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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Quebradillas
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Phillip, Quebradil.19.1 
 2. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 4. Jackson, GECR I.17.6 
 5. Lewis, Marinos16.6 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.5 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.16.4 
 8. Gutierrez, Penarol15.1 
 9. Lytch, Argentino15.1 
 10. Pau, Olimpico LB14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.10.8 
 2. Phillip, Quebradil.10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.5 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.1 
 5. Battle, Lanus7.6 
 6. Seawright, GECR I.7.5 
 7. Williams, Quimsa7.1 
 8. Shannon, Bayamon7.1 
 9. Sanchez, Santurce6.9 
 10. Mata, Penarol6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.1 
 2. Martinez, Regat.4.9 
 3. Osimani, Obras4.2 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.0 
 5. Labaque, Atenas3.9 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 7. Cajal, Union Progr.3.8 
 8. Cequeira, Sionista3.7 
 9. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.6 
 10. Treise, Libertad3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Pau, Olimpico LB1.9 
 3. Lescano, Atenas1.9 
 4. Lewis, Marinos1.7 
 5. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.5 
 6. Washam, Regatas C.1.4 
 7. Elsener, Atenas1.4 
 8. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.4 
 9. Labaque, Atenas1.4 
 10. Boccia, Lanus1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.1.7 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.6 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 4. Santiago, Boca Jrs1.1 
 5. Meyinsse, Regat.1.1 
 6. Torres, Fluminense1.1 
 7. Espinoza, Macae0.8 
 8. Mata, Penarol0.8 
 9. Sanchez, Santurce0.8 
 10. Weigand, Argentino0.8 



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1 Petron Blaze 14-3 
 2 Satria Muda 13-4 
 3 KL Dragons 9-8 
 4 Singapore S. 6-11 
 5 Thailand S. 6-12 
 6 Saigon H. 3-13 

Regular Season: Round 16

Apr. 24: Thailand S. - Petron Blaze 70-78
Apr. 24: Saigon H. - Satria Muda 63-77
Apr. 26: Satria Muda - KL Dragons
Apr. 27: Petron Blaze - Saigon H.
Apr. 28: Singapore S. - Thailand S.



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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 


Andrej Lemanis to guide Australia - by Eurobasket News

Australian National Team will have a new head coach. Andrej Lemanis will take over the team. He will replace Brett Brown at the bridge. Andrej Lemanis is not new to the National Team. He worked as assistant coach in 2009/12 seasons. The specialist has been working with the New Zealand Breakers since 2005. He led the team to three consecutive NBL titles. Andrej Lemanis was named Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Coach of the Year in 2013. Previously Lemanis worked as assistant coach with the Townsville Crocodiles. Andrej Lemanis also worked as assistant coach with the Australian Youth National Team (U22).


SBL: Week Six Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News

Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers guard Quinn McDowell (198-G/F, college: William & Mary) has taken out his second Mens Player of the Week award this season after two scintillating performances which helped his team finish with a 2-0 record for week six.

On Friday night McDowell was the stand out player in his teams five point victory over East Perth with 34 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.

McDowell backed up his performance on Saturday night hitting the scoreboard again with 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in his teams nine point win over Cockburn.

With a mammoth game on Saturday night, Kalamundas star signing Luke Nevill was unlucky to miss out on the award for week six. The 218cm big man dominated inside to finish with 47 points, 24 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks however it was not enough to get Kalamunda over the line as they went down to Mandurah by seven.

Rockingham Flames Import Steve Bennett also put in strong claims for the award with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals on Friday night and 34 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals on Saturday night playing a vital role in guiding the Flames to a 2-0 record for week six.

Other players in consideration for the award were Rhett Della Maddalena (Mandurah), Cooper Land (Rockingham), Brandon Adams (Willetton), Michael Lay (Perry Lakes), Lordan Franich (201-F/G-85) (Goldfields), David Reichel (Cockburn), Jamahr Warren (South West), Bennie Lewis (Perth), Tom Jervis (East Perth), Ben Beran (Lakeside), Travis Moore (Rockingham) and Robert Kampman (Geraldton).

The Rockingham Flames recently signed import Samantha Whitcomb as the replacement for 2012 WSBL MVP Emma Cannon and she has not disappointed taking out the Womens Player of the Week award after an outstanding performance over the weekend giving her team a 2-0 record for week six.

Whitcombs unstoppable Friday night performance of 47 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals helped her team get over the line against Cockburn by seven points.

Whitecomb then backed up her performance on Saturday night with another double-double, contributing 21 points to go with 10 rebounds and 3 assists in Rockinghams defeat of Stirling 73-63.

2012 Finals MVP, Collie Crane Hire South West Slammers star import Kim Sitzmann was also excellent over the weekend with 28 points, 15 rebounds and 2 steals on Friday night in her teams defeat of Lakeside by 10. Sitzmann backed up her performance on Saturday night with 32 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals to guide her team to a nine point defeat over the highly rated Wanneroo.

Other players in consideration for the award were Lisa Wallbutton (Willetton), Darcee Garbin (Rockingham), Casey Mihovilovich (Mandurah), Amber Land (Stirling), Nicole Jorre St Jorre (East Perth), Stephanie Jones (Cockburn) and Lauren Jeffers (South West).
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



SBL: Kickz101 Perth Newcomer of the Week winners (Week 4/5) - by Eurobasket News

The State Basketball League is pleased to announce its first two Kickz101 Perth Newcomer of the Week awards for Week Four & Five.

Thanks to our new partnership with basketball store Kickz101 Perth, we will announce a Kickz101 Perth Newcomer of the Week award. The award will be focused on younger players within the competition from rookies to players pushing for NBL/WNBL contracts.

After each month a poll on Facebook will determine who the Kickz01 Perth Newcomer of the Month is for the Womens and Mens competitions. The monthly winners will receive a pair of shoes of their choice at Kickz101 Perth.

The Week Four Mens Kickz101 Perth Newcomer of the Week award winner was Trian Iliadis from the Australian Belt Scrapper Wanneroo Wolves.

Iliadis was impressive in the Wolves 19 point victory over Cockburn, finishing with a triple-double of 17 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists while registering just two turnovers in 35 minutes of court time.

The Week Five winner was Stirling Senators youngster Joshua Throns who finished with 28 points (11/15 from the field) and nine rebounds in the Senators upset 107-103 victory over Willetton.

Other impressive performances from the younger brigade in the Mens SBL during week four and five action were Nikola Donlagic (East Perth), Louis Timms (Kalamunda), Sunday Dech (East Perth), Robert Huntington (205-C, college: Nova SE) (Wanneroo), Ben Purser (Perry Lakes), Damien Scott (Cockburn), Caleb Davis (Stirling), Nik Iliadis (Stirling), Kyle Armour (Willetton), Michael Vigor (Perth), Jake Amos (Rockingham), Jesse Dixon (Lakeside), Luke Wrensted (Geraldton), Darrel Morgan (Lakeside), Tevin Jackson (Perry Lakes), Gavin Field (Cockburn) and Simon Lokan (Willetton).

In the Womens competition Perth Redbacks youngster Jessica Jakens claimed the Week Four award with 13 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in the Redbacks breakthrough 76-73 win over Stirling.

The Week Five award winner was Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers youngster Desiree Kelley.

Kelley finished with eight points and six rebounds in just 14 minutes of court time in the Tigers 74-70 overtime victory over the reigning champions, Collie Crane Hire South West Slammers.

Other young players in the Womens competition who stood out in Week Four and Five action were Chelsea Armstrong (Kalamunda), Gabby Clayton (Perry Lakes), Taryn Priestly (Cockburn), Bianca Donovan (South West), Courtney Byrnes (Lakeside), Samantha Roscoe (Stirling), Jemma Stallard (South West) and Rachel Halleen (Mandurah).

The monthly awards will start at the completion of April competition.
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



Win win for the Warriors - by Eurobasket News

THE last-quarter blues almost cost Pakenham dearly in its Big V basketball double-header against Maccabi and Keilor over the weekend.

Regardless the Warriors came away with two crucial wins.

With a 28-point lead at three-quarter time following a ferocious 22-4 second term Pakenham eased off the accelerator giving Maccabi the chance to get back to within six points in the dying minutes.

Pakenham coach Ryan Rogers brought back in his starters to get the job done, as Maccabi went about fouling captain James Topp as the clock ticked down.Topp hit 1/8 from the free throw line for the match, but hit the shot that counted the last shot to register a 68-61 win.

Big V legend Jeff Reid continued to live up to that mantle firing off 20 points and six rebounds on Saturday, while Jay Richardson (five points, 11 rebounds) was a machine defense and Topp (13 points, nine rebounds) all but claimed another double-double.

Great result for us we probably let things slip on Saturday night, Rogers said.

Shouldve had a pretty comfortable night, but it was good to get two wins.

Rogers put the onus on his bench players who were unable to maintain the 28-point lead and were subbed out as the pressure rose.

I wasnt panicked I put some of our second tier guys in the game and thought theyd be able to hold and sustain the lead and they didnt come out ready to play, he said.

It was quite the opposite on how they trained so that was disappointing and this is a little bit of a kick for them.

I never felt threatened to be quite truthful I couldve made a couple of subs a little bit quicker, but its not about that.

We need 12 guys if were going to be successful in the latter part of the year.

Sunday panned out similarly for the Warriors in its 69-67 win to Keilor this time with the lead going back and forth as Keilor used its height to advantage.

Keeping the Warriors off the glass, the Thunder reeled in 10 defensive rebounds to Pakenhams zero offensive boards in the last quarter and charged home to hit the lead with three minutes remaining.

Its usual suspects proved pivotal in the win Topp (20 points, 10 rebounds), Reid (19 points, six rebounds) and Winder (12 points, seven rebounds) led the way while the performances of Jay Ferriere and Richardson were impressive without being statistically measurable.

We got into a little bit of foul trouble and Keilors size theyre probably the biggest team in the league kept battling in there in the paint and they got the lead back with two to three minutes to go in the fourth, Rogers said.

We came down and ran good half court sets and high percentage scores to hold out for a really gutsy win.

Jay Ferriere his point numbers werent high but he controlled the team very well and Jay Richardson his numbers dont indicate the bearing that he has on the game down for only six rebounds but I had him for about 15 myself.

The cross-town rivalry between Pakenham and Casey takes on a whole new level of intensity this Saturday at 5pm as the battle between last years cellar dwellers is now for first position.

We feel were getting better and better getting our three wins on the trot and next two wins at home -were only hoping to build on that, Rogers said.

Tip-off is 5pm.
Courtesy of: http://www.bigv.com.au



QBL: American recruits aim high for Coast - by Eurobasket News


SUNCOAST Clippers imports Johnathan Hudson (180-PG-87) and Winston Robinson (193-G/F, college: Mountain St.) say they want to deliver the team a QBL title and make a name for themselves in the process.

The two Americans were unveiled yesterday by the Clippers, and club officials were hopeful the pair would lift the team from the cellar to championship contention.

Although the Clippers would usually rely on home-grown talent, they found themselves in a perennial rebuilding phase that culminated in the team finishing last in 2012 with just three wins.

In an attempt to add class to the roster, the club looked to the US and signed Hudson, Robinson and 224cm man mountain Kewal Shiels.

Both Hudson and Robinson have ambitions of reaching the upper echelons of the game, either in their home country, Australia or Europe.

Neither of their career paths has been out of the text book.

Hudson, 25, was a walk-on start in his freshman year at Texas A&M but quit to concentrate on his studies in biomedical, forensic and computer science.

Following college, the point guard pursued his passion and after stints in Bosnia, Singapore, the Dallas Mavericks development league team and the Melbourne Tigers' second-tier Big V league side, he landed on the Coast three weeks ago.

"I plan on getting to Europe - I want to get to the Europe Cup by September," Hudson said.

"If not that, then the NBL - whoever comes biting first. And after that into the NBA Summer League next summer and see where that takes me - try to become an established player either overseas or in the US."

Robinson, 24, has also gone down a path less travelled. After graduating at Mountain State University in West Virginia, the Philadelphia native tried out for the NBL Summer League with Dallas, played in the Summer Pro League in California and had sojourns in China and Mexico.

After neither of those worked out, he returned to America and trained with the Texas A&M squad, where he met Hudson.

Following a stint with minor league team Michigan, the guard/forward agreed to come to Australia on Hudson's suggestion.

"I feel like the most common goal for everyone is to get to the playoffs and win the championship," Robinson said.

"As far as an individual goal, I would like to perform offensively and be the best teammate that I can, just get big numbers and go on to the NBL. I would like to try that out and see where I stand.
Courtesy of: http://qbl.basketball.net.au



QBL: Powering Up for New Season - by Eurobasket News


A NEW name and some new signings has the upcoming Queensland Basketball League season looking pretty good for Phoenix Power.


Phoenix Power men's coach Dale Iwanicki said his side was expecting its new recruits to arrive in town just before the season started in May.


Danish league all-star Justin Baker was set to fly from America.


Mr Iwanicki said Mr Baker would be a big force up front.


Spanish league player Braydon Hobbs, who played for the QBL defending premiers Mackay Meteors last year and stands at 207cm, will also join the team.


"It is a big coup to have a player of that calibre who just played on a championship winning team," Mr Iwanicki said.


They will be joined by returning locals Illawa Baldwin, Chris Tucker, Troy Robinson, James Farrelly and Hamish Bowden.


"All in all it should be a very exciting team to watch this year," Mr Iwanicki said.


The Power men will take on Bundaberg at Kev Broome Stadium this Saturday in a pre-season match, although Mr Iwanicki said they would be missing a few players.


"We won't be full strength but we'll still have a very strong team to put on the floor against them."


It is one of a number of pre-season games Power has been involved in and Mr Iwanicki said it was vital practice for the boys.
Courtesy of: http://qbl.basketball.net.au



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  AUSTRIA   


Coach A's Picks!! - by Aaron Mitchell

Well i have been getting a tremendous amount of questions from all my colleagues here in Europe and America. So i will put my answers to all right now. I will start with the NBA.
MVP- Hands down Lebron James (Heat) , what a year and absolutely the most complete basketball player in the world. Most improved , i gotta go with Seth Curry (Warriors) , he now is growing into perhaps the best shooter in the game. 6th man award hands down J.R. Smith (Knicks) unbelievable year, just solid since day one. Defensive player of the year was tough but i will go with Marc Gasol (Grizzles)tough and physical player. That leaves my favorite pick left Coach of the year , Mark Jackson (Warriors), taking the youngest team in the league to the 6th seed in the western conference must be respected. That leaves my ABL picks , for fans to know. Well here it goes, MVP Shawn Ray (vienna) unbelievable year considering all the options on that team has filled up the role completely. Most Improved Mike Dale (Graz) in coming into his first year after a layoff , he absolutely lived up to all expectations. Defensive Player of the year MOMO Lanegger (Dukes) just does it all and is just a complete guard . 6th man award gotta go with the veteran Deteri Mayes (Bulls) still has the best mid range game in Austria. Last but not least My Coach of the year in the ABL is Werner Sallomon (Dukes) through all the mist of injuries and pressure to repeat. I know about that pressure , he has put his Dukes in a great position to repeat as champions. There you go , its done. To all my AM Campers , July 7th-13th . I am looking forward to seeing you all there. Coach A



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  BELARUS   


Svisloch won the series against Rubon - by Valeryi Sobalevsky

Very tense game was played in Osipovichi. Svisloch hosted Rubon. Previous games finished one win for each team. 95-81 in Osipovichi ( 60-73 (in Vitebsk)

this game was decisive. The game was played with seriose tension
guests from Vitebsk won 1 quarter 27-19 but lost second and third quaters (20-25, 15-23) Before the last quater the score was 63-62 in favor of Svisloch. forth quater was a equal. and 7seconds before finish of the game. Score was a 84-84!
Pavel Shuleyko (200-F-88) performed a 2 points alley-opp and score became 86-84
3 second before finish of the game Yahor Patupchyk (191-SG-94) missed a 2 points jump shot and Rubon lost game!
final score 86-84
the result of serie 2-1. and Svisloch will play against Tsmoki-Minsk I

top scorrers
Svisloch: Dmitri Shilovich (200-F-89) 21pts + 5 reb + 4 ast. Maks Adam Konate (200-F-91) 19 +13reb. Pavel Shuleyko (200-F-88) 16 + 7 reb
Rubon: Dmitri Akulich (190-G-86) 17+5 reb. 9 ast. Yahor Patupchyk (191-SG-94) 13 +4 reb 1 ast Evgeni Ivanov (202-G/F-84) 11 + 4reb +1ast.



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  BOSNIA   


Andrija Stipanovic joins BIH NT - by Nedzad Kladusak

Andrija Stipanovic (209-C-86) will be on the preliminary roster of Aco Petrovic. Mostar-native Stipanovic confirmed rumours that emerged these days to Bosnian online media klix.ba.
During the whole season media tried to reveal names of players who could join the extended roster of Aleksandar Petrovic. Despite most experts believed that Petrovic will try to find a SG or SF Petrovic surprisingly picked a center who reminds of Ermin Jazvin, the extremely strong former NT center.
Stipanovic is very strong, rather athletic and good rebounder considering his size showing great hustle but on the other he is not known to be the best FT shooter around.

Who are the other candidates?

Ognjen Kuzmic (215-C-90) - A tremendous talent who has been called by GSW to join their summerleague team. Coach Petrovic confirmed that Kuzmic played a great season and he is keen to see Ognjen in his roster for Slovenia but that he can t accept to grant guaranteed playtime. He is a fantastic defender who rebounds very well, great timing reading the game very well helping his teammates timely. On the offensive end he has some nice moves in the paint, gets his offensive boards and shoots even from midrange very well. Has definitely great chances to make it among the last 12 and would get plenty of minutes.

Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83) - Sinanovic is the most experienced player who regularly contributes in the best league of the world except the NBA. He has played good qualifiers and has been the clearly best (help) defender among the Bosnian big men. He has even been better than Mirza Teletovic. However it seems that Petrovic needs to find a way to use the skills of Nedzad Sinanovic. Given the fact that he played the qualifiers he should have a guaranteed spot.

Jusuf Nurkic (212-C-94) - Nurkic is probably one of the best European centers of the 94 generation. He plays very physically, is a great rebounder and shotblocker enjoying a range up to threepoint-land, he knows how to dish an assist when he gets double teamed. However he plays currently his first season and he needs some work on his right hand. He is an NBA player in the making but this EC is likely to be without him.

Edin Bavcic (209-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) - Edin Bavcic has been drafted by the Sixers (they hold the rights) and was expected to be the first Bosnian NBA player. However Bavcic never fully evolved to the player he could be. He has been a tweener and he improved clearly when he focused on becoming one of the best shooters on the 4/5 instead on being the biggest SF ever. In Lithuania he stopped Ante Tomic and was a key to the success against Croatia. Last week he scored 33 points in Greece giving proof how much he can give if he gets some trust by his coach.

Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) - Savovic combines the things BIH needs most to be one of the biggest surprises in Slovenia. Savovic is very athletic, can shoot the ball from beyond the arc, has got an excellent post up game and is a ferocious rebounder. He would be the back up for Mirza Teletovic and would probably often be in the starting five covering the 5.

Miralem Halilovic (205-F-91) - Halilovic has been a tremendous talent and has even been scouted by NBA scouts. Great athletic skills and a decent shot made him to a promising player and the youngest captain in BIH league. However after he moved to KK Zagreb his body and his game changed and he stagnated. Now he is an inside player, still very athletic with a good and steadily improving post up game. In the recent Croatian play-offs he put some very nice games and he might get a call for the NT camp but it is rather unlikely that he will be among the 12. Not this time but if he keeps working and playing he will get his shot next time.

Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) - Kikanovic has played the qualifiers very well. He scored persistently after grabbing offensive boards, with his nice midrange jumper or after getting free throws. However he had great problems on the defensive end where he often turned out to be a mismatch. He is too weak to guard strong centers or PF, not quick enough to be a great help defender, not having the power to keep his man away from the glass and secure the defensive rebound. Would probably be much more efficient as PF-back up of Mirza Teletovic than a center. In case Savovic confirms his debut Kikanovic might be an option as third PF who will also spend some minutes on the 5.



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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.8.3 
 4. Prestes, Brasilia7.7 
 5. Becker, S.Jose/U.7.4 
 6. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.4 
 7. Castellar, Limeira7.4 
 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. Garcia, Uberlandia4.5 
 7. Fischer, Bauru4.5 
 8. Lima, Limeira4.4 
 9. Taylor, Bauru4.4 
 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. Pinheiro, Limeira0.1 
 6. Lima, Limeira0.1 
 7. Lemes, S.Jose/U.0.1 
 8. Mortari, Pinheiro.0.1 
 9. Klafke, Basque.0.1 
 10. Ramon, Limeira0.1 
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. Brown, Palmeiras1.7 
 9. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 
 10. Day, Uberlandia1.7 


NBB Round 4 of 1/8 Finals. Sao Jose/Unimed is another quarterfinalist - by Eurobasket News

Limeira - Pinheiros/Sky 85-86

Pinheiros/Sky stole a tough road win over Limeira to force the decisive fifth game in the series. The guests trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 32-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Pinheiros made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) fired 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American Joe Smith (192-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Pinheiros' coach Claudio Mortari used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international point guard Helio Vitor Lima (184-81) produced 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Dominican-American guard Ronald Ramon (182-86, college: Pittsburgh) added 19 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Limeira: D.Pinheiro 21+2reb+3ast, R.Ramon 19+3reb+4ast, H.Vitor Lima 15+6reb+5ast, O.Carter 13+1ast, F.Alvim 6+2reb+1ast, D.Castellar 4+9reb
Pinheiros/Sky: S.Stallworth 19+9reb+6ast, J.Smith 16+1reb+5ast, G.Araujo 11+3reb+1ast, L.Dias Silva 11+3reb+1ast, B.Fiorotto 10+1reb+1ast, M.Ferreira 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 239715


Paulistano - Basquete Cearense 89-85

Paulistano held off Basquete Caerense to make it 2-2 in the series. It looked good early as SKY/Basquete took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Paulistano had a 22-16 second period charge getting the lead and SKY/Basquete was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 85-89. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Elinho Corazza (193-89, college: Miami Dade CC) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds. American center Steven Toyloy (203-87, college: Cincinnati) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Paulistano players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Andre Bresolin (195-87) replied with 26 points and 4 assists and swingman Jimmy de Oliveira (189-90) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for SKY/Basquete.
Top scorers:
Basquete Cearense: A.Bresolin 26+2reb+4ast, J.de Oliveira 20+5reb+1ast, G.Schneider 19+2reb, W.Drudi 8+7reb+1ast, R.Dragovic 4+1reb, F.Ribeiro 3+5reb+4ast
Paulistano: E.Corazza 17+7reb+2ast, S.Toyloy 16+6reb, P.Lima 15+1reb+2ast, A.Oliveira 14+2reb+3ast, E.Carvalho 12+3reb+1ast, A.Luiz Brugger 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 239511


Minas - S.Jose/Unimed 59-75

Sao Jose/Unimed overcame Minas away from home to secure the quarterfinal appearance. The game was mostly controlled by Sao Jose/Vinac. Minas was better in second period 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Murilo Becker (210-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. The former international power forward Jefferson Antonio (207-83) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds 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 saving starting five for next games. The former international swingman Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-88) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Jermaine Beal (191-87, college: Vanderbilt) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Minas.
Top scorers:
Minas: B.Nardi Duarte 16+6reb+3ast, J.Beal 13+5reb+1ast, D.Nunes 11+6reb+1ast, R.Mineiro Rodrigues 6+4reb, P.Crosby 5+3reb, R.Pinto 4+1reb
S.Jose/Unimed: M.Becker 21+11reb+1ast, J.Antonio 18+7reb+1ast, D.Stefanelli 12+4reb+1ast, A.Laws 10+4reb+2ast, F.de Assis 8+3reb+9ast, L.Felipe Lemes 6+1ast
gschID: 239510



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  BULGARIA   

Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 24-3 
 2. Levski Sofia 23-4 
 3. Balkan 18-9 
 4. Rilski Sportist 17-10 
 5. Tundja Yambol 13-14 
 6. Cherno More 12-15 
 7. Beroe 11-16 
 8. Chernomorets 10-17 
 9. Spartak Pleven 6-21 
 10. U20 1-26 

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 24: Rilski Sportist - Beroe 99-95
Apr. 20: Tundja Yambol - Cherno More 80-86
Apr. 20: Spartak Pleven - Balkan 78-74
Apr. 24: Chernomorets - Levski Sofia 71-88
Apr. 20: U20 - Lukoil Academik 57-81

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 28: Levski Sofia - Beroe
Apr. 29: Lukoil Academik - Chernomorets
Apr. 29: Balkan - Cherno More
Apr. 29: Rilski Sportist - Tundja Yambol


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reginald HOLMES
  Beroe
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Holmes, Beroe21.5 
 2. Tyler, Chernomo.18.7 
 3. Durchev, Tundja Y.16.9 
 4. Smith, Rilski S.16.8 
 5. Mirkovic, Rilski S.16.6 
 6. Marinovic, Levski16.5 
 7. Milosevic, Tundja16.0 
 8. Marintchechk., Spa.15.9 
 9. Zahariev, Rilski S.15.9 
 10. Panic, Balkan15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.13.7 
 2. Milosevic, Tundja9.5 
 3. Galiotos, Perister.9.2 
 4. Santos, Balkan8.7 
 5. Vrcelj, Cherno M.7.8 
 6. Watkins, Lukoil A.7.4 
 7. Marintchechk., Spa.7.4 
 8. Ormon, Tundja Y.7.1 
 9. Caloiaro, Rilski S.7.0 
 10. Gugino, Rilski S.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Walker, Beroe7.2 
 2. Marinovic, Levski5.7 
 3. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.6 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.5.0 
 5. Velikov, Cherno M.4.6 
 6. Durchev, Tundja Y.4.3 
 7. Rakovic, Chernomo.4.2 
 8. Massamba, Lukoil A.4.0 
 9. Dyakovski, Sparta.3.9 
 10. Radionov, Tundja3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.2.2 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.2 
 3. Walker, Beroe2.2 
 4. Green, Spirou2.1 
 5. Gugino, Rilski S.2.0 
 6. Velikov, Cherno M.2.0 
 7. Zahariev, Rilski S.1.9 
 8. Kostov, Levski S.1.9 
 9. Mirkovic, Rilski S.1.9 
 10. Avramov, Lukoil A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.3.1 
 2. Watkins, Lukoil A.1.4 
 3. Hart, Beroe1.3 
 4. Dupree, Rilski S.1.2 
 5. Santos, Balkan1.2 
 6. Gugino, Rilski S.0.9 
 7. Sjekloca, Tundja Y.0.8 
 8. Banev, Lukoil A.0.8 
 9. Zahariev, Rilski S.0.7 
 10. Radev, Beroe0.7 


Lukoil Academik wins the Regular Season with 24-3 record - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL just ended.

The game between third ranked Balkan (18-9) and ninth ranked Spartak Pleven (6-21) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Balkan was defeated by Spartak Pleven in a tough game in Pleven 74-78. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Balkan. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-5. But Balkan won second period 23-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spartak Pleven dominated on the defensive end, holding Balkan to just 5 points in first quarter. They made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Balkan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for power forward Dimitar Marintchechki (201-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. The former international forward Ilia Stankov (198-76) contributed with 29 points for the winners. International guard Stanimir Marinov (191-91) answered with 15 points for Balkan. Balkan's coach Aleksandar Todorov tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Spartak Pleven maintains ninth place with 6-21 record. Balkan at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost.
NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (24-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked U20 (1-26) in Sofia 81-57. It was a great evening for Greek power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-83, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Brandon Heath helped adding 13 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals. The best for the losing side was forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93) with 9 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 24-3 record. U20 lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 26 lost games.
The game in Burgas was also quite interesting. Second ranked Levski Sofia (23-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Chernomorets (10-17). Levski Sofia did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 88-71 on Wednesday. It was an exceptional evening for Nemanja Protic who led the winners and scored 17 points. Kiril Raykov came up with 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for Chernomorets in the defeat. Chernomorets' coach Detcho Koeshinov let to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Levski Sofia have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 23-4 record behind leader Lukoil Academik. Loser Chernomorets keeps the eighth position with 17 games lost.

In the last two games of round 27 Beroe was beaten by Rilski Sportist on the road 99-95. Tundja Yambol lost to Cherno More on its own court 80-86.
The most impressive performance of 27th round was 23 points and 13 assists by Terry Smith of Rilski Sportist.


Rilski Sportist - Beroe 99-95

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Rilski Sportist (17-10) beat 7th ranked Beroe (11-16) in Samokov 99-95 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-95. Rilski Sportist outrebounded Beroe 36-19 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). American-Italian forward Angelo Caloiaro (203-89, college: USF) accounted for 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Forward Boyko Milenkov (197-83) came up with 24 points and 5 assists and guard Vasil Aleksandrov (188-90) added 20 points and 4 assists respectively for Beroe in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rilski Sportist maintains fourth place with 17-10 record. Newly promoted Beroe keeps the seventh position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Beroe: B.Milenkov 24+3reb+5ast, M.Hart 22+1reb+1ast, V.Aleksandrov 20+3reb+4ast, M.Dimitrov 10+4reb+3ast, P.Dafinov 8+4reb+7ast, B.Bakovic 8+2reb+2ast
Rilski Sportist: T.Smith 23+2reb+13ast, A.Caloiaro 22+9reb+5ast, L.Kirov 21+5reb, S.Vaklinov 10+6reb+1ast, T.Gugino 9+4reb+3ast, B.Dupree 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 233951


Chernomorets - Levski Sofia 71-88

The game in Burgas was also quite interesting. Second ranked Levski Sofia (23-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Chernomorets (10-17). Levski Sofia did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 88-71 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 17 points. Levski Sofia made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Chernomorets turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian guard Nemanja Protic (182-86) who led the winners and scored 17 points. The former international guard Zlatin Georgiev (195-85) accounted for 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Four Levski Sofia players scored in double figures. Forward Kiril Raykov (196-87) came up with 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American center James Tyler (218-88) added 9 points and 15 rebounds respectively for Chernomorets in the defeat. Chernomorets' coach Detcho Koeshinov let to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Levski Sofia have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 23-4 record behind leader Lukoil Academik. Loser Chernomorets keeps the eighth position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Chernomorets: K.Raykov 20+4reb+3ast, P.Rakovic 12+5reb+5ast, I.Slavchev 11+5reb+1ast, J.Tyler 9+15reb+1ast, B.Boev 7+3reb+2ast, K.Hristov 7+1reb
Levski Sofia: N.Protic 17+3reb+2ast, M.Pantic 14+4reb, Z.Georgiev 13+5reb+3ast, D.Anguelov 10+5reb+3ast, P.Ivanov 9+5reb, N.Varbanov 8+4reb
gschID: 233954


Tundja Yambol - Cherno More 80-86

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Tundja Yambol (13-14) lost at home to seventh ranked Euroins Cherno More (12-15) 86-80 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 28-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for Croatian-Canadian center Ljubisa Vrcelj (210-84, college: Jacksonville) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. International Tihomir Zhelev (193-90) accounted for 21 points for the winning side. Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds and forward Stoyan Petkov (198-85) added 11 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Tundja Yambol in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tundja Yambol's coach Ivan Cholakov gave the chance to play for eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Euroins Cherno More moved-up to sixth place. Loser Tundja Yambol keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Tundja Yambol: N.Milosevic 23+8reb+2ast, Z.Kascelan 11+1reb+4ast, S.Petkov 11+12reb+1ast, I.Marchev 10+5reb+1ast, S.Govedarov 9+1reb+2ast, J.Radionov 8+3ast
Cherno More: T.Zhelev 21+2reb+3ast, L.Vrcelj 19+11reb, S.Iliev 17+7reb+1ast, A.Velikov 15+2reb+3ast, S.Tsonkov 7+3reb+3ast, P.Aleksiev 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 233955


U20 - Lukoil Academik 57-81

NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (24-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked U20 (1-26) in Sofia 81-57. U20 was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 39-13 second half run of Lukoil Academik. They dominated on the defensive end, holding U20 to just 4 points in third quarter and to 13 points in second half. Lukoil Academik dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to U20's 26. Lukoil Academik forced 23 U20 turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by U20's players. U20 was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Greek power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-83, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) helped adding 13 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals. The best for the losing side was forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93) with 9 points and 5 rebounds and Nikolay Stoyanov (195-94) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 24-3 record. U20 lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 26 lost games.
Top scorers:
U20: N.Stoyanov 12+1reb+1ast, A.Simeonov 9+5reb+1ast, V.Galabov 8+3reb, A.Natskin 7+3reb+2ast, K.Kirilov 6+3reb, T.Tenchev 5+7reb+2ast
Lukoil Academik: D.Haritopoulos 19+5reb+4ast, D.Watkins 14+10reb+2ast, B.Heath 13+6reb+7ast, T.Massamba 9+4reb+5ast, B.Avramov 8+1reb+3ast, V.Veselinov 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 233953


Spartak Pleven - Balkan 78-74

The game between third ranked Balkan (18-9) and ninth ranked Spartak Pleven (6-21) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Balkan was defeated by Spartak Pleven in a tough game in Pleven 74-78. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Balkan. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-5. But Balkan won second period 23-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spartak Pleven dominated on the defensive end, holding Balkan to just 5 points in first quarter. They made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Balkan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for power forward Dimitar Marintchechki (201-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. The former international forward Ilia Stankov (198-76) contributed with 29 points for the winners. International guard Stanimir Marinov (191-91) answered with 15 points and the former international guard Jordan Bozov (191-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Balkan. Balkan's coach Aleksandar Todorov tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Spartak Pleven maintains ninth place with 6-21 record. Balkan at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Balkan: S.Marinov 15+4reb+3ast, B.Jovovic 12+3reb, J.Bozov 11+5reb+2ast, M.Marinov 9+2reb+1ast, J.Hunt 9+1reb+1ast, S.Slaveykov 8+3reb
Spartak Pleven: I.Stankov 29+2reb+1ast, D.Marintchechki 16+15reb+3ast, V.Georgiev 9+1reb+1ast, A.Dyakovski 8+1reb+7ast, D.Agre 6+7reb, R.Sofroniev 5+2reb
gschID: 233952



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THIS WEEK IN THE CBL - by John Guy

By Butch Cooper

NASHVILLE Week 3 of the Central Basketball League will mark the first full week of games in the league during its inaugural season.

There will be two games on Friday and two more on Saturday as the entire league will be in action for the first time.

FRIDAY'S GAMES

Dayton Air Strikers (0-0) at Bowling Green Hornets (0-0)
Game Time: 7 p.m. (CST)
Location: Russellville High School, Russellville (Ky.)
Last Meeting: First Meeting
This will be the first game of the season for both Dayton and Bowling Green.
While this is the first game in the history of the Hornets, the Air Strikers have competed in the Premier Basketball League and International Basketball League before joining the CBL.
The Hornets head coach is former Harlem Globetrotter and Russellville native, Otis Mr. OK Key. On the court, the Hornets are led by Jamal Crook, a former Western Kentucky forward who averaged a little over 12 points per game during his senior season this past year, including 13 points in the Hilltoppers near upset win over top-seeded Kansas in the NCAA Tournament. A couple of other top players for Bowling Green are 2013 NAIA Player of the Year, Vic Moses, a 6-6 forward who led Georgetown College to a national title; and Tony Key, a 6-11 center who played college ball at Mountain State (W.Va.) University and Los Angeles Community College before stints in the CBA, ABA, Mexico and Canada. He is also the brother of Coach Key.
The visiting Air Strikers are led by Aaron Pogue, a 6-8 forward who played at Cleveland State before going overseas to play in Romania; 6-11 Brandon Hassell, a former Penn State forward, who has also played in Uruguay, Canada and in the EuroBasket Summer League in Las Vegas; and Tyrone Bradshaw, a 6-8 University of Southern Indiana product who has played in Germany, Iceland and Turkey.

River City Panthers (0-2) at St. Louis Hawks (1-0)

Game Time: 7 p.m. (CST)
Location: Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis
Last Meeting: Hawks def. Panthers, 110-100 (April 20)
This will be the second meeting of the season for these two teams.
Last Saturday, the Panthers built a 20-point advantage in the second quarter, but the Hawks rallied back in the second half to pick up a victory in their season-opener.
In that game on April 20, 6-foot-4 forward Corey Hill led the Hawks with 25 points while guard Lonell Johnson added 20 points, including four steals, and 6-7 forward Bobby Hill pitched in with 17. Alex Jackson scored 14.
Meanwhile, the Hills each had 11 rebounds as the Hawks controled the game under the glass with a 49-27 advantage in boards.
The Panthers' Brandon Lee led all scorers with 29 points and is averaging 23.5 points per game in River City's first two contests. Meanwhile, Mike Gills scored 18 against the Hawks and Julian Jones added 17. Other double-digit scorers were DeAaron Williams with 13 points and Ivan Watson with 11.

SATURDAY'S GAMES

Bowling Green Hornets (0-0) at St. Louis Hawks (1-0)

Game Time: 6 p.m. (CST)
Location: Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis
Last Meeting: First Meeting
The St. Louis Hawks will play the second of two home games this weekend on Saturday night when they play host to the Bowling Green Hornets.
It will also be the Hornets first road contest of the season.

Middle Tennessee Storm (1-0) at River City Panthers (0-2)

Game Time: 8 p.m. (CST)
Location: Peoria Academy, Peoria (Ill.)
Last Meeting: Storm def. Panthers, 106-90 (April 13)
These two teams met in the league's season opening contest on April 13 with the Panthers taking the very early advantage. However, the Storm took a 32-20 lead into the second quarter and never looked back.
In that win, a pair of Storm players each scored 20 or more points as Myles Trash led all scorers with 24 points and Demarco Polk added 20. Also for Middle Tennessee, Dominique Rouse, who was named the CBL's first-ever Player of the Week, scored 18 points to go along with 12 rebounds.
The Storm as a team had 67 rebounds as a team as four different players grabbed double-digit boards. Wesley Poe and Kristoffer Smith, like Rouse, each had 12, while Fred Hill hauled in 10.
The Panthers were led by Gills' 19 points and 16 rebounds, Lee's 18 points and Watson's 16 points, eight assists and five steals. Josh Wagner added 13 points and nine rebounds, while Williams had 10 points and boards.

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK 2

Corey Hill St. Louis Hawks

Hill scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Hawks' 110-100 win over River City on April 20. He also had three blocks and three assists.

For more information about the Central Basketball League, go to www.CentralBasketballLeague.com.



Down by 20, St. Louis Hawks Rally to Defeat the River City Panthers 110-100 in Peoria, IL - by John Guy

04/20/2013, 9:15pm CDT

By Butch Cooper

PEORIA, Ill. It took a little while, but the St. Louis Hawks were finally able to flex their wings in their Central Basketball League season-opener Saturday night.

After trailing the entire first half and more than half of the third quarter, the Hawks took control of the game and went home with a 110-100 victory over River City at Peoria Academy to spoil the Panthers home-opener.

Corey Hill led the Hawks (1-0) with 25 points, while Lonell Johnson added 17.

The Panthers (0-2), who were coming off a season-opening loss at Middle Tennessee in Nashville, were led by Brandon Lee with 24 points and Mike Gills with 18.

It seemed, early on, that the home team looked like they would just cruise to a easy win.

River City jumped on top during the opening minutes, 21-5, and took a 34-16 lead into the second quarter. The Panthers would lead by as many as 20 early in the second and seemed to have things well in hand.

St. Louis, however, would begin to rally.

The Hawks would only trail by 11 at halftime and quickly turned it into a single-digit game with the help of a 16-4 run in the third to make it a four-point affair. St. Louis would take it's first lead, 73-70, late in the third and by the final period, momentum had turned in favor of the visitors.

St. Louis would outscore the hosts, 57-34, during that comeback and outscored the Panthers by 21 points in the entire second half.

These two teams will meet again on Friday (April 26), this time in St. Louis at Harris-Stowe State University with a scheduled 8 p.m. (CST) tip-off.

at Peoria (Ill.) Academy
St. Louis 16 25 38 31 - 110
River City 34 18 26 22 - 100



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  CHINA   


Panagiotis Giannakis in talks with Chinese Basketball Federation - by Eurobasket News

Panagiotis Giannakis (agency: FCM ) may be the next head coach of the Chinese National Team. The Greek specialist will replace Donewald Bob at the bridge. Panagiotis Giannakis (agency: FCM ) has a wide basketball experience. He is currently working with Limoges in France. Previously the specialist guided Olympiacos, Ionikos, Maroussi, Panionios. Giannakis worked with the Greek National Team in 1996/97 and 2004/08 seasons. Giannakis was named All-Greek League Coach of the Year in 2004. He was also named All-Europe Coach of the Year in 2005.


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PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 4 - SECOND PHASE RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Piratas reached its third victory in four games entering the second phase of the PBD, and sweeped Bukaros at home, also its first victory against the current champions this season, based on a very good execution in offense and compensanting the lack of size always having at least three guys in the paint. Bukaros felt the effort of the previous game and his energy on defense was low, Piratas Leonard Mendez (196-G-87, college: Georgia St.) scored 24 pts leading the winners.
Piratas de Bogota 96- L. Mendez 24 pts, T. Thomas 23 pts.
Bukaros Freskaleche 81- J. Edwin 30 pts, J. Hernadez 13 pts + 15 rebs.

Academia fall for the fourth straight game in the second phase of the PBD , currently the only team without victories among the six survivors, this time Bambuqueros the best team in the competiton imposed the depth of its roster and blasted Academia as visitor, Academia began leading in the first quarter but Bambuqueros took control from the second and never look back, S. Ortiz had 24 pts to lead the winners.
Academia de la Montana 77- C. Chavez 23 pts, B Crawford 19 pts + 13 rebs
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 93- S. Ortiz 24 pts, D. Dorsey 14 pts

Manizales OC learn from the defeat in the previous game and made a good adjustment to defeat the Aguilas de Tunja, A. Jordan 23 pts was the best for the OC, while B. Egwuatu posted 16 for the locals.
Aguilas de Tunja 67- B. Egwuatu 16 pts, Y. Fernandez 14 pts.
Manizales OC 90- A. Jordan 23 pts, C. Cortez 12 pts




PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 2 - 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.




PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 3 - SECOND PHASE RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Piratas and Bukaros played one of the best games of the season in Bogota, Piratas wasted a 19 points lead that reached in the first quarter but survived and won the game thanks to Tayron Thomas 5 points within the last 50 seconds of the game.
Bukaros been trailed started the second half with a different attitude playing in and out and becoming unstoppable in the second and third quarter, the yellow squad reached his first from the first quarter with 4 minutes left in the fourth thanks to a couple of Brooks free throws, but Piratas managed better the legs of his players and had more energy in clutch to stop the Bukaros and come back to the lead, Piratas star Thomas made a three pointer out of a time out with 50 seconds in the clock to put his team 2 points ahead, Bukaros had a chance to score but J. Edwin tornover with 35 second left give Piratas the chance to manage the game and win.
Piratas de Bogota 88- T. Thomas 27 pts, J. Fahnbulleh 18 pts.
Bukaros Freskaleche 85 - P. Brooks 25 pts, J. Edwin 19 pts

Aguilas the Tunja took a new breath after defeat the Manizalez OC in Tunja, the locals played a hard defense limiting the OC main weapons under 14 points in the night, Gianluca Bacci again took the lead of his team finishing with 22 points, Cesar Cortez 14 points was the best in the OC.
Aguilas de Tunja 76- G. Bacci 22 pts, Y. Fernandez 19 pts
Manizales OC 72- C. Cortez 14 pts, A. Jordan 12 pts.

Bambuqueros come back from a bad first quarter to defeat the Academia de la Montana in Neiva, was the third straight Bambuqueros victory and the third straight defeat of Academia the sent the Antioquias team to the bottom of the standings, Bambuqueros had Darrin Dorsey (188-PG, college: Dakota Wesleyan) playing full time to lead them with 30 pts, Brandon Crawford lead the Academia with 15 pts.
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 86- D. Dorsey 30 pts, J. Manuel 14 pts
Academia de la Montana 72- B. Crawford 15 pts, C. Chavez 15 pts




PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 1 - SECOND PHASE RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Bukaros using the size of Hernandez and Trocha to rule the boards defeated the Academia in the opener of the PBD 2013 second phase, Academia felt the absence of Desmond Blue , the new comer Brandon Crawford grabbed 14 rebounds, Bukaros Philip Brooks (188-G-84, college: Langston) and L. Gilber scored 25 pts each to guided the yellow squad, John Hernandez had another strong performance with 17 rebounds
Bukaros Freskaleche 100 - P. Brooks 25pts, L. Gilbert 25 pts
Academia de la Montana 88 - C. Chavez 21 pts.

Bambuqueros was a machine using all its fire power to defeat the Aguilas de Tunja in Neiva, Aguilas going through many changes did not look competitive in the first half against the strong Bambuqueros squad, Stalin Ortiz and Joe Dunn finished with 26 pts each.
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 113 - S. Ortiz 26 pts, J. Dunn 26 pts
Aguilas de Tunja 81 - Y. Fernandez 22 pts.

Piratas stole a big win as visitor defeating the Manizales OC 83-81 thanks to a last bucket made by Tayron Thomas, the OC had the debut of the Dominican forward Rome Sanders.
Manizales OC 81
Piratas de Bogota 83.




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A1 Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 8

Apr. 24: KK Zagreb - Jolly 99-87
Apr. 24: Cibona - Kvarner 2010 92-65
Apr. 24: Zadar - Cedevita 85-77
Apr. 24: KK Split - Alkar Sinj 84-74

Second Stage: Round 9

Apr. 27: Zadar - Cibona
Apr. 27: Cedevita - KK Zagreb
Apr. 27: Jolly - KK Split
Apr. 27: Alkar Sinj - Kvarner 2010


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Ross, Jolly22.1 
 2. Batina, Djuro D.17.1 
 3. Krapic, KK Zagreb15.3 
 4. Budimir, Osjecki15.2 
 5. Rembert, Krizevci14.9 
 6. Radic, Kvarner 201014.9 
 7. Lez, Zabok14.7 
 8. Skific, Kvarner14.7 
 9. Peraica, Darda14.5 
 10. Peric, Dubrovnik14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivica RADIC
  Kvarner 2010
  (208-F-90)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Radic, Kvarner 20107.1 
 2. Mrva, Jolly7.1 
 3. Sarlija, Djuro D.7.0 
 4. Jakolis, Dubrovnik6.9 
 5. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.2 
 6. Peraica, Darda5.3 
 7. Vlaic, Zabok5.3 
 8. Ross, Jolly5.3 
 9. Krstanovic, Krizev.5.1 
 10. Krapic, KK Zagreb5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Krivec, Kvarner5.3 
 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 Zagreb3.1 
 8. Pesut, Zabok3.0 
 9. Segaric, KK Zagreb2.9 
 10. Jugo, Alkar Sinj2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ross, Jolly3.0 
 2. Car, KK Zagreb1.7 
 3. Krivec, Kvarner1.5 
 4. Peric, Dubrovnik1.5 
 5. Meznaric, Prievidza1.4 
 6. Mrva, Jolly1.3 
 7. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.3 
 8. Pesut, Zabok1.3 
 9. Batina, Djuro D.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, Jolly1.0 
 3. Najev, DOSK0.9 
 4. Vlaic, Zabok0.7 
 5. Bakovic, Djuro D.0.7 
 6. Bundovic, Zabok0.6 
 7. Hrncic, Darda0.6 
 8. Halilovic, KK Za.0.6 
 9. Budimir, Osjecki0.6 
 10. Vrsaljko, Jolly0.5 


A1 Round 8 (Second Stage): Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

A1 round 8 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader Cedevita (6-2) against third ranked KK Zadar (6-2) 85-77 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Cedevita. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-15. But Cedevita won third quarter 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Cedevita helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Ante Delas (200-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. American Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana, agency: Priority Sports) replied with 28 points and 5 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) for Cedevita. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KK Zadar moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Cedevita. Cedevita will play next round against KK Zagreb trying to make it back to the top of the standings. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb - KK Zagreb. KK Zadar will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Cibona in Zagreb.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Cibona as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Cibona smashed 5th ranked Kvarner 2010 in Zagreb 92-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kvarner 2010. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots) and Marin Rozic who added 21 points during the contest. Forward Ivica Radic (208-90) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Kvarner 2010's coach Vladimir Anzulovic gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Kvarner 2010 at the other side dropped to the sixth place with five games lost. Kvarner 2010 will play next round against Alkar Sinj trying to get back on the winning streak. Cibona will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked KK Zadar on the road.
An interesting game was also surprising road defeat of 4th ranked Jolly in a game versus KK Zagreb (#7) 99-87. The winners were led by Ante Krapic who scored that evening 23 points. Even 31 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals by Ronald Ross did not help to save the game for Jolly. KK Zagreb maintains seventh position with 2-6 record. Loser Jolly keeps the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with KK Split. KK Zagreb's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena Cedevita.
Bottom-ranked Alkar Sinj is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their eighth consecutive match to sixth ranked KK Split (4-4) 84-74. The best player for the winners was Filip Kraljevic who scored 27 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line !!!). Alkar Sinj's coach Boris Poljak rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Split moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Jolly. Alkar Sinj at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. KK Split's next round opponent will be Jolly (#5) in Sibenik. Alkar Sinj will play at home against Kvarner 2010 in Rijeka and hopes to get finally their first victory.


Zadar - Cedevita 85-77

A1 round 8 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader Cedevita (6-2) against third ranked KK Zadar (6-2) 85-77 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Cedevita. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-15. But Cedevita won third quarter 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Cedevita helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Ante Delas (200-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. American Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four KK Zadar players scored in double figures. American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana, agency: Priority Sports) replied with 28 points and 5 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Marko Tomas (201-85) added 22 points in the effort for Cedevita. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KK Zadar moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Cedevita. Cedevita will play next round against KK Zagreb trying to make it back to the top of the standings. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb - KK Zagreb. KK Zadar will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Cibona in Zagreb.
Top scorers:
Zadar: A.Delas 22+1reb+1ast, M.Ramljak 18+3reb+1ast, R.Travis 15+7reb+1ast, I.Ivanov 10+4reb+1ast, F.Kastropil 7+6reb+3ast, B.Krasic 6+2reb
Cedevita: B.Wright 28+5reb+3ast, M.Tomas 22+2reb+1ast, P.Suput 8+3reb, M.Bazdaric 8+1reb, V.Ilievski 3+1reb, M.Bilan 3+7reb
gschID: 236377


KK Zagreb - Jolly 99-87

An interesting game was also surprising road defeat of 4th ranked Jolly in a game versus KK Zagreb (#7) 99-87. The game without a history. KK Zagreb led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. KK Zagreb shot the lights out from three sinking 19 long-distance shots on high 63.3 percentage. The winners were led by forward Ante Krapic (205-85) who scored that evening 23 points and international Marko Car (188-85) supported him with 20 points and 5 assists. Even 31 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals by American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: LUMANI 10.7) did not help to save the game for Jolly. Guard Dino Butorac (192-90) added 16 points for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KK Zagreb maintains seventh position with 2-6 record. Loser Jolly keeps the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with KK Split. KK Zagreb's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena Cedevita.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb: A.Krapic 23+4reb+1ast, M.Car 20+3reb+5ast, I.Novacic 15+5reb+1ast, I.Milekovic 14+4reb+3ast, M.Halilovic 8+6reb+5ast, N.Garma 6
Jolly: R.Ross 31+8reb+4ast, D.Butorac 16+3ast, M.Mrva 12+3reb, D.Bubalo 11+6reb, J.Naletilic 8+1reb+3ast, L.Katura 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 236376


KK Split - Alkar Sinj 84-74

Bottom-ranked Alkar Sinj is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their eighth consecutive match to sixth ranked KK Split (4-4) 84-74. The game without a history. KK Split led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Alkar Sinj helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Filip Kraljevic (212-89, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 27 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line !!!). Swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) chipped in 9 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Antonio Bilic (190-86) produced 17 points and 7 assists and forward Zeljko Zupic (205-81, college: Denver) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Four Alkar Sinj players scored in double figures. Alkar Sinj's coach Boris Poljak rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Split moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Jolly. Alkar Sinj at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. KK Split's next round opponent will be Jolly (#5) in Sibenik. Alkar Sinj will play at home against Kvarner 2010 in Rijeka and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
KK Split: F.Kraljevic 27+7reb, I.Bender 13+10reb, I.Siriscevic 10+1reb, J.Sobin 9+12reb+2ast, P.Marinelli 9+2reb+4ast, E.Reinholt 6+1ast
Alkar Sinj: N.Gaurina 17+1reb, A.Bilic 17+3reb+7ast, Z.Zupic 13+3reb+3ast, L.Zitko 11+1reb+1ast, D.Kanaet 6+7reb+1ast, J.Curkovic 4+2reb
gschID: 236375


Cibona - Kvarner 2010 92-65

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Cibona as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Cibona smashed 5th ranked Kvarner 2010 in Zagreb 92-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kvarner 2010. Kvarner 2010 was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Cibona forced 22 Kvarner 2010 turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots) and the former international forward Marin Rozic (201-83, agency: Interperformances) who added 21 points during the contest. Five Cibona players scored in double figures. Forward Ivica Radic (208-90) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and forward Dino Cinac (198-88) scored 15 points. Kvarner 2010's coach Vladimir Anzulovic gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Kvarner 2010 at the other side dropped to the sixth place with five games lost. Kvarner 2010 will play next round against Alkar Sinj trying to get back on the winning streak. Cibona will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked KK Zadar on the road.
Top scorers:
Cibona: M.Rozic 21+3reb, J.Blassingame 16+4reb+8ast, S.Nicevic 14+3reb, D.Saric 13+3reb+8ast, P.Marcinkovic 11+5reb+2ast, H.Kovacevic 10+3reb+1ast
Kvarner 2010: I.Radic 15+6reb, D.Cinac 15+3reb, H.Sirko 10+3reb, J.Surina 9, B.Krivec 6+1reb+9ast, M.Juricic 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 236374



Junior Final 4 in Split! - by Dani Erceg

KK Split will organize Final 4 of Junior National Tournament which will be held 11. and 12. May. Four teams that qualified are Split, Fenix, Zadar and Cedevita. Schedule of semifinals on 11. May are Fenix - Cedevita and Split - Zadar.
Cibona junior team failed qualify for Final 4.



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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.6 
 2. Bolds, BC Kolin17.9 
 3. Fields, Chomutov17.7 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy17.5 
 5. Meno, USK Praha16.8 
 6. Blazek, B&W Opava16.7 
 7. Fields, Levice16.6 
 8. Reese, Usti n.16.3 
 9. Zabas, BK Pardubi.15.8 
 10. Mroz, Svitavy15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.6 
 2. Tomanec, J.Hradec8.9 
 3. Meno, USK Praha8.7 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.7.9 
 5. Simmons, Levice7.4 
 6. Kohout, BK Prost.7.4 
 7. Nuhanovic, Levice7.4 
 8. Wilson, NH Ostrava7.0 
 9. Deloach, Svitavy6.8 
 10. Reese, Usti n.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  BC Kolin
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Ubilla, BC Kolin5.8 
 2. Sirina, B&W Opava5.6 
 3. Ames, NH Ostrava5.4 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy4.4 
 5. Kemp, Levice4.3 
 6. Carter, CEZ N.4.3 
 7. Glover, Chomutov4.3 
 8. Sanders, BK Decin4.2 
 9. Sotnar, USK Praha4.1 
 10. Venta, J.Hradec4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.7 
 2. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Ubilla, BC Kolin2.1 
 4. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 5. Allen, Chomutov1.9 
 6. Bolds, BC Kolin1.9 
 7. Ames, NH Ostrava1.8 
 8. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
 9. Reese, Usti n.1.6 
 10. Taylor, Los A.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Levice
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Nuhanovic, Levice1.6 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 3. Fields, Chomutov1.1 
 4. Simmons, Levice1.0 
 5. Miklosik, B&W O.1.0 
 6. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 7. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 8. Svrdlik, BK Prost.0.8 
 9. Slavik, USK Praha0.8 
 10. Kramny, B&W Opava0.8 


NBL Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

BC Kolin - NH Ostrava 52-84 (1-1)

The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-52. NH Ostrava outrebounded BC Kolin 42-27 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Jeremiah Wilson (203-88, college: Tarleton St.) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import forward Austin Dufault (205-90, college: Colorado) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Four NH Ostrava players scored in double figures. Puerto Rican-American guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) produced 12 points and American forward Richard Field (196-85, college: Mercyhurst) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. BC Kolin's coach Predrag Benacek gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: J.Wilson 17+11reb+1ast, R.Ames 13+6reb+5ast, A.Dufault 12+13reb+2ast, M.Gniadek 12+1reb, J.Stehlik 11+1ast, A.Ciz 10+2reb+5ast
BC Kolin: E.Ubilla 12+3reb+3ast, R.Field 10+5reb, D.Bolds 6+2reb, S.Zuzak 6+7reb+1ast, M.Kriz 6+4reb+1ast, J.Nemecek 5+1reb
gschID: 239475


BK Pardubice - BK Decin 62-52 (1-1)

BK Decin was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. BK Pardubice dominated on the defensive end, holding BK Decin to just 6 points in fourth quarter. BK Pardubice shot 26 for 35 from the free-throw line, while BK Decin only scored seven points from the stripe. They outrebounded BK Decin 53-40 including 17 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Petr Bohacik (205-85) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (197-83, college: W.Carolina) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. Four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. The former international Jakub Houska (207-82) produced 9 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Lubos Stria (197-81) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: P.Bohacik 15+11reb, T.Nelson 14+5reb, E.Zabas 11+7reb, C.Muirhead 10+7reb+3ast, M.Carnecky 4+1reb+1ast, Z.Pospisil 3+10reb+4ast
BK Decin: J.Houska 9+7reb+2ast, A.Alic 7+3reb, M.Soukup 7+2reb, L.Stria 6+8reb+3ast, L.Sanders 6+5reb+4ast, L.Bazant 5+3reb
gschID: 239473


USK Praha - CEZ Nymburk 47-108 (0-2)

The game without a history. CEZ Nymburk 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 USK Praha's 30. They outrebounded USK Praha 49-27 including a 43-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international swingman Vojtech Hruban (202-89) scored 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists during the contest. Five CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. point guard Michal Sotnar (189-92) responded with 15 points and forward Jiri Slavik (203-89) scored 7 points and 10 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: T.Carter 17+4reb+6ast, V.Hruban 15+9reb+5ast, L.Palyza 14+6reb, M.Efevberha 13+6reb, R.Rancik 13+4reb+1ast, P.Benda 10+2reb
USK Praha: M.Sotnar 15+2ast, J.Slavik 7+10reb, S.Votroubek 7+3reb, B.Meno 6+5reb, D.Fait 4+4reb, M.Mares 4+2reb
gschID: 239472


Levice - BK Prostejov 84-76 (1-1)

American point guard Willie Kemp (188-87, college: Memphis) notched 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and the other American import guard Brandon Fields (193-88, college: Nevada) supported him with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Levice's coach Oleg Meleschenko allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by Slovakian Dusan Pandula (196-84) did not help to save the game for BK Prostejov. International Kamil Svrdlik (206-86, college: Fair Dickinson) added 18 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Levice: W.Kemp 22+6reb+6ast, R.Grznar 18+3reb+2ast, B.Fields 15+5reb+4ast, S.Nuhanovic 13+5reb+2ast, J.Simmons 8+9reb, B.Addison 6+3reb
BK Prostejov: D.Pandula 18+5reb+4ast, K.Svrdlik 18+8reb, P.Slezak 13+4reb+1ast, R.Marko 11+9reb+4ast, O.Kohout 7+8reb, J.Bohacik 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 239474



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EBA Names All-Stars for 2013 Season - by EBA Media

All Stars - Season Team The 2013 EBA All-Stars were announced today. League champion, N.Y. Wizards and runner-up Harrisburg Horizon, along with third place Washington Madness each had two players garner end of the season honors.

N.Y. Wizards placed Aubin Scott and Anthony Cox on the team. Scott ended the season with an 18.0 scoring average with 8.o assists per game. He is a perennial EBA All-Star and led his team to their first EBA championship in 2013. Teammate Anthony Cox controlled the boards for the Wizards with a 11.0 rebound average to go along with his 19.0 scoring clip.

Harrisburg Horizon, who battled the Wizards into the final seconds of the season for the title, had their scoring guard duo of Anthony Trautman and Dom Asbury named as All-Stars. Asbury finished the season with 164 total points in seven games, tops for the league. He nosed out Trautman 23.4 to 23.3 for their teams scoring average crown.

Washington Madness placed Jamal Wise 6'6'' Forward out of Rhode Island U. and guard Deontay Twyman on the 2013 squad.
Darnell Sneed 6'2'' Guard from Charleston Southern recorded monster numbers for the Md. Bayraiders. His scoring average was league leading 44.3. Playing most of his games with a limited roster, Darnell had season high 55 and 49 points.

N.Y. Primetime's Joshua Smith, 6'2'' guard from Farmingdale St. scored 48 points against the Harrisburg Horizon to turn in the third best scoring performance of the season.

The ten man All-Stars selection are rounded out with Westchester Dutchmen's 6'3'' guard Aaron Williams and the Bad News Ballers 6'2'' guard Michael Rather. Both of these players are EBA rookies.

2013 EBA All-Stars



  • Aubin Scott ( 6'1'' G LIU ) N.Y. Wizards

  • Anthony Cox ( 6'9'' C Farmingdale St. ) N.Y. Wizards

  • Dom Asbury ( 6'2'' G Cheyney U. ) Harrisburg Horizon

  • Anthony Trautman ( 6'2'' G Lebanon Valley ) Harrisburg Horizon

  • Jamal Wise ( 6'6'' F Rhode Island U. ) Washington Madness

  • Deontay Twyman ( 6'0'' G. Quinnipiac U. ) Washington Madness

  • Darnell Sneed (6'2'' G. Charleston Southern ) Md. Bayraiders

  • Aaron Williams (6'3'' G. Delaware St. ) Westchester Dutchmen

  • Joshua Smith ( 6'2'' G. Farmingdale St. ) N.Y. Primetime

  • Michael Rather ( 6'2'' G.) Bad News Ballers



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG21.1 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena19.5 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK18.5 
 4. McKee, Triumph17.9 
 5. Ray, Ratiopharm16.5 
 6. Eidson, Unics16.5 
 7. Karasev, Triumph16.1 
 8. Delaney, Budivelnyk16.1 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.0 
 10. Brown, Lokomotiv15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.0 
 2. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.3 
 3. Maric, Lokomotiv7.3 
 4. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.3 
 5. Landry, Triumph7.1 
 6. Stimac, Banvit BK6.8 
 7. Savovic, Crvena Z.6.6 
 8. Vitkovac, Buducno.6.6 
 9. Ndong, Galatasaray6.0 
 10. Drozdov, Budiveln.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CALATHES
  Lokom.
  (198-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Calathes, Lokom.6.7 
 2. McKee, Triumph6.1 
 3. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.6 
 4. Wright, Spartak SP5.5 
 5. Kalnietis, Lokomot.5.2 
 6. Rowland, VEF Riga4.8 
 7. Satoransky, Cajasol4.8 
 8. Markovic, Valencia4.7 
 9. Welsch, CEZ N.4.3 
 10. Chatman, Unics4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McKee, Triumph2.4 
 2. Chatman, Unics2.0 
 3. Doellman, Valencia1.7 
 4. Brown, Lokomotiv1.7 
 5. Mejia, Banvit BK1.6 
 6. Wright, Spartak SP1.6 
 7. Hosley, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 8. Carter, Spartak SP1.4 
 9. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.4 
 10. Eidson, Unics1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Charles DAVIS
  Banvit BK
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.2 
 3. Balvin, Cajasol1.2 
 4. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.2 
 5. Lishchuk, Valencia1.0 
 6. Nankivil, Ratiopha.1.0 
 7. Theis, Ratiopharm0.9 
 8. Vougioukas, Unics0.9 
 9. Carter, Spartak SP0.9 
 10. Ndong, Galatasar.0.8 



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Parker leads Spurs to 102-91 win over Lakers - by Eurobasket News

Tony Parker (188-PG-82) had 28 points and seven assists and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Lakers 102-91 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard had 16 points each, Manu Ginobili added 13 points and Matt Bonner had 10 for San Antonio.

Dwight Howard and Steve Blake had 16 points each to lead Los Angeles. Metta World Peace and Pau Gasol added 13 points each, but no other player had more than nine as the Lakers shot 45 percent from the field.

Game 3 is Friday night in Los Angeles.

The Spurs shot 51 percent from the field after shooting 38 percent in Game 1. San Antonio was 7 for 14 on 3-pointers, including 5 for 7 in the first half.
Courtesy of: The Associated Press



Slaughter's 24 points and 5 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old point guard A.J. Slaughter (191-PG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Cholet and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had the game-high 24 points adding five assists for Cholet in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Chalon (#2, 18-10) 79-78. Cholet is placed at 9th position in French league. Cholet 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 14-14 record. Slaughter turned to be Cholet's top player in his first season with the team. A.J. Slaughter averages this season 13.2ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Blake Schilb (200-G/F-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) of league's second-best Chalon. He is American swingman in his 4th season at Chalon. In the last game Schilb recorded impressive 24 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Chalon was edged by the lower-ranked Cholet (#9, 14-14) 79-78. Chalon managed to keep the same second spot in the standings. His team's 18-10 record is not bad at all. Schilb is one of the most experienced players at Chalon and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.4ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 4.7rpg and 5.4apg.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89) of league's leader Gravelines. Buycks scored 21 points and passed seven assists. Despite Buycks' great performance Gravelines lost 65-67 to the lower-ranked ASVEL (#6, 16-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Gravelines needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 19 victories and 9 lost games. Buycks has a great season in France. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.7ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Amadi McKenzie (201-PF-86) of Boulazac - 17 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Bernard King (196-G-81) of Le Havre - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Jeremy Leloup (202-F-87) of Dijon - 20 points and 5 assists
7. Graham Brown (205-C-84) of Le Havre - 14 points and 6 rebounds
8. Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88) of Strasbourg - 17 points and 7 rebounds
9. Romain Duport (215-C-86) of Strasbourg - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Larry Owens (201-G/F-83) of Dijon - 19 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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D1 Standings

Prva Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Kozuv 15-5 
 2. Feni Indistrija 12-8 
 3. Lirija 12-8 
 4. Rabotnicki 11-9 
 5. Kumanovo 10-10 
 6. MZT Skopje 5-1 
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: Kumanovo - Feni Indistrija 91-86
Apr. 24: Kozuv - MZT Skopje 83-80 OT
Apr. 24: Lirija - Rabotnicki 81-89

Places 7-9

Apr. 20: Pelister Bitola - Vardar 76-81

Second Stage: Round 8

Places 1-6

Apr. 27: Kozuv - Kumanovo
Apr. 27: Rabotnicki - Feni Indistrija
Apr. 27: Lirija - MZT Skopje

Places 7-9

Apr. 27: Vardar - ABA Strumica


Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar KOSTOSKI
  Kumanovo
  (186-G-88)
  Avg: 20
 1. Kostoski, Kumanovo20.0 
 2. Abukar, Rabotnicki18.7 
 3. Lee-Ingram, Kuman.17.5 
 4. Radunovic, Lirija16.4 
 5. Lukovic, Kumanovo15.2 
 6. Jelesijevic, Rabot.15.2 
 7. Trajkovski, Feni I.15.2 
 8. Dimcevski, Kuman.13.7 
 9. Tasovski, Lirija13.6 
 10. Pekovic, Kozuv13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo10.5 
 2. Kerkez, Vardar9.6 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija7.3 
 4. Trajkovski, Feni I.7.2 
 5. Jelesijevic, Rabot.6.4 
 6. Abukar, Rabotnicki6.0 
 7. Kostevski, Vardar5.9 
 8. Tasovski, Lirija5.7 
 9. Knezevic, Feni I.5.6 
 10. Lee-Ingram, Kuma.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Goran SAMARDZIEV
  Feni I.
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Samardziev, Feni I.4.1 
 2. Mijajlovic, Kozuv3.9 
 3. Karadzovski, Kozuv3.8 
 4. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.7 
 5. Morban, Lirija3.5 
 6. McIntosh, Feni I.3.2 
 7. Petrovski, Rabotni.2.9 
 8. Sokolov, Feni I.2.8 
 9. Radunovic, Lirija2.3 
 10. Tasovski, Lirija2.3 
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. McIntosh, Feni I.1.2 
 6. Morban, Lirija1.2 
 7. Ugrinoski, Lirija1.2 
 8. Ivanovic, Vardar1.1 
 9. Vucurovic, Feni I.1.1 
 10. Kerkez, Vardar1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo1.9 
 2. Trajkovski, Feni I.1.1 
 3. Jelesijevic, Rabot.1.0 
 4. Lee-Ingram, Kuman.0.9 
 5. Radunovic, Lirija0.8 
 6. Simic, Lirija0.8 
 7. Pavlovski, Kozuv0.8 
 8. Abukar, Rabotnicki0.5 
 9. Gocevski, Kozuv0.4 
 10. Knezevic, Feni I.0.4 


Prva Liga Round 6 (Second Stage): Kozuv hands first defeat to MZT Skopje - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, extra overtimes, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated MZT Skopje (5-1) in Gevgelija on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by Kozuv (15-5) in overtime 83-80. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-12. But MZT Skopje won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where MZT Skopje used huge pressure winning it 21-19 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 9-12. Kozuv made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by MZT Skopje helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian swingman Miladin Pekovic (197-83, agency: BeoExcell) who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Serbian power forward Slobodan Bozovic (207-79) chipped in 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international Gjorji Cekovski (203-79) who recorded 22 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Kozuv maintains first position in Liga with 15-5 record. Defending champion MZT Skopje keeps the sixth place with one game lost. Kozuv are looking forward to face Fersped-Rabotnicki (#4) in Skopje in the next round. MZT Skopje will play at home against Kumanovo 2009 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The best stats of 6th round was 27 points and 9 rebounds by Nemanja Jelesijevic of Rabotnicki.


Places 1-6
Kumanovo - Feni Indistrija 91-86

There was a minor upset when second-best Feni Indistrija (12-8) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Kumanovo 2009 (10-10) 91-86 on Wednesday. Feni Indistrija trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 33-20 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 86-91 at the end of the game. Kumanovo 2009 made 27-of-30 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Kumanovo 2009 outrebounded Feni Indistrija 45-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-88, college: Brescia, KY, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 26 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). International guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 29 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Vladimir Brckov (200-89) who recorded 13 points and 5 rebounds and the former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four Kumanovo 2009 and five Feni Indistrija players scored in double figures. Kumanovo 2009 maintains fifth position in Liga with 10-10 record. Feni Indistrija at the other side keeps the second place with eight games lost. Kumanovo 2009 will face MZT Skopje (#6) on the road in the next round. Feni Indistrija will play against Lirija (#3) in Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: C.McIntosh 15+2reb+1ast, B.Trajkovski 15+5reb, V.Brckov 13+5reb+3ast, H.Kamp 12+2reb+1ast, N.Vucurovic 12+4reb+3ast, D.Knezevic 11+4reb+1ast
Kumanovo: A.Kostoski 29+6reb+3ast, A.Lee-Ingram 26+8reb+6ast, V.Georgievski 16+8reb, U.Lukovic 16+19reb, M.Mladenovic 2+2reb+1ast, D.Mikic 2+2reb
gschID: 235619


Lirija - Rabotnicki 81-89

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Skopje where fourth ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (11-9) defeated one of their biggest challengers Lirija (12-8) 89-81 on Wednesday. Lirija was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Fersped-Rabotnicki made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Lirija was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American-Somalian forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds. American point guard John Sharper (186-84, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 21 points. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Serbian center Toni Simic (210-76) who recorded 21 points and naturalized Dominican guard Carlos Morban (187-82, college: FIU, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 17 points respectively. Four Lirija players scored in double figures. Fersped-Rabotnicki maintains fourth position in Liga with 11-9 record. Lirija at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. Fersped-Rabotnicki will face league's leader Kozuv in Gevgelija in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Lirija will play on the road against the league's second-placed Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lirija: T.Simic 21+4reb+2ast, C.Morban 17+4reb+2ast, N.Karakolev 13+6reb+1ast, E.Hadzibulic 10+3reb+2ast, A.Ugrinoski 7+2reb+6ast, B.Radunovic 6+4reb+1ast
Rabotnicki: M.Abukar 24+14reb+2ast, J.Sharper 21+2reb+2ast, M.Gjurov 12+3reb+1ast, J.Petrovski 9+8ast, N.Jelesijevic 9+4reb+2ast, N.Zivcevic 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 235618


Kozuv - MZT Skopje 83-80 OT

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated MZT Skopje (5-1) in Gevgelija on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by Kozuv (15-5) in overtime 83-80. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-12. But MZT Skopje won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where MZT Skopje used huge pressure winning it 21-19 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 9-12. Kozuv made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by MZT Skopje helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian swingman Miladin Pekovic (197-83, agency: BeoExcell) who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Serbian power forward Slobodan Bozovic (207-79) chipped in 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international Gjorji Cekovski (203-79) who recorded 22 points and 7 rebounds and international center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Kozuv maintains first position in Liga with 15-5 record. Defending champion MZT Skopje keeps the sixth place with one game lost. Kozuv are looking forward to face Fersped-Rabotnicki (#4) in Skopje in the next round. MZT Skopje will play at home against Kumanovo 2009 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: G.Cekovski 22+7reb+2ast, D.Stojanovski 14+2reb, T.Gecevski 10+8reb, B.Bakic 10+2reb+3ast, N.Otasevic 7+2ast, D.Noa 4+3reb
Kozuv: M.Pekovic 19+9reb+2ast, S.Bozovic 18+4reb+2ast, D.Karadzovski 9+2reb+6ast, I.Mijajlovic 9+3reb+4ast, A.Shterjov 6+4reb, P.Blazevski 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 235617


Places 7-9
Pelister Bitola - Vardar 76-81

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when second-best Pelister Bitola (3-14) was defeated at home by third ranked Vardar (3-14) 81-76 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 28-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Serbian point guard Vladimir Gajovic (182-87) who scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian forward Zarko Djuric (198-89) chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Vardar's coach Branko Andrievski used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian center Aleksandar Kalanj (208-86) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian power forward Balas Sanjin (204-89) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Vardar maintains third position in Liga with 3-14 record having fifteen points less than leader Kozuv. Vardar will have a break next round. Pelister Bitola will play on the road against the league's leader ABA Strumica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pelister Bitola: A.Kalanj 21+10reb+2ast, N.Vukasovic 16+2reb+4ast, B.Sanjin 15+7reb+1ast, Z.Petkovski 11+8reb+3ast, G.Anakievski 9+4reb+3ast, V.Sataric 2+3reb
Vardar: V.Gajovic 25+5reb+1ast, Z.Djuric 15+8reb+4ast, I.Ivanovic 15+2reb+1ast, D.Kostevski 11+5reb+1ast, V.Levkoski 7+2reb+3ast, D.Lazarevski 5
gschID: 235620



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Superleague Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

MIA Academy - Sokhumi 84-66 (1-0)

MIA dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Sokhumi's 22. They outrebounded Sokhumi 42-28 including 16 on the offensive glass. American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Benjamin Raymond (198-87, college: Xavier, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Four MIA players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Vakhtang Kadaria (205-89, college: Mineral Area CC) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian guard Bosko Stojakovic (196-84) scored 17 points and 8 assists.
Top scorers:
MIA Academy: K.Archibeque 20+16reb+3ast, B.Raymond 19+6reb+2ast, C.Prewitt 16+9reb, D.Vaughn 14+6reb+2ast, V.Kounas 7+2reb+1ast, I.Londaridze 4+2reb+1ast
Sokhumi: V.Kadaria 24+7reb, B.Stojakovic 17+4reb+8ast, I.Chlaidze 12+3reb+3ast, G.Shvangiradze 9+5reb+2ast, G.Kopaliani 2+5reb+2ast, S.Atuashvili 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 239009


Olimpi - TSU Tbilisi 99-64 (1-0)

Olimpi outrebounded TSU 54-34 including a 43-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by TSU's players. Montenegrin center Stevan Milosevic (211-85, agency: Interperformances) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Lithuanian forward Martynas Andriukaitis (204-81) accounted for 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Serzhi Aselaini (198-91) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Givi Bakradze (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 13 points and 6 assists respectively for TSU in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Olimpi: S.Milosevic 16+15reb+4ast, L.Fatsatsia 15+6reb+3ast, M.Andriukaitis 14+10reb+4ast, A.Dvalishvili 10+6reb+3ast, D.Moore 9+3reb+3ast, N.Tenieshvili 7+5reb+1ast
TSU Tbilisi: G.Khaniashvili 14+5reb+3ast, G.Bakradze 13+4reb+6ast, V.Beruashvili 13+5reb+3ast, S.Aselaini 12+11reb, D.Khizanishvili 8+2reb, T.Tavamaishvili 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 239007


Armia - Dinamo Tbilisi 66-67 (0-1)

25 personal fouls committed by Armia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Beqa Chikviladze (195-91) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Keyon Carter (203-88, college: ODU, agency: Two Points) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and the former international point guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86, agency: FCM) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists in the effort for Armia.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: B.Chikviladze 20+5reb+6ast, K.Carter 18+6reb+1ast, F.Clayman 10+5reb, M.Oluic 7+9reb+2ast, L.Karim 7+6reb+2ast, G.Ormotsadze 3+2reb
Armia: G.Sharabidze 25+10reb, B.Lezhava 18+3reb, G.Gamqrelidze 11+6reb+9ast, L.Parghalava 8+3reb+1ast, G.Jgerenaia 2+3reb, Z.Babiashvili 2+5reb
gschID: 239008



P.S. The game between Kutaisi and Rustavi got cancelled after about 8 minutes. The first game was decided to be played in Kutasi and then 1 or 2 games at Rustavi home court if needed.



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  GERMANY   

Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Logan STUTZ
  ETB Wohnbau
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau20.1 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven19.7 
 3. Griffin, Gotha18.2 
 4. White, Heidelberg16.8 
 5. Nixon, NBC16.8 
 6. Calvin, Ehingen16.2 
 7. Williams, Vechta15.9 
 8. Roessler, Karlsruhe15.6 
 9. Barker, Jena15.3 
 10. Kelly, Cuxhaven15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donald LAWSON
  Chemnitz
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Lawson, Chemnitz10.3 
 2. Gadley, Duesseldorf9.0 
 3. Black, Karlsruhe9.0 
 4. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.1 
 5. Baker, Gotha7.9 
 6. Johnson, Crailsheim7.9 
 7. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.9 
 8. Calvin, Ehingen7.5 
 9. Henley, ETB W.7.4 
 10. Smith, NBC7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Williams, Vechta6.9 
 2. Coleman, Crailsheim6.1 
 3. Smith, NBC5.7 
 4. Aud, Finke Baskets5.5 
 5. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.1 
 6. Kelly, Cuxhaven4.9 
 7. Sollazzo, Leipzig4.5 
 8. Matthews, Ehingen4.5 
 9. Barker, Jena4.2 
 10. Jeka, Jena4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Williams, Vechta2.5 
 2. Hardy, Heidelberg2.4 
 3. White, Heidelberg2.2 
 4. Matthews, Ehingen2.1 
 5. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.8 
 6. Pratt, Cuxhaven1.7 
 7. Stockton, Karlsruhe1.6 
 8. Williamson, Ehingen1.5 
 9. Johnson, Duesseld.1.5 
 10. Bynum, Chemnitz1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Devin WHITE
  Heidelberg
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. White, Heidelberg2.0 
 2. Gadley, Duesseldorf1.6 
 3. Crowder, Heide.1.4 
 4. Lawson, Chemnitz1.3 
 5. Thompson, NBC1.1 
 6. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.1 
 7. Tyrna, Leipzig1.1 
 8. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.1 
 9. Johnson, Crailsheim0.9 
 10. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 


Adam Waleskowski (Duesseldorf Baskets) Heart, Effort and Execution Will Be Key For The Sweep Against Science City Jena - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Adam Waleskowski (204-F-82, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Florida St.) is a 30 year old 203cm power forward that was born in Cape Girardeau in the United States that also ha sthe German citizenship. This season he is playing for the Duesseldorf Baskets in the Pro A. . He played at Florida St. (NCAA) from 2001-2005. He played at Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (Germany-2.Bundesliga) from 2005-2007, but in the second half of the 2006-2007 season moved to Etendard de Brest (France-ProB, starting five): 18 games: 14.2ppg, Reb-3 (8.3), 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 75.0%. In 2007, he recieved the German Citizenship and played for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB, starting five): 26 games: 14.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 70.6%. In 2008-2009, he played for JSF Nanterre (France-ProB), French League: 7 games: 7.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.5%, FT: 37.5%; left in Nov.'08, in Jan.'09 moved to Achilleas Kaimakliou (Cyprus-Division A, starting five): 11pts, 17reb, 1ast, 1steal, in April '09 signed at Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProA): 4 games: 4.8ppg. In 2009-2010 he played for Achilleas Kaimakliou (Cyprus-Division A). In 2010-2011, he played for BG Goettingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga): EuroCup: 8 games: 3.6ppg, 2.1rpg, left in Feb. '11; German League: 20 games: 8.1ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 76.7% Last season, he played for Pizza Express Apollon (Cyprus-Division A): 7 games: 6.4ppg, left in Dec.'11, in Mar.'12 moved to Astrum Levice (Czech Rep.-NBL): 9 games: 10.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.6%, FT: 76.5%; played also at Onyx Levice (Slovakia-Extraliga): 4 games: 4.3ppg He spoke to eurobasket after the 85-72 game two win in Jena.

Congrats on the satisfying 85-72 win in game 2 in Jena. Was Jena able to show any new surprises that werent present in game one?

Thanks again! Jena didn't really throw any big surprises at us. They played really strong defense as they have been but they were really attacking the basket strong on the pick-and-roll.

This was the fourth meeting of the season and was 48 hours after the game one win. In a playoff series like this and only a short rest in between, was there any new scouting that was talked about or did you know all you had to know about Science City Jena?

We had a really good game plan at the beginning of the series which worked well in game one. We continued to stick to the plan and it worked out well again in game two.

Duesseldorf had the comfortable 41-32 lead at halftime. What did head coach Murat Didin give the team for advice for the second half?

He told us to keep on fighting because Jena was not going to give up easily. We had to keep working on defense and rebounding the ball.


Duesseldorf continued to control the game and win. What was key for getting the win in Jena?

Defense and rebounding are always main keys to getting the victory. But we handled the ball well against their pressure and found the open man on offense.


Was it one of those games where Kenny Barker did his thing, but as long as no other players did damage Duesseldorf would be ok?

For sure. Barker had a really good game and was a difficult match-up on defense. But we did a good job of keeping their other players from getting in rhythm on offense and really hurting us.

Duesseldorf controlled the boards again, but how important is that Duesseldorf just seems to have more consistent scorers and always new guys stepping up which has been the case all playoffs long?

Yes, we are really playing good team basketball on both ends of the floor. If we keep playing together and everyone contributes something different every night, we will have a great chance to fight for the championship.


What was so unique about the game of Gary Johnson in game two that hadnt been seen earlier in the playoffs?

I think Gary has really gotten his 1 v 1 offensive game rolling in this series against Jena. He has hit some really big shot in key moments of the game that he created himself.

Duesseldorf is in the drivers seat now. You obviously want the sweep now. Will heart, effort and execution be key for getting the sweep?

You answered it yourself, great advice.

What are the two most interesting NBA playoffs series for you in the East and West?

"Publicity wise Boston/New York but Atlanta/Indiana and Memphis/L.A. Clippers" -Gary Johnson


Thanks Adam for the chat.




Schwelm and Bayer Giants won ProB Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Weissenhorn - Bayer Giants 76-79 (1-2)

The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 15-7 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Bayer Giants dominated on the defensive end, holding Weissenhorn Youngstars to just 7 points in fourth quarter. It was a good game for American point guard Adonte Parker (183-89, college: Dayton) who led his team to a victory with 35 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals. His fellow American import Jack Eggleston (203-88, college: Pennsylvania) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. International Daniel Theis (203-92) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds and forward Brian Butler (194-91) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Weissenhorn Youngstars. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: A.Parker 35+5reb+7ast, J.Eggleston 13+10reb+1ast, G.Twiehoff 13+7reb+3ast, M.Rass 12+5reb+1ast, M.Goddek 6+3reb+2ast, M.Brueggemann 0
Weissenhorn: D.Theis 27+14reb, P.Vojkovic 14+4reb+3ast, B.Butler 14+9reb+2ast, T.Joenke 12+2reb+8ast, K.Gausa 5+7reb+5ast, M.Shtein 4+5reb
gschID: 239564


Schwelm - Langen 96-83 (2-1)

SG Schwelmer Baskets made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. TV 1862 Langen was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American Julius Coles (193-89, college: Canisius) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Center Andreas Kronhardt (204-89) helped adding 21 points and 9 rebounds. Five SG Schwelmer Baskets players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Tobias Jahn (205-86, college: Cal Poly Pomona) with 17 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Malik Cooke (198-89, college: S.Carolina) scored 20 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line).
Top scorers:
Schwelm: J.Coles 26+3reb+3ast, A.Kronhardt 21+9reb+2ast, D.Fiorentino 15+6reb, D.Hamilton 14+3reb+10ast, L.Wendt 11+1reb+7ast, M.Agyapong 7+5reb
Langen: M.Cooke 20+1reb+3ast, T.Jahn 17+9reb+3ast, J.Domdey 11+1reb+2ast, S.Barth 9+2reb+6ast, G.Raebel 9+2reb+1ast, M.Woody 8+5reb
gschID: 239563



ProA Round 3 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Duesseldorf - Jena 90-80 (3-0)

The game without a history. Duesseldorf Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 30 personal fouls committed by Science City Jena helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was naturalized American forward Adam Waleskowski (204-82, college: Florida St., agency: Three Eye Sports) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Greek-Australian guard Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-85) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Garrett Sim (185-90, college: Oregon) who recorded 28 points and British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four Science City Jena players scored in double figures. Science City Jena's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Jena: G.Sim 28+4reb+1ast, C.Roquette 14+2reb, L.Jeka 12+5reb+1ast, S.Watts 10+2reb+1ast, K.Barker 5+3reb+1ast, A.Adomaitis 4+7reb
Duesseldorf: A.Waleskowski 20+7reb+2ast, T.Tzakopoulos 17+6ast, M.Petric 17+1reb, K.Chones 9+6reb+1ast, M.Liyanage 8+4reb+1ast, P.Flomo 7+7reb+2ast
gschID: 239562


Vechta - Karlsruhe 60-77 (1-2)

The game was mostly controlled by BG Karlsruhe. SC Rasta Vechta managed to win second period 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) who scored 27 points and 7 rebounds. American point guard Michael Stockton (185-89, college: Westminster, UT) chipped in 20 points. Four BG Karlsruhe players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Dirk Madrich (211-83) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively. SC Rasta Vechta's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Vechta: R.Williams 12+5reb+3ast, D.Madrich 12+10reb, J.Doerksen 11+8reb+1ast, A.Rudowitz 7+6reb+1ast, C.Hassan 6+2reb+1ast, D.Krause 5
Karlsruhe: R.Roessler 27+7reb, M.Stockton 20+4reb+2ast, S.Hauer 12+5reb+1ast, J.Harris 12+5reb+3ast, J.Black 4+14reb, E.Vierneisel 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 239561



Jack Eggleston (Bayer Giants Leverkusen) We're Not Satisfied Just Yet. We Need To Get To 4-0 In Do Or Die Games. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jack Eggleston (203-PF-88, college: Pennsylvania) is a 24 year old 203cm power forward from Noblesville, Indiana that is playing his second year as a professional for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen in the German Pro B. He played at Pennsylvania (NCAA) from 2007-2011. He played a total of 125 NCAA games. In his senior year he played 28 games: 13.2ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 45.1%, FT: 73.5%. Last season for Leverkusen he played 23 games: 14.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 71.2%. He spoke to eurobasket beforegame three against Weissenhorn.

Congrats on the overwhelming 73-48 win against Weissenhorn. How good does it feel having a 3-0 record in do or die games?

It feels good, but we're not satisfied just yet. We need to get to 4-0 in do or die games.


Does one become more and more of an expert of do or die games with experience?

For me the biggest thing is to treat it just like any other game. Maybe now that we've been in this situation a few times it's a little easier to be confident going in, but out on the court you forget about all that and just play.

The Bayer Giants Leverkusen had a 38-28 lead at halftime. Were you surprised that the game was more of an defensive battle?

Not at all. If you look at our point totals for the first two games we had 69 and 73 so we didn't do much differently on offense. We really stepped up our focus defensively and limited their open looks.

What adjustments did Leverkusen do in the third quarter on defense holding Weissenhorn to seven points?

There wasn't anything special that we did in the third quarter defensively. They just missed some shots. We did a good job of securing defensive rebounds and preventing second chances.

This was the lowest number of points Leverkusen had given up all season long. What was secret of this great defensive performance?

I think we did a much better job of limiting penetration. They hurt us with ball screens against the zone in Game 1, but we made some adjustments to keep them out of the lane.


What will key key to going to 4-0 in do or die games this season?

We just have to try to match the defensive intensity we had in Game 2. If we can do that, I think we have a good chance to get to 4-0.


I guess you will never witness Till Joshka Johnke go 1/15 from the field again?

No I have never seen him shoot that poorly before. He's such a great competitor that he will not play like that again Wednesday. We need to be ready for him.


What will be the two surprise layoff series in the NBA in the east and west?

I know this is a little boring, but I don't think there will be any surprises in the first round. But I have Indiana beating the Knicks to make the Eastern Conference finals and I could definitely see the Nuggets knocking off the Spurs in the second round.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I just watched Skyfall. Javier Bardem is tremendous as always.


Thanks for the chat Jack.




BG Karlsruhe And SC Rasta Vechta Recieve Beko BBL License - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The Beko BBL announced today that PRO A teams BG Karlsruhe and SC Rasta Vechta have gotten the Beko BBL license for the 2013-2014 season. The inquires from the league were answered by both teams and so both teams were able to get the license. Only one of the two teams will be able to partcipate in the Beko BBL next season, because at the moment, both teams are battling in the semi finals of the playoffs. At the moment, BG Karlsruhe leads the series 2-1. The winner of the series will play in the Beko BBL next season.

Source. Beko BBL



Trio extends with Ehingen Steeples - by Moritz Korff

The Ehingen Steeples have made their first three signings for the 2013-14 season. Sid Marlon Theis (204-F/C-93), Stephan Haukohl (203-F-93) and Tim Unterluggauer (208-C-93) committed for another year with the 2. Bundesliga Pro A team.
"They all played very well last season. Of course, there had been ups and downs, which is not uncommon for young players. I am expecting them to reach the next step of their developement next season. They are working hard and that is going to pay off", Ehingen head coach Ralph Junge stated on the club's website.
Unterluggauer averaged 7.3 points per game and was the team's second leading rebounder (5.7rpg). Haukohl added 4.2 points a game, while Theis scored 4.5 points per outing.



Friends Through Basketball - by T.J. Bannister

God has not only given me a great opportunity to travel and play basketball but I've also been allowed to meet some great people along this road. I always tell people to never take anything for granted and I don't take not one thing for granted that God has given me, I'm very thankful for the friends and people I've met along the way. With that being said this blog is to just recognize my friends and say thank you for impacting my life and I pray that God continues to bless all of you through your basketball careers and life after basketball, so here's the list of my bro's from ball... Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.), Derwin Kitchen (193-PG-86, college: Florida St.), Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech), Forbes Gary (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia), Herman Favors (174-PG-84, college: Georgia St.), Juwann James (198-F/C-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: JMU), Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia), Elton Brown (206-C-83, college: Virginia), Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.), Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86, college: Virginia), Jason Cain (208-F-85, college: Virginia), Garnett Thompson (206-C/F-80, college: Providence), Sean Singletary (183-PG-85, college: Virginia), Eric Williams (206-C-84, college: Wake Forest), Alexander McLean (203-F-85) Aaron Cook (186-G-83, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Hartford), London Warren (183-G-87, agency: TSS Management, college: Dayton)n, Joel Barkers (198-F-87, college: Central Mo.), Anthony Jackson (195-G-89, college: Florida Tech) and last but not least these agents who are really great genuine people Chet Ervin and Johnny Feng...y'all keep working hard and keep God first bro's and I wish nothing but health and love to your families... Let's Get It!!!


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  HUNGARY   

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle SWANSTON
  Kapos.
  (201-G/F-86)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Swanston, Kapos.21.3 
 2. Austin, Kormend20.7 
 3. Buljan, Keravnos20.1 
 4. Dunn, Kaposvari20.0 
 5. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 6. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.19.3 
 7. Spica, Kaposvari19.3 
 8. Wood, Albacomp19.3 
 9. Copeland, Bayamon18.8 
 10. Shaw, Fribourg18.5 
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. Barovic, Soproni8.5 
 5. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.8.4 
 6. Toth, PVSK P.7.9 
 7. Buljan, Keravnos7.8 
 8. Hendlein, Kaposvari7.8 
 9. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.7 
 10. Austin, Kormend7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Christopher DUNN
  Kaposvari
  (189-PG-83)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Dunn, Kaposvari6.6 
 2. Moore, Albacomp6.6 
 3. Rakic, Jaszberenyi6.2 
 4. Williams, Atomeromu5.9 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.5 
 6. Thomas, Soproni5.5 
 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. Mohacsi, Marso N.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bennet DAVIS
  Santurce
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Davis, Santurce1.0 
 2. Barovic, Soproni0.9 
 3. Keller, Albacomp0.8 
 4. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.7 
 5. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.7 
 6. Idlet, Atomeromu0.7 
 7. Toth, Atomeromu0.7 
 8. Shaw, Fribourg0.7 
 9. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.0.6 
 10. Fey, Shinshu BW0.6 



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  INDONESIA   

Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Dell Aspac 30-1 
 2. Pelita Jaya 27-4 
 3. Satria Muda 23-7 
 4. CLS Knights 23-7 
 5. Garuda 22-9 
 6. Hangtuah 15-15 
 7. Stadium Jak. 15-16 
 8. Bimasakti 9-21 
 9. Satya Wacana 9-22 
 10. Pacific Caesar 6-24 
 11. Tonga BSC 2-28 
 12. NSH GMC Riau 2-29 

Regular Season: Round 50

Apr. 24: Garuda - Hangtuah 67-53
Apr. 24: Satya Wacana - Stadium Jak. 62-50
Apr. 24: NSH GMC Riau - Dell Aspac 56-82

Regular Season: Round 51

Apr. 25: Pacific Caesar - NSH GMC Riau
Apr. 25: Satria Muda - Tonga BSC
Apr. 25: Pelita Jaya - Bimasakti
Apr. 25: Hangtuah - CLS Knights


ASEAN League: Warriors beat Heat, continue to chase Blaze - by Eurobasket News

Saigon Heat - Indonesia Warriors 63:77

Indonesia Warriors made a successful trip to Saigon. They defeated the Heat for the 13th win in the ASEAN League season. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) stepped up with 17 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Warriors.
The visitors jumped to an early lead in this one. They recorded a 21:14 lead after ten minutes of action. The Heat slowed their opponents down in the second frame. The Vietnam outfit trimmed the deficit at 5-point mark at halftime 36:41. But the third term belonged completely to the visitors. The Warriors initiated a 26:10 spurt to build a decisive 21-point lead. The Heat sweetened the pill by outscoring the visitors 17:10 in the fourth frame. Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, college: Georgia) netted 16 points and grabbed 12 boards, while John Smith (188-G-86, college: Hawaii-Hilo) added 15 points for the winners. Jai Reyes (173-G) answered with 18 points for the Heat. David Palmer (206-F/C-86, college: N.Kentucky) and Justin Howard (208-C-81, college: Mercer) posted 17 points each in the loss.

Saigon Heat: Jai Reyes 18, David Palmer 17, Justin Howard 17
Indonesia Warriors: Steve Thomas 17, Chris Daniels 16+12 boards, John Smith 15



Gunawan's 14 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

32-year old power forward Rony Gunawan (194-F/C-80) had a great game in the last round for Satria Muda and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 49.
He had the game-high 14 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Satria Muda in his team's victory, helping them to beat Bimasakti (#8, 9-21) 75-63. 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 23-7 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 8.2rpg. Gunawan is in league's top in and averages solid 1.8bpg and 50.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Andi Poedjakesuma (187-F-80) of league's second-best Pelita Jaya. He is former international forward in his 3rd season at Pelita Jaya. In the last game Poedjakesuma recorded impressive double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Pelita Jaya to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Tonga BSC (#12, 2-28) 92-45. Pelita Jaya's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just four games this season, while they won 27 matches. Poedjakesuma is one of the most experienced players at Pelita Jaya and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 12.3ppg (#8). He also registered 6.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (177-G-92) of league's leader Dell Aspac. Dhyaksa got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds . He was a key player of Dell Aspac, leading his team to a 77-50 easy win against the lower-ranked Satya Wacana (#9, 8-22). Many experts and fans count Dell Aspac as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 29 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Dhyaksa has a great season in Indonesia. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.1ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dimaz Muharri (181-PG-85) of CLS Knights - 6 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Gege Nagata (185-F-88) of Pacific Caesar - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Airlangga Sabara (190-PF-85) of Pacific Caesar - 13 points and 6 rebounds
7. Dimas Aryo Dewanto (180-F-86) of Pelita Jaya - 10 points and 5 rebounds
8. Ary Chandra (182-F-84) of Pelita Jaya - 18 points and 5 rebounds
9. Eko Wiratama Nasution (195-F-90) of Satya Wacana - 7 points and 9 rebounds
10. Daniel Wenas (188-F-92) of Pelita Jaya - 13 points and 5 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)



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  IRAN   


Iran Basketball federation will held a Tournoment for women NT - by Kazem Ghayem

Iranian basketball federation is going to held a Tournament for Iranian Women national team in next month.

according to Iranian basketball federation website,Iranian federation was going to call Kyrgyzstan NT team for friendly matches in next month,but now they decide to invite some other countries to held a tournament in iran.
Iraq,Malaysia,Turkmenistan,Indonesia,Armenia,Uzbekistan,Azerbaijan,Kazakhstan,India and Tajikistan are the countries that iranian federetion invited them to take part in this competitions.
Iranian federation asked this countries to send their information till next month to iranian federation and in the end of next month they will start this competitions in Tehran.



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  ISRAEL   

Standings - BSL

Winner Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Maccabi T-A 20-3 
 2. Hapoel Eilat 16-9 
 3. Maccabi Haifa 15-9 
 4. Netanya 13-11 
 5. Hapoel J-M 12-12 
 6. Maccabi Rishon 11-13 
Places 7-12
 1. Hapoel T-A 12-12 
 2. Galil Gilboa 11-12 
 3. Hapoel Holon 11-14 
 4. Maccabi Ashdod 10-14 
 5. Bnei Hasharon 8-16 
 6. Elizur Ashkelon 5-19 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 3

Places 1-6

Apr. 24: Hapoel J-M - Hapoel Eilat 71-78
Apr. 25: Maccabi Rishon - Netanya
Apr. 25: Maccabi T-A - Maccabi Haifa

Places 7-12

Apr. 24: Bnei Hasharon - Hapoel Holon 83-92
Apr. 25: Elizur Ashkelon - Maccabi Ashdod
Apr. 25: Galil Gilboa - Hapoel T-A


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jerome DYSON
  Hapoel Holon
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.20.2 
 2. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.18.5 
 3. Beck, Bnei Hashar.18.4 
 4. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.18.4 
 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: 14.1
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.14.1 
 2. Jones, Bnei H.9.8 
 3. Holman, Hapoel Eil.9.8 
 4. Thomas, Maccabi9.7 
 5. Wright, Maccabi9.4 
 6. Uter, Maccabi9.3 
 7. Calathes, Maccabi9.3 
 8. Dove, Elizur Ashke.8.8 
 9. Simpson, Maccabi8.3 
 10. Washington, Neta.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Hapoel H.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Waters, Hapoel H.7.3 
 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.4.3 
 9. Collins, Maccabi4.1 
 10. Bradley, Netanya4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Deron WASHINGTON
  Netan.
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Washington, Netan.2.5 
 2. Ohayon, Maccabi2.4 
 3. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.3 
 4. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.2 
 5. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.1 
 6. Wright, Maccabi2.0 
 7. Jones, Bnei H.2.0 
 8. Berkowitz, Bnei H.1.9 
 9. Moore, Elizur A.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. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.5 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi1.4 
 6. Wright, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Caracter, Bnei H.1.2 
 8. Holman, Hapoel Eil.1.2 
 9. Thomas, Chicago B.1.2 
 10. Watt, Galil Gilboa1.1 


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. Durham, Hapoel A.21.0 
 4. Westbrook, Neckar20.9 
 5. Teel, Elitzur Ramla20.7 
 6. Govens, Ironi K-A19.9 
 7. Johnson, Hapoel K.19.8 
 8. Laing, Elitzur Yav.19.4 
 9. Odiakosa, Hod H.19.3 
 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.12.7 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.11.9 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.10.5 
 5. Daniel, Maccabi10.4 
 6. Alexander, Macc.B.10.1 
 7. McGhee, Elitzur9.8 
 8. Clemente, Ironi N.9.6 
 9. Pitshon, Ironi N.9.6 
 10. Constantine, Hapo.9.5 
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.5.2 
 4. Brener, Hapoel A.5.1 
 5. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.4.7 
 6. Dunne, Ironi N.4.5 
 7. Benn, Ironi N.4.4 
 8. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.4.3 
 9. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.3 
 10. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.3 
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-A2.2 
 3. Daniel, Maccabi1.7 
 4. Blair, Ironi N.1.4 
 5. Constantine, Hapoe.1.4 
 6. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.3 
 7. Labanowski, Macca.1.1 
 8. Durham, Hapoel A.1.1 
 9. Blayzer, Hapoel Af.1.0 
 10. Alexander, Macc.B.1.0 



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  JORDAN   


Asia-Basket.com All-Jordanian League Awards 2013 - by Omar Shafaamri

Asia-Basket.com All-Jordanian League 1st Team 2013
Wesam Al-Sous
Al-Sous
Austin Johnson
Johnson
Ali Jamal
Jamal
Sani Sakakini
Sakakini
Chris Moore
Moore

Player of the Year: Wesam Al-Sous (183-PG-83) of ASU
Guard of the Year: Mahmoud Abdeen (189-PG-87) of Ittihad Schools
Forward of the Year: Mohammad Ali (195-PF-89)of Al Riyadi
Center of the Year: Sani Sakakini (204-C-88) of Al Riyadi
Most Improved Player of the Year: Ali El-Zubi (184-PG-89) of Al Riyadi
Domestic Player of the Year: Wesam Al-Sous (183-PG-83) of ASU
Import Player of the Year: Austin Johnson (191-G-87) of ASU
Coach of the Year: Murad Barakat of ASU

1st Team
G: Wesam Al-Sous (183-PG-83) of ASU
G: Austin Johnson (191-G-87) of ASU
F: Mohammad Ali (195-PF-89) of Al Riyadi
F: Sani Sakakini (204-C-88) of Al Riyadi
C: Christopher Moore of Kofr Yoba

2nd Team
G: Mahmoud Abdeen (189-PG-87) of Ittihad Schools
G: Hani AlFaraj (192-SG-87) of Ittihad Schools
F: Issa Kamel (194-F/G-83) of Al Riyadi
F: Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79) of Ittihad Schools
C: Ahmad Al Dwairi (210-C-93) of Al Riyadi

3rd Team
G: Fadel Najjar of Ittihad Schools
G: Ali El-Zubi (184-PG-89) of Al Riyadi
F: Nedal Al Sharif (190-G-82) of Ittihad Schools
F: Khaldon Abu Ruqayah (200-F-83) of Ittihad Schools
C: Zaid Al-Khas (206-C/F-76) of Orthodox

Honorable Mention
Malek Khashan (185-PG-85) of Kulliyeh
Ahmed Obeid (200-F-90) of Al Riyadi
Ibrahim Bassam (204-C-87) of Ittihad Schools
Ayman Idais (205-C-78) of Orthodox
Fares Saqfalhait (194-G-87) of Orthodox
Ali Jamal (205-C/F-88) of Al Riyadi




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Astana keep Brion Rush and David Simon - by Eurobasket News

Astana keep Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) and David Simon (208-C-82, college: IPFW) for 2013/2014 season.The season 2012-2013 Brion Rush started for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA, starting five) and in Euroleague averaged 13.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 38.9%, 3FGP: 46.2%, FT: 73.3%. In French ProA his stats read 14.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 45.0%, 3FGP: 37.7%, FT: 72.7%. Later that month moved to BC Astana (Kazakhstan-D1, starting five) and shows 17.3 points per game in VTB United League.
David Simon appeared for BC Astana in the beginning of the season. The US centre had an outstanding season with Radnicki Kragujevac. David Simon tallied impressive 19.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steal per game in Adriatic League. He also notched 14.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in Serbian League. Eurobasket.com named David Simon All-Adriatic League Player of the Year. Previously David Simon had stints in South Korea, France, Russia and Bulgaria. The centre was named into Korean KBL All-Imports Team in 2011. He also made it into Bulgarian League All-Imports Team in 2006. The centre became the Bulgarian Cup and League champion in 2006.



Kaspiy celebrate D1 Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Kapshagay - Kaspiy Aktau 81:85

Kaspiy Aktau claimed the D1 championship Bronze medals. They overcame Kapshgay in the consolation final series. Richard Kris came up with 22 points and 10 rebounds to pace Kaspiy to the decisive victory in the fourth game of the series.
Kaspiy started the game strong. They registered a 25:15 lead after ten minutes of action. The Aktau team traded baskets with their opponents throughout the second quarter. The visitors secured a 10-point lead heading into the second half 47:37. Kapshagay cut the deficit in the third term. The home side got within 9 points at the final intermission. Kapshagay got closer in the fourth frame. The hosts increased the pressure and got within striking distance. But Kaspiy hung on to escape with the victory at the end. David Nesbitt (200-F-91, college: St.Thomas, FL) accounted for 21 points, while Andrei Malyshev (208-C-85) added 15 points for the winners. Yuriy Kozhanov (194-G-90) responded with 19 points for Kapshagay. Ivan Krivko (190-G-84) netted 16 points in the loss.

Kapshagay: Yuriy Kozhanov 19, Ivan Krivko 16
Kaspiy: Kris Richard (195-G-89, college: Tulane) 22+10 boards, David Nesbitt 21, Andrei Malyshev 15



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  KUWAIT   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Al Kuwait 29-4 
 2. Al Sahel 28-5 
 3. Al Qadsia 27-6 
 4. Kazma 27-6 
 5. Al Jahraa 20-13 
 6. Al Arabi 18-15 
 7. Al Yarmook 16-17 
 8. Al Sulaibikhat 11-22 
 9. Al Nasar 9-24 
 10. Al Tadhamon 5-28 
 11. Al Salmiyah 5-29 
 12. Al Shabab 3-29 



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 27-3 
 2. Sagesse 23-7 
 3. Moutahed 21-9 
 4. Champville 19-11 
 5. Amchit 15-16 
 6. Byblos 14-17 
 7. Hoops 9-22 
 8. Bejjeh 8-23 
 9. Anibal 2-16 
 10. Antranik 2-16 

Second Stage: Round 13

Apr. 24: Amchit - Bejjeh 76-68
Apr. 24: Hoops - Byblos 100-98
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, Hoops27.5 
 3. Khatib, Champville27.1 
 4. Harper, Sagesse26.4 
 5. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 6. Sims, Sagesse24.4 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos23.5 
 8. Williams, Bejjeh23.3 
 9. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed22.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Fraser, Byblos17.3 
 2. Ampim, Antranik12.0 
 3. Woods, Al Riyadi11.5 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.11.3 
 5. Hill, Amchit10.8 
 6. Jamison, Bejjeh10.6 
 7. Perry, Hoops9.8 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi9.3 
 9. Sims, Sagesse9.0 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Blair, Hoops6.7 
 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, Byblos2.0 
 5. Harper, Sagesse1.9 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.8 
 7. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 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. Tskitishvili, Cham.1.6 
 4. Fraser, Byblos1.5 
 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 


Herbert Hill Fails to finish the season - by Elie Khoury

As it was expected , Amchit Club's Management took the final decision of releasing Herbert Hill (208-F-84, college: Providence) who couldn't perform up to the expectations .
According to our sources, Amchit Club went on a direct negotiations with Garnett Thompson (206-C/F-80, college: Providence) But Champville refused to give them his Release.

On the other hand, The new comers to the Div 1 , are negotiating a player with one of the biggest CVs in the region.
A player who recently was named Center Of they year and won the Championship, Diogu Ike (204-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.).
Ike Played for Guangdong Southern Tigers (China-CBA): 41 games and averaged 16.9ppg, 9.7rpg, on FGP: 63.6%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 84.1%.

If no surprises takes place, Amchit Club will be Facing Champville in the Quarter Finals , in a best of 5 series.

Best Of Luck for both Clubs as we expect their series to be dramatically exciting .



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Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 17.1
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis17.1 
 2. Gailius, Neptunas16.3 
 3. Seibutis, Lietuv.16.0 
 4. Hughes, Pieno Z.15.1 
 5. Samenas, Siauliai15.0 
 6. Skucas, LSU-Baltai14.2 
 7. Milaknis, Rudupis14.1 
 8. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.13.6 
 9. Kieza, Siauliai13.3 
 10. Alijevas, Siauliai12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 9
 1. Kieza, Siauliai9.0 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis8.3 
 3. Sarakauskas, Nept.7.7 
 4. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.4 
 5. Varnelis, Juventus6.4 
 6. Valeika, Rudupis5.8 
 7. Vene, Rudupis5.7 
 8. Orelikas, Rudupis5.6 
 9. Kiausas, Sakalai5.6 
 10. Kupsas, Lietkabel.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Mindaugas STASYS
  LSU-Baltai
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Stasys, LSU-Baltai4.8 
 2. Alijevas, Siauliai4.5 
 3. Viskontas, Juvent.4.5 
 4. Jackson, Siauliai4.4 
 5. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.2 
 6. Nedovic, Lietuvos.3.5 
 7. Dainys, Neptunas3.5 
 8. Seibutis, Lietuv.3.4 
 9. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.4 
 10. Babkauskas, Liet.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.3 
 2. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 3. Malasauskas, LSU-.1.8 
 4. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.6 
 5. Broadus, Neptunas1.6 
 6. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.6 
 7. Nedovic, Lietuvos.1.5 
 8. Simon, Siauliai1.5 
 9. Butkevicius, Neptu.1.5 
 10. Vene, Rudupis1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.4 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis1.7 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.3 
 4. Valeika, Rudupis0.9 
 5. Kupsas, Lietkabelis0.8 
 6. Gates, Pieno Z.0.8 
 7. McClure, Neptunas0.8 
 8. Cepukaitis, Pieno0.8 
 9. Ramasauskas, Saka.0.7 
 10. Dia, Siauliai0.7 


LKL Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Zalgiris and Lietuvos Rytas step closer to Final - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos rytas - Rudupis 75-67

Lietuvos Rytas held off Rudupis to spur ahead in the semifinal series. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-67. Lietuvos rytas dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Rudupis' 30. Serbian point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, agency: Beo Basket) fired 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international Renaldas Seibutis (198-85) chipped in 17 points. Lietuvos rytas' coach Dirk Bauermann used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Arturas Valeika (207-85, college: Midland CC) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and Estonian Siim-Sander Vene (203-90, agency: Alti Sport) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: N.Nedovic 20+4reb+4ast, R.Seibutis 17+3reb+3ast, M.Katelynas 13+4reb, T.Lydeka 8+5reb+1ast, M.Palacio 7+1reb, S.Babrauskas 4+1reb+1ast
Rudupis: A.Valeika 19+7reb+2ast, S.Vene 11+9reb+2ast, A.Labuckas 10+3reb, G.Kadziulis 9+2ast, P.Ivanauskas 7+2reb+3ast, G.Orelikas 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 239384


Zalgiris - Neptunas 99-83

Zalgiris dominated Neptunas in Kaunas to secure 1-0 lead. The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris. Neptunas was better in second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 27-of-29 charity shots (93.1 percent) during the game. Zalgiris forced 22 Neptunas turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Neptunas was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). The former international center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-79) contributed with 17 points (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. The former international forward Deividas Gailius (200-88) answered with 21 points and American-Samoan point guard Rashaun Broadus (180-84, college: BYU) added 10 points and 5 assists in the effort for Neptunas. Five Neptunas players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: K.Lavrinovic 22+7reb+2ast, D.Lavrinovic 17+4reb+2ast, M.Popovic 11+7ast, A.Juskevicius 9+2reb, R.Kaukenas 9+1reb+3ast, R.Javtokas 8+4reb+3ast
Neptunas: D.Gailius 21+4reb+3ast, V.Sarakauskas 15+2reb+1ast, A.Butkevicius 13+2reb+1ast, M.Mazeika 10+3reb, R.Broadus 10+4reb+5ast, E.Dainys 4+2ast
gschID: 239383



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  MEXICO   

Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Guaymas 10-2 
 2. Hermosillo 10-4 
 3. Obregon 6-6 
 4. Navolato 6-8 
 5. Nogales 5-7 
 6. Los Mochis 5-7 
 7. Tijuana 5-7 
 8. Guasave 5-7 
 9. Cananea 4-8 

Regular Season: Round 14

Apr. 24: Nogales - Guaymas 82-108
Apr. 24: Guasave - Navolato 78-95
Apr. 24: Los Mochis - Obregon 78-83
Apr. 24: Tijuana - Hermosillo 73-84

Regular Season: Round 15

Apr. 25: Obregon - Nogales
Apr. 25: Guaymas - Tijuana
Apr. 25: Cananea - Guasave
Apr. 25: Hermosillo - Los Mochis


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Jones, Obregon25.1 
 2. Frederick, Guasave23.8 
 3. Monroe, Cananea22.2 
 4. Sperling, Obregon21.6 
 5. Moss, Nogales21.1 
 6. Polynice, Guasave19.8 
 7. Lewis, Los Mochis19.5 
 8. Shorter, Guaymas18.8 
 9. Selleaze, Navolato18.4 
 10. Allen, Guaymas18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Moss, Nogales12.3 
 2. Habel, Guaymas8.8 
 3. Jones, Obregon8.2 
 4. Penny, Tijuana7.9 
 5. Selleaze, Navolato7.1 
 6. Monroe, Cananea7.0 
 7. Lewis, Los Mochis6.9 
 8. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.6.8 
 9. Frederick, Guasave6.6 
 10. Spain, Hermosillo6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Los Mochis
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Stallings, Los Moc.6.7 
 2. Allen, Guaymas6.5 
 3. Polynice, Guasave5.6 
 4. Logan, Nogales5.2 
 5. Shorter, Guaymas4.8 
 6. Insunza, Navolato4.4 
 7. Quintero, Tijuana4.0 
 8. Dominguez, Guasave3.8 
 9. Monreal, Hermosillo3.7 
 10. Toussaint, Los M.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Andre MARTIN
  Navolato
  (--78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Martin, Navolato2.0 
 2. Stallings, Los Moc.1.9 
 3. Polynice, Guasave1.7 
 4. Insunza, Navolato1.6 
 5. Mercado, Nogales1.5 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.5 
 7. Monreal, Hermosillo1.5 
 8. Lewis, Los Mochis1.5 
 9. Ayala, Guaymas1.3 
 10. Dominguez, Guasa.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Moss, Nogales2.1 
 2. Penny, Tijuana1.4 
 3. Habel, Guaymas1.4 
 4. Mercado, Nogales1.2 
 5. Monroe, Cananea0.7 
 6. Morrison, Tijuana0.7 
 7. Shipley, Tijuana0.5 
 8. Lopez, Hermosillo0.4 
 9. Polynice, Guasave0.4 
 10. Ruffus, Los Moch.0.4 


Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 13 - by Eurobasket News

American Kenny Jones (198-PF-84, agency: Dream Team Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Obregon and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 28-year old power forward had a double-double of 33 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Los Mochis (#6, 5-7) 99-93. Obregon is placed at 3rd position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Obregon 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 6-6 record. Jones just recently signed at Obregon, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Kentucky State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jones is league's best scorer averaging so far 25.1ppg. Jones is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.2rpg) and averages solid 61.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 38-year old Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74) of Nogales. Moss impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Nogales lost that game 91-98 to the higher-ranked Guaymas (#1, 10-2). This loss caused Nogales to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-7 record. Moss is one of the most experienced players at Nogales and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.0ppg (#5). He also registered 12.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Jerome Habel (208-F-85) of top-ranked Guaymas. Habel showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Guaymas, leading his team to a 98-91 win against the lower-ranked Nogales (#5, 5-7). Guaymas confirms their top position in the standings Habel has a great season in Mexico. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.0rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 65.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kyle Spain (196-F-87) of Hermosillo - 34 points and 7 rebounds
5. Nick Stallings (190-G-83) of Los Mochis - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Jose Farrera (205-C/F-85) of Guasave - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Leroy Davis (200-F-81) of Obregon - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
8. Joaquin Villanueva (207-C-86) of Hermosillo - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Marcus Elliott (191-G-84) of Navolato - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Jeremiah Dominguez (168-PG-85) of Guasave - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



CIBACOPA Round 14 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The biggest surprise of round 14 in CIBACOPA was guest Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon's (6-6) road victory over 5th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (5-7) 83-78 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-78. 26 personal fouls committed by Pioneros Los Mochis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Brandon Sperling (196-90, college: Humboldt St.) who scored 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Leroy Davis (200-81, college: Georgia St.) chipped in 27 points and 4 assists. Guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary, LA) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon moved-up to third place. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side keep the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon are looking forward to face Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#5) at home in the next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against the league's second-placed Rayos de Hermosillo and are hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Nogales. First ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas faced 3rd ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Guests from Guaymas (10-2) smashed host Fuerza Guinda Nogales (5-7) 108-82. American point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 7 assists. Shannon Shorter contributed with 16 points and 10 assists for the winners. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Ostioneros de Guaymas have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-2 record. Fuerza Guinda Nogales at the other side dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play against Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tijuana. Second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo faced 4th ranked Tijuana Zonkeys. Guests from Hermosillo (10-4) defeated host Tijuana Zonkeys (5-7) 84-73. Kyle Spain scored 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Gene Shipley responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 10-4 record having just -2 point less than leader Guaymas. Loser Tijuana Zonkeys dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Rayos de Hermosillo will meet at home Pioneros Los Mochis (#6) in the next round. Tijuana Zonkeys will play against the league's leader Ostioneros de Guaymas and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 14 Navolato defeated Guasave in a road game 95-78.
The best stats of 14th round was 25 points and 17 rebounds by William Toombs of Navolato.


Nogales - Guaymas 82-108

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Nogales. First ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas faced 3rd ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Guests from Guaymas (10-2) smashed host Fuerza Guinda Nogales (5-7) 108-82. The game was mostly controlled by Ostioneros de Guaymas. Fuerza Guinda Nogales was better in fourth quarter 18-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ostioneros de Guaymas made 22-of-23 charity shots (95.7 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Fuerza Guinda Nogales' players. American point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 7 assists. The other American import guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 assists for the winners. Five Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and American-Cameroonian guard Mahmoud Abdul-Awwel (196-84, college: Arizona) added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Ostioneros de Guaymas have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-2 record. Fuerza Guinda Nogales at the other side dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play against Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nogales: R.Moss 22+12reb, O.McCullough 14+6reb, M.Abdul-Awwel 12+9reb+6ast, J.Suarez 8+1reb, C.Estrada 6+1reb+2ast, M.Strobbe 6+7reb
Guaymas: M.Allen 24+4reb+7ast, J.Habel 22+6reb, A.Zarco 19+2reb+3ast, S.Shorter 16+4reb+10ast, M.Ayala 13+6reb+1ast, F.Benitez 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 234905


Los Mochis - Obregon 78-83

The biggest surprise of round 14 in CIBACOPA was guest Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon's (6-6) road victory over 5th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (5-7) 83-78 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-78. 26 personal fouls committed by Pioneros Los Mochis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Brandon Sperling (196-90, college: Humboldt St.) who scored 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Leroy Davis (200-81, college: Georgia St.) chipped in 27 points and 4 assists. Guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary, LA) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) added 11 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Pioneros Los Mochis players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon moved-up to third place. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side keep the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon are looking forward to face Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#5) at home in the next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against the league's second-placed Rayos de Hermosillo and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: N.Stallings 24+2reb+12ast, J.Quintero 12+6reb+1ast, D.Pearson 11+12reb+1ast, T.McNeal 11+8reb, C.Toussaint 10+1reb+1ast, A.Verdugo 4
Obregon: L.Davis 27+3reb+4ast, B.Sperling 26+9reb+4ast, K.Jones 20+9reb+5ast, J.Salcedo 3+1reb, L.Pulido 3+3reb+5ast, H.Carrillo 2+1reb
gschID: 234903


Guasave - Navolato 78-95

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 7th ranked Frayles de Guasave (5-7) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (6-8) 95-78 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-78. Garra Canera de Navolato forced 19 Frayles de Guasave turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The game was also dominated by American players. William Toombs had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 17 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in 28 points during the contest. Garra Canera de Navolato's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Eric Frederick (203-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) responded with 30 points and forward Duke Crews (203-88, college: Bowie St.) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Five Garra Canera de Navolato and four Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. Garra Canera de Navolato moved-up to fourth place. Loser Frayles de Guasave dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Frayles de Guasave will play against Mineros de Cananea (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Guasave: E.Frederick 30+3reb+2ast, P.Meza Rogel 12+4reb+6ast, D.Crews 12+11reb+1ast, J.Dominguez 12+4reb+4ast, J.Farrera 8+4reb+2ast, C.Osuna 2+3reb
Navolato: R.Selleaze 28+4reb+3ast, W.Toombs 25+17reb+3ast, F.Verdugo 17+2reb+3ast, M.Elliott 11+8reb+10ast, J.Insunza 10+2reb+8ast, A.Villalobos 4+1ast
gschID: 234904


Tijuana - Hermosillo 73-84

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tijuana. Second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo faced 4th ranked Tijuana Zonkeys. Guests from Hermosillo (10-4) defeated host Tijuana Zonkeys (5-7) 84-73. The game was mostly controlled by Rayos de Hermosillo. Tijuana Zonkeys managed to win second period 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rayos de Hermosillo made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. American forward Kyle Spain (196-87, college: San Diego St.) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Rayos de Hermosillo players scored in double figures. American center Gene Shipley (206-80, college: Brandon) responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Luis Ramirez (180-82) scored 22 points and 5 assists. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 10-4 record having just -2 point less than leader Guaymas. Loser Tijuana Zonkeys dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Rayos de Hermosillo will meet at home Pioneros Los Mochis (#6) in the next round. Tijuana Zonkeys will play against the league's leader Ostioneros de Guaymas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: G.Shipley 23+5reb+1ast, L.Ramirez 22+1reb+5ast, E.Medina 11+5reb+4ast, M.Morrison 7+4reb+2ast, L.Rodriguez Sainz 3+2reb, O.Quintero 3+1ast
Hermosillo: K.Spain 18+7reb+3ast, J.Lopez 14+9reb+1ast, P.Sanders 14+3reb+4ast, J.Camacho 13+1reb+3ast, S.Monreal 9+6reb+3ast, E.Little 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 234902



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Superleague Round 8 and Play-Out League Round 9: Its The Final Countdown - by Darko Pekic

The season in Montenegro is writing its final chapters and the clubs are doing their best to reach their season goalswith more or less success. Buducnost hosted Teodo in Podgorica and got another easy win at home (86-66). Teodo played without Marko Mijovic (188-PG-87) and did not have any chance to surpise Buducnost. Marko Mugosa (195-F-93) led the home team with 19 points while on the other side Igor Kunjic (199-F-87) played one of his best games this season- he scored 16 points in 20 mins on the floor.

Despite the change in coaching staff Ulcinj was not able to break its losing streak in Niksic and Sutjeska won another home game (77-53). Marko Perovic (15 points) and Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) (14 points) scored in double figures for the home team. Ulcinj was led by Sekula Jovanovic (202-F-88) who scored 17 points.

Mornar was dominant at home again (90-72). The lead was big at the half time already thanks to Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) who showed once again that he is in great shape. He scored 21 points. Lovcens big man Ljeko Nicaj (210-C-87) led the guests with 15 points.

In the Play-Out three two teams will be fighting to survive- Centar and Danilovgrad so the final round will decide who is going to be the winner and who is going to be the loser. Danilovgrad had no problems against Jedinstvo at home (66-59). Americans Jay-R Strowbridge (183-PG-88, college: Oregon) and Rickey Young (205-F/C-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija, college: W.Virginia Tech) led their team with 16 points each and gave hope to Danilovgrad before the last round. Jedinstvo, a team that has already qualified for D1 next season, was led by Saud Omerovic (194-F-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) who scored 19 points.

Primorje won against Centar at home and got rid of their worries for this season (77-68). The club from Herceg Novi had a nice lead but then the guests made a huge run in the 3rd quarter. But Primorje did not want to let them take two points from Herceg Novi to Bijelo Polje so they pushed harder in the last quarter and won the game. Veselin Kovacevic (200-F-94) had a very nice game with 28 points while Jovan Bacovic (197-F-86) had a double double (15 points + 10 rebounds). Marko Ljujic (205-C-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) played well for Centar (20 points and 13 rebounds).

In a non important game, Ibar and Studentski Centar played just to please the fans and the game was tied but the home team took another win (81-77). Marko Perovic was the top scorer for Ibar with 19 points while Petar Kusovac (195-F-93, college: S.Centar) shined with 28 points for Studentski Centar.



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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 Heat26.7 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.0 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Curry, Golden S.22.9 
 8. Irving, Cleveland22.5 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat21.1 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 2. Vucevic, Orlan.11.9 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 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.10.5 
 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. Parker, San A.7.6 
 7. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 8. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 9. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 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. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 9. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 10. Young, Philadelph.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.1 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.7 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.6 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.6 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.5 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.1 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Bogut, Golden S.1.8 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


Marc Gasol Named Defensive Player Of The Year - by Eurobasket News

Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) has been named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year. LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) finished second, with Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89) finishing third. Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) and Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) finished fourth and fifth respectively. Tyson Chandler and Dwight Howard are the two most recent winners of the award. Howard was tied for 14th this season.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



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Draw completed for inaugural FIBA Asia 33 events >> Nepal in tough groups in both events - by Dinesh Thapa

The Draw for the inaugural edition of the FIBA Asia 33 events, to be played next month, was completed during the FIBA Asia Central Board meeting on Wednesday. Doha, the capital of Qatar will host the inaugural edition of the FIBA Asia 33 Championship for Men and Women on May 15-16. About a week later, the FIBA Asia 33 carnival will move South East to the Thai capital of Bangkok for the 1st FIBA Asia 33 Championship for U18 Boys and Girls from May 22-24.

Sixteen teams will take to court in the 1st FIBA Asia 33 Championship for Men with four each going into four groups for the Prelim Round. The top two teams from each group will then go on to play the quarterfinal play-offs.

The fray in the 1st FIBA Asia 33 Championship for Women will witness 14 teams taking part with the fray being divided into three groups for the Prelim Round. The top two teams from each group will then be divided into two groups of three teams each for the Second Round, from where the top two teams from each group will qualify for the semifinal play-offs.

The 1st FIBA Asia Championship for U18 Boys will see 23 teams split into four groups for the Prelim Round at the end of which the top two teams from each group will enter the quarterfinal play-offs.

The 1st FIBA Asia Championship for U18 Girls will also have two teams from each group in the Prelim Round making it to the quarterfinal play-offs. The Prelim Round will see 19 teams taking to court in four groups.

1ST FIBA ASIA 3X3 CHAMPIONSHIP (May 15 16, 2013 @ DOHA, QATAR) >> Nepal Mens team in Group C with C. Taipei, Thailand and Lebanon while Nepals Womens team in Group B with China, Turkmenistan, Syria and Lebanon

1ST FIBA ASIA 3X3 U 18 CHAMPIONSHIP (May 22 24, 2013 @ DOHA, QATAR) >> Nepal Boys team in Group D with Thailand 1, Lebanon, Macau and Srilanka while Nepals Girls team in Group B with Phillipines, Malaysia, Syria and Srilanka



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  NEW ZEALAND   

Standings Men

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

Regular Season: Round 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 


Jets def. Rangers in ANZAC Day clash - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Telecom Business Hub Jets have held off the James Blond Super City Rangers, but it wasn't pretty, winning 87-86.

Veteran TROY MCLEAN top scored for Manawatu with 24 points, also icing free throws to make it a two possession ball game with nine seconds to go.

Mr Double-Double NICK HORVATH collected 11 points and 13 rebounds, while American Garrius Hollomon (198-F-89, college: Beth.-Cookman) proved his worth, tallying 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Rangers lone import CARL BUCK, shook off his poor shooting from last week to score a game high 31 points, which included five treys.

Forward JOHNNY FESOLAI was the only other Ranger to make double figures with 16.

Buck hit a three on the buzzer to make it a one point game, but the visitors were unlucky as they had a chance to tie the game with ten seconds left, when a loose ball went out of bounds and was called a jump ball, which gave the possession to the Jets.

Rangers were then forced to foul, which unfortunately for them it was a McLean who is the last person you want at the line.

It looked the game was going to be a blow out when the home side took a nine point lead at the end of the first quarter, but the young Rangers rallied in third winning it by six to trail by three heading into the fourth.

A three by Buck to start the final period tied the ballgame, and it looked like the Rangers could take the lead, but the Jets managed to hold them off, putting their record to two wins and one loss.

Rangers should be commended for their effort, as they fought for the whole forty minutes, but in the end it will go down as another tough road loss for them, now dropping their first three games of the season.

The Waitakere franchise will return back up north to play their first home game of the season against OCEANAGOLD NUGGETS at Otara Rec Centre on Sunday.

Jets now have MARCEL JONES available, but it could be at the expense of Holloman who was starting to find his straps.



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  POLAND   

Standings - DBE

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

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

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


DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub DLONIAK
  Siarka J.
  (192-F-83)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Dloniak, Siarka J.20.1 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG19.8 
 3. McCauley, Polph.18.9 
 4. Wise, Rosa Radom17.3 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica15.5 
 6. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.2 
 7. Blassingame, Cibona14.5 
 8. Dylewicz, Trefl So.14.4 
 9. Rothbart, Start G.14.3 
 10. Carter, Polpharma14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicchaeus DOAKS
  Siarka J.
  (202-F-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Doaks, Siarka J.8.5 
 2. Harris, AZS K.8.2 
 3. Adams, Rosa Radom8.2 
 4. McCauley, Polph.7.8 
 5. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.6 
 6. Rothbart, Start G.7.5 
 7. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.4 
 8. Cel, PGE Turow7.2 
 9. Hrycaniuk, Valencia6.8 
 10. Walker, Kotwica6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Nic WISE
  Rosa Radom
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Wise, Rosa Radom7.3 
 2. Szubarga, Anwil5.8 
 3. Turner, Trefl Sopot5.6 
 4. Blassingame, Cibona5.4 
 5. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.2 
 6. Koszarek, Stelm.5.2 
 7. Jefferson, Kotwica4.7 
 8. Carter, Polpharma3.7 
 9. Skibniewski, Inter3.7 
 10. Brandwein, Energa3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.3 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.9 
 3. Jefferson, Kotwica1.8 
 4. Alexander, Siarka1.7 
 5. Robinson, PGE T.1.7 
 6. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 7. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 8. Wise, Rosa Radom1.5 
 9. Trice, Energa C.1.5 
 10. Koszarek, Stelm.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ty WALKER
  Kotwica
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Walker, Kotwica2.7 
 2. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.9 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.6 
 4. Kulig, PGE Turow1.5 
 5. Doaks, Siarka J.1.1 
 6. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.1 
 7. Harris, AZS K.1.1 
 8. Rothbart, Start G.1.1 
 9. Alexander, Siarka0.8 
 10. Boykin, Anwil0.7 



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  PUERTO RICO   

Standings - BSN

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

Regular Season: Round 12

Apr. 21: Bayamon - Ponce 94-95 OT
Apr. 22: Arecibo - Bayamon 91-98
Apr. 22: Guayama - Humacao 86-69
Apr. 21: Quebradillas - Mayaguez 76-71
Apr. 23: Ponce - Mayaguez 76-70
Apr. 23: Santurce - Quebradillas 74-76
Apr. 21: San German - Santurce 71-72

Regular Season: Round 13

Apr. 24: San German - Guayama
Apr. 24: Arecibo - Guaynabo
Apr. 25: Mayaguez - Bayamon
Apr. 25: Ponce - Santurce


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 21
 1. Harris, Ponce21.0 
 2. Hickerson, San G.20.9 
 3. Brown, Humacao20.1 
 4. Shannon, Bayamon19.2 
 5. Clemente, Humacao18.1 
 6. Ayuso, Guaynabo17.9 
 7. Efejuku, Mayaguez17.7 
 8. Phillip, Quebradil.17.4 
 9. Vassallo, Arecibo17.1 
 10. Figueroa, Guayama16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Quebradillas
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Phillip, Quebradil.10.6 
 2. Harrellson, Guaya.10.2 
 3. Harris, Ponce9.4 
 4. Siler, Ponce8.9 
 5. Sweetney, Bayamon8.7 
 6. Ramos, Arecibo8.4 
 7. Williams, Santurce8.4 
 8. Graterol, Arecibo8.1 
 9. Gaston, Ponce7.9 
 10. Garcia, San German7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Guaynabo
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.4 
 2. Rivera, Ponce5.2 
 3. Clemente, Humacao5.0 
 4. Garcia, Quebradill.4.5 
 5. Coronado, Guayama4.2 
 6. Huertas, Quebradil.4.1 
 7. Pagan, Santurce3.8 
 8. Mojica, Bayamon3.8 
 9. Gonzalez, Santurce3.7 
 10. Brown, Humacao3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Guayama
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Coronado, Guayama2.2 
 2. Fortuna, Ponce2.0 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon2.0 
 4. Rodriguez, Guayama1.9 
 5. Williams, Santurce1.5 
 6. Brock, Guayama1.5 
 7. Abraham, Bayamon1.4 
 8. Rivera, Ponce1.4 
 9. Efejuku, Mayaguez1.4 
 10. Escalera, Arecibo1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael SWEETNEY
  Bayamon
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Sweetney, Bayamon1.8 
 2. Penn, Humacao1.6 
 3. Harrellson, Guaya.1.6 
 4. Siler, Ponce1.6 
 5. Mata, Quebradillas1.4 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon1.2 
 7. Lee, Quebradillas1.1 
 8. Aubry, Mayaguez1.1 
 9. Harris, Ponce1.1 
 10. Hickerson, San G.1.0 


Lions continue on winning path - by Luis Ramirez

With a fully sold out, standing room only venue, the Ponce Lions defeated the reigning Champions Mayaguez Indians with a score of 76-70. It was mostly a tight contest all thru out the game but the Lions had a final run in the 4th quarter to put the game away to the delight of the wave of red, which was they color all fans wore last night to show their team spirit.

The first quarter ended in favor of Mayaguez 20-18 but the Lions ended up by the end of the first half with a score of 37-32. The lions did not have Rick Apodaca in their lineup last night, but rookies Carlos Emory (196-F) and Chris Gaston made up for his absence by scoring 31 points between them.
The third quarter ended with Mayaguez once again in the lead as the quarter ended 57-52 in their favor. A strong defensive effort by the Lions in the 4th quarter proved to be the key for the Lions on their way to their 7th win of the season.
For Ponce Carlos Emory (196-F) Scored 16 points followed by Chris Gaston with 15 points, each also brought down 7 rebounds.
For Mayaguez, Weyinmi Rose scored 19 points with 7 rebounds followed by Ruben Cotto with 11 points.

In other BSN action last night, Quebradillas defeated Santurce with a score of 76-76. Santurce suffers its 4th loss of the season with 7 wins and gives up their hold on first place. For Quebradillas, Darrin Phillips had a double-double as he scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds, David Huertas also scored 18 points to help the piratas get their 6th win of the season. For Santurce, Leon Williams scored 24 points and 11 rebounds followed by Alex Galindo with 19 points.




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  RUSSIA   

Standings - Superleague A

PBL Standings
 1. CSKA 15-2 
 2. Khimky 12-4 
 3. Spartak SP 9-8 
 4. Lokomotiv 9-8 
 5. Unics 7-9 
 6. Krasnie Krilya 7-9 
 7. Triumph 7-9 
 8. N.Novgorod 7-10 
 9. Spartak-Prim. 6-9 
 10. Enisey 2-13 

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 24: Enisey - Khimky 68-90
Apr. 21: Spartak-Prim. - Khimky 68-74
Apr. 21: Krasnie Krilya - CSKA 66-68
Apr. 21: Lokomotiv - Spartak SP 61-71

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 26: Spartak-Prim. - N.Novgorod
Apr. 26: Triumph - Krasnie Krilya
Apr. 28: CSKA - Khimky


Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Sergey KARASEV
  Triumph
  (202-SG-93)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Karasev, Triumph18.7 
 2. Fridzon, Khimky16.5 
 3. Thompson, N.Nov.15.6 
 4. McKee, Triumph15.1 
 5. Gillenwater, Spart.15.1 
 6. Simmons, Krasnie15.0 
 7. Kaimakoglou, Unics14.4 
 8. Calathes, Lokom.13.4 
 9. Delaney, Spartak-.13.2 
 10. Eidson, Unics12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.7 
 2. Maric, Lokomotiv6.7 
 3. Landry, Triumph6.4 
 4. Thompson, N.Nov.6.3 
 5. Smith, Krasnie Kri.6.2 
 6. Gillenwater, Spart.6.1 
 7. Monya, Khimky6.0 
 8. Kaimakoglou, Unics5.8 
 9. Panin, N.Novgorod5.4 
 10. Antonov, N.Novgo.5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.6.0 
 2. Planinic, Khimky5.0 
 3. Teodosic, CSKA4.8 
 4. McKee, Triumph4.5 
 5. Calathes, Lokom.4.3 
 6. Delaney, Spartak-.4.3 
 7. Eidson, Unics4.1 
 8. Khryapa, CSKA3.9 
 9. Dowdell, Enisey3.9 
 10. Kalnietis, Lokomo.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Aleksei SUROVTSEV
  Sparta.
  (202-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Surovtsev, Sparta.2.3 
 2. Miles, Krasnie Kri.2.3 
 3. McKee, Triumph2.1 
 4. Thompson, N.Nov.2.0 
 5. Eidson, Unics1.8 
 6. Kaimakoglou, Unics1.6 
 7. Landry, Triumph1.5 
 8. Calathes, Lokom.1.5 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA1.4 
 10. Wright, Spartak SP1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Artem ZABELIN
  Spartak-.
  (215-F/C-88)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Zabelin, Spartak-.1.4 
 2. Monya, Khimky1.4 
 3. Kaun, CSKA1.1 
 4. Lazarev, Triumph1.0 
 5. Maric, Lokomotiv0.7 
 6. Mavrokefalid., Spa.0.7 
 7. Balashov, Krasni.0.7 
 8. Thompson, N.Nov.0.6 
 9. Vougioukas, Unics0.6 
 10. Rizvic, Enisey0.6 


CSKA Moscow wins PBL League Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 3 rounds. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

Fifth-ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-9) gave a tough game to first ranked CSKA Moscow (15-2) in Samara on Sunday. The visitors from Moscow managed to secure only two-point victory 68-66. However their fans expected much easier game. CSKA Moscow outrebounded Krasnie Krilya 40-28 including 32 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Krasnie Krilya helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of international center Sasha Kaun (211-85) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international forward Viktor Khryapa (203-82) who added 6 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. CSKA Moscow have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 15-2 record. Krasnie Krilya lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Unics and Triumph. CSKA Moscow are looking forward to face league's second-placed Khimky in Khimki in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Krasnie Krilya will play on the road against Triumph Lyubertsy in Lubertsy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Lokomotiv (9-8) against fourth ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (9-8) on Sunday night. Host Lokomotiv was defeated by Spartak St.Petersburg in Kuban 71-61. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lokomotiv. The winners were led by the former international forward Fedor Dmitriev (203-84, agency: Alti Sport) who scored that evening 13 points and Josh Carter supported him with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 12 points, 9 assists and 4 steals by American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) did not help to save the game for Lokomotiv. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spartak St.Petersburg moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Lokomotiv. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
10th ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (2-13) was outscored at home by second ranked Khimky (12-4) with the biggest margin this round 90-68 on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Enisey Krasnoyarsk. The best player for the winners was Kresimir Loncar who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Davon Jefferson who recorded 13 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. Khimky have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-4 record having four points less than leader CSKA. Enisey Krasnoyarsk at the other side stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Khimky will meet league's leader CSKA Moscow on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 24 Khimky won against Spartak-Prim. on the opponent's court 74-68.


Enisey - Khimky 68-90

10th ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (2-13) was outscored at home by second ranked Khimky (12-4) with the biggest margin this round 90-68 on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Enisey Krasnoyarsk. They outrebounded Enisey Krasnoyarsk 38-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. Khimky looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Enisey Krasnoyarsk's players. The best player for the winners was Croatian forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport) who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). International guard Vitaliy Fridzon (195-85, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Four Khimky players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) who recorded 13 points and 9 rebounds and guard Vyacheslav Zaytsev (190-89, agency: Alti Sport) added 12 points 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. Khimky have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-4 record having four points less than leader CSKA. Enisey Krasnoyarsk at the other side stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Khimky will meet league's leader CSKA Moscow on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Enisey: M.Krivosheev 14+2reb, D.Jefferson 13+9reb+1ast, V.Zaytsev 12+3reb+3ast, Z.Dowdell 7+1reb+4ast, E.Kikanovic 6+2reb+1ast, P.Gubanov 5+7reb+1ast
Khimky: A.Zhukanenko 15+4reb, V.Fridzon 15+3reb+4ast, K.Loncar 15+6reb+3ast, K.Rivers 13+1reb+1ast, S.Monya 12+8reb+1ast, P.Koponen 10+4reb+2ast
gschID: 200841


Krasnie Krilya - CSKA 66-68

Fifth-ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-9) gave a tough game to first ranked CSKA Moscow (15-2) in Samara on Sunday. The visitors from Moscow managed to secure only two-point victory 68-66. However their fans expected much easier game. CSKA Moscow outrebounded Krasnie Krilya 40-28 including 32 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Krasnie Krilya helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of international center Sasha Kaun (211-85) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international forward Viktor Khryapa (203-82) who added 6 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) with 14 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Chester Simmons (196-82, college: Washington) scored 13 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. CSKA Moscow have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 15-2 record. Krasnie Krilya lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Unics and Triumph. CSKA Moscow are looking forward to face league's second-placed Khimky in Khimki in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Krasnie Krilya will play on the road against Triumph Lyubertsy in Lubertsy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Krasnie Krilya: A.Smith 14+5reb, C.Simmons 13+2reb+2ast, E.Kolesnikov 9+2reb, D.Kulagin 8+5reb+4ast, O.Thomas 8+2reb+2ast, D.Collins 5+1reb+1ast
CSKA: S.Kaun 18+5reb, S.Weems 10+2reb+2ast, V.Micov 9+6reb, M.Teodosic 7+5reb+3ast, V.Khryapa 6+10reb+3ast, T.Papaloukas 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 239515


Spartak-Prim. - Khimky 68-74

Very expected game in Vladivostok where 9th ranked Spartak-Prim. (6-9) was defeated by second ranked Khimky (12-4) 74-68 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American forward James Augustine (208-84, college: Illinois, agency: Priority Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import guard K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson) chipped in 13 points. Khimky's coach Rimas Kurtinaitis used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Troy Gillenwater (205-88, college: N.Mexico St.) who recorded 21 points and 6 rebounds and Nigerian Chamberlain Oguchi (198-86, college: Illinois St.) added 18 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Khimky have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-4 record having four points less than leader CSKA. Loser Spartak-Prim. keeps the ninth place with nine games lost. Khimky will meet league's leader CSKA Moscow on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Spartak-Prim. will play against BC Nizhny Novgorod (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spartak-Prim.: T.Gillenwater 21+6reb, C.Oguchi 18+4reb+2ast, A.Golyakhov 11+4reb+4ast, A.Zabelin 10+4reb, K.Nesterov 4+2reb, M.Kolyushkin 2+4reb+1ast
Khimky: V.Fridzon 14+4reb+1ast, K.Rivers 13+3reb+3ast, J.Augustine 11+11reb+4ast, E.Vyaltsev 11+2reb+2ast, P.Koponen 7+4reb+1ast, K.Loncar 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 200839


Lokomotiv - Spartak SP 61-71

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Lokomotiv (9-8) against fourth ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (9-8) on Sunday night. Host Lokomotiv was defeated by Spartak St.Petersburg in Kuban 71-61. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lokomotiv. They outrebounded Lokomotiv 44-33 including 30 on the defensive glass. Spartak St.Petersburg brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The winners were led by the former international forward Fedor Dmitriev (203-84, agency: Alti Sport) who scored that evening 13 points and American forward Josh Carter (200-88, college: Texas A&M) supported him with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 12 points, 9 assists and 4 steals by American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) did not help to save the game for Lokomotiv. American forward Derrick Brown (203-87, college: Xavier) added 13 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spartak St.Petersburg moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Lokomotiv. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: D.Brown 13+6reb, N.Calathes 12+4reb+9ast, A.Maric 11+7reb, A.Zubkov 6+2reb, R.Hendrix 5+6reb, M.Sheleketo 5+3reb
Spartak SP: F.Dmitriev 13+4reb+3ast, V.Dragicevic 13+6reb, J.Carter 8+5reb+6ast, J.Strelnieks 8+2ast, L.Mavrokefalidis 7+9reb+1ast, N.Kurbanov 6+1reb
gschID: 200838



Augustine number one in Russia for round 24 - by Eurobasket News

American forward James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Khimky, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Spartak-Prim. (#9, 6-9) 74-68. Khimky maintains the 2nd position in Russian PBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Khimky will need more victories to improve their 12-4 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Augustine as usually he does not deliver so high stats. James Augustine averages this season 7.3ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was another Khimky's star - 29-year old Croatian Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport). Loncar had a very good evening with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course together with Augustine he helped Khimky with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Enisey (#10, 2-13) 90-68. Khimky's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 12-4 record is not bad at all. Loncar is one of the most experienced players at Khimky and similarly like James Augustine has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Davon Jefferson (204-F-86) of Enisey (#10). Jefferson scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Jefferson's great performance Enisey lost 68-90 to the higher-ranked Khimky (#2, 12-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Enisey can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-13 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Jefferson he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Jefferson has a very solid season. In 6 games in Russia he scored 9.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) of CSKA - 18 points and 5 rebounds
5. Fedor Dmitriev (203-F-84) of Spartak SP - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Maxim Krivosheev (207-F/C-88) of Enisey - 14 points and 2 rebounds
7. Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85) of Khimky - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85) of Khimky - 14 points and 4 rebounds
9. Troy Gillenwater (205-F-88) of Spartak-Prim. - 21 points and 6 rebounds
10. Vyacheslav Zaytsev (190-G-89) of Enisey - 12 points, 3 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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Vladan Vukosavljevic extends with Halychyna - by Eurobasket News

Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) and Halychyna have agreed on terms of contract extension. The centre will spend one more season with the Lviv team. The Serbian player joined Halychyna last season. He averages 17.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in the current Superleague season. Last season the centre was named All-Ukrainian Superleague Bosman Player of the Year. Previously Vladan Vukosavljevic had stints in Serbia and Turkey. He was the member of the U20 and U21 Serbian National Teams. The centre also played at the World University Games in 2007 with Serbia.
Vukosavljevic led Halychyna into Superleague semifinals. They will take on Budivelnyk now.



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Extraliga Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Komarno advance into Final - by Eurobasket News

Nova Ves - Komarno 86-89

Komarno snatched a narrow road win over Nova Ves and advanced into the Finals. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-86. Komarno outrebounded Nova Ves 40-28 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Kevin Thompson (205-89, college: Morgan St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 18 rebounds and the other American import guard Vincent Simpson (185-88, college: Hampton, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who added 22 points during the contest. At the losing side Serbian power forward Aco Mandic (204-84) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Vladimir Hovanak (193-82) scored 21 points and 4 assists. Four Komarno and five Nova Ves players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Komarno: V.Simpson 22+4reb+3ast, A.Stevens 17+10reb+1ast, K.Thompson 16+18reb+1ast, M.Bilik 11+2reb+4ast, C.Lowe 8+3reb+3ast, M.Kozlik 8+1reb+1ast
Nova Ves: A.Mandic 21+7reb+3ast, V.Hovanak 21+4reb+4ast, N.Evans 19+9reb+1ast, M.Acker 13+2reb+9ast, T.Frost 12+4reb+1ast, S.Baldovsky 0+1reb+2ast
gschID: 239737


Inter Bratislava - Nitra 87-82

Inter Bratislava outgunned Nitra to take 3-1 lead in the series. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-15. But Nitra won third quarter 27-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Inter Bratislava dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Nitra's 24. They outrebounded Nitra 41-26 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Inter Bratislava players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The winners were led by American forward Alando Tucker (198-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Priority Sports) who scored that evening 24 points and 7 rebounds and the former international power forward Martin Rancik (204-78, college: Iowa St.) supported him with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Four Inter Bratislava players scored in double figures. Even 24 points by American swingman David Noel (199-84, college: N.Carolina) did not help to save the game for Nitra. His fellow American import guard Patrick Sparks (184-83, college: Kentucky, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 14 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for lost side.
Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: A.Tucker 24+7reb+3ast, M.Rancik 17+12reb+3ast, N.Milosevic 15+1reb+4ast, N.Delic 10+4reb, J.Graham 9+11reb+4ast, P.Sedmak 7+3reb+1ast
Nitra: D.Noel 24+4reb+1ast, D.Geiger 18+1reb, P.Sparks 14+8reb+6ast, J.Hasan 8+2reb+2ast, A.McClain 7+5reb, V.Kosa 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 239490



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Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Will HANLEY
  Valencia
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Hanley, Valencia17.7 
 2. Llorente, Guadalaj.16.9 
 3. Luettgerodt, Avila16.2 
 4. Balmon, Guadalaj.14.1 
 5. Matemalas, Palma14.0 
 6. Justo, Lan M.13.9 
 7. Hidalgo, Castello13.3 
 8. Cruz, La Palma12.9 
 9. Arzallus, Cafes A.12.8 
 10. Ortega, Castello12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Will HANLEY
  Valencia
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Hanley, Valencia11.2 
 2. Pantin, Lan M.10.3 
 3. Balmon, Guadalaj.8.8 
 4. Diagne, Mad-Croc8.7 
 5. Joseph, Palma8.3 
 6. Dominguez, G.Cana.8.1 
 7. Elias, Aurtenec.7.3 
 8. Ortega, Castello7.2 
 9. Aramburu, Cafes A.7.1 
 10. Fall, Clinicas Ri.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Francisco CARDENAS
  Oviedo CB
  (177-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Cardenas, Oviedo6.4 
 2. Llorente, Guadalaj.5.0 
 3. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.4 
 4. Alvarado, Aurtenec.3.4 
 5. Herrero, Avila3.4 
 6. Santana, G.Canari.3.3 
 7. Santamaria, Cafes3.2 
 8. Vives, FIATC J.3.1 
 9. San Emeterio, Pal.3.1 
 10. Bassas, Prat J.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Guillem VIVES
  FIATC J.
  (190-F/G-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Vives, FIATC J.2.2 
 2. Arcelus, Aurtenec.2.1 
 3. Diaz, Unicaja2.1 
 4. Ros, Prat Juventud1.9 
 5. Forbes, Aurtenec.1.8 
 6. Rueda, Castello1.8 
 7. Santana, G.Canari.1.8 
 8. Balmon, Guadalaj.1.8 
 9. Cardenas, Oviedo1.7 
 10. Arruti, Aurtenec.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Victor ARTEAGA
  Guadalaj.
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Arteaga, Guadalaj.2.0 
 2. Marti, Prat J.1.8 
 3. Fall, Clinicas Rin.1.7 
 4. Joseph, Palma1.6 
 5. Aramburu, Cafes A.1.3 
 6. Niang, La Palma1.2 
 7. Diagne, Mad-Croc1.1 
 8. Pantin, Lan M.1.0 
 9. Hidalgo, Castello1.0 
 10. Gonzalez, Avila0.5 


Marc Gasol Named Defensive Player Of The Year - by Eurobasket News

Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) has been named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year. LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) finished second, with Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89) finishing third. Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) and Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) finished fourth and fifth respectively. Tyson Chandler and Dwight Howard are the two most recent winners of the award. Howard was tied for 14th this season.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



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Eurobasket latest improvements - new rosters design - by Eurobasket

Eurobasket recently managed to add quite many new improvements / new tools to the web site, which you cannot find anywhere else.
The latest addition is a new design of the teams' rosters.
It shows starting five players way easier way than before and allows the users to browse reserve players just by moving the mouse over each player.
Easy to navigate and we are sure users would be nicely surprised by the new feature.
We are always very open for new suggestions and believe that the best way to meet user's expectations is just to listen to them.
The new roster design is a very useful tool as we have received previously numerous suggestions from the scouts and coaches to improve the way how they can browse who the top players are for every team.
It's actually first of few important additions we have been working for a while and which we would like to introduce in upcoming days.
This is the very first season we managed to use in full capacity our tools to update the rosters. In consequence we managed to collect the rosters of all NCAA divisions, both NAIA divisions and even JUCO.
As Eurobasket database passed the level of 310,000 players in last month, we decided to put more resources into allowing users browse that data easier.
It's very crucial to have the database as easy to navigate as possible.
And that's not over. Stay tuned as we will implement also other features very soon.




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Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Dusan MLADJAN
  Lugano T.
  (198-SG-86)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Mladjan, Lugano T.21.6 
 2. Rutty, BBC Nyon20.8 
 3. Owens, BBC Nyon20.4 
 4. Chapman, SAM M.19.0 
 5. Ely, Boncourt18.1 
 6. O''Bannon, Hapoel17.8 
 7. Burrows, Starwings17.5 
 8. Milisavljevi., Lug.17.5 
 9. Dobbins, Starwings17.4 
 10. Hodzic, Monthey16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin RUTTY
  BBC Nyon
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Rutty, BBC Nyon11.5 
 2. Burrows, Starwings9.4 
 3. Chapman, SAM M.8.5 
 4. Barber, Lugano T.8.5 
 5. Garrett, Fribourg8.3 
 6. Dobbins, Starwings7.9 
 7. Reid, Fribourg7.6 
 8. Gordon, Lugano T.7.5 
 9. Volcy, BBC Nyon7.4 
 10. Dubas, Monthey7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jamelle BARRETT
  SAM M.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Barrett, SAM M.7.5 
 2. Gibson, MBC7.3 
 3. Milisavljevi., Lug.6.3 
 4. Parker, Geneve L.6.3 
 5. Jenkins, Starwings5.6 
 6. Kojadinovic, Month.4.7 
 7. Draughan, Fribourg4.2 
 8. Burrows, Starwings3.6 
 9. Stimac, Geneve L.3.5 
 10. Kazadi, Fribourg3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  MBC
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Gibson, MBC2.9 
 2. Barrett, SAM M.2.9 
 3. Jenkins, Starwings2.2 
 4. Petkovic, SAV V.2.1 
 5. Owens, BBC Nyon1.8 
 6. Mladjan, Lugano T.1.7 
 7. Kojadinovic, Month.1.7 
 8. James, Geneve L.1.7 
 9. Dubas, Monthey1.7 
 10. Ferguson, Boncou.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Clint CHAPMAN
  SAM M.
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Chapman, SAM M.2.6 
 2. Garrett, Fribourg2.6 
 3. Dobbins, Starwings1.4 
 4. Toure, Geneve Lio.1.4 
 5. Burrows, Starwings1.3 
 6. Matter, Starwings1.3 
 7. Badji, Neuchatel1.0 
 8. Barber, Lugano T.0.9 
 9. Owens, BBC Nyon0.8 
 10. Mladjan, SAM M.0.8 



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Saigon Heat inks Justin Howard, ex Thailand S. - by Eurobasket News

Saigon Heat (ASEAN League) signed 32-year old American center Justin Howard (208-127kg-81, college: Mercer). He started the season at Chang Thailand Slammers in Thailand ASEAN League. In two games he had 12.5ppg, 12.5rpg and 3.0bpg this season. The most of last season Howard spent at BG Karlsruhe (ProA) in German league. In 25 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.3ppg and 10.3rpg (leader !!!). Great season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team. He also spent pre-season at UU-Korihait (Korisliiga) in Finnish league earlier that year.
The previous (10-11) season Howard played at River Andorra (LEB Silver) in Spanish league. In 28 games he recorded 10.5ppg and 6.9rpg. He helped them to make it to the final.
In 2009-10 season Howard played at CB Guadalajara (EBA) in Spanish league. In 19 games he recorded 14.1ppg and 8.3rpg (#3 in the league). A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention.
He is quite experienced player. Howard has played also professionally in Argentina (GECR Indalo), Chile, Mexico (Marineros, Halcones Rojos and Fuerza Guinda Nogales) and Syria (Al Jaish).
He attended Mercer University until 2003 and it is his tenth season as a professional player.
Howard could be described: Justin is an extremely big player. Not only is he tall (209cm) But he also has a very wide and strong body. It is almost impossible to push him out of the paint once he establishes position. He is a hard worker who gets up and down the court well (when in condition) for a player his size. A true 5 man who has the potential.

By Eurobasket Data Center



ASEAN League: Blaze upset Slammers - by Eurobasket News

Thailand Slammers - Petron Blaze 70:78

Petron Blaze registered the 14th win in the ASEAN League season. They remained on top of the ladder following a road success against the Thailand Slammers. Pauliasi Taulava (208-C-73) stepped up with 18 points, 6 assists and 5 boards to pace the Filipino team.
The Blaze stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. The visitors went on a 28:12 run to take a comfortable lead. The Slammers slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. The hosts used a 21:8 rally to narrow the deficit at 3-point mark at halftime 33:36. The Slammers pulled in front in the third period. They went on a 13:3 run to ensure a 51:42 lead. The Blaze trailed by 7 points heading into the fourth frame 46:53. But the Beerman responded with a 13:3 of their own in the final quarter to secure a decisive 72:65 lead. They protected well in the reminder of the contest. Leo Avenido (186-G-78) netted 15 points, while Paolo Hubalde (180-G-81) added 14 points for the visitors. Christien Charles (216-F/C-81, college: Villanova) answered with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Slammers. Darongpan Apiromvilaichai (185-G-85) had 12 points in the loss.

Thailand Slammers: Christien Charles 16+10 boards, Darongpan Apiromvilaichai 12
Petron Blaze: Pauliasi Taulava 18, Leo Avenido 15, Paolo Hubalde 14



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Standings - TBL

TBL Standings
 1. Galatasaray 24-3 
 2. Fener.Ulker 23-5 
 3. Banvit BK 22-4 
 4. Anadolu Efes 20-4 
 5. Karsiyaka 20-6 
 6. Besiktas 17-10 
 7. TED Kolejliler 16-12 
 8. Tofas 11-15 
 9. Erdemir 11-17 
 10. Gaziantep 11-17 
 11. Aliaga 9-19 
 12. Turk Telekom 8-20 
 13. Mersin 7-20 
 14. Olin Edirne 7-20 
 15. Antalya 6-22 
 16. Hacettepe 5-23 

Regular Season: Round 28

Apr. 24: Mersin - TED Kolejliler 91-94
Apr. 24: Erdemir - Besiktas 77-92
Apr. 24: Aliaga - Fener.Ulker 71-79
Apr. 24: Turk Telekom - Hacettepe 70-77
Apr. 24: Antalya - Gaziantep 68-87
Apr. 25: Galatasaray - Banvit BK


Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Mersin
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 21
 1. Karadeniz, Mersin21.0 
 2. Stanojevic, TED K.18.7 
 3. Burtt, Avtodor17.9 
 4. Penney, TED K.17.8 
 5. Henderson, Erdemir16.7 
 6. Theodore, Antalya16.3 
 7. Dorsey, Gaziantep16.0 
 8. Lewis, Antalya16.0 
 9. Dixon, Karsiyaka15.5 
 10. Chalmers, Aliaga14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joey DORSEY
  Gaziantep
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Dorsey, Gaziantep12.8 
 2. Yucel, TED K.10.6 
 3. Francis, Aliaga10.0 
 4. Elonu, Tofas7.7 
 5. Stimac, Banvit BK7.7 
 6. Prince, Mersin7.3 
 7. Aldemir, Galatasar.6.9 
 8. Parakhouski, Olin6.9 
 9. Karadeniz, Mersin6.4 
 10. Besok, Hacettepe6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  TED K.
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Woodside, TED K.6.4 
 2. Brown, Turk T.5.1 
 3. Collins, Gaziantep4.6 
 4. Dixon, Karsiyaka4.5 
 5. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.4.5 
 6. Theodore, Antalya4.5 
 7. Henderson, Erdemir4.4 
 8. Arroyo, Galatasaray4.4 
 9. Eldridge, Hacettepe4.2 
 10. Burtt, Avtodor4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jordan THEODORE
  Antalya
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Theodore, Antalya1.8 
 2. Prince, Mersin1.8 
 3. Hawkins, Galatasa.1.7 
 4. Vujacic, Anadolu1.6 
 5. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.4 
 6. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.4 
 7. Ermis, Fener.Ulker1.3 
 8. Collins, Gaziantep1.3 
 9. Gordon, Anadolu1.3 
 10. Shumpert, Aliaga1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Artsiom PARAKHOUSKI
  Olin E.
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Parakhouski, Olin1.7 
 2. Bayav, Erdemir1.4 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 4. Elonu, Tofas1.0 
 5. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.0 
 6. Vidmar, Besiktas0.9 
 7. Aminu, Karsiyaka0.9 
 8. Prince, Mersin0.8 
 9. Arnold, Aliaga0.8 
 10. Erden, Anadolu E.0.8 



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  UBA   


4 Reasons Matrix' Quin Humphrey Is UBA's Most Underrated Player - by David Walls

David Walls Reports:
4/24/2013

GIE Maile Matrix swingman Quin Humphrey (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Youngstown St.) is the most underrated player in the UBA.

He is the league's best defender and is having a very strong 2013 campaign. Humphrey earned a spot on the Southern Conference team, but came up one vote shy of his first UBA All-Star Game.

The Matrix are now 12-5 riding a 5 game winning streak thanks to the great play of Humphrey. In the Matrix' last 5 games, Humphrey is averaging 13.5 ppg, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and 3.5 steals per game. Humphrey is currently the leader in steals with an impressive 4.1spg, a number that never is noticed on a stat sheet.

"Quin is the reason we are back on track", said head coach D.J. Douglas . He does things that never show up like steals, blocks, defections. He will be the leagues best defender and the reason we win another championship.

Here are some factors that make this underrated phenom a GM's dream-come-true.

1. With Brian Kelly missing the last 6 games of the season for GIE, Quin Humphrey has been the Matrix 2nd best rebounder.

Thus far, Humphrey is averaging 7.0 rebounds per game, the 2nd most on the team.

He has also taken less shots of any Matrix player so far. Humphrey has been able to score in a number of different ways.

He has the explosiveness to drive and throw down a breath-taking dunk. Also, Humphrey can shoot from behind the arc, as well as manage a solid mid-range game.

This season he is shooting over 43 percent from the three. March has been a good month for Quin, as he is averaging over 14 points per game this month.

Another thing that he does well is locking down any teams best player. This is a talent that Humphrey takes great pride in.

Humphrey has been a savior for the Matrix' defense with Kelly out.

2. Humphrey is the most reliable outside shooter that the Matrix have.

Thus far he is shooting 43.2 percent from three-point territory, the best among the team's everyday players.

He has also made the most three-pointers (29-66) for GIE this season. A number he needs to increase.

Earlier in the season, he put on a shooting clinic in the Matrix' 103-101 overtime win against the Atlanta Titans.

He scored a season-high 15 points and did most of his damage from outside. Humphrey knocked down 5 of his 10 three-point shots.

At Youngstown State Humphrey was it's conference top scorer with 20.1ppg. Was later named Horizon League 1st Team.

Humphrey can light it up at times from deep, and he can stretch the floor for GIE.

3. What may be the strongest feature of Quin Humphrey's game is his ability to force turnovers.

Humphrey is one of the best on-the-ball defenders in the league today.

The young and quick guard/forward can cause trouble for opposing offenses. He is No. 1 in the league in steals with 65 on the season.

His 4.1 steals-per-game average is also by far the highest in the league (UBA record).

Humphrey can effectively stick with and antagonize the guards and forwards that he matches up against.

Coming out of Youngstown State, Humphrey was a strong defender, one of the best in the country.

As a senior he averaged 2.2 steals and around one block per game, before leaving for the NBA DL draft.

As he continues to develop into a star, Humphrey could soon become a regular on the UBA All-Defensive team and should win the league DPOY.

4. Quin Humphrey is the biggest reason why the Matrix are an impressive 12-5 at the thus far.

The Matrix are sitting in second place in the Southern Conference, and third in the UBA.

Humphrey has played and started in all but one of the Matrix' games, averaging nearly 37 minutes per contest.

He leads the Matrix in steals, three-pointers percentage, blocks and minutes.

Furthermore he is second on the team in rebounds, three point shots made and assists.

Quin Humphrey is an all-around great basketball player. He is exactly what coaches love: Someone who plays equally as hard on defense as he does offense. He can defend, shoot and rebound exceptionally well.




David Walls interview with UBA Super Star Jermaine Barnes - by David Walls

David Walls Reports:
April 23, 2013
ATLANTA, GA

David Walls interview with UBA Super Star Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Point, GA)

Jermaine Barnes has been the face of the UBA since 2009 and is the reason for the leagues over night success. The UBA has sent over 140 players overseas and look to continue to grow in talent and international success. But whats next for the leagues star? We took the time to get a personal interview with Jermaine Barnes to talk about the injury, the season, Team USA and his future.

Q: Congratulations on your success thus far in your career. Did you ever imagine this much success in your career?

A: I always knew I would be something (Barnes laughed). Just never imagined I would be doing it on this type of level.

Q: You injured your right shoulder and ankle with Team USA last summer. You fought back to help your team be successful this season. How was the struggle of getting back?

A: Injuries suck. It took me 6 months to get to the point just to play. But now that I'm back playing the're no excuses. Just winning.

Q: With a slow start this season shooting under 50% from the field. Your now leading the UBA in scoring (again) with 27.2ppg and shooting a much better percentage. What's the difference?

A: Just playing basketball again. Only time can help me. The more games I play the better I will get.

Q: You were featured in SLAM Magazine for Team USA. Selected on the USA National for the JC. Was named All-Tournament. With so much international fame why continue to play in the UBA?

A: The UBA is home. Without the UBA I would have never been who I am today. I decided to stay home this season due to the injury to my shooting arm. So again, thank God for the UBA to help me get back to my form.

Q: Well sources say that you re-sign with Team USA and look to take your talent back over season next season. How true was this report?

A: Very true. Last summer we lost the gold by one point. That hurt. So this summer we have added some big time players and look to prove we are the new power of the William Jones Cup. As far as returning overseas yes that's also true. Right now I'm only serious about Saudi Arabia. I have a very close friend who I trust ( Ahmed Abdulwase) that personally wants me their. So it's very important to me to go and help them win. If I don't sign with them then I'm open to going to Europe.

Q: GIE had a very slow start to this season but are now on a 5 game-winning streak. Can we say that GIE is back and looking for yet another championship?

A: GIE will win the UBA championship again. That's a promise

Q: You have hit 4 game winners this season thus far. Is being a closer in your blood or something you can work towards?

A: I take great pride in being a closer. Reggie Miller (6'7''-G-65, college: UCLA), Michael Jordan (6'7''-F-63, college: N.Carolina), Larry Bird and Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) are all closer. They were my favorites so I worked to be like that. Can you train to be a closer? I don't think so. Talent has nothing to do with heart. I just thank God I had a dad that pushed me to follow great people.

Q: You have done so much for all the players in the UBA. With you helping most of the players go overseas and achieve there dreams it has to be a conflict of interest while competing against them.


A: Very funny question. It doesn't bother me. Someone had to help me. I feel it's my job to help in this life. It gets hard sometimes but it's about what God wants not me.

Q: What are your goals for the offseason and next season?

A: Well after winning another UBA championship I would like to win Gold at the William Jones Cup. After a Gold summer I would like to sign with Al Ahli in Saudi Arabia. Again that situation is personal so I'm looking forward to it.

Q: Who are some of your major influences and what words of advice can you give younger players who seek to play professional basketball?


A: My dad told me to be the very best I could be. Not the best anyone else could be, just Jermaine Barnes. I think I did that. But I feel like I can do so much more. If I could give the young guys advise I would say work hard. God rewards work not talk.

Q: What is GIE Juice? We all know about the team GIE but you are GIE Juice. What is it?


A: Well most don't know but GIE is the name of our team. GIE is a bound between me and God that I made with him long ago. Juice is what i have. So I feel like I'm different. I'm special. If the true God is with you then you are something special. So the Juice is like having something no one else can touch. Like the Glow on Enter the Dragon.

Q: If you had to rank the top 5 players in the UBA in no order; who are they?


A: Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79, college: Maryland), DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85, college: Jacksonville St.), Ransom Antoine (6'5''-F-82, college: Columbus St.), Joseph Works (6'7''-F/G-83, college: Tarleton St.) and (GIE Maile Matirx).

Q: Why didn't you make it to the NBA?


A: I wasn't good enough. People talk big and lie. I'm not a lair. I signed to a big time school. If I would have focused on my grades then maybe I would have had a chance. But i didn't. Guys like Josh Powell (6'9''-F-83, college: N.Carolina St.), Kwame Brown (6'11''-F/C-82, agency: Priority Sports), Josh Pace (6'5''-G/F-83, college: Syracuse) who were in my class focused and did what it took to make it. I didn't. So my hat goes off to guys who did both and made it to the NBA. With the highest level training and my work ethic yes Jermaine Barnes could have made it. But i didn't. And I'm ok with that now. Real men take responsibility for there mistakes.

Q: UBA championship will be played at Philips Arena before the Atlanta Dream and the Shock game. Who's a bigger deal? Jermaine Barnes and GIE or Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90) after you guys?

A: Skylar of course (He laughed). I can't wait to finish the game just to watch her play.



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Ikong leads Power past City Oilers in season opener - by Joel Nature

Newly promoted City Oilers began life in the Mens Division one National Basketball league with a loss to 2011 Champions DMark Power despite putting up a stellar performance. Joseph Ikong was the main tormentor of the City Oilers bagging 17 points followed by Paul Odong who managed 14.

Both sides took the lead in two of the four quarters with debutants City Oilers leading the first and third quarters 15-14 and 26-20 respectively while DMark Power led the second 20-12 and the fourth 13-12 to emerge overall winners by a three point margin on 68-65.
Yusuf Muhammad and Jimmy Enabu were the star performers for City Oilers scoring 16 and 14 points respectively.

In the womens category, defending champions KCC Leopards started on a high beating A1 challenge 76-60 in an earlier game played at Lugogo. Lamuna Claire and Martha Soigi managed 20 and 22 points respectively while last seasons Most Valuable Player (MVP) Flavia Aketcho did manage 5 points.



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Vladan Vukosavljevic extends with Halychyna - by Eurobasket News

Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) and Halychyna have agreed on terms of contract extension. The centre will spend one more season with the Lviv team. The Serbian player joined Halychyna last season. He averages 17.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in the current Superleague season. Last season the centre was named All-Ukrainian Superleague Bosman Player of the Year. Previously Vladan Vukosavljevic had stints in Serbia and Turkey. He was the member of the U20 and U21 Serbian National Teams. The centre also played at the World University Games in 2007 with Serbia.
Vukosavljevic led Halychyna into Superleague semifinals. They will take on Budivelnyk now.



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Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Justin KEENAN
  Arecibo
  (202-F/C-88)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Keenan, Arecibo26.3 
 2. Garcia Moral., Agu.26.3 
 3. Clarkson, Larre B.26.1 
 4. Woodward, Welcome25.9 
 5. Danridge, Guaiquer.24.7 
 6. Baxley, Defensor23.1 
 7. Taboada, Universo.22.7 
 8. Elliott, Navolato22.1 
 9. Johnson, Toros20.9 
 10. Figueroa, Guayama19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Nacional
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Martin, Nacional15.6 
 2. Faber, Mykolaiv12.5 
 3. Hamilton, Defensor11.6 
 4. Passos, Trotamun.11.3 
 5. Blankson, Un.Atlet.10.5 
 6. Curtis, Bohemios10.5 
 7. Clarkson, Larre B.10.4 
 8. Shellman, Sayago10.3 
 9. Smith, Aguada10.1 
 10. Johnson, Toros9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Guaiquer.
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Barrera, Guaiquer.7.8 
 2. Bavosi, Un.Atletica6.3 
 3. Vidal, Bigua6.2 
 4. Fitipaldo, Malvin6.0 
 5. De Gouveia, Tabare5.7 
 6. Cortizas, Allavena5.5 
 7. Garcia Moral., Agu.5.4 
 8. Gonzalez, Aguada4.8 
 9. Hamilton, Defensor4.7 
 10. Pereyra, Monte.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kristian CLARKSON
  Larre B.
  (202-F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Clarkson, Larre B.2.5 
 2. Shellman, Sayago2.1 
 3. Vidal, Bigua2.0 
 4. Barrera, Guaiquer.2.0 
 5. Garcia, Cordon1.9 
 6. Rovira, Tabare1.9 
 7. Trelles, Bohemios1.8 
 8. Aguilera, Trouville1.7 
 9. Nelson, Bohemios1.6 
 10. Johnson, Toros1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory DILLIGARD
  Aguada
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dilligard, Aguada2.5 
 2. Hunt, Olimpia2.1 
 3. Rogers, Georgia P.1.8 
 4. Cage, Planasa NV1.7 
 5. Johnson, Toros1.5 
 6. Bravo, Gigantes1.4 
 7. Faber, Mykolaiv1.3 
 8. Smith, Aguada1.2 
 9. Inman, Sitra1.1 
 10. Newsome, Bambuqu.1.1 


Aguada took a 2-1 lead in the LUB best of seven final games - by Hector Lopez

Leandro Garcia Morales (186-PG-80, college: Texas A&M) scored 24 points, incluiding 11 in the last quarter when Aguada beat Defensor Sporting 69-61 to take a 2-1 lead in the best of seven Uruguayan League final games. Aguada took the lead at the end of the third quarter 51-49an opened a seven points advantage. Garcia Morales added 7 assists, Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech) netted 15 points with 7 rebounds and 2 assits, and Gregory Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) added 9 points13 rebounds and 2 assists. For Defensor Sporting Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) scored 17 points, Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C-85) aded 10 and Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: Miami, FL) 6 points, 7 rebounds 5 assists. Th next game will be played Friday 26.


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  VIETNAM   


ASEAN League: Warriors beat Heat, continue to chase Blaze - by Eurobasket News

Saigon Heat - Indonesia Warriors 63:77

Indonesia Warriors made a successful trip to Saigon. They defeated the Heat for the 13th win in the ASEAN League season. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) stepped up with 17 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Warriors.
The visitors jumped to an early lead in this one. They recorded a 21:14 lead after ten minutes of action. The Heat slowed their opponents down in the second frame. The Vietnam outfit trimmed the deficit at 5-point mark at halftime 36:41. But the third term belonged completely to the visitors. The Warriors initiated a 26:10 spurt to build a decisive 21-point lead. The Heat sweetened the pill by outscoring the visitors 17:10 in the fourth frame. Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, college: Georgia) netted 16 points and grabbed 12 boards, while John Smith (188-G-86, college: Hawaii-Hilo) added 15 points for the winners. Jai Reyes (173-G) answered with 18 points for the Heat. David Palmer (206-F/C-86, college: N.Kentucky) and Justin Howard (208-C-81, college: Mercer) posted 17 points each in the loss.

Saigon Heat: Jai Reyes 18, David Palmer 17, Justin Howard 17
Indonesia Warriors: Steve Thomas 17, Chris Daniels 16+12 boards, John Smith 15



Saigon Heat inks Justin Howard, ex Thailand S. - by Eurobasket News

Saigon Heat (ASEAN League) signed 32-year old American center Justin Howard (208-127kg-81, college: Mercer). He started the season at Chang Thailand Slammers in Thailand ASEAN League. In two games he had 12.5ppg, 12.5rpg and 3.0bpg this season. The most of last season Howard spent at BG Karlsruhe (ProA) in German league. In 25 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.3ppg and 10.3rpg (leader !!!). Great season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team. He also spent pre-season at UU-Korihait (Korisliiga) in Finnish league earlier that year.
The previous (10-11) season Howard played at River Andorra (LEB Silver) in Spanish league. In 28 games he recorded 10.5ppg and 6.9rpg. He helped them to make it to the final.
In 2009-10 season Howard played at CB Guadalajara (EBA) in Spanish league. In 19 games he recorded 14.1ppg and 8.3rpg (#3 in the league). A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention.
He is quite experienced player. Howard has played also professionally in Argentina (GECR Indalo), Chile, Mexico (Marineros, Halcones Rojos and Fuerza Guinda Nogales) and Syria (Al Jaish).
He attended Mercer University until 2003 and it is his tenth season as a professional player.
Howard could be described: Justin is an extremely big player. Not only is he tall (209cm) But he also has a very wide and strong body. It is almost impossible to push him out of the paint once he establishes position. He is a hard worker who gets up and down the court well (when in condition) for a player his size. A true 5 man who has the potential.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Astana keep Brion Rush and David Simon - by Eurobasket News

Astana keep Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) and David Simon (208-C-82, college: IPFW) for 2013/2014 season.The season 2012-2013 Brion Rush started for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA, starting five) and in Euroleague averaged 13.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 38.9%, 3FGP: 46.2%, FT: 73.3%. In French ProA his stats read 14.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 45.0%, 3FGP: 37.7%, FT: 72.7%. Later that month moved to BC Astana (Kazakhstan-D1, starting five) and shows 17.3 points per game in VTB United League.
David Simon appeared for BC Astana in the beginning of the season. The US centre had an outstanding season with Radnicki Kragujevac. David Simon tallied impressive 19.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steal per game in Adriatic League. He also notched 14.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in Serbian League. Eurobasket.com named David Simon All-Adriatic League Player of the Year. Previously David Simon had stints in South Korea, France, Russia and Bulgaria. The centre was named into Korean KBL All-Imports Team in 2011. He also made it into Bulgarian League All-Imports Team in 2006. The centre became the Bulgarian Cup and League champion in 2006.




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Women News


QBL: Mountaineers women ramp up preparations for QBL - by Eurobasket News


THE pieces are falling into place for the Toowoomba Mountaineers women ahead of next month's QBL season opener.

The Mountaineers are set to welcome back influential players Kisha Lee (181-F/C-85, college: UNLV) and Krystal Watson (183-F/C-90, college: Md-E Shore) this week from the US.

And joining them will be the club's newest import Chelsie Schweers (170-PG, college: Christ.Newport).

Schweers, a point guard from Norfolk, Virginia, attended Christopher Newport University (CNU) and was 2011 Division III National Player of the Year.

She finished college with 2,869 career points and 415 three-pointers, making her the all-time leading scorer at CNU and the second-leading scorer in Division III history.

Schweers played basketball in Greece last season and Mountaineers coach Anthony Corcoran said she would be an excellent addition to the team.

"Chelsie is a scorer and can hit from behind the arc - this is exactly what we need," he said.

"The squad is coming together now and the team is looking forward to getting Chelsie, Kisha and Krystal onto the training court."

The second import for the men's team is expected to be announced soon.

The Mountaineers men and women will open their seasons on Saturday, May 11, against the Brisbane Capitals at USQ's Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre.
Courtesy of: http://qbl.basketball.net.au



Cyclones sign Chandrea Jones in bid for 2013 title - by Eurobasket News


BASKETBALL: With the Queensland Basketball League about to tip off next month, the Rockhampton Cyclones have been handed an opportunity to shoot high this season.

The Frenchville Sports Club Rockhampton Cyclones, who were knocked out of last year's competition during the quarter-finals by rival Mackay, were thrilled to confirm the recent re-signing of American Chandrea Jones (175-SF-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Syracuse) for the 2013 season.

This year, with Jones leading the way, coach Heath Millar said the Cyclones were hoping to go one step further.

"Hopefully we can make it to the finals weekend...but the league is getting tougher, we're not under any illusions," Millar said.

Re-signing Jones would give the Cyclones stability continuing through to this season.

"It is a relief to re-sign a player that knows our structures and what we expect from our playing group. Chandrea will be able to come in and pick up right where she left off last season," the coach said.

Jones, who played for American powerhouse college Syracuse, had a stand-out year with the Cyclones last season and was named in the 2012 QBL All Star team after finishing in the league's top 10 in rebounds and points.

The 25-year-old, 175cm small forward recently competed in the finals for the top ranked Finnish Catz Lappeenranta.

She averaged a team-high 16.8 points per game and 6.2 rebounds as her team finished the regular season with a 28-2 win/loss record.

The Cyclones other import last year Nicole Romeo left for Melbourne during the off-season, but Millar said he was in the process of confirming another signing.

"We've had a little bit of turnover in the off-season- we lost local players Grace McDougall, who went to the States, while Mikaela King left to go to university in Brisbane - she will play for the Brisbane Capitals."

A couple of older players also left but the likes of Brianna Bailey and Katelyn Hill, who were recently named in the under-16 state team, along with several under-18 players had been attending training and learning the team's systems, adding a bit of future depth.

Jones was expected to arrive in Rockhampton in early May and will miss the Cyclones first home game - a pre-season fixture against Mackay on April 27 - but she will be available to travel to Gladstone on May 11 for the QBL opener against the strong Gladstone Power side. The Rockhampton Rockets will play after the women on both occasions.

To book tickets for the home game against Mackay on April 27, phone 49225544.

CHANDREA JONES

Height: 175cm / 5'9"

Position: Small Forward

Born: 1987

Nationality: American

College: Syracuse

Current team: Finnish Catz. Previous teams: Rockhampton (returning); Belfius Nelmur (Belgium); Toulouse (France); Racing (Luxembourg).
Courtesy of: http://qbl.basketball.net.au



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  CROATIA   

A1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Luca IVANKOVIC
  Jolly
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Ivankovic, Jolly21.5 
 2. Matic, Ragusa18.4 
 3. Misura, Toulouse17.5 
 4. Bosilj, Gospic16.3 
 5. Williams, Novi Zag.16.3 
 6. Salopek, Gospic14.9 
 7. Balic, Zadar14.3 
 8. Erslan, Zadar14.3 
 9. Tikvic, Medvescak13.9 
 10. Mazic, Novi Zagreb13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luca IVANKOVIC
  Jolly
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Ivankovic, Jolly10.2 
 2. Zubak, Rockwool.9.9 
 3. Roje, Split9.5 
 4. Matic, Ragusa9.3 
 5. Mazic, Novi Zagreb8.1 
 6. Tikvic, Medvescak7.9 
 7. Ramljak, Rockwool.7.7 
 8. Begic, Podravac7.4 
 9. Anic, Studenec.7.3 
 10. Premasunac, Medv.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Antonija MISURA
  Toulouse
  (178-F-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Misura, Toulouse5.0 
 2. Mitchell, Novi Zag.3.8 
 3. Tosic, Ragusa3.0 
 4. Cvjetkovic, Zadar3.0 
 5. Salopek, Gospic3.0 
 6. Benic, Jolly2.9 
 7. Peric, Medvescak2.8 
 8. Cuncic, Tresnjevka2.7 
 9. Cacic, Novi Zagreb2.5 
 10. Dover, Gospic2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Milena DINCIC
  Studenec Omis
  (174-F-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Dincic, Studenec O.2.9 
 2. Matic, Ragusa2.9 
 3. Benic, Jolly2.8 
 4. Gambiraza, Pleter2.5 
 5. Vrvilo, Studenec O.2.5 
 6. Mitchell, Novi Zag.2.4 
 7. Anic, Studenec.2.4 
 8. Salopek, Gospic2.3 
 9. Misura, Toulouse2.3 
 10. Dover, Gospic2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita KELAVA
  Tresnjevka
  (185-PF-97)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kelava, Tresnjevka1.5 
 2. Ivankovic, Jolly1.4 
 3. Williams, Novi Zag.1.3 
 4. Balic, Zadar1.1 
 5. Tikvic, Medvescak0.8 
 6. Parunov, Split0.7 
 7. Matic, Ragusa0.7 
 8. Roje, Split0.7 
 9. Badanjak, Gospic0.6 
 10. Skara, Tresnjevka0.6 


Novi Zagreb ties series to 1-1 - by Zeljko Zule

Novi Zagreb, who never trailed, lead by as manyas 17 points at half-time and went on a 15-0 run midway through the third quarter to beat Gospic 69-58 in Game 2 to even the best-of-five Final series 1-1.
Novi Zagreb opened the game with a 9-0 run and led 39-22 at the break. Gospic cut the deficit to 36-41, but the home team answered with 15 straight points to secure the win. Leilani Mitchell (165-PG-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) had 15 point and 5 assists, Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Richmond) collected 14 points and 8 rebounds and Latoya Williams (190-C-87, college: Chipola JC) scored 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Gospic made more 3-pointers (9) than 2-point shots (7) and shoot just 30 percent from the field to Zagreb's 48 percent. Ivana Jurcevic (174-G-81) came of the bench for team-high 13 points, Chevon Keith (178-G-86, college: W.Carolina) scored 12 points, Emanuela Salopek (178-SG-87) had 11 points and 7 rebounds and Monika Bosilj (178-G-85, college: FIU) added 11 points.
Finals Game 2:
Novi Zagreb-Gospic 69-58 (*Cacic 2, *Mitchell 15+5 as, *Vrdoljak 7, Vedalov 4, Marin 3, Komplet, Juric 7, *Mazic 14+8 rbs, *Pavetic 5, *Williams 10+13 rbs, Dojkic, Butina 2 Balentic DNP, G.Devcic DNP, *Dover 2, P.Devcic DNP, Jurcevic 13, *Salopek 11+ 7 rbs, *Keith 12, *Badanjak 4, *Bosilj 11, Bozikov, Bura 5).
Game 3 will be played on Saturday in Gospic and Game 4 is scheduled for next week in Zagreb.




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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Ambrosia ANDERSON
  Trutnov
  (186-F-84)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Anderson, Trutnov18.9 
 2. Vaughn, USK Praha17.0 
 3. Lowenthal, VSE P.17.0 
 4. Abdi, IMOS B.16.6 
 5. Brunson, USK Praha16.5 
 6. Fontenette, Valos.16.1 
 7. Sprague, Valosun15.4 
 8. Krizova, Strakonice15.3 
 9. Dotson, VS Praha14.7 
 10. Mrhalkova, Valosun14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lauren ERVIN
  Trutnov
  (191-F-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Ervin, Trutnov12.0 
 2. Greer, Trutnov9.6 
 3. Jileckova, Strakon.9.3 
 4. Dotson, VS Praha9.2 
 5. Brunson, USK Praha9.0 
 6. Anderson, Trutnov8.4 
 7. Brown, DSK Karlin8.3 
 8. Vaughn, USK Praha8.1 
 9. Lowenthal, VSE P.8.0 
 10. Green, Slovanka7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jelena SKEROVIC
  USK Praha
  (176-G-80)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Skerovic, USK Praha4.7 
 2. Nezdarilova, Slova.3.9 
 3. Milovanovic, Lokom.3.2 
 4. Horakova, IMOS B.3.1 
 5. Green, Slovanka MB2.9 
 6. Harapesova, VSE P.2.9 
 7. Bartakova, VS Pra.2.9 
 8. Bortelova, DSK K.2.9 
 9. Lardy, USK Praha2.6 
 10. Uhrova, Slovanka.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ashleigh FONTENETTE
  Valosu.
  (172-PG-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Fontenette, Valos.3.0 
 2. Horakova, IMOS B.2.6 
 3. Thomas, Strakonice2.4 
 4. Nezdarilova, Slova.2.3 
 5. Green, Slovanka MB2.3 
 6. Bortelova, DSK K.2.2 
 7. Selby, Strakonice2.1 
 8. Lowenthal, VSE P.2.0 
 9. O''Reilly, Lokom.2.0 
 10. Anderson, Trutnov1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Anna JURCENKOVA
  IMOS B.
  (195-C-85)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Jurcenkova, IMOS1.4 
 2. Hartigova, Hradec1.0 
 3. Greer, Trutnov0.9 
 4. Ohlde, IMOS B.0.9 
 5. Burgrova, USK Praha0.8 
 6. Anderson, Trutnov0.8 
 7. Sprague, Valosun0.7 
 8. Hanusova, IMOS B.0.7 
 9. Peckova, IMOS B.0.6 
 10. Reisingerova, VS0.6 


ZBL Round 1 of Finals. USK Praha claim opening win - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
USK Praha - IMOS Brno 87-59

USK Praha cleared off in the second half and cruised to the opening win in the title series. The game without a history. USK Praha led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to IMOS Brno's 40. They outrebounded IMOS Brno 40-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Rebekkah Brunson (191-81, college: Georgetown, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds. Her fellow American import center Kia Vaughn (193-87, college: Rutgers) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Swedish forward Farhiya Abdi (188-92) answered with 12 points and American power forward Nicole Ohlde (193-82, college: Kansas St.) added 7 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for IMOS Brno. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: R.Brunson 30+12reb+2ast, K.Vaughn 15+5reb+2ast, I.Burgrova 12+6reb+1ast, A.De Forge 9+4reb+1ast, J.Skerovic 8+3reb+4ast, K.Elhotova 5+3reb
IMOS Brno: F.Abdi 12+3reb+2ast, R.Hejdova 8+1reb, A.Hanusova 7+5reb+2ast, N.Ohlde 7+7reb+2ast, H.Horakova 6+1ast, T.Peckova 6+5reb
gschID: 239729
3-4 Place
Hradec Kralove - Trutnov 76-66

Hradec Kralove surged ahead in the consolation final series. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Center Klara Pochobradska (186-89) fired 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Slovakian point guard Darina Misurova (163-81) chipped in 18 points. Four Sokol Hradec Kralove players scored in double figures. American forward Lauren Ervin (191-85, college: Arkansas) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 21 rebounds and the other American import forward Ambrosia Anderson (186-84, college: BYU, agency: Two Points) added 23 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Kara Trutnov's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Hradec Kralove: K.Pochobradska 20+9reb+1ast, D.Misurova 18+4reb+2ast, K.Zavazalova 14+4reb+2ast, T.Kuthanova 11+5reb+1ast, M.Hartigova 5+10reb, K.Rosenbaumova 4+3reb+2ast
Trutnov: A.Anderson 23+6reb+1ast, K.Hindrakova 10+1reb+1ast, L.Ervin 10+21reb, P.Zaplatova 6+3reb+2ast, L.Vetrovcova 6+5reb, A.Vackova 5+3reb
gschID: 239730



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  ESTONIA   


Eurobasket.com All-Estonian Meistriliiga Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Estonian Meistriliiga 1st Team 2013
Mirjam Nikolai
Nikolai
Heila Rosenfeldt
Rosenfeldt
Kaia Kosk
Kosk
Kerttu Jallai
Jallai
Trine Kasemagi
Kasemagi

Player of the Year: Mirjam Nikolai (177-G-86) of Eclex Tallinn
Guard of the Year: Mirjam Nikolai (177-G-86) of Eclex Tallinn
Forward of the Year: Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90) of Tallina U.
Center of the Year: Trine Kasemagi (190-C-95) of Eclex Tallinn
Defensive Player of the Year: Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90) of Tallina U.
Coach of the Year: Jaanus Levkoi of Eclex Tallinn

1st Team
G: Mirjam Nikolai (177-G-86) of Eclex Tallinn
G: Heila Rosenfeldt (173-G-83) of Eclex Tallinn
F: Kaia Kosk (177-F-89) of Rapla KK
F: Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90) of Tallina U.
C: Trine Kasemagi (190-C-95) of Eclex Tallinn

Honorable Mention
Laina Mesila-Kaarmann (186-C/F-87) of Eclex Tallinn
Ashley Wallace (183-F-85) of Tallina U.
Pirgit Puu (168-G-88) of Tallina U.
Jane Svilberg (179-F-95) of Eclex Tallinn
Kerli Haas (180-F-90) of Rapla KK
Kaia Kosk (177-F-89) of Rapla KK



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings Div.A (Women)

Standings
Group A
1. Montenegro0-0
2. Slovakia0-0
3. Turkey0-0
4. Ukraine0-0
Group B
1. Spain0-0
2. Italy0-0
3. Russia0-0
4. Sweden0-0
Group C
1. U.Kingdom0-0
2. France0-0
3. Latvia0-0
4. Serbia0-0
Group D
1. Belarus0-0
2. Croatia0-0
3. Czech Rep.0-0
4. Lithuania0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Jun. 15: MNT - SVK
Jun. 15: UKR - TUR

B

Jun. 15: SWE - ITA
Jun. 15: ESP - RUS

C

Jun. 15: SRB - ENG
Jun. 15: LAT - FRA

D

Jun. 15: LTU - CRO
Jun. 15: BLR - CZE



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  FINLAND   


Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Awards 2013 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League 1st Team 2013
Jordan Murphree
Murphree
Melissa Jeltema
Jeltema
Korinne Campbell
Campbell
Niina Laaksonen
Laaksonen
Jelena Reshetko
Reshetko


Finals MVP: Chandrea Jones (175-SF-87) of Catz
Player of the Year: Jelena Reshetko (184-C/F-86) of Catz
Guard of the Year: Jordan Murphree (183-G-87) of Honka
Forward of the Year: Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) of ToPo
Center of the Year: Jelena Reshetko (184-C/F-86) of Catz
Import of the Year: Jelena Reshetko (184-C/F-86) of Catz
Domestic Player of the Year: Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) of ToPo
Defensive Player of the Year: Minna Sten (189-F-87) of HoNsU
Coach of the Year: Mika Haakana of Catz

1st Team
G: Jordan Murphree (183-G-87) of Honka
G: Melissa Jeltema (175-G-88) of Honka
G/F: Korinne Campbell (182-G/F-88) of PeKa
F/C: Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) of ToPo
C/F: Jelena Reshetko (184-C/F-86) of Catz

2nd Team
PG: Rosetta Adzasu (165-PG-90) of Kerava
G: Melissa Jeltema (175-G-88) of Honka
SF: Chandrea Jones (175-SF-87) of Catz
F: Minna Sten (189-F-87) of HoNsU
C: Kenya McBee (192-C-83) of ToPo

Honorable Mention
Alexandria Anderson (185-G/F-86) of Catz
Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta (175-G-91) of PeKa
Reetta Piipari (170-PG-80) of PeKa
Sarah Miles (170-PG-89) of FoA
Kenya Robinson (182-C-70) of Huima
Callan Taylor (182-F-90) of TuRi
Earlysia Marchbanks (180-SF) of Kerava
Amani Franklin (180-G-88) of BC Nokia
Phebe Smith (6'0''-F) of Southern G.
Laura Saarinen (187-F/C-92) of FoA

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Reetta Piipari (170-PG-80) of PeKa
G: Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta (175-G-91) of PeKa
F: Minna Sten (189-F-87) of HoNsU
F/C: Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) of ToPo
F/C: Laura Saarinen (187-F/C-92) of FoA

All-Imports Team
G: Jordan Murphree (183-G-87) of Honka
G: Melissa Jeltema (175-G-88) of Honka
SF: Chandrea Jones (175-SF-87) of Catz
G/F: Korinne Campbell (182-G/F-88) of PeKa
C/F: Jelena Reshetko (184-C/F-86) of Catz

All-Defensive Team
PG: Rosetta Adzasu (165-PG-90) of Kerava
G: Jordan Murphree (183-G-87) of Honka
G/F: Alexandria Anderson (185-G/F-86) of Catz
F: Minna Sten (189-F-87) of HoNsU
F/C: Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) of ToPo



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  FRANCE   

LFB Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mistie MIMS
  Lyon
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 15
 1. Mims, Lyon15.0 
 2. Sanni, Villeneuve14.8 
 3. Salagnac, Tarbes14.3 
 4. Tolo, Aix-en-P.14.2 
 5. Mosch, Charleville13.9 
 6. Robert, Lattes M.13.7 
 7. Guzman, Landes13.4 
 8. Evans, Arras13.0 
 9. Williams, Villeneu.12.8 
 10. Amant, Nantes12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Angelica ROBINSON
  Tarbes
  (197-F-87)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Robinson, Tarbes10.3 
 2. Francis, Aix-en.9.9 
 3. Coulibaly, Mondevi.9.4 
 4. Humphrey, Landes9.1 
 5. Bonnan, Charleville8.7 
 6. Robert, Lattes M.7.8 
 7. Ciak, Perpignan7.8 
 8. Murphy, Samorin7.6 
 9. Sanni, Villeneuve7.5 
 10. Meesseman, Villen.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Celine DUMERC
  Bourges
  (169-G-82)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Dumerc, Bourges5.4 
 2. Dieme, Villeneuve5.1 
 3. Aubert, Nantes5.0 
 4. Thorburn, Aix-en.4.9 
 5. Ciglar, Perpignan4.2 
 6. Gruszczynski, Tar.3.6 
 7. Sauret Gille., Lyon3.5 
 8. Lawson-Wade, Latt.3.5 
 9. Tanqueray, Mondevi.3.5 
 10. Guzman, Landes3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Sarah MICHEL
  Nantes
  (180-SG-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Michel, Nantes2.2 
 2. Gomis, Arras2.2 
 3. Houts, Union H.1.9 
 4. Robert, Lattes M.1.9 
 5. Lassiter, Mondevil.1.8 
 6. Dumerc, Bourges1.8 
 7. Dieme, Villeneuve1.8 
 8. Baer, Lyon1.7 
 9. Rad, Tarbes1.7 
 10. Lawson-Wade, Lat.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cayla FRANCIS
  Aix-en.
  (192-C-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Francis, Aix-en.1.6 
 2. Tolo, Aix-en-P.1.5 
 3. Robinson, Tarbes1.5 
 4. Ciak, Perpignan1.5 
 5. Meesseman, Villene.1.2 
 6. Ndongue, Bourges1.1 
 7. Adams, Toulouse1.1 
 8. Lassiter, Mondevil.1.0 
 9. Page, Lyon1.0 
 10. Sy-Diop, Lyon0.8 



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  ICELAND   

stats leader

Points Per Game
 Shannon MCCALLUM
  KR
  (177-G-87)
  Avg: 31.9
 1. McCallum, KR31.9 
 2. Jones, Fjolnir31.6 
 3. Hardy, Njardvik29.3 
 4. Smith, Grindavik26.3 
 5. Evans, Haukar21.9 
 6. Butler, Valur20.1 
 7. Marlow, Snaefell19.2 
 8. Jenkins, Keflavik17.7 
 9. Sigurjonsdot., Val.17.2 
 10. Gunnlaugsdot., Ke.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lele HARDY
  Njardvik
  (182-SF-88)
  Avg: 19
 1. Hardy, Njardvik19.0 
 2. Evans, Haukar17.6 
 3. Butler, Valur15.2 
 4. McCallum, KR11.9 
 5. Marlow, Snaefell11.0 
 6. Auguste, BC Nokia10.0 
 7. Amundadottir, KR9.4 
 8. Hallgrimsdot., Gri.9.1 
 9. Kjartansdott., Sna.9.1 
 10. Gudmundsdott., Fj.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Britney JONES
  Fjolnir
  (172-G-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Jones, Fjolnir6.0 
 2. Hartman, GIE M.5.6 
 3. Sigurdardott., Sna.5.4 
 4. Hardy, Njardvik4.9 
 5. Smith, Grindavik4.7 
 6. Butler, Valur4.2 
 7. Gunnlaugsdot., Kef.4.1 
 8. McCallum, KR4.0 
 9. Sverrisdotti., Val.3.9 
 10. Evans, Haukar3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Lele HARDY
  Njardvik
  (182-SF-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Hardy, Njardvik5.0 
 2. McCallum, KR4.6 
 3. Smith, Grindavik4.4 
 4. Auguste, BC Nokia4.2 
 5. Gunnlaugsdot., Kef.3.8 
 6. Hartman, GIE M.3.3 
 7. Gunnarsdotti., Hau.2.9 
 8. Jones, Fjolnir2.7 
 9. Amundadottir, KR2.4 
 10. Sigurjonsdot., Va.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jaleesa BUTLER
  Valur
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Butler, Valur4.1 
 2. Saevarsdotti., Nja.2.2 
 3. Jonsdottir, Snaefe.1.5 
 4. Rikhardsdott., Fjo.1.4 
 5. Hinriksdotti., Kef.1.4 
 6. Marlow, Snaefell1.2 
 7. McCallum, KR1.1 
 8. Sveinsdottir, Hau.1.0 
 9. Brynjarsdott., Val.0.9 
 10. Evans, Haukar0.9 


Dominos League Round 2 of Finals. KR tie the series - by Eurobasket News

KR - Keflavik 75-65

KR bounced back after the starting loss and claimed the home win to tie the Final series. The game without a history. KR led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KR outrebounded Keflavik 40-23 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Shannon McCallum (177-87, college: Charlotte) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Gudrun Thorsteinsdottir (178-89) chipped in 7 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists during the contest. The former international point guard Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (168-87) responded with 19 points and 4 steals and American guard Jessica Jenkins (172-90, college: St.Bonaventure) scored 19 points.
Top scorers:
KR: S.Amundadottir 19+5reb+2ast, S.McCallum 18+11reb+2ast, H.Einarsdottir 15+7reb+2ast, G.Thorsteinsdottir 7+11reb+9ast, A.Einarsdottir 6, B.Einarsdottir 5+5reb+5ast
Keflavik: P.Gunnlaugsdottir 19+4reb+2ast, J.Jenkins 19+1reb+2ast, S.Run Hinriksdottir 9+4reb+1ast, I.Kristinardottir 8+4reb+3ast, B.Valgardsdottir 8+3reb+4ast, B.Gudmundsdottir 2+6reb+5ast
gschID: 239469



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  ITALY   


The 2012-2013 A1-Finals will start on Monday in Lucca - by Carlo Grilli

All is ready for the final showdown: Schio (n.1 of the seeding) will play Lucca (2) in a best-of-five series for the Italian title.

Lucca in the last three years has made fast and relevant steps: promoted in A1 in 2009-2010, the first year avoided relegation, then grabbed a semifinal berth against Taranto (losing only at game-5 by the upcoming champions) and, fresh since a few days, a final for the title.

On the other side of the field, there is Schio: the history, tradition and prestige of Italian female basketball. Schio dominated the decade by winning 16 titles in the 2000s, and with a bulletin board filled with 4 championships (2005, 2006, 2008, 2011), 7 Italian Cups (1996, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2013) 4 Super Cups (2005, 2006, 2011, 2012), 2 Ronchetti Cups (2001, 2002) and 1 EuroCup (2008).

Schio reached his final championship number 12; Lucca his first. Raffaella Masciadri (188-F-80), Schio's captain, totalized her final number 13 (10 championships won). On the other end, Benedetta Bagnara (178-G-87, agency: LBM Management) looks for her first.

The final series will start from Monday, April 29th at PalaTagliate, Lucca. Game-2 will be played on Thursday, May 2th in Schio; game-3 still in Schio on Saturday, May 4th. Game-4 and Game-5 (if necessary) are scheduled respectively in Lucca on Tuesday, May 7th and on Friday, May 10th in Schio.



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  LATVIA   

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Laura AUDERE
  RTU-Merks
  (178-F-84)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Audere, RTU-Merks20.1 
 2. Jallai, Tallina U.19.3 
 3. Puu, Tallina U.19.3 
 4. Haas, Rapla KK18.5 
 5. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.18.2 
 6. Hampton, Cesis18.2 
 7. Krastina, TTT Riga17.3 
 8. Rozenberga, TTT R.16.6 
 9. Jakobsone, Cesis16.1 
 10. Nikolai, Eclex T.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dita ROZENBERGA
  TTT R.
  (181-F-92)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rozenberga, TTT R.11.0 
 2. Kasemagi, Eclex T.10.8 
 3. Peterkin, Liepajas10.2 
 4. Jallai, Tallina U.10.0 
 5. Strautmane, Kolibr.9.4 
 6. Audere, RTU-Merks9.3 
 7. Koster, Eclex Tall.9.1 
 8. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.8.9 
 9. Egle, Liepajas8.4 
 10. Dzarcane, TTT J.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Anda EIBELE
  Cesis
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Eibele, Cesis7.9 
 2. Fomina, RTU-Merks6.1 
 3. Krastina, TTT Riga4.4 
 4. Rosenfeldt, Eclex3.7 
 5. Jallai, Tallina U.3.3 
 6. Kosk, Rapla KK3.3 
 7. Miil, Tallina U.3.2 
 8. Puu, Tallina U.3.2 
 9. Langenfelde, RTU-.3.2 
 10. Cirsa, Liepajas2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  TTT Riga
  (174-G/F-90)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Krastina, TTT Riga2.9 
 2. Koster, Eclex Tall.2.7 
 3. Vasiljeva, Tartu U.2.7 
 4. Silaraja, Cesis2.7 
 5. Hampton, Cesis2.6 
 6. Langenfelde, RTU-.2.6 
 7. Wallace, Tallina U.2.4 
 8. Fomina, RTU-Merks2.4 
 9. Rozenberga, TTT R.2.4 
 10. Puu, Tallina U.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Daina LAZDENIECE
  RTU-M.
  (187-C-89)
  Avg: 2.3