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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Quebradillas
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Phillip, Quebradil.19.1 
 2. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 4. Jackson, Santurce17.6 
 5. Lewis, Marinos16.6 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.5 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.16.0 
 8. Lytch, Argentino15.1 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol15.0 
 10. Campazzo, Penarol14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Marinos
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Clancy, Marinos10.8 
 2. Phillip, Quebradil.10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.5 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.7.9 
 5. Battle, Lanus7.5 
 6. Seawright, GECR I.7.5 
 7. Williams, Quimsa7.1 
 8. Shannon, Bayamon7.1 
 9. Mata, Penarol6.9 
 10. Sanchez, Santurce6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.1 
 2. Martinez, Regat.4.8 
 3. Osimani, Obras4.2 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.0 
 5. Labaque, Atenas3.9 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 7. Cajal, Union Progr.3.8 
 8. Cequeira, Sionista3.7 
 9. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.6 
 10. Treise, Libertad3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Pau, Olimpico LB1.9 
 3. Lescano, Atenas1.9 
 4. Lewis, Marinos1.7 
 5. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.5 
 6. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.4 
 7. Elsener, Atenas1.4 
 8. Laprovittola, Lanus1.4 
 9. Washam, Regatas C.1.4 
 10. Labaque, Atenas1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Marinos
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Clancy, Marinos1.7 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.5 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 4. Santiago, Boca Jrs1.1 
 5. Meyinsse, Regat.1.1 
 6. Torres, Fluminense1.1 
 7. Espinoza, Macae0.8 
 8. Humphrey, Blancos0.8 
 9. Sanchez, Santurce0.8 
 10. Mata, Penarol0.8 


TNA Finals - by Facundo Iatzky

San Martin Corrientes and Estudiantes Concordia will play the finals of TNA 2012-13.
They arrive in different ways. In semifinals, San Martin won both games at home against Huracan, then lost the third one in Trelew (just the third loss in the whole season), but could recover wining the fourth game easily. On the other hand estudiantes, suprised Quilmes winning the first game of the serie on the road. they defined the serie 3-1 after two wins in Concordia. The finals, to the best of 5 games, will start on Friday.
Quilmes and Huracan will play a repechage for the second promotion to Liga A.



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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ahmad IBRAHIM
  (202-G/F-92)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Ibrahim, Al Riyadi20.6 
 2. Kozlov, Belent19.0 
 3. Gorgiss, Duhok18.8 
 4. Saoud, Al Riyadi18.4 
 5. Varda, Radnicki KG15.8 
 6. Battulga, E.R. F.15.0 
 7. Nikkhah Bahr., Foo.14.8 
 8. Kamrani, Mahram14.4 
 9. Davaadorj, E.R. F.13.8 
 10. Juginisov, Belent13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  USA
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi7.8 
 2. Averyanov, Belent7.3 
 3. Ismail, Al Riyadi6.8 
 4. Dartez, Duhok6.8 
 5. Hameed, Duhok6.7 
 6. Abdel Nour, Al Ri.6.6 
 7. Juginisov, Belent6.2 
 8. Kardoust, Champvil.6.0 
 9. Nabipour, Azad6.0 
 10. Kozlov, Belent5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Mohammad Samad NIKKHAH BAHRAMI
  (199-F-83)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Nikkhah Bahr., Foo.5.4 
 2. Kamrani, Mahram4.8 
 3. Ismail, Al Riyadi4.3 
 4. Munkhbayar, E.R. F.3.5 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi3.0 
 6. Bayriyev, Belent3.0 
 7. El Turk, Al Riyadi2.8 
 8. Aslani, Mahram2.8 
 9. Davarpanah, Zanjan2.5 
 10. Martinez, Al Riya.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ali AL-JUBOORI
  (165-PG-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Al-Juboori, Duhok3.5 
 2. Saoud, Al Riyadi2.4 
 3. Sahakian, Foolad M.2.4 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.4 
 5. Davarpanah, Zanjan2.3 
 6. Kamrani, Mahram2.2 
 7. Woods, Al Riyadi2.0 
 8. Afagh, Petrochimi1.8 
 9. Aslani, Mahram1.6 
 10. Ibrahim, Al Riyadi1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  USA
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi2.6 
 2. Hameed, Duhok2.3 
 3. Dartez, Duhok1.7 
 4. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.3 
 5. Kardoust, Champvil.1.0 
 6. Purevjav, E.R. F.0.8 
 7. Kozlov, Belent0.5 
 8. Ariunbold, E.R. F.0.5 
 9. Kamrani, Mahram0.4 
 10. Nikkhah Bahr., Fo.0.4 



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  AUSTRALIA   

Stats Leaders - NBL

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



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  AUSTRIA   


Wels presents new Head Coach - by Stefan Heinrich

Right before the start of the Semi-Final series of the Austrian Play-Offs the WBC Raiffeisen Wels announced their first change during their off-season. The 7th placed Team announced that Pete Miller wont be the Coach for the upcoming season and they signed a 2 year contract with the German Philip Dejworek . The 35 year old German Coach started his Head Coach career in Finland where he coached Salon Vilpas in the 2nd league before moving to Denmark for the 2010-2011 season. During his time with the Bakken Bears he won the Danish Cup and also the Championship.


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  BELGIUM   


Gembo's Green Army wins Division II title for the second season in a row - by Bert Larsimont

2013 Division II Playoff Finals - Kangoeroes Boom vs. Gembo BBC: 0-2

Kangoeroes Boom vs. Gembo BBC: 86-99
After an excellent start by the visitors in this Game 1 of the Division II Playoff Finals (best-of-three series), the Kangoeroes reacted well and had a 13-1 run to make 23-23. Domien Loubry (186-G-85), unstoppable again, was able to raise his level of play and hit great shots. Gembo digged the gap: 34-51. Mitchel Gorremans (191-G/F-85) and Dave d'Haens (210-C-81) helped KaBo come back into the race at 49-55. The Gembo players, already Division II champions in 2012, kept showing great team spirit and it was suddenly 61-75 on the scoreboard. Last efforts by Dieter Souveryns (193-F/G-83) were not sufficient for the Kangoeroes of coach Tom Poppe. After 75-78, the Gembo guys were undoubtedly on top in the money time.
Score evolution: 23-25, 49-55, 68-78 and 86-99.
Best scorers:
Kangoeroes: W. Dobbelaere 16, D. Souveryns 30, W. Van Schil 3, T. Johnson 3, M. Gorremans 21, D. Dhaens 9, A. Mollekens 4.
Gembo: D. Loubry 35, N. Celis 15, T. Goethaert 4, A. Goetgeluck 5, E. Van Aken 17, W. Lemaire 6, M. Swinnen 6, Y. Desiron 4, P. Van Rillaer 7.

Gembo BBC vs. Kangoeroes Boom: 86-83
For the second season in a row, Gembo of coach Stefan Sappenberghs wins the Division II title. There was a fantastic atmosphere at the Luisbekelaar Sporthal in Borgerhout on Sunday. After a real thriller, Gembo's Green Army led by Domien Loubry and Nick Celis (194-G-88) earned the 2013 Division II crown. Despite 45-32 after two technical fouls against Boom, the Kangoeroes remained always very close: 22-23 in the first quarter with a fantastic Dieter Souveryns for the visitors, 45-40 with 7 points in a row for KaBo's Wim Dobbelaere (198-F/C-85), 66-66 and 86-83 on the scoreboard. Dieter Souveryns had two final attempts from long range for KaBo in the last minute of the game but it did not change anything. Gembo players will leave their current club next season: Domien Loubry and Nick Celis are going to play for Excelsior Brussels in Ethias League in 2013-14 and Yannick Desiron (206-C-92) will definitely join the Leuven Bears in Ethias League next summer. According to Belgium's dutch-written daily newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, Arno Mollekens (195-PF-94) will leave KaBo to join BBC Gembo Borgerhout next season. Free video highlights of the final game are available on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELVyP_WKLbM&list=UUoSEPiDqNhOjhQW7eAC-isQ&index=2 (1st half)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-Gx3KfxBdc&list=UUoSEPiDqNhOjhQW7eAC-isQ&index=1 (2nd half)
Score evolution: 22-23, 45-50, 66-66 and 86-83.
Best scorers:
Gembo: D. Loubry 29, N. Celis 21, T. Goethaert 7, E. Van Aken 15, M. Swinnen 6, L. Jansen 4, P. Van Rillaer 2.
Kangoeroes: S. Bellin 8, W. Dobbelaere 14, D. Souveryns 27, W. Van Schil 9, M. Gorremans 15, D. Dhaens 5, A. Mollekens 14.



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  BOSNIA   

Standings - BIH League

Division Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Igokea 6-1 
 2. Siroki WWin 6-1 
 3. Bosna 4-4 
 4. Mladost 3-5 
 5. Radnik B. 2-5 
 6. Capljina 1-6 
Places 7-14
 1. Zrinjski HT 11-11 
 2. Varda HE 10-12 
 3. Leotar 10-12 
 4. Posusje 9-13 
 5. Kakanj 9-13 
 6. Borac Nektar 8-14 
 7. Vogosca 8-14 
 8. Servitium 6-15 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 8

Apr. 30: Radnik B. - Igokea
Apr. 30: Mladost - Capljina
May. 1: Siroki WWin - Bosna


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Timisoara
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Tuljkovic, Timisoa.23.8 
 2. Bakovic, Posusje22.6 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.20.5 
 4. Filipovic, Vogosca19.9 
 5. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.17.4 
 6. Hot, Vogosca17.3 
 7. Bijelic, Mladost16.6 
 8. Aleksic, Leotar16.0 
 9. Peljto, Spars S.15.9 
 10. Bjelica, Capljina15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Timisoara
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Tuljkovic, Timisoa.9.4 
 2. Lalovic, Zrinjski.8.3 
 3. Goranovic, Radnik8.3 
 4. Josilo, Radnik B.8.1 
 5. Pavlovic, Borac N.7.0 
 6. Damjanovic, Servit.6.9 
 7. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.6.8 
 8. Rizvic, Bosna6.7 
 9. Jovanovic, Radnik5.8 
 10. Ninkovic, Leotar5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Hot, Vogosca7.1 
 2. Peljto, Spars S.6.2 
 3. Kovacevic, Capljina5.1 
 4. Bakovic, Posusje4.8 
 5. Radovanovic, Radni.4.7 
 6. Hodzic, Bosna4.3 
 7. Bjelica, Capljina4.3 
 8. Ivanic, Mladost4.1 
 9. Kastratovic, Varda3.8 
 10. Damjanovic, Servi.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hot, Vogosca2.6 
 2. Lovric, Posusje2.5 
 3. Kovacevic, Capljina2.5 
 4. Bjelica, Capljina1.9 
 5. Kastratovic, Varda1.6 
 6. Knezevic, Mladost1.5 
 7. Borovcanin, Radnik1.5 
 8. Peljto, Spars S.1.5 
 9. Bakovic, Posusje1.4 
 10. Jovanovic, Radnik1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.1 
 2. Mustapic, Posusje0.6 
 3. Djuranovic, Borac0.5 
 4. Buza, Bosna0.5 
 5. Loncarevic, Radnik0.5 
 6. Suljagic, Bosna0.5 
 7. Popovic, Capljina0.5 
 8. Demic, Bosna0.5 
 9. Erkic, Radnik B.0.4 
 10. Jovanovic, Radnik0.4 


Division I Round 7 (Second Stage): Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in Division I.

Division I round 7 caused change at the leadership position. First defeat of league's leader HKK Siroki WWin (6-1) against second ranked Igokea (6-1) 80-64 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of HKK Siroki WWin. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 10-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Igokea made 26-of-29 free shots (89.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 HKK Siroki WWin turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by HKK Siroki WWin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Clifford Hammonds (191-85, college: Clemson) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Croatian guard Sinisa Stemberger (195-79) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds for HKK Siroki WWin. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Igokea have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Siroki WWin. HKK Siroki WWin will play next round against strong Bosna ASA BHT trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Igokea will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Radnik B. in Bijeljina.
Another exciting game for Radnik B. (2-5) which played on the court of 5th ranked Capljina Lasta (1-6). Sixth ranked Radnik B. upset home team edging them after exciting game by two points 68-66. It was a great evening for Montenegrin power forward Filip Goranovic (205-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds. Dragi Lontos helped adding 15 points. At the losing side Serbian guard Nemanja Kovacevic (194-85) responded with 32 points and 4 assists. Radnik B. moved-up to fifth place. Capljina Lasta at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Radnik B. will play against league's leader Igokea in Aleksandrovac in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Capljina Lasta will play on the road against Mladost (#4) in Mrkonjic Grad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Bosna ASA BHT (4-4) which hosted in Sarajevo 4th placed Mladost (3-5). Third ranked Bosna ASA BHT managed to get a 11-point victory 70-59. It was an exceptional evening for Sindis Demic who led the winners and scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Ninoslav Milosevic came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for Mladost in the defeat. Bosna ASA BHT maintains third place with 4-4 record having just one points less than leader Zrinjski HT. Mladost lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with five games lost. Bosna ASA BHT will meet league's second-placed HKK Siroki WWin in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mladost will play against Capljina Lasta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive performance of 7th round was 29 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists by Sead Hadzifejzovic of Kakanj.


Bosna - Mladost 70-59

An interesting game for Bosna ASA BHT (4-4) which hosted in Sarajevo 4th placed Mladost (3-5). Third ranked Bosna ASA BHT managed to get a 11-point victory 70-59. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Sindis Demic (192-83) who led the winners and scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Ramo Rizvic (200-87) accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Five Bosna ASA BHT players scored in double figures. Serbian Ninoslav Milosevic (196-79, agency: Beo Basket) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Montenegrin power forward Igor Bijelic (207-88) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Mladost in the defeat. Bosna ASA BHT maintains third place with 4-4 record having just one points less than leader Zrinjski HT. Mladost lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with five games lost. Bosna ASA BHT will meet league's second-placed HKK Siroki WWin in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mladost will play against Capljina Lasta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bosna: S.Demic 14+6reb+3ast, R.Rizvic 13+6reb+1ast, A.Demic 12+6reb, D.Hodzic 10+4reb+4ast, N.Buza 10+3reb+3ast, S.Leric 7+4reb
Mladost: I.Bijelic 15+6reb+2ast, R.Velimirovic 13+6reb, N.Milosevic 12+10reb+4ast, M.Kezic 6+2reb, P.Ivanic 6+2reb+3ast, D.Stojkanovic 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 239360


Igokea - Siroki WWin 80-64

Division I round 7 caused change at the leadership position. First defeat of league's leader HKK Siroki WWin (6-1) against second ranked Igokea (6-1) 80-64 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of HKK Siroki WWin. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 10-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Igokea made 26-of-29 free shots (89.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 HKK Siroki WWin turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by HKK Siroki WWin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Clifford Hammonds (191-85, college: Clemson) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Croatian guard Sinisa Stemberger (195-79) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Igokea players scored in double figures. Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian guard Marko Sutalo (193-83, agency: BeoExcell) added 14 points in the effort for HKK Siroki WWin. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Igokea have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Siroki WWin. HKK Siroki WWin will play next round against strong Bosna ASA BHT trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Igokea will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Radnik B. in Bijeljina.
Top scorers:
Igokea: S.Stemberger 17+2reb+1ast, B.Jorovic 16+3reb, C.Hammonds 15+5reb+5ast, N.Joksimovic 10+7reb+1ast, C.Edwards 8+4reb+2ast, Z.Kljestan 7+5reb
Siroki WWin: Z.Sakic 17+5reb+2ast, M.Sutalo 14+3reb+3ast, B.Barac 14+5reb, J.Jones 7+3reb+2ast, I.Ramljak 5+9reb+1ast, R.Freeman 3+2reb
gschID: 239359


Capljina - Radnik B. 66-68

Another exciting game for Radnik B. (2-5) which played on the court of 5th ranked Capljina Lasta (1-6). Sixth ranked Radnik B. upset home team edging them after exciting game by two points 68-66. Capljina Lasta was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 22-14 third quarter run of Radnik B.. They outrebounded Capljina Lasta 38-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for Montenegrin power forward Filip Goranovic (205-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds. Guard Dragi Lontos (195-88) helped adding 15 points. Four Radnik B. players scored in double figures. At the losing side Serbian guard Nemanja Kovacevic (194-85) responded with 32 points and 4 assists and Serbian guard Krsto Bjelica (192-88) scored 7 points and 5 assists. Radnik B. moved-up to fifth place. Capljina Lasta at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Radnik B. will play against league's leader Igokea in Aleksandrovac in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Capljina Lasta will play on the road against Mladost (#4) in Mrkonjic Grad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Radnik B.: F.Goranovic 18+18reb+1ast, D.Lontos 15+3reb+2ast, M.Josilo 15+4reb+1ast, N.Erkic 11+5reb, D.Simic 5+1reb, M.Markovic 4+5reb
Capljina: N.Kovacevic 32+2reb+4ast, M.Galic 7+2reb+1ast, K.Bjelica 7+4reb+5ast, N.Popovic 6+5reb, D.Micic 5+2reb+1ast, M.Boksic 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 239358



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  BOTSWANA   


More League Games over the Holidays - by Peter Ubakar

There will be league games in the Bostwana basketball League starting from today which will see Cadets going up against Troopers.That game will be played at the UB courts tonight and will feature one of the league's high scorers in Ratanang Tsayang against a very good defensive side with Kitso Motshome leading the charge. Cadets are coming off a good win on Saturday over BC Saints which went down to the wire till the last minute. They overcame that game through experience and desire as their record in the league has not been goo so far.
In another game we will see BDF V up against BC Saints and that game will be played at the SSKB courts. Israel Mphato who averages 15 points per game will be ready to do battle against a team with raw talent and with lots of scorers in the team. This is a game which could go either way depending on who wants it more.



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  BRAZIL   

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 21
 1. Vieira, Flamengo21.0 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.4 
 3. Simmons, Vila Velha18.5 
 4. Day, Uberlandia18.4 
 5. Dawkins, Liga S.18.0 
 6. Smith, Pinheiro.17.2 
 7. Dos Santos, Brasil.17.1 
 8. Antonio, S.Jose/U.17.0 
 9. Nardi Duarte, Min.16.9 
 10. Giovannoni, Brasi.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babby ARAUJO
  Mogi d.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Araujo, Mogi d.8.7 
 2. Rodriguez, Flame.8.5 
 3. Ribeiro, Basque.8.4 
 4. Prestes, Brasilia7.6 
 5. Becker, S.Jose/U.7.5 
 6. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.4 
 7. Castellar, Limeira7.4 
 8. Teichmann, Franca7.1 
 9. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.0 
 10. Silveira, Flamengo6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.7.8 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.4 
 3. Collum, Uberlandia5.7 
 4. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.5 
 5. Silva, Uberlandia5.0 
 6. Fischer, Bauru4.5 
 7. Garcia, Uberlandia4.5 
 8. Taylor, Bauru4.4 
 9. Lima, Limeira4.3 
 10. Figueroa, Franca4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Paulinho BORACINI
  Pinheiro.
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 0.2
 1. Boracini, Pinheiro.0.2 
 2. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.2 
 3. Ribeiro, Basque.0.2 
 4. Pinheiro, Limeira0.1 
 5. Lima, Limeira0.1 
 6. Ramon, Limeira0.1 
 7. Rossetto, Basque.0.1 
 8. Mortari, Pinheiro.0.1 
 9. Alves, Brasilia0.1 
 10. Passilongo, Suza.0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.2 
 2. Dawkins, Liga S.2.1 
 3. Campos, Suzano1.9 
 4. Figueroa, Franca1.8 
 5. Taylor, Bauru1.8 
 6. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.8 
 7. Teichmann, Franca1.8 
 8. Brown, Palmeiras1.7 
 9. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 
 10. Ribeiro, Basque.1.6 


NBB Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Paulistano - Flamengo 91-100

Flamengo surged ahead in the quarterfinal series versus Paulistano. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-15. But Paulistano won third quarter 40-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Flamengo made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 65.4 percentage. Paulistano was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Ghanian guard Kojo Mensah (193-85, college: Buffalo St., agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists (made all of his eight free throws). The former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) contributed with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American center Steven Toyloy (203-87, college: Cincinnati) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and international guard Elinho Corazza (193-89, college: Miami Dade CC) added 22 points and 6 assists in the effort for Paulistano. Five Flamengo and four Paulistano players scored in double figures. Paulistano's coach Gustavo Conti tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Flamengo: M.Vieira 24+5reb+4ast, K.Mensah 18+5reb+10ast, E.Machado 18+1reb+2ast, V.Benite 16+2reb, C.Silveira 10+4reb, B.Zanotti 5
Paulistano: E.Corazza 22+1reb+6ast, S.Toyloy 18+12reb, A.Oliveira 14+4reb, P.Lima 11+4reb+5ast, E.Carvalho 9+3reb, W.Mattos 6
gschID: 240137


S.Jose/Unimed - Brasilia 90-76

Sao Jose/Unimed held off Brasilia for 1-0 lead in the series. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 32-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sao Jose/Vinac made 7 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Brasilia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international point guard Fulvio de Assis (186-81) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists for the winners. The former international power forward Murilo Becker (210-83) chipped in 21 points and 9 rebounds. The former international center Paulo Prestes (210-88) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and international forward Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Sao Jose/Vinac and four Brasilia players scored in double figures. Brasilia's coach Jose Carlos Vidal rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
S.Jose/Unimed: M.Becker 21+9reb+1ast, F.de Assis 20+6reb+13ast, J.Antonio 20+6reb, D.Stefanelli 13+1reb+3ast, A.Laws 11+4reb+2ast, C.Delben 3+1reb
Brasilia: G.Giovannoni 19+2reb+4ast, P.Prestes 17+7reb+1ast, W.Dos Santos 14+3reb+4ast, A.Ribeiro 14+7reb+3ast, A.Silva 6+2ast, M.Cipriano 2+2reb
gschID: 240136


Pinheiros/Sky - Uberlandia 67-86

Uberlandia cruised past Pinheiros/Sky in the opener. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-67. Uberlandia dominated on the defensive end, holding Pinheiros to just 7 points in second quarter. American guard Robby Collum (185-81, college: W.Michigan) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and international power forward Lucas Cipolini (206-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds. Four Uberlandia players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international Marcio Dornelles (194-75) responded with 14 points and naturalized Italian point guard Paulinho Boracini (183-84) scored 12 points. Pinheiros' coach let to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Uberlandia: L.Cipolini 24+5reb, R.Collum 21+11reb+6ast, L.Felipe Gruber 13+6reb+3ast, A.Parisotto 12+3reb, V.Silva 10+2reb+2ast, R.Day 6+6reb+2ast
Pinheiros/Sky: M.Dornelles 14+4reb, P.Boracini 12+3reb+2ast, S.Stallworth 10+3reb+1ast, B.Fiorotto 8+2reb, J.Smith 8+3reb+4ast, A.Bambu 7+4reb
gschID: 240135


Franca - Bauru 72-69

Franca outlasted viting Bauru to open their quarterfinal campaign on a winning note. Paschoalotto/Bauru was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 37-32 second half run of Vivo/Franca. They brought some defensive toughness making 12 blocks. Argentinian point guard Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-86, agency: Interperformances) nailed 10 points and 9 assists for the winning side and the former international power forward Guilherme Teichmann (204-83, college: Tulsa) accounted for 5 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. International guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) came up with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Nigerian-American power forward Jefferson Agba (209-80, college: Embry Riddle) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Paschoalotto/Bauru in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Franca: L.Meindl 14+1reb+1ast, C.Borges dos Santos 13+1reb, L.Mariano 12+2reb, J.Pablo Figueroa 10+9ast, J.Froehlich 8+3reb+2ast, J.Luz dos Santos 6+2reb+1ast
Bauru: L.Taylor 21+6reb+6ast, D.Coleman 12+5reb+2ast, P.Alves 10+4reb+2ast, J.Agba 10+10reb+2ast, G.Pereira 9+1reb+1ast, A.de Sousa 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 240134



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reginald HOLMES
  Beroe
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Holmes, Beroe21.5 
 2. Tyler, Chernomo.18.8 
 3. Durchev, Tundja Y.17.0 
 4. Smith, Rilski S.16.9 
 5. Mirkovic, Rilski S.16.6 
 6. Marinovic, Levski16.0 
 7. Milosevic, Tundja16.0 
 8. Marintchechk., Spa.15.9 
 9. Zahariev, Rilski S.15.6 
 10. Panic, Balkan15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.13.5 
 2. Milosevic, Tundja9.7 
 3. Galiotos, Perister.9.2 
 4. Santos, Balkan8.8 
 5. Vrcelj, Cherno M.7.9 
 6. Marintchechk., Spa.7.4 
 7. Watkins, Lukoil A.7.4 
 8. Ormon, Tundja Y.7.1 
 9. Caloiaro, Rilski S.7.0 
 10. Agre, Spartak6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Walker, Beroe7.2 
 2. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.6 
 3. Marinovic, Levski5.6 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.5.0 
 5. Velikov, Cherno M.4.6 
 6. Durchev, Tundja Y.4.3 
 7. Rakovic, Chernomo.4.3 
 8. Radionov, Tundja Y.3.9 
 9. Dyakovski, Sparta.3.9 
 10. Massamba, Lukoil3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.2.2 
 2. Walker, Beroe2.2 
 3. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.2 
 4. Green, Spirou2.1 
 5. Gugino, Rilski S.2.0 
 6. Velikov, Cherno M.2.0 
 7. Zahariev, Rilski S.1.9 
 8. Mirkovic, Rilski S.1.9 
 9. Kostov, Levski S.1.9 
 10. Avramov, Lukoil A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.3.1 
 2. Watkins, Lukoil A.1.4 
 3. Santos, Balkan1.2 
 4. Hart, Beroe1.2 
 5. Dupree, Rilski S.1.2 
 6. Gugino, Rilski S.0.9 
 7. Banev, Lukoil A.0.8 
 8. Sjekloca, Tundja Y.0.8 
 9. Vrcelj, Cherno M.0.7 
 10. Zahariev, Rilski0.7 


NBL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist - Tundja Yambol 86-63

The game was mostly controlled by Rilski Sportist. Tundja Yambol managed to win second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rilski Sportist forced 20 Tundja Yambol turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and international Martin Durchev (204-87, agency: FCM) added 18 points and 4 assists in the effort for Tundja Yambol. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: T.Smith 19+2reb+4ast, B.Mirkovic 18+7reb+6ast, A.Caloiaro 14+7reb+2ast, T.Gugino 12+4reb+2ast, H.Zahariev 9+4reb+3ast, S.Vaklinov 5+2reb+2ast
Tundja Yambol: M.Durchev 18+2reb+4ast, N.Milosevic 16+16reb+4ast, B.Ormon 9+6reb+1ast, S.Petkov 8+6reb+1ast, S.Govedarov 7+8reb+2ast, Z.Kascelan 5+4reb
gschID: 239742


Balkan - Cherno More 82-70

Balkan made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for Brazilian center Atila Santos (208-83, college: Minnesota St., agency: Warren Sports International) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Serbian forward Vladimir Panic (194-82) contributed with 20 points and 5 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. Balkan's coach Aleksandar Todorov used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Croatian-Canadian center Ljubisa Vrcelj (210-84, college: Jacksonville) answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds and the former international point guard Asen Velikov (185-86) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for Euroins Cherno More. Five Balkan and four Euroins Cherno More players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Balkan: V.Panic 20+2reb+5ast, A.Santos 18+10reb+1ast, J.Bozov 18+7reb, U.Petrovic 10+2reb+1ast, S.Marinov 10+6reb+6ast, B.Jovovic 4+2reb
Cherno More: L.Vrcelj 20+9reb, A.Velikov 14+4reb+4ast, S.Iliev 10+6reb+3ast, S.Tsonkov 10+2reb+2ast, T.Zhelev 5+1reb+1ast, L.Hall 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 239741


Lukoil Academik - Chernomorets 99-80

Lukoil Academik dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Chernomorets' 44. Lukoil Academik forced 22 Chernomorets turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a very good performance for Greek power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-83, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian guard Bojan Popovic (191-83) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. American center James Tyler (218-88) answered with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and forward Ivo Slavchev (198-90) added 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Chernomorets. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: D.Haritopoulos 17+7reb+3ast, B.Avramov 15+2reb+4ast, T.Massamba 14+1reb+3ast, B.Popovic 14+4reb+4ast, B.Heath 11+2reb+4ast, P.Marinov 9+9reb
Chernomorets: J.Tyler 23+7reb, B.Boev 13+3reb, I.Slavchev 13+9reb+4ast, K.Koev 8+4reb+2ast, P.Rakovic 7+1reb+5ast, K.Raykov 6+3ast
gschID: 239740


Levski Sofia - Beroe 89-69

The game was mostly controlled by Levski Sofia. Beroe managed to win second period 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Levski Sofia dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Beroe's 34. Levski Sofia forced 20 Beroe turnovers and outrebounded them 42-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for Serbian center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international Dimitar Anguelov (203-79, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Planimir Dafinov (181-92) answered with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and power forward Milen Dimitrov (204-88) added 17 points in the effort for Beroe. Five Beroe players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: M.Pantic 20+5reb+2ast, P.Ivanov 14+2reb+1ast, D.Anguelov 13+4reb+2ast, H.Dimitrov 6+7reb+1ast, S.Georgiev 6+2reb, D.Dimitrov 6+4reb+1ast
Beroe: M.Dimitrov 17+4reb+2ast, B.Bakovic 12+6reb, P.Dafinov 11+5reb+8ast, B.Milenkov 11+1reb+2ast, M.Hart 10+4reb, V.Aleksandrov 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 239739



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  CBL   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Apr. 27: St.Louis H. - Bowling Green H. 108-97

Regular Season: Round 5

May. 3: Bowling Green H. - St.Louis H.
May. 3: Dayton A.S. - River City P.


CBL Honors Troops - by John Guy



CBL Honors All Active Military Personnel at Games

The Central Basketball League will designate a special seating area at all their venues for active duty military personnel and those serving in National Guard and Reserve units.

As a veteran, Director of Operations John Guy said, it is important to me-as it is with the league-to honor those who serve our country in these dangerous times. The league becomes the first minor
league that mandates special seating for all military basketball fans.

Hero Seating will be available at each of the five CBL venues-Peoria Academy, Trevecca Nazarene University, Russellville High School, Payne Recreation Center and Harris-Stowe State University. Those in uniform will always be welcome at CBL games as our special guests and will be admitted free to any of our league games.

It is important, Guy said to give back to our men and women in uniform. We have Paula Brown on our staff who served eleven years in the Navy as well as Clint Wood who served overseas in Iraq and Bosnia and is still serving in the Army Reserves.


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Hawks Unveil New Logo - by John Guy


St. Louis Hawks Unveil New Redesigned Logo

ST. LOUIS The St. Louis Hawks of the Central Basketball League unveiled a new logo this week. The vibrant logo is a new look for an old team name-one that hasn't graced the St. Louis area for the past fifty years.

It represents what league officials consider "a fresh, new look" for the Hawks just prior to their season-opener at the River City (Peoria, Ill.) Panthers Saturday night.



CBL Game Preview-River City at St. Louis - by John Guy


Preview: River City Panthers @ St. Louis Hawks (St. Louis, Missouri).

NASHVILLE Week 3 of the Central Basketball League will mark the first full week of games in the league during its inaugural season. There will be two games on Friday and two more on Saturday as the entire league will be in action for the first time.

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

Game Time: 7 p.m. (CST)
Location: Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis
Last Meeting: Hawks def. Panthers, 110-100 (April 20)

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



Hawks Run to 4-0 - by John Guy


Floyd Irons

ST. LOUIS Seeking to continue their winning ways on Saturday, the St. Louis Hawks played host to the Bowling Green Hornets with one team guaranteed to go home with their first loss in Central Basketball League play.

The Hawks took an 88-67 lead into the fourth quarter and held off the Hornets in the final period in a 108-97 victory on the campus of Soldan High School.

St. Louis opened the game on a 7-0 run and led most of the contest as Bowling Green found itself playing of catchup throughout.

Phillip Gilbert of the Hawks (3-0) led all scorers with 27 points, while Corey Hill and Lonell Johnson each netted 17. The Hornets (1-1) were led by three former Western Kentucky standouts: 6-foot-11 center Teeng Akol with 25 points, Jamal Crook with 24 and Kahlil McDonald with 14.

Vic Moses, who led the Hornets scoring in their season-opener on Friday night against Dayton, did not make the trip.

St. Louis and Bowling Green will meet again on Friday (May 3) this time in Russellville, Ky. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. (CST).



CBL Store Opens - by John Guy


CBL Store is Now Open - Buy Apparel & Merchandise

Want to wear your favorite team's apparel? Want to get some merchandise as a gift to a significant other? Now you can. The Central Basketball League Store is now open. Just click the Shop tab on the menu bar above, and get excited for a plethora of fabulous items. The CBL offers the most team products of any minor league in basketball short the NBA-D League along with apps and more items-such as player and action photos coming soon.



CBL Roundup - by John Guy

Hornets buzz away in second half over Dayton; Hawks fly high

CBL Roundup

Hornets buzz away in second half over Dayton; Hawks fly high

RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. It was a big day for the Bowling Green Hornets on Friday in their Central Basketball League debut.

Earlier in the day, Russellville High School, the host site for the Hornets basketball team, held a pep rally for the CBL squad. Then, later in the evening, it was time for the Hornets, and the visiting Dayton Air Strikers, to go to work.
Bowling Green turned a five-point halftime advantage into a rout as the Hornets pulled away for a 118-98 victory over the Air Strikers, who were also playing their season-opener.
Vic Moses, a 6-foot-6 forward and 2013 NAIA Player of the Year for Georgetown College, led all scorers with 26 points for the Hornets (1-0) and grabbed 10 rebounds. Moses was 11-for-13 from the floor. Also for Bowling Green, Kahlil McDonald (6-3, Western Kentucky) added 22 points.

The Air Strikers (0-1) were led by Darius Foster and Terry Heard with 18 points each.

Dayton led through most of the opening quarter, but Bowling Green took the lead with around a minute remaining and it was never relinquished.

Bowling Green will be at St. Louis on Saturday, while Dayton will play host to River City on May 3.

ST. LOUIS 117, RIVER CITY 64

ST. LOUIS St. Louis took control of the game early on and never looked back in a win over River City Friday night at Harris-Stowe State University.

It was the Hawks' second win over the Panthers in as many weeks as St. Louis won in Peoria (Ill.) last Saturday.

The Hawks (2-0) were led by 6-6 forward Alex Jackson with 19 points and 6-8 center Javonte Hughes with 18. Guard Brandon Lee scored 14 points and 6-8 center Alex Wagner added 12 to lead River City (0-3).

St. Louis will play host to Bowling Green on Saturday, while the Panthers entertain Middle Tennessee in a rematch of the league's season-opener.



CBL Preview-Dayton at Bowling Green - by John Guy


Preview: Dayton Air Strikers @ Bowling Green Hornets (Russellville, Kentucky)

NASHVILLE Week 3 of the Central Basketball League will mark the first full week of games in the league during its inaugural season. There will be two games on Friday and two more on Saturday as the entire league will be in action for the first time.

Dayton Air Strikers (0-0) at Bowling Green Hornets (0-0)

Game Time: 7 p.m. (CST)
Location: Russellville High School, Russellville (Ky.)
Last Meeting: First Meeting

This will be the first game of the season for both Dayton and Bowling Green.
While this is the first game in the history of the Hornets, the Air Strikers have competed in the Premier Basketball League and International Basketball League before joining the CBL.
The Hornets head coach is former Harlem Globetrotter and Russellville native, Otis Mr. OK Key. On the court, the Hornets are led by Jamal Crook, a former Western Kentucky forward who averaged a little over 12 points per game during his senior season this past year, including 13 points in his final collegiate game in the Hilltoppers near upset loss, 64-57, against top-seeded Kansas in the NCAA Tournament this past March. A couple of other top players for Bowling Green are 2013 NAIA Player of the Year, Vic Moses, a 6-6 forward who led Georgetown (Ky.) College to a national title; and Tony Key, a 6-11 center who played college ball at Mountain State (W.Va.) University and Los Angeles Community College before stints in the CBA, ABA, Mexico and Canada. He is also the brother of Coach Key.
The visiting Air Strikers are led by Aaron Pogue, a 6-8 forward who played at Cleveland State before going overseas to play in Romania; 6-11 Brandon Hassell, a former Penn State forward, who has also played in Uruguay, Canada and in the EuroBasket Summer League in Las Vegas; and Tyrone Bradshaw, a 6-8 University of Southern Indiana product who has played in Germany, Iceland and Turkey.



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  CHINA   

Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Boston C.
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 32
 1. Randolph, Boston32.0 
 2. Douby, Sagesse31.6 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.5 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Dallas M.29.0 
 6. Daniels, Rio G.28.6 
 7. Spencer, Al Riyadi28.6 
 8. Forbes, Guangsha28.4 
 9. Marbury, Beijing28.3 
 10. Hudson, Austin T.27.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  Talk N Text
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Harvey, Talk N Te.16.6 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.15.2 
 3. Randolph, Boston14.6 
 4. Wang, Fujian QB12.9 
 5. Li, Liaoning H.12.8 
 6. Harris, Ponce12.4 
 7. Abbas, Shandong FB11.4 
 8. Daniels, Rio G.11.3 
 9. Siler, Ponce11.2 
 10. Singleton, New Y.11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.9.1 
 2. Perkins, Olympiacos6.8 
 3. Lu, Shanxi Zh.6.0 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.8 
 5. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 6. McGrady, San A.5.1 
 7. Jeter, Shandong FB5.1 
 8. Gaines, Fujian QB4.7 
 9. Qahwash, Jiang.4.7 
 10. Forbes, Guangsha4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Doron PERKINS
  Olympiacos
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Perkins, Olympiacos2.6 
 2. Spencer, Al Riyadi2.5 
 3. Douby, Sagesse2.4 
 4. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 5. Jeter, Shandong FB2.3 
 6. Marbury, Beijing2.2 
 7. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
 8. Hudson, Austin T.2.1 
 9. Abbas, Shandong FB2.1 
 10. Han, Bayi R.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.3.9 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.9 
 3. Siler, Ponce2.3 
 4. Jones, New York K.1.9 
 5. Daniels, Rio G.1.7 
 6. Yi, Guangdong ST1.7 
 7. Morris, Beijing Du.1.6 
 8. Vroman, Shandong.1.5 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 10. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.4 


China NT Roster - by Robert Wang

China new National Team just built up and they will be gathering on May 5th. As we all know the
new head coach is from GreecePANAGIOTISGIANNAKIS. Coach PG will lead China NT to attend Asian Games on August and will go to France then come back to China on May next year.
Here is the roster for China NT:
Headcoach: Panagiotis Giannakis
Assist coach: Li Nan, Du Feng and Fan Bin
Team manager: Zhang Xiong
Players: Yi Jianlian, Zhu Fangyu, Wang Shipeng, Zhou Peng, Chen Jianghua, Liu Xiaoyu ( from Guang Dong Tiger Team). Wang Zhizhi, Zhangbo, Han Shuo ( from Ba Yi team), Liu Wei, Zhang Zhaoxu (from Shanghai Team), Zhai Xiaochuan, JiZhe (from Beijing team),Li Xiaoxu, Guo Ailun ( from Liaoning team), Ding Yan Yu Hang, Li Jingyu (from Shandong team), Wang Zhilin (from FuJian team), Ding Jinhui (from Zhejiang team),Yi Li (from Jiangsu team), Sun Yue (from Beijing Ao Shen team), Duan Jiangpeng (from Shan Xi team), Xi Re LiJiang (from Xin Jiang team), Li Muhao ( from Dong Guan New Centry team).




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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 7

Apr. 29: Bucaros - Once Caldas 84-93
Apr. 29: Academia - Aguilas 106-82
Apr. 29: Bambuqueros - Piratas


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stalin ORTIZ
  Bambuqueros
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Ortiz, Bambuqueros22.5 
 2. Thomas, Piratas22.2 
 3. Chavez Jacob., Ac.20.7 
 4. Rayson, Aguilas20.0 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.19.1 
 6. Northern, Halcones18.6 
 7. Brooks, Bucaros18.1 
 8. Gilbert, Bucaros18.1 
 9. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
 10. Dorsey, Bambuque.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Bucaros
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Hernandez, Bucaros12.7 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Piratas11.3 
 3. Northern, Halcones10.9 
 4. Culver, Caribbea.8.8 
 5. Smith, Aguilas8.7 
 6. Blue, Academia8.7 
 7. Rayson, Aguilas7.1 
 8. Baquero, Halcones6.7 
 9. Cortes, Once Cald.5.9 
 10. Trocha, Bucaros5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Moreno, Piratas5.6 
 2. Mayfield, Aguilas5.3 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.4.8 
 4. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.5 
 5. Brooks, Bucaros4.5 
 6. Nelson, Halcones3.8 
 7. Bacci, Aguilas3.5 
 8. Thomas, Piratas3.5 
 9. Jordan, Once Cald.3.3 
 10. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Moreno, Piratas2.1 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros1.9 
 3. Mayfield, Aguilas1.8 
 4. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.6 
 5. Jordan, Once Cald.1.6 
 6. Pomare, Caribbea.1.4 
 7. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.3 
 8. Renteria, Halcones1.3 
 9. Garris, Once Caldas1.3 
 10. Cortes, Once Cal.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  Halcones
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Northern, Halcones2.2 
 2. Perez, Bambuqueros0.8 
 3. Farley, Academia0.8 
 4. Hernandez, Bucaros0.6 
 5. Smith, Aguilas0.6 
 6. Blue, Academia0.6 
 7. Arboleda, Halcones0.5 
 8. Aragon, Academia0.5 
 9. Aguaslimpias, Acad.0.5 
 10. Culver, Caribbea.0.5 


PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 6 - SECOND PHASE RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Bukaros , Piratas and Bambuqueros come back to the victory to keep the lead in the second phase of the 2013 Professional Basketball Division Tournament, Aguilas is been hurting for Gianluca Bacci absence, the starting guard is recovering from a muscular injury, the OC keep having highs and lows at home very inconsistent in the ofensive side, while Academia fall for the 5th time in 6 games to stay at the bottom of the standings.

Aguilas de Tunja 89- Q.Smith 33 pts, E. Mayfiled 14 pts.
Bukaros Freskaleche 119- P. Brooks 25 pts, J. Edwin 23 pts

Manizales OC 64- G.Pena 12 pts, R. Sanders 11 pts
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 76- S. Ortiz 25 pts, D. Dorsey 17 pts.

Piratas de Bogota 104- T. Thomas 31 pts, E. Arteaga 19 pts
Academia de la Montana 94- c. Londono 20 pts, B. Crawford 20 pts + 10 rebs




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Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Nancy
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Brown, Nancy20.1 
 2. Allen, Omonia18.8 
 3. Aleksic, Monaco17.9 
 4. Pesic, AEL16.6 
 5. Diggs, Barons k.15.3 
 6. Williams, Etha15.1 
 7. Fisher, AEK15.0 
 8. Warren, Wellington14.7 
 9. Maze, Keravnos14.2 
 10. Crocker, Keravnos13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mihajlo PESIC
  AEL
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Pesic, AEL8.6 
 2. Brown, Nancy7.6 
 3. Aleksic, Monaco7.4 
 4. Diggs, Barons k.6.9 
 5. Buljan, Keravnos6.6 
 6. Vaughn, Keravnos6.5 
 7. Jefferson, Boulaz.6.2 
 8. Maras, Ilysiakos6.0 
 9. Fisher, AEK5.9 
 10. Kaskiris, ENAD5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Milutin ALEKSIC
  Monaco
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Aleksic, Monaco5.0 
 2. Diggs, Barons k.4.8 
 3. Maze, Keravnos4.1 
 4. Palalas, AEL3.6 
 5. Adegboye, Etha3.3 
 6. Demertzis, Kavala3.3 
 7. Stiggers, Apoel3.3 
 8. Mokongo, Apoel3.0 
 9. Tutt, AEK2.7 
 10. Dixon, AEK2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 2. Hamilton, Waikato2.3 
 3. Diggs, Barons k.2.1 
 4. Poole, Etha1.8 
 5. Stiggers, Apoel1.8 
 6. Brown, Nancy1.7 
 7. Panteli, AEK1.5 
 8. Williams, Etha1.5 
 9. Allen, AEL1.5 
 10. Crocker, Keravnos1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  AEK
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Harrison, AEK2.1 
 2. Jefferson, Boulaz.1.5 
 3. Brown, Nancy1.3 
 4. Baker, Omonia1.2 
 5. Vaughn, Keravnos1.0 
 6. Morrison, Apoel0.9 
 7. Maras, Ilysiakos0.8 
 8. Chan, Apoel0.7 
 9. Pesic, AEL0.5 
 10. Sims, Champville0.5 



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  DENMARK   

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Colas, Randers24.3 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.21.6 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC21.4 
 4. Walker, Naestved19.8 
 5. Bowlin, Horsens IC19.6 
 6. Delk, Vaerlose19.3 
 7. Funches, Aarhus BC18.6 
 8. Tomko, Etzella18.5 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg18.3 
 10. Thomann, Horse.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Colas, Randers14.7 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.9.6 
 3. Dezouvre, Aarhus9.4 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC8.8 
 5. Doggett, Naestved8.4 
 6. Waithe, Bakken8.3 
 7. Moritz, SISU8.0 
 8. Walker, Naestved7.9 
 9. Washington, Svend.7.9 
 10. Baker, Vaerlose7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel ORTEGA
  Randers
  (188-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Ortega, Randers6.8 
 2. Bowlin, Horsens IC6.5 
 3. Darboe, Svendborg5.5 
 4. Nielsen, SISU5.3 
 5. Murphy, Naestved4.8 
 6. Tomko, Etzella4.5 
 7. Dennis, SISU4.3 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.4.2 
 9. Jonsson, Keflavik4.0 
 10. Delaney, Aalborg3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC3.0 
 2. Tomko, Etzella2.4 
 3. Nielsen, SISU2.1 
 4. Delk, Vaerlose2.1 
 5. Ortega, Randers2.1 
 6. Walker, Naestved2.0 
 7. Dennis, SISU1.9 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg1.9 
 9. Jukic, Horsens IC1.8 
 10. Rungby, Horsens1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Washington, Svend.2.6 
 2. Colas, Randers2.0 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.5 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.4 
 5. Jukic, Horsholm1.3 
 6. Doggett, Naestved1.1 
 7. Jukic, Horsens IC1.1 
 8. Funches, Aarhus BC1.1 
 9. Delk, Vaerlose1.0 
 10. Thomann, Horse.1.0 


Ligaen Round 6 of Finals. Svendborg level the series - by Eurobasket News

Bakken - Svendborg 62-85

Svendborg did not allow Bakken to clinch the title in front of the home fans. The Rabbits marched past their opponents on the road and forced the decisive seventh game in this exciting title series. Svendborg made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American power forward Donald Rutherford (199-87, college: Catawba) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) contributed with 20 points for the winners. The former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC) replied with 7 points and 7 rebounds and the former international point guard Andreas Jakobsen (187-83, college: Columbia, MO) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Bakken. Bakken's coach Mathias Bach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Bakken: M.Waithe 8+5reb, A.Jakobsen 8+6reb+1ast, M.Sahlertz 7+2reb, N.Iversen 7+7reb+2ast, C.Parker 7+3reb+1ast, C.Christoffersen 6+6reb
Svendborg: D.Rutherford 20+8reb+1ast, A.Darboe 20+4reb+3ast, M.Plannthin 13+7reb+3ast, N.Degn-Andersen 8+3reb, G.Washington 5+4reb, C.Magaard 5+2reb
gschID: 239621



SISU keep Almir Zeco - by Eurobasket News

SISU and Almir Zeco have agreed on terms of contract extension. The Bosnian specialist will stay with the team for two more seasons. Almir Zeco joined SISU back in 2010. He worked one season as assistant coach. Next season the Bosnian coach took over the team. Almir Zeco led SISU to 17 wins in 27 games played in the regular 12/13 season. SISU however failed to overcome Randers in the quarterfinal.


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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.16.4 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas16.0 
 3. Laksa, Tarvas15.8 
 4. Matulionis, Parnu15.0 
 5. Akenparg, TTU14.7 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tarvas14.4 
 7. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.14.4 
 8. Okoye, Tln Kalev14.2 
 9. Ingram, TU/Rock13.8 
 10. Laur, Hito/Johvi13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.5 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.6 
 3. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.9.3 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.2 
 5. Lindmets, Tarvas8.0 
 6. Keedus, TTU6.9 
 7. Grafs, Valga6.9 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tarvas6.6 
 9. Arnold, TTU6.6 
 10. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.4 
 2. Ingram, TU/Rock4.8 
 3. Keedus, TTU4.7 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tarvas4.1 
 5. Tamm, Tarvas4.1 
 6. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.1 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.1 
 8. Laane, Rapla3.1 
 9. Cunda, Valga3.0 
 10. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 2. Dorbek, Rapla2.1 
 3. Keedus, TTU1.9 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas1.9 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.6 
 6. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.6 
 7. Akenparg, TTU1.6 
 8. Leppik, TU/Rock1.6 
 9. Puidet, TTU1.5 
 10. Saks, Tarvas1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.1 
 2. Stewart, Tarvas1.2 
 3. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 4. Toome, TU/Rock0.9 
 5. Arnold, TTU0.9 
 6. Matulionis, Parnu0.7 
 7. Saarmets, TTU0.6 
 8. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.6 
 9. Grim, Valga0.6 
 10. Saks, Tarvas0.5 


KML semis: two thrillers in two days - by Janar

Both BC Rakvere Tarvas and TYCO Rapla put up impressive performance in the 2nd games of semifinal series. BC Tarvas led for the most of the game against TU/Rock, won the first half 50:40 and was up by ten points with a quarter to go. But TU/Rock outscored Tarvas 31:19 in the last quarter and Vallo Allingu blocked the last shot by Brandis Raley-Ross to secure the victory and a 2:0 lead in best-of-five series.
Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) led the winners with 18 points and 9 rbs, Justin Ingram (188-PG-85, agency: Two Points, college: Toledo) added 15, Rain Veideman (193-G-91) and Egidijus Dimsa 13 points. Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) and Maris Laksa (205-F-81, college: Providence) led Tarvas with 22 points but Laksa missed two important free throws in last minute of the game. Raley-Ross added 19+9rb+6ast.

BC Kalev/Cramo was trailing for the whole game against TYCO Rapla but dominated during the decisive minutes. With 14 minutes to go, TYCO led 54:43 but Ty Abbott (192-G-88, college: Arizona St.) scored 8 points in three minutes to ignite the guests' 11:2 run. Rauno Nurger (207-C-93) made it 58:54 with a last-second shot to end the 3rd quarter but then Kalev/Cramo took the upper hand. Baskets by Gert Dorbek and Gary Wilkinson took the guests ahead 58:59 and since then the game was extremely close until the end.
With 3 minutes to go, Tanel Sokk (182-G-85) helped his team to a 6:0 run, scoring two baskets and it was 66:70. A three-pointer by Rait-Riivo Laane made it 71:72 with 45 seconds left. Kalev/Cramo could not make a shot with 24 seconds and TYCO could hold the ball until the end and make a winning shot. Instead, they lost the ball and free throws by Frank Elegar (208-C-86, college: Drexel) increased the gap to 3 points. Rapla still could tie the game but made a shot from under the basket instead of trying a three-pointer and then the time ran out to save 75:73 win for Kalev/Cramo.
Elegar was the player of the game for second game in a row with 22+15. Sokk had his season-high 20 points and Ty Abbott 14+8. Raido Ringmets (206-C/F-83) led TYCO with 13 points, Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) added 12 and both Andre Parn (202-F-77) and Martin Paasoja (191-G-93) 11 points. Laane made only 2/15 shots and finished with 9p+6r+6a.
Rapla made 9 more personal fouls and was only 2/20 from the long range but was still only a single shot away from the greatest upset of play-offs.



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Stats Leaders

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



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

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



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  FBA   


Rebels Prevail in Overtime Thriller - by Andrew Phillips

(Tampa, FL) The Tampa Bay Rebels started the 2013 season with a thrilling overtime victory against the Heartland Prowl, winning 123 122. Both teams offered fans the best basketball outside the NBA in this rematch of the 2012 FBA championship game.
Stane's Bufford (6'5''-F/G-84, college: W.Michigan), guard for the Rebels, was hot in the first quarter with 12 points, all from behind the three-point mark. The Rebels pull away by 16 points in the first quarter, but Prowls sharpshooter Bryce Kachinski scored 14 points in the half helping the Prowl get back into the game as they trailed 60-50 at the half.
The Prowl made a second-half run with strong play from guard Junior Geidi (6'1''-G-88), who finished with 26 points. As the horn sounded to end regulation, the teams were knotted at 107 points. Prowl power forward Derrell Hendrson finished the night with 12 points and made a crucial play in overtime to keep his team within striking distance. The Rebels, however, would not be denied in the extra period, and squeaked out the 1-point win.
Cornell Young, Head Coach of the Prowl, commented after the game, It was a very competitive game. Both teams showed the same determination to win. Its a tough loss, but we will be ready for the next game.
Rebels center Charles Okwandu (7'0''-C-86, college: Connecticut) was a force throughout the game scoring a double double with 22 points and 15 rebounds while shooting 75% from the free-throw line. As a team, the Rebels had a spectacular game from the free-throw line, shooting 87 percent. Chris Stephenson knocked down all 5 of his attempts, while forward Jamison Clark was a perfect 9 for 9 from the charity stripe.
After the game, Coach Rojas said, I am glad about the win. We played hard and won against one of the best clubs in the FBA. We had good moments of basketball, but we still need to work on the defensive end.
The Tampa Bay Rebels will return to action on Sunday, May 5th at Freedom High School in New Tampa as they face the Florida Flight. The game will start at 2pm.



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  FINLAND   

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.6 
 2. Conley, LrNM.22.3 
 3. Relphorde, Salon V.21.3 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.20.5 
 5. Clavell, Humacao20.0 
 6. Haanpaa, Lapua19.3 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto19.1 
 8. Holloway, Namika L.18.0 
 9. Logins, LrNM.17.1 
 10. Bullock, Kauhajoki17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 T.J. ROBINSON
  Korihait
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Robinson, Korihait10.3 
 2. McDade, Nilan B.10.1 
 3. Ford, Kauhajoki9.6 
 4. Giles, KTP9.6 
 5. Quaintance, Kauha.9.5 
 6. Conley, LrNM.9.5 
 7. Thornton, FoKoPo9.1 
 8. Watt, Korihait8.8 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto8.5 
 10. Johnson, Namika8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Williams, Pyrinto6.4 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.9 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.6 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.5.1 
 5. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.9 
 6. Smith, Kataja4.7 
 7. Watson, Kauhajoki4.5 
 8. Burgess, FoKoPo3.9 
 9. Zeno, Nilan Bisons3.8 
 10. Virtanen, Kataja3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.6 
 2. Coleman, Lapua2.3 
 3. Quaintance, Kauha.2.2 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.2.2 
 5. Smith, Kataja2.0 
 6. Holloway, Namika L.1.9 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.8 
 8. Conley, LrNM.1.7 
 9. Tolbert, Lapua1.7 
 10. Williams, KTP1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Haminn QUAINTANCE
  Kauha.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Quaintance, Kauha.1.3 
 2. Barrett, KTP1.3 
 3. Fields, Kataja1.1 
 4. Ford, Kauhajoki1.1 
 5. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.1 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 7. Giles, KTP1.0 
 8. Dyer, Hapoel Kazrin0.9 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto0.9 
 10. Lehtoranta, Kata.0.9 


Stats Leaders - Division I

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


KORISLIIGA: Karhu stronger than Bisons - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, semi-finals, Game # 3: Both Karhu (Kauhajoki) and Kataja (Joensuu) had to win tonight - and they did so. Karhu was visiting at Loimaa and defeated tough home team Bisons 84-96 (38-46). Quarters: 20-21, 18-25, 27-21, 19-29. Bisons' three American players combined 51 points / 84, Karhu got 67 pts / 96 from their American pro players. Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) led the hosts with 19 pts. Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) added 17 pts and gave eight assists. J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87, agency: IBS, college: Cleveland St.) led Karhu with 25 pts. Haminn Quaintance (201-F-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Kent St.) had a double-double 22pts/12rbs and gave seven assists. Karhu won also the rebounds: 34-40. Bisons - Karhu now 2-1.
In Joensuu local Kataja won over KTP (Kotka) 77-67 (38-35). Quarters: 18-17, 20-18, 18-15, 21-17. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, college: Winona St.) scored game high 24 pts and grabbed 12 rbs. Flowers gave also six assists. Daniel Coleman (206-F-85, college: Minnesota) netted 18 pts. KTP had 21 turnovers, which is too much on this level. Devonne Giles (203-F-83, college: Texas Tech) led the visitors with 17 pts. Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management Inc., college: N.Colorado) added 15 pts. Kataja - KTP now 1-2. Three wins needed to make the Finals. Next games: Thursday, May 2: KTP - Kataja and Karhu - Bisons.

Bisons - Karhu 84-96 (38-46). (Mikko Koivisto 19, Jeb Ivey 17/8a, Martin Zeno 16 - J'Nathan Bullock 25, Haminn Quaintance 22/12/7a, Giordan Watson 20/7a. A: 942).
Kataja - KTP 77-67 (38-35). (Jonte Flowers 24/12/6a, Dan Coleman 18, Sami Lehtoranta 11 - Devonne Giles 17/8, Antwine Williams 15, Sefton Barrett 13. A: 1431).



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  FRANCE   


France U16 wins International Bellegarde Tournament 2013 - by Eurobasket News

France U16 wins International Bellegarde Tournament 2013 with 4 participating teams. The French cadets posted three victories in three games.
In Day 1 France U16 overcame Russia U16 75:60. France started with 26-16 lead in the first period and led 49:22 at the halftime. Luc Loubaki (189-G-97) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Stephane Gombauld (201-PF-97) added 15. Timofey Yakushin (190-G-97) produced 16 points in the losing effort and CHEBURKIN Dmitrii delivered 10.
In Day 2 France U16 outscored Turkey U16 60:40. France kept the opponents scoreless in the first 5 minutes of the game, but Turkey managed to tie the game at 22:22. The French side made the final push at the very end and enjoyed a 20-point victory. Luc Loubaki paced all the winners with 13 points and Stephane Gombauld netted 10. CEVIT Canberk answered with 11 points in the losing effort.
France U16 overcame Italy U16 72:57 in the last game of the competition. The latter started better and grabbed 9-2 lead, while France caught up with the opponents at the end of the first half as they took 34:33 lead. Later on the favorites dominated the court and sealed the victory.



Leo Westermann and Joffrey Lauvergne triumph in Adriatic League - by Eurobasket News

Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) and Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) triumph with Partizan. The latter became the new Adriatic League champion! They edged their Serbian archrivals Crvena Zvezda 71:63 to clinch the trophy. Davis Bertans and Leo Westermann came up with 15 points each to lead Partizan.
Partizan opened the game on a 7:0 run but Crvena Zvezda were quick to respond. They strongly finished the quarter to take an 18:14 lead. Partizan regained the lead early in the second frame. However Igor Rakocevic and Rasko Katic gave Crvena Zvezda a 27:22 lead. Savovic capped the half with a bucket as Crvena Zvezda gained a 32:25 lead. Partizan made their push midway through the third quarter. Leo Westermann ignited a 10:0 run as Partizan accumulated a 45:38 lead. They secured a 50:45 advantage heading into the fourth period. Bogdanovic made it 53:45 early in the final frame. Igor Rakocevic tried to keep Crvena Zvezda within striking distance but Leo Westermann and Lauvergne maintained the lead for Partizan. Lauvergne made it 67:57 for Partizan within the final two minutes. Crvena Zvezda failed to get within threatening distance as Partizan marched to the victory at the end. Dejan Musli netted 9 points, while Bogdanovic added 8 points in the winning effort. Rasko Katic answered with 19 points for Crvena Zvezda. Igor Rakocevic and DeMarcus Nelson had 14 points apiece in the loss.



French U16 National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Arthur Leboeuf
Leboeuf
Luc Loubaki
Loubaki
Stephane Gombauld
Gombauld
Gauthier Denis
Denis
Kevin Hangoue
Hangoue
#e#5
4Arthur Leboeuf 172-PG-97 CFBB France
5Gregory Bengaber 182-PG-97 CFBB France
6Wilfried Gantswa Babami 182-G-97 Chalon France
7Renathan Ona Embo 185-PG-98 CFBB France
8Luc Loubaki 189-G-97 CFBB France
9Simon Cluzeau 200-C-97 Poitiers France
10Stephane Gombauld 202-PF-97 CFBB France
11Carl Ponsar 195-F-97 Rouen France
12Gauthier Denis 197-F/G-97 CFBB France
13Kevin Hangoue 198-PF-97 CFBB France
14Amine Noua 196-PF-97 ASVEL France
15Romain Poinas 201-C/F-98 Marseille France
Bathiste Tchouaffe 193-F/G-98 CFBB France
Jonathan Jeanne 208-C-97 CFBB France

Bernard Faure Head Coach
Christophe Simon Assistant
Eric Kehlhoffner Assistant



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  GEORGIA   

Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Bowie, Rustavi21.9 
 2. Archibeque, MIA A.19.8 
 3. Atuashvili, Sokhumi19.6 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.19.3 
 5. Chlaidze, Sokhumi18.3 
 6. Nelson, Rustavi16.8 
 7. Fatsatsia, Olimpi16.1 
 8. Keshelava, Batumi16.0 
 9. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.15.9 
 10. Ramishvili, Batumi15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sergo ATUASHVILI
  Sokhumi
  (223-C-85)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Atuashvili, Sokhumi14.6 
 2. Milosevic, Olimpi12.6 
 3. Archibeque, MIA A.12.6 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.12.2 
 5. Kadaria, Sokhumi11.5 
 6. Aselaini, TSU T.10.2 
 7. Nelson, Rustavi9.1 
 8. Keshelava, Batumi8.6 
 9. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.8.0 
 10. Berishvili, Olimpi7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Armia
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Gamqrelidze, Armia7.1 
 2. Pashayev, Kutaisi5.9 
 3. Sokk, Olimpi5.8 
 4. Vaughn, MIA A.5.7 
 5. Bowie, Rustavi5.5 
 6. Bakradze, TSU T.5.4 
 7. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.5.4 
 8. Gaprindashvi., Sam.5.4 
 9. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi3.7 
 10. Tsekvava, Rustavi3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Bowie, Rustavi3.3 
 2. Vaughn, MIA A.2.0 
 3. Machaladze, STU T.1.9 
 4. Ramishvili, Batumi1.9 
 5. Pashayev, Kutaisi1.7 
 6. Beruashvili, TSU T.1.7 
 7. Chikviladze, Dinam.1.6 
 8. Toudjani, Rustavi1.5 
 9. Bakradze, TSU T.1.5 
 10. Fatsatsia, Olimpi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.2.0 
 2. Atuashvili, Sokhumi1.8 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.6 
 4. Eliashvili, Batumi1.6 
 5. Milosevic, Olimpi1.4 
 6. Periashvili, Samed.1.2 
 7. Aselaini, TSU T.1.1 
 8. Kadaria, Sokhumi1.1 
 9. Archibeque, MIA A.1.0 
 10. Toudjani, Rustavi0.8 


Armia and Kutaisi complete the Semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Rustavi - Kutaisi 67-74 (1-2)

Kutaisi surprised Rustavi in Game 3 and advanced to the semis. They made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Kutaisi players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of international center Richard Matiashvili (207-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Azerbaijani guard Zaur Pashayev (188-83) helped adding 10 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists. Five Kutaisi players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Nate Bowie (183-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) with 27 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and the other American import forward Kyle Nelson (203-89, college: Augustana, IL, agency: N.E.T.) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Rustavi: N.Bowie 27+7reb+6ast, K.Nelson 13+10reb+4ast, L.Tsekvava 12+2reb+3ast, T.Toudjani 7+5reb+1ast, R.Atanelishvili 3+6reb, L.Khmelidze 2+5reb
Kutaisi: R.Matiashvili 22+14reb+1ast, D.Barbakadze 14+4reb, G.Barbakadze 14+3reb+1ast, R.Didia 14+3reb+4ast, Z.Pashayev 10+7reb+12ast, T.Babunashvili 0+3reb+1ast
gschID: 240201


Armia - Dinamo Tbilisi 68-67 (2-1)

It was a good game for the former international guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) who saved his team from a defeat with 24 points. The former international point guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86, agency: FCM) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 assists for the winners. American forward Keyon Carter (203-88, college: ODU, agency: Two Points) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and Serbian center Milan Oluic (210-84) added 6 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Dinamo Tbilisi. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: K.Carter 22+11reb+1ast, L.Karim 14+1reb+5ast, B.Chikviladze 11+4reb+5ast, F.Clayman 11+5reb+1ast, M.Oluic 6+14reb+1ast, G.Ormotsadze 3+1reb
Armia: L.Parghalava 24+4reb, G.Gamqrelidze 12+3reb+12ast, G.Sharabidze 10+4reb+2ast, B.Lezhava 10+1reb+1ast, Z.Babiashvili 9+12reb+2ast, A.Boisa 3+6reb
gschID: 240200



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  GERMANY   

Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Logan STUTZ
  ETB Wohnbau
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau20.1 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven19.7 
 3. Griffin, Gotha18.2 
 4. White, Heidelberg16.8 
 5. Nixon, NBC16.8 
 6. Calvin, Ehingen16.2 
 7. Roessler, Karlsruhe15.7 
 8. Williams, Vechta15.5 
 9. Barker, Jena15.3 
 10. Khartchenkov, NBC15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donald LAWSON
  Chemnitz
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Lawson, Chemnitz10.3 
 2. Gadley, Duesseldorf9.0 
 3. Black, Karlsruhe8.8 
 4. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.1 
 5. Johnson, Crailsheim7.9 
 6. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.9 
 7. Baker, Gotha7.9 
 8. Calvin, Ehingen7.5 
 9. Smith, NBC7.4 
 10. Henley, ETB W.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Williams, Vechta6.9 
 2. Coleman, Crailsheim6.1 
 3. Smith, NBC5.7 
 4. Aud, Finke Baskets5.5 
 5. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.1 
 6. Kelly, Cuxhaven4.9 
 7. Sollazzo, Leipzig4.5 
 8. Matthews, Ehingen4.5 
 9. Barker, Jena4.2 
 10. Jeka, Jena4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Williams, Vechta2.5 
 2. Hardy, Heidelberg2.4 
 3. White, Heidelberg2.2 
 4. Matthews, Ehingen2.1 
 5. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.8 
 6. Pratt, Cuxhaven1.7 
 7. Stockton, Karlsruhe1.6 
 8. Bynum, Chemnitz1.5 
 9. Williamson, Ehingen1.5 
 10. Johnson, Duessel.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Devin WHITE
  Heidelberg
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. White, Heidelberg2.0 
 2. Gadley, Duesseldorf1.6 
 3. Crowder, Heide.1.4 
 4. Lawson, Chemnitz1.3 
 5. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.1 
 6. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.1 
 7. Thompson, NBC1.1 
 8. Tyrna, Leipzig1.1 
 9. Madrich, Vechta0.9 
 10. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 


Eisbaeren Bremerhaven part company with head coach Douglas Spradley - by Moritz Korff

Bundesliga team Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will not extend the stay of head coach Douglas Spradley after the ongoing season, the club announced today. Spradley worked for the BBL side since 2009 and led the team to a playoff semifinal appearance in his first year at the Eisbaeren helm, followed by a quarterfinal run in 2010. The 46-year-old coached the Bremerhaven team to a 15-19 record in the 2012-13 season and failed to qualify for the playoffs. Just like the year before they finished the regular season in 11th place in the BBL standings.
"It has been a difficult decision to make. Doug Spradley has done an outstanding job and the Eisbaeren organization is very thankful for that. However, following extensive discussions we have come to the conclusion that it is time to make a change", Eisbaeren CEO Jan Rathjen stated.



The Muli Katzurin Era Ends With The Fraport Skyliners - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Almost 48 hours after the big do or die win against the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg that kept the Fraport Skyliners in the Beko BBL, the team has announced that the Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ) era in Frankfurt has ended. Katzurin had a two year contract and he decided to go separate ways. Katzurin never had it easy in Frankfurt as he led the team to a ninth place finish last season missing the playoffs on the last game day in Bonn, but having a strong second half after a dismal first half where the team was able to beat many top teams. This season, the team struggled all season long despite wins at home against Alba Berlin, Bamberg and Ulm. "I end my time in Frankfurt after two seasons. I want to thank everyone in the organization as well as my assistant coaches. I also thank the fans that supported us all season long. I wish the club all the best in the future", stressed Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ). "Muli is a very good and very professional coach that even during hard phases was able to come back and win. Under his leadership the team never gave up and fought. Staying in the league this seaosn wasn't easy. I will always be thankful for his effort and loyalty", added Fraport Skyliners manager Gunna Wobke.



Source: Fraport Skyliners






Quantez Super Tez Robertson Extends Contract Until 2016 With The Fraport Skyliners - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Fraport Skyliners made many die hard fans very happy today by announcing that fan favorite Quantez Robertson (189-G-84, college: Auburn) has gotten his contract extended until 2016. Robertson who had just completed his fourth season in Frankfurt averaged 10,8ppg, 6,3rpg, 2,9apg and 1,9spg and now is the new identity figure with the Fraport Skyliners slipping into the role Pascal Roller had from 1999-2011. "It is an honor for me to play three more years here. I feel a bond with the club, workers and fans. I know the structure, chances and respect it. These were all important points for me to stay here. I will see you fans next season", stressed Quantez Roberston. Robertson who belongs to the best defenders in the Beko BBL since years was the top steal man again, but also as a rebounder, he showed how vital his help on the glass was. For a time, he belonged to the top rebounders in the league. Also on offense, he had his best season as he becamse a real option as he scored in double figures in 24 games. The Fraport Skyliners understand how important it is for the future and success of the team to have a amazing athlete, player and person as Robertson on the roster. "Toughness, focus and effort are things that you want from each player. Only few have it the way Tez does. It was important for us to give Tez a long term offer since his Sherell is pregnant and we just wanted to show him how much worth he has for us. That Tez accepted makes us very happy, but also shows his charachter. Tez is in the hearts of the fans and we are looking forward to his spectaular flights to the hoop and effort", stressed Fraport skyliners manager Gunnar Wobke.


Source: Fraport Skyliners





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Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Kostas TOTSIOS
  Ikaroi S.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 20
 1. Totsios, Ikaroi S.20.0 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.19.4 
 3. Karaboulas, Nea K.18.6 
 4. Vranjes, Pagrati16.7 
 5. Kakiouzis, Lavrio16.4 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lav.15.9 
 7. Gizogiannis, Arkad.15.7 
 8. Psileas, Agia P.15.6 
 9. Kitsoulis, OFI15.5 
 10. Manousos, Doxa L.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petros NOEAS
  Koroivos
  (204-F-87)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Noeas, Koroivos9.5 
 2. Manousos, Doxa L.8.8 
 3. Papachristos, Trik.8.7 
 4. Sklavos, Pagrati8.6 
 5. Kakiouzis, Lavrio8.3 
 6. Anagnostopou., Erm.8.2 
 7. Cubrilo, Arkadikos7.8 
 8. Charismidis, Trika.7.7 
 9. Sigounas, Arkadikos7.7 
 10. Simeonidis, Ikaro.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Fotis VASILOPOULOS
  Pagrati
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.5.9 
 2. Gikas, Filathlitik.5.6 
 3. Karydas, Koroivos5.2 
 4. Moschovitis, Nea K.4.6 
 5. Tsiotras, Arkadikos3.8 
 6. Mavrogiannis, Niki3.7 
 7. Katsares, Trikalla3.7 
 8. Giannakopoul., Lav.3.6 
 9. Matalon, OFI3.5 
 10. Petrakis, OFI3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Thodoris TSIOTRAS
  Arkadikos
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Tsiotras, Arkadikos3.0 
 2. Katsares, Trikalla2.3 
 3. Vranjes, Pagrati2.1 
 4. Ioakeimidis, Ermis2.0 
 5. Karydas, Koroivos1.9 
 6. Gikas, Filathlitik.1.8 
 7. Psileas, Agia P.1.7 
 8. Saloustros, Filath.1.7 
 9. Mavrogiannis, Niki1.6 
 10. Giannakopoul., La.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Krum DOYCHINOV
  OFI
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Doychinov, OFI1.2 
 2. Adetokubo, Filath.1.0 
 3. Adetokoubo, Filath.1.0 
 4. Papachristos, Trik.0.9 
 5. Pavlovic, Pagrati0.7 
 6. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.7 
 7. Noeas, Koroivos0.7 
 8. Petrodimopou., Nea0.7 
 9. Sigounas, Arkadikos0.6 
 10. Voivatopoulo., Ik.0.6 


Andreas Glyniadakis top-scores in the Final to win the title with Astana - by Eurobasket News

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



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  HUNGARY   

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle SWANSTON
  Kapos.
  (201-G/F-86)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Swanston, Kapos.21.3 
 2. Austin, Kormend20.7 
 3. Buljan, Keravnos20.1 
 4. Dunn, Kaposvari20.0 
 5. Wood, Albacomp19.7 
 6. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 7. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.19.3 
 8. Spica, Kaposvari19.3 
 9. Copeland, Bayamon18.8 
 10. Shaw, Fribourg18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zeljko ZAGORAC
  Falco-Sz.
  (204-F-81)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Zagorac, Falco-Sz.10.7 
 2. Davis, Santurce8.9 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 4. Barovic, Soproni8.5 
 5. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.8.4 
 6. Buljan, Keravnos7.8 
 7. Hendlein, Kaposvari7.8 
 8. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.7 
 9. Toth, PVSK P.7.7 
 10. Austin, Kormend7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Christopher DUNN
  Kaposvari
  (189-PG-83)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Dunn, Kaposvari6.6 
 2. Moore, Albacomp6.5 
 3. Rakic, Jaszberenyi6.2 
 4. Williams, Atomeromu5.9 
 5. Thomas, Soproni5.5 
 6. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.5 
 7. Copeland, Bayamon5.2 
 8. Nelson, Marso N.5.1 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.8 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.1 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari2.8 
 3. Davis, Santurce2.3 
 4. Buljan, Keravnos2.3 
 5. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.2 
 6. Moore, Albacomp2.2 
 7. Kertesz, ZTE K.2.0 
 8. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
 9. Toth, PVSK P.1.8 
 10. Ivosev, Falco-Sz.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bennet DAVIS
  Santurce
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Davis, Santurce1.0 
 2. Barovic, Soproni0.9 
 3. Keller, Albacomp0.8 
 4. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.7 
 5. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.7 
 6. Idlet, Atomeromu0.7 
 7. Toth, Atomeromu0.7 
 8. Shaw, Fribourg0.7 
 9. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.0.6 
 10. Fey, Shinshu BW0.6 



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  IBA-PBL   

Standings

IBA-PBL Standings
Central Division
 1. Sauk Valley P. 15-2 
 2. Kankakee S. 11-4 
 3. Kenosha B. 9-6 
 4. Bloomington F. 7-5 
 5. Chicago R. 7-9 
 6. St.Louis T. 4-10 
 7. Springfield X. 2-10 
 8. Lake County S. 0-6 
Eastern Division
 1. Rochester R. 12-2 
 2. Gary Splash 12-6 
 3. Indiana D. 7-4 
 4. Holland Dream 7-6 
 5. Lansing C. 6-10 
 6. West Virginia M. 3-11 
 7. Lake Michigan 3-14 
 8. Albany L. 0-0 
 9. New Jersey G-F 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 16

Apr. 28: West Virginia M. - Kankakee S. 97-100
Apr. 28: Holland Dream - Chicago R. 134-150
Apr. 28: Indiana D. - Lake Michigan 128-114
Apr. 28: Sauk Valley P. - Kenosha B.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Devron BOSTICK
  Kenosha B.
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 32.2
 1. Bostick, Kenosha32.2 
 2. Edwards, Kankakee.30.8 
 3. Cobbs, Kenosha B.26.8 
 4. Baptist, Kankakee.26.3 
 5. Bennett, Gary S.24.7 
 6. Radcliff, Sauk V.23.7 
 7. Sutton, Springfi.23.3 
 8. Bennett, Rocheste.22.5 
 9. Thomas, Kenosha B.22.2 
 10. Broughton, Chica.21.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy BAPTIST
  Kankakee.
  (196-F-87)
  Avg: 13
 1. Baptist, Kankakee.13.0 
 2. Warren, Gary S.11.0 
 3. Barkdoll, Rocheste.10.0 
 4. Haley, Rochester R.9.3 
 5. Williams, Lansing9.0 
 6. Edwards, Kankakee.9.0 
 7. Cobbs, Kenosha B.9.0 
 8. Love, Sauk V.9.0 
 9. Anderson, Bloomi.8.8 
 10. Reaves, Rocheste.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tony BENNETT
  Rocheste.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Bennett, Rocheste.6.5 
 2. Kyle, Kankakee S.6.5 
 3. Goldsberry, West V.5.3 
 4. Radcliff, Sauk V.5.0 
 5. Ruffin, Blooming.4.8 
 6. Bennett, Gary S.4.3 
 7. Edwards, Kankakee.4.0 
 8. Anderson, Bloomi.4.0 
 9. Waller, Sauk V.4.0 
 10. Anderson, Roches.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas COBBS
  Kenosha B.
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Cobbs, Kenosha B.3.0 
 2. Radcliff, Sauk V.2.7 
 3. Collins, West V.2.3 
 4. Bennett, Rocheste.2.3 
 5. Smith, Rocheste.2.0 
 6. Wright, Gary S.2.0 
 7. Eldride, Gary Spla.2.0 
 8. Benson, Lake M.2.0 
 9. Goldsberry, West V.2.0 
 10. Uqdah, Lake M.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 James EVERSLEY
  West V.
  (200-F-)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Eversley, West V.1.8 
 2. Green, Blooming.1.8 
 3. Baptist, Kankakee.1.7 
 4. Barkdoll, Rocheste.1.5 
 5. Giddings, Rocheste.1.3 
 6. Williams, Lansing1.3 
 7. Bailey, West V.1.3 
 8. Montgomery, Gary S.1.3 
 9. Thomas, Kenosha B.1.0 
 10. Warren, Gary S.1.0 



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  IBL   


From Beavers to Sabres - by Gianni Pascucci

The Salem Sabres hosted their IBL Summer League tryouts at Chemeketa Community College on Saturday April 27th. Former Oregon State University player Joe Burton (6'7''-F/C) committed to playing with the Salem Sabres for the 2013 IBL Season. Born on the Soboba Indian reservation in Soboba, Calif. He is the Son of Dondi Silvas Nichols and Kendall Nichols. Burton, 67 295, played with OSU from 2009 to 2013. According to the most recent NCAA ethnicity numbers, from 2011-12, Burton was one of four Native Americans playing Division I men's basketball.
Joe Becerra, Salem Sabres General Manager, said Joe Burton will be a great asset to the Sabres organization on and off the court. We have had our eye on Mr. Burton for awhile and waited until his season was over at OSU before we spoke with him. Not only is he a great player and is striving to continue his career beyond OSU, but he just like the Sabres organization is dedicated to giving back to the community. Mr. Burton is also particularly interested in impacting the Native American Community and has already agreed to help with a basketball camp the Sabres had set up with the Confederate Tribe of Grand Ronde.
The Salem Sabres will open their first IBL season with back to back games on May 4th & 5th at Chemeketa Community College. For the Sabres complete schedule go to www.ibl.com



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  ICELAND   

Stats Leaders (Men)

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


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

Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League 1st Team 2013
Justin Shouse
Shouse
Jay Threatt
Threatt
Aaron Broussard
Broussard
Ryan Amoroso
Amoroso
Marcus Van
Van

Player of the Year: Aaron Broussard (195-F-90) of Grindavik
Guard of the Year: Jay Threatt (180-G-89) of Snaefell
Forward of the Year: Aaron Broussard (195-F-90) of Grindavik
Center of the Year: Marcus Van (201-F/C-85) of Njardvik
Bosman Player of the Year: Ryan Amoroso (205-F-85) of Snaefell
Import Player of the Year: Aaron Broussard (195-F-90) of Grindavik
Domestic Player of the Year: Justin Shouse (180-G-81) of Stjarnan
Defensive Player of the Year: Michael Craion (195-F-89) of Keflavik
Coach of the Year: Sverrir Sverrisson of Grindavik

1st Team
G: Justin Shouse (180-G-81) of Stjarnan
G: Jay Threatt (180-G-89) of Snaefell
F: Aaron Broussard (195-F-90) of Grindavik
F: Ryan Amoroso (205-F-85) of Snaefell
F/C: Marcus Van (201-F/C-85) of Njardvik

2nd Team
PG: Sammy Zeglinski (182-PG-88) of Grindavik
G: Benjamin Smith (178-G-87) of Thor Thorl
G: Carlos Medlock (183-G-87) of Skallagrimur
F: Michael Craion (195-F-89) of Keflavik
C: Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-C-88) of Grindavik

Honorable Mention
Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-F-81) of Snaefell
Brian Mills (203-F-88) of Stjarnan
David Jackson (201-F-88) of Thor Thorl
Darrel Lewis (192-G-76) of Keflavik
Brynjar Bjornsson (191-G-88) of KR
Martin Hermannsson (190-SG-94) of KR
Elvar Fridriksson (180-PG-94) of Njardvik
Carlos Medlock (183-G-87) of Skallagrimur
Damier Pitts (177-PG-89) of KFI
Mirko Virijevic (201-F-81) of KFI
Eric Palm (188-G-87) of IR
George Valentine (203-F) of Tindastoll

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Justin Shouse (180-G-81) of Stjarnan
G: Darrel Lewis (192-G-76) of Keflavik
G/F: Marvin Valdimarsson (198-G/F-81) of Stjarnan
F: Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-F-81) of Snaefell
C: Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-C-88) of Grindavik

All-Imports Team
G: Jay Threatt (180-G-89) of Snaefell
F: Aaron Broussard (195-F-90) of Grindavik
F: Michael Craion (195-F-89) of Keflavik
F: Ryan Amoroso (205-F-85) of Snaefell
F/C: Marcus Van (201-F/C-85) of Njardvik

All-Defensive Team
G: Jay Threatt (180-G-89) of Snaefell
G: Dandre Williams (177-G-90) of IR
F: Ryan Amoroso (205-F-85) of Snaefell
F: Aaron Broussard (195-F-90) of Grindavik
F: Michael Craion (195-F-89) of Keflavik



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Standings - IBL

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

Regular Season: Round 54

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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bima RIZKY ARDIANSYAH
  Bimasa.
  (182-PF-90)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Rizky Ardian., Bim.16.5 
 2. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.15.3 
 3. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.15.1 
 4. Pamungkas, Satya14.3 
 5. Poedjakesuma, Peli.13.0 
 6. Nagata, Pacific12.9 
 7. Prawiro, Dell Aspac12.8 
 8. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.12.4 
 9. Regowo, Dell Aspac12.0 
 10. Gunawan, Satria M.11.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.0 
 2. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.2 
 3. Nolland, Garuda8.5 
 4. Sabara, Pacific8.5 
 5. Gunawan, Satria M.8.2 
 6. Nugroho, Satya W.7.7 
 7. Sucipto, NSH G.7.6 
 8. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.5 
 9. Poedjakesuma, Peli.6.9 
 10. Prasetyo, Hangtu.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.5.1 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.4.7 
 3. Wijaya, Garuda4.5 
 4. Indra, Pacific4.2 
 5. Sartika, Bimasakti3.9 
 6. Gerungan, Dell A.3.5 
 7. Uneputty, Tonga B.3.3 
 8. Sucipto, Satya W.3.0 
 9. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.3.0 
 10. Sagala, Hangtuah2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Dimaz MUHARRI
  CLS K.
  (181-PG-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Muharri, CLS K.3.2 
 2. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.0 
 3. Uneputty, Tonga B.2.4 
 4. Sucipto, NSH G.2.3 
 5. Dewanto, Pelita J.2.2 
 6. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.2.1 
 7. Michel, Satria Muda2.1 
 8. Nolland, Garuda1.9 
 9. Ramadhani, Dell As.1.8 
 10. Wijaya, Garuda1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.5 
 2. Gunawan, Satria M.1.8 
 3. Teguh, Hangtuah1.7 
 4. Nugroho, Satya W.1.6 
 5. Thoyib, Dell Aspac1.6 
 6. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.4 
 7. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.2 
 8. Rahmat, Tonga BSC1.1 
 9. Gunawan, Satria M.1.0 
 10. Junaidi, Hangtuah1.0 



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  ISRAEL   

Standings - BSL

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

Second Stage: Round 4

Places 1-6

Apr. 29: Netanya - Hapoel J-M 94-81
Apr. 28: Hapoel Eilat - Maccabi T-A 89-82
Apr. 28: Maccabi Haifa - Maccabi Rishon 76-69

Places 7-12

Apr. 28: Maccabi Ashdod - Bnei Hasharon 77-85
Apr. 29: Hapoel Holon - Galil Gilboa 75-78
May. 2: Hapoel T-A - Elizur Ashkelon


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jerome DYSON
  Hapoel Holon
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.20.3 
 2. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.19.0 
 3. Beck, Bnei Hashar.18.8 
 4. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.18.2 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi17.6 
 6. Killingswort., Net.17.3 
 7. Collins, Maccabi17.2 
 8. Wright, Maccabi16.3 
 9. Warren, Maccabi16.1 
 10. Calathes, Maccabi16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 14
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.14.0 
 2. Holman, Hapoel Eil.10.0 
 3. Jones, Bnei H.9.9 
 4. Thomas, Maccabi9.6 
 5. Wright, Maccabi9.3 
 6. Calathes, Maccabi9.2 
 7. Uter, Maccabi9.2 
 8. Dove, Elizur Ashke.9.0 
 9. Simpson, Maccabi8.3 
 10. Washington, Neta.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Hapoel H.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Waters, Hapoel H.7.1 
 2. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.5.3 
 3. Smith, Maccabi Hai.5.2 
 4. Mekel, Maccabi Hai.4.8 
 5. Ohayon, Maccabi4.8 
 6. Perry, Elizur A.4.4 
 7. Collins, Maccabi4.4 
 8. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.3 
 9. Warren, Maccabi4.2 
 10. Bradley, Netanya4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Deron WASHINGTON
  Netan.
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Washington, Netan.2.6 
 2. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.3 
 3. Ohayon, Maccabi2.3 
 4. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.2 
 5. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.1 
 6. Jones, Bnei H.2.0 
 7. Wright, Maccabi2.0 
 8. Berkowitz, Bnei H.2.0 
 9. Yavzuri, Galil Gil.1.8 
 10. Smith, Maccabi Ha.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. James, Maccabi T-A3.0 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.6 
 3. Simpson, Maccabi1.5 
 4. Uter, Maccabi1.5 
 5. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.5 
 6. Wright, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Thomas, Chicago B.1.2 
 8. Watt, Galil Gilboa1.2 
 9. Holman, Hapoel Eil.1.2 
 10. Kelly, Hapoel T-A1.1 


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Maccabi .
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Daniel, Maccabi23.7 
 2. Alexander, Macc.B.21.1 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.21.0 
 4. Westbrook, Neckar20.9 
 5. Teel, Elitzur Ramla20.7 
 6. Johnson, Hapoel K.19.8 
 7. Govens, Ironi K-A19.6 
 8. Odiakosa, Hod H.19.2 
 9. Laing, Elitzur Yav.18.8 
 10. Murray, Kiryat T.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.13.1 
 2. Odiakosa, Hod H.12.5 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.12.1 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.10.4 
 5. McNeil, Hapoel K.10.1 
 6. Daniel, Maccabi10.1 
 7. Clemente, Ironi N.9.8 
 8. McGhee, Elitzur9.7 
 9. Pitshon, Ironi N.9.7 
 10. Constantine, Hapo.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.8 
 2. Teel, Elitzur Ramla5.6 
 3. Brener, Hapoel A.5.1 
 4. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.5.1 
 5. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.4.7 
 6. Dunne, Ironi N.4.6 
 7. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.4.6 
 8. Benn, Ironi N.4.4 
 9. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.3 
 10. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Bilal BENN
  Ironi N.
  (196-G/F-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Benn, Ironi N.2.7 
 2. Alexander, Maccabi2.6 
 3. Miller, Ironi N.2.5 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.5 
 5. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.4 
 6. Hofman, Elitzur2.4 
 7. Teel, Elitzur Ramla2.3 
 8. Kent, Ironi R.2.0 
 9. Gordon, Hapoel K.1.9 
 10. Laing, Elitzur Ya.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.2.8 
 2. Clark, Ironi K-A2.2 
 3. McNeil, Hapoel K.1.8 
 4. Daniel, Maccabi1.7 
 5. Constantine, Hapoe.1.4 
 6. Blair, Ironi N.1.4 
 7. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.3 
 8. Durham, Hapoel A.1.2 
 9. Bouchman, Kiryat T.1.1 
 10. Labanowski, Macc.1.0 


Maccabi Rishon released Willie Warren - by Idan Seggev

Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion will stay with three foreigns until the end of the season after the club decided this morning to fine & release point guard, Willie Warren (193-PG-89, agency: Interperformances, college: Oklahoma), due to his incident before the game in Haifa. As I published here earlier, Warren is injured and didn't want to go with the team to Haifa, even though the management obligate him to come with the players. At the end the player stayed at home and this morning the management announced Warren that he is no longer a player of the club due to his discipline problems.


Muli Katzurin won't continue in Frankfurt - by Idan Seggev

Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt management decided not to renew the contract of Israeli coach, Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ) and he will leave after two years in the job. Katzurin led the team last year for the 9th place, which almost was enough for the playoffs and even though this year was less successful (the team finished 15th), the team manager, Gunnar Wobke, thank him and said:"Muli is a very good coach and a professional, who led us to win even in bad times. Under his leadership the club didn't give up and it wasn't easy for us to stay in the first division. Forever I will thank him for his effort and loyalty".

Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ) consider as one of the best Israeli basketball coaches and is coaching in Europe since the beginning of the new milenium and now it'll be interesting to see if he'll return to the Israeli league after almost 15 years or maybe he'll continue to coach in Europe. In his resume he coached in Israel giant Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv, Hapoel Galil-Elyon, Hapoel Holon, Bnei Hertzeliyya, & Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan. In Europe he coached Polish club WKS Slask Wroclaw, Czech club CEZ Basketball Nymburk and German clubs ALBA Berlin and Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt. He also coached the Israeli national team since 1997-2004 and the Polish national team since 2007-2009.



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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - SerieA

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


Standings - B1

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

Regular Season: Round 36

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

Regular Season: Round 37

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


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia20.1 
 2. Carrizo, Latina B.18.2 
 3. Parente, Lucca17.4 
 4. Casadei, Firenze16.3 
 5. Benfatto, Ferrara15.7 
 6. Reati, Treviglio15.6 
 7. Bolzonella, Castel.15.1 
 8. Wojciechowsk., Tor.14.9 
 9. Ruggiero, Bari14.9 
 10. Ferrarese, Trevig.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Rossi, Chieti10.8 
 2. Iannilli, San Seve.10.2 
 3. Wojciechowsk., Tor.9.1 
 4. Pazzi, Castelletto8.5 
 5. Benfatto, Ferrara8.4 
 6. Ricci, Casalpus.8.3 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.2 
 8. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.2 
 9. Raminelli, Trevigl.8.1 
 10. Mancin, Mirandola7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jordan LOSI
  Mirandola
  (182-PG-80)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Losi, Mirandola5.6 
 2. Piazza, Reggio C.5.6 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.4.7 
 4. Marino, Casalp.4.4 
 5. Caroldi, Firenze3.6 
 6. Ferrarese, Trevigl.3.5 
 7. Carrizo, Latina B.3.5 
 8. Rajola, Chieti3.2 
 9. Cantone, Matera3.1 
 10. Gnaccarini, Recan.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.4.5 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia3.3 
 3. Cortesi, Ferrara2.9 
 4. Gueye, San Severo2.8 
 5. Parente, Lucca2.8 
 6. Vico, Matera2.7 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.2.6 
 8. Maggio, San Severo2.5 
 9. Caroldi, Firenze2.4 
 10. Sanna, Firenze2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.3 
 2. Raminelli, Trevigl.1.2 
 3. Gagliardo, Latina0.9 
 4. Rossi, Chieti0.9 
 5. Del Brocco, San S.0.8 
 6. Iannilli, San Seve.0.8 
 7. Iannuzzi, Matera0.8 
 8. Casadei, Firenze0.7 
 9. Bisconti, Bari0.7 
 10. Mancin, Mirandola0.7 


DNC post season - by Armando Caporaso

The situation group by group for the post season:

A
Promoted: Expo Inox Mortara
Playoff: Edimes Pavia, Named S.A.T. Crocetta Torino, Rimadesio Desio, Abet Laminati Bra, Poliopposti Domodossola, Bk Ball Club 7 Laghi Gazzada Schianno, Freestation Saronno, Mamy.eu Oleggio
Playout: Tarros La Spezia vs Elcharrocinture.it Biella

B
Promoted: Contadi Castaldi Montichiari
Playoff: Fattorie Novella Sentieri Orzinuovi, MGKvis Piadena, Erogasmet Crema, Ferroli San Bonifacio, A.S.D. Milanotre Basket Basiglio, Iseo Serrature Pisogne, Cocoon Lissone, Gorla Cantu'
Playout: U.S.D. Garcia Moreno 1947 Arzignano vs Pontek Porto Mantovano

C
Promoted: Friuladria Credit Agricol Pordenone
Playoff: GSA Udine, Franco Robert Jadran Trieste, DB GROUP Montebelluna, Ladurner Marghera, Coe Elettronica Oderzo, A.S.D. S. Club Vigor Hesperia Conegliano, Broetto Padova, Euromobil Cucine Caorle
Playout: Rucker Sanve San Vendemiano vs O.F.M Lussetti ServolanaTrieste

D
Promoted: Orva Lugo
Playoff: Sigma Imola, Asd Castiglione Murri Bk 2012 Bologna, Ecoelpidiense Porto S. Elpidio, Jato Group S. Lazzaro, Globo Giulianova, Asd Pisaurum 2000 Basket Club Pesaro, Scirea Basket Bertinoro, DaDo Repubblica di San Marino
Relegated: Ascoli Towers Basket A.S.D.

E
Promoted: Solbat Piombino
Playoff: Meridien Monsummano, Valentina's Bottegone, Telematica Italia Orvieto, Koi Pack Empoli, Reale Mutua Perugia, Cementerie Barbetti Gubbio, Bama Altopascio, Vivecard Pontedera
Playout: Basket San Vincenzo vs Galli S.G. Valdarno

F
Promoted: Gruppo Amida Marino
Playoff: Eurobasket Roma, City Seeing Palestrina, ASD Luiss Roma, Tavoni Sassari, BP Frusinate Cassino, Ilco Viterbo, Virtus Basket Aprilia, P.Q.R. Tiber Roma
Playout: Su Stentu Pirates Cagliari vs Elettrica 2000 Valmontone

G
Promoted: Gammauto Chevrolet Molfetta
Playoff: Bcc Valle Trigno Vasto, Magic Team Benevento, S. Michele Maddaloni, C.U.S. Ionico Bk Taranto, Pall. Citta' di Airola, Lotti Juvetrani, Farmacia Sardella Venafro, Bls Banca Lanciano
Playout: Delta Bk Salerno vs Naurora Calzature Barletta

H
Playoff: C.U.S. Messina, Formaitalia Acireale, Assitur Planet Catanzaro, Pol. Basket Gela, Gaudium Basket Canicatti', Redel Vis Reggio Calabria, Nuova Jolly Reggio Calabria, Amatori Basket Messina
Relegated: Basket Club Paterno



DNB post season - by Armando Caporaso

The situation for the DNB postseason, organized with these criteria:

First 8 teams for group qualified for the playoff ('best of 3' for all rounds), the 3 winning teams promoted.
Playout (best of 3) between the last 2 teams for group (15th and 16th), if there are more of 4 points of difference for the last team in the standings there is the direct relegation to the DNC.

Total: 3 promotion and 3 relegation.

A
Playoff:
Controlgom Monticelli Brusati vs ViviGas Costa Volpino
Royal Castellanza vs LTC Sangiorgese
ABC Utensili Varese vs Kopa Engineering Torino
Pall. Marostica vs Orsi Derthona Tortona
Playout: Graphistudio Spilimbergo vs Cartiere del Garda Riva

B
Playoff:
Acmar Ravenna vs La Falegnami Castelfiorentino
Computer Gross Empoli vs Consum.it Virtus Siena
Enegan Affrico Bk. Firenze vs Missardi Montecatini
Tramec Riduttori Cento vs Dino Bigioni Poderosa Montegranaro
Relegated: Consum.it Costone Siena

C
Playoff:
Madogas Natural Energy BNB vs Assi Basket Ostuni
Mec-Energy Roseto vs Ambrosia Technologies Bisceglie
Lighthouse Trapani vs Fondazione ANT Francavilla
Autosoft Scauri vs Pall. Pescara
Playout: BBC Group Bernalda vs Oasi di Kufra Fondi

Regular season stats:

Points
Antonello Lilliu (182-PG-82), Gaeta 20.4
Simone Di Trani (185-G-83), Cento 19.3
Stefano Provenzano (193-F-86), Monteroni 18.8

Rebounds
Luca Ianes (203-F/C-80), Trapani 13.6
Nicolo Ravazzani (200-C-85), Empoli 13.6
Simone Bagnoli (205-F/C-81), Rieti 13.2

Assist
Riccardo Silvestrini (185-G-85), Rimini 5.3
Nicolas Stanic (180-PG-84), Roseto 4.5
Andrea Piazza (187-G-89), Costa Volpino 4.4

Blocks
Gints Antrops (202-F-82), Bassano 1.3
Michele Squeo (206-F/C-89), Rimini 1.2
Mario Soave (205-F/C-78), Marostica 1.2

Steals
Eugenio Rivali (178-PG-86), Ravenna 4.1
Matteo Seravalli (185-G-91), Spilimbergo 3.8
Marco Contento (190-G-91), Bisceglie 3.7

Ranking
Davide Serino (199-F-81), Scauri 27.7
Arcangelo Leo (203-C-81), Roseto 25.8
Andrea Colli (203-F-88), V.Siena 25.2
Paolo Rotondo (205-F/C-89), Francavilla 24.8

Luca Ianes (203-F/C-80), Trapani 24.7



Italian U16 National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket


4Francesco Parma 191-G/F-97 Desio Italy
5Nicola Savoldelli 185-PG-97
6Luca Rattalino 202-F/C-97 Novipiu Casale Italy
7Luca Valentini 181-PG-97 Novipiu Casale Italy
8Filippo Testa 190-G-97 Cimberio VA Italy
9Federico Gallinari 198-F-97
10Tommaso Oxilia 197-F-98
11Riccardo Bolpin 192-G-97 Umana VE Italy
12Roberto Vercellino 200-F-97 Torino Italy
13Luca Cesana 191-G/F-97 Cantu Italy
14Andrea La Torre 202-F/G-94 Roma S.Azzurra Italy
15Riccardo Cattapan 210-C-97 Torino Italy
Tommaso Guariglia 204-C-97 Siena Virtus Italy

Antonio Bocchino Head Coach
Stefano Bizzozero Assistant



Cantu tabs Joe Ragland, ex UCAM Murcia - by Eurobasket News

FoxTown Cantu (SerieA) inked 24-year old American guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita State). He started the season at UCAM Murcia in Spanish ACB league. In 25 games he averaged 11.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg this season.
Among other achievements Ragland's team won MVC Regular Season in 2012. He received also All-MVC 1st Team award in 2012 at his college time.
Ragland graduated from Wichita State in 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: A super quick and energic combo guard player. He's a very good outside shooter and scorer, his powerful body enables him to be very effective at the defensive side too. Great upside, even at Euroleage level.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Johnson left Angelico Biella - by Eurobasket News

29-year old Qatari ex-international guard Trey Johnson (196-99kg-84, college: Jackson State, agency: Priority Sports) left Angelico Biella (SerieA). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. In 22 SerieA games he was seventh best scorer with impressive 16.4ppg and had 3.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg this season.
The last season he played at Bakersfield Jam in D-League. In 15 games he recorded 13.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 4.9apg. Johnson also played at the Hornets in NBA that season. But in 11 games he averaged just 1.9ppg and 1.1rpg. He also spent pre-season at BancaTercas that year.

Johnson ended the previous (10-11) season at the Lakers in NBA. In four games he averaged only 2.3ppg and 1.0rpg. But the most of that year he spent at the Raptors in NBA. In 7 games he averaged 4.0ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.6apg.
In 2007 Johnson was drafted by Jackson Wildcats (USBL) as #4 pick overall.
He attended Jackson State and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Johnson won NBA Pacific Division championship title in 2011. He was also voted Gatorade All-D-League 1st Team in 2011. Johnson represented Qatar at the FIBA Asia Cup in Tokyo (Japan) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 4 games: Score-3 (17.3ppg), 5.3rpg, Assists-3 (4.3apg), FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 77.3%.
Johnson is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France, Serbia (Vrsac), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers, LA Lakers and Toronto Raptors) and MBEL (Jackson Jam).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A powerful SG, with great scoring skills. He can score almost from everywhere on the court, but has a great touch around the basket, where he can easily go thanks to great athletic skills. Knows well the game, can pass and defend. Not a star player, but a great gym worker and a player who adapts well to every team in which he goes.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Italy U16 finishes French campaign - by Eurobasket News

Italy U16 finishes French campaign of the International Bellegarde Tournament 2013. The Italian side could not win any games and finished on the last spot.
In Day 1 Turkey U16 outscored Italy U16 60:53. Turkey won the opening period 21-11 but trailed later in the third period. Italy managed to grab 36:32 advantage midway through the third quarter, however failed with 1-12 later in the game. Turkey held off the opponents until the end and won the game by 7 points. Furkan Korkmaz (193-SG-97) paced all the winners with 17 points and ERDEM Bahadir brought 9. FILIPPO Tseta scored 16 points in defeat and Luca Cesana (97) added 9.
In Day 2 Russia U16 edged Italy U16 70:68. YA KUSHIN Timofey top-scored for the winners with 17 points and SOPIN Andrey had 16. Andrea La Torre (202-G-94) replied with 29 points for the Italian side and Luca Cesana notched 12.
France U16 overcame Italy U16 72:57 in the last game of the competition. The latter started better and grabbed 9-2 lead, while France caught up with the opponents at the end of the first half as they took 34:33 lead. Later on the favorites dominated the court and sealed the victory.



Italian Nazionale A round 36 best performance: Francesco Ihedioha - by Eurobasket News

Forward Francesco Ihedioha (196-F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Castelletto, receiving a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 36.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (19 points, nine rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Mirandola (#13, 15-19) 87-86. Castelletto is placed at 3rd position in Italian Nazionale A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Castelletto will need more victories to improve their 19-14 record. Ihedioha turned to be Castelletto's top player in his first season with the team. Francesco Ihedioha has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 8.2rpg) and averages impressive 2.6spg and 58.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old Jordan Losi (182-PG-80) of Mirandola. Losi had a very good evening with 28 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Mirandola was edged by the higher-ranked Castelletto (#3, 19-14) 87-86. This loss caused Mirandola to drop to 13th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 15-19 record. Losi is one of the most experienced players at Mirandola and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Gianpaolo Ricci (200-F-91) of Casalpusterlengo (#6). Ricci scored 16 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Ricci's great performance Casalpusterlengo lost 60-69 to the lower-ranked Chieti (#15, 14-19). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Casalpusterlengo needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 18 victories and 15 lost games. Ricci has a great season in Italy. After 33 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.3rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82) of Chieti - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Marco Evangelisti (198-G-84) of Torino - 21 points and 3 rebounds
6. Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-G-86) of Matera - 19 points and 7 rebounds
7. Davide Parente (188-PG-83) of Lucca - 22 points
8. Andrea Capitanelli (203-C-86) of Firenze - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Marco Pazzi (203-C-79) of Castelletto - 17 points and 4 rebounds
10. Alessandro Mancin (208-C-86) of Mirandola - 9 points and 10 rebounds

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



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  JAPAN   


Best players of Japanese BJ League round 56 - by Eurobasket News

American Chris Holm (212-C-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Niigata Albirex and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 56.
The 28-year old center had a double-double of 24 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Sendai 89ers (#7, 20-32) with 46-point margin 109-63. It allowed Niigata Albirex to consolidate first place in the Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Niigata Albirex has a very solid 36-16 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It's Holm's second year at Niigata Albirex and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Vermont graduate has very impressive stats this year. Holm leads league in rebounds with 14.6rpg. Holm is in league's top in and averages solid 58.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Niigata Albirex's star - 29-year old American forward Rodney Webb (200-F-83). Webb impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Of course together with Holm he helped Niigata Albirex with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Sendai 89ers (#7, 20-32) 109-63. Of course Niigata Albirex still keep the league's top spot. His team has currently 36-16 record. Webb is a newcomer at Niigata Albirex 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 D'Andre Bell (198-G/F-87) of Chiba Jets (#6). Bell scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Chiba Jets, leading his team to a 92-79 easy win against the lower-ranked Gunma (#11, 14-38). Chiba Jets needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 26 victories and 26 lost games. Bell has a great season in Japan. After 52 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 5.0rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86) of Kyoto Hannar. - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ricky Woods (194-F/G-84) of Tokyo Cinq R. - 29 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Rick Rickert (211-C/F-83) of Osaka Evessa - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Draelon Burns (194-G-85) of Yokohama BC - 33 points and 13 rebounds
8. Edward Morris (205-C/F-84) of Shinshu BW - 18 points and 8 rebounds
9. Kevin Galloway (200-PG-88) of Hamamatsu P. - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Ira Brown (193-F-82) of Toyama Grouses - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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  KENYA   


Defence was key in win Over Co-op Bank Eliud Nzioka - by Eurobasket News

Ulinzi Warriors Coach Eliud Nzioka has a good display of defence by his side to thank when they beat Defending champions Co-op Bank 51-46 on Saturday afternoon at the Nyayo Gymnasium.
Nzioka was speaking to michezoafrika.com after the match and he hailed the tight defence play Ulinzi Warriors exhibited in the match, in our last game we lost because the defence allowed our opponents to shoot. We knew Co-op Bank would shoot and we did everything we could to avoid that, I am pleased that the players followed instructions and it worked for us.
The win was Ulinzis first win since the league began and Nzioka describes this as a huge morale booster, beating the defending champs has put us in the right state of mind and the boys know what they are capable of so I know we will go for the coming matches with a positive attitude.
Ulinzi so far has four points from three matches having lost two and winning one.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Thunder remain unbeaten after win over Blazers - by Eurobasket News

Thunder basketball team continued their dominance of the KBF Premier League after they beat Blazers 56-37 on Sunday afternoon at the Nyayo Gymnasium.
Thunder has so far managed to upset the Defending Champions of the KBF Premier League Co-op Bank when they beat them 72-63 in their season opener, defeated the runners up of the 2012 season USIU Tigers 71-60 while Blazers were their latest victims. The win sees the Shauri Moyo based team with 6 points from the 3 wins.
In the match Thunder won all the quarters with the 1st quarter ending 13-8, the 2nd quarter 15-6, 3rd 10-6 and the last quarter 18-17. Thunder captain Griffin Ligare who has been instrumental for the side had 10 points while Nelson Njau sunk in 17 points the highest in the match. Jay Michoma gave Blazers 7 points to lose their second consecutive match after they were beaten by debutants Nairobi Aviation College last weekend.
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KBF Division One League weekend wrap up - by Eurobasket News

The Kenya Basketball Federation Division One league resumed over the weekend with 6 matches played at the Nyayo Gymnasium.
On Saturday Kenya College of Accountancy University were up against Kenya Airports Authority where the students were beaten 42-38 while in the second match of the day saw newcomers Zetech College overwhelm Trail Blazers 62-48. In the match Joshua Okumu gave Zetech 14 points with Felix Bwana sunk in 10 points for Trail Blazers.
In the last match played on Saturday Little Prince was up against Strathmore University (B) where the students managed to floor their opponents 59-43. Both teams are debutants in the Division One league after being promoted from the Nairobi Basketball Association (NBA) league. Mugambi Mawina had the highest points in the match giving Little Prince 19 points while Strathmores Michael Ligare had 11 points.
In the matches played on Sunday Radhi Ndalus Equity shook off last weekends defeat to Zetech when they defeated Parklands 70-46. Equitys new acquisition Brian Obimbo scored 18 points while Kelvin Eboi gave Parklands 18 points. Strathmore University (B) continued with their top form in the league after they won their second match of the weekend beating KAA 70-53. Peter Shelton had a good outing as he gave the students 26 points as KAAs Elvis Ochieng had 21 points.
The last match on Sunday saw KCA-U lose their second match of the weekend after they were beaten 48-56 by Umoja. The league resumes next weekend.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  LATVIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Peiners, LU21.1 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.18.9 
 3. Cain, Barons k.16.0 
 4. Berzins, Valmiera15.8 
 5. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.6 
 6. Hill jr., Jekabpils15.6 
 7. Ozols, Jurmala14.6 
 8. Apsitis, Turiba14.2 
 9. Sirsnins, Jekabpils13.9 
 10. Brown, Jurmala13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Cain, Barons k.10.9 
 2. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.4 
 3. Cavars, Valmiera8.5 
 4. Dargais, LU8.0 
 5. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.7.7 
 6. Chamberlain, Jelga.7.6 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava7.3 
 8. Berzins, Valmiera7.2 
 9. Mednis, Jurmala7.1 
 10. Berzins, VEF Riga6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  VEF Riga
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Rowland, VEF Riga7.4 
 2. Diggs, Barons k.5.7 
 3. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.5 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera4.6 
 5. Peiners, LU3.5 
 6. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.4 
 7. Sims, Ventspils3.4 
 8. Bertans, VEF Riga3.3 
 9. Sokolovs, Turiba3.1 
 10. Coders, Jurmala3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs STRELNIEKS
  VEF R.
  (196-SG-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Strelnieks, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Rowland, VEF Riga2.0 
 3. Brown, Jurmala1.9 
 4. Peiners, LU1.8 
 5. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.7 
 6. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.7 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 8. Campbell, Ventspils1.5 
 9. Jakovics, Liepaja1.5 
 10. Sirsnins, Jekabpi.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Cain, Barons k.1.7 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.1.3 
 3. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 4. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.9 
 5. Chamberlain, Jelga.0.9 
 6. Daniels, VEF Riga0.9 
 7. Leiteris, Liepaja0.8 
 8. Ziedins, Valmiera0.8 
 9. Berzins, VEF Riga0.8 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.0.8 


Davis Bertans top-scores to win the title with Partizan - by Eurobasket News

Davis Bertans (203-SF-92) top-scores to win the title with Partizan. The latter is the new Adriatic League champion! They edged their Serbian archrivals Crvena Zvezda 71:63 to clinch the trophy. Davis Bertans and Leo Westermann came up with 15 points each to lead Partizan.
Partizan opened the game on a 7:0 run but Crvena Zvezda were quick to respond. They strongly finished the quarter to take an 18:14 lead. Partizan regained the lead early in the second frame. However Igor Rakocevic and Rasko Katic gave Crvena Zvezda a 27:22 lead. Savovic capped the half with a bucket as Crvena Zvezda gained a 32:25 lead. Partizan made their push midway through the third quarter. Leo Westermann ignited a 10:0 run as Partizan accumulated a 45:38 lead. They secured a 50:45 advantage heading into the fourth period. Bogdanovic made it 53:45 early in the final frame. Igor Rakocevic tried to keep Crvena Zvezda within striking distance but Leo Westermann and Lauvergne maintained the lead for Partizan. Lauvergne made it 67:57 for Partizan within the final two minutes. Crvena Zvezda failed to get within threatening distance as Partizan marched to the victory at the end. Dejan Musli netted 9 points, while Bogdanovic added 8 points in the winning effort. Rasko Katic answered with 19 points for Crvena Zvezda. Igor Rakocevic and DeMarcus Nelson had 14 points apiece in the loss.



LBL Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Ventspils and VEF Riga set up Final - by Eurobasket News

Valmiera - Ventspils 52-72

Ventspils knocked down Valmiera to sweep the semifinal series. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-52. Ventspils dominated on the defensive end, holding Valmiera to just 6 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Valmiera 40-26 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. International Arturs Berzins (204-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Folarin Campbell (192-86, college: George Mason) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. Center Viktors Iljins (212-91) replied with 13 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Raimonds Gabrans (185-84) added 11 points and 6 assists in the effort for Valmiera. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: A.Berzins 16+6reb+2ast, F.Campbell 16+6reb+1ast, S.Valters 13+2reb+1ast, J.Timma 12+3reb+2ast, R.Zakis 6+3reb+1ast, M.Meiers 4+7reb+2ast
Valmiera: V.Iljins 13+6reb, R.Gabrans 11+6ast, J.Kaufmanis 8+1ast, P.Veselovs 6+2reb+2ast, J.Berzins 6+8reb+2ast, E.Elksnis 3
gschID: 239911


VEF Riga - Barons kvartals 98-59

VEF Riga coasted pat Barons kvartals to book the ticket into the championship series. The game without a history. VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. VEF Riga outrebounded Barons kvartals 56-28 including a 41-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Barons kvartals were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Will Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four VEF Riga players scored in double figures. Center Jekabs Rozitis (205-86) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds and forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) scored 15 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: D.Bertans 18+4reb, E.Rowland 15+5reb+7ast, W.Daniels 13+9reb+1ast, K.Janicenoks 13+2reb+2ast, D.Zavackas 10+5reb+3ast, K.Berzins 9+13reb+1ast
Barons kvartals: M.Gulbis 15+2reb, J.Rozitis 13+9reb, T.Cain 8+5reb+1ast, A.Brunins 7+1reb, J.Diggs 4+4reb+8ast, A.Epners 4+3reb
gschID: 239910



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 27-5 
 2. Sagesse 25-7 
 3. Moutahed 23-9 
 4. Champville 20-12 
 5. Amchit 15-16 
 6. Byblos 14-17 
 7. Hoops 9-23 
 8. Bejjeh 8-24 
 9. Anibal 2-16 
 10. Antranik 2-16 

Second Stage: Round 14

Apr. 27: Moutahed - Hoops 93-72
Apr. 29: Sagesse - Al Riyadi 85-68
Apr. 28: Bejjeh - Champville 83-117
Apr. 28: Byblos - Amchit


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 34.9
 1. Emmett, Amchit34.9 
 2. Blair, Hoops27.5 
 3. Khatib, Champville27.4 
 4. Harper, Sagesse26.4 
 5. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 6. Sims, Sagesse24.3 
 7. Williams, Bejjeh23.8 
 8. Youngblood, Byblos23.5 
 9. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 10. Perry, Hoops22.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Fraser, Byblos17.3 
 2. Ampim, Antranik12.0 
 3. Woods, Al Riyadi11.5 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.11.0 
 5. Hill, Amchit10.8 
 6. Jamison, Bejjeh10.6 
 7. Perry, Hoops9.8 
 8. Khazzouh, Sagesse9.0 
 9. Salyers, Moutahed8.9 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Blair, Hoops6.7 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh6.6 
 3. Akl, Sagesse6.5 
 4. Chatfield, Mouta.6.3 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.7 
 6. Zaloum, Antranik5.2 
 7. Khatib, Champville5.1 
 8. Fahed, Moutahed5.1 
 9. Youngblood, Byblos5.1 
 10. Khoury, Amchit4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Blair, Hoops3.1 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh2.4 
 3. Emmett, Amchit2.2 
 4. Youngblood, Byblos2.0 
 5. Harper, Sagesse1.9 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.8 
 7. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 9. Fahed, Moutahed1.6 
 10. Akl, Sagesse1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Herbert HILL
  Amchit
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hill, Amchit2.5 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 3. Tskitishvili, Cham.1.6 
 4. Fraser, Byblos1.5 
 5. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.4 
 6. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.3 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.2 
 8. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 9. Vogel, Al Riyadi0.9 
 10. Terry, Champville0.8 



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Stats Leaders

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



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Floriana hold nerve to win first basketball title - by Eurobasket News

Floriana held their nerve to win their first national basketball title after beating defending champions Athleta 74-71 in yesterdays fifth and decisive game. With the final series level at 2-2, Athleta, who had twice recovered from a game down, looked on course to retain the title as they led 36-29 at half-time but an 8-0 run at the start of the third session swayed the balance in Florianas favour. Inspired by Christopher Sammut (169-G-85) and Bevan Scott Camilleri, the Greens went on to build a 13-point advantage in the last session but Athleta refused to give up. They produced a stirring fightback, going on a 14-0 run to move one point ahead but Dirk Schembris late basket proved crucial for Floriana. Sammut hit 20 points for the winners, eight fewer than Athletas Marco Todorovic who was the games top scorer. At the end of the match, Floriana captain Ian Mercieca received the BOV National League trophy from Stefan Buontempo, the Parliamentary Secretary for Sport.
Courtesy of: http://www.timesofmalta.com



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Standings - 1A

1A Standings
Play-Out
 1. Jedinstvo 6-4 
 2. Ibar Rozaje 6-4 
 3. ABS Primorje 6-4 
 4. Danilovgrad 5-5 
 5. Centar BP 5-5 
 6. S.Centar 2-8 
S-League
 1. Buducnost 9-0 
 2. Sutjeska 5-4 
 3. Teodo Tivat 4-5 
 4. Lovcen 3-6 
 5. Mornar Bar 3-6 
 6. Ulcinj 3-6 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 10

Play-Out

Apr. 27: Jedinstvo - ABS Primorje 81-64
Apr. 28: Centar BP - Ibar Rozaje 75-58
Apr. 27: S.Centar - Danilovgrad 62-71

S-League

Apr. 27: Ulcinj - Mornar Bar 77-71
Apr. 27: Buducnost - Lovcen 77-51
Apr. 27: Teodo Tivat - Sutjeska 73-64

Second Stage: Round 11

Apr. 30: Lovcen - Ulcinj
Apr. 30: Mornar Bar - Teodo Tivat
Apr. 30: Sutjeska - Buducnost


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Vladimir BORICIC
  ABS P.
  (195-G/F-84)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Boricic, ABS P.18.7 
 2. Ljujic, Centar BP17.3 
 3. Milosevic, Ulcinj16.6 
 4. Stojanovic, Lovcen16.5 
 5. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.16.3 
 6. Mitchell, Centar B.15.7 
 7. Jovanovic, Danilov.14.5 
 8. Korac, Jedinstvo13.9 
 9. Radosavljevi., Mor.13.8 
 10. Radulovic, Teodo13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Savo DJIKANOVIC
  Jaszbere.
  (211-C-75)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Djikanovic, Jaszbe.9.4 
 2. Pavic, Mornar Bar8.7 
 3. Ljujic, Centar BP8.6 
 4. Radulovic, Teodo T.8.2 
 5. Draskovic, Jedin.7.6 
 6. Young, Danilovgrad7.4 
 7. Zejak, Danilovgrad7.3 
 8. Bacovic, ABS P.7.1 
 9. Radak, ABS P.6.5 
 10. Zizic, Sutjeska6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nikola KORAC
  Jedinstvo
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Korac, Jedinstvo4.8 
 2. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.4.8 
 3. Boricic, ABS P.3.8 
 4. Stojanovic, Lovcen3.3 
 5. Mitchell, Centar B.3.2 
 6. Calic, Sutjeska3.0 
 7. Simonovic, Ulcinj2.9 
 8. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.2.9 
 9. Radosavljevi., Mor.2.5 
 10. Pajovic, Mornar B.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Lazar SIMONOVIC
  Ulcinj
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Simonovic, Ulcinj2.3 
 2. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.2.1 
 3. Mitchell, Centar B.1.9 
 4. Samardzic, Danilov.1.6 
 5. Stojanovic, Lovcen1.5 
 6. Omerovic, Jedin.1.5 
 7. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.1.4 
 8. Femic, Centar BP1.4 
 9. Ljujic, Jedinstvo1.4 
 10. Young, Danilovgrad1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko LJUJIC
  Centar BP
  (205-C-90)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Ljujic, Centar BP1.9 
 2. Vujosevic, Sutjeska1.7 
 3. Radulovic, Teodo T.1.2 
 4. Draskovic, Jedin.1.2 
 5. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.0 
 6. Karalic, ABS P.0.9 
 7. Nicaj, Lovcen0.9 
 8. Young, Danilovgrad0.9 
 9. Skurdauskas, Morna.0.6 
 10. Radak, ABS P.0.5 


Play-Out League Last Game: Centar gets an easy win. Danilovgrad and Studentski Centar relegated. - by Darko Pekic

The last doubt of the 2012/2013 Play- Out league was cleared on Saturday evening after the game Centar vs Ibar in Bijelo Polje. The home team did not have any problems against unmotivated guests as Ibar has already secured its D1 spot for next season before the last round. The final score says it all- 75:58 for the home team. Centar made a nice run in the first quarter which decided the game and crashed Danilovgrads hopes to avoid relegation. Atlhough Centar and Danilovgrad had the same record, in their head to head Danilovgrad won at home by five points but lost in Bijelo Polje by 10 points and it pretty much decided their season. Marko Ljujic (205-C-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) was the high scorer in both teams with 21 points while Aaron Mitchell (187-G-89, agency: BBEH Cokrlija, college: Longwood) finished the season with 17 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Asmir Numanovic (206-C-91) led the guests with 16 points.


Vladimir Golubovic (ex Antalya) signs at Al Ahli - by Eurobasket News

Al Ahli Dubai (D1) landed 27-year old Montenegrin ex-international center Vladimir Golubovic (213-101kg-86, agency: Beo Basket). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Serbian passport. Golubovic started the season at Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye in Turkish TBL league. In 7 games he averaged impressive 21.9ppg, 12.1rpg and 1.3apg this season. The last season he played at Caja Laboral (ACB) in Spanish league. In 10 games he had just 2.2ppg and 1.8rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Golubovic also played 3 games in Euroleague where he had only 2.3ppg and 4.3rpg. He also played at Azovmash (Superleague) in Ukraine earlier that season. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Golubovic had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 8 Superleague games he had 7.9ppg and 4.1rpg. He also played 1 game in Eurocup where he recorded only 2 points and 8 rebounds. Golubovic also played 5 games in VTB United League where he had 7.4ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.0bpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Banvit (TBL) in Turkey. The team played in three different competitions that year, and Golubovic had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 39 TBL games he had 10.2ppg and 5.1rpg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Golubovic also played 2 games in Euroleague where he had 10.0ppg and 7.0rpg. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had 11.0ppg and 6.3rpg.
In 2009-10 season Golubovic was tested by Union Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenian league. In 10 Euroleague games he had 6.8ppg and 4.2rpg. He also played 21 games in Adriatic League where he had 8.0ppg and 4.8rpg.
Among other achievements Golubovic received Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Import Player of the Year award back in 2009. He also represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 0.7ppg, 1.3rpg.
Golubovic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy, Slovenia (Un.Olimpija), Serbia (Vojvodina Srbijagas).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Best players of Montenegrin 1A round 10 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Mensur Musovic (190-G-87, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's leader Jedinstvo and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10 (Second Stage).
The 25-year old guard had the game-high 13 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for Jedinstvo in his team's victory, helping them to crush ABS Primorje (6-4) with 17-point margin 81-64. It allowed Jedinstvo to jump to the first place in the Montenegrin 1A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Jedinstvo has a very solid 6-4 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Musovic has many years of experience at Jedinstvo, through which he has constantly improved. Mensur Musovic averages this season 2.1ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American guard Aaron Mitchell (187-G-89, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) of Centar BP. Mitchell impressed basketball fans with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he lead Centar BP to another comfortable win 75-58 over the higher-ranked Ibar Rozaje (#2, 6-4) being unquestionably team leader. Centar BP's 5th position in Play-Out has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Mitchell is a newcomer at Centar BP and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.7ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 4.7rpg and 3.2apg.

The third best performed player last round was Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) of Mornar Bar (#-1). Mikovic scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Mikovic's great performance Mornar Bar lost 71-77 to #0 ranked Ulcinj. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Mornar Bar not to end season at such low position in S-League, however are less than slim as they have already lost 6 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Mikovic could try to bring Mornar Bar's a little bit higher in the standings. Mikovic has a very solid season. In 24 games in Montenegro he scored 6.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marko Ljujic (205-C-90) of Centar BP - 21 points and 7 rebounds
5. Boris Jeknic (203-C-89) of Jedinstvo - 13 points and 10 rebounds
6. Vladimir Mrdak (206-C-94) of Danilovgrad - 16 points and 10 rebounds
7. Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) of Teodo Tivat - 11 points and 13 rebounds
8. Zoran Milovic (204-C/F-77) of Ulcinj - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Gerald Lee (208-C-87) of Buducnost - 15 points and 3 rebounds
10. Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91) of Mornar Bar - 18 points, 9 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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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Anthony, New Y.28.9 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.4 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.3 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.7 
 5. Harden, Houston R.25.9 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Curry, Golden S.23.1 
 8. Irving, Cleveland22.5 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.21.1 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 2. Vucevic, Orlan.11.9 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 4. Lee, Golden St.W.11.2 
 5. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.1 
 6. Randolph, Memph.11.1 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.10.9 
 8. Chandler, New Y.10.4 
 9. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.5 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.0 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.0 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.8 
 6. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 7. Parker, San A.7.5 
 8. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 9. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. Young, Philadelph..1.8 
 9. Iguodala, Denver N.1.8 
 10. George, Indiana P.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.7 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.6 
 4. Duncan, San A.2.5 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Davis, N.Orleans H.1.8 
 10. Bogut, Golden S.1.8 


Rockets avoid sweep, Hawks earn second straight victory - by Eurobasket News

Houston R. - Oklah.City T. 105-103
The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets met for Game 4 of this NBA Playoffs Series on Monday night, and the Rockets avoided the sweep, winning 105-103 in a thrilling match up. OKC took on the Rockets without Russell Westbrook (knee) and Houston had to play without Jeremy Lin (chest), so many wondered how this one would ultimately shake down without these two dynamic players. Surprisingly, it ended up being one of the most captivating, competitive matches of this series. For the Thunder, Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) led with 38 points and Reggie Jackson (6'3''-PG-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) added 18 more, and for Houston, Chandler Parsons (6'9''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) was just shy of triple-double figures, having 27 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists. Houston started the game on a roll, shooting out to a 13-4 lead. They led for the first time in this series at the end of the first quarter, 29-24. The Thunder went on a huge run in the second quarter, leading in scoring 15-5 in the first five minutes. They maintained a 10-point lead for most of the second quarter, absolutely silencing the Toyota Center. The big play for OKC came when Reggie Jackson seamlessly went from playing defense to offense: Thabo Sefalosha stripped the ball from James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.), and Jackson pounced on it. In the next moment, he was striking down the open court and laying it in for two. Derek Fisher had a solid first half as he stood in for Westbrook, doing what he does best: sailing shots from behind the arc and knocking down all of them. He was 3 for 3 from the 3-point line, and helped push OKC's lead to double digits. But the Rockets were determined not to exit the Playoffs so soon. Carlos Delfino (6'7''-SF-82) hit two clutch threes late in the first half, both of which cut OKC's lead from 13 to only seven going into the break. James James Harden on the other hand was ice cold, having more turnovers (seven) than points (six) in the first half. After the break though, the Rockets played liked a completely different team. The Rockets outscored the Thunder 38-24 in the third quarter, even taking a thirteen-point lead and completely dominating the Thunder after the break. Beverly scored nine of his 16 points in this quarter alone, including two three-pointers. When Houston went on its run to give them a double-digit lead, the exclamation point came when Delfino stole the ball away from Martin and strode down the court from an invigorating dunk over Durant that brought the home crowd to its feet. Houston took an 85-75 lead. The Thunder played a particularly sloppy game on Monday night: Houston scored 28 points off 17 OKC turnovers, and that bad ball-handling was most prevalent during the third quarter, when the Rockets made the game theirs. OKC did close the quarter much better than it starting, closing the gap to 91-84 going into the fourth quarter, but the Rockets still controlled all the momentum. In the fourth quarter, things got even more interesting. The Thunder kept it within six for most of the period and in the final six minutes, the momentum went back and forth between these two squads. It started when Derek Fisher drew an offensive foul from James Harden, sending him to the bench with five fouls. On the subsequent possession he grabbed an offensive board and fed it to Jackson under the hoop to cut the lead to 98-94. Parsons responded on the next play by bodying his way through the paint to lay it in. Later, Durant found his second wind, knocking down an ice-cold three in the face of a defender and grabbing the defensive rebound on Houston's next possession. He then drove down the court, beat two double-teams and dunked on two more Rockets in the process. With his five straight points, the Thunder were within two points of Houston, 105-103, with under a minute to play. With the Rocket's next possession, James Harden air-balled a three, and OKC got the ball back with 53.7 seconds left to make something happen. Durant tried to drive and take the lead, but he was called for an offensive foul. Then James Harden put up a jumper to close the door on the Thunder, but he missed and OKC's Fisher rebounded it. Houston needed to keep the final shot out of Durant's hands if they wanted to squeak out this victory, and they got it done: Durant had to dish it to Jackson who missed the shot, only to see Ibaka put it back up but not with enough push to put it through the hoop. He feel immediately to the floor after, and the Rockets' bench celebrated on. The Rockets rallied from big deficits twice in this game for their first victory of the series, forcing a Game 5 with Oklahoma City. Game 5 takes place on Wed., May 1 at Chesapeake Energy Area. Courtesy of: thunderousintentions.com

Atlanta H. - Indiana P. 102-91
The Indiana Pacers were seemingly in control of their first round matchup against the Atlanta Hawks after protecting their home court with two blowout victories to take a 2-0 first round series lead. But what a difference a week makes. The Hawks evened the best of game series on Monday night by defeating the Pacers 102-91. With the loss the Pacers have now dropped 13 consecutive contests at Philips Arena, and the momentum they once owned is now clearly residing with the upstart Hawks. The majority of the Pacers' early-series success was due to their ability to control the rebounding battle and the dominance of All-Star forward Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) on the wing. The Pacers outrebounded the Hawks 95-73 in the series' first two games, while George rolled to averages of 25 points, 9.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists. However, the Hawks managed to once again close the Pacers' margin on the boards in Game 4 and also forced George to a workmanlike 21 points on 6-of-16 shooting. For the second straight game, Hawks coach Larry Drew went with a bigger starting lineup with veteran Johan Petro at center, which allowed Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) to play power forward and Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) to match up and defend George at small forward. Drew praised Smith for his effort on both ends of the court after the game and says his defensive effort on George continues to be the key. "I thought Josh Smith played a phenomenal game," Drew said. "Again the challenge of trying to defend Paul George; I thought he took the challenge and I thought he was really good. Everything that George made, I thought he earned it and that's all you can ask for defending a guy like that (because) he is a terrific player." Much like Game 3 on Saturday night, the Pacers struggled to find a rhythm offensively against the Hawks' revamped lineup and shot below 40% from the floor. The duo of Horford and Smith paced the Hawks with a combined 47 points. Pacers coach Frank Vogel doesn't believe his team's struggles have been all about the Hawks' lineup adjustments and defensive rotations. Vogel points to the improvement he's seeing from his squad defending the interior after studying film from Game 3. "I think we guarded the paint much better," Vogel said. " (We gave up) 50 points in the paint in Game 3, 28 points in the paint in Game 4. Part of our adjustments. But clearly we have to be more accountable." The Hawks raced out to a 57-40 lead at halftime, but managed to score just 12 points in the third quarter as the Pacers cut the lead to 10 entering the final period. The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth affair, but a pair of late three-pointers by Smith and veteran forward Kyle Korver stifled the Pacers' momentum. The efficient three-point shooting from the Hawks' reserve is what Vogel pointed to as the difference in the game. "We got behind a little bit in the first half, but a valiant effort fighting in the second half to come back," Vogel said. "Korver and (Anthony) Tolliver going 8-for-11 from the three-point line was a major difference in the game. We've got to do a better job on them early. "But I'm very proud of our guys for fighting back in the second half. (The Hawks) took care of their business. We've got to take care of ours back at our home court in Game 5." Pacers guard George Hill gave credit to the Hawks for showing spirit, but also noted Indiana has the home court advantage to utilize going forward. "That's a great Atlanta team over there," Hill said. "We knew it was going to be a tough series. We knew they weren't going to lay down. But we know we have two more games at home in this series if necessary." The series returns to Indiana for Game 5 on Wednesday night. Courtesy o: usatoday.com



NBA committee recommends rejecting Kings move - by Eurobasket News

The Sacramento Kings finally appear to be staying put in California's capital city, possibly ending an emotional saga that has dragged on for nearly three years. The NBA's relocation committee voted unanimously Monday to recommend that owners reject the application for the Kings to relocate to Seattle, the latest - and by far the strongest - in a long line of cities that almost landed the franchise. The 12 league owners on the committee made the decision over a conference call and forwarded the recommendation to the NBA Board of Governors. The board, which consists of all 30 owners, will convene during the week of May 13 to vote on the matter. While the recommendation doesn't guarantee the Kings will stay put, it's difficult at this point to imagine how they don't. Moments after the league announced the committee's recommendation, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnston wrote on Twitter: "That's what I'm talking about SACRAMENTO!!!!! WE DID IT!!!!!" Who will own the Kings next season is still unclear. The Maloof family reached an agreement in January to sell a 65 percent controlling interest in the team to a group led by investor Chris Hansen at a total franchise valuation of $525 million, topping the NBA-record $450 million that Joe Lacob and Peter Guber bought the Golden State Warriors for in 2010. Then Hansen increased his offer to $550 million, which implies buying the 65 percent stake for about $357 million. Hansen hoped to move the team to Seattle and rename it the SuperSonics, who moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. Instead, those plans have suddenly crumbled. The Maloofs are not bound to sell the team to a Sacramento group Johnson has put together. In a letter sent to the relocation and finance committees, the Maloofs said they preferred to sell to the Seattle group and expressed discontent with Sacramento's latest bid. Spokesmen for the Maloof family and Hansen had no immediate comment on the committee's recommendation. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn pledged that his city will continue to fight for an NBA team. "I'm proud of how Sonics fans have rallied together to help Seattle get a team," McGinn said in a statement. "We're going to stay focused on our job: making sure Seattle remains in a position to get a team when the opportunity presents itself." While the odds often seemed stacked against Sacramento, the city rallied each time. In 2011, the Kings appeared determined to move to Anaheim, Calif., before Johnson convinced the NBA to give the city one last chance to help finance an arena. At one point, Johnson seemed so certain the team was gone he called the process a "slow death" and compared the city's efforts to keep the Kings to a "Hail Mary." Johnson delivered on his promise of a new arena plan - which even NBA Commissioner David Stern helped negotiate - just before last season. But in a stunning move, the Maloofs backed out of the tentative deal for a downtown arena, saying it didn't make financial sense. The city and the owners broke off talks, reigniting fears the franchise could relocate. Cities such as Virginia Beach, Las Vegas and Kansas City surfaced as potential new homes. In January, the Maloofs announced the deal with Hansen's group, which includes Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and members of the Nordstrom department store family. Led by Johnson, Sacramento fought back to make the sale and relocation of the Kings tough for the league to recommend. He pushed a non-binding financing plan for a $447 million downtown arena through the Sacramento City Council - complete with a $258 million public subsidy - and lined up an ownership group to try to compete with the powerful Seattle contingent. The potential Sacramento ownership group is led by TIBCO software chairman Vivek Ranadive, who would sell his minority share of the Warriors if successful. Others who have joined the bid include 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov, former Facebook senior executive Chris Kelly and the Jacobs family that owns communications giant Qualcomm. "I've never been prouder of this city," Johnson tweeted. "I thank the ownership group, city leaders, but most of all the BEST FANS IN THE NBA!!! The mayor also commended Seattle for its effort and wrote that the Pacific Northwest city "no doubt deserves a team in the future."
Courtesy of: csnbayarea.com



Hinrich to miss Game 5 with bruised left calf - by Eurobasket News

Kirk Hinrich (6'4''-G-81, college: Kansas) will miss the Chicago Bulls' Game 5 matchup against the Brooklyn Nets with a bruised left calf. Hinrich arrived at Monday morning's shootaround in a walking boot. "It's real disappointing," Hinrich said. "You never want to miss playoff games." An MRI on Hinrich's calf muscle revealed no tear. The bruise is severe enough that missing the rest of the week "is a real possibility," the source said.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Rockets recall Ohlbrecht from Rio Grande Valley - by Eurobasket News

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has recalled center Tim Ohlbrecht (6'11''-F/C-88) from Houston's single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley. Ohlbrecht played in all six postseason games with Rio Grande Valley (35-15, 6-0), helping the Vipers capture the 2012-13 NBA Development League championship.
Ohlbrecht (6-11, 255, Germany), who was assigned to Rio Grande Valley on Apr. 9, averaged 10.3 points and 7.2 rebounds in six postseason outings with the Vipers. In the 2012-13 D-League regular season, Ohlbrecht averaged 13.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.63 blocks in 32 games (29 starts) with Rio Grande Valley. Ohlbrecht was named All-NBA Development League Second Team after finishing the regular season third in the D-League in field goal percentage (.605, 164-271 FG) and 14th in the league in blocks per game (1.63). He was also named a 2013 NBA D-League All-Star, registering 12 points (6-9 FG) and a game-high 12 rebounds for the Prospects in a 139-125 win over the Futures squad. Ohlbrecht was actually signed by the Rockets from the Vipers on Feb. 25, 2013, which marked his first-ever Gatorade Call-Up to the NBA. He saw action in three regular season games with the Rockets in 2012-13.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Nets force Game 6 with 110-91 win over banged-up Bulls - by Eurobasket News

The suntan lotion and South Beach will have to wait. At least for now. Hoping to read the Nets their last rites in Game 5 at the Barclays Center Monday night, it was instead the home team that survived, pulling away in the fourth to win 110-91. Frustrated, was the common statement made by a Bulls team that now has to try and finish the best-of-seven series Thursday night at the United Center. Basically, time to get back to being grimy. Well bounce back, its at home, Bulls guard/forward Jimmy Butler said. You want to end a series at home, and I feel like we know what we did wrong. A lot of it was the rebounding, the loose balls and the hustle. So when we get back to being that grimy team, well be OK. Its a lot easier being that grimy team with Kirk Hinrich (6'4''-G-81, college: Kansas) on the floor. His bruised left calf kept him sidelined, and made life easier especially in the fourth quarter for a Brooklyn team that seemed to be fading in the final 12 minutes of games. Kirk is a big part of this team, thats obvious, center Joakim Noah said. But we have to find a way. We all have to compete a little bit harder. We got our asses kicked on the boards, were not happy about that and weve got to bounce back. Rear ends werent just kicked on the boards, but thats where the game was lost. Not only did the Nets out-rebound the Bulls 44-33, but 17 offensive rebounds, including six from Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford), were as Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau put it unacceptable. That was the difference in the game, the rebounding, Thibodeau said. Right from the start of the game, I knew [Brooklyn was] reacting to the ball quicker than we were. So I was concerned about that right from the beginning. Now we worked our way back and put ourselves into position, but if you defend fairly well, and then you give a team a second, and then a third crack at it, its hard to win like that. The game is made harder when Nets point guard Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) is allowed to have his way in the second half, scoring 12 of his 23 points in the third quarter, and doing most of the damage against Nate Robinson. But even with the first three quarters going so poorly, a jumper by Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) at the end of third pulled the Bulls to within four. Considering Brooklyns habit of shrinking when the lights are the brightest, it seemed like the perfect place for the Bulls to be. Then all of a sudden, it wasnt. Thanks to Andray Blatche (6'11''-F/C-86)'s 10 fourth-quarter points, as well as well as Lopez adding another five of his game-high 28. It was the Bulls offense that shrunk and wilted. They were more physical than us, the ball went wherever they wanted, Noah added. It was a disappointing loss, and weve got to bounce back. I think well respond very well. Which was a common feeling in the Bulls locker room. They were getting all the loose balls, getting the rebounds, they were getting whatever they wanted to get on the floor, Butler said. I feel like we werent pressuring enough. Everybody knows that we can fix this, but we shouldnt be saying We can fix this, because we should have handled it from the very beginning.
Courtesy of: suntimes.com



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Mississauga has the Power - by Eurobasket News

The owner of the former Oshawa Power feels Mississauga has the demographics and corporate infrastructure it takes to support a professional basketball franchise.
That's why Toronto businessman Henry Chow has relocated his National Basketball League of Canada team to Mississauga for the 2013-14 season.
The move was announced Friday following approval from the NBLC board of directors. Chow assumed control of the team midway through last season and has spent a lot of time surveying the sports landscape in the GTA. Last season, I was able to absorb and learn a lot about the business of professional sports," Chow said. "My goal is to couple this knowledge with the corporate relationships that I already have established in the area to assist with the success of Power basketball in Mississauga.
Chow owns Ace Sports and Entertainment as well as Rogers Uptown Wireless, an authorized Rogers dealer with more than 20 locations in the GTA, including three in Mississauga. The team will keep its nickname for next season. Further details on the upcoming season will be discussed at the Mississauga Power's press conference on May 14 at the Hershey Centre, where the team will play home games in 2013-14. NBLC teams play a 40-game regular season from early November to mid-March.
Power general manager John Wiggins feels the relocation is a logical move that will open the door to many business and community involvement opportunities.
"As we sat down and decided which direction we want to take it, Mr. Chow's business partners mentioned they would get support a lot easier if we were closer to the GTA, whereas Oshawa's not seen as part of the GTA," Wiggins said. "The opportunity to relocate to Mississauga was available and we wanted to jump on it."
The NBLC was founded in 2011 as Canada's only professional basketball league. Last year, Mississauga was a frontrunner for a franchise that eventually went to Windsor. There are also teams in London, Montreal, Halifax, Moncton, Summerside and Saint John. NBLC president Andre Levingston said Mississauga was an easy choice for relocation.
"Mississauga is a city that we've always been excited about," he said. "With its unique diversity and commitment to bringing the very best of all that live there, we feel this team will be welcomed with open arms." Last season, the Oshawa Power finished with an 18-22 record. The team was 18-12 before a series of injuries led to a 10-game losing streak to end the season. Nick Okorie (6'1''-PG-88, college: Texas Tech) led the team in scoring with an average of 19 points per game while William (Bo) Harris, Jushay Rockett (6'6''-F-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) and Amani Daanish (6'8''-F-83, college: Indiana St.) each averaged more than 15 PPG.
Courtesy of: mississauga.com



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  NEPAL   


WAW Wheelchair Sports Clinic in Nepal - by Dinesh Thapa

A group of Nepali NGOs are organizing a wheelchair Sports clinic and basketball tournament from May 10-12. Wheelchair Athletes Worldwide (WAW), USA based NGO will donate 11 sports wheelchairs for the event, which is being funded entirely from in-kind corporate donations.

Wheelchair Athletes Worldwide (WAW), a small American NGO, is partnering with a variety of Nepali NGOs including Nepal Wheelchair Rugby Association (NWRA), Nepal Spinal Injury Sports Association, Nepal Physiotherapy Association, Bikash Nepal, VSO Nepal, ENGAGE2 (providing volunteers), CSRC (providing accommodation), the government through Nepal Paralympic Committee and the National Sports Council, who provided an in-kind donation of the Covered Hall as well as, a variety of corporates including DRAGONAIR/Cathay Pacific providing free transport of 11 donated sports wheelchairs from Los Angles to Kathmandu, Chaudhary Group (CG Foundation), providing Wai-Wai and soft drinks, gold medals for all athletes and a banner, the Himalayan providing four advertisements, Bottlers Nepal, providing soft drinks, International College of Hospitality Management (ICHM) providing meals, Media Gallery providing advertisement design, FORCE providing a TV Show and Nature Trail Travels and Tours providing transportation for wheelchair athletes.

This entire activity has been accomplished through only in-kind donations. The event provides more opportunities as per the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), as well as the beginning of infrastructure, through the donation by WAW of sports wheelchairs. This event, combined with recent Danish training, will be used as a springboard for developing further capacity amongst players and coaches of wheelchair sports. For Nepali society this provides the public with another forum for understanding that Persons with Disabilities are no different in their desires than anyone else, in the long run leading to more inclusion. Combining with corporates as a CSR activity, this event has huge implications for Nepali society and further integrating Persons with Disabilities into the mainstream.

The major goal of the Nepal project is to improve and strengthen the mental, physical, and social outlook and build capacity of Persons with Disabilities in Nepal, as well as, encouraging the public to become involved in creating more inclusion. This will be done by:

1) providing modern, competitive, newer sport wheelchairs to use in adaptive sports programs;
2) conducting interactive clinics and demonstrations; and
3) inviting the public to attend.

Dan Altan, President of WAW will be coming to Nepal. Michael Rosenkrantz who is a VSO volunteer in Nepal, is coordinating the entire event. The detail of the event can be followed at http://www.facebook.com/nepalbasketball



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Josh PACE
  Nelson G.
  (196-G/F-83)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Pace, Nelson G.25.3 
 2. Anthony, OceanaGo.23.7 
 3. Tait, Wellington S.20.8 
 4. Wright, OceanaGo.20.0 
 5. Greene, HBS B.19.0 
 6. Maxey, Nelson G.18.7 
 7. McLean, Hub Jets18.3 
 8. Buck, Super City R.17.8 
 9. Tisby, OceanaGo.17.0 
 10. Leasure, Taranaki.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Hub Jets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 13
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets13.0 
 2. Maxey, Nelson G.10.3 
 3. Conklin, Southland9.3 
 4. Pace, Nelson G.9.3 
 5. Boucher, Wellingt.9.3 
 6. Bailey, Super C.8.8 
 7. Tisby, OceanaGo.8.3 
 8. Gabriel, Taranaki.8.3 
 9. Greene, HBS B.8.0 
 10. Wright, OceanaGo.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jack LEASURE
  Taranaki.
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Leasure, Taranaki.6.7 
 2. Hagan, Hub Jets6.3 
 3. Tait, Wellington S.6.3 
 4. Dickel, OceanaGo.6.0 
 5. Buck, Super City R.5.0 
 6. Frank, Wellington4.5 
 7. Martin, Southlan.3.7 
 8. Braswell, Southlan.3.7 
 9. Boucher, Wellingt.3.3 
 10. Jones, Nelson G.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin BRASWELL
  Southlan.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Braswell, Southlan.5.0 
 2. Boucher, Wellingt.4.3 
 3. Hagan, Hub Jets4.0 
 4. Dickel, OceanaGo.3.7 
 5. Greene, HBS B.2.3 
 6. Ruscoe, Nelson G.2.3 
 7. Leasure, Taranaki.2.3 
 8. Tait, Wellington S.2.0 
 9. Burton, HBS B.1.7 
 10. Anthony, OceanaG.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Antoine TISBY
  OceanaGo.
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Tisby, OceanaGo.3.3 
 2. Frank, Wellington2.3 
 3. Gabriel, Taranaki.1.7 
 4. Dawson, Southlan.1.7 
 5. Greene, HBS B.1.3 
 6. Maxey, Nelson G.1.3 
 7. Horvath, Hub Jets1.3 
 8. Wright, OceanaGo.1.0 
 9. Bolstad, Super C.1.0 
 10. Tait, Wellington0.8 



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Dawson, Meralco29.6 
 2. Dunigan, Air21 E.23.9 
 3. Macklin, Barang.23.4 
 4. Bowles, San M.22.9 
 5. Sundov, Rain o.22.1 
 6. David, Global Port21.9 
 7. Dozier, Alaska Aces21.8 
 8. Brock, Guayama21.2 
 9. Canaleta, Air21 E.15.5 
 10. Castro, Talk N T.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert DOZIER
  Alaska Aces
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 17.1
 1. Dozier, Alaska Aces17.1 
 2. Dawson, Meralco16.0 
 3. Brock, Guayama16.0 
 4. Dunigan, Air21 E.15.4 
 5. Bowles, San M.14.8 
 6. Macklin, Barang.14.5 
 7. Sundov, Rain o.12.5 
 8. Abueva, Alaska Ac.8.9 
 9. Pingris, San M.7.2 
 10. Santos, Petron B.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Ross, Meralco9.2 
 2. Mercado, Global P.8.1 
 3. Casio, Alaska Aces5.3 
 4. Cabagnot, Petron5.2 
 5. Alapag, Talk N Te.5.0 
 6. Tenorio, Barang.4.9 
 7. Urbiztondo, Barang.4.8 
 8. Cortez, Air21 E.4.7 
 9. Lee, Rain or Shine4.2 
 10. Villanueva, Barak.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Dawson, Meralco3.1 
 2. Tenorio, Barang.2.1 
 3. Barroca, San M.1.9 
 4. Ross, Meralco1.8 
 5. Cortez, Air21 E.1.6 
 6. Brock, Guayama1.5 
 7. Norwood, Rain o.1.3 
 8. Urbiztondo, Barang.1.3 
 9. Arboleda, Air21 E.1.1 
 10. Baguio, Alaska A.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert DOZIER
  Alaska Aces
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Dozier, Alaska Aces2.6 
 2. Dunigan, Air21 E.2.4 
 3. Bowles, San M.2.2 
 4. Dawson, Meralco1.9 
 5. Aguilar, Global Po.1.8 
 6. Brock, Guayama1.4 
 7. Macklin, Barang.1.1 
 8. Fajardo, Petron B.0.9 
 9. Devance, San M.0.8 
 10. Pennisi, Barako B.0.8 


2013 ASEAN Basketball League Roundup: April 27-28, 2013 - by Enzo Flojo

The San Miguel Beermen distanced themselves further from the rest of the pack by repeating over the Heat, while the Slammers reclaimed fourth spot by defeating the Slingers on the road in this past weekends ASEAN Basketball League games.

The twin-tower combo of Brian Williams and Asi Taulava spearheaded the Beermens close shave over the visiting Heat, 71-69. Williams and Taulava paired up for 37 points as SMB nailed its 15th win and extended its winning streak to a dozen games. Saigon, however, had its own pair of brilliant bigs David Palmer and Justin Howard, who combined for 43 points and 26 rebounds. This was the Heats 14th defeat of the season.

The Slammers, meanwhile, rose back up to fourth spot, momentarily gaining the upper hand versus the Slingers in their seesaw battle for the final playoff spot. Nobody scored more than 8 points for the hapless Singaporeans, whose import, Rashad Jones-Jennings, registered just 5 markers on 2-of-11 FG shooting and 1-of-10 FT shooting. His counterpart from Thailand, Christien Charles, on the other hand, scored 19 points and hauled down 19 rebounds in a no-rest performance. Darrius Brannon also ended up with a double-double line 15 points and 16 boards for the Slammers.

Game Recaps:
SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over SAIGON HEAT, 71-69
Brian Williams had 19 points, Asi Taulava scored 18 points and the San Miguel Beermen continue their historic run as they pushed their winning streak to 12 games by defeating the Saigon Heat 71-69 at Ynares Sports Arena, Philippines earlier today.

The Beermen had to sweat out Chris Sumalinogs missed 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded before ensuring their 15th win of the season. With the win, the Beermen has a stronghold to the top spot of the ABL standings table with a record of 15-3.

Jai Reyes had a strong first quarter, scoring 9 points on 4 for 4 shooting. Reyes shot with 26 seconds left in the first quater gave the Heat a 19-17 lead.

Val Acuna sank a corner three-point shot to open the second quarter and sparked a 13-0 run for the Beermen who are still playing without the injured Chris Banchero. B. Williams hit a 17-footer off a pick and roll with Jeric Fortuna and J. Williams knocked down a fade-away jumper in the lane that capped off the run, giving the Beermen a 30-19 lead midway through the second quarter.

A lay-up from Leo Avenido and a pair of free throws from B. Williams kept the Beermens lead in the double digits at 53-42 with 4:17 left in the third quarter. But the Heat had a strong finish to end the third quarter by managing an 11-4 run capped off by a lay-up from David Palmer which cut the Heats deficit to 57-53.

Taulava, who dedicated this game to his newborn daughter, was unstoppable on the post early in the fourth quarter. Taulava scored on a lay-up off a nice bounce pass from J. Williams which gave the Beermen a 68-63 lead with 5:48 left.

The Beermen had a 70-66 lead with 2:43 left on a lay-up by Avenido. Then former Beermen Norman Gonzales knocked a three-pointer to get the Heat within one point with 29 seconds on the clock. Down to 10 seconds left, the Heat sent B. Williams to the free throw line. B. Williams split his free throws to set up a last second three-point attempt by Sumalinog. Unfortunately, Sumalinogs three-pointer did not go down.

David Palmer finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds while Justin Howard had 19 points and 12 rebounds. Reyes added 16 points for the Heat.

THAILAND SLAMMERS over SINGAPORE SLINGERS, 73-49
The Sports Rev Thailand Slammers opened up an early lead that they held all game long, emerging with a 73-49 win over the JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore.

We played well defensively for 40 minutes today. I gave the guys four days off from practice and it showed tonight that they have their legs and great energy, said Bryant after the game. The Slammers locked the Slingers to just 26% from the field throughout todays game.

Chris Charles and Darrius Brannon were an absolute force in this game, abusing the Slingers defense with their brute strength and relentless effort. Charles finished with 19 points and 19 rebounds while Brannon had 15 points and 16 rebounds. Froilan Baguion also recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 assists for the Slammers who reclaimed the fourth spot and improved to 7-12.

After a disappointing loss to the Slingers a week ago, the Slammers made sure they came ready to play. A pair of lay-ups from Baguion opened the game and set off a hot start from the Slammers. Brannon converted a three-point play which gave the Slammers a 9-0 lead to open the game.

The Slammers continued to stay disciplined and played solid defense in the second quarter. Darongpan Apiromvilaichai opened the second quarter with a runner and a lay-up off a nice assist from Baguion that sparked a 19-4 run for the Slammers. Brannons lay-up gave the Slammers a 39-18 lead with 2:33 left before halftime.

With the Slingers offense continuing to struggle in the third quarter, the Slammers took full advantage and flew on an early 13-2 run. The Slingers defense lost Baguion at the baseline, allowing him to score an open layup then Kannut Samerjai capped of the run with his lay-up, giving the Slammers a 55-25 lead.

The aggressive defense from the Slammers team was too much for the overwhelmed Slingers team to overcome. Chris Charles put the exclamation point to the game with a two-handed throwdown after receiving a nice dish from Kannawat Lertlaaokul with 2:42 left.

None of the Slingers players reached double-digit points in this game. Jun Cabatu and Rashaad Singleton finished with 8 points each for the Slingers who now have a 6-12 record. Morrison, who had to play with a mask to protect his broken nose, struggled to find his offense. After torching the Slammers with 26 points last week, Morrison could not hit a field goal and was held to four points in this game.

Sources:
Intro written by Enzo FLojo/HoopNut.com.
Game recaps from AseanBasketballLeague.com.



2013 PBA Commissioners Cup Semifinals Roundup: April 27-29, 2013 - by Enzo Flojo

Semifinal action in the 2013 PBA Commish Cup continued to heat up as both series are now squared at 1-1 after a whirlwind weekend of hoops. San Mig Coffee got the jump on Alaska this past Saturday only to be blown out in Game 2 yesterday, while the Texters contained Vernon Macklin to tie things up with the Gin Kings. Hostilities will cease to give way to this coming weekends All-Star activities in Davao, and games will resume next week.

This past Saturday, San Mig Coffee beat Alaska, 71-69, in Game 1 of their semifinal match-up to take a 1-0 lead. It was a game characterized by great defense defense reminiscent of Mike Fratello's Cleveland Cavaliers from the 90s!!! SMC coach Tim Cone remarked how that first half was the best defensive half of any basketball game he's been a part of in the past 24 years. Cheers to good old-fashioned defense!

Oh but there were heroes, too, like Denzel Bowles coming through in the end. Bowles had struggled all throughout with just 6 points before displaying great hero ball in the dying minutes. He scored the last 6 points of the entire game to steal Game 1 and lift the Mixers to an improbable W. Of course, his legend continued to grow, too.

In Sundays showcase game, Talk N Text overcame Bgy. Ginebra, 85-79, despite not having national pool member Jared Dillinger. The killer was a 12-0 run to start the fourth for TNT. The Texters looked like a lost cause heading into the final frame down 9 and with RDO suffering through foul trouble, but they buckled down and mounted a searing rally. And RDO? He pumped in 10 of his 16 points in that pivotal fourth quarter.

V-Mack was limited to just 15 points on 5-of-14 shooting from the field tonight, but it was his free throw shooting that compounded his woes. The Ginebra import managed to hit just 5-of-10 from the stripe.

Just last night, Alaska also squared its series by beating San Mig Coffee, 86-67, for the first time since Luigi Trillo took over the head coaching reigns. This time around, Robert Dozier showed Denzel Bowles up. The former Memphis Tiger dropped 28 points on top of TWENTY SEVEN rebounds, shooting 13-of-16 from the floor. Needless to say, it was an amazing performance from one of the top candidates for the Bobby Parks Best Import of the Conference. Meanwhile, Bowles ended with a measly 8 points on 4-of-12 FG shooting. EIGHT points in 43 minutes? This was a pedestrian in a Denzel Bowles costume. For sure.

The Aces were a picture of efficiency here as they shot 50% from the 2-point area, had more rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks PLUS fewer turnovers than SMC. No wonder it was a blowout. Now about those friggin' free throws (just 48% accuracy).

Game Recaps:
SAN MIG COFFE over ALASKA, 71-69
Denzel Bowles struggled all game, but scored the last six points for his team, including the winning jumper with six seconds left to lift San Mig Coffee over Alaska, 71-69, Saturday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The win gave the defending champion Mixers a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five Commissioners Cup semifinals series and preserved coach Tim Cones perfect record against his former team.

Denzel, those last three shots, what do you do? What do you do defensively? Cone said after the game.

Ive said this before: Denzel, hes a big game guy, hes a big moment guy.

Bowles finished with just 12 points. He had a difficult time scoring against the defense of the Aces, who battled the Mixers in a fierce defensive struggle that saw the two teams combine for just 45 points in the first half.

Honestly, at halftime, I laughed to my coaching staff, Cone said.

It wasnt like we were missing open shots. Everything was just incredibly contested. It was the best defensive half Ive been a part of in my 24 years of coaching.

The Mixers got plenty of sparks. Peter June Simon top-scored with 15 points, while Mark Barroca scored all 13 of his points in the third quarter to keep San Mig Coffee afloat. James Yap, meanwhile, once again battled his back problems to finish with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Robert Dozier finished with 21 points for Alaska, which saw no other Aces player score in double-figures.

SMC 71 - Simon 15, Barroca 13, Bowles 12, Yap 10, Devance 6, Gonzales 5, Pingris 5, Reavis 2, De Ocampo 2, Mallari 1, Najorda 0.
ALA 69 - Dozier 21, Abueva 9, Hontiveros 8, Thoss 7, Baguio 7, Jazul 6, Casio 6, Espinas 5, Dela Cruz 0, Belasco 0.
QS: 7-11, 24-21, 50-48, 71-69

TALK N TEXT over BGY. GINEBRA, 85-79
Down big heading into the fourth quarter and playing against a mammoth hostile crowd, Talk N Text could have easily folded.

Instead, the Tropang Texters dug deep and displayed their championship poise, using a furious fourth quarter run to defeat Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 85-79, before 17,627 fans Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

There was a sense of urgency there in the fourth quarter, said Talk N Text coach Norman Black.

The Tropang Texters were down by nine points, 68-59, heading into the fourth quarter. But they opened the final period with a 12-0 run, before holding steady in the face of a furious Ginebra fightback to tie their best-of-five Commissioners Cup semifinals series at one game apiece.

Im just really happy that we decided to play defense tonight, said Black, whose team gave up 104 points in a lopsided Game One defeat last Friday.

The Tropang Texters held Vernon Macklin to just 15 points, after the Ginebra import broke loose for 25 in the series opener. They also hounded Ginebra star LA Tenorio to just eight points on 4-of-16 shooting, forcing him to miss all seven attempts from beyond the arc.

Talk N Texts point guard tag team of Jayson Castro and Jimmy Alapag paced the squad, scoring 22 and 17 points, respectively. But it was Ranidel De Ocampo who came up biggest in the clutch for the Tropang Texters, scoring 10 points in the final period, including a dagger three-pointer with 33.7 seconds that put away the game for Talk N Text, 83-79.

It was redemption for De Ocampo, who played just 22 minutes after battling foul trouble all game.

I thought they were rather cheap fouls, although he did reach in. He got called for a couple of flopping fouls on LA Tenorio, said Black.

I wasnt happy with the calls, but weve got to respect the way the referees called the game.

The series resumes on May 8 to give way to the PBA All-Star Weekend, and Black is hoping the long break will allow his team to recharge.

That would probably help us more than hurt us, said Black. I think it will benefit both teams. Both of us have injuries to key players.

Blacks big concern, however, is the inclusion of several Tropang Texters in the lineup of the SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national pool.

A lot of our players are on the national team, so its gonna be work instead of rest for them, said Black.

TNT 85 - Castro 22, Alapag 17, De Ocampo 16, Jordan 14, Carey 6, Al-Hussaini 5, Reyes 4, Aban 1, Raymundo 0, Fonacier 0, Ferriols 0.
GIN 79 - Raymundo 17, Macklin 15, Urbiztondo 15, Helterbrand 12, Tenorio 8, Ellis 6, Taha 2, Baracael 2, Maierhofer 2.
QS: 22-20, 47-44, 59-68, 85-79

ALASKA over SAN MIG COFFEE, 86-67
After Game One of the Commissioners Cup semifinals series between Alaska and San Mig Coffee, the headlines were all about Mixers import Denzel Bowles.

In the second game, Aces reinforcement Robert Dozier decided he wanted the spotlight for himself.

Dozier put together a dominant performance, posting 28 points and 27 rebounds to lead Alaska to a series tying 86-67 victory over San Mig Coffee Monday night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The former University of Memphis forward was all over the court, missing just three shots as he completely outclassed Bowles, who was held to a career-low eight points.

I thought Robert was sensational, said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo, who team earned its first-ever win over San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone, the former Aces coach who led the franchise to 13 championships over 22 years. Cone had previously won nine straight games against his old team.

Trillo said the experience in Game One helped Dozier.

I was proud of him that he toughened up, said the coach.

Bowles, who scored the game-winning jumper in the opening game, shot just 4-of-12 from the field, though he grabbed 17 rebounds.

I thought Bowles was maybe a little bit tired, but we did a good job on him, said Trillo, who paid tribute to his frontcourt for their effort against last years Commissioners Cup Best Import.

Robert and Sonny [Thoss] are pillars. But also, to mention, Gabby Espinas and Nic Belasco. I think they tired Denzel out.

Point guard JVee Casio backstopped Dozier, scoring 16 points on 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc to rebound from a poor shooting performance in Game One.

The series resumes on May 8 to give way to the PBA All-Star Weekend, a break that will serve both teams well, according to Trillo.

Both teams now will be rested, he said. Expect a dogfight.

ALA 86 - Dozier 28, Casio 16, Thoss 8, Baguio 8, Hontiveros 5, Espinas 4, Jazul 2, Laure 2, Dela Cruz 2, Bugia 1, Ramos 0, Reyes 0, Eman 0,Belasco 0.
SMC 67 - Devance 15, Simon 15, Bowles 8, Yap 5, Barroca 4, Alvarez 3, Mallari 3, Pingris 3, Reavis 3, Ponferrada 2, Gaco 2, Najorda 2, De Ocampo 2, Pacana 0, Gonzales 0.
QS: 24-14, 43-28, 63-44, 86-67

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




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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub DLONIAK
  Siarka J.
  (192-F-83)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Dloniak, Siarka J.20.1 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG19.6 
 3. McCauley, Polph.18.9 
 4. Wise, Rosa Radom17.3 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica15.5 
 6. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.4 
 7. Dylewicz, Trefl So.14.5 
 8. Blassingame, Cibona14.5 
 9. Rothbart, Start G.14.3 
 10. Carter, Polpharma14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicchaeus DOAKS
  Siarka J.
  (202-F-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Doaks, Siarka J.8.5 
 2. Harris, AZS K.8.2 
 3. Adams, Rosa Radom8.2 
 4. McCauley, Polph.7.8 
 5. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.7 
 6. Rothbart, Start G.7.5 
 7. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.3 
 8. Cel, PGE Turow7.0 
 9. Hrycaniuk, Valencia6.8 
 10. Walker, Kotwica6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Nic WISE
  Rosa Radom
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Wise, Rosa Radom7.3 
 2. Szubarga, Anwil5.9 
 3. Turner, Trefl Sopot5.5 
 4. Blassingame, Cibona5.4 
 5. Koszarek, Stelm.5.3 
 6. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.1 
 7. Jefferson, Kotwica4.7 
 8. Carter, Polpharma3.7 
 9. Skibniewski, Inter3.7 
 10. Brandwein, Energa3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.4 
 2. Jefferson, Kotwica1.8 
 3. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.8 
 4. Alexander, Siarka1.7 
 5. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 6. Robinson, PGE T.1.6 
 7. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 8. Wise, Rosa Radom1.5 
 9. Koszarek, Stelm.1.4 
 10. Trice, Energa C.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ty WALKER
  Kotwica
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Walker, Kotwica2.7 
 2. Gadri-N., Energa C.2.0 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.6 
 4. Kulig, PGE Turow1.4 
 5. Harris, AZS K.1.1 
 6. Doaks, Siarka J.1.1 
 7. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.1 
 8. Rothbart, Start G.1.1 
 9. Alexander, Siarka0.8 
 10. Mahalbasic, Assec.0.7 


Stelmet club denies any talks with new coach - by Greg

The board of Stelmet Zielona Gora told Eurobasket.com that they have not made Drazen Anzulovic an offer for the next season. The club denies any talks with Croatian coach.


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Standings - BSN

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Apr. 28: San German - Arecibo 93-105
Apr. 28: Guayama - Bayamon 88-71
Apr. 28: Humacao - Quebradillas 82-79
Apr. 29: Santurce - Guaynabo 107-98
Apr. 30: Arecibo - Ponce
Apr. 30: Humacao - Mayaguez


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 LeRoy HICKERSON
  San G.
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 21
 1. Hickerson, San G.21.0 
 2. Ayuso, Guaynabo20.9 
 3. Harris, Ponce20.7 
 4. Brown, Humacao19.4 
 5. Vassallo, Arecibo18.9 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon18.9 
 7. Efejuku, Mayaguez17.8 
 8. Phillip, Quebradil.17.6 
 9. Clemente, Humacao17.5 
 10. Ramos, Arecibo16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Quebradillas
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Phillip, Quebradil.10.3 
 2. Harrellson, Guaya.9.8 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo9.5 
 4. Harris, Ponce9.4 
 5. Graterol, Arecibo8.5 
 6. Siler, Ponce8.3 
 7. Garcia, San German8.0 
 8. Williams, Santurce8.0 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon7.7 
 10. Gransberry, Mayag.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Guaynabo
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Dalmau, Guaynabo6.1 
 2. Clemente, Humacao5.3 
 3. Rivera, Ponce4.8 
 4. Garcia, Quebradill.4.3 
 5. Huertas, Quebradil.4.1 
 6. Coronado, Guayama3.9 
 7. Gonzalez, Santurce3.8 
 8. Mojica, Bayamon3.6 
 9. Brown, Humacao3.6 
 10. Pagan, Santurce3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Guayama
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Coronado, Guayama2.2 
 2. Fortuna, Ponce1.9 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon1.8 
 4. Rodriguez, Guayama1.8 
 5. Ayuso, Guaynabo1.5 
 6. Williams, Santurce1.4 
 7. Efejuku, Mayaguez1.4 
 8. Rivera, Ponce1.3 
 9. Strong, San German1.3 
 10. Brock, Guayama1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  Guaya.
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Harrellson, Guaya.1.8 
 2. Penn, Humacao1.8 
 3. Siler, Ponce1.4 
 4. Aubry, Mayaguez1.3 
 5. Mata, Quebradillas1.2 
 6. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon1.1 
 8. Hickerson, San G.1.1 
 9. Harris, Ponce1.1 
 10. Sanchez, Santurce0.9 


Brujos tied in first place after dominating Vaqueros - by Luis Modestti


Brujos de Guayama dominated Vaqueros de Bayamon 88-71 to enter a tie in first place along with Leones de Ponce sharing an 8-4 record.

Josh Harrellson scored 24 points and Evan Brock added 17 for Brujos who dominated the first half 48-29.

The perimeter players also showed up for Guayama as Joel Jones netted 19 and Juan Coronado 14. It was a solid effort for Guayama on both sides of the court which is a good sign for the rest of the season.

During the game Renaldo Balkman surprised the fans by showing up to see the game. He was the first pick by Guayama in the 2013 BSN Draft and just played in Venezuela for Guaiqueries. The team announced that they will make a decision on adding him over the next days.

Marquise Gainous had 24 points for Bayamon who is in last place with a 4-9 record.

Caciques-Gigantes edged Piratas 82-79. They dominated most of the game but Quebradillas made a late rally led by David Huertas and Carmelo Lee.

Alejandro Carmona finished with 21 points for the winners; he made 15 of them in the third quarter.

Darren Phillip had another strong showing for Piratas with 20 points while Carmelo Lee had 15.

Capitanes de Arecibo dominated Atleticos de San German 105-93 as Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86, college: Virginia Tech) led the way with 42 points. Peter John Ramos ended with 28 points and 14 boards.

Arecibo improves to 5-7 and San German goes down with a 4-8 mark.

The game scheduled today is Mets de Guaynabo at Cangrejeros de Santurce. Larry Ayuso is five three-pointers away to become the all-time leader in that department.



Bayamon Cowboys trying to acquire swingman Jesse Pellot-Rosa - by Juan Hernandez

Bayamon Cowboys submitted a trade to the league in which they would acquire small foward Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: VCU) from the Quebradillas Pirates in exchange for also swingman Stevenson Gregory (198-F-78, college: Richmond).
"Jesse Pellot-Rosa) is an established player who is respected by other teams. His aggressivenees and offensive powerwill help us a lot. We need new offensive alternatives in our team "said Jose Carlos Perez, Cowboys owner.
Pellot-Rosa is a 6'4 foward bthat could alsoplay shooting guard with experience in college basketball and in several leagues such as Argentina, Dominican Republic and Mexico.
The player is in his seventh season in the BSN and played in 13 games averaging 7.8 points Quebradillas in 20 minutes.

Last December, Pellot-Rosa was traded by the San Germn Athletics to the Pirates in exchange for Joel Jones Camacho and the eight pick in the BSN rookies draft.

If the trade is approved Pellot-Rosa could be in uniform on Wednesday, May 1, when the Bayamon Cowboys (4-9) receives the visit Quebradillas Pirates (7-6) at Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez at 8:00 PM.



Ayuso makes history as the all-time leader in three point field goals - by Juan Hernandez

Guaynabo Mets sharpshooter Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: USC), made history tonight at the National Superior Basketball (BSN), but could not prevent the triumph of the Santurce Crabbers 107-98.

Ayuso, former member of the national team, came to 1,120 three pointers in history, surpassing the mark of 1,119 that belonged to the retired Pablo Alicea (180-G-63) with a shot facing the basket with 1:10 remainingi in the fourth quarter, when visitors Mets were behind with a score of 100-94 favoring Santurce before some 3,000 spectators at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente.

It was the fifth and final 3 point field goal for Ayuso in the meeting, finishing with 5 of 13 three point shots and 24 points in total, 14 of them in the first half. The game was stopped for a brief rendering him recognition and received a warm applause, but could not get the win.



Vaqueros make a trade for Pellot - by Marcos Carlo

Vaqueros de Bayamon is looking for a reaction and sent the rights of forward Greg Stevenson to Quebradillas for guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: VCU). The transaction is waiting approval from BSN.

Bayamon is 4-9 and is looking for some kind of positive streak. They give Stevenson who just finished in Korea but is not known if he will play this year.

Pellot is averaging 7.85 points and 2.8 rebounds in 13 games. He has had a slow start shooting 35% from two and 26% from three. This is his first season in Quebradillas after playing four years in San German. He had an MVP year in 2009 but has not regained his form after many injuries.

Actually their next game is against each other on May 1 in Bayamon.



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Johnson left Angelico Biella - by Eurobasket News

29-year old Qatari ex-international guard Trey Johnson (196-99kg-84, college: Jackson State, agency: Priority Sports) left Angelico Biella (SerieA). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. In 22 SerieA games he was seventh best scorer with impressive 16.4ppg and had 3.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg this season.
The last season he played at Bakersfield Jam in D-League. In 15 games he recorded 13.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 4.9apg. Johnson also played at the Hornets in NBA that season. But in 11 games he averaged just 1.9ppg and 1.1rpg. He also spent pre-season at BancaTercas that year.

Johnson ended the previous (10-11) season at the Lakers in NBA. In four games he averaged only 2.3ppg and 1.0rpg. But the most of that year he spent at the Raptors in NBA. In 7 games he averaged 4.0ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.6apg.
In 2007 Johnson was drafted by Jackson Wildcats (USBL) as #4 pick overall.
He attended Jackson State and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Johnson won NBA Pacific Division championship title in 2011. He was also voted Gatorade All-D-League 1st Team in 2011. Johnson represented Qatar at the FIBA Asia Cup in Tokyo (Japan) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 4 games: Score-3 (17.3ppg), 5.3rpg, Assists-3 (4.3apg), FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 77.3%.
Johnson is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France, Serbia (Vrsac), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers, LA Lakers and Toronto Raptors) and MBEL (Jackson Jam).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A powerful SG, with great scoring skills. He can score almost from everywhere on the court, but has a great touch around the basket, where he can easily go thanks to great athletic skills. Knows well the game, can pass and defend. Not a star player, but a great gym worker and a player who adapts well to every team in which he goes.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  RUSSIA   

Standings - Superleague A

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

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 26: Spartak-Prim. - N.Novgorod 87-92
Apr. 29: Enisey - Unics 83-70
May. 3: CSKA - Khimky


Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Sergey KARASEV
  Triumph
  (202-SG-93)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Karasev, Triumph18.7 
 2. Oguchi, Spartak-.16.6 
 3. Fridzon, Khimky16.5 
 4. Thompson, N.Nov.15.6 
 5. McKee, Triumph15.1 
 6. Simmons, Krasnie15.0 
 7. Gillenwater, Spart.14.8 
 8. Kaimakoglou, Unics13.9 
 9. Delaney, Spartak-.13.9 
 10. Calathes, Lokom.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.7 
 2. Maric, Lokomotiv6.7 
 3. Landry, Triumph6.4 
 4. Thompson, N.Nov.6.3 
 5. Smith, Krasnie Kri.6.2 
 6. Kaimakoglou, Unics6.1 
 7. Monya, Khimky6.0 
 8. Gillenwater, Spart.5.9 
 9. Panin, N.Novgorod5.5 
 10. Karasev, Triumph5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.6.0 
 2. Planinic, Khimky5.0 
 3. Teodosic, CSKA4.8 
 4. McKee, Triumph4.5 
 5. Dowdell, Enisey4.3 
 6. Delaney, Spartak-.4.3 
 7. Calathes, Lokom.4.3 
 8. Eidson, Unics4.2 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA3.9 
 10. Wright, Spartak SP3.4