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  AUSTRALIA   



Brad Robbins to return for Wildcats - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Perth Wildcats have today received clearance for Brad Robbins (186-PG-85) to make a fairy tale return to the side for the iiNet NBL Grand Final Series against the New Zealand Breakers.

Robbins retired in December following the overtime victory in Adelaide and he will replace injured co-captain Damian Martin, who was ruled out of the Grand Final Series following a partial tear to his Achilles tendon.

The 28-year-old has remained involved with the club in a mentoring capacity since he announced his retirement, and has also trained with the team in the hope of playing in the State Basketball League.

The call-up came as a shock but Robbins is looking forward to helping out his teammates following the injury to Martin.

'It's a surreal feeling and pretty hard to believe that it's going ahead, so it is certainly exciting to say the least,' he said.

'With Damian (Martin) going down there's going be added pressure on Rhys Carter, Everard Bartlett and Kevin Lisch, so if I can release any of that pressure for those guys then I think it's a win, and I think I can be another set of eyes and ears out there and be a leader on the court. I believe that makes a difference.'

Head coach Rob Beveridge believes Robbins can have an impact during the Grand Final Series.

'Brad Robbins has been the heart and soul of this club for a long time, and after a few months off is feeling fresh, but this is about mateship, he's doing this for Damo,' he said.

'Just the toughness that he brings, he can get on the court for a couple of minutes and completely deny somebody or make a special play. That's what he can do.'



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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Apr. 1: Muharraq - Sitra 83-64
Apr. 2: Samaheej - Nuwaidrat 64-68
Apr. 1: Al Najma - Al Manama 64-112
Apr. 2: Al Ittihad - Bahrain Club 62-48
Apr. 3: Hidd - Al Ahli
Apr. 3: Issa Town - Al Hala



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

Balkan League Standings
Group C
 1 Levski Sofia 10-3 
 2 Galil Gilboa 10-3 
 3 Rilski Sportist 7-6 
 4 Kumanovo 7-6 
 5 Teodo Tivat 5-8 
 6 Kavala 5-8 
Group D
 1 Kozuv 7-5 
 2 Djuro Djakovic 5-7 
 3 Mornar Bar 3-8 
 4 OKK Beograd 3-8 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 6

First Six

Apr. 4: Kavala - Kumanovo
Apr. 4: Teodo Tivat - Levski Sofia
Apr. 4: Galil Gilboa - Rilski Sportist

Last Four

Apr. 2: Kozuv - Djuro Djakovic 75-62
Apr. 3: OKK Beograd - Mornar Bar



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.18.5 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas18.1 
 3. Orelikas, Rudupis17.9 
 4. Raadik, Parnu17.4 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Par.15.1 
 6. Brown, Naglis P.14.6 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera14.5 
 8. Matulionis, Parnu14.4 
 9. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.14.3 
 10. Samenas, Siauliai14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Cain, Barons k.11.2 
 2. Raadik, Parnu10.8 
 3. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.9.3 
 4. Berzins, Valmiera7.9 
 5. Fall, Kalev/Cramo7.6 
 6. Zelionis, Barsy A.7.2 
 7. Varnelis, Juventus7.0 
 8. Chamberlain, Jelga.6.8 
 9. Matyukevych, Bars.6.7 
 10. Kuzminskas, Siaul.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.7 
 2. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.5 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas4.2 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tarvas4.0 
 5. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.9 
 6. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.8 
 7. Viskontas, Juvent.3.8 
 8. Artamonov, Siauliai3.5 
 9. Mockevicius, Nagli.3.4 
 10. Silavs, Jelgava3.4 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.5 
 2. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 3. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 4. Berzins, Valmiera1.9 
 5. Mizis, Jelgava1.8 
 6. Tamm, Tarvas1.8 
 7. Matulionis, Parnu1.8 
 8. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.8 
 9. Leppik, TU/Rock1.5 
 10. Babkauskas, Liet.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.1 
 2. Petrukonis, Juven.1.8 
 3. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.7 
 4. Rozitis, Barons k.1.4 
 5. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 6. Chamberlain, Jelga.1.0 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.1.0 
 8. Cain, Barons k.0.9 
 9. Valeika, Rudupis0.9 
 10. Ramasauskas, Sak.0.8 


Round 1 of Finals. Ventspils close on the title - by Eurobasket News

FINAL

Rudupis - Ventspils 69-91

Ventspils made a huge step towards the crown after they knocked down Rudupis in Prienai. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. Rudupis was better in third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ventspils shot 64.7 percent from the field. Ventspils outrebounded Rudupis 28-16 including a 23-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 73.7 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Folarin Campbell (192-86, college: George Mason) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Forward Akselis Vairogs (195-85, agency: Players Group) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Ventspils players scored in double figures. Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) answered with 15 points and guard Arturas Milaknis (195-86) added 13 points in the effort for Rudupis.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: G.Orelikas 15+1reb, A.Milaknis 13+2reb, A.Valeika 9+1reb+2ast, A.Labuckas 9+2reb+1ast, S.Vene 8+2reb+1ast, P.Ivanauskas 6+3reb+2ast
Ventspils: F.Campbell 23+8reb+5ast, D.Sims 15+2reb+1ast, A.Berzins 12+3reb+1ast, A.Vairogs 12+5reb+2ast, J.Timma 10+4reb+2ast, S.Valters 7+1reb


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3-4 Place
Barons kvartals - Kalev/Cramo 79-71

Barons/Kvartals celebrated the win in the consolation final series opener. The teams will now clash in Estonia later in the week. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-71. American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) fired 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian Deividas Dulkys (198-88, college: Florida St.) chipped in 17 points. Four Barons kvartals players scored in double figures. Barons kvartals' coach Martins Gulbis used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Senegalese center Bamba Fall (217-86, college: SMU) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: B.Fall 21+10reb, F.Elegar 13+6reb+3ast, T.Abbott 11+5reb+4ast, G.Dorbek 8+1reb+4ast, T.Sokk 7+3reb+2ast, G.Wilkinson 7+2reb
Barons kvartals: M.Gulbis 19+1reb, D.Dulkys 17+4reb+2ast, T.Cain 14+9reb+1ast, A.Brunins 11+7reb+2ast, J.Diggs 8+3reb+8ast, J.Rozitis 7+5reb



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  BELGIUM   

D3 Standings

Division III Standings
Group A
 1. Turuka 20-4 
 2. Soba 17-7 
 3. Ninane 15-9 
 4. Oxaco 15-9 
 5. BAVI 14-10 
 6. Ekeren 13-11 
 7. Willebroek 12-11 
 8. Neufchateau 11-13 
 9. Esneux 9-14 
 10. Pepinster 2 9-15 
 11. Lommel 8-16 
 12. Loyers 8-16 
 13. Natoye 8-16 
 14. United Woluwe 8-16 
Group B
 1. Melsele 18-6 
 2. Aalst 17-7 
 3. Wevelgem 17-7 
 4. Falco Gent 15-9 
 5. Oostkamp 15-9 
 6. Ieper 14-11 
 7. Gistel 13-11 
 8. De Pinte 12-12 
 9. Lambusart 12-12 
 10. Kortrijk 10-14 
 11. Knokke-Heist 9-15 
 12. Nivelles 8-16 
 13. Kain 7-17 
 14. Carnieres 2-23 



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Junior college forward chooses NU - by David Edole

By BRIAN ROSENTHAL / Lincoln Journal Star

Nebraskas basketball coaching staff had been evaluating Leslee Smith (200-F) all season, but only recently extended a scholarship offer to the junior college power forward.

Hey, no offense taken.

I kind of knew why, Smith said in a phone interview Monday. To me, I think it was just that I wasnt playing to my potential at the time. They werent sure.

Smith suspects other schools were probably thinking the same thing: The kids good, but could be a lot better.

Then, eventually, I started playing really good, started to get some double-doubles, Smith said, and a lot of schools started coming out of nowhere.

Smith on Monday chose Nebraska, giving his commitment to coach Tim Miles three days after finishing his official recruiting trip to Lincoln. Assistant coach Ben Johnson was the lead recruiter on Smith.

The 6-foot-8, 250-pound Smith helps fill a void for a big man in Nebraskas 2013 recruiting class, which already has guards Nick Fuller, Nate Hawkins and Tai Webster, who all signed in November.

Smith can sign April 17, the first day of the late spring signing period. Nebraska still has one scholarship opening in the class, but wont have any visitors for Saturdays Red-White Spring Football Game because its a recruiting dead period.

Smith, from the British Virgin Islands, chose Nebraska over Saint Louis.

I heard from Providence, Murray State, Sam Houston, Western Kentucky, he said. I also got a call from West Virginia, but I really didnt acknowledge it because I was already into committing.

Smith played his prep career at Christian Life Center Academy in Humble, Texas, then accepted a scholarship from SMU, where he spent two years. He tore his right ACL in a pickup game toward the end of his redshirt season, and spent the following season slow to recover.

I came back too early, he said. It was just bad for me.

Smith, who missed the first seven games of the 2011-12 season, averaged 3.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 25 games. Then a coaching change at SMU led to Smiths transfer.

Smith said new SMU coach Larry Brown met with each of the returning players, and chose to cut some of them.

I heard that he really didnt want to let me go, but that people were saying he should let me go, Smith said. It was really like a back-and-forth thing. I met with him five times. Other players, he just met with one time and told them, You got to go. (With me) it wasnt like, OK, Im going to cut you this day.

Finally, Brown went with his gut feeling, Smith said, and released him.

Alls well, though, because Smith said hes improved a great deal during his one season at Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kan.

I got a lot better, a lot stronger, a lot tougher, Smith said. I think my toughness level is what increased, and learning to fight through a lot of things, like fatigue. I think I really improved a lot, especially toward the end of the season.

Smith, who has two seasons of eligibility remaining, averaged 8.3 points and 6.6 rebounds for Seward County, which finished 25-8. But over the Saints final six games, Smith averaged 12.1 points and 7.8 rebounds.

While he was impressed with Nebraskas facilities, Smith said he chose Nebraska because of Miles, and because he believes hell fit in perfectly with Miles' motion offense.

Something else Miles said caught Smiths ear.

He said if I dont start, hell be upset, so theres a really good opportunity for me to play right away and contribute, Smith said. That really stuck out to me. Thats something any player wants to hear from a coach, coming into their next school.




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  CAMEROON   


Luc Mbah a Moute selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Cameroonian players, who play currently abroad.

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (36-37) to beat the Philadelphia 76ers (30-43). Mbah a Moute scored 7 points in only 14 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks lost 92-100 on the road to the 76ers. It's Mbah a Moute's fifth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 7.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 2FGP: 41.6%, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 58.5% in the 49 games he played so far. Mbah a Moute played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Victor Samnick
Victor Samnick
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown, currently plays in France). He contributed to a Chorale de Roanne's victory against the 12th-ranked Cholet (11-14) 90-79 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Samnick recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 23 minutes. Chorale de Roanne Basket (14-10) is placed fifth in the ProA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Samnick averages: 8.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 47.3%, 3FGP: 27.6% and FT: 69.6% in the 23 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Samnick played for the Cameroonian national team in 2011.

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He was not able to help the Miami, FL (29-7) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Kadji's good performance the Miami, FL was defeated 71-61 in Milwaukee, WI by the Marquette University. He scored 11 points. The Regional Semifinals already ended in the NCAA. Kadji's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 47.3%, 3FGP: 27.6% and FT: 69.6%. He played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
   #4. Shooting guard Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (187-77, currently plays in France) led Aix-Maurienne to a victory over the closely-ranked Saint-Quentin (12-17) 87-75 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. Ekanga-Ehawa was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (15-14) is placed tenth in the ProB. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Ekanga-Ehawa has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.5spg in the 17 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Ekanga-Ehawa used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2011.

Alfred Aboya
Alfred Aboya
   #5. Former international power forward Alfred Aboya (206-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in Turkey) helped Final Genclik win their game against one of league's weakest teams Istanbulspor (4-26) crushing them 93-64 in the Turkish TB2L (second division) on Wednesday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Final Spor Genclik Bursa (12-18) is placed 14th in the TB2L. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Aboya's overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg and 6.3rpg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Cameroonian passport but never been selected to any of Cameroonian national teams:

   #1. Experienced Talba Toudjani (201-F-80, currently plays in Georgia) was the major contributor in a Energy Invest's victory against the closely-ranked Armia (13-5) 79-64 in the Georgian Superleague last Wednesday. He recorded 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Energy Invest Rustaviis placed in the Superleague. This season Toudjani averages: 7.7ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg.

   #2. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Sidigas Avellino in a victory against the fourth-ranked Montepaschi Siena (15-10) 75-70 in the Italian SerieA in Monday night's game. Biligha recorded only 3 points in 9 minutes on the court. Sidigas Avellino (10-14) is placed tenth in the SerieA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Biligha's overall stats are: 3.1ppg and 1.6rpg in the 22 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and Italian.

   #3. Saidou Njoya (186-PG-89, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Nantes (12-12) crushing them 100-61 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. Njoya scored only 2 points and added 5 assists. JL Bourg Basket (16-13) is placed ninth in the ProB. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Njoya's overall stats this season are: 2.7ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.9apg.

Other top Cameroonian players, who play abroad:

Aldo Curti (180-PG-87) plays for Gravelines-Dunkerque in French ProA
Jean-Dieudonne Biog (204-C-95) plays for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in French ProA
Ludovic Fabo (195-F-94) plays for Entente Orleans 45 in French ProA
Gedeon Pitard (188-PG-89) plays for STB Le Havre in French ProA
Johan Kody (207-C-93) plays for Assignia Manresa in Spanish ACB
Parfait Bitee (188-G-85) plays for Petroleos in Angolan Division I
Harding NaNa (203-F-81) plays for New Yorker Phantoms in German BBL
Francois Affia (211-C-93) plays for Geoplin Slovan in Slovenian Telemach League
Joseph Atangana (193-C-84) plays for Calgary Crush in the ABA

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Cameroonian playing currently abroad. Go to Cameroonian Abroad Page to see completed list.



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  CANADA   


The Nets ink Kris Joseph for a 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News

Brooklyn Nets agreed terms with 25-year old Canadian ex-international forward Kris Joseph (200-100kg-88, college: Syracuse). He is a dual citizen owning also Trinidad and Tobago passport. Joseph just played at Springfield Armor. In 15 games he had very impressive stats: 18.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.7spg this season. He was called during the season by the Boston Celtics. But in 6 games he recorded only 1.2ppg.
Last year Joseph was drafted by Boston Celtics in second round (51st overall). He attended Syracuse University until 2012 and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Joseph's team won Big East Regular Season in 2010 and 2012. He was also voted NABC Division I All-District 5 1st Team in 2012 at his college time. Joseph was a member of Canadian Senior National Team in 2009.
He has played also professionally in other D-League team (Maine Red Claws).
Joseph could be described: a great athlete, with tremendous leaping abilities ... He is always active, always trying to make something happen around the basket whether its getting tips or put backs ... He's an above average rebounder mainly due to his explosiveness, high energy and constant motor- always following shots and trying to make something happen around the basket.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Steve Nash selected the top Canadian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Canadians who are currently playing abroad.

Steve Nash
Steve Nash
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Steve Nash (190-74, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Los Angeles Lakers (38-36) in their last game. Despite Nash's very good performance the Los Angeles Lakers lost 103-109 on the road to the Golden State Warriors. He was the second best scorer with 21 points. Nash also added 9 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 37 minutes on the court. Nash has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.7apg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 43.8% and FT: 92.2%(107-116) in the 50 games he played so far. Nash played for the Canadian senior national team ten years ago.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #2. Second place goes to former U19 international forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the Cleveland Cavaliers (22-51) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Thompson's good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers were badly defeated 112-92 in New Orleans by the Hornets. He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. Thompson also added 2 blocks. This season Thompson has very high stats. He averages: 11.3ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 49.1% and FT: 61.3%. Thompson played for the Canadian U19 national team in 2009.

Devoe Joseph
Devoe Joseph
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U19 international guard Devoe Joseph (193-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon, currently plays in Ukraine). He led Khimik to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked BC Donetsk (22-16) 93-90 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Sunday night. Joseph was MVP of the game. He scored 25 points in 24 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Joseph's third season in pro basketball. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (24-14) is placed fourth in the Superleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Joseph's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 12.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 46.4%, 3FGP: 40.6% and FT: 77.3% in the 38 games. Joseph played for the Canadian U19 national team six years ago.

Marvell Waithe
Marvell Waithe
   #4. Forward Marvell Waithe (205-87, college: Arkansas, currently plays in Denmark) led Bakken to a victory over the closely-ranked Horsens IC (23-9) 87-81 in the Danish Ligaen last Monday. He was the best player in that game. Waithe had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists (made all of his seven free throws) in 24 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Bakken Bears (25-7) is placed second in the Ligaen. Waithe has very impressive stats this year: 18.2ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.2apg in the 12 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

Levon Kendall
Levon Kendall
   #5. Former international forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a 2-point Blusens Monbus' victory against the closely-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (15-12) 72-70 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. He scored 14 points and blocked 2 blocks in 32 minutes. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (14-13) is placed eighth in the ACB. This year Kendall has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg in the 27 games. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Irish. Kendall used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #6. Power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in Russia) contributed to a 3-point Triumph Lyubertsy's victory against the closely-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (10-18) 85-82 in the Russian PBL last Monday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Triumph Lyubertsy (6-5) is placed fourth in the PBL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Landry is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg. Landry is a former international player as he played for the Canadian senior team four years ago.

Nik Stauskas
Nik Stauskas
   #7. Former U19 international guard Nik Stauskas (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Florida (29-8) crushing them 79-59 in the NCAA Regional Finals on Sunday night. He scored 22 points and added 3 passes in 31 minutes. The University of Michigan has quite an impressive 30-7 conference record this season. Stauskas' team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regional Finals. And now that game is quite important. It's Stauskas' first year with the team. He has reliable stats this season: 11.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg in the 10 games. Stauskas used to play for the Canadian U19 national team two years ago.

Samuel Dalembert
Samuel Dalembert
   #8. Center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Milwaukee Bucks (36-37) in their game against the Philadelphia 76ers (30-43) in the NBA. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks were defeated 100-92 in Philadelphia by the 76ers. Dalembert's overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.2bpg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2008.

Jevohn Shepherd
Jevohn Shepherd
   #9. Former international forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Romania) was the main contributor in a CSM Bucuresti's victory against the league outsider CS Dinamo Bucuresti (1-28) 92-81 in a derby game in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Friday. Shepherd was the top player that evening. He scored 24 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. CS Municipal Bucuresti (17-12) is placed eighth in the Liga Nationala. Shepherd's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. Shepherd is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league with 19.5ppg. This year he also averages: 4.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.7spg in the 28 games. Shepherd used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Jacob Doerksen
Jacob Doerksen
   #10. Forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider USC Leipzig (8-22) crushing them 129-88 in the German ProA (second division) on Thursday night. He scored 22 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 2 blocks. SC Rasta Vechta (23-7) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Doerksen averaged so far 14.2ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1spg. He is a former university international player as four years ago he still played for the Canadian national team.

   #11. Former international point guard Cory Joseph (190-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA) managed to help San Antonio Spurs in a 1-point victoryagainst the Denver Nuggets 100-99 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Joseph scored 5 points in 13 minutes. This year Joseph's overall stats are: 4.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.8apg in the 19 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Mike Tuck (201-83, college: Loyola, MD, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Sheffield One Health Sharks (15-16) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Sheffield One Health Sharks lost 80-88 in Newcastle to the higher-ranked (#6) Eagles. Tuck had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds in 33 minutes. Tuck belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6 with 8.8rpg. This year he also averages: 13.9ppg and 1.5apg in the 29 games. Tuck used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former international forward Kai Williams (190-88, college: S.Dakota St., currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL couldn't help Worcester Wolves (18-13) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Worcester Wolves was defeated 102-87 in Newcastle by the lower-ranked Eagles (#6). Williams scored 13 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists. He averaged so far 13.2ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.8apg. Williams used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

   #14. Former international forward Denham Brown (198-83, college: Connecticut, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Timba Timosoara in their game against Ploiesti in the Romanian Liga Nationala, despite his very good performance in Thursday night's game. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Brown also added 6 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 38 minutes. But his team was crushed by 22 points 107-85. Brown is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 16.8ppg. He also averaged so far 5.8rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg in the 13 games. Brown used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former international center Scott Morrison (212-86, college: Portland St., currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked TBB Trier crushing them 105-73 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. He scored 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 6 blocks. Morrison belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #5. His total stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3bpg. Morrison used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Canadian passport but never been selected to any of Canadian national teams:

   #1. Andrew Nicholson (205-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in NBA) led Orlando Magic to a victory against the Washington Wizards (27-46) 97-92 in the NBA in Friday night's game. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds; not bad, considering it's only Nicholson's third season in pro basketball. The Orlando Magic has not so impressive 19-56 record this season. This year Nicholson has relatively solid stats: 8.2ppg and 3.4rpg.

   #2. Experienced Matt Bonner (206-F-80, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the San Antonio Spurs (55-19) to beat the Memphis Grizzlies (50-24). Bonner recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs were edged 92-90 on the road by the Grizzlies. Bonner has been at the team for seven years. His overall stats this season are: 3.9ppg and 1.8rpg. Bonner is a naturalized American.

   #3. Ali Mahmoud (184-G-83, currently plays in Lebanon) managed to help Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut to win against the closely-ranked Al Moutahed (15-9) 68-66 in the Lebanese Division A last Thursday. Mahmoud scored 5 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 7 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (22-2) is placed first in the Division A. It was his team's 16th consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. Mahmoud is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his ninth year in Al Riyadi's roster. He is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league. Mahmoud's total stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 5.5apg and 1.8spg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #4. Robbie Sihota (198-F-87, currently plays in Holland) contributed to M.Magixx's victory against the closely-ranked Leeuwarden (18-16) 95-85 in the Dutch Eredivisie on Saturday night. Sihota had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 14 rebounds in 30 minutes. Matrixx Magixx Wijchen (15-18) is placed seventh in the Eredivisie. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Sihota is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders with 8.3rpg. This year his other stats are: 11.4ppg in the 26 games he played so far. Sihota is another player who holds two passports: Indian and Canadian.

   #5. Andrew Wedemire (198-G/F-86, currently plays in United Kingdom) was the major contributor in a Glasgow Rocks' victory against the closely-ranked Worcester Wolves (18-13) 88-69 in the British BBL in Sunday night's game. He scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Glasgow Rocks (20-11) is placed third in the BBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Wedemire's total stats this season are: 8.6ppg and 5.2rpg.

   #6. Mohamed Hachad (194-SG-83, college: Northwestern, currently plays in France) contributed to a Fos Ouest's victory against the 14th-ranked Denain Voltaire 89-81 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. He scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Hachad's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.4apg and 1.7spg. He has both Moroccan and Canadian nationalities.

   #7. Kyle Johnson (195-G-88, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in Italy) helped Sutor Montegranaro win their game against the league outsider Angelico Biella 86-73 in the Italian SerieA on Monday night. Johnson recorded 11 points in 27 minutes. This year his total stats are: 8.3ppg and 3.3rpg in the 24 games. Johnson also holds two passports: Canadian and British.

   #8. Simon Farine (188-G-87, currently plays in Israel) led Kiryat Tivon to a victory over the closely-ranked Beer Yaakov 97-86 in the Israeli National League (second division) on Thursday night. He was the top player that evening. Farine scored 25 points, grabbed 4 boards, passed 5 assists and added 6 steals. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Farine averages: 16.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg. He has Canadian and Israeli nationalities.

   #9. Ljubisa Vrcelj (210-C-84, college: Jacksonville, currently plays in Bulgaria) helped Euroins Cherno More win their game against one of league's weakest teams Spartak Pleven 80-61 in the Bulgarian NBL on Friday night. Vrcelj had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 13 rebounds in 27 minutes. Vrcelj is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.6rpg. This year his other stats are: 11.1ppg in the 15 games. Vrcelj has Croatian and Canadian nationalities.

   #10. Ali Kanaan (207-C/F-85, college: Mass.-Lowell, currently plays in Lebanon) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ali Mahmoud and both played together in the last Lebanese Division A game. Kanaan helped Al Riyadi edge the closely-ranked Al Moutahed 68-66. He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Kanaan's total stats this season are: 4.7ppg and 5.2rpg. He has Canadian and Lebanese nationalities.



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  CBL   

Standings

CBL Standings
 1. Bowling Green H. 0-0 
 2. Dayton A.S. 0-0 
 3. M.Tennessee S. 0-0 
 4. River City P. 0-0 
 5. St.Louis H. 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Apr. 13: M.Tennessee S. - River City P.



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Romain Sato selected the top Central African playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Central Africans who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Romain Sato (194-81, college: Xavier, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Turkey. He could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (7-16) in their last game. Despite Sato's good performance the seventh-placed Fenerbahce Ulker lost 73-78 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Olympiacos in the group F of Euroleague. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 15 minutes on the court. It was Fenerbahce Ulker's sixth consecutive loss in a row. Sato's team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And that game will be critical. This year Sato averages: 7.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 45.9%, 3FGP: 34.1% and FT: 81.0% in the 22 games he played so far. He played for the Central African senior national team two years ago.

Michael Mokongo
Michael Mokongo
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Michael Mokongo (180-86, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A. Mokongo was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Apoel (18-13) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Apoel was defeated 78-70 in Larnaca by the higher-ranked AEK (#3). Mokongo recorded 10 points. Mokongo's overall stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 53.0% and FT: 66.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Central African and French. Despite Mokongo played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Central African national team in 2011.

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79, currently plays in France). Zianveni managed to help Strasbourg IG in a victory against the league outsider Boulazac Basket (7-18) crushing them 100-68 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He recorded only 4 points in 10 minutes. Strasbourg IG (17-8) is placed second in the ProA. This year Zianveni's overall stats are: 4.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 2FGP: 53.8% and FT: 65.0% in the 13 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Central African and French. Zianveni played for the Central African national team two years ago.

Max Kouguere
Max Kouguere
   #4. Forward Max Kouguere (198-87, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for STB Le Havre (12-3) in their game against Le Mans (15-10) in the French ProA. He recorded 6 points. STB Le Havre was defeated 86-73 in Le Mans by the higher-ranked Le Mans (#4). Kouguere has relatively good stats this season: 11.2ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1apg. He has both Congolese and Central African nationalities. Kouguere used to play for the Central African national team back in 2011.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

Jimmy Djimrabaye (204-C/F-92) plays for Gravelines-Dunkerque in French ProA
Neil Wilfried Londoumon (190-G-93) plays for Paris-Levallois in French ProA
Julio Malingapot (194-SF-95) plays for JDA Dijon in French ProA
Clarence Juillet (198-C-83) plays for Berck in French NM2
Destin Damachoua (184-G-86) plays for Vanves in French NM2
Francois Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi (196-F-83) plays for Marmande in French NM2
William Kossangue-Toro (198-F-86) plays for Lucon in French NM2
Maixent Monbollet (203-F/C-81) plays for Tourcoing in French NM2
Yannick Zachee (194-F-86) plays for GET Vosges in French NM2
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85) plays for Pornic in French NM2
Benjamin M'Boli (199-F-88) plays for Ormes in French NM2

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Central African playing currently abroad. Go to Central African Abroad Page to see completed list.



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Standings

DPB Standings
 1. Bambuqueros 16-6 
 2. Bucaros 16-6 
 3. Once Caldas 13-9 
 4. Academia 12-10 
 5. Piratas 11-10 
 6. Aguilas 8-14 
 7. Caribbean Heat 7-14 
 8. Halcones 4-18 

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 2: Once Caldas - Halcones 94-89
Apr. 2: Aguilas - Bambuqueros 90-81
Apr. 2: Academia - Bucaros 70-86
Apr. 3: Piratas - Caribbean Heat


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stalin ORTIZ
  Bambuqueros
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Ortiz, Bambuqueros22.3 
 2. Chavez Jacob., Ac.22.0 
 3. Rayson, Aguilas21.3 
 4. Johnson, Piratas19.7 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.19.4 
 6. Brooks, Bucaros18.4 
 7. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
 8. Garris, Once Caldas18.1 
 9. Gilbert, Bucaros18.0 
 10. Dorsey, Bambuque.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeffrey FAHNBULLEH
  Piratas
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Fahnbulleh, Piratas12.2 
 2. Hernandez, Bucaros11.8 
 3. Culver, Caribbea.9.1 
 4. Blue, Academia8.9 
 5. Rayson, Aguilas6.9 
 6. Cortes, Once Cald.6.4 
 7. Baquero, Halcones6.0 
 8. Aragon, Academia6.0 
 9. Arteaga, Piratas5.9 
 10. Guevara, Bambuqu.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Eddy MAYFIELD
  Aguilas
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Mayfield, Aguilas5.5 
 2. Moreno, Piratas5.2 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.5.0 
 4. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.8 
 5. Brooks, Bucaros4.5 
 6. Nelson, Halcones3.5 
 7. Dayee, Once Caldas3.1 
 8. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
 9. Caicedo, Bambuque.2.6 
 10. Garcia, Aguilas2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Stalin ORTIZ
  Bambuqueros
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Ortiz, Bambuqueros2.1 
 2. Moreno, Piratas2.0 
 3. Mayfield, Aguilas1.8 
 4. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.8 
 5. Garris, Once Caldas1.5 
 6. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.4 
 7. Pomare, Caribbea.1.3 
 8. Cortes, Once Cald.1.2 
 9. Aragon, Academia1.2 
 10. Forbes, Once Cal.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Steffon FARLEY
  Academia
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Farley, Academia0.8 
 2. Perez, Bambuqueros0.8 
 3. Hernandez, Bucaros0.7 
 4. Aguaslimpias, Acad.0.6 
 5. Blue, Academia0.6 
 6. Culver, Caribbea.0.6 
 7. Arboleda, Halcones0.5 
 8. Cuero, Aguilas0.5 
 9. Aragon, Academia0.5 
 10. Baquero, Halcones0.5 


PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 21- RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81, college: Valparaiso) is back on action and the victory has returned to the Bambuqueros, the Neivas team stole a victory at the Aguilas nest in Tunja, was a difficult game for the tournament leaders, the Aguilas leaded most of the game specially thanks to a strong performance of Quentin Smith, Tyrone Rayson and Gianluca Bacci, but Stalin Ortiz fully recovered and healthy was unstoppable finishing the game with 30 pts and 7 rebounds, Bambuqueros took the final lead with 1:23 in the clock thanks to an Ortiz 3 ptr that start a 9-3 run in the clutch.
Aguilas de Tunja 86 - G. Bacci 15 pts + 10 rebs, Q. Smith 24 pts
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 93 - S. Ortiz 30 pts, D. Dorsey 14 pts

Manizales OC working as a grind blasted the Halcones 110 74 in Manizales and almost killed all the Halcones hopes to get a place in the next phase, the Halcones open the game with lots of energy but the OC quickly took control of the actions getting a 16 points lead at the end of the first quarter sealing the history of the game, Justin Garris and Jermaine Abraham leaded the OC, Daniel Northern was the best in Halcones.
Manizales OC 110 - J. Garris 23 pts, J. Abraham 22 pts
Halcones de Cucuta 74 - D. Northern 23 pts, R. Jeter 17 pts

Academia de la Montana had the leadership of Cesar Chavez to defeat the co-leaders Bukaros in Medellin, Bukaros took control of the first quarter with the accuracy of P. Brooks and L. Gilbert, but the local defense rise its intensity entering the second quarter and reached 1 point lead closing the first half, a good third quarter and ball control was enough for the green team to get the victory.
Academia de la Montana 92 - C. Chavez 25 pts, N. Aragon 15 pts
Bukaros Freskalech 87 - P. Brooks 27 pts, J. Hernandez 12 pts + 14 rebs.




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Luka Zoric's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Croatians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Croatian players, who play currently abroad.

Luka Zoric
Luka Zoric
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Luka Zoric (211-84, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in an Unicaja Malaga's surprising victory against the second-ranked Caja Laboral (20-7) crushing them 93-72 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Zoric had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 33 minutes on the court. Unicaja Malaga (14-13) is placed ninth in the ACB. Zoric has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 58.2%(124-213) and FT: 72.5% in the 27 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, currently plays in Spain). Tomic led Regal FC Barcelona to a victory over the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (16-11) crushing them 94-62 in the Spanish ACB last Monday. He was MVP of the game. Tomic scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Regal FC Barcelona (18-9) is placed third in the ACB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Tomic is currently second on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 12.9ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 63.4%(149-235) and FT: 67.6%. Tomic played for the Croatian national team in 2011.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Russia). He contributed to a 1-point Khimky's victory against the seventh-ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-6) 82-81 in the Russian PBL on Monday night. Loncar scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 33 minutes. BC Khimky Moscow Region (10-4) is placed second in the PBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Loncar averages: 7.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 55.6%(20-36) and FT: 81.0% in the eight games. He played for the Croatian national team three years ago.

Darko Planinic
Darko Planinic
   #4. Center Darko Planinic (211-90, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Besiktas (6-17) crushing them 101-58 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Planinic recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (16-7) is placed second in group F. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And now that game is very crucial. Planinic's overall stats this season are: 4.9ppg and 2.0rpg. He is also Croatian national team player.

Drazen Bubnic
Drazen Bubnic
   #5. Former U20 international forward Drazen Bubnic (206-86, currently plays in Slovenia) was the main contributor in Un.Olimpija's victory against the sixth-ranked Zlatorog (13-8) 88-83 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Saturday. Bubnic was the best player in that game. He recorded 19 points in a mere 18 minutes. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (2-0) is placed second in Places 1-6 group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Bubnic's first year with the team. This season Bubnic has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg in the two games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team seven years ago.

Mario Delas
Mario Delas
   #6. Power forward Mario Delas (207-90, currently plays in Lithuania), who plays in the Lithuanian LKL could not help Zalgiris (8-1) in their last game on Monday. Despite Delas' good performance Zalgiris was edged 78-77 on the road by the second-ranked Neptunas. He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Delas' first season with the team. Delas' overall stats this year are: 8.5ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.8apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Croatian senior team four years ago.

Jakov Vladovic
Jakov Vladovic
   #7. Former international point guard Jakov Vladovic (187-83, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Tajfun (13-7) 76-61 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Saturday night's game. Vladovic was the top player that evening. He recorded 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 28 minutes. Krka Novo Mesto (3-0) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. So far his team won all three games in the Second Stage. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Vladovic has reliable stats this year: 12.0ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.0apg in the three games. He used to play for the Croatian national team four years ago.

Jure Lalic
Jure Lalic
   #8. Center Jure Lalic (210-86, currently plays in Slovenia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jakov Vladovic. But that was another game of his team in Slovenian Telemach League which we would like to mention. Lalic contributed to Krka's victory against the third-ranked Maribor Messer (14-7) 83-70. He scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Krka Novo Mesto (3-0) is placed first. So far his team won all three games in the Second Stage. Lalic averaged so far 13.0ppg and 5.0rpg. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2006.

Krunoslav Simon
Krunoslav Simon
   #9. International swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Luka Zoric and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Simon contributed to an Unicaja Malaga's shocking victory against the second-ranked Caja Laboral (20-7) crushing them 93-72. He scored 10 points in only 12 minutes. This year Simon's overall stats are: 9.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.9apg in the 26 games. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

Fran Pilepic
Fran Pilepic
   #10. Swingman Fran Pilepic (193-89, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to an easy victory against the leader Budivelnyk (9-7) crushing them 75-53 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Pilepic scored 10 points and had 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group J. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (13-3) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Pilepic averages only 5.9ppg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Lithuania) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mario Delas and both played together in the last Lithuanian LKL game. Popovic was not able to help Zalgiris in their game against Neptunas. He scored 7 points and added 3 passes in 17 minutes. His team was edged 78-77. This year Popovic's total stats are: 7.1ppg, 1.1rpg and 2.3apg in the seven games. He used to play for the Croatian national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international power forward Sime Spralja (206-83, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Trefl Sopot (17-10) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Spralja's very good performance the third-placed Trefl Sopot was edged 69-67 at home by the lower-ranked Anwil (#5) in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Spralja also added 5 rebounds. Spralja has averaged so far 9.1ppg and 3.1rpg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2004.

   #13. Former U20 international center Leon Radosevic (206-90, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Armani Milano's victory against the closely-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari 85-79 in the Italian SerieA in Saturday night's game. Radosevic recorded 11 points and blocked 2 blocks in 20 minutes. Radosevic has averaged so far 5.7ppg and 2.8rpg in the nine games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team three years ago.

   #14. International point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Panathinaikos Athens to win against the eighth-ranked Brose Baskets Bamberg crushing them 82-60 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Ukic recorded only 4 points and added 6 assists. Ukic has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.6apg. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

   #15. Former international forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA couldn't help Vanoli Cremona (10-15) in their last game. Despite Peric's very good performance Vanoli Cremona lost 74-80 in Venezia to the higher-ranked (#8) Umana. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Peric also added 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 minutes. Peric averaged so far 13.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team six years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Croatian passport but never been selected to any of Croatian national teams:

   #1. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in Slovenia) was the major contributor in a Maribor Messer's victory against the fifth-ranked Helios (12-9) 64-59 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Saturday. Maric recorded 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. KK Maribor Messer (14-7) is placed third in Places 1-6 group. Maric averaged so far 13.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg.

   #2. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, currently plays in Slovenia) led Tajfun to a 3-point victory against the sixth-ranked Zlatorog (13-8) 94-91 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Wednesday night. He scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 29 minutes. KK Tajfun Sentjur (13-7) is placed fourth in Places 1-6 group. Primorac is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 6.6rpg. This year his other stats are: 13.2ppg in the 20 games he played so far.

   #3. Marco Buljevic (197-G-87, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Germany) led ETB Wohnbau to a 2-point victory against the eighth-ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (15-15) 77-75 in the German ProA (second division) in Thursday night's game. Buljevic scored 15 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (12-18) is placed 12th in the ProA. The Regular Season already ended. Buljevic averaged so far 10.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.9apg. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and German. Despite Buljevic's Croatian passport, he previously played for the German U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Croatian team.

   #4. Ljubisa Vrcelj (210-C-84, college: Jacksonville, currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Spartak Pleven (5-18) 80-61 in the Bulgarian NBL last Friday. Vrcelj had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 13 rebounds in 27 minutes. Cherno More Port Varna (5-1) is placed first in the NBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Vrcelj is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.6rpg. This year he also averages: 11.1ppg in the 15 games. Vrcelj is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Canadian.

   #5. Experienced Stipe Modric (206-F-79, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League could not help Geoplin Slovan (9-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Geoplin Slovan (#2) was badly defeated 95-77 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) Polzela in the Places 7-12 group. Modric recorded 12 points in 28 minutes. It was Geoplin Slovan's first loss after six consecutive victories. Modric averaged so far 10.4ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.8apg in the 14 games. He has both Croatian and Slovenian nationalities.

   #6. Milos Paravinja (212-C/F-79, currently plays in Slovenia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Stipe Modric and both played together in the last Slovenian Telemach League game. Paravinja was not able to help Geoplin Slovan in their game against Polzela. He recorded 7 points. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 95-77. Paravinja has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.5apg. He also holds two passports: Croatian and Slovenian.

   #7. Ivica Cvitanovic (207-C-82, currently plays in Slovakia) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Nitra crushing them 101-81 in the Slovakian Extraliga on Wednesday night. Cvitanovic scored 6 points, grabbed 8 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 20 minutes. Cvitanovic has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 3.6rpg in the 11 games.

   #8. Igor Milicic (194-G-76, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland) managed to help AZS Koszalin to win against the third-ranked Siarka Jezioro crushing them 98-72 in the Polish TBL in Saturday night's game. He scored only 4 points. Milicic has averaged so far 5.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.4apg. He has dual citizenship: Croatian and Polish.

   #9. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81, currently plays in Austria) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams UBSC Graz in their game against Furstenfeld Panthers in the Austrian A Bundesliga, despite his good performance last Monday. Stegnjaic recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. But his team lost 75-83. Stegnjaic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.3apg in the 28 games.

   #10. Sasa Jankovic (204-F-84, currently plays in Slovakia) couldn't help SKP Banska Bystrica in their game against Inter Bratislava in the Slovakian Extraliga. Jankovic scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 99-91. Jankovic has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.1apg.



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Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Apollon
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Brown, Apollon20.2 
 2. Allen, Omonia18.8 
 3. Aleksic, AEL17.9 
 4. Pesic, AEL16.6 
 5. Jamar Diggs Omonia15.5 
 6. Fisher, AEK15.4 
 7. Williams, Etha15.1 
 8. Warren, Apollon14.5 
 9. Maze, Keravnos14.3 
 10. Crocker, Keravnos13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mihajlo PESIC
  AEL
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Pesic, AEL8.6 
 2. Brown, Apollon7.5 
 3. Aleksic, AEL7.4 
 4. Buljan, Keravnos6.7 
 5. Jamar Diggs Omonia6.7 
 6. Vaughn, Keravnos6.6 
 7. Jefferson, Apollon6.3 
 8. Kaskiris, ENAD6.1 
 9. Maras, Etha6.0 
 10. Fisher, AEK6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Milutin ALEKSIC
  AEL
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Aleksic, AEL5.0 
 2. Jamar Diggs Omonia4.7 
 3. Maze, Keravnos4.1 
 4. Palalas, AEL3.6 
 5. Demertzis, Kerav.3.5 
 6. Stiggers, Apoel3.4 
 7. Adegboye, Etha3.3 
 8. Mokongo, Apoel2.9 
 9. Tutt, AEK2.8 
 10. Dixon, AEK2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 2. Hamilton, ENAD2.4 
 3. Jamar Diggs Omonia1.9 
 4. Stiggers, Apoel1.8 
 5. Poole, Etha1.8 
 6. Brown, Apollon1.7 
 7. Panteli, AEK1.5 
 8. Allen, AEL1.5 
 9. Williams, Etha1.5 
 10. Crocker, Keravnos1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  AEK
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Harrison, AEK2.1 
 2. Jefferson, Apollon1.5 
 3. Baker, Omonia1.2 
 4. Brown, Apollon1.2 
 5. Morrison, Apoel1.0 
 6. Vaughn, Keravnos1.0 
 7. Maras, Etha0.8 
 8. Chan, Apoel0.7 
 9. Pesic, AEL0.5 
 10. Sims, ENAD0.5 


Aek wins game 3 - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

With Kakiouzis having 11 points and 16 rebounds (4 offensive) Aek rolled to its second win over Apoel advancing the series to 2-1. Tutt scored 13 points and Panteli added another 11. Fisher had 2 in 10 attempts.

In the loosing squad Davis finished with 30. Wells grabbed 12 rebounds but had 5 turnovers and had only 4 in 12 attempts. Mokongo had 2 in 10 attempts.

Foul trouble
Aek's strategy to disarm Apoel's big guy was obvious from the beginning. And it was indeed successful. Aek put Garcia in the starters and took the ball inside in an effort to force Chan to foul.

Apoel has indeed paid for the early foul trouble of Chan (had 3 fouls early in the game) as well as Morrison's 3rd foul before half time. With Chan and Morrison being disarmed Apoel was not as fruitful in the paint as in previous games. On the other hand Apoel was way improved from the perimeter compared to the previous game.

Rebounds were 49-36. Add to that that Aek grabbed 15 offensive rebounds.

Being more passionate and concentrated in the most part, Aek won the 1st three quarters with 21-20, 21-17 and 16-11 and took the lead up to 14 at some point. Apoel bounced back at the last quarter beating Aek 18-26 and almost stole the game.

The game finished 76-74.

Aek lost 22 free-trows after shooting a total of 54. Apoel lost 12.




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Jan Vesely selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Czech Republic players, who play currently abroad.

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Jan Vesely (211-90, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to an easy victory against the Toronto Raptors (27-47) 109-92 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Vesely scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. The Washington Wizards have 28-46 record this season. This year Vesely averages: 2.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 49.0% and FT: 30.8% in the 42 games he played so far. He played for the Czech Republic senior national team three years ago.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Satoransky could not help Cajasol (9-18) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Cajasol was defeated 84-74 on the road by the leading Real Madrid. Satoransky was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 6 assists. Satoransky is currently fourth on the list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.1apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 51.3%, 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 77.5%. Satoransky is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Jiri Hubalek
Jiri Hubalek
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Jiri Hubalek (208-82, agency: Two Points, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy). He was the major contributor in an Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Vanoli Cremona (10-15) 80-74 in the Italian SerieA on Monday night. Hubalek recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (13-12) is placed eighth in the SerieA. This year Hubalek's overall stats are: 3.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 66.7%(20-30), 3FGP: 14.3% and FT: 44.4% in the 13 games. He played for the Czech Republic national team four years ago.

Lubos Barton
Lubos Barton
   #4. An experienced small forward Lubos Barton (202-80, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL was not able to help New Yorker Phantoms (11-17) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Barton's very good performance New Yorker Phantoms was badly defeated 102-83 in Hagen by the much higher-ranked Phoenix (#7). He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. Barton also added 3 assists and 2 blocks. Barton's total stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1apg. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Ales Chan
Ales Chan
   #5. Former international center Ales Chan (216-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Apoel (18-13) in their last game. Despite Chan's very good performance Apoel lost 70-78 in Larnaca to the higher-ranked (#3) AEK. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Chan also added 5 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. This year Chan's total stats are: 7.5ppg and 3.8rpg in the 26 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team three years ago.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #6. Shooting guard David Jelinek (194-90, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Caja Laboral Vitoria in a victory against the closely-ranked Khimky (13-10) 86-82 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. He recorded only 3 points in 8 minutes on the court. Caja Laboral Vitoria (11-12) is placed sixth in group F. Jelinek's team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And that game will be critical. This year Jelinek averages just 4.0ppg in the three games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Czech Republic National Team roster.

Ondrej Balvin
Ondrej Balvin
   #7. International center Ondrej Balvin (216-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tomas Satoransky and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Balvin couldn't help Cajasol (9-18) in their game against Real Madrid (25-2). He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. Cajasol lost 74-84 in Madrid to the leading Real. Balvin has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 2.7rpg in the 23 games. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Pavel Pumprla
Pavel Pumprla
   #8. Shooting guard Pavel Pumprla (198-86, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 2-point Blusens Monbus' victory against the closely-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (15-12) 72-70 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Pumprla scored only 1 points. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (14-13) is placed eighth in the ACB. Pumprla has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

The list of other players, who all have Czech Republic passport but never been selected to any of Czech Republic national teams:

   #1. Michal Kremen (200-G/F-81, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A could not help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Apoel (18-13) to beat AEK (20-9). Kremen recorded 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. But Apoel was defeated 78-70 on the road by the higher-ranked AEK (#3). Kremen has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg.

   #2. Jaroslav Tyrna (207-F/C-86, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) was not able to help USC Leipzig (8-22) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Tyrna's very good performance the bottom-ranked USC Leipzig was defeated 102-96 in Crailsheim by the higher-ranked Merlins (#11). He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. It's Tyrna's first season with the team. Tyrna has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1bpg.

   #3. David Steffel (212-C/F-85, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a 3-point Rovinari's victory against the closely-ranked Pitesti (13-17) 78-75 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Thursday. Steffel scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 38 minutes. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (15-15) is placed ninth in the Liga Nationala. The Regular Season already ended. Steffel is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.6rpg. This year he also averages: 12.0ppg and 1.4apg in the 30 games he played so far.



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 32-16 
 2. Canton C. 28-19 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 26-22 
 4. Sioux Falls S. 25-23 
 5. Erie Bay H. 25-23 
 6. Maine RC 25-23 
 7. Springfield A. 18-29 
 8. Iowa E. 12-36 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 34-14 
 2. Rio Grande VV 33-15 
 3. Austin T. 26-21 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 26-22 
 5. Los Angeles D. 20-27 
 6. Texas L. 19-29 
 7. Idaho S. 17-31 
 8. Reno B. 16-32 

Regular Season: Round 68

Apr. 2: Sioux Falls S. - Tulsa 66ers 97-92
Apr. 1: Reno B. - Bakersfield J. 94-124
Apr. 1: Erie Bay H. - Springfield A. 83-81
Apr. 2: Reno B. - Santa Cruz W. 104-89

Regular Season: Round 69

Apr. 3: Austin T. - Springfield A.
Apr. 3: Los Angeles D. - Canton C.
Apr. 4: Iowa E. - Tulsa 66ers


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin DENTMON
  Texas L.
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 26
 1. Dentmon, Texas L.26.0 
 2. Goudelock, Rio G.21.8 
 3. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.5 
 4. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.21.0 
 5. Mack, Maine RC20.1 
 6. Samuels, Reno B.19.9 
 7. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
 8. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.1 
 9. Jones, Rio G.19.0 
 10. Nichols, Sioux F.18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Texas L.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Jones, Texas L.12.3 
 2. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.11.8 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.10.9 
 4. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 5. Samuels, Reno B.10.3 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.9.9 
 7. Varnado, Sioux F.9.6 
 8. Onuaku, Canton C.9.5 
 9. Jones, Rio G.9.0 
 10. Wright, Maine RC8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Maine RC
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Barrett, Maine RC7.7 
 2. Barrett, Sioux F.7.6 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.5 
 4. Fortson, Los A.7.1 
 5. Wright, Iowa E.7.0 
 6. Russell, Reno B.6.8 
 7. Karl, Idaho S.6.2 
 8. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.1 
 9. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 10. Goudelock, Rio G.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Justin HOLIDAY
  Idaho S.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Holiday, Idaho S.2.4 
 2. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.0 
 4. Hannah, Santa C.2.0 
 5. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 6. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 7. Greene, Los A.1.8 
 8. Leslie, Santa C.1.8 
 9. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.8 
 10. Gutierrez, Canton1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Sioux F.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Varnado, Sioux F.3.5 
 2. Melo, Maine RC3.2 
 3. Jordan, Reno B.2.5 
 4. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.2 
 5. Armstrong, Santa C.2.2 
 6. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 7. Gladness, Santa C.2.2 
 8. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 9. Williams, Texas L.2.0 
 10. Foster, Sioux F.2.0 


Recap of latest games in the League - by Eurobasket News

Sioux Falls S. - Tulsa 66ers 97-92
The Tulsa 66ers came up short to the Sioux Falls Skyforce, falling 97-92 on Tuesday at Sioux Falls Arena in South Dakota. Rasual Butler (6'7''-F-79, college: La Salle) led the 66ers with a season-best 32 points. Ron Anderson (6'8''-F-89, college: S.Florida) collected his third double-double of the year with 14 points and 11 rebounds. In a game that featured 16 lead changes, the 66ers (26-22) stuck with the Skyforce (25-23) before Sioux Falls broke an 85-85 tie with a 9-2 run, taking a 94-87 lead with a minute remaining. Butler scored five points in the final minute but it wasn't enough to complete the comeback. Tulsa pulled down 41 rebounds and distributed 18 assists, including eight from Tony Taylor. The Skyforce was led by Demetris Nichols (6'9''-F-84, college: Syracuse), who scored 34 points on 12-for-19 shooting. The 66ers have just two games in remaining in the regular season with a road matchup against Iowa on Thursday and a home contest against Fort Wayne on Saturday. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Reno B. - Santa Cruz W. 104-89
The Reno Bighorns got a big win over the Santa Cruz Warriors 104-89 on Tuesday night. The Bighorns (16-32) used a balanced attack to defeat the Warriors (32-17) , having six players score in double-digits. Samardo Samuels (6'9''-F/C-89, college: Louisville) led the Bighorns with 21 points. Darnell Jackson (6'8''-F-85, college: Kansas) and Dar Tucker each had 16 points. Mo Charlo added 15 points and Ronald Dupree chipped in 13 points. The Warriors were led by Hilton Armstrong (6'11''-C/F-84, college: Connecticut)'s 15 points. Stefhon Hannah had 14 points and dished out 10 assists. The Bighorns used the Warriors 20 turnovers to generate 30 points. Reno also shot a hot 48.1% from the field, going 39-81. The Bighorns will take on the Canton Charge this weekend for the last two games of the season, tipping off at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Courtesy of: rgj.com

Erie Bay H. - Springfield A. 83-81
The Springfield Armor were visibly frustrated after Monday's game. It wasn't the fact Springfield is out of the playoff race or still in the early part of a long five-game road trip. The Armor simply let another opportunity slip away in Erie. 'I thought they got more calls their way,' Springfield coach Bob MacKinnon said. 'A couple of things just didn't go our way at the end.' Springfield missed several shots in the final 20 seconds and couldn't get a potential game-tying shot off at the buzzer as the Erie BayHawks escaped with an 83-81 win in front of an afternoon crowd of 1,576 fans at Erie Insurance Arena. Springfield (18-29) was in control for most of Monday's game until the BayHawks (25-23) started chipping away at the Armor's 12-point lead in the second half. Cory Higgins (6'5''-G-89, college: Colorado)' 3-pointer with 6:52 left gave Erie its first lead of the game at 74-72 to set up an exciting finish. Ben Uzoh (6'3''-PG-88, college: Tulsa) drilled a 20-footer with 1:07 left to cut Erie's lead to 80-79. Higgins, who led all scorers with 27 points, connected on two free throws with 46.3 remaining to extend the BayHawks' lead to 82-79. Dominique Jones followed with a layup to keep the Armor close at 82-81 and Springfield was handed a big opportunity in the closing moments. Higgins was running the shot clock down to burn time off the clock but threw away a cross-court pass with exactly 10 seconds remaining. Springfield then called a timeout. 'We were looking for Willie (Reed) inside or Dominique on a drive,' MacKinnon said. 'We had a great look at it and it bounced out. We'll take that shot anytime.' Jones' drive rimmed out and Nicholas Covington (6'2''-G-85, college: Oklahoma City) was fouled with 1.5 seconds left. After hitting 1 of 2 from the free throw line, Springfield called another timeout down 83-81 and with possession. Edwin Ubiles took an inbounds pass and was guarded too closely by Wesley Witherspoon to get a shot off before the buzzer. 'We wanted to get something inside but I thought we were grabbed and held,' MacKinnon said. 'They are going to let that go at that point in the game. You can't do anything about it and have to play through it.' Reed led the Armor with 17 points, while Uzoh scored 16 and Jones added 15. Reed also had 12 rebounds, including nine defensive ones, and Jones dished out seven assists. Nicholas Covington scored 14 points for the BayHawks and Tirrell Baines contributed with 12. The Armor went through more roster transition before Monday's game. Standout Kris Joseph was on the active roster, but he was called up to the Brooklyn Nets. He will likely join the Nets on Wednesday in Cleveland, which is a short two-hour drive from Erie. Joseph is the third member of the Armor to be called up in the past week as Toko Shengelia and Tyshawn Taylor were called up last week. Springfield, which turned the ball over 23 times Monday, will make its way to Texas to finish the season. The Armor will take on the Austin Toros on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. before a two-game set on Friday and Saturday against the Texas Legends in Frisco. Courtesy of: masslive.com

Reno B. - Bakersfield J. 94-124
The Bakersfield Jam raced past the Reno Bighorns, 124-94, in an NBA D League game Monday. The Bighorns droped to 15-32 while the Jam improved to 34-14. The Jam's hot shooting from the 3-point line doomed the Bighorns. The Jam shot 56 percent from behind the arc, going 14-of-25. Bakersfield shot 54.7 percent from the field, going 47-of-86. Samardo Samuels led Reno with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Desmon Farmer (6'5''-F/G-81, agency: Interperformances, college: USC) added 19 points. Mo Charlo chipped in 14 points. Brian Butch (6'11''-C/F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) had 27 points and 18 rebounds to pace the Jam. Damion James (6'7''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas) had 26 points and Shan Foster added 22, coming off the bench. The Bighorns play again tonight, hosting the Santa Cruz Warriors at 7 p.m. Courtesy of: rgj.com



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Sammy Mejia selected the top Dominican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Dominicans who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Turkey). He led Banvit BK to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (20-4) 91-88 in the Turkish TBL last Monday. Mejia was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 8 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (20-4) is placed fourth in the TBL. It's Mejia's first season with the team. Mejia has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.4apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 61.5%(96-156), 3FGP: 46.3%(19-41) and FT: 75.9%. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Mejia played for the Dominican Republic senior national team eight years ago. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Eulis Baez
Eulis Baez
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Eulis Baez (198-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Baez could not help G.Canaria 2014 (15-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance G.Canaria 2014 was edged 72-70 at home by the lower-ranked Blusens Monbus (#8). Baez recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 12 rebounds. This season Baez averages: 7.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 58.7%(61-104), 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 79.2%. He played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2009.

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). Ariza contributed to an easy victory against the Toronto Raptors (27-47) 109-92 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. He scored 10 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 30 minutes. The Washington Wizards have 28-46 record this season. This year Ariza has relatively solid stats: 9.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 37.0% and FT: 82.1% in the 53 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Ariza played for the Dominican Republic national team eight years ago. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Josh Asselin
Josh Asselin
   #4. An experienced power forward Josh Asselin (210-78, college: Michigan, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help Assignia Manresa (5-22) in their last game. Despite Asselin's good performance the bottom-ranked Assignia Manresa lost 75-90 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#11) Asefa Estudiantes. He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. Asselin has reliable stats this year: 12.1ppg and 3.3rpg in the 27 games. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Asselin used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2006. He played also for Naco in Dominican Republic league.

The list of other players, who all have Dominican Republic passport but never been selected to any of Dominican Republic national teams:

   #1. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) led Atlanta Hawks to a victory over the Toronto Raptors (27-47) 107-88 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Horford had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 12 rebounds in 36 minutes. The Atlanta Hawks have 42-33 record this season. It's Horford's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Horford averages: 17.5ppg, 10.2rpg, 3.2apg and 1.1bpg in the 70 games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in France) was the main contributor in a Strasbourg IG's victory against the league outsider Boulazac Basket (7-18) crushing them 100-68 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Greer was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds. Greer also added 8 assists in 30 minutes. Strasbourg IG (17-8) is placed second in the ProA. Greer is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best passers (sixth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.7ppg, 7.7rpg, 5.1apg and 1.4spg in the 24 games. Greer has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #3. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Houston Rockets' victory against the Orlando Magic (19-56) 111-103 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Garcia recorded 14 points and added 5 passes. The Houston Rockets have 41-33 record this season. This year Garcia averages: 6.2ppg and 1.3apg.

   #4. Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Detroit Pistons (25-50) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Detroit Pistons were edged 95-94 on the road by the Chicago Bulls. Villanueva scored 14 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 24 minutes. It was Pistons' third consecutive loss in a row. Villanueva is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Pistons' roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 7.2ppg and 3.6rpg in the 61 games. Villanueva is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Despite his Dominican Republic nationality, Villanueva previously played for the USA U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Dominican Republic team. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #5. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Spain) helped Baloncesto Fuenlabrada win their game against the fifth-ranked Gescrap BB (16-11) 90-82 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Feldeine was the best player in that game. He scored 19 points and added 3 assists; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Feldeine's third season in pro basketball. Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada (9-18) is placed 15th in the ACB. Feldeine belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #2. This season he has very high stats. Feldeine averages: 16.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Interesting that Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #6. Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Wollongong Hawks in their game against Perth Wildcats in the Australian NBL, despite his very good performance on Thursday night. He was the top scorer with 16 points in 28 minutes. But his team were crushed by 28 points 93-65. Deleon is currently fourth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 16.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg in the 30 games.

   #7. Tjoe de Paula (185-PG-81, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Holland) was not able to secure a victory for Leeuwarden in their game against M.Magixx in the Dutch Eredivisie. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game de Paula was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists. de Paula's overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.4spg. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and Dutch.

   #8. Elpidio Fortuna (188-G-85, currently plays in Puerto Rico) helped Leones win their game against the seventh-ranked Brujos 86-75 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Monday night. Fortuna recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was his first game for Leones this season. Fortuna is currently first on the list of most steals.

   #9. Larry Turner (210-C/F-82, college: Tennessee St., currently plays in Greece) managed to help AS Apollon Patras in a 3-point victoryagainst the league outsider Panelefsiniakos 68-65 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. He recorded only 1 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks in 25 minutes. This year Turner's overall stats are: 5.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2bpg in the 22 games. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Interesting that Turner has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #10. Juan Coronado (193-G-83, agency: Dream Team Management, currently plays in Puerto Rico) faced previously mentioned Elpidio Fortuna in the Puerto Rican BSN last game. Coronado couldn't help Brujos in their game against Leones. Despite his good performance last Monday He recorded 11 points and added 7 assists. It was his first game for Brujos this season. Coronado belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #4.



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Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. Tarvas 19-8 
 2. TU/Rock 14-1 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 14-2 
 4. TTU 14-12 
 5. Rapla 14-13 
 6. Valga 13-15 
 7. Parnu 11-14 
 8. Tln Kalev 8-19 
 9. Hito/Johvi 2-25 

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 31: Kalev/Cramo - TTU 76-64
Mar. 27: Kalev/Cramo - TU/Rock 69-64
Mar. 30: Hito/Johvi - Kalev/Cramo 66-85
Mar. 30: Tarvas - TU/Rock 64-94
Mar. 30: Parnu - Rapla 61-63

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 2: Valga - TTU
Apr. 5: Tarvas - TTU
Apr. 6: Hito/Johvi - Parnu
Apr. 6: Rapla - Tln Kalev
Apr. 7: TU/Rock - Parnu


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Gary WILKINSON
  Kalev/Cr.
  (205-F/C-82)
  Avg: 16
 1. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.16.0 
 2. Peciukeviciu., Par.15.7 
 3. Akenparg, TTU15.6 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas15.5 
 5. Laksa, Tarvas15.4 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tarvas15.1 
 7. Matulionis, Parnu15.0 
 8. Ingram, TU/Rock14.2 
 9. Campbell, Tln Kalev14.0 
 10. Okoye, Tln Kalev13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.6 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.6 
 3. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.8.6 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.3 
 5. Lindmets, Tarvas8.0 
 6. Fall, Kalev/Cramo7.3 
 7. Grafs, Valga7.2 
 8. Arnold, TTU7.0 
 9. Keedus, TTU6.7 
 10. Ringmets, Rapla6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.3 
 2. Ingram, TU/Rock4.9 
 3. Keedus, TTU4.9 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas4.0 
 5. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.4 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tarvas3.3 
 7. Laane, Rapla3.3 
 8. Cunda, Valga3.2 
 9. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.1 
 10. Raap, Parnu2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Laane, Rapla2.4 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas2.0 
 3. Keedus, TTU2.0 
 4. Akenparg, TTU1.8 
 5. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.7 
 6. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.6 
 7. Ingram, TU/Rock1.5 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tarvas1.5 
 9. Saks, Tarvas1.5 
 10. Cunda, Valga1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.1 
 2. Stewart, Tarvas1.2 
 3. Arnold, TTU1.0 
 4. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 5. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.7 
 6. Saarmets, TTU0.7 
 7. Nelyubov, TU/Rock0.6 
 8. Grim, Valga0.6 
 9. Matulionis, Parnu0.6 
 10. Saks, Tarvas0.5 



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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, Karsiyaka17.9 
 6. Burtt, Tofas17.3 
 7. Raivio, Aalstar16.3 
 8. Simmons, Krasnie16.0 
 9. Williams, Paris-.15.5 
 10. Kudrautsau, Tsmok.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.11.6 
 2. Bader, Szolnok9.8 
 3. Elonu, Tofas9.0 
 4. Hill, Hapoel Holon8.2 
 5. May, Paris-Levallo.7.8 
 6. Thomas, Karsiyaka7.7 
 7. Young, Aalstar7.2 
 8. Camara, Gravelines7.1 
 9. Lashkevich, Tsmoki.7.0 
 10. Smith, Krasnie Kr.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.7.0 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.6.4 
 3. Jordan, Telekom5.9 
 4. Dixon, Karsiyaka5.3 
 5. Burtt, Tofas4.8 
 6. Kudrautsau, Tsmoki.4.7 
 7. Deane, Khimik4.7 
 8. Kramer, EWE B.4.6 
 9. Raivio, Aalstar4.6 
 10. Joyce, EWE Baske.4.5 
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. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.1.5 
 7. Smith, Kataja1.5 
 8. Paulding, EWE B.1.4 
 9. Burtt, Tofas1.3 
 10. Dundjerski, Gaz M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas WOHLFARTH-BOTTERMANN
  Teleko.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.6 
 2. Goodridge, Khimik1.5 
 3. Aminu, Karsiyaka1.3 
 4. Vasiliev, Krasni.1.2 
 5. Akpomedah, Grave.1.2 
 6. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.2 
 7. Elonu, Tofas1.1 
 8. Pustovyi, Khimik1.1 
 9. May, Paris-Levallo.1.1 
 10. Majok, Tsmoki-M.1.1 



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  EUROCUP   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG21.1 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena19.5 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK18.5 
 4. McKee, Triumph17.9 
 5. Eidson, Unics16.5 
 6. Ray, Ratiopharm16.5 
 7. Karasev, Triumph16.1 
 8. Delaney, Budivelnyk16.1 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.0 
 10. Brown, Lokomotiv16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.0 
 2. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.3 
 3. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.3 
 4. Maric, Lokomotiv7.1 
 5. Landry, Triumph7.1 
 6. Stimac, Banvit BK6.8 
 7. Vitkovac, Buducno.6.6 
 8. Savovic, Crvena Z.6.6 
 9. Hervelle, Gescr.6.2 
 10. Ndong, Galatasar.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CALATHES
  Lokom.
  (198-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Calathes, Lokom.6.7 
 2. McKee, Triumph6.1 
 3. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.6 
 4. Wright, Spartak SP5.5 
 5. Kalnietis, Lokomot.5.4 
 6. Satoransky, Cajasol4.8 
 7. Rowland, VEF Riga4.8 
 8. Markovic, Valencia4.7 
 9. Welsch, CEZ N.4.3 
 10. Nelson, Crvena Z.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McKee, Triumph2.4 
 2. Chatman, Unics2.0 
 3. Brown, Lokomotiv1.7 
 4. Doellman, Valencia1.7 
 5. Mejia, Banvit BK1.6 
 6. Wright, Spartak SP1.6 
 7. Hosley, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 8. Calathes, Lokom.1.4 
 9. Carter, Spartak SP1.4 
 10. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Charles DAVIS
  Banvit BK
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 2. Balvin, Cajasol1.2 
 3. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.2 
 4. Naymick, CEZ N.1.2 
 5. Nankivil, Ratiopha.1.0 
 6. Lishchuk, Valencia1.0 
 7. Carter, Spartak SP0.9 
 8. Vougioukas, Unics0.9 
 9. Theis, Ratiopharm0.9 
 10. Ndong, Galatasar.0.8 



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Brown, Montepaschi18.6 
 2. Bogdanovic, Fener..16.3 
 3. Nachbar, Brose B.16.2 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.15.7 
 5. Farmar, Anadolu14.3 
 6. Jerrells, Besiktas14.2 
 7. Weems, CSKA14.2 
 8. Fernandez, Real M.13.9 
 9. Hickman, Maccabi13.9 
 10. Lampe, Caja L.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.4 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A6.5 
 3. Lampe, Caja L.6.0 
 4. Lasme, Panathin.6.0 
 5. Tomic, FCB Regal5.9 
 6. Hines, Olympiacos5.9 
 7. Thompson, ALBA5.6 
 8. Davis, Khimky5.5 
 9. Mirotic, Real Madr.5.4 
 10. Zoric, Unicaja5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.6.5 
 2. Planinic, Khimky6.4 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.4 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi5.3 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA5.1 
 6. Heurtel, Caja L.4.5 
 7. Farmar, Anadolu4.1 
 8. Ohayon, Maccabi4.1 
 9. Gordon, Anadolu4.0 
 10. Cook, Caja Laboral3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Bo MCCALEBB
  Fener.Ul.
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.2.0 
 2. Jaaber, Zalgiris1.9 
 3. Gordon, Anadolu1.8 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.6 
 5. Hickman, Maccabi1.5 
 6. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 7. Calloway, Unicaja1.3 
 8. Teodosic, CSKA1.2 
 9. Cook, Caja Laboral1.2 
 10. Diamantidis, Pana.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.0 
 2. Lasme, Panathin.2.0 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal1.3 
 4. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 5. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 6. Hines, Olympiacos1.1 
 7. Zoric, Unicaja1.1 
 8. Vidmar, Besiktas1.1 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA1.0 
 10. Ford, Brose Bask.1.0 



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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Emmanuel Holloway The Player of March - by Rauno Hurmalainen

American Guard Emmanuel Holloway (185-G-86, college: Illinois St.) has been named The Player of March. Holloway helped and led his team YMCA Lahti to a 5-3 record in March and by the same Lahti was saved and will keep the place in Top League. Holloway, playing his second season in Finland, was averaging 21,3 ppg - 4,1 rpg - 4,5 apg - 2,4 spg in 38,6 mpg.
Before Holloway five other foreigner players have been named The Player of the Month: October - Damon Williams (Pyrinto), November - Matthew Gibson (YMCA LPR), December - Martin Zeno (Bisons), January - Jonte Flowers (Kataja) and February - Sefton Barrett (KTP).



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

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

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 6: Cholet - Le Mans
Apr. 6: ASVEL - Strasbourg
Apr. 6: Orleans - Poitiers
Apr. 6: Le Havre - Gravelines
Apr. 6: Boulazac - Roanne
Apr. 6: Paris-Levallois - Nancy
Apr. 6: Chalon - Nanterre
Apr. 6: Dijon - Limoges

Round 23

Apr. 2: Roanne - Gravelines 80-76


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.19.1 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines17.4 
 3. Jackson, AS.16.7 
 4. King, Le Havre16.5 
 5. Williams, Paris-.16.3 
 6. Sommerville, Nancy16.1 
 7. Fitch, Strasbourg15.9 
 8. Ajinca, Strasbourg15.9 
 9. Green, Orleans15.2 
 10. Nivins, Poitiers15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.9 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.7.8 
 4. Greer, Strasbourg7.7 
 5. Williams, Chalon7.6 
 6. Sommerville, Nancy7.0 
 7. Dobbins, Poitiers6.9 
 8. McKenzie, Boulazac6.8 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.6.6 
 10. Collins, Roanne6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Le Havre
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. King, Le Havre7.3 
 2. Diabate, Nancy6.7 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.5.2 
 5. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.1 
 6. Greer, Strasbourg5.1 
 7. Schilb, Chalon5.1 
 8. Bokolo, Gravelines4.7 
 9. Campbell, Stras.4.6 
 10. Sangare, Roanne3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.0 
 2. Melody, Dijon1.8 
 3. Leloup, Dijon1.8 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.8 
 5. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.6 
 6. Schilb, Chalon1.6 
 7. Eldridge, Boulazac1.6 
 8. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
 9. Campbell, Stras.1.6 
 10. Jomby, Cholet1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.8 
 2. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.5 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.4 
 4. Williams, Chalon1.2 
 5. Sy, AS.1.2 
 6. Fofana, Le Havre1.1 
 7. Badiane, Poitiers1.0 
 8. Issa, Le Mans0.8 
 9. Vaty, Gravelines0.8 
 10. Samnick, Roanne0.8 


Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Orchy 21-4 
 2. Souffel 18-8 
 3. Vichy 18-8 
 4. Blois 16-9 
 5. Cognac 16-10 
 6. Monaco 15-10 
 7. Quimper 15-11 
 8. La Rochelle 15-11 
 9. Rueil 14-13 
 10. Sorgues 12-13 
 11. Chartres 10-15 
 12. Angers BC 49 10-15 
 13. St Chamond 10-16 
 14. Challans 9-17 
 15. Rennes 6-19 
 16. CFBB 0-26 

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 2: Rueil - Angers BC 49 98-90
Apr. 2: La Rochelle - Sorgues 91-67
Apr. 2: Cognac - Blois 86-88
Apr. 2: CFBB - Chartres 75-92
Apr. 2: Souffel - Orchy 63-70
Apr. 2: St Chamond - Monaco 58-72
Apr. 2: Quimper - Challans 103-90


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ryan ZAMROZ
  Sorgues
  (192-G/F-87)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Zamroz, Sorgues18.8 
 2. Kaunisto, Blois17.4 
 3. Hill, Angers BC 4917.4 
 4. Raji, Quimper17.0 
 5. Cole, La Rochelle16.9 
 6. Herard, Challans16.6 
 7. Petrovic, Orchy16.5 
 8. Pene, Rennes16.4 
 9. Inglis, CFBB16.2 
 10. Ocokoljic, Rueil16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.2 
 2. Raji, Quimper8.4 
 3. Cole, La Rochelle7.7 
 4. Alingue, Souffel7.5 
 5. Tornato, Blois7.3 
 6. Sall, Rennes7.3 
 7. Inglis, CFBB7.2 
 8. Calasan, Monaco7.2 
 9. Caskill, Cognac7.0 
 10. N''Diaye, Souffel7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony CHRISTOPHE
  Monaco
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Christophe, Monaco7.0 
 2. Cherry, Quimper6.4 
 3. Barbry, Orchy5.4 
 4. Rathieuville, Chal.5.4 
 5. Brochard, Blois4.7 
 6. Fellah, Angers B.4.5 
 7. Thomas, Vichy4.5 
 8. Inglis, CFBB4.0 
 9. Sahraoui, La Roche.4.0 
 10. Boivin, Chartres3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Rida EL AMRANI
  Vichy
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. El Amrani, Vichy2.4 
 2. Bennett, Monaco1.9 
 3. Davis, Blois1.9 
 4. Saounera, Rueil1.7 
 5. Rathieuville, Chal.1.7 
 6. Lonzieme, Angers B.1.6 
 7. Mouillard, Cognac1.6 
 8. Lessort, Vichy1.6 
 9. Pene, Rennes1.6 
 10. Thibedore, Quimper1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Daviin DAVIS
  Blois
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Davis, Blois1.7 
 2. N''Diaye, Souffel1.4 
 3. Rinna, St Chamond1.3 
 4. Diame, Rueil1.3 
 5. Alingue, Souffel1.2 
 6. Tornato, Blois1.2 
 7. Inglis, CFBB1.2 
 8. Traore, Angers B.1.1 
 9. Smock, CFBB0.8 
 10. Kolb, Quimper0.8 


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

34-year old swingman Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Strasbourg and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed Boulazac (#16, 7-18) with 32-point margin 100-68. Strasbourg maintains the 2nd position in French league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Strasbourg will need more victories to improve their 17-8 record. In the team's last game Greer had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Strasbourg, through which he has constantly improved. University of Pittsburgh graduate has very impressive stats this year. Greer is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 7.7rpg), assists (5th best: 5.1apg) and averages solid 55.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Cam Long (193-G-88, agency: KMG Sports Management) of Le Mans. He is American guard in his first season at Le Mans. In the last game Long recorded impressive 27 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Le Mans to another comfortable win 86-73 over the lower-ranked Le Havre (#11, 11-14) being unquestionably team leader. Le Mans' 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 15-10 record is not bad at all. Long is a newcomer at Le Mans and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Anthony Dobbins (194-G-81) of Poitiers (#15). Dobbins showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Poitiers, leading his team to a 69-62 win against the higher-ranked Dijon (#10, 12-13). The chances of Poitiers not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dobbins could try to bring Poitiers' a little bit higher in the standings. Dobbins has individually a great season in France. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.9rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) of ASVEL - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Aymeric Jeanneau (187-PG-78) of Strasbourg - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Marcellus Sommerville (200-F-82) of Nancy - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Bernard King (196-G-81) of Le Havre - 33 points and 4 assists
9. Pape Sy (201-G/F-88) of Le Mans - 19 points and 3 rebounds
10. Ousmane Camara (202-C-89) of Gravelines - 11 points, 9 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)



Cherry's 33-point game gives him NM1 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

33-year old point guard Carlos Cherry (184-PG-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had a great game in the last round for Quimper and receives a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 29.
He had the game-high 33 points adding three rebounds and eight assists for Quimper in his team's victory, helping them to beat Challans (#14, 9-17) 103-90. Quimper maintains the 7th position in French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Quimper will need more victories to improve their 15-11 record. In the team's last game Cherry had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Quimper's top player in his first season with the team. Cherry has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 6.4apg).

Second best performed player last round was Anthony Hill (204-F-88) of Angers BC 49. He is American forward in his first season at Angers BC 49. In the last game Hill recorded impressive 31 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as Angers BC 49 lost that game 90-98 to the higher-ranked Rueil (#9, 14-13). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Angers BC 49 dropped in the standings to 12th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-15 record. Hill is a newcomer at Angers BC 49 and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.4ppg (#3). He also registered 6.9 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Daviin Davis (193-G/F-85) of Blois (#4). Davis got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He was a key player of Blois, leading his team to a 88-86 win against slightly lower-ranked Cognac (#5, 16-10). Blois needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 9 lost games. Davis has a very solid season. In 24 games in France he scored 15.8ppg. He also has 4.0rpg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 58.7% and 3PT: 41.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Corey Raji (198-F-88) of Quimper - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-F-80) of Rueil - 30 points and 9 rebounds
6. Tyray Pearson (201-F-80) of St Chamond - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Milutin Aleksic (203-F-82) of Monaco - 10 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Pierre-Etienne Drouault (194-G/F-90) of Angers BC 49 - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Petras Balocka (205-C/F-86) of Challans - 14 points and 12 rebounds
10. Jarryd Cole (204-F-88) of La Rochelle - 19 points and 7 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)



NM1 Round 29: Blois beat Cognac 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.

The most exciting game of round 29 in the NM1 took place in Cognac. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 4th placed Cognac (16-10) to fifth ranked Blois (16-9) 88-86 in the game for the fourth place. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Blois made 7 blocks. American swingman Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points and 5 blocks. Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Cedric Bertorelle (198-78) answered with 25 points and 6 rebounds for Cognac. Blois have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Cognac lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Blois are looking forward to face Saint Chamond (#13) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cognac will play against Angers BC 49 (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Orchesien BC (21-4) which played road game in Souffel. against second-ranked Souffelweyersheim (18-8). First ranked Orchesien BC managed to get a 7-point victory 70-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Souffelweyersheim. Serbian power forward Djordje Petrovic (204-84) stepped up and scored 16 points for the winners and Joffrey Verbeke chipped in 15 points. Senegalese power forward Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-84, college: USC) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Orchesien BC. They maintain first place with 21-4 record. Souffelweyersheim at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Vichy. Orchesien BC will play against Quimper UJAP (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Souffelweyersheim will play against Monaco (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked CFBB is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 26th consecutive match to thirteenth ranked Chartres (10-15) 92-75 on Tuesday evening. Adrien Boivin nailed 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Damien Inglis came up with 10 points for CFBB in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Chartres moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Angers BC 49. CFBB lost their twentieth sixth game in a row. They still closes the standings. Chartres will meet at home higher ranked La Rochelle (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CFBB will play against Union Rennes (#15) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game between eighth ranked La Rochelle (15-11) and 10th ranked Sorgues (12-13) in La Rochelle ended with biggest points difference. La Rochelle outscored guests from Sorgues 91-67. The best player for the winners was Jarryd Cole who scored 19 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. La Rochelle moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Quimper. Sorgues at the other side keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. La Rochelle's next round opponent will be Chartres (#11) on the road. Sorgues will play against JA Vichy.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 29: Challans was beaten by Quimper on the road 103-90. St Chamond lost to Monaco on its own court 58-72. Angers BC 49 unfortunately lost to Rueil in a road game 90-98.
The most impressive performance of 29th round was 33 points (!!!) and 8 assists by Carlos Cherry of Quimper.


Quimper - Challans 103-90

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Quimper UJAP (15-11) beat at home 14th ranked Vendee Challans (9-17) 103-90. Quimper UJAP made 29-of-36 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Strangely Vendee Challans outrebounded Quimper UJAP 36-23 including 22 on the defensive glass. 28 personal fouls committed by Vendee Challans helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Spanish point guard Carlos Cherry (184-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who scored 33 points (!!!) and 8 assists (was perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line !!!). Nigerian forward Corey Raji (198-88, college: Boston Coll., agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Lithuanian power forward Petras Balocka (205-86, college: Hawaii) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and forward Fabien Herard (198-79) added 21 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Quimper UJAP and five Vendee Challans players scored in double figures. Vendee Challans' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Quimper UJAP maintains seventh place with 15-11 record, which they share with La Rochelle. Vendee Challans at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. Quimper UJAP's next round opponent will be league's leader Orchesien BC in Orchies and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Quimper: C.Cherry 33+3reb+8ast, F.Thibedore 20+5reb+3ast, C.Raji 19+8reb+5ast, J.Moupegnou 10+2reb+2ast, B.Matanga 6+1reb, R.Gregoire 6+1reb
Challans: F.Herard 21+5reb+1ast, P.Balocka 14+12reb+1ast, S.Cherasse 14+1reb+2ast, S.Mekdad 13+9reb+4ast, J.Rathieuville 13+2reb+3ast, P.Cukinas 6+2reb
gschID: 186317


CFBB - Chartres 75-92

Bottom-ranked CFBB is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 26th consecutive match to thirteenth ranked Chartres (10-15) 92-75 on Tuesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Chartres. CFBB managed to win fourth quarter 27-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chartres forced 19 CFBB turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Chartres especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Guard Adrien Boivin (185-91) nailed 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and naturalized Senegalese power forward Vincent Mendy (204-83) accounted for 12 points and 6 rebounds. Damien Inglis (203-95) came up with 10 points and Paul Rigot (201-95) added 7 points and 8 rebounds respectively for CFBB in the defeat. 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. Chartres moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Angers BC 49. CFBB lost their twentieth sixth game in a row. They still closes the standings. Chartres will meet at home higher ranked La Rochelle (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CFBB will play against Union Rennes (#15) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Chartres: M.Vasic 17+1reb+1ast, A.Hergott 13+3reb, V.Mendy 12+6reb+2ast, G.Merie 11+2reb+3ast, A.Boivin 9+6reb+5ast, G.Lemon 9+4reb
CFBB: S.Gombauld 12+3reb, L.Dussoulier 10+4reb+1ast, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 10+2reb+3ast, D.Inglis 10+4reb+2ast, L.Paoletti 9+1reb, Y.Smock 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 186318


La Rochelle - Sorgues 91-67

The game between eighth ranked La Rochelle (15-11) and 10th ranked Sorgues (12-13) in La Rochelle ended with biggest points difference. La Rochelle outscored guests from Sorgues 91-67. The game without a history. La Rochelle led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Sorgues' 30. They outrebounded Sorgues 40-22 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Sorgues helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Jarryd Cole (204-88, college: Iowa) who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Diamory Sylla (202-76, college: Arkansas Tech) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. point guard Arnaud Thinon (178-87) produced 21 points and center Xavier Pasut (200-84) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. La Rochelle moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Quimper. Sorgues at the other side keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. La Rochelle's next round opponent will be Chartres (#11) on the road. Sorgues will play against JA Vichy.
Top scorers:
La Rochelle: J.Cole 19+7reb+1ast, A.M'Boma 17+4reb+2ast, D.Sylla 13+8reb+3ast, J.Dalmat 12+1reb+2ast, F.Sahraoui 9+3reb+5ast, S.Soliman 8+7reb+1ast
Sorgues: A.Thinon 21+4reb+2ast, X.Pasut 11+6reb+2ast, R.Zamroz 10+1ast, J.Doreau 8+3reb+1ast, Q.Hankins-Cole 8+3reb+1ast, C.Mansare 5+2reb
gschID: 186316


St Chamond - Monaco 58-72

Very expected game when 12th ranked Saint Chamond (10-16) lost at home to sixth ranked Monaco (15-10) 72-58. The game was mostly controlled by Monaco. Saint Chamond was better in second period 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Monaco had a 32-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Milutin Aleksic (203-82) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Moustafa Diallo (187-80) chipped in 22 points. Four Monaco players scored in double figures. American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and forward Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-83) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Newly promoted Monaco maintains sixth place with 15-10 record. Saint Chamond at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Monaco's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Souffelweyersheim in Souffel. and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saint Chamond will play on the road against Blois (#4).
Top scorers:
Monaco: M.Diallo 22+3reb, D.McClintock 14+6reb, A.Christophe 10+4reb+5ast, M.Aleksic 10+12reb+7ast, J.Jones 9+4reb, M.Labeyrie-Hafsi 4+4reb+3ast
St Chamond: T.Pearson 16+14reb+2ast, J.Rinna 12+5reb+1ast, E.Sadiku 7+6reb+2ast, R.Tillon 7+3reb+3ast, J.Landu-Bongo 6+2reb+1ast, I.Bankevics 3+1ast
gschID: 186312


Rueil - Angers BC 49 98-90

Rather predictable result when ninth ranked Rueil (14-13) won against at home 11th ranked Angers BC 49 (10-15) 98-90. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 28-24 Angers BC 49's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 98-90 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Angers BC 49 42-31 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Rueil especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St., agency: TSS Management) who scored 30 points and 9 rebounds. Alexis Desespringalle (192-91) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Rueil players scored in double figures. American forward Anthony Hill (204-88, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) produced 31 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Pierre-Etienne Drouault (194-90) added 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Rueil maintains ninth place with 14-13 record. Angers BC 49 at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Rueil will have a break next round. Angers BC 49 will play at home against Cognac (#5).
Top scorers:
Rueil: S.Ocokoljic 30+9reb, A.Desespringalle 15+7reb+7ast, S.Dubois 11+1reb+6ast, D.Gentil 11+3reb+2ast, K.Gourari 11+9reb+8ast, M.Diame 10+4reb+1ast
Angers BC 49: A.Hill 31+6reb+1ast, P.Drouault 22+9reb+4ast, L.Gunnarsson 13+2reb+2ast, T.Lonzieme 8+2reb+3ast, H.Suhard 8+1reb+2ast, S.Traore 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 186310


Cognac - Blois 86-88

The most exciting game of round 29 in the NM1 took place in Cognac. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 4th placed Cognac (16-10) to fifth ranked Blois (16-9) 88-86 in the game for the fourth place. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Blois made 7 blocks. American swingman Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points and 5 blocks. Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Cedric Bertorelle (198-78) answered with 25 points and 6 rebounds and guard Romain Hillotte (197-91) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Cognac. Four Cognac players scored in double figures. Blois have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Cognac lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Blois are looking forward to face Saint Chamond (#13) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cognac will play against Angers BC 49 (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Blois: D.Davis 32+2reb+3ast, G.Staelens 15+2reb+4ast, V.Kaunisto 14+7reb+3ast, J.Tornato 7+4reb, K.Morlende 6, M.Sy 5+1reb+1ast
Cognac: C.Bertorelle 25+6reb+3ast, R.Hillotte 14+6reb+7ast, J.Ludon 14+5reb+1ast, D.Sencanski 11+5reb+5ast, M.Buval 8+6reb, M.Choplin 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 186311


Souffel - Orchy 63-70

An interesting game for Orchesien BC (21-4) which played road game in Souffel. against second-ranked Souffelweyersheim (18-8). First ranked Orchesien BC managed to get a 7-point victory 70-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Souffelweyersheim. It looked good early as Souffelweyersheim took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Orchesien BC took control winning two of next three quarters and eventually winning the game that evening by 7 points. Serbian power forward Djordje Petrovic (204-84) stepped up and scored 16 points for the winners and Joffrey Verbeke (196-87) chipped in 15 points. Senegalese power forward Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-84, college: USC) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) scored 9 points and 13 rebounds. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Orchesien BC. They maintain first place with 21-4 record. Souffelweyersheim at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Vichy. Orchesien BC will play against Quimper UJAP (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Souffelweyersheim will play against Monaco (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Orchy: D.Petrovic 16+4reb, J.Verbeke 15+2reb, O.Gouez 11+3reb+2ast, R.Carter 9+5reb+2ast, R.Malet 6+1reb+5ast, R.Brocheray 6+2reb+2ast
Souffel: A.N'Diaye 21+9reb, F.Minet 13+1reb+6ast, F.Broliron 10+2reb+1ast, J.Alingue 9+13reb, J.Tschamber 7+2reb+3ast, G.Obernesser 3+1ast
gschID: 186313



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Jack Eggleston (Bayer Giants Leverkusen) We Got A Good Team Win And Now Need To Take Care Of Business In Game 2 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jack Eggleston (203-PF-88, agency: Pro One Sports, 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 game one win against the Sixers.

Congrats on the 100-83 win in game one against the Sixers. How close was the Giants offensive performance perfect?

We played well offensively, but there are always places where we can improve. I thought we missed some good looks from deep and a few easy ones around the rim.

The Sixes stayed with the Giants and were only down by seven points at halftime. But the Giants exploded in the third quarter with 31 points. What adjustments did the team make in the third quarter?

I think it just took us a little time to get comfortable with their changing defenses. Once we settled in and knew where we could get our shots, we were very effective.

Josh Parker had another MVP game with 40 points, seven assists and three steals. You as his teammate can you sometimes realize in the first few minutes that he will have that extra special game?

The crazy thing is that I wouldn't even consider this an extra special game for Josh. He has been so incredible this year that scoring 30 to 40 points is almost normal. It is fun to be out there while he's doing it though.

When I give you this special mathematical equation of 51+44=Parker and Eggleston, do you know what it means? The combo Parker and Eggleston continue to be a strong duo.

Well I think that is the total points, rebounds, and assists for the two of us last night. If we can continue to put up numbers like that, the Giants should continue to be successful.

You had a massive game with 16 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. Ok you got the team win, but does it hurt a bit when you give stats like that that it might be forgotten a bit by the big game by Josh Parker?

I don't think about that for one second. All I know is that we got a good team win, and now we need to go on the road and take care of business in game 2. As long as we win and I feel like I'm helping my team, I don't care what else happens.

In the last interview we talked about the worth of Marc Rass. In game one, the Giants had a few other supporting players like Gotz Twiehoff. How valuable was he in game one?

Gotz has been a great asset for us this year. Despite being a little undersized at the center position, he has figured out how to be a very effective player as the year has progressed. He's so smart with the way he uses his body and his pump fakes around the rim.

The Sixers had some guys who stepped up like Jeremie Simmons. What will be key to winning game two and keeping the American in check?

We just need to know where he is at all times on the floor. He is aggressive offensively so we have to be ready to help when he's driving to the basket.

Have you ever seen a more horrifying leg injury than that of Kevin Ware?

Man that was one of the nastiest things I've ever seen. I wish him the best for a speedy recovery.


Which two teams will reach the NCAA Final and why?

I'm going to go with Michigan over Syracuse because they have so many good shooters to light up that zone. And I'll go with Louisville over Wichita State because of the motivation from the Ware injury and the fact that they're simply a better team.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I just watched the Game of Thrones premiere. Happy to have it back.

Thanks Jack for the chat.




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Greek A2 round 22 best performance: Giannis Kakiouzis - by Eurobasket News

Forward Giannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) put on an amazing game in the last round for Lavrio, receiving a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 34-year old player was the main contributor (32 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Doxa Lefkadas (#14, 4-18) with 20-point margin 88-68. Lavrio is placed at 5th position in Greek A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lavrio will need more victories to improve their 13-9 record. Kakiouzis has many years of experience at Lavrio, through which he has constantly improved. Giannis Kakiouzis has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.4ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 8.6rpg) and averages impressive 63.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Thodoris Tsiotras (198-G-87) of Arkadikos. Tsiotras had a very good evening with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Arkadikos was edged by the higher-ranked Agia Paraskevis (#6, 12-10) 84-82. Arkadikos is still in a red zone at 10th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-14 record. Tsiotras is a newcomer at Arkadikos, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was FYR Macedonian Djordje Jovanovic of Irakleio (#12). Jovanovic scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Jovanovic's great performance Irakleio lost 55-70 to slightly higher-ranked OFI (#11, 7-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Irakleio can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 6-16 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Jovanovic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Jovanovic has a very solid season. In 6 games in Greece he scored 15.5ppg. He also has 7.2rpg and FGP: 66.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vangelis Tsiakas (194-G-81) of Agia Paraskevis - 24 points and 4 rebounds
5. Vaggelis Sklavos (202-F-77) of Pagrati - 13 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Tasos Charismidis (203-F-81) of Trikalla - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Kostas Vardavas (193-G-81) of Agia Paraskevis - 15 points and 8 rebounds
8. Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-G/F-82) of Lavrio - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-C-80) of Ermis Lagkada - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Thodoris Sioutis (200-F-80) of Nea Kifisia - 8 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)



Greek A1 round 22 best performance: Kevin Palmer - by Eurobasket News

American swingman Kevin Palmer (198-G/F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for KAOD, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Kolossos (#12, 6-16) 74-66. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. KAOD is placed at 9th position in Greek A1. KAOD is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-14 record. In the team's last game Palmer had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be KAOD's top player in his first season with the team. Former Texas A&M - Corpus Christi star has very solid stats this year. Palmer leads league in rebounds with 8.7rpg. Palmer is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.7spg and 50.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Antonis Mantzaris (196-G-86) of Peristeri GS. Mantzaris had a very good evening with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Of course Peristeri GS cruised to a 81-72 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Kavala (#13, 5-17). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Peristeri GS managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 11th place. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Peristeri GS managed to get this year. Mantzaris is a newcomer at Peristeri GS and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was international forward Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) of league's top team Olympiacos. Papanikolaou scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Olympiacos, leading his team to a 88-73 easy win against the lower-ranked AGOR (#5, 14-8). Many experts and fans count Olympiacos as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 21 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Papanikolaou has a very solid season. In 22 games in Greece he scored 10.5ppg. He also has 4.2rpg, FGP: 71.3% and 3PT: 44.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiacos - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Kyle Hines (198-F-86) of Olympiacos - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85) of Panelefsiniakos - 20 points and 6 rebounds
7. Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85) of Ikaros - 17 points and 15 rebounds
8. Mihalis Tsairelis (207-F/C-88) of PAOK - 18 points and 9 rebounds
9. Nikos Chatzis (196-G-76) of Ilysiakos - 20 points and 5 rebounds
10. Smush Parker (193-G-81) of Peristeri GS - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 28-5 
 2. Leiden 26-8 
 3. Groningen 23-10 
 4. Zwolle 18-16 
 5. Leeuwarden 18-16 
 6. Den Helder K. 17-17 
 7. Weert 16-18 
 8. M.Magixx 15-19 
 9. Amsterdam 4-30 
 10. Rotterdam 3-29 

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 1: Den Helder K. - Rotterdam 93-73
Apr. 1: Den Bosch - Leiden 88-85
Apr. 2: Weert - M.Magixx 86-81
Apr. 1: Zwolle - Groningen 66-74
Apr. 1: Leeuwarden - Amsterdam 103-69

Regular Season: Round 33

Apr. 6: Leiden - Weert
Apr. 6: Rotterdam - Zwolle
Apr. 6: Groningen - Amsterdam
Apr. 6: Leeuwarden - Den Bosch
Apr. 7: M.Magixx - Den Helder K.


Eredivisie Round 32: Den Bosch beats Leiden by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 32 in the Eredivisie took place in Den Bosch. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Leiden (26-8) to first ranked Den Bosch (28-5) 88-85 in the game for the first place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Leiden. Leiden was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 30-23 charge of Den Bosch, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Matt Bauscher (188-85, college: Boise St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 5 assists. The other American import forward Wil Carter (203-88, college: San Jose St.) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Den Bosch's coach Raoul Korner used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. International guard Arvin Slagter (191-85, agency: Court Side) replied with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for Leiden. Den Bosch have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 28-5 record. Leiden at the other side keeps the second place with eight games lost. Den Bosch are looking forward to face Leeuwarden (#5) on the road in the next round. Leiden will play against Weert and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
An interesting game for Groningen (23-10) which played road game in Zwolle against one of their biggest challengers Zwolle (18-16). Third ranked Groningen managed to get a 8-point victory 74-66. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jamal Boykin (203-87, college: California) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and Michael Kingma who added 9 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Groningen's coach Ivica Skelin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Darryl Webb (198-88, college: Indiana, PA, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 21 rebounds. Groningen maintains third position with 23-10 record having five points less than leader Den Bosch. Zwolle at the other side keeps the fourth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Leeuwarden. Groningen will play against Amsterdam (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Zwolle will play against Rotterdam (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Weert was also quite interesting. 7th ranked M.Magixx (15-19) played at the court of eighth ranked Weert (16-18). Weert managed to secure a 5-point victory 86-81 on Tuesday. The winners were led by Kenneth van Kempen who scored that evening 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Even 15 points and 9 rebounds by Robbie Sihota did not help to save the game for M.Magixx. Weert have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Loser M.Magixx dropped to the eighth position with 19 games lost. Weert will meet league's second-placed Leiden on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. M.Magixx will play against Den Helder K. (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fifth ranked Leeuwarden (18-16) and 9th ranked Amsterdam (4-30) in Leeuwarden ended with biggest points difference. Leeuwarden outscored guests from Amsterdam 103-69. The best player for the winners was Samme Givens who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Amsterdam's coach Tyronne Marioneaux gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Leeuwarden moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Zwolle. Amsterdam lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 30 games lost. Leeuwarden's next round opponent will be league's leader Den Bosch at home and it may be the game of the week. Amsterdam will play against Groningen (#3) in Groningen.

In the last game of round 32 bottom-ranked Rotterdam was smashed by Den Helder K. on the road 93-73.


Weert - M.Magixx 86-81

The game in Weert was also quite interesting. 7th ranked M.Magixx (15-19) played at the court of eighth ranked Weert (16-18). Weert managed to secure a 5-point victory 86-81 on Tuesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But M.Magixx won fourth quarter 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by the former international center Kenneth van Kempen (208-87, college: Ohio, agency: Court Side) who scored that evening 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and American guard Bryquis Perine (190-88, college: Green Bay, agency: Court Side) supported him with 19 points and 8 assists. Five Weert players scored in double figures. Even 15 points and 9 rebounds by Indian-Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (198-87) did not help to save the game for M.Magixx. American-Italian guard Roman Nardi (186-85, college: Villanova) added 12 points and 7 assists for the guests. Weert have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Loser M.Magixx dropped to the eighth position with 19 games lost. Weert will meet league's second-placed Leiden on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. M.Magixx will play against Den Helder K. (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Weert: K.van Kempen 22+8reb+3ast, B.Perine 19+2reb+8ast, R.Fletcher 16+1reb+2ast, A.Carter 11+9reb+1ast, S.Besseling 11+2reb+3ast, G.Robinson 5+4reb
M.Magixx: K.Ahelegbe 17+1reb+3ast, R.Sihota 15+9reb+1ast, R.Nardi 12+3reb+7ast, T.Vermeulen 9+2reb+1ast, S.Walker 8+6reb, N.Oudendag 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 193754


Leeuwarden - Amsterdam 103-69

The game between fifth ranked Leeuwarden (18-16) and 9th ranked Amsterdam (4-30) in Leeuwarden ended with biggest points difference. Leeuwarden outscored guests from Amsterdam 103-69. The game without a history. Leeuwarden led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Amsterdam's 38. Leeuwarden forced 19 Amsterdam turnovers and outrebounded them 45-24 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Amsterdam's players. The best player for the winners was American forward Samme Givens (195, college: Drexel) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import forward Jerrell Williams (203-88, college: La Salle) chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Leeuwarden players scored in double figures. Guard Jirian Roodheuvel (180-88) produced 16 points and 4 assists and forward Maurits Pieper (198-90) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Amsterdam's coach Tyronne Marioneaux gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Leeuwarden moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Zwolle. Amsterdam lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 30 games lost. Leeuwarden's next round opponent will be league's leader Den Bosch at home and it may be the game of the week. Amsterdam will play against Groningen (#3) in Groningen.
Top scorers:
Leeuwarden: S.Givens 24+12reb+5ast, D.Michaels 20+8reb+2ast, J.Williams 19+8reb+5ast, C.Osaikhwuwuomwan 11+6reb+2ast, H.Kherrazi 11+2reb+1ast, R.Holcomb Faye 10+4reb+10ast
Amsterdam: J.Roodheuvel 16+4ast, M.Pieper 15+2reb+1ast, P.Balm 10+4reb+1ast, J.Ormskerk 8+3reb+5ast, J.Van Der Laan 8+1reb+1ast, M.Van Tongeren 5
gschID: 193753


Den Helder K. - Rotterdam 93-73

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Den Helder K. (17-17) crushed at home bottom-ranked Rotterdam (3-29) 93-73. The game without a history. Den Helder K. 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 Rotterdam's 34. They outrebounded Rotterdam 35-23 including 21 on the defensive glass. Den Helder K. players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Rotterdam's players. The best player for the winners was the former international center Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC, agency: Court Side) who scored 25 points. Forward Max Van Schaik (208-91, agency: Court Side) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Four Den Helder K. players scored in double figures. Den Helder K.'s coach Jean-Marc Jaumin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Anthony Miles (182-89, college: Lamar, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) produced 23 points and his fellow American import power forward Cameron Echols (203-81, college: Ball St., agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 15 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Den Helder K. maintains sixth position with 17-17 record. Rotterdam lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 29 lost games. Den Helder K.'s next round opponent will be M.Magixx (#8) in Nijmegen. Rotterdam will play at home against Zwolle.
Top scorers:
Den Helder K.: J.van der List 25+3reb+3ast, M.Van Schaik 17+8reb+1ast, M.Hill 14+3reb+6ast, Q.Treffers 10+3reb+1ast, S.Mladenovic 8+3reb+3ast, J.van der Kooij 6+2reb+1ast
Rotterdam: A.Miles 23+4reb+1ast, C.Echols 15+11reb, M.Otten 10+1reb+2ast, D.Rigters 7+1reb, D.Jones 6+2reb, H.Addow 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 193752


Den Bosch - Leiden 88-85

The most exciting game of round 32 in the Eredivisie took place in Den Bosch. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Leiden (26-8) to first ranked Den Bosch (28-5) 88-85 in the game for the first place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Leiden. Leiden was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 30-23 charge of Den Bosch, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Matt Bauscher (188-85, college: Boise St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 5 assists. The other American import forward Wil Carter (203-88, college: San Jose St.) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Den Bosch's coach Raoul Korner used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. International guard Arvin Slagter (191-85, agency: Court Side) replied with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and international Worthy de Jong (194-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 23 points in the effort for Leiden. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Den Bosch have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 28-5 record. Leiden at the other side keeps the second place with eight games lost. Den Bosch are looking forward to face Leeuwarden (#5) on the road in the next round. Leiden will play against Weert and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Den Bosch: M.Bauscher 22+1reb+5ast, W.Carter 16+8reb+3ast, S.Wessels 11+3reb, A.Young 11+2reb+9ast, K.Akerboom 9+2reb, P.Van Paassen 8+4reb+2ast
Leiden: A.Slagter 26+5reb+9ast, W.de Jong 23+4reb+1ast, M.Kherrazi 11+6reb+1ast, A.Young 10+2reb+2ast, M.Schachtner 8+6reb+1ast, R.Bekkering 4+4reb
gschID: 193751


Zwolle - Groningen 66-74

An interesting game for Groningen (23-10) which played road game in Zwolle against one of their biggest challengers Zwolle (18-16). Third ranked Groningen managed to get a 8-point victory 74-66. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Zwolle won third quarter 25-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jamal Boykin (203-87, college: California) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and the former international center Michael Kingma (208-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who added 9 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Groningen's coach Ivica Skelin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Darryl Webb (198-88, college: Indiana, PA, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 21 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Tanner Smith (195-90, college: Clemson) scored 11 points and 6 assists. Groningen maintains third position with 23-10 record having five points less than leader Den Bosch. Zwolle at the other side keeps the fourth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Leeuwarden. Groningen will play against Amsterdam (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Zwolle will play against Rotterdam (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Groningen: J.Boykin 19+3reb+1ast, J.Dourisseau 16+3reb, M.Kingma 9+12reb+1ast, N.Rohnert 8+4reb+6ast, S.de Randamie 5+5reb+3ast, J.Voorn 5+2reb+2ast
Zwolle: D.Webb 23+21reb, Z.Novak 15+5reb, T.Smith 11+4reb+6ast, J.Magette 9+2reb+9ast, K.Zondervan 6+5reb+1ast, N.Hulzebos 2+5reb+2ast
gschID: 193750



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Standings - B Division

B Division Standings
East
 1. Kosarlabda 18-0 
 2. Konecranes 15-3 
 3. EKF-Eger-HESZ 12-6 
 4. Bajai FKE 10-8 
 5. Obudai 9-9 
 6. EnterHod Vas. 8-10 
 7. Phoenix KK 7-11 
 8. DEAC 4-14 
 9. Nagykorosi 4-14 
 10. Mezoberenyi 3-15 
West
 1. MTK Torokbalint 15-3 
 2. TF Budapest 14-4 
 3. Bonyhadi 13-5 
 4. MAFC 11-7 
 5. Bp. Honved 10-8 
 6. GYOR-SZOL 9-9 
 7. Veszpremi 7-11 
 8. PTE-PEAC PVSK 4-14 
 9. SMAFC-NYME 4-14 
 10. Vasas 3-15 



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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.23.4 
 6. Jackson, Thor Thorl22.6 
 7. Zeglinski, Grindav.21.9 
 8. Frye, Stjarnan21.6 
 9. Craion, Keflavik21.4 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 15
 1. Van, Njardvik15.0 
 2. Craion, Keflavik13.1 
 3. Baptist, Keflavik10.3 
 4. Virijevic, KFI10.0 
 5. Valentine, Tindast.10.0 
 6. McQueen, Snaefell9.7 
 7. Broussard, Grind.9.3 
 8. Mills, Stjarnan8.9 
 9. Frye, Stjarnan8.8 
 10. Jackson, Thor Tho.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Snaefell
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Threatt, Snaefell9.1 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan8.4 
 3. Pitts, KFI7.0 
 4. Gibson, Tindastoll6.9 
 5. Zeglinski, Grindav.6.2 
 6. Smith, Thor Thorl5.7 
 7. Williams, IR5.6 
 8. Fridriksson, Njard.4.8 
 9. Medlock, Skallagri.4.8 
 10. Frye, Stjarnan4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Dandre WILLIAMS
  IR
  (177-G-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Williams, IR2.6 
 2. Broussard, Grind.2.6 
 3. Moore, Njardvik2.4 
 4. Medlock, Skallagri.2.3 
 5. Threatt, Snaefell2.1 
 6. Viggosson, Tindast.1.9 
 7. Valentine, Tindast.1.9 
 8. Baptist, Keflavik1.9 
 9. Jonsson, Thor Thorl1.8 
 10. Lewis, Keflavik1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MILLS
  Stjarnan
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mills, Stjarnan2.3 
 2. Craion, Keflavik2.3 
 3. Bradshaw, KFI1.8 
 4. Van, Njardvik1.4 
 5. Baptist, Keflavik1.3 
 6. Acox, KR1.2 
 7. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.1 
 8. Valentine, Tindast.1.1 
 9. Magnusson, KR1.0 
 10. Valdimarsson, Stj.0.8 



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Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Dell Aspac 23-1 
 2. Pelita Jaya 21-3 
 3. Satria Muda 19-5 
 4. CLS Knights 17-6 
 5. Garuda 16-8 
 6. Stadium Jak. 13-11 
 7. Hangtuah 12-12 
 8. Bimasakti 7-17 
 9. Satya Wacana 6-18 
 10. Pacific Caesar 5-18 
 11. NSH GMC Riau 2-22 
 12. Tonga BSC 2-22 

Regular Season: Round 39

Apr. 1: Bimasakti - Hangtuah 67-74
Apr. 1: Satya Wacana - Satria Muda 64-95
Apr. 1: Tonga BSC - Stadium Jak. 59-83

Regular Season: Round 41

Apr. 3: Stadium Jak. - NSH GMC Riau
Apr. 3: Pacific Caesar - Satria Muda
Apr. 3: Satya Wacana - Hangtuah


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bima RIZKY ARDIANSYAH
  Bimasa.
  (182-PF-90)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Rizky Ardian., Bim.15.5 
 2. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.15.0 
 3. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.14.8 
 4. Prawiro, Dell Aspac12.6 
 5. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.12.4 
 6. Sabara, Pacific12.3 
 7. Regowo, Dell Aspac12.3 
 8. Pamungkas, Satya12.2 
 9. Sua, Satya Wacana11.4 
 10. Poedjakesuma, Pel.11.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.8 
 2. Sabara, Pacific9.6 
 3. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.0 
 4. Gunawan, Satria M.8.6 
 5. Nolland, Garuda8.3 
 6. Nugroho, Satya W.7.9 
 7. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.6 
 8. Sucipto, NSH G.7.3 
 9. Prasetyo, Hangtuah6.5 
 10. Poedjakesuma, Pel.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.4.8 
 2. Wijaya, Garuda4.1 
 3. Indra, Pacific4.0 
 4. Muharri, CLS K.4.0 
 5. Sartika, Bimasakti3.9 
 6. Gerungan, Dell A.3.5 
 7. Sucipto, Satya W.3.1 
 8. Uneputty, Tonga B.3.0 
 9. Sebayang, Pelita J.3.0 
 10. Dwi Priasmor., Bi.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Dimaz MUHARRI
  CLS K.
  (181-PG-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Muharri, CLS K.3.2 
 2. Purwanto, Pelita J.2.9 
 3. Uneputty, Tonga B.2.7 
 4. Sucipto, NSH G.2.5 
 5. Michel, Satria Muda2.1 
 6. Nolland, Garuda2.1 
 7. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.2.0 
 8. Dewanto, Pelita J.1.9 
 9. Wijaya, Garuda1.9 
 10. Utomo, CLS Knigh.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Rony GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.2.1 
 2. Ruslan, Stadium2.1 
 3. Nugroho, Satya W.1.8 
 4. Teguh, Hangtuah1.6 
 5. Thoyib, Dell Aspac1.5 
 6. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.5 
 7. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.3 
 8. Gunawan, Satria M.1.3 
 9. Damanik, Pelita Ja.1.1 
 10. Junaidi, Hangtuah1.1 


NBL Round 39 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The game in Sakti was quite interesting. Seventh ranked Hangtuah (12-12) played at the court of 8th ranked Bimasakti (7-17). Hangtuah managed to secure a 7-point victory 74-67 on Monday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-67. Hangtuah forced 22 Bimasakti turnovers. It was a great evening for center Adhi Prasetyo (194-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Tri Wilopo (180-86) helped adding 16 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Bimasakti's coach Bill McCammon rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Hangtuah maintains seventh place with 12-12 record. Bimasakti at the other side keeps the eighth position with 17 games lost. Hangtuah will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Bimasakti will play on the road against the league's leader Dell Aspac (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
9th ranked Satya Wacana (6-18) was outscored at home by third ranked Satria Muda (19-5) with the biggest margin this round 95-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Satya Wacana. It was a quality performance for Galank Gunawan (194-87) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 19 rebounds. Rony Gunawan accounted for 11 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks. Guard Yo Sua (180-91) came up with 16 points for Satya Wacana in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Satria Muda have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain third place with 19-5 record having four points less than leader Dell Aspac. Satya Wacana at the other side keeps the ninth position with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Jakarta: Stadium Jakarta (#6) and Tonga BSC (#11). Tonga BSC was crushed at home by 24 points 59-83 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The best player for the winners was Merio Ferdiansyah who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Azhari Rahmat who recorded 14 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Stadium Jakarta maintains sixth place with 13-11 record. Loser Tonga BSC dropped to the bottom. They share the position with NSH GMC Riau. Stadium Jakarta will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tonga BSC will play against CLS Knights (#4) in Surabaya and hope to secure a win.



Group Bali
Bimasakti - Hangtuah 67-74

The game in Sakti was quite interesting. Seventh ranked Hangtuah (12-12) played at the court of 8th ranked Bimasakti (7-17). Hangtuah managed to secure a 7-point victory 74-67 on Monday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-67. Hangtuah forced 22 Bimasakti turnovers. It was a great evening for center Adhi Prasetyo (194-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Tri Wilopo (180-86) helped adding 16 points and 4 assists. Four Hangtuah players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Bimasakti's coach Bill McCammon rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Hangtuah maintains seventh place with 12-12 record. Bimasakti at the other side keeps the eighth position with 17 games lost. Hangtuah will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Bimasakti will play on the road against the league's leader Dell Aspac (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Bimasakti: B.Rizky Ardiansyah 16+8reb+3ast, Y.Dwi Priasmoro 16+6reb+3ast, S.Cahyadi 10+1reb+2ast, H.Gunawan 8+2reb+4ast, G.Virgian 7+6reb+2ast, R.Dwi Purnomo 4+8reb
Hangtuah: A.Prasetyo 20+8reb, T.Wilopo 16+2reb+4ast, A.Sigar 13+3reb+4ast, I.Teguh Teguh 10+6reb, A.Junaidi 6+9reb+3ast, M.Joni 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 236552


Group Bali
Satya Wacana - Satria Muda 64-95

9th ranked Satya Wacana (6-18) was outscored at home by third ranked Satria Muda (19-5) with the biggest margin this round 95-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Satya Wacana. The game without a history. Satria Muda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Satria Muda forced 20 Satya Wacana turnovers and outrebounded them 58-34 including a 42-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Satria Muda players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a quality performance for Galank Gunawan (194-87) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 19 rebounds. The former international power forward Rony Gunawan (194-80) accounted for 11 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winning side. Five Satria Muda players scored in double figures. Guard Yo Sua (180-91) came up with 16 points and guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) added 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Satya Wacana in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Satria Muda have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain third place with 19-5 record having four points less than leader Dell Aspac. Satya Wacana at the other side keeps the ninth position with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Satya Wacana: Y.Sua 16+3reb+3ast, E.Wiratama Nasution 10+5reb+1ast, Y.France Giay 9+2reb+1ast, R.Pamungkas 8+7reb+4ast, M.Ramadhan 6+3reb+1ast, B.Sucipto 6+1reb+2ast
Satria Muda: F.Julius Ahmad 17+2reb+5ast, A.Wisnu 14+3reb+6ast, G.Gunawan 12+19reb+3ast, R.Gunawan 11+14reb+1ast, V.Michel 11+2reb+2ast, B.Siregar 10+2reb
gschID: 236551


Group Bali
Tonga BSC - Stadium Jak. 59-83

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Jakarta: Stadium Jakarta (#6) and Tonga BSC (#11). Tonga BSC was crushed at home by 24 points 59-83 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. Stadium Jakarta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Stadium Jakarta forced 25 Tonga BSC turnovers and outrebounded them 49-38 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Center R Ruslan (197-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Azhari Rahmat (185-92) who recorded 14 points and Saleh Afriatna (180-93) added 12 points respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Stadium Jakarta maintains sixth place with 13-11 record. Loser Tonga BSC dropped to the bottom. They share the position with NSH GMC Riau. Stadium Jakarta will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tonga BSC will play against CLS Knights (#4) in Surabaya and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tonga BSC: A.Rahmat 14+3reb+1ast, S.Afriatna 12+1reb+1ast, H.Herlusdityo 7+3reb+1ast, H.Kurniawan 6+2reb+2ast, R.Ongkowijoyo 5+8reb, P.Susanto 4+4reb+1ast
Stadium Jak.: M.Ferdiansyah 22+6reb, R.Ruslan 13+12reb+1ast, Y.Pattikawa 9+8reb+2ast, M.Wicaksono 8+3reb, F.Budianto 8+3reb+1ast, A.Sujarwo 8
gschID: 236550



Gunawan's 15 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

32-year old power forward Rony Gunawan (194-F/C-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Satria Muda and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 38.
He had the game-high 15 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for Satria Muda in his team's victory, helping them to crush NSH GMC Riau (#11, 2-22) with 23-point margin 80-57. Satria Muda maintains the 3rd position in Indonesian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Satria Muda will need more victories to improve their 19-5 record. Gunawan has many years of experience at Satria Muda, through which he has constantly improved. Gunawan has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 8.4rpg. Gunawan is in league's top in and averages solid 2.0bpg.

Second best performed player last round was Adhi Prasetyo (194-C-93) of Hangtuah. He is a center in his second season at Hangtuah. In the last game Prasetyo recorded impressive 19 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Hangtuah lost that game 75-84 to the higher-ranked Pelita Jaya (#2, 21-3). Hangtuah managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Prasetyo is well-known at Hangtuah and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Pringgo Regowo (190-F-87) of league's leader Dell Aspac. Regowo showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Dell Aspac, leading his team to a 98-72 easy win against the lower-ranked Pacific Caesar (#10, 5-18). Many experts and fans count Dell Aspac as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 23 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Regowo has a great season in Indonesia. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 12.3ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 9.0rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andi Poedjakesuma (187-F-80) of Pelita Jaya - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Wendha Wijaya (181-PG-82) of Garuda - 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Airlangga Sabara (190-PF-85) of Pacific Caesar - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Fidyan Dini (195-C-83) of Pelita Jaya - 16 points and 7 rebounds
8. Kelly Purwanto (177-PG-83) of Pelita Jaya - 6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Raymond Shariputra (181-G-91) of Dell Aspac - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Vamiga Michel (191-SF-92) of Satria Muda - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  IRAQ   

Standings - D1

D1 Standings
 1. Al Kahraba 11-2 
 2. Al Karkh 10-2 
 3. Duhok 8-3 
 4. Zakho 8-5 
 5. Al Shurtah 8-5 
 6. Nift Al-Janoub 5-7 
 7. Al-Tadamoun 3-9 
 8. Al Hilla 3-10 
 9. Al-Mofiqia 0-13 



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  ISRAEL   

Standings - National League

National League Standings
 1. Ironi Nes-Ziona 20-3 
 2. Ironi Nahariya 19-5 
 3. Hod Hasharon 17-6 
 4. Hapoel Afula 15-9 
 5. Ironi Ramat Gan 15-9 
 6. Elitzur Yavne 15-9 
 7. Ironi K-A 14-10 
 8. Hapoel Kazrin 11-13 
 9. Macc.B.Yaakov 9-15 
 10. Elitzur Ramla 9-15 
 11. Hapoel K/S 8-16 
 12. Kiryat Tivon 6-18 
 13. Maccabi K/G 5-19 
 14. Maccabi K/B 4-20 

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 2: Macc.B.Yaakov - Elitzur Yavne 96-88
Apr. 2: Hapoel Afula - Kiryat Tivon 96-62
Apr. 2: Ironi Ramat Gan - Hapoel Kazrin 95-73
Apr. 2: Hapoel K/S - Maccabi K/B 82-70
Apr. 2: Maccabi K/G - Elitzur Ramla 78-80
Apr. 2: Ironi Nahariya - Ironi K-A 72-94
Apr. 4: Hod Hasharon - Ironi Nes-Ziona


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Maccabi .
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Daniel, Maccabi23.3 
 2. Teel, Elitzur Ramla21.4 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.21.3 
 4. Westbrook, Hapoel20.9 
 5. Laing, Macc.B.Y.20.5 
 6. Odiakosa, Hod H.20.1 
 7. Johnson, Hapoel K.19.8 
 8. Govens, Ironi K-A19.3 
 9. Murray, Kiryat T.18.8 
 10. Zelkovits, Ironi18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.13.5 
 2. Odiakosa, Hod H.13.0 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.12.0 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.10.4 
 5. Daniel, Maccabi10.2 
 6. McGhee, Elitzur10.1 
 7. Teel, Elitzur Ramla9.8 
 8. Pitshon, Ironi N.9.7 
 9. Clemente, Ironi N.9.6 
 10. Constantine, Hapo.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.8 
 2. Teel, Elitzur Ramla6.1 
 3. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.5.4 
 4. Brener, Hapoel A.5.1 
 5. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.4.5 
 6. Farchi, Elitzur Ya.4.5 
 7. Benn, Ironi N.4.4 
 8. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.3 
 9. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.4.3 
 10. Golan, Ironi Naha.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus ALEXANDER
  Maccabi .
  (-F-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Alexander, Maccabi2.9 
 2. Benn, Ironi N.2.8 
 3. Teel, Elitzur Ramla2.7 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.5 
 5. Miller, Ironi N.2.4 
 6. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.3 
 7. Hofman, Elitzur2.3 
 8. Laing, Macc.B.Y.2.0 
 9. Watson, Ironi K-A2.0 
 10. Gordon, Hapoel K.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.3.1 
 2. Clark, Ironi K-A2.1 
 3. Daniel, Maccabi1.8 
 4. Blair, Ironi N.1.4 
 5. Constantine, Hapoe.1.4 
 6. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.3 
 7. Durham, Hapoel A.1.1 
 8. Blayzer, Hapoel Af.1.0 
 9. Labanowski, Macca.1.0 
 10. Odiakosa, Hod H.0.9 


Devin Smith has been chosen for the Euroleague MVP in March - by Idan Seggev

Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv forward, Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia), has been chosen for the Euroleague MVP in March due to his top performances during Maccabi's recen run of 6 wins in a raw and the fact that the team is about to qualify for the top 8 after a terrible start of the top-16. In this month, Smith was ranked among the top 10 of the Euroleague in ranking points, PPR, field goals & 3-pts percents, blocks, rebounds & steals. His average during this month (four games total): 15.2 PPR, 6.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1 BLK, 2 STL & 21.2 index rating. He was the main factor of Maccabi's biggest wins vs. BC Khimky Moscow Region at Nokia arena, vs. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul in Turkey and vs. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus in Greece, including an amazing 3-point shot near the end, which secure the victory.


The strike is over? The Israeli league may return soon - by Idan Seggev

The league management and the players organization reached to an agreement which supposed to settle the main issue of the Israeli basketball, that caused by the Israeli players who decided to strike and stopped the league. During the meeting yesterday, it appears that from next season and on, each team may sign up to five foreign players while during the game, two Israeli players from each team will be on the court at the same time, rule as we know by the name "Russian rule". Also, each team will must register two Israeli players U-22 and another one U-25. Clubs that will decide to sign only four foreings will be rewarded in amount of 250K Shekels by the league management. Clubs that will give their Israeli players to play the most according some criterions that will be decided, will recieved 1 Million Shekels that will be divided between these specific clubs. The agreement and the signing on the contract may be closed tonight and round 22 which was supposed to be played two weeks ago, may be played next Wednesday.


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  LATVIA   

LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Jekabpils 19-11 
 2. Barons kvartals 19-11 
 3. Valmiera 19-12 
 4. VEF Riga 15-1 
 5. Ventspils 14-3 
 6. LU 14-17 
 7. Jelgava 13-17 
 8. Liepaja 12-18 
 9. Jurmala 11-20 
 10. Turiba 10-20 
 11. U18 1-17 

Regular Season: Round 37

Apr. 2: VEF Riga - Jurmala 116-74
Apr. 3: Valmiera - Jekabpils
Apr. 3: Jelgava - Barons kvartals
Apr. 3: Liepaja - U18


Ventspils made a huge step towards BBL crown - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils made a huge step towards the crown after they knocked down Rudupis in Prienai. The Latvian side celebrated a 91:69 win in Game 1.
The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. Rudupis was better in third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ventspils shot 64.7 percent from the field. Ventspils outrebounded Rudupis 28-16 including a 23-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 73.7 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Folarin Campbell (192-G-86, college: George Mason) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Akselis Vairogs (195-F-85, agency: Players Group) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Ventspils players scored in double figures. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) answered with 15 points and guard Arturas Milaknis added 13 points in the effort for Rudupis.
Barons kvartals meanwhile overcame Kalev/Cramo 79:71. Barons/Kvartals celebrated the win in the consolation final series opener. The teams will now clash in Estonia later in the week. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-71. Tyler Cain fired 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Deividas Dulkys (198-SG-88, college: Florida St.) chipped in 17 points. Four Barons kvartals players scored in double figures Bamba Fall produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-C-86, college: Drexel) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side.



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 22-2 
 2. Sagesse 20-4 
 3. Moutahed 16-9 
 4. Champville 15-9 
 5. Amchit 13-11 
 6. Byblos 13-11 
 7. Bejjeh 6-18 
 8. Hoops 6-19 
 9. Anibal 2-16 
 10. Antranik 2-16 

Second Stage: Round 7

Apr. 2: Hoops - Moutahed 81-93
Apr. 2: Champville - Bejjeh
Apr. 3: Amchit - Byblos
Apr. 5: Al Riyadi - Sagesse


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 36.1
 1. Emmett, Amchit36.1 
 2. Harper, Sagesse27.0 
 3. Blair, Hoops26.7 
 4. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 5. Khatib, Champville25.4 
 6. Williams, Bejjeh23.8 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos23.6 
 8. Sims, Sagesse23.2 
 9. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 10. Perry, Hoops21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Fraser, Byblos17.5 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi12.1 
 3. Ampim, Antranik12.0 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.11.4 
 5. Jamison, Bejjeh11.0 
 6. Perry, Hoops10.1 
 7. Sims, Sagesse9.6 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi9.3 
 9. Khazzouh, Sagesse8.9 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Blair, Hoops6.7 
 2. Akl, Sagesse6.2 
 3. Chatfield, Mouta.6.0 
 4. Williams, Bejjeh5.9 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.5 
 6. Fahed, Moutahed5.3 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos5.3 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik5.2 
 9. Khatib, Champville5.0 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Blair, Hoops3.3 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh2.5 
 3. Youngblood, Byblos2.3 
 4. Emmett, Amchit2.2 
 5. Harper, Sagesse2.1 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.8 
 7. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 9. Fahed, Moutahed1.6 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 2. Tskitishvili, Cham.1.9 
 3. Fraser, Byblos1.8 
 4. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.6 
 5. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.4 
 6. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi0.9 
 8. Bawji, Moutahed0.8 
 9. Terry, Champville0.8 
 10. Freije, Amchit0.7 


A big win for Sagesse against Champville :110-84 - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

Ghazir welcomed a big match , Sagesse to Champville , the games between these two teams turned down to be another type of derby for the past years. In the Regular season Sagesse managed to score two wins in the regular season . This game was supposed to be a very exciting due that both teams were trying to secure better position in the standings. Sagesse had suffered a loss in the previous round against Moutahed in Tripoli , as for Champville they were on a two games winning streak.

This game saw a different type of Sagesse, the team managed to do almost everything they want it to do on the court. From the first minute of the game they controlled the tempo and cruised into a very big win in the end at the score of 110-84. Sagesse defense worked great and they isolated Champvilles post players , this defense eased the game for Sagese players on offense.

DeShawn Sims (203-F-88, college: Michigan) had a huge night with 43 points , Aaron Harper finished with 29 points . Rodriue Akl missed 2 points to score his first triple double of the season , he had 8 points,11 rebounds,12 assists. Fadi Khatib Led Champville with 27 points.

Q1:27-18 Q2:49-34 Q3:86-53 Q4:110-84



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  MEXICO   

Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Cananea 1-0 
 2. Guaymas 1-0 
 3. Los Mochis 1-0 
 4. Navolato 1-0 
 5. Obregon 0-0 
 6. Guasave 0-1 
 7. Hermosillo 0-1 
 8. Nogales 0-1 
 9. Tijuana 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Apr. 2: Navolato - Tijuana 89-87
Apr. 2: Guasave - Los Mochis 88-94
Apr. 2: Hermosillo - Guaymas 87-91
Apr. 2: Nogales - Cananea 75-80

Regular Season: Round 2

Apr. 3: Navolato - Tijuana
Apr. 3: Cananea - Nogales
Apr. 3: Guaymas - Hermosillo
Apr. 3: Los Mochis - Guasave


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Denis CLEMENTE
  Humacao
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 31
 1. Clemente, Humacao31.0 
 2. Siler, Ponce23.0 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo23.0 
 4. Galindo, Santurce23.0 
 5. Jones, Guayama20.0 
 6. Gransberry, Mayag.20.0 
 7. Harrellson, Guaya.18.0 
 8. Brown, Humacao18.0 
 9. Huertas, Quebradil.17.0 
 10. Gaston, Ponce16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Garret SILER
  Ponce
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 15
 1. Siler, Ponce15.0 
 2. Keenan, Humacao12.0 
 3. Harrellson, Guaya.12.0 
 4. Carmona, Humacao10.0 
 5. Gransberry, Mayag.10.0 
 6. Liz, San German9.0 
 7. Graham, Arecibo9.0 
 8. Gaston, Ponce9.0 
 9. Rogers, San German8.0 
 10. Pinnock, Mayaguez8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos ESCALERA
  Arecibo
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 11
 1. Escalera, Arecibo11.0 
 2. Pagan, Santurce8.0 
 3. Clemente, Humacao8.0 
 4. Coronado, Guayama7.0 
 5. Pinnock, Mayaguez5.0 
 6. Rodriguez, San G.5.0 
 7. Fontan, San German4.0 
 8. Rodriguez, Guayama4.0 
 9. Rivera, Ponce4.0 
 10. Gaston, Ponce4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Ponce
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Fortuna, Ponce4.0 
 2. Rodriguez, Guayama4.0 
 3. Jones, Guayama2.0 
 4. Lee, Quebradillas2.0 
 5. Pinnock, Mayaguez2.0 
 6. Cortes Ruiz, Areci.2.0 
 7. Ramirez, Mayaguez2.0 
 8. Galindo, Santurce2.0 
 9. Santiago, Ponce2.0 
 10. Brown, Humacao2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Garret SILER
  Ponce
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Siler, Ponce2.0 
 2. Mata, Quebradillas2.0 
 3. Gransberry, Mayag.2.0 
 4. Harrellson, Guaya.1.0 
 5. Lee, Quebradillas1.0 
 6. Liz, San German1.0 
 7. Cook, Quebradillas1.0 
 8. Penn, Humacao1.0 
 9. De Jesus, San G.1.0 
 10. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.0 



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  MONTENEGRO   

Standings - 1A

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

Second Stage: Round 2

Play-Out

Mar. 30: S.Centar - ABS Primorje 77-80
Mar. 30: Ibar Rozaje - Danilovgrad 77-66
Mar. 31: Centar BP - Jedinstvo 76-78

S-League

Mar. 30: Buducnost - Ulcinj 93-53
Mar. 30: Sutjeska - Mornar Bar 75-76
Mar. 31: Lovcen - Teodo Tivat 74-70 OT

Second Stage: Round 3

Apr. 3: Jedinstvo - S.Centar
Apr. 3: Danilovgrad - Centar BP
Apr. 3: ABS Primorje - Ibar Rozaje


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nikola PAVLICEVIC
  Sutjeska
  (192-SG-88)
  Avg: 19
 1. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.19.0 
 2. Milosevic, Ulcinj18.1 
 3. Stojanovic, Lovcen17.5 
 4. Jovanovic, Danilov.16.5 
 5. Mitchell, Centar B.15.0 
 6. Ratkovic, ABS P.14.9 
 7. Nicaj, Lovcen14.6 
 8. Radulovic, Teodo T.14.4 
 9. Korac, Jedinstvo14.1 
 10. Djikanovic, Teodo13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Savo DJIKANOVIC
  Teodo T.
  (211-C-75)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Djikanovic, Teodo9.4 
 2. Radulovic, Teodo T.8.5 
 3. Draskovic, Jedin.7.8 
 4. Zejak, Danilovgrad7.5 
 5. Pavic, Mornar Bar7.5 
 6. Bacovic, ABS P.6.9 
 7. Radak, ABS P.6.9 
 8. Calic, Sutjeska6.1 
 9. Nicaj, Lovcen5.7 
 10. Zizic, Sutjeska5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Nikola KORAC
  Jedinstvo
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Korac, Jedinstvo4.4 
 2. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.3.9 
 3. Stojanovic, Lovcen3.6 
 4. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.3.3 
 5. Calic, Sutjeska3.3 
 6. Simonovic, Ulcinj2.9 
 7. Tepavcevic, Teodo2.6 
 8. Radosavljevi., Mor.2.6 
 9. Pajovic, Mornar B.2.6 
 10. Mitchell, Centar2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nikola PAVLICEVIC
  Sutjeska
  (192-SG-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.2.3 
 2. Simonovic, Ulcinj2.3 
 3. Samardzic, Danilov.1.9 
 4. Mitchell, Centar B.1.9 
 5. Omerovic, Jedin.1.7 
 6. Djurisic, Mornar B.1.7 
 7. Milosevic, Ulcinj1.5 
 8. Stojanovic, Lovcen1.5 
 9. Calic, Sutjeska1.5 
 10. Mijovic, Teodo Ti.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Radoje VUJOSEVIC
  Sutjeska
  (209-C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Vujosevic, Sutjeska1.9 
 2. Radulovic, Teodo T.1.4 
 3. Draskovic, Jedin.0.9 
 4. Nicaj, Lovcen0.9 
 5. Pavic, Mornar Bar0.9 
 6. Skurdauskas, Morna.0.7 
 7. Korac, Centar BP0.6 
 8. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.0.5 
 9. Mrdak, Danilovgrad0.5 
 10. Mitchell, Centar0.4 


Pekovic hammers Celtics in Minnesota's 110-100 win - by Eurobasket News

Nikola Pekovic (209-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) bruised and battered the overmatched Boston front line for 29 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 110-100 victory over the Celtics on Monday night.

Andrei Kirilenko had 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and Dante Cunningham scored 19 points off the bench for the Wolves, who delivered coach Rick Adelman his 998th career victory.

Avery Bradley scored 19 points for Boston, which was playing without Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The Celtics, who started the day 2 1/2 games ahead of eight-seeded Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference playoff race, have lost seven of their last nine games.

This one snapped an 11-game winning streak against the Wolves, who beat Boston for the first time since Garnett was traded there in 2007.

Jeff Green had a quiet night with just 10 points and seven rebounds, while Jason Terry and Terrence Williams each scored 14 points for Boston, which was a step slow on the second night of a back-to-back.

Without Garnett there to throw elbows and spew intensity, the thin Celtics frontcourt was powerless to stand up to Nikola Pekovic in the paint. He bulled his way to the bucket for 15 points in the first quarter. And when he wasn't scoring, he was racking up the fouls on Chris Wilcox and Shavlik Randolph, the only two big men left on the roster. Wilcox didn't last five minutes before picking up his second foul and Randolph had three by early in the second quarter.

After missing the game against Memphis on Saturday with a sprained left ankle, Nikola Pekovic jumped right back into the middle of things and forced the Celtics to throw double-teams at him in the post. The Wolves outscored Boston 62-38 in the paint and Nikola Pekovic was a perfect 11 for 11 from the foul line. It was the kind of commanding performance against an overmatched opponent that could earn the big fella a lot of money this summer.

Nikola Pekovic will be a restricted free agent come July 1, and the Wolves want to retain him. But centers are hard to come by in this day and age, and he could have several suitors.

For once, the Timberwolves had the healthiest team on the floor.

One day after twisting his left ankle against the Knicks, Pierce did not make the trip because of personal reasons and Rajon Rondo has been out since the end of January with a torn ACL in his right knee. Garnett, the face of the Timberwolves franchise for 12 years, was not in town either while he dealt with inflammation in his left ankle, much to the chagrin of a Minnesota basketball community that still adores him.

Boston's annual visit to Target Center is still one of the most anticipated games of the year, with Minnesota fans pulling on their blue No. 21s and their green No. 5s to cheer for the biggest star the team has ever had. Without KG in the building, the crowd was rather subdued, and Celtics coach Doc Rivers openly hoped that it wouldn't be the last time Garnett had a chance to play in Minnesota.

"Every year we don't know if it's his last time," Rivers said before the game. "Obviously I hope not and we all hope not, but you never know with Kevin. Every summer from this point on in his career he's going to decide if he's coming back or not. I would hope that this isn't (his last year) because I think you would want him to play in this last game here. So let's hope that this isn't."

NOTES: The Celtics whistled for 21 fouls in the game, while the Timberwolves got just 11. ... The Timberwolves scored a season-high 23 fast-break points. ... Ricky Rubio had nine points and 10 assists for the Timberwolves.
Courtesy of: http://seattletimes.com



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  NAIA   


Combs (Martin Methodist College) Nominated for TSWA Coach of the Year Honors - by Stephan Ditgens

Martin Methodist College Men's Basketball - Sun, Mar. 31, 2013 at 11:35 PM

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. After turning in one of the most impressive first-season head coaching jobs in school history, Martin Methodist head coach Scott Combs has been recognized by statewide reporters as one the best coaches in the state of Tennessee for the 2012-13 season.

Combs was one of five coaches nominated for the Tennessee Sportswriters Association Men's Coach of the Year award, the organization announced Sunday morning.

With the nomination, Combs joins a short list of coaches deemed by statewide press as the best in the state. Among the five nominations include University of Memphis head coach Josh Pastner and Belmont University head coach Rick Byrd.

In his first season on the sideline, Combs led the RedHawks to an impressive 21-11 overall record, including a near-perfect 9-1 mark in TranSouth Athletic Conference play. Combs also led the RedHawks to a third straight NAIA national tournament berth, winning his first game in Kansas City before losing in the Round of 16 to the tournament's eventual runner-up.

Under Combs, the RedHawks ranked as one of the premier defensive teams in the NAIA, holding opponents to just 37.9 percent shooting from the floor good enough to rank fourth in the nation. The RedHawks also finished the year as one of the NAIA's best rebounding clubs, ranking ninth in rebounding margin (6.750) per game.

The award is expected to be announced sometime in April.

courtesy of: www.goredhawks.com



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 47-26 
 2. Brooklyn N. 42-31 
 3. Boston C. 38-36 
 4. Philadelph.76 30-43 
 5. Toronto R. 27-47 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 48-27 
 2. Chicago B. 40-33 
 3. Milwaukee B. 36-37 
 4. Detroit P. 25-50 
 5. Cleveland C. 22-51 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 58-16 
 2. Atlanta H. 42-33 
 3. Washington W. 28-46 
 4. Orlando M. 19-56 
 5. Charlotte B. 17-57 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 54-20 
 2. Denver N. 50-24 
 3. Utah Jazz 39-36 
 4. Portland TB 33-41 
 5. Minnesota T. 27-46 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 49-26 
 2. Golden St.W. 42-32 
 3. LA Lakers 39-36 
 4. Sacramento K. 27-47 
 5. Phoenix Suns 23-51 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 55-19 
 2. Memphis G. 50-24 
 3. Houston R. 41-33 
 4. Dallas M. 36-38 
 5. N.Orleans H. 26-48 

Regular Season: Round 149

Apr. 2: Washington W. - Chicago B. 90-86
Apr. 2: Miami Heat - New York K. 90-102
Apr. 2: LA Lakers - Dallas M. 101-81

Regular Season: Round 150

Apr. 3: Toronto R. - Washington W.
Apr. 3: Charlotte B. - Philadelph.76
Apr. 3: Atlanta H. - New York K.
Apr. 3: Cleveland C. - Brooklyn N.
Apr. 3: Boston C. - Detroit P.
Apr. 3: Milwaukee B. - Minnesota T.
Apr. 3: San Antonio S. - Orlando M.
Apr. 3: Utah Jazz - Detroit P.
Apr. 3: Sacramento K. - Houston R.
Apr. 3: Portland TB - Memphis G.
Apr. 3: LA Clippers - Phoenix Suns
Apr. 3: Golden St.W. - N.Orleans H.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.3 
 2. Anthony, New Y.27.9 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.0 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.9 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.0 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Irving, Cleveland23.2 
 8. Curry, Golden S.22.6 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat21.3 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.7 
 2. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 3. Vucevic, Orlan.11.5 
 4. Noah, Chicago B.11.4 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.4 
 6. Lee, Golden St.W.11.1 
 7. Chandler, New Y.10.8 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.7 
 9. Evans, Brooklyn N.10.6 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.6 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.2 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.5 
 5. Wall, Washington W.7.7 
 6. Williams, Brooklyn7.7 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..7.6 
 8. Parker, San A.7.6 
 9. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 10. Rubio, Minnesot.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.3 
 3. Rubio, Minnesot.2.3 
 4. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 5. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 7. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 9. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 10. Young, Philadelph.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.1 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.9 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.7 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.2.2 
 7. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.7 


Kobe's triple-double and Anthony matched a career-high with 50 points among three games on Tuesday - by Eurobasket News

LA Lakers - Dallas M. 101-81
Lakers 101 - Mavericks 81 (final) The Lakers won their most important game of the regular season (at least until the next one), defeating the Dallas Mavericks, 101-81, on Tuesday night at Staples Center. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) notched a triple-double with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. He also had four steals and two blocked shots, playing the first 47 minutes of the game without a rest. Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) scored 24 points with 12 rebounds. Pau Gasol also tallied a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and was four assists shy of the triple-double. Earl Clark was a force off the bench for the Lakers, scoring 17 points with 12 rebounds and five blocks. The Mavericks shot 42% from the field and were led by Chris Kaman's 14 points. Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 on 4-of-13 shooting. The Lakers out-rebounded Dallas by 20 (57-37) including a 19-8 advantage on the offensive glass. With the victory, the Lakers improve to 39-36, clinching the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Mavericks who dipped to 36-38 on the season. The Lakers are tied in the standings with the Utah Jazz, who are currently eighth in the Western Conference by way of owning the tie-breaker over the Lakers. Lakers 72 - Mavericks 61 (end of third quarter) The Lakers' lead briefly dipped below double-digits after allowing an 11-0 that saw Dallas close within five. Earl Clark responded. He scored five straight points and assisted on an Antawn Jamison basket. The Lakers reeled off nine unanswered points to reestablish a big lead over the Mavs. Kobe Bryant and Clark led the way with 17 points apiece. Bryant also had nine assists, six rebounds and three steals. Dwight Howard had a double-double with 15 points and 11 boards as the Lakers shot 43.1% from the field. The Mavericks were led by Chris Kaman's 14 points. Dirk Nowitzki had 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting. Dallas hit 45% from the field but took only four free throws (making two). The Lakers hit 10-of-16 shots from the line (62.5%). They also had a 40-29 rebounding advantage. Lakers 55 - Mavericks 40 (halftime) Kobe Bryant played every minute of the first half, scoring a game-high 15 points with seven assists and five rebounds as the Lakers took a 15-point lead into the break. Earl Clark was a force off the bench, scoring 12 points with eight boards in just over 16 minutes as the Lakers shot 52.5% from the field. Dirk Nowitzki scored just five points on two-of-five shooting. Dallas shot 43.9% from the field and were led by Chris Kaman's 10 points. The Lakers will retire Shaquille O'Neal's jersey at halftime. Lakers 24 - Mavericks 21 (end of first quarter) Mavericks rookie Jae Crowder hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to bring Dallas within three after a quarter at Staples Center against the Lakers. Just two minutes earlier the Lakers had pulled ahead by eight, led by seven points apiece from Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard. The Lakers shot 43.5% from the field as a team and turned the ball over just twice. The Mavericks were led by Chris Kaman's six points, and collectively shot 37.5% from the field. With Steve Nash sitting out with a strained hamstring, Steve Blake got the start. The Lakers also had Jodie Meeks with the starters with Metta World Peace recovering from knee surgery. Pregame The Lakers (38-36) host the Dallas Mavericks (36-37) on Tuesday night at Staples Center. Dallas is trying to climb into the top eight in the Western Conference. Both the Lakers and Mavericks need the win to gain on, or keep pace with, the Utah Jazz. Steve Nash will not play due to a strained hamstring. Shaquille O'Neal's No. 34 jersey will be retired at halftime. Courtesy of: http://www.latimes.com

Washington W. - Chicago B. 90-86
The Bulls lost more than a game Tuesday night at Verizon Center. Down the same four rotation players to injury in Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida), Marco Belinelli (6'5''-G-86), Richard Hamilton and Derrick Rose, they lost their edge, a seven-point halftime lead, their rebounding prowess, their defensive transition knowledge and Kirk Hinrich to a fourth-quarter ejection. Of greatest significance, far more significant than the 90-86 final that marked the Wizards' eighth straight home victory, the Bulls also lost Taj Gibson to the same MCL sprain in his left knee that previously sidelined him for 10 games. Though team officials wouldn't estimate how long Gibson will be sidelined until an MRI exam is completed Wednesday, the versatile big man moved gingerly in the postgame locker room and said his knee "feels the same as when I hurt it the first time." Sadly, the Bulls could have staged a solid 3-on-3 game inside their locker room as their late collapse unfolded. "That's what happens when you rush back to try to help your team win," said Gibson, who exited for good just past midway through the second. "All I can remember is I was guarding Trevor (Ariza). I did a basic rotation, tried to slide and it buckled on me. I tried to play through it, but I finally told Thibs to take me out. I knew I couldn't keep going. I didn't want to hurt my teammates. "It's difficult to put pressure on it. Hopefully, it's not as bad as before. But it's real painful. It's all about how it's going to feel (Wednesday). I hope there's no swelling." The Bulls took the first 4 minutes, 8 seconds of the fourth to score, missed 4 of 5 fourth-quarter free throws and shot poorly from all departments overall, including 5-for-23 from 3-point range. Still, they trailed just 83-82 when Nazr Mohammed tipped home Hinrich's miss. That basket got waved off to offensive interference and Hinrich, arguing the no-call on his drive and miss, drew two quick technicals and the ejection from official Sean Corbin. "I was complaining about the non-foul call," Hinrich said. "I got one and the second one was pretty quick after that. In that situation, late game, you have to try to avoid that happening. I have to bite my tongue and let it go." Mohammed, who posted season-highs with 36 minutes, 12 points and 12 rebounds, put back Luol Deng's miss with 56.6 seconds left for an 86-86 tie. But Emeka Okafor (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Connecticut) dunked off a Nene assist set up by John Wall's penetration and Jimmy Butler missed an 18-footer. Ariza sealed matters with two free throws with 8 seconds left. Wall finished with 27 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. The loss wasted Mohammed's strong effort and Carlos Boozer's sixth double-double in seven games, which featured 19 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. "It's definitely another big blow," Hinrich said of Gibson's injury. "We have to hang together and find some healthy bodies. We've been short-handed all year. It's nothing new to us. We have to find a way." Courtesy of: http://www.chicagotribune.com

Miami Heat - New York K. 90-102
MIAMI - There would be no LeBron James, no Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette), and not even Amar'e Stoudemire to punch a fire extinguisher case. It was a Knicks and Heat match Tuesday night with a national television audience, but seemingly little reason to watch. That was until Carmelo Anthony started shooting. While the game may have carried little of the attraction as a rivalry with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra earnestly insisting that his stars were really too hurt to make it onto the court, Anthony turned the game into own personal showcase. Anthony matched a career-high with 50 points, providing the one bit of star power that was left in the matchup, as the Knicks beat the Heat, 102-90. No matter who was on the other side, it carried the Knicks to their ninth straight victory, the longest win streak for the team since 1994. Anthony did it with an efficient 18-for-26 shooting, making his own statement in a game that would not allow the Knicks to make one as a team. While the Knicks remain in need of a way to prove to themselves that the Eastern Conference title is not a fait accompli for the Heat, it wouldn't come in this final confrontation as the Heat treated it like an exhibition game, keeping three of their starters - James, Wade as well as Mario Chalmers - in street clothes. Some of the Knicks were dubious of the decision, with Kenyon Martin quizzically asking reporters, 'Did they get fined? That's the NBA.' He was referring to Sunday when they sat the trio against San Antonio, which some saw as a response to the Spurs' decision not to bring four starters to Miami earlier this season. 'Obviously, they are hurt,' Knicks coach Mike Woodson said before the game. 'I believe that. If he is holding them out for those reasons then so be it. I can't worry about guys who are not playing. I have to worry about the guys that are in uniform playing.' The measuring stick would wait for another day, if the two sides meet in the postseason. But for now, the Knicks still approached it as a game with a purpose, knowing that a win would provide them with a three games to one edge in the season series. Any evidence needed that the Knicks were taking it seriously came when they returned Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) to the starting lineup. Tyson Chandler had not played since March 13 and was playing despite not participating in a real practice session to test the bulging disc in his cervical spine. Still, they trailed 58-50 at the half despite 27 points in the half from Anthony on 9-of-12 shooting from the floor. The Heat were carried by Mike Miller, who hit 7-of-8 in the half - including four three-pointers. But in the second half the Knicks defense clamped down on the Heat spare parts, limiting them to just 32 points and they turned the eight-point deficit into an easy win, the only drama left in the final minutes whether Anthony would reach 50. That was a goal he seemed to have little interest in - as his teammates pushed the ball into his hands. 'I knew I was close,' Anthony said. 'They were telling me to come and get the ball. I was trying to get the game over with. Ray (Felton) yelled at me. Tyson yelled at me and I came up there and got it and it happened.' 'I wanted him to get 50,' Tyson Chandler said. 'The way he played, he played so unselfishly, so you have to reward the guy when he's rolling like that.' Anthony delivered the final points on a jumper with 16.9 seconds left. 'He was unbelievable,' Woodson said. 'He refused to let us lose tonight. ... He wasn't forcing anything. Some things come easy for great players and tonight he did everything he was supposed to do to put us in position to win.' The Heat, on the other hand, were left to joke about the group left to carry the burden. 'It is what it is,' Shane Battier said. 'The Expendables will be ready to go tonight. That's the latest - Expendables Part Three.' The Knicks have much more to play for than the Heat. Miami not only has top spot in the Eastern Conference clinched, but holds a substantial lead on San Antonio for the No. 1 overall seed and the homecourt advantage if they meet in the NBA Finals. The win pulled the Knicks into a virtual tie with the Pacers for the No. 2 seed in the East. And the Knicks need to provide a reason to believe that this year can be different if they meet in the postseason and taking three of four is a small step. The Knicks actually entered the game with the longest winning streak in the NBA, eight games, a far cry from the 27 that the Heat put together. 'That's phenomenal. I tip my hat to this organization and Spoelstra and his staff and this team. That's not easy to do to win 27 in a row. You've got to be committed every time you step on the floor. 'I didn't think they'd lose to be honest with you until maybe when they played us. It's phenomenal to go through something like that. Players had to be sky high in putting a streak like that together. Maybe we might get there one day, who knows.' Courtesy of: http://www.northjersey.com



The Nets ink Kris Joseph for a 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News

Brooklyn Nets agreed terms with 25-year old Canadian ex-international forward Kris Joseph (200-100kg-88, college: Syracuse). He is a dual citizen owning also Trinidad and Tobago passport. Joseph just played at Springfield Armor. In 15 games he had very impressive stats: 18.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.7spg this season. He was called during the season by the Boston Celtics. But in 6 games he recorded only 1.2ppg.
Last year Joseph was drafted by Boston Celtics in second round (51st overall). He attended Syracuse University until 2012 and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Joseph's team won Big East Regular Season in 2010 and 2012. He was also voted NABC Division I All-District 5 1st Team in 2012 at his college time. Joseph was a member of Canadian Senior National Team in 2009.
He has played also professionally in other D-League team (Maine Red Claws).
Joseph could be described: a great athlete, with tremendous leaping abilities ... He is always active, always trying to make something happen around the basket whether its getting tips or put backs ... He's an above average rebounder mainly due to his explosiveness, high energy and constant motor- always following shots and trying to make something happen around the basket.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The 76ers land Justin Holiday - by Eurobasket News

Philadelphia 76ers landed 24-year old forward Justin Holiday (198-84kg-89, college: Washington). He played recently at Idaho Stampede. In 47 games he averaged impressive 17.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.5apg, 2.4spg and 1.2bpg this season. Holiday was called during the season by the Portland Trail Blazers. He was called during the season by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The last season Holiday played at Okapi Aalstar (Ethias League) in Belgium. In 33 games he had 7.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to win the cup. Holiday also played 12 games in EuroChallenge where he had 7.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA. Holiday received Pac-10 All-Defensive Team award back in 2010 at his college time.
Holiday graduated from University of Washington in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Spoelstra, Karl Named Coaches Of The Month For March - by Eurobasket News

The Miami Heat's Erik Spoelstra and the Denver Nuggets' George Karl on Monday were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month for March. Spoelstra led Miami to a league-best 17-1 (.944) record in March, which included 15 straight wins to open the month that pushed the Heat's winning streak to 27 straight games. Karl led Denver to a Western Conference-best 13-2 (.867) mark in March, which included wins in the first 12 games of the month, feeding a 15-game winning streak that began on Feb. 23.
Other nominees for Coach of the Month were Dallas' Rick Carlisle , Indiana's Frank Vogel , Memphis' Lionel Hollins and New York's Mike Woodson .
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



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  NBLCANADA   


NBL Canada All-Star Game rosters 2013 - by Simas

NBL Canada Atlantic Division All-Star Team 2013
#s#
Jerice Crouch
Crouch
Joey Haywood
Haywood
Brandon Robinson
Robinson
Devin Sweetney
Sweetney
Isaac Butts
Butts
#e#1

Jerice Crouch
(6'0''-PG-84) of Saint John Mill Rats
Joey Haywood (6'1''-PG-84) of Halifax Rainmen
Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89) of Summerside Storm
Devin Sweetney (6'6''-G/F-87) of Moncton Miracles
Isaac Butts (6'10''-C) of Moncton Miracles
Al Stewart (5'10''-PG-83) of Summerside Storm
Kamar Burke (6'5''-F/G-86) of Moncton Miracles
Chris Cayole (6'7''-F-85) of Summerside Storm
Omari Johnson (6'9''-F-89) of Summerside Storm
Steve DeLuca (6'6''-G/F-86) of Saint John Mill Rats

Joe Salerno of the Summerside Storm


NBL Canada Atlantic Division All-Star Team 2013
#s#
Darren Duncan
Duncan
Nick Okorie
Okorie
Tim Ellis
Ellis
Elvin Mims
Mims
Marvin Phillips
Phillips
#e#1

Darren Duncan
(5'11''-PG-88) of Windsor Express
Nick Okorie (6'1''-PG-88) of Oshawa Power
Tim Ellis (6'4''-G-81) of London Lightning
Elvin Mims (6'5''-F-79) of London Lightning
Marvin Phillips (6'7''-F-83) of London Lightning
Antwi Atuahene (6'3''-G-84) of London Lightning
Papa Oppong (6'4''-G-87) of Oshawa Power
J.R. Harrison (6'6''-F-84) of Montreal Jazz
Greg Surmacz (6'8''-F-86) of Windsor Express
Chris Commons (6'9''-F-84) of Windsor Express

Michael Ray Richardson of the London Lightning



Summerside Storm reach championship series - by Eurobasket News

Summerside S. - Windsor Exp. 109-103
When the game was in the balance tied at 100 with only minutes to go in the fourth quarter the Summerside STORM made almost every foul shot down the stretch to beat the Windsor Express 109-103 in the fifth and deciding game of their NBL semi-final in front of 2,043 frenzied fans. With the series win the STORM now move on to the NBL Finals starting Saturday April 6th in London, Ontario against the Lightning. Game two will be played Sunday night with the series shifting back to Prince Edward Island for games three and four (if needed) Wednesday, April 10th and 12th at Credit Union Place. Gregory Plummer (6'3''-G-83, college: Eckerd) had a big game for the STORM scoring 30 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Omari Johnson (6'9''-F-89, college: Oregon St.) scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, Josiah Turner (6'3''-G-92, college: Arizona) had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Royce Parran scored 9 points and handed out 11 assists. Mike Helms (6'1''-PG-82, college: Oakland) was top man for Windsor with 23 points. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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  NCAA1   

Top 25 - Men

TOP25 Standings
 1. Indiana 29-7 (26-5) 
 2. Louisville 33-5 (29-5) 
 3. Kentucky 21-12 (21-11) 
 4. Ohio St. 29-8 (24-7) 
 5. Michigan 30-7 (25-6) 
 6. N.Carolina St. 24-11 (22-9) 
 7. Kansas 31-6 (29-5) 
 8. Duke 29-6 (27-4) 
 9. Syracuse 30-9 (26-9) 
 10. Florida 29-8 (27-7) 
 11. Arizona 27-8 (25-7) 
 12. N.Carolina 25-11 (22-10) 
 13. UCLA 25-10 (24-9) 
 14. Michigan St. 27-9 (24-7) 
 15. Creighton 28-8 (27-7) 
 16. Memphis 31-5 (30-4) 
 17. Missouri 23-11 (23-11) 
 18. Baylor 20-14 (18-14) 
 19. UNLV 25-10 (25-10) 
 20. San Diego St. 23-11 (22-10) 
 21. Wisconsin 23-11 (21-11) 
 22. Gonzaga 32-3 (29-2) 
 23. Notre Dame 25-10 (25-9) 
 24. Florida St. 18-16 (17-14) 
 25. Texas 15-17 (16-17) 

Regional Finals: Round 132

East

Mar. 30: Syracuse - Marquette 55-39

Midwest

Mar. 31: Louisville - Duke 85-63

NIT Semis

Apr. 2: Baylor - BYU 76-70
Apr. 2: Maryland - Iowa 60-71

South

Mar. 31: Michigan - Florida 79-59

West

Mar. 30: Wichita St. - Ohio St. 70-66

Semi-Finals: Round 133

Apr. 6: Louisville - Wichita St.
Apr. 6: Michigan - Syracuse


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Deshaun THOMAS
  Ohio St.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Thomas, Ohio St.19.8 
 2. Burke, Michigan18.8 
 3. Paul, Illinois16.6 
 4. Zeller, Indiana16.5 
 5. Newbill, Penn St.16.3 
 6. Marshall, Penn St.15.3 
 7. Marble, Iowa14.9 
 8. Hardaway Jr., Mich.14.6 
 9. Hollins, Minnesota14.6 
 10. Talley, Nebraska13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Trevor MBAKWE
  Minnesota
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Mbakwe, Minnesota8.7 
 2. Zeller, Indiana8.1 
 3. Payne, Michigan.7.6 
 4. Evans, Wisconsin7.4 
 5. Travis, Penn St.7.4 
 6. Berggren, Wisco.6.9 
 7. Ubel, Nebraska6.7 
 8. Swopshire, Northwe.6.7 
 9. Nix, Michigan St.6.6 
 10. Watford, Indiana6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Trey BURKE
  Michigan
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Burke, Michigan6.8 
 2. Craft, Ohio St.4.6 
 3. Ferrell, Indiana4.1 
 4. Newbill, Penn St.4.0 
 5. Johnson, Purdue4.0 
 6. Sobolewski, Northw.4.0 
 7. Scott, Ohio St.3.8 
 8. Abrams, Illinois3.4 
 9. Hollins, Minnesota3.4 
 10. Appling, Michigan3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Victor OLADIPO
  Indiana
  (196-G-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Oladipo, Indiana2.2 
 2. Craft, Ohio St.2.1 
 3. Hollins, Minnesota1.7 
 4. Scott, Ohio St.1.7 
 5. Dawson, Michigan.1.6 
 6. Burke, Michigan1.6 
 7. Marshall, Penn St.1.5 
 8. Abrams, Illinois1.4 
 9. Gallegos, Nebraska1.4 
 10. Richardson, Illin.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jared BERGGREN
  Wisco.
  (208-F/C-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Berggren, Wisco.2.1 
 2. Hammons, Purdue2.0 
 3. Egwu, Illinois1.4 
 4. Williams, Ohio St.1.4 
 5. Mbakwe, Minnesota1.4 
 6. Williams, Minnesota1.3 
 7. Payne, Michigan.1.3 
 8. Zeller, Indiana1.3 
 9. Basabe, Iowa1.3 
 10. Eliason, Minnesota1.1 


ECU Captures CIT Title - by Eurobasket News

OGDEN, Utah (AP) - Akeem Richmond (6'0''-PG-91) hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift East Carolina over Weber State 77-74 Tuesday night and claim the CollegeInsider.com tournament championship, capping the best season in school history.

The Pirates trailed 71-65 with 2:50 remaining but closed on a 12-3 run.

Weber State (30-7) had a chance to pad its late lead but had trouble at the line, making 9-of-19 free throws overall.

Miguel Paul (6'1''-PG-90) led East Carolina with 23 points and Maurice Kemp added 20 for the Pirates (23-12), who tied a school record for wins in a season set by the 1953-54 squad.

Scott Bamforth (6'2''-G/F-89) led Weber State with 19 points, and Frank Otis (6'6''-F-90) and Davion Berry had 16 apiece.

The loss was Weber State's first at home since Dec. 15, a 10-point setback to Brigham Young. The Wildcats entered Tuesday's game on a 14-game home winning streak.
Courtesy of: http://www.ecupirates.com



MBB Defeats BYU, 76-70, to Advance to NIT Title Game - by Eurobasket News

NEW YORK (AP) - Pierre Jackson (5'10''-PG-91) has saved some of the best basketball of his career for the end of it.

Jackson earned himself and Baylor another game, putting up his third straight double-double with 24 points and 10 assists to lift the Bears back into the National Invitation Tournament championship with a 76-70 win over BYU on Tuesday night.

"We got one more," Jackson said. "If we win on Thursday, I'll probably be here shaking because I'm too excited."

The Bears will play Iowa or Maryland on Thursday night. Baylor's Cory Jefferson scored 21 points and Isaiah Austin had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears, who are in the championship for the second time in five years, after losing to Penn State in 2009.

Tyler Haws scored 25 points for the Cougars, who couldn't buy a shot from 3-point range for much of the game. Baylor (22-14) pulled away in the final eight minutes or so, and then withstood a late furious rally by BYU, led by Matt Carlino (6'2''-G) on 5-for-15 3-point shooting. The rest of the Cougars (24-12) went 0 for 6.

Carlino, who finished with 19 points, made three late 3- pointers to give BYU one last chance. His third one, with about 38 seconds to go, bounced three times on the rim and fell through to make it 71-68.

Jackson missed one of two free throws on the other end to make it a four point game. Carlino put up another 3, but this one finally bounced wide, and Baylor was able to finally finish off the Cougars.

"I'm really proud of our guys," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "We out rebounded them, and I think that speaks volumes to the effort that we got from our players."

Jackson has been closing out his career in style, entering Tuesday's semifinal averaging 19 points and 11.7 assists in the Bears' three NIT games. For the season, he has led the Big 12 in scoring and assists, and is on track to be the first player to lead a major conference in both since Jason Terry at Arizona in 1998-99.

He helped personally close out the Cougars with about four minutes to play. He made a mid-range rainbow to give Baylor a seven-point lead. Then he sank a 3-pointer with three-and-a-half minutes to go for a 10-point lead that seemed to settle matters.

"That was huge," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "Saved me a little hair _ until Carlino started making 3s from halfcourt."

It was Jackson's third straight double-double and fifth of the season. He's reached double figures in 41 of 42 games this season. Austin got his 11th double-double.

The Cougars were blown out at Baylor in December, but hung with the Bears for the first 30 minutes of this one, and even looked like the better team at parts in the first half.

Baylor went on a 7-0 run midway through the second half to take a five-point lead, but Brandon Davies made a pair of free throws, and Carlino made his first 3- pointer to tie it with about 7:30 to play.

But Jackson took over to put Baylor and coach Scott Drew in the NIT final a year after the Bears made the NCAA's Elite Eight.

"Well, I think there's only two happy teams at the end of the year," Drew said. "The team that wins the NCAA and the team that wins the NIT. We want to be one of those happy teams."
Courtesy of: http://www.baylorbears.com



Tough in the Post - by Eurobasket News

NEW YORK CITY -- University of Maryland sophomore center Alex Len (7'1''-C-93) could be a lottery pick in an upcoming NBA Draft. His scoring, rebounding, and shot-blocking were the talk of the Big Apple when the National Invitation Tournament kicked off Tuesday in Madison Square Garden.

By the time the semifinals had ended, the dialogue about another 7-footer -- freshman Adam Woodbury (7'1''-C-94) from the University of Iowa -- became more of a roar than a whisper.

Adam Woodbury was going to let his coaches grade his performance after the Hawkeyes' 71-60 victory against Maryland on Tuesday.

"I thought he was spectacular," UI head coach Fran McCaffery said. "In the first half in particular when he was really matched up with him man-to-man, I thought he moved his feet, I thought he moved to the ball, he got his high hand up, and he got in front. He understood angles and made it difficult for (Len)."

During the first 20 minutes, it was Adam Woodbury who had an edge in the box score. He made 3-of-7 field goals, 3-of-4 free throws, with nine points and two rebounds. Len had six rebounds, four points, and two blocked shots. More importantly, Iowa built a 14-point lead and led 38-33 at the break.

"It was a big test for me," Adam Woodbury said. "I knew going into the game he was a key to their team and I tried to hold my own against him and play as hard as I could whenever he got the ball."
In the second half, the Hawkeyes committed five fouls in the first 3:38, including two by Adam Woodbury, giving him three for the game. McCaffery then called for more zone defense, and Len received a welcomed break from Adam Woodbury's one-on-one harassment.

"Even then, Adam was aware of (Len) and he bodied up and at least limited some the rebounding opportunities Len would have had," McCaffery said.

"I can honestly say that I made it tough on him," Adam Woodbury said. "He got a couple baskets here and there, but I felt when I was playing against him, I made it hard for him to score."

Len played 31 minutes and led the Terrapins in points (16), rebounds (nine) and blocked shots (six). Adam Woodbury played 12 minutes in the second half, compiling two blocked shots and a rebound.

The Hawkeyes and their young center continue to improve. Iowa heads to the NIT championship against Baylor on Thursday with a record of 25-12. Adam Woodbury has started all 37 games and is averaging 5.1 points and 4.7 rebounds a game while shooting 50-percent from the field.

"I have been putting in a lot of extra work with the coaches and staff and I feel it has been showing," Adam Woodbury said. "I'm trying to keep working every day to improve a little bit and the fans are starting to see I can improve. Some of the stuff that wasn't coming to me at the first of the season is coming to me now."

With Len retired from the tournament, Adam Woodbury turns his attention to Baylor freshman Isaiah Austin, another post standing 7-1.

"We have never played against a little team," Adam Woodbury said. "We play against some size in the Big Ten and it's going to be another tough matchup for us. We'll be up for it; we'll have to bring another A-game like we did (Tuesday) and continue to battle."

Baylor and Iowa play for the NIT trophy Thursday with an 8:30 p.m. (CT) tipoff from Madison Square Garden.
Courtesy of: http://www.hawkeyesports.com



Broncos Beat George Mason to Take 1-0 Lead in CBI Best of Three Finals - by Eurobasket News

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - In the first game of the best of three final of the College Basketball Invitational presented by Buick, Santa Clara topped George Mason by a final of 81-73. It was the eighth consecutive post-season win for the Broncos. Santa Clara will now travel to George Mason to play at 4 pm Pacific on Wed., April 3 on AXS-TV nationally. The game will be rebroadcast on KDOW 1220 AM at 7 pm Pacific.

The win puts Santa Clara at 25-11 and George Mason is 21-14.

Santa Clara has won 25 games for just the second time in the 106-year school history of basketball; and 24+ games for the second time in three years under Coach Keating, having won 24 in 2010-11 when the Broncos won the CIT.

"It was a good overall effort tonight," said Santa Clara head coach Kerry Keating . "It was a little close early and we were trying to make the home run plays late. We did a better job in the second half and had those three turnovers in the last two minutes. We have to understand how to handle the pressure at the end of a game. We're excited to have picked up the first win tonight."

Santa Clara shot 44.2 percent from the field (23-for-52), including 41.7 percent from beyond the arc (10-for-24). The Broncos shot 83.3 percent from the free throw line (25-for-30). They collected 30 rebounds, 12 assists, nine steals, three blocks and had 17 turnovers.

Santa Clara was led by Kevin Foster (6'2''-PG) who scored 28 points on 7-15 shooting including 5-11 from deep. It was the fourth straight game in the CBI that Foster has scored at least 23 points. Evan Roquemore added 20 points on 5-10 shooting and a perfect 7-7 from the charity stripe with six assists and four rebounds. Marc Trasolini scored 17 on 6-10 shooting with a team-high seven rebounds.

"The team is really trusting one another and we don't want to lose," said Foster. "We're playing winning basketball on the defensive end. We didn't come out as hard as we should have in the second half, but we picked up the effort. We all want to end this season on a positive note."

"We had to win the first game because we have no intention of going to game three," said Trasolini. "We really want this to be a two-game series. This group hasn't lost yet in the post-season. We've had a lot of fun together in these five years in the Leavey Center and I'm so thankful for the memories."

George Mason shot 42.6 percent from the field (26-for-61), including 31.3 percent from beyond the arc (5-for-16). The Patriots shot 80.0 percent from the free throw line (16-for-20). They collected 20 rebounds, 12 assists, seven steals, one block and had 19 turnovers.

The Patriots were led by Jonathan Arledge who scored 21 points on 8-12 shooting and had eight rebounds. Patrick Holloway scored 17, all in the second half, on 6-10 shooting and 3-6 from downtown. Bryon Allen (6'3''-G) added 15 on 6-12 shooting with eight assists while Erik Copes grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds with four points.

The Patriots drew first blood at 19:03. Roquemore crushed a three from the top of the key at 18:32. Arledge scored a jumper at 18:12. Wright hit a pair of free throws at 17:22 to put Mason up 6-3.

SCU then went on a 7-0 run. Roquemore's wide-open three tied it up at 17:13. Roquemore's 40-foot inbounds pass to Foster resulted in a Bronco bucket at 16:18. Trasolini added a bucket at 15:59 to put SCU up 10-6.

Marko Gujanicic hit a sky-hook at 14:48 before Cowels III hit his first three at 14:36, 13-8 Broncos. Harrison's block of Gujanicic's shot brought the crowd to its at 13:53.

GMU then went on a 9-0 run of its own. It scored back-to-back baskets to pull within one at 12:01, 13-12. A free throw by Arledge tied it up 13-13 at 12:01. Arledge laid it in at 10:48 to put GMU up 15-13. Allen scored a pair of free throws at 9:42 to put Mason up 17-13.

Foster's first three of the night at 9:16 stopped the run. Paris Bennett added a jumper at 8:58.

The Broncos then went on a 16-2 run over 4:09. Roquemore scored his third three at 8:42 to tie it up 19-19. Atanga was fouled hard dunking and he made both free throws at 7:41.

A defensive rebound by Foster and a dandy pass to a trailing Roquemore made it 23-19 at 7:13. Foster's three at 6:32 made it 26-19 and Mason whistled for its second 30-second timeout in the last 30 seconds.

Trasolini stole the ball and Foster passed it to Roquemore who dribbled and scored from seven feet out at 6:16. Roquemore picked up his second foul, on Wright, and he stopped the run with a free throw at 5:36. Trasolini ran coast to coast and scored at 5:22.

Foster was knocked to the ground by Vaughns while shooting a three from the key and he sank the first two, 32-20 Broncos at 4:57.

Arledge added a pair of free throws at 4:35 and then dunked it at 4:16 to pull Mason within eight, 32-24. Foster scored his third three at 3:17 and Vaughns laid it in on the other end at 2:41, 35-26 Broncos.

Bennett scored a pair of free throws at 1:38. Trasolini responded with a dunk over the rim at 1:20. Vaughns nailed a three at 1:06. Cowels III scored on a tip-in dunk on a Foster miss with 25 seconds left to put SCU up 39-31 at the half.

In the first half Santa Clara shot 51.9 percent from the field (14-for-27), including 58.3 percent from beyond the arc (7-for-12). The Broncos shot 80.0 percent from the free throw line (4-for-5). They collected 15 rebounds, nine assists, two steals, three blocks and had 11 turnovers. The Broncos had a duo score 13 each in Roquemore and Foster, both hitting three threes. Trasolini grabbed five rebounds and Roquemore paced the offense with four assists.

George Mason shot 34.5 percent from the field (10-for-29), including 20.0 percent from beyond the arc (1-for-5). The Patriots shot 83.3 percent from the free throw line (10-for-12). They collected 18 rebounds, four assists, five steals, one block and had nine turnovers.

The Patriots were led by Arledge who scored 11 points on 4-5 shooting from the field while grabbing a game-high six boards. Vaughns added five points on 2-3 shooting and had the lone George Mason three in the first half. Allen and Bennett added four points each.

Trasolini tipped one in at 18:59 to start the second half and put the Broncos up 10. After a Patriots bucket, Foster hit his fourth three at 17:36, 44-33 Broncos. Foster's steal resulted in a fast break for the Broncos, but Trasolini was fouled working to the basket and he sank both free throws, 46-33, at 16:42.

Mason then went on an 11-1 run. George Mason scored three straight baskets, including a three by Holloway at 15:05, to pull within six, 46-40 Broncos. Trasolini was fouled inside by Arledge and he sank one at 14:39. Holloway's back-to-back baskets pulled the Patriots within three at 13:45. Timeout Broncos.

Cowels III crushed at three at 13:17 to stop the run before Holloway matched it 13:01, 50-47 Broncos. Arledge was fouled by Trasolini at 10:37 shooting and he made the second, 50-48 Broncos.

Trasolini's sweet bounce pass to Foster resulted in an easy lay-up at 10:20. Foster snared his second steal of the game and he was fouled when attacking the rim at 9:10. Foster sank both to put SCU up 54-48.

Roquemore was fouled going to the rim at 8:19 and he sank both. Arledge stole it from Foster in the key and Allen converted for two at 7:25. Harrison's put-back at 6:38 made the lead eight, 58-50 Broncos. Erik Copes picked up his fourth foul of the game on Cowels III at 6:01 and he sank both to put SCU back up 10, 60-50.

After a jumper by Arledge, Holloway's free throws made it 60-54 Broncos at 5:13. Foster made a pair of free throws at 4:59.

Holloway's three was followed by a Trasolini bucket in the paint. Atanga's deflection resulted in a steal at three by Foster, his fifth of the game. The Broncos led 71-61 at 1:33. Foster's two free throws made it 73-63 at 1:19.

GMU went on a 7-0 run in 16 seconds to pull within four, 77-73. Roquemore and Foster both hit a free throw each and Trasolini's dunk closed out the game. Broncos win 81-73.

Game Notes

Kevin Foster has made 424 this game career threes and he moved to No 5 all-time in NCAA history. He passed the Golden State Warriors' guard Stephen Curry (414, Davidson, 2006-09) to take over the No. 5 spot. He needs seven to move past former Tennessee All-American Chris Lofton (430, 2005-08). Foster has scored 19+ in 63 of his 131 career games. He has 15+ in 87 career games.

Kevin Foster started his 123rd career game after setting the school record vs. LMU on Feb. 28. Foster played in his 131st game and moved to No. 3 all-time.

Marc Trasolini and Raymond Cowels III played in their 135th career game and already own the school record. Cowels III also started his 66th straight game for the Broncos. Playing in his 126th career game, Niyi Harrison is No. 6 all-time.

Kevin Foster is No. 5 on the WCC single season with 87 steals, including two vs. GMU. Foster set the school record for single season steals at Wright State.

It is the second time in three years and just the third time in 17 years that Santa Clara has played in the post-season. It is the 17th post-season appearance in school history (22-17: 11-13 NCAA; 2-4 NIT, 5-0 CIT, 4-0 CBI).
Courtesy of: http://www.santaclarabroncos.com



Texas Tech lands coach Tubby Smith - by Eurobasket News

Texas Tech University tabbed 62-year old coach Tubby Smith. He started the season at Minnesota (NCAA). The last season Smith coached also at the University of Minnesota. He helped them to make it to the final. Smith received All-SEC Coach of the Year award back in 2005.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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North Carolina Wesleyan Brandon Givens Scores 43 Points To Lift East All-Stars over West, 124-102 Saturday In Reeses Division III College Star Game in Salem, Va. - by Greg

SALEM, Va. (March 23, 2013) North Carolina Wesleyans Brandon Givens (6'6''-G) scored 43 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the East All-Stars topped the West All-Stars, 124-102, in the Reeses Division III College All-Star game played Saturday at the Salem Civic Center.

Givens connected on 14 of 19 field goal attempts, including three of four three-point goals, and 12 of 14 free throws. Paul Reynolds of Wesley added 20 points for the East while Catholics Chris Kearney (13), Hobarts Stefan Thompson (12) and Jake Schwarz of Lakeland (11) were also double-digit scorers.

Tony Vails of York was the top scorer for the West All-Stars with 20 points while Alex Berthiaume of Springfield had 18 points. Bethels Taylor Hall tied Givens for top rebounding honors in the game with 10.

The annual Reeses Division III College All-Star game was played as part of the NCAA Division III Mens Basketball Championship, prior to Saturdays semifinal games. Amherst College will meet the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in the Division III championship game on Sunday, April 7, at 12:30 p.m. at Philips Arena in Atlanta as the NCAA celebrates 75 years of March Madness



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KCM Basketball BASH 2013 - by Dinesh Thapa

One of the most awaited basketball event of Nepal, KCM Basketball BASH is set to be organized at the court of KCM, Lalitpur Nepal. Students of Kathmandu College of Management (KCM) has been organizing the Basketball bash as their annual event.

The registration for the bash is now open and teams can register until 16 April. The bash will start in 18th April. There is limited spot of 16 Boys and 8 Girls spot for the teams to register.

It is one of the most awaited basketball event in the country. We will be closely following and reporting the news about the KCM Basketball Bash 2013.



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2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lukasz NIESOBSKI
  Sudety
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Niesobski, Sudety20.2 
 2. Grod, Notec19.3 
 3. Przyborowski, Pula.19.1 
 4. Piotrkowski, AZS A.19.0 
 5. Pawlowski, Pogon P.18.3 
 6. Krzeminski, Basket17.8 
 7. Brembly, Trefl I.17.4 
 8. Nitsche, Korsarz17.2 
 9. Zalucki, Korsarz17.0 
 10. Niesobski, Sudety17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jaroslaw PAWLOWSKI
  Pogon P.
  (194-F-80)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Pawlowski, Pogon P.10.3 
 2. Konsek, Korsarz9.8 
 3. Wojdyr, Wilki Mors.9.7 
 4. Kapturski, Pulask.9.5 
 5. Mis, Handlopex AZS9.1 
 6. Wysocki, Tur B.9.0 
 7. Cetnar, Rosa I.8.7 
 8. Grod, Notec8.6 
 9. Weselak, Alba C.8.4 
 10. Michalek, Basket8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dawid MIECZKOWSKI
  Pulask.
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Mieczkowski, Pulas.8.7 
 2. Stoklosa, Wilki M.7.9 
 3. Grzelinski, WKK W.6.7 
 4. Jarosz, MKS S.5.4 
 5. Ecka, AZS A.5.4 
 6. Wrobel, GTK G.5.3 
 7. Kozak, Sudety5.3 
 8. Wluczynski, Ksieza.4.9 
 9. Schenk, Rosa I.4.9 
 10. Paszkiewicz, PWiK4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Mikolaj GROD
  Notec
  (194-F-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Grod, Notec2.5 
 2. Kapturski, Pulask.2.5 
 3. Wojcik, MKS S.2.4 
 4. Brembly, Trefl I.2.4 
 5. Jarosz, MKS S.2.3 
 6. Filipiak, Notec2.3 
 7. Rogacewicz, Baske.2.3 
 8. Krawczyk, Wisla A.2.2 
 9. Niesobski, Sudety2.2 
 10. Przyborowski, Pul.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Lukasz SOBUTA
  Rosa I.
  (209-C-92)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Sobuta, Rosa I.1.8 
 2. Mis, Handlopex AZS1.8 
 3. Milewski, AZS A.1.7 
 4. Nowerski, Legia1.5 
 5. Wojdyr, Wilki Mors.1.5 
 6. Wysocki, Tur B.1.3 
 7. Wojcik, MKS S.1.3 
 8. Nedzi, Legia1.2 
 9. Michalek, Basket P.1.2 
 10. Dusilo, MCKiS J.1.1 


Coach Bogicevic stays in Anwil for next season. - by Maciej Paszyn

According to official club web page head coach of the Anwil Wloclawek team, extended his contract for another season. This is recognition of the club management for the results that the team achieved under the leadership of Milija Bogicevic . Since taking a job by the Serbian coach, the team reached the 16-6 record. The document was signed yesterday in the presence of journalists (Tuesday 01.04.13).
It's a big honor to work on in Anwil Wloclawek Wloclawek. Together with Chairman of the Board we will strive for this to be successful in present season. Now we are in a difficult time but we will try together for the better future of this team commented on the signing of a new agreement Milija Bogicevic .

Autographs made under contract, gives us the confidence that thought this season started, will continue in the future. The results show that the coach Milija Bogicevic work is a very good job and that is element which we guided by sitting down to talks on a new contract. Coaching staff cast and selection of players for next season will be the topic of our conversations after the end of current competition said Arkadiusz Lewandowski, CEO of SSA WTK Anwil Wloclawek.




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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Arecibo 1-0 
 2. Humacao 1-0 
 3. Mayaguez 1-0 
 4. Ponce 1-0 
 5. Bayamon 0-0 
 6. Guaynabo 0-0 
 7. Guayama 0-1 
 8. Quebradillas 0-1 
 9. San German 0-1 
 10. Santurce 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Apr. 2: Humacao - Santurce 87-73
Apr. 1: Ponce - Guayama 86-75
Mar. 31: Mayaguez - Quebradillas 80-76
Apr. 2: Arecibo - San German 105-81

Regular Season: Round 2

Apr. 3: Bayamon - Mayaguez
Apr. 3: Quebradillas - Guaynabo
Apr. 4: Ponce - Arecibo
Apr. 4: Guayama - Santurce


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Denis CLEMENTE
  Humacao
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 31
 1. Clemente, Humacao31.0 
 2. Siler, Ponce23.0 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo23.0 
 4. Galindo, Santurce23.0 
 5. Jones, Guayama20.0 
 6. Gransberry, Mayag.20.0 
 7. Harrellson, Guaya.18.0 
 8. Brown, Humacao18.0 
 9. Huertas, Quebradil.17.0 
 10. Gaston, Ponce16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Garret SILER
  Ponce
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 15
 1. Siler, Ponce15.0 
 2. Keenan, Humacao12.0 
 3. Harrellson, Guaya.12.0 
 4. Carmona, Humacao10.0 
 5. Gransberry, Mayag.10.0 
 6. Liz, San German9.0 
 7. Graham, Arecibo9.0 
 8. Gaston, Ponce9.0 
 9. Rogers, San German8.0 
 10. Pinnock, Mayaguez8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos ESCALERA
  Arecibo
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 11
 1. Escalera, Arecibo11.0 
 2. Pagan, Santurce8.0 
 3. Clemente, Humacao8.0 
 4. Coronado, Guayama7.0 
 5. Pinnock, Mayaguez5.0 
 6. Rodriguez, San G.5.0 
 7. Fontan, San German4.0 
 8. Rodriguez, Guayama4.0 
 9. Rivera, Ponce4.0 
 10. Gaston, Ponce4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Ponce
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Fortuna, Ponce4.0 
 2. Rodriguez, Guayama4.0 
 3. Jones, Guayama2.0 
 4. Lee, Quebradillas2.0 
 5. Pinnock, Mayaguez2.0 
 6. Cortes Ruiz, Areci.2.0 
 7. Ramirez, Mayaguez2.0 
 8. Galindo, Santurce2.0 
 9. Santiago, Ponce2.0 
 10. Brown, Humacao2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Garret SILER
  Ponce
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Siler, Ponce2.0 
 2. Mata, Quebradillas2.0 
 3. Gransberry, Mayag.2.0 
 4. Harrellson, Guaya.1.0 
 5. Lee, Quebradillas1.0 
 6. Liz, San German1.0 
 7. Cook, Quebradillas1.0 
 8. Penn, Humacao1.0 
 9. De Jesus, San G.1.0 
 10. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.0 


Leones return and beat Brujos 86-75 - by Luis Modestti


Leones de Ponce returned after two seasons out of the league and defeated Brujos de Guayama 86-75 in front of a sold-out Pachin Vicens Auditorium.

Garret Siler (213-C-86, college: Augusta St.) was instrumental in the win, dominating inside and finishing with 23 points and 15 boards.

Siler led their strong start in the first quarter scoring 11 points. Leones won the first quarter 20-18.

Guayama reacted led by Joel Jones and Josh Harellson and Guayama finished the first half with a 42-41 lead. Jones had 17 points in the first 20 minutes.

In the second half Ponce was led by Chris Gaston, who came from the bench and did a solid contribution playing sometimes as a power forward. Thanks to that Ponce had a consistent offensive output and some baskets from long range in the final minutes sealed the deal.

Gaston ended with 16 points and 9 rebounds, Rick Apodaca and Elpidio Fortuna added 13 each for the winners.

Jones netted 20 points and Harellson 18 in the loss.

The games for today are Cangrejeros de Santurce at Caciques Gigantes in Humacao and Atleticos visit Capitanes.



Cangrejeros add Leon Williams - by Luis Modestti


Cangrejeros de Santurce added forward/center Williams Leon (203-F/C-86, college: Ohio) to their roster before their inaugural game at Humacao.

Williams led the Korean League in rebounds averaging 11,3 with Goyang Orions. He also has experience in Turkey and Spain.

He joins Ian Young and Bennet Davis as the trio of imports to start the season for Santurce. They expect guard Andrew Goudelock to join the team later this season.

They start the season today at Humacao, and then they play at Guayama on April 4 and go to Bayamon on April 7. Their home-opener is on April 9 against Leones.



Mets announce the signing of Lloreda - by Luis Modestti


Mets de Guaynabo signed Panamanian forward Jose Lloreda (203-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU). The team is waiting for his visa in order to arrive to the island later this month.

Lloreda played for San German in the 2011 and 2012 season. Last year he averaged 10,7 points and 10,3 rebounds.

Guaynabo starts the season with Ruben Garces as their import. Now with Lloreda they will have the former Panamanian national team front court.

The first game of Guaynabo this season is on Wednesday at Quebradillas. Then they play their first home game against Leones on Friday.



Wins by Capitanes and Caciques-Gigantes on Tuesday - by Luis Modestti


Capitanes and Caciques-Gigantes got wins at home on Tuesday thanks to great performances in the second half for each team.

Capitanes dominated Atleticos 105-81 after a 63-point second half. Arecibo had a 42-40 advantage in the first half but a surge led by Peter John Ramos, David Cortes and Joey Graham gave them control of the second half.

Ramos netted 23 points, Angel Vassallo 15 and Joey Graham 14 for Capitanes who play Thursday at Ponce.

Carlos Strong scored 15 points and Charles Garcia 14 for San German who only scored 41 points in the second half.

In Humacao, Caciques-Gigantes dominated Cangrejeros de Santurce 87-73.

Cangrejeros were in control during the first half thanks to a great defensive effort and impeccable shooting for Alex Galindo who made 21 points. Santurce had a 46-35 lead after twenty minutes.

Then in the second half Humacao made some important defensive adjustments. They stopped Galindo and put more pressure on the ball in order to start their transition offense. Denis Clemente (183-PG-86, college: Kansas St.) was just unstoppable in the second half scoring 19 points to lead his team to victory.

Clemente ended with 31 points while Gilbert Brown added 18 and Alejandro Carmona 15.

Santurce only had two scorers in double figures; Galindo had 23 and Leon Williams 10.

On Wednesday Mayaguez goes to Bayamon and Guaynabo visits Quebradillas.



Lions return to BSN with a home win - by Luis Ramirez

The Ponce Lions who had been absent from the BSN tournament for the past two years, came back strong last night as they won their home opener with a win over the Guayama Brujos. It was an evening of great excitement as the Ponce basketball court was at sold out capacity. The lions fans had been hoping to see their Lions back in action and the Lions did not disappoint them. The Lions came out with great energy and took the 1st quarter 20-18. The Brujos nonetheless came back in the 2nd qtr to take the lead at the half, 42-41.

In the 3rd qtr, the Lions roared back into the lead and took over the lead as the quarter came to an end, 64-61. In the 4th quarter the lions took an 11 point advantage late in the quarter but the brujos had one more push in them and tried to come back with Angel Figueroa leading the pack. The lions withstood the surge and made a run of their own to seal the win.

For Ponce, Garret Siler (213-C-86, college: Augusta St.) scored 23 points with 15 rebounds, followed by Chris Gaston who scored 16 points and had 9 rebounds. For the Brujos, Joel Jones scored 20 points followed by Josh Harrellson with 18 points and 12 rebonds.





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Standings

Division A Standings
 1. Targu Mures 23-7 
 2. Oradea 23-7 
 3. Ploiesti 23-7 
 4. Craiova 21-9 
 5. Gaz Metan 20-10 
 6. Timisoara 20-10 
 7. U.Mobitel.CN 20-10 
 8. CSM Bucuresti 18-12 
 9. Rovinari 15-15 
 10. CSU Sibiu 14-16 
 11. Pitesti 13-17 
 12. Giurgiu 11-19 
 13. Timba Timis. 8-22 
 14. Farul Const. 7-23 
 15. Miercurea Ciuc 3-27 
 16. Dinamo B. 1-29 

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 2: Rovinari - Dinamo B. 98-71
Apr. 2: U.Mobitel.CN - Pitesti 96-66
Apr. 2: Craiova - Oradea 86-78
Apr. 2: CSM Bucuresti - CSU Sibiu 85-75
Apr. 2: Giurgiu - Ploiesti 76-89
Apr. 2: Timba Timis. - Gaz Metan 75-96
Apr. 2: Farul Const. - Timisoara 72-73
Apr. 2: Targu Mures - Miercurea Ciuc 112-54

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 5: Targu Mures - CSM Bucuresti
Apr. 5: Oradea - U.Mobitel.CN
Apr. 5: Ploiesti - Timisoara
Apr. 5: Craiova - Gaz Metan


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Louis DARBY
  Rovinari
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 21
 1. Darby, Rovinari21.0 
 2. Martinic, CSM B.20.4 
 3. Shepherd, CSM B.19.2 
 4. Petty, Giurgiu18.6 
 5. Wisseh, Rovinari18.4 
 6. Horton, Timba Timi.17.5 
 7. Barac, Pitesti17.3 
 8. Brown, Timba Timis.16.9 
 9. Jovanovic, Timisoa.16.3 
 10. Jones, Pitesti16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christopher LEE
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-C-84)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Lee, CSU Sibiu9.9 
 2. Glynn, Timba Timis.9.2 
 3. Dragusin, Craiova8.6 
 4. Steffel, Rovinari7.6 
 5. Darby, Rovinari7.1 
 6. Kinloch, Pitesti7.0 
 7. Johnson, Timisoara7.0 
 8. Carutasu, CSM B.6.9 
 9. Barro, Targu Mures6.8 
 10. Harvey, Giurgiu6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.7.1 
 2. Dzambic, Craiova6.4 
 3. Wisseh, Rovinari5.9 
 4. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.8 
 5. Jovanovic, Timisoa.5.8 
 6. Cuic, Targu Mures5.6 
 7. Martinic, CSM B.5.2 
 8. Dundjerski, Gaz M.4.5 
 9. Gruev, CSU Sibiu4.5 
 10. Petty, Giurgiu4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.3.1 
 2. Petty, Giurgiu2.3 
 3. Jones, Pitesti2.0 
 4. Henifin, Miercure.1.9 
 5. Shepherd, CSM B.1.7 
 6. Seals, Craiova1.7 
 7. Mandache, Gaz M.1.7 
 8. Burrell, Giurgiu1.7 
 9. Gennie, Pitesti1.7 
 10. Lilov, Gaz Metan1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ionut DRAGUSIN
  Craiova
  (221-C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dragusin, Craiova2.1 
 2. Lee, CSU Sibiu1.5 
 3. Adebayo, Targu M.1.4 
 4. Kickingstall., Tim.1.4 
 5. Sipos, Dinamo B.1.3 
 6. Archie, Timisoara1.2 
 7. Harvey, Giurgiu1.1 
 8. Kinloch, Pitesti1.0 
 9. Barro, Targu Mures1.0 
 10. Baciu, U.Mobite.0.9 


Mihai Silvasan gets MVP of the Week award for Romanian Division A - by Eurobasket News

Former international Mihai Silvasan (200-SF-85, agency: Court Side) had a very impressive game in the last round for U.Mobitel.CN and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 27-year old had the game-high 31 points adding six rebounds and two assists for U.Mobitel.CN in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Pitesti (#11, 13-17) with 30-point margin 96-66. U.Mobitel.CN maintains the 7th position in Romanian Division A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. U.Mobitel.CN will need more victories to improve their 20-10 record. In the team's last game Silvasan had a remarkable 83.3% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at U.Mobitel.CN, through which he has constantly improved. Mihai Silvasan averages this season 12.4ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American center Christopher Lee (206-C-84, agency: Duran International) of CSU Sibiu. Lee impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as CSU Sibiu lost that game 75-85 to slightly higher-ranked CSM Bucuresti (#8, 18-12). CSU Sibiu managed to keep the same 10th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-16 record. Lee is a newcomer at CSU Sibiu and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Jaytornah Wisseh (185-G-88) of Rovinari (#9). Wisseh showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and eleven assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Rovinari, leading his team to a 98-71 easy win against the lower-ranked Dinamo B. (#16, 1-29). Rovinari needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 15 lost games. Wisseh has a great season in Romania. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.4ppg (5th best) and assists with 5.9apg (3rd best). He also has FGP: 51.2% and 3PT: 43.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Branko Cuic (197-G-78) of Targu Mures - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Travis Bureau (200-G-88) of Craiova - 31 points and 12 rebounds
6. Brian Burrell (192-G-84) of Giurgiu - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Perry Petty (185-G-88) of Giurgiu - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81) of Targu Mures - 26 points and 10 assists
9. Spencer Dixon (182-G) of Dinamo B. - 34 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Virgil Carutasu (203-C-76) of CSM Bucuresti - 8 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Targu Mures wins the Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Division A just ended.

Round 30 in Division A means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Craiova where host Craiova (21-9) beat league's leader Oradea (23-7) 86-78 on Tuesday evening. Oradea trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 31-27 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-86 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Travis Bureau (200-88, college: La-Lafayette, agency: SDJ Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds. The other American import guard LeVar Seals (195-82, college: De Paul) chipped in 20 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian forward Zarko Comagic (201-85, college: N.Arizona) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Craiova maintains fourth position with 21-9 record. Oradea at the other side still keeps top place with seven games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Targu Mures who have the same record.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Targu Mures as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Oradea) loss. Targu Mures smashed 15th ranked Miercurea Ciuc at home 112-54. It was a good game for Bosnian-Croatian guard Matija Ceskovic (192-81) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 assists. Branko Cuic contributed with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Targu Mures' coach Srecko Sekulovic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Ivan Harris (201-84, college: Ohio St.) replied with 15 points for Miercurea Ciuc. Targu Mures (23-7) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Oradea and Ploiesti. Miercurea Ciuc lost sixteenth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 27 games lost.
Fourteenth-ranked Farul Const. (7-23) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Timisoara (20-10) in Constanca on Tuesday. The visitors from Timisoara managed to secure only one-point victory 73-72. However their fans expected much easier game. Devan Downey scored 17 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Marian Minea with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Farul Const.'s coach Costel Cernat rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Timisoara moved-up to fifth place, which they share with U.Mobitel.CN and Gaz Metan. Newly promoted Farul Const. keeps the fourteenth position with 23 games lost.

Rest of the games of round 30 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Gaz Metan crushed Timba Timis. in Medias 96-75. Giurgiu lost to defending champion Ploiesti at home 76-89. CSU Sibiu lost to CSM Bucuresti on the opponent's court 75-85. Rovinari outscored Dinamo B. in a home game 98-71. Pitesti was rolled over U.Mobitel.CN on the road 96-66.
The best stats of 30th round was 31 points and 6 rebounds by Mihai Silvasan of U.Mobitel.CN.


Timba Timis. - Gaz Metan 75-96

There was no surprise in Timisoara where 13th ranked Timba Timosoara (8-22) was crushed by fifth ranked Gaz Metan (20-10) 96-75 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Gaz Metan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (204-82, agency: TSS Management) scored 24 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Montenegrin-Serbian forward Ivan Ivanovic (205-80, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five Gaz Metan players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Canadian forward Denham Brown (198-83, college: Connecticut) with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists and American guard Jermont Horton (198-84, college: Rutgers-Newark) scored 19 points and 8 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. Gaz Metan maintains fifth position with 20-10 record, which they share with Timisoara and U.Mobitel.CN. Timba Timosoara lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth place with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
Gaz Metan: Z.Krstanovic 24+8reb+1ast, I.Ivanovic 20+6reb+2ast, I.Lilov 11+4reb+4ast, K.Shiloh 10+6reb+6ast, A.Gutoaia 10+2reb+5ast, T.Nicoara 9+5reb+1ast
Timba Timis.: J.Horton 19+8reb, J.Glynn 17+5reb+2ast, D.Brown 17+8reb+8ast, C.Kickingstallionsims 7+4reb, A.Johnson 6+3reb+1ast, A.Mihuti 4+2reb
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Giurgiu - Ploiesti 76-89

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Ploiesti (23-7) defeated on the road 12th ranked Giurgiu (11-19) 89-76 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Ploiesti. Giurgiu managed to win third quarter 25-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Latvian forward Ivars Timermanis (203-82) scored 28 points to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward Virgil Stanescu (208-77, college: S.Alabama, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Brian Burrell (192-84, college: UTPA) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Perry Petty (185-88, college: UTPA) scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Ploiesti have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Oradea and Targu Mures. Loser Giurgiu keeps the twelfth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Ploiesti: I.Timermanis 28+4reb+2ast, V.Stanescu 17+5reb+1ast, A.Mohammed 10+2reb, V.Tica 9+5reb, A.Tudor 7+2reb+3ast, C.Burlacu 7+3reb+3ast
Giurgiu: P.Petty 23+6reb+5ast, B.Burrell 22+12reb+2ast, C.Ware 11+2reb, C.Nicolae 8+3reb, C.Vlaicu 6+7reb+1ast, D.Bivolaru 6+2reb
gschID: 232655


Farul Const. - Timisoara 72-73

Fourteenth-ranked Farul Const. (7-23) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Timisoara (20-10) in Constanca on Tuesday. The visitors from Timisoara managed to secure only one-point victory 73-72. However their fans expected much easier game. Farul Const. was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 25-17 charge of Timisoara, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Devan Downey (175-87, college: S.Carolina, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 17 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Dominique Archie (200-87, college: S.Carolina) chipped in 12 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Marian Minea (203-85) with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Spanish forward Angel Santana (198-77, college: St.Francis, NY) scored 16 points. Farul Const.'s coach Costel Cernat rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Timisoara moved-up to fifth place, which they share with U.Mobitel.CN and Gaz Metan. Newly promoted Farul Const. keeps the fourteenth position with 23 games lost.
Top scorers:
Timisoara: D.Downey 17+7ast, D.Archie 12+5ast, R.Sarovic 10+3reb+2ast, D.Johnson 9+4reb, A.Capusan 8+4reb+1ast, Z.Jovanovic 6+2reb+1ast
Farul Const.: A.Santana 16+3reb+1ast, M.Minea 12+5reb+5ast, T.Mitchell 11+4reb+4ast, N.Markovic 8+1reb+3ast, N.Tomasevic 7+2reb+3ast, D.Petronic 7+5reb
gschID: 232654


Targu Mures - Miercurea Ciuc 112-54

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Targu Mures as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Oradea) loss. Targu Mures smashed 15th ranked Miercurea Ciuc at home 112-54. The game without a history. Targu Mures led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Targu Mures shot 25 for 36 from the free-throw line, while Miercurea Ciuc only scored three points from the stripe. They outrebounded Miercurea Ciuc 45-33 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Targu Mures shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 56.7 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Miercurea Ciuc's players. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Miercurea Ciuc was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Bosnian-Croatian guard Matija Ceskovic (192-81) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 assists. Montenegrin guard Branko Cuic (197-78) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Targu Mures players scored in double figures. Targu Mures' coach Srecko Sekulovic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Ivan Harris (201-84, college: Ohio St.) replied with 15 points and forward Vlad Corpodean (194-91) added 5 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Miercurea Ciuc. Targu Mures (23-7) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Oradea and Ploiesti. Miercurea Ciuc lost sixteenth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 27 games lost.
Top scorers:
Targu Mures: M.Ceskovic 26+10ast, B.Cuic 21+10reb+5ast, D.Kandic 14+8reb+2ast, V.Peciukas 14+2reb+5ast, G.Navickas 10+4reb+7ast, O.Barro 7+5reb+1ast
Miercurea Ciuc: I.Harris 15+3reb, F.Bubalo 10+3reb+2ast, A.Vita 9+3reb, F.Filipovic 6+4reb+2ast, V.Corpodean 5+9reb+2ast, M.Hajdic 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 232653


CSM Bucuresti - CSU Sibiu 85-75

Rather expected game when 10th ranked CSU Sibiu (14-16) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked CSM Bucuresti (18-12) 85-75 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by CSM Bucuresti. CSU Sibiu managed to win fourth quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CSM Bucuresti looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Canadian guard Stephen Sir (195-82, college: N.Arizona) scored 26 points to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Virgil Carutasu (203-76) chipped in 8 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American center Christopher Lee (206-84, college: S.Carolina St., agency: Duran International) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds and Bulgarian guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Four CSU Sibiu players scored in double figures. CSM Bucuresti maintains eighth position with 18-12 record. Loser CSU Sibiu keeps the tenth place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
CSM Bucuresti: S.Sir 26+1reb+3ast, J.Shepherd 12+2reb+3ast, S.Santa 10+4reb+2ast, C.Patterson 9+2reb, B.Morris 8+3reb, V.Carutasu 8+13reb+3ast
CSU Sibiu: C.Lee 23+16reb+1ast, A.Gruev 15+4ast, D.Austin 11+3reb+1ast, B.Aktas 10+5reb+2ast, C.Craciun 7+7reb+2ast, M.Griskenas 5+3reb
gschID: 232652


Rovinari - Dinamo B. 98-71

Very predictable result when ninth ranked Rovinari (15-15) outscored at home bottom-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (1-29) 98-71 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Rovinari led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to CS Dinamo Bucuresti's 32. Rovinari forced 19 CS Dinamo Bucuresti turnovers and outrebounded them 43-30 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Rovinari looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by CS Dinamo Bucuresti's players. American-Liberian guard Jaytornah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) had a triple-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Louis Darby (196-84, college: Long Beach St.) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Four Rovinari players scored in double figures. Coach Slobodan Nikolic's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American guard Spencer Dixon (182, college: Kennesaw St.) with 34 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and guard Vladimir Mihai (180-90) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Rovinari maintains ninth position with 15-15 record. CS Dinamo Bucuresti lost ninth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 29 lost games.
Top scorers:
Rovinari: M.Janjusevic 18+4reb+4ast, J.Wisseh 18+11reb+11ast, L.Darby 16+8reb+6ast, D.Steffel 11+6reb, S.Nikolic 9+1reb+3ast, A.Gliga 8+1reb+1ast
Dinamo B.: S.Dixon 34+6reb+5ast, V.Mihai 15+8reb+2ast, C.Telinoiu 6+1reb+2ast, A.Petica 5+1ast, C.Mihai 4+4reb, A.Sipos 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 232651


U.Mobitel.CN - Pitesti 96-66

Not a big story in a game in Cluj where 11th ranked Pitesti (13-17) was outplayed by seventh ranked U-Mobitelco (20-10) 96-66 on Tuesday. The game without a history. U-Mobitelco led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 29-of-36 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. U-Mobitelco outrebounded Pitesti 40-21 including a 23-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international Mihai Silvasan (200-85, agency: Court Side) scored 31 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Sean Barnette (198-86, college: Wingate) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Coach Niksa Bavcevic's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American-New Zealand forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St.) with 25 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard Donte Gennie (185-83, college: Georgia South, agency: TSS Management) scored 17 points and 4 steals. U-Mobitelco moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Timisoara and Gaz Metan. Loser Pitesti keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
U.Mobitel.CN: M.Silvasan 31+6reb+2ast, S.Barnette 13+7reb+3ast, V.Nakic 12+1reb+1ast, S.Ross 11+4reb+2ast, C.Baciu 8+7reb, H.Nikolov 7+2reb+3ast
Pitesti: M.Jones 25+7reb+1ast, D.Gennie 17+3reb+1ast, D.Albijanic 11+3reb+1ast, D.Kinloch 9+5reb, S.Popovic 2+1ast, D.Popescu 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 232650


Craiova - Oradea 86-78

Round 30 in Division A means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Craiova where host Craiova (21-9) beat league's leader Oradea (23-7) 86-78 on Tuesday evening. Oradea trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 31-27 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-86 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Travis Bureau (200-88, college: La-Lafayette, agency: SDJ Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds. The other American import guard LeVar Seals (195-82, college: De Paul) chipped in 20 points. Four Craiova players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian forward Zarko Comagic (201-85, college: N.Arizona) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and American point guard William Franklin (183-85, college: Bradley) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists respectively. Craiova maintains fourth position with 21-9 record. Oradea at the other side still keeps top place with seven games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Targu Mures who have the same record.
Top scorers:
Craiova: T.Bureau 31+12reb, L.Seals 20+3reb+2ast, R.Dzambic 15+2reb+3ast, I.Dragusin 11+6reb+1ast, D.Habus 6+8reb+1ast, N.Djurasovic 3+1reb
Oradea: Z.Comagic 19+11reb, N.Maric 13+5reb+2ast, M.Pesic 13+5reb+2ast, W.Franklin 9+5reb+8ast, B.Tibirna 9+8reb, S.Topchov 6+1reb
gschID: 232649



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  RUSSIA   

Standings - Superleague A

PBL Standings
 1. CSKA 14-2 
 2. Khimky 10-4 
 3. Spartak SP 8-7 
 4. Lokomotiv 8-7 
 5. Krasnie Krilya 7-6 
 6. Unics 7-7 
 7. Triumph 6-9 
 8. N.Novgorod 6-10 
 9. Spartak-Prim. 5-8 
 10. Enisey 1-12 

Regular Season: Round 21

Apr. 1: Spartak-Prim. - Lokomotiv 89-94
Apr. 1: Spartak SP - Triumph 82-85
Apr. 2: N.Novgorod - Krasnie Krilya 73-79
Apr. 1: Unics - Enisey 73-58

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 6: Krasnie Krilya - Lokomotiv
Apr. 7: Spartak SP - Spartak-Prim.
Apr. 7: Unics - N.Novgorod


Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Sergey KARASEV
  Triumph
  (202-SG-93)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Karasev, Triumph18.5 
 2. Fridzon, Khimky16.9 
 3. Simmons, Krasnie15.9 
 4. Thompson, N.Nov.15.4 
 5. Gillenwater, Spart.15.4 
 6. Kaimakoglou, Unics15.0 
 7. McKee, Triumph14.3 
 8. Eidson, Unics13.9 
 9. Calathes, Lokom.13.5 
 10. Krstic, CSKA13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.5 
 2. Maric, Lokomotiv6.5 
 3. Gillenwater, Spart.6.5 
 4. Landry, Triumph6.4 
 5. Thompson, N.Nov.6.4 
 6. Smith, Krasnie Kri.6.4 
 7. Monya, Khimky5.9 
 8. Kaimakoglou, Unics5.6 
 9. Vorontsevich, CSKA5.4 
 10. Panin, N.Novgorod5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.6.0 
 2. Planinic, Khimky5.0 
 3. Teodosic, CSKA4.9 
 4. McKee, Triumph4.8 
 5. Eidson, Unics4.1 
 6. Khryapa, CSKA4.0 
 7. Delaney, Spartak-.4.0 
 8. Dowdell, Enisey3.9 
 9. Calathes, Lokom.3.9 
 10. Wright, Spartak SP3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.2.3 
 2. Surovtsev, Sparta.2.2 
 3. McKee, Triumph2.2 
 4. Thompson, N.Nov.1.9 
 5. Eidson, Unics1.6 
 6. Landry, Triumph1.6 
 7. Kaimakoglou, Unics1.6 
 8. Maric, Lokomotiv1.5 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA1.5 
 10. Teodosic, CSKA1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Artem ZABELIN
  Spartak-.
  (215-F/C-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Zabelin, Spartak-.1.5 
 2. Monya, Khimky1.4 
 3. Kaun, CSKA1.1 
 4. Lazarev, Triumph1.0 
 5. Balashov, Krasni.0.8 
 6. Vougioukas, Unics0.7 
 7. Mavrokefalid., Spa.0.7 
 8. Thompson, N.Nov.0.6 
 9. Rizvic, Enisey0.6 
 10. Augustine, Khimky0.5 


Standings - Superleague B

Superleague Standings
 1. Univ.Surgut 23-3 
 2. Ural Ekaterinb. 20-6 
 3. Novosybirsk 20-6 
 4. Ruskon-Mord. 16-10 
 5. Ataman 16-11 
 6. TEMP-SUMZ 15-11 
 7. Dynamo MO 14-11 
 8. Avtodor 14-12 
 9. AltajBasket 13-13 
 10. Ryazan 13-14 
 11. Volgograd 9-16 
 12. Planeta-Univ. 9-17 
 13. Spartak V. 5-21 
 14. Severstal 4-22 
 15. Sojuz Zaretchny 4-22 

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 31: Planeta-Univ. - Dynamo MO 74-86
Mar. 31: AltajBasket - Novosybirsk 74-83
Mar. 31: TEMP-SUMZ - Univ.Surgut 72-83
Mar. 31: Sojuz Zaretchny - Ural Ekaterinb. 71-88
Mar. 31: Spartak V. - Volgograd 68-75
Mar. 30: Ataman - Ryazan 66-62
Mar. 31: Severstal - Avtodor 44-72

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 6: Ryazan - Ural Ekaterinb.
Apr. 6: Univ.Surgut - Sojuz Zaretchny
Apr. 6: Volgograd - TEMP-SUMZ
Apr. 6: Avtodor - Ruskon-Mord.
Apr. 6: Dynamo MO - Spartak V.
Apr. 6: Novosybirsk - Severstal
Apr. 6: AltajBasket - Planeta-Univ.


Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Stanislav MAKSHANTSEV
  Novosy.
  (205-PF-78)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Makshantsev, Novo.16.3 
 2. Boyko, Volgograd16.0 
 3. Chernov, AltajBas.15.9 
 4. Pushkin, Sojuz Z.15.9 
 5. Monroe, Ural E.15.6 
 6. Komissarov, Volgo.15.2 
 7. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.15.1 
 8. Podkolzin, Novosyb.13.9 
 9. Kachanko, TE.13.8 
 10. Morgunov, Dynamo13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandr SAVENKOV
  Univ.Sur.
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.8.4 
 2. Podkolzin, Novosyb.7.8 
 3. Zinchenko, Sever.7.4 
 4. Varlamov, AltajBas.7.2 
 5. Vzdykhalkin, Ryaz.7.1 
 6. Denison, Ataman7.1 
 7. Pisarchuk, Sever.7.0 
 8. Makshantsev, Novo.7.0 
 9. Pavlov, Ataman7.0 
 10. Novikov, Sojuz Z.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Anton GLAZUNOV
  Ural E.
  (182-PG-86)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Glazunov, Ural E.5.7 
 2. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.4 
 3. Tokarev, Novosybi.4.6 
 4. Chernov, AltajBas.4.5 
 5. Amirkhanov, Ataman4.4 
 6. Boyko, Volgograd4.2 
 7. Urazmanov, Dynamo4.1 
 8. Anisimov, Novosybi.4.0 
 9. Mateyunas, Avtodor4.0 
 10. Vzdykhalkin, Rya.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Artur URAZMANOV
  Dynamo M.
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Urazmanov, Dynamo2.4 
 2. Mateyunas, Avtodor2.0 
 3. Zakamov, Novosybi.1.8 
 4. Lekavicius, Univ.S.1.8 
 5. Lunev, AltajBasket1.7 
 6. Zakharov, Spart.1.6 
 7. Karpukhin, Avtodor1.6 
 8. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.1.6 
 9. Bartunov, Ryazan1.6 
 10. Glazunov, Ural E.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksandr RINDIN
  Univ.Surgut
  (225-C-85)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Rindin, Univ.Surgut1.4 
 2. Ponosov, AltajBas.1.2 
 3. Denison, Ataman1.1 
 4. Gresev, Ruskon-M.1.1 
 5. Varlamov, AltajBas.1.0 
 6. Kondrashin, Sever.1.0 
 7. Oveshkov, Planeta.0.9 
 8. Kurtsevich, Ataman0.9 
 9. Klimenko, Avtodor0.8 
 10. Sayapin, Novosybi.0.8 


Richard Hendrix gets MVP of the Week award for Russian PBL - by Eurobasket News

American Richard Hendrix (204-C/F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Lokomotiv and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 26-year old had the game-high 17 points adding nine rebounds for Lokomotiv in his team's victory, helping them to beat Spartak-Prim. (#8, 5-8) 94-89. Lokomotiv is placed at 3rd position in Russian PBL. Lokomotiv 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 8-7 record. Hendrix just recently signed at Lokomotiv, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Richard Hendrix averages this season 10.3ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old Belarusian forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) of Unics. Veremeenko impressed basketball fans with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Of course he lead Unics to another comfortable win 73-58 over the lower-ranked Enisey (#10, 1-12) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Unics to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Veremeenko is one of the most experienced players at Unics and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Zack Wright (195-G-85) of Spartak SP (#5). Wright scored 14 points and passed seven assists. Despite Wright's great performance Spartak SP lost 82-85 to slightly higher-ranked Triumph (#4, 6-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Spartak SP needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 7 lost games. Wright has a very solid season. In 12 games in Russia he scored 7.9ppg. He also has 3.4apg and FGP: 61.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86) of Triumph - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) of Triumph - 23 points and 3 rebounds
6. Semen Shashkov (205-F-89) of N.Novgorod - 21 points and 3 assists
7. Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) of Unics - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) of Spartak SP - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Paul Delaney (188-PG-86) of Spartak-Prim. - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Chester Simmons (196-G-82) of Krasnie Krilya - 14 points and 5 rebounds

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



Krasnie Krilya edge Novgorod in a road game - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (8-7) and ninth ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (6-9) was the most important one in the last round on Monday night. Spartak St.Petersburg was edged by Triumph Lyubertsy in a tough game in St.Petersburg 82-85. Spartak St.Petersburg was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 23-17 charge of Triumph Lyubertsy, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Triumph Lyubertsy especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The best player for the winners was American point guard Tywain McKee (188-86, college: Coppin St.) who scored 24 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). International Sergey Karasev (202-93) chipped in 23 points. Triumph Lyubertsy's coach Vasiliy Karasev used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84) who recorded 25 points and 6 rebounds. Triumph Lyubertsy moved-up to fourth place. Spartak St.Petersburg at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Lokomotiv. Triumph Lyubertsy will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Spartak St.Petersburg will play at home against Spartak-Prim. in Vladivostok and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Vladivostok was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Lokomotiv (8-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Spartak-Prim. (5-8). Lokomotiv managed to secure a 5-point victory 94-89. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spartak-Prim.. It was a good game for American power forward Richard Hendrix (204-86, college: Alabama) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Derrick Brown contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Lokomotiv's coach Evgeny Pashutin allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Nigerian Chamberlain Oguchi (198-86, college: Illinois St.) answered with 29 points for Spartak-Prim.Lokomotiv moved-up to third place, which they share with Spartak SP. Spartak-Prim. at the other side dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Lokomotiv will play against Krasnie Krilya (#7) in Samara in the next round. Spartak-Prim. will play on the road against Spartak St.Petersburg and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Kazan. Local Unics Kazan (7-7) beat 10th ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (1-12) 73-58 on Monday night. Kostas Kaimakoglou stepped up and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. The best for the losing side was Jason Rich with 15 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Unics Kazan have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place. Enisey Krasnoyarsk lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Unics Kazan will meet at home BC Nizhny Novgorod (#9) in the next round. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 21 Krasnie Krilya defeated N.Novgorod in Samara 79-73.


N.Novgorod - Krasnie Krilya 73-79

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (6-10) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-6) 79-73 on Tuesday. Krasnie Krilya outrebounded BC Nizhny Novgorod 36-20 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Chester Simmons (196-82, college: Washington) stepped up and scored 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward