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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 13

Apr. 3: Satria Muda - Saigon H. 83-74
Apr. 6: Petron Blaze - Singapore S. 78-57
Apr. 5: Saigon H. - Thailand S. 75-90
Apr. 3: Thailand S. - KL Dragons 68-63

Regular Season: Round 14

Apr. 10: KL Dragons - Petron Blaze
Apr. 10: Thailand S. - Satria Muda
Apr. 12: KL Dragons - Satria Muda
Apr. 13: Petron Blaze - Singapore S.


Round 13: KL Dragons lose to Thailand Slammers - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (8-7) and fifth ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (6-9) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. KL Dragons were defeated by Thailand Slammers in a tough game in Bangkok 63-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KL Dragons. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But KL Dragons won third quarter 15-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Thailand Slammers had a 24-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Thailand Slammers made 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Christien Charles (216-81, college: Villanova) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 17 rebounds and 7 blocks (on 16-of-20 shooting from the field). Filipino guard Froilan Baguion (170-80) contributed with 5 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Filipino-Tongan center Moala Tautuaa (200-89, college: Chadron St.) answered with 23 points for KL Dragons. KL Dragons' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Thailand Slammers moved-up to fourth place. KL Dragons at the other side keep the third position with seven games lost. Thailand Slammers are looking forward to face league's leader Satria Muda in Jakarta in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KL Dragons will play at home against the league's leader Satria Muda in Jakarta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
ASEAN League top team - Indonesian Satria Muda (11-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-11) in Jakarta 83-74. Filipino guard Jerick Canada (170) stepped up and scored 21 points and 7 assists for the winners and Chris Daniels chipped in 11 points and 13 rebounds. At the losing side American power forward David Palmer (206-86, college: N.Kentucky) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. Satria Muda have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-3 record. Saigon Heat lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Satria Muda will play against KL Dragons (#3) in Kuala Lumpur in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Saigon Heat will have a break next round.
The game in Saigon was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (6-9) played at the court of 6th ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-11). Thailand Slammers defeated Saigon Heat 90-75 on Friday. Froilan Baguion nailed a triple-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals for the winning side. Thailand Slammers' coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dior Lowhorn came up with 26 points and 5 rebounds for Saigon Heat in the defeat. Thailand Slammers moved-up to fourth place. Saigon Heat lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Thailand Slammers will meet at home league's leader Satria Muda in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saigon Heat will have a break next round.
The game between second ranked Filipino Petron Blaze (10-3) and 5th ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (5-10) in Manila ended with biggest points difference. Petron Blaze outscored guests from Singapore 78-57. Chris Banchero fired 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Petron Blaze have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 10-3 record behind leader Satria Muda. Singapore Slingers at the other side keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Petron Blaze's next round opponent will be again Singapore Slingers (#5) at home.



Petron Blaze - Singapore S. 78-57

The game between second ranked Filipino Petron Blaze (10-3) and 5th ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (5-10) in Manila ended with biggest points difference. Petron Blaze outscored guests from Singapore 78-57. The game without a history. Petron Blaze led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Point guard Chris Banchero (185-90, college: Seattle Pacific) fired 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Leo Avenido (186-78) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. American power forward Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-84, college: UALR) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds and Vietnamese Phillip Aaron Morrison added 17 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Petron Blaze have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 10-3 record behind leader Satria Muda. Singapore Slingers at the other side keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Petron Blaze's next round opponent will be again Singapore Slingers (#5) at home.
Top scorers:
Petron Blaze: C.Banchero 19+2reb+5ast, L.Avenido 16+7reb+1ast, J.Williams 14+7reb, P.Hubalde 9+3reb+2ast, B.Williams 6+9reb+2ast, E.Menk 5+1reb
Singapore S.: R.Jones-Jennings 19+15reb+2ast, P.Aaron Morrison 17+2reb+1ast, W.Long Wong 11+1reb+2ast, S.Cabatu 8+2reb+2ast, R.Singleton 2+10reb, K.Chiang 0+1reb
gschID: 229715


Saigon H. - Thailand S. 75-90

The game in Saigon was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (6-9) played at the court of 6th ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-11). Thailand Slammers defeated Saigon Heat 90-75 on Friday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-75. Thailand Slammers dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Saigon Heat's 38. They outrebounded Saigon Heat 33-20 including 25 on the defensive glass. Thailand Slammers looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Filipino guard Froilan Baguion (170-80) nailed a triple-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals for the winning side and forward Chanachon Klahan (190-84) accounted for 17 points and 7 assists. Thailand Slammers' coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Dior Lowhorn (201-87, college: USF) came up with 26 points and 5 rebounds and Filipino guard Al Vergara (173-79) added 13 points and 6 assists respectively for Saigon Heat in the defeat. Five Thailand Slammers and four Saigon Heat players scored in double figures. Thailand Slammers moved-up to fourth place. Saigon Heat lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Thailand Slammers will meet at home league's leader Satria Muda in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saigon Heat will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Thailand S.: C.Charles 17+6reb+1ast, C.Klahan 17+4reb+7ast, D.Brannon 16+4reb, W.Dawsom 14+2reb+1ast, F.Baguion 10+11reb+11ast, K.Samerjai 8+1reb+2ast
Saigon H.: D.Lowhorn 26+5reb+1ast, C.Sumalinog 16+3reb, J.Reyes 13+1reb+2ast, A.Vergara 13+4reb+6ast, D.Palmer 7+4reb+1ast, S.Ly 0+1ast
gschID: 229714


Thailand S. - KL Dragons 68-63

The game between third ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (8-7) and fifth ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (6-9) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. KL Dragons were defeated by Thailand Slammers in a tough game in Bangkok 63-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KL Dragons. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But KL Dragons won third quarter 15-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Thailand Slammers had a 24-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Thailand Slammers made 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Christien Charles (216-81, college: Villanova) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 17 rebounds and 7 blocks (on 16-of-20 shooting from the field). Filipino guard Froilan Baguion (170-80) contributed with 5 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Filipino-Tongan center Moala Tautuaa (200-89, college: Chadron St.) answered with 23 points and American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for KL Dragons. KL Dragons' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Thailand Slammers moved-up to fourth place. KL Dragons at the other side keep the third position with seven games lost. Thailand Slammers are looking forward to face league's leader Satria Muda in Jakarta in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KL Dragons will play at home against the league's leader Satria Muda in Jakarta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Thailand S.: C.Charles 35+17reb+1ast, W.Dawsom 15+1reb+2ast, F.Baguion 5+5reb+11ast, S.Ghogar 4, D.Brannon 4+7reb+1ast, K.Samerjai 3+1reb+2ast
KL Dragons: M.Tautuaa 23+4reb+1ast, G.Edwards 15+7reb, B.Sin Ooi 8+1reb, J.Melton 7+1reb+5ast, M.Hubbard 4+10reb+1ast, B.Guganeswaran 3
gschID: 229713


Satria Muda - Saigon H. 83-74

ASEAN League top team - Indonesian Satria Muda (11-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-11) in Jakarta 83-74. It looked good early as Saigon Heat took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Satria Muda had a 26-12 second period charge getting the lead and Saigon Heat was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-83. They outrebounded Saigon Heat 48-30 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Filipino guard Jerick Canada (170) stepped up and scored 21 points and 7 assists for the winners and American Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia) chipped in 11 points and 13 rebounds. Four Satria Muda players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward David Palmer (206-86, college: N.Kentucky) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import forward Dior Lowhorn (201-87, college: USF) scored 27 points. Satria Muda have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-3 record. Saigon Heat lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Satria Muda will play against KL Dragons (#3) in Kuala Lumpur in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Saigon Heat will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: J.Canada 21+2reb+7ast, M.Wuysang 13+5reb+1ast, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 13+1reb, C.Daniels 11+13reb+2ast, S.Thomas 10+12reb+1ast, J.Smith 7+5reb+2ast
Saigon H.: D.Lowhorn 27+3reb+1ast, D.Palmer 21+14reb+2ast, J.Reyes 16+6reb+5ast, A.Vergara 8+5reb+5ast, C.Sumalinog 2+1reb+1ast, S.Ly 0
gschID: 229712



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Ventspils are 2012/2013 BBL Champions! - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils are 2012/2013 Champions of Baltic league. The Latvian side won the series against Rudupis. Even after a 70:73 loss in the second game, Ventspils became the top team of the season.
Ventspils made a huge step towards the crown after they knocked down Rudupis in Priena 91:69 in Game 1. Tonight Ventspils were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 22-15 third quarter run of Rudupis. They made 18-of-19 charity shots during the game. It was a great shooting night for Rudupis especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Gintaras Kadziulis (192-G-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 5 rebounds. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Janis Timma (201-F-92, agency: FCM) replied with 15 points and Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Ventspils.
Kalev/Cramo meanwhile 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.



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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
Championship
 1. Grodno-93 28-1 
 2. Sozh Gomel 20-9 
 3. Rubon 12-17 
 4. Svisloch 12-17 
Play-Out
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk II 12-17 
 2. Impuls BGUIR 12-18 
 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. 6: Tsmoki-Minsk II - Impuls BGUIR 71-63
Apr. 5: Tsmoki-Minsk II - Impuls BGUIR 51-76

Second Stage: Round 6

Championship

Apr. 9: Rubon - Svisloch
Apr. 9: Grodno-93 - Sozh Gomel

Play-Out

Apr. 9: Tsmoki-Minsk II - Borisfen


Krisevich's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

21-year old center Vladimir Krisevich (210-C-91) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Tsmoki-Minsk II and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Impuls BGUIR (#2, 12-18) 51-76. It allowed Tsmoki-Minsk II to take over top position in the Belarusian league. Tsmoki-Minsk II is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 17th lost game this season out of 29 games. It's Krisevich's second year at Tsmoki-Minsk II and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Krisevich has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 7.9rpg).

Second best performed player last round was Dmytro Khodov (203-F-87) of league's second-best Sozh Gomel. He is Ukrainian forward in his first season at Sozh Gomel. In the last game Khodov recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Sozh Gomel to another comfortable win 95-77 over slightly lower-ranked Rubon (#3, 12-17) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Championship. Sozh Gomel consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 20-9 record is not bad at all. Khodov is one of the most experienced players at Sozh Gomel and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Henadziy Zakhar (198-SF-92) of league's second-best Impuls BGUIR. Zakhar scored 20 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Zakhar's great performance Impuls BGUIR lost 63-71 to #1 ranked Tsmoki-Minsk II. 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 Impuls BGUIR ranking at the top of Play-Out, however are very questionable as they have already lost 18 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Zakhar could help Impuls BGUIR to bring them higher in the standings. Zakhar has a great season in Belarus. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.1ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 8.9rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aliaksandr Semianiuk (207-F-93) of Tsmoki-Minsk II - 19 points and 15 rebounds
5. Henadziy Zakhar (198-SF-92) of Impuls BGUIR - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kiril Sitnik (190-G-89) of Sozh Gomel - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Uladzimir Charko (200-F/G-74) of Grodno-93 - 27 points and 6 rebounds
8. Andrei Mastou (202-F-84) of Grodno-93 - 16 points and 10 rebounds
9. Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-G-75) of Grodno-93 - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Sergei Dadukin (198-F-83) of Sozh Gomel - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Premier League Round 5: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in Premier League.

Premier League round 5 caused change at the leadership position. Eighteenth defeat of league's leader Impuls BGUIR (12-18) against second ranked Tsmoki-Minsk II (12-17) 71-63 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in League. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 15-9. But Impuls BGUIR won second period 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Tsmoki-Minsk II won last quarter 23-17. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Tsmoki-Minsk II forced 22 Impuls BGUIR turnovers and outrebounded them 44-32 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Impuls BGUIR helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Aliaksandr Semianiuk (207-93) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Valentin Ignatchik (192-91) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Henadziy Zakhar (198-92) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds for Impuls BGUIR. Tsmoki-Minsk II keeps a position of League leader. Impuls BGUIR at the other side dropped to the second place with 18 games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Grodno-93. Impuls BGUIR will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Tsmoki-Minsk II will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Borisfen in Mogilev.
The game had a very big importance for first-ranked Impuls BGUIR as it allowed them to take a leadership position in League. Impuls BGUIR smashed second-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk II on the road 76-51. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in League. Henadziy Zakhar (198-92) stepped up and scored 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Aliaksandr Matveyeu chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Center Vladimir Krisevich (210-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Tsmoki-Minsk II at the other side still keeps top place with 17 games lost. Tsmoki-Minsk II will play next round against strong Borisfen trying to get back on the winning streak. Impuls BGUIR will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
An interesting game for Sozh Gomel (20-9) which hosted in Gomel 3rd placed Rubon (12-17). Second ranked Sozh Gomel had an easy win 95-77. Dmytro Khodov nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Aliaksei Kachan came up with 20 points for Rubon in the defeat. Sozh Gomel maintains second place in League with 20-9 record having eight points less than leader Grodno-93. Loser Rubon keeps the third position with 17 games lost. Sozh Gomel will meet league's leader Grodno-93 on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rubon will play against Svisloch in Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Grodno-93 (28-1) which hosted in Grodno 4th placed Svisloch (12-17). First ranked Grodno-93 managed to get a 14-point victory 92-78. The best player for the winners was Uladzimir Charko who scored 27 points and 6 rebounds. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Grodno-93 maintains first place in League with 28-1 record. Svisloch at the other side keeps the fourth position with 17 games lost. Grodno-93's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Sozh Gomel at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Svisloch will play against Rubon in Vitebsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Group Championship
Sozh Gomel - Rubon 95-77

An interesting game for Sozh Gomel (20-9) which hosted in Gomel 3rd placed Rubon (12-17). Second ranked Sozh Gomel had an easy win 95-77. The game was mostly controlled by Sozh Gomel. Rubon managed to win second period 27-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Sozh Gomel forced 21 Rubon turnovers. Ukrainian forward Dmytro Khodov (203-87) nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) accounted for 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). point guard Aliaksei Kachan (186-91) came up with 20 points and Yahor Patupchyk (191-94) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively for Rubon in the defeat. Five Rubon players scored in double figures. Sozh Gomel maintains second place in League with 20-9 record having eight points less than leader Grodno-93. Loser Rubon keeps the third position with 17 games lost. Sozh Gomel will meet league's leader Grodno-93 on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rubon will play against Svisloch in Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sozh Gomel: D.Khodov 23+11reb+5ast, K.Sitnik 20+6reb+6ast, S.Dadukin 19+8reb+2ast, T.Viaroukin 11+2reb, S.Miakinin 8+8reb+1ast, S.Charykau 8+5reb+5ast
Rubon: A.Kachan 20+1reb+1ast, Y.Patupchyk 14+3reb+4ast, Z.Plivda 12+9reb, D.Akulich 12+4reb+1ast, A.Indrikov 10+8reb+1ast, V.Ilyukevich 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 235434


Grodno-93 - Svisloch 92-78

An interesting game for Grodno-93 (28-1) which hosted in Grodno 4th placed Svisloch (12-17). First ranked Grodno-93 managed to get a 14-point victory 92-78. The game was mostly controlled by Grodno-93. Svisloch was better in third quarter 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 26-of-31 charity shots (83.9 percent) during the game. Grodno-93 forced 23 Svisloch turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Uladzimir Charko (200-74) who scored 27 points and 6 rebounds. The former international forward Andrei Mastou (202-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Ilya Sharipov (198-91) produced 19 points and point guard Oleksandr Dolenko (191-90) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Grodno-93 maintains first place in League with 28-1 record. Svisloch at the other side keeps the fourth position with 17 games lost. Grodno-93's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Sozh Gomel at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Svisloch will play against Rubon in Vitebsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: U.Charko 27+6reb, A.Mastou 16+10reb, D.Kuzmin 16+5reb+4ast, V.Korzh 10+2reb+7ast, Y.Mishukov 9+4reb, A.Malkov 7+3reb+6ast
Svisloch: I.Sharipov 19+3reb+2ast, O.Dolenko 13+7reb+2ast, N.Polyulyak 10+6reb+1ast, A.Hrumiantsau 10+3reb, D.Shilovich 9+4reb, P.Shuleyko 8+7reb
gschID: 235433


Group Play-Out
Tsmoki-Minsk II - Impuls BGUIR 71-63

Premier League round 5 caused change at the leadership position. Eighteenth defeat of league's leader Impuls BGUIR (12-18) against second ranked Tsmoki-Minsk II (12-17) 71-63 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in League. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 15-9. But Impuls BGUIR won second period 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Tsmoki-Minsk II won last quarter 23-17. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Tsmoki-Minsk II forced 22 Impuls BGUIR turnovers and outrebounded them 44-32 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Impuls BGUIR helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Aliaksandr Semianiuk (207-93) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Valentin Ignatchik (192-91) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Tsmoki-Minsk II players scored in double figures. Henadziy Zakhar (198-92) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds and swingman Aliaksandr Matveyeu (196-91) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Impuls BGUIR. Tsmoki-Minsk II keeps a position of League leader. Impuls BGUIR at the other side dropped to the second place with 18 games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Grodno-93. Impuls BGUIR will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Tsmoki-Minsk II will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Borisfen in Mogilev.
Top scorers:
Tsmoki-Minsk II: A.Semianiuk 19+15reb+1ast, V.Ignatchik 16+6reb+4ast, Y.Beliankou 14+8reb+2ast, E.Sugonyako 10+6reb+3ast, V.Krisevich 8+7reb+1ast, A.Vashkevich 4+2reb
Impuls BGUIR: H.Zakhar 20+15reb+3ast, A.Matveyeu 14+5reb+1ast, Y.Ignatiev 11+4reb, A.Kuzmitski 8+3reb+2ast, D.Azaare 4+1reb+1ast, K.Volodkin 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 235435


Tsmoki-Minsk II - Impuls BGUIR 51-76

The game had a very big importance for first-ranked Impuls BGUIR as it allowed them to take a leadership position in League. Impuls BGUIR smashed second-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk II on the road 76-51. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in League. The game without a history. Impuls BGUIR led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Impuls BGUIR forced 29 Tsmoki-Minsk II turnovers. Henadziy Zakhar (198-92) stepped up and scored 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and swingman Aliaksandr Matveyeu (196-91) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Impuls BGUIR players scored in double figures. Center Vladimir Krisevich (210-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and forward Aliaksandr Semianiuk (207-93) scored 3 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Tsmoki-Minsk II at the other side still keeps top place with 17 games lost. Tsmoki-Minsk II will play next round against strong Borisfen trying to get back on the winning streak. Impuls BGUIR will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Impuls BGUIR: H.Zakhar 16+9reb+2ast, A.Matveyeu 13+6reb, K.Volodkin 13+1reb+1ast, Y.Ignatiev 11+6reb+1ast, K.Stsiapanau 9+1ast, N.Fokeev 5+3reb+1ast
Tsmoki-Minsk II: V.Krisevich 26+12reb, Y.Beliankou 6+3reb, D.Roslikov 4+1reb+1ast, V.Ignatchik 4+5reb+1ast, A.Semianiuk 3+9reb+2ast, R.Rubinshteyn 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 235432



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Oostende 16-7 
 2. Spirou 15-7 
 3. M.Hainaut 14-9 
 4. Aalstar 14-9 
 5. Antwerp 13-10 
 6. Leuven 8-14 
 7. Liege 7-16 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 4-19 

Regular Season: Round 23

Apr. 6: Antwerp - Aalstar 88-85 OT
Apr. 5: Spirou - Verviers-Pep. 88-71
Apr. 6: Oostende - Liege 85-78
Apr. 6: Leuven - M.Hainaut 81-73

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 12: Oostende - Spirou
Apr. 13: Antwerp - Verviers-Pep.
Apr. 13: M.Hainaut - Liege
Apr. 13: Aalstar - Leuven


Standings - Division II

Division II Standings
 1. Houthalen 21-6 
 2. Kangor.-Boom 20-7 
 3. Gembo BBC 19-7 
 4. Sint-Jan Ant. 16-10 
 5. CEP Fleurus 16-10 
 6. St-Niklase 16-11 
 7. Waregem 15-12 
 8. Tongeren 13-15 
 9. Gent Dragons 12-14 
 10. M.Hainaut II 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 77-93
Apr. 6: Kangor.-Boom - M.Hainaut II 122-80
Apr. 7: Sint-Jan Ant. - Waregem
Apr. 7: Essor Charleroi - Giants II
Apr. 7: Gembo BBC - CEP Fleurus
Apr. 7: Houthalen - Oudenaarde


Ethias League Round 23: Base Oostende keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Ethias League is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds. Coincidentally all hosts won their games. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Base Oostende as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Base Oostende defeated 7th ranked Liege Basket at home 85-78. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 44-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Base Oostende made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Liege Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Brent Wright (203-78, college: Florida) chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds. Base Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International forward Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) produced 23 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Liege Basket at the other side keeps the seventh place with 16 games lost. Liege Basket will play next round against strong Belfius Mons-Hainaut trying to get back on the winning streak. Base Oostende will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Spirou Charleroi at home.

The best stats of 23th round was 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by Jerome Randle of Spirou.


Oostende - Liege 85-78

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Base Oostende as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Base Oostende defeated 7th ranked Liege Basket at home 85-78. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 44-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Base Oostende made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Liege Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Brent Wright (203-78, college: Florida) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Base Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International forward Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) produced 23 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Cedrick Banks (190-81, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 23 points respectively for the guests. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Liege Basket at the other side keeps the seventh place with 16 games lost. Liege Basket will play next round against strong Belfius Mons-Hainaut trying to get back on the winning streak. Base Oostende will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Spirou Charleroi at home.
Top scorers:
Oostende: M.Lojeski 24+6reb+3ast, B.Wright 15+10reb, M.Stojic 10+3reb+2ast, D.Drobnjak 9+3reb+1ast, D.Katnic 9+1reb+1ast, D.Djordjevic 8+2reb+2ast
Liege: C.Banks 23+1reb+3ast, W.Boss Mukubu 23+7reb+2ast, A.Williamson 8+1reb, P.Gillet 8+3reb+1ast, G.Ware 7+3reb, B.Monteiro 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 187335


Leuven - M.Hainaut 81-73

There was a minor upset when 3rd placed Belfius Mons-Hainaut (14-9) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Leuven Bears (8-14) 81-73 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-73. Belfius Mons-Hainaut was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican forward Ivan Aska (200-90, college: Murray St.) who scored 30 points (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). American swingman Bradford Burgess (198-90, college: VCU, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. American forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) produced 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Justin Cage (198-85, college: Xavier, agency: Priority Sports) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Four Belfius Mons-Hainaut players scored in double figures. Leuven Bears maintains sixth place with 8-14 record. Loser Belfius Mons-Hainaut keeps the third position with nine games lost. Leuven Bears will face higher ranked Okapi Aalstar (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against Liege Basket in Liege.
Top scorers:
Leuven: I.Aska 30+4reb+2ast, I.Hanavan 14+4reb+1ast, B.Burgess 14+6reb+4ast, G.Robinson 8+2reb+4ast, N.Marnegrave 7+4reb+6ast, T.Smith 7+1reb+1ast
M.Hainaut: J.Cage 15+4reb+2ast, J.Bostic 13+5reb+4ast, B.Qvale 12+4reb+1ast, Q.Taylor 10+7reb+3ast, J.Wallace 9+1reb, A.Gorgemans 7+1reb
gschID: 187334


Antwerp - Aalstar 88-85 OT

Antwerp used overtime to overcome visiting Aalstar. It was the 13th win in the season for Antwerp. The Giants got within one victory from Aalstar who occupy the fourth position in the standings at the moment.
gschID: 187336


Spirou - Verviers-Pep. 88-71

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Spirou Charleroi (15-7) defeated at home bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (4-19) 88-71 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Spirou Charleroi. VOO Verviers-Pepinster was better in second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spirou Charleroi made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Spirou Charleroi outrebounded VOO Verviers-Pepinster 39-24 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. VOO Verviers-Pepinster was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American point guard Jerome Randle (178-87, college: California) who scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. Power forward Stephane Moris (207-86, agency: Promotex) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds and guard Sebastien Maio (190-78) added 10 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Spirou Charleroi maintains second place with 15-7 record behind leader Oostende. VOO Verviers-Pepinster lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will face league's leader Base Oostende on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Antwerp Giants (#5).
Top scorers:
Spirou: J.Randle 22+6reb+5ast, D.Green 15+7reb+6ast, S.Massot 14+2reb+1ast, G.Dandridge 12+2reb+2ast, A.Riddick 9+5reb+1ast, C.Beghin 8+6reb
Verviers-Pep.: S.Moris 16+8reb+1ast, S.Maio 10+2reb+5ast, C.Ferguson 9+2reb, B.Penninck 9+5reb, D.Tubak 8+1reb, M.Zakharov 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 187333



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  BOSNIA   


BiH News and Notes! - by Chris Mathieu

BiH News and Notes!

Potential starting center for BiH this summer Ognjen Kuzmic is rounding back into form after a recent injury. Kuzmic played very well in a loss to Cajasol scoring 18pts going 7-12 from the field 2-3 from the FT line and added 9 rebounds 1 assist 1 steal and 1 block. He will be much needed against Nikola Pekovic and other centers at Eurobasket this summer.

Dejan Todorovic another potential member of the Bosnian National Team was called up by Unicaja Malaga but did not play in the last game.

Milos Glisic one of the top prospects in Europe was dominating in Germany this week in a U16 tournament. He had 40pts and 20rbs vs Red Stars U16 team and had 21pts 4rbs and 3blks vs Germany. He and Doko Salic are two of Serbias brightest prospects and both are actually Bosnian.

Markus Loncars coach in Croatia proclaimed the young prospect would play for Bosnias U18 team but that hasnt proven to be true yet. It would help make up for the loss of another top Bosnian prospect Dragan Bender to Croatia.

Drasko Knezevic is quickly becoming one of the best young point guards in Europe and could be a hot prospect for a big club this summer. After a great regular season with Mladost, Drasko has been even better in League 6 against superior competition, it will be interesting to see if he receives and accepts a call up to the Bosnian National Team this summer.



Bosnian April 6th tournament news and notes! - by Chris Mathieu

Bosnian April 6th tournament news and notes!
Bosnia has awakened from a long summer to dominate in their April 6th tournament! Bosnian U18, U16 and SPARS U18 and U16 teams have played very well in the tournament at times dominating the opposition in spectacular fashion. The weakest Bosnian team by far in the tournament KOS SARAJEVO even had some nice performances by youngster Kenan Coloman and Mehmed Popovic both had some nice moments. Also Sandro Antunovic played well at times. Bosnian U18 and U16 teams were missing some of their biggest starts who were playing for their domestic team KK SPARS.

Amar Alibegovic a highly skilled combo forward who is the son of the famous Bosnian and former Yugoslavian National Team player Teoman Alibegovic played very well for the Bosnian U16 team and looks like he will be a very solid addition to the Bosnian teams this summer. It was nice to see he didnt follow in the footsteps of his older brother Mirza Alibegovic and decided to represent BiH.

Nedim Dedovic wore the BiH uniform for the first time in this tournament, much to the relief of Bosnian basketball fans. Nedim is one of the top prospects in Europe and played very well for the BiH team scoring 21pts in a win over Efes Pilsen. This came after a strong showing in the Jordan Brand Classics camp in Spain last month. He had been a hotly pursued player for Spain and at one point it looked like he would be wearing their jersey instead of the BiH one.

Edin Atic who has been a highly regarded prospect for BiH the last few years played well for the BiH U16 team as well.

Armin Sijercic was one of the biggest surprises of the tournament, showing off a mature game and all around skill that belies his tender age.

Enes Memic, Atif Durak, Alija Piric, Ljubo Zardo all had strong showings for Spars as well. Memic is the captain for his Spars team, Durak is a talented SG who plays a fearless, sometimes reckless game. Piric joined Nedim Dedovic in Spain for the Jordan Brand Classic camp last month and after struggling early in the tournament had a huge game against Partizan scoring 19pts with 9 rebounds while shooting 7-9 from the field. Zardo shows potential as a floor general even though he lacks skill and refinement. He ran the team, got them into their sets and got his teammates good shots and looks at the basket in the tournament.

Doko Salic was a beast in this tournament, dominating the competition and playing at an incredibly high level. He looks like a star on the rise. Bosnia is loaded with young talent even with the losses of players like Dragan Bender, Milos Glisic and Doko Salic. It would be even more incredible if these three were playing for BiH their home country instead of choosing to play for teams from a foreign land where they were not born. Glisic has been dominating for Serbia recently and all three are top European prospects.



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. Flamengo 28-4 
 2. Brasilia 26-6 
 3. Bauru 23-10 
 4. Uberlandia 22-9 
 5. Pinheiros/Sky 22-10 
 6. S.Jose/Unimed 20-12 
 7. Paulistano 17-17 
 8. Basquete Cearense 16-16 
 9. Minas 15-16 
 10. Liga Sorocaba 15-19 
 11. Limeira 14-19 
 12. Palmeiras 12-22 
 13. Joinville 11-22 
 14. Mogi das Cruzes 11-23 
 15. Vila Velha 10-22 
 16. Franca 9-8 
 17. Tijuca TC 5-27 
 18. Suzano 4-28 

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: Pinheiros/Sky - Flamengo
Apr. 6: Vila Velha - Liga Sorocaba
Apr. 6: S.Jose/Unimed - Brasilia
Apr. 6: Paulistano - Tijuca TC
Apr. 6: Mogi das Cruzes - Basquete Cearense
Apr. 6: Palmeiras - Limeira
Apr. 6: Suzano - Joinville
Apr. 11: Minas - Bauru

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. 7: Brasilia - Minas
Apr. 11: Basquete Cearense - Vila Velha



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  BULGARIA   

Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 22-2 
 2. Levski Sofia 20-4 
 3. Balkan 16-8 
 4. Rilski Sportist 15-8 
 5. Tundja Yambol 12-12 
 6. Beroe 10-14 
 7. Cherno More 9-14 
 8. Chernomorets 9-15 
 9. Spartak Pleven 5-19 
 10. U20 1-23 

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 6: Balkan - Beroe 96-87
Apr. 6: Tundja Yambol - Spartak Pleven 90-72
Apr. 6: Chernomorets - Lukoil Academik 74-90
Apr. 6: U20 - Levski Sofia 69-99
Apr. 7: Rilski Sportist - Cherno More


Levski beat Bulgarian U 20 National team for their vitory number 20 - by Valentin Anguelov

The mens team of Levski achieved their victory number 20 in the NBL championship. In the basketball gym of "Bulgarian Army" stadium as a visitors against TESY Bulgaria (20) the players of coach Titi Papazov beat their opponents with a convincing 30 point victory 99-69. Thus three rounds before the end of the regular season Levski continues to be at the second place in the standings with a total balance of 20 victories and 4 losses. The young Bulgarian U 20 national team is at the bottom with just one win from 24 rounds up to date.

Players of Levski won all four parts of the game, but the most noticeable difference was in the second that ended with plus 19 in their favor. At the end after an easy game Levski achieved another victory, this time by the score of 99-69.

Six players of Levski finished in double figures. The top scorer in this game came off the bench as the youngster Dimitar Dimitrov (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) ended with 24 points. He added 12 rebounds for his second double-double of this season in the league. Nemanja Protic added 14 points and Marko Marinovic and Hrisimir Dimitrov both finished with 12 apiece. The captain Stefan Georgiev scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.

For Bulgaria U 20 Angel Natskin was the top scorer with 15 points while Velislav Gulubov and Nikolay Stoyanov added 12 points each.

This coming Monday, at 18.00 in the "Universiada" hall in Sofia Levski will face Cherno More Varna in the next round of the NBL. Then Levski will have two more remaining games in the championship at home versus Yambol and and away at Chernomorets in Bourgas. However all efforts are now directed towards preparation for the Final Four of the Balkan League, which starts on April 19 in Samokov. In one of the semifinals Levski will play against the home team Rilski Sportist. In the other semifinal Galil Gilboa from Israel play against macedonian side Kumanovo.



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  COLOMBIA   


PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 23- RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Piratas playing without Jeff Fahnbulleh suspended one game after a fight in the previous , overcome the adversity to defeat the Manizales OC in overtime, Tayron Thomas leaded the Piratas with 30 pts, Manizales OC had six players scoring in double figures but was not enough to change the result.
Piratas de Bogota 96 T. Thomas 30 pts, E. Artega 17 pts.
Manizales OC 89 P. Cubillan 16 pts, C. Cortez 14 pts.

Aguilas de Tunja is one step closer to get a place among the six teams in the next round defeating the Halcones de Cucuta , Halcones played hard the first half, but iin the second Aguilas impove their defense to finsh with a 44-40 partial, Brandon Rayson leaded the Aguilas with 27 pts and 14 rebs, Courtney Nelson had 27 pts in Halcones
Aguilas de Tunja 93 B. Rayson 24 pts + 14 rebs, E. Mayfield 24 pts + 16 assits.
Halcones de Tunja 73 C. Nelson 27 pts, R. Jeter 20 pts.

Norbey Aragon had a great performance to lead the Academia in its victory against the Caribbean Heat, Aragon finished the game with 34 pts, Caribbean Heat finally landed Ralphy Holmes (192-G-79, college: CS Fullerton) and his 40 points was the best in the day for the Heat, Academia shotfo54% from the field .
Academia de la Montana 111 N. Aragon 34 pts, C. Chavez 27 pts
Caribbean Heat 99 R. Holmes 40 pts,D. Forbes 19 pts.

Bambuqueros defeat the Bukaros in Neiva to get a one point lead in the first place in the standings, the leaders had a good defense offense balance , Stalin Ortiz scored 30 pts in the nght and Enielsen Guevara 17, Bukaros facing problems for the injuries had Lawrence Gilbert and Jason Edwin with 22 pts each.
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 95 S. Ortiz 30 pts, E. Guevara 17
Bukaros Freskaleche 80 J. Edwin 22, L. Gilbert 22




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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 3

Apr. 6: Zadar - KK Zagreb 92-73
Apr. 6: Cedevita - KK Split 88-69
Apr. 6: Jolly - Kvarner 2010 87-70
Apr. 6: Alkar Sinj - Cibona 65-81

Second Stage: Round 4

Apr. 10: Cibona - KK Zagreb
Apr. 10: KK Split - Zadar
Apr. 10: Krizevci - Cedevita
Apr. 10: Alkar Sinj - Jolly


A1 Round 3: KK Zagreb loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News

After 3 rounds played we can already see who rules in the A1 and who belongs to weaker ones.

There was a change at the A1 leadership position after last games. The most shocking disappointment of round 3 was a defeat of league's leader KK Zagreb (0-3). They were crushed by seventh ranked KK Zadar (2-1) 92-73 on Saturday night. The game without a history. KK Zadar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for Bosnian center Barisa Krasic (203-78) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Ante Delas (200-88) helped adding 13 points. KK Zadar's coach Ante Nazor used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Bosnian forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91) with 18 points and 8 rebounds. KK Zadar moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. KK Zagreb at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Alkar Sinj. They were replaced at the leadership position by Djuro Djakovic. KK Zagreb will play next round against league's leader Cibona trying to make it back to the top of the standings. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena of Cibona. KK Zadar will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked KK Split on the road.
Undefeated KK Split (2-1) recorded its first loss in Zagreb. Visitors were rolled over by eighth ranked Cedevita (2-1) 88-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KK Split. It was an exceptional evening for center Miro Bilan (215-89) who led the winners and scored 28 points and 7 rebounds. Bracey Wright accounted for 18 points. Cedevita's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) came up with 14 points and 7 rebounds for KK Split in the defeat. Cedevita moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated KK Split. Cedevita will play against Krizevci (#5) on the road in the next round. KK Split will play against KK Zadar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Sibenik. Third ranked host Jolly (2-1) defeated second-best Kvarner 2010 (1-2) 87-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kvarner 2010. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The best player for the winners was Ronald Ross who scored 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Dino Cinac who recorded 22 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Jolly moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Kvarner 2010 dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. Jolly will meet Alkar Sinj (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Kvarner 2010 will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 3 Cibona won against Alkar Sinj on the opponent's court 81-65.


Zadar - KK Zagreb 92-73

There was a change at the A1 leadership position after last games. The most shocking disappointment of round 3 was a defeat of league's leader KK Zagreb (0-3). They were crushed by seventh ranked KK Zadar (2-1) 92-73 on Saturday night. The game without a history. KK Zadar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for Bosnian center Barisa Krasic (203-78) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Ante Delas (200-88) helped adding 13 points. Four KK Zadar players scored in double figures. KK Zadar's coach Ante Nazor used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Bosnian forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91) with 18 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Ivan Novacic (201-85) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. KK Zadar moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. KK Zagreb at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Alkar Sinj. They were replaced at the leadership position by Djuro Djakovic. KK Zagreb will play next round against league's leader Cibona trying to make it back to the top of the standings. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena of Cibona. KK Zadar will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked KK Split on the road.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb: M.Halilovic 18+8reb+1ast, I.Novacic 15+9reb, A.Krapic 12+4reb, M.Car 9+2reb+1ast, P.Babic 8+2reb+1ast, M.Poscic 8+7reb
Zadar: B.Krasic 23+8reb+2ast, A.Delas 13+3reb+2ast, G.Vrbanc 12+3reb+1ast, J.Nurkic 10+7reb+1ast, M.Ramljak 8+6reb+1ast, I.Ivanov 7+2reb+3ast
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Cedevita - KK Split 88-69

Undefeated KK Split (2-1) recorded its first loss in Zagreb. Visitors were rolled over by eighth ranked Cedevita (2-1) 88-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KK Split. The game was mostly controlled by Cedevita. KK Split was better in third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for center Miro Bilan (215-89) who led the winners and scored 28 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana, agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 18 points for the winning side. Cedevita's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) came up with 14 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Ivan Siriscevic (198-87) added 15 points respectively for KK Split in the defeat. Cedevita moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated KK Split. Cedevita will play against Krizevci (#5) on the road in the next round. KK Split will play against KK Zadar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KK Split: I.Siriscevic 15+4reb+3ast, J.Sobin 14+7reb+3ast, E.Reinholt 13+2reb, P.Marinelli 8+1reb+3ast, F.Kraljevic 8+4reb, T.Katic 7+1reb+1ast
Cedevita: M.Bilan 28+7reb+1ast, B.Wright 18+1reb+2ast, P.Suput 10+8reb, V.Ilievski 8+1reb+2ast, G.Suton 6+7reb, I.Buva 4+2reb
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Jolly - Kvarner 2010 87-70

The game between Top Four teams took place in Sibenik. Third ranked host Jolly (2-1) defeated second-best Kvarner 2010 (1-2) 87-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kvarner 2010. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Kvarner 2010 was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Jolly dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Kvarner 2010's 30. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: LUMANI 10.7) who scored 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Domagoj Bubalo (214-91) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was forward Dino Cinac (198-88) who recorded 22 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Jure Skific (202-88) added 15 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Jolly moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Kvarner 2010 dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. Jolly will meet Alkar Sinj (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Kvarner 2010 will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kvarner 2010: D.Cinac 22+6reb, J.Skific 15+3reb+2ast, I.Radic 11+5reb, B.Krivec 6+1reb+7ast, M.Juricic 5+1reb+1ast, D.Stipcic 4+3reb
Jolly: D.Bubalo 20+9reb+2ast, R.Ross 19+9reb+4ast, L.Petkovic 14+3reb+4ast, M.Mrva 9+7reb+7ast, D.Butorac 8+1reb+2ast, D.Vrsaljko 8+3reb+1ast
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Alkar Sinj - Cibona 65-81

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 4th placed Alkar Sinj (0-3) was defeated at home by leader Cibona (3-0) 81-65 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Cibona. Alkar Sinj managed to win fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Alkar Sinj 45-33 including 30 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was international power forward Dario Saric (208-94) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. The former international center Andrija Zizic (207-80, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Domagoj Kanaet (197-93) who recorded 7 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Luka Zitko (201-81) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Alkar Sinj's coach Boris Poljak rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Cibona have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Loser Alkar Sinj still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with KK Zagreb. Cibona's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb KK Zagreb.
Top scorers:
Alkar Sinj: L.Zitko 9+5reb+2ast, N.Gaurina 9+1reb, S.Modric 9+1ast, P.Madunic 8+3reb, J.Zupic 8+2ast, D.Kanaet 7+12reb+4ast
Cibona: A.Zizic 18+9reb, D.Strawberry 16+6reb+3ast, D.Saric 14+14reb+2ast, P.Marcinkovic 7+3reb, M.Rozic 6+2reb+1ast, S.Nicevic 6+4reb+1ast
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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
Group A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 31-1 
 2. NH Ostrava 20-13 
 3. BK Prostejov 19-12 
 4. BK Pardubice 19-14 
 5. BK Decin 18-14 
 6. BC Kolin 18-15 
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 9

Apr. 6: BK Pardubice - NH Ostrava 64-76
Apr. 6: BC Kolin - CEZ Nymburk 52-100
Apr. 7: BK Decin - BK Prostejov



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 32-18 
 2. Canton C. 30-20 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 27-23 
 4. Erie Bay H. 26-24 
 5. Maine RC 26-24 
 6. Sioux Falls S. 25-25 
 7. Springfield A. 18-32 
 8. Iowa E. 14-36 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 36-14 
 2. Rio Grande VV 35-15 
 3. Austin T. 27-23 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 27-23 
 5. Los Angeles D. 21-29 
 6. Texas L. 21-29 
 7. Idaho S. 19-31 
 8. Reno B. 16-34 

Regular Season: Round 71

Apr. 6: Reno B. - Canton C. 94-109
Apr. 6: Rio Grande VV - Austin T. 120-111
Apr. 6: Texas L. - Springfield A. 118-113
Apr. 6: Idaho S. - Los Angeles D. 113-91
Apr. 6: Iowa E. - Sioux Falls S. 109-104
Apr. 6: Erie Bay H. - Maine RC 108-105
Apr. 6: Santa Cruz W. - Bakersfield J. 105-106
Apr. 6: Tulsa 66ers - Ft.Wayne MA 101-87


Cavs draftee Samardo Samuels pens overseas contract in Jerusalem, Israel - by David Pick

Reno Bighorns 6-foot-9 power forward Samardo Samuels officially penned a two-month agreement with Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Super League, league sources told Eurobasket yesterday.

According to people with knowledge of the parties' partnership, Samuels' contract, his first outside American soil, is valued at $25,000 monthly for two-months, excluding playoff
bonuses.

Samuels, 24, who reached a verbal agreement with Jerusalem last week, penned the contract after dropping 16 points, nine rebounds and two steals in Reno's 104-100 loss to the Canton Charge on Friday. The 260-pound Jamaican big man was inactive Saturday in the Bighorns' season finale against Canton and will attempt to be available for Jerusalem's road game versus No. 3 seed Hapoel Eilat, this Wednesday.

Meanwhile in Israel, Jerusalem fell 94-92 to Bnei Herzliya on a J.R. Reynolds buzzer-beating fadeaway, in a scrimmage game last weekend, as the team's lack of inside presence was strongly felt. Given that Samuels hadn't returned his signed paperwork until yesterday, Jerusalem engaged in conversations with Brose Basket Bamberg's 30-year-old 6-foot-7 forward Jeremiah Massey.

Other candidates to undergo talks with Jerusalem included Othello Hunter, who is still fighting to receive clearance from former Spanish ACB team, Austin Toros' Rick Jackson, whose D-League buyout was too costly, and Italian Sassari's lengthy 6'9" forward Tony Easley.

Nearly a month after waiving former NBA center Craig Smith over a media altercation with Head Coach Sharon Drucker, Jerusalem effectively fills its roster void with Samuels, a talented back to basket scorer, registering a double-double of 20 points and 10 boards per contest for Reno.

Although he is yet to comment on acquiring Samuels, a former Louisville standout, sources close to Drucker say that coach is overjoyed with his latest recruit, and that upon coaching in Greece during the summer of 2010, Drucker heavily pursued the undrafted rookie who penned a three-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers following a strong NBA Summer League showing with the Chicago Bulls.

Drucker received words of encouragement on Samuels from both the Bighorns' coaching staff and Cleveland's Israeli forward Omri Casspi, Samuels' ex-Cavalier teammate. Upon signing with Hapoel, it's likely that Samuels consulted former and current Reno locker room buddies Orien Greene and Will Blalock, two guards to have previously played for Jerusalem, as well as Bighorn swingman Desmond Farmar, who hooped in Israel in 2010.

Samuels played 18 games for Cavs this season, logging 3.4 points and 1.6 rebounds per contest. On December 28th, he was assigned to the Canton Charge of the D-League where he'd have a pair of strong performances before getting recalled and waived by the Cavaliers. He was later picked up by the Reno Bighorns, where he emerged as one of the most dominant centers.

After being nominated Israel's Coach of the Month of February following a perfect 3-0 record, and ahead of the upcoming playoff battles, Drucker looks to resurrect his team's spirit after dropping four-consecutive games.



Regular season ends with 8 games - by Eurobasket News

Reno B. - Canton C. 94-109
The Canton Charge wrapped up their regular season campaign with a confident road win over the Reno Bighorns. Seven players scored in double digits for the visitors as they celebrated a 109:94 victory. Arinze Onuaku (6'9''-F-87, college: Syracuse) stepped up with 19 points and 13 rebounds for the visitors. Kyle Weaver (6'6''-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.) and Antoine Agudio (6'3''-G-85) added 16 points each as the Charge improved at 30-20 record on top of East Division. The Charge used a 39-point second quarter to open a 14-point halftime lead. They protected the advantage well throughout the second half to claim the winning outcome at the end. Ryan Rossiter netted 15 points for the winners. Darnell Jackson and Tony Wroten (6'5''-G-93, college: Washington) answered with 30 points each for the Bighorns.

Santa Cruz W. - Bakersfield J. 105-106
Make no mistake, Saturday night's regular-season finale between the Santa Cruz Warriors and the visiting Bakersfield Jam meant little in the grand scheme of things. The Jam had already wrapped up the West Division title and the No. 1 overall playoff seed with Friday's win over the Warriors. The Warriors were already assured the No. 3 seed in the playoffs and the runner-up position in the West. But for a game that came down to the final shot, it was clear a little momentum heading into postseason play is always gladly accepted. Bakersfield will be the recipient of that following Saturday's 106-105 victory over the Warriors, who have dropped three straight and four of five this season against the Jam. James Nunnally (6'7''-G/F-90, college: UCSB), like he had on Friday night, hit a huge 3-pointer late when he broke a 103-all game with 3.6 seconds left to lift the Jam to their D-League best 36th win of the season. Scott Machado's ensuing 3-point attempt in the waning moments sailed long, and Jeremy Tyler (6'10''-F-91, college: Louisville) collected the rebound for a dunk to pull the Warriors to within one as time expired. The losing streak doesn't bother Santa Cruz coach Nate Bjorkgren too much, though. "This team, we've been through that stuff before. We had a losing streak earlier this year," Bjorkgren said. "We'll be ready for Game 1." The Warriors will have home court advantage against their opening-round opponent, though they'll begin play first on the road. Game 2 and Game 3, if necessary, will be played at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Without going into specifics, Bjorkgren said there are always things to work on. One area of concern might free-throw shooting. The Warriors dropped a 109-102 decision to Bakersfield Friday in which they missed 11 free-throw attempts. On Saturday, Santa Cruz shot 15 of 24 from the stripe. "That's an interesting one, there," Bjorkgren said. "But we've got to keep getting to the free-throw line and keep shooting them." Nunnally led all scorers with 33 points. Santa Cruz's Darington Hobson (6'7''-G/F-87, college: N.Mexico) had a triple-double with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists while Tyler posted a double-double had 26 points and 10 rebounds. Bakersfield's Diante Garrett led the Jam with 32 points. Bakersfield coach Will Voigt said the Jam "laid it on the line" Friday night. On Saturday, with the team opting to depart Bakersfield earlier in the day as a result of having locked up the West Division title and top seed the night before, the Jam rested four of their starters. Brian Butch, Damion James, Adam Koch and Stephen Dennis, who combined to score 68 points on Friday, did not play in the final regular season game. Likewise, starters Stefhon Hannah and Hilton Armstrong did not play for Santa Cruz. "The guys were keenly aware of what was on the line," Bakersfield coach Will Voigt said following Friday's win. "Santa Cruz is a great home team and we didn't want to have to go up there and have to get it done. "So, really, our focus was to lay it on the line (Friday night) and take care of business." In the first half, the Jam showed little letdown from the night before, even with four of their five starters on the bench. Picking up the services of Garrett, who early Saturday was placed on assignment by the Phoenix Suns, Bakersfield opened up an 11-point lead in the first quarter. It was 32-21 following a transition layin by Cam Tatum, who seemingly had an answer each time Santa Cruz was able to go on a run. His 3-pointer in the second quarter ended a 4-0 run by the Warriors, while his floater in the lane snapped a 9-1 run and helped prevent Santa Cruz from taking the lead before halftime. Bakersfield led 55-52 at the break. Santa Cruz did own a late lead on Bakersfield when Scott Machado fought for a steal before dishing to Cam Jones in the backcourt to give the Warriors a 102-101 lead late. But Bakersfield's Nunnally muscled up a shot in the paint to again supply the Jam with the lead, 103-102. Playoff matchups will be announced on Sunday. In a format unique to the D-League, division winners are able select their opening-round opponents. Top-seeded Bakersfield, the West Division champions, will select first from the teams seeded No. 5 through No. 8. Central Division winner Rio Grande Valley (35-15) will pick second and East winner Canton (30-20) will pick third. Santa Cruz, the No. 3 seed based on record and runner-up in the West Division, will face whichever team is remaining after the division winners make their choices. Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com

Idaho S. - Los Angeles D. 113-91
Reggie Hamilton (5'11''-PG-89, college: Oakland) had 28 points (6-9 3FG) and Coby Karl had 15 points, 10 assists and six rebounds and the Idaho Stampede beat the Los Angeles D-Fenders on the final day of the 2012-13 NBA D-League regular season 113-91. Sean Evans (6'8''-F-88, college: St.John's) added 15 points and nine rebounds, while Durrell Summers had 17 points and four steals. Justin Harper added 13 points and Jason Ellis collected a game-high 14 rebounds. Carlon Brown finished with 11 points, as Idaho shot 45.2 percent in the win, including 55.0 percent from the three-point line. The Stampede (19-31) led by as many as 25. The D-Fenders were led by Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB), who had 24 points. Morris Almond had 20 points, but Los Angeles (21-29) committed 20 turnovers and made just 5-of-15 threes. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Texas L. - Springfield A. 118-113
The Springfield Armor players have performed better than might be expected, considering they have known for weeks that they wouldn't make the NBA Development League playoffs. But they play well enough to beat another going-nowhere team - the Texas Legends - who prevailed 118-113 Saturday night at Dr Pepper Arena. The Armor finished the season 18-32 with five consecutive losses, but they showed spark, especially from behind the 3-point line. They made 15 of 30, compared to Texas' 6 of 15. Springfield also made the last 2 minutes interesting. Trailing 112-102, the Armor went on a 9-2 run to pull within 114-111. Down the stretch, NBA veteran Delonte West (6'4''-G-83, college: St.Joseph's) made four free throws to help negate Willie Reed's 6 points and Edwin Ubiles (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Siena)' third 3-pointer of the fourth quarter. West finished the game with 22 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. Leading Texas (21-29) was Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) with 29 points. He had scored 42 in Friday's victory over the Armor. It was a team effort for Springfield. Seven players reached double figures - including Dennis Horner (6'9''-F-88, college: N.Carolina St.)'s team-high 21. He had led both teams in the first with 17 points on perfect shooting. He made three 3-pointers, three 2-point field goals and two free throws. Texas held Horner to four second-half points. Reed finished with 19 and had a team-high 14 rebounds. The Armor had overcome a slow start to take a 10-9 lead when Reed scored inside on an assist from Dominique Jones. Horner then took over, scoring the visitors' next seven points for a 17-11 lead with 5 minutes remaining in the first quarter. Springfield finished the period on top 30-28 after Carleton Scott's two free throws with 24 seconds remaining. In the second quarter, the teams stayed close until a 7-0 run gave Texas a 49-42 lead. Three 3-pointers - two by Horner - tied the score 54-54, but the Legends had a 10-4 advantage over the final 3 minutes for a 64-58 halftime lead. The home team built its lead to nine points early in the third quarter, but Springfield scrapped back to within three at 73-70 - on another 3-pointer, naturally, by Justin Johnson. By the end of the quarter the deficit was back up to nine, 89-80. Ubiles (13 points) heated up in the fourth quarter. He, Horner and Carleton Scott (14 points) led the team with three 3s apiece. Seven Springfield players hit at least one. Courtesy of: masslive.com

Iowa E. - Sioux Falls S. 109-104
The shot that rang through Tullio Arena in Erie, Pennsylvania came with 11.6 seconds left. It came from Terrence Jennings and it propelled the Erie BayHawks to a come-from-behind win over the Maine Red Claws. From there the door was open for the Sioux Falls Skyforce to waltz into the postseason. As the Jennings shot went through, it was halftime in Iowa and the Energy led 47-40. Mission over 24 minutes: outscore the Energy by 8. Sioux Falls fell 6 points short of the goal and ended their season with a 109-104 setback. Iowa (14-36) closed a woeful season strong with three straight wins, two of them over teams with playoff aspirations. Granted in most every other season wins against Iowa had been hard to obtain. The Skyforce (25-25) went 3-4 against their now closest rival including 0-3 in Des Moines. When one more win would have extended the season the team fought back from an 18 point deficit in the 4th quarter to get as close as three points. A valiant effort will unfortunately be overshadowed by the column in which the game is placed. Jarvis Varnado (6'9''-F-88, college: Mississippi St.) will take his talents back to South Beach and join a playoff-bound Miami Heat squad. The center may make some noise as evidenced with his streak of fantastic games to end his time in the NBA Development League. Varnado put together 23 points on 10-13 shooting, plus 20 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals and 2 assists. Mychel Thompson closed with 19 points and 8 assists with Demetris Nichols mustering 14 points for the Skyforce. The victorious Energy were led by guard Chris Wright (6'1''-PG-89, college: Georgetown) with 23 points on the night, Justin Hurtt adding 22 points and a double-double from Augustus Gilchrist of 17 points and 13 rebounds. The NBADL playoff pairings will be announced Sunday with seeding order as follows: 1) West Division champ Bakersfield, 2) Central Division winner Rio Grande Valley, 3) Santa Cruz, 4) East Division titlist Canton, 5) Fort Wayne, 6) Austin, 7) Tulsa and 8) Maine. With the three division alignment this year, the division winners choose their first round opponent. However regular season record determines seeding and home-court advantage against the opponent. Courtesy of: espn991.com

Rio Grande VV - Austin T. 120-111
The playoff-bound Austin Toros lost their regular season finale to Central Division rival Rio Grande Valley Vipers 120-111 Saturday night in Hidalgo. The Toros (27-23) secured a playoff spot on Thursday and will find out their first round matchup Sunday when the NBA D-League playoff schedule is announced. The Toros trailed trailed the Vipers by six after the first quarter and a 40 point second quarter by the Vipers gave Rio Grande a 20 point lead at halftime. Austin outscored the Vipers by 11 in the second half, but the first half deficit was too difficult to overcome. Rio Grande Valley was led by guard Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston), who finished with 21 points and 7 assists. Spurs reserve Aron Baynes (6'10''-C-86, college: Washington St.) scored 23 points and grabbed 15 for the Toros in the loss. Toros Lester Hudson (6'3''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Tenn-Martin) and Tre Kelley each scored over 20 points, with Hudson finishing with 22 and Kelley putting up 21 points. Courtesy of: statesman.com

Tulsa 66ers - Ft.Wayne MA 101-87
Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama) continued his one-man assault on the bucket. But this time he couldn't bail out the Mad Ants. One night after he sealed the first playoff berth in franchise history by dropping 49 points on Sioux Falls, he hit Tulsa with 31 Saturday in the regular-season finale in Tulsa, Okla. But the 66ers hit back, taking a nine-point halftime lead and never letting the Ants get within arm's length in a 101-87 victory. The 66ers (27-23) outscored the Ants in every quarter, taking a 27-20 lead after one and a 54-45 advantage into halftime. They outrebounded the Ants (27-23) 45-36 and limited them to 41.8 percent shooting (34 of 82). The Ants were 7 of 21 from the three-point line and turned it over 22 times. Besides Mitchell, four other players hit double figures for Fort Wayne. But none scored more than Sadiel Rojas and Chris Porter, who each had 13. For Tulsa, Indiana Tech product Rodney Bartholomew (6'8''-F, college: Indiana Tech) was 10 of 10 from the field and led five players in double figures with 21 points. Courtesy of: journalgazette.net

Erie Bay H. - Maine RC 108-105
The Maine Red Claws left the Erie Insurance Arena floor shocked and frustrated Saturday night. Less than an hour later, they got some good news: They're going to the D-League playoffs. After a devastating 108-105 loss to the Erie BayHawks, a team Maine eliminated from the playoffs Friday night, the Red Claws were given a second chance when last-place Iowa upset Sioux Falls, 109-104. "It means everything," Maine Coach Mike Taylor said. "It's been our goal, my dream and my hope to bring the playoffs to Maine for the fans, the owners and the teams. I told our guys to play their hearts out and they did everything they could. The ball bounced Erie's way." Maine, the eighth seed, will learn its first-round opponent Sunday. The three division winners will choose their opponents from the four bottom seeds, which includes the Red Claws. The division winners will name their opponents during a league teleconference. Cory Higgins (6'5''-G-89, college: Colorado) scored a career-high 41 points -- the second-highest single-game total in BayHawks history. But it was a 6-foot-10 center from Louisville, Terrence Jennings, who made the biggest basket. Jennings, in his first game with the BayHawks, sank a deep 3-pointer with 11.9 seconds left for a 106-105 lead. Maine then missed two shots and had to foul Erik Daniels with 2.2 seconds left. He connected on both free throws to give Erie a 108-105 lead. Taylor then called a timeout to set up one final shot. "We had a great look for Josh Selby (6'2''-PG-91, college: Kansas) to tie it," Taylor said. "He just missed but I'm really proud of these guys. They played their hearts out in both games this weekend." Selby and Chris Wright each finished with 25 points for the Red Claws (26-24). Curtis Jerrells added 20 points, Mark Tyndale had 12 and Jermaine Taylor 10. Wright also pulled down 10 rebounds and Omar Reed secured nine. Maine led by as many as 16 in the third quarter before Erie stormed back. "I don't know if we ran out of gas or what the situation was," Mike Taylor said. "It came down to us not playing with the same halfcourt defense in the fourth quarter that we did for the first seven quarters this weekend. We had plenty of opportunities in the game and it came down to a fluke 3-pointer from Terrence Jennings." Erie broke a 96-96 tie on an acrobatic one-handed shot by Higgins. He was fouled and connected on the free throw to give the BayHawks their biggest lead. Maine responded with an 8-1 run behind six points from Selby for a 104-100 lead with 2:19 left. Nick Covington drilled a 3-pointer to cut it to 104-103 before Omar Reed hit 1 of 2 from the line with 1:17 left. Jennings finished with 11 points, Daniels had 15 and Covington 14 for Erie. The BayHawks shot only 48.2 percent from the floor but after a hot start, Maine was cold in the second half. The Red Claws were 22 of 45 (48.9 percent) in the first half before connecting on only 16 of 37 over the final two quarters. Maine finished with three games over the final two weeks, all against Erie. The Red Claws went 2-1 in those three games and are looking to carry that momentum into the postseason. "It helps us prepare for the playoffs," Mike Taylor said. "We knew Erie well and knew their personnel. Hopefully we can rebound for the postseason." Courtesy of: pressherald.com



D-League round 70 best performance: Tony Mitchell - by Eurobasket News

Forward Tony Mitchell (198-F-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for Ft.Wayne MA, receiving a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 70.
The 20-year old player was the main contributor (49 points, six rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Sioux Falls S. (#5, 25-24) 125-112. Ft.Wayne MA maintains the 3rd position in D-League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ft.Wayne MA will need more victories to improve their 27-22 record. In the team's last game Mitchell had a remarkable 65.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Ft.Wayne MA's top player in his first season with the team. Former The University of Alabama star has very solid stats this year. Mitchell is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.0ppg).

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Brian Butch (211-C/F-84, agency: Edge Sports) of league's leader Bakersfield J.. Butch had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Bakersfield J. cruised to a 109-102 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Santa Cruz W. (#1, 32-17). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Bakersfield J. consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team has currently 35-14 record. Butch is a newcomer at Bakersfield J., but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Justin Dentmon (182-G-85) of Texas L. (#6). Dentmon got into 30-points club by scoring 42 points in the last round. He went also for six assists. He was a key player of Texas L., leading his team to a 115-111 win against slightly lower-ranked Springfield A. (#7, 18-31). The chances of Texas L. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 29 games, recording just twenty victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dentmon could help Texas L. to bring them higher in the standings. Dentmon has a great season in D-L. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 26.0ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Melvin Ely (207-C-78) of Texas L. - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Kyle Weaver (198-G-86) of Canton C. - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Royce White (203-F-91) of Rio Grande VV - 28 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
7. James Mays (206-F-86) of Sioux Falls S. - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Chris Wright (203-F-88) of Maine RC - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Dennis Horner (206-F-88) of Springfield A. - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Andre Barrett (175-PG-82) of Sioux Falls S. - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 14 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 14-14 
 6. Valga 13-15 
 7. Parnu 11-15 
 8. Tln Kalev 9-19 
 9. Hito/Johvi 3-25 

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 6: Rapla - Tln Kalev 82-89
Apr. 6: Hito/Johvi - Parnu 82-72
Apr. 2: Valga - TTU 81-61
Apr. 5: Tarvas - TTU 61-66

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 9: Kalev/Cramo - Tln Kalev
Apr. 10: TTU - Rapla
Apr. 10: TU/Rock - Valga
Apr. 10: Tarvas - Parnu


KML Round 26: TTU defeats leader BC Rakvere - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in KML just ended.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked BC Rakvere (19-9) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked TTU (15-12) 66-61. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-10. But BC Rakvere won third quarter 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BC Rakvere 43-27 including 16 on the offensive glass. The former international forward Erik Keedus (198-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) contributed with 8 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) replied with 23 points and 4 assists for BC Rakvere. TTU moved-up to second place. BC Rakvere at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost.
Another exciting game for Tln Kalev (9-19) which played on the court of 5th ranked Rapla (14-14). Eighth ranked Tln Kalev won 89-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rapla. Guard Mario Paiste (184-89) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Ike Okoye chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tln Kalev have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 9-19 record. Rapla at the other side keeps the fifth place with 14 games lost.
Bottom-ranked Hito/Johvi managed to get a third victory, breaking the four-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Hito/Johvi won against seventh-ranked KK Parnu 82-72. Siim Laur notched 25 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds by Augustas Peciukevicius did not help to save the game for KK Parnu. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Hito/Johvi maintains ninth position with 3-25 record. KK Parnu lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 15 games lost.
The game in Valga supposed to be also worth to mention about. 4th ranked TTU (15-12) played at the court of sixth ranked Valga (13-15). Valga did not have too big problems ending evening with a very confident victory 81-61. The best player for the winners was Joonas Jarvelainen who scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. TTU's coach Tiit Sokk rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Valga maintains sixth position with 13-15 record. TTU at the other side dropped to the second place with 12 games lost.


Rapla - Tln Kalev 82-89

Another exciting game for Tln Kalev (9-19) which played on the court of 5th ranked Rapla (14-14). Eighth ranked Tln Kalev won 89-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rapla. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-11. But Rapla won third quarter 25-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tln Kalev made 29-of-36 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Rapla was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Mario Paiste (184-89) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Nigerian-American forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise St.) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Tln Kalev players scored in double figures. Forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93) scored 17 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tln Kalev have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 9-19 record. Rapla at the other side keeps the fifth place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Tln Kalev: I.Okoye 15+5reb+2ast, R.Roos 13+1reb+2ast, M.Paiste 13+9reb+3ast, M.Campbell 12+1reb+3ast, J.Vahter 12+7reb+2ast, M.Kurg 11+2reb
Rapla: I.Pilk 18+5reb+3ast, R.Laane 17+4reb+1ast, M.Paasoja 14+2reb+1ast, R.Nurger 8+3reb, H.Ruut 5+1reb+2ast, A.Parn 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 231200


Hito/Johvi - Parnu 82-72

Bottom-ranked Hito/Johvi managed to get a third victory, breaking the four-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Hito/Johvi won against seventh-ranked KK Parnu 82-72. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 10 points. Strangely KK Parnu outrebounded Hito/Johvi 49-36 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Siim Laur (189-87) notched 25 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the effort and Tonis Uuekula (201-88) supported him with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Four Hito/Johvi players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds by Lithuanian guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91) did not help to save the game for KK Parnu. Lithuanian forward Osvaldas Matulionis (200-91) added 18 points for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Hito/Johvi maintains ninth position with 3-25 record. KK Parnu lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Hito/Johvi: S.Laur 25+4reb+3ast, G.Tambre 13+4reb, S.Saare 11+5reb+3ast, T.Uuekula 11+9reb+1ast, A.Saariste 8+6reb+1ast, E.Trumm 6+4reb+1ast
Parnu: A.Peciukevicius 22+10reb+2ast, O.Matulionis 18+4reb, K.Evart 8, K.Kitsing 6+8reb, R.Raap 6+4reb+1ast, R.Raadik 5+10reb
gschID: 231199


Tarvas - TTU 61-66

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked BC Rakvere (19-9) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked TTU (15-12) 66-61. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-10. But BC Rakvere won third quarter 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BC Rakvere 43-27 including 16 on the offensive glass. The former international forward Erik Keedus (198-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) contributed with 8 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) replied with 23 points and 4 assists and American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for BC Rakvere. TTU moved-up to second place. BC Rakvere at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
TTU: E.Keedus 17+8reb+6ast, K.Makke 11+1reb+1ast, J.Puidet 10+5reb+2ast, A.Arnold 9+4reb+1ast, M.Kaja 8+8reb+1ast, K.Akenparg 8+7reb+2ast
Tarvas: R.Tamm 23+1reb+4ast, A.Stewart 11+3reb, K.Saks 10+2reb+2ast, B.Raley-Ross 8+5reb+6ast, M.Laksa 6+8reb, M.Schleicher 3+3reb
gschID: 231198


Valga - TTU 81-61

The game in Valga supposed to be also worth to mention about. 4th ranked TTU (15-12) played at the court of sixth ranked Valga (13-15). Valga did not have too big problems ending evening with a very confident victory 81-61. The game without a history. Valga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was power forward Joonas Jarvelainen (202-90) who scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. Latvian center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. The former international forward Erik Keedus (198-90) produced 13 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Mooses Kaja (198-88) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. TTU's coach Tiit Sokk rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Valga maintains sixth position with 13-15 record. TTU at the other side dropped to the second place with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Valga: J.Jarvelainen 25+5reb+1ast, E.Sinadinovic 16+3reb+5ast, R.Grafs 13+12reb+1ast, H.Rannula 7+1reb+2ast, V.Vares 6+3reb+2ast, T.Leok 6+1reb+1ast
TTU: E.Keedus 13+5reb+1ast, M.Kaja 10+6reb+1ast, P.Ulp 9+3ast, M.Saarmets 8+3reb+1ast, K.Makke 6+4reb+1ast, J.Puidet 6+1reb
gschID: 231197



Jarvelainen's 25 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old power forward Joonas Jarvelainen (202-F/C-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Valga and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had the game-high 25 points adding five rebounds for Valga in his team's victory, helping them to crush TTU (#2, 15-12) with 20-point margin 81-61. Valga maintains the 6th position in Estonian league. Valga is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-15 record. In the team's last game Jarvelainen had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at Valga and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Joonas Jarvelainen averages this season 8.4ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91) of Parnu. He is Lithuanian guard in his first season at Parnu. In the last game Peciukevicius recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Parnu lost that game 72-82 to slightly lower-ranked Hito/Johvi (#9, 3-25). Parnu is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-15 record. Peciukevicius is a newcomer at Parnu and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Valga's star - center Raitis Grafs (208-C-81). Grafs scored 13 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Valga, helping his team with a 81-61 easy win against the higher-ranked TTU (#2, 15-12). The chances of Valga ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Grafs could help Valga to bring them higher in the standings. Grafs has a great season in Estonia. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.2rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Siim Laur (189-G-87) of Hito/Johvi - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Erik Keedus (198-F-90) of TTU - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Mario Paiste (184-G-89) of Tln Kalev - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) of Tarvas - 23 points and 4 assists
8. Georg Tambre (194-PF-94) of Hito/Johvi - 13 points and 4 rebounds
9. Osvaldas Matulionis (200-F-91) of Parnu - 18 points and 4 rebounds
10. Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) of Rapla - 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)



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. Nilan Bisons 34-9 
 2. Kataja 31-8 
 3. KTP 31-12 
 4. Pyrinto 29-12 
 5. Kauhajoki 27-16 
 6. Kouvot 21-21 
 7. LrNMKY 17-25 
 8. Salon Vilpas 13-29 
 9. Lapua 13-29 
 10. Korihait 13-29 
 11. Namika Lahti 12-30 
 12. FoKoPo 11-32 

Regular Season: Round 44

Apr. 6: Nilan Bisons - Namika Lahti 94-73
Apr. 6: Kouvot - LrNMKY 94-72
Apr. 5: Kataja - KTP 81-74
Apr. 5: Salon Vilpas - Korihait 67-59
Apr. 5: Pyrinto - FoKoPo 113-78
Apr. 6: Kauhajoki - Lapua 101-70

Regular Season: Round 45

Apr. 10: LrNMKY - Pyrinto
Apr. 10: Korihait - Nilan Bisons
Apr. 10: Namika Lahti - Kataja
Apr. 10: KTP - Kauhajoki
Apr. 10: FoKoPo - Salon Vilpas
Apr. 10: Lapua - Kouvot


KORISLIIGA: Karhu - Korikobrat 4-0 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 43: Three contests, no upsets tonight. Karhu (Kauhajoki) crushed Korikobrat (Lapua) by 31 points 101-70 (57-35) and it means Karhu is the king in basketball at Pohjanmaa. Karhu won all four local games of the regular season. Haminn Quaintance (201-F-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Kent St.) was the game MVP. He helped Karhu (27-16) with a double-double 28pts/10rbs. J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87, college: Cleveland St.) added 22 pts. Lapua (13-30) had all starters in double digits between 10-16 points. Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) netted this time 16 pts.
Bisons (Loimaa) defeated YMCA Lahti 94-73 (53-30). Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) led Bisons (34-9) with 20 pts. Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) gave 14 assists! Emmanuel Holloway (185-G-86, college: Illinois St.) led YMCA Lahti (13-30) with 20 pts. At Kouvola local Kouvot beat YMCA Lappeenranta 94-72 (50-37). Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Sam Houston St.) led Kouvot (21-22) with 24 pts. YMCA LPR (17-26) missed Greg Logins and Jason Conley who DNP. Matthew Gibson (196-G-84) led the visitors with 19 pts. The last round (# 44) of the regular season on Wednesday, April 10.

Karhu - Lapua 101-70 (57-35). (Haminn Quaintance 28/10, J'Nathan Bullock 22, Ilkka Vuori 13 - Samuel Haanpaa 16, Dwight Tolbert 13, Henry Umoru 11. A: 837).
Bisons - YMCA Lahti 94-73 (53-30). (Martin Zeno 20/9, Matti Nuutinen 18, Jeb Ivey 15/14a - Emmanuel Holloway 20, Valtteri Makalainen 13/11, Jordan Hasquet 13. A: 1063).
Kouvot - YMCA LPR 94-72 (50-37). (Gilberto Clavell 24, Lamarr Greer 16/7a, Chris Hester 16 - Matt Gibson 19/5a, Henri Valimaa 15, Anttoni Tapio 13. A: 1024).



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

21-year old forward Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) had a great game in the last round for Pyrinto and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 44.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed FoKoPo (#12, 11-32) with 35-point margin 113-78. Pyrinto maintains the 4th position in Finnish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Pyrinto will need more victories to improve their 29-12 record. In the team's last game Lindbom had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Pyrinto's top player in his first season with the team. Carl Lindbom averages this season 13.3ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Haminn Quaintance (201-F-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) of Kauhajoki. He is American forward in his first season at Kauhajoki. In the last game Quaintance recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Kauhajoki to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Lapua (#9, 13-29) 101-70. Kauhajoki's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 27-16 record is not bad and everything may still change. Quaintance is one of the most experienced players at Kauhajoki and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management) of Kouvot (#6). Clavell scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Kouvot, leading his team to a 94-72 easy win against slightly lower-ranked LrNMKY (#7, 17-25). Kouvot needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 21 victories and 21 lost games. Clavell has a great season in Finland. After 40 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.4ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Nilan Bisons - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. T.J. Robinson (203-F-89) of Korihait - 25 points and 12 rebounds
6. Andrais Thornton (203-F-85) of FoKoPo - 30 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jeb Ivey (190-G-80) of Nilan Bisons - 15 points and 14 assists
8. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85) of Kataja - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Matthew Gibson (196-G-84) of LrNMKY - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Ilkka Vuori (181-PG-86) of Kauhajoki - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

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

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 6: Cholet - Le Mans 89-82
Apr. 6: Dijon - Limoges 80-72
Apr. 6: Le Havre - Gravelines 76-90
Apr. 6: Paris-Levallois - Nancy 73-79
Apr. 6: Orleans - Poitiers 73-67
Apr. 6: Chalon - Nanterre 71-86
Apr. 6: Boulazac - Roanne 67-65
Apr. 8: ASVEL - Strasbourg

Round 23

Apr. 2: Roanne - Gravelines 80-76


Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Evreux 22-8 
 2. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 22-8 
 3. Chalons-Reims 20-10 
 4. Boulogne 19-11 
 5. Le Portel 19-11 
 6. Rouen 18-12 
 7. Antibes 18-12 
 8. Fos Ouest 17-12 
 9. Bourg 16-14 
 10. Maurienne 15-15 
 11. Lille 15-15 
 12. Hyeres-Toulon 13-17 
 13. St Quentin 13-17 
 14. Denain 11-19 
 15. Nantes 10-20 
 16. St Vallier 9-21 
 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. 6: Boulogne - Le Portel 89-79
Apr. 5: St Quentin - Charleville 86-64
Apr. 6: Antibes - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 82-71
Apr. 6: St Vallier - Lille 76-95
Apr. 5: Nantes - Denain 62-69
Apr. 7: Fos Ouest - Bordeaux


Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Orchy 22-4 
 2. Souffel 18-9 
 3. Vichy 18-9 
 4. Blois 17-9 
 5. Cognac 16-10 
 6. Monaco 16-10 
 7. Quimper 15-12 
 8. La Rochelle 15-12 
 9. Rueil 14-13 
 10. Sorgues 13-13 
 11. Chartres 11-15 
 12. Angers BC 49 10-15 
 13. St Chamond 10-17 
 14. Challans 9-17 
 15. Rennes 7-19 
 16. CFBB 0-27 

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 6: Rennes - CFBB 97-55
Apr. 6: Chartres - La Rochelle 74-73
Apr. 6: Monaco - Souffel 72-55
Apr. 6: Orchy - Quimper 72-45
Apr. 6: Blois - St Chamond 71-69
Apr. 6: Sorgues - Vichy 68-64


NM1 Round 30: JA Vichy is defeated by Sorgues - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds. Coincidentally all hosts won their games. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most important game in the last round took place in Sorgues between second ranked JA Vichy (18-9) and tenth ranked Sorgues (13-13) on Saturday night. JA Vichy was defeated by Sorgues in a tough game on the road 64-68. Sorgues maintains tenth position with 13-13 record. JA Vichy lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with nine games lost. They share the position with Souffel. Sorgues are looking forward to face higher ranked Rueil (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. JA Vichy will play against Chartres (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Souffelweyersheim (18-9) against sixth ranked Monaco (16-10) on Saturday night. Visiting Souffelweyersheim was defeated by Monaco in Monaco 72-55. Serbian forward Milutin Aleksic (203-82) notched 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and Jason Jones supported him with 14 points. Monaco's coach Jean-Michel Senegal allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 18 points by guard Frederic Broliron (193-79) did not help to save the game for Souffelweyersheim. Monaco have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Cognac. Souffelweyersheim at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. They share it with Vichy. Monaco will play against Quimper UJAP (#7) on the road in the next round. Souffelweyersheim will play against Blois (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NM1 top team - Orchesien BC (22-4) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Quimper UJAP (15-12) in Orchies 72-45. The best player for the winners was Julien Bestron who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was William Molas who recorded 8 points and 10 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. Orchesien BC have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-4 record. Loser Quimper UJAP keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. They share the position with La Rochelle. Orchesien BC will meet at home Vendee Challans (#14) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Quimper UJAP will play against Monaco (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-27) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 27th consecutive match to fifteenth ranked Union Rennes (7-19) 97-55. It was a good game for Alex Okafor who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 8 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field). Union Rennes' coach Pascal Thibaud felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Union Rennes maintains fifteenth position with 7-19 record. CFBB at the other side still closes the standings. Union Rennes' next round opponent will be higher ranked La Rochelle (#8) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Important game to mention about took place in Chartres. Eleventh ranked Chartres (11-15) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 8th ranked La Rochelle (15-12) 74-73 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of La Rochelle. Vincent Mendy scored 13 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Chartres' coach Raphael Gaume used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Chartres maintains eleventh position with 11-15 record. Newly promoted La Rochelle dropped to the seventh place with 12 games lost. Chartres will face higher ranked JA Vichy (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

In the last game of round 30 St Chamond lost to Blois on the opponent's court 69-71.


Rennes - CFBB 97-55

Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-27) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 27th consecutive match to fifteenth ranked Union Rennes (7-19) 97-55. The game without a history. Union Rennes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Union Rennes dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to CFBB's 34. Union Rennes forced 19 CFBB turnovers and outrebounded them 35-18 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Union Rennes players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by CFBB's players. It was a good game for American forward Alex Okafor (202-87, college: Princeton) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 8 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field). Center Said Ben Driss (206-85) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Union Rennes players scored in double figures. Union Rennes' coach Pascal Thibaud felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Paul Rigot (201-95) replied with 16 points and forward Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (198-96) added 7 points in the effort for CFBB. Newly promoted Union Rennes maintains fifteenth position with 7-19 record. CFBB at the other side still closes the standings. Union Rennes' next round opponent will be higher ranked La Rochelle (#8) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Rennes: A.Okafor 27+8reb+3ast, E.Kabir Pene 21+1reb+4ast, S.Ben Driss 19+7reb+2ast, O.Lamothe 15+2reb+3ast, J.Dessart 4+5reb+4ast, G.Broudic 4+2reb+1ast
CFBB: P.Rigot 16+2reb+1ast, L.Paoletti 8+3reb+1ast, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 7+3reb+2ast, L.Laporal 6+5reb+1ast, E.Ory 6+1reb+1ast, L.Dussoulier 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 186320


Sorgues - Vichy 68-64

The most important game in the last round took place in Sorgues between second ranked JA Vichy (18-9) and tenth ranked Sorgues (13-13) on Saturday night. JA Vichy was defeated by Sorgues in a tough game on the road 64-68. Sorgues maintains tenth position with 13-13 record. JA Vichy lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with nine games lost. They share the position with Souffel. Sorgues are looking forward to face higher ranked Rueil (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. JA Vichy will play against Chartres (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 186326


Monaco - Souffel 72-55

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Souffelweyersheim (18-9) against sixth ranked Monaco (16-10) on Saturday night. Visiting Souffelweyersheim was defeated by Monaco in Monaco 72-55. The game was mostly controlled by Monaco. Souffelweyersheim was better in second period 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Souffelweyersheim was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian forward Milutin Aleksic (203-82) notched 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and American center Jason Jones (203-86, college: Northeastern St.) supported him with 14 points. Monaco's coach Jean-Michel Senegal allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 18 points by guard Frederic Broliron (193-79) did not help to save the game for Souffelweyersheim. Naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) added 6 points and 9 rebounds. Monaco have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Cognac. Souffelweyersheim at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. They share it with Vichy. Monaco will play against Quimper UJAP (#7) on the road in the next round. Souffelweyersheim will play against Blois (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Monaco: M.Aleksic 16+8reb+6ast, J.Jones 14+2reb, M.Diallo 10+4reb+1ast, A.Christophe 9+2reb+5ast, D.McClintock 8+6reb+2ast, D.Karaibrahimovic 5+1ast
Souffel: F.Broliron 18+1reb, A.N'Diaye 10+4reb+1ast, F.Minet 7+1reb+3ast, J.Tschamber 7+7reb+2ast, J.Alingue 6+9reb+1ast, M.M'Bodji 5+6reb+5ast
gschID: 186325


Orchy - Quimper 72-45

NM1 top team - Orchesien BC (22-4) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Quimper UJAP (15-12) in Orchies 72-45. The game without a history. Orchesien BC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Quimper UJAP to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Orchesien BC held Quimper UJAP to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 46.7 percent accuracy of the winners. The best player for the winners was center Julien Bestron (205-86) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Russell Carter (196-85, college: Notre Dame) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center William Molas (206-88) who recorded 8 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Florian Thibedore (193-90) added 10 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Orchesien BC have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-4 record. Loser Quimper UJAP keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. They share the position with La Rochelle. Orchesien BC will meet at home Vendee Challans (#14) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Quimper UJAP will play against Monaco (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orchy: J.Bestron 20+7reb+2ast, R.Carter 10+9reb+1ast, R.Brocheray 8+4reb, D.Petrovic 8+3reb+2ast, T.Stanley 7+5reb+2ast, O.Gouez 5+6reb
Quimper: F.Thibedore 10+4reb+1ast, C.Cherry 9+5reb, O.Kolb 9+3reb, W.Molas 8+10reb, C.Raji 4+4reb+1ast, J.Moupegnou 3+2reb
gschID: 186323


Chartres - La Rochelle 74-73

Important game to mention about took place in Chartres. Eleventh ranked Chartres (11-15) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 8th ranked La Rochelle (15-12) 74-73 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of La Rochelle. La Rochelle was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 23-21 charge of Chartres, which allowed them to win the game. La Rochelle was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized Senegalese power forward Vincent Mendy (204-83) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian center Ljubomir Avramovic (201-79) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Chartres' coach Raphael Gaume used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Jarryd Cole (204-88, college: Iowa) with 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Faycal Sahraoui (188-79) scored 13 points. Chartres maintains eleventh position with 11-15 record. Newly promoted La Rochelle dropped to the seventh place with 12 games lost. Chartres will face higher ranked JA Vichy (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Chartres: M.Vasic 16+2reb+1ast, L.Avramovic 15+5reb+1ast, V.Mendy 13+7reb+2ast, G.Merie 9+8reb+1ast, J.Sauret 6+4reb+3ast, G.Lemon 5+5reb
La Rochelle: J.Cole 19+6reb+2ast, F.Sahraoui 13+4reb+3ast, A.Thomson 8+6reb+1ast, A.M'Boma 8+6reb+1ast, H.Jannel 6+1reb, J.Dalmat 6+3reb
gschID: 186322


Blois - St Chamond 71-69

Very expected game when 13th ranked Saint Chamond (10-17) was edged on the road by fourth ranked Blois (17-9) 71-69 on Saturday. However just two-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Saint Chamond trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 21-8 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-71 at the end of the game. Center Jonathan Tornato (210-89) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was point guard Romain Tillon (180-82, agency: ACMT) with 15 points and 5 rebounds and center Benjamin Rey (210-79) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Blois have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 17-9 record. Saint Chamond lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Blois will face league's second-placed Souffelweyersheim in Souffel. in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Saint Chamond will play at home against Angers BC 49 (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Blois: D.Davis 16+1reb+4ast, J.Tornato 15+13reb+2ast, V.Kaunisto 15+6reb+3ast, G.Staelens 13+1reb+4ast, W.Aka 5+1reb, P.Brochard 5+1reb+5ast
St Chamond: B.Rey 15+7reb, T.Pearson 15+3reb, R.Tillon 15+5reb+2ast, J.Rinna 10+5reb+1ast, E.Sadiku 6+3reb+8ast, N.Wachowiak 4+5reb+4ast
gschID: 186321



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  FYR MACEDONIA   

D1 Standings

Prva Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Feni Indistrija 12-4 
 2. Kozuv 11-5 
 3. Lirija 11-5 
 4. Rabotnicki 9-7 
 5. Kumanovo 8-8 
 6. MZT Skopje 2-0 
Places 7-9
 1. ABA Strumica 6-9 
 2. Pelister Bitola 3-13 
 3. Vardar 2-13 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 2

Places 1-6

Apr. 6: Lirija - Feni Indistrija 80-89
Apr. 6: Kumanovo - MZT Skopje 78-92
Apr. 6: Kozuv - Rabotnicki 59-66

Places 7-9

Apr. 6: Pelister Bitola - ABA Strumica 79-77

Second Stage: Round 3

Apr. 10: Kumanovo - Kozuv
Apr. 10: Feni Indistrija - Rabotnicki
Apr. 10: MZT Skopje - Lirija



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  GEORGIA   

Highest League Standing

Superleague Standings
 1. Olimpi 16-3 
 2. MIA Academy 16-3 
 3. Armia 14-5 
 4. Rustavi 13-6 
 5. Dinamo Tbilisi 12-7 
 6. Kutaisi 11-8 
 7. Sokhumi 9-10 
 8. TSU Tbilisi 6-14 
 9. Batumi 5-14 
 10. Samedicino 2-17 
 11. STU Tbilisi 1-18 

Regular Season: Round 21

Apr. 6: Sokhumi - Samedicino 95-66
Apr. 6: MIA Academy - Dinamo Tbilisi 78-80
Apr. 5: Kutaisi - TSU Tbilisi 73-63
Apr. 5: Batumi - Armia 61-88
Apr. 6: Olimpi - STU Tbilisi 123-66

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 12: Rustavi - Batumi
Apr. 12: Kutaisi - Sokhumi
Apr. 13: Olimpi - Armia
Apr. 13: Dinamo Tbilisi - STU Tbilisi
Apr. 13: MIA Academy - Samedicino


Hawks center Zaza Pachulia out six months after surgery - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Hawks forward/center Zaza Pachulia (210-C-84) had surgery today to repair his sore right Achilles at Mercy Hospital in Charlotte, NC. The surgery was performed by surgeon Dr. Robert Anderson of OrthoCarolina with Hawks Team Physician Dr. Michael Bernot of Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic attending.

Pachulia will now undergo a period of rest, treatment and rehabilitation. The expected recovery time is approximately six months and his status will be updated as appropriate throughout his recovery.
Courtesy of: Inside Hoops



Superleague Round 21: Olimpi climbs to the leadership position - by Eurobasket News

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

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Olimpi as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Olimpi smashed 11th ranked STU in Tbilisi 123-66. Olimpi dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to STU's 34. Olimpi forced 25 STU turnovers and outrebounded them 47-31 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 39 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by STU's players. Forward Levan Fatsatsia (198-88) stepped up and scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and international Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) chipped in 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was forward Zurab Machaladze (198-92) with 9 points and 8 rebounds. STU's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with MIA Academy. STU at the other side stay dead last with 18 lost games. There is only one round left in the Regular Season. And it will be most important game for STU this season. They will face Dinamo Tbilisi trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena of Dinamo Tbilisi. Olimpi will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Armia. It will be extra interesting game as Armia is their local rival from Tbilisi.
Leading MIA (16-3) recorded its third loss at the home court. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (12-7) 80-78. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of MIA. American forward Keyon Carter (203-88, college: ODU, agency: Two Points) nailed 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Milan Oluic accounted for 18 points and 6 assists. American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis) came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds for MIA in the defeat. Dinamo Tbilisi maintains fifth place with 12-7 record. MIA at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They share it with Olimpi. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi STU.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Sokhumi (#7) and Samedicino-Academia (#10). Sokhumi (9-10) crushed visiting Samedicino-Academia (2-17) by 29 points 95-66. The best player for the winners was Sergo Atvashovili who had a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Giorgi Periashvili who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Samedicino-Academia's coach already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Sokhumi have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 9-10 record. Loser Samedicino-Academia keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost. Sokhumi will meet higher ranked Kutaisi (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena MIA.

In the last two games of round 21 TSU Tbilisi lost to Kutaisi on the opponent's court 63-73. Batumi lost to defending champion Armia in a home game 61-88.


MIA Academy - Dinamo Tbilisi 78-80

Leading MIA (16-3) recorded its third loss at the home court. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (12-7) 80-78. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of MIA. Dinamo Tbilisi players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American forward Keyon Carter (203-88, college: ODU, agency: Two Points) nailed 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Serbian center Milan Oluic (210-84) accounted for 18 points and 6 assists. American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis) came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import swingman Benjamin Raymond (198-87, college: Xavier, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for MIA in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dinamo Tbilisi maintains fifth place with 12-7 record. MIA at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They share it with Olimpi. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi STU.
Top scorers:
MIA Academy: B.Raymond 19+6reb+4ast, K.Archibeque 19+9reb+2ast, C.Prewitt 16+6reb+6ast, D.Vaughn 14+5reb+6ast, M.Bokolishvili 6+2reb+4ast, I.Londaridze 4+4reb+1ast
Dinamo Tbilisi: K.Carter 21+8reb+3ast, B.Chikviladze 20+3reb+4ast, M.Oluic 18+4reb+6ast, L.Karim 15+4reb+8ast, G.Ormotsadze 4+2reb, I.Keidia 2+1reb
gschID: 231609


Olimpi - STU Tbilisi 123-66

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Olimpi as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Olimpi smashed 11th ranked STU in Tbilisi 123-66. Olimpi dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to STU's 34. Olimpi forced 25 STU turnovers and outrebounded them 47-31 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 39 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by STU's players. Forward Levan Fatsatsia (198-88) stepped up and scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and international Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) chipped in 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Five Olimpi players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Zurab Machaladze (198-92) with 9 points and 8 rebounds and forward Tato Chachibaia (201-90) scored 15 points. STU's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with MIA Academy. STU at the other side stay dead last with 18 lost games. There is only one round left in the Regular Season. And it will be most important game for STU this season. They will face Dinamo Tbilisi trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena of Dinamo Tbilisi. Olimpi will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Armia. It will be extra interesting game as Armia is their local rival from Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
STU Tbilisi: T.Chachibaia 15+3reb, B.Koridze 11+2reb+1ast, G.Kvetenadze 10+3reb+1ast, Z.Machaladze 9+8reb+2ast, G.Pirvelashvili 8+3reb, V.Janashia 7+6reb+2ast
Olimpi: L.Fatsatsia 25+9reb+6ast, A.Dvalishvili 24+9reb+4ast, S.Milosevic 18+11reb+1ast, T.Tavartkiladze 17+3reb+7ast, M.Andriukaitis 13+4reb+3ast, M.Berishvili 11+6reb+5ast
gschID: 231610


Sokhumi - Samedicino 95-66

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Sokhumi (#7) and Samedicino-Academia (#10). Sokhumi (9-10) crushed visiting Samedicino-Academia (2-17) by 29 points 95-66. Sokhumi made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game, while Samedicino-Academia only scored four points from the stripe. The best player for the winners was center Sergo Atvashovili (223-85) who had a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds. Center Vakhtang Kadaria (205-89, college: Mineral Area CC) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds. Four Sokhumi players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Giorgi Periashvili (210-91) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and guard Irakli Gabisonia (195-89) added 13 points and 14 rebounds respectively. Samedicino-Academia's coach already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Sokhumi have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 9-10 record. Loser Samedicino-Academia keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost. Sokhumi will meet higher ranked Kutaisi (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena MIA.
Top scorers:
Samedicino: G.Periashvili 19+11reb, I.Gabisonia 13+14reb+2ast, R.Tukvadze 11+5reb, Z.Maisuradze 9+8reb+4ast, I.Shiolashvili 6+1reb, G.Gaprindashvili 4+2reb+8ast
Sokhumi: S.Atvashovili 38+16reb+1ast, V.Kadaria 19+17reb+3ast, B.Stojakovic 12+4reb+3ast, D.Dekanoidze 12+4reb+4ast, G.Shvangiradze 6+5reb+1ast, R.Baakashvili 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 231611


Kutaisi - TSU Tbilisi 73-63

Rather expected game when 8th ranked TSU (6-14) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Kutaisi (11-8) 73-63 on Friday. The best player for the winners was international center Richard Matiashvili (207-89) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 16 rebounds. Forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-91) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Serzhi Aselaini (198-91) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and forward Vasili Beruashvili (198-90) added 11 points and 11 rebounds respectively. TSU's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kutaisi maintains sixth place with 11-8 record. TSU lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 14 games lost. Kutaisi will meet at home Sokhumi (#7) in the next round. TSU will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
TSU Tbilisi: S.Aselaini 12+12reb+1ast, V.Beruashvili 11+11reb+3ast, V.Chkareuli 10+1reb+3ast, D.Khizanishvili 9+5reb+2ast, G.Khaniashvili 6+2ast, I.Kobidze 5+4reb
Kutaisi: R.Matiashvili 31+16reb, G.Barbakadze 14+7reb+4ast, Z.Pashayev 14+4reb+3ast, R.Didia 6+8reb+6ast, T.Babunashvili 3+1reb+1ast, L.Grdzelidze 2+2reb
gschID: 231608


Batumi - Armia 61-88

Very predictable result when third ranked Armia (14-5) smashed on the road 9th ranked Batumi (5-14) 88-61 on Friday. They outrebounded Batumi 56-29 including a 37-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90) who scored 8 points and 13 rebounds. Center Vakhtang Minashvili (200-78) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Armia's coach Kote Tugushi felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Lasha Keshelava (200-81) who recorded 13 points and 9 rebounds and forward Avtandil Eliashvili (200-89) added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 blocks respectively. Defending champion maintains third place with 14-5 record having just two points less than leader Olimpi. Loser Batumi keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Armia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Olimpi.
Top scorers:
Batumi: L.Keshelava 13+9reb, A.Eliashvili 13+7reb, N.Ramishvili 11+2reb+4ast, G.Kvelashvili 8+7reb+1ast, G.Nanitashvili 7+1reb+2ast, I.Maisuradze 7+2reb
Armia: G.Gamqrelidze 13+4reb+2ast, Z.Babiashvili 12+3reb, B.Lezhava 11+5reb+1ast, V.Minashvili 11+10reb+1ast, L.Parghalava 10+6reb+5ast, A.Boisa 9+8reb+1ast
gschID: 231607



Georgian Superleague round 21 best performance: Sergo Atvashovili - by Eurobasket News

Center Sergo Atvashovili (223-C-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Sokhumi, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 38 points and 16 rebounds, while his team outclassed Samedicino (#10, 2-17) with 29-point margin 95-66. Sokhumi maintains the 7th position in Georgian Superleague. Sokhumi is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-10 record. In the team's last game Atvashovili had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He just recently signed at Sokhumi, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Sergo Atvashovili averages this season 19.0ppg and 17.1rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old international center Richard Matiashvili (207-C-89) of Kutaisi. Matiashvili had a very good evening with a double-double of 31 points and 16 rebounds. Of course Kutaisi cruised to a 73-63 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked TSU Tbilisi (#8, 6-14). Kutaisi's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Matiashvili is well-known at Kutaisi and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.7ppg (#3). He also registered 12.6 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was international forward Akaki Dvalishvili (206-PF-90) of league's top team Olimpi. Dvalishvili showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Olimpi, leading his team to a 123-66 easy win against the lower-ranked STU Tbilisi (#11, 1-18). Olimpi confirms their top position in the standings Dvalishvili has a very solid season. In 18 games in Georgia he scored 11.4ppg. He also has 6.8rpg and FGP: 60.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Levan Fatsatsia (198-F-88) of Olimpi - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Vakhtang Kadaria (205-C-89) of Sokhumi - 19 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85) of Olimpi - 18 points and 11 rebounds
7. Giorgi Periashvili (210-C-91) of Samedicino - 19 points and 11 rebounds
8. Keyon Carter (203-F-88) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Milan Oluic (210-C-84) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Giorgi Sharabidze (210-C-90) of Armia - 8 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  GERMANY   

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Brose Bask. 22-5 
 2. EWE Baskets 19-8 
 3. Ratiopharm 19-9 
 4. B.Muenchen 19-11 
 5. ALBA 17-11 
 6. Phoenix Hagen 16-13 
 7. Art.Dragons 16-13 
 8. s.Oliver Baskets 15-15 
 9. Telekom Baskets 14-13 
 10. Walter Tigers 14-15 
 11. TBB Trier 13-16 
 12. Bremerhaven 12-16 
 13. Bayreuth 12-17 
 14. Fraport SKY 12-17 
 15. MBC 12-17 
 16. NY Phantoms 11-18 
 17. Neckar L'burg 11-19 
 18. LTi 46ers 4-25 

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 6: B.Muenchen - MBC 92-62
Apr. 6: ALBA - s.Oliver Baskets 88-63
Apr. 6: TBB Trier - Phoenix Hagen 86-93
Apr. 6: Neckar L'burg - Art.Dragons 82-75
Apr. 6: LTi 46ers - Bayreuth 60-75
Apr. 6: Ratiopharm - NY Phantoms 104-77
Apr. 7: Fraport SKY - EWE Baskets
Apr. 7: Telekom Baskets - Brose Bask.
Apr. 7: Bremerhaven - Walter Tigers


ProB Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

BSW Sixers - Bayer Giants 94-89 (1-1)

The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 34-22. But Bayer Giants won third quarter 30-8. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Jeremie Simmons (188-87, college: Ohio St., agency: SDJ Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 5 assists. Guard Sascha Ahnsehl (186-86) contributed with 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. American point guard Adonte Parker (183-89, college: Dayton) replied with 30 points and 6 assists and his fellow American import Jack Eggleston (203-88, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Bayer Giants. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: A.Parker 30+1reb+6ast, O.Legankovas 17+6reb+1ast, J.Eggleston 16+6reb+3ast, G.Twiehoff 14+7reb+2ast, M.Kuczmann 12+2reb, M.Brueggemann 0
BSW Sixers: J.Simmons 26+2reb+5ast, S.Ahnsehl 16+1reb+6ast, N.Gerwig 13+10reb, F.Diestelhorst 11+5reb+1ast, M.Haut 10+2reb+3ast, T.Lipke 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 238097


Herten Lions - Langen 73-85 (0-2)

The guests 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 85-73. TV 1862 Langen dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Herten Lions' 38. TV 1862 Langen had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. American power forward Martinis Woody (201-82, college: Benedict) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Sebastian Barth (192-85) contributed with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four TV 1862 Langen players scored in double figures. American guard Adrian Bowie (189-89, college: Maryland) replied with 27 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Will Taylor (200-89, college: Cal Poly - SLO) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Herten Lions.
Top scorers:
Herten Lions: A.Bowie 27+2reb+4ast, Y.Opitz 10+4reb+1ast, W.Taylor 8+8reb, C.Hackenesch 8+6reb+1ast, T.Schonborn 6+2reb+2ast, J.Ducker 5+1reb+1ast
Langen: M.Woody 24+12reb+3ast, T.Jahn 18+6reb+2ast, M.Cooke 16+2reb+1ast, S.Barth 16+7reb+6ast, G.Raebel 5+3ast, J.Domdey 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 238096


Noerdlingen - Schwelm 111-103 OT (1-1)

The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime then SG Schwelmer Baskets managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Noerdlingen who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 19-11. They made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Noerdlingen forced 20 SG Schwelmer Baskets turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Noerdlingen made 7 blocks. American guard Brandon Hogg (186-89, college: S.Indiana) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals. Guard Fabian Brutting (189-88) contributed with 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American Julius Coles (193-89, college: Canisius) replied with 25 points and 7 rebounds and Lars Wendt (190-92) added 12 points, 12 assists and 6 steals in the effort for SG Schwelmer Baskets. Four Noerdlingen and five SG Schwelmer Baskets players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: J.Coles 25+7reb+3ast, D.Fiorentino 18+4reb, S.Schroter 16+4reb, A.Kronhardt 16+8reb+1ast, L.Wendt 12+2reb+12ast, D.Hamilton 9+4reb+5ast
Noerdlingen: F.Brutting 26+5reb+3ast, C.Gray 22+8reb+1ast, B.Hogg 22+5reb+7ast, J.Eichler 18+6reb+1ast, S.Schmoll 9+2reb+1ast, D.Rastatter 8+9reb+3ast
gschID: 238095


Weissenhorn - Rist Wedel 75-76 OT (1-1)

Rist Wedel won over Weissenhorn in overtime
Top scorers:
Weissenhorn: B.Butler 20+5reb+4ast, T.Joenke 14+2reb+4ast, C.Grosse 11+6reb+2ast, M.Heberlein 10+4reb+2ast, D.Albus 8+3reb+3ast, P.Vojkovic 8+2reb
Rist Wedel: F.Boeke 23+8reb+1ast, D.Hopkins 15+5reb+3ast, M.Boadu 14+3reb+5ast, A.Johnston 14+3reb, P.Owusu-Frimpong 6+12reb+2ast, I.Akpinar 3+2ast
gschID: 238094



Ahmad Smith (NBC) We Need To Focus On Us And Block Out The Refs Better In Game Two - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ahmad Smith (194-G-84, agency: LUMANI 10.7, college: St.Bonaventure) is a 28 year old 194cm guard from Virginia that is playing his first season for the NBC of the German PRO A. He started the season with Gotha, but left the team and came to NBC in January 2013. He played at St.Bonaventure (NCAA) from 2002-2006 and in his senior year played 28 games: ScoreA10-8 (14.2ppg), RebA10-10 (6.2rpg), AssistsA10-9 (3.5apg), FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 59.8%. In 2006-2007, he played for Mardyke UCC Demons Cork (Ireland-SuperLeague): 9 games: 18.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.2apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 60.8%. In 2007-2008, he played for SVD 49 Dortmund (Regionalliga): 6 games: 30.2ppg. In 2008-2009, he played for : BSV Wulfen (Germany-Regionalliga) 23.5ppg, 10.1rpg, 6.0apg, 3PT: 35.2%. In 2009-2010, he played for Hertener Loewen (Germany-ProB)29 games: 18.2ppg, Reb-2 (8.7rpg), Assists-1 (7.1apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 69.5%. In 2010-2011, he played for s Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-ProA): left before the season started, then moved to SVD 49 Dortmund (Germany-Regionalliga): 6 games: 12.8ppg, waived in Nov.'10, in Jan.'11 signed at Nuernberger Basketball Club (Germany-ProB, starting five): 15 games: 8.3ppg, 6.8rpg, Assists-1 (7.1apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 69.1%. Last season for the Kichheim Knights he played 35 games: 9.9ppg, 6.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.7apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 62.0% He spoke to eurobasket after the 90-81 loss in Duesseldorf.

Is it more an advantage or disadvantage playing in front of so little fans in Duesseldorf? Some D-League games have less fans.

One needs to adjust to an environment. I am looking forward to our fans on Sunday.

You and Zamal Nixon had combined three points in the first quarter. It seems you guys have to score to be successful.

Yes we do. Zamal and I came out too passive in the first quarter. They focused on us. We have to come out more aggressive.

NBC was going more to the hole in the first quarter. Was that part of the game plan?

Yes it was. Their big guys killed us the last guys so we were trying to focus on getting them into foul trouble. We wanted to get more into transition also.


Corneilus Adler scored some pretty and tough buckets in the penetration. Does this strength get appreciated by his teammates?

Yes it does. He is more of a knock down shooter and he knows opponents try to close out on him. He has been working on his penetration and it has helped us in games.

What was key for the Duesseldorf Baskets 18-4 run in the second quarter?

They dominated us. Everyone was hitting. We didnt think that their role players would make that many shots.


Then it was like night and day as NBC struck back going on a 23-6 run to go into halftime. What was key to get back into the game?

We tried to speed them up and played more press. We have to keep doing this in game two to be effective.

Juan Reile was the NBC energizer in this run. Is he the perfect role player?

Yes he is. He is a great defensive player. This is agreat series for him, because there are many athletic players. I hope that he gets more minutes and that he brings the same energy.

How happy were you not having to guard a Kendall Chones?

He is a good friend of mine. He is one of the strongest players in the league and I am happy I dont have to guard him, because I dont want any bruised ribs.


Corneilius Adler had 17 points and seven rebounds in the first half. Was that the best of half you have seen from him?

I think it was the best I have seen him play in a big game. He stepped up to the plate and delivered.

In the third quarter there was fewer points. Was defesne more on the menu?

I think it was. Both teams played more of a half court game. Both teams stepped up on defense.


Did you know that your buzzer beater would go in when you released it?

I actually told Dorian Mcdaniel right before I shot that I would make the last shot. I was in the flow.


Was the technical foul at the end what turned the game in favor of Duesseldorf?

That technical killed us. We have to focus on us and block out the refs in game two and just adjust better in those situations.


NBC won the rebounds 35-33. That is something positive going into game two?

We rebounded a lot better. We were down by 22 and came back and were in a position to win. I need to make big shots and limit turnovers in game two.


To what player would you compare Michigan guard Trey Burke to?

I would compare him to Chauncey Billups. He is the best guard in the NCAA and should come out.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Savages.


Thanks Ahmad for the chat.




Adam Waleskowski (Duesseldorf Baskets) We Have To Play Better 1-1 Defense In Game 2 In Nurnberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Adam Waleskowski (204-F-82, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Florida St.) is a 30 year old 203cm power forward that was born in Cape Girardeau in the United States that also ha sthe German citizenship. This season he is playing for the Duesseldorf Baskets in the Pro A. . He played at Florida St. (NCAA) from 2001-2005. He played at Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (Germany-2.Bundesliga) from 2005-2007, but in the second half of the 2006-2007 season moved to Etendard de Brest (France-ProB, starting five): 18 games: 14.2ppg, Reb-3 (8.3), 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 75.0%. In 2007, he recieved the German Citizenship and played for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB, starting five): 26 games: 14.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 70.6%. In 2008-2009, he played for JSF Nanterre (France-ProB), French League: 7 games: 7.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.5%, FT: 37.5%; left in Nov.'08, in Jan.'09 moved to Achilleas Kaimakliou (Cyprus-Division A, starting five): 11pts, 17reb, 1ast, 1steal, in April '09 signed at Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProA): 4 games: 4.8ppg. In 2009-2010 he played for Achilleas Kaimakliou (Cyprus-Division A). In 2010-2011, he played for BG Goettingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga): EuroCup: 8 games: 3.6ppg, 2.1rpg, left in Feb. '11; German League: 20 games: 8.1ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 76.7% Last season, he played for Pizza Express Apollon (Cyprus-Division A): 7 games: 6.4ppg, left in Dec.'11, in Mar.'12 moved to Astrum Levice (Czech Rep.-NBL): 9 games: 10.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.6%, FT: 76.5%; played also at Onyx Levice (Slovakia-Extraliga): 4 games: 4.3ppg He spoke to eurobasket after the Duesseldorf Baskets 90-81 win in game one.

You resemble Tony Gaffney a bit. Have you ever got that comparison before?


No I have never got that before. I actually dont even know who he is. I actually just got my hair cut and people have said that I look five years younger.


Congrats on the 90-81 win in game one against NBC. It seemed like NBC watched some film, because they improved in their rebounding.

Yes they must of. They did a good job bringing enough other players to the boards. We didnt box out well or play good defesne either.


The Duesseldorf Baskets led 22-15 after one quarter. What was key for having the lead after 10 minutes?

We started out very aggressive and were hitting our shots. This is something that we have been doing well the last four games, but then we have had the tendency to relax which allowed NBC to get back into the game.


Triantafillos Tzakopolous had seven points in the first quarter leading the early charge. Does the team notice his worth to the team?

He is our main ball handler. We recognize how important he is, because he gets our offense going and hits shots. He is a very good three point shooter. When he is hesistant and doesnt shoot is when we struggle, but when he finds his confidence early then we are very strong.


Early in the second quarter the Duesseldorf Baskets went on a 18-4 to pull the game wide open. What was key for getting this big lead?

Nico Adamczak really got us going hitting shots. Everyone was hitting and we were playing solid defense.


Nico Adamczak was hitting from all over. Could he make those blindfolded?

Well I am not sure if he could, but he would tell you that he could. When he is in rhythm, then he is a very good shooter.


Then all of a sudden NBC struck back going on a 23-6 run to close out the first half down only 46-42. What was key for their comeback?

NBC have very good shooters and they started to hit their shots and they also attacked the paint more. They made easy plays like penetrating and dropping the ball off to the big man for an easy basket. We werent rotating well and then all of a sudden a 20 point leads goes to a four point lead.


You and Cornelius Adler were teammates at Goettingen two years ago. Were you surprised by his quick first half?

No I knew what he could do from Goettingen. He got hot and took advantage of some of our miscommunication. We have to work on that and keep him from getting hot.

The third quarter was tight and there was less scoring. Was there more focus on defesne from both teams?

Yes there was. Our main focus was topping their penetration.

Did you know that Ahmad Smith would hit that buzzer beater when he let it go?

I didnt know it would go in. It was a tough shot an dhe had the hand of Anderson in his face.


With the big lead in the first half, did you expect the game to have eight lead changes in the fourth quarter?

I actually did expect the game to get tight again with it being aplayoff game.


Did the technical foul at the end change the momentum where the Baskets took the lead on free throws and never looked back?

Yes that did change the momentum and we got free points. The refs let us play more physical.


What will be key to winning game 2 in Nurnberg?

We have to play better 1-1 defense, because that sucked in game one. We will have to rotate better and keep Smith in check better, because he was killing us.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Born Legacy.

Thanks Adam for the chat.





Can The EWE Baskets Oldenburg Annoy A Top Team In The Playoffs? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Who could forget the stunning upset of Oldenburg against Bonn in game 5 of the 2009 Beko BBL final where Bonn looked like the sure winner, but lost thanks to a Jason Gardner shot, free throw and Je Kel Foster free throw. The Oldenburg title was as refreshing for a league that was already beginning to grow as rapidly as North Dakota is in 2013 and the title really seemed as unlikely as how Tim Ohlbrecht has been blessed with making the jump to the NBA this season. That title seems like ages ago as in the seasons since, the EWE Baskets Oldenburg have stayed glued in their tracks as the further climb to a top team in the Beko BBL has been halted. The club continues to have a good budget and potent players, but forming that second title team to a winning chemistry has been denied. In 2009-2010, the team had most of its title team back, but surprisingly were upset by Braunschweig in the quarterfinals, in 2010-2011, the team was even more talented, but was already suffering the here one season gone the next season players as well as a lack of chemistry losing a tough 5 game playoff series to Alba Berlin and last season missed the playoffs as they were led by mr ego ex NBA player Bobby Brown who at times looked like he was playing one on five against the opponent. Coach Predrag Krunich was let go who seemed a bit burned out. With new coach Sebastian Machowski and the right players, the team could annoy a top favorite in the playoffs. On top of their consistent season in the Beko BBL, the team is on a smooth way of possibly winning their first international title in the Eurochallenge as they have reached the final four. Ex Skyliner Miro Todic explains why Oldenburg is so strong this season. They are a real good team with very good Americans and Germans. They are very strong at all positions. I remember playing against Adam Chubb and Ronald Burrell. They also have very good guards with Julius Jenkins and Rickey Paulding and the kid Chris Kramer is a very good player. Each player always gives the maximum. Oldenburg likes to use every player so some games one player will play more than other players. Their coach uses the whole team, stressed ex Frankfurt Skyliner Miro Todic. Oldenburg have a lot of quality players, but it depends how well they can survive a long playoff series. They play a lot more aggressive defense than last season. They are deep at all positions and I think they can reach the semi finals of the playoffs. I think they can win the Eurochallenge when it comes down to a one game series, expressed basketball expert Steven Clauss.

With so much hype before the season, the EWE Baskets simply werent a consistent force in the Beko BBL last season. After starting off the season with a two game winning streak, they then lost three games in a row. They had two three games winning streaks, but simply too little to be able to compete with the Bambergs, Berlins or Ulms this season One of their biggest problems was their lack of being able to beat any top playoff teams. They lost the season series to the Artland Dragons where David Holston was able to lead his team clearly over ex NBA player Bobby Brown. The club was unable to beat Bamberg or Alba Berlin or ratiopharm Ulm. Their biggest wins were against FC Bayern Munich and Bremerhaven. The team continued to be an enigma. Losing in Wurzburg can always happen, but only scoring 42 points when it was averaging 80 points a game just forces the basketball follower to say WOW. In the next game, they score 89 points against one of the top defensive teams in the league with the Brose Baskets Bamberg. They finished the season with a 3-4 record and missed the playoffs finishing in tenth place with a record of 16-18. Long time head coach Predrag Krunich was let go near the end of the season as he was unable to reach his players anymore.

The goal of the EWE Baskets Oldenburg this season is reach the Beko BBL playoffs and will need to help support the new 6000 seat arena which will be ready for use in the Spring of 2013. The first order of business was getting a strong coach and that was done with ex German national player Sebastian Machowski. Machowski has had a very consistent and strong short coaching career winning a cup in his second season in 2009 with SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg. He then moved to the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig taking their program to the playoffs for three consecutive seasons. With Braunschweig he also understood how to find the right mix of players to have success. With Oldenburg, he has made the next step going to a potential playoff team that has a higher budget than the Phantoms. Machowski is different to Krunich in that he seeks more communication with his players and doesnt rely on a standard system, but allows his players more freedom and that each player always has many options to be able to make their own decisions. Machowski did a good job keeping possibly more players than one might have expected with seven and getting four new components for the building of the winning team. Only one player is left from the 2009 title win and that is American Rickey Paulding who is starting his sixth season for the team and is the heart and soul of the team and can still hurt you with his offense. Adam Chubb remains who has become more of a beast under the boards this season simply because he needs to do more there. Power Forward Ronald Burrell returns who can still battle with the best of them and can be a deadly player that can make the extra pass. Ex Skyliner Dominic Bahiense De Mello returns for a second season and is looking for more minutes. The team also Jannik Freese who is an animal in practice, but is still searching for his Beko BBL breakthrough. The team also returns Robin Smeulders who is a solid role player from the bench and German Kevin Schmit. The team signed experienced American Julius Jenkins who has the most hardware on the team and gives that deadly scoring touch. The team brought in classic point guard Dru Joyce who is still developing as a player. Konrad Wysocki also returns back to the Beko BBL after three seasons in Poland. Wysocki can play the three four position and will give the team energy on both ends of the court. American Chris Kramer was also added wo is a work horse on offense and defense and sometimes one may think he likes defense more than offense. He led Wurzburg in scoring and can penetrate with the best of them. The biggest strength of the team is their experience and guys that have won titles. The team also is very athletic and will defend better than last season due to guys like Kramer and Wysocki arriving. With more freedom on offense, the team should have more joy for creativity in the offense. The team is very talented and can really only defeat themselves and not think too much about having to get back to the Beko BBL playoffs. With Chubb, the team only has one strong dominant center, so team rebounding will have to be on the agenda during every game.

Currently the EWE Baskets Oldenburg are in second place with a record of 18-8 and are moving strong into the Beko BBL playoffs and could win their second title after the 2009 Beko BBL championship with the Eurochallenge. After being a bit inconsistent at the start of the season, Oldenburg has been very strong since mid December posting a 11-3 record. Their biggest wins of the season were sweeping Alba Belrin, Artland Dragons and s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. They also beat FC Bayern Munich. They also have been very solid on the road having a 7-5 record as they will ride into the Fraport arena with a lot of self confidence. The Fraport Sklyiners continue to ride the wave of success having won six of their last seven games and have that never die, take no prisoners attitude and are afraid of no team and Oldenburg will be another big test to see if they can win their fifth game in a row. They are very deep. We will have to play very good defense like the last weeks. We cant take them lightly, We will be motivated like in the last games. We will be ready, commented Ryan Brooks. One player who will be more than ready and wanting revenge is Devin Gibson. I want them so bad. Tez and I messed up that inbounds pass resulting in them winning game. They have got better, but so have we. It will be a battle and a great game, warned Devin Gibson. After the great win in Wurzburg, Skyliner captain Marius Nolte bolted from the bench to congratulate his teammates like Flash Gordon and he may be even faster off the bench after a win against Oldenburg. We respect Oldenburg. We will be ready and we want revenge. If we beat them, you can bet I will be jumping around even more, smiled Marius Nolte.

Since the 2005-2006 season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a weak 7-9 record against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg. In the 2005-2006 season, even five years later stick in the minds of many as in the 98-75 loss in Oldenburg saw Malick Badiane get ejected after kicking a chair and in the last game of the season, Frankfurt had to win to stay in the league and did 70-58 thanks to 22 points from American Kavossy Franklin. In the 2006-2007 season, won the season series with a 80-70 win in Oldenburg and a 76-70 win at home despite 30 points from Ricky Paulding.In the 2007-2008 season, the teams split the season series as Derrick Allen combined for 48 points in the two games. In the 2008-2009 season, the teams split the season series as Frankfurt totally crushed Oldenburg 84-53 at home, but lost 66-58 on the road. Oldenburg got the last laugh in the quarterfinals of the playoffs winning the series 3-1. In 2009-2010, Frankfurt lost a nail bitter in Oldenburg 63-61 and 75-69 at home despite 26 points from Derrick Allen. In 2010-2011, The two teams split the season series with Frankfurt losing a bitter 70-67 game which they led for most of the game, but let it slip away at the end while they won at home 76-71 fueled by 24 points by Dashaun wood. Last season, the two also split the season series and both teams met in the first game of the season as Oldenburg jumped all over Frankfurt 72-53 as Frankfurt had a horrible shooting day as Oldenburg was led by 17 points by Ronald Burrell. In the return game in Oldenburg, the Fraport Skyliners were going through their euphoric second half of the season and rode into Oldenburg with a lot of confidence winning 75-67 as the team held on to win a nail bitter. Despite 22 points from Bobby Brown, Skyliner Jermario Davidson out did him scoring 25 points, getting seven rebounds and making two blocks while Jimmy Mckinney contributed 16 points. On Saturday The sixth in the standings with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg meet 14th placed Fraport Skyliners. The EWE Baskets started the season hot winning four of their first five games winning in Munich and in Wurzburg two very difficult places to win at, but since then have a 3-4 record seeming to be in a early season funk. There only big highlight this season so far has been their immaculate unbeaten record in Eurochallenge play. This will be another tough game for the Fraport Skyliners as every game is a game seven for them this season as they might be short handed again and Oldenburg is a stronger team than Wurzburg and rebound very well. Oldenburg is one of the quality teams in the league and made big changes from last season. They have a good roster with good inside out play. Oldenburg is more talented than Wurzburg and we will have to work hard. We have to dictate the game with our defense and not let them run and make easy points, stressed Fraport Skyliners head coach Muli Katzurin. We have to come out aggressive on defense and execute on offense, added Quantez Robertson.

The EWE Baskets Oldenburg are led by Adam Chubb who is a 31 year old 208cm power forward/center from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania that is a Very athletic big man, runs the floor extremely well. Sound fundamental player who has good hands, fine low-post presence and is a good passer to players who are open or cutting to the basket. Can defend a center in the low-post as well as a power forward perimeter player. He is playing his ninth professional season and seventh in Germany.After starting his professional basketball career in Korea in 2004, he then played in Germany for Giessen, Bremerhaven, Artland and Alba Berlin before getting some valuable experience in 2010-2011 for CAI Zaragoza (Spain-ACB): 34 games: 7.4ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 52.0%, FT: 69.4%. He won a Beko BBL cup for Artland and Alba Berlin. Last season for Oldenburg he played EuroChallenge: 12 games: 11.7ppg, 6.3rpg, FGP: 61.5%, FT: 73.7%; German League: 34 games: 12.4ppg, Reb-2 (8.5rpg), 1.7apg, FGP: 64.1%, FT: 77.2%. 31 year old 187 cm guard American Julius Jenkins is playing his first season in Oldenburg and has developed into one of the top players in the BBL after first being recognized in the 2004-2005 season as he averaged 27,1ppg in the second Bundesliga for Nurnberg. He played a season in Bree, Belgium getting ULEB Cup experience before coming to Berlin in 2006 where he since has become a household name. His best scoring season was 2007-2008 where he played 45 games: Score-3 (18.2ppg), 2.9rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 57.8%, 3FGP: 42.0%, FT: 81.4%. In 2009-2010, he played EuroCup: 14 games: 14.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 74.3%; German League: 35 games: Score-5 (14.8ppg), 1.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 44.3%, FT: 80.2%. He is an explosive scorer from the point guard or the shooting guard position; possesses the ability to score and create his own shot at anytime; Has very long arms and great leaping ability; unlimited range on the jump shot, which allows him to stretch the defense. You have to pray that he misses. You have to be physical with him and make sure the bigs hedge hard on ball screens, warned Omari Westley. With Berlin, Jenkins has won a number of awards such as Bundesliga All-Star Game -08 (MVP), Bundesliga Champion -08 (Finals MVP), Eurocup finalist 2010 and German Bundesliga Cup Winner -09 (FinalFour MVP). Last season in Bamberg he played Euroleague: 10 games: 10.4ppg, 1.4apg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 95.0%; German League: 37 games: 9.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 63.9%.

Ronald Burrell is a 29 year old 204cm power forward from Montclair, New Jersey playing hiss econd season for Oldenburg. After an NCAA career at North Carolina-Greensboro, he came to Europe in 2005 to France to play for Levallois SCB. He then came to Germany and played for Rhein Energy Cologne and the Telekom Baskets Bonn. He then played for Polish Euroleague team Asseco Prokom Gdynia winning 3 Polish titles and amassing 45 Euroleague games. In 2010-2011 in Poland, he played Euroleague: 9 games: 3.7ppg, 3.4rpg; Polish League: 34 games: 5.8ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 73.8%. Last season for Oldenburg, he played EuroChallenge: 11 games: 12.5ppg, 5.5rpg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 48.0%, FT: 84.2%; German League: 29 games: 12.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 54.3%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 80.5%. Chris Kramer is a 23 year old 191cm from Huntington, Indiana that is playing his first season for Oldenburg. Kramer had a solid career at Purdue and in his senior year played 35 games: 6.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 74.7%. At Purdue, he won the Big ten tournament in 2009 and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2010. He also was the All-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.In 2010-2011 as a professional rookie, he played for Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League, starting five): 41 games: 13.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.8apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 81.9%. In June 2011, he signed at Mets de Guaynabo (Puerto Rico-BSN, starting five): 12 games: 8.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 69.8%. Last season for the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg he played 41 games: 11.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.0apg, Steals-2 (1.5spg), FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 25.5%, FT: 73.9%. This past summer he played at the AirTran Orlando Summer League (Indiana Pacers): 3 games: 4.7ppg, 1.3rpg. Dru Joyce is a 27 year old 183cm point guard. He is the typical floor general who supplies leadership, court vision and points when needed. He returned back to the BEKO BBL last season to Trier after playing for Ratiopharm Ulm from 2007-2009. Each season, he was the second best assist man in the BEKO BBL. His best season in Ulm was 2008-2009 as he led the club into the playoffs playing 34 games averaging 10.1ppg, 1.8rpg, Assists-2 (4.5apg), FGP: 42.8%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 73.0%. He is best known for playing along side NBA superstar Lebron James at St Marys and winning three high school titles. He played at Akron from 2003-2007 as in his senior year, he played 33 games averaging 10.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.3apg, FGP: 41.3%, 3Pts: 39.6%, FT: 65.6%. In 2009-2010, he played in Poland forEnerga Czarni Slupsk (Poland-PLK, starting five), Polish League: 6 games: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.0apg; in Nov.'09 moved to Anwil Wloclawek (Poland-PLK): 27 games: 7.5ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 75.9%. I played for two very good coaches. One was from Latvia and the other was from Belarus. It was a new situation for me since I had always played for American coaches. They both had different styles. I had some ups and downs in Poland, but I learned to always keep fighting when I was going through a rough time. You always have to be ready when called upon, stressed Dru Joyce. Last season for TBB Trier, he played : 34 games: 11.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 69.2%.

Konrad Wysocki is a 30 year old 201cm forward that returns back to the Beko BBL after three seasons in Poland. He started his basketball career in 2000 for Ivy league school Princeton where he played until 2004. He then turned professional playing for BG Goettingen and Erdgas Ehingen for moving to ratiopharm Ulm in January 2006 where he played until 2008. He helped Mike Taylor and ratiopharm Ulm reach the Beko BBL in 2006. In 2008-2009 he played for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Last season for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-PLK) he played Euroleague Qualifying Round: 1 game: 14pts, 6reb, 1ast, 1steal; EuroCup: 6 games: 9.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 64.3%; Polish League: 43 games: 9.0ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP: 60.7%, 3PT: 41.1%, FT: 74.3%. Rickey Paulding returns for a sixth season to Oldenburg. Paulding is a 30 year old 196cm guard/forward from Detroit, Michigan that is a exciting wing player. Natural position is small forward. Can play the 2 spot. Excels in the transition game, and is arguably one of the nation's most explosive leapers who can finish a play with highlight-reel ability. He played at Missouri from 2000-2004 with good friend Jimmy Mckinney. He reached the NCAA Final 8 in 2002. He was drafted by the by Detroit Pistons (NBA,2rd (54) in 2004. As a rookie, he played for Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel-Premier L.): ULEB Cup: 10 games: 9,2ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.6spg, FGP: 64.7%, 3Pts: 25.0%; Israeli Premier League: 22 games: 12.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 58.5%, 3FGP: 51.9%. In 2005-2006, he played for Adecco ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne (France-ProA): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 10.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 58.5%, 3FGP: 32.7%, FT: 70.4%; French League: 24 games: 9.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 69.8%. In 2006-2007, he played for BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (France-ProA): FIBA EuroCup: 6 games: 16.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 65.8%, 3FGP: 37.5%, FT: 53.8%; French League: 33 games: 13.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 69.7%. Last season for Oldenburg, he palyed EuroChallenge: 12 games: 10.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 27.7%, FT: 78.3%; German League: 34 games: 12.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 40.2%, FT: 83.6%. He is a four time Beko BBL Allstar. 25 year old 207cm forward/center Robin Smeulders who has the Dutch/German citizenship is playing his third season in Oldenburg. He started his basketball career in 2004 for SG FT/MTV Braunschweig (Germany-2.Bundesliga) where he played until 2006. He then played four seasons at Portland (NCAA) where he played a total of 95 NCAA games. Last season for Oldenburg, he played EuroChallenge: 7 games: 4.3ppg, 4.3rpg; German League: 25 games: 4.5ppg, 3.9rpg. He has been with the Dutch national team since 2010 and last summer played Qualifications to European Championships 2013 -12: 8 games: 14.3ppg, 8.3rpg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 76.7%. Dominic Bahiense De Mello is a 27 year old 190cm guard that is playing his second season for Oldenburg. He started his career in 1999 for the Telekom Bonn Cadet Team. He then played for Rhondorf from 2001-2005. He then played for the Frankfurt Skyliners from 2005-2011 playing a total of 188 Beko BBL games and 214 total games. Last season for Oldenburg he played EuroChallenge: 12 games: 7.3ppg, 1.0rpg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 83.3%; German League: 34 games: 4.2ppg, 1.5rpg. . Freese is a 26 year old 211cm center. .He played many years in Braunschweig, but never getting a real chance to showcase his talent until he got to Giessen in 2008. In the three years in Giessen, he played 76 beko BBL games. Last season for Oldenburg he played EuroChallenge: 6 games: 2.2ppg, 2.2rpg; German League: 17 games: 1.6ppg, 1.2rpg.



Brian Harper (TBB Trier) We Are Even More Focused And Determined To Play Our Best Defense Now. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Brian Harper (206-F/G-85, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Paine) is a 27 year old 206cm forward that is commencing his first season in Germany in the Beko BBL for TBB Trier. He started off playing guard at 6'5" at Paine and grew to 6'10" and never changing positions. Brian's a smooth shooting wing with explosive athleticism. He has tremendous lateral movement with a wing span of 7'4". Brian is a talented ball handler. He adds an extra advantage as he utilizes his size to rebound over smaller defenders. He played at Paine (NCAA2) from 2003-2007. He turned professional in 2007 and played for Gimle BBK Bergen (Norway-1Div., starting five): 15 games: Score-3 (25.1ppg), 8.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 21.5%, FT: 66.3%. In 2008-2009, he played for KCC Egis (Korea-KBL, starting five): Korean League: 9 games: 15.1ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 76.7%; released in Nov.'08, in Feb.'09 moved to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 8 games: 3.5ppg, 1.6rpg; in March '09 signed at Reno Bighorns (D-League): 5 games: 1.2ppg. In the last three years, he played in Japan for Toyama Grouses (Japan-BJ League) playing a total of 102 games. Last season, he played 49 games: 16.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 28.7%, FT: 61.3%. He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against TBB Trier.

A tough 105-73 loss in Bremerhaven last weekend. Did you already feel in the first quarter that TBB TRier would have a tough defensive game the way Bremerhaven started?

Bremerhaven came out and played with a lot of energy and also hit a lot of shots to start the game. When a team gets going like they did its going to be a tough night defensively.

I guess it was one of those days where everything was working fairly right for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, but was the team still able to learn something from the loss?

Yeah I think there are always things to learn from any game even the ones that you lose. With that said we took from the game what we could and are now focused on coming out and taking care of the next game this weekend.

The last time TBB Trier gave up 100 plus points was 15 months ago against Oldenburg and it was only the second time that TBB Trier gave up 100 points since Henrik Rodel arrived in Trier in 2010. The team has averaged giving up 90 points in the last three games. Does TBB Trier just need to get back down to basics or what has been the biggest problems on defense?

Our team is built on defense and we know that for us to win we have to keep teams offensive production down. We are going in to this last stretch of the regular season even more focused and determined to play our best defense.

The next game is against Phoenix Hagen who seem to be one of the teams of the hour having defeated Alba Berlin for the third straight year at home as well as surprising Bamberg at home. Will this be the perfect game to test the revamped TBB Trier defense which will be worked on this week in practice?

Phoenix Hagen has been playing good basketball and is a really talented team. Hagen is known for their ability to be super explosive offensively. We have prepared all week for them and as long as we come out and stay focused defensively and offensively we will put ourselves in a position to win.

What do you remember from the 83-78 win in Hagen earlier in the season? Possibily the hot shooting of David Bell?

Yeah I remember the game and I do remember David Bell playing well . Like I said they have a roster of guys who can play and that fit their system very well.

Was the leg injury to Kevin Ware one of the nastiest injuries you have ever seen?

Easily the worse basketball injury Ive ever seen. I saw it one time and couldnt watch it again. I am praying for Kevin Ware and hope that he has a speedy recovery.

Who will reach the NCAA final and win?

Im going with Syracuse.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The Call.

Thanks Brian for the chat.




Larry Gordon (Phoenix Hagen) I Am Pretty Sure It Will Be A High Scoring Game In Trier - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Larry Gordon (196-F-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona) is a 25 year old 196cm forward that is playing his first season in the German Beko BBL for Phoenix Hagen. He played at Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2) from 2005 to 2009 playing a total of 116 NcAA2 games. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 15.7ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 75.7%. He was a CCAA Player of the Year and NCAA D2 Finalist in 2009. In 2009-2010, he came to Europe as a rookie and played for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 36 games: 14.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 75.8%. He played for ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (Austria-A Bundesliga) the last two seasons and last season played 38 games: 14.7ppg, Reb-3 (8.4rpg), 1.8apg, FGP-3 (65.2%), 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 77.1%. He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against TBB Trier.

At halftime, Phoenix hagen fans were very excited on social media forums in that their team was up by 20 points. Later I read some sad replies and was a bit surprised that Bonn actually did win the game. Was this one of the more bitter loses of the season?

Definitely a bitter loss and tough loss to swallow


Was this loss a good lesson for the team in that sometimes a 20 point lead isnt something one can relax about.

Its a great lesson for all of basketball, we already knew we weren't safe going to half time. We knew there was a whole other half and we were prepared mentally for that. They just came out stronger than we did in the 3rd quarter and that was the difference in the game.

Did Bonn make any adjustments in the third quarter, or why were they able to score 61 points?

Of course they did, and they started to hit shots they were not hitting in the first half

Phoenix Hagen has very quick guards, but still couldnt contain Jared Jordan. Why was he so difficult to control?

He is a smart point guard with a high basketball I.Q., I think we did a good job of keeping him under pressure, but when he did find his guys, they made big shots.

The next game is against TBB Trier. What are your memories of the 83-78 home loss earlier this season?

It was a close game the whole game, we were only down by 1 at half, they just made a few more shots and made a few more plays down the stretch to secure the win.

David Bell and Barry Stewart had a real battle both scoring 28 points a piece. Will we see more of a defensive battle or will scoring be high on the menu again?

I'm pretty sure it will be a high scoring game, we are an up tempo team scoring is always on the menu when we play.

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

Never, it was hard to see that especially since I play ball to.


Who will reach the NCAA Final 4 and win it?

It will be Louisville and Michigan in the Finals on Monday

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault


Thanks Larry for the chat.




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Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Filathlitikos 19-4 
 2. Nea Kifisia 18-5 
 3. Trikalla 18-5 
 4. Koroivos 16-7 
 5. Lavrio 14-9 
 6. Agia Paraskevis 13-10 
 7. Ikaroi Serron 13-10 
 8. Pagrati 10-13 
 9. Ermis Lagkada 9-14 
 10. OFI 8-15 
 11. Arkadikos 8-15 
 12. Irakleio 6-17 
 13. Niki Volou 5-18 
 14. Doxa Lefkadas 4-19 

Regular Season: Round 23

Apr. 6: Filathlitikos - Doxa Lefkadas 83-71
Apr. 6: Agia Paraskevis - Niki Volou 82-78
Apr. 6: Lavrio - Ermis Lagkada 77-45
Apr. 6: OFI - Arkadikos 76-57
Apr. 6: Irakleio - Ikaroi Serron 73-81
Apr. 6: Trikalla - Nea Kifisia 73-71
Apr. 6: Pagrati - Koroivos 67-80

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 13: Nea Kifisia - Pagrati
Apr. 13: Ikaroi Serron - Trikalla
Apr. 13: Arkadikos - Irakleio
Apr. 13: Koroivos - Lavrio
Apr. 13: Ermis Lagkada - Filathlitikos
Apr. 13: Doxa Lefkadas - Agia Paraskevis
Apr. 13: Niki Volou - OFI


A2 Round 23: Nea Kifisia loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in A2 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

Round 23 in A2 means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Trikallon where host Aiolos Trikallon (18-5) edged league's leader Nea Kifisia (18-5) 73-71 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Nea Kifisia. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 24-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Nea Kifisia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Tasos Charismidis (203-81, agency: FCM) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 18 rebounds. Guard Giorgos Fountas (184-77) chipped in 18 points and 4 steals. Forward Vaggelis Karaboulas (198-81, agency: FCM) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Aiolos Trikallon moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Nea Kifisia. Nea Kifisia will play next round against Pagrati trying to make it back to the top of the standings. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens - Pagrati. Aiolos Trikallon will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Ikaroi Serron in Serres.
Leader Filathlitikos delivered the nineteenth victory. This time they beat 14th ranked Doxa Lefkadas (4-19) 83-71. Point guard Nikos Gikas (186-91, agency: FCM) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Babis Samothrakis contributed with 19 points for the winners. Filathlitikos' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Savvas Manousos (208-85) answered with 32 points and 9 rebounds for Doxa Lefkadas. Filathlitikos have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Filathlitikos maintains first place with 19-4 record. Doxa Lefkadas lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Filathlitikos will play against Ermis Lagkada (#9) in Lagadas in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Doxa Lefkadas will play at home against Agia Paraskevis (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Athens was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Koroivos (16-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Pagrati (10-13). Koroivos defeated Pagrati 80-67 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Branislav Tomic who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Koroivos' coach Vassilis Nipergialis used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vaggelis Sklavos responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Koroivos have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Koroivos maintains fourth place with 16-7 record. Pagrati at the other side keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Koroivos will meet at home Lavrio (#5) in the next round. Pagrati's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Nea Kifisia.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Lavrio. Local Lavrio (14-9) outscored 9th ranked Ermis Lagkada (9-14) 77-45. It was a quality performance for Giorgos Psomaderis who led the winners and scored 8 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. Lavrio have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 14-9 record. Ermis Lagkada at the other side keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Lavrio's next round opponent will be higher ranked Koroivos (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ermis Lagkada will play against the league's leader Filathlitikos (#1).

Other games of round 23 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Arkadikos was crushed by OFI in Heraklion 76-57. Agia Paraskevis beat Niki Volou at home 82-78. Ikaroi Serron won against Irakleio on the opponent's court 81-73.
The best stats of 23th round was 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists by Petros Noeas of Koroivos.


OFI - Arkadikos 76-57

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Heraklion where 10th ranked Arkadikos (8-15) was crushed by eleventh ranked OFI (8-15) 76-57. It looked good early as Arkadikos took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then OFI had a 18-14 second period charge getting the lead and Arkadikos was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 57-76. OFI had a 34-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for forward Vassilis Kitsoulis (204-83) who led the winners and scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized Italian guard Marios Matalon (187-89, college: Wyoming) accounted for 8 points and 7 assists for the winning side. Power forward Sokrates Gizogiannis (202-82) came up with 26 points and 5 rebounds and guard Thodoris Tsiotras (198-87) added 15 points respectively for Arkadikos in the defeat. OFI moved-up to tenth place, which they share with defeated Arkadikos. Arkadikos lost third consecutive game. OFI's next round opponent will be Niki Volou (#13) in NIki Volou.
Top scorers:
Arkadikos: S.Gizogiannis 26+5reb, T.Tsiotras 15+3reb+3ast, M.Cubrilo 8+9reb, A.Sigounas 4+4reb+1ast, N.Djurdjevic 4+3reb+2ast, G.Tzatzas 0+1reb
OFI: V.Kitsoulis 16+8reb+5ast, T.Traianos 11+5reb+1ast, P.Tserkitsoglou 10+5reb, K.Doychinov 9+4reb, D.Karadolamis 8+6reb, M.Matalon 8+4reb+7ast
gschID: 196457


Agia Paraskevis - Niki Volou 82-78

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Agia Paraskevis (13-10) defeated at home 13th ranked Niki Volou (5-18) 82-78. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Niki Volou was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 50-39 second half run of Agia Paraskevis. They outrebounded Niki Volou 38-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Niki Volou helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for guard Vangelis Tsiakas (194-81) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Nikos Psileas (200-80) accounted for 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Agia Paraskevis' coach Nikolaos Hatzipanagiris used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Thanassis Koutinas (-87) came up with 20 points and 6 rebounds and guard Giannis Karagiolidis (195-89) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Niki Volou in the defeat. Four Agia Paraskevis and five Niki Volou players scored in double figures. Agia Paraskevis have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Agia Paraskevis maintains sixth place with 13-10 record, which they share with Ikaroi Serron. Niki Volou lost third consecutive game. Niki Volou at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Agia Paraskevis' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Doxa Lefkadas (#14) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Niki Volou will play against OFI in Heraklion.
Top scorers:
Niki Volou: T.Koutinas 20+6reb+3ast, G.Mavrogiannis 15+1reb+3ast, G.Mistiliadis 11+1reb+1ast, G.Maltesios 11+6reb+2ast, G.Karagiolidis 10+9reb+1ast, N.Theodorakos 5+2ast
Agia Paraskevis: V.Tsiakas 18+6reb+1ast, A.Karteris 14+1reb+1ast, S.Manavopoulos 12+7reb+3ast, N.Psileas 11+10reb+2ast, K.Vardavas 8+1reb+1ast, K.Sinnis 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 196456


Filathlitikos - Doxa Lefkadas 83-71

Leader Filathlitikos delivered the nineteenth victory. This time they beat 14th ranked Doxa Lefkadas (4-19) 83-71. Doxa Lefkadas was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Point guard Nikos Gikas (186-91, agency: FCM) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Babis Samothrakis (189-83, agency: FCM) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Filathlitikos players scored in double figures. Filathlitikos' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Savvas Manousos (208-85) answered with 32 points and 9 rebounds and forward Paraskeva Martzos (197-85, agency: FCM) added 22 points in the effort for Doxa Lefkadas. Filathlitikos have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Filathlitikos maintains first place with 19-4 record. Doxa Lefkadas lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Filathlitikos will play against Ermis Lagkada (#9) in Lagadas in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Doxa Lefkadas will play at home against Agia Paraskevis (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Doxa Lefkadas: S.Manousos 32+9reb+1ast, P.Martzos 22+3reb, O.Matenidis 9+3reb+2ast, B.Mouratidis 3+5reb+1ast, T.Panaras 3+3reb+4ast, K.Aktipis 2+7reb+1ast
Filathlitikos: B.Samothrakis 19+3reb+3ast, N.Gikas 17+5reb+6ast, C.Saloustros 11+2reb+2ast, T.Adetokoubo 10+7reb+2ast, M.Kamperidis 8+2reb, S.Georgiadis 6+4reb
gschID: 196455


Lavrio - Ermis Lagkada 77-45

The game with biggest result difference took place in Lavrio. Local Lavrio (14-9) outscored 9th ranked Ermis Lagkada (9-14) 77-45. The game without a history. Lavrio led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ermis Lagkada to just 7 points in third and fourth quarters. Lavrio held Ermis Lagkada to an opponent 22.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 48.3 percent accuracy of the winners. Lavrio had a 39-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a quality performance for guard Giorgos Psomaderis (190-80) who led the winners and scored 8 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Giannis Kakiouzis (205-78) accounted for 7 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Center Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-80) came up with 7 points and 8 rebounds and guard Theodoros Onasoglou (190-87) added 11 points respectively for Ermis Lagkada 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. Lavrio have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 14-9 record. Ermis Lagkada at the other side keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Lavrio's next round opponent will be higher ranked Koroivos (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ermis Lagkada will play against the league's leader Filathlitikos (#1).
Top scorers:
Ermis Lagkada: T.Onasoglou 11+1reb, G.Anagnostopoulos 7+8reb+1ast, H.Plioukas 6+2reb, T.Georgitsis 6+6reb, G.Kasouras 4+2reb, G.Kaiklis 3+5reb
Lavrio: C.Liberopoulos 11+2reb+1ast, M.Perakis 10+5reb+1ast, M.Delidis 9+1reb, G.Psomaderis 8+12reb+3ast, P.Tsiros 8+4reb+2ast, G.Kakiouzis 7+9reb+1ast
gschID: 196454


Irakleio - Ikaroi Serron 73-81

Very expected game when 12th ranked Irakleio (6-17) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Ikaroi Serron (13-10) 81-73. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Ikaroi Serron forced 19 Irakleio turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for forward Aristo Nikoloudis (202-82) who led the winners and scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Dionisios Kapiniaris (185-91) accounted for 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side. FYR Macedonian Djordje Jovanovic came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds and Montenegrin forward Bojan Pelkic (206-83) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Irakleio in the defeat. Ikaroi Serron moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Agia Paraskevis. Irakleio lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Ikaroi Serron's next round opponent will be higher ranked Aiolos Trikallon (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Irakleio will play against Arkadikos (#11) in Arkadia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Irakleio: D.Jovanovic 19+9reb+1ast, K.Agapiadis 12+3reb+1ast, B.Pelkic 10+7reb+2ast, G.Stefanakis 9+2reb+2ast, A.Godopoulos 9+2ast, A.Dialo 6+4reb
Ikaroi Serron: D.Kapiniaris 22+2reb+2ast, A.Nikoloudis 20+7reb+4ast, F.Simeonidis 13+5reb+1ast, H.Voivatopoulos 9+2reb, S.Iosifidis 7+5reb+3ast, P.Georgianos 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 196453


Trikalla - Nea Kifisia 73-71

Round 23 in A2 means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Trikallon where host Aiolos Trikallon (18-5) edged league's leader Nea Kifisia (18-5) 73-71 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Nea Kifisia. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 24-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Nea Kifisia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Tasos Charismidis (203-81, agency: FCM) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 18 rebounds. Guard Giorgos Fountas (184-77) chipped in 18 points and 4 steals. Forward Vaggelis Karaboulas (198-81, agency: FCM) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Christos Petrodimopoulos (209-80, agency: FCM) added 14 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Nea Kifisia players scored in double figures. Aiolos Trikallon moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Nea Kifisia. Nea Kifisia will play next round against Pagrati trying to make it back to the top of the standings. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens - Pagrati. Aiolos Trikallon will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Ikaroi Serron in Serres.
Top scorers:
Nea Kifisia: V.Karaboulas 21+5reb+2ast, C.Petrodimopoulos 14+12reb+1ast, F.Moschovitis 12+3reb+6ast, T.Sioutis 12+6reb+2ast, Y.Psathas 10+5reb, K.Tzialas 2+8reb+1ast
Trikalla: G.Fountas 18+2ast, T.Charismidis 13+18reb, N.Kaklamanos 11+3reb+2ast, N.Katsares 7+3reb+5ast, V.Angelakopoulos 7+6reb, G.Lepeniotis 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 196452


Pagrati - Koroivos 67-80

The game in Athens was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Koroivos (16-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Pagrati (10-13). Koroivos defeated Pagrati 80-67 on Saturday. Koroivos looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Pagrati's players. It was a great evening for Serbian power forward Branislav Tomic (205-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Petros Noeas (204-87) helped adding 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Koroivos' coach Vassilis Nipergialis used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Vaggelis Sklavos (202-77) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Marios Dermitzakis (198-92) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Koroivos have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Koroivos maintains fourth place with 16-7 record. Pagrati at the other side keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Koroivos will meet at home Lavrio (#5) in the next round. Pagrati's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Nea Kifisia.
Top scorers:
Pagrati: M.Dermitzakis 13+7reb, C.Marinos 13, V.Sklavos 13+10reb+4ast, A.Kokorogiannis 11+5reb, G.Drakopoulos 7+1reb, T.Vasilopoulos 7+3reb+2ast
Koroivos: B.Tomic 19+7reb+7ast, P.Noeas 15+10reb+4ast, N.Kourtis 14+3reb+4ast, P.Cosic 13+3reb+2ast, A.Karydas 8+3reb+9ast, V.Gkeros 5+1reb
gschID: 196451



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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 28-6 
 2. Leiden 27-8 
 3. Groningen 24-10 
 4. Zwolle 19-16 
 5. Leeuwarden 19-16 
 6. Den Helder K. 17-17 
 7. Weert 16-19 
 8. M.Magixx 15-19 
 9. Amsterdam 4-31 
 10. Rotterdam 3-30 

Regular Season: Round 33

Apr. 6: Leeuwarden - Den Bosch 96-76
Apr. 6: Leiden - Weert 91-58
Apr. 6: Groningen - Amsterdam 83-57
Apr. 6: Rotterdam - Zwolle 80-94
Apr. 7: M.Magixx - Den Helder K.



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Standings - A Division

A Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Albacomp 22-6 
 2. Atomeromu 20-8 
 3. Kaposvari 17-11 
 4. Jaszberenyi 15-13 
 5. Kormend 12-16 
 6. Szolnok 5-1 
Places 7-13
 1. Falco-Szova 14-11 
 2. Soproni 14-12 
 3. PVSK Pannon 13-12 
 4. ZTE KK 11-15 
 5. Marso NYKK 9-17 
 6. Szedeak 9-17 
 7. FS Debrecen 2-24 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 6

Places 1-6

Apr. 6: Albacomp - Kormend 91-43
Apr. 6: Atomeromu - Kaposvari 84-83
Apr. 6: Szolnok - Jaszberenyi 71-64

Places 7-13

Apr. 6: PVSK Pannon - Szedeak 82-77
Apr. 6: Falco-Szova - Marso NYKK 104-80

Second Stage: Round 7

Places 1-6

Apr. 10: Jaszberenyi - Albacomp
Apr. 10: Kaposvari - Kormend
Apr. 10: Szolnok - Atomeromu

Places 7-13

Apr. 10: Falco-Szova - PVSK Pannon
Apr. 10: Szedeak - FS Debrecen


A Division Round 6 (Second Stage): Falco-Szova keeps a leadership position in their group - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Falco-Szova as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Division. Falco-Szova smashed 5th ranked Marso NYKK in Szombathely 104-80. The game without a history. Falco-Szova led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Marso NYKK's 32. Falco-Szova shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 65.0 percentage. Swingman Tamas Will (196-87, agency: TSS Management) scored 22 points (perfect from downtown making all six shots !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian forward Tomislav Ivosev (204-90) chipped in 21 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. Falco-Szova's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was forward Mate Mohacsi (192-90, agency: TSS Management) with 21 points and 4 assists. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Marso NYKK at the other side keeps the fifth place with 17 games lost. Marso NYKK will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Falco-Szova will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked PVSK Pannon in Pecs.
Important game to mention about took place in Paks. Second ranked Atomeromu (20-8) saved a 1-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Kaposvari (17-11) 84-83 in the game for the second place. American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) notched 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Lorenzo Williams supported him with 17 points and 4 assists. Even 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists by American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Kaposvari. Atomeromu maintains second position in Division with 20-8 record having just two points less than leader Albacomp. Kaposvari at the other side keeps the third place with 11 games lost. Atomeromu will play against Szolnok (#6) in Szolnok in the next round. Kaposvari will play at home against Kormend and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A Division top team - Albacomp (22-6) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Kormend (12-16) in Szekesfehervar 91-43. The best player for the winners was Levente Juhos who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Kyle Austin who recorded 22 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Albacomp maintains first position in Division with 22-6 record. Loser Kormend keeps the fifth place with 16 games lost. Albacomp will meet Jaszberenyi (#4) on the road in the next round. Kormend will play against Kaposvari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Szolnok was also worth to mention about. 4th ranked Jaszberenyi (15-13) played at the court of sixth ranked Szolnok (5-1). Szolnok managed to secure a 7-point victory 71-64. It was a good game for James Florence who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 5 assists. Szolnok's coach Neno Asceric allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains sixth position in Division with 5-1 record. Jaszberenyi at the other side keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. Szolnok's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Atomeromu in Paks and it may be quite challenging game. Jaszberenyi will play at home against the league's leader Albacomp in Szekesfehervar.

In the last game of round 6
In Division Szedeak lost to PVSK Pannon on the opponent's court 77-82.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds by Norbert Toth of PVSK Pannon.


Places 1-6
Atomeromu - Kaposvari 84-83

Important game to mention about took place in Paks. Second ranked Atomeromu (20-8) saved a 1-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Kaposvari (17-11) 84-83 in the game for the second place. It looked good early as Kaposvari took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Atomeromu had a 20-17 second period charge getting the lead and Kaposvari was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 83-84. American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) notched 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import point guard Lorenzo Williams (189-84, college: Rice, agency: Stanley International) supported him with 17 points and 4 assists. Even 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists by American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Kaposvari. American-Kittitian swingman Kyle Swanston (201-86, college: JMU, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 18 points. Five Kaposvari players scored in double figures. Atomeromu maintains second position in Division with 20-8 record having just two points less than leader Albacomp. Kaposvari at the other side keeps the third place with 11 games lost. Atomeromu will play against Szolnok (#6) in Szolnok in the next round. Kaposvari will play at home against Kormend and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: J.Levy 33+6reb+3ast, L.Williams 17+2reb+4ast, A.Toth 10+4reb, D.Vojvoda 9+3reb+9ast, T.Kaman 7+4reb+1ast, J.Eilingsfeld 4+3reb
Kaposvari: K.Swanston 18+4reb+3ast, C.Dunn 16+5reb+6ast, M.Spica 13+7reb+1ast, G.David 12+6reb+1ast, R.Hendlein 11+10reb, K.Kiss 9+2reb
gschID: 234756


Szolnok - Jaszberenyi 71-64

The game in Szolnok was also worth to mention about. 4th ranked Jaszberenyi (15-13) played at the court of sixth ranked Szolnok (5-1). Szolnok managed to secure a 7-point victory 71-64. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Jaszberenyi won fourth quarter 16-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Szolnok dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Jaszberenyi's 28. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for American guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 5 assists. International power forward Miklos Szabo (205-86, college: Hofstra, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Szolnok's coach Neno Asceric allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international swingman Gabor Soos (200-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) replied with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84) added 7 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Jaszberenyi. Defending champion maintains sixth position in Division with 5-1 record. Jaszberenyi at the other side keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. Szolnok's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Atomeromu in Paks and it may be quite challenging game. Jaszberenyi will play at home against the league's leader Albacomp in Szekesfehervar.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: J.Florence 22+4reb+5ast, M.Szabo 17+8reb, E.Kalve 6+2reb+1ast, A.Horvath 5+3ast, B.Gay 4+5reb+3ast, Z.Trepak 4+2reb+1ast
Jaszberenyi: G.Soos 22+8reb+4ast, R.Dramicanin 17+4reb, S.Djikanovic 10+10reb+2ast, M.Markovic 7+12reb+6ast, D.Mladenovic 3, P.Szabo 3+3ast
gschID: 234755


Albacomp - Kormend 91-43

A Division top team - Albacomp (22-6) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Kormend (12-16) in Szekesfehervar 91-43. The game without a history. Albacomp led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kormend to just 6 points in third quarter. Albacomp dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Kormend's 30. They outrebounded Kormend 60-34 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was power forward Levente Juhos (209-91, college: Moberly JC) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Jarrod Jones (205-90, college: Ball St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) who recorded 22 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Matt Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV, agency: Two Points) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Albacomp maintains first position in Division with 22-6 record. Loser Kormend keeps the fifth place with 16 games lost. Albacomp will meet Jaszberenyi (#4) on the road in the next round. Kormend will play against Kaposvari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Albacomp: L.Juhos 18+12reb+1ast, B.Wood 17+5reb+4ast, J.Jones 16+13reb+1ast, Z.Szabo 9+6reb+1ast, Z.Supola 8+2ast, A.Keller 7+8reb+2ast
Kormend: K.Austin 22+9reb, M.Shaw 9+7reb+2ast, C.Ferencz 3+1reb+2ast, T.Kocsis 3+1reb, A.Farkas 2+3reb, B.Sonyak 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 234754


Places 7-13
PVSK Pannon - Szedeak 82-77

Rather expected game in Pecs where 6th ranked Szedeak (9-17) was defeated by third ranked PVSK Pannon (13-12) 82-77. Szedeak was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. PVSK Pannon dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Szedeak's 22. It was a good game for the former international forward Norbert Toth (203-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (on 14-of-17 shooting from the field). American guard Brad Loesing (182-89, college: Wofford) contributed with 11 points and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Anthony Jones (191-84, college: Indiana Tech, agency: R.H.Consultancy) replied with 27 points and Serbian power forward Nebojsa Dukic (206-85) added 17 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Szedeak. PVSK Pannon maintains third position in Division with 13-12 record having twelve points less than leader Albacomp. Szedeak at the other side keeps the sixth place with 17 games lost. PVSK Pannon's next round opponent will be league's leader Falco-Szova in Szombathely and it will be for sure the game of the week. Szedeak will play at home against FS Debrecen (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: N.Toth 34+10reb+2ast, A.Csabay 14+1reb+1ast, B.Loesing 11+2reb+6ast, O.Biro 9+9reb, T.Hendley 8+4reb, K.Nagy 4+4reb+1ast
Szedeak: A.Jones 27+1reb+3ast, N.Dukic 17+9reb+3ast, L.Csorvasi 13+4reb, S.Fekete 8+5reb+1ast, Z.Kiss 6+2reb+1ast, A.Tanacs 4+3reb
gschID: 234779


Falco-Szova - Marso NYKK 104-80

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Falco-Szova as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Division. Falco-Szova smashed 5th ranked Marso NYKK in Szombathely 104-80. The game without a history. Falco-Szova led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Marso NYKK's 32. Falco-Szova shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 65.0 percentage. Swingman Tamas Will (196-87, agency: TSS Management) scored 22 points (perfect from downtown making all six shots !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian forward Tomislav Ivosev (204-90) chipped in 21 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. Falco-Szova's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was forward Mate Mohacsi (192-90, agency: TSS Management) with 21 points and 4 assists and Latvian forward Martins Berkis (198-85, agency: TSS Management) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four Falco-Szova and five Marso NYKK players scored in double figures. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Marso NYKK at the other side keeps the fifth place with 17 games lost. Marso NYKK will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Falco-Szova will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked PVSK Pannon in Pecs.
Top scorers:
Falco-Szova: T.Will 22+4reb+1ast, T.Ivosev 21+3reb+2ast, L.Kalman 15+2reb+5ast, Z.Zagorac 14+5reb+4ast, T.Harazin 12+2reb, B.Varadi 8+1reb+5ast
Marso NYKK: M.Mohacsi 21+3reb+4ast, C.Kaluha 18, L.Polyak 16+4reb, M.Berkis 11+8reb+3ast, A.Nelson 10+3reb+3ast, M.Varga 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 234778



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KR & Stjarnan tie the serie - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Second round in semi finals of play-offs between KR & Grindavik and Stjarnan vs Snaefell was played on Thursday & Friday in a sold out gyms.
Home win in both games and serie are now 1-1 in both cases.

KR started the game with strong defense and team oriented offense, at same time Grindavik players came in soft and as individuals, did not play good team ball.
KR kept their strong defense till the end and that was enought even they went out of team offense at some moments.
So easy win for KR 90-72. Martin Hermannsson (190-SG-94) stepped up with good all around game and 23 points & 7 assist. Helgi magnusson also played well with 18 points and 7 boards.
Finnur Magnusson 16 & 10 reb. Brandon Richardson who did not finish the game because of injury had 11 points & 13 rebounds.
For Grindavik. Aaron Broussard 20 but those points mainly came when the game was almost over. Samuel Zeglinski 19

Stjarnan 90 Snaefell 86. This game was close one most of the time but Stjarnan got the lead up to around 10 points few times and had the control in the end.
Justin Shouse had a very good game for Stjarnan 31 points. Marvin Valdimarsson 17
For Snaefell. Jon Olafur Jonsson 21 Palmi Freyr Sigurgeirsson 16. Ryan Amoroso 13 + 17 rebounds



Play-offs in Sweden - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Three Icelandic players are playing in play-offs in Sweden and meet each other in semi finals. Pavel Ermolinskij with Norrkoping Dolphins and Hlynur Baeringsson and Jakob Sigurdarson (192-PG-82, college: Birm.Southern) with Sundsvall Dragons.
After 2 games its 1-1. Both team won at home.
Sundsvall 74 Norrkoping 72. This was the result in first game. Both teams playing good defense, Sundsvall shooting better from three pointers 41% - 27% and also better from free throw line 81%-67%. Hlynur Baeringsson scored 16 points and Jakob Sigurdarson 12 for Dragons. Pavel Ermolinskij 11 points for Dolphins
Second game at Norrkoping. Dolphins grab the win 77-66 Again both teams focused on good defense. Pavel Ermonlinskij 4 points.
For Dragons Jakob Sigurdarson with good shooting night 7/12 in shooting. Hlynur Baeringsson 3 points & 11 boards



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Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Dell Aspac 26-1 
 2. Pelita Jaya 24-3 
 3. CLS Knights 20-6 
 4. Satria Muda 20-7 
 5. Garuda 19-8 
 6. Stadium Jak. 15-12 
 7. Hangtuah 14-13 
 8. Bimasakti 7-20 
 9. Satya Wacana 7-20 
 10. Pacific Caesar 5-21 
 11. NSH GMC Riau 2-25 
 12. Tonga BSC 2-25 

Regular Season: Round 44

Apr. 6: Pelita Jaya - Satria Muda 90-85
Apr. 6: CLS Knights - Bimasakti 85-68
Apr. 6: Satya Wacana - Tonga BSC 82-66
Apr. 6: Stadium Jak. - Hangtuah 79-70

Regular Season: Round 45

Apr. 7: Tonga BSC - Pacific Caesar
Apr. 7: NSH GMC Riau - CLS Knights
Apr. 7: Dell Aspac - Pelita Jaya
Apr. 7: Garuda - Stadium Jak.


Ramadhani's 23 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old Fandi Andika Ramadhani (184-SF-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Dell Aspac and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 43.
He had the game-high 23 points adding four assists for Dell Aspac in his team's victory, helping them to beat Satria Muda (#3, 20-6) 92-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Dell Aspac to consolidate first place in the Indonesian league. 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. In the team's last game Ramadhani had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He has many years of experience at Dell Aspac, through which he has constantly improved. Fandi Andika Ramadhani averages this season 6.4ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Hery Listiyono (191-C-86) of Pacific Caesar. He is a center in his second season at Pacific Caesar. In the last game Listiyono recorded impressive double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Pacific Caesar lost that game 66-84 to the higher-ranked Hangtuah (#7, 14-12). Pacific Caesar is still second from the bottom in the standings. 21 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Pacific Caesar managed to get this year. Listiyono is well-known at Pacific Caesar and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to center Max Yanto (215-C-83) of NSH GMC Riau (#12). Yanto scored 13 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Yanto's great performance NSH GMC Riau lost 32-57 to the higher-ranked Garuda (#5, 19-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. NSH GMC Riau can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-25 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Yanto he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Yanto has a very solid season. In 26 games in Indonesia he scored 7.7ppg. He also has 4.3rpg and FGP: 55.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Wahyu Jati (189-F-77) of Dell Aspac - 7 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Agustinus Sigar (180-G-79) of Hangtuah - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. I.G.N Teguh Teguh (189-G-88) of Hangtuah - 12 points and 5 rebounds
7. Vinton Nolland (194-PF-82) of Garuda - 7 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-PG-81) of Satria Muda - 15 points and 7 rebounds
9. Surliyadin (188-F-90) of Garuda - 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Juliano Sucipto (188-F-82) of NSH GMC Riau - 8 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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



NBL Round 44: Satria Muda is defeated by Pelita Jaya in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in NBL. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Jakarta: Pelita Jaya (#2) and Satria Muda (#3). Pelita Jaya (24-3) won against visiting Satria Muda (20-7) 90-85. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 41-22 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Pelita Jaya forced 20 Satria Muda turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Satria Muda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Dimas Aryo Dewanto (180-86) who added 19 points during the contest. The former international power forward Rony Gunawan (194-80) responded with 28 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Pelita Jaya have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 24-3 record having just two points less than leader Dell Aspac. Satria Muda at the other side dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. Pelita Jaya are looking forward to face league's leader Dell Aspac in Jakarta in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Satria Muda will have a break next round.
Fourth ranked CLS Knights (20-6) crushed at home 8th ranked Bimasakti (7-20) by 17 points 85-68, which is the biggest margin this round. The winners were led by point guard Dimaz Muharri (181-85) who scored that evening 6 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists and Wijaya Saputra supported him with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Even 22 points and 6 rebounds by Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) did not help to save the game for Bimasakti. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CLS Knights have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Bimasakti lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 20 games lost. They share it with Satya Wacana. CLS Knights will play against NSH GMC Riau (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bimasakti will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 44 Hangtuah lost to Stadium Jak. on the opponent's court 70-79. Satya Wacana managed to outperform Tonga BSC in a home game 82-66.


Group Bali
Pelita Jaya - Satria Muda 90-85

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Jakarta: Pelita Jaya (#2) and Satria Muda (#3). Pelita Jaya (24-3) won against visiting Satria Muda (20-7) 90-85. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 41-22 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Pelita Jaya forced 20 Satria Muda turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Satria Muda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Dimas Aryo Dewanto (180-86) who added 19 points during the contest. The former international power forward Rony Gunawan (194-80) responded with 28 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and the former international point guard Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-81) scored 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Pelita Jaya have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 24-3 record having just two points less than leader Dell Aspac. Satria Muda at the other side dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. Pelita Jaya are looking forward to face league's leader Dell Aspac in Jakarta in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Satria Muda will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Pelita Jaya: A.Poedjakesuma 21+8reb+3ast, D.Aryo Dewanto 19+1reb+3ast, A.Chandra 17+1reb+2ast, F.Dini 11+2reb+1ast, P.Indrawan 10+6reb+1ast, E.Sebayang 6+3reb+3ast
Satria Muda: R.Gunawan 28+7reb+2ast, F.Julius Ahmad 15+7reb+8ast, A.Wisnu 14+5reb+4ast, B.Siregar 12+7reb+2ast, K.Argadiba 9+4reb+1ast, F.Julius Achmad 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 236578


Group Bali
Stadium Jak. - Hangtuah 79-70

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Stadium Jakarta and 7th ranked Hangtuah had identical 14-12 record. This time Stadium Jakarta used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Pandang 79-70. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hangtuah won third quarter 24-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hangtuah 49-28 including a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by center R Ruslan (197-89) who scored that evening 17 points and 5 rebounds and Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) supported him with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Even 15 points by swingman Tri Wilopo (180-86) did not help to save the game for Hangtuah. Guard Mei Joni (188-89) added 12 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Stadium Jakarta maintains sixth position with 15-12 record. Hangtuah at the other side keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. Stadium Jakarta will play against higher ranked Garuda (#5) in Bandung in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hangtuah will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Stadium Jak.: R.Ruslan 17+5reb, M.Ferdiansyah 13+6reb+2ast, M.Wicaksono 11+5reb+4ast, A.Sujarwo 10+1reb+2ast, D.Iskandar 9+7reb+3ast, F.Budianto 7+6reb+2ast
Hangtuah: T.Wilopo 15+3reb+2ast, M.Joni 12+5reb+2ast, S.Liogu 7+3reb+1ast, A.Junaidi 7+4reb, A.Sigar 6+3reb+2ast, I.Teguh Teguh 6+2reb
gschID: 236577


Group Bali
CLS Knights - Bimasakti 85-68

Fourth ranked CLS Knights (20-6) crushed at home 8th ranked Bimasakti (7-20) by 17 points 85-68, which is the biggest margin this round. CLS Knights had a 30-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. The winners were led by point guard Dimaz Muharri (181-85) who scored that evening 6 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists and Wijaya Saputra (184-85) supported him with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Even 22 points and 6 rebounds by Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) did not help to save the game for Bimasakti. Center Untung Gendro Maryono (198-89) added 10 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CLS Knights have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Bimasakti lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 20 games lost. They share it with Satya Wacana. CLS Knights will play against NSH GMC Riau (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bimasakti will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: W.Saputra 15+5reb+2ast, T.Agus 14+1reb+1ast, J.Jeffry 13+1reb, R.Somantri 9+3reb, S.Febiansyakh 9+2reb+2ast, R.Utomo 7+4reb+2ast
Bimasakti: B.Rizky Ardiansyah 22+6reb+2ast, H.Gunawan 13+3ast, U.Gendro Maryono 10+7reb+3ast, A.As'Adi 7+6reb+2ast, G.Virgian 5+2reb+1ast, S.Cahyadi 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 236576


Group Bali
Satya Wacana - Tonga BSC 82-66

Rather predictable result in Salatiga where ninth ranked Satya Wacana (7-20) defeated bottom-ranked Tonga BSC (2-25) 82-66. It looked good early as Tonga BSC took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Satya Wacana had a 21-14 second period charge getting the lead and Tonga BSC was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-82. Satya Wacana dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Tonga BSC's 28. They outrebounded Tonga BSC 54-38 including a 22-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by forward Yoppi France Giay (188-89) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) supported him with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Satya Wacana's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 17 points and 5 rebounds by Muhammad Hardian Wicaksono (189-93) did not help to save the game for Tonga BSC. point guard Richardo Orlando Uneputty (163-87) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the guests. Satya Wacana moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Bimasakti. Tonga BSC lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom. They share the position with NSH GMC Riau. Satya Wacana will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tonga BSC will play at home against Pacific Caesar (#10) in Surabaya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Satya Wacana: Y.France Giay 16+14reb, E.Wiratama Nasution 13+3reb+2ast, R.Pamungkas 13+10reb+4ast, B.Sucipto 9+6reb, F.Nugroho 9+8reb, Y.Sua 5+3reb+5ast
Tonga BSC: M.Hardian Wicaksono 17+5reb+1ast, A.Hermawan 16+2reb, S.Afriatna 13+7reb, R.Orlando Uneputty 9+5reb+6ast, H.Herlusdityo 5+2reb+1ast, H.Kurniawan 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 236575



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Injury blow for Hapoel Holon's Omar Wattad - by Idan Seggev

Hapoel Holon's fans curse their luck. After the club lost Sean Daniel (197-F-89) due to his Methylphenidate issue with FIBA and the team is in the relegation zone, their new forward, Omar Wattad (195-G-88, college: Chattanooga), suffers from tear in his Achilles tendon during last week's practice. He will be operated and will be fit only for the beginning of next season. Wattad joined Holon in March and played three games so far, and scored 6.3 PPG.


Hapoel Jerusalem adds Samardo Samuels - by Shai Levi

Three weeks since they released Craig Smith, Hapoel Jerusalem has finally succeeded to find a suitable replacement and today they signed the Jamaican big man - Samardo Samuels.
Samuels is a big powerful center who spent the last three seasons in the NBA ,playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played 18 games this year with the Cavs, averaging 3.2 points and 1.6 rebounds per contest. His best season in the NBA was his first (2010-2011). In that season Samuels scored 7.8 points and took more than 4 rebounds per game. Samuels has played also with Canton Charge and Reno BigHorns from the NBDL and emerged there as one of the top centers after recording 19.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.



Cavs draftee Samardo Samuels pens overseas contract in Jerusalem, Israel - by David Pick

Reno Bighorns 6-foot-9 power forward Samardo Samuels officially penned a two-month agreement with Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Super League, league sources told Eurobasket yesterday.

According to people with knowledge of the parties' partnership, Samuels' contract, his first outside American soil, is valued at $25,000 monthly for two-months, excluding playoff
bonuses.

Samuels, 24, who reached a verbal agreement with Jerusalem last week, penned the contract after dropping 16 points, nine rebounds and two steals in Reno's 104-100 loss to the Canton Charge on Friday. The 260-pound Jamaican big man was inactive Saturday in the Bighorns' season finale against Canton and will attempt to be available for Jerusalem's road game versus No. 3 seed Hapoel Eilat, this Wednesday.

Meanwhile in Israel, Jerusalem fell 94-92 to Bnei Herzliya on a J.R. Reynolds buzzer-beating fadeaway, in a scrimmage game last weekend, as the team's lack of inside presence was strongly felt. Given that Samuels hadn't returned his signed paperwork until yesterday, Jerusalem engaged in conversations with Brose Basket Bamberg's 30-year-old 6-foot-7 forward Jeremiah Massey.

Other candidates to undergo talks with Jerusalem included Othello Hunter, who is still fighting to receive clearance from former Spanish ACB team, Austin Toros' Rick Jackson, whose D-League buyout was too costly, and Italian Sassari's lengthy 6'9" forward Tony Easley.

Nearly a month after waiving former NBA center Craig Smith over a media altercation with Head Coach Sharon Drucker, Jerusalem effectively fills its roster void with Samuels, a talented back to basket scorer, registering a double-double of 20 points and 10 boards per contest for Reno.

Although he is yet to comment on acquiring Samuels, a former Louisville standout, sources close to Drucker say that coach is overjoyed with his latest recruit, and that upon coaching in Greece during the summer of 2010, Drucker heavily pursued the undrafted rookie who penned a three-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers following a strong NBA Summer League showing with the Chicago Bulls.

Drucker received words of encouragement on Samuels from both the Bighorns' coaching staff and Cleveland's Israeli forward Omri Casspi, Samuels' ex-Cavalier teammate. Upon signing with Hapoel, it's likely that Samuels consulted former and current Reno locker room buddies Orien Greene and Will Blalock, two guards to have previously played for Jerusalem, as well as Bighorn swingman Desmond Farmar, who hooped in Israel in 2010.

Samuels played 18 games for Cavs this season, logging 3.4 points and 1.6 rebounds per contest. On December 28th, he was assigned to the Canton Charge of the D-League where he'd have a pair of strong performances before getting recalled and waived by the Cavaliers. He was later picked up by the Reno Bighorns, where he emerged as one of the most dominant centers.

After being nominated Israel's Coach of the Month of February following a perfect 3-0 record, and ahead of the upcoming playoff battles, Drucker looks to resurrect his team's spirit after dropping four-consecutive games.



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Aishin SH and Toyota Alvark celebrate in JBL Round 1 Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Aishin SH - Hitachi SR 71-56 (1-0)

It looked good early as Hitachi Sunrockers took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Aishin Sea Horses had a 22-8 second period charge getting the lead and Hitachi Sunrockers were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 56-71. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Jamaican center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri) contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Jamar Smith (206-80, college: Maryland) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds and guard Daisuke Kobayashi (188-87) added 12 points in the effort for Hitachi Sunrockers. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 18+10reb+7ast, T.Furukawa 11+1reb, K.Young 10+6reb+1ast, R.Hashimoto 8+2reb, S.Kashiwagi 6+4reb+2ast, S.Asayama 5+1reb+1ast
Hitachi SR: J.Smith 15+8reb, D.Kobayashi 12+2reb+1ast, T.Iwaguma 6+1reb+1ast, F.Nishimura 4+1ast, Y.Chikamori 4+3reb, T.Nakahama 3
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Toyota Alvark - Toshiba BT 83-80 (1-0)

American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) fired 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: P.Ricci 23+5reb, K.Tanaka 14+8reb, K.Takeuchi 12+10reb+1ast, T.Ito 10+2reb+1ast, J.Gibbs 7+8reb+2ast, Y.Okada 7+1reb+3ast
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 22+15reb, N.Tsuji 15+1reb+2ast, M.Diouf 13+4reb+2ast, Y.Uda 10+4reb, T.Kurihara 6, R.Shinoyama 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 237737



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Standings - Premier League

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

Top 4: Round 5

Apr. 5: ASU - Al Riyadi 98-81
Apr. 5: Ittihad Schools - Kulliyeh 90-64

Top 4: Round 6

Apr. 8: Kulliyeh - Al Riyadi
Apr. 8: Ittihad Schools - ASU


Ittihad Schools join ASU in the Final - by Eurobasket News

Ittihad Schools became the second finalists of D1 championship. They knocked down Kulliyeh in the Final Four round to join the defending champions ASU in the title clash. Mahmoud Abdeen (189-PG-87) knocked down 71 points to lead the winners. Ittihad Schools piled up a 47:27 halftime lead. They eased to the positive outcome in the second half 90:64. Malcolm Battles provided 15 points in the win. Rami Al-Khateeb answered with 14 points for Kulliyeh.
ASU stayed undefeated at the Final Four stage rolling past Riyadi 98:81. Wesam Al-Sous (183-PG-83) produced game-high 39 points for the winners. Austin Johnson (191-G-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oklahoma) helped with 24 points and 7 rebounds for ASU. Sani Sakakini (204-C-88) answered with 23 points and 12 rebounds for Riyadi.



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Standings - Superleague

SuperLeague Standings
 1. Peja 20-3 
 2. Sigal Prishtina 19-5 
 3. Bashkimi 16-7 
 4. Trepca 14-9 
 5. RTV 21 13-11 
 6. Vellaznimi 5-18 
 7. Drita 5-18 
 8. Kosova 1-22 

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 6: RTV 21 - Sigal Prishtina 71-57
Apr. 7: Peja - Trepca
Apr. 7: Kosova - Bashkimi
Apr. 7: Drita - Vellaznimi


RTV 21 near play-offs - by Dren Shporta

After beating Kosova V and league leaders, Peja, new coach of Sigal Prishtina, Ahmet Kandemir, has tasted first defeat in kosovan league from RTV 21.

Kendrick Jones (190-G-83, college: Columbus St.) was again unstoppable. He scored in total 33 points and 9 rebounds to register his teams third victory in a row, while two of them against top teams of the league.

He was helped by Ersan Ozseven (16 points + 6 rebounds), Urim Zenelaj (12 points + 8 rebounds) and Brandon Roberson (8 points + 2 asists).

On the other side, only Alvin Snow and Fisnik Rugova tried to do more for their team, but it was not enough.

Snow registered 14 points and 3 assists, while Fisnik Rugova 10 points and 3 rebounds.

RTV 21 registered its 13th victory of the season, while Sigal Prishtina registered last night their unbeliavable fifth defeat in the regular season.



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LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Valmiera 21-12 
 2. Barons kvartals 19-11 
 3. Jekabpils 19-13 
 4. VEF Riga 16-1 
 5. Ventspils 14-3 
 6. LU 14-17 
 7. Jelgava 13-18 
 8. Liepaja 13-18 
 9. Jurmala 11-20 
 10. Turiba 10-20 
 11. U18 1-18 

Regular Season: Round 38

Apr. 6: Jelgava - Valmiera 74-76
Apr. 6: Jekabpils - VEF Riga 63-90
Apr. 8: Jurmala - Ventspils
Apr. 7: Turiba - Liepaja
Apr. 7: LU - Barons kvartals


Ventspils are 2012/2013 BBL Champions! - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils are 2012/2013 Champions of Baltic league. The Latvian side won the series against Rudupis. Even after a 70:73 loss in the second game, Ventspils became the top team of the season.
Ventspils made a huge step towards the crown after they knocked down Rudupis in Priena 91:69 in Game 1. Tonight Ventspils were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 22-15 third quarter run of Rudupis. They made 18-of-19 charity shots during the game. It was a great shooting night for Rudupis especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Gintaras Kadziulis (192-G-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 5 rebounds. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Janis Timma (201-F-92, agency: FCM) replied with 15 points and Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Ventspils.
Kalev/Cramo meanwhile 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.



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Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 23-2 
 2. Sagesse 20-5 
 3. Champville 17-9 
 4. Moutahed 17-9 
 5. Byblos 14-12 
 6. Amchit 13-13 
 7. Hoops 6-19 
 8. Bejjeh 6-19 
 9. Anibal 2-16 
 10. Antranik 2-16 

Second Stage: Round 8

Apr. 6: Champville - Byblos 87-66
Apr. 6: Amchit - Moutahed 79-96
Apr. 7: Sagesse - Bejjeh
Apr. 7: Hoops - Al Riyadi


Fadi Khatib's triple-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

33-year old forward Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) put on an amazing game in the last round for Champville and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 7 (Second Stage).
He recorded a triple-double of 35 points addeding also 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while his team outclassed Bejjeh (#8, 6-19) with 52-point margin 117-65. Champville is placed at 3rd position in Lebanese league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Champville will need more victories to improve their 16-9 record. In the team's last game Khatib had a remarkable 64.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Champville and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Khatib has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 27.3ppg), assists (9th best: 4.1apg) and averages solid 55.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of Byblos. He is Canadian in his first season at Byblos. In the last game Fraser recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 20 rebounds. Of course Byblos cruised to a 81-70 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Amchit (#6, 13-12). This victory allowed Byblos to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Fraser is a newcomer at Byblos and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Loren Woods (218-C-78) of league's leader Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut. Woods scored 23 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Al Riyadi, leading his team to a 80-74 win against #2 ranked Sagesse in a game of the week. Many experts and fans count Al Riyadi as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 23 victories and only two lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Woods has a great season in Lebanon. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 14.3rpg (2nd best). He also has 2.3bpg and FGP: 56.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82) of Amchit - 34 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Larry Blair (183-G-84) of Hoops - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82) of Al Riyadi - 35 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Marc Salyers (205-F-79) of Moutahed - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84) of Byblos - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Nadim Souaid (192-F/G-86) of Champville - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Bassel Bawji (203-F/C-89) of Moutahed - 11 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  LUXEMBOURG   

Standings

Diekirch Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Sparta 21-6 
 2. Amicale 17-10 
 3. Residence 16-11 
 4. T71 15-12 
 5. Etzella 14-13 
 6. Musel Pikes 13-14 
Places 7-10
 1. Soleuvre 10-12 
 2. Contern 10-12 
 3. Basket Esch 8-14 
 4. Black Star 1-21 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 9

Apr. 5: T71 - Residence 82-95
Apr. 5: Etzella - Sparta 80-88
Apr. 5: Musel Pikes - Amicale 61-75

Second Stage: Round 10

Places 1-6

Apr. 7: Musel Pikes - Etzella
Apr. 7: Amicale - T71
Apr. 7: Sparta - Residence

Places 7-10

Apr. 6: Contern - Soleuvre
Apr. 6: Basket Esch - Black Star



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Standings - CIBACOPA

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Apr. 6: Guasave - Hermosillo 94-109
Apr. 6: Tijuana - Nogales 76-89
Apr. 6: Cananea - Guaymas 73-82
Apr. 6: Obregon - Navolato 70-79

Regular Season: Round 5

Apr. 9: Obregon - Cananea
Apr. 9: Navolato - Hermosillo
Apr. 9: Nogales - Los Mochis
Apr. 9: Guaymas - Guasave


Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 3 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Bahamas Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Nogales and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 38-year old power forward had a double-double of 22 points and twenty rebounds, while his team beat Tijuana (#9, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 84-76. Nogales is placed at 7th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Nogales is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-2 record. Moss just recently signed at Nogales and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. University of Arkansas at Little Rock graduate has very impressive stats this year. Moss is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.5ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 9.5rpg) and averages solid 1.5bpg and 70.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Eric Frederick (203-F-88) of Guasave. Frederick impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 14 rebounds. Of course Guasave cruised to a 91-83 relatively comfortable win over Hermosillo (1-2). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Frederick is one of the most experienced players at Guasave and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management) of Navolato (#3). Selleaze got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . Despite Selleaze's great performance Navolato lost 86-92 to Obregon (#5, 1-0). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Navolato needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Selleaze has a great season in Mexico. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.0rpg (#1 in league) and assists with 4.0apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eniel Polynice (195-G-88) of Guasave - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Derek Thomas (193-F-84) of Obregon - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Kenny Jones (198-PF-84) of Obregon - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Rodney Alexander (201-F-87) of Cananea - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of Guaymas - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Myron Allen (182-PG-79) of Guaymas - 30 points and 2 rebounds
10. Patrick Sanders (198-F-85) of Hermosillo - 22 points and 4 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)



CIBACOPA Round 4: Garra Canera de Navolato defeats Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon - by Eurobasket News

This is still too early stage of the Regular Season in CIBACOPA and we should expect many changes in upcoming rounds. Coincidentally all visitors won their games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (1-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Garra Canera de Navolato (3-1) 79-70. Garra Canera de Navolato keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Guaymas. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon at the other side dropped to the seventh place with one game lost. Garra Canera de Navolato is looking forward to face Rayos de Hermosillo (#5) at home in the next round. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon will play against Mineros de Cananea and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Another interesting game for Ostioneros de Guaymas (3-1) which played on the court of Mineros de Cananea (2-2). Second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas won 82-73. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and Myron Allen who added 20 points during the contest. At the losing side American forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Ostioneros de Guaymas keep a position of league leader, which they share with Navolato. Mineros de Cananea at the other side keeps the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with Nogales and Hermosillo. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against Frayles de Guasave (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mineros de Cananea will play against Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game was also tough home defeat of 6th ranked Frayles de Guasave in a game versus Rayos de Hermosillo (#8) 109-94. The winners were led by Joaquin Villanueva who scored that evening 19 points and 7 rebounds. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 30 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) by Eric Frederick did not help to save the game for Frayles de Guasave. Defending champion (2-2) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Nogales and Cananea. Loser Frayles de Guasave dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will meet league's second-placed Garra Canera de Navolato on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Frayles de Guasave will play against the league's leader Ostioneros de Guaymas (#1).
Bottom-ranked Tijuana Zonkeys is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to seventh ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (2-2) 89-76. Dallas Logan fired a double-double by scoring 25 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists for the winners. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cananea and Hermosillo. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' next round opponent will be higher ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#3) at home and it may be the game of the week.


Tijuana - Nogales 76-89

Bottom-ranked Tijuana Zonkeys is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to seventh ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (2-2) 89-76. It looked good early as Tijuana Zonkeys took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Fuerza Guinda Nogales took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 13 points. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Tijuana Zonkeys' players. American guard Dallas Logan (193-82, college: Northwood) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists for the winners. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Gene Shipley (206-80, college: Brandon) produced 26 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cananea and Hermosillo. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' next round opponent will be higher ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#3) at home and it may be the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: G.Shipley 26+8reb, J.Penny 16+9reb+3ast, L.Ramirez 13, M.Morrison 9+2reb+1ast, E.Medina 6+3reb+2ast, S.Sanchez 4+3reb
Nogales: D.Logan 25+6reb+12ast, E.Linan 11+1ast, C.Rodgers 11+3reb+3ast, B.Heredia 9+1reb+3ast, R.Moss 9+9reb, J.Mercado 8+5reb+1ast
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Cananea - Guaymas 73-82

Another interesting game for Ostioneros de Guaymas (3-1) which played on the court of Mineros de Cananea (2-2). Second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas won 82-73. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Mineros de Cananea was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 45-33 second half run of Ostioneros de Guaymas. They made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and the other American import point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) who added 20 points during the contest. Four Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and guard Miguel Acuna (181-72) scored 25 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Ostioneros de Guaymas keep a position of league leader, which they share with Navolato. Mineros de Cananea at the other side keeps the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with Nogales and Hermosillo. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against Frayles de Guasave (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mineros de Cananea will play against Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cananea: M.Acuna 25+1reb, S.Monroe 18+7reb+3ast, R.Alexander 9+4reb+1ast, T.Brown 8+4reb+2ast, J.Durazo 6+7reb+1ast, K.Arias 4
Guaymas: S.Shorter 21+4reb+1ast, M.Allen 20+4reb+2ast, J.Habel 11+8reb+1ast, M.Ayala 10+2reb+1ast, J.Luis Bucio 9+2reb+1ast, V.Avila 7
gschID: 234863


Guasave - Hermosillo 94-109

An interesting game was also tough home defeat of 6th ranked Frayles de Guasave in a game versus Rayos de Hermosillo (#8) 109-94. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 17-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 109-94. Rayos de Hermosillo dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Frayles de Guasave's 46. They outrebounded Frayles de Guasave 42-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. Rayos de Hermosillo looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The winners were led by the former international center Joaquin Villanueva (207-86) who scored that evening 19 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) supported him with 20 points (made all of his seven free throws). Rayos de Hermosillo's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 30 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) by American forward Eric Frederick (203-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) did not help to save the game for Frayles de Guasave. His fellow American import guard Eniel Polynice (195-88, college: Seton Hall) added 19 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion (2-2) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Nogales and Cananea. Loser Frayles de Guasave dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will meet league's second-placed Garra Canera de Navolato on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Frayles de Guasave will play against the league's leader Ostioneros de Guaymas (#1).
Top scorers:
Guasave: E.Frederick 30+8reb+2ast, E.Polynice 19+7reb+3ast, J.Dominguez 17+4reb+8ast, J.Farrera 13+3reb+2ast, R.Robinson 10+6reb+4ast, J.Acosta 3
Hermosillo: J.Lopez 20+4reb+2ast, J.Villanueva 19+7reb+2ast, P.Sanders 16+1reb+3ast, K.Spain 15+7reb+4ast, E.Little 15+4reb+3ast, S.Monreal 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 234862


Obregon - Navolato 70-79

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (1-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Garra Canera de Navolato (3-1) 79-70. Garra Canera de Navolato keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Guaymas. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon at the other side dropped to the seventh place with one game lost. Garra Canera de Navolato is looking forward to face Rayos de Hermosillo (#5) at home in the next round. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon will play against Mineros de Cananea and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
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Standings - 1A

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

Second Stage: Round 4

Play-Out

Apr. 6: Jedinstvo - Danilovgrad 80-70
Apr. 6: S.Centar - Ibar Rozaje 74-78
Apr. 6: Centar BP - ABS Primorje

S-League

Apr. 6: Teodo Tivat - Buducnost 74-78
Apr. 6: Ulcinj - Sutjeska 73-81
Apr. 6: Lovcen - Mornar Bar 73-72


Superleague Round 3 and Play-Out League Round 4: Teodo's losing streak continues after hard fought battle against Buducnost - by Darko Pekic

The most interesting game of Superleague Round 3 was played in Tivat, as two teams that played in international competition this year faced each other. Buducnost won the game (78-74) but Teodo was very close to make a major surprise. Buducnost had a nice lead during the game but Teodo did not give up and arrived to -1 and a ball possession to change the game. Unfortunately for them, Buducnost defended well and Teodo kept its losing streak (0-3). Big men Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) and Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) scored 16 points each for the guests while Marko Mijovic (188-PG-87) was the top scorer with 17 points for Teodo. He was followed by big men Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) (15 pts, 9 rbs) and Manuel Johnson (201-F-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) (12 pts, 7 rbs)

Sutjeska won in Ulcinj (81-73) and proved that the defeat against Mornar in the last round was just a bad night. The game was decided in the last quarter and Ulcinj had a great support from their fans but was unable to get another win. Nikola Zizic (195-G-94, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) and Darko Vujacic (198-G-79) scored 17 points each for the team from Niksic. On the other side, Dusan Milosevic (198-G-90, agency: BeoExcell) was the best scorer once again with 26 points.

Lovcen and Mornar played a very tied game and the home team had more luck to win it (73-72). The guests had a solid lead during most of the game but Petar Stojanovic (185-PG-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija)'s shot decided the game. Masan Vrbica (190-G-94) was the top scorer with 21 points and he was assisted by Petar Stojanovic who scored 19 points. Mornar was led by Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) (20 points) and Hank Thorns (175-PG-89, college: TCU) (15 points).

In the Play-Out League two games were played today. Danilovgrad lost in Bijelo Polje against Jedinstvo (80-70 for Jedinstvo) while Studentski Centar was close to make a surprise against Ibar but lost by four points (78-74). Danilovgrad had a lead in the first quarter but then the home team started shooting 3s and making shots and there was no way back for Danilovgrad. Ognjen Krgovic scored 19 points for Jedinstvo ( six three points made) while Danilo Draskovic (207-C-85, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 17 points. Danilovgrad was led by two Americans- Jay-R Strowbridge (183-PG-88, college: Oregon) who scored 19 points and Rickey Young (205-F/C-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija, college: W.Virginia Tech) (18 points and 9 rebounds).

In the last game of Round 4, Centar will face Primorje at home on Monday.



MNE1A S-League Round 3. : New win for Buducnost,Lovcen and Sutjeska - by Dragan Scepanovic

Teodo - Buducnost Voli 74:78 (16:18, 19:21, 6:17, 33:22)
Tivat - SC Zupa.Spect: 600. Reff : Sutulovic (Podgorica), Rutesic and Kaludjerovic (Nisic).
Teodo: Fatic 7, Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) 15, Pekic, Marko Mijovic (188-PG-87) 17, Boskovic, Subotic 7, Johnson 12, Kunjic 5, Kasalica, Djordjevic 11, Perovic, Lucic.
Buducnost Voli: Mihailovic 2, M. Popovic 10, Jelenic 4, Mugosa 6, Li 16, Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) 16, Bunic 4, A. Popovic 4, Ivanovic 2, Nikolic, Bost 14.

Lovcen - Mornar 73:72 (15:18, 20:19, 19:19, 19:16)
Cetinje - SC Lovcen. Spect: 300. Reff: R. Vojinovic (Niksic), Jokic and Savovic (Podgorica).
Lovcen: Petar Stojanovic (185-PG-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) 19, Borilovcc, Milosevic 3, Bilic 2, Masan Vrbica (190-G-94) 21, Popovic, Stefan Ljubenkovic (95) 11, Nicaj 10, Milic 7, Milickovic, Latkovic, Sevaljevic.
Mornar: Damjanovic 5, Djurisic, Pajovic 1, Tosic 5, Milovic, Pavicevic, Mikovic 4, Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) 20, Rondovic 9, Pavic 11, Skurdauskas 2, Torns 15.

Ulcinj - Sutjeska 73:81 (19:25, 23:18, 14:13, 17:25)
Ulcinj - SC Bratstvo i Jedinstvo.Spect: 500. Reff : Dragojevic and Koljensic (Podgorica), Kicovic (Bar).
Ulcinj: Latkovic 3, Nikola Ivanovic 21, Taflaj, Markasevic, Simonovic 1, Osmaic, Unksevic, Dcokovic 2, Milovic 12, Klikovac 2, Jovanovic 6, Dusan Milosevic 26.
Sutjeska: Pavlicevic 3, Vusovic, Pejovcc 6, Miceta 10, Lalic 9, Calic 6, Vujosevic 8, Darko Vujacic (198-G-79) 17, Kuveljic 2, Popovic, Djurovic 3, Nikola Zizic (195-G-94) 17.



Nikola Pekovic had 20 points and 13 rebounds - by Eurobasket News

MINNEAPOLIS Rick Adelman became the eighth coach in NBA history to win 1,000 games when the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Detroit Pistons 107-101 on Saturday night.

Nikola Pekovic (209-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and J.J. Barea scored 20 points for the Timberwolves, who surrounded their 66-year-old coach when the buzzer sounded. Adelman grabbed his wife, Mary Kay, and kissed her three times as a video tribute played to honor him.

Brandon Knight scored 25 points and Rodney Stuckey had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost 18 of their last 21 games. They turned the ball over a season-high 24 times, leading to 25 points for Minnesota.
Courtesy of: http://www.oregonlive.com



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 49-26 
 2. Brooklyn N. 44-32 
 3. Boston C. 39-37 
 4. Philadelph.76 31-45 
 5. Toronto R. 29-48 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 48-29 
 2. Chicago B. 42-33 
 3. Milwaukee B. 37-39 
 4. Detroit P. 25-52 
 5. Cleveland C. 23-52 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 60-16 
 2. Atlanta H. 42-36 
 3. Washington W. 29-47 
 4. Orlando M. 19-58 
 5. Charlotte B. 18-59 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 56-20 
 2. Denver N. 53-24 
 3. Utah Jazz 40-37 
 4. Portland TB 33-43 
 5. Minnesota T. 29-47 
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. 57-20 
 2. Memphis G. 51-25 
 3. Houston R. 43-34 
 4. Dallas M. 37-39 
 5. N.Orleans H. 26-50 

Regular Season: Round 153

Apr. 6: San Antonio S. - Atlanta H. 99-97
Apr. 6: Denver N. - Houston R. 132-114
Apr. 6: Minnesota T. - Detroit P. 107-101
Apr. 6: Miami Heat - Philadelph.76 106-87
Apr. 6: Brooklyn N. - Charlotte B. 105-96
Apr. 6: Washington W. - Indiana P. 104-85
Apr. 6: Milwaukee B. - Toronto R. 100-83

Regular Season: Round 154

Apr. 7: Oklah.City T. - New York K.
Apr. 7: LA Clippers - LA Lakers
Apr. 7: Boston C. - Washington W.
Apr. 7: Cleveland C. - Orlando M.
Apr. 7: Sacramento K. - Memphis G.
Apr. 7: Detroit P. - Chicago B.
Apr. 7: Golden St.W. - Utah Jazz
Apr. 7: Phoenix Suns - N.Orleans H.
Apr. 7: Portland TB - Dallas M.


Seven games review from Saturday - by Eurobasket News

Denver N. - Houston R. 132-114
Showcasing their depth in stunning fashion, the Denver Nuggets rolled to a season high in points and matched a team record with a 20th consecutive home win despite missing their top two scorers because of injuries. Corey Brewer (6'9''-G/F-86, college: Florida) had 22 points off the bench and Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F/G-87, college: De Paul) scored 21 points in place of the injured Danilo Gallinari, leading the Nuggets past the Houston Rockets, 132-114 Saturday night. Even Nuggets coach George Karl acknowledged some surprise over the dominant showing by his squad, playing for the first time since losing the sharp-shooting Gallinari to a season-ending left knee injury. Playmaking guard Ty Lawson, the Nuggets' leading scorer, is out indefinitely because of a plantar fascia tear in his right foot. "It does a little bit," Karl conceded when asked if the team's showing without Gallinari and Lawson surprised him. "But my team has been very good about meeting challenges, both schedule-wise and injury-wise and perseverance-wise, and they have a competitive spirit that for a young team is pretty strong." Andre Iguodala had 18 points and a season-high 14 assists, while Andre Miller added 11 points and 12 assists as Denver won its fourth in a row overall while improving to a league-best 35-3 at home. "We have a very deep team and we have a lot of players step up. Basically the whole team stepped up," Chandler said. The Nuggets, who also won 20 in a row at home from Jan. 9-March 30, 1985, fueled their fast-break offense with a relentless defense that forced 19 Houston turnovers, leading to 32 points. "We jump them a lot, trap them a lot, and they turn it over and we get easy baskets," Brewer said. "We pride ourselves on playing fast, and when you get into this altitude, you can't play the way we play." Said Karl: "I think we wore them out a little bit." Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) scored 23 points for the Rockets, who lost their seventh straight to the Nuggets, including all four this season. James Harden added 14 points for Houston, which had its four-game winning streak snapped. "When you play a team like Denver, who runs like we run, it has to be wise," Lin said. "We want to push the pace, but you have to push the pace conservatively, so we don't give them 20 to 50 points in transition. I think we can push the pace without being so loose with the ball. "We're never going to play a perfect game, but to push the ball up the floor and get to our spots and play without throwing crazy passes, cross-court passes. They have length and taller wings, so we have to be smarter with how we push it." Like Denver, Houston also was short-handed, playing without Carlos Delfino (flu) and Chandler Parsons (right calf strain). But mistakes, rather than a shortage of depth, figured most prominently in the Rockets' loss, coach Kevin McHale said. "I think throwing the ball to them was a bigger focal point," he said. "They had 32 points off our turnovers and 18 points off offensive rebounds. There's no defense for throwing them the ball for a layup. It's hard to overcome." Up by eight at the half, the Nuggets opened a 102-83 lead going into the fourth quarter, outscoring the Rockets 13-5 in the last 2:34 of the third in a surge that featured the Nuggets' team depth. Evan Fournier, who had 17 points and was among seven Nuggets in double figures, hit a 3-pointer to start the run. He later drove the lane before passing behind his back to fellow reserve Anthony Randolph for a dunk. By the time Brewer hit a 3-pointer and converted a three-point play on successive possessions midway through the fourth quarter, the Nuggets had the game in hand with a 118-90 lead. Denver substituted freely the rest of the way. Chandler hit consecutive 3-pointers in the last 1:41 of the second quarter to give the Nuggets a 64-56 halftime lead. Trailing 12-4 in the opening minutes, Houston hit four 3-pointers in a row, including consecutive baskets from beyond the arc by Francisco Garcia on the way to a 35-25 lead after the first quarter. But Denver got back in it by running the floor, going on an 18-4 burst highlighted by a pair of rim-rattling dunks by JaVale McGee off feeds from Fournier to surge back in front. Courtesy of: foxnews.com

San Antonio S. - Atlanta H. 99-97
Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) collected 31 points and 14 rebounds and Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) added 23 points to help San Antonio move a half-game ahead of idle Oklahoma City in the race for the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs. DeJuan Blair contributed 11 points off the bench for the Spurs, who were without All-Star point guard Tony Parker (neck) and key reserve Manu Ginobili (hamstring). San Antonio has won nine of its last 10 home games. Rookies John Jenkins (6'4''-G-91, college: Vanderbilt) (23) and Mike Scott (6'8''-F-88, college: Virginia) (22) both posted career-high scoring totals for the Hawks, who were without starters Al Horford (hamstring), Josh Smith (knee), Devin Harris (foot) and Kyle Korver (unspecified injury). Atlanta remains in sixth place in the Eastern Conference and slipped 1 1/2 games behind fifth-place Chicago, which was idle Saturday. The Spurs led 51-40 at halftime, but the pesky Hawks wouldn't go away, even without most of their top players. They were within 73-69 entering the fourth quarter and had a slim chance to tie it at the end. Cory Joseph was whistled for a shooting foul near midcourt just before the final buzzer sounded, giving Atlanta's Dahntay Jones three free throws with his team trailing 99-95 and one second on the clock. Jones made the first two and missed the third intentionally to give the Hawks a shot at a tip-in, but Leonard pulled down the rebound to seal it. Courtesy of: albanyherald.com

Milwaukee B. - Toronto R. 100-83
Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) had 22 points and nine assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks secured their first playoff berth in three seasons with a 100-83 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night. Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) had 16 points and seven assists, while Larry Sanders added 12 points, nine rebounds and six blocks for Milwaukee, which needed a win and a Miami victory over Philadelphia on Saturday to clinch at least the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Heat beat the 76ers, 106-87. The win was Milwaukee's 10th straight over Toronto, its longest active winning streak over any opponent. And it pulled the Bucks within two games of the idle Boston Celtics for the No. 7 seed. Alan Anderson (6'6''-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) led Toronto with 14 points off the bench, and Quincy Acy had 13. Rudy Gay, Toronto's leading scorer with 18.2 points per game, made 1-of-10 shots and matched his season low with four points. Toronto shot just 36 percent (30 of 83) and had 18 turnovers. The game wasn't close after the first quarter, as the Bucks used a 15-4 run late in the period to go up 24. They led 61-42 at halftime behind 14 points and seven assists from Ellis. Milwaukee didn't let up in the second half. Toronto missed its first nine third-quarter shots and the Bucks outscored the Raptors, 17-6, to open the period and put away the game. A thunderous alley-oop dunk by Sanders, assisted by Jennings, capped the run and made it 78-46. Toronto scored just 13 points in the quarter and trailed 80-55 after the third. The Raptors got no closer than 15 in the fourth. Now, the real work starts for Milwaukee (37-39), which is likely to play the top-seeded Heat (60-16) in the first round. Since losing in seven games to the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2001 Eastern Conference finals - with a team that featured Ray Allen, Sam Cassell and Glenn Robinson - the Bucks have made the playoffs four times. They have lost in the first round each time. The Bucks last made the playoffs in 2010 as a No. 6 seed after finishing the regular season 46-36. Milwaukee lost in seven games to the third-seeded Atlanta Hawks. The Raptors, coming off wins over Washington and Minnesota, were seeking their first 30-win season since they went 40-42 in 2009-10. Courtesy of: utsandiego.com

Minnesota T. - Detroit P. 107-101
Luke Ridnour made three clutch free throws with less than 20 seconds to play, as the Minnesota Timberwolves held off the slumping Detroit Pistons, 107-101, on Saturday to give coach Rick Adelman his 1,000th career NBA victory. Adelman now joins a list which includes Don Nelson, Lenny Wilkens, Pat Riley, Jerry Sloan, Phil Jackson, Larry Brown and George Karl, with the historic win. Nikola Pekovic (6'10''-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Jose Juan Barea (5'11''-PG-84, college: Northeastern) also had 20 to go along with six assists for the Timberwolves, who have won three of four. Andrei Kirilenko and Dante Cunningham chipped in 13 points apiece and Derrick Williams had 14 in the victory. Brandon Knight (6'3''-G-91, college: Kentucky) scored 25 points to lead Detroit, which has dropped 15 of 17. Rodney Stuckey netted 20 points and grabbed eight boards and Greg Monroe donated 16 points in the setback. Minnesota led 61-55 at the break, though the visitors grabbed the lead at the 7:54 mark of the third with Kyle Singler's three-point play. However, the Timberwolves answered with 10 straight points to regain control before taking an 81-78 edge into the fourth. Cunningham made 1-of-2 free throws early in the fourth to make it a five-point game and Barea added to it shortly after with a triple to increase the edge to 93-87. Knight brought the visitors within 102-101 with a driving layup with 44.2 seconds remaining. Ridnour drove the lane with 19.7 seconds left and created contact for a foul. He made both shots to push the margin to four points and then Pekovic secured the win by nailing two free throws with 5.5 ticks to play. The Timberwolves jumped out to a 33-25 lead after the first 12 minutes of play and Williams had 14 points. Detroit battled back in the second quarter to take a 43-42 edge on Jonas Jerebko's triple, though the home team later broke a 50-50 tie with an 11-5 surge to head into the break up 61-55. Courtesy of: foxnews.com

Miami Heat - Philadelph.76 106-87
LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) and Ray Allen returned from injuries as the Miami Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 106-87, Saturday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Heat led 85-82 with 7:32 left in the game, when Miami put together a 7-0 run to help subdue the 76ers. It was the Heat's 60th win of the season, including a 33-4 home record. The Heat's magic number to clinch the best record in the NBA this season is two. James, who missed three straight games because of a hamstring injury, had a game-high 27 points as well as five assists and four rebounds in 29 minutes. He did all that just one day after winning his fifth straight Eastern Conference Player of the Month award. Allen, one of the Heat's top reserves, missed Friday's game at Charlotte because of an ankle injury. He tripped over a photographer near midcourt in Tuesday's loss to the Knicks. On Saturday, Allen had 11 points in 26 minutes. The 76ers had five scorers in double figures, led by Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) with 18 points. The Heat has now won 16 straight regular-season games against the 76ers, including all four this season. The last time the Sixers won a regular-season game against Miami was in March of 2009. Miami did not resemble its usual well-above-the-rim style in Saturday's first half. For example, the Heat did not get a single fast-break point and was outscored 6-0 in that category by the 76ers. Miami dominated the first quarter, 33-18. But Philly outscored the Heat, 28-17, in the second quarter to cut Miami's halftime lead to 50-46. Philadelphia outscored the Heat in the third quarter as well, trailing just 77-76 entering the fourth. Courtesy of: mcall.com

Brooklyn N. - Charlotte B. 105-96
The Nets had eight games left in the regular season when the last-place Charlotte Bobcats came to town Saturday, in what was assumed would be a figurative stroll in the park as Brooklyn built toward the postseason. The Nets finally had a complete and healthy lineup, and, with seven of their final eight games against teams with losing records, Coach P. J. Carlesimo has remarked about the opportunity this afforded the Nets down the stretch. That is, if they do not fizzle as they did Saturday, squeaking by Charlotte, 105-96, in a lackluster performance at Barclays Center that probably left Nets fans scratching their heads. After the Nets had a hard-fought loss Thursday to the Chicago Bulls, their likely first-round playoff opponent, the setting Saturday seemed ripe for an April tuneup, an easy win against an overmatched team in which the Nets could resolve some deficiencies, rediscover their balance and maybe give their starters some rest. Instead, each of the five starters played at least 30 minutes, and the Nets had to claw their way to a win, closing the game on a 10-2 run. Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) had 8 points in the fourth to finish with 32. 'We did a good job closing,' Carlesimo said. 'We certainly didn't play as well during a chunk of the 48 minutes as we would've liked, but down the stretch, they did a very good job with some stops.' The Bobcats were the league's worst shooting team entering the game, but they managed to light up the Nets' perimeter defense. Ben Gordon hit six 3-pointers off Charlotte's bench to score 27 points; Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Duke) added 22 points and shot 8 of 12. With 1 minute 19 seconds left and the Nets leading by 95-94, Williams hit a turnaround jumper that spun on the rim for several seconds before falling through, giving the Nets some breathing room. Williams scored 20 points in the second half for the second consecutive game. 'One of the few intelligent things I've said is the only thing I'm not worried about is Deron Williams,' Carlesimo said. 'He's worked, he's come back and he's playing extremely well right now.' The Nets remained a game and a half ahead of the Bulls for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Both teams have seven games remaining, and the Bulls' closing stretch appears significantly more challenging. But as the Nets showed Saturday, matters are not always so simple on the court. They should have had a breezy game against the Bobcats (18-59) in front of a large home crowd, and they might have had an edge in motivation, coming off a loss. Instead, they came out sluggish and slow, allowing Charlotte to hang around. The Nets built a 29-23 lead after the first quarter and looked as if they were preparing to pull away in the second. Instead, the Bobcats shot 52.6 percent in the second quarter, including going 4 of 6 from 3-point range, to outscore the Nets, 31-24. Charlotte was trailing, 53-52, when Kemba Walker missed a free throw with three seconds left. But the Nets' Reggie Evans threw the ball away after grabbing the rebound, and Gerald Henderson was there to make a steal and soar in for a layup at the buzzer, putting the Bobcats ahead, 54-53. Charlotte has led just 14 games at halftime this season. Evans clenched his fists and shook his head. Carlesimo simply turned the other way and hurried into the locker room. 'I would've liked to play better and crisper, yes,' Carlesimo said. In the second half, Joe Johnson started to find his rhythm, reeling off 8 consecutive points, after attempting only six shots in the first half. He finished with 15 points in his second game back after missing the previous five with heel and quadriceps injuries. The Bobcats, who had lost to Miami on Friday, showed no signs of fatigue. The Bobcats outrebounded the Nets, 43-40, and hit seven 3-pointers, just the 11th time this year they made more 3's than their opponent. 'They came out and hit some tough shots,' Williams said. 'But we definitely feel like we could've played a lot better, especially on defense. We've got to look at the film and see what we did wrong and hopefully get better.' The film will show a team still out of sync on offensive and uninspiring on defensive. 'We can't have the highs and lows, like a great quarter, then a low quarter, then a high quarter, then a low quarter,' Johnson said. 'We can't beat a great team like that.' On Saturday, they barely beat a poor one. Courtesy of: nytimes.com

Washington W. - Indiana P. 104-85
On a night when Washington finally honored its 1977-78 NBA championship team with a banner in the rafters, current Wizard John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) put on a show of his own, sending the Indiana Pacers home 104-85 on Saturday night with their second consecutive loss. Friday night, the Pacers suffered a tough defeat at home at the hands of the surging Oklahoma City Thunder. Still, the current third seed in the Eastern Conference had a chance to lock up a Central Division title with a win in Washington. Apparently Wall didn't get the memo. With legendary stars Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld on hand, Wall tallied 37 points, five assists and four rebounds, marking the Wizards' first win against the Pacers all season. Martell Webster (6'8''-G-86) added 13 points for Washington, which recorded its ninth consecutive home victory. "That was another game for us that our guys took to heart an understanding of what this team we were facing tonight is playing for," coach Randy Wittman said following the game. Wall has continued to impress over the last few games, giving the Wizards a nice boost as the season dwindles to a close. Saturday night's performance was his fourth game with 30 or more points in his last seven contests, including a 47-point thriller on March 25 against the Memphis Grizzlies. "After all the stuff I've been through this season, with injuries and missing so many games, and having people say what they say about me, it means a lot to me," Wall said. "You couldn't do it without your teammates being there helping you, supporting you, and my coaching staff." Wall shot 16 of 25 from the field but only converted on 5 of 10 from the charity stripe. Most of his shots came from inside the paint on run-and-gun-style play. His fast-paced performance was evident from the opening tip, as he packed on 10 points in the first six minutes of play. "I came out first quarter very into the game, very focused," Wall said. At halftime, Hayes, Unseld and the rest of the '78 team were celebrated, marking the 35th anniversary of the franchise's last NBA title. With a hint of championship basketball still fresh in the arena, the Wizards came out in the third quarter strong, going on a 12-0 run before Indiana recorded its first basket. "We've just been sluggish, and the energy from this team just hasn't been there," Pacers' star Paul George said. "We have to find ourselves and get back into the rhythm we once were in." George, who leads Indiana in scoring on the season, only recorded two points Saturday. Georgetown-great Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) had 25 points and 10 boards for the Pacers playing on his former home court. Wall's top-notch play is likely to have many Washington fans thinking "what if?" Even Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel seemed to think the Wizards could have had a shot at the postseason had Wall been healthy from the start. "I think they are a playoff team right now," Vogel said. Still, the Wizards seem to be enjoying their late-season wins, especially Wall, who often showed his muscles and played with the crowd following big plays. "Hey, if he's going to give me 37, he can flex all he wants, and win," Wittman quipped. Courtesy of: usatoday.com



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Lightning take Game 1 of the Finals - by Eurobasket News

London L. - Summerside S. 105-100
The London Lightning began the series right as they won 105-100 against Summerside Storm Saturday evening. The raucous crowd of 4,423 spent the majority of the night on their feet, cheering the team on. "It was a good game. We played some great defense and in the end we prevailed," said DeAnthony Bowden (6'1''-PG-80, college: Creighton). Bowden garnered 19 points, 12 assists and three rebounds, making some key shots early in the game. Late in the third quarter, Morgan Lewis (6'4''-F-87, college: Findlay, OH) and Gregory Plummer (6'3''-G-83, college: Eckerd) of Summerside were both disqualified for fighting. "It affects the momentum of the team but you just have to power on. These things happen and you just have to keep working at it," said Bowden. It was a huge night for Marvin Phillips (6'7''-F-83, college: Claflin) as well, scoring key shots in the fourth quarter to secure the win. "It was a good game, but we still get into this lapse and give up a big lead," said Phillips. "It's important to take advantage of the opportunities you get when you get them, and that's what I did in the fourth quarter." Phillips scored 25 points and 12 rebounds, the second double-double of the night next to Tim Ellis with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Game Two is Sunday, April 7 at 7:30pm. It is apart of London's first ever double header, as the Knights will be playing at 1:30pm. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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

Semi-Finals: Round 133

Apr. 6: Louisville - Wichita St. 72-68
Apr. 6: Michigan - Syracuse 61-56

NIT Final

Apr. 4: Iowa - Baylor 54-74


Louisville Survives Wichita State, 72-68, Advances to National Championship - by Eurobasket News

ATLANTA (AP) - The deficit was getting bigger, the clock becoming an enemy and Louisville's options were dwindling.

''I just kept telling the guys ... 'We're going to make a run. It's about defense,''' coach Rick Pitino said. ''The tempo is not ours. Give them their credit, but the bench won the game for us tonight. Unbelievable display.''

Impressive comeback, too.

Luke Hancock (6'6''-F-90) came off the bench to score 20 points, walk-on Tim Henderson sparked a second-half rally with a pair of monster 3s and Louisville advanced to the NCAA title game Saturday night, escaping with a 72-68 victory over Wichita State.

Now the Cardinals (34-5) will try and win it all for their emotional leader on the bench, injured Kevin Ware. As the final buzzer sounded, Ware stood up, grinning as he thrust his arms above his head.

Louisville will play the winner of Syracuse-Michigan for the national title Monday night. It is the Cardinals' first trip to the title game since they won it all in 1986.

''We just played super hard,'' said Russ Smith (6'0''-G-91), who led the Cardinals with 21 points. ''Nobody wanted to go home.''

Cleanthony Early had 24 for the ninth-seeded Shockers (30-9), who nearly pulled off their biggest upset of all.

Wichita State had knocked off No. 1 seed Gonzaga and Ohio State on its way to its first Final Four since 1965, and the Shockers had a 12-point lead on Louisville with 13:35 to play. It was the largest deficit all tournament for the Cardinals, who seemed out of sorts after an emotional week following Ware's gruesome injury; he snapped his tibia and the bone broke through the skin during last weekend's Midwest Regional final.

But Louisville had come back to win five games after trailing by nine points or more already this year, including rallying from a 16-point deficit in the title game at the Big East tournament.

This one trumped them all.

''It's tough for Wichita State to lose this game tonight because they played great. We had to dig in,'' Pitino said. ''Four of our starters had their worst start of the season. We had to win the game with our second unit.''

Henderson, the walk-on who was forced into increased playing time because of Ware's injury, made back-to-back 3s to spark a 21-8 run. While Hancock and Behanan were knocking down shots, Smith and Peyton Siva were turning up the heat on the Shockers.

After going more than 26 minutes without a turnover, Siva darted in to strip the ball away from Carl Hall. He fed Hancock, who drilled a 3 that gave Louisville a 56-55 lead, its first since the end of the first half.

''Down the stretch, we were just loose with the ball, we just didn't take care of it, pretty much,'' Wichita State's Malcolm Armstead said. ''I can't give you an explanation - it just happened.''

Early would give the Shockers one more lead, converting a three-point play. But Siva scored and then Smith stole the ball and took it in for an easy layup that gave Louisville a 60-58 lead with 4:47 left. Louisville fans erupted, and even Ware was on his feet, throwing up his arms and clapping. The Cardinals extended the lead to 65-60 on a tip-in of a Smith miss and another 3 by Hancock.

Wichita State had one last chance, pulling within 68-66 on Early's tip in with 22 seconds left. But the Shockers were forced to foul, and Smith and Hancock made their free throws to seal the victory.

As the final buzzer sounded, Chane Behanan tossed the ball high into the air and Henderson and Hancock did a flying shoulder bump at midcourt.

''It's just a mix of emotions, of feelings. It hurts to have to lose and be the end of the season,'' Early said. ''But these guys fought to the end, and we had a great season and keep our heads high and know the grind doesn't stop.''

The Cardinals were the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament, and they steamrolled their way through their first four games, winning by an average of almost 22 points. They limited opponents to 59 points and 42 percent shooting while harassing them into almost 18 turnovers a game, setting an NCAA tourney record with 20 steals against North Carolina A&T.

The presence of Ware was supposed to provide even more motivation for Louisville, which already had some unfinished business after losing to Kentucky in last year's Final Four.

He urged his teammates to ''just go win the game'' before being wheeled off the court on a stretcher last weekend. Three days later, he joined the Cardinals as they made the trip to the Final Four in Atlanta, Ware's hometown.

The Cardinals have modified their warm-up T-shirts in Ware's honor - they now read ''Ri5e to the Occasion,'' with Ware's No. 5 on the back. He had a seat at the end of the bench, his right leg propped up on towels, and every one of the starters went to shake his hand after being introduced.

But whether it was the emotional roller-coaster of the last week, the expectations or just Wichita State, the Cardinals seemed out of sorts much of the night.

''There's a reason our starters played poorly, because Wichita State is that good,'' Pitino said

Wichita State may not have the names or pedigree of a Louisville, Syracuse or Michigan. But what the Shockers lacked in star power they more than made up for in hustle and heart. This, after all, was a team with one player (Carl Hall) who salvaged his career after working in a light bulb factory and two more (Armstead and Ron Baker) who paid their own ways in their first years.

The Shockers barely seemed to notice that vaunted Louisville press until the final minutes of the game. They didn't rush shots, working it around until they got a look they liked - Louisville was called for more than one foul late in the shot clock, including one on Smith with only a second left - and they were relentless on the backboards.

And that ''play angry'' defense? Now the Cardinals have an idea of how their opponents have felt. Wichita State bottled Louisville up inside, never letting Gorgui Dieng be a factor, and the Cardinals were continually forced to put up awkward and bad shots from outside.

Tekele Cotton sparked an 11-2 run with a jumper, and his layup to finish it off gave Wichita State a 43-32 lead with 14:19 to play. Smith interrupted the spurt with a 3, only to have Hancock foul Early at the other end. Early made the first free throw and missed the second, but Cotton scooped up the rebound and dished it out to Early, who drilled a 3 to put Wichita State up 47-35.

''We were kind of waiting to make our run,'' Hancock said. ''Obviously you're a little concerned when you're down by 12 in the second half. We just had to turn up our intensity, maybe gamble a little more.''

The Shockers have had trouble hanging onto leads, and this game was no different. Once Henderson buried those back-to-back 3s the Cardinals were off and running, all the way to the last game of the season.

''Coach Pitino kept telling us to go out there and have fun and keep playing and we were going to win. Stop hanging our heads,'' Siva said.

''That's what we did.''
Courtesy of: http://www.gocards.com



Michigan Downs Syracuse, Will Play for National Championship - by Eurobasket News

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Making its first NCAA Final Four appearance in 20 years, the University of Michigan men's basketball team received a big lift from its bench in defeating Syracuse, 61-56, in the national semifinal round Saturday (April 6) before a crowd of 75,350 at the Georgia Dome. The Wolverines (31-7) will play No. 1 overall seed Louisville (34-5) in the national championship game Monday (April 8) at 9:23 p.m. on CBS.

Freshman forward Mitch McGary (6'10''-F-92) (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) had his third double-double in the last four games, finishing with 10 points and 12 rebounds. He added a career-high six assists against the Orange. McGary had six points, seven rebounds and four assists in the first half.

Junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'6''-G-92) Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) scored 13 points, grabbed six rebounds and contributed five assists. Sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland) added seven points, five rebounds and four assists. The national player of the year did not score his first points of the game until there was one minute left in the first half. Burke nailed a three with 60 seconds remaining that gave Michigan a 36-25 halftime advantage.

Michigan jumped out to a 7-2 lead early, but Syracuse scored five straight points to even the score heading into the first timeout of the game. The Orange rallied with a 7-0 run to grab a 14-9 lead during a stretch when the Wolverines missed six straight shots. Freshman guard Caris Levert (6'5''-G) (Pickerington, Ohio/Central HS) ended the string with a three-pointer that started an 11-3 run for Michigan. LeVert knocked down his second of the contest during that run that helped give the Wolverines a 20-17 lead at 7:49 of the half.

A second freshman came off the bench during the next four-minute stretch and made an impact. This time it was guard Spike Albrecht (5'11''-PG) (Crown Point, Ind./Northfield Mount Hermon [Mass.]) who nailed a pair of threes that pushed the lead to 28-21 at 3:50. Michigan added to its lead with an 8-4 advantage over the final four minutes to grab a 36-25 lead at the break. Freshman forward Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) dropped in a pair of baskets, and Burke scored his first points with a three-pointer at the one-minute mark.

Seven different Wolverines scored in the first half, and each made a major contribution, with Robinson, Albrecht, LeVert and McGary leading the way with six points apiece. The bench contributed 16 of the team's 36 points in the half. The Wolverines connected on six three-pointers against the Orange's vaunted 2-3 zone during the first half, and they shot 44.8 percent (13-29) and 35.3 percent from three (6-17).

Syracuse came out in the second half and outscored Michigan, 7-3, through the first four minutes to cut the deficit to seven, 39-32. The Wolverines forced an Orange timeout with a 4-0 run on transition buckets from Robinson and McGary, but Syracuse rallied with a 7-2 run to make the score 45-39 at the 11:43 mark. The Orange continued to inch closer as C.J. Fair scored six of the next eight points for the Orange and brought the score to 48-45 at 7:41.

The Wolverines turned up the defensive intensity for some stops and rebuilt an eight-point lead, 53-45, at 3:46. The 5-0 run by the Wolverines came on a Burke free throw, Robinson tap-in and McGary 15-foot jumper.

The Orange chipped into the lead with baskets from Fair and James Southerland to bring the deficit to 53-49 with less two minutes to play. Hardaway was fouled at 1:19 and went to the line for a 1-and-1. He knocked down both free throws to give Michigan a 55-49 lead. After a pair of Syracuse free throws, Burke calmly sank two. Triche scored a basket and was fouled but missed the free throw. McGary was fouled on the rebound but was unable to convert either free throw, keeping the lead 57-53 with 48.7 seconds left.

After Southerland nailed a three with 41 seconds remaining to make it 57-56, Burke and Horford nailed 1-of-2 free throws each with less than 30 seconds remaining, sandwiched around junior Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) drawing a key charge. Morgan added a dunk to seal the victory.

This will be the sixth time that Michigan has played in the national championship game (1965, '76, '89, '92, '93 and 2013). The Wolverines claimed the 1989 NCAA national title with an 80-79 overtime victory against Seton Hall.
Courtesy of: http://www.mgoblue.com



NC State's Purvis chooses UConn as transfer spot - by Rick Ross

Courtesy of CBSSPORTS.COM

As soon as Rodney Purvis (6'4''-PG-94) received his release from North Carolina State on Monday,
the word already began to spread that he was headed to Connecticut.

On Friday, he made it official, making the decision to suit up for the Huskies.

The story was first reported by the Raleigh News & Observer,
and confirmed by multiple sources to CBSSports.com.

Purvis, a 6-foot-3 guard, was a McDonald's All-American coming out of high school,
and a prized recruit for NC State coach Mark Gottfried. However, he never seemed to hit his stride for the Wolfpack,
despite starting 23 games. He averaged 8.3 points on the season, but never played more than
20 minutes in the last five games. During that final five-game stretch, Purvis averaged just 4.0 points.

Connecticut was one of the finalists for Purvis when the five-star prospect made his decision in the fall of 2011.

Purvis has to sit out the upcoming season, but will combine with Ryan Boatright and Omar Calhoun in a talented perimeter group in 2014-15.



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  PHILIPPINES   

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


PBA Round 23: San Mig Coffee beats Talk N Text by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

The most exciting game of round 23 in the PBA took place in Makati. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 6th ranked Talk N Text (5-6) to eighth ranked San Mig Coffee (6-6) 83-82 in the game for the sixth place. San Mig Coffee looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when San Mig Coffee made 8 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by Talk N Text helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Denzel Bowles (208-89, college: JMU) saved the victory by scoring 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Center Marc Pingris (195-81) contributed with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Talk N Text. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. San Mig Coffee moved-up to sixth place. Talk N Text at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. San Mig Coffee will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Talk N Text will play on the road against Global Port (#10) in Pasig and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Manila: Barangay Ginebra (#4) and Air21 Express (#7). Air21 Express were defeated at home 84-90 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It was a great evening for American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds. LA Tenorio helped adding 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Nino Canaleta (196-82) responded with 29 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Barangay Ginebra (6-5) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Meralco Bolts and Petron Blaze. Air21 Express at the other side dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Barangay Ginebra's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Manila Meralco Bolts.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Petron Blaze (6-5) against sixth ranked Meralco Bolts (6-5) on Friday night. Visiting Petron Blaze was defeated by Meralco Bolts in Manila 102-92. It was an exceptional evening for Eric Dawson who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 57 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds. Henry Sims came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds for Petron Blaze in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Meralco Bolts moved-up to third place, which they share with Barangay Ginebra and Petron Blaze. Petron Blaze lost their third game in a row. Meralco Bolts' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manila to the arena Barangay Ginebra.
An interesting game for Alaska Aces (9-3) which hosted in Makati second-ranked Rain or Shine (8-4). First ranked Alaska Aces managed to get a 5-point victory 89-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rain or Shine. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The best player for the winners was Robert Dozier who scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Alaska Aces maintains first place with 9-3 record. Rain or Shine at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.



Meralco Bolts - Petron Blaze 102-92

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Petron Blaze (6-5) against sixth ranked Meralco Bolts (6-5) on Friday night. Visiting Petron Blaze was defeated by Meralco Bolts in Manila 102-92. Meralco Bolts made 29-of-36 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Strangely Petron Blaze outrebounded Meralco Bolts 53-37 including a 24-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 57 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds. Forward Reynel Hugnatan (194-78) accounted for 13 points for the winning side. Dawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American center Henry Sims (208-90, college: Georgetown) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds and naturalized American guard Marcio Lassiter (188-87, college: CS Fullerton) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Petron Blaze in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Meralco Bolts moved-up to third place, which they share with Barangay Ginebra and Petron Blaze. Petron Blaze lost their third game in a row. Meralco Bolts' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manila to the arena Barangay Ginebra.
Top scorers:
Meralco Bolts: E.Dawson 57+14reb+1ast, R.Hugnatan 13+3reb+2ast, M.Cardona 13+3reb+1ast, S.Salvacion 8+3reb+1ast, C.Timberlake 4+5reb+2ast, J.Vanlandingham 3
Petron Blaze: H.Sims 23+16reb, M.Lassiter 15+7reb+5ast, A.Santos 10+7reb, A.Cabagnot 9+2reb+5ast, J.Mar Fajardo 8+5reb, J.Washington 8+3reb+1ast
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Alaska Aces - Rain or Shine 89-84

An interesting game for Alaska Aces (9-3) which hosted in Makati second-ranked Rain or Shine (8-4). First ranked Alaska Aces managed to get a 5-point victory 89-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rain or Shine. It was a key game for the top position in the league. 25 personal fouls committed by Rain or Shine helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was French forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) who scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Dondon Hontiveros (188-77) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds. Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, agency: Alti Sport) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized American swingman Gabe Norwood (196-85, college: George Mason) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Rain or Shine players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Alaska Aces maintains first place with 9-3 record. Rain or Shine at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Alaska Aces: R.Dozier 23+8reb+1ast, D.Hontiveros 22+7reb+1ast, C.Baguio 12+6reb+3ast, J.Casio 9+3reb+6ast, C.Abueva 8+13reb+3ast, G.Espinas 6+7reb+1ast
Rain or Shine: B.Sundov 23+13reb+5ast, J.Chan 12+4reb+1ast, G.Norwood 12+6reb+2ast, P.Lee 12+7reb+1ast, B.Belga 6+8reb+2ast, T.Tang 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 238302


Air21 Express - Barangay Ginebra 84-90

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Manila: Barangay Ginebra (#4) and Air21 Express (#7). Air21 Express were defeated at home 84-90 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Air21 Express were plagued by 34 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds. point guard LA Tenorio (177-84) helped adding 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Barangay Ginebra players scored in double figures. Forward Nino Canaleta (196-82) responded with 29 points and 6 rebounds and American center Michael Dunigan (208-89, college: Oregon, agency: N.E.T.) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Barangay Ginebra (6-5) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Meralco Bolts and Petron Blaze. Air21 Express at the other side dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Barangay Ginebra's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Manila Meralco Bolts.
Top scorers:
Barangay Ginebra: V.Macklin 32+11reb+2ast, L.Tenorio 18+11reb+6ast, E.Espiritu 10+6reb+1ast, C.Ellis 10+4reb+2ast, J.Helterbrand 6+2reb+2ast, R.Labagala 4+1reb+1ast
Air21 Express: N.Canaleta 29+6reb+2ast, M.Dunigan 16+8reb+3ast, M.Cortez 12+3reb+2ast, S.Baclao 8+5reb, J.Sena 8+3reb, B.Custodio 6+5reb+4ast
gschID: 238299


Talk N Text - San Mig Coffee 82-83

The most exciting game of round 23 in the PBA took place in Makati. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 6th ranked Talk N Text (5-6) to eighth ranked San Mig Coffee (6-6) 83-82 in the game for the sixth place. San Mig Coffee looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when San Mig Coffee made 8 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by Talk N Text helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Denzel Bowles (208-89, college: JMU) saved the victory by scoring 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Center Marc Pingris (195-81) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Jayson Castro (173-86) added 17 points and 6 assists in the effort for Talk N Text. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. San Mig Coffee moved-up to sixth place. Talk N Text at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. San Mig Coffee will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Talk N Text will play on the road against Global Port (#10) in Pasig and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
San Mig Coffee: D.Bowles 18+8reb, P.Simon 15+3reb+4ast, J.Devance 15+6reb+3ast, M.Pingris 11+10reb+4ast, Y.de Ocampo 7+4reb+1ast, M.Barroca 7+5reb+5ast
Talk N Text: D.Harvey 19+8reb+1ast, J.Castro 17+4reb+6ast, R.deOcampo 13+8reb+1ast, R.Reyes 12+1reb+1ast, R.Al-Hussaini 8+2reb, L.Fonacier 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 238300



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  POLAND   

Standings - DBE

TBL Standings
Places 1-6
 1. PGE Turow 20-9 
 2. Stelmet ZG 18-10 
 3. Anwil 18-11 
 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 74-63

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



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  PUERTO RICO   

Standings - BSN

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Apr. 6: San German - Guaynabo 93-86 OT
Apr. 6: Arecibo - Quebradillas 87-78

Regular Season: Round 5

Apr. 7: Bayamon - Santurce
Apr. 7: Mayaguez - San German
Apr. 8: Guaynabo - Arecibo
Apr. 9: Quebradillas - Humacao
Apr. 9: Santurce - Ponce


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

30-year old forward Michael Sweetney (203-F-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last week for Bayamon and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 3.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds, while his team was edged out by Quebradillas (#7, 1-2) 88-86. Bayamon moved-up to the 9th position in the Puerto Rican league. They are still not able to win a single game in the league yet. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 2 games and recorded no victories. In the team's last game Sweetney had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Bayamon and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader.

Second best performed player last week was Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, agency: Paris Global Sports). He is American forward in his first season at Bayamon. In the last game Shannon recorded impressive 23 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Bayamon was edged by Quebradillas (1-2) 88-86. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next week. Shannon is one of the most experienced players at Bayamon and similarly like Michael Sweetney has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Rick Apodaca (193-G-80) of Ponce (#3). Apodaca got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last week. He went also for four assists. Despite Apodaca's great performance Ponce lost 91-99in overtime to #2 ranked Guaynabo. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Ponce needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 2 victories and 1 lost games. The season just started for Apodaca as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jamelle Horne (200-F-88) of Humacao - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Angel Alamo (206-F/C-85) of Guaynabo - 20 points and 10 rebounds
6. Jonathan Garcia (183-G-87) of Quebradillas - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) of Humacao - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Chris Gaston (201-F) of Ponce - 20 points and 10 rebounds
9. James Maye (201-G/F-81) of Bayamon - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Darren Phillip (201-F-78) of Quebradillas - 15 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)



Indios take top spot: - by Luis Modestti


Indios de Mayaguez, Piratas de Quebradillas and Mets de Guaynabo won on Friday in another exciting day in BSN.

Indios lead the league with a 3-0 record after beating Caciques-Gigantes de Humacao-Carolina 87-83.

Mayaguez had control for most of the game having a consistent output offensively. Indios had five scorers in double figures led by Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) with 19 points.

Caciques-Gigantes stayed close thanks to Alejandro Carmona who netted 25 points and Jamelle Horne added 20. Their perimeter shooting was a key in their loss as they shot 4-15 from three-point range.

Piratas de Quebradillas came from behind to beat Vaqueros 88-86.

Vaqueros won the first half 45-28, but Piratas came with a lot of energy in the second half and scored 60 points to defeat Bayamon.

David Huertas scored 20 points and Jonathan Garcia 16 for the winners.

Mets defeated Leones 99-91 in overtime thanks to a great effort by Larry Ayuso who scored 25 points and Angel Alamo who added 20.

Leones had many opportunities to get the win but missed 18 free-throws, most of them in the final quarter and overtime. With the game tied at 84 Carlos Rivera went to the free-throw line with 5.3 seconds and missed both.

In overtime Mets took advantage, Larry Ayuso made two three-pointers in a row to start overtime and never looked back.

Rick Apodaca scored 32 points and Chris Gaston 20 with 10 boards for Leones who are 2-1.

The games for Saturday are:

Mets de Guaynabo at Atleticos de San German
Piratas de Quebradillas at Capitanes de Arecibo

Both games start at 8:00 pm



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  RUSSIA   

Standings - Superleague A

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

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 6: Krasnie Krilya - Lokomotiv 59-72
Apr. 7: Spartak SP - Spartak-Prim.
Apr. 7: Unics - N.Novgorod


Standings - Superleague B

Superleague Standings
 1. Univ.Surgut 24-3 
 2. Ural Ekaterinb. 21-6 
 3. Novosybirsk 21-6 
 4. Ataman 16-11 
 5. Ruskon-Mord. 16-11 
 6. Dynamo MO 15-11 
 7. Avtodor 15-12 
 8. TEMP-SUMZ 15-12 
 9. AltajBasket 14-13 
 10. Ryazan 13-15 
 11. Volgograd 10-16 
 12. Planeta-Univ. 9-18 
 13. Spartak V. 5-22 
 14. Severstal 4-23 
 15. Sojuz Zaretchny 4-23 

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 6: Avtodor - Ruskon-Mord. 88-70
Apr. 6: AltajBasket - Planeta-Univ. 80-67
Apr. 6: Volgograd - TEMP-SUMZ 79-78
Apr. 6: Novosybirsk - Severstal 79-67
Apr. 6: Dynamo MO - Spartak V. 75-56
Apr. 6: Ryazan - Ural Ekaterinb. 74-83
Apr. 6: Univ.Surgut - Sojuz Zaretchny 74-62



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  SERBIA   

Standings - A Liga

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

Second Stage: Round 3

Apr. 6: Sloboda Uzice - Metalac 90-88
Apr. 6: Partizan - Vojvodina 88-59
Apr. 6: Radnicki KG - Mega Vizura 69-77
Apr. 7: Konstantin - Crvena Zvezda


Standings - B Liga

B League Standings
 1. Meridiana NS 19-5 
 2. Crnokosa 16-8 
 3. Napredak K. 14-10 
 4. Morava 14-10 
 5. Mladost Zemun 13-10 
 6. Napredak A. 13-11 
 7. Proleter Naftagas 11-11 
 8. Beovuk 72 11-12 
 9. Zeleznicar 11-12 
 10. Partizan II 10-13 
 11. Radnicki OB 9-15 
 12. Plana 8-15 
 13. Mladost Cacak 8-15 
 14. Spartak 7-17 

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 6: Spartak - Partizan II 93-81
Apr. 6: Crnokosa - Morava 92-73
Apr. 6: Meridiana NS - Radnicki OB 87-70
Apr. 6: Napredak K. - Napredak A. 70-85
Apr. 6: Zeleznicar - Mladost Cacak 62-74
Apr. 6: Plana - Beovuk 72
Apr. 6: Proleter Naftagas - Mladost Zemun


Stepandic leaves Metalac Koteks - by Igor Obradovic

Milovan Stepandic after the defeat of his club against Sloboda Uzice resigned, even though he club spent in a club less than 10 days.

He signed for Metalac at the beginning of Superliga Serbia but failed to record a victory so far and score of Metalac was 0-3.
After the defeat in the Uzice with a score of 90:88 despite leading by 18 points, Metalac lost and that was the reason for the resignation of an experienced coach.

Metalac with Konstantin is for now the only teams without a victory in the Serbian Superliga.



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ASEAN League: Blaze register 7th straight win, beat Slingers - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - Singapore Slingers 78:57

Petron Blaze registered the seventh straight in the ASEAN League season. They rolled past the Singapore Slingers to stay in the second position in the ladder. The Slingers fell at 5-10 record after the loss. Chris Banchero (185-PG-90, college: Seattle Pacific) stepped up with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners.
The Beermen were up by five points at the end of the opening quarter 20:15. The hosts stretched the lead in the second frame. Petron Blaze accounted for a 36:27 halftime lead. The Filipino team boosted the advantage in the third term. They piled up a 20-point lead heading into the fourth stanza 57:37. The Beermen kept their opponents at safe distance throughout the fourth frame and clinched a well-deserved win at the end. Leo Avenido (186-G-78) netted 16 points, while Justin Williams (206-F/C-84, college: Wyoming) had 14 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Jones-Jennings Rashad (203-F/C-84, college: UALR) answered with 19 points for the Slingers. Morrison Phillip Aaron had 17 points in the loss.

Petron Blaze: Chris Banchero 19, Leo Avenido 16, Justin Williams 14
Singapore Slingers: Jones-Jennings Rashad 19, Morrison Phillip Aaron 17



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  SLOVAKIA   


Gelisim lands Dijuan Harris, ex Prievidza - by Eurobasket News

Gelisim Koleji (TB2L) tabbed 27-year old American point guard Dijuan Harris (175-79kg-86, college: Charlotte). He played recently at BC Prievidza in Slovakian Extraliga. In 12 games he averaged 9.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 4.6apg this season. Harris also spent pre-season at LTi 46ers (BBL) in German league earlier that year. In 19 games he had 6.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.9apg. The last season he played at Mackolik.com Usak Universitesi. In 36 TB2L games he had 14.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. Part of previous (2011) summer Harris spent at Helsinki in U.S. semi-pro league Eurobasket S.League. In three ESL games he had 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 5.0apg. The other team he played shortly was Brussels in U.S. semi-pro league Eurobasket S.League. In three ESL games he had 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 5.0apg. The last (2011) season Harris was tested by Salon Vilpas (Korisliiga) in Finnish league. In 11 games he had very impressive stats: 19.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.4apg and 1.6spg. His team made it to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals in 2008.
Harris graduated from University of North Carolina - Charlotte in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Super fast and strong point guard. Pushes the ball quick in transition and scores in a variety of ways. Uses ball screens well, and finishes in the lane with his strength. Creates open looks for all his teammates and puts a lot of pressure on the defense when on the fast break. He is a great defender because of his quickness, and beats the offense to the spot because of his great anticipation.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Extraliga Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Nova Ves enter semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Nova Ves - Prievidza 88-83

Nova Ves completed the semifinal picture as they defeated Prievidza in the decisive fifth game of the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Prievidza won fourth quarter 32-29. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 27 personal fouls committed by Prievidza helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Maurice Acker (178-87, college: Marquette) stepped up and scored 34 points (!!!) and 8 assists for the winners and Serbian power forward Aco Mandic (204-84) chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Joseph Harris (196-87, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Dynamics Global Management) responded with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import guard Willie Powers (187-89, college: Georgia South) scored 18 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Nova Ves: M.Acker 34+3reb+8ast, V.Hovanak 15+10reb, A.Mandic 13+12reb, T.Frost 11+9reb, N.Evans 10+3reb+3ast, S.Baldovsky 5+2reb+1ast
Prievidza: W.Powers 18+4reb+3ast, M.Ziak 14+1reb+2ast, J.Harris 13+9reb+5ast, D.Godbold 11+3reb+4ast, M.Batka 11+5reb+2ast, S.Mijajlovic 7+3reb
gschID: 238284



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  SLOVENIA   

Standings - 1A

Telemach Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Krka 5-0 
 2. Maribor Messer 3-1 
 3. Un.Olimpija 2-2 
 4. Tajfun 1-2 
 5. Zlatorog 1-4 
 6. Helios 1-4 
Places 7-12
 1. Rogaska 15-8 
 2. Geoplin Slovan 10-13 
 3. Elektra 10-13 
 4. Polzela 8-15 
 5. LTHcast Mercator 7-16 
 6. Grosuplje 6-17 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 5

Places 1-6

Apr. 3: Un.Olimpija - Maribor Messer 78-85
Apr. 6: Helios - Zlatorog 69-77
Apr. 6: Krka - Un.Olimpija 67-65
Apr. 3: Tajfun - Helios 63-69
Apr. 3: Zlatorog - Krka 56-81
Apr. 7: Maribor Messer - Tajfun

Places 7-12

Apr. 6: Geoplin Slovan - LTHcast Mercator 75-61
Apr. 6: Grosuplje - Polzela 74-65
Apr. 6: Elektra - Rogaska 50-75


Krka rally from 14-point defcit to beat Olimpija - by Zeljko Zule

Krka-Union Olimpija 67-65: Krka overcame a 14-point second quarter deficit, 18-32, to remain the only unbeaten team. Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) had 13 points and 9 rebounds and Jaka Klobucar (198-G-87) collected 11 points and 9 rebounds. Krka trailed 59-63 going into the final two minutes. Smiljan Pavic hit a jumper and Jaka Klobucar made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:07 remaining. Alen Omic (217-C-92) took a pair of free throws to give Olimpija the lead 65-64 with 47 seconds to go. Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) grabbed an offensive rebound and notched the putback to give Krka a 66-65 lead. Uros Lucic (207-C-83) blocked potential game-winning shot of Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) with four seconds remaining and later hit the first free throw and missed the second. With a chance to win, Prepelic's three pointer from the half of court missed. Krka outrebounded Olimpija 43-31, picking up 17 offensive rebounds. Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) scored game-high 18 pioints for Olimpija, Dino Muric (200-F-90) scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Alen Omic added 10 points on shooting just 2-of-9 from the field.
Helios-Zlatorog 69-77: Zlatorog registered its first win in the League Play-Off stage. Samo Udrih (195-G-79) scored 27 points, Jaka Brodnik (203-F-92) came off the bench for 14 points, Ante Djugum (211-C-88, agency: Court Side) had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Luka Lapornik (195-G-88) added 10 points. Zlatorog made a 9-1 run to take a lead 21-15 late in the opening quarter and nnever looked back from there. They had their largest lead of the game at 56-43 in the third period. Helios cut the deficit to 58-61, but the visiting tam answered with 7 straight points from the free throw line to secure the win. Zlatorog outrebounded Helios 45-30 and shot 27-of-32 from the free throw line. Damir Rancic (199-G-83) led the home team with 22 points, Djordje Majstorovic (209-C/F-90) scored 13 points off the bench, Jure Besedic (208-F/C-92) netted 12 points before he fouled out and Blaz Mahkovic (194-F-90) posted 11 points.
Maribor Messer-Tajfun Sentjur 07/04
League Play-Out:
Grosuplje-Hopsi 74-65 (Zagorac 23+11 rbs, Tratnik 18, Antonijevic 13 Robertson 19, Vujasinovic 14, Bristol 12+17 rbs, Martin 10).
Slovan-LTH Castings Mercator 75-61 (Span 26, Bratoz 19 Finzgar 18, Milasinovic 13, Abramovic 10)
Elektra-Rogaska Crystal 50-75 (Zagorc 9 Tomic 15, Smajlovic 12+13 rbs, Kitanovic 11, Miljkovic 11)




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Mobis Phoebus sweep KBL Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

ET Land - Mobis Phoebus 84-90 (0-3)

The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 53-44 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Mobis Phoebus made 29-of-34 free shots (85.3 percent) during the game, while ET Land Elephants only scored ten points from the stripe. 28 personal fouls committed by ET Land Elephants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. American forward Ricardo Ratliffe (203-89, college: Missouri) helped adding 14 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Five Mobis Phoebus players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) with 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American forward DeAngelo Casto (203-90, college: Washington St.) scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. ET Land Elephants' coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
ET Land: T.Moon 24+5reb+1ast, D.Casto 19+9reb+2ast, C.Powell 9+4reb+4ast, H.Lee 7+4ast, H.Kang 6+3ast, Y.Jung 5+1ast
Mobis Phoebus: R.Benson 16+5reb, R.Ratliffe 14+7reb+1ast, D.Yang 14+5reb+1ast, G.Stevenson 13+6reb+5ast, S.Rae Kim 12+2reb+1ast, J.Park 10+3reb+2ast
gschID: 238367


Anyang KGC - SK Knights 73-88 (1-2)

The game was mostly controlled by SK Knights. Anyang KGC was better in fourth quarter 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Anyang KGC 37-26 including 23 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for international guard Sun-Hyung Kim (187-88) who led the winners and scored 30 points. The former international center Min-Soo Kim (200-82) accounted for 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Four SK Knights players scored in double figures. Guard Tae (180-90) came up with 9 points and 4 assists and American forward Juan Pattillo (201-88, college: W.Kentucky) added 10 points respectively for Anyang KGC in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: T.Kim 11+1ast, J.Pattillo 10+2reb+2ast, H.Choi 10+4reb, Tae 9+4reb+4ast, J.Lee 8+2reb+1ast, S.Kim 7+2reb+1ast
SK Knights: S.Kim 30+4reb+2ast, M.Kim 17+5reb+2ast, A.Haynes 12+7reb, C.Sims 11+9reb+2ast, S.Park 9+3reb+2ast, K.Hoon Byun 9+1ast
gschID: 238366



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  SPAIN   

Standings - ACB

ACB Standings
 1. Real Madrid 25-2 
 2. Caja Laboral 21-7 
 3. FCB Regal 18-9 
 4. Valencia 16-11 
 5. Gescrap BB 16-11 
 6. G.Canaria 2014 15-12 
 7. CAI Zaragoza 15-12 
 8. Blusens M. 14-13 
 9. Unicaja 14-14 
 10. Asefa Estudian. 13-14 
 11. FIATC Joventut 13-15 
 12. CB Canarias 12-16 
 13. UCAM Murcia 11-16 
 14. Blancos de R. 11-17 
 15. Mad-Croc 10-18 
 16. Cajasol 10-18 
 17. Lagun Aro GBC 8-19 
 18. Assignia M. 5-23 

Regular Season: Round 28

Apr. 6: CB Canarias - Unicaja 97-92
Apr. 6: Cajasol - FIATC Joventut 87-80
Apr. 6: Caja Laboral - Blancos de R. 84-80
Apr. 6: Mad-Croc - Assignia M. 73-51
Apr. 7: G.Canaria 2014 - Asefa Estudian.
Apr. 7: Valencia - Real Madrid
Apr. 7: CAI Zaragoza - Lagun Aro GBC
Apr. 7: UCAM Murcia - Gescrap BB
Apr. 7: Blusens M. - FCB Regal


Standings - LEB Gold

LEB Gold Standings
 1. Andorra 21-3 
 2. A.Ford Burgos 20-4 
 3. Lucentum 16-7 
 4. Palencia 14-10 
 5. Breogan 13-11 
 6. Forca Lleida 11-13 
 7. Clavijo 10-14 
 8. Caceres 10-14 
 9. Lobe Huesca 10-14 
 10. FCB Regal II 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: Andorra - FCB Regal II 74-61
Apr. 5: Ourense - Forca Lleida 72-77
Apr. 5: Lobe Huesca - Caceres 69-73
Apr. 6: Breogan - Palencia 69-64
Apr. 7: Lucentum - Planasa NV



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Standings - LNA

LNA Standings
 1. Geneve Lions 22-4 
 2. Fribourg 20-6 
 3. Lugano Tigers 16-10 
 4. Monthey 14-12 
 5. Neuchatel 14-12 
 6. Boncourt 10-16 
 7. Starwings 8-18 
 8. BBC Nyon 5-21 
 9. SAM Massagno 4-22 
Folded
 1. SAV Vacallo 13-5 

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 6: Monthey - BBC Nyon 96-78
Apr. 6: Fribourg - Lugano Tigers 90-87
Apr. 6: Geneve Lions - Boncourt 88-65
Apr. 6: Neuchatel - SAM Massagno 78-65



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  TAIWAN   


Pure Youth take 3-2 SBL Final lead - by Eurobasket News

Pure Youth - Dacin Tigers 79-63 (3-2)

Pure Youth take 3-2 SBL Final lead. The game without a history. Pure Youth led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Pure Youth outrebounded Dacin Tigers 44-30 including a 34-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international swingman Wen-Cheng Tsai (190-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and swingman Tsun-Ching Lin (188-86) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Four Pure Youth players scored in double figures. The former international forward Lei Tien (202-83) responded with 26 points and guard Yu-Chun Lo (185-88) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Pure Youth: T.Lin 22+3reb+4ast, W.Tsai 17+11reb+3ast, D.Creighton 11+7reb+4ast, C.Ke 11+7reb+2ast, C.Chien 7+4reb+2ast, Q.Davis 5+6reb+2ast
Dacin Tigers: L.Tien 26+3reb+1ast, Y.Lo 12+5reb+3ast, C.Chang 9+7reb+1ast, R.Howell 8+7reb+2ast, T.Chen 6+1reb, Y.Lin 2+1reb
gschID: 238365



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  TURKEY   

Standings - TBL

TBL Standings
 1. Galatasaray 22-3 
 2. Banvit BK 21-4 
 3. Anadolu Efes 20-4 
 4. Fener.Ulker 20-4 
 5. Karsiyaka 19-6 
 6. Besiktas 14-10 
 7. TED Kolejliler 13-12 
 8. Tofas 11-14 
 9. Erdemir 10-15 
 10. Aliaga 9-15 
 11. Gaziantep 9-16 
 12. Mersin 7-17 
 13. Turk Telekom 7-18 
 14. Olin Edirne 6-19 
 15. Antalya 5-20 
 16. Hacettepe 4-20 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 6: Karsiyaka - Antalya 90-66
Apr. 6: TED Kolejliler - Olin Edirne 89-85
Apr. 6: Erdemir - Turk Telekom 77-64
Apr. 6: Gaziantep - Banvit BK 73-83
Apr. 6: Tofas - Galatasaray 52-66
Apr. 7: Mersin - Anadolu Efes
Apr. 7: Fener.Ulker - Hacettepe
Apr. 7: Besiktas - Aliaga


Standings - TB2L

TB2L Standings
 1. Usak 22-8 
 2. Yesilgiresun 22-9 
 3. Selcuk Univ. 21-10 
 4. Maliye Milli 20-11 
 5. Akhisar Bld 20-11 
 6. Trabzonspor 20-11 
 7. Darussafaka 19-11 
 8. Balikesir 18-13 
 9. Vestel 17-14 
 10. Bandirma Kir. 15-15 
 11. Istanbul B.B. 14-17 
 12. Pi Koleji 13-17 
 13. Final Genclik 13-18 
 14. Gelisim 12-19 
 15. Baskent Genclik 12-19 
 16. Pertevniyal 12-19 
 17. Istanbulspor 4-27 
 18. Izmir BSB 3-28 

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 6: Istanbul B.B. - Gelisim 91-82
Apr. 6: Baskent Genclik - Istanbulspor 85-48
Apr. 6: Final Genclik - Balikesir 80-71
Apr. 6: Trabzonspor - Akhisar Bld 74-80
Apr. 6: Maliye Milli - Pertevniyal 73-93
Apr. 6: Izmir BSB - Yesilgiresun 73-80
Apr. 6: Vestel - Selcuk Univ. 61-73
Apr. 7: Bandirma Kir. - Usak
Apr. 7: Darussafaka - Pi Koleji


Gelisim lands Dijuan Harris, ex Prievidza - by Eurobasket News

Gelisim Koleji (TB2L) tabbed 27-year old American point guard Dijuan Harris (175-79kg-86, college: Charlotte). He played recently at BC Prievidza in Slovakian Extraliga. In 12 games he averaged 9.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 4.6apg this season. Harris also spent pre-season at LTi 46ers (BBL) in German league earlier that year. In 19 games he had 6.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.9apg. The last season he played at Mackolik.com Usak Universitesi. In 36 TB2L games he had 14.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. Part of previous (2011) summer Harris spent at Helsinki in U.S. semi-pro league Eurobasket S.League. In three ESL games he had 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 5.0apg. The other team he played shortly was Brussels in U.S. semi-pro league Eurobasket S.League. In three ESL games he had 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 5.0apg. The last (2011) season Harris was tested by Salon Vilpas (Korisliiga) in Finnish league. In 11 games he had very impressive stats: 19.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.4apg and 1.6spg. His team made it to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals in 2008.
Harris graduated from University of North Carolina - Charlotte in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Super fast and strong point guard. Pushes the ball quick in transition and scores in a variety of ways. Uses ball screens well, and finishes in the lane with his strength. Creates open looks for all his teammates and puts a lot of pressure on the defense when on the fast break. He is a great defender because of his quickness, and beats the offense to the spot because of his great anticipation.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


15th Annual Sun Stroke All V.I. Hoop Classic Slated for April 12 and 13 - by David Edole

Sun Stroke Promotions has announced the 15th Annual Sun Stroke All V.I. Hoop Classic. The event will take place Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, in the Ronald Charles Gymnasium on the campus of Central High School.
It will kick off Friday with a celebrity basketball game starting at 7:15 p.m. that will feature local senators, entertainers and media personalities. The game will start at 7:30 p.m. and costs $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12.The teams will be captained by International reggae super stars Pressure Buss Pipe and Sincere of Deh Fam. The female captains are Rudy and Giselle The Wassi One, an International Soca DJ out of Miami. The game should be the perfect mix of competitiveness and comedy for the entire family to enjoy. There will be a live performance by Wally Kyat at halftime.
After the game, select high school all stars will take to the court in the 3-Point Shootout, Skills Challenge and Slam Dunk Competition. There will be trophies awarded to the Celebrity MVP and the winners of the various competitions.
Saturday, the excitement continues with the St. Thomas versus St. Croix male and female high school all star games. The girls series is even at seven games, and St. Croix boys lead the series nine games to five. The four-time Road March Champions Fusion will play before and after the game. The music will start at 6 p.m. and the girls game starts at 7:15 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for children.
The game will be streamed live on iHigh.com for college coaches who are interested in the talent but cant make the trip. Panola Junior College has confirmed its attendance. Two years ago, Panola gave scholarships to two all stars as a result of the Hoop Classic, and this year Lanese Bough is weighing her Division I options as a result of her scholarship.
The University of the Virgin Islands Basketball Program will use this event as a recruiting tool as it tries to land some all star prospects as well. The classic is solar powered by Tim Duncan, Adidas, Caribbean Education Initiative, Budget and Choice Wireless.
For information e-mail sunstrokesis@gmail.com.



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  UKRAINE   

Standings - Higher League

Higher League Standings
 1. Musson 28-3 
 2. Avantazh-Pol. 27-4 
 3. Khartsyzsk 24-7 
 4. VolinBasket 17-14 
 5. Pulsar 15-16 
 6. Tornado 15-16 
 7. Kirovograd 12-19 
 8. Koksokh-Stal 12-19 
 9. BK Kremen 2-27 
 10. Ternopil 1-28 

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 6: Koksokh-Stal - VolinBasket 95-94
Apr. 6: Avantazh-Pol. - Kirovograd 93-77
Apr. 6: Khartsyzsk - BK Kremen 90-72
Apr. 6: Pulsar - Tornado 88-79
Apr. 3: VolinBasket - Avantazh-Pol. 83-99
Apr. 4: VolinBasket - Avantazh-Pol. 83-87
Mar. 30: BK Kremen - Pulsar 75-100
Mar. 31: BK Kremen - Pulsar 66-87
Mar. 30: Koksokh-Stal - Khartsyzsk 63-90
Apr. 6: Ternopil - Musson 44-101
Mar. 31: Koksokh-Stal - Khartsyzsk 107-102

Regular Season: Round 33

Apr. 7: Ternopil - Musson
Apr. 7: Pulsar - Tornado
Apr. 7: Khartsyzsk - BK Kremen
Apr. 7: Avantazh-Pol. - Kirovograd
Apr. 7: Koksokh-Stal - VolinBasket


Demchuk number one in Ukrainian Higher League for round 32 - by Eurobasket News

Forward Oleg Demchuk (198-F-94) put on an amazing game in the last round for Pulsar, receiving a Eurobasket.com Higher League Player of the Week award for round 32.
The 18-year old player was the main contributor (37 points, six rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush BK Kremen (#9, 2-27) with 21-point margin 87-66. Pulsar is placed at 5th position in Ukrainian Higher League. Pulsar is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 15-16 record. In the team's last game Demchuk had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Pulsar's top player in his first season with the team. Oleg Demchuk averages this season 13.7ppg and 5.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old Jan Selivanov (200-F/C-79) of Koksokh-Stal. Selivanov had a very good evening with 30 points and 8 rebounds. It was enough for Koksokh-Stal to edge the higher-ranked VolinBasket (#4, 17-14) 95-94. Koksokh-Stal's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-19 record. Selivanov is one of the most experienced players at Koksokh-Stal and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international guard Timur Arabadzhi (192-G-81) of league's second-best Avantazh-Pol.. Arabadzhi got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for six assists. He was a key player of Avantazh-Pol., leading his team to a 99-83 easy win against #4 ranked VolinBasket in a game of the week. Avantazh-Pol. is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 27-4 record is not that bad... Arabadzhi has a great season in Ukraine. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.2ppg (2nd best) and assists with 4.8apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anton Rochnyak (206-F-91) of Avantazh-Pol. - 27 points and 10 rebounds
5. Timur Arabadzhi (192-G-81) of Avantazh-Pol. - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Anton Rochnyak (206-F-91) of Avantazh-Pol. - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Taras Lipin (185-G-93) of Pulsar - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Aleksander Kolomiychuk (202-C/F-91) of Koksokh-Stal - 31 points and 6 rebounds
9. Anton Rochnyak (206-F-91) of Avantazh-Pol. - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Oleg Demchuk (198-F-94) of Pulsar - 24 points and 12 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)



Higher League Round 32: Koksokh-Stal defeats VolinBasket in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 32 in the Higher League took place in Alchevsk. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of higher ranked VolinBasket (17-14) to eighth ranked Koksokh-Stal (12-19) 95-94 on Saturday evening. 27 personal fouls committed by VolinBasket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Jan Selivanov (200-79) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Aleksander Kolomiychuk (202-91) who added 20 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Forward Artem Shelukha (198-87) responded with 28 points and 8 rebounds. Koksokh-Stal moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Kirovograd. VolinBasket at the other side keeps the fourth position with 14 games lost. Koksokh-Stal is again looking forward to face higher ranked VolinBasket (#4) in Lutsk in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. VolinBasket will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Khartsyzsk (24-7) against eighth ranked Koksokh-Stal (12-19) on Sunday night. Visiting Khartsyzsk was defeated by Koksokh-Stal in a tough game in Alchevsk 102-107. The winners were led by power forward Aleksander Kolomiychuk (202-91) who scored that evening 31 points and 6 rebounds and Boris Bereziuk supported him with 25 points and 5 assists. Even 29 points and 5 rebounds by forward Evgen Korovyakov (197-88) did not help to save the game for Khartsyzsk. Khartsyzsk's coach Vladimir Bryaukhavetshy tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Koksokh-Stal moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Kirovograd. Khartsyzsk at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Koksokh-Stal will play against higher ranked VolinBasket (#4) in Lutsk in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Khartsyzsk will play at home against BK Kremen in Kremenchuk and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Lutsk. 4th ranked host VolinBasket (17-14) lost to second ranked Avantazh-Politekhnik (27-4) 87-83. The best player for the winners was Timur Arabadzhi who scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Dmitro Shvagrynskyi produced 11 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Avantazh-Politekhnik have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 27-4 record behind leader Musson. Loser VolinBasket keeps the fourth place with 14 games lost. Avantazh-Politekhnik will meet at home Kirovograd (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. VolinBasket will play against Koksokh-Stal in Alchevsk and hope to secure a win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Lutsk. 4th ranked host VolinBasket (17-14) lost to second ranked Avantazh-Politekhnik (27-4) 99-83. Timur Arabadzhi orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points and 6 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Avantazh-Politekhnik have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 27-4 record behind leader Musson. VolinBasket at the other side keeps the fourth place with 14 games lost. Avantazh-Politekhnik's next round opponent will be Kirovograd (#7) at home where they are favorite. VolinBasket will play against Koksokh-Stal in Alchevsk.
Higher League top team - Musson (28-3) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Ternopil-TNEU (1-28) 101-44. Worth to mention a quality performance of Nikola Eromin who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Ternopil-TNEU's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Musson have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Newly promoted Musson maintains first position with 28-3 record. Ternopil-TNEU lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 28 lost games. Musson will have a break next round. Ternopil-TNEU will play again at home against the league's leader Musson (#1) in Symferopil.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 32: Kirovograd lost to Avantazh-Pol. on the opponent's court 77-93. Khartsyzsk managed to outperform BK Kremen in a home game 90-72. Tornado recorded a loss to Pulsar on the road 88-79. BK Kremen was crushed by Pulsar on its own court 66-87. Pulsar smashed BK Kremen in Rovno 100-75. Koksokh-Stal was destroyed by Khartsyzsk at home 63-90.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 37 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 blocks by Oleg Demchuk of Pulsar.


Avantazh-Pol. - Kirovograd 93-77

Very expected game in Kharkov where 7th ranked Kirovograd (12-19) was defeated by second ranked Avantazh-Politekhnik (27-4) 93-77 on Saturday. Avantazh-Politekhnik made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game, while Kirovograd only scored six points from the stripe. Avantazh-Politekhnik forced 19 Kirovograd turnovers and outrebounded them 43-28 including 19 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Anton Rochnyak (206-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Timur Arabadzhi (192-81) who added 17 points and 5 assists during the contest. Five Avantazh-Politekhnik players scored in double figures. Avantazh-Politekhnik's coach Valentin Kulibaba used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Stanislav Ovdeenko (192-84) responded with 23 points and Georgian power forward Davit Maisuradze (205-90) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. Avantazh-Politekhnik have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 27-4 record behind leader Musson. Loser Kirovograd keeps the seventh place with 19 games lost. Avantazh-Politekhnik will face again Kirovograd (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Kirovograd: S.Ovdeenko 23+3reb, Y.Gogiev 10+4reb, O.Kodola 9+1reb+2ast, D.Maisuradze 9+9reb, M.Vorobjov 7+2ast, O.Osnach 7+5reb+2ast
Avantazh-Pol.: A.Rochnyak 27+10reb, T.Arabadzhi 17+3reb+5ast, A.Mikhaylov 12+10reb+3ast, R.Borovskyi 12+3reb+2ast, R.Olchovskiy 11+9reb+1ast, R.Kozlov 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 203444


Khartsyzsk - BK Kremen 90-72

Very predictable result in Donetsk where third ranked Khartsyzsk (24-7) defeated 9th ranked BK Kremen (2-27) 90-72 on Saturday. Khartsyzsk dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to BK Kremen's 34 and made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. They outrebounded BK Kremen 36-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. BK Kremen was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of center Sergei Sabutskyy (208-86, agency: TSS Management) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 5 rebounds and forward Maxim Nikitin (201-89) who added 14 points during the contest. Five Khartsyzsk players scored in double figures. Khartsyzsk's coach Vladimir Bryaukhavetshy used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. point guard Bogdan Sosoi (186-92) responded with 18 points and 4 assists and center Gleb Glebov (208-82) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. Khartsyzsk maintains third position with 24-7 record having four points less than leader Musson. BK Kremen lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 27 games lost. Khartsyzsk will face again BK Kremen (#9) in Kremenchuk in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
BK Kremen: B.Sosoi 18+3reb+4ast, D.Cherginsekiy 10, S.Glinchak 10+5reb, G.Glebov 9+5reb+2ast, I.Chumichev 8+2reb, Y.Skrypets 8+5reb+2ast
Khartsyzsk: S.Sabutskyy 14+5reb+3ast, M.Nikitin 14+4reb+2ast, B.Karebin 13+5reb+2ast, E.Korovyakov 13+6reb, A.Horbatiuk 12+1reb+2ast, Y.Zozulia 12+1reb+4ast
gschID: 203443


Pulsar - Tornado 88-79

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Rovno where 5th ranked Tornado (15-16) was defeated by sixth ranked BC-93 Pulsar (15-16) 88-79 on Saturday. Tornado was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Ilya Shemosyuk (188-85) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and power forward Evgeni Vornik (207-86, agency: Promotex) who added 20 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. BC-93 Pulsar's coach Mikhail Pereverziy used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Denys Parvadov (198-88) responded with 23 points and 4 assists and forward Oleksandr Gudkov (204-90) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. BC-93 Pulsar have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Tornado. BC-93 Pulsar will face again Tornado (#6) in Odessa in the next round.
Top scorers:
Tornado: D.Parvadov 23+3reb+4ast, O.Gudkov 19+8reb, I.Dobrikov 9+1reb, I.Meshcheryakov 7+5reb+1ast, M.Volchanov 7+4reb, O.Braslavskiy 5+1reb+1ast
Pulsar: I.Shemosyuk 27+5reb+7ast, E.Vornik 20+5reb, T.Lipin 12+4reb+2ast, I.Kondratyuk 8+1reb+1ast, R.Novikov 7+7reb+1ast, V.Kovalevski 7
gschID: 203442


Ternopil - Musson 44-101

Higher League top team - Musson (28-3) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Ternopil-TNEU (1-28) 101-44. Musson dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Ternopil-TNEU's 18 and made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game, while Ternopil-TNEU only scored five points from the stripe. Musson forced 20 Ternopil-TNEU turnovers and outrebounded them 44-30 including 17 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Ternopil-TNEU's players. Ternopil-TNEU was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of center Nikola Eromin (207-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and forward Dimitri Shevchenko (197-85) who added 23 points during the contest. Four Musson players scored in double figures. Guard Anton Nifonton (190-89) responded with 21 points and center Sergyi Teleshko (209-92) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Ternopil-TNEU's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Musson have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Newly promoted Musson maintains first position with 28-3 record. Ternopil-TNEU lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 28 lost games. Musson will have a break next round. Ternopil-TNEU will play again at home against the league's leader Musson (#1) in Symferopil.
Top scorers:
Ternopil: A.Nifonton 21+4reb+3ast, S.Teleshko 14+6reb+1ast, N.Lange 3+6reb+1ast, G.Zazulevic 2+2reb+1ast, E.Beruk 2+3reb+2ast, V.Spivak 2+1reb
Musson: D.Shevchenko 23+3reb+1ast, I.Kozhevatov 18+7reb+1ast, N.Eromin 15+12reb+2ast, D.Baiandin 10+4reb, D.Lipovtsev 10+5reb+8ast, D.Semenov 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 203441


VolinBasket - Avantazh-Pol. 83-87

The game between Top Four teams took place in Lutsk. 4th ranked host VolinBasket (17-14) lost to second ranked Avantazh-Politekhnik (27-4) 87-83. Avantazh-Politekhnik looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Timur Arabadzhi (192-81) who scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Anton Rochnyak (206-91) chipped in 28 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Dmitro Shvagrynskyi (196-89) produced 11 points and 8 rebounds and forward Vasil Fedoryak (198-94) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Five VolinBasket players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Avantazh-Politekhnik have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 27-4 record behind leader Musson. Loser VolinBasket keeps the fourth place with 14 games lost. Avantazh-Politekhnik will meet at home Kirovograd (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. VolinBasket will play against Koksokh-Stal in Alchevsk and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
VolinBasket: V.Fedoryak 17+3reb+1ast, S.Alekseychuk 13+5reb+1ast, S.Shevtsov 12+1reb+4ast, A.Shelukha 11+6reb+2ast, D.Shvagrynskyi 11+8reb+3ast, I.Dranchenko 6+1reb
Avantazh-Pol.: A.Rochnyak 28+6reb+2ast, T.Arabadzhi 24+7reb+6ast, V.Sainiev 13+10ast, A.Mikhaylov 7+7reb+3ast, R.Borovskyi 6+3reb, R.Olchovskiy 6+10reb+1ast
gschID: 238478


VolinBasket - Avantazh-Pol. 83-99

The game between Top Four teams took place in Lutsk. 4th ranked host VolinBasket (17-14) lost to second ranked Avantazh-Politekhnik (27-4) 99-83. Avantazh-Politekhnik forced 19 VolinBasket turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by VolinBasket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international guard Timur Arabadzhi (192-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points and 6 assists. Forward Anton Rochnyak (206-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Anatoli Dubnyuk (202-76) replied with 22 points and 6 rebounds and forward Artem Shelukha (198-87) added 14 points in the effort for VolinBasket. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Avantazh-Politekhnik have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 27-4 record behind leader Musson. VolinBasket at the other side keeps the fourth place with 14 games lost. Avantazh-Politekhnik's next round opponent will be Kirovograd (#7) at home where they are favorite. VolinBasket will play against Koksokh-Stal in Alchevsk.
Top scorers:
VolinBasket: A.Dubnyuk 22+6reb, A.Shelukha 14+3reb+1ast, E.Fedchuk 9+1reb+2ast, I.Dranchenko 8+2reb+1ast, S.Alekseychuk 6+1reb+3ast, D.Shvagrynskyi 6+9reb+1ast
Avantazh-Pol.: T.Arabadzhi 31+1reb+6ast, A.Rochnyak 20+11reb+4ast, V.Sainiev 11+4reb+8ast, R.Olchovskiy 8+5reb, A.Mikhaylov 8+9reb+1ast, R.Borovskyi 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 238477


Koksokh-Stal - VolinBasket 95-94

The most exciting game of round 32 in the Higher League took place in Alchevsk. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of higher ranked VolinBasket (17-14) to eighth ranked Koksokh-Stal (12-19) 95-94 on Saturday evening. 27 personal fouls committed by VolinBasket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Jan Selivanov (200-79) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Aleksander Kolomiychuk (202-91) who added 20 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Forward Artem Shelukha (198-87) responded with 28 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Vadim Reka (206-83) scored 23 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Koksokh-Stal moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Kirovograd. VolinBasket at the other side keeps the fourth position with 14 games lost. Koksokh-Stal is again looking forward to face higher ranked VolinBasket (#4) in Lutsk in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. VolinBasket will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
VolinBasket: A.Shelukha 28+8reb+1ast, V.Reka 23+6reb+1ast, E.Fedchuk 14+5reb+3ast, A.Dubnyuk 12+7reb+2ast, D.Shvagrynskyi 6+5reb+1ast, I.Dranchenko 5+2reb+3ast
Koksokh-Stal: J.Selivanov 30+8reb+1ast, A.Kolomiychuk 20+11reb+1ast, P.Haylo 19+2reb+5ast, B.Bereziuk 17+5reb+5ast, O.Rudakov 6+12reb+4ast, P.Gaydamaka 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 203440


Koksokh-Stal - Khartsyzsk 107-102

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Khartsyzsk (24-7) against eighth ranked Koksokh-Stal (12-19) on Sunday night. Visiting Khartsyzsk was defeated by Koksokh-Stal in a tough game in Alchevsk 102-107. Koksokh-Stal made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 62.5 percentage. Koksokh-Stal players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Khartsyzsk was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by power forward Aleksander Kolomiychuk (202-91) who scored that evening 31 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Boris Bereziuk (196-87) supported him with 25 points and 5 assists. Four Koksokh-Stal players scored in double figures. Even 29 points and 5 rebounds by forward Evgen Korovyakov (197-88) did not help to save the game for Khartsyzsk. The former international guard Bogdan Karebin (201-78, college: Buffalo) added 21 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Khartsyzsk's coach Vladimir Bryaukhavetshy tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Koksokh-Stal moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Kirovograd. Khartsyzsk at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Koksokh-Stal will play against higher ranked VolinBasket (#4) in Lutsk in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Khartsyzsk will play at home against BK Kremen in Kremenchuk and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Khartsyzsk: E.Korovyakov 29+5reb+1ast, B.Karebin 21+9reb, S.Sabutskyy 20+4reb+2ast, A.Horbatiuk 8+1reb, Y.Zozulia 7+3ast, M.Nasennik 6+5reb+1ast
Koksokh-Stal: A.Kolomiychuk 31+6reb, B.Bereziuk 25+2reb+5ast, J.Selivanov 20+6reb+5ast, P.Haylo 17+2reb+8ast, O.Rudakov 9+7reb+5ast, P.Gaydamaka 5+2ast
gschID: 238066


BK Kremen - Pulsar 66-87

Everything went according to plan in Kremenchuk where sixth ranked BC-93 Pulsar (15-16) outscored 9th ranked BK Kremen (2-27) 87-66 on Sunday. BC-93 Pulsar forced 20 BK Kremen turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Oleg Demchuk (198-94) who helped to win the game recording 37 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Ilya Shemosyuk (188-85) who added 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Forward Yaroslav Skrypets (193-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and center Gleb Glebov (208-82) scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. BC-93 Pulsar have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Tornado. BK Kremen lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 27 games lost. BC-93 Pulsar will face Tornado (#6) in Odessa in the next round. BK Kremen will play on the road against Khartsyzsk in Donetsk.
Top scorers:
BK Kremen: G.Glebov 22+7reb+3ast, Y.Skrypets 19+10reb+4ast, D.Cherginsekiy 8+5ast, S.Glinchak 7+8reb, B.Sosoi 5+2reb+1ast, M.Loza 4+7reb+4ast
Pulsar: O.Demchuk 37+6reb+1ast, I.Shemosyuk 22+7reb+7ast, R.Novikov 11+7reb+4ast, Y.Kuzminets 9+7reb+3ast, S.Roman 8+1reb, R.Gorokh 0
gschID: 238067


BK Kremen - Pulsar 75-100

There was no surprise in Kremenchuk where 9th ranked BK Kremen (2-27) was outplayed by sixth ranked BC-93 Pulsar (15-16) 100-75 on Saturday. BC-93 Pulsar had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. BC-93 Pulsar looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. BK Kremen was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Oleg Demchuk (198-94) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and guard Taras Lipin (185-93) who added 27 points and 4 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. Forward Yaroslav Skrypets (193-91) responded with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Russian center Igor Chumichev (209-89) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BK Kremen's coach Andriy Kondrashov already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. BC-93 Pulsar have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Tornado. BK Kremen lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 27 games lost. BC-93 Pulsar will face Tornado (#6) in Odessa in the next round. BK Kremen will play on the road against Khartsyzsk in Donetsk.
Top scorers:
BK Kremen: I.Chumichev 20+7reb+1ast, Y.Skrypets 16+6reb+6ast, D.Cherginsekiy 14+5reb+3ast, S.Glinchak 11+6reb+2ast, M.Nitsak 4, M.Loza 3+2reb
Pulsar: T.Lipin 27+3reb+4ast, O.Demchuk 24+12reb+1ast, R.Novikov 23+2reb+3ast, I.Shemosyuk 14+8reb+9ast, O.Voloshin 6+2ast, V.Kovalevski 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 238065


Koksokh-Stal - Khartsyzsk 63-90

No shocking result in a game in Alchevsk where third ranked Khartsyzsk (24-7) outleveled 8th ranked Koksokh-Stal (12-19) 90-63 on Saturday. Khartsyzsk dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Koksokh-Stal's 34. They outrebounded Koksokh-Stal 35-23 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Bogdan Karebin (201-78, college: Buffalo) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and center Sergei Sabutskyy (208-86, agency: TSS Management) who added 15 points during the contest. Power forward Jan Selivanov (200-79) responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Pavlo Haylo (182-87) scored 8 points and 8 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Khartsyzsk maintains third position with 24-7 record having four points less than leader Musson. Loser Koksokh-Stal dropped to the seventh place with 19 games lost. Khartsyzsk will face BK Kremen (#9) in Kremenchuk in the next round where they are favorite. Koksokh-Stal will play at home against VolinBasket in Lutsk.
Top scorers:
Koksokh-Stal: B.Bereziuk 14+2reb, O.Rudakov 13+3reb, J.Selivanov 11+8reb, P.Haylo 8+1reb+8ast, D.Harkovskyi 6+2reb, P.Gaydamaka 4+2reb+1ast
Khartsyzsk: B.Karebin 16+10reb, S.Sabutskyy 15+3reb+2ast, P.Copich 13+3ast, O.Sevastianov 8+1reb+1ast, E.Korovyakov 7+4reb, M.Nikitin 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 238064



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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. Worcester W. 20-13 
 6. Plymouth R. 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. 6: Plymouth R. - Worcester W. 69-106
Apr. 3: London Lions - Leicester R. 63-89
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.



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Standings - LPB

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

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 6: Panteras - Gaiteros 93-90
Apr. 6: Toros - Bucaneros 88-83
Apr. 6: Guaiqueries - Gigantes 87-72
Apr. 7: Panteras - Gaiteros
Apr. 7: Guaros - Cocodrilos
Apr. 7: Toros - Bucaneros



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Universiade 2013 Draw Results - by Eurobasket News

The World University Games basketball tournament Draw was held today in Kazan. Twenty four teams were drawn into four groups with six teams in each. The tournament is scheduled to take place in Kazan, Russia from July 6 through July 17.

Group A: Russia, Germany, Ukraine, South Korea, Estonia, Oman
Group B: Serbia, Romania, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Mongolia
Group C: Canada, USA, Czech Republic, Australia, UAE, Sweden
Group D: Lithuania, Finland, Brazil, China, Chile and Norway.




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Women News


Olimpia won Game 1 of the Finals - by Eurobasket News

3rd place
Gorizont - Sozh Gomel 95-73

The game was mostly controlled by Gorizont. Sozh Gomel managed to win third quarter 38-31. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sozh Gomel to just 4 points in fourth quarter. Gorizont dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Sozh Gomel's 38 and made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Sozh Gomel 47-26 including a 35-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. International guard Natalia Anufryienka (174-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of her nine free throws !!!) for the winners and Russian-Ukrainian center Aleksandra Khomenchuk (202-89) chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds. Gorizont's coach Anatoly Buyalskiy felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side forward Olga Kopylova (187-82) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and Russian forward Anastasiya Kolotilschikova (182-90) scored 13 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Gorizont: N.Anufryienka 21+10reb+5ast, N.Nadzezhka 16+7reb, M.Kress 14+7reb+3ast, A.Khomenchuk 13+10reb+2ast, D.Lipinskaya 10+1ast, M.Ivashchanka 9+5reb
Sozh Gomel: A.Kiriyenko 14+3reb, O.Kopylova 14+6reb+3ast, A.Kolotilschikova 13+3reb+1ast, N.Polunina 13+3reb+1ast, T.Ilkovich 8+3reb+3ast, E.Charikova 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 238153


FINAL
Olimpia - Tsmoki-Minsk 78-69

The hosts were already 17 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 21-13 Tsmoki-Minsk's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-69 at the end of the game. Olimpia GrGAU dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Tsmoki-Minsk's 30. Russian-Ukrainian center Lyubov Alyoshkina (203-81) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds for the winning side and Maryia Papova (186-94) accounted for 17 points and 9 rebounds. Five Olimpia GrGAU players scored in double figures. Russian guard Yana Panevina (168-91) came up with 16 points and 4 assists and international power forward Volha Istseliatsova (189-88) added 9 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Tsmoki-Minsk in the defeat. Tsmoki-Minsk's coach Sergey Svetnik rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Olimpia: L.Alyoshkina 19+17reb+1ast, M.Papova 17+9reb+3ast, N.Drozd 16+2reb+1ast, M.Filonchyk 12+4reb+1ast, J.Rannaveski 11+2reb+6ast, K.Voishal 3+2reb
Tsmoki-Minsk: Y.Panevina 16+3reb+4ast, Z.Horodetskaya 15+3reb, K.Rausberg 10+2reb+1ast, V.Istseliatsova 9+12reb+1ast, T.Tsiruleva 6+1reb, A.Lalovich 5+4reb
gschID: 238154



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Standings - Women

A1 Standings
 1. Gospic 21-1 
 2. Novi Zagreb 21-1 
 3. Jolly 17-5 
 4. Medvescak 17-5 
 5. Pleter 9-12 
 6. Tresnjevka 9-13 
 7. Split 8-12 
 8. Zadar 7-13 
 9. Rockwool Pula 7-15 
 10. Studenec Omis 6-14 
 11. Ragusa 6-15 
 12. Agram ZG 0-22 

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 6: Gospic - Pleter 86-55
Apr. 6: Tresnjevka - Agram ZG 73-53
Apr. 6: Medvescak - Jolly 60-57
Apr. 6: Novi Zagreb - Rockwool Pula 111-44
Apr. 7: Split - Zadar
Apr. 7: Studenec Omis - Ragusa



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ZBL Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. USK Praha and IMOS Brno clinch semifinal spots - by Eurobasket News

Valosun Brno - Hradec Kralove 71-85

Hradec Kralove grabbed 2-1 lead against Valosun Brno after celebrating a road win in Game 3. The game was mostly controlled by Sokol Hradec Kralove. Valosun Brno managed to win fourth quarter 26-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Valosun Brno 45-32 including 32 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international center Michaela Hartigova (192-83) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Tereza Kuthanova (180-87) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Sokol Hradec Kralove players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Pavla Svrdlikova (185-90) who recorded 16 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Ashleigh Fontenette (172-89, college: Texas) added 16 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Valosun Brno: P.Svrdlikova 16+6reb+1ast, A.Fontenette 16+2reb+2ast, I.Borecka 13+1reb+2ast, K.Sedlakova 8+3reb+4ast, A.Sprague 8+8reb+3ast, E.Mrhalkova 4+3reb+1ast
Hradec Kralove: M.Hartigova 15+11reb, D.Misurova 15+4reb+3ast, M.Stara 14+4reb+5ast, T.Kuthanova 14+7reb+2ast, K.Pochobradska 9+7reb, K.Rosenbaumova 8+3reb
gschID: 238049


VSE Praha - IMOS Brno 49-75

IMOS Brno completed the sweep of the series with a comfortable road win. The game without a history. IMOS Brno led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a good game for American power forward Nicole Ohlde (193-82, college: Kansas St.) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. International forward Tereza Peckova (189-87) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four IMOS Brno players scored in double figures. The former international guard Darina Johnova (178-85) answered with 12 points and American forward Baendu Lowenthal (183-88, college: Fairfield) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for VSE Praha. 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:
VSE Praha: D.Johnova 12+3reb+3ast, B.Lowenthal 11+6reb, E.Horakova 8+3reb+1ast, A.Sladkova 6+2reb, K.Novotna 4+1reb, J.Krizova 3
IMOS Brno: T.Peckova 18+6reb+1ast, N.Ohlde 17+11reb+1ast, F.Abdi 13+2reb+4ast, R.Hejdova 11+2reb+1ast, A.Hanusova 7+3reb+1ast, H.Horakova 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 238048


Slovanka MB - USK Praha 60-85

USK Praha claimed a confident away from home win over Slovanka MB to sweep the series. The game without a history. USK Praha led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Basket Slovanka MB's 36. USK Praha forced 20 Basket Slovanka MB turnovers and outrebounded them 40-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American center Kia Vaughn (193-87, college: Rutgers) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). Her fellow American import power forward Rebekkah Brunson (191-81, college: Georgetown, agency: LBM Management) helped adding 19 points and 10 rebounds. Four USK Praha players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Linda Tesarikova (178-78) with 17 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Monika Satoranska (188-93) scored 11 points.
Top scorers:
Slovanka MB: L.Tesarikova 17+5reb+1ast, M.Satoranska 11+4reb+3ast, H.Nezdarilova 10+1reb+7ast, B.Savic 9+5reb, K.Severova 5+1reb+1ast, M.Uhrova 4+1reb+1ast
USK Praha: K.Vaughn 27+13reb, R.Brunson 19+10reb+1ast, K.Elhotova 13+1ast, I.Burgrova 12+3reb, A.De Forge 4+3reb+1ast, J.Skerovic 3+5reb+5ast
gschID: 238047



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Dameligaen Round 2 of Finals. SISU grab second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Falcon - SISU 54-77

SISU stepped closer to the title. They handed the second straight loss to Falcon in the championship series. The game without a history. SISU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for SISU especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American center Marie Malone (191-89, college: Hofstra) scored 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Ida Pretzmann (174-90, college: TCU) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Guard Simona Bartkova (178-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and guard Elisabeth Hansen (176-93) scored 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Falcon: S.Bartkova 18+10reb+2ast, E.Hansen 14+2reb+3ast, M.Dyrberg 6+1ast, J.Vincents 6+5reb+1ast, J.Abildgaard 4+14reb, S.Vincents 4+5reb+3ast
SISU: I.Pretzmann 17+3reb+1ast, M.Malone 11+7reb+4ast, T.Jorgensen 9+6reb+5ast, K.Lund 9+1reb+4ast, S.Knudsen 6+3reb, M.Colding-Poulsen 6+3reb
gschID: 238212



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Standings - LFB

LFB Standings
 1. Lattes Montp. 22-4 
 2. Bourges 19-7 
 3. Lyon 16-10 
 4. Perpignan 16-10 
 5. Tarbes 15-11 
 6. Landes 14-12 
 7. Nantes 13-13 
 8. Villeneuve 12-14 
 9. Aix-en-Provence 11-15 
 10. Charleville 10-16 
 11. Mondeville 10-16 
 12. Toulouse 10-16 
 13. Arras 8-18 
 14. Union Hainaut 6-20 

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 6: Landes - Toulouse 92-64
Apr. 6: Villeneuve - Arras 78-73
Apr. 6: Bourges - Union Hainaut 77-67
Apr. 6: Nantes - Charleville 77-56
Apr. 6: Lattes Montp. - Aix-en-Provence 67-63
Apr. 6: Lyon - Tarbes 65-60
Apr. 6: Mondeville - Perpignan 63-64

Semi-Finals: Round 1

5-8 Place

Apr. 10: Tarbes - Villeneuve
Apr. 10: Landes - Nantes

Semifinal

Apr. 10: Lattes Montp. - Perpignan
Apr. 10: Bourges - Tarbes


Standings - NF1 (Women) - by Eurobasket News

LF2 Standings
 1. Nice 18-2 
 2. COB Calais 15-4 
 3. Angers 14-5 
 4. Pau Orthez 13-7 
 5. LTB 29 12-7 
 6. Roche 10-10 
 7. Reims 10-10 
 8. SIG 9-10 
 9. Laveyron 8-12 
 10. Dunkerque 5-15 
 11. Limoges 2-17 
 12. CFBB 1-18 
 13. Armentieres 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 23

Apr. 6: SIG - Dunkerque 79-63
Apr. 6: Angers - COB Calais 69-62
Apr. 6: Limoges - Roche 57-75
Apr. 6: LTB 29 - Nice 53-62
Apr. 6: CFBB - Reims 52-65

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 13: COB Calais - SIG
Apr. 13: Dunkerque - Angers
Apr. 13: Reims - LTB 29
Apr. 13: Nice - Laveyron
Apr. 13: Limoges - CFBB


LF2 Round 23: LTB 29 loses to Nice in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Pleyber-Christ. 4th placed host LTB 29 (12-7) lost to first ranked Nice (18-2) 62-53. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 9 points. Nice dominated on the defensive end, holding LTB 29 to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They also forced 23 LTB 29 turnovers. It was a great evening for forward Alexandra Tchangoue (180-85, college: Wake Forest) who led her team to a victory scoring 11 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Fabienne Constant (186-86) helped adding 4 points and 13 rebounds. Senegalese forward Oumou Toure (190-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds. Nice maintains first place with 18-2 record. LTB 29 lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Nice are looking forward to face Laveyron (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. LTB 29 will play against Reims (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Angers. Third ranked host Angers (14-5) defeated second-ranked COB Calais (15-4). It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of COB Calais. It was an exceptional evening for Julie Barennes (183-86) who led the winners and scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Carine Brossais accounted for 17 points. Forward Floriane Herrscher (187-84) came up with 22 points and 9 rebounds for COB Calais in the defeat. Angers have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Angers maintains third place with 14-5 record having five points less than leader Nice. COB Calais at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Angers will play against Dunkerque (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. COB Calais will play against SIG (#8) in llkirch-Graff. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
11th ranked Limoges (2-17) was outscored at home by sixth ranked Roche (10-10) with the biggest margin this round 75-57 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Maricme Badiane who scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Roche's coach Emmanuel Body used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lucie Martine Barba produced 15 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Roche have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 10-10 record, which they share with Reims. Limoges lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 17 games lost. Roche will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Limoges will play against CFBB (#12) in Paris and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 23 Reims won against CFBB on the opponent's court 65-52. SIG managed to outperform Dunkerque in a home game 79-63.


CFBB - Reims 52-65

Very expected game in Paris where 12th ranked CFBB (1-18) was defeated by eighth ranked Reims (10-10) 65-52 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was guard Emmanuelle Gorjeu (172-89) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. point guard Anais Jomby (168-86) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Center Aby Gaye (193-95) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and forward Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi (183-95) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Reims moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Roche. Loser CFBB keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Reims will meet at home higher ranked LTB 29 (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CFBB will play against Limoges (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CFBB: A.Gaye 17+11reb+2ast, C.Morateur 8+2reb+3ast, F.Devillers 6+1reb+2ast, C.Djaldi-Tabdi 6+8reb, M.Milapie 5+3reb, C.Cirgue 4+2reb+1ast
Reims: E.Gorjeu 17+7reb+2ast, A.Jomby 11+6reb+1ast, M.Lesoudard 11+2reb, A.Niangane 9+4reb, A.Meszaros 9+2reb, F.Traore 6+3reb
gschID: 199848


LTB 29 - Nice 53-62

The game between Top Four teams took place in Pleyber-Christ. 4th placed host LTB 29 (12-7) lost to first ranked Nice (18-2) 62-53. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 9 points. Nice dominated on the defensive end, holding LTB 29 to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They also forced 23 LTB 29 turnovers. It was a great evening for forward Alexandra Tchangoue (180-85, college: Wake Forest) who led her team to a victory scoring 11 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Fabienne Constant (186-86) helped adding 4 points and 13 rebounds. Senegalese forward Oumou Toure (190-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds and Slovakian forward Adriana Gresnerova (180-86) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Nice maintains first place with 18-2 record. LTB 29 lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Nice are looking forward to face Laveyron (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. LTB 29 will play against Reims (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LTB 29: A.Gresnerova 13+10reb, O.Toure 10+16reb+2ast, M.Butard 9+4reb+1ast, W.Miguel 9+7reb+2ast, L.Matanga 8+4reb+4ast, M.Levant 4+3reb+1ast
Nice: A.Deas 12+1ast, G.Mendy 11+2reb+1ast, A.Tchangoue 11+8reb+8ast, M.Okou-Zouzouo 9+1reb, M.Paget 6+2reb+4ast, M.Galliou-Loko 6+2reb
gschID: 199852


Angers - COB Calais 69-62

The game between Top Four teams took place in Angers. Third ranked host Angers (14-5) defeated second-ranked COB Calais (15-4). It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of COB Calais. It looked good early as COB Calais took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Angers had a 15-8 second period charge getting the lead and COB Calais was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-69. It was an exceptional evening for Julie Barennes (183-86) who led the winners and scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Carine Brossais (185-89) accounted for 17 points for the winning side. Forward Floriane Herrscher (187-84) came up with 22 points and 9 rebounds and American power forward Kierra Mallard (190-90, college: Texas Tech) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively for COB Calais in the defeat. Angers have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Angers maintains third place with 14-5 record having five points less than leader Nice. COB Calais at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Angers will play against Dunkerque (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. COB Calais will play against SIG (#8) in llkirch-Graff. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
COB Calais: F.Herrscher 22+9reb+2ast, K.Mallard 18+7reb+3ast, A.Cibert 8+6reb+5ast, P.Diawakana 6+6reb+1ast, M.Arnaud 6+9reb+2ast, M.Sinico 2+3reb+2ast
Angers: C.Brossais 17+4reb+2ast, J.Barennes 13+9reb+2ast, A.Besson 10, C.Aubert 7+2reb+4ast, J.Cortinovis 7+10reb+1ast, S.Le Marrec 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 199850


SIG - Dunkerque 79-63

Rather predictable result in llkirch-Graff. where eighth ranked SIG (9-10) defeated 10th ranked Dunkerque (5-15) 79-63 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 16 points. The best player for the winners was Awa Sissoko (178-94) who scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. point guard Kathleen Bourdin (162-87) chipped in 9 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Latvian power forward Dace Brumermane (187-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds and point guard Melissa Micaletto (165-90) added 15 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SIG maintains eighth place with 9-10 record. Loser Dunkerque keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. SIG will meet league's second-placed COB Calais on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dunkerque will play against Angers (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Dunkerque: M.Micaletto 15+2reb+6ast, S.Bal 14+5reb, D.Brumermane 14+16reb+2ast, K.Elenga 13+2reb, A.Durand 5+8reb+6ast, L.Faurez 2+3reb
SIG: A.Fischbach 20+3reb, A.Sissoko 14+8reb+3ast, L.Dambach 14+6reb+1ast, A.Voynet 11+8reb+2ast, C.Schmitt-Sender 9+6reb+3ast, K.Bourdin 9+8reb+8ast
gschID: 199849


Limoges - Roche 57-75

11th ranked Limoges (2-17) was outscored at home by sixth ranked Roche (10-10) with the biggest margin this round 75-57 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 42-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Roche forced 26 Limoges turnovers. The best player for the winners was center Maricme Badiane (191-94) who scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Johana Tayeau (173-89) chipped in 18 points. Roche's coach Emmanuel Body used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Lucie Martine Barba (185-92) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard Thazina Cook (175-88, college: Iona) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Roche have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 10-10 record, which they share with Reims. Limoges lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 17 games lost. Roche will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Limoges will play against CFBB (#12) in Paris and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Limoges: T.Cook 15+7reb+1ast, L.Martine Barba 15+8reb+2ast, L.Sidibe 12+4reb+1ast, H.Bende 4+6reb, I.Grbas 4+4reb+2ast, E.Marsac 3+4reb
Roche: J.Tayeau 18+4reb, M.Badiane 15+7reb+2ast, S.Ouerghi 10+2reb+1ast, E.Gerard 8+1ast, C.Morel 6+12reb, S.Bouzenna 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 199847



LFB Round 26: Lyon beats Tarbes in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LFB just ended.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Lyon. Third ranked Lyon faced one of their biggest challengers Tarbes. Host Lyon (16-10) defeated guests from Tarbes (15-11) 65-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Tarbes. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 19-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American center Mistie Mims (191-83, college: Duke) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Leslie Ardon (181-79) chipped in 5 points and 9 rebounds. Lyon's coach Laurent Buffard used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Angelica Robinson (197-87, college: Georgia) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds for the guests. Lyon have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-10 record having six points less than leader Lattes Montp., which they share with Perpignan. Tarbes at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 11 games lost.
Leader Lattes Montpellier delivered the twentieth second victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Aix-en-Provence (11-15) 67-63. The former international point guard Edwige Lawson-Wade (168-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Kristen Mann contributed with 19 points for the winners. Lattes Montpellier's coach Valery Demory allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Australian center Marianna Tolo (196-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for Aix-en-Provence. Lattes Montpellier maintains first position with 22-4 record. Aix-en-Provence lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 15 games lost.
Eleventh-ranked Mondeville (10-16) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Perpignan (16-10) on Saturday. The visitors from Perpignan managed to secure only one-point victory 64-63. However their fans expected much easier game. Iva Ciglar scored 11 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Naignouma Coulibaly responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. Perpignan moved-up to third place, which they share with Lyon. Loser Mondeville dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Charleville and Toulouse.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Mont de Marsan. Local Basket Landes (14-12) outscored 12th ranked Toulouse (10-16) 92-64. Kamila Stepanova notched 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort. Basket Landes' coach Olivier Lafargue felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Basket Landes maintains sixth position with 14-12 record. Toulouse lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth place with 16 games lost.

Rest of the games of round 26 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Arras was defeated by Villeneuve in a road game 78-73. Bourges beat Union Hainaut at home 77-67. Charleville was destroyed by Nantes on the opponent's court 77-56.
The best stats of 26th round was 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists by Marissa Coleman of Bourges.


Lattes Montp. - Aix-en-Provence 67-63

Leader Lattes Montpellier delivered the twentieth second victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Aix-en-Provence (11-15) 67-63. Aix-en-Provence was ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 27-12 charge of Lattes Montpellier, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 21 Aix-en-Provence turnovers. The former international point guard Edwige Lawson-Wade (168-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. American forward Kristen Mann (187-83, college: UCSB, agency: Josep and Nicolas) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Lattes Montpellier's coach Valery Demory allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Australian center Marianna Tolo (196-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and Canadian forward Lizanne Murphy (185-84, college: Hofstra) added 14 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Aix-en-Provence. Four Aix-en-Provence players scored in double figures. Lattes Montpellier maintains first position with 22-4 record. Aix-en-Provence lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Lattes Montp.: K.Mann 19+3reb, G.Robert 16+5reb, E.Lawson-Wade 12+6reb+5ast, G.Skrela 7+2reb+5ast, E.Gomis 4+3reb+1ast, A.Cata-Chitiga 4
Aix-en-Provence: M.Tolo 21+10reb+1ast, C.Francis 15+8reb+5ast, L.Murphy 14+12reb+2ast, S.Ygueravide 10+1reb+2ast, K.Corre 2+5reb+1ast, A.Konteh 1+2reb+2ast
gschID: 188157


Villeneuve - Arras 78-73

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Arras (8-18) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Villeneuve D'Ascq (12-14) 78-73. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Arras was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 46-38 second half run of Villeneuve D'Ascq. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Point guard Bintou Dieme (164-84) notched 24 points and 6 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Belgian center Emma Meesseman (192-93, agency: LBM Management) supported her with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Villeneuve D'Ascq players scored in double figures. Even 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by American point guard Dawn Evans (170-89, college: JMU, agency: LBM Management) did not help to save the game for Arras. Ukrainian Olesia Malashenko (191-91, agency: LBM Management) added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the guests. Villeneuve D'Ascq maintains eighth position with 12-14 record. Arras at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Villeneuve: B.Dieme 24+4reb+6ast, E.Meesseman 14+8reb+3ast, A.Nayo 12+3reb+1ast, O.Sanni 11+8reb+3ast, L.Williams 9+4reb+1ast, J.Digbeu 6+5reb+1ast
Arras: D.Evans 21+7reb+4ast, O.Malashenko 17+12reb+2ast, P.Akonga Nsimbo 14+7reb, S.Dijon 7+7reb+1ast, K.Bade 6+5reb+5ast, A.Carmona 6+6reb
gschID: 188156


Lyon - Tarbes 65-60

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Lyon. Third ranked Lyon faced one of their biggest challengers Tarbes. Host Lyon (16-10) defeated guests from Tarbes (15-11) 65-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Tarbes. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 19-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American center Mistie Mims (191-83, college: Duke) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Leslie Ardon (181-79) chipped in 5 points and 9 rebounds. Lyon's coach Laurent Buffard used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Angelica Robinson (197-87, college: Georgia) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and her fellow American import forward Kristen McCarthy (182-90, college: Temple) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Tarbes players scored in double figures. Lyon have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-10 record having six points less than leader Lattes Montp., which they share with Perpignan. Tarbes at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Lyon: M.Mims 21+7reb+1ast, M.Sy-Diop 13+4reb, D.Page 7+2reb+2ast, E.Podrug 6+4reb+1ast, A.Plagnard 5+5reb+1ast, L.Ardon 5+9reb+3ast
Tarbes: P.Salagnac 13+1reb+1ast, A.Robinson 12+13reb, J.Cousseins-Smith 11+2reb+2ast, K.McCarthy 11+7reb, J.Rad 8+1reb+1ast, G.Ocete 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 188155


Landes - Toulouse 92-64

The game with biggest result difference took place in Mont de Marsan. Local Basket Landes (14-12) outscored 12th ranked Toulouse (10-16) 92-64. The game without a history. Basket Landes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Toulouse's players. Czech center Kamila Stepanova (191-88) notched 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and Anais Le Gluher (175-82) supported her with 17 points. Basket Landes' coach Olivier Lafargue felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) by forward Maud Medenou (189-90) did not help to save the game for Toulouse. Serbian forward Adrijana Knezevic (185-87) added 13 points for the guests. Five Basket Landes and four Toulouse players scored in double figures. Basket Landes maintains sixth position with 14-12 record. Toulouse lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Landes: A.Le Gluher 17+2reb+3ast, T.Abalde 13+2reb+1ast, C.Guzman 12+4reb+5ast, O.Epoupa 12+6reb+1ast, K.Stepanova 11+9reb+5ast, J.Humphrey 10+2reb+3ast
Toulouse: M.Medenou 16+11reb, C.Shegog 13+3reb+2ast, A.Knezevic 13+4reb+3ast, C.Gay 11+4reb+2ast, J.Legoupil 5+2reb, L.Lokoka 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 188154


Bourges - Union Hainaut 77-67

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Bourges (19-7) defeated at home bottom-ranked Union Hainaut (6-20) 77-67. It looked good early as Union Hainaut took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Bourges had a 21-7 second period charge getting the lead and Union Hainaut was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-77. Bourges dominated on the defensive end, holding Union Hainaut to just 7 points in second quarter. Italian swingman Marissa Coleman (185-87, college: Maryland) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and international Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-88) supported her with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Bourges players scored in double figures. Even 23 points and 9 rebounds by Nigerian-American Ify Ibekwe (187-89, college: Arizona, agency: LBM Management) did not help to save the game for Union Hainaut. Polish center Izabela Piekarska (196-85, college: UTEP) added 17 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Defending champion maintains second position with 19-7 record having just three points less than leader Lattes Montp. Union Hainaut at the other side stay at the bottom place with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Bourges: M.Coleman 21+10reb+6ast, E.Ndongue 16+5reb, N.Miyem 14+8reb, J.Leedham 11+5reb+5ast, S.Skrba 6+2reb, C.Dumerc 5+1reb+4ast
Union Hainaut: I.Ibekwe 23+9reb+1ast, I.Piekarska 17+7reb+1ast, P.Stampalija 9+6reb+4ast, L.Garcia 7+3reb+3ast, A.Houts 6+2reb+2ast, M.Frederique Ayissi 3
gschID: 188153


Mondeville - Perpignan 63-64

Eleventh-ranked Mondeville (10-16) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Perpignan (16-10) on Saturday. The visitors from Perpignan managed to secure only one-point victory 64-63. However their fans expected much easier game. Mondeville trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 16-5 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 63-64 at the end of the game. Croatian point guard Iva Ciglar (168-85, agency: Data Plus Group) scored 11 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Elodie Bertal (191-84) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Mali center Naignouma Coulibaly (191-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and naturalized American point guard Kristen Sharp (175-81, college: Cincinnati) scored 10 points. Perpignan moved-up to third place, which they share with Lyon. Loser Mondeville dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Charleville and Toulouse.
Top scorers:
Perpignan: E.Bertal 13+8reb, I.Ciglar 11+4reb+7ast, D.Tchatchouang 11+4reb+4ast, A.Bjorklund 9+6reb+1ast, L.Badiane 8+3reb, H.Ciak 7+6reb+1ast
Mondeville: N.Coulibaly 19+14reb+2ast, L.Kamba 10+2reb+1ast, K.Sharp 10+3reb+3ast, N.Quinn 9+5reb+2ast, M.Johannes 7+1reb, A.Lassiter 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 188152


Nantes - Charleville 77-56

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Charleville-Mezieres (10-16) was rolled over on the road by seventh ranked Nantes Reze (13-13) 77-56. It looked good early as Charleville-Mezieres took an 15-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Nantes Reze took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 21 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Charleville-Mezieres' 28. They outrebounded Charleville-Mezieres 37-17 including 23 on the defensive glass. The former international power forward Marielle Amant (190-89) notched 13 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and point guard Isis Arrondo (166-89) supported her with 11 points. Four Nantes Reze players scored in double figures. Coach Emmanuel Coeuret's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 16 points by American swingman Sheana Mosch (177-81, college: Duke) did not help to save the game for Charleville-Mezieres. Bulgarian guard Ekaterina Dimitrova (182-87) added 10 points for the guests. Nantes Reze maintains seventh position with 13-13 record. Charleville-Mezieres at the other side keeps the tenth place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Nantes: S.Michel 13+2reb+2ast, M.Amant 13+7reb+1ast, Y.Andreyeva 12+2reb+1ast, I.Arrondo 11+4reb+2ast, G.Basko 10+5reb+2ast, V.Mircheva 8+6reb+3ast
Charleville: S.Mosch 16+1reb+1ast, E.Dimitrova 10+2reb+2ast, A.Diop 8+4reb, A.Pagnier 8+3reb, A.Bouderra 6+2reb+1ast, A.Bonnan 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 188151



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Panathinaikos reach the Final - by Eurobasket News

Athinaikos - AO Ellinikou 80-57 (2-1)

The game without a history. Athinaikos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international guard Lolita Lymoura (180-85) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. point guard Zoi Kechagia (170-79) chipped in 11 points and 6 assists. Four Athinaikos players scored in double figures. Athinaikos' coach Giorgos Leivadis felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international guard Tania Chalivera (178-85) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and American forward Breanna Brock (187-90, college: Missouri) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Athinaikos: L.Lymoura 13+10reb+6ast, Z.Kechagia 11+3reb+6ast, K.Chalikia 10+4reb+1ast, A.Spatharou 10+1reb, T.Kasapoglou 8+2reb, S.Kiriakopoulou 8+2reb
AO Ellinikou: E.Stamati 16+2reb+2ast, T.Chalivera 13+13reb+2ast, B.Brock 13+10reb, M.Roza Boni 5+3reb, A.Balta 4+1reb+4ast, M.Axiopoulou 2+2reb+3ast
gschID: 238525


Panathinaikos - PAOK 64-46 (3-0)

Worth to mention a great performance of guard Elena Vlani (174-86) who helped to win the game recording 19 points. point guard Aristea Maglara (168-83) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Panathinaikos' coach Giasemi Samandoura allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Dimitra Giannopoulou (185-84) answered with 18 points and American center Caila Desroches (193-88, college: Chicago St.) added 6 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for PAOK.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: E.Vlani 19+2reb+1ast, A.Maglara 11+7reb+3ast, D.Delva 10+5reb+1ast, D.Kalentzou 8+4reb+6ast, A.Slouka 6+9reb+1ast, M.Moschopoulou 4+1reb
PAOK: D.Giannopoulou 18+4reb, M.Avtzi 8+2reb+5ast, S.Spanidou 6+5reb+3ast, S.Vasiliadou 6+5reb+2ast, C.Desroches 6+12reb+1ast, P.Tselebi 2
gschID: 238524



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Dominos League Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Valur - Keflavik 74-82

Keflavik bounced back after the home loss to Valur snatching a road win on Saturday. Valur was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Keflavik forced 23 Valur turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American guard Jessica Jenkins (172-90, college: St.Bonaventure) notched 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international point guard Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (168-87) supported her with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. Even a double-double of 28 points and 17 rebounds by American guard Jaleesa Butler (185-87, college: Georgetown) did not help to save the game for Valur. Guard Hallveig Jonsdottir (180-95) added 14 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Four Valur players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Valur: J.Butler 28+17reb+2ast, H.Jonsdottir 14+6reb+1ast, K.Sigurjonsdottir 13+3reb+3ast, T.Bjarnadottir 10+7ast, U.Asgeirsdottir 5+5reb+2ast, R.Brynjarsdottir 2+4reb+2ast
Keflavik: J.Jenkins 34+6reb+2ast, S.Run Hinriksdottir 15+6reb, P.Gunnlaugsdottir 15+5reb+12ast, B.Valgardsdottir 8+9reb+2ast, B.Gudmundsdottir 7+3reb+3ast, I.Kristinardottir 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 237889


KR - Snaefell 59-61

Snaefell tied things up in the series versus KR. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 18-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Kieraah Marlow (178-85) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Hildur Sigurdardottir (178-81) chipped in 6 points and 8 assists during the contest. American guard Shannon McCallum (177-87, college: Charlotte) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds and the former international power forward Sigrun Amundadottir (181-88, agency: Promotex) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. KR's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
KR: S.McCallum 31+12reb+1ast, S.Amundadottir 11+7reb+1ast, G.Thorsteinsdottir 4+6reb+5ast, H.Einarsdottir 4+9reb+3ast, S.Magnusdottir 4+4reb+1ast, A.Einarsdottir 3+2ast
Snaefell: K.Marlow 26+12reb+3ast, B.Gunnarsdottir 13+3reb+2ast, H.Bjorgvinsdottir 8+8reb+1ast, H.Sigurdardottir 6+4reb+8ast, R.Karlsdottir 5+6reb+1ast, S.Andresdottir 3
gschID: 237888



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TTT Riga and Cesis reach the Finals - by Eurobasket News

TTT Riga - Eclex Tallinn 74-68

Eclex Tallinn trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 22-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 68-74 at the end of the game. TTT Riga forced 19 Eclex Tallinn turnovers. Forward Dita Rozenberga (181-92) stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and international swingman Ieva Krastina (174-90, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 13 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. TTT Riga's coach Aigars Nerips used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Estonian guard Mirjam Nikolai (177-86) responded with 27 points and 7 rebounds and Estonian power forward Annika Koster (185-92) scored 14 points.
Top scorers:
TTT Riga: D.Rozenberga 18+7reb+1ast, I.Jakobsone 15+2reb, I.Krastina 13+4reb+7ast, K.Laksa 7+5reb+2ast, G.Lagzdina 6+4reb+1ast, A.Aizsila 5+1reb+1ast
Eclex Tallinn: M.Nikolai 27+7reb+3ast, A.Koster 14+4reb, L.Mesila-Kaarmann 13+2reb+1ast, A.Ptitsona 6+2reb+1ast, M.Maaring 3+3reb, H.Rosenfeldt 3+6reb+4ast
gschID: 238364


Cesis - RTU-Merks 94-78

Cesis made 26-of-29 charity shots (89.7 percent) during the game. Cesis outrebounded RTU-Merks 40-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American forward Keisha Hampton (187-90, college: De Paul, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC) nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks (made all of her ten free throws !!!) for the winning side and the former international guard Anda Eibele (170-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) accounted for 27 points and 6 assists. Cesis' coach Armands Kraulins allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Asnate Fomina (176-94) came up with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and center Daina Lazdeniece (187-89) added 17 points and 10 rebounds respectively for RTU-Merks in the defeat. Five Cesis and four RTU-Merks players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Cesis: A.Eibele 27+4reb+6ast, K.Hampton 23+12reb+3ast, I.Ajanovic 14+4reb+5ast, K.Silaraja 14+3reb+2ast, Z.Jakobsone 11+3reb, D.Liepkalne 5+7reb
RTU-Merks: A.Fomina 22+7reb+5ast, D.Lazdeniece 17+10reb+3ast, L.Audere 14+5reb, P.Langina 10+2reb, S.Langenfelde 7+2reb+4ast, G.Zoltnere 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 238363



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Standings - Women

Diekirch Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Musel Pikes 22-1 
 2. Etzella 18-5 
 3. AB Contern 16-7 
 4. Sparta 10-13 
 5. T71 Dudelange 7-16 
 6. Amicale 7-16 
Places 7-10
 1. Basket Esch 7-12 
 2. Racing 4-15 
 3. Black Star 1-4 
 4. Telstar 1-4 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 9

Apr. 5: Etzella - Sparta 87-60
Apr. 5: Musel Pikes - Amicale 85-55
Apr. 5: T71 Dudelange - AB Contern 73-87

Second Stage: Round 10

Places 1-6

Apr. 7: Musel Pikes - Etzella
Apr. 7: Amicale - T71 Dudelange
Apr. 7: Sparta - AB Contern

Places 7-10

Apr. 6: Telstar - Racing
Apr. 6: Basket Esch - Black Star


Total League Round 9 (Second Stage): Sparta loses to Etzella in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in Diekirch League.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Ettelbruck. Second ranked host Etzella (18-5) smashed 4th placed Sparta (10-13) 87-60. The game without a history. Etzella led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Sparta's 36. American forward Jessilyn Conicelli (177-89, college: Biola, CA) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Canadian guard Katie Donovan (178-82) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was swingman Esmeralda Skrijelj (180-95) with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Sparta's coach Jacques Sitz gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Etzella have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 18-5 record having just -15 point less than leader Musel Pikes. Newly promoted Sparta keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Etzella are looking forward to face league's leader Musel Pikes in Stadrbredimus in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sparta will play at home against AB Contern and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Diekirch League top team - Musel Pikes (22-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Amicale (7-16) in Stadrbredimus 85-55. American power forward Christine Fisher (183-83) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side and Cathy Schmit accounted for 14 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots). American power forward Meghan Gardler (180-88, college: Connecticut) came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Amicale 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. Musel Pikes have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 22-1 record. Amicale lost eleventh consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 16 games lost. They share it with T71 Dudelange. Musel Pikes will play against league's second-placed Etzella in Ettelbruck in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Amicale will play at home against T71 Dudelange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Dudelange was also quite interesting. Third ranked AB Contern (16-7) played at the court of 5th ranked T71 Dudelange (7-16). AB Contern defeated T71 Dudelange 87-73 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Bridget Yoerger who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. AB Contern's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Iasia Hemingway who recorded 32 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. AB Contern maintains third place with 16-7 record having just -13 point less than leader Musel Pikes. T71 Dudelange lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Amicale. AB Contern will meet Sparta (#4) in the next round. T71 Dudelange will play against Amicale in Steinsel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


Places 1-6
Musel Pikes - Amicale 85-55

Diekirch League top team - Musel Pikes (22-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Amicale (7-16) in Stadrbredimus 85-55. The game was mostly controlled by Musel Pikes. Amicale was better in fourth quarter 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Amicale to just 7 points in first quarter. Musel Pikes dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Amicale's 32. They outrebounded Amicale 47-29 including a 39-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Musel Pikes players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Amicale's players. American power forward Christine Fisher (183-83) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side and international guard Cathy Schmit (17-90) accounted for 14 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots). Four Musel Pikes players scored in double figures. American power forward Meghan Gardler (180-88, college: Connecticut) came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds and international guard Nadia Marcus (178-93) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Amicale 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. Musel Pikes have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 22-1 record. Amicale lost eleventh consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 16 games lost. They share it with T71 Dudelange. Musel Pikes will play against league's second-placed Etzella in Ettelbruck in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Amicale will play at home against T71 Dudelange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Amicale: M.Gardler 23+8reb, J.Grethen 9+1reb, N.Marcus 8+6reb+1ast, M.Beljanski 4+3reb+1ast, C.Weynandt 3+2ast, C.Marcus 2+2reb
Musel Pikes: C.Cigrang 19+5reb+2ast, C.Fisher 15+12reb+7ast, A.Stowe 14+7reb+5ast, C.Schmit 14+8reb+9ast, I.Mazjoukhina 8+2reb+1ast, M.Meynadier 5+6reb+3ast
gschID: 231760


T71 Dudelange - AB Contern 73-87

The game in Dudelange was also quite interesting. Third ranked AB Contern (16-7) played at the court of 5th ranked T71 Dudelange (7-16). AB Contern defeated T71 Dudelange 87-73 on Friday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 53-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. AB Contern dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to T71 Dudelange's 48. They outrebounded T71 Dudelange 35-23 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American power forward Bridget Yoerger (180-87, college: S.Dakota) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. German center Nadine Grieb (184-87) chipped in 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Four AB Contern players scored in double figures. AB Contern's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Iasia Hemingway (180-89, college: Syracuse, agency: Merit Sports) who recorded 32 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and the other American import center Larrie Williams (187-90, college: La-Monroe, agency: LBM Management) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively. AB Contern maintains third place with 16-7 record having just -13 point less than leader Musel Pikes. T71 Dudelange lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Amicale. AB Contern will meet Sparta (#4) in the next round. T71 Dudelange will play against Amicale in Steinsel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
T71 Dudelange: I.Hemingway 32+9reb+4ast, L.Williams 15+6reb, A.Wagener 10+2reb+1ast, R.Wagener 9+2reb+5ast, K.Bruck 3+2reb, T.Lagoda 2
AB Contern: B.Yoerger 28+11reb+2ast, N.Grieb 24+6reb+5ast, L.Kauffmann 13+4reb+2ast, T.Margue 11+3reb+1ast, F.Welsch 4+2reb+4ast, C.Bidinger 3+2ast
gschID: 231761


Etzella - Sparta 87-60

The game between Top Four teams took place in Ettelbruck. Second ranked host Etzella (18-5) smashed 4th placed Sparta (10-13) 87-60. The game without a history. Etzella led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Sparta's 36. American forward Jessilyn Conicelli (177-89, college: Biola, CA) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Canadian guard Katie Donovan (178-82) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Etzella players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Esmeralda Skrijelj (180-95) with 15 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Bracey Ulin (188-85) scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Sparta's coach Jacques Sitz gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Etzella have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 18-5 record having just -15 point less than leader Musel Pikes. Newly promoted Sparta keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Etzella are looking forward to face league's leader Musel Pikes in Stadrbredimus in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sparta will play at home against AB Contern and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sparta: B.Ulin 16+5reb+4ast, E.Skrijelj 15+9reb+3ast, L.Drake 12+7reb+3ast, P.Hublart 6+2reb, C.Sitz 4+4reb+3ast, W.Melina 3
Etzella: J.Conicelli 21+10reb+5ast, A.Petrova 18+4reb+2ast, K.Donovan 13+5reb+7ast, A.Neiertz 10+2reb+3ast, L.Hetto 10+11reb, L.Schreiner 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 231759



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  MONTENEGRO   


WMNE1A Final Play-Off Game 1. : Primorje win in Podgorica , Tara Johnson index +42 - by Dragan Scepanovic

Buducnost Pgd - Primorje H.Novi 55:60 (21:11, 7:25, 16:10, 11:14)
Podgorica . SC Buducnost. Spect 100. Reff. Koljensic , Radinovic and Savovic (Podgorica)
BUDUCNOST : Franovic , Mujovic 7 , Vucetic 2 , Baletic 6 , Marija Vujadinovic (175-G-90) 13 , Caricic , Bajic 2 , Aleksandra Dobrovic (184-C-93) 17 , Mugosa 2 , Kirberg 6, Kuzelj , Vujacic .
PRIMORJE : Novak 6 , Zlajic 9 , Markovic , Gajevic 5, Varezic , B. Samardzic 2 , Sladjana Radulovic (172-G-92) 11 , Tara Johnson (180-F-89, college: E.Michigan) 27 (+14 reb), Krivokapic , J. Samardzic.



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  NCAA1   


Mershon's layup with 20 seconds left lifts Drexel past Utah for first WNIT title - by Eurobasket News


PHILADELPHIA Spurred by Hollie Mershons go-ahead layup with 20.6 seconds remaining, Drexel rallied to beat Utah 46-43 in the WNIT title game Saturday, setting off a wild celebration at the Daskalakis Center with fans rushing the court and streamers floating down from the rafters.

Theres definitely nothing better than playing on your homecourt and winning a championship game and cutting down the net you were playing on for the whole season, said Mershon, wearing a newly made WNIT champion T-shirt and sitting in front of the championship trophy.

Mershon, named the tournament MVP, finished with 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in her final college game.

Fellow senior Taylor Wootton (6'1''-F) had 16 points, including the 1,000th point of her career for the Dragons (28-10), who had already become the first Philadelphia Division I womens team to reach a postseason tournament championship game.

Drexel, which set a program record for wins, also became just the fourth mid-major team in the 16-year history of the WNIT to win the championship, following Toledo (2011), Missouri State (2005) and Creighton (2004).

This was the perfect finish for a great team, Drexel head coach Denise Dillon said. It was obviously a long season but this team wanted as many games as possible. I wanted to coach this team 100 more games. And this team wanted to play 100 more games. I couldnt be happier with this outcome and giving the senior class a championship.

Senior guard Iwalani Rodrigues led Utah (23-14) with 12 points, including a 3-pointer that put the visiting Utes up 43-42 with less than three minutes remaining.

But following that bucket, Utah didnt score again the rest of the way. In the final minute, the visitors committed a key turnover in the backcourt, which allowed Drexel to call a timeout and put the ball in the hands of Mershon, who sliced through the lane for the go-ahead basket.

I was missing layups all game, Mershon said. At that point, the one motion going up for a layup wasnt working for me. I saw the girl kind of cut me off, so I jump-stopped, she flew in the air and I went up for it. So the jump-stop really worked for me.

Following another Utah turnover, Mershon, who missed nine of her first 10 shots, hit two free throws to put the Dragons up by three with 9.7 seconds left.

The Utes then put the ball in the hands of their leading scorer, but 6-foot-4 junior forward Michelle Plouffe (6'4''-F-92), who averaged 21.6 points and 13.8 rebounds through Utahs first five WNIT wins, misfired on a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

Plouffe finished with nine points on 3-for-14 shooting and got a game-high 14 rebounds for the Utes (23-14), who were playing their fifth WNIT game on the road.

Afterward, Utah head coach Anthony Levrets said playing in Drexels gym was fun but revealed that so much traveling wore his team down.

We have literally traveled almost 7,000 miles and spent 18 hours on a bus, Levrets said. We havent had a direct flight in a month. Its been really, really hard. But its been fun. It was a great opportunity for our kids to build a special memory together that theyre never going to forget.

Mershon, one of five players at Drexel to reach 1,600 career points, will also leave school with a special memory. And finishing her career with six consecutive postseason victories is even more gratifying because it came on the heels of Drexels gut-wrenching 59-56 loss to nationally ranked Delaware in the Colonial Athletic Association finals March 17.

At this point, its really indescribable, Mershon said. Im obviously ecstatic and very emotional. I couldnt have asked for a better way to end my career here.
Courtesy of: The Associated Press



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  NIGERIA   


Zenith Bank WBL: First Deepwater hold the ace in defense - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Nigeria women league champion, First Deepwater basketball club made a point as the most defensive side at the close of the first phase of the Zenith Bank women league in Abuja leading other teams in defense with a +310 and an average of 2.49 having scored 517 points and conceded 207 in seven group-A games.

With an average of 73.85 points per game the team cannot be said to have done badly in the first phase of the league.

The Coach Lateef Erinfolami tutored side though trail arch rival First Bank basketball club who led the fifteen other clubs in scoring with a total of 533 points to join the champion as the other team that did not lose a game in the phase to lead group-B going into the second phase billed for Asaba in May but the former champion conceded a whopping 275 points to finish behind the reigning champion on the cumulative table.

Coach Erinfolami who was one time captain of Nigeria senior men national team told our correspondent that the team will continue to strive to maintain it hold on the Nigerian league with a view to equaling First Bank basketball club record of ten-year reign (2001-2010) and possibly set a new national record.

Our fans should not lose sleep about the margin we recorded in some of our games during the first phase, but should look forward to a better performance in the second phase coming up in Asaba and the play-off in Lagos.
We want to assure them (fans) and our management that we are up to the task of delivering the league title once again, which is part of our goal and most importantly we look forward to doing well at the Africa Champions Cup not just qualifying for the final round from FIBA Africa Zone-III but we want to be counted among the very best in the continent, the coach popularly known as Latua opined.

The club (First Deepwater) have done well since coming on board the Nigeria Basketball Federation organized women league in 2008/2009 setting a standard that is yet to be equaled by any women team in Nigeria after finishing second in her first outing in the 2008/2009 season and annex the title in the 2009/2010 season to date including a command performance at the Africa Champions Club qualifiers in 2009 (winner) and 2012 (runner-up) with First Bank basketball club having to depend on FIBA Africa magnanimity of wide-card to be in the final round of both competitions.

First Deepwater basketball club was also the first Nigeria women club-side to host the final round of the champions cup in 2011.

Club chairman Babatunde Babalola says the club will continue to receive the necessary support from it parent company First Deepwater Group and also reach out to other partners in the corporate sector.

At First Deepwater Group of Companies the welfare of the players and technical crew of First Deepwater basketball club comes first in our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) order or priority and our ultimate goal is to seek partnership other corporate organization who believe in what we are doing so as to further raise the standard of the game of basketball in Nigeria and other places where we have interest.

If we have our ways we would like to host the final round of the Africa Champions Cup every year but we will map out plans on how to achieve these lofty dream because bringing the final rounds to Nigeria each will further raise the games level here.



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  POLAND   


CCC Polkowice advanced to the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Wisla Can-Pak - Artego Bydg. 65-51 (2-1)

The game without a history. Wisla Can-Pak led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Artego Bydg. to just 7 points in first quarter. Wisla Can-Pak dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Artego Bydg.'s 26. They outrebounded Artego Bydg. 44-33 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American center Tina Charles (193-88, college: Connecticut, agency: LBM Management) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Hungarian center Dora Horti (193-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Wisla Can-Pak's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Agnieszka Szott (185-82, agency: Data Plus Group) answered with 17 points and American guard Julie McBride (165-82, college: Syracuse) added 11 points and 7 assists in the effort for Artego Bydg.
Top scorers:
Artego Bydg.: A.Szott 17+4reb+2ast, J.McBride 11+1reb+7ast, O.Tomialowicz 6+1reb, E.Gala 6+5reb, E.Mowlik 5+4reb, J.Jeziorna 4+6reb+1ast
Wisla Can-Pak: T.Charles 22+14reb+2ast, D.Horti 12+4reb+1ast, A.De Mondt 9+2reb, E.Phillips 8+3reb+4ast, C.Ouvina 8+6reb+3ast, K.Krezel 4+2reb+1ast
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Energa Torun - CCC Polkowice 76-83 (0-3)

Energa Torun was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. CCC Polkowice made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. CCC Polkowice outrebounded Energa Torun 39-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a great evening for Nigerian-American power forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike (189-90, college: Stanford) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds. Australian Belinda Snell (181-81) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The best for the losing side was the former international guard Weronika Idczak (177-89) with 25 points and 4 assists and American guard Nicole Michael (188-87, college: Syracuse) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four Energa Torun players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Energa Torun: W.Idczak 25+3reb+4ast, E.Tlumak 11+2ast, N.Michael 11+6reb+1ast, P.Misiek 10+3reb, A.Ross 9+3reb+1ast, B.Spears 5+1reb+1ast
CCC Polkowice: N.Ogwumike 34+13reb+3ast, B.Snell 16+6reb+2ast, V.Musina 10+1reb, M.Leciejewska 7+7reb+1ast, S.Zoll 6+2reb+3ast, M.Skorek 5+1reb+1ast
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