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  ALGERIA   


Standings

D1 Stage Two Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Arreridj 0-0 
 2. CRB Dar El-B. 0-0 
 3. CSMC 0-0 
 4. GS Petroliers 0-0 
 5. Staoueli 0-0 
 6. US Setif 0-0 
 7. USM Blida 0-0 
 8. WA Boufarik 0-0 
Places 9-20
 1. CSMB 10-4 
 2. USM Alger 8-8 
 3. Skikda 8-8 
 4. O Batna 8-8 
 5. Trefle BB Blida 8-10 
 6. NAH Dey 7-8 
 7. COBB 5-11 
 8. MS Cherchell 5-12 
 9. Sidi-bel-Abbes 4-14 
 10. CR Bir Khadem 3-14 
 11. CRB Temouch. 1-15 
 12. Annaba 0-15 
Stage One Standings



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  ARGENTINA   


Blancos de Rueda tabs Ryan Humphrey, ex Obras - by Eurobasket News

Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (ACB) inked 34-year old American power forward Ryan Humphrey (203-102kg-79, college: Notre Dame, agency: Priority Sports). He played recently at Obras in Argentinian LigaA. In 28 games he averaged 12.4ppg and 5.9rpg this season. Humphrey also played at La Union (LigaA) in Argentina earlier that season. In 6 games he had 7.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.0spg. He ended the last season at Titanes (LNB) in Dominican Rep. league. But the most of that year Humphrey spent at Bucaneros (LPB) in Venezuelan league. In four games he had 13.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0bpg. The last (2012) season he played at Atenas (LigaA) in Argentinian league. In 20 games he had 9.2ppg and 4.9rpg (#5 in the league). Humphrey also played 4 games in Liga Sudamericana where he had 11.0ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.3bpg. The other team he played that season for was Bigua (LUB) in Uruguayan league. In 16 games he was third best scorer with impressive 23.8ppg and 2.6apg and 1.9bpg.
In 2002 Humphrey was drafted by Utah Jazz (NBA) in first round (19th overall). He attended University of Notre Dame and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Humphrey's team made it to the Liga Sudamericana Semifinals in 2012. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Liga Sudamericana 2nd Team award in 2012.
Humphrey is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Cyprus (Apoel), Italy, Puerto Rico, NBA (LA Clippers) and Spain (Caceres Basket and Baloncesto Leon).
Humphrey's game is described as: A tremendously gifted athlete who is an excellent finisher around the basket...extremely quick defensively near the basket.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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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, Charlotte B.17.4 
 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, Charlotte B.5.9 
 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 


Standings - ABA

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

Regular Season: Round 4

BIG V

Apr. 6: Hume City - Melbourne
Apr. 6: Diamond V.E. - Corio Bay
Apr. 6: Eltham W. - Bulleen B.
Apr. 6: Ringwood H. - Waverley F.
Apr. 6: Werribee - Sherbrooke S.

Central ABL

Apr. 6: S.Adelaide P. - N.Adelaide R.
Apr. 6: Norwood F. - Southern T.
Apr. 6: Sturt S. - C.District L.
Apr. 6: W.Adelaide B. - Forestville E.
Apr. 6: Woodville W. - Eastern M.

SBL

Apr. 5: Perth R. - Stirling S.
Apr. 5: Perry Lakes H. - Cockburn C.
Apr. 6: Geraldton B. - Kalamunda E.S.
Apr. 6: Goldfield G. - Willetton T.
Apr. 6: East Perth E. - SW Slammers
Apr. 6: Cockburn C. - Wanneroo W.
Apr. 7: Mandurah M. - Rockingham F.
Apr. 7: Lakeside L. - Perth R.

SEABL

Apr. 3: Ballarat M. - Bendigo B. 89-86
Apr. 5: Hobart C. - Sandringham S.
Apr. 5: Mt Gambier - Knox R.
Apr. 5: Frankston B. - Bendigo B.
Apr. 5: Geelong S. - Kilsyth C.
Apr. 6: Canberra G. - Ballarat M.
Apr. 6: Dandenong - Geelong S.
Apr. 6: Brisbane S. - Nunawading S.
Apr. 6: NW Tasmania - Sandringham S.
Apr. 6: Kilsyth C. - Albury W.B.
Apr. 7: Knox R. - Albury W.B.

WARATAH

Apr. 6: Bankstown B. - Illawarra H.
Apr. 6: Colonial Hotel - Norths Bears
Apr. 6: Hills H. - Cent.Coast C.
Apr. 6: Newcastle H. - Parramatta W.
Apr. 6: Sutherland S. - Manly Warr.
Apr. 6: Sydney C. - Hornsby S.
Apr. 7: Manly Warr. - Hills H.
Apr. 7: Maitland M. - Sydney C.


Robbins puts SBL return on hold for Wildcats comeback - by Eurobasket News

Veteran guard Brad Robbins (186-PG-85) has put his State Basketball League return on hold to make a fairytale comeback for the Perth Wildcats in the National Basketball League grand final series against New Zealand, starting in Auckland on Sunday.

Robbins announced the end of his professional career in December, citing physical and mental fatigue as the major reasons behind his decision.

But he has been refreshed by spending several months away from the day-to-day grind of rigorous training sessions and had been preparing to suit up for Wanneroo in the SBL in recent weeks.

A crazy 48-hour period earlier this week turned that plan on its head.

A severe Achilles injury to first-choice point-guard Damian Martin left a hole in the Wildcats roster and Robbins was called out of retirement to fill the role vacated by his close friend.

Robbins and Perry Lakes product Ben Purser a Wildcats development player were the only players eligible under NBL rules to be elevated to the main roster in Martins absence.

Purser has played 14 games off the bench for the Wildcats this season, but coach Rob Beveridge opted to use Robbins for his experience and ability to provide a like-for-like replacement for Martin.

Robbins played a key role alongside Wildcats teammate Greg Hire in Wanneroos 2011 SBL championship team, but his return to the Wolf Pack has naturally been pushed back a few weeks.

I was going to ease myself into it with Wanneroo over the next couple of weeks, but thats quickly changed, Robbins said.

Ill play and concentrate on the Wildcats over the next couple of weeks and once the NBL season is finished and all the duties are done here, Ill go and play for Wanneroo.

Who knows what could happen after that?

Robbins said the time out of the game and work with underprivileged youth through the Beyond the Gap foundation had given him a new perspective on life.

It has allowed me to reflect and probably just grow from getting into the real world so to speak, Robbins said.

Going down a new path, Ive definitely grown as a person.

Its given me more tools that I need to put in the bag and Im definitely in a better place mentally. Im so much fresher and the body feels great.

Robbins left the door slightly ajar for a full comeback next season, pending the results of the next fortnight with the Wildcats and the back half of the SBL season with Wanneroo.

Its funny, you come back to practice and youre around everything and you just get the taste back for it or something, Robbins said.

I dont know. Ill have to look at how the next two weeks go.

Wanneroo have split four games this season with wins over Stirling and Perth cancelled out by losses to East Perth and Goldfields.

They meet reigning champions Cockburn in a round-four blockbuster at Wally Hagan Stadium on Friday night.

No doubt they will be eager to get Robbins back into a green singlet when the time is right.

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



Bennie Lewis Signs for BOQ Redbacks - by Eurobasket News

High-flying National Basketball League Melbourne Tigers 203-centimetre swing-man Bennie Lewis has signed with the Bank of Queensland Redbacks for the remainder of the State Basketball League season.

Lewis promises to bring to the league some great above the ring action to the SBL, having won the 2012 National Basketball League dunk competition.

BOQ Redbacks coach Nik Lackovic says that Bennie brings a tremendous amount of athleticism at the three-spot which makes him a tough cover.

He's a guy who can put the ball on floor and get to the rim and also stretch the defence beyond the three-point line with his perimeter game. Im confident he is going to fit into our team nicely.

He's hungry right now and has moved across here to commit himself to improving his game. I am looking forward to what he can add to the team at both ends of the floor, he said.

The Redbacks now offers up a starting line-up that comprises players who are currently or have previously played in the NBL.

Point guard Joel Wagner played with the Perth Wildcats and Sydney Kings, shooting-guard Jarrad Prior with the Wildcats, swing-man Bennie Lewis with the Tigers, power-forward Michael Vigor currently plays with the Wildcats and centre Justin Brown plays with the Wildcats and Brisbane Bullets.

The BOQ Redbacks will meet the Stirling Senators this Friday at the Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre with the womens game starting at 6.30PM and the mens game at 8.30PM.

This is followed by a game against the Lakeside Lightning at the Lakeside Recreation Centre with the womens game starting at 1.30PM and the mens game at 3.30PM.

Article by Redbacks Media
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



Buccs sign import Cook - by Eurobasket News

The Geraldton Buccaneers has added import Carter Cook (195-G-89) to their 2013 SBL roster.

Cook, a former NCAA division one college player for University of South Carolina Upstate in America, is likely to debut for the Buccaneers in the April 20 home clash against the Perth Redbacks.

The 23-year-old 195cm forward, who hails from North Carolina, captained his college team Spartans in 2011-12 and has since played in Puerto Rico and Kyrgyzstan in central Asia.
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



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  AUSTRIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Oberwart
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Hinson, Oberwart20.7 
 2. Pearson, Furstenf.19.8 
 3. Grum, Furstenfeld19.8 
 4. Tiedeman, Wels19.7 
 5. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.6 
 6. Boxley, Oberwart18.9 
 7. Shaw, Kapfenberg17.6 
 8. Dale, UBSC G.17.5 
 9. Chaney, Oberwart17.5 
 10. Gilchrese, UBSC G.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  Furstenf.
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pearson, Furstenf.12.5 
 2. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.8.0 
 3. Heard, Gussing8.0 
 4. Washington, Wels7.8 
 5. Johnson, Oberwart7.4 
 6. Cresnar, Furstenf.7.3 
 7. Boxley, Oberwart7.2 
 8. Spasojevic, Arkadia6.9 
 9. Kohlmaier, St.Polt.6.8 
 10. Lamesic, Wels6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna5.6 
 2. Woods, Kapfenberg5.2 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing4.8 
 4. Lanegger, Klostern.4.4 
 5. Tiedeman, Wels4.3 
 6. Danek, BC Vienna3.9 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels3.9 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna3.8 
 9. Gilchrese, UBSC G.3.5 
 10. O''Neal, Furstenfe.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.4 
 2. Ray, BC Vienna1.8 
 3. Hinson, Oberwart1.7 
 4. Gonzalvez, Wels1.6 
 5. Boylan, BC Vienna1.5 
 6. Arnold, Gmunden1.5 
 7. Chaney, Oberwart1.4 
 8. Pryor, Kapfenberg1.3 
 9. Woods, Kapfenberg1.3 
 10. Dale, UBSC G.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Blaz CRESNAR
  Furstenf.
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.2 
 2. Bortolin, Arkadia1.1 
 3. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.1 
 4. Gant, Oberwart0.9 
 5. Arnold, Gmunden0.9 
 6. Boxley, Oberwart0.7 
 7. Shaw, Kapfenberg0.7 
 8. Washington, Wels0.7 
 9. Pearson, Furstenf.0.6 
 10. Cox, Furstenfeld0.6 



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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Apr. 3: Issa Town - Al Hala 91-83
Apr. 1: Muharraq - Sitra 83-64
Apr. 3: Hidd - Al Ahli 67-79
Apr. 2: Samaheej - Nuwaidrat 64-68
Apr. 1: Al Najma - Al Manama 64-112
Apr. 2: Al Ittihad - Bahrain Club 62-48

Regular Season: Round 15

Apr. 5: Nuwaidrat - Al Najma
Apr. 5: Bahrain Club - Al Manama
Apr. 6: Samaheej - Issa Town
Apr. 6: Hidd - Al Ittihad
Apr. 7: Al Hala - Sitra
Apr. 7: Muharraq - Al Ahli


Premier League Round 14: Sitra loses to Muharraq in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Al Muharraq. Third ranked host Muharraq (11-3) smashed one of their biggest challengers Sitra (10-4) 83-64. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Sitra. Muharraq have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 11-3 record behind leader Al Ahli. Sitra at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with Al Hala. Muharraq are looking forward to face league's leader Al Ahli in Manama in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sitra will play on the road against Al Hala in Muharraq and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Al Hala (#4) was upset in Issa Town by seventh ranked Issa Town 91-83. Issa Town (7-7) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Nuwaidrat. Defending champion Al Hala keeps the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Sitra. Issa Town will play against bottom-ranked Samaheej (#12) in Manama in the next round where they are favorite. Al Hala will play at home against Sitra (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Samaheej (0-14) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 14th consecutive match to seventh ranked Nuwaidrat (7-7) 68-64 on Tuesday evening. Nuwaidrat moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Issa Town. Newly promoted Samaheej still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Nuwaidrat will meet at home Al Najma (#10) in the next round. Samaheej will play against Issa Town and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Al Ahli (12-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Hidd (5-9). Al Ahli defeated Hidd 79-67. Al Ahli have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Al Manama. Hidd lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. Al Ahli's next round opponent will be Muharraq (#3) in Al Muharraq, which may be the game of the day. Hidd will play at home against Al Ittihad (#11) in Manama.
10th ranked Al Najma (3-11) was outscored at home by second ranked Al Manama (12-2) with the biggest margin this round 112-64 on Monday night. Al Manama have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Al Ahli. Loser Al Najma keeps the tenth place with 11 games lost. Al Manama will face Bahrain Club (#9) in Manama in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Al Najma will play on the road against Nuwaidrat.

In the last game of round 14 Bahrain Club lost to Al Ittihad on the opponent's court 48-62.


Issa Town - Al Hala 91-83

Al Hala (#4) was upset in Issa Town by seventh ranked Issa Town 91-83. Issa Town (7-7) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Nuwaidrat. Defending champion Al Hala keeps the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Sitra. Issa Town will play against bottom-ranked Samaheej (#12) in Manama in the next round where they are favorite. Al Hala will play at home against Sitra (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Hidd - Al Ahli 67-79

The game in was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Al Ahli (12-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Hidd (5-9). Al Ahli defeated Hidd 79-67. Al Ahli have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Al Manama. Hidd lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. Al Ahli's next round opponent will be Muharraq (#3) in Al Muharraq, which may be the game of the day. Hidd will play at home against Al Ittihad (#11) in Manama.
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Muharraq - Sitra 83-64

The game between Top Four teams took place in Al Muharraq. Third ranked host Muharraq (11-3) smashed one of their biggest challengers Sitra (10-4) 83-64. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Sitra. Muharraq have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 11-3 record behind leader Al Ahli. Sitra at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with Al Hala. Muharraq are looking forward to face league's leader Al Ahli in Manama in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sitra will play on the road against Al Hala in Muharraq and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 237531


Al Najma - Al Manama 64-112

10th ranked Al Najma (3-11) was outscored at home by second ranked Al Manama (12-2) with the biggest margin this round 112-64 on Monday night. Al Manama have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Al Ahli. Loser Al Najma keeps the tenth place with 11 games lost. Al Manama will face Bahrain Club (#9) in Manama in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Al Najma will play on the road against Nuwaidrat.
gschID: 237530


Al Ittihad - Bahrain Club 62-48

There was a minor upset in Manama where 9th ranked Bahrain Club (4-10) was defeated by eleventh ranked Al Ittihad (3-11) 62-48 on Tuesday. Al Ittihad moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Al Najma. Bahrain Club lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. Al Ittihad will face higher ranked Hidd (#8) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
gschID: 237533


Samaheej - Nuwaidrat 64-68

Bottom-ranked Samaheej (0-14) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 14th consecutive match to seventh ranked Nuwaidrat (7-7) 68-64 on Tuesday evening. Nuwaidrat moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Issa Town. Newly promoted Samaheej still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Nuwaidrat will meet at home Al Najma (#10) in the next round. Samaheej will play against Issa Town and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 237532



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

Balkan League Standings
Group C
 1 Levski Sofia 11-3 
 2 Galil Gilboa 10-4 
 3 Rilski Sportist 8-6 
 4 Kumanovo 7-7 
 5 Kavala 6-8 
 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. 4: Kavala - Kumanovo 95-62
Apr. 4: Galil Gilboa - Rilski Sportist 84-85
Apr. 3: Teodo Tivat - Levski Sofia 72-88

Last Four

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

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 19: Galil Gilboa - Kumanovo
Apr. 19: Levski Sofia - Rilski Sportist


Round 6 of Second Stage. Semifinalists are set - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in Balkan League just ended.

The most interesting game of round 6 was only one-point a home defeat of 4th ranked Serbian OKK Beograd (3-9) to third ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar (4-8) 84-83 in the game for the third place. The guests trailed by 14 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 1 point. Mornar Bar outrebounded OKK Beograd 44-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Center Vukota Pavic (203-93) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian forward Lazar Radosavljevic (204-91, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Mornar Bar's coach Mihailo Pavicevic used entire bench in such tough game. The best for the losing side was guard Vuk Malidzan (193-88) with a triple-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists and 6 steals. Mornar Bar have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position in Group D with 4-8 record having nine points less than leader Levski Sofia. OKK Beograd at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Rosh Pina. Third ranked Bulgarian Rilski Sportist (8-6) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging second-best Israeli Galil Gilboa (10-4) 85-84 on Thursday evening. Stanislav Vaklinov (206-89, agency: Interperformances) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and Hristo Zahariev supported him with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Even 32 points and 6 assists by American point guard Kenny Hayes (188-87, college: Miami, OH, agency: Priority Sports) did not help to save the game for Galil Gilboa. Rilski Sportist maintains third position in Group C with 8-6 record having just three points less than leader Levski Sofia. Galil Gilboa at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost.
Very significant was FYR Macedonian Kozuv's (#1, 7-5) victory against second-best Croatian Djuro Djakovic (5-7) 75-62. The best player for the winners was Slobodan Bozovic who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Kozuv's coach Marjan Srbinovski used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Marino Sarlija who recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Kozuv maintains first position in Group D with 7-5 record. Djuro Djakovic lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with seven games lost.
Balkan League top team - Bulgarian Levski Sofia (11-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifth ranked Montenegrin Teodo Tivat (5-9) 88-72. It was a good game for Marko Marinovic who led his team to a victory with 30 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Levski Sofia maintains first position in Group C with 11-3 record. Teodo Tivat at the other side dropped to the bottom place with nine games lost.
The game in Kavala supposed to be also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers FYR Macedonian Kumanovo 2009 (7-7) played at the court of fifth ranked Greek Kavala (6-8). Kavala smashed Kumanovo 2009 95-62 on Thursday. Kieron Achara scored 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Kavala's coach Angelos Koronios felt very confident that he used 11 players saving starting five for next games. Kavala maintains fifth position in Group C with 6-8 record. Loser Kumanovo 2009 keeps the fourth place with seven games lost.


First Six
Galil Gilboa - Rilski Sportist 84-85

Important game to mention about took place in Rosh Pina. Third ranked Bulgarian Rilski Sportist (8-6) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging second-best Israeli Galil Gilboa (10-4) 85-84 on Thursday evening. Galil Gilboa was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 25-20 charge of Rilski Sportist, which allowed them to win the game. Rilski Sportist had a 34-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Stanislav Vaklinov (206-89, agency: Interperformances) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and Hristo Zahariev (197-90) supported him with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Four Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. Even 32 points and 6 assists by American point guard Kenny Hayes (188-87, college: Miami, OH, agency: Priority Sports) did not help to save the game for Galil Gilboa. His fellow American import guard Rakim Sanders (193-89, college: Fairfield) added 24 points and 13 rebounds. Rilski Sportist maintains third position in Group C with 8-6 record having just three points less than leader Levski Sofia. Galil Gilboa at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: H.Zahariev 19+5reb+1ast, T.Smith 16+4reb+5ast, S.Vaklinov 15+10reb, T.Gugino 11+10reb+2ast, A.Caloiaro 11+6reb+2ast, E.Binev 6+2reb
Galil Gilboa: K.Hayes 32+2reb+6ast, R.Sanders 24+13reb+2ast, J.Smith 17+4reb+8ast, M.Watt 8+8reb+1ast, J.Szuchman 3+3reb+1ast, A.Abramovich 0+2reb
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Kavala - Kumanovo 95-62

The game in Kavala supposed to be also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers FYR Macedonian Kumanovo 2009 (7-7) played at the court of fifth ranked Greek Kavala (6-8). Kavala smashed Kumanovo 2009 95-62 on Thursday. The game without a history. Kavala led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Kumanovo 2009's 26. It was a great shooting night for Kavala especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Kumanovo 2009's players. Scottish-Nigerian Kieron Achara (208-83, college: Duquesne, agency: Two Points) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Nigerian-American guard David Tairu (191-86, college: Texas Tech, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. Tairu is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Kavala players scored in double figures. Kavala's coach Angelos Koronios felt very confident that he used 11 players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-88, college: Brescia, KY, agency: Beo Basket) with 19 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian center Uros Lukovic (212-89) scored 7 points and 11 rebounds. Kavala maintains fifth position in Group C with 6-8 record. Loser Kumanovo 2009 keeps the fourth place with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Kavala: K.Achara 20+7reb+1ast, D.Tairu 16+1reb+4ast, G.Arbet 13+3reb+1ast, P.Velissariou 10, W.Coleman 10+6reb+2ast, S.Panos 9+3reb+2ast
Kumanovo: A.Lee-Ingram 19+6reb+3ast, M.Janevski 11+2reb, D.Mikic 8+4reb, U.Lukovic 7+11reb+1ast, A.Kostoski 5+1reb+2ast, M.Mladenovic 5+3ast
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Teodo Tivat - Levski Sofia 72-88

Balkan League top team - Bulgarian Levski Sofia (11-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifth ranked Montenegrin Teodo Tivat (5-9) 88-72. It looked good early as Teodo Tivat took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Levski Sofia had a 18-12 second period charge getting the lead and Teodo Tivat was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-88. They outrebounded Teodo Tivat 40-27 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) who led his team to a victory with 30 points and 4 assists. Serbian center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Guard Srdjan Subotic (195-88) replied with 13 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Manuel Johnson (201-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Teodo Tivat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Levski Sofia maintains first position in Group C with 11-3 record. Teodo Tivat at the other side dropped to the bottom place with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: M.Marinovic 30+3reb+4ast, M.Pantic 17+12reb+2ast, P.Ivanov 13+4reb+2ast, N.Protic 12+3reb+5ast, D.Dimitrov 9+10reb+1ast, V.Petkov 3+1reb+1ast
Teodo Tivat: R.Pekic 14+1reb+1ast, S.Subotic 13+7reb+2ast, A.Radulovic 12+4reb+1ast, M.Johnson 11+7reb+2ast, S.Djordjevic 10+3reb, M.Mijovic 9+2reb+3ast
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Last Four
OKK Beograd - Mornar Bar 83-84

The most interesting game of round 6 was only one-point a home defeat of 4th ranked Serbian OKK Beograd (3-9) to third ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar (4-8) 84-83 in the game for the third place. The guests trailed by 14 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 1 point. Mornar Bar outrebounded OKK Beograd 44-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Center Vukota Pavic (203-93) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian forward Lazar Radosavljevic (204-91, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four Mornar Bar players scored in double figures. Mornar Bar's coach Mihailo Pavicevic used entire bench in such tough game. The best for the losing side was guard Vuk Malidzan (193-88) with a triple-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists and 6 steals and power forward Ivan Marinkovic (208-93) scored 28 points and 8 rebounds. Mornar Bar have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position in Group D with 4-8 record having nine points less than leader Levski Sofia. OKK Beograd at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Mornar Bar: V.Pavic 24+13reb, L.Radosavljevic 19+8reb+5ast, S.Tosic 15+2reb+1ast, M.Damjanovic 10+8reb+6ast, M.Mikovic 8+4reb, A.Pajovic 4+4reb+5ast
OKK Beograd: I.Marinkovic 28+8reb, V.Malidzan 21+13reb+12ast, O.Ivanovic 17+1reb+5ast, M.Pavlovic 8+7reb+1ast, M.Sutulovic 4+1reb+1ast, P.Dimitrijevic 3+2ast
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Kozuv - Djuro Djakovic 75-62

Very significant was FYR Macedonian Kozuv's (#1, 7-5) victory against second-best Croatian Djuro Djakovic (5-7) 75-62. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-62. Kozuv forced 20 Djuro Djakovic turnovers. The best player for the winners was Serbian power forward Slobodan Bozovic (207-79) who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian point guard Igor Mijajlovic (193-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 13 points. Kozuv's coach Marjan Srbinovski used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Marino Sarlija (207-89) who recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Croatian swingman Marko Batina (198-86) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Kozuv maintains first position in Group D with 7-5 record. Djuro Djakovic lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Kozuv: S.Bozovic 18+7reb, I.Mijajlovic 13+2reb+2ast, V.Filipovic 11+4reb, D.Radulovic 9+1reb, S.Hadzivasilev 7+2reb+1ast, M.Pekovic 6+1reb+1ast
Djuro Djakovic: M.Sarlija 18+5reb+5ast, M.Batina 14+5reb+4ast, T.Petani 11+3reb+2ast, M.Karlovic 8+4reb, P.Zivkovic 6+1reb+1ast, T.Brnas 5+6reb+2ast
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Standings - BIH League

Division Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Radnik B. 2-1 
 2. Igokea 1-0 
 3. Siroki WWin 1-0 
 4. Bosna 1-1 
 5. Mladost 0-2 
 6. Capljina 0-3 
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

Second Stage: Round 2

Apr. 2: Radnik B. - Capljina 76-66
Apr. 3: Siroki WWin - Igokea
Apr. 3: Mladost - Bosna


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Timisoara
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Tuljkovic, Timisoa.23.8 
 2. Bakovic, Posusje23.0 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.20.5 
 4. Filipovic, Vogosca19.9 
 5. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.17.4 
 6. Hot, Vogosca17.3 
 7. Bijelic, Mladost17.1 
 8. Bjelica, Capljina16.3 
 9. Aleksic, Leotar16.0 
 10. Peljto, Spars S.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Timisoara
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Tuljkovic, Timisoa.9.4 
 2. Josilo, Radnik B.8.5 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.8.3 
 4. Goranovic, Radnik7.6 
 5. Pavlovic, Borac N.7.0 
 6. Damjanovic, Servit.6.9 
 7. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.6.8 
 8. Rizvic, Bosna6.8 
 9. Bijelic, Mladost6.3 
 10. Erkic, Radnik B.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Hot, Vogosca7.1 
 2. Peljto, Spars S.6.2 
 3. Hodzic, Bosna5.0 
 4. Kovacevic, Capljina4.8 
 5. Bakovic, Posusje4.7 
 6. Radovanovic, Radni.4.7 
 7. Ivanic, Mladost4.3 
 8. Bjelica, Capljina4.3 
 9. Kastratovic, Varda3.8 
 10. Damjanovic, Servi.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hot, Vogosca2.6 
 2. Lovric, Posusje2.4 
 3. Kovacevic, Capljina2.3 
 4. Bjelica, Capljina2.0 
 5. Knezevic, Mladost1.6 
 6. Hodzic, Bosna1.6 
 7. Kastratovic, Varda1.5 
 8. Borovcanin, Radnik1.5 
 9. Peljto, Spars S.1.5 
 10. Erkic, Radnik B.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.2 
 2. Suljagic, Bosna0.6 
 3. Mustapic, Posusje0.6 
 4. Djuranovic, Borac0.5 
 5. Loncarevic, Radnik0.5 
 6. Buza, Bosna0.5 
 7. Erkic, Radnik B.0.5 
 8. Popovic, Capljina0.5 
 9. Velimirovic, Mlado.0.4 
 10. Karamatic, Caplji.0.4 


Standings - D2 Leagues

Division II Standings
1.Liga RS
 1. HEO 13-1 
 2. Gradanski 9-3 
 3. Gacko 9-6 
 4. Bratunac 8-6 
 5. Drina Birac 8-6 
 6. Prijedor 7-7 
 7. Feniks 7-8 
 8. Sutjeska 7-8 
 9. Rudar 5-8 
 10. Rogatica 2-11 
 11. Jahorina 2-13 
A1 Liga
 1. Spars Sarajevo 19-1 
 2. Sloboda Tuzla 17-3 
 3. Play Off 14-6 
 4. Brcko 13-7 
 5. Gradina S. 12-8 
 6. Student 11-14 
 7. Bosnjak 9-11 
 8. Celik 9-11 
 9. Spars Mostar 7-13 
 10. Orlovik 5-15 
 11. Limometal 4-16 
 12. Donji Vakuf 3-17 
A1 Liga Herceg-Bosne
 1. Vitez 13-1 
 2. Brotnjo 11-3 
 3. Siroki II 8-5 
 4. Student M. 5-3 
 5. Kiseljak 5-8 
 6. Grude 5-9 
 7. Busovaca 4-9 
 8. Livno 4-9 
 9. Rama 2-11 



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reginald HOLMES
  Beroe
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 21
 1. Holmes, Beroe21.0 
 2. Tyler, Chernomo.18.9 
 3. Durchev, Tundja Y.17.7 
 4. Smith, Rilski S.17.0 
 5. Zahariev, Rilski S.16.9 
 6. Marinovic, Levski16.4 
 7. Mirkovic, Rilski S.16.3 
 8. Marintchechk., Spa.15.7 
 9. Milosevic, Tundja15.7 
 10. Green, Lukoil A.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.13.7 
 2. Milosevic, Tundja9.5 
 3. Galiotos, Cherno M.9.2 
 4. Santos, Balkan9.0 
 5. Vrcelj, Cherno M.7.6 
 6. Ormon, Tundja Y.7.2 
 7. Watkins, Lukoil A.7.1 
 8. Gugino, Rilski S.6.8 
 9. Agre, Spartak6.7 
 10. Marintchechk., Sp.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Walker, Beroe7.1 
 2. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.4 
 3. Marinovic, Levski5.4 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.5.4 
 5. Durchev, Tundja Y.4.5 
 6. Rakovic, Chernomo.4.1 
 7. Massamba, Lukoil A.4.1 
 8. Radionov, Tundja Y.4.0 
 9. Velikov, Cherno M.4.0 
 10. Dyakovski, Sparta.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Walker, Beroe2.3 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.2 
 3. Heath, Lukoil A.2.2 
 4. Green, Lukoil A.2.1 
 5. Velikov, Cherno M.2.1 
 6. Zahariev, Rilski S.1.9 
 7. Kostov, Levski S.1.9 
 8. Avramov, Lukoil A.1.9 
 9. Gugino, Rilski S.1.9 
 10. Mirkovic, Rilski1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.3.0 
 2. Dupree, Rilski S.1.4 
 3. Hart, Beroe1.4 
 4. Watkins, Lukoil A.1.3 
 5. Santos, Balkan1.2 
 6. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 7. Gugino, Rilski S.0.9 
 8. Zahariev, Rilski S.0.8 
 9. Sjekloca, Tundja Y.0.8 
 10. Radev, Beroe0.7 


Balkan League: Rilski finish First Six stage with win in Israel - by Eurobasket News

Galil Gilboa - Rilski Sportist 84:85

Rilski Sportist earned a tough road win over Galil Gilboa in the final game of the First Six stage. Both team made it into the Final Four of the tournament. Stanislav Vaklinov (206-PF-89, agency: Interperformances) netted 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Rilski Sportist will now face Levski, while Galil Gilboa will take on Kumanovo in the semis.
Galil Gilboa led by three points after the opening quarter 24:21. The hosts maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. Galil Gilboa recorded a 46:42 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Galil Gilboa entered the fourth frame up by four points 64:60. Rilski however made a strong push in the fourth period. The Bulgarian team denied the deficit and used a 6:0 run to surge ahead for good. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) netted 18 points, while Tony Gugino (207-C-86, college: Hillsdale) had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Kenny Hayes (188-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Miami, OH) answered with 32 points for Galil Gilboa. Rakim Sanders (193-G-89, college: Fairfield) notched 24 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Galil Gilboa: Kenny Hayes 32, Rakim Sanders 24+13 boards
Rilski Sportist: Stanislav Vaklinov 20+10 boards, Branko Mirkovic 18, Tony Gugino 15+10 boards



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Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Boston C.
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 32
 1. Randolph, Boston32.0 
 2. Douby, Zhejiang CB31.6 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.5 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Dallas M.29.0 
 6. Daniels, Rio G.28.6 
 7. Spencer, Al Riyadi28.6 
 8. Forbes, Guangsha28.4 
 9. Marbury, Beijing28.3 
 10. Hudson, Austin T.27.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  Talk N Text
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Harvey, Talk N Te.16.6 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.15.2 
 3. Randolph, Boston14.6 
 4. Wang, Fujian QB12.9 
 5. Li, Liaoning H.12.8 
 6. Harris, Jiangsu D.12.4 
 7. Abbas, Shandong FB11.4 
 8. Daniels, Rio G.11.3 
 9. Siler, Ponce11.2 
 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, Olympiacos6.8 
 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
  Olympiacos
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Perkins, Olympiacos2.6 
 2. Spencer, Al Riyadi2.5 
 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, Austin T.2.1 
 9. Abbas, Shandong FB2.1 
 10. Han, Bayi R.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.3.9 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.9 
 3. Siler, Ponce2.3 
 4. Jones, Liaoning H.1.9 
 5. Daniels, Rio G.1.7 
 6. Yi, Guangdong ST1.7 
 7. Morris, Beijing Du.1.6 
 8. Vroman, Shandong.1.5 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 10. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.4 


Qing Dao Team new coach - by Robert Wang

QingDao team is the team that lots fans had been focusing on this past season. Just because T - Mac was there and left fans a vet very good impression there this past season. During the season, club fired their Korean coach just because team lost some games. This Korean coach is now in d-3 league now. And club hired Chinese local coach till the season ended. Now, this Chinese coach ask for retirement and head coach position is open. Some news said the new coach would be former ShanDong power forward Ji Min Shang. Ji was a very good power forward before year 2006, he was named china Postman. And retried on year 2006, March. Qing Dao club did not released new coach name but would do it on April 7th. Also, club has asked T Mac to locate some good US coaches. We will know follow up this new coach info. then and release the news.


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PIRATAS AND CARIBBEAN HEAT COMPLETES THE DAY 22. - by Victor Garcia

Piratas swept the Caribbean Heat in Bogot defeating the Cartagena team 94 75, 10 Piratas players scored in the game leaded by Tayron Thomas with 24 pts , the Heat looks hopeless and just trying to finish the first phase of the PBD, however Jorry Downs is showing that he belongs to the elite basketball finishing with 27 points.
Piratas de Bogot 94 - T. Thomas 24 pts, E. Moreno 21 pts
Caribbean Heat 75 - J. Downs 27 pts, L. Pomare 11 pts




FERNANDO LUCENA COULD BE NEW BUKAROS PLAYER - by Victor Garcia

Bukaros Freskaleche is working to fill the holes on its roster, the first move of the team towards the second phase of the Professional Basketball Division could be the arrival of the Colombia-Venezuelan player Fernando Lucena (185-PG-86),
Lucena will replace the injured Adam Reyes, Lucena has played previously with the Soles, Cangrejeros and Patriotas, the team should confirm the arrival of the player today.



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  CYPRUS   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 20-6 
 2. AEK 20-9 
 3. Apoel 18-13 
 4. Etha 16-8 
 5. Apollon 10-14 
 6. AEL 6-15 
 7. ENAD 5-17 
 8. Omonia 3-16 

Finals: Round 3

Apr. 2: AEK - Apoel 76-74

Finals: Round 4

Apr. 5: Apoel - AEK


Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Apollon
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Brown, Apollon20.1 
 2. Allen, Omonia18.8 
 3. Aleksic, AEL17.9 
 4. Pesic, AEL16.6 
 5. Fisher, AEK15.4 
 6. Jamar Diggs Omonia15.3 
 7. Williams, Etha15.1 
 8. Warren, Apollon14.7 
 9. Maze, Keravnos14.2 
 10. Crocker, Keravnos13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mihajlo PESIC
  AEL
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Pesic, AEL8.6 
 2. Brown, Apollon7.6 
 3. Aleksic, AEL7.4 
 4. Jamar Diggs Omonia6.9 
 5. Buljan, Keravnos6.6 
 6. Vaughn, Keravnos6.5 
 7. Jefferson, Apollon6.2 
 8. Fisher, AEK6.0 
 9. Maras, Etha6.0 
 10. Kaskiris, ENAD5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Milutin ALEKSIC
  AEL
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Aleksic, AEL5.0 
 2. Jamar Diggs Omonia4.8 
 3. Maze, Keravnos4.1 
 4. Palalas, AEL3.6 
 5. Stiggers, Apoel3.4 
 6. Demertzis, Kerav.3.3 
 7. Adegboye, Etha3.3 
 8. Mokongo, Apoel2.9 
 9. Tutt, AEK2.8 
 10. Dixon, AEK2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 2. Hamilton, ENAD2.3 
 3. Jamar Diggs Omonia2.1 
 4. Poole, Etha1.8 
 5. Stiggers, Apoel1.7 
 6. Brown, Apollon1.7 
 7. Kremen, Apoel1.5 
 8. Williams, Etha1.5 
 9. Crocker, Keravnos1.5 
 10. Panteli, AEK1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  AEK
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Harrison, AEK2.1 
 2. Jefferson, Apollon1.5 
 3. Brown, Apollon1.3 
 4. Baker, Omonia1.2 
 5. Vaughn, Keravnos1.0 
 6. Morrison, Apoel0.9 
 7. Maras, Etha0.8 
 8. Chan, Apoel0.8 
 9. Pesic, AEL0.5 
 10. Sims, ENAD0.5 



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
Group A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 30-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 19-12 
 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 15-21 
 4. Chomutov 13-23 
 5. Usti n/Labem 11-25 
 6. Svitavy 11-25 
 7. J.Hradec 10-26 
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 71-96

A2

Apr. 3: J.Hradec - B&W Opava 88-96
Apr. 3: USK Praha - Chomutov 86-74
Apr. 3: Usti n/Labem - Svitavy 82-77

Second Stage: Round 9

Apr. 6: BK Decin - BK Prostejov
Apr. 6: BK Pardubice - NH Ostrava
Apr. 6: BC Kolin - CEZ Nymburk


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.6 
 2. Bolds, BC Kolin17.9 
 3. Deloach, Svitavy17.5 
 4. Fields, Chomutov17.5 
 5. Meno, USK Praha17.4 
 6. Blazek, B&W Opava16.9 
 7. Fields, Levice16.7 
 8. McFadden, Usti n.16.4 
 9. Reese, Usti n.16.3 
 10. Zabas, BK Pardub.15.9 
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 Opava5.7 
 3. Ames, NH Ostrava5.5 
 4. Kemp, Levice4.5 
 5. Deloach, Svitavy4.4 
 6. Carter, CEZ N.4.4 
 7. Glover, Chomutov4.3 
 8. Sotnar, USK Praha4.2 
 9. Sanders, BK Decin4.0 
 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. Taylor, Los A.1.6 
 10. Reese, Usti 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. Miklosik, B&W O.1.0 
 6. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 7. Simmons, Levice0.9 
 8. Nelson, BK Pardu.0.8 
 9. Houska, BK Decin0.8 
 10. Mroz, Svitavy0.8 


NBL Round 8: BK Pardubice loses to BK Decin - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Second Stage in NBL.

The most important game in the last round took place in Decin between third ranked BK Pardubice (19-13) and sixth ranked BK Decin (18-14) on Wednesday night. BK Pardubice was defeated by BK Decin on the road 73-89. BK Decin outrebounded BK Pardubice 40-29 including 28 on the defensive glass. Swingman Lubos Stria (197-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Travis Nelson (208-87, college: Minnesota St.) replied with 23 points and 9 rebounds for BK Pardubice. BK Decin moved-up to fifth place in Group A1, which they share with BC Kolin. BK Pardubice at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 13 games lost. They share it with NH Ostrava. BK Decin is looking forward to face league's second-placed BK Prostejov at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BK Pardubice will play against NH Ostrava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for CEZ Nymburk (30-1) which played road game in Prostejov against second-ranked BK Prostejov (19-12). First ranked CEZ Nymburk had an easy win 96-71. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position in Group A1 with 30-1 record. BK Prostejov at the other side keeps the second place with 12 games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against BC Kolin (#5) on the road in the next round. BK Prostejov will play against BK Decin and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game for USK Praha (17-19) which hosted in Praha 4th ranked Levharti Chomutov (13-23). Second ranked USK Praha managed to get a 12-point victory 86-74. The winners were led by Michal Sotnar who scored that evening 12 points and 8 assists. Even a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds by John Fields did not help to save the game for Levharti Chomutov. Levharti Chomutov's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. USK Praha maintains second position in Group A2 with 17-19 record having four points less than leader Levice. Loser Levharti Chomutov keeps the fourth place with 23 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Ostrava supposed to be also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers BC Kolin (18-14) played at the court of fifth ranked NH Ostrava (19-13). NH Ostrava did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 95-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BC Kolin. The best player for the winners was Jeremiah Wilson who scored 26 points and 9 rebounds. NH Ostrava's coach Dusan Medvecky allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. NH Ostrava moved-up to third place in Group A1, which they share with BK Pardubice. BC Kolin at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 14 games lost. NH Ostrava's next round opponent will be BK Pardubice (#4) on the road. BC Kolin will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk.
The game in J.Hradec was also quite interesting. Third ranked B&W Opava (15-21) played at the court of 7th ranked BK Lions Hradec (10-26). B&W Opava managed to secure a 8-point victory 96-88 on Wednesday. Jakub Blazek orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. BK Lions Hradec's coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. B&W Opava maintains third position in Group A2 with 15-21 record having six points less than leader Levice. BK Lions Hradec lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 26 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 8
In Group A2 Svitavy was beaten by Usti n/Labem on the road 82-77.
The most impressive performance of 8th round was 31 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists by Matej Venta of J.Hradec.


Group A1
BK Prostejov - CEZ Nymburk 71-96

An interesting game for CEZ Nymburk (30-1) which played road game in Prostejov against second-ranked BK Prostejov (19-12). First ranked CEZ Nymburk had an easy win 96-71. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position in Group A1 with 30-1 record. BK Prostejov at the other side keeps the second place with 12 games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against BC Kolin (#5) on the road in the next round. BK Prostejov will play against BK Decin and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 233056


BK Decin - BK Pardubice 89-73

The most important game in the last round took place in Decin between third ranked BK Pardubice (19-13) and sixth ranked BK Decin (18-14) on Wednesday night. BK Pardubice was defeated by BK Decin on the road 73-89. BK Decin outrebounded BK Pardubice 40-29 including 28 on the defensive glass. Swingman Lubos Stria (197-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four BK Decin players scored in double figures. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Travis Nelson (208-87, college: Minnesota St.) replied with 23 points and 9 rebounds and Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) added 18 points and 6 assists in the effort for BK Pardubice. BK Decin moved-up to fifth place in Group A1, which they share with BC Kolin. BK Pardubice at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 13 games lost. They share it with NH Ostrava. BK Decin is looking forward to face league's second-placed BK Prostejov at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BK Pardubice will play against NH Ostrava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: P.Pope 21+2ast, L.Stria 17+5reb+5ast, L.Sanders 16+6reb+3ast, R.Landa 11+5reb, A.Alic 9+2reb+3ast, J.Houska 9+11reb+2ast
BK Pardubice: T.Nelson 23+9reb+1ast, E.Zabas 18+4reb+6ast, P.Bohacik 13+4reb+1ast, M.Peterka 7+5reb, M.Carnecky 7+3ast, O.Peterka 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 233058


NH Ostrava - BC Kolin 95-75

The game in Ostrava supposed to be also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers BC Kolin (18-14) played at the court of fifth ranked NH Ostrava (19-13). NH Ostrava did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 95-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BC Kolin. NH Ostrava made 23-of-25 charity shots (92.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 BC Kolin turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Jeremiah Wilson (203-88, college: Tarleton St.) who scored 26 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Ludek Jurecka (199-83) chipped in 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). NH Ostrava's coach Dusan Medvecky allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Puerto Rican-American guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) produced 19 points and 5 assists and American guard Demarius Bolds (190-84, college: Missouri Western, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four BC Kolin players scored in double figures. NH Ostrava moved-up to third place in Group A1, which they share with BK Pardubice. BC Kolin at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 14 games lost. NH Ostrava's next round opponent will be BK Pardubice (#4) on the road. BC Kolin will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: J.Wilson 26+9reb+3ast, L.Jurecka 21+4reb, M.Gniadek 14+2reb+3ast, R.Ames 9+3reb+6ast, F.Zbranek 8+1reb, A.Dufault 6+3reb
BC Kolin: E.Ubilla 19+4reb+5ast, D.Machac 12+3reb, R.Field 11+4reb, D.Bolds 10+6reb+1ast, U.Benacek 8+4reb+1ast, D.Radulovic 6+2reb
gschID: 233057


Group A2
J.Hradec - B&W Opava 88-96

The game in J.Hradec was also quite interesting. Third ranked B&W Opava (15-21) played at the court of 7th ranked BK Lions Hradec (10-26). B&W Opava managed to secure a 8-point victory 96-88 on Wednesday. B&W Opava made 31-of-40 free shots (77.5 percent) during the game. B&W Opava outrebounded BK Lions Hradec 42-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. BK Lions Hradec was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-77) contributed with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Slovenian point guard Matej Venta (188-84) replied with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and Jan Pavlik (186-78, agency: Court Side) added 20 points in the effort for BK Lions Hradec. Four BK Lions Hradec players scored in double figures. BK Lions Hradec's coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. B&W Opava maintains third position in Group A2 with 15-21 record having six points less than leader Levice. BK Lions Hradec lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 26 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 23+11reb+1ast, L.Sokolovsky 20+6reb+4ast, P.Dokoupil 14+2reb+3ast, J.Sirina 9+2reb+2ast, M.Miklosik 9+1reb, M.Vanak 7+9reb+1ast
J.Hradec: M.Venta 31+7reb+8ast, J.Pavlik 20+3ast, R.Zachrla 13+4reb+1ast, J.Cech 10+1reb+1ast, M.Frohde 5+5reb+1ast, T.Voslajer 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 233107


USK Praha - Chomutov 86-74

An interesting game for USK Praha (17-19) which hosted in Praha 4th ranked Levharti Chomutov (13-23). Second ranked USK Praha managed to get a 12-point victory 86-74. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when USK Praha made 7 blocks. The winners were led by point guard Michal Sotnar (189-92) who scored that evening 12 points and 8 assists and center Viktor Cvek (200-89) supported him with 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five USK Praha players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds by American forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) did not help to save the game for Levharti Chomutov. Swingman Pavel Bosak (192-82) added 13 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Levharti Chomutov's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. USK Praha maintains second position in Group A2 with 17-19 record having four points less than leader Levice. Loser Levharti Chomutov keeps the fourth place with 23 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: V.Cvek 16+6reb+1ast, B.Meno 14+5reb+3ast, S.Votroubek 13+6reb+2ast, M.Mares 13+5reb+3ast, M.Sotnar 12+4reb+8ast, M.Vocetka 8+2reb+2ast
Chomutov: J.Fields 22+13reb, C.Allen 14+4reb+1ast, P.Bosak 13+5reb+1ast, L.Pecka 9+7reb, Z.Hanzlik 5+3reb+1ast, S.Glover 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 233109


Usti n/Labem - Svitavy 82-77

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked BK Usti nad Labem (11-25) beat at home 5th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (11-25) 82-77 on Wednesday. American-Polish forward Robert Lewandowski (208-89, college: Texas Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St.) contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) replied with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) added 16 points in the effort for Basketbal Svitavy. Basketbal Svitavy's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BK Usti nad Labem moved-up to fifth place in Group A2, which they share with Svitavy. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: R.Lewandowski 23+9reb+1ast, B.Reese 20+8reb, T.McFadden 20+5reb+7ast, A.Pistecky 8+6reb+2ast, T.Hruby 5+2reb, M.Slunecko 4+3reb+3ast
Svitavy: M.Deloach 18+6reb+5ast, P.Mroz 16+4reb, J.Jelinek 11+8reb+1ast, T.Macela 9+4reb+3ast, T.Teply 6+4reb, P.Harcar 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 233108



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  DENMARK   

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Colas, Randers24.3 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.22.4 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC21.2 
 4. Bowlin, Horsens IC19.9 
 5. Walker, Naestved19.8 
 6. Delk, Vaerlose19.3 
 7. Waithe, Bakken18.7 
 8. Funches, Aarhus BC18.6 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg18.6 
 10. Tomko, Etzella18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Colas, Randers14.7 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.9.5 
 3. Dezouvre, Aarhus9.4 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC8.7 
 5. Doggett, Naestved8.4 
 6. Waithe, Bakken8.2 
 7. Washington, Svend.8.1 
 8. Moritz, SISU8.0 
 9. Walker, Naestved7.9 
 10. Baker, Vaerlose7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel ORTEGA
  Randers
  (188-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Ortega, Randers6.9 
 2. Bowlin, Horsens IC6.5 
 3. Darboe, Svendborg5.9 
 4. Nielsen, SISU5.3 
 5. Murphy, Naestved4.8 
 6. Tomko, Etzella4.5 
 7. Dennis, SISU4.3 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.4.2 
 9. Jonsson, Keflavik4.0 
 10. Delaney, Aalborg3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC3.0 
 2. Tomko, Etzella2.4 
 3. Nielsen, SISU2.1 
 4. Delk, Vaerlose2.1 
 5. Ortega, Randers2.1 
 6. Walker, Naestved2.0 
 7. Jukic, Horsens IC1.9 
 8. Dennis, SISU1.9 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg1.8 
 10. Parker, Bakken1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Washington, Svend.2.5 
 2. Colas, Randers2.0 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.5 
 4. Jukic, Horsholm1.3 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.1.2 
 6. Jukic, Horsens IC1.1 
 7. Doggett, Naestved1.1 
 8. Funches, Aarhus BC1.1 
 9. Thomann, Horse.1.0 
 10. Delk, Vaerlose1.0 


Ligaen Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Svendborg advance into Final - by Eurobasket News

Horsens IC - Bakken 71-97

Bakken Bears stormed past Horsens IC on the road to force the decider in the series. The game without a history. Bakken led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Bakken outrebounded Horsens IC 43-25 including a 32-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Horsens IC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian forward Marvell Waithe (205-87, college: Arkansas) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds. The former international point guard Andreas Jakobsen (187-83, college: Columbia, MO) contributed with 23 points for the winners. American guard Skyler Bowlin (190-89, college: Missouri So.) replied with 22 points (made all of his seven free throws) and the former international guard Darko Jukic (198-90) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Horsens IC. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. 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:
Horsens IC: S.Bowlin 22+2reb+2ast, K.Thomann 14+3reb, D.Friedrich 13+2reb+1ast, D.Jukic 12+9reb+3ast, M.Sakne 4+1reb+1ast, E.Kvedaravicius 4+6reb+3ast
Bakken: M.Waithe 25+15reb, A.Jakobsen 23+2reb+1ast, N.Iversen 15+8reb+3ast, C.Parker 13+5reb+4ast, M.Sahlertz 7+2reb, C.Christoffersen 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 237948


Randers - Svendborg 71-79

Svendorg rallied past Randers to book the spot in the Final. It looked good early as Randers took a 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Svendborg had a 18-11 second period charge getting the lead and Randers were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-79. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and American power forward Donald Rutherford (199-87, college: Catawba) who added 21 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international swingman Chris Nielsen (192-85) responded with 21 points and 4 assists and Spanish point guard Miguel Ortega (188-91) scored 10 points, 6 assists and 4 steals.
Top scorers:
Randers: C.Nielsen 21+3reb+4ast, C.Jorgensen 13+5reb+1ast, M.Ortega 10+3reb+6ast, D.Ocana 8+6reb, M.Nielsen 6+3reb, P.Nielsen 5+2reb
Svendborg: M.Plannthin 23+6reb, D.Rutherford 21+8reb+1ast, A.Darboe 18+7reb+7ast, G.Washington 6+5reb+3ast, K.Gertz 6+1reb, N.Degn-Andersen 3+1reb
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  D-LEAGUE   

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. 13-36 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 34-14 
 2. Rio Grande VV 33-15 
 3. Austin T. 27-21 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 26-23 
 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. 4: Iowa E. - Tulsa 66ers 118-112 2OT
Apr. 3: Los Angeles D. - Canton C. 114-109
Apr. 3: Austin T. - Springfield A. 112-103

Regular Season: Round 70

Apr. 5: Erie Bay H. - Maine RC
Apr. 5: Sioux Falls S. - Ft.Wayne MA
Apr. 5: Rio Grande VV - Austin T.
Apr. 5: Texas L. - Springfield A.
Apr. 5: Idaho S. - Los Angeles D.
Apr. 5: Bakersfield J. - Santa Cruz W.
Apr. 5: Reno B. - Canton C.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin DENTMON
  Dallas M.
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Dentmon, Dallas M.22.3 
 2. Goudelock, Rio G.21.4 
 3. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.21.0 
 4. Mack, Atlanta H.20.1 
 5. Samuels, Reno B.19.9 
 6. Joseph, San A.19.4 
 7. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.1 
 8. Jones, Houston R.19.0 
 9. Nichols, Sioux F.18.9 
 10. Joseph, Brooklyn18.6 
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. Samuels, Reno B.10.3 
 5. Mays, Sioux F.10.1 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.10.0 
 7. Varnado, Sioux F.9.6 
 8. Onuaku, Canton C.9.5 
 9. Jones, Houston R.9.0 
 10. Wright, Maine RC8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Sioux F.
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Barrett, Sioux F.7.6 
 2. Mack, Atlanta H.7.5 
 3. Fortson, Los A.7.1 
 4. Wright, Iowa E.7.0 
 5. Russell, Reno B.6.5 
 6. Karl, Idaho S.6.2 
 7. Quinn, Cleveland C.6.1 
 8. Singletary, Texas5.6 
 9. Joseph, San A.5.5 
 10. McNeal, Utah Jazz5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Justin HOLIDAY
  Philadel.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Holiday, Philadel.2.4 
 2. Fortson, Los A.2.0 
 3. Hannah, Santa C.2.0 
 4. Greene, Reno B.1.9 
 5. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 6. Joseph, San A.1.9 
 7. Gutierrez, Canton1.8 
 8. Leslie, Santa C.1.8 
 9. Tyndale, Maine RC1.8 
 10. House, Texas L.1.7 
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. Armstrong, Santa C.2.2 
 4. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.2 
 5. Gladness, Santa C.2.2 
 6. Jordan, Los A.2.1 
 7. Johnson, Minnesot.2.1 
 8. Moon, Los A.2.0 
 9. Williams, Texas L.2.0 
 10. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.1.9 


Toros, D-Fenders and Energy victorious in latest games - by Eurobasket News

Austin T. - Springfield A. 112-103
In the third game of a five-game road trip, the Springfield Armor let another game slip away in the final quarter. The Armor fell to the Austin Toros 112-103. If you add in the fact that the Armor were eliminated from playoff contention and fell to 12 games under .500, it's easy to see why the Armor were visibly upset following the loss. Led by former Dallas Maverick Dominique Jones (6'4''-G-88, college: S.Florida), the Armor looked very good in the early portion of the game. Paced by some jaw-dropping dunks, and a very good shooting performance in the first half, the Armor led 58-56 at the break. It looked like they would finally get over the hump, and clinch a win against the Toros. Jones paced Austin in a solid first-half performance with 10 points. It was a tight game throughout that featured nine lead changes and was tied 13 times. With about 6 minutes left in the third quarter, Dominique Jones provided Armor fans with a highlight-reel block that seemed like it would end up on SportsCenter, as he sent the shot back to half court, and the Armor turned it into a dunk on the other end. Heading into the fourth quarter the Armor were trailing by four points. After a quick basket, the game looked like it would be back and forth until the buzzer. The Toros however, turned into the playoff-bound team that they are, and put the game away late. The Armor could never get back into it, as the Toros hit their free throws down the stretch. The Armor shot 48 percent from the field in the game. Jones finished with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists, and Carleton Scott (6'8''-F-88, college: Notre Dame) led the Armor with 20 points while also pulling in five rebounds. Dennis Horner finished with a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Toros were led by JaMychal Green (6'8''-F-90, college: Alabama), who recorded a game-high 28 points while also pulling in 12 rebounds. Rick Jackson had a game-high 17 rebounds while scoring 18 points. In a game filled with a number of alley-oops, high-flying dunks, and high-rebounding totals, the Toros managed to come away with a win in the closing quarter. With the loss, the Armor fell to 18-30 on the season with two games remaining. Since Kris Joseph was called up to the NBA by the Brooklyn Nets, the Armor have struggled to find their rhythm late in games. Joseph was the third member of the Armor to be called up in the past week. The Armor will close the season with two games in Frisco on Friday and Saturday against the Texas Legends. Courtesy of: masslive.com

Los Angeles D. - Canton C. 114-109
On Wednesday night the D-Fenders defeated the Canton Charge in a come-from-behind 114-109 win. The D-Fenders, who play at the Lakers' practice facility (Toyota Sports Center) as the team's D-League affiliate, fell behind the Charge by as many as 25 points in the third quarter before pulling out the victory. Lakers Darius Morris (6'4''-G-91, college: Michigan) and Robert Sacre (7'0''-C-89, agency: Edge Sports, college: Gonzaga) were assigned to the D-Fenders on Tuesday. Morris finished with nine points and nine assists while shooting just 3 for 13 from the field. Robert Sacre had 14 points on 5 for 9 shooting, six boards and two blocked shots in what was likely a one-game stint for both Lakers. The D-Fenders finish their regular season in Idaho with two games against the Stampede (the Portland Trail Blazers affiliate). Morris and Robert Sacre are more likely to be on hand at Staples Center on Friday as the Lakers host the Memphis Grizzlies than off to Idaho in the D-League. The D-Fenders were led by Morris Almond (6'6''-F/G-85, college: Rice)'s 25 points followed by Mike Taylor's 23 and Elijah Millsap's 22 (with 10 assists and four steals). Antoine Agudio (6'3''-G-85) led the Charge with 23 points. Courtesy of: latimes.com

Iowa E. - Tulsa 66ers 118-112 2OT
If all the Iowa Energy are playing for this week is pride, they sure showed plenty of it Thursday. The Tulsa 66ers, who could have clinched a berth in the NBA Development League playoffs with a win, kept threatening to take control of the game. The Energy were never ready to let go of it. Iowa won 118-112 in double overtime, giving their most inspired performance of a dreary season before an announced crowd of 2,794 at Wells Fargo Arena. 'We were dead in the water and guys just kept hanging in there, and that's what I'm most proud of this team,' coach Bruce Wilson said. 'For all that we've gone through this year, it would have been very easy for us to just be thinking about ourself. But guys went out there and pulled out a great win.' Chris Wright (6'1''-PG-89, college: Georgetown) rose up for the biggest shot of the night, a fadeaway, heavily-contested 3-pointer with 7.7 seconds left in regulation to tie the score at 104-104 and force overtime. He scored 24 points. 'The play broke down, and I actually thought they were going to foul. The bench was calling foul,' ' said Wright, who made the shot right in front of the Tulsa bench. 'So I was just trying to get the shot up. And they always tell you when you shoot, shoot to make it. So I shot it and made it. I thought I did get fouled.' Iowa missed on three 3-point attempts in the first overtime, but tied the score again when Ben Strong (6'11''-C-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Guilford) made 1-of-2 free throws. In the second overtime, the Energy (13-36) started attacking the basket and getting to the free-throw line. Iowa had lost five of its first six meetings with Tulsa (26-23) this season. 'We're a tough group,' said forward Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Robert Morris), who led the Energy with 27 points. 'We're a group of guys that came from places where everyone won, so it's hard to swallow losing. 'The scouting report this time worked in our favor. There was a couple of times where they blew us out of the damn gym. So today was just our day.' Tulsa concludes the season at Fort Wayne on Saturday. That night, Iowa will finish its lost campaign by hosting another team in playoff contention, Sioux Falls. 'We wanted to knock them out of the playoffs, spoil somebody's party. So hopefully we'll do the same thing Saturday,' Wright said. 'So they can come home with us.' Courtesy of: desmoinesregister.com



Charge's Gibson out for year due to wrist injury - by Eurobasket News

However far the Charge advance in the playoffs this year, they will do it without Kyle Gibson (6'5''-G-87, college: Louisiana Tech). The Charge learned Thursday that Gibson their leading scorer and top overall player is done for the season because of a fractured scaphoid bone in his right (shooting) wrist. Gibson injured the wrist during practice on March 26 when he jammed his hand into a driving teammate while trying to defend. After initial tests revealed bad news, the Charge wanted to exhaust every avenue before shutting down Gibson. Cavaliers specialists looked at the wrist this week and echoed the earlier reports. Obviously, Kyles been very, very good for us, Charge Director of D-League Operations Mike Gansey said. To have this happen so late in the season, its tough. But its part of the D-League. Other guys have to step up now. The Charge finish the regular season this weekend. Theyll likely open the playoffs in the middle of next week. A respected teammate and versatile player, Gibson averaged 16.6 points and 3.6 assists while shooting 40.9 percent from 3-point range in 44 games this season. A natural shooting guard, the 25-year-old Louisiana Tech product had become the Charges starting point guard in recent weeks. He also was a key player in Cantons run to the D-League semifinals last year. The 6-foot-5 Gibson will have surgery in Canton and stay here until the end of the Charges season. Said Gansey, We want him around the team.
Courtesy of: cantonrep.com



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  EUROCHALLENGE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.20.2 
 2. May, Paris-Levallo.19.8 
 3. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.18.8 
 4. Flowers, Kataja18.3 
 5. Dixon, Karsiyaka17.9 
 6. Burtt, Tofas17.3 
 7. Raivio, Aalstar16.3 
 8. Simmons, Krasnie16.0 
 9. Williams, Paris-.15.5 
 10. Kudrautsau, Tsmok.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.11.6 
 2. Bader, Szolnok9.8 
 3. Elonu, Tofas9.0 
 4. Hill, Hapoel Holon8.2 
 5. May, Paris-Levallo.7.8 
 6. Thomas, Karsiyaka7.7 
 7. Young, Aalstar7.2 
 8. Camara, Gravelines7.1 
 9. Lashkevich, Tsmoki.7.0 
 10. Smith, Krasnie Kr.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.7.0 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.6.4 
 3. Jordan, Telekom5.9 
 4. Dixon, Karsiyaka5.3 
 5. Burtt, Tofas4.8 
 6. Kudrautsau, Tsmoki.4.7 
 7. Deane, Khimik4.7 
 8. Kramer, EWE B.4.6 
 9. Raivio, Aalstar4.6 
 10. Joyce, EWE Baske.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Flowers, Kataja3.7 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.2.3 
 3. Mandache, Gaz M.1.9 
 4. Miles, Krasnie Kri.1.9 
 5. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.6 
 6. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.1.5 
 7. Smith, Kataja1.5 
 8. Paulding, EWE B.1.4 
 9. Burtt, Tofas1.3 
 10. Dundjerski, Gaz M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas WOHLFARTH-BOTTERMANN
  Teleko.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.6 
 2. Goodridge, Khimik1.5 
 3. Aminu, Karsiyaka1.3 
 4. Vasiliev, Krasni.1.2 
 5. Akpomedah, Grave.1.2 
 6. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.2 
 7. Elonu, Tofas1.1 
 8. Pustovyi, Khimik1.1 
 9. May, Paris-Levallo.1.1 
 10. Majok, Tsmoki-M.1.1 



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Standings

Euroleague Standings
Group E
 1 CSKA 11-3 
 2 Real Madrid 10-4 
 3 Anadolu Efes 9-5 
 4 Panathinaikos 9-5 
 5 Unicaja 7-7 
 6 Zalgiris 6-8 
 7 ALBA 4-10 
 8 Brose Bask. 0-14 
Group F
 1 FCB Regal 13-1 
 2 Olympiacos 9-5 
 3 Maccabi T-A 8-6 
 4 Caja Laboral 8-6 
 5 Khimky 7-7 
 6 Montepaschi 7-7 
 7 Fener.Ulker 2-11 
 8 Besiktas 1-12 
Stage One Standings

Top 16: Round 14

E

Apr. 4: Zalgiris - Brose Bask. 90-81
Apr. 4: Real Madrid - Anadolu Efes 86-66
Apr. 4: Panathinaikos - CSKA 63-69
Apr. 4: Unicaja - ALBA 55-68

F

Apr. 4: Olympiacos - Khimky 79-70
Apr. 4: Caja Laboral - Montepaschi 76-64
Apr. 4: FCB Regal - Maccabi T-A 74-71
Apr. 5: Besiktas - Fener.Ulker


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Brown, Montepaschi18.8 
 2. Bogdanovic, Fener..16.3 
 3. Nachbar, Brose B.16.1 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.15.6 
 5. Lampe, Caja L.14.4 
 6. Farmar, Anadolu14.2 
 7. Jerrells, Maine RC14.2 
 8. Weems, CSKA14.0 
 9. Hickman, Maccabi14.0 
 10. Fernandez, Real M.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.4 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A6.5 
 3. Lampe, Caja L.6.1 
 4. Hines, Olympiacos6.0 
 5. Tomic, FCB Regal6.0 
 6. Lasme, Panathin.5.8 
 7. Mirotic, Real Madr.5.5 
 8. Davis, Khimky5.5 
 9. Thompson, ALBA5.4 
 10. Zoric, Unicaja5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.6.3 
 2. Planinic, Khimky6.3 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.4 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi5.3 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA5.1 
 6. Heurtel, Caja L.4.6 
 7. Cook, Caja Laboral4.2 
 8. Ohayon, Maccabi4.0 
 9. Farmar, Anadolu4.0 
 10. Gordon, Anadolu3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Bo MCCALEBB
  Fener.Ul.
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.2.0 
 2. Jaaber, Petrochimi1.9 
 3. Gordon, Anadolu1.8 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.6 
 5. Fernandez, Real M.1.5 
 6. Hickman, Maccabi1.5 
 7. Diamantidis, Panat.1.4 
 8. Cook, Caja Laboral1.3 
 9. Calloway, Unicaja1.2 
 10. Planinic, Khimky1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Panathin.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lasme, Panathin.2.0 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A1.9 
 3. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 4. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 5. Tomic, FCB Regal1.2 
 6. Vidmar, Besiktas1.1 
 7. Hines, Olympiacos1.1 
 8. Falker, Besiktas1.0 
 9. Davis, Khimky1.0 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA1.0 



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  FINLAND   

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Richardson, Ura B.25.9 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.24.6 
 3. Hester, TuNM.23.9 
 4. Taylor, Porvoon23.6 
 5. Moultrie, BC Nokia23.2 
 6. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.22.8 
 7. Jallow, Jarvenpaa22.4 
 8. Mays, Huima22.0 
 9. Mua, Kerava ET21.5 
 10. Harjula, Pyrinto20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antonio HESTER
  TuNM.
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Hester, TuNM.15.6 
 2. Jallow, Jarvenpaa14.8 
 3. Moultrie, BC Nokia13.9 
 4. Syrjala, KaU Koris11.8 
 5. Stephens, Huima11.8 
 6. Keskitalo, JyWe11.6 
 7. Towa, Kerava ET11.6 
 8. Tribbett, BC Jyvas.10.6 
 9. Harrison, Ura B.10.1 
 10. Young, Porvoon10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Lauri JARVINEN
  KaU Koris
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Jarvinen, KaU Koris5.3 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.4.4 
 3. Harjula, Pyrinto II4.3 
 4. Mays, Huima4.2 
 5. Ginty, ToPo4.2 
 6. Jallow, Jarvenpaa3.9 
 7. Herrala, Tapiolan.3.9 
 8. Humalamaki, TuNM.3.8 
 9. Frederick, Oulun N.3.8 
 10. Hanninen, Jarven.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Little, Kerava ET2.8 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.7 
 3. Taylor, Porvoon2.0 
 4. Towa, Kerava ET1.9 
 5. Thomas, SayRi1.9 
 6. Richardson, Ura B.1.8 
 7. Hester, TuNM.1.8 
 8. Herrala, Tapiolan.1.8 
 9. Mua, Kerava ET1.8 
 10. Capers, ToPo1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.5 
 2. Mua, Kerava ET2.1 
 3. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.0 
 4. Woods, BC Nokia1.7 
 5. Jallow, Jarvenpaa1.4 
 6. Capers, ToPo1.3 
 7. Rajala, HBA-Marsky1.3 
 8. Hester, TuNM.1.3 
 9. Kauhanen, HBA-M.1.2 
 10. Young, Porvoon1.2 


The semifinals have started - by Pekka Salminen

Our semifinal series did not start like they were supposed to start: First game was cancelled due to technical problems, which was a shame for there were like 1000 spectators waiting for the derby.

But after a rocky start the series really got off.
We played a great game at home and took the game 90-66. Our defensive execution was perfect and we played a solid game over all. Have to mention that there was a lot of spectators watching the game. Our beloved and modest GM announced an official figure of 1004. Antti, there were more, a lot more.

The second game (away) was something else. We survived for example Hanno Mottolas 7/8 3-p shooting and took an overtime W. Our heart and soul Ronnie Clark was unstoppable with 40 Pts and our PG Jouko Jarvinen had a good one as well.
Have to borrow an old classic quote "rather be lucky than good". This was so true, we made some terrible mistakes, had heavy foul trouble and ToPo played well. All said and done, the fact is we lead the series 2-0

The next game is actually the first (cancelled) game and it will take place on Monday and at ToPos place, KIsahalli (The main venue for Olympic basketball 1952).
Best of five is the name of the game, so we will have three match balls which is great, of course.

Easy? No way, I am extremely concerned. We have to find a way to stop Mottolas pick and pop game, Deviin Ginty was really hard to handle in the latest game, what should we do with him? How about mr. Capers? A lot of questions, but me and my great staff will have a meeting today (Friday)afternoon with game clips, pizza, a lot of Coffee and we will (hopefully) come up with some solutions.

Gotta go now. Thanks for reading this.

P



Jonte Flowers claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Kataja and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 43.
The 27-year old swingman had the game-high 32 points adding six rebounds and two assists for Kataja in his team's victory, helping them to crush Namika Lahti (#11, 12-29) with 23-point margin 90-67. Kataja maintains the 3rd position in Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kataja will need more victories to improve their 30-8 record. In the team's last game Flowers had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Kataja's top player in his first season with the team. Winona State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Flowers is in league's top in points (9th best: 17.4ppg) and averages solid 2.5spg,54.1% FGP and 42.9% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward Andrais Thornton (203-F-85) of FoKoPo. Thornton impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for FoKoPo to edge the higher-ranked Kouvot (#6, 20-21) by 6 points 92-86. Despite this victory they still are dead at the bottom. 31 lost games are too many comparing to just eleven victories FoKoPo managed to get this year. Thornton is a newcomer at FoKoPo and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Matthew Gibson (196-G-84) of LrNMKY (#7). Gibson scored 24 points and passed ten assists (!!!). Despite Gibson's great performance LrNMKY lost 81-93 to slightly higher-ranked Kauhajoki (#5, 26-16). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of LrNMKY ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 24 games, recording just seventeen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gibson could help LrNMKY to bring them higher in the standings. Gibson has a great season in Finland. After 37 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.9ppg (4th best) and assists with 5.3apg (4th best). He also has 2.2spg, FGP: 53.4% and 3PT: 41.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Haminn Quaintance (201-F-85) of Kauhajoki - 14 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86) of Pyrinto - 22 points and 13 rebounds
6. Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84) of FoKoPo - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Tremaine Ford (206-F/C-86) of Kauhajoki - 22 points and 10 rebounds
8. Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Nilan Bisons - 25 points and 6 rebounds
9. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Pyrinto - 19 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Chris Hester (192-G/F-79) of Kouvot - 12 points and 16 rebounds

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



1.DIVISION: BC Nokia and Honka winning - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Division 1 A, Semifinals: The home court advantage was meaning a lot tonight. Honka (Tapiola) crushed Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) by 24 points 90-66 (41-31). ToPo had 26 turnovers and was shooting with 15% accuracy (2/13) from the distance. Only one ToPo-player (HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming)was over 10 points. Honka was defending well. Ronnie Clark (195-F/G-81) scored game high 25 pts. Malik Moore (192-G-77, college: Amer.Internat.) added 21 pts and gave seven assists. Honka - ToPo 1-0.
BC Nokia beat Tarmo (Porvoo) 20-9 during the last quarter and won the contest by 10 pts: 75-65 (36-41). BC Nokia grabbed 19 offensive rebounds and won rbs 45-31. Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) had a double-double 23pts/17rbs. Timo Riihela (193-G-80) added 14 pts and gave eight assists. Tarmo's Vernon Taylor (190-G-87, college: Troy) was shooting well 29 pts (1 - 5/5, 2 - 9/10, 3 - 2/4), but rest of the team had too tiny figures. Tarmo - BC Nokia 1-1. Next games coming Thursday, April 4: Tarmo - BC Nokia and ToPo - Honka.



1.DIVISION: ToPo - Honka 91-98 after OT - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Division 1, play-off-games, semi-finals: Tarmo (Porvoo) defeating BC Nokia in Porvoo 80-71 (40-32) and leading now this series 2-1. Quarters: 20-19, 20-13, 17-19, 23-20.
Both teams missed a few players. BC Nokia must play the rest of the season without Kraidon Woods (knee injury) and Timo Riihela was out of the roster because of stomach flu as well as Tarmo's Mikael Holme. So, there were new names on the top of scoring points. Tarmo's Jarno Nissinen (195-F-77) netted his season high 21 points and BC Nokia's Henri Jokinen (195-F/G-92) scored his season best 26 pts.
In Helsinki Torpan Pojat and Honka (Tapiola) needed again OT before this time Honka had won 91-98 (85) (39-43). Honka must thank for Ronnie Clark (195-F/G-81), who tied the game 85-85 at 39:32 with his 3-pointer. Clark played all 45 minutes and scored 40 points (1 - 10/11, 2 - 12/19, 3 - 2/7)! Devin Ginty (188-G-89, college: San Diego) led ToPo with 25 pts. ToPo - Honka now 0-2. With three wins to the Finals.

Tarmo - BC Nokia 80-71 (40-32). (Jarno Nissinen 21, Vernon Taylor 20/8, Isaiah Tate 17 - Henri Jokinen 26, Nick Pederson 14/12, Ville Tuominen 14. A: 488).
ToPo - Honka OT 91-98 (85) (39-43). (Devin Ginty 25/5a, Hanno Mottola 23, Marcus Capers 14 - Ronnie Clark 40/8, Malik Moore 16, Jouko Jarvinen 16. A: 950).



1.DIVISION: Tarmo defeated BC Nokia - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Division 1 A, Play-off-games, Semi-Finals, Game 1: Two nervous teams, low shooting percentages, better Defense. Regular season winner Tarmo (Porvoo) defeated BC Nokia 63-58 (26-32). Quarters: 11-13, 15-19, 20-6, 17-20. BC Nokia won three quarters and Tarmo only one, the third quarter and finally the contest. BC Nokia lost Kraidon Woods (205-C/F-88, college: Drake) in the beginning of the third quarter after an unfortunate accident, when Woods was blocking Isaiah Tate's donk. Woods hurt his right knee when coming down on the floor. BC Nokia was leading then (22:00) 28-34. Three and half minutes later (25:27) Tarmo was leading 37-36.
Tarmo never gave away the lead although it was a three-point-game (60-57) with 25 seconds to go. Vernon Taylor (190-G-87, college: Troy), who had scored two points during the first half, had 15 points during the second half. Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) led BC Nokia with 24pts/22rbs and BC Nokia won the rebounds 38-54. Game # 2 on Monday, April 1 at Nokia. Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) vs Honka (Tapiola) will start on Thursday, March 28.

Tarmo - BC Nokia 63-58 (26-32). (Vernon Taylor 17/8, Isaiah Tate 14, Jarkko Kyllonen 12 - Brian Moultrie 24/22, Ville Tuominen 10, Antti Keski-Koukkari 5. A: 362).



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  FRANCE   

Stats Leaders - ProA

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


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Brown, Maurienne21.3 
 2. Flowers, Denain21.0 
 3. Booker, St Vallier19.1 
 4. Blue, Antibes19.0 
 5. Wood, Evreux18.7 
 6. Siggers, Lille17.9 
 7. Hilliard, Antibes17.4 
 8. McKines, Rouen17.4 
 9. Hannah, Evreux17.3 
 10. Sanders, Charlevi.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Wood, Evreux10.4 
 2. Bing, Maurienne10.1 
 3. Jaiteh, Boulogne9.7 
 4. Kitts, Denain9.1 
 5. McKines, Rouen8.9 
 6. Lesieu, St Quentin8.7 
 7. Jackson, Pau-La.8.4 
 8. Blue, Antibes7.9 
 9. Rouse, St Vallier7.8 
 10. Mathis, Nantes7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Craven, St Vallier6.8 
 2. Rowland, Boulogne6.6 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel6.0 
 4. Dumas, Bourg5.7 
 5. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.5.5 
 6. McIntosh, Hyeres-.5.4 
 7. Huffman, Antibes5.3 
 8. Hannah, Evreux5.3 
 9. Bassett, Rouen5.0 
 10. Da Silva, Rouen5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.3 
 2. Craven, St Vallier2.2 
 3. Mullins, Chalons-.2.2 
 4. Flowers, Denain2.1 
 5. Sonko, Bourg1.8 
 6. Siggers, Lille1.8 
 7. Brown, Maurienne1.8 
 8. Hannah, Evreux1.7 
 9. Mathis, Nantes1.7 
 10. Taylor, Le Portel1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Badiane, Antibes1.9 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.7 
 3. Taccoen, Lille1.3 
 4. Johnson, Chalons-.1.1 
 5. Burrell, Chalons-.1.0 
 6. Blue, Antibes1.0 
 7. Sane, Hyeres-Toul.1.0 
 8. Chism, Maurienne0.9 
 9. Correa, Pau-Lacq.0.9 
 10. Ho You Fat, Evre.0.9 


Stats Leaders - N1

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


Jason Forte will stay in Bourg - by Eurobasket News

Bourg have decided to keep Jason Forte (196-G/F-84, college: S.Mississippi) until the end of the season. The forward joined the team on a short-term deal in January. His contract is expiring this week but Bourg have secured the services of the import player for the reminder of the season. Jason Forte averages 11.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game in ProB. He started the season in Argentina. Jason Forte notched 13.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists per game in Liga Sudamericana. He also notched 10.4 points, 5.5 boards and 1.0 assist per game in LigaA. Previously the forward had spells in CBA, Germany, Turkey, Philippines, Romania. He was named All-Romanian League Newcomer of the Year in 2011. He also participated in the Romanian League All-Star Game last year.


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  FYR MACEDONIA   

Standings - Division II

Vtora Liga Standings
 1. Apave 12-1 
 2. Karpos Sokoli 10-4 
 3. Angeli Skopje 9-5 
 4. Goce Delchev 7-7 
 5. V.Lisici 6-7 
 6. Best Gevgelija 6-8 
 7. Lihnidos 6-8 
 8. Teteks TTK 6-8 
 9. Negotino 1-15 


Balkan League: Kavala thump Kumanovo to end campaign - by Eurobasket News

Kavala - Kumanovo 95:62

Kavala finished their Balkan League campaign with a loud bang. They knocked down visiting Kumanovo. Kieron Achara (208-PF-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) stepped up with 20 points for the Greek team. The victory however could not help Kavala make it into the semifinal stage. Kumanovo clinched Final Four spot despite the loss.
Kavala cleared off in the opening quarter. They gained a 27:15 lead after ten minutes. The Hellenes stretched the lead in the second quarter. Kavala piled up a 51:33 halftime advantage. Things got even better for the home team in the third quarter. Kavala eased to a 25-point lead at the final intermission. They triggered a 24:14 rally in the fourth frame and eased to the victory at the end. David Tairu (191-G-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, college: Texas Tech) netted 16 points, while Gregor Arbet (195-G/F-83) added 13 points for the winning side. Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-F-88, agency: Beo Basket, college: Brescia, KY) answered with 19 points for Kumanovo. Marjan Janevski (203-F-88) chipped in 11 points in defeat.

Kavala: Kieron Achara 20, David Tairu 16, Gregor Arbet 13
Kumanovo: Anthony Lee-Ingram 19, Marjan Janevski 11



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  GERMANY   

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. White, Phoenix17.4 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.4 
 3. Brooks, LTi 46ers15.9 
 4. Burrell, Bremerha.15.7 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.0 
 6. Peacock, Fraport14.8 
 7. Turek, Neckar L.14.4 
 8. Rice, B.Muenchen14.3 
 9. Gavel, Brose Bask.14.2 
 10. Thompson, ALBA14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.3 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.3 
 3. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.2 
 4. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.0 
 5. Robertson, Fraport6.8 
 6. Gordon, Phoenix6.6 
 7. McGhee, Bayreuth6.4 
 8. King, Art.Dragons6.4 
 9. Linhart, TBB Trier6.3 
 10. Burtschi, Bremerh.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.8 
 2. Rice, B.Muenchen4.7 
 3. Hamilton, Bayreuth4.4 
 4. White, Phoenix4.3 
 5. Burrell, Bremerha.4.2 
 6. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.1 
 7. Redding, Walter T.4.0 
 8. Timberlake, MBC3.7 
 9. Ovcina, LTi 46ers3.5 
 10. Zazai, LTi 46ers3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Robertson, Fraport2.0 
 2. White, Phoenix1.9 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.1.7 
 4. Hamilton, Bayreuth1.6 
 5. Bernard, Neckar L.1.6 
 6. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.6 
 7. Linhart, TBB Trier1.5 
 8. Wood, ALBA1.4 
 9. Duggins, Walter T.1.4 
 10. Burtschi, Bremerh.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gregory, Phoenix1.9 
 2. Pantelic, MBC1.5 
 3. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.5 
 4. Ford, Brose Bask.1.4 
 5. Morrison, Bremerha.1.3 
 6. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.2 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.0 
 8. Turek, Neckar L.1.0 
 9. Frease, Walter T.0.9 
 10. McGhee, Bayreuth0.8 


EuroLeague: Alba Berlin with a road win in Malaga - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga - Alba Berlin 55:68

Alba Berlin finished their EuroLeague campaign. The German side overcame Unicaja Malaga 68:55 and ended up with 4-10 record. The Spanish side meanwhile finished the group with 7-7 record as both teams could not make it to the Quarterfinals.
Alba Berlin dominated the whole game and showed their best. They grabbed a 24-13 lead at the end of the first period and never looked behind after. Moreover Alba added 16-14 rally in the second frame and led 40:27 at the halftime. In the second half the teams exchanged the narrow victories for the final result.
Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, college: Ohio St.) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Derrick Byars (201-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Vanderbilt) added 12. Ali Traore (207-PF-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) and Yassin Idbihi (209-C-83, college: Buffalo) followed them with 9 points apiece. Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) answered with 12 points in the losing effort and Luka Zoric (211-C-84) brought 12. Sergi Vidal (198-F/G-81) and Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) notched 8 points each in a loss.

Unicaja Malaga: Txemi Urtasun 12, Luka Zoric 12, Sergi Vidal 8, Earl Calloway 8
Alba Berlin: Je'Kel Foster 13, Derrick Byars 12, Ali Traore 9, Yassin Idbihi 9



Germany U16 exchange victories in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News

Germany U16 exchange victories in Belgrade with Serbia U16 team. In Game 1 Serbian team posted an 83:81 win and on second one Germany won 61:58.
In Game 1 Germany started with 20-15 lead and led three points at the halftime. The guests won the third period 20-17, but Serbian team won the game due to 31-23 in the last stanza. Milos Glisic (200-PF-98) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Stefan Peno (193-SG-97) had 17. Kil replied with 19 points in the losing effort and Kratcer added 11.
In Game 2 Germany won the first period 16-13 and also needed a 20-15 rally in the last stanza to win the game. Omuvive paced all the winners with 13 points, while Bejslag scored 10. Milos Glisic ended up with 19 points in the losing effort.



EuroLeague: Zalgiris Kaunas and Brose Baskets open the last Day of Top 16 - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris Kaunas - Brose Baskets 90:81

Zalgiris Kaunas and Brose Baskets open the last Day of Top 16. The Lithuanian team posted a 90:81 to finish the campaign with 6-8 record. The German side ended up with poor 0-14 record on the last place in Group E.
It was the last game for Zalgiris Kaunas at home and more than 11000 came to support the team in a game that did not have any chances in the Standings. The hosts won the first period 26-25 and added 24-20 rally in the second frame. Brose Baskets replied with 18-16 in the third quarter but failed at the end of the game. Zalgiris needed a 24-18 surge in the last stanza for the final result.
Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) added 13. Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) posted 12 points each in a win. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 20 points in the losing effort, whilst Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) and Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) delivered 14 each. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt) followed them with 13 points in defeat.

Zalgiris Kaunas: Ksistof Lavrinovic 20, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 13, Rimantas Kaukenas 12, Marko Popovic 12
Brose Baskets: Anton Gavel 20, Casey Jacobsen 14, Bostjan Nachbar 14, Andrew James Ogilvy 13



Zamal Nixon (NBC) They Have A Lot Of Size So Everyone Will Have To Help Out On the Boards - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Zamal Nixon (186-PG-89, college: Houston) is a 24 year old 185cm guard from Brooklyn, New York that is playing in Germany for Pro A team NBC. He played at Houston (NCAA) from 2007-2011. In his senior year, he played 30 games: 10.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.7apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 92.2. Last season he played for Hertener Loewen (Germany-ProB, starting five): 17 games: Score-1 (24.9ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-3 (5.9apg), 1.9spg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 83.8% He spoke to Eurobasket before game one against the Duesseldorf Baskets.

Congrats on reaching the Pro A playoffs. NBC closed out the season winning five of its last six games. Is the team peaking now for the start of the playoffs?

yeah I think we are really playing well right now. Its a great way to close the season out everyone wants to be playing there best heading into the playoffs.

You had a very strong season and after leading the PRO B in scoring with 24ppg, you are still tearing it up now in the Pro A with 18ppg. What is the biggest difference to the Pro A and Pro B?

I think the competition level is a little bit higher in the Pro A. Teams in this league have much deeper rosters then teams I faced in the Pro B.

For me you and Ahmad Smith are the best one two guard combo in the league. How do you guys compliment each other best on the court?

What compliments Ahmad well with myself, and even other guys on this team is that he's so unselfish and he puts guys in easy positions to score.

What do you like most from the game of Ahmad Smith?

I like that He can do a little bit of everything. He's a point guard but he is top 3 in the league in rebounding i think that's pretty impressive.

You start the playoffs against the Duesseldorf Baskets. What is your memory of the 79-65 loss?

I remember it being a closer game then the final score shows. But we made some minor mistakes in their place that I think we all learned from, and hopefully that helps us going into Game 1

You guys got rocked on the boards. How vital will it be to control the rebounds?

They have a lot of size so everyone is going to have to help out on the boards. if we can do that and stop them from getting a lot of 2nd chance points I think we will be alright.

American point guard Gary Johnson didnt play in the loss, but will suit up Friday. It will be vital to stop him. Do you pay close attention to guys like these when watching game video?

Yeah when watching film your always have to worry about stopping the other teams better players. so I've definitely been watching film on him

Will Trey Burke lead Michigan to the 2013 NCAA title?

I personally think Louisville is going to win it all

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Savages.

Thanks Zamal for the chat.




Adam Waleskowski (Duesseldorf Baskets) Coach Murat Didin Has Given Me A Lot Of Freedom To Play - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

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

Congrats on reaching the PRO A playoffs. The Duesseldorf Baskets reached the playoffs riding a 3-3 record. Do you feel the team will peak now in the playoffs?

Thanks Miles! Unfortunately, we struggled the past month of the season, especially on the road. This is a tough league and any team can win on any night. I definitely think the best of our team is still to come for the playoffs.

You came late to the team, but had no problems getting adjusted to the team and league. Why was it so easy to adjust for you?

I arrived at the beginning of January and I know that the team had lost a key German player at the 4 position. Coach Didin gave me a lot of freedom to play. He knew I could shoot outside, and play good defense and that is what the team was really in need of at that position. Naturally, I played the game how I know and I fit really well into the system.

The Duesseldorf Baskets had the best home record at 14-1. How difficult is it playing in front of so little people. What is the secret to the home court advantage?

It is always a plus to have a good home atmosphere, but as a player you can't let the amount of fans in the stands affect the way you perform. You have to bring your best every night and I think at home we did a really good job of that. Certain games we struggled but still got a win. Hopefully, we can get some more people in Dsseldorf excited about basketball to come watch us during the playoffs.


I think that with your arrival, you could be the missing link that could propel the team to an unforgettable playoffs. Was the added inside presence something that the team was missing?

When I came in the team had a strong inside game, what we were lacking was a big guy that could shoot from the outside and draw the defense out to open the paint up for the big guys. Along with shooting from the outside, I helped the team out rebounding and in the paint, which was also a plus.


How much fun is it playing with Chris Gadley? He has had some monster games. What do you like most about his game?

Chris is an explosive player and he is a really hard worker. He has been a huge factor for us around the basket. I love his tenacity for the ball. The guy goes after everything around both baskets.


What do you remember from the win against NBC earlier in the season?


Last time we played NBC at home I remember they had some really quick guards that pushed the ball and could shoot from outside. On the other hand, we out-rebounded them with a huge margin. I think attacking them inside and using our size and rotation will be two big keys for getting the win.

Who wins a one on one at home during the summer you or Keith Waleskowski?

We will probably be playing in his backyard and he has 3 kids. His kids have to see their dad win so I will probably be a good uncle and let him win for the sake of the kids.

Will Michigan win the 2013 NCAA tournament or do you see someone else taking it?

I feel like I have been missing out on everything this year, I have seen hardly any NBA or NCAA basketball and honestly couldn't tell you who will win the NCAA tournament. I always cheer for the underdog in March so I will go with Wichita State.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The last movie I watched was "The Bourne Legacy" and loved it.


Thanks Adam for the chat.




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  GREECE   

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos22.1 
 2. Pappas, Panionios17.4 
 3. McCollum, Apollo.15.5 
 4. Kiritsis, Ikaros15.2 
 5. Dendy, Kolossos14.9 
 6. Liakopoulos, Panel.14.8 
 7. Printezis, Olympia.14.5 
 8. Coleman, Kavala14.2 
 9. Haralampidis, PAOK13.7 
 10. Palmer, KAOD13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.7 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.7 
 3. Faye, Ikaros7.6 
 4. Jankovic, Panionios7.1 
 5. Anagonye, Ilysiak.7.1 
 6. Coleman, Kavala6.8 
 7. Michel, KAOD6.5 
 8. Kanonidis, Periste.6.0 
 9. Haritopoulos, PAOK5.9 
 10. Lasme, Panathin.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.8 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.4.9 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.3 
 4. Petroulas, Periste.3.9 
 5. Papantoniou, Peris.3.8 
 6. McGrath, PA.3.8 
 7. Pappas, Panionios3.3 
 8. Gibson, Ikaros3.2 
 9. Xanthopoulos, Pan.3.1 
 10. Kiritsis, Ikaros3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.7 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.2 
 3. Pappas, Panionios2.0 
 4. Hatten, Kolossos1.7 
 5. McCollum, Apollo.1.7 
 6. Klaiber, Apollon1.6 
 7. Knowles, KAOD1.6 
 8. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 9. Liakopoulos, Panel.1.4 
 10. Petway, AGOR1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Petway, AGOR2.6 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.6 
 3. Coleman, Kavala1.3 
 4. Achara, Kavala1.3 
 5. Faye, Ikaros1.3 
 6. Turner, Apollon1.2 
 7. Lasme, Panathin.1.1 
 8. Powell, Olympiacos0.9 
 9. Jankovic, Panionios0.9 
 10. Hines, Olympiacos0.8 


Balkan League: Kavala thump Kumanovo to end campaign - by Eurobasket News

Kavala - Kumanovo 95:62

Kavala finished their Balkan League campaign with a loud bang. They knocked down visiting Kumanovo. Kieron Achara (208-PF-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) stepped up with 20 points for the Greek team. The victory however could not help Kavala make it into the semifinal stage. Kumanovo clinched Final Four spot despite the loss.
Kavala cleared off in the opening quarter. They gained a 27:15 lead after ten minutes. The Hellenes stretched the lead in the second quarter. Kavala piled up a 51:33 halftime advantage. Things got even better for the home team in the third quarter. Kavala eased to a 25-point lead at the final intermission. They triggered a 24:14 rally in the fourth frame and eased to the victory at the end. David Tairu (191-G-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, college: Texas Tech) netted 16 points, while Gregor Arbet (195-G/F-83) added 13 points for the winning side. Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-F-88, agency: Beo Basket, college: Brescia, KY) answered with 19 points for Kumanovo. Marjan Janevski (203-F-88) chipped in 11 points in defeat.

Kavala: Kieron Achara 20, David Tairu 16, Gregor Arbet 13
Kumanovo: Anthony Lee-Ingram 19, Marjan Janevski 11



A.G.O Rethymno Aegean signs Gabe Pruitt - by Eurobasket News

A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (A1) signed 27-year old American guard Gabe Pruitt (193-84kg-86, college: USC). He just played at Maine Red Claws (D-League) in the U.S.. In four games he had 3.5ppg and 2.3rpg this season. Pruitt also played at Sioux Falls Skyforce in D-League earlier that season. In 34 games he recorded 6.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg. The last season he was tested by the Magic in NBA.
The previous (10-11) season Pruitt was tested by Ironi Ashkelon (Winner League) in Israel. In 11 games he recorded 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.2apg and 2.3spg. The most of previous (09-10) season he spent



EuroLeague: Olympiacos shoot down Khimky - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - Khimky 79:70

Olympaicos ended their EuroLeague Top 16 campaign on a high note. They held off visiting Khimky to secure the second-place finish in Group F. Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) produced 21 points and pulled down 12 boards to pace the Hellenes.
Olympiacos led by just two points after ten minutes 22:20. The hosts managed to pull away in the second frame. The Reds stretched the lead to accumulate a 45:38 halftime advantage. Khimky bounced back in the third quarter. The Russian team went on a 10:1 run to tie things up at 56. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Kostas Papanikolaou helped the home team to regain a 60:57 lead at the final break. Hines and Kostas Papanikolaou gave Olympiacos a 67:59 advantage early in the fourth period. Soon the margin grew at double digits. Olympiacos stayed calm in the dying second and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Vassilis Spanoulis finished with 15 points, while Acie Law (190-G-85, college: Texas A&M) added 10 points in the win. James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Khimky. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) had 13 points in the loss.

Olympiacos: Kostas Papanikolaou 21+12 boards, Vassilis Spanoulis 15, Acie Law 10
Khimky: James Augustine 19, Paul Davis 13



EuroLeague: CSKA Moscow wins Group E - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos Athens - CSKA Moscow 63:69

CSKA Moscow wins Group E of EuroLeague Top 16 stage. The Russian Champions won their last game of the group in Greece against Panathinaikos 69:63 and finished on top with 11-3 record. The Greek side advanced to the Quarterfinals with 9-5 record.
It was a slow start in the game as the teams paid more attention in defense. CSKA Moscow posted a 14-11 lead in the first 10 minutes, while Panathinaikos Athens replied with 23-19 rally and took 34:33 lead at the halftime. Moreover the hosts added 16-14 in the third frame and led 3 points with 10 minutes to go. CSKA Moscow however needed a 22-13 surge in the last stanza to win the game.
Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) stepped up with 13 points for the winners, while Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) scored 11. The Serbian duo Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) and Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) followed them with 9 points each in a win. Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) ended up with 18 points in defeat and Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) nailed 11. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) brought 9 and Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) delivered 8.

Panathinaikos Athens: Michael Bramos 18, Stephane Lasme 11, Roko-Leni Ukic 9, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 8
CSKA Moscow: Viktor Khryapa 13, Sasha Kaun 11, Milos Teodosic 9, Nenad Krstic 9



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Standings - A Division

A Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Albacomp 21-6 
 2. Atomeromu 19-8 
 3. Kaposvari 17-10 
 4. Jaszberenyi 15-12 
 5. Kormend 12-15 
 6. Szolnok 4-1 
Places 7-13
 1. Soproni 14-12 
 2. Falco-Szova 13-11 
 3. PVSK Pannon 12-12 
 4. ZTE KK 11-15 
 5. Marso NYKK 9-16 
 6. Szedeak 9-16 
 7. FS Debrecen 2-24 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 5

Places 1-6

Apr. 3: Jaszberenyi - Kaposvari 93-96
Apr. 3: Szolnok - Albacomp 75-70
Apr. 3: Kormend - Atomeromu 67-93

Places 7-13

Apr. 3: Soproni - ZTE KK 71-68

Second Stage: Round 6

Places 1-6

Apr. 6: Albacomp - Kormend
Apr. 6: Szolnok - Jaszberenyi
Apr. 6: Atomeromu - Kaposvari

Places 7-13

Apr. 6: Falco-Szova - Marso NYKK
Apr. 6: PVSK Pannon - Szedeak


A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle AUSTIN
  Kormend
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 21
 1. Austin, Kormend21.0 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari20.6 
 3. Swanston, Kapos.20.6 
 4. Spica, Kaposvari20.2 
 5. Buljan, Kormend20.1 
 6. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 7. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.19.3 
 8. Wood, Albacomp19.3 
 9. Shaw, Kormend18.8 
 10. Copeland, ZTE K.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rastko DRAMICANIN
  Jaszbere.
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.9.1 
 2. Davis, Marso N.8.9 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 4. Barovic, Soproni8.5 
 5. Austin, Kormend8.3 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.0 
 7. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.9 
 8. Buljan, Kormend7.8 
 9. Keller, Albacomp7.8 
 10. Fey, Falco-Szova7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Christopher DUNN
  Kaposvari
  (189-PG-83)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Dunn, Kaposvari6.6 
 2. Williams, Atomeromu6.4 
 3. Moore, Albacomp6.3 
 4. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.9 
 5. Thomas, Soproni5.6 
 6. Nelson, Marso N.5.2 
 7. Copeland, ZTE K.5.2 
 8. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.2 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.8 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.3 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari2.9 
 3. Davis, Marso N.2.3 
 4. Moore, Albacomp2.3 
 5. Buljan, Kormend2.3 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.2 
 7. Loesing, PVSK P.1.8 
 8. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.8 
 9. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
 10. Mohacsi, Marso N.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip BAROVIC
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1
 1. Barovic, Soproni1.0 
 2. Davis, Marso N.1.0 
 3. Keller, Albacomp0.9 
 4. Shaw, Kormend0.7 
 5. Toth, Atomeromu0.7 
 6. Idlet, Atomeromu0.7 
 7. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.7 
 8. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.6 
 9. Cseh, FS Debrecen0.6 
 10. Dramicanin, Jaszb.0.6 


A Division Round 5 (Second Stage): Soproni keeps a leadership position in their group - by Eurobasket News

A Division is at the halfway of the Second Stage and there are still another 5 rounds left.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Soproni as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Division. Soproni edged 4th placed ZTE KK at home 71-68. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 26 personal fouls committed by ZTE KK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Montenegrin power forward Filip Barovic (208-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). American guard Dontay Thomas (186-84, college: La Salle) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Soproni's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Dorenzo Hudson (195-88, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Two Points) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for ZTE KK. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. ZTE KK at the other side keeps the fourth place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Leading Albacomp (21-6) recorded its sixth loss on the court of second ranked Szolnok. Visitors were defeated by Szolnok 75-70. Naturalized American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Sead Sehovic chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. American guard Brandon Wood (187-89, college: Michigan St., agency: N.E.T.) responded with 16 points. Despite that victory Szolnok went down to sixth position (Division) due to points difference. Albacomp at the other side still keeps top place with six games lost. Szolnok will play against higher ranked Jaszberenyi (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Albacomp will play against Kormend and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Jaszberenyi between Kaposvari and Jaszberenyi. Fourth ranked Kaposvari (17-10) got a very close victory on the road over 5th ranked Jaszberenyi (15-12). Kaposvari managed to escape with a 3-point win 96-93 in the game for the third place. Christopher Dunn nailed a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 assists for the winning side. Rastko Dramicanin came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for Jaszberenyi in the defeat. Kaposvari moved-up to third place in Division. Loser Jaszberenyi dropped to the fourth position with 12 games lost. Kaposvari will meet league's second-placed Atomeromu in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jaszberenyi will play against Szolnok in Szolnok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Kormend supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Atomeromu (19-8) played at the court of 6th ranked Kormend (12-15). Atomeromu smashed Kormend 93-67. The best player for the winners was Gergely Koertelyesi who scored 16 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. Atomeromu moved-up to second place in Division. Kormend at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 15 games lost. Atomeromu's next round opponent will be Kaposvari (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Kormend will play against the league's leader Albacomp in Szekesfehervar.


Places 1-6
Kormend - Atomeromu 67-93

The game in Kormend supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Atomeromu (19-8) played at the court of 6th ranked Kormend (12-15). Atomeromu smashed Kormend 93-67. The game was mostly controlled by Atomeromu. Kormend was better in fourth quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Atomeromu dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Kormend's 36. The best player for the winners was the former international Gergely Koertelyesi (202-83, agency: TSS Management) who scored 16 points. American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Atomeromu players scored in double figures. American forward Matt Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV, agency: Two Points) produced 21 points and the other American import forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Atomeromu moved-up to second place in Division. Kormend at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 15 games lost. Atomeromu's next round opponent will be Kaposvari (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Kormend will play against the league's leader Albacomp in Szekesfehervar.
Top scorers:
Kormend: M.Shaw 21+3reb, A.Rujak 12+1reb+3ast, K.Austin 11+9reb+3ast, C.Ferencz 8+3reb+1ast, P.Grebenar 4+5reb+1ast, A.Farkas 4+6reb
Atomeromu: G.Koertelyesi 16+3reb+3ast, J.Levy 14+5reb+2ast, T.Kaman 13+3reb, L.Williams 12+4reb+4ast, S.Idlet 11+10reb, A.Toth 11+4reb
gschID: 234752


Jaszberenyi - Kaposvari 93-96

A very close game took place in Jaszberenyi between Kaposvari and Jaszberenyi. Fourth ranked Kaposvari (17-10) got a very close victory on the road over 5th ranked Jaszberenyi (15-12). Kaposvari managed to escape with a 3-point win 96-93 in the game for the third place. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 52-44 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kaposvari made 21-of-22 free shots (95.5 percent) during the game. American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) nailed a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 assists for the winning side and Serbian power forward Marko Spica (205-86, college: Cent.Michigan) accounted for 29 points and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and Serbian guard Miljan Rakic (195-86, agency: BeoExcell) added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for Jaszberenyi in the defeat. Four Kaposvari and five Jaszberenyi players scored in double figures. Kaposvari moved-up to third place in Division. Loser Jaszberenyi dropped to the fourth position with 12 games lost. Kaposvari will meet league's second-placed Atomeromu in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jaszberenyi will play against Szolnok in Szolnok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: R.Dramicanin 23+8reb+2ast, S.Djikanovic 18+6reb, M.Rakic 17+6reb+7ast, G.Soos 14+4ast, D.Mladenovic 12+2reb+3ast, P.Szabo 5+3ast
Kaposvari: M.Spica 29+4reb+4ast, C.Dunn 25+3reb+11ast, R.Hendlein 17+10reb+1ast, K.Swanston 17+5reb, G.Drahos 5+3reb+2ast, K.Kiss 3+1ast
gschID: 234753


Szolnok - Albacomp 75-70

Leading Albacomp (21-6) recorded its sixth loss on the court of second ranked Szolnok. Visitors were defeated by Szolnok 75-70. Albacomp was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Albacomp was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Bosnian-Montenegrin swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. American guard Brandon Wood (187-89, college: Michigan St., agency: N.E.T.) responded with 16 points and the other American import forward Kevin Smith (195-89, college: Richmond) scored 8 points and 7 rebounds. Despite that victory Szolnok went down to sixth position (Division) due to points difference. Albacomp at the other side still keeps top place with six games lost. Szolnok will play against higher ranked Jaszberenyi (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Albacomp will play against Kormend and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Albacomp: B.Wood 16+3reb+2ast, R.Moore 12+2reb+3ast, D.Hollis 9+6reb+2ast, K.Smith 8+7reb+2ast, Z.Szabo 8+3reb+5ast, A.Keller 7+7reb+1ast
Szolnok: R.Bell 17+6reb, A.Horvath 13+1reb+2ast, S.Sehovic 12+5reb+4ast, B.Simon 9+4reb+5ast, J.Florence 7+2reb+3ast, E.Kalve 7+8reb+2ast
gschID: 234751


Places 7-13
Soproni - ZTE KK 71-68

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Soproni as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Division. Soproni edged 4th placed ZTE KK at home 71-68. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 26 personal fouls committed by ZTE KK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Montenegrin power forward Filip Barovic (208-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). American guard Dontay Thomas (186-84, college: La Salle) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Soproni's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Dorenzo Hudson (195-88, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Two Points) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Daniel Kertesz (185-90) added 12 points and 5 steals in the effort for ZTE KK. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. ZTE KK at the other side keeps the fourth place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: D.Hudson 16+10reb+1ast, G.Baki 12+1reb+1ast, D.Kertesz 12+4reb+2ast, A.Vertetics 10+2reb+1ast, D.Koma 6+4reb+2ast, D.Gaspar 5+2reb+4ast
Soproni: F.Barovic 31+10reb+3ast, D.Thomas 14+2reb+3ast, A.Molnar 11+1reb+2ast, N.Takacs 10+4reb+2ast, G.Toth 3+1reb, C.Hinkle 2+6reb
gschID: 234777



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  IBL   


WWU's Rico Wilkins joins Slam - by Kip Leonetti

The Bellingham Slam has added former Western Washington guard Rico Wilkins to the teams roster for the 2013 season, the team announced today.

The 5-foot-11 native of Dallas, Texas, recently completed his senior season with the Vikings, helping WWU reach the NCAA Division-II Final Four for the third time in school history. Wilkins was also a member of WWU's championship-winning team in 2012.

The addition of Wilkins continues a tradition that has seen some of WWU's top talent from the past decade stay in Bellingham to compete for the Slam during their International Basketball League season in the spring. Wilkins will be the 17th former Viking to put on a Slam uniform in the teams eight year history.

For Western Washington, Wilkins averaged 7.9 points per game over three seasons after transferring from Yakima Valley Community College. Throughout his collegiate career, he provided a valuable spark coming off the bench and was one of WWU's most accurate three-point shooters as a senior. He concluded his Viking career by posting a season-high 27 points on 8-of-13 shooting from downtown in WWU's championship semifinal loss to Drury on March 30.

Known for his frenetic style of play and tenacious defense, Wilkins should fit right in on a Slam squad that averaged 131 points per game last season.

The addition of Wilkins brings the Slam's roster to a total eight players, with the remaining two to three spots to be filled in the coming days. The Slam opens the 2013 IBL season at home on April 19 against the Vancouver Volcanoes. A 7 p.m. tip-off is scheduled for Whatcom Pavilion.



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  ICELAND   

Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Damier PITTS
  KFI
  (177-PG-89)
  Avg: 33.5
 1. Pitts, KFI33.5 
 2. Medlock, Skallagri.27.2 
 3. Palm, IR26.5 
 4. Smith, Thor Thorl25.8 
 5. Broussard, Grind.23.3 
 6. Jackson, Thor Thorl22.6 
 7. Zeglinski, Grindav.21.8 
 8. Frye, Stjarnan21.6 
 9. Craion, Keflavik21.4 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 15
 1. Van, Njardvik15.0 
 2. Craion, Keflavik13.1 
 3. Baptist, Keflavik10.3 
 4. Virijevic, KFI10.0 
 5. Valentine, Tindast.10.0 
 6. McQueen, Snaefell9.7 
 7. Broussard, Grind.9.3 
 8. Mills, Stjarnan8.9 
 9. Frye, Stjarnan8.8 
 10. Jackson, Thor Tho.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Snaefell
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Threatt, Snaefell9.1 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan8.4 
 3. Pitts, KFI7.0 
 4. Gibson, Tindastoll6.9 
 5. Zeglinski, Grindav.6.3 
 6. Smith, Thor Thorl5.7 
 7. Williams, IR5.6 
 8. Richardson, KR5.3 
 9. Medlock, Skallagri.4.8 
 10. Fridriksson, Njar.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron BROUSSARD
  Grind.
  (195-F-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Broussard, Grind.2.6 
 2. Williams, IR2.6 
 3. Moore, Njardvik2.4 
 4. Richardson, KR2.3 
 5. Medlock, Skallagri.2.3 
 6. Threatt, Snaefell2.1 
 7. Viggosson, Tindast.1.9 
 8. Valentine, Tindast.1.9 
 9. Baptist, Keflavik1.9 
 10. Zeglinski, Grinda.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MILLS
  Stjarnan
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mills, Stjarnan2.3 
 2. Craion, Keflavik2.3 
 3. Bradshaw, KFI1.8 
 4. Van, Njardvik1.4 
 5. Baptist, Keflavik1.3 
 6. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.2 
 7. Acox, KR1.2 
 8. Magnusson, KR1.1 
 9. Valentine, Tindast.1.1 
 10. McClellan, KR0.8 


Hlynur Baeringsson selected the top Icelandic playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Hlynur Baeringsson
Hlynur Baeringsson
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, currently plays in Sweden). He was the major contributor in a 2-point Sundsvall Dragons' victory against the closely-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (23-13) 74-72 in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night's game. Baeringsson recorded 16 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals in 38 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sundsvall Dragons (30-7) is placed first in the Basketligan. Baeringsson is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders with 10.1rpg. He also averaged so far 14.8ppg, 3.4apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 56.2%(149-265), 3FGP: 47.0%(47-100) and FT: 71.6% in the 38 games he played so far. Baeringsson is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Pavel Ermolinskij
Pavel Ermolinskij
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87, agency: I.D.S. Law, currently plays in Sweden) faced previously mentioned Hlynur Baeringsson in the Swedish Basketligan last game. Ermolinskij, who plays in the Swedish Basketligan. He could not help Norrkoping Dolphins (26-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Ermolinskij's good performance the league leader Norrkoping Dolphins was edged 74-72 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams Sundsvall Dragons (#11). He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Ermolinskij also added 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Ermolinskij belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #6. This season he averages: 9.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 4.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 33.7% and FT: 65.7%. Ermolinskij is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.

Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (194-88, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL. He was not able to help Mitteldeutscher BC (12-16) in their last game. Despite Vilhjalmsson's very good performance Mitteldeutscher BC lost 71-77 in Bonn to the higher-ranked (#9) Telekom Baskets. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Vilhjalmsson also added 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 33 minutes. They ended the series of six consecutive victories. Vilhjalmsson has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 47.3%, 3FGP: 33.8% and FT: 78.3% in the 28 games. He is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #4. Point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Hlynur Baeringsson and both played together in the last Swedish Basketligan game. Sigurdarson led Sundsvall Dragons to a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (23-13) 74-72. He recorded 12 points and added 3 assists. It's Sigurdarson's fourth season with the team. Sigurdarson is currently sixth on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Sigurdarson averages: 17.8ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.1apg. He is also Icelandic national team player.

Jon Stefansson
Jon Stefansson
   #5. International guard Jon Stefansson (196-82, currently plays in Spain) managed to help CAI Zaragoza in a victory against the closely-ranked FIATC Joventut (13-14) 71-59 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Stefansson scored only 2 points in 20 minutes. CAI Zaragoza (15-12) is placed seventh in the ACB. This year Stefansson's overall stats are: 5.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.6apg in the 22 games. He plays currently for the Icelandic national team.

Logi Gunnarsson
Logi Gunnarsson
   #6. Shooting guard Logi Gunnarsson (192-81, currently plays in France), who plays in the French NM1 (third division) was not able to secure a victory for Angers BC 49 (10-15) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Gunnarsson's good performance Angers BC 49 was defeated 98-90 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Rueil (#9). He scored 13 points. This season Gunnarsson has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.5apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Icelandic National Team roster.

Other top Icelandic players, who play abroad:

Haukur Palsson (197-SF-92) plays for Assignia Manresa in Spanish ACB
Axel Karason (194-SF-83) plays for Vaerlose in Danish Ligaen
Gudni Valentinusson (204-C-85) plays for Aarhus BC in Danish Ligaen



Division 1 play-offs - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

First round in the play-offs in div 1 started with two home game wins when Valur beat Thor and Hamar beat Hottur.
Teams that wins this serie will play each other for spot in top league next season

Valur 91 Thor 86. This game was tight most of the time and just in the end Valur did manage to take a small lead to win.
Runar Ingi Erlingsson 20 points and Birgir Petursson 21 where the key player for Valur.
For Thor Olafur Aron Ingvason with double/ double 28 points and 10 assistDarko Milocevic and Odinn Asgeirsson 14 each.

Hamar 86 Hottur 73. Hottur the better team in first half and had the lead after first half.
Hamar played much better and stronger defense in second half.
Jerry Hollins & Orn Sigurdarson 18 each for Hamar. Ragnar Nathanaelsson 11 points & 17 boards.
For Hottur. Austin Bracey (190-G-90) 26. Frisco Sandidge 15



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  INDONESIA   

Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Dell Aspac 25-1 
 2. Pelita Jaya 23-3 
 3. Satria Muda 20-5 
 4. CLS Knights 19-6 
 5. Garuda 18-8 
 6. Stadium Jak. 14-12 
 7. Hangtuah 13-12 
 8. Bimasakti 7-19 
 9. Satya Wacana 6-20 
 10. Pacific Caesar 5-20 
 11. NSH GMC Riau 2-24 
 12. Tonga BSC 2-24 

Regular Season: Round 42

Apr. 4: Garuda - Bimasakti 87-60
Apr. 4: CLS Knights - Satya Wacana 86-67
Apr. 4: Pelita Jaya - Stadium Jak. 83-69
Apr. 4: Dell Aspac - Tonga BSC 110-66

Regular Season: Round 43

Apr. 5: NSH GMC Riau - Garuda
Apr. 5: Satria Muda - Dell Aspac
Apr. 5: Hangtuah - Pacific Caesar


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bima RIZKY ARDIANSYAH
  Bimasa.
  (182-PF-90)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Rizky Ardian., Bim.15.3 
 2. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.15.2 
 3. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.14.7 
 4. Pamungkas, Satya12.7 
 5. Prawiro, Dell Aspac12.7 
 6. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.12.4 
 7. Regowo, Dell Aspac12.0 
 8. Sabara, Pacific12.0 
 9. Nagata, Pacific11.6 
 10. Sua, Satya Wacana11.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.7 
 2. Sabara, Pacific9.1 
 3. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.0 
 4. Gunawan, Satria M.8.5 
 5. Nolland, Garuda8.3 
 6. Nugroho, Satya W.7.8 
 7. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.6 
 8. Sucipto, NSH G.7.3 
 9. Prasetyo, Hangtuah6.7 
 10. Nasution, Satya6.2 
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.3.0 
 8. Sebayang, Pelita J.2.9 
 9. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.2.9 
 10. Uneputty, Tonga2.9 
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.2.3 
 5. Michel, Satria Muda2.1 
 6. Nolland, Garuda2.0 
 7. Wijaya, Garuda2.0 
 8. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.2.0 
 9. Dewanto, Pelita J.1.9 
 10. Sabara, Pacific1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.2 
 2. Gunawan, Satria M.2.0 
 3. Teguh, Hangtuah1.8 
 4. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.7 
 5. Nugroho, Satya W.1.7 
 6. Thoyib, Dell Aspac1.5 
 7. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.3 
 8. Gunawan, Satria M.1.2 
 9. Rahmat, Tonga BSC1.1 
 10. Damanik, Pelita J.1.1 


Indonesian NBL round 40 best performance: Wendha Wijaya - by Eurobasket News

Former international point guard Wendha Wijaya (181-PG-82) had a very impressive game in the last round for Garuda, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 40.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (9 points, five rebounds and thirteen assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Pacific Caesar (#10, 5-19) with 27-point margin 101-74. Garuda maintains the 5th position in Indonesian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Garuda will need more victories to improve their 17-8 record. It's Wijaya's second year at Garuda and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Wendha Wijaya has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 4.5apg).

The second best player in last round's games was another Garuda's star - 24-year old Hendru Ramli (188-G-88). Ramli had a very good evening with 21 points and 3 rebounds. Of course together with Wijaya he helped Garuda with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Pacific Caesar (#10, 5-19) 101-74. Garuda's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ramli is well-known at Garuda and together with Wendha Wijaya are proven team's leaders.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Max Yanto (215-C-83) of NSH GMC Riau (#11). Yanto scored 19 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Yanto's great performance NSH GMC Riau lost 45-103 to the higher-ranked Pelita Jaya (#2, 22-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. NSH GMC Riau can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-23 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Yanto he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Yanto has a very solid season. In 25 games in Indonesia he scored 7.0ppg. He also has 4.2rpg and FGP: 53.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chandistira Pranatyo (185-SG-89) of Garuda - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Robert Santo Yunarto (175-PG-86) of Pelita Jaya - 4 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
6. Eko Sasmito (188-C-85) of Pacific Caesar - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ferdinand Damanik (196-C-88) of Pelita Jaya - 10 points and 11 rebounds
8. Dirk Gerungan (182-PG-87) of Dell Aspac - 13 points and 5 assists
9. Christ Gideon (188-F-84) of Garuda - 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Azhari Rahmat (185-PF-92) of Tonga BSC - 7 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



NBL Round 41 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds.

Eleventh-ranked NSH GMC Riau (2-24) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Stadium Jakarta (14-11) on Wednesday. Stadium Jakarta managed to secure only two-point victory 82-80. However their fans expected much easier game. NSH GMC Riau trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 24-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-82 at the end of the game. Stadium Jakarta made 25-of-28 free shots (89.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 NSH GMC Riau turnovers. The best player for the winners was Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) who scored 22 points (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!). Center R Ruslan (197-89) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Center Max Yanto (215-83) produced 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Stadium Jakarta maintains sixth place with 14-11 record. NSH GMC Riau lost tenth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom. Stadium Jakarta's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Pelita Jaya.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Surabaya. Local Pacific Caesar (5-20) was outscored by third ranked Satria Muda (20-5) 99-79. The former international point guard Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points. Vamiga Michel contributed with 19 points for the winners. Satria Muda's coach Octaviarro Romely used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Gege Nagata (185-88) answered with 35 points (!!!) for Pacific Caesar. Satria Muda have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain third place with 20-5 record having four points less than leader Dell Aspac. Pacific Caesar lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 41 Hangtuah defeated Satya Wacana in Pandang 76-71.
The best stats of 41th round was 25 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks by I.G.N Teguh Teguh of Hangtuah.


Group Bali
Satya Wacana - Hangtuah 71-76

There was no surprise in Salatiga where 9th ranked Satya Wacana (6-19) was defeated by seventh ranked Hangtuah (13-12) 76-71. Satya Wacana was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a -15 second half run of Hangtuah. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Satya Wacana to just 2 points in fourth quarter. They brought some defensive toughness making 12 blocks. Guard I.G.N Teguh Teguh (189-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks. Guard Agustinus Sigar (180-79) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Hangtuah players scored in double figures. Hangtuah's coach Apriyadi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) answered with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and guard Yo Sua (180-91) added 15 points in the effort for Satya Wacana. Hangtuah maintains seventh place with 13-12 record. Satya Wacana at the other side keeps the ninth position with 19 games lost. Hangtuah will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Satya Wacana will play on the road against CLS Knights (#4) in Surabaya and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Satya Wacana: R.Pamungkas 23+7reb+8ast, Y.Sua 15+3reb+2ast, B.Sucipto 11+6reb+1ast, Y.France Giay 8+5reb+1ast, F.Nugroho 6+6reb+2ast, E.Wiratama Nasution 5+11reb+1ast
Hangtuah: I.Teguh Teguh 25+12reb, T.Wilopo 13+1reb+1ast, J.Sagala 11+2reb+6ast, A.Sigar 11+6reb+2ast, H.Hardianus 6+4reb+2ast, M.Joni 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 236567


Group Bali
Pacific Caesar - Satria Muda 79-99

The game with biggest result difference took place in Surabaya. Local Pacific Caesar (5-20) was outscored by third ranked Satria Muda (20-5) 99-79. The game without a history. Satria Muda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Satria Muda forced 29 Pacific Caesar turnovers and outrebounded them 39-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The former international point guard Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points. Vamiga Michel (191-92) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Satria Muda's coach Octaviarro Romely used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Gege Nagata (185-88) answered with 35 points (!!!) and Airlangga Sabara (190-85) added 12 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals in the effort for Pacific Caesar. Satria Muda have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain third place with 20-5 record having four points less than leader Dell Aspac. Pacific Caesar lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pacific Caesar: G.Nagata 35+2reb+2ast, A.Sabara 12+5reb+6ast, E.Sasmito 9+1ast, H.Listiyono 9+1reb+1ast, H.Suharsono 6+10reb+2ast, M.Fauzia 4+2reb+6ast
Satria Muda: F.Julius Ahmad 31+1reb+1ast, V.Michel 19+3reb+2ast, A.Wisnu 13+4reb+5ast, R.Gunawan 9+6reb+3ast, F.Julius Achmad 6+2reb, G.Gunawan 6+8reb+4ast
gschID: 236566


Group Bali
Stadium Jak. - NSH GMC Riau 82-80

Eleventh-ranked NSH GMC Riau (2-24) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Stadium Jakarta (14-11) on Wednesday. Stadium Jakarta managed to secure only two-point victory 82-80. However their fans expected much easier game. NSH GMC Riau trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 24-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-82 at the end of the game. Stadium Jakarta made 25-of-28 free shots (89.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 NSH GMC Riau turnovers. The best player for the winners was Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) who scored 22 points (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!). Center R Ruslan (197-89) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Center Max Yanto (215-83) produced 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and forward Juliano Sucipto (188-82) added 16 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four NSH GMC Riau players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Stadium Jakarta maintains sixth place with 14-11 record. NSH GMC Riau lost tenth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom. Stadium Jakarta's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Pelita Jaya.
Top scorers:
NSH GMC Riau: M.Yanto 26+5reb, L.Alfian Eka Koswara 18+1reb+2ast, J.Sucipto 16+12reb+2ast, Y.Efendi 11+8reb+2ast, I.Husnuzan 4+1reb+8ast, A.Amier 2+2ast
Stadium Jak.: M.Ferdiansyah 22+4reb, R.Ruslan 15+6reb+1ast, F.Budianto 14+1reb+2ast, C.Nurhadi Yusran 7+3ast, Y.Saputra 7+7reb+1ast, Y.Pattikawa 6+2reb+2ast
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  IRELAND   


Donnie McGrath selected the top Irish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Donnie McGrath
Donnie McGrath
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, college: Providence, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Lithuania. McGrath could not help Zalgiris (13-10) to beat ALBA Berlin (7-16). He recorded 5 points. The sixth-placed Zalgiris was crushed 77-55 on the road by the lower-ranked ALBA Berlin (#7) in the group E of Euroleague. McGrath's team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And that game will be critical. This season McGrath averages: 5.0ppg, 2FGP: 28.6% and FT: 75.0%. He is a naturalized American. McGrath played for the Irish senior national team five years ago. Strangely he has never played in Ireland.

Colin O'Reilly
Colin O'Reilly
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Colin O'Reilly (200-84, college: Post, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL. O'Reilly was not able to help Plymouth Raiders (19-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance Plymouth Raiders lost 72-78 in Sheffield to the lower-ranked (#7) One Health Sharks. O'Reilly scored 11 points and added 8 passes in 40 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's O'Reilly's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 33.6% and FT: 72.9% in the 31 games he played so far. O'Reilly played for the Irish national team in 2009.

Bryan Mullins
Bryan Mullins
   #3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois, currently plays in France). He was not able to secure a victory for Chalons-Reims (19-10) in their game against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (22-7) in the French ProB (second division). Mullins scored 6 points and had 3 steals. Chalons-Reims was badly defeated 75-55 on the opponent's court by the leading Pau-Lacq-Orthez. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Mullins belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #3. His overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.9apg, 2.2spg, 2FGP: 49.1%, 3FGP: 33.8% and FT: 66.7%. Mullins is a naturalized American. He played for the Irish national team four years ago. Apparently Mullins has never played in Ireland.

Mark Reynolds
Mark Reynolds
   #4. Forward Mark Reynolds (197-84, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Durham Wildcats in their game against Leicester Riders (28-2) in the British BBL. He cannot count it as his best performance. Reynolds scored only 1 points in 9 minutes on the court. Durham Wildcats was crushed 93-70 in Leicester by the leading Riders. This year Reynolds averages just 1.2ppg in the 26 games. He used to play for the Irish national team back in 2007.

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

   #1. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a Brose Baskets Bamberg's victory against the league outsider LTi 46ers (4-24) crushing them 105-54 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. Ogilvy also added 3 blocks in 20 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Brose Baskets Bamberg (22-5) is placed first in the BBL. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Ogilvy has relatively good stats this year: 14.3ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.3bpg in the three games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Irish.

   #2. Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain) led Blusens Monbus to a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (15-12) 72-70 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. Kendall scored 14 points and blocked 2 blocks. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (14-13) is placed eighth in the ACB. Kendall has relatively good stats this season: 12.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Irish.

   #3. Will Hanley (200-G/F-90, agency: Duran International, college: Bowdoin, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help one of league's weakest teams Valencia Basket (16-11) to beat Regal FC Barcelona (18-9). Hanley scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 10 minutes. It was his first game for Valencia Basket this season. Valencia Basket was crushed 94-62 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Regal FC Barcelona. It was Valencia Basket's first loss after three consecutive victories. Hanley is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Ireland.

Other top Irish players, who play abroad:

Conor Grace (210-F-82) plays for LF Basket in Swedish Basketligan
Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81) plays for AEL in Cypriot Division A
Damian Matacz (205-C-79) plays for Joondalup City Wanneroo Wolves in Australian State League
Maurice Carter (191-G-74) plays for Chicago Fury in the ABA
Tony McCrory (199-G/F-77) plays for Starwings in Swiss LNA
Brian McCotter (186-G-84) plays for Northumbria in British EBL D1
James Kelly (183-PG-87) plays for Derbyshire Arrows in British EBL D2
Franklin Saunders (206-C-86) plays for Mansfield Giants Basketball Club in British EBL D2

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



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  ISRAEL   

Standings - National League

National League Standings
 1. Ironi Nes-Ziona 21-3 
 2. Ironi Nahariya 19-5 
 3. Hod Hasharon 17-7 
 4. Hapoel Afula 15-9 
 5. Ironi Ramat Gan 15-9 
 6. Elitzur Yavne 15-9 
 7. Ironi K-A 14-10 
 8. Hapoel Kazrin 11-13 
 9. Macc.B.Yaakov 9-15 
 10. Elitzur Ramla 9-15 
 11. Hapoel K/S 8-16 
 12. Kiryat Tivon 6-18 
 13. Maccabi K/G 5-19 
 14. Maccabi K/B 4-20 

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 2: Macc.B.Yaakov - Elitzur Yavne 96-88
Apr. 2: Hapoel Afula - Kiryat Tivon 96-62
Apr. 2: Ironi Ramat Gan - Hapoel Kazrin 95-73
Apr. 2: Hapoel K/S - Maccabi K/B 82-70
Apr. 2: Maccabi K/G - Elitzur Ramla 78-80
Apr. 2: Ironi Nahariya - Ironi K-A 72-94
Apr. 4: Hod Hasharon - Ironi Nes-Ziona 71-78

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 9: Hod Hasharon - Hapoel K/S
Apr. 9: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Ironi Nahariya
Apr. 9: Ironi K-A - Maccabi K/G
Apr. 9: Elitzur Ramla - Ironi Ramat Gan
Apr. 9: Hapoel Kazrin - Macc.B.Yaakov
Apr. 9: Elitzur Yavne - Hapoel Afula
Apr. 9: Kiryat Tivon - Maccabi K/B


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Maccabi .
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Daniel, Maccabi23.3 
 2. Teel, Elitzur Ramla21.4 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.21.3 
 4. Westbrook, Neckar20.9 
 5. Laing, Elitzur Yav.20.5 
 6. Johnson, Hapoel K.19.8 
 7. Odiakosa, Hod H.19.8 
 8. Govens, Ironi K-A19.3 
 9. Murray, Kiryat T.18.8 
 10. Zelkovits, Ironi18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.12.8 
 2. Odiakosa, Hod H.12.7 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.12.0 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.10.4 
 5. Daniel, Maccabi10.2 
 6. McGhee, Elitzur10.1 
 7. Teel, Elitzur Ramla9.8 
 8. Pitshon, Ironi N.9.7 
 9. Clemente, Ironi N.9.6 
 10. Constantine, Hapo.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.8 
 2. Teel, Elitzur Ramla6.1 
 3. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.5.4 
 4. Brener, Hapoel A.5.1 
 5. Farchi, Elitzur Ya.4.5 
 6. Benn, Ironi N.4.5 
 7. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.4.5 
 8. Dunne, Ironi N.4.4 
 9. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.3 
 10. Ber-Aven, Kiryat4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus ALEXANDER
  Maccabi .
  (-F-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Alexander, Maccabi2.9 
 2. Benn, Ironi N.2.8 
 3. Teel, Elitzur Ramla2.7 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.5 
 5. Miller, Ironi N.2.4 
 6. Hofman, Elitzur2.3 
 7. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.3 
 8. Watson, Ironi K-A2.0 
 9. Laing, Elitzur Yav.2.0 
 10. Gordon, Hapoel K.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.2.9 
 2. Clark, Ironi K-A2.1 
 3. Daniel, Maccabi1.8 
 4. Blair, Ironi N.1.4 
 5. Constantine, Hapoe.1.4 
 6. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.3 
 7. Durham, Hapoel A.1.1 
 8. Blayzer, Hapoel Af.1.0 
 9. Labanowski, Macca.1.0 
 10. Odiakosa, Hod H.0.9 


Omri Casspi selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Omri Casspi
Omri Casspi
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Omri Casspi (204-88, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (22-52) to beat the Atlanta Hawks (42-34). Casspi recorded 9 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 17 minutes on the court. But the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 94-102 on the road to the Hawks. It was Cavaliers' tenth consecutive loss in a row. This year Casspi averages: 3.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 2FGP: 40.6%, 3FGP: 32.8% and FT: 51.7% in the 35 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Israeli senior national team.

Yuval Naimy
Yuval Naimy
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Russia). Naimy contributed to a 3-point Triumph Lyubertsy's victory against the closely-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (10-18) 85-82 in the Russian PBL last Monday. He scored 10 points and added 4 assists. Triumph Lyubertsy (6-9) is placed fourth in the PBL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Naimy's overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 42.5%, 3FGP: 41.0% and FT: 77.8%. He is in the roster of the Israeli senior national team.

Oded Brandwein
Oded Brandwein
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international guard Oded Brandwein (186-88, agency: N.E.T., currently plays in Poland). Brandwein was the major contributor in a Energa Czarni's victory against the fifth-ranked Trefl Sopot (17-11) 64-59 in the Polish TBL on Saturday night. He scored 13 points and added 4 assists in 24 minutes. Energa Czarni Slupsk (14-13) is placed sixth in Places 1-6 group. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Brandwein is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league with 3.9apg. This year his other stats are: 10.8ppg, 1.1rpg, 2FGP: 40.7%, 3FGP: 41.0% and FT: 83.7% in the 24 games. Brandwein has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Polish. Former Elitzur Yavne starter played for the Israeli U20 national team five years ago.

Yotam Halperin
Yotam Halperin
   #4. Shooting guard Yotam Halperin (193-84, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL was not able to help Bayern Muenchen (18-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Bayern Muenchen was defeated 70-66 in Quakenbrueck by the lower-ranked Artland Dragons (#6). Halperin scored 12 points and added 3 assists. Halperin's overall stats this season are: 5.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg. He is also Israeli national team player.

Alex Tyus
Alex Tyus
   #5. International center Alex Tyus (205-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Cantu (15-10) in their game against Juvecaserta (11-14) in the Italian SerieA. Tyus recorded 6 points and blocked 2 blocks in only 10 minutes. Cantu was edged 66-65 at home by the lower-ranked (#9) Juvecaserta. This year Tyus' overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.2bpg in the 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Tyus plays currently for the Israeli national team. He used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.

Robert Rothbart
Robert Rothbart
   #6. Center Robert Rothbart (217-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland) led Start Gdynia to a victory over the leader Polpharma (14-13) 74-70 in the Polish TBL on Friday night. Rothbart was MVP of the game. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. KS Start Gdynia (8-19) is placed fifth in Places 7-12 group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Rothbart's first season with the team. Rothbart is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.6ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.3bpg. Rothbart is an international player who is currently on the senior Israeli National Team roster.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Israeli passport:

   #1. Guy Aud (188-G-89, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Finke Baskets' surprising victory against the fourth-ranked BG Karlsruhe (16-7) 84-73 in the German ProA (second division) in Thursday night's game. Aud scored 9 points and added 6 assists in 32 minutes. Finke Baskets Paderborn (12-18) is placed 13th in the ProA. The Regular Season already ended. Aud is ranked fourth on the list of the best passers in the league with 5.5apg. He also averaged so far 9.6ppg and 2.8rpg in the 28 games he played so far. Aud has a dual citizenship: Israeli and German. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Other top Israeli players, who play abroad:

Eliav Moshiashvili (200-SF-94) plays for MIA in Georgian Superleague
Jason Thomas (191-G-82) plays for Boras Basket in Swedish Basketligan
Joshua Reisman (188-G-82) plays for Lechugueros in Mexican LNBP
Guy Parselani (217-C-78) plays for The San Diego Surf in the ABA
Gil Sobol (201-C-93) plays for Fraport Skyliners II in German ProB
Haran Shifman (183-G-84) plays for Polonia in Polish 1Liga
Shawn Weinstein (186-G-85) plays for Barako Bull in Filipino PBA
Or Sela (180-PG-84) plays for Charlottenburg in German Regionalliga

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



National League Round 24: Ironi Nahariya is upset by Ironi Kiryat Ata - by Eurobasket News

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

The most important game in the last round took place in Nahariya between second ranked Ironi Nahariya (19-5) and seventh ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (14-10) on Tuesday night. Ironi Nahariya was crushed by Ironi Kiryat Ata at home 94-72. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-72. Strangely Ironi Nahariya outrebounded Ironi Kiryat Ata 38-25 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ironi Kiryat Ata made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) who scored 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Guard Ilan Nanikashvili (187-79) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds. Ironi Nahariya's coach Shay Minister gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ironi Kiryat Ata maintains seventh position with 14-10 record. Ironi Nahariya at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata are looking forward to face Maccabi K/G (#13) in Kiryat Gat in the next round where they are favorite. Ironi Nahariya will play on the road against the league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Hod Hasharon. First ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona faced 3rd ranked Hod Hasharon. Guests from Nes Ziyona (21-3) defeated host Hod Hasharon (17-7) 78-71. It was a good game for American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Tal Michael Dunne contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Naturalized Latvian swingman Gary Gandel (203-80) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Hod Hasharon. Ironi Nes-Ziona have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-3 record. Hod Hasharon at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against league's second-placed Ironi Nahariya at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hod Hasharon will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Kiryat Gat between Elitzur Ramla and Maccabi K/G. Ninth ranked Elitzur Ramla (9-15) got a very close victory on the road over 13th ranked Maccabi K/G (5-19). Elitzur Ramla managed to escape with a 2-point win 80-78 on Tuesday evening. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of Vernon Teel who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was Lenny Daniel with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Elitzur Ramla maintains ninth position with 9-15 record, which they share with Macc.B.Yaakov. Newly promoted Maccabi K/G keeps the thirteenth place with 19 games lost. Elitzur Ramla will meet at home higher ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi K/G will play against Ironi Kiryat Ata (#7) and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Beer Yaakov, where higher ranked Elitzur Yavne (15-9) lost to tenth ranked Beer Yaakov (9-15) in a road game 88-96. The winners were led by Joshua Alexander who had that evening a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Beer Yaakov moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Elitzur Ramla. Elitzur Yavne at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Beer Yaakov's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hapoel Kazrin (#8) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Elitzur Yavne will play against Hapoel Afula (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Afula. Local Hapoel Afula (15-9) outscored 12th ranked Kiryat Tivon (6-18) 96-62 on Tuesday night. The best player for the winners was Allen Durham who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hapoel Afula moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Elitzur Yavne and Ironi Ramat Gan. Loser Kiryat Tivon keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Hapoel Afula will face Elitzur Yavne (#6) on the road in the next round. Kiryat Tivon will play against Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 24 Hapoel Kazrin was crushed by Ironi Ramat Gan in a road game 95-73. Hapoel K/S beat Maccabi K/B at home 82-70.


Hod Hasharon - Ironi Nes-Ziona 71-78

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Hod Hasharon. First ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona faced 3rd ranked Hod Hasharon. Guests from Nes Ziyona (21-3) defeated host Hod Hasharon (17-7) 78-71. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hod Hasharon won third quarter 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ironi Nes-Ziona dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Hod Hasharon's 24. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Benn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Naturalized Latvian swingman Gary Gandel (203-80) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Hod Hasharon. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ironi Nes-Ziona have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-3 record. Hod Hasharon at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against league's second-placed Ironi Nahariya at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hod Hasharon will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: B.Benn 16+12reb+5ast, T.Michael Dunne 15+6reb+9ast, E.Engel 15+6reb+3ast, C.Tate 14+3reb, R.Zehavian 8+2reb+2ast, G.Amitay 5+5reb+1ast
Hod Hasharon: B.Walker 17+3reb+2ast, G.Gandel 14+7reb+1ast, C.Odiakosa 12+7reb+3ast, I.Stolero 11+1reb+4ast, G.Dotan 8+2reb+3ast, O.Hover 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 197911


Ironi Nahariya - Ironi K-A 72-94

The most important game in the last round took place in Nahariya between second ranked Ironi Nahariya (19-5) and seventh ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (14-10) on Tuesday night. Ironi Nahariya was crushed by Ironi Kiryat Ata at home 94-72. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-72. Strangely Ironi Nahariya outrebounded Ironi Kiryat Ata 38-25 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ironi Kiryat Ata made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) who scored 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Guard Ilan Nanikashvili (187-79) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists. Four Ironi Kiryat Ata players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds and American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Ironi Nahariya's coach Shay Minister gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ironi Kiryat Ata maintains seventh position with 14-10 record. Ironi Nahariya at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata are looking forward to face Maccabi K/G (#13) in Kiryat Gat in the next round where they are favorite. Ironi Nahariya will play on the road against the league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: D.Govens 33+6reb+1ast, I.Nanikashvili 15+2reb+7ast, G.Halamish 13+5reb+3ast, K.Izik 12+4reb+5ast, I.Clark 8+3reb+1ast, A.Nanikashvili 8
Ironi Nahariya: R.Clemente 26+15reb+3ast, R.Pitshon 13+8reb+2ast, N.Miller 13+10reb+1ast, N.Golan 9+1ast, A.Zelkovits 8+3reb+1ast, E.Saudai 3+1reb
gschID: 197910


Ironi Ramat Gan - Hapoel Kazrin 95-73

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Hapoel Kazrin (11-13) was crushed on the road by fifth ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (15-9) 95-73 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Ironi Ramat Gan. Hapoel Kazrin was better in second period 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ironi Ramat Gan had a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American swingman Tyrone Kent (196-86, college: Toledo) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international power forward Amit Tamir (208-79, college: California) chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Kent is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Ironi Ramat Gan players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) who recorded 31 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Ramon Dyer (201-84, college: Houston) added 10 points and 15 rebounds respectively. Hapoel Kazrin's coach Ziv Bartana already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ironi Ramat Gan moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Elitzur Yavne and Hapoel Afula. Newly promoted Hapoel Kazrin keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan will face Elitzur Ramla (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Hapoel Kazrin will play against Beer Yaakov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: T.Kent 22+12reb+4ast, I.Mayor 20+4reb+3ast, A.Tamir 19+8reb+6ast, K.Ramsey 17+11reb+3ast, T.Havkin 7+2reb+2ast, I.Grinboim 6+2ast
Hapoel Kazrin: M.James 31+6reb+2ast, A.Kazarnovski 12+5reb+3ast, R.Dyer 10+15reb, I.Nir 9+5reb, B.Maor 5+3ast, L.Shvarzvald 4+3ast
gschID: 197908


Macc.B.Yaakov - Elitzur Yavne 96-88

We should mention about the upset which took place in Beer Yaakov, where higher ranked Elitzur Yavne (15-9) lost to tenth ranked Beer Yaakov (9-15) in a road game 88-96. It looked good early as Elitzur Yavne took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Beer Yaakov had a 26-18 second period charge getting the lead and Elitzur Yavne was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 88-96. Beer Yaakov made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Elitzur Yavne helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American guard Joshua Alexander (193-87, college: SF Austin) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) supported him with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Even 16 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals by swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) did not help to save the game for Elitzur Yavne. American forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 18 points and 11 rebounds. Five Beer Yaakov and four Elitzur Yavne players scored in double figures. Beer Yaakov moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Elitzur Ramla. Elitzur Yavne at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Beer Yaakov's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hapoel Kazrin (#8) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Elitzur Yavne will play against Hapoel Afula (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Macc.B.Yaakov: J.Hall 23+7reb+1ast, J.Alexander 21+11reb+3ast, A.Eliyahu 17+3reb+7ast, I.Simin 13+3reb+4ast, I.Iram 11+3reb+4ast, S.Kleimintz 8+4reb
Elitzur Yavne: B.Laing 20+1reb+4ast, M.McGhee 18+11reb+3ast, E.Hofman 16+8reb+8ast, I.Nesterenko 10+6reb, N.Matalon 7+3reb+1ast, O.Farchi 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 197907


Hapoel K/S - Maccabi K/B 82-70

No shocking result in a game when eleventh ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (8-16) defeated at home bottom-ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (4-20) 82-70 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Kfar Saba. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik was better in third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Maccabi Kiryat Bialik 40-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Maurice McNeil (205-87, college: Houston) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds. The other American import guard Maurice Hampton (188-84, college: Austin Peay St., agency: Two Points) chipped in 23 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Matt Shamis (182-88, college: Lehigh) who recorded 23 points and guard Dror Davidi (190-84) added 19 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hapoel Kfar Saba maintains eleventh position with 8-16 record. Loser Maccabi Kiryat Bialik stay dead last with 20 lost games. Hapoel Kfar Saba will face higher ranked Hod Hasharon (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik will play against Kiryat Tivon (#12) in Kiryat Tivon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel K/S: M.Hampton 23+2reb+3ast, A.Harush 17+4reb+5ast, M.McNeil 15+16reb+2ast, E.Rotemberg 14+2reb, O.Lev 7+3reb+1ast, H.Karni 4+10reb+1ast
Maccabi K/B: M.Shamis 23+4reb+2ast, D.Davidi 19+2reb+3ast, D.Joyner 12+4reb+1ast, S.Labanowski 12+11reb+1ast, M.Sunego 2+1reb, M.Alexander 2+1reb+4ast
gschID: 197906


Hapoel Afula - Kiryat Tivon 96-62

The game with biggest result difference took place in Afula. Local Hapoel Afula (15-9) outscored 12th ranked Kiryat Tivon (6-18) 96-62 on Tuesday night. The game without a history. Hapoel Afula led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Hapoel Afula outrebounded Kiryat Tivon 42-29 including a 33-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 58.3 percentage. Hapoel Afula looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Anthony Fisher (191-86) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Durham is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four Hapoel Afula players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Belizean-American forward Alex Carcamo (200-77, college: E.Washington, agency: Dream Team Management) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and power forward Carmel Bouchman (206-91, college: Temple) added 9 points and 4 steals respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hapoel Afula moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Elitzur Yavne and Ironi Ramat Gan. Loser Kiryat Tivon keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Hapoel Afula will face Elitzur Yavne (#6) on the road in the next round. Kiryat Tivon will play against Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Afula: A.Fisher 21+2reb+4ast, A.Durham 14+10reb+5ast, L.Ariely 14+2reb+1ast, R.Barzilai 14+3reb+2ast, O.Blayzer 11+10reb+3ast, S.Brener 9+5reb+4ast
Kiryat Tivon: A.Carcamo 20+13reb+3ast, C.Bouchman 9+3reb+1ast, I.Raguan 8+3reb+1ast, S.Farine 8+2reb+2ast, G.Murray 7+1reb+1ast, N.Levi 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 197905


Maccabi K/G - Elitzur Ramla 78-80

A very close game took place in Kiryat Gat between Elitzur Ramla and Maccabi K/G. Ninth ranked Elitzur Ramla (9-15) got a very close victory on the road over 13th ranked Maccabi K/G (5-19). Elitzur Ramla managed to escape with a 2-point win 80-78 on Tuesday evening. Elitzur Ramla outrebounded Maccabi K/G 41-27 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists and power forward Johndre Jefferson (207-88, college: S.Carolina) who added 13 points and 18 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Muhammad El Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook, agency: Two Points) scored 24 points. Four Elitzur Ramla and five Maccabi K/G players scored in double figures. Elitzur Ramla maintains ninth position with 9-15 record, which they share with Macc.B.Yaakov. Newly promoted Maccabi K/G keeps the thirteenth place with 19 games lost. Elitzur Ramla will meet at home higher ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi K/G will play against Ironi Kiryat Ata (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: V.Teel 21+9reb+8ast, O.Cohen 14+2reb+3ast, A.Fogel 14+8reb, J.Jefferson 13+18reb+3ast, O.Zinderman 8+1reb, A.Guterman 8+1reb+1ast
Maccabi K/G: M.El Amin 24+3reb+2ast, L.Daniel 17+12reb+1ast, H.Gonshor 12+2ast, T.Pisecki 10+4reb, O.Ron 10+2reb+3ast, D.Peterson 4+3reb
gschID: 197909



Balkan League: Rilski finish First Six stage with win in Israel - by Eurobasket News

Galil Gilboa - Rilski Sportist 84:85

Rilski Sportist earned a tough road win over Galil Gilboa in the final game of the First Six stage. Both team made it into the Final Four of the tournament. Stanislav Vaklinov (206-PF-89, agency: Interperformances) netted 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Rilski Sportist will now face Levski, while Galil Gilboa will take on Kumanovo in the semis.
Galil Gilboa led by three points after the opening quarter 24:21. The hosts maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. Galil Gilboa recorded a 46:42 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Galil Gilboa entered the fourth frame up by four points 64:60. Rilski however made a strong push in the fourth period. The Bulgarian team denied the deficit and used a 6:0 run to surge ahead for good. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) netted 18 points, while Tony Gugino (207-C-86, college: Hillsdale) had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Kenny Hayes (188-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Miami, OH) answered with 32 points for Galil Gilboa. Rakim Sanders (193-G-89, college: Fairfield) notched 24 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Galil Gilboa: Kenny Hayes 32, Rakim Sanders 24+13 boards
Rilski Sportist: Stanislav Vaklinov 20+10 boards, Branko Mirkovic 18, Tony Gugino 15+10 boards



EuroLeague: Barcelona edge Maccabi - by Eurobasket News

Barcelona - Maccabi Tel-Aviv 74:71

FC Barcelona Regal celebrated a narrow home win over Maccabi Tel-Aviv to end Top 16 stage on top of Group F. Maccabi occupied the third position in the ladder. Alejandro Abrines (198-F-93) stepped up with 21 points to lead the winners.
Barcelona and Maccabi stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 19:19 after ten minutes. The hosts put their noses in front in the second quarter. Barcelona eked out a 36:32 halftime lead. However Maccabi opened the third frame on a 12:3 run to take a 44:42 advantage. Logan and Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) gave the visitors a 50:44 lead midway through the third term. Maccabi got to the final intermission up by 5 points 56:51. Barcelona went on a 9:1 rally early in the fourth quarter to ensure a 61:57 advantage. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) gave the lead back to Maccabi at 64:63. However Barca used a 7:0 rally to gain a 72:67 lead with just over a minute remaining. Ricky Hickman put Maccabi within one 71:72 with two free throws but Jasikevicius sank two free throws to seal the win for the home team. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) produced 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) had 12 points in the victory. Devin Smith and Ricky Hickman chipped in 16 points apiece in the loss.

Barcelona: Alejandro Abrines 21, Ante Tomic 13, Juan Carlos Navarro 12
Maccabi Tel-Aviv: Devin Smith 16, Ricky Hickman 16



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Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Casper WARE
  Novipiu Casale
  (177-PG-90)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Ware, Novipiu Casa.21.3 
 2. Green, Novipiu Cas.21.1 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.20.4 
 4. Hicks, Giorgo T.18.7 
 5. Mays, Givova S.18.7 
 6. Battle, Upea CdO18.0 
 7. Walker, Prima Vero.17.9 
 8. Jenkins, C.de L.17.7 
 9. Thomas, AcegasAp.17.1 
 10. Griffin, Fileni B.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.8 
 2. Ekperigin, FCM F.10.0 
 3. Todic, LeGamber.9.9 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.9.2 
 5. George, Upea CdO9.0 
 6. Mosley, Biancobl.9.0 
 7. Butkevicius, Novip.8.6 
 8. Slay, Givova Scafa.8.5 
 9. Toppo, Giorgo T.8.0 
 10. Gandini, AcegasAp.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Casper WARE
  Novipiu Casale
  (177-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ware, Novipiu Casa.5.3 
 2. Green, Sigma B.5.2 
 3. Pecile, Biancobl.4.9 
 4. Fernandez, C.de L.4.7 
 5. Battle, Upea CdO4.4 
 6. Roderick, LeGamber.4.0 
 7. Gay, Aget S.4.0 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.3.6 
 9. Guarino, FCM F.3.2 
 10. Mays, Givova S.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Donato CUTOLO
  Biancobl.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Cutolo, Biancobl.2.8 
 2. Mays, Givova S.2.7 
 3. James, FCM F.2.5 
 4. George, Upea CdO2.3 
 5. Lawal, Tezenis VE2.2 
 6. Baldassarre, Givov.2.1 
 7. Filloy, AcegasAp.2.1 
 8. Green, Novipiu Cas.2.1 
 9. Ware, Novipiu Casa.2.1 
 10. Westbrook, Tezen.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE1.8 
 2. Mosley, Biancobl.1.8 
 3. Griffin, Fileni B.1.5 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.3 
 5. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.2 
 6. James, FCM F.1.1 
 7. Roderick, LeGamber.1.0 
 8. Gandini, AcegasAp.1.0 
 9. Giddens, C.de L.1.0 
 10. Butkevicius, Novi.0.9 


EuroLeague: Caja Laboral enter playoffs with win over Montepaschi - by Eurobasket News

Caja Laboral - Montepaschi 76:64

Caja Laboral paved their way into the quarterfinal stage. They knocked down Montepaschi in Vitoria to clinch the fourth position in Group F. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) posted 27 points and 9 rebounds to lead the winners.
Caja Laboral and Siena entered the game tied at 7-6 record. Both teams had to win this one to stay in the title race. The hosts got to a slightly better start. They held Montepaschi to 11 points in the opening quarter to take a 15:11 lead. Caja Laboral managed to boost the lead in the second frame. The Spaniards arrived at halftime up by 12 points 39:27. The hosts kept Siena at bay throughout the third term. Caja Laboral gained a 57:42 advantage at the final break. Montepaschi outscored the home team in the fourth period but came up way short of victory at the end. Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) and Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) provided 13 points each for the winners. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) answered with 24 points for Montepaschi. Matt Janning (193-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) had 8 points in the loss.

Caja Laboral: Maciej Lampe 27, Fernando San Emeterio 13, Andres Nocioni 13
Monteapschi: Bobby Brown 24, Matt Janning 8



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Roy Hibbert's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Jamaicans playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Roy Hibbert (218-86, college: Georgetown, currently plays in NBA). He led Indiana Pacers to a victory over the Houston Rockets (42-33) 100-91 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Hibbert was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 13 rebounds. Hibbert also added 3 assists and 3 blocks in 37 minutes on the court. The Indiana Pacers have a solid 48-27 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Hibbert's fifth year with the team. He is ranked third on the list of the best blockers in the league with 2.7bpg. Hibbert also averaged so far 11.6ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 44.3%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 72.9% in the 74 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Hibbert played for the Jamaican senior national team three years ago.

Ryan Reid
Ryan Reid
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Ryan Reid (203-86, college: Florida St., currently plays in France). Reid contributed to a Chorale de Roanne's victory against the 12th-ranked Cholet (11-14) 90-79 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. Chorale de Roanne Basket (15-10) is placed fifth in the ProA. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Reid averages: 5.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 59.8%(49-82) and FT: 65.2% in the 22 games. He is a naturalized American. Reid played for the Jamaican national team in 2011.

Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence, currently plays in Puerto Rico). Efejuku was the main contributor in Indios' victory against the sixth-ranked Vaqueros (0-1) 86-84 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. Efejuku scored 32 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds (was perfect 15-for-15 from the free throw line !!!) in 33 minutes. Indios de Mayaguez (2-0) is placed first in the BSN. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Efejuku is the league's top scorer and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Efejuku averages: 22.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 16.7% in the two games. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and Jamaican. Efejuku is also a member of the Jamaican senior national team.

Ronald Yates
Ronald Yates
   #4. Forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Switzerland) helped Fribourg win their game against the closely-ranked Monthey (13-12) 79-73 in the Swiss LNA in Wednesday night's game. Yates scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Benetton Fribourg Olympic (17-6) is placed second in the LNA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Yates has relatively good stats this season: 13.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.4apg. He is a naturalized American. Yates used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Experienced Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St., currently plays in Lebanon), who plays in the Lebanese Division A could not help Bejjeh (6-19) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Bejjeh was defeated 98-92 at home by the higher-ranked Amchit (#6). Williams was the top scorer with 37 points. He also added 7 boards, dished 6 assists and stole 3 balls. It's Williams' first season with the team. Williams is ranked seventh 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 season with high stats. Williams averages: 23.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 5.8apg and 2.4spg. He is a naturalized American.

   #2. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Romania) led CSM Bucuresti to a victory over the league outsider CS Dinamo Bucuresti (1-29) 92-81 in a derby game in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Friday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Shepherd scored 24 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. CS Municipal Bucuresti (18-12) is placed eighth in the Liga Nationala. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Shepherd is currently third on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). This season he has very high stats. Shepherd averages: 19.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.7spg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #3. Sherman Gay (201-PF-82, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in a Le Portel's victory against the 16th-ranked Saint Vallier (9-20) crushing them 103-75 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. He scored 24 points and blocked 2 blocks. ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (19-10) is placed fourth in the ProB. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Gay belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #2. This season he has very high stats. Gay averages: 16.5ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.7bpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #4. Bryan Bailey (185-SG-80, college: Bucknell, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL was not able to help BBC Bayreuth (11-17) in their last game. Despite Bailey's good performance BBC Bayreuth lost 82-86 on the road to the higher-ranked (#10) Walter Tigers. He scored 13 points and added 4 assists in 29 minutes. It was BBC Bayreuth's third consecutive loss in a row. Bailey has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.7apg in the 27 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American.

   #5. Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL was not able to secure a victory for TBB Trier (13-15) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Bucknor's good performance TBB Trier was defeated 81-77 in Oldenburg by the second-ranked EWE Baskets. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Bucknor's overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg and 2.8rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Jamaican and Canadian.

   #6. Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL couldn't help New Yorker Phantoms (11-17) in their last game. Despite Anderson's good performance New Yorker Phantoms was badly defeated 102-83 in Hagen by the much higher-ranked (#7) Phoenix. He scored 11 points and added 3 assists in 32 minutes. This year Anderson's overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.6apg in the 16 games. He has both Canadian and Jamaican nationalities.

   #7. Garry Gallimore (192-G-84, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a 1-point Timisoara's victory against the 14th-ranked CS Farul Constanta 73-72 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Tuesday. He scored 6 points in 21 minutes. This year Gallimore's overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.8apg in the 16 games. Similarly like Anderson and Bucknor above he also holds two passports: Jamaican and Canadian. Despite Gallimore's Jamaican nationality, he previously played for the Canadian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Jamaican team.

   #8. Omari Johnson (205-F-89, college: Oregon St., currently plays in NBLCanada) contributed to a Summerside Storm's victory against the Windsor Express 109-103 in the NBL Canada on Tuesday night. Johnson recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 2 blocks. Johnson's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.8apg. He is a naturalized American.



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  JORDAN   

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
Top 4
 1. ASU 4-0 
 2. Al Riyadi 2-2 
 3. Ittihad Schools 2-2 
 4. Kulliyeh 0-4 
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 4

Apr. 3: Kulliyeh - ASU 82-125
Apr. 3: Al Riyadi - Ittihad Schools 64-72

Top 4: Round 5

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


ASU record fourth straight win in Final Four - by Eurobasket News

ASU booked their spot in Premier League Final. They stunned Kulliyeh 125:82 to improve at 4-0 record at the Final Four stage. Tarek Hamdani (182-G-95) stepped up with 22 points to lead the defending champions. Mousa Alawadi (188-G-85) delivered 21 points, while Ahmad Hamarsheh had 18 points for the winners. Malek Khashan (185-PG-85) answered with game-high 36 points for Kulliyeh as they fell at 0-4 record in the ladder.
In the meantime Ittihad Schools gained a crucial 72:64 win over Riyadi to stay in the race for the championship game appearance. Riyadi led by two points after the opening quarter but Ittihad Schools went on a 27:10 run in the second frame to spur ahead for good. Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79, college: N.Mexico) accounted for 20 points and 13 boards for the winners. Khaldon Abu Ruqayah (200-F-83) and Mahmoud Abdeen (189-PG-87) provided 15 points apiece for Ittihad Schools. Ali Jamal (205-C/F-88) answered with 20 points for Riyadi. Ahmad Al Dwairi (210-C-93) chipped in 16 points and pulled down 12 boards in the loss.



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  KUWAIT   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Al Kuwait 29-3 
 2. Al Sahel 27-5 
 3. Al Qadsia 26-6 
 4. Kazma 26-6 
 5. Al Jahraa 19-13 
 6. Al Arabi 17-14 
 7. Al Yarmook 16-17 
 8. Al Sulaibikhat 11-21 
 9. Al Nasar 9-22 
 10. Al Tadhamon 5-27 
 11. Al Salmiyah 4-29 
 12. Al Shabab 3-29 

Regular Season: Round 50

Apr. 3: Al Kuwait - Al Qadsia 90-83
Apr. 3: Al Sulaibikhat - Al Yarmook 87-99
Apr. 3: Al Tadhamon - Al Shabab 68-79
Apr. 3: Al Nasar - Kazma 64-84


AlKuwait SC triumphs at 2012/2013 season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in D1 just ended.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kuwait City: Al Kuwait (#1) and Al Qadsia (#2). Al Kuwait (29-3) won against visiting Al Qadsia (26-6) 90-83. Al Kuwait have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 29-3 record. Al Qadsia at the other side keeps the second place with six games lost. They share the position with Kazma.
Bottom-ranked Al Shabab managed to get a third victory. This time they won against tenth-ranked Al Tadhamon in Al Farwaniya 79-68. Al Shabab maintains twelfth position with 3-29 record. Al Tadhamon at the other side keeps the tenth place with 27 games lost.
The game in Sulaibikhat was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked Al Yarmook (16-17) played at the court of 8th ranked Al Sulaibikhat (11-21). Al Yarmook defeated Al Sulaibikhat 99-87 on Wednesday. Al Yarmook maintains seventh position with 16-17 record. Al Sulaibikhat lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 21 games lost.
9th ranked Al Nasar (9-22) was outscored at home by third ranked Kazma (26-6) with the biggest margin this round 84-64. Kazma have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Al Qadsia. Al Nasar at the other side keeps the ninth position with 22 games lost.


Al Tadhamon - Al Shabab 68-79

Bottom-ranked Al Shabab managed to get a third victory. This time they won against tenth-ranked Al Tadhamon in Al Farwaniya 79-68. Al Shabab maintains twelfth position with 3-29 record. Al Tadhamon at the other side keeps the tenth place with 27 games lost.
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Al Nasar - Kazma 64-84

9th ranked Al Nasar (9-22) was outscored at home by third ranked Kazma (26-6) with the biggest margin this round 84-64. Kazma have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Al Qadsia. Al Nasar at the other side keeps the ninth position with 22 games lost.
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Al Kuwait - Al Qadsia 90-83

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kuwait City: Al Kuwait (#1) and Al Qadsia (#2). Al Kuwait (29-3) won against visiting Al Qadsia (26-6) 90-83. Al Kuwait have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 29-3 record. Al Qadsia at the other side keeps the second place with six games lost. They share the position with Kazma.
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Al Sulaibikhat - Al Yarmook 87-99

The game in Sulaibikhat was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked Al Yarmook (16-17) played at the court of 8th ranked Al Sulaibikhat (11-21). Al Yarmook defeated Al Sulaibikhat 99-87 on Wednesday. Al Yarmook maintains seventh position with 16-17 record. Al Sulaibikhat lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 21 games lost.
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Rowland's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old guard Earl Rowland (188-G-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for VEF Riga and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 37.
He got a double-double of 29 points and 12 assists, while his team outclassed Jurmala (#9, 11-20) with 42-point margin 116-74. VEF Riga maintains the 4th position in Latvian league. VEF Riga has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 15-1. Rowland turned to be VEF Riga's top player in his first season with the team. Earl Rowland averages this season 13.9ppg and 7.3apg.

Second best performed player last round was P.J. Hill jr. (182-PG-87) of Jekabpils. He is American guard in his first season at Jekabpils. In the last game Hill jr. recorded impressive 31 points and 5 rebounds. Bad luck as Jekabpils was edged in overtime by slightly higher-ranked Valmiera (#1, 20-12) 96-92. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Jekabpils still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 19-12 record is not bad at all. Hill jr. is a newcomer at Jekabpils and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.1ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 4.5rpg and 3.5apg. Former Ohio State University star Hill jr. is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Janis Berzins (202-F-93, agency: Players Group) of league's leader Valmiera. Berzins scored 22 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Valmiera, leading his team to a 96-92overtime win against #3 ranked Jekabpils. Valmiera confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 20 victories and 12 lost games. Berzins has a great season in Latvia. After 31 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.0ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 7.4rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Artis Ate (191-G-89) of Liepaja - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ingus Jakovics (185-PG-93) of Liepaja - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Todd O'Brien (213-C-89) of Jekabpils - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Raimonds Gabrans (185-G-84) of Valmiera - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Pierce Caldwell (191-G-88) of Liepaja - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Will Daniels (203-F-86) of VEF Riga - 20 points and 6 rebounds
10. Justin Hamilton (210-C-90) of VEF Riga - 20 points and 7 rebounds

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



Davis Bertans selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Davis Bertans (203-92, currently plays in Serbia). He led Partizan to a victory over the second-ranked Mega Vizura (1-1) crushing them 95-64 in the Serbian A League in Saturday night's game. Bertans was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points and added 3 assists in 33 minutes on the court. 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. Bertans has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 55.6%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 83.3% in the two games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Ernests Kalve
Ernests Kalve
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, currently plays in Hungary). Kalve was the main contributor in Szolnok's victory against the third-ranked Kaposvari (17-10) 103-85 in the Hungarian A Division last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. Kalve recorded 25 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (4-1) is placed sixth in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Kalve's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 26.7% and FT: 61.5%. Kalve played for the Latvian national team in 2010.

Ivars Timermanis
Ivars Timermanis
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Ivars Timermanis (203-82, currently plays in Romania). He contributed to Ploiesti's victory against the 12th-ranked Giurgiu (11-19) 89-76 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Tuesday night. Timermanis was the top player that evening. He scored 28 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds in 34 minutes. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (23-7) is placed third in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Timermanis' overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3FGP: 44.0% and FT: 68.4% in the 28 games. He played for the Latvian national team six years ago.

Janis Blums
Janis Blums
   #4. Shooting guard Janis Blums (191-82, currently plays in Lithuania) was the major contributor in a Lietuvos rytas' victory against the closely-ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (10-8) 85-69 in the Lithuanian LKL in Saturday night's game. Blums scored 13 points. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (8-2) is placed seventh in the LKL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Blums averages: 9.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.4apg. He is also Latvian national team player.

Kaspars Kambala
Kaspars Kambala
   #5. An experienced former international center Kaspars Kambala (206-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Final Genclik (12-18) crushing them 96-74 in the Turkish TB2L (second division) last Saturday. Kambala was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 37 points and getting 16 rebounds in 38 minutes. Pi Koleji Ankara (13-17) is placed 12th in the TB2L. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Kambala belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #2) and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Kambala averages: 23.2ppg, 12.4rpg and 1.4apg in the 13 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team four years ago.

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #6. Point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian PBL could not help one of league's weakest teams Spartak St.Petersburg (8-7) to beat Triumph Lyubertsy (6-9). Strelnieks scored 9 points. But Spartak St.Petersburg was edged 85-82 on the road by the higher-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (#4). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Strelnieks' total stats this season are: 5.8ppg and 1.7apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Edgars Jeromanovs
Edgars Jeromanovs
   #7. International point guard Edgars Jeromanovs (186-86, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to help Norrkoping Dolphins (26-2) in their last game. Despite Jeromanovs' very good performance the league leader Norrkoping Dolphins was edged 74-72 in Sundsvall by the one of league's weakest teams (#11) Dragons. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Jeromanovs also added 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 32 minutes. Jeromanovs has reliable stats this year: 12.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.2apg and 1.5spg in the 34 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

Maris Laksa
Maris Laksa
   #8. Forward Maris Laksa (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Estonia), who plays in the Estonian KML was not able to secure a victory for BC Rakvere (19-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Laksa's good performance the league leader BC Rakvere was crushed 94-64 in Tartu by the second-ranked TU/Rock. He recorded 12 points. Laksa's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Laksa is currently fifth on the list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. Laksa averages: 15.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2003.

Armands Skele
Armands Skele
   #9. International guard Armands Skele (192-83, currently plays in Estonia) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Hito/Johvi (2-25) 85-66 in the Estonian KML on Saturday night. Skele recorded 6 points, 4 assists and 3 steals in only 11 minutes. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (14-2) is placed third in the KML. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Skele's total stats are: 9.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg in the 11 games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Kaspars Cipruss
Kaspars Cipruss
   #10. Center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague couldn't help BC Odessa (14-25) in their last game on Friday. Despite Cipruss' very good performance BC Odessa was edged 69-66 at home by the much higher-ranked Azovmash (#3). He was the top scorer with 15 points. Cipruss also added 6 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Cipruss has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 4.2rpg. He is a former international player as five years ago he still played for the Latvian senior national team.

   #11. Former international center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Estonia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked TTU crushing them 81-61 in the Estonian KML last Tuesday. Grafs had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 12 rebounds in 27 minutes. Grafs is currently seventh on the list of best rebounders with 7.2rpg. This year he also averages: 11.9ppg and 1.3apg in the 27 games. Grafs used to play for the Latvian national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international guard Kristaps Valters (190-81, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's surprising victory against the fifth-ranked Gescrap BB 90-82 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 11 points. Valters has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.9apg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2009.

   #13. International power forward Rolands Freimanis (210-88, currently plays in Italy) helped Sutor Montegranaro win their game against the league outsider Angelico Biella 86-73 in the Italian SerieA in Monday night's game. Freimanis recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 16 minutes. He has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 3.3rpg in the 23 games. Freimanis is also Latvian national team player.

   #14. Former U20 international center Zintis Plivda (206-88, currently plays in Belarus), who plays in the Belarusian Premier League couldn't help Rubon (12-16) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Rubon was defeated 83-69 on their home court in Vitebsk by the leading Grodno-93 in the Championship group. Plivda was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 8 rebounds. Plivda is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.4ppg and 9.1rpg. Plivda used to play for the Latvian U20 national team back in 2008.

   #15. Former University international guard Martins Kravcenko (192-85, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague couldn't help Mykolaiv (6-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance Mykolaiv was edged 83-80 on their home court in Mykolaiv by the lower-ranked (#9) Kryvbasbasket. Kravcenko scored 10 points and added 4 passes in 29 minutes. He has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.7apg in the 38 games. Kravcenko used to play for the Latvian university national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Gary Gandel (203-G/F-80, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli National League (second division) could not help Hod Hasharon (17-7) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance Hod Hasharon was defeated 78-71 at home by the leading Ironi Nes-Ziona. Gandel was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 7 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Gandel averaged so far 11.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.2apg and 1.5spg. He has a dual citizenship: Latvian and Israeli.

   #2. Matiss Sakne (191-G-91, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Horsens IC (23-9) in their game against Bakken (25-7) in the Danish Ligaen. Sakne recorded only 4 points in 18 minutes. Horsens IC was crushed 97-71 on their home court in Horsens by the second-ranked Bakken. Sakne has averaged so far 3.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.1apg in the 30 games he played so far.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Vieira, Flamengo24.6 
 2. Becker, S.Jose/U.20.2 
 3. Vassallo, Arecibo19.7 
 4. Stallworth, Pinhei.19.5 
 5. Smith, Pinheiro.19.3 
 6. Guzman, Mavort19.0 
 7. Giovannoni, Brasil.18.2 
 8. Riley, Mavort18.0 
 9. Pedroza, Osos17.7 
 10. Jeter, Halcones17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 DeAngelo RILEY
  Mavort
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Riley, Mavort10.3 
 2. Silveira, Flamengo8.8 
 3. Ferreira, Pinheiro.8.5 
 4. Giovannoni, Brasil.8.2 
 5. Ramos, Arecibo8.0 
 6. Becker, S.Jose/U.8.0 
 7. Graterol, Arecibo7.8 
 8. Battle, Lanus7.7 
 9. Rogers, San German7.5 
 10. Colmenares, Cocod.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Myron ALLEN
  Guaymas
  (182-PG-79)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Allen, Guaymas8.7 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.7.7 
 3. de Assis, S.Jose/U.5.8 
 4. Guillent, Guaros5.0 
 5. Smith, Pinheiro.5.0 
 6. Vieira, Flamengo4.4 
 7. Laprovittola, Lanus4.3 
 8. Diaz, Arecibo4.3 
 9. Monreal, Hermosillo4.3 
 10. Ribeiro, Brasilia4.2 
Steals Per Game
 DeAngelo RILEY
  Mavort
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Riley, Mavort2.7 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.2.5 
 3. Allen, Guaymas2.3 
 4. Thomas, Estrella.2.0 
 5. Centeno, Bucaneros2.0 
 6. Ribeiro, Brasilia1.8 
 7. Sloan, Atlanta T.1.7 
 8. Giovannoni, Brasil.1.7 
 9. Cardenas, Mavort1.7 
 10. Truscott, Halcon.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 DeAngelo RILEY
  Mavort
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Riley, Mavort2.0 
 2. Rogers, San German1.5 
 3. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.2 
 4. Charles, Mavort1.0 
 5. Johnson, Mavort1.0 
 6. Becker, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 7. Antonio, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 8. Araujo, Pinheiro.1.0 
 9. Thomas, Estrella.1.0 
 10. Dias Silva, Pinhe.0.7 



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EuroLeague: Zalgiris Kaunas and Brose Baskets open the last Day of Top 16 - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris Kaunas - Brose Baskets 90:81

Zalgiris Kaunas and Brose Baskets open the last Day of Top 16. The Lithuanian team posted a 90:81 to finish the campaign with 6-8 record. The German side ended up with poor 0-14 record on the last place in Group E.
It was the last game for Zalgiris Kaunas at home and more than 11000 came to support the team in a game that did not have any chances in the Standings. The hosts won the first period 26-25 and added 24-20 rally in the second frame. Brose Baskets replied with 18-16 in the third quarter but failed at the end of the game. Zalgiris needed a 24-18 surge in the last stanza for the final result.
Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) added 13. Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) posted 12 points each in a win. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 20 points in the losing effort, whilst Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) and Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) delivered 14 each. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt) followed them with 13 points in defeat.

Zalgiris Kaunas: Ksistof Lavrinovic 20, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 13, Rimantas Kaukenas 12, Marko Popovic 12
Brose Baskets: Anton Gavel 20, Casey Jacobsen 14, Bostjan Nachbar 14, Andrew James Ogilvy 13



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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 86-84
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
 Todd BROWN
  Cananea
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 23
 1. Brown, Cananea23.0 
 2. Monroe, Cananea22.0 
 3. Toussaint, Los M.21.0 
 4. Alexander, Cananea18.5 
 5. Moss, Nogales18.5 
 6. Lewis, Los Mochis18.0 
 7. Quintero, Tijuana18.0 
 8. Shorter, Guaymas18.0 
 9. Polynice, Guasave17.0 
 10. Verdugo, Navolato17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ronald SELLEAZE
  Navolato
  (197-F-76)
  Avg: 10
 1. Selleaze, Navolato10.0 
 2. Moss, Nogales9.5 
 3. Penny, Tijuana9.0 
 4. Canady Jr., Navol.8.0 
 5. Lewis, Los Mochis7.5 
 6. Habel, Guaymas7.5 
 7. Lopez, Hermosillo7.5 
 8. Alexander, Cananea7.0 
 9. Benitez, Guaymas6.5 
 10. Polynice, Guasave6.5 
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. Monroe, Cananea5.0 
 5. Habel, Guaymas4.5 
 6. Verdugo, Navolato4.5 
 7. Morrison, Tijuana4.0 
 8. Selleaze, Navolato4.0 
 9. Toussaint, Los M.4.0 
 10. Monreal, Hermosil.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Froilan VERDUGO
  Navolato
  (--79)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Verdugo, Navolato2.5 
 2. Shorter, Guaymas2.5 
 3. Reatiga, Navolato2.5 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo2.0 
 5. Farrera, Guasave2.0 
 6. Lopez, Hermosillo2.0 
 7. Little, Hermosillo2.0 
 8. Mercado, Nogales1.5 
 9. Ayala, Guaymas1.5 
 10. Monroe, Cananea1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jorge MERCADO
  Nogales
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Mercado, Nogales1.5 
 2. Moss, Nogales1.5 
 3. Morrison, Tijuana1.0 
 4. Reyes, Nogales1.0 
 5. Shorter, Guaymas1.0 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.0 
 7. Canady Jr., Navol.1.0 
 8. Alexander, Cananea1.0 
 9. Hernandez, Hermosi.0.5 
 10. Polynice, Guasave0.5 



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Standings - 1B

1B Standings
 1. KK Zeta 2011 16-0 
 2. Gorstak 10-6 
 3. Buducnost II 9-7 
 4. Pljevlja 9-7 
 5. S.Centar 8-8 
 6. Berane 2010 7-9 
 7. Un.Mediteran 7-9 
 8. KK Zeta 5-11 
 9. Gusinje 0-16 



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 48-26 
 2. Brooklyn N. 43-32 
 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. 41-33 
 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. 55-20 
 2. Denver N. 52-24 
 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. 56-20 
 2. Memphis G. 51-24 
 3. Houston R. 42-33 
 4. Dallas M. 36-39 
 5. N.Orleans H. 26-49 

Regular Season: Round 151

Apr. 4: Denver N. - Dallas M. 95-94
Apr. 4: Brooklyn N. - Chicago B. 90-92
Apr. 4: Oklah.City T. - San Antonio S. 100-88

Regular Season: Round 152

Apr. 5: Charlotte B. - Miami Heat
Apr. 5: Boston C. - Cleveland C.
Apr. 5: New York K. - Milwaukee B.
Apr. 5: Atlanta H. - Philadelph.76
Apr. 5: Indiana P. - Oklah.City T.
Apr. 5: Chicago B. - Orlando M.
Apr. 5: Minnesota T. - Toronto R.
Apr. 5: Utah Jazz - N.Orleans H.
Apr. 5: Phoenix Suns - Golden St.W.
Apr. 5: Sacramento K. - Dallas M.
Apr. 5: Portland TB - Houston R.
Apr. 5: LA Lakers - Memphis G.


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. Chandler, New Y.10.7 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.7 
 9. Evans, Brooklyn N.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..7.5 
 8. Rubio, Minnesot.7.5 
 9. Parker, San A.7.5 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.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. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. Harden, Houston R.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. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.0 
 8. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 
 10. Biyombo, Charlott.1.7 


Oklahoma City Thunder, Denver and Chicago celebrate on Thursday - by Eurobasket News

Oklah.City T. - San Antonio S. 100-88
Russell Westbrook scored 27 points, Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) had 25 and the Oklahoma City Thunder seized control of the race for home-court advantage in the Western Conference playoffs by beating the San Antonio Spurs 100-88 on Thursday night. Derek Fisher hit a season-high five 3-pointers and had 17 points, his most since joining Oklahoma City in late February, while fueling a big first-half run that put the Thunder ahead to stay. Oklahoma City still trails San Antonio by a half-game in the standings, but pulled even in the loss column and would control the tiebreaker if both teams won out because of a better record against the West. Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan each scored 24 points and had double-doubles for the Spurs. Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) had just two points in 25 minutes and did not play in the final 7 minutes with the game on the line. Courtesy of: www.foxnews.com

Denver N. - Dallas M. 95-94
Corey Brewer (6'9''-G/F-86, college: Florida) scored 23 points and got a hand onAnthony Morrow's last-second shot to preserve the Denver Nuggets' 19th straight home win, 95-94 over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night. Andre Iguodala's layup with 2.8 seconds put Denver ahead in a game that Dallas dominated. The win was bittersweet, though. Denver's dreams of a deep playoff run might have taken a huge hit when they lost forward Danilo Gallinari to what looked like serious knee injury in the second quarter. Gallinari is scheduled for an MRI on Friday, but if his screams of pain and the blank looks of his teammates after he went down with 4:27 left in the first half are any indication, the Nuggets will head into the playoffs without him. Gallinari's left knee buckled inward as he drove to the basket for a layup late in the first half. He gave up the ball, grabbed his knee and hopped to the sideline, where he sat down, writhing in pain as Darren Collison scored at the other end for Dallas. Gallinari was helped off the court by reserves Timofey Mozgov and Quincy Miller. After a few halting steps, he was seated in a wheelchair and taken to the locker room for evaluation. Sportshub ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 The team didn't have any immediate word on the extent of his injury, saying only that he was scheduled for medical tests Friday. Gallinari, who had nine points before getting hurt, is the Nuggets' second-leading scorer at 16.3 points per game. Their top scorer, Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) (16.7) is out indefinitely with a tear in his bruised right heel. The Nuggets, who haven't lost at home since Jan. 18 against Washington, entered the game third in the Western Conference in their quest for home-court advantage in the first round of the NBA playoffs, a task that will be a whole lot harder without Gallinari. The Mavericks are in a tight race with the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz for the eighth and final playoff spot, and they nearly came away with a signature win at the Pepsi Center, where the Nuggets improved to 34-3. Dallas was without big man Elton Brand because of a sore right calf that's been bothering him for a week. Coach Rick Carlisle said Brand's injury flared up in the team's loss to Indiana on March 28 and affected his play in subsequent games against the Bulls and Lakers, ''so we're going to sit him and try to get him right.'' The 13th-year pro is averaging 7.4 points and 6.1 rebounds. With Brewer filling in, the Nuggets, coming off a big win at Utah the night before, rallied after Gallinari went down and the teams went to the locker room tied at 47 at halftime. The Mavericks took a 77-70 led into the fourth quarter but the Nuggets chipped away. They pulled to 80-79 on Evan Fornier's three-point play with 8:59 left, but Wilson Chandler picked up his fifth foul, on the offensive end, and Denver blew several more chances to surge ahead. Finally, Iguodala's 3-pointer tied it at 86, but Andre Miller (22 points) botched an alley-oop pass to Iguodala for the go-ahead bucket and Chris Kaman scored at the other end for Dallas, which was led by Brandan Wright's 16 points. Miller's jumper while getting fouled pulled Denver to 94-93 with 1:48 left, but after the timeout, he missed the free throw. Dirk Nowitzki missed a turnaround jumper but blocked Iguodala's layup attempt with 35.6 seconds left. Nowitzki, however, turned the ball over and Kenneth Faried was fouled by Morrow with 9.8 seconds left. Faried missed both free throws, and Brewer grabbed the offensive rebound After a timeout, Iguodala drove the paint from the right side and scored a left-handed layup to give Denver a 95-94 lead with 2.8 seconds left. One more timeout. One more inbounds. One more chance for Brewer to come up big. Sure enough, he got a hand on Morrow's desperation shot at the buzzer that fell short. NOTES: Denver is one win shy of matching its franchise record 20-game home winning streak, set in 1984-85. ... The Nuggets' first lead came on Gallinari's jumper with 7:01 left in the first half. ... This marked the Mavericks' only visit to Denver this season. The teams play again in Dallas next week. Courtesy of: http://www.philstar.com

Brooklyn N. - Chicago B. 90-92
NEW YORK - Thursday night is why anybody thinking the Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis)-less Bulls will be an early playoff exit might want to reconsider. Down three starters and two rotation players to injury, the Bulls rallied from a 16-point deficit and stunned the Nets 92-90 at Barclays Center when Brook Lopez's jumper went in and out at the buzzer. Nate Robinson scored the go-ahead basket with 22.7 seconds remaining, Nazr Mohammed helped force a steal and blocked Lopez in the final minute and Carlos Boozer and Jimmy Butler provided multiple big plays. With eight games remaining, the Bulls pulled into a tie with the Hawks for fifth place and moved one game down in the loss column to the Nets in the Eastern Conference, which truly is the Leastern Conference this season given that the Nets currently sit in fourth place with home-court advantage for a first-round playoff series. This is one matchup the Bulls wouldn't mind seeing. "You guys have seen the mark of this team: We fight to the end," Boozer said. "We have some resilient guys in here. We just told ourselves to keep grinding and something would break." Robinson's go-ahead basket came in the lane after he also got credit for a steal on Lopez, whom Mohammed ably guarded. "I'm not afraid to take big shots if needed," Robinson said. Mohammed then blocked Lopez after Robinson's basket, and the Nets fouled Daequan Cook, who split two free throws with 5.5 seconds left. "I saw (Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois)) penetrate and Lopez cut to the basket," Mohammed said. "I just tried to get my body to him and keep him in jail, keep him under the basket. That way, I had an easier chance to block it." Boozer's seventh double-double in eight games featured 18 rebounds. Butler added 10 boards as the Bulls were plus-16 in rebounding. "I feel great, in a good rhythm," Boozer said. "I'm just playing off my teammates, being aggressive when needed." Williams, who fouled out Kirk Hinrich in Hinrich's second straight early exit after Tuesday's ejection at Washington, led the Nets with 30 points. Boozer's jumper with 94 seconds left pushed the Bulls ahead 86-85. But Joe Johnson, back after a five-game absence, sank a 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining off Williams' penetration for an 88-86 lead. After Boozer split two free throws, Williams powered home a tough move over Luol Deng in the lane with 52.9 seconds remaining. But Deng sank a jumper to keep the Bulls within one, setting up the final heroics. "The momentum switched in the third quarter," Boozer said. "We know (people) don't believe in us. But we believe in each other, man. We've had some close games. We just hope all this is building up to us winning close games in the playoffs. "We feel if we have everyone out there, we still have a chance to do something special." Courtesy of: http://www.chicagotribune.com



Clippers Sign Dajuan Summers for Rest of Season - by Eurobasket News

he Los Angeles Clippers announced today that they have signed forward DaJuan Summers (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgetown) for the rest of the season. Summers has appeared in two games for the Clippers, averaging 1.0 points and 1.0 rebounds in 3.5 minutes of action. The 26th GATORADE Call-Up of the 2012-13 season, Summers averaged 18.0 points and 7.6 rebounds in 33.1 minutes of action for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League this season over 29 games (16 starts). The 6'8" Georgetown product was the 35th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft as an early entrant candidate. He appeared in 81 games (7 starts) for the Detroit Pistons and New Orleans Hornets from 2009-2012, averaging 3.4 points and 1.0 rebounds in 10.0 minutes of action.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Wizards G Bradley Beal done for season with injury - by Eurobasket News

Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (6'3''-SG-93, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) will miss the rest of his rookie season with a right leg injury. The Wizards announced before their game at the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday that Beal has a stress injury in his right fibula and is expected to resume basketball-related activities in about six weeks. Entering Wednesday, Washington was 28-46, with eight games left in the regular season. 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. He earned Eastern Conference rookie of the month honors in December and January. Beal played 27 1/2 minutes in Washington's 90-86 victory over Chicago on Tuesday night, his second game back after missing time with a left ankle injury. He had been bothered by the right leg, too, and an MRI exam Wednesday showed the stress injury. Beal already had been sidelined for a total of 18 games this season: 11 because of the left ankle, five because of a sprained right wrist, and two because of a sore back. When healthy, Beal and point guard John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) - the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft - gave the Wizards a glimpse of what could be their backcourt of the future.
Courtesy of: goupstate.com



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Top 25 - Men

TOP25 Standings
 1. Indiana 29-7 (26-5) 
 2. Louisville 33-5 (29-5) 
 3. Kentucky 21-12 (21-11) 
 4. Ohio St. 29-8 (24-7) 
 5. Michigan 30-7 (25-6) 
 6. N.Carolina St. 24-11 (22-9) 
 7. Kansas 31-6 (29-5) 
 8. Duke 29-6 (27-4) 
 9. Syracuse 30-9 (26-9) 
 10. Florida 29-8 (27-7) 
 11. Arizona 27-8 (25-7) 
 12. N.Carolina 25-11 (22-10) 
 13. UCLA 25-10 (24-9) 
 14. Michigan St.