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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Bogdan Bogdanovic going on NBA draft - by Igor Obradovic

Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-F-92) has decided to apply for this year's NBA draft, he revealed to the media in Serbia, his manager Aleksandar Rakovic.

Bogdan Bogdanovic this season in the ABA league has averaged 5 points and 2 rebounds and 15.5 minutes per game. In Euroleague he played 6 games with the same average points and rebounds as the in the Adriatic league.
Best match was recorded against the Russian CSKA when he scored 16 points with 6 rebounds and 3 steals.


Although it is the last year for reporting on the draft in 2014, he decided to do this year.

Yesterday he won ABA league with Partizan, when they defeat Crvena zvezda 71:63.



Davis Bertans in the summer camp of San Antonio Spurs - by Igor Obradovic

Partizan winger in the summer will be in training camp of NBA club, San Antonio Spurs.

Letonian player will travel to the United States at the end of the season and will remain there until the beginning of preparations for the national team that will compete at the Eurobasket in Slovenia.
It is still not known is Davis Bertans (203-SF-92) will stay in Partizan team next season.

In ABA league he averaged scoring 9.8 points and 2.7 rebounds with a great shot for 3 points - 44.6% (58/130), while in the Euroleague recorded 6.6 points and 2.3 rebounds



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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, Santurce17.6 
 5. Lewis, Marinos16.6 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.5 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.16.0 
 8. Lytch, Argentino15.1 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol15.0 
 10. Campazzo, Penarol14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Marinos
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Clancy, Marinos10.8 
 2. Phillip, Quebradil.10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.5 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.7.9 
 5. Battle, Lanus7.5 
 6. Seawright, GECR I.7.5 
 7. Williams, Quimsa7.1 
 8. Shannon, Bayamon7.1 
 9. Mata, Penarol6.9 
 10. Sanchez, Santurce6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.1 
 2. Martinez, Regat.4.8 
 3. Osimani, Obras4.2 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.0 
 5. Labaque, Atenas3.9 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 7. Cajal, Union Progr.3.8 
 8. Cequeira, Sionista3.7 
 9. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.6 
 10. Treise, Libertad3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Pau, Olimpico LB1.9 
 3. Lescano, Atenas1.9 
 4. Lewis, Marinos1.7 
 5. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.5 
 6. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.4 
 7. Elsener, Atenas1.4 
 8. Laprovittola, Lanus1.4 
 9. Washam, Regatas C.1.4 
 10. Labaque, Atenas1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Marinos
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Clancy, Marinos1.7 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.5 
 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 4 of Semi-Finals. Boca Juniors and Penarol with vital wins - by Eurobasket News

Boca Jrs - Regatas C. 69-60

Boca Juniors handed Regatas the second straight defeat and forced the decisive fifth game in the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Regatas Corrientes won third quarter 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Boca Juniors made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican center Daniel Santiago (216-76, college: N.Mexico, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. The former international center Pedro I. Calderon (209-80) replied with 13 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Paraguayan swingman Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Regatas Corrientes. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: J.DeGroat 21+7reb+1ast, P.Hopson 16+3reb+5ast, D.Santiago 15+10reb+1ast, F.Van Lacke 10+5reb+1ast, J.Coleman 3, M.Delia 2+3reb
Regatas C.: J.Martinez 13+5reb+2ast, P.I. Calderon 13+7reb+2ast, J.Meyinsse 11, P.Quinteros 6+4reb+1ast, N.Romano 5+5reb+2ast, T.Washam 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 239922


Penarol - Lanus 75-68 OT

Penarol used an overtime to snatch a vital home win over Lanus. F.Campazzo came up with 21 points, 6 boards and 5 assists to lead Penarol to the second win in the series. M.Mata added 21 points and 10 rebounds as the hosts forced the fifth game. F.Martina answered with 13 points and 11 rebounds for Lanus. W.McFarlan chipped in 11 points in the loss.
Top scorers:
Penarol: F.Campazzo 21+6reb+5ast, M.Mata 21+10reb+2ast, M.Leiva 12+2reb, L.Gutierrez 9+3reb+4ast, F.Giorgetti 6+5reb+1ast, L.Rasio 2+1reb
Lanus: F.Martina 13+11reb, W.McFarlan 11+2reb, N.Laprovittola 10+3reb+4ast, F.Giorgi 9+2reb, A.Boccia 9+3reb, R.Battle 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 239755



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1 Petron Blaze 15-3 
 2 Satria Muda 13-5 
 3 KL Dragons 10-8 
 4 Thailand S. 7-12 
 5 Singapore S. 6-12 
 6 Saigon H. 3-14 

Regular Season: Round 16

Apr. 26: Satria Muda - KL Dragons 85-86
Apr. 27: Petron Blaze - Saigon H. 71-69
Apr. 24: Thailand S. - Petron Blaze 70-78
Apr. 24: Saigon H. - Satria Muda 63-77
Apr. 28: Singapore S. - Thailand S. 49-73

Regular Season: Round 17

May. 2: KL Dragons - Thailand S.
May. 2: Saigon H. - Singapore S.
May. 3: Petron Blaze - Satria Muda
May. 5: Singapore S. - KL Dragons


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

30-year old power forward Chris Daniels (200-PF-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Satria Muda and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Saigon H. (#6, 3-14) 77-63. Satria Muda maintains the 2nd position in ASEAN League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Satria Muda will need more victories to improve their 13-5 record. Daniels turned to be Satria Muda's top player in his first season with the team. University of Georgia graduate has very impressive stats this year. Daniels is in league's top in points (7th best: 14.8ppg), rebounds (5th best: 11.9rpg), assists (7th best: 2.9apg) and averages solid 1.8bpg,2.7spg and 50.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Christien Charles (216-F/C-81) of Thailand S.. He is American forward in his first season at Thailand S.. In the last game Charles recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Thailand S. lost that game 70-78 to the higher-ranked Petron Blaze (#1, 15-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Thailand S. still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-12 record. Charles is one of the most experienced players at Thailand S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.8ppg (#2). He also registered 14.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Saigon H. (#6). Howard scored 17 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Howard's great performance Saigon H. lost 63-77 to the higher-ranked Satria Muda (#2, 13-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Saigon H. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-14 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Howard he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Howard has a very solid season. In 2 games in ASEAN League he scored 18.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darrius Brannon (206-F-83) of Thailand S. - 15 points and 16 rebounds
5. Marcus Hubbard (206-C-83) of KL Dragons - 32 points and 9 rebounds
6. Christien Charles (216-F/C-81) of Thailand S. - 19 points, 19 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Pauliasi Taulava (208-C-73) of Petron Blaze - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. David Palmer (206-F/C-86) of Saigon H. - 24 points and 14 rebounds
9. Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Saigon H. - 19 points and 12 rebounds
10. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81) of Satria Muda - 17 points and 8 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)



Round 16: Petron Blaze beats Saigon Heat by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

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

Sixth-ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-14) was very close to win a game against first ranked Filipino Petron Blaze (15-3) in Manila on Saturday. Petron Blaze managed to secure only two-point victory 71-69. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-69. Worth to mention a great performance of center Pauliasi Taulava (208-73) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Petron Blaze's coach Olsen Racela used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward David Palmer (206-86, college: N.Kentucky) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds for Saigon Heat. Petron Blaze have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-3 record. Saigon Heat lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Petron Blaze are looking forward to face league's second-placed Satria Muda in Jakarta in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saigon Heat will play at home against Singapore Slingers (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Jakarta. Third ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (10-8) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging their biggest opponent Indonesian Satria Muda (13-5) 86-85 on Friday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Marcus Hubbard (206-83, college: Angelo St.) who helped to win the game recording 32 points and 9 rebounds and Gavin Edwards who added 18 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. KL Dragons maintains third position with 10-8 record having five points less than leader Petron Blaze. Satria Muda at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. KL Dragons will play against Singapore Slingers (#5) on the road in the next round. Satria Muda will play against the league's leader Petron Blaze in Manila and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
ASEAN League top team - Filipino Petron Blaze (15-3) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (7-12) in Bangkok 78-70. The winners were led by Pauliasi Taulava who scored that evening 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Even a double-double of 16 points, 10 rebounds and 8 blocks by Christien Charles did not help to save the game for Thailand Slammers. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Petron Blaze have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-3 record. Thailand Slammers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with 12 games lost. Petron Blaze will meet at home league's second-placed Satria Muda in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Thailand Slammers will play against KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Saigon was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Indonesian Satria Muda (13-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-14). Satria Muda defeated Saigon Heat 77-63. American players dominated the game. Chris Daniels fired a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Satria Muda maintains second position with 13-5 record having just two points less than leader Petron Blaze. Saigon Heat lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Satria Muda's next round opponent will be league's leader Petron Blaze in Manila and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saigon Heat will play at home against Singapore Slingers (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between one of their biggest challengers Singapore Singapore Slingers (6-12) and fifth ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (7-12) in Singapore on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Bangkok outscored Singapore Slingers 73-49. It was a very good performance for Christien Charles who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 19 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Thailand Slammers moved-up to fourth place. Loser Singapore Slingers dropped to the fifth position with 12 games lost. Thailand Slammers will face higher ranked KL Dragons (#3) in Kuala Lumpur in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Singapore Slingers will play at home against KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive performance of 16th round was 17 points and 16 rebounds by Justin Howard of Saigon H..


Singapore S. - Thailand S. 49-73

The game between one of their biggest challengers Singapore Singapore Slingers (6-12) and fifth ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (7-12) in Singapore on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Bangkok outscored Singapore Slingers 73-49. The game without a history. Thailand Slammers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Singapore Slingers' 30. They outrebounded Singapore Slingers 49-36 including 20 on the offensive glass. It was a very good performance for American power forward Christien Charles (216-81, college: Villanova) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 19 rebounds. Rwandan-American forward Darrius Brannon (206-83, college: Houston) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Four Thailand Slammers players scored in double figures. American center Rashaad Singleton (213-87, college: Florida Southern) replied with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks and Filipino Santiago Cabatu added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Singapore Slingers. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Thailand Slammers moved-up to fourth place. Loser Singapore Slingers dropped to the fifth position with 12 games lost. Thailand Slammers will face higher ranked KL Dragons (#3) in Kuala Lumpur in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Singapore Slingers will play at home against KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Singapore S.: R.Singleton 8+9reb, S.Cabatu 8+6reb+1ast, W.Long Wong 5+1reb+1ast, Q.Wu 5+2reb+1ast, S.Yu Lim 5+5reb+2ast, R.Jones-Jennings 5+7reb
Thailand S.: C.Charles 19+19reb+3ast, D.Brannon 15+16reb+1ast, F.Baguion 14+1reb+10ast, W.Dawsom 10+4reb, K.Samerjai 4+1reb+2ast, D.Apiromvilaichai 4+4reb
gschID: 229727


Petron Blaze - Saigon H. 71-69

Sixth-ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-14) was very close to win a game against first ranked Filipino Petron Blaze (15-3) in Manila on Saturday. Petron Blaze managed to secure only two-point victory 71-69. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-69. Worth to mention a great performance of center Pauliasi Taulava (208-73) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Petron Blaze's coach Olsen Racela used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward David Palmer (206-86, college: N.Kentucky) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import center Justin Howard (208-81, college: Mercer) added 19 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Saigon Heat. Petron Blaze have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-3 record. Saigon Heat lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Petron Blaze are looking forward to face league's second-placed Satria Muda in Jakarta in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saigon Heat will play at home against Singapore Slingers (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saigon H.: D.Palmer 24+14reb, J.Howard 19+12reb+1ast, J.Reyes 16+2reb+8ast, C.Sumalinog 4+3reb+1ast, T.Trung Ngo 3+1ast, N.Gonzales 3+1ast
Petron Blaze: B.Williams 19+5reb+2ast, P.Taulava 18+8reb+3ast, J.Williams 8+2reb+1ast, V.Acuna 7, L.Avenido 6+5reb+4ast, P.Hubalde 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 229726


Satria Muda - KL Dragons 85-86

Important game to mention about took place in Jakarta. Third ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (10-8) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging their biggest opponent Indonesian Satria Muda (13-5) 86-85 on Friday evening. KL Dragons made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Satria Muda turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Marcus Hubbard (206-83, college: Angelo St.) who helped to win the game recording 32 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) who added 18 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and Filipino-American point guard Stanley Pringle (184-87, college: Penn St.) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KL Dragons maintains third position with 10-8 record having five points less than leader Petron Blaze. Satria Muda at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. KL Dragons will play against Singapore Slingers (#5) on the road in the next round. Satria Muda will play against the league's leader Petron Blaze in Manila and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: S.Thomas 20+5reb+1ast, S.Pringle 19+8reb+3ast, C.Daniels 19+13reb+1ast, J.Smith 14+4reb+5ast, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 5+1reb, J.Canada 4+3reb+4ast
KL Dragons: M.Hubbard 32+9reb, G.Edwards 18+10reb+2ast, A.Siefain 17+2reb+3ast, J.Melton 11+5reb+6ast, Y.Seng John Ng 3+2reb, S.Kuppusamy 2
gschID: 229725


Saigon H. - Satria Muda 63-77

The game in Saigon was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Indonesian Satria Muda (13-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-14). Satria Muda defeated Saigon Heat 77-63. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. Saigon Heat was better in second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Satria Muda dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Saigon Heat's 32. Satria Muda forced 26 Saigon Heat turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American players dominated the game. Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Four Satria Muda players scored in double figures. Center Justin Howard (208-81, college: Mercer) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds and power forward David Palmer (206-86, college: N.Kentucky) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Satria Muda maintains second position with 13-5 record having just two points less than leader Petron Blaze. Saigon Heat lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Satria Muda's next round opponent will be league's leader Petron Blaze in Manila and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saigon Heat will play at home against Singapore Slingers (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saigon H.: J.Reyes 18+3reb+3ast, J.Howard 17+16reb+3ast, D.Palmer 17+8reb+2ast, C.Sumalinog 6+3reb+3ast, Q.To 5+3reb, L.Tieu 0
Satria Muda: S.Thomas 17+8reb+1ast, C.Daniels 16+12reb+6ast, J.Smith 15+4reb+3ast, J.Canada 14+5reb+5ast, M.Wuysang 8+5reb+2ast, A.Prihantono 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 229724


Thailand S. - Petron Blaze 70-78

ASEAN League top team - Filipino Petron Blaze (15-3) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (7-12) in Bangkok 78-70. Thailand Slammers were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 32-17 charge of Petron Blaze, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Petron Blaze made 9 blocks. The winners were led by center Pauliasi Taulava (208-73) who scored that evening 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) supported him with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Petron Blaze players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 16 points, 10 rebounds and 8 blocks by American power forward Christien Charles (216-81, college: Villanova) did not help to save the game for Thailand Slammers. Filipino guard Froilan Baguion (170-80) added 9 points and 6 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Petron Blaze have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-3 record. Thailand Slammers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with 12 games lost. Petron Blaze will meet at home league's second-placed Satria Muda in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Thailand Slammers will play against KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Thailand S.: C.Charles 16+10reb+2ast, D.Apiromvilaichai 12+2reb+1ast, P.Sekteera 9+2reb, F.Baguion 9+1reb+6ast, C.Klahan 8+3reb+2ast, W.Dawsom 6+2reb
Petron Blaze: P.Taulava 18+5reb+6ast, L.Avenido 15+1reb, P.Hubalde 14+1ast, B.Williams 11+8reb+4ast, V.Acuna 10+2reb, J.Williams 6+8reb
gschID: 229723



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

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

Regular Season: Round 7

BIG V

Apr. 27: Ringwood H. - Hume City 95-85
Apr. 28: Diamond V.E. - Werribee 95-81
Apr. 27: Corio Bay - Sherbrooke S. 95-67
Apr. 27: Melbourne - Eltham W. 92-85
Apr. 28: Waverley F. - Bulleen B. 81-82

Central ABL

Apr. 27: S.Adelaide P. - Eastern M. 88-67
Apr. 25: Forestville E. - C.District L. 84-89
Apr. 27: C.District L. - Woodville W. 77-93
Apr. 27: Sturt S. - Southern T. 76-86
Apr. 27: N.Adelaide R. - Forestville E. 67-75
Apr. 27: W.Adelaide B. - Norwood F. 100-73

SBL

Apr. 26: East Perth E. - Perth R. 98-105
Apr. 27: Geraldton B. - Stirling S. 97-87
Apr. 28: Kalamunda E.S. - Goldfield G. 93-91
Apr. 26: Mandurah M. - Cockburn C. 91-90
Apr. 27: Willetton T. - Perry Lakes H. 83-82
Apr. 27: Lakeside L. - Wanneroo W. 148-93
Apr. 26: Wanneroo W. - Kalamunda E.S. 120-78
Apr. 27: Cockburn C. - Goldfield G. 119-82
Apr. 27: SW Slammers - Rockingham F. 106-102
Apr. 25: Lakeside L. - East Perth E. 101-91

SEABL

Apr. 26: Hobart C. - Mt Gambier 88-81
Apr. 28: Nunawading S. - Sandringham S. 84-94
Apr. 25: Bendigo B. - Ballarat M. 81-72
Apr. 28: Canberra G. - Frankston B. 74-83
Apr. 27: Brisbane S. - Geelong S. 74-76
Apr. 27: Dandenong - Kilsyth C. 73-77
Apr. 27: NW Tasmania - Mt Gambier 70-73
Apr. 26: Albury W.B. - Canberra G. 69-95
Apr. 28: Ballarat M. - Albury W.B. 69-81
Apr. 27: Knox R. - Nunawading S. 65-82
Apr. 25: Frankston B. - Dandenong 61-93

WARATAH

Apr. 26: Cent.Coast C. - Newcastle H. 86-81
Apr. 28: Hornsby S. - Colonial Hotel 79-84
Apr. 27: Illawarra H. - Maitland M. 76-70
Apr. 27: Norths Bears - Manly Warr. 72-73
Apr. 27: Cent.Coast C. - Hornsby S. 69-81
Apr. 27: Bankstown B. - Sydney C. 67-84
Apr. 27: Parramatta W. - Colonial Hotel 66-80
Apr. 27: Sutherland S. - Hills H. 57-86

Regular Season: Round 8

BIG V

May. 4: Sherbrooke S. - Waverley F.
May. 4: Eltham W. - Corio Bay
May. 4: Bulleen B. - Ringwood H.
May. 4: Werribee - Melbourne
May. 5: Hume City - Diamond V.E.

SBL

May. 3: SW Slammers - Perth R.
May. 3: Mandurah M. - Willetton T.
May. 3: East Perth E. - Rockingham F.
May. 4: Wanneroo W. - Geraldton B.
May. 4: Goldfield G. - Lakeside L.
May. 4: Perth R. - Mandurah M.
May. 4: Perry Lakes H. - East Perth E.
May. 4: Cockburn C. - Stirling S.
May. 4: Kalamunda E.S. - SW Slammers
May. 5: Rockingham F. - Geraldton B.

SEABL

May. 3: Geelong S. - Hobart C.
May. 4: Albury W.B. - Mt Gambier
May. 4: Bendigo B. - NW Tasmania
May. 4: Ballarat M. - Brisbane S.
May. 4: Kilsyth C. - Hobart C.
May. 4: Nunawading S. - Canberra G.
May. 5: Dandenong - Brisbane S.
May. 5: Frankston B. - NW Tasmania
May. 5: Sandringham S. - Mt Gambier
May. 5: Knox R. - Canberra G.

WARATAH

May. 4: Bankstown B. - Cent.Coast C.
May. 4: Sutherland S. - Parramatta W.
May. 4: Illawarra H. - Norths Bears
May. 4: Maitland M. - Hornsby S.
May. 4: Colonial Hotel - Sydney C.
May. 4: Hills H. - Newcastle H.
May. 5: Manly Warr. - Hornsby S.


SBL: Mandurah win fourth straight - by Eurobasket News

The Mandurah Magic mens side have won their fourth consecutive game in the State Basketball League after defeating last years champions Cockburn Cougars by one point on Friday night.

The 91-90 victory consolidates a top eight position for the Magic and sees them move into sixth place on the competition standings.

The Magic had a tough task ahead of them as for only the second time this season the Cougars were at full strength as they welcomed star import Brian Carlwell back into their team. Carlwell was an important factor in Cockburns title run last season and would again prove to be a difficult matchup for Magic coach Jason Chalk to contain.

Once again the Magic got off to a flying start with big man Taylor Mullenax (201-F/C-86, college: St.Edward's) asserting his dominance underneath the basket, while Taylor Land started the night with consecutive three pointers to give the Magic an early double digit lead.

Mandurah were red hot early and had one of their best first quarter outputs of the season with a 35-23 advantage at the first break.

Cockburn coach Stephen Charlton urged his team to lock down on defense and they answered his call, restricting the Magic to only 15 points in the second quarter, and scored 19 of their own to trim the margin back to 12 at half time.

The momentum seemed to stay with the Cougars as they came out firing in the third quarter. Wildcats developmental player Gavin Field was instrumental in Cockburns comeback, connecting on five three pointers for the game. Cockburn outscored the Magic by 12 in the third quarter to take a four point lead into the final quarter.

Cockburn again got off to a strong start in the fourth quarter but the Magic stayed close and were able to score when it counted. The game came down to the final possessions and with the game tied at 90, Carlwell was called for a travelling violation with just over nine seconds remaining which handed the ball back to the Magic.

During the furious final seconds the Magic were unable to hit their final shot but Rhett Della came to the rescue, grabbing the offensive rebound and drawing a foul on his put back attempt. He was able to make the first free throw to give the Magic the lead, and deliberately missed the second to allow time to run out and prevent Cockburn from having a chance to win the game.

Taylor Mullenax was the game high scorer for the Magic with 25 points, while Taylor Land again narrowly missed out on a triple double finishing with 18 points, ten rebounds and seven assists. Rhett Della finished the night with 19 points and ten rebounds. Carlwell and David Reichel (203-F-84, college: CS San Bernar.) each finished with 24 points for the Cougars.

It was a happier note for the Cougars earlier in the night as their womens side were able to hold off a fast finishing Magic team to record a 77-69 victory.

The result somewhat soured a historic night for Mandurah basketball as veteran Tracey Richter became only the third player in WSBL history to play 400 games.

The Magic got off to a strong start leading by one point at the first break but were unable to stop Cougars import Steph Jones, who used her height and strength to dominate an undersized Magic team.

West Coast Waves squad member Kate Fielding was also dangerous for the Cougars, as was Taryn Priestly as they used their speed up and down the floor to provide for their teammates.

Rachel Halleen loomed large early for the Magic connecting on three three-pointers in the first quarter, while Casey Mihovilovich was her effective self on both ends of the floor.

However it was Steph Jones who proved to be too much on the offensive end for the Magic to counter as she finished the night with 34 points, converting on 13 of 15 from the field.

Mihovilovich finished the night with 25 points while Halleen added 16 for the Magic.

The win sees the Cougars move into fifth on the State Basketball League ladder, while the Magic drop out of the top eight for the first time this season as they fall into tenth.

Mandurah face off against Willetton this Friday night at the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre, which will be touted as Mandurahs Think Pink night, raising funds for Breast Cancer research. Magic players will be wearing pink during the game and the teams will be collecting gold coin donations throughout the night. Tipoff is 6.30pm for the women and 8.30 for the men.

Article by Nathan Winch
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



SBL: Buccs continue impressive home record - by Eurobasket News

An improved shooting performance and domination on the boards helped the Geraldton Buccaneers notch up win number four of the season on Saturday night.

The 97-87 victory at Activewest Stadium over the Stirling Senators was also assisted by the debut of second American import Carter Cook, who immediately became a crowd favourite.

Cook entered the game off the bench half-way through the first quarter.

When he connected on his first jump shot of his Buccaneers career, Geraldton lead 14-11.

The home team opened a six-point lead in the quarter, but found themselves trailing by two points at the first change.

Stirling connected on two three pointers early in the second term to lead 33-28, their biggest lead of the match.

Geraldton rallied and tied the game soon after and then finished the half with a 21-11 run to lead by 10 at the main break.

For the entire second half, Stirling struggled to bridge the gap and reduce the margin to single figures.

The Buccs led by 11 at the final change and when Luke Wrensted connected on a break away lay-up the home team extended the lead to 87-73.

Stirling never troubled the home side late in the game.

Robert Kampman (203-F-82, college: Wichita St.) top scored for the Buccs with 22 points while Cook and Daniel Thomas both scored 21.

Aaron Ralph (198-G/F-89) and Mark Heron (195-G/F-81) also contributed with 14 rebounds each.

Buccaneers coach Ray Evans said his side took a while to adjust to Stirlings game style.

It took us a while to adjust to their on-ball screens and how we wanted to guard that, he said.

I thought our defence really cranked up late in the first half and carried on in the second.

Now that Carter is here we have all the pieces together and have to keep working harder and harder.

Hopefully we can knock off some top teams and build confidence.

Article by Taylor Courtland
Courtesy of: An improved shooting performance and domination on the boards helped the Geraldton Buccaneers notch up win number four of the season on Saturday night.

The 97-87 victory at Activewest Stadium over the Stirling Senators was also assisted by the debut of second American import Carter Cook, who immediately became a crowd favourite.

Cook entered the game off the bench half-way through the first quarter.

When he connected on his first jump shot of his Buccaneers career, Geraldton lead 14-11.

The home team opened a six-point lead in the quarter, but found themselves trailing by two points at the first change.

Stirling connected on two three pointers early in the second term to lead 33-28, their biggest lead of the match.

Geraldton rallied and tied the game soon after and then finished the half with a 21-11 run to lead by 10 at the main break.

For the entire second half, Stirling struggled to bridge the gap and reduce the margin to single figures.

The Buccs led by 11 at the final change and when Luke Wrensted connected on a break away lay-up the home team extended the lead to 87-73.

Stirling never troubled the home side late in the game.

Robert Kampman top scored for the Buccs with 22 points while Cook and Daniel Thomas both scored 21.

Aaron Ralph and Mark Heron also contributed with 14 rebounds each.

Buccaneers coach Ray Evans said his side took a while to adjust to Stirlings game style.

It took us a while to adjust to their on-ball screens and how we wanted to guard that, he said.

I thought our defence really cranked up late in the first half and carried on in the second.

Now that Carter is here we have all the pieces together and have to keep working harder and harder.

Hopefully we can knock off some top teams and build confidence.

Article by Taylor Courtland
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



SBL: Lightning regain top spot (Week & Men's Wrap) - by Eurobasket News

Lakeside Lightning are back on top of the Mens State Basketball League ladder after scoring a pair of wins in a round seven double-header.

The Lightning conceded top spot to Perry Lakes after having their winning streak ended by South West Slammers in round six, but bounced back with a win over East Perth at the packed Lakeside Recreation Centre on Anzac Day.

Benjamin Beran (200-C-85, college: S.Dakota St.) (36 points, 10 rebounds), Brad Jackson (185-G-83) (24 points) and Jarrad Prue (199-C-82) (28 rebounds) were outstanding as the Lightning outlasted the visitors to win 101-91 in a tight affair.

Andy Stewarts men had a much easier time against Wanneroo on Saturday, dropping 40 points in the first quarter and 44 in the third on their way to a crushing 148-93 victory.

Beran (32 points), Jackson (21) and Justin Cecil (26) were the leading contributors as the Lightning improved their season record to 9-1.

Perry Lakes slipped to second with their first defeat of the season and first under new coach Shawn Dennis, going down to Willetton 83-82 in a thriller.

The Hawks held the Tigers to just 13 points in the final quarter but couldnt quite overturn a three-quarter time deficit despite a game-high 37-ponit haul from Adrian Majstrovich.

Quinn McDowell sunk 28 points for the Tigers, while Brandon Adams registered a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

On Sunday, Kalamunda registered their first win of the season with a 93-91 victory over struggling Goldfields Giants at home.

Big man Luke Nevill continued his dominant form on return to the SBL with 30 points and 14 rebounds for the Suns, who snapped an eight-game losing streak but remain in last place on the ladder.

Mandurah boast the leagues longest active winning streak after scoring their fourth consecutive victory with a 91-90 triumph over reigning champions Cockburn on Saturday.

The Cougars led at three-quarter time but were overrun by a fast-finishing Magic side powered by 25 points from Taylor Mullenax and double-doubles from Rhett Della Maddalena (19 points, 10 rebounds) and Taylor Land (18 points, 10 rebounds).

In other round seven results, Wanneroo thrashed Kalamunda 120-78, East Perth lost its second game of the week in going down 105-98 to Perth, Geraldton beat Stirling 97-87 at home, Cockburn defeated Goldfields 119-82 and South West edged out Rockingham 106-102.

Article by Shayne Hope
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



Big V: Weekend Wrap- Round 6 - by Eurobasket News

Ringwood reminds everyone theyre not done with just yet, the Wildcats get tamed by some feisty Tigers, the Stingrays keep on keeping on, Bulleen win another close one and the Eagles are taking flight once more.
SCM ROUND UP
ROUND 6
Corio Bay added another win and continues to look a big contender this season, this time disposing of the Sherbrooke Suns by 28pts in a one-sided contest. The pattern for the night was set in the first quarter when the home team raced to a 27-8 lead, before settling in cruise control for the rest of the game. Rounded with a good spread of minutes, the Stingrays showed the difference between the top of the ta-ble and the lower rungs. Eric Williams (25pts, 9rbs) and Stef-an Osborne (20pts) led the way for the winners, while for the Suns only Bryan Moore (196-F, college: Assumption) (22pts) and Josh Smith (14pts) caused any minor headaches. Onwards and upwards for the Stingrays, but unfortunately all roads lead to a long, long season for the Suns.
The Ringwood Hawks bounced back after four straight loss-es with a vital win against Hume City, silencing a few critics and potentially getting their season back on track in the process. The home team led at every change and did enough to suggest they arent done with yet in their cham-pionship-defending year. Willie Weimer (20pts) played his best game of the season, Bryan Dougher (18pts) was regu-lation in delivery, Sam Belt (196-G/F-84, college: Cent.Oklahoma) (18pts) played well, as did Matt Snowball (11pts, 7ast). With the loss now comes increased pressure on the Broncos, who like Ringwood now need to find that next win and stay in touch with the leading pack. Jermaine Maybank (23pts) looked at his best since suffering a hand injury a month ago, Shaun Prendergast (16pts) was solid, while compared with recent numbers Jamal Brown (11pts, 13rbs) was well held.
Theres every chance both Melbourne and Eltham will be searching for a witch doctor this week to try and concoct a potion that will deliver consistency. After scoring two good wins coming in, the Wildcats succumbed to a winless Mel-bourne and must now look deep inside this week to try and bounce back with fury in round seven.
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As for Melbourne, well theyll take anything right now and clearly with pressure and losses comes a burning desire to win, and thats exactly what they did. Solid across all four quarters, the Tigers grabbed an early lead and withstood plenty of pressure to get the win, a welcome change and hopefully a big step in the right direction. Jonny Kloester had a night out, nailing 35pts at 85% FG and 92% FT and setting a standard that the rest of his Tigers mates clearly revelled in. Dalton Will-shire added 29pts for the winners. For the Wildcats, Scott Cuffe went for 24pts and David Buchberger deliv-ered 28pts and 10rbs. Good win Tigers, now lets see more of the same.
Bulleen continues to win games and in doing so they have now taken the scalps of contenders Corio Bay and Waverley in recent weeks. Once again we wit-nessed a cracker of a game, the final result coming via some good (Standerfer) and bad (Platenik) free throw shooting. In a tight contest, little separated these two juggernauts in another fine display of SCM basketball. The Boomers have answered all questions over the past fortnight and rightfully take on title favouritism as a re-sult, and lets not forget Adrien Sturts arrival is imminent. As for Waverley, its a 1pt loss and theyll move on and be better for it. Best of all, come August its safe to as-sume this far out that we will see both of these teams primed and ready for the business end.
Diamond Valley completed the round with an im-portant win against Werribee, pushing the Devils out-side the top four whilst pushing themselves up to sec-ond and right back under the noses of Bulleen. The Ea-gles have hit back hard in recent weeks, topping Ring-wood and Werribee, two worthy opponents, and right now there is some pep in the step of Coach Estcourt and his chargers. Matt Fennell (30pts, 18rbs) was up and about yet again and Nathan Truman landed 15pts, For the Devils, who were missing Josh Oswald again, Jordan Hughes hit 17pts and Muka Silver double-doubled with 12pts and 13rbs.
ROUND 6 RESULTS
Corio Bay 95 defeated Sherbrooke 67 Bulleen 82 defeated Waverley 81 Ringwood 95 defeated Hume City 85 Diamond Valley 95 defeated Werribee 81
Melbourne 92 defeated Eltham 85
Ringwood seems to like pressure, it brings out the best in them, and their ageing stars. Desperately needing a win, stalwart leader Willie Weimer stepped up and netted 20pts, his best return this season and right on cue for his Hawks.
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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Oberwart
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Hinson, Oberwart21.2 
 2. Tiedeman, Wels19.7 
 3. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.6 
 4. Boxley, Oberwart19.3 
 5. Grum, Furstenfeld18.6 
 6. Dale, UBSC G.17.5 
 7. Shaw, Kapfenberg17.5 
 8. Kovacevic, St.Po.17.3 
 9. Gilchrese, UBSC G.17.2 
 10. Rakocevic, BC Vi.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  BC Vienna
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Pearson, BC Vienna8.7 
 2. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.8.3 
 3. Heard, Gussing8.1 
 4. Washington, Wels7.5 
 5. Hunt, Gussing7.3 
 6. Johnson, Oberwart7.0 
 7. Spasojevic, Arkadia6.9 
 8. Speiser, St.Polten6.8 
 9. Lamesic, Wels6.8 
 10. Kohlmaier, St.Pol.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna5.6 
 2. Klepeisz, Gussing4.8 
 3. Woods, Kapfenberg4.5 
 4. Lanegger, Klostern.4.3 
 5. Tiedeman, Wels4.1 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna4.0 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels3.9 
 8. Danek, BC Vienna3.8 
 9. O''Neal, Furstenfeld3.5 
 10. Gilchrese, UBSC G.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.4 
 2. Gonzalvez, Wels1.6 
 3. Hinson, Oberwart1.6 
 4. Ray, BC Vienna1.6 
 5. Arnold, Gmunden1.5 
 6. Chaney, Oberwart1.4 
 7. Boylan, BC Vienna1.4 
 8. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.3 
 9. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.3 
 10. Dale, UBSC G.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Blaz CRESNAR
  Furstenf.
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.3 
 2. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.1 
 3. Hunt, Gussing1.0 
 4. Bortolin, Arkadia1.0 
 5. Washington, Wels0.8 
 6. Gant, Oberwart0.8 
 7. Arnold, Gmunden0.8 
 8. Nelson, Kapfenberg0.7 
 9. Cox, Furstenfeld0.6 
 10. Boxley, Oberwart0.6 


A Bundesliga Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Oberwart and BC Vienna get to winning start - by Eurobasket News

Klosterneub. - Oberwart 62-71

Oberwart stole a road win over Klosterneuburg to surge ahead in the series. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-62. American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) fired 28 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American-Puerto Rican point guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. Redwell Gunners Oberwart's coach Tom Johnson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international swingman Christoph Nagler (196-84) produced 15 points and Bosnian-Slovenian guard Damir Zeleznik (185-80) added 12 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: S.Boxley 28+5reb+2ast, D.Hinson 21+5reb+3ast, H.Ochsenhofer 7+3reb, R.Chaney 6+8reb+1ast, J.Johnson 4+5reb, D.Gant 3+2reb+1ast
Klosterneub.: C.Nagler 15+3reb+3ast, D.Zeleznik 12+4reb+1ast, C.Bobb 10+6reb+1ast, R.Suljanovic 7+5reb+1ast, L.Sallomon 6+2reb+1ast, M.Lanegger 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 239919


BC Vienna - Kapfenberg 65-63

BC Vienna held off Kapfenberf Bulls in the opener. Kapfenberg Bulls were ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 17-11 charge of BC Vienna, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) who helped to win the game recording 19 points. The former international point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) contributed with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) added 14 points in the effort for Kapfenberg Bulls.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: S.Ray 19+4reb+1ast, M.Pearson 12+5reb+1ast, S.Stazic 11+5reb+4ast, B.Danek 9+5reb+6ast, R.Richards 8+2reb, I.Boylan 4+5reb+7ast
Kapfenberg: M.Sanchez 17+10reb+1ast, J.Dean Shaw 14+2reb+1ast, Q.Pryor 14+2reb+1ast, G.Woods 6+5reb, H.Opoku 6+2reb, D.Nelson 5+6reb+3ast
gschID: 239918



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Gala-Atena claim first win in Finals - by Eurobasket News

Gala-Atena earned the opening win in the championship series. They defeated Gyandzha 60:53 to pull in front in the series. It was a close battle but Gala used all of their experience to come out as winners. The second game of the title series will also be played in Port Baku.


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Standings

Premier League Standings
 1. Al Manama 16-2 
 2. Al Ahli 15-3 
 3. Muharraq 15-3 
 4. Al Hala 14-5 
 5. Sitra 13-6 
 6. Nuwaidrat 10-8 
 7. Issa Town 9-10 
 8. Hidd 6-13 
 9. Bahrain Club 6-13 
 10. Al Najma 4-15 
 11. Al Ittihad 4-15 
 12. Samaheej 0-19 

Regular Season: Round 20

May. 2: Sitra - Al Manama
May. 4: Al Najma - Bahrain Club
May. 4: Issa Town - Al Ahli
May. 6: Nuwaidrat - Al Ittihad
May. 6: Hidd - Samaheej


Premier League Round 18: No surprise as #1 Al Manama defeats Issa Town - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds.

Premier League top team - Al Manama (16-2) managed to deliver another win on Thursday. This time they beat seventh ranked Issa Town (9-10) 79-66. Al Manama have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-2 record. Issa Town lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with ten games lost. Al Manama will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Issa Town will play on the road against Sitra (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Samaheej (0-19) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 19th consecutive match to eleventh ranked Al Ittihad (4-15) 89-65. Al Ittihad moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Al Najma. Newly promoted Samaheej still closes the standings. Al Ittihad's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Manama Al Najma.
The game in was also quite interesting. Third ranked Muharraq (15-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Hidd (6-13). Muharraq did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 94-76 on Wednesday. Muharraq have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Al Ahli. Hidd lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Bahrain Club. Muharraq will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hidd will play against Al Hala (#4) in Muharraq and hope to secure a win.
The game in Nuwaidrat was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Sitra (13-6) played at the court of seventh ranked Nuwaidrat (10-8). Nuwaidrat managed to secure a 8-point victory 76-68. Nuwaidrat moved-up to sixth place. Sitra at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Nuwaidrat's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Al Ahli in Manama and it may be quite challenging game. Sitra will play at home against Issa Town and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
11th ranked Al Najma (4-15) was outscored at home by third ranked Al Ahli (15-3) with the biggest margin this round 97-60 on Thursday night. Al Ahli have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Muharraq. Al Najma lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Al Ahli will face Nuwaidrat (#6) at home in the next round. Al Najma's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manama to the arena Al Ittihad.

In the last game of round 18 Bahrain Club lost to Al Hala on the opponent's court 51-69.


Al Ittihad - Samaheej 89-65

Bottom-ranked Samaheej (0-19) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 19th consecutive match to eleventh ranked Al Ittihad (4-15) 89-65. Al Ittihad moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Al Najma. Newly promoted Samaheej still closes the standings. Al Ittihad's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Manama Al Najma.
gschID: 237559


Al Hala - Bahrain Club 69-51

Very expected game in Muharraq where 8th ranked Bahrain Club (6-13) was defeated by fourth ranked Al Hala (14-5) 69-51 on Friday. Al Hala have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 14-5 record. Loser Bahrain Club keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. Al Hala will face Hidd (#8) in the next round. Bahrain Club's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manama to the arena Samaheej.
gschID: 237558


Al Manama - Issa Town 79-66

Premier League top team - Al Manama (16-2) managed to deliver another win on Thursday. This time they beat seventh ranked Issa Town (9-10) 79-66. Al Manama have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-2 record. Issa Town lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with ten games lost. Al Manama will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Issa Town will play on the road against Sitra (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 237557


Al Najma - Al Ahli 60-97

11th ranked Al Najma (4-15) was outscored at home by third ranked Al Ahli (15-3) with the biggest margin this round 97-60 on Thursday night. Al Ahli have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Muharraq. Al Najma lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Al Ahli will face Nuwaidrat (#6) at home in the next round. Al Najma's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manama to the arena Al Ittihad.
gschID: 237556


Hidd - Muharraq 76-94

The game in was also quite interesting. Third ranked Muharraq (15-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Hidd (6-13). Muharraq did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 94-76 on Wednesday. Muharraq have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Al Ahli. Hidd lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Bahrain Club. Muharraq will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hidd will play against Al Hala (#4) in Muharraq and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 237555


Nuwaidrat - Sitra 76-68

The game in Nuwaidrat was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Sitra (13-6) played at the court of seventh ranked Nuwaidrat (10-8). Nuwaidrat managed to secure a 8-point victory 76-68. Nuwaidrat moved-up to sixth place. Sitra at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Nuwaidrat's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Al Ahli in Manama and it may be quite challenging game. Sitra will play at home against Issa Town and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 237554



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  BELARUS   


Tsmoki-Minsk and Grodno-93 reach 2-0 Semifinal lead - by Eurobasket News

Grodno-93 - Sozh Gomel 96-79 (2-0)

Grodno-93 forced 21 Sozh Gomel turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-75) who scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. International point guard Vyacheslau Korzh (192-86) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ukrainian forward Sergei Dadukin (198-83) produced 9 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and Ukrainian forward Ivan Kaliayev (201-87) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: V.Korzh 20+1reb+4ast, D.Kuzmin 14+6reb+6ast, A.Malkov 13+3reb+1ast, Y.Mishukov 10+5reb+2ast, I.Konuyshenko 9+2reb+2ast, U.Charko 8+5reb+6ast
Sozh Gomel: I.Kaliayev 17+3reb+1ast, S.Miakinin 17+3reb, A.Stankevich 13+2reb+2ast, D.Fedorovskiy 11+4reb+2ast, S.Dadukin 9+11reb+4ast, D.Khodov 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 240156


Tsmoki-Minsk - Svisloch 118-69 (2-0)

Tsmoki-Minsk dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Svisloch's 18. Tsmoki-Minsk forced 27 Svisloch turnovers. Australian forward Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). International Aliaksei Trastsinetski (200-86) contributed with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Tsmoki-Minsk players scored in double figures. point guard Oleksandr Dolenko (191-90) replied with 21 points and 6 rebounds and guard Ilya Sharipov (198-91) added 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Svisloch.
Top scorers:
Tsmoki-Minsk: A.Majok 19+8reb+2ast, A.Lashkevich 17+6reb, A.Trastsinetski 16+8reb+5ast, A.Kudrautsau 16+1reb+3ast, T.Brown 14+2reb+5ast, A.Pustahvar 13+3reb
Svisloch: O.Dolenko 21+6reb+3ast, D.Shilovich 11+2reb, I.Sharipov 11+11reb+4ast, A.Hrumiantsau 9+5reb, P.Shuleyko 8+3reb+1ast, A.Korneenkov 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 240155



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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 9-16 
 7. Liege 8-18 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 4-22 

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 26: Aalstar - Liege 82-72
Apr. 28: Verviers-Pep. - Leuven 80-85
Apr. 26: Oostende - Antwerp 73-71
Apr. 26: Spirou - M.Hainaut 65-58 OT

Regular Season: Round 27

May. 3: Liege - Spirou
May. 3: M.Hainaut - Oostende
May. 4: Aalstar - Verviers-Pep.
May. 5: Leuven - Antwerp


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. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.0 
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. Wright, Oostende6.0 
 7. Mukubu, Liege6.0 
 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, Leuven1.9 
 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. Love, Antwerp0.7 
 7. Dukes, Leuven0.7 
 8. Williamson, Liege0.7 
 9. Thondique, Antwerp0.6 
 10. Aska, Leuven0.5 


Ethias League Round 26 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Spirou Charleroi (16-9) survived in overtime against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (16-10) by seven points 65-58 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Belfius Mons-Hainaut. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Devin Green who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Spirou Charleroi moved-up to second place. Belfius Mons-Hainaut at the other side dropped to the third position with ten games lost. Spirou Charleroi will face Liege Basket (#7) in Liege in the next round where they are favorite. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play at home against the league's leader Base Oostende (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The best stats of 26th round was 28 points by Timothy Black of Antwerp.


Verviers-Pep. - Leuven 80-85

There was no surprise when 8th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (4-22) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Leuven Bears (9-16) 85-80 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 26-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Leuven Bears shot 27 for 41 from the free-throw line, while VOO Verviers-Pepinster only scored ten points from the stripe. VOO Verviers-Pepinster was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American swingman Bradford Burgess (198-90, college: VCU, agency: Interperformances) who scored 22 points and 4 steals. International point guard Niels Marnegrave (191-87) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Leuven Bears players scored in double figures. Leuven Bears' coach Jurgen Van Meerbeeck used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Stephane Moris (207-86, agency: Promotex) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds and center Boris Penninck (202-88) added 16 points respectively for the hosts. Leuven Bears maintains sixth position with 9-16 record. VOO Verviers-Pepinster lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Leuven Bears will face higher ranked Antwerp Giants (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Okapi Aalstar.
Top scorers:
Leuven: B.Burgess 22+4reb+1ast, G.Robinson 17+4reb+2ast, N.Marnegrave 15+5reb+6ast, I.Hanavan 12+3reb+1ast, I.Aska 10+5reb, J.Dukes 5+4reb
Verviers-Pep.: S.Moris 20+7reb, B.Penninck 16+2reb+2ast, D.Tubak 9+7reb, S.Maio 9+3reb+4ast, Y.Moray 8+3reb+2ast, B.Lemaire 7+7reb+3ast
gschID: 187358


Aalstar - Liege 82-72

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Okapi Aalstar (16-10) defeated at home 7th ranked Liege Basket (8-18) 82-72 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Okapi Aalstar. Liege Basket was better in second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) who scored 21 points and 6 assists. The other American import Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. American swingman B.J. Monteiro (195-90, college: Duquesne, agency: Two Points) produced 16 points and international forward Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Okapi Aalstar moved-up to third place, which they share with M.Hainaut. Liege Basket at the other side keeps the seventh position with 18 games lost. Okapi Aalstar will face bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Liege Basket will play against the league's second-placed Spirou Charleroi.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: R.Thompson 21+2reb+6ast, D.Raivio 13+6reb+4ast, L.Cummard 11+9reb+1ast, J.Tofi 10+4reb+3ast, C.Young 8+7reb, T.Dreesen 6+1reb+1ast
Liege: B.Monteiro 16+3reb+3ast, W.Boss Mukubu 12+7reb, P.Gillet 8+7reb, G.Hockins 7+2reb+1ast, I.Iarochevitch 7+8reb, C.Banks 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 187357


Spirou - M.Hainaut 65-58 OT

Spirou Charleroi (16-9) survived in overtime against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (16-10) by seven points 65-58 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Belfius Mons-Hainaut. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Belfius Mons-Hainaut was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 6-13s. Belfius Mons-Hainaut was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. point guard Jerome Randle (178-87, college: California) chipped in 16 points. Forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) produced 11 points and 7 rebounds and forward Justin Cage (198-85, college: Xavier, agency: Priority Sports) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Spirou Charleroi moved-up to second place. Belfius Mons-Hainaut at the other side dropped to the third position with ten games lost. Spirou Charleroi will face Liege Basket (#7) in Liege in the next round where they are favorite. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play at home against the league's leader Base Oostende (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spirou: J.Randle 16+1reb+3ast, D.Green 14+14reb, A.Riddick 9+2reb, G.Dandridge 7, J.Steinbach 5+2reb+5ast, C.Beghin 4+5reb+1ast
M.Hainaut: J.Cage 14+7reb, Q.Taylor 13+6reb+1ast, J.Bostic 11+7reb+3ast, J.Wallace 8+1ast, L.Giancaterino 4+4reb+3ast, B.Qvale 4+1reb
gschID: 187356


Oostende - Antwerp 73-71

Very expected game when 5th ranked Antwerp Giants (15-11) were edged on the road by first ranked Base Oostende (19-7) 73-71 on Friday. However just two-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 26-21 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Base Oostende made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Antwerp Giants were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Serbian-Montenegrin guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward Brent Wright (203-78, college: Florida) chipped in 15 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Four Base Oostende players scored in double figures. Base Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American point guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC) produced 28 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and the former international guard Roel Moors (190-78) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Base Oostende have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 19-7 record. Loser Antwerp Giants keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. Base Oostende will face Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#3) in Quaregnon in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Antwerp Giants will play on the road against Leuven Bears and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oostende: B.Wright 15+3reb, M.Lojeski 14+2reb+2ast, D.Djordjevic 11+8reb+3ast, W.Wilkinson 10+6reb, D.Drobnjak 9+2reb+2ast, M.Stojic 7
Antwerp: T.Black 28+4reb+2ast, R.Moors 17+1reb+2ast, J.Mwema 7+8reb+2ast, G.Thondique 6+2reb+1ast, M.De Zeeuw 4, R.Biggs 3+4reb
gschID: 187355



Devin Green claims Belgian Ethias League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Devin Green (201-G/F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Spirou and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 30-year old swingman had a double-double of 14 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat M.Hainaut (#3, 16-10) in overtime 65-58. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Spirou is placed at 2nd position in Belgian Ethias League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Spirou will need more victories to improve their 16-9 record. Green just recently signed at Spirou, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Devin Green averages this season 15.1ppg and 7.2rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American point guard Timothy Black (178-PG-81) of Antwerp. Black impressed basketball fans with 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Antwerp was edged by the higher-ranked Oostende (#1, 19-7) 73-71. Antwerp managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Black is one of the most experienced players at Antwerp and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.1ppg (#9). He also recorded 3.3 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Bradford Burgess (198-G/F-90, agency: Interperformances) of Leuven (#6). Burgess scored 22 points. He was a key player of Leuven, leading his team to a 85-80 win against slightly lower-ranked Verviers-Pep. (#8, 4-22). The chances of Leuven not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Burgess could try to bring Leuven's a little bit higher in the standings. Burgess has a very solid season. In 25 games in Belgium he scored 9.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryan Thompson (198-G-89) of Aalstar - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78) of Oostende - 15 points and 3 rebounds
6. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83) of Oostende - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. B.J. Monteiro (195-G/F-90) of Liege - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Stephane Moris (207-F/C-86) of Verviers-Pep. - 20 points and 7 rebounds
9. Gerald Robinson (185-PG-89) of Leuven - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85) of Oostende - 14 points, 2 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)



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Adin Vrabac declares himself for the NBA draft! - by Chris Mathieu


Adin Vrabac (202-G/F-94) declares himself for the NBA draft! According to his agent Alex Raskovic he will declare himself for the 2013 draft. Vrabac has been a member of the Senior Bosnian National Team and has a unique skill set. He also has been invited to the Treviso NBA camp this summer as the youngest player in camp.
Vrabac has been linked to some of the best clubs in Europe including Brose Basket which plays in the Euroleague. Its an interesting rumor considering his physical and skill similarities to Bostjan Nachbar who plays on the same team.
Vrabac stand 202cm and is a surprising athlete who can handle the ball, finish at the rim, handle the ball and score in a variety of ways. He has yet to learn to assert himself to takeover games but that should come with experience and coaching.
He is one of the young generations of talented players from Bosnia, what I call the platinum generation for Bosnia. He has been a leader of his KK SPARS team from Sarajevo that has been gaining worldwide attention for the meteoric rise to the top of Europe



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  BULGARIA   

Stats Leaders

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


Slow yet successful start for Levski in the playoffs, over understaffed Beroe - by Maria Mitzova

Levski Sofia started successfully 2013 Playoffs in Bulgarian NBL, after second half rally for the 89-69 win over BC Beroe.
It wasn't the best showing for the Blues, but despite the lack of focus and lots of turnovers, the home team managed to get important victory.
Levski Sofia could close the series on Wednesday, visiting BC Beroe in the quarterfinal game N2. It's best of three series.
BC Beroe keeps trying to stand strong, after three of the starters left the team due to financial crisis and delayed payments in the club. Will Walker (183-G-87, college: De Paul), Reginald Holmes (193-G-87, college: Morgan St.) and Mitchell Carter (208-C-100, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) all decided not to play anymore games for BC Beroe and left the team just before the Playoffs.
Without them, there was just so much the rest could do against Levski Sofia.
It was another great performance by one of the last Levski Sofia additions - big man Mladen Pantic (209-C-82, agency: Alti Sport), who managed 20 points in just over 16 minutes on the floor. Pavel Ivanov (200-SF-88) and Dimitar Anguelov (203-SF-79, agency: Interperformances) added 14 and 13 respectively for the win.
Milen Dimitrov (204-F/C-88) scored 17 for BC Beroe, but just one of them in the second half. Planimir Dafinov (181-PG-92) was the most valuable for the visiting team with 11 points and 8 assists for full 40 minutes in the game.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


EuroChallenge Final Four MVP Honors for Seattle-born Scorer Tre Simmons - by David Pick

Former Washington shooting guard Tre Simmons, 30, was announced Most Valuable Player of the EuroChallenge Final Four in Izmir, Turkey, following a stellar pair of showings for Russian Samara, averaging 17 points per game behind a noteworthy 50 percent shooting from distance.

With his team trailing Turkish Karsiyaka by 17 points midway through the third quarter, Simmons, cousin of former eight-year NBA veteran small forward Donny Marshall, knocked down back-to-back triples, rallying back Russia's state-cup champions, in what was a thrilling come-from-behind 77-76 dogfight victory.

In his first-ever EuroChallenge finals appearance, Simmons netted 18 points, collected three boards, stole the ball twice and turned it over five times to keep Samara's magical EuroChallenge 17-game win-streak alive. In fact, the Russian side hadn't dropped a Euro-comp game since 2011, when losing to Triumph Liberty.

Once a Euroleague scorer for Israeli power Maccabi Tel Aviv, the Seattle-born shooter, "the best guard the NBA has missed out on," according to the Los Angeles Clippers' shake-and-bake phenom Jamal Crawford, Simmons, Samara's No. 1 scorer with 15.6 points per game, who also leads his team in points in VTB competition with 17 per, has recaptured the eyes of top European organizations.

"The EuroChallenge competition is not an indication of (Simmons') talents," a prominent Euroleague scout told Eurobasket earlier today.

"Simmons is a dangerous one-on-one player, particularly in isolation plays, because he has the complete package. He is tall, athletic, he can shoot, he can drive, he can step back, and at times -- he looks like an NBA player out there," said Michael Koch, head coach of Trukese Telekom Baskets Bonn, on Simmons after playing Samara during the EuroChallenge playoff series.

Adding today's hardwood to his trophy collection, Simmons picks up his eighth European title after winning trophies in Israel (two championships, and one state-cup), Czech Republic (two championships, and one state-cup), and Russia (state-cup).


"Tre (Simmons) is one of the greatest compliments to a European playmaker outside the NBA. His defense may not sync with starting for a Euroleague team, but on offense, he's one of a handful of guys that can come in for 15-20 minutes and easily produce 10-12 points," added the scout.



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  ESTONIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.16.4 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas16.0 
 3. Laksa, Tarvas15.8 
 4. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.15.1 
 5. Matulionis, Parnu15.0 
 6. Akenparg, TTU14.7 
 7. Raley-Ross, Tarvas14.4 
 8. Okoye, Tln Kalev14.2 
 9. Ingram, TU/Rock13.8 
 10. Laur, Hito/Johvi13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.5 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.6 
 3. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.8.9 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.2 
 5. Lindmets, Tarvas8.0 
 6. Keedus, TTU6.9 
 7. Grafs, Valga6.9 
 8. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.6 
 9. Raley-Ross, Tarvas6.6 
 10. Arnold, TTU6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.4 
 2. Ingram, TU/Rock4.8 
 3. Keedus, TTU4.7 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tarvas4.1 
 5. Tamm, Tarvas4.1 
 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. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.6 
 6. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.6 
 7. Akenparg, TTU1.6 
 8. Leppik, TU/Rock1.6 
 9. Puidet, TTU1.5 
 10. Saks, Tarvas1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.1 
 2. Stewart, Tarvas1.2 
 3. Toome, TU/Rock0.9 
 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 



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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, Karsiyaka18.2 
 6. Raivio, Aalstar16.3 
 7. Simmons, Krasnie16.1 
 8. Williams, Paris-.15.5 
 9. Kudrautsau, Tsmoki.15.4 
 10. Bader, Szolnok15.3 
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, Karsiyaka7.4 
 7. Young, Aalstar7.2 
 8. Lashkevich, Tsmoki.7.0 
 9. Camara, Gravelines6.8 
 10. Smith, Krasnie Kr.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.6.7 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.6.4 
 3. Jordan, Telekom5.9 
 4. Dixon, Karsiyaka5.4 
 5. Kramer, EWE B.4.7 
 6. Deane, Khimik4.7 
 7. Kudrautsau, Tsmoki.4.7 
 8. Raivio, Aalstar4.6 
 9. Dundjerski, Gaz M.4.3 
 10. Joyce, EWE Baske.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. Mandache, Gaz M.1.9 
 4. Miles, Krasnie Kri.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. Jeromanovs, Norrk.1.3 
 10. Joseph, Khimik1.3 
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. Aminu, Karsiyaka1.2 
 4. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.2 
 5. Akpomedah, Grave.1.2 
 6. Pustovyi, Khimik1.1 
 7. Majok, Tsmoki-M.1.1 
 8. May, Paris-Levallo.1.1 
 9. Vasiliev, Krasni.1.1 
 10. Elonu, Tofas1.1 


EuroChallenge Final Four MVP Honors for Seattle-born Scorer Tre Simmons - by David Pick

Former Washington shooting guard Tre Simmons, 30, was announced Most Valuable Player of the EuroChallenge Final Four in Izmir, Turkey, following a stellar pair of showings for Russian Samara, averaging 17 points per game behind a noteworthy 50 percent shooting from distance.

With his team trailing Turkish Karsiyaka by 17 points midway through the third quarter, Simmons, cousin of former eight-year NBA veteran small forward Donny Marshall, knocked down back-to-back triples, rallying back Russia's state-cup champions, in what was a thrilling come-from-behind 77-76 dogfight victory.

In his first-ever EuroChallenge finals appearance, Simmons netted 18 points, collected three boards, stole the ball twice and turned it over five times to keep Samara's magical EuroChallenge 17-game win-streak alive. In fact, the Russian side hadn't dropped a Euro-comp game since 2011, when losing to Triumph Liberty.

Once a Euroleague scorer for Israeli power Maccabi Tel Aviv, the Seattle-born shooter, "the best guard the NBA has missed out on," according to the Los Angeles Clippers' shake-and-bake phenom Jamal Crawford, Simmons, Samara's No. 1 scorer with 15.6 points per game, who also leads his team in points in VTB competition with 17 per, has recaptured the eyes of top European organizations.

"The EuroChallenge competition is not an indication of (Simmons') talents," a prominent Euroleague scout told Eurobasket earlier today.

"Simmons is a dangerous one-on-one player, particularly in isolation plays, because he has the complete package. He is tall, athletic, he can shoot, he can drive, he can step back, and at times -- he looks like an NBA player out there," said Michael Koch, head coach of Trukese Telekom Baskets Bonn, on Simmons after playing Samara during the EuroChallenge playoff series.

Adding today's hardwood to his trophy collection, Simmons picks up his eighth European title after winning trophies in Israel (two championships, and one state-cup), Czech Republic (two championships, and one state-cup), and Russia (state-cup).


"Tre (Simmons) is one of the greatest compliments to a European playmaker outside the NBA. His defense may not sync with starting for a Euroleague team, but on offense, he's one of a handful of guys that can come in for 15-20 minutes and easily produce 10-12 points," added the scout.



Krasnye Kylia steal the trophy from Izmir - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Karsiyaka - Krasnie Krilya 76-77
Krasnye Kylia steal the trophy from Izmir. The Russian side grabbed a 77:76 victory over Pinar Karsiyaka in the EuroChallenge 2012/2013 Final. Pinar Karsiyaka took 20-17 lead after the first period and then pushed the tempo until the end of the first half. The hosts needed a 26-17 surge to enjoy 12-point deficit at the halftime. It was not however enough against the favorite of the tournament. Krasnye Kylia erupted with a 20-9 burst in the third quarter and reduced to 55:54 after DeJuan Collins closed the period with a three. He later nailed another three for 76:73 on the board, while Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) leveled the game with less than a minute to go. Wilson however scored one free throw to bring the guests 1-point lead. Diebler could bring the victory for his side, but missed a final shot. Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) and DeJuan Collins paced all the winners with 18 points each. Andre Smith notched 14, while Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP) added 9. Bobby Dixon replied with 23 points in the losing effort and Can Mutaf (190-G-91) scored 16. Alade Aminu nailed 12, whilst Thomas Williams brought 10.





3-4 Place
Gravelines - EWE Baskets 76-84
EWE Baskets stepped onto the EuroChallenge pedestal. They outgunned Gravelines in the consolation final in Izmir tonight to clinch Bronze medals. Julius Jenkins fired 21 points to lead the German team. EWE Baskets opened the game on a 10:2 rally. However Gravelines answered with an 18:6 run to ensure a 20:16 lead late in the first frame. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) and Joyce capped the quarter with five straight points to give Oldenburg a 23:20 advantage. EWE Baskets maintained the lead throughout the bigger part of the second term but Johnson and Camara teamed up late in the half to make it 38:36 for the French team after 20 minutes. Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) stretched the lead to as many as 7 points midway through the third term 52:45. However EWE Baskets capped the period with 10 straight points to enter the final frame up by three points 57:54. Kramer and Smeulders made it 64:58 for Oldenburg early in the fourth term. Dwight Buycks dragged Gravelines within two 67:69 with just over five minutes to go. Julius Jenkins stepped up once again for EWE Baskets opening a double-digit lead for them and Oldenburg never looked back en route to the victory. Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 14 points, while Adam Chubb added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Ludovic Vaty answered with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Gravelines. Dwight Buycks had 13 points in the loss.



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  FRANCE   


Tony Parker scores 23, Spurs finish 4-game sweep with 103-82 rout of injury-plagued Lakers - by Eurobasket News

LOS ANGELES For four straight games, the San Antonio Spurs showed off all the teamwork and tenacity that the Los Angeles Lakers lacked all season long.

And when the Lakers' tumultuous season finally collapsed Sunday night, the smooth Spurs rolled right past them to the second round.

Tony Parker scored 23 points, and San Antonio completed its first-round sweep of the injury-plagued Lakers with a 103-82 victory in Game 4.

Tim Duncan had 11 points and six rebounds for the second-seeded Spurs, who will face the winner of Denver's series with Golden State in the second round. They'll get plenty of rest after flattening the Lakers, who staggered through back-to-back blowout losses at home without three regular starters in their first opening-round exit since 2007.

"Obviously, it wasn't a fair fight," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "When you're a competitor, you want to compete on an even basis, and the Lakers weren't able to do that. ... Even though it wasn't a fair fight, we still want to win the series, and I'm glad we did. Our focus was great."

San Antonio never trailed in the clincher, leading by 25 points in one more businesslike effort against the seventh-seeded Lakers, who provided their usual drama right down to their last gasp.

In his final game before unrestricted free agency, Dwight Howard scored seven points before getting ejected early in the third quarter for arguing. Pau Gasol had 16 points for the Lakers, who were swept from the postseason for the second time in three years despite a late courtside appearance by Kobe Bryant on crutches.

"It was just a weird feeling," Parker said. "Obviously, I am happy we won, but it was just weird. They were missing a lot of guys, so we're just happy to go to the next round."

Howard said the season was "like a nightmare. It's like a bad dream, and we just couldn't wake up from it. That's what it felt like."

The Los Angeles Lakers gave away thousands of white towels to their fans Sunday, and they acquired an unfortunate symbolism: In the final game of a season that began with championship aspirations, the Lakers couldn't keep up without injured starters Bryant, Steve Nash and Metta World Peace. They had just nine available players in uniform for the final minutes.

"I'm proud of them, because they fought," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. "It was kind of a year that was all upside-down, but I appreciate the effort to get us into the playoffs. We just didn't have it."

After Duncan led the Spurs' blowout in Game 3, Parker took the lead in the clincher, scoring 15 points in the first half while exploiting the Lakers' hastily assembled backcourt. Los Angeles' top four guards are out with injuries, including backups Steve Blake and Jodie Meeks, and Parker was merciless against third-stringers.

"What I was pleased about our team was that we kept our focus every night," Popovich said. "We played hard, followed the game plan and were very active and energetic every night, and sometimes that's hard to do when your opponent is wounded."

Kawhi Leonard and DeJuan Blair added 13 points apiece in the Spurs' balanced scoring effort. San Antonio trailed for fewer than five combined minutes in the four-game series, grinding out points and defensive stops with the steady professionalism of Popovich's best teams.

"This is a good start for us," Duncan said. "We like the pace we're at right now. We like the rhythm we're at right now, and how healthy we are right now. Hopefully it can stay that way."

After an unimpressive game featuring just two field goal attempts in 20 minutes, Howard was tossed with 9:51 left in the third quarter for his second technical foul. The All-Star center, furious with the Spurs' unpunished physical play, yelled a few parting words at the court after walking past general manager Mitch Kupchak in the tunnel to the locker room.

"I hate it for him," D'Antoni said, lamenting the lack of foul calls against players guarding Howard. "He gets banged up so much in there that I'm sure he didn't mean to (get ejected), but he takes a pounding, and after a while, I guess his nerves were shot."

Moments later, Bryant got the solemn Staples Center crowd on its feet when he hobbled out of the tunnel to a seat behind the Lakers' bench, making his first appearance at courtside since tearing his Achilles tendon 16 days ago. Bryant, who might not be healthy by the start of next season, repeatedly yelled instructions and encouragement at the Lakers' young backcourt, Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris, and fill-in starter Earl Clark.

The 16-time NBA champion Lakers had high hopes for this season after landing Howard and Nash to play alongside Bryant and Gasol, but their hopes disappeared in an avalanche of injuries, losing streaks and turmoil.

There's almost no turbulence around the Spurs, who seamlessly replaced injured starting center Tiago Splitter in Game 4 with Australian rookie Aron Baynes, who had six points and played decent defense in his first NBA start.

The Spurs had control of this series from the start: They posted two methodical victories at home before sending the Lakers to their biggest home playoff defeat in their long franchise history in Game 3, 120-89. The clincher was more of the same, with the Lakers unable to mount enough teamwork to challenge the smooth Spurs.

The Spurs have swept three of their last four playoff series, winning every game in the first two rounds last season before losing in six games to Oklahoma City in the Western Conference finals. San Antonio is in the second round of the postseason for the fourth time in six seasons since their last championship in 2007.

NOTES: Gasol got a standing ovation when he left the game with 3:08 to play. The two-time NBA champion has one year left on his contract with the Lakers, but could be a trade chip in the Lakers' rebuild. ... Splitter has a sprained ankle and is out indefinitely, although his teammates think he can return during the second round. F Boris Diaw practiced with contact this weekend in his comeback from a back injury. ... The Lakers faced an 0-3 series deficit for the eighth time in franchise history and for the eighth time, they were swept. ... Jack Nicholson and Lil Wayne watched at courtside, but both left early in the fourth quarter.
Courtesy of: www.foxnews.com



EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets finish third - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets - Gravelines 84:76

EWE Baskets stepped onto the EuroChallenge pedestal. They outgunned Gravelines in the consolation final in Izmir tonight to clinch Bronze medals. Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia South) fired 21 points to lead the German team.
EWE Baskets opened the game on a 10:2 rally. However Gravelines answered with an 18:6 run to ensure a 20:16 lead late in the first frame. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) and Joyce capped the quarter with five straight points to give Oldenburg a 23:20 advantage. EWE Baskets maintained the lead throughout the bigger part of the second term but Johnson and Camara teamed up late in the half to make it 38:36 for the French team after 20 minutes. Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) stretched the lead to as many as 7 points midway through the third term 52:45. However EWE Baskets capped the period with 10 straight points to enter the final frame up by three points 57:54. Kramer and Smeulders made it 64:58 for Oldenburg early in the fourth term. Dwight Buycks dragged Gravelines within two 67:69 with just over five minutes to go. Julius Jenkins stepped up once again for EWE Baskets opening a double-digit lead for them and Oldenburg never looked back en route to the victory. Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 14 points, while Adam Chubb added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) answered with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Gravelines. Dwight Buycks had 13 points in the loss.

EWE Baskets: Ludovic Vaty 22+10 boards, Dwight Buycks 13
Gravelines: Julius Jenkins 21, Ronnie Burrell 14, Adam Chubb 12



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  GEORGIA   

Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Bowie, Rustavi21.7 
 2. Archibeque, MIA A.19.8 
 3. Atuashvili, Sokhumi19.6 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.19.2 
 5. Chlaidze, Sokhumi18.3 
 6. Nelson, Rustavi17.0 
 7. Fatsatsia, Olimpi16.1 
 8. Keshelava, Batumi16.0 
 9. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.15.9 
 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.12.1 
 5. Kadaria, Sokhumi11.5 
 6. Aselaini, TSU T.10.2 
 7. Nelson, Rustavi9.1 
 8. Keshelava, Batumi8.6 
 9. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.8.0 
 10. Berishvili, Olimpi7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Armia
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Gamqrelidze, Armia7.1 
 2. Sokk, Olimpi5.8 
 3. Vaughn, MIA A.5.7 
 4. Pashayev, Kutaisi5.6 
 5. Bowie, Rustavi5.5 
 6. Gaprindashvi., Sam.5.4 
 7. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.5.4 
 8. Bakradze, TSU T.5.4 
 9. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi3.7 
 10. Tsekvava, Rustavi3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Bowie, Rustavi3.3 
 2. Vaughn, MIA A.2.0 
 3. Ramishvili, Batumi1.9 
 4. Machaladze, STU T.1.9 
 5. Pashayev, Kutaisi1.8 
 6. Beruashvili, TSU T.1.7 
 7. Chikviladze, Dinam.1.6 
 8. Bakradze, TSU T.1.5 
 9. Fatsatsia, Olimpi1.5 
 10. Toudjani, Rustavi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.2.0 
 2. Atuashvili, Sokhumi1.8 
 3. Eliashvili, Batumi1.6 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.5 
 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 


Olimpi and MIA Academy sweep their Quarterfinal series - by Eurobasket News

Rustavi - Kutaisi 75-79 (1-1)

Strangely Energy Invest outrebounded Kutaisi 45-26 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Naturalized Russian guard Teymuraz Babunashvili (185-90) notched 23 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-91) supported him with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Even 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists by American guard Nate Bowie (183-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) did not help to save the game for Energy Invest. His fellow American import forward Kyle Nelson (203-89, college: Augustana, IL, agency: N.E.T.) added 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Four Energy Invest players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Rustavi: N.Bowie 18+5reb+6ast, L.Tsekvava 14+3reb, J.Stefanov 12+7reb+2ast, K.Nelson 11+10reb+4ast, R.Atanelishvili 9+5reb+1ast, L.Khmelidze 6+3reb
Kutaisi: T.Babunashvili 23+1reb+5ast, G.Barbakadze 18+8reb, Z.Pashayev 14+4reb+7ast, D.Barbakadze 9+2reb+1ast, R.Didia 8+4reb+5ast, R.Matiashvili 5+6reb
gschID: 240199


Dinamo Tbilisi - Armia 75-77 (1-1)

Armia outrebounded Dinamo Tbilisi 43-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international point guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86, agency: FCM) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. Center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90) contributed with 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Lamar Karim (178-83, college: So.Poly State, agency: Interperformances) replied with 17 points and 8 assists and his fellow American import forward Keyon Carter (203-88, college: ODU, agency: Two Points) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Dinamo Tbilisi. Four Dinamo Tbilisi players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: K.Carter 18+8reb+1ast, L.Karim 17+4reb+8ast, M.Oluic 15+7reb+3ast, B.Chikviladze 15+4reb+5ast, F.Clayman 7+4reb+2ast, I.Keidia 2+1ast
Armia: G.Sharabidze 25+9reb, G.Gamqrelidze 17+7reb+10ast, Z.Babiashvili 10+5reb, B.Tsivtsivadze 8+5reb+2ast, A.Boisa 7+3reb+3ast, G.Jgerenaia 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 239762


Sokhumi - MIA Academy 67-80 (0-2)

MIA outrebounded Sokhumi 35-22 including 24 on the defensive glass. American point guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati) scored 25 points to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis) chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four MIA players scored in double figures. MIA's coach Giorgos Ketselidis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Sergo Atuashvili (223-85) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and forward Irakli Chlaidze (199-89) scored 14 points and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: S.Atuashvili 19+6reb+3ast, I.Chlaidze 14+2reb+5ast, B.Stojakovic 12+3reb+6ast, G.Shvangiradze 9+6reb+3ast, K.Jintcharadze 5, V.Kadaria 4+3reb
MIA Academy: D.Vaughn 25+3reb+2ast, K.Archibeque 15+11reb+3ast, C.Prewitt 13+4reb+7ast, B.Raymond 10+3reb+1ast, R.Rogava 7+2reb+4ast, M.Bokolishvili 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 239763


TSU Tbilisi - Olimpi 77-117 (0-2)

Olimpi outrebounded TSU 50-34 including a 40-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. Greek-Estonian point guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89) notched 17 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and international Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) supported him with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Four Olimpi players scored in double figures. Olimpi's coach George Kazanjian felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by point guard Givi Bakradze (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) did not help to save the game for TSU. Guard George Khaniashvili (194-89) added 13 points and 5 assists for the hosts.
Top scorers:
TSU Tbilisi: G.Bakradze 19+5reb+5ast, G.Khaniashvili 13+2reb+5ast, T.Tavamaishvili 12+3reb, S.Aselaini 10+2reb, D.Khizanishvili 9+2reb+2ast, G.Vakhania 8+8reb+4ast
Olimpi: D.Moore 19+3reb+2ast, S.Sokk 17+4reb+3ast, L.Fatsatsia 13+6reb+3ast, A.Dvalishvili 12+10reb+2ast, M.Berishvili 11+5reb+1ast, T.Tavartkiladze 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 239761



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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, Karlsruhe15.7 
 8. Williams, Vechta15.5 
 9. Barker, Jena15.3 
 10. Khartchenkov, NBC15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donald LAWSON
  Chemnitz
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Lawson, Chemnitz10.3 
 2. Gadley, Duesseldorf9.0 
 3. Black, Karlsruhe8.8 
 4. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.1 
 5. Johnson, Crailsheim7.9 
 6. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.9 
 7. Baker, Gotha7.9 
 8. Calvin, Ehingen7.5 
 9. Smith, NBC7.4 
 10. Henley, ETB W.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Williams, Vechta6.9 
 2. Coleman, Crailsheim6.1 
 3. Smith, NBC5.7 
 4. Aud, Finke Baskets5.5 
 5. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.1 
 6. Kelly, Cuxhaven4.9 
 7. Sollazzo, Leipzig4.5 
 8. Matthews, Ehingen4.5 
 9. Barker, Jena4.2 
 10. Jeka, Jena4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Williams, Vechta2.5 
 2. Hardy, Heidelberg2.4 
 3. White, Heidelberg2.2 
 4. Matthews, Ehingen2.1 
 5. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.8 
 6. Pratt, Cuxhaven1.7 
 7. Stockton, Karlsruhe1.6 
 8. Bynum, Chemnitz1.5 
 9. Williamson, Ehingen1.5 
 10. Johnson, Duessel.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. Madrich, Vechta0.9 
 10. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 


EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets finish third - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets - Gravelines 84:76

EWE Baskets stepped onto the EuroChallenge pedestal. They outgunned Gravelines in the consolation final in Izmir tonight to clinch Bronze medals. Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia South) fired 21 points to lead the German team.
EWE Baskets opened the game on a 10:2 rally. However Gravelines answered with an 18:6 run to ensure a 20:16 lead late in the first frame. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) and Joyce capped the quarter with five straight points to give Oldenburg a 23:20 advantage. EWE Baskets maintained the lead throughout the bigger part of the second term but Johnson and Camara teamed up late in the half to make it 38:36 for the French team after 20 minutes. Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) stretched the lead to as many as 7 points midway through the third term 52:45. However EWE Baskets capped the period with 10 straight points to enter the final frame up by three points 57:54. Kramer and Smeulders made it 64:58 for Oldenburg early in the fourth term. Dwight Buycks dragged Gravelines within two 67:69 with just over five minutes to go. Julius Jenkins stepped up once again for EWE Baskets opening a double-digit lead for them and Oldenburg never looked back en route to the victory. Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 14 points, while Adam Chubb added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) answered with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Gravelines. Dwight Buycks had 13 points in the loss.

EWE Baskets: Ludovic Vaty 22+10 boards, Dwight Buycks 13
Gravelines: Julius Jenkins 21, Ronnie Burrell 14, Adam Chubb 12



Zach Peacock Unleashes The Ultimate Mad Baller Keeping The Fraport Skyliners In The Beko BBL With77-72 Victory Against Ludwigsburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

There are situations that are never easy, but at times when things are tough one may rather be in an uneasy position like seeing Lebron James go 0/12 from downtown out of the view of a diehard fan, being caught in an annoying traffic jam on the highway on the way to an event or walking through a park and getting some nasty and unexpected droppings from above from a passing pigeon. However one of the most unwanted circumstances for a professional athlete is an unpleasant do or die situation. A do or die game is an experience for a player that involves a desperate effort to succeed or face dire consequences. The last time the Frankfurt Skyliners were involved in a do or die game Fraport Skyliner big man Johannes Voigtmann was learning his craft at German sport handball as he hadnt even started to play basketball yet, guard Dwayne Wade was two months away from his first NBA title with the Miami Heat, Adele was still an unknown swan on the music scene getting ready to spread her wings and adore the public with breathtaking music and Germany was getting ready for their soccer world cup in their own country. Frankfurt had been in some do or die games like back in 2010 in game five of the finals losing in Bamberg or 2011 game five of the semi finals losing at home to Alba Berlin, but never as threatening like in 2006 where they had to beat the EWE Baskets Oldeneburg which they did 70-58. In that game, American Kavossy Franklin led the team with 22 points and captain Pascal Roller steered 18 points to the victory and staying in the league. The club has done great things since then reaching the playoffs four times, reaching the 2010 Beko BBL finals, having an MVP player with Dashaun Wood or future NBA player with Jon Leuer and developing the Germans this season, but all those things were only memories and their whole beko BBL existence could have beeen washed out after their 40 minute performance against the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg. The Fraport Skyliners knew what awaited them, a hard fought battle like 10 battle of Wurzburgs in one against the Schwaben team, but they were able to keep their nerves and composure betaing them 77-72.The players playing in the game had been in dor or die games before so this was nothing new. I had been in a few do or die games to get into the playoffs, but nothing like this game. I wasnt nervous at all and loved the atmosphere. Celebrating after the win with the fans felt like we had won the championship, stressed Fraport Skyliner forward Laquan Prowell. After the loss Neckar Riesen guard Wayne Bernard had along face after losing his third do or die game in his career. I had lost these type of games with MBC and Giessen, but I didnt think about the importance of the game as I go into each game the same way always trying to play with much energy, added Wayne Bernard. Skyliner Devin Gibson was all smiles after the win as his record in do or die games improved as it took him about 10 seconds to remember his status in these type of games. I am 7-3 in do or die games now. Whenever the fans are really loud, we step it up even more. We have the best fans in the league. I was as confident as could be going in. We werent going to take this loss, expressed Devin Gibson.

Both teams came into the game knowing that the loser after 40 minutes would be demoted to the Pro A. The Fraport Skyliners controlled the game for 30 minutes, but the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg made a furious comeback in the fourth quarter producing four three pointers in arrow, but in the end, they were missing extra minutes for them to seriously endanger the Fraport Skyliners. After the win, the players partied long with the fans and by the time they finally had time for the press, they had smiles shinning and probably had the most fun all season long asking questions. Even with the stress of having a do or die game, the reward of winning a game like feels extra special. It feels so good winning this game. We prepared very hard for it and just reaching our goal is great. Key was having avery good start and finally playing defense the way we did before the last two games against Trier and Bonn, added Laquan Prowell.After the loss, Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg head coach John Patrick looked like he had just experienced 10 Eurochallenge finals, but he admitted that the Fraport Skyliners were the better team on this night. The Fraport Skyliners were clearly the better team in the first three quarters. It took ahead butt in the third quarter for us to start to play with emotion and get back into the game. We cant start so late, but had to have come out of the gates better. Frankfurt defended very aggressive and we had problems bringing the ball down the court. We had no answer for Zach peacock. I give a lot of credit to Frankfurt. They played with more heart than we did, added 2010 Eurochallenge winner John Patrick. We could match the intensity or physicality of Frankfurt. The Peacock ejection got us going, but we should have had that from the start, warned Marquis Blakely.

In the Beko BBL, there are really only a handful of players that can dominate a game as much as Zachery Peacock (203-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Tech) Peacock has been the most consistent player on the team and when he gets going and has big scoring games, then he usually is able to carry his teammates and club to victory. That was the case in the do or die game as the Miami native had 10 points in the first quarter and 18 points at halftime. Just give Peacock the ball and all will be ok and as soon as he started hitting his first shots, he continued to get the ball as he was unstoppable. Zack was amazing. He was on pace for 40 points. His mid distance jumper is so amazing to watch. He was in the zone tonight, said Devin Gibson. Peacock probably would have had 30 plus points in the game if he hadnt been disqualified in the third quarter. I was very focused and knew how important this game was. I work so hard on my shot that I have a lot of confidence in my shot that I just expect it to go in, smiled Zachery Peacock It didnt really matter if it was John Turek or Eric Coleman, nobody could contain Peacock. Even if Ludwigsburg would have flown in Bruce Bowen, he probably couldnt have stopped the mad baller Peacock either who got the nickname in Giessen because he was always so focused in practice. Peacock was so dominant. His catch and shoot and one dribble hurt us no matter if we had one or two players on him. Coleman can play defense, but Peacock knew he was hot and just felt he always had mismatches, stressed John Patrick. When you feel hot like Peacock did, that is what happens, you keep hitting shots. He had so much confidence in his shot, added Wayne Bernard.

Before the do or die game started there were a few interesting things that one could observe in the Fraport arena like a huge sign up in the upper deck saying Berlin-Ulm-Bamberg: Now beat Ludwigsburg. Shortly before the game started there was one last stern focused hand shake between Ludwigsburg head coach John Patrick and CEO Alexander Reil. The Fraport Skyliner that got the biggest round of applause in the introductions was Dawan Robinson whose future was more than uncertain a week ago after he had lung problems and had to stay in the hospital. Notable people in attendance were Duesseldorf Basket Chris Gadley, LTi Giessen 46er Achmadschah Zazi and head coach Mathias Fischer. When the game finally did commence, the Fraport Skyliners started the way head coach Muli Katzurin had hoped with aggressive defense that would sooner or later spark the offense. Marquis Blakely scored the first points of the ball game following up his own miss. The Fraport Skyliners then really got rolling going on a 8-0 run sparked by three steals by Zack Peacock and three field goals. Prowell made a lay in being fed nicely by Gibson. The Ludwigsburg offense was very static as they couldnt get any good shots and sharp shooter Lucca Staiger was totally being contained by Quantez Robertson and Zack Peacock was conducting his own shooting clinic. Ludwigsburg got some offense going on a 5-2 run as ex NBA player Derrick Zimmermann hit a runner and Iowa native John Turek a three pointer. The only offense that Frankfurt had was Peacock so if something is working why change it?. Frankfurt ended the first quarter with a stifling 6-0 run to lead 16-7. Peacock hit two jumpers over Eric Coleman and Super Tez and Klein hit buckets. What really surprised me that neither team had an inside presence. Frankfurt was playing very well together and one could see that they knew the consequences of the game. The Peacock mi distance was deadly, stressed Duesseldorf Basket Chris Gadley. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 44% from the field and 0% from outside while the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg were shooting 27% from the field and 0% from outside. Both teams had nine rebounds, but Ludwigsburg six turnovers and Frankfurt only one turnover.

The first few minutes of the second quarter were very sloppy by both teams. Ludwigsburg stayed in the game mainly because the Frankfurt offense was sputtering. Konstantin Klein reacted well after an air ball not losing his confidence and scoring inside on a hard penetration. Turek and Blakely then hit free throws as Ludwigsburg continued to stick around as they trailed only 18-10. Ludwigsburg were making stupid turnovers and at times seemed like they had only been together a few days. Frankfurt was making bad decisions on offense and taking bad shots. Frankfurt finally found their rhythm on offense going on a 9-0 run to lead 27-10.Peacock scored twice, Klein nailed a three pointer and Danilo Barthel hit an off balance jumper. The way Ludwigsburg was playing offense in the second quarter, it seemed like they might never score again, but basketball remains a game of runs and even when times are hard, good times can come a lot quicker and unexpected as they rushed out on a 5-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 27-15 as Lucca Staiger who once hit 106 points in a youth game connected on a three pointer and Joshua Jackson hit a jumper. Peacock then hit another shot over Coleman who was still looking for his jock strap somewhere on the baseline, but corrected his mistake on the next possession scoring inside. Turek then hit an open three pointer and then it was Peacock again this time connecting over Turek as the Fraport Skyliners led 31-20 at halftime. I think that at times the Ludwigsburg offense couldnt even be of Pro A level. They seemed to have no concept on offense or defense. Each guy was playing for themselves it seemed. Nobody was able to contain Peacock. Ludwigsburg should of kept a more mobile guy on him. Frankfurt continued to hit shots and defend very aggressively, stressed American Chris Gadley. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 43% from the field and 9% from the three point line while the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg were shooting 37% from the field and 33% from the three point line. Ludwigsburg had the 18-14 rebound edge, but 13 turnovers while Frankfurt only had three turnovers.

After a weak first half where the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg mustered only 20 points one would have been confident that they would make some kind of adjustments and come back, but instead it was the Fraport Skyliners that continued to play strong offense going on a 9-2run to totally break open the game 42-22. Devin Gibson who isnt known for burying shots from downtown nailed two consecutive three pointers and Robertson made a big steal and went coast to coast with the elegant push through dunk. Ludwigsburg had to come soon or be in fear of being blown out. The Schwaben teams had glimpses of a spark on offense as they went on a 6-2 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 44-28. Turek hit a jumper and free throws and Marquis Blakely made a put back after getting his own rebound. American Ryan Brooks then hit a jumper as Frankfurt led 47-28. Sometimes in games, one little sequence or play can help spark a team which happened to Ludwigsburg. Ex Skyliner Max Weber went inside an got an offensive foul mowing down Zack Peacock that retaliated with a head butt. On account of this, Peacock was disqualified and had to go to the locker room. I thought that the offensive foul and disqualification were correct. This call gave us adrenaline and I am happy that we never gave up, stressed John Patrick. I wouldnt say that it was a head butt, but moreover I tried to push him back with my head, smiled Zachery Peacock That was a head butt by Peacock. That doesnt belong in the sport. He should of kept his cool, expressed Marquis Blakely. Ludwigsburg ended the third quarter with 7-2 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 49-35. It was all Lucca Staiger that nailed four free throws and a three pointer. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 60& form the two point range and 20% from the parking lot while the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg were shooting 36% from the two point range and 23% from the parking lot. Ludwigsburg had the 26-23 rebound advantage, but 18 turnovers while Frankfurt only had seven turnovers.

With only 10 minutes to play, the basketball life of the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg was slowly heading in the direction of the Pro A, but they still had energy left as they started off the fourth quarter with a 6-2run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 51-41. Turek hit free throws and Bernard and Blakely scored in the lane. With no Peacock available, Frankfurt had to find a way to close out the game with what they had and they had a Prowell who hit a huge three pointer to give Frankfurt the 54-42 lead. As the fourth quarter continued to dwindle down, one was slowly seeing that despite the more consistent play of Ludwigsburg, Frankfurt had just the right big lead and was hitting enough to keep the Schwaben team at bay and not getting dangerous and under 10 points. After a Blakely dunk, Frankfurt got free throws from Gibson, Klein and Voigtmann as they led 62-46. Ludwigsburg kept their best for last with their outside shooting as Blakely nailed a three pointer and Staiger two bombs form the parking lot cutting the Frankfurt lead to 68-56. Now it was time for ex MBC guard Wayne Bernard to start getting hot hitting three three pointers. His second three pointer cut the Frankfurt lead to 73-66 with two minutes to play. I was just trying to get up my shot as quick as possible, stressed Wayne Bernard. Frankfurt continued getting to the free throw line, but had much misfortune missing too many. Ryan Brooks missed four in a row. After Coleman scored inside, it was Prowell making one free throw as Frankfurt led 75-68. Bernard then hit his third three pointer of the last few minutes cutting the Frankfurt lead to 75-71. Prowell then made one of two free throws but Frankfurt led 76-71. With 5,5 seconds to play in the contest, the Fraport arena increased its noise level as Muli Katzurin inserted Dawan Robinson. Blakely made one more free throw cutting the Frankfurt lead to 77-72. Staiger ended the game with a missed three pointer as the Saturday night of every Skyliner fan was extended as it was party time. They played with more energy in the fourth quarter, but we were able to hold them off. They rattled us a bit at the end, but we controlled the game for 80% of the time and we just wanted it more, added Devin Gibson. WE just tried to push the ball up quickly and get the first open shot. We came up short at the end. Who knows what would have happened if there had been three more minutes in the game, warned Marquis Blakely.

The Fraport Skyliners were led by Zach Peacock with 20 points. Devin Gibson produced 12 points. Laquan Prowell and Konstantin Klein contributed 11 points a piece. Quantez Robertson added 10 points. The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg were led by Marquis Blakely with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Lucca Staiger scored 16 points as well. John Turek added 15 points while Wayne Bernard chipped in with 11 points. If the Fraport Skyliners had lost then Zach peacock would have been the tragic loser on account of his ejection, but with the big do or die win, his ejection will be long forgotten when people look back at this historic game. Peacock was the last player to return form the floor into the locker room one hour after the game had ended after fulfilling every last autograph request and was thrilled how his teammates finished the game without him. It really feels good to end the season winning this important game. We did a great job starting off aggressive on defense which led to our offense getting started. I am really proud of the team in that even after my ejection, they continued to fight hard and just took care of business, stressed Zach peacock. The Fraport Skyliners eneded the season in 14th place while the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg ended the season in 17th place.




Jack Eggleston (Bayer Giants Leverkusen) It Is Very Gratifying For The Team To Move Up Especially After Our Struggles Last Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

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

Congrats on the 79-76 win against Weissenhorn and another do or die win. The team is now 4-0 this season in do or die games. Do you slowly feel invincible in these type of games?

Haha I don't know about invincible, but we are definitely feeling confident right now. We've shown that we can go out and compete with anybody in the league on our home court or on the road.


Basketball Leverkusen must be going crazy. Where do you rate the importance of this game in your career with big wins? You helped Leverkusen move up a league.

I would say this is the biggest win I've had since high school. To be able to give this club an opportunity to move up to the Pro A is very gratifying for me, especially after our struggles here last year.


Weissenhorn had the 52-40 lead at halftime. What was giving Leverkusen the biggest problems in the first 20 minutes?

In the first half, I thought our energy was low. I missed some very good looks around the rim, and Daniel Theis shot the lights out. At halftime we were able to regroup a bit and find the intensity we needed to mount a comeback.


What adjustments did Leverkusein make in the third quarter scoring 24 points?

We really settled down and were patient on offense. In the first half, we were rushed and took too many quick threes. In the third quarter, we got much better shots and knocked them down.


Leverkusen held Weissenhorn too only seven points in the fourth quarter and made a big rally winning. You and Josh Parker made big shots, but Matthias Gooddek also nailed an important three pointer. Describe the amazing comeback?

It was really a great team effort. Matthias is such a pro that you know he's going to hit a big shot no matter what else has happened up to that point. Also, our defense came up huge to hold them to just seven points in the fourth quarter.


Was this one of the best games of Josh Parker this season? I seldom saw him fill up teh stat sheet so high including six steals?

What can you say about Josh at this point in the year? He has absolutely carried us and came up with big play after big play when we needed it most. I'm so proud of the way he's played this year. If anybody other than Josh is named MVP, it'll be a travesty.


What was your impression of Daniel Theis who had 27 points and 14 rebounds. What was it like defending the athletic German?


We played against Theis last year when he was with Braunschweig and earlier in this season in Weissenhorn, so we knew what to expect from him. He's obviously a very talented player and he shot the ball very well in the first half. I thought we did a better job containing him down the stretch.


How excited are you about playing in the final against Schwelm? What kind of series can we await?

Since very early on in the year our fans have been excited about a possible final against Schwelm. With how close we are to them geographically, I know they will have a lot of supporters in our gym and we in theirs. The series will be a very competitive one for sure.

Will we see anymore do or die games in the final? What will be key to winning the PRO B title?

The final is only a two game series with the winner determined by aggregate score, so I guess you could say game 2 will be a do or die game for both teams. Our key is to continue to play the way we've been playing. If we defend well and execute offensively, I like our chances.


The New York Knicks are up 2-0. How will the series progress?

I think the Knicks will take care of business in 5 games. The Celtics just don't have the offensive weapons to match up.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I just watched Melancholia.

Thanks Jack for the chat.




Adam Waleskowski (Duesseldorf Baskets) We Learned To Take Care Of Business In The Jena Series - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

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

Congrats on the 90-80 win in game three against SCience City Jena. Was this sweep more difficult at accomplishing then it looked?

Thanks Miles! It was a very difficult series to sweep. When people see the scores of the games, it doesn't do justice to how hard Jena played against us.

Duesseldorf had the tight 45-40 lead at halftime. Why was Duesseldorf unable to break away in the first half?

We knew that Jena was going to keep fighting and not just roll over and die. They came ready. Their guards were knocking down shots that they weren't hitting in game one in Dsseldorf. Their bigs also played much better this game and were a much bigger threat on the offensive end.


The game was pretty tight until the Duesseldorf Baskets were able to break away a bit in the fourth quarter. What was key for getting the win in crunch time?

We never gave up. We kept fighting off their offensive attack and kept rolling on offense. Plus, Marin Petric hit some huge three pointers to break the lead into double digits.

How key was it holding Kenny Barker to five points?

It was big, but Sim picked up where Barker left off at the guard position. The best thing we did was not let both of them get going against us.


In earlier interviews you stated the importance of how on any given day any player can step up. In game three it was Greek Triantafillos Tzakopolous who was key in scoring. How key is it having that healthy mix of scoring/playmaking from the two point guards Gary Johnson and the Greek?

It's a huge factor for our offense. When Terry is scoring from the outside and finishing his dribble penetration strong it opens up the floor, especially inside for the big men. Gary and Terry really give a good mix of up-tempo (Gary) and half court (Terry) offense to our team game.


What was the secret to winning the rebound battle despite having no Chris Gadley?

Boxing out and five guys going to get the rebound. When everyone makes the effort for these two factors there is no team in the league that will out-rebound us.


Did the Duesseldorf Baskets learn how to play playoff basketball better as a team in this sweep in comparison to the five game series with NBC?

In the NBC series, we learned how to come together as a team and fight our way out of the hole we dug for ourselves. This series we learned how to take care of business. We played strong at home and didn't let them have a chance there. Plus, we went to a really hostile gym in Jena and came away with a win.


The New York Knicks lead the Boston Celtics 2-0. How will the series progress?

Boston will even it up at 2-2 then the Knicks will win out after that


Did Murat Didin have any special words in the locker room after the sweep?

Coach Didin was really proud of us and how we fought through all the adversity of the season to reach our first goal of the season by qualifying for the BBL.


Thanks Adam for the chat.




Bayer Giants wins ProB Final opener - by Eurobasket News

Bayer Giants - Schwelm 90-83 (1-0)

Bayer Giants looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Adonte Parker (183-89, college: Dayton) who helped to win the game recording 43 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Jack Eggleston (203-88, college: Pennsylvania) contributed with 9 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Four Bayer Giants players scored in double figures. Julius Coles (193-89, college: Canisius) answered with 28 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Dj Hamilton (183-90, college: MSU Moorhead) added 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for SG Schwelmer Baskets.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: A.Parker 43+5reb+9ast, M.Rass 13+2reb, G.Twiehoff 11+9reb+3ast, M.Goddek 11+3reb+1ast, J.Eggleston 9+14reb+8ast, O.Legankovas 3+4reb+1ast
Schwelm: J.Coles 28+6reb+3ast, D.Hamilton 24+6reb+6ast, L.Wendt 17+4reb+2ast, A.Kronhardt 8+11reb+1ast, D.Fiorentino 4+5reb, S.Asbach 2
gschID: 239735



Vechta wins ProA Semi-Final clash - by Eurobasket News

Vechta - Karlsruhe 86-74 (3-2)

The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-74. SC Rasta Vechta outrebounded BG Karlsruhe 40-24 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American swingman Corey Hassan (193-87, college: Sacred Heart) who scored 24 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Sajmen Hauer (190-88, agency: Court Side) produced 20 points and American point guard Michael Stockton (185-89, college: Westminster, UT) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five SC Rasta Vechta and four BG Karlsruhe players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Vechta: C.Hassan 24+5reb, J.Doerksen 14+1reb+2ast, F.Stuckemann 12+7reb+1ast, A.Rudowitz 11+6reb+4ast, R.Williams 10+5reb+7ast, D.Madrich 7+6reb+3ast
Karlsruhe: S.Hauer 20+4reb+3ast, M.Stockton 16+6reb+2ast, R.Roessler 13+4reb+1ast, J.Black 12+4reb+1ast, E.Vierneisel 8+2reb+1ast, J.Harris 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 240125



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Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiacos 21-1 
 2. Panionios 19-5 
 3. Panathinaikos 18-4 
 4. PAOK 17-8 
 5. AGOR 15-9 
 6. Ikaros 12-12 
 7. Apollon Patras 11-13 
 8. Aris 11-13 
 9. KAOD 9-15 
 10. Kolossos 8-16 
 11. Ilysiakos 7-16 
 12. Panelefsiniakos 6-17 
 13. Peristeri GS 6-18 
 14. Kavala 5-18 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 28: Apollon Patras - PAOK 87-83 OT
Apr. 30: Aris - Kavala
Apr. 30: Panathinaikos - Kolossos
Apr. 30: AGOR - Peristeri GS
Apr. 30: Ilysiakos - KAOD
Apr. 30: Panelefsiniakos - Ikaros
Apr. 30: Panionios - Olympiacos


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos21.3 
 2. Pappas, Panionios18.0 
 3. McCollum, Apollo.15.8 
 4. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.2 
 5. Dendy, Darussafaka14.9 
 6. Kiritsis, Ikaros14.5 
 7. Printezis, Olympia.14.5 
 8. Haralampidis, PAOK14.0 
 9. Coleman, Kavala13.9 
 10. Gibson, Ikaros13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.5 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK8.2 
 3. Faye, Ikaros8.1 
 4. Anagonye, Ilysiak.7.2 
 5. Jankovic, Panionios6.9 
 6. Coleman, Kavala6.6 
 7. Michel, KAOD6.2 
 8. Haritopoulos, Luko.5.9 
 9. Petway, AGOR5.7 
 10. Lasme, Panathin.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.8 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.4.9 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.3 
 4. McGrath, Zalgiris3.8 
 5. Petroulas, Periste.3.7 
 6. Papantoniou, Peris.3.6 
 7. Pappas, Panionios3.2 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos3.2 
 9. Gibson, Ikaros3.2 
 10. Xanthopoulos, Pa.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.5 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.2 
 3. Pappas, Panionios2.0 
 4. Hatten, Kolossos1.8 
 5. Klaiber, Apollon1.7 
 6. McCollum, Apollo.1.7 
 7. Knowles, KAOD1.5 
 8. Pelekanos, Aris1.4 
 9. Mantzaris, Periste.1.4 
 10. Mantzaris, Olympi.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Petway, AGOR2.7 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.5 
 3. Coleman, Kavala1.3 
 4. Turner, Apollon1.3 
 5. Faye, Ikaros1.3 
 6. Achara, Kavala1.2 
 7. Lasme, Panathin.1.1 
 8. Powell, Olympiacos0.9 
 9. Charissis, Aris0.9 
 10. Jankovic, Panioni.0.8 


Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Nea Kifisia 21-5 
 2. Trikalla 21-5 
 3. Filathlitikos 21-5 
 4. Koroivos 18-8 
 5. Lavrio 15-11 
 6. Agia Paraskevis 14-12 
 7. Ikaroi Serron 14-12 
 8. Arkadikos 11-15 
 9. OFI 10-16 
 10. Pagrati 10-16 
 11. Ermis Lagkada 9-17 
 12. Niki Volou 7-19 
 13. Irakleio 6-20 
 14. Doxa Lefkadas 5-21 

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 27: Nea Kifisia - Filathlitikos 89-81
Apr. 27: Niki Volou - Irakleio 80-57
Apr. 27: Doxa Lefkadas - Arkadikos 79-83
Apr. 27: Ermis Lagkada - OFI 67-70
Apr. 27: Ikaroi Serron - Lavrio 62-63
Apr. 27: Koroivos - Agia Paraskevis 102-87
Apr. 27: Trikalla - Pagrati 100-85



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Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Damier PITTS
  KFI
  (177-PG-89)
  Avg: 33.5
 1. Pitts, KFI33.5 
 2. Medlock, Skallagri.27.2 
 3. Palm, IR26.5 
 4. Smith, Thor Thorl25.8 
 5. Broussard, Grind.24.3 
 6. Jackson, Thor Thorl22.6 
 7. Zeglinski, Grindav.21.5 
 8. Craion, Keflavik21.4 
 9. Frye, Stjarnan20.8 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 15
 1. Van, Njardvik15.0 
 2. Amoroso, Snaefell14.5 
 3. Craion, Keflavik13.1 
 4. Baptist, Kankakee.10.3 
 5. Virijevic, KFI10.0 
 6. Valentine, Tindast.10.0 
 7. McQueen, Snaefell9.7 
 8. Broussard, Grind.9.3 
 9. Mills, Stjarnan8.8 
 10. Frye, Stjarnan8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Snaefell
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Threatt, Snaefell8.9 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan8.0 
 3. Pitts, KFI7.0 
 4. Gibson, Tindastoll6.9 
 5. Zeglinski, Grindav.6.2 
 6. Smith, Thor Thorl5.7 
 7. Williams, IR5.6 
 8. Richardson, KR5.3 
 9. Fridriksson, Njard.4.8 
 10. Medlock, Skallagr.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Dandre WILLIAMS
  IR
  (177-G-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Williams, IR2.6 
 2. Richardson, KR2.5 
 3. Broussard, Grind.2.4 
 4. Moore, Njardvik2.4 
 5. Medlock, Skallagri.2.3 
 6. Viggosson, Tindast.1.9 
 7. Valentine, Tindast.1.9 
 8. Threatt, Snaefell1.9 
 9. Baptist, Kankakee.1.9 
 10. Fridriksson, Njar.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Keflavik
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Craion, Keflavik2.3 
 2. Mills, Stjarnan2.1 
 3. Bradshaw, Dayton1.8 
 4. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.5 
 5. Van, Njardvik1.4 
 6. Baptist, Kankakee.1.3 
 7. Acox, KR1.2 
 8. Magnusson, KR1.1 
 9. Valentine, Tindast.1.1 
 10. Valdimarsson, Stj.0.9 


Dragons still alive - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Sundsvall Dragons in Swedish top league is still alive in play-offs finals after team beat Sodertalje 90-79thanks to the performance from the two Icelandic players on the team.
Jakob Sigurdarson (192-PG-82, college: Birm.Southern) who needed three stitches in his eyebrow early in the game but still came up with 26 points and Hlynur Baeringsson 13 points and 14 rebounds where the key players for the win.. Sodertalje now leads 3-2 in best of seven.

Germany. MBC lost to Phoenix Hagen 88-99 and end in 16 place in BBL. Hordur Vilhjalmsson had 7 points in the game for MBC

Spain.
Manresa lost to CB Canarias 86-93. Haukur Palsson 2 points for Manresa.
CAI Zaragoza lost to Bilbao 100-90. Jon Stefansson 10 points for CAI

France.
Angers BC 49 68 Quimper 84. Logi Gunnarsson 9 points for Angers



Dominos League Round 5 of Finals. Grindavik defend the title - by Eurobasket News

Grindavik - Stjarnan 79-74

Grindavik repeated as the Express League champions. They held off Stjarnan in the decisive game of the title series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Stjarnan won fourth quarter 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Grindavik made 11 blocks. American forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) stepped up and scored 25 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Sammy Zeglinski (182-88, college: Virginia) chipped in 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Marvin Valdimarsson (198-81) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Brian Mills (203-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Four Stjarnan players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: A.Broussard 25+9reb+5ast, S.Zeglinski 21+6reb+5ast, S.Thorsteinsson 12+11reb+2ast, T.Olafsson 9+6reb+4ast, D.Ingi Bustion 5+1reb, J.Olafsson 4+4reb+2ast
Stjarnan: M.Valdimarsson 17+9reb+2ast, J.Shouse 14+4reb+7ast, B.Mills 12+11reb+3ast, J.Zdravevski 10+7reb+2ast, J.Frye 9+3reb+2ast, F.Helgason 8+7reb
gschID: 239917



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Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Dell Aspac 32-1 
 2. Pelita Jaya 29-4 
 3. Satria Muda 25-8 
 4. CLS Knights 25-8 
 5. Garuda 23-10 
 6. Stadium Jak. 17-16 
 7. Hangtuah 16-17 
 8. Bimasakti 10-23 
 9. Satya Wacana 9-24 
 10. Pacific Caesar 7-26 
 11. NSH GMC Riau 3-30 
 12. Tonga BSC 2-31 

Regular Season: Round 54

Apr. 28: Hangtuah - Tonga BSC 74-64
Apr. 28: CLS Knights - Satria Muda 64-40
Apr. 28: Pacific Caesar - Bimasakti 63-75
Apr. 28: Satya Wacana - Garuda 54-74


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bima RIZKY ARDIANSYAH
  Bimasa.
  (182-PF-90)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Rizky Ardian., Bim.16.6 
 2. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.15.3 
 3. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.15.1 
 4. Pamungkas, Satya14.3 
 5. Poedjakesuma, Peli.13.0 
 6. Nagata, Pacific12.9 
 7. Prawiro, Dell Aspac12.8 
 8. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.12.5 
 9. Regowo, Dell Aspac12.0 
 10. Gunawan, Satria M.11.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.0 
 2. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.2 
 3. Nolland, Garuda8.5 
 4. Sabara, Pacific8.5 
 5. Gunawan, Satria M.8.2 
 6. Nugroho, Satya W.7.7 
 7. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.6 
 8. Sucipto, NSH G.7.6 
 9. Poedjakesuma, Peli.6.9 
 10. Thoyib, Dell Aspac6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.5.1 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.4.7 
 3. Wijaya, Garuda4.5 
 4. Indra, Pacific4.2 
 5. Sartika, Bimasakti4.1 
 6. Gerungan, Dell A.3.5 
 7. Uneputty, Tonga B.3.3 
 8. Sucipto, Satya W.3.0 
 9. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.3.0 
 10. Sagala, Hangtuah2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Dimaz MUHARRI
  CLS K.
  (181-PG-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Muharri, CLS K.3.2 
 2. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.0 
 3. Uneputty, Tonga B.2.4 
 4. Sucipto, NSH G.2.3 
 5. Dewanto, Pelita J.2.2 
 6. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.2.1 
 7. Michel, Satria Muda2.1 
 8. Nolland, Garuda1.9 
 9. Ramadhani, Dell As.1.8 
 10. Sabara, Pacific1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.5 
 2. Gunawan, Satria M.1.8 
 3. Teguh, Hangtuah1.7 
 4. Nugroho, Satya W.1.6 
 5. Thoyib, Dell Aspac1.6 
 6. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.4 
 7. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.2 
 8. Rahmat, Tonga BSC1.1 
 9. Gunawan, Satria M.1.0 
 10. Junaidi, Hangtuah1.0 


NBL Round 54: Satria Muda loses to CLS Knights - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL just ended.

The most important game in the last round took place in Surabaya between third ranked Satria Muda (25-8) and fourth ranked CLS Knights (25-8) on Sunday night. Satria Muda was crushed by CLS Knights on the road 40-64. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Satria Muda. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 64-40. CLS Knights dominated on the defensive end, holding Satria Muda to just 4 points in second quarter. They held Satria Muda to an opponent 24.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 35.6 percent accuracy of the winners. CLS Knights forced 27 Satria Muda turnovers. Strangely Satria Muda outrebounded CLS Knights 48-29 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for J Jeffry (184-85) who led his team to a victory with 21 points. Rachmad Utomo (180-85) contributed with 11 points and 4 assists for the winners. CLS Knights' coach Eduard Santos felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Galank Gunawan (194-87) replied with 4 points and 16 rebounds for Satria Muda. CLS Knights moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Satria Muda.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 54: bottom-ranked Tonga BSC was beaten by Hangtuah on the road 74-64. Pacific Caesar lost to Bimasakti on its own court 63-75. Garuda outscored Satya Wacana in Bandung 74-54.
The most impressive performance of 54th round was 25 points and 12 rebounds by Bima Rizky Ardiansyah of Bimasakti.


Group Surabaya
Hangtuah - Tonga BSC 74-64

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Hangtuah (16-17) beat bottom-ranked Tonga BSC (2-31) in Pandang 74-64 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 42-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hangtuah outrebounded Tonga BSC 41-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for guard Agustinus Sigar (180-79) who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Mei Joni (188-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Hangtuah's coach Apriyadi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Muhammad Hardian Wicaksono (189-93) replied with 26 points and point guard Richardo Orlando Uneputty (163-87) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Tonga BSC. Hangtuah maintains seventh position with 16-17 record. Tonga BSC lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 31 lost games.
Top scorers:
Tonga BSC: M.Hardian Wicaksono 26+3reb+3ast, R.Orlando Uneputty 17+5reb+2ast, H.Herlusdityo 7+1ast, A.Prasetyo 5+1ast, H.Kurniawan 5+1reb+2ast, J.Ingutali 2+4reb+2ast
Hangtuah: A.Sigar 23+5reb+4ast, M.Joni 12+10reb+3ast, J.Sagala 10+1reb+3ast, A.Prasetyo 9+7reb+3ast, I.Teguh Teguh 9+10reb+1ast, A.Sapto 6
gschID: 238740


CLS Knights - Satria Muda 64-40

The most important game in the last round took place in Surabaya between third ranked Satria Muda (25-8) and fourth ranked CLS Knights (25-8) on Sunday night. Satria Muda was crushed by CLS Knights on the road 40-64. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Satria Muda. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 64-40. CLS Knights dominated on the defensive end, holding Satria Muda to just 4 points in second quarter. They held Satria Muda to an opponent 24.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 35.6 percent accuracy of the winners. CLS Knights forced 27 Satria Muda turnovers. Strangely Satria Muda outrebounded CLS Knights 48-29 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for J Jeffry (184-85) who led his team to a victory with 21 points. Rachmad Utomo (180-85) contributed with 11 points and 4 assists for the winners. CLS Knights' coach Eduard Santos felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Galank Gunawan (194-87) replied with 4 points and 16 rebounds and Frida Susanto (195-86) added 7 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Satria Muda. CLS Knights moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Satria Muda.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: B.Siregar 9, Gunwan 8+6reb, F.Susanto 7+10reb+3ast, R.Gunawan 4+8reb, G.Gunawan 4+16reb, A.Seputra 3+1reb
CLS Knights: J.Jeffry 21+2reb+2ast, R.Utomo 11+4reb+4ast, A.Ekayana 9+2ast, D.Muharri 7+4reb+1ast, A.A. Ngurah Budidharma 6+3reb+1ast, W.Saputra 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 238739


Pacific Caesar - Bimasakti 63-75

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Pacific Caesar (7-26) lost to eighth ranked Bimasakti (10-23) in Surabaya 63-75 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Bimasakti. Pacific Caesar managed to win second period 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Bimasakti won last quarter 23-12. They made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) contributed with 11 points for the winners. Forward Gege Nagata (185-88) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds and guard Charlie Indra (178-88) added 11 points and 4 assists in the effort for Pacific Caesar. Bimasakti maintains eighth position with 10-23 record. Pacific Caesar at the other side keeps the tenth place with 26 games lost.
Top scorers:
Pacific Caesar: G.Nagata 17+5reb+1ast, C.Indra 11+4reb+4ast, H.Listiyono 10+6reb, E.Sasmito 8+5reb+3ast, M.Fauzia 6+5reb, D.Kurniawan 6+3reb+3ast
Bimasakti: B.Rizky Ardiansyah 25+12reb+3ast, G.Sudrajat 12+1reb+1ast, Y.Dwi Priasmoro 11+4reb+2ast, R.Dwi Purnomo 8+7reb, H.Gunawan 7+5reb+3ast, S.Cahyadi 6+1reb
gschID: 238738


Satya Wacana - Garuda 54-74

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Garuda (23-10) rolled over 9th ranked Satya Wacana (9-24) in Salatiga 74-54 on Sunday. The game without a history. Garuda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Satya Wacana to just 7 points in second quarter. Garuda forced 21 Satya Wacana turnovers. It was a good game for Vinton Nolland (194-82) who led his team to a victory with 9 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Diftha Pratama (186-89) contributed with 9 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds and guard Yo Sua (180-91) added 13 points in the effort for Satya Wacana. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Garuda maintains fifth position with 23-10 record. Satya Wacana at the other side keeps the ninth place with 24 games lost.
Top scorers:
Satya Wacana: R.Pamungkas 19+5reb+3ast, Y.Sua 13+1ast, E.Wiratama Nasution 8+3reb+2ast, F.Nugroho 6+5reb+1ast, T.Hartanto 3, J.Lolowang 2
Garuda: H.Ramli 11+3reb, J.Hasoloan 10+4reb, C.Pranatyo 9+5reb+1ast, D.Pratama 9+7reb, V.Nolland 9+6reb+5ast, J.Elyaday 7+4ast
gschID: 238737



NBL Round 53: Dell Aspac defeats CLS Knights in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in NBL.

An interesting game for Dell Aspac (32-1) which hosted in Jakarta 4th placed CLS Knights (24-8). First ranked Dell Aspac managed to get a 7-point victory 63-56. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of CLS Knights. CLS Knights were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 22-9 charge of Dell Aspac, which allowed them to win the game. The former international forward Wahyu Jati (189-77) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Pringgo Regowo (190-87) contributed with 9 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Rachmad Utomo (180-85) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds for CLS Knights. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dell Aspac have an impressive series of twenty two victories in a row. They maintain first place with 32-1 record. CLS Knights at the other side keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Dell Aspac will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. CLS Knights will play at home against Satria Muda (#3) in Jakarta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked NSH GMC Riau managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of sixteen consecutive loses. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Tonga BSC in Jakarta 69-63. Forward Juliano Sucipto (188-82) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Reza Israelli chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds. NSH GMC Riau's coach Tri Adnyanaadi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Haritsa Herlusdityo (180-89) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds. NSH GMC Riau (3-30) moved-up to eleventh place. Tonga BSC lost their tenth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom. NSH GMC Riau will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tonga BSC will play on the road against Hangtuah (#7) in Pandang and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Sakti was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Stadium Jakarta (17-16) played at the court of 8th ranked Bimasakti (9-23). Stadium Jakarta managed to secure a 6-point victory 59-53 on Saturday. Fanny Budianto nailed 18 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Stadium Jakarta's coach Abdurrachman Padang used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Bima Rizky Ardiansyah came up with 14 points and 5 rebounds for Bimasakti in the defeat. Stadium Jakarta maintains sixth place with 17-16 record. Bimasakti lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 23 games lost. They share it with Satya Wacana. Stadium Jakarta will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Bimasakti will play against Pacific Caesar (#10) in Surabaya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between third ranked Satria Muda (25-7) and 7th ranked Hangtuah (15-17) in Jakarta ended with biggest points difference. Satria Muda beat guests from Pandang 52-40. The best player for the winners was Rony Gunawan who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Satria Muda. They maintain third place with 25-7 record having eight points less than leader Dell Aspac. Hangtuah lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 17 games lost. Satria Muda's next round opponent will be CLS Knights (#4) in Surabaya. Hangtuah will play at home against Tonga BSC in Jakarta.



Group Surabaya
Dell Aspac - CLS Knights 63-56

An interesting game for Dell Aspac (32-1) which hosted in Jakarta 4th placed CLS Knights (24-8). First ranked Dell Aspac managed to get a 7-point victory 63-56. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of CLS Knights. CLS Knights were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 22-9 charge of Dell Aspac, which allowed them to win the game. The former international forward Wahyu Jati (189-77) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Pringgo Regowo (190-87) contributed with 9 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Dell Aspac players scored in double figures. Rachmad Utomo (180-85) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Dimaz Muharri (181-85) added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for CLS Knights. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dell Aspac have an impressive series of twenty two victories in a row. They maintain first place with 32-1 record. CLS Knights at the other side keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Dell Aspac will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. CLS Knights will play at home against Satria Muda (#3) in Jakarta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dell Aspac: X.Prawiro 16+1reb+1ast, W.Jati 12+9reb+3ast, A.Prastawa Dhyaksa 11+4reb+2ast, F.Andika Ramadhani 10+7reb+3ast, P.Regowo 9+11reb, I.Thoyib 3+5reb
CLS Knights: R.Utomo 16+8reb+1ast, D.Muharri 10+9reb+4ast, A.Ekayana 6+3reb, D.Haryoko 6+5reb, W.Saputra 6+5reb+2ast, H.Sudjana 4+1ast
gschID: 238735


Satria Muda - Hangtuah 52-40

The game between third ranked Satria Muda (25-7) and 7th ranked Hangtuah (15-17) in Jakarta ended with biggest points difference. Satria Muda beat guests from Pandang 52-40. The game without a history. Satria Muda 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 6 points in first quarter. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Rony Gunawan (194-80) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Bonanza Siregar (192-87) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Mei Joni (188-89) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and center Adhi Prasetyo (194-93) added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Satria Muda. They maintain third place with 25-7 record having eight points less than leader Dell Aspac. Hangtuah lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 17 games lost. Satria Muda's next round opponent will be CLS Knights (#4) in Surabaya. Hangtuah will play at home against Tonga BSC in Jakarta.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: B.Siregar 15+6reb+1ast, R.Gunawan 11+10reb+1ast, A.Wisnu 9+4reb+3ast, G.Gunawan 6+10reb+2ast, B.Anggara 5+2reb+3ast, K.Argadiba 2+1reb
Hangtuah: M.Joni 13+6reb+1ast, A.Prasetyo 9+10reb, J.Sagala 7+6ast, A.Sapto 4+1reb, A.Junaidi 3+3reb+1ast, E.Bukit 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 238734


Tonga BSC - NSH GMC Riau 63-69

Bottom-ranked NSH GMC Riau managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of sixteen consecutive loses. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Tonga BSC in Jakarta 69-63. Tonga BSC was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. NSH GMC Riau forced 20 Tonga BSC turnovers. Forward Juliano Sucipto (188-82) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Reza Israelli (182-82) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds. NSH GMC Riau's coach Tri Adnyanaadi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Haritsa Herlusdityo (180-89) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and Muhammad Hardian Wicaksono (189-93) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. NSH GMC Riau (3-30) moved-up to eleventh place. Tonga BSC lost their tenth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom. NSH GMC Riau will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tonga BSC will play on the road against Hangtuah (#7) in Pandang and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
NSH GMC Riau: R.Israelli 22+7reb+2ast, T.Tirtahadi 15+5reb, J.Sucipto 14+13reb+5ast, Y.Efendi 7+2reb, M.Yanto 4+1reb+1ast, A.Prakoso 4+2reb+1ast
Tonga BSC: H.Herlusdityo 19+7reb+3ast, M.Hardian Wicaksono 12+6reb, R.Orlando Uneputty 11+2reb+4ast, H.Kurniawan 5+3reb+4ast, A.Prasetyo 5+1reb+3ast, A.Rahmat 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 238733


Bimasakti - Stadium Jak. 53-59

The game in Sakti was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Stadium Jakarta (17-16) played at the court of 8th ranked Bimasakti (9-23). Stadium Jakarta managed to secure a 6-point victory 59-53 on Saturday. Stadium Jakarta forced 20 Bimasakti turnovers and outrebounded them 39-24 including a 19-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Point guard Fanny Budianto (170-83) nailed 18 points and 4 assists for the winning side and center R Ruslan (197-89) accounted for 10 points and 9 rebounds. Stadium Jakarta's coach Abdurrachman Padang used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) came up with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Restu Dwi Purnomo (193-93) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for Bimasakti in the defeat. Four Bimasakti players scored in double figures. Stadium Jakarta maintains sixth place with 17-16 record. Bimasakti lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 23 games lost. They share it with Satya Wacana. Stadium Jakarta will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Bimasakti will play against Pacific Caesar (#10) in Surabaya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Stadium Jak.: F.Budianto 18+4ast, R.Ruslan 10+9reb, I.Budianto 9+4reb, Y.Saputra 6+4reb, M.Wicaksono 6+5reb+4ast, D.Iskandar 4+4reb
Bimasakti: B.Rizky Ardiansyah 14+5reb+2ast, H.Gunawan 13+1reb+3ast, Y.Dwi Priasmoro 11+3reb+3ast, R.Dwi Purnomo 11+8reb, G.Virgian 4+3reb+2ast, Charlie 0
gschID: 238736



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  ISRAEL   

Standings - BSL

Winner Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Maccabi T-A 21-4 
 2. Hapoel Eilat 17-9 
 3. Maccabi Haifa 16-10 
 4. Netanya 14-11 
 5. Hapoel J-M 12-12 
 6. Maccabi Rishon 11-15 
Places 7-12
 1. Galil Gilboa 12-12 
 2. Hapoel T-A 12-13 
 3. Hapoel Holon 11-14 
 4. Maccabi Ashdod 10-16 
 5. Bnei Hasharon 9-16 
 6. Elizur Ashkelon 6-19 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 4

Places 1-6

Apr. 28: Hapoel Eilat - Maccabi T-A 89-82
Apr. 28: Maccabi Haifa - Maccabi Rishon 76-69
Apr. 29: Netanya - Hapoel J-M

Places 7-12

Apr. 28: Maccabi Ashdod - Bnei Hasharon 77-85
Apr. 29: Hapoel T-A - Elizur Ashkelon
Apr. 29: Hapoel Holon - Galil Gilboa


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jerome DYSON
  Hapoel Holon
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.20.2 
 2. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.19.0 
 3. Beck, Bnei Hashar.18.8 
 4. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.18.4 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi17.6 
 6. Collins, Maccabi17.2 
 7. Killingswort., Net.17.1 
 8. Wright, Maccabi16.3 
 9. Warren, Maccabi16.1 
 10. Calathes, Maccabi16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.14.1 
 2. Holman, Hapoel Eil.10.0 
 3. Jones, Bnei H.9.9 
 4. Thomas, Maccabi9.6 
 5. Wright, Maccabi9.3 
 6. Calathes, Maccabi9.2 
 7. Uter, Maccabi9.2 
 8. Dove, Elizur Ashke.9.0 
 9. Simpson, Maccabi8.3 
 10. Washington, Neta.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Hapoel H.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Waters, Hapoel H.7.3 
 2. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.5.3 
 3. Smith, Maccabi Hai.5.2 
 4. Mekel, Maccabi Hai.4.8 
 5. Ohayon, Maccabi4.8 
 6. Collins, Maccabi4.4 
 7. Perry, Elizur A.4.4 
 8. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.3 
 9. Warren, Maccabi4.2 
 10. Bradley, Netanya4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Deron WASHINGTON
  Netan.
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Washington, Netan.2.5 
 2. Ohayon, Maccabi2.3 
 3. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.3 
 4. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.2 
 5. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.1 
 6. Jones, Bnei H.2.0 
 7. Berkowitz, Bnei H.2.0 
 8. Wright, Maccabi2.0 
 9. Smith, Maccabi Hai.1.8 
 10. Yavzuri, Galil Gi.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. James, Maccabi T-A3.0 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.7 
 3. Simpson, Maccabi1.5 
 4. Uter, Maccabi1.5 
 5. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.5 
 6. Wright, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Thomas, Chicago B.1.2 
 8. Watt, Galil Gilboa1.2 
 9. Holman, Hapoel Eil.1.2 
 10. Caracter, Bnei H.1.1 


Willie Warren may be released from Maccabi Rishon - by Idan Seggev

A severe incident happened on Saturday before Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion match vs. Maccabi Bazan Haifa. The point guard Willie Warren (193-PG-89, agency: Interperformances, college: Oklahoma) refused to travel with the team to the game and the management is furious and probably will punish him when there's a good chance that the playewr will be released from the club due to his discipline problems. Warren suffers from an injury and shouldn't supposed to play, the the management didn't release him from the traveling to Haifa. Warren was also kicked off a practice game vs. Hapoel Tel-Aviv, after he arrived late and the management didn't love his attitude to the game. So far Warren is one of the best players in Rishon with an average of 16.1 ppg and 4.2 apg in 23 matches but it seems that he won't finish the season with the 'oranges'.


Scotty Hopson is being scouted by several NBA teams - by Idan Seggev

According to the Israeli portal, Walla Sport, Hapoel Eilat shooting guard, Scotty Hopson (200-G-89, college: Tennessee), is being scouted by four NBA teams: The Thunder, the Suns, the Jazz and the Cavs. Hopson was excellent yesterday in Eilat's impressive win over Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv 89-82 (at OT) scoring 28 points and leading Eilat to the 2nd place. Hopson couldn't make it into the 2011 NBA draft and joined the Greek league. This season he signed in Eilat and so far he is one of the best players in the league with 19 ppg, 5.4 rpg & 2.8 apg. Can he take Eilat all the way for the title?


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  ITALY   

Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Cimberio VA 23-6 
 2. Banco di Sard. 21-8 
 3. Acea Virtus RM 19-10 
 4. EA7 Armani 18-11 
 5. Montepaschi 18-11 
 6. Trenkwalder RE 17-12 
 7. Cantu 16-13 
 8. Umana VE 15-14 
 9. JuveCaserta 13-16 
 10. Sidigas AV 12-16 
 11. Vanoli CR 12-17 
 12. Enel Brindisi 11-18 
 13. Sutor MGR 11-18 
 14. Pesaro 10-19 
 15. Oknoplast BO 9-19 
 16. Angelico BI 6-23 

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 28: Sutor MGR - Montepaschi 90-94
Apr. 28: Enel Brindisi - Oknoplast BO 87-93
Apr. 28: Banco di Sard. - JuveCaserta 87-74
Apr. 28: Cimberio VA - Pesaro 85-70
Apr. 28: Sidigas AV - Umana VE 79-91
Apr. 28: Trenkwalder RE - Vanoli CR 78-87
Apr. 28: Angelico BI - Acea Virtus RM 78-85
Apr. 28: Cantu - EA7 Armani 69-78

Regular Season: Round 30

May. 5: Montepaschi - Banco di Sard.
May. 5: EA7 Armani - Enel Brindisi
May. 5: Pesaro - Sidigas AV
May. 5: Oknoplast BO - Cantu
May. 5: Umana VE - Cimberio VA
May. 5: Vanoli CR - Angelico BI
May. 5: Acea Virtus RM - Sutor MGR
May. 5: JuveCaserta - Trenkwalder RE


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.19.2 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.18.9 
 3. Diener, Banco d.17.6 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi17.1 
 5. Datome, Acea V.17.0 
 6. Diener, Banco d.16.7 
 7. Johnson, Angelico.16.4 
 8. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 9. Cinciarini, Sutor15.5 
 10. Dunston, Cimberio.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaloyan IVANOV
  Sidigas AV
  (205-F-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Ivanov, Sidigas AV10.0 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.9.0 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 4. Brunner, Trenkwal.8.1 
 5. Akindele, Champvil.8.0 
 6. Dunston, Cimberio.7.7 
 7. Jelovac, JuveCase.7.6 
 8. Johnson, Sidigas7.3 
 9. Bourousis, EA7 A.7.2 
 10. Burns, Sutor MGR7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.5 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.9 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.3 
 4. Green, EA7 Armani4.6 
 5. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.4 
 6. Brown, Montepaschi4.2 
 7. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.1 
 8. Taylor, Acea V.4.0 
 9. Tabu, Cantu3.8 
 10. Di Bella, Sutor M.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.6 
 2. Robinson, PGE T.2.4 
 3. Kinsey, Unicaja2.1 
 4. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.1 
 5. Reynolds, Enel B.1.9 
 6. Dean, Sidigas AV1.9 
 7. Shakur, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 8. Barbour, Pesaro1.9 
 9. Green, Cimberio VA1.8 
 10. De Nicolao, Cimbe.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.2 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.8 
 3. Lawal, Acea V.1.3 
 4. Crosariol, Pesaro1.3 
 5. Ress, Montepaschi1.3 
 6. Cusin, Cantu1.2 
 7. Simmons, Enel B.1.2 
 8. Tyus, Cantu1.2 
 9. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.2 
 10. Akindele, Champvi.1.1 


Standings - Lega 2

Lega2 Standings
 1. Sigma Barcel. 20-8 
 2. Giorgo Tesi PT 19-8 
 3. Novipiu Casale 18-10 
 4. C.de Latte BRE 16-11 
 5. LeGamberi FO 15-12 
 6. Tezenis VE 15-13 
 7. Pall.Trento 14-13 
 8. Biancoblu BO 14-13 
 9. Givova Scafati 13-14 
 10. AcegasAps TR 11-16 
 11. FCM Ferentino 11-16 
 12. Upea CdO 11-16 
 13. Fileni BPA Jesi 10-17 
 14. Prima Veroli 9-18 
 15. Aget Service IM 9-19 

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 28: Pall.Trento - LeGamberi FO 94-71
Apr. 28: Giorgo Tesi PT - Upea CdO 74-70
Apr. 28: AcegasAps TR - Novipiu Casale 72-63
Apr. 28: Tezenis VE - Prima Veroli 66-50
Apr. 28: Aget Service IM - Biancoblu BO 64-70
Apr. 28: FCM Ferentino - Fileni BPA Jesi 103-86
Apr. 28: Sigma Barcel. - C.de Latte BRE 102-83

Regular Season: Round 30

May. 5: Prima Veroli - Giorgo Tesi PT
May. 5: Givova Scafati - Sigma Barcel.
May. 5: LeGamberi FO - Tezenis VE
May. 5: Upea CdO - Aget Service IM
May. 5: Biancoblu BO - FCM Ferentino
May. 5: C.de Latte BRE - Pall.Trento
May. 5: Fileni BPA Jesi - AcegasAps TR


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Michele MAGGIOLI
  Fileni B.
  (212-C-77)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Maggioli, Fileni B.21.3 
 2. Ware, Novipiu Casa.20.6 
 3. Young, Upea CdO19.3 
 4. Green, Novipiu Cas.18.9 
 5. Marigney, Prima V.18.8 
 6. Jenkins, C.de L.18.3 
 7. Mays, Givova S.18.2 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.17.9 
 9. Roderick, LeGamber.17.8 
 10. Hicks, Giorgo T.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.9 
 2. Todic, Khimik9.9 
 3. Ekperigin, FCM F.9.8 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.9.1 
 5. George, Upea CdO9.0 
 6. Mosley, Biancobl.9.0 
 7. Butkevicius, Novip.8.9 
 8. Slay, Givova Scafa.8.5 
 9. Gandini, AcegasAp.8.0 
 10. Toppo, Giorgo T.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Taurean GREEN
  Sigma B.
  (184-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Green, Sigma B.4.9 
 2. Fernandez, C.de L.4.9 
 3. Ware, Novipiu Casa.4.8 
 4. Pecile, Biancobl.4.7 
 5. Roderick, LeGamber.4.5 
 6. Gay, Aget S.4.3 
 7. Battle, Upea CdO4.3 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.3.6 
 9. Marigney, Prima V.3.3 
 10. Guarino, FCM F.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Donato CUTOLO
  Biancobl.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cutolo, Biancobl.2.7 
 2. Mays, Givova S.2.5 
 3. James, FCM F.2.3 
 4. George, Upea CdO2.3 
 5. Forray, Pall.Trento2.2 
 6. Guarino, FCM F.2.1 
 7. Lawal, Tezenis VE2.1 
 8. Westbrook, Tezen.2.1 
 9. Filloy, AcegasAp.2.0 
 10. Baldassarre, Givo.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE1.8 
 2. Mosley, Biancobl.1.8 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.3 
 4. Griffin, Fileni B.1.3 
 5. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.3 
 6. James, FCM F.1.0 
 7. Roderick, LeGamber.1.0 
 8. Brkic, C.de L.1.0 
 9. Gandini, AcegasAp.0.9 
 10. Butkevicius, Novi.0.9 


Standings - B1

Nazionale Standings
 1. Torino 24-8 
 2. Matera 21-12 
 3. Castelletto 19-14 
 4. Omegna 19-14 
 5. Agrigento 19-15 
 6. Casalpusterlengo 18-15 
 7. Firenze 18-15 
 8. Treviglio 17-15 
 9. Lucca 17-15 
 10. Reggio Calabr. 17-16 
 11. Bari 16-17 
 12. Recanati 15-18 
 13. Mirandola 15-19 
 14. Ferrara 14-18 
 15. Chieti 14-19 
 16. Latina Basket 13-20 
 17. San Severo 10-22 
 18. Perugia 8-24 
Folded
 1. Bologna 6-4 

Regular Season: Round 36

Apr. 28: Mirandola - Castelletto 86-87
Apr. 28: Torino - Matera 78-56
Apr. 28: Agrigento - Lucca 71-66
Apr. 28: Reggio Calabr. - Treviglio 71-53
Apr. 27: Omegna - Recanati 68-64
Apr. 28: Bari - Firenze 63-73
Apr. 28: Casalpusterlengo - Chieti 60-69
Apr. 28: Perugia - Latina Basket 55-66

Regular Season: Round 37

May. 5: Firenze - Casalpusterlengo
May. 5: Treviglio - Omegna
May. 5: Ferrara - Perugia
May. 5: Lucca - Reggio Calabr.
May. 5: Castelletto - Bari
May. 5: Recanati - Mirandola
May. 5: Chieti - Bologna
May. 5: Latina Basket - Torino
May. 5: Matera - San Severo


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia20.1 
 2. Carrizo, Latina B.18.2 
 3. Parente, Lucca17.4 
 4. Casadei, Firenze16.3 
 5. Benfatto, Ferrara15.7 
 6. Reati, Treviglio15.6 
 7. Bolzonella, Castel.15.1 
 8. Wojciechowsk., Tor.15.1 
 9. Ferrarese, Trevigl.14.9 
 10. Ruggiero, Bari14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Rossi, Chieti10.8 
 2. Iannilli, San Seve.10.2 
 3. Wojciechowsk., Tor.9.3 
 4. Pazzi, Castelletto8.5 
 5. Benfatto, Ferrara8.4 
 6. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.3 
 7. Ricci, Casalpus.8.3 
 8. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.2 
 9. Raminelli, Trevigl.8.1 
 10. Mancin, Mirandola7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jordan LOSI
  Mirandola
  (182-PG-80)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Losi, Mirandola5.6 
 2. Piazza, Reggio C.5.6 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.4.7 
 4. Marino, Casalp.4.4 
 5. Caroldi, Firenze3.6 
 6. Ferrarese, Trevigl.3.5 
 7. Carrizo, Latina B.3.5 
 8. Rajola, Chieti3.2 
 9. Cantone, Matera3.2 
 10. Gnaccarini, Recan.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.4.5 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia3.3 
 3. Cortesi, Ferrara2.9 
 4. Gueye, San Severo2.8 
 5. Parente, Lucca2.8 
 6. Vico, Matera2.7 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.2.6 
 8. Maggio, San Severo2.5 
 9. Caroldi, Firenze2.4 
 10. Sanna, Firenze2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.3 
 2. Raminelli, Trevigl.1.2 
 3. Gagliardo, Latina0.9 
 4. Rossi, Chieti0.9 
 5. Del Brocco, San S.0.8 
 6. Iannilli, San Seve.0.8 
 7. Iannuzzi, Matera0.8 
 8. Casadei, Firenze0.7 
 9. Bisconti, Bari0.7 
 10. Mancin, Mirandola0.7 


Italian Lega2 round 29 best performance: Delroy James - by Eurobasket News

American-Guyanese forward Delroy James (203-F-87) had a great game in the last round for FCM Ferentino, receiving a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (32 points, seven rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Fileni BPA Jesi (#13, 10-17) with 17-point margin 103-86. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. FCM Ferentino maintains the 11th position in Italian Lega2. FCM Ferentino 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 11-16 record. In the team's last game James had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be FCM Ferentino's top player in his first season with the team. Delroy James averages this season 16.1ppg and 6.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old American Eric Griffin (203-F-90) of Fileni BPA Jesi. Griffin had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Fileni BPA Jesi lost that game 86-103 to slightly higher-ranked FCM Ferentino (#11, 11-16). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Fileni BPA Jesi keeps 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-17 record. Griffin is a newcomer at Fileni BPA Jesi, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Argentinian guard Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances) of AcegasAps TR (#10). Filloy showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of AcegasAps TR, leading his team to a 72-63 win against the higher-ranked Novipiu Casale (#3, 18-10). The chances of AcegasAps TR ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Filloy could help AcegasAps TR to bring them higher in the standings. Filloy has a very solid season. In 27 games in Italy he scored 14.1ppg. He also has 3.0apg and 2.0spg. Ariel Filloy has also Italian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Brkic (210-F/C-82) of C.de Latte BRE - 26 points and 6 rebounds
5. Luca Gandini (205-C/F-85) of AcegasAps TR - 16 points and 11 rebounds
6. Taurean Green (184-PG-85) of Sigma Barcel. - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) of Fileni BPA Jesi - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86) of Tezenis VE - 5 points and 20 rebounds
9. Craig Callahan (203-F-81) of Sigma Barcel. - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Andres Forray (187-PG-86) of Pall.Trento - 15 points and 4 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)



SerieA Round 29: No surprise as #1 Cimberio Varese defeats VL Pesaro - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in SerieA.

SerieA top team - Cimberio Varese (23-6) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat fourteenth ranked VL Pesaro (10-19) 85-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of VL Pesaro. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-70. Cimberio Varese outrebounded VL Pesaro 48-33 including 33 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by VL Pesaro helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) stepped up and scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and Serbian-Greek Dusan Sakota (209-86, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Cimberio Varese have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 23-6 record. VL Pesaro at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Cimberio Varese are looking forward to face Umana Venezia (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. VL Pesaro will play against Air Avellino (#10) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Cantu was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Armani Milano (18-11) played at the court of 7th ranked Cantu (16-13). Armani Milano managed to secure a 9-point victory 78-69. Swingman Alessandro Gentile (198-92) nailed 25 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winning side and Marques Green accounted for 15 points and 4 assists. The former international Pietro Aradori (195-88) came up with 17 points and 9 rebounds for Cantu in the defeat. Armani Milano moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Montepaschi. Cantu at the other side keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Armani Milano will play against Enel Brindisi (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cantu will play against Oknoplast BO (#15) in Bologna and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Reggio Emilia where higher ranked Trenkwalder RE (17-12) was upset on its own court by eleventh ranked Vanoli Cremona (12-17) 87-78 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Trenkwalder RE. The best player for the winners was Hrvoje Peric who scored 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Andrea Cinciarini produced 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vanoli Cremona maintains eleventh place with 12-17 record. Newly promoted Trenkwalder RE dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. Vanoli Cremona will meet at home bottom-ranked Angelico Biella (#16) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Trenkwalder RE will play against Juvecaserta (#9) in Caserta and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Brindisi where 12th ranked Enel Brindisi (11-18) was upset on its own court by fifteenth ranked Oknoplast BO (9-19) 93-87. Jacob Pullen orchestrated the victory by scoring 34 points (!!!). Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Oknoplast BO maintains fifteenth place with 9-19 record. Newly promoted Enel Brindisi keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Oknoplast BO's next round opponent will be higher ranked Cantu (#7) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 29: Montepaschi won against Sutor MGR on the opponent's court 94-90. Bottom-ranked Angelico BI unfortunately lost to Acea Virtus RM in a home game 78-85. Umana VE managed to beat Sidigas AV on the road 91-79. Banco di Sard. defeated JuveCaserta on its own court 87-74.


Trenkwalder RE - Vanoli CR 78-87

An interesting game took place in Reggio Emilia where higher ranked Trenkwalder RE (17-12) was upset on its own court by eleventh ranked Vanoli Cremona (12-17) 87-78 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Trenkwalder RE. The game without a history. Vanoli Cremona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Vanoli Cremona shot 27 for 39 from the free-throw line, while Trenkwalder RE only scored eight points from the stripe. The best player for the winners was Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) who scored 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. International point guard Andrea Cinciarini (190-86) produced 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and American guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) added 23 points respectively for the hosts. Five Vanoli Cremona and four Trenkwalder RE players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vanoli Cremona maintains eleventh place with 12-17 record. Newly promoted Trenkwalder RE dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. Vanoli Cremona will meet at home bottom-ranked Angelico Biella (#16) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Trenkwalder RE will play against Juvecaserta (#9) in Caserta and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: H.Peric 26+9reb+4ast, A.Stipanovic 13+13reb, J.Jackson 13+3reb+1ast, L.Vitali 13+4reb+5ast, B.Chase 12+1reb+2ast, T.Kotti 5+5reb
Trenkwalder RE: D.Taylor 23+2reb, A.Cinciarini 19+5reb+5ast, T.Bell 11+4reb+1ast, M.Jeremic 11+3reb, G.Brunner 6+10reb+2ast, O.Silins 4+1reb
gschID: 185650


Cimberio VA - Pesaro 85-70

SerieA top team - Cimberio Varese (23-6) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat fourteenth ranked VL Pesaro (10-19) 85-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of VL Pesaro. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-70. Cimberio Varese outrebounded VL Pesaro 48-33 including 33 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by VL Pesaro helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) stepped up and scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and Serbian-Greek Dusan Sakota (209-86, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Cimberio Varese players scored in double figures. Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 16 points. Cimberio Varese have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 23-6 record. VL Pesaro at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Cimberio Varese are looking forward to face Umana Venezia (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. VL Pesaro will play against Air Avellino (#10) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: D.Sakota 22+6reb, M.Green 14+8reb+7ast, B.Dunston 13+8reb, E.Ere 11+7reb+1ast, A.Banks 11+4reb+3ast, A.De Nicolao 5+1reb+2ast
Pesaro: A.Barbour 16+3reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 15+5reb+2ast, A.Crosariol 14+5reb, T.Thomas 8+4reb+4ast, L.Mack 7+6reb, A.Traini 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 185646


Cantu - EA7 Armani 69-78

The game in Cantu was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Armani Milano (18-11) played at the court of 7th ranked Cantu (16-13). Armani Milano managed to secure a 9-point victory 78-69. The guests were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 16-13 Cantu's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-69 at the end of the game. Armani Milano made 20-of-22 charity shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Swingman Alessandro Gentile (198-92) nailed 25 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winning side and American-FYR Macedonian point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure) accounted for 15 points and 4 assists. The former international Pietro Aradori (195-88) came up with 17 points and 9 rebounds and Belgian point guard Jonathan Tabu (190-85) added 14 points respectively for Cantu in the defeat. Armani Milano moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Montepaschi. Cantu at the other side keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Armani Milano will play against Enel Brindisi (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cantu will play against Oknoplast BO (#15) in Bologna and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
EA7 Armani: A.Gentile 25+3reb+2ast, K.Langford 17+1reb+2ast, M.Green 15+4reb+4ast, A.Fotsis 8+6reb, N.Melli 6+7reb+1ast, P.Mensah-Bonsu 4+5reb
Cantu: P.Aradori 17+9reb+2ast, J.Tabu 14+4reb+2ast, A.Tyus 13+7reb, N.Mazzarino 7+1ast, M.Leunen 7+6reb+6ast, S.Mancinelli 7+1ast
gschID: 185645


Enel Brindisi - Oknoplast BO 87-93

An interesting game took place in Brindisi where 12th ranked Enel Brindisi (11-18) was upset on its own court by fifteenth ranked Oknoplast BO (9-19) 93-87. Enel Brindisi was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 52-42 second half run of Oknoplast BO. They made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Enel Brindisi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Georgian point guard Jacob Pullen (185-89, college: Kansas St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 34 points (!!!). Swedish Viktor Gaddefors (203-92) contributed with 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple, agency: Priority Sports) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import point guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) added 15 points and 5 assists in the effort for Enel Brindisi. Five Enel Brindisi players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Oknoplast BO maintains fifteenth place with 9-19 record. Newly promoted Enel Brindisi keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Oknoplast BO's next round opponent will be higher ranked Cantu (#7) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Oknoplast BO: J.Pullen 34+2reb+2ast, V.Gaddefors 17+4reb, M.Rocca 11+8reb+1ast, A.Gigli 8+5reb, G.Poeta 8+6reb+4ast, M.Imbro 5+2reb+1ast
Enel Brindisi: A.Robinson 22+6reb+3ast, S.Reynolds 15+3reb+5ast, J.Viggiano 13+3reb+3ast, J.Gibson 10+4reb+2ast, C.Simmons 10+7reb, J.Grant 6+2reb
gschID: 185651


Sutor MGR - Montepaschi 90-94

Very expected game when 13th ranked Sutor Montegranaro (11-18) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Montepaschi Siena (18-11) 94-90. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 28-21 Sutor Montegranaro's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 94-90 at the end of the game. Strangely Sutor Montegranaro outrebounded Montepaschi Siena 39-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three nailing 19 long-distance shots on high 57.6 percentage. Montepaschi Siena brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 assists. His fellow American import forward David Moss (196-83, college: Indiana St., agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 17 points for the winners. The former international guard Daniele Cinciarini (194-83) answered with 22 points and the former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-80) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Sutor Montegranaro. Four Montepaschi Siena and five Sutor Montegranaro players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Montepaschi Siena have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 18-11 record, which they share with EA7 Armani. Sutor Montegranaro lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Montepaschi Siena's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Banco di Sard. in Sassari and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sutor Montegranaro will play on the road against Lottomatica Roma (#3).
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: D.Moss 17+4reb+2ast, K.Kangur 16+2reb, B.Brown 13+1reb+11ast, M.Carraretto 12, M.Janning 12+1reb+2ast, D.Hackett 7+6reb+2ast
Sutor MGR: D.Cinciarini 22+4reb+2ast, K.Johnson 15+5reb+1ast, V.Amoroso 13+9reb+2ast, F.Di Bella 12+3reb+6ast, T.Slay 11+1reb, C.Burns 10+10reb
gschID: 185649


Angelico BI - Acea Virtus RM 78-85

Very predictable result when third ranked Lottomatica Roma (19-10) defeated on the road bottom-ranked Angelico Biella (6-23) 85-78. The guests were already 13 points ahead at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 23-15 last quarter charge of Angelico Biella cut the lead to 85-78 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Angelico Biella 38-20 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. American point guard Jordan Taylor (185-89, college: Wisconsin) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Polish forward Olek Czyz (200-90, college: Nevada, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. American-Montenegrin point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) answered with 26 points and 5 assists and Slovenian power forward Goran Jurak (203-77) added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Angelico Biella. Lottomatica Roma maintains third place with 19-10 record having four points less than leader Cimberio VA. Angelico Biella lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Lottomatica Roma's next round opponent will be Sutor Montegranaro (#13) at home and are hoping to win another game. Angelico Biella will play against Vanoli Cremona.
Top scorers:
Acea Virtus RM: O.Czyz 18+6reb, J.Taylor 16+4reb+4ast, L.Datome 12+7reb+3ast, B.Jones 12+6reb, P.Goss 11+3reb+3ast, P.Lorant 11+5reb
Angelico BI: T.Rochestie 26+2reb+5ast, G.Jurak 17+5reb+6ast, D.Tsaldaris 11+3reb+5ast, M.Lagana 8+1reb+1ast, A.Renzi 7+2reb, J.Mavunga 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 185648


Sidigas AV - Umana VE 79-91

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Air Avellino (12-16) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Umana Venezia (15-14) 91-79. The game was mostly controlled by Umana Venezia. Air Avellino was better in second period 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Umana Venezia won last quarter 27-17. They also forced 20 Air Avellino turnovers. Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 6 rebounds. American-Bulgarian point guard Kee Kee Clark (180-84, college: St.Peter's) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Serbian-Montenegrin forward Nikola Dragovic (206-87, college: UCLA) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and American guard Taquan Dean (193-83, college: Louisville) added 20 points and 4 steals in the effort for Air Avellino. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Umana Venezia maintains eighth place with 15-14 record. Air Avellino at the other side keeps the tenth position with 16 games lost. Umana Venezia's next round opponent will be league's leader Cimberio Varese at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Air Avellino will play against VL Pesaro (#14).
Top scorers:
Umana VE: S.Szewczyk 28+6reb+3ast, K.Kee Clark 15+6reb+7ast, T.Bowers 14+7reb+1ast, A.Young 11+2reb+1ast, Y.Diawara 9+6reb+2ast, J.Hubalek 9+2reb
Sidigas AV: T.Dean 20+2reb+3ast, N.Dragovic 16+10reb+1ast, K.Ivanov 14+4reb, P.Biligha 11+1reb+1ast, J.Lakovic 7+4reb+7ast, L.Johnson 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 185647


Banco di Sard. - JuveCaserta 87-74

Everything went according to plan in Sassari where second ranked Banco di Sard. (21-8) beat 9th ranked Juvecaserta (13-16) 87-74. The game was mostly controlled by Banco di Sard.. Juvecaserta was better in fourth quarter 28-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Banco di Sard. forced 19 Juvecaserta turnovers. American forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Marvis Thornton (194-77, college: St.John's) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Banco di Sard.'s coach Romeo Sacchetti allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Serbian power forward Stevan Jelovac (208-89, agency: Beo Basket) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Stefano Gentile (191-89) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Juvecaserta. Four Banco di Sard. and five Juvecaserta players scored in double figures. Banco di Sard. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 21-8 record having just two points less than leader Cimberio VA. Juvecaserta at the other side keeps the ninth position with 16 games lost. Banco di Sard.'s next round opponent will be Montepaschi Siena (#5) on the road. Juvecaserta will play against Trenkwalder RE (#6) in Reggio Emilia.
Top scorers:
Banco di Sard.: D.Gordon 15+7reb, D.Diener 14+3reb+2ast, M.Thornton 13+8reb+1ast, T.Easley 12+7reb, T.Diener 12+1reb+9ast, S.Becirovic 9+5reb+5ast
JuveCaserta: S.Jelovac 19+10reb+1ast, Z.Jonusas 14+2reb+1ast, S.Gentile 13+6reb+4ast, G.Maresca 12+2reb+1ast, M.Mordente 12+2reb+4ast, A.Michelori 4+4reb
gschID: 185644



Italian SerieA round 29 best performance: Hrvoje Peric - by Eurobasket News

Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) had a great game in the last round for Vanoli CR, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, nine rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Trenkwalder RE (#6, 17-12) 87-78. Vanoli CR maintains the 11th position in Italian SerieA. Vanoli CR 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 12-17 record. In the team's last game Peric had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Vanoli CR's top player in his first season with the team. Hrvoje Peric averages this season 14.7ppg and 6.1rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Jacob Pullen (185-PG-89) of Oknoplast BO. Pullen had a very good evening with 34 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Oknoplast BO to edge the higher-ranked Enel Brindisi (#12, 11-18) 93-87. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Oknoplast BO keeps 15th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-19 record. Pullen is one of the most experienced players at Oknoplast BO and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Antywane Robinson (203-F-84, agency: Priority Sports) of Enel Brindisi (#12). Robinson scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Robinson's great performance Enel Brindisi lost 87-93 to the lower-ranked Oknoplast BO (#15, 9-19). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Enel Brindisi not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 18 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Robinson could try to bring Enel Brindisi's a little bit higher in the standings. Robinson has a very solid season. In 29 games in Italy he scored 12.7ppg. He also has 5.9rpg and FGP: 53.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) of Umana VE - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89) of JuveCaserta - 19 points and 10 rebounds
6. Andrea Cinciarini (190-PG-86) of Trenkwalder RE - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Dusan Sakota (209-SF-86) of Cimberio VA - 22 points and 6 rebounds
8. Mike Green (185-PG-85) of Cimberio VA - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84) of Umana VE - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) of EA7 Armani - 25 points, 3 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)



Lega2 Round 29: Novipiu Casale is defeated by AcegasAps TR - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Lega 2.

The game between third ranked Novipiu Casale (18-10) and twelfth ranked AcegasAps TR (11-16) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Novipiu Casale was defeated by AcegasAps TR in a tough game in Trieste 63-72. Novipiu Casale trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 14-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 63-72 at the end of the game. Naturalized Argentinian point guard Ariel Filloy (189-87, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 29 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and power forward Luca Gandini (205-85) chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds. American swingman Rodney Green (195-88, college: La Salle) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). AcegasAps TR moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Upea CdO and FCM Ferentino. Novipiu Casale at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. AcegasAps TR is looking forward to face Fileni BPA Jesi (#13) on the road in the next round. Novipiu Casale will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Barcellona. First ranked host Sigma Barcellona (20-8) smashed 4th placed C.de Latte BRE (16-11) 102-83. American point guard Taurean Green (184-85, college: Florida) nailed 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side and Craig Callahan accounted for 15 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) came up with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for C.de Latte BRE in the defeat. C.de Latte BRE's coach Alberto Martelossi rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Sigma Barcellona maintains first place with 20-8 record. C.de Latte BRE at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Sigma Barcellona will play against Givova Scafati (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. C.de Latte BRE will play against Pall.Trento (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Trento supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked LeGamberi Foods Forli (15-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Pall.Trento (14-13). Pall.Trento smashed LeGamberi Foods Forli 94-71 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of LeGamberi Foods Forli. The best player for the winners was Luigi Dordei who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Pall.Trento's coach Maurizio Buscaglia felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bernardo Musso produced 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests. Pall.Trento have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Pall.Trento maintains seventh place with 14-13 record, which they share with Biancoblu BO. Loser LeGamberi Foods Forli keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. Pall.Trento will meet higher ranked C.de Latte BRE (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LeGamberi Foods Forli will play against Tezenis VE in Verona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 29: Upea CdO lost to Giorgo Tesi PT on the opponent's court 70-74. Bottom-ranked Aget Service IM unfortunately lost to Biancoblu BO in a home game 64-70. Fileni BPA Jesi recorded a loss to FCM Ferentino on the road 86-103. Tezenis VE defeated Prima Veroli on its own court 66-50.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 32 points and 7 rebounds by Delroy James of FCM Ferentino.


Giorgo Tesi PT - Upea CdO 74-70

Very expected game when 10th ranked Upea CdO (11-16) was defeated on the road by second ranked Tuscany Pistoia (19-8) 74-70 on Sunday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Upea CdO was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Tuscany Pistoia made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Panamanian swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) who scored 17 points. Swingman Riccardo Cortese (195-86) chipped in 17 points. Four Tuscany Pistoia players scored in double figures. Tuscany Pistoia's coach Paolo Moretti used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American swingman Alex Young (198-89, college: IUPUI) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds and Finnish Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso) added 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Tuscany Pistoia maintains second place with 19-8 record having just -8 point less than leader Sigma Barcel. Newly promoted Upea CdO keeps the tenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with AcegasAps TR and FCM Ferentino. Tuscany Pistoia will meet Prima Veroli (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Upea CdO will play against Aget Service IM (#15) in Imola and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Giorgo Tesi PT: R.Cortese 17+3reb+2ast, M.Hicks 17+4reb+1ast, A.Graves 13+2reb+1ast, F.Toppo 10+5reb+1ast, J.Borra 6+3reb+1ast, D.Fajardo 4+6reb
Upea CdO: A.Young 21+7reb+3ast, A.Benevelli 19+2reb, S.Huff 13+10reb+5ast, M.Poletti 7+12reb+1ast, D.Mathis 6+2reb+5ast, M.Palermo 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 188982


Pall.Trento - LeGamberi FO 94-71

The game in Trento supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked LeGamberi Foods Forli (15-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Pall.Trento (14-13). Pall.Trento smashed LeGamberi Foods Forli 94-71 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of LeGamberi Foods Forli. The game was mostly controlled by Pall.Trento. LeGamberi Foods Forli managed to win second period 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pall.Trento made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game, while LeGamberi Foods Forli only scored six points from the stripe. Pall.Trento forced 23 LeGamberi Foods Forli turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Luigi Dordei (202-81) who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Barry Elder (197-82, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 18 points. Pall.Trento's coach Maurizio Buscaglia felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (193-86) produced 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Stefano Borsato (192-86, agency: Two Points) added 19 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pall.Trento have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Pall.Trento maintains seventh place with 14-13 record, which they share with Biancoblu BO. Loser LeGamberi Foods Forli keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. Pall.Trento will meet higher ranked C.de Latte BRE (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LeGamberi Foods Forli will play against Tezenis VE in Verona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pall.Trento: B.Elder 18+3reb+2ast, L.Dordei 17+8reb+1ast, A.Forray 15+1reb+4ast, D.Pascolo 12+3reb+3ast, M.Umeh 8+2reb+4ast, L.Garri 7+8reb+2ast
LeGamberi FO: S.Borsato 19+2reb+3ast, B.Musso 18+6reb+5ast, T.Roderick 12+6reb+6ast, M.Soloperto 10+8reb, A.Tessitori 6+4reb, S.Simeoli 4+6reb
gschID: 188981


Aget Service IM - Biancoblu BO 64-70

Very predictable result in Imola where eighth ranked Biancoblu BO (14-13) defeated bottom-ranked Aget Service IM (9-19) 70-64 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 17-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Biancoblu BO outrebounded Aget Service IM 42-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was naturalized Ghanian guard David Cournooh (188-90) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. American center William Mosley (202-89, college: Northwestern St., agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. Five Biancoblu BO players scored in double figures. Swingman Matteo Frassineti (195-87) produced 19 points and Matteo Chillo (202-93) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Biancoblu BO moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Pall.Trento. Loser Aget Service IM stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Biancoblu BO will meet at home FCM Ferentino (#11) in the next round. Aget Service IM will play against Upea CdO (#12) in Capo d'Orlando and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Biancoblu BO: D.Cournooh 17+6reb+2ast, A.Pecile 11+3reb+3ast, M.Vitali 11+8reb+2ast, D.Cutolo 11+9reb+1ast, W.Mosley 10+13reb, R.Harris 4+1ast
Aget Service IM: M.Frassineti 19+4reb+1ast, M.Chillo 14+8reb+1ast, M.Maestrello 10+4reb+3ast, D.Gay 6+2reb+4ast, R.Valenti 6+3reb+1ast, F.Masoni 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 188980


FCM Ferentino - Fileni BPA Jesi 103-86

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked FCM Ferentino and 13th ranked Fileni BPA Jesi had identical 10-16 record. This time FCM Ferentino used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Jesi 103-86 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by FCM Ferentino. Fileni BPA Jesi managed to win second period 28-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American-Guyanese forward Delroy James (203-87, college: Rhode Island) who scored 32 points and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). American-British forward Laurence Ekperigin (201-88, college: Le Moyne) chipped in 11 points. Five FCM Ferentino players scored in double figures. American forward Eric Griffin (203-90, college: Campbell) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) added 27 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. FCM Ferentino (11-16) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with AcegasAps TR and Upea CdO. Fileni BPA Jesi lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. FCM Ferentino will meet higher ranked Biancoblu BO (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fileni BPA Jesi will play against AcegasAps TR (#10) in Trieste and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
FCM Ferentino: D.James 32+7reb+1ast, G.Gurini 11+2reb+1ast, L.Ekperigin 11+4reb+1ast, F.Guarino 10+5ast, M.Casini 10+1reb, M.Allegretti 9+1reb+1ast
Fileni BPA Jesi: M.Maggioli 27+6reb+2ast, E.Griffin 26+10reb+2ast, J.Sanders 9+2reb+3ast, M.Santiangeli 8+3reb, R.Hoover 6+4reb+5ast, F.Zanelli 5+1reb
gschID: 188979


Tezenis VE - Prima Veroli 66-50

Everything went according to plan in Verona where sixth ranked Tezenis VE (15-13) beat 14th ranked Prima Veroli (9-18) 66-50 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Tezenis VE. Prima Veroli managed to win fourth quarter 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Prima Veroli 45-34 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-86, college: Wayne St., MI, agency: IBS) who scored 5 points and 20 rebounds. American guard Charlie Westbrook (193-89, college: S.Dakota) chipped in 16 points. Lawal is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Tezenis VE players scored in double figures. Tezenis VE's coach Alessandro Ramagli used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds and Latvian swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Tezenis VE maintains sixth place with 15-13 record. Loser Prima Veroli keeps the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. Tezenis VE will meet higher ranked LeGamberi Foods Forli (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Prima Veroli will play against the league's second-placed Tuscany Pistoia (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tezenis VE: C.Westbrook 16+4reb, M.Chessa 12+1reb+1ast, R.McConnell 11+4reb+1ast, G.Boscagin 10+2reb+1ast, O.Lawal 5+20reb+1ast, M.Da Ros 4+3reb+2ast
Prima Veroli: P.Marigney 16+8reb+2ast, L.Infante 11+3reb, M.Jurevicus 11+7reb+1ast, S.Berti 6+4reb+2ast, T.Rinaldi 4+2reb, G.Carenza 2+5reb
gschID: 188978


Sigma Barcel. - C.de Latte BRE 102-83

The game between Top Four teams took place in Barcellona. First ranked host Sigma Barcellona (20-8) smashed 4th placed C.de Latte BRE (16-11) 102-83. The game was mostly controlled by Sigma Barcellona. C.de Latte BRE was better in second period 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sigma Barcellona shot 62.9 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Sigma Barcellona especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. American point guard Taurean Green (184-85, college: Florida) nailed 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side and naturalized American forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Three Eye Sports) accounted for 15 points and 9 rebounds. Five Sigma Barcellona players scored in double figures. American guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) came up with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international power forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) added 26 points and 6 rebounds respectively for C.de Latte BRE in the defeat. C.de Latte BRE's coach Alberto Martelossi rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Sigma Barcellona maintains first place with 20-8 record. C.de Latte BRE at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Sigma Barcellona will play against Givova Scafati (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. C.de Latte BRE will play against Pall.Trento (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sigma Barcel.: D.Hardy 20+2reb+1ast, T.Green 17+6reb+7ast, J.Thomas 15+1ast, C.Callahan 15+9reb+2ast, A.Cittadini 14+4reb+1ast, M.Mocavero 10+5reb+1ast
C.de Latte BRE: D.Brkic 26+6reb, M.Jenkins 22+7reb+4ast, N.Barlos 15+2reb+3ast, J.Giddens 9+3reb+1ast, F.Loschi 5+2reb+3ast, G.Cuccarolo 3+3reb
gschID: 188977


AcegasAps TR - Novipiu Casale 72-63

The game between third ranked Novipiu Casale (18-10) and twelfth ranked AcegasAps TR (11-16) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Novipiu Casale was defeated by AcegasAps TR in a tough game in Trieste 63-72. Novipiu Casale trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 14-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 63-72 at the end of the game. Naturalized Argentinian point guard Ariel Filloy (189-87, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 29 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and power forward Luca Gandini (205-85) chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds. American swingman Rodney Green (195-88, college: La Salle) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and the former international swingman Niccolo Martinoni (202-89) scored 17 points. AcegasAps TR moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Upea CdO and FCM Ferentino. Novipiu Casale at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. AcegasAps TR is looking forward to face Fileni BPA Jesi (#13) on the road in the next round. Novipiu Casale will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
AcegasAps TR: A.Filloy 29+8reb+8ast, L.Gandini 16+11reb+1ast, M.Carra 9+2reb+3ast, M.Diviach 8+7reb, M.Meshcharakou 6+2reb, S.Tonut 4+2reb
Novipiu Casale: N.Martinoni 17+3reb, R.Green 17+6reb+1ast, G.Ferrero 7+3reb, R.Antonelli 7+3reb, C.Ware 5+4reb+1ast, M.Malaventura 5+2ast
gschID: 188975



Nazionale A Round 36: Matera loses to Torino in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Nazionale A.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Torino. First ranked host Torino (24-8) smashed second-best Matera (21-12) 78-56. The game was mostly controlled by Torino. Matera managed to win third quarter 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and point guard Lorenzo Gergati (188-84) who added 13 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized Argentinian guard Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-86, agency: Players Group) with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Matera's coach Giovanni Benedetto gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Torino maintains first position with 24-8 record. Matera at the other side keeps the second place with 12 games lost. Torino are looking forward to face Latina Basket (#16) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Matera will play against Mazzeo San Severo (#17) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Important game to mention about took place in Mirandola. Fourth ranked Castelletto (19-14) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 12th ranked Mirandola (15-19) 87-86 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Mirandola. The winners were led by forward Francesco Ihedioha (196-86) who scored that evening 19 points and 9 rebounds and Alexander Simoncelli supported him with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Even 28 points and 6 assists by point guard Jordan Losi (182-80) did not help to save the game for Mirandola. Castelletto moved-up to third place, which they share with Omegna. Newly promoted Mirandola dropped to the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Castelletto will play against Bari (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mirandola will play against Recanati and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Casalpusterlengo where higher ranked Casalpusterlengo (18-15) was upset on its own court by fifteenth ranked Chieti (14-19) 69-60 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Emanuele Rossi who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Gianpaolo Ricci who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. Chieti maintains fifteenth position with 14-19 record. Loser Casalpusterlengo dropped to the sixth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Firenze. Chieti will meet at home bottom-ranked Bologna (#19) in the next round. Casalpusterlengo will play against Firenze (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Reggio Calabria where 7th ranked Treviglio (17-15) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Reggio Calabr. (17-16) 71-53. It was a good game for Alessandro Piazza who led his team to a victory with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Reggio Calabr. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain tenth position with 17-16 record. Treviglio at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 15 games lost. Reggio Calabr.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Lucca (#9) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 36: Lucca lost to Agrigento on the opponent's court 66-71. Bari unfortunately lost to Firenze in a home game 63-73. Latina Basket managed to beat Perugia on the road 66-55. Omegna defeated Recanati on its own court 68-64.


Agrigento - Lucca 71-66

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Lucca (17-15) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Agrigento (19-15) 71-66. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lucca won third quarter 23-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Agrigento won last quarter 14-10. It was a good game for the former international center Roberto Chiacig (210-74) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian forward Albano Chiarastella (196-85) contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. point guard Davide Parente (188-83) replied with 22 points and Riccardo Casagrande (196-88, agency: Two Points) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Lucca. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Agrigento moved-up to fifth place. Lucca at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost. Agrigento will have a break next round. Lucca will play at home against Reggio Calabr. (#10) in Reggio Calabria and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Agrigento: R.Chiacig 14+7reb, A.Moruzzi 13+3reb, F.Mian 12+2reb, A.Chiarastella 10+6reb, G.Anello 7+1reb+2ast, V.Di Viccaro 6+4reb+2ast
Lucca: D.Parente 22, W.Santarossa 11+7reb+2ast, A.Barsanti 10+1reb, R.Casagrande 10+10reb, S.Crotta 6+5reb, R.Bottioni 3+1ast
gschID: 191961


Bari - Firenze 63-73

Rather predictable result when ninth ranked Firenze (18-15) defeated on the road 11th ranked Bari (16-17) 73-63. The game was mostly controlled by Firenze. Bari was better in second period 12-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for center Andrea Capitanelli (203-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Stefano Rabaglietti (190-83, agency: Two Points) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four Firenze players scored in double figures. Swingman Daniele Bonessio (200-88) replied with 12 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Simone Bonfiglio (181-88) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for Bari. Firenze have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Casalpusterlengo. Bari at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost. Firenze's next round opponent will be Casalpusterlengo (#6) at home. Bari will play against Castelletto (#3).
Top scorers:
Firenze: S.Rabaglietti 16+2reb+2ast, A.Capitanelli 12+11reb+3ast, D.Casadei 12+5reb, S.Spizzichini 10+4reb, M.Caroldi 9+5reb+5ast, M.Sanna 8+3reb+1ast
Bari: S.Bonfiglio 14+1reb+4ast, A.Ruggiero 13+1reb+1ast, D.Bonessio 12+8reb+3ast, T.Laquintana 9+1reb, L.Bisconti 6+6reb+4ast, F.Di Donna 5+2reb
gschID: 191960


Mirandola - Castelletto 86-87

Important game to mention about took place in Mirandola. Fourth ranked Castelletto (19-14) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 12th ranked Mirandola (15-19) 87-86 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Mirandola. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Mirandola won third quarter 21-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Castelletto won last quarter 28-29. Mirandola was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by forward Francesco Ihedioha (196-86) who scored that evening 19 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Alexander Simoncelli (188-86, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Five Castelletto players scored in double figures. Even 28 points and 6 assists by point guard Jordan Losi (182-80) did not help to save the game for Mirandola. The former international swingman Andrea Pilotti (196-80, agency: Players Group) added 16 points and 8 rebounds. Castelletto moved-up to third place, which they share with Omegna. Newly promoted Mirandola dropped to the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Castelletto will play against Bari (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mirandola will play against Recanati and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Castelletto: F.Ihedioha 19+9reb, M.Pazzi 17+4reb, A.Simoncelli 17+6reb+3ast, G.Sanguinetti 16+1reb, A.Ranuzzi 14+5reb, N.Damiani 2
Mirandola: J.Losi 28+4reb+6ast, M.Venturelli 17+6reb+1ast, A.Pilotti 16+8reb, L.Pignatti 9+7reb+1ast, A.Mancin 9+10reb, M.Fantinelli 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 191958


Casalpusterlengo - Chieti 60-69

An interesting game took place in Casalpusterlengo where higher ranked Casalpusterlengo (18-15) was upset on its own court by fifteenth ranked Chieti (14-19) 69-60 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 24-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. point guard Fabrizio Gialloreto (185-86) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Chieti players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Gianpaolo Ricci (200-91) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Chieti maintains fifteenth position with 14-19 record. Loser Casalpusterlengo dropped to the sixth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Firenze. Chieti will meet at home bottom-ranked Bologna (#19) in the next round. Casalpusterlengo will play against Firenze (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chieti: F.Gialloreto 14+6reb+2ast, A.Raschi 14+3reb, M.Micevic 13+7reb, E.Rossi 12+11reb+3ast, S.Rajola 9+4reb+3ast, S.Gatti 3
Casalpusterlengo: G.Ricci 16+13reb+1ast, A.Chiumenti 11+10reb+1ast, R.Prandin 10+3ast, M.Venuto 8+3reb, T.Marino 7+3reb+3ast, M.Planezio 4+1reb
gschID: 191957


Reggio Calabr. - Treviglio 71-53

An interesting game took place in Reggio Calabria where 7th ranked Treviglio (17-15) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Reggio Calabr. (17-16) 71-53. It looked good early as Treviglio took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Reggio Calabr. had a 16-11 second period charge getting the lead and Treviglio was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 53-71. It was a good game for point guard Alessandro Piazza (174-87) who led his team to a victory with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Power forward Marco Ammannato (202-88, agency: Players Group) contributed with 7 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. point guard Simone Ferrarese (182-87) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Riccardo Perego (203-81) added 9 points in the effort for Treviglio. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Reggio Calabr. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain tenth position with 17-16 record. Treviglio at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 15 games lost. Reggio Calabr.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Lucca (#9) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Reggio Calabr.: F.Quaglia 12+6reb, N.Sabbatino 10+2reb+1ast, A.Piazza 8+6reb+7ast, M.Ammannato 7+11reb+1ast, G.Rugolo 7+1ast, A.Fabi 6+5reb
Treviglio: S.Ferrarese 16+6reb+1ast, R.Perego 9+4reb+1ast, D.Reati 7+7reb, R.Pederzini 6+1reb+2ast, M.Raminelli 4+9reb+1ast, S.Tomasini 4
gschID: 191956


Perugia - Latina Basket 55-66

Not a big story in a game when 18th ranked Perugia (8-24) was defeated at home by sixteenth ranked Latina Basket (13-20) 66-55. It looked good early as Perugia took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Latina Basket had a 23-16 second period charge getting the lead and Perugia was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 55-66. Latina Basket forced 20 Perugia turnovers. It was a good game for forward Marco Arrigoni (198-91) who led his team to a victory with 13 points. Guard Tommaso Plateo (191-78) contributed with 14 points and 4 steals for the winners. Forward Simone Bonamente (203-79) replied with 10 points and 5 rebounds and guard Nicola Mei (186-85) added 10 points in the effort for Perugia. Perugia's coach Andrea Fabrizi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Latina Basket maintains sixteenth position with 13-20 record. Perugia lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth place with 24 games lost. Latina Basket's next round opponent will be league's leader Torino at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Perugia will play against Naturhouse Ferrara (#14).
Top scorers:
Latina Basket: T.Plateo 14+3reb, A.Cecchetti 13+2reb, M.Arrigoni 13+4reb+1ast, F.Gagliardo 9+4reb, T.Milani 7+4reb, R.Santolamazza 6+7reb
Perugia: S.Bonamente 10+5reb, N.Mei 10+4reb+1ast, C.Cutolo 9+4reb+1ast, P.Chiarello 7+3reb+2ast, G.Chiatti 7+3reb, M.Bei 5+5reb
gschID: 191954


Torino - Matera 78-56

The game between Top Four teams took place in Torino. First ranked host Torino (24-8) smashed second-best Matera (21-12) 78-56. The game was mostly controlled by Torino. Matera managed to win third quarter 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and point guard Lorenzo Gergati (188-84) who added 13 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized Argentinian guard Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-86, agency: Players Group) with 19 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-91, agency: Two Points) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Matera's coach Giovanni Benedetto gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Torino maintains first position with 24-8 record. Matera at the other side keeps the second place with 12 games lost. Torino are looking forward to face Latina Basket (#16) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Matera will play against Mazzeo San Severo (#17) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Torino: M.Evangelisti 21+3reb+1ast, L.Gergati 13+6reb+2ast, D.Sandri 12+5reb+1ast, C.Tommasini 9+1ast, J.Wojciechowski 9+5reb, F.Baldi Rossi 8+4reb+2ast
Matera: C.Sebastian Vico 19+7reb, A.Iannuzzi 16+5reb, A.Vitale 5+2reb+1ast, M.Samoggia 4+3reb, M.Cozzoli 4+1reb, C.Cantone 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 191953


Omegna - Recanati 68-64

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Omegna (19-14) beat at home 12th ranked Recanati (15-18) 68-64. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Recanati won third quarter 13-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Omegna made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Recanati turnovers. It was a good game for swingman Christian Villani (200-82) who led his team to a victory with 13 points. Guard Andrea Saccaggi (192-89, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Forward Riccardo Castelli (200-88) replied with 16 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Gennaro Tessitore (193-82) added 20 points in the effort for Recanati. Omegna have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Castelletto. Recanati at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Omegna's next round opponent will be Treviglio (#8) on the road where they are favorite. Recanati will play against Mirandola (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Omegna: C.Villani 13+4reb+1ast, A.Saccaggi 12+2reb+2ast, G.Mariani 10+5reb, S.Masciadri 9+3reb, N.Metreveli 7+6reb+3ast, M.Toure 7+5reb+2ast
Recanati: G.Tessitore 20+4reb, R.Castelli 16+9reb, M.Pierangeli 9+4reb, M.Gnaccarini 8+2reb+2ast, A.Pierini 7+4reb, M.Maganza 2+2reb
gschID: 191952



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Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Niigata Albirex 36-16 
 2. Yokohama BC 35-17 
 3. Toyama Grouses 35-17 
 4. Iwate Big Bulls 34-18 
 5. Akita NH 26-26 
 6. Chiba Jets 26-26 
 7. Sendai 89ers 20-32 
 8. Tokyo Cinq R. 18-34 
 9. Shinshu BW 17-35 
 10. Saitama Bron. 15-37 
 11. Gunma 14-38 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 42-10 
 2. Fukuoka Rizing 34-18 
 3. Shimane SM 33-19 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 32-20 
 5. Kyoto Hannar. 29-23 
 6. Hamamatsu P. 28-24 
 7. Osaka Evessa 22-30 
 8. Oita H.Devils 21-31 
 9. Takamatsu FA 20-32 
 10. Miyazaki SS 9-43 

Regular Season: Round 56

Apr. 28: Shiga L-Stars - Shimane SM 91-75
Apr. 28: Fukuoka Rizing - Iwate Big Bulls 85-81
Apr. 28: Hamamatsu P. - Kyoto Hannar. 80-71
Apr. 28: Saitama Bron. - Yokohama BC 80-109
Apr. 28: Gunma - Chiba Jets 79-92
Apr. 28: Osaka Evessa - Okinawa GK 78-91
Apr. 28: Shinshu BW - Toyama Grouses 76-91
Apr. 28: Akita NH - Tokyo Cinq R. 75-82
Apr. 28: Niigata Albirex - Sendai 89ers 109-63


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Humphrey, Saitama27.2 
 2. Cummings, Sendai22.0 
 3. Woods, Tokyo C.21.9 
 4. Burns, Yokohama BC21.4 
 5. Chandler, Chiba J.20.4 
 6. Werner, Chiba Jets19.8 
 7. Parker, Shimane SM19.6 
 8. Brown, Akita NH19.5 
 9. Keller, Gunma19.0 
 10. Kennedy, Yokoham.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.6 
 2. Willard, Sendai 89.14.0 
 3. Warren, Fukuoka12.6 
 4. Kuso, Miyazaki SS12.3 
 5. Bell, Osaka Evessa11.6 
 6. Werner, Chiba Jets11.4 
 7. White, Hamamats.10.7 
 8. Rickert, Osaka E.10.7 
 9. Williams, Saitama10.6 
 10. Jones, Tokyo C.10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Takehiko SHIMURA
  Sendai
  (160-G-83)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Shimura, Sendai6.4 
 2. Namizato, Okina.6.2 
 3. Togashi, Akita NH6.1 
 4. Galloway, Hamamats.5.9 
 5. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.7 
 6. Jones III, Oita H.5.2 
 7. Burns, Yokohama BC4.8 
 8. Humphrey, Saitama4.2 
 9. Ito, Miyazaki SS4.1 
 10. Shimizu, Oita H.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Parker, Shimane SM2.3 
 2. Humphrey, Saitama2.2 
 3. Brown, Toyama G.2.0 
 4. Burns, Yokohama BC2.0 
 5. McHenry, Okina.2.0 
 6. Lyons, Takamats.1.9 
 7. Galloway, Hamamats.1.9 
 8. Masato, Iwate B.1.9 
 9. Alawoya, Oita H.1.9 
 10. Mito, Toyama G.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.5 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.6 
 3. Carter, Tokyo C.2.2 
 4. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 5. Ashby, Fukuoka1.7 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM1.6 
 7. Kuso, Miyazaki SS1.5 
 8. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.4 
 9. Williams, Takamats.1.4 
 10. Kent, Akita NH1.3 


Kyotos Hamaguchi proving again he is an elite coach - by John Scribe

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

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

Hamaguchi is still chasing his elusive first title.

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

Both coaches are well-respected mentors throughout the league.

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

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

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

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

How about Oketani?

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

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

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

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

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

So guess what happened?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Ed Odeven of the Japan Times: April 19, 2013



BJ League Round 55 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in BJ League. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most shocking disappointment of round 55 was a home defeat of their biggest opponent Fukuoka Rizing (33-18) by third ranked Iwate Big Bulls (34-17) who outscored them by 21 points 82-61 in the game for the second place. It ended the two-game winning streak of Fukuoka Rizing. It was a great evening for Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech) helped adding 22 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Iwate Big Bulls have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Toyama Grouses and Yokohama BC. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the second position with 18 games lost. They share it with Shimane SM. Iwate Big Bulls will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fukuoka Rizing will play again at home against Iwate Big Bulls and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Seventh-ranked Osaka Evessa (22-29) gave a tough game to first ranked Okinawa GK (41-10). The visitors from Okinawa managed to secure only one-point victory 58-57. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Dzaflo Larkai accounted for 13 points and 15 rebounds. American guard Dwayne Lathan (190-89, college: Indiana St.) came up with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Osaka Evessa in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Okinawa GK. They maintain first place with 41-10 record. Osaka Evessa lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 29 games lost. Okinawa GK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Osaka Evessa will play again at home against the league's leader Okinawa GK (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Shiga. 4th placed host Shiga L-Stars (31-20) lost to third ranked Shimane Magic (33-18) 82-75. Jeral Davis fired a double-double by scoring 23 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Dionisio Gomez Camargo produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Shimane Magic moved-up to second place, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Loser Shiga L-Stars keep the fourth position with 20 games lost. Shimane Magic will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shiga L-Stars will play again against the league's second-placed Shimane Magic (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
BJ League top team - Niigata Albirex (35-16) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Sendai 89ers (20-31) 98-79. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of Chris Holm who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Niigata Albirex. They maintain first place with 35-16 record. Sendai 89ers at the other side keep the seventh position with 31 games lost. Niigata Albirex's next round opponent will be again Sendai 89ers (#7) at home which should be theoretically an easy game.
The game in Nagano was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (34-17) played at the court of 8th ranked Shinshu BW (17-34). Toyama Grouses did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 89-72 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Ira Brown who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyama Grouses moved-up to second place, which they share with Yokohama BC and Iwate Big Bulls. Loser Shinshu BW keeps the eighth position with 34 games lost. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round. Shinshu BW will play again at home against Toyama Grouses (#4).

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 55: Yokohama BC destroyed Saitama Bron. on the opponent's court 124-99. Gunma managed to outperform Chiba Jets in a home game 83-80. Kyoto Hannar. managed to beat Hamamatsu P. on the road 83-70. Akita NH defeated Tokyo Cinq R. on its own court 72-58.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 39 points (!!!) and 4 assists by Masayuki Kabaya of Yokohama BC.


Shiga L-Stars - Shimane SM 75-82

The game between Top Four teams took place in Shiga. 4th placed host Shiga L-Stars (31-20) lost to third ranked Shimane Magic (33-18) 82-75. Shimane Magic had a 32-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 8 blocks. American center Jeral Davis (216-84) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. His fellow American import forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and American power forward Shelton Colwell (202-80, college: Missouri St.) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures. Shimane Magic moved-up to second place, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Loser Shiga L-Stars keep the fourth position with 20 games lost. Shimane Magic will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shiga L-Stars will play again against the league's second-placed Shimane Magic (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: J.Davis 23+17reb+2ast, M.Parker 19+9reb+3ast, B.Freeman 18+3reb+1ast, T.Yokoo 8+3reb+3ast, K.Yamabuchi 8+4reb+5ast, E.Yamamoto 2+1reb+2ast
Shiga L-Stars: W.Arnold 17+3reb+4ast, J.Nakama 16+5reb+3ast, S.Colwell 16+8reb, D.Gomez Camargo 12+11reb+4ast, B.Yokoe 5+2reb, T.Fujiwara 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 200946


Saitama Bron. - Yokohama BC 99-124

Very expected game when 10th ranked Saitama Broncos (15-36) were crushed at home by second ranked Yokohama BC (34-17) 124-99 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Yokohama BC. Saitama Broncos was better in fourth quarter 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Yokohama BC made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Saitama Broncos were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led his team to a victory scoring 37 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. Swingman Masayuki Kabaya (183-82) helped adding 39 points (!!!) and 4 assists. Four Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. At the losing side American swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) responded with 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Yuki Kitamuki (184-85) scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Yokohama BC maintains second place with 34-17 record having seven points less than leader Niigata Albirex, which they share with Toyama Grouses and Iwate Big Bulls. Loser Saitama Broncos keep the tenth position with 36 games lost. Yokohama BC will have a break next round. Saitama Broncos will play again at home against the league's second-placed Yokohama BC (#2).
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: M.Kabaya 39+4reb+4ast, T.Kennedy 37+9reb+1ast, D.Burns 20+3reb+6ast, S.Kouno 14+2reb+4ast, P.Faye 6+8reb+1ast, L.Malloy 6+8reb
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 35+6reb+6ast, Y.Kitamuki 28+5reb+4ast, N.Williams 13+14reb+2ast, D.Baker 7+3reb, M.Haraguchi 6+4reb, W.Oliver 4+8reb+1ast
gschID: 200944


Gunma - Chiba Jets 83-80

There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked Gunma (14-37) edged at home higher ranked Chiba Jets (25-26) 83-80 on Saturday. Chiba Jets were trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 25-21 charge of Gunma, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Chiba Jets outrebounded Gunma 54-40 including a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Gunma made 8 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a great evening for forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) helped adding 14 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals. Keller is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Crosse) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 21 rebounds and forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Four Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. Chiba Jets' coach Shinji Tomiyama rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Gunma maintains eleventh place with 14-37 record. Loser Chiba Jets keep the sixth position with 26 games lost. Gunma will face again higher ranked Chiba Jets (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Gunma: D.Keller 22+9reb+1ast, Y.Okumoto 18+3reb+1ast, J.Dixon 14+8reb+6ast, T.Tatsuhiko 9+7reb+1ast, L.Witcher 8+3reb+1ast, S.Noriyuki 6+2reb+1ast
Chiba Jets: J.Werner 22+21reb, M.Chandler 20+7reb+1ast, D.Bell 13+5reb+1ast, M.Gray 11+10reb+1ast, S.Isshiki 5+1reb+1ast, T.Ishida 3+1ast
gschID: 200943


Shinshu BW - Toyama Grouses 72-89

The game in Nagano was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (34-17) played at the court of 8th ranked Shinshu BW (17-34). Toyama Grouses did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 89-72 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Toyama Grouses. Shinshu BW was better in third quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toyama Grouses dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Shinshu BW's 50. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Puerto Rican power forward Angel Garcia (209-88, college: Memphis) helped adding 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyama Grouses moved-up to second place, which they share with Yokohama BC and Iwate Big Bulls. Loser Shinshu BW keeps the eighth position with 34 games lost. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round. Shinshu BW will play again at home against Toyama Grouses (#4).
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: I.Brown 22+11reb+3ast, A.Garcia 16+6reb+7ast, J.Jacob 16+7reb+2ast, T.Mito 11+4reb+4ast, B.Cole 10+6reb, M.Joho 8+2reb+2ast
Shinshu BW: J.Green 18+9reb+3ast, E.Morris 17+7reb, M.Fey 10+5reb, T.Utsunomiya 8+5reb, T.Saito 7+1reb+9ast, E.Walton 6+3reb
gschID: 200942


Niigata Albirex - Sendai 89ers 98-79

BJ League top team - Niigata Albirex (35-16) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Sendai 89ers (20-31) 98-79. The game was mostly controlled by Niigata Albirex. Sendai 89ers was better in third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Niigata Albirex made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Niigata Albirex outrebounded Sendai 89ers 40-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Five Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) added 26 points in the effort for Sendai 89ers. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Niigata Albirex. They maintain first place with 35-16 record. Sendai 89ers at the other side keep the seventh position with 31 games lost. Niigata Albirex's next round opponent will be again Sendai 89ers (#7) at home which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: S.Komatsu 20+1ast, C.Holm 16+15reb+4ast, R.Webb 14+8reb, N.Murry 14+5reb+7ast, Y.Ikeda 10+6reb+2ast, T.Finger 9+4reb+1ast
Sendai 89ers: T.Cummings 26+3reb+1ast, S.Willard 19+12reb+3ast, S.Coleman 14+2reb, D.Takaoka 5+3ast, M.Hargrow 5+5reb+1ast, Y.Arai 4+3reb
gschID: 200941


Fukuoka Rizing - Iwate Big Bulls 61-82

The most shocking disappointment of round 55 was a home defeat of their biggest opponent Fukuoka Rizing (33-18) by third ranked Iwate Big Bulls (34-17) who outscored them by 21 points 82-61 in the game for the second place. It ended the two-game winning streak of Fukuoka Rizing. It was a great evening for Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech) helped adding 22 points and 6 rebounds. Five Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists and Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. Iwate Big Bulls have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Toyama Grouses and Yokohama BC. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the second position with 18 games lost. They share it with Shimane SM. Iwate Big Bulls will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fukuoka Rizing will play again at home against Iwate Big Bulls and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: C.Dixon 22+6reb+1ast, R.Okosa 14+10reb+5ast, T.Masato 12+3reb, L.Blackledge 11+8reb+1ast, K.Takahashi 11+2reb+5ast, N.Takushi 6+2reb+4ast
Fukuoka Rizing: R.Warren 21+15reb+5ast, J.Ashby 9+9reb, M.Kano 8+3reb+1ast, J.Peppers 7+4reb+2ast, S.Ishitani 5+1reb+1ast, J.Nakanishi 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 200948


Osaka Evessa - Okinawa GK 57-58

Seventh-ranked Osaka Evessa (22-29) gave a tough game to first ranked Okinawa GK (41-10). The visitors from Okinawa managed to secure only one-point victory 58-57. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. British power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, college: Bellarmine) accounted for 13 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side. American guard Dwayne Lathan (190-89, college: Indiana St.) came up with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) added 4 points and 13 rebounds respectively for Osaka Evessa in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Okinawa GK. They maintain first place with 41-10 record. Osaka Evessa lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 29 games lost. Okinawa GK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Osaka Evessa will play again at home against the league's leader Okinawa GK (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: A.McHenry 20+7reb+3ast, D.Larkai 13+15reb, S.Kinjo 5+2reb+1ast, N.Namizato 5+1reb+4ast, J.Newton 4+8reb+1ast, T.Woodbury 4+3reb
Osaka Evessa: D.Lathan 11+6reb+6ast, N.Walkup 10+5reb+2ast, S.Takada 6+2reb+1ast, S.Konno 6+2reb+1ast, M.Bell 6+11reb, T.Kawabe 5+2reb
gschID: 200947


Hamamatsu P. - Kyoto Hannar. 70-83

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix's (27-24) home loss to fifth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (29-22) 70-83 on Saturday. Kyoto Hannar. made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a great evening for American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Masaharu Kataoka (190-85) helped adding 13 points and 6 assists. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern) responded with 28 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import center Elbert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Four Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannar. maintains fifth place with 29-22 record. Loser Hamamatsu Phoenix keeps the sixth position with 24 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will have a break next round. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play again at home against Kyoto Hannar. (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: L.Pomare 27+10reb+4ast, D.Palmer 16+2ast, M.Kataoka 13+1reb+6ast, M.Cousin 8+5reb+1ast, J.Boyette 7+3reb+1ast, Y.Okada 6+2reb+6ast
Hamamatsu P.: K.Galloway 28+5reb+3ast, E.Fuqua 12+11reb+3ast, A.Ohta 12+6reb+2ast, O.Shinnosuke 11+2reb+4ast, M.Ohguchi 5+2ast, Y.Shiina 2+1reb
gschID: 200945


Akita NH - Tokyo Cinq R. 72-58

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Akita Happinets (26-25) beat at home 9th ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (17-34) 72-58 on Saturday. Akita Happinets forced 19 Tokyo Cinq R. turnovers. Strangely Tokyo Cinq R. outrebounded Akita Happinets 55-30 including a 17-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) who led his team to a victory scoring 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) helped adding 13 points and 6 assists. At the losing side American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds and the other American import center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 22 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Akita Happinets maintains fifth place with 26-25 record. Tokyo Cinq R. lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with 34 games lost. Akita Happinets will face again Tokyo Cinq R. (#9) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: S.Taguchi 15+4reb+1ast, D.Harris 15+2reb+2ast, Y.Togashi 13+1reb+6ast, M.Brown 9+7reb+5ast, M.Anderson 7+9reb+1ast, M.Kato 4
Tokyo Cinq R.: R.Woods 18+16reb+3ast, J.Jones 13+22reb, A.Inoue 10+1reb, C.Aoki 7+1reb+1ast, Y.Kurihara 3, J.Carter 3+6reb
gschID: 200940



BJ League Round 56: Shimane Magic is upset by Shiga L-Stars - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in BJ League just ended.

The most important game in the last round took place in Shiga between second ranked Shimane Magic (33-19) and fourth ranked Shiga L-Stars (32-20) on Sunday night. Shimane Magic was defeated by Shiga L-Stars on the road 91-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shimane Magic. The game without a history. Shiga L-Stars led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Shimane Magic to just 7 points in second quarter. Shiga L-Stars looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) who scored 25 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward Shelton Colwell (202-80, college: Missouri St.) chipped in 22 points and 9 rebounds. American center Jeral Davis (216-84) produced 21 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shiga L-Stars maintains fourth position with 32-20 record. Shimane Magic at the other side dropped to the third place with 19 games lost.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Fukuoka. Third ranked Fukuoka Rizing faced one of their biggest challengers Iwate Big Bulls. Host Fukuoka Rizing (34-18) defeated guests from Iwate (34-18) 85-81. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Iwate Big Bulls. American forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Reginald Warren contributed with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle) replied with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Iwate Big Bulls. Iwate Big Bulls' coach Dai Oketani rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Iwate Big Bulls.
Leader Niigata Albirex delivered the 36th victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Sendai 89ers (20-32) 109-63. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a quality performance of Chris Holm who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). T.J. Cummings responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Niigata Albirex have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 36-16 record. Sendai 89ers lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 32 games lost. They share the position with Takamatsu FA.
Leader Okinawa GK recorded the 42th victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Osaka Evessa (22-30) 91-78. The winners were led by Anthony McHenry who scored that evening 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Okinawa GK (42-10) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Osaka Evessa lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 30 games lost.
The game in Nagano was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (35-17) played at the court of 8th ranked Shinshu BW (17-35). Toyama Grouses defeated Shinshu BW 91-76 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Masashi Joho who scored 24 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyama Grouses have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Yokohama BC. Loser Shinshu BW dropped to the ninth position with 35 games lost.

Rest of the games of round 56 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Yokohama BC crushed Saitama Bron. in a road game 109-80. Gunma was beaten by Chiba Jets at home 79-92. Tokyo Cinq R. won against Akita NH on the opponent's court 82-75. Hamamatsu P. managed to outperform Kyoto Hannar. in a home game 80-71.


Saitama Bron. - Yokohama BC 80-109

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Saitama Broncos (15-37) were crushed at home by second ranked Yokohama BC (35-17) 109-80 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 109-80. Yokohama BC made 26-of-29 free shots (89.7 percent) during the game. Yokohama BC outrebounded Saitama Broncos 53-33 including a 39-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Saitama Broncos were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) who had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds. The other American import forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 22 points and 8 rebounds. Four Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. American swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) produced 25 points and 6 rebounds and Vincentian center Nyika Williams (203-87, college: Pacific) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Yokohama BC have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 35-17 record having seven points less than leader Niigata Albirex, which they share with Toyama Grouses. Saitama Broncos lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 37 games lost.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 33+13reb+1ast, T.Kennedy 22+8reb+1ast, M.Kabaya 19+5reb+3ast, L.Malloy 11+10reb, P.Faye 7+5reb, K.Yamada 6+3reb+6ast
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 25+6reb, T.Yamashiro 14+1reb+2ast, N.Williams 13+8reb+1ast, Y.Nobihura 6+3reb+2ast, M.Haraguchi 6+3reb, D.Baker 5+2reb
gschID: 200953


Gunma - Chiba Jets 79-92

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Chiba Jets (26-26) defeated on the road 11th ranked Gunma (14-38) 92-79 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 32-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Chiba Jets made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman D'Andre Bell (198-87, college: Georgia Tech) who scored 27 points and 9 rebounds. Center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Crosse) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Four Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. Guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and power forward Randall Orr (207-82, college: Georgia Perimeter) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Gunma's coach Ryan Blackwell let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Chiba Jets moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Akita NH. Newly promoted Gunma keeps the eleventh position with 38 games lost.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: D.Bell 27+9reb+2ast, J.Werner 19+11reb+1ast, H.Sato 14+2reb+5ast, M.Gray 12+7reb+2ast, M.Chandler 8+3reb+2ast, T.Ishida 6+1reb+1ast
Gunma: J.Dixon 19+10reb+7ast, R.Orr 16+7reb+1ast, L.Witcher 14+2reb+2ast, D.Keller 9+7reb+1ast, K.Tomori 8+4reb+1ast, Y.Okumoto 8+3reb
gschID: 200952


Niigata Albirex - Sendai 89ers 109-63

Leader Niigata Albirex delivered the 36th victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Sendai 89ers (20-32) 109-63. The game without a history. Niigata Albirex led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Niigata Albirex outrebounded Sendai 89ers 46-32 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a quality performance of center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) who added 21 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Five Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds and forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Niigata Albirex have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 36-16 record. Sendai 89ers lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 32 games lost. They share the position with Takamatsu FA.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: C.Holm 24+19reb+4ast, R.Webb 21+12reb+1ast, S.Komatsu 15+1reb+1ast, T.Finger 13+2reb+2ast, K.Sato 13+1reb+4ast, H.Kondo 8+2reb+6ast
Sendai 89ers: T.Cummings 22+7reb+1ast, S.Willard 13+12reb, T.Komoda 12+1reb, Y.Arai 8+1reb, M.Hargrow 2+1reb+3ast, A.Kazuki 2
gschID: 200950


Shinshu BW - Toyama Grouses 76-91

The game in Nagano was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (35-17) played at the court of 8th ranked Shinshu BW (17-35). Toyama Grouses defeated Shinshu BW 91-76 on Sunday. Toyama Grouses looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Masashi Joho (183-82) who scored 24 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) added 18 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) respectively for the hosts. Five Toyama Grouses and four Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyama Grouses have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Yokohama BC. Loser Shinshu BW dropped to the ninth position with 35 games lost.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: M.Joho 24+3reb+6ast, I.Brown 19+7reb+7ast, J.Jacob 17+7reb+1ast, T.Fujie 15+2reb+1ast, T.Mito 11+8reb+3ast, A.Garcia 2+7reb+2ast
Shinshu BW: J.Green 22+12reb+1ast, E.Morris 18+8reb+1ast, M.Fey 14+3reb, S.Yosuke 13+3reb+4ast, E.Walton 4+2reb, T.Utsunomiya 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 200951


Akita NH - Tokyo Cinq R. 75-82

There was an upset when higher ranked Akita Happinets (26-26) were defeated at home by ninth ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (18-34) 82-75 on Sunday. Tokyo Cinq R. made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Tokyo Cinq R. outrebounded Akita Happinets 47-32 including 35 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Cohey Aoki (167-80) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists. The former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) produced 19 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists and American forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tokyo Cinq R. moved-up to eighth place. Loser Akita Happinets keep the fifth position with 26 games lost.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Cinq R.: R.Woods 29+12reb+3ast, C.Aoki 18+3reb+5ast, J.Carter 11+15reb, C.Sasaki 11+2reb+4ast, A.Inoue 9+6reb+2ast, J.Jones 2+7reb+1ast
Akita NH: D.Harris 19+5reb+4ast, Y.Togashi 19+7reb+9ast, M.Brown 15+8reb+7ast, S.Taguchi 11+4reb+1ast, M.Anderson 6+4reb, K.Shoji 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 200949


Fukuoka Rizing - Iwate Big Bulls 85-81

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Fukuoka. Third ranked Fukuoka Rizing faced one of their biggest challengers Iwate Big Bulls. Host Fukuoka Rizing (34-18) defeated guests from Iwate (34-18) 85-81. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Iwate Big Bulls. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-15. But Iwate Big Bulls won third quarter 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fukuoka Rizing made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. American forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle) replied with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Iwate Big Bulls. Four Fukuoka Rizing and five Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. Iwate Big Bulls' coach Dai Oketani rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Iwate Big Bulls.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Peppers 20+8reb+4ast, R.Warren 17+10reb+1ast, J.Ashby 14+8reb+5ast, J.Nakanishi 13+2reb+4ast, S.Ishitani 9+1reb+1ast, M.Kano 5+1reb
Iwate Big Bulls: D.Sneed 16+8reb+1ast, R.Okosa 14+8reb+4ast, K.Takahashi 14+3ast, L.Blackledge 10+7reb, T.Masato 10+5reb+6ast, C.Dixon 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200957


Osaka Evessa - Okinawa GK 78-91

Leader Okinawa GK recorded the 42th victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Osaka Evessa (22-30) 91-78. The game was mostly controlled by Okinawa GK. Osaka Evessa was better in second period 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okinawa GK players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The winners were led by American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) who scored that evening 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Narito Namizato (172-89) supported him with 16 points and 7 assists. Even a double-double of 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists by American power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) did not help to save the game for Osaka Evessa. His fellow American import forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) added 6 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Five Okinawa GK and four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Okinawa GK (42-10) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Osaka Evessa lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 30 games lost.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: A.McHenry 23+8reb+6ast, N.Kosuge 16+2ast, N.Namizato 16+4reb+7ast, M.Yamauchi 15+2reb+3ast, D.Larkai 11+11reb, T.Woodbury 6+6reb+2ast
Osaka Evessa: R.Rickert 17+12reb+4ast, N.Walkup 13+2reb+2ast, D.Lathan 11+3reb+2ast, S.Konno 10+4reb+3ast, M.Bell 6+10reb+4ast, S.Watanuki 6+3ast
gschID: 200956


Shiga L-Stars - Shimane SM 91-75

The most important game in the last round took place in Shiga between second ranked Shimane Magic (33-19) and fourth ranked Shiga L-Stars (32-20) on Sunday night. Shimane Magic was defeated by Shiga L-Stars on the road 91-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shimane Magic. The game without a history. Shiga L-Stars led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Shimane Magic to just 7 points in second quarter. Shiga L-Stars looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) who scored 25 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward Shelton Colwell (202-80, college: Missouri St.) chipped in 22 points and 9 rebounds. American center Jeral Davis (216-84) produced 21 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Edward Yamamoto (173-86) added 13 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shiga L-Stars maintains fourth position with 32-20 record. Shimane Magic at the other side dropped to the third place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: D.Gomez Camargo 25+8reb+1ast, S.Colwell 22+9reb+2ast, T.Fujiwara 17+1reb+4ast, J.Nakama 11+2reb+4ast, B.Yokoe 9+4reb+6ast, D.Terashita 4+3reb+1ast
Shimane SM: J.Davis 21+9reb+1ast, B.Puckett 17+3reb, E.Yamamoto 13+2reb+6ast, T.Yokoo 10+3reb+2ast, B.Freeman 9+1ast, M.Parker 3+8reb+2ast
gschID: 200955


Hamamatsu P. - Kyoto Hannar. 80-71

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Mikawa where sixth ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (28-24) beat 5th ranked Kyoto Hannar. (29-23) 80-71 on Sunday. The game without a history. Hamamatsu Phoenix led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Oishi Shinnosuke (174-87) chipped in 22 points. Four Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Yu Okada (184-83) added 14 points and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Hamamatsu Phoenix maintains sixth position with 28-24 record. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the fifth place with 23 games lost.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: O.Shinnosuke 22+3reb+3ast, A.Ohta 16+7reb+3ast, K.Galloway 14+13reb+7ast, M.Ohguchi 14+2reb+1ast, E.Fuqua 9+5reb+2ast, Y.Shiina 3+1ast
Kyoto Hannar.: L.Pomare 19+10reb+4ast, Y.Okada 14+2reb+7ast, D.Palmer 12+5reb, M.Kataoka 9+2reb+5ast, M.Cousin 6+10reb+1ast, K.Setoyama 4+1ast
gschID: 200954



Japanese BJ League round 55 best performance: Ira Brown - by Eurobasket News

American forward Ira Brown (193-F-82, agency: SDJ Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for Toyama Grouses, receiving a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 55.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Shinshu BW (#8, 17-34) with 17-point margin 89-72. Toyama Grouses maintains the 4th position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Toyama Grouses will need more victories to improve their 34-17 record. It's Brown's second year at Toyama Grouses and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Gonzaga University star has very solid stats this year. Brown is in league's top in points (8th best: 16.4ppg) and averages impressive 1.2bpg,2.0spg and 56.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Joe Werner (201-C-84) of Chiba Jets. Werner had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 21 rebounds. Bad luck as Chiba Jets was edged by the lower-ranked Gunma (#11, 14-37) 83-80. Chiba Jets managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 25-26 record. Werner is a newcomer at Chiba Jets, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.8ppg (#7). He also registered 11.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Jeral Davis (216-C-84) of league's second-best Shimane SM. Davis scored 23 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Shimane SM, leading his team to a 82-75 win against #4 ranked Shiga L-Stars in a game of the week. Shimane SM needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 33 victories and 18 lost games. Davis has a very solid season. In 51 games in Japan he scored 14.0ppg. He also has 7.7rpg, 3.6bpg and FGP: 51.9%. Davis attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86) of Kyoto Hannar. - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Masayuki Kabaya (183-G/F-82) of Yokohama BC - 39 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Thomas Kennedy (201-F-87) of Yokohama BC - 37 points and 9 rebounds
7. Sam Willard (205-F-88) of Sendai 89ers - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Shimane SM - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. John Humphrey (188-G/F-80) of Saitama Bron. - 35 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Dzaflo Larkai (203-F/C-81) of Okinawa GK - 13 points and 15 rebounds

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



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  KOSOVO   


Sigal Prishtina wins Kosovan Cup after three years - by Dren Shporta

Sigal Prishtina has won the Kosovan Cup, after three years, beating Peja in final 55-54.

Sigal Prishtina players have showed some great defence during the final match of Kosovan Cup, to beat yellow team of Peja.

The team coached from turkish coach, Ahmet Kandemir , has returned the cup to the capital after three years. Akida McLain scored 17 points in the night for Cup Winners while Granit Rugova and Julian Terrell added 9 points each.

On the other side was Cyri Aweres night, who scored 19 points and made 7 rebounds, but it was not enough for Rudolf Jugos team to win the final.

Peja was leading after first quarter 20-23, while in second quarter Sigal Prishtina took the advatage in result 38-34. They kept the same differece after third quarter 51-47, to score only four points in the last quarter which was enough to stop Peja - while defence was working.



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 27-4 
 2. Sagesse 24-7 
 3. Moutahed 23-9 
 4. Champville 20-12 
 5. Amchit 15-16 
 6. Byblos 14-17 
 7. Hoops 9-23 
 8. Bejjeh 8-24 
 9. Anibal 2-16 
 10. Antranik 2-16 

Second Stage: Round 14

Apr. 27: Moutahed - Hoops 93-72
Apr. 28: Bejjeh - Champville 83-117
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. Perry, Hoops22.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Fraser, Byblos17.3 
 2. Ampim, Antranik12.0 
 3. Woods, Al Riyadi11.5 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.11.0 
 5. Hill, Amchit10.8 
 6. Jamison, Bejjeh10.6 
 7. Perry, Hoops9.8 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi9.1 
 9. Salyers, Moutahed8.9 
 10. Khazzouh, 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. Youngblood, Byblos5.1 
 8. Fahed, Moutahed5.1 
 9. Khatib, Champville5.1 
 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. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 8. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 9. Fahed, Moutahed1.6 
 10. Fakhreddine, Hoo.1.4 
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 


Signing of the Decade ? - by Elie Khoury

After being the first Club to invest a tremendous amount on signing Marcus Hailsip Last year, and in what it was considered the signing of the Decade, Champville is Currently working on a new signing that and without any doubt will be considered the Most unexpected and biggest signing of the Lebanese basketball History .
According to our Sources, Champville is finalizing a deal that should be exposed into public Today when done.

On the other hand, and according to a source very close to champville management, the club won't release Nikoloz Tskitishvili and will keep all three imports.

Will this move bring champville closer to a Repeat ? it's a matter of time before knowing the answer.

We will be writing with full details about this signing as soon as it's official.



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  LUXEMBOURG   

Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Mychal GREEN
  Soleuvre
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Green, Soleuvre26.3 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.24.7 
 3. Schumacher, T7124.2 
 4. Kennedy, Residence23.7 
 5. Bryant, Black Star22.8 
 6. Tapscott, Soleuvre22.8 
 7. Frazier, Contern21.9 
 8. Ulin, Sparta21.7 
 9. Smith, Sparta20.2 
 10. Simpson, Etzella19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony SIMPSON
  Etzella
  (203-C/F-87)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Simpson, Etzella14.2 
 2. Powell, Contern13.4 
 3. Sharry, T7112.6 
 4. McDaniel, Black S.11.5 
 5. Gary, Musel Pikes10.8 
 6. Tapscott, Soleuvre10.8 
 7. Frazier, Contern10.1 
 8. Kennedy, Residence9.9 
 9. Wurtz, Musel Pikes9.8 
 10. Stephens, T719.7 
Assists Per Game
 Kasey ULIN
  Sparta
  (181-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ulin, Sparta5.3 
 2. Schumacher, T714.6 
 3. Bryant, Black Star4.4 
 4. Green, Soleuvre3.8 
 5. Schartz, Amicale3.8 
 6. Biever, Residence3.6 
 7. Koster, Residence3.5 
 8. Ruffato, T713.4 
 9. Schwartz, Musel P.3.4 
 10. Scott, Residence3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Contern
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jones, Contern2.5 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.2.3 
 3. Kennedy, Residence2.2 
 4. Green, Soleuvre1.8 
 5. Schumacher, T711.8 
 6. Simpson, Etzella1.7 
 7. Bryant, Black Star1.7 
 8. Smith, Sparta1.6 
 9. Delgado, Etzella1.6 
 10. Koster, Residence1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Chehales TAPSCOTT
  Soleuvre
  (195-F-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Tapscott, Soleuvre1.7 
 2. Sharry, T711.4 
 3. Gary, Musel Pikes1.3 
 4. Powell, Contern0.9 
 5. Golson, Amicale0.9 
 6. Simpson, Etzella0.9 
 7. McDaniel, Black S.0.9 
 8. Frazier, Contern0.8 
 9. Hoffmann, Sparta0.8 
 10. Fisher, Amicale0.8 


T71 Dudelange clinch the title - by Eurobasket News

T71 Dudelange - Amicale 91:88

T71 Dudelange are the Diekirch League champions. They handed the second straight defeat to Amicale in the title series to bag the trophy. Tom Schumacher (190-PG-87, college: Cal.Baptist) stepped up with 33 points, 6 boards and 4 assists to lead the winners.
T71 dominated in the first quarter. Their aggressive offence helped them to 26 points as they gained an 8-point lead. Amicale turned things around in the second stanza. They reacted with a 29-point effort to level things up at 47. T71 were back in control in the third stanza. They accumulated an 8-point advantage before the fourth quarter. However Amicale were not done just yet. They rushed back to narrow the gap in the dying minutes. Tom Schumacher stepped up for T71 in the crucial moments sinking 4/4 free throws and sealing the winning outcome at the end. Denell Stephens (190-F/G-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Slippery Rock) finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Gilles Ruffato (181-PG-85) and Frank Muller (194-F/C-88, college: Cuesta JC) chipped in 12 points each for the winners. Reggie Golson (201-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: SE Missouri St.) answered with 26 points for Amicale. Eric Jeitz (191-G-86) netted 19 points in the loss.

T71 Dudelange: Tom Schumacher 33, Denell Stephens 22+12 boards, Gilles Ruffato 12, Frank Muller 12
Amicale: Reggie Golson 26, Eric Jeitz 19



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  MEXICO   


Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 16 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Bahamas Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74) had an amazing evening in the last round for Nogales and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 38-year old power forward had the game-high 26 points adding four rebounds for Nogales in his team's victory, helping them to beat Obregon (#4, 6-8) 78-66. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Nogales maintains the 3rd position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Nogales 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 7-7 record. Moss just recently signed at Nogales, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of Arkansas at Little Rock graduate has very impressive stats this year. Moss. Moss is in league's top in points (4th best: 21.7ppg) and averages solid 1.8bpg and 66.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 36-year old American forward James Penny (198-F-76) of Tijuana. Penny impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Tijuana lost that game 96-102 to the higher-ranked Guaymas (#1, 12-2). Tijuana are still at the very bottom. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-9 record. Penny is one of the most experienced players at Tijuana and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Jose Farrera (205-C/F-85) of Guasave (#7). Farrera got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds . Despite Farrera's great performance Guasave lost 87-91 to slightly higher-ranked Cananea (#5, 6-8). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Guasave not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 9 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Farrera could try to bring Guasave's a little bit higher in the standings. Farrera has a very solid season. In 13 games in Mexico he scored 13.8ppg. He also has 5.3rpg and FGP: 60.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Myron Allen (182-PG-79) of Guaymas - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 12 assists
5. Damond Williams (197-G-80) of Cananea - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of Guaymas - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Duke Crews (203-F-88) of Guasave - 14 points and 15 rebounds
8. Elvis Medina (183-PG-84) of Tijuana - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Michael Strobbe (201-F-85) of Nogales - 17 points and 8 rebounds
10. Rene Rougeau (198-G/F-86) of Cananea - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 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)



Ayon's Bucks get swept by the Miami Heat - by Carlos Chapa

Gustavo Ayon's Milwaukee Bucks lost its first round series against contender Miami Heat, ending game 4 with a 88-77 loss.

Ayon finished his first NBA playoffs appearance with very few minutes, standing fourth on Milwaukee's depth chart behind Larry Sanders, Ekpe Udoh and Samuel Dalembert.

Ayon's future in the NBA is at stake, as the mexican F/C has publicly stated his desire to seek an oportunity overseas searching a team that would give him more minutes on the court, the Milwaukee Bucks have a 1.5 million dollars team option for next year if they decide to retain Ayon for another season.

This are Gustavo Ayon's first round stats: 4 games, 2.0 mpg, 1.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg, 50 FG%.




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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Anthony, New Y.28.9 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.3 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.3 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.7 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.0 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Curry, Golden S.23.1 
 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. Randolph, Memph.11.1 
 6. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.1 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.11.0 
 8. Chandler, New Y.10.4 
 9. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.5 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.0 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.0 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.7 
 6. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 7. Parker, San A.7.5 
 8. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 9. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
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.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 7. Young, Philadelph..1.8 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 9. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 10. Iguodala, Denver1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.7 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.6 
 4. Duncan, San A.2.5 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Davis, N.Orleans H.1.8 
 10. Bogut, Golden S.1.8 


Spurs and Heat with clean sweeps, Warriors and Celtics add wins - by Eurobasket News

Golden St.W. - Denver N. 115-101
The Denver Nuggets head home not feeling too good. It appears they're suffering from Steph infection. Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) completely took over the game in third quarter Sunday, scoring 22 points during a Warriors' run that turned a close game into a spectacle. Golden State went on to a comfortable 115-101 win over Denver in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series. Curry finished with 31 points and seven assists in what looked more like a video game performance. His historic effort gave command of the series to the Warriors. They are now a win away from upsetting the No. 3 seed and advancing to the second round to take on No. 2 San Antonio. Curry is averaging 27.3 points and 10 assists in 38.7 minutes in the series. After knocking down six 3-pointers Sunday, he is 18 of 38 from deep (47.4) percent. Curry, who sprained his ankle in Game 2 and still was feeling the effects in Game 3, didn't look himself most of the game. He told TNT he received a painkilling injection before the game but it wasn't working. Fortunately for Golden State, center Andrew Bogut (7'0''-C-84, college: Utah) had it going early. His inside presence set the tone in the first quarter. After taking eight total shots in Games 1 and 2, Bogut took six shots in the first quarter Sunday. With Denver trapping the guards, Bogut at the free throw line area was the outlet. It led to two dunks, including his revenge against Javale McGee (7'0''-C-88, college: Nevada). Curry, trapped on he right, hit Bogut in the middle. Spotting McGee waiting at the rim, Bogut charged in and threw it down with one hand over McGee, sending Oracle into a frenzy. McGee made a YouTube highlight out of Bogut in Game 1. That was no doubt on Bogut's mind as he stared and screamed at McGee. By the time the first quarter ended, Bogut had eight points on 4-of-6 shooting, topping his output from Game 3. His mojo continued into the second quarter. He threw down another driving dunk to put the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) celebrates during their game against the Denver Nuggets in the third quarter of Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series on Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) ( Jose Carlos Fajardo ) Warriors up 33-26 with 9:05 left in the first half. Golden State's lead was down to a point inside of four minutes after Denver guard Andre Miller led a 7-0 Nuggets run. He scored five points and assisted on a layup by Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, trimming the Warriors' advantage to 45-44 with 3:36 left in the second quarter. But the Warriors put together a rally to close the second quarter. Denver didn't score another point as the swarming Warriors defense forced six turnovers in the final three minutes of the half. After a Thompson pull-up and a Jarrett Jack layup, Curry drilled a 3-pointer to push the lead to 52-44. Jack followed with a pair of free throws, and Carl Landry sent the Warriors into the locker room up 56-44 with a jumper over Anthony Randolph. The Warriors pushed the lead to 15 early in the third quarter when Klay Thompson opened the second half with a 3-pointer. But the turnover bug hit the Warriors, allowing Denver back in the game. The Nuggets ripped off a 12-2 run over the next two minutes. It looked as if a Jack pull-up had stopped the run, but Denver kept coming as Ty Lawson heated up. He scored four straight baskets and assisted on one to cut the Warriors' lead as low as four. It was a ballgame again and headed for another nail-biting finish. Then Curry took over. At the 4:22 mark, he nailed a 3-pointer to put the Warriors up 74-65. After Andre Iguodala split a pair of free throws, Curry drove the lane and scooped in a high-arching finger roll. About a minute later, it was clear he was getting warm when he easily drilled a step-back jumper of Miller. It was evident he was hot when he drilled a 3-pointer from Antioch at the 1:54 mark, putting the Warriors up 82-71. The Warriors got the ball back after an offensive foul by Denver forward Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F/G-87, college: De Paul). And Curry dropped in a runner. He then stripped Lawson on the defensive end and hurried up court in transition. He was losing control of his dribble and had two Nuggets on him. So Curry pulled up for another 3-pointer. Splash. The Warriors led 88-71. He capped the 25-10 third quarter run by swishing a wide-open 3 from the left corner in front of the Nuggets bench. Courtesy of: mercurynews.com

LA Lakers - San Antonio S. 82-103
Well, we don't have the Los Angeles Lakers to kick around anymore. Wait. Actually we do. The Lakers' off-season could be as intriguing and challenging as their 2012-13 season was disappointing and dysfunctional. That season ended with a thud Sunday in a 103-82 loss to the San Antonio Spurs that was strange for innumerable reasons - from the odd 4 p.m. PT starting time to the nearly unrecognizable three-guard lineup the Lakers often deployed to the early exit of Lakers center Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85), who was ejected after drawing his second technical foul with 9:51 left in the third quarter and the Lakers trailing 55-34. Even before tipoff, there was a palpable aura of surrender in Staples Center. The Lakers knew their was no way this makeshift, injury-depleted roster could beat the disciplined, veteran Spurs, and the unsurprising result completed the four-game sweep of this first-round series. Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) finished with 23 points for the balanced Spurs, who had five players in double figures and five more who scored. Seldom-used center DeJuan Blair (6'7''-F/C-89, college: Pittsburgh), playing more because of Tiago Splitter's absence, had 13 points and five rebounds in 19 minutes. How long ago was the only previous time the Lakers made the playoffs but failed to win a single game? Well, long enough ago that the opponent that swept them 3-0 was known as the San Francisco Warriors, whose leading scorer was a 22-year-old forward named Rick Barry. The year was 1967. The Lakers have won 11 championships since then, and before this season they were given a decent chance of winning another one given the additions of Howard and Steve Nash to form a supposedly formidable Big Four along with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. But the Lakers began the season with a lackluster 99-91 home loss to the Dallas Mavericks and then careened through a series of dramas and debacles. That included the firing of coach Mike Brown and the hiring of Mike D'Antoni, confusion on offense, an alarming ineffectiveness on defense and injuries to nearly everyone, the big blow coming in the third-to-last regular season game when Bryant tore his left Achilles tendon. Now it's over, and trying to guard Parker and Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) might seem easy compared to coming up with the answers to questions that will face the Lakers in the coming months. Will Howard, who had back surgery at the end of last season and was not the dominant player the Lakers thought they were getting, want to return? He is a free agent. Will Bryant, who had a great season but will be 35 in August, still be an elite player after suffering such a serious injury? Are Nash, 39 and often injured this season, and Metta World Peace still part of the answer? Has Gasol, subject of repeated trade rumors, played his last game with the Lakers? At least they have some time to figure it all out. It's still April, and they're done playing. Courtesy of: usatoday.com

Milwaukee B. - Miami Heat 77-88
LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) can cross another item off his to-do list. James scored 30 points, Ray Allen had another big game against his old team and the Miami Heat got their first playoff sweep in the Big Three era, advancing to the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals with an 88-77 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. 'It was our next big step as far as our growth,' James said. 'It's so hard to win on the road in the playoffs, in someone's building - especially when someone is playing for their last life. It's a big step for us.' And now the Heat have some much-needed time to rest. Dwyane Wade sat out Sunday's game, only the second post-season game he's missed in his career, because of his aching right knee. But with Miami not playing until next Saturday, at the earliest, he'll have plenty of time to treat the three bone bruises that caused him to miss six games near the end of the regular season. Miami plays the winner of the Brooklyn-Chicago series. The Bulls lead that series 3-1, with Game 5 on Monday night in New York. 'It's big,' Wade said of the time off. 'Obviously, we're one of the oldest teams in the league, maybe the oldest team in terms of rotation players. Guys have some bumps and bruises coming out of this series, so it's going to be great to get some rest. But also we have to take this time to continue to stay sharp, to continue to stay in shape as well.' Judging by the clinical way in which the Heat dissected the Bucks in this series, that isn't likely to be a problem. The defending NBA champions won each game by double digits, getting contributions from their stars and subs alike. Allen finished with 16 points, the third time in the series he scored in double figures, and was 4 of 7 from three-point range. Udonis Haslem (6'8''-F-80, college: Florida) added 13 points and five rebounds, and Mario Chalmers (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kansas) kicked in eight rebounds and six assists for Miami, which never trailed Sunday. 'They had the whole package,' Bucks coach Jim Boylan said. 'When you can afford to sit guy like Dwyane Wade and perform at the level they performed at, that's a championship-calibre team.' Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) led the Bucks with 21 points, and Larry Sanders had 11 rebounds to go with seven points. But Milwaukee got almost nothing again from Brandon Jennings, who didn't even play in the fourth quarter. Jennings, who had guaranteed the Bucks would win the series in six games, finished with three points on 1-of-7 shooting. After scoring 26 points in Game 1, Jennings had 27 total in the final three. 'Frustrated, a little down because I came into this season with so much confidence,' he said. 'I thought we had a chance to steal a game in Game 1, Game 2. We let that slip away from us. Game 3, we came back home. Had a 10-point lead, lost that. I mean it's frustration all around.' The Heat had chances to sweep their first-round series in each of the last two seasons, taking 3-0 leads on Philadelphia (2011) and New York (2012). But they couldn't close it out, losing Game 4 each year. That wasn't going to happen against the Bucks. Even with Wade reduced to a spectator. Wade got treatment 'around the clock' the last two days in hopes of playing Sunday, and he tested his knee before the game. But he and the Heat decided it wasn't worth risking aggravating the injury further, and he spent the entire game on the bench in his warm-ups. 'He gave me the nod saying he wasn't going to go, so I knew had to pick it up a little more and try to bring us home, bring this win home for us,' James said. That he did, adding eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals to his 30 points. 'We just space the floor and see if they can stop him. If not, he knows where we are,' Allen said. 'We just give him that room to operate.' The Heat led by as many as 11 in the first half, only to see the Bucks steadily chip away at the lead. When Mike Jr. Dunleavy (6'9''-G/F-80, college: Duke) drained a three and Ellis scored on a floater, it cut Miami's lead to 69-67 with 9:34 to play. Ellis was fouled by Allen on the play, but he missed the free throw and James grabbed the rebound. He fed Allen, who knocked down - what else, a three. J.J. Redick missed a long trey and James found an open Chalmers for another three that gave the Heat a 75-67 lead with 8:27 left. The trey was Chalmers' 80th in the post-season, tying Tim Hardaway's franchise record. After Luc Richard Mbah a Moute made the second of two free throws, James scored on a layup. Redick made a jumper, but Shane Battier and Allen closed out the Bucks with a pair of 3s. James then converted a three-point play and added a layup to complete the 19-5 run - a spurt in which he had a hand in every single Miami score. 'At some point during that stretch right there, he decided he was going to put his imprint on the game and he did. In a big way,' Boylan said. 'When you're a superstar player like he is, that's what superstar players do.' Courtesy of: thespec.com

Boston C. - New York K. 97-90 OT
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) was determined to make this game his own and put away Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76) and Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) once and for all. But something funny happened on the way to Melo earning his first career playoff sweep. The more Anthony shot, the more he missed and whether you want to call it a glimmer of hope or a last stand by a couple of aging legends, the Boston Celtics are alive for at least one more game. 'I was trying to win the basketball game,' Anthony said following the Celtics' dramatic 97-90 overtime victory on Sunday. 'It would have been a great feeling to close it out in Boston.' Instead, the Knicks are hosting Game 5 on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, but they will also have J.R. Smith back in uniform after the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year served his one-game suspension on Sunday for elbowing Jason Terry (6'2''-PG-77, college: Arizona) in Game 3. Obviously, Smith didn't do enough damage since Terry, who won a title in Dallas with Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler two years ago, scored nine of his 18 points in overtime, including a pull-up 3-pointer that gave the Celtics the lead for good with 92 seconds left. 'He's a fighter,' Kidd said of Terry. 'He's not a guy that is going to give up. I've seen it up close.' The Celtics are a team that is short on talent but has an abundance of pride, starting with Garnett and Pierce, who each scored a basket in overtime to help avoid the sweep. Garnett finished with 13 points, 17 rebounds and six assists while Pierce, who misfired on a jumper at the end of regulation, scored 29 points with eight rebounds, six assists and six turnovers. 'I already called my friends in New York yesterday,' Pierce said afterward, 'telling them I'd be there for dinner.' No NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit and the odds of the Celtics forcing a Game 6 are slim. But on Sunday they showed a lot of character in the fourth quarter and overtime, after blowing a 20-point second-half lead and falling behind 84-82 when Raymond Felton (6'1''-PG-84, college: N.Carolina) hit a jumper with 1:18 remaining in regulation. Garnett answered with a game-tying jumper and the Celtics never trailed again. In fact, over 53 minutes of basketball the Knicks held a lead for 11 seconds. 'Those guys are a bunch of fighters that don't quit,' Kidd said. 'They're going to continue to keep playing until it's over. We knew that coming into the series.' There was plenty of fight in the Knicks as well, especially after they fell behind 59-39 early in the third quarter. But with Garnett, Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) and Brandon Bass each with four fouls, Felton rallied the team. Over the final 3:55 of the period - and with Anthony on the bench - Felton scored 10 points during a 14-3 Knicks run. When Felton hit a pull-up three at the third-quarter buzzer, the Knicks trailed only 68-65 and the momentum had shifted. But Anthony was betrayed by his jump shot. He got to the line plenty, making 16 of 20 free throws compared to 24 attempts for the entire Celtics team. Overall, Anthony scored 36 points but needed 35 shots to do so. He made just 10 and missed several pull-ups that he normally makes. 'I missed him out there,' Anthony said of Smith, the Knicks' second leading scorer. 'But J.R. being out there doesn't change the way I shoot the basketball. They weren't falling today. My mother always said there'll be days like this.'' Anthony was 3-for-10 in the fourth and 1-for-4 in OT, with his lone field goal coming right after Terry broke a tie with a transition three. Terry's fadeaway from the corner made it 93-90 and Terry sealed it from the foul line after Anthony failed to make a potential game-tying three with 20 seconds left. 'You're going to live and die with your go-to-guy,' said Felton, who scored 27 points on 10-for-21 shooting. 'When the game is on the line you're going to give the ball to No. 7. We've been doing that all year, there is no reason to change now.' Without Smith, the Knicks' bench scored seven points. Boston's reserves scored 22. Terry, coming back from the flagrant elbow, rose to his feet and fought back on Sunday, like the rest of his teammates. The Knicks shot just 34% but stayed close by grabbing 16 offensive rebounds and winning the battle of the boards 54-40. They remain one elusive victory from winning their first playoff series since 2000 and Wednesday they'll have the chance to end it in front of their own fans. 'We knew that they were going to fight for their life, which they did today,' Anthony said. 'We look forward to bringing this game back home to the Garden. The Garden will be rocking. We'll be prepared for that.' Courtesy of: nydailynews.com



Adin Vrabac declares himself for the NBA draft! - by Chris Mathieu


Adin Vrabac (202-G/F-94) declares himself for the NBA draft! According to his agent Alex Raskovic he will declare himself for the 2013 draft. Vrabac has been a member of the Senior Bosnian National Team and has a unique skill set. He also has been invited to the Treviso NBA camp this summer as the youngest player in camp.
Vrabac has been linked to some of the best clubs in Europe including Brose Basket which plays in the Euroleague. Its an interesting rumor considering his physical and skill similarities to Bostjan Nachbar who plays on the same team.
Vrabac stand 202cm and is a surprising athlete who can handle the ball, finish at the rim, handle the ball and score in a variety of ways. He has yet to learn to assert himself to takeover games but that should come with experience and coaching.
He is one of the young generations of talented players from Bosnia, what I call the platinum generation for Bosnia. He has been a leader of his KK SPARS team from Sarajevo that has been gaining worldwide attention for the meteoric rise to the top of Europe



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  NEW ZEALAND   

Standings Men

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Apr. 27: Taranaki MA - Nelson G. 90-91
Apr. 25: Hub Jets - Super City R. 87-86
Apr. 28: Super City R. - OceanaGold N. 81-96
Apr. 26: Waikato P. - Nelson G. 78-93
Apr. 28: Southland S. - Wellington S. 75-83
Apr. 27: HBS Bank Hawks - OceanaGold N. 74-81
Apr. 26: Wellington S. - Taranaki MA 100-89

Regular Season: Round 3

May. 4: Hub Jets - Wellington S.
May. 4: Southland S. - Nelson G.
May. 4: Taranaki MA - HBS Bank Hawks
May. 5: OceanaGold N. - Nelson G.
May. 5: Super City R. - Taranaki MA


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Josh PACE
  Nelson G.
  (196-G/F-83)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Pace, Nelson G.25.3 
 2. Anthony, OceanaGo.23.7 
 3. Tait, Wellington S.21.0 
 4. Wright, OceanaGo.20.0 
 5. Greene, HBS B.19.0 
 6. Maxey, Nelson G.18.7 
 7. McLean, Hub Jets18.3 
 8. Buck, Super City R.17.8 
 9. Tisby, OceanaGo.17.0 
 10. Conklin, Southlan.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Hub Jets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 13
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets13.0 
 2. Maxey, Nelson G.10.3 
 3. Boucher, Wellingt.9.7 
 4. Pace, Nelson G.9.3 
 5. Conklin, Southland9.3 
 6. Bailey, Super C.8.8 
 7. Tisby, OceanaGo.8.3 
 8. Greene, HBS B.8.0 
 9. Wright, OceanaGo.7.3 
 10. Salt, Super City7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington S.
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Tait, Wellington S.6.3 
 2. Hagan, Hub Jets6.3 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.6.0 
 4. Frank, Wellington5.0 
 5. Buck, Super City R.5.0 
 6. Martin, Southlan.3.7 
 7. Braswell, Southlan.3.7 
 8. Jones, Nelson G.3.0 
 9. Pace, Nelson G.3.0 
 10. Polyblank, Oceana.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin BRASWELL
  Southlan.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Braswell, Southlan.5.0 
 2. Hagan, Hub Jets4.0 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.3.7 
 4. Boucher, Wellingt.3.7 
 5. Greene, HBS B.2.3 
 6. Ruscoe, Nelson G.2.3 
 7. Burton, HBS B.1.7 
 8. Anthony, OceanaGo.1.7 
 9. Conklin, Southland1.7 
 10. Ili, Super City R.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Antoine TISBY
  OceanaGo.
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Tisby, OceanaGo.3.3 
 2. Frank, Wellington2.0 
 3. Dawson, Southlan.1.7 
 4. Greene, HBS B.1.3 
 5. Maxey, Nelson G.1.3 
 6. Horvath, Hub Jets1.3 
 7. Wright, OceanaGo.1.0 
 8. Bolstad, Super C.1.0 
 9. Tait, Wellington S.1.0 
 10. Salt, Super City0.8 


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

29-year old swingman Josh Pace (196-G/F-83, agency: Dynasty Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Nelson G. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Taranaki MA (#8, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 91-90. Nelson G. maintains the 2nd position in New Zealand league. The season is still on an early stage, but Nelson G. already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Pace just recently signed at Nelson G., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Syracuse University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Pace is league's best scorer averaging so far 25.3ppg. Pace is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.3rpg), assists (9th best: 3.0apg) and averages solid 64.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Zack Atkinson (206-F/C-86) of Waikato P.. He is American forward in his first season at Waikato P.. In the last game Atkinson recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 22 rebounds. Bad luck as Waikato P. lost that game 78-93 to Nelson G. (3-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Atkinson is one of the most experienced players at Waikato P. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Nelson G.'s star - forward Erron Maxey (198-F-78). Maxey showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Nelson G., helping his team with a 93-78 easy win against Waikato P. (#7, 0-2). Nelson G. started extremely well this year. They recorded 3 victories without losing a single game. Maxey turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Maxey has a great season in New Zealand. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.7ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 10.3rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brian Conklin (198-F-89) of Southland S. - 25 points and 11 rebounds
5. Antoine Tisby (203-F/C-83) of OceanaGold N. - 25 points and 10 rebounds
6. Casey Frank (203-F-77) of Wellington S. - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Josh Pace (196-G/F-83) of Nelson G. - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Bryant Markson (198-F-83) of Wellington S. - 20 points and 12 rebounds
9. Lindsay Tait (190-G-82) of Wellington S. - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Casey Frank (203-F-77) of Wellington S. - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 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)



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  PHILIPPINES   

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Dawson, Meralco29.6 
 2. Bowles, San M.24.7 
 3. Dunigan, Air21 E.23.9 
 4. Macklin, Barang.23.4 
 5. Sundov, Rain o.22.1 
 6. David, Global Port21.9 
 7. Dozier, Alaska Aces21.4 
 8. Brock, Guayama21.2 
 9. Canaleta, Air21 E.15.5 
 10. Castro, Talk N T.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert DOZIER
  Alaska Aces
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Dozier, Alaska Aces16.6 
 2. Brock, Guayama16.0 
 3. Dawson, Meralco16.0 
 4. Dunigan, Air21 E.15.4 
 5. Bowles, San M.14.7 
 6. Macklin, Barang.14.5 
 7. Sundov, Rain o.12.5 
 8. Abueva, Alaska Ac.9.0 
 9. Pingris, San M.7.4 
 10. Santos, Petron B.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Ross, Meralco9.2 
 2. Mercado, Global P.8.1 
 3. Casio, Alaska Aces5.5 
 4. Cabagnot, Petron5.2 
 5. Alapag, Talk N Te.5.0 
 6. Tenorio, Barang.4.9 
 7. Urbiztondo, Barang.4.8 
 8. Cortez, Air21 E.4.7 
 9. Lee, Rain or Shine4.2 
 10. Villanueva, Barak.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Dawson, Meralco3.1 
 2. Tenorio, Barang.2.1 
 3. Barroca, San M.1.9 
 4. Ross, Meralco1.8 
 5. Cortez, Air21 E.1.6 
 6. Brock, Guayama1.5 
 7. Norwood, Rain o.1.3 
 8. Urbiztondo, Barang.1.3 
 9. Arboleda, Air21 E.1.1 
 10. Lee, Rain or Shine1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert DOZIER
  Alaska Aces
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Dozier, Alaska Aces2.8 
 2. Dunigan, Air21 E.2.4 
 3. Bowles, San M.2.3 
 4. Dawson, Meralco1.9 
 5. Aguilar, Global Po.1.8 
 6. Brock, Guayama1.4 
 7. Macklin, Barang.1.1 
 8. Fajardo, Petron B.0.9 
 9. Devance, San M.0.9 
 10. Pennisi, Barako B.0.8 



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  POLAND   

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub DLONIAK
  Siarka J.
  (192-F-83)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Dloniak, Siarka J.20.1 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG19.6 
 3. McCauley, Polph.18.9 
 4. Wise, Rosa Radom17.3 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica15.5 
 6. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.4 
 7. Blassingame, Cibona14.5 
 8. Dylewicz, Trefl So.14.5 
 9. Rothbart, Start G.14.3 
 10. Carter, Polpharma14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicchaeus DOAKS
  Siarka J.
  (202-F-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Doaks, Siarka J.8.5 
 2. Adams, Rosa Radom8.2 
 3. Harris, AZS K.8.2 
 4. McCauley, Polph.7.8 
 5. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.7 
 6. Rothbart, Start G.7.5 
 7. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.3 
 8. Cel, PGE Turow7.1 
 9. Hrycaniuk, Valencia6.8 
 10. Walker, Kotwica6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Nic WISE
  Rosa Radom
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Wise, Rosa Radom7.3 
 2. Szubarga, Anwil5.9 
 3. Turner, Trefl Sopot5.5 
 4. Blassingame, Cibona5.4 
 5. Koszarek, Stelm.5.3 
 6. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.1 
 7. Jefferson, Kotwica4.7 
 8. Skibniewski, Inter3.7 
 9. Brandwein, Energa3.7 
 10. Carter, Polpharma3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.4 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.8 
 3. Jefferson, Kotwica1.8 
 4. Alexander, Siarka1.7 
 5. Robinson, PGE T.1.7 
 6. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 7. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 8. Wise, Rosa Radom1.5 
 9. Trice, Energa C.1.4 
 10. Koszarek, Stelm.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ty WALKER
  Kotwica
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Walker, Kotwica2.7 
 2. Gadri-N., Energa C.2.0 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.6 
 4. Kulig, PGE Turow1.4 
 5. Rothbart, Start G.1.1 
 6. Doaks, Siarka J.1.1 
 7. Harris, AZS K.1.1 
 8. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.1 
 9. Alexander, Siarka0.8 
 10. Mahalbasic, Assec.0.7 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Mateusz BIERWAGEN
  Astori.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bierwagen, Astori.18.0 
 2. Celej, Start Lublin17.5 
 3. Pacocha, AZS Radex16.6 
 4. Kikowski, Slask W.15.9 
 5. Dluski, AZS Kutno15.0 
 6. Kukielka, Polonia14.9 
 7. Szymanski, Znicz B.14.8 
 8. Lewandowski, SKK14.6 
 9. Wilczek, Start Lub.14.5 
 10. Brek, AZS Kutno14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Adam METELSKI
  AZS P.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Metelski, AZS P.12.1 
 2. Wilczek, Start Lub.11.0 
 3. Dluski, AZS Kutno9.2 
 4. Zurawski, Stal O.8.9 
 5. Mielczarek, AZS R.7.7 
 6. Hyzy, Slask W.7.5 
 7. Lisewski, P.Cuk.7.3 
 8. Szymanski, Znicz B.7.2 
 9. Luszczewski, Start6.8 
 10. Wyka, Polonia6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  Start Lublin
  (189-PG-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Wilczek, Start Lub.7.0 
 2. Grochowski, MKS D.6.0 
 3. Hybiak, AZS P.6.0 
 4. Laczynski, MOSiR K.5.7 
 5. Baran, Sokol Lanc.5.2 
 6. Basinski, SKK S.4.9 
 7. Lewandowski, Astor.4.9 
 8. Szumelda-K., Stal4.9 
 9. Pacocha, AZS Radex4.8 
 10. Brek, AZS Kutno4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Pawel HYBIAK
  AZS P.
  (173-PG-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hybiak, AZS P.2.5 
 2. Lewandowski, Astor.2.3 
 3. Basinski, SKK S.2.1 
 4. Wilczek, Start Lub.2.0 
 5. Grochowski, MKS D.2.0 
 6. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.9 
 7. Flieger, Slask W.1.9 
 8. Laczynski, MOSiR K.1.8 
 9. Zytko, P..1.8 
 10. Klima, Sokol Lanc.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dariusz WYKA
  Polonia
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Wyka, Polonia1.9 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.4 
 3. Lisewski, P.Cuk.1.4 
 4. Gabinski, Slask W.1.2 
 5. Fras, Astoria Bydg.1.1 
 6. Glabas, AZS Kutno1.1 
 7. Metelski, AZS P.1.1 
 8. Wrobel, UMKS K.1.0 
 9. Olejnik, Stal Ostr.1.0 
 10. Klima, Sokol Lanc.0.8 


2Liga Stats Leaders