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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 Jrs16.4 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.16.2 
 8. Gutierrez, Penarol15.1 
 9. Lytch, Argentino15.1 
 10. Pau, Olimpico LB14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Quebradillas
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Phillip, Quebradil.10.8 
 2. Clancy, Olimpico.10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.5 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.0 
 5. Battle, Lanus7.6 
 6. Seawright, GECR I.7.5 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon7.1 
 8. Williams, Quimsa7.1 
 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. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 6. Labaque, Atenas3.9 
 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. Labaque, Atenas1.4 
 7. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.4 
 8. Elsener, Atenas1.4 
 9. Washam, Regatas C.1.4 
 10. Espinoza, Macae1.3 
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. Humphrey, Blancos0.8 
 9. Sanchez, Santurce0.8 
 10. Mata, Penarol0.8 


LigaA Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Lanus and Boca Juniors with victories - by Eurobasket News

Boca Jrs - Regatas C. 72-61

Boca Juniors clinched the first win in the series. The game without a history. Boca Juniors led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Boca Juniors forced 22 Regatas Corrientes turnovers. It was a good game for American-Puerto Rican center Daniel Santiago (216-76, college: N.Mexico, agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 7 rebounds. International guard Federico Van Lacke (191-80) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. Boca Juniors' coach Nestor Garcia used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International power forward Nicolas Romano (199-87) answered with 11 points and 8 rebounds and American center Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia, agency: Dream Team Management) added 8 points in the effort for Regatas Corrientes.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: D.Santiago 17+7reb+1ast, F.Van Lacke 14+2reb+5ast, J.DeGroat 13+6reb+2ast, F.Aguerre 10+6reb+2ast, P.Hopson 8+1ast, M.Stanic 6+5reb+5ast
Regatas C.: N.Romano 11+8reb, N.Ferreyra 10, J.Meyinsse 8+3reb+1ast, P.Quinteros 7+2reb+2ast, M.Gerlero 6+2reb, J.Martinez 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 239266


Penarol - Lanus 73-79 OT

Lanus pulled in front in the semifinal series versus Penarol. Lanus stole a road win in the third game of the series. N.Laprovittola stepped up with 24 points to pace the winners. Robert Battle added 16 points and impressive 17 rebounds for the visitors. Marcos Mata answered with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Penarol in the loss.
Top scorers:
Lanus: N.Laprovittola 24+5ast, R.Battle 16+17reb, W.McFarlan 12+3reb, F.Giorgi 9+4reb, A.Boccia 7+7reb+3ast, P.Prato 7+2reb
Penarol: M.Mata 18+11reb+2ast, F.Campazzo 18+2reb+2ast, L.Tischer 8+4reb, M.Ibarra 8, S.Safar 6+2reb, L.Gutierrez 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 239265



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1 Petron Blaze 14-3 
 2 Satria Muda 13-5 
 3 KL Dragons 10-8 
 4 Singapore S. 6-11 
 5 Thailand S. 6-12 
 6 Saigon H. 3-13 

Regular Season: Round 16

Apr. 26: Satria Muda - KL Dragons 85-86
Apr. 24: Thailand S. - Petron Blaze 70-78
Apr. 24: Saigon H. - Satria Muda 63-77
Apr. 27: Petron Blaze - Saigon H.
Apr. 28: Singapore S. - Thailand S.



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  BARBADOS   


Lakers of to good start - by Don Farrell


Lakers 6-0, Cavs still to win

Lakers 6-0, Cavs still to winWarrens point guard Akeem Williams (with ball) trying to score over an outstretched Adrian Allman. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)


On one hand, there seems to be no stopping the Lumber Company Lakers.

On the other, the Station Hill Cavaliers can't seem to stop losing.

The Lakers' season continued its fairy tale run as they notched their sixth straight victory Thursday night, courtesy of a 78-70 defeat of Warrens Sports Club, while the Cavaliers' nightmarish start dragged on as they were toppled by Pinelands 75-64 when action in the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association's Premier League continued at the YMCA.

In a rematch of last year's final, Lakers garnered some measure of revenge by handing the defending champions their sixth loss in seven games, while improving their record to a perfect 6-0.

With limited production from the usually reliable Adrian Allman and Keefe Birkett, who combined for just seven points, and the absence of star player Andre Lockhart, the Lakers were led to victory by swingman Ian Alexander, who scored 19 points, and Mark Bridgeman, who added 13.

Warriors were missing Pearson Griffith, Zahir Motara and Kevin Austin, but because of the efforts of Manuel Alleng, George Farrell and Akeem Williams, they made it an exciting game in the opening quarters.

They only trailed by two (18-20) after the first period and by three at the halfway mark (30-33).

But it fell apart in the third quarter, when Warrens allowed their opponents to score 28 points while only scoring 13 as the lead ballooned to 21 heading into the final period (46-67).

Alleng led with 16 points, Farrell had 14 and Williams 13 in a losing cause for Warrens.

In the night's second game, both Jeremy Gill and Charles Vanderpool narrowly missed triple doubles as Pinelands notched their second win in a row to climb into fourth position (4-3).

Gill was unstoppable on his was to scoring a team-high 20 points, while dishing out nine assists and pulling down eight boards.

Vanderpool scored 11 points, grabbed ten rebounds and had eight blocks in a dominant defensive showing from the national player.

Pinelands used a stellar defensive effort in the third quarter, limiting the Cavaliers to just nine points while rattling off 21 points to help transform a four-point half-time lead (33-29) into a 16-point rout heading into the final period (54-38).

Even with a season-high scoring performance from Jason Smith, the Cavaliers still stuttered to their fifth loss of the season (2-5) with only Warrens (1-6) and Tridents (0-7) boasting worse records.

Smith finished with 19 points and Kelvin Patterson added 15 to be the lone players to score in double digits

in a woeful offensive showing from the former league champs. The duo kept their side into the contest until the third quarter when Pinelands effectively put the game to bed. (RB)




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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Oostende 19-7 
 2. Spirou 16-9 
 3. M.Hainaut 16-10 
 4. Aalstar 16-10 
 5. Antwerp 15-11 
 6. Leuven 8-16 
 7. Liege 8-18 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 4-21 

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 26: Aalstar - Liege 82-72
Apr. 26: Oostende - Antwerp 73-71
Apr. 26: Spirou - M.Hainaut 65-58 OT
Apr. 28: Verviers-Pep. - Leuven


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Brose Bask.
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Walsh, Brose Bask.18.9 
 2. Raivio, Aalstar18.1 
 3. Thompson, Aalstar17.8 
 4. Randle, Spirou17.5 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende17.3 
 6. Aleksandrov, Assig.16.7 
 7. Mukubu, Liege16.2 
 8. Bostic, M.Hainaut15.6 
 9. Black, Antwerp15.1 
 10. Robinson, Leuven15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Brose Bask.
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Walsh, Brose Bask.9.7 
 2. Wilkinson, Oostende6.6 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut6.4 
 4. Young, Aalstar6.2 
 5. Tofi, Aalstar6.1 
 6. Mukubu, Liege6.0 
 7. Wright, Oostende6.0 
 8. Aleksandrov, Assig.5.9 
 9. Ferguson, Verviers.5.8 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Krka
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Anderson, Krka5.3 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven5.0 
 3. Bosco, Liege4.5 
 4. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.1 
 5. Randle, Spirou4.0 
 6. Raivio, Aalstar3.8 
 7. Thompson, Aalstar3.8 
 8. Moors, Antwerp3.5 
 9. Walsh, Brose Bask.3.5 
 10. Black, Antwerp3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.6 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp2.0 
 3. Mukubu, Liege2.0 
 4. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.0 
 5. Hanavan, Leuven2.0 
 6. Black, Antwerp1.8 
 7. Iarochevitch, Liege1.7 
 8. Bostic, M.Hainaut1.6 
 9. Randle, Spirou1.6 
 10. Walsh, Brose Bask.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris FERGUSON
  Verviers.
  (206-C-89)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Ferguson, Verviers.1.2 
 2. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.1 
 3. Wilkinson, Oostende1.1 
 4. Riddick, Spirou1.0 
 5. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 6. Dukes, Leuven0.7 
 7. Love, Antwerp0.7 
 8. Williamson, Liege0.7 
 9. Thondique, Antwerp0.6 
 10. Aska, Leuven0.5 



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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.17.5 
 7. Dos Santos, Brasil.17.2 
 8. Antonio, S.Jose/U.16.9 
 9. Nardi Duarte, Min.16.9 
 10. Giovannoni, Brasi.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babby ARAUJO
  Mogi d.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Araujo, Mogi d.8.7 
 2. Rodriguez, Flame.8.7 
 3. Ribeiro, Basque.8.4 
 4. Prestes, Brasilia7.7 
 5. Becker, S.Jose/U.7.4 
 6. Castellar, Limeira7.4 
 7. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.4 
 8. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.2 
 9. Teichmann, Franca7.0 
 10. Silveira, Flamengo6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.7.6 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.5 
 3. Collum, Uberlandia5.7 
 4. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.5 
 5. Silva, Uberlandia5.2 
 6. Fischer, Bauru4.5 
 7. Garcia, Uberlandia4.5 
 8. Taylor, Bauru4.4 
 9. Lima, Limeira4.3 
 10. Smith, Pinheiro.4.2 
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. Teichmann, Franca1.8 
 6. Taylor, Bauru1.8 
 7. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.8 
 8. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 
 9. Brown, Palmeiras1.7 
 10. Day, Uberlandia1.7 


NBB Round 5 of 1/8 Finals. Paulistano and Pinheiros/Sky complete quarterfinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Pinheiros/Sky - Limeira 97-77

Pinheiros/Sky coasted past Limeira at home court to seal their quarterfinal appearance. The game was mostly controlled by Pinheiros. Winner/Limeira was better in third quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pinheiros shot 60.4 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. Pinheiros players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Winner/Limeira was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. American Joe Smith (192-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) contributed with 22 points and 7 assists for the winners. Pinheiros' coach Claudio Mortari allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Dominican-American guard Ronald Ramon (182-86, college: Pittsburgh) answered with 14 points and center Daniel Castellar (202-83) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Winner/Limeira. Four Winner/Limeira players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros/Sky: S.Stallworth 28+10reb+6ast, M.Dornelles 22+2reb+1ast, J.Smith 22+1reb+7ast, M.Ferreira 7+5reb+4ast, G.Araujo 6+1reb, A.Bambu 4
Limeira: D.Pinheiro 14+3reb, R.Ramon 14+4reb+2ast, O.Carter 14+1reb+1ast, D.Castellar 11+6reb+2ast, D.Barba 10+1reb, H.Vitor Lima 8+8reb+3ast
gschID: 239756


Basquete Cearense - Paulistano 68-69

Paulistano snatched a tough road win over Basquete Cearense to reach the quarterfinal stage. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 20-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Paulistano outrebounded SKY/Basquete 41-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was international guard Elinho Corazza (193-89, college: Miami Dade CC) who scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. The former international guard Andre Luiz Brugger (192-81) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. The former international power forward William Drudi (206-81) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and the former international swingman Andre Bresolin (195-87) added 16 points respectively for the hosts. SKY/Basquete's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Paulistano: E.Corazza 16+5reb, A.Luiz Brugger 11+2reb+4ast, E.Carvalho 8+7reb, W.Mattos 7+8reb, P.Lima 7, S.Toyloy 6+7reb+2ast
Basquete Cearense: W.Drudi 18+6reb, A.Bresolin 16+3reb+2ast, J.de Oliveira 9+2reb+2ast, F.Ribeiro 7+10reb+2ast, M.Costa 7+1reb+3ast, G.Schneider 5+2reb
gschID: 239716



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  BULGARIA   

Div A stats leaders

Men First A-1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Boyko Pangarov 26.5
2 Dimitar Horozov 21.9
3 Vasil Aleksandrov 21.8
4 Stanislav Tsonkov 18.3
5 Plamen Donchev 17.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 Rostislav Aleksov 10.5
2 Hristo Gospodinov 10.2
3 Boyko Pangarov 9.5
4 Ilko Nanev 9.0
5 Nikola Traykov 8.4
Assists Per Game
1 Boyko Pangarov 5.5
2 Lyuben Paskov 5.1
3 Kalin Hristov 5.0
4 Stanislav Tsonkov 4.9
5 Iliyan Stavrev 4.6


Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian Division A Awards 2013 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian Division A 1st Team 2013
Kalin Hristov
Hristov
Stanislav Tsonkov
Tsonkov
Vasil Aleksandrov
Aleksandrov
Nikola Traykov
Traykov
Rostislav Aleksov
Aleksov

Player of the Year: Vasil Aleksandrov (188-G-90) of Thrace
Guard of the Year: Stanislav Tsonkov (192-G-91) of UE
Forward of the Year: Vasil Aleksandrov (188-G-90) of Thrace
Center of the Year: Rostislav Aleksov (202-F/C-91) of Thrace
Defensive Player of the Year: Rostislav Aleksov (202-F/C-91) of Thrace
Coach of the Year: Petko Delev of UE Varna

1st Team
G: Kalin Hristov (191-G-90) of Academik Pl.
G: Stanislav Tsonkov (192-G-91) of UE
G: Vasil Aleksandrov (188-G-90) of Thrace
G/F: Nikola Traykov (197-G/F-85) of Academik BL
F/C: Rostislav Aleksov (202-F/C-91) of Thrace

2nd Team
G: Georgi Minkov (185-G-89) of Dunav 2007
F: Ivaylo Vuchkov (200-F-90) of Spartak MVR
F: Dimitar Horozov (198-F-82) of Academik PL
F: Hristo Gospodinov (202-F-92) of Spartak MVR
F/C: Ilko Nanev (204-F/C-80) of Academik PL

Honorable Mention
Ivan Runyov (190-SG-92) of Chavdar
Nikolay Stoyanov (195-SF-94) of UE
Mihail Tanev (197-G/F-90) of Spartak MVR
Lyuben Paskov (198-F-90) of Academik PL
Asen Saraliyski (199-F-84) of Spartak MVR



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  CHINA   


Panagiotis Giannakis is the new head coach of the Chinese NT - by Chris Mammides

The Greek head coach of the French power house Limoges CSP Elite, Panagiotis Giannakis is officially the new Head Coach of the Chinese National Team. The Chinese Basketball federation announced the Greek head Coach officially earlier this week.
The Greek Head Coach will lead the Chinese National Team in the Mundobasket of 2014 and the Olympic Games of the 2016 since his contract is for three years from 2013- 2016.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.6 
 2. Bolds, BC Kolin17.9 
 3. Fields, Chomutov17.7 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy17.5 
 5. Blazek, B&W Opava16.7 
 6. Meno, USK Praha16.6 
 7. Fields, Levice16.6 
 8. Reese, Usti n.16.3 
 9. Zabas, BK Pardubi.15.8 
 10. Venta, J.Hradec15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.6 
 2. Tomanec, J.Hradec8.9 
 3. Meno, USK Praha8.6 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.7.7 
 5. Kohout, BK Prost.7.4 
 6. Simmons, Levice7.4 
 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. Sanders, BK Decin4.3 
 6. Glover, Chomutov4.3 
 7. Kemp, Levice4.3 
 8. Sotnar, USK Praha4.2 
 9. Carter, CEZ N.4.1 
 10. McFadden, Usti n.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.7 
 2. Ubilla, BC Kolin2.1 
 3. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 4. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 5. 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
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 2. Nuhanovic, Levice1.6 
 3. Fields, Chomutov1.1 
 4. Miklosik, B&W O.1.0 
 5. Meno, USK Praha1.0 
 6. Simmons, Levice1.0 
 7. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 8. Svrdlik, BK Prost.0.8 
 9. Kramny, B&W Opava0.8 
 10. Slavik, USK Praha0.8 



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  ESTONIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.16.4 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas15.8 
 3. Laksa, Tarvas15.6 
 4. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.15.1 
 5. Matulionis, Parnu15.0 
 6. Akenparg, TTU14.7 
 7. Raley-Ross, Tarvas14.2 
 8. Okoye, Tln Kalev14.2 
 9. Ingram, TU/Rock13.7 
 10. Laur, Hito/Johvi13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.5 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.6 
 3. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.8.9 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.2 
 5. Lindmets, Tarvas8.0 
 6. Grafs, Valga6.9 
 7. Keedus, TTU6.9 
 8. Arnold, TTU6.6 
 9. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.6 
 10. Raley-Ross, Tarv.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.4 
 2. Ingram, TU/Rock4.9 
 3. Keedus, TTU4.7 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas4.1 
 5. Raley-Ross, Tarvas4.0 
 6. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.1 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.1 
 8. Cunda, Valga3.0 
 9. Laane, Rapla3.0 
 10. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Laane, Rapla2.4 
 2. Dorbek, Rapla2.1 
 3. Keedus, TTU1.9 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas1.9 
 5. Akenparg, TTU1.6 
 6. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.6 
 7. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.6 
 8. Puidet, TTU1.5 
 9. Saks, Tarvas1.5 
 10. Raley-Ross, Tarv.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.1 
 2. Stewart, Tarvas1.3 
 3. Toome, TU/Rock1.0 
 4. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 5. Arnold, TTU0.9 
 6. Matulionis, Parnu0.7 
 7. Saarmets, TTU0.6 
 8. Grim, Valga0.6 
 9. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.6 
 10. Nelyubov, TU/Rock0.5 


KML: Kalev/Cramo wins game 1 in semis - by Janar

BC Kalev/Cramo started the semi-final series with a tough 63:60 win against TYCO Rapla. Although the reigning champions led for the most of the game and had a double-digit lead in 3rd quarter, the underdogs from Rapla managed to come back into the game. Three-pointers by Laane and Pilk cut the deficit to only a single point with half minutes to play. Ty Abbott (192-G-88, college: Arizona St.) was fouled and made both free throws but Martin Dorbek missed the tying shot.

Frank Elegar (208-C-86, college: Drexel) dominated at both ends, contributing 15 points, 21 rbs and received 11 fouls. Ty Abbott had 17 and Indrek Kajupank (200-F-88) who started the season with TYCO, 10 points.
Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) had 13 points and 5 assists, Rait-Riivo Laane (179-PG-93) 10 and Rauno Nurger (207-C-93) 9 points.



Rock rips Tarvas in the 1st game of semis - by Janar

Tartu University/Rock won the first game of the semifinal series against BC Rakvere Tarvas 94:77. TU/Rock outscored the guests 29:15 in 3rd quarter and led by 29 in the middle of the last quarter.
The game was even in first half. The hosts went ahead 7:2 and 15:8 but Tarvas took the lead 15:17. Two triples by Ingram helped the hosts win the 1st quarter 23:18. In 2nd, three-pointers by Valmo Kriisa and Kristo Saage took the hosts ahead 36:23 but the guests cut the gap to five points before the first half ended.

Joosep Toome (208-C-85) led the winners with 20 points and 12 rebounds. He was the key factor in the decisive 3rd quarter, with 14 points and 9 rbs, almost outscoring the whole opposing team. Tanel Kurbas (197-G-88) added 14 points, including some impressive dunks. Justin Ingram (188-PG-85, agency: Two Points, college: Toledo) had 13 and Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) 10 points. On the losing side, Maris Laksa (205-F-81, college: Providence) was unstoppable with 26 points (5/8 from a long range), Anthony Stewart (203-C) added 12 and Brandis Raley-Ross (188-G-87, college: S.Carolina) 10 points.



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  EUROCHALLENGE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.20.2 
 2. May, Paris-Levallo.19.8 
 3. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.18.8 
 4. Flowers, Kataja18.3 
 5. Dixon, Karsiyaka17.9 
 6. Raivio, Aalstar16.3 
 7. Simmons, Krasnie16.0 
 8. Williams, Paris-.15.5 
 9. Buycks, Gravelines15.5 
 10. Kudrautsau, Tsmok.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.11.6 
 2. Bader, Szolnok9.8 
 3. Elonu, Tofas9.0 
 4. Hill, Hapoel Holon8.2 
 5. May, Paris-Levallo.7.8 
 6. Thomas, Karsiyaka7.6 
 7. Young, Aalstar7.2 
 8. Lashkevich, Tsmoki.7.0 
 9. Camara, Gravelines6.7 
 10. Smith, Krasnie Kr.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.7.0 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.6.4 
 3. Jordan, Telekom5.9 
 4. Dixon, Karsiyaka5.4 
 5. Kudrautsau, Tsmoki.4.7 
 6. Deane, Khimik4.7 
 7. Raivio, Aalstar4.6 
 8. Kramer, EWE B.4.5 
 9. Dundjerski, Gaz M.4.3 
 10. Ermolinskij, Norr.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Flowers, Kataja3.7 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.2.3 
 3. Miles, Krasnie Kri.2.0 
 4. Mandache, Gaz M.1.9 
 5. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.6 
 6. Smith, Kataja1.5 
 7. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.1.5 
 8. Paulding, EWE B.1.4 
 9. Joseph, Khimik1.3 
 10. Dundjerski, Gaz M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas WOHLFARTH-BOTTERMANN
  Teleko.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.6 
 2. Goodridge, Yesilgi.1.5 
 3. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.2 
 4. Aminu, Karsiyaka1.2 
 5. Akpomedah, Grave.1.2 
 6. Vasiliev, Krasni.1.1 
 7. Elonu, Tofas1.1 
 8. Pustovyi, Khimik1.1 
 9. May, Paris-Levallo.1.1 
 10. Majok, Tsmoki-M.1.1 


Krasnie Krilya and Karsiyaka advanced to the Final - by Eurobasket News

Gravelines - Krasnie Krilya 78-81
Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP) nailed 28 points and grabbed 6 boards to pace Krasnie Krilya past Gravelines in the first EuroChallenge semifinal clash in Izmir. Krasnie Krilya started the game aggressively. The Samara team went on a 23:12 rally to clear off. Aaron Miles gave Krasnie Krilya a 41:29 lead late in the first half. However Gravelines capped the half with five straight points to narrow the gap 34:41. Gravelines used a 7:0 run midway through the third term to trim the deficit at just one point 52:53. Lamayn Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) drained a timely three-pointer to keep Krasnie Krilya in charge. The Samara team ensured a 62:58 lead at the final intermission. However Gravelines went on a 4:0 spurt at the start of the fourth stanza to level things up at 62. Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) responded with seven straight points to give breathing room for the Russian team. Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) and Kennedy Winston kept the intrigue alive with four points and later Dwight Buycks put Gravelines within just two points 72:74. But Omar Thomas converted a jumper and Collins followed with a treble to secure a 79:72 lead for Krasnie Krylia with just 36 seconds to go. Kennedy Winston and Johnson hit three-pointers but Collins went perfect from the line to seal the win for the Samara outfit. Chester Simmons finished with 16 points, while Lamayn Wilson had 15 points for the winning team. Dwight Buycks answered with 21 points for Grtavelines. Kennedy Winston chipped in 18 points in the loss.

Karsiyaka - EWE Baskets 66-62
Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) pulls Pinar Karsiyaka into the Final game of EuroChallenge. He posted 18 points for his Pinar Karsiyaka in a 66:62 win. Both teams nailed 17 points each in the first period. The home side needed a 13-11 rally in the second frame for 2-point lead at the halftime. EWE Baskets however was too far to give up and posted an 18-17 victory in the third quarter to reduce to just 1 points after 30 minutes. Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue) later made two free throws for 62:60 with less than 2 minutes to go. Bobby Dixon meanwhile scored 4 free throws at the very end for the final result. Jon Diebler scored 11 points in the winning effort. Thomas Williams notched 10, while Can Mutaf added 7. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) delivered 19 points in defeat and Rickey Paulding had 17. Chris Kramer had 9, whilst Ronald Burrell brought 8.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Brown, Montepaschi18.8 
 2. Nachbar, Brose B.16.1 
 3. Bogdanovic, Fener..15.9 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.14.7 
 5. Jerrells, Maine RC14.2 
 6. Lampe, Caja L.13.9 
 7. Farmar, Anadolu13.8 
 8. Weems, CSKA13.7 
 9. Fernandez, Real M.13.6 
 10. Krstic, CSKA13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.5 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A6.5 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal6.3 
 4. Lasme, Panathin.6.1 
 5. Lampe, Caja L.6.1 
 6. Hines, Olympiacos5.9 
 7. Erden, Anadolu Ef.5.6 
 8. Mirotic, Real Madr.5.5 
 9. Davis, Khimky5.5 
 10. Thompson, ALBA5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Zoran PLANINIC
  Khimky
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Planinic, Khimky6.3 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.8 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.6 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi5.3 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA5.0 
 6. Heurtel, Caja L.4.5 
 7. Gordon, Anadolu4.0 
 8. Cook, Caja Laboral4.0 
 9. Farmar, Anadolu3.9 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ibrahim JAABER
  Petrochimi
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Jaaber, Petrochimi1.9 
 2. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.9 
 3. Gordon, Anadolu1.8 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.6 
 5. Diamantidis, Panat.1.4 
 6. Hickman, Maccabi1.4 
 7. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 8. Cook, Caja Laboral1.3 
 9. Calloway, Unicaja1.2 
 10. Planinic, Khimky1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.9 
 2. Lasme, Panathin.1.9 
 3. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 4. Tomic, FCB Regal1.1 
 5. Hines, Olympiacos1.1 
 6. Kaun, CSKA1.1 
 7. Vidmar, Besiktas1.1 
 8. Falker, Besiktas1.0 
 9. Davis, Khimky1.0 
 10. Zoric, Unicaja1.0 


FCB Regal and Olympiacos join Final Four - by Eurobasket News

FCB Regal - Panathinaikos 64-53
FC Barcelona Regal advanced into the EuroLeague Final Four. The Spanish powerhouse held off Panathinaikos in the decisive fifth game of the quarterfinal series. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) delivered 15 points to pace the hosts. Barcelona did not waste too much time to set their ambitions. They went on a deadly 28:14 run in the opening quarter. Panathinaikos stopped the rot though in the second term. Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) put the Hellenes within 9 points 33:42 with under two minutes remaining in the first half. But Nathan Jawai capped the half with a layup to make it 44:33. The tempo decreased in the third term. The visitors held Barcelona to just 7 points to cut the distance to 8 points 43:51 with ten minutes to go. Diamantidis made it 45:51 early in the fourth quarter. However Juan Carlos Navarro answered with five straight points to restore an 11-point lead for Barcelona. Panathinaikos did not surrender as Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) and Stephane Lasme put the visitors within 6 points 53:59. But Barcelona capped the regulation with five points in a row to seal the winning outcome. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) delivered 10 points, while Nathan Jawai added 9 points for the winners. Stephane Lasme answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Panathinaikos. Jonas Maciulis had 9 points in the loss.

Olympiacos - Anadolu Efes 82-72
Olympiacos came back from a 12-point deficit in the third quarter to knock down Anadolu Efes in the decisive fifth game of the EuroLeague quarterfinal series. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 19 points and 5 assists to pace the Reds in front of 12000 spectators at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus. Anadolu Efes overcame the pressure from the Olympiacos fans in the opening quarter to take a 23:21 lead after ten minutes. The Turkish team opened the second frame with 13 points in a row to gain a 36:21 lead. Olympiacos managed to narrow the deficit at 8-point mark at the interval 33:41. Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) and Savanovic restored a 12-point lead for the visitors early in the third term. But Olympiacos answered with a 17:3 run to gain a 52:50 lead. Gonlum capped the third frame with two free throws as Anadolu Efes posted a slim 55:54 advantage. Pero Antic drained a triple to ignite a 7:0 rally from the hosts at the start of the fourth frame. Jamon Lukas Gordon and Shipp gave Anadolu Efes a 67:66 advantage with under five minutes remaining. But Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) (206-F-85, agency: FCM) came up with key five points for the home side as the Reds grabbed a 73:68 advantage. Shipp and Erden sank just one free throw each in their four attempts and Acie Law punished them on the other end hitting a three-pointer. Georgios Printezis and Vassilis Spanoulis stretched the gap to 8 points 78:70 and Olympiacos hung on to claim victory at the end. Georgios Printezis delivered 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Josh Josh Powell added 9 points for the winners. Jamon Lukas Gordon netted 14 points for Anadolu Efes. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) chipped in 11 points in the loss.



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  FINLAND   

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Richardson, Ura B.25.9 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.24.6 
 3. Hester, TuNM.23.9 
 4. Taylor, Porvoon22.9 
 5. Moultrie, BC Nokia22.4 
 6. Jallow, Jarvenpaa22.4 
 7. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.22.0 
 8. Mays, Huima22.0 
 9. Mua, Kerava ET21.5 
 10. Harjula, Pyrinto20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antonio HESTER
  TuNM.
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Hester, TuNM.15.6 
 2. Jallow, Jarvenpaa14.8 
 3. Moultrie, BC Nokia13.6 
 4. Syrjala, KaU Koris11.8 
 5. Stephens, Huima11.8 
 6. Keskitalo, JyWe11.6 
 7. Towa, Kerava ET11.6 
 8. Tribbett, BC Jyvas.10.6 
 9. Young, Porvoon10.2 
 10. Harrison, Ura B.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Lauri JARVINEN
  KaU Koris
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Jarvinen, KaU Koris5.3 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.4.4 
 3. Harjula, Pyrinto II4.3 
 4. Mays, Huima4.2 
 5. Ginty, ToPo4.1 
 6. Moore, Tapiolan.3.9 
 7. Jallow, Jarvenpaa3.9 
 8. Frederick, Oulun N.3.8 
 9. Hanninen, Jarvenp.3.8 
 10. Humalamaki, TuNM.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Little, Kerava ET2.8 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.7 
 3. Towa, Kerava ET1.9 
 4. Thomas, SayRi1.9 
 5. Hester, TuNM.1.8 
 6. Richardson, Ura B.1.8 
 7. Mua, Kerava ET1.8 
 8. Frederick, Oulun N.1.7 
 9. Jarvinen, KaU Koris1.7 
 10. Michelsen, HBA-M.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.5 
 2. Mua, Kerava ET2.1 
 3. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.0 
 4. Woods, BC Nokia1.7 
 5. Young, Porvoon1.4 
 6. Jallow, Jarvenpaa1.4 
 7. Capers, ToPo1.4 
 8. Hester, TuNM.1.3 
 9. Rajala, HBA-Marsky1.3 
 10. Kauhanen, HBA-M.1.2 


1.DIVISION: Honka back to Korisliiga - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Division 1, Finals, Game # 4: More lucky, more disciplined team won. Honka (Tapiola) made the way back to Top League by winning tonight the thriller (14 lead changes, 11 ties) vs Tarmo (Porvoo) after OT 66-65 (59) (33-39). Quarters: 18-16, 15-23, 17-11, 9-9 and OT 7-6. Honka - Tarmo then 3-1. The winning bucket this time by American G Malik Moore (192-G-77, college: Amer.Internat.) at the buzzer. Both teams knowing eachother so well. This was the seventh meeting this season in Division 1. Both teams defending well and leaving eachother under 60 points after 40 minutes. Honka (21-11) won the rebounds 52-42, but Tarmo (23-9) had more steals and less turnovers.
Honka - Tarmo OT 66-65 (59) (33-39). (Malik Moore 15/7r/5a, Ronnie Clark 15/5, Ilkka Sirola 8/6 - Jerrah Young 14/9, Isaiah Tate 14/5, Vernon Taylor 13/12. A: 1361).



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 25-8 
 2. Evreux 24-9 
 3. Chalons-Reims 21-11 
 4. Boulogne 21-12 
 5. Antibes 20-13 
 6. Fos Ouest 20-13 
 7. Le Portel 20-13 
 8. Rouen 19-14 
 9. Bourg 17-15 
 10. Maurienne 17-16 
 11. Lille 17-16 
 12. Hyeres-Toulon 15-17 
 13. St Quentin 14-19 
 14. Denain 13-20 
 15. St Vallier 10-22 
 16. Nantes 10-23 
 17. Bordeaux 7-26 
 18. Charleville 5-28 

Regular Season: Round 33

Apr. 26: Maurienne - Bordeaux 92-75
Apr. 26: Denain - St Quentin 91-69
Apr. 26: Lille - Rouen 88-71
Apr. 26: Charleville - Boulogne 84-93
Apr. 26: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Fos Ouest 79-68
Apr. 26: Le Portel - Evreux 72-83
Apr. 26: Nantes - Antibes 59-70
Apr. 27: St Vallier - Chalons-Reims
Apr. 27: Bourg - Hyeres-Toulon


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Brown, Maurienne21.3 
 2. Flowers, Denain20.6 
 3. Booker, St Vallier19.1 
 4. Blue, Antibes18.8 
 5. Wood, Evreux18.7 
 6. Siggers, Strasbourg18.1 
 7. McKines, Rouen17.4 
 8. Sanders, Hermosillo17.2 
 9. Hilliard, Antibes17.1 
 10. Hannah, Evreux17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Wood, Evreux10.4 
 2. Jaiteh, Boulogne10.0 
 3. Bing, Maurienne9.6 
 4. McKines, Rouen8.9 
 5. Kitts, Denain8.8 
 6. Lesieu, St Quentin8.8 
 7. Wyatte, Bordeaux8.4 
 8. Jackson, Pau-La.8.2 
 9. Blue, Antibes7.8 
 10. Mathis, Nantes7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Craven, St Vallier6.8 
 2. Rowland, Boulogne6.3 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel5.9 
 4. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.5.8 
 5. McIntosh, Feni I.5.4 
 6. Dumas, Bourg5.4 
 7. Hannah, Evreux5.3 
 8. Huffman, Antibes5.3 
 9. Da Silva, Rouen5.1 
 10. Calvez, Charlevil.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.3 
 2. Mullins, Chalons-.2.2 
 3. Craven, St Vallier2.2 
 4. Flowers, Denain1.9 
 5. Siggers, Strasbourg1.8 
 6. Brown, Maurienne1.8 
 7. Sonko, Bourg1.8 
 8. Hannah, Evreux1.7 
 9. Hachad, Fos Ouest1.7 
 10. Taylor, Le Portel1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Badiane, Antibes1.8 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.6 
 3. Taccoen, Lille1.2 
 4. Johnson, Chalons-.1.1 
 5. Loum, Boulogne1.1 
 6. Chism, Maurienne1.0 
 7. Blue, Antibes1.0 
 8. Burrell, Chalons-.1.0 
 9. Ho You Fat, Evreux1.0 
 10. Flowers, Denain0.9 


EuroChallenge: Krasnie Krilya edge Gravelines to enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Krasnie Krilya - Gravelines 81:78

Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP) nailed 28 points and grabbed 6 boards to pace Krasnie Krilya past Gravelines in the first EuroChallenge semifinal clash in Izmir.
Krasnie Krilya started the game aggressively. The Samara team went on a 23:12 rally to clear off. Aaron Miles gave Krasnie Krilya a 41:29 lead late in the first half. However Gravelines capped the half with five straight points to narrow the gap 34:41. Gravelines used a 7:0 run midway through the third term to trim the deficit at just one point 52:53. Lamayn Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) drained a timely three-pointer to keep Krasnie Krilya in charge. The Samara team ensured a 62:58 lead at the final intermission. However Gravelines went on a 4:0 spurt at the start of the fourth stanza to level things up at 62. Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) responded with seven straight points to give breathing room for the Russian team. Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) and Kennedy Winston (198-F/G-84, college: Alabama) kept the intrigue alive with four points and later Dwight Buycks put Gravelines within just two points 72:74. But Omar Thomas converted a jumper and Collins followed with a treble to secure a 79:72 lead for Krasnie Krylia with just 36 seconds to go. Kennedy Winston and Johnson hit three-pointers but Collins went perfect from the line to seal the win for the Samara outfit. Chester Simmons finished with 16 points, while Lamayn Wilson had 15 points for the winning team. Dwight Buycks answered with 21 points for Grtavelines. Kennedy Winston chipped in 18 points in the loss.

Krasnie Krilya: Omar Thomas 28, Chester Simmons 16, Lamayn Wilson 15
Gravelines: Dwight Buycks 21, Kennedy Winston 18



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  GEORGIA   

Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Bowie, Rustavi21.9 
 2. Matiashvili, Kutai.19.9 
 3. Archibeque, MIA A.19.8 
 4. Atuashvili, Sokhumi19.6 
 5. Chlaidze, Sokhumi18.3 
 6. Nelson, Rustavi17.3 
 7. Fatsatsia, Olimpi16.1 
 8. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.16.0 
 9. Keshelava, Batumi16.0 
 10. Ramishvili, Batumi15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sergo ATUASHVILI
  Sokhumi
  (223-C-85)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Atuashvili, Sokhumi14.6 
 2. Milosevic, Olimpi12.6 
 3. Archibeque, MIA A.12.6 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.12.4 
 5. Kadaria, Sokhumi11.5 
 6. Aselaini, TSU T.10.2 
 7. Nelson, Rustavi9.0 
 8. Keshelava, Batumi8.6 
 9. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.7.6 
 10. Berishvili, Olimpi7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Armia
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Gamqrelidze, Armia6.9 
 2. Sokk, Olimpi5.8 
 3. Vaughn, MIA A.5.7 
 4. Pashayev, Kutaisi5.6 
 5. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.5.4 
 6. Gaprindashvi., Sam.5.4 
 7. Bakradze, TSU T.5.4 
 8. Bowie, Rustavi5.3 
 9. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi3.9 
 10. Tsekvava, Rustavi3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Bowie, Rustavi3.4 
 2. Vaughn, MIA A.2.0 
 3. Machaladze, STU T.1.9 
 4. Ramishvili, Batumi1.9 
 5. Chikviladze, Dinam.1.7 
 6. Beruashvili, TSU T.1.7 
 7. Toudjani, Rustavi1.6 
 8. Pashayev, Kutaisi1.6 
 9. Fatsatsia, Olimpi1.5 
 10. Bakradze, TSU T.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.2.1 
 2. Atuashvili, Sokhumi1.8 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.6 
 4. Eliashvili, Batumi1.6 
 5. Milosevic, Olimpi1.4 
 6. Periashvili, Samed.1.2 
 7. Aselaini, TSU T.1.1 
 8. Kadaria, Sokhumi1.1 
 9. Archibeque, MIA A.1.0 
 10. Toudjani, Rustavi0.8 


Kakha Shengelia Is a President of Adjara Basketball Federation - by Akaki Bakradze

Kakha Shengelia, veteran basketball player and former member of the Georgian national team, is appointed as a president of Adjara Basketball Federation. Shengelia informed World
Sport with this information.

I work with veteran basketball players and we will do our best for the development of the Adjara basketball. Goderdzi Kordzadze is a vice-president and Vano Maisuradze general
secretary. Mikheil Kobeshavidze, Temur Kakhidze and Ramaz Bolkvadze are members of the board of the administrators Shengelia told us.
Kakha Shengelia (211-C-72)



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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. Roessler, Karlsruhe15.8 
 8. Williams, Vechta15.7 
 9. Barker, Jena15.3 
 10. Khartchenkov, NBC15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donald LAWSON
  Chemnitz
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Lawson, Chemnitz10.3 
 2. Gadley, Duesseldorf9.0 
 3. Black, Karlsruhe8.9 
 4. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.1 
 5. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.9 
 6. Johnson, Crailsheim7.9 
 7. Baker, Gotha7.9 
 8. Calvin, Ehingen7.5 
 9. 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. Matthews, Ehingen4.5 
 8. Sollazzo, Leipzig4.5 
 9. Barker, Jena4.2 
 10. Jeka, Jena4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Williams, Vechta2.6 
 2. Hardy, Heidelberg2.4 
 3. White, Heidelberg2.2 
 4. Matthews, Ehingen2.1 
 5. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.8 
 6. Pratt, Cuxhaven1.7 
 7. Williamson, Ehingen1.5 
 8. Bynum, Chemnitz1.5 
 9. Johnson, Duesseld.1.5 
 10. Stockton, Karlsru.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Devin WHITE
  Heidelberg
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. White, Heidelberg2.0 
 2. Gadley, Duesseldorf1.6 
 3. Crowder, Heide.1.4 
 4. Lawson, Chemnitz1.3 
 5. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.1 
 6. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.1 
 7. Thompson, NBC1.1 
 8. Tyrna, Leipzig1.1 
 9. Henley, ETB W.0.9 
 10. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 


Ehingen Steeples land two Leverkusen youngsters - by Moritz Korff

The Ehingen Steeples have signed two German hopefuls for the 2013-14 season, the club announced today. Christian Sengfelder (202-C-95) and Sven Jeuschede (188-PG-95), both products of Bayer Leverkusen, will join the 2. Bundesliga Pro A squad. While the two youngsters are seeing very little playing time on Leverkusen's Pro B team this season, they are putting up impressive numbers in the U19-Bundesliga NBBL. Sengfelder is averaging 19.8 points and 13.9 boards a game for the Bayer youth team, while Jeuschede is adding 12 points as well as 4.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists a contest.
"Both have a great work ethic and the potential to become outstanding players", Ehingen head coach Ralph Junge added.



The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen Keep Fabian Franke - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO A team announced today that German Fabian Franke (198-F-88) will play another season with them. After playing for the Fraport Skyliners from 2009-2012, Franke came to Essen last season playing 26 games and averaging 10,0ppg, 3,6rpg and 1,8apg. He also had his shooting touch working shooting 57% from the field and 42% from outside. "I got a lot of playing time and responsobility last season and was able to develop further. I feel very comfortable here. It was easy to make the decision because of the great organization and fans. After showing my defense last year, I want to be more aggressive on offense this season and define myself more over my offense", stressed Fabian Franke. "Fabian fulfilled all my expectations last season. He also showed that he still has much potential. He has to become even more consistent this season. I also want hom to use his versatility even more", stressed ETB Wohnbau Baskets head coach Igor Krizanovic.

Source: ETB Wohnbau Baskets





The Telekom Baskets Bonn Release Robert Vaden - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

On the eve before the last regular season game, the Telekom Baskets Bonn have released Robert Vaden (196-G/F-85, college: UAB). Vaden is a 28 year old 196cm swingman from Indianapolis, Indiana that was playing his first season in Germany with Bonn has to pack his bags. The club announced today that the American was tested positive for THC during a routine check. "This is really very bitter especially how much the medical department of the Telekom Baskets Bonn had been concerned for getting him ready for the home game against FC Bayern Munich", stressed Baskets president Wolfgang Wiedlich. Vaden hadnt played since March against MBC: In his time with Bonn, he played 27 Beko BBL games averaging 13,4ppg, 3,4rpg and 2,2apg. In 14 Eurochallenge games he averaged 12,8ppg, 3,4rpg and 2,4apg. "One never knows what is in a person. I thank Robert for his effort and developing into an important player", added Baskets head coach Michael koch.


Source: Telekom Baskets Bonn





Despite New Name, The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg Hoping To Save Some Grace With Their Unlucky Season With Do Or Die Win In Frankfurt - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

If legendary sports broadcaster Marv Albert came to Ludwigsburg and yelled Kung Fu instead of Yesssssssssss, he may get more response simply because the cities karate club MTV 1846 e. V. Ludwigsburg has tasted numerous success in the last years being known as having the top Karate players in the country. Changing a name in the German basketball world often has to do more with a transition of a sponsor, more than with luck which is seen often in China. Changing a name doesnt always bring luck as the feisty Napoleon lost his empire and for EnBW Ludwigsburg who are touring the German arenas this season as the Neckar Riesen and have been living in the lower places and are being thretaned of moving down to the second Bundesliga. If it was solving internal problems with jerry Green, switching players late in the season where team chemistry should be carved on the fore heads of the players or changing the coach, basketball life has been tough once again in Ludwigsburg as a new name brings no new luck. There was so much turbulence in Ludwigsburg that one could of expected them not to be in the playoff places, but being near the end for so long would have surprised even the most staunch basketball critic. After a bitter loss against TBB Trier, German point guard Konstantin Klein was asked why Ludwigsburg has struggled so much, but the German had no answer, because he was still trying to digest the loss. However TBB Trier German Mathis Monninghoff who was smiling after the win and had an answer for the woes with Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg. It has been a tough season for Ludwigsburg. One cant forget that the Beko BBL not only remains strong where each team can beat each team, but gets stronger each season. Ludwigsburg has had very much misfortune this year. It isnt the fault of John Patrick. He came late and brought in new players and it is always difficult to integrate them so late in the season. Its hard for a young German like Lucca Staiger (196-SG-88, college: Iowa St.) to lead the team in a situation like this. He is a very good player, but he cant do it all himself, stressed Mathis Monninghoff.

It has been a while since the wins for EnBW Ludwigsburg were as frequent as they have been for the Brose Baskets Bamberg in the last years. There was one season, where the team was winning, winning, winning and Who could forget the 2006-2007 EnBW Ludwigsburg Cinderella team that started the season on a seven game winning streak, winning the first 11 of 12 games and dominating the BBL the whole season until losing in the semi finals against The Brose Baskets Bamberg who would later win the BBL title. There was something so fresh with this team as team basketball had been taught by coach Silvano Propat and his players had learned it as quickly as first graders do their a,b,cs. However the last two seasons were a downgrade as the playoffs were missed. In the 2007-2008 season, the team reached the BBL cup final losing to The Artland Dragons, but management somehow had their differences with coach Silvano Poropat as he had to pack his bags and go. In 2008-2009, management brought in ex Bamberg player Rick Stafford as the team missed the playoffs again and were searching for an identity all season long, but never found one. After December 14th, 2008, the team would not win more than one game at a time before losing again. It was a very disappointing and weird season as the biggest highlights were the three B wins against Berlin, Bonn and Bamberg, and then the strange 1-0 win as The Giessen 46ers were unable to get to Ludwigsburg on time as they were stuck in traffic. It also marked the last professional season of all rounder and likeable American Brandon Woudstra who decided to hang up his sneakers and return back to the States to start a new life with his family. The 2009-2010 season marked a rebirth as a new arena was introduced, a new coach with Tolga Ongoren and many new Americans that would hopefully lead the club back to the playoffs. Many fans had to get used to watching basketball in a new state of the art arena as the club said goodbye to the old, but comfy Rundsporthalle that had been alive for 37 years. The goal last season could only be the playoffs as the club has a lot of pressure from their sponsor to perform in the new arena, but this important goal was missed as the team missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season finishing the season in 11th place with a record 17-17. In the last three seasons, the club had a dismal record of 48-54. Two years ago, the club started well last season winning seven of their first nine games including a six game winning streak, but then lost nine of 11 games. The team had the problem of being consistent and was unable to beat the big teams. Their two biggest wins of the season was against Oldenburg and BG Goettingen. The team was strong on paper, with players like Kyle Bailey, Michael King, Quadre Lollis, Kyle Visser, Michael Haynes, Domonic Jones and Richard Chaney, but coach Tolga Ongoren was unable to produce a chemistry on the court and something else was missing as well. "It seemed that winning wasnt as important to some guys as their selves. They definitely were talented enough for the playoffs, but they lost some games that they should of won", stressed ex Paderborn guard Steven Wright.

Last season despite having a talented roster, one can describe the season two ways. It was a catastrophe of a season and one where one could only shake their head in disbelief about how such a collection of players could only land in 16th place with a record of 10-24. The team was just too inconsistent and losing nine of ten games in the first half of the season didnt help much either. They also had the misfortune of losing five games with less than four points. With a new name, the club decided to make a huge facelift saying goodbye to nine players. When reading the list of guys like Alex Harris, John Bowler, Mark Dorris, Matt Howard (2 time NCAA finaklist with Butler), Jeff Greer or a Johannes Lischka, one has to ask the question how a team like this was battling to stay in the Beko BBL for months instead of hanging around the playoff door. Management has continued to give trust to American head coach Steven key who will remain as head coach. His way of keeping his team focused in the big games at the end of the season and not moving down gave him a lot of credit. Despite the new name, the club did experience a few negative things this past summer concerning Kurt Looby and Jerry Green. Looby left to play in Puerto Rico despite not getting the clearance from the German team. The team and Looby seem to have solved their differences, but the big man wont be returning. Recently, the club and Jerry Green parted ways. Green who had been a fan favorite in Ludwigsburg for years after bringing the team much success wasnt asked back on account of his fitness. Apparently Green still had a valid deal, but the court will solve this problem. Green had been practicing with PRO A team Kirchheim Knights.

With the team budget only reduced by 200,000, the club was still able to bring in an interesting core of players from Beko BBL players too newcomers in the Beko BBL.The club brought in five ex Beko BBL players and three newcomers. The most interesting signing has to be German national player Lucca Staiger who is hoping for his breakthrough. The club also brought back experienced Wayne Bernard who will be playing for this third Beko BBL team. Ivan Elliot remains in the Beko BBL who will bring much on court versatility. John Turek is also back after having played in Hagen a few years ago and has made a name for himself in the Dutch league. Max Weber enjoyed a strong individual season in Goettingen and could play a big role for the team with his hustle play on the court. The three newcomers are Kammron Taylor, David Weaver and Darryl Jackson. Taylor will take the role of Jerry Green at the point guard position. David Weaver is a young player who will be banging inside and could be on some highlight films this season giving a Quantez Robertson competition and Darryl Jackson brings scoring routine from lower leagues. The question will be how well he can adjust to a stronger league in Germany. The strength of the team is the Beko BBL experience that many of the new players bring as well as the new hope that the roster has. The team had little consistency in their chemistry last season and it will be the job of head coach Steven key to develop something early. The team will need to find a new type of identity. A weakness could be not having that one or two identity figures early on. The team will need to establish one or two leaders early, so when the team has a tough stretch that there will be guys that can lead the team. Guys like John Bowler and Jerry Green arent around anymore to bark the needed commands.

However the season came totally different for the Schwaben team. They did have a super start crushing Frankfurt in the home opener and embarrassing ratiopharm Ulm, but instead of keeping that trend the team then lost 10 of their next 12 games and didnt necessarily have a Christmas with nice memories of the first few basketball months. They just seemed to have a nasty combination of misfortune and inconsistent play. The ylost by 30 points at MBC, gave up 100 points to Bonn, lost at home against Giessen and even when they played well against TBB Trier, couldnt get anything going on offense scoring only 60 points. Despite getting a big 79-75 win in Wurzburg, management decided to let go of Steven Key and replace him with an unlikely fireman John Patrick. Patrick not known for coming to teams in mid season, but moreover building teams with lower budgets to winners as he showed with BG Goettingen leading them into the BBL playoffs in three of his four years and winning the Eurochallenge as well as leading Wurzburg into the playoffs as a new team in the league and upsetting Alba Belrin in the playoffs. He also had numerous success in Japan leading Toyta Alvark to titles. He is a coach that likes the pressure basketball and knows how to motivate his players to get the fullest out of them. He also made some changes as Americans Kammron Taylor and David Weaver had to depart. He brought in Americans Marquis Blakely who has brought scoring punch who has valuable experience having been in pre season for the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers. Patrick also brough in Eric Coleman who played together with his ex players Ben Jacobson and John Little at Northern Iowa and finished sixth alltime in scoring and always brought up consistent stats in the Ukraine. He also brought in guard Lawrence Westbrook who got injured and missed the rest of the season. The last component that Patrick brought in was Derrick Zimmerman who is a crafty athletic point guard that can fill up the stats. He played at Bamberg back in the 2006-2007 season and even played two NBA games for the New Jersey Nets. He is our floor general and he is cat quick. He is very long for a point guard at 190cm and his arms are 210cm. You cant take the ball from him and he has a great eye for the floor. He is a great ball handler. He is so athletic and is like a human highlight reel, expressed John Patrick. After losing the first two games under Patrick, the team then seemed to find their stride winning three games in a row but against teams in the middle of the standings. However since then they have a 4-7 record. They demonstrated that they could stay with teams like ratiopharm Ulm losing by six points and keeping Alba Berlin at bay on the road before losing gas in the fourth quarter and losing by 13 points.

The Fraport Skyliners have nice memories of the last 14 games against EnBW Ludwigsburg having a 9-6 record. They have a 4-1 record in the Ballsporthalle. One player who has fond memories of playing EnBW Ludwigsburg is ex Skyliner Derrick Allen who was the top scorer of Frankfurt in four of the last six games including a 37 point performance in a 96-87 win in 2008. In 2008-2009, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners split the season series 1-1 winning 68-64 at home getting 19 points from Aubrey Reese and losing the last game of the season 71-62 on the road getting 18 points from Derrick Allen. In 2010-2011 The Deutsche Bank Skyliners beat EnBW Ludwigsburg 74-67 in a low scoring affair. Frankfurt was led by Roger Powell with 16 points and six rebounds while current beko BBL top scorer Dashaun Wood chipped in with 13 points and eight assists. EnBW Ludwigsburg was led by Alex Harris with 18 points and ex Telekom Baskets Bonn center John Bowler was tough with 13 points and nine rebounds. In the last game of the season in Ludwigsburg, the Skyliners whipped EnBW Ludwigsburg 94-79 as ex NBA player Roger Powell had his best game as a Skyliner pouring in 28 points and Dashaun Wood added a double double with 19 points and 10 assists. Last season, the teams split the season series. The Fraport Skyliners played a horrible game in Ludwigsburg where nothing went their way losing 82-57, but won at home 76-72 as Jermario Davidson led the team with 21 points and Michael Thompson chipped in with 17 points. In the first game this season, the Fraport Skyliners stunk up the building losing 74-56. They only managed 23 points in the first half. Despite scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter, it was too late. Frankfurt was led by Quantez Robertson with 16 points and Johnathan Jones added 11 points. The season now comes down to one game. Do or die in the Fraport arena on Saturday. Frankfurt has the destiny in their hands and just need to win to stay in the Beko BBL. It could be the last game of Quantez Robertson and the last thing that he wants to do is go out losing his last game and not being able to help the team stay in the league. We will have to fight for 40 minutes. It will be a hard fought game where we have to execute on defense first and limit them too one shot. The biggets game of my career was game five in Bamberg, but this game is up there with that, expressed Quantez Robertson. Moments after the loss to TBB Trier, Ryan Brooks was disappointed by the loss, but his confidence was already set for the do or die game. We have to go out and fight and play as hard as we can. We know what we can do right and wrong, but I am sure the results will be in our hands, warned Ryan Brooks.

The team is led by John Turek who is a 29 year old power forward/center from Council Bluffs, Iowa. He is a very effective front court player, who improved his performing year after year and seems now ready for the higher level. Bangs well inside, can score from outside and defends hard. Hesn' t so athletic, but knows how to do and where to stay in almost any moment of the game. Great attitude and team mentality. He played at Nebraska (NCAA) from 2001-2005. In his first four seasons, he played twice in Holland and in Belgium and Poland. In 2009-2010, he played for Phoenix Hagen (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 28 games: 12.4ppg, Reb-5 (6.6rpg), 1.0apg, Blocks-1 (1.4bpg), FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 61.8%. Last season, he played for Trefl Sopot (Poland) winning the cup and playing 48 games: 14.1ppg, 7.4rpg, FGP: 58.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 62.5%. The last new addition that will be making his Beko BBL debut will be Darryl Jackson. Jackson is a 26 year old 189 cm guard from Oregon that also has the Malta citzenship. He played at Warner Pacific (NAIA) before turning professional in 2008. In his first three seasons, he made a name for himself in Romania. He got experience playing eight Eurochallenge games. Last season, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-Division A): Greek League: 13 games: 10.0ppg; EuroCup Qualifications: 2 games: 6.0ppg, 1.5apg; EuroChallenge: 5 games: 11.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 76.5%, in May'12 joined Sokhumi Tbilisi (Georgia-Superleague, starting five): 5 games: 13.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 59.3%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 83.3%. He won the super cup and league title in Cyprus last season.

Wayne Bernard who was the 2009 PRO A player of the year is a 31 year old 190cm combo guard from Poway, California who is playing his first season for the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg. He has displayed a knack for knocking down clutch baskets in key situations and is a player that performs at his best in pressure situations. He has superb range on his jumper, and can also drive to the hoop with slashing moves. He is also a capable ball handler. He played at Davidson (NCAA) from 2000-2003. Bernard has very much experience having played in countries like Israel, Greece, France, Sweden and Finland It doesnt matter where Bernard has played, he has always been a scorer. in the 2008-2009 season where MBC moved up to the BEKO BBL, he played 30 games: 14.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 80.4%. In 2009-2010 for MBC, he played 34 games: 8.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.7apg, Steals-5 (1.5spg), FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 80.8%. In 2010-2011 for MBC, he played 34 games: 11.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 85.7%. Last season for the LTi Giessen 46ers, he played 34 games: 9.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg, Steals-5 (1.4spg), FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 85.2%. The team also added Ivan Elliot who is a 25 year old 203cm power forward/center from San Francisco, California that played at UCSB. He is a very versatile on the offensive end, able to shoot the 3-pointer with confidence, slash to the basket, and play underneath the basket with his physical strength and overall skills, is the ultimate team player who always gives everything he has in every practice and game, highly motivated and willing to do the extra work to become the best player. He has experience having played for SK Valmiera (Latvia) as a rookie and two years ago for MBC. In 2010-2011 for the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg, he played 30 games: 10.6ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 59.3%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 77.8%. Last season for the s Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga) he played 34 games: 8.6ppg, 4.7rpg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 74.0%

The team also brought in Americans Lucca Staiger and Max Weber. Staiger is a 24 year old 195cm shooting guard that was born in Ulm. He started his basketball career with TSG Ehingen in 2003. He once scored 106 points in a youth game at age 16. He played at Iowa State from 2007 until January 2010 where he moved to Alba Berlin. At Iowa State, he played a total of 49 NCAA games. In his senior year, he played 17 games: 9.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 42.5%, FT: 75.0%,. He played for Alba Berlin from 2010-2012, but never really got a chance to get sufficient minutes. He played a total of 69 NCAA games. Last season for Alba Berlin, he played German League: 21 games: 2.2ppg; EuroCup: 8 games: 0.9ppg; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 7.5ppg, also played at ALBA Berlin II (ProB): 8 games: 14.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 5.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 27.9%, FT: 83.3%. Staiger played at the World Championships in Turkey -10: 4 games: 7.3ppg, 1.0rpg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 37.5% and European Championships in Lithuania -11: 6 games: 2.7ppg, 1.2apg. This past summer, Staiger played eight games at the 2012 European qualification games averaging 9,9ppg, 1,9rpg and 1,4apg.

Max Weber also has joined the team. Weber is a Weber who is a 201cm small forward and be only 27, but he has much experience having played in Peru and winning a Beko BBL title with Bamberg in 2005 at the age of 20. He started his basketball career with BBC Bayreuth (2.Bundesliga) in 2003 and then played for GHP Bamberg and TSV Troester II Breitengussbach from 2004-2oo6. He then played for TV Langen (2.Bundesliga) and the Deutsche Bank Skyliners from 2006-2009. He played a total of 19beko BBL games and seven Eurochallenge games. In 2009-2010, he played for the LTi Giessen 46ers playing 28 games: 2.6ppg, 1.4rpg. In 2010-2011, he played for the Saar-Pfalz Braves (ProA, starting five): 27 games: 11.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 60.0%. He was a member of the German U-16, U-18, and U-20 national teams and played at World University Championships in Bangkoki n 2007. Last season for BG Goettingen, he played EuroChallenge: 6 games: 4.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg; German League: 33 games: 6.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 59.6%. The club also has The club also has big german/Albanian talent Besnik Bekteshi who is a 19 year old 188cm guard. In 2009-2010, he played for BSG Ludwigsburg (Germany-Regionalliga): 19 games: 12.6ppg, played also for BBA Ludwigsburg (NBBL): 11 games: 16.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, 3.7spg. He made an early name for himself in the summer of 2010 at the European Championships U17 in Hamburg (Germany) -10: 8 games: 15.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.9apg, Steals-4 (2.3spg), FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT-3 (87.0%). He won a bronze at the 2010 Albert Schweitezr tournament in Mannheim. He played at the European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) -11: 8 games: 9.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.4apg, Steals-5 (2.4spg), FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT-3 (87.5%). Last season he played for EnBW Ludwigsburg (1.Bundesliga): 2 games: 1.5ppg; had also a license to play for VfL Kirchheim Knights (Germany-ProA): 33 games: 4.9ppg, 1.9rpg. The team also kept Tim Koch who is a 23 year old 196cm forward that has been in the Ludwigsburg system since 2006. He has only been able to play a total of 32 Beko BBL games as he has moved between BSG Ludwigsburg (Regionaliga) and Kirchheim Knights (PRO A). The team also has young German talent Johnathan Maier who is a 19 year old 211cm center. Last season he played for EnBW Ludwigsburg (1.Bundesliga): 2 games: 1.0ppg, 1.0rpg; had also a license to play for VfL Kirchheim Knights (ProA): 15 games: 2.3ppg, 1.3rpg.




EuroChallenge: Dixon pulls Pinar Karsiyaka into the Final game - by Eurobasket News

Pinar Karsiyaka-EWE Baskets 66:62

Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) pulls Pinar Karsiyaka into the Final game of EuroChallenge. He posted 18 points for his Pinar Karsiyaka in a 66:62 win.
Both teams nailed 17 points each in the first period. The home side needed a 13-11 rally in the second frame for 2-point lead at the halftime. EWE Baskets however was too far to give up and posted an 18-17 victory in the third quarter to reduce to just 1 points after 30 minutes. Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue) later made two free throws for 62:60 with less than 2 minutes to go. Bobby Dixon meanwhile scored 4 free throws at the very end for the final result.
Jon Diebler (198-G-88, college: Ohio St.) scored 11 points in the winning effort. Thomas Williams (201-F) notched 10, while Can Mutaf (190-G-91) added 7. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) delivered 19 points in defeat and Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) had 17. Christopher Chris Kramer had 9, whilst Ronald Burrell brought 8.

Pinar Karsiyaka: Bobby Dixon 18, Jon Diebler 11, Thomas Williams 10, Can Mutaf 7
EWE Baskets: Adam Chubb 19, Rickey Paulding 17, Chris Kramer 9, Ronald Burrell 8



Vechta tied ProA Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Karlsruhe - Vechta 61-72 (2-2)

The game was mostly controlled by SC Rasta Vechta. BG Karlsruhe managed to win second period 11-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BG Karlsruhe 42-29 including 16 on the offensive glass. The former international center Dirk Madrich (211-83) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward A.J. Rudowitz (198-88, college: Stonehill) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Michael Stockton (185-89, college: Westminster, UT) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe: R.Roessler 20+5reb+1ast, M.Stockton 17+6reb+3ast, J.Harris 11+1reb+3ast, S.Hauer 8+5reb+3ast, N.Menck 3+2reb+1ast, E.Vierneisel 2+4reb
Vechta: D.Madrich 17+12reb+1ast, R.Ferguson 11+5reb, J.Doerksen 10+1reb+1ast, A.Rudowitz 10+11reb+4ast, R.Williams 8+2reb+5ast, F.Stuckemann 8+5reb
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Panagiotis Giannakis is the new head coach of the Chinese NT - by Chris Mammides

The Greek head coach of the French power house Limoges CSP Elite, Panagiotis Giannakis is officially the new Head Coach of the Chinese National Team. The Chinese Basketball federation announced the Greek head Coach officially earlier this week.
The Greek Head Coach will lead the Chinese National Team in the Mundobasket of 2014 and the Olympic Games of the 2016 since his contract is for three years from 2013- 2016.



EuroLeague: Olympiacos survive thriller to reach Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - Anadolu Efes 82:72

Olympiacos came back from a 12-point deficit in the third quarter to knock down Anadolu Efes in the decisive fifth game of the EuroLeague quarterfinal series. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 19 points and 5 assists to pace the Reds in front of 12000 spectators at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus.
Anadolu Efes overcame the pressure from the Olympiacos fans in the opening quarter to take a 23:21 lead after ten minutes. The Turkish team opened the second frame with 13 points in a row to gain a 36:21 lead. Olympiacos managed to narrow the deficit at 8-point mark at the interval 33:41. Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) and Savanovic restored a 12-point lead for the visitors early in the third term. But Olympiacos answered with a 17:3 run to gain a 52:50 lead. Gonlum capped the third frame with two free throws as Anadolu Efes posted a slim 55:54 advantage. Pero Antic drained a triple to ignite a 7:0 rally from the hosts at the start of the fourth frame. Jamon Lukas Gordon and Shipp gave Anadolu Efes a 67:66 advantage with under five minutes remaining. But Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) came up with key five points for the home side as the Reds grabbed a 73:68 advantage. Shipp and Erden sank just one free throw each in their four attempts and Acie Law punished them on the other end hitting a three-pointer. Georgios Printezis and Vassilis Spanoulis stretched the gap to 8 points 78:70 and Olympiacos hung on to claim victory at the end. Georgios Printezis delivered 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Josh Josh Powell (206-F-83, college: N.Carolina St.) added 9 points for the winners. Jamon Lukas Gordon netted 14 points for Anadolu Efes. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Olympiacos: Vassilis Spanoulis 19, Georgios Printezis 15, Josh Powell 9
Anadol Efes: Jamon Lukas Gordon 14, Jordan Farmar 11



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Kevin Smith leaves Alba Fehervar - by Levente Szabo

Alba Feharvar doesn't have anymore the luxury of being able to choose which 3 foreign players (out of their 4) they will name for the games. Their athletic guard, Kevin Smith (195-F-89, college: Richmond) will leave the team after he got some very bad news about his mother's health. The player asked for the breach of his contract which knowing the circumstances the management of the team sadly accepted.

Kevin started this season with FS Debrecen where he averaged 20.4ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.1apg and 2.5spg in 11 games for the worst team in the league. The management of Alba Fehervar saw potential in the young and athletic guard and they've bought him out of his contract to sign him for the rest of the season. Kevin recorded 9.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.8spg in 9 games and 22.4mpg for coach Branislav Dzunic (agency: Laszlo Vinko Group ) team and helped Alba Fehervar to win the Hungarian Cup against the big rival Szolnok.



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Nigel Moore inks contract with Njardvik - by Snorri Arnaldsson

Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81, college: Alabama A&M) has signed a contract extension with Njardvik and will be their import next season in the Dominos league. Moore replaced Jeron Belin early in the season and played very well for Njardvik, averaging 20.2ppg, 7.7rpg and 4.1apg, helping them to the 6th spot in the Dominos league. Moore will also act as the head coach for the Njardvik womens team, but he was a part of the coaching staff in the second half of the season.


Fjolnir sign Olafur Torfason - by Snorri Arnaldsson

Olafur Torfason (194-F-87) has decided to sign with newly relegated Fjolnir for next season. Olafur, who has played with Snaefell for the past two seasons will provide some help under the basket for Fjolnir in the 1st division. He averaged 4.9ppg and 4.2apg in 15 minutes of play in the Dominos league.

Fjolnir lost Jon Sverrison to injuries in January and were looking for someone to bolster the paint and have found an experienced player in Olafur.



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Standings - IBL

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

Regular Season: Round 51

Apr. 25: Pacific Caesar - NSH GMC Riau 75-59
Apr. 25: Pelita Jaya - Bimasakti 66-65
Apr. 25: Satria Muda - Tonga BSC 65-55
Apr. 25: Hangtuah - CLS Knights 53-84

Regular Season: Round 53

Apr. 27: Tonga BSC - NSH GMC Riau
Apr. 27: Satria Muda - Hangtuah
Apr. 27: Dell Aspac - CLS Knights
Apr. 27: Bimasakti - Stadium Jak.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bima RIZKY ARDIANSYAH
  Bimasa.
  (182-PF-90)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Rizky Ardian., Bim.16.3 
 2. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.15.4 
 3. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.15.1 
 4. Pamungkas, Satya14.0 
 5. Poedjakesuma, Peli.12.7 
 6. Prawiro, Dell Aspac12.5 
 7. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.12.5 
 8. Nagata, Pacific12.5 
 9. Regowo, Dell Aspac12.1 
 10. Sabara, Pacific11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.9.8 
 2. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.1 
 3. Sabara, Pacific8.6 
 4. Nolland, Garuda8.5 
 5. Gunawan, Satria M.8.1 
 6. Nugroho, Satya W.7.9 
 7. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.5 
 8. Sucipto, NSH G.7.4 
 9. Poedjakesuma, Peli.7.0 
 10. Nasution, Satya6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.5.0 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.4.8 
 3. Wijaya, Garuda4.5 
 4. Indra, Pacific4.1 
 5. Sartika, Bimasakti4.0 
 6. Gerungan, Dell A.3.6 
 7. Uneputty, Tonga B.3.3 
 8. Sucipto, Satya W.3.0 
 9. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.3.0 
 10. Ramadhani, Dell A.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Dimaz MUHARRI
  CLS K.
  (181-PG-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Muharri, CLS K.3.3 
 2. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.1 
 3. Uneputty, Tonga B.2.4 
 4. Sucipto, NSH G.2.3 
 5. Michel, Satria Muda2.1 
 6. Dewanto, Pelita J.2.1 
 7. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.2.0 
 8. Ramadhani, Dell As.1.9 
 9. Wijaya, Garuda1.9 
 10. Sabara, Pacific1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.5 
 2. Gunawan, Satria M.1.8 
 3. Nugroho, Satya W.1.7 
 4. Teguh, Hangtuah1.7 
 5. Thoyib, Dell Aspac1.6 
 6. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.4 
 7. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.2 
 8. Rahmat, Tonga BSC1.1 
 9. Gunawan, Satria M.1.1 
 10. Junaidi, Hangtuah1.0 


NBL Round 51: Pelita Jaya defeats Bimasakti in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL is almost over. Almost everything is clear. There are only 3 rounds left.

Eighth-ranked Bimasakti (9-22) gave a tough game to second ranked Pelita Jaya (28-4) in Jakarta on Thursday. Pelita Jaya managed to secure only one-point victory 66-65. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Pelita Jaya outrebounded Bimasakti 43-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for the former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. The former international center Ponsianus Indrawan (191-85) helped adding 11 points and 5 rebounds. Pelita Jaya's coach Nathaniel Canson used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was center Gipsona Virgian (187-88) with 13 points and 5 assists. Pelita Jaya have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 28-4 record having just one points less than leader Dell Aspac. Bimasakti at the other side keeps the eighth position with 22 games lost. They share it with Satya Wacana. Pelita Jaya are looking forward to face Satya Wacana (#9) in Salatiga in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bimasakti will have a break next round.
The game in Pandang supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked CLS Knights (24-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Hangtuah (15-16). CLS Knights smashed Hangtuah 84-53. It was an exceptional evening for point guard Dimaz Muharri (181-85) who led the winners and scored 12 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Wijaya Saputra accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds. Center Adhi Prasetyo (194-93) came up with 9 points and 9 rebounds for Hangtuah in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CLS Knights have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Satria Muda. Hangtuah at the other side keeps the sixth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Stadium Jak.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Jakarta: Satria Muda (#3) and Tonga BSC (#11). Satria Muda (24-7) won against visiting Tonga BSC (2-29) 65-55. The best player for the winners was Gunwan who scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Satria Muda's coach Octaviarro Romely used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Richardo Orlando Uneputty who recorded 15 points and 6 assists. Satria Muda have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 24-7 record having six points less than leader Dell Aspac, which they share with CLS Knights. Tonga BSC lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 29 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 51 bottom-ranked NSH GMC Riau lost to Pacific Caesar on the opponent's court 59-75.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points and 8 rebounds by Eko Sasmito of Pacific Caesar.


Group Surabaya
Satria Muda - Tonga BSC 65-55

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Jakarta: Satria Muda (#3) and Tonga BSC (#11). Satria Muda (24-7) won against visiting Tonga BSC (2-29) 65-55. They outrebounded Tonga BSC 48-23 including a 20-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Gunwan (190-92) who scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. The former international point guard Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-81) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Satria Muda's coach Octaviarro Romely used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Richardo Orlando Uneputty (163-87) who recorded 15 points and 6 assists and Muhammad Hardian Wicaksono (189-93) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Satria Muda have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 24-7 record having six points less than leader Dell Aspac, which they share with CLS Knights. Tonga BSC lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 29 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: F.Julius Ahmad 12+5reb+2ast, F.Susanto 12+5reb+2ast, Gunwan 11+9reb+1ast, R.Gunawan 9+5reb+3ast, A.Wisnu 6+1reb+1ast, F.Julius Achmad 3+1reb+1ast
Tonga BSC: R.Orlando Uneputty 15+4reb+6ast, M.Hardian Wicaksono 15+6reb+3ast, S.Afriatna 11+4reb+1ast, H.Herlusdityo 6+1ast, A.Rahmat 6+6reb+1ast, A.Hermawan 2
gschID: 238727


Hangtuah - CLS Knights 53-84

The game in Pandang supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked CLS Knights (24-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Hangtuah (15-16). CLS Knights smashed Hangtuah 84-53. The game without a history. CLS Knights led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Hangtuah to just 7 points in second quarter. CLS Knights dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Hangtuah's 26. CLS Knights forced 21 Hangtuah turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Hangtuah's players. It was an exceptional evening for point guard Dimaz Muharri (181-85) who led the winners and scored 12 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Wijaya Saputra (184-85) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Four CLS Knights players scored in double figures. Center Adhi Prasetyo (194-93) came up with 9 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Tri Wilopo (180-86) added 16 points respectively for Hangtuah in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CLS Knights have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Satria Muda. Hangtuah at the other side keeps the sixth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Stadium Jak.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: W.Saputra 14+5reb+2ast, D.Muharri 12+3reb+8ast, A.A. Ngurah Budidharma 11+1reb+1ast, R.Utomo 11+2reb+3ast, A.Ekayana 10+2reb+2ast, D.Heryadi 8+11reb+1ast
Hangtuah: T.Wilopo 16+1reb+1ast, A.Prasetyo 9+9reb+3ast, H.Hardianus 8+3reb+2ast, A.Sigar 6+1reb+2ast, M.Joni 5+4reb, S.Liogu 2+2reb
gschID: 238729


Pelita Jaya - Bimasakti 66-65

Eighth-ranked Bimasakti (9-22) gave a tough game to second ranked Pelita Jaya (28-4) in Jakarta on Thursday. Pelita Jaya managed to secure only one-point victory 66-65. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Pelita Jaya outrebounded Bimasakti 43-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for the former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. The former international center Ponsianus Indrawan (191-85) helped adding 11 points and 5 rebounds. Pelita Jaya's coach Nathaniel Canson used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was center Gipsona Virgian (187-88) with 13 points and 5 assists and point guard Heryanto Gunawan (177-88) scored 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Bimasakti players scored in double figures. Pelita Jaya have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 28-4 record having just one points less than leader Dell Aspac. Bimasakti at the other side keeps the eighth position with 22 games lost. They share it with Satya Wacana. Pelita Jaya are looking forward to face Satya Wacana (#9) in Salatiga in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bimasakti will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Pelita Jaya: A.Poedjakesuma 23+13reb+2ast, P.Indrawan 11+5reb+3ast, D.Aryo Dewanto 9+4reb+3ast, Y.Mardiyansyah 6+1reb, F.Dini 6+1reb+1ast, A.Chandra 4+3reb+1ast
Bimasakti: Y.Dwi Priasmoro 14+1reb+4ast, G.Virgian 13+4reb+5ast, B.Rizky Ardiansyah 13+6reb+1ast, H.Gunawan 10+5reb+6ast, R.Dwi Purnomo 8+4reb, S.Cahyadi 4+1ast
gschID: 238728


Pacific Caesar - NSH GMC Riau 75-59

Rather expected game in Surabaya where 12th ranked NSH GMC Riau (2-30) was defeated by tenth ranked Pacific Caesar (7-24) 75-59 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Pacific Caesar. NSH GMC Riau managed to win fourth quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded NSH GMC Riau 37-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was center Eko Sasmito (188-85) who scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Charlie Indra (178-88) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Juliano Sucipto (188-82) who recorded 10 points and 8 rebounds and center Max Yanto (215-83) added 14 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pacific Caesar maintains tenth place with 7-24 record. NSH GMC Riau lost sixteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 30 lost games. Pacific Caesar will meet higher ranked Stadium Jakarta (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. NSH GMC Riau will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Pacific Caesar: E.Sasmito 23+8reb+1ast, H.Listiyono 12+4reb, C.Indra 12+6reb+4ast, G.Nagata 7+1reb+1ast, A.Sabara 6+10reb+4ast, H.Suharsono 5+3reb+1ast
NSH GMC Riau: M.Yanto 14+3reb, J.Sucipto 10+8reb+2ast, R.Israelli 7, R.Azzaryan Pradhitya 6+5reb+1ast, A.Amier 6+2reb+1ast, A.Prakoso 4+1reb
gschID: 238726



ASEAN League: KL Dragons escape with narrow win in Jakarta - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia Warriors - KL Dragons 85:86

KL Dragons grabbed the tenth win in the ASEAN League season as they upset the Warriors on the road tonight. Justin Melton (180-G-86, college: Mount Olive) sank a decisive free throw late in regulation to bring the Dragons to the victory. The hosts fell at 13-5 record after the loss.
The Warriors started the game strong and gained an 18:11 lead after the first period. The teams traded baskets throughout the second stanza. The Warriors accumulated a 39:32 halftime lead. The home side boosted the margin in the third term. They rallied to a comfortable 11-point cushion before the fourth term. However Marcus Hubbard (206-C-83, college: Angelo St.) orchestrated a comeback run from the Dragons. They erased the deficit and surged ahead for a 79:78 lead. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut) secured a 3-point lead for the Dragons inside the final seconds. Pringle missed two free throw attempts and then Justin Melton hit a free throw to seal the winning outcome for the visitors. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) drained a late triple but to no avail. Marcus Hubbard stepped up with 32 points to lead the winners. Gavin Edwards provided 18 points, while Armon had 17 points for the Dragons. Steve Thomas responded with 20 points for the Warriors. Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, college: Georgia) and Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) chipped in 19 points each in the loss.

Indonesia Warriors: Steve Thomas 20, Chris Daniels 19, Stanley Pringle 19
KL Dragons: Marcus Hubbard 32, Gavin Edwards 18, Armon 17



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Petro add TYRONE BRAZELTON for WABA - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour added Tyrone Brazelton (185-PG-86, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: W.Kentucky) to thier roster for WABA clubs Championships. Tyrone Brazelton started this season Nuernberger Basketball Club (Germany-ProA) ( Germany second league (!!) ) then moved to BC Odessa (Ukraine-Superleague). Tyrone Brazelton has also played in Latvia , Poland,Ukraine and D-League.
Tyrone Brazelton Awards/Achievements:
All-NJCAA D1 1st Team -06
NJCAA D1 All-Star Game -06
Sun Belt East Division Regular Season Runner-Up -07, 08
Sun Belt Tournament Semifinals -07
All-Sun Belt 2nd Team -08
Sun Belt All-Tournament Team -08
Sun Belt Tournament Winner -08
NCAA Sweet 16 -08
Polish Cup Finalist -09
Polish League Regular Season Champion -09
Polish League Champion -09



Petrochimi signs Tyrone Brazelton, ex BC Odessa - by Eurobasket News

Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour (Superleague) signed 27-year old American point guard Tyrone Brazelton (185-103kg-86, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He just played at BC Odessa in Ukrainian Superleague. In 24 games he had 12.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.8apg and 1.5spg this season. Brazelton also played at Nuernberger Basketball Club (ProA) in German league earlier this season. In 9 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.9apg and 1.4spg. The last season he played at Erie Bay Hawks in D-League. In 23 games he recorded 8.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.7apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (10-11) season Brazelton was tested by Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (BBL) in German league. In 12 games he recorded 5.3ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.6apg. The most of previous (09-10) season he spent at Energa Czarni (TBL) in Polish league. In 21 games he recorded 13.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.8apg and 1.1spg. The other team Brazelton played shortly was Asseco Prokom Gdynia (TBL) in Polish league. In 6 games he recorded 7.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.7apg. He also played 3 games in Euroleague where he recorded 4.7ppg and 1.0rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Brazelton won Polish League championship title in 2009. He was also voted All-Sun Belt 2nd Team back in 2008 at his college time.
Brazelton has played also professionally in Latvia (Ventspils).
He attended Western Kentucky University until 2008 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.
Brazelton could be described: Tyrone is a consumate point guard who can always reach high assist and point values per game. He is a tireless defender and very quick off the dribble. He can play at the highest level of European competition and can even play combo guard alongside another point guard because he defends so well.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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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. Johnson, Hapoel K.19.8 
 7. Govens, Ironi K-A19.6 
 8. Odiakosa, Hod H.19.2 
 9. El Amin, Ma.19.2 
 10. Laing, Elitzur Ya.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.13.2 
 2. Odiakosa, Hod H.12.5 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.11.9 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.10.5 
 5. Daniel, Maccabi10.4 
 6. Alexander, Macc.B.10.1 
 7. Clemente, Ironi N.9.8 
 8. Pitshon, Ironi N.9.7 
 9. McGhee, Elitzur9.7 
 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.4.6 
 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: 2.7
 1. Benn, Ironi N.2.7 
 2. Alexander, Maccabi2.6 
 3. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.5 
 4. Teel, Elitzur Ramla2.5 
 5. Miller, Ironi N.2.5 
 6. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.4 
 7. Hofman, Elitzur2.4 
 8. Kent, Ironi R.1.9 
 9. Laing, Elitzur Yav.1.9 
 10. Gordon, Hapoel K.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. Durham, Hapoel A.1.1 
 8. Labanowski, Macca.1.1 
 9. Alexander, Macc.B.1.0 
 10. Blayzer, Hapoel A.1.0 


National League Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Afula - Ironi Ramat Gan 81-94

The game without a history. Ironi Ramat Gan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ironi Ramat Gan had a 25-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The former international power forward Amit Tamir (208-79, college: California) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. American power forward Keith Ramsey (205-87, college: Missouri, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) contributed with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 17 rebounds and forward Oz Blayzer (199-92) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Afula. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Afula: A.Durham 21+17reb+2ast, A.Fisher 19+3ast, O.Blayzer 14+10reb+2ast, S.Brener 11+4reb+4ast, L.Ariely 6+1ast, E.Eliyah 5+2reb+3ast
Ironi Ramat Gan: A.Tamir 23+8reb+5ast, T.Kent 21+5reb+4ast, K.Ramsey 18+9reb+4ast, I.Grinboim 13+6reb+5ast, V.Yeremishin 9+2reb+1ast, T.Havkin 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 239722


Elitzur Yavne - Hod Hasharon 79-87

Elitzur Yavne trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 20-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-87 at the end of the game. It was a great shooting night for Hod Hasharon especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Naturalized Latvian swingman Gary Gandel (203-80) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Hod Hasharon players scored in double figures. American forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis, agency: I.D.S. Law) responded with 25 points and 9 rebounds and guard Noam Matalon (197-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored 24 points and 4 steals.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Yavne: M.McGhee 25+9reb, N.Matalon 24+3reb+3ast, E.Hofman 15+4reb+5ast, B.Laing 4+5reb+2ast, I.Nesterenko 4+2reb, L.Shem-Tov 3+1reb+1ast
Hod Hasharon: G.Gandel 23+7reb+3ast, G.Dotan 19+4reb+3ast, C.Odiakosa 18+7reb+3ast, I.Stolero 12+1reb, B.Walker 6+4reb+4ast, O.Hover 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 239721


Hapoel Kazrin - Ironi Nes-Ziona 98-90

Ironi Nes-Ziona was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 34-20 charge of Hapoel Kazrin, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized Russian power forward Anton Kazarnovski (205-85) who scored 30 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). American guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Tal Karpels (195-90) produced 26 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) added 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Four Hapoel Kazrin and five Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: T.Karpels 26+2reb+3ast, T.Michael Dunne 16+8reb+6ast, G.Amitay 16+5reb+2ast, B.Benn 14+11reb+4ast, C.Tate 14+7reb, E.Engel 2+2ast
Hapoel Kazrin: A.Kazarnovski 30+9reb+2ast, M.James 22+5reb+5ast, R.Dyer 21+7reb+1ast, L.Shvarzvald 10+4reb+1ast, S.Salz 9+1reb+2ast, R.Sabag 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 239719


Ironi K-A - Ironi Nahariya 55-85

Ironi Nahariya outrebounded Ironi Kiryat Ata 53-29 including a 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Ironi Kiryat Ata helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management) notched 26 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort and American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) supported him with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Ironi Nahariya's coach Shay Minister felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Ivory Clark (198-85) did not help to save the game for Ironi Kiryat Ata. His fellow American import point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) added 13 points for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: D.Govens 13+3reb+3ast, I.Clark 11+10reb+1ast, G.Halamish 11+6reb, C.Watson 6+2reb, I.Nanikashvili 5+5reb+5ast, A.Nanikashvili 5+1ast
Ironi Nahariya: N.Miller 26+9reb+6ast, R.Clemente 15+15reb+1ast, J.Baze 12+3reb, Y.Deri 6+1reb+2ast, N.Golan 5+9reb+5ast, E.Saudai 5
gschID: 239720



Best players of Israeli Winner League round 3 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

American Scotty Hopson (200-G-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Hapoel Eilat and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
The 23-year old guard had the game-high 26 points adding six rebounds and two assists for Hapoel Eilat in his team's victory, helping them to beat Hapoel J-M (#5, 12-12) 78-71. Hapoel Eilat maintains the 2nd position in Israeli Winner League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Hapoel Eilat will need more victories to improve their 16-9 record. In the team's last game Hopson had a remarkable 90.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Hapoel Eilat's top player in his first season with the team. University of Tennessee graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hopson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.5ppg) and averages solid 61.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Frank Hassell (203-F-88) of Hapoel Holon. Hassell impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 21 rebounds. Of course Hapoel Holon cruised to a 92-83 relatively comfortable win over Bnei Hasharon (8-16). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Hassell is a newcomer at Hapoel Holon and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.4ppg (#4). He also registered 14.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Diamon Simpson (201-F-87) of Maccabi Ashdod (#-2). Simpson scored 17 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Simpson's great performance Maccabi Ashdod lost 89-92 to #0 ranked Elizur Ashkelon. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Maccabi Ashdod ranking at the top of Places 7-12, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Simpson could help Maccabi Ashdod to bring them higher in the standings. Simpson has a great season in Israel. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.6ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 8.4rpg (9th best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 56.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mardy Collins (198-G-84) of Maccabi Ashdod - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Lawrence Hill (203-F-87) of Hapoel Holon - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85) of Maccabi Haifa - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jamar Smith (191-G-87) of Galil Gilboa - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Donta Smith (201-SF-83) of Maccabi Haifa - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Demontez Stitt (186-PG-89) of Hapoel T-A - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Marcus Dove (206-F-85) of Elizur Ashkelon - 15 points and 13 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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Metreveli's 24 points and 9 rebounds give him Nazionale A Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

21-year old power forward Nika Metreveli (211-PF-91, agency: Interperformances) had a very impressive game in the last round for Omegna and receives a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 35.
He had the game-high 24 points adding nine rebounds for Omegna in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Castelletto (18-14) 70-67. Omegna is placed at 5th position in Italian Nazionale A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Omegna will need more victories to improve their 18-14 record. In the team's last game Metreveli had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Omegna, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Nika Metreveli averages this season 11.8ppg and 6.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Alberto Chiumenti (204-F/C-87, agency: Players Group) of Casalpusterlengo. He is a forward in his 3rd season at Casalpusterlengo. In the last game Chiumenti recorded impressive 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Casalpusterlengo lost that game 76-86 to the lower-ranked Recanati (#12, 15-17). Despite lost game Casalpusterlengo moved up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 18-14 record is not bad at all. Chiumenti is one of the most experienced players at Casalpusterlengo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Michele Ferri (191-G-85) of Ferrara (#14). Ferri scored 19 points. He was a key player of Ferrara, leading his team to a 76-68 win against the higher-ranked Torino (#1, 23-8). The chances of Ferrara ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 18 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ferri could help Ferrara to bring them higher in the standings. Ferri has a very solid season. In 32 games in Italy he scored 12.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-F/C-91) of Torino - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Luca Pignatti (195-F-86) of Mirandola - 18 points and 9 rebounds
6. Davide Parente (188-PG-83) of Lucca - 35 points and 3 rebounds
7. Alessandro Piazza (174-PG-87) of Reggio Calabr. - 17 points and 7 assists
8. Stefano Spizzichini (202-F-90) of Firenze - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Michele Benfatto (205-F/C-85) of Ferrara - 16 points and 9 rebounds
10. Andrea Capitanelli (203-C-86) of Firenze - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 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)



Young's 27 points and 7 rebounds give him Lega 2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old swingman Alex Young (198-G/F-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Upea CdO and receives a Eurobasket.com Lega 2 Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had the game-high 27 points adding seven rebounds for Upea CdO in his team's victory, helping them to beat Sigma Barcel. (#1, 19-8) 93-84. Upea CdO maintains the 10th position in Italian Lega 2. Upea CdO 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 11-15 record. In the team's last game Young had a remarkable 52.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Upea CdO's top player in his first season with the team. Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ-Indianapolis graduate has very impressive stats this year. Young is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.1ppg) and averages solid 53.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Terrence Roderick (196-G/F-88, agency: Interperformances) of LeGamberi FO. He is American swingman in his first season at LeGamberi FO. In the last game Roderick recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 19 rebounds. It was enough for LeGamberi FO to edge the lower-ranked Biancoblu BO (#8, 13-13) in overtime by 4 points 101-97. LeGamberi FO's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Roderick is a newcomer at LeGamberi FO and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#8). His other stats are also decent: 7.3rpg and 4.4apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ronald Slay (203-F-81, agency: David Lee services) of Givova Scafati (#9). Slay scored 23 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Givova Scafati, leading his team to a 80-65 easy win against slightly lower-ranked FCM Ferentino (#11, 10-16). The chances of Givova Scafati ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Slay could help Givova Scafati to bring them higher in the standings. Slay has a great season in Italy. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.5rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Umeh (188-PG-84) of Pall.Trento - 34 points and 3 rebounds
5. Povilas Butkevicius (203-F-87) of Novipiu Casale - 8 points and 17 rebounds
6. Niccolo Martinoni (202-G/F-89) of Novipiu Casale - 13 points and 13 rebounds
7. Shawn Huff (198-SF-84) of Upea CdO - 25 points and 9 rebounds
8. David Cournooh (188-G-90) of Biancoblu BO - 25 points and 6 rebounds
9. Ryan Hoover (187-PG-74) of Fileni BPA Jesi - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Michael Jenkins (191-G-86) of C.de Latte BRE - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists

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



DNC season recap (part 2) - by Armando Caporaso

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

E
The Solbat Piombino is the team directly promoted in this group, already sure of the first place. Behind there are Monsumanno (officially second and first team for the playoff) and Bottegone, too distant to try to attack the top of the standing. Fifth place for Empoli thanks also one of the best defenders of the season, Federico Moroni with 4.5 steals. For the last place for the post season there is very balance, 4 teams in only 2 points: Pelago with a victory of advantage on San Vincenzo, Pontedera (1.8 blocks for Eugenio Cerri) and Montevarchi. For the playout Valdarno (6-19) with Andrea Tracchi as most used player (18 ppg in 39.1 minutes!) will play against Umbertide in case of defeat for the Cogenlab in the last round or with one of the 3 teams appointed earlier.

F
Still not assigned the promotion of the group with Eurobasket Roma and AM Group Marino on the first place with 34 points. Marino is 2-0 during the season against Roma then enough only win his game at Palestrina (third place) to keep the first position while for Eugenio Fanti (3.6 steals) and his team from the capital will be necessary a victory (derby against the Interphone Petriana) and the contemporary defeat of the leaders. Viterbo rests in this last round, for the last position for the playoff are favorites the Tiber Roma and the Olimpia Cagliari (same record but advantage for the first team). Giovanni Mori, with 4.7 assist, led instead the other team of Roma, the Luiss, until the fourth place. The playout will be between Valmontone and the Pirates Cagliari.

G
Molfetta (league cup semifinalist) is firmly in command with +6 and will play in DNB the next season. Probably decisive in this really good season were the contributions of Valerio Corvino, best assistman of the entire league with 6.4 apg and 27 of ranking, Fulvio Candido that closed with 3.3 blocks for match and Stefano Di Lauro with 3.6 steals in 24 games. Behind the leaders is a struggle between Vasto, the Magic Benevento (3.5 steals for Roberto Marinello) and Maddaloni (4.6 assist this year for Salvatore Desiato) while for the playoff is all already written with Lanciano that obtained the last valid position. Official also the playoff challenge: Delta Salerno versus Barletta, already safes Monopoli and Mola (very good season of the center Luigi Brunetti with almost 12 rebounds for game).

H
In this mini-group (with also a clock-phase) there will not be the direct promotion, the first 8 teams will play the playoff for a place in DNB. Messina dominated this season with a perfect record of 23-0 and naturally is already sure of his first place. Good season also for Acireale and Catanzaro (thanks an amazing season of the Senegalese Yande Fall (201-F-90) with 20.2 points and 13.3 rebounds with 30.1 of ranking, second best player in the last 2 speciality) respectively second and third, the last place for the post season is already assigned to Reggio Calabria that has 2 points on Marsala but 2-1 during the season (decisive the victory in the second phase). In this last group there is also the first direct relegation, Paterno will play in the C Regional next season after a disastrous year (only a victory, 1-22 for now).

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



Cantu could add Joe Ragland, ex UCAM Murcia - by Eurobasket News

FoxTown Cantu (SerieA) is about to agree terms with 24-year old American guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita State) who currently plays UCAM Murcia in Spain. In 24 games he had 11.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg this season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Ragland's team won MVC Regular Season in 2012. He was also voted All-MVC 1st Team in 2012 at his college time.
Ragland graduated from Wichita State in 2012 and it is his first season as a professional player.
On Ragland: A super quick and energic combo guard player. He's a very good outside shooter and scorer, his powerful body enables him to be very effective at the defensive side too. Great upside, even at Euroleage level.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  KAZAKHSTAN   


BC Astana defend D1 title - by Eurobasket News

Barsy Atyrau - BC Astana 81:90

BC Astana are back on the Kazakh championship summit. They defeated Barsy in Atyrau tonight to sweep the title series regaining the title. Andreas Glyniadakis (215-C-81, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 25 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
BC Astana set the tone early in the game. They fired 26 points in the opening quarter to gain a 6-point lead. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They ensured a 46:38 halftime advantage. Barsy cut the deficit in the third stanza. Barsy tried to revive the intrigue in the game and the series after the break. The hosts cut the deficit and trailed by just 6 points into the fourth frame. But BC Astana gave little chance for the home side. The visitors unleashed 27 points in the final stanza and sealed the winning outcome at the end. David Simon (208-C-82, college: IPFW) provided 19 points, while Branko Cvetkovic (200-F/G-84, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points for the winners. Zambalist Fredrick (183-G-86, college: S.Carolina) answered with 18 points for Barsy. Mikhail Evstigneev (201-F/C-84) chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Barsy Atyrau: Zambalist Fredrick 18, Mikhail Evstigneev 16
BC Astana: Andreas Glyniadakis 25, David Simon 19, Branko Cvetkovic 15



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  KOSOVO   


Sigal Prishtina reaches the final - by Dren Shporta

Sigal Prishtina has reached the final of the Kosovan Cup after beating Trepca 71-51 last night in Sezai Surroi court of Prizren.

Ahmet Kandemirs team took the lead since the first minute of the match and didnt left it until the end of the match.

Akida McLain and Granit Rugova (196-F-86, college: Trinity Valley JC) had a brilliant performance on the night. American center scored 23 points + 8 rebounds + 1 block, while Granit Rugova (196-F-86, college: Trinity Valley JC) added 19 points + 1 rebound + 1 assist.

Drilon Hajrizi and Ryan White were the only shining lights at Trepca, that lost a chance to retain the Cup. Hajrizi scored 24 points + 6 rebounds + 2 assists while american playmaker White added 13 points + 3 assists + 2 rebounds.

Sigal Prishtina will play the Cup final on Sunday against winner of the second semifinal Sigkos Bashkimi-Peja.



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  LATVIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Peiners, LU21.1 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.18.9 
 3. Berzins, Valmiera16.1 
 4. Cain, Barons k.16.0 
 5. Hill jr., Jekabpils15.6 
 6. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.6 
 7. Ozols, Jurmala14.6 
 8. Apsitis, Turiba14.2 
 9. Sirsnins, Jekabpils13.9 
 10. Brown, Jurmala13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Cain, Barons k.10.9 
 2. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.4 
 3. Dargais, LU8.0 
 4. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.7.7 
 5. Chamberlain, Jelga.7.6 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava7.3 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera7.2 
 8. Mednis, Jurmala7.1 
 9. Berzins, VEF Riga6.8 
 10. Butjankovs, Valmi.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  VEF Riga
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Rowland, VEF Riga7.4 
 2. Diggs, Barons k.5.7 
 3. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.5 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera4.6 
 5. Peiners, LU3.5 
 6. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.4 
 7. Sims, Ventspils3.4 
 8. Bertans, VEF Riga3.3 
 9. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
 10. Coders, Jurmala3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs STRELNIEKS
  VEF R.
  (196-SG-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Strelnieks, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Rowland, VEF Riga2.0 
 3. Brown, Jurmala1.9 
 4. Peiners, LU1.8 
 5. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.7 
 6. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.7 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 8. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.5 
 9. Jakovics, Liepaja1.5 
 10. Antrops, Turiba1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Cain, Barons k.1.7 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.1.3 
 3. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 4. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.9 
 5. Chamberlain, Jelga.0.9 
 6. Daniels, VEF Riga0.9 
 7. Leiteris, Liepaja0.8 
 8. Ziedins, Valmiera0.8 
 9. Berzins, VEF Riga0.8 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.0.8 


LBL Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils - Valmiera 80-56

Ventspils dismantled Valmiera for 1-0 lead in the semifinal series. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 49-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Folarin Campbell (192-86, college: George Mason) who helped to win the game recording 17 points. The former international guard Sandis Valters (193-78) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. Forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Pavels Veselovs (207-83, agency: Players Group) added 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Valmiera. Valmiera's coach Varis Krumins gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: J.Berzins 16+6reb+3ast, P.Veselovs 16+7reb+1ast, M.Ziedins 8+2reb+2ast, R.Gabrans 5+3reb+4ast, J.Kaufmanis 4+7reb+2ast, S.Amolins 3+2reb+1ast
Ventspils: F.Campbell 17+4reb+1ast, S.Valters 15+4reb+2ast, D.Sims 13+2reb+5ast, A.Berzins 12+5reb, M.Laksa 8+4reb, R.Zakis 5+5reb
gschID: 239697


Barons kvartals - VEF Riga 89-108

VEF Riga gave little chance for Barons kvartals drubbing those in the series opener. It looked good early as Barons kvartals took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then VEF Riga had a 25-15 second period charge getting the lead and Barons kvartals were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 89-108. VEF Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Barons kvartals' 24. They outrebounded Barons kvartals 47-27 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. VEF Riga players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The former international Kaspars Berzins (213-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds for the winners and international Dairis Bertans (192-89) chipped in 23 points and 5 assists. Five VEF Riga players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) responded with 7 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) scored 17 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Barons kvartals: D.Dulkys 20+1reb, M.Gulbis 17+3reb+2ast, J.Rozitis 13+4reb+1ast, S.Metra 8+4reb+1ast, T.Cain 7+10reb+6ast, J.Diggs 7+2reb+6ast
VEF Riga: D.Bertans 23+3reb+5ast, K.Berzins 22+17reb+3ast, W.Daniels 14+3reb, D.Zavackas 13+3reb+2ast, A.Kavaliauskas 12+6reb+1ast, A.Strelnieks 7+1reb
gschID: 239696



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 27-4 
 2. Sagesse 24-7 
 3. Moutahed 22-9 
 4. Champville 19-12 
 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. 26: Champville - Sagesse 98-110
Apr. 25: Al Riyadi - Moutahed 84-85
Apr. 24: Amchit - Bejjeh 76-68
Apr. 24: Hoops - Byblos 100-98

Second Stage: Round 14

Apr. 27: Moutahed - Hoops
Apr. 28: Bejjeh - Champville
Apr. 28: Byblos - Amchit
Apr. 29: Sagesse - Al Riyadi


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, Sagesse24.3 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos23.5 
 8. Williams, Bejjeh23.3 
 9. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed22.1 
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.11.0 
 5. Hill, Amchit10.8 
 6. Jamison, Bejjeh10.6 
 7. Perry, Hoops9.8 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi9.1 
 9. Salyers, Moutahed8.9 
 10. Sims, Sagesse8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Blair, Hoops6.7 
 2. Akl, Sagesse6.6 
 3. Williams, Bejjeh6.5 
 4. Chatfield, Mouta.6.3 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.8 
 6. Zaloum, Antranik5.2 
 7. Fahed, Moutahed5.1 
 8. Khatib, Champville5.1 
 9. Youngblood, Byblos5.1 
 10. Khoury, Amchit4.6 
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 Riyadi1.9 
 7. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 9. Fahed, Moutahed1.6 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Herbert HILL
  Amchit
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hill, Amchit2.5 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 3. Tskitishvili, Cham.1.6 
 4. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.5 
 5. Fraser, Byblos1.5 
 6. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.3 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.1 
 8. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 9. Terry, Champville0.8 
 10. Vogel, Al Riyadi0.8 


Amchit not releasing Herbert Hill - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

Amchit Club denied the rumors about releasing Herbert HILL due to not performing up to expectations. In fact, the club has not released Hill nor do they intend on releasing him. After beating Al Riyadi earlier this month, Amchit has struggled down the stretch but Hill has been solid in averaging 17.7 ppg, 10.8 rpg, and 2.5 bpg.

The true story behind the rumors is that Hill asked the club Administration to get out of the contract due that he needs to go back to the US for very important personnel issues .



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Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 17
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis17.0 
 2. Gailius, Neptunas16.2 
 3. Seibutis, Lietuv.16.1 
 4. Hughes, Pieno Z.15.1 
 5. Samenas, Siauliai15.0 
 6. Milaknis, Rudupis13.5 
 7. Kieza, Siauliai13.3 
 8. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.13.2 
 9. Sragauskis, LSU-B.12.5 
 10. Kadziulis, Rudupis12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 9
 1. Kieza, Siauliai9.0 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis8.3 
 3. Sarakauskas, Nept.7.6 
 4. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.4 
 5. Varnelis, Juventus6.4 
 6. Valeika, Rudupis5.8 
 7. Vene, Rudupis5.6 
 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. Viskontas, Juvent.4.5 
 3. Jackson, Siauliai4.4 
 4. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.2 
 5. Nedovic, Lietuvos.3.6 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.4 
 7. Dainys, Neptunas3.4 
 8. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.3 
 9. Babkauskas, Lietk.3.3 
 10. Seibutis, Lietuv.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.3 
 2. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 3. Malasauskas, LSU-.1.8 
 4. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.7 
 5. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.6 
 6. Broadus, Neptunas1.5 
 7. Simon, Siauliai1.5 
 8. Lengvinas, Naglis1.4 
 9. Nedovic, Lietuvos.1.4 
 10. Bishop, Nevezis1.4 
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. Kupsas, Lietkabelis0.8 
 5. Gates, Pieno Z.0.8 
 6. Valeika, Rudupis0.8 
 7. Cepukaitis, Pieno0.8 
 8. Vene, Rudupis0.7 
 9. Ramasauskas, Saka.0.7 
 10. McClure, Neptunas0.7 


LKL Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Zalgiris and Lietuvos Rytas advance into Final - by Eurobasket News

Rudupis - Lietuvos rytas 74-86

Lietuvos Rytas snatched the road win over Rudupis in Prienai to sweep the semifinal series. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-74. Lietuvos rytas dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Rudupis' 36. The best player for the winners was the former international Renaldas Seibutis (198-85) who scored 17 points. Forward Eimantas Bendzius (203-90) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Five Lietuvos rytas players scored in double figures. Lietuvos rytas' coach Dirk Bauermann used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Arturas Valeika (207-85, college: Midland CC) produced 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: A.Valeika 22+7reb+4ast, S.Vene 17+4reb, G.Orelikas 15+6reb, A.Labuckas 9+4reb+2ast, G.Kadziulis 5+2reb+3ast, A.Milaknis 3+2reb+3ast
Lietuvos rytas: R.Seibutis 17+3reb+3ast, E.Bendzius 13+8reb+1ast, N.Nedovic 13+1reb+5ast, M.Katelynas 12+5reb+4ast, T.Lydeka 10+1reb, J.Blums 9+2reb
gschID: 239386


Neptunas - Zalgiris 73-90

Zalgiris rallied past Neptunas for the second straight win in the series and advanced into the Final. Zalgiris shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. International swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American guard Oliver Lafayette (188-84, college: Houston) contributed with 14 points for the winners. The former international forward Deividas Gailius (200-88) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and American-Samoan point guard Rashaun Broadus (180-84, college: BYU) added 17 points in the effort for Neptunas. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: R.Broadus 17+1ast, D.Gailius 13+10reb+1ast, V.Vasylius 10+3reb, S.Galdikas 9+7reb+1ast, A.Butkevicius 8+6reb+1ast, D.McClure 5+2reb+1ast
Zalgiris: A.Juskevicius 27+3reb+3ast, O.Lafayette 14+1reb+2ast, D.Lavrinovic 9+2reb+2ast, R.Javtokas 9+3reb, M.Kuzminskas 7+2reb, M.Delas 7+4reb+4ast
gschID: 239385



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  MALAYSIA   


ASEAN League: KL Dragons escape with narrow win in Jakarta - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia Warriors - KL Dragons 85:86

KL Dragons grabbed the tenth win in the ASEAN League season as they upset the Warriors on the road tonight. Justin Melton (180-G-86, college: Mount Olive) sank a decisive free throw late in regulation to bring the Dragons to the victory. The hosts fell at 13-5 record after the loss.
The Warriors started the game strong and gained an 18:11 lead after the first period. The teams traded baskets throughout the second stanza. The Warriors accumulated a 39:32 halftime lead. The home side boosted the margin in the third term. They rallied to a comfortable 11-point cushion before the fourth term. However Marcus Hubbard (206-C-83, college: Angelo St.) orchestrated a comeback run from the Dragons. They erased the deficit and surged ahead for a 79:78 lead. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut) secured a 3-point lead for the Dragons inside the final seconds. Pringle missed two free throw attempts and then Justin Melton hit a free throw to seal the winning outcome for the visitors. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) drained a late triple but to no avail. Marcus Hubbard stepped up with 32 points to lead the winners. Gavin Edwards provided 18 points, while Armon had 17 points for the Dragons. Steve Thomas responded with 20 points for the Warriors. Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, college: Georgia) and Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) chipped in 19 points each in the loss.

Indonesia Warriors: Steve Thomas 20, Chris Daniels 19, Stanley Pringle 19
KL Dragons: Marcus Hubbard 32, Gavin Edwards 18, Armon 17



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  MEXICO   

Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Guaymas 11-2 
 2. Hermosillo 11-4 
 3. Nogales 6-7 
 4. Obregon 6-7 
 5. Navolato 6-8 
 6. Cananea 5-8 
 7. Guasave 5-8 
 8. Los Mochis 5-8 
 9. Tijuana 5-8 

Regular Season: Round 15

Apr. 26: Guaymas - Tijuana 98-76
Apr. 26: Cananea - Guasave 95-83
Apr. 26: Hermosillo - Los Mochis 88-66
Apr. 26: Obregon - Nogales 70-71

Regular Season: Round 16

Apr. 27: Obregon - Nogales
Apr. 27: Guaymas - Tijuana
Apr. 27: Cananea - Guasave
Apr. 27: Hermosillo - Los Mochis


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Jones, Obregon24.7 
 2. Frederick, Guasave23.8 
 3. Monroe, Cananea22.2 
 4. Sperling, Obregon21.3 
 5. Moss, Nogales21.3 
 6. Polynice, Guasave19.8 
 7. Lewis, Los Mochis19.5 
 8. Shorter, Guaymas19.3 
 9. Morrison, Tijuana18.5 
 10. Allen, Guaymas18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Moss, Nogales12.5 
 2. Habel, Guaymas8.8 
 3. Jones, Obregon7.9 
 4. Penny, Tijuana7.8 
 5. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.7.6 
 6. Selleaze, Navolato7.1 
 7. Monroe, Cananea7.0 
 8. Lewis, Los Mochis6.9 
 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, Guaymas6.3 
 3. Polynice, Guasave5.6 
 4. Logan, Nogales5.2 
 5. Shorter, Guaymas4.9 
 6. Insunza, Navolato4.4 
 7. Quintero, Tijuana4.0 
 8. Dominguez, Guasave3.8 
 9. Toussaint, Los M.3.7 
 10. Monreal, Hermosil.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. Lewis, Los Mochis1.5 
 6. Monreal, Hermosillo1.5 
 7. Monroe, Cananea1.5 
 8. Shorter, Guaymas1.3 
 9. Dominguez, Guasave1.3 
 10. Mercado, Nogales1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Moss, Nogales1.9 
 2. Habel, Guaymas1.6 
 3. Penny, Tijuana1.5 
 4. Mercado, Nogales1.1 
 5. Monroe, Cananea0.7 
 6. Morrison, Tijuana0.7 
 7. Shipley, Tijuana0.5 
 8. Shorter, Guaymas0.4 
 9. Jones, Obregon0.4 
 10. Polynice, Guasave0.4 



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  MONTENEGRO   


Vlado Scepanovic is the new coordinator of all youth national teams of Montenegro - by Darko Pekic

One of the best players of Montenegro ever and former captain of Montenegrin National Team, Vlado Scepanovic (198-G-75, agency: FCM), accepted yesterday the assigned role of Youth National Team Coordnator and on Monday will start his adventure trying to bring back harmony in Montenegrin basketball after the latest disappointing results at junior and cadet level.

"It is my great honor and pleasure to receive the confidence of the Basketball Federation of Montenegro and I accepted the offer with great pleasure. I believe I can contribute to more quality work with youth categories, both in clubs and in the national teams, "said Scepanovic.

Scepanovic is a former golden boy of Yugoslavian National Team as well as player of well known teams such as Buducnost, Partizan, Efes Pilsen, Panathinaikos.



Kovacevic number one in Montenegro for round 9 - by Eurobasket News

Forward Veselin Kovacevic (200-F-94) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked Primorje, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage).
The 18-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, eight rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Centar BP (#5, 4-5) 77-68. It allowed ABS Primorje to take over top position in the Montenegrin 1A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. ABS Primorje has a very solid 6-3 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Kovacevic has many years of experience at ABS Primorje, through which he has constantly improved. Veselin Kovacevic averages this season 8.8ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Petar Kusovac (195-F-93) of S.Centar. Kusovac had a very good evening with 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as S.Centar was edged by the higher-ranked Ibar Rozaje (#2, 6-3) 81-77. S.Centar managed to keep the same 6th spot in Play-Out. 7 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories S.Centar managed to get this Second Stage. Kusovac is one of the most experienced players at S.Centar and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Marko Ljujic (205-C-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) of Centar BP (#5). Ljujic scored 20 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Ljujic's great performance Centar BP lost 68-77 to the higher-ranked ABS Primorje (#1, 6-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Centar BP ranking at the top of Play-Out, however are very questionable as they have already lost 5 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ljujic could help Centar BP to bring them higher in the standings. Ljujic has a great season in Montenegro. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.1ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 8.7rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.8bpg and FGP: 63.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Branislav Radak (208-C-87) of ABS Primorje - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Filip Simic (185-G-90) of Ibar Rozaje - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Jovan Bacovic (197-F-86) of ABS Primorje - 15 points and 10 rebounds
7. Miroslav Damjanovic (196-G-91) of Mornar Bar - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Jay-R Strowbridge (183-PG-88) of Danilovgrad - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91) of Mornar Bar - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Rickey Young (205-PF-90) of Danilovgrad - 16 points and 10 rebounds

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



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Martin Methodist College: NAIA Coaches to hold summer camp - by Stephan Ditgens


PULASKI, Tennessee -- Martin Methodist Men's Basketball head coach Scott Combs and Women's Basketball head coach Jamy Bechler are excited to announce that the Martin Methodist men's and women's basketball programs will be conducting basketball camps this summer for the community.

Two different camps will be available: "Score More" Academy and a "Fundamental" Camp. Both camps are open to boys and girls ages 6-16.
There will be two different options for attending the "Score More" Academy and learning strategies to improve your offensive game. The "Score More" Academy will be held on Saturday, June 15 and Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Both of these days will consist of the same offensive skills being taught. The "Score More" Academy will cost $40.
For those players that wish to learn more than just offense and how to score better, then a "Fundamental Camp" will also being offered from Monday, June 24-Wednesday, June 26. Each day will last from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The "Fundamental" Camp costs $75.

For all of the basketball camps, there is a $5 discount for any sibling that attends the same camp. Additionally, there is a $10 discount if you attend a "Score More" and a "Fundamental" camp. There will be an hour lunch break (lunch not provided). Each camper receives a basketball for each camp that they attend.
For more information or to register, please see www.HoopsPlus.org/Camps.html or call Jamy Bechler at 931-363-9829.

courtesy of www.goredhawks.com



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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 Heat26.6 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.0 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Curry, Golden S.23.0 
 8. Irving, Cleveland22.5 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.21.1 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat20.9 
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. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 9. Chandler, New Y.10.4 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.6 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.0 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.0 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.7 
 6. Parker, San A.7.6 
 7. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 8. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
 10. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 2. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.2 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 7. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 8. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..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.2.2 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


Thunder guard Russell Westbrook to have surgery on right knee - by Eurobasket News

The battle to reach the NBA Finals from the Western conference just got even more wide open today. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) will undergo surgery in the coming days to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee, the team announced today. Westbrook suffered the injury in the second quarter of Game 2 of the First Round of the Western Conference Playoffs. The three-time NBA All-Star averaged 23.2 points (6th in NBA), 7.4 assists (7th), a career-high 5.2 rebounds and 1.77 steals (9th) in 82 games this season. Our players health is our first and foremost concern. The Thunders medical team and several specialists we consulted with determined that Russell undergo a procedure to address the issue, said Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. We have thoroughly discussed this with Russell. Despite being the competitor and teammate that he is, he respects and understands the decision and is committed to come back even stronger. Certainly Russell is a leader and core player for this team, but we are in the midst of the playoffs and I know other players are determined to step up and contribute. We have a resilient group of players who have always taken pride in playing as a team and that approach will continue. There is no timetable set for his return.
Courtesy of: www.insidehoops.com



Knicks, Spurs and Warriors victorious on Friday - by Eurobasket News

Golden St.W. - Denver N. 110-108
The Golden State Warriors escaped the Denver Nuggets at home, 110-108, to take a 2-1 lead in their first round playoff series on Saturday. A Jarret Jack freethrow with 21.5 seconds remaining gave the Warriors a more comfortable four-point spread. But after Denver called a full timeout, Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) found Wilson Chandler for a left corner three to cut the lead to one, 109-108. After a Golden State timeout, the Warriors would end up turning the ball over after a five-second inbound violation. Denver had 9.4 seconds to win the game, but Lawson lost the ball, giving the possession back to Golden State with 5.3 seconds remaining. Corey Brewer had to foul Harrison Barnes to stop the clock at the 3.7 mark. Barnes missed the first but made the second. With no more timeouts, Denver went to Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona) for a midcourt heave that did not go through to settle the final score, 110-108. Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) led Golden State with 29 points, 11 assists and six rebounds, while Jarrett Jack (6'3''-PG-83, college: Georgia Tech) added 23 points, seven assists and five boards. Harrison Barnes had 19 points and seven rebounds. Ty Lawson powered Denver with 35 points, 10 assists and three rebounds, with the Nuggets' starting frontline of Andre Iguodala, Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler combining for 40 points, 21 rebounds and seven assists. The Warriors shot a better 52 percent from the field while going 40 percent from deep. Denver, on the other hand, posted a 46 percent shooting clip with a 38 percent rate from beyond the arc. The home team also out-rebounded Denver 42-34. Courtesy of: gmanetwork.com

LA Lakers - San Antonio S. 89-120
It had all the trappings of a feel-good Hollywood story, but the only feel-good the Lakers need at the moment is an Achilles' insta-cure, some more Metta-physical knee ointment and a cool sip from the fountain of youth. But no, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash weren't limping out from behind that door. Metta World Peace, who had a cyst behind his surgically repaired knee drained earlier in the day, couldn't answer the bell for the second half. What was left of the Lakers had to endure the punishment themselves and as might be appropriate for the 2012-13 Lakers, it was surgical precision from the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs finished with a 120-89 lead over the depleted Lakers at the end of the fourth quarter Friday night to move to a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 Western Conference first-round series. The Lakers' final chapter of a bizarre season that never really was could be written on Sunday in Game 4 at Staples Center. Before the game, the Lakers put on a brave face. "We do have enough talent on the floor to compete with anybody and we'll give it our best shot, without a doubt," Coach Mike D'Antoni said. "It should be exhilarating for these guys. This should be fun." "I'm not going to sit up here and guys are not going to sit in the locker room and throw up the flag," Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) said. "We still believe we can with this series and a title." Still, inevitability was in the air. Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) and Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) made that clear early and when the Spurs stepped on the gas in the third quarter, the Lakers couldn't even get within rear-view mirror range. The new guards replacing Nash and Steve Blake, Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston) and Darius Morris (6'4''-G-91, college: Michigan), acquitted themselves well. Goudelock even got the Bryant "M-V-P" chant while taking first-half free throws. After all, he was the D-League MVP. Goudelock surpassed his career high of 14 and had 20 points and Morris had 15 with 6 minutes left. But the Lakers had to make their living in the middle and Howard (25 points, 11 rebounds) and Pau Gasol (9 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists) were required to bring superhuman efforts. San Antonio kept them human. Duncan made 12 of 16 shots for 26 points, Parker had 20 points on 9-for-14 shooting and the Spurs were shooting at a 59.7 percent clip. The Spurs are primed from the preseason for these moments, and they don't miss a trick. The Lakers woke up Friday morning and said, "Hey, let's try this." Goudelock scored 12 of his points in the second quarter, in which the Lakers outscored the Spurs, 26-25. It was Goudelock's consecutive 3-pointers that pulled the Lakers out of a 48-30 hole. The Lakers committed only four turnovers in the first half, providing a glimmer of hope. They committed seven in the third period and were outscored, 30-19. It was as if the Lakers were prepared for rough patches, but the whole thing was one big rough patch. If they weren't running into Duncan, there was Parker or Manu Ginobili or any number of the role players the Spurs send out to thrash opponents with execution. And they get to do it all over again on Sunday. Courtesy of: pasadenastarnews.com

Boston C. - New York K. 76-90
The suspense had long since dissipated, along with the Boston Celtics' spirit, but Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) was still on the parquet floor late Friday, dribbling, firing, skipping with a childlike glee and then, finally, making a slow, purposeful walk to the bench. A faint chorus of 'M.V.P.' chants accompanied him - a final, appreciative salute from the few dozen Knicks loyalists at TD Garden. If Anthony lingered a bit longer than necessary, staying on the court until 94 seconds remained in an eventual 90-76 rout, the indulgence was understandable. So much is finally in reach: a meaningful postseason for New York. A sweep. A cleansing. A step forward. The Knicks took a stranglehold of the first-round series, three games to none, and can complete the sweep, which would be the first of Anthony's career, here on Sunday afternoon. 'To accomplish that would be spectacular,' Anthony said. 'It'd be a dream come true. I've never swept anybody.' A win Sunday would clinch the Knicks' first series victory since 2000 and their first four-game sweep since 1969. For Anthony, who has advanced from the first round once in his career, it would be a particularly gratifying moment, coming two years after the Celtics swept him in his first postseason with the Knicks. As Anthony put it a day earlier, he would be 'super duper happy.' The Celtics, who fell one victory short of making the finals last spring, are facing their first sweep since 2004, the spring before Doc Rivers became coach. No N.B.A. team has come back from a 3-0 deficit, and this Celtics team - aging, depleted and missing its offensive engine in Rajon Rondo - hardly seems capable of breaking the trend. The Knicks pounced early, led by double digits for the entire second half and kept attacking until the final minutes. They converted half of their field-goal attempts, held Boston to 40 percent shooting and secured their second straight rout. 'I thought we lost our spirit,' Rivers said. So did the fans, who began streaming for the exits with 10 minutes to play, the Knicks leading by 19 points. Celtics fans have enjoyed a riveting five-year run, and a 17th title, since Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76) and Ray Allen joined Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) in 2008, but that era seems close to its end. Allen is gone, and Paul Pierce and Garnett appear helpless to carry this storied franchise through another postseason. Paul Pierce went 2 for 10 in the first half as the Knicks began the rout, and he never got much better, finishing with 17 points and a 6-for-15 shooting performance. Garnett had 12 points and 17 rebounds. Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) led Boston with 21 points. The only real tension came with 7 minutes 6 seconds left, when J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) swung his elbow into Jason Terry's chin, sending Terry sprawling to the floor. Terry had to be restrained by officials as Smith walked away from the play, which was initially ruled a simple flagrant foul. It was upgraded to a flagrant foul-2 after a video review, triggering an automatic ejection for Smith. 'I was trying to draw the foul,' Smith said. 'He reached in one time. I thought he was going to reach in again a second time. I was going to try to get a quick shot off, but they made a call that the refs saw. Not really much I could do about it.' Before heading to the locker room, Smith received an animated lecture from Coach Mike Woodson. 'He'll learn from it,' Woodson said. 'I don't think he was trying to hurt the kid.' Rivers clearly felt differently. 'I wish I was playing,' Rivers said, his voice tense. 'I didn't like that.' Rivers stopped himself before going any further, then quietly left the dais. It was a taut evening from the start, as the Celtics played their first home game since the Boston Marathon bombings, an event that was invoked frequently. There were three standing ovations in the first half alone, as the Celtics honored first responders and others who assisted in the aftermath of the bombings. There was also a moment of silence for the victims, and a photo montage of scenes from the marathon, followed by a simple message: 'Keep on running, Boston.' The Celtics' deficit in the series created its own sort of anxiety, and that was palpable, too. Every turnover and every missed jumper elicited a collective groan, which finally gave way to boos as the Celtics ended the first half facing a 16-point deficit. 'You want it so bad, and you rush and get real anxious,' Paul Pierce said. Rivers shook up his rotation and hoped for the best. Jason Terry moved into the starting lineup, pushing Brandon Bass to the bench, giving the Celtics a smaller, quicker look. Courtney Lee, who had been benched for most of Game 2, was back as the first guard off the bench. Rajon Rondo's absence was always going to be determining factor in the Celtics' postseason fate, but the effects have been worse than expected. They have yet to hit the 80-point mark in this series. 'I didn't expect this coming in,' Paul Pierce said. 'I knew this would probably be a long series being the way we matched up. So I am surprised we are down 0-3 right now.' Courtesy of: nytimes.com



"Sometimes..." by Tim Shea - by Tim Shea


For this American patriot the arrival of the warmhearted, springtime Spanish sun signals two things. Locally, its the opening of bull fighting season while in the distance we see the escalation of efforts, by NBA lottery bound clubs, to discover and draft their next NBA savior. Of course no correlation exists between bull fighting and the NBA draft. One is a controversial sport with an unwilling, boxed-in bull performing as the traditional, terminal victim, while the other may be loosely compared to an annual, calculated yet complicated, craps shoot.
The NBA draft grants the clubs' sages something that the targeted tormented toro is denied; in essence, a renewed lease on life.
Ironically, it allows what the Matador forbids.
To the untrained eye the NBA draft may seem a simple affair. You go out, you see, you scout, you report, you decide and you pick. No problem, right? Wrong. Its complicated. There are more than sufficient aspects and tiers involved to make the NBA draft an intricate, tricky business.
Clubs:
Every single one of the NBA clubs is different from the next. Each NBA club IN APPEARANCE is constructed along the same lines but as we all (should) know, appearances can deceive. Take the New York Knicks next to the Utah Jazz. Same league, same everything on the surface but The NY Knicks are owned by Madison Square Garden Enterprises which is a corporate entity while the Utah franchise is a family-run business. BIG DIFFERENCE. Furthermore, each and every club has its own particular hierarchy and MO plus its idiosyncrasies. Finally and varying from club to club, are the diverse drafting philosophies. For one it will be to select the best player available, while another will draft in hopes of filling a team need. Another will draft a player that fits directly into the teams playing system, and yet another may draft an international player that will agree to stay overseas for a few seasons and which occasionally happens, especially when there are salary cap considerations.
What follows is what most NBA clubs do have in common.
Owners: All owners do have something in common whether they are corporate or private. They want to make money. Depending on the club they may or may not have preference or influence as to what player is to be selected.
President/GM: They will report to the owner. They simply want to be successful and are generally responsible for hiring staff, making trades, the salary cap and of course (in theory) the final call in the draft. They will also scout when time permits. They will have under them:
Assistants or Vice-Presidents: They will oversee various aspects of basketball operations, (Bball Ops) scout both domestically and internationally and in general be a support team to the President/GM. They will have under them:
Directors of Scouting: Both domestic and International, they coordinate the travel and information that the scouts gather while also fulfilling scouting responsibilities. They will report to VP and/or GM. They will have under them:
Scouts: (Full time) Are expected to get information and do the majority of the leg work in traveling to view and report on both pro and amateur prospects. They can report to a Director or Pres/ GM and Assistants.

and/or
Scouts: (Regional) to save travel costs clubs (an east coast club for example) keeps "eyes" on the West coast and may have them on a small retainer or pay them per report. In this way clubs save on travel costs.
and/or
Services: To also minimize costs a club may utilize a Scouting Service to report on prospects. This is commonly done to cover international prospects. These services send reports to more than one club and charge the clubs a flat fee.
Coaches: They are expected to win. They normally will report to the President/ GM. In some clubs they will be consulted and have input in the NBA draft process while in others their opinion is not sought after (even though they are expected to generate maximum player-team production).
Players: Are expected to play well and (of course) win games. They are not formally consulted in the draft process; however, their favorable reception of a newly drafted rookie is important, especially in the case of the international player, who may be unaware or unacquainted with the player/coaching culture in the USA/NBA. Culture shock is an understatement.


In conclusion it's apparent that in each and every one of the thirty NBA clubs many bridges and communication lines exist or are are implied, while the procedures of one club can be diametrically opposed to the next. In the NBA, just as in all successful businesses, success starts at the top and good chemistry and equilibrium in the locker-room and on the court starts with and is a reflection of smart front office acumen. Each and every club seeks one goal, they seek the next star and because there are many professionals involved it is not difficult for the NBA Draft process to conclude poorly ... as it can and sometimes does.

And sometimes the bull does win ... but that my friends is another story.



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  NCAA1   


"Sometimes..." by Tim Shea - by Tim Shea


For this American patriot the arrival of the warmhearted, springtime Spanish sun signals two things. Locally, its the opening of bull fighting season while in the distance we see the escalation of efforts, by NBA lottery bound clubs, to discover and draft their next NBA savior. Of course no correlation exists between bull fighting and the NBA draft. One is a controversial sport with an unwilling, boxed-in bull performing as the traditional, terminal victim, while the other may be loosely compared to an annual, calculated yet complicated, craps shoot.
The NBA draft grants the clubs' sages something that the targeted tormented toro is denied; in essence, a renewed lease on life.
Ironically, it allows what the Matador forbids.
To the untrained eye the NBA draft may seem a simple affair. You go out, you see, you scout, you report, you decide and you pick. No problem, right? Wrong. Its complicated. There are more than sufficient aspects and tiers involved to make the NBA draft an intricate, tricky business.
Clubs:
Every single one of the NBA clubs is different from the next. Each NBA club IN APPEARANCE is constructed along the same lines but as we all (should) know, appearances can deceive. Take the New York Knicks next to the Utah Jazz. Same league, same everything on the surface but The NY Knicks are owned by Madison Square Garden Enterprises which is a corporate entity while the Utah franchise is a family-run business. BIG DIFFERENCE. Furthermore, each and every club has its own particular hierarchy and MO plus its idiosyncrasies. Finally and varying from club to club, are the diverse drafting philosophies. For one it will be to select the best player available, while another will draft in hopes of filling a team need. Another will draft a player that fits directly into the teams playing system, and yet another may draft an international player that will agree to stay overseas for a few seasons and which occasionally happens, especially when there are salary cap considerations.
What follows is what most NBA clubs do have in common.
Owners: All owners do have something in common whether they are corporate or private. They want to make money. Depending on the club they may or may not have preference or influence as to what player is to be selected.
President/GM: They will report to the owner. They simply want to be successful and are generally responsible for hiring staff, making trades, the salary cap and of course (in theory) the final call in the draft. They will also scout when time permits. They will have under them:
Assistants or Vice-Presidents: They will oversee various aspects of basketball operations, (Bball Ops) scout both domestically and internationally and in general be a support team to the President/GM. They will have under them:
Directors of Scouting: Both domestic and International, they coordinate the travel and information that the scouts gather while also fulfilling scouting responsibilities. They will report to VP and/or GM. They will have under them:
Scouts: (Full time) Are expected to get information and do the majority of the leg work in traveling to view and report on both pro and amateur prospects. They can report to a Director or Pres/ GM and Assistants.

and/or
Scouts: (Regional) to save travel costs clubs (an east coast club for example) keeps "eyes" on the West coast and may have them on a small retainer or pay them per report. In this way clubs save on travel costs.
and/or
Services: To also minimize costs a club may utilize a Scouting Service to report on prospects. This is commonly done to cover international prospects. These services send reports to more than one club and charge the clubs a flat fee.
Coaches: They are expected to win. They normally will report to the President/ GM. In some clubs they will be consulted and have input in the NBA draft process while in others their opinion is not sought after (even though they are expected to generate maximum player-team production).
Players: Are expected to play well and (of course) win games. They are not formally consulted in the draft process; however, their favorable reception of a newly drafted rookie is important, especially in the case of the international player, who may be unaware or unacquainted with the player/coaching culture in the USA/NBA. Culture shock is an understatement.


In conclusion it's apparent that in each and every one of the thirty NBA clubs many bridges and communication lines exist or are are implied, while the procedures of one club can be diametrically opposed to the next. In the NBA, just as in all successful businesses, success starts at the top and good chemistry and equilibrium in the locker-room and on the court starts with and is a reflection of smart front office acumen. Each and every club seeks one goal, they seek the next star and because there are many professionals involved it is not difficult for the NBA Draft process to conclude poorly ... as it can and sometimes does.

And sometimes the bull does win ... but that my friends is another story.



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  NEW ZEALAND   

Standings Men

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Apr. 25: Hub Jets - Super City R. 87-86
Apr. 26: Waikato P. - Nelson G. 78-93
Apr. 26: Wellington S. - Taranaki MA 100-89
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
 Josh PACE
  Nelson G.
  (196-G/F-83)
  Avg: 24
 1. Pace, Nelson G.24.0 
 2. Tait, Wellington S.23.0 
 3. Atkinson, Waika.22.0 
 4. Greene, HBS B.21.5 
 5. Maxey, Nelson G.21.0 
 6. Webster, Waika.19.5 
 7. Mills, Wellington19.0 
 8. Buck, Super City R.19.0 
 9. Cohadarevic, HBS B.18.5 
 10. Hamilton, Waikato18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 18
 1. Atkinson, Waika.18.0 
 2. Horvath, Hub Jets13.0 
 3. Maxey, Nelson G.12.0 
 4. Boucher, Wellingt.11.5 
 5. Pace, Nelson G.9.0 
 6. Bailey, Super C.8.7 
 7. Conklin, Southland8.5 
 8. Greene, HBS B.8.0 
 9. Cohadarevic, HBS B.8.0 
 10. Holloman, Hub Je.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington S.
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 7
 1. Tait, Wellington S.7.0 
 2. Hagan, Hub Jets6.3 
 3. Frank, Wellington5.5 
 4. Martin, Southlan.5.0 
 5. Webster, Waika.5.0 
 6. Bloxham, Nelson G.5.0 
 7. Hamilton, Waikato4.5 
 8. Buck, Super City R.4.3 
 9. Braswell, Southlan.4.0 
 10. Ruscoe, Nelson G.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin BRASWELL
  Southlan.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Braswell, Southlan.5.0 
 2. Hagan, Hub Jets4.0 
 3. Boucher, Wellingt.4.0 
 4. Greene, HBS B.3.0 
 5. O''Riley, Super C.2.0 
 6. Burton, HBS B.2.0 
 7. Buck, Super City R.2.0 
 8. Ili, Super City R.1.7 
 9. Tait, Wellington S.1.5 
 10. Kenny, HBS B.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Atkinson, Waika.3.5 
 2. Dawson, Southlan.2.5 
 3. Maxey, Nelson G.1.5 
 4. Frank, Wellington1.5 
 5. Greene, HBS B.1.5 
 6. Horvath, Hub Jets1.3 
 7. Bolstad, Super C.0.7 
 8. Salt, Super City R.0.7 
 9. Conklin, Southland0.5 
 10. Mills, Wellington0.5 



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  PHILIPPINES   


2013 PBA Commissioners Cup Playoffs Roundup: April 24-26, 2013 - by Enzo Flojo

The 2013 PBA Commish Cup Semifinals cast became complete after the Mixers finished off the Bolts this past Wednesday, while the Gin Kings continued their inspiring run by routing the Texters in Game 1 of their Final Four series.

This past Wednesday, history repeated itself as San Mig Coffee beat Meralco, 90-82, to clinch the final semifinal slot in the conference. Down 0-1 in the PBA Commish Cup quarterfinals to the Bolts? No problem for the Mixers. They buckled down to win Games 2 & 3 to barge into the Final Four and dispose of the Bolts AGAIN. Denzel Bowles, of course, led the way with a huge double-double line -- 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks. In a sublime scene of sportsmanship, he and opposing import Eric Dawson hugged on the court postgame. Dawson finished his PBA stint with 24 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block. Both Bowles and Dawson are in the running for PBA Best Import of the Conference.

Once again, Meralco squandered its many advantages. They lost their one game lead, and they wasted their +9 rebounding advantage. They probably shot a little too much from three-point land, too. They had 22 attempts compared to just 11 for SMC.

The game also saw the return of James Yap, or maybe just the MIRAGE of the real Big Game James. He shot 9-of-17 from the field and ended up with 20 points to help lift the Mixers. The big question, though, is will he continue to deliver, or was this more of an anomaly?

Just last night, Bgy. Ginebra blew Talk N Text out of the Big Dome, 104-81, in Game 1 of their Final Four series. The Gin Kings made up for their rebounding deficiency by taking great care of the ball (only 10 turnovers) and shooting the lights out from the field. Ginebra shot 52.5% from the floor, including 42% from rainbow country. Talk about hot shooting!

The Texters, meanwhile, were plagued by ice cold shooting from long range. TNT made just 1 of its 18 three-point attempts, with usual reliables Ryan Reyes, Larry Fonacier, and Jimmy Alapag combining for only 14 points.

Coach Alfrancis Chuas wards unleashed an early haymaker on coach Norman Blacks Texters. The Kings' 10-2 run early in the game erected a lead that Ginebra would not relinquish and all but made the Texters backpedaling. With the lead not going any lower than 10 points, it's clear that this wasn't even a contest.

Game Recaps:
SAN MIG COFFEE over MERALCO BOLTS, 90-82
The defending champion San Mig Coffee Mixers are making a return trip to the Commissioners Cup semifinals after completing its comeback over with a 90-82 victory over the Meralco Bolts Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

With the victory, the Mixers fashioned a repeat result of last years best-of-three quarterfinals series against the Bolts that saw them rally from a 0-1 deficit to book its final four seat.

San Mig Coffee did it with defense, holding the dangerous Meralco offense to just seven points in the fourth quarter. Anchored by the manic effort by Marc Pingris, the Mixers held Bolts import Eric Dawson and top gun Mac Cardona scoreless in the final period.

It seemed like they got a little tired at the end, said San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone.

Pingris also starred on offense, scoring eight of his 14 points in the fourth period along with seven rebounds and five assists. His heroics completed a balanced attack led by reigning Best Import Denzel Bowles, who scored 23 points, and superstar James Yap, who bounced back from a prolonged slump because on an injury to score 20 points.

Its good to have James out there finally playing at a higher level, said Cone. It was really good effort.

San Mig Coffee advances to a best-of-five semifinals series against the top-ranked Alaska Aces, Cones former team.

Got a tough opponent coming up, playing the No. 1 seed, said Cone. They got some really tough players out there.

SMC 90- Bowles 23, Yap 20, Pingris 14, Simon 11, Devance 9, Barroca 7, Mallari 6, Najorda 0, Reavis 0, DeOcampo 0
MER 82- Dawson 24, Cardona 19, Ross 13, Hugnatan 6, Salvacion 6, Hodge 5, Manuel 4, Vanlandingham 3, Reyes 2, Buenafe 0, Artadi 0
QS: 28-27, 53-46, 75-75, 90-82

BGY. GINEBRA over TALK N TEXT, 104-81
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel threw a knockout punch right in the first quarter, and the Talk N Text Tropang Texters never recovered.

The Gin Kings rode a hot 10-2 start to cruise to a surprisingly easy 104-81 victory in Game One of their Commissioners Cup semifinals series Friday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum in front of a raucous crowd of 14,626.

Ginebra built a 33-15 lead in the opening quarter en route to a 59-36 advantage at the half. The Gin Kings never led by less than 18 points the rest of the way to draw first blood in the best-of-five series.

We beat a very strong team, a very organized team, said Ginebra coach Alfrancis Chua. But the Never Say Die attitude, we went there just to play. Ayun, nakuha namin ang gusto naming mangyari.

Ginebra shot the lights out from the field, shooting 52.5 percent, including 10-of-24 from beyond the arc. In stark contrast, the usually sharp Talk N Text couldnt buy a three-point basket, shooting just 1-of-18 from long distance territory.

Chua credited the momentum from the Gin Kings upset victory in the quarterfinals over Rain or Shine as a key for their performance.

Yun ang ginamit naming motivation coming into this game, said Chua. Ang laking bagay nung pinagdaanan namin dun, nag-gain ng confidence ang mga bata.

Seven players scored at least eight points for the Gin Kings, led by import Vernon Macklin, who rebounded from a conference-low performance in his last outing against Talk N Text. He finished with 25 points and nine rebounds.

Import Jerome Jordan led the way for Talk N Text with 21 points and eight rebounds.

GIN 104- Macklin 25, Raymundo 14, Ellis 13, Baracael 12, Urbiztondo 12, Tenorio 8, Helterbrand 8, Maierhofer 5, Labagala 2, Wilson 2, Hatfield 2, Taha 1, Espiritu 0.
TNT 81- Jordan 21, Castro 18, De Ocampo 12, Al-Hussaini 6, Reyes 6, Ferriols 5, Fonacier 4, Alapag 3, Raymundo 2, Aban 2, Carey 2, Dillinger 0.
QS: 33-15, 59-36, 81-56, 104-81

Sources:
Intro from HoopNut.com. Writing credit to Enzo Flojo.
Game recaps from InterAKTV. Writing credit to Rey Joble.



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  POLAND   

2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lukasz NIESOBSKI
  Sudety
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Niesobski, Sudety20.2 
 2. Przyborowski, Pula.19.6 
 3. Grod, Notec19.3 
 4. Brembly, Trefl S.18.4 
 5. Pawlowski, Pogon P.18.2 
 6. Piotrkowski, AZS A.17.7 
 7. Pluta, Wilki Morsk.17.7 
 8. Krzeminski, Basket17.5 
 9. Niesobski, Sudety17.4 
 10. Zalucki, Korsarz17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jaroslaw PAWLOWSKI
  Pogon P.
  (194-F-80)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Pawlowski, Pogon P.10.2 
 2. Konsek, Korsarz10.0 
 3. Kapturski, Pulask.9.7 
 4. Wojdyr, Wilki Mors.9.7 
 5. Wysocki, Tur B.9.4 
 6. Mis, Handlopex AZS9.1 
 7. Cetnar, Rosa I.8.7 
 8. Grod, Notec8.6 
 9. Michalek, Basket P.8.4 
 10. Malona, Ksiezak8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dawid MIECZKOWSKI
  Pulask.
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Mieczkowski, Pulas.8.5 
 2. Stoklosa, Wilki M.8.3 
 3. Grzelinski, WKK W.6.6 
 4. Ecka, AZS A.5.6 
 5. Wrobel, GTK G.5.5 
 6. Jarosz, MKS S.5.3 
 7. Kozak, Sudety5.3 
 8. Schenk, Rosa Radom4.9 
 9. Wluczynski, Ksieza.4.9 
 10. Kowalski, Nysa K.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Mikolaj GROD
  Notec
  (194-F-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Grod, Notec2.5 
 2. Kapturski, Pulask.2.5 
 3. Wojcik, MKS S.2.3 
 4. Filipiak, Notec2.3 
 5. Brembly, Trefl S.2.3 
 6. Kolka, GTK Gdynia2.2 
 7. Rogacewicz, Baske.2.2 
 8. Niesobski, Sudety2.2 
 9. Krawczyk, Wisla A.2.2 
 10. Paszkiewicz, PWiK2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomasz MILEWSKI
  AZS A.
  (202-F-78)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Milewski, AZS A.1.9 
 2. Mis, Handlopex AZS1.8 
 3. Sobuta, Rosa I.1.8 
 4. Wojdyr, Wilki Mors.1.6 
 5. Nowerski, Legia1.5 
 6. Wojcik, MKS S.1.4 
 7. Wysocki, Tur B.1.3 
 8. Michalek, Basket P.1.1 
 9. Nedzi, Legia1.0 
 10. Lopatka, WKK W.1.0 


PGE Turow keep Miodrag Rajkovic - by Eurobasket News

Miodrag Rajkovic has extended his contract with PGE Turow. The Serbian specialist will spend at least one more season with the Polish team. Miodrag Rajkovic is having quite successful season with the team. He led PGE Turow to the regular season crown in TBL. PGE Turow are heading into the playoffs as the top seeded side with 23-9 record. Rajkovic worked at TBL All-Star Game this season. Miodrag Rajkovic previously worked with Slask Wroclaw, Mega Vizura and Radnicki. He also guided U14 and U16 Serbian National Teams. Miodrag Rajkovic was Radivoj Korac and Adriatic League finalist. He also led his teams to the Polish Cup semis in 2012 and 2013.


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Standings - BSN

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Apr. 26: Guaynabo - Humacao 99-95
Apr. 26: Quebradillas - San German 94-87
Apr. 26: Bayamon - Arecibo 87-99
Apr. 27: Ponce - Guaynabo
Apr. 27: Mayaguez - Santurce


Arecibo lands Justin Dentmon - by Eurobasket News

Capitanes de Arecibo (BSN) landed 28-year old USA ex-international guard Justin Dentmon (182-85kg-85, college: Washington). He played recently at Frisco Texas Legends (D-League) in the U.S.. In 24 games he averaged impressive 26.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.6apg and 1.7spg this season. Dentmon was called during the season by the Dallas Mavericks. But in two games he did not score anything. He also played at Austin Toros in D-League that season. In 18 games he had very remarkable stats: 17.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.1apg and 1.0spg. Dentmon also spent pre-season at Fujian (CBA) in Chinese league that year. He ended the last season at Armani Milano (SerieA) in Italian league. In three games he had 4.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.3apg. He was called during the season by the Toronto Raptors. In four games he had 5.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.3apg.
Three years ago (a year after he left the college) Texas Legends selected him as fourth overall pick in D-League draft.
The former University of Washington standout
He graduated his college in 2009 andis in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Dentmon won D-League championship title in 2012. He received also 2011-2012 All-United States Awards (Voted by All USA Sports Reporters) Player of the Year award and 2011-2012 All-United States Awards (Voted by All USA Sports Reporters) Point Guard of the Year award in 2012. Dentmon also represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara (Mexico) two years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 9.2ppg, Assists-5 (3.2apg), FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 85.7%.
Dentmon is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Dominican Rep., Israel (Hapoel Afula), Venezuela and NBA (New Orleans Hornets and San Antonio Spurs).
Let's have closer look into Dentmon's outlook: (by Netanel Dahan)
A very good scoring combo guard, started his first 2 years for U-Washington as a PG with Brandon Roy, and spent his last 2 years at the shooting guard spot. Lighting quick. A prolific scorer who can make a lot of points in short amount of time and "shoot the lights out" even at the elite level. Very handful player with great ball handling skills and control. Has an incredible athleticism for his size. Great shooter from every range. Makes good use of spin dribble and screens to score or kick out. He is very tough, strong and confident, and has no fear at all to face tall defenders although he is small for good and bad. He is a good penetrator and drives both ways although it seems he prefers more to drive to the right always looking for contact. An amazing 1 on 1 player very hard to stop even at the very high level-very creative and versatile.
A solid passer (3rd all time assists leader for U-Washington) with good court vision. As for his defense he is a good stealer (2nd all time steals leader for U-Washington) and has very strong legs, quick hands, and quick footwork but it seems that he needs to a little more aggressive or put little more effort to guard NBA players on daily base. His shot selection also can be little better. His brother Bruce Barron committed to Oregon after getting 89 rating from ESPN and being nominated to McDonalds All America
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By Eurobasket Data Center



Demetris Nichols signs at Arecibo - by Eurobasket News

Capitanes de Arecibo (BSN) landed 29-year old American forward Demetris Nichols (205-98kg-84, college: Syracuse). He played recently at Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) in the U.S.. In 49 games he averaged impressive 18.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg this season. The last season Nichols was tested by Cholet Basket (ProA) in French league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 8 ProA games he had 14.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg. Nichols also played 1 game in Euroleague where he recorded 5 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block. He also played 3 games in Eurocup where he had 3.7ppg and 2.3rpg.
The previous (10-11) season Nichols played at JA Vichy (ProA, starting five) in French league. In 21 games he had very remarkable stats: 18.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.2apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to make it to the French Cup Semifinals.
In 2009-10 season Nichols played at Gravelines-Dunkerque (ProA) in French league. In 27 games he had 6.7ppg and 2.1rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Nichols also played 3 games in EuroChallenge where he had 6.7ppg and 3.0rpg.
In 2007 he was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (53rd overall). The former Syracuse University staris in his sixth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he won D-League Central Division championship title in 2009. Nichols received also NABC All-NCAA District 2 1st Team award and All-Big East 1st Team award back in 2007 at his college time.
Nichols has played also professionally in NBA (Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks), Ukraine (Azovmash) and D-League (Iowa Energy).
His game is described as: Demetris Nichols is versatile small forward who is able to shoot the ball with excellence. He is an amazing three-point shooter who always plays and scores within the team's system. His shooting touch is perfect, he is able to score on his defender from any given situation. Nichols is great when it comes to shooting the ball of the dribble or just going for a layup where he uses his strong body as an advantage. He can be also used as power forward. Coaches like him because he can also easily defend power forward position due to his strong body and athleticism.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Cangrejeros own first place - by Luis Modestti


Cangrejeros de Santurce defeated Leones de Ponce 79-75 and now own first place with an 8-4 record.

Cangrejeros controlled most of the game thanks to a great defensive game plan which limited the shooters of Ponce who made only 18% of their shots from three-point range.

Santurce had a 38-30 first half lead as Leon Williams (203-C/F-86, college: Ohio) netted 10 points and Javi Gonzalez added 7.

Ponce had a great third quarter from Manuel Fortuna and Garret Siler who combined for 16 points and after 30 minutes the score was tied at 55.

In the final quarter Santurce stayed with a solid team play and Francis Han made a three with 1:42 left which gave his team enough breathing room to secure the win.

Williams finished with 22 points while Gonzalez added 14 and Alex Galindo 13 for Santurce.

Fortuna led Leones with 20 points; Mike Harris scored 17 and Garret Siler 16.

Vaqueros edged Indios de Mayaguez 79-78 to put their record on 4-7.

Bayamon dominated most of the game as they finished the first half up 47-32. They had a comfortable lead in the final quarter but Mayaguez made a 12-1 run to tie it at 73. They traded the lead until Terrence Shannon made the winning bucket.

Javier Mojica scored 23 points while Shannon added 18 and Marquise Gainous 17.

Games for Friday, April 26:

Atleticos de San German at Piratas de Quebradillas
Caciques-Gigantes de Carolina-Humacao at Mets de Guaynabo
Capitanes de Arecibo at Vaqueros de Bayamon

All games start at 8:00 p.m.



Cangrejeros add David Jackson - by Luis Modestti


Cangrejeros de Santurce looking for more offensive firepower signed veteran guard David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.). At the same time released forward Bennet Davis (206-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern).

Jackson played in Argentina for Gimnasia y Esgrima de Comodoro Rivadavia where he averaged 17,6 points in 50 games. He was an efficient scorer making 56,6% from two and 44% from three point range.

After playing in Penn State he went to Uruguay and then Puerto Rico where he signed with Grises de Humacao in 2008. That season with Grises he averaged 8,1 points in eleven games. He then played in Argentina where he became famous with Penarol and La Union de Formosa. He also played in Venezuela with Guaiqueries and for Flamengo in Brazil.

His debut is expected to be tomorrow as Cangrejeros visit Indios de Mayaguez. Santurce is on top of the league with an 8-4 record.



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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. N.Novgorod 8-10 
 6. Unics 7-9 
 7. Krasnie Krilya 7-9 
 8. Triumph 7-9 
 9. Spartak-Prim. 6-10 
 10. Enisey 2-13 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 26: Spartak-Prim. - N.Novgorod 87-92
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. Oguchi, Spartak-.16.6 
 3. Fridzon, Khimky16.5 
 4. Thompson, N.Nov.15.6 
 5. McKee, Triumph15.1 
 6. Simmons, Krasnie15.0 
 7. Gillenwater, Spart.14.8 
 8. Kaimakoglou, Unics14.4 
 9. Delaney, Spartak-.13.9 
 10. Calathes, Lokom.13.4 
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. Monya, Khimky6.0 
 7. Gillenwater, Spart.5.9 
 8. Kaimakoglou, Unics5.8 
 9. Panin, N.Novgorod5.5 
 10. Karasev, Triumph5.3 
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. Delaney, Spartak-.4.3 
 6. Calathes, Lokom.4.3 
 7. Eidson, Unics4.1 
 8. Khryapa, CSKA3.9 
 9. Dowdell, Enisey3.9 
 10. Kalnietis, Lokomo.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.2.3 
 2. Surovtsev, Sparta.2.2 
 3. McKee, Triumph2.1 
 4. Thompson, N.Nov.2.0 
 5. Eidson, Unics1.8 
 6. Kaimakoglou, Unics1.6 
 7. Calathes, Lokom.1.5 
 8. Landry, Triumph1.5 
 9. Wright, Spartak SP1.4 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sergey MONYA
  Khimky
  (202-PF-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Monya, Khimky1.4 
 2. Zabelin, Spartak-.1.3 
 3. Kaun, CSKA1.1 
 4. Lazarev, Triumph1.0 
 5. Mavrokefalid., Spa.0.7 
 6. Balashov, Krasni.0.7 
 7. Maric, Lokomotiv0.7 
 8. Rizvic, Enisey0.6 
 9. Vougioukas, Unics0.6 
 10. Thompson, N.Nov.0.6 


EuroChallenge: Krasnie Krilya edge Gravelines to enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Krasnie Krilya - Gravelines 81:78

Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP) nailed 28 points and grabbed 6 boards to pace Krasnie Krilya past Gravelines in the first EuroChallenge semifinal clash in Izmir.
Krasnie Krilya started the game aggressively. The Samara team went on a 23:12 rally to clear off. Aaron Miles gave Krasnie Krilya a 41:29 lead late in the first half. However Gravelines capped the half with five straight points to narrow the gap 34:41. Gravelines used a 7:0 run midway through the third term to trim the deficit at just one point 52:53. Lamayn Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) drained a timely three-pointer to keep Krasnie Krilya in charge. The Samara team ensured a 62:58 lead at the final intermission. However Gravelines went on a 4:0 spurt at the start of the fourth stanza to level things up at 62. Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) responded with seven straight points to give breathing room for the Russian team. Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) and Kennedy Winston (198-F/G-84, college: Alabama) kept the intrigue alive with four points and later Dwight Buycks put Gravelines within just two points 72:74. But Omar Thomas converted a jumper and Collins followed with a treble to secure a 79:72 lead for Krasnie Krylia with just 36 seconds to go. Kennedy Winston and Johnson hit three-pointers but Collins went perfect from the line to seal the win for the Samara outfit. Chester Simmons finished with 16 points, while Lamayn Wilson had 15 points for the winning team. Dwight Buycks answered with 21 points for Grtavelines. Kennedy Winston chipped in 18 points in the loss.

Krasnie Krilya: Omar Thomas 28, Chester Simmons 16, Lamayn Wilson 15
Gravelines: Dwight Buycks 21, Kennedy Winston 18



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  SLOVAKIA   


Extraliga Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Inter joins Komarno in Final - by Eurobasket News

Nitra - Inter Bratislava 90-95

Inter Bratislava upset Nitra on the road to clinch the title series birth. Inter will now take on Komarno for the trophy. Nitra was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 29-23 charge of Inter Bratislava, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Nitra's 36. Inter Bratislava forced 19 Nitra turnovers. American forward Alando Tucker (198-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up and scored 23 points for the winners and Polish point guard Robert Skibniewski (183-83) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Five Inter Bratislava players scored in double figures. American guard Patrick Sparks (184-83, college: Kentucky, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds and Slovenian guard Maj Kovacevic (190-90) scored 26 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!).
Top scorers:
Nitra: P.Sparks 28+10reb+3ast, M.Kovacevic 26+1reb, V.Kosa 16+1reb+3ast, A.McClain 6+3reb, D.Noel 5+6reb+4ast, S.Bilic 5+5reb+1ast
Inter Bratislava: A.Tucker 23+3reb+2ast, R.Skibniewski 16+2reb+7ast, J.Graham 14+5reb, M.Rancik 11+11reb+1ast, N.Delic 11+2reb, M.Garnett 11+1ast
gschID: 239738



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  SLOVENIA   

Standings - 1A

Telemach Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Krka 9-0 
 2. Un.Olimpija 6-2 
 3. Maribor Messer 4-4 
 4. Helios 3-6 
 5. Zlatorog 2-7 
 6. Tajfun 2-7 
Places 7-12
 1. Rogaska 17-11 
 2. Polzela 13-15 
 3. Geoplin Slovan 12-16 
 4. Elektra 12-16 
 5. Grosuplje 10-18 
 6. LTHcast Mercator 7-21 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 10

Places 1-6

Apr. 26: Krka - Zlatorog 91-70
Apr. 26: Helios - Tajfun 76-68
Apr. 27: Maribor Messer - Un.Olimpija
Apr. 30: Zlatorog - Helios
Apr. 30: Un.Olimpija - Krka
Apr. 30: Tajfun - Maribor Messer

Places 7-12

Apr. 26: Rogaska - Elektra 85-72
Apr. 26: Polzela - Grosuplje 79-75
Apr. 26: LTHcast Mercator - Geoplin Slovan 76-81


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Sasa ZAGORAC
  Grosuplje
  (205-F/C-84)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Zagorac, Grosuplje17.5 
 2. Jagodnik, Polzela17.3 
 3. Abramovic, LTHcas.16.8 
 4. Span, Geoplin Slov.15.6 
 5. Udrih, Zlatorog15.4 
 6. Robertson, Polzela15.1 
 7. Tomic, Rogaska15.0 
 8. Pelko, Maribor14.8 
 9. Miljkovic, Rogaska14.4 
 10. Rancic, Helios14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Polzela
  (208-F-88)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bristol, Polzela10.9 
 2. Miljkovic, Rogaska8.1 
 3. Collins, Elektra7.9 
 4. Zagorac, Grosuplje7.1 
 5. Zimic, Tajfun7.1 
 6. Jagodnik, Polzela6.8 
 7. Jakhel Kolar., LTH.6.6 
 8. Mijovic, Rogaska6.3 
 9. Primorac, Tajfun6.3 
 10. Martin, Polzela6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Danijel VUJASINOVIC
  Polzela
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Vujasinovic, Polze.5.8 
 2. Jovanovic, Maribo.5.7 
 3. Tomic, Rogaska5.0 
 4. Zagorc, Elektra4.2 
 5. Antonijevic, Grosu.4.0 
 6. Mocnik, Helios3.9 
 7. Mlakar, Geoplin3.9 
 8. Kostomaj, Rogaska3.8 
 9. Ferme, Tajfun3.7 
 10. Brolih, Tajfun3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Samo UDRIH
  Zlatorog
  (195-G-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Udrih, Zlatorog2.0 
 2. Tomic, Rogaska1.8 
 3. Lapornik, Zlatorog1.8 
 4. Robertson, Polzela1.6 
 5. Tomic, Geoplin Slo.1.6 
 6. Mlakar, Geoplin1.5 
 7. Span, Geoplin Slov.1.5 
 8. Vujasinovic, Polze.1.5 
 9. Petrovic, Geopli.1.5 
 10. Antonijevic, Gros.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Polzela
  (208-F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bristol, Polzela2.4 
 2. Tratnik, Grosuplje1.9 
 3. Collins, Elektra1.7 
 4. Zimic, Tajfun1.1 
 5. Martin, Polzela1.1 
 6. Majstorovic, Helios1.0 
 7. Buda, Geoplin Slov.0.8 
 8. Miljkovic, Rogaska0.6 
 9. Robertson, Polzela0.6 
 10. Miljkovic, Grosup.0.6 



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  SPAIN   

Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Anthony WINCHESTER
  Breog.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Winchester, Breog.15.9 
 2. Sanchez, Melilla15.6 
 3. Starosta, Plana.15.5 
 4. Barbour, Ourense15.3 
 5. Zengotitaben., Cor.15.0 
 6. Hezonja, FCB Regal14.5 
 7. Samuels, Lobe H.14.4 
 8. Otegui, Palencia14.2 
 9. Blanch, Andorra14.1 
 10. Coppenrath, Luce.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ondrej STAROSTA
  Plana.
  (215-C-79)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Starosta, Plana.9.8 
 2. Wachsmann, Melilla9.0 
 3. Sikma, A.Ford B.8.1 
 4. Diouf, Breogan7.7 
 5. Samuels, Lobe H.7.4 
 6. Ogide, Ourense7.0 
 7. McDermott, Palen.6.9 
 8. Otegui, Palencia6.7 
 9. Kale, Coruna6.2 
 10. Coppenrath, Luce.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel PEREZ
  Andorra
  (188-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Perez, Andorra5.6 
 2. Uriz, Clavijo5.0 
 3. Rodriguez, Forca L.4.9 
 4. Marco, Melilla4.5 
 5. Lopez, A.Ford B.4.3 
 6. Forcada, Palencia4.2 
 7. Creus, Assignia M.3.3 
 8. Aguilar, A.Ford B.3.2 
 9. Perez, FCB Regal3.1 
 10. Sanz, Planasa NV3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mario HEZONJA
  FCB Regal
  (202-G/F-95)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hezonja, FCB Regal1.9 
 2. Otegui, Palencia1.9 
 3. Sikma, A.Ford B.1.9 
 4. Perez, Andorra1.8 
 5. Lopez, A.Ford B.1.7 
 6. Uriz, Clavijo1.7 
 7. Blanch, Andorra1.7 
 8. Toledo, A.Ford B.1.7 
 9. Samuels, Lobe H.1.7 
 10. Xavier, A.Ford B.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Michel DIOUF
  Breogan
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Diouf, Breogan1.8 
 2. Flis, Andorra1.3 
 3. Mbaye, FCB Regal1.1 
 4. Samuels, Lobe H.1.0 
 5. Starosta, Plana.1.0 
 6. Sikma, A.Ford B.0.9 
 7. Coppenrath, Lucen.0.8 
 8. Leonavicius, Breog.0.8 
 9. Hampl, Andorra0.7 
 10. Gatell, Lobe Hue.0.7 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Will HANLEY
  Valencia
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Hanley, Valencia17.7 
 2. Llorente, Guadalaj.16.9 
 3. Luettgerodt, Avila16.2 
 4. Balmon, Guadalaj.14.1 
 5. Matemalas, Palma14.0 
 6. Justo, Lan M.13.9 
 7. Hidalgo, Castello13.4 
 8. Cruz, La Palma12.9 
 9. Ortega, Castello12.9 
 10. Pantin, Lan M.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Will HANLEY
  Valencia
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Hanley, Valencia11.2 
 2. Pantin, Lan M.10.3 
 3. Balmon, Guadalaj.8.8 
 4. Diagne, Mad-Croc8.7 
 5. Joseph, Palma8.3 
 6. Dominguez, G.Cana.8.1 
 7. Ortega, Castello7.4 
 8. Elias, Aurtenec.7.3 
 9. Aramburu, Cafes A.7.1 
 10. Arteaga, Guadalaj.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. Herrero, Avila3.4 
 5. Alvarado, Aurtenec.3.4 
 6. Santana, G.Canari.3.3 
 7. Santamaria, Cafes3.2 
 8. Vives, FIATC J.3.1 
 9. San Emeterio, Pal.3.1 
 10. Bassas, Prat J.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Guillem VIVES
  FIATC J.
  (190-F/G-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Vives, FIATC J.2.2 
 2. Arcelus, Aurtenec.2.1 
 3. Diaz, Unicaja2.0 
 4. Ros, Prat Juventud1.9 
 5. Forbes, Aurtenec.1.8 
 6. Balmon, Guadalaj.1.8 
 7. Santana, G.Canari.1.8 
 8. Rueda, Castello1.7 
 9. Cardenas, Oviedo1.7 
 10. Hanley, Valencia1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Victor ARTEAGA
  Guadalaj.
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Arteaga, Guadalaj.2.0 
 2. Marti, Prat J.1.8 
 3. Joseph, Palma1.6 
 4. Fall, Clinicas Rin.1.6 
 5. Aramburu, Cafes A.1.3 
 6. Niang, La Palma1.2 
 7. Diagne, Mad-Croc1.1 
 8. Pantin, Lan M.1.0 
 9. Hidalgo, Castello0.9 
 10. Malick, Clinicas.0.6 


Cantu could add Joe Ragland, ex UCAM Murcia - by Eurobasket News

FoxTown Cantu (SerieA) is about to agree terms with 24-year old American guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita State) who currently plays UCAM Murcia in Spain. In 24 games he had 11.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg this season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Ragland's team won MVC Regular Season in 2012. He was also voted All-MVC 1st Team in 2012 at his college time.
Ragland graduated from Wichita State in 2012 and it is his first season as a professional player.
On Ragland: A super quick and energic combo guard player. He's a very good outside shooter and scorer, his powerful body enables him to be very effective at the defensive side too. Great upside, even at Euroleage level.

By Eurobasket Data Center



LEB Silver Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Clinican Rincon join Palma in Final - by Eurobasket News

Castello - Clinicas Rincon 69-79

Clinicas Rincon snatched a road win over Castello to advance into the Final. The game was mostly controlled by Clinicas Rincon. Castello managed to win third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Point guard Jose Pozas (184-92) fired 18 points for the winners. Naturalized Lithuanian forward Tautvydas Sabonis (202-92) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Clinicas Rincon's coach Francis Tome used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward David Ortega (199-84) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and guard Jose Maria Garcia (193-87) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Castello: D.Ortega 16+12reb+3ast, J.Maria Garcia 13+4reb+3ast, L.Parejo 12+3reb+1ast, A.Ausina 11+3reb+3ast, F.Castello 7+1reb+1ast, V.Hidalgo 6+3reb+1ast
Clinicas Rincon: J.Pozas 18+3reb+3ast, L.Conde 16+1ast, T.Sabonis 16+5reb+1ast, M.Malick 10+10reb, M.Fall 8+7reb, A.Diaz 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 239747



LEB Gold Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Andorra - Coruna 81-88

Coruna snatched a road win over Andorra to open the quarterfinal series. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 51-43 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Leyma Basquet made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Leyma Basquet outrebounded River Andorra 35-12 including a 25-8 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Asier Zengotitabengoa (200-88) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Marcos Suka-Umu (193-85, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 22 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Leyma Basquet players scored in double figures. point guard Daniel Perez (188-90) answered with 15 points, 8 assists and 4 steals and naturalized Russian power forward Dmitry Flis (203-84) added 21 points in the effort for River Andorra. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Coruna: M.Suka-Umu 22+3reb+1ast, A.Zengotitabengoa 17+5reb+5ast, P.Almazan 16+4reb+3ast, J.Kale 15+3reb, X.Lopez 5+2reb+1ast, E.Hernandez-Sonseca 5+4reb
Andorra: D.Flis 21, D.Perez 15+2reb+8ast, D.Wright 9+1reb+1ast, M.Blanch 9+1reb, P.Sanchez 7+1reb+1ast, T.Schreiner 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 239404


Breogan - Caceres 88-95

Caceres surged ahead in the series beating Breogan away from home. It looked good early as Leche Rio Breogan took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Caceres Basket had a 29-22 second period charge getting the lead and Leche Rio Breogan was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 88-95. Caceres Basket made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Caceres Basket outrebounded Leche Rio Breogan 32-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Caceres Basket especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. American guard Braydon Hobbs (195-89, college: Bellarmine) stepped up and scored 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and power forward Roberto Morentin (206-81, college: Cent.Florida) chipped in 9 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Caceres Basket players scored in double figures. Caceres Basket's coach Carlos Frade allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American guard Anthony Winchester (193-83, college: W.Kentucky) responded with 31 points and 5 assists and Lithuanian guard Gintaras Leonavicius (194-83, agency: Players Group) scored 15 points.
Top scorers:
Caceres: B.Hobbs 19+6reb+1ast, P.Robles 15+1reb+2ast, O.Ashaolu 13+7reb, R.Nguema 12+2reb+1ast, R.Morentin 9+7reb+7ast, A.Lopez 8+1ast
Breogan: A.Winchester 31+1reb+5ast, G.Leonavicius 15+2reb, R.Schaftenaar 10+4reb, E.Martinez 8+1reb, S.Ogirri 6+6ast, M.Gomez 6+6reb
gschID: 239407


Palencia - Forca Lleida 96-90

Palencia shot down Forca Lleida at home court to take 1-0 lead. Lleida Basquet was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 28-16 charge of Palencia Baloncesto, which allowed them to win the game. Palencia Baloncesto dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Lleida Basquet's 44. Palencia Baloncesto players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Power forward Urko Otegui (203-81) stepped up and scored 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and swingman Carles Bravo (193-79) chipped in 23 points and 6 assists. At the losing side forward Sergi Pino (196-87) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Pierre Oriola (206-92) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Palencia Baloncesto and five Lleida Basquet players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Palencia: U.Otegui 25+6reb+2ast, C.Bravo 23+1reb+6ast, A.Ott 15+4reb, J.Durley 12+7reb, R.Fornas 11+4reb, X.Forcada 6+7reb+9ast
Forca Lleida: D.Calegari 18+6reb, S.Pino 17+5reb+3ast, G.Mangano 14+5reb, P.Oriola 14+9reb+1ast, D.Rodriguez 12+1reb+4ast, J.Johnson 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 239406


Lucentum - Lobe Huesca 73-59

Lucentum overpowered Lobe Huesca in the opener. Lobe Huesca was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 44-29 second half run of Meridiano Alicante. Guard Rafael Huertas (189-84, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 14 points for the winners and the former international center Jesus Fernandez (204-75) chipped in 4 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side point guard Eric Sanchez (181-82, agency: Dynamics Global Management) responded with 12 points and Slovenian guard Sandi Cebular (196-86) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Lucentum: R.Huertas 14+2reb, D.Middleton 11+2reb, T.Coppenrath 9+5reb, R.Bas 9+2ast, A.Sabat 8+3reb+2ast, P.Rivero 6+2reb+3ast
Lobe Huesca: E.Sanchez 12+2reb+2ast, J.Orfila 8+3reb+1ast, S.Cebular 8+5reb+1ast, J.Samuels 8+2reb, L.Costa 7+2reb+1ast, M.Krusic 6+4reb
gschID: 239405



"A veces...." por Tim Shea - by Tim Shea


For this American patriot the arrival of the warmhearted, springtime Spanish sun signals two things. Locally, its the opening of bull fighting season while in the distance we see the escalation of efforts, by NBA lottery bound clubs, to discover and draft their next NBA savior. Of course no correlation exists between bull fighting and the NBA draft. One is a controversial sport with an unwilling, boxed-in bull performing as the traditional, terminal victim, while the other may be loosely compared to an annual, calculated yet complicated, craps shoot.
The NBA draft grants the clubs' sages something that the targeted tormented toro is denied; in essence, a renewed lease on life.
Ironically, it allows what the Matador forbids.
To the untrained eye the NBA draft may seem a simple affair. You go out, you see, you scout, you report, you decide and you pick. No problem, right? Wrong. Its complicated. There are more than sufficient aspects and tiers involved to make the NBA draft an intricate, tricky business.
Clubs:
Every single one of the NBA clubs is different from the next. Each NBA club IN APPEARANCE is constructed along the same lines but as we all (should) know, appearances can deceive. Take the New York Knicks next to the Utah Jazz. Same league, same everything on the surface but The NY Knicks are owned by Madison Square Garden Enterprises which is a corporate entity while the Utah franchise is a family-run business. BIG DIFFERENCE. Furthermore, each and every club has its own particular hierarchy and MO plus its idiosyncrasies. Finally and varying from club to club, are the diverse drafting philosophies. For one it will be to select the best player available, while another will draft in hopes of filling a team need. Another will draft a player that fits directly into the teams playing system, and yet another may draft an international player that will agree to stay overseas for a few seasons and which occasionally happens, especially when there are salary cap considerations.
What follows is what most NBA clubs do have in common.
Owners: All owners do have something in common whether they are corporate or private. They want to make money. Depending on the club they may or may not have preference or influence as to what player is to be selected.
President/GM: They will report to the owner. They simply want to be successful and are generally responsible for hiring staff, making trades, the salary cap and of course (in theory) the final call in the draft. They will also scout when time permits. They will have under them:
Assistants or Vice-Presidents: They will oversee various aspects of basketball operations, (Bball Ops) scout both domestically and internationally and in general be a support team to the President/GM. They will have under them:
Directors of Scouting: Both domestic and International, they coordinate the travel and information that the scouts gather while also fulfilling scouting responsibilities. They will report to VP and/or GM. They will have under them:
Scouts: (Full time) Are expected to get information and do the majority of the leg work in traveling to view and report on both pro and amateur prospects. They can report to a Director or Pres/ GM and Assistants.

and/or
Scouts: (Regional) to save travel costs clubs (an east coast club for example) keeps "eyes" on the West coast and may have them on a small retainer or pay them per report. In this way clubs save on travel costs.
and/or
Services: To also minimize costs a club may utilize a Scouting Service to report on prospects. This is commonly done to cover international prospects. These services send reports to more than one club and charge the clubs a flat fee.
Coaches: They are expected to win. They normally will report to the President/ GM. In some clubs they will be consulted and have input in the NBA draft process while in others their opinion is not sought after (even though they are expected to generate maximum player-team production).
Players: Are expected to play well and (of course) win games. They are not formally consulted in the draft process; however, their favorable reception of a newly drafted rookie is important, especially in the case of the international player, who may be unaware or unacquainted with the player/coaching culture in the USA/NBA. Culture shock is an understatement.


In conclusion it's apparent that in each and every one of the thirty NBA clubs many bridges and communication lines exist or are are implied, while the procedures of one club can be diametrically opposed to the next. In the NBA, just as in all successful businesses, success starts at the top and good chemistry and equilibrium in the locker-room and on the court starts with and is a reflection of smart front office acumen. Each and every club seeks one goal, they seek the next star and because there are many professionals involved it is not difficult for the NBA Draft process to conclude poorly ... as it can and sometimes does.

And sometimes the bull does win ... but that my friends is another story.



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  SWITZERLAND   

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. Milisavljevi., Lug.17.5 
 8. Dobbins, Starwings17.3 
 9. Burrows, Starwings17.1 
 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, Fribourg8.2 
 6. Dobbins, Starwings7.9 
 7. Reid, Fribourg7.8 
 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. Parker, Geneve L.6.3 
 4. Milisavljevi., Lug.6.3 
 5. Jenkins, Starwings5.4 
 6. Kojadinovic, Month.4.7 
 7. Draughan, Fribourg4.2 
 8. Stimac, Geneve L.3.5 
 9. Burrows, Starwings3.5 
 10. Kazadi, Fribourg3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jamelle BARRETT
  SAM M.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Barrett, SAM M.2.9 
 2. Gibson, MBC2.9 
 3. Jenkins, Starwings2.2 
 4. Petkovic, SAV V.2.1 
 5. Owens, BBC Nyon1.8 
 6. Fergerson, Lugano1.7 
 7. Kojadinovic, Month.1.7 
 8. James, Geneve L.1.7 
 9. Ferguson, Boncourt1.7 
 10. Mladjan, Lugano T.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. Toure, Geneve Lio.1.4 
 4. Dobbins, Starwings1.3 
 5. Burrows, Starwings1.3 
 6. Matter, Starwings1.2 
 7. Badji, Neuchatel1.0 
 8. Barber, Lugano T.0.9 
 9. Owens, BBC Nyon0.8 
 10. Mladjan, SAM M.0.8 


LNA Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Fribourg - Starwings 81-58

Fribourg rallied past Starwings to secure 2-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Fribourg. Starwings was better in second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fribourg dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Starwings' 30. Fribourg forced 20 Starwings turnovers. Starwings were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. The other American import forward Matt Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV, agency: Two Points) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward Justin Dobbins (203-87, college: E.Michigan, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Fribourg: A.Reid 22+12reb+2ast, M.Shaw 17+8reb, R.Yates 12+8reb, E.Draughan 8+1reb+3ast, R.Kovac 6+1reb, I.Savoy 5
Starwings: T.McCrory 13+5reb+1ast, J.Dobbins 13+10reb+1ast, B.Jenkins 8+4reb+1ast, J.Burrows 8+10reb+2ast, R.Guettinger 6+1reb, B.Kostic 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 239612


Geneve Lions - BBC Nyon 96-59

Geneve Lions shut down BBC Nyon for 2-0 lead. Geneve Lions shot 60.3 percent from the field. Geneve Lions had a 29-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Croatian power forward Andrej Stimac (204-79) who scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Senegalese power forward Babacar Toure (205-85) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Geneve Lions players scored in double figures. American forward Justin Rutty (200-89, college: Quinnipiac) produced 26 points and 6 rebounds and Canadian forward Jean-Richard Volcy (203-82, college: N.Michigan) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: T.Brown 18+1reb, V.Buscaglia 18+3reb+3ast, A.Stimac 17+8reb+5ast, B.Toure 17+9reb+1ast, M.Maruotto 8+5reb, K.Parker 6+2reb+5ast
BBC Nyon: J.Rutty 26+6reb, K.Bradley 10+2ast, M.Owens 10+5reb+3ast, J.Volcy 8+10reb+3ast, G.Lanisse 2+4reb, V.Zaninetti 2
gschID: 239614


Neuchatel - Monthey 69-51

Neuchatel stretched their lead in the series handing the second consecutive loss to Monthey. The game was mostly controlled by Neuchatel. Monthey was better in second period 13-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Monthey was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Quinton Day (185-84, college: UMKC, agency: Three Eye Sports) who scored 17 points and 4 assists. The other American import guard Ray Reese (196-87, college: Tulsa) chipped in 16 points. Bosnian forward Bozo Djurasovic (200-87) produced 14 points and international Jonathan Dubas (202-91) added 6 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Neuchatel: Q.Day 17+3reb+4ast, R.Reese 16+3reb+2ast, T.Coleman 13+4reb+1ast, J.Aw 8+9reb, S.Louissaint 6+3ast, D.Lang 4+1reb+2ast
Monthey: B.Djurasovic 14+3reb+1ast, H.Laroche 10+1reb, C.Mafuta 6+1reb, D.Holmes 6+2reb+1ast, J.Dubas 6+5reb+2ast, A.Hodzic 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 239613


Lugano Tigers - Boncourt 91-86 OT

Lugano needed overtime to tame Boncourt as they gained 2-0 lead. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 29-22 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 5-point victory in overtime. Boncourt was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was the former international Dusan Mladjan (198-86, agency: Interperformances) who scored 33 points (!!!) and 5 steals. American power forward Matt Schneiderman (204-81, college: N.Iowa) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Four Lugano Tigers players scored in double figures. Lugano Tigers' coach Randoald Dessarzin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American swingman Shy Ely (194-87, college: Evansville, agency: Merit Sports) produced 30 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Daniel Ferguson (191-85, college: Valdosta St., agency: Interperformances) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Lugano Tigers: D.Mladjan 33+3reb, M.Schneiderman 22+12reb+2ast, D.Stockalper 11+4reb+4ast, K.Barber 11+4reb+3ast, R.Gordon 8+8reb+2ast, M.Magnani 3+1reb+1ast
Boncourt: S.Ely 30+7reb+6ast, I.N'Diaye 17+5reb+1ast, D.Ferguson 15+7reb+8ast, L.Lahey 9+10reb+3ast, A.Herrmann 9+4reb+4ast, G.Louissaint 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 239611



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EuroChallenge: Dixon pulls Pinar Karsiyaka into the Final game - by Eurobasket News

Pinar Karsiyaka-EWE Baskets 66:62

Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) pulls Pinar Karsiyaka into the Final game of EuroChallenge. He posted 18 points for his Pinar Karsiyaka in a 66:62 win.
Both teams nailed 17 points each in the first period. The home side needed a 13-11 rally in the second frame for 2-point lead at the halftime. EWE Baskets however was too far to give up and posted an 18-17 victory in the third quarter to reduce to just 1 points after 30 minutes. Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue) later made two free throws for 62:60 with less than 2 minutes to go. Bobby Dixon meanwhile scored 4 free throws at the very end for the final result.
Jon Diebler (198-G-88, college: Ohio St.) scored 11 points in the winning effort. Thomas Williams (201-F) notched 10, while Can Mutaf (190-G-91) added 7. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) delivered 19 points in defeat and Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) had 17. Christopher Chris Kramer had 9, whilst Ronald Burrell brought 8.

Pinar Karsiyaka: Bobby Dixon 18, Jon Diebler 11, Thomas Williams 10, Can Mutaf 7
EWE Baskets: Adam Chubb 19, Rickey Paulding 17, Chris Kramer 9, Ronald Burrell 8



Huseyin Besok gets MVP of the Week award for Turkish TBL - by Eurobasket News

Experienced former international center Huseyin Besok (212-C-75) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Hacettepe and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 37-year old center had a double-double of 16 points and twenty six rebounds, while his team beat Turk Telekom (#12, 8-20) 77-70. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Hacettepe maintains the 16th position in Turkish TBL. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Hacettepe have already lost 23 games and recorded just five victories. It's Besok's second year at Hacettepe and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Huseyin Besok averages this season 8.9ppg and 6.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American Joey Dorsey (206-C/F-83, agency: FCM) of Gaziantep. Dorsey impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds. Of course he lead Gaziantep to another comfortable win 87-68 over the lower-ranked Antalya (#15, 6-22) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Gaziantep keeps 10th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-17 record. Dorsey is a newcomer at Gaziantep and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.0ppg (#7). He also registered 12.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Ceyhun Altay (196-G/F-86, agency: Court Side) of Turk Telekom (#12). Altay scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Altay's great performance Turk Telekom lost 70-77 to the lower-ranked Hacettepe (#16, 5-23). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Turk Telekom can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 8-20 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Altay he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Altay has a very solid season. In 27 games in Turkey he scored 9.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89) of Antalya - 29 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
5. J.P. Prince (201-G-87) of Mersin - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Andre Collins (183-PG-82) of Gaziantep - 30 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77) of TED Kolejliler - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85) of Erdemir - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Sammy Mejia (198-G-83) of Banvit BK - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ersin Dagli (203-F/C-81) of Galatasaray - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 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)



EuroLeague: Olympiacos survive thriller to reach Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - Anadolu Efes 82:72

Olympiacos came back from a 12-point deficit in the third quarter to knock down Anadolu Efes in the decisive fifth game of the EuroLeague quarterfinal series. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 19 points and 5 assists to pace the Reds in front of 12000 spectators at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus.
Anadolu Efes overcame the pressure from the Olympiacos fans in the opening quarter to take a 23:21 lead after ten minutes. The Turkish team opened the second frame with 13 points in a row to gain a 36:21 lead. Olympiacos managed to narrow the deficit at 8-point mark at the interval 33:41. Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) and Savanovic restored a 12-point lead for the visitors early in the third term. But Olympiacos answered with a 17:3 run to gain a 52:50 lead. Gonlum capped the third frame with two free throws as Anadolu Efes posted a slim 55:54 advantage. Pero Antic drained a triple to ignite a 7:0 rally from the hosts at the start of the fourth frame. Jamon Lukas Gordon and Shipp gave Anadolu Efes a 67:66 advantage with under five minutes remaining. But Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) came up with key five points for the home side as the Reds grabbed a 73:68 advantage. Shipp and Erden sank just one free throw each in their four attempts and Acie Law punished them on the other end hitting a three-pointer. Georgios Printezis and Vassilis Spanoulis stretched the gap to 8 points 78:70 and Olympiacos hung on to claim victory at the end. Georgios Printezis delivered 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Josh Josh Powell (206-F-83, college: N.Carolina St.) added 9 points for the winners. Jamon Lukas Gordon netted 14 points for Anadolu Efes. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Olympiacos: Vassilis Spanoulis 19, Georgios Printezis 15, Josh Powell 9
Anadol Efes: Jamon Lukas Gordon 14, Jordan Farmar 11



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  UKRAINE   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Randy CULPEPPER
  Fe.
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Culpepper, Fe.20.1 
 2. Adams, Orleans19.3 
 3. Dykes, Hoverla17.5 
 4. Goods, Hapoel T-A17.2 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Hal.17.0 
 6. Thomas, Cherkasy16.9 
 7. Mitchell, Halychyna16.7 
 8. Greer, Azovmash16.6 
 9. Mayo, Mykolaiv16.1 
 10. Lyons, Budivelnyk16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.10.6 
 2. Moore, Fe.9.1 
 3. Jones, Albacomp8.5 
 4. Wiggins, DniproAzot8.0 
 5. Eziukwu, Panele.7.9 
 6. Muldrow, Pieno Z.7.6 
 7. Fischer, BC Donet.7.4 
 8. Korniyenko, Dnipro7.2 
 9. Lyons, Budivelnyk6.9 
 10. Harris, Azovmash6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Derrick LOW
  Dnipro
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Low, Dnipro6.9 
 2. Greer, Azovmash6.8 
 3. Florence, Szolnok6.3 
 4. Lawrence, Hoverla6.2 
 5. Deane, Khimik6.0 
 6. Zimmerman, Neckar5.8 
 7. Perkins, Olympiacos5.4 
 8. Mitchell, Halychyna5.4 
 9. Adams, Orleans5.1 
 10. Culpepper, Fe.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 James FLORENCE
  Szolnok
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Florence, Szolnok2.0 
 2. Culpepper, Fe.1.9 
 3. Shavies, Mykolaiv1.9 
 4. Adams, Orleans1.9 
 5. Chappell, Fe.1.8 
 6. Zimmerman, Neckar1.8 
 7. Frazier, Kryvbasb.1.8 
 8. Low, Dnipro1.6 
 9. Butskyy, Fe.1.6 
 10. Dykes, Hoverla1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Pieno Z.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Muldrow, Pieno Z.3.1 
 2. Fischer, BC Donet.1.9 
 3. Eziukwu, Panele.1.8 
 4. Goodridge, Yesilgi.1.6 
 5. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.6 
 6. Balashov, BC Odes.1.3 
 7. Hunter, Cherkasy1.3 
 8. Fesenko, BC Donet.1.3 
 9. Gumeniuk, Mykolaiv1.3 
 10. Pustovyi, Khimik1.0 


Petrochimi signs Tyrone Brazelton, ex BC Odessa - by Eurobasket News

Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour (Superleague) signed 27-year old American point guard Tyrone Brazelton (185-103kg-86, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He just played at BC Odessa in Ukrainian Superleague. In 24 games he had 12.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.8apg and 1.5spg this season. Brazelton also played at Nuernberger Basketball Club (ProA) in German league earlier this season. In 9 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.9apg and 1.4spg. The last season he played at Erie Bay Hawks in D-League. In 23 games he recorded 8.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.7apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (10-11) season Brazelton was tested by Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (BBL) in German league. In 12 games he recorded 5.3ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.6apg. The most of previous (09-10) season he spent at Energa Czarni (TBL) in Polish league. In 21 games he recorded 13.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.8apg and 1.1spg. The other team Brazelton played shortly was Asseco Prokom Gdynia (TBL) in Polish league. In 6 games he recorded 7.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.7apg. He also played 3 games in Euroleague where he recorded 4.7ppg and 1.0rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Brazelton won Polish League championship title in 2009. He was also voted All-Sun Belt 2nd Team back in 2008 at his college time.
Brazelton has played also professionally in Latvia (Ventspils).
He attended Western Kentucky University until 2008 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.
Brazelton could be described: Tyrone is a consumate point guard who can always reach high assist and point values per game. He is a tireless defender and very quick off the dribble. He can play at the highest level of European competition and can even play combo guard alongside another point guard because he defends so well.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  URUGUAY   

Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Leandro GARCIA MORALES
  Agu.
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Garcia Moral., Agu.26.4 
 2. Keenan, Arecibo26.3 
 3. Clarkson, Larre B.26.1 
 4. Woodward, Welcome25.9 
 5. Danridge, Guaiquer.24.7 
 6. Baxley, Defensor22.9 
 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, Defensor11.7 
 4. Passos, Trotamun.11.3 
 5. Curtis, Bohemios10.5 
 6. Blankson, Un.Atlet.10.5 
 7. Clarkson, Larre B.10.4 
 8. Shellman, Sayago10.3 
 9. Wilkerson, Obera T.9.9 
 10. Johnson, Toros9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Guaiquer.
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Barrera, Guaiquer.7.8 
 2. Bavosi, Un.Atletica6.3 
 3. Vidal, Bigua6.2 
 4. Fitipaldo, Malvin6.0 
 5. De Gouveia, Tabare5.7 
 6. Cortizas, Allavena5.5 
 7. Garcia Moral., Agu.5.4 
 8. Gonzalez, Aguada4.7 
 9. Pereyra, Monte.4.7 
 10. Hamilton, Defensor4.6 
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: 2.6
 1. Dilligard, Aguada2.6 
 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. Inman, Sitra1.1 
 9. Kanis, Trouville1.1 
 10. Newsome, Bambuqu.1.1 



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  VENEZUELA   

Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
 1. Marinos 29-10 
 2. Cocodrilos 23-16 
 3. Bucaneros 22-18 
 4. Gaiteros 22-18 
 5. Gigantes 21-21 
 6. Guaros 19-21 
 7. Trotamundos 18-22 
 8. Guaiqueries 17-23 
 9. Panteras 16-25 
 10. Toros 13-26 

Regular Season: Round 38

Apr. 26: Guaros - Bucaneros 99-95
Apr. 26: Gigantes - Panteras 79-72
Apr. 27: Cocodrilos - Guaiqueries
Apr. 28: Cocodrilos - Guaiqueries
Apr. 28: Guaros - Gaiteros
Apr. 28: Bucaneros - Marinos




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Women News


Castors Braine agree on terms of contract with Celeste Trahan-Davis - by Eurobasket News

Celeste Trahan-Davis (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Elizabeth City) will play in Belgium next season. She has agreed on terms of contract with Castors Braine. The centre is currently playing in Switzerland. She averages 28.8 points, 18.9 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.8 assists per game for Fribourg. Celeste Trahan-Davis started the season in Lithuania. She played for Kibirkstis-Tiche. Her stats read 7.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in EuroCup. In LMKL the centre delivered 10.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.9 steals. Later Celeste Trahan-Davis moved to T71 Dudelange in Luxembourg. Her stats read 29.3 points, 15.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per three appearances. Celeste Trahn-Davis was trumped All-Swiss LNA Player of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012.


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  BRAZIL   


Brazil gets ready for USA trip - by Eurobasket News

Brazilian National Team is getting ready for the USA trip. They are scheduled to play two friendly encounters with WNBAs Atlanta Dream and Washington Mystics. The games are slated for May 13 and May 15 respectively. Luiz Augusto Zanon have called up the following players:

Ariani Silva (170-G-89)
Carina Martins (177-G/F-92)
Clarissa Dos Santos (187-C-88)
Damiris Dantas
Debora Da Costa (165-G-91)
Franciele Nascimento (190-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas)
Fabiana Caetano De Souza (194-F/C-91)
Joice Coelho (175-F-93)
Izabela De Andrade (185-F-86)
Nadia Calhado (193-C-89)
Patricia Ribeiro (176-G/F-90)
Taina Paixao (176-G-91)
Tatiana Nascimento (181-F-91)
Jaqueline Silvestre (178-F-86).

The teams will tip off the training camp on May 1.



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  BULGARIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kristina SANTIAGO
  Dunav
  (185-F-89)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Santiago, Dunav21.7 
 2. Tomova, Montana20.2 
 3. Gayle, Neftochimic18.4 
 4. Teilane, Haskovo17.8 
 5. Dubrovina, Neftoch.16.8 
 6. Robinson, Neftochi.16.5 
 7. Naneva, Beroe15.6 
 8. Dimitrova, Dunav15.5 
 9. Mehmedic, Haskovo15.2 
 10. Johnson, Dunav 8.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ashley GAYLE
  Neftochimic
  (193-F/C-90)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Gayle, Neftochimic12.5 
 2. Slavova-N., Montan.11.6 
 3. Teilane, Haskovo11.0 
 4. Johnson, Dunav 88.10.9 
 5. Tomova, Montana9.8 
 6. Santiago, Dunav9.0 
 7. Farrell, Rilski S.8.2 
 8. Robinson, Neftochi.8.2 
 9. Kovacevic, Haskovo7.0 
 10. Allen, Levski7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Olga DUBROVINA
  Neftochi.
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Dubrovina, Neftoch.5.9 
 2. Mehmedic, Haskovo5.2 
 3. Kostova, Dunav 88.4.9 
 4. Anderson, Dunav3.6 
 5. Samburska, Montana3.4 
 6. Nesheva, Montana3.3 
 7. Djikova, Rilski S.3.0 
 8. Allen, Levski2.8 
 9. Sokolan, Neftochim.2.7 
 10. Johnson, Dunav 8.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Charel ALLEN
  Levski
  (181-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Allen, Levski3.0 
 2. Mehmedic, Haskovo2.5 
 3. Dubrovina, Neftoch.2.2 
 4. Johnson, Dunav 88.2.0 
 5. Naneva, Beroe1.9 
 6. Santiago, Dunav1.9 
 7. Koleva, Beroe1.8 
 8. Slavova-N., Montan.1.8 
 9. Anderson, Dunav1.7 
 10. Peteva, Levski1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Haskovo .
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Teilane, Haskovo3.6 
 2. Gayle, Neftochimic2.1 
 3. Tomova, Montana1.9 
 4. Santiago, Dunav0.9 
 5. Allen, Levski0.8 
 6. Ivanova, Levski0.7 
 7. Johnson, Dunav 88.0.5 
 8. Yancheva, Levski0.5 
 9. Kostova, Montana0.5 
 10. Sharenkapova, Du.0.5 


Dunav 8806 wins the Final opener - by Eurobasket News

Neftochimic - Dunav 8806 92-96 (0-1)

Dunav 8806 wins the Final opener. Dunav 8806 forced 19 Neftochimic turnovers and outrebounded them 47-35 including 37 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Kristina Santiago (185-89, college: Cal Poly - SLO, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 17 rebounds. Her fellow American import forward Amanda Johnson (187-90, college: Oregon, agency: LBM Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Ashley Gayle (193-90, college: Texas, agency: LBM Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks and Ukrainian guard Olga Dubrovina (170-87, agency: LBM Management) added 29 points and 4 assists in the effort for Neftochimic. Five Dunav 8806 and four Neftochimic players scored in double figures. Neftochimic's coach Peter Marinov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Neftochimic: A.Gayle 30+18reb+4ast, O.Dubrovina 29+4reb+4ast, A.Sokolan 16+2reb+2ast, M.Zhelyazkova 10+2reb+2ast, V.Kai Rebane 4+6reb+2ast, A.Miteva 3+3reb
Dunav 8806: K.Santiago 30+17reb, A.Johnson 18+11reb+2ast, M.Anderson 15+4reb+8ast, Z.Kostova 14+7reb+2ast, R.Dimitrova 12+6reb+2ast, V.Kocheva 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 239625



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Jennings announces first GB Women's squad selection for 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Standard Life GB Senior Women's Basketball head coach, Damien Jennings , has announced a preliminary squad of 20 players for EuroBasket Women 2013. The lineup includes a blend of experience from players in the 2012 Olympic squad as well as some fresh young talent, all of whom will gather for the first time since London in training camp at Surrey Sports Park. Five of GB's best youth players have been selected for the first time specifically with an eye to 2020, including Ella Clark (190-F-92), Renee E. Busch (175-G-92), Christina Gaskin (185-F-93), Cheridene Green (187-C-95) and Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby. In another first, two of these players, Clark and Gaskin, are graduates from the Regional Institute of Basketball at Barking Abbey and are among the seven Future aged players named in the squad. Jo Leedham, who stepped up for GB and shone during the London Games, has once again been selected in the preliminary squad. During the Olympic campaign, Leedham was joint top in points per game with an impressive 16.2 average earning her nomination for 'British Basketball's Athlete of the Year'. At her current side, Bourges Basket she helped the team secure third place in the Euroleague Women Final Eight with some impressive offensive rebounding. The squad will assemble on 4 May 2013 to commence their preparations for the summer ahead where they face a tough EuroBasket challenge against Olympic silver medallists, France, Serbia and Latvia for their first round games at the tournament. GB women's head coach, Damian Jennings commented on his selection: "The EuroBasket creates a great test for us post Olympics and we have been able to select a real blend of experience and youthful talent. "With the early timing of EuroBasket there will always be challenges but all the GB performance staff are looking forward to working with the selected squad and preparing for this great summer ahead."
Full details of the 20 players in the preliminary squad are:
Dominique Allen (192-C-89, college: ORU)
Rose Anderson (178-SG-88, college: Cent.Oklahoma)
Renee E. Busch
Kimberly Butler (186-PF-82, college: Oregon St.)
Ella Clark
Stefanie Collins (168-PG-82, college: St.Bonaventure)
Temitope Fagbenle (193-F-92)
Stephanie Gandy (178-F-82, college: Michigan)
Christina Gaskin
Cheridene Green
Chantelle Handy (191-C-87, college: Marshall)
Georgia Jones (172-G-90, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: ORU)
Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce)
Roz Mason
Erin McGarrahan
Harriet Ottewell-Soulsby
Kristie Shiels
Azania Stewart (195-C-89, college: Florida)
Lauren Thomas-Johnson (178-G-88, college: Marquette)
Rachel Vanderwal (176-G-83, college: Boston U.).



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Toulouse adds Ardon to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Toulouse Metropole Basket (LFB) added to their roster 34-year old forward Leslie Ardon (181-79). She started the season at Union Lyon Basket Feminin (LFB). In 28 games she had 4.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season Ardon played also at Lyon. In 25 games she recorded 9.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as her team won French LF2 Regular Season in 2011. Ardon was also voted Eurobasket.com Spanish LFB All-Defensive Team back in 2007 and 2008.
She has played previously professionally in Spain (Extrugasa and San Jose).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Toulouse adds Ardon to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Toulouse Metropole Basket (LFB) added to their roster 34-year old forward Leslie Ardon (181-79). She started the season at Union Lyon Basket Feminin (LFB). In 28 games she had 4.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season Ardon played also at Lyon. In 25 games she recorded 9.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as her team won French LF2 Regular Season in 2011. Ardon was also voted Eurobasket.com Spanish LFB All-Defensive Team back in 2007 and 2008.
She has played previously professionally in Spain (Extrugasa and San Jose).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Anael Lardy to join Perpignan - by Eurobasket News

Anael Lardy (170-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) will tip off the next season in France. She has agreed on terms of contract with Perpignan. Anael Lardy is spending the current season in Czech Republic. She plays for USK Praha. Her stats read 2.6 points, 1.6 assists and 1.2 rebounds per game in EuroLeague. In ZBL the guard notches 4.3 points, 2.6 assists and 2.2 rebounds per appearance. Last season Anael Lardy played for Challes-les-Eaux. She tallied 7.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in LFB. Previously she had spells with Bourges, Stade Clermontois and Clermont-Ferrand. She was the member of the U16, U18, U20 and U21 French National Teams. Anael Lardy also played for the French National Team in 2009/12 seasons.


Danielle Page will start next season with Lattes Montpellier - by Eurobasket News

Lattes Montpellier bolstered their roster for the next season. They agreed on terms of contract with Danielle Page (188-F-86, college: Nebraska). The forward played for Lyon this season. Danielle Page averaged 10.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 block per game in LFB. Last season Danielle Page spent with Challes-les-Eaux. Her stats read 11.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals per appearance. Previously Danielle Page had stints in Hungary, Israel, Poland, Bulgaria and WNBA. She was named All-Hungarian League Forward of the Year in 2011. Last season Danielle Page made it into French LFB All-Imports Team. She also made it into Polish PLKK 2nd Team back in 2009.


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  GERMANY   

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Emma CANNON
  Wasserburg
  (188-F-89)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Cannon, Wasserburg20.2 
 2. Whitcomb, Wolfenbu.18.9 
 3. Tatham, Halle18.4 
 4. Wright, Herner17.1 
 5. Korpivaara, Heli G.16.7 
 6. Byrd, Osnabruck16.4 
 7. House, BG 89 Avid.16.3 
 8. Beliveau, Rhein MB16.3 
 9. Nainima, Oberh.16.1 
 10. Young, Bamberg15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emma CANNON
  Wasserburg
  (188-F-89)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Cannon, Wasserburg14.3 
 2. Tatham, Halle10.9 
 3. Jordan, Oberhausen9.2 
 4. Beliveau, Rhein MB9.0 
 5. Benzio, Bamberg9.0 
 6. Pace, Osnabruck8.8 
 7. Wright, Herner8.6 
 8. White, Marburg8.4 
 9. Greene, Freiburg8.3 
 10. Covington, Rhein8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Amanda REGO
  Heli Girls
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Rego, Heli Girls7.1 
 2. Nainima, Oberh.4.3 
 3. Schindler, Freiburg4.2 
 4. Mankertz, BG 89 A.3.9 
 5. House, BG 89 Avid.3.4 
 6. Davidson, Marburg3.3 
 7. Barnert, Wasse.3.2 
 8. Richter, Heli Girls3.0 
 9. Brunckhorst, Wasse.3.0 
 10. Skuballa, Marburg2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Samantha WHITCOMB
  Wolfenbu.
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Whitcomb, Wolfenbu.2.6 
 2. Rego, Heli Girls2.4 
 3. Tracey, Freiburg2.4 
 4. Nainima, Oberh.2.3 
 5. Richter, Heli Girls2.3 
 6. Beliveau, Rhein MB2.3 
 7. Pace, Osnabruck2.2 
 8. Tatham, Halle2.1 
 9. Karel, Rhein MB2.1 
 10. Young, Bamberg2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Chanita JORDAN
  Oberhausen
  (196-C-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jordan, Oberhausen2.0 
 2. Tracey, Freiburg1.2 
 3. Hoehne, Osnabruck1.2 
 4. Covington, Rhein M.1.1 
 5. Dalembert, Wasse.0.9 
 6. Fikiel, Wasserburg0.8 
 7. Benzio, Bamberg0.8 
 8. Greene, Freiburg0.7 
 9. Cannon, Wasserburg0.7 
 10. Tatham, Halle0.6 


Wasserburg reach DBBL Finals - by Eurobasket News

Freiburg - Wasserburg 63-74 (0-2)

Eisvogel Freiburg was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 34-22 second half run of TSV 1880 Wasserburg. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Eisvogel Freiburg's 36. TSV 1880 Wasserburg players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Eisvogel Freiburg's players. American forward Emma Cannon (188-89, college: Cent.Florida) had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Stina Barnert (174-89) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists during the contest. American swingman Jahzinga Tracey (185-86, college: Indiana, PA) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and her fellow American import forward Mariesa Greene (183-87, college: Barry) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Freiburg: J.Tracey 21+6reb+1ast, M.Greene 13+13reb, B.Williams 7+8reb+4ast, C.Hoere 6, F.Hoere 6+1reb, J.Hodapp 5+2reb+1ast
Wasserburg: E.Cannon 24+13reb+6ast, S.Barnert 17+2reb+5ast, R.Thoresen 7+4ast, M.Dalembert 6+4reb+1ast, T.Sten 6+5reb+1ast, K.Fikiel 6+5reb
gschID: 239544


Rhein MB - Osnabruck 81-77 (1-1)

34 personal fouls committed by Osnabruck helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Forward Denise Beliveau (180-89, college: New Hampshire) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Alyssa Karel (170-89, college: Wisconsin) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Guard Angela Pace (178-87, college: Robert Morris) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 18 rebounds and guard Jasmine Byrd (173-85, college: NC-Greensboro) added 20 points in the effort for Osnabruck. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Osnabruck: A.Pace 26+18reb+1ast, J.Byrd 20+1reb+1ast, J.Hootmann 10+3reb, A.Schwagmeyer 10+8reb+1ast, K.Schulte to Buhne 6+5reb, M.Knopp 3+2reb
Rhein MB: A.Karel 23+3reb+1ast, D.Beliveau 17+13reb+1ast, S.Wagner 10+9reb+3ast, S.Greunke 10+7reb+1ast, A.Rexroth 9+3reb+1ast, F.Pieczynski 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 239545



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Dimitrakou left Kayseri - by Eurobasket News

26-year old Greek ex-international forward Zoi Dimitrakou (188-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) left Pankup TED Kayseri Kolejspor (TKBL). In 10 games she recorded 12.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg this season. She also played 9 games in Eurocup where she averaged 11.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.4apg.
Dimitrakou managed to play in four leagues in two countries this year (!!!). Dimitrakou also played at Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (LFB) in French league earlier that season. In 8 games she averaged 7.3ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.0apg. She also played 4 games in Euroleague where she averaged 8.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.0apg.
The last season Dimitrakou played at Charleville-Mezieres (LFB) in French league. In 26 games she averaged 12.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.0apg.
The previous (10-11) season she played at Aix-en-Provence (LFB) in French league. In 26 games she averaged 12.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg.

Dimitrakou ended the previous (09-10) season at Cadi ICG Software (LFB) in Spanish league. In four games she averaged 7.0ppg and 1.8rpg. But the most of that year she spent at Paleo Faliro Pireus (B) in Greek league. In 8 games she averaged 13.4ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Dimitrakou won Greek League championship title in 2007. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Most Improved Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com Greek League All-Domestic Players Team back in 2008.
Dimitrakou was also a member of Greek international program for some years. She played for Greek Senior National Team between 2006 and 2009 and previously for U20 National Team in 2006. Dimitrakou represented Greece at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 13.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.8%.
Dimitrakou has played previously for three other Greek teams: Panionios, M.Aleksandros and P.Faliro.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @1x1sports)



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stats leader

Points Per Game
 Britney JONES
  Fjolnir
  (172-G-87)
  Avg: 31.6
 1. Jones, Fjolnir31.6 
 2. McCallum, KR30.6 
 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, KR12.1 
 5. Marlow, Snaefell11.0 
 6. Auguste, BC Nokia10.0 
 7. Amundadottir, KR9.3 
 8. Kjartansdott., Sna.9.1 
 9. Hallgrimsdot., Gri.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. Gunnlaugsdot., Kef.4.2 
 7. Butler, Valur4.2 
 8. McCallum, KR4.1 
 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, KR4.5 
 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. Evans, Haukar2.4 
 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, KR1.0 
 8. Sveinsdottir, Hau.1.0 
 9. Brynjarsdott., Val.0.9 
 10. Jones, Fjolnir0.9 


Dominos League Round 3 of Finals. Keflavik regain the lead - by Eurobasket News

Keflavik - KR 72-51

Keflavik stunned visiting KR to get back in the lead in the championship series. The game was mostly controlled by Keflavik. KR managed to win third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Keflavik forced 21 KR turnovers. It was a great evening for the former international forward Birna Valgardsdottir (181-76) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Jessica Jenkins (172-90, college: St.Bonaventure) helped adding 17 points and 8 rebounds. Four Keflavik players scored in double figures. Keflavik's coach Sigurour Ingimundarson felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Shannon McCallum (177-87, college: Charlotte) with 9 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Helga Einarsdottir (186-88) scored 6 points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: J.Jenkins 17+8reb+2ast, B.Valgardsdottir 17+12reb+2ast, P.Gunnlaugsdottir 15+5reb+6ast, B.Gudmundsdottir 10+7reb+5ast, S.Run Hinriksdottir 8+3reb+1ast, I.Kristinardottir 5+2reb
KR: G.Thorsteinsdottir 11+5reb+1ast, S.McCallum 9+14reb+5ast, R.Olafsdottir 7+2reb+2ast, B.Einarsdottir 6+1reb, H.Einarsdottir 6+9reb+2ast, S.Amundadottir 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 239470



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Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team 2013
Allison Hightower
Hightower
Ashley Shields
Shields
Tamara James
James
Courtney Hurt
Hurt
Jessica Lawson
Lawson

Finals MVP: Allison Hightower (178-G-88) of Elitzur Ramla
Player of the Year: Ashley Shields (180-SG-85) of Maccabi Ashdod
Guard of the Year: Ashley Shields (180-SG-85) of Maccabi Ashdod
Forward of the Year: Courtney Hurt (185-F-90) of Mondeville
Center of the Year: Jessica Lawson (191-C-86) of H.R. Le-Zion
Import Player of the Year: Ashley Shields (180-SG-85) of Maccabi Ashdod
Domestic Player of the Year: Alysha Clark (178-F-87) of Ramat Hasharon
Defensive Player of the Year: Ashley Shields (180-SG-85) of Maccabi Ashdod
Coach of the Year: Adan Inbar of Elitzur Ramla

1st Team
G: Allison Hightower (178-G-88) of Elitzur Ramla
SG: Ashley Shields (180-SG-85) of Maccabi Ashdod
G/F: Tamara James (178-G/F-84) of Elitzur Ramla
F: Courtney Hurt (185-F-90) of Mondeville
C: Jessica Lawson (191-C-86) of H.R. Le-Zion

2nd Team
PG: Briann January (173-PG-87) of Ramat Hasharon
G: Rebekah Gardner (185-G-90) of Hap.Petah Tikva
G/F: Karima Christmas (182-G/F-89) of Maccabi R.Hen
F: Alysha Clark (178-F-87) of Ramat Hasharon
F/C: Danielle Adams (185-F/C-89) of Maccabi Ashdod

Honorable Mention
Adaora Elonu (185-F-90) of Galil Elion
Christine Flores (190-F-90) of Galil Elion
Maurita Reid (173-PG-85) of Elitzur Netanya
Shey Peddy (170-PG-88) of H.R. Le-Zion
Alison Hinton (185-F-88) of Hap.Petah Tikva
Vanessa Gidden (193-C/F-85) of Hap.Petah Tikva
Avery Warley (190-F-87) of Elitzur Holon
Alexis Hornbuckle (180-G-85) of Elitzur Holon
Katia Levitsky (190-PF-85) of Elitzur Ramla

All-Domestic Players Team
SG: Inbar Lev Ron (174-SG-92) of Galil Elion
G: Limor Peleg (165-G-85) of Elitzur Holon
F: Michal Epstein (180-F-81) of Elitzur Ramla
F: Alysha Clark (178-F-87) of Ramat Hasharon
PF: Katia Levitsky (190-PF-85) of Elitzur Ramla

All-Imports Team
G: Allison Hightower (178-G-88) of Elitzur Ramla
SG: Ashley Shields (180-SG-85) of Maccabi Ashdod
G/F: Tamara James (178-G/F-84) of Elitzur Ramla
F: Courtney Hurt (185-F-90) of Mondeville
C: Jessica Lawson (191-C-86) of H.R. Le-Zion



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  MONTENEGRO   


Dynamo Moscow signs Ana Dabovic - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Moscow (PBL) signed 24-year old Montenegrin swingman Ana Dabovic (183-89). She started the season at TED Ankara in Turkish TKBL. In 22 games she had very impressive stats: 17.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.8spg this season. Dabovic also played 6 games in Eurocup where she recorded also remarkable stats: 17.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. The last season she played at Wisla Can-Pak (PLKK) in Polish league. In 33 games she recorded 7.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.0spg. She helped them to win the league title and the cup. Dabovic also played 15 games in Euroleague where she recorded 4.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.1apg.
The previous (10-11) season she played at Dynamo-GUVD Novosibirsk. In 22 games she recorded also great stats: 19.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 5.1apg and 2.2spg that season. She contributed to her team making it to the Russian Cup Semifinals. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Dabovic also played 9 games in Eurocup where she recorded also great stats: 20.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 4.6apg and 2.6spg.
In 2009-10 season she played at Aris (A1) in Greek league. In 23 games she recorded 13.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.6apg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to Eurobasket.com Greek League All-Bosmans Team and All-Newcomers Team.
In 2008-09 season Dabovic played at BC Herceg Novi (D2) in Montenegrin league. She contributed to her team making it to the semifinals.
In 2007-08 season Dabovic played at Flamutari (A1) in Albanian league. She contributed to her team winning the cup.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Dabovic was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup European Player of the Year in 2011. She represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 14.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.4apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 81.8%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  POLAND   


Artego renews contract with coach Herkt - by Grzegorz Ozog

After a good season ended the Polish Championships bronze medal Artego Bydgoszcz decided to renew the contract with the coach Tomasz Herkt .

Bronze medal in this season is the most successful in the history of Artego Bydgoszcz.

Artego Bydgoszcz will soon start building a roster for the season 2013/14. The good news for the club is the fact that in Bydgoszcz will stay most sponsors.

In the past, coach Herkt worked in Wisla Can-Pack Krakow, AZS Koszalim, Zastal Zielona Gora and Polfa Pabianice. In 1996-1999 he was also the head coach of the Polish Women National Team.



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  RUSSIA   


Dynamo Moscow signs Ana Dabovic - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Moscow (PBL) signed 24-year old Montenegrin swingman Ana Dabovic (183-89). She started the season at TED Ankara in Turkish TKBL. In 22 games she had very impressive stats: 17.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.8spg this season. Dabovic also played 6 games in Eurocup where she recorded also remarkable stats: 17.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. The last season she played at Wisla Can-Pak (PLKK) in Polish league. In 33 games she recorded 7.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.0spg. She helped them to win the league title and the cup. Dabovic also played 15 games in Euroleague where she recorded 4.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.1apg.
The previous (10-11) season she played at Dynamo-GUVD Novosibirsk. In 22 games she recorded also great stats: 19.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 5.1apg and 2.2spg that season. She contributed to her team making it to the Russian Cup Semifinals. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Dabovic also played 9 games in Eurocup where she recorded also great stats: 20.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 4.6apg and 2.6spg.
In 2009-10 season she played at Aris (A1) in Greek league. In 23 games she recorded 13.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.6apg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to Eurobasket.com Greek League All-Bosmans Team and All-Newcomers Team.
In 2008-09 season Dabovic played at BC Herceg Novi (D2) in Montenegrin league. She contributed to her team making it to the semifinals.
In 2007-08 season Dabovic played at Flamutari (A1) in Albanian league. She contributed to her team winning the cup.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Dabovic was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup European Player of the Year in 2011. She represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 14.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.4apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 81.8%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Bojan Jankovic is the new assistant coach for the Serbian National Team - by Tamara Ruzic

Bojan Jankovic (Oral Roberts University) is the new assistant coach to Head Coach Marina Maljkovic of the Serbian National Team.
Last four seasons Jankovic spent with ORU and 2009 he became the first non-american coach in the history of college basketball in US.
Jankovic joined the ORU staff on August 31, 2010, and he helped guide the Golden Eagles to the Southland Conference Championship in 2013
Since coming to ORU, Jankovic has helped guide the Golden Eagle program to a trio of successful seasons. ORU has won 61 games in Jankovics three seasons on the bench, and they have made three postseason appearances, including a 2013s trip to the NCAA Tournament and a pair of WNIT bids.
Jankovic spent four seasons at Centenary, serving as assistant coach for three years before taking over the head coaching duties for the 2009-10 season. Prior to his time in Shreveport, Jankovic assisted at the University of the Ozarks, where he helped the mens basketball team achieve the most conference wins in team history.
Jankovic held his first coaching position in the United States as a student assistant with the mens basketball team at Texas A&M-Commerce. He helped coach the Lions to a 26-4 record and a NCAA Division II South Central Regional finals appearance in 2005.

In Europe, Jankovic had the opportunity to work several summers with Igor Kokoskov, now an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns, who is the only European assistant coach in the NBA. As coaches, Jankovic and Kokoskov were responsible for new player development.
Jankovic also spent five years with Radnicki, a Division I Professional team in Serbia, where he served as the head coach for the U18 team. In 2004, Jankovic led Radnickis U18 team to a win in one of the largest tournaments on the European circuit in Goteborg, Sweden.

Jankovic started his playing career with Radnicki, and he also played at Belgrade Basketball Club before coming to the United States. Collegiately, he played at Mount Senario College in Ladysmith, Wis., leading the team to the National Small College National Championship in 1996.
After his college career, Jankovic spent one season playing professionally in Russia. An injury led him into a coaching career.




Ana Dabovic signs a contract with Dynamo Moscow - by Tamara Ruzic

Russian club Dynamo Moscow has signed with Serbian National Guard Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) for the upcoming season.
Dabovic returns to Russia after playing two seasons elsewhere. In 2012 she played for Wisla Can-Pack, this season she was on TED Ankara roster.
This season with Ankara she averaged 16.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.
In her last stint in Russia with Dynamo-GUVD Novosibirsk she was scoring 19.5 points per game in Russian league, 20.3 points per game in EuroCup Women.
She has played for Wisla Can-Pak (Poland) , Dynamo-GUVD (Russia), Aris (Greece), BC Herceg Novi (Montenegro)and Flamutari (Albania)



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Stats Leaders - LFB

Points Per Game
 Bernice MOSBY
  Conquero
  (186-F-84)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Mosby, Conquero19.3 
 2. Allison, Burgos18.9 
 3. Traore, Cadi I.16.0 
 4. Putnina, UNB O.15.3 
 5. Romero, Gran C.15.3 
 6. Walich, Conquero14.9 
 7. Ndour, Gran Canaria14.5 
 8. Monroe, Uni Girona14.2 
 9. Denson, Caja Rural14.0 
 10. Diaz, Gran Canaria13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vanessa BLE
  Gran Canaria
  (190-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Ble, Gran Canaria11.5 
 2. Monroe, Uni Girona9.0 
 3. Putnina, UNB O.8.5 
 4. Covington, Cadi I.7.9 
 5. Ndour, Gran Canaria7.6 
 6. Allison, Burgos7.6 
 7. Henry, Rivas Ecopo.7.6 
 8. Mosby, Conquero7.5 
 9. Denson, Caja Rural7.1 
 10. Stevenson, Hondar.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Noemi JORDANA
  Uni Girona
  (173-PG-80)
  Avg: 4
 1. Jordana, Uni Girona4.0 
 2. Romero, Gran C.3.6 
 3. Mirchandani, Conqu.3.4 
 4. Asurmendi, UNB O.3.2 
 5. Ortiz, Caja Rural3.0 
 6. Suarez, Hondar.-.2.9 
 7. Fernandez, Perfume.2.7 
 8. Lopez, Bembibre2.6 
 9. Broering, Conquero2.6 
 10. Ble, Gran Canaria2.5 
Steals Per Game