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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   



Angola debuts against Cape Verde - by Eurobasket

Angolan national team begins Afrobasket2013 with a game against Cape Verde on 20 August in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) in Group C.
According to the draw on Saturday, held in Abidjan, the Angolans will play on August 22 against Mozambicans and close the first round games facing Central Africans on August 24.
The selection will be announced in May, after the national championship is over. The Afrobasket is scheduled for 20-31 August in Ivory Coast.

Here are the groups of Afrobasket2013:

Group A: Ivory Coast, Egypt, Senegal, Algeria
Group B: Tunisia, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Morocco
Group C: Angola, Centraf Africa, Mozambique, Cape Verde
Group D: Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo, Mali



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  ANGOLA   


Angola debuts against Cape Verde - by Eurobasket

Angolan national team begins Afrobasket2013 with a game against Cape Verde on 20 August in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) in Group C.
According to the draw on Saturday, held in Abidjan, the Angolans will play on August 22 against Mozambicans and close the first round games facing Central Africans on August 24.
The selection will be announced in May, after the national championship is over. The Afrobasket is scheduled for 20-31 August in Ivory Coast.

Here are the groups of Afrobasket2013:

Group A: Ivory Coast, Egypt, Senegal, Algeria
Group B: Tunisia, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Morocco
Group C: Angola, Centraf Africa, Mozambique, Cape Verde
Group D: Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo, Mali



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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Lanus and Boca Juniors reach semis - by Eurobasket News

Atenas - Lanus 64-73

Lanus advanced into the semifinal stage with a road win over Atenas. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-64. Lanus dominated on the defensive end, holding Atenas to just 6 points in second quarter. It was an exceptional evening for American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. The former international point guard Bruno Labaque (180-77, agency: Interperformances) came up with 26 points and the former international swingman Matias Lescano (196-79) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Atenas in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Atenas: B.Labaque 26+2reb+2ast, M.Lescano 9+5reb+3ast, D.Guaita 8+5reb+3ast, D.Kante 8+3reb, A.Elsener 6+3reb, M.Fierro 6+3reb
Lanus: R.Battle 19+8reb+1ast, L.Perez 16+1reb, W.McFarlan 16+7reb+3ast, A.Boccia 9+6reb+1ast, N.Laprovittola 7+2reb+2ast, F.Martina 3+4reb
gschID: 238026


GECR Indalo - Regatas C. 98-78

GECR Indalo grabbed the first victory in the semifinal series versus Regatas Corrientes. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-78. GECR Indalo outrebounded Regatas Corrientes 35-22 including 21 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 65.2 percentage. It was a good game for American forward Jason Robinson (196-80, college: Pikeville) who led his team to a victory with 23 points. His fellow American import power forward Kahiem Seawright (203-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: Edge Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward Tony Washam (200-82, college: St.Vincent) answered with 14 points and the former international center Pedro I. Calderon (209-80) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Regatas Corrientes. Five GECR Indalo and four Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: T.Washam 14+4reb+2ast, P.I. Calderon 13+5reb+1ast, P.Quinteros 12+2reb, J.Meyinsse 10+1reb+1ast, J.Martinez 9+1reb+2ast, M.Gerlero 7+2reb
GECR Indalo: J.Robinson 23+2reb+3ast, S.Scala 15+1ast, D.Romero 13+5reb+5ast, K.Seawright 13+11reb, D.Jackson 11+4reb+4ast, P.Orlietti 10+8reb
gschID: 238025


Quimsa - Penarol 88-77

Quimsa avoided elimination with a narrow home win over Penarol. The game was mostly controlled by Quimsa. Penarol was better in second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-18 charity shots (94.4 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 8 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican guard Javier Mojica (190-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Paris Global Sports) helped adding 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Four Quimsa players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was international point guard Facundo Campazzo (179-91) with 18 points and the former international Marcos Mata (201-86) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Penarol: F.Campazzo 18+2reb+3ast, F.Giorgetti 14+3reb, M.Mata 11+9reb+2ast, S.Safar 9+1reb+2ast, L.Gutierrez 8+6reb+1ast, M.Ibarra 7+1reb+1ast
Quimsa: J.Baxter 24+8reb+3ast, J.Mojica 23+7reb+3ast, D.Lo Grippo 23+6reb, J.Williams 10+4reb+3ast, N.Aguirre 7+4reb+5ast, S.Vega 1+4reb+2ast
gschID: 238024


Argentino - Boca Jrs 70-80

Boca Juniors knocked down Argentino away from home to sweep the quarterfinal series. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 43-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Boca Juniors made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. International guard Federico Van Lacke (191-80) accounted for 18 points and 5 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) for the winning side. The former international point guard Nicolas De los Santos (180-88) came up with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and American forward Kavon Lytch (199-87, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Dream Team Management) added 16 points respectively for Argentino in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Argentino: K.Lytch 16+4reb, B.Carlwell 13+6reb, N.De los Santos 10+5reb+8ast, G.Luchino 10+4reb+1ast, J.Cangelosi 8+3reb, A.Weigand 5+3reb
Boca Jrs: J.DeGroat 21+6reb+1ast, F.Van Lacke 18+4reb+5ast, P.Hopson 15+4reb+1ast, D.Santiago 11+3reb, M.Stanic 8+1reb+3ast, F.Aguerre 5+4reb
gschID: 238023



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 13

Apr. 3: Satria Muda - Saigon H. 83-74
Apr. 5: Saigon H. - Thailand S. 75-90
Apr. 3: Thailand S. - KL Dragons 68-63
Apr. 6: Petron Blaze - Singapore S.



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Samokov will host Balkan League Final 4 in 2013 - by Maria Mitzova

Samokov will host the 2013 edition of Balkan League Final 4. One of the participating teams - Rilski sportist - will have the honor to organize the semifinal and the Final games from April 19th to 21st.

Rilski sportist is the first champion of the regional tournament, and Samokov was the host back then, to the debute Final 4 of the Balkan League, in 2009.

The decision about the host was taken on a Friday meeting between the Executive director of the Balkan League Mr. Asen Hristov and the Sports director Mr. Shay Shtriks. They weighed the two offers - from Rilski sportist and KK Kumanovo 2009 - and chose the Bulgarian option.

"After a lot of discussion and sharing of opinions Mr. Hristov agreed with the proposal of Mr. Shtriks because the league thinks that the president of BC Rilski Sportist Mr. Petar Georgiev supports the tournament and will continue to do so in the future. That was one of the reasons for this decisions which was by no means an easy one," says the official announcement on the Balkan League website. "Mr. Hristov and Mr. Georgiev both think good about basketball and the fact that BNT - the official TV partner of EUROHOLD Balkan League, will broadcast all four matches also influenced the decision. At the end of the day Mr. Shtriks managed to get the OK vote from Mr. Hristov and EUROHOLD Balkan League can officially announce that Samokov will host the Final 4 2013."

More information about the schedule, the clubs, the media and all the guests will be available after Monday.



Balkan League round 6 (Second Stage) best performance: Kenny Hayes - by Eurobasket News

American point guard Kenny Hayes (188-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Galil Gilboa, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (32 points, two rebounds and six assists) to as his team Galil Gilboa maintains the 2nd position in Balkan League First Six. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Galil Gilboa will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 10-4 record. In the team's last game Hayes had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Galil Gilboa's top player in his first season with the team. Former Miami University, Ohio star has very solid stats this year. Hayes is in league's top in assists (7th best: 3.9apg) and averages impressive 56.0% FGP and 48.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Vuk Malidzan (193-G-88) of OKK Beograd. Malidzan had a very good evening with a triple-double of 21 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. Bad luck as OKK Beograd was edged by slightly higher-ranked Mornar Bar (#-3, 4-8) 84-83. Despite lost game OKK Beograd moved up to -2th position in Last Four. 9 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories OKK Beograd managed to get this Second Stage. Malidzan is well-known at OKK Beograd and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) of Mornar Bar (#-3). Pavic scored 24 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Mornar Bar, leading his team to a 84-83 win against #-2 ranked OKK Beograd in a game of the week. The chances of Mornar Bar not to end season at such low position in Last Four, however are less than slim as they have already lost 8 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Pavic could try to bring Mornar Bar's a little bit higher in the standings. Pavic has a very solid season. In 11 games in Balkan League he scored 8.6ppg. He also has 5.8rpg and FGP: 58.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rakim Sanders (193-G-89) of Galil Gilboa - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ivan Marinkovic (208-F/C-93) of OKK Beograd - 28 points and 8 rebounds
6. Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) of Levski Sofia - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91) of Mornar Bar - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Mladen Pantic (209-C-82) of Levski Sofia - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. David Tairu (191-G-86) of Kavala - 16 points and 4 assists
10. Kieron Achara (208-PF-83) of Kavala - 20 points and 7 rebounds

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



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Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
Championship
 1. Grodno-93 28-1 
 2. Sozh Gomel 20-9 
 3. Svisloch 12-17 
 4. Rubon 12-17 
Play-Out
 1. Impuls BGUIR 12-17 
 2. Tsmoki-Minsk II 11-17 
 3. Borisfen 6-23 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 5

Championship

Apr. 5: Sozh Gomel - Rubon 95-77
Apr. 5: Grodno-93 - Svisloch 92-78

Play-Out

Apr. 5: Tsmoki-Minsk II - Impuls BGUIR 51-76
Apr. 6: Tsmoki-Minsk II - Impuls BGUIR


Recap for April 5th games - by Valeryi Sobalevsky

SOZH-RUBON 95-77

An exciting game was played in Gomel. Second ranked Sozh Gomel faced 4th ranked Rubon. Hosts from Sozh (20-12) defeated guests Rubon (12-17)
Sozh was ahead 34-13 after first quarter, Second and third quarter won Rubon. (20-27 and 15-21) but forth quarter and match won Sozh.

Worth to mention a good game players of Sozh D.Hodov who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 11 rebounds and K.Sitnik contributed with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 ast for the winners. And S.Dadykin contributed 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 ast.

At Rubon, A.Kachan scored 20 points (realized 6 from 11 3pt attempts, E,Potuphik contributed with 14 points.3 rebounds and 4 assist.

Sozh maintains second position in League with 20-9 record. Rubon keeps the third place with 12-17.

Next games: Sozh will play with Grodno-93 in Grodno ( 9 april). Rubon will play with Svisloch at home (9 april)

Top scorers:

Sozh: Hodov 23+11reb +5 ast K.Sitnik: 20 pts, 6 reb. +6 ast. Dadykin 19 +8 reb +2ast
Rubon: Kachan 20 + 1 reb +1ast. Potupchik 14 +3reb + 4ast +4 stl. Akulich 12 + 4 reb + 4stl

GRODNO 93 SVISLOCH 92-78

An exciting game was played in Grodno . First ranked Grodno-93 faced 4th ranked Svisloch. Grodno (28-1) defeated guests from Osipovichi (12-17).

Grodno was ahead by 13 points after halfgame. And held their advantages for final game.
Very good games showed expirienses players from Grodno (V.Sharko and D.Kuzmin)

V.Sharko scored 27 points and 6 rebounds. D.Kuzmin scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4assists. And also A.Mostov who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 10 rebounds. I. Sharipov (from Svispoch) recording 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 ast. M.Adam Konate didnt play in this game.

Svislosh will have very important game versus Rubon ( 9 april in Vitebsk) because in this game will be decited which team will have advantage a homecourt in play-off

Top scorers:

Grodno-93: Sharko 27pts + 6 reb + 4 stl D.Kuzmin 16pts + 5reb + +4ast + 3 stl
Svisloch: Sharipov 19 pts + 3 reb+ 2ast , A. Dolenko 13 pts + 7 reb + 2 ast

TSMOKI MINSK 2 IMPULS BGUIR 76-51

An exciting game was played in Minsk. Tsmoki and Impuls decided which team will play in play-off. It was principal game. Impuls have won all quarters. And won game 76-51.

G.Zahar (leader of Impuls) scored 16 pts , 9 rebounds and 6 steals, N.Fokeev and K. Volodkin contributed with 13 points. In Trsmoki -2 S.Krysevich made 26 pts and 12 rebounds. It was half of all team points.

The next important play of these teams will be held April 6. and if the Impuls to win, they get into the playoffs.

Top scorers:

Tsmoki-Minsk-2: V. Krisevish 26 pts +12 reb
Impuls-BGUIR: G. Zakhar 16 + 9reb + 6 stl , Fokeev 13 pts + 3 stl , Volodkin 13 pts + 3 stl





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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Spirou 15-7 
 2. Oostende 15-7 
 3. M.Hainaut 14-8 
 4. Aalstar 14-8 
 5. Antwerp 12-10 
 6. Leuven 7-14 
 7. Liege 7-15 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 4-19 

Regular Season: Round 23

Apr. 5: Spirou - Verviers-Pep. 88-71
Apr. 6: Leuven - M.Hainaut
Apr. 6: Oostende - Liege
Apr. 6: Antwerp - Aalstar


Standings - Division II

Division II Standings
 1. Houthalen 21-6 
 2. Gembo BBC 19-7 
 3. Kangor.-Boom 19-7 
 4. Sint-Jan Ant. 16-10 
 5. St-Niklase 16-10 
 6. CEP Fleurus 16-10 
 7. Waregem 15-12 
 8. Gent Dragons 12-14 
 9. M.Hainaut II 12-14 
 10. Tongeren 12-15 
 11. Sprimont 11-15 
 12. Excelsior 11-15 
 13. Oudenaarde 9-17 
 14. Giants II 4-22 
 15. Essor Charleroi 3-22 

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 5: Point Chaud - Excelsior 86-68
Apr. 6: St-Niklase - Tongeren
Apr. 6: Sint-Jan Ant. - Waregem
Apr. 6: Kangor.-Boom - M.Hainaut II
Apr. 7: Essor Charleroi - Giants II
Apr. 7: Gembo BBC - CEP Fleurus
Apr. 7: Houthalen - Oudenaarde



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  BOSNIA   


Aleksej Nesovic celebrate the title abroad - by Eurobasket News

Aleksej Nesovic (189-PG-85, agency: Beo Basket) celebrate the title in Cyprus. The Bosnian and Herzegovinian player decently contributed to the Final win in the series for his team. After fifteen years the team of PEtrolina AEK Larnakas is returning back to the titles after beating for a third time the team of CytaVision Apoel and succeeded to win the league after the 3-1 in the final series.
In Game 3 AEK won 76:71. Dion Dixon was tonight the MVP of the game with his 20 points , 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
CytaVision Apoel started with 22-20 and led 4 points at the halftime. AEK grabbed the lead in the third period and closed the quarter at 57:51. They managed to hold off the opponents and celebrated a 76:71 victory.
Aleksej Nesovic started 2012-2013 season for OKK Beograd (Serbia-A League, starting five) and in Serbian A League averaged 13.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.2apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 58.6%, 3FGP: 10.8%, FT: 82.9%. In Balkan League after 6 games he showed 11.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.3apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 29.4%, FT: 69.2%. In Feb.'13 moved to Petrolina AEK Larnaca (Cyprus-Division A) and in 7 games showed 2.3ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.0apg.



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. Flamengo 28-3 
 2. Brasilia 26-5 
 3. Bauru 23-10 
 4. Uberlandia 22-9 
 5. Pinheiros/Sky 21-10 
 6. S.Jose/Unimed 19-12 
 7. Paulistano 16-17 
 8. Minas 15-16 
 9. Basquete Cearense 15-16 
 10. Liga Sorocaba 15-18 
 11. Limeira 14-18 
 12. Palmeiras 11-22 
 13. Mogi das Cruzes 11-22 
 14. Joinville 10-22 
 15. Franca 9-8 
 16. Vila Velha 9-22 
 17. Tijuca TC 5-26 
 18. Suzano 4-27 

Regular Season: Round 35

Apr. 4: Paulistano - Flamengo 93-94
Apr. 4: Palmeiras - Joinville 92-86
Apr. 4: Mogi das Cruzes - Brasilia 91-96
Apr. 4: Suzano - Limeira 80-81
Apr. 4: Vila Velha - Bauru 79-88
Apr. 4: Minas - Liga Sorocaba 78-76
Apr. 4: S.Jose/Unimed - Basquete Cearense 76-87

Round 29

Mar. 31: Basquete Cearense - Suzano 96-61

Round 31

Apr. 4: Pinheiros/Sky - Brasilia 92-89
Apr. 4: Limeira - Tijuca TC 91-75

Regular Season: Round 36

Apr. 6: Mogi das Cruzes - Basquete Cearense
Apr. 6: S.Jose/Unimed - Brasilia
Apr. 6: Minas - Bauru
Apr. 6: Pinheiros/Sky - Flamengo
Apr. 6: Paulistano - Tijuca TC
Apr. 6: Palmeiras - Limeira
Apr. 6: Suzano - Joinville
Apr. 6: Vila Velha - Liga Sorocaba

Round 29

Apr. 8: Flamengo - Tijuca TC

Round 30

Apr. 11: Franca - Pinheiros/Sky

Round 33

Apr. 8: Limeira - Joinville
Apr. 9: Franca - S.Jose/Unimed
Apr. 10: Flamengo - Suzano
Apr. 11: Brasilia - Minas
Apr. 11: Basquete Cearense - Vila Velha


NBB Round 35: Flamengo defeats Paulistano in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

Seventh-ranked Paulistano (16-17) gave a tough game to first ranked Flamengo (28-3) in Sao Paolo on Thursday. The visitors from Rio de Janeiro managed to secure only one-point victory 94-93. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 29-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Flamengo especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.3 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Flamengo made 10 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Paulistano helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for the former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 5 assists. Ghanian point guard Kojo Mensah (185-85, college: Duquesne, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 15 points and 5 assists. The former international guard Andre Luiz Brugger (192-81) responded with 22 points. Paulistano's coach Gustavo Conti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Flamengo have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 28-3 record. Paulistano at the other side keeps the seventh position with 17 games lost. Flamengo are looking forward to face Pinheiros (#5) in Sao Paolo in the next round. Paulistano will play at home against Tijuca TC in Rio de Janeiro and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Sao Paolo. Fifth ranked Pinheiros (21-10) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-ranked Brasilia (26-5) 92-89 on Thursday evening. It was an exceptional evening for American Joe Smith (192-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 5 assists. Mineiro Ferreira accounted for 20 points and 7 rebounds. International forward Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80, agency: Interperformances) came up with 21 points and 6 assists for Brasilia in the defeat. Pinheiros have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 21-10 record. Defending champion Brasilia keeps the second position with five games lost. Pinheiros will play against league's leader Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Brasilia will play on the road against Sao Jose/Vinac and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Eighteenth-ranked Suzano (4-27) gave a tough game to eleventh ranked Winner/Limeira (14-18) in Sao Paulo on Thursday. The visitors from Limeira managed to secure only one-point victory 81-80. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Helio Vitor Lima who scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Winner/Limeira's coach Demetrius Ferraciu used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Jefferson Campos produced 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for the hosts. Winner/Limeira maintains eleventh place with 14-18 record. Suzano lost their sixth game in a row. They stay dead last with 27 lost games. Winner/Limeira will meet Palmeiras (#12) in the next round. Suzano will play against Joinville (#14) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Belo Horizonte. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Liga Sorocaba (15-18) to ninth ranked Minas (15-16) 78-76 on Thursday evening. Jermaine Beal orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 6 assists. Liga Sorocaba's coach Rinaldo Rodrigues tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Minas moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Basquete Cearense. Liga Sorocaba lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with 18 games lost. Minas' next round opponent will be higher ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Liga Sorocaba will play against Vila Velha (#16).
An interesting game took place in Sao Jose where higher ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (19-12) was upset on its own court by tenth ranked SKY/Basquete (15-16) 87-76 on Thursday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sao Jose/Vinac. It was a great evening for Felipe Ribeiro who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). SKY/Basquete's coach Alberto Bial allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. SKY/Basquete moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Minas. Loser Sao Jose/Vinac keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. SKY/Basquete will face Mogi (#13) in Mogi das Cruzes in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 35: Joinville lost to Palmeiras on the opponent's court 86-92. Vila Velha unfortunately lost to Bauru in a home game 79-88. Brasilia managed to beat Mogi das Cruzes on the road 96-91. Basquete Cearense crushed Suzano on its own court 96-61. Tijuca TC was beaten by Limeira in a road game 91-75.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 32 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks by Guilherme Filipin of Mogi das Cruzes.


S.Jose/Unimed - Basquete Cearense 76-87

An interesting game took place in Sao Jose where higher ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (19-12) was upset on its own court by tenth ranked SKY/Basquete (15-16) 87-76 on Thursday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sao Jose/Vinac. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 51-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. SKY/Basquete shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when SKY/Basquete made 9 blocks. It was a great evening for the former international forward Felipe Ribeiro (201-79) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international swingman Andre Bresolin (195-87) helped adding 13 points and 8 assists. SKY/Basquete's coach Alberto Bial allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international power forward Murilo Becker (210-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Chandler Chaves (202-92) scored 16 points. Five SKY/Basquete and four Sao Jose/Vinac players scored in double figures. SKY/Basquete moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Minas. Loser Sao Jose/Vinac keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. SKY/Basquete will face Mogi (#13) in Mogi das Cruzes in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Basquete Cearense: F.Ribeiro 23+4reb+1ast, M.Costa 18+2reb+3ast, A.Bresolin 13+3reb+8ast, R.Klafke 13+5reb+2ast, W.Drudi 12+2reb+1ast, G.Schneider 5
S.Jose/Unimed: M.Becker 21+10reb+5ast, A.Laws 17+1reb, C.Chaves 16+4reb, D.Stefanelli 11+5reb+1ast, F.de Assis 7+2reb+6ast, E.Camilo 4+3reb
gschID: 229360


Palmeiras - Joinville 92-86

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Sao Paulo where 13th ranked Joinville (10-22) was defeated by fourteenth ranked Palmeiras (11-22) 92-86 on Thursday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Palmeiras made 8 blocks. It was a great evening for American forward Antwaine Wiggins (200-88, college: Charleston, agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Tiago Lima (201-81) helped adding 17 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Victor De Souza (182-92) responded with 24 points and forward Durval Prado (200-92) scored 13 points and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Palmeiras moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Mogi das Cruzes. Loser Joinville dropped to the fourteenth position with 22 games lost. Palmeiras will face higher ranked Winner/Limeira (#11) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Joinville will play against Suzano in Sao Paulo.
Top scorers:
Palmeiras: A.Wiggins 20+5reb+3ast, T.Lima 17+6reb, M.Vinicius 12+2reb+2ast, G.Scaglia 11, A.Pecos 11+2reb+2ast, T.Curnell 11+3reb+5ast
Joinville: V.De Souza 24+3reb+2ast, V.Telo 15+4reb+1ast, R.Scholz 14+3reb+1ast, D.Prado 13+4reb+6ast, T.Mathias 6+12reb+2ast, R.Probst 5+4reb
gschID: 229365


Paulistano - Flamengo 93-94

Seventh-ranked Paulistano (16-17) gave a tough game to first ranked Flamengo (28-3) in Sao Paolo on Thursday. The visitors from Rio de Janeiro managed to secure only one-point victory 94-93. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 29-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Flamengo especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.3 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Flamengo made 10 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Paulistano helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for the former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 5 assists. Ghanian point guard Kojo Mensah (185-85, college: Duquesne, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 15 points and 5 assists. The former international guard Andre Luiz Brugger (192-81) responded with 22 points and forward Alex Oliveira (194-83) scored 17 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Paulistano's coach Gustavo Conti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Flamengo have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 28-3 record. Paulistano at the other side keeps the seventh position with 17 games lost. Flamengo are looking forward to face Pinheiros (#5) in Sao Paolo in the next round. Paulistano will play at home against Tijuca TC in Rio de Janeiro and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Flamengo: M.Vieira 27+3reb+5ast, K.Mensah 15+3reb+5ast, C.Silveira 12+1reb+2ast, E.Machado 12+1reb+1ast, O.Rodriguez 11+8reb+2ast, V.Benite 10+2reb+1ast
Paulistano: A.Luiz Brugger 22+2reb+3ast, A.Oliveira 17+4reb+3ast, P.Lima 14+3reb+2ast, S.Toyloy 13+7reb+2ast, W.Mattos 10+8reb, E.Corazza 9+3reb+6ast
gschID: 229364


Minas - Liga Sorocaba 78-76

A very interesting game took place in Belo Horizonte. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Liga Sorocaba (15-18) to ninth ranked Minas (15-16) 78-76 on Thursday evening. Liga Sorocaba was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 23-16 charge of Minas, which allowed them to win the game. They made 24-of-29 charity shots (82.8 percent) during the game. American guard Jermaine Beal (191-87, college: Vanderbilt) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 6 assists. Center Douglas Nunes (201-87) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Minas players scored in double figures. Guard Arlindo Neto (187-86) answered with 16 points and American guard Desmond Holloway (190-88, college: Co.Carolina) added 15 points in the effort for Liga Sorocaba. Liga Sorocaba's coach Rinaldo Rodrigues tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Minas moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Basquete Cearense. Liga Sorocaba lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with 18 games lost. Minas' next round opponent will be higher ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Liga Sorocaba will play against Vila Velha (#16).
Top scorers:
Minas: B.Nardi Duarte 17+3reb+3ast, J.Beal 16+3reb+6ast, D.Nunes 14+7reb+3ast, R.Pinto 12+6reb+2ast, P.Crosby 10+3reb+2ast, H.Coelho 7+1reb
Liga Sorocaba: A.Neto 16+4reb+2ast, D.Holloway 15+4reb, K.Dawkins 10+3reb+4ast, E.Soro 9+1reb, R.de Bem 9+2ast, D.Conti 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 229363


Vila Velha - Bauru 79-88

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (23-10) defeated on the road 16th ranked Vila Velha (9-22) 88-79 on Thursday. Vila Velha trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 19-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-88 at the end of the game. Paschoalotto/Bauru shot 66.0 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. It was a great evening for international forward Guilherme Pereira (190-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). International guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC) helped adding 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Paschoalotto/Bauru players scored in double figures. American guard Benzor Simmons (196-88, college: Tenn-Martin) responded with 30 points and guard Alexandre Pinheiro (185-85) scored 14 points and 5 assists. The victory was the third consecutive win for Paschoalotto/Bauru. They moved-up to third place. Vila Velha lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the sixteenth position with 22 games lost. Paschoalotto/Bauru will face Minas (#8) in Belo Horizonte in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Vila Velha will play at home against Liga Sorocaba (#10) in Sorocabana.
Top scorers:
Bauru: G.Pereira 23+2reb+1ast, L.Taylor 18+4reb+3ast, D.Coleman 13+6reb+2ast, R.Fischer 13+4reb+5ast, A.de Sousa 7+2reb+1ast, P.Alves 7+1reb
Vila Velha: B.Simmons 30+4reb+1ast, A.Pinheiro 14+3reb+5ast, C.Santos 10+2reb+1ast, D.Costa 8+5reb+3ast, J.Parker 7+2reb+1ast, E.Araujo Gorges 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 229362


Mogi das Cruzes - Brasilia 91-96

Not a big story in a game in Mogi das Cruzes where 12th ranked Mogi (11-22) was defeated by second ranked Brasilia (26-5) 96-91 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-91. Brasilia made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Brasilia made 9 blocks. It was a great evening for the former international swingman Arthur Silva (198-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points. The former international center Paulo Prestes (210-88) helped adding 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Brasilia players scored in double figures. Swingman Guilherme Filipin (191-83) responded with 32 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) and the former international center Babby Araujo (211-80, college: BYU) scored 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Defending champion maintains second place with 26-5 record having just two points less than leader Flamengo. Mogi lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 22 games lost. Brasilia will face Sao Jose/Vinac (#6) on the road in the next round. Mogi will play against SKY/Basquete (#9) in Aldeota.
Top scorers:
Brasilia: A.Silva 26+2reb+1ast, P.Prestes 15+9reb, W.Dos Santos 13+6ast, G.Giovannoni 13+6reb+3ast, F.dos Santos 9+2reb+1ast, R.Reis 8+5reb
Mogi das Cruzes: G.Filipin 32+5reb+4ast, B.Araujo 24+7reb+3ast, T.Gehrke 18+8reb+2ast, E.Caviglia 6+3ast, C.Ranches 5, P.Patekoski 3+2ast
gschID: 229361


Suzano - Limeira 80-81

Eighteenth-ranked Suzano (4-27) gave a tough game to eleventh ranked Winner/Limeira (14-18) in Sao Paulo on Thursday. The visitors from Limeira managed to secure only one-point victory 81-80. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Winner/Limeira made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Helio Vitor Lima (184-81) who scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Daniel Castellar (202-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Five Winner/Limeira players scored in double figures. Winner/Limeira's coach Demetrius Ferraciu used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Jefferson Campos (190-91) produced 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks and forward Eric Soares (205-86) added 6 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Winner/Limeira maintains eleventh place with 14-18 record. Suzano lost their sixth game in a row. They stay dead last with 27 lost games. Winner/Limeira will meet Palmeiras (#12) in the next round. Suzano will play against Joinville (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Limeira: H.Vitor Lima 23+5reb+4ast, R.Ramon 16+1reb+3ast, D.Castellar 14+12reb, D.Pinheiro 13+4reb+3ast, O.Carter 10+4reb+2ast, G.Hubner 3+1reb
Suzano: J.Campos 34+7reb+4ast, R.Da Silva 10+2reb+1ast, A.Pizzolato 9+1reb+1ast, J.Felipe Vianna 6+4reb+1ast, E.Soares 6+6reb+2ast, I.Tracci 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 229358


Round 29
Basquete Cearense - Suzano 96-61

Everything went according to plan in Aldeota where tenth ranked SKY/Basquete (15-16) outscored bottom-ranked Suzano (4-27) 96-61 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by SKY/Basquete. Suzano was better in fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SKY/Basquete dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Suzano's 28. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Suzano's players. It was a great evening for the former international forward Felipe Ribeiro (201-79) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Swingman Jimmy de Oliveira (189-90) helped adding 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). SKY/Basquete's coach Alberto Bial felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Nilson Santana (203-90, college: Montana St.-N.) responded with 8 points and 10 rebounds and guard Jefferson Campos (190-91) scored 7 points and 6 rebounds. SKY/Basquete moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Minas. Suzano lost their sixth game in a row. They stay dead last with 27 lost games. SKY/Basquete will face Mogi (#13) in Mogi das Cruzes in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Suzano will play at home against Joinville (#14).
Top scorers:
Basquete Cearense: J.de Oliveira 20+1reb, M.Costa 13+2reb+5ast, F.Ribeiro 13+6reb+4ast, G.Schneider 11+1reb+1ast, A.Bresolin 9+4reb+4ast, R.Klafke 7+1reb+1ast
Suzano: R.Da Silva 12+2reb, N.Santana 8+10reb, J.Campos 7+6reb+2ast, I.Tracci 7+1reb, E.Soares 6+3reb, C.Sebastiao 6+3reb
gschID: 236197


Round 31
Limeira - Tijuca TC 91-75

There was no surprise when 17th ranked Tijuca TC (5-26) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Winner/Limeira (14-18) 91-75 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Winner/Limeira. Tijuca TC was better in fourth quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Winner/Limeira made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Winner/Limeira made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for center Daniel Castellar (202-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. The former international swingman Diego Pinheiro (195-80) helped adding 12 points. Winner/Limeira's coach Demetrius Ferraciu used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Marcellus Camara (190-88) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Cesar Araujo (201-81) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Four Winner/Limeira and five Tijuca TC players scored in double figures. Winner/Limeira maintains eleventh place with 14-18 record. Loser Tijuca TC keeps the seventeenth position with 26 games lost. Winner/Limeira will face Palmeiras (#12) in Sao Paulo in the next round. Tijuca TC will play on the road against Paulistano (#7) in Sao Paolo.
Top scorers:
Limeira: H.Vitor Lima 16+3reb, D.Barba 13+2ast, D.Pinheiro 12+4reb+3ast, D.Castellar 11+14reb, O.Carter 8+6reb+3ast, G.Hubner 8+4reb+2ast
Tijuca TC: C.Araujo 13+10reb, M.Camara 13+8reb+3ast, R.Bishop 12+1reb+2ast, R.Leichtweis 12+2reb+1ast, F.Lima 10+3reb+3ast, A.Filho 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 237287


Pinheiros/Sky - Brasilia 92-89

Important game to mention about took place in Sao Paolo. Fifth ranked Pinheiros (21-10) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-ranked Brasilia (26-5) 92-89 on Thursday evening. It looked good early as Brasilia took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Pinheiros had a 32-20 second period charge getting the lead and Brasilia was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 89-92. Pinheiros made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Brasilia was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American Joe Smith (192-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 5 assists. The former international power forward Mineiro Ferreira (208-88) accounted for 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. International forward Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80, agency: Interperformances) came up with 21 points and 6 assists and international guard Alex Ribeiro (191-80, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Brasilia in the defeat. Five Pinheiros and four Brasilia players scored in double figures. Pinheiros have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 21-10 record. Defending champion Brasilia keeps the second position with five games lost. Pinheiros will play against league's leader Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Brasilia will play on the road against Sao Jose/Vinac and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros/Sky: J.Smith 26+2reb+5ast, M.Ferreira 20+7reb+2ast, S.Stallworth 16+3reb+3ast, B.Fiorotto 12+7reb+1ast, P.Boracini 12+4reb+5ast, M.Dornelles 4+3reb
Brasilia: G.Giovannoni 21+4reb+6ast, R.Reis 18+5reb, A.Silva 16+5reb, A.Ribeiro 16+9reb+4ast, W.Dos Santos 9+3reb+1ast, I.Goncalves 4+2reb
gschID: 237286



Brazilian NBB round 35 best performance: Marquinhos Vieira - by Eurobasket News

Former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) had a very impressive game in the last round for top-ranked Flamengo, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 35.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, three rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Paulistano (#7, 16-17) 94-93. It allowed Flamengo to consolidate first place in the Brazilian NBB. Flamengo has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 28-3. In the team's last game Vieira had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Flamengo's top player in his first season with the team. Marquinhos Vieira has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.6ppg. Vieira is in league's top in and averages impressive 1.3bpg,64.5% FGP and 43.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Guilherme Filipin (191-G/F-83) of Mogi das Cruzes. Filipin had a very good evening with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Mogi das Cruzes lost that game 91-96 to the higher-ranked Brasilia (#2, 26-5). This loss caused Mogi das Cruzes to drop to 13th position in . His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-22 record. Filipin is well-known at Mogi das Cruzes and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Jefferson Campos (190-G-91) of Suzano (#18). Campos got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds and four assists. Despite Campos' great performance Suzano lost 80-81 to the higher-ranked Limeira (#11, 14-18). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Suzano can only dream about fighting for top spots in . They have extremely bad season and 4-27 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Campos he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Campos has individually a great season in Brazil. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.3apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) of S.Jose/Unimed - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Benzor Simmons (196-G-88) of Vila Velha - 30 points and 4 rebounds
6. Babby Araujo (211-C-80) of Mogi das Cruzes - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Joe Smith (192-SG-77) of Pinheiros/Sky - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Helio Vitor Lima (184-PG-81) of Limeira - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Daniel Castellar (202-C-83) of Limeira - 11 points and 14 rebounds
10. Felipe Ribeiro (201-F-79) of Basquete Cearense - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Samokov will host Balkan League Final 4 in 2013 - by Maria Mitzova

Samokov will host the 2013 edition of Balkan League Final 4. One of the participating teams - Rilski sportist - will have the honor to organize the semifinal and the Final games from April 19th to 21st.

Rilski sportist is the first champion of the regional tournament, and Samokov was the host back then, to the debute Final 4 of the Balkan League, in 2009.

The decision about the host was taken on a Friday meeting between the Executive director of the Balkan League Mr. Asen Hristov and the Sports director Mr. Shay Shtriks. They weighed the two offers - from Rilski sportist and KK Kumanovo 2009 - and chose the Bulgarian option.

"After a lot of discussion and sharing of opinions Mr. Hristov agreed with the proposal of Mr. Shtriks because the league thinks that the president of BC Rilski Sportist Mr. Petar Georgiev supports the tournament and will continue to do so in the future. That was one of the reasons for this decisions which was by no means an easy one," says the official announcement on the Balkan League website. "Mr. Hristov and Mr. Georgiev both think good about basketball and the fact that BNT - the official TV partner of EUROHOLD Balkan League, will broadcast all four matches also influenced the decision. At the end of the day Mr. Shtriks managed to get the OK vote from Mr. Hristov and EUROHOLD Balkan League can officially announce that Samokov will host the Final 4 2013."

More information about the schedule, the clubs, the media and all the guests will be available after Monday.



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Standings

DPB Standings
 1. Bambuqueros 17-6 
 2. Bucaros 16-7 
 3. Piratas 13-10 
 4. Once Caldas 13-10 
 5. Academia 13-10 
 6. Aguilas 9-14 
 7. Caribbean Heat 7-16 
 8. Halcones 4-19 

Regular Season: Round 23

Apr. 5: Piratas - Once Caldas 96-89
Apr. 5: Aguilas - Halcones 93-73
Apr. 5: Bucaros - Bambuqueros 80-95
Apr. 5: Academia - Caribbean Heat 111-99

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 6: Academia - Caribbean Heat
Apr. 6: Aguilas - Halcones
Apr. 6: Bucaros - Bambuqueros
Apr. 6: Piratas - Once Caldas


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

32-year old forward Cesar Cortes (201-F-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for Once Caldas and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 31 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Halcones (#8, 4-18) 94-89. Once Caldas maintains the 3rd position in Colombian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Once Caldas will need more victories to improve their 13-9 record. Cortes just recently signed at Once Caldas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Cortes has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 6.4rpg) and averages solid 53.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Tyrone Rayson (198-F-80) of Aguilas. He is American forward in his first season at Aguilas. In the last game Rayson recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Aguilas cruised to a 90-81 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Bambuqueros (#1, 16-6). Aguilas' 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-14 record. Rayson is one of the most experienced players at Aguilas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.3ppg (#3). He also registered 6.9 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Aguilas' star - guard Eddy Mayfield (185-G-81). Mayfield showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, five rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was another key player of Aguilas, helping his team with a 90-81 win against the higher-ranked Bambuqueros (#1, 16-6). The chances of Aguilas not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Mayfield could try to bring Aguilas' a little bit higher in the standings. Mayfield has individually a great season in Colombia. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.5apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) of Piratas - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Darrin Dorsey (188-PG) of Bambuqueros - 30 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Courtney Nelson (186-G-85) of Halcones - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Cesar Chavez Jacobo (196-PG-85) of Academia - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Daniel Northern (206-F/C-85) of Halcones - 17 points and 16 rebounds
9. Edgar Moreno (190-G-81) of Piratas - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Quentin Smith (205-C-77) of Aguilas - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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KK Zagreb owes money to Kasun - by Dajana Karl

KK Zagreb and their ex-player Mario Kasun (213-C-80) are currently facing some issues which are unreceived salaries from the seasons of 2010/2011 and 2011/2012.

For the Croatian tportal.hr Kasun said: "KK Zagreb owes me 637, 000 EUR, and through my agent Aco Raskovic the contract was negotiated and signed after talks with the leaders of the club, the president Davor Jelavic and vice president Tomislav Karamarko. They told me how they have the money and how it will all be sorted out as agreed. I wasn't forcing anyone to offer me that much money. I had an offer from Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv for two seasons, but I wanted to get back in Croatian basketball and in two seasons, near the end of my carrier, I really gave it all of me. We won two trophies and ever since I left the team in the summer of 2012 I've patiently waited for the debt to be paid, but so far nothing. Slowly, I'm losing my patience because no one from the club is answering the phone. I know that in Croatia the situation is difficult, I don't want to go to the court, but if something doesn't get resolved soon I will be forced to do so. My lawyer is ready."

Kasun is also ready for an agreement: "I just want a meeting I would have agreed on payment in installments, and in these 637, 000 euros that they owe, I didn't include bonus for winning the trophies even though I have the right. I don't need a bonus. I don't even need the interests, I just want my money!"

When asked about this issue, KK Zagreb's president Davor Jelavic answered: "I don't understand. We are in the club every day for 12 hours or longer. We are very much available, I've tried to reach him myself today. These are stories for young children."

Davor Jelavic is not stopping there, so he continues: "Sometimes we should face the truth. I'm asking you how many games did Mario actually play with KK Zagreb in two seasons? We won the championship and the cup with him, we played Euroleague, but we should ask whether he earned this money?"





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Petrolina AEK is the new champion - by Eurobasket News

Petrolina AEK Larnaca made until the end and celebrates their very first champion after the merger of Pezoporikos and EPA. As Pezoporikos has another four championships.
In the game 4 of the series Petrolina AEK Larnaca won Cytavision Apoel Nicosia 76-71 and finishes the series with a 3-1 record.
Quarter: 22-20, 39-35, 51-57, 71-76
Cytavision Apoel Nicosia:Troupe 13 (1), Mokongo 10, Neophytou 2, Chan 2, Kremmen 5 (1), Stiggers 14 (2), Morrison 11, Wells 13 (1), Davis 1
Petrolina AEK Larnaca:Tutt 14 (1), Dion Dixon (190-G-89, college: Cincinnati) 20 (5), Cvetinovic 1, Subotic 6, Garcia 4, Kakiouzis 8, Fisher 6, Panteli 8 (1), Harrisson 9



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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


Wilson's 26 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old forward Jeremiah Wilson (203-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for NH Ostrava and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 26 points adding nine rebounds and three assists for NH Ostrava in his team's victory, helping them to crush BC Kolin (#5, 18-14) with 20-point margin 95-75. NH Ostrava is placed at 3rd position in Czech Republic league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. NH Ostrava will need more victories to improve their 19-13 record. In the team's last game Wilson had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Jeremiah Wilson averages this season 11.0ppg and 6.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Matej Venta (188-PG-84) of Group A2 top-ranked J.Hradec. He is Slovenian guard in his first season at J.Hradec. In the last game Venta recorded impressive 31 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as J.Hradec lost that game 88-96 to the higher-ranked B&W Opava (#-3, 15-21). Despite lost game J.Hradec moved up to 1st position in A2. 26 lost games are too many comparing to just ten victories J.Hradec managed to get this Second Stage. Venta is one of the most experienced players at J.Hradec and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward John Fields (205-F-88) of Chomutov (#-2). Fields scored 22 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Fields' great performance Chomutov lost 74-86 to #-4 ranked USK Praha. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Chomutov not to end season at such low position in A2, however are less than slim as they have already lost 23 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Fields could try to bring Chomutov's a little bit higher in the standings. Fields has individually a great season in Czech Republic. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 10.3rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 66.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jakub Blazek (203-F-80) of B&W Opava - 23 points and 11 rebounds
5. Andrew Naymick (209-C-85) of CEZ Nymburk - 13 points and 12 rebounds
6. Michael Deloach (183-PG-86) of Svitavy - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Travis Nelson (208-C-87) of BK Pardubice - 23 points and 9 rebounds
8. Thaddeus McFadden (188-G-87) of Usti n/Labem - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Emanuel Ubilla (188-G-86) of BC Kolin - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Brad Reese (199-F-88) of Usti n/Labem - 20 points and 8 rebounds

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



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 32-17 
 2. Canton C. 29-20 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 27-22 
 4. Maine RC 26-23 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 25-24 
 6. Erie Bay H. 25-24 
 7. Springfield A. 18-31 
 8. Iowa E. 13-36 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 35-14 
 2. Rio Grande VV 34-15 
 3. Austin T. 27-22 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 26-23 
 5. Los Angeles D. 21-28 
 6. Texas L. 20-29 
 7. Idaho S. 18-31 
 8. Reno B. 16-33 

Regular Season: Round 70

Apr. 5: Erie Bay H. - Maine RC 99-110
Apr. 5: Idaho S. - Los Angeles D. 125-101
Apr. 5: Texas L. - Springfield A. 115-111
Apr. 5: Sioux Falls S. - Ft.Wayne MA 112-125
Apr. 5: Rio Grande VV - Austin T. 112-104
Apr. 5: Bakersfield J. - Santa Cruz W. 109-102
Apr. 5: Reno B. - Canton C. 100-104

Regular Season: Round 71

Apr. 6: Erie Bay H. - Maine RC
Apr. 6: Tulsa 66ers - Ft.Wayne MA
Apr. 6: Rio Grande VV - Austin T.
Apr. 6: Iowa E. - Sioux Falls S.
Apr. 6: Texas L. - Springfield A.
Apr. 6: Idaho S. - Los Angeles D.
Apr. 6: Santa Cruz W. - Bakersfield J.
Apr. 6: Reno B. - Canton C.


D-FENDERS DOWNED BY STAMPEDE - by Eurobasket News

BOISE, ID The Los Angeles D-Fenders were downed by the Idaho Stampede 125-101 at CenturyLink Arena on Friday night.

The first quarter featured all lead changes (3) and ties (3) of the game and the D-Fenders (21-28) trailed 33-24 after allowing the Stampede (18-31) to shoot 58.3 percent. Slipping behind by as many as 14 points, but pulling as close as six, in the second quarter, the D-Fenders entered the locker room at halftime down 66-53.

In the third frame, the D-Fenders never got any closer than 13 points and fell behind by as many as 27 points in the fourth quarter before losing for just the third time in seven games against the Stampede this season.

Five D-Fenders finished in double-figures, led by Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) (26 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals), Michael Taylor (6'2''-G-86, college: Iowa St.) (25 points, 3 steals) and Jerome Jordan (7'0''-C-86, college: Tulsa) (13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks). Additionally, Gary Flowers (6'8''-F-86, college: S.Mississippi) pitched in 11 points to go with six rebounds and newly acquired Matt Dickey (6'1''-PG, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Asheville) tallied 10 points and five assists in the loss.

The Stampede was paced by Durrell Summers (6'5''-G-89, college: Michigan St.) (27 points), Justin Harper (6'10''-F-89, college: Richmond) (20 points, 8 rebounds), Carlon Brown (6'5''-G-89, college: Colorado) (18 points, 8 rebounds), and Coby Karl (6'5''-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boise St.) (17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals). Reggie Hamilton (5'11''-PG-89, college: Oakland) also pitched in a 12-point, 10-assist double-double for the Stampede, which shot 52.9 percent on the evening.

In total, the D-Fenders finished the game knocking down 45.4 percent of their shots, committed only 12 turnovers (1 fewer than Idaho), and won the battle of points in the paint 58-50. However, they lost the rebounding battle 52-38.

The D-Fenders wrap up the 2012-13 regular season with a rematch against the Stampede (NBA Affiliate: Portland Trailblazers) tomorrow, April 6th at 6pm PST in Boise.



Iowa Energy adds Allen to their roster, ex Maccabi Ashdod - by Eurobasket News

Iowa Energy added to their roster 25-year old guard Chris Allen (190-88, college: Iowa State). He supposed to play at Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli Winner League, but left the team in Nov.'12. In 5 games he had very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.6apg this season. He was voted All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2012 at his college time. Allen's team won Big Ten Regular Season in 2009.
Allen graduated from Iowa State in 2012 and it is his first season as a professional player.
On Allen: Exceptional long-range shooter, with the ability to shoot from well behind the 3-point line ... Also an exceptional athlete ... Has good size for a shooting guard.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Recap of seven games from Friday - by Eurobasket News

Reno B. - Canton C. 100-104
The Reno Bighorns (16-33) lost a thriller to the Canton Charge (29-20) on Friday night, losing 104-100. The game was close throughout, with 18 lead changes and 15 ties. The Bighorns had seven players score in double-digits, but were unable to get the win. Mo Charlo (6'7''-F-83, college: Nevada)'s 18 points led Reno. Samardo Samuels (6'9''-F/C-89, college: Louisville) scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Darnell Jackson also had 16 points. Desmon Farmer added 14 points, and Dar Tuckers and Walker Russell each chipped in 11 points. Kyle Weaver (6'6''-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.)'s 29 points paced the Charge. Arinze Onuaku recorded a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Brady Morningstar added 18 points off the bench for Canton. The Bighorns will finish the season on Saturday night with Fan Appreciation Night against the Canton Charge at 7 p.m. Courtesy of: kolotv.com

Bakersfield J. - Santa Cruz W. 109-102
Both the West Division and the No. 1 overall seed in the upcoming D-League playoffs were within the Santa Cruz Warriors' grasp on Monday night. Four days and two tough road games later, both feats are officially out of reach. The Warriors lost 109-102 on Friday night to the host Bakersfield Jam, the 2013 West Division champions. "It was tough," said Santa Cruz coach Nate Bjorkgren, whose team was left to watch the Jam celebrate its newly earned division title on their home court at the Dignity Health Event Center. It was a stomach punch after the Warriors erased what was once a 21-point lead late in the fourth quarter. But James Nunnally's 3-pointer with 1:02 remaining all but sealed the division-clinching victory for the Jam (35-14), who also earned the No. 1 seed in next week's playoffs with the win. The Warriors (32-17) will host Bakersfield again on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in what will be the final regular-season game for both teams. Friday's loss was especially gut-wrenching considering what was at stake. The Warriors needed to win both of their remaining two games in order to clinch the West. "This was tough," Bjorkgren said again. "But I tell you this, though, I thought we really fought. We didn't give up. We could have very easily. But we fought all the way back." Santa Cruz will receive the No. 3 seed in next week's D-League playoffs, although it won't have priority in choosing which team it opens against in the postseason. Only the division winners are able to select their first-round opponents, meaning Santa Cruz will play whichever team is remaining after Bakersfield (West), Rio Grande Valley (Central) and Canton (East) select their opening-round foes. Canton, currently at 29-20 overall, will be the No. 4-seed in the playoffs, despite winning its division. Playing away from Kaiser Permanente Arena reared its ugly head again for the Warriors, who fell behind host Bakersfield by as many as 21 points in the first half and never managed to take the lead again. Hilton Armstrong (6'11''-C/F-84, college: Connecticut)'s two free throws with 2:56 remaining in regulation did tie the game at 97 -- the closest the Warriors had been since it was 17-all with 4:45 left in the first quarter. But a Damion James layup sparked an 8-0 run by the Jam, who, at 22-3, finished with the best home record in D-League history. "We dug ourselves too much of a hole," Bjorkgren said. "It's tough to come back after being down 21. "But again, we fought. I was proud that we fought." Armstrong's two made free throws weren't the norm for the Warriors, though. Santa Cruz shot just 20 of 31 from the stripe. Coupled with Brian Butch (6'11''-C/F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin)'s outstanding play, and Santa Cruz was left playing catch-up for nearly the entire contest. Butch caught fire early and finished with a game-high 28 points behind 7 of 11 shooting from behind the arc. Travis Leslie (6'4''-G-90, college: Georgia) led the Warriors with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Stefhon Hannah added 17 points and seven assists. Armstrong had 16 points and eight rebounds. "Butch got hot really early and I thought we missed some key hustle plays," Bjorkgren said. The Warriors saw the extent of their deficit in the first half following a 3-pointer by Bakersfield's Shan Foster with 6:22 remaining in the second quarter. It was a fitting way for the Jam to extend their largest lead, considering they made 8 of 19 from behind the arc in the first two quarters. Butch was the main culprit. Although the Wisconsin graduate is listed as a 6-foot-11 center, Butch stretched the floor by sinking 6 of 9 3-point attempts in the first half. Before the game could get any more out of hand, however, Santa Cruz showed some fight. First sparked by a slam dunk from Leslie, then followed by the inside game of Lance Goulbourne, the Warriors went on a 16-2 run midway through the second quarter. Hannah's mid-range shot eventually cut Bakersfield's lead to single digits, while Cam Jones knocked down a pull-up jumper to make the deficit just seven, at 57-50, with 3:10 left. Much of it was the result of Santa Cruz -- which struggled to slow Bakersfield's attack all game -- finding the narrow line between tough defense and drawing a foul. It was also a result of keeping the Jam, which dominated the boards in the first half, to frequent one-and-done possessions on offense. Still, it wasn't enough for the Warriors to garner a lead following the first quarter. "Just keep getting better," Bjorkgren said of Saturday's game. Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com

Idaho S. - Los Angeles D. 125-101
Seven Idaho players finished in double-figures, including Durrell Summers (6'5''-G-89, college: Michigan St.), who had 27 points (9-17 FG, 7-7 FT) and the Idaho Stampede beat the Los Angeles D-Fenders 125-101. Justin Harper (6'10''-F-89, college: Richmond) had 20 points and eight rebounds. Idaho (18-31) scored 66 points in the first half and led by as many as 27, while out-rebounding the D-Fenders 52-38. Sean Evans had 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Carlon Brown added 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists and Reggie Hamilton, inserted into the starting lineup with the GATORADE Call-Up of Justin Holiday, finished with 12 points, 10 assists and four rebounds. Coby Karl had 17 points and six rebounds, while JaJuan Johnson added 10 off the bench. The Stampede shot 52.9 percent and made 9-of-18 three-pointers and 26-of-29 free throws, while committing just 13 turnovers. Los Angeles (21-28) was led by Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) (26 points, eight rebounds) and Mike Taylor (25 points) but the road team never led after the eight-minute mark of the first quarter. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Texas L. - Springfield A. 115-111
The Texas Legends, presented by Veracruz (visit Veracruz.mx), posted a major third quarter that helped lead them past the Springfield Armor 115-111. A combination of hot shooting and persistent defense pushed the Legends through a strong second half. The team ended the first quarter down by six and matched Springfield's 32 to keep the same deficit going into the locker room. A strong defensive stand in the third held the Armor to 22 while the Legends posted 31 to take the advantage going into the final quarter. Both teams shot above 50% in fieldgoals, but the Legends found an advantage beyond the arc shooting 54.5% and 75% from the free-throw line. Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) had a season-high 42 points to lead the game in scoring. Melvin Ely (6'10''-C-78, college: Fresno St.) had the team's only double-double and a season-high score with 23 points and 10 rebounds while Dwayne Jones came close with 9 points and 13 rebounds. Springfield had six players with double-digit scores; the leader was Dennis Horner (6'9''-F-88, college: N.Carolina St.) with the team's only double-double 24 points and 11 rebounds. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Rio Grande VV - Austin T. 112-104
Royce White (6'8''-F-91, college: Iowa St.)'s 28 points, 9 rebounds led the Rio Grande Valley Vipers over the Austin Toros 112-104 on Friday at State Farm Arena. Additionally, Chris Daniels (6'11''-C-84, college: Limoges) scored 24 points. Glen Rice, Jr. added 15 points, and D.J. Kennedy followed with 14 points. Toure Murry contributed 12 points. Lester Hudson (6'3''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Tenn-Martin) led the Toros with 21 points. Aron Baynes (6'10''-C-86, college: Washington St.) added 20 points. JaMychal Green added a double-double 16 points, 11 rebounds. Tre Kelley scored 14 points, and Chris Roberts scored 13 points. Austin took control of the first quarter. At the 3:33 mark, Sullivan sank a jump shot to put the Toros up 29-12. Three-pointers from Goudelock and Singletary, along with baskets from Johnson and White helped RGV close their deficit to 33-25 by the end of the quarter. RGV outscored the Toros 21-20 in the second quarter. Austin held the 53-46 lead at the half. The scored tied three times during the third quarter. A shot from behind the arc by Rice, Jr. gave the Vipers their first lead of the game 66-65. Kelley responded with a layup to put the Toros back up 67-66. Rice, Jr. connected on a free throw, and White made a layup to put the Vipers back up 69-67 with 5:57 on the clock. At the end of the third, Austin held the 80-75 advantage. Kennedy connected on a layup that gave the Vipers the 90-88 advantage with 5:53 left in the game. The Vipers never looked back. White gave the Vipers their largest lead 101-90 at the 2:31 mark. The Vipers claimed the game 112-104. RGV wraps up the 2012-13 NBA Development League regular season Saturday, April 6 when they host the Austin Toros in the second game of a back-to-back series. Courtesy of: themonitor.com

Sioux Falls S. - Ft.Wayne MA 112-125
Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama) had a big game, scoring a career- and franchise-record 49 points Friday against Sioux Falls- but the result was even bigger for the Mad Ants. The Mad Ants clinched their first playoff berth since joining the D-League in 2007 with a 125-112 victory over the Skyforce in South Dakota. It had already been a groundbreaking season for the Mad Ants (27-22), who came into this season with a 96-154 all-time record and had never finished above .500. They came into Friday needing a win in one of their final two games - they play Saturday at Tulsa, Okla. - to reach the postseason, and they got it done with a 69-55 second-half run. Mitchell hit 16 of 30 shots as he set a D-League season high for points in a game. It was likely the Skyforce's final game at Sioux Falls Arena. Through the years, there were many famed basketball games between Fort Wayne and Sioux Falls there - the Skyforce beat the Fury in the 1996 CBA finals - but now the Skyforce (25-24), barely clinging to playoff hopes, will move to the new Pentagon arena. The Mad Ants (27-22) will find out Sunday who they will play in the playoffs. Division winners select their first-round opponents. Anthony Harris had 20 points for the Mad Ants on 7-of-14 shooting. Chris Porter (6'7''-F-78, college: Auburn) had 19 points and 11 rebounds. Brandon Wallace had 15 rebounds, as the Mad Ants out-rebounded the Skyforce 46-32. Sioux Falls (25-24) was led by James Mays (6'9''-F-86, college: Clemson)' 24 points and 11 rebounds. Andre Barrett added 20 points and 14 assists. Courtesy of: journalgazette.net

Erie Bay H. - Maine RC 99-110
Chris Wright (6'8''-F-88, college: Dayton) scored 23 points and Omar Reed (6'7''-F/G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Bluefield) added 20 as the Maine Red Claws remained alive for a D-League playoff spot tonight with a 110-99 win over the Erie BayHawks at Erie Insurance Arena. The Red Claws (26-23) eliminated the BayHawks (25-24) from postseason contention and kept themselves afloat pending other results around the league tonight. They potentially could need to beat the BayHawks against Saturday night. Maine never trailed and jumped to a 16-point lead early, but Erie cut it to one, 32-31, with 9 minutes, 35 seconds to go in the first half. Behind Fab Melo and Wright, and with guard Jermaine Taylor ailing, they rebuilt the lead to 56-45 at the half. Demonte Harper led Erie with 22 points and Cory Higgins added 20. Courtesy of: goerie.com



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

22-year old forward JaMychal Green (203-F-90) had a great game in the last round for Austin T. and receives a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 69.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Springfield A. (#7, 18-30) 112-103. Austin T. maintains the 3rd position in D-League league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Austin T. will need more victories to improve their 27-21 record. Green turned to be Austin T.'s top player in his first season with the team. JaMychal Green averages this season 12.4ppg and 8.2rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Othyus Jeffers (196-F-85, agency: Priority Sports) of Iowa E.. He is a forward in his first season at Iowa E.. In the last game Jeffers recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Iowa E. to edge the higher-ranked Tulsa 66ers (#4, 26-23) in overtime by 6 points 118-112. Iowa E.'s 8th position in the standings has not changed. 36 lost games are too many comparing to just thirteen victories Iowa E. managed to get this year. Jeffers is a newcomer at Iowa E. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Austin T.'s star - forward Rick Jackson (206-F-89). Jackson scored 18 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Austin T., helping his team with a 112-103 win against the lower-ranked Springfield A. (#7, 18-30). Austin T. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 27 victories and 21 lost games. Jackson has a great season in D-L. After 46 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.0rpg (6th best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 52.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Elijah Millsap (198-G-87) of Los Angeles D. - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Paul Harris (193-F/G-86) of Iowa E. - 18 points and 12 rebounds
6. Gary Flowers (203-F-86) of Los Angeles D. - 8 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Morris Almond (198-F/G-85) of Los Angeles D. - 25 points
8. Lester Hudson (191-G-84) of Austin T. - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Dennis Horner (206-F-88) of Springfield A. - 18 points and 10 rebounds
10. Micheal Eric (210-F/C-88) of Canton C. - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Standings - KML

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

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 2: Valga - TTU 81-61
Apr. 5: Tarvas - TTU 61-66
Apr. 6: Hito/Johvi - Parnu
Apr. 6: Rapla - Tln Kalev
Apr. 7: TU/Rock - Parnu


Baltic League: Kalev/Cramo clinched bronze medals - by Eurobasket News

Kalev/Cramo - Barons kvartals 73:58

Kalev/Cramo clinched bronze medals of the Baltic League 2012/2013. The Estonian side needed a confident 73:58 in the second game for the third place.
Barons kvartals won the first game 79:71, but could not win the series. Barons kvartals even started with 21-15 lead after the first quarter and had 14-point deficit. The second and the last quarters however fully belonged to Kalev/Cramo that managed to win by 15 points.
Gary Wilkinson (205-F/C-82, college: Utah St.) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Frank Elegar (208-C-86, college: Drexel) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Bamba Fall (217-C-86, college: SMU) notched 11, whilst Ty Abbott (192-G-88, college: Arizona St.) and Armands Skele (192-G-83) added 8 apiece. Tyler Cain (203-F-88, college: S.Dakota) ended up with 23 points and 15 rebounds, while Jamar Diggs (187-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Wofford) nailed 13. Deividas Dulkys (198-SG-88, college: Florida St.) brought 10 and Jekabs Rozitis (205-C-86) had 4.

Kalev/Cramo: Gary Wilkinson 15, Frank Elegar 14+10 rebs, Bamba Fall 11, Ty Abbott 8, Armands Skele 8
Barons kvartals: Tyler Cain 23+15 rebs, Jamar Diggs 13, Deividas Dulkys 10, Jekabs Rozitis 4



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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 Besiktas 2-12 
 8 Fener.Ulker 2-12 
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. 5: Besiktas - Fener.Ulker 80-73
Apr. 4: Olympiacos - Khimky 79-70
Apr. 4: Caja Laboral - Montepaschi 76-64
Apr. 4: FCB Regal - Maccabi T-A 74-71

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 10: CSKA - Caja Laboral
Apr. 10: Olympiacos - Anadolu Efes
Apr. 9: FCB Regal - Panathinaikos
Apr. 10: Real Madrid - Maccabi T-A


Kostas Papanikolaou claims Euroleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Olympiacos and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14 (Top 16).
The 22-year old forward had a double-double of 21 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Khimky (#5, 7-7) 79-70. Olympiacos is placed at 2nd position in Euroleague group F. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Top 16. Olympiacos will need more victories to improve their 9-5 record. In the team's last game Papanikolaou had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He has many years of experience at Olympiacos, through which he has constantly improved. Kostas Papanikolaou averages this season 9.4ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Polish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) of Caja Laboral. Lampe impressed basketball fans with 27 points and 9 rebounds. Of course Caja Laboral cruised to a 76-64 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Montepaschi (#6, 7-7). This victory allowed Caja Laboral to move up to 4th position in group F. His team's 8-6 record is not bad at all. Lampe is well-known by Caja Laboral fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.4ppg (#5). He also registered 6.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports) of Khimky (#5). Augustine scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Augustine's great performance Khimky lost 70-79 to the higher-ranked Olympiacos (#2, 9-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Khimky needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in group F. Their record is 7 victories and 7 lost games. Augustine has a very solid season. In 22 games in Euroleague he scored 5.7ppg. He also has 4.7rpg and FGP: 61.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83) of Besiktas - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) of Zalgiris - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Alejandro Abrines (198-F-93) of FCB Regal - 21 points and 3 rebounds
7. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) of Real Madrid - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84) of Montepaschi - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88) of Brose Bask. - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Damir Markota (209-F-85) of Besiktas - 16 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)



The End of Top 16. Quarterfinals are set - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Real Madrid - Anadolu Efes 86-66
Real Madrid edge Anadolu Efes Istanbul, both advance to the Quarterfinals of the EuroLeague. The Spanish team posted a 86:66 victory at home and improved to 10-4 record. The Turkish team finished the group with 9-5 record. Real Madrid opened the game with 25-14 surge and never looked behind after. The hosts added 22-16 rally in the second frame and enjoyed a 47:30 halftime advantage. Both teams nailed 18 points each in the third period and then Real won the last quarter 21-18. Sergio Llull top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Rudy Fernandez netted 15. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) scored 14, while Nikola Mirotic added 11. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) finished the game with 11 points in defeat and Jamon Lukas Gordon delivered 10. Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA), Dusko Savanovic and Kerem Gonlum each nailed 8.

Panathinaikos - CSKA 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 stepped up with 13 points for the winners, while Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) scored 11. The Serbian duo Milos Teodosic and Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) followed them with 9 points each in a win. Michael Bramos ended up with 18 points in defeat and Stephane Lasme nailed 11. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) brought 9 and Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) delivered 8.

Zalgiris - Brose Bask. 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 added 13. Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) and Marko Popovic posted 12 points each in a win. Anton Gavel answered with 20 points in the losing effort, whilst Casey Jacobsen and Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) delivered 14 each. Andrew James Ogilvy followed them with 13 points in defeat.

Unicaja - ALBA 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 added 12. Ali Traore (207-PF-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) and Yassin Idbihi 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 notched 8 points each in a loss.

Group F
Besiktas - Fener.Ulker 80-73
Besiktas defeated their cross-town rivals Fenerbahce to end their EuroLeague campaign on a high note. Daniel Ewing posted 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Both teams however did not make it into the playoffs. Fenerbahce dominated in the first quarter. They cleared off to a 27:17 lead after ten minutes. The visitors boosted the gap in the second quarter. Fenerbahce accounted for a 46:33 halftime lead. But Besiktas took over in the third frame. The hosts went on a massive 26:13 run in the quarter to level things up at 59. Damir Markota (209-F-85) and Daniel Ewing gave the hosts a 77:71 lead with just over a minute remaining. Damir Markota and Daniel Ewing then followed with three points to seal the win for Besiktas. Damir Markota netted 16 points, while Ricky Minard (196-F/G-82, college: Morehead St.) provided 13 points in the victory. Oguz Savas answered with 14 points for Fenerbahce. Uros Tripkovic chipped 12 points in the loss.

FCB Regal - Maccabi T-A 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 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 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.

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 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 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.

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 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 had 13 points in the loss.



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Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. Nilan Bisons 33-9 
 2. Kataja 31-8 
 3. KTP 31-12 
 4. Pyrinto 29-12 
 5. Kauhajoki 26-16 
 6. Kouvot 20-21 
 7. LrNMKY 17-24 
 8. Lapua 13-28 
 9. Salon Vilpas 13-29 
 10. Korihait 13-29 
 11. Namika Lahti 12-29 
 12. FoKoPo 11-32 

Regular Season: Round 44

Apr. 5: Kataja - KTP 81-74
Apr. 5: Salon Vilpas - Korihait 67-59
Apr. 5: Pyrinto - FoKoPo 113-78
Apr. 6: Nilan Bisons - Namika Lahti
Apr. 6: Kauhajoki - Lapua
Apr. 6: Kouvot - LrNMKY


KORISLIIGA: Kataja - KTP 81-74 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 43: Kataja (Joensuu) defeated KTP (Kotka) tonight after 13 lead changes and four ties 81-74 (40-39). Kataja (33-8) has now won five games in a row and 18 games at home court! Kataja is 20-1 in Joensuu and 13-7 on the road. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) led again Kataja with 20 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Daniel Coleman (206-F-85, college: Minnesota) added 14 pts. Marcus Faison (196-G-78, college: Siena) hit 5/6 from the distance and was KTP (31-12) leading scorer with 19 pts.
Pyrinto (Tampere) crushed FoKoPo (Forssa) 113-78 (48-30). Pyrinto had six players in double digits. Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) made a double-double 29pts/11rbs. Osku Heinonen (194-G/F-92) added 24 pts. Andrais Thornton (203-F-85, college: NW Missouri St.) led FoKoPo with 30pts/8rbs. FoKoPo is moving down to Division 1 A, but we will never know how things could have been, if FoKoPo had three American players like all the other teams.
Vilpas (Salo) was winning over UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) 67-59 (30-27). Vilpas (14-29) may be the last team to make the play-off-games? Marcus Relphorde (198-F-88, college: Colorado) and Shawn Atupem (200-F-89, college: Mt.St.Mary's) netted both 23 pts. T.J. Robinson (203-F-89, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Long Beach St.) led UU-Korihait (13-30) with a double-double 25pts/12rbs.

Kataja - KTP 81-74 (40-39). (Jonte Flowers 20/9/3b, Dan Coleman 14, Johnell Smith 10/8/5a - Marcus Faison 19, Joonas Lehtoranta 11, Devonne Giles 10/14. A: 1039).
Pyrinto - FoKoPo 113-78 (48-30). (Carl Lindbom 29/11, Osku Heinonen 24, Lamonte Ulmer 19 - Andrais Thornton 30/8, Sami Ikavalko 21/5a, Jahmar Thorpe 10. A: 767).
Vilpas - UU-Korihait 67-59 (30-27). (Marcus Relphorde 23/9, Shawn Atupem 23, Eero Lehtinen 7 - T.J.Robinson 25/12, Alain Laroche 12/10, Demond Watt 8/12. A: 1080).



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Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 22-7 
 2. Evreux 22-8 
 3. Chalons-Reims 20-10 
 4. Le Portel 19-10 
 5. Boulogne 18-11 
 6. Rouen 18-12 
 7. Antibes 17-12 
 8. Fos Ouest 17-12 
 9. Bourg 16-14 
 10. Maurienne 15-15 
 11. Lille 14-15 
 12. Hyeres-Toulon 13-17 
 13. St Quentin 13-17 
 14. Denain 11-19 
 15. Nantes 10-20 
 16. St Vallier 9-20 
 17. Bordeaux 7-22 
 18. Charleville 5-25 

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 5: Chalons-Reims - Maurienne 98-78
Apr. 5: Rouen - Hyeres-Toulon 93-73
Apr. 5: Evreux - Bourg 92-61
Apr. 5: St Quentin - Charleville 86-64
Apr. 5: Nantes - Denain 62-69
Apr. 6: Boulogne - Le Portel
Apr. 7: Fos Ouest - Bordeaux
Apr. 6: Antibes - Pau-Lacq-Orthez
Apr. 6: St Vallier - Lille



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Highest League Standing

Superleague Standings
 1. MIA Academy 16-2 
 2. Olimpi 15-3 
 3. Armia 14-5 
 4. Rustavi 13-6 
 5. Dinamo Tbilisi 11-7 
 6. Kutaisi 11-8 
 7. Sokhumi 8-10 
 8. TSU Tbilisi 6-14 
 9. Batumi 5-14 
 10. Samedicino 2-16 
 11. STU Tbilisi 1-17 

Regular Season: Round 21

Apr. 5: Kutaisi - TSU Tbilisi 73-63
Apr. 5: Batumi - Armia 61-88
Apr. 6: MIA Academy - Dinamo Tbilisi
Apr. 6: Olimpi - STU Tbilisi
Apr. 6: Sokhumi - Samedicino



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Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West Awards 2012-2013 - by Moritz Korff

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Ryon Howard
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The awards were voted on by coaches and team officials of the RLW teams.

Player of the Year: Ryon Howard (198-F-84) - Bochum
Domestic Player of the Year: Daniel Lieneke (200-F-81) - Salzkotten
Bosman Player of the Year: Vytautas Nedzinskas (196-G/F-87) - Iserlohn
Defensive Player of the Year: Gregory Alvin Baker (194-G/F-84, college: Adams St.) - Iserlohn
Most Improved Player of the Year: Niklas Geske (184-PG-94) - Bochum
Newcomer of the Year: Jonas Grof (198-G-96) - Iserlohn
Coach of the Year: Artur Gacaev - Salzkotten

1st Team
Joshua Ryan Mueller (180-G-82) - Bonn
David Hicks (183-PG-88) - Muenster
Timothy Pierce (201-G/F-85) - Grevenbroich
Ryon Howard - Bochum
Edward Seward (206-C-78) - Hagen

2nd Team
Patrick Abraham (189-G-82) - Bochum
Chamseddine Korbi (188-G-83) - Bochum
Chartrael Hall (188-G/F-86, college: Bellarmine) - Salzkotten
Daniel Lieneke (200-F-81) - Salzkotten
Justin Smith (201-F/C-87, college: Hawaii-Hilo) - Schalke

Honorable Mention
Gregory Alvin Baker - Iserlohn
Christopher Brown (201-F-83, college: Chattanooga) - Duesseldorf
Vytautas Nedzinskas - Iserlohn
Kristof Schwarz (186-G-87, agency: Court Side) - Iserlohn
Dijon Smith (203-F-89, college: Ft.Hays State) - Herford
Kristofer Speier (206-F-81, college: Lewis-Clark St.) - Hagen

All-Domestic Players Team
Patrick Abraham - Bochum
Chamseddine Korbi - Bochum
Max Dohmen (201-F-88) - Bonn
Daniel Lieneke - Salzkotten
Kristofer Speier - Hagen



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Spica's 29 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old Marko Spica (205-C/F-86) had a very impressive game in the last round for Kaposvari and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 29 points adding four rebounds and four assists for Kaposvari in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Jaszberenyi (#4, 15-12) 96-93. Kaposvari is placed at 3rd position in Hungarian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Kaposvari will need more victories to improve their 17-10 record. Spica turned to be Kaposvari's top player in his first season with the team. Central Michigan University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Spica is in league's top in points (4th best: 20.2ppg) and averages solid 62.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Filip Barovic (208-F/C-90) of Soproni. He is Montenegrin forward in his first season at Soproni. In the last game Barovic recorded impressive double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Soproni to edge the lower-ranked ZTE KK (#-2, 11-15) by 3 points 71-68. This victory allowed Soproni to move up to -5th position in Places 7-13. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Barovic is a newcomer at Soproni and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Kaposvari's star - guard Christopher Dunn (189-PG-83, agency: Court Side). Dunn scored 25 points and passed eleven assists (!!!). He was another key player of Kaposvari, helping his team with a 96-93 win against #4 ranked Jaszberenyi in a game of the week. Kaposvari needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Places 1-6. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 10 lost games. Dunn has a great season in Hungary. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.6ppg (2nd best) and assists with 6.6apg (best passer). He also has 2.9spg and FGP: 55.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rastko Dramicanin (207-C-86) of Jaszberenyi - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Roland Hendlein (203-PF-86) of Kaposvari - 17 points and 10 rebounds
6. Lorenzo Williams (189-PG-84) of Atomeromu - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) of Szolnok - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Gergely Koertelyesi (202-PF-83) of Atomeromu - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Steven Idlet (210-F-89) of Atomeromu - 11 points and 10 rebounds
10. Miljan Rakic (195-G-86) of Jaszberenyi - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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I bl. News. And. Notes - by John Gary

Courtesy oursportscentral.com. The Bellingham Slam has added former Western Washington guard Rico Wilkins to the teams roster for the 2013 season. the 5-11 native of Dallas Texas recently completed his senior season with the Vikings helping Wwu reach the NCAA Division 2 final four for the third time in school history meanwhile Bellingham Slam fan favorite Tyler Amaya has returned to the team as a coach.Amaya has been involved with the Slam for over a decade leaving Mount Vernon High Sch ol to. Join the team.


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Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Dell Aspac 26-1 
 2. Pelita Jaya 23-3 
 3. Satria Muda 20-6 
 4. CLS Knights 19-6 
 5. Garuda 19-8 
 6. Stadium Jak. 14-12 
 7. Hangtuah 14-12 
 8. Bimasakti 7-19 
 9. Satya Wacana 6-20 
 10. Pacific Caesar 5-21 
 11. Tonga BSC 2-24 
 12. NSH GMC Riau 2-25 

Regular Season: Round 43

Apr. 5: Hangtuah - Pacific Caesar 84-66
Apr. 5: Satria Muda - Dell Aspac 81-92
Apr. 5: NSH GMC Riau - Garuda 32-57

Regular Season: Round 44

Apr. 6: Satya Wacana - Tonga BSC
Apr. 6: CLS Knights - Bimasakti
Apr. 6: Stadium Jak. - Hangtuah
Apr. 6: Pelita Jaya - Satria Muda


Best players of Indonesian NBL round 42 - by Eurobasket News

Pringgo Regowo (190-F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Dell Aspac and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 42.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 12 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Tonga BSC (#11, 2-24) with 44-point margin 110-66. It allowed Dell Aspac to consolidate first place in the Indonesian NBL. Dell Aspac has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 26-1. Regowo has many years of experience at Dell Aspac, through which he has constantly improved. Regowo has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 12.0ppg) and rebounds (3rd best: 9.0rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-F-80) of second-ranked Pelita Jaya. Poedjakesuma impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Pelita Jaya to another comfortable win 83-69 over the lower-ranked Stadium Jak. (#6, 14-12) being unquestionably team leader. Pelita Jaya's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 23 matches. Poedjakesuma is one of the most experienced players at Pelita Jaya and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Dell Aspac's star - Fandi Andika Ramadhani (184-SF-85). Ramadhani scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of Dell Aspac, helping his team with a 110-66 easy win against the lower-ranked Tonga BSC (#11, 2-24). Many experts and fans count Dell Aspac as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 26 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Ramadhani has a very solid season. In 22 games in Indonesia he scored 6.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mohammad Wicaksono (189-SG-89) of Stadium Jak. - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Rizky Effendi (187-SF-88) of Dell Aspac - 19 points and 4 rebounds
6. Kelly Purwanto (177-PG-83) of Pelita Jaya - 9 points and 8 assists
7. Ponsianus Indrawan (191-C-85) of Pelita Jaya - 9 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Dimaz Muharri (181-PG-85) of CLS Knights - 6 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
9. R Ruslan (197-C-89) of Stadium Jak. - 10 points and 11 rebounds
10. Dimas Aryo Dewanto (180-F-86) of Pelita Jaya - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



NBL Round 43: Dell Aspac defeats Satria Muda in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

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

An interesting game for Dell Aspac (26-1) which played road game in Jakarta against 3rd placed Satria Muda (20-6). First ranked Dell Aspac managed to get a 11-point victory 92-81. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Satria Muda. Satria Muda was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 31-16 charge of Dell Aspac, which allowed them to win the game. They made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Dell Aspac forced 24 Satria Muda turnovers. Strangely Satria Muda outrebounded Dell Aspac 50-34 including 16 on the offensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Satria Muda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Fandi Andika Ramadhani (184-85) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists. Guard Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (177-92) contributed with 22 points for the winners. The former international point guard Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-81) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Satria Muda. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dell Aspac have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 26-1 record. Satria Muda at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Dell Aspac will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Satria Muda'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 between 11th ranked NSH GMC Riau (2-25) and fifth ranked Garuda (19-8) in Riau ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Bandung outscored NSH GMC Riau 57-32. Worth to mention a quality performance of forward Surliyadin (188-90) who helped to win the game recording 10 points and 4 steals. Vinton Nolland helped adding 7 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side center Max Yanto (215-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Garuda. They maintain fifth place with 19-8 record. NSH GMC Riau lost their eleventh game in a row. They dropped to the bottom. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 43 Pacific Caesar was beaten by Hangtuah on the road 84-66.


Group Bali
Satria Muda - Dell Aspac 81-92

An interesting game for Dell Aspac (26-1) which played road game in Jakarta against 3rd placed Satria Muda (20-6). First ranked Dell Aspac managed to get a 11-point victory 92-81. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Satria Muda. Satria Muda was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 31-16 charge of Dell Aspac, which allowed them to win the game. They made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Dell Aspac forced 24 Satria Muda turnovers. Strangely Satria Muda outrebounded Dell Aspac 50-34 including 16 on the offensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Satria Muda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Fandi Andika Ramadhani (184-85) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists. Guard Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (177-92) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Four Dell Aspac players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-81) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds and the former international power forward Rony Gunawan (194-80) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Satria Muda. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dell Aspac have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 26-1 record. Satria Muda at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Dell Aspac will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Satria Muda'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:
Satria Muda: F.Julius Ahmad 15+7reb+1ast, R.Gunawan 14+7reb+1ast, F.Julius Achmad 11+1reb+4ast, A.Wisnu 9+4reb+3ast, K.Argadiba 7+1reb, B.Siregar 7+4reb+1ast
Dell Aspac: F.Andika Ramadhani 23+4ast, A.Prastawa Dhyaksa 22+2reb+2ast, X.Prawiro 19+3reb+2ast, P.Regowo 14+9reb, W.Jati 7+9reb+5ast, D.Gerungan 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 236573


Group Bali
Hangtuah - Pacific Caesar 84-66

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Hangtuah (14-12) beat 10th ranked Pacific Caesar (5-21) in Pandang 84-66. Hangtuah players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was a great evening for guard Agustinus Sigar (180-79) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Mei Joni (188-89) helped adding 9 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side center Hery Listiyono (191-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and guard Charlie Indra (178-88) scored 3 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Hangtuah. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Stadium Jak. Pacific Caesar lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 21 games lost. Hangtuah will play against Stadium Jakarta (#6) on the road in the next round. Pacific Caesar will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Pacific Caesar: H.Listiyono 15+11reb+3ast, D.Kurniawan 12+1reb, G.Nagata 11+3reb+2ast, A.Sabara 8+5reb+1ast, H.Suharsono 6+4reb, M.Fauzia 5+1reb+4ast
Hangtuah: A.Sigar 17+6reb+2ast, I.Teguh Teguh 12+5reb, T.Wilopo 10+4reb+3ast, M.Joni 9+6reb+3ast, R.Pratama Putra 8+5reb, T.Sugiharto 7+2reb
gschID: 236574


Group Bali
NSH GMC Riau - Garuda 32-57

The game between 11th ranked NSH GMC Riau (2-25) and fifth ranked Garuda (19-8) in Riau ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Bandung outscored NSH GMC Riau 57-32. Garuda forced 35 NSH GMC Riau turnovers and had a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a quality performance of forward Surliyadin (188-90) who helped to win the game recording 10 points and 4 steals. Vinton Nolland (194-82) helped adding 7 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side center Max Yanto (215-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and forward Juliano Sucipto (188-82) scored 8 points and 11 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Garuda. They maintain fifth place with 19-8 record. NSH GMC Riau lost their eleventh game in a row. They dropped to the bottom. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
NSH GMC Riau: M.Yanto 13+12reb, J.Sucipto 8+11reb+2ast, A.Pamungkas 5+2ast, A.Amier 5+5reb+1ast, R.Azzaryan Pradhitya 1+2ast, A.Prakoso 0
Garuda: Surliyadin 10+4reb+3ast, D.Pratama 9+5reb+2ast, V.Nolland 7+7reb+3ast, F.Minallah 6+2reb, M.Dhiya 6+5reb+1ast, J.Elyaday 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 236572



NBL Round 42: Pelita Jaya beats Stadium Jakarta in a derby game - 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 3 rounds. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Jakarta: Pelita Jaya (#2) and Stadium Jakarta (#6). Pelita Jaya (23-3) won against visiting Stadium Jakarta (14-12) 83-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stadium Jakarta. Pelita Jaya made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 29 Stadium Jakarta turnovers and outrebounded them 53-41 including a 25-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. The former international forward Dimas Aryo Dewanto (180-86) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Mohammad Wicaksono (189-89) who recorded 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pelita Jaya have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 23-3 record having just two points less than leader Dell Aspac. Stadium Jakarta at the other side keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Leader Dell Aspac delivered the twentieth fifth victory. This time they crushed 11th ranked Tonga BSC (2-24) 110-66 in Jakarta. It was a good game for forward Pringgo Regowo (190-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists. Fandi Andika Ramadhani contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Dell Aspac's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. point guard Richardo Orlando Uneputty (163-87) replied with 15 points and 5 assists for Tonga BSC. Dell Aspac (25-1) have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Tonga BSC lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom. They share the position with NSH GMC Riau. Dell Aspac's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Satria Muda.

In the last two games of round 42 Satya Wacana was crushed by CLS Knights in Surabaya 86-67. Garuda smashed Bimasakti at home 87-60.


Group Bali
CLS Knights - Satya Wacana 86-67

There was no surprise in Surabaya where 9th ranked Satya Wacana (6-20) was crushed by fourth ranked CLS Knights (19-6) 86-67. Satya Wacana was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 52-29 second half run of CLS Knights. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Satya Wacana's 32. CLS Knights players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a good game for point guard Dimaz Muharri (181-85) who led his team to a victory with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Rachmad Utomo (180-85) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four CLS Knights players scored in double figures. CLS Knights' coach Eduard Santos used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) replied with 21 points and forward Luthfianes Gunawan (181-89) added 8 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Satya Wacana. CLS Knights have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 19-6 record. Satya Wacana lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: S.Febiansyakh 17+1reb+1ast, A.Ekayana 13+2reb+2ast, R.Utomo 12+7reb+2ast, A.A. Ngurah Budidharma 11+5reb+1ast, D.Heryadi 7+7reb+2ast, H.Herman 6+8reb
Satya Wacana: R.Pamungkas 21+4reb+2ast, Y.Sua 13+2reb, B.Sucipto 11+1reb+4ast, L.Gunawan 8+9reb+3ast, R.Rahangmetan 6+4reb+1ast, E.Wiratama Nasution 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 236571


Group Bali
Pelita Jaya - Stadium Jak. 83-69

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Jakarta: Pelita Jaya (#2) and Stadium Jakarta (#6). Pelita Jaya (23-3) won against visiting Stadium Jakarta (14-12) 83-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stadium Jakarta. Pelita Jaya made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 29 Stadium Jakarta turnovers and outrebounded them 53-41 including a 25-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. The former international forward Dimas Aryo Dewanto (180-86) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Mohammad Wicaksono (189-89) who recorded 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) added 23 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pelita Jaya have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 23-3 record having just two points less than leader Dell Aspac. Stadium Jakarta at the other side keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pelita Jaya: A.Poedjakesuma 18+14reb+3ast, D.Aryo Dewanto 18+5reb+3ast, A.Chandra 17+6reb, P.Indrawan 9+14reb+2ast, K.Purwanto 9+1reb+8ast, E.Sebayang 4
Stadium Jak.: M.Ferdiansyah 23+2reb+1ast, M.Wicaksono 17+6reb+4ast, R.Ruslan 10+11reb+1ast, C.Nurhadi Yusran 6+4reb+3ast, I.Budianto 6+1reb+4ast, Y.Pattikawa 3+3reb
gschID: 236570


Group Bali
Dell Aspac - Tonga BSC 110-66

Leader Dell Aspac delivered the twentieth fifth victory. This time they crushed 11th ranked Tonga BSC (2-24) 110-66 in Jakarta. The game was mostly controlled by Dell Aspac. Tonga BSC was better in second period 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dell Aspac dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Tonga BSC's 38. Dell Aspac forced 30 Tonga BSC turnovers and outrebounded them 57-36 including a 25-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Dell Aspac brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a good game for forward Pringgo Regowo (190-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists. Fandi Andika Ramadhani (184-85) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Dell Aspac players scored in double figures. Dell Aspac's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. point guard Richardo Orlando Uneputty (163-87) replied with 15 points and 5 assists and Andri Hermawan (180-92) added 16 points in the effort for Tonga BSC. Dell Aspac (25-1) have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Tonga BSC lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom. They share the position with NSH GMC Riau. Dell Aspac's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Satria Muda.
Top scorers:
Dell Aspac: A.Prastawa Dhyaksa 21+1reb+3ast, R.Effendi 19+4reb, F.Andika Ramadhani 17+6reb+3ast, X.Prawiro 12+2reb+6ast, P.Regowo 12+19reb+4ast, H.Santosa 10+5reb+4ast
Tonga BSC: A.Hermawan 16+3reb+1ast, R.Orlando Uneputty 15+3reb+5ast, M.Hardian Wicaksono 10+7reb+1ast, H.Herlusdityo 8+1reb+2ast, A.Prasetyo 7+6reb+2ast, S.Afriatna 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 236569


Group Bali
Garuda - Bimasakti 87-60

No shocking result in a game in Bandung where fifth ranked Garuda (18-8) smashed 8th ranked Bimasakti (7-19) 87-60. The game without a history. Garuda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bimasakti to just 7 points in third quarter. Garuda dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Bimasakti's 22. Garuda forced 26 Bimasakti turnovers and outrebounded them 42-25 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a good game for forward Fadlan Minallah (185-82) who led his team to a victory with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Diftha Pratama (186-89) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Garuda players scored in double figures. Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) replied with 23 points and 5 rebounds and Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) added 8 points in the effort for Bimasakti. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Garuda maintains fifth position with 18-8 record. Bimasakti lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 19 games lost. Garuda will play against NSH GMC Riau (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Bimasakti will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Garuda: C.Pranatyo 18+3reb+1ast, D.Pratama 14+5reb+3ast, H.Ramli 13+4reb, F.Minallah 11+8reb+4ast, C.Gideon 11+3reb+3ast, Surliyadin 8+2reb+3ast
Bimasakti: B.Rizky Ardiansyah 23+5reb+1ast, Y.Dwi Priasmoro 8+3reb+2ast, S.Cahyadi 6, B.Sugianto 5+2reb+1ast, B.Setiawan 5+2reb+2ast, H.Gunawan 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 236568



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  IRAN   


Mahram sign Hashemi - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

Mahram Tehran sign Mostafa Hashemi as new head coach. after loosing Iran Super league finals to Petrochimi , Mahram Tehran's management decieded to chande head coach. they bring back Mostafa Hashemi to replace MEHMED BECIROVIC.
Mostafa Hashemi Awards/Achievements:
Head Coach: Iranian National Team -02, 03, 12
Iranian Superleague Regular Season Runner-Up -02, 04, 06
Iranian Superleague Finalist -02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07
Iranian Superleague Champion -03, 05, 07, 09, 10, 12
WABA Club Championships -08 (Semifinals), 09 (Winner), 10 (Winner), 12 (Winner)
Iranian Superleague Regular Season Champion -10, 12
Asian Club Championships -10 (Winner)
Iranian Superleague Semifinals -11
Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Coach of the Year -12
William Jones Cup in Taipei (Taiwan) -12 (Silver)



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  IRELAND   


Irish Basketball General News - by Patrick Maher

Open Letter from the Chairman of BI to the Basketball Community


Legacy issue finally resolved

As you know, we are now at the half way point in our seven year plan to pay off the serious over-runs on current spending which emerged in 2009. Since that time, the Association has transformed itself with a new Board of Directors to oversee the business of Basketball, a new Council to lead the development and regulation of the game of Basketball, and a new Secretary General to lead the work of the staff at headquarters at the National Basketball Arena.

One outstanding issue from the past is the Community Hoops Programme. In the period from 1999 to 2006, BI received grants totalling 1.753 million from the Department of Sport for this programme. While some of this money was spent on providing Hoops around Ireland, most of the money was spent on development programmes to maximise the use of these and other basketball facilities throughout the country. The then management and Board of BI were under the impression that this was acceptable to the Department.

In 2009, the Department began an audit on this programme and discovered that while all of the grant money was spent on basketball, 1.24 million of the Capital grant had been spent on development programmes for basketball rather than on the purchase of equipment. After the Department of Sport was moved into the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTS), an internal DTTS audit report confirmed this position.

The DTTS has now informed us of the sanctions which it is imposing on BI for the serious error of using Capital grants for current expenditure. In its written decision, the DTTS notes as mitigating circumstances that the grant-aid diverted from the Community Hoops programme monies were spent on other basketball-related activities, and it also takes into account the important work of BI and its efforts to regularise its financial position and corporate structure since this case was discovered, before noting that BI must repay 10% of the 1.24 million and will not be permitted to apply for capital funding for the next five years. In addition, a provisional 2008 grant for the Arena will not now be forthcoming.

The Board of BI is very disappointed at this decision of the DTTS (which will hamper the progress which has been made since 2009 and which will delay much needed work on the National Basketball Arena) but it notes that the monetary sanction could have been much bigger and that the capital programme ban could have been for much longer. The Board has therefore taken the view that now is the time to draw a line in the sand with regard to this long-standing legacy issue and has agreed a schedule for the repayment of the 124,000. The Board has also decided to absorb the necessary repayments within our current five-year projections without further imposition on our members.

Meanwhile, the matter will be outlined and discussed in further detail at the AGM in June.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Paul Meany (Chairman, Basketball Ireland): .... From www.basketballireland.ie

NW Regional Senior Cup Finals this Saturday

The North West Regional Senior Cup Finals take place in Abbey Vocational School this Saturday the 6th of April. This is the biggest event of the year for the North West regional teams and the pinnacle of a very competitive season. With two great games on offer, all are encouraged to get to the gym in good time to enjoy the spectacle.

Please note the games times have been changed and moved to 6pm and 8pm.

6pm Senior Ladies Final ;

Donegal Town B.C. Vrs Lyit Ladies B.C.

Referees; Brian Mc Hugh Jnr. & Anthony Flores

8pm Senior Mens Finals ;

Donegal Dragons Vrs Lyit Ravens B.C.

Referees: Brian Mc Hugh Jnr. & Jay Mc Memamin: .... Courtesy Kevin Sinclair

Cork County Basketball Board Annual General Meeting:


Venue / Date : Connolly Hall Lapps Quay at 7.p.m.on 2nd May next.



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Best players of Israeli National League round 24 - by Eurobasket News

American Darrin Govens (185-PG-88) had a great game in the last round for Ironi K-A and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 24-year old playmaker had the game-high 33 points adding six rebounds for Ironi K-A in his team's victory, helping them to crush Ironi Nahariya (#2, 19-5) with 22-point margin 94-72. Ironi K-A maintains the 7th position in Israeli National League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ironi K-A will need more victories to improve their 14-10 record. In the team's last game Govens had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got seven three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Ironi K-A's top player in his first season with the team. Saint Joseph's University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Govens is in league's top in points (8th best: 19.3ppg) and averages solid 52.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American power forward Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of second-ranked Ironi Nahariya. Clemente impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Ironi Nahariya lost that game 72-94 to the lower-ranked Ironi K-A (#7, 14-10). Ironi Nahariya managed to keep the same second spot in the standings. His team's 19-5 record is not bad at all. Clemente is a newcomer at Ironi Nahariya 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 Mike James (185-G-90) of Hapoel Kazrin (#8). James got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds . Despite James' great performance Hapoel Kazrin lost 73-95 to the higher-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#5, 15-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Hapoel Kazrin ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, James could help Hapoel Kazrin to bring them higher in the standings. James has a very solid season. In 8 games in Israel he scored 23.8ppg. He also has 5.8rpg, 3.3apg, 3.0spg and FGP: 53.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tyrone Kent (196-G/F-86) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Keith Ramsey (205-C/F-87) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Bilal Benn (196-G/F-86) of Ironi Nes-Ziona - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Joshua Alexander (193-G-87) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Monta McGhee (198-F-79) of Elitzur Yavne - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Allen Durham (198-F-88) of Hapoel Afula - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Jermaine Hall (196-F-80) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 23 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)



Iowa Energy adds Allen to their roster, ex Maccabi Ashdod - by Eurobasket News

Iowa Energy added to their roster 25-year old guard Chris Allen (190-88, college: Iowa State). He supposed to play at Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli Winner League, but left the team in Nov.'12. In 5 games he had very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.6apg this season. He was voted All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2012 at his college time. Allen's team won Big Ten Regular Season in 2009.
Allen graduated from Iowa State in 2012 and it is his first season as a professional player.
On Allen: Exceptional long-range shooter, with the ability to shoot from well behind the 3-point line ... Also an exceptional athlete ... Has good size for a shooting guard.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ITALY   


Gallinari Likely Tore ACL In Left Knee - by Eurobasket News

Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-SF-88, agency: Players Group) is believed to have a torn ACL of his left knee, according to sources. Gallinari will undergo an MRI on Friday. "The doctor indicated that the ligament was loose," one source told Yahoo! Sports. "They expect that it's a torn ACL." Gallinari is averaging 16.3 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Denver Nuggets.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



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  KAZAKHSTAN   


BC Astana grab 2-0 lead in semifinal series - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana handed back-to-back defeats to Kapshagay to start their best-of-five semifinal series. The defending champions posted a tough 94:83 win in the first game. Kapshagay started the game aggressively and it paid off as they snatched a 28:21 lead. Kapshagay maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. The visitors arrived at halftime up by 7 points 49:42. But BC Astana found the right tempo in the third quarter. They went on a 32:22 run to surge ahead. The hosts dominated in the fourth period as they finished the game on a 20:12 rally to seal the win. Branko Cvetkovic (200-F/G-84, agency: Beo Basket) netted 22 points, while Anton Ponomaryov (210-C/F-88, agency: Beo Basket) had 21 points in the victory. Maksim Otbozin (210-C-80) answered with 18 points for Kapshagay. Krivko and Kozhanov chipped in 13 points each in the loss.
Next game was much more in favour of BC Astana. The hosts piled up a 52:37 halftime lead. They stretched the margin to 19 points at the final break and never looked back en route to the victory. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) stepped up with 34 points to lead the home team. Dmitriy Klimov (202-F-88) netted 15 points in the winning case. Anton Bykov (198-F-89) answered with 13 points for Kapshagay. Konstantin Marzan (204-C-88) delivered 11 points in the defeat.
The teams will meet again on Sunday.



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Standings - Superleague

SuperLeague Standings
 1. Peja 20-3 
 2. Sigal Prishtina 19-4 
 3. Bashkimi 16-7 
 4. Trepca 14-9 
 5. RTV 21 12-11 
 6. Vellaznimi 5-18 
 7. Drita 5-18 
 8. Kosova 1-22 

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 6: RTV 21 - Sigal Prishtina
Apr. 7: Peja - Trepca
Apr. 7: Kosova - Bashkimi
Apr. 7: Drita - Vellaznimi



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Baltic League: Kalev/Cramo clinched bronze medals - by Eurobasket News

Kalev/Cramo - Barons kvartals 73:58

Kalev/Cramo clinched bronze medals of the Baltic League 2012/2013. The Estonian side needed a confident 73:58 in the second game for the third place.
Barons kvartals won the first game 79:71, but could not win the series. Barons kvartals even started with 21-15 lead after the first quarter and had 14-point deficit. The second and the last quarters however fully belonged to Kalev/Cramo that managed to win by 15 points.
Gary Wilkinson (205-F/C-82, college: Utah St.) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Frank Elegar (208-C-86, college: Drexel) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Bamba Fall (217-C-86, college: SMU) notched 11, whilst Ty Abbott (192-G-88, college: Arizona St.) and Armands Skele (192-G-83) added 8 apiece. Tyler Cain (203-F-88, college: S.Dakota) ended up with 23 points and 15 rebounds, while Jamar Diggs (187-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Wofford) nailed 13. Deividas Dulkys (198-SG-88, college: Florida St.) brought 10 and Jekabs Rozitis (205-C-86) had 4.

Kalev/Cramo: Gary Wilkinson 15, Frank Elegar 14+10 rebs, Bamba Fall 11, Ty Abbott 8, Armands Skele 8
Barons kvartals: Tyler Cain 23+15 rebs, Jamar Diggs 13, Deividas Dulkys 10, Jekabs Rozitis 4



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 23-2 
 2. Sagesse 20-5 
 3. Champville 16-9 
 4. Moutahed 16-9 
 5. Byblos 14-11 
 6. Amchit 13-12 
 7. Hoops 6-19 
 8. Bejjeh 6-19 
 9. Anibal 2-16 
 10. Antranik 2-16 

Second Stage: Round 7

Apr. 2: Hoops - Moutahed 81-93
Apr. 5: Al Riyadi - Sagesse 80-74
Apr. 3: Amchit - Byblos 70-81
Apr. 2: Champville - Bejjeh 117-65

Second Stage: Round 8

Apr. 6: Amchit - Moutahed
Apr. 6: Champville - Byblos
Apr. 7: Sagesse - Bejjeh
Apr. 7: Hoops - Al Riyadi



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Floriana hold nerve to take lead in play-off final - by Eurobasket News

Floriana Francesco Fenech 111
Athleta A To Z Electronics 106
(20-22, 20-9, 16-17, 17-25, 13-13, 14-14, 11-6)


The best-of-five title play-off series was off to an exciting start as Floriana Francesco Fenech showed resilience to overcome Athleta A to Z Electronics in the third period of over-time.

Floriana had three players fouled out but they held their nerve to start their final challenge for the title on a sound footing.

Both teams presented their best formation. Marco Todorovic proved a handful for Floriana who resorted to a lot of fouls to tame the Athleta pivot.

Dirk Schembri and American Matt Glass (203-F, agency: Interperformances, college: Vermont) managed to contain Todorovic occasionally but their efforts were not enough to stop him finishing the game as top-scorer, thus making amends for his unconvincing performance against Depiro.

Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80) also had a positive game for Athleta but he missed two free-throws in extra-time which proved costly for his team.

For Floriana, Glass was influential when his team needed his guidance while David Camilleri delivered when it mattered most. Bevan Scott Camilleri and Chris Sammut also enjoyed good moments during the game.

Athleta had a slight edge in the opening minutes as they closed the first quarter with a two-point lead, 22-20.

The opening of the second session belonged to Floriana who went ahead towards the fifth minute, 26-24. Floriana were on top for a good three-minute spell, taking advantage of Athletas troubles to change ends 40-31 ahead.

Floriana seemed capable of controlling their lead, 50-39, but then it was Athletas turn to dictate matters as they reduced the deficit to four points, 52-48.

Floriana fought back to pot the last two baskets of the quarter and start the last 10 minutes with an eight-point lead, 56-48.

Eleven consecutive points midway through the final quarter helped Athleta overturn the deficit, 63-60.

A time-out and substitutions did the trick for Floriana who recovered before a three-pointer by David Camilleri edged them 64-63 ahead.

Floriana went on to open a five-point lead, 69-64, but back came Athleta who forced extra-time, 73-73, as pivot Schembri was fouled out.

Athleta maintained their good work to take a six-point advantage, 83-77, as Floriana also lost Sassoun Saakian.

Despite their difficult foul situation, Floriana regrouped and on the stroke of time, David Camilleri was fouled by Naudi after the Greens had missed two three-pointers.

David Camilleri nailed the three free-throws to send the game into a second over-time period.

After Athleta chalked up the first two baskets, Florianas reaction saw them 98-90 ahead after David Camilleri hit two three-pointers. They looked on their way to victory but Bevan Scott Camilleri fouled Todorovic who potted the basket and free-throw.

Athleta wiped out the three-point deficit thanks to Omar Saids three-pointer just before the whistle.

Floriana were handicapped by the exclusion of key players but they kept fighting. Their efforts were rewarded as Glass came to the fore to steer Floriana 108-102 ahead.

With tiredness setting in, Floriana were able to hold on to their lead.

FLORIANA: A. Baldacchino, B. Scott Camilleri 17, D. Camilleri 23, M. Glass 35, C. Sammut 23, I. Mercieca 2, D. Schembri 10, C. Calleja 1, S. Saakian.

ATHLETA: M. Naudi 25, S. Hagul, D. Bugeja 13, M. Todorovic 43, M. Giusti, O. Said 14, S. Pace 2, K. Baldacchino 5, S. Bischoff, S. Schembri 4.

Referees: B. Vassallo, E. Mangani, J. Abaug.

BOV League play-off final (game 2): Sunday, 16.30 Athleta vs Floriana.
Courtesy of: http://www.timesofmalta.com



Athleta made to sweat to reach final against Floriana - by Eurobasket News

Athleta A-Z Electronics 71
PAVI Depiro 67

(21-16, 13-19, 14-7, 13-19 10-6)


Athleta had to play extra-time before staving off the bold Depiro challenge and earn themselves another tilt at the title.

Depiro had their chances but in the end they paid the price for inconsistent play to go 2-1 down in the semi-final play-offs.

Athleta captain Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80) was back in fine form and shooter Steve Schembri coming to life in the decisive moments.

For Depiro, Shawn Morgan (198-GF-86, college: Arkansas St.) was well marked but he has to take some of the blame for a couple of easy pots which he failed to tuck in.

After a balanced start, Athleta opened a slight lead which they held till the end of the first quarter.

Depiro could not have had a better start to the second session as they potted 16 consecutive points.

Athleta coach Joe Galea called a time-out. This helped his team to surpass a difficult moment and at half-time Athleta were only trailing 34-35.

The start of the third quarter was marred by mistakes from both teams.

Morgan was struggling to lift his team in attack and Athleta profited to start the last ten minutes six points ahead, 48-42. They seemed to be in control but lost Naudi for his fifth foul, whistled in attack.

Athleta lost their plot and Depiro closed the gap to three points 61-58.

With less than 20 seconds left, David Bugeja, formerly of Depiro, committed his fifth foul besides a technical for protests. Depiro lost the first free-throw but levelled with the next three, 61-61.

With 14 seconds left, Depiro had possession but when Morgan decided to release Vella, he was forced to shoot from outside the zone. Vellas shot hit the ring and out to the relief of Athleta.

There was nothing to separate the teams in extra-time as excite-ment grew with the contestants still in close contact.

Morgan continued to fire blanks though and Athleta regained the lead through a Schembri basket.

Depiro had the last possession but Abraham Portelli was dis-possessed as he tried to drive through. Schembri potted the two free-throws that followed to put his team in the final.

Athleta: M. Naudi 13, S. Hagul, D. Bugeja 10, M. Todorovic 13, M. Giusti, E. Bezzina, O. Said 8, S. Pace, K. Baldacchino 5, W. Spiteri, S. Bischoff, S. Schembri 22.

Depiro: R. Vella 8, K. Kuns, A. Aquilina 14, A. Portelli 15, D. Agius 4, E. Lupo, M. Mallia 1, I. Tanti 8, S. Morgan 17.

Referees: G. Barbara, C. Terribile, T. Brown.

Floriana Francesco Fenech 79
Siggiewi 56

(16-12, 26-12, 15-14, 22-18)


Floriana took control right from the opening minutes of this match and never looked back to book their place in the final for the first time in 35 years after completing a 2-1 win over Siggiewi in the best-of-three semi-final series.

Floriana were a better team than in the previous match with playmaker Chris Sammut and forward Bevan Scott Camilleri leading their charge.

Siggiewi had sharp shooters Chris Meier and Marco Matijevic in subdued mode and unable to repeat their fine showing from Game Two.

Siggiewi potted the first six points but Floriana soon settled down on court to take control of play.

With their opponents rather slow in attack, the Greens continued to build on their lead and at half-time victory already seemed to be in their bags as they led 42-24.

Siggiewi tried hard to get back in the match after the interval and managed to put Floriana in difficulty. But after narrowing the gap, they started to hurry their shots and mistakes followed.

In fact, from a ten-point deficit, 48-38, Siggiewi started the last ten minutes 19 points behind, 57-38.

Siggiewi looked a dejected lot and with five minutes left, Floriana held a 20-point lead 67-47.

After losing Eman Xuereb, fouled out, Siggiewi had to play the last couple of minutes with four players on court as Alan Borg also had to leave as he was slapped with a technical foul for persistent protests.

Floriana: A. Baldacchino, B. Scott Camilleri 18, D. Camilleri 2, M. Glass 26, C. Sammut 14, I. Mercieca 6, C. Calleja 4, D. Schembri 9, S. Saakian.

Siggiewi: N. Falzon, P. Shoults 13, E. Xuereb 4, A. Borg 11, C. Meier 13, A. Fekete 1, M. Matijevic 14.

Referees: G. Barbara, E. Mangani, T. Brown.

BOV League final (Game 1): Saturday, 16.30 Floriana vs Athleta.
Courtesy of: http://www.timesofmalta.com



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Standings - CIBACOPA

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Apr. 5: Obregon - Navolato 92-86
Apr. 5: Guasave - Hermosillo 91-83
Apr. 5: Cananea - Guaymas 85-100
Apr. 5: Tijuana - Nogales 76-84

Regular Season: Round 4

Apr. 6: Guasave - Hermosillo
Apr. 6: Cananea - Guaymas
Apr. 6: Tijuana - Nogales
Apr. 6: Obregon - Navolato


CIBACOPA Round 3: Garra Canera de Navolato loses to Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon - by Eurobasket News

Round 3 means everything may happen in CIBACOPA as the season just started.

Undefeated Garra Canera de Navolato (2-1) recorded its first loss on the court of Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon 92-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Garra Canera de Navolato. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-14. But Garra Canera de Navolato won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) who scored 30 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) who recorded 30 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (1-0) left bottom position moving up to fifth place. Garra Canera de Navolato at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with Cananea and Guaymas. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon are again looking forward to face higher ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of first ranked Mineros de Cananea (2-1) against fifth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (2-1) on Friday night. Host Mineros de Cananea was defeated by Ostioneros de Guaymas in Cananea 100-85. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mineros de Cananea. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) who led his team to a victory with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Myron Allen contributed with 30 points for the winners. Forward Rodney Alexander (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds for Mineros de Cananea. Mineros de Cananea's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ostioneros de Guaymas moved-up to second place, which they share with Cananea and Navolato. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mineros de Cananea will play again at home against the league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Guasave was also quite interesting. 4th placed Rayos de Hermosillo (1-2) played at the court of seventh ranked Frayles de Guasave (1-2). Frayles de Guasave managed to secure a 8-point victory 91-83 on Friday. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a great evening for Eric Frederick who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Patrick Sanders with 22 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Frayles de Guasave left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with Nogales and Hermosillo. Frayles de Guasave will again meet at home Rayos de Hermosillo (#8) in the next round. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 3 Nogales defeated Tijuana in Nogales 84-76.
The best stats of 3rd round was 22 points, 20 rebounds and 5 blocks by Ryan Moss of Nogales.


Obregon - Navolato 92-86

Undefeated Garra Canera de Navolato (2-1) recorded its first loss on the court of Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon 92-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Garra Canera de Navolato. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-14. But Garra Canera de Navolato won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) who scored 30 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) who recorded 30 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and Froilan Verdugo (-79) added 21 points respectively. Four Garra Canera de Navolato players scored in double figures. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (1-0) left bottom position moving up to fifth place. Garra Canera de Navolato at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with Cananea and Guaymas. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon are again looking forward to face higher ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Obregon: D.Thomas 30+3reb+4ast, K.Jones 25+5reb+2ast, B.Sperling 18+2ast, J.Salcedo 8+1reb, L.Pulido 5+2reb+1ast, M.Gutierrez 4+2ast
Navolato: R.Selleaze 30+8reb+3ast, F.Verdugo 21+2reb+2ast, J.Insunza 13+1reb+2ast, A.Villalobos 12+1reb+4ast, R.Canady Jr. 6+4reb+2ast, J.Gutierrez 4
gschID: 234861


Tijuana - Nogales 76-84

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales and bottom-ranked Tijuana Zonkeys had identical 0-2 record. But Tijuana Zonkeys were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from Nogales 84-76 on Friday night. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-76. Fuerza Guinda Nogales forced 19 Tijuana Zonkeys turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fuerza Guinda Nogales made 9 blocks. It was a great evening for Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 20 rebounds and 5 blocks. American-Cameroonian guard Christopher Rodgers (196-84, college: Arizona) helped adding 18 points. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American center Gene Shipley (206-80, college: Brandon) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and the other American import swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) scored 21 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fuerza Guinda Nogales (1-2) left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with Guasave and Hermosillo. It was Tijuana Zonkeys' third loss in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tijuana Zonkeys will play again against Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#7) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Nogales: R.Moss 22+20reb+1ast, C.Rodgers 18+4reb+2ast, D.Logan 12+5reb+7ast, P.Reyes 11+1reb+2ast, C.Estrada 8+2reb+1ast, J.Mercado 7+7reb+1ast
Tijuana: M.Morrison 21+3reb+4ast, G.Shipley 19+10reb, L.Ramirez 11+2reb+2ast, E.Medina 10+3reb+1ast, J.Penny 7+12reb+2ast, J.Cardozo 5+2ast
gschID: 234860


Cananea - Guaymas 85-100

Very important is a home loss of first ranked Mineros de Cananea (2-1) against fifth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (2-1) on Friday night. Host Mineros de Cananea was defeated by Ostioneros de Guaymas in Cananea 100-85. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mineros de Cananea. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game without a history. Ostioneros de Guaymas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) who led his team to a victory with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) contributed with 30 points for the winners. Forward Rodney Alexander (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds and forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry) added 23 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Mineros de Cananea. Mineros de Cananea's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ostioneros de Guaymas moved-up to second place, which they share with Cananea and Navolato. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mineros de Cananea will play again at home against the league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: M.Allen 30+2reb+1ast, S.Shorter 26+5reb+4ast, J.Habel 18+3reb+3ast, M.Ayala 7+1reb, J.Luis Bucio 7+3ast, A.Zarco 5+4reb+2ast
Cananea: S.Monroe 23+5reb, T.Brown 21+3reb, R.Alexander 20+7reb+2ast, E.Flores 7+3reb, J.Durazo 6+1reb, M.Acuna 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 234859


Guasave - Hermosillo 91-83

The game in Guasave was also quite interesting. 4th placed Rayos de Hermosillo (1-2) played at the court of seventh ranked Frayles de Guasave (1-2). Frayles de Guasave managed to secure a 8-point victory 91-83 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-83. Frayles de Guasave looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a great evening for forward Eric Frederick (203-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Eniel Polynice (195-88, college: Seton Hall) helped adding 22 points and 8 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) with 22 points and forward Kyle Spain (196-87, college: San Diego St.) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four Frayles de Guasave and five Rayos de Hermosillo players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Frayles de Guasave left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with Nogales and Hermosillo. Frayles de Guasave will again meet at home Rayos de Hermosillo (#8) in the next round. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Guasave: E.Frederick 29+14reb+1ast, E.Polynice 22+3reb+8ast, V.Buelna 17+3reb+3ast, J.Farrera 11+4reb, R.Robinson 7+8reb+3ast, J.Dominguez 3+3reb+4ast
Hermosillo: P.Sanders 22+4reb, J.Coronado 16+1ast, E.Little 11+6reb+5ast, K.Spain 11+8reb+3ast, J.Lopez 11+4reb, J.Esteva Hernandez 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 234858



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Vujadin Subotic win the title in Cyprus - by Eurobasket News

Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81) win the title in Cyprus. The Montenegrin players decently contributed to the Final win in the series for his team. After fifteen years the team of PEtrolina AEK Larnakas is returning back to the titles after beating for a third time the team of CytaVision Apoel and succeeded to win the league after the 3-1 in the final series.
In Game 3 AEK won 76:71. Dion Dixon was tonight the MVP of the game with his 20 points , 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
CytaVision Apoel started with 22-20 and led 4 points at the halftime. AEK grabbed the lead in the third period and closed the quarter at 57:51. They managed to hold off the opponents and celebrated a 76:71 victory.
Vujadin Subotic collected 6 points, 9 rebounds and 1 assist. He joined the team in Nov.'11 and averaged 19.3ppg in his first season. In 2012-2013 for Petrolina AEK Larnaca (Cyprus-Division A) his stats read 11.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 70.4%.



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Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 49-26 
 2. Brooklyn N. 43-32 
 3. Boston C. 39-37 
 4. Philadelph.76 31-44 
 5. Toronto R. 29-47 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 48-28 
 2. Chicago B. 42-33 
 3. Milwaukee B. 36-39 
 4. Detroit P. 25-51 
 5. Cleveland C. 23-52 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 59-16 
 2. Atlanta H. 42-35 
 3. Washington W. 28-47 
 4. Orlando M. 19-58 
 5. Charlotte B. 18-58 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 56-20 
 2. Denver N. 52-24 
 3. Utah Jazz 40-37 
 4. Portland TB 33-43 
 5. Minnesota T. 28-47 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 50-26 
 2. Golden St.W. 44-32 
 3. LA Lakers 40-36 
 4. Sacramento K. 27-49 
 5. Phoenix Suns 23-53 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 56-20 
 2. Memphis G. 51-25 
 3. Houston R. 43-33 
 4. Dallas M. 37-39 
 5. N.Orleans H. 26-50 

Regular Season: Round 152

Apr. 5: Portland TB - Houston R. 98-116
Apr. 5: Utah Jazz - N.Orleans H. 95-83
Apr. 5: Minnesota T. - Toronto R. 93-95
Apr. 5: Boston C. - Cleveland C. 91-97
Apr. 5: Atlanta H. - Philadelph.76 90-101
Apr. 5: Chicago B. - Orlando M. 87-86
Apr. 5: LA Lakers - Memphis G. 86-84
Apr. 5: Charlotte B. - Miami Heat 79-89
Apr. 5: Indiana P. - Oklah.City T. 75-97
Apr. 5: Sacramento K. - Dallas M. 108-117
Apr. 5: Phoenix Suns - Golden St.W. 107-111
Apr. 5: New York K. - Milwaukee B. 101-83

Regular Season: Round 153

Apr. 6: Washington W. - Indiana P.
Apr. 6: Brooklyn N. - Charlotte B.
Apr. 6: Miami Heat - Philadelph.76
Apr. 6: Minnesota T. - Detroit P.
Apr. 6: Milwaukee B. - Toronto R.
Apr. 6: San Antonio S. - Atlanta H.
Apr. 6: Denver N. - Houston R.


Gallinari Likely Tore ACL In Left Knee - by Eurobasket News

Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-SF-88, agency: Players Group) is believed to have a torn ACL of his left knee, according to sources. Gallinari will undergo an MRI on Friday. "The doctor indicated that the ligament was loose," one source told Yahoo! Sports. "They expect that it's a torn ACL." Gallinari is averaging 16.3 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Denver Nuggets.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Playoff race continues with 12 games on Friday - by Eurobasket News

LA Lakers - Memphis G. 86-84
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) had 24 points and nine assists, Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) added 19 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers stayed in the final playoff position in the Western Conference with an 86-84 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night. Dwight Howard hit a free throw with 4.1 seconds left for the Lakers, who have won three straight in the final weeks of their desperate push for a postseason spot. Los Angeles also avoided getting swept in its season series with the Grizzlies, whose four-game winning streak ended. Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) scored 21 points before missing a potential go-ahead jumper with 5 seconds left and another layup before the buzzer for playoff-bound Memphis, which fell one game behind Denver for the fourth seed in the West. The Grizzlies couldn't score in the final 2 1/2 minutes. Dwight Howard had nine points and 10 rebounds, while Earl Clark and Antawn Jamison contributed 13 points apiece off the bench as the Lakers won without injured starters Steve Nash and Metta World Peace. Memphis' Marc Gasol had 11 points, eight rebounds and seven assists while facing his brother. Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) added 15 points. The teams traded the lead down the stretch of a tense fourth quarter. Randolph's jumper with 2:32 left put the Grizzlies up 84-83, but Bryant fed Gasol for a driving layup with 1:36 to play to put the Lakers back ahead. After Jerryd Bayless missed an open shot, Los Angeles took roughly a full minute off the clock with an offensive rebound and another miss that went out of bounds off the Grizzlies. Bryant missed a 20-footer with 17 seconds left, but Conley missed an open jumper. Howard grabbed a one-armed rebound while getting fouled, and the All-Star center made one of two free throws. Memphis went right back to Conley, but his twisting drive into the lane didn't produce any points or a foul. Los Angeles' tumultuous season will come down to the final two weeks, with the high-powered Lakers hoping just to reach the playoffs as the eighth seed. To make the postseason for the 16th time in Bryant's 17 seasons, the Lakers (40-36) must finish one game ahead of Utah, which kept pace with a 95-83 win over New Orleans earlier Friday night. The Jazz (40-37) appear to have an easier schedule down the stretch than the Lakers, who must visit the Clippers and Portland while also hosting playoff-bound San Antonio, Golden State and Houston. Nash missed his second straight game with hamstring problems, while World Peace is out following knee surgery. Until the final seconds, Conley dominated his matchup with Nash's replacement, Steve Blake, who had six points and five turnovers. Bryant sat out just 79 combined seconds of the past two games while pushing the desperate Lakers to victories, even racking up his 19th triple-double Tuesday against Dallas. With an afternoon game against the Clippers looming on Sunday, he got a bit more rest against the Grizzlies. The Lakers played a solid first half, jumping to a 13-point lead early in the second quarter and grabbing a 46-39 halftime lead. Memphis made its first four shots before missing 13 of its next 17. But the Grizzlies abruptly took control after halftime, making a 15-1 run while Los Angeles missed its first seven shots and made four turnovers. Just as abruptly, the Lakers reclaimed control with a 19-4 run catalyzed by Bryant. Courtesy of: eveningsun.com

Portland TB - Houston R. 98-116
James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) had 33 points and the short-handed Houston Rockets edged closer to clinching a playoff spot with a 116-98 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) added 22 points to help the Rockets to their fourth straight victory. Houston (43-33) remained in seventh place in the Western Conference - three games in front of the Los Angeles Lakers - for their first playoff appearance since 2008-09. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) returned from an ankle injury with 32 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers (33-43), who matched their season-worst slide with a seventh straight loss. The Rockets were without forward Chandler Parsons because of a right calf injury he sustained late in Houston's 112-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. Courtesy of: knoxnews.com

Sacramento K. - Dallas M. 108-117
Shawn Marion (6'7''-F-78, college: UNLV) had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks snapped a 2-game losing streak with a 117-108 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night. The Mavericks (37-39) used a 41-point second quarter to gain control of a game they desperately needed. They came in three games behind the Lakers in the chase for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference. Dallas, which scored 99 points over the final three quarters, swept all four games from the Kings this season and has defeated Sacramento in 15 of last 16 meetings. Isaiah Thomas (5'8''-PG-89, college: Washington) had 29 points and Tyreke Evans added 26 points and nine rebounds for the Kings, who dropped their third straight game. Jason Thompson had 16 points and 16 rebounds. Courtesy of: kswt.com

Phoenix Suns - Golden St.W. 107-111
The Warriors are one victory closer to securing a playoff spot after overcoming an 18-point deficit to win on the road Friday night. Golden State's largest comeback of the season, a 111-107 victory over Phoenix, set the Warriors up to clinch a postseason berth at home Sunday against Utah. The Warriors haven't been to playoffs since the "We Believe" run of 2007. Clearly having left their defense back in Oakland, the Warriors were forced to outscore the Suns. Golden State had held opponents to 39.9 percent shooting its past eight games. But Phoenix shot 61.1 percent from the field. Fortunately for the Warriors, their scorers showed up. Klay Thompson (6'6''-G-90, college: Washington St.) broke out of his funk to score 25 points. David Lee had 22 points and 14 rebounds. Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) had 17 points and a career-high tying 15 assists. Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry combined for 27 points off the bench, with Jack scoring nine points in the fourth quarter. In the end, the Warriors recorded only its second series sweep of the Suns. Golden State (44-32) is 41/2 games ahead of the No. 9 slot in the Western Conference, currently occupied by Utah. A win Sunday over the Jazz would put the Warriors up 51/2 games with five games remaining. But before the Warriors got to the clincher, they had to beat Phoenix, which proved tougher than many might've expected. They trailed 41-23 early in the second quarter as the Suns ran circles around the Warriors defense. The Warriors reclaimed the lead with a big third quarter, outscoring the Suns 32-14. But Phoenix, owners of the worst record in the Western Conference, wouldn't exactly go away. The Suns rode the hot hand of Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) and Michael Beasley, who combined for 57 points on 23-of-29 shooting. Beasley hit back-to-back jumpers, the latter cutting the Warriors' lead to 104-102 with 1:29 left. Golden State failed to score on the ensuing possession, but followed with a timely rare stop. With less than a minute left, the Warriors ran a play to get Curry the ball. He drew the defense long enough to get Jack a look at an open 3-pointer. Jack nailed it with 31.6 seconds left, putting the Warriors up 107-102. Two free throws by Dragic cut the lead to three with 22 seconds left. Golden State gave the ball right back to Phoenix with backcourt violation as Curry, trying to pass out of a trap, threw it away. The Warriors intentionally fouled the Suns' Jermaine O'Neal to prevent the game-tying 3-pointer. O'Neal split the free throws and Lee secured the rebound. Curry knocked down two free throws to seal it. Courtesy of: mercurynews.com

Utah Jazz - N.Orleans H. 95-83
Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Butler) scored 23 points after a 1-of-8 start and the Utah Jazz beat the New Orleans Hornets 95-83 on Friday night. The Jazz (40-37) entered a half-game behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Lakers faced Memphis in a late game. Utah led by just four entering the fourth but opened the quarter on an 8-0 run, capped by Hayward's 7-foot jumper. He scored 10 straight as Utah surged ahead 87-73 with 4:47 remaining. The Hornets got no closer than 10 and scored just 16 in the fourth. Derrick Favors added 10 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high six blocked shots for the Jazz. Anthony Davis (6'10''-C-93, college: Kentucky) scored 24 and Greivis Vasquez added 21 for the Hornets (26-50), who lost the season series to Utah 3-1. The Jazz hardly looked like a team in a playoff race early. The arena was half empty at the start of the game and the Jazz were cold, shooting 29.4 percent late in the first as New Orleans built an 18-11 lead. The Hornets led 24-17 after one, outscoring Utah 16-8 in the paint and 8-0 on the break while holding a 12-7 rebounding edge. The Jazz used a 23-8 run to start the second quarter, building a 40-32 lead. Utah did it with an odd combination, with starter Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) playing alongside reserves Jamaal Tinsley, Alec Burks, Carroll and Favors. The unit had played just six minutes together before but they clicked Friday. Tinsley, Carroll and Burks had 3-pointers early in the run, and Carroll kept it going by diving on the floor for a steal to set up Millsap for a short bank shot. Millsap converted a three-point play, passed inside to set up a dunk by Favors, then scored on a follow shot with 3:54 left in the half. Millsap hit a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired for a 45-39 Utah lead before the Hornets pulled to 45-43 at the break. Millsap started 5 of 5 and was 7 of 8 at halftime with four rebounds, four assists and a block. He finished 8 of 13, with 10 rebounds. Carroll finished with three steals, three assists and three rebounds after subbing in for a cold Hayward. Hayward had such a bad start Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin had to make the switch. Hayward was 1 of 6 (1 of 4 from 3-point range) and missed a pair of free throws before being replaced in the first quarter. He missed both attempts in the second quarter and was 1 of 8 at halftime for three points. He scored 20 points in the second half as Utah took control. The Jazz shot 50.6 percent and hit 11 of 26 3-pointers, with Hayward making 5 of 10. New Orleans shot just 41.5 percent and 2 of 12 from 3-point range. The Hornets won the battle in the paint, outscoring Utah 48-38. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

Minnesota T. - Toronto R. 93-95
Rick Adelman's milestone will have to wait - for another day at least. Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) and DeMar DeRozan made sure about that. Gay had 26 points and five rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors to a rare road victory in the West, 95-93 over the Timberwolves on Friday night. DeRozan had 25 points and Kyle Lowry added 11 points and seven assists for the Raptors, who beat the Timberwolves for the 16th time in 17 games and prevented Adelman from recording his 1,000th win as coach. "We're just learning more and more how to play with each other," said Gay, who was acquired from Memphis in January. "I'm learning how to play with everybody. It's definitely a task just trying to fit in and get to know guys and about spacing and where they want you to be." Nikola Pekovic (6'10''-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 24 points and eight rebounds and Andrei Kirilenko added 20 points and six rebounds for the Timberwolves, who led by as many as 11 in the second half. But they missed 10 free throws, including one from Ricky Rubio with 1.7 seconds to go that would have tied the game. Rubio, who finished with 13 points and 12 assists, held his head in his hands after missing the last free throw, clearly disappointed he couldn't help his coach reach a milestone. "It's hard to lose like that, especially how the game went," Rubio said. "It's something that we wanted to win so bad." Jonas Valanciunas had 12 points and four rebounds and Terrence Ross threw down a soaring, 360-windmill jam that would have won him the dunk contest to help the Raptors win for just the third time in 38 games in which they trailed entering the fourth quarter. They are 3-12 on the road against the West. The Raptors size at shooting guard with DeRozan, Ross and Landry Fields was too much for the 6-foot-2 Luke Ridnour and the rookie Valanciunas more than held his own against one of the best offensive rebounders in the league in Pekovic. Gay made a tough baseline drive and DeRozan converted a three-point play for a 92-90 lead with two minutes to go. Gay then made a turnaround jumper on the baseline and Valanciunas stuffed Pekovic on the other end to help seal an inspired victory. "We wish every night was like this," Gay said. "We just got to pick our spots and try to do the best with them." Adelman won't have to wait long for another shot at becoming the eighth coach in league history to win 1,000 games. The Timberwolves host the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night. "We had a couple of chances to open it up and we just couldn't do it," Adelman said. The Wolves looked to be taking control with a 13-0 run in the middle of the third quarter. Kirilenko's 3-pointer gave them a 61-50 lead, and the Raptors appeared to be content to let another road game go by the wayside. But Kyle Lowry started to show more determination, and his teammates followed. DeRozan got back to sinking jumpers against Ridnour, Valanciunas attacked the glass and Toronto responded with a 17-5 run. Gay opened the fourth quarter with two straight jumpers for a 75-73 lead. It was an encouraging sign for Raptors coach Dwane Casey, who previously coached the Timberwolves and has watched his Raptors slog to the finish of another disappointing season. "I was proud the way the guys fought back in the second half against a team that's playing really well, didn't give in," Casey said. "I liked the resilient second half." Gay's turnaround jumper gave the Raptors a 94-91 lead with 1:35 to go, and they had the ball and a two-point lead with under 30 seconds to play and they got a rare bit of luck when Rubio's final free throw rimmed out. "I'm all for him getting 1,000," Casey said of Adelman. "Just not tonight." Courtesy of: mysanantonio.com

Chicago B. - Orlando M. 87-86
The only shots Nate Robinson (5'9''-PG-84, college: Washington) fears are the kind he takes at the doctor's office. He doesn't like needles. He welcomes crunch time. Robinson showed no fear down the stretch, scoring 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, and Luol Deng finished with 19 after a slow start to lead the Chicago Bulls to an 87-86 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night. Robinson, who hit the go-ahead basket the previous night in a two-point win at Brooklyn, came up big down the stretch, offsetting a season-high 27 points by Orlando's Beno Udrih (6'5''-PG-82). Robinson scored nine points during an 18-4 run that turned a five-point deficit into an 87-78 lead. Deng hit two 3-pointers during that stretch, and Robinson capped it with a long jumper as he crashed to the floor with 3:51 left. The Bulls did not score again, but they managed to pull this one out, anyway, sending the Magic to their 12th loss in 13 games. "I'm not afraid to fail," Robinson said. "You're going to have to fail a lot to succeed in this game. You can't be afraid to take that shot. And you can't be afraid to miss it or make it." So when was the last time he was afraid of a shot? Robinson smiled. "Probably the last time I've been to the doctor," he said, laughing. "Probably never. I'm never afraid. That's something that my father installed in me young - never be afraid to fail or succeed." Orlando was within one after Robinson lost his dribble and DeQuan Jones broke the other way for a dunk with 1:33 remaining. Deng then missed on a drive, and after Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) stole the ball from Nikola Vucevic, Robinson missed a 17-footer with 25 seconds left. Vucevic grabbed the rebound, and the Magic called time. With one more chance left, though, they gave it up again. This time, a driving Udrih threw a bad pass that Jimmy Butler recovered in the corner for Chicago with about 10 seconds left. "They were trying to blitz me, especially from the outside, so that's why I attacked the other side," Udrih said. "I tried to spin back and I fell down. Things happen." The Magic still had a foul to give and needed to commit two quick ones to get another chance. The Bulls kept the ball moving, though, and Orlando couldn't stop the clock until there were 0.2 seconds left, preserving the win for Chicago. "Great lesson for us," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. Fifth-place Chicago moved within a game of Brooklyn for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, even though it again was missing five key players. Richard Hamilton (back), Taj Gibson (sprained left knee), Joakim Noah (plantar fasciitis in his right foot), and Marco Belinelli (abdominal strain) all remained sidelined along with star Derrick Rose. Of course, he's been out all year after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The Bulls still had enough to beat a team that came in with the league's second-worst record - barely. They trailed by as much as eight in the third with Udrih going off for 18. But Butler put a stop to that in the fourth, limiting him to just one missed shot. The streaky Robinson started to go on one of his rolls at the end of the quarter. He stepped back and buried a fadeaway 3-pointer at the buzzer and started the fourth by nailing another shot from long range to pull Chicago within 70-69. He wasn't finished, and Deng wasn't either. The Bulls were trailing 74-69 when Deng started the go-ahead rally with a 3. Robinson scored nine during that run, finishing it off with that long jumper after back-to-back 3s by Deng and Vladimir Radmanovic. "For him, it all starts on offense," Butler said. "For other guys, it may start on defense." And when Robinson hits one shot, the baskets then tend to come in bunches for him. "He can hit a 3 and then split a screen and go dunk it," Butler said. "You'd best believe something's coming next whenever he gets going." Courtesy of: heraldtribune.com

Indiana P. - Oklah.City T. 75-97
The Indiana Pacers have to wait at least another night to win their first division title in nine years. The Oklahoma City Thunder, meanwhile, continued to make their move to the top spot in the Western Conference. The Thunder played spoiler for the Pacers in a 97-75 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday night. The Pacers didn't get any help from the Orlando Magic, either, because the Chicago Bulls beat them Friday. The Pacers will get another chance to win the division when they play at Washington on Saturday. The win pulled the Thunder even with the San Antonio Spurs for first in the Western Conference, but they own the tiebreaker between the two teams. The Pacers had no answer for Oklahoma City's two All-Stars, Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) and Russell Westbrook. Durant scored 34 points and Westbrook added 24 points. Center Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) led the Pacers with 22 points. Pacers All-Star Paul George was held to eight points on 3-of-11 shooting. The Thunder, who are a matchup problem for almost team in the league, blew the game open in the third quarter. The Thunder used a 10-2 run midway through the quarter take an 11-point lead. The Pacers didn't go away, getting back to within three late in the quarter. But the Thunder were never really threatened by the Pacers despite their run. Up seven points at the start of the fourth quarter, the Thunder doubled their lead barely three minutes into the quarter. The more Durant shot, the more the Thunder pushed their lead up on the Pacers. Oklahoma City eventually led by as many as 22 points. The Thunder dominated the boards, grabbing 15 offensive rebounds The Pacers were only 2 of 21 on 3-pointers and held to eight points in the fourth quarter. Courtesy of: wptz.com

Atlanta H. - Philadelph.76 90-101
The Philadelphia 76ers kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 101-90 pummeling of the Atlanta Hawks Friday night at Philips Arena. Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.) led the Sixers with 24 points -- 10 in the third quarter -- and had 11 rebounds for his 13th double-double this season. Spencer Hawes (7'0''-C-88, college: Washington) had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young scored 14 points to go with 13 rebounds. Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida), who spent every time out exhorting his teammates to make a push, led the Hawks with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Josh Smith scored 19 points and Jeff Teague had 12 points and nine assists. Kyle Korver's 11 points included a 3-point shot, extending to 70 straight games his streak with at least one 3-pointer made. Ivan Johnson added 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. The Hawks (42-35) were down 14 points at the end of the first quarter, 40-26, and lucky to be even that close. The Sixers broke down the Hawks' defense and were red-hot, at one point shooting a combined 89.5 percent from the floor and the foul line. The Sixers (31-44), the lowest-scoring team in the league, averaging 92.9 points a game, already had racked up 17 points by the first time out at 6:22. They had 45 points at 9:33 in the second quarter and led 58-45 at the half. Jrue Holiday, coming off a disappointing, 2-for-24 performance against the Charlotte Bobcats Wednesday night, had nine points and eight assists. Damien Wilkins, playing in front of his uncle, Hawks' announcer and Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, scored 16 points. Courtesy of: albanyherald.com

New York K. - Milwaukee B. 101-83
Amid the dreamscape that has been the Knicks' recent surge, various obstacles have threatened to derail them, though none with much success. There have been injuries and turbulent road trips, a grueling regular season grinding toward the playoffs. The latest challenge presented itself Friday night in the form of the Milwaukee Bucks' Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89), who seemed determined to match Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) shot for shot at Madison Square Garden. It was dramatic until the second half, when Anthony ignited the Knicks as he so often has, steering them to a 101-83 victory. On a night when the Knicks honored their 1972-73 championship team with a halftime ceremony, Anthony made a little history of his own. In scoring 41 points, he became the first Knick to score at least 40 points in three straight games since Bernard King in November 1984. Anthony went 17 of 28 from the field and finished with 14 rebounds as the Knicks (49-26) extended their winning streak to 11 games. 'We feel like we're in a real good place, a real positive place,' Anthony said. 'Our confidence is growing and growing each day.' Anthony and J.R. Smith, who added 30 points, were a formidable one-two punch. With Smith producing his own fireworks on offense, the Bucks (36-39) were not able to focus as much on Anthony. Such is life for opponents these days. 'That's the beauty of this whole thing,' Jason Kidd said, adding of Anthony: 'For him, it's in the flow. None of the shots have been bad shots.' In his last three games, Anthony has averaged 43.7 points on 64.2 percent shooting. His effort against the Bucks was punctuated by 'M.V.P.' chants from the fans. 'Melo is playing out of his mind,' said Jennings, who had 25 points for Milwaukee. The Knicks did most of their damage in the third quarter, when they outscored the Bucks by 42-21. Anthony had 10 points in a 25-2 run that gave the Knicks the lead for good, and he scored in every conceivable way: 3-pointers, turnaround jumpers, running floaters. 'He's trying to do a little bit of everything,' Knicks Coach Mike Woodson said, 'and that's what the great ones do.' At the end of the quarter, Kidd banked in a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from about 70 feet for a 78-66 lead, and the Bucks looked deflated. The Knicks won in front of a festive crowd, which turned out to watch Anthony and to celebrate the Knicks' last championship. The old gang was back together: Bill Bradley, Jerry Lucas, Willis Reed and Phil Jackson, among others. Woodson said he had dinner with the former players Thursday night. 'I got autographs,' Woodson said. 'That's how excited I was.' Woodson said he listened to their stories and observed how close they all were, even after 40 years. The championship-level chemistry was still there. The team's latest iteration has designs on replicating some of that magic. While it was important for the Knicks to extend their winning streak, Friday's game also factored into the all-important matter of playoff seeding. The Knicks would love to lock up the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and avoid a first-round meeting with the Chicago Bulls, who have posed problems for them all season, even without the injured Derrick Rose. 'We just can't afford any slippage right now,' Woodson said. The Knicks looked in danger of doing just that against the Bucks, at least early on. J. J. Redick's third 3-pointer gave the Bucks a 32-26 lead early in the second quarter. The Bucks rode Redick and Jennings to a 45-36 halftime lead. The Knicks were 1 of 12 from 3-point range. Anthony said the team received a pep talk from the injured Rasheed Wallace (6'10''-F/C-75, college: N.Carolina) in the locker room. 'Sheed came in here yelling,' Anthony said. 'You know Sheed.' Anthony got hot in the third quarter, his 22-foot jumper putting the Knicks ahead, 58-57 - their first lead since the first quarter. He kept it going into the fourth, each jump shot looking more unguardable than the last. 'There's not much defenses can do,' Chandler said. Courtesy of: nytimes.com

Boston C. - Cleveland C. 91-97
Tristan Thompson (6'8''-F-91, college: Texas) had career highs with 29 points and 17 rebounds and the Cavaliers ended a 10-game losing streak with a 97-91 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday. Alonzo Gee (6'6''-G-87, college: Alabama) also had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavs, who held the Celtics to 16 points in the third quarter and held on for their first win since March 12. The Cavs avoided their 11th consecutive loss, which would have been the second-longest streak under coach Byron Scott. Wayne Ellington scored 12 points and Kyrie Irving added 11 points for the Cavs in his third game back since missing eight with a sprained shoulder. The Celtics played without team captain Paul Pierce, who was out with a sore ankle. The move might have cost the slumping Celtics, who have lost 8-of-11 and are clinging to the seventh playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) scored 23 points for the Celtics and Shavlik Randolph had 16 points before fouling out with 6:57 left in the fourth. Brandon Bass scored 12 and Avery Bradley had 10 points for the Celtics. The Cavs outrebounded the Celtics 58-42 and had a 52-38 scoring advantage in the paint. The Cavs hadn't won since beating the Washington Wizards 95-90. They held a 14-point lead against the Celtics last week in Cleveland before the Celtics rallied and won on Green's layup at the buzzer. The Cavs held on to this lead - firmly. The Celtics never recovered after going without a field goal for more than five minutes in the third quarter. The Cavs held the Celtics to 6-of-22 shooting in the decisive third quarter. The Celtics started the quarter well with a 10-3 run for a 62-55 lead, then went without a field goal for the next 5:18. The Cavs outscored the Celtics 13-1 during the span with the Celtics' only point coming on a free throw made by Randolph with 4:45 left in the third. It was Randolph's 14th point of the game, but he missed on his second free-throw attempt then had to go to the bench barely a minute later when he was called for his fifth foul. Thompson made both foul shots to put the Cavs ahead 68-63 with 3:19 left in the quarter. Jordan Crawford's 3-pointer with 32 seconds left somewhat salvaged a dismal quarter for the Celtics, who trailed 74-68 entering the fourth. The Cavs scored the first eight points of the fourth, including two free throws by C.J. Miles after taking a flagrant foul from Jason Terry at midcourt. The Celtics never got closer than four points the of the way. Courtesy of: ohio.com

Charlotte B. - Miami Heat 79-89
The Miami Heat got their 59th victory of the season and are just two away from matching the 1996-97 team for the best record in franchise history. Mike Miller had an NBA Finals-esque performance with an impressive 26 points largely based on his 7-11 performance beyond the arc. Other than that, this wasn't too memorable of a victory for the best team in the NBA and part of that did have something to do with the fact that LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were joined by Ray Allen on the bench tonight. Some of it also had to do with the fact that the team allowed the cold shooting 18-58 Charlotte Bobcats to hang around just long enough to put a scare into any HEAT fan who decided to watch this one knowing the team would be a shell of its normal self. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (6'7''-SF-93, college: Kentucky) led the team with 14 rebounds and 18 points, though he took 17 shots to get to that total. The rest of the starters took 50 shots...and only made 11 of them. The team as a whole shot 31.8% from the field and yes the HEAT team defense was certainly competent tonight but a lot of it also had to do with the fact that the Bobcats are the Bobcats. Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) had a well-rounded game with 18 points, 8 rebounds and chipped in 6 assists. Norris Cole had an okay game and seemed to settle down a bit more after a shaky past couple of games but still had 4 turnovers in 21 minutes of action to go along with 5 assists and 8 points. James Jones could not take advantage of extended minutes off the bench and was only able to knock down one 3-pointers in six attempts. Chris Andersen deserves plenty of praise for his solid work on the defensive end and grabbed 8 rebounds as well. But the night belonged to Mike Miller, who has been stashed away semi-quietly on the bench through most of the season on a very deep bench that also added Ray Allen on the offseason. Even when he missed a corner three-point attempt it was still a smart, heads-up play in which the shot clock was almost expiring with just 69 seconds remaining in the game and the Heat hanging on for dear life with just a seven point lead. With a quick catch and release, the shot clock did not expire which allowed Rashard Lewis to snag the offensive rebound and make two subsequent free throws for a little more breathing room and secure that 59th victory. Courtesy of: hothothoops.com



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Broncos Win CBI Title With 80-77 Win Over George Mason - by Eurobasket News

FAIRFAX, Va. -- The Santa Clara Broncos used a big second half and claimed their second postseason tournament title in three seasons winning the College Basketball Invitational presented by Buick in a decisive third game, 80-77 over George Mason on Friday night in Fairfax, Va. Kevin Foster (6'2''-PG) was named the CBI MVP - breaking the CBI scoring record - as he finishes his career at Santa Clara with 431 threes, tying him for No. 4 all-time in NCAA history. He also finishes with 2,423 career points, second-all-time in the West Coast Conference and No. 1 in the Bay Area.

GMU's Patrick Holloway missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer and Santa Clara broke a nine-game winning streak by the home team in the Championship series to become the third team in CBI history to win the title on the road.

Santa Clara finishes at 26-12 and 9-7 in the WCC. George Mason finishes at 22-16 and 10-8 CAA. The Broncos have traveled 8,427 miles during the CBI. The 26 wins are just one short of the school record 27 wins from 1968-69 (27-2).

"I am really proud of our guys," said Bronco head coach Kerry Keating . "With Marc and Kevin as fifth-year seniors we are trying to establish being competitive in tournaments like this in the post-season. It's a process and we are working to build on winning the CIT two years ago and now the CBI this year. We have to stay focused moving forward. I am really excited about our three signees coming in and certainly Nate Kratch, who we redshirted this year and will take Marc's place next year. Our five seniors are leaving behind quite a legacy and have set a high standard. I couldn't be happier or prouder of our guys."

"I am so glad I could end my five years with a win," said Foster, who graduated from Santa Clara last week. "We played hard tonight. We didn't play well the other night. We gave up too many rebounds. We have worked very hard since April 2, 2012 to get here. We worked hard and wanted it all year long."

Santa Clara shot 50 percent from the field (29 of 58), including 30 percent from beyond the arc (6 of 20). The Broncos shot 72.7 percent from the free throw line (16 of 22). They collected 30 rebounds, 15 assists, eight steals, two blocks and had 11 turnovers.

Santa Clara was led by tournament MVP Kevin Foster, who scored 24 points and set a new CBI record with 158. Marc Trasolini added 20, scoring 16 in the second half making his first seven field goals, and Evan Roquemore had 19 hitting four free throws in the final 20 seconds.

George Mason shot 41.8 percent from the field (28 of 67), including 24 percent from beyond the arc (6 of 25). The Patriots shot 68.2 percent from the free throw line (15 of 22). They collected 46 rebounds, 11 assists, four steals, one block and had 16 turnovers.

George Mason was led by Sherrod Wright (6'4''-G), who collected his second straight double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds, Jonathon Arledge added 16 points and Erik Copes grabbed 11 boards.

The Patriots started the game on a 8-0 run - all inside baskets by four different players. Allen scored quickly at 19:51 and Wright added one at 18:37. Copes tipped it in at 17:37 and Arledge dumped it inside at 17:06.

After the Broncos whistled for a 30, they then started their own 8-0 run. Cowels III scored on a miss at 16:52. Roquemore pumped faked it in for a bucket and the and one at 16:39. Foster crushed a three to tie it up at 16:35.

Allen answered with his own three at 16:01. Cowels IIII scored at 15:43.

GMU started another run, this one 12-1. Allen scored from 10 feet out at 15:33, 13-10 GMU. Trasolini was smacked on the arm by Arledge, his second foul early, and after the media timeout Trasolini sank one. Gujanicic scored a couple of free throws at 14:07 and Copes dumped in a miss three by Gujanicic at 13:39. Holloway scored a floater at 12:25 and Allen followed at 11:49, 19-11 GMU. Allen jumped over on top B. Clark, who was whistled for a foul, and he made both free throws at 11:50.

Harrison's thundering dunk on a pass by J. Clarke ended the run at 11:00 with the Broncos trailing 21-13. B. Clark was fouled attacking the basket and he sank both at 10:11. Wright drove under the basket for two at 9:17.

Foster's second triple fell at 9:01. Foster was fouled by Allen, his second, at 7:49 and he sank both. Cowels III scored inside at 7:10 to pull SCU within one, 23-22.

Wright hit a three at 6:07 to stop the Broncos' 7-0 run. Foster hit his third three at 5:39. Gujanicic fouled Trasolini going to the hoop and he sank the second to tie it up 26-26 at 5:20.

GMU then went on a 9-2 run to take a 35-28 lead. Vaughns hit a jumper at 4:55 and scored a free throw at 4:18. Roquemore scored on a tough floater off the glass at 3:43. Edwards scored his first basket, a three from the top of the key at 3:12. Wright added the and one at 2:37.

Cowels III hit a three on a dandy pass by Foster at 2:20 to stop the run. Bennett scored a put-back and Trasolini danced under the basket for two with 42 seconds left, 37-33 GMU - the score at halftime.

In the first half Santa Clara shot 37.9 percent from the field (11 of 29), including 33.3 percent from beyond the arc (4 of 12). The Broncos shot 58.3 percent from the free throw line (7 of 12). They collected 13 rebounds, five assists, four steals, one block and had six turnovers. Santa Clara was led by Foster's 11 points. Five Broncos had two rebounds each and Roquemore had three steals.

George Mason shot 42.4 percent from the field (14 of 33), including 23.1 percent from beyond the arc (3 of 13). The Patriots shot 75 percent from the free throw line (6 of 8). They collected 27 rebounds, 11 offensive, four assists, two steals, one block and had 10 turnovers. George Mason was led by Sherrod Wright with 10 points and 7 boards and Erik Copes had 8 rebounds. Four different GMU players picked up 2 personal fouls.

Foster scored off the glass at 19:35 to start the second half. After a Wright three, Trasolini scored inside at 18:58. The Patriots scored a couple baskets before Trasolini answered inside at 18:10, 44-39 GMU. Foster scored inside on an assist by Roquemore at 17:27.

Trasolini dunked it and was crushed on the no call to pull SCU within one, 44-43. Arledge added two at the free throw line at 16:16. Trasolini scored from four feet out at 15:37. He passed former Bronco Steve Nash, a two-time NBA MVP, with that bucket to move to No. 5 all-time on the scoring list.

Roquemore stole the ball and passed it to Cowels III who pushed it to a wide-open Trasolini under the basket for two and the Broncos led for the first time, 47-46, at 15:27. Foster added one from 10 feet out at 14:41. Wright stopped the Broncos 6-0 run with a basket at 13:57. Roquemore scored at 13:06, 51-48 Broncos. Wright added a pair of free throws at 12:52.

Roquemore drove the close-to-empty lane for two at 12:10 and the Broncos went up 55-50. After the Patriots 14th turnover, the Broncos Trasolini scored again at 11:34, 57-50 Broncos.

GMU then went on a 9-3 run. Wright answered with a three at 11:22. Foster picked up his third foul of the game at 9:43 on Allen's and one.

Cowels III stole the ball from Allen at 9:03. Roquemore tipped in his own miss to stop the run at 8:23. Vaughns tied it up 59-59 at 8:06.

Foster's fourth three of the game made it 62-59.

Copes added a free throw at 7:28. Copes picked up his fourth foul on Trasolini at 7:14 and he sank both to make it 64-60. Arledge drove inside to score at 6:56. J. Clarke was stripped of the ball and Wright dunked on him at 6:30. McArthur quieted the crowd with a four-footer 10 seconds later.

Arledge gave Mason a brief lead at 5:28. McArthur's jumper tied it back up at 5:01. Roquemore hit a pair from the charity stripe and then Wright dumped in a Arledge miss at 4:11 to tie it up 70-70.

Arledge scored a free throw at 3:19 and Roquemore answered with two at 2:24, 72-71 Broncos. Arledge's jump hook was good at 1:35.

Foster's three, his fifth of the game to move to a tie at No. 4 all-time in NCAA history, was good to put SCU up 75-73 at 1:09. He is tied with former Tennessee All-American Chris Lofton (431, 2005-08).

Vaughns made one, but missed the second free throw and Cowels III grabbed the rebound and quickly passed it to Roquemore. He was fouled by Vaughns with 19 seconds left. Roquemore sank both to put SCU up 77-74.

After the Patriots took the ball down the court, they whistled for time with 16.7 seconds left. Allen scored under the basket with 11.3 seconds left and the Patriots whistled for their last timeout, with the Broncos leading 77-76.

Roquemore was mauled with 8.3 seconds left. He stepped to the line and sank both to go up 79-76. Keating whistled for time, the Broncos final timeout.

Roquemore fouled Wright with 4.6 seconds left coming across the half-court line. He missed the first one and sank the second, 79-77 Broncos.

Foster was fouled as soon as he grabbed the inbounds pass. He stepped to the line and sank one. Broncos 80-77. Patrick Holloway had an open look for a potential game-tying three at the buzzer, but the shot bounced off the front of the rim.

Game Notes

Evan Roquemore broke the school record for single-season assists. He finished the year with 196 assists, topping John Woolery (1993-94, 190).

Kevin Foster made 431 career threes and finishes his career tied at No. 4 all-time in NCAA history with former Tennessee All-American Chris Lofton (430, 2005-08). Foster passed the Golden State Warriors' guard Stephen Curry (414, Davidson, 2006-09) to take over the No. 5 spot at Wright State. Foster has scored 19+ in 64 of his 133 career games. He has 15+ in 89 career games.

Kevin Foster started his 125th career game after setting the school record vs. LMU on Feb. 28. Foster played in his 133rd game and will finish No. 3 all-time behind teammates Marc Trasolini and Raymond Cowels III.

Marc Trasolini and Raymond Cowels III played in their 137th career game and already own the school record. Cowels III also started his 68th straight game for the Broncos. Trasolini started his 109th career game. Playing in his 128th career game,Niyi Harrison is tied for No. 4 all-time (Ben Dowdell, 2008-11).

Kevin Foster is No. 5 on the WCC single season with 89 steals, including two at GMU on April 3. Foster set the school record for single season steals at Wright State on March 27. He is No. 6 on the WCC career list and tied with Terrell Lowery (231, 1988-92).

Trasolini's bucket from four feet out at 15:37 in the second half pushed him past Steve Nash for No. 5 on the all-time scorers list.

It is the second time in three years and just the third time in 17 years that Santa Clara has played in the post-season. It is the 17th post-season appearance in school history (23-18: 11-13 NCAA; 2-4 NIT, 5-0 CIT, 5-1 CBI).
Courtesy of: http://www.santaclarabroncos.com



NetScouts Basketball Men's All-International Teams - by Carl Berman

NetScouts Basketball has named their Men's College Basketball All-International teams for the 2012-13 season. They are as follows:

INTERNATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kelly Olynyk (7'0''-F-91) (70, Gonzaga, Jr., F/C) Canada

17.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg

Olynyk came back from his redshirt season as the most improved player in the country as he led Gonzaga to a #1-rating in the polls prior to the NCAA Tournament. He was the most efficient player in the country averaging 26.8 points and 11.1 rebounds over a 40-minute span on 65.6% shooting from the field. He went from not being considered an NBA prospect to a likely mid-first round selection in the 2013 NBA Draft.

ALL-INTERNATIONAL TEAMS

1st Team

Anthony Bennett (UNLV, 68, Fr., PF) Canada 16.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg
Matthew Dellavedova (ST. MARYS, 64 Sr., PG) Australia 15.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 6.4 apg
Gorgui Dieng (LOUISVILLE, 611, Jr., C) Senegal 10.2 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.5 bpg
Arsalan Kazemi (OREGON, 67, Sr., F) Iran - 9.4 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.0 spg
Kelly Olynyk (GONZAGA, 70, Jr, F/C) Canada 17.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg

2nd Team

Kevin Pangos (GONZAGA, 62, Soph., PG) Canada 12.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.4 apg
Ryan Broekhoff (VALPARIASO, 67, Sr., F) Australia 15.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg
Brock Motum (WASHINGTON STATE, 610, Sr., F) Australia 18.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg
Elias Harris (GONZAGA, 68, Sr., F) Germany 14.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg
Alex Len (MARYLAND, 71, Soph.,C) Ukraine 11.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.1 bpg

3rd Team

Olivier Hanlan (BOSTON COLLEGE, 64, Fr., PG) Canada 15.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.2 apg
Anthony Drmic (BOISE STATE, 66, Soph., F) Croatia-Australia 17.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.3 apg
Melvin Ejim (IOWA STATE, 66, Jr., F) Canada 11.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg
Kenny Kadji (MIAMI-FL, 611, Sr., F) Cameroon 12.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg
Dwight Powell (STANFORD, 610, Jr., F) Canada 14.9 ppg, 8.4 rpg

Honorable Mention

Steven Adams (Pittsburgh - New Zealand), Cameron Bairstow (New Mexico - Australia), Junior Cadougan (Marquette - Canada), Justin Edwards (Maine - Canada), Ashley Hamilton (Loyola Marymount - Great Britain), Amath M'Baye (Oklahoma - Senegal), Daniel Mullings (New Mexico State - Canada), Nik Stauskas (Michigan - Canada), Bandja Sy (New Mexico State - Mali), Marc Trasolini (Santa Clara - Canada), Mouphtaou Yarou (Villanova - Benin)

Carl Berman is a Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball and can be followed on twitter here.



East beats West 87-81 in college all-star game - by Eurobasket News

Rodney McGruder stepped to the line in the cavernous Georgia Dome, took a couple of quick breaths, and knocked down four straight foul shots to finish off his career a winner. Kansas State's guard finished with 11 points, James Ennis of Long Beach State scored 13 and the East team beat the West 87-81 on Friday night in a college all-star game at the Final Four. The East team, coached by Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin, built a 15-point lead in the second half before squandering nearly all of it. But the West, coached by Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg, couldn't finish the comeback, even though they started fouling down the stretch to extend the game. Jake Cohen of Davidson made a couple free throws, and McGruder made the final four with less than 20 seconds left in the game to wrap up the victory. "It was fun, you know? Playing with guys you aren't used to," said McGruder, who led the Wildcats to a share of the Big 12 title this season, before breaking into a smile. "I won my last college game, and it was at the Georgia Dome." E.J. Singler of Oregon and Brandon Davies of BYU finished with 12 each for the East team. Iowa State's Will Clyburn, playing one last time with his college coach, led the West with 17 points and eight rebounds. Mike Muscala of Bucknell scored 15 points and Notre Dame's Jack Cooley had 13 points and 10 rebounds as both teams struggled to shoot in the converted football stadium. "It was a great feeling," Clyburn said. "Fun being here in an all-star game." The game featured 11 seniors on each team, including Baylor guard Pierre Jackson, who led his team to the NIT championship the previous night at Madison Square Garden. He hopped on a plane and made it to Atlanta, but watched the game in warm-ups without ever stepping onto the floor. The game basically amounted to a scrimmage with both teams hardly having a chance to meet each other, much less practice or even shoot against the blank backdrop of the Georgia Dome. As you'd expect, there were just about as many air balls as made shots early on _ but there were a few dunks, including one by Davies off a feed from Ohio's D.J. Cooper that brought several thousand fans who turned out to watch to their feet, and some nifty ball movement on both sides. Creighton's Gregory Echenique probably would beg to differ with the notion that it was little more than an exhibition game, though. He got popped under the basket during one rebound flurry and had to leave the court with a towel held up to his lip to stop the blood. The East team built a 43-33 lead at halftime, but the West managed to close the gap behind a 17-4 run fed primarily by 3-pointers. The East pulled back out to a 77-66 advantage in the closing minutes, but Hoiberg started pressing and then had his team foul in the final seconds. "I kind of felt obligated to try to win," he said with a shrug. It nearly worked, too, until Cohen and McGruder made enough free throws to wrap it up.
Courtesy of: winonadailynews.com



Michigan's Trey Burke wins Wooden Award, Robertson Trophy - by Eurobasket News

The national awards stage is becoming a showcase for Michigan's Trey Burke (6'0''-PG-92). Burke added to his awards haul Friday morning, as he won the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball's most outstanding player in a live presentation on ESPN. Burke is the first U-M player to earn the honor. Earlier Friday, he also won the Oscar Robertson Trophy for national player of the year, given by the United States Basketball Writers Association, in a presentation at the Marriott Marquis. Burke is the second point guard in the last 25 years to win the USBWA award, which was named for Robertson in 1998. He is the second U-M player to earn it, joining Cazzie Russell in 1966. " (It's an honor) just to be in the conversation with Oscar Robertson, one of the greatest players, in my opinion, of all time," Burke said. "I know he averaged a triple-double and that's pretty much all I needed to hear. He was before my time, but I had an opportunity to watch him play before and see some film on him. "He went to Cincinnati, a school in my home state. I'm familiar with him and I'm honored to be in this situation to be receiving this award today." Robertson, for whom the award was named in 1998, joined Burke for the presentation. "It's difficult for guards to win anything; if you look at basketball throughout history, they always look at the big people," Robertson joked. "I think guards do all the work; you're a thinking coach out there." On Saturday, Burke will lead Michigan against Syracuse at the Georgia Dome for a spot in Monday's national championship. On Thursday, he was named the Associated Press national player of the year and the winner of the Bob Cousy Award as the nation's top point guard. The final major award, the Naismith Award, will be presented Monday. Burke averaged 18.8 points and 6.8 assists this season. He missed Thursday's ceremony for AP player of the year because of practice and said he didn't even get to see the trophy. "I saw a picture of it," he joked. "They said they were going to send it to campus so I'm sure it'll be there when I get back." Coach John Beilein was proud of Burke's achievement as just the ninth sophomore to win the award and the seventh player from the Big Ten. "On behalf of the University of Michigan, we're thrilled to have that trophy and Oscar Robertson's name as part of Michigan lore as well, with Trey winning this award," Beilein said. Burke officially will be presented the Robertson trophy April 15 in Oklahoma City.
Courtesy of: detroitnews.com



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Saints def. Sharks in first pre-season game - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Wellington Saints have won their first National Basketball League preseason game tonight, against the Southland Sharks 90-63.

American import Andrew Warren (195-G-87, college: Bradley) led all scorers with 32 points, while point guards Lindsay Tait (Saints) and Kevin Braswell (Sharks) had 19 points each.

Saints forward Arthur Trousdell came off in the second minute of the game with a split eyebrow, returning to the game shortly after and finished with 10 points.

Sixteen-year-old Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa played solid minutes for the Saints, hitting a three early in the game to calm his nerves.

After trailing after the first and second periods, the Saints came out firing in the third quarter, defence keying a 33-11 period and out-scoring the Sharks 56-27 in the second half.

The Saints are hosting the NBL pre-season tournament at Porirua's Te Rauparaha Arena this weekend, giving an opportunity for most teams to have their first game together for the season.

Wellington Saints 90 (Andrew Warren 32, Lindsay Tait 19, Arthur Trousdell 10)
Southland Sharks 63 (Kevin Braswell 19, Brian Conklin 15, James Paringatai 11)



Vodanovich off to college - by Eurobasket News

Junior Tall Black Tom Vodanovich (202-F-94) has committed to attending James Madison University in Harrisonbeurg, Virginia, next season.

At 2.02m, Vodanovich has previously plays power forward for Wellington, St Pats College and New Zealand, but may yet find his best position at small forward.

He caught the attention of American coaches when he dropped 27 points/12 rebounds for the JTBs against a US selection in China last year.

In August, Vodanovich, developed through Kenny McFaddens NZ Basketball Academy, attended the Adidas Nations camp in Los Angeles and this year, he has worked on improving his game at the SPIRE Institute in Ohio.

The James Madison Dukes finished this season with a 21-15 record and were eliminated by Indiana in the second round of NCAA tournament play, after winning the Colonial Athletic Association title.

Despite Steven Adams decision to enter the NBA draft, Vodanovich will join a strong Kiwi male contingent in the NCAA Division I next season, including Rob Loe (St Louis University), Isaac Fotu (University of Hawaii), Stuart McEwen (Old Dominion University) and Tai Webster, who has committed to University of Nebraska this year.
Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.org.nz



NZ U17 squads named - by Eurobasket News

Emerging Junior Tall Blacks coach Paul Henare has named his roster to contest the the 2013 FIBA Oceania U17 Championships at Knox (Melbourne), Australia from September 26-28.

The mens and womens series double as world championships qualifying events, and while Henare has been finalised his JTB roster, womens coach Aik Ho will hold off naming his 12-strong Emerging Junior Tall Ferns team until after Womens Basketball Championship playoffs in June.

U17 Men
Yuat Alok (Auckland), Joseph Cook-Green (Otago), Isaac Davidson (Waitakere West Auckland), Matthew Freeman (North Harbour), Kane Keil (Auckland), Nikau McCullough (Waikato), Shou Nisbet (Canterbury), Reuben Porter (Waitakere West Auckland) Richard Rodger (Otago), Jackson Stent (North Harbour), Sam Timmins (Otago), Tai Wynyard (Waitakere West Auckland)

Reserves: Logan Hunt (North Harbour), Connor Johnston (Tauranga City), Mikaere Watene (Rotorua)

Coach: Paul Henare
Assistant coach: Seth Weakley
Manager: Jill Bolger
Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.org.nz



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Nizwa celebrate Omani title - by Eurobasket News

Nizwa are the new Omani League champions. They overcame Al Seeb 62:60 in the Final. It was the 10th Omani League title for Nizwa. The last seasons champions Ahli Sadab finished third.
Bojan Vuckevic was trumped the MVP of the tournament. Brandon Palmer of Al Seeb became the top scorer of the League.



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Norwalk Basketball Player Signs To Play As Pro In Peru - by Eurobasket News

NORWALK, Conn. For most of his career, people told Norwalks William Schwartzstein (206-F/C-84, college: Emory & Henry) that he could not and would not have a career in professional basketball. Now, he has a pro contract, a dream fulfilled and the knowledge that his convictions were right all along.

Schwartzstein, a 2002 graduate of Norwalk High School, signed in late March to play with a professional team in Peru. The player who was told time and again he couldnt and wouldnt finally did.

I definitely had many doubts that this day would ever come, Schwartzstein wrote in an email. Over the course of my playing career I have experienced more negativity than positive remarks."

A high school coach once told him that he wouldn't play after high school. Friends and family said his dream was unrealistic.

"I even doubted myself plenty of times," Schwartzstein said. Playing is what makes him happy, though, he said, and kept him going.

I'm also the type of person who likes to prove others wrong, he said.

After playing at Norwalk, Schwartzstein went on to a solid career at Emory & Henry College in Virginia. The 6-foot, 10-inch center set the career record for blocked shots, and was twice near the top of the schools list for most blocks in a single season. After college, he became a personal trainer, coached and even took time off from the game.

In 2011, he joined a semipro team in Washington, D.C. The Metropolitan All-Stars played in the Eastern Basketball Alliance, and finished second last year.

The team organized a tour of Peru this winter with the goal of getting players professional deals. Schwartzstein's luck came through - he was picked up by the Inmaculada Lobos of the Liga de Lima.

While Schwartzstein had many doubters, a few believed in him.

Sherwood Taylor, his AAU coach in Norwalk, was among Schwartzsteins biggest supporters. "He helped instill a work ethic to be great and accept nothing less," Schwartzstein said.

"He also taught me there's more to life than basketball and that I could use the sport to open many doors in my life, and he was right, he said.

Bob Johnson, his former coach at Emory & Henry, also kept Schwartzsteins fire lit. Teammates and staff with his team in D.C. also provided support. The encouragement of a few overrode the doubts of many.

I don't know what I would be doing if people like these mentioned had not been a part of my life, Schwartzstein said.
Courtesy of: http://norwalk.dailyvoice.com



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

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

Regular Season: Round 23

Apr. 5: Alaska Aces - Rain or Shine 89-84
Apr. 3: Air21 Express - Barangay Ginebra 84-90
Apr. 3: Talk N Text - San Mig Coffee 82-83
Apr. 5: Meralco Bolts - Petron Blaze 102-92

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 6: Global Port - Talk N Text
Apr. 7: Petron Blaze - Barako Bull
Apr. 7: Barangay Ginebra - Meralco Bolts



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Standings - DBE

TBL Standings
Places 1-6
 1. PGE Turow 19-9 
 2. Anwil 18-10 
 3. Stelmet ZG 18-10 
 4. Trefl Sopot 17-11 
 5. Asseco Prok. 17-11 
 6. Energa Czarni 15-13 
Places 7-12
 1. Polpharma 15-13 
 2. AZS Koszalin 14-14 
 3. Siarka Jezioro 11-17 
 4. Rosa Radom 9-19 
 5. Start Gdynia 9-19 
 6. Kotwica 6-22 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 7

Places 1-6

Apr. 6: PGE Turow - Anwil

Places 7-12

Apr. 5: Polpharma - Siarka Jezioro 86-83 OT
Apr. 5: Start Gdynia - Rosa Radom 76-70
Apr. 5: Kotwica - AZS Koszalin 53-58
Apr. 7: Start Gdynia - Siarka Jezioro
Apr. 7: Polpharma - Rosa Radom


Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson gets MVP of the Week award for Polish TBL (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

American Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-C-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Energa Czarni and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
The 29-year old center had a double-double of 24 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Asseco Prok. (#5, 17-11) with 37-point margin 90-53. Energa Czarni maintains the 6th position in Polish TBL. Energa Czarni is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 13th lost game this season out of 28 games. Gadri-Nicholson turned to be Energa Czarni's top player in his first season with the team. Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson averages this season 12.3ppg and 7.8rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old U.S. Virgin Islands point guard Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) of Stelmet ZG. Hodge impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists. Bad luck as Stelmet ZG was edged by slightly higher-ranked Anwil (18-10) 85-84. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Stelmet ZG still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 18-10 record is not bad at all. Hodge is well-known by Stelmet ZG fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.4ppg (#1). He also recorded 5.4 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) of Trefl Sopot (#4). Dylewicz showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, five rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Dylewicz's great performance Trefl Sopot lost 74-82 to #1 ranked PGE Turow. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Trefl Sopot needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 17 victories and 11 lost games. Dylewicz has a great season in Poland. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.3ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Seid Hajric (203-F-83) of Anwil - 20 points and 7 rebounds
5. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84) of Stelmet ZG - 18 points and 3 rebounds
6. Ivan Opacak (201-SG-80) of PGE Turow - 15 points and 8 rebounds
7. Valdas Dabkus (204-PF-84) of Energa Czarni - 16 points and 4 rebounds
8. Damian Kulig (206-F/C-87) of PGE Turow - 10 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marcus Ginyard (196-G/F-87) of Anwil - 20 points and 2 rebounds
10. Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) of Stelmet ZG - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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Standings - Proliga

Proliga Standings
 1. Maia Basket 16-3 
 2. Oliveirense 16-3 
 3. Electrico FC 15-4 
 4. Illiabum 12-8 
 5. Sangalhos 10-9 
 6. Guifoes 9-10 
 7. Angra 7-12 
 8. Terceira 6-13 
 9. Benfica B 5-14 
 10. Leca 5-14 
 11. Ginasio 4-15 

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 6: Sangalhos - Oliveirense
Apr. 6: Guifoes - Ginasio
Apr. 6: Electrico FC - Terceira
Apr. 6: Leca - Benfica B
Apr. 6: Maia Basket - Angra



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Standings - BSN

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Apr. 5: Guaynabo - Ponce 99-91 OT
Apr. 5: Quebradillas - Bayamon 88-86
Apr. 5: Mayaguez - Humacao 87-83

Regular Season: Round 4

Apr. 6: Humacao - Guayama
Apr. 6: San German - Guaynabo
Apr. 6: Arecibo - Quebradillas


Leones continues impressive run by dominating Arecibo - by Luis Modestti


Leones de Ponce defeated Capitanes de Arecibo 97-75 to have a 2-0 start this season.

Rick Apodaca, Chris Gaston (201-F, college: Fordham) and Garret Siler netted 18 points each. Gaston and Siler grabbed 20 rebounds between them and won the battle on the boards against Capitanes.

The hosts struggled to score in the first minutes of the game. Arecibo had Joey Graham and Peter John Ramos as their main source of offense in the first quarter which they dominated 21-14.

Gabriel Colon started the offensive surge of Ponce and then Apodaca and Gaston joined the party and the first half finished tied at 39. They carried the momentum in the second half and the team did a great job on defense to dominate the last 20 minutes.

Angel Vassallo scored 17 and Joey Graham 15 for Arecibo who now has a 1-1 record.

In Guayama, Brujos dominated Cangrejeros de Santurce 77-71. Brujos won the first half 40-26 led by Angel Figueroa with 14 points and Joel Jones (196-G/F-81, college: Sacramento St.) added 11.

Cangrejeros made a valiant effort to come back in the second half but Jones secured the game with 17 points in that part of the game. He finished with 28 and Figueroa 19. Guayama is now 1-1.

Leon Williams scored 17 and Alex Galindo 16 for Santurce who own a 0-2 record.

There are three games on schedule for today:

Caciques-Gigantes @ Indios de Mayaguez
Leones de Ponce @ Mets de Guaynabo
Vaqueros de Bayamon @ Piratas de Quebradillas.

All games start at 8:00 pm.



Caciques-Gigantes sign Erazo - by Luis Modestti

Caciques-Gigantes de Humacao-Carolina added depth to their backcourt by signing veteran guard Armando Erazo (183-PG-87) to a one-year deal.

Erazo played last season with Caciques and averaged 4,95 points in 19 games. He had a 23-point game against Brujos at the end of the season and was an efficient scorer during the year.

He is expected to make his debut tonight against Indios de Mayaguez. Caciques-Gigantes had an impressive start this season by beating Santurce 87-73.



Brujos added Greene - by Luis Modestti


Brujos de Guayama added Donte Greene (206-F-88, college: Syracuse) to their roster after being released by San German.

Greene played the first game with San German who lost in Arecibo 105-81. He scored 6 points and grabbed 3 rebounds in 21:31 played.

Guayama has a 1-1 record, losing to Ponce and winning yesterday over Santurce 77-71. Their other imports are center Josh Harrellson and guard Juan Coronado. Their next game is Sunday at Carolina against Caciques-Gigantes.



Atleticos make a quick move and sign Hickerson - by Marcos Carlo

After just one game San German released Donte Greene and signed small forward LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82, college: Cumberlands).

Greene only scored 6 points against Arecibo, shooting 2-13 from the field.

In his place comes Hickerson who has prior experience in San German where he played in 2010 and averaged 20 points. He was with Halcones Xalapa this season and scored 21.6 points per game.

San German has an important home game tomorrow against Guaynabo and could make more moves soon.



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Rockers rock Baya in OT to reach final - by Eurobasket News

MBU Rockers outscored Baya 10-3 in overtime (OT) and downed coach Michel Malbrooks team with an 87-80 victory in the second mens semifinal of the Curtain-raiser tournament.

Finishing with 21 points, Pascal Bibi sealed the deal for the Rockers who will be making a second consecutive final appearance against PLS Hawks after losing last years Seychelles Basketball Federation (SBF) Cup final to the same Hawks team on a 61-111 score.
Bibi led three other rockers in double digits Daniel Hoareau (15 points), Brian Morel (G) (15) and playmaker Nigel Sinon (12).
The Rockers got off to a good start in Wednesdays game at the Victoria Gymnasium. They kept up the scoring in the first period to head into the second quarter with an eight-point advantage (20-12). But Baya won the second quarter 22-12 to go for the breather with a slim two-point margin 34-32.
The third quarter had a similar pattern as the first as the Rockers outscored Baya 21-14 to bring the score to 53-48 and they carried a five-point lead into the fourth.
But Baya were not to go down without a fight. They came down hard on the Rockers in the fourth quarter which they won 29-24 and the game ended on a tie 77-77 needing overtime to decide the winners.
In OT, the Rockers outpaced Baya 10-3 to run out 87-80 winners.
Dave Roseline carried Bayas scoring load with 31 points and he was helped in offence by Timmy Adam with 11.

PLS Hawks qualified for the final earlier in the week with an 89-76 win against Premium Cobras. Nigerian Alao Solomon scored a game-high 35 points for the Hawks in the semifinal win against Premium Cobras whom they also beat 83-60 in last years Curtain-raiser final.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  SPAIN   

Standings - LEB Gold

LEB Gold Standings
 1. Andorra 20-3 
 2. A.Ford Burgos 20-4 
 3. Lucentum 16-7 
 4. Palencia 14-9 
 5. Breogan 12-11 
 6. Forca Lleida 11-13 
 7. FCB Regal II 10-13 
 8. Clavijo 10-14 
 9. Caceres 10-14 
 10. Lobe Huesca 10-14 
 11. Planasa NV 9-14 
 12. Coruna 9-15 
 13. Ourense 8-16 
 14. Melilla 6-18 

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 5: A.Ford Burgos - Clavijo 87-72
Apr. 5: Melilla - Coruna 75-80
Apr. 5: Ourense - Forca Lleida 72-77
Apr. 5: Lobe Huesca - Caceres 69-73
Apr. 5: Andorra - FCB Regal II
Apr. 7: Lucentum - Planasa NV
Apr. 6: Breogan - Palencia


Pau Gasol added 19 points, and Los Angeles stayed in the final playoff position - by Eurobasket News

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant had 24 points and nine assists, Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) added 19 points, and Los Angeles stayed in the final playoff position in the Western Conference with a victory over Memphis.

Dwight Howard hit a free throw with 4.1 seconds left for the Lakers, who have won three straight in the final weeks of their desperate push for a postseason spot. Los Angeles also avoided getting swept in its season series with the Grizzlies, whose four-game winning streak ended.

Mike Conley scored 21 points before missing a potential go-ahead jumper with 5 seconds left and another layup before the buzzer for playoff-bound Memphis, which fell one game behind Denver for the fourth seed in the West. The Grizzlies couldn't score in the final 2 minutes.

Dwight Howard had nine points and 10 rebounds, while Earl Clark and Antawn Jamison contributed 13 points apiece off the bench as the Lakers won without injured starters Steve Nash and Metta World Peace.
Courtesy of: philstar.com



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  THAILAND   


ASEAN League: Slammers extend losing skid for Heat - by Eurobasket News

Saigon Heat - Thailand Slammers 75:90

The Thailand Slammers claimed the sixth win in the season. They upset the Saigon Heat in the Vietnamese capital tonight. It was at the same time the tenth straight loss for the Heat. Christien Charles (216-F/C-81, college: Villanova) and Chanachon Klahan (190-F-84) notched 17 points for the winners.
The Heat led by two points at the end of the opening quarter 26:24. But the Slammers turned things around in the second period. They adjusted defensively limiting their opponents to 10 points. The Slammers gained a 41:36 halftime lead. The Slammers maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. The visitors accumulated an 8-point advantage heading into the fourth frame. The Thai outfit erupted for 29 points in the final period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Darrius Brannon (206-F-83, college: Houston) produced 16 points for the winners. Dior Lowhorn (201-F-87, college: USF) answered with 26 points for the Heat. Chris Sumalinog chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Saigon Heat: Dior Lowhorn 26, Chris Sumalinog 16
Thailand Slammers: Christien Charles 17, Chanachon Klahan 17, Darrius Brannon 16



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  TURKEY   


EuroLeague: Besiktas finish with victory in Istanbul derby - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas - Fenerbahce 80:73

Besiktas defeated their cross-town rivals Fenerbahce to end their EuroLeague campaign on a high note. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, agency: Alti Sport, college: Duke) posted 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Both teams however did not make it into the playoffs.
Fenerbahce dominated in the first quarter. They cleared off to a 27:17 lead after ten minutes. The visitors boosted the gap in the second quarter. Fenerbahce accounted for a 46:33 halftime lead. But Besiktas took over in the third frame. The hosts went on a massive 26:13 run in the quarter to level things up at 59. Damir Markota (209-F-85) and Daniel Ewing gave the hosts a 77:71 lead with just over a minute remaining. Damir Markota and Daniel Ewing then followed with three points to seal the win for Besiktas. Damir Markota netted 16 points, while Ricky Minard (196-F/G-82, college: Morehead St.) provided 13 points in the victory. Oguz Savas (212-C-87) answered with 14 points for Fenerbahce. Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) chipped 12 points in the loss.

Besiktas: Daniel Ewing 17, Damir Markota 16, Ricky Minard 13
Fenerbahce: Oguz Savas 14, Uros Tripkovic 12



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Syracuse Basketball: Rakeem Christmas in Line for Leap to Stardom - by David Edole

By Maxwell Ogden

As the 2013 NCAA tournament enters the legendary stage of the Final Four, the anticipation for star performances has grown to a season high. This comes with good reason, as we've witnessed countless players make the leap to college stardom and NBA prospect via standout performances.

One of the players in line for such an outing is Syracuse big man Rakeem Christmas (206-F/C-91).

As Syracuse's enforcer, Christmas is far from the most decorated player on the Orange's roster. With that said, interior defense is becoming a valuable commodity at the NBA level.

In an era when small ball is at a premium, Christmas fits the bill of this generation's NBA rim protector.

he body and ability are both there.

Christmas is 6'9" and 222 pounds with a 7'2" wingspan. The sophomore interior player has the build of an NBA player and, upon filling out, should be able to bang down low at the next level.

The question is simplewhat must Christmas do to make the leap into NBA consideration?

Thus far in the 2013 NCAA tournament, the Syracuse Orange are holding opponents to 45.8 points per game. In that time, Rakeem Christmas is averaging 1.3 blocks in 15.8 minutes per contest.

Christmas will need to stay on the floor, avoid foul trouble and continue blocking shots if he wants to see his draft stock rise.

It's fair to assume that Christmas is at least one year away from being a first-round draft choice. With that said, scouts and general managers will need to see him step up as the enforcer of the 2-3 zone.

In a defense that does not always translate to the NBA, Christmas must find a way to impose his individual will.

Matched up against the Michigan Wolverines, Christmas will have the opportunity to make plays. Trey Burke is an elite point guard who thrives in the drive-and-dish, while Glenn Robinson III is a dominant slasher.

In other words, Michigan will be looking to make plays at the rim.

For that reason, it's imperative that Christmas alters shots and understands how to play the passing lanes. With Burke being such a crafty playmaker, the zone perimeter will be broken rather often.

If Christmas is able to step up against a crop of NBA prospects, his own stock would skyrocket.

Battling Mitch McGary
Thus far in the 2013 NCAA tournament, Michigan Wolverines center Mitch McGary is averaging 17.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game. In that time, McGary has proved to be an elite energy player due to his motor and physicality.

It just so happens that Rakeem Christmas will be matched up on him more times than not in the 2-3 zone.

As Syracuse's rim protector, Christmas will spend a majority of his time down low. Since McGary makes his living down low, it will be up to Syracuse's sophomore defensive leader to step up as an on-ball defender.

More importantly, Christmas will need to crash the boards with timing and tenacity.

Christmas is averaging 3.5 rebounds in 15.8 minutes during the NCAA tournament. With his playing time likely to increase to offset McGary's production, those rebounding numbers will need to follow.

The question is simplecan Christmas stay out of foul trouble? If he does, this could be the game that launches his name into draft stardom.

There's nothing like a dominant Final Four performance.



Hughes senior point guard Angel Rivera to take official visit to High Point - by David Edole

Hughes senior point guard Angel Rivera-Cuencas (170-PG) will take an official visit to High Point on April 19, according to Hughes boys basketball coach Bryan Wyant.

Rivera, who helped lead Hughes to its first district title since the 1955-56 season, was Division II third-team all-district. He averaged 16.5 points, 8.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds.

The source says Rivera has a top five (in no order) of High Point, Cornell, Morehead State, St. Catharine College and St. Francis.



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Matrix sign Three Players - by David Walls

David Walls Reports:
4/5/2013

The GIE Maile Matrix on Monday began to remodel their roster with the acquisition of three proven players.

The club, which has lost 3 out of it's last 6 games, signed AND 1 standout and ESPN City SLAM Dunk Champion Marvin "HighRizer" Collins (6'2''-G-83), sharpshooter Antonio Webb (5'10''-G-84, college: Beth.-Cookman) and Team USA standout James Justice (5'10''-PG-89, college: Martin Methodist) (returning from overseas).

"We need to change things up", said GIE head coach D.J. Douglas . Last season we lost one game and now we already have 6 losses. I'm not a loser and these guys are. If you don't want to do thing the GIE way you will be replaced.

Collins not a proven pro player spent the last 5 years touring with the world famous AND 1 Mix Tape Tour. He attended Lynn University after a very impressive JuCo career at South GA Tech (1st Team All-Conference). It's hard to say what Collins transition will be but if he plays defense and finish like I have seen this could help GIE get back on track.

Webb is no stranger to the UBA averaging over 20ppg in each of his 3 seasons. He was also named a UBA all-star in 2011 along with All-UBA honors. In 2010 Webb led GIE to it's 2nd UBA championship being named the finals MVP. Webb is returning from Qatar.

An then there's James Justice. The 5'9 super human dunk machine. But Justice is more than just dunks. Last season he helped led GIE to i't 3rd championship winning co-final MVP with Jermaine Barnes. He would later join Team USA in the William Jones Cup In Taiwan where he was an instant fan favorite for his show time dunks. Justice would later be drafted in the NBA DL and finally joining U.S.Monastir of Tunisia. He is currently leading the league in scoring with 23.4ppg.

GIE is currently ranked 2nd in the Southern Conference and stand to have the 4th seed out of 6 if the UBA playoffs started today.



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  UGANDA   


Baskeball Coaches Set to Learn Fresh Skills - by Eurobasket News

International coaching clinic (April 6-7)
Venue: Nakasero Primary
National basketball teams in Uganda are typically dominated by head coaches who are still too few to choose from.
While the women's national team grabbed a 3rd place spotlight at the zone 5 championships in Dar es Salaam this January, emphasis only went to the muscle and not the brains of the team's success.
The coaches Association thus decided to ensure that the brains behind successful teams would be acknowledged by organising an International basketball coaching clinic.
The two-day coaching clinic to be held at Nakasero Primary School comes is timely, with the national basketball league set to start just around the corner.
With so few coaches being produced in the Ugandan league, the Federation of Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA) has taken the leap of faith to try and attract more coaches to help grow the sport.
Coaches like Timothy Odeke and Mandy Juruni who have had successful careers at the helm of the national teams and later leading KCCA Leopards and Warriors teams to national league championships are set to benefit.
Conducting the clinic will be Ronnie Owino, an accomplished Kenyan coach who is expected to emphasize communication and training skills to the coaches.
The clinic also targets teaching coaches to relish the role of teacher. As the league continues to get younger, there will be a need for talented young coaches who speak the players' language.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Team Koma, Malinga in epic finale - by Joel Nature

After several Fridays of slam dunking shows, partying and street basketball Castle Lite Friday Night Lights (FNL) comes to an end with Team Koma taking on Team Malinga for the big prize.

Henry Malingas team made the semifinals after ousting two-time champions Team Ikong 67-64 in the semi-finals whereas MVP Ben Komakechs side edged Team Blick 65-64 in a thrilling encounter.
It is a great honour to be in the title game, said Komakech whose team is yet to lose.
Everybody has vowed to give it his best so that we win the title. It will be painful if we dont win tonight. Team Malinga are itching to win the grand finale.

We know everything about our opponent tonight, said Malinga.
We love this game and are going to give the fans a good game of basketball. There will also be the various entertainment games for the fans and celebrities.



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  UNITED KINGDOM   

Standings - BBL

BBL Standings
 1. Leicester R. 29-3 
 2. Newcastle E. 25-6 
 3. Glasgow Rocks 20-12 
 4. Surrey Heat 20-12 
 5. Plymouth R. 19-12 
 6. Worcester W. 19-13 
 7. Sheffield S. 16-16 
 8. London Lions 12-20 
 9. Manchester G. 11-20 
 10. Durham W. 10-22 
 11. Cheshire P. 8-22 
 12. Mersey Tigers 0-31 

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 5: Newcastle E. - Glasgow Rocks 93-80
Apr. 5: Mersey Tigers - Durham W. 87-100
Apr. 5: Worcester W. - Leicester R. 86-58
Apr. 5: Manchester G. - London Lions 85-87
Apr. 2: Sheffield S. - Newcastle E. 70-60
Apr. 3: London Lions - Leicester R. 63-89
Apr. 6: Plymouth R. - Worcester W.
Apr. 7: Surrey Heat - Plymouth R.
Apr. 7: Durham W. - Manchester G.
Apr. 7: Leicester R. - Newcastle E.
Apr. 7: Glasgow Rocks - Mersey Tigers
Apr. 7: Cheshire P. - Sheffield S.


Standings - EBL Conf.

EBL D1 Standings
 1. Reading R. 20-3 
 2. Tees Valley M. 16-7 
 3. Bristol AF 15-8 
 4. Leeds Carnegie 15-9 
 5. Northumbria 14-8 
 6. Leopards 12-10 
 7. Worthing T. 12-12 
 8. Bradford D. 11-14 
 9. Leicester W. 10-14 
 10. Hemel Storm 10-14 
 11. Medway Park 10-14 
 12. Westminster W. 9-13 
 13. Derby T. 7-18 
 14. Brixton T. 3-20 

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 6: Tees Valley M. - Leopards
Apr. 6: Medway Park - Reading R.
Apr. 6: Leeds Carnegie - Bristol AF
Apr. 6: Hemel Storm - Derby T.
Apr. 6: Bradford D. - Northumbria
Apr. 6: Leicester W. - Westminster W.



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Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
 1. Marinos 26-7 
 2. Cocodrilos 19-9 
 3. Gigantes 18-13 
 4. Gaiteros 17-13 
 5. Bucaneros 16-12 
 6. Guaros 14-17 
 7. Trotamundos 12-19 
 8. Panteras 12-20 
 9. Guaiqueries 11-18 
 10. Toros 7-24 

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 5: Trotamundos - Cocodrilos 95-94
Apr. 4: Bucaneros - Panteras 92-87
Apr. 4: Trotamundos - Cocodrilos 82-89
Apr. 5: Guaros - Marinos 80-95
Apr. 3: Gigantes - Toros 69-68
Apr. 3: Gaiteros - Marinos 113-110

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 6: Guaros - Cocodrilos
Apr. 6: Panteras - Gaiteros
Apr. 6: Toros - Bucaneros
Apr. 7: Panteras - Gaiteros
Apr. 7: Guaros - Cocodrilos
Apr. 7: Toros - Bucaneros



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  VIETNAM   


ASEAN League: Slammers extend losing skid for Heat - by Eurobasket News

Saigon Heat - Thailand Slammers 75:90

The Thailand Slammers claimed the sixth win in the season. They upset the Saigon Heat in the Vietnamese capital tonight. It was at the same time the tenth straight loss for the Heat. Christien Charles (216-F/C-81, college: Villanova) and Chanachon Klahan (190-F-84) notched 17 points for the winners.
The Heat led by two points at the end of the opening quarter 26:24. But the Slammers turned things around in the second period. They adjusted defensively limiting their opponents to 10 points. The Slammers gained a 41:36 halftime lead. The Slammers maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. The visitors accumulated an 8-point advantage heading into the fourth frame. The Thai outfit erupted for 29 points in the final period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Darrius Brannon (206-F-83, college: Houston) produced 16 points for the winners. Dior Lowhorn (201-F-87, college: USF) answered with 26 points for the Heat. Chris Sumalinog chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Saigon Heat: Dior Lowhorn 26, Chris Sumalinog 16
Thailand Slammers: Christien Charles 17, Chanachon Klahan 17, Darrius Brannon 16




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Women News


Flying Foxes ease to opening win in Finals - by Eurobasket News

Flying Foxes - BC Vienna 86:55

Flying Foxes earned 1-0 lead in the title series. They took care of BC Vienna 87 in the opener. Ceira Ricketts (175-G-90, agency: Two Points, college: Arkansas) stepped up with 20 points to lead the hosts.
Flying Foxes built a 20:10 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the lead in the second frame. Flying Foxes grabbed a comfortable 42:24 halftime lead. Flying Foxes did not allow BC Vienna to get any closer in the third quarter. The defending champions posted a 66:43 advantage with ten minutes remaining in regulation. Flying Foxes finished the game on a 20:12 run to seal the winning outcome. Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) and Petra Steger (177-SG-87) delivered 16 points each for the hosts. Pia Zderadicka (174-G/F-91) answered with 19 points for BC Vienna. Agnes Roth (186-F/C-86) netted 12 points in the loss.

Flying Foxes: Ceira Ricketts 20, Elisabeth Pavel 16, Petra Steger 16
BC Vienna: Pia Zderadicka 19, Agnes Roth 12



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  HOLLAND   


Bussey's 39-point game gives her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old guard Katie Bussey (175-G-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team ProBuild Lions and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
She had the game-high 39 points adding eight rebounds for ProBuild Lions in her team's victory, helping them to beat Grasshoppers (#6, 6-14) 85-74. It allowed ProBuild Lions to consolidate first place in the Dutch Eredivisie. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ProBuild Lions has a very solid 14-6 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Bussey had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. She turned to be ProBuild Lions' top player in her first season with the team. Montana State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bussey is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.6ppg. Bussey

Second best performed player last round was Sonja Kuijt (179-F-93) of Grasshoppers. She is a forward in her second season at Grasshoppers. In the last game Kuijt recorded impressive double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Grasshoppers lost that game 74-85 to the higher-ranked ProBuild Lions (#1, 14-6). This loss caused Grasshoppers to slide to the very bottom (6) position in the standings. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-14 record. Kuijt is well-known at Grasshoppers and she already established her position as one of the team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 7.8ppg (#8). She also registered 4.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to Isabella Slim (181-SF-95) of CTO (#3). Slim scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. She was a key player of CTO, leading her team to a 78-66 win against #4 ranked Lekdetec.nl in a game of the week. CTO needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 8 lost games. Slim has a great season in Holland. After 18 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 2.6apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Molly McDowell (178-G-81) of ProBuild Lions - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Sharon Lammerink (189-C-93) of Lekdetec.nl - 21 points and 6 rebounds
6. Ingrid Van der Plas (178-F/C-91) of Grasshoppers - 8 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Anouk Biesters (182-G/F-86) of Lekdetec.nl - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) of CTO - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) of CTO - 10 points and 9 rebounds
10. Natalie Van Den Adel (185-G-90) of Grasshoppers - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 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)



Eredivisie Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

ProBuild Lions - Lekdetec.nl 89-68 (1-0)

ProBuild Lions made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. American guard Molly McDowell (178-81, college: S.Illinois) stepped up and scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and her fellow American import guard Katie Bussey (175-90, college: Montana St.) chipped in 26 points and 4 steals (made all of her eight free throws). Four ProBuild Lions players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international swingman Anouk Biesters (182-86) responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Karin Kuijt (175-90) scored 16 points and 8 assists.
Top scorers:
ProBuild Lions: K.Bussey 26+4reb+1ast, M.McDowell 22+6reb+6ast, A.Horelika 17+12reb+1ast, K.Hartman 15+5reb+1ast, S.van Dongen 5+2reb, N.Boesaart 2+1reb
Lekdetec.nl: A.Biesters 23+5reb+3ast, K.Kuijt 16+3reb+8ast, G.Van Den Bosch 9+4reb, J.Bettonvil 8+7reb+1ast, S.Lammerink 5+6reb+1ast, L.de Jonge 4+3reb
gschID: 238207


Binnenland - CTO 97-52 (1-0)

Binnenland dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to CTO's 30. Binnenland forced 27 CTO turnovers and outrebounded them 37-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. CTO was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Addie Micir (182-88, college: Princeton) nailed 23 points (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winning side and the former international guard Zera Butter (179-92) accounted for 21 points. Four Binnenland players scored in double figures. The former international center Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-93) came up with 10 points and 5 rebounds and Janine Guyt (173-95) added 12 points respectively for CTO in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Binnenland: A.Micir 23+4reb+2ast, Z.Butter 21+3reb+2ast, E.Kasius 13+7reb+1ast, R.Roubehie-Fissa 13+8reb+1ast, L.Van den Adel 9+1reb+2ast, L.Kooij 7+4reb+4ast
CTO: J.Guyt 12+2reb+1ast, R.Van Der Keijl 10+5reb+1ast, L.Cornelius 9+3reb+1ast, E.Hof 7+2reb, I.Slim 4+3ast, L.Bettonvil 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 238206



Lammerink out for the remainder of the season - by Bas Hendriks

Dutch youth international Sharon Lammerink (189-C-93) suffered a season ending injury in the loss Lekdetec had to endure earlier this week.

The 20 year old center transfered in midseason from her life long club Eurosped Twente (formerly known as Perik Jumpers) to Bemmel to be reunited with her former coach Bart Sengers. Sengers saw his pivot go down in Landsmeer and immediately knew things were bad. 'She's not coming back for the series' he said at the press conference.

Examinations in the hospital revealed no exact diagnosis yet, but it is feared that the international center needs surgery before working on her comeback.



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KSSSA Draws Out - by Eurobasket News

NATIONAL Schools boys basketball champions Laiser Hill will renew rivalry with Maseno School at the Term One ball games slated for Mangu High school from April 15-20.
The two sides will battle it out in Pool 'A' against Kapsabet and Shimba Hills for place in the semi-finals. Former national champions Friends School Kamusinga play preliminarymatches against Aberdare region representatives Mang'u, Mandera and a team from Northern region in Pool 'B'.
In the girls category, former champions Buruburu Girls lead the hunt in Pool 'B' where they face St Brigid's Kiminini, Raliew Girls (Lake Region) and Heights (Aberdare).
In Pool 'A' Shimba Hills face Senior Chief Ogle, Bahati Girls and Kirigara. Shimba Hill start favourites considering their perennial rivals Tigoi and Misikhu didn't make it for this year's event.

THE DRAWS
BOYS BASKETBALL: Pool 'A': Kapsabet (Nakuru), Shimba Hills (Mombasa), Laiser Hill (Metropolitan), Maseno (Lake Region); Pool 'B': Kamusinga (Nzioa), Mandera (Garissa), Northern, Mang'u (Aberdare); GIRLS BASKETBALL: Pool 'A': Senior Chief Ogle (Garissa), Northern, Shimba Hills (Mombasa), Bahati (Nakuru); Pool 'B': Raliew (Lake Region), Buru Buru (Metro), Heights (Aberdare), St Brigids Kiminini (Nzioa).
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Haas' double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old forward Kerli Haas (180-F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Rapla KK and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
She had a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds, while her team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Tartu U. (#12, 0-21) with 19-point margin 81-62. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Rapla KK is placed at 9th position in Latvian LSBL. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 16 games and recorded just five victories. Haas turned to be Rapla KK's top player in her first season with the team. Haas has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.5ppg).

Second best performed player last round was Kadri-Ann Lass (175-F-96) of Audentes SG/N.. She is Estonian forward in her second season at Audentes SG/N.. In the last game Lass recorded impressive 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Audentes SG/N. was edged by the higher-ranked Eclex Tallinn (#3, 17-5) 78-74. Audentes SG/N. managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-12 record. Lass is well-known at Audentes SG/N. and she already established her position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to another Rapla KK's star - forward Kaia Kosk (177-F-89). Kosk showcased her all-around game by recording 25 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. She was another key player of Rapla KK, helping her team with a 81-62 easy win against Tartu U. (#12, 0-21). Rapla KK can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-16 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Kosk she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Kosk has individually a great season in Latvia. After 18 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.3apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joncelyn Peterkin (187-C-89) of Liepajas - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Dita Rozenberga (181-F-92) of TTT Riga - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ieva Krastina (174-G/F-90) of TTT Riga - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Digna Strautmane (188-F-98) of Kolibri/U-16 - 9 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Anastassia Ptitsona (168-PG-91) of Eclex Tallinn - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Kadri Uigra (183-F-97) of Tartu U. - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Annika Koster (185-F/C-92) of Eclex Tallinn - 13 points and 8 rebounds

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



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Kibirkstis-Tiche and Fortuna win the Semifinal openers - by Eurobasket News

Kibirkstis-Tiche - Aistes-LSU 69-51 (1-0)

The game was mostly controlled by Kibirkstis-Tiche. Aistes-LSU was better in second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Aistes-LSU to just 5 points in third quarter. Kibirkstis-Tiche dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Aistes-LSU's 20. The former international forward Vita Kuktiene (186-80) stepped up and scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and international guard Mante Kvederaviciute (180-90) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Kibirkstis-Tiche's coach Tadas Stankevicius allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side power forward Laura Svaryte (190-92) responded with 8 points and 17 rebounds and forward Jolanta Marmiene (181-79) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Kibirkstis-Tiche: V.Kuktiene 20+8reb+4ast, M.Kvederaviciute 18+7reb+4ast, K.Alminaite 12+4reb, K.Vengryte 7+4reb+1ast, G.Sniokaite 6, L.Pikciute 4+8reb+1ast
Aistes-LSU: J.Marmiene 19+5reb+1ast, D.Saurazaite 16+4ast, L.Svaryte 8+17reb+1ast, L.Zelnyte 4+2reb, I.Stankeviciute 2+2reb+1ast, N.Skadaite 2+3reb
gschID: 238031


Sirenos - Fortuna 68-69 (0-1)

The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 18-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Fortuna made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Keiva Council (172-90, college: Loyola, LA) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 7 rebounds (made all of her nine free throws !!!). International point guard Gabriele Gutkauskaite (172-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Iveta Salkauske (195-82, college: Illinois, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Rasa Zemantauskaite (176-81) added 20 points and 4 steals in the effort for Sirenos.
Top scorers:
Fortuna: K.Council 29+7reb+3ast, T.Likhtarovich 12+3reb+3ast, G.Gutkauskaite 11+10reb+3ast, M.Grigalauskyte 9+9reb+2ast, E.Siksniute 4+5reb, L.Aglinskaite 4+5reb
Sirenos: I.Salkauske 21+8reb+2ast, R.Zemantauskaite 20+4reb+1ast, E.Sarapaite 11+6reb+8ast, E.Taraseviciute 6+5reb+4ast, L.Rakutyte 5+1reb+1ast, K.Balciunaite 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 238030



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  MALTA   


Luxol to meet Hibs in semis - by Eurobasket News

Although the first phase of the womens championship is not over yet, the teams who have qualified for the semi-final play-offs are already known.

Luxol, the reigning champions, are joined by PAVI Depiro, Alyssa Ashley Loyola and Hibs in the race for the 2012-13 title.

Luxol, who finished the regular season on top with only one loss from 12 matches, will play fourth-placed Hibs and Depiro face Loyola.

In the latest round of matches, Luxol played Loyola who started better to open a 21-15 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Luxol levelled at 21-all after steadying their ship. Loyolas reaction saw them 32-25 in front but the champions overturned the deficit to change ends a point ahead, 33-32.

The match continued to be a balanced affair with Loyola regaining the lead to start the last 10 minutes 48-47 ahead.

Then, 11 consecutive points midway through the quarter paved the way for Luxols victory with a 13-point margin, 71-58.

Qormi, who had Britanney Thomas back after a three-match suspension, gave Hibs a good run for their money.

Hibs potted the opening eight points but Qormi fought back to narrow the gap,18-17, at the end of the first quarter.

Hibs better start to the second 10 minutes saw them regain a seven-point lead 26-19 which they controlled until half-time 40-30.

Qormi tried hard after the interval but their efforts were not enough to thwart the Paolites who administered their advantage to seal a 75-65 win.

Standings: Luxol 23 (11-1), Depiro 22 (10-2), Hibs 19 (7-5), Loyola 18 (7-4), Athleta 13 (3-7), Qormi 13 (1-11), Starlites 12 (1-10).

Top scorers: B. Thomas (Loyola) 371, B. Thomas (Qormi) 284, L. Belcher (Depiro) 237, S. Demartino (Depiro) 233, M. Williams (Luxol) 206.

League SFs (Game 1) Sunday 11.15 Luxol vs Hibs, 13.00 Depiro vs Loyola.
Courtesy of: http://www.timesofmalta.com



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Standings - WNBL

WBC Standings
 1. Hutt Valley 12-3 
 2. W.Auckland R. 11-5 
 3. Nelson S. 10-6 
 4. Otago Oceana 10-6 
 5. Harbour B. 8-8 
 6. Waikato W. 7-5 
 7. Taranaki T. 7-8 
 8. Rotorua LV 4-8 
 9. Cantenbury W. 4-8 
 10. Palmerston 2-8 
 11. Southland P. 0-10 

Regular Season: Round 2

Apr. 6: Otago Oceana - Waikato W. 57-68
Apr. 6: Nelson S. - Hutt Valley 54-73
Apr. 6: Canterbury W. - Rotorua LV 53-61
Apr. 6: Taranaki T. - W.Auckland R. 38-89

Regular Season: Round 3

Apr. 7: Harbour B. - Waikato W.
Apr. 7: W.Auckland R. - Hutt Valley
Apr. 7: Taranaki T. - Otago Oceana
Apr. 7: Canterbury W. - Nelson S.
Apr. 7: Hutt Valley - Rotorua LV


Wizards put spell on Hawks - by Eurobasket News

Waikato Wizards have gotten off to the best start of the Womens Basketball Championship, winning their opening two games in Rotorua.

After dismantling the champions Nelson Sparks last night, the Wizards have shown their intent with a 62-47 win over Auckland Lady Hawks, a team that encompasses last years runners-up, Waitakere West Auckland.

Natasha Lenden led all scorers with 21 point, Dionne Martin (183-F-95) had 13 points, while Kalani Purcell accumulated 10 points and seven assists. Adoniah Lewis scorer 15 points for Auckland.

Meanwhile, Nelson got their title defence back on track with a 65-58 victory over The Good Home Taranaki Thunder, with veteran centre Nicky Rampton (186-F/C-77) scoring 24 points.

Oceana Gold Rush Otago also recorded their second win of the weekend, dismissing hosts Rotorua Lady Vols 66-45 behind Samara Gallaher (178-G-92)s 16 points and a huge 10 points/21 rebounds from Kali Bennett.

Womens Basketball Championship
Rotorua
Saturday, April 6


Waikato Wizards 62 (Natasha Lenden 21, Dionne Martin 13, Kalani Purcell 10) Auckland Lady Hawk 47 (Adoniah Lewis 15)

Nelson Sparks 65 (Nicky Rampton 24, Jodi Hikuroa 15) The Good Home Taranaki Thunder 58 (Toni Scharader 17, Hannah Fleming 11)

Oceana Gold Rush Otago 66 (Samara Gallaher 16, Kali Bennett 10) Rotorua Lady Vols 45 (Aroha Haumaha 14, Gaby Adams 10)

Canterbury Wildcats 80 (Hayley Gray 25, Tessa Boagni 19) Harbour Breeze 74 (Brooke Blair 32, Rebecca van Kuyj 13)Box Score

Hutt Valley Porirua Flyers 73 (Margaret Scott 20, Jacinta Beckley 16, Stella Beck 14) Nelson Sparks 54 (Jodi Hikuroa 20, Nicky Rampton 14)

Auckland Lady Hawks 89 (Emma Gillespie 21, Stevee-Rose Theyers 14, Wuanyei. Ah-Hing 12) The Good Home Taranaki Thunder 38 (Steph Erb 12)

Rotorua Lady Vols 61 (Aroha Haumaha 29, Gaby Adams 10) Canterbury Wildcats 53 (Tessa Boagni 17, Pip Connell 11)

Waikato Wizards 68 (Kalani Purcell 26, Natasha Purcell 10) Oceana Gold Rush Otago 57 (Suzie Bates 15, Danielle Calnan 13, Kali Bennett 12)
Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.org.nz



NZ U17 squads named - by Eurobasket News

Emerging Junior Tall Blacks coach Paul Henare has named his roster to contest the the 2013 FIBA Oceania U17 Championships at Knox (Melbourne), Australia from September 26-28.


U17 Women
(includes non-travelling reserves)
Kelcy Ballantyne (Tauranga City), Katherine Banks (New Plymouth), Cydney Ebeling (Tauranga City), Tegan Graham (Wellington), Zara Jillings (North Harbour), Krystal Leger-Walker (Waikato), Kayla Manuirirangi (New Plymouth), Maria Milani (Waitakere West Auckland), Michell Nicholls (Waitakere West Auckland), Katelin Noyer (North Harbour), Georgia Perrot-Hunt (North Harbour), Connie Poletti (New Plymouth), Akiene Reed (North Harbour), Aleisha Ruske (Otago), Khaedin Taito (Hawkes Bay), Laken Wairau (Canterbury), Maia Wilson (Waitakere West Auckland)

Coach: Aik Ho
Assistant coach: Rachel Gwerder
Manager: Sharon Kelly
Assistant coach: Jody Cameron
Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.org.nz



Rekindling the Spark - by Eurobasket News

Theres an adage in sport that its often harder to stay at the top than reach it Nelson Sparks are about to find that out about their Womens Basketball Championship crown.

Their 2012 success was based on a roster that blended youth and experience in almost equal measure, under one of the more astute female coaches in the country Tatjana Zizic.

They combined to sweep through the playoffs and seal the title with a 61-40 victory over Waitakere West Auckland in the final.

But as their title defence begins in Rotorua tomorrow, many of those ingredients have gone from the Sparks programme, including Zizic and daughter Jelena Vucinic, who has just completed her junior year at Louisiana Tech.

Last years competition MVP Jessica Bygate (187-F-92) wont be available until playoffs and youngster Shannon Perrett (175-G-93), who led Nelsons scoring in the final, is now based in Melbourne.

The coaching has fallen to Kat Jones wife of local hoops legend Phill Jones and she also wont be in action on court until the final weekend.

Were pretty young and pretty small, admits Jones. It will be tough we wont really know until we get started and see what other teams have.

We were fortunate last year. We had a lot of ducks line up for us.

Well be competitive, but on paper and on the court, were not the same team.

Nelson will get their title defence under way against Waikato Wizards at 5pm tomorrow, while Auckland Lady Hawks and Harbour Breeze face in the competition opener at 2pm.

Womens Basketball Championship
Rotorua

Friday, April 5
2pm
Auckland Lady Hawk v Harbour Breeze
5pm
Nelson Sparks v Waikato Wizards
Hutt Valley Porirua Flyers v Canterbury Wildcats
7pm
Rotorua Lady Vols v The Good Home Taranaki Thunder
Oceana Gold Rush Otago v Harbour Breeze

Saturday, April 6
9am
Waikato Wizards v Auckland Lady Hawks
Nelson Sparks v The Good Home Taranaki Thunder
11am
Oceana Gold Rush Otago v Rotorua Lady Vols
Canterbury Wildcats v Harbour Breeze
5pm
Nelson Sparks v Hutt Valley Porirua Flyers
The Good Home Taranaki Thunder v Auckland Lady Hawks
7pm
Canterbury Wildcats v Rotorua Lady Vols
Oceana Gold Rush Otago v Waikato Wizards

Sunday, April 7
9am
Harbour Breeze v Waikato Wizards
Auckland Lady Hawks v Hutt Valley Porirua Lyers
11am
The Good Home Taranaki Thunder v Oceana Gold Rush Otago
Canterbury Wildcats v Nelson Sparks
2pm
Hutt Valley Porirua Flyers v Rotorua Lady Vols
Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.org.nz



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  PORTUGAL   

Standings - Women

Liga Feminina Standings
 1. Alges 19-3 
 2. Lombos Quinta 17-6 
 3. GDESSA 16-6 
 4. Olivais 15-8 
 5. CAB Madeira 14-6 
 6. AD Vagos 14-8 
 7. Boa Viagem 12-10 
 8. CDTorres N. 8-14 
 9. Lousada 6-15 
 10. Montijobanda 5-17 
 11. Academico FC 3-19 
 12. Ovarense 2-19 

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 6: CDTorres N. - Alges
Apr. 6: Boa Viagem - Lombos Quinta
Apr. 6: AD Vagos - GDESSA
Apr. 6: Olivais - CAB Madeira



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  RUSSIA   


PBL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Chevakata - Nadezhda O. 91-80 (1-0)

The game was mostly controlled by Vologda-Chevakata. Nadezhda Orenburg managed to win second period 25-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vologda-Chevakata dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Nadezhda Orenburg's 36. They outrebounded Nadezhda Orenburg 45-31 including 28 on the offensive glass. American forward Glory Johnson (191-90, college: Tennessee) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Uzbekistani center Juliya Kiseleva (200-85) chipped in 14 points and 15 rebounds. Five Vologda-Chevakata players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard DeWanna Bonner (193-87, college: Auburn, agency: Josep and Nicolas) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds and international Elena Danilochkina (186-86) scored 12 points.
Top scorers:
Nadezhda O.: D.Bonner 31+12reb+2ast, R.Montgomery 12+2reb+1ast, E.Danilochkina 12+3reb, L.Sapova 9+2reb+2ast, I.Perovanovic 6+2reb, N.Zhedik 4
Chevakata: J.Thomas 21+8reb+2ast, G.Johnson 21+14reb, E.Volkova 18+3reb+6ast, J.Kiseleva 14+15reb+3ast, S.Makhlina 13+1reb+2ast, K.Snytsina 2
gschID: 238160


Dynamo K. - Dynamo M. 74-55 (1-0)

The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-55. Dynamo Kursk forced 19 Dynamo Moscow turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Dynamo Kursk made 8 blocks. American center Michelle Snow (196-80, college: Tennessee, agency: LBM Management) fired 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Epiphanny Prince (175-88, college: Rutgers) chipped in 18 points and 4 steals. The former international center Tatiana Vidmer (191-86) produced 8 points and 9 rebounds and international center Nadezhda Grishaeva (195-89) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Dynamo M.: N.Grishaeva 10+8reb+2ast, S.Abrosimova 10+3reb+2ast, T.Vidmer 8+9reb+3ast, C.Langhorne 7+2reb+1ast, I.Korstin 7+4reb+1ast, S.Aleksic 6+3reb
Dynamo K.: E.Prince 18+4reb+1ast, M.Snow 16+9reb+2ast, T.Johnson 10+3reb+8ast, E.Lisina 9+4reb, K.Alikina 8+3reb+2ast, M.Cherepanova 5+7reb
gschID: 238159


Spartak N. - UMMC 47-99 (0-1)

The game without a history. UMMC Ekaterinburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Spartak Noginsk to just 7 points in fourth quarter. UMMC Ekaterinburg dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Noginsk's 34. UMMC Ekaterinburg forced 20 Spartak Noginsk turnovers and outrebounded them 50-17 including a 30-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. French center Sandrine Gruda (193-87) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and the former international center Maria Stepanova (202-79) accounted for 10 points and 10 rebounds. Five UMMC Ekaterinburg players scored in double figures. Marina Ivanova (181-86) came up with 14 points and center Anna Tolikova (190-86, agency: IPSA) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Spartak Noginsk in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Spartak N.: M.Ivanova 14+4reb+1ast, E.Chistyakova 10+1ast, A.Tolikova 10+5reb+1ast, Z.Milanovich 4+1reb+1ast, T.Zhiobakas 2, T.Sergeeva 2+1ast
UMMC: A.Petrakova 17+3reb+1ast, S.Gruda 15+10reb, S.Bird 15+6reb+1ast, O.Arteshina 10+6reb, Q.Hollingsworth 10+6reb, M.Stepanova 10+10reb+3ast
gschID: 238158


Energy Ivanovo - Spartak V MR 62-100 (0-1)

Spartak Vidnoye dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Energy Ivanovo's 36. Spartak Vidnoye had a 27-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. International Eugeniya Belyakova (182-86, agency: IPSA) fired 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international center Marina Kuzina (195-85, agency: IPSA) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Spartak Vidnoye players scored in double figures. Belarusian forward Nataliya Trofimowa (185-79) produced 8 points and Varvara Psareva (192-85) added 10 points respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Energy Ivanovo: V.Psareva 10+3reb, L.Metcalf 8+1reb+4ast, N.Trofimowa 8+3reb+2ast, O.Ovcharenko 7+1reb+3ast, N.Dorovskikh 6+3reb, O.Zhuzhgova 6+2reb+2ast
Spartak V MR: E.Belyakova 19+4reb+4ast, S.Augustus 18+2reb+4ast, M.Kuzina 15+9reb, E.Ruzanova 14+3reb, N.Baric 9+2reb+4ast, C.Dupree 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 238161



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LFB2 Standings - by Simas

LF2 Play-Offs Standings
Group 1
 1. Casablanca 18-4 
 2. Al-Qazeres 16-4 
 3. Real Canoe 14-8 
 4. Aros Leon 9-11 
Group 2
 1. Pais Vasco 19-3 
 2. Ferrol 14-6 
 3. Orion-GDKO 14-8 
 4. Ensino 13-7 
Stage One Standings

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 11: Real Canoe - Casablanca
Apr. 11: Al-Qazeres - Aros Leon
Apr. 11: Ensino - Orion-GDKO
Apr. 11: Pais Vasco - Ferrol



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  TURKEY   

TBB2L Standings - by Eurobasket News

TKB2L Standings
Group D
 1. Cankaya 21-2 
 2. Orman 18-3 
 3. Nallihan 15-5 
 4. Dizdar 13-10 
 5. Asistanbul 10-11 
 6. Tekkekoy 7-16 
Group E
 1. Altay Konak 22-1 
 2. Edirne 19-4 
 3. Bursa BSB 16-5 
 4. Izmir BSB 12-9 
 5. Balcova 9-14 
 6. Burhaniye Bld 6-14 
Group F
 1. Orduspor 20-1 
 2. Botas 18-3 
 3. Gure 16-8 
 4. Sirince 13-10 
 5. Mersin Univ. 11-11 
 6. 55 Genclik 8-14 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 6

D

Apr. 6: Dizdar - Cankaya
Apr. 7: Asistanbul - Orman
Apr. 7: Tekkekoy - Nallihan

E

Apr. 6: Izmir BSB - Altay Konak
Apr. 6: Balcova - Edirne
Apr. 6: Burhaniye Bld - Bursa BSB

F

Apr. 5: Mersin Univ. - Gure 62-47
Apr. 6: Sirince - Orduspor
Apr. 7: Burhaniye Bld - 55 Genclik



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Dynamo and Elizabeth-Basket reach the Final - by Eurobasket News

Bar Regina-B. - Dynamo 74-104 (0-2)

Dynamo dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Bar Regina-B.'s 32. Dynamo forced 22 Bar Regina-B. turnovers and outrebounded them 49-29 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Tyra White (182-89, college: Texas A&M) who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import guard Juanita Ward (180-86, college: Syracuse, agency: Merit Sports) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Dynamo players scored in double figures. Dynamo's coach felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International forward Anna Pokoiova (188-87, agency: Promotex) produced 29 points and 4 assists and Olena Vergun added 11 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Bar Regina-B.: A.Pokoiova 29+4reb+4ast, V.Suzyk 13+5reb+1ast, O.Vergun 11+5reb+5ast, L.Naumenko 8+5reb, L.Karlye 5+1reb, T.Bovykina 5+4reb+5ast
Dynamo: J.Ward 16+6reb+1ast, T.White 16+8reb+3ast, V.Voronova 14+2reb+2ast, I.Tsekova 13+4reb+2ast, J.Canady 11+9reb+1ast, Y.Spitkovska 9+4reb+6ast
gschID: 238197


Tim-Scuf - Elizabeth-Basket 63-75 (0-2)

Elizabeth-Basket made 26-of-34 charity shots (76.5 percent) during the game. Elizabeth-Basket outrebounded Tim-Scuf 57-39 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Tim-Scuf was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. International swingman Alina Iagupova (186-92, agency: LBM Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. Bosnian guard Rada Vidovic (177-79) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Krystyna Matsko (182-91) replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds and center Miriam Uro-Nilie (190-94) added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Tim-Scuf.
Top scorers:
Tim-Scuf: K.Matsko 24+9reb+2ast, M.Uro-Nilie 14+9reb+1ast, I.Kochubei 10+3reb+8ast, Y.Berezinets 6+8reb+1ast, D.Zavidna 4+2reb+1ast, N.Skorbatyuk 3+6reb
Elizabeth-Basket: A.Iagupova 23+12reb+9ast, R.Vidovic 16+11reb+3ast, O.Zherzherunova 11+14reb+4ast, K.Kirichenko 9+2reb, A.Traore 8+7reb+1ast, A.Ievtushenko 5+6reb
gschID: 238198



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VCARS.co.uk D1 Women preview: Barking and Loughborough meet to decide Semi final matchups - by Eurobasket News

The last full weekend of VCARS.co.uk Division 1 Women action will see the Playoff match-ups decided in preparation for the Final Fours later in April.

Loughborough Students Riders v Barking Abbey

Sunday 7 April, 4pm, Loughborough University


Loughborough Students Riders and Barking Abbey meet in a rematch of last weekend's game on Sunday with the reward for the winner being avoidance of City of Sheffield Hatters in the Playoffs.

The teams are currently level with Nottingham Wildcats on 12 wins and 5 losses, however they both have lost twice to Wildcats this season meaning that the losers of Sunday's game will definitely finish fourth in the standings and face the daunting challenge of the unbeaten league leaders in the Playoff semi final.

Riders won the game in Barking last weekend 73-59, but only thanks to an impressive fourth quarter. Coach Matthew Harber and his team will be looking for a repeat to end their regular season on a high.

Manchester Mystics v Nottingham Wildcats

Saturday 6 April, 6:30pm, Amaechi Centre


Nottingham Wildcats can clinch the runner-up spot in VCARS.co.uk Division 1 Women if they collect an expected win at Manchester Mystics on Saturday.

Wildcats have won 9 games in a row and their only defeat in their last 13 fixtures came at Sheffield. They defeated Manchester 62-36 just a fortnight ago.

Whilst the prospect of second place should provide Nottingham enough motivation to put in a big effort in this game, they are also aware that their Playoff destiny will not change regardless of the result of this game.

Should Nottingham lose, they will finish in third spot and will still face a Playoff semi final against the winner of the Loughborough-Barking tilt.

Cardiff Archers v City of Sheffield Hatters

Saturday 6 April, 4pm, UWIC Sports Hall


Traditional rivals Cardiff Archers and City of Sheffield Hatters meet on Saturday in the unusual position that they know that they cannot meet in the Playoffs this season.

These teams have contested the last four Playoff finals (with Sheffield edging the series 3-1), but a season of restructure for Archers has seen them finish in 5th spot in the league table and miss out on the postseason.

Their clash a fortnight ago went decisively in favour of Hatters are they won 90-57 thanks to holding Archers to just 21 points in the second half.

Team Northumbria v Leeds Carnegie

Saturday 6 April, 4pm, Sport Central

Two teams whose early season hopes of a Playoff berth have been dashed meet on Sunday as Leeds Carnegie travel to Team Northumbria.

Carnegie started the season with 4 wins in 5 league games, but since then they have won just twice (against the two teams at the bottom of the league). They are currently on a seven game losing streak and will be keen to at least end the season on a high note.

Northumbria have never strayed far from a .500 record in the league, but they put up a good showing in the National Cup final against Hatters. In the end their poor record against the top four (1-7) put paid to any hopes they had of postseason play.

Northumbria won 65-55 in Leeds in January, so will be looking for the season sweep on Saturday.

Manchester Mystics v Team Northumbria

Sunday 7 April, 5pm, Amaechi Centre


Manchester Mystics finish their first season back at the Division 1 level in a while with a home fixture against Team Northumbria.

The season has been a struggle for Jim Carnegie's young team with only a pair of wins against NASSA (one forfeited) and a victory at Sevenoaks in the win column. They have been within single digits of their opponents in five other games, including both fixtures against Playoff bound Barking Abbey, suggesting that next season could see a few more wins collected.

The first fixture against Northumbria was one of the games that Manchester lost by single figures, as they went down in a heartbreaker 57-56 in November.

Newham Stars v Sevenoaks Suns

Sunday 7 April, 3:20pm, Sports Dock


Sevenoaks Suns and Newham Stars meet in the capital on Sunday with Newham still looking to break their duck for the season.

Newham are 0-16 in their first season at this level and their 73-55 loss at Sevenoaks earlier in the season suggests that they may still be winless after the weekend.

Suns won their most recent league outing at home against Leeds, but could be a little rusty having only had one game since March 2.

With three fixtures outstanding Sevenoaks could finish as high as 6th in the league, but the likelihood is they won't raise that high.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk



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  WILLIAM JONES CUP   


Chamique Holdsclaw will play for Team USA - by Ying-Chou Chou


TAIPEI -- So far this season, Southern Lady Generals forward Chamique Holdsclaw (188-F-77, college: Tennessee) has already returned from a torn right Achilles tendon which ended her 2011 season in the WNBA, but that won't stop her from representing her country this summer.

Holdsclaw was announced on Monday as the captain for the 2013 U.S. National women's basketball team that will compete in Taipei, Taiwan for the Williams Jones Cup.

"I'm looking forward to it," Holdsclaw said after the Generals game Sunday night. "I'm definitely going to be ready to help the ladies go for Gold."

There has never been a team from the USA to win the Williams Jones Cup but the addition of Holdsclaw will change that.

Earlier in the day, Team USA JC General Manager Jared Johnson was confident of Holdsclaw's commitment level when speaking to reporters on a conference call to announce the invitee pool.

"I think Chamique really wants to be apart of this team, depending on injury, that will be her choice but, it would have to be something very, very serious (to keep her out)," Johnson said. "I know she has a number of years still left but I know she would want another Gold metal. She's about championships and we need her. We need her because of that mentality to be one of the leaders of our team."

Team USA JC Basketball chairman Jerone Dodd said that the committee will monitor Holdsclaw's health throughout the WUBA season prior to the team's playoff run in early June. The U.S. has to submit its final 12-man roster by July 20.

"Obviously, she's such a competitor, she would take any role she was asked to take," Dodd said. "In this particular case, Chamique's going to keep us posted and we'll watch her as closely as we can. We don't want to put her in any jeopardy whatsoever, and we won't."

Team USA member Jermaine Barnes (also in the UBA) was thrilled about the prospect of Holdsclaw competing through the summer. "She is the Kobe Bryant (198-SG-78) of womens basketball", said Barnes. It's an honor watching her in the WUBA and it will be an honor watching her bring home the Gold for us.

"When she joined the WUBA we really didn't know what to expect," Barnes said. "You always see someone great on TV growing up but never imagine watching them in the same gym every weekend. None of us are blind to the media and news going on around her but from what I have seen Chamique is all about people. She only care to help and she has my full support in her return to the game.

Holdsclaw told reporters last week that her Achilles was getting stronger, and Johnson said he hadn't heard of any plans for his star to undergo surgery to improve the tendon in the offseason.

"Nobody has said that to me," Johnson said. "An from her stats she looks fine to me."

Holdsclaw join the Southern Generals of the WUBA this spring with signs of her former self as the game continue on. She is currently averaging 18 points and 8 rebounds for the Lady Generals and was selected to the 2013 WUBA All-Star game in Atlanta, GA. This season in the WUBA should prepare Holdsclaw for the summer at hand in Taiwan.