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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.19.1 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 3. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.8 
 4. Jackson, GECR I.17.5 
 5. Lewis, La Union16.6 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.2 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.6 
 8. Gutierrez, Penarol15.3 
 9. Lytch, Argentino15.1 
 10. Pau, Olimpico LB14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.10.8 
 2. Phillip, Union Pro.10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.5 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.3 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.5 
 6. Battle, Lanus7.3 
 7. Williams, Quimsa7.2 
 8. Shannon, La Union7.1 
 9. Sanchez, Libertad.6.9 
 10. Lytch, Argentino6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.4 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.0 
 3. Osimani, Obras4.2 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.0 
 5. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 6. Labaque, Atenas3.9 
 7. Cajal, Union Progr.3.8 
 8. Cequeira, Sionista3.7 
 9. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.7 
 10. Treise, Libertad3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Lescano, Atenas1.9 
 3. Pau, Olimpico LB1.9 
 4. Lewis, La Union1.7 
 5. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.6 
 6. Washam, Regatas C.1.5 
 7. Elsener, Atenas1.4 
 8. Labaque, Atenas1.4 
 9. Laprovittola, Lanus1.4 
 10. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.1.7 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.5 
 3. Meyinsse, Regat.1.3 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 5. Santiago, Boca Jrs1.1 
 6. Torres, Wuber-Es.1.1 
 7. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 8. Humphrey, Obras0.9 
 9. Espinoza, Obras0.8 
 10. Meyinsse, Sionista0.8 


TNA Quarter finals - by Facundo Iatzky

after first round of playoffs finally, teams of both zones (north and south) will play each other for the first time in the season. The surpises of the 1/8 finals were Monte Hermoso and Instituto, teams that had some problems in regular season and now have the chance to fight for the title. The candidates had not many troubles to advance, except quilmes that had a very complicated serie against Banda norte.
Quarter finals will start this friday and will be played with these games:

San Martin Corrientes - Monte Hermoso BasKet
Huracan Trelew - San Isidro San Francisco

Quilmes - Instituto cordoba
Estudiantes Concordia - Ciclista juninense



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1 Satria Muda 11-3 
 2 Petron Blaze 9-3 
 3 KL Dragons 8-7 
 4 Singapore S. 5-9 
 5 Thailand S. 5-9 
 6 Saigon H. 3-10 

Regular Season: Round 13

Apr. 3: Satria Muda - Saigon H. 83-74
Apr. 3: Thailand S. - KL Dragons 68-63
Apr. 5: Saigon H. - Thailand S.
Apr. 6: Petron Blaze - Singapore S.



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  AUSTRALIA   

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Ben MADGEN
  Kings
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Madgen, Kings18.2 
 2. Flynn, Tigers17.4 
 3. Ervin, Crocodiles16.9 
 4. Deleon, Hawks16.4 
 5. Johnson, 36ers16.2 
 6. Wilson, Taipans15.3 
 7. Lisch, Wildcats15.1 
 8. Goulding, Tigers15.0 
 9. Jackson, Breakers14.7 
 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. Lazare, Kings7.2 
 6. Knight, Wildcats7.0 
 7. Davidson, Hawks6.6 
 8. Tragardh, Taipans6.4 
 9. Scott, Tigers6.3 
 10. Forman, Hawks6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Jackson, Breakers7.1 
 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. Deleon, Hawks3.1 
 9. Bruce, Kings3.1 
 10. Lisch, Wildcats2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.8 
 2. Martin, Wildcats1.9 
 3. Carter, Wildcats1.5 
 4. Gliddon, Taipans1.4 
 5. Deleon, Hawks1.3 
 6. Henry, Kings1.1 
 7. Martin, Hawks1.1 
 8. Ervin, Crocodiles1.1 
 9. Boucher, Breakers1.0 
 10. Lisch, Wildcats1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Pledger, Breakers1.4 
 2. Nevill, Crocodiles1.2 
 3. Schenscher, 36ers0.9 
 4. Hinder, Crocodiles0.7 
 5. Forman, Hawks0.7 
 6. Blanchfield, Croco.0.7 
 7. Scott, Tigers0.7 
 8. Martin, Wildcats0.6 
 9. Gliddon, Taipans0.6 
 10. Johnson, 36ers0.6 



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  BAHRAIN   


Dominique Lacy ex Issa Town Bahrain signs with Al-Ansar Saudia Arabia !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Dominique Lacy (201-F-89, college: NC-Wilmington) the American forward who shined in Bahrainian league last season with Nuwedrat and the began of this season with Issa Town agreed terms with Al Ansar Medina to play with them for the rest of season .. Dominique graduated from NC-Wilmington college in NCAA .. and his first expeirience as pro players was season 2010-2011 with BC Mess in Luxembourg .. and in his 1st season with Nuwedrat in Bahrain was one of the best foreign in the league there ..
this is his Awards/Achievements:
MVP and All-Tournament of Buddy Rogers Classic -07
First-Team All-State selection -07
Region 6-3A Player of the Year -07
Nominated for South Carolina's "Mr. Basketball" Award -07
HoopZone Award -07
CAA Tournament Semifinals -08

good luck for Dominique with his new team ..



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

Balkan League Standings
Group C
 1 Levski Sofia 11-3 
 2 Galil Gilboa 10-3 
 3 Rilski Sportist 7-6 
 4 Kumanovo 7-6 
 5 Kavala 5-8 
 6 Teodo Tivat 5-9 
Group D
 1 Kozuv 7-5 
 2 Djuro Djakovic 5-7 
 3 Mornar Bar 4-8 
 4 OKK Beograd 3-9 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 6

First Six

Apr. 3: Teodo Tivat - Levski Sofia 72-88
Apr. 4: Kavala - Kumanovo
Apr. 4: Galil Gilboa - Rilski Sportist

Last Four

Apr. 3: OKK Beograd - Mornar Bar 83-84
Apr. 2: Kozuv - Djuro Djakovic 75-62



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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
Championship
 1. Grodno-93 27-1 
 2. Sozh Gomel 19-9 
 3. Rubon 12-16 
 4. Svisloch 12-16 
Play-Out
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk II 11-16 
 2. Impuls BGUIR 11-17 
 3. Borisfen 6-23 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 5

Championship

Apr. 5: Grodno-93 - Svisloch
Apr. 5: Sozh Gomel - Rubon

Play-Out

Apr. 5: Tsmoki-Minsk II - Impuls BGUIR
Apr. 6: Tsmoki-Minsk II - Impuls BGUIR


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Tsmoki.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.21.5 
 2. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel21.0 
 3. Konate, Svisloch19.1 
 4. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.16.0 
 5. Dolenko, Svisloch14.7 
 6. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.14.5 
 7. Zakhar, Impuls B.14.1 
 8. Indrikov, Rubon13.9 
 9. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.12.8 
 10. Konuyshenko, Gro.12.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maks Adam KONATE
  Svisloch
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Konate, Svisloch12.6 
 2. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.10.2 
 3. Dadukin, Sozh G.10.1 
 4. Plivda, Rubon9.1 
 5. Zakhar, Impuls B.8.9 
 6. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.8.3 
 7. Krisevich, Tsmoki.7.9 
 8. Ignatiev, Impuls B.6.7 
 9. Sharamet, Borisfen6.5 
 10. Sugonyako, Tsmok.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  Sozh G.
  (185-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Charykau, Sozh G.6.7 
 2. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.3 
 3. Dolenko, Svisloch5.1 
 4. Akulich, Rubon4.9 
 5. Kamarunas, Tsmoki.4.5 
 6. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.4.0 
 7. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.2 
 8. Kryukov, Borisfen3.0 
 9. Tatur, Borisfen3.0 
 10. Sapegin, Rubon2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Akulich, Rubon2.9 
 2. Kamarunas, Tsmoki.2.7 
 3. Konate, Svisloch2.6 
 4. Charykau, Sozh G.2.4 
 5. Zakhar, Impuls B.2.4 
 6. Volodkin, Impuls B.2.2 
 7. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.2 
 8. Malkov, Grodno-932.0 
 9. Dadukin, Sozh G.2.0 
 10. Indrikov, Rubon1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 2. Aheyenka, Borisfen0.0 
 3. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 4. Yafremov, Grodn.0.0 
 5. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 6. Viaroukin, Sozh Go.0.0 
 7. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 8. Vashkevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 9. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 10. Tatur, Borisfen0.0 



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  BELGIUM   


Barako Bull lands Ilunga Mbenga - by Eurobasket News

Barako Bull Energy (PBA) tabbed 33-year old Belgian ex-international center Ilunga Mbenga (214-116kg-80). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Congolese passport. Mbenga played most recently at Qingdao Double Star Eagles in Chinese CBA league, but was released by the team in Dec.'12. In 8 games he averaged 11.9ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.8bpg this season.
Among other achievements he won NBA championship title for two years in a row (2009 and 2010). Mbenga also represented Belgium at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 5.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 40.6%, FT: 66.7%.
Mbenga has played also professionally in Italy, NBA (New Orleans Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors and LA Lakers) and Belgium (Spirou Charleroi, Leuven Bears and Gilly).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A very promising physical and aggressive inside player, who is earning a spot in NBA; plays with hustle and doesn' t fear anyone, even because he is a Judo Black Belt;.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BOSNIA   

Standings - BIH League

Division I Stage Two Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Igokea 1-0 
 2. Siroki WWin 1-0 
 3. Bosna 1-1 
 4. Radnik B. 1-1 
 5. Capljina 0-2 
 6. Mladost 0-2 
Places 7-14
 1. Zrinjski HT 11-11 
 2. Varda HE 10-12 
 3. Leotar 10-12 
 4. Kakanj 9-13 
 5. Borac Nektar 9-13 
 6. Posusje 8-13 
 7. Vogosca 8-14 
 8. Servitium 6-15 
Stage One Standings


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Vogosca
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 24
 1. Tuljkovic, Vogosca24.0 
 2. Bakovic, Posusje23.5 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.20.5 
 4. Filipovic, Vogosca19.9 
 5. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.17.4 
 6. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.17.3 
 7. Bijelic, Mladost17.3 
 8. Hot, Vogosca17.1 
 9. Bjelica, Capljina16.5 
 10. Aleksic, Leotar16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marko JOSILO
  Varda HE
  (201-G-92)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Josilo, Varda HE8.9 
 2. Tuljkovic, Vogosca8.8 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.8.3 
 4. Goranovic, Radnik7.4 
 5. Pavlovic, Borac N.7.0 
 6. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.6.9 
 7. Rizvic, Bosna6.8 
 8. Bijelic, Mladost6.4 
 9. Erkic, Radnik B.6.3 
 10. Damjanovic, Servi.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Hot, Vogosca7.2 
 2. Peljto, Kakanj6.3 
 3. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.5.2 
 4. Hodzic, Bosna5.1 
 5. Kovacevic, Capljina4.9 
 6. Bakovic, Posusje4.8 
 7. Radovanovic, Radni.4.6 
 8. Ivanic, Mladost4.4 
 9. Bjelica, Capljina4.1 
 10. Kastratovic, Vard.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hot, Vogosca2.5 
 2. Lovric, Posusje2.5 
 3. Kovacevic, Capljina2.2 
 4. Bjelica, Capljina2.0 
 5. Kastratovic, Varda1.6 
 6. Knezevic, Mladost1.6 
 7. Borovcanin, Radnik1.6 
 8. Hodzic, Bosna1.6 
 9. Peljto, Kakanj1.5 
 10. Erkic, Radnik B.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.1 
 2. Suljagic, Kakanj0.6 
 3. Mustapic, Posusje0.6 
 4. Erkic, Radnik B.0.5 
 5. Loncarevic, Radnik0.5 
 6. Djuranovic, Borac0.5 
 7. Popovic, Capljina0.5 
 8. Buza, Bosna0.5 
 9. Demic, Bosna0.4 
 10. Ninkovic, Leotar0.4 


Round 1 od Second Stage results and stats - by Eurobasket News

Bosna - Capljina 69-67

Important game to mention about took place in Sarajevo. First ranked Bosna ASA BHT (1-1) saved a 2-point victory at home edging their biggest opponent Capljina Lasta (0-2) 69-67 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Capljina Lasta. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-14. But Capljina Lasta won second period 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Capljina Lasta 43-32 including 29 on the defensive glass. Power forward Nermin Buza (206-91) stepped up and scored 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and the former international point guard Dino Hodzic (190-90) chipped in 7 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Bosna ASA BHT's coach Dragoljub Vidacic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side Serbian guard Krsto Bjelica (192-88) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian guard Nemanja Kovacevic (194-85) scored 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Capljina Lasta players scored in double figures. Despite that victory Bosna ASA BHT went down to second position due to points difference, which they share with Radnik B. Capljina Lasta at the other side still keeps top with two games lost. They share the position with Mladost. Bosna ASA BHT will play against league's leader Mladost in Mrkonjic Grad in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Capljina Lasta will play on the road against Radnik B. in Bijeljina to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Bosna: S.Demic 14+2reb+3ast, E.Camdzic 12+4reb+2ast, N.Buza 12+7reb+2ast, D.Hodzic 7+8reb+5ast, M.Vukovic 7+1reb+2ast, S.Leric 7+6reb
Capljina: K.Bjelica 16+8reb+3ast, B.Jelcic 13+5reb, N.Popovic 13+2reb, N.Kovacevic 12+7reb+4ast, D.Micic 6+4reb+4ast, M.Galic 4+2reb
gschID: 237831


Igokea - Mladost 87-68

An interesting game for Igokea (1-0) which hosted in Aleksandrovac 4th placed Mladost (0-2). Leader Igokea had an easy win 87-68. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Mladost. Igokea made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Mladost 32-20 including 19 on the defensive glass. Slovenian Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-81) nailed 16 points and 5 assists for the winning side and Serbian point guard Milijan Bocka (185-82) accounted for 14 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Igokea's coach Dragan Bajic used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. point guard Drasko Knezevic (185-93) came up with 21 points and 4 steals and Montenegrin power forward Igor Bijelic (207-88) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Mladost in the defeat. Despite that victory Igokea went down to fifth position due to points difference, which they share with Siroki WWin. Loser Mladost still keeps top with two games lost. They share the position with Capljina. Igokea will meet HKK Siroki WWin (#6) in the next round. Mladost will play against the league's second-placed Bosna ASA BHT (#2) in Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Igokea: N.Joksimovic 16+3reb+5ast, M.Bocka 14+3reb+3ast, A.Radukic 9+2reb+1ast, M.Komatina 9+6reb, G.Gajovic 8+2reb, S.Stemberger 8+2reb+1ast
Mladost: D.Knezevic 21+2reb+3ast, I.Bijelic 14+7reb, M.Kezic 12+2reb, M.Kesic 7+4reb+1ast, P.Ivanic 7+1ast, D.Aleksic 3
gschID: 237833


Siroki WWin - Radnik B. 85-66

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Radnik B. (1-1) in Siroki Brijeg on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by leader HKK Siroki WWin (1-0) 85-66. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 53-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Serbian guard Marko Sutalo (193-83, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. HKK Siroki WWin's coach Ivan Velic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Montenegrin power forward Filip Goranovic (205-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Vedran Borovcanin (200-85) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Radnik B.Defending champion left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with Igokea. Newly promoted Radnik B. dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with Bosna. HKK Siroki WWin is looking forward to face Igokea (#5) in Aleksandrovac in the next round. Radnik B. will play at home against Capljina Lasta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Siroki WWin: R.Freeman 21+10reb, M.Sutalo 20+6reb+2ast, Z.Sakic 7+1reb+4ast, B.Barac 7+2reb+1ast, J.Jones 7+2reb+3ast, I.Ramljak 6+5reb+1ast
Radnik B.: F.Goranovic 16+10reb+3ast, D.Simic 9+3reb+1ast, D.Kokorus 9+1reb, M.Markovic 8+6reb+2ast, V.Borovcanin 8+5reb+4ast, M.Josilo 6+8reb
gschID: 237832



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  BRAZIL   


Sport Club Recife put together their mens team - by Paulo Freire

The Sport Club do Recife after the sucess of their woman's team, now put together their mens team that will play the Brazil Cup.
The managers of the club already hit their first two sign's, the international players Amiel Vega Morejon (202-F-76, college: Merritt JC) and Omar Canton (210-C-82).
Amiel is from Cuba but has been playing in Brazil for a few years, he will need to get in shape since he don't play at high level for a quit time.
Omar Canton is from Argentina definily come's in to give more size and help the team in the defense, Omar last club was the Union Proresista.



Campo Mouro sign two players from Argentina - by Paulo Freire

The Campo Mourao team has sign two players from Argentina.
Sebastian Uranga (200-F/C-89) is coming from Atletico Echague Parana he is a small forward that can play in the mid range area, and usually like to penetrate to the basket. His father was one of the best players of Argentina.
Santiago Paparella (189-G-80, agency: Players Group) is a guard that have been playing most of his career in Italy in the second division clubs.
Both players is expected to join the team in the Brazil Cup - South Region anytime soon.



Pablo Barrios agreed with Rio Claro - by Paulo Freire

The ACBD Rio Claro basketball team has found in Argentina their new center, the managers of the team agreed terms with Pablo Barrios (207-C-77).
Pablo has been a back up player for teams such as Penarol, La Union Formosa and Lanus.
The player will help a lot the ACBD Rio Claro team that has been playing without a trully big man, as they don't have anyone in their roster to fill that position.
The player is expect to join the team anytime soon.




Joe Mincey signs at Associacao de Basquetebol de Anapolis - by Greg

Associacao de Basquetebol de Anapolis (Gaucha) landed American guard Joe Mincey (190, college: W.Texas A&M) for the Copa Centro Midwest (April 22-26). The winner of the tournament will participate in Brazilian Super Cup in May.
Joe Mincey played recently at Savannah Grizzlies (ABA) in the U.S.. He is a product of West Texas A&M University (graduated in 2011) and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Among college achievements his team made it to the LSC Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). Mincey received also All-LSC Honorable Mention award back in 2010.
Let's have closer look into Mincey's outlook: Mincey is a combo guard with the ability to push the ball down the court and play multiple positions. Mincey has the ball-handling skills and quickness to get to the lane and the offensive awareness and passing skills to dish out to the open man. Mincey excels in the fast break and can shoot the 3 with efficiency. Mincey has strong defensive intensity, attacks passing lanes, very good free throw shooter and also a good help side defender.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Balkan League: Levski finish Top 6 campaign undefeated - by Eurobasket News

Teodo Tivat - Levski 72:88

Levski recorded yet another victory at the Balkan League Top 6 stage. They rolled past Teodo Tivat on the road to finish the stage undefeated. Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) drained 8 triples on his way to game-high 30 points.
Teodo Tivat set the tone early in the game. They recorded a 25:22 lead after ten minutes. But Levski responded with a stifling defence in the second quarter and surged ahead for a 40:37 halftime lead. The Bulgarian team stretched the gap in the third quarter. They cleared off to a 9-point advantage at the final intermission. Levski finished off their opponents with a 23:16 run in the fourth period. Mladen Pantic (209-C-82, agency: Alti Sport) tallied 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Pavel Ivanov (200-SF-88) chipped in 13 points in the winning effort. Radomir Pekic (195-G-92) answered with 14 points for Teodo Tivat. Srdjan Subotic (195-G-88) had 13 points in the loss.

Teodo Tivat: Radomir Pekic 14, Srdjan Subotic 13
Levski: Marko Marinovic 30, Mladen Pantic 17+12 boards, Pavel Ivanov 13



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  CHINA   

Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Foshan LL
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 32
 1. Randolph, Foshan32.0 
 2. Douby, Zhejiang CB31.6 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.5 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Liaoning.29.0 
 6. Daniels, Qingdao E.28.6 
 7. Spencer, Jilin N.28.6 
 8. Forbes, Guangsha28.4 
 9. Marbury, Beijing28.3 
 10. Hudson, DongGuan27.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Harvey, TianJin S.16.6 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.15.2 
 3. Randolph, Foshan14.6 
 4. Wang, Fujian QB12.9 
 5. Li, Liaoning H.12.8 
 6. Harris, Jiangsu D.12.4 
 7. Abbas, Shandong FB11.4 
 8. Daniels, Qingdao E.11.3 
 9. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.2 
 10. Singleton, Xinjia.11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.9.1 
 2. Perkins, Foshan LL6.8 
 3. Lu, Shanxi Zh.6.0 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.8 
 5. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 6. McGrady, Qingd.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
  Foshan LL
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Perkins, Foshan LL2.6 
 2. Spencer, Jilin N.2.5 
 3. Douby, Zhejiang CB2.4 
 4. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 5. Jeter, Shandong FB2.3 
 6. Marbury, Beijing2.2 
 7. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
 8. Hudson, DongGuan2.1 
 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, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 4. Jones, Liaoning H.1.9 
 5. Daniels, Qingdao E.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 


Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Awards 2012-2013 - by Eurobasket Center

All-Chinese CBA 1st Team 2012-2013
#s#
Jianlian Yi
Yi
Stephon Marbury
Marbury
Quincy Douby
Douby
Zaid Abbas
Abbas
Ike Diogu
Diogu
#e#5

Finals MVP: Yi Jianlian (212-PF-87) of Guangdong ST
Player of the Year: Yi Jianlian (212-PF-87) of Guangdong ST
Guard of the Year: Marbury Stephon (188-G-77) of Beijing Ducks
Forward of the Year: Yi Jianlian (212-PF-87) of Guangdong ST
Center of the Year: Diogu Ike (204-F/C-83) of Guangdong ST
Defensive Player of the Year: N'Diaye Hamady (213-C-87) of TianJin S.
Import Player of the Year: Marbury Stephon (188-G-77) of Beijing Ducks
Domestic Player of the Year: Yi Jianlian (212-PF-87) of Guangdong ST
Coach of the Year: Li ChunJiang of Guangdong ST

1st Team
G: Marbury Stephon (188-77) of Beijing Ducks
G: Douby Quincy (191-84) of Zhejiang CB
PF: Yi Jianlian (212-87) of Guangdong ST
F: Abbas Zaid (203-83) of Shandong FB
F/C: Diogu Ike (204-83) of Guangdong ST

2nd Team
PG: Jeter Pooh (180-83) of Shandong FB
G: Daghles Osama (198-79) of TianJin S.
SF: Zhu FangYu (201-83) of Guangdong ST
F: Gaines Charles (201-81) of Shanxi Zh.
F: Shavlik Randolph (208-83) of Foshan LL

3rd Team
G: Hudson Lester (191-84) of DongGuan L.
G/F: McGrady Tracy (203-79) of Qingdao E.
F/C: Morris Randolph (211-86) of Beijing Ducks
F/C: Harvey Donnell (203-80) of TianJin S.
C: Li XiaoXu (206-90) of Liaoning H.

Honorable Mention
Zhang Nan (197-F-81) of TianJin S.
Liu Wei (190-PG-80) of Shanghai S.
Daniels Chris (211-C-84) of Qingdao E.
Spencer Dewarick (193-G-82) of Jilin NE T.
Arenas Gilbert (192-G-82) of Shanghai S.
White D.J. (206-F-86) of Shanghai S.
Wang Zhelin (215-PF-94) of Fujian QB
Harris Mike (198-F-83) of Jiangsu D.
Duan JiangPeng (197-F-90) of Shanxi Zh.
Wang ZhiZhi (215-C-77) of Bayi R.
Ramos Peter John (222-C-85) of Guangsha L.
Haislip Marcus (208-F-80) of DongGuan L.
Wafer Von (196-G-85) of Xinjiang FT
N'Diaye Hamady (213-C-87) of TianJin S.

All-Domestic Players Team
C: Liu Wei (210-89) of Shanxi Zh.
SF: Zhu FangYu (201-83) of Guangdong ST
PF: Yi Jianlian (212-87) of Guangdong ST
C: Li XiaoXu (206-90) of Liaoning H.
C: Wang ZhiZhi (215-77) of Bayi R.

All-Imports Team
G: Marbury Stephon (188-77) of Beijing Ducks
G: Douby Quincy (191-84) of Zhejiang CB
F: Gaines Charles (201-81) of Shanxi Zh.
F: Abbas Zaid (203-83) of Shandong FB
F/C: Diogu Ike (204-83) of Guangdong ST



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Standings

DPB Standings
 1. Bambuqueros 16-6 
 2. Bucaros 16-6 
 3. Once Caldas 13-9 
 4. Piratas 12-10 
 5. Academia 12-10 
 6. Aguilas 8-14 
 7. Caribbean Heat 7-15 
 8. Halcones 4-18 

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 2: Once Caldas - Halcones 94-89
Apr. 3: Piratas - Caribbean Heat 94-75
Apr. 2: Aguilas - Bambuqueros 90-81
Apr. 2: Academia - Bucaros 70-86

Regular Season: Round 23

Apr. 5: Academia - Caribbean Heat
Apr. 5: Aguilas - Halcones
Apr. 5: Bucaros - Bambuqueros
Apr. 5: Piratas - Once Caldas


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stalin ORTIZ
  Bambuqueros
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Ortiz, Bambuqueros22.3 
 2. Chavez Jacob., Ac.22.0 
 3. Rayson, Aguilas21.3 
 4. Johnson, Piratas19.7 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.19.1 
 6. Brooks, Bucaros18.4 
 7. Garris, Once Caldas18.1 
 8. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
 9. Gilbert, Bucaros18.0 
 10. Dorsey, Bambuque.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeffrey FAHNBULLEH
  Piratas
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Fahnbulleh, Piratas12.1 
 2. Hernandez, Bucaros11.8 
 3. Blue, Academia8.9 
 4. Culver, Caribbea.8.8 
 5. Rayson, Aguilas6.9 
 6. Cortes, Once Cald.6.4 
 7. Arteaga, Piratas6.0 
 8. Aragon, Academia6.0 
 9. Baquero, Halcones6.0 
 10. Guevara, Bambuqu.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Eddy MAYFIELD
  Aguilas
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Mayfield, Aguilas5.5 
 2. Moreno, Piratas5.1 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.5.0 
 4. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.8 
 5. Brooks, Bucaros4.5 
 6. Nelson, Halcones3.5 
 7. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
 8. Dayee, Once Caldas3.1 
 9. Pomare, Caribbea.2.7 
 10. Caicedo, Bambuqu.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Moreno, Piratas2.2 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros2.1 
 3. Mayfield, Aguilas1.8 
 4. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.8 
 5. Garris, Once Caldas1.5 
 6. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.4 
 7. Pomare, Caribbea.1.2 
 8. Aragon, Academia1.2 
 9. Cortes, Once Cald.1.2 
 10. Mendez, Piratas1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Steffon FARLEY
  Academia
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Farley, Academia0.8 
 2. Perez, Bambuqueros0.8 
 3. Hernandez, Bucaros0.7 
 4. Blue, Academia0.6 
 5. Aguaslimpias, Acad.0.6 
 6. Arboleda, Halcones0.5 
 7. Cuero, Aguilas0.5 
 8. Aragon, Academia0.5 
 9. Culver, Caribbea.0.5 
 10. Baquero, Halcones0.5 


PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 22- RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Bukaros achieve a long but bitter victory over Academia in Medellin, the bitter taste because Bukaros guard Adan Reyes suffered a seaosn ending injury, the third Bukaros player injured for the season, Jhon Velez and Jason Edwin had 17 points leading the yellow squad, Academias offensive struggles and just Cesar Chavez scored in double figures.
Academia de la Montana 70 - C. Chavez 23 pts.
Bukaros Freskaleche 86 - J. Velez 17 pts, J. Edwin 17 pts

Cesar Cortez (200-F/C) posted his fourth doubl doubl of the season and his third game over 30 pts to lead the Manizales OC in a hard gama against the Halcones de Cucuta, the Cucuta team reached a 3 pt lead at the end of the third quarter, but the OC start a 10-1 run with 5:26 in the last quarter to win the game, Courtney Nelson leaded Halcones with 24 pts.
Manizales OC 94 - C. Cortez 31 pts + 12 rebs, J. Garris 16 pts
Halcones de Cucuta 89 - C. Nelson 24 pts, D. Northern 17 pts + 16 rebs

Piratas defeated a weak Caribbean Heat team 105 76, the Heat is suffering the low level two of his imports Dante Hunter and Jhonathan Hines wich scored just 2 points in the game, the lonely effort of Patrick Culver with 30 pts and 12 rebs was not enough, Piratas basement of Thomas, Fahnbulled and Arteaga leaded one more time the ship to the victory port, Arteaga had 19 points and Thomas had 18, Piratas defense forced 22 Caribbean Heat turnovers, a season high for the Bogota team.
Piratas de Bogota 105 - E. Arteaga 19 pts, T. Thomas 18 pts.
Caribbean Heat 76 - P. Culver 30 pts + 12 rebs, C. Leon 21 pts.

Aguilas de Tunja is back on the sixth place defeating Bambuqueros 90 81, the Tunja team survived to a bad third period and the savings made in the first two quarters was enough to manage the victory, Tyrone Rayson was back to his level an leaded his team with 28 points and 12 rebounds, Eddy Mayfield added 18 pts, in Bambuqueros Ortiz and Dorsey combined for 51 points but not one of his teammates scored more than 9 points, was the third lost in the last 5 games of the Bambuqueros.
Aguilas de Tunja 90 - T. Rayson 28 pts + 12 rebs, E. Mayfield 18 pts
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 81 - D. Dorsey 30 pts, S. Ortiz 21 pts.




INJURIES ARE BECOMING A FACTOR - by Victor Garcia

The injuries are becoming a major factor in the performance of the teams, mostly because the number of the Colombian players available are limited , the Proffesional Division regulation prohibits the players tranfers and changes among teams during the competition, making the task of replace a player an almost impossible job for the teams.
Manizales OC has already lost two of his big men , the colombian centers Yuber Hinestroza and Diomedes Cassiani are both aout for almost the season.
Bukaros lost yesterday his veteran point guard Adan Reyes for the season, and is the third Bukaros players with a season ending injury the other two players are Jorge Diaz with a knee injury and Rodrigo Gutierrez.
Aguilas de Tunja lost very early in the season its american player Curtis Williams, but is more easy to replace an import player.
Almost every team has suffer the injury of one of his players.
Could be time for the organization to make a change in the rules that could allow the colombian players transaction during the season



Cesar Chavez Jacobo claims Colombian DPB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American-Dominican Rep. Cesar Chavez Jacobo (196-PG-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Academia and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 27-year old playmaker had the game-high 25 points adding four rebounds and four assists for Academia in his team's victory, helping them to beat Bucaros (#2, 16-6) 92-87. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Academia maintains the 4th position in Colombian DPB. Academia is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-10 record. Chavez Jacobo just recently signed at Academia, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Cesar Chavez Jacobo averages this season 22.0ppg and 4.8apg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American center Patrick Culver (208-C-84) of Caribbean Heat. Culver impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Caribbean Heat lost that game 76-105 to slightly higher-ranked Piratas (#5, 11-10). This loss caused Caribbean Heat to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-14 record. Culver is one of the most experienced players at Caribbean Heat and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.4ppg (#5). He also registered 9.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Daniel Northern (206-F/C-85) of Halcones (#8). Northern scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Northern's great performance Halcones lost 74-110 to the higher-ranked Once Caldas (#3, 13-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Halcones can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-18 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Northern he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Northern has a very solid season. In 8 games in Colombia he scored 19.3ppg. He also has 10.6rpg and 2.0bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) of Piratas - 16 points and 18 rebounds
5. Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of Bambuqueros - 30 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Quentin Smith (205-C-77) of Aguilas - 24 points and 8 rebounds
7. Edgar Arteaga (200-F-80) of Piratas - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) of Piratas - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Leonard Mendez (196-G-87) of Piratas - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Philip Brooks (188-G-84) of Bucaros - 25 points, 6 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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A1 Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 2

Apr. 3: Kvarner 2010 - Alkar Sinj 87-82
Apr. 3: Cibona - Zadar 82-76
Apr. 3: KK Zagreb - Cedevita 72-91
Apr. 3: KK Split - Jolly 71-69

Second Stage: Round 3

Apr. 6: Alkar Sinj - Cibona
Apr. 6: Jolly - Kvarner 2010
Apr. 6: Cedevita - KK Split
Apr. 6: Zadar - KK Zagreb


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Ross, Jolly22.5 
 2. Batina, Djuro D.17.1 
 3. Mrva, Jolly16.8 
 4. Krapic, KK Zagreb15.3 
 5. Budimir, Osjecki15.2 
 6. Rembert, Krizevci14.9 
 7. Radic, Kvarner 201014.9 
 8. Lez, Zabok14.7 
 9. Skific, Kvarner14.7 
 10. Peraica, Darda14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mate MRVA
  Jolly
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Mrva, Jolly7.9 
 2. Radic, Kvarner 20107.4 
 3. Sarlija, Djuro D.7.0 
 4. Jakolis, Dubrovnik6.9 
 5. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.7 
 6. Skific, Kvarner5.5 
 7. Peraica, Darda5.3 
 8. Krapic, KK Zagreb5.3 
 9. Vlaic, Zabok5.3 
 10. Krstanovic, Krize.5.1 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Krivec, Kvarner5.0 
 2. Tomeljak, Osjecki4.5 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.0 
 4. Glavinic, Darda3.8 
 5. Blajic, Djuro D.3.4 
 6. Panduric, Darda3.2 
 7. Segaric, KK Zagreb3.0 
 8. Pesut, Zabok3.0 
 9. Rembert, Krizevci2.9 
 10. Jugo, Alkar Sinj2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Ross, Jolly2.7 
 2. Krivec, Kvarner1.6 
 3. Mrva, Jolly1.6 
 4. Peric, Dubrovnik1.5 
 5. Meznaric, Darda1.4 
 6. Radic, Kvarner 20101.4 
 7. Krapic, KK Zagreb1.4 
 8. Glavinic, Darda1.3 
 9. Pesut, Zabok1.3 
 10. Skific, Kvarner1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.2.0 
 2. Bubalo, Jolly1.2 
 3. Najev, Dubrovnik0.9 
 4. Vlaic, Zabok0.7 
 5. Bakovic, Djuro D.0.7 
 6. Budimir, Osjecki0.6 
 7. Zupic, Alkar Sinj0.6 
 8. Hrncic, Darda0.6 
 9. Bundovic, Zabok0.6 
 10. Cvjetkovic, Krize.0.5 


Balkan League: Kozuv clinch 7th overall position - by Eurobasket News

Kozuv - Djuro Djakovic 75:62

Kozuv finished their Balkan League season on a high note. They rallied past Djuro Djakovic to claim the 7th position in the standings. Slobodan Bozovic (207-C/F-79) delivered 18 points and pulled down 7 rebounds to lead the winners.
Djuro Djakovic got the upper hand in the first period. The Croatian team jumped to a 26:19 lead after ten minutes. But Kozuv slowed down the visitors in the second quarter. The hosts went on a 21:11 run to ensure a 40:37 halftime lead. The Macedonian team boosted the margin in the third quarter. The home team accounted for a 63:53 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Kozuv maintained the lead throughout the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Igor Mijajlovic (193-PG-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) delivered 13 points, while Vladimir Filipovic (196-SG-85) added 11 points for the winners. Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) answered with 18 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for Djuro Djakovic. Marko Batina (198-F/G-86) produced 14 points in the defeat.

Kozuv: Slobodan Bozovic 18, Igor Mijajlovic 13, Vladimir Filipovic 11
Djuro Djakovic: Marino Sarlija 18, Marko Batina 14



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
Group A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 29-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 19-11 
 3. NH Ostrava 19-13 
 4. BK Pardubice 19-13 
 5. BC Kolin 18-14 
 6. BK Decin 18-14 
Group A2
 1. Levice 21-15 
 2. USK Praha 17-19 
 3. B&W Opava 14-21 
 4. Chomutov 13-23 
 5. Usti n/Labem 11-25 
 6. Svitavy 11-25 
 7. J.Hradec 10-25 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 8

A1

Apr. 3: NH Ostrava - BC Kolin 95-75
Apr. 3: BK Decin - BK Pardubice 89-73
Apr. 3: BK Prostejov - CEZ Nymburk

A2

Apr. 3: USK Praha - Chomutov 86-74
Apr. 3: Usti n/Labem - Svitavy 82-77
Apr. 3: J.Hradec - B&W Opava


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.6 
 2. Venta, J.Hradec19.1 
 3. Bolds, BC Kolin17.9 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy17.5 
 5. Fields, Chomutov17.5 
 6. Meno, USK Praha17.4 
 7. Blazek, B&W Opava16.8 
 8. Fields, Levice16.7 
 9. McFadden, Usti n.16.4 
 10. Reese, Usti n.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.3 
 2. Meno, USK Praha9.2 
 3. Tomanec, J.Hradec8.9 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.7.9 
 5. Nuhanovic, Levice7.8 
 6. Kohout, BK Prost.7.3 
 7. Simmons, Levice7.0 
 8. Bolds, BC Kolin6.9 
 9. Deloach, Svitavy6.8 
 10. Reese, Usti n.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  BC Kolin
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Ubilla, BC Kolin6.1 
 2. Sirina, B&W Opava5.9 
 3. Ames, NH Ostrava5.5 
 4. Venta, J.Hradec4.6 
 5. Kemp, Levice4.5 
 6. Deloach, Svitavy4.4 
 7. Carter, CEZ N.4.4 
 8. Glover, Chomutov4.3 
 9. Sotnar, USK Praha4.2 
 10. McFadden, Usti n.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.7 
 2. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 4. Ames, NH Ostrava1.9 
 5. Bolds, BC Kolin1.9 
 6. Ubilla, BC Kolin1.8 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
 8. Pope, BK Decin1.7 
 9. Reese, Usti n.1.6 
 10. Taylor, CEZ N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Levice
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Nuhanovic, Levice1.5 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.5 
 3. Fields, Chomutov1.1 
 4. Meno, USK Praha1.0 
 5. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 6. Simmons, Levice0.9 
 7. Miklosik, B&W O.0.9 
 8. Nelson, BK Pardu.0.8 
 9. Svrdlik, BK Prost.0.8 
 10. Houska, BK Decin0.8 



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 32-16 
 2. Canton C. 28-20 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 26-22 
 4. Sioux Falls S. 25-23 
 5. Erie Bay H. 25-23 
 6. Maine RC 25-23 
 7. Springfield A. 18-30 
 8. Iowa E. 12-36 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 34-14 
 2. Rio Grande VV 33-15 
 3. Austin T. 27-21 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 26-22 
 5. Los Angeles D. 21-27 
 6. Texas L. 19-29 
 7. Idaho S. 17-31 
 8. Reno B. 16-32 

Regular Season: Round 69

Apr. 3: Los Angeles D. - Canton C. 114-109
Apr. 3: Austin T. - Springfield A. 112-103
Apr. 4: Iowa E. - Tulsa 66ers


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin DENTMON
  Texas L.
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 26
 1. Dentmon, Texas L.26.0 
 2. Goudelock, Rio G.21.8 
 3. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.5 
 4. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.21.0 
 5. Mack, Maine RC20.1 
 6. Samuels, Reno B.19.9 
 7. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
 8. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.1 
 9. Jones, Rio G.19.0 
 10. Nichols, Sioux F.18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Texas L.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Jones, Texas L.12.3 
 2. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.11.8 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.10.9 
 4. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 5. Samuels, Reno B.10.3 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.10.0 
 7. Varnado, Sioux F.9.6 
 8. Onuaku, Canton C.9.5 
 9. Jones, Rio G.9.0 
 10. Wright, Maine RC8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Maine RC
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Barrett, Maine RC7.7 
 2. Barrett, Sioux F.7.6 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.5 
 4. Fortson, Los A.7.1 
 5. Wright, Iowa E.7.0 
 6. Russell, Reno B.6.8 
 7. Karl, Idaho S.6.2 
 8. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.1 
 9. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 10. Goudelock, Rio G.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Justin HOLIDAY
  Idaho S.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Holiday, Idaho S.2.4 
 2. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.0 
 4. Hannah, Santa C.2.0 
 5. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 6. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 7. Greene, Los A.1.8 
 8. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.8 
 9. Dentmon, Texas L.1.8 
 10. Gutierrez, Canton1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Sioux F.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Varnado, Sioux F.3.5 
 2. Melo, Maine RC3.2 
 3. Jordan, Reno B.2.5 
 4. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 5. Armstrong, Santa C.2.2 
 6. Gladness, Santa C.2.2 
 7. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.2 
 8. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 9. Foster, Sioux F.2.0 
 10. Williams, Texas L.2.0 


Brian Butch claims D-League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Brian Butch (211-C/F-84, agency: Edge Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Bakersfield J. and that's him to receive a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 68.
The 28-year old had a double-double of 27 points and eighteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Reno B. (#8, 16-32) with 30-point margin 124-94. It allowed Bakersfield J. to consolidate first place in the D-League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bakersfield J. has a very solid 34-14 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Butch had a remarkable 73.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Bakersfield J.'s top player in his first season with the team. University of Wisconsin graduate has very impressive stats this year. Butch is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 10.9rpg) and averages solid 52.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old Jamaican power forward Samardo Samuels (206-F/C-89) of Reno B.. Samuels impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Reno B. lost that game 94-124 to the higher-ranked Bakersfield J. (#1, 34-14). Reno B. managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 16-32 record. Samuels is one of the most experienced players at Reno B. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.9ppg (#6). He also registered 10.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Demetris Nichols (205-F-84) of Sioux Falls S. (#4). Nichols got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for four assists. He was a key player of Sioux Falls S., leading his team to a 97-92 win against #4 ranked Tulsa 66ers in a game of the week. Sioux Falls S. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 25 victories and 23 lost games. Nichols has a very solid season. In 47 games in D-L he scored 18.9ppg. He also has 5.4rpg and FGP: 50.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Willie Reed (206-F-90) of Springfield A. - 17 points and 12 rebounds
5. Jarvis Varnado (206-F-88) of Sioux Falls S. - 26 points and 9 rebounds
6. James Mays (206-F-86) of Sioux Falls S. - 14 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Rasual Butler (201-F-79) of Tulsa 66ers - 32 points and 2 assists
8. Damion James (201-F-87) of Bakersfield J. - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Shan Foster (198-G/F-86) of Bakersfield J. - 22 points and 4 rebounds
10. Hilton Armstrong (210-C/F-84) of Santa Cruz W. - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  EGYPT   


A Quick Brief about Egyptian Players Abroad - by Mohamed Ramadan

The below 3 players never took part in any game neither with junior nor senior Egyptian national teams. The case is different with Assem Marei who is currently on the national team roster and also Omar Oraby who used to played only for junior teams. It is confirmed that the National team starting from June will play in some major tournaments like African cup of Nations, Mediterranean games, William Jones and others. Those players can add a lot and fill some voids for the team.

1. Omar Samhan

Position: Center
Birth Date: 5-Nov-1987
Height: 211 cm
Weight: 122 kg
Current Club: Ratiopharm ULM (Germany)
Notes:
He reached with St. Mary the sweet sixteen of 2010 NCAA tournament.
Samhan was named in the 2010 All-American list as an Honorable mention.
Played for Dallas Mavericks in NBA summer league of 2010 but couldn't make the final team roster spot.
In the season of 2010/2011 he joined Zalgiris Kaunas which is currently one of the top ten teams in Europe. He participated with them in total of 28 league games averaging 11 minutes, 5.2 points and 4 rebounds per game.
Took part of Houston Rockets team in the NBA for a short spell which turned out to be unsuccessful.
In 2012 he played for Talk N Text Tropang Texters of Philippines averaging in Commissioner's Cup 2 games 15.0ppg, 11.5rpg, 4.0bpg.
He didn't play much in 2012 because of surgery to recover from rupture of the cruciate ligament.
Finally this year he joined Ratiopharm Ulm of German Bundesliga which is currently ranking 3rd in the league. In his final game with German giants Alba Berlin Omar scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in only 15 minutes.


2. Abdel Nader

Position: Small Forward
Birth Date: 25-SEP-1993
Height: 201 cm
Weight: 102 kg
Current Club: Northern Illinois (NCAA League 1 USA)
Notes:
Nader was born in Alexandria, and his family left to the USA when he was just 3 years old.
Currently he's the best player on his team roster averaging 13 points and 5.6 rebounds per game this season, with above average scoring and also playmaking abilities.
If he joined the national team, Nader will be the most athletic player in the roster.


3. Yoosrie Salhia

Position: Power Forward
Birth Date: 3-NOV-1987
Height: 198 cm
Current Club: Lakehead University (Canada)
Notes
Despite Yoosrie is undersized for his position he's averaging double double with 12.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game



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Kristjan Kangur selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He could not help Montepaschi Siena (15-10) in their last game. Despite Kangur's very good performance Montepaschi Siena lost 70-75 on the road to the lower-ranked (#10) Air Avellino. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Kangur also added 8 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court. This year Kangur averages: 8.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 52.8%, 3FGP: 43.1% and FT: 65.9% in the 25 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (203-90, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Lithuania). Vene was the major contributor in Rudupis' victory against the tenth-ranked LSU-Baltai (5-14) 91-73 in the Lithuanian LKL last Saturday. He scored 14 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Rudupis Prienu (15-3) is placed first in the LKL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Vene's first season with the team. Vene is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 63.3%(76-120), 3FGP: 23.3% and FT: 71.1%. Vene is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Janar Talts
Janar Talts
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Janar Talts (207-83, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Lottomatica Roma (17-8) crushing them 81-58 in the Italian SerieA on Monday night. Talts recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and made 3 blocks in 19 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Cimberio Varese (20-5) is placed first in the SerieA. This year Talts' overall stats are: 3.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 63.5%(33-52), 3FGP: 24.0% and FT: 28.6% in the 25 games. He is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Gregor Arbet
Gregor Arbet
   #4. Swingman Gregor Arbet (195-83, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1 was not able to help Kavala (5-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Arbet's very good performance Kavala was defeated 81-72 in Athens by the higher-ranked Peristeri GS (#11). He was the top scorer with 18 points. Arbet also added 7 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Arbet's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.2apg. He is also Estonian national team player.

Sten-Timmu Sokk
Sten-Timmu Sokk
   #5. International point guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89, currently plays in Georgia) contributed to Olimpi's victory against the closely-ranked Energy Invest (13-6) 84-72 in the Georgian Superleague last Saturday. Sokk scored 9 points and added 4 passes in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Olimpi Tbilisi (15-3) is placed second in the Superleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Sokk is currently third on the list of best passers with 5.8apg. This year he also averages: 10.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.1spg in the 18 games. Sokk has a dual citizenship: Greek and Estonian. He plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Reinar Hallik
Reinar Hallik
   #6. Center Reinar Hallik (208-84, currently plays in Romania) was not able to secure a victory for Craiova (21-9) in their game against Gaz Metan (20-10) in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Hallik did not beat the league record on Thursday evening. He scored only 3 points. Craiova was crushed 101-66 in Medias by the lower-ranked Gaz Metan (#5). Hallik's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Hallik's total stats this season are: 5.4ppg and 2.0rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Estonian National Team roster.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Marko Meimer (200-F-96) plays for Caceres Basket in Spanish LEB Gold
Viljar Veski (215-C-86) plays for Palma in Spanish LEB Silver
Joonas Vaino (204-C/F-92) plays for Namika Lahti in Finnish Korisliiga
Kent-Kaarel Vene (192-SG-94) plays for Zalgiris-Sabonio in Lithuanian NKL
Reimo Pahn (202-F-87) plays for Kerava Energia Team in Finnish 1st Division
Karl-Robin Jurjens (199-F-96) plays for Cajasol Castilleja in Spanish EBA
Elgar Tamsalu (184-G/F-87) plays for East Perth Eagles in Australian State League
Madis Shumanov (207-C-88) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Maert Tralla (177-PG-87) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga

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



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Top former ESL players currently in pro basketball based on last week's performance - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Eurobasket Summer League players who are playing pro basketball and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

P.J. Hill jr.
P.J. Hill jr.
   #1. P.J. Hill jr. (182-PG-87, college: Ohio St., currently plays in Latvia) led Jekabpils to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Turiba (10-20) crushing them 106-77 in the Latvian LBL in Thursday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Hill jr. scored 28 points (!!!), grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 31 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. BK Jekabpils (19-11) is placed first in the LBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Hill jr. is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (fourth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hill jr. averages: 15.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 3.6apg in the 30 games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2010 Hill jr. went to the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Venice.

Agnis Cavars
Agnis Cavars
   #2. Agnis Cavars (196-F-86, currently plays in Latvia) led Valmiera to a victory over the league outsider U18 (1-17) crushing them 94-64 in the Latvian LBL last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Cavars recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 15 rebounds. BK Valmiera (8-1) is placed second in the LBL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Cavars has relatively good stats this season: 14.6ppg and 10.2rpg. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Two years ago Cavars took part in the ESL camp in Cologne, Germany playing for Team Belgrade.

Dwight Thorne
Dwight Thorne
   #3. Dwight Thorne (190-PG-88, college: Colorado, currently plays in Croatia) led KK Zadar to an overtime victory against the seventh-ranked Cedevita (0-1) 84-79 in the Croatian A1 on Wednesday night. He recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 33 minutes. It was his first game for KK Zadar this season. His team is placed fourth in Places 1-8 group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Last year Thorne played at the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Kiev.

Kyndall Dykes
Kyndall Dykes
   #4. Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Ukraine) led Hoverla to a victory over the closely-ranked Dnipro (15-24) 89-77 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game. Dykes was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points, had 7 boards, handed out 5 passes and blocked 2 shots. Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (21-18) is placed eighth in the Superleague. Dykes' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Dykes' first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Dykes averages: 17.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.7apg and 1.7spg. Dykes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2009 he attended the ESL camp in Malaga, Spain playing for Team Naples.

Perry Petty
Perry Petty
   #5. Perry Petty (185-G-88, college: UTPA, currently plays in Romania) led Giurgiu to a victory over the seventh-ranked Timisoara (14-13) 96-86 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Thursday. Petty was the top player that evening. He scored 40 points (!!!), grabbed 6 boards, passed 9 assists and added 4 steals in 40 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Petty's second season in pro basketball. CSS Giurgiu (11-19) is placed 12th in the Liga Nationala. The Regular Season already ended. Petty is currently fourth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Petty averages: 18.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 4.4apg and 2.3spg in the 30 games he played so far. He played in 2011at the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas for Team Monaco.

Jayson Granger
Jayson Granger
   #6. Jayson Granger (186-G-89, currently plays in Spain) led Asefa Estudiantes to an easy victory against the league outsider Assignia Manresa (5-22) 90-75 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Granger scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (13-14) is placed 11th in the ACB. Granger is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his seventh year in Asefa Estudiantes' roster. His overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.1apg. Granger has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and Italian. He attended three years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in New York.

Jermaine Barnes
Jermaine Barnes
   #7. Jermaine Barnes (194-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, GA, currently plays in UBA) led GIE Maile Matrix to a victory over the Atlanta Titans (3-11) 97-89 in the UBA in Friday night's game. Barnes was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 40 points and getting 10 rebounds. Barnes also added 6 assists in 40 minutes. The GIE Maile Matrix has 9-6 record this season. Barnes is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Barnes averages: 27.7ppg, 7.9rpg, 6.9apg and 2.1spg in the 15 games he played so far. Worth to mention he played also for Tokyo at the ESL in Houston in 2011.

Jason Conley
Jason Conley
   #8. Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri, currently plays in Finland), who plays in the Finnish Korisliiga could not help LrNMKY (17-23) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Conley's very good performance LrNMKY was defeated 89-76 at home by the leading Loimaan Korikonkarit. He recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 13 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Conley is currently second on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Conley averages: 22.8ppg, 9.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.7spg. He played last year at the ESL in Las Vegas for Union Monaco.

James Tyler
James Tyler
   #9. James Tyler (218-C-88, currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL could not help Chernomorets (9-14) in their last game. Despite Tyler's very good performance Chernomorets lost 70-85 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Balkan. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 19 rebounds. Tyler also added 3 blocks in 34 minutes. It was Chernomorets' first loss after three consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Tyler is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Tyler averages: 18.9ppg, 13.7rpg and 3.0bpg in the 23 games he played so far. He attended in 2010 the ESL camp in Las Vegas.

Marcus Smallwood
Marcus Smallwood
   #10. Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82, college: N.Illinois, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) could not help Kirchheim Knights (10-20) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Smallwood's very good performance Kirchheim Knights was defeated 99-92 on the road by the much higher-ranked BG Goettingen (#3). He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 20 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Smallwood is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.1ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.1bpg. Worth to mention he played also for Team Dubai at the ESL in Houston last year.



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  EUROCUP   

Stats Leaders

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



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Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. Nilan Bisons 33-9 
 2. KTP 31-11 
 3. Kataja 30-8 
 4. Pyrinto 28-12 
 5. Kauhajoki 26-16 
 6. Kouvot 20-21 
 7. LrNMKY 17-24 
 8. Korihait 13-28 
 9. Lapua 13-28 
 10. Salon Vilpas 12-29 
 11. Namika Lahti 12-29 
 12. FoKoPo 11-31 

Regular Season: Round 43

Apr. 3: FoKoPo - Kouvot 92-86
Apr. 3: Kataja - Namika Lahti 90-67
Apr. 3: LrNMKY - Kauhajoki 81-93
Apr. 3: KTP - Nilan Bisons 71-72
Apr. 3: Salon Vilpas - Pyrinto 65-66

Regular Season: Round 44

Apr. 5: Pyrinto - FoKoPo
Apr. 6: Nilan Bisons - Namika Lahti
Apr. 6: Salon Vilpas - Korihait
Apr. 6: Kauhajoki - Lapua
Apr. 6: Kataja - KTP
Apr. 6: Kouvot - LrNMKY


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Conley, LrNM.22.6 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.2 
 3. Relphorde, Salon V.22.0 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.20.9 
 5. Clavell, Kouvot20.4 
 6. Haanpaa, Lapua19.5 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto18.6 
 8. Logins, LrNM.17.6 
 9. Flowers, Kataja17.4 
 10. Holloway, Namika17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 T.J. ROBINSON
  Korihait
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 10
 1. Robinson, Korihait10.0 
 2. Conley, LrNM.9.9 
 3. McDade, Nilan B.9.7 
 4. Ford, Kauhajoki9.5 
 5. Thornton, FoKoPo9.1 
 6. Giles, KTP9.0 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto8.7 
 8. Watt, Korihait8.6 
 9. Johnson, Namika L.8.3 
 10. Haanpaa, Lapua8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Williams, Pyrinto6.9 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.8 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.5 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.5.3 
 5. Smith, Kataja4.9 
 6. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.9 
 7. Watson, Kauhajoki4.4 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.0 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo3.9 
 10. Holloway, Namika3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.5 
 2. Coleman, Lapua2.4 
 3. Smith, Kataja2.2 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.2.2 
 5. Holloway, Namika L.2.0 
 6. Tolbert, Lapua1.8 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.7 
 8. Conley, LrNM.1.7 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto1.6 
 10. Watson, Kauhajoki1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Barrett, KTP1.4 
 2. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.2 
 3. Ford, Kauhajoki1.1 
 4. Fields, Kataja1.1 
 5. Giles, KTP1.1 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 7. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 8. Watt, Korihait0.9 
 9. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.9 
 10. Dyer, Korihait0.9 


Petteri Koponen selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Russia. He could not help Khimky (13-10) in their last game. Despite Koponen's good performance the fifth-placed Khimky lost 82-86 at home to the lower-ranked (#6) Caja Laboral in the group F of Euroleague. He recorded 12 points in 27 minutes on the court. Koponen's team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And that game will be critical. This year Koponen averages: 6.6ppg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3FGP: 45.5%(20-44) and FT: 95.7%(22-23) in the 20 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU, currently plays in Montenegro). Lee led Buducnost to a victory over the second-ranked Mornar Bar (1-1) crushing them 92-50 in the Montenegrin 1A last Wednesday. He was MVP of the game. Lee recorded 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group S-League. KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (7-1) is placed first. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Lee has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 62.5%(10-16) and FT: 83.3%. He is a naturalized American. Lee is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Finland.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League. Rannikko was not able to help Un.Olimpija (2-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance Un.Olimpija (#6) lost 78-85 on their home court in Ljubljana to the leading Maribor Messer in the Places 1-6 group. Rannikko scored 12 points and added 6 assists in 30 minutes. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Rannikko's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 91.7% in the two games. He is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #4. Power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in Slovenia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Teemu Rannikko. But that was another game of his team in Slovenian Telemach League which we would like to mention. Sulejmanovic managed to help Union Olimpija Ljubljana to win against the third-ranked Helios (13-9) 77-63. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was his first game for Un.Olimpija this season. His team is placed sixth in Places 1-6 group. Sulejmanovic has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Finnish. He used to play for the Finnish U16 national team back in 2011.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #5. International guard Sasu Salin (192-91, currently plays in Slovenia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Teemu Rannikko. He played also in the last Slovenian Telemach League game facing Emir Sulejmanovic (above) in the other team. Salin contributed to Un.Olimpija's victory against the third-ranked Helios (13-9) 77-63. He scored only 2 points and added 3 assists in 18 minutes. This year Salin's total stats are: 1.0ppg and 1.5apg in the two games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #6. Guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: FCM, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to secure a victory for Solna Vikings (22-16) in their game against Sodertalje Kings (27-10) in the Swedish Basketligan. Ahonen scored 8 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Solna Vikings was crushed 98-74 on the road by the higher-ranked Sodertalje Kings (#3). This season Ahonen has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 1.6rpg and 4.0apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Ville Kaunisto
Ville Kaunisto
   #7. International forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82, currently plays in France) contributed to a 2-point Blois' victory against the closely-ranked Cognac (16-10) 88-86 in the French NM1 (third division) in Tuesday night's game. Kaunisto scored 14 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 40 minutes. ADA Blois Basket (16-9) is placed fourth in the NM1. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Kaunisto is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Kaunisto averages: 17.4ppg, 11.2rpg and 1.8apg in the 19 games. He is also Finnish national team player.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #8. Small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Upea CdO (10-13) in their game against C.de Latte BRE (14-8) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Huff scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Upea CdO was crushed 109-87 in Brescia by the higher-ranked C.de Latte BRE (#4). This season Huff has very high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.3spg. Huff plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #9. International power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Vanoli Cremona (10-15) in their game against Umana Venezia (13-12) in the Italian SerieA. He cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. Kotti recorded only 1 points in 15 minutes. Vanoli Cremona lost 74-80 in Venezia to the higher-ranked (#8) Umana. Kotti has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 5.1rpg in the 23 games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.



KORISLIIGA: Buzzer beater Damon Williams - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 42: Five contests tonight, two rounds left out of the regular season. Damon Williams (201-F-73, agency: Two Points, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) became a buzzer beater tonight at Salo. Shawn Atupem (200-F-89, college: Mt.St.Mary's) took local Vilpas to 65-63 lead at time 39:57 and Pyrinto (Tampere) took a time out. Then the ball was given to Williams, whose 3-pointer from downtown was good and Pyrinto (28-12) had won 65-66 (26-22). Troy Barnies (200-F-89, college: Maine) led Vilpas (13-29) with 18 points. Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86, college: Rhode Island) was visitor's leading scorer and rebounder: 22pts/13rbs.
KTP (Kotka) was leading vs Bisons (Loimaa) by 12 pts (62-50), when the last quarter got started. KTP (31-11) lost the game anyway by one 71-72, because Bisons (33-9) won the fourth quarter 9-22. The winning bucket was made by Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) at time 39:10.

When Kataja (Joensuu) crushed YMCA Lahti 90-67 (38-39), the victory was # 200 for Jukka Toijala as Head Coach. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) was game MVP with 32 points (1 - 4/4, 2 - 8/14, 3 - 4/7). Cedric Latimer (198-F-87, college: St.Francis, PA) led YMCA Lahti (13-29) with 18 pts.

YMCA Lappeenranta lost at home vs Karhu (Kauhajoki) 81-93 (39-40). Also in rebounds Karhu (26-16) was a lot stronger (28-44). Matthew Gibson (196-G-84) netted 24 pts and gave 10 assists for YMCA LPR (17-25). Tremaine Ford (206-F/C-86, college: CS Northridge) led Karhu with 22pts/10rbs. FoKoPo (Forssa) defeated Kouvot (Kouvola) 92-86 (41-39) thanks to the last quarter: 35-16. Kouvot stopped playing too early, but the loss didn't mean much for them. Andrais Thornton (203-F-85, college: NW Missouri St.) had his season best game: 31pts/10rbs. LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, college: Florida St.) led Kouvot (20-22) with 27 pts.
Vilpas - Pyrinto 65-66 (26-22). (Troy Barnies 18, Shawn Atupem 13/10, Marcus Relphorde 8 - Lamonte Ulmer 22/13, Damon Williams 19/14, Carl Lindbom 8. A: 920).
KTP - Bisons 71-72 (46-38). (Devonne Giles 18/7, Antwine Williams 14, Timo Heinonen 13/7 - Martin Zeno 25, Jeb Ivey 18, Matti Nuutinen 13, Ryan McDade 9/15. A: 1043).
Kataja - YMCA Lahti 90-67 (38-39). (Jonte Flowers 32, Vesa Makalainen 12, Juho Nenonen 11 - Cedric Latimer 18, Jordan Hasquet 14, Emmanuel Holloway 10/8a. A: 848).
YMCA LPR - Karhu 81-93 (39-40). (Matt Gibson 24/10a, Jason Conley 18/10, Greg Logins 18 - Tremaine Ford 22/10, Jussi Eskola 15, Haminn Quaintance 14/17. A: 369).
FoKoPo - Kouvot 92-86 (41-39). (Andrais Thornton 31/10, Jahmar Thorpe 20/13, Sami Ikavalko 17 - Lamarr Greer 27, Gilberto Clavell 17, Samuli Vanttaja 15/11).



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Tony Parker selected the top French playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a 2-point San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (49-26) 104-102 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Parker recorded 24 points and added 8 assists in 36 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 55-19 record this season. It's Parker's 12th year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Parker averages: 20.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 7.6apg, 2FGP: 54.2%, 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 83.8% in the 62 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Fabien Causeur
Fabien Causeur
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Fabien Causeur (193-87, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Causeur could not help Caja Laboral (20-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Caja Laboral was crushed 93-72 on the road by the much lower-ranked Unicaja Malaga (#9). Causeur was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added made 6 passes and 5 steals. Causeur's overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 58.9%(66-112), 3FGP: 35.1% and FT: 75.4%. He is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was former international shooting guard Evan Fournier (199-92, currently plays in NBA). Fournier led Denver Nuggets to a victory over the Brooklyn Nets (42-31) crushing them 109-87 in the NBA on Friday night. He was MVP of the game. Fournier recorded 19 points in 21 minutes. The Denver Nuggets have a solid 50-24 record this season. This year Fournier averages only 3.7ppg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 44.1% and FT: 68.0% in the 30 games. He played for the French national team two years ago.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #4. Small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the Portland Trail Blazers (33-41) in their last game on Friday. Despite Batum's very good performance the Portland Trail Blazers were defeated 105-95 in Salt Lake City by the Utah Jazz. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Batum also added 4 assists. This season Batum has very high stats. He averages: 14.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 4.9apg, 1.1bpg and 1.2spg. Batum is also French national team player.

Joffrey Lauvergne
Joffrey Lauvergne
   #5. Former U20 international forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-91, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia) was the main contributor in Partizan's victory against the eighth-ranked Zvezda (1-1) 77-67 in a derby game in the Serbian A League last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. Lauvergne scored 18 points and blocked 2 shots in 34 minutes. BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (2-0) is placed sixth in Superliga group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Lauvergne's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 14.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 3.0bpg in the two games. Lauvergne used to play for the French U20 national team two years ago.

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #6. Shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. De Colo, who plays in the NBA was not able to secure a victory for the San Antonio Spurs (55-19) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance the San Antonio Spurs were edged 92-90 in Memphis by the Grizzlies. De Colo recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. De Colo's overall stats this season are: 3.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.7apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi
   #7. Former international power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Dallas Mavericks (36-38) crushing them 103-78 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. Mahinmi scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. The Indiana Pacers have a solid 48-27 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Mahinmi's first year with the team. This season his overall stats are: 5.2ppg and 3.9rpg in the 75 games. Mahinmi used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
   #8. Center Kevin Seraphin (206-89, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Washington Wizards (28-46) in their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder (54-20) in the NBA. Despite his good performance last Wednesday He scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. This season Seraphin has relatively solid stats: 9.0ppg and 4.3rpg. He plays currently for the French national team.

Adrien Moerman
Adrien Moerman
   #9. Former international power forward Adrien Moerman (203-88, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Gescrap BB (16-11) in their game against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (9-18) in the Spanish ACB. Moerman scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 28 minutes. But Gescrap BB lost 82-90 at home to the much lower-ranked (#15) Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. This year Moerman's total stats are: 6.5ppg and 3.5rpg in the 24 games. He used to play for the French national team three years ago.

Leo Westermann
Leo Westermann
   #10. Guard Leo Westermann (198-92, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Joffrey Lauvergne. However that was another game of his team in Serbian A League which brought him to that list. Westermann contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Mega Vizura (1-1) crushing them 95-64. He recorded 12 points and added 3 assists. BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (2-0) is placed sixth in Superliga group. Westermann has averaged so far 9.5ppg and 4.0apg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the French National Team roster.

   #11. International power forward Boris Diaw (203-82, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker. He played also in the last NBA game facing Nando De Colo (above) in the other team. Diaw couldn't help the San Antonio Spurs in their game against the Memphis Grizzlies. He recorded 7 points and blocked 2 shots in 32 minutes. His team were edged 92-90 in the NBA. Diaw has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.4apg in the 72 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #12. Former international center Johan Petro (214-86, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an Atlanta Hawks' victory against the Orlando Magic 97-88 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. He scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. Petro has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 2.9rpg in the 28 games. He used to play for the French national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former U20 international forward Aaron Cel (203-87, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a PGE Turow's victory against the fifth-ranked Trefl Sopot 82-74 in the Polish TBL last Wednesday. Cel scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. He has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. Cel used to play for the French U20 national team six years ago.

   #14. International forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine, currently plays in Italy) helped Umana Venezia win their game against the closely-ranked Vanoli Cremona 80-74 in the Italian SerieA on Monday night. Diawara recorded 10 points. Diawara averaged so far 13.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Will Yeguete (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Florida in their game against the University of Michigan in the NCAA Regional Finals, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. Yeguete scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 23 minutes. But his team was badly defeated by 20 points 79-59. Yeguete's stats this year are: 13.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg in the 23 games. He is a naturalized American. Yeguete used to play for the French U20 national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in France.

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

   #1. Robert Dozier (206-F-85, college: Memphis, currently plays in Philippines) led Alaska Aces to a victory over the third-ranked Petron Blaze (6-4) 92-84 in the Filipino PBA on Wednesday night. Dozier was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 18 rebounds. Dozier also added 4 assists and 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Commissioner's Cup. Alaska Aces (8-3) are placed first. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Dozier is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Dozier averages: 20.9ppg, 17.0rpg, 1.9apg and 3.0bpg.

   #2. Boris Meno (203-F-83, agency: Two Points, college: Davidson, currently plays in Czech Republic) was the main contributor in an USK Praha's victory against the third-ranked B&W Opava (14-21) crushing them 86-57 in the Czech Republic NBL on Wednesday night. He was the top player that evening. Meno recorded 24 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his eight free throws) in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A2. USK Praha (27-1) is placed first. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. The Second Stage already ended. Meno is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 17.4ppg, 9.2rpg and 1.4apg in the 36 games he played so far. Meno has a dual citizenship: Congolese and French.

   #3. Roy Samaha (205-F/C-84, currently plays in Lebanon) was the major contributor in an Al Moutahed's victory against the closely-ranked Hoops Club (6-19) 93-81 in the Lebanese Division A in Tuesday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. Al Moutahed Tripoli (16-9) is placed fourth in the Division A. The Second Stage already ended. Samaha has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1apg. He is another player who holds two passports: French and Lebanese.

   #4. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help UCAM Murcia (24-6) in their last game. Despite Tillie's good performance his team was crushed 91-57 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#12) Blancos de Rueda. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Tillie also added 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. Tillie has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 4.3rpg in the 27 games. He has both Dutch and French nationalities.

   #5. Mikael Maruotto (203-F/G-91, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Neuchatel (13-12) crushing them 85-57 in the Swiss LNA last Wednesday. Maruotto scored 10 points in 22 minutes. Lions de Geneve (21-4) is placed first in the LNA. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Maruotto has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.4apg in the 25 games. He also holds two passports: French and Swiss.

   #6. Brice Kabengele-Kalala (196-G-81, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help Craiova in their game against Gaz Metan in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Kabengele-Kalala scored 7 points. His team was crushed by 35 points 101-66. This season Kabengele-Kalala averages only 3.0ppg. He has French and Romanian nationalities.

   #7. Sylvere Bryan (208-C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Tampa, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Victoria Libertas Pesaro in a victory against the closely-ranked Oknoplast BO 101-91 in the Italian SerieA in Saturday night's game. Bryan recorded only 2 points in 13 minutes. Bryan has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 2.5rpg in the 24 games. He has dual citizenship: French and Italian.

   #8. Yoni Deri (178-PG-87, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Elitzur Ramla crushing them 82-54 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Thursday. Deri scored only 2 points. Deri has averaged so far 4.7ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.8apg. He holds both French and Israeli passports.



Spurs bench beats Magic 98-84 while Parker, Leonard rest - by Eurobasket News

With the team visiting OKC on Thursday, Gregg Popovich decided to rest Tony Parker (188-PG-82) and Kawhi Leonard. With Ginobili out, that meant the Spurs were going to be without three of their leading scorers. I'm sure the idea was to give Tim Duncan the night off as well but with DeJuan Blair out with a stomach virus, Big Fun had to suit up. Fortunately, the Magic were the opponent and they are, simply put, not a good basketball team. It's obviously by design since they are rebuilding. Jacque Vaughn has had his guys playing hard but they are not particularly talented and on this contest, they were missing all their veterans.

The game

It could have easily turned into a trap game if the Spurs didn't feel the need to approach the Magic "with the appropriate fear," as Pop likes to say. Fortunately at the start of the game that didn't seem like the case. The team was energized and active on defense, especially Nando De Colo, who got the start this time. They were moving the ball and taking turns on offense instead of giving De Colo all of the playmaking responsibility. Duncan and Jackson started off poorly but with Gary Neal sniping away en route to eight first quarter points, it didn't seem to matter. The Spurs managed to score a very good 28 points in the first quarter but couldn't pull away as they allowed 23 to the visitors.

Neal stayed hot to start the second quarter and with a lineup that included Gary, Danny Green and Matt Bonner it seemed the Spurs were going use Tiago Splitter to pick and roll Nikola Vucevic and the Magic to death. Instead the Spurs continued to run their usual sets, which shows a lot of discipline and confidence in the system. But as the minutes passed, you could see the Spurs were starting to get overconfident on both ends, and that resulted in turnovers and mediocre transition defense, which the Magic took advantage off. Those 13 fast break points the Magic scored, plus their seven second chance points, boosted their terrible offense to keep it close going into the break. After two quarters the Spurs led by five, 51-46.

Pop decided to sit Duncan for the second half, with Splitter in his place. Things weren't looking good when the Magic kept running and cut the Spurs' lead to one, but Pop called a timeout and the Spurs got a Danny Green corner three off a set play. With the Magic hanging around but not really threatening the win, Pop started emptying his bench. Aron Baynes got some serious minutes and a three point guard lineup got some run in all permutations. Tiago Splitter and Stephen Jackson didn't return. It definitely seemed a little premature considering the Spurs hadn't really pulled away, but it appeared as though Pop didn't want to tire his core guys and was curious to see what the end of his bench could give him.

I'm not going to lie, there were some rough patches and the offense was hard to watch. But the scrubs held their own. We know what guys like Neal, Bonner and even Nando De Colo can provide but the deep bench, Patty Mills, Aron Baynes and Cory Joseph (aptly named PB&J by Chajamamama) showed why they are on an NBA roster. Joseph is a good floor general that gets the team into its sets, Mills is a ball of energy, and Baynes is a proper big man that can muscle his way into rebounds. He even flashed a semblance of offensive versatility by hitting a turn around, fade away jumper in the post

We had to wait a little longer than would have been ideal, but the Spurs went on a 10-0 run with 7:37 to go in the fourth and never looked back. This game was simply the appetizer and the Spurs knew it; the main course is tomorrow's meet up with the Thunder. But with Pop giving us a glimpse at what Baynes can do and using quirky lineups, at least this weird little game had entertainment value for those completists watching.
Courtesy of: http://www.poundingtherock.com



St Quentin lands Olushina Ikuesan - by Eurobasket News

Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball (ProB) tabbed 22-year old shooting guard Olushina Ikuesan (190-91). He played most recently at JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket in ProB. In 10 games he averaged 4.9ppg and 1.2rpg last season.
The previous (10-11) season Ikuesan was tested by Paris-Levallois (ProA).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Jason Fontenet leaves Antibes - by Eurobasket News

31-year old American point guard Jason Fontenet (178-82, college: Oregon State) left Olympique Antibes (ProB). In 9 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.8apg and 1.4spg this season. Fontenet also played at Spirou Charleroi in Belgian league earlier that season. In three Eurocup games he averaged 14.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.3apg.
The last season Fontenet played for Al Sadd (D1) in Qatari league. He helped them to win the cup.
In 2006 Fontenet was drafted by Dakota Wizards (D-League) in first round (116th overall).
He attended Oregon State and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Fontenet received Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian UBL Honorable Mention award back in 2009.
He is a very experienced player. Fontenet has played also professionally in Greece (Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas), Ukraine (Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye), D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors and Tulsa 66ers) and WBA West Division (Arkansas J.).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Balkan League: Kozuv clinch 7th overall position - by Eurobasket News

Kozuv - Djuro Djakovic 75:62

Kozuv finished their Balkan League season on a high note. They rallied past Djuro Djakovic to claim the 7th position in the standings. Slobodan Bozovic (207-C/F-79) delivered 18 points and pulled down 7 rebounds to lead the winners.
Djuro Djakovic got the upper hand in the first period. The Croatian team jumped to a 26:19 lead after ten minutes. But Kozuv slowed down the visitors in the second quarter. The hosts went on a 21:11 run to ensure a 40:37 halftime lead. The Macedonian team boosted the margin in the third quarter. The home team accounted for a 63:53 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Kozuv maintained the lead throughout the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Igor Mijajlovic (193-PG-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) delivered 13 points, while Vladimir Filipovic (196-SG-85) added 11 points for the winners. Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) answered with 18 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for Djuro Djakovic. Marko Batina (198-F/G-86) produced 14 points in the defeat.

Kozuv: Slobodan Bozovic 18, Igor Mijajlovic 13, Vladimir Filipovic 11
Djuro Djakovic: Marino Sarlija 18, Marko Batina 14



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Manuchar Markoishvili selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86, currently plays in Turkey). He led Galatasaray to a victory over the fifth-ranked Karsiyaka (18-6) crushing them 94-73 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday. Markoishvili was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (21-3) is placed first in the TBL. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Markoishvili has relatively good stats this season: 10.3ppg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 52.4%(11-21). He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Jacob Pullen (185-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Pullen could not help Oknoplast BO (8-16) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Oknoplast BO lost 91-101 on the road to the one of league's weakest teams (#15) VL_Pesaro. Pullen was the top scorer with 34 points. He also added 3 steals in 35 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Pullen's second season in pro basketball. Pullen has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 58.3%(14-24), 3FGP: 47.1%(8-17) and FT: 62.5% in the three games he played so far. Pullen is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team. Strangely Pullen has never played in Georgia.

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, currently plays in Euroleague). Sanikidze was not able to help Montepaschi Siena (12-11) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (21-2) in the Euroleague. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. The fourth-placed Montepaschi Siena lost 69-77 in Barcelona to the leading Regal FC in the group F of Euroleague. It was Montepaschi Siena's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Sanikidze's team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And that game will be critical. This year Sanikidze's overall stats are: 5.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 52.3%, 3FGP: 21.7% and FT: 57.5% in the 23 games. He is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #4. Center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus to win against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (7-16) 78-73 in the Euroleague on Friday night. Shermadini recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (16-7) is placed third in group F. His team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And now that game is very crucial. Shermadini's total stats this season are: 5.7ppg and 3.7rpg. He is also Georgian national team player.

Nikoloz Tskitishvili
Nikoloz Tskitishvili
   #5. Former international power forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports, currently plays in Lebanon), who plays in the Lebanese Division A was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Champville (16-9) in their last game. Despite Tskitishvili's good performance Champville was crushed 110-84 in Beirut by the second-ranked Sagesse. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds in 38 minutes. The Second Stage already ended. It's Tskitishvili's first season with the team. Tskitishvili is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 18.3ppg, 11.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.9bpg in the 19 games. Tskitishvili used to play for the Georgian national team two years ago.

Georgi Tsintsadze
Georgi Tsintsadze
   #6. Point guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86, currently plays in Ukraine) couldn't help Budivelnyk (28-11) in their game against BC Donetsk (23-16) in the Ukrainian Superleague. He scored 6 points and added 3 passes. The league leader Budivelnyk was defeated 80-69 in Donetsk by the lower-ranked BC Donetsk (#6). Tsintsadze's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Tsintsadze's total stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #7. International point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help FIATC Joventut (13-14) in their game against CAI Zaragoza (15-12) in the Spanish ACB. Fisher scored 9 points in 25 minutes. But FIATC Joventut lost 59-71 at home to the higher-ranked (#7) CAI Zaragoza. Fisher is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 14.0ppg. This year his other stats are: 2.3rpg and 2.7apg in the 25 games. Fisher is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA university national team, Fisher is currently in the Georgian national team roster. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Tornike Shengelia
Tornike Shengelia
   #8. Power forward Tornike Shengelia (203-91, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Brooklyn Nets (42-31) in their game against the Denver Nuggets (50-24) in the NBA. Shengelia cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 1 points. The Brooklyn Nets were crushed 109-87 in Denver by the Nuggets. This season Shengelia averages just 1.1ppg. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Nika Metreveli
Nika Metreveli
   #9. International power forward Nika Metreveli (211-91, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Agrigento (16-13) 67-52 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Wednesday. Metreveli recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. Paffoni Omegna (14-14) is placed ninth in the Nazionale A. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. This year Metreveli has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.1spg in the 11 games. He is also in the roster of the Georgian national team.

Georges Mdivani
Georges Mdivani
   #10. Center Georges Mdivani (204-85, agency: Promotex, currently plays in France) contributed to Rueil's victory against the closely-ranked Angers BC 49 (10-15) 98-90 in the French NM1 (third division) on Tuesday night. Mdivani scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Rueil Athletic Club (14-13) is placed ninth in the NM1. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Mdivani's total stats this season are: 7.4ppg and 5.9rpg. He is a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Georgian senior national team.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, currently plays in Turkey) was the major contributor in Karsiyaka's victory against the closely-ranked Banvit BK (20-4) 73-65 in the Turkish TBL in Wednesday night's game. He scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 30 minutes. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (18-6) is placed fifth in the TBL. It's Thomas' first season with the team. Thomas has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.3apg in the 23 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #2. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Poland) contributed to a Stelmet ZG's victory against the leader PGE Turow (19-9) 78-73 in the Polish TBL in Saturday night's game. He scored 8 points, grabbed 10 boards, passed 4 assists and added 4 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Stelmet Zielona Gora (18-10) is placed third. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Hosley is currently fifth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.7apg and 2.4spg. Hosley is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

   #3. Giga Janelidze (199-F-95, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Assigeco Casalpusterlengo in a victory against the 14th-ranked Mirandola (12-17) crushing them 72-49 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) in Wednesday night's game. Janelidze recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 4 minutes on the court. Assigeco Casalpusterlengo (15-13) is placed fifth in the Nazionale A. This year Janelidze averages just 0.6ppg in the 11 games.



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Dirk Nowitzki's 35 points make him top German player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA). He led Dallas Mavericks to a 2-point victory over the Chicago Bulls (40-33) 100-98 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Nowitzki was MVP of the game. He scored 35 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court. The Dallas Mavericks have 36-38 record this season. It's Nowitzki's 15th year with the team. Nowitzki has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 48.4%, 3FGP: 44.1% and FT: 84.1% in the 45 games he played so far. Nowitzki played for the German senior national team two years ago.

Chris Kaman
Chris Kaman
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dirk Nowitzki. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Kaman, who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Dallas Mavericks (36-38) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Kaman's good performance the Dallas Mavericks were badly defeated 101-81 on the road by the Los Angeles Lakers. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Kaman also added 6 rebounds. Kaman has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 51.2% and FT: 78.8%. He is a naturalized American. Kaman played for the German national team in 2011. Strangely he has never played in Germany.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Spain). He was not able to help Caja Laboral (20-7) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (14-13) in the Spanish ACB. Pleiss scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Caja Laboral was crushed 93-72 in Malaga by the much lower-ranked Unicaja (#9). Pleiss' overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3FGP: 33.3%. He is also a member of the German senior national team.

Chad Toppert
Chad Toppert
   #4. Guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico, currently plays in Spain) managed to help CAI Zaragoza to win against the closely-ranked FIATC Joventut (13-14) 71-59 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Toppert scored only 3 points. CAI Zaragoza (15-12) is placed seventh in the ACB. Toppert's overall stats this season are: 3.8ppg and 2.0rpg. He is a naturalized American. Toppert used to play for the German national team back in 2010. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

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

   #1. Experienced Federico Kammerichs (202-F-80, currently plays in Argentina) led Regatas Corrientes to a victory against the tenth-ranked GECR Indalo (23-24) 87-73 in the Argentinian LigaA on Sunday night. Kammerichs had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 32 minutes. Regatas Corrientes (34-11) is placed first in the LigaA. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. It's Kammerichs' first season with the team. Kammerichs is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders with 8.3rpg. This year his other stats are: 9.9ppg and 1.6apg in the 43 games he played so far. Kammerichs has a dual citizenship: German and Argentinian.

   #2. Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala could not help Timisoara (20-10) in their last game. Despite Sarovic's very good performance Timisoara lost 86-96 at home to the lower-ranked (#12) Giurgiu. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Sarovic also added 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Sarovic has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.5apg in the 28 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and German.

   #3. Josh Lockett (203-F/C-89, college: Georgetown, KY, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL was not able to help the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-30) in their last game. Despite Lockett's good performance the bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was crushed 93-67 on the road by the higher-ranked (#9) Manchester Giants. He was the top scorer with 13 points. Lockett also added 8 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. So far Liverpool Mersey Tigers lost all games in the Regular Season. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Lockett's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg and 6.4rpg in the 21 games. Lockett is a naturalized American.

   #4. Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) managed to help Energa Czarni Slupsk to win against the fifth-ranked Trefl Sopot (17-11) 64-59 in the Polish TBL last Saturday. He scored only 2 points. Energa Czarni Slupsk (14-13) is placed sixth in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Tomaszek's overall stats this season are: 6.2ppg and 4.4rpg. He has both German and Polish nationalities.

Other top German players, who play abroad:

Tim Ohlbrecht (210-F/C-88) plays for Houston Rockets in the NBA
Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80) plays for Base Oostende in Belgian Ethias League
Bar Timor (190-PG-92) plays for Hapoel Tel-Aviv in Israeli Winner League
Ziyed Chennoufi (202-F-88) plays for ES Sahel in Tunisian Division I
Ben Rice (195-F-90) plays for Bnei Hasharon in Israeli Winner League
Ismar Seferagic (201-F) plays for University of Windsor in Canadian university league CIS
Julian Sensley (206-F-82) plays for Dongbu Promy in South Korean KBL
Joachim Thoss (201-C-81) plays for Alaska Aces in Filipino PBA

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



Ahmad Smith (NBC) Everyone Has To Rebond For Us To Win This Series Against Duesseldorf - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Ahmad Smith (194-G-84, agency: LUMANI 10.7, college: St.Bonaventure) is a 28 year old 194cm guard from Virginia that is playing his first season for the NBC of the German PRO A. He started the season with Gotha, but left the team and came to NBC in January 2013. He played at St.Bonaventure (NCAA) from 2002-2006 and in his senior year played 28 games: ScoreA10-8 (14.2ppg), RebA10-10 (6.2rpg), AssistsA10-9 (3.5apg), FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 59.8%. In 2006-2007, he played for Mardyke UCC Demons Cork (Ireland-SuperLeague): 9 games: 18.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.2apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 60.8%. In 2007-2008, he played for SVD 49 Dortmund (Regionalliga): 6 games: 30.2ppg. In 2008-2009, he played for : BSV Wulfen (Germany-Regionalliga) 23.5ppg, 10.1rpg, 6.0apg, 3PT: 35.2%. In 2009-2010, he played for Hertener Loewen (Germany-ProB)29 games: 18.2ppg, Reb-2 (8.7rpg), Assists-1 (7.1apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 69.5%. In 2010-2011, he played for s Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-ProA): left before the season started, then moved to SVD 49 Dortmund (Germany-Regionalliga): 6 games: 12.8ppg, waived in Nov.'10, in Jan.'11 signed at Nuernberger Basketball Club (Germany-ProB, starting five): 15 games: 8.3ppg, 6.8rpg, Assists-1 (7.1apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 69.1%. Last season for the Kichheim Knights he played 35 games: 9.9ppg, 6.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.7apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 62.0% He spoke to eurobasket before game one against the Duesseldorf Giants.

NBC has moved into the playoffs having won five of their last six games. What have been the main reasons for the upswing of the team in the last month?

It took us awhile to get our team chemistry together. But I think we have it now and what better time to be peaking that going into the playoffs.

Is NBC peaking going into the Pro A playoffs?

Definitely we just have to continue what we've been doing the last month of the season.

Would you agree with me that Zamal Nixon and you are the best 1-2 guard combo in the league? What do you like most about his game?

Yeah I agree with that one Miles lol. Most of all he's an competitor always going hard in practice on every possession so you have to respect that. He has lots of talent and I think its just the beginning of a great pro career for him.

You are a rebound menace this season averaging 9,2rpg. How would you have done against a Charles Barkley back in the day under the basket?

Barkley would of killed me under the basket for sure.

The first playoff opponent for NBC are the Duesseldorf Baskets. NBC lost both games this season. What do you remember from the last 79-65 loss?

They dominated us on the boards in that game and that's something we have to improve for this series.


How excited are you about playing against Gary Johnson. What do you like most about his game?

It's going to be fun going up against G I've known him for a couple of years and is a good friend. He's a great leader and has won everywhere he's played.


Will we see a triple double from you in this series?

We will see just want to focus on winning the series!


Duesseldorf killed NBC on the boards in the last game. What will be key in getting the win in game one?

Everyone has to rebound for us to win this series against Duesseldorf.


Have you ever seen a more brutal leg injury than that suffered by Louisville player Kevin Ware?

By far the worst injury I've ever seen. Prayers go out to Kevin Ware hope he comes back 100%


Who will reach the NCAA Final?

I think Louisville will take it all.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Jack Reacher


Thanks Ahmad for the chat.




The Miles Basketball Minute: A Mad Baller In The Body Of Zach Peacock (Fraport Skyliners) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

From 2007-2011, basketball life in Frankfurt was thrilling as the Frankfurt Skyliners reached the playoffs four consecutive seasons including a quarterfinal, two semi finals and a final where they were one possession away from a possible German title as they lost a heartbreaking fifth game in Bamberg. However the last two seasons, being a follower of the Frankfurt Skyliners has become increasingly delicate as not only has the club been out of the playoffs, but have been in danger of moving down due to their poor play. Last season, the team was in 17th place in December and thank a miraculous turn in play in the second half of the season almost made the playoffs losing a must win game in Bonn on the last game day finishing in ninth place. This season, the fortunes of the 2004 Beko BBL team hasnt been any better as they had a slow start and in February 2013 were as low as 17th place. It was unknown, if the team could ever pull themselves out of the dank cellar, but as of late, the team has rebounded winning six of their last seven games and now are breathing a bit better at 14th place.

There are many reasons why the team has been playing more successful than in previous months. Much like last season where the team beat big time teams in the second half of the season, the same has occurred in the last weeks as the Fraport Skyliners have steam rolled past Alba Berlin, Bamberg, Bremerhaven and Wurzburg. The team continues to lay a foundation with their consistent, aggressive and Katzurian trademark defense in which they have let up an average of 66 points per game in the last five. Offense being their Achilles heel in the first half of the season where they had problems putting points on the board put too much pressure on their defense which resulted in more loses. A big key for the stability in the set offense and escape from the static offense has been American Dawan Robinson who really has stepped up leading the charge on offense often scoring in a Dashaun Wood like furry which was seen two seasons ago or doing the playmaking and just making the Frankfurt offense more organized than ever with a high range of options. Robinson penetrates like a Bull that has gotten lost in Philadelphia and wants to return back to the pastures of Spain. The team also didnt have the right pieces and at the start of the season let go of American Dion Dowell who was inconsistent, didnt see eye to eye with the coach and seemed to only play brilliant in Israel and American Ted Scott who was a scorer and simply too one dimensional for the coaching stomach of Muli Katzurin. The club reacted quickly and looked up the A5 to their neighbors Giessen and took advantage of their financial woes helping free up money there by acquiring Americans Ryan Brooks and Laquan Prowell. These two guys have been an important part to the success. One also cant forget that it just took a little longer than usual for Katurin and the players to find that chemistry and have the roles defined which has become more and more.

If one had to choose one player that has been most responsible for the prosperity of the Fraport Skyliners, one could mention Ryan Brooks and Dawan Robinson, but the player that deserves the most credit is Zachery Peacock (203-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Tech). Peacock in a way is this years Jacob Burtschi who was a big factor in the turn around of the team in the second half of the season last season. Peacock is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Miami that has had to move to center this season, because Frankfurt was thin in that department. After playing at Georgia Tech and playing with numerous NBA players like Philadelphia 76er Thaddeus Young where he learned the passion for the game, he came to Germany in 2010 and in the last two seasons played for teams like the LTi Giessen 46ers and the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. In both places, he averaged double figures in scoring, but this season in Frankfurt he is averaging his highest points total currently with 14,8ppg and 4,9rpg. He really has had to step up more in the scoring department early on as Frankfurt simply didnt have consistent scorers. Peacock has shown to be consistent from the start scoring in double figures in 23 of 26 games. His rebounding is down and is a topic among critics, but there have been games when he has been a monster on the boards like against Alba Berlin and Bamberg. He is often parked on the baseline far away from the rim and uses the mismatches and lets his fade away jumper do the talking. Let Zachery Peacock shoot and then everything will be fine is the perfect way to describe the hope that everyone has in him. Peacock has led the team especially now in the last weeks showing his scoring qualities, but also his will to do the maximum to win games. Back in his rookie season, the Giessen team gave him the nick name the mad baller, because he was a rookie and very focused to do everything right on the court and never joked around. In the last game where the Fraport Skyliners won round 2 of the battle of Wurzburg where Peacock led the team with 21 points and as so often this season displayed a knack for scoring in bunches, but it was the last play of the game where he showed his team play. Peacock came out and played like a guard and blocked a three pointer from hot shooting Brit Mike Lenzly which helped lead to the win. Peacock isnt a guy that will just coast on defense, but is able to make that big play when the team needs it most. It isnt only the challenge to try to dance around a bigger Jason Boone inside with the ball, but to defend like a first class player. I really have to work hard on defense. I love to guard the pick and role and the little guards. I love those challenges, warned Zachery Peacock. Six weeks ago, there was speculation and fear of not surviving and staying in the Beko BBL, but now the Skyliner horizon looks a lot rosier as the team most likely wont move down, but wont make the playoffs either. The amazing comeback by the Fraport Skyliners simply was started too late for any hope of reaching the promised land. There are still 5 games to play in the regular season and one thing is sure that the mad baller will first rest in Zack Peacock when he is back in Miami for the summer.




Dustin Mitchell - The hardest part of any injury is patiently waiting until you can get back out there - by Moritz Korff

A torn Achilles' tendon sidelined Dustin Mitchell (206-F/C-87, college: UW-Whitewater) for the season in early February, only shortly after he had signed with 2. Bundesliga Pro A team Gotha Rockets. The 25-year-old from Lac Du Flambeau, Wisconsin averaged 6.5 points in four games played during his first stint in German basketball. He graduated from NCAA Division 3 school UW-Whitewater in 2010 and was named to the D3 All-America First Team by the NABC. Eurobasket.com had the opportunity to ask him a few questions on his recovery, his well-rounded game and his plans for the 2013-14 season.

Eurobasket.com: You suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in early February. How has the recovery been since then?
Dustin Mitchell: Yes, that's correct I tore my Achilles in early February and had the operation to repair the tendon February 6th. At the moment I'm in the 8th week of recovery and it's going great or at least as good as it can be considering I still have another 7-8 weeks until I can train on the court at 100 percent intensity. I have been wearing a "walking boot" for the past 7.5 weeks which allows me to be much more mobile and gradually increase the pressure Im able to put on the injured foot. I will be finished with this boot in 2 days and you better believe I have the countdown to the second. To say the least I'm very excited to get rid of the boot, put on 2 normal shoes and just go for a normal walk! Most importantly I'm just ready to start being more active again because as most of us athletes know the hardest part of any injury is patiently waiting until you can get back out there. Now don't get me wrong I haven't just been sitting around all day, every day waiting for this to heal. I've been doing core and full body maintenance exercises since day 3 post operation as well as in the weight room 4 days a week since week 4 post op. The health care here in Germany has been great!

How do you cope with the injury mentally? Was it difficult to accept that you won't be able to play basketball for a while?
Well surprisingly it hasn't been too difficult, I've been very optimistic about my return since the day I came out of the operating room. I'm very motivated to show everyone that I can and will return to the game I love at the same level if not higher. I tell myself to accept it for what it is and use this time to rest my body. There really isn't much of an off season for a player who wants to be the best they can be and continue to get better every day. Yes, it is difficult knowing I can't play with great intensity for another 8 weeks, but sitting out these past weeks has shown me how much I truly love this game and competing every day. Also I have great supporters all over the world whether it's my family and friends back home in the U.S. or my fans in Macedonia, New Zealand, Kosovo, and right here in Gotha, Germany.

You played only four games for the Gotha Rockets. Have you ever been able to show your full potential in these games?
No, I certainly didn't get to show my full potential here in Germany. Coming in Midseason and fitting in with a new team is difficult but sometimes part of the job. I figured I probably wouldn't start right away being the new guy but I was busting my butt every day of practice expecting to eventually start or at least play much more than the minutes I was getting. Playing such short stints in the games was difficult; it never really gave me a chance to get in the flow of the game and at times forced me to take some shots I wouldn't normally take. The worst part of it was I knew I could be successful in this league and help my team play at a much higher level. Finally in game four against the number two team in the league Duesseldorf it looked as if my luck was going to change. I had 8 points in 5 minutes of play shooting 4/4 from the field and was feeling great. But then very early in the second quarter I went to jump for a rebound and it felt like somebody kicked me in the back of the heel. I fell to the floor and immediately knew it was a serious injury. I just hope I gained some positive exposure here in Germany during my short stint, because I enjoyed competing in this league and feel that I could help a lot of these teams succeed.

They seem to have huge ambitions in Gotha, maybe even plans of moving up to the German BBL one day. What's your impression of the Gotha organization?
Yes, this organization certainly does have big ambitions and plans on being in the top league within the next 3-5 years. I think it is very possible with some very hard work from the current players and management along with some new, nice additions to the team. The Rockets have one of the best if not the best sponsors in Germany that being "Oettinger Bier". My impression of the organization has been very good during my time here. They were very professional and took care of me.

You have played in Kosovo, New Zealand, Macedonia, Austria and Germany as a pro already. How is life playing basketball and traveling the world?
Yes, I guess you could say I'm very fortunate to have played in and experienced all these different places so early in my career. I've enjoyed every bit of it from the different cultures, cuisines, life styles and new experiences. Not to mention all the great people I've came across, which our relationships continue to this day. I've said it before and I'll say it again: "This is the best job I could ever imagine having!" I will continue to work as hard as I can day in and day out with the goal in mind of playing in one of the top leagues within the next few years. When I hang up my shoes at the end of my career I don't want to have any regrets.

You are a good three point shooter for a big man. How come?
Hahaha! There you go right there "for a big man!" That drives me crazy hearing that, I've always pushed myself to have a full skill set from having my back to the basket out to the perimeter. I don't just want to be one of the best shooting bigs out there, I want to be one of the best shooters and scorers' period. So whenever I've trained in the off season since I was about 16 or 17 I have worked all areas of my game. I like to be as versatile as possible because you never know where you might end up on the court or what your new role might be going into a new season. Also, going back to eighth grade I was a 5'8'' point guard and all I did was shoot from outside. Thankfully I continued to grow each year and was placed at every position on the court one time or another. Finally my senior year of high school my coach stuck me in the center position due to my new found height and that was by far the hardest position to adjust to. Between all the foot work, back to the basket game, face up game and just the sheer physicality of it all it took awhile. Once I reached the collegiate level I was thankful for all that I had gone through because I had a little bit of experience at each position as well as the skill set.

How did playing at UW Whitewater, a NCAA Division 3 school, prepare you for playing at the pro level?
First off I just want to say a tough player is a tough player, no matter what division they play in. A true competitor isn't going to back down from anyone. I think that's the biggest thing a player coming from division 3 needs to have is toughness, because a lot of professional teams don't respect it. Sure, there are a lot of undersized players at each position within this division, but these days I see more and more big time athletes within the division either transferring from higher divisions due to lack of playing time or just because it's closer to home for them. Anyways, I had some good coaches while at whitewater that were so picky with what I did. At times my first few years I didnt know if I could do "anything" right anymore! Our head coach was a big footwork and fundamentals guy, so that really helped me in understanding that you must always take care of the ball and value every position. I think one of the biggest things our coaching staff did was schedule a preseason game against a D1 school my freshman year and junior year, because it showed me the differences and what I needed to compete at that level and higher. Most of all it showed me that there wasn't much difference between them and myself. They made me the player I am today whether it's running the court every time for that one possible transition basket that seals the game or valuing every position and playing as hard as I can on defense and offense.

Any plans for the next season already? Would you like to play in Germany again maybe?
I have a few possible options but nothing official. It's hard to narrow anything down at this point especially since a lot teams and other leagues are still playing in the playoffs. I would definitely like to return to Germany again next season. From what I experienced Pro A is a very fun and exciting league to play in with great fans. To top it off I hear the top league BBL only gets bigger and better. I just want to say good luck to all the teams still playing out there and fighting for a championship...



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Loukas Mavrokefalidis selected the top Greek playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian PBL. He could not help one of league's weakest teams Spartak St.Petersburg (8-7) in their last game. Despite Mavrokefalidis' very good performance Spartak St.Petersburg was edged 85-82 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Triumph Lyubertsy. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Mavrokefalidis also added 6 rebounds in 32 minutes on the court. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Mavrokefalidis has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.6apg, 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 75.6% in the 12 games he played so far. He played for the Greek senior national team two years ago.

Nick Calathes
Nick Calathes
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Russia. Calathes was not able to help Lokomotiv (12-4) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Lokomotiv was defeated 68-63 at home by the second-ranked Valencia Basket in the group K of Eurocup. Calathes was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 7 rebounds. It's Calathes' first season with the team. Calathes is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 6.7apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 26.7% and FT: 58.8%. Calathes is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Greek senior national team. Calathes used to play for 3-year contract with Panathinaikos Athens in Greek league.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA). He led Denver Nuggets to an easy victory against the Brooklyn Nets (43-31) crushing them 109-87 in the NBA on Friday night. Koufos recorded 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 24 minutes. The Denver Nuggets have a solid 51-24 record this season. This year Koufos has relatively solid stats: 8.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 59.9%(275-459) and FT: 56.7% in the 74 games. He is a naturalized American. Koufos played for the Greek national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #4. Guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for Gescrap BB (16-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Zisis' very good performance Gescrap BB was defeated 90-82 on their home court in Bilbao by the much lower-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#15). He was the top scorer with 15 points. Zisis belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #7. This season he averages: 8.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.7apg. Zisis is also Greek national team player.

Kostas Kaimakoglou
Kostas Kaimakoglou
   #5. International power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83, currently plays in Russia) led Unics Kazan to a victory over the second-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (20-8) 73-58 in the Russian PBL last Monday. He was MVP of the game. Kaimakoglou scored 18 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 26 minutes. Unics Kazan (7-7) is placed sixth in the PBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Kaimakoglou is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers with 15.0ppg. This year he also averages: 5.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg in the eight games. Kaimakoglou plays currently for the Greek national team.

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #6. Swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nikolaos Zisis and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Vasiliadis, who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Gescrap BB (16-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Gescrap BB was defeated 90-82 on their home court in Bilbao by the much lower-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#15). Vasiliadis scored 11 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). Vasiliadis is currently seventh on the list of top scorers. This season he has very good stats: 14.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. Vasiliadis is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

Dimitris Haritopoulos
Dimitris Haritopoulos
   #7. Former international power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-83, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Bulgaria) was the major contributor in a Lukoil Academik's victory against the fifth-ranked Tundja Yambol (11-12) 85-68 in the Bulgarian NBL in Friday night's game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. Lukoil Academik Sofia (21-2) is placed first in the NBL. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Haritopoulos has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.3apg in the seven games. Haritopoulos used to play for the Greek national team eight years ago.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #8. Power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Russia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Kaimakoglou and both played together in the last Russian PBL game. Vougioukas contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (20-8) 73-58. He scored 11 points. Vougioukas has reliable stats this season: 11.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.2apg. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

Theodoros Papaloukas
Theodoros Papaloukas
   #9. An experienced former international point guard Theodoros Papaloukas (200-77, also represented by FCM, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help CSKA Moscow in a victory against the fourth-ranked Real Madrid (16-7) 81-72 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. Papaloukas recorded only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court. CSKA Moscow (19-4) is placed first in group E. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And now that game is quite important. This year Papaloukas' overall stats are: 2.5ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.2apg in the 10 games. He used to play for the Greek national team five years ago.

Antonis Fotsis
Antonis Fotsis
   #10. Forward Antonis Fotsis (209-81, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Armani Milano's victory against the closely-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (18-7) 85-79 in the Italian SerieA in Saturday night's game. Fotsis recorded 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (15-10) is placed fifth in the SerieA. Fotsis' total stats this season are: 7.3ppg and 4.4rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

   #11. Former international forward Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Cyprus) helped AEK edge the closely-ranked Apoel 76-74 in the Cypriot Division A last Tuesday. Kakiouzis had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 16 rebounds in 34 minutes. Kakiouzis' stats this year are: 14.0ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.2spg in the five games. He used to play for the Greek national team six years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Nikos Barlos (203-79, currently plays in Italy) helped C.de Latte BRE win their game against the tenth-ranked Upea CdO crushing them 109-87 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Thursday night. Barlos scored 22 points and added 4 passes. Barlos averaged so far 11.8ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.7spg. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2005.

   #13. Former U18 international forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CB Canarias in their game against Lagun Aro GBC in the Spanish ACB, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. Lampropoulos scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. But his team lost 77-89. This year Lampropoulos' total stats are: 7.0ppg and 3.8rpg in the 27 games. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team ten years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international small forward Dusan Sakota (209-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy) helped Cimberio Varese win their game against the closely-ranked Lottomatica Roma crushing them 81-58 in the Italian SerieA last Monday. Sakota recorded 8 points. Sakota has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 2.2rpg. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2006.

   #15. Former international swingman Dimitrios Tsaldaris (194-80, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Angelico Biella in their game against Sutor Montegranaro in the Italian SerieA, despite his very good performance on Monday night. Tsaldaris recorded 14 points, 4 assists and 3 steals in 36 minutes. But his team lost 73-86. Tsaldaris has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.5spg in the 10 games. He used to play for the Greek national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-G-85, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) could not help Duesseldorf Baskets (20-10) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Tzakopoulos' very good performance Duesseldorf Baskets was defeated 88-78 on the road by the lower-ranked Science City Jena (#7). He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Tzakopoulos also added 3 assists. The Regular Season already ended. Tzakopoulos has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.6apg. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Australian.

   #2. Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-PG-89, currently plays in Georgia) contributed to Olimpi's victory against the closely-ranked Energy Invest (13-6) 84-72 in the Georgian Superleague on Saturday night. Sokk scored 9 points and added 4 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Olimpi Tbilisi (15-3) is placed second in the Superleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Sokk is currently third on the league's list of best passers. He has very solid stats this season: 10.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.8apg and 1.1spg. Sokk is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Estonian.

   #3. Mannos Nakos (179-PG-88, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to help Uppsala Basket (28-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance Uppsala Basket lost 63-67 in Sodertalje to the lower-ranked (#3) Kings. Nakos recorded 11 points in a mere 17 minutes. Nakos has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 1.5apg in the 38 games he played so far. Nakos has both Greek and Swedish nationalities.

   #4. Dan Mavraides (193-G-88, college: Princeton, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 1-point Juvecaserta's victory against the closely-ranked Cantu (15-10) 66-65 in the Italian SerieA on Monday night. He recorded 7 points in 17 minutes. Co.Fi.Ba JuveCaserta (11-14) is placed ninth in the SerieA. Mavraides has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.3spg in the 14 games. He is a naturalized American. Mavraides used to play for Aris Thessaloniki in Greek league.

   #5. Experienced Elias Motran (201-F-80, currently plays in Lebanon) was not able to secure a victory for Bejjeh (6-19) in their game against Champville (16-9) in the Lebanese Division A. Despite his very good performance in Tuesday night's game He was the top scorer with 15 points. The Second Stage already ended. Motran has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.5apg. He also holds two passports: Greek and Lebanese.

   #6. Nicholas Livas (198-G-87, college: Ill.-Springfield, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Cuxhaven BasCats crushing them 92-63 in the German ProA (second division) on Thursday night. Livas scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Livas has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 6.8rpg and 2.2apg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Livas has never played in Greece.

   #7. Angelo Tsagarakis (190-PG-84, currently plays in France) couldn't help Chalons-Reims in their game against Pau-Lacq-Orthez in the French ProB (second division). He scored 6 points and added 3 assists in 24 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 20 points 75-55. Tsagarakis averaged so far 12.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.7apg in the 29 games. He has dual citizenship: Greek and French. Despite Tsagarakis' Greek passport, he previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #8. Kosta Karamatskos (197-G-86, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Crailsheim Merlins' victory against the league outsider USC Leipzig 102-96 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday. Karamatskos scored 7 points. Karamatskos has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 1.1rpg. He holds both Greek and German passports. Despite Karamatskos' Greek nationality, he previously played for the German U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.

   #9. Athanasios Kalpakas (198-F-84, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Akropol in their game against Boras II in the Swedish Basketettan (second division). Kalpakas recorded 5 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in 35 minutes. His team was edged 99-97. Kalpakas averaged so far 12.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.9apg and 1.1spg in the 23 games. He has Greek and Swedish nationalities.

   #10. Giannis Prodromou (196-F-87, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Kirchheim Knights in their game against MLP Academics Heidelberg in the German ProA (second division). He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Prodromou scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 95-89. Prodromou has averaged so far 3.9ppg and 1.8rpg. Worth to mention Prodromou played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.



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

Forward Samme Givens (195-F) put on an amazing game in the last round for Leeuwarden and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds, while his team outclassed Amsterdam (#9, 4-30) with 34-point margin 103-69. Leeuwarden maintains the 5th position in Dutch league. Leeuwarden is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 18-16 record. Givens turned to be Leeuwarden's top player in his first season with the team. Drexel University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Givens is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.3ppg), rebounds (8th best: 7.8rpg) and averages solid 65.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Darryl Webb (198-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports) of Zwolle. He is American forward in his first season at Zwolle. In the last game Webb recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 21 rebounds. Bad luck as Zwolle lost that game 66-74 to slightly higher-ranked Groningen (#3, 23-10). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Zwolle still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 18-16 record is not bad at all. Webb is a newcomer at Zwolle and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Kenneth van Kempen (208-C-87, agency: Court Side) of Weert (#7). van Kempen scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Weert, leading his team to a 86-81 win against slightly lower-ranked M.Magixx (#8, 15-19). The chances of Weert ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 18 games, recording just sixteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, van Kempen could help Weert to bring them higher in the standings. van Kempen has a great season in Holland. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.6rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Arvin Slagter (191-G-85) of Leiden - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
5. David Michaels (201-GF-90) of Leeuwarden - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jerrell Williams (203-F-88) of Leeuwarden - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Jeroen van der List (213-C-89) of Den Helder K. - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Bryquis Perine (190-G-88) of Weert - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Michael Kingma (208-C-79) of Groningen - 9 points and 12 rebounds
10. Max Van Schaik (208-F-91) of Den Helder K. - 17 points and 8 rebounds

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



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Snaefell holds on a 1 point win - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Snaefell won Stjarnan in a very close game 91-90 in their first Semi final game in a best of 5 serie.
First quarter was close one and score 30-30, in second quarter Stjarnan took a good leade and where up 56-48 at halftime.
Snaefell started second half with a strong defense led after third quarter 75-72, even Stjarnan won the last quarter by 2 points it was not enough.. Next game friday at Stjarnan
Top scorers for Snaefell. Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-F-81) 29. Jay Threatt 25. Ryan Amoroso 20.
For Stjaran. Jarrid Frye 23. Justin Shouse 22. Brian Mills 18



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Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Dell Aspac 24-1 
 2. Pelita Jaya 22-3 
 3. Satria Muda 19-5 
 4. CLS Knights 18-6 
 5. Garuda 17-8 
 6. Stadium Jak. 13-11 
 7. Hangtuah 12-12 
 8. Bimasakti 7-18 
 9. Satya Wacana 6-18 
 10. Pacific Caesar 5-19 
 11. NSH GMC Riau 2-23 
 12. Tonga BSC 2-23 

Regular Season: Round 40

Apr. 2: Dell Aspac - Bimasakti 83-56
Apr. 2: CLS Knights - Tonga BSC 77-59
Apr. 2: NSH GMC Riau - Pelita Jaya 45-103
Apr. 2: Garuda - Pacific Caesar 101-74

Regular Season: Round 42

Apr. 4: Garuda - Bimasakti
Apr. 4: Dell Aspac - Tonga BSC
Apr. 4: Pelita Jaya - Stadium Jak.
Apr. 4: CLS Knights - Satya Wacana


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bima RIZKY ARDIANSYAH
  Bimasa.
  (182-PF-90)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Rizky Ardian., Bim.15.3 
 2. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.14.8 
 3. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.14.7 
 4. Prawiro, Dell Aspac12.7 
 5. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.12.4 
 6. Pamungkas, Satya12.2 
 7. Sabara, Pacific12.0 
 8. Regowo, Dell Aspac12.0 
 9. Sua, Satya Wacana11.4 
 10. Poedjakesuma, Pel.11.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.8 
 2. Sabara, Pacific9.3 
 3. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.0 
 4. Gunawan, Satria M.8.6 
 5. Nolland, Garuda8.3 
 6. Nugroho, Satya W.7.9 
 7. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.6 
 8. Sucipto, NSH G.7.2 
 9. Prasetyo, Hangtuah6.5 
 10. Poedjakesuma, Pel.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.4.8 
 2. Wijaya, Garuda4.5 
 3. Sartika, Bimasakti4.1 
 4. Indra, Pacific4.0 
 5. Muharri, CLS K.4.0 
 6. Gerungan, Dell A.3.6 
 7. Sucipto, Satya W.3.1 
 8. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.2.9 
 9. Uneputty, Tonga B.2.9 
 10. Sebayang, Pelita2.9 
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.2.6 
 4. Sucipto, NSH G.2.4 
 5. Michel, Satria Muda2.1 
 6. Wijaya, Garuda2.0 
 7. Nolland, Garuda2.0 
 8. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.2.0 
 9. Dewanto, Pelita J.1.9 
 10. Sabara, Pacific1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Rony GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.2.1 
 2. Ruslan, Stadium2.1 
 3. Nugroho, Satya W.1.8 
 4. Teguh, Hangtuah1.6 
 5. Thoyib, Dell Aspac1.5 
 6. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.5 
 7. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.3 
 8. Gunawan, Satria M.1.3 
 9. Rahmat, Tonga BSC1.1 
 10. Damanik, Pelita J.1.1 


ASEAN League: Warriors beat Heat for the 11th win - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia Warriors - Saigon Heat 83:74

The Indonesia Warriors clinched the 11th win in the ASEAN League season. They knocked down the Saigon Heat to remain on top of the ladder. Jerick Canada (170-G) stepped up with 21 points and 7 assists to lead league leaders.
The Heat spurred ahead in the opening quarter. They established a 24:19 lead at the first break. The Warriors took over in the second quarter. The hosts went on a 26:12 rally to secure a 45:36 halftime advantage. The Warriors controlled the tempo in the third quarter. The home team arrived at the final break up by 10 points 66:56. The Heat could not recover in the fourth quarter as the Warriors raced to another victory. Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-C/F-86) and Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) notched 13 points apiece for the winners. Dior Lowhorn (201-F-87, college: USF) answered with 27 points for the Heat. David Palmer (206-F/C-86, college: N.Kentucky) had 21 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.

Indonesia Warriors: Jerick Canada 21, Christian Ronaldo Sitepu 13, Mario Wuysang 13
Saigon Heat: Dior Lowhorn 27, David Palmer 21+14 boards



NBL Round 40: No surprise as #1 Dell Aspac defeats Bimasakti - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 5 rounds.

NBL top team - Dell Aspac (24-1) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Bimasakti (7-18) in Jakarta 83-56. The game without a history. Dell Aspac led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bimasakti to just 4 points in second quarter. Dell Aspac forced 19 Bimasakti turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international swingman Xaverius Prawiro (184-86) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and the former international point guard Dirk Gerungan (182-87) who added 13 points and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) responded with 11 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dell Aspac have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 24-1 record. Bimasakti at the other side keeps the eighth place with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
11th ranked NSH GMC Riau (2-23) was outscored at home by second ranked Pelita Jaya (22-3) with the biggest margin this round 103-45. The winners were led by the former international forward Ary Chandra (182-84) who scored that evening 17 points and 4 assists and Ferdinand Damanik supported him with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Even a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds by center Max Yanto (215-83) did not help to save the game for NSH GMC Riau. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pelita Jaya have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 22-3 record having just two points less than leader Dell Aspac. NSH GMC Riau lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 23 games lost. They share the position with Tonga BSC. Pelita Jaya will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. NSH GMC Riau will play on the road against Stadium Jakarta (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 40 Pacific Caesar was destroyed by Garuda on the opponent's court 101-74. CLS Knights managed to outperform Tonga BSC in a home game 77-59.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 9 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists by Wendha Wijaya of Garuda.


Group Bali
Garuda - Pacific Caesar 101-74

Very expected game in Bandung where 10th ranked Pacific Caesar (5-19) was crushed by fifth ranked Garuda (17-8) 101-74. It looked good early as Pacific Caesar took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Garuda had a 32-21 second period charge getting the lead and Pacific Caesar was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-101. Garuda dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Pacific Caesar's 42. Garuda forced 28 Pacific Caesar turnovers and outrebounded them 41-23 including a 15-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. The winners were led by the former international point guard Wendha Wijaya (181-82) who scored that evening 9 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists and Chandistira Pranatyo (185-89) supported him with 17 points and 4 assists. Even 18 points by center Eko Sasmito (188-85) did not help to save the game for Pacific Caesar. Forward Gege Nagata (185-88) added 17 points for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Garuda maintains fifth position with 17-8 record. Pacific Caesar at the other side keeps the tenth place with 19 games lost. Garuda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pacific Caesar will play at home against Satria Muda (#3) in Jakarta and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Garuda: H.Ramli 21+3reb+1ast, C.Pranatyo 17+4reb+4ast, J.Hasoloan 13+2reb, Surliyadin 9+2reb+2ast, W.Wijaya 9+5reb+13ast, F.Yudha Pratama 8+3reb
Pacific Caesar: E.Sasmito 18+4reb+2ast, G.Nagata 17+1reb+1ast, C.Indra 11+3reb+3ast, D.Kurniawan 8+3ast, A.Sabara 6+3reb+2ast, H.Listiyono 4+5reb
gschID: 236556


Group Bali
Dell Aspac - Bimasakti 83-56

NBL top team - Dell Aspac (24-1) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Bimasakti (7-18) in Jakarta 83-56. The game without a history. Dell Aspac led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bimasakti to just 4 points in second quarter. Dell Aspac forced 19 Bimasakti turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international swingman Xaverius Prawiro (184-86) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and the former international point guard Dirk Gerungan (182-87) who added 13 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Dell Aspac players scored in double figures. At the losing side Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) responded with 11 points and 9 rebounds and Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) scored 14 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. Dell Aspac have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 24-1 record. Bimasakti at the other side keeps the eighth place with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Dell Aspac: X.Prawiro 16+4reb+1ast, F.Andika Ramadhani 14+4reb+1ast, D.Gerungan 13+1reb+5ast, O.Wira Sanjaya 10+1reb+2ast, H.Santosa 8+3reb, A.Prastawa Dhyaksa 8+2reb+2ast
Bimasakti: Y.Dwi Priasmoro 14+4reb+2ast, B.Rizky Ardiansyah 11+9reb+1ast, U.Gendro Maryono 10+3reb, H.Gunawan 6+4reb+4ast, D.Sartika 4+3reb+8ast, G.Sudrajat 3
gschID: 236555


Group Bali
NSH GMC Riau - Pelita Jaya 45-103

11th ranked NSH GMC Riau (2-23) was outscored at home by second ranked Pelita Jaya (22-3) with the biggest margin this round 103-45. Pelita Jaya dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to NSH GMC Riau's 36 and had 24 for 33 from the free-throw line, while NSH GMC Riau only scored three points from the stripe. Pelita Jaya forced 24 NSH GMC Riau turnovers and had a 33-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by NSH GMC Riau's players. The winners were led by the former international forward Ary Chandra (182-84) who scored that evening 17 points and 4 assists and center Ferdinand Damanik (196-88) supported him with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Even a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds by center Max Yanto (215-83) did not help to save the game for NSH GMC Riau. Yunus Efendi (186-83) added 9 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pelita Jaya have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 22-3 record having just two points less than leader Dell Aspac. NSH GMC Riau lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 23 games lost. They share the position with Tonga BSC. Pelita Jaya will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. NSH GMC Riau will play on the road against Stadium Jakarta (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Pelita Jaya: A.Chandra 17+3reb+4ast, A.Poedjakesuma 11+4reb+1ast, E.Sebayang 11+2reb+1ast, D.Aryo Dewanto 11+3reb+1ast, D.Wenas 10+4reb, F.Damanik 10+11reb+1ast
NSH GMC Riau: M.Yanto 19+13reb, Y.Efendi 9+5reb+2ast, J.Sucipto 5+5reb+1ast, R.Israelli 4+4reb, T.Tirtahadi 3+2reb+2ast, A.Amier 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 236554


Group Bali
CLS Knights - Tonga BSC 77-59

Very predictable result in Surabaya where fourth ranked CLS Knights (18-6) defeated bottom-ranked Tonga BSC (2-23) 77-59. The game without a history. CLS Knights led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. CLS Knights outrebounded Tonga BSC 51-33 including 21 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The winners were led by guard A. A. Ngurah Budidharma (179-90) who scored that evening 11 points and 4 assists and Tony Agus (191-86) supported him with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Four CLS Knights players scored in double figures. Even 7 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks by Azhari Rahmat (185-92) did not help to save the game for Tonga BSC. Saleh Afriatna (180-93) added 9 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. CLS Knights have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 18-6 record. Tonga BSC lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. They share the position with NSH GMC Riau. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: J.Jeffry 12+3reb, T.Agus 11+5reb+3ast, A.A. Ngurah Budidharma 11+4reb+4ast, D.Heryadi 10+5reb+2ast, R.Utomo 6+2reb, R.Somantri 6+6reb+2ast
Tonga BSC: A.Hermawan 14+1reb, S.Afriatna 9+5reb+1ast, H.Kurniawan 7+2reb+3ast, A.Rahmat 7+7reb+2ast, M.Hardian Wicaksono 6+3reb+3ast, R.Ongkowijoyo 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 236553



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Samardo Samuels may join Hapoel Jerusalem - by Idan Seggev

Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem is looking for a replacement to big man Craig Smith (201-F-83, college: Boston Coll.), who left the team a month ago after some disagreement with coach Sharon Drucker. The club is now looking for a replacement in the paint who will help the team in their playoff battle. Jerusalem already had an agreement with Valladolid's Othello Hunter (203-F-86, agency: David Lee services, college: Ohio St.), but the Spanish club didn't ease on the player who will eventually stayed in Spain. Now Jerusalem has two nominees: Rick Jackson (206-F-89, college: Syracuse) from the NBDL Austin Toros & Samardo Samuels (206-F/C-89, college: Louisville) from NBDL Reno Bighorns. While with Jackson there is still some major economic gap, Samuels was nominee in the past and is the better option to join Jerusalem. Played three years in Cleveland Cavaliers and had a career average of 5.3 PPG & 3.4 RPG in the NBA. During the current season he was cut from the Cavs and moved to the Bighorns, where he has an average of 19.8 PPG & 10.5 RPG.


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Gallinari, Faried help Nuggets trounce Jazz 113-96, knock Utah into 9th place - by Eurobasket News

Danilo Gallinari (205-SF-88, agency: Players Group) scored 21 points, including nine straight in the fourth quarter, and the Denver Nuggets beat Utah 113-96 Wednesday night to end the Jazz's winning streak at five.

Utah (39-37) fell a half-game behind the idle Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth Western Conference playoff spot.

Kenneth Faried added 19 points for the Nuggets (51-24), who took three of four from the Jazz this season.

Gordon Hayward led Utah with 18 points, while Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap scored 16 apiece.

Utah guards Mo Williams and Randy Foye were a combined 4 of 21.

The Jazz had made 19 3-pointers in two previous games but were just 6 of 20 from beyond the arc Wednesday.

Denver outscored Utah 58-38 in the paint and 19-13 on the break.
Courtesy of: www.foxnews.com



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Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba21.4 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi18.1 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.16.9 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.0 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin SH15.3 
 6. Rolle, Mitsubis.14.4 
 7. Smith, Hitachi SR14.4 
 8. Orimo, Hokkaido L.13.8 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.13.1 
 10. Gibbs, Toyota A.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.5 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba12.1 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.12.0 
 4. Oyedeji, Tochigi B.10.4 
 5. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.5 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.6 
 7. Smith, Hitachi SR7.3 
 8. Takeuchi, Toyota7.2 
 9. Hale, Mitsubis.7.2 
 10. Young, Aishin SH7.0 
Assists Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH4.3 
 2. Abe, Hokkaido L.3.7 
 3. Kawamura, Tochigi3.6 
 4. Shinoyama, Toshi.3.3 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.9 
 6. Sakurai, Hokkaido.2.9 
 7. Tsuji, Toshiba BT2.9 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.8 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi2.7 
 10. Igarashi, Mitsubi.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tomokazu ABE
  Hokkaido L.
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Abe, Hokkaido L.2.1 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.8 
 3. Hirose, Panasoni.1.7 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.2 
 5. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.2 
 6. Kawamura, Tochigi1.2 
 7. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.1 
 8. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.1 
 9. Catron, Hokkaido L.1.1 
 10. Shinoyama, Toshi.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.2.1 
 2. Covile, Aishin SH1.5 
 3. Rolle, Mitsubis.1.4 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.3 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota1.0 
 6. Fazekas, Toshiba0.8 
 7. Young, Aishin SH0.8 
 8. Moss, Toshiba BT0.7 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.0.6 
 10. Hale, Mitsubis.0.6 



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Standings - Premier League

Premier League Stage Two Standings
Top 4
 1. ASU 3-0 
 2. Al Riyadi 2-1 
 3. Ittihad Schools 1-2 
 4. Kulliyeh 0-3 
Places 5-8
 1. Orthodox 3-1 
 2. Al Wehdat 1-3 
 3. Ghazat Hash. 0-4 
 4. Kofer Yoba 0-4 
Round 2 Standings

Top 4: Round 5

Apr. 5: ASU - Al Riyadi
Apr. 5: Ittihad Schools - Kulliyeh



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  KENYA   


Kenya Basketball League resumes this weekend - by Eurobasket News

After last weekends break, The Kenya Basketball Federation League resumes this Saturday with defending champions Eagles Wings traveling to Kakamega for their first 2013 action against Western Delight at the Kakamega Police Canteen.
Former champions KPA will be at home in Mombasa against NYTA Shimba Hills while the Ports men will welcome Ulinzi Warriors also at the Makande.
These will be the second weekend matches of the season.
Saturday
KPA vs NYTA Shimba Hills KPA 2:00Pm
Kpa VS Ulinzi KPA Gym 4:00pm
Western Delight vs Eagle Wings - Kakamega Police Canteen 10:00am
Sunday- Nyayo stadium
KU Pirates vs Upper Hill -9:00am
Equity vs Little Prince 10:30am
Storms vs KU Oryx -12:00pm
USIU Flames vs KCA-U 1:30PM
Blazers vs Lions 3:00PM
Thunder vs USIU Tigers 4:30PM
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  LATVIA   

LBL Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 37

Apr. 3: Valmiera - Jekabpils 96-92 OT
Apr. 3: Liepaja - U18 119-70
Apr. 2: VEF Riga - Jurmala 116-74

Regular Season: Round 38

Apr. 6: Jekabpils - VEF Riga
Apr. 6: Jelgava - Valmiera
Apr. 6: Jurmala - Ventspils
Apr. 7: Turiba - Liepaja
Apr. 7: LU - Barons kvartals


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Peiners, LU20.4 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.19.7 
 3. Hill jr., Jekabpils16.1 
 4. Berzins, Valmiera16.0 
 5. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.9 
 6. Cain, Barons k.15.8 
 7. Sirsnins, Jekabpils14.7 
 8. Ozols, Jurmala14.6 
 9. Brown, Jurmala13.9 
 10. Apsitis, Turiba13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Cain, Barons k.10.9 
 2. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.3 
 3. Dargais, LU8.3 
 4. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.1 
 5. Chamberlain, Jelga.7.6 
 6. Berzins, Valmiera7.4 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava7.3 
 8. Butjankovs, Valmi.7.2 
 9. Mednis, Jurmala6.9 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rinalds SIRSNINS
  Jekabpils
  (186-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.9 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.6 
 3. Bertans, VEF Riga3.7 
 4. Peiners, LU3.5 
 5. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.5 
 6. Kanbergs, Jelgava3.1 
 7. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
 8. Sims, Ventspils3.1 
 9. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.1 
 10. Bergmanis, Barons3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs STRELNIEKS
  VEF R.
  (196-SG-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Strelnieks, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Brown, Jurmala1.9 
 3. Peiners, LU1.8 
 4. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.7 
 5. Jakovics, Liepaja1.6 
 6. Miezis, Barons k.1.6 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 8. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.5 
 9. Cain, Barons k.1.5 
 10. Ginters, U181.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Cain, Barons k.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.1.4 
 3. Meiers, Ventspils0.9 
 4. Ziedins, Valmiera0.9 
 5. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 6. Daniels, VEF Riga0.9 
 7. Leiteris, Liepaja0.8 
 8. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.8 
 9. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.0.8 
 10. Chamberlain, Jelg.0.8 


LBL Round 37: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets. Host teams show no mercy winning all games. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and extra overtimes.

LBL round 37 caused change at the leadership position. Twelfth defeat of league's leader Jekabpils (19-12) against third ranked Valmiera (20-12) 96-92 in overtime was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 20-15 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 4-point victory in overtime. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Raimonds Gabrans (185-84) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 9 assists. Forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) contributed with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American point guard P.J. Hill jr. (182-87, college: Ohio St.) answered with 31 points and 5 rebounds for Jekabpils. Valmiera have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Newly promoted Jekabpils dropped to the third place with 12 games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Valmiera. Jekabpils will play next round against strong VEF Riga trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Valmiera will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Jelgava on the road.

The most impressive performance of 37th round was 29 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists by Earl Rowland of VEF Riga.


Liepaja - U18 119-70

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Liepaja (13-18) crushed at home bottom-ranked U18 (1-18) 119-70 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Liepaja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to U18's 34. They outrebounded U18 54-24 including a 35-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Liepaja shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by U18's players. It was a very good performance for American guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate Word, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. point guard Ingus Jakovics (185-93) contributed with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Caldwell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Liepaja players scored in double figures. Center Andzejs Pasecniks (211-95) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Davis Geks (190-95) added 18 points in the effort for U18. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Liepaja maintains eighth place with 13-18 record. U18 lost fourteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 18 lost games. Liepaja will face Turiba (#10) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: P.Caldwell 21+6reb+4ast, I.Jakovics 18+6reb+6ast, K.Miglinieks 14+6reb+1ast, R.Krastins 12+1reb+1ast, A.Ate 12+13reb+4ast, T.Leiteris 10+4reb
U18: D.Geks 18+1reb+1ast, A.Pasecniks 17+6reb, E.Meznieks-Zahars 10+5reb+3ast, K.Gluditis 8+1ast, R.Avenitis 5, R.Paze 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 232732


Valmiera - Jekabpils 96-92 OT

LBL round 37 caused change at the leadership position. Twelfth defeat of league's leader Jekabpils (19-12) against third ranked Valmiera (20-12) 96-92 in overtime was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 20-15 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 4-point victory in overtime. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Raimonds Gabrans (185-84) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 9 assists. Forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American point guard P.J. Hill jr. (182-87, college: Ohio St.) answered with 31 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import center Todd O'Brien (213-89, college: UAB) added 18 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Jekabpils. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Valmiera have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Newly promoted Jekabpils dropped to the third place with 12 games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Valmiera. Jekabpils will play next round against strong VEF Riga trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Valmiera will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Jelgava on the road.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: R.Gabrans 23+4reb+9ast, J.Berzins 22+11reb+1ast, P.Veselovs 17+4reb+1ast, J.Kaufmanis 15+4reb+3ast, A.Cavars 15+11reb, A.Butjankovs 4+3reb
Jekabpils: P.Hill jr. 31+5reb+1ast, T.O'Brien 18+11reb+3ast, R.Sirsnins 11+3reb+2ast, J.Aleksejevs 11+6reb+1ast, A.Vitols 11+1reb+2ast, O.Virsis 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 232730


VEF Riga - Jurmala 116-74

Very expected game when 9th ranked Jurmala (11-20) was smashed on the road by fourth ranked VEF Riga (15-1) 116-74 on Tuesday. The game without a history. VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 27-of-30 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. VEF Riga forced 20 Jurmala turnovers and outrebounded them 39-21 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Jurmala was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!). American forward Will Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Ervins Jonats (203-91) answered with 13 points and 6 rebounds and forward Janis Dilevka (200-88) added 10 points in the effort for Jurmala. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Jurmala's coach Jevgenijs Kosuskins gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. VEF Riga have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 15-1 record. Jurmala lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 20 games lost. VEF Riga will face higher ranked Jekabpils (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jurmala will play against Ventspils (#5).
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: E.Rowland 29+5reb+12ast, J.Hamilton 20+7reb, W.Daniels 20+6reb+1ast, D.Bertans 13+4reb+1ast, D.Geks 11+3reb, D.Zavackas 8+5reb+3ast
Jurmala: E.Jonats 13+6reb, U.Vilums 13+2ast, R.Stumbris 10+1reb, J.Dilevka 10+4reb+1ast, D.Coders 9, E.Slesers 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 232729



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 22-2 
 2. Sagesse 20-4 
 3. Champville 16-9 
 4. Moutahed 16-9 
 5. Byblos 14-11 
 6. Amchit 13-12 
 7. Hoops 6-19 
 8. Bejjeh 6-19 
 9. Anibal 2-16 
 10. Antranik 2-16 

Second Stage: Round 7

Apr. 2: Hoops - Moutahed 81-93
Apr. 3: Amchit - Byblos 70-81
Apr. 2: Champville - Bejjeh 117-65
Apr. 5: Al Riyadi - Sagesse


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 36
 1. Emmett, Amchit36.0 
 2. Harper, Sagesse27.0 
 3. Blair, Hoops26.7 
 4. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 5. Khatib, Champville25.8 
 6. Youngblood, Byblos23.5 
 7. Williams, Bejjeh23.4 
 8. Sims, Sagesse23.2 
 9. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 10. Perry, Hoops21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Fraser, Byblos17.7 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi12.1 
 3. Ampim, Antranik12.0 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.11.4 
 5. Jamison, Bejjeh11.0 
 6. Perry, Hoops10.1 
 7. Sims, Sagesse9.6 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi9.3 
 9. Khazzouh, Sagesse8.9 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Blair, Hoops6.7 
 2. Akl, Sagesse6.2 
 3. Chatfield, Mouta.6.0 
 4. Williams, Bejjeh5.8 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.5 
 6. Youngblood, Byblos5.4 
 7. Fahed, Moutahed5.3 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik5.2 
 9. Khatib, Champville5.2 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Blair, Hoops3.3 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh2.4 
 3. Youngblood, Byblos2.3 
 4. Emmett, Amchit2.1 
 5. Harper, Sagesse2.1 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.8 
 7. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 9. Fahed, Moutahed1.6 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 2. Tskitishvili, Cham.1.9 
 3. Fraser, Byblos1.8 
 4. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.6 
 5. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.4 
 6. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi0.9 
 8. Bawji, Moutahed0.8 
 9. Terry, Champville0.8 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed0.7 



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  LIBERIA   


Timberwolves President Upbeat - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted first division side, Timberwolves Basketball President Dr. Tobias Bowen, has vowed to clinch the Liberia Basketball Association's first division championship.
Speaking to reporters recently at his office on Bushrod Island in Monrovia, Dr. Bowen promised to do everything possible under his administration to capture the first division title this season.
"Despite we are new in this division, we are decisive to take the day if any chance comes on our way during the competition," he added.
The local sports administrator also disclosed plans to take young and potential players for greener pastures to Holland. Dr. Bowen said he has established link with a sports promoter based in Holland to shortly embark on evaluation of young talents on the team.
He pointed out that country such as Liberia where basketball is the second widely played sport, has no professional basketballers abroad. Dr. Bowen, a former Uhuru Kings Basketball Club star himself, said he is happy to give back to the country's basketball program, vowing to transform Timberwolves into a viable basketball club in the country.
"I'm directly involved in developing young players; that's why I threw my weight behind the club in scouting potential and discipline Liberian basketballers to move them to Europe to become professional athletes for the country", he said.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  LIGA AMERICAS   

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. Vassallo, Arecibo19.7 
 4. Stallworth, Pinhei.19.5 
 5. Smith, Pinheiro.19.3 
 6. Guzman, Mavort19.0 
 7. Giovannoni, Brasil.18.2 
 8. Dos Santos, Brasil.17.0 
 9. Benite, Flamengo16.2 
 10. Ferreira, Pinheir.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Caio SILVEIRA
  Flamengo
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Silveira, Flamengo8.8 
 2. Ferreira, Pinheiro.8.5 
 3. Giovannoni, Brasil.8.2 
 4. Becker, S.Jose/U.8.0 
 5. Graterol, Arecibo7.8 
 6. Battle, Lanus7.7 
 7. Guzman, Mavort7.2 
 8. Hernandez, Pioneros7.2 
 9. Rodriguez, Flame.6.0 
 10. Ribeiro, Brasilia5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.7.7 
 2. de Assis, S.Jose/U.5.8 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.5.0 
 4. Vieira, Flamengo4.4 
 5. Laprovittola, Lanus4.3 
 6. Ribeiro, Brasilia4.2 
 7. Benite, Flamengo3.7 
 8. Laws, S.Jose/U.3.7 
 9. Stallworth, Pinhei.3.2 
 10. Cardenas, Mavort3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.2.5 
 2. Ribeiro, Brasilia1.8 
 3. Giovannoni, Brasil.1.7 
 4. Cardenas, Mavort1.7 
 5. Mensah, Flamengo1.4 
 6. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.3 
 7. de Assis, S.Jose/U.1.3 
 8. Stallworth, Pinhei.1.3 
 9. Levy, Lanus1.3 
 10. Benite, Flamengo1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Mineiro FERREIRA
  Pinheiro.
  (208-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.2 
 2. Becker, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 3. Araujo, Pinheiro.1.0 
 4. Antonio, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 5. Battle, Lanus0.7 
 6. McFarlan, Lanus0.5 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.0.5 
 8. Zanotti, Flamengo0.5 
 9. Boccia, Lanus0.5 
 10. Bambu, Pinheiro.0.5 



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  LITHUANIA   


Valanciunas scores career-high 24, Raptors beat Wizards 88-78 - by Eurobasket News

Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) joked that the last time he went to the free throw line so much he was probably 13 years old.

Valanciunas went 16-of-18 at the line, scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors past the Washington Wizards 88-78 on Wednesday night.

"From the start I was a new guy in the NBA, didn't know a lot about it and there's a big learning process during every game," said Valanciunas, who admitted he's starting to get more calls from refs around the league. "I was not talking to (the officials), not complaining about calls, maybe that helped me."

Raptors coach Dwane Casey has started seeing growth in the rookie, who had a career-best five blocks Monday in a loss to Detroit.

"The physicality of the game doesn't bother him anymore," Casey said. "Where before he'd kind of disappear a little bit, now JV is huge at the end of the games. You can go to him, he can make free throws, he can pass the basketball. Most of all, he can defend without fouling and I think that's huge for him, too.

"That growth on his part has been huge."

DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points for Toronto, which snapped a two-game losing streak after being eliminated from the playoff chase with the 108-98 home loss to the Pistons.

John Wall had 20 points to lead the short-handed Wizards (28-47), who announced before the game that rookie standout Bradley Beal will miss the remainder of the season with a right leg injury.

The Raptors entered the fourth carrying a 68-62 lead thanks in part to solid free throw shooting from Valanciunas and Kyle Lowry, who finished with nine points, eight boards and 13 assists.

DeRozan drained a deep two late in the fourth, stretching the Raptors' lead to 84-74, and Toronto held on for the win.

The Raptors, who shot 75 percent (27 of 36) on free throws against the Wizards, are second in the NBA in from the line since the All-Star break at 81 percent.

Trailing 50-39 at half time, Toronto used an early 12-4 run to pull to within two.

"We did not come out with any focus," said Wizards coach Randy Wittman. "That's where this group has to, on the road, put a team away. To be up 11 at half time and then go through the motions in those first three minutes, let them back in it. We need that killer instinct, and we have not shown it."

DeRozan put down a one-handed dunk on Nene, picking up the hoop and the foul.

Then Valanciunas, who led all scorers at the half with 13, took care of Nene defensively with a one-handed swat on the 6-foot-11 forward.

DeRozan pulled Toronto within one with a layup off the glass plus the foul, and Quincy Acy completed the comeback with a one-handed dunk.

"It definitely felt good," DeRozan said. "That was frustrating. We let teams jump out on us like that and then we got to fight our way back. We know we got to play like we did in the second half for 48 minutes.

"That's embarrassing when a team gets up on you on your home court."

Toronto opened the game on a 6-0 run and led for much of the first period, but Trevor Ariza capped off a 6-0 Washington run with a 3-pointer to put the Wizards up 24-23 after the first.

Rudy Gay, who scored a season-high 34 in the Raptors' loss to Detroit, finished with six points and eight rebounds. Casey said afterward that Gay was reduced to just 24 minutes because he twisted his ankle.

Landry Fields, who went to Los Angeles for follow-up tests on his right elbow Monday, was the beneficiary of added minutes as a result of Gay's injury. Fields scored three points in 17 minutes.

Notes: Beal, the No. 3 overall pick in last year's draft out of Florida, averaged 13.9 points, 3.8 assists and 2.4 rebounds this season.
Courtesy of: http://www.foxnews.com



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  MALAYSIA   


ASEAN League: Christien Charles paces Slammers past Dragons - by Eurobasket News

Thailand Slammers - KL Dragons 68:63

Christien Charles (216-F/C-81, college: Villanova) came up with 35 points and pulled down 17 rebounds to carry the Slammers past KL Dragons today. The victory meant just the fifth success for the Thai team in the ASEAN League season. KL Dragons slipped at 8-7 record after the loss.
The hosts dominated in the first half. They led by as many as 7 points after the starting quarter. The Slammers ran away for a 44:35 halftime lead. But the Malaysian team ignited a comeback run after the big break. They used a 10:0 run midway through the third term to pull in front. The hosts managed to regain the advantage taking a narrow 53:50 lead into the fourth frame. Wutipong Dasom and Froilan Baguion (170-G-80) helped the Slammers to a 66:60 advantage late in regulation. Moala Tautuaa (200-C-89, college: Chadron St.) drained a triple to cut the deficit but Froilan Baguion sank two free throws to seal the victory for the Slammers. Wutipong Dasom notched 15 points for the home side. Moala Tautuaa produced 23 points for the Dragons. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut) chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Thailand Slammers: Christien Charles 35+17 boards, Wutipong Dasom 15, Froilan Baguion 5
KL Dragons: Moala Tautuaa 23, Gavin Edwards 15



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  MEXICO   

Standings - CIBACOPA

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Apr. 3: Cananea - Nogales 86-81
Apr. 3: Los Mochis - Guasave 84-64
Apr. 3: Navolato - Tijuana 83-74
Apr. 3: Guaymas - Hermosillo 67-72

Regular Season: Round 3

Apr. 5: Guasave - Hermosillo
Apr. 5: Cananea - Guaymas
Apr. 5: Tijuana - Nogales
Apr. 5: Obregon - Navolato


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carlos TOUSSAINT
  Los M.
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 21
 1. Toussaint, Los M.21.0 
 2. Shorter, Guaymas18.0 
 3. Quintero, Tijuana18.0 
 4. Lewis, Los Mochis18.0 
 5. Polynice, Guasave17.0 
 6. Verdugo, Navolato17.0 
 7. Canady Jr., Navol.15.5 
 8. Stallings, Los Moc.15.5 
 9. Ruffus, Los Mochis15.5 
 10. Habel, Guaymas15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ronald SELLEAZE
  Navolato
  (197-F-76)
  Avg: 10
 1. Selleaze, Navolato10.0 
 2. Penny, Tijuana9.0 
 3. Canady Jr., Navol.8.0 
 4. Lewis, Los Mochis7.5 
 5. Habel, Guaymas7.5 
 6. Lopez, Hermosillo7.5 
 7. Frederick, Guasave6.5 
 8. Polynice, Guasave6.5 
 9. Shorter, Guaymas6.5 
 10. Little, Hermosillo6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Los Mochis
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Stallings, Los Moc.9.5 
 2. Buelna, Guasave5.5 
 3. Polynice, Guasave5.0 
 4. Habel, Guaymas4.5 
 5. Verdugo, Navolato4.5 
 6. Monreal, Hermosillo4.0 
 7. Toussaint, Los M.4.0 
 8. Insunza, Navolato4.0 
 9. Selleaze, Navolato4.0 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Froilan VERDUGO
  Navolato
  (--79)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Verdugo, Navolato2.5 
 2. Shorter, Guaymas2.5 
 3. Reatiga, Navolato2.5 
 4. Lopez, Hermosillo2.0 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo2.0 
 6. Farrera, Guasave2.0 
 7. Little, Hermosillo2.0 
 8. Ayala, Guaymas1.5 
 9. Hernandez, Hermosi.1.0 
 10. Selleaze, Navolato1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Shannon SHORTER
  Guaymas
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Shorter, Guaymas1.0 
 2. Morrison, Tijuana1.0 
 3. Canady Jr., Navol.1.0 
 4. Penny, Tijuana0.5 
 5. Ruffus, Los Mochis0.5 
 6. Hernandez, Hermosi.0.5 
 7. Villanueva, Hermo.0.5 
 8. Lopez, Hermosillo0.5 
 9. Zarco, Guaymas0.5 
 10. Polynice, Guasave0.5 


CIBACOPA Round 1: Regular season tips off with four games - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in CIBACOPA just started. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results.

Nogales - Cananea 75-80

Hosts were defeated by Mineros de Cananea (1-0) 80-75. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Fuerza Guinda Nogales won third quarter 14-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Mineros de Cananea won last quarter 20-16. American forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry, agency: Prossin Sports Management) fired 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Todd Brown (196-87, college: Wright St., agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. Monroe is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds and forward Jorge Mercado (200-80) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Fuerza Guinda Nogales players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Cananea: S.Monroe 22+6reb+4ast, T.Brown 21+7reb+2ast, R.Alexander 14+7reb+4ast, M.Acuna 8+1reb+3ast, A.Mojardin 6, J.Durazo 4+1reb+1ast
Nogales: R.Moss 18+9reb+1ast, J.Mercado 13+10reb+3ast, P.Reyes 10+4reb+2ast, E.Linan 10+1reb, C.Estrada 8+1reb+1ast, D.Logan 7+4reb+6ast
gschID: 234851


Guasave - Los Mochis 88-94

Frayles de Guasave was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Los Mochis 94-88 on Tuesday night. Frayles de Guasave trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 26-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 88-94 at the end of the game. Pioneros Los Mochis shot 60.3 percent from the field. American guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary, LA) fired 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. International guard Carlos Toussaint (190-91) chipped in 24 points. Stallings is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Eric Frederick (203-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) produced 27 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Eniel Polynice (195-88, college: Seton Hall) added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Five Pioneros Los Mochis and four Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: C.Toussaint 24+1reb+3ast, N.Stallings 19+5reb+6ast, J.Lewis 19+4reb+3ast, J.Ruffus 13+3reb+4ast, J.Quintero 12+6reb+2ast, J.Sandoval 7+4reb+1ast
Guasave: E.Frederick 27+8reb+1ast, V.Buelna 19+3reb+5ast, E.Polynice 17+5reb+7ast, R.Robinson 12+5reb+2ast, J.Farrera 7+7reb+2ast, J.Acosta 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 234853


Hermosillo - Guaymas 87-91 OT

Guayamas opened their campaign with a road win over Hermosillo. Jerome Habel stepped up with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the winners. Miguel Ayala added 20 points for the visitors. Joaquin Villanueva answered with 18 points for Hermosillo. Emmanuel Little chipped in 17 points in the losing case.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: J.Habel 23+10reb+6ast, M.Ayala 20+4reb, M.Allen 17+4reb+7ast, S.Shorter 11+6reb+3ast, F.Benitez 7+7reb, V.Avila 6+4reb
Hermosillo: J.Villanueva 18+6reb, E.Little 17+4reb+3ast, J.Lopez 16+12reb, J.Esteva Hernandez 12+5reb+1ast, P.Sanders 10+3reb+3ast, J.Coronado 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 234852


Navolato - Tijuana 89-87

Garra Canera de Navolato used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Tijuana 89-87 on Tuesday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tijuana Zonkeys won fourth quarter 24-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Garra Canera de Navolato looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American swingman Raymond Canady Jr. (201-84, college: Valdosta St.) fired 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Jesus Angel Reatiga (183-81) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. Canady Jr. is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Garra Canera de Navolato's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) produced 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) added 19 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Four Garra Canera de Navolato and five Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories.
Top scorers:
Navolato: R.Canady Jr. 20+9reb+1ast, F.Verdugo 18+3reb+3ast, J.Angel Reatiga 17+2reb+5ast, A.Villalobos 12+1reb+3ast, A.Martin 8+1reb+1ast, J.Insunza 8+3reb+4ast
Tijuana: O.Quintero 19+2reb+6ast, M.Morrison 17+6reb+5ast, L.Ramirez 17+2reb+1ast, G.Shipley 14+9reb+2ast, J.Penny 13+9reb+4ast, E.Medina 5+2reb
gschID: 234850



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  MONTENEGRO   

Standings - 1A

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

Second Stage: Round 3

Apr. 3: Jedinstvo - S.Centar 92-64
Apr. 3: ABS Primorje - Ibar Rozaje 90-82
Apr. 3: Danilovgrad - Centar BP 70-65

Second Stage: Round 4

Play-Out

Apr. 6: S.Centar - Ibar Rozaje
Apr. 6: Centar BP - ABS Primorje
Apr. 6: Jedinstvo - Danilovgrad

S-League

Apr. 6: Lovcen - Mornar Bar
Apr. 6: Ulcinj - Sutjeska
Apr. 6: Teodo Tivat - Buducnost


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nikola PAVLICEVIC
  Sutjeska
  (192-SG-88)
  Avg: 19
 1. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.19.0 
 2. Boricic, ABS P.18.9 
 3. Milosevic, Ulcinj18.1 
 4. Stojanovic, Lovcen17.5 
 5. Ljujic, Centar BP17.1 
 6. Jovanovic, Danilov.16.2 
 7. Mitchell, Centar B.15.2 
 8. Ratkovic, ABS P.14.9 
 9. Nicaj, Lovcen14.6 
 10. Radulovic, Teodo14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Savo DJIKANOVIC
  Teodo T.
  (211-C-75)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Djikanovic, Teodo9.4 
 2. Ljujic, Centar BP9.0 
 3. Radulovic, Teodo T.8.5 
 4. Draskovic, Jedin.7.6 
 5. Pavic, Mornar Bar7.5 
 6. Zejak, Danilovgrad7.5 
 7. Radak, ABS P.6.9 
 8. Bacovic, ABS P.6.8 
 9. Calic, Sutjeska6.1 
 10. Zizic, Sutjeska5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Nikola KORAC
  Jedinstvo
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Korac, Jedinstvo4.5 
 2. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.3.9 
 3. Stojanovic, Lovcen3.6 
 4. Calic, Sutjeska3.3 
 5. Boricic, ABS P.3.3 
 6. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.3.3 
 7. Simonovic, Ulcinj2.9 
 8. Tepavcevic, Teodo2.6 
 9. Mitchell, Centar B.2.6 
 10. Radosavljevi., Mo.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nikola PAVLICEVIC
  Sutjeska
  (192-SG-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.2.3 
 2. Simonovic, Ulcinj2.3 
 3. Mitchell, Centar B.2.0 
 4. Samardzic, Danilov.1.8 
 5. Omerovic, Jedin.1.7 
 6. Djurisic, Mornar B.1.7 
 7. Calic, Sutjeska1.5 
 8. Milosevic, Ulcinj1.5 
 9. Stojanovic, Lovcen1.5 
 10. Femic, Centar BP1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Radoje VUJOSEVIC
  Sutjeska
  (209-C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Vujosevic, Sutjeska1.9 
 2. Ljujic, Centar BP1.7 
 3. Radulovic, Teodo T.1.4 
 4. Draskovic, Jedin.0.9 
 5. Nicaj, Lovcen0.9 
 6. Pavic, Mornar Bar0.9 
 7. Karalic, ABS P.0.8 
 8. Young, Danilovgrad0.7 
 9. Skurdauskas, Morna.0.7 
 10. Korac, Centar BP0.6 


Balkan League: Mornar Bar steal win in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News

OKK Beograd - Mornar Bar 83:84

Mornar Bar finished their Balkan League season on a high note. They stole a hard-fought road win over OKK Beograd. It was the third straight success for the Montenegrin team in Last 4 group. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) stepped up with 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winners.
OKK Beograd stormed into the game. They built a comfortable 29:15 lead ten minutes into the game. But Mornar Bar quickly stopped the bleeding. They held OKK Beograd to 13 points in the second frame to get within 8 points at halftime 42:34. The Montenegrin side continued to claw their way back into the game in the third term. They narrowed the deficit to just 2 points before the fourth frame. OKK Beograd though seemed to be en route to the victory after they made it a 5-point game late in regulation. However the visitors drained back-to-back triples and ran away with a dramatic win at the end. Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) netted 19 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 5 assists, while Slobodan Tosic (195-G-80, agency: BeoExcell) delivered 15 points in the win. Ivan Marinkovic (208-F/C-93) answered with 28 points for OKK Beograd. Vuk Malidzan (193-G-88) had 21 points, 13 boards and 12 assists in the loss.

OKK Beograd: Ivan Marinkovic 28, Vuk Malidzan 21+13 boards+12 assists
Mornar Bar: Vukota Pavic 24+13 boards, Lazar Radosavljevic 19, Slobodan Tosic 15



Balkan League: Levski finish Top 6 campaign undefeated - by Eurobasket News

Teodo Tivat - Levski 72:88

Levski recorded yet another victory at the Balkan League Top 6 stage. They rolled past Teodo Tivat on the road to finish the stage undefeated. Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) drained 8 triples on his way to game-high 30 points.
Teodo Tivat set the tone early in the game. They recorded a 25:22 lead after ten minutes. But Levski responded with a stifling defence in the second quarter and surged ahead for a 40:37 halftime lead. The Bulgarian team stretched the gap in the third quarter. They cleared off to a 9-point advantage at the final intermission. Levski finished off their opponents with a 23:16 run in the fourth period. Mladen Pantic (209-C-82, agency: Alti Sport) tallied 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Pavel Ivanov (200-SF-88) chipped in 13 points in the winning effort. Radomir Pekic (195-G-92) answered with 14 points for Teodo Tivat. Srdjan Subotic (195-G-88) had 13 points in the loss.

Teodo Tivat: Radomir Pekic 14, Srdjan Subotic 13
Levski: Marko Marinovic 30, Mladen Pantic 17+12 boards, Pavel Ivanov 13



Pekovic and Rubio lead Wolves past Bucks 107-98 - by Eurobasket News

Nikola Pekovic (209-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 27 points and Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) added 18 points, 12 assists and eight steals to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 107-98 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

Pekovic made 11 of 14 shots from the field and also had eight rebounds. Rubio connected on five of his six attempts from 3-point range for the Timberwolves, who went 8-of-13 from beyond the arc as a team and led most of the game.

Ersan Ilyasova had 29 points and 12 rebounds, Monta Ellis scored 18 points and Mike Dunleavy added 15 for Milwaukee, which holds a six-game lead on Philadelphia for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Minnesota shot 61.9 percent to jump out to a 34-23 lead after the first quarter.

The Timberwolves moved ahead by 14 points, their biggest lead of the game, early in the second before the Bucks broke off a 22-6 run to surge in front 48-46. The Timberwolves closed the quarter on a 9-4 spurt to take a 55-52 lead at the half. Rubio had 15 first-half points while sinking all five of his 3-pointers. The Timberwolves made seven 3-pointers in the opening half.

Minnesota held the lead throughout the third quarter and took an 87-81 advantage heading into the final period.

Pekovic continued a run of strong games after he had 22 points and 15 rebounds in a win over Oklahoma City on Friday and scored 29 at home Monday to help beat Boston.

Minnesota had 58 points in the paint, compared to just 38 for Milwaukee.

Notes: Milwaukee coach Jim Boylan said Luc Richard Mbah a Moute still appears to be dealing with lingering effects from surgery on his right knee last offseason. "He's not moving around the way he has in prior years with us," Boylan said. "You have to figure that his knee isn't quite as good as he'd want it to be. It'll continue to take a little more time." .Boylan questioned why the league schedule has the Bucks playing all of their games down the stretch against teams outside their division. "We're done with anybody in our division. We were done with some teams in our division back in January. You'd think that if you were in a battle for a division title it'd be nice if you were playing them in March or April." . A moment of silence was held for NBA referee Greg Willard, who died Monday of pancreatic cancer at age 54.
Courtesy of: Associated Press



Play-Out League Round 3: No surprises. The home teams defeated their courts - by Darko Pekic

In the Play-Out League Round 3 no surprises happened tonight. Jedinstvo, Danilovgrad and Primorje won at home and made the battle to avoid relegation even more interesting. Jedinstvo at home did not have any problems against the only Division II representative- Studentski Centar (92-64). Jedinstvo got a 10 point lead in the second quarter and kept increasing it until the end. Nikola Ljujic (202-F-91, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) scored 20 points for the home team while Nikola Korac (185-G-86, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) added 17 points. Mirko Miranovic (190-G-90) led the guests with 21 points and Petar Kusovac (195-F-93, college: S.Centar) added 17 points but it was not enough.

Danilovgrad had a +15 lead against Centar in the third quarter but struggled to maintain the lead and the guest made the game interesting in th final minutes. However, more experienced Danilovgrad's players led by Ivan Zejak (203-SF-87) (18 points, 7 rebounds) and Jay-R Strowbridge (183-PG-88, college: Oregon) ( 15 points, 3 assists and 2 steals) secured the important win for Danilovgrad. Primorje was led again by Aaron Mitchell (187-G-89, agency: BBEH Cokrlija, college: Longwood) who scored 23 points and added 7 rebounds but other players did not contribute as well as it was expected from them.

Primorje and Ibar played in Herceg Novi and the home team got a deserved win. Vladimir Boricic (195-G/F-84) was the top scorer in Primorje with 19 points while Mersudin Kosuta led the guests with 15 points.

The next round will be played on Saturday.



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 48-26 
 2. Brooklyn N. 43-31 
 3. Boston C. 39-36 
 4. Philadelph.76 30-44 
 5. Toronto R. 28-47 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 48-27 
 2. Chicago B. 40-33 
 3. Milwaukee B. 36-38 
 4. Detroit P. 25-51 
 5. Cleveland C. 22-52 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 58-16 
 2. Atlanta H. 42-34 
 3. Washington W. 28-47 
 4. Orlando M. 19-57 
 5. Charlotte B. 18-57 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 54-20 
 2. Denver N. 51-24 
 3. Utah Jazz 39-37 
 4. Portland TB 33-42 
 5. Minnesota T. 28-46 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 50-26 
 2. Golden St.W. 43-32 
 3. LA Lakers 39-36 
 4. Sacramento K. 27-48 
 5. Phoenix Suns 23-52 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 56-19 
 2. Memphis G. 51-24 
 3. Houston R. 42-33 
 4. Dallas M. 36-38 
 5. N.Orleans H. 26-49 

Regular Season: Round 150

Apr. 3: Boston C. - Detroit P. 98-93
Apr. 3: Golden St.W. - N.Orleans H. 98-88
Apr. 3: San Antonio S. - Orlando M. 98-84
Apr. 3: Milwaukee B. - Minnesota T. 98-107
Apr. 3: Utah Jazz - Denver N. 96-113
Apr. 3: Cleveland C. - Brooklyn N. 95-113
Apr. 3: Charlotte B. - Philadelph.76 88-83
Apr. 3: Toronto R. - Washington W. 88-78
Apr. 3: Atlanta H. - New York K. 82-95
Apr. 3: Portland TB - Memphis G. 76-94
Apr. 3: LA Clippers - Phoenix Suns 126-101
Apr. 3: Sacramento K. - Houston R. 102-112

Regular Season: Round 151

Apr. 4: Brooklyn N. - Chicago B.
Apr. 4: Denver N. - Dallas M.
Apr. 4: Oklah.City T. - San Antonio S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.3 
 2. Anthony, New Y.28.1 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.0 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.9 
 5. Harden, Houston R.25.9 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Irving, Cleveland23.0 
 8. Curry, Golden S.22.6 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat21.3 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.7 
 2. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 3. Vucevic, Orlan.11.6 
 4. Noah, Chicago B.11.4 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.3 
 6. Lee, Golden St.W.11.2 
 7. Evans, Brooklyn N.10.7 
 8. Chandler, New Y.10.7 
 9. Hickson, Portland.10.7 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.6 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.2 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.5 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.7 
 6. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..7.6 
 8. Parker, San A.7.6 
 9. Rubio, Minnesot.7.5 
 10. Calderon, Toron.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.2.2 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.0 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 7. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 9. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 10. James, Miami Heat1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.1 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.9 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 4. Duncan, San A.2.6 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.2.2 
 7. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 
 10. Biyombo, Charlott.1.7 


The Mavericks welcome back Akognon - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks (NBA) landed 27-year old former Nigerian international point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton). It is actually his comeback to the Mavericks as he played here before. Akognon played recently at Liaoning Jiebao Hunters in Chinese CBA league. In 36 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 29.0ppg and recorded 3.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.9spg this season. He also spent pre-season at the Mavericks earlier that year. Akognon ended the last season at Canton Charge. In four games he averaged 14.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. But the most of that year he spent at DongGuan Leopards (CBA) in China. In 37 games he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 28.2ppg and averaged 2.9rpg, 3.0apg and 1.6spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 2nd Team.
Akognon has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements his team made it to the D-League Semifinals in 2012. Akognon received also Big West Player of the Year award back in 2009 at his college time. Akognon represented Nigeria at the African Championships in Libya four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 9.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 21.1%, FT: 84.6%.
Akognon has played also professionally in Estonia (Kalev/Cramo).
He attended California State University, Fullerton until 2009 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Recap: Action continues with 12 games on Wednesday - by Eurobasket News

LA Clippers - Phoenix Suns 126-101
DeAndre Jordan (6'11''-C-88, college: Texas A&M) had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) added 14 points and 12 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in beating the Phoenix Suns 126-101 on Wednesday night for their franchise-record 50th win. Willie Green and Caron Butler scored 15 points each, and Blake Griffin had nine points, seven assists and five rebounds to help the Clippers end a three-game skid with their second-highest scoring total of the season. They improved to 50-26 overall, bettering the single-season record for wins set in 1974-75 when the team was in Buffalo. They're 29-9 at home. The Clippers needed to win and have Golden State lose to New Orleans to clinch the franchise's first division title. But the Warriors won 98-88, postponing another first by this Clippers team. Wesley Johnson scored 20 points and Jermaine O'Neal added 18 for the last-place Suns, who have lost seven straight overall. Courtesy of: http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Golden St.W. - N.Orleans H. 98-88
Oakland, Calif. - The Golden State Warriors, behind a double-double from All-Star forward David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida), whipped the New Orleans Hornets 98-88 Wednesday night at Oracle Arena, Lee, who finished with 23 points and 16 rebounds, led five Warriors players in double figures, including former Hornets guard Jarrett Jack (19), Stephen Curry (20) and Harrison Barnes (10). Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) led the Hornets with 21, but shot just 5 of 17 from the field. He was 10 of 11 from the free-throw line. The Hornets led by as many as 11 points in the second quarter, but the Warriors used an 18-4 run to turn the game around. New Orleans got as close as one point with 1:03 to go in the third, but the Warriors held off the charge. Golden State won the season series, three games to one. Courtesy of: http://www.nola.com

Portland TB - Memphis G. 76-94
PORTLAND, Ore. - It was two years ago when the Grizzlies arrived in the Rose Garden at this point of the regular season and stepped into a mild controversy. With the playoff berth secured but a seventh or eighth-place finish out of their control, the Griz rested key players. Coach Lionel Hollins was accused of disrespecting the game by local media yet made no apologies for wanting his team healthy for the postseason. That was then when only three regular-season games remained. Hollins made it clear Wednesday night before the Grizzles' 94-76 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers that this end-of-season drive presents a different set of circumstances. The Griz began a three-game road trip trying to keep pace with the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers for the third seed in the Western Conference playoff standings. So when the subject of rest came up, Hollins said he'd play it by ear and limit minutes depending on the flow of the game. 'I just want us to be playing well,' Hollins said. 'Everybody is talking about the playoffs, but we still have (regular-season) games to play. We're playing to win.' The Grizzlies' starters certainly came out as if they wanted to dominate and then rest. Memphis (51-24) was never seriously challenged as the Grizzlies set a franchise record for wins in a season by earning their 51st victory. Memphis also guaranteed it would finish this season with the best overall winning percentage in franchise history, surpassing the .621 mark set in 2011-12. The Griz will finish this season with a winning percentage no worse than .622. The Griz led by 11 after the first and second quarters, and their lead swelled to as many as 18 points in the first half. Even when the Blazers cut their deficit to seven points midway through the third quarter, the Griz responded with a heavy hand.Griz point guard Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) calmly buried a 3-pointer to re-establish the double-digit advantage. Tony Allen then got a steal and earned a trip to the free throw line after he was fouled. Portland had trouble taking care of the basketball all night. Blazers coach Terry Stotts probably expected as much from his younger-than-normal lineups. The Blazers were without forwards LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) and Nicolas Batum (shoulder), and had five rookies on the court at one point. The loss officially eliminated Portland from playoff contention. Courtesy of: http://www.commercialappeal.com

Sacramento K. - Houston R. 102-112
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Chandler Parsons (6'9''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) scored 29 points and James Harden added 21 to lead the Houston Rockets to a 112-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. Parsons and Harden, the team's two leading scorers, returned to the lineup to help the Rockets win their third straight and eighth in 11 games. Parsons, who made 12 of 18 shots, had missed the previous game with food poisoning, while Harden had been nursing a foot injury. Harden also has nine rebounds and seven assists. Omer Asik had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Jeremy Lin had 15 points and 10 assists, and Terrence Jones chipped in with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Houston, which is in seventh place in the Western Conference. Tyreke Evans scored 22 points and Marcus Thornton had 21 for the Kings. DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points and fouled out late in the fourth quarter. Jason Thompson (6'11''-F-86, college: Rider) added 17 points and 15 rebounds. After the Kings cut an 11-point deficit to five, the Rockets responded. With time running out on the shot clock, Lin made a 3-pointer and Asik followed with a three-point play, giving the Rockets at 112-101 lead with 1:42 remaining. Ahead by three points in the fourth, the Rockets scored six straight. Jones scored twice from close range and Harden had an emphatic breakaway dunk following a Kings turnover, putting Houston ahead 102-93 with 5:45 left. Asik scored the first seven points of the third for Houston. He finished with 11 points in the period to help the Rockets take an 88-82 lead into the fourth. Following a quiet first half, Evans had a huge third quarter with 16 points. Coming of a sore right foot that caused him to miss the previous two games, Harden got off to a fast start. He made two 3-pointers and scored nine points in the opening quarter when the Rockets led 27-26. Harden scored 15 and had six assists, while Parsons had 14 points for Houston, which took a 59-55 lead into the break. Cousins had 14 points and six rebounds and Thornton had 13 points for the Kings. Off the court, the uncertainty remains regarding the future of the Kings. A group from Sacramento and Seattle both made presentations in New York today with NBA commissioner David Stern and 12 owners. The Seattle group, led by hedge fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, made a 90-minute pitch accompanied by Seattle's mayor and a county executive. The Seattle group has a pending agreement with the Maloof family to buy 65 percent of the team and move it back to the city the SuperSonics left in 2008. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and a potential ownership group - Vivek Ranadive, Mark Mastrov, Ron Burkle and Paul Jacobs - pleaded their case to keep the team in Sacramento. Stern said both cities made strong presentations. The commissioner indicated that it's possible the league might not be able to decide the issue at their Board of Governors meeting later this month, which was the original target date for a decision. Notes: There was a video tribute to former King Francisco Garcia during pre-game. Garcia played seven-plus seasons in Sacramento before being traded to Houston in February. . After missing a 10-game stretch for personal reasons, Kings reserve F James Johnson didn't play for the second straight game. . This was the second game in a five-game home stand for the Kings that ends April 10 against New Orleans. .. The Kings shot 8 of 23 in the third quarter, but were still only outscored 29-28. Courtesy of: Associated Press

Utah Jazz - Denver N. 96-113
Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-SF-88, agency: Players Group) scored 21 points, including nine straight in the fourth quarter, and the Denver Nuggets beat Utah 113-96 Wednesday night to end the Jazz's winning streak at five. Utah (39-37) fell a half-game behind the idle Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth Western Conference playoff spot. Kenneth Faried added 19 points for the Nuggets (51-24), who took three of four from the Jazz this season. Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Butler) led Utah with 18 points, while Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap scored 16 apiece. Utah guards Mo Williams and Randy Foye were a combined 4 of 21. The Jazz had made 19 3-pointers in two previous games but were just 6 of 20 from beyond the arc Wednesday. Denver outscored Utah 58-38 in the paint and 19-13 on the break. Courtesy of: www.foxnews.com

San Antonio S. - Orlando M. 98-84
With the team visiting OKC on Thursday, Gregg Popovich decided to rest Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard. With Ginobili out, that meant the Spurs were going to be without three of their leading scorers. I'm sure the idea was to give Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) the night off as well but with DeJuan Blair out with a stomach virus, Big Fun had to suit up. Fortunately, the Magic were the opponent and they are, simply put, not a good basketball team. It's obviously by design since they are rebuilding. Jacque Vaughn has had his guys playing hard but they are not particularly talented and on this contest, they were missing all their veterans. The game It could have easily turned into a trap game if the Spurs didn't feel the need to approach the Magic "with the appropriate fear," as Pop likes to say. Fortunately at the start of the game that didn't seem like the case. The team was energized and active on defense, especially Nando De Colo, who got the start this time. They were moving the ball and taking turns on offense instead of giving De Colo all of the playmaking responsibility. Tim Duncan and Jackson started off poorly but with Gary Neal sniping away en route to eight first quarter points, it didn't seem to matter. The Spurs managed to score a very good 28 points in the first quarter but couldn't pull away as they allowed 23 to the visitors. Neal stayed hot to start the second quarter and with a lineup that included Gary, Danny Green and Matt Bonner it seemed the Spurs were going use Tiago Splitter to pick and roll Nikola Vucevic and the Magic to death. Instead the Spurs continued to run their usual sets, which shows a lot of discipline and confidence in the system. But as the minutes passed, you could see the Spurs were starting to get overconfident on both ends, and that resulted in turnovers and mediocre transition defense, which the Magic took advantage off. Those 13 fast break points the Magic scored, plus their seven second chance points, boosted their terrible offense to keep it close going into the break. After two quarters the Spurs led by five, 51-46. Pop decided to sit Tim Duncan for the second half, with Splitter in his place. Things weren't looking good when the Magic kept running and cut the Spurs' lead to one, but Pop called a timeout and the Spurs got a Danny Green corner three off a set play. With the Magic hanging around but not really threatening the win, Pop started emptying his bench. Aron Baynes got some serious minutes and a three point guard lineup got some run in all permutations. Tiago Splitter and Stephen Jackson didn't return. It definitely seemed a little premature considering the Spurs hadn't really pulled away, but it appeared as though Pop didn't want to tire his core guys and was curious to see what the end of his bench could give him. I'm not going to lie, there were some rough patches and the offense was hard to watch. But the scrubs held their own. We know what guys like Neal, Bonner and even Nando De Colo can provide but the deep bench, Patty Mills, Aron Baynes and Cory Joseph (aptly named PB&J by Chajamamama) showed why they are on an NBA roster. Joseph is a good floor general that gets the team into its sets, Mills is a ball of energy, and Baynes is a proper big man that can muscle his way into rebounds. He even flashed a semblance of offensive versatility by hitting a turn around, fade away jumper in the post We had to wait a little longer than would have been ideal, but the Spurs went on a 10-0 run with 7:37 to go in the fourth and never looked back. This game was simply the appetizer and the Spurs knew it; the main course is tomorrow's meet up with the Thunder. But with Pop giving us a glimpse at what Baynes can do and using quirky lineups, at least this weird little game had entertainment value for those completists watching. Courtesy of: http://www.poundingtherock.com

Milwaukee B. - Minnesota T. 98-107
Nikola Pekovic (6'10''-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 27 points and Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) added 18 points, 12 assists and eight steals to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 107-98 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. Pekovic made 11 of 14 shots from the field and also had eight rebounds. Rubio connected on five of his six attempts from 3-point range for the Timberwolves, who went 8-of-13 from beyond the arc as a team and led most of the game. Ersan Ilyasova had 29 points and 12 rebounds, Monta Ellis scored 18 points and Mike Dunleavy added 15 for Milwaukee, which holds a six-game lead on Philadelphia for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Minnesota shot 61.9 percent to jump out to a 34-23 lead after the first quarter. The Timberwolves moved ahead by 14 points, their biggest lead of the game, early in the second before the Bucks broke off a 22-6 run to surge in front 48-46. The Timberwolves closed the quarter on a 9-4 spurt to take a 55-52 lead at the half. Rubio had 15 first-half points while sinking all five of his 3-pointers. The Timberwolves made seven 3-pointers in the opening half. Minnesota held the lead throughout the third quarter and took an 87-81 advantage heading into the final period. Pekovic continued a run of strong games after he had 22 points and 15 rebounds in a win over Oklahoma City on Friday and scored 29 at home Monday to help beat Boston. Minnesota had 58 points in the paint, compared to just 38 for Milwaukee. Notes: Milwaukee coach Jim Boylan said Luc Richard Mbah a Moute still appears to be dealing with lingering effects from surgery on his right knee last offseason. "He's not moving around the way he has in prior years with us," Boylan said. "You have to figure that his knee isn't quite as good as he'd want it to be. It'll continue to take a little more time." .Boylan questioned why the league schedule has the Bucks playing all of their games down the stretch against teams outside their division. "We're done with anybody in our division. We were done with some teams in our division back in January. You'd think that if you were in a battle for a division title it'd be nice if you were playing them in March or April." . A moment of silence was held for NBA referee Greg Willard, who died Monday of pancreatic cancer at age 54. Courtesy of: Associated Press

Boston C. - Detroit P. 98-93
The Boston Celtics have finally defeated the Detroit Pistons-it wasn't easy. After losing two games versus the Pistons by a combined 35 points, the Celtics were winners tonight by a score of 98-93. In the process they secured a spot in the NBA playoffs as Charlotte defeated Philadelphia. Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) was an absolute star tonight. He played 43 minutes, finishing the game with 34 points on 13/19 shooting. With multiple clutch shots down the stretch, he guided the Celtics to victory. After a slow start in the first quarter, Boston's bench exploded, outscoring the Pistons 29-14 in the second quarter. This gave the team a 55-44 lead at half. The Celtics extended the lead to 18 during the third quarter, but it was cut to seven by the end of the period. The Pistons continued their run in the 4th quarter, eventually cutting the lead to three. About midway through the period, the Celtics began to facilitate their offense through Paul Pierce, who had a strong game in his return to action, and Jeff Green, who had arguably his best game of the season. The Celtics also stepped up their defense to another level. Around the five minute mark of the quarter, Boston was able to extend the lead back to seven as the Pistons continued to be stifled on the offensive end. Jeff Green hit a huge jumper to push the lead back back to nine with a big pull up jumper with 4:30 left in the game. One minute later he made a sensational play with a put back dunk that ignited the crowd. But the Pistons weren't done. In a single possession the Pistons cut the lead in half. A Monroe lay-up, free throw, and technical foul called on the Celtics Green responded again with another pull up jumper to push the lead to 6. The Pistons then cut the lead in half again with a three-pointer by Jonas Jerebko. Leading by three with 2:20 to go, Pierce was stripped which arguably could have been the turning point...but Brandon Knight missed a wide-open layup which would've cut the lead to one. Seriously, no one was around him. But the Celtics were unable to make the Pistons pay...Rodney Stuckey drove hard and cut the lead to two. With 1:25 to go, Brandon Bass air-balled a wide-open jumper from the left baseline. Villanueva missed a three on the other end for the Pistons. Jeff Green time. Again. With 45.3 seconds to go, Paul Pierce drove hard and dished the ball out to Jeff Green who drained a clutch three-pointer to extend the lead to five. The Pistons cut the lead to three in a matter of 1.3 seconds. On an side-out inbounds play, Greg Monroe went right down the middle of the lane for a wide open dunk. Up 96-93, Doc Rivers called the old, reliable (and sometimes repetitive) Paul Pierce iso from the top of the key. Rodney Stuckey played some strong defense and forced Pierce to pass out to Jason Terry. Terry had nobody anywhere near him but missed the shot. With 29.5 seconds to go, the Pistons had the ball with a chance to tie. Down three, the ball was inbounded to Monroe who went straight at Brandon Bass but dished the pass out to the perimeter. The Pistons swung the ball around to Charlie Villanueva who missed a three-pointer that would've tied the game. The Celtics got the ball back with 12.8 seconds remaining, inbounded the ball to Jason Terry in the backcourt. He hit both free throws to extend the lead to five and the game was over. Celtics win, 98-93. Celtics fans can breath now, they're in the playoffs. Here's the full recap: First Quarter -Despite shooting 58 percent, the Celtics trailed 30-25 at the end of the period. -Mainly because Detroit got off to sensational start on the offensive glass with eight offensive rebounds-Andre Drummond had five of them. The Pistons' size was far too much for Boston to handle. -Both Avery Bradley and Jeff Green had a nice quarter. Bradley looked confident with his shot and Green made a fantastic block from behind on Brandon Knight. -Shavlik Randolph made a great play with Greg Monroe defending him about 18 feet from the basket. Shavlik pump faked and then took a two-dribble drive to the basket into a spin move for a layup. Second Quarter -The Celtics' bench of Terry, Crawford, Williams, Green and Bass began to take over the game on the defensive end to start the quarter. -This sparked the team and led to easy baskets on the offensive end including another huge Terrence Williams dunk. "T-Will" caught the ball at the top of the key, shimmied and then made his way to the bucket for the slam. He also had three rebounds and two assists this period. -Mike Gorman had a great line on the broadcast after Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, college: Xavier) hit a shot going to the basket, "Crawford...it looks like he's coming apart!" His stat line might not have been that impressive, shooting only 1/5, but he was a presence on the floor with three assists in the quarter. -By the time the majority of the C's starting lineup was back on the floor, the bench extended the lead to nine. The starters would hold the lead and actually push the lead to ten, leading at the half 54-44. -From my count, the Pistons had 28 points in the paint to only 14 for the C's. But the Celtics are shooting 54 percent, led by Brandon Bass, who is 5/6 in the half, and Jeff Green, who is 5/9. -This game would be a lot closer if the Pistons were hitting their free throws. They are only 7/15 from the line at the half. Third Quarter -Detroit had an abysmal start to the quarter as Boston extended the lead to 18, leading 74-56...but Detroit stormed back, ending the quarter on a 13-0 run, cutting the lead to 7. After the third, Boston led 74-67. -Jeff Green continued his strong game, shooting 3/4 for seven points. -The Celtics had a nice 9-0 run over a three-minute period but after that things went sour for the team. -Detroit was able to cut the lead to only seven in a five-minute period. Disgusting. The Celts weren't able to put anything in the basket and the Pistons were able to get easy baskets near the rim. Fourth Quarter -The Pistons were able to cut the lead to three about midway through the quarter. Charlie Villanueva had a chance to cut it to one but missed a chance at an easy layup in transition. -Boston responded with a Paul Pierce jumper to get the lead back to five and the lead stayed around five until late. -Detroit had opportunities to cut the lead further but with countless turnovers they were unable to. -Jeff Green came up clutch in the fourth quarter, with various pull up jump shots and a put back dunk. He is the reason why the Boston Celtics won this game. -Leading 91-83 with only 3:30 remaining, the Pistons managed to keep making plays to stay in the game. Boston's woes from the first quarter came back to haunt them. Greg Monroe scored for an and-one, while Rodney Stuckey hit a technical free throw for the Pistons. Suddenly the Celtics lead was back to 4. - "Bad teams find a way to lose." Yup, couldn't be anymore more true and the perfect-picture example of that was the botched Brandon Knight breakaway layup which would've cut the lead to one. Yeah, it's true, bad teams find a way to lose. Just ask the Detroit Pistons and Brandon Knight after his missed layup. -Chris Wilcox had a pretty weak game and fell asleep on the Monroe dunk with 44 seconds to go. -Jeff Green was a star tonight. It can't be said enough. He was a flat out star. Courtesy of: http://www.celticsblog.com

Cleveland C. - Brooklyn N. 95-113
CLEVELAND - There have been plenty of firsts for the Nets during their rookie season in Brooklyn after so many years over in New Jersey. On Wednesday night, they got another. Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) dunked. "I didn't really plan it," Williams said. "It's something that happened." It's been that way all season for Brooklyn, which ended an eight-game road trip by crushing the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-95, giving the Nets a record for road wins in a season. Williams scored 24 points in 27 minutes and the Nets shot 83 percent (15 of 18) in the second quarter, when they outscored the Cavs 38-16 and opened a 30-point lead without much of a fight. Brooklyn's 21 road wins are the most for the franchise, which moved to the New York City borough this season. "That's really significant," said interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, who took over when Avery Johnson was fired Dec. 28. "I'm really proud of them. They deserve it. That's a hell of a job." MarShon Brooks made his first 10 shots and finished with a career-high 27 points for the Nets, who haven't played at home since March 17 because the circus is at Barclays Center. There's something of a carnival going on in Cleveland. The Cavaliers have lost 10 straight amid speculation about coach Byron Scott's future. Following the game, a disenchanted Scott lamented his team's lack effort in the first half. New Jersey scored more points (38) in the second quarter than Cleveland (36) had in the first 24 minutes. "I'm disappointed," Scott said. "I really am. After the effort we had in Atlanta (a 102-94 loss), to come back and play this way, I'm very disappointed. We just didn't show any life. The energy, the effort wasn't there - for whatever reason." Williams made three 3-pointers and Brooklyn scorched the nets during a dazzling 12 minutes of marksmanship in the second quarter. With virtually every shot a swish, the Nets outscored the Cavs 28-8 over the final 7:17 to take a 66-36 halftime lead. The Nets shot 73 percent (27 of 37) in the first half, when almost everything they hoisted toward the rim dropped through. Brooks surpassed his season high for points by halftime and Williams even recorded his first dunk this season, driving past several Cavs acting like statues. Before Williams threw one down, 38-year-old Jerry Stackhouse cut to the basket and dunked over two Cleveland defenders. Williams joked that Stackhouse's jam motivated him. "He inspired me," Williams said. "To see a 38-year-old get a dunk, now I've got a dunk on the season." Despite playing without injured starters Joe Johnson (heel) and Gerald Wallace (foot), the playoff-bound Nets closed their 17-day trip by making some history. By going 5-3 on the trip they reached 21 road wins, eclipsing the previous team record set last season and in 2005-06. With only three road games left, the Nets have clinched their first winning road record since joining the NBA in 1976. Brooklyn also has 43 overall wins, the Nets' most since winning 49 in 2005-'06. Williams made four 3-pointers, added eight assists and didn't play the final 15 minutes as Carlesimo got a chance to rest his road-weary crew heading into an important home game with Chicago on Thursday. Brooklyn is trying to hold off the Bulls and Atlanta Hawks for the No. 4 playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. "I would have taken a one-pointer (win), no questions asked when the game started," Carlesimo said. "To get a win where we were able to rest guys, you probably couldn't have written a better script." Reggie Evans (6'8''-F/C-80, college: Iowa) had 18 rebounds and Brooks Lopez scored 14 for the Nets, whose reserves allowed the score to become more respectable in the fourth. For the young Cavs, the season can't end soon enough. Cleveland has been ravaged by injuries, but it's tough to make excuses for a team that continues to come out flat, plays little or no defense and has blown big leads. Scott, in his third season, is under contract for one more year. The club picked up his 2013-14 option before this season. During their 10-game slide - the club's longest since dropping a league record 26 in a row in 2010-11 - the Cavs blew a 27-point lead at home to Miami, lost by 38 at Houston and had three other losses by at least 18. Scott was asked if he was afraid of losing his job. "Not really," he said. "I've always had the attitude, Whatever happens, happens."' Cavs All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, playing his second game after missing eight with a shoulder injury, scored 16. Marreese Speights had 16 and 10 rebounds. Like his coach, Irving blamed the Cavs' lack of energy at the start. "Things went from bad to worse and once we got down we just stopped doing our whole game plan," he said. "It just went down the drain." Irving didn't want to address whether any of his teammates have quit on Scott. "I think you should ask them," he said. "I'm not going to be the one to answer that." Has Irving given up? "Have I checked out? No," he said. "I'm out here playing with basically still a sprained AC joint and with not a care in the world because I just want to play. I haven't checked out. That thought has never crossed my mind." Notes: Wallace was a late scratch after being hurt Saturday in Brooklyn's loss at Utah. ... Williams has 153 3-pointers this season, third most in team history. ... Carelsimo expects Johnson, the Nets' third-leading scorer who has missed five straight, to play Thursday against the Bulls. ... Cavs rookie G Dion Waiters hasn't played since March 20 because of loose cartilage in his knee. The Cavs are hoping he can avoid an arthroscopic procedure. Courtesy of: http://www.nj.com

Atlanta H. - New York K. 82-95
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) put on another scoring show, though he didn't have to do it alone. Anthony scored 40 points and the Knicks got key contributions from J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton during a 19-5 fourth-quarter run that sparked New York to its 10th straight victory, 95-82 over Atlanta on Wednesday night. "Melo is smart enough to know that if he's doubled, he'll sacrifice the ball," said Knicks coach Mike Woodson. "And we've got enough shooters around him that are making big shots. That opens it up for him even more. And when he gets going like he did tonight, they're not going to leave him alone very often." Anthony, who scored 50 in his last game at Miami, scored 26 in the first half. He commanded more defensive attention in the second half, which left opportunities for Smith, who scored 19, and Felton, who scored 14. Felton's quickness to the basket resulted in three straight scores during a 12-2 streak that turned a tie game into an 84-74 Knicks lead that was never threatened. "A lot of (Anthony's) points came off the bounce, with just two or three dribbles, and then a quick pull-up," Woodson said. "When he got doubled, he got the ball out. It was kind of nice to play off him tonight." Atlanta forward Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) admitted, "He hit a lot of tough shots. I think he was very comfortable out there. We probably should have tried to pressure him more." Anthony made 17 of 27 from the field and was 5-for-6 at the line. He also had five rebounds and three assists, with only one turnover. "The rhythm was there and I wanted to see if I still had it going," Anthony said. "It was just one of those nights once again. I feel like when I have the opportunity, I just want to take my time and take it when I'm open and then find the open man when I'm doubled." The game was tied at 72 with 9:48 left when New York took control. The Knicks outscored the Hawks 23-10 the rest of the way, as Felton scored 10 in the final period. "I think our coverages were bad," said Hawks guard Jeff Teague. "I should have backed up a little bit on Raymond Felton and let him shoot a contested shot. But I got up a little bit and he used his speed to get by me." The win puts New York in sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference. "This team is playing for something," Woodson said. "We know every game counts. We've had our ups and downs because of injuries, but we've just got to finish this regular season out." Atlanta lost the opportunity to move into a tie for fourth place in the Eastern Conference and wasted a 25-point effort by Kyle Korver, who came up two points short of his season high. "They were switching a lot of things trying to take away Josh (Smith) and Al and I was able to get some looks in the first half," Korver said. "I tried to knock them down." Korver moved into third place on the all-time list for consecutive games with a 3-point basket. Korver passed Reggie Miller at 10:54 in the first quarter when he made a 3-pointer from the right side. He's now connected for a trey in 69 straight games. Korver is still a long away from catching Dana Barros (89 consecutive games), but is within distance of Dennis Scott (78) and Michael Adams (79). "We played a very hot basketball team," said Hawks coach Larry Drew . "Particularly Carmelo, who's playing at a very high level right now, shooting the ball extremely, extremely well. I thought there were times we defended him well. He still made shots." Notes: Atlanta forward John Jenkins missed his third game since suffering a concussion against Boston. . . . Atlanta's Devin Harris was not available because of foot injury. He had rehab treatment on Wednesday.. . . The Syracuse men's basketball team attended the game. The team is in town to compete in the NCAA Final Four. . . . Also at courtside was comedian Conan O'Brien. Courtesy of: http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Charlotte B. - Philadelph.76 88-83
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Duke) scored 24 points, Kemba Walker had 17 points, 10 assists and five steals, and the Charlotte Bobcats snapped Philadelphia's three-game winning streak with an 88-83 victory over the 76ers on Wednesday night. Henderson had a crucial steal late in the game and scored four points in the final minute to help the Bobcats end a three-game skid. Josh McRoberts (6'10''-F-87, college: Duke) added 12 points and 16 rebounds for Charlotte. Damien Wilkins had 20 points and nine rebounds for the 76ers, who were dealt a big blow to their already thin playoff hopes. Philadelphia came in six games behind Milwaukee for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with nine games left. Jrue Holliday, the only player in the NBA averaging at least 18 points and eight assists, had a miserable shooting night, going 2 of 24 from the field with a key miss in the final minute. Philadelphia led by 16 early in the second quarter but the Bobcats battled back to take the lead in the third behind the play of Walker and Henderson. The Sixers seemed poised to make a run late when Evan Turner's lane jumper with 2:30 left in regulation tied the game at 80. The Bobcats took the lead when Walker beat his man off the dribble and penetrated the lane, tossing an alley-oop to Josh McRoberts for a dunk. Holiday answered by putting back his own shot to tie the game. After a Charlotte turnover, Wilkins made one of two free throws to give the 76ers an 83-82 lead, but Henderson came alive with big plays on back-to-back possessions. After knocking down a 15-foot jumper in traffic, he stole the ensuing inbound pass and drove the length of the court to put in an uncontested layup with 30 seconds left, putting Charlotte up by three. Rather than go for a 3-pointer and try to tie it, Holiday drove to the left side and missed, and the Bobcats grabbed the rebound with 22 seconds left. Walker added two free throws for the final margin. The Bobcats entered the game short-handed with three centers - Brendan Haywood, Byron Mullens and Gana Diop - and guards Ramon Sessions and Jeffery Taylor out with injuries. Courtesy of: The Associated Press

Toronto R. - Washington W. 88-78
Jonas Valanciunas (6'11''-C-92) joked that the last time he went to the free throw line so much he was probably 13 years old. Valanciunas went 16-of-18 at the line, scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors past the Washington Wizards 88-78 on Wednesday night. "From the start I was a new guy in the NBA, didn't know a lot about it and there's a big learning process during every game," said Valanciunas, who admitted he's starting to get more calls from refs around the league. "I was not talking to (the officials), not complaining about calls, maybe that helped me." Raptors coach Dwane Casey has started seeing growth in the rookie, who had a career-best five blocks Monday in a loss to Detroit. "The physicality of the game doesn't bother him anymore," Casey said. "Where before he'd kind of disappear a little bit, now JV is huge at the end of the games. You can go to him, he can make free throws, he can pass the basketball. Most of all, he can defend without fouling and I think that's huge for him, too. "That growth on his part has been huge." DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points for Toronto, which snapped a two-game losing streak after being eliminated from the playoff chase with the 108-98 home loss to the Pistons. John Wall had 20 points to lead the short-handed Wizards (28-47), who announced before the game that rookie standout Bradley Beal will miss the remainder of the season with a right leg injury. The Raptors entered the fourth carrying a 68-62 lead thanks in part to solid free throw shooting from Valanciunas and Kyle Lowry, who finished with nine points, eight boards and 13 assists. DeRozan drained a deep two late in the fourth, stretching the Raptors' lead to 84-74, and Toronto held on for the win. The Raptors, who shot 75 percent (27 of 36) on free throws against the Wizards, are second in the NBA in from the line since the All-Star break at 81 percent. Trailing 50-39 at half time, Toronto used an early 12-4 run to pull to within two. "We did not come out with any focus," said Wizards coach Randy Wittman . "That's where this group has to, on the road, put a team away. To be up 11 at half time and then go through the motions in those first three minutes, let them back in it. We need that killer instinct, and we have not shown it." DeRozan put down a one-handed dunk on Nene, picking up the hoop and the foul. Then Valanciunas, who led all scorers at the half with 13, took care of Nene defensively with a one-handed swat on the 6-foot-11 forward. DeRozan pulled Toronto within one with a layup off the glass plus the foul, and Quincy Acy completed the comeback with a one-handed dunk. "It definitely felt good," DeRozan said. "That was frustrating. We let teams jump out on us like that and then we got to fight our way back. We know we got to play like we did in the second half for 48 minutes. "That's embarrassing when a team gets up on you on your home court." Toronto opened the game on a 6-0 run and led for much of the first period, but Trevor Ariza capped off a 6-0 Washington run with a 3-pointer to put the Wizards up 24-23 after the first. Rudy Gay, who scored a season-high 34 in the Raptors' loss to Detroit, finished with six points and eight rebounds. Casey said afterward that Gay was reduced to just 24 minutes because he twisted his ankle. Landry Fields, who went to Los Angeles for follow-up tests on his right elbow Monday, was the beneficiary of added minutes as a result of Gay's injury. Fields scored three points in 17 minutes. Notes: Beal, the No. 3 overall pick in last year's draft out of Florida, averaged 13.9 points, 3.8 assists and 2.4 rebounds this season. Courtesy of: www.foxnews.com



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  NCAA1   


Rutgers fired coach Rice - by Eurobasket News

Rutgers, The State University fired coach Mike Rice. The management made a move after a videotape was released showing the coach throwing balls at players and using gay slurs during practice.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Rice's team won NEC Tournament for two years in a row (2009 and 2010). He was also voted All-NEC Coach of the Year back in 2008 and 2009.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  NIGERIA   


The Mavericks welcome back Akognon - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks (NBA) landed 27-year old former Nigerian international point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton). It is actually his comeback to the Mavericks as he played here before. Akognon played recently at Liaoning Jiebao Hunters in Chinese CBA league. In 36 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 29.0ppg and recorded 3.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.9spg this season. He also spent pre-season at the Mavericks earlier that year. Akognon ended the last season at Canton Charge. In four games he averaged 14.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. But the most of that year he spent at DongGuan Leopards (CBA) in China. In 37 games he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 28.2ppg and averaged 2.9rpg, 3.0apg and 1.6spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 2nd Team.
Akognon has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements his team made it to the D-League Semifinals in 2012. Akognon received also Big West Player of the Year award back in 2009 at his college time. Akognon represented Nigeria at the African Championships in Libya four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 9.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 21.1%, FT: 84.6%.
Akognon has played also professionally in Estonia (Kalev/Cramo).
He attended California State University, Fullerton until 2009 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  PBL   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith RADCLIFF
  Indiana D.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Radcliff, Indiana23.8 
 2. Favors, Sauk V.20.5 
 3. Simpson, Scranton.19.6 
 4. Inabnit, Indiana D.19.3 
 5. Commons, Scranton.19.3 
 6. Love, Chicago M.19.2 
 7. Hill, St. Louis P.18.3 
 8. Harris, Dayton A.S.17.5 
 9. Petty, Cent.Ill.17.0 
 10. Hill, Chicago M.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy PETTIFORD
  India.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pettiford, India.12.5 
 2. Hill, Chicago M.10.8 
 3. Fay, Sauk Valley P.8.4 
 4. Slack, Cent.Ill.7.5 
 5. Davis, Rochester R.7.5 
 6. Harris, Sauk V.7.1 
 7. Hill, St. Louis P.6.9 
 8. Harris, Dayton A.S.6.8 
 9. Russ, Dayton A.S.6.6 
 10. Love, Chicago M.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Herman FAVORS
  Sauk V.
  (174-G-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Favors, Sauk V.8.2 
 2. Simpson, Scranton.6.6 
 3. Snow, Lake M.5.4 
 4. Ruffin, Cent.I.4.9 
 5. Petty, Cent.Ill.4.7 
 6. Crouch, Rocheste.4.7 
 7. Smith, Dayton A.S.4.1 
 8. Anderson, Chica.4.0 
 9. Polk, St. Louis P.3.9 
 10. Council, Rocheste.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Marcel ANDERSON
  Chica.
  (175-PG-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Anderson, Chica.1.9 
 2. Rose, Sauk V.1.6 
 3. Pettiford, India.1.5 
 4. Polk, St. Louis P.1.5 
 5. Ruffin, Cent.I.1.4 
 6. Snow, Lake M.1.3 
 7. Favors, Sauk V.1.3 
 8. Crouch, Rocheste.1.3 
 9. Bobo, Lake M.1.2 
 10. Smith, Dayton A.S.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shagari ALLEYNE
  Lake M.
  (221-C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Alleyne, Lake M.2.5 
 2. Commons, Scranton.1.9 
 3. Slack, Cent.Ill.1.8 
 4. Webster, Rocheste.1.2 
 5. Pettiford, India.1.1 
 6. Davis, Rochester R.1.0 
 7. Hill, Chicago M.0.9 
 8. Hipp, Sauk V.0.8 
 9. Gorman, Scranton.0.7 
 10. Giddings, Rochest.0.7 



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

PBA Standings
 1. Alaska Aces 8-3 
 2. Rain or Shine 8-3 
 3. Petron Blaze 6-4 
 4. Barangay Ginebra 6-5 
 5. San Mig Coffee 6-6 
 6. Meralco Bolts 5-5 
 7. Talk N Text 5-6 
 8. Air21 Express 5-7 
 9. Barako Bull 4-7 
 10. Global Port 2-9 

Regular Season: Round 23

Apr. 3: Air21 Express - Barangay Ginebra 84-90
Apr. 3: Talk N Text - San Mig Coffee 82-83
Apr. 5: Meralco Bolts - Petron Blaze
Apr. 5: Alaska Aces - Rain or Shine


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 26.8
 1. Dawson, Meralco26.8 
 2. Dunigan, Air21 E.26.6 
 3. Balkman, Petron B.25.0 
 4. Macklin, Barang.23.4 
 5. Caguioa, Barang.22.8 
 6. Bowles, San M.22.3 
 7. David, Novi Z.22.1 
 8. Dozier, Alaska Aces21.4 
 9. Brock, Barako Bull21.2 
 10. Sundov, Rain o.21.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Novi Z.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 18
 1. Williams, Novi Z.18.0 
 2. Dozier, Alaska Aces17.4 
 3. Macklin, Barang.17.0 
 4. Dunigan, Air21 E.16.2 
 5. Dawson, Meralco16.0 
 6. Brock, Barako Bull16.0 
 7. Bowles, San M.15.6 
 8. Balkman, Petron B.13.4 
 9. Sundov, Rain o.11.9 
 10. Abueva, Alaska A.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Ross, Meralco9.1 
 2. Mercado, Novi Z.8.3 
 3. Tenorio, Barang.5.8 
 4. Urbiztondo, Barako5.3 
 5. Cabagnot, Petron5.3 
 6. Cortez, Air21 E.5.1 
 7. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.4 
 8. Casio, Alaska Aces4.3 
 9. Lee, Rain or Shine4.0 
 10. Villanueva, Barak.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Dawson, Meralco2.8 
 2. Tenorio, Barang.2.3 
 3. Ross, Meralco2.1 
 4. Balkman, Petron B.2.0 
 5. Barroca, San M.1.9 
 6. Cortez, Air21 E.1.7 
 7. Brock, Barako Bull1.5 
 8. Urbiztondo, Barako1.4 
 9. Castro, Talk N Te.1.3 
 10. Williams, Talk N.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Novi Z.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Williams, Novi Z.4.6 
 2. Dozier, Alaska Aces3.0 
 3. Balkman, Petron B.2.7 
 4. Dunigan, Air21 E.2.2 
 5. Dawson, Meralco2.1 
 6. Aguilar, Novi Z.2.0 
 7. Bowles, San M.1.8 
 8. Brock, Barako Bull1.4 
 9. Macklin, Barang.1.3 
 10. Fajardo, Petron B.0.8 


Barako Bull lands Ilunga Mbenga - by Eurobasket News

Barako Bull Energy (PBA) tabbed 33-year old Belgian ex-international center Ilunga Mbenga (214-116kg-80). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Congolese passport. Mbenga played most recently at Qingdao Double Star Eagles in Chinese CBA league, but was released by the team in Dec.'12. In 8 games he averaged 11.9ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.8bpg this season.
Among other achievements he won NBA championship title for two years in a row (2009 and 2010). Mbenga also represented Belgium at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 5.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 40.6%, FT: 66.7%.
Mbenga has played also professionally in Italy, NBA (New Orleans Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors and LA Lakers) and Belgium (Spirou Charleroi, Leuven Bears and Gilly).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A very promising physical and aggressive inside player, who is earning a spot in NBA; plays with hustle and doesn' t fear anyone, even because he is a Judo Black Belt;.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  POLAND   

Standings - DBE

TBL Standings
Places 1-6
 1. PGE Turow 19-9 
 2. Anwil 18-10 
 3. Stelmet ZG 18-10 
 4. Asseco Prok. 17-10 
 5. Trefl Sopot 17-11 
 6. Energa Czarni 14-13 
Places 7-12
 1. Polpharma 14-13 
 2. AZS Koszalin 13-14 
 3. Siarka Jezioro 11-16 
 4. Rosa Radom 9-18 
 5. Start Gdynia 8-19 
 6. Kotwica 6-21 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 6

Apr. 3: Anwil - Stelmet ZG 85-84
Apr. 3: Trefl Sopot - PGE Turow 74-82
Apr. 4: Energa Czarni - Asseco Prok.


DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG20.4 
 2. Dloniak, Siarka J.20.4 
 3. McCauley, Polph.19.4 
 4. Mosley, Kotwica15.8 
 5. Hosley, Stelmet ZG14.9 
 6. Zamojski, Asseco P.14.6 
 7. Rothbart, Start G.14.6 
 8. Blassingame, Assec.14.5 
 9. Dylewicz, Trefl So.14.3 
 10. Carter, Polpharma14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kim ADAMS
  Rosa Radom
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Adams, Rosa Radom8.4 
 2. Doaks, Siarka J.8.2 
 3. Harris, AZS K.8.0 
 4. McCauley, Polph.7.6 
 5. Rothbart, Start G.7.6 
 6. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.5 
 7. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.4 
 8. Cel, PGE Turow7.3 
 9. Hrycaniuk, Asseco6.8 
 10. Borovnjak, Stelm.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Szubarga, Anwil6.3 
 2. Turner, Trefl Sopot6.0 
 3. Blassingame, Assec.5.4 
 4. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.4 
 5. Jefferson, Kotwica4.8 
 6. Koszarek, Asseco4.6 
 7. Brandwein, Energa3.9 
 8. Skibniewski, AZS K.3.7 
 9. Carter, Polpharma3.7 
 10. Tiller, Siarka J.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.4 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG2.0 
 3. Jefferson, Kotwica1.7 
 4. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 5. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 6. Alexander, Siarka1.6 
 7. Trice, Energa C.1.5 
 8. Koszarek, Asseco1.4 
 9. Dloniak, Siarka J.1.3 
 10. Tiller, Siarka J.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  Energa C.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.9 
 2. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.5 
 3. Kulig, PGE Turow1.4 
 4. Rothbart, Start G.1.3 
 5. Harris, AZS K.1.2 
 6. Doaks, Siarka J.1.1 
 7. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.1 
 8. Alexander, Siarka0.8 
 9. Boykin, Anwil0.8 
 10. Jones, Stelmet ZG0.8 


2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lukasz NIESOBSKI
  Sudety
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Niesobski, Sudety20.2 
 2. Przyborowski, Pula.19.6 
 3. Grod, Notec19.3 
 4. Piotrkowski, AZS A.19.0 
 5. Pawlowski, Pogon P.18.3 
 6. Brembly, Trefl I.18.2 
 7. Krzeminski, Basket17.5 
 8. Niesobski, Sudety17.4 
 9. Nitsche, Korsarz17.2 
 10. Zalucki, Korsarz17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jaroslaw PAWLOWSKI
  Pogon P.
  (194-F-80)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Pawlowski, Pogon P.10.3 
 2. Konsek, Korsarz10.0 
 3. Wojdyr, Wilki Mors.9.7 
 4. Kapturski, Pulask.9.7 
 5. Mis, Handlopex AZS9.1 
 6. Wysocki, Tur B.9.0 
 7. Cetnar, Rosa I.8.7 
 8. Grod, Notec8.6 
 9. Weselak, Alba C.8.4 
 10. Michalek, Basket8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Dawid MIECZKOWSKI
  Pulask.
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Mieczkowski, Pulas.8.5 
 2. Stoklosa, Wilki M.7.9 
 3. Grzelinski, WKK W.6.7 
 4. Wrobel, GTK G.5.5 
 5. Ecka, AZS A.5.4 
 6. Jarosz, MKS S.5.4 
 7. Kozak, Sudety5.3 
 8. Schenk, Rosa I.4.9 
 9. Wluczynski, Ksieza.4.9 
 10. Paszkiewicz, PWiK4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Konrad KAPTURSKI
  Pulask.
  (197-F-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Kapturski, Pulask.2.5 
 2. Grod, Notec2.5 
 3. Wojcik, MKS S.2.4 
 4. Brembly, Trefl I.2.3 
 5. Jarosz, MKS S.2.3 
 6. Paszkiewicz, PWiK2.3 
 7. Filipiak, Notec2.3 
 8. Krawczyk, Wisla A.2.2 
 9. Rogacewicz, Baske.2.2 
 10. Niesobski, Sudety2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Lukasz SOBUTA
  Rosa I.
  (209-C-92)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Sobuta, Rosa I.1.8 
 2. Mis, Handlopex AZS1.8 
 3. Milewski, AZS A.1.7 
 4. Wojdyr, Wilki Mors.1.5 
 5. Nowerski, Legia1.5 
 6. Wysocki, Tur B.1.3 
 7. Wojcik, MKS S.1.3 
 8. Nedzi, Legia1.2 
 9. Michalek, Basket P.1.1 
 10. Dusilo, MCKiS J.1.1 


2Liga Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Korsarz Gdansk - Trefl II Sopot 76-85

Trefl II Sopot made their way into the semifinal stage by beating Korsarz Gdansk on the road. Korsarz Gdansk trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 11-8 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-85 at the end of the game. Trefl II Sopot shot 64.2 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Trefl II Sopot especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.7 percentage. The best player for the winners was swingman David Brembly (197-93) who scored 31 points. point guard Pawel Dzierzak (186-93) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Trefl II Sopot players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Marcin Chudy (200-86) who recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and center Piotr Konsek (208-89) added 7 points and 16 rebounds respectively. Korsarz Gdansk's coach Andrzej Kwasniewski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Trefl II Sopot: D.Brembly 31+4reb+1ast, P.Dzierzak 14+5reb+6ast, D.Morawiec 12+2reb+1ast, L.Jaskiewicz 10+4reb, K.Piechaczek 9+2reb, A.Brenk 5+1reb+1ast
Korsarz Gdansk: J.Zalucki 20+1ast, M.Chudy 18+5reb+4ast, D.Grujic 14+1reb, P.Strychalski 9, P.Konsek 7+16reb+1ast, P.Bach 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 237922


SMS PZKosz - Basket Pila 68-54

SMS PZKosz held off Basket Pila to reach the semis. Basket Pila was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 37-21 second half run of SMS PZKosz. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Basket Pila to just 7 points in fourth quarter. SMS PZKosz forced 25 Basket Pila turnovers. Strangely Basket Pila outrebounded SMS PZKosz 49-30 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for power forward Kacper Borowski (205-94) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Damian Jeszke (202-95) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. SMS PZKosz's coach Arkadiusz Miloszewski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Karol Michalek (207-87, agency: Promotex) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and forward Lukasz Krzeminski (201-80) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Basket Pila.
Top scorers:
SMS PZKosz: K.Borowski 15+6reb, D.Jeszke 14+6reb+1ast, M.Witlinski 9+6reb+1ast, L.Kaczmarski 8+1reb+2ast, F.Struski 7+3reb+1ast, N.Sirijatowicz 5+5reb+7ast
Basket Pila: K.Michalek 12+11reb, D.Witos 11+3reb+2ast, L.Krzeminski 11+9reb+1ast, M.Plawucki 8+4reb+1ast, M.Zajac 6+8reb+1ast, W.Rogacewicz 4+9reb+1ast
gschID: 237921


Group B
GTK Gliwice - Sudety 82-72

GTK Gliwice overcame Sudety to stay in the title race. The game was mostly controlled by GTK Gliwice. Sudety was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Sudety 36-12 including a 25-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. GTK Gliwice players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a good game for point guard Tomasz Wrobel (180-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. Guard Pawel Szymanski (187-92) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Rafal Niesobski (189-82) answered with 24 points and point guard Michal Kozak (179-92) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Sudety. Sudety's coach Ireneusz Taraszkiewicz tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
GTK Gliwice: T.Wrobel 21+7reb+10ast, P.Szymanski 18+5reb+1ast, B.Karolak 15+2reb+2ast, P.Wiekiera 9+5reb+2ast, M.Bacik 8+8reb+4ast, E.Podkowinski 6+1ast
Sudety: R.Niesobski 24+2reb+1ast, M.Kozak 13+3reb+4ast, P.Minciel 13+2reb, J.Czech 8+2reb+1ast, K.Wojciul 6, A.Raczek 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 237923


Group C
Legia - Handlopex AZS 66-44

Legia coasted past Haldlopex AZS to seal their semifinal appearance. It looked good early as Handlopex AZS took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Legia had a 16-6 second period charge getting the lead and Handlopex AZS was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 44-66. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Handlopex AZS to just 6 points in second quarter. Legia forced 19 Handlopex AZS turnovers and outrebounded them 44-29 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for guard Tomasz Jaremkiewicz (189-82) who led his team to a victory with 14 points. Center Damian Cechniak (208-93) contributed with 8 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Szymon Skop (191-82) answered with 13 points and center Zbigniew Dolinski (209-81) added 4 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Handlopex AZS. 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:
Legia: T.Jaremkiewicz 14+1reb+1ast, M.Swiderski 10+1reb+4ast, M.Wojtynski 9+5reb+1ast, D.Cechniak 8+8reb, P.Nowerski 6+8reb+1ast, M.Nedzi 5+5reb
Handlopex AZS: S.Skop 13+2reb, S.Biela 6+1reb, K.Banys 6+1reb, M.Osiniak 4+6reb, A.Brud 4+2reb, Z.Dolinski 4+9reb
gschID: 237925


PWiK Piaseczno - Pulaski Warka 105-92

PWiK Piaseczno knocked down Pulaski Warka to secure the next stage appearance. The game was mostly controlled by PWiK Piaseczno. Pulaski Warka was better in fourth quarter 26-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. PWiK Piaseczno players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Pulaski Warka's players. Pulaski Warka was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for forward Sebastian Okola (197-85, college: Mid Plains CC) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Swingman Patryk Andres (191-80) contributed with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Patryk Przyborowski (196-90, agency: Promotex) answered with 28 points and 5 rebounds and guard Dawid Mieczkowski (188-89) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Pulaski Warka. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
PWiK Piaseczno: S.Okola 25+7reb+2ast, P.Andres 19+9reb+4ast, T.Borkowski 14+3reb+1ast, A.Paszkiewicz 10+1reb+5ast, D.Zapert 10+6reb+1ast, G.Jankowski 9+2reb+3ast
Pulaski Warka: P.Przyborowski 28+5reb, D.Mieczkowski 15+7reb+6ast, M.Piatek 14+7reb, K.Kapturski 13+13reb, P.Piros 10+3reb+2ast, M.Gazarkiewicz 8+2reb
gschID: 237924



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Standings - BSN

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Apr. 3: Bayamon - Mayaguez 84-86
Apr. 3: Quebradillas - Guaynabo 75-88
Apr. 4: Ponce - Arecibo
Apr. 4: Guayama - Santurce


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Oritseweyinmi EFEJUKU
  Mayaguez
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 22
 1. Efejuku, Mayaguez22.0 
 2. Pinnock, Mayaguez17.5 
 3. Huertas, Quebradil.15.5 
 4. Gransberry, Mayag.15.0 
 5. Sosa Carrion, Maya.12.0 
 6. Pellot-Rosa, Quebr.10.0 
 7. Melendez, Quebradi.10.0 
 8. Cook, Quebradillas9.5 
 9. Mata, Quebradillas9.0 
 10. Reyes, Quebradill.6.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kentrell GRANSBERRY
  Mayag.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 9
 1. Gransberry, Mayag.9.0 
 2. Mata, Quebradillas8.0 
 3. Cook, Quebradillas6.5 
 4. Pinnock, Mayaguez6.0 
 5. Efejuku, Mayaguez5.0 
 6. Huertas, Quebradil.4.5 
 7. Ramirez, Mayaguez4.0 
 8. Garcia, Quebradill.4.0 
 9. Aubry, Mayaguez4.0 
 10. Ortiz, Mayaguez3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jonathan GARCIA
  Quebradillas
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Garcia, Quebradill.4.5 
 2. Pinnock, Mayaguez4.0 
 3. Ramirez, Mayaguez2.0 
 4. Pellot-Rosa, Quebr.1.5 
 5. Gransberry, Mayag.1.5 
 6. Jimenez, Quebradil.1.5 
 7. Huertas, Quebradil.1.5 
 8. Efejuku, Mayaguez1.0 
 9. Colon, Quebradillas1.0 
 10. Ortiz, Mayaguez1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Danilo PINNOCK
  Mayaguez
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Pinnock, Mayaguez2.0 
 2. Ortiz, Mayaguez1.5 
 3. Huertas, Quebradil.1.0 
 4. Mata, Quebradillas1.0 
 5. Efejuku, Mayaguez1.0 
 6. Ramirez, Mayaguez1.0 
 7. Aubry, Mayaguez1.0 
 8. Gransberry, Mayag.1.0 
 9. Lee, Quebradillas1.0 
 10. Duran, Mayaguez0.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Carmelo LEE
  Quebradillas
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Lee, Quebradillas1.5 
 2. Mata, Quebradillas1.5 
 3. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.0 
 4. Gransberry, Mayag.1.0 
 5. Diaz, Quebradillas1.0 
 6. Cook, Quebradillas0.5 
 7. Garcia, Quebradill.0.0 
 8. Aubry, Mayaguez0.0 
 9. Ortiz, Mayaguez0.0 
 10. Ramirez, Mayaguez0.0 


Pinnock gives Indios their second win - by Luis Modestti


Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, college: G.Washington) was the hero for Indios de Mayaguez on Wednesday by scoring the game-winning bucket over Vaqueros 86-84.

The game was an up and down battle for both teams, Indios won the first quarter 20-18 but scored only 11 in the second quarter and finished the half down 38-31.

Weyimi Efejuku-Rose led Indios in their second half surge and ended with 32 points and Pinnock added 20. Their intensity was unmatched by Bayamon who were carried by their imports.

James Maye had 23 points, Terrence Shannon 22 and Michael Sweetney 20 for Vaqueros. Shannon grabbed 14 rebounds and Sweetney 10. Ansel Guzman will miss the next two weeks due to a calf injury.

In the other game Mets dominated Piratas 88-75. A balanced attack by Mets and a great effort defensively in the final quarter gave them the win.

Larry Ayuso scored 17 points and Antonio Latimer 16 for Mets. Christian Dalmau added 14 and Johwen Villegas 12.

Piratas had David Huertas with 14 points while Lorenzo Mata and Jesse Pellot netted 12 each.

On Thursday Arecibo goes to Ponce and Santurce visits Guayama.



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  RUSSIA   

Standings - Higher League

Higher League Stage Three Standings
Group D
 1. BK Tambov 0-0 
 2. Irkutsk 0-0 
 3. Kamit-Univ. 0-0 
 4. Rodniki Izh. 0-0 
Group G
 1. Dynamo-MGTU 0-0 
 2. Dynamo-Stavr. 0-0 
 3. Parma 0-0 
 4. Sogdiana-Skif 0-0 
Stage Two Standings



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Gasana excited by Fiba draw results - by Eurobasket News

Kenneth Gasana currently plays for Moroccan side Plazza Casablanca Sport. The New Times/ File.RWANDAS shooting guard Kenneth Gasana is excited after the national basketball team have been drawn with Morocco in Group B of the 2013 Fiba Africa Championship which will be held in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire in August.
Gasana currently plays for Moroccan side Plazza Casablanca Sport. He will see some familiar faces when Rwanda plays the North African team.
According to Fiba Africa website, Gasana said, Im excited because were one step closer to the tournament. We will have some tough opponents in our group, but good for competition.
Also I can have some bragging rights with my teammates once we play Morocco, added Gasana.
Defending champions Tunisia and debutants Burkina Faso are the other teams in Group B. Hosts Cote dIvoire were drawn in Group A and will square off against Egypt, Senegal and Algeria.
In Group C, 10-time Africa champions Angola will take on Central African Republic, Cape Verde and Mozambique. Africas powerhouse Nigeria join Cameroon, Mali and republic of Congo in Group D.
The most improved African team in the past six years, Tunisia enjoy an unbeaten record against both Rwanda and Morocco with wins in 2009 and 2011, making it a four-game winning streak.
On the other hand, the only time Morocco played Rwanda - in 2007 - the former ended on the winning end with a 74-58 success.
Tunisia captain Amine Rzig also said: Although we respect our opponents, I must say this is a good group for us. We have chances to progress to the knock out stage of the tournament.
Rwanda has a good team. I remember their shooting guard Kenneth Gasana. He is a really good player. If their big guy Robert Thompson joins the team, they will become even stronger because of his rebounding ability.
Since Afrobasket turned from a 12- to a 16-team tournament in 2007, some countries have faced each other on a number of occasions, while some return to the event following a long absence and Burkina Faso makes its debut.
Rwanda, who will be making her fourth appearance, will open her campaign against Burkina Faso on August 21; face Morocco two days later before winding up her quest against Tunisia on August 25.

The event will take place from 20 to 31 August and the teams that finish in top three will qualify for the 2014 Fiba Basketball World Cup to be held in Spain.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Dominique Lacy ex Issa Town Bahrain signs with Al-Ansar Saudia Arabia !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Dominique Lacy (201-F-89, college: NC-Wilmington) the American forward who shined in Bahrainian league last season with Nuwedrat and the began of this season with Issa Town agreed terms with Al Ansar Medina to play with them for the rest of season .. Dominique graduated from NC-Wilmington college in NCAA .. and his first expeirience as pro players was season 2010-2011 with BC Mess in Luxembourg .. and in his 1st season with Nuwedrat in Bahrain was one of the best foreign in the league there ..
this is his Awards/Achievements:
MVP and All-Tournament of Buddy Rogers Classic -07
First-Team All-State selection -07
Region 6-3A Player of the Year -07
Nominated for South Carolina's "Mr. Basketball" Award -07
HoopZone Award -07
CAA Tournament Semifinals -08

good luck for Dominique with his new team ..



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EJ and G made team of the week - by Eurobasket News

Congratulations to EJ and Gareth who both made the BBL Team of the Week starting five this week after their performances against the Heat on Friday!

Heres what the BBL had to say about their inclusions:

EJ Harrison (186-PG-76, college: Connecticut) (Glasgow Rocks)

Theres one debutante in our line-up this week and that is the Rocks guard, who hasnt previously featured during the previous 27 weeks. And, this is perhaps something of a surprise, considering his influence on the Scottish club. The veteran produced a fine display to help his team to victory against Surrey Heat in front of another big crowd at the Emirates Arena. He landed 24 points from seven of nine floor shooting inside and a couple of downtown scores. Harrison also had three assists, two rebounds and a steal as Rocks moved back into third spot.

Gareth Murray (201-F-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Kalamazoo Valley CC) (Glasgow Rocks)

The British forward is coming up on the rails in the race to grab the most BBL Team of the Week appearances this season, after finding himself in our fabulous five for a fifth time. Murray was unstoppable inside during the home success against Heat, making a stunning eight of nine shots on his way to a 23 point haul. Murray showed his willingness to do the dirty work by harvesting a double-double after pulling down 10 rebounds. He also dished up five assists, as the Rocks continued their impressive form heading down the season stretch and towards the play-offs.

Both players had excellent performances this weekend but do either get your vote for St. Andrews MVP for the season? You get two votes for MVP one on the sidebar of the website and another over on our Facebook page. Make sure your vote counts!
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk



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  SERBIA   

Standings - A Liga

A Standings
Superliga
 1. Partizan 2-0 
 2. Radnicki KG 2-0 
 3. Vojvodina 2-0 
 4. Crvena Zvezda 1-1 
 5. Mega Vizura 1-1 
 6. Konstantin 0-2 
 7. Metalac 0-2 
 8. Sloboda Uzice 0-2 
Places 9-17
 1. Vrsac 14-12 
 2. Radnicki Basket 14-12 
 3. Borac 13-13 
 4. OKK Beograd 12-14 
 5. Tamis 11-15 
 6. Smederevo 10-16 
 7. Sloga 9-17 
 8. BKK Radnicki 8-18 
 9. Jagodina 5-21 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 2

Apr. 3: Metalac - Radnicki KG 91-93
Apr. 3: Vojvodina - Sloboda Uzice 91-65
Apr. 3: Mega Vizura - Konstantin 85-73
Apr. 3: Crvena Zvezda - Partizan 67-77

Second Stage: Round 3

Apr. 6: Sloboda Uzice - Metalac
Apr. 6: Partizan - Vojvodina
Apr. 7: Konstantin - Crvena Zvezda
Apr. 6: Radnicki KG - Mega Vizura


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Sloga
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Popovic, Sloga18.6 
 2. Sljivancanin, Borac18.2 
 3. Bakic, Metalac18.1 
 4. Sibalic, Smederevo17.3 
 5. Marjanovic, Mega V.16.4 
 6. Radovic, Vrsac15.5 
 7. Zekovic, Vojvodina15.2 
 8. Popadic, Smederevo15.0 
 9. Kljajevic, Jagodina13.8 
 10. Nesovic, OKK B.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boban MARJANOVIC
  Mega V.
  (222-C-88)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Marjanovic, Mega V.11.9 
 2. Radovic, Vrsac8.7 
 3. Knezevic, OKK B.6.9 
 4. Radenkovic, Smede.6.8 
 5. Kljajevic, Jagodina6.4 
 6. Jevtovic, Sloboda6.4 
 7. Zekovic, Vojvodina6.1 
 8. Marelja, Sloga5.8 
 9. Todorovic, Borac5.8 
 10. Miceta, Tamis5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Sloga
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Popovic, Sloga8.1 
 2. Jereminov, Tamis5.9 
 3. Micic, Mega Vizura4.8 
 4. Sljivancanin, Borac4.7 
 5. Malidzan, OKK B.4.5 
 6. Nesovic, OKK B.4.2 
 7. Milosevic, Vrsac4.0 
 8. Prolovic, Borac3.7 
 9. Velickovic, Konst.3.6 
 10. Vasic, Sloboda Uz.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ognjen KUZETA
  Vojvodina
  (194-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.4 
 2. Knezevic, OKK B.2.3 
 3. Nesovic, OKK B.2.1 
 4. Gacic, BKK Radnicki1.8 
 5. Boltic, BKK R.1.8 
 6. Zivanovic, Metalac1.7 
 7. Jereminov, Tamis1.6 
 8. Jevtovic, Sloboda1.6 
 9. Seferovic, Jagodina1.6 
 10. Todorovic, Borac1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Maksim STURANOVIC
  Radnic.
  (209-C-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sturanovic, Radnic.1.5 
 2. Marjanovic, Mega V.1.4 
 3. Filipovic, Jagodina1.3 
 4. Radovic, Vrsac1.0 
 5. Jevtovic, Sloboda0.9 
 6. Buric, Tamis0.7 
 7. Mijovic, Metalac0.7 
 8. Maravic, Vrsac0.7 
 9. Radenkovic, Smede.0.7&