finals: Round 2

Apr. 21: Basket Flames - Mattersb.R. 69-87



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Three major decisions were taken on the Board meeting during the Final 4 of EUROHOLD Balkan League - by Eurobasket News

During the Final 4 of EUROHOLD Balkan League in Samokov there was held a Board meeting of the federations members of the competition. On this Board meeting were taken three major decisions.

- The league will most probably allow the teams to include 5 non-European players in the roster during a game but only 3 of them will be able to be in the court on the same time. At least one local player must be on the court also and the other player can be also local or European. With this decision the league wants to give a possibility to the teams from Israel, Romania, Greece and other countries to use their full rosters. The league also will give even more chance for young and local players to play and develop.

- The league has requests from at least 14 teams to participate in the next season. If the 10 teams that played this season would like to be a part of the league for the next campaign, the league will give them this possibility but only if they show they have a good roster. There will also be a wild card and most probably the teams for next season will be 12. Until June 13th the structure will be approved. Other news is that Romania will be back in the league with one or two teams.

- Sigal Prishtina will be a new member of EUROHOLD Balkan League. The team from Kosovo has been accepted to the competition after approval by FIBA, FIBA Europe and all federation members. The only federation that has not given an answer so far is the one of Serbia.
During the Board meeting were also approved some technical changes in the regulation. The system of this season will be kept - if the teams remain 10 there will be two groups of 5 and then a Top 6. If the league consists of 12 teams there will be two groups of 6 and than a Top 8.
Courtesy of: balkanleague.net



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  BELGIUM   


Kangoeroes Boom (ten days ago) and Excelsior Brussels (this afternoon) got C licence to play in Ethias League - by Bert Larsimont

Ten days ago, the BLB - Basketball League Belgium granted BBC Kangoeroes Boom the right to play in the Ethias League next season. The BLB awarded a C licence (semi-pro status, no European competition and budget of 400,000 EUR) to the club of President Luc Katra, Coach Tom Poppe and new Sports Manager Rudy Kuyl.

In early April, Royal Aera Excelsior Brussels was not directly granted the right to join the top Belgian league and had appealed. Today, the Appeal Licence Committee has eventually awarded a C licence to Royal Aera Excelsior Brussels of President Andre De Kandelaer and Coach Serge Crevecoeur for participation in the Ethias League in the 2013-2014 season.

At least 9 teams will therefore be involved in the 2013-14 Ethias League season. So far, no licence application dossier has been sent to the BLB by VOO Verviers Pepinster (deadline is on 2013-04-30). Generali Okapi Aalstar, Port of Antwerp Giants, Telenet Oostende, Liege Basket, Belgacom Spirou and Belfius Mons-Hainaut have been granted a A licence, Stella Artois Leuven Bears has been granted a B licence (no European competition) and both BBC Kangoeroes Boom and Royal Aera Excelsior Brussels (involved in Division II in 2012-13) were acccepted as licence C teams for next season's Ethias League competition.



Belgian Ethias League round 25 best performance: Matt Lojeski - by Eurobasket News

American guard Matt Lojeski (198-G-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for top-ranked Oostende, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, four rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Leuven (#6, 8-16) with 29-point margin 97-68. It allowed Oostende to consolidate first place in the Belgian Ethias League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Oostende has a very solid 18-7 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Lojeski had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Oostende, through which he has constantly improved. Former University of Hawaii star has very solid stats this year. Lojeski is in league's top in points (5th best: 17.5ppg) and averages impressive 63.6% FGP and 41.1% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Josh Bostic (196-F-87) of league's second-best M.Hainaut. Bostic had a very good evening with 24 points and 7 rebounds. It was enough for M.Hainaut to edge slightly lower-ranked Aalstar (#4, 15-10) 71-65. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. M.Hainaut consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 16-9 record is not bad at all. Bostic is a newcomer at M.Hainaut, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.8ppg (#8). He also registered 4.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Timothy Black (178-PG-81) of Antwerp (#5). Black scored 20 points. He was a key player of Antwerp, leading his team to a 74-70 win against slightly higher-ranked Spirou (#3, 15-9). Antwerp needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 10 lost games. Black has a very solid season. In 17 games in Belgium he scored 14.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Roel Moors (190-G-78) of Antwerp - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Justin Cage (198-F-85) of M.Hainaut - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Derek Raivio (190-SG-84) of Aalstar - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80) of Oostende - 18 points and 3 assists
8. Wesley Wilkinson (207-PF-84) of Oostende - 15 points and 9 rebounds
9. Dragan Tubak (217-C-87) of Verviers-Pep. - 13 points and 4 rebounds
10. John Tofi (203-F/C-84) of Aalstar - 12 points and 9 rebounds

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



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  BOSNIA   


The Highs and Lows of Mirza Teletovics first NBA season. - by Chris Mathieu

The Highs and Lows of Mirza Teletovics first NBA season.
Mirza Teletovic just finished his first regular NBA season and is now into the playoff series against the Chicago Bulls. Before even coming to the NBA, questions arose of how successful he could be in the NBA. Detractors said he wasnt suited for the NBA game or rigors. After proving himself by being the best forward in Europe the last few years the time had come to either give it a try or give up his NBA dream.
He had multiple teams to choose from in his quest to start his NBA career. He was heavily and personally recruited by Mikhail Prokhorov the owner of the Brooklyn Nets who convinced him to the join the team. He was given a nice 3 year contract, proving the commitment to Teletovic that he was going to be an important player with the team.
Mirza didnt play in the summer league due to his commitments with the Bosnian National Team as their best player. He struggled early in the season with the speed adjustment from Europe to the NBA. In Europe there are few players with the size speed combination that almost everyone in the NBA possess. He struggled with his floor spacing, defense, speed, strength and quickness initially. Avery Johnson, his coach was on the hot seat when the season began and had no interest in investing in getting Teletovic developed and up to speed. Johnson also favored a very undisciplined style of basketball and gave his players too much free reign both on and off the court. Mirza struggled to get minutes and experience in this situation. He never complained and kept practicing and working hard on his game. Soon Avery Johnson was fired and replaced with PJ Carlesimo who offered a more structured environment and stated publically that he needed to find more minutes for Mirza.
Mirza struggled at times and even had three air balls in a game on threes but he never lost his confidence and kept working to get a chance to play. When he was given a chance to show his game he flashed the talent and tools to be a successful NBA player. Mirza needs to be used properly as a stretch four and a game changer coming off the bench. It means however that he needs to get 18-25 minutes a night consistently and put pressure on opposing teams. If he doesnt get his chance with Brooklyn there are good fits for his talents out there including the Rockets, Lakers, Cavaliers and a few other quality teams that could use his unique skill set, shooting and size.
His season for all effective purposes has ended with the start of the playoffs as there is no chance he gets meaningful minutes in the playoffs. His defense, often a weakness in his career improved quite a bit through the season and near the end of the season he no longer embarrassed himself on the court. His is a decent passer, good rebounder and very good outside shooter with good size and strength combo.
He got into 53 games this season but only played 9 minutes a night and scored 3.5ppg. He shot only 38.4% from the field but that was mostly due to the fact he shot so many threes coming off the bench. He shot 34.3 from the three point line and 81.8 from the free throw line. He chipped in 1.8rbpg .4aspg .2stlpg .2blkpg. He scored a season high 14pts twice in the season had 8 rebounds 3assists 2steals and 2blocks as his season highs.
His experience should pay dividends this summer when he faces off against other top talents in Europe this summer during Eurobasket in Slovenia.
Mirza played well and was committed to the NBA and has refused all questions of will he return to play in Europe for a club team. He insists that just like his hero Drazen Petrovic he will wait his turn and until he gets a chance to prove his worth to NBA teams, hopefully that happens sooner rather than later.



KK SPARS Magical season continues! - by Chris Mathieu

KK SPARS Magical season continues!
A season of spectacular success continues for KK SPARS! Spars Sarajevo has had a magical season starting with the success at the NIJT tournament in Rome which Spars swept through the competition and ended up going 4-0 and smashing Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 73-55 in the final. Bosnian Doko Salic dominated during the tournament winning MVP.
Winning in the Rome tournament put Spars in the finals tournament in London during the Euroleague final four May 9th to the 14th. Spars are matched up with some of the best basketball clubs in the world and will face stiff competition with INSEP Paris, Barcelona Regal and Team England. The teams experience this season will prove invaluable going up against some of the richest clubs in the world.
KK SPARS dominated the April 6th tournament in Sarajevo as well winning two the categories and playing every well through the entire tournament. SPARS dominated the Bosnian Junior national team in the final 83-48.
KK SPARS went into the season with high goals and expectations of reaching League 12 next season. It was a lofty goal for an organization that only began playing basketball a few years ago. For a team filled with very young players it was very high expectations and they faced stiff competition from one time great organizations Celik Zenica and Sloboda Tuzla among others. Sloboda, in particular also had high expectations going into the season and hopes to reach league 12 next season. Sloboda and Spars battled all season long and the finals were a hard fought battle between two teams that have developed quite the rivalry.
Spars went 21-1 in the regular season and went on to win the finals 3-1. Sloboda made some moves to reinforce the roster before the playoffs but its hard to tell if that move worked or was a mistake. Both teams played hard and the competition was fierce in the finals and each out was uncertain until the end. There was some controversy around the finals but it is more a reflection of the intense competition more than anything else. It is really too bad that both teams in the finals cant be elevated to League 12 since they competed so hard and wanted it so much. Tuzla has been a basketball hotbed of talent going back to Mirza Delibasic and Mirza Teletovic. Tuzla fans are rabid basketball fanatics and deserve to be in League 12.
KK SPARS has built a model franchise in BiH and have been a breath of fresh air and breathed life into what had become a stale and stagnant basketball backwater. Bosnia and Herzigovina has been the fertile ground that has given life to many great basketball talents including multiple NBA talents. Bosnian basketball fell on hard times for many years and many players slipped through the system unrecognized by local teams and ended up in other countries representing other National Teams. KK SPARS not only is trying to build a franchise model for Bosnia but also inspire others from Bosnia and Herzigovina to build teams the right way from the bottom up.
Sarajevo will finally after years of seeing inferior basketball play by the local clubs get the chance to watch highly organized competitive basketball with a club that is on par with other clubs in the region. It is a hope that SPARS can build a history equal to other great clubs with rich histories in the region like Partizan, Cibona, Union and so many other clubs with a great program and legacy.
Bosnia has developed some bright spots in the last few seasons including KK SPARS, Siroki Wwin and Igokea Aleksandrovac who has the chance to make it to Euroleague, quite an accomplishment for a team from Bosnia. Now teams like KK BOSNA, SLOBODA AND CELIK need to step up and work to rebuild their once proud teams. One thing for sure KK SPARS has exceeded all expectations and their fans and nation should be proud of what they have done for all of the country.



Spars Sarajevo clinch A1 title - by Eurobasket News

OKK Sloboda - Spars Sarajevo 66:76

Spars Sarajevo celebrated A1 title. They defeated OKK Sloboda in the fourth game of the Finals to claim 3-1 victory. Aleksej Nikolic (185-G-95) delivered 23 points to pace the winners.
OKK Sloboda started the game aggressively. The hosts kept in front but Spars did not allow their opponents to clear off. The hosts led by just a single point 21:20 at the first break. Spars adjusted defensively in the second frame. They held their opponents to 10 points and built a 38:31 halftime lead. OKK Sloboda increased the tempo in the third term. The home team cut the deficit and eventually drew things level at 54. But Spars took over in the fourth period. They finished the game strong and snatched a vital victory at the end. Adin Vrabac (202-G/F-94) posted 19 points, while Mirza Bulic (205-F-92) contributed 13 points for the winners. Miodrag Tanasilovic (197-G/F-84) answered with 17 points for OKK Sloboda. Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) netted 13 points in the loss.

OKK Sloboda: Miodrag Tanasilovic 17, Josip Glavinic 13
Spars Sarajevo: Aleksej Nikolic 23, Adin Vrabac 19, Mirza Bulic 13



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  BOTSWANA   


BDF V women hangs on for win against UB Relics 45-41 - by Peter Ubakar

The Botswana Basketball league was feisty this weekend as the two of the top women's team went at it at the SSKB courts. The game was one of coaching tactics as both teams tried to out do each other. In the end BDF V women came out tops with a score of 45-41. The game was one that was unpredictable as both teams kept exchanging baskets until BDF v was able to hold on for the win. When speaking to the coach of the BDF V. He indicated that it was a hard fought win and they were happy to have made it possible. He noted that some of his key players were absent due to injury and will be back for the next games.


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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.17.4 
 7. Dos Santos, Brasil.17.2 
 8. Nardi Duarte, Min.16.9 
 9. Antonio, S.Jose/U.16.9 
 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.7.4 
 6. Castellar, Limeira7.4 
 7. Becker, S.Jose/U.7.4 
 8. Giovannoni, Brasil.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. Fiorotto, Pinheiro.0.1 
 7. Da Silva, Limeira0.1 
 8. Araujo, Pinheiro.0.1 
 9. de Assis, S.Jose/U.0.1 
 10. Ferreira, Pinheir.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. Campos, Suzano1.9 
 4. Figueroa, Franca1.9 
 5. Taylor, Bauru1.8 
 6. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.8 
 7. Teichmann, Franca1.8 
 8. Day, Uberlandia1.7 
 9. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 
 10. Brown, Palmeiras1.7 


NBB Round 3 of 1/8 Finals. Franca advance into quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Pinheiros/Sky - Limeira 93-82

Pinheiros/Sky shot down Limeira to narrow the deficit in the series. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 49-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international center Andre Bambu (205-79) helped adding 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was Dominican-American guard Ronald Ramon (182-86, college: Pittsburgh) with 15 points and 5 assists and the former international point guard Helio Vitor Lima (184-81) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros/Sky: S.Stallworth 22+5reb+6ast, A.Bambu 20+8reb+1ast, J.Smith 13+4reb+4ast, M.Ferreira 12+2reb, L.Dias Silva 12+5reb+1ast, P.Boracini 7+2ast
Limeira: R.Ramon 15+4reb+5ast, H.Vitor Lima 14+5reb+4ast, F.Alvim 12+5reb+2ast, L.Da Silva 11+1reb, G.Hubner 10+3reb, O.Carter 10+2reb+1ast
gschID: 239508


Basquete Cearense - Paulistano 87-71

Cearense grabbed 2-1 lead in the series versus Paulistano following the home win. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-71. Strangely Paulistano outrebounded SKY/Basquete 30-17 including 21 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for SKY/Basquete especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when SKY/Basquete made 9 blocks. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international power forward William Drudi (206-81) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 rebounds. The former international swingman Andre Bresolin (195-87) helped adding 16 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American center Steven Toyloy (203-87, college: Cincinnati) with 21 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and international guard Elinho Corazza (193-89, college: Miami Dade CC) scored 12 points and 5 assists. Four Paulistano players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Basquete Cearense: W.Drudi 23+5reb, R.Klafke 16+2ast, A.Bresolin 16+3reb+5ast, E.de Oliveira 9+2reb, D.Rossetto 6+1reb, J.de Oliveira 6+2reb+6ast
Paulistano: S.Toyloy 21+2reb, E.Corazza 12+4reb+5ast, W.Mattos 10+3reb+2ast, A.Luiz Brugger 10+2reb+3ast, P.Lima 6+3reb, A.Oliveira 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 239509


S.Jose/Unimed - Minas 67-64

Sao Jose/Unimed held off Minas for 2-1 lead in the series. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. It was a good game for international swingman Dede Stefanelli (196-84) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 7 rebounds. American point guard Andre Laws (188-80, college: San Diego) contributed with 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four Sao Jose/Vinac players scored in double figures. Sao Jose/Vinac's coach Regis Marrelli allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The former international swingman Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-88) answered with 18 points and American guard Jermaine Beal (191-87, college: Vanderbilt) added 15 points in the effort for Minas.
Top scorers:
S.Jose/Unimed: D.Stefanelli 21+7reb+1ast, A.Laws 13+3reb+7ast, F.de Assis 11+3reb+2ast, J.Antonio 10+4reb, M.Becker 7+3reb, E.Camilo 3+2reb
Minas: B.Nardi Duarte 18+4reb+3ast, J.Beal 15+3reb+1ast, D.Nunes 11+6reb, M.Borders 8+2reb+8ast, R.Mineiro Rodrigues 6+4reb, P.Crosby 4+5reb
gschID: 239507


Franca - Liga Sorocaba 72-70

Franca completed the sweep of the series beating Liga Sorocaba by just two points at home court. The hosts trailed by 16 points at the halftime before their 30-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Guilherme Teichmann (204-83, college: Tulsa) who scored 24 points and 8 rebounds. Center Lucas Mariano (207-93) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Desmond Holloway (190-88, college: Co.Carolina) who recorded 24 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively.
Top scorers:
Franca: G.Teichmann 24+8reb+2ast, L.Mariano 15+12reb+1ast, C.Borges dos Santos 11+1reb+2ast, J.Luz dos Santos 9+3reb+1ast, J.Pablo Figueroa 8+5reb+8ast, L.Meindl 4+4reb+2ast
Liga Sorocaba: D.Holloway 24+6reb+2ast, K.Dawkins 15+5reb+3ast, E.Lacerda 10+8reb+1ast, D.Gomes 8+5reb+1ast, D.Conti 7+9reb+1ast, E.Rodrigues 6+2reb
gschID: 239506



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Romaine Minnot Leads District 2 To BD Basketball Title - by David Edole

District 2 overcame a half-time deficit and restricted District 5s scoring in the second half to remain unbeaten and capture the 14-16 Division BD Basketball District King League title at the Multipurpose Sports Complex on Saturday, April 20.

Romaine Minnot, who was adjudged the Most Valuable Player for the division, scored 13 points to help steer District 2 to the championship victory. DMoi Hodge also finished with 13 points and Noel Maxwell added 7 points for District 2.

From jump ball, District 5 appeared better prepared as they dominated the first quarter with a 17-7 lead and built on the lead to take a 31- 18 point half time lead.

In the second half, District 2 roared back defensively, restricting them to just 20 points in the final two quarters. District 2 scored 29 points in the second half and took the game 47-41.

Scoring for District 5 came from Franklin Penn Jr., 14 points; Terique Wattley, 13 points; and Rasheele Roberts finished with 7 points and 10 rebounds.

The BD Basketball Presidents sportsman trophy was awarded to Stephan Caul.

In the 10 and Under Division, Virgin Gorda Lakers took away an exciting victory from the Sea Cows Bay spurs, 17-15.

The leading scorers for the Lakers were Tyrece Carrasco, 8 points and Shamoi Dore, 6 points. Malachi Smith led the Spurs with 8 points.

In the 11-13 Division, District 6 outplayed District 5 to secure a comprehensive 31-19 point victory. District 5, which usually is very aggressive offensively, struggled for most of the game and could not score a basket in the first quarter. District 6 jumped to a 6-0 lead and would not relinquish the lead the rest of the way.

District 6s Malaki Thomas led all scorers with 10 points which included two three-pointers. Cletus Bannis added 5 points for District 6.

For District 5, Malique Wattley, finished with 7 points and Reaquan Garrarway hit 2 three-pointers to end with 6 points. During the games, there was a girls exhibition game featuring the Elmore Stoutt High School Rams and St. Thomas Nuff Respect. The visitors won the game 26-23.

For the Rams, Bianca Brewley finished with 10 points while Joy Victor added 7 points.



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Stats Leaders - LIBSUR

Points Per Game
 Evandro ARTEAGA
  U.Concep.
  (178-G-83)
  Avg: 27
 1. Arteaga, U.Concep.27.0 
 2. Jones, Obregon20.0 
 3. Taylor, Montevideo16.0 
 4. Osses, U.Concepci.15.0 
 5. Saez, San Fernando15.0 
 6. Morales, San F.14.0 
 7. Sheppard, San F.12.0 
 8. Cabrera, San F.9.0 
 9. Zamorano, Dep.Espa.6.0 
 10. Del Solar, U.Co.5.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrell TAYLOR
  Montevideo
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Taylor, Montevideo7.0 
 2. Sheppard, San F.6.0 
 3. Zamorano, Dep.Espa.5.0 
 4. Jones, Obregon5.0 
 5. Morales, San F.4.0 
 6. Osses, U.Concepci.3.0 
 7. Saez, San Fernando3.0 
 8. Soto, San Fernando3.0 
 9. Del Solar, U.Conce.2.0 
 10. Vasquez, U.Conce.2.0 
Assists Per Game
 Franco MORALES
  San F.
  (179-G-92)
  Avg: 6
 1. Morales, San F.6.0 
 2. Zamorano, Dep.Espa.3.0 
 3. Vasquez, U.Concep.3.0 
 4. Jones, Obregon3.0 
 5. Arteaga, U.Concep.2.0 
 6. Moraga, San F.2.0 
 7. Sheppard, San F.2.0 
 8. Cabrera, San F.1.0 
 9. Figueroa, U.Concep.1.0 
 10. Del Solar, U.Co.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Jones, Obregon1.0 
 2. Arteaga, U.Concep.1.0 
 3. Del Solar, U.Conce.1.0 
 4. Cabrera, San F.1.0 
 5. Moraga, San F.0.0 
 6. Figueroa, U.Concep.0.0 
 7. Castro, U.Concep.0.0 
 8. Saez, San Fernando0.0 
 9. Acuna, Dep.Espanol0.0 
 10. Nehring, U.Conc.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Terrell TAYLOR
  Montevideo
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 1
 1. Taylor, Montevideo1.0 
 2. Jones, Obregon1.0 
 3. Saez, San Fernando1.0 
 4. Morales, San F.1.0 
 5. Del Solar, U.Conce.0.0 
 6. Cabrera, San F.0.0 
 7. Arteaga, U.Concep.0.0 
 8. Nehring, U.Concep.0.0 
 9. Acuna, Dep.Espanol0.0 
 10. Marechal, U.Con.0.0 


Centro-Sur: Round 1 preview - by Daniel Valencia

This weekend will start the 2013 edition of Centro-Sur league. Divided in two groups, twelve teams will be looking for the six spots that Centro-Sur league gives to be part of Liga Nacional 2013. Last year champion was CD Boston College Santiago.

Round 1

Group North

CD Sergio Ceppi vs Stadio Italiano (04-27)
Colegio Los Leones vs CD El Sabueso (04-28)
Sportiva Italiana vs CD Arturo Prat (04-28)

Group South

CD Espanol de Talca vs Club Providencia (04-27)
CD Boston College vs Municipal Puente Alto (04-27)
CD Aleman vs Club Palestino (04-27)




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Standings

DPB Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Academia 0-0 
 2. Aguilas 0-0 
 3. Bambuqueros 0-0 
 4. Bucaros 0-0 
 5. Once Caldas 0-0 
 6. Piratas 0-0 
Places 7-8
 1. Caribbean Heat 10-18 
 2. Halcones 6-22 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 2

Apr. 20: Once Caldas - Piratas 89-87
Apr. 20: Bambuqueros - Aguilas 109-80
Apr. 20: Bucaros - Academia 101-87

Second Stage: Round 4

Apr. 23: Piratas - Bucaros
Apr. 23: Aguilas - Once Caldas
Apr. 23: Academia - Bambuqueros


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stalin ORTIZ
  Bambuqueros
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Ortiz, Bambuqueros23.1 
 2. Thomas, Piratas21.2 
 3. Chavez Jacob., Ac.20.9 
 4. Rayson, Aguilas20.0 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.19.1 
 6. Northern, Halcones18.6 
 7. Gilbert, Bucaros18.4 
 8. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
 9. Jordan, Once Cald.18.0 
 10. Garris, Once Cald.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Bucaros
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Hernandez, Bucaros12.7 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Piratas12.0 
 3. Northern, Halcones10.9 
 4. Smith, Aguilas9.2 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.8.8 
 6. Blue, Academia8.6 
 7. Rayson, Aguilas7.1 
 8. Baquero, Halcones6.7 
 9. Cortes, Once Cald.6.4 
 10. Trocha, Bucaros5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Eddy MAYFIELD
  Aguilas
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Mayfield, Aguilas5.5 
 2. Moreno, Piratas5.1 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.4.9 
 4. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.4 
 5. Brooks, Bucaros4.4 
 6. Nelson, Halcones3.8 
 7. Jordan, Once Cald.3.6 
 8. Thomas, Piratas3.2 
 9. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
 10. Pomare, Caribbea.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moreno, Piratas2.0 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros1.9 
 3. Jordan, Once Cald.1.8 
 4. Mayfield, Aguilas1.7 
 5. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.6 
 6. Pomare, Caribbea.1.4 
 7. Garris, Once Caldas1.4 
 8. Renteria, Halcones1.3 
 9. Cortes, Once Cald.1.2 
 10. Chavez Jacob., A.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  Halcones
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Northern, Halcones2.2 
 2. Perez, Bambuqueros0.8 
 3. Farley, Academia0.8 
 4. Blue, Academia0.7 
 5. Aguaslimpias, Acad.0.6 
 6. Hernandez, Bucaros0.6 
 7. Smith, Aguilas0.6 
 8. Baquero, Halcones0.5 
 9. Arboleda, Halcones0.5 
 10. Culver, Caribbea.0.5 


PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 30 - SECOND PHASE RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Bambuqueros and Bukaros quickly took the lead in the second phase of the Professional Basketball Division, while Piratas and Manizales OC split the victories at Manizales.
Bambuqueros had the debut of the American power forward Reque Newsome in its second victory at home against the Aguilas de Tunja, the winners had control of the game from the begining and arrived to the last quarter with a 31 points lead, enough to use most of its bench at the end of the game, Aguilas continues having problems to play together and Brian Egwuatu still do not bring the help that the team needs.
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 109 - S. Ortiz 22 pts, R. Newsome 16 pts
Aguilas de Tunja 80 - Q. Smith 20 pts 17 rebs, G. Bacci 17 pts.

Manizales OC took revenge and won its second home game against Piratas opening the second phase of the PBD, the OC import players trio combined for 71 pts to lead their team in the victory, a 82% free throws of the OC was the key in the game, Piratas had some complains about the referees at the end of the game.
Manizales OC 89 - J. Garris 28 pts, A. Jordan 28 pts
Piratas de Bogota 87- Thomas 24 pts, J. Fahnbulleh 15 pts + 13 rebs

Bukaros returned from a bad start to defeat the Academia for the second straight night,with a short roster the effort of their imports P. Brooks, J. Edwin and Lawrence Gilbert (200-F-86, agency: Promotex, college: La-Monroe) has been the Bukaros core in the opening of the second phase, but also the rebunding control of Trocha and Hernandez are the main support of the team, Norbey Aragon and Camilo Londono had the best performance in the Academia.
Bukaros Freskaleche 101 - P. Brooks 25 pts, L. Gilbert 25 pts
Academia de la Montana 87- N. Aragon 22 pts.




BAMBUQUEROS ADDS REQUE NEWSOME - by Victor Garcia

Bambuqueros Utrahuilca releases Ray Graham and adds the American - Uruguayan power forward Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) , the american player took the Uruguayan passport several years ago and has been member of the Uruguay National team, Newsome played with his national team in Colombia in the Southamerican tournament at Neiva in the 2010.
Most of his professional career has developed in Uruguay and Argentina, he will bring a good offensive option in the 4 spot.



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Ross, Jolly21.8 
 2. Batina, Djuro D.17.1 
 3. Budimir, Osjecki15.2 
 4. Skific, Kvarner15.0 
 5. Rembert, Krizevci14.9 
 6. Krapic, KK Zagreb14.9 
 7. Radic, Kvarner 201014.9 
 8. Lez, Zabok14.7 
 9. Mrva, Jolly14.5 
 10. Peraica, Darda14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mate MRVA
  Jolly
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Mrva, Jolly7.3 
 2. Radic, Kvarner 20107.2 
 3. Sarlija, Djuro D.7.0 
 4. Jakolis, Dubrovnik6.9 
 5. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.5 
 6. Peraica, Darda5.3 
 7. Vlaic, Zabok5.3 
 8. Ross, Jolly5.2 
 9. Krapic, KK Zagreb5.1 
 10. Krstanovic, Krize.5.1 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Krivec, Kvarner5.1 
 2. Tomeljak, Osjecki4.5 
 3. Ross, Jolly3.9 
 4. Glavinic, Sloboda3.8 
 5. Blajic, Djuro D.3.4 
 6. Panduric, Darda3.2 
 7. Car, KK Zagreb3.0 
 8. Pesut, Zabok3.0 
 9. Segaric, KK Zagreb3.0 
 10. Rembert, Krizevci2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Ross, Jolly2.8 
 2. Car, KK Zagreb1.8 
 3. Peric, Dubrovnik1.5 
 4. Krivec, Kvarner1.5 
 5. Meznaric, Prievidza1.4 
 6. Batina, Djuro D.1.3 
 7. Petrovic, KK Zagreb1.3 
 8. Pesut, Zabok1.3 
 9. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.3 
 10. Glavinic, Sloboda1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.2.0 
 2. Bubalo, Jolly1.1 
 3. Najev, DOSK0.9 
 4. Bakovic, Djuro D.0.7 
 5. Vlaic, Zabok0.7 
 6. Vrsaljko, Jolly0.6 
 7. Budimir, Osjecki0.6 
 8. Bundovic, Zabok0.6 
 9. Hrncic, Darda0.6 
 10. Halilovic, KK Za.0.6 



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Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Colas, Randers24.3 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.21.7 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC21.4 
 4. Walker, Naestved19.8 
 5. Bowlin, Horsens IC19.6 
 6. Delk, Vaerlose19.3 
 7. Funches, Aarhus BC18.6 
 8. Tomko, Etzella18.5 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg18.3 
 10. Thomann, Horse.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Colas, Randers14.7 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.9.6 
 3. Dezouvre, Aarhus9.4 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC8.8 
 5. Waithe, Bakken8.6 
 6. Doggett, Naestved8.4 
 7. Washington, Svend.8.0 
 8. Moritz, SISU8.0 
 9. Walker, Naestved7.9 
 10. Baker, Vaerlose7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel ORTEGA
  Randers
  (188-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Ortega, Randers6.8 
 2. Bowlin, Horsens IC6.5 
 3. Darboe, Svendborg5.6 
 4. Nielsen, SISU5.3 
 5. Murphy, Naestved4.8 
 6. Tomko, Etzella4.5 
 7. Dennis, SISU4.3 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.4.2 
 9. Jonsson, Keflavik4.0 
 10. Jakobsen, Bakken3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC3.0 
 2. Tomko, Etzella2.4 
 3. Nielsen, SISU2.1 
 4. Delk, Vaerlose2.1 
 5. Ortega, Randers2.1 
 6. Walker, Naestved2.0 
 7. Dennis, SISU1.9 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg1.9 
 9. Jukic, Horsens IC1.8 
 10. Parker, Bakken1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Washington, Svend.2.5 
 2. Colas, Randers2.0 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.5 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.4 
 5. Jukic, Horsholm1.3 
 6. Funches, Aarhus BC1.1 
 7. Doggett, Naestved1.1 
 8. Jukic, Horsens IC1.1 
 9. Thomann, Horse.1.0 
 10. Delk, Vaerlose1.0 


Ligaen Round 4 of Finals. Rabbits clinch second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Bakken - Svendborg 74-82

Svendborg rallied past Bakken for the second straight win in the title series. The teams are now tied at 2-2 in the best-of-seven series. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-74. Strangely Bakken outrebounded Svendborg 45-33 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 5 rebounds. The former international guard Mikkel Plannthin (195-88, agency: FCM) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Five Svendborg players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international center Chris Christoffersen (218-79, college: Oregon) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Bakken. Bakken's coach Mathias Bach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Bakken: N.Iversen 23+11reb+4ast, M.Waithe 12+4reb+1ast, C.Christoffersen 11+9reb+2ast, A.Jakobsen 8+4reb+6ast, M.Sahlertz 7+4reb, S.Krath 4+2reb
Svendborg: A.Darboe 27+5reb+3ast, C.Magaard 18+2reb+1ast, D.Rutherford 14+9reb+2ast, G.Washington 13+8reb, M.Plannthin 10+6reb+10ast, R.Christensen 0
gschID: 239318



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Anadolu Efes temporarily suspend Sasha Vujacic - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes suspended one of the teams leading scorers Sasha Vujacic (201-SG-84) in a surprise move. The decision came days before the decisive fifth game of the EuroLeague quarterfinal series versus Olympiacos. It is unclear now if Sasha Vujacic travels to Piraeus with the team. Anadolu Efes will give the full explanation of the situation in the upcoming days.
Sasha Vujacic joined Anadolu Efes back in 2011. This season his stats read 9.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in EuroLeague. In TBL the guard notches 12.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals per appearance. Previously Sasha Vujacic played in Slovenia, Italy and NBA. He was the Turkish All-Star Game MVP last season. He was the member of the Slovenian National Team in 2006/09 seasons.



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  FINLAND   

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Richardson, Ura B.25.9 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.24.6 
 3. Hester, TuNM.23.9 
 4. Taylor, Porvoon23.3 
 5. Moultrie, BC Nokia22.4 
 6. Jallow, Jarvenpaa22.4 
 7. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.22.2 
 8. Mays, Huima22.0 
 9. Mua, Kerava ET21.5 
 10. Harjula, Pyrinto20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antonio HESTER
  TuNM.
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Hester, TuNM.15.6 
 2. Jallow, Jarvenpaa14.8 
 3. Moultrie, BC Nokia13.6 
 4. Stephens, Huima11.8 
 5. Syrjala, KaU Koris11.8 
 6. Keskitalo, JyWe11.6 
 7. Towa, Kerava ET11.6 
 8. Tribbett, BC Jyvas.10.6 
 9. Young, Porvoon10.2 
 10. Harrison, Ura B.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Lauri JARVINEN
  KaU Koris
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Jarvinen, KaU Koris5.3 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.4.4 
 3. Harjula, Pyrinto II4.3 
 4. Mays, Huima4.2 
 5. Ginty, ToPo4.1 
 6. Jallow, Jarvenpaa3.9 
 7. Frederick, Oulun N.3.8 
 8. Moore, Tapiolan.3.8 
 9. Hanninen, Jarvenp.3.8 
 10. Humalamaki, TuNM.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Little, Kerava ET2.8 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.7 
 3. Thomas, SayRi1.9 
 4. Towa, Kerava ET1.9 
 5. Taylor, Porvoon1.8 
 6. Mua, Kerava ET1.8 
 7. Hester, TuNM.1.8 
 8. Richardson, Ura B.1.8 
 9. Frederick, Oulun N.1.7 
 10. Jarvinen, KaU Kor.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.5 
 2. Mua, Kerava ET2.1 
 3. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.0 
 4. Woods, BC Nokia1.7 
 5. Capers, ToPo1.4 
 6. Jallow, Jarvenpaa1.4 
 7. Hester, TuNM.1.3 
 8. Young, Porvoon1.3 
 9. Rajala, HBA-Marsky1.3 
 10. Kauhanen, HBA-M.1.2 


1.DIVISION: Tarmo - Honka 1-2 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Division 1, Finals, Game # 3: Tarmo's home court magic got broken the second time this season. YMCA Oulu won in Porvoo on Dec 9, 2012, 82-89 and tonight Honka (Tapiola) stole Tarmo's home court advantage by winning in third Final 79-87 (44-46). Quarters: 24-22, 20-24, 14-18, 21-23. This means Honka is leading now 2-1 and needs only one more victory to win it all. Next Game # 4 in Espoo on Friday, April 26.
On Monday there were 13 lead changes and five ties and this final was a two-point-game (79-81 at time 39:35), when Jerrah Young (203-F-85, college: Toledo) missed his lay-up. The last 25 seconds was then fouling and Honka hitting 6/6 Fts.
It was American Ronnie Clark (195-F/G-81) who saved Honka (20-11) this time. Clark was 7/13 from the distance and netting game high 29 points. Malik Moore (192-G-77, college: Amer.Internat.) added 20 pts. Tarmo (23-8) got 26 pts from Vernon Taylor (190-G-87, college: Troy). Young had a double-double 25pts/13rbs.


Tarmo - Honka 79-87 (44-46). (Vernon Taylor 26, Jerrah Young 25/13, Teemu Rintala 10. 1 - 75% (12/16, 2 - 52% (26/50), 3 - 26% (5/19). R: 31+16=47. TO: 12. - Ronnie Clark 29/9, Malik Moore 20, Jouko Jarvinen 10/8a. 1 - 59% (10/17), 2 - 43% (22/51), 3 - 48% (11/23). R: 24+12=36. TO: 6. A: 658).



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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 11-17 
 15. Boulazac 9-19 
 16. Poitiers 8-20 

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 63-65

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 27: Cholet - Orleans
Apr. 27: Boulazac - Limoges
Apr. 27: Roanne - Nancy
Apr. 27: Gravelines - Dijon
Apr. 27: Chalon - Le Havre
Apr. 27: Le Mans - Poitiers
Apr. 27: Paris-Levallois - ASVEL
Apr. 27: Nanterre - Strasbourg


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, Nancy16.1 
 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. Williams, Chalon7.7 
 4. May, Paris-Levallo.7.7 
 5. McKenzie, Boulazac7.3 
 6. Greer, Strasbourg7.1 
 7. Collins, Roanne7.0 
 8. Dobbins, Poitiers6.9 
 9. Sommerville, Nancy6.9 
 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, Nancy6.9 
 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. Badiane, Poitiers1.1 
 6. Williams, Chalon1.1 
 7. Fofana, Le Havre1.0 
 8. Issa, Le Mans0.9 
 9. Vaty, Gravelines0.8 
 10. Toure, Nancy0.8 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Brown, Maurienne21.3 
 2. Flowers, Denain21.0 
 3. Booker, St Vallier19.1 
 4. Blue, Antibes18.9 
 5. Wood, Evreux18.7 
 6. Siggers, Strasbourg18.1 
 7. McKines, Rouen17.6 
 8. Hannah, Evreux17.2 
 9. Sanders, Hermosillo17.2 
 10. Hilliard, Antibes17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Wood, Evreux10.4 
 2. Jaiteh, Boulogne10.1 
 3. Bing, Maurienne9.8 
 4. Kitts, Denain8.9 
 5. Lesieu, St Quentin8.8 
 6. McKines, Rouen8.8 
 7. Wyatte, Bordeaux8.4 
 8. Jackson, Pau-La.8.2 
 9. Blue, Antibes7.8 
 10. Mathis, Nantes7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Craven, St Vallier6.8 
 2. Rowland, Boulogne6.5 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel6.0 
 4. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.5.8 
 5. Huffman, Antibes5.4 
 6. Dumas, Bourg5.4 
 7. McIntosh, Feni I.5.4 
 8. Hannah, Evreux5.2 
 9. Da Silva, Rouen5.1 
 10. Calvez, Charlevil.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.3 
 2. Mullins, Chalons-.2.2 
 3. Craven, St Vallier2.2 
 4. Flowers, Denain1.9 
 5. Sonko, Bourg1.8 
 6. Taylor, Le Portel1.8 
 7. Siggers, Strasbourg1.8 
 8. Brown, Maurienne1.8 
 9. Hannah, Evreux1.7 
 10. Hachad, Fos Ouest1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Badiane, Antibes1.8 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.6 
 3. Taccoen, Lille1.3 
 4. Johnson, Chalons-.1.1 
 5. Loum, Boulogne1.1 
 6. Chism, Maurienne1.0 
 7. Blue, Antibes1.0 
 8. Burrell, Chalons-.1.0 
 9. Ho You Fat, Evreux1.0 
 10. Sane, Hyeres-Tou.0.9 


ASVEL lock Edwin Jackson until year 2016 - by Eurobasket News

ASVEL lock Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) until year 2016. The French player joined the team three years ago and will continue with the team.
Earlier in April Paris-Levallois shot down ASVEL to join Nanterre in the title game. Antoine Diot came up with 25 points to lead the winners, while Edwin Jackson scored 12 points in a loss.
In 2010-2011 Edwin Jackson joined ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA) and in EuroCup averaged 1.5ppg. In French League after 30 games his stats read 5.6ppg, 1.3rpg, FGP: 56.1%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT-1 (93.3%).
In 2011-2012 for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA, starting five) he showed 10.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0apg at the Euroleague Qualifying Round. In EuroCup his stats read 11.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 86.8%, while in French League Edwin Jackson had 11.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 85.1%.
This season for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA, starting five) he averages 16.4 points per game.



ProA Round 28: ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket defeats leader Gravelines-Dunkerque - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in ProA. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (19-9) on the court of seventh ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket 67-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Gravelines-Dunkerque. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 67-65. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) who helped to win the game recording 13 points. American forward Tim Abromaitis (203-89, college: Notre Dame) contributed with 7 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach Pierre Vincent used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American point guard Dwight Buycks (190-89, college: Marquette) replied with 21 points and 7 assists for Gravelines-Dunkerque. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (16-12) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Le Mans and Roanne. Gravelines-Dunkerque at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket is looking forward to face Paris-Levallois (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against JDA Dijon (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Cholet. Tenth ranked Cholet (14-14) saved a 1-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Chalon/Saor (18-10) 79-78 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 assists and Marcus Goree who added 13 points during the contest. At the losing side swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) responded with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Cholet have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Dijon and Orleans. Defending champion Chalon/Saor keeps the second position with ten games lost. Cholet will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#8) at home in the next round. Chalon/Saor will play against STB Le Havre (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Strasbourg IG (17-11) against eleventh ranked JDA Dijon (14-14) on Saturday night. Visiting Strasbourg IG was defeated by JDA Dijon in JDA Dijon 84-69. The winners were led by Jeremy Leloup who scored that evening 20 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Even 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks by Alexis Ajinca did not help to save the game for Strasbourg IG. JDA Dijon moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Cholet and Orleans. Strasbourg IG lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 11 games lost. JDA Dijon will meet league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Strasbourg IG will play against JSF Nanterre and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Poitiers. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 16th ranked Poitiers (8-20) to fourteenth ranked Sluc Nancy (11-17) 65-63 on Monday evening. Marcellus Sommerville fired 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Sluc Nancy have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourteenth position with 11-17 record. Poitiers lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 20 games lost. Sluc Nancy's next round opponent will be higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (#5) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Poitiers will play against Le Mans (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Paris-Levallois (13-15) and Limoges CSP Elite (12-16), which took place in Limoges. Higher ranked Paris-Levallois lost to thirteenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite in a road game 61-79 on Saturday. It was a very good performance for Jon Brockman who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Limoges CSP Elite's coach Panagiotis Giannakis used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Limoges CSP Elite moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Le Havre. Paris-Levallois lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Limoges CSP Elite will face Boulazac Basket (#15) on the road in the next round.

Other games in round 28 were not that significant. Nanterre was beaten by Boulazac on the road 75-63. Le Havre won against Roanne on its own court 78-70. Le Mans unfortunately lost to Orleans in a road game 67-83.


Poitiers - Nancy 63-65

A very interesting game took place in Poitiers. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 16th ranked Poitiers (8-20) to fourteenth ranked Sluc Nancy (11-17) 65-63 on Monday evening. The guests were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 25-20 run, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) fired 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Ivorian point guard Souleyman Diabate (183-87, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 15 points and 9 assists. American-Italian guard Anthony Dobbins (194-81, college: Richmond) produced 11 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard Dominic James (180-86, college: Marquette) added 11 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Sluc Nancy have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourteenth position with 11-17 record. Poitiers lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 20 games lost. Sluc Nancy's next round opponent will be higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (#5) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Poitiers will play against Le Mans (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Nancy: M.Sommerville 18+6reb, S.Diabate 15+9ast, H.Toure 14+7reb, J.Shuler 7+5reb+3ast, K.Grant 5+1reb+1ast, C.Marquis 4+5reb
Poitiers: D.James 11+2reb+5ast, A.Dobbins 11+7reb+3ast, A.Smith 10+3reb, A.Grant 10+6reb, A.Nivins 7+8reb+2ast, P.Badiane 7+8reb+1ast
gschID: 179065


Limoges - Paris-Levallois 79-61

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Paris-Levallois (13-15) and Limoges CSP Elite (12-16), which took place in Limoges. Higher ranked Paris-Levallois lost to thirteenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite in a road game 61-79 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Limoges CSP Elite. Paris-Levallois was better in fourth quarter 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Paris-Levallois to just 6 points in second quarter. Limoges CSP Elite dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Paris-Levallois' 30. Limoges CSP Elite had a 33-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for American forward Jon Brockman (201-87, college: Washington) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Naturalized Congolese forward Nobel Boungou Colo (202-88) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Limoges CSP Elite's coach Panagiotis Giannakis used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Jawad Williams (204-83, college: N.Carolina) replied with 16 points and 5 rebounds and American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (196-81, college: USF) added 11 points in the effort for Paris-Levallois. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Limoges CSP Elite moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Le Havre. Paris-Levallois lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Limoges CSP Elite will face Boulazac Basket (#15) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Limoges: N.Boungou Colo 14+5reb, J.Brockman 14+9reb+1ast, J.Mipoka 12+4reb+1ast, T.Plaisted 11+4reb+2ast, T.Gipson 8+2reb, B.Wanamaker 8+2reb+2ast
Paris-Levallois: J.Williams 16+5reb+2ast, S.May 11+4reb+1ast, A.Diot 11+2reb+3ast, J.Cox 11+4reb+2ast, J.Aka 5+8reb+1ast, J.Hodge 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 179067


Boulazac - Nanterre 75-63

There was a surprise result when fifteenth ranked Boulazac Basket (9-19) beat at home higher ranked JSF Nanterre (15-13) 75-63 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 41-22 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Boulazac Basket dominated on the defensive end, holding JSF Nanterre to just 7 points in third quarter. Quite impressive performance for American Amadi McKenzie (201-86, college: Tenn Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. The other American import guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. American swingman David Lighty (195-88, college: Ohio St.) replied with 20 points and 5 rebounds and Colombian power forward Juan Palacios (204-85) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for JSF Nanterre. Newly promoted Boulazac Basket maintains fifteenth position with 9-19 record. Loser JSF Nanterre dropped to the seventh place with 13 games lost. Boulazac Basket will face higher ranked Limoges CSP Elite (#13) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: A.McKenzie 17+14reb+2ast, A.Acker 16+4reb+4ast, A.Kerckhof 13+4reb+1ast, D.Harris 8+4reb+1ast, D.Ramseier 8+7reb+1ast, M.Jefferson 4+4reb
Nanterre: D.Lighty 20+5reb+2ast, J.Palacios 11+6reb+1ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 8+5reb+1ast, S.Brun 6+3reb+1ast, C.Warren 6+2reb+1ast, J.Nzeulie 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 179066


Le Havre - Roanne 78-70

There was an upset when higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (16-12) lost on the road to twelfth ranked STB Le Havre (12-16) 78-70 on Saturday. Chorale de Roanne trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 26-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 70-78 at the end of the game. It was a great shooting night for STB Le Havre especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Quite impressive performance for American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Romanian forward Vlad Moldoveanu (209-88, college: the other American import) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Coleman Collins (206-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Interperformances) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and the former international William Gradit (197-82, college: Hill JC) added 18 points in the effort for Chorale de Roanne. STB Le Havre maintains twelfth position with 12-16 record, which they share with Limoges. Loser Chorale de Roanne dropped to the fourth place with 12 games lost. STB Le Havre will face league's second-placed Chalon/Saor on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Chorale de Roanne will play against Sluc Nancy.
Top scorers:
Le Havre: B.King 21+6reb+9ast, V.Moldoveanu 18+6reb, G.Brown 14+6reb+1ast, G.Pitard 9+3reb+2ast, B.Smith 8+2ast, C.Mason 4+6reb+2ast
Roanne: W.Gradit 18+3reb+2ast, C.Collins 17+6reb, R.Reid 8+9reb, S.Gray 8+3ast, P.Amagou 7+7ast, M.Howard 7+10reb+4ast
gschID: 179064


Dijon - Strasbourg 84-69

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Strasbourg IG (17-11) against eleventh ranked JDA Dijon (14-14) on Saturday night. Visiting Strasbourg IG was defeated by JDA Dijon in JDA Dijon 84-69. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 27-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) who scored that evening 20 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and American swingman Larry Owens (201-83, college: ORU) supported him with 19 points. Even 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks by the former international center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, agency: Priority Sports) did not help to save the game for Strasbourg IG. Center Romain Duport (215-86) added 12 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. JDA Dijon moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Cholet and Orleans. Strasbourg IG lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 11 games lost. JDA Dijon will meet league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Strasbourg IG will play against JSF Nanterre and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Dijon: J.Leloup 20+1reb+5ast, L.Owens 19+3reb, F.Prenom 13+2reb, D.Melody 9+3reb+3ast, A.Harris 6+5reb+5ast, Z.Moss 6+2reb+4ast
Strasbourg: A.Ajinca 17+7reb+1ast, L.Campbell 12+2reb+1ast, R.Duport 12+5reb+3ast, R.Greer 9+4reb+5ast, J.Shurna 8+4reb, A.Toupane 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 179063


ASVEL - Gravelines 67-65

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (19-9) on the court of seventh ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket 67-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Gravelines-Dunkerque. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 67-65. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) who helped to win the game recording 13 points. American forward Tim Abromaitis (203-89, college: Notre Dame) contributed with 7 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach Pierre Vincent used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American point guard Dwight Buycks (190-89, college: Marquette) replied with 21 points and 7 assists and his fellow American import power forward J.K. Edwards (202-82, college: UNLV) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Gravelines-Dunkerque. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (16-12) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Le Mans and Roanne. Gravelines-Dunkerque at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket is looking forward to face Paris-Levallois (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against JDA Dijon (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: E.Jackson 13+4reb, A.Sy 11+2reb, G.Joseph 9+5reb+1ast, M.Thompson 8+3reb+1ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 7+5reb+1ast, T.Abromaitis 7+8reb
Gravelines: D.Buycks 21+4reb+7ast, J.Edwards 18+5reb, K.Winston 11+5reb, J.Johnson 8+1reb, O.Camara 3+6reb, C.Akpomedah 2+2reb
gschID: 179062


Orleans - Le Mans 83-67

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (14-14) won against at home higher ranked Le Mans (16-12) 83-67 on Saturday. Le Mans was trailing by 12 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 29-12 charge of Entente Orleans 45, which allowed them to win the game. Quite impressive performance for American swingman Torrell Martin (196-85, college: Winthrop) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. The other American import forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Entente Orleans 45's coach Philippe Herve let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) replied with 6 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Cam Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 15 points in the effort for Le Mans. Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Cholet and Dijon. Loser Le Mans keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will face Cholet (#9) on the road in the next round. Le Mans will play against Poitiers (#16).
Top scorers:
Orleans: T.Martin 22+4reb+2ast, B.Greene 15+7reb, C.Hill 14+1reb+6ast, M.Lebrun 9+4reb+2ast, A.Eito 6+2reb+4ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 6+5reb
Le Mans: C.Long 15+1reb+3ast, D.Washington 14+1reb+2ast, P.Sy 13+1reb, M.Keselj 9+2reb, C.Victor 6+7reb, J.Paulo Batista 6+10reb+3ast
gschID: 179061


Cholet - Chalon 79-78

Important game to mention about took place in Cholet. Tenth ranked Cholet (14-14) saved a 1-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Chalon/Saor (18-10) 79-78 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 22-18 run, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Chalon/Saor outrebounded Cholet 32-20 including 22 on the defensive glass. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 assists and forward Marcus Goree (201-77, college: W.Virginia) who added 13 points during the contest. At the losing side swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) responded with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and guard Marcus Denmon (190-90, college: Missouri) scored 22 points. Cholet have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Dijon and Orleans. Defending champion Chalon/Saor keeps the second position with ten games lost. Cholet will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#8) at home in the next round. Chalon/Saor will play against STB Le Havre (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cholet: A.Slaughter 24+1reb+5ast, M.Goree 13+4reb+3ast, T.Bryant 9+5reb+1ast, R.Jomby 9+2reb+2ast, R.Gobert 8+4reb+2ast, A.Coleman 8+1reb+3ast
Chalon: B.Schilb 24+7reb+8ast, M.Denmon 22+3reb+3ast, S.Williams 12+8reb, I.Evtimov 8+2reb+2ast, N.Lang 6+2reb, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 6+6reb
gschID: 179060



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D1 Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 6

Places 1-6

Apr. 24: Kozuv - MZT Skopje
Apr. 24: Lirija - Rabotnicki
Apr. 24: Kumanovo - Feni Indistrija

Places 7-9

Apr. 20: Pelister Bitola - Vardar 76-81


Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar KOSTOSKI
  Kumanovo
  (186-G-88)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Kostoski, Kumanovo19.5 
 2. Abukar, Rabotnicki18.2 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija16.9 
 4. Lee-Ingram, Kuman.16.7 
 5. Jelesijevic, Rabot.15.5 
 6. Trajkovski, Feni I.15.2 
 7. Lukovic, Kumanovo15.1 
 8. Tasovski, Lirija14.2 
 9. Dimcevski, Kuman.13.7 
 10. Sokolov, Feni I.13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo9.9 
 2. Kerkez, Vardar9.6 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija7.5 
 4. Trajkovski, Feni I.7.3 
 5. Jelesijevic, Rabot.6.5 
 6. Kostevski, Vardar5.9 
 7. Tasovski, Lirija5.8 
 8. Knezevic, Feni I.5.7 
 9. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.5.6 
 10. Abukar, Rabotnicki5.2 
Assists Per Game
 Goran SAMARDZIEV
  Feni I.
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Samardziev, Feni I.4.1 
 2. Mijajlovic, Kozuv3.9 
 3. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.7 
 4. Morban, Lirija3.6 
 5. Karadzovski, Kozuv3.6 
 6. McIntosh, Feni I.3.4 
 7. Sokolov, Feni I.2.8 
 8. Petrovski, Rabotni.2.6 
 9. Tasovski, Lirija2.4 
 10. Radunovic, Lirija2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Balsa RADUNOVIC
  Lirija
  (207-F/C-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Radunovic, Lirija1.8 
 2. Dimcevski, Kuman.1.6 
 3. Jevdic, ABA S.1.4 
 4. Stajic, Lirija1.4 
 5. Morban, Lirija1.2 
 6. Vucurovic, Feni I.1.2 
 7. McIntosh, Feni I.1.2 
 8. Pekovic, Kozuv1.2 
 9. Ugrinoski, Lirija1.2 
 10. Ivanovic, Vardar1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo1.8 
 2. Trajkovski, Feni I.1.1 
 3. Jelesijevic, Rabot.1.0 
 4. Pavlovski, Kozuv0.9 
 5. Lee-Ingram, Kuman.0.9 
 6. Radunovic, Lirija0.8 
 7. Simic, Lirija0.8 
 8. Abukar, Rabotnicki0.5 
 9. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.0.4 
 10. Kerkez, Vardar0.4 



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  GERMANY   


Kai Buchmann named new Chemnitz assistant coach - by Moritz Korff

Kai Buchmann has been named an assistant coach at 2. Bundesliga Pro A team BV Chemnitz 99. He signed a two-year contract and will move to Chemnitz in early July, the Niners announced.
The 32-year-old Berlin native spent the past ten seasons at RSV Eintracht Teltow / Kleinmachnow / Stahnsdorf. He worked as a youth coach, served as an assistant on the club's Pro B team and was promoted to head coach in November 2012. In Chemnitz he will work as an assistant to head coach Felix Schreier.



Jeremy Black (BG Karlsruhe) I Am Only Concerned About How I Can Help This Team Win - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

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

How crazy has this playoff series with Vechta been so far with both teams winning on the road? I mean I am sure BG Karlsruhe can do without winning a game 5 in Vechta?

We knew from the regular season that they are capable of winning on the road. I believe that we can win this series but we have to show it on the court and in game 2 we didn't show it!


Vechta had the 45-36 lead at halftime. What was key for them having the comfortable halftime lead?

They where much more aggressive! They moved the ball, played solid defense and we couldn't really get our offense going!


Vechta decided the game in the third quarter. What was key for them getting the bigger lead in the third and why was the fourth quarter so low scoring?

They made all the right plays in the third, on offense and defense; Our offense continued to struggle; We weren't locked in defensively enough to get back in the game! In the fourth, they used the clock to their advantage and we never could counter there defensive schemes!

SC Vechta had nobody over 20 points, but spread the ball around nicely. Was their unpredictabilty a hidden strength on that night?

They moved the ball well but we didn't step up to play the defense we needed to protect our home court. We knew they could score from multiple positions but we simply did not show up on the defensive end today!

How happy were you with your own performance with eight points and nine rebounds? You usually get more shots. Was their post defense stronger than in game one?

I was not impressed at all. I'm very self critical of myself and I felt like I was not being aggressive enough in the paint. I don't worry about how many shots I get, I just want to win. Whatever it takes!


How have you seen the development of Sajmen Hauer? He has had quite a troubled past, but seems to have come into his own in Karlsruhe.

I judge no man's past its simply not my concern! I can honestly say since day 1, Sajmen has pushed himself to get better. I constantly see him improving and getting better each day! He plays like he has something to prove and that makes him a threat anywhere on the court.

Game 2 is only 48 hours away. Will the 48 hours be more rest or can scouting still help now at this stage of the season where you will be meeting the team for the fifth time?

Everything must be assessed after a loss; I think it's a must to look at our mistakes and see what we could have done better! Our coach prepares us as always, its not my concern. Only thing I'm concerned about is me and what I can do to help this team win!


What NBA series in the east and west will be most exciting in the first round?

I think the New York/Boston series will be worth watching in the east. Just look at the how tight the first game was yesterday. In the west, OKC and the rockets! Harden is facing the team that he helped reach the finals last year. It will be interesting to see what he does when he is back in OKC!


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Pay it forward.


Thanks Jeremy for the chat.




Steven Monse (Alba Berlin) It Ain't About How Hard You Hit, It's About How You Can Get Hit And Keep Moving Forward - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Steven Monse (200-F-90) is a 23 year old 200cm forward that is playing for Alba Berlin and ALBA Berlin II. He started his basketball career in 2005 with Marzahn Basket Baeren (2.Regionalliga). He then played for TuS Lichterfelde II from 2006-2008. He then played for ALBA Berlin II (Regionalliga) from 2008-2010. He then played for UBC Hannover Tigers (ProA): 6 games: 3.0ppg, 1.3rpg, in Nov.'10 moved to Bayer Giants Leverkusen (ProB, starting five): 16 games: 4.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg. Last season he played for the Brose Baskets Bamberg (1.Bundesliga): 2 games: 0pts; played also at TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB): 1 game: 3pts, 2reb; in Jan.'12 moved to BBC Febro Eagles Magdeburg (Regionalliga): 11 games: 10.5ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 52.6%, FT: 52.5%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

You played in the Alba Berlin organization form 2006-2010. Why did you
decide to return after two seasons away?

The reason I returned after two years is not just because it's nice to
be back in my hometown but also to be able to play with such talented
and ambitious players and coaches.

One seasons ago you were in the Bamberg orgnaization and now back with
Alba Berlin. How do you explain the luck of playing for the top Beko BBL
teams? Is it just good connections or excellent agent work?

I was recently asked that question by my father, too because there was
never a big hype about my person but the teams know that I play with
heart. Basketball world is a big family everybody knows everybody but my
Agency is doing for sure a good job.

So why should Teams like ALBA or Bamberg choose a player like you?

I will always try to do anything to help my team to win. Thats what it
is all about if you ask me. No one wants a player of the loosing team
with great stats. Especially because of my high ambitions, I am always working hard on my
goals

You are playing with Alba Berlin 2 and practice with the Beko BBL team.
It has never been easy for German players to breakthrough with Alba
Berlin. What are your goals and what keeps you striving to go ahead
despite the tough competition with the top notch roster?

I always try to play the best possible Basketball. To achieve that it's
necessary to compete with the best in order to become a better player in
the long run even if that means to struggle from time to time in the
beginning.My goals for this season are to be able to help the team and support
them to reach the championship.

Alba Berlin 2 have had a solid season in the Regionaliga. What is your
role in the team and what parts of your game are you improving on most?

Since I am the oldest player on the team I had to take the most
responsibility which gave me the opportunity to improve my offensive game.

What is a strength in your game that doesnt get noticed right away?

I think my ability to assist my teammates and create various options for
them to score is something that I'm not getting the most recognition for
but is a big part of my game.

What has been the most important thing that you have learned from Nihad
Djedovic? I am sure you could talk hours about his game?

There's a lot to say about his game but what really impressed me is his
floater which I started adapting into my own game.

What is the most amazing thing that you have seen Dashaun Wood do in practice?

Dashaun once impressed me in practice with an alley oop dunk he dished himself off the backboard. It's incredible what he is able to do despite of his size.

Alba Berlin just won the cup. Do you think that they can peak during the
playoffs and win it all?

No doubt about that. I absolutely think that we can make it all the way
and win this thing!

With Joey Ney and Sebastian Fulle, you have two young German teammates
who are also looking to break into the Alba Berlin rotation. What part
of their games do you like most?

Joey and Sebastian definitely have improved their game and always kept
on working hard despite the tough schedule.

How do you combat criticism when people remind you that German talents
have often left Alba Berlin because of a lack of playing time. Many have
fled to Trier. How do you justify to critics and to yourself that you
can make it a second time?

As I already said I still see it as a challenge and a way to improve my
game in the long run and not as something that's going hold me back in
the future.

Early in your career you played for Tus Lichterfelde. There your
teammates were Germans Oskar Fassler, Philipp Heyden, Oliver Clay or
Andreas Seiferth. How difficult is it seeing how they have developed and
are playing in the Beko BBL now?

I don't see the difficulty in this. I'm happy for all of them which
doesn't mean I'm not standing behind my own decision.

Matjei Mamic was your coach who had to retire from active playing on
account of an accident. What could you learn from him early in his
coaching career?

The essence of what he taught me is best said with this quote: "It ain't
about how hard you hit, it's about how you can get hit and keep moving
forward.

From 2008-2010, you played for Alba Berlin 2 and in 2010 won the
Regionaliga championship. You played with a young Nils Giffey who is
playing at Uconn. how much potential does he have? Could he become a top
player in the Beko BBL?

I'm confident that he has the potential to become a very successful
player wherever he'll go after college. Maybe even NBA!?!

What do you remember the most from Konstantin Klein who is already
getting good minutes in Frankfurt. Was he already a tough defender then?

Konstantin has always been a defense hustler putting a lot of pressure
on his opponents. What I remember most was his ability to carry along
his teammates with his spirit.

In the last three seasons you have played for six teams. Why have you
turned into a basketball nomad?

Sometimes you can't influence your path and just have to go with the
opportunities that come your way which I did.

In 2010-2011, you played with Josh Young. Did you already know then that
he could make the jump to the beko BBL?

It was crystal clear to me that the beko BBL is where he belongs since
he stuck out from the beginning. I'm very happy for him and hope that
he's going to make it to the top because he really deserves it!

Last season, you played for Bamberg and Breitengussbach, but ended the
season in the Regionaliga. Why was the Bamberg stay so short?

We had players with injuries and when all were back on the roster, we
have been too many, so I decided instead of sitting behind the bench to
change the team before the transfer deadline and that was for sure the
right decision.

Who has been the toughest player that you ever played against in a game?

I've played a lot of tough opponents but from the top of my head I'd
name Predrag Suput as the toughest one so far.

What were the most free throws that you made in a row in practice
without missing?

56.

What was your most crazy shot that you ever made in a game?

Trying to save the ball I once hit a three point shot backwards. Of
course this was more skill than luck.

Where will Steven Monse be in 5 years?

Hopefully I'll just be healthy and still able to do what I love the most.

What do you rather eat a curry wurst or a Doner?

Berliner Kebab.

If you could ask Dirk Nowitzki one question what would you ask him?

What his motivation was to stay with Dallas after the first couple
season didn't go that well for him.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Get low.

Thanks Steven fort he chat.




Mr Versatile Nate Linhart 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.




BSV Wulfen Name Maik Berger Head Coach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


BSV Wulfen announced today that the new head coach will be Maik Berger (175-G-84). The team recently ha dlost head coach Heimo Forster, because he was unable to continue the job. "We thank Heimo for his support. Despite being down, we really respected how he worked with the players. However we can understand his decision and we wish him all the best", added Carsten Duwenbeck. New Coach Maik Berger was captain of the team and now changes to the bench where he will lead the club hopefully back to the PRO B.





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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


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Kostas TOTSIOS
  Ikaroi S.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 20
 1. Totsios, Ikaroi S.20.0 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.19.2 
 3. Karaboulas, Nea K.18.7 
 4. Vranjes, Pagrati16.7 
 5. Kakiouzis, Lavrio16.2 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lav.15.9 
 7. Psileas, Agia P.15.6 
 8. Kitsoulis, OFI15.6 
 9. Gizogiannis, Arkad.15.5 
 10. Simeonidis, Ikaro.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petros NOEAS
  Koroivos
  (204-F-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Noeas, Koroivos9.6 
 2. Papachristos, Trik.8.7 
 3. Sklavos, Pagrati8.6 
 4. Manousos, Doxa L.8.5 
 5. Kakiouzis, Lavrio8.4 
 6. Anagnostopou., Erm.8.2 
 7. Charismidis, Trika.7.8 
 8. Sigounas, Arkadikos7.6 
 9. Cubrilo, Arkadikos7.3 
 10. Psileas, Agia P.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Fotis VASILOPOULOS
  Pagrati
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.5.9 
 2. Gikas, Filathlitik.5.6 
 3. Karydas, Koroivos5.3 
 4. Moschovitis, Nea K.4.6 
 5. Tsiotras, Arkadikos3.8 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lav.3.6 
 7. Matalon, OFI3.6 
 8. Mavrogiannis, Niki3.6 
 9. Katsares, Trikalla3.6 
 10. Petrakis, OFI3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Thodoris TSIOTRAS
  Arkadikos
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Tsiotras, Arkadikos2.9 
 2. Katsares, Trikalla2.3 
 3. Vranjes, Pagrati2.1 
 4. Ioakeimidis, Ermis2.0 
 5. Karydas, Koroivos1.9 
 6. Gikas, Filathlitik.1.8 
 7. Psileas, Agia P.1.7 
 8. Saloustros, Filath.1.7 
 9. Mavrogiannis, Niki1.5 
 10. Giannakopoul., La.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Krum DOYCHINOV
  OFI
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Doychinov, OFI1.2 
 2. Adetokoubo, Filath.1.0 
 3. Adetokubo, Filath.1.0 
 4. Papachristos, Trik.0.9 
 5. Charismidis, Trika.0.7 
 6. Noeas, Koroivos0.7 
 7. Petrodimopou., Nea0.7 
 8. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.7 
 9. Pavlovic, Pagrati0.7 
 10. Sioutis, Nea Kifi.0.6 


Greek A2 round 25 best performance: Alexandros Sigounas - by Eurobasket News

Forward Alexandros Sigounas (200-F-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for Arkadikos, receiving a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Niki Volou (#13, 6-19) 74-66. Arkadikos is placed at 8th position in Greek A2. Arkadikos is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-15 record. In the team's last game Sigounas had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Arkadikos' top player in his first season with the team. Alexandros Sigounas has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 7.6rpg) and averages impressive 54.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old Nikos Psileas (200-F-80) of Agia Paraskevis. Psileas had a very good evening with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. It was enough for Agia Paraskevis to edge the lower-ranked Ermis Lagkada (#11, 9-16) 70-68. Despite this victory Agia Paraskevis slide down in the standings to 7th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Psileas is a newcomer at Agia Paraskevis, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.6ppg (#7). He also registered 7.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Petros Noeas (204-F-87) of Koroivos (#4). Noeas showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Noeas' great performance Koroivos lost 72-82 to #1 ranked Filathlitikos. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Koroivos needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 17 victories and 8 lost games. Noeas has a great season in Greece. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.6rpg (#1 in league). He also has FGP: 54.7% and 3PT: 40.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vaggelis Karaboulas (198-F-81) of Nea Kifisia - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Alpha Dialo) of Irakleio - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Nikos Katsares (190-G-83) of Trikalla - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Vasilis Angelakopoulos (203-F-79) of Trikalla - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Aristo Nikoloudis (202-F-82) of Ikaroi Serron - 23 points and 5 rebounds
9. Yiannis Psathas (201-F-83) of Nea Kifisia - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Vaggelis Sklavos (202-F-77) of Pagrati - 11 points and 10 rebounds

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



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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 15-11 
 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 3-23 

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 65-76


PromotieDivisie Scores Round 26: Seeds are set for Playoffs - by Terry Cooper

The final round of play completed a great season in promotiedivisie basketball as some teams played to accomplish a goal, some for playoffs, and others to survive in the league. Usually you would see the same teams fighting for playoffs spots year after year however, this season a new generation of teams are taking over and making things known. The playoff race is complete as Orca's will be the number one seed while De Groen Uilen takes number two seed. Binnenland, after a slow start fought strong to secure the number three seed edging the Cangaroes by one overall point as the Cangaroes will have the number four spot. The playoffs will begin Saturday April 27th as the Cangaroes will host Orca's and Binneland will host De Groene Uilen. May 4th Orca's will host Cangaroes while De Groene Uilen will host Binnenland. The combined overall scores of both games will determine who will be in the Championship game on May 11th at IISPA hal in Almelo. Sad to say that we must say goodbye and good luck in Eerste Divisie to UBALL and Almere as they were late arrivals in the division but gave it their all. Maybe they will get a pass and stay in for next season. Stay tuned...

UBALL 65-76 De Hoppers
BC APOLLO2 97-71 MSV/Zeemacht
Orca's 79-92 ZZ Leiden2
Red Giants 54-67 Almonte
Cangeroes 83-62 Almere
Punch 68-71 Binnenland
Groene Uilen 67-52 Rotterdam2



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Standings - A Division

A Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Albacomp 25-7 
 2. Atomeromu 22-10 
 3. Kaposvari 18-14 
 4. Jaszberenyi 17-15 
 5. Kormend 13-19 
 6. Szolnok 8-2 
Places 7-13
 1. Falco-Szova 17-11 
 2. PVSK Pannon 15-13 
 3. Soproni 14-14 
 4. Szedeak 11-17 
 5. ZTE KK 11-17 
 6. Marso NYKK 10-18 
 7. FS Debrecen 2-26 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 10

Places 1-6

Apr. 20: Atomeromu - Kormend 94-78
Apr. 20: Kaposvari - Jaszberenyi 80-93
Apr. 20: Albacomp - Szolnok 72-63

Places 7-13

Apr. 21: PVSK Pannon - ZTE KK 82-61
Apr. 21: Marso NYKK - Szedeak 80-95
Apr. 21: Soproni - Falco-Szova 77-80

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 24: Albacomp - PVSK Pannon
Apr. 24: Szolnok - Falco-Szova
Apr. 24: Atomeromu - Kormend
Apr. 24: Kaposvari - Jaszberenyi


A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle SWANSTON
  Kapos.
  (201-G/F-86)
  Avg: 21
 1. Swanston, Kapos.21.0 
 2. Austin, Kormend20.7 
 3. Dunn, Kaposvari20.2 
 4. Buljan, Keravnos20.1 
 5. Spica, Kaposvari19.5 
 6. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 7. Wood, Albacomp19.3 
 8. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.19.2 
 9. Copeland, Bayamon18.8 
 10. Rakic, Jaszberenyi18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zeljko ZAGORAC
  Falco-Sz.
  (204-F-81)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Zagorac, Falco-Sz.10.7 
 2. Davis, Santurce8.9 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 4. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.8.5 
 5. Barovic, Soproni8.5 
 6. Toth, PVSK P.7.9 
 7. Hendlein, Kaposvari7.9 
 8. Buljan, Keravnos7.8 
 9. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.7 
 10. Austin, Kormend7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Albacomp
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Moore, Albacomp6.6 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari6.4 
 3. Rakic, Jaszberenyi6.2 
 4. Williams, Atomeromu6.0 
 5. Thomas, Soproni5.5 
 6. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.4 
 7. Copeland, Bayamon5.2 
 8. Nelson, Marso N.5.1 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.9 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.1 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari2.8 
 3. Davis, Santurce2.3 
 4. Buljan, Keravnos2.3 
 5. Moore, Albacomp2.2 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.2 
 7. Kertesz, ZTE K.2.0 
 8. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
 9. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.8 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bennet DAVIS
  Santurce
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Davis, Santurce1.0 
 2. Barovic, Soproni0.9 
 3. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.8 
 4. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 5. Keller, Albacomp0.8 
 6. Toth, Atomeromu0.7 
 7. Shaw, Fribourg0.7 
 8. Idlet, Atomeromu0.7 
 9. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.0.6 
 10. Fey, Shinshu BW0.6 


A Division Round 10 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in A Division just ended.

The most shocking disappointment of round 10 was a home defeat of 5th ranked Marso NYKK (10-18) by sixth ranked Szedeak (11-17) who outscored them by 15 points 95-80. The game was mostly controlled by Szedeak. Marso NYKK managed to win second period 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Szedeak especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American guard Anthony Jones (191-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Indiana Tech) scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian power forward Nebojsa Dukic (206-85) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side Latvian forward Martins Berkis (198-85, agency: TSS Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Szedeak moved-up to fourth place in Division. Marso NYKK at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 18 games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Sopron. First ranked Falco-Szova (17-11) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 3rd ranked Soproni (14-14) 80-77 on Sunday evening. Slovenian forward Zeljko Zagorac (204-81) notched 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and Laszlo Simon supported him with 18 points. Falco-Szova's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 28 points by American guard Dontay Thomas (186-84, college: La Salle) did not help to save the game for Soproni. Falco-Szova maintains first position in Division with 17-11 record. Soproni at the other side keeps the third place with 14 games lost.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Kaposvari (18-14) against fourth ranked Jaszberenyi (17-15) on Saturday night. Host Kaposvari was defeated by Jaszberenyi in Kaposvar 93-80. Miljan Rakic fired 32 points and 5 assists for the winners. Jaszberenyi's coach Sandor Foldi used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Kyle Swanston produced 21 points and 4 assists for lost side. Jaszberenyi maintains fourth position in Division with 17-15 record. Loser Kaposvari keeps the third place with 14 games lost.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Pecs. Second ranked host PVSK Pannon (15-13) smashed 4th ranked ZTE KK (11-17) 82-61. Worth to mention a great performance of Norbert Toth who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. PVSK Pannon's coach Ferenc Csirke felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. PVSK Pannon maintains second position in Division with 15-13 record having fourteen points less than leader Albacomp. ZTE KK at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 17 games lost.
A Division top team - Albacomp (25-7) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Szolnok (8-2) in Szekesfehervar 72-63. Akos Keller had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Albacomp maintains first position in Division with 25-7 record. Defending champion Szolnok keeps the sixth place with two games lost.

In the last game of round 10
In Division Kormend lost to Atomeromu on the opponent's court 78-94.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 29 points and 13 rebounds by Milan Csorvasi of Szedeak.


Places 1-6
Kaposvari - Jaszberenyi 80-93

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Kaposvari (18-14) against fourth ranked Jaszberenyi (17-15) on Saturday night. Host Kaposvari was defeated by Jaszberenyi in Kaposvar 93-80. The game was mostly controlled by Jaszberenyi. Kaposvari managed to win third quarter 28-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Serbian guard Miljan Rakic (195-86, agency: BeoExcell) fired 32 points and 5 assists for the winners. Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Jaszberenyi's coach Sandor Foldi used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American-Kittitian swingman Kyle Swanston (201-86, college: JMU, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) produced 21 points and 4 assists and American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) added 22 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Jaszberenyi maintains fourth position in Division with 17-15 record. Loser Kaposvari keeps the third place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: M.Rakic 32+2reb+5ast, M.Markovic 19+5reb+3ast, R.Torok 14+9reb+1ast, S.Djikanovic 12+12reb+1ast, B.Horti 5+2reb, A.Szogi 4+1reb+3ast
Kaposvari: C.Dunn 22+2reb+2ast, K.Swanston 21+4reb+4ast, M.Spica 12+3reb+1ast, R.Hendlein 12+11reb, K.Kiss 6+2reb+1ast, G.David 4+4reb
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Atomeromu - Kormend 94-78

Rather expected game in Paks where 5th ranked Kormend (13-19) was defeated by second ranked Atomeromu (22-10) 94-78 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 51-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Atomeromu looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American point guard Lorenzo Williams (189-84, college: Rice, agency: Stanley International) scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international swingman David Vojvoda (196-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) chipped in 15 points during the contest. Atomeromu's coach Laszlo Czigler let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the losing side guard Andras Rujak (187-88, agency: TSS Management) responded with 19 points and American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Atomeromu and five Kormend players scored in double figures. Atomeromu maintains second position in Division with 22-10 record having just three points less than leader Albacomp. Loser Kormend keeps the fifth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: L.Williams 21+5reb+4ast, D.Vojvoda 15+3reb+3ast, A.Kovacs 15+2reb+3ast, A.Toth 13+1reb+2ast, J.Levy 10+7reb+3ast, S.Idlet 8+4reb
Kormend: A.Rujak 19+3reb+2ast, K.Austin 13+6reb+3ast, P.Grebenar 13+5reb+2ast, A.Farkas 11+5reb+1ast, C.Ferencz 11+3reb+3ast, G.Fodor 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 234767


Albacomp - Szolnok 72-63

A Division top team - Albacomp (25-7) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Szolnok (8-2) in Szekesfehervar 72-63. The game without a history. Albacomp led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Albacomp outrebounded Szolnok 45-33 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. International power forward Akos Keller (208-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized American forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington, agency: Two Points) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and naturalized American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Albacomp maintains first position in Division with 25-7 record. Defending champion Szolnok keeps the sixth place with two games lost.
Top scorers:
Albacomp: A.Keller 16+12reb, D.Hollis 12+7reb+3ast, R.Moore 11+2reb+7ast, B.Wood 9+4reb+2ast, Z.Szabo 6+5reb, F.Bodi 6+2reb+2ast
Szolnok: M.Bader 20+10reb+1ast, R.Bell 12+5reb+1ast, J.Florence 8+5reb+1ast, M.Szabo 6+4reb+1ast, B.Simon 5+2reb+1ast, S.Sehovic 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 234766


Places 7-13
Marso NYKK - Szedeak 80-95

The most shocking disappointment of round 10 was a home defeat of 5th ranked Marso NYKK (10-18) by sixth ranked Szedeak (11-17) who outscored them by 15 points 95-80. The game was mostly controlled by Szedeak. Marso NYKK managed to win second period 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Szedeak especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American guard Anthony Jones (191-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Indiana Tech) scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian power forward Nebojsa Dukic (206-85) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Szedeak players scored in double figures. At the losing side Latvian forward Martins Berkis (198-85, agency: TSS Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and forward Mate Mohacsi (192-90, agency: TSS Management) scored 24 points and 4 steals. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Szedeak moved-up to fourth place in Division. Marso NYKK at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Szedeak: Z.Kiss 21+3reb+3ast, A.Gurley 20+6reb+7ast, N.Dukic 20+8reb+1ast, M.Csorvasi 14+9reb+1ast, L.Csorvasi 8+3reb+1ast, A.Tanacs 6+1reb+1ast
Marso NYKK: M.Mohacsi 24+3reb, M.Berkis 20+10reb+1ast, J.Siska 13+5reb+4ast, M.Varga 8+6reb+2ast, C.Kaluha 6+2reb+5ast, M. Mondzinger 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 234787


PVSK Pannon - ZTE KK 82-61

The game between Top Four teams took place in Pecs. Second ranked host PVSK Pannon (15-13) smashed 4th ranked ZTE KK (11-17) 82-61. It looked good early as ZTE KK took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then PVSK Pannon had a 25-11 second period charge getting the lead and ZTE KK was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-82. They outrebounded ZTE KK 39-25 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Norbert Toth (203-86, agency: TSS Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Peter Kovacs (189-88) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. PVSK Pannon's coach Ferenc Csirke felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Guard David Puszta (187-90) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Daniel Kertesz (185-90) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for ZTE KK. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. PVSK Pannon maintains second position in Division with 15-13 record having fourteen points less than leader Albacomp. ZTE KK at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: N.Toth 18+11reb+6ast, T.Hendley 12+5reb, P.Kovacs 12+6reb+4ast, B.Loesing 10+2reb+5ast, B.Horvath 8+1reb, A.Csabay 6+2reb+1ast
ZTE KK: D.Puszta 14+5reb+2ast, G.Baki 11+2reb+1ast, A.Vertetics 10+3reb+1ast, D.Kertesz 10+6reb+3ast, R.Kis 6, A.Kerkai 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 234786


Soproni - Falco-Szova 77-80

Important game to mention about took place in Sopron. First ranked Falco-Szova (17-11) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 3rd ranked Soproni (14-14) 80-77 on Sunday evening. It looked good early as Soproni took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Falco-Szova had a 27-16 second period charge getting the lead and Soproni was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-80. Strangely Soproni outrebounded Falco-Szova 39-26 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 53.6 percentage. Slovenian forward Zeljko Zagorac (204-81) notched 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international Laszlo Simon (190-86, agency: TSS Management) supported him with 18 points. Falco-Szova's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 28 points by American guard Dontay Thomas (186-84, college: La Salle) did not help to save the game for Soproni. His fellow American import guard Charles Hinkle (195-88, college: his fellow American import) added 19 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Falco-Szova maintains first position in Division with 17-11 record. Soproni at the other side keeps the third place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Falco-Szova: L.Simon 18+1reb+2ast, T.Will 15+3reb+3ast, Z.Zagorac 15+7reb, T.Ivosev 9+3reb+1ast, T.Harazin 6+5reb+3ast, B.Stafford 6+2reb+2ast
Soproni: D.Thomas 28+2reb+2ast, C.Hinkle 19+8reb+2ast, R.Keresztes 9+6reb, G.Toth 8+9reb+1ast, A.Molnar 6+3reb+1ast, G.Gombas 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 234785



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  IBL   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Apr. 19: Vancouver V. - Bellingham S. 92-116
Apr. 21: Bellingham S. - Vancouver V. 86-94

Regular Season: Round 2

Apr. 26: Kitsap Adm. - Bellingham S.
Apr. 27: Portland C. - Vancouver V.



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  INDONESIA   

Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Dell Aspac 28-1 
 2. Pelita Jaya 26-4 
 3. Satria Muda 22-7 
 4. CLS Knights 21-7 
 5. Garuda 20-9 
 6. Stadium Jak. 15-14 
 7. Hangtuah 14-14 
 8. Bimasakti 9-20 
 9. Satya Wacana 8-21 
 10. Pacific Caesar 6-23 
 11. Tonga BSC 2-26 
 12. NSH GMC Riau 2-27 

Regular Season: Round 47

Apr. 21: Pelita Jaya - Pacific Caesar 96-59
Apr. 21: Satya Wacana - Bimasakti 70-81
Apr. 21: Dell Aspac - Hangtuah 66-62
Apr. 21: Satria Muda - Garuda 63-59

Regular Season: Round 49

Apr. 23: Dell Aspac - Satya Wacana
Apr. 23: Tonga BSC - Pelita Jaya
Apr. 23: Pacific Caesar - CLS Knights
Apr. 23: Bimasakti - Satria Muda


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bima RIZKY ARDIANSYAH
  Bimasa.
  (182-PF-90)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Rizky Ardian., Bim.16.5 
 2. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.15.1 
 3. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.14.6 
 4. Pamungkas, Satya13.9 
 5. Prawiro, Dell Aspac13.2 
 6. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.12.6 
 7. Nagata, Pacific12.2 
 8. Poedjakesuma, Peli.12.2 
 9. Regowo, Dell Aspac12.1 
 10. Gunawan, Satria M.11.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.0 
 2. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.1 
 3. Sabara, Pacific8.7 
 4. Nolland, Garuda8.4 
 5. Gunawan, Satria M.8.2 
 6. Nugroho, Satya W.8.1 
 7. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.5 
 8. Sucipto, NSH G.7.5 
 9. Poedjakesuma, Peli.6.7 
 10. Prasetyo, Hangtu.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.4.9 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.4.6 
 3. Wijaya, Garuda4.4 
 4. Indra, Pacific4.2 
 5. Sartika, Bimasakti4.0 
 6. Gerungan, Dell A.3.5 
 7. Uneputty, Tonga B.3.3 
 8. Sucipto, Satya W.3.0 
 9. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.3.0 
 10. Ramadhani, Dell A.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.2 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.3.0 
 3. Uneputty, Tonga B.2.6 
 4. Sucipto, NSH G.2.3 
 5. Michel, Satria Muda2.1 
 6. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.2.1 
 7. Nolland, Garuda2.0 
 8. Dewanto, Pelita J.2.0 
 9. Ramadhani, Dell As.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. Thoyib, Dell Aspac1.6 
 6. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.5 
 7. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.2 
 8. Gunawan, Satria M.1.1 
 9. Damanik, Pelita Ja.1.1 
 10. Rahmat, Tonga BSC1.1 


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

32-year old power forward Rony Gunawan (194-F/C-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for Satria Muda and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 46.
He had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Stadium Jak. (#6, 15-14) with 17-point margin 80-63. Satria Muda maintains the 3rd position in Indonesian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Satria Muda will need more victories to improve their 22-7 record. Gunawan has many years of experience at Satria Muda, through which he has constantly improved. Gunawan has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 8.5rpg. Gunawan is in league's top in and averages solid 1.9bpg.

Second best performed player last round was Max Yanto (215-C-83) of NSH GMC Riau. He is a center in his second season at NSH GMC Riau. In the last game Yanto recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as NSH GMC Riau lost that game 49-79 to the higher-ranked Bimasakti (#8, 9-20). This loss caused NSH GMC Riau to slide to the very bottom (12) position in the standings. 27 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories NSH GMC Riau managed to get this year. Yanto is well-known at NSH GMC Riau and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to center Firman Nugroho (201-C-90) of Satya Wacana (#9). Nugroho showcased his all-around game by recording 7 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Satya Wacana, leading his team to a 77-59 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Pacific Caesar (#10, 6-23). Satya Wacana can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 8-21 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Nugroho he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Nugroho has individually a great season in Indonesia. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.0rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dimas Aryo Dewanto (180-F-86) of Pelita Jaya - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Gege Nagata (185-F-88) of Pacific Caesar - 19 points and 3 rebounds
6. Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-PF-90) of Bimasakti - 19 points and 4 rebounds
7. Budi Sucipto (169-G-88) of Satya Wacana - 21 points and 4 assists
8. Heryanto Gunawan (177-PG-88) of Bimasakti - 17 points and 3 assists
9. Ary Chandra (182-F-84) of Pelita Jaya - 19 points and 3 rebounds
10. Respati Pamungkas (180-G-91) of Satya Wacana - 20 points and 3 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)



NBL Round 47: No surprise as #1 Dell Aspac defeats Hangtuah - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

NBL top team - Dell Aspac (28-1) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat seventh ranked Hangtuah (14-14) in Jakarta 66-62. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-10. But Hangtuah won second period 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for the former international swingman Xaverius Prawiro (184-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Fandi Andika Ramadhani (184-85) helped adding 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Tri Wilopo (180-86) responded with 20 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Dell Aspac have an impressive series of eighteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 28-1 record. Hangtuah at the other side keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. Dell Aspac will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hangtuah will play at home against NSH GMC Riau (#12) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Second ranked Pelita Jaya (26-4) crushed at home 10th ranked Pacific Caesar (6-23) by 37 points 96-59, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a quality performance for the former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Daniel Wenas accounted for 11 points and 5 assists. Airlangga Sabara (190-85) came up with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Pacific Caesar in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second place with 26-4 record having just one points less than leader Dell Aspac. Pacific Caesar at the other side keeps the tenth position with 23 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last two games of round 47 Bimasakti won against Satya Wacana on the opponent's court 81-70. Satria Muda managed to outperform Garuda in a home game 63-59.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 32 points and 11 rebounds by Bima Rizky Ardiansyah of Bimasakti.


Group Surabaya
Satya Wacana - Bimasakti 70-81

Everything could happen in Salatiga at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Bimasakti and 9th ranked Satya Wacana had identical 8-20 record. But Satya Wacana was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Sakti 81-70. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Bimasakti players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds. Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) accounted for 19 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) came up with 24 points and 4 steals and forward Eko Wiratama Nasution (195-90) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Satya Wacana in the defeat. Bimasakti maintains eighth place with 9-20 record. Satya Wacana at the other side keeps the ninth position with 21 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Bimasakti: B.Rizky Ardiansyah 32+11reb+1ast, Y.Dwi Priasmoro 19+3reb+6ast, H.Gunawan 17+4reb+3ast, R.Dwi Purnomo 7+6reb+3ast, U.Gendro Maryono 3, D.Sartika 2+4reb+5ast
Satya Wacana: R.Pamungkas 24+2reb+2ast, E.Wiratama Nasution 12+9reb, Y.Sua 10+2ast, V.Wuwungan 6+4reb, Y.France Giay 6+5reb, B.Sucipto 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 238715


Satria Muda - Garuda 63-59

Rather predictable result in Jakarta where third ranked Satria Muda (22-7) defeated 5th ranked Garuda (20-9) 63-59. Garuda was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 18-7 charge of Satria Muda, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Garuda to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Garuda was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) who led the winners and scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. The former international point guard Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-81) accounted for 11 points for the winning side. Vinton Nolland (194-82) came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and the former international point guard Wendha Wijaya (181-82) added 15 points respectively for Garuda in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Satria Muda maintains third place with 22-7 record having six points less than leader Dell Aspac. Garuda at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Satria Muda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Garuda will play at home against Tonga BSC (#11) in Jakarta and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: A.Wisnu 15+5reb+3ast, F.Julius Ahmad 11+3reb+2ast, R.Gunawan 11+2reb+1ast, F.Susanto 9+4reb, B.Siregar 6+7reb, G.Gunawan 5
Garuda: W.Wijaya 15+4reb+3ast, V.Nolland 10+11reb+2ast, C.Gideon 8+7reb+2ast, F.Minallah 7+3reb+2ast, C.Pranatyo 6+1reb+2ast, D.Pratama 5+1ast
gschID: 238714


Dell Aspac - Hangtuah 66-62

NBL top team - Dell Aspac (28-1) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat seventh ranked Hangtuah (14-14) in Jakarta 66-62. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-10. But Hangtuah won second period 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for the former international swingman Xaverius Prawiro (184-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Fandi Andika Ramadhani (184-85) helped adding 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Tri Wilopo (180-86) responded with 20 points and guard Mei Joni (188-89) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Dell Aspac have an impressive series of eighteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 28-1 record. Hangtuah at the other side keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. Dell Aspac will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hangtuah will play at home against NSH GMC Riau (#12) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Dell Aspac: X.Prawiro 24+6reb+5ast, P.Regowo 16+5reb+3ast, F.Andika Ramadhani 9+10reb+5ast, R.Effendi 6+2reb, I.Thoyib 5+6reb, O.Wira Sanjaya 3+4reb
Hangtuah: T.Wilopo 20+4reb+1ast, M.Joni 11+9reb+1ast, A.Sapto 7+4reb, A.Junaidi 7+2reb+1ast, A.Prasetyo 5+9reb, I.Teguh Teguh 4+10reb+1ast
gschID: 238713


Pelita Jaya - Pacific Caesar 96-59

Second ranked Pelita Jaya (26-4) crushed at home 10th ranked Pacific Caesar (6-23) by 37 points 96-59, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Pelita Jaya. Pacific Caesar was better in second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pelita Jaya forced 30 Pacific Caesar turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. It was a quality performance for the former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Daniel Wenas (188-92) accounted for 11 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Four Pelita Jaya players scored in double figures. Airlangga Sabara (190-85) came up with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Gege Nagata (185-88) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Pacific Caesar in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second place with 26-4 record having just one points less than leader Dell Aspac. Pacific Caesar at the other side keeps the tenth position with 23 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pelita Jaya: A.Poedjakesuma 18+7reb+2ast, D.Aryo Dewanto 14+3reb+2ast, D.Wenas 11+3reb+5ast, A.Chandra 10+4reb+3ast, K.Purwanto 9+8ast, P.Indrawan 9+8reb+2ast
Pacific Caesar: A.Sabara 19+7reb+5ast, G.Nagata 16+5reb+1ast, E.Sasmito 7+6reb+2ast, H.Listiyono 6+5reb+4ast, I.Pranoto 4, H.Suharsono 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 238712



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  ISRAEL   

Standings - BSL

Winner Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Maccabi T-A 20-3 
 2. Hapoel Eilat 15-9 
 3. Maccabi Haifa 15-9 
 4. Netanya 13-11 
 5. Hapoel J-M 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 74-82

Second Stage: Round 3

Places 1-6

Apr. 25: Maccabi Rishon - Netanya
Apr. 24: Hapoel J-M - Hapoel Eilat
Apr. 25: Maccabi T-A - Maccabi Haifa

Places 7-12

Apr. 24: Elizur Ashkelon - Maccabi Ashdod
Apr. 24: Bnei Hasharon - Hapoel Holon
Apr. 25: Galil Gilboa - Hapoel T-A


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. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.18.2 
 4. Beck, Bnei Hashar.18.0 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi17.6 
 6. Killingswort., Net.17.4 
 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. Holman, Hapoel Eil.9.9 
 4. Thomas, Maccabi9.7 
 5. Wright, Maccabi9.4 
 6. Calathes, Maccabi9.3 
 7. Uter, 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. Warren, Maccabi4.3 
 7. Perry, Elizur A.4.3 
 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 


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Maccabi .
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Daniel, Maccabi23.4 
 2. Alexander, Macc.B.22.5 
 3. Westbrook, Neckar20.9 
 4. Durham, Hapoel A.20.8 
 5. Teel, Elitzur Ramla20.7 
 6. Johnson, Hapoel K.19.8 
 7. Laing, Elitzur Yav.19.8 
 8. Odiakosa, Hod H.19.5 
 9. Govens, Ironi K-A19.5 
 10. El Amin, Ma.19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.13.2 
 2. Odiakosa, Hod H.12.6 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.11.9 
 4. Daniel, Maccabi10.4 
 5. Ramsey, Ironi R.10.4 
 6. Alexander, Macc.B.10.1 
 7. McGhee, Elitzur9.9 
 8. Pitshon, Ironi N.9.8 
 9. Constantine, Hapoe.9.5 
 10. Johnson, Hapoel9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.8 
 2. Teel, Elitzur Ramla5.9 
 3. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.5.1 
 4. Brener, Hapoel A.4.9 
 5. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.4.7 
 6. Farchi, Elitzur Ya.4.5 
 7. Benn, Ironi N.4.4 
 8. Dunne, Ironi N.4.4 
 9. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.3 
 10. Ber-Aven, Kiryat4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Bilal BENN
  Ironi N.
  (196-G/F-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Benn, Ironi N.2.8 
 2. Alexander, Maccabi2.6 
 3. Teel, Elitzur Ramla2.5 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.5 
 5. Miller, Ironi N.2.4 
 6. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.4 
 7. Hofman, Elitzur2.3 
 8. Laing, Elitzur Yav.2.0 
 9. Gordon, Hapoel K.1.9 
 10. Kent, Ironi R.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.2.9 
 2. Clark, Ironi K-A2.1 
 3. Daniel, Maccabi1.7 
 4. Blair, Ironi N.1.4 
 5. Constantine, Hapoe.1.4 
 6. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.2 
 7. Labanowski, Macca.1.1 
 8. Durham, Hapoel A.1.1 
 9. Odiakosa, Hod H.1.0 
 10. Alexander, Macc.B.1.0 


Winner League Round 2 (Second Stage): Hapoel Tel-Aviv defeats Maccabi Ashdod in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Second Stage in Winner League.

The most exciting game of round 2 in the Winner League took place in Ashdod. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 3rd ranked Maccabi Ashdod (10-14) to first ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (12-12) 77-75 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 29-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. International point guard Bar Timor (190-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored 21 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Anthony Goods (191-87, college: Stanford) chipped in 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American forward Diamon Simpson (201-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Newly promoted Hapoel Tel-Aviv maintains first position in League with 12-12 record. Maccabi Ashdod at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 14 games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv are looking forward to face league's second-placed Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Maccabi Ashdod will play on the road against Ironi Ashkelon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Maccabi Haifa (15-9) against fifth ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (12-11) on Sunday night. Host Maccabi Haifa was crushed by Hapoel Jerusalem in Haifa 78-58. American Josh Duncan (203-86) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and Elishay Kadir supported him with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Hapoel Jerusalem's coach Sharon Drucker allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 17 points and 7 assists by American-Mexican point guard Paul Stoll (180-85) did not help to save the game for Maccabi Haifa. Hapoel Jerusalem maintains fifth position in League with 12-11 record. Maccabi Haifa at the other side keeps the third place with nine games lost. Hapoel Jerusalem will play against league's second-placed Hapoel Eilat at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi Haifa will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Hapoel Eilat (15-9) against fifth ranked GreenTops Netanya (13-11) on Monday night. Host Hapoel Eilat was defeated by GreenTops Netanya in a tough game in Eilat 74-82. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Ramel Bradley who scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. GreenTops Netanya's coach Danny Franco used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Eli Holman produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the hosts. GreenTops Netanya moved-up to fourth place in League. Newly promoted Hapoel Eilat keeps the second position with nine games lost. GreenTops Netanya will meet Maccabi Rishon (#6) in the next round. Hapoel Eilat will play against Hapoel Jerusalem (#5) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Rishon Le-Zion was also worth to mention about. First ranked Maccabi T-A (20-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Maccabi Rishon (11-13). Maccabi T-A managed to secure a 6-point victory 77-71. David Logan orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 5 rebounds. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first position in League with 20-3 record. Maccabi Rishon at the other side keeps the sixth place with 13 games lost. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be Maccabi Haifa (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Maccabi Rishon will play against GreenTops Netanya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 2
In League Elizur Ashkelon lost to Hapoel Holon on the opponent's court 77-83.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 15 points, 20 rebounds and 7 assists by Pat Calathes of Maccabi Haifa.


Group Places 1-6
Maccabi Rishon - Maccabi T-A 71-77

The game in Rishon Le-Zion was also worth to mention about. First ranked Maccabi T-A (20-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Maccabi Rishon (11-13). Maccabi T-A managed to secure a 6-point victory 77-71. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Maccabi Rishon won third quarter 24-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Maccabi Rishon 41-29 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 5 rebounds. American center Shawn James (207-83, college: Northeastern, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Four Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Julian Wright (203-87, college: Kansas) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Willie Warren (193-89, college: Oklahoma, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points and 5 assists in the effort for Maccabi Rishon. Defending champion maintains first position in League with 20-3 record. Maccabi Rishon at the other side keeps the sixth place with 13 games lost. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be Maccabi Haifa (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Maccabi Rishon will play against GreenTops Netanya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: D.Logan 24+5reb+3ast, D.Smith 16+5reb+4ast, L.Eliyahu 15+4reb+3ast, S.James 12+14reb+1ast, S.Landesberg 7+1reb, R.Hickman 2+2reb+1ast
Maccabi Rishon: J.Wright 22+12reb+3ast, W.Warren 19+2reb+5ast, A.Uter 13+10reb+3ast, N.Hanochi 6+2reb, A.Ben David 6+1reb+1ast, O.Solomon 5
gschID: 239175


Hapoel Holon - Elizur Ashkelon 83-77

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Ironi Ashkelon (5-19) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Hapoel Holon (10-14) 83-77. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-19. But Ironi Ashkelon won second period 25-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Holon made 29-of-34 charity shots (85.3 percent) during the game, while Ironi Ashkelon only scored nine points from the stripe. 29 personal fouls committed by Ironi Ashkelon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Frank Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds. Guard Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Hapoel Holon players scored in double figures. Guard Marque Perry (185-81, college: St.Louis, agency: N.E.T.) replied with 23 points and swingman Jarvis Hayes (201-81, college: Georgia) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Ashkelon. Hapoel Holon moved-up to third place in League. Ironi Ashkelon at the other side keeps the sixth position with 19 games lost. Hapoel Holon's next round opponent will be Bnei Hasharon (#5) in Hod Hasharon. Ironi Ashkelon will play at home against Maccabi Ashdod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: J.Dyson 24+5reb+3ast, F.Hassell 18+17reb+1ast, D.Waters 15+1reb+4ast, S.Harush 13+3reb+4ast, L.Hill 11+6reb+1ast, Z.Rosen 2+2reb+3ast
Elizur Ashkelon: M.Perry 23+1reb+3ast, J.Hayes 18+6reb+1ast, J.Mills 12+9reb+2ast, G.Porat 7+1reb+2ast, D.Shamriz 7+3reb+4ast, M.Dove 5+7reb
gschID: 239173


Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel J-M 58-78

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Maccabi Haifa (15-9) against fifth ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (12-11) on Sunday night. Host Maccabi Haifa was crushed by Hapoel Jerusalem in Haifa 78-58. It looked good early as Maccabi Haifa took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hapoel Jerusalem had a 21-14 second period charge getting the lead and Maccabi Haifa was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 58-78. Hapoel Jerusalem dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi Haifa's 28. Hapoel Jerusalem forced 19 Maccabi Haifa turnovers. American Josh Duncan (203-86) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and international Elishay Kadir (202-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) supported him with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Four Hapoel Jerusalem players scored in double figures. Hapoel Jerusalem's coach Sharon Drucker allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 17 points and 7 assists by American-Mexican point guard Paul Stoll (180-85) did not help to save the game for Maccabi Haifa. American Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) added 14 points for the hosts. Hapoel Jerusalem maintains fifth position in League with 12-11 record. Maccabi Haifa at the other side keeps the third place with nine games lost. Hapoel Jerusalem will play against league's second-placed Hapoel Eilat at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi Haifa will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: J.Duncan 18+10reb+2ast, C.Fells 16+2reb+2ast, R.Limonad 16+2reb+4ast, E.Kadir 15+11reb+2ast, R.Steele 7+5reb+4ast, C.Smith 6+3reb
Maccabi Haifa: P.Stoll 17+2reb+7ast, D.Smith 14+4reb+3ast, J.Thomas 8+5reb, I.Kozikaro 4+5reb+1ast, P.Calathes 4+7reb, C.Carr 3
gschID: 239172


Group Places 7-12
Hapoel Eilat - Netanya 74-82

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Hapoel Eilat (15-9) against fifth ranked GreenTops Netanya (13-11) on Monday night. Host Hapoel Eilat was defeated by GreenTops Netanya in a tough game in Eilat 74-82. Strangely Hapoel Eilat outrebounded GreenTops Netanya 39-27 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Ramel Bradley (188-85) who scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Marco Killingsworth (203-82, college: Indiana, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Four GreenTops Netanya players scored in double figures. GreenTops Netanya's coach Danny Franco used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Eli Holman (208-89, college: Detroit Mercy) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and guard Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) added 22 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. GreenTops Netanya moved-up to fourth place in League. Newly promoted Hapoel Eilat keeps the second position with nine games lost. GreenTops Netanya will meet Maccabi Rishon (#6) in the next round. Hapoel Eilat will play against Hapoel Jerusalem (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Netanya: Y.Orland 24+3reb+1ast, R.Bradley 21+5reb+4ast, M.Killingsworth 18+10reb+1ast, E.Shulman 11+3reb+3ast, R.Morgan 4+6reb+1ast, T.Ariely 2+5ast
Hapoel Eilat: S.Hopson 22+5reb, A.Nissim 12+2ast, E.Holman 12+16reb, E.Skverer 7+3ast, J.Tillman 7+10reb+1ast, A.Ben-Chimol 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 239171


Maccabi Ashdod - Hapoel T-A 75-77

The most exciting game of round 2 in the Winner League took place in Ashdod. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 3rd ranked Maccabi Ashdod (10-14) to first ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (12-12) 77-75 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 29-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. International point guard Bar Timor (190-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored 21 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Anthony Goods (191-87, college: Stanford) chipped in 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American forward Diamon Simpson (201-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Austin Freeman (190-89, college: Georgetown) scored 18 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Hapoel Tel-Aviv maintains first position in League with 12-12 record. Maccabi Ashdod at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 14 games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv are looking forward to face league's second-placed Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Maccabi Ashdod will play on the road against Ironi Ashkelon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: B.Timor 21+2reb+5ast, C.Kelly 18+6reb+2ast, A.Goods 17+7reb+4ast, M.Naor 10+3reb+1ast, J.Skjoldebrand 7+4reb+2ast, B.Randle 4+3reb
Maccabi Ashdod: A.Freeman 18+2reb+4ast, D.Simpson 16+7reb+2ast, G.Israeli 12+3reb+4ast, M.Collins 11+3reb+4ast, D.Hagag 8+2reb+1ast, J.Skeen 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 239174



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  ITALY   

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. Ere, Cimberio VA15.3 
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. Akindele, Champvil.8.0 
 4. Brunner, Trenkwal.8.0 
 5. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.0 
 6. Dunston, Cimberio.7.7 
 7. Jelovac, JuveCase.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 VA5.8 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.3 
 4. Green, EA7 Armani4.7 
 5. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.4 
 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: 2.6
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.6 
 2. Robinson, PGE T.2.4 
 3. Kinsey, Unicaja2.1 
 4. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.1 
 5. Reynolds, Enel B.2.0 
 6. Green, Cimberio VA1.9 
 7. Shakur, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 8. Barbour, Pesaro1.9 
 9. Dean, Sidigas AV1.8 
 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 - 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. Parente, Lucca16.6 
 4. Casadei, Firenze16.6 
 5. Reati, Treviglio15.8 
 6. Benfatto, Ferrara15.6 
 7. Wojciechowsk., Tor.15.3 
 8. Ruggiero, Bari15.3 
 9. Ferrarese, Trevigl.15.1 
 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. Bonessio, Bari7.5 
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. Gnaccarini, Recana.3.2 
 10. Rajola, 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. Casadei, Firenze2.5 
 9. Sanna, Firenze2.5 
 10. Maggio, San Seve.2.5 
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. Piunti, Mirandola0.7 
 10. Mancin, Mirandola0.7 


Tuscany Pistoia signs Diego Fajardo - by Eurobasket News

Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia (Lega2) signed 37-year old Italian center Diego Fajardo (208-105kg-76, agency: Players Group). He started the season at Hamyari Shahrdari Zanjan in Iranian Superleague. In only one game he recorded 13 points, 18 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 1 block this season. The last season Fajardo played at Cimberio Varese (SerieA). In 32 games he had 7.6ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3spg. Fajardo was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague 1st Team in 2013. His team made it to the Italian Cup final in 2010.
He has played previously professionally in Spain (Caja Laboral, UCAM Murcia and Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC) and Italy (Armani Milano, Reggio C. Redel and Oknoplast Bologna).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Tuscany Pistoia.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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

28-year old center Andrea Crosariol (211-C-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Pesaro and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Sutor MGR (#13, 11-17) 108-94. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Pesaro maintains the 14th position in Italian league. Pesaro is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-18 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Crosariol as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Andrea Crosariol averages this season 10.0ppg and 5.9rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Jacob Pullen (185-PG-89) of Oknoplast BO. He is American-Georgian guard in his first season at Oknoplast BO. In the last game Pullen recorded impressive 38 points and 3 assists. Bad luck as Oknoplast BO lost that overtime game 110-120 to the higher-ranked Banco di Sard. (#2, 20-8). Oknoplast BO is still in a red zone at 15th spot in the standings. 19 lost games are too many comparing to just eight victories Oknoplast BO managed to get this year. Pullen is one of the most experienced players at Oknoplast BO and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89, agency: Beo Basket) of JuveCaserta (#9). Jelovac scored 24 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Jelovac's great performance JuveCaserta lost 75-85 to slightly lower-ranked Sidigas AV (#10, 12-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of JuveCaserta ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jelovac could help JuveCaserta to bring them higher in the standings. Jelovac has a great season in Italy. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.5rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Drew Gordon (205-F-90) of Banco di Sard. - 19 points and 11 rebounds
5. Christian Burns (203-F-85) of Sutor MGR - 25 points and 7 rebounds
6. Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) of Cimberio VA - 16 points and 13 rebounds
7. Luca Vitali (201-PG-86) of Vanoli CR - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88) of Acea Virtus RM - 19 points and 10 rebounds
9. Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82) of Pesaro - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Travis Diener (184-PG-82) of Banco di Sard. - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists

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



Best players of Italian Nazionale A round 34 - by Eurobasket News

Nicolo Benedusi (193-SG-88) had a great game in the last round for Recanati and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 34.
The 24-year old shooting guard had the game-high 18 points adding six rebounds and six assists for Recanati in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Bari (#11, 15-16) 82-78. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Recanati maintains the 12th position in Italian Nazionale A. Recanati is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 14-17 record. In the team's last game Benedusi had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Nicolo Benedusi averages this season 7.5ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-F/C-91, agency: Two Points) of second-ranked Matera. Iannuzzi impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Matera lost that game 68-81 to slightly lower-ranked Casalpusterlengo (#4, 18-13). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Matera still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 20-11 record is not bad at all. Iannuzzi is a newcomer at Matera and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Massimo Farioli (202-F/C-77) of Omegna (#7). Farioli scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Omegna, leading his team to a 82-50 easy win against the lower-ranked Perugia (#18, 8-22). Omegna needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 14 lost games. Farioli has a very solid season. In 30 games in Italy he scored 7.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pierpaolo Picazio (193-G-79) of Omegna - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Gianpaolo Ricci (200-F-91) of Casalpusterlengo - 15 points and 12 rebounds
6. Marco Tagliabue (206-PF-86) of Recanati - 18 points and 7 rebounds
7. Marco Gnaccarini (185-G-81) of Recanati - 10 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Daniele Bonessio (200-F/G-88) of Bari - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Michele Benfatto (205-F/C-85) of Ferrara - 13 points and 9 rebounds
10. Matteo Negri (194-SG-91) of Lucca - 19 points and 4 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)



Best players of Italian Lega2 round 27 - by Eurobasket News

Nigerian-American Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Tezenis VE and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 26-year old power forward had a double-double of 19 points and twenty one rebounds, while his team beat Novipiu Casale (#3, 17-9) 81-67. Tezenis VE is placed at 6th position in Italian Lega2. Tezenis VE is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 14-12 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Lawal as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Wayne State University (MI) graduate has very impressive stats this year. Lawal leads league in rebounds with 13.8rpg. Lawal is in league's top in and averages solid 1.9bpg,2.2spg and 66.7% FGP. Worth to mention Lawal played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old Ghanian guard David Cournooh (188-G-90) of Biancoblu BO. Cournooh impressed basketball fans with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Biancoblu BO was edged in overtime by the higher-ranked Sigma Barcel. (#1, 19-7) 100-97. This loss caused Biancoblu BO to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Cournooh is a newcomer at Biancoblu BO and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was former international center Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) of Fileni BPA Jesi (#12). Maggioli got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . Despite Maggioli's great performance Fileni BPA Jesi lost 72-92 to the higher-ranked Giorgo Tesi PT (#2, 18-7). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Fileni BPA Jesi ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Maggioli could help Fileni BPA Jesi to bring them higher in the standings. Maggioli has a great season in Italy. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.2ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 9.2rpg (4th best). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 58.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Brkic (210-F/C-82) of C.de Latte BRE - 24 points and 7 rebounds
5. Terrence Roderick (196-G/F-88) of LeGamberi FO - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Casper Ware (177-PG-90) of Novipiu Casale - 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Ronald Slay (203-F-81) of Givova Scafati - 17 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
8. William Mosley (202-C-89) of Biancoblu BO - 19 points and 8 rebounds
9. Michael Umeh (188-PG-84) of Pall.Trento - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Paul Marigney (192-G-82) of Prima Veroli - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  JAMAICA   


Kevin Young and his Aishin triumphs at JBL Finals in Japan - by Eurobasket News

Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri) and his Aishin triumphs at JBL Finals in Japan. The Jamaican Center helped his team to win the Play-offs against Toshiba with 3-2 in the series.
Aishin trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 33-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Aishin Sea Horses made 16-of-21 free shots during the game. Aishin Sea Horses outrebounded Toshiba Thunders 40-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international point guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi chipped in 14 points. American forward Nick Fazekas produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Ryusei Shinoyama added 8 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Kevin Young joined the team in 2012-2013 and averaged 9.3 points per game. In the last Final game he collected 6 points and 7 rebounds.



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  JAPAN   

Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba21.0 
 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
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.4 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba12.3 
 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, Aishin2.9 
 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. Rolle, Mitsubis.1.4 
 3. Covile, Aishin SH1.4 
 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 34-16 
 2. Yokohama BC 33-17 
 3. Iwate Big Bulls 33-17 
 4. Toyama Grouses 33-17 
 5. Akita NH 25-25 
 6. Chiba Jets 25-25 
 7. Sendai 89ers 20-30 
 8. Shinshu BW 17-33 
 9. Tokyo Cinq R. 17-33 
 10. Saitama Bron. 15-35 
 11. Gunma 13-37 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 40-10 
 2. Fukuoka Rizing 33-17 
 3. Shimane SM 32-18 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 31-19 
 5. Kyoto Hannar. 28-22 
 6. Hamamatsu P. 27-23 
 7. Osaka Evessa 22-28 
 8. Oita H.Devils 21-31 
 9. Takamatsu FA 20-32 
 10. Miyazaki SS 9-43 

Regular Season: Round 54

Apr. 21: Shiga L-Stars - Akita NH 88-92
Apr. 21: Iwate Big Bulls - Miyazaki SS 84-60
Apr. 21: Shinshu BW - Sendai 89ers 83-80
Apr. 21: Niigata Albirex - Osaka Evessa 79-74
Apr. 21: Oita H.Devils - Toyama Grouses 78-86
Apr. 21: Gunma - Hamamatsu P. 76-73
Apr. 21: Takamatsu FA - Kyoto Hannar. 70-86
Apr. 21: Tokyo Cinq R. - Okinawa GK 60-97
Apr. 21: Shimane SM - Saitama Bron. 117-95
Apr. 21: Yokohama BC - Chiba Jets 104-79

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: 27.1
 1. Humphrey, Saitama27.1 
 2. Cummings, Sendai21.9 
 3. Woods, Tokyo C.21.8 
 4. Burns, Yokohama BC21.2 
 5. Chandler, Chiba J.20.8 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM20.0 
 7. Brown, Akita NH20.0 
 8. Werner, Chiba Jets19.8 
 9. Keller, Gunma19.2 
 10. Jones, Tokyo C.19.0 
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. White, Hamamats.10.7 
 8. Rickert, Osaka E.10.7 
 9. Williams, Saitama10.6 
 10. Parker, Shimane SM10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Takehiko SHIMURA
  Sendai
  (160-G-83)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Shimura, Sendai6.3 
 2. Namizato, Okina.6.2 
 3. Togashi, Akita NH6.0 
 4. Galloway, Hamamats.6.0 
 5. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.6 
 6. Jones III, Oita H.5.2 
 7. Burns, Yokohama BC4.8 
 8. Humphrey, Saitama4.2 
 9. Ito, Miyazaki SS4.1 
 10. Shimizu, Oita H.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Humphrey, Saitama2.2 
 2. Parker, Shimane SM2.1 
 3. Burns, Yokohama BC2.1 
 4. McHenry, Okina.2.0 
 5. Brown, Toyama G.2.0 
 6. Masato, Iwate B.1.9 
 7. Galloway, Hamamats.1.9 
 8. Lyons, Takamats.1.9 
 9. Alawoya, Oita H.1.9 
 10. Woods, Tokyo C.1.7 
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. Parker, Shimane SM1.6 
 6. Ashby, Fukuoka1.6 
 7. Kuso, Miyazaki SS1.5 
 8. Williams, Takamats.1.4 
 9. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.4 
 10. Brown, Toyama G.1.3 


BJ League Round 54: Shiga L-Stars are defeated by Akita Happinets - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in BJ League. The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most important game in the last round took place in Shiga between third ranked Shiga L-Stars (31-19) and sixth ranked Akita Happinets (25-25) on Sunday night. Shiga L-Stars were defeated by Akita Happinets in a tough game at home 88-92. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Shiga L-Stars. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Shiga L-Stars won third quarter 25-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Shiga L-Stars outrebounded Akita Happinets 36-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 11 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Dion Harris (190-85, college: Michigan) chipped in 31 points during the contest. Akita Happinets' coach Kazuo Nakamura used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was power forward Shelton Colwell (202-80, college: Missouri St.) with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Akita Happinets moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Chiba Jets. Shiga L-Stars at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 19 games lost. Akita Happinets is looking forward to face Tokyo Cinq R. (#9) at home in the next round. Shiga L-Stars will play against Shimane Magic (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
BJ League top team - Niigata Albirex (34-16) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Osaka Evessa (22-28) 79-74. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) notched 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and Chris Holm supported him with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Even a double-double of 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists by forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) did not help to save the game for Osaka Evessa. Osaka Evessa's coach Bill Cartwright rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Niigata Albirex maintains first position with 34-16 record. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the seventh place with 28 games lost. Niigata Albirex will play against Sendai 89ers (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Osaka Evessa will play against the league's leader Okinawa GK and hopes to get back on the winning track.
BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (40-10) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (17-33) 97-60. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Terrance Woodbury who scored 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Ricky Woods who recorded 19 points and 9 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 an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 40-10 record. Tokyo Cinq R. lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 33 games lost. They share the position with Shinshu BW. Okinawa GK will meet Osaka Evessa (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Tokyo Cinq R. will play against Akita Happinets and hope to secure a win.
The game in Oita was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (33-17) played at the court of 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (21-31). Toyama Grouses managed to secure a 8-point victory 86-78. It was a good game for Angel Garcia who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Oita Heat Devils' coach tested twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Toyama Grouses moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Oita Heat Devils at the other side keep the eighth position with 31 games lost. Toyama Grouses' next round opponent will be Shinshu BW (#8) in Nagano where they are favorite.
Important game to mention about took place in Gunma. Eleventh ranked Gunma (13-37) saved a 3-point victory at home edging higher ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (27-23) 76-73 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The game was also dominated by American players. Dominique Keller scored 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Newly promoted Gunma maintains eleventh position with 13-37 record. Loser Hamamatsu Phoenix keeps the sixth place with 23 games lost. Gunma will face higher ranked Chiba Jets (#6) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 54: Miyazaki SS was destroyed by Iwate Big Bulls on the opponent's court 84-60. Shimane SM outscored Saitama Bron. in a home game 117-95. Chiba Jets was rolled over Yokohama BC on the road 104-79. Takamatsu FA were defeated by Kyoto Hannar. on its own court 70-86. Sendai 89ers was beaten by Shinshu BW in Nagano 83-80.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 46 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 5 assists by John Humphrey of Saitama Bron..


Iwate Big Bulls - Miyazaki SS 84-60

Very expected game when 10th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (9-43) were crushed on the road by fourth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (33-17) 84-60 on Sunday. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Kyohei Ito (175-88) scored 10 points and 7 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Iwate Big Bulls have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 43 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will face league's second-placed Fukuoka Rizing on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: C.Dixon 21+7reb+3ast, D.Sneed 19+10reb+1ast, R.Okosa 18+13reb+2ast, K.Takahashi 8+1reb+2ast, T.Masato 7+3reb, N.Takushi 4+1reb+5ast
Miyazaki SS: H.Otsuka 15, A.Kuso 14+10reb+1ast, K.Ito 10+4reb+7ast, Y.Kojima 8+3reb+1ast, M.Takahashi 7+4reb, T.Fairley 6+11reb+4ast
gschID: 200930


Shimane SM - Saitama Bron. 117-95

Very predictable result when third ranked Shimane Magic (32-18) smashed at home 10th ranked Saitama Broncos (15-35) 117-95 on Sunday. Shimane Magic looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 9 blocks. The game was also dominated by American players. Center Jeral Davis (216-84) had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) chipped in 25 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) with a double-double by scoring 46 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Wayne Oliver (201-80, college: W.Hills JC) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shimane Magic maintains third position with 32-18 record having just two points less than leader Okinawa GK. Loser Saitama Broncos keep the tenth place with 35 games lost. Shimane Magic will face Shiga L-Stars (#4) on the road in the next round. Saitama Broncos will play against the league's second-placed Yokohama BC (#2).
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: B.Freeman 28+2reb+1ast, E.Yamamoto 26+1reb+7ast, M.Parker 25+11reb+2ast, J.Davis 22+17reb+1ast, T.Yokoo 7+3reb+3ast, Y.Hikino 6+4ast
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 46+14reb+5ast, W.Oliver 16+6reb, D.Baker 8+5reb+1ast, T.Yamashiro 6+3reb, Y.Nobihura 6+1reb+2ast, Y.Kitamuki 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 200937


Niigata Albirex - Osaka Evessa 79-74

BJ League top team - Niigata Albirex (34-16) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Osaka Evessa (22-28) 79-74. Niigata Albirex had a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Osaka Evessa was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) notched 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) supported him with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists by forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) did not help to save the game for Osaka Evessa. Guard Dwayne Lathan (190-89, college: Indiana St.) added 19 points and 5 rebounds. Osaka Evessa's coach Bill Cartwright rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Niigata Albirex maintains first position with 34-16 record. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the seventh place with 28 games lost. Niigata Albirex will play against Sendai 89ers (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Osaka Evessa will play against the league's leader Okinawa GK and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: N.Murry 19+8reb+6ast, S.Komatsu 15+1reb+1ast, K.Sato 13+2reb+3ast, C.Holm 10+13reb, R.Webb 9+9reb, T.Finger 7+6reb+1ast
Osaka Evessa: M.Bell 22+12reb+4ast, D.Lathan 19+5reb+2ast, S.Watanuki 9+1reb+3ast, S.Takeda 7+1reb, N.Walkup 7+3reb, Y.Tachibana 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 200931


Yokohama BC - Chiba Jets 104-79

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Chiba Jets (25-25) were rolled over on the road by third ranked Yokohama BC (33-17) 104-79 on Sunday. Yokohama BC made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 63.6 percentage. The game was also dominated by American players. Guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) scored 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was power forward Marquis Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds and forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) scored 17 points. Four Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Yokohama BC moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Chiba Jets keep the fifth position with 25 games lost. Yokohama BC will face Saitama Broncos (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Chiba Jets will play against Gunma (#11).
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 35+6reb+2ast, T.Kennedy 18+9reb+1ast, P.Faye 14+7reb+1ast, M.Kabaya 9+4reb+2ast, S.Hisayama 6+1reb+1ast, S.Kouno 6+1reb+2ast
Chiba Jets: M.Gray 25+15reb+2ast, M.Chandler 17+4reb+2ast, R.Itakura 13+2ast, D.Bell 10+4reb+1ast, S.Isshiki 6+2reb+2ast, T.Ishida 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 200935


Shiga L-Stars - Akita NH 88-92

The most important game in the last round took place in Shiga between third ranked Shiga L-Stars (31-19) and sixth ranked Akita Happinets (25-25) on Sunday night. Shiga L-Stars were defeated by Akita Happinets in a tough game at home 88-92. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Shiga L-Stars. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Shiga L-Stars won third quarter 25-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Shiga L-Stars outrebounded Akita Happinets 36-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 11 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Dion Harris (190-85, college: Michigan) chipped in 31 points during the contest. Akita Happinets' coach Kazuo Nakamura used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was power forward Shelton Colwell (202-80, college: Missouri St.) with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) and guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St.) scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. Akita Happinets moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Chiba Jets. Shiga L-Stars at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 19 games lost. Akita Happinets is looking forward to face Tokyo Cinq R. (#9) at home in the next round. Shiga L-Stars will play against Shimane Magic (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: M.Brown 34+9reb+11ast, D.Harris 31+3ast, Y.Togashi 9+2reb+7ast, M.Anderson 8+5reb, M.Kato 4+2reb+1ast, R.Mizumachi 4+1reb+2ast
Shiga L-Stars: S.Colwell 27+10reb+3ast, W.Arnold 23+8reb+2ast, B.Yokoe 13+4reb+5ast, J.Nakama 7+4reb+7ast, D.Terashita 7+3reb, R.Nixon 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 200936


Takamatsu FA - Kyoto Hannar. 70-86

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (28-22) beat on the road 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (20-32) 86-70 on Sunday. The game without a history. Kyoto Hannar. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. American guard Jermaine Boyette (188-78, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) scored 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego) chipped in 17 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Brandon Penn (203-90, college: Rider, agency: I.D.S. Law) with 23 points and his fellow American import swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) scored 18 points. Kyoto Hannar. maintains fifth position with 28-22 record. Loser Takamatsu FA keeps the ninth place with 32 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will face Hamamatsu Phoenix (#6) in Mikawa in the next round.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: J.Boyette 22+7reb+1ast, L.Pomare 17+13reb, M.Cousin 16+5reb+1ast, M.Kataoka 9+2reb+2ast, H.Kantake 9+1ast, R.Inagaki 4
Takamatsu FA: B.Penn 23+3reb+1ast, D.Lyons 18+4reb, P.Williams 10+7reb+4ast, D.Tamura 7+2reb, M.Kita 5+2reb, Y.Kishimoto 3+3ast
gschID: 200938


Oita H.Devils - Toyama Grouses 78-86

The game in Oita was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (33-17) played at the court of 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (21-31). Toyama Grouses managed to secure a 8-point victory 86-78. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Oita Heat Devils won third quarter 27-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toyama Grouses made 24-of-31 charity shots (77.4 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Oita Heat Devils helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Puerto Rican power forward Angel Garcia (209-88, college: Memphis) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Takeshi Mito (184-85) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. American guard Verdell Jones III (195-89, college: Indiana, agency: Edge Sports) replied with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) added 18 points and 5 assists in the effort for Oita Heat Devils. Oita Heat Devils' coach tested twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Toyama Grouses moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Oita Heat Devils at the other side keep the eighth position with 31 games lost. Toyama Grouses' next round opponent will be Shinshu BW (#8) in Nagano where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: A.Garcia 18+13reb+2ast, T.Mito 15+5reb+3ast, T.Fujie 15+1reb+3ast, M.Joho 15+3reb+4ast, I.Brown 12+8reb+1ast, J.Jacob 7+6reb+3ast
Oita H.Devils: V.Jones III 20+7reb+8ast, T.Shimizu 18+3reb+5ast, S.Umemiya 13+1reb+1ast, K.Mitomo 9+2reb+1ast, R.Tanaka 7, T.Granado 5+10reb+3ast
gschID: 200939


Tokyo Cinq R. - Okinawa GK 60-97

BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (40-10) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (17-33) 97-60. 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 66 of its points in the paint compared to Tokyo Cinq R.'s 28. They outrebounded Tokyo Cinq R. 48-32 including a 39-28 advantage in defensive rebounds. Okinawa GK looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Tokyo Cinq R.'s players. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) who scored 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. 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. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) who recorded 19 points and 9 rebounds and center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) added 10 points and 12 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Okinawa GK have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 40-10 record. Tokyo Cinq R. lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 33 games lost. They share the position with Shinshu BW. Okinawa GK will meet Osaka Evessa (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Tokyo Cinq R. will play against Akita Happinets and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: T.Woodbury 29+6reb+4ast, A.McHenry 16+12reb+6ast, N.Namizato 14+4reb+4ast, N.Kosuge 12+4reb+4ast, R.Kishimoto 9+1reb, S.Kinjo 6+3reb+2ast
Tokyo Cinq R.: R.Woods 19+9reb+2ast, J.Jones 10+12reb+1ast, C.Aoki 9+1reb+3ast, A.Inoue 7+1reb+1ast, Y.Kurihara 6+1reb+1ast, C.Sasaki 4+1reb
gschID: 200934


Shinshu BW - Sendai 89ers 83-80

There was a minor upset in Nagano where 7th ranked Sendai 89ers (20-30) were edged by ninth ranked Shinshu BW (17-33) 83-80 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 27-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The game was also dominated by American players. Power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) scored 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Sam Coleman (208-87, college: Coppin St.) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Sendai 89ers players scored in double figures. Sendai 89ers' coach Robert Pierce let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shinshu BW moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Tokyo Cinq R. Loser Sendai 89ers keep the seventh position with 30 games lost. Shinshu BW will face higher ranked Toyama Grouses (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: M.Fey 22+7reb, J.Green 16+5reb+3ast, S.Yosuke 15+5reb+4ast, T.Utsunomiya 11+2reb, T.Saito 7+8reb+7ast, E.Walton 5+6reb+1ast
Sendai 89ers: S.Coleman 25+12reb, T.Cummings 16+5reb, S.Willard 15+14reb+1ast, T.Komoda 10+2reb, Y.Arai 6, T.Shimura 3+2reb+7ast
gschID: 200932


Gunma - Hamamatsu P. 76-73

Important game to mention about took place in Gunma. Eleventh ranked Gunma (13-37) saved a 3-point victory at home edging higher ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (27-23) 76-73 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-14. But Hamamatsu Phoenix won second period 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Gunma won last quarter 21-19. Gunma had a 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The game was also dominated by American players. Forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Worth to mention Keller played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. The best for the losing side was point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern) with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists and center Elbert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Gunma maintains eleventh position with 13-37 record. Loser Hamamatsu Phoenix keeps the sixth place with 23 games lost. Gunma will face higher ranked Chiba Jets (#6) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Gunma: D.Keller 23+7reb+2ast, J.Dixon 17+4reb+1ast, S.Okada 11+7reb+1ast, T.Tatsuhiko 7+3reb+2ast, K.Tomori 5+4reb+4ast, Y.Okumoto 5+1reb
Hamamatsu P.: E.Fuqua 17+12reb+2ast, A.Ohta 14+5reb+3ast, J.Parmer 13+2reb, K.Galloway 13+11reb+8ast, O.Shinnosuke 8+1reb+1ast, M.Ohguchi 3
gschID: 200933



Sea Horses win Game 5 to reclaim JBL crown - by Emeka Eke

The Japan Times authoritatively report that, the Aisin Sea Horses edged the Toshiba Brave Thunders 58-54 in Mondays decisive fifth game of the JBL Finals and clinched their first championship in four years.

They are supposed to be used to winning. But this one was special for the JBLs powerhouse team.
Captain and point guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi scored seven points in the final quarter to help Aisin carry the momentum.

Kashiwagi had 14 points overall, while center J.R. Sakuragi chipped in with 16 points and 17 rebounds for Aisin.

The Sea Horses have finished first in the last six regular seasons and advanced to five Finals during that span (the playoffs were cancelled for the 2010-11 season due to the Great East Japan Earthquake). But they had wound up winning just two championships.

A highly defensive game entered the final and championship quarter with Aisin up 44-43. But the Sea Horses widened the lead to 56-49 as Kashiwagi knocked down a couple of big jumpers. Toshiba bounced back to reduce the deficit to four points with less than three minutes remaining, but Kashiwagi ensured the win by sinking a pair of free throws with 13.3 seconds left.

Both teams struggled making shots and needed to play patiently today, Aisin head coach Kimikazu Suzuki said after the game at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2. But our players that hadnt won a championship did good job and of course Kashiwagi and J.R. played well. So overall, it was a championship that was won by everybody.

After taking the first game, the Sea Horses had their backs to the wall after losing the next two contests. But they stayed tough and successfully came back to win the last two with their stingy defense.

For Toshiba, ace scorer and center Nick Fazekas ended with just 11 points. Fazekas was held to seven points in Game 4. Shooter Naoto Tsuji, who had a game-high 26 points on Saturday, scored only two points.

Sakuragi was selected the playoff MVP after the game, while his coach Suzuki was named Coach of the Year.

It was a total team effort, said Sakuragi, a former UCLA standout. We were down two games to one. We couldve given up easily, but we kept fighting, fighting, and everyone stayed together as a team, and we came back to win.

It was the last Finals to be held under the name of the JBL. The National Basketball League will start with 12 teams in the 2013-14 season.



Kyotos Hamaguchi proving again he is an elite coach - by Emeka Eke

The Japan Times authoriratively report that for Honoo Hamaguchi and Dai Oketani, longevity is one part of their success story as the bj-leagues longest-tenured coaches. Whats more, their quality teams are always competitive year after year.

Hamaguchi, the Kyoto Hannaryz coach, and Oketani, the Iwate Big Bulls bench boss, are the only two sideline supervisors who held top jobs in the bj-leagues inaugural season still employed here.

Hamaguchi is still chasing his elusive first title.

Oketani is looking to match ex-Osaka Evessa coach Kensaku Tennichis league-record three titles. He won two championships with the Ryukyu Golden Kings after a stint with the Oita HeatDevils (he replaced ex-NBA big man Jawann Oldham on the Oita bench after 16 games in 2006).

Both coaches are well-respected mentors throughout the league.

Hamaguchis six seasons as the Sendai 89ers coach came to an end when the team suspended operations after the Great East Japan Earthquake, and Oketani left the Okinawa-based powerhouse after the team defeated the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix to claim the championship last May.

For Hamaguchi, the 2012-13 campaign has displayed his coaching credentials in a season when a number of quality candidates are in the mix for Coach of the Year honors, including Ryukyus Koto Toyama (a league-best 38-10 record), Fukuokas Atsushi Kanazawa (33-17 record), Shimanes Zeljko Pavlicevic (franchises best season to date at 31-17), Shigas Al Westover (at 30-18 the Lakestars have coped with a number of injuries), plus Osakas Bill Cartwright (hes 17-7 at the helm for a team that was 5-19 when he took over in late January).

In the Eastern Conference, Yokohamas Reggie Geary, the 2011-12 Coach of the Year, has already guided the second-year franchise to a better won-loss record than last season, and the B-Corsairs (32-16) are in a three-way battle for first place with two weeks remaining in the regular season.

Niigatas Matt Garrison and Toyamas Bob Nash are both presiding over 32-16 squads.

How about Oketani?

His Big Bulls (31-17), a second-year franchise, have already made an 12-win improvement over last season to position themselves for a shot at the Final Four. Impressive, indeed.

As for Hamaguchi, he refused to panic when the Hannaryz (27-21, fifth in West) had a lousy start to the season. Their season-opening eight-game losing streak certainly raised a few eyebrows, but it was not a disaster-in-the-making scenario.

After all, the 43-year-old guided the Hannaryz to their first Final Four last season, and through Sunday hes compiled a 190-126 overall record during the regular season, starting with game No. 1 for the Sendai 89ers in the fall of 2005.

Two-time league MVP Lynn Washington, the former Osaka Evessa superstar, praised Hamaguchis coaching ability in an interview with The Japan Times last spring. He is the ultimate micro-manager, Washington said of Hamaguchi. Japanese players need detailed coaching to understand how to play this game. Honoo brings that to a team.

When the Hannaryz fell to 0-8 on Nov. 4, losing 93-86 to Shimane, Hamaguchi told reporters that his team should be able to win with 86 points, but I wanted us to (play) a little more defense.

So guess what happened?

Defense fueled the teams turnaround. An eight-game winning streak brought the team to .500 for the first time on Dec. 2 after a blowout win over Miyazaki. In those eight games, Kyoto yielded (in succession) 75, 63, 85, 87, 69, 88, 74 and 67 points.

After the 87-67 win over Miyazaki that made them 8-8, Hamaguchi said the Hannaryzs defense was firm and the team exhibited patience, two trademarks of his teams over the years.

As the regular season winds down, Kyoto is posting similar numbers across the board that have been common for Hamaguchis teams. Balanced scoring (six players with 8.4 points per game or more), solid free-throw shooting (76.4 percent as a team) a knack for taking care of the basketball (771 assists, 582 turnovers) and sharing it (four players with 100 or more assists).

Big man Marcus Cousin, who had a four-game stint with the Utah Jazz in the 2010-11 season, is Kyotos leading scorer (15.3 points per game). David Palmer, a two-time title winner with Osaka and Ryukyu last season, has a 14.0 ppg average, followed by Gyno Pomares 11.8, Yu Okadas 10.9, Masaharu Kataokas 10.0 and Jermaine Boyettes 8.4.

Weekly accolade: Tokyos Ricky Woods had 28 points, 20 rebounds, 15 assists and two steals in a 101-83 win over host Saitama on Saturday. In the Sunday rematch, he had 32 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists, four steals and 11 turnovers in a 122-100 defeat to the Broncos.

Upcoming schedule: The next-to-last weekend of the regular season features the following matchups: Iwate vs. Miyazaki, Niigata vs. Osaka, Shinshu vs. Sendai, Gunma vs. Hamamatsu, Tokyo vs. Ryukyu, Yokohama vs. Chiba, Shiga vs. Akita, Shimane vs. Saitama, Takamatsu vs. Kyoto and Oita vs. Toyama.

B-Corsairs talk: Coach Geary sat down with reporters on Tuesday afternoon after an open practice, where fans had a chance to watch the team in action. In his upbeat remarks, one got a sense that Geary is quite pleased with the teams composure and focus as it gears up for the playoffs.

We feel like were our old selves and were playing with some confidence going forward, Geary said.

For the B-Corsairs, continued progress made by several role players, including guards Minoru Kimura, Seiji Kono and Satoshi Hisayama, is a positive sign.

Obviously, the development of Kim this year, going from kind of a career practice player at Tokyo to being a contributing member of our team last year to now even being a starting member of our team and really giving us good minutes has been a nice plus, Geary said of Kimura.

Obviously the development of Seiji (Kono) at the backup point guard role really gives us another gear. Hes a little bit more offensive-minded than Kenji (Yamada), and so its kind of nice to have that balance, of the veteran and the speed. So obviously those are two of the guys that really stood out.

And how about second-year post player Faye Pape Mour, a native of Senegal who averaged 5.9 ppg as a rookie last season?

Hes just gotten better and better as his understanding of the game has gotten better, Geary said.

This season, Mour is averaging 9.4 points and almost 8.3 rebounds a game and is a more assertive presence in the low post.

Floor leader and All-Star guard Draelon Burns, a key acquisition last season, also commended Mour for his increased productivity this season.

Pape went against a great opponent in JB (regular-season MVP Justin Burrell) last year, and this year hes going against Shawn (Malloy), who is a big body, too, so he gets good preparation (in practice), Burns observed.

And what he brings to the team is rebounds, hustle and fight, which is very important for us. We need a guy whos down and dirty and I think Pape is that guy. He just helps us a lot; whether he starts or comes off the bench, he always plays hard and brings energy to the team.

Geary also pointed to the improved play of Hisayama for his ability to help us stretch the floor and his shooting ability.

Looking at the Easts top teams and the battle for the regular-season crown, Geary had this to say: . . .Theres great parity in our league. It just makes every weekend, every game so important. I think it just gives us a different kind of intensity on our end, which has been, from a coaching standpoint, a good thing and a bad thing. But great intensity every weekend. Being that theres so much parity, you cant take anybody for granted, whether it be Sendai or Tokyo or Saitama, you know youre in for a fight that night

Burns believes the B-Corsairs are playing quality ball right now, saying confidence is high for him and his teammates with the playoffs on the horizon.

Evessa banter: How big of an impact has Cartwright made for Osaka in his short time in charge? And how has that been a quality development for the league as a whole?

Geary and Toyama coach Robert Nash offered their views on the above questions in recent interviews with this newspaper.

Bill Cartwright has done a nice job at Osaka, Geary said. Every since they added coach Cartwright, with his years of experience as both an NBA player and coach, to go along with the mid season personnel additions of bj-league veterans Rick Rickert and Michael Bell, their overall quality of play on both ends of the floor has definitely improved.

Though we havent played Osaka this season, observing his team on tape I can definitely tell that coach Cartwright garners instant respect from his players due to his extensive background and knowledge, which has resulted in more wins for his organization, he added.

Anytime a former NBA head coach is in our league teaching and helping evolve the game of basketball in Japan, its good for all of us who are working hard to do the same for the league and its growing fan base.

Nash also thinks Cartwrights presence has been a terrific addition for the league.

First, I think Bill has done a great job of setting the foundations for Osakas success in a very short period of time, said Nash, a former NBA forward. You win big games with commitment from the team to defend and Bill has his team really working hard on defense. The future for Osaka is very bright.

Secondly, having a high-profile coach like Bill in our league speaks volume for the future of our league, Nash added. However, looking around the league there are seven foreign coaches and all but two have their teams in the playoff picture, so I think the league has to be happy with the leadership and coaching ability of all the imported coaches as we try to grow the sport.

The current group of import coaches are all good character guys and teacher of the game.

Nash stated that the leagues growth has led to better talent and better teams.

We have a good league and each season the talent level has gotten better, said Nash. It takes time to build a successful team and program, with the exception of (Saitama coach) Tracy (Williams) and Bill all the other coaches have been in Japan for at lease two seasons.

Bill has hit ground running to get Osaka back up to speed and ready to compete for championship.

Quotable: I cant really speak for (everybody) but I kind of like for the fans to come to practice and watch us. It gives us a little more excitement. It gives us energy, I think. Today I think our energy was pretty high .. for the fans we wanted to show off a little bit, because in practice we get to do a lot of things we dont get to do in the game. So you guys get to see a little more excitement, I think. Burns, a DePaul University product said, giving his thoughts on Tuesdays open practice in front of fans.



Toshiba shows determination in Game 3 win over Aisin As Brave Thunders take 2-1 series lead - by Emeka Eke


The Japan Times can authoritatively report that the Brave Thunders again outplayed Aisin down the stretch as Toshiba cruised past the Sea Horses 74-67 in Game 3 of the best-of-five JBL Finals at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No.2 on Saturday afternoon.

Toshiba, which finished last in the league in the 2011-12 season, is now one win away from earning its first title in eight years.

Center Nick Fazekas led the Brave Thunders with 22 points and 15 rebounds, while rookie guard Naoto Tsuji chipped in with 12 points.

The Sea Horses had the momentum early on and led 40-32 at halftime. But the Brave Thunders, who came back strong in the latter half and went on to defeat Aisin in overtime in Thursdays Game 2, clicked in the third quarter, taking advantage of Aisins miscues, to take the lead.

Aisin regrouped in the final quarter and got as close as four points with less than 40 second left. But Toshiba guard Ryusei Shinoyama hit in a huge inside jumper, and Tsuji hit three of four free throws to secure the win.

The Brave Thunders had 14 offensive rebounds (Aisin recorded eight), and outscored Aisin 36-22 in the paint. Mamadou Diouf, plagued by foul trouble, only played 10 minutes, but forwards Yuya Kagami and Yoshifumi Kuwahara (eight points) were solid defensively coming off the bench for Toshiba.

We thought the opponent would get tired in the second half, said Toshibas Takahiro Kurihara, who had 10 points. So our plan was to put more pressure on them than in the first half, and the key for the win was that we were able to do that throughout the game today.

For Aisin, league MVP J.R. Sakuragi had a double-double with 18 points and 17 boards. Kevin Young had 11 points and Shinsuke Kashiwagi scored nine.

Game 4 will tip off at 3 p.m. Sunday at Yoyogi.



Aishin triumphs at JBL Finals! - by Eurobasket News

Aishin SH - Toshiba BT 58-54 (3-2)

Aishin triumphs at JBL Finals! . They trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 33-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Aishin Sea Horses made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Aishin Sea Horses outrebounded Toshiba Thunders 40-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international point guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-81) chipped in 14 points. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Ryusei Shinoyama (178-88) added 8 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 16+17reb+4ast, S.Kashiwagi 14+4reb+2ast, T.Furukawa 7+3reb+1ast, K.Young 6+7reb, S.Kitagawa 6+1reb, K.Takashima 3+2reb
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 11+10reb+2ast, T.Kurihara 8+2reb+3ast, R.Shinoyama 8+4reb+3ast, Y.Kagami 8+1reb+2ast, C.Moss 6+3reb, Y.Uda 4+2reb+1ast
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Humphrey's double-double lands him BJ League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

32-year old swingman John Humphrey (188-G/F-80, agency: Court Side) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Saitama Bron. and receives a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 53.
He had a double-double of 41 points and 14 rebounds, while his team edged out Shimane SM (#4, 31-18) 100-98. Saitama Bron. maintains the 10th position in Japanese BJ League. Saitama Bron. is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 15-34 record. In the team's last game Humphrey had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be Saitama Bron.'s top player in his first season with the team. Middle Tennessee State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Humphrey is league's best scorer averaging so far 26.0ppg. Humphrey is in league's top in assists (8th best: 4.2apg) and averages solid 2.2spg.

Second best performed player last round was Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Shimane SM. He is American forward in his second season at Shimane SM. In the last game Parker recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Shimane SM was edged by the lower-ranked Saitama Bron. (#10, 15-34) 100-98. This loss caused Shimane SM to drop to 4th position in the standings. His team's 31-18 record is not bad at all. Parker is well-known at Shimane SM and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.8ppg (#6). He also registered 10.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Kevin Galloway (200-PG-88) of Hamamatsu P. (#6). Galloway showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Hamamatsu P., leading his team to a 97-87 win against the lower-ranked Gunma (#11, 12-37). Hamamatsu P. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 27 victories and 22 lost games. Galloway has a great season in Japan. After 49 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.9apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony McHenry (202-SF-83) of Okinawa GK - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Abdullahi Kuso (206-F-84) of Miyazaki SS - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Sam Willard (205-F-88) of Sendai 89ers - 12 points, 23 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Edward Yamamoto (173-PG-86) of Shimane SM - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Chris Holm (212-C-84) of Niigata Albirex - 11 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Dominique Keller (203-F-88) of Gunma - 38 points and 6 rebounds
10. Shelton Colwell (202-C/F-80) of Shiga L-Stars - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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ASU down Ittihad Schools to clinch title - by Eurobasket News

ASU - Ittihad Schools 88:82

ASU celebrated the decisive second win in the title series against Ittihad Schools and earned the Premier League title. Austin Johnson (191-G-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oklahoma) came up with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists to carry ASU to the triumph.
ASU dominated in the opening quarter. They posted a 24:17 lead after ten minutes. But Ittihad Schools struck right back in the second frame. They went on a 28:20 rally to grab a 45:44 halftime lead. However ASU opened the third quarter on a 14:4 run to spur ahead. They entered the fourth frame up by nine points 67:58. Ittihad Schools tried hard scoring 24 points in the fourth frame but ASU protected the lead well enough to escape with the victory at the end. Mousa Alawadi (188-G-85) provided 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Wesam Al-Sous (183-PG-83) added 16 points, 7 assists and 4 boards in the win. Mahmoud Abdeen (189-PG-87) answered with 24 points for Ittihad Schools. Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79, college: N.Mexico) chipped in 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in the losing effort.

ASU: Austin Johnson 20, Mousa Alawadi 18, Wesam Al-Sous 16
Ittihad Schools: Mahmoud Abdeen 24, Malcolm Battles 20



Asia-Basket.com All-JPL Awards 2013 - by Omar Shafaamri

Player of the Year: Wesam Al-Sous (183-PG-83)
Guard of the Year: Mahmoud Abdeen (189-PG-87)
Forward of the Year: Mohammad Jamal
Center of the Year: Sani Sakakini (204-C-88)
Most Improved Player of the Year: Ali El-Zubi (184-PG-89)
Domestic Player of the Year: Wesam Al-Sous
Import Player of the Year: Austin Johnson (191-G-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oklahoma)
Coach of the Year: Murad Barakat

1st Team
G: Wesam Al-Sous
G: Austin Johnson
F: Mohammad Jamal
F: Sani Sakakini
C: Christopher Moore (205-F-82, college: Virginia Union)

2nd Team

G: Mahmoud Abdeen
G: Hani AlFaraj (192-SG-87)
F: Issa Kamel (194-F/G-83)
F: Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79, college: N.Mexico)
C: Ahmad Al Dwairi (210-C-93)

3rd Team
G: Fadel Najjar
G: Ali El-Zubi
F: Nedal Al Sharif (190-G-82)
F: Khaldon Abu Ruqayah (200-F-83)
C: Zaid Al-Khas (206-C/F-76, college: Gannon)



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KCA-U teams post mixed results in leagues - by Eurobasket News

Nairobi; Kenya; Kenya College of Accountancy University (KCA-U) teams posted mixed results in the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) leagues played at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi yesterday.
KCA-U men won 56-40 against Little Prince in the Division One league as their women counterparts went down 24-58 against Storms in the Premier league.
KCA-U had a brief scare in the first quarter going down 6-10 to Little Prince but managed to rise and lead in the remaining quarters 15-6, 11-10 and 24-14 with the help of Gerald Mwangi who scored 18 points as Victor Okoth managed 13 for the losers.
Yesterdays loss was the second straight one in a row for Little Prince, who commenced their new league category on a silver platter, picking two all important points against the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) who could not constitute a team last month. Little Prince lost 49-69 to Equity Bank in their second league encounter.
My players have not been training due to the heavy rains and lack of training venue. We used to train at NPC Woodley, unfortunately the gymnasium was taken by the church that now has a team in the Nairobi Basketball Association (NBA) league this season, said Little Prince coach Maurice Kobi.
Kobi, who is ferociously looking for a sponsor to secure for his team a training ground, said the other reason as to why they lost to KCA-U was due to the absence of his four key new players Malek Lino, Mogambi Mawira, Clifford Gatonye and Tony Mwenda, who had work commitments.
KCA-U coach Charles Goro is a happy man as far as the standings in the mens Division One league is concerned.
Goro so far has maintained a clean sheet in the men category following his other wins against Parklands Baptist and World Hope.
We were technically superior for Little Prince who did their best to give us a run for our money. We congratulate them for the effort displayed, said Goro.
According to Goro, his men have a tough task next weekend as they have been lined up by KBF to tackle the resurgent KAA and Umoja in their next fixtures.
We are embarking on a tough training programme this coming week, we lost to KAA in the second leg last year and I am not ready for such a repeat, said Goro.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Upper Hill, Maseno to Contest for Title in Final Showdown - by Eurobasket News

Upper Hill secondary school will be seeking their first ever Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association national basketball title when they clash with 2010 champions Maseno High in today's final.
Upper Hill, representing Metropolitan humiliated hosts Mang'u 72-29 in yesterday's semi-final.
Uppe Hill won all the sets of the one-sided encounter with their opponents failing to grab a double digit score in any.
The Nairobi Centre of Excellence side set the tone for their romp with a 21-8 score in the first, 21-6 in the second to be 42-14 leaders at the break. Mang'u showed resilience in the third, falling narrowly 10-7 before succumbing to a 20-8 whipping in the last.
Maseno beat Friends School Kamusinga 64-35 as they intensified their hunt for a triple of titless after winning in 2005 and 2010.
Maseno won the first quarter 18-11, the second 16-6 to go into the break 34-14.
Kamusinga rallied back into the game with a 13-11 win in the third set but could not break Maseno's resolve, falling 19-5 in the last.
Buru Buru Girls will be seeking to dethrone reigning champions Shimba Hills of Mombasa in the girls basketball final. Buru Buru beat Bahati of Nakuru 66-33 while Shimba thrashed St. Brigids 109-39.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Blazers go down to debutants Nairobi Aviation - by Eurobasket News

Debutants in the Kenya Basketball Federation Premier League Nairobi Aviation closely beat Abel Nsons new team Blazers 68-66 on Saturday afternoon at the Nyayo Gymnasium.
Blazers won the 1st and 2nd quarter getting 16 points in both quarters while Aviation had 14 and 15 points respectively in the quarters to put the half time scores at 32-29 in favor of Blazers.
It was in the 3rd quarter that the students overwhelmed their opponents getting 19 points while Blazers could only manage 12 points. In the last quarter Blazers rallied back with a close 22-20 win but it was not enough and Aviation took the day.
Below are the collated results for matches played on Saturday.
SATURDAY 20TH RESULTS AT NYAYO

1. KCA-U 21/56 VS LITTLE PRINCE 16/40
2. STORMS 32/58 VS KCA-U 13/24
3. UMOJA 39/82 VS ZETECH 38/
4. COOPBANK 37/70 VS MENNONITES 12/37
5. WORLDHOPE 29/54 VS TRAILBLAZERS 25/68
6. BLAZERS 32/66 VS NRB AVIATION 29/68
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Three major decisions were taken on the Board meeting during the Final 4 of EUROHOLD Balkan League - by Eurobasket News

During the Final 4 of EUROHOLD Balkan League in Samokov there was held a Board meeting of the federations members of the competition. On this Board meeting were taken three major decisions.

- The league will most probably allow the teams to include 5 non-European players in the roster during a game but only 3 of them will be able to be in the court on the same time. At least one local player must be on the court also and the other player can be also local or European. With this decision the league wants to give a possibility to the teams from Israel, Romania, Greece and other countries to use their full rosters. The league also will give even more chance for young and local players to play and develop.

- The league has requests from at least 14 teams to participate in the next season. If the 10 teams that played this season would like to be a part of the league for the next campaign, the league will give them this possibility but only if they show they have a good roster. There will also be a wild card and most probably the teams for next season will be 12. Until June 13th the structure will be approved. Other news is that Romania will be back in the league with one or two teams.

- Sigal Prishtina will be a new member of EUROHOLD Balkan League. The team from Kosovo has been accepted to the competition after approval by FIBA, FIBA Europe and all federation members. The only federation that has not given an answer so far is the one of Serbia.
During the Board meeting were also approved some technical changes in the regulation. The system of this season will be kept - if the teams remain 10 there will be two groups of 5 and then a Top 6. If the league consists of 12 teams there will be two groups of 6 and than a Top 8.
Courtesy of: balkanleague.net



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Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 27-3 
 2. Sagesse 23-7 
 3. Moutahed 21-9 
 4. Champville 19-11 
 5. Byblos 14-16 
 6. Amchit 14-16 
 7. Hoops 8-22 
 8. Bejjeh 8-22 
 9. Anibal 2-16 
 10. Antranik 2-16 

Second Stage: Round 12

Apr. 20: Champville - Amchit 86-70
Apr. 22: Sagesse - Moutahed 84-94
Apr. 18: Byblos - Al Riyadi 72-90
Apr. 18: Bejjeh - Hoops 103-95

Second Stage: Round 13

Apr. 24: Hoops - Byblos
Apr. 24: Amchit - Bejjeh
Apr. 25: Al Riyadi - Moutahed
Apr. 26: Champville - Sagesse


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 34.9
 1. Emmett, Amchit34.9 
 2. Blair, Hoops27.1 
 3. Khatib, Champville27.1 
 4. Harper, Sagesse26.4 
 5. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 6. Sims, Sagesse24.4 
 7. Williams, Bejjeh23.3 
 8. Youngblood, Byblos23.3 
 9. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed22.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Fraser, Byblos17.2 
 2. Ampim, Antranik12.0 
 3. Woods, Al Riyadi11.5 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.11.3 
 5. Hill, Amchit10.8 
 6. Jamison, Bejjeh10.6 
 7. Perry, Hoops9.7 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi9.3 
 9. Sims, Sagesse9.0 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Blair, Hoops6.8 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh6.5 
 3. Akl, Sagesse6.4 
 4. Chatfield, Mouta.6.3 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.9 
 6. Fahed, Moutahed5.3 
 7. Zaloum, Antranik5.2 
 8. Khatib, Champville5.1 
 9. Youngblood, Byblos5.1 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Blair, Hoops3.1 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh2.4 
 3. Emmett, Amchit2.2 
 4. Youngblood, Byblos2.1 
 5. Harper, Sagesse1.9 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.8 
 7. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 8. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 9. Fahed, Moutahed1.6 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 2. Hill, Amchit2.5 
 3. Fraser, Byblos1.6 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.1.6 
 5. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.4 
 6. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.3 
 7. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi0.9 
 9. Vogel, Al Riyadi0.8 
 10. Terry, Champville0.8 


Non-Beirut selection roll over Beirut in All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News

Beirut Team - Non-Beirut Team 124:131

Non-Beirut selection celebrated victory in the inaugural Lebanese League All-Star Game. Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) scored 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the winners. The forward was named the MVP of the game. Andre Emmett stole the show during the weekend claiming also the Slam Dunk Contest title. Sabah Khoury contributed 33 points for the winners. Non-Beirut selection also got 18 points from Rony Fahed (184-PG-81). Bassel Bawji (203-F/C-89, college: Tulsa) finished with 16 points for the winning side. Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty) answered with 27 points for Beirut team. DeShawn Sims (203-F-88, college: Michigan) delivered 22 points, while Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) accounted for 20 points and 13 boards in the loss.
Milo Abou Jaoudeh) celebrated victory in the Three-Point Shootout Contest. He prevailed against Omar El Turk (186-SG-81, college: Dawson Coll.) in the Final.



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  LIGA AMERICAS   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Vieira, Flamengo24.6 
 2. Becker, S.Jose/U.20.2 
 3. Stallworth, Pinhei.20.2 
 4. Vassallo, Arecibo19.4 
 5. Guzman, Panteras19.0 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.18.1 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.16.8 
 8. Benite, Flamengo16.2 
 9. Dos Santos, Brasil.15.9 
 10. Ferreira, Pinheir.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Caio SILVEIRA
  Flamengo
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Silveira, Flamengo8.8 
 2. Becker, S.Jose/U.8.0 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo7.8 
 4. Prestes, Brasilia7.8 
 5. Ferreira, Pinheiro.7.6 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.5 
 7. Graterol, Arecibo7.5 
 8. Hernandez, Pioneros7.2 
 9. Guzman, Panteras7.2 
 10. Battle, Lanus6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.7.0 
 2. de Assis, S.Jose/U.5.8 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.5.0 
 4. Vieira, Flamengo4.4 
 5. Laprovittola, Lanus4.2 
 6. Ribeiro, Brasilia3.9 
 7. Benite, Flamengo3.7 
 8. Laws, S.Jose/U.3.7 
 9. Stallworth, Pinhei.3.4 
 10. Cardenas, Mavort3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.2.1 
 2. Cardenas, Mavort1.7 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.1.7 
 4. Stallworth, Pinhei.1.6 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasil.1.5 
 6. Mensah, Buffalo1.4 
 7. Ribeiro, Brasilia1.4 
 8. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.4 
 9. de Assis, S.Jose/U.1.3 
 10. Benite, Flamengo1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Murilo BECKER
  S.Jose/U.
  (210-C/F-83)
  Avg: 1
 1. Becker, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 2. Antonio, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 3. Battle, Lanus0.9 
 4. Ferreira, Pinheiro.0.8 
 5. Araujo, Pinheiro.0.7 
 6. Zanotti, Flamengo0.5 
 7. Levy, Lanus0.4 
 8. McFarlan, Lanus0.4 
 9. Bambu, Pinheiro.0.3 
 10. Ramos, Arecibo0.3 



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  MALTA   


Athleta force the decider - by Eurobasket News

Athleta force the decider in the Play-offs Finals. The second team of the Regular Season overcame the Winner Floriana 91:82 in Game 4 for 2-2 in the series. The decisive Game 5 to be played on April 28th.


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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: 24.8
 1. Jones, Obregon24.8 
 2. Frederick, Guasave23.7 
 3. Monroe, Cananea22.2 
 4. Sperling, Obregon21.0 
 5. Moss, Nogales20.0 
 6. Polynice, Guasave19.8 
 7. Lewis, Los Mochis19.5 
 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. Habel, Guaymas8.9 
 3. Penny, Tijuana8.9 
 4. Selleaze, Navolato7.7 
 5. Jones, Obregon7.6 
 6. Frederick, Guasave7.1 
 7. Monroe, Cananea7.0 
 8. Lewis, Los Mochis6.9 
 9. Alexander, Cananea6.6 
 10. Spain, Hermosillo6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Myron ALLEN
  Guaymas
  (182-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Allen, Guaymas6.2 
 2. Stallings, Los Moc.5.8 
 3. Polynice, Guasave5.6 
 4. Logan, Nogales5.3 
 5. Quintero, Tijuana4.4 
 6. Shorter, Guaymas4.2 
 7. Insunza, Navolato4.2 
 8. Toussaint, Los M.4.1 
 9. Dominguez, Guasave3.9 
 10. Monreal, Hermosil.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Andre MARTIN
  Navolato
  (--78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Martin, Navolato2.0 
 2. Stallings, Los Moc.1.8 
 3. Polynice, Guasave1.7 
 4. Insunza, Navolato1.7 
 5. Mercado, Nogales1.6 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.5 
 7. Lewis, Los Mochis1.5 
 8. Shorter, Guaymas1.4 
 9. Monreal, Hermosillo1.4 
 10. Dominguez, Guasa.1.4 
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. Brown, Cananea0.4 
 9. Verdugo, Navolato0.4 
 10. Ayala, Guaymas0.4 


CIBACOPA Round 12 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The biggest surprise of round 12 in CIBACOPA was guest Fuerza Guinda Nogales' (5-5) road victory over Frayles de Guasave (#8) 106-105 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Frayles de Guasave. They outrebounded Frayles de Guasave 45-32 including a 24-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) chipped in 25 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Eniel Polynice (195-88, college: Seton Hall) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to third place, which they share with Tijuana and Los Mochis. Frayles de Guasave at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Obregon. Fuerza Guinda Nogales is looking forward to face league's leader Ostioneros de Guaymas at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Frayles de Guasave will play against Garra Canera de Navolato (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Mineros de Cananea (4-8) against ninth ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (5-5) on Saturday night. Host Mineros de Cananea was crushed by Tijuana Zonkeys in Cananea 105-83. It was a good game for American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who led his team to a victory with 36 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Omar Quintero contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry) replied with 32 points and 9 rebounds for Mineros de Cananea. Mineros de Cananea's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. 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 play against league's second-placed Rayos de Hermosillo at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mineros de Cananea 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 managed to secure a 4-point victory 92-88 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Patrick Sanders who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Brandon Sperling with 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Rayos de Hermosillo have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 8-4 record having just -2 point less than leader Guaymas. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with six games lost. They share the position with Guasave. Rayos de Hermosillo will meet bottom-ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon will play against Pioneros Los Mochis and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Navolato. Local Garra Canera de Navolato (5-7) lost to sixth ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (5-5) 89-71. Pioneros Los Mochis moved-up to third place, which they share with Tijuana and Nogales. Garra Canera de Navolato at the other side dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Pioneros Los Mochis' next round opponent will be Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (#7) at home. Garra Canera de Navolato will play against Frayles de Guasave and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Obregon - Hermosillo 88-92

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 managed to secure a 4-point victory 92-88 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 26-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Rayos de Hermosillo made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 7 rebounds and international point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) who added 22 points and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Brandon Sperling (196-90, college: Humboldt St.) with 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: Dream Team Management) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Five Rayos de Hermosillo and four Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon players scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 8-4 record having just -2 point less than leader Guaymas. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with six games lost. They share the position with Guasave. Rayos de Hermosillo will meet bottom-ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon will play against Pioneros Los Mochis and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Obregon: B.Sperling 33+5reb+1ast, K.Jones 18+9reb+2ast, J.Salcedo 13+4reb, H.Carrillo 12+1reb+4ast, L.Pulido 7+5reb+6ast, E.Soto 5+1reb+1ast
Hermosillo: P.Sanders 28+7reb+1ast, S.Monreal 22+1reb+6ast, J.Villanueva 11, E.Little 11+1reb, J.Lopez 10+6reb, J.Camacho 4+3reb
gschID: 234896


Cananea - Tijuana 83-105

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Mineros de Cananea (4-8) against ninth ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (5-5) on Saturday night. Host Mineros de Cananea was crushed by Tijuana Zonkeys in Cananea 105-83. The game was mostly controlled by Tijuana Zonkeys. Mineros de Cananea was better in second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tijuana Zonkeys made 29-of-33 charity shots (87.9 percent) during the game, while Mineros de Cananea only scored nine points from the stripe. It was a good game for American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who led his team to a victory with 36 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Five Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. American forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry) replied with 32 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Orlando Zuniga (192-82) added 13 points in the effort for Mineros de Cananea. Mineros de Cananea's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. 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 play against league's second-placed Rayos de Hermosillo at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Cananea: S.Monroe 32+9reb+1ast, O.Zuniga 13+4reb+1ast, V.Camper 10+1reb+4ast, J.Durazo 7+1reb+1ast, R.Grant 7, Q.Gonzalez 6+6reb+2ast
Tijuana: M.Morrison 36+8reb+4ast, O.Quintero 19+2reb+5ast, E.Medina 14+1ast, L.Ramirez 14+3reb, G.Shipley 12+3reb+1ast, J.Penny 10+6reb+1ast
gschID: 234897


Guasave - Nogales 105-106

The biggest surprise of round 12 in CIBACOPA was guest Fuerza Guinda Nogales' (5-5) road victory over Frayles de Guasave (#8) 106-105 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Frayles de Guasave. They outrebounded Frayles de Guasave 45-32 including a 24-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) chipped in a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Eniel Polynice (195-88, college: Seton Hall) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists and his fellow American import forward Eric Frederick (203-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) added 23 points respectively. Four Fuerza Guinda Nogales and five Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to third place, which they share with Tijuana and Los Mochis. Frayles de Guasave at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Obregon. Fuerza Guinda Nogales is looking forward to face league's leader Ostioneros de Guaymas at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Frayles de Guasave will play against Garra Canera de Navolato (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guasave: P.Meza Rogel 24+4ast, E.Frederick 23+4reb+2ast, E.Polynice 19+7reb+10ast, J.Dominguez 13+4reb+7ast, D.Crews 13+7reb+4ast, J.Farrera 11+10reb
Nogales: O.McCullough 25+12reb+6ast, R.Moss 25+10reb+2ast, C.Estrada 15+1reb+1ast, M.Strobbe 14+10reb+2ast, M.Abdul-Awwel 10+6reb+2ast, B.Heredia 9+5reb+6ast
gschID: 234894


Navolato - Los Mochis 71-89

The game with biggest result difference took place in Navolato. Local Garra Canera de Navolato (5-7) lost to sixth ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (5-5) 89-71. Pioneros Los Mochis moved-up to third place, which they share with Tijuana and Nogales. Garra Canera de Navolato at the other side dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Pioneros Los Mochis' next round opponent will be Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (#7) at home. Garra Canera de Navolato will play against Frayles de Guasave and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 234895



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Standings - 1A

1A Standings
Play-Out
 1. Jedinstvo 5-3 
 2. ABS Primorje 5-3 
 3. Ibar Rozaje 5-3 
 4. Centar BP 4-4 
 5. Danilovgrad 3-5 
 6. S.Centar 2-6 
S-League
 1. Buducnost 7-0 
 2. Sutjeska 4-3 
 3. Teodo Tivat 3-4 
 4. Lovcen 3-4 
 5. Ulcinj 2-5 
 6. Mornar Bar 2-5 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 8

Play-Out

Apr. 21: Centar BP - Danilovgrad 77-67
Apr. 20: Ibar Rozaje - ABS Primorje 73-74
Apr. 20: S.Centar - Jedinstvo 71-70

S-League

Apr. 20: Teodo Tivat - Lovcen 82-57
Apr. 20: Mornar Bar - Sutjeska 67-51
Apr. 20: Ulcinj - Buducnost 54-92

Second Stage: Round 9

Play-Out

Apr. 23: Ibar Rozaje - S.Centar
Apr. 23: ABS Primorje - Centar BP
Apr. 23: Danilovgrad - Jedinstvo

S-League

Apr. 23: Mornar Bar - Lovcen
Apr. 23: Sutjeska - Ulcinj
Apr. 23: Buducnost - Teodo Tivat


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Vladimir BORICIC
  ABS P.
  (195-G/F-84)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Boricic, ABS P.18.9 
 2. Milosevic, Ulcinj17.2 
 3. Ljujic, Centar BP16.9 
 4. Stojanovic, Lovcen16.8 
 5. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.16.4 
 6. Mitchell, Centar B.15.8 
 7. Jovanovic, Danilov.14.9 
 8. Draskovic, Jedin.14.3 
 9. Korac, Jedinstvo14.1 
 10. Ratkovic, ABS P.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Savo DJIKANOVIC
  Jaszbere.
  (211-C-75)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Djikanovic, Jaszbe.9.4 
 2. Pavic, Mornar Bar8.7 
 3. Ljujic, Centar BP8.4 
 4. Radulovic, Teodo T.8.1 
 5. Zejak, Danilovgrad7.7 
 6. Draskovic, Jedin.7.6 
 7. Young, Danilovgrad7.4 
 8. Bacovic, ABS P.7.0 
 9. Radak, ABS P.6.4 
 10. Johnson, Teodo T.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nikola KORAC
  Jedinstvo
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Korac, Jedinstvo5.0 
 2. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.4.8 
 3. Boricic, ABS P.3.8 
 4. Stojanovic, Lovcen3.4 
 5. Calic, Sutjeska3.2 
 6. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.3.0 
 7. Mitchell, Centar B.3.0 
 8. Simonovic, Ulcinj2.8 
 9. Radosavljevi., Mor.2.5 
 10. Femic, Centar BP2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Lazar SIMONOVIC
  Ulcinj
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Simonovic, Ulcinj2.3 
 2. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.2.2 
 3. Mitchell, Centar B.2.0 
 4. Samardzic, Danilov.1.7 
 5. Young, Danilovgrad1.5 
 6. Femic, Centar BP1.5 
 7. Omerovic, Jedin.1.5 
 8. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.1.5 
 9. Djurisic, Mornar B.1.4 
 10. Stojanovic, Lovc.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Radoje VUJOSEVIC
  Sutjeska
  (209-C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Vujosevic, Sutjeska1.9 
 2. Ljujic, Centar BP1.7 
 3. Radulovic, Teodo T.1.3 
 4. Draskovic, Jedin.1.3 
 5. Karalic, ABS P.0.9 
 6. Nicaj, Lovcen0.9 
 7. Young, Danilovgrad0.9 
 8. Pavic, Mornar Bar0.9 
 9. Skurdauskas, Morna.0.7 
 10. Korac, Centar BP0.6 



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  NBA   

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. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.1 
 6. Randolph, Memph.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, Brooklyn7.8 
 6. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 7. Parker, San A.7.6 
 8. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 9. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah..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. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 4. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 7. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 8. Young, Philadelph..1.8 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 10. George, Indiana P.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.8 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.6 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.6 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 7. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 9. Davis, N.Orleans H.1.8 
 10. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 


Clippers and Bulls win on Monday - by Eurobasket News

LA Clippers - Memphis G. 93-91
Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest)'s running jumper with a tenth of a second left gave the Los Angeles Clippers a 93-91 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night and a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Both teams stayed on the court while the referees reviewed the play. It was declared good, leaving Memphis a tick of the clock to inbound the ball but not enough to get off a final shot. Paul finished with 24 points and nine assists, Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) added 21 points and eight rebounds and Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) scored 15 points on the day he finished second to J.R. Smith of the Knicks for the league's Sixth Man of the Year award. Paul carried the Clippers in the final 3:46, scoring eight straight points, including a basket that gave them a 91-89 lead with 1:20 to play. Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) scored a career playoff high 28 points while leading the Grizzlies' fourth-quarter charge that came up just short. He had 10 points in the period, while Darrell Arthur scored five straight to pull Memphis into an 89-all tie. Conley found Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) alone in the paint and the big man dunked to tie the game 91-all with 13 seconds left. The Clippers won a hard-fought jump ball, but Paul missed a 3-pointer. He redeemed himself and set off a raucous reaction when he fought off Tony Allen's defense and banked in the game-winner. Gasol added 17 points, Allen had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Zach Randolph had 13 points while racking up five fouls for the second straight game. Game 3 is Thursday in Memphis. The Clippers' bench started the fourth quarter and ran off eight straight points for the game's first double-digit lead, 81-71. Eric Bledsoe and Matt Barnes had four points each. Conley answered with five straight points to close the Grizzlies within seven points. Griffin and Paul joined the second unit, and Griffin scored on a driving dunk for an 85-76 lead. The Clippers returned to their high-flying ways after Lob City managed just one dunk in the series opener. The Clippers led by seven points early in the third before the game turned into a back-and-forth affair. Memphis briefly regained a one-point lead and then tied it 59-all on Arthur's dunk before Paul scored six of the Clippers' final 13 points to send them into the fourth leading 75-71. Neither team led by more than eight points in the first half, with the Clippers ahead 50-44 at halftime. The Grizzlies led most of the first quarter before the Clippers tied it late on a 3-pointer from the right corner by Crawford. Los Angeles controlled the second quarter, when Crawford got hot. He was 6 of 6 for 13 points before missing a shot. Courtesy of: lcsun-news.com

Brooklyn N. - Chicago B. 82-90
The criticism flew fast and furious, the obituaries started to take shape and the Bulls reacted the way they often do when faced with adversity. They looked inward. They challenged themselves to play with more intensity and aggressiveness. And they didn't just circle the wagons; they walled off the lane. Swarming Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) at virtually every opportunity and creating their typical defensive shell, the vaunted Bulls defense returned. So did a competitive series after the Bulls downed the Nets 90-82 Monday night at the Barclays Center to even the best-of-seven affair before Thursday's Game 3 at the United Center. "Once (coach Tom Thibodeau) got into us in that film room (Sunday), we couldn't wait to get on the court," Taj Gibson said of the Game 1 review. "The way they were cutting us to pieces, back-cutting and getting into the lane, we don't give up points like that. He really laid into us. We just wanted to lock in." The Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) impostor who was dominated by Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama) in the opener disappeared, replaced by a more aggressive version who scored 15 points with 10 rebounds. Joakim Noah again battled his way through plantar fasciitis, contributing 11 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes, 29 seconds and dropping the exclamation point with a driving layup for an eight-point lead with 1 minute, 58 seconds left. Nazr Mohammed (6'10''-C-77, college: Kentucky), after playing just six minutes in Game 1, came off the bench to deliver timely jumpers and physical defense in 18 minutes. And Carlos Boozer's metronomic consistency provided a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds. "We're a team with great character," Noah said. "Every time we hit adversity, we've responded pretty well." After repeatedly beating the Bulls in pick-and-roll situations in Game 1, Williams didn't make his first and only field goal until the 6:35 mark of the third quarter and finished with eight points and 10 assists while missing eight of nine shots. "We were more aggressive with (Williams)," said Kirk Hinrich, who showed no ill effects from his bruised left thigh. "He's such a great player and so multifaceted. But we executed the game plan better and had more intensity. We relied on each other. The bigs were huge quarterbacking our defense, being our protectors." The Nets shot 35.4 percent and managed just 30 points in the paint after posting 56 in Game 1. The Nets trailed by as many as 12 points but pulled within 82-78 before Deng calmly dropped a 19-foot jumper with 2:50 left. Noah came up big in the fourth quarter with nine points, six rebounds and a block. He had played just 13:27 in Game 1, but Thibodeau said the center's minutes limit should be at 20-25 moving forward. "He willed it again, and we needed every bit of it," Thibodeau said. "It's obvious we're a much better team with him on the floor." The Bulls' adjustments started early with Thibodeau using Mohammed for more size and not playing Taj Gibson at all until the second quarter. "Nazr was huge," Hinrich said. So was Noah, who was cheered on by a large contingent that included his father, Yannick. "I'm happy my foot is holding up," Noah said. "Being able to play in the playoffs is something I'll never take for granted. And being able to do it in front of my loved ones and my family is very special to me." Courtesy of: chicagotribune.com



The Highs and Lows of Mirza Teletovics first NBA season. - by Chris Mathieu

The Highs and Lows of Mirza Teletovics first NBA season.
Mirza Teletovic just finished his first regular NBA season and is now into the playoff series against the Chicago Bulls. Before even coming to the NBA, questions arose of how successful he could be in the NBA. Detractors said he wasnt suited for the NBA game or rigors. After proving himself by being the best forward in Europe the last few years the time had come to either give it a try or give up his NBA dream.
He had multiple teams to choose from in his quest to start his NBA career. He was heavily and personally recruited by Mikhail Prokhorov the owner of the Brooklyn Nets who convinced him to the join the team. He was given a nice 3 year contract, proving the commitment to Teletovic that he was going to be an important player with the team.
Mirza didnt play in the summer league due to his commitments with the Bosnian National Team as their best player. He struggled early in the season with the speed adjustment from Europe to the NBA. In Europe there are few players with the size speed combination that almost everyone in the NBA possess. He struggled with his floor spacing, defense, speed, strength and quickness initially. Avery Johnson, his coach was on the hot seat when the season began and had no interest in investing in getting Teletovic developed and up to speed. Johnson also favored a very undisciplined style of basketball and gave his players too much free reign both on and off the court. Mirza struggled to get minutes and experience in this situation. He never complained and kept practicing and working hard on his game. Soon Avery Johnson was fired and replaced with PJ Carlesimo who offered a more structured environment and stated publically that he needed to find more minutes for Mirza.
Mirza struggled at times and even had three air balls in a game on threes but he never lost his confidence and kept working to get a chance to play. When he was given a chance to show his game he flashed the talent and tools to be a successful NBA player. Mirza needs to be used properly as a stretch four and a game changer coming off the bench. It means however that he needs to get 18-25 minutes a night consistently and put pressure on opposing teams. If he doesnt get his chance with Brooklyn there are good fits for his talents out there including the Rockets, Lakers, Cavaliers and a few other quality teams that could use his unique skill set, shooting and size.
His season for all effective purposes has ended with the start of the playoffs as there is no chance he gets meaningful minutes in the playoffs. His defense, often a weakness in his career improved quite a bit through the season and near the end of the season he no longer embarrassed himself on the court. His is a decent passer, good rebounder and very good outside shooter with good size and strength combo.
He got into 53 games this season but only played 9 minutes a night and scored 3.5ppg. He shot only 38.4% from the field but that was mostly due to the fact he shot so many threes coming off the bench. He shot 34.3 from the three point line and 81.8 from the free throw line. He chipped in 1.8rbpg .4aspg .2stlpg .2blkpg. He scored a season high 14pts twice in the season had 8 rebounds 3assists 2steals and 2blocks as his season highs.
His experience should pay dividends this summer when he faces off against other top talents in Europe this summer during Eurobasket in Slovenia.
Mirza played well and was committed to the NBA and has refused all questions of will he return to play in Europe for a club team. He insists that just like his hero Drazen Petrovic he will wait his turn and until he gets a chance to prove his worth to NBA teams, hopefully that happens sooner rather than later.



J.R. Smith Wins 6th Man Of The Year - by Eurobasket News

J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) will be named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year. Smith averaged 18.1 points per game on 42.2 percent shooting from the field this season. His previous career high in points came in 09-10 when he averaged 15.4. Smith had a PER of 17.6, up from 15.2 last season.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



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Coach Chris Casey takes over Niagara - by Eurobasket News

Niagara University agreed terms with coach Chris Casey. He started the season at C.W. Post (NCAA2). He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the conference. The last season Casey coached also at LIU - C.W.Post. He contributed to his team winning the ECC Tournament and end the regular season at the top position. Quite impressive season as he was selected All-ECC Coach of the Year.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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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: 23
 1. Tait, Wellington S.23.0 
 2. Greene, HBS B.21.5 
 3. Mills, Wellington19.0 
 4. Cohadarevic, HBS B.18.5 
 5. Horvath, Hub Jets16.5 
 6. Trousdell, Wellin.16.5 
 7. McLean, Hub Jets15.5 
 8. Prewster, HBS B.15.0 
 9. Warren, Wellington14.5 
 10. Hagan, Hub Jets14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Hub Jets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 13
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets13.0 
 2. Bailey, Super C.12.5 
 3. Boucher, Wellingt.11.5 
 4. Conklin, Southland8.5 
 5. Greene, HBS B.8.0 
 6. Cohadarevic, HBS B.8.0 
 7. Te Rangi, Southlan.6.0 
 8. Salt, Super City R.6.0 
 9. Prewster, HBS B.5.5 
 10. Tait, Wellington5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington S.
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 7
 1. Tait, Wellington S.7.0 
 2. Hagan, Hub Jets5.5 
 3. Frank, Wellington5.5 
 4. Martin, Southlan.5.0 
 5. Braswell, Southlan.4.0 
 6. Buck, Super City R.4.0 
 7. Prewster, HBS B.3.5 
 8. Greene, HBS B.3.0 
 9. McLean, Hub Jets2.5 
 10. Boucher, Wellingt.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin BRASWELL
  Southlan.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Braswell, Southlan.5.0 
 2. Boucher, Wellingt.4.0 
 3. Hagan, Hub Jets3.5 
 4. Greene, HBS B.3.0 
 5. O''Riley, Super C.2.5 
 6. Buck, Super City R.2.0 
 7. Burton, HBS B.2.0 
 8. Horvath, Hub Jets1.5 
 9. Salt, Super City R.1.5 
 10. Conklin, Southlan.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Gareth DAWSON
  Southlan.
  (205-C/F-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dawson, Southlan.2.5 
 2. Greene, HBS B.1.5 
 3. Frank, Wellington1.5 
 4. Horvath, Hub Jets1.0 
 5. Bolstad, Super C.1.0 
 6. Salt, Super City R.1.0 
 7. McLeod, Southlan.0.5 
 8. Paringatai, Southl.0.5 
 9. Prewster, HBS B.0.5 
 10. Conklin, Southlan.0.5 


Anthony wins Round 1 POTW - by Hugh McAuliffe

After missing last season through injury, Benny Anthony (198-F-88) has made an immediate impact winning the first player of the week for his game in the Otago OceanaGold Nuggets win over the JAMES BLOND SUPER CITY RANGERS.

34 points (13-19 FG), 12 rebounds and three steals in the 111-77 win over the James Blond Super City Rangers.

Former league MVP LINDSAY TAIT was his usual self with a strong game in the WELLINGTON SAINTS win over the TARANAKI MOUNTAIN AIRS. Tait accumulated 28 points, five assists and five rebounds.

Young shooting guard from the Saints JORDAN MILLS made the most of his opportunities when their import ANDREW WARREN suffered a thumb injury early in their contest with the WAIKATO PISTONS.

Mills had a career night scoring 33 points, which included 9/14 from the three point line in the 115-84 win.

Another former league MVP JOSH PACE was instrumental in the NELSON GIANTS win over the MANAWATU JETS. Pace had 25 points and eight rebounds against his former team.

HBS BANK HAWKS guard BRIAN GREENE tallied 21 points, 11 rebounds and three steals in their 89-56 demolition over the SOUTHLAND SHARKS.

Greene's team mate DION PREWSTER added 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the win.

Round Two of the Bartercard National Basketball League begins on Thursday, when the Jets play host to the Rangers.



Vickerman the heir apparent. - by Mike Lacey

Heir apparent Dean Vickerman looks set to succeed Andrej Lemanis as head coach of the SKY CITY Breakers. Lemanis, with three consecutive NBL titles safely inscribed on his CV heads back to Australia to take up the position of Head Coach of the Australian Mens Basketball team - Lemanis is charged with leading the Boomers to the 2016 Olympics, a position that is full time, meaning he relinquishes the position he has held at the Breakers since 2005. Vickerman has been assistant to Lemanis since 2007 and prior to that had had stints as assistant coach at the Melbourne Tigers and Singapore Slingers before moving to Auckland. Although a native of Melbourne, Vickerman was no stranger to New Zealand having coached the Wellington Saints in 2002.
Vickermans arrival at the Breakers coincided with some other significant changes and appointments. The club moved to their current headquarters at Atlas Place, Mairangi Bay and acquired the playing services of Tony The Bear Ronaldson, Kirk Penney and a returning Phill Jones. That season the Breakers enjoyed their first regular season winning record (16-14) and also enjoyed their first visit to the post season playoffs.
Since then the coaching triumvirate of Lemanis, Vickerman and Judd Flavell have enjoyed unprecedented success culminating in the recent acquisition of the NBL title for the third successive season. In addition to this playing success, the Breakers are also to be applauded for having a coaching succession plan in place. Replicating Lemaniss achievements may be difficult, perhaps impossible but fans can be assured Vickerman will be given ample time by Breakers management to bring his own brand of leadership court side as the club look for further success as the leading sporting franchise in New Zealand.
All that remains to be seen now is who will step into the now vacant assistant coach role, it is safe to say the TAB will be offering the shortest odds on former Breakers captain Paul Henare who is currently in charge of the Southland Sharks.




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No NBA Playoffs on Local Nigerian TV - by Iwedi Ojinmah

Sadly the NBA playoffs are not being shown on Nigerian TV despite the amazing showing of D Tigers just so recently.

So unless you have ESPN or Al Jazeera you wont be able to track the biggest spectacle in Basketball. Yet the games are being shown in Ghana: TV3 ,Angola: TPA,Cameroon: STV,Kenya: KTN, Zuku, Tanzania: Agape and in South Africa on SABC 1.

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Here is a summary courtesy of the NBA Africa.


Western Conference


Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors Saturday, 20 April

The Denver Nuggets were able to grind out a hard fought two points victory in their playoff Game 1 against Golden State Warriors. Andre Millers driving layup with 1.2 seconds left in the second half was what gave Denver the 97-95 victory over the Warriors.
Andre Miller scored 18 points in the fourth quarter to finish with a playoff career-high 28 point.
Game 2 will be on Tuesday, 23 April in Denver

LA Clippers vs. Memphis Saturday, 20 April

The Memphis Grizzlies did their best to slow the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series Saturday night, but the Clippers proved too strong on the night and walked away with a 112 91 victory.
Chris Paul scored 23 points and seven assists for the Clippers and for the Grizzlies, Jerryd Bayless scored 19 points.
Game 2 will be today, Monday, 22 April.

Oklahoma City vs. Houston Rockets Sunday, 21 April

The Oklahoma City Thunder took a little while to get rolling but once they got going the Houston Rockets had no way of stopping them as the Thunder powered their way to a 120-91 victory in Game 1 of their first round Western Conference playoff series.
Kevin Durant scored 24 points, Russell Westbrook scored 19 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. Serge Ibaka scored 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
Game 2 will be on Wednesday, 24 April at Oklahoma City

San Antonio Spurs vs. LA Lakers Sunday, 21 April

Tony Parkers returned to form for San Antonio after late-season injuries helped inspire the Spurs to a hard fought 91 -79 victory over the LA Lakers who are without Kobe Bryant for the playoff series.
Tony Parker scored 18 points with eight assists, and Manu Ginobili came off the bench to also score 18 points
Game 2 will be on Tuesday, 23 April at San Antonio

Eastern Conference

New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics Saturday, 20 April

Carmelo Anthony showed dominant form scoring 17 points in the second half to guide the Knicks to a 85-78 victory over Boston in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoff series.
Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points while J.R. Smith added 15 points off the bench and Raymond Felton assisted with 13 points and six assists for the Knicks.
Game 2 will on Tuesday, 23 April in New York.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls Saturday, 20 April

In their playoff debut, the Brooklyn Nets never trailed once on their way to a comfortable 106 89 victory over of the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. Contributions came from everywhere for the Nets, who shot 55.8 percent against the much publicised Bulls defence.
Deron Williams scored 22 points and had seven assists and Brook Lopez scored 21 points with five rebounds and three blocks
Game 2 will be today, Monday, 22 April.

Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Sunday, 21 April

The Heat cruised to a 110-87 victory in Game 1 of the first-round in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Heat led by double-figures most of the way behind with yet another strong showing from LeBron James.
LeBron James finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Ray Allen scored 20 points off the bench and Dwyane Wade contributed 16 points and five assists.
Game 2 will be on Tuesday, 23 April in Miami.

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks Sunday, 21 April

Indiana kept Atlanta at arm's length for most of the game as they worked their way to a 107-90 Game 1 victory over Atlanta on Sunday evening. Indiana outscored the Hawks 30-7 from the line, outrebounded the Hawks 48-32 and had a 19-7 advantage in second-chance points.

George Hill scored 18 points and Roy Hibbert 16 for the Pacers while Jeff Teague scored 21 points for Atlanta.

Game 2 will be on Wednesday, 24 April in Indiana





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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 29.9
 1. Dawson, Meralco29.9 
 2. Bowles, San M.24.8 
 3. Dunigan, Air21 E.23.9 
 4. Macklin, Barang.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. Dawson, Meralco16.0 
 3. Brock, Guayama16.0 
 4. Dunigan, Air21 E.15.4 
 5. Bowles, San M.15.0 
 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.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Ross, Meralco9.3 
 2. Mercado, Global P.8.1 
 3. Casio, Alaska Aces5.5 
 4. Urbiztondo, Barang.5.5 
 5. Tenorio, Barang.5.3 
 6. Cabagnot, Petron5.2 
 7. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.8 
 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.1.9 
 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.2.3 
 4. Dawson, Meralco1.9 
 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 


2013 PBA Commissioners Cup Quarterfinals Roundup: April 19-22, 2013 - by Enzo Flojo

The 2013 PBA Commish Cup Semifinals cast is nearly complete with three teams already advancing after the first whirlwind weekend of the Playoffs went underway. Alaska wasted no time in disposing of Air21 to be the first team to advance, the Texters swept the Boosters in their best-of-three, and the Gin Kings defeated the Painters twice in a row to book their seats in the Final Four. The fourth and last semis slot is still being contested between the Meralco Bolts and the San Mig Coffee Mixers.

Last Friday, Meralco beat San Mig Coffee, 88-85, to take a 1-0 lead in their series. The Mixers tried to stop Eric Dawson, but they failed in the end. He didn't score 50 points this time around, but, hey, 25 ain't too shabby, right? One win away from a semis stint. One win away from dethroning last year's Commish Cup champs. One win away from thoroughly proving he's the best import around.

Mac Cardona was not on fire tonight, but Ronjay Buenafe and Sunday Salvacion both stepped in and stepped up. That duo combined for 26 points, including 6-of-12 shooting from rainbow country, to help the Bolts get one step closer to the Commish Cup Semis.

In the second game, Talk N Text defeated Petron, 100-93, for their own 1-0 lead. Though he battled with foul trouble all night, I love how RaniDIRK De Ocampo came up big again for the Texters. RDO shot 9-of-12 from the field in a scintillating shooting display, enabling him to finish with 22 points. The Gilas Pilipinas helped spread the floor with a variety of moves and outside shots. Man, if he were only 3 inches taller, he might just be in the NBA already. MIGHT.

Petron and TNT are certainly two of the deepest teams in the league, but only one team really showed it tonight, with the Texters' bench mob, led by Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Ali Peek, sparking a key fourth quarter run that all but put the coach Norman Black just one win away from advancing to the Commish Cup Final Four. Al-Hussaini and Peek paired up for 19 points and 11 rebounds.

A day after, Alaska overcame Air21, 87-81, to be the first club to advance to the semis. This was a game dominated by former national team playmaker JV Casio. I mean, wow. The diminutive Casio hit 4 triples on his way to 19 points on top of 5 assists as the Aces were the first to move into the semifinals.

The Aces Rob Dozier may not have the scoring chops of Eric Dawson, but one can argue he fits like a glove in Alaska and is the biggest reason they areare on top of the PBA right now. Dozier continued to impress here, scoring just 17 points, but grabbing 22 rebounds and blocking 4 shots. He also limited Air21 import Mike Dunigan to just 13 points in 46 minutes.

In Saturdays main game, Bgy. Ginebra forced a rubber match after winning over Rain or Shine, 90-83. The big-small combo of Vernon Macklin and LA Tenorio was wonderful in this one. V-Mack dropped 21 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block, while Tenorio registered 19 markers, 7 boards, 3 assists, and 2 thefts.

Jayjay Helterband wowed everyone with a performance reminiscent of his Fast & Furious days with Mark Caguioa. Helterbrand scored all 13 points in the fourth quarter to rally the Kings and help force a rubber match against the second-seeded Painters.

During Sundays curtain-raiser, Talk N Text swept Petron, 96-88, to barge into the semis. The Gilas boys came to play tonight. Ranidel De Ocampo, Jayson Castro, Ryan Reyes, and Jimmy Alapag -- all members of the Gilas PIlipinas National Pool -- combined for 59 points to lead the Texters into the semifinal round!

On the other end of the floor, Alex Cabagnot and Jay Wasington, historically two of Petron's top guns, were silent again tonight. Both paired up for 6 points in 41 minutes of action. Perhaps even more intriguing, however, was Washington commenting post-game that he doesn't know what the future holds. #TradeTalks?

In the Sunday closer, San Mig Coffee muffed Meralco, 100-92, to force a game three. This time, it was Denzel Bowles who shone brightest. He scored 35 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, blocked 3 shots, and stole the ball twice. Looks like he has no plans of relinquishing the Best Import plum that easily.

Also, Tim Cone's much maligned faith in the inconsistent Alex Mallari was rewarded tonight. The rookie playmaker dropped 16 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and had 2 steals in what might be his best showing in the conference.

In yesterdays do-or-die Monday match-up, Bgy. Ginebra frustrated Rain or Shine, 81-79. Vernon Macklin was the unquestionable main driving force in this big win. He unloaded 24 points on 11-of-19 FG shooting along with 16 rebounds and 6 assists. He also made the big plays down the stretch, including a huge block on Jeff Chan and the marginal free throws, to prop the Kings up in the semifinals.

For Rain or Shine, Bruno Sundov was rattled by foul trouble, and, once again, his production took a big hit. The Croatian big man finished with just 12 points and 6 boards in 26 minutes of play as his Painters were booted despite having the twice-to-beat edge.

Game Recaps:
MERALCO BOLTS over SAN MIG COFFEE, 88-85
The Meralco Bolts survived a monster performance from Denzel Bowles, clamping down on the rest of the San Mig Coffee Mixers to pull out a thrilling 88-85 victory in their best-of-three Commissioners Cup quarterfinals series Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Bowles, the tournaments reigning Best Import, exploded for 37 points. But only one other player, Alex Mallari who had 12 points, scored in double figures for the defending champions.

The challenge against San Mig Coffee is to make them bleed for their baskets, and thats what we did, said Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio, whose Bolts are still trying to book their first PBA final four appearance in franchise history.

The win put Meralco one step closer to advancing, but Gregorio cautioned against overconfidence.

Theres no reason for us to celebrate, said Gregorio, who noted that his team had been in a similar situation before. The two squads also faced off last year in the quarterfinals of the Commissioners Cup, with the Bolts also taking Game One behind import Earl Barron.

But led by Bowles, the team then known as the B-MEG Llamados rallied to win the next two games of the series to advance to the semifinals and before eventually going all the way to the title.

Meralco got another fine performance from import Eric Dawson, who shook off a knee injury to finish with 25 points, including several crucial free throws late in the game, and 18 rebounds.

Hes so used to playing in playoff situations, said Gregorio. Were just climbing on his back.

Ronjay Buenafe and Sunday Salvacion added 13 points apiece from the Bolts, who had the chance to close out the series on Sunday at the same venue.

MER 88 Dawson 25, Buenafe 13, Salvacion 13, Manuel 8, Cardona 8, Ross 7, Hugnatan 6, Hodge 4, Reyes 3, Artadi 1.
SMC 85 Bowles 37, Mallari 12, Simon 9, Yap 8, Pingris 7, Barroca 6, Devance 6, Gaco 0, Najorda 0, Reavis 0, De Ocampo 0.
QS: 16-26, 47-43, 70-66, 88-85

TALK N TEXT over PETRON, 100-93
With import Jerome Jordan and top scorer Ranidel De Ocampo in foul trouble, Talk N Text looked like it was in trouble.

Instead, the Tropang Texters reserve big men stepped up, keying a fourth quarter run to help put away the Petron Blaze Boosters, 100-93, in the opener of their best-of-three Commissioners Cup quarterfinals series Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Rabeh Al-Hussaini scored all eight of his points in a 17-7 run to open the fourth quarter for Talk N Text. That turned a tight 72-69 game into a comfortable 89-76 advantage.

Al-Hussaini and Ali Peek, who had 11 points, combined to anchor the Tropang Texters for long stretches in the second half.

Those guys stepped up for us defensively and also supplied some points for us, said Talk N Text coach Norman Black.

Petron made a final run, cutting the lead to just five points, 95-90, with just a minute left in the game. But the Tropang Texters held on in the clutch to move just one game away from booking their semifinals ticket.

But Black was not exactly happy with his teams performance.

We got killed on the boards again, said Black, who saw seven players score at least eight points for Talk N Text. De Ocampo had 18 of his 22 points in the first half, while Ryan Reyes added 16.

The coach called out Jordan, who had a quiet evening with just 11 points and five rebounds.

Jerome Jordans got to play a lot better, said Black, whose team has a chance to close out the series on Sunday.

TNT 100 - De Ocampo 22, Reyes 16, Fonacier 14, Jordan 11, Castrro 11, Peek 11, Al-Hussaini 8, Alapag 3, Dillinger 2, Carey 2, Aban 0.
PET 93 - Sims 22, Lassiter 17, Fajardo 13, Tubid 11, Miranda 9, Santos 8, Cabagnot 7, Washington 4, Lutz 2, Pena 0.
QS: 21-19, 41-41, 72-69, 100-93

ALASKA ACES over AIR21, 87-81
The Alaska Aces cruised to its second straight semifinals stint of the season, but not before having to survive a big Air 21 uprising and score an 87-81 triumph in the PBA Commissioners Cup on Saturday night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

JVee Casio finished with 19 points to lead four other Alaska players in double figures.

Robert Dozier contributed 17 points and a game-high 22 rebounds and four blocks, Calvin Abueva added 14 markers, while Sonny Thoss and Cyrus Baguio each had '12 for the Aces, who will march to yet another semifinals stint, the second straight under young coach Luigi Trillo.

But Trillo and the Aces squandered a 19-point lead early in the third period, 48-29, and allowed the Express to make a game out of it.

I thought we had a good first half. We seemed sharp. Its good to see the players healthy, said Trillo. But Im not surprised Air21 is in the quarterfinals. Once KG (Canaleta) gets started, Air 21 is capable of beating any team.

Canaleta scored nine of his 16 markers in the third period when the Express mounted a rally. By the end of the third, the lead has been cut down to seven, 67-60.

But Casio set the tone anew in the fourth and with Dozier and Thoss muscling their way inside, the Aces were able to survive the Express charge.

ALA 87 Casio 19, Dozier 17, Abueva 14, Thoss 12, Baguio 12, Jazul 8, Hontiveros 3, Dela Cruz 2, Reyes 0, Espinas 0.
AIR 81 Canaleta 16, Dunigan 13, Cortez 11, Omolon 9, Custodio 8, Isip 8, Arboleda 8, Baclao 4, Menor 4, Atkins 0, Wilson 0, Ritualo 0.
QS: 28-21, 46-29, 67-60, 87-81.

BGY. GINEBRA over RAIN OR SHINE, 90-83
Jayjay Helterbrand, one of only two Most Valuable Player awardees on the Barangay Ginebra lineup, made a return to vintage form when his team needed it the most.

Inserted back into the rotation after coming off a bout with bronchitis, the veteran guard contributed 13 points to inspire the Kings in completing a come-from-behind 90-83 triumph over the Rain or
Shine Elasto Painters on Saturday night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

With the win, the Kings survived another day and set up a winner-take-all showdown with the Elasto Painters for a final four seat on Monday.

I told the players that twice-to-beat and best-of-three is the same thing because you need to beat them twice, said Barangay Ginebra coach Alfrancis Chua regarding the Kings situation prior to the
start of their quarterfinals showdown with the Elasto Painters.

Jayjay and Kerby (Raymundo) stepped up for us while (Josh) Urbiztondo and Vernon Macklin did their job. But on this game, Im giving it to Jayjay. Im happy yung kumpiyansa niya bumalik na, added
Chua.

Helterbrand scored all of his total output in the pivotal fourth when the Kings completed a comeback after being down by as much as 15, 60-45, in the third period.

But the Kings scored 32 fourth-quarter points with Helterbrand leading the charge as the leagues crowd darling turned the tables on the Elasto Painters.

GIN 90 Macklin 21, Tenorio 19, Raymundo 14, Helterbrand 13, Baracael 7, Hatfield 7, Ellis 5, Urbiztondo 4, Taha 0, Labagala 0, Mamaril 0.
ROS 83 Sundov 29, Chan 15, Cruz 12, Arana 8, Lee 6, Norwood 5, Quinahan 4, Ibanes 4, Tiu 0, Matias 0, Belga 0, Rodriguez 0.
QS: 23-29, 37-48, 58-62, 90-83.

TALK N TEXT over PETRON, 96-86
Talk N Text drew another quiet game from import Jerome Jordan, but the rest of the Tropang Texters stepped up to upend Petron Blaze, 96-86, to clinch their Commissioners Cup quarterfinals series Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Tropang Texters swept the series in two games, with both matches playing out in near-identical fashion.

Jordan once again struggled with foul trouble, finishing with just 11 points and five rebounds. But six other Talk N Text players scored at least seven points, as the Tropang Texters, like in Game One, used another fourth quarter push to book the victory.

Youve gotta give a lot of credit to the local players, said Talk N Text coach Norman Black. They really stepped up with Jerome on the bench with foul trouble. They really delivered.

Just like in Game One, Ranidel De Ocampo led the Tropang Texters with 17 points, while Jayson Castro added 16.

Talk N Text outscored Petron, 23-12, in the final period to enter the tournaments final four.

We basically struggled the whole conference so its good to see our game pick up when it mattered most, said Black, whose Talk N Text squad entered the playoffs as the No. 6 seed after finishing with a 7-7 win-loss record.

Black said replacing the struggling Jordan at this point is out of the question.

Right now, I think hes not really accustomed to the physical play, said Black. Hopefully Jeromes just getting used to the physicalness of the PBA.

Talk N Text will play the winner of the quarterfinal series between Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Rain or Shine, whose rubber match will be played on Monday.

Ill be watching that game with a lot of interest, said Black.

It was another disappointing finish for Petron, who entered the quarterfinals as the third seed. It marked the second straight tournament wherein the talented Boosters failed to make it past the quarterfinal round.

TNT 96 - De Ocampo 17, Castro16, Reyes 14, Alapag 12, Jordan 11, Dillinger 8, Al-Hussaini 7, Peek 7, Fonacier 4, Aban 0, Ferriols 0, Carey 0.
PET 86 - Lassiter 23, Sims 17, Fajardo 15, Santos 15, Miranda 10, Cabagnot 4, Washington 2, Lutz 0, Tubid 0, Pena.
QS: 28-32, 52-56, 73-74, 96-86

SAN MIG COFFEE over MERALCO, 100-92
Denzel Bowles put together another monster performance for San Mig Coffee.

Unlike in the series opener, however, he got plenty of help from the rest of the Mixers.

The defending champions kept their repeat bid alive with a 100-92 victory over the Meralco Bolts Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum to extend their Commissioners Cup best-of-three series to a rubber match.

San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone, however, cautioned about celebrating too early.

We certainly havent won anything yet, so its nothing to get excited about, he said.

Bowles was once again dominant, scoring 35 points to lead the Mixers along with 14 rebounds and three blocks.

Alex Mallari continued his fine performance in the series, scoring a career-high 16 points and adding seven rebounds. Marc Pingris and Peter June Simon added 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Mixers.

Its a confidence-booster but Im not gonna stop there. Ill just keep better, said Mallari, who scored 12 points in the opening match of the series.

San Mig Coffee is hoping for a repeat of last years quarterfinals, which saw them defeat Meralco in three games before winning the title.

But Cone said history is the farthest thing from the Mixers minds.

If were thinking about what happened last year, then were getting ahead of ourselves, said Cone.

We dont want to assume, because what do they say? If you assume, then you make an ass of you and me.

SMC 100 - Bowles 35, Mallari 16, Pingris 12, Simon 11, Barroca 9, Yap7, Devance 6, De Ocampo 3, Reavis 1.
MER 92 - Dawson 23, Cardona 14, Hodge 12, Ross 10, Hugnatan 9, Salvacion 9, Reyes 8, Buenafe 3, Manuel 2, Artadi 2.
QS: 24-28, 52-42, 75-68, 100-92

BGY. GINEBRA over RAIN OR SHINE, 81-79
Vernon Macklin scored the last four points of the game, including the marginal free throws to lead Barangay Ginebra San Miguel to an 81-79 victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Monday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Gin Kings import scored on a tip-in to tie the game with under a minute left, before making two pressure-packed free throws with 11 seconds in the game to help Ginebra complete a quarterfinals upset over the second-seed Elasto Painters.

Rain or Shine had several opportunities to at least tie the game. But Macklin blocked Jeff Chans layup attempt with six seconds left.

The Elasto Painters drew up a play that freed up Paul Lee for a corner three-pointer that missed. Rain or Shine got a couple of offensive rebounds, but point-blank attempts by Chan and Gabe Norwood failed to hit the mark, leaving the mammoth crowd of 12,764 fans at the Big Dome in ecstasy as the final buzzer sounded.

Macklin finished with 24 points, 16 rebounds, and six assists for Ginebra, which moves to the best-of-five semifinals against the Talk N Text Tropang Texters.

Chris Tiu and Lee led Rain or Shine with 15 and 14 points apiece, while import Bruno Sundov battled foul trouble to finish with a quiet 12 points.

GIN 81 - Macklin 24, Ellis 13, Raymundo 13, Baracael 10, Helterbrand 9, Hatfield 6, Urbiztondo 3, Tenorio 2, Taha 1.
ROS 79 - Tiu 15, Lee 14, Sundov 12, Cruz 10, Chan 9, Belga 5, Norwood 4, Matias 3, Araa 3, Rodriguez 2, Quiahan 2, Ibaes 0.
QS: 22-23, 44-41, 63-61, 81-79

Sources:
Intro by Enzo Flojo/HoopNut.com
Game recaps by Rey Joble/InterAKTV



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  POLAND   

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.15.9 
 5. Dluski, AZS Kutno15.3 
 6. Kukielka, Polonia14.9 
 7. Szymanski, Znicz B.14.8 
 8. Lewandowski, SKK14.6 
 9. Wilczek, Start Lub.14.5 
 10. Brek, AZS Kutno14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Adam METELSKI
  AZS P.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Metelski, AZS P.12.1 
 2. Wilczek, Start Lub.11.0 
 3. Dluski, AZS Kutno9.5 
 4. Zurawski, Stal O.8.9 
 5.