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  ASEAN LEAGUE   



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

31-year old power forward Christien Charles (216-F/C-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Thailand S. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
He had a double-double of 35 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat KL Dragons (#3, 8-7) 68-63. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Thailand S. is placed at 4th position in ASEAN League . Thailand S. is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-9 record. In the team's last game Charles had a remarkable 78.9% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Thailand S., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Villanova University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Charles is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.4ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 14.9rpg) and averages solid 4.3bpg and 55.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Froilan Baguion (170-G-80). He is Filipino guard in his first season at Thailand S.. In the last game Baguion recorded impressive triple-double of 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Of course together with Charles he helped Thailand S. with another comfortable win 90-75 over slightly lower-ranked Saigon H. (#6, 3-11) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Thailand S. to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-9 record. Baguion is a newcomer at Thailand S. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-F/C-84) of Singapore S. (#5). Jones-Jennings scored 19 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Jones-Jennings' great performance Singapore S. lost 57-78 to the higher-ranked Petron Blaze (#2, 10-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Singapore S. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jones-Jennings could try to bring Singapore S.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Jones-Jennings has a very solid season. In 14 games in ASEAN League he scored 15.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Palmer (206-F/C-86) of Saigon H. - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Dior Lowhorn (201-F-87) of Saigon H. - 26 points and 5 rebounds
6. Jerick Canada (170-G) of Satria Muda - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Moala Tautuaa (200-C-89) of KL Dragons - 23 points and 4 rebounds
8. Chris Banchero (185-PG-90) of Petron Blaze - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Leo Avenido (186-G-78) of Petron Blaze - 16 points and 7 rebounds
10. Dior Lowhorn (201-F-87) of Saigon H. - 27 points and 3 rebounds

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



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

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

Regular Season: Round 4

BIG V

Apr. 6: Ringwood H. - Waverley F. 97-100
Apr. 6: Diamond V.E. - Corio Bay 91-96
Apr. 6: Hume City - Melbourne 68-67
Apr. 6: Eltham W. - Bulleen B. 66-97
Apr. 6: Werribee - Sherbrooke S. 62-55

Central ABL

Apr. 6: W.Adelaide B. - Forestville E. 85-61
Apr. 6: Woodville W. - Eastern M. 79-68
Apr. 6: Norwood F. - Southern T. 77-79
Apr. 6: S.Adelaide P. - N.Adelaide R. 76-100
Apr. 6: Sturt S. - C.District L. 60-70

SBL

Apr. 6: Goldfield G. - Willetton T. 96-104
Apr. 7: Lakeside L. - Perth R. 95-87
Apr. 5: Perth R. - Stirling S. 91-93
Apr. 6: Cockburn C. - Wanneroo W. 88-107
Apr. 6: East Perth E. - SW Slammers 119-92
Apr. 7: Mandurah M. - Rockingham F. 103-83
Apr. 5: Perry Lakes H. - Cockburn C. 101-82
Apr. 6: Geraldton B. - Kalamunda E.S. 101-68

SEABL

Apr. 6: Canberra G. - Ballarat M. 97-107
Apr. 3: Ballarat M. - Bendigo B. 89-86
Apr. 7: Knox R. - Albury W.B. 89-72
Apr. 5: Geelong S. - Kilsyth C. 88-52
Apr. 5: Mt Gambier - Knox R. 86-63
Apr. 6: Dandenong - Geelong S. 84-88
Apr. 6: Kilsyth C. - Albury W.B. 83-76
Apr. 6: NW Tasmania - Sandringham S. 81-84
Apr. 6: Brisbane S. - Nunawading S. 71-91
Apr. 5: Hobart C. - Sandringham S. 69-75
Apr. 5: Frankston B. - Bendigo B. 58-84

WARATAH

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


SBL: Eagles and Wolves impress (Saturday night wrap) - by Eurobasket News

It was a big night in women's and men's SBL action for both the East Perth Eagles and Wanneroo Wolves as they recorded impressive wins over the South West Slammers and Cockburn Cougars respectively.

The defending men's SBL champion Cougars went down to the Australian Belt Scrapers Wolves at Wally Hagan Stadium with the women's Wolves also proving too good for the Cougars.

The People's Choice Eagles racked up a massive score beating the Collie Crane Hire South West Slammers 119-92 at Morley Sport and Recreation Centre while the Toll Ipec Eagles won in the women's clash over the Slammers as well 67-55.

Those was the only two women's matches played on Saturday night, but there were two other men's clashes with the Sun City Plumbing Geraldton Buccaneers beating the Kalamunda Eastern Suns 101-86 at Active West Stadium, and the Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers downing the Silver Lake Resources Goldfields Giants 104-96 at Kalgoorlie's Neils Hansen Basketball Stadium.

The Wanneroo men's team made a statement to the rest of the SBL that it was ready to contend for a championship again even with Brad Robbins and Greg Hire not currently available because of Perth Wildcats duties.

The Wolves took the best shots that the defending champion Cougars could fire but still prevailed impressively 107-88 on the back of a dominant second half where they outscored Cockburn 57-38.

Damian Matacz top-scored for the Wolfpack with 26 points to go with eight boards and two blocks. Robert Huntington added 24 points, Seb Salinas 18, Trian Iliadis 17 (plus 11 assists and 11 rebounds in a triple-double performance) and Reece Maxwell 12.

Fresh off gaining some experience in the NBL with the Wildcats, Gavin Field was terrific for Cockburn with 26 points and 11 rebounds on an efficient 11-of-17 from the field. Fellow Wildcat Damien Scott had 21 points, 14 rebounds and six assists as well with David Reichel throwing in 21 points.

The Buccaneers were far too strong for the Eastern Suns at home recording a 33-point win after holding Kalamunda to just 21 second half points.

Matt Wunderberg had 21 points and 15 boards for Geraldton with Aaron Ralph (198-G/F-89) adding 21 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

Robert Kampman had 14 points and 14 rebounds, Daniel Thomas 13 points, seven boards, six assists and three steals, and Mark Heron a triple-double with 10 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.

Jake Withers top-scored for Kalamunda with 16 points with Ben Smith adding 11 and Louis Timms 10 (and 10 rebounds).

Willetton travelled to Kalgoorlie and got the eight-point win over Goldfields thanks to a 34-21 final period.

Quinn McDowell (198-G/F, college: William & Mary) was outstanding for the Tigers finishing with 36 points including a massive 16-of-20 from the charity stripe. Kyle Armour chimed in with 21 points and 10 assists with Simon Lokan having 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Adam Nener 10 points.

Steven Weingarten hit 33 points and pulled in 10 boards for the Giants with Markhuri Sanders-Frison adding 10 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and Matthew Leske and Lordan Franich had 10 points apiece.

The Eagles turned on a clinic at home in the second half hitting 63 points to end up beating the Slammers by 27.

Former NBL veteran sharpshooter Drew Williamson led the way with 25 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals while shooting 8-of-14 from the field and 5-of-9 from three-point range.

He had plenty of help with Tom Jervis hitting 22 points and pulling in 15 boards, Nikola Donlagic scoring 22 points and Jarrod Balcombe 13.

Clive Weedon had 25 points and 11 rebounds for South West with Jamahr Warren adding 19 points, Ty Harrelson 18 (10 rebounds, seven assists) and Wade Hitchcock 11.

In women's action, East Perth finished strongly outscoring South West 41-29 after half-time to win by 12.

Nicole Jorre St Jorre scored 20 points to go with six rebounds and three assists with Amy Chinnery adding 13 points and Denielle Lipscombe 12 (and 10 boards.).

Lauren Jeffers and Bianca Donovan scored 15 points apiece for the Slammers with Jemma Stallard adding 11.

Wanneroo started on fire against Cockburn and then held on in the end to win 69-58 with Casey Lockwood hitting 22 points and pulling in nine rebounds. Nikita-Lee Martin had 17 points and Shani Amos 10.

Emma Pass top-scored for Cockburn with 17 points and had strong support with 16 points and 16 rebounds from Stephanie Jones. Kate Fielding also scored 12 points.

Article by Chris Pike

Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



SBL: Senators upset Redbacks in Bennie Lewis debut (Friday night wrap) - by Eurobasket News

The Stirling Senators stormed home to win a thriller over the Perth Redbacks and sour the SBL debut of Bennie Lewis to highlight the action on Friday night.

Lewis was playing his first game in the SBL for the Redbacks on Friday night with the Melbourne Tigers NBL swingman and reigning Slam Dunk champion from the All-Star weekend in Adelaide earlier this year having just arrived for his stint in WA.

He did all he could, though, scoring 26 points to go with six assists and two steals while shooting 9-of-19 from the field and 4-of-12 from three-point range, but it wasnt quite enough to get his team over the line at Belmont Oasis.

The Redbacks led 75-64 at three quarter-time following dominant second and third periods, but the Senators werent going to lie down and outscored the home team 29-16 in the final quarter to end up prevailing 93-91 in a thriller.

Jordan Wild hit 26 points of his own for the Senators on the back of 10-of-17 shooting from the field and 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. Josh Throns and Nik Iliadis both added 19 points as well for Stirling with Iliadis dishing out 10 assists to go with five boards.

Along with Lewis' 26 points, the Redbacks had good service from four players with Perth Wildcats experience behind them Jarrad Prior (188-G-87) (17 points, four rebounds), Michael Vigor (14, seven), Joel Wagner (181-G-87) (12, 14 assists, six boards) and Justin Brown (12, eight rebounds).

The other men's fixture on Friday night saw the Perry Lakes Hawks cruise to a 101-82 win over the Cockburn Cougars at the WA Basketball Centre.

The Hawks led 32-23 at quarter-time and had another dominant third period to set up the comfortable 19-point victory.

Tevin Jackson top-scored for the Hawks with 22 points with Wildcat Ben Purser (198-G/F-90, college: Augusta St.) adding 20 points and nine boards, Corey Easley 19 and 10, Michael Lay 12, six, four assists and three steals, and Adrian Majstrovich 11 and 14.

Another Wildcat Gavin Field scored 20 points to go with 15 rebounds, three blocks and two steals for Cockburn. David Reichel added 18 points, Damien Scott 15 and Ben Stanley 10.

Women's SBL action on Friday night saw the Perth Redbacks start the night at Belmont Oasis off on a winning note, with a 76-73 victory over the Stirling Senators.

Marita Payne top-scored for the Redbacks with 18 points, 13 rebounds, five blocks and two assists in an outstanding all-round performance. She had good support from Rachel Lisch (13 points, seven assists, seven steals and six rebounds) and Tarsha Fletcher (13 points, three assists).

Taylor Lilley hit 17 points for the Senators with Tegan Walker adding 13, Amber Land 12 (11 rebounds) and Lyndal Gardner 11.

At the WA Basketball Centre, the Perry Lakes Hawks also beat the Cockburn Cougars 67-57.

Natalie Burton scored 18 points for the Hawks to go with six rebounds. Belinda Mayger added 17 points and six assists with Gabriella Clayton scoring nine points and Rosie Tobin eight.

Emma Pass had a big night for the Cougars finishing with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Stephanie Jones also had 14 points and 10 boards, and Kate Fielding 14 points, four boards, three assists and two steals.

Article by Chris Pike
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



Central ABL Season Launch - by Eurobasket News

The 2013 Central Australian Basketball League tips off on Saturday April 6, with 10 mens and 10 womens teams competing.

Players from all clubs attended the season launch at the Adelaide Arena today to participate in media interviews and a photo shoot.

There will be a lot of talent in the league again this year, with a strong combination of local players, national league players and imports, said Basketball SA CEO Mark Hubbard.

The mens league will feature:

- Adelaide 36ers MVP and Australian Boomers squad member Daniel Johnson, who has signed with West Adelaide.
- Adelaide 36er and former Australian Junior team member Jason Cadee, who has also signed with West Adelaide.
- Adelaide 36er Pero Vasiljevic, who is again playing and coaching at North Adelaide.
- Former Adelaide 36er Darren Ng, who has returned to his junior club Woodville.
- Adelaide 36ers development player and 2012 CABL Grand Final MVP Adam Doyle, who has resigned with Forestville.

The womens league will feature 9 players who played in the 2012/13 WNBL season:
- Australian Opals squad member Tess Madgen, who played for Bulleen and is returning to South Australia to play with Eastern.
- Retiring WNBL player Jess Foley, who played for Grand Finalist Townsville and is returning to South Australia to play with Norwood.
- Former Australian junior team members Mia Newley and Olivia Thompson, who also played for Townsville. Both are returning to South Australia to play with Forestville.
- Adelaide Lightning players Amy Lewis (Norwood), Molly Lewis (Sturt), Hannah Bowley (Sturt), Jo Hill (North Adelaide) and Jess Good (Norwood).

It is fantastic to have so many national league players either staying in, or returning to play in South Australia, said Hubbard.

There will also be 11 US imports playing in the league, headlined by Central Districts Kyle Miller, who is returning for his second year, and Tamika Dukes.

Forestville has signed import Jake Rios and will be attempting to win a third consecutive premiership. Former WNBL player Rebecca Duke has returned to play with reigning Womens premiers Norwood.

The league features an 18 minor round home and away format, with the top five teams qualifying for finals. The Grand Final will be held at the Adelaide Arena on Saturday August 31.
Courtesy of: http://www.basketballsa.com.au



GF1 Report: Blistering Breakers too good for Wildcats in Grand Final - by Eurobasket News

By Grant Chapman, Pagemasters

The defending champion New Zealand Breakers are one win away from their much converted three-peat after dispatching the Perth Wildcats 79-67 at a sold-out Vector Arena in Auckland.

The titleholders drew away in the second quarter and always had the answers the rest of the contest to hold their challengers at bay.

Daryl Corletto (193-G-81) led the Breakers with 19 points at 70 per cent, including three three-pointers. League MVP Cedric Jackson (191-G-86, college: Cleveland St.) had 14 points, five rebounds and four steals before fouling out and Mika Vukona (198-F-82) accumulated a 10-point, 10-rebound double.

For Perth, Kevin Lisch had 19 points and five rebounds, Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) 17 points, four rebounds and four assists, and Matt Knight also recorded a double-double (13 points, 12 rebounds).

As we expect in a finals battle, it was a tough game, observed Breakers coach Andrej Lemanis.

Both teams were after it. We hung in there and matched the physical battles we needed to match, but theres still plenty of work to be done.

The contest got off to a furious start with Perth scoring the first three baskets. Three-pointers from Greg Hire and Redhage had their advantage out to seven points, but the Breakers found their breath to draw level at 12-12.

The home team began to draw away in the second quarter, opening a double-figure lead off a three-pointer from Corey Webster.

Breakers forward Tom Abercrombie produced one of the highlights of the season with a spectacular offensive board he dunked home in one movement over the top of Knight.

By half-time the Breakers were 44-35 up and starting to look ominous. Perth's rebounding had actually generated more scoring opportunities, but were converting only 29 per cent.

By contrast, the titleholders had connected on 46 per cent from long distance and also dominated around the paint (18-10).

Rhys Carters three soon after the restart brought the Cats back within six points, but their opponents responded in style.

Jackson found space for a remarkable spinning reverse lay-up, Corletto converted a three-point play and Abercrombie slammed down another dunk as the margin grew to 14 points.

It was still 11 heading into the final stretch and although Matt Knight brought his team back within six, Corletto hit a fadeaway and then an open triple from the corner to restore some double-figure comfort.

Corletto and Webster combined to shoot 11-of-14 from the floor, perhaps a result of Damian Martins absence from the Perth defence.

Hes our starting point guard, our engine room, lamented Wildcats coach Rob Beveridge.

He runs everything for us.

Centre Alex Pledger put the exclamation point on this result with a block on Everard Bartletts three-point attempt and then ran the floor for an unopposed dunk.

While Perth kept chipping away they could get no closer, and now must win at their own stadium to keep the series alive.

Weve been here before, said Lemanis.

Last year, we went there and lost Game Two, so were not getting too far ahead of ourselves.

By the end of the game, Perth had shot 28 per cent from the field and attempted 34 three-pointers, almost half their total.

We cant win a game when we shoot the ball that poorly, rued Beverdige.

To only lose by 12 was pretty amazing.

New Zealand Breakers 79 (Corletto 19, Jackson 14, Vukona 10)
Perth Wildcats 67 (Lisch 19, Redhage 17, Knight 13)

Crowd: 9330 at Vector Arena
Courtesy of: http://www.nbl.com.au



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Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. BC Vienna 21-9 
 2. Klosterneub. 21-9 
 3. Kapfenberg 20-10 
 4. Wels 18-10 
 5. Gmunden 18-12 
 6. Oberwart 18-12 
 7. Gussing 14-16 
 8. Furstenfeld 11-17 
 9. UBSC Graz 11-17 
 10. Arkadia 4-24 
 11. St.Polten 4-24 

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 7: Furstenfeld - Wels 86-87
Apr. 7: Gmunden - Gussing 86-82
Apr. 7: St.Polten - Arkadia 82-84
Apr. 7: Kapfenberg - BC Vienna 82-78
Apr. 7: Klosterneub. - Oberwart 77-72

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 11: BC Vienna - Furstenfeld
Apr. 11: Klosterneub. - Wels
Apr. 11: Oberwart - Gmunden
Apr. 11: Kapfenberg - Gussing


A Bundesliga Round 32: Regular season ends with five games - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in A Bundesliga just ended.

There was a change at the A Bundesliga leadership position after last games. Round 32 most important game was a defeat of league's leader BC Vienna (21-9). They were defeated by third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (20-10) 82-78 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 28-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 rebounds and American power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) who added 21 points during the contest. American swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: CS Northridge) responded with 24 points and 8 assists. Kapfenberg Bulls maintains third position with 20-10 record behind leader Klosterneub. BC Vienna lost third consecutive game. They still keep top place with nine games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Klosterneub. who have the same record.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Xion Dukes as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (BC Vienna) loss. Xion Dukes defeated 4th ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart in Klosterneuburg 77-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Redwell Gunners Oberwart. The winners were led by American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St.) who scored that evening 20 points and 7 rebounds and Moritz Lanegger supported him with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 23 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) by American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) did not help to save the game for Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Redwell Gunners Oberwart's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Xion Dukes have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with BC Vienna. Redwell Gunners Oberwart at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Gmunden.
Eighth-ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (11-17) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (18-10) on Sunday. The visitors from Wels managed to secure only one-point victory 87-86. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Furstenfeld Panthers. The best player for the winners was DeVaughn Washington who scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Raiffeisen Wels' coach Pete Miller used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Tyrone Sally produced 19 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Raiffeisen Wels have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser Furstenfeld Panthers keep the eighth position with 17 games lost. They share it with UBSC Graz.
Bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time they edged tenth-ranked St.Polten 84-82. Fabricio Vay orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points and 8 rebounds. Arkadia Lions (4-24) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with defeated St.Polten.

In the last game of round 32 Gussing lost to Gmunden on the opponent's court 82-86.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 32 points by Maksim Kovacevic of St.Polten.


St.Polten - Arkadia 82-84

Bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time they edged tenth-ranked St.Polten 84-82. It looked good early as St.Polten took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Arkadia Lions had a 26-20 second period charge getting the lead and St.Polten was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-84. Italian-Argentinian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points and 8 rebounds. Montenegrin power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Serbian swingman Maksim Kovacevic (199-87) replied with 32 points and the former international forward Martin Speiser (202-83) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for St.Polten. Arkadia Lions (4-24) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with defeated St.Polten.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: F.Vay 31+8reb+2ast, R.Spasojevic 20+8reb+4ast, T.Stadelmann 16+2reb+1ast, J.Blazevic 7+1reb+3ast, M.Milin 6+7reb, M.Bortolin 4+4reb+1ast
St.Polten: M.Kovacevic 32+4reb+2ast, M.Speiser 15+6reb+1ast, M.Kohlmaier 11+7reb+1ast, M.Pinezich 9+5reb+3ast, A.Worenz 8+3reb, T.Csebits 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 233407


Gmunden - Gussing 86-82

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Gussing Knights' (14-16) road loss to sixth ranked Gmunden Swans (18-12) 82-86. It looked good early as Gussing Knights took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Gmunden Swans had a 25-10 second period charge getting the lead and Gussing Knights were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-86. 24 personal fouls committed by Gussing Knights helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Robert Arnold (198-88, college: Boise St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and forward Dario Hunt (203-89, college: Nevada) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks in the effort for Gussing Knights. Five Gmunden Swans and four Gussing Knights players scored in double figures. Gussing Knights' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Gmunden Swans moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Oberwart. Gussing Knights lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: R.Arnold 19+8reb+3ast, E.Murati 14+3reb+6ast, D.Oppland 14+9reb+1ast, M.Mayer 12+3reb, J.Brown 10+1reb+4ast, M.Oppland 8
Gussing: M.Heard 19+10reb+2ast, D.Hunt 18+5reb+1ast, E.Kadic 18+2reb+1ast, S.Koch 12+6reb+4ast, T.Klepeisz 7+5reb+2ast, M.Jandrasits 4+1reb+1ast
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Furstenfeld - Wels 86-87

Eighth-ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (11-17) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (18-10) on Sunday. The visitors from Wels managed to secure only one-point victory 87-86. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Furstenfeld Panthers. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Raiffeisen Wels made 24-of-25 free shots (96.0 percent) during the game, while Furstenfeld Panthers only scored eight points from the stripe. The best player for the winners was American forward DeVaughn Washington (202-89, college: Ohio, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. The former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Raiffeisen Wels' coach Pete Miller used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Tyrone Sally (201-82, college: W.Virginia) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Cor-J Cox (195-90, college: Miss.Valley St.) added 16 points respectively for the hosts. Four Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. Raiffeisen Wels have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser Furstenfeld Panthers keep the eighth position with 17 games lost. They share it with UBSC Graz.
Top scorers:
Wels: D.Washington 16+5reb+1ast, T.Tiedeman 14+4reb+1ast, D.Lamesic 14+5reb+1ast, R.Vieider 12+1reb, D.Gonzalvez 9+3reb+2ast, A.Farokhmanesh 9+4reb+4ast
Furstenfeld: T.Sally 19+5reb+2ast, S.Leitgeb 16+2reb+1ast, C.Cox 16+4reb+3ast, J.Rubin 13+3reb+6ast, P.Radakovics 9+4reb+2ast, D.Hasenburger 7+5reb+2ast
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Klosterneub. - Oberwart 77-72

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Xion Dukes as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (BC Vienna) loss. Xion Dukes defeated 4th ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart in Klosterneuburg 77-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Redwell Gunners Oberwart. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Redwell Gunners Oberwart won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Xion Dukes won last quarter 22-19. Redwell Gunners Oberwart was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St.) who scored that evening 20 points and 7 rebounds and international point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 23 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) by American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) did not help to save the game for Redwell Gunners Oberwart. American-Puerto Rican guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy) added 13 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Redwell Gunners Oberwart's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Xion Dukes have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with BC Vienna. Redwell Gunners Oberwart at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Gmunden.
Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: C.Bobb 20+7reb+1ast, K.Payton 14+1ast, M.Lanegger 11+6reb+6ast, R.Suljanovic 10+2reb, C.Nagler 8+6reb+2ast, C.Greimeister 8+3reb
Oberwart: S.Boxley 23+8reb+2ast, J.Johnson 15+5reb+1ast, D.Hinson 14+2reb, R.Chaney 13+6reb+3ast, D.Gant 3+3reb+2ast, B.Blazevic 2+4reb
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Kapfenberg - BC Vienna 82-78

There was a change at the A Bundesliga leadership position after last games. Round 32 most important game was a defeat of league's leader BC Vienna (21-9). They were defeated by third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (20-10) 82-78 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 28-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 rebounds and American power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) who added 21 points during the contest. American swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: CS Northridge) responded with 24 points and 8 assists and the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Kapfenberg Bulls and five BC Vienna players scored in double figures. Kapfenberg Bulls maintains third position with 20-10 record behind leader Klosterneub. BC Vienna lost third consecutive game. They still keep top place with nine games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Klosterneub. who have the same record.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: M.Sanchez 22+9reb, D.Nelson 21+3reb+3ast, Q.Pryor 11+6reb+7ast, G.Woods 11+4reb+3ast, J.Dean Shaw 6+7reb+2ast, H.Opoku 5+1reb
BC Vienna: I.Boylan 24+1reb+8ast, R.Richards 13+3reb, B.Danek 12+2reb, S.Stazic 11+10reb+5ast, M.Pearson 10+5reb, S.Ray 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 233404



Austrian A Bundesliga round 32 best performance: Fabricio Vay - by Eurobasket News

Italian-Argentinian forward Fabricio Vay (206-F-86, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for Arkadia, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (31 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out St.Polten (4-24) 84-82. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Arkadia is placed at 10th position in Austrian A Bundesliga. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 24 games and recorded just four victories. Vay just recently signed at Arkadia, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Fabricio Vay averages this season 21.7ppg, 8.3rpg and 5.3apg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Serbian Maksim Kovacevic (199-G/F-87) of St.Polten. Kovacevic had a very good evening with 32 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as St.Polten was edged by slightly higher-ranked Arkadia (4-24) 84-82. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. St.Polten dropped in the standings to very bottom position. 24 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories St.Polten managed to get this year. Kovacevic is a newcomer at St.Polten, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Marcus Heard (201-F-84) of Gussing (#7). Heard scored 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Heard's great performance Gussing lost 82-86 to slightly higher-ranked Gmunden (#5, 18-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Gussing ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Heard could help Gussing to bring them higher in the standings. Heard has a great season in Austria. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.0rpg (3rd best). Heard attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mark Sanchez (201-F-87) of Kapfenberg - 22 points and 9 rebounds
5. Demetrius Nelson (203-F/C-86) of Kapfenberg - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Ian Boylan (197-G/F-83) of BC Vienna - 24 points and 8 assists
7. Robert Arnold (198-F-88) of Gmunden - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Dario Hunt (203-F-89) of Gussing - 18 points and 5 rebounds
9. Curtis Bobb (198-G/F-78) of Klosterneub. - 20 points and 7 rebounds
10. Radosav Spasojevic (204-F/C-92) of Arkadia - 20 points, 8 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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Standings

Premier League Standings
 1. Al Manama 13-2 
 2. Al Ahli 12-2 
 3. Muharraq 11-3 
 4. Al Hala 10-4 
 5. Sitra 10-4 
 6. Issa Town 8-7 
 7. Nuwaidrat 8-7 
 8. Hidd 6-9 
 9. Bahrain Club 4-11 
 10. Al Najma 3-12 
 11. Al Ittihad 3-12 
 12. Samaheej 0-15 

Regular Season: Round 15

Apr. 5: Nuwaidrat - Al Najma 91-62
Apr. 6: Hidd - Al Ittihad 86-64
Apr. 5: Bahrain Club - Al Manama 55-86
Apr. 6: Samaheej - Issa Town 50-70
Apr. 7: Al Hala - Sitra
Apr. 7: Muharraq - Al Ahli



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Jerome Randle claims Belgian Ethias League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Jerome Randle (178-PG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Spirou and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 25-year old playmaker had the game-high 22 points adding six rebounds and five assists for Spirou in his team's victory, helping them to crush Verviers-Pep. (#8, 4-19) with 17-point margin 88-71. Spirou maintains the 2nd position in Belgian Ethias League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Spirou will need more victories to improve their 15-7 record. In the team's last game Randle had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Spirou, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of California graduate has very impressive stats this year. Randle is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.5ppg), assists (5th best: 3.9apg) and averages solid 52.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old U.S. Virgin Islands forward Ivan Aska (200-F-90) of Leuven. Aska impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Leuven cruised to a 81-73 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked M.Hainaut (#3, 14-9). Leuven's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-14 record. Aska is a newcomer at Leuven and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Matt Lojeski (198-G-85) of top-ranked Oostende. Lojeski scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Oostende, leading his team to a 85-78 win against the lower-ranked Liege (#7, 7-16). Oostende confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 7 lost games. Lojeski has a great season in Belgium. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.7ppg (5th best). He also has FGP: 62.5% and 3PT: 40.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Devin Green (201-G/F-82) of Spirou - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Bryan Hopkins (183-PG-83) of Antwerp - 34 points and 5 assists
6. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78) of Oostende - 15 points and 10 rebounds
7. Wen Boss Mukubu (198-F-83) of Liege - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Cedrick Banks (190-G-81) of Liege - 23 points and 3 assists
9. Bradford Burgess (198-G/F-90) of Leuven - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Justin Cage (198-F-85) of M.Hainaut - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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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 16pts 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 and Bosnia 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.



KK ZADAR vs KK ZAGREB BATTLE OF THE BOSNIANS! - by Chris Mathieu

KK ZADAR vs KK ZAGREB BATTLE OF THE BOSNIANS!
An unexpected Croatian league game turned into the battle of the Bosnians as Barisa Krasic, Miralem Halilovic and Jusuf Nurkic all played key roles in the game that Zadar won 92-73.
Krasic was the most impressive player, the former member of the BiH NT shot 8-12 from the field including 5-8 from 3 and 2-2 from the FT line. He added 8 rbs 2as and a steal and had a 29 index rating.
Miralem Halilovic who struggled during the season with injuries and playing time was explosive in only 20 minutes. He shot 7-11 from the field and 4-6 from the FT line and chipped in 8 rebounds and an assist.
Jusuf Nurkic continued his recent exceptional play as well in only 11 minutes he shot 4-4 from the field 2-5 from the FT line and had 7 rebounds and 1 assist.
Jozo Brkic even got in on the action shooting 2-5 from the field and had 4 points in 7 minutes.
It was a disappointing season for the three prospects in Croatia Brkic, Nurkic and Halilovic but the season isnt over and all three can finish up strong in the last few games of the season.



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Fluminense announces 3 international players - by Paulo Freire

The Fluminense basketball team, has announced today the arrival of three new players.
The team managers, has agreed with american Eddie Miller, and two player from Argentina Juan Manuel Riveiro and Juan Manuel Torres.
On the other hand the team end up cancel the deal with center Kenneth Cooper, the american player was not able to get his work visa in time.
Eddie Miller is a shooter from California that will have his first professional season.
Juan Manuel Riveiro, more knowing as Pitu is also a guard that can also handle the ball well.
Juan Manuel Torres is a center, a trully big man that the club was in need it.



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Standings A1

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

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 6: Balkan - Beroe 96-87
Apr. 7: Rilski Sportist - Cherno More 91-95
Apr. 6: Tundja Yambol - Spartak Pleven 90-72
Apr. 6: Chernomorets - Lukoil Academik 74-90
Apr. 6: U20 - Levski Sofia 69-99

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 10: Cherno More - Levski Sofia
Apr. 10: Beroe - Lukoil Academik
Apr. 10: Chernomorets - Spartak Pleven
Apr. 10: Rilski Sportist - Tundja Yambol
Apr. 10: U20 - Balkan


NBL Round 24: Rilski Sportist loses to Euroins Cherno More in the biggest upset 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 3 rounds.

The most shocking disappointment of round 24 was a home defeat of 4th ranked Rilski Sportist (15-9) to seventh ranked Euroins Cherno More (10-14) 95-91. Euroins Cherno More moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Beroe. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Euroins Cherno More is looking forward to face league's second-placed Levski Sofia at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rilski Sportist will play against Tundja Yambol and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (22-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat eighth ranked Chernomorets (9-15) in Burgas 90-74. The winners were led by Greek power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-83, agency: Interperformances) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field) and Darryl Watkins supported him with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Even a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds by American center James Tyler (218-88) did not help to save the game for Chernomorets. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lukoil Academik have an impressive 12-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 22-2 record. Chernomorets at the other side keeps the eighth place with 15 games lost. Lukoil Academik will play against Beroe (#6) in Stara Zagora in the next round where they are favorite. Chernomorets will play at home against Spartak Pleven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
10th ranked U20 (1-23) was outscored at home by second ranked Levski Sofia (20-4) with the biggest margin this round 99-69 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Dimitar Dimitrov who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Angel Natskin who recorded 15 points and 4 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. Levski Sofia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 20-4 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Newly promoted U20 stay dead last with 23 lost games. Levski Sofia will meet Euroins Cherno More (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. U20 will play against Balkan in Botevgrad.

In the last two games of round 24 Beroe lost to Balkan on the opponent's court 87-96. Tundja Yambol managed to outperform Spartak Pleven in a home game 90-72.


Rilski Sportist - Cherno More 91-95

The most shocking disappointment of round 24 was a home defeat of 4th ranked Rilski Sportist (15-9) to seventh ranked Euroins Cherno More (10-14) 95-91. Euroins Cherno More moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Beroe. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Euroins Cherno More is looking forward to face league's second-placed Levski Sofia at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rilski Sportist will play against Tundja Yambol and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Balkan - Beroe 96-87

Rather expected game in Botevgrad where 6th ranked Beroe (10-14) was defeated by third ranked Balkan (16-8) 96-87 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 33-20 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Balkan looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Beroe's players. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Vladimir Panic (194-82) who scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Martin Marinov (190-85) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists. Five Balkan players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Reginald Holmes (193-87, college: Morgan St.) who recorded 19 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and his fellow American import guard Will Walker (183-87, college: De Paul) added 15 points and 6 assists respectively. Beroe's coach Georgi Mladenov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Balkan have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-8 record having six points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Newly promoted Beroe keeps the sixth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Cherno More. Balkan will meet bottom-ranked U20 (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Beroe will play against the league's leader Lukoil Academik (#1) in Sofia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Balkan: V.Panic 23+5reb+7ast, M.Marinov 21+4reb+5ast, U.Petrovic 19+4reb+2ast, S.Marinov 14+6reb+10ast, A.Santos 12+5reb+3ast, B.Jovovic 5+3reb
Beroe: R.Holmes 19+4reb+2ast, W.Walker 15+4reb+6ast, M.Carter 13+5reb, B.Milenkov 9+1reb+1ast, M.Hart 9+9reb, V.Aleksandrov 9+1reb+1ast
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Chernomorets - Lukoil Academik 74-90

NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (22-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat eighth ranked Chernomorets (9-15) in Burgas 90-74. It looked good early as Chernomorets took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lukoil Academik had a 34-11 second period charge getting the lead and Chernomorets was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-90. Lukoil Academik dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Chernomorets' 36. The winners were led by Greek power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-83, agency: Interperformances) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field) and American center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse) supported him with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Even a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds by American center James Tyler (218-88) did not help to save the game for Chernomorets. Forward Ivo Slavchev (198-90) added 11 points and 5 rebounds. Four Chernomorets players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lukoil Academik have an impressive 12-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 22-2 record. Chernomorets at the other side keeps the eighth place with 15 games lost. Lukoil Academik will play against Beroe (#6) in Stara Zagora in the next round where they are favorite. Chernomorets will play at home against Spartak Pleven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: D.Haritopoulos 30+11reb+1ast, B.Popovic 13+2reb+1ast, D.Watkins 13+12reb+2ast, N.Kolev 8+2reb, B.Avramov 7+4ast, P.Marinov 7+1reb+3ast
Chernomorets: J.Tyler 19+10reb+2ast, B.Boev 15+1reb, T.Zahariev 12+2ast, I.Slavchev 11+5reb+3ast, K.Hristov 5+2reb, K.Koev 4+5reb+1ast
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U20 - Levski Sofia 69-99

10th ranked U20 (1-23) was outscored at home by second ranked Levski Sofia (20-4) with the biggest margin this round 99-69 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Levski Sofia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 64.7 percent from the field and had 23 for 32 from the free-throw line, while U20 only scored six points from the stripe. They outrebounded U20 37-25 including a 31-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Levski Sofia especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was international forward Dimitar Dimitrov (203-93, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international power forward Stefan Georgiev (206-78) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. Five Levski Sofia players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Cypriot point guard Angel Natskin (186-93) who recorded 15 points and 4 assists and Nikolay Stoyanov (195-94) added 12 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. Levski Sofia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 20-4 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Newly promoted U20 stay dead last with 23 lost games. Levski Sofia will meet Euroins Cherno More (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. U20 will play against Balkan in Botevgrad.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: D.Dimitrov 24+12reb+4ast, N.Protic 14+1reb+3ast, H.Dimitrov 12+5reb+1ast, M.Marinovic 12+2reb+4ast, S.Georgiev 11+9reb+2ast, V.Petkov 10+4reb+1ast
U20: A.Natskin 15+2reb+4ast, N.Stoyanov 12+1reb+2ast, V.Galabov 12+2reb+1ast, N.Grozev 9+4reb, D.Karamfilov 7+4reb+3ast, K.Kirilov 5+3reb
gschID: 233938


Tundja Yambol - Spartak Pleven 90-72

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Tundja Yambol (12-12) defeated at home 9th ranked Spartak Pleven (5-19) 90-72 on Saturday. The game without a history. Tundja Yambol 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 Spartak Pleven's 36. The best player for the winners was guard Stanislav Govedarov (185-80) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Tundja Yambol players scored in double figures. Tundja Yambol's coach Ivan Cholakov used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Dimitar Marintchechki (201-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and the former international forward Ilia Stankov (198-76) added 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Tundja Yambol maintains fifth position with 12-12 record. Spartak Pleven lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 19 games lost. Tundja Yambol will meet higher ranked Rilski Sportist (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Spartak Pleven will play against Chernomorets (#8) in Burgas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tundja Yambol: S.Govedarov 20+5reb+3ast, Z.Kascelan 17+4ast, N.Milosevic 16+8reb, S.Petkov 12+9reb, S.Cholakov 6+4reb+1ast, I.Marchev 5+3reb+1ast
Spartak Pleven: I.Stankov 21+6reb+5ast, D.Marintchechki 20+13reb+1ast, T.Ostrev 11+5reb+3ast, R.Sofroniev 8+4reb+1ast, A.Dyakovski 8+4reb+1ast, V.Georgiev 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 233936



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Edmonton Energy takes a timeout on 2013 basketball season - by Eurobasket News

The Edmonton Energy is taking a breather. The local semi-professional basketball team will not play in the International Basketball League this year. The team announced the news on its Facebook page on Friday, saying it was taking a timeout for the 2013 season. There has been no talk about what will happen in seasons to come, so that is still unknown right now, the statement said. As much as we all loved being part of the City of Champions, the behind the scenes struggles were really difficult for our staff and ownership group. This is a tough thing for all of us to let go of and I know many of us personally hope to be back up and running as soon as possible. Edmonton is a great city and we were incredibly proud to represent it. We love, appreciate and thank all of our fans and supporters for everything over the past few years. Edmonton joined the IBL in 2008 as the Edmonton Chill. That team was dissolved at the end of that season when its then-owner, Troy Barns, disappeared from Edmonton. At the time, the IBLs commissioner cited a growing amount of unpaid debts as the main reason for his decision to dissolve the team. A multi-person ownership group, led by now-Edmonton-Gold Bar MLA David Dorward , formed the Energy in 2009. While successful on the court, the Energy struggled to build a fan base. In a financial bind in 2010, the team opted to not send the Energy to the IBL playoffs. While the Energys ownership group committed to the team the next two years and sent them to the playoffs, the league began to show its difficulties with Edmonton. The IBL consists of teams largely from the Washington State and Oregon areas. Over the last two years, teams travelled to Edmonton but would only send a small amount of players from their roster, whether full-time jobs prevented players travel or other issues crossing the border came up. In some instances there were only four, five or six players making the trip for a weekends worth of games. The Energy was regularly forced to fill out the visiting rosters with local former college players. The Energy would often get an inflated win and was unprepared for the teams it would face on the road in the playoffs. Paul Sir, the executive director at Basketball Alberta, left the team as its coach and general manager after it didnt make the 2010 playoff trip, but had been working with the Energy through this winter to try to make a go of the 2013 season. With the Energys hiatus and the prolonged silence from the provincial government on its willingness to fund the proposed relocation of Canada Basketball to Edmontons Saville Community Sports Centre, there are still hopes to make Edmonton a basketball presence. Efforts are being made to keep the Energy in the public eye through this summer with some exhibition games throughout Alberta. On the national front, Basketball Alberta may seek corporate sponsorship to bring at least a portion of the Canadian program to Edmonton in the future. While the Energy was withdrawing from its season, there are signs of basketball life further north. The Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune reported on Wednesday that the Grande Prairie Cowboys would join the American Basketball Association for the 2013-2014 season. The Cowboys would join the Calgary Crush as Albertas second team in that league. The ABAs original incarnation thrived in the early and mid 1970s before merging with the National Basketball Association in 1976. The modern ABA (same name, no affiliation to the original) has been in operation since 1999 with varying levels of success across North America.
Courtesy of: edmontonjournal.com



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Standings

DPB Standings
 1. Bambuqueros 17-7 
 2. Bucaros 17-7 
 3. Once Caldas 14-10 
 4. Piratas 13-11 
 5. Academia 13-11 
 6. Aguilas 10-14 
 7. Caribbean Heat 8-16 
 8. Halcones 4-20 

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 6: Bucaros - Bambuqueros 94-79
Apr. 6: Aguilas - Halcones 91-74
Apr. 6: Academia - Caribbean Heat 80-87
Apr. 6: Piratas - Once Caldas 74-90

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 8: Caribbean Heat - Bucaros
Apr. 8: Halcones - Piratas
Apr. 8: Bambuqueros - Academia
Apr. 8: Once Caldas - Aguilas


Colombian DPB round 23 best performance: Cesar Chavez Jacobo - by Eurobasket News

American-Dominican Rep. point guard Cesar Chavez Jacobo (196-PG-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Academia, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 27-year old player got a double-double of 27 points and 11 assists, while his team beat Caribbean Heat (#7, 7-16) 111-99. Academia maintains the 5th position in Colombian DPB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Academia will need more victories to improve their 13-10 record. In the team's last game Chavez Jacobo had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Academia, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Cesar Chavez Jacobo averages this season 22.0ppg and 4.8apg.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old American Ralphy Holmes (192-G-79) of . Holmes had a very good evening with 40 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Caribbean Heat lost that game 99-111 to league's leader (#0, ). Caribbean Heat managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-16 record. Holmes is one of the most experienced players at Caribbean Heat and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Tyrone Rayson (198-F-80) of Aguilas (#6). Rayson scored 27 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Aguilas, leading his team to a 93-73 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Halcones (#8, 4-19). The chances of Aguilas not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Rayson could try to bring Aguilas' a little bit higher in the standings. Rayson has individually a great season in Colombia. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.3ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 6.9rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Norbey Aragon (194-F/G-78) of Academia - 34 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) of Piratas - 30 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Eddy Mayfield (185-G-81) of Aguilas - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 16 assists
7. Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of Bambuqueros - 30 points and 5 assists
8. Yader Fernandez (197-F-82) of Aguilas - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Courtney Nelson (186-G-85) of Halcones - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Gabriel Fuentes (203-C) of Piratas - 13 points and 11 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)



John Hernandez claims Colombian DPB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Former international center John Hernandez (207-C-84) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Bucaros and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 28-year old center had a double-double of 14 points and twenty one rebounds, while his team beat Bambuqueros (17-7) 94-79. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Bucaros maintains the 2nd position in Colombian DPB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bucaros will need more victories to improve their 17-7 record. Hernandez has many years of experience at Bucaros, through which he has constantly improved. Hernandez has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 11.8rpg) and averages solid 53.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old former international forward Cesar Ordonez (196-F) of Once Caldas. Ordonez impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Once Caldas to another comfortable win 90-74 over slightly lower-ranked Piratas (#4, 13-11) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Once Caldas consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 14-10 record is not bad at all. Ordonez is one of the most experienced players at Once Caldas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was former international swingman Eleutherio Renteria (194-G/F-81) of Halcones (#8). Renteria scored 18 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Renteria's great performance Halcones lost 74-91 to slightly higher-ranked Aguilas (#6, 10-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Halcones can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-20 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Renteria he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Renteria has a very solid season. In 20 games in Colombia he scored 13.5ppg. He also has 5.2rpg and FGP: 54.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) of Piratas - 20 points and 18 rebounds
5. Daniel Northern (206-F/C-85) of Halcones - 22 points and 9 rebounds
6. Beicar Aguaslimpias) of Academia - 18 points and 12 rebounds
7. Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of Bambuqueros - 28 points and 3 rebounds
8. Eddy Mayfield (185-G-81) of Aguilas - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Sergio Trocha (204-C-87) of Bucaros - 18 points and 14 rebounds
10. Quentin Smith (205-C-77) of Aguilas - 18 points, 8 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)



PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 24- RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Once Caldas took revenge of the previous game thanks to a more controlled game and great pressure on defense that forced 17 Piratas turnovers, the effort of the overtime was crearly more expensive for the Piratas , Moreno, Arteaga and Thomas felt the minutes on the court and did not had Mendez.
The OC controlled the game in the second half and limited the locals to a seson low 8 points in the third quarter, Cesar Ordonez (196-F) leaded the OC with 24 pts and 15 rebounds, Justin Garris added 23.
Piratas de Bogota 74 J. Fahnbulleh 20 pts + 18 rebs, T. Thomas 16 pts.
Manizales OC 90 C. Ordoez 24 pts + 15 rebs, J. Garris 23 pts

Caribbean Heat got a surprising victory as visitor against the Academia de la Montana, very important of the C. Heat in order to keep their hopes alive to get a ticket for the second round, Academia limited the minutes of his starters on the game while the C. Heat did not had his best player Patrick Culver for the second straight game after his ejection in Bogot, Cliff Leon leded the winners with 15 pts, and Beikar Aguaslimpias leaded the Academia with 18 pts and 12 rebs.
Academia de la Montana 80 B. Aguaslimpias 18 pts + 12 rebs, N. Aragon 12 pts
Caribbean Heat 87 C. Leon 15 pts, D Forbes 14 pts

Halcones de Cucuta is the first team eliminated , with 4 games remaining does not has options to get a place in the second phase, Eddy Mayfield leaded the Aguilas with 22 pts, Quentin Smith added 18, for the Halcones Daniel Northern had 22.
Aguilas de Tunja 91 E. Mayfield 22 pts, Q Smith 18 pts
Halcones de Cucuta 74 D. Northern 22 pts, E. Renteria 18 pts

The fight for the first place in the standings is red hot, Bukaros defeated Bambuqueros in the second game at Bucaramanga to Split the series between both team , each one won 2 games, Bambuqueros had a 12 points lead at the half, but the words of the Bukaros coaching staff to their players in the locker room were good enough to motivated them , the second half was a different history and a 34 pts last quarter and a total control of the boards in the game meant the victory for the locals.
Bukaros Freskaleche 94 J. Edwin 20 pts,S. Trocha 18 pts + 14 rebs
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 79 S. Ortiz 28 pts, E. Guevara 17 pts.




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Croatian A1 round 3 (Second Stage) best performance: Miro Bilan - by Eurobasket News

Center Miro Bilan (215-C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Cedevita, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, seven rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush KK Split (2-1) with 19-point margin 88-69. Cedevita is placed at 2nd position in Croatian A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this stage. Cedevita will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. It's Bilan's second year at Cedevita and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Miro Bilan averages just after two games 12.5ppg and 10.5rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was young international power forward Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) of league's leader Cibona. Saric had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Cibona to another comfortable win 81-65 over Alkar Sinj (0-3) being unquestionably team leader. A very good start of the Second Stage for his team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Saric is a newcomer at Cibona, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Domagoj Bubalo (214-C-91) of Jolly (#4). Bubalo scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Jolly, leading his team to a 87-70 easy win against Kvarner 2010 (#6, 1-2). Jolly needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Bubalo has a very solid season. In 19 games in Croatia he scored 6.7ppg. He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 59.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Barisa Krasic (203-C-78) of Zadar - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85) of Cibona - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Andrija Zizic (207-C-80) of Cibona - 18 points and 9 rebounds
7. Ronald Ross (188-G-83) of Jolly - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Dino Cinac (198-F-88) of Kvarner 2010 - 22 points and 6 rebounds
9. Miralem Halilovic (205-F-91) of KK Zagreb - 18 points and 8 rebounds
10. Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) of KK Split - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
Group A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 31-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 20-12 
 3. NH Ostrava 20-13 
 4. BK Pardubice 19-14 
 5. BC Kolin 18-15 
 6. BK Decin 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. 7: BK Decin - BK Prostejov 74-77
Apr. 6: BK Pardubice - NH Ostrava 64-76
Apr. 6: BC Kolin - CEZ Nymburk 52-100

Second Stage: Round 10

Apr. 13: BK Pardubice - BC Kolin
Apr. 13: BK Pardubice - CEZ Nymburk
Apr. 13: NH Ostrava - BK Decin
Apr. 10: CEZ Nymburk - BK Prostejov


NBL Round 9 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in NBL. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The most interesting game of round 9 was a home defeat of 4th placed BK Pardubice (19-14) to third ranked NH Ostrava (20-13) 76-64 in the game for the third place. American forward Jeremiah Wilson (203-88, college: Tarleton St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Rahsaan Ames (184-78, college: Shaw) chipped in 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. NH Ostrava maintains third place with 20-13 record behind leader CEZ Nymburk. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the fourth position with 14 games lost. NH Ostrava are looking forward to face BK Decin (#6) at home in the next round. BK Pardubice will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Decin. Third ranked BK Prostejov (20-12) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked BK Decin (18-15) 77-74 on Sunday evening. Naturalized Slovakian Roman Marko (194-86) nailed 15 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side and Pavel Slezak accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) came up with 23 points and 5 assists for BK Decin in the defeat. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Prostejov moved-up to second place. BK Decin at the other side keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. They share it with BC Kolin. BK Prostejov will play against league's leader CEZ Nymburk on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Decin will play against NH Ostrava (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (31-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked BC Kolin (18-15) 100-52. The best player for the winners was Michael Efevberha who scored 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Richard Field who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 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. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 31-1 record. Loser BC Kolin keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. They share it with BK Decin. CEZ Nymburk will meet at home league's second-placed BK Prostejov in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BC Kolin will play against BK Pardubice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 18 points and 8 rebounds by Brad Reese of Usti n/Labem.


Group A1
BK Decin - BK Prostejov 74-77

Important game to mention about took place in Decin. Third ranked BK Prostejov (20-12) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked BK Decin (18-15) 77-74 on Sunday evening. BK Decin was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized Slovakian Roman Marko (194-86) nailed 15 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side and the former international guard Pavel Slezak (186-84) accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) came up with 23 points and 5 assists and swingman Lubos Stria (197-81) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for BK Decin in the defeat. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Prostejov moved-up to second place. BK Decin at the other side keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. They share it with BC Kolin. BK Prostejov will play against league's leader CEZ Nymburk on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Decin will play against NH Ostrava (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: L.Sanders 23+3reb+5ast, J.Jiricek 12+3reb, L.Stria 11+6reb+1ast, P.Pope 8+3reb+1ast, A.Alic 7+2reb+1ast, J.Houska 6+9reb
BK Prostejov: R.Marko 15+5reb+9ast, P.Slezak 15+5reb+1ast, K.Svrdlik 14+5reb+1ast, D.Pandula 9+2reb+3ast, O.Kohout 9+8reb+1ast, J.Bohacik 6+2reb
gschID: 233059


BK Pardubice - NH Ostrava 64-76

The most interesting game of round 9 was a home defeat of 4th placed BK Pardubice (19-14) to third ranked NH Ostrava (20-13) 76-64 in the game for the third place. American forward Jeremiah Wilson (203-88, college: Tarleton St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Rahsaan Ames (184-78, college: Shaw) chipped in 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Five NH Ostrava players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and the former international forward Petr Bohacik (205-85) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds. NH Ostrava maintains third place with 20-13 record behind leader CEZ Nymburk. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the fourth position with 14 games lost. NH Ostrava are looking forward to face BK Decin (#6) at home in the next round. BK Pardubice will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: E.Zabas 23+11reb+2ast, P.Bohacik 17+17reb+2ast, M.Carnecky 10+2reb+4ast, J.Prihonsky 5+3reb+1ast, T.Nelson 5+2reb+2ast, O.Peterka 4+2reb+1ast
NH Ostrava: J.Wilson 16+10reb+2ast, A.Dufault 13+8reb+5ast, C.Barnes 13+4reb+1ast, R.Ames 12+8reb+6ast, A.Ciz 11+1reb+3ast, L.Jurecka 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 233060


BC Kolin - CEZ Nymburk 52-100

NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (31-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked BC Kolin (18-15) 100-52. CEZ Nymburk dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to BC Kolin's 26. They outrebounded BC Kolin 37-26 including 24 on the defensive glass. CEZ Nymburk looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by BC Kolin's players. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American guard Michael Efevberha (197-84, college: CS Northridge) who scored 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Montenegrin guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-81, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 10 points and 8 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Richard Field (196-85, college: Mercyhurst) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and guard Tomas Vyoral (192-92) added 10 points and 4 assists respectively. Four BC Kolin players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 31-1 record. Loser BC Kolin keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. They share it with BK Decin. CEZ Nymburk will meet at home league's second-placed BK Prostejov in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BC Kolin will play against BK Pardubice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Kolin: R.Field 14+10reb+1ast, M.Hubalek 11+1reb, S.Zuzak 11+4reb, T.Vyoral 10+3reb+4ast, J.Nemecek 3, M.Kriz 2+2reb
CEZ Nymburk: P.Benda 16+2reb, M.Efevberha 15+5reb+2ast, M.Pavkovic 10+2reb+8ast, A.Naymick 9+3reb, R.Rancik 9+7reb+2ast, R.Necas 9+6reb
gschID: 233061



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Austin Toros clinched a spot in the 2013 NBA D-League playoffs - by Serafim Karaiskakis

The Austin Toros clinched a spot in the 2013 NBA D-League playoffs following a Tulsa 66ers loss to the Iowa Energy Thursday night, the League confirmed earlier today. The Toros (27-21) will conclude their regular season with back-to-back games against the RGV Vipers starting tonight. Fans can view those games live at NBADLeague.com powered by YouTube free of charge.

Eight teams will compete in the first round, best of three series. The schedule for round one will be announced on Sunday evening following the D-League selection process that allows the three division winners (in order of their regular season record) to pick their opponent from the remaining wildcard teams. The wildcard teams consist of the five best records following the division winners, regardless of division.

Toros' playoff tickets go on sale Monday, April 8th at 10am. Ticket prices start at $5. For more information please call the Toros office at (512) 236-8333 , visit austintoros.com or ticketmaster.com.

source: http://www.nba.com/dleague/austin/



Cory Higgins claims D-League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Cory Higgins (195-G-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Erie Bay H. and that's him to receive a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 71.
The 23-year old guard had the game-high 41 points adding four rebounds and six assists for Erie Bay H. in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Maine RC (26-24) 108-105. Erie Bay H. is placed at 4th position in D-League. Erie Bay H. 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 26-24 record. In the team's last game Higgins had a remarkable 61.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Erie Bay H.'s top player in his first season with the team. Cory Higgins averages this season 17.6ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old forward Jarvis Varnado (206-F-88) of Sioux Falls S.. Varnado impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 20 rebounds. Bad luck as Sioux Falls S. lost that game 104-109 to slightly lower-ranked Iowa E. (#8, 14-36). This loss caused Sioux Falls S. to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 25-25 record is not bad and everything may still change. Varnado is one of the most experienced players at Sioux Falls S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Kyle Weaver (198-G-86, agency: Priority Sports) of second-ranked Canton C.. Weaver showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Canton C., leading his team to a 109-94 easy win against the lower-ranked Reno B. (#8, 16-34). Canton C. needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 30 victories and 20 lost games. Weaver has a very solid season. In 13 games in D-L he scored 12.5ppg. He also has 4.9rpg and 3.9apg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Wright (203-F-88) of Maine RC - 25 points and 10 rebounds
5. Jeremy Tyler (209-F-91) of Santa Cruz W. - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Darnell Jackson (203-F-85) of Reno B. - 30 points and 6 rebounds
7. Darington Hobson (201-G/F-87) of Santa Cruz W. - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Diante Garrett (193-G-88) of Bakersfield J. - 32 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Augustus Gilchrist (208-F/C-89) of Iowa E. - 17 points and 13 rebounds
10. Willie Reed (206-F-90) of Springfield A. - 19 points and 14 rebounds

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



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Who is Euroleagues 2012-13 Coach Of The Year? - by Dimitris Katsionis

A few days before 2012-13 Euroleague's post season start, we take a look to the contenders of "COY" trophy evaluating not only their results, but their overall influence to each team's game style.

1.) Xavi Pascual: So far, the front-runner for the official award. Pasqual insisted on what he started to work more intensively last year, making this season's Barcelona the best half-court team in Europe. His team presents an impressive level of cooperation and thinking, together with the highest speed at half court execution. Barcelona's defense remains an "elite" one also. I'm waiting to see how he will manage the huge loss of Pete Mickeal in the post season..

2.) Argyris Pedoulakis: He had a very difficult task, replacing the "Godfather" of European basketball (Obradovic) and taking over a top club in a rebuilding process. Pedoulakis targeted to raise Panathinaikos' athletic & physical level, creating a hard-nosed team based on discipline and Europe's best half court-offense player, Dimitris Diamantidis. The Greens defensive performance is pretty impressive so far but the team is trying to balance the shortcoming of the rotation's small depth, especially in the guards. Obviously, an overachiever..

3.) Ettore Messina: The Italian professor faced many difficulties during the season and several swings in CSKAs performance each night. He struggled to find chemistry, changing many different lineups, especially in the perimeter spots (before finds in Micov the ideal quarterback-guard/wing) but quietly CSKA rises and gives the impression that plays better from day to day. The NBA influences (after one year in America) are evident (for a former sworn fan of European basketball..) as we see more "isolation" in CSKAs offense (for Weems, we have to go back in Treviso's days and Tyus Edney to see something similar from the coach) and tall lineups (Krstic at "4", Khryapa at "3") which form an interesting coaching proposal , regardless of their functionality. With the current situation, the Russians are probably the top-favorite for the title due to Messina's presence in the do or die games. Indisputably, he remains the most capable coach in the competition..

4.) David Blatt: Before 2.5 months, MTL was a mistake-structured team which performed really bad. Today, David Blatt is attempting one of the biggest come backs in the competition's recent history, targeting London's final four. Placing Smith at "4" and the activation of combo-forward Guy Pnini, gave functionality to Maccabi's offense, mobility and lanes to Blatt's penetrators as the team had a serious shooting threat from the power forward spot. Maccabi is now in a great psychologically state, tripping the clubs "No Fear" instincts..

HONORABLE MENTION

Rimas Kurtinaitis: Ok, Khimki performed really well this season proving that it's a post season level team. It's obvious that Kurtinaitis team has worked a lot in the offensive details, presenting great spacing and automated plays in the half court plus a very effective transition offense with a pivotal level of cooperation. But it's obvious also that they have to work on their mentality and create winning instincts..

Luca Banchi: Innovative work.. A team of gunners, running a high octane offense which shooting the lights out every night and delivers a low mistake basketball. It's big defensive hole in the paint didn't allow Montepaschi to qualify in the post season. Maybe Banchi will be accused as an "heretic" but "his Montepaschi" has a basketball identity for sure..




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1.DIVISION: Tarmo (Porvoo) in the Finals - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Division 1 A, semi-finals: One Team is ready to the Finals. Regular season winner Tarmo (Porvoo) beat tonight third time BC Nokia and has won this series 3-1. BC Nokia was down by one (39-40) during the half time, but Tarmo won the third quarter 9-20 and was leading 48-60, when the last quarter got started. Tarmo's lead was soon even 51-68, BC Nokia made the contest still a seven-point-game (70-77), but the visitors were again stronger at the end (76-92). Four BC Nokia players fouled out and Tarmo was shooting with 87% accuracy from the FT-line (34/39). Isaiah Tate (192-G-89, college: George Mason) netted his season best leading Tarmo with 36 points (1 - 13/15, 2 - 7/9, 3 - 3/9). Vernon Taylor (190-G-87, college: Troy) made his all 12 FTs and added 27 pts. Taylor grabbed 15 rebounds. Jerrah Young (203-F-85, college: Toledo) stopped Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) (two points in 38 minutes) and had himself a double-double 10pts/12rbs. Nicholas Pederson (203-F-85) led BC Nokia with 22pts/8rbs. Tarmo's opponent in the Finals will be Honka (Tapiola) or ToPo (Helsinki).
BC Nokia - Tarmo 76-92 (39-40). (Nick Pederson 22/8, Timo Riihela 22/7, Henri Jokinen 14 - Isaiah Tate 36, Vernon Taylor 27/15, Jerrah Young 10/12. A: 425).



KORISLIIGA: Kataja is rolling - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 43: Kataja (Joensuu) is rolling towards regular season victory. Tonight Kataja was winning Game # 19 in a row at home court as visitor Pyrinto from Tampere lost 87-82 (32-41). Quarters: 13-21, 19-20, 34-18, 21-23. Kataja (34-8) won also the rebounds 44-39 and had less turnovers (11-18). Antti Kanervo (193-SG-89) led the hosts with 19 points. Daniel Coleman (206-F-85, college: Minnesota) added 15 pts. Pyrinto (29-13) was playing with Finnish players. There were none American players on the roster. Even Damon Williams was not there. He had played 280 regular season games in a row from January 4, 2008 on. Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) led Pyrinto with 19pts/8rbs. Jesse Niemi (193-F/G-90) netted 19 pts as well. These two teams will meet again on Tuesday, April 9 - in Tampere.
Kataja - Pyrinto 87-82 (32-41). (Antti Kanervo 19, Dan Coleman 15/8, Jonte Flowers 14 - Carl Lindbom 19/8, Jesse Niemi 19, Antero Lehto 15. A: 996).



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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 18-12 
 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 7-23 
 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. 7: Fos Ouest - Bordeaux 80-75
Apr. 6: St Vallier - Lille 76-95
Apr. 5: Nantes - Denain 62-69

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 12: Maurienne - Boulogne
Apr. 12: Le Portel - Chalons-Reims
Apr. 12: Lille - St Quentin
Apr. 12: Denain - Evreux
Apr. 13: Bourg - Antibes
Apr. 12: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Rouen
Apr. 13: St Vallier - Nantes
Apr. 12: Bordeaux - Hyeres-Toulon
Apr. 12: Charleville - Fos Ouest


Evreux adds Hunter to their roster - by Eurobasket News

ALM Evreux Basket (ProB) added to their roster 33-year old American forward Brandon Hunter (201-125kg-80, college: Ohio). He just played at Entente Orleans 45 in French ProA. Hunter managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. In 8 ProA games he recorded 7.4ppg and 4.4rpg. He also played at Galil Gilboa (Winner League) in Israel earlier that season. In 14 games he averaged 9.2ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg. Hunter also played 7 games in Balkan League where he averaged 8.9ppg and 4.3rpg. The last season he played at BBC Bayreuth (BBL) in German league. In 28 games he averaged 9.6ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1apg.
The previous (10-11) season Hunter played at BK Ventspils (LBL) in Latvian league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 18 LBL games he averaged 11.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Latvian League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Hunter also played 3 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 11.7ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.3apg. He also played 4 games in Baltic League where he averaged 12.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.3apg. The other team Hunter played that season for was Aliaga Petkim (TBL) in Turkish league. In 19 games he averaged 10.9ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.4apg.
In 2009-10 season he played at Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) in Israel. In 26 games he averaged 8.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.2apg. He contributed to his team winning the cup and make to league semifinals. Hunter also played 14 games in Eurocup where he averaged 9.2ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.1apg.
In 2003 he was drafted by Boston Celtics (NBA) in second round (56th overall). The former Ohio University star is in his tenth season in pro basketball. He won Puerto Rican BSN Island Group championship title in 2008.
Hunter has played also professionally in Greece (Panathinaikos), Italy (Livorno, Napoli and Sutor Montegranaro) and Puerto Rico (Capitanes).
On Hunter: An incredibly strong player who plays with great skill as well as heart. One of the top players in Italy A-1 basketball and a veteran of the NBA, Brandon is an excellent finisher and imposing force around the basket on both ends of the floor.

By Eurobasket Data Center



ProB Round 30: Pau-Lacq-Orthez and Evreux share top position - by Eurobasket News

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

Round 30 in ProB means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Antibes where host Olympique Antibes (18-12) beat league's leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez (22-8) 82-71 on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Olympique Antibes. Pau-Lacq-Orthez managed to win fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olympique Antibes looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who scored 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) chipped in 19 points and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was David Denave (195-85) who recorded 24 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olympique Antibes have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Fos Ouest and Rouen. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Evreux who have the same record. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play next round against SPO Rouen trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Olympique Antibes will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked JL Bourg on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked ALM Evreux as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Pau-Lacq-Orthez) loss. ALM Evreux smashed 9th ranked JL Bourg at home 92-61. It was a good game for center Garry Florimont (203-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Steeve Ho You Fat contributed with 10 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. American swingman Jason Forte (196-84, college: S.Mississippi) replied with 28 points and 8 rebounds for JL Bourg. JL Bourg's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. JL Bourg at the other side keeps the ninth place with 14 games lost. JL Bourg will play next round against Olympique Antibes trying to get back on the winning streak. ALM Evreux will try to continue on its current victory against fourteenth ranked Denain Voltaire on the road.
The game in Boulogne was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Le Portel (19-11) played at the court of fifth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (19-11). SO Maritime Boulogne defeated Le Portel 89-79 on Saturday. Mouhammadou Jaiteh had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Darnell Wilson with 18 points and 7 rebounds. SO Maritime Boulogne moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Le Portel. SO Maritime Boulogne will meet Aix-Maurienne (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Le Portel will play against Chalons-Reims (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 30 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Bordeaux was defeated by Fos Ouest in a road game 80-75. St Vallier was smashed by Lille at home 76-95. Bottom-ranked Charleville was destroyed by St Quentin on the opponent's court 86-64. Rouen outscored Hyeres-Toulon in a home game 93-73. Denain managed to beat Nantes on the road 69-62. Chalons-Reims crushed Maurienne on its own court 98-78.
The best stats of 30th round was 34 points (!!!) and 8 steals by Jason Siggers of Lille.


Fos Ouest - Bordeaux 80-75

There was no surprise when 17th ranked Bordeaux (7-23) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Fos Ouest (18-12) 80-75 on Sunday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 22-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Fos Ouest looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American power forward John Williamson (199-86, college: Cincinnati) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Moroccan-Canadian Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Fos Ouest players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) with 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and guard Matthieu Guichard (188-88) scored 16 points. Fos Ouest have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Antibes and Rouen. Bordeaux lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 23 games lost. Fos Ouest will meet bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#18) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Bordeaux will play against Hyeres-Toulon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: J.Williamson 17+5reb+3ast, M.Hachad 15+7reb+3ast, M.Dia 12+3reb+2ast, I.Sy 11+2reb+5ast, C.Davis 9+3reb+4ast, A.Toto N'Kote 6+1reb+3ast
Bordeaux: N.Wyatte 20+8reb+1ast, M.Guichard 16+3ast, G.Darrigand 12+2reb+4ast, N.Carter 8+6reb, R.Chery 6+1reb+2ast, M.Humphrey 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 179500


St Vallier - Lille 76-95

No shocking result in a game when eleventh ranked Lille Metropole (15-15) smashed on the road 16th ranked Saint Vallier (9-21) 95-76 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Lille Metropole. Saint Vallier managed to win second period 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lille Metropole forced 26 Saint Vallier turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Saint Vallier's players. American Jason Siggers (188-85, college: Albany) scored 34 points (!!!) and 8 steals (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward Steffon Bradford (198-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Lille Metropole's coach Abdourahmane N'Diaye used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American guard Brad Tinsley (190-89, college: Vanderbilt) with 12 points and 4 assists and Florent Tortosa (196-89) scored 14 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lille Metropole moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Maurienne. Saint Vallier lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 21 games lost. Lille Metropole will meet at home Saint-Quentin (#13) in the next round. Saint Vallier will play against Nantes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lille: J.Siggers 34+4reb+2ast, S.Bradford 16+7reb+1ast, S.Smith 14+7reb+1ast, M.Tensorer 12+1reb+3ast, B.Gillet 9+1reb+7ast, L.Akono 5+2ast
St Vallier: F.Tortosa 14+4reb+1ast, D.Diarra 12+5reb, B.Tinsley 12+4reb+4ast, E.Craven 11+1reb+4ast, C.Melicie 10+4reb+1ast, J.Hoyaux 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 179504


Antibes - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 82-71

Round 30 in ProB means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Antibes where host Olympique Antibes (18-12) beat league's leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez (22-8) 82-71 on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Olympique Antibes. Pau-Lacq-Orthez managed to win fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olympique Antibes looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who scored 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) chipped in 19 points and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was David Denave (195-85) who recorded 24 points and 4 assists and American forward Brian Boddicker (204-81, college: Texas) added 17 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olympique Antibes have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Fos Ouest and Rouen. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Evreux who have the same record. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play next round against SPO Rouen trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Olympique Antibes will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked JL Bourg on the road.
Top scorers:
Antibes: T.Blue 23+8reb+4ast, A.Hilliard 19+1reb+7ast, R.Desroses 14+3reb, M.Badiane 7+5reb+1ast, G.Yango 6+6reb, L.Bengaber 6+3reb+2ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: D.Denave 24+2reb+4ast, B.Boddicker 17+3reb+3ast, C.Jackson 9+7reb+1ast, J.Morency 6+3reb, A.Mendy 6+3reb, R.Lesca 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 179503


Boulogne - Le Portel 89-79

The game in Boulogne was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Le Portel (19-11) played at the court of fifth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (19-11). SO Maritime Boulogne defeated Le Portel 89-79 on Saturday. Le Portel was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 33-17 charge of SO Maritime Boulogne, which allowed them to win the game. They made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for SO Maritime Boulogne especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-94) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) chipped in 14 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Darnell Wilson (198-85, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) with 18 points and 7 rebounds and Jamaican-American Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SO Maritime Boulogne moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Le Portel. SO Maritime Boulogne will meet Aix-Maurienne (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Le Portel will play against Chalons-Reims (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: M.Jaiteh 23+17reb+1ast, A.Rowland 14+3reb+3ast, Z.Bah 13+3reb+3ast, J.Rousselle 12+1reb+6ast, M.Diane 9+2reb+2ast, A.Loum 7+4reb+1ast
Le Portel: D.Wilson 18+7reb+1ast, R.Taylor 17+2reb+2ast, S.Gay 15+6reb+1ast, C.Bronchard 10+5reb+1ast, A.Charles 8+1reb+1ast, B.Mangin 6+2reb+6ast
gschID: 179499


St Quentin - Charleville 86-64

Very expected game when 18th ranked Charleville-Mezieres (5-25) was rolled over on the road by thirteenth ranked Saint-Quentin (13-17) 86-64 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Saint-Quentin. Charleville-Mezieres managed to win third quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saint-Quentin forced 19 Charleville-Mezieres turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Charleville-Mezieres' players. Power forward Julien Lesieu (201-83) scored 7 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American-Ghanian Amu Saaka (198-88, college: Furman, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Saint-Quentin players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Frederic Bourdillon (193-91) scored 13 points. Saint-Quentin moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Hyeres-Toulon. Charleville-Mezieres lost sixteenth consecutive game. Charleville-Mezieres at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay dead last with 25 lost games. Saint-Quentin will meet higher ranked Lille Metropole (#11) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Fos Ouest (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: G.Sylvain 16+4reb+1ast, A.Saaka 14+6reb+1ast, K.Bichard 12+3reb+2ast, J.Ball 12+2reb+4ast, O.Romain 10+1reb+4ast, D.Quincy-Jones 10+3reb+3ast
Charleville: V.Pridotkas 15+11reb+1ast, F.Bourdillon 13+2reb+3ast, T.Toney 11+6reb+1ast, D.Hudson 9+2reb, A.Racine 6+3reb+1ast, N.Racon 5+5reb
gschID: 179506


Rouen - Hyeres-Toulon 93-73

Very predictable result when sixth ranked SPO Rouen (18-12) outscored at home 12th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (13-17) 93-73 on Friday. The game without a history. SPO Rouen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Hyeres-Toulon's players. American forward Tai Wesley (200-86, college: Utah St.) scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Wendell McKines (198-88, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was point guard Axel Julien (185-92) with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 assists and power forward Landing Sane (207-90) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Hyeres-Toulon players scored in double figures. Hyeres-Toulon's coach Jean-Aime Toupane rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. SPO Rouen have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 18-12 record, which they share with Antibes and Fos Ouest. Loser Hyeres-Toulon keeps the twelfth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with St Quentin. SPO Rouen will meet league's second-placed Pau-Lacq-Orthez on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Bordeaux (#17) and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the ProA just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Rouen: T.Wesley 23+5reb+5ast, W.McKines 20+10reb+2ast, G.Chathuant 13+6reb+2ast, F.Ateba 9+1reb+1ast, M.Courby 8+2reb, O.Bassett 7+1reb+8ast
Hyeres-Toulon: L.Sane 13+9reb, J.Newson 13+3reb+1ast, A.Julien 10+3reb+10ast, B.Niang 10+3reb, T.Dials 9+5reb+1ast, L.Chelle 6+1reb
gschID: 179505


Evreux - Bourg 92-61

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked ALM Evreux as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Pau-Lacq-Orthez) loss. ALM Evreux smashed 9th ranked JL Bourg at home 92-61. The game without a history. ALM Evreux led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to JL Bourg's 30. They outrebounded JL Bourg 39-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. ALM Evreux players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a good game for center Garry Florimont (203-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Steeve Ho You Fat (203-88) contributed with 10 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. Five ALM Evreux players scored in double figures. American swingman Jason Forte (196-84, college: S.Mississippi) replied with 28 points and 8 rebounds and Cameroonian point guard Saidou Njoya (186-89) added 6 points and 7 assists in the effort for JL Bourg. JL Bourg's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. JL Bourg at the other side keeps the ninth place with 14 games lost. JL Bourg will play next round against Olympique Antibes trying to get back on the winning streak. ALM Evreux will try to continue on its current victory against fourteenth ranked Denain Voltaire on the road.
Top scorers:
Evreux: G.Florimont 19+11reb, L.Sambe 15+3reb+1ast, D.Reed 15+4reb+2ast, L.Konate 12+6reb+5ast, C.Hannah 11+3reb+4ast, S.Ho You Fat 10+8reb+6ast
Bourg: J.Forte 28+8reb+3ast, S.Njoya 6+1reb+7ast, A.Gomis 6+4reb, M.Sonko 6+3reb, A.Tanghe 4+3reb, J.Sanchez 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 179502


Nantes - Denain 62-69

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourteenth ranked Denain Voltaire and 15th ranked Nantes had identical 10-19 record. But Nantes was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Denain 69-62 on Friday night. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-13. But Nantes won second period 16-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Denain Voltaire dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Nantes' 18. The game was dominated by American players. Forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) scored 25 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Marcus Kitts (205-89, college: William & Mary) chipped in 4 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was power forward James Mathis (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds and guard LaMarshall Corbett (190-88, college: Angelo St.) scored 16 points. Denain Voltaire maintains fourteenth position with 11-19 record. Loser Nantes keeps the fifteenth place with 20 games lost. Denain Voltaire will meet at home league's leader ALM Evreux in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Nantes will play against Saint Vallier (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Denain: J.Flowers 25+9reb+1ast, X.Gaillou 10+3reb+1ast, L.Humphrey 9+4reb, R.Lopez 7+6reb+2ast, V.Ateba 6+1reb, C.Cairo 6+5reb+1ast
Nantes: L.Corbett 16+2reb+2ast, E.Mendy 14+4reb+2ast, J.Mathis 13+15reb+2ast, N.Gayon 9+4reb+2ast, C.Gomez 5+2reb+4ast, W.Soliman 4+8reb
gschID: 179501


Chalons-Reims - Maurienne 98-78

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Chalons-Reims (20-10) outleveled at home 10th ranked Aix-Maurienne (15-15) 98-78 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Chalons-Reims. Aix-Maurienne managed to win third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalons-Reims shot 61.7 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 68.4 percentage. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Tyren Johnson (202-88, college: La-Lafayette) scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Justin Burrell (206-88, college: St.John's) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Wayne Chism (206-87, college: Tennessee) with 8 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Erroyl Bing (198-82, college: E.Carolina) scored 17 points. Five Chalons-Reims and four Aix-Maurienne players scored in double figures. Aix-Maurienne's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Chalons-Reims maintains third position with 20-10 record having just two points less than leader Evreux. Loser Aix-Maurienne keeps the tenth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Lille. Chalons-Reims will meet Le Portel (#5) on the road in the next round. Aix-Maurienne will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: T.Johnson 19+5reb+6ast, J.Burrell 15+8reb+1ast, K.Joss-Rauze 15+1reb, P.Poupet 15+2reb+1ast, A.Tsagarakis 13+1reb+4ast, R.Mels 11+2reb+3ast
Maurienne: E.Bing 17+3reb, S.Darnauzan 14+4ast, T.Yvrande 13+2reb+1ast, M.Houmounou 11+5reb+2ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 8+4reb, W.Chism 8+11reb+1ast
gschID: 179498



Mouhammadou Jaiteh claims French ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) had a very impressive game in the last round for Boulogne and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 18-year old center had a double-double of 23 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team beat Le Portel (19-11) 89-79. Boulogne is placed at 4th position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Boulogne will need more victories to improve their 19-11 record. Jaiteh turned to be Boulogne's top player in his first season with the team. Jaiteh has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.7rpg) and averages solid 65.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American shooting guard Jason Siggers (188-SG-85) of Lille. Siggers impressed basketball fans with 34 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Lille to another comfortable win 95-76 over the lower-ranked St Vallier (#16, 9-21) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Lille keeps 11th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-15 record is not bad and everything may still change. Siggers is a newcomer at Lille and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.9ppg (#6). He also registered 4.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Wendell McKines (198-F-88) of Rouen (#6). McKines scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Rouen, leading his team to a 93-73 easy win against the lower-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#12, 13-17). Rouen needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 12 lost games. McKines has a great season in France. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.4ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 8.9rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jason Forte (196-G/F-84) of Bourg - 28 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Tim Blue (205-F-84) of Antibes - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. John Flowers (200-F-89) of Denain - 25 points and 9 rebounds
7. Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-F-84) of Charleville - 15 points and 11 rebounds
8. John Williamson (199-F/C-86) of Fos Ouest - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Tyren Johnson (202-F-88) of Chalons-Reims - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Tai Wesley (200-F-86) of Rouen - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 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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Trajkovski number one in FYR Macedonia for round 2 - by Eurobasket News

Former international Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Feni Indistrija, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Second Stage).
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, seven rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Lirija (#3, 11-5) 89-80. It allowed Feni Indistrija to consolidate first place in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Feni Indistrija has a very solid 12-4 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Trajkovski had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Feni Indistrija's top player in his first season with the team. Bojan Trajkovski has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 15.3ppg), rebounds (4th best: 7.7rpg) and averages impressive 61.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Serbian Nemanja Arsic (214-C-85) of ABA Strumica. Arsic had a very good evening with a double-double of 33 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as ABA Strumica was edged by Pelister Bitola (3-13) 79-77. The Second Stage 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 round. Arsic is a newcomer at ABA Strumica and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian center Aleksandar Kalanj (208-C-86) of Pelister Bitola (#-4). Kalanj scored 26 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Pelister Bitola, leading his team to a 79-77 win against #-5 ranked ABA Strumica in a game of the week. Pelister Bitola can only dream about fighting for top spots in Places 7-9. They have rather bad season and 3-13 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Kalanj he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Kalanj has a very solid season. In 6 games in FYR Macedonia he scored 21.5ppg. He also has 9.0rpg and FGP: 63.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) of Kumanovo - 18 points and 10 rebounds
5. Balsa Radunovic (207-F/C-80) of Lirija - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88) of Kumanovo - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85) of Rabotnicki - 21 points and 3 rebounds
8. Cade Davis (197-F/G-88) of MZT Skopje - 21 points and 5 rebounds
9. Nenad Zivcevic (204-F-87) of Rabotnicki - 16 points and 9 rebounds
10. Vladimir Brckov (200-F-89) of Feni Indistrija - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Brose Bask. 22-6 
 2. EWE Baskets 20-8 
 3. Ratiopharm 19-9 
 4. B.Muenchen 19-11 
 5. ALBA 17-11 
 6. Phoenix Hagen 16-13 
 7. Art.Dragons 16-13 
 8. Telekom Baskets 15-13 
 9. s.Oliver Baskets 15-15 
 10. Walter Tigers 14-16 
 11. Bremerhaven 13-16 
 12. TBB Trier 13-16 
 13. Bayreuth 12-17 
 14. MBC 12-17 
 15. Fraport SKY 12-18 
 16. NY Phantoms 11-18 
 17. Neckar L'burg 11-19 
 18. LTi 46ers 4-25 

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 7: Bremerhaven - Walter Tigers 99-93
Apr. 7: Telekom Baskets - Brose Bask. 98-93
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. 7: Fraport SKY - EWE Baskets 63-65
Apr. 6: LTi 46ers - Bayreuth 60-75
Apr. 6: Ratiopharm - NY Phantoms 104-77

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 9: NY Phantoms - ALBA
Apr. 10: s.Oliver Baskets - Bremerhaven
Apr. 10: Phoenix Hagen - Neckar L'burg
Apr. 10: Fraport SKY - LTi 46ers
Apr. 10: MBC - TBB Trier
Apr. 10: Art.Dragons - Bayreuth
Apr. 10: Brose Bask. - Ratiopharm
Apr. 10: Walter Tigers - Telekom Baskets
Apr. 10: EWE Baskets - B.Muenchen


German BBL round 30 best performance: Scott Morrison - by Eurobasket News

Canadian center Scott Morrison (212-C-86) had a very impressive game in the last round for Bremerhaven, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, nine rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Walter Tigers (#10, 14-16) 99-93. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Bremerhaven is placed at 11th position in German BBL. Bremerhaven 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 13-16 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Morrison as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Scott Morrison averages this season 9.8ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was young international center Philipp Neumann (209-C-92) of league's leader Brose Bask.. Neumann had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Brose Bask. lost that game 93-98 to the lower-ranked Telekom Baskets (#8, 15-13). Brose Bask. managed to keep the same 1st spot in the standings. His team has currently 22-6 record. Neumann is one of the most experienced players at Brose Bask. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Kenny Frease (213-C-89) of Walter Tigers (#10). Frease scored 24 points. Despite Frease's great performance Walter Tigers lost 93-99 to slightly lower-ranked Bremerhaven (#11, 13-16). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Walter Tigers ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Frease could help Walter Tigers to bring them higher in the standings. Frease has a very solid season. In 29 games in Germany he scored 10.8ppg. He also has 5.3rpg and FGP: 54.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Reggie Redding (196-SF-88) of Walter Tigers - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
5. John Bryant (208-C-87) of Ratiopharm - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Dwayne Anderson (198-PF-86) of s.Oliver Baskets - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Andreas Seiferth (209-C-89) of TBB Trier - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Zachery Peacock (203-F-87) of Fraport SKY - 16 points and 11 rebounds
9. Eric Coleman (200-C-85) of Neckar L'burg - 24 points and 7 rebounds
10. Jamel McLean (203-F-88) of Telekom Baskets - 19 points, 5 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)



ProA Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Ehingen - Vechta 70-76 (0-2)

Ehingen/Urspringschule trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 13 after three quarters before a 23-16 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 70-76 at the end of the game. The game was dominated by American players. Power forward Robert Ferguson (203-85, college: St.Joseph's) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Corey Hassan (193-87, college: Sacred Heart) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Four SC Rasta Vechta players scored in double figures. Guard Garrett Williamson (196-88, college: St.Joseph's) responded with 15 points and 5 assists and power forward Taylor Rohde (205-90, college: Alaska-Anch.) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Vechta: C.Hassan 19+1reb, B.Fumey 15+4reb, R.Ferguson 13+8reb, J.Doerksen 11+8reb, A.Rudowitz 5+4reb, R.Williams 4+8reb+6ast
Ehingen: T.Rohde 16+8reb, G.Williamson 15+4reb+5ast, S.Marlon Theis 9+1reb, V.Matthews 9+3reb+5ast, K.Ogbe 6+6reb+1ast, K.Bryant 4
gschID: 238590


Jena - Goettingen 87-72 (2-0)

The game was mostly controlled by Science City Jena. BG Goettingen was better in fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Science City Jena made 29-of-33 charity shots (87.9 percent) during the game. BG Goettingen was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Power forward Christoph Roquette (203-82) contributed with 9 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Science City Jena players scored in double figures. Bermudas-British swingman Sullivan Phillips (198-79, college: Wash.Adventist) replied with 21 points and naturalized American guard Akeem Vargas (191-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for BG Goettingen.
Top scorers:
Jena: L.Jeka 30+5reb+3ast, K.Barker 12+2reb+4ast, G.Sim 12+4reb+3ast, K.Wysocki 11+2reb+1ast, C.Roquette 9+12reb+1ast, T.Schwartz 7+1reb+1ast
Goettingen: S.Phillips 21+4reb+2ast, P.Guede 18+2reb+2ast, A.Vargas 14+7reb+3ast, B.Davis 8+3reb, M.Wenzl 5+5reb, R.Harris 3+9reb
gschID: 238589


Cuxhaven - Karlsruhe 88-79 (1-1)

The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-79. The game was also dominated by American players. Power forward Evan Harris (206-86, college: Harvard, agency: I.D.S. Law) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Scott Thomas (200-89, college: Bowling Green) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Cuxhaven BasCats players scored in double figures. Forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 26 rebounds and point guard Michael Stockton (185-89, college: Westminster, UT) scored 29 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Cuxhaven: S.Thomas 19+5reb+3ast, E.Harris 19+11reb+1ast, J.Dunbar 15+4reb+1ast, M.Pratt 11+8reb+5ast, A.Hasenkamm 9+1reb+4ast, O.Mackeldanz 7+5reb
Karlsruhe: M.Stockton 29+5reb+1ast, J.Black 14+26reb+1ast, S.Hauer 12+1reb+4ast, R.Roessler 8+1reb, J.Harris 7+6reb+5ast, E.Vierneisel 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 238588


NBC - Duesseldorf 73-72 (1-1)

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Duesseldorf Baskets won third quarter 25-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when NBC won last quarter 17-17. NBC outrebounded Duesseldorf Baskets 40-29 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was swingman Cornelius Adler (195-89) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: LUMANI 10.7) chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Nico Adamczak (189-90) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Croatian guard Marin Petric (190-80) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Duesseldorf Baskets' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
NBC: C.Adler 18+9reb, N.Khartchenkov 16+3reb+1ast, Z.Nixon 11+4reb+2ast, A.Smith 10+7reb+5ast, M.Nunnally 6+7reb+2ast, S.Schroeder 5+2reb
Duesseldorf: N.Adamczak 20+5reb, M.Petric 15+4reb+1ast, A.Waleskowski 11+7reb+1ast, K.Chones 10+1reb+1ast, C.Gadley 6+3reb, G.Johnson 5+3reb+6ast
gschID: 238587



BBL Round 30: #1 Brose Bask. is defeated by Telekom Baskets - 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.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Brose Bask. (22-6) in Bonn on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked Telekom Baskets (15-13) 98-93. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Brose Bask. won third quarter 26-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Kyle Weems (198-89, college: Missouri St.) scored 24 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Jamel McLean (203-88, college: Xavier) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was international center Philipp Neumann (209-92) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Telekom Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place. Defending champion Brose Bask. still keeps top position with six games lost. Telekom Baskets are looking forward to face Walter Tigers (#10) in Tuebingen in the next round. Brose Bask. will play at home against ratiopharm Ulm (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourteenth-ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (12-18) gave a tough game to second ranked EWE Baskets (20-8) in Frankfurt. The visitors from Oldenburg managed to secure only two-point victory 65-63. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Ronnie Burrell (204-83, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Pro One Sports) notched 20 points to lead the effort and Rickey Paulding supported him with 12 points and 8 rebounds. EWE Baskets' coach Sebastian Machowski allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds by forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) did not help to save the game for Deutsche Bank Skyliners. EWE Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 20-8 record having just two points less than leader Brose Bask. Deutsche Bank Skyliners at the other side dropped to the fifteenth place with 18 games lost. EWE Baskets will play against Bayern Muenchen (#4) at home in the next round. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against LTi 46ers (#18) in Giessen and hope to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Ludwigsburg where higher ranked Artland Dragons (16-13) were upseton the court of seventeenth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (11-19) 82-75 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Artland Dragons. The best player for the winners was Eric Coleman who scored 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Bryce Taylor who recorded 19 points and 8 rebounds. EnBW Ludwigsburg maintains seventeenth position with 11-19 record. Loser Artland Dragons keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Phoenix Hagen. EnBW Ludwigsburg will meet higher ranked Phoenix Hagen (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Artland Dragons will play against BBC Bayreuth and hope to secure a win.
Fourth ranked Bayern Muenchen (19-11) crushed at home 12th ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (12-17) by 30 points 92-62, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Tyrese Rice who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayern Muenchen maintains fourth position with 19-11 record. Newly promoted Mitteldeutscher BC dropped to the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Bayern Muenchen's next round opponent will be league's second-placed EWE Baskets in Oldenburg and it may be the game of the week. Mitteldeutscher BC will play at home against TBB Trier (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 30: Walter Tigers lost to Bremerhaven on the opponent's court 93-99. ALBA outscored s.Oliver Baskets in a home game 88-63. Phoenix Hagen managed to beat TBB Trier on the road 93-86. Bottom-ranked LTi 46ers was defeated by Bayreuth on its own court 60-75. NY Phantoms were smashed by Ratiopharm in Ulm 104-77.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points and 9 rebounds by Scott Morrison of Bremerhaven.


Bremerhaven - Walter Tigers 99-93

There was a minor upset when 10th ranked Walter Tigers (14-16) were defeated on the road by twelfth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (13-16) 99-93. It looked good early as Walter Tigers took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Eisbaeren Bremerhaven had a 29-18 second period charge getting the lead and Walter Tigers were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 93-99. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Canadian center Scott Morrison (212-86, college: Portland St.) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Jacob Burtschi (198-84, college: Air Force) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's coach Douglas Spradley used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import center Kenny Frease (213-89, college: Xavier) added 24 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) in the effort for Walter Tigers. Five Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and four Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with TBB Trier. Walter Tigers at the other side keep the tenth position with 16 games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's next round opponent will be higher ranked s Oliver Baskets (#9) in Wuerzburg and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: S.Morrison 24+9reb+1ast, J.Burtschi 19+6reb+1ast, S.Burrell 18+5ast, P.Zwiener 14+4reb+3ast, S.Jackson 10+4reb+2ast, J.El Domiaty 5+1ast
Walter Tigers: K.Frease 24+4reb+2ast, V.Duggins 20+1ast, R.Redding 16+11reb+6ast, J.Lischka 11+6reb+1ast, R.Spoden 8, J.Young 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 184218


Telekom Baskets - Brose Bask. 98-93

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Brose Bask. (22-6) in Bonn on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked Telekom Baskets (15-13) 98-93. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Brose Bask. won third quarter 26-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Kyle Weems (198-89, college: Missouri St.) scored 24 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Jamel McLean (203-88, college: Xavier) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was international center Philipp Neumann (209-92) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and naturalized Slovakian point guard Anton Gavel (188-84, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 21 points. Four Telekom Baskets and five Brose Bask. players scored in double figures. Telekom Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place. Defending champion Brose Bask. still keeps top position with six games lost. Telekom Baskets are looking forward to face Walter Tigers (#10) in Tuebingen in the next round. Brose Bask. will play at home against ratiopharm Ulm (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: K.Weems 24+6reb+2ast, J.McLean 19+5reb+2ast, B.Veikalas 19+2reb+1ast, J.Jordan 12+2reb+8ast, C.Ensminger 8+1reb+1ast, A.Mangold 6+1ast
Brose Bask.: A.Gavel 21+4reb+1ast, P.Neumann 19+11reb, B.Nachbar 13+1reb+2ast, A.Renfroe 11+5reb+4ast, S.Ford 11+7reb, C.Jacobsen 10+2reb+5ast
gschID: 184216


Fraport SKY - EWE Baskets 63-65

Fourteenth-ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (12-18) gave a tough game to second ranked EWE Baskets (20-8) in Frankfurt. The visitors from Oldenburg managed to secure only two-point victory 65-63. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Deutsche Bank Skyliners were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 23-13 third quarter run of EWE Baskets. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Ronnie Burrell (204-83, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Pro One Sports) notched 20 points to lead the effort and guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) supported him with 12 points and 8 rebounds. EWE Baskets' coach Sebastian Machowski allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds by forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) did not help to save the game for Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Guard Ryan Brooks (193-88, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) added 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Deutsche Bank Skyliners players scored in double figures. EWE Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 20-8 record having just two points less than leader Brose Bask. Deutsche Bank Skyliners at the other side dropped to the fifteenth place with 18 games lost. EWE Baskets will play against Bayern Muenchen (#4) at home in the next round. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against LTi 46ers (#18) in Giessen and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: R.Burrell 20+4reb, J.Jenkins 13+4reb+1ast, R.Paulding 12+8reb+3ast, D.Joyce 6, C.Kramer 6+2reb+2ast, R.Smeulders 6+7reb+2ast
Fraport SKY: Z.Peacock 16+11reb+1ast, R.Brooks 14+6reb+1ast, Q.Robertson 13+1reb+3ast, L.Prowell 12+6reb+1ast, K.Klein 4+3reb+2ast, M.Nolte 4+1reb
gschID: 184215


ALBA - s.Oliver Baskets 88-63

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked ALBA Berlin (17-11) smashed at home 8th ranked s Oliver Baskets (15-15) 88-63. The game was mostly controlled by ALBA Berlin. s Oliver Baskets was better in third quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ALBA Berlin made 37-of-42 charity shots (88.1 percent) during the game, while s Oliver Baskets only scored fifteen points from the stripe. ALBA Berlin forced 19 s Oliver Baskets turnovers. 34 personal fouls committed by s Oliver Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import forward Zach Morley (203-83, college: Wisconsin) contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) replied with 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international Alex King (200-85, agency: Pro One Sports) added 14 points in the effort for s Oliver Baskets. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. ALBA Berlin maintains fifth position with 17-11 record. s Oliver Baskets at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 15 games lost. ALBA Berlin's next round opponent will be New Yorker Phantoms (#16) in Braunschweig which should be another easy win for them. s Oliver Baskets will play at home against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ALBA: D.Thompson 19+8reb, N.Djedovic 17+3reb+1ast, Z.Morley 11+6reb+4ast, H.Schaffartzik 8+3reb+1ast, Y.Idbihi 7+5reb, J.Foster 7+2reb+2ast
s.Oliver Baskets: D.Anderson 15+7reb+3ast, A.King 14+2reb+1ast, J.Boone 10+6reb, F.Robinson 8+5reb+2ast, C.McNaughton 5+2reb, M.Stuckey 5+1reb
gschID: 184212


TBB Trier - Phoenix Hagen 86-93

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked TBB Trier (13-16) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Phoenix Hagen (16-13) 93-86. The guests were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 12 after three quarters before a 27-22 last quarter charge of TBB Trier cut the lead to 93-86 at the end of the game. Phoenix Hagen made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by TBB Trier helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard David Bell (186-81, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import forward Dino Gregory (200-89, college: Maryland, agency: Two Points) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron, agency: LUMANI 10.7) replied with 15 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and international center Andreas Seiferth (209-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for TBB Trier. Five Phoenix Hagen and four TBB Trier players scored in double figures. Phoenix Hagen have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Art.Dragons. TBB Trier lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Phoenix Hagen's next round opponent will be EnBW Ludwigsburg (#17) at home which should be an easy win for them. TBB Trier will play against Mitteldeutscher BC (#14) in Weissenfels.
Top scorers:
Phoenix Hagen: D.Bell 19+5reb+1ast, D.Gregory 17+6reb, M.Dorris 16+1reb, D.White 12+4reb+3ast, L.Gordon 10+4reb+3ast, A.Hess 10+6reb+3ast
TBB Trier: A.Seiferth 18+7reb+3ast, N.Linhart 15+8reb+6ast, J.Howell 13+5reb+6ast, J.Saibou 10+1ast, M.Monninghoff 9+1reb, V.Chikoko 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 184217


LTi 46ers - Bayreuth 60-75

Everything went according to plan in Giessen where sixteenth ranked BBC Bayreuth (12-17) beat bottom-ranked LTi 46ers (4-25) 75-60. LTi 46ers were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 47-31 second half run of BBC Bayreuth. They also forced 23 LTi 46ers turnovers. It was a good game for international guard Nicolai Simon (190-87, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with 22 points. American forward Beckham Wyrick (198-83, college: NC-Wilmington) contributed with 14 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (212-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) replied with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Morris Curry (178-87, college: Providence) added 12 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for LTi 46ers. LTi 46ers' coach Matthias Fischer rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BBC Bayreuth moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with MBC. LTi 46ers lost fifteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. BBC Bayreuth's next round opponent will be higher ranked Artland Dragons (#7) in Quakenbrueck and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. LTi 46ers will play on the road against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#15) in Frankfurt.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: N.Simon 22+1reb+1ast, B.Wyrick 14+4reb+5ast, J.Trapani 11+3reb, K.Hamilton 9+1reb+7ast, G.McGhee 8+11reb+1ast, J.Cain 5+1reb
LTi 46ers: E.Ovcina 15+7reb+4ast, M.Curry 12+4reb+2ast, A.Buechert 10+6reb, A.Zazai 7+1reb+2ast, D.Spohr 5+3reb+1ast, O.Fassler 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 184214


Neckar L'burg - Art.Dragons 82-75

An interesting game took place in Ludwigsburg where higher ranked Artland Dragons (16-13) were upseton the court of seventeenth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (11-19) 82-75 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Artland Dragons. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-11. But Artland Dragons won second period 18-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when EnBW Ludwigsburg won last quarter 29-24. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American center Eric Coleman (200-85, college: N.Iowa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who scored 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). International Lucca Staiger (196-88, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American Bryce Taylor (196-86) who recorded 19 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian guard Branislav Ratkovica (192-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points and 7 assists respectively. Five Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. EnBW Ludwigsburg maintains seventeenth position with 11-19 record. Loser Artland Dragons keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Phoenix Hagen. EnBW Ludwigsburg will meet higher ranked Phoenix Hagen (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Artland Dragons will play against BBC Bayreuth and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Neckar L'burg: E.Coleman 24+7reb+1ast, L.Staiger 23+4reb+4ast, J.Turek 13+8reb+1ast, D.Zimmerman 8+6reb+3ast, W.Bernard 7+2reb, M.Blakely 4+4reb+1ast
Art.Dragons: B.Taylor 19+8reb+2ast, M.Haynes 15+1reb+2ast, A.King 11+6reb, G.Gruenheid 11+2reb+1ast, B.Ratkovica 11+2reb+7ast, P.Popovic 4+2reb
gschID: 184213


B.Muenchen - MBC 92-62

Fourth ranked Bayern Muenchen (19-11) crushed at home 12th ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (12-17) by 30 points 92-62, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Bayern Muenchen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Mitteldeutscher BC's 22. Bayern Muenchen forced 22 Mitteldeutscher BC turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 29 personal fouls committed by Mitteldeutscher BC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The former international point guard Demond Greene (185-79, agency: LUMANI 10.7) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. Guard Malte Schwarz (188-89, agency: Court Side) replied with 14 points and power forward Steve Wachalski (202-83) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Mitteldeutscher BC. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayern Muenchen maintains fourth position with 19-11 record. Newly promoted Mitteldeutscher BC dropped to the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Bayern Muenchen's next round opponent will be league's second-placed EWE Baskets in Oldenburg and it may be the game of the week. Mitteldeutscher BC will play at home against TBB Trier (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: T.Rice 16+1reb+6ast, D.Greene 15+2reb+3ast, B.Thomas 12+3reb+3ast, R.Benzing 10+7reb+2ast, J.Jagla 9+4reb+1ast, S.Hamann 9+2reb
MBC: M.Schwarz 14+4reb+1ast, S.Wachalski 8+5reb+1ast, D.Uskoski 8+2reb, C.Timberlake 6+5reb+2ast, D.Pantelic 6+4reb+1ast, O.Jeanty 6+2reb
gschID: 184211


Ratiopharm - NY Phantoms 104-77

There was no surprise when 15th ranked New Yorker Phantoms (11-18) were outplayed on the road by third ranked ratiopharm Ulm (19-9) 104-77. The game without a history. ratiopharm Ulm led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. ratiopharm Ulm outrebounded New Yorker Phantoms 42-28 including a 32-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a good game for American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 6 rebounds. International point guard Per Guenther (185-88) contributed with 18 points and 6 assists for the winners. Five ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. American guard Immanuel McElroy (193-80, college: Cincinnati) replied with 12 points and 6 assists and Czech Lubos Barton (202-80, college: Valparaiso) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for New Yorker Phantoms. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ratiopharm Ulm have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 19-9 record having just three points less than leader Brose Bask. New Yorker Phantoms lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixteenth place with 18 games lost. ratiopharm Ulm's next round opponent will be league's leader Brose Bask. in Bamberg and it will be for sure the game of the week. New Yorker Phantoms will play at home against ALBA Berlin (#5).
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: J.Bryant 20+6reb+2ast, P.Guenther 18+6ast, P.Schwethelm 14+3reb+2ast, D.Theis 12+6reb+1ast, M.Hesson 11+7reb+1ast, L.Jeter 8+5reb+4ast
NY Phantoms: J.Anderson 13+1reb+1ast, I.McElroy 12+3reb+6ast, N.Mittmann 11+3reb+1ast, C.Pigram 10, D.Schroeder 9+3reb+1ast, L.Barton 9+7reb+1ast
gschID: 184210



The EWE Baskets Oldenburg Posses Basketball Lady Luck Twice In Season Sweep Of Fraport Skyliners 65-63 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The Fraport Skyliners have played amazing basketball the last six weeks getting big wins at home against Alba Berlin and Bamberg freeing themselves from the lower standings and from risk of going down, but one thing that remains this season is their inability to win in crunch time against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg as they were swept in the season series losing in Frankfurt 65-63. Back in December it was a botched inbounds pass between Quantez Robertson and Devin Gibson that led to a Chris Kramer layup and win and yesterday the Fraport Skyliners were seeking revenge, but lost at the end as Robertson missed two free throws to push the ball into overtime. Basketball lady luck seemed to secretly be wearing the yellow and white of Oldenburg and not the blue and white of Frankfurt this season. Both games were battles. In Oldenburg, I got that steal and we got the win. Today we were up in the fourth and they made a run. It came down to one possession. I am very happy we got the win. On the road the air is so small, they played very hard and made us work for everything, but we had a little more luck at the end. We had basketball lady luck on our side. Experience helped us win this game on the road. I am surprised Tez missed those two free throws, stated ex Telekom Baskets Bonn forward Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro). Skyliner guard Ryan Brooks missed the first game in Oldenburg, because he was still a member of the Giessen 46ers, but he knew how painful it was losing these two games like that. These two games could change a season. If we would have had these two wins, we would be sitting somewhere else now, expressed Ryan Brooks.

It was almost seven years ago on a beautiful balmy spring day where the then Deutsche Bank Skyliners who were ending their seventh season in the Beko BBL with a do or die game against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Back then, Frankfurt had to win or pack their bags for the second Bundesliga. The team stuck together and fought it out as a team dismantling Oldenburg 70-58 and staying in the Beko BBL. On that day the club was led by American Kavossy Franklin with 22 points, captain Pascal Roller added 18 points including his famous jumper on the fatst break and Serb Mate Milsa clobbered Oldenburg down low with 13 boards. Even though the game yesterday wasnt as big or as important as seven years ago, the Fraport Skyliners were searching for the win to help get closer to securing that ticket for the next season in the Beko BBL. Frankfurt entered the game having won six of their lasts even while Oldenburg had won seven of their last eight games in the German league and had already made sweet reservations to the 2013 Eurochallenge Top 4 in Turkey. The Fraport Skyliners played like a top Beko BBL team in the first quarter, but let Oldenburg back into the game and could never really play their game again on offense the way they did in the first quarter. Fraport Skyliner junior Taylor Brown who is practicing with the team had a perfect front row seat next to the bench and was disappointed about the loss. This was a very tough loss. We started off at full throttle and got great stops. We let up a bit in the last five minutes of the second quarter. What was great was that we never gave up in a tight game. Key for the loss were untimely time outs and we let too many of their players get into rhythm. Burrell really hurt us with hitting tough shots, expressed Taylor Brown. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg kept their nerves and composure in crunch time and were able to grind out a big road win as they are still in view of possibly catching the Brose baskets Bamberg for first place. We started off very slow giving up easy buckets. We fought back and made them work hard for every shot and came out with the win, added Detroit native Rickey Paulding. After the first quarter, we had mental let downs on our execution and had problems with their zone, said Ryan Brooks.

Over the years when Frankfurt played Oldenburg, there were always certain duels that one could be excited about to watch like Skyliner legend Pascal Roller going head to head with former Arizona (NCAA) standout Jason Gardner and then having to deal with defensive ace Daniel Hain as an unwanted desert treat or seeing who Derrick Allen would ballerina side step around during the game as he had some huge games against the 2009 Beko BBL champion. However one duel that was always enjoyable to inspect was the battle between friends Rickey Paulding and Jimmy Mckinney. They would arrive in the Fraport arena say a quick hi on the court in warm ups and then battle on the court as if it was an NCAA tournament game and then at the conclusion win or lose come together and break out those Kodak moment smiles and break down the game shortly and then talk about life. Despite the injury problems that St Louis native Mckinney often had during his tenure in Frankfurt from 2006-2012, he played every game at home against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg when Detroit native Paulding played. Mckinney started out their head to head battles with three wins in a row including a Paulding 30 point explosion which could get Oldenburg on the winning track. The first loss Mckinney suffered against his friend in Frankfurt was game four in 2009. Mckinney didnt have too much luck recently either as Oldenburg won the two of the last three games. In an interesting statistical fact is that Paulding left the court in the first six games as point winner over his friend, but only in the last game last season as Oldenburg walloped Frankfurt in the opener 72-53 could Mckinney leave the floor the winner in points 10-9. However Mckinney won the overall duel in games won 4-3. This season, they met for the first time with Mckinney playing for Wurzburg and Oldenburg won, but Mckinney won the point fight 13-8. Now it was time for Paulding to return back to Frankfurt and instead of seeing Mckinney parked in the corner ready to fire on all cylinders, Paulding had to endear the sight of top defender Quantez Robertson something he has been used to the last years. Paulding had his buddy Mckinney courtside rooting him on and it was difficult to see where the heart was more for the St Louis native for Paulding or Frankfurt, but he was wearing a red Baseball cap and was able to hide his facial remarks easier, but he was happy to see his friend play. It was always nice to paly against him with Frankfurt, but now it is fun playing against him with Wurzburg. I dont remember his 30 point game, but I loved playing with him at Missouri. We are like brothers, added s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg guard Jimmy Mckinney. Paulding hit some big shots and had a big smile when asked about his battles against Mckinney in Frankfurt. It was always fun playing against Jimmy here. I remember that 30 point game, but also the games in the 2009 playoffs. There were so many games that I played against him that it is hard to remember. Frankfurt could of used him today, smiled Jimmy Mckinney. Paulding teammate Ronnie Burrell also missed the Paulding/Mckinney battle. They always played hard against each other always talking on the court. It was strange not seeing Jimmy on the court. I wish him the best in that eh returns soon from his injury, stated Ronnie Burrell.

It doesnt really matter where basketball is played, one should never be surprised to see the dad of Konrad Wysocki. A night before in the Osthalle in Giessen watching the game against BBC Bayreuth and a day later in Frankfurt watching his son Konrad as well as 4,590 other patrons were excited to see if the Fraport Skyliners could win their seventh game in their last eight games. But it wasnt going to be easy as point guard Dawan Robinson was in the hospital on account of lung embolism after suffering breathing problems last week, Danilo Barthel missed hiss econd game in a row due to back woes and Devin Gibson played a bit before stopping due also to back problems. However the Fraport Skyliners didnt disappoint any fans as they totally shocked the EWE Baskets Oldenburg getting off on a 13-3 lead. The Fraport Skyliners started to get to work on Adam Chubb early as Laquan Prowell, Ryan Brooks and Zach peacock all scored inside. The crowd was silenced a bit as Rickey Paulding connected from downtown over Devin Gibson. Frankfurt kept up the offensive pressure as Peacock made a massive dunk over Adam Chubb with fierce Miami authority and Quantez Robertson dropped a big three pointer as the Cincinnati native continues to be an important option from outside. Ryan Brooks then hit a catch and pop shot as the basket continued to look more and more like the ocean and Zach Peacock stepped in a passing lane like a guard getting the steal and lay up as Frankfurt led 17-6. Ex Alba Berlin guard Julius Jenkins took matters a bit into his hands scoring twice in the last minute with a floater and then scoring with a hard penetration past Laquan Prowell. The Fraport Skyliners led 19-10 after one quarter. Frankfurt was defending very well and they were forcing turnovers that led to easy baskets. Brooks, Tez and Peacock were playing very well and Oldenburg missed some easy open looks, added Jimmy MCkinney.

The Fraport Skyliners got off to a hot start in the second quarter going on a 8-2 run to extend their lead to 27-12. Brooks made a fade away jumper, but Robin Smeulders who had entered the game for Adam Chubb who was in foul trouble and scored past Marius Nolte. Robertson then hit his second three pointer of the day under the watchful eye of ex Skyliner legend Pascal Roller who was a three point shooting god back in the day. Brooks made free throws and the question was when was Oldenburg going to escape out of their funk? There was a minute where Frankfurt was coughing up the ball, but Oldenburg couldnt compensate on offense. Finally it was Ronnie Burrell who got started as he made a dunk, hit a jumper and nailed a three pointer. Indiana native Chris Kramer scored inside as shortly before halftime, Frankfurt led only 27-26. Burrell scored nine points in the run and was happy about his performance as he led all scorers with 20 points. I felt good shooting. I am happy that coach gave me confidence in shooting. I felt good taking the big shots, commented Ronnie Burrell. Burrell was our biggest strength today. We didnt have much of an inside game and he really made big shots, added Chris Kramer. Frankfurt led 27-26 at halftime. Frankfurt had problems with the Oldenburg zone. Frankfurt missed many shots and Burrell finally got going which the team fed off him to get going, added Jimmy Mckinney. Frankfurt was shooting 40% from the field and 33% from outside while the EWE Baskets Oldenburg were shooting 36% from the field and 31% from outside. Frankfurt had the 17-14 rebound advantage and both teams had nine turnovers a piece.

In the third quarter the fans saw a real classic old style basketball battle with five lead changes, but halfway through the EWE Baskets Oldenburg were able to break away a bit and hold a nine point lead going into the fourth quarter. In the first minute, both teams held an unofficial three point shooting clinic as Paulding, Prowell, Joyce and Brooks all connected from the parking lot as the game was deadlocked at 32-32. Peacock then scored inside and got a free throw as Frankfurt led 35-32. Lebron James friend Dru Joyce then hit his second three pointer of the third quarter as the game was tied 35-35. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg then ended the third quarter with an aggressive 14-5 run to lead 49-40. Chubb nailed free throws and Paulding made a runner as Frankfurt trailed 40-35. Paulding then scored on transition as Oldenburg was playing very smart on offense and defense with Mckinney friend Paulding leading the charge. Oldenburg were more in control and calm on offense while Frankfurt had problems finding a groove on offense. Smeulders got an offensive rebound and put back and Burrell free throws as Oldenburg led 46-38. Konstantin Klein who got double duty at the point guard position in the second half due to injured Dawan Robinson and Devin Gibson made a pretty runner cutting the Oldenburg lead to 46-40. However Ronnie Burrell put a nasty dagger into the Skyliner hearts as he hit a nasty line drive three pointer in the face of Peacock. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg led 49-40 after three quarters. That 10-0 run in the third quarter was huge. I think that if we would have had that level earlier that we would have won by much more, commented Ronnie Burrell. They hit some long shots. They had the momentum and we had to keep fighting uphill and scrapping back, said Ryan Brooks. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg were shooting 44% from the two point range and 44% from the three point line while Frankfurt was shooting 39% from the two point area and 38% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 24-22 rebound advantage, but 12 turnovers while Oldenburg had 13 turnovers.

The EWE Baskets Oldenburg kept control of the game in the fourth quarter despite the Fraport Skyliners fighting, but they just couldnt get over the hump. The Fraport Skyliners jumped out on Oldenburg quickly with a 5-0 run to cut the Oldenburg lead to 49-44. Klein hit free throws and Peacock hit his bread and butter mid distance jumper. However Julius Jenkins played like an MVP hitting a huge three pointer for the 52-44 lead. He scored inside and hit free throws and despite a Tez lay in and second Peacock dunk over Chubb wasnt impressed as the Florida native buried another three pointer as Oldenburg led 58-49. However Frankfurt had one last gasp going on a 8-0 run to cut the Oldenburg lead to 58-57 and all of a sudden the hopes of a win were there for the fans. Prowell scored inside, Brooks nailed a bomb from outside and captain Nolte got an offensive rebound and somehow threw the ball into the basket not getting any beauty marks on the unorthodox shot, Chubb got his fifth foul, but Smeulders responded from the bench getting an offensive board and put back for the 60-57 Oldenburg advantage. With a minute to play, the game was far from over as both teams were fighting to the end as Tez nailed his third three pointer of the game as the game was tied 60-60. Oldenburg didnt lose their nerves as good American experience with Paulding feeding Burrell connecting on a back door. Then with 44 seconds to play, Frankfurt designed a prefects et play as Prowell hit from the corner as Frankfurt trailed 64-63. After a Kramer miss, Robertson was off to the races and was fouled with 2,7 seconds to play. An hour after the game Frankfurt legend Pascal Roller was playing with kids on the court and hit free throw after free throw. How valuable he would have been in that moment and the nightmare for Quantez Robertson started as he missed both free throws. Paulding then was fouled and made one free throw ending the game. As the siren sounded Robertson went to the locker room totally disgusted at himself. After such an incredible season, nobody dared to give Super Tez any blame. Missing those free throws was tough. I know how Tez feels. I know how tough it is for him, but we didnt lose the game because of him. We made enough mistakes in the game for this loss, stated Laquan Prowell. It came down to free throws. That is part of the game. I give Frankfurt credit for coming back, added Ronnie Burrell. Long after the last spectator had departed the Fraport arena, Robertson was on the court in better spirits again talking with Mckinney and was able to talk about his missed free throws. I am trying to smile and lighten up a bit. It is hard right now since I was able to tie the game. I didnt feel any pressure. It was my moment to make the shots, but I just wasnt able to come through, said Quantez Robertson.

The EWE Baskets Oldenburg were led by Ronnie Burrell with 20 points. Jukius Jenkins added 13 points and Rickey Paulding had 12 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Zach Peacock with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Ryan Brooks added 14 points and Quantez Robertson 13 points. Laquan Prowell added 12 points. There really wasnt much difference in the team stats as both teams were close in their shooting percentage from the field. Oldenburg shot better from outside as Frankfurt shot only 35%. Frankfurt led the rebound duel 34-31 and Oldenburg had 18 turnovers while Frankfurt had 15 turnovers. Despite the loss, Quantez Robertson is proud of the way the Fraport Skyliners played. I am always proud of the team when we play hard on offense and defense, stated Quantez Robertson. The Fraport Skyliners dont have much time to rest as they get back to work in 72 hours against the LTi Giessen 46ers in Frankfurt.




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Free agent List - April, 13 - by Chris Mammides

We are in the middle of April and the list with the Greek free agents, in more or less on the same paste since some players have been deleted and some others retired and a third group of people simply decided to take a break this season.
So, the Free agent list at this stage is as follows:

Guards
Adonis Chatzicharalambous
Gregory Ktistou
Prodromos Nikolaidis (was let go by Kavala)
Georgios Diamantopoulos (was let go by Keravnos Strovolou)
Michael Bizoukas
Nicolas Blanas (183-PG-80, college: Toronto Uni.)
Fotis Lioutas (193-G-80, college: S.New Hampshire)
Milos Pavlisevic (196-SG-82)

Forwards
Panagiotis Vassilopoulos
Lazaros Seferidis (192-G-82)
Demtri Harris (198-SF-90, college: St.Marys)
Antonis Kesisoglou (206-F-91)
Luke Hristou (195-F-88)
Milos Sakota (204-F-84)
Marios Skamnakis (200-F-89)

Centers
Dimos Dikoudis (206-F/C-77)
Jacob Blankenship (207-C-90)
Miroslav Raicevic (208-C-81)
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Who is Euroleagues 2012-13 Coach Of The Year? - by Dimitris Katsionis

A few days before 2012-13 Euroleague's post season start, we take a look to the contenders of "COY" trophy evaluating not only their results, but their overall influence to each team's game style.

1.) Xavi Pascual: So far, the front-runner for the official award. Pasqual insisted on what he started to work more intensively last year, making this season's Barcelona the best half-court team in Europe. His team presents an impressive level of cooperation and thinking, together with the highest speed at half court execution. Barcelona's defense remains an "elite" one also. I'm waiting to see how he will manage the huge loss of Pete Mickeal in the post season..

2.) Argyris Pedoulakis: He had a very difficult task, replacing the "Godfather" of European basketball (Obradovic) and taking over a top club in a rebuilding process. Pedoulakis targeted to raise Panathinaikos' athletic & physical level, creating a hard-nosed team based on discipline and Europe's best half court-offense player, Dimitris Diamantidis. The Greens defensive performance is pretty impressive so far but the team is trying to balance the shortcoming of the rotation's small depth, especially in the guards. Obviously, an overachiever..

3.) Ettore Messina: The Italian professor faced many difficulties during the season and several swings in CSKAs performance each night. He struggled to find chemistry, changing many different lineups, especially in the perimeter spots (before finds in Micov the ideal quarterback-guard/wing) but quietly CSKA rises and gives the impression that plays better from day to day. The NBA influences (after one year in America) are evident (for a former sworn fan of European basketball..) as we see more "isolation" in CSKAs offense (for Weems, we have to go back in Treviso's days and Tyus Edney to see something similar from the coach) and tall lineups (Krstic at "4", Khryapa at "3") which form an interesting coaching proposal , regardless of their functionality. With the current situation, the Russians are probably the top-favorite for the title due to Messina's presence in the do or die games. Indisputably, he remains the most capable coach in the competition..

4.) David Blatt: Before 2.5 months, MTL was a mistake-structured team which performed really bad. Today, David Blatt is attempting one of the biggest come backs in the competition's recent history, targeting London's final four. Placing Smith at "4" and the activation of combo-forward Guy Pnini, gave functionality to Maccabi's offense, mobility and lanes to Blatt's penetrators as the team had a serious shooting threat from the power forward spot. Maccabi is now in a great psychologically state, tripping the clubs "No Fear" instincts..

HONORABLE MENTION

Rimas Kurtinaitis: Ok, Khimki performed really well this season proving that it's a post season level team. It's obvious that Kurtinaitis team has worked a lot in the offensive details, presenting great spacing and automated plays in the half court plus a very effective transition offense with a pivotal level of cooperation. But it's obvious also that they have to work on their mentality and create winning instincts..

Luca Banchi: Innovative work.. A team of gunners, running a high octane offense which shooting the lights out every night and delivers a low mistake basketball. It's big defensive hole in the paint didn't allow Montepaschi to qualify in the post season. Maybe Banchi will be accused as an "heretic" but "his Montepaschi" has a basketball identity for sure..




Petros Noeas claims Greek A2 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Petros Noeas (204-F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Koroivos and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 15 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Pagrati (#8, 10-13) 80-67. Koroivos maintains the 4th position in Greek A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Koroivos will need more victories to improve their 16-7 record. Noeas turned to be Koroivos' top player in his first season with the team. Noeas has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 9.7rpg. Noeas is in league's top in and averages solid 51.5% FGP and 42.2% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old power forward Savvas Manousos (208-F/C-85) of Doxa Lefkadas. Manousos impressed basketball fans with 32 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Doxa Lefkadas lost that game 71-83 to the higher-ranked Filathlitikos (#1, 19-4). Doxa Lefkadas are still at the very bottom. 19 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Doxa Lefkadas managed to get this year. Manousos is a newcomer at Doxa Lefkadas and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Tasos Charismidis (203-F-81, agency: FCM) of Trikalla (#3). Charismidis scored 13 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Trikalla, leading his team to a 73-71 win against #2 ranked Nea Kifisia in a game of the week. Trikalla needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 5 lost games. Charismidis has a great season in Greece. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.3rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sokrates Gizogiannis (202-F/C-82) of Arkadikos - 26 points and 5 rebounds
5. Branislav Tomic (205-F/C-80) of Koroivos - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Christos Petrodimopoulos (209-C/F-80) of Nea Kifisia - 14 points and 12 rebounds
7. Babis Samothrakis (189-G-83) of Filathlitikos - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Nikos Psileas (200-F-80) of Agia Paraskevis - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Vassilis Kitsoulis (204-F-83) of OFI - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Vaggelis Karaboulas (198-F-81) of Nea Kifisia - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Standings - 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. 17-18 
 7. M.Magixx 16-19 
 8. Weert 16-19 
 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. 77-67

Regular Season: Round 34

Apr. 13: Rotterdam - Leeuwarden
Apr. 13: Zwolle - Den Bosch
Apr. 13: Groningen - Leiden
Apr. 13: Den Helder K. - Weert
Apr. 13: Amsterdam - M.Magixx


Eredivisie Round 33: #1 Den Bosch is defeated by Leeuwarden - by Eurobasket News

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

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Den Bosch (28-6) on the court of fifth ranked Leeuwarden on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Leeuwarden 96-76. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Den Bosch. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-76. Leeuwarden looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Den Bosch helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Samme Givens (195, college: Drexel) stepped up and scored 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) chipped in 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was guard Andre Young (175-90, college: Clemson) with 24 points. Leeuwarden (19-16) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Zwolle. Defending champion Den Bosch still keeps top position with six games lost. Leeuwarden is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Rotterdam (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Den Bosch will play against Zwolle (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Nijmegen was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Den Helder K. (17-18) played at the court of eighth ranked M.Magixx (16-19). M.Magixx defeated Den Helder K. 77-67. British forward Shane Walker (208-87, college: Loyola, MD) nailed a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and Marcel Aarts accounted for 9 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Mark Hill (180-87, college: CS Northridge, agency: Three Eye Sports) came up with 18 points for Den Helder K. in the defeat. M.Magixx moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Weert. Den Helder K. at the other side keeps the sixth position with 18 games lost. M.Magixx will play against Amsterdam (#9) on the road in the next round. Den Helder K. will play against Weert and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Second ranked Leiden (27-8) crushed at home 7th ranked Weert (16-19) by 33 points 91-58, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Weert. The best player for the winners was Ross Bekkering who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Rahmon Fletcher who recorded 18 points. Leiden maintains second place with 27-8 record behind leader Den Bosch. Loser Weert keeps the seventh position with 19 games lost. They share it with M.Magixx. Leiden will meet Groningen (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Weert will play against Den Helder K. (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 33 Amsterdam was destroyed by Groningen on the opponent's court 83-57. Bottom-ranked Rotterdam unfortunately lost to Zwolle in a home game 80-94.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 29 points and 19 rebounds by Cameron Echols of Rotterdam.


M.Magixx - Den Helder K. 77-67

The game in Nijmegen was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Den Helder K. (17-18) played at the court of eighth ranked M.Magixx (16-19). M.Magixx defeated Den Helder K. 77-67. The game was mostly controlled by M.Magixx. Den Helder K. was better in third quarter 20-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Den Helder K. 44-24 including 19 on the offensive glass. Den Helder K. was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. British forward Shane Walker (208-87, college: Loyola, MD) nailed a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and the former international center Marcel Aarts (213-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy) accounted for 9 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Mark Hill (180-87, college: CS Northridge, agency: Three Eye Sports) came up with 18 points and forward Jan van der Kooij (198-90, college: Longwood, agency: Court Side) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Den Helder K. in the defeat. M.Magixx moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Weert. Den Helder K. at the other side keeps the sixth position with 18 games lost. M.Magixx will play against Amsterdam (#9) on the road in the next round. Den Helder K. will play against Weert and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Den Helder K.: M.Hill 18+3reb+3ast, J.van der Kooij 14+5reb, J.van der List 10+3reb+1ast, O.Krubally 10+1reb+1ast, S.Mladenovic 6+2reb+4ast, S.Warren 6+6reb+2ast
M.Magixx: R.Sihota 15+5reb, H.Bekkering 14+3reb, S.Walker 10+13reb, M.Aarts 9+9reb+3ast, T.Vermeulen 8+3reb+1ast, A.Dawson 6+1reb
gschID: 193759


Leeuwarden - Den Bosch 96-76

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Den Bosch (28-6) on the court of fifth ranked Leeuwarden on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Leeuwarden 96-76. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Den Bosch. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-76. Leeuwarden looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Den Bosch helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Samme Givens (195, college: Drexel) stepped up and scored 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) chipped in 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Holcomb Faye is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Leeuwarden players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Andre Young (175-90, college: Clemson) with 24 points and guard Matt Bauscher (188-85, college: Boise St.) scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Leeuwarden (19-16) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Zwolle. Defending champion Den Bosch still keeps top position with six games lost. Leeuwarden is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Rotterdam (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Den Bosch will play against Zwolle (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Den Bosch: A.Young 24+3reb+1ast, M.Bauscher 11+6reb+7ast, S.Wessels 8+5reb+2ast, P.Van Paassen 8+8reb+2ast, R.de Pagter 8+8reb+3ast, M.Schilder 7
Leeuwarden: R.Holcomb Faye 24+5reb+4ast, S.Givens 23+8reb+2ast, J.Williams 11+9reb+6ast, C.Osaikhwuwuomwan 10+7reb+1ast, D.Michaels 9+4reb+4ast, T.de Paula 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 193758


Groningen - Amsterdam 83-57

Very expected game when 9th ranked Amsterdam (4-31) was crushed on the road by third ranked Groningen (24-10) 83-57 on Saturday. The game without a history. Groningen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Amsterdam's 30. They outrebounded Amsterdam 50-33 including a 25-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Jamal Boykin (203-87, college: California) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. The former international center Thomas Koenis (206-89, agency: Court Side) chipped in 9 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Maurits Pieper (198-90) who recorded 15 points and 7 rebounds and center Berend Weijs (208, college: Maryland) added 12 points, 10 rebounds and 7 blocks 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. Groningen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 24-10 record having four points less than leader Den Bosch. Amsterdam lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 31 games lost. Groningen will meet at home league's second-placed Leiden in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Amsterdam will play against M.Magixx (#7) in Nijmegen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Amsterdam: M.Pieper 15+7reb+3ast, B.Weijs 12+10reb, P.Balm 8+3reb, J.Ormskerk 6+1reb+3ast, J.Van Der Laan 5+1reb+1ast, J.Roodheuvel 5+3reb+3ast
Groningen: J.Boykin 12+12reb, J.Dourisseau 11+3reb+1ast, T.Koenis 9+13reb, N.Rohnert 9+3reb+5ast, S.de Randamie 8+7reb+1ast, M.Kingma 8+7reb
gschID: 193757


Leiden - Weert 91-58

Second ranked Leiden (27-8) crushed at home 7th ranked Weert (16-19) by 33 points 91-58, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Weert. The game without a history. Leiden led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Canadian forward Ross Bekkering (203-87) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. International Worthy de Jong (194-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) chipped in 17 points. Four Leiden players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Rahmon Fletcher (177-88, college: Green Bay, agency: Court Side) who recorded 18 points and the former international center Kenneth van Kempen (208-87, college: Ohio, agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Leiden maintains second place with 27-8 record behind leader Den Bosch. Loser Weert keeps the seventh position with 19 games lost. They share it with M.Magixx. Leiden will meet Groningen (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Weert will play against Den Helder K. (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Weert: R.Fletcher 18+2reb+3ast, K.van Kempen 12+7reb+3ast, G.Robinson 12+8reb, A.Carter 7+7reb+1ast, B.Perine 6+1reb+2ast, S.Besseling 3+2reb
Leiden: R.Bekkering 19+15reb+3ast, W.de Jong 17+4reb+2ast, S.Cunningham 16+2reb+4ast, A.Slagter 13+2reb+6ast, M.Schachtner 12+2reb+2ast, M.Kherrazi 9+8reb+3ast
gschID: 193755


Rotterdam - Zwolle 80-94

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Zwolle (19-16) defeated on the road bottom-ranked Rotterdam (3-30) 94-80 on Saturday. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was guard Tanner Smith (195-90, college: Clemson) who scored 28 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Darryl Webb (198-88, college: Indiana, PA, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Four Zwolle players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Cameron Echols (203-81, college: Ball St., agency: R.H.Consultancy) who recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and 19 rebounds and guard Anthony Miles (182-89, college: Lamar, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 25 points and 5 assists respectively. Zwolle maintains fourth place with 19-16 record, which they share with Leeuwarden. Rotterdam lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 30 lost games. Zwolle will meet at home league's leader Den Bosch in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rotterdam will play against Leeuwarden (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Rotterdam: C.Echols 29+19reb+1ast, A.Miles 25+3reb+5ast, M.Otten 12+7reb+5ast, M.Kok 8+1reb, D.Jones 6+1ast, H.Addow 0+1reb
Zwolle: T.Smith 28+5reb+3ast, D.Webb 22+12reb, J.Magette 15+6reb+10ast, N.Hulzebos 14+1reb+1ast, M.Ridderhof 8, A.Bunnig 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 193756



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Hungarian A Division round 6 (Second Stage) best performance: Jonathan Levy - by Eurobasket News

American guard Jonathan Levy (193-G-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Atomeromu, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (33 points, six rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Kaposvari (#3, 17-11) 84-83. Atomeromu maintains the 2nd position in Hungarian A Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Atomeromu will need more victories to improve their 20-8 record. In the team's last game Levy had a remarkable 70.6% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Atomeromu, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Jonathan Levy averages this season 14.6ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old former international forward Norbert Toth (203-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) of PVSK Pannon. Toth had a very good evening with a double-double of 34 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for PVSK Pannon to edge the lower-ranked Szedeak (#0, 9-17) 82-77. This victory allowed PVSK Pannon to move up to -3th position in Places 7-13. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Toth is one of the most experienced players at PVSK Pannon and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jarrod Jones (205-F-90) of league's top team Albacomp. Jones scored 16 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Albacomp, leading his team to a 91-43 easy win against the lower-ranked Kormend (#5, 12-16). Albacomp confirms their top position in Places 1-6. Their record at this point is 22 victories and 6 lost games. Jones has a very solid season. In 2 games in Hungary he scored 16.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gabor Soos (200-G/F-85) of Jaszberenyi - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Levente Juhos (209-C/F-91) of Albacomp - 18 points and 12 rebounds
6. James Florence (185-G-88) of Szolnok - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Anthony Jones (191-G-84) of Szedeak - 27 points and 3 assists
8. Tamas Will (196-G/F-87) of Falco-Szova - 22 points and 4 rebounds
9. Tomislav Ivosev (204-F-90) of Falco-Szova - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Milos Markovic (201-G/F-84) of Jaszberenyi - 7 points, 12 rebounds and 6 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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Edmonton Energy takes a timeout on 2013 basketball season - by Eurobasket News

The Edmonton Energy is taking a breather. The local semi-professional basketball team will not play in the International Basketball League this year. The team announced the news on its Facebook page on Friday, saying it was taking a timeout for the 2013 season. There has been no talk about what will happen in seasons to come, so that is still unknown right now, the statement said. As much as we all loved being part of the City of Champions, the behind the scenes struggles were really difficult for our staff and ownership group. This is a tough thing for all of us to let go of and I know many of us personally hope to be back up and running as soon as possible. Edmonton is a great city and we were incredibly proud to represent it. We love, appreciate and thank all of our fans and supporters for everything over the past few years. Edmonton joined the IBL in 2008 as the Edmonton Chill. That team was dissolved at the end of that season when its then-owner, Troy Barns, disappeared from Edmonton. At the time, the IBLs commissioner cited a growing amount of unpaid debts as the main reason for his decision to dissolve the team. A multi-person ownership group, led by now-Edmonton-Gold Bar MLA David Dorward , formed the Energy in 2009. While successful on the court, the Energy struggled to build a fan base. In a financial bind in 2010, the team opted to not send the Energy to the IBL playoffs. While the Energys ownership group committed to the team the next two years and sent them to the playoffs, the league began to show its difficulties with Edmonton. The IBL consists of teams largely from the Washington State and Oregon areas. Over the last two years, teams travelled to Edmonton but would only send a small amount of players from their roster, whether full-time jobs prevented players travel or other issues crossing the border came up. In some instances there were only four, five or six players making the trip for a weekends worth of games. The Energy was regularly forced to fill out the visiting rosters with local former college players. The Energy would often get an inflated win and was unprepared for the teams it would face on the road in the playoffs. Paul Sir, the executive director at Basketball Alberta, left the team as its coach and general manager after it didnt make the 2010 playoff trip, but had been working with the Energy through this winter to try to make a go of the 2013 season. With the Energys hiatus and the prolonged silence from the provincial government on its willingness to fund the proposed relocation of Canada Basketball to Edmontons Saville Community Sports Centre, there are still hopes to make Edmonton a basketball presence. Efforts are being made to keep the Energy in the public eye through this summer with some exhibition games throughout Alberta. On the national front, Basketball Alberta may seek corporate sponsorship to bring at least a portion of the Canadian program to Edmonton in the future. While the Energy was withdrawing from its season, there are signs of basketball life further north. The Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune reported on Wednesday that the Grande Prairie Cowboys would join the American Basketball Association for the 2013-2014 season. The Cowboys would join the Calgary Crush as Albertas second team in that league. The ABAs original incarnation thrived in the early and mid 1970s before merging with the National Basketball Association in 1976. The modern ABA (same name, no affiliation to the original) has been in operation since 1999 with varying levels of success across North America.
Courtesy of: edmontonjournal.com



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Grindavik takes the lead - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Third game between Grindavik and KR was a close game in first half but Grindavik always looking stronger. KR team not shooting well but they stayed in the game with good fight for the loose balls and offensive rebounds. Martin Hermannsson and Brandon Richardson where the only player on KR squad scoring well in first half. Samuel Sammy Zeglinski (182-PG-88, college: Virginia) & Sigurdur Thorsteinsson on Grindavik team where scoring well also. Aaron Broussard did step up well in second half for Grindavik.
Grindavik team shooting better 61% from 2 pt KR 59% From three pointers Grindavik 25% KR 12%. Free throw Grindavik 79% KR 71%
Grindavik won 95-80
Next game Thirsday at KR and win there will take Grindavik to the finals.
Top scorers for Grindavik. Samuel Sammy Zeglinski 32. Aaron Broussard 21. Sigurdur Thorsteinsson 21.
For KR Brandon Richardson 19. Martin Hermannsson 16



Hamar & Valur in the finals - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

It will be Hamar & Valur to play for the finals in Div 1 play-offs and for the seat in top league next year.
This was known after Hamar knock out Hottur 2-0 and Valur beat Thor Ak 2-1.
Thor 81-Valur 72. Good win for Thor anda chance of make it to the finals. Odinn Asgeirsson and Olafur Aron Ingvason scored 17 pts each to lead Thor
For Valur Birgir Petursson 22 points.

Hottur 68 Hamar 73. Bad day for Hottur and the chance of move up gone. Austin Bracey had a good game for Hottur with 20 points. Jerry Lewis Hollis 22 for Hamar.

Valur 81. Thor Ak 64. Leaders for Valur Atli Hreinsson 13. Birgir Petursson 10 + 14 reb. For Thor Olafur Aron Ingvason 23. Odinn Asgeirsson 12.



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Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Dell Aspac 27-1 
 2. Pelita Jaya 24-4 
 3. CLS Knights 21-6 
 4. Satria Muda 20-7 
 5. Garuda 20-8 
 6. Stadium Jak. 15-13 
 7. Hangtuah 14-13 
 8. Bimasakti 7-20 
 9. Satya Wacana 7-20 
 10. Pacific Caesar 6-21 
 11. NSH GMC Riau 2-26 
 12. Tonga BSC 2-26 

Regular Season: Round 45

Apr. 7: Garuda - Stadium Jak. 81-56
Apr. 7: Tonga BSC - Pacific Caesar 80-91
Apr. 7: NSH GMC Riau - CLS Knights 71-78
Apr. 7: Dell Aspac - Pelita Jaya 67-65


Indonesian NBL round 44 best performance: Rony Gunawan - by Eurobasket News

Former international power forward Rony Gunawan (194-F/C-80) had a great game in the last round for Satria Muda, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 44.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, seven rebounds and two assists) to as his team The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Satria Muda moved-up to the 4th position in the Indonesian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Satria Muda will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 20-7 record. In the team's last game Gunawan had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Satria Muda, through which he has constantly improved. Rony Gunawan has solid league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 8.5rpg. Gunawan is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.0bpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Dimaz Muharri (181-PG-85) of CLS Knights. Muharri had a very good evening with 6 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists. Of course he lead CLS Knights to another comfortable win 85-68 over the lower-ranked Bimasakti (#8, 7-20) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed CLS Knights to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 20-6 record is not bad at all. Muharri is one of the most experienced players at CLS Knights and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Yoppi France Giay (188-F-89) of Satya Wacana (#9). Giay scored 16 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Satya Wacana, leading his team to a 82-66 easy win against the lower-ranked Tonga BSC (#12, 2-25). Satya Wacana can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 7-20 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Giay he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Giay has a very solid season. In 20 games in Indonesia he scored 5.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-PG-81) of Satria Muda - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Andi Poedjakesuma (187-F-80) of Pelita Jaya - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. R Ruslan (197-C-89) of Stadium Jak. - 17 points and 5 rebounds
7. Untung Gendro Maryono (198-C-89) of Bimasakti - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Wijaya Saputra (184-SG-85) of CLS Knights - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Respati Pamungkas (180-G-91) of Satya Wacana - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Tony Agus (191-PF-86) of CLS Knights - 14 points

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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  ITALY   

Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Cimberio VA 20-6 
 2. Banco di Sard. 18-8 
 3. Acea Virtus RM 17-9 
 4. EA7 Armani 16-10 
 5. Montepaschi 15-11 
 6. Cantu 15-11 
 7. Trenkwalder RE 15-11 
 8. Umana VE 14-12 
 9. JuveCaserta 12-14 
 10. Sidigas AV 11-14 
 11. Vanoli CR 11-15 
 12. Sutor MGR 11-15 
 13. Enel Brindisi 10-16 
 14. Oknoplast BO 8-17 
 15. Pesaro 8-18 
 16. Angelico BI 6-20 

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 7: Sutor MGR - Cimberio VA 93-91
Apr. 7: EA7 Armani - Pesaro 93-65
Apr. 7: Angelico BI - Cantu 82-77
Apr. 7: Vanoli CR - Montepaschi 81-71
Apr. 7: JuveCaserta - Enel Brindisi 78-63
Apr. 7: Acea Virtus RM - Sidigas AV 75-81 OT
Apr. 7: Oknoplast BO - Umana VE 66-85
Apr. 7: Trenkwalder RE - Banco di Sard. 101-75

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 14: Montepaschi - Oknoplast BO
Apr. 14: Banco di Sard. - Acea Virtus RM
Apr. 14: Pesaro - Vanoli CR
Apr. 14: Cantu - Sutor MGR
Apr. 14: Umana VE - JuveCaserta
Apr. 14: Cimberio VA - EA7 Armani
Apr. 14: Sidigas AV - Trenkwalder RE
Apr. 14: Enel Brindisi - Angelico BI


Standings - Lega 2

Lega2 Standings
 1. Giorgo Tesi PT 17-6 
 2. Sigma Barcel. 17-7 
 3. Novipiu Casale 16-8 
 4. C.de Latte BRE 15-8 
 5. LeGamberi FO 12-11 
 6. Biancoblu BO 12-11 
 7. Givova Scafati 12-12 
 8. Tezenis VE 12-12 
 9. Pall.Trento 11-12 
 10. Upea CdO 10-14 
 11. Fileni BPA Jesi 10-14 
 12. AcegasAps TR 9-14 
 13. FCM Ferentino 8-15 
 14. Aget Service IM 8-16 
 15. Prima Veroli 8-16 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 7: Biancoblu BO - Prima Veroli 85-67
Apr. 7: C.de Latte BRE - Aget Service IM 81-65
Apr. 7: Pall.Trento - Giorgo Tesi PT 81-64
Apr. 7: Upea CdO - LeGamberi FO 79-84
Apr. 7: Fileni BPA Jesi - Sigma Barcel. 75-91
Apr. 7: FCM Ferentino - Tezenis VE 67-83
Apr. 7: Novipiu Casale - Givova Scafati 102-82

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 14: Giorgo Tesi PT - Sigma Barcel.
Apr. 14: Biancoblu BO - C.de Latte BRE
Apr. 14: Givova Scafati - Tezenis VE
Apr. 14: LeGamberi FO - Aget Service IM
Apr. 14: Upea CdO - FCM Ferentino
Apr. 14: Novipiu Casale - Pall.Trento
Apr. 14: Prima Veroli - AcegasAps TR


Standings - B1

Nazionale Standings
 1. Torino 23-6 
 2. Matera 19-10 
 3. Castelletto 17-12 
 4. Agrigento 17-13 
 5. Lucca 16-12 
 6. Casalpusterlengo 16-13 
 7. Treviglio 16-13 
 8. Omegna 15-14 
 9. Bari 15-14 
 10. Firenze 14-15 
 11. Reggio Calabr. 14-15 
 12. Ferrara 13-16 
 13. Chieti 13-16 
 14. Recanati 12-17 
 15. Mirandola 12-18 
 16. Latina Basket 11-18 
 17. San Severo 10-20 
 18. Perugia 8-21 
Folded
 1. Bologna 6-4 

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 7: Latina Basket - Ferrara 96-84
Apr. 7: Chieti - San Severo 92-69
Apr. 7: Reggio Calabr. - Casalpusterlengo 87-91
Apr. 7: Lucca - Castelletto 87-83
Apr. 7: Treviglio - Bari 78-66
Apr. 7: Agrigento - Recanati 65-56
Apr. 7: Perugia - Firenze 62-69
Apr. 7: Mirandola - Omegna 58-75

Regular Season: Round 33

Apr. 13: Omegna - Lucca
Apr. 14: Firenze - Torino
Apr. 14: Ferrara - Matera
Apr. 14: Bologna - Treviglio
Apr. 14: Castelletto - Agrigento
Apr. 14: Casalpusterlengo - Bari
Apr. 14: Recanati - Reggio Calabr.
Apr. 14: San Severo - Mirandola
Apr. 14: Latina Basket - Chieti


Italian SerieA round 26 best performance: Troy Bell - by Eurobasket News

American point guard Troy Bell (186-PG-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for Trenkwalder RE, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, two rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Banco di Sard. (#2, 18-8) with 26-point margin 101-75. Trenkwalder RE maintains the 7th position in Italian SerieA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Trenkwalder RE will need more victories to improve their 15-11 record. In the team's last game Bell had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Trenkwalder RE, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Troy Bell averages this season 15.2ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Christian Burns (203-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of Sutor MGR. Burns had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Sutor MGR to edge the higher-ranked Cimberio VA (#1, 20-6) 93-91. Sutor MGR's 12th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-15 record. Burns is a newcomer at Sutor MGR, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Andrea Michelori (202-F-78) of JuveCaserta (#9). Michelori scored 18 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of JuveCaserta, leading his team to a 78-63 easy win against the lower-ranked Enel Brindisi (#13, 10-16). The chances of JuveCaserta ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Michelori could help JuveCaserta to bring them higher in the standings. Michelori has a very solid season. In 25 games in Italy he scored 5.3ppg. He also has 4.4rpg and FGP: 53.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Luca Vitali (201-PG-86) of Vanoli CR - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Jaka Lakovic (186-PG-78) of Sidigas AV - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) of Sidigas AV - 10 points and 19 rebounds
7. Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86) of Enel Brindisi - 13 points and 12 rebounds
8. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84) of Montepaschi - 28 points and 4 assists
9. Tuukka Kotti (205-PF-81) of Vanoli CR - 16 points and 6 rebounds
10. Greg Brunner (201-PF-83) of Trenkwalder RE - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Lega2 Round 25: Pall.Trento defeats leader Tuscany Pistoia - 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 surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Tuscany Pistoia (17-6) on the court of ninth ranked Pall.Trento on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Pall.Trento 81-64. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Tuscany Pistoia. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-64. Pall.Trento dominated on the defensive end, holding Tuscany Pistoia to just 7 points in second quarter. Pall.Trento forced 21 Tuscany Pistoia turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Luca Garri (207-82) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, agency: Two Points) contributed with 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. The former international power forward Giacomo Galanda (211-75) answered with 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for Tuscany Pistoia. Tuscany Pistoia's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Pall.Trento maintains ninth place with 11-12 record. Tuscany Pistoia at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Pall.Trento are looking forward to face higher ranked Novipiu Casale (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tuscany Pistoia will play against the league's second-placed Sigma Barcellona having rather not much hope for a victory.
The game between third ranked Novipiu Casale (16-8) and 5th ranked Givova Scafati (12-12) in Casale ended with biggest points difference. Novipiu Casale outscored guests from Scafati 102-82. American point guard Casper Ware (177-90, college: Long Beach St.) stepped up and scored 32 points and 5 assists for the winners and Giancarlo Ferrero chipped in 21 points. Novipiu Casale's coach Giulio Griccioli allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side the former international swingman Andrea Ghiacci (200-81) responded with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Novipiu Casale maintains third place with 16-8 record having just -6 point less than leader Giorgo Tesi PT. Givova Scafati at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Tezenis VE. Novipiu Casale will play against Pall.Trento (#9) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Givova Scafati will play against Tezenis VE in Verona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 25 were not that significant. Aget Service IM was beaten by C.de Latte BRE on the road 81-65. Upea CdO lost to LeGamberi FO on its own court 79-84. Tezenis VE managed to outperform FCM Ferentino in Verona 83-67. Biancoblu BO managed to beat Prima Veroli at home 85-67. Sigma Barcel. defeated Fileni BPA Jesi on the opponent's court 91-75.
The most impressive performance of 25th round was 31 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists by Terrence Roderick of LeGamberi FO.


C.de Latte BRE - Aget Service IM 81-65

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked C.de Latte BRE (15-8) beat 14th ranked Aget Service IM (8-16) in Brescia 81-65. The game was mostly controlled by C.de Latte BRE. Aget Service IM was better in fourth quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. C.de Latte BRE made 17-of-18 charity shots (94.4 percent) during the game. American guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) stepped up and scored 26 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners and his fellow American import swingman J.R. Giddens (196-85, college: N.Mexico) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four C.de Latte BRE players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and American point guard D.J. Gay (183-89, college: San Diego St.) scored 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. C.de Latte BRE have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 15-8 record. Aget Service IM at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Prima Veroli. C.de Latte BRE will play against Biancoblu BO (#6) in Bologna in the next round. Aget Service IM will play on the road against LeGamberi Foods Forli (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Aget Service IM: F.Foiera 16+4reb, R.Valenti 13+11reb, M.Chillo 9+3reb+3ast, D.Gay 9+7reb+5ast, M.Frassineti 8+1reb+1ast, M.Maestrello 5+1ast
C.de Latte BRE: M.Jenkins 26+5reb+3ast, D.Brkic 11+5reb+1ast, J.Giddens 11+8reb, J.Fernandez 10+2reb+6ast, E.Lombardi 6+5reb, N.Barlos 5+4reb
gschID: 188949


Novipiu Casale - Givova Scafati 102-82

The game between third ranked Novipiu Casale (16-8) and 5th ranked Givova Scafati (12-12) in Casale ended with biggest points difference. Novipiu Casale outscored guests from Scafati 102-82. The game without a history. Novipiu Casale led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Novipiu Casale outrebounded Givova Scafati 41-25 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. American point guard Casper Ware (177-90, college: Long Beach St.) stepped up and scored 32 points and 5 assists for the winners and the former international swingman Giancarlo Ferrero (196-88, agency: Players Group) chipped in 21 points. Four Novipiu Casale players scored in double figures. Novipiu Casale's coach Giulio Griccioli allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side the former international swingman Andrea Ghiacci (200-81) responded with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Novipiu Casale maintains third place with 16-8 record having just -6 point less than leader Giorgo Tesi PT. Givova Scafati at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Tezenis VE. Novipiu Casale will play against Pall.Trento (#9) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Givova Scafati will play against Tezenis VE in Verona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Givova Scafati: K.Mays 22+1reb+1ast, R.Slay 19+5reb+2ast, A.Ghiacci 17+7reb+5ast, G.Sorrentino 8+1reb+2ast, J.Tavernari 7+2reb+1ast, P.Baldassarre 4+6reb
Novipiu Casale: C.Ware 32+3reb+5ast, G.Ferrero 21+3reb+2ast, N.Martinoni 14+11reb+1ast, R.Green 11+2reb+2ast, P.Butkevicius 8+14reb, M.Malaventura 7+2reb
gschID: 188944


Upea CdO - LeGamberi FO 79-84

Very expected game when 10th ranked Upea CdO (10-14) lost to sixth ranked LeGamberi Foods Forli (12-11) in Capo d'Orlando 79-84. Upea CdO was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 45-32 second half run of LeGamberi Foods Forli. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Upea CdO's players. American swingman Terrence Roderick (196-88, college: UAB, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and Amedeo Tessitori (207-94) chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four LeGamberi Foods Forli players scored in double figures. At the losing side American swingman Alex Young (198-89, college: IUPUI) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds and power forward Mitchell Poletti (205-88) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. LeGamberi Foods Forli moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Biancoblu BO. Newly promoted Upea CdO keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Fileni BPA Jesi. LeGamberi Foods Forli will play against Aget Service IM (#14) in Imola in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Upea CdO will play at home against FCM Ferentino (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Upea CdO: A.Young 28+13reb+1ast, S.Huff 15+5reb+1ast, M.Poletti 13+8reb, M.Portannese 9+2reb, D.Mathis 8+4reb+5ast, T.Battle 6+2reb+2ast
LeGamberi FO: T.Roderick 31+10reb+7ast, A.Tessitori 16+11reb, B.Spencer 11+2reb+4ast, N.Natali 11+5reb+5ast, B.Musso 9+3reb+1ast, S.Borsato 4+1reb+5ast
gschID: 188950


FCM Ferentino - Tezenis VE 67-83

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Tezenis VE (12-12) won against on the road 13th ranked FCM Ferentino (8-15) 83-67. The game was mostly controlled by Tezenis VE. FCM Ferentino was better in second period 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tezenis VE dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to FCM Ferentino's 20. Tezenis VE forced 19 FCM Ferentino turnovers. American guard Charlie Westbrook (193-89, college: S.Dakota) stepped up and scored 23 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and the former international guard Giorgio Boscagin (196-83) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Five Tezenis VE players scored in double figures. At the losing side American-British forward Laurence Ekperigin (201-88, college: Le Moyne) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian point guard Marcos Casini (188-80) scored 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Tezenis VE moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Givova Scafati. FCM Ferentino lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Tezenis VE will play against Givova Scafati (#7) on the road in the next round. FCM Ferentino will play against Upea CdO (#10) in Capo d'Orlando and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
FCM Ferentino: M.Casini 20+2reb, L.Ekperigin 12+14reb+1ast, F.Guarino 10+2reb+4ast, D.James 9+8reb+1ast, S.Parrillo 8+1reb, M.Allegretti 6+2reb
Tezenis VE: C.Westbrook 23+1reb+1ast, G.Boscagin 16+7reb, R.McConnell 16+2reb+3ast, O.Lawal 12+9reb, M.Da Ros 12+3reb+3ast, D.Lamma 2+1ast
gschID: 188947


Biancoblu BO - Prima Veroli 85-67

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Prima Veroli (8-16) lost to seventh ranked Biancoblu BO (12-11) in Bologna 67-85. The game without a history. Biancoblu BO led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Biancoblu BO shot 26 for 36 from the free-throw line, while Prima Veroli only scored five points from the stripe. Biancoblu BO forced 19 Prima Veroli turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Biancoblu BO especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Prima Veroli was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international point guard Andrea Pecile (187-80) stepped up and scored 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and guard Michele Vitali (196-91) chipped in 22 points. Biancoblu BO's coach Stefano Salieri used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Latvian swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and forward Giovanni Carenza (202-88, college: St.Anselm) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Biancoblu BO moved-up to fifth place, which they share with LeGamberi FO. Prima Veroli lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. They share it with Aget Service IM. Biancoblu BO will play against higher ranked C.de Latte BRE (#4) in Brescia in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Prima Veroli will play at home against AcegasAps TR (#12) in Trieste and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: M.Jurevicus 19+6reb+2ast, P.Marigney 14+4reb+3ast, G.Carenza 13+6reb+3ast, T.Rinaldi 11+3reb+1ast, S.Berti 8+3reb+4ast, L.Infante 2+4reb+1ast
Biancoblu BO: M.Vitali 22+1reb+3ast, A.Pecile 17+8reb+3ast, D.Cutolo 13+7reb+2ast, D.Cournooh 12+5reb+2ast, R.Harris 9+3reb+3ast, W.Mosley 8+9reb+1ast
gschID: 188946


Fileni BPA Jesi - Sigma Barcel. 75-91

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Sigma Barcellona (17-7) defeated on the road 11th ranked Fileni BPA Jesi (10-14) 91-75. The game was mostly controlled by Sigma Barcellona. Fileni BPA Jesi was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sigma Barcellona made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. American guard Jobey Thomas (194-80, college: Charlotte) stepped up and scored 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and the former international power forward Alessandro Cittadini (207-79) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) responded with 27 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Jesse Sanders (190-89, college: Liberty) scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Sigma Barcellona and four Fileni BPA Jesi players scored in double figures. Sigma Barcellona have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 17-7 record having just -7 point less than leader Giorgo Tesi PT. Fileni BPA Jesi at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Upea CdO. Sigma Barcellona will play against league's leader Tuscany Pistoia on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fileni BPA Jesi will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Fileni BPA Jesi: M.Maggioli 27+8reb+2ast, E.Griffin 16+5reb+1ast, J.Sanders 14+8reb+5ast, R.Gaspardo 10, J.Valentini 6+2reb+1ast, D.Dolic 2
Sigma Barcel.: J.Thomas 26+5reb, D.Hardy 19, A.Cittadini 13+9reb+1ast, T.Green 10+2reb, C.Callahan 10+4reb, R.Bucci 7
gschID: 188945


Pall.Trento - Giorgo Tesi PT 81-64

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Tuscany Pistoia (17-6) on the court of ninth ranked Pall.Trento on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Pall.Trento 81-64. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Tuscany Pistoia. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-64. Pall.Trento dominated on the defensive end, holding Tuscany Pistoia to just 7 points in second quarter. Pall.Trento forced 21 Tuscany Pistoia turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Luca Garri (207-82) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, agency: Two Points) contributed with 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. The former international power forward Giacomo Galanda (211-75) answered with 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American guard Antonio Graves (191-85, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Two Points) added 15 points in the effort for Tuscany Pistoia. Tuscany Pistoia's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Pall.Trento maintains ninth place with 11-12 record. Tuscany Pistoia at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Pall.Trento are looking forward to face higher ranked Novipiu Casale (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tuscany Pistoia will play against the league's second-placed Sigma Barcellona having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Giorgo Tesi PT: G.Galanda 20+4reb+1ast, A.Graves 15+4reb+2ast, M.Hicks 7+4reb, R.Cortese 6+7reb, F.Toppo 6+4reb+3ast, L.Saccaggi 4+1ast
Pall.Trento: L.Garri 27+7reb, M.Umeh 16+2reb+6ast, A.Forray 10+4reb+5ast, L.Dordei 9+5reb+3ast, L.Conte 8+2reb, B.Elder 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 188943



Nazionale A Round 32: Castelletto loses to Lucca - 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 important game in the last round took place in Lucca between third ranked Castelletto (17-12) and sixth ranked Lucca (16-12) on Sunday night. Castelletto was defeated by Lucca in a tough game on the road 83-87. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 23-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Lucca forced 22 Castelletto turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Castelletto helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Davide Parente (188-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Walter Santarossa (200-78) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Francesco Ihedioha (196-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for Castelletto. Lucca moved-up to fifth place. Castelletto at the other side keeps the third position with 12 games lost. Lucca are looking forward to face Omegna (#8) on the road in the next round. Castelletto will play against Agrigento (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Reggio Calabria was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Casalpusterlengo (16-13) played at the court of 8th ranked Reggio Calabr. (14-15). Casalpusterlengo managed to secure a 4-point victory 91-87. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Gianpaolo Ricci (200-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and Tommaso Marino who added 23 points during the contest. point guard Alessandro Piazza (174-87) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 8 steals. Reggio Calabr.'s coach Francesco Ponticiello rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Despite that victory Casalpusterlengo went down to sixth position due to points difference, which they share with Treviglio. Reggio Calabr. at the other side dropped to the tenth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Firenze. Casalpusterlengo will play against Bari (#9) at home in the next round. Reggio Calabr. will play against Recanati and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Naturhouse Ferrara (13-16) and Latina Basket (11-18), which took place in Latina. Higher ranked Naturhouse Ferrara lost to sixteenth ranked Latina Basket in a road game 84-96 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Naturhouse Ferrara. The winners were led by Manuel Carrizo who scored that evening 34 points (!!!) and 9 assists. Even 26 points and 8 rebounds by Michele Benfatto did not help to save the game for Naturhouse Ferrara. Latina Basket maintains sixteenth position with 11-18 record. Newly promoted Naturhouse Ferrara dropped to the twelfth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Chieti. Latina Basket will meet at home higher ranked Chieti (#13) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Naturhouse Ferrara will play against the league's second-placed Matera and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game between fifteenth ranked Chieti (13-16) and 17th ranked Mazzeo San Severo (10-20) in Chieti ended with biggest points difference. Chieti outscored guests from San Severo 92-69. The best player for the winners was Emanuele Rossi who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. Chieti moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Ferrara. Mazzeo San Severo at the other side keeps the seventeenth position with 20 games lost. Chieti's next round opponent will be Latina Basket (#16) on the road. Mazzeo San Severo will play against Mirandola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 32: Recanati was beaten by Agrigento on the road 65-56. Mirandola lost to Omegna on its own court 58-75. Firenze managed to outperform Perugia in a road game 69-62. Treviglio managed to beat Bari at home 78-66.


Agrigento - Recanati 65-56

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Agrigento (17-13) beat at home 13th ranked Recanati (12-17) 65-56. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was Alfredo Moruzzi (193-80) who scored 13 points. Naturalized Argentinian forward Albano Chiarastella (196-85) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Riccardo Castelli (200-88) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and forward Attilio Pierini (201-81) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Newly promoted Agrigento maintains fourth position with 17-13 record. Recanati at the other side dropped to the fourteenth place with 17 games lost. Agrigento's next round opponent will be higher ranked Castelletto (#3) on the road and it may be the game of the week. Recanati will play against Reggio Calabr. (#11) in Reggio Calabria.
Top scorers:
Agrigento: A.Moruzzi 13+4reb+3ast, V.Di Viccaro 13+1ast, A.Chiarastella 9+8reb+3ast, F.Mian 9+3reb+2ast, R.Chiacig 8+5reb+1ast, D.Demartini 6+2reb+4ast
Recanati: R.Castelli 20+8reb, A.Pierini 14+4reb+1ast, G.Tessitore 8+4reb+1ast, M.Gnaccarini 7+5reb+3ast, G.Cantagalli 6+2reb, F.Stefanini 1
gschID: 191921


Chieti - San Severo 92-69

The game between fifteenth ranked Chieti (13-16) and 17th ranked Mazzeo San Severo (10-20) in Chieti ended with biggest points difference. Chieti outscored guests from San Severo 92-69. Chieti outrebounded Mazzeo San Severo 36-20 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Mazzeo San Severo's players. The best player for the winners was the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized San Marino Andrea Raschi (198-79) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals. Four Chieti players scored in double figures. Guard Gionata Zampolli (189-85) produced 18 points and 5 assists and swingman Ivan Scarponi (196-86) added 21 points respectively for the guests. Chieti moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Ferrara. Mazzeo San Severo at the other side keeps the seventeenth position with 20 games lost. Chieti's next round opponent will be Latina Basket (#16) on the road. Mazzeo San Severo will play against Mirandola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chieti: E.Rossi 24+9reb+3ast, A.Raschi 18+5reb+11ast, M.Micevic 18+9reb+2ast, F.Gialloreto 14+1reb+5ast, G.Severini 9+6reb+2ast, L.Bolletta 6+3reb+1ast
San Severo: I.Scarponi 21+3reb, G.Zampolli 18+4reb+5ast, A.Iannilli 12+1reb, L.De Paoli 8+3reb, G.Sirakov 7+3reb+1ast, O.Gueye 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 191918


Mirandola - Omegna 58-75

Very expected game when 14th ranked Mirandola (12-18) lost at home to ninth ranked Omegna (15-14) 75-58. The game was mostly controlled by Omegna. Mirandola was better in third quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Omegna forced 21 Mirandola turnovers. The best player for the winners was power forward Massimo Farioli (202-77) who scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Giacomo Mariani (191-86) chipped in 10 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. Four Omegna players scored in double figures. Omegna's coach Giampaolo Di Lorenzo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international swingman Andrea Pilotti (196-80, agency: Players Group) produced 12 points and 5 rebounds and guard Matteo Fantinelli (195-93) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Omegna moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Bari. Newly promoted Mirandola dropped to the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. Omegna's next round opponent will be higher ranked Lucca (#5) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Mirandola will play against Mazzeo San Severo (#17) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Omegna: M.Farioli 14+9reb+1ast, A.Saccaggi 14+1reb+1ast, S.Masciadri 12+4reb, G.Mariani 10+3reb+9ast, P.Picazio 8+1reb, N.Metreveli 8+2reb
Mirandola: M.Venturelli 17, A.Pilotti 12+5reb+1ast, L.Pignatti 10+3reb, M.Fantinelli 9+6reb+2ast, J.Losi 6+4reb+5ast, A.Mancin 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 191917


Lucca - Castelletto 87-83

The most important game in the last round took place in Lucca between third ranked Castelletto (17-12) and sixth ranked Lucca (16-12) on Sunday night. Castelletto was defeated by Lucca in a tough game on the road 83-87. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 23-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Lucca forced 22 Castelletto turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Castelletto helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Davide Parente (188-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Walter Santarossa (200-78) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Lucca players scored in double figures. Forward Francesco Ihedioha (196-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Alexander Simoncelli (188-86, agency: Interperformances) added 20 points in the effort for Castelletto. Lucca moved-up to fifth place. Castelletto at the other side keeps the third position with 12 games lost. Lucca are looking forward to face Omegna (#8) on the road in the next round. Castelletto will play against Agrigento (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lucca: D.Parente 35+5reb+3ast, W.Santarossa 14+8reb+2ast, D.Banti 12+9reb+1ast, A.Barsanti 12+2reb+1ast, M.Negri 7+6reb+1ast, R.Casagrande 5
Castelletto: F.Ihedioha 20+11reb+1ast, A.Simoncelli 20+3reb+2ast, M.Ceron 15+5reb, A.Ranuzzi 9+6reb, F.Bolzonella 9+2reb+1ast, N.Damiani 8+3reb
gschID: 191915


Perugia - Firenze 62-69

Very predictable result when twelfth ranked Firenze (14-15) won against on the road 18th ranked Perugia (8-21) 69-62. It looked good early as Perugia took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Firenze had a 28-11 second period charge getting the lead and Perugia was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-69. It was a great shooting night for Firenze especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. The best player for the winners was swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) who scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Center Andrea Capitanelli (203-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Four Firenze players scored in double figures. Center Paolo Chiarello (204-78) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Giacomo Chiatti (183-86) added 18 points respectively for the hosts. Perugia's coach Andrea Fabrizi tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Firenze moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Reggio Calabr. Perugia lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth position with 21 games lost. Firenze's next round opponent will be league's leader Torino at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Firenze: D.Casadei 16+5reb+3ast, M.Caroldi 13+1ast, S.Spizzichini 12+8reb, A.Capitanelli 12+11reb, M.Sanna 8+3reb, S.Rabaglietti 5+1reb
Perugia: G.Chiatti 18+3reb, P.Chiarello 15+8reb+1ast, N.Mei 12+6reb+1ast, C.Cutolo 8+3reb, S.Bonamente 5+4reb+1ast, M.Bei 4+3reb
gschID: 191914


Treviglio - Bari 78-66

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Treviglio and 10th ranked Bari had identical 15-13 record. This time Treviglio used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Bari 78-66. The game was mostly controlled by Treviglio. Bari was better in third quarter 25-16. 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. 25 personal fouls committed by Bari helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Davide Reati (193-88) who scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-89) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Four Treviglio players scored in double figures. Swingman Daniele Bonessio (200-88) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Treviglio (16-13) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Casalpusterlengo. Bari at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. Treviglio's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Bologna (#19) in Ozzano Emilia which should be an easy win for them. Bari will play on the road against Casalpusterlengo (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Treviglio: S.Ferrarese 20+1reb+3ast, R.Pederzini 18+6reb+3ast, R.Perego 17+5reb+4ast, D.Reati 16+8reb+4ast, T.Carnovali 3, M.Raminelli 3+3reb
Bari: D.Bonessio 16+13reb+2ast, A.Ruggiero 15, S.Bonfiglio 10+1reb+3ast, M.Cardillo 7+4reb, T.Laquintana 7+2reb, D.Barozzi 6+3reb
gschID: 191913


Latina Basket - Ferrara 96-84

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Naturhouse Ferrara (13-16) and Latina Basket (11-18), which took place in Latina. Higher ranked Naturhouse Ferrara lost to sixteenth ranked Latina Basket in a road game 84-96 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Naturhouse Ferrara. Latina Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Naturhouse Ferrara's 40. Latina Basket forced 22 Naturhouse Ferrara turnovers. The winners were led by naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, agency: Players Group) who scored that evening 34 points (!!!) and 9 assists and the former international guard Riccardo Santolamazza (195-83) supported him with 7 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 26 points and 8 rebounds by power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) did not help to save the game for Naturhouse Ferrara. Guard Michele Ferri (191-85) added 11 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Four Naturhouse Ferrara players scored in double figures. Latina Basket maintains sixteenth position with 11-18 record. Newly promoted Naturhouse Ferrara dropped to the twelfth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Chieti. Latina Basket will meet at home higher ranked Chieti (#13) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Naturhouse Ferrara will play against the league's second-placed Matera and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Latina Basket: M.Carrizo 34+4reb+9ast, F.Gagliardo 12+2reb, A.Cecchetti 11+3reb, A.Poti 10+2reb, M.Canavesi 8+7reb+1ast, T.Milani 8+3reb+3ast
Ferrara: M.Benfatto 26+8reb+1ast, A.Campiello 13+5reb, V.Circosta 12+2reb+4ast, M.Ferri 11+8reb, S.Cortesi 8+6reb+2ast, G.Gazzotti 6+2reb
gschID: 191919


Reggio Calabr. - Casalpusterlengo 87-91

The game in Reggio Calabria was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Casalpusterlengo (16-13) played at the court of 8th ranked Reggio Calabr. (14-15). Casalpusterlengo managed to secure a 4-point victory 91-87. Reggio Calabr. was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Gianpaolo Ricci (200-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and guard Tommaso Marino (190-86, agency: Interperformances) who added 23 points during the contest. point guard Alessandro Piazza (174-87) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 8 steals and swingman Giovanni Rugolo (196-81) scored 18 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Reggio Calabr.'s coach Francesco Ponticiello rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Despite that victory Casalpusterlengo went down to sixth position due to points difference, which they share with Treviglio. Reggio Calabr. at the other side dropped to the tenth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Firenze. Casalpusterlengo will play against Bari (#9) at home in the next round. Reggio Calabr. will play against Recanati and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Casalpusterlengo: T.Marino 23+3reb+2ast, G.Ricci 21+10reb, R.Prandin 20+1ast, A.Chiumenti 19+8reb+1ast, M.Venuto 5, M.Planezio 2+2reb
Reggio Calabr.: G.Rugolo 18+4reb+1ast, A.Piazza 18+5reb+7ast, L.Fontecchio 15+2reb, F.Quaglia 12+6reb+1ast, M.Caprari 9+3reb+1ast, M.Ammannato 8+3reb
gschID: 191916



Roderick's double-double lands him Lega 2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old swingman Terrence Roderick (196-G/F-88, agency: Interperformances) had a very impressive game in the last round for LeGamberi FO and receives a Eurobasket.com Lega 2 Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Upea CdO (#10, 10-14) 84-79. LeGamberi FO is placed at 5th position in Italian Lega 2. LeGamberi FO is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-11 record. In the team's last game Roderick had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be LeGamberi FO's top player in his first season with the team. University of Alabama at Birmingham graduate has very impressive stats this year. Roderick is in league's top in assists (6th best: 4.0apg) and averages solid 51.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) of Fileni BPA Jesi. He is former international center in his 3rd season at Fileni BPA Jesi. In the last game Maggioli recorded impressive 27 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Fileni BPA Jesi lost that game 75-91 to the higher-ranked Sigma Barcel. (#2, 17-7). Fileni BPA Jesi is still in a red zone at 11th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-14 record. Maggioli is one of the most experienced players at Fileni BPA Jesi and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.4ppg (#3). He also registered 9.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to Luca Garri (207-C/F-82) of Pall.Trento (#9). Garri scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Pall.Trento, leading his team to a 81-64 easy win against the higher-ranked Giorgo Tesi PT (#1, 17-6). The chances of Pall.Trento ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Garri could help Pall.Trento to bring them higher in the standings. Garri has a very solid season. In 22 games in Italy he scored 11.5ppg. He also has 6.4rpg and FGP: 57.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Casper Ware (177-PG-90) of Novipiu Casale - 32 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Alex Young (198-G/F-89) of Upea CdO - 28 points and 13 rebounds
6. Michael Jenkins (191-G-86) of C.de Latte BRE - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Giacomo Galanda (211-F/C-75) of Giorgo Tesi PT - 20 points and 4 rebounds
8. Jobey Thomas (194-G-80) of Sigma Barcel. - 26 points and 5 rebounds
9. Niccolo Martinoni (202-G/F-89) of Novipiu Casale - 14 points and 11 rebounds
10. Michele Vitali (196-G-91) of Biancoblu BO - 22 points 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)



SerieA Round 26: #1 Cimberio Varese is defeated by Sutor Montegranaro - 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. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Cimberio Varese (20-6) on the court of twelfth ranked Sutor Montegranaro on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Sutor Montegranaro 93-91. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cimberio Varese. Cimberio Varese was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Sutor Montegranaro made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. American forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Daniele Cinciarini (194-83) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Sutor Montegranaro's coach Carlo Recalcati used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) responded with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Sutor Montegranaro have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Vanoli CR. Cimberio Varese at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Sutor Montegranaro is looking forward to face higher ranked Cantu (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Cimberio Varese will play against Armani Milano (#4) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Banco di Sard. (18-8) against seventh ranked Trenkwalder RE (15-11) on Sunday night. Visiting Banco di Sard. was crushed by Trenkwalder RE in Reggio Emilia 101-75. American point guard Troy Bell (186-80, college: Boston Coll.) notched 28 points and 5 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Greg Brunner supported him with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Even 17 points and 6 rebounds by American point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) did not help to save the game for Banco di Sard.. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Trenkwalder RE moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Cantu and Montepaschi. Banco di Sard. lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with eight games lost. Trenkwalder RE will play against Air Avellino (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Banco di Sard. will play against Lottomatica Roma (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Lottomatica Roma (17-9) against tenth ranked Air Avellino (11-14) on Sunday night. Host Lottomatica Roma was defeated by Air Avellino in a tough game in Roma in overtime75-81. The best player for the winners was Jaka Lakovic who scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Luigi Datome produced 14 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Air Avellino have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain tenth position with 11-14 record. Loser Lottomatica Roma keeps the third place with nine games lost. Air Avellino will meet at home higher ranked Trenkwalder RE (#7) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Lottomatica Roma will play against the league's second-placed Banco di Sard. (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Bottom-ranked Angelico Biella managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the four-game losing streak. This time they won against sixth-ranked Cantu 82-77. Trey Johnson orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 4 assists. Cantu's coach Andrea Trinchieri rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Angelico Biella maintains sixteenth position with 6-20 record. Cantu lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with 11 games lost. Angelico Biella's next round opponent will be higher ranked Enel Brindisi (#13) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Cantu will play against Sutor Montegranaro (#12).
An interesting game took place in Cremona where higher ranked Montepaschi Siena (15-11) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Vanoli Cremona (11-15) 81-71 on Sunday. Luca Vitali had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners. Montepaschi Siena's coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Vanoli Cremona maintains eleventh position with 11-15 record, which they share with Sutor MGR. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena dropped to the fifth place with 11 games lost. Vanoli Cremona will face VL Pesaro (#15) on the road in the next round. Montepaschi Siena will play against Oknoplast BO (#14) in Bologna.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 26: Enel Brindisi lost to JuveCaserta on the opponent's court 63-78. Oknoplast BO was outscored by Umana VE in a home game 66-85. Pesaro was rolled over EA7 Armani on the road 93-65.


Sutor MGR - Cimberio VA 93-91

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Cimberio Varese (20-6) on the court of twelfth ranked Sutor Montegranaro on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Sutor Montegranaro 93-91. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cimberio Varese. Cimberio Varese was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Sutor Montegranaro made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. American forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Daniele Cinciarini (194-83) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Sutor Montegranaro's coach Carlo Recalcati used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) responded with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and his fellow American import power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Sutor Montegranaro have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Vanoli CR. Cimberio Varese at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Sutor Montegranaro is looking forward to face higher ranked Cantu (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Cimberio Varese will play against Armani Milano (#4) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Sutor MGR: C.Burns 24+10reb+1ast, D.Cinciarini 19+6reb+1ast, V.Amoroso 17+4reb+1ast, T.Slay 15+2reb+1ast, F.Di Bella 11+2reb+5ast, K.Johnson 3+1reb
Cimberio VA: B.Dunston 15+7reb+2ast, E.Ere 14+4reb+1ast, M.Green 14+6reb+9ast, A.Polonara 11+3reb, J.Talts 11+3reb+1ast, E.Rush 8+2reb
gschID: 185625


Trenkwalder RE - Banco di Sard. 101-75

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Banco di Sard. (18-8) against seventh ranked Trenkwalder RE (15-11) on Sunday night. Visiting Banco di Sard. was crushed by Trenkwalder RE in Reggio Emilia 101-75. Trenkwalder RE shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. American point guard Troy Bell (186-80, college: Boston Coll.) notched 28 points and 5 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and American-Swiss Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) supported him with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Even 17 points and 6 rebounds by American point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) did not help to save the game for Banco di Sard.. Polish forward Michal Ignerski (207-80, college: Mississippi St., agency: Stanley International) added 14 points for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Trenkwalder RE moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Cantu and Montepaschi. Banco di Sard. lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with eight games lost. Trenkwalder RE will play against Air Avellino (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Banco di Sard. will play against Lottomatica Roma (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder RE: T.Bell 28+2reb+5ast, D.Taylor 22+3reb+2ast, G.Brunner 14+11reb+2ast, A.Cinciarini 13+2reb+7ast, D.Filloy 6+5reb, D.Slanina 5+1reb
Banco di Sard.: T.Diener 17+6reb+3ast, M.Ignerski 14+3reb+1ast, D.Diener 12+3reb, M.Thornton 12, T.Easley 9+7reb+1ast, M.Vanuzzo 6+2reb
gschID: 185627


JuveCaserta - Enel Brindisi 78-63

Rather expected game in Caserta where 12th ranked Enel Brindisi (10-16) was defeated by ninth ranked Juvecaserta (12-14) 78-63 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 39-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Juvecaserta made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Enel Brindisi turnovers. The former international forward Andrea Michelori (202-78) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian power forward Stevan Jelovac (208-89, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Five Juvecaserta players scored in double figures. American-Bulgarian power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks and American forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple, agency: Priority Sports) scored 8 points and 9 rebounds. Enel Brindisi's coach Pier Luigi Bucchi tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Juvecaserta maintains ninth position with 12-14 record. Enel Brindisi lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the thirteenth place with 16 games lost. Juvecaserta will face higher ranked Umana Venezia (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Enel Brindisi will play against Angelico Biella (#16).
Top scorers:
JuveCaserta: S.Gentile 20+3ast, A.Michelori 18+13reb, S.Jelovac 16+10reb, D.Mavraides 10+2reb+1ast, M.Mordente 10+2reb+2ast, G.Maresca 3+4reb
Enel Brindisi: C.Simmons 13+12reb+1ast, R.Fultz 12+2reb+3ast, J.Gibson 11, K.Ndoja 10+1reb, A.Robinson 8+9reb+2ast, M.Formenti 7+2reb
gschID: 185626


Acea Virtus RM - Sidigas AV 75-81 OT

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Lottomatica Roma (17-9) against tenth ranked Air Avellino (11-14) on Sunday night. Host Lottomatica Roma was defeated by Air Avellino in a tough game in Roma in overtime75-81. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 17-8 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 15-9. The best player for the winners was Slovenian point guard Jaka Lakovic (186-78) who scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Bulgarian forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 19 rebounds. International forward Luigi Datome (203-87) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Air Avellino have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain tenth position with 11-14 record. Loser Lottomatica Roma keeps the third place with nine games lost. Air Avellino will meet at home higher ranked Trenkwalder RE (#7) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Lottomatica Roma will play against the league's second-placed Banco di Sard. (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Sidigas AV: J.Lakovic 23+6reb+4ast, T.Dean 16+2reb+1ast, J.Richardson 13+3reb, K.Ivanov 10+19reb+1ast, N.Dragovic 7+2reb, L.Johnson 4+4reb+1ast
Acea Virtus RM: P.Goss 15+5reb+3ast, L.Datome 14+7reb+3ast, O.Czyz 11+4reb, J.Taylor 10+5reb+8ast, G.Lawal 8+3reb+1ast, B.Jones 7+7reb
gschID: 185624


Angelico BI - Cantu 82-77

Bottom-ranked Angelico Biella managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the four-game losing streak. This time they won against sixth-ranked Cantu 82-77. The hosts were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 29-19 Cantu's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-77 at the end of the game. It was a great shooting night for Angelico Biella especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Cantu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Qatari guard Trey Johnson (196-84, college: Jackson St., agency: Priority Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 4 assists. American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Angelico Biella players scored in double figures. The former international Pietro Aradori (195-88) replied with 17 points and Belgian point guard Jonathan Tabu (190-85) added 14 points and 5 assists in the effort for Cantu. Cantu's coach Andrea Trinchieri rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Angelico Biella maintains sixteenth position with 6-20 record. Cantu lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with 11 games lost. Angelico Biella's next round opponent will be higher ranked Enel Brindisi (#13) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Cantu will play against Sutor Montegranaro (#12).
Top scorers:
Angelico BI: T.Johnson 23+3reb+4ast, D.Tsaldaris 14+1ast, T.Rochestie 14+1reb+1ast, K.Pinkney 12+5reb+3ast, G.Jurak 8+6reb+2ast, M.Lagana 7+3reb+2ast
Cantu: P.Aradori 17+3reb+2ast, J.Tabu 14+1reb+5ast, N.Mazzarino 14+1reb+2ast, J.Brooks 9+2reb, M.Leunen 8+3reb+3ast, A.Tyus 6+4reb
gschID: 185623


Vanoli CR - Montepaschi 81-71

An interesting game took place in Cremona where higher ranked Montepaschi Siena (15-11) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Vanoli Cremona (11-15) 81-71 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 22-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Vanoli Cremona forced 19 Montepaschi Siena turnovers. International point guard Luca Vitali (201-86) had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and Finnish Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five Vanoli Cremona players scored in double figures. American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) responded with 28 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward David Moss (196-83, college: Indiana St., agency: SportsTalent) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Montepaschi Siena's coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Vanoli Cremona maintains eleventh position with 11-15 record, which they share with Sutor MGR. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena dropped to the fifth place with 11 games lost. Vanoli Cremona will face VL Pesaro (#15) on the road in the next round. Montepaschi Siena will play against Oknoplast BO (#14) in Bologna.
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: L.Vitali 17+10reb+8ast, T.Kotti 16+6reb, J.Jackson 14+2reb, A.Stipanovic 10+6reb, H.Peric 10+10reb+1ast, B.Chase 9+3ast
Montepaschi: B.Brown 28+1reb+4ast, D.Moss 14+8reb+2ast, B.Eze 8+13reb, M.Janning 6+2reb+1ast, D.Hackett 5+3reb+1ast, K.Kangur 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 185622


Oknoplast BO - Umana VE 66-85

Very predictable result in Bologna where eighth ranked Umana Venezia (14-12) smashed 14th ranked Oknoplast BO (8-17) 85-66 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-66. Umana Venezia forced 20 Oknoplast BO turnovers. Czech center Jiri Hubalek (208-82, college: Iowa St., agency: Two Points) scored 14 points to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The former international forward Mason Rocca (204-77, college: Princeton) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and the former international Angelo Gigli (209-83) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Umana Venezia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 14-12 record. Oknoplast BO lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 17 games lost. Umana Venezia will face Juvecaserta (#9) in Caserta in the next round. Oknoplast BO will play on the road against Montepaschi Siena (#5).
Top scorers:
Umana VE: I.Zoroski 16+1ast, J.Hubalek 14+4reb+2ast, K.Kee Clark 13+2reb+1ast, A.Young 13+2reb, T.Bowers 11+7reb, S.Szewczyk 7+6reb+3ast
Oknoplast BO: M.Rocca 13+11reb, J.Pullen 11+2reb+3ast, S.Fontecchio 11+3reb+1ast, A.Gigli 10+6reb+2ast, M.Imbro 7+3ast, D.Andjusic 6+4reb
gschID: 185621


EA7 Armani - Pesaro 93-65

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked VL Pesaro (8-18) was rolled over on the road by fifth ranked Armani Milano (16-10) 93-65 on Sunday. The game without a history. Armani Milano led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Armani Milano outrebounded VL Pesaro 41-23 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Center Ioannis Bourousis (213-83, agency: FCM) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international Nicolo Melli (205-91) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Armani Milano's coach Sergio Scariolo felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international center Andrea Crosariol (211-84, college: Fair Dickinson) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Armani Milano moved-up to fourth place. Loser VL Pesaro keeps the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. Armani Milano will face league's leader Cimberio Varese on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. VL Pesaro will play against Vanoli Cremona (#11).
Top scorers:
EA7 Armani: A.Gentile 14+2reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 13+12reb+1ast, N.Melli 12+6reb+1ast, M.Hairston 12+3ast, L.Radosevic 9+2reb, M.Green 9+3reb+2ast
Pesaro: D.Cavaliero 17+2reb+2ast, A.Crosariol 16+6reb, A.Barbour 15+5reb+5ast, T.Kinsey 9+2reb+1ast, T.Thomas 5+2reb+3ast, R.Stipcevic 2+4reb
gschID: 185620



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Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Niigata Albirex 31-14 
 2. Yokohama BC 30-15 
 3. Toyama Grouses 30-15 
 4. Iwate Big Bulls 28-17 
 5. Chiba Jets 23-22 
 6. Akita NH 22-23 
 7. Sendai 89ers 18-27 
 8. Shinshu BW 16-30 
 9. Tokyo Cinq R. 15-30 
 10. Saitama Bron. 12-33 
 11. Gunma 12-33 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 35-10 
 2. Shimane SM 31-16 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 31-16 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 27-18 
 5. Kyoto Hannar. 25-20 
 6. Hamamatsu P. 25-20 
 7. Osaka Evessa 20-25 
 8. Takamatsu FA 19-28 
 9. Oita H.Devils 19-28 
 10. Miyazaki SS 9-38 

Regular Season: Round 49

Apr. 6: Shiga L-Stars - Sendai 89ers 95-83
Apr. 6: Gunma - Saitama Bron. 93-111
Apr. 6: Shimane SM - Iwate Big Bulls 92-79
Apr. 6: Takamatsu FA - Yokohama BC 88-79
Apr. 6: Osaka Evessa - Akita NH 86-51
Apr. 6: Oita H.Devils - Miyazaki SS 84-69
Apr. 6: Niigata Albirex - Hamamatsu P. 83-79
Apr. 6: Tokyo Cinq R. - Kyoto Hannar. 80-86
Apr. 6: Chiba Jets - Toyama Grouses 74-82
Apr. 6: Fukuoka Rizing - Okinawa GK 65-64

Regular Season: Round 51

Apr. 13: Akita NH - Niigata Albirex
Apr. 13: Sendai 89ers - Chiba Jets
Apr. 13: Toyama Grouses - Yokohama BC
Apr. 13: Shinshu BW - Iwate Big Bulls
Apr. 13: Saitama Bron. - Tokyo Cinq R.
Apr. 13: Hamamatsu P. - Fukuoka Rizing
Apr. 13: Kyoto Hannar. - Takamatsu FA
Apr. 13: Osaka Evessa - Oita H.Devils
Apr. 13: Miyazaki SS - Shiga L-Stars
Apr. 13: Okinawa GK - Gunma


BJ League Round 49: Fukuoka Rizing defeats leader Okinawa GK - 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 fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Okinawa GK (35-10) on the court of second ranked Fukuoka Rizing on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Fukuoka Rizing 65-64. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Okinawa GK. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fukuoka Rizing made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 19 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for Okinawa GK. Fukuoka Rizing have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 31-16 record having just -2 point less than leader Okinawa GK, which they share with Shimane SM. Okinawa GK at the other side still keeps top position with ten games lost. Fukuoka Rizing is again looking forward to face league's leader Okinawa GK at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Okinawa GK will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Yokohama BC (30-15) against eighth ranked Takamatsu FA (19-28) on Saturday night. Visiting Yokohama BC was defeated by Takamatsu FA in a tough game in Takamatsu 79-88. American swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) stepped up and scored 19 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners and Daisuke Tamura chipped in 20 points. At the losing side American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) responded with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Takamatsu FA have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 19-28 record, which they share with Oita H.Devils. Yokohama BC lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the second position with 15 games lost. They share it with Toyama Grouses. Takamatsu FA will again play against league's second-placed Yokohama BC at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Yokohama BC will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Shimane Magic (31-16) which hosted in Shimane 4th placed Iwate Big Bulls (28-17). Third ranked Shimane Magic managed to get a 13-point victory 92-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Iwate Big Bulls. American players dominated the game. Michael Parker nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winning side. Shimane Magic's coach Zeljko Pavlicevic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Carlos Dixon came up with 22 points and 6 rebounds for Iwate Big Bulls in the defeat. Shimane Magic moved-up to second place, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Loser Iwate Big Bulls keep the fourth position with 17 games lost. Shimane Magic will again meet at home Iwate Big Bulls (#4) in the next round. Iwate Big Bulls will have a break next round.
BJ League top team - Niigata Albirex (31-14) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (25-20) 83-79. Nile Murry fired 32 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Niigata Albirex maintains first place with 31-14 record. Hamamatsu Phoenix at the other side keeps the fifth position with 20 games lost. Niigata Albirex's next round opponent will be again Hamamatsu Phoenix (#6) in Mikawa which should be theoretically an easy game.
The game in Chiba was also quite interesting. Third ranked Toyama Grouses (30-15) played at the court of 5th ranked Chiba Jets (23-22). Toyama Grouses managed to secure a 8-point victory 82-74 on Saturday. American players dominated also this game. It was a very good performance for Jeremy Jacob who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. Toyama Grouses have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Yokohama BC. Loser Chiba Jets keep the fifth position with 22 games lost. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round. Chiba Jets will play again at home against Toyama Grouses (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 49 were not that significant. Kyoto Hannar. beat Tokyo Cinq R. on the road 86-80. Gunma lost to Saitama Bron. on its own court 93-111. Sendai 89ers unfortunately lost to Shiga L-Stars in a road game 83-95. Oita H.Devils managed to beat Miyazaki SS at home 84-69. Akita NH was crushed by Osaka Evessa on the opponent's court 86-51.
The most impressive performance of 49th round was 28 points and 12 rebounds by Shelton Colwell of Shiga L-Stars.


Tokyo Cinq R. - Kyoto Hannar. 80-86

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (25-20) beat on the road 9th ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (15-30) 86-80 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tokyo Cinq R. won third quarter 24-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated also this game. It was a very good performance for center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Guard Masaharu Kataoka (190-85) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) answered with 29 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) added 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Tokyo Cinq R.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannar. moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hamamatsu P. Tokyo Cinq R. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 30 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will have a break next round. Tokyo Cinq R. will play again at home against Kyoto Hannar. (#5).
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Cousin 22+11reb+4ast, M.Kataoka 17+2reb+4ast, D.Palmer 11+3reb+3ast, J.Boyette 11+3reb, Y.Okada 11+1reb+2ast, H.Kantake 8+4reb
Tokyo Cinq R.: R.Woods 29+9reb+6ast, J.Jones 17+9reb+4ast, H.Takada 11+3reb+1ast, C.Aoki 11+3reb+4ast, J.Carter 7+8reb, A.Inoue 5+2reb+1ast
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Chiba Jets - Toyama Grouses 74-82

The game in Chiba was also quite interesting. Third ranked Toyama Grouses (30-15) played at the court of 5th ranked Chiba Jets (23-22). Toyama Grouses managed to secure a 8-point victory 82-74 on Saturday. Chiba Jets trailed by 18 points after 3 quarters before a 25-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-82 at the end of the game. American players dominated also this game. It was a very good performance for forward Jeremy Jacob (203-87, college: Oregon) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Power forward Marquis Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 18 rebounds and swingman D'Andre Bell (198-87, college: Georgia Tech) added 25 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Chiba Jets. Toyama Grouses have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Yokohama BC. Loser Chiba Jets keep the fifth position with 22 games lost. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round. Chiba Jets will play again at home against Toyama Grouses (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: J.Jacob 21+13reb+2ast, I.Brown 18+11reb+2ast, M.Joho 14+1reb+3ast, T.Mito 11+4reb+3ast, A.Garcia 7+7reb+5ast, B.Cole 5+8reb
Chiba Jets: M.Gray 30+18reb+1ast, D.Bell 25+6reb+2ast, R.Itakura 6+5reb+1ast, T.Kensuke 5+4reb+6ast, S.Isshiki 5+4reb+1ast, T.Ishida 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 200882


Gunma - Saitama Bron. 93-111

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 10th ranked Gunma (12-33) lost at home to eleventh ranked Saitama Broncos (12-33) 111-93 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Saitama Broncos. Gunma was better in second period 22-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saitama Broncos dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Gunma's 34 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Gunma 63-40 including a 41-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. Quite impressive performance for American swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Yuki Kitamuki (184-85) contributed with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) answered with 31 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) added 17 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Gunma. Five Saitama Broncos and four Gunma players scored in double figures. Gunma's coach Ryan Blackwell tested eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Saitama Broncos moved-up to tenth place, which they share with defeated Gunma. Saitama Broncos will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: M.Haraguchi 28+5reb, Y.Kitamuki 25+7reb+6ast, J.Humphrey 21+16reb+6ast, T.Yamashiro 15+21reb, W.Oliver 11+8reb+1ast, Y.Nobihura 7+3reb+1ast
Gunma: D.Keller 31+6reb+1ast, Y.Okumoto 18+2reb+1ast, J.Dixon 17+10reb+8ast, L.Witcher 14+6reb, T.Tatsuhiko 4+6reb+2ast, S.Okada 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 200881


Niigata Albirex - Hamamatsu P. 83-79

BJ League top team - Niigata Albirex (31-14) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (25-20) 83-79. 25 personal fouls committed by Hamamatsu Phoenix helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) fired 32 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. His fellow American import forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. American point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points, 18 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international center Atsuya Ohta (206-84) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Niigata Albirex maintains first place with 31-14 record. Hamamatsu Phoenix at the other side keeps the fifth position with 20 games lost. Niigata Albirex's next round opponent will be again Hamamatsu Phoenix (#6) in Mikawa which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: N.Murry 32+9reb+5ast, R.Webb 13+10reb+2ast, K.Sato 13+1reb+2ast, T.Finger 8+4reb, Y.Ikeda 6+1reb+5ast, S.Komatsu 6+1reb
Hamamatsu P.: K.Galloway 17+18reb+7ast, A.Ohta 17+7reb+1ast, S.Nakanishi 16+1reb+3ast, J.Parmer 11+3reb+4ast, O.Shinnosuke 7+3reb+2ast, E.Fuqua 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 200880


Fukuoka Rizing - Okinawa GK 65-64

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Okinawa GK (35-10) on the court of second ranked Fukuoka Rizing on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Fukuoka Rizing 65-64. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Okinawa GK. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fukuoka Rizing made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 19 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and guard Narito Namizato (172-89) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Okinawa GK. Fukuoka Rizing have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 31-16 record having just -2 point less than leader Okinawa GK, which they share with Shimane SM. Okinawa GK at the other side still keeps top position with ten games lost. Fukuoka Rizing is again looking forward to face league's leader Okinawa GK at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Okinawa GK will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Peppers 21+7reb, R.Warren 14+19reb+3ast, J.Ashby 8+9reb+5ast, M.Kano 7+1reb+2ast, A.Takeno 7+2reb+5ast, S.Ishitani 5+1reb
Okinawa GK: A.McHenry 18+10reb+2ast, N.Namizato 15+7reb+4ast, T.Woodbury 9+2reb+3ast, N.Kosuge 9+4reb+1ast, D.Larkai 6+8reb+2ast, M.Yamauchi 4+3reb+1ast
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Takamatsu FA - Yokohama BC 88-79

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Yokohama BC (30-15) against eighth ranked Takamatsu FA (19-28) on Saturday night. Visiting Yokohama BC was defeated by Takamatsu FA in a tough game in Takamatsu 79-88. Yokohama BC was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 45-34 second half run of Takamatsu FA. They made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) stepped up and scored 19 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners and guard Daisuke Tamura (182-81) chipped in 20 points. At the losing side American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) responded with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 22 points. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Takamatsu FA have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 19-28 record, which they share with Oita H.Devils. Yokohama BC lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the second position with 15 games lost. They share it with Toyama Grouses. Takamatsu FA will again play against league's second-placed Yokohama BC at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Yokohama BC will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: D.Tamura 20+3reb+1ast, D.Lyons 19+5reb+7ast, P.Williams 10+4reb, M.Suzuki 10+3reb+6ast, R.Johnson 8+5reb+2ast, B.Penn 8+7reb+2ast
Yokohama BC: T.Kennedy 22+4reb, M.Kabaya 22+3reb, D.Burns 20+6reb+5ast, L.Malloy 8+7reb, S.Hisayama 3+1reb+1ast, K.Yamada 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 200887


Shimane SM - Iwate Big Bulls 92-79

An interesting game for Shimane Magic (31-16) which hosted in Shimane 4th placed Iwate Big Bulls (28-17). Third ranked Shimane Magic managed to get a 13-point victory 92-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Iwate Big Bulls. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 31-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Shimane Magic made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Shimane Magic outrebounded Iwate Big Bulls 41-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Iwate Big Bulls' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 7 blocks. American players dominated the game. Forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and center Jeral Davis (216-84) accounted for 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 blocks. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Shimane Magic's coach Zeljko Pavlicevic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech) came up with 22 points and 6 rebounds and center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Iwate Big Bulls in the defeat. Five Shimane Magic and four Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. Shimane Magic moved-up to second place, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Loser Iwate Big Bulls keep the fourth position with 17 games lost. Shimane Magic will again meet at home Iwate Big Bulls (#4) in the next round. Iwate Big Bulls will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: M.Parker 24+15reb+6ast, B.Freeman 17+1reb+1ast, J.Davis 15+5reb+2ast, T.Yokoo 11+1reb+2ast, K.Yamabuchi 11+7reb+3ast, K.Hatano 10+4reb+2ast
Iwate Big Bulls: C.Dixon 22+6reb+1ast, D.Sneed 18+8reb+2ast, T.Masato 16+6reb+2ast, R.Okosa 13+4reb, N.Nakamura 8+4reb, K.Takahashi 2+2ast
gschID: 200886


Shiga L-Stars - Sendai 89ers 95-83

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Shiga L-Stars (27-18) won against at home 7th ranked Sendai 89ers (18-27) 95-83 on Saturday. Shiga L-Stars made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Quite impressive performance for American power forward Shelton Colwell (202-80, college: Missouri St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) added 9 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Sendai 89ers. Shiga L-Stars maintains fourth place with 27-18 record. Loser Sendai 89ers keep the seventh position with 27 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will face again Sendai 89ers (#7) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: S.Colwell 28+12reb+3ast, D.Gomez Camargo 23+11reb+3ast, B.Yokoe 19+3reb+1ast, W.Arnold 7+4reb+7ast, J.Nakama 6+4reb+2ast, T.Fujiwara 5+2reb+2ast
Sendai 89ers: T.Cummings 23+8reb+3ast, T.Komoda 15+5reb+4ast, M.Hargrow 14+2ast, S.Willard 9+14reb+3ast, H.Kusaka 8+1reb+5ast, S.Coleman 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 200884


Oita H.Devils - Miyazaki SS 84-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns' (9-38) road loss to ninth ranked Oita Heat Devils (19-28) 69-84 on Saturday. Oita Heat Devils dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Miyazaki Shining Suns' 28. Oita Heat Devils had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Quite impressive performance for Nigerian-American forward P.J. Alawoya (203-88, college: McNeese St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 15 rebounds. American center Thomas Granado (208-88, college: Concordia Irvine) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Alawoya is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. Forward Hiroshi Otsuka (188-87) answered with 31 points and Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Miyazaki Shining Suns. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Oita Heat Devils have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Takamatsu FA. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 38 games lost. Oita Heat Devils will face again Miyazaki Shining Suns (#10) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: P.Alawoya 29+15reb, T.Granado 13+13reb+3ast, V.Jones III 12+2reb+3ast, S.Umemiya 12+2reb+5ast, T.Shimizu 8+4ast, M.Ohara 4+1ast
Miyazaki SS: H.Otsuka 31+1ast, A.Kuso 16+9reb+2ast, K.Ito 9+5reb+9ast, T.Fairley 6+7reb+5ast, Y.Kojima 4+5reb+1ast, M.Takahashi 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 200889


Osaka Evessa - Akita NH 86-51

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when seventh ranked Osaka Evessa (20-25) outplayed at home 6th ranked Akita Happinets (22-23) 86-51 on Saturday. Osaka Evessa dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Akita Happinets' 16. They outrebounded Akita Happinets 55-27 including a 41-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Osaka Evessa looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Osaka Evessa made 7 blocks. Quite impressive performance for American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Dwayne Lathan (190-89, college: Indiana St.) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Shigehiro Taguchi (184-90) answered with 20 points and American guard Dion Harris (190-85, college: Michigan) added 11 points in the effort for Akita Happinets. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Osaka Evessa have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 20-25 record. Akita Happinets lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 23 games lost. Osaka Evessa will face again higher ranked Akita Happinets (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: D.Lathan 20+6reb+2ast, M.Bell 12+16reb+1ast, T.Kawabe 10+3reb+2ast, S.Konno 9+1reb+1ast, N.Walkup 8+11reb+4ast, R.Rickert 8+11reb+1ast
Akita NH: S.Taguchi 20+4reb, D.Harris 11+3reb, Y.Kikuchi 7+1reb+2ast, Y.Togashi 5+1reb+5ast, M.Anderson 4+2reb+3ast, M.Kato 2+5reb
gschID: 200885



Aishin SH reach JBL Finals - by Eurobasket News

Hitachi SR - Aishin SH 37-72 (0-2)

The game without a history. Aishin Sea Horses led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Hitachi Sunrockers to just 6 points in second quarter. It was a great shooting night for Aishin Sea Horses especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. International swingman Takatoshi Furukawa (190-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) contributed with 6 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American power forward Jamar Smith (206-80, college: Maryland) replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Yuki Mitsuhara (198-89) added 12 points in the effort for Hitachi Sunrockers. 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:
Hitachi SR: J.Smith 12+9reb+2ast, Y.Mitsuhara 12+4reb, D.Kobayashi 6+3ast, F.Nishimura 3+1reb+1ast, T.Ito 2, J.Kano 2+3reb
Aishin SH: T.Furukawa 20+4reb+3ast, K.Young 14+5reb, R.Hashimoto 13+2reb+1ast, S.Kitagawa 7+1reb+1ast, J.Sakuragi 6+7reb+7ast, S.Kashiwagi 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 238475


Toshiba BT - Toyota Alvark 78-76 (1-1)

Toshiba Thunders dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Toyota Alvark's 24. The best player for the winners was American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four Toshiba Thunders players scored in double figures. The former international guard Keijuro Matsui (188-85, college: Columbia) produced 29 points and American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: K.Matsui 29+3reb+1ast, P.Ricci 8+7reb+1ast, J.Gibbs 7+7reb+1ast, T.Shonaka 6+5ast, Y.Okada 6+1reb+1ast, T.Ito 6+1reb+4ast
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 25+11reb+2ast, N.Tsuji 15+1reb+2ast, M.Diouf 12+8reb, T.Kurihara 10, Y.Yamashita 5, R.Shinoyama 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 238476



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Kaspiy shock Barsy in Atyrau - by Eurobasket News

Barsy Atyrau - Kaspiy 78:85

Kaspiy Aktau got to a perfect playoff start. They knocked down Barsy in Atyrau to gain 1-0 lead in the best-of-five semifinal series. Reinis Strupovics (192-G-87) came up with 25 points to lead the visitors. The second game of the series is scheduled for tonight.
Kaspiy led by a single point 24:23 after the opening quarter. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Kaspiy secured a 41:40 halftime lead. The visitors stretched the gap in the third term. They accumulated a 62:58 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Kaspiy unloaded 23 points in the final stanza and sealed the win at the end. Chris Richard (206-F/C-84, college: Florida) delivered 18 points, while Dmitriy Gavrilov (205-F-86) chipped in 13 points in the win. Zambalist Fredrick (183-G-86, college: S.Carolina) answered with 27 points for Barsy Atyrau. Edgaras Zelionis (207-F-89) had 17 points and 14 boards in the loss.

Barsy Atyrau: Zambalist Fredrick 27, Edgaras Zelionis 17
Kaspiy: Reinis Strupovics 25, Chris Richard 18, Dmitriy Gavrilov 13



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LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Valmiera 21-12 
 2. Barons kvartals 19-12 
 3. Jekabpils 19-13 
 4. VEF Riga 16-1 
 5. LU 15-17 
 6. Ventspils 14-3 
 7. Jelgava 13-18 
 8. Liepaja 13-19 
 9. Jurmala 11-20 
 10. Turiba 11-20 
 11. U18 1-18 

Regular Season: Round 38

Apr. 7: Turiba - Liepaja 92-86
Apr. 7: LU - Barons kvartals 91-88
Apr. 6: Jelgava - Valmiera 74-76
Apr. 6: Jekabpils - VEF Riga 63-90
Apr. 8: Jurmala - Ventspils



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Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 24-2 
 2. Sagesse 21-5 
 3. Champville 17-9 
 4. Moutahed 17-9 
 5. Byblos 14-12 
 6. Amchit 13-13 
 7. Hoops 6-20 
 8. Bejjeh 6-20 
 9. Anibal 2-16 
 10. Antranik 2-16 

Second Stage: Round 8

Apr. 7: Sagesse - Bejjeh 90-54
Apr. 6: Champville - Byblos 87-66
Apr. 7: Hoops - Al Riyadi 83-91
Apr. 6: Amchit - Moutahed 79-96

Second Stage: Round 9

Apr. 8: Moutahed - Champville
Apr. 9: Al Riyadi - Amchit
Apr. 9: Hoops - Sagesse
Apr. 10: Byblos - Bejjeh


Sagesse Close to ink Quincy Douby - by Rabih Khoury

Sagesse team is close to finalize a deal with American scoring guard Douby Quincy (191-G-84, college: Rutgers) to replace Aaron Harper who showed ups and downs in the last weeks. Douby could be the second biggest deal in Lebanese Basketball History after last years Marcus Haislip signing in Champville. Reports says that Douby and Sagesse are close to make the deal official anytime in the next hours. Douby played this season in China where he was the second scorer averaging 31.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.4apg. Douby also broke Andre Emmets record in CBA where he scored 75 points in 1 game this season. Will both superstars (Douby, Emmet) face each other in the Lebanese League ??


Lebanese Division A round 8 (Second Stage) best performance: Charles Tabet - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American center Charles Tabet (205-C-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Sagesse, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage).
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 25 rebounds, while his team outclassed Bejjeh (#8, 6-20) with 36-point margin 90-54. Sagesse maintains the 2nd position in American Division A. They are still close to the very top. Sagesse would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 21-5 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Tabet as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Charles Tabet averages this season 4.3ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old former international forward Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) of Champville. Khatib had a very good evening with a double-double of 34 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Champville to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Byblos (#5, 14-12) 87-66. Champville's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 17-9 record is not bad at all. Khatib is well-known at Champville and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.3ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 6.8rpg and 4.1apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was Canadian Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of Byblos (#5). Fraser scored 24 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Fraser's great performance Byblos lost 66-87 to slightly higher-ranked Champville (#3, 17-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Byblos needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 14 victories and 12 lost games. Fraser has a great season in Lebanon. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 17.7rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.8bpg and FGP: 51.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82) of Al Riyadi - 33 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Marc Salyers (205-F-79) of Moutahed - 26 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Mohamad Ibrahim (196-G-83) of Sagesse - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 16 assists
7. Philip Tabet (205-F-87) of Sagesse - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Eric Chatfield (191-G-79) of Moutahed - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Larry Blair (183-G-84) of Hoops - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Ali Mahmoud (184-G-83) of Al Riyadi - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 12 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

Diekirch Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Sparta 21-7 
 2. Residence 17-11 
 3. Amicale 17-11 
 4. T71 16-12 
 5. Musel Pikes 14-14 
 6. Etzella 14-14 
Places 7-10
 1. Contern 11-12 
 2. Soleuvre 10-13 
 3. Basket Esch 9-14 
 4. Black Star 1-22 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 10

Places 1-6

Apr. 7: Amicale - T71 90-95
Apr. 7: Musel Pikes - Etzella 87-85
Apr. 7: Sparta - Residence 78-83

Places 7-10

Apr. 6: Basket Esch - Black Star 80-73
Apr. 6: Contern - Soleuvre 104-85

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 12: Sparta - Amicale
Apr. 12: Residence - T71


Total League Round 10 (Second Stage): Semifinalists are set - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in Diekirch League just ended. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

Round 10 in Diekirch League means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Luxembourg where host Contern (11-12) crushed league's leader Soleuvre (10-13) 104-85 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the top position in League. Contern keeps a position of League leader. Soleuvre at the other side dropped to the second place with 13 games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Sparta.
Top ranked Sparta (21-7) recorded its seventh loss in Bertrange. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Residence (17-11) 83-78. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in League. Residence moved-up to second place in League. Defending champion Sparta still keeps top position with seven games lost.
A very close game took place in Stadrbredimus between Musel Pikes and Etzella. Sixth ranked Musel Pikes (14-14) got a very close home victory over 5th ranked Etzella (14-14). Musel Pikes managed to escape with a 2-point win 87-85 in the game for the fifth place. Laurent Majerus had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Chad Tomko responded with 32 points and 4 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Musel Pikes moved-up to fifth place in League.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Amicale (17-11) against fourth ranked T71 (16-12) on Sunday night. Host Amicale was defeated by T71 in a tough game in Steinsel 90-95. Ryan Sharry notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds to lead the effort. T71's coach Jan Enjebo allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. T71 maintains fourth position in League with 16-12 record. Amicale at the other side dropped to the third place with 11 games lost.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Esch. Third ranked Basket Esch faced one of their biggest challengers Black Star. Host Basket Esch (9-14) defeated guests from Mersch (1-22) 80-73. Jibril Hodges fired 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Basket Esch maintains third position in League with 9-14 record having seventeen points less than leader Sparta. Loser Black Star keeps the fourth place with 22 games lost.

The best stats of 10th round was 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by Elton Frazier of Contern.


Places 1-6
Amicale - T71 90-95

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Amicale (17-11) against fourth ranked T71 (16-12) on Sunday night. Host Amicale was defeated by T71 in a tough game in Steinsel 90-95. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-18 Amicale's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 95-90 at the end of the game. American forward Ryan Sharry (203-89, college: Middlebury, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds to lead the effort and international point guard Tom Schumacher (190-87, college: Cal.Baptist) supported him with 20 points and 9 assists. T71's coach Jan Enjebo allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 25 points and 6 rebounds by Alex Laurent (196-93) did not help to save the game for Amicale. American forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. T71 maintains fourth position in League with 16-12 record. Amicale at the other side dropped to the third place with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
T71: R.Sharry 22+17reb, R.Hopkins 20+4reb+2ast, T.Schumacher 20+2reb+9ast, D.Controguerra 12+1reb, G.Ruffato 8+2reb+3ast, T.Steinmetz 7+1reb+2ast
Amicale: A.Laurent 25+6reb, E.Jeitz 15+7reb+3ast, S.Picard 14+10reb+1ast, B.Melcher 13+1reb, R.Golson 12+12reb+1ast, C.Schartz 9+4reb+6ast
gschID: 231718


Musel Pikes - Etzella 87-85

A very close game took place in Stadrbredimus between Musel Pikes and Etzella. Sixth ranked Musel Pikes (14-14) got a very close home victory over 5th ranked Etzella (14-14). Musel Pikes managed to escape with a 2-point win 87-85 in the game for the fifth place. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 26-20 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The former international center Laurent Majerus (202-90) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American point guard Chad Tomko (180-89, college: NC-Wilmington) responded with 32 points and 4 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and his fellow American import forward William Arre (199-86, college: Lock Haven) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Musel Pikes moved-up to fifth place in League.
Top scorers:
Musel Pikes: G.Schmit 14+1reb+3ast, L.Majerus 14+10reb+1ast, B.Gary 12+8reb+3ast, J.Kox 9+3reb+2ast, R.Dentzer 8+2reb+1ast, T.Welter 8+2reb
Etzella: C.Tomko 32+3reb+4ast, W.Arre 15+7reb+1ast, Y.Wolff 10+5reb, N.Delgado 9+1reb, T.Giver 5+2reb+1ast, P.Gutenkauf 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 231717


Sparta - Residence 78-83

Top ranked Sparta (21-7) recorded its seventh loss in Bertrange. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Residence (17-11) 83-78. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in League. Residence moved-up to second place in League. Defending champion Sparta still keeps top position with seven games lost.
gschID: 231719


Places 7-10
Basket Esch - Black Star 80-73

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Esch. Third ranked Basket Esch faced one of their biggest challengers Black Star. Host Basket Esch (9-14) defeated guests from Mersch (1-22) 80-73. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-73. American guard Jibril Hodges (188-84, college: Long Beach St.) fired 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Slovakian power forward Stefan Svitek (203-77) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 16 rebounds. Four Basket Esch players scored in double figures. American power forward Billy McDaniel (201-84, college: Ark.-Monticello) produced 30 points and 8 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import point guard Terry Bryant (185-85, college: SE Louisiana) added 20 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Basket Esch maintains third position in League with 9-14 record having seventeen points less than leader Sparta. Loser Black Star keeps the fourth place with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
Basket Esch: J.Hodges 20+7reb+5ast, C.Donnersbach 17+4reb+2ast, A.Rodenbourg 17+1reb, S.Svitek 11+16reb, J.Biever 6+1reb+2ast, E.Kesseler 4+4reb+4ast
Black Star: B.McDaniel 30+8reb+2ast, T.Bryant 20+9reb+3ast, C.Ruppert 8+2reb+2ast, P.Arbaut 6+3reb+2ast, M.Schumacher 5+2reb+2ast, C.Weiler 4+5reb
gschID: 231721


Contern - Soleuvre 104-85

Round 10 in Diekirch League means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Luxembourg where host Contern (11-12) crushed league's leader Soleuvre (10-13) 104-85 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the top position in League. Contern keeps a position of League leader. Soleuvre at the other side dropped to the second place with 13 games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Sparta.
gschID: 231720



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  MONTENEGRO   

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. 7: 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


Interview with Filip Sekulic, former Danilovgrad's player and starting big man at Mercer County Community College - by Darko Pekic

Every year many players from former Yugoslavia decide to start chasing 'the American Dream'. Some of them succeed and make a good professional career, other fail to make it. But they all have something in common- a vaulable experience and that comes with internationally recognized university degrees. Here is a story of Filip Sekulic (208-C), a young big man who started his career in Danilovgrad and moved to America few years ago to seek better opportunities.

When did you start playing basketball and do you consider basketball your first love' when it comes to sports?

The first sport I was interested in was football. I played football until I was 12, but because of my height everybody was telling me that I should start playing basketball. My older brother played for the youth team of Danilovgrad for a couple of years, so I wanted to try it out too. After the first practice, I knew that basketball was my sport.

Who was your first coach? Could you tell us more about your years in Danilovgrad's youth team?

My first coach was Borivoje Stanisic , who opened the school of basketball in Danilovgrad and started working with young players. He thought me that hard work and dedication could bring me a big success. Coach Stanisic gave me the opportunity to improve every day. I gave up many things just to have more time for basketball. At that time my friends could not understand that, but my coach was always telling me that all that work would pay off. One of the best moments was winning the 2nd place in U16 international tournament in Belgium, in 2008. The years in Danilovgrads youth team were really important years in my development as a player.

How did you decide to move to United States and play basketball at college? Who helped you to achieve your dream?

It was my senior year in high school, when I started thinking about the next level. I was not sure what to do, and my parent wanted me to continue my education. We decided that college would be the best option for me, because I would continue the education, and at the same time play high level basketball. My uncle helped me to make a connection with some college coaches. Mercer got interested in me, and they offered me a full scholarship. I accepted it, and that is how everything started.

Tell us more about your school- Mercer County Community College?

Mercer County Community College is a two year college. It is located in West Windsor, New Jersey and it has around 10.000 students. MCCC is a great place to begin the college journey. There is a great atmosphere, and students and teachers are very friendly. The basketball program is really good. The head coach is Howard Levy , an alumnus of Princeton University, where he was a center for the Tigers for four years.

How hard it was for you at the beginning knowing that it was your first time away from home for a year?

It was not that hard, as I expected to be. Maybe the first month, but being a basketball player helped me a lot. All my teammates and coaches were helping me to get used to the new environment. A lot of people here had never heard of Montenegro until they met me. My English was good enough to communicate, so that was not a big problem. I met some new people and got well accepted.

Comparing to basketball played in Montenegro what are the most important differences in college basketball?

College basketball is s lot faster. The players here are also more aggressive, stronger and athletic than the players that I played in Montenegro. That is the biggest difference.

In 2012 you were invited to be a part of U20 National Team of Montenegro under the lead of experienced coach Mihailo Pavicevic but you had to stay in America to finish exams. You feel sorry because you were not able to help the National Team past summer?

Every athlete wants to get in position to play for the national team. That is one of my goals too. Unfortunately, I could not accept the invitation, because I had to pass the exams. If I had not done that, I would not have been eligible to play. That was one the toughest decisions Ive had to make so far. I want to thank coach Mihailo Pavicevic again for inviting me to be a part of the U20 National Team. I hope there will be more opportunities for me to represent Montenegro national team.

How successful was your team this year?

We finished the season with 21-10 record, winning the second place in the Region 19. We fell short in the Region 19 finals against Essex. It was a though loss, knowing that the winner of that game was going to the National tournament in Ohio. I was named to 2nd Team All-Region 19 and All Garden State Athletic Conference.

Could you tell us more about your basketball development as a player there? Which part of your game is most affected by the progress made in USA?

Working with coach Levy Ive improved a lot, especially in my low-post game. He also wanted me to become a good outside player, so I had to work on that part of my game too. My assistant coaches helped me make a big improvement and become a good three point shooter. That will definitely help me in the future. Ive also been doing a lot of conditioning and strength work, which is necessary to play college basketball.

What are your plans for next season? Are you going to try to play professionally after your college career is over?

I have accepted a full scholarship to play for Division II Chestnut Hill College next two years. That is a really good school with a great coaching stuff. I see this as a big opportunity to improve and get a step closer to achieving my dream, and that is to become a professional basketball player.

Thank you for the interview Filip. Eurobasket.com wishes you a lot of luck in your career.

Thank you, and all the best.



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 50-26 
 2. Brooklyn N. 44-32 
 3. Boston C. 40-37 
 4. Philadelph.76 31-45 
 5. Toronto R. 29-48 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 48-29 
 2. Chicago B. 42-34 
 3. Milwaukee B. 37-39 
 4. Detroit P. 26-52 
 5. Cleveland C. 24-52 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 60-16 
 2. Atlanta H. 42-36 
 3. Washington W. 29-48 
 4. Orlando M. 19-59 
 5. Charlotte B. 18-59 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 56-21 
 2. Denver N. 53-24 
 3. Utah Jazz 41-37 
 4. Portland TB 33-44 
 5. Minnesota T. 29-47 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 51-26 
 2. Golden St.W. 44-33 
 3. LA Lakers 40-37 
 4. Sacramento K. 27-50 
 5. Phoenix Suns 23-54 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 57-20 
 2. Memphis G. 52-25 
 3. Houston R. 43-34 
 4. Dallas M. 38-39 
 5. N.Orleans H. 27-50 

Regular Season: Round 154

Apr. 7: Detroit P. - Chicago B. 99-85
Apr. 7: Phoenix Suns - N.Orleans H. 92-95
Apr. 7: Portland TB - Dallas M. 91-96
Apr. 7: Cleveland C. - Orlando M. 91-85
Apr. 7: Golden St.W. - Utah Jazz 90-97
Apr. 7: Sacramento K. - Memphis G. 87-89
Apr. 7: Oklah.City T. - New York K. 120-125
Apr. 7: LA Clippers - LA Lakers 109-95
Apr. 7: Boston C. - Washington W. 107-96

Regular Season: Round 155

Apr. 9: Indiana P. - Cleveland C.
Apr. 9: Brooklyn N. - Philadelph.76
Apr. 9: New York K. - Washington W.
Apr. 9: Miami Heat - Milwaukee B.
Apr. 9: Chicago B. - Toronto R.
Apr. 9: Memphis G. - Charlotte B.
Apr. 9: Houston R. - Phoenix Suns
Apr. 9: Utah Jazz - Oklah.City T.
Apr. 9: LA Lakers - N.Orleans H.
Apr. 9: Golden St.W. - Minnesota T.


Recap: Action continues with 9 games on Sunday - by Eurobasket News

Portland TB - Dallas M. 91-96
PORTLAND -- A couple months ago, several members of the Dallas Mavericks vowed not to shave again until they reached a record of .500. Related Davis guides Hornets to rare road win Recap: Jazz 97, Warriors 90 Jazz beat Warriors, take over No. 8... Hornets 95, Suns 92 Recap: Mavericks 96, Trail Blazers 91 They've been one win shy a couple of times and failed to get there. In a home game Wednesday night against Phoenix, the Mavericks will get another chance. Dallas built a 26-point lead late in the third quarter Sunday night at the Rose Garden, and needed every bit of its cushion to close out a 96-91 victory over Portland. Chris Kaman scored a season-high 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Mavericks (38-39), who never trailed but had to hold off a furious Portland rally to win. "We've been up and down," said Kaman, who made 12 of 21 shots from the field. "It's been frustrating. Now we have a good opportunity to go on our homecourt and play a team that's below .500. Hopefully, we can knock them off and get these beards shaven." The win wasn't secure until the closing seconds, when, with Dallas in front 94-91, the Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard failed to convert on a driving layup. The Mavericks rebounded and got the ball to a streaking Shawn Marion for a basket at the buzzer. With five games to play, Dallas is 2 1/2 games behind Utah (41-37) and two games back of the Los Angeles Lakers (40-37) in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. "Every win counts now," said Marion, who finished with 20 points and seven rebounds. "We have to keep winning and see what happens when we get to the finish line." Rookie Will Barton -- playing because of a second-quarter injury to shooting guard Wesley Matthews -- came off the bench for season highs in points (22), rebounds (13) and assists (six) for the Trail Blazers (33-44), who lost their eighth straight game. "Will had a terrific game," Portland coach Terry Stotts said, "and was the catalyst for how we played in the second half." "I'm just a confident, silly guy," said the 6-5 guard from Memphis. "I told Sasha (Pavlovic) and Jared (Jeffries) before the game, 'I'm going to have a career night tonight,' not knowing if I was even going to get in the game." Portland closed a 24-point halftime deficit to 58-41 with a 9-2 run to start the third quarter. Over the next six minutes, the Mavericks outscored the Blazers 21-12 to go on top 79-53 late in the quarter. The Blazers, with four reserves teaming with Lillard, came on with a rush in the closing moments, drawing to within 88-83 with 3:30 remaining. Eric Maynor cut the margin to 94-89 on a driving layup with 1:05 left, and Barton converted a pair at the line to get the Blazers within 94-91 with 39.4 seconds to go. The Mavericks' O.J. Mayo missed a 3-pointer with 14 seconds to go and the Blazers rebounded, calling timeout with 12.5 seconds left. But Lillard missed a driving attempt to get within one and the visitors finally had their win. Dallas jumped to a 9-0 lead in the game's first three minutes before Matthews broke the ice with a 3-pointer. The Mavericks took their advantage to 15-3 before LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) got going, knocking down three straight jumpers to get Portland to within 17-9. The Mavs, shooting .600 from the field the first 12 minutes, took a 29-18 edge into the second quarter. Dallas extended the lead to 44-22 midway in the second period. By that time, Matthews had been helped off the floor and to the locker room after rolling his right ankle. The margin was 56-32 at the half, Kaman leading the way with 16 points and six rebounds. NOTES: Lillard scored 15 points on 6-for-19 shooting. In four games against Dallas this season, the point guard out of Weber State made 17 of 60 shots (.283) and averaged 14.3 points, well below his 18.9-point average. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle is still impressed. "If he's not unanimous Rookie of the Year, I'll be surprised," Carlisle said. "He's been that good. We view him as one of the top eight or 10 point guards in the league -- maybe even better than that." ... Dallas reserve forward Elton Brand (calf) did not play. Courtesy of: http://www.wapt.com

Phoenix Suns - N.Orleans H. 92-95
According to Coach Monty Williams post-game comments, the Hornets did enough things to win the game. From where I sat, it could have been argued they fell into the win. Both the Hornets and Suns played two lousy quarters. Each team put the other into the bonus early in the second half, Hornets in the 3rd quarter and Suns in the 4th. Only several Hornet players had efficient offensive nights, the Suns had 3. However, in the end, Phoenix's shot happy lefty proved to be a much bigger burden than our guy. If you're puzzled, I'm naturally talking about Michael Beasley (6'10''-F-89, college: Kansas St.) and Xavier Henry! As to where Henry had 8 points on 6 shots, Beasley had a putrid 3 points on 11 shots. Courtesy of: http://www.atthehive.com

Golden St.W. - Utah Jazz 90-97
The Warriors' defense did the job in the second half, but their inability to close the deal on offense prevented them from clinching their first playoff berth in six years. The Warriors' 97-90 loss to the Utah Jazz on Sunday at Oracle Arena was a direct result of Golden State's struggles scoring in the clutch against good defenses. That's a trend that doesn't bode well for the postseason, presuming the Warriors eventually get there. "They played like a team whose playoff lives depended on the game," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said of the Jazz. "We played, at times, like a team that had a cushion." Golden State (44-33) held the Jazz to 41 points on 36.6 percent shooting in the second half, but when Utah really needed a basket, it got one. The same couldn't be said for the Warriors, who managed just 42 points in the second half against one of the worst road teams (12-27) in the NBA. A night of scoring droughts was capped by the Warriors' scoring just two points over the last 2:34. As a result, the Warriors missed their first chance to clinch a playoff spot, which a win over Utah would have done. With five games to play, Golden State is now four games up on the No. 9 seed, currently held by the Los Angeles Lakers. Golden State's magic number to clinch the playoffs is two. That means they can seal a playoff berth by winning their next two games. Or they can clinch Tuesday with a win against visiting Minnesota if the Lakers lose at home to New Orleans or the No. 8 Jazz loses at home to Oklahoma City the same night. Golden State now sits a game ahead of Houston for the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference. "They played harder," backup guard Jarrett Jack said of the Jazz. "They came into our building and hit first. And we couldn't just seem to ever get a rhythm to the game for whatever reason." The lack of offensive rhythm was evident in the production of point guard Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson). In the first half, he had 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting. In the second half, he had five points on 2-of-8 shooting. He took just three shots the first 11-plus minutes of the fourth quarter as Golden State looked disorganized and nervous on offense. The Warriors finished with 21 assists and 17 turnovers and proved they still have a tough time scoring against stiff defense with the game on the line. "We went away from (Curry) a little bit," Jackson said. "Give credit to their defense. They put bigger bodies on him. At the end of the day, he cooled down a little bit, and their defense stepped up." Still, it looked as if the Warriors were going to pull off the dramatic, come-from-behind win to punctuate their successful season. They trailed 91-80 after Gordon Hayward knocked down an open 3-pointer with 4:20 left. But the Oracle crowd came alive after Warriors guard Klay Thompson followed with a 3-pointer and, after a stop, Curry drilled another one. Golden State trailed 91-86 with just over three minutes left. After a stop, rookie forward Draymond Green put back a David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) miss to cut the deficit to three. Jazz center Al Jefferson answered with a jumper, but Lee pulled the Warriors back within three on a driving layup. Utah's advantage was 93-90 with just over a minute left. But Golden State failed to score the rest of the way. A 3-pointer by Mo Williams, who had a game-high 25, with 14.9 seconds left was the dagger that ended the Warriors' chances. "I've been waiting eight years for a night like (Sunday)," Lee said, "to have a chance to clinch and make the playoffs. It's going to happen another night. We're going to keep our heads up. But it was disappointing to lose this one." The Warriors called up point guard Scott Machado from the NBA Development League. Courtesy of: http://www.mercurynews.com

Detroit P. - Chicago B. 99-85
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - In a season filled with uncertainty, there was always the Detroit Pistons. A 42-point loss in Sacramento, a late-February loss to Cleveland at the United Center and two losses in the nation's capital demonstrated that the Bulls, for the first time under coach Tom Thibodeau's watch, are capable of down nights. But not against the Pistons. The Bulls had won 18 in a row against their division rivals before that streak came to a crashing halt with a 99-85 loss Sunday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Second-year guard Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 20 points. 'You have to play 48 minutes,'' Thibodeau said. 'We were very flat. We made it an offensive game from the start. You're not going to win like that.'' The loss to the Pistons showed that the Bulls will have a hard time winning without All-Star forward Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke), who missed the game with a sore right hip. Thibodeau said his absence was felt on both sides of the ball. 'People say [Deng is] struggling. Struggling where?'' Thibodeau said. 'Look at what he's done the last 10 games. He's playing great, and our team was playing great. You don't measure that guy by his stats. You measure him by what he brings to winning and the toughness and intangibles and leadership he brings to the team. Suisse 'Sometimes we all tend to overlook that, and you can't. That's what that guy brings. When he's out, we need other people step up and do those things.'' The Bulls had hoped the returns of Joakim Noah (13 points, seven rebounds) and Marco Belinelli (no points in 20 minutes off the bench) from injuries would do that, but such wasn't the case, as both were trying to get the rust off. Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 21 points, hitting 10-for-18 from the floor. I wasn't very aggressive,'' Belinelli said. 'I'm mad at [myself], but maybe that's part of the game. I didn't play for two weeks, so maybe that's part of my injury.'' Bigger picture? The Bulls (42-34) hurt their chances of trying to run down the Brooklyn Nets for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and grabbing home-court advantage in the first round. They are two games behind the Nets with six to play, and two of those are against Miami and New York. 'We needed this one bad,'' Noah said. 'We let one get away. Just got to regroup and get ready for Tuesday.'' Courtesy of: http://www.suntimes.com

Sacramento K. - Memphis G. 87-89
Marc Gasol was scoreless in the fourth quarter. Yet he wound up being the key player for the Memphis Grizzlies, blocking a pair of shots in the final seven seconds to preserve the victory. Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) scored 25 points, making the go-ahead basket with 30 seconds left and leading the Grizzlies to an 89-87 victory over the struggling Sacramento Kings on Sunday night. Memphis made some big plays in the game's final minute for its fifth victory in six games. The win gave the Grizzlies a four-game sweep of the Kings for the first time in franchise history. It should come as no surprise that the Grizzlies won the game at the defensive end. Second in the NBA in fewest points allowed, the Grizzlies held the Kings to just under 36 percent shooting and blocked 12 shots. The final block, Gasol's fifth of the game, was the most important. With the clock running down, Kings guard Marcus Thornton tried to launch a 3-pointer with 1 second left for the victory, but Gasol stepped up to block the shot. Gasol also blocked a drive to the basket by DeMarcus Cousins with 7 seconds left. Gasol was on Cousins and made the switch to Thornton, who tried to launch the 25-footer over the Grizzlies 7-foot-1 center. Sportshub ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 ''He pump faked and I didn't jump,'' Gasol said. ''I'm not much of a jumper anyway. The switch worked out.'' Kings coach Keith Smart was hoping the Kings would penetrate on the final play and not go for the game-winning 3-point. ''You have to drive that; you have to turn the ball and go,'' Smart said. ''Marcus needed to turn the corner and get himself into the paint. We didn't need a winner. They were obviously going to switch any pick-and-roll that came together. For that, you take the ball to the basket and try to create something.'' Trailing by one point, Conley penetrated the lane and tossed in a runner to give Memphis an 86-85 lead with 30 seconds left. With a chance to retake the lead, Cousins drove to the basket and Gasol partially blocked his shot, with Pondexter grabbing the rebound. The emotional Cousins briefly argued that he was fouled, but Gasol said no way. ''I know I got the ball; I got lucky,'' said Gasol, who also contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds. ''Cousins is strong and has a lot of weapons. He can shoot, drive and pass the ball.'' Quincey Pondexter tied his career high with 17 points and Tony Allen scored 12 for the Grizzlies, who have five games left and currently are in fifth place in the Western Conference. The Grizzlies (52-25) have set a franchise record this season for victories and are headed to the postseason for a third straight season and for the sixth time in franchise history. The Grizzlies are 19-7 following the All-Star break, which is the third-best record in the league. They've also won 23 of their last 32 games since trading away leading scorer Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors. ''We're gearing up for the playoffs,'' Pondexter said. ''We're happy with this win. This is the NBA. Getting any win is tough in this league. We executed down the stretch and grinded this one out.'' Cousins had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Kings, who have dropped four straight. Isaiah Thomas had 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Toney Douglas scored 14 points and Jimmer Fredette added 13. ''It came down to execution,'' Kings reserve Chuck Hayes (6'6''-F-83, college: Kentucky) said. ''They got a block and Conley hit a floater. You can tell they are getting ready for the playoffs and they are in playoff form.'' Cousins, the Kings' leading scorer and rebounder, was back in the starting lineup after being relegated to a reserve Friday night against Dallas, when he had six points in nine minutes. It was the first time in 69 games this season that Cousins wasn't in the starting lineup. Although no reason was given for the benching, Cousins seemed motivated offensively in the opening quarter, when he had 11 points and four rebounds. After Memphis took an eight-point lead, the Kings scored seven straight, cutting the margin to 84-83 with 1:25 left on Cousins' two free throws. On the Kings' next possession with the shot clock running down, Cousins hit a 21-footer to give the Kings an 85-84 lead. After his shot was blocked by Gasol, Cousins fouled Pondexter, who made both free throws for an 88-85 Memphis lead. Thomas scored on a layup for the Kings, but Conley made one of two free throws to make it 89-87. It was a rough game offensively for Memphis forwards Zach Randolph and Tayshaun Prince. Randolph shot 4 of 13 and had nine points, and Prince shot poorly as well and finished with three points. Following a subpar second quarter defensively, the Grizzlies returned to what they do best - making it tough for teams to score. Gasol had eight points in the third when the Grizzlies had a 25-20 advantage and took a four-point lead into the fourth. After a poor opening quarter, the Kings outscored the Grizzlies 28-18 in the second. Fredette scored 10 points and Douglas had eight in the period. Cousins had 11 first-half points, helping the Kings to a 44-43 lead. Notes: Memphis reserve guards Keyon Dooling and Tony Wroten were back with the team after playing Saturday with the NBA Development League's Reno Bullhorns. Wroten scored 30 points in the final game this season for Reno. ... Cousins shot 5 of 7 in the opening quarter, while the rest of the Kings shot a combined 1 of 12. ... Kings reserve forward Patrick Patterson didn't play due to a sore lower back. Courtesy of: philstar.com

Cleveland C. - Orlando M. 91-85
The Cavaliers shot just 36 percent from the field. Yet, they are riding their first winning streak since February because of one thing: They are competing on the defensive end. They held off the pesky Orlando Magic on Sunday, 91-85, before 16,341 at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs (24-52) limited the Magic to 37.8 percent shooting, 7.7 percent from behind the arc. In the second half, Orlando managed just 37 points. "Defense wins games," Cavs power forward Tristan Thompson said. The second-year forward finished with 15 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks on Sunday. In his last two games, he has played like a man possessed with 44 points, 33 rebounds and four blocks. "He's killing (people) on the glass," Cavs coach Byron Scott said. Thompson added eight offensive rebounds. "I'm playing with energy," Thompson said. "We're playing for pride. We want to finish strong." After losing 10 games in a row and having people wonder aloud whether Scott is going to hang onto his job, the Cavs have responded with back-to-back wins for the first time since Feb. 20-23. "On the defensive end, our guys did a lot of good things," Scott said. "In the fourth quarter, we buckled down." They won despite the fact by leading scorer Kyrie Irving was limited to just nine points, but he did have a game-high 10 assists. Irving has made just 12 of 51 shots in the Cavs' last three games (23.5 percent. In their two wins, he's made just 7 of 35 attempts (20 percent). "This is probably the worst shooting slump of my short career," Irving said. "I'm conscious of it. My shots will eventually fall." Scott said his shooting isn't a concern. "First of all he's not injured," he said. "He's just having a bad shooting slump. I'm proud of the way he's playing on the defensive end. We won the last two games without him playing well. I'm not worried about his shooting. He'll be fine. He's not knocking them down on a consistent basis." Irving might not be making his shots, but he's doing other things. He has 18 assists in the two wins. "I think he knows how important it is for him to be a two-way player," Scott said. "He's the head of the snake." The Magic are going to keep feeding 7-foot Nikola Vucevic (6'11''-C-90, college: USC), who finished with 21 points and 21 rebounds - his third 20-20 game of the season. He also has 42 double-doubles. He converted 10 of 20 from the field. Magic forward Tobias Harris, on a tear since being traded to the Magic, had a game-high 26 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Beno Udrih (6'5''-PG-82) added 13 points and six rebounds. The Magic led after three quarters, 66-62. They couldn't keep pace with the Cavs in the fourth, as they were outscored, 29-21. The Cavs suffocated Orlando in the fourth and held them to just 6 of 24 attempts from the floor. Small forward Alonzo Gee paced the Cavs with 19 points and six rebounds. The only other Cavs player to reach double figures was guard Shaun Livingston, who had 12 points, six rebounds and six assists. Nikola Vucevic was a one-man wrecking crew in the first half for the Magic. He not only tied a Q record for rebounds in a half with 14, he inadvertently elbowed Cavs swingman C.J. Miles to the face. Miles got six stitches on a gash in the middle of his forehead with 8 minutes, 37 seconds left in the first half. He didn't return. "It was a lot of blood," Miles said. "I was three to four seconds from passing out. I didn't realize I was bleeding. I heard a guy in the first row say, Oh (expletive).' I've never seen that much of my blood." Notes Cavs forward Luke Walton (ankle sprain) and guard Daniel Gibson (sore elbow) missed Sunday's game. Both players have X-rays that were negative. ... Thompson hopes to play for Team Canada this summer in qualifying for the World Championships. "I would encourage him to do that," Scott said. "The more you play (in the offseason), the better you get." ... The Magic played their fifth road game in nine days on Sunday. "We'll see how mentally prepared we are," Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said. Courtesy of: http://www.news-herald.com

Boston C. - Washington W. 107-96
BOSTON - Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76) and Paul Pierce returned from injuries and the Boston Celtics dominated the Washington Wizards - thanks to Brandon Bass, the soft-spoken forward who rarely gets a play called for him. But when he's open, his teammates are confident he can score. 'He seems to always be in the right spots, available,' Pierce said after Bass scored 20 points to lead the Celtics to a 107-96 win Sunday night. 'That's going to be huge for us if he continues to play well going into the playoffs, and the great thing about it is he's doing it all off of the hustle plays.' In the eight games Garnett missed with an inflamed left ankle, Bass averaged 12.3 points, raising his season average to 8.3. On Sunday, he shot 9 of 12 and added six rebounds. 'He's just efficient,' Boston coach Doc Rivers said. 'Overall, I think he's playing terrific. I think he's in a wonderful place right now.' Garnett had 12 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes. Pierce finished with 15 points in 30 minutes after missing Friday night's 97-91 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers with a sore left ankle. 'Things flow a lot smoother when Kevin and Paul are out there because everything's being run through them and everybody else is just getting what they get from them,' Bass said. 'So it's a lot better when they're out (on the court). It doesn't matter if I get a play called. The ball will find me and, hopefully, I just make the shot.' Bass missed his season-high by just two points and led the Celtics with eight points in the third quarter, when they hit 75 percent of their shots, outscored Washington, 31-19, and stretched a 56-52 halftime lead to 87-71. They're still missing Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger, both sidelined for the season, but led by at least 10 points the rest of the way to get just their fourth win in 12 games. John Wall led Washington with 16 points but never got to the foul line as Boston outscored Washington, 17-8, on free throws. A.J. Price had 15 points and Trevor Ariza added 14. 'We play a team like this and when you're not playing great defensively, you have got to be able to make shots,' Wall said, 'and we had a tough night.' The Wizards hit just 44.5 percent of their shots. But in the second half, they connected on only 41.5 percent, while the Celtics made 64.5 percent. 'It doesn't matter what lineup (we use) or who's on the floor as long as we're playing the right way,' Garnett said. 'That's all my concern is, just making sure that we're sharing the ball, playing as a team, giving up for each other, playing defensively.' With five games left and the Celtics trying to move up from seventh place in the Eastern Conference, the schedule gets tougher with a home game Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets before a road game Friday against the Miami Heat. Washington fell to 7-31 on the road but is 23-20 overall since Wall returned from a shoulder injury. 'Against a team like this that's playing for something, who has a seed in the playoffs, they're going to keep competing,' Wall said. 'And they got everybody back tonight and they were clicking right away.' A dunk by Nene with 10:24 left in the third quarter had cut the Celtics' lead to 58-57, but they went on a 29-14 surge the rest of the period. The Celtics began the spurt with a 14-1 run, starting with a layup by Avery Bradley. Pierce hit another layup and Bradley followed with a 16-footer. Martell Webster (6'8''-G-86) sank a free throw for the Wizards after Garnett was called for a technical foul with 7:57 left in the quarter. But Emeka Okafor then missed two free throws for Washington. Boston scored the next eight points on a 14-foot jumper by Bass, two free throws by Shavlik Randolph, an 18-footer by Jason Terry and a dunk by Bass. Ariza then scored Washington's first field goal in nearly six minutes when Randolph was called for goaltending with 4:39 left in the period, cutting Boston's lead to 72-60. Courtesy of: http://www.providencejournal.com

LA Clippers - LA Lakers 109-95
Chris Paul held up the red T-shirt reading 'Can't Stop Los Angeles' for a quick postgame photo. He didn't put it on, and neither did his Clippers teammates. There was no celebrating on court or in the locker room after they beat the Lakers 109-95 on Sunday to clinch the Clippers' first Pacific Division title in franchise history against a team that has long overshadowed them. ''It just feels like something we were supposed to do,'' said Paul, who had 24 points and 12 assists. ''It means we're headed in the right direction. We're not satisfied. We understand this is something small compared to the big picture.'' Blake Griffin had 24 points and 12 rebounds as the playoff-bound Clippers swept the Lakers 4-0 for the first time since Donald Sterling bought the team in 1981. The 1974-75 team, known as the Buffalo Braves, had the franchise's only other sweep of the Lakers. Fans chanted, ''Sweep! Sweep!'' in the closing seconds. Sportshub ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 Sterling accepted a congratulatory handshake from a fan after the game. ''It's always good to sweep a team in your division, in the West,'' said Griffin, savoring the first division title of his young career. ''I'm proud of how we won the game a little bit differently. We kept up a nice tempo the whole game.'' Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) had 20 points off the bench, DeAndre Jordan had 13 rebounds and Caron Butler scored 14 points for the Clippers, who knew that even if they lost, they could have clinched later Sunday if Utah won at Golden State. Utah defeated the Warriors 97-90 ''We didn't want to do it that way,'' Paul said. ''We wanted to clinch on our own terms.'' Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said, ''You have to earn it and today we did.'' As the division winner, the Clippers are guaranteed a top-four seed but will only open the playoffs with home-court advantage if they finish the season with a better record than the team in fifth, which currently is Memphis. ''Hopefully, we're playing well at the right time going to the playoffs,'' Crawford said. He chalked up winning the division title at home against the Lakers to ''the basketball gods set it up that way.'' Dwight Howard scored 25 points, including 9 of 13 free throws, for the Lakers, who played without injured starters Steve Nash and Metta World Peace. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) added 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, and Pau Gasol had 12 points and 13 rebounds as the Lakers' three-game winning streak ended. Playing as the home team, the Clippers dealt their Staples Center co-tenant's playoff hopes a serious blow. With the Jazz's win, they moved a half-game ahead of the ninth-place Lakers, who have five regular-season games left. The Jazz own the tiebreaker with the Lakers. ''We've got a bigger challenge than worrying about beating the Clippers in one game,'' Bryant said. ''They obviously performed extremely well against us all four times. Our concern is playing well in order to get into the playoffs, get guys healthy, and go in there and see what we can do.'' The Lakers led by seven points to start the game before the Clippers took the lead for good. The Lakers owned a two-point edge in the paint, but Clippers had more second-chance and fast-break points. They also controlled the boards, 50-36. ''They made some pretty tough shots, and they had players come in and make some big baskets under duress,'' Bryant said. ''They kind of kept us at bay and they would get some turnovers and get out in transition.'' The game featured three of the NBA's top-five dunkers in Griffin, Howard and Jordan. They all got some alley-oops in, although the Clippers' usual Lob City show didn't emerge in force until the fourth. That's when Paul fed Griffin on a fast break late in the game and Griffin raced in for a one-handed jam. Paul stole the ball from Howard and sped up court before flipping it to Jordan for a monster slam. Griffin got the fans on their feet with under 2 minutes to go on a put-back slam that he followed with a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock. ''That's how we're supposed to play,'' Jordan said. ''As long as we bring that type of energy from jump ball to the end of the game, we'll be OK.'' The Lakers closed within single digits once in the fourth on a three-point play by Earl Clark. Bryant had 12 points in the fourth, including six free throws. The Clippers stretched a seven-point halftime lead to 14 points in the third on a 3-pointer by Butler after leading 56-49 at halftime. NOTES: The Clippers need one more win for the most at home in franchise history. They also had 30 in 1974-75. ... The Clippers have won the season series against the Lakers twice in franchise history, including this season. ... Clippers G Chauncey Billups missed his fifth straight game with a strained right groin. ... Nash missed his third in a row with a strained right hamstring. ... World Peace is ahead of schedule in recovering from left knee surgery and could return sooner than the six weeks he was expected to be out. ... Rihanna, Billy Crystal and Regina King attended the game. Courtesy of: http://www.philstar.com

Oklah.City T. - New York K. 120-125
OKLAHOMA CITY - Driving to the basket in crunch time, Raymond Felton slipped to the floor and lost the basketball in the process. All he could do was lunge back at it and bat it toward J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) as the shot clock ticked closer to zero. For the second straight possession, Smith beat the buzzer - this time with a 3-pointer - and the Knicks closed out a 125-120 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday. "He makes plays like that. He makes tough shots. Sometimes I think he likes to take the tougher shot than the easier shot. They still go in," said teammate Carmelo Anthony, who had 36 points and 12 rebounds while moving ahead of Kevin Durant to become the NBA's top scorer. "That shot, it was a nail in the coffin." Smith finished with 22 points, including the two biggest shots of the game. He connected on a 23-foot jumper from the right wing as the 24-second clock expired to put New York up 117-113 with 1:30 to play, then swished a 3-pointer with 56.8 seconds left that all but sealed New York's 50th win of the season. "It was just a freak accident, a great play," Felton said. "I slipped, knocked the ball to him and he did the rest. He knocked down the big shot." The victory was the Knicks' 12th in a row and put them at 50 wins for the first time in 13 years. They also moved 2 1/2 games ahead of Indiana for second place in the Eastern Conference and moved onto the doorstep of clinching the Atlantic Division title. Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) had 37 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for Oklahoma City, which fell a game behind San Antonio for first place in the West with five games left. The Thunder had gained control of the race for first by beating the Spurs but were unable to complete a three-game sweep of San Antonio, Indiana and New York in a less than 72-hour span. "We're good. We've got five more games to go," said Durant, who scored 27. "We lost a tough one. This team, they shot the ball well tonight. They hit some tough shots all night. We forced them to shoot some tough ones and they hit them. "You've got to tip your hat to them, but other than that, what's the need to panic for? We're good." Anthony's scoring average improved one-tenth of a point to 28.44, while Durant's stayed about the same at 28.35. "I try not to think about that," Anthony said. "I just go out there and play ball." Anthony, playing at Oklahoma City for the first time since April 2010, added to one of the more colorful histories of any visiting player despite failing to extend his run of 40-point games to four. He tied Bernard King's Knicks record with three in a row, going for 50, 40 and 41 in his previous three games. Anthony hit game-winners in the closing seconds of Denver's only two games at Oklahoma City in 2009, then was knocked unconscious in the third quarter before returning in the fourth as the Nuggets rallied to win the 2010 game. He had missed his final chance with the Nuggets after his sister's death and then sat out last season's meeting because of wrist and ankle injuries. This time, he came up with a season-high nine offensive rebounds as the Knicks amassed 23 points off of 19 offensive boards. Anthony's last three baskets came on tip-ins. He twice put back his own misses, then tipped in Smith's missed free throw in the final minute to help close it out. "This is probably one of the biggest wins we've had in a long time," Anthony said. "Just for the simple fact that it's on the road, it's against a great Thunder team. We've been playing well. For us to come out here and keep our composure and win on the road and win here - this is a tough place to win." It was just the sixth home loss for the Thunder, who snapped a string of 21 straight games at Chesapeake Energy Arena that had been decided by double digits - 18 wins, three losses. New York had a season high in scoring and the most points of any Thunder opponent this season, getting 16 from Felton, 15 from Tyson Chandler 14 from Jason Kidd and 13 from Chris Copeland. "They're hot," Durant said. "Carmelo was hitting shots over Serge (Ibaka) with a hand in his face, he was meeting him at the rim. He was missing, but he was getting those tips, and they were hitting 3s. ... We were down two and J.R. Smith hit two tough jump shots in a row. I think our defense was good, as far as putting a hand up." Oklahoma City trailed by 12 early in the second half and 98-89 after Chandler's two-handed slam to start the fourth quarter before rallying back. Durant's jumper in the lane with 6:57 remaining put the Thunder up 105-104, but he did not score again. Anthony's relentlessness on the boards paid off. He twice stretched one-point leads with tip-ins of his own misses before Smith finally provided a bigger cushion. On one of the offensive rebounds, Anthony chipped one of Chandler's teeth. He attributed his strong play to being healthy again, after missing time this season with finger, ankle and knee injuries, and being motivated by the approaching playoffs. "It's the end of the season, the last month. Everybody's fighting for spots. The playoffs are right around the corner," Anthony said. "This is the best basketball." NOTES: The Knicks' Kenyon Martin missed his second straight game with a sore left knee. ... New York's 65 points matched the most given up by the Thunder in the first half this season. Denver had 65 in a 114-104 win at Oklahoma City on March 19. Houston's 122 points were the previous high allowed by the Thunder. ... Chandler was called for a technical foul in the fourth quarter when Nick Collison knocked the ball into his face in the process of fouling him and Chandler followed through to knock Collison to the floor. Collison left about 6 minutes later with a bloody nose from another play, after Anthony's first tip-in. Courtesy of: http://www.huffingtonpost.com



New York 125, Oklahoma City 120 - by Milord Nikolic

Carmelo Anthony recorded 36 points and 12 rebounds and J.R. Smith poured in 22 points off the bench as visiting New York pushed its winning streak to 12 games by topping Oklahoma City. Raymond Felton added 16 points and eight assists and Tyson Chandler scored 15 for the Knicks, who moved 2 1/2 games ahead of the Indiana Pacers for the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference. New York is on the verge of clinching its first Atlantic Division title since 1994, leading the Brooklyn Nets by six games with six left. Russell Westbrook had 37 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists and Kevin Durant scored 27 as the Thunder had a three-game winning streak come to an end. Oklahoma City dropped one game behind the San Antonio Spurs for the top spot in the Western Conference. The Thunder trailed by nine points early in the fourth but took their first lead since the first quarter when Durant capped a 13-4 burst with a jumper to make it 105-104 with 6:56 left. Jason Kidd buried a 3-pointer to put the Knicks back on top, and it went back and forth until Tyson Chandlers layup with 3:42 left put New York on top for good. Smith knocked down a jumper to keep New York in front with 1:30 remaining and provided the dagger 34 seconds later, when Felton recovered a loose ball and found Smith for a deep 3-pointer to make it a 120-113 gap.




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London Lightning claim second straight win in title series - by Eurobasket News

London L. - Summerside S. 99-96
Tonight, in front of 3,406 fans at Budweiser Gardens, the London Lightning defeated the Summerside Storm with a score of 99-96. The game was the second in the National Basketball League of Canada championship round. The Lightning now lead the series 2-0. The leading scorers tonight were Adrian Moss (5'9''-PG-88, college: Indianapolis) with 25 points, Marvin Phillips (6'7''-F-83, college: Claflin) with 23 points and Tim Ellis with 15 points. Elvin Mims (6'5''-F-79, college: S.Mississippi) had a double double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. "It was a great team effort," said Adrian Moss, leading scorer of the night. "We can't be comfortable with being two up. We still have room for improvement and we need to make those improvements for game three." "We were fortunate to get win and I'm glad we were able to provide an exciting game for the fans," said Marvin Phillips. "We all stepped up as a team and made big shots. We all plan to repeat this performance in game three and win." The London Lightning will play the third game of the NBLC Finals in Summerside on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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Burke wins Naismith Trophy; becomes first Michigan player to receive honor - by Eurobasket News

ATLANTA - Trey Burke (6'0''-PG-92) led Michigan to its first NCAA Final Four appearance since the Fab Five accomplished the feat back-to-back 20 years ago. He has now achieved what no member of that famous quintet ever did.

On Sunday, the Atlanta Tipoff Club named Burke winner of the 2013 Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T as the mens college basketball player of the year, solidifying the sophomore point guards place in school history as the first Wolverine to receive the prestigious award.

He becomes the fifth player in Big Ten history to claim the award, following Ohio States Evan Turner (2010), Purdues Glenn Robinson (1994), and Indianas Calbert Cheaney (1993) and Scott May (1976). Burke was honored at the AT&T National Association of Basketball Coaches Guardians of the Game Awards Show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Other finalists for the 2013 award included Creighton junior Doug McDermott, Indiana junior Victor Oladipo and Georgetown sophomore Otto Porter, Jr.

Burke adds to his impressive list of conference awards this season, including the 2013 Big Ten Player of the Year and first-team All-Big Ten honors. Burke, a sophomore point guard finished 2012-13 Big Ten conference play as the leader in points scored and assists per game and was the only player to score 15 points or more in all 18 conference games.

Burke surpassed the University of Michigans single season assist record holder, Darius Morris, on Saturday, March 23 during his teams second round win over Virginia Commonwealth University in the 2013 NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament. He has the Wolverines on the verge of a national championship as they square off against Louisville on Monday night.

Trey had one of those magical seasons where his individual production yielded tremendous results, and his team achieved remarkable success in getting to the Final Four, Eric Oberman, Atlanta Tipoff Club Executive Director said. He is a wonderful ambassador for college basketball and a worthy winner of the Naismith Trophy.

Michigan coach John Beilein said, Trey is a selfless player who works hard to make his teammates better every day. He has provided tremendous leadership all season long and has played at an extremely high level every game. Trey is a joy to coach and we are fortunate to have him as a floor leader. Trey is a great ambassador for the University of Michigan and will represent the Naismith Trophy with great pride.

Burke was chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Clubs national voting academy, which based its selection on individual performances throughout the 2013 mens college basketball season, and by fans, who were eligible to vote via a mobile phone voting program from March 25 through April 6. For the ninth year, fans have contributed to the selection of the Naismith Mens College Player of the Year Trophy presented by AT&T. The fan vote accounts for 25 percent of the vote totals.

We congratulate and thank all of this years nominees, especially trophy recipient Trey Burke for his leadership, sportsmanship and memorable performances, said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility. We are honored to welcome Trey into this elite group of athletes and thank the fans for their active participation in this close race.

Other notable Naismith Trophy alumni include a pair of three-time winners in Bill Walton (1972, 73, 74) and Ralph Sampson (1981, 82, 83), Michael Jordan (1984), Kevin Durant (2007) and last years winner, Anthony Davis of Kentucky. The Naismith Mens College Player of the Year Trophy presented by AT&T is the most prestigious national award presented annually to college basketballs best player.
Courtesy of: Atlanta Tipoff Club



Miamis Larranaga claims 2013 Naismith Mens College Coach of the Year Award - by Eurobasket News

ATLANTA Miami (Fla.) head coach Jim Larranaga capped off the most successful season since the Hurricanes joined the Atlantic Coast Conference by taking home the 2013 Naismith Mens College Coach of the Year Award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Sunday. The award was presented to Larranaga at the Naismith Awards Welcome Brunch in Atlanta.

Larranaga was chosen from a group of finalists that also included Saint Louis coach Jim Crews, Gonzaga coach Mark Few and Georgetown coach John Thompson III. Larranaga was selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Clubs National Voting Academy, which based its criteria on the coaches performances throughout the 2013 mens college basketball season. First created in 1987, Indianas Bob Knight claimed the inaugural award.

Coach Larranaga led the Hurricanes resurgence to tremendous heights, and clearly has made the program a key force in the ACC in just two years, which is no easy feat, said Eric Oberman, Executive Director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. His success really stood out among all the great coaching performances during the season.

It is humbling and really an honor to receive a national award like this, especially, in the name of the founder of our game, Dr. James Naismith, said Coach Larranaga. I greatly appreciate the recognition by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, its membership and its voting academy to select me because there are so many great college coaches in the country. This really is a team award that represents a lot of hard work by my staff and our players.

Under Larranagas leadership, the Hurricanes won the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference regular season and the ACC Tournament, earning a No. 2 seed in the East Regional of the NCAA Championship. In Miamis first appearance in the Dance since 2008, Larraaga led the Canes past Pacific and Illinois, but in the Sweet 16 fell to Marquette. Miami finished the season with a 29-7 overall record and a 15-3 mark in n ACC play. Larranaga was named as the ACC Coach of the Year by both the media and his peers.
Courtesy of: http://www.ncaa.com



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Hesser leads Drury to its first national champsionship - by Eurobasket

Head coach Steve Hesser sat very calmly on the Drury bench, his arms folded and one leg crossed over the other. When he did stand, he wasn't over-the-top demonstrative, like some coaches seem to be these days.
All that was on the line was an NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship. Never before had the school been in this position, and even after capturing a thrilling 74-73 victory against Metro State, Hesser still appeared unperturbed.
Turns out, though, there was a darn good reason for Hesser's relatively calm demeanor despite the circumstances. He had just been through an illness that left him, even in Atlanta, at what he called 85 percent of his normal self.
'I had a little bout with pneumonia and bacteria in my blood,' Hesser said, his expression unchanging. 'I didn't have any energy for about four weeks, so my assistants did most of [the coaching]. They obviously did a very good job. I'll probably coach that way the rest of my life.'
All around Hesser, chaos reigned. The Drury contingent on hand for the game - and there were a ton of them among the 7,763 in attendance at Philips Arena - lived and died on every move their team made. As the comeback surged in the second half, the sound they made was palpable.
Texas A&M has its 12th man in football. Drury has its sixth man in basketball.
'This was easily the most fun game of my life,' sophomore guard Drake Patterson (6'4''-G) said. 'I didn't expect it. It was packed. It didn't look like there was an open seat in the house. Our fans were unbelievable. Each play that we made, big or small, our fans were cheering for us as loud as they could. I don't think they understand how much that helps us and how much we appreciate it.'
Drury's only other championship of note came in 1979, when the school won the NAIA title. That was a long time ago, more than a full decade before any of the current crop of Panthers players were born.
Now that they've won the DII title, their efforts all year long have paid off.
'It's the most amazing feeling,' sophomore Cameron Adams (6'5''-F-93) said. 'Practice started Oct. 15. Coach wasn't the nicest person back then. He's kind of eased up as of late. All that hard work, being there in the summer and working, getting up at 6 a.m. - all that paid off.
'This is the highest we'll ever play at, and we won the highest award that we could. There's nothing better we could ask for. It's wonderful.'
The hours they put in together bonded the Panthers in ways only they will be able to understand in years to come. You go through something like what they've been through, and it changes you.
'It's a huge honor,' said Alex Hall (6'2''-G-90), who made what turned out to be the two game-winning free throws with 22.8 seconds left on the clock. 'I wouldn't want it any other way. We're like a family. We hang out off the court, on the court and all. There's so much excitement, you're just kind of left speechless.'
The closest Hesser ever came to letting his emotions get the best of him came when asked what the championship meant to him personally.
'You're going to make me break up here,' he said, then paused ever so briefly. All week, the team received support. On Saturday, Hesser was having dinner with a group of Drury alums when the manager of the restaurant came over and introduced himself.
He was a Drury graduate, too, and asked to have a photograph taken.
'You see how many people came?' he continued. 'They united our university from years and years back. It's huge for our university, because it united everybody and gave them something to rally around.'
Hesser didn't say if the meal was on the house or not, but that probably didn't matter. Not with a national championship in hand.

Courtesy of NCAA



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Amherst defeats Mary Hardin-Baylor for Division III National Championship - by Eurobasket

Leading from end-to-end, the second-ranked Amherst mens basketball team captured the programs second national championship with an 87-70 victory over Mary Hardin-Baylor in the NCAA Division III title game at Philips Arena.
Starting the game on a 10-0 run, the Jeffs never looked back, setting a new program benchmark for consecutive victories (24), while tying the 2006-07 national championship squad for the schools best single-season record (30-2). Making its first ever trip to the DIII finals, UMHB clawed its way back from a 14-point deficit in the final 10:22 of the national semifinals against No. 1 St. Thomas, but could not close a similar second half gap against the Jeffs, finishing with a 27-6 mark.
Earning Most Outstanding Player honors, Allen Williamson (6'4''-G) 13 paced Amherst with 18 points and six rebounds on 7-for-16 shooting. Averaging 17.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in the Final Four, Williamson closed the books on his college career with 842 points and 374 boards. Fellow seniors Willy Workman (6'6''-F) and Peter Kaasila (6'9''-C) finished with 14 and 6 points, respectively, with Workman also adding 10 rebounds to notch his team-high eighth double-double of the season.
One of the most versatile players to don the Purple & White, Workman finishes his career 18th on the programs scoring charts (1,147), while also compiling 681 career rebounds, 321 assists, 161 steals and 124 blocks. Coming into his own this season, leading the NESCAC in field goal percentage (.635), Kaasila is 23rd all-time in scoring (1,035) while also grabbing 546 rebounds. Posting a 14-11 mark as first-years, the Class of 2013 will graduate with a 95-20 record, two NESCAC championships, and one of the programs two national titles.
Opening up the scoring, Aaron Toomey (6'1''-G) 14 buried a straight-away three-pointer before Williamson connected on a runner in the lane. Kaasila then put back a Toomey misfire before Williamson hit an open trey from the top of the key to put the Jeffs up 10-0.
Kitrick Bell (6'4''-F) 14 cleaned up his own miss at 16:58 to put UMHB on the board before Thomas Orr (6'5''-G/F) 13 found Cory Meals (6'5''-G) 13 for a transition three that sliced the Amherst lead in half. After a pair of empty possessions, Workman got the Purple & White back on track with a triple from the right wing, but James Allen (6'0''-G) 13 came right back down and converted a three-point play the old-fashioned way to make it 13-8.
Finding a cutting Ben Pollack (6'7''-F) 16 with just over 12 minutes to go in the half, Toomey helped stretch the lead back to 10. The next time down the floor, Toomey again dished to an open Jeff, this time linking up with Connor Green (6'4''-G) 16 for a corner three that gave Amherst a 25-12 edge.
Down 12 after another Kaasila put back, Allen dove into the paint for two before Orr drained a three-pointer that cut the margin to 33-26. After an Orr dunk made it a five point affair, Williamson ended a 4:07 field goal drought with a layup off a Workman miss. Knocking down the Jeffs sixth triple of the half, Tom Killian (6'5''-G) 14 pushed the cushion back up to 10.
Trailing 38-30 at the intermission, UMHB got several offensive rebounds on its first possession before Brian Todd (6'4''-F-91) 13 finally converted down low. Orr slid into the paint for two more to trim it to four, before Workman banked in a tough runner to make it 40-34. After a defensive stop, Workman again got free, hitting a trey from the wing to extend the lead to nine.
Todd answered with five straight on a layup and three-pointer before Toomey connected on just his second field goal, burying a big triple that upped the margin to 46-39. Driving the baseline, Williamson pushed it to nine before Orr converted 2-of-2 from the free throw line inside of the 15-minute mark.
Coming out of the 12-minute media timeout, Workman laid it in for two before David Kalema 14 hit 1-of-2 from the charity stripe to make it 55-43. Up 62-51 with 8:09 left, Green drove baseline, drawing a foul and hitting the layup to set up a three-point play. Knocking down the ensuing free throw following a timeout, the first-year stretched the lead to 14.
With Todd cutting it to 65-55 on a layup at the 6:06 mark, Williamson scored five of the games next seven points to put Amherst back up 70-56. Knifing into the lane, Toomey got a floater to bounce in, putting the Purple & White up 15 before Williamson hit a pair from the line that made it 75-58 with just 3:00 on the clock.
One of four Jeffs to finish in double figures, Toomey finished with 16 points, six rebounds and six assists, despite battling some early foul trouble. The NABC Player of the Year, Toomey will enter next season ranked eighth on the schools scoring list (1,416), standing just 292 points shy of tying Steve Ziejas all-time mark. With 16 points in 16 minutes off the bench, Green paved the way for a solid second unit that outscored the Crusader reserves, 27-7.
Orr netted a game-high 24 points on 7-for-19 shooting, while grabbing 11 rebounds to lead UMHB. Todd added 17 points and five boards, while Allen finished with 15 points and five rebounds.
Shooting 40.8 percent (29-for-71) for the game, Amherst turned in another solid defensive effort, limiting the Crusaders to 36.2 percent (25-for-69) from the field and a 31.3 percent (5-for-16) clip from long distance. Holding a slim 48-47 rebounding edge, Amherst got outscored in the paint (40-36), but never allowed the UMHB transition game to get going, committing just six turnovers - its second lowest total of the season.
One of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division III, head coach David Hixon 75 notched his 673rd career victory and will enter next season just seven shy of 700.

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Saints open over Sharks - by Eurobasket News

The Welington Saints have had a pleasing result at Te Rauparaha Arena, defeating the Zero Fees Southland Sharks 90-63.

Led by former Cairns Taipan Andrew Warren (195-G-87, college: Bradley) (24 points), last years finalists opened up the game in the third period, extending their single-digits lead in the first half to a 20-point buffer.

Former league MVP Lindsay Tait was his mercurial self, adding 21, while his young 16-year-old apprentice Izayah Mauriohooho-Leafa had seven points, showing no signs of nerves.

An under-strength Sharks side, through the absence of Luke Martin, Leon Henry and Reuben Te Rangi , managed to start the game strong with a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter.

New import Brian Conklin (198-F-89, college: St.Louis) showed he had a nice touch both from the inside and out, scoring 15 first half points.

Conklin suffered a minor leg injury at the start of second half, which meant he would miss the remainder of the game.

This left veteran Kevin Braswell to carry the scoring, which he did admirably with a team-high 18.

Sharks will play tomorrow at 10am against the Telecom Business Hub Jets, while Saints will face the HBS Bank Hawks at 1.30pm.

Hawks will also play at 10am against the James Blond Super City Rangers, and the Fico Finance Nelson Giants
Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.org.nz/



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

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

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 7: Barangay Ginebra - Meralco Bolts 91-90
Apr. 7: Petron Blaze - Barako Bull 88-77
Apr. 6: Global Port - Talk N Text 84-94

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 10: San Mig Coffee - Air21 Express
Apr. 10: Alaska Aces - Barangay Ginebra
Apr. 12: Alaska Aces - Global Port
Apr. 12: Barako Bull - Rain or Shine


2013 PBA Commissioners Cup Roundup: April 6-7, 2013 - by Enzo Flojo

The Batang Pier became the first team officially eliminated from Playoff contention, while the Kings and Boosters remain tied at third spot. The Texters also gained some ground this past weekend, while the Aces continued to lead the entire league at first place.

In Saturdays out-of-town match, Talk N Text beat GlobalPort, 94-84, as the Jimmy Alapag and Ryan Reyes combo worked wonders. Both combined to finish with a total of 44 points as TNT checked a 2-game slide to stay within striking distance of the top half of the heap. One good quarter turned out to be the big difference here. The Texters outscored GlobalPort, 27-13, in the second period to break the game open and play keep away till the end.

After a promising start to the conference, GlobalPort became the first team to bite the dust. At 2 wins and 10 losses, the Batang Pier have the worst record in the league and have been officially eliminated from quarterfinal contention.

In yesterdays curtain-raiser, Bgy. Ginebra overcame Meralco, 91-90. Vernon Macklin outplayed Eric Dawson down the stretch and hit the marginal basket to lift the Gin Kings over the resurgent Bolts. Macklin finished with 31 points and 12 rebounds while also limiting Dawson to just 44% FG shooting and forcing 8 turnovers from the former San Antonio Spur hopeful. In the process, the Kings extended their winning run to six games. Another guy who really stepped up was Mac Baracael. The former FEU and Gilas standout registered maybe his best game of the season so far -- 17 points on 7-of-10 FG shooting, 6 boards, and 2 assists in just 27 minutes of play. In the meantime, Baracaels counterpart from Meralco, Cliff Hodge, continued to flounder in the current conference. In this game he finished with just 4 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 fouls.

Petron ended the weekend with a big win over Barako Bull, 88-77, as Henry Sims and Alex Cabagnot formed a potent duo for the Boosters. The pair combined for 43 points, 17 rebounds, and 8 assists as the Boosters tied Ginebra at third place with identical 7-5 slates.

The Energy Cola really had a difficult time here as former King Eagle JC Intal continues to be in limbo. The PBA journeyman played 19 minutes, often visibly struggling against the likes of Chris Lutz and Arwind Santos. Intal ended up with only 2 points (both from free throws), missing all 8 of his field goals. All this while the debut of DJ Mbenga went pffft. The former LA Laker did record 14 rebounds and 2 blocks, but he was anemic offensively, finishing with just 14 points on a dismal 36% FG clip.

Game Recaps:
TALK N TEXT over GLOBALPORT, 94-84
The Talk N Text Tropang Texters formally booted out the GlobalPort Batang Pier from playoff contention in the Commissioners Cup with a 94-84 victory Saturday night at the University of San Agustin Gymnasium.

Ryan Reyes posted 24 points, six rebounds, and three assists to lead the Tropang Texters to their sixth victory in 12 games.

He starred in a blazing second quarter that saw Talk N Text outscore GlobalPort, 27-13, to turn a close match into a 56-40 game at halftime.

The Tropang Texters led by as much as 18 points early in the third quarter and kept the Batang Pier at bay for most of the rest of the game.

Talk N Text was still up, 86-70, with seven minutes left in the match before GlobalPort rattled off a 12-0 run to come within striking distance.

But Tropang Texters team captain Jimmy Alapag hit two three-pointers in a backbreaking 8-0 to stretch the lead back to 12 points, 94-82, and take the starch out of the Batang Pier.

GlobalPort suffered its ninth straight loss to fall further into the bottom of the standings with a 2-10 win-loss record.

TNT 94- Reyes 24, Alapag 20, De Ocampo 13, Castro 12, Harvey 6, Fonacier 6, Al-Hussaini 6, Aban 5, Carey 2, Raymundo 0, Peek 0.
GLO 84- Morgan 19, Miller 15, Deutchman 12, Aguilar 11, David 10, Juntilla 5, Belencion 4, Yee 3, Antonio 3, Mandani 2, Salvador 0, Lingganay 0.
QS: 29-27, 56-40, 75-66, 94-84

PETRON over BARAKO BULL, 88-77
The Petron Blaze Boosters put the cudgels on Barako Bull en route to an 88-77 victory that snapped a three-game losing streak in the Commissioners Cup Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

After the last game, our battlecry for this game was defense, said Petron coach Olsen Racela. Nakakahiya yung iskoran ka ng 57 points ng kalaban eh.

Racela was referring to the Boosters 102-92 loss to Meralco last Friday that saw Bolts import Eric Dawson shred the Petron defense with 57 points.

I think giving up 77 points to Barako Bull, which is an offensive-minded team, is an accomplishment, added Racela, whose Boosters held their opponents to below 32 percent shooting from the field.

The loss spoiled the PBA debut for Barako Bull of NBA veteran DJ Mbenga, who had a quiet game of 14 points and 12 rebounds.

The win improved Petrons win-loss record to 7-5, moving the team just one game behind Rain or Shine for second place, which comes with it a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

But Racela said the team isnt gunning for one of the top two spots just yet.

Were not looking at one and two anymore. Now that were in the quarters, positioning ang hinahabol namin. We dont want to be at a twice-to-beat disadvantage.

Import Henry Sims had 23 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks in his second game with the Boosters, while point guard Alex Cabagnot set the tone with 20 points and seven assists.

Barako Bull lost for the seventh time in eight games to see its record fall to 4-8. Mired in ninth place, the team is in danger of missing the quarterfinals for the second straight conference.

PET 88- Sims 23, Cabagnot 20, Lassiter 14, Santos 11, Fajardo 6, Lutz 6, Miranda 6, Washington 2, Sison 0, Faundo 0, Lanete 0, Pena 0.
BAR 77- Mbenga 14, Maliksi 13, Anthony 11, Pennisi 11, Monfort 8, Seigle 8, Urbiztondo 5, Macapagal 3, Duncil 2, Intal 2, Kramer 0.
QS: 22-17, 40-38, 67-55, 88-77

BGY. GINEBRA over MERALCO, 91-90
Go strong.

That was Alfrancis Chuas instruction to import Vernon Macklin in Barangay Ginebra San Miguels final timeout with the team down one point against Meralco.

Macklin followed his coachs instruction to the letter, hitting a layup with seven seconds left that gave the Gin Kings a thrilling 91-90 victory over the Bolts Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Ginebra won its sixth straight game to improve its Commissioners Cup win-loss record to 7-5. The rampaging Gin Kings have won seven of their last eight matches after opening the tournament with four straight losses.

But the Gin Kings had to go through the eye of the needle against the Bolts, who put together a 9-0 run on three straight three-pointers in the last three minutes two from Sunday Salvacion and one from Ronjay Buenafe to take a one-point lead before Macklins heroics.

Ang Ginebra team, hindi talaga sumusuko, Chua said after the game.

The coach noted that Meralcos three-pointers all came off broken plays.

Siguro pinasarap lang ng Diyos ang laro, said Chua. Pero I have to give it to them, talaga yung dalawang shooter nila, grabe.

Macklin finished with 31 points and 12 rebounds, outpointing counterpart Eric Dawson, who was coming off a 57-point performance last Friday. The Meralco import had 27 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, four steals, and five blocks, but missed the final shot that could have given the Bolts the victory.

GIN 91 - Macklin 31, Baracael 17, Tenorio 17, Labagala 10, Hatfield 10, Ellis 4, Jensen 2, Espiritu 0, Maierhofer 0, Mamaril 0, Helterbrand 0, Raymundo 0.
MER 90 - Dawson 27, Buenafe 19, Ross 11, Cardona 10, Salvacion 9, Hugnatan 6, Hodge 4, Timberlake 4, Vanlandingham 0, Reyes 0.
QS: 18-24, 44-43, 71-64, 91-90

Source: Unless otherwise specified, game recaps were compressed and compiled from InterAKTV. (Writing credit to Rey Joble)




2013 ASEAN Basketball League Roundup: April 3-7, 2013 - by Enzo Flojo

Things continued to heat up in the 2013 ABL with the facelift of the Thailand Slammers. The Slammers dropped their original sponsor, Chang Beer, in favor of new corporate backer, Sports Rev. The big Q is, as the race for the semifinals gets even tighter, will it even matter?

Well so far, it seems the new-look Slammers have indeed played better. They beat the team right ahead of them in the Playoff race, the Westports Malaysia Dragons, last Wednesday before dominating the Saigon Heat this past weekend. with these twin wins, the Slammers have pulled ahead of the Slingers for fourth place and are just 2 games behind the Dragons, who are locked up at third.

League-leaders Indonesia and San Miguel also won this past week, further cementing their holds on the first and second seeds respectively. Jerick Caada came alive as the Indons beat Saigon, while the Beermen were led by Chris Banchero and Leo Avenido in their conquest of the Slingers.

Game Recaps:
INDONESIA WARRIORS over SAIGON HEAT, 83-74
The Indonesia Warriors played without Chris Daniels and Steven Thomas in the last 4:36 of the game but managed to top the Saigon Heat 83-74 for their fourth consecutive victory.

Jerick Canada was unstoppable for the Warriors and he led the Warriors with 21 points and 7 assists. Mario Wuysang and Dodo Sitepu added 13 points each for the Warriors who are now on top of the ABL ladder board with 11 wins and 3 losses.

Dior Lowhorn and Jai Reyes started the game with a quick 9 points to help the Heat gain a 9-2 lead. After a great start, the Heat had to lose Larry Tieu after fighting for a loose ball with Steven Thomas. Tieu landed akwardly on his back and had to be carried out on a stretcher. With Tieu out, the Heat were left with only 8 players. Lowhorn and David Palmer had 8 points each to help the Heat with the 24-19 lead after one quarter.

Midway through the second quarter, the Warriors made a 14-2 run capped off by baskets from Steven Thomas and Jerick Canada which gave the Warriors a 43-29 lead with 4:25 left before halftime.

The Heat orchestrated a comeback early in the fourth quarter. Down 66-56 at the start of the final quarter, Lowhorn went to work right away and scored five quick points to cut the Heats deficit to 66-61 with 8:59 left. However, the Warriors responded immediately with a quick 6 points that stretched their lead back to 11 points.

Things got interesting in the last 4 minutes of the game as the Warriors had to play without Thomas and Daniels who fouled out of the game. A Jai Reyes free throw got the Heat within 5 points with 2 minutes left. But Wuysang denied the Heat comeback by sinking a floater and two free throws.

In this loss, Lowhorn led the Heat with 27 points while Palmer posted a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Jai Reyes chipped in with 16 points for the Heat who now have a record of 3 wins and 10 losses.

CHANG THAILAND SLAMMERS over WESTPORTS MALAYSIA DRAGONS, 68-60
The Chang Thailand Slammers reclaimed fourth position on the ABL standings as Christien Charles and Wutipong Dasom spearheaded the Slammers charge over the Westports Malaysia Dragons 68-60 tonight in Thailand.

Charles was unstoppable in the paint and finished the game with 35 points, 17 rebounds and 7 blocks. Wutipong Dasom also had a good outing and finished with 15 points. None of the other players on the team reached double digits although Froilan Baguion continued his ascent as the Leagues assist leader and recorded 11 assists in this game to complement his 5 points.

The Slammers made their intentions clear from the beginning with a dunk from Charles early in the first quarter that brought them up 13 to 10. Charles then asserted his dominance in the paint as he blocked a Julius Armon shot just a minute later at 3:22. Charles scored 9 of his teams first 13 points.

Gavin Edwards returned the favor with his own dunk for the Dragons and then made a block at the other end to tie things up at 15 all. That was as close as they got however as the Slammers then went on a 7 point run to end the quarter a Dasom three sandwiched by two Charles dunks to close out the first 22 to 15.

Guga opened up the second period with a stunning three but Charles stole the ball from him in the next possession and successfully converted the shot. At the mid-way point in the second quarter the Slammers had cumulated a 9-2 run that put them up 37 to 22.

The Dragons fought back with their own 11-2 run and found themselves within a one basket game at 39-33 with a little over a minute remaining in the half. Charles once again came to the Slammers rescue as he blocked a Melton shot and then jams the ball to bring the Slammers back 41-33. A Dasom three capped off an exciting quarter which saw the Slammers lead 44 to 35 over the Dragons heading into the break.

The Dragons started the second half on a 14 to 4 run capped by a basket from Tautuaa which gave them the lead at 49 to 48 for the first time since the first quarter. Both teams traded baskets over the next three minutes, the point difference never going above one until Charles once again stepped up for his team to put them ahead 53 to 50 with 2:16 left in the clock.

The Dragons had a good chance to catch up in the final minute but were unable to find their offense a series of four missed field goal attempts, two free throws, capped with a missed lay-in saw them go down 53-50 into the final quarter.

Tautuaa opened up scoring in the fourth with a dunk to bring his team in 53 to 52. Dasom immediately answered with a basket of his own to put some breathing room between the teams at 55 to 52. Both teams were cold for nearly two minutes until Melton brought the visitors back within one point at the 7:34 mark. The Dragons still didnt have an answer for Charles however who then sank a crucial three to put 4 points back between them.

The intense fourth quarter continued with the Slammers staving off all Dragons attempts to overtake them. At 61-60 for the Slammers and 3:34 to go, Charles and Dasom put up important blocks on Edwardss and Loh Shee Fais shots to maintain their lead. The Dragons woeful night continued as both Melton and Hubbard were sent to the line with an opportunity to close in but missed all their attempts.

With 30 seconds remaining in the game the Slammers held on to a 4 point lead at 64 to 60. Baguion was sent to the line and despite only having scored one point throughout the entire game to this point, he sank both his free throws to push the Slammers up 66 to 60. On the next possession Tautuaa put in a huge three to edge closer to 63-66. Overtime looked inevitable at this point until Baguion was again sent to the line and scored the last two points of the game to see the Slammers reclaim the fourth spot on the standings 68 to 63.

Tautuaa was the leading scorer for the Dragons with 23 points followed by Edwards who contributed 15 points. Hubbard and Melton were limited to a combined 11 points although Hubbard managed to grab 11 rebounds during the game.

SPORTS REV THAILAND SLAMMERS over SAIGON HEAT, 90-75
Hot off the announcement of new title sponsors Sports Rev, local players Chanachon Klahan and Wutipong Dasom led the Sports Rev Thailand Slammers defeat of the Saigon Heat 90-75 at Tan Binh Stadium, Vietnam. The Slammers successfully strengthened their position at the fourth spot with a record of 6-9.

Klahan had his best game in a Slammers jersey with 17 points. Charles also contributed 17 points before he was ejected in the third quarter while Darrius Brannon finished with 16 points. Dasom scored 10 of his 14 points in the final quarter. After flirting with a triple-double all season long, Froilan Baguion finally had one as he posted up 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

The Heat has been hammered by injuries all season long. For this game, the Heat only have eight players on the bench as Larry Tieu had to sit out due to a back injury he suffered against the Indonesia Warriors on Wednesday night. Things did not get better for the Heat as Jai Reyes suffered what looked like a foot injury with 33 seconds left in the first quarter. Fortunately, Reyes was able to return to the game in the third quarter.

Things got very intense in the third quarter when Klahan and Chris Sumalinog fought for a loose ball. Klahan, who grabbed the loose ball, caught Sumalinog on the nose with his elbow, which resulted in players from both teams getting involved. David Palmer and Charles then had a heated exchange which led to both players getting ejected with 7:40 left.

Despite the incident, the Slammers were able to keep their heads cool and Darrius Brannon sparked a 12-2 run which gave the Slammers a 57-47 lead with 2:11 left in the third quarter. The run was capped off with back to back baskets from Brannon who scored 8 points during that stretch.

Even though the Heat were left with 7 players, they played their hearts out. Sumalinog tried to lead a come back for his team early in the fourth quarter. Sumalinog drove hard to the basket for a lay-up and sank a three-point shot in the next possesion to cut the Heat's deficit to 7 points with 4:52 left.

Unfortunately for the Heat, Dasom made a few key plays down the stretch to deny their comeback. Dasom converted a three-point play and finished off a lob from Froilan Baguion which gave the Slammers their biggest lead in the game at 82-67 with 1:41 left.

Slammers' head coach Joe Bryant gave the Heat a lot of credit. "My hat goes off to Saigon Heat. They are a depleted team but they played with a lot of energy," said Bryant after the game.

The Heat would hope that the injury woes will stop so they wil be able to play in full strength for the remainder of the season. Dior Lowhorn led his team with 26 points, Sumalinog finished with 16 points while Jai Reyes and Al Vergara contributed 13 points each.

SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over JOBSTREET.COM SINGAPORE SLINGERS, 78-57
A dominant performance especially on the defensive end from San Miguel Beermen help them grab a 78-57 win over JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers for their seventh straight win.

Chris Banchero was brilliant and led the charge for the Beermen as he scored 19 points. Leo Avenido scored a season-high 16 points while Justin Williams had a complete game on both sides of the floor with 14 points and 3 blocks for the Beermen who are now have a record of 10-3.

Still in the hunt for the final playoffs spot, the Slingers looked solid early on in the first quarter. Phillip Morrison sank a three-point shot with 2:19 left in the first quarter, giving the Slingers a 13-10 lead. However, the Beermen responded right away behind their Williams duo who scored six straight points to gave the Beermen a 16-13 lead. From there, the Beermen never looked back.

Late in the second quarter, Banchero showed everyone why he is the top candidate for this year's best player in the league. He sets up Eric Menk for an open 16 footer shot in the corner. Then, he stole the ball from Phillip Morrison for an easy left hand lay-up which gave the Beermen a 36-22 lead with 53 seconds left before halftime.

Cabatu and Morrison was trying to keep the Slingers in the game. Cabatu's floater and Morrison' running shot kept the Slingers within single digit with 6:24 left in the third quarter. But, the Beermen held them to only four points for the rest of the third quarter.

A two-handed slam from J. Williams sparked a 11-2 run for the Beermen. This 11-2 run was capped off a turn around hook shot from Brian Williams and a pull up jumper from Banchero at the Buzzer as the Beermen ran off to a 57-37 lead after three quarters.

Down 20 points going into the final quarter, the Slingers were unable to find any answer to stop the Beermen offense. After suffering this loss, the Slingers are now on the fifth spot with a record of 5-10. Their big man Donald Singleton, who is averaging 14.8 points per game, was held to only 2 points in this game.

Rashad Jones-Jennings led the Slingers with 19 points and 15 rebounds, Phillip Morrison had his best game in a Slingers jersey with 17 points and Wong Wei Long added 11 points.

Source: Game recaps were compressed and compiled from AseanBasketballLeague.com.




PBA Round 24: Barangay Ginebra beats Meralco Bolts 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 24 in the PBA took place in Manila. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Meralco Bolts (6-6) to fifth ranked Barangay Ginebra (7-5) 91-90 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Meralco Bolts. Barangay Ginebra forced 20 Meralco Bolts turnovers. It was a good game for American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds. point guard LA Tenorio (177-84) contributed with 17 points and 6 assists for the winners. American forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks for Meralco Bolts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Barangay Ginebra have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Petron Blaze. Meralco Bolts at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with San Mig Coffee and Talk N Text. Barangay Ginebra is looking forward to face league's leader Alaska Aces in Makati in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Meralco Bolts will have a break next round.
The game between third ranked Petron Blaze (7-5) and 9th ranked Barako Bull (4-8) in Manila ended with biggest points difference. Petron Blaze beat guests from Quezon 88-77. Worth to mention a quality performance of American center Henry Sims (208-90, college: Georgetown) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and Alex Cabagnot who added 20 points and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Congolese-Belgian center Ilunga Mbenga (214-80) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Petron Blaze maintains third position with 7-5 record having just two points less than leader Alaska Aces, which they share with Barangay Ginebra. Barako Bull at the other side keeps the ninth place with eight games lost. Petron Blaze will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Barako Bull will play at home against the league's second-placed Rain or Shine (#2) in Manila and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last game of round 24 Talk N Text beat Global Port on the road 94-84.


Global Port - Talk N Text 84-94

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Talk N Text (6-6) beat bottom-ranked Global Port (2-10) in Pasig 94-84. Talk N Text players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American guard Ryan Reyes (188-83, college: Cerritos JC) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized American point guard Jimmy Alapag (177-77, college: CS San Bernar.) who added 20 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American center Sylvester Morgan (209-83, college: Georgia St.) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds and point guard Willie Miller (180-77) scored 15 points and 5 assists. Four Talk N Text and five Global Port players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Talk N Text moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Meralco Bolts and San Mig Coffee. Global Port lost ninth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Talk N Text's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Makati to the arena .
Top scorers:
Talk N Text: R.Reyes 24+6reb+3ast, J.Alapag 20+4ast, R.deOcampo 13+7reb+2ast, J.Castro 12+5reb+4ast, D.Harvey 6+14reb+1ast, R.Al-Hussaini 6+2reb
Global Port: S.Morgan 19+16reb+2ast, W.Miller 15+4reb+5ast, J.Deutchman 12+6reb+1ast, J.Aguilar 11+4reb+1ast, G.David 10+5reb+2ast, R.Juntilla 5+8ast
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Petron Blaze - Barako Bull 88-77

The game between third ranked Petron Blaze (7-5) and 9th ranked Barako Bull (4-8) in Manila ended with biggest points difference. Petron Blaze beat guests from Quezon 88-77. Petron Blaze dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Barako Bull's 28. They outrebounded Barako Bull 54-41 including a 44-31 advantage in defensive rebounds. Petron Blaze players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a quality performance of American center Henry Sims (208-90, college: Georgetown) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized American guard Alex Cabagnot (183-82, college: Hawaii-Hilo) who added 20 points and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Congolese-Belgian center Ilunga Mbenga (214-80) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and naturalized Australian center Mick Pennisi (210-75, college: E.Michigan) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Petron Blaze maintains third position with 7-5 record having just two points less than leader Alaska Aces, which they share with Barangay Ginebra. Barako Bull at the other side keeps the ninth place with eight games lost. Petron Blaze will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Barako Bull will play at home against the league's second-placed Rain or Shine (#2) in Manila and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Petron Blaze: H.Sims 23+13reb+1ast, A.Cabagnot 20+4reb+7ast, M.Lassiter 14+2reb+4ast, A.Santos 11+8reb+1ast, J.Mar Fajardo 6+7reb+1ast, C.Lutz 6+6reb+4ast
Barako Bull: I.Mbenga 14+12reb+1ast, A.Maliksi 13+3reb, M.Pennisi 11+10reb+1ast, S.Anthony 11+6reb+1ast, E.Monfort 8+1reb+6ast, D.Seigle 8+2reb+2ast
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Barangay Ginebra - Meralco Bolts 91-90

The most exciting game of round 24 in the PBA took place in Manila. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Meralco Bolts (6-6) to fifth ranked Barangay Ginebra (7-5) 91-90 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Meralco Bolts. Barangay Ginebra forced 20 Meralco Bolts turnovers. It was a good game for American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds. point guard LA Tenorio (177-84) contributed with 17 points and 6 assists for the winners. Five Barangay Ginebra players scored in double figures. American forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks and guard Ronjay Buenafe (188-83) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Meralco Bolts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Barangay Ginebra have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Petron Blaze. Meralco Bolts at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with San Mig Coffee and Talk N Text. Barangay Ginebra is looking forward to face league's leader Alaska Aces in Makati in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Meralco Bolts will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Barangay Ginebra: V.Macklin 31+12reb+2ast, L.Tenorio 17+3reb+6ast, M.Baracael 17+6reb+2ast, R.Hatfield 10+8reb+1ast, R.Labagala 10+1reb, K.Jensen 4+3reb+1ast
Meralco Bolts: E.Dawson 27+14reb+4ast, R.Buenafe 19+6reb+1ast, C.Ross 11+7reb+7ast, M.Cardona 10+2ast, S.Salvacion 9+4reb+1ast, R.Hugnatan 6+6reb+3ast
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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 15-14 
 2. AZS Koszalin 14-14 
 3. Siarka Jezioro 12-17 
 4. Rosa Radom 10-19 
 5. Start Gdynia 9-20 
 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. 7: Start Gdynia - Siarka Jezioro 75-78
Apr. 7: Polpharma - Rosa Radom 71-79
Apr. 5: Kotwica - AZS Koszalin 53-58

Second Stage: Round 8

Apr. 9: PGE Turow - Asseco Prok.
Apr. 9: Energa Czarni - Anwil
Apr. 10: Trefl Sopot - Stelmet ZG


TBL Round 7 (Second Stage): Rosa Radom defeats group leader Polpharma - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Polpharma (15-14) in Starogard on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Rosa Radom (10-19) 79-71. Rosa Radom outrebounded Polpharma 32-21 including 19 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Nic Wise (178-87, college: Arizona) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 assists. His fellow American import power forward Kim Adams (201-82, college: Arkansas St.) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Rosa Radom's coach Wojciech Kaminski used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Michael Hicks (193-83, college: Central Mo., agency: Court Side) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Polpharma. Newly promoted Rosa Radom maintains fourth place in Places 7-12 with 10-19 record. Polpharma at the other side still keeps top position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 7
In Places 1-6 Anwil was beaten by PGE Turow on the road 74-63.
In Places 7-12 Start Gdynia lost to Siarka Jezioro on its own court 75-78. AZS Koszalin managed to outperform Kotwica in a road game 58-53. Start Gdynia managed to beat Rosa Radom at home 76-70.
The most impressive performance of 7th round was 25 points and 15 rebounds by Tomasz Wojdyla of Start Gdynia.


Places 1-6
PGE Turow - Anwil 74-63

The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked PGE Turow's (20-9) home victory over their biggest opponent Anwil (18-11) in Zgorzelec 74-63 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by PGE Turow. Anwil was better in fourth quarter 24-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. PGE Turow looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Anwil's players. It was a very good performance for American-Guinean point guard Russell Robinson (185-86) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 7 assists. Bosnian-Croatian Ivan Opacak (201-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four PGE Turow players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Krzysztof Szubarga (182-84) answered with 20 points and 5 steals and American swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points in the effort for Anwil. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. PGE Turow maintains first place in Places 1-6 with 20-9 record. Loser Anwil dropped to the third position with 11 games lost. PGE Turow will face Asseco Prok. (#5) in Gdynia in the next round. Anwil will play on the road against Energa Czarni in Slupsk.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: I.Opacak 15+4reb+3ast, I.Zigeranovic 14+3reb+1ast, R.Robinson 14+3reb+7ast, M.Chylinski 10+2reb+4ast, P.Stelmach 8+1ast, D.Micic 6+2reb
Anwil: K.Szubarga 20+3reb+3ast, M.Ginyard 16+3reb, N.Vasojevic 6+2ast, S.Hajric 6+3reb, N.Jovanovic 6+3reb, M.Bartosz 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 235335


Places 7-12
Polpharma - Rosa Radom 71-79

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Polpharma (15-14) in Starogard on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Rosa Radom (10-19) 79-71. Rosa Radom outrebounded Polpharma 32-21 including 19 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Nic Wise (178-87, college: Arizona) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 assists. His fellow American import power forward Kim Adams (201-82, college: Arkansas St.) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Rosa Radom's coach Wojciech Kaminski used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Michael Hicks (193-83, college: Central Mo., agency: Court Side) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian power forward Uros Mirkovic (205-82, agency: BeoExcell) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Polpharma. Newly promoted Rosa Radom maintains fourth place in Places 7-12 with 10-19 record. Polpharma at the other side still keeps top position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rosa Radom: N.Wise 18+2reb+11ast, K.Adams 12+7reb+1ast, S.Bogavac 11+2reb, M.Jarmakowicz 9+8reb+1ast, J.Montgomery 9+3reb+1ast, P.Kardas 8+1ast
Polpharma: A.Lichodzijewski 19+1reb+2ast, U.Mirkovic 18+7reb, M.Hicks 17+7reb+3ast, L.Majewski 8+2reb, D.Neumann 4, M.Nowakowski 3+2reb+4ast
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Start Gdynia - Siarka Jezioro 75-78

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Start Gdynia (9-20) was edged at home by third ranked Siarka Jezioro (12-17) 78-75 on Sunday. Start Gdynia trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 34-25 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-78 at the end of the game. It was a very good performance for the former international center Dawid Przybyszewski (215-81, college: Vanderbilt) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Nicchaeus Doaks (202-87, college: Chattanooga, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Michal Jankowski (192-87) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and Bosnian-Israeli center Robert Rothbart (217-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) added 12 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Start Gdynia. Four Siarka Jezioro and five Start Gdynia players scored in double figures. Siarka Jezioro maintains third place in Places 7-12 with 12-17 record having eight points less than leader PGE Turow. Newly promoted Start Gdynia keeps the fifth position with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Siarka Jezioro: D.Przybyszewski 19+7reb, J.Dloniak 15+2reb+1ast, N.Doaks 14+9reb+2ast, J.Tiller 13+5reb+2ast, J.Patoka 6+5reb, X.Alexander 3+4reb+2ast
Start Gdynia: M.Jankowski 19+5reb+1ast, T.Wojdyla 15+6reb, R.Rothbart 12+12reb, M.Malczyk 12+3reb+4ast, G.Mordzak 11+2reb+3ast, T.Andrzejewski 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 235365


Kotwica - AZS Koszalin 53-58

Rather predictable result when second ranked AZS Koszalin (14-14) won against 6th ranked Kotwica (6-22) in Kolobrzeg 58-53 on Friday. Kotwica trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 12 after three quarters before a 19-12 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 53-58 at the end of the game. AZS Koszalin outrebounded Kotwica 40-29 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kotwica was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for international guard Lukasz Wisniewski (186-84, college: Barton County CC, agency: Promotex) who helped to win the game recording 16 points. The former international forward Pawel Leonczyk (202-86, agency: Promotex) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Sean Mosley (193-89, college: Maryland) answered with 12 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Corey Jefferson (183-85, college: Texas St.) added 6 points and 5 steals in the effort for Kotwica. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. AZS Koszalin have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place in Places 7-12 with 14-14 record having seven points less than leader PGE Turow. Kotwica lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 22 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
AZS Koszalin: L.Wisniewski 16+4reb+2ast, B.Woloszyn 11+5reb, P.Leonczyk 10+7reb, R.Jones 9+3reb+1ast, D.Harris 6+7reb+1ast, S.Henry 3+4reb+3ast
Kotwica: S.Mosley 12+7reb+1ast, J.Zyskowski 8+1ast, J.Sapp 7+5reb+1ast, G.Arabas 7+3reb, C.Jefferson 6+4reb+3ast, D.Brown 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 235364


Polpharma - Siarka Jezioro 86-83 OT

Polpharma shot down Siarka Jezioro in overtime. A.Lichodzijewski scored 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. B.McCauley provided 23 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. J.Dloniak answered with 19 points for Siarka Jezioro. D.Wall chipped in 12 points in the losing case.
Top scorers:
Polpharma: A.Lichodzijewski 25+11reb+1ast, B.McCauley 23+12reb+3ast, L.Majewski 16+9reb+2ast, M.Hicks 11+4reb+2ast, M.Nowakowski 6+3reb+2ast, U.Mirkovic 3+3reb
Siarka Jezioro: J.Dloniak 19+2reb+2ast, D.Wall 12+5reb+2ast, N.Doaks 11+16reb+3ast, C.Long 9+4reb+5ast, X.Alexander 9+6reb, J.Tiller 9+6reb+2ast
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Start Gdynia - Rosa Radom 76-70

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 4th placed Rosa Radom (10-19) lost on the road to fifth ranked Start Gdynia (9-20) 76-70 on Friday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-19. But Rosa Radom won second period 21-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rosa Radom was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for power forward Tomasz Wojdyla (201-77) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Marcin Malczyk (193-82) contributed with 12 points and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Nic Wise (178-87, college: Arizona) answered with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and Serbian swingman Slavisa Bogavac (200-80, agency: BeoExcell) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Rosa Radom. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Start Gdynia have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Start Gdynia maintains fifth place in Places 7-12 with 9-20 record. Rosa Radom at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth position with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Start Gdynia: T.Wojdyla 25+15reb+3ast, M.Malczyk 12+3reb+4ast, M.Jankowski 12+3reb, M.Kucharek 6+1reb, T.Andrzejewski 5+7reb, R.Rothbart 5+1reb
Rosa Radom: S.Bogavac 15+7reb, N.Wise 15+5reb+7ast, R.Dorsey 12+3reb+1ast, M.Jarmakowicz 9+2reb, P.Kardas 6+3reb+6ast, J.Zalewski 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 235362



1Liga Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Slask Wroclaw - Start Lublin 76-64

Slask got the second straight win against Start Lublin in the quarterfinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Slask Wroclaw. WIKANA Start was better in second period 25-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded WIKANA Start 39-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. WIKANA Start was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Marcin Flieger (182-84, agency: Promotex) notched 16 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and point guard Tomasz Ochonko (185-86, agency: Promotex) supported him with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists by point guard Lukasz Wilczek (189-86) did not help to save the game for WIKANA Start. Swingman Tomasz Celej (198-78, agency: Promotex) added 17 points for the guests.
Top scorers:
Slask Wroclaw: M.Flieger 16+3reb+4ast, T.Ochonko 12+5reb+4ast, L.Diduszko 12+6reb, P.Kikowski 10+1reb+2ast, R.Hyzy 9+8reb+1ast, M.Gabinski 8+8reb+1ast
Start Lublin: L.Wilczek 17+9reb+5ast, T.Celej 17+3reb+1ast, B.Ciechocinski 9+1reb, P.Luszczewski 7+10reb+1ast, A.Czujkowski 5+2reb, P.Kowalski 5+1reb
gschID: 238005


P.Cukier SIDEn - Sokol Lancut 81-73

P.Cukier SIDEn shot down Sokol Lancut to ensure 2-0 lead in the series. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 35-23. But Sokol Lancut won second period 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Sokol Lancut 37-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for P.Cukier SIDEn especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. The former international point guard Lukasz Zytko (181-81) notched 16 points and 7 assists to lead the effort and Marcin Kowalewski (200-86) supported him with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Even 10 points and 6 rebounds by forward Kacper Mlynarski (200-92) did not help to save the game for Sokol Lancut. Guard Michal Baran (185-80) added 11 points and 5 assists for the guests. Four Sokol Lancut players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
P.Cukier SIDEn: M.Kowalewski 18+6reb+1ast, L.Zytko 16+3reb+7ast, P.Smigielski 12+6reb+3ast, B.Bochno 9+1reb+3ast, W.Barycz 9+6reb, A.Lisewski 8+4reb+1ast
Sokol Lancut: P.Halas 15+1reb, D.Pieloch 12+3reb, M.Baran 11+1reb+5ast, K.Mlynarski 10+6reb+3ast, M.Klima 8+5reb+3ast, T.Fortuna 7+1reb
gschID: 238003


MKS DG - MOSiR Krosno 83-81

MKS Dabrowa Gornicza narrowly defeated MOSiR Krosno in the opener. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But MOSiR Krosno won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when MKS DG won last quarter 22-22. 25 personal fouls committed by MOSiR Krosno helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Grzegorz Grochowski (180-93) scored 13 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Marek Piechowicz (203-88) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Five MKS DG players scored in double figures. MKS DG's coach Wojciech Wieczorek used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. point guard Kamil Laczynski (180-89) responded with 33 points (!!!), 5 assists and 4 steals and point guard Dariusz Oczkowicz (183-81) scored 18 points.
Top scorers:
MKS DG: M.Piechowicz 14+5reb+5ast, G.Grochowski 13+4reb+7ast, P.Zielinski 12+4reb+1ast, J.Karolak 11+4reb+2ast, M.Dziemba 10+3reb+2ast, M.Woloszyn 9+3reb
MOSiR Krosno: K.Laczynski 33+4reb+5ast, D.Oczkowicz 18+2reb, L.Paul 12+4reb+1ast, W.Pisarczyk 5+6reb, L.Szczypka 5, T.Cielebak 4+4reb
gschID: 238002


AZS Kutno - Spojnia 77-63

AZS Kutno knocked down Spojna to step closer to the semifinal stage. The game was mostly controlled by AZS Kutno. Spojnia was better in fourth quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AZS Kutno had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. Point guard Dawid Brek (185-89, agency: Promotex) notched 25 points and 6 assists to lead the effort and forward Jakub Dluski (200-87) supported him with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Even 13 points by guard Adam Parzych (190-86, college: Bryant, agency: Promotex) did not help to save the game for Spojnia. point guard Piotr Trepka (182-80) added 6 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests. Spojnia's coach Ireneusz Purwiniecki rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
AZS Kutno: D.Brek 25+1reb+6ast, K.Jakobczyk 16+1reb+4ast, J.Dluski 13+11reb+1ast, S.Rduch 9+4reb+1ast, W.Glabas 8+9reb+1ast, G.Malecki 3+1reb+4ast
Spojnia: A.Parzych 13+4reb+2ast, H.Pabian 10+3reb+2ast, A.Soczewski 8+5reb, B.Szczepaniak 7+1reb, P.Trepka 6+6reb+5ast, L.Ratajczak 6+2reb
gschID: 238004



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Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
 1. Benfica 18-1 
 2. Academica 14-5 
 3. CAB Madeira 13-3 
 4. Ovarense 13-5 
 5. Vitoria SC 10-9 
 6. Sampaense 9-10 
 7. Barcelos 7-11 
 8. Lusitania 7-11 
 9. Fisica 5-13 
 10. Alges 2-16 
 11. Galitos-Tley 2-16 

Regular Season: Round 21

Apr. 6: Benfica - Galitos-Tley 88-63
Apr. 6: Lusitania - Sampaense 87-85 OT
Apr. 6: Academica - Vitoria SC 73-68
Apr. 7: Alges - Fisica
Apr. 7: CAB Madeira - Ovarense


Standings - Proliga

Proliga Standings
 1. Maia Basket 17-3 
 2. Oliveirense 17-3 
 3. Electrico FC 16-4 
 4. Illiabum 12-8 
 5. Guifoes 10-10 
 6. Sangalhos 10-10 
 7. Angra 7-13 
 8. Terceira 6-14 
 9. Leca 6-14 
 10. Benfica B 5-15 
 11. Ginasio 4-16 

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 6: Guifoes - Ginasio 80-61
Apr. 6: Maia Basket - Angra 75-49
Apr. 6: Leca - Benfica B 71-65
Apr. 6: Electrico FC - Terceira 54-47
Apr. 6: Sangalhos - Oliveirense 48-67


Proliga Round 22: No surprise as #1 Maia Basket defeats Angrabasket - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Proliga just ended.

Proliga top team - Maia Basket (17-3) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Angrabasket (7-13) 75-49. The game was mostly controlled by Maia Basket. Angrabasket managed to win fourth quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Angrabasket 44-26 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international forward Nuno Marcal (205-75) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Pedro Tavares (182-83) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists during the contest. Maia Basket's coach Rui Silva felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side forward Alvaro Pontes (190-85) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Maia Basket have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Maia Basket maintains first position with 17-3 record, which they share with Oliveirense. Angrabasket lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 13 games lost.
The game in Sangalhos supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Oliveirense (17-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Sangalhos (10-10). Oliveirense did not have too big problems ending evening with a very confident victory 67-48. The former international center Nuno Cortez (205-82) notched a double-double by scoring 24 points and 18 rebounds to lead the effort and Nuno Freitas supported him with 7 points and 9 assists. Oliveirense's coach Sergio Salvador allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 12 points and 6 rebounds by swingman Emanuel Silva (188-79) did not help to save the game for Sangalhos. Oliveirense keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Maia Basket. Sangalhos at the other side keep the fifth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Guifoes.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 22: Benfica B lost to Leca on the opponent's court 65-71. Electrico FC managed to outperform Terceira in a home game 54-47. Bottom-ranked Ginasio was rolled over Guifoes on the road 80-61.


Maia Basket - Angra 75-49

Proliga top team - Maia Basket (17-3) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Angrabasket (7-13) 75-49. The game was mostly controlled by Maia Basket. Angrabasket managed to win fourth quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Angrabasket 44-26 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international forward Nuno Marcal (205-75) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Pedro Tavares (182-83) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists during the contest. Maia Basket's coach Rui Silva felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side forward Alvaro Pontes (190-85) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds and Angolan forward Joao Gaspar (196-89) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Maia Basket have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Maia Basket maintains first position with 17-3 record, which they share with Oliveirense. Angrabasket lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Angra: A.Pontes 20+9reb+1ast, H.Pola 12+2reb+1ast, J.Gaspar 10+5reb, M.Moreira 3+2reb+1ast, D.Camara 2+3reb+2ast, J.Paulo Avila 2+4reb
Maia Basket: P.Tavares 23+1reb+4ast, N.Marcal 19+13reb+1ast, J.Diamantino 7+8reb+1ast, P.Diamantino 6+7reb, J.Oliveira 5+1reb, R.Pinto 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 186210


Leca - Benfica B 71-65

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Leca and 9th ranked Benfica B had identical 5-14 record. This time Leca used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Lisboa 71-65. Benfica B was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Tiago Lopes (-87) notched 26 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and Miguel Toreia (-93) supported him with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Even 19 points and 7 rebounds by power forward Candido Sa (202-92) did not help to save the game for Benfica B. Power forward Artur Castela (200-93) added 11 points and 14 rebounds for lost side. Four Benfica B players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Leca (6-14) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Terceira. Benfica B at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Benfica B: C.Sa 19+7reb+1ast, R.Rosa 13+7reb+4ast, A.Castela 11+14reb, A.Miguens 11+1reb, C.Dias 4+1reb+2ast, J.Ribeiro 3+2reb
Leca: T.Lopes 26+7reb, M.Toreia 25+5reb+2ast, G.Ranito 9+5reb, F.Monteiro 4+16reb, G.Delgado 4+1reb+1ast, F.Pinto 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 186209


Electrico FC - Terceira 54-47

Very predictable result in Ponte de Sor where third ranked Electrico FC (16-4) defeated 8th ranked Terceira (6-14) 54-47. Terceira was ahead by 11 points at the halftime before a 32-14 second half run of Electrico FC. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Terceira to just 7 points in third quarter and to 14 points in second half. Electrico FC forced 25 Terceira turnovers. Forward Aylton Medeiros (194-88) notched 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and guard Joao Lanzinha (188-89) supported him with 6 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Even a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds by American center Chano Rashiduddin (208-88, college: Clark Atlanta) did not help to save the game for Terceira. Forward Thiago Tomassi (193) added 8 points and 4 steals for lost side. Electrico FC have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-4 record behind leader Maia Basket. Terceira lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Leca.
Top scorers:
Terceira: C.Rashiduddin 21+15reb, T.Tomassi 8+2reb+3ast, L.Tomassi 5+3ast, D.Duarte 5, J.Torrie 3+8reb+1ast, F.Tavares 3+3reb+2ast
Electrico FC: A.Medeiros 15+8reb+4ast, P.Raminhos 13+1reb, M.Neves 11+3reb+3ast, T.Pinto 7+3reb+7ast, J.Lanzinha 6+6reb+5ast, P.Afonso 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 186208


Guifoes - Ginasio 80-61

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Ginasio (4-16) was rolled over on the road by sixth ranked Guifoes (10-10) 80-61. The game was mostly controlled by Guifoes. Ginasio was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ginasio 35-22 including 17 on the offensive glass. Guifoes players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The former international swingman Rui Mota (190-78) notched 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and forward Andre Libanio (194-86) supported him with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 9 points and 8 rebounds by Josimar Vieira (-90) did not help to save the game for Ginasio. point guard Pedro Marques (173-95) added 12 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guifoes moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sangalhos. Ginasio lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Ginasio: P.Marques 12+1reb+3ast, J.Soares 10+2reb+1ast, J.Vieira 9+8reb, P.Rocha 8+5reb+2ast, M.Rosa 8+3reb+3ast, N.Pereira 7+1reb
Guifoes: R.Mota 18+5reb+6ast, A.Libanio 17+7reb+4ast, J.Almeida 12+10reb+5ast, J.Moreira 8+5reb, R.Alpuim 7+3reb+2ast, I.Pereira 7+1reb
gschID: 186207


Sangalhos - Oliveirense 48-67

The game in Sangalhos supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Oliveirense (17-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Sangalhos (10-10). Oliveirense did not have too big problems ending evening with a very confident victory 67-48. The game without a history. Oliveirense led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sangalhos to just 3 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Sangalhos 38-27 including 31 on the defensive glass. Oliveirense players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The former international center Nuno Cortez (205-82) notched a double-double by scoring 24 points and 18 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Nuno Freitas (180-81) supported him with 7 points and 9 assists. Oliveirense's coach Sergio Salvador allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 12 points and 6 rebounds by swingman Emanuel Silva (188-79) did not help to save the game for Sangalhos. Forward Luis Fonte (191-79) added 8 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Oliveirense keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Maia Basket. Sangalhos at the other side keep the fifth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Guifoes.
Top scorers:
Sangalhos: E.Silva 12+6reb+3ast, A.Duarte 10+2reb+7ast, N.Bizarro 9+2reb+1ast, L.Fonte 8+9reb+3ast, V.Farinha 6+4reb+2ast, B.Almeida 3
Oliveirense: N.Cortez 24+18reb, J.Abreu 11+7ast, A.Pereira 10+7reb+1ast, A.Carvalho 7+5reb, N.Freitas 7+2reb+9ast, C.Resende 5+4reb
gschID: 186205



Cortez number one in Portuguese Proliga for round 22 - by Eurobasket News

Former international center Nuno Cortez (205-C-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Oliveirense, receiving a Eurobasket.com Proliga Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 18 rebounds, while his team crushed Sangalhos (#6, 10-10) with 19-point margin 67-48. Oliveirense maintains the 2nd position in Portuguese Proliga. They are still close to the very top. Oliveirense would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 17-3 record. In the team's last game Cortez had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Oliveirense's top player in his first season with the team. Nuno Cortez has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 17.1ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 11.0rpg) and averages impressive 52.6% FGP and 41.8% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 37-year old former international forward Nuno Marcal (205-F-75) of league's leader Maia Basket. Marcal had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead Maia Basket to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Angra (#7, 7-13) 75-49. Of course Maia Basket still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 17 matches. Marcal is a newcomer at Maia Basket, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.4ppg (#1). He also registered 10.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Aylton Medeiros (194-F-88) of Electrico FC (#3). Medeiros showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Electrico FC, leading his team to a 54-47 win against the lower-ranked Terceira (#8, 6-14). Electrico FC is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 16-4 record is not that bad... Medeiros has a great season in Portugal. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.6ppg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Miguel Toreia (93) of Leca - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jose Almeida (199-F-86) of Guifoes - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Artur Castela (200-C/F-93) of Benfica B - 11 points and 14 rebounds
7. Tiago Lopes (87) of Leca - 26 points and 7 rebounds
8. Andre Libanio (194-F-86) of Guifoes - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Alvaro Pontes (190-F-85) of Angra - 20 points and 9 rebounds
10. Chano Rashiduddin (208-C-88) of Terceira - 21 points and 15 rebounds

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



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Standings - BSN

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Apr. 7: Mayaguez - San German 80-84
Apr. 7: Bayamon - Santurce 74-78
Apr. 7: Humacao - Guayama 102-80
Apr. 8: Guaynabo - Arecibo
Apr. 9: Quebradillas - Humacao
Apr. 9: Santurce - Ponce


Capitanes and Atleticos defended their court on Saturday - by Luis Modestti

Capitanes de Arecibo and Atleticos de San German won on their home courts on Saturday night in BSN.

Arecibo dominated Piratas 87-78 led by Peter Ramos who netted 27 and Angel Vassallo who added 26.

Arecibo dominated the first half 50-34 as Vassallo had 14 points and David Cortes had 10. The defensive effort put Piratas away early while offensively they were hitting from the perimeter.

Quebradillas tried a comeback in the second half but Ramos silenced his former team by dominating inside. Arecibo now improves their record to 2-1.

Jesse Pellot had 17 points for Piratas who are now 1-3.

Atleticos got their first win at home by beating Mets de Guaynabo 93-86.

Carlos Strong (191-G-87, college: Boston U.) had a hot hand in the first half by scoring 22 points and Atleticos enjoyed a 43-36 lead.

Mets stayed close and made an 8-0 run to tie it at 74 with two minutes left. Eventually Mets took a 79-76 lead after a basket by Alvin Cruz.

San German tied it a 79 with a three-pointer by Manuel De Jesus and forced overtime. In overtime Victor Liz along with Leroy Hickerson and Strong sealed the victory attacking the basket and pressuring the veterans.

Strong finished with 24 points, Leroy Hickerson added 20 and Joey Rodriguez 14 for Atleticos who are 1-1.

Johwen Villegas led Mets with 20 points and Angel Alamo grabbed 12 boards.

The games for today are:

4:00 pm Cangrejeros at Vaqueros
7:00 pm Atleticos de San German at Indios de Mayaguez
7:00 pm Brujos de Guayama at Caciques-Gigantes de Carolina



Ramos number one in Puerto Rico for week 4 - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American center Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) had a great game in the last week for Arecibo, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 4.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Quebradillas (#8, 1-3) 87-78. Arecibo maintains the 4th position in American BSN. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Arecibo will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. Ramos just recently signed at Arecibo and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader.

The second best player in last week's games was 30-year old American LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) of . Hickerson had a very good evening with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course San German cruised to a 93-86 overtime win over league's leader (#0, ). This victory allowed San German to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 1-1 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hickerson is one of the most experienced players at San German and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last week was another Arecibo's star - former international swingman Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86). Vassallo scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of Arecibo, helping his team with a 87-78 win against the lower-ranked Quebradillas (#8, 1-3). Arecibo needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost games. The season just started for Vassallo as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be another team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Johwen Villegas (193-G-85) of Guaynabo - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Darren Phillip (201-F-78) of Quebradillas - 15 points and 16 rebounds
6. Angel Alamo (206-F/C-85) of Guaynabo - 16 points and 12 rebounds
7. Lorenzo Mata (205-C-86) of Quebradillas - 15 points and 12 rebounds
8. Carlos Strong (191-G-87) of San German - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73) of Guaynabo - 8 points and 10 rebounds
10. David Cortes Ruiz (194-F-82) of Arecibo - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Gaz Metan Medias wins Romanian Cup - by Eurobasket News

Gaz Metan Medias wins Romanian Cup. The team overcame U Mobitelco Cluj 76:62 in the Final game.
Gaz Metan Medias started the game with 17-7 and added massive 28-17 in the second period. Moreover the winners posted an 18-11 rally in the third quarter and did not mind 14-26 in the last stanza. Zoran Krstanovic (204-C-82, agency: TSS Management) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Mitchell had 14. Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Derek Wright scored 15 points in defeat and Sean Antwan Barnette nailed 14.
In the game for the third place BC Timisoara outscored CSU Ploiesti 100:93. Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 22 points and Robert Sarovic delivered 18. Devan Downey (175-G-87, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) brought 15, whilst Bogdan Popescu had 12. Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) ended up with 29 points in the losing effort. Catalin Burlacu nailed 12 and Alhajji Mohammed brought 11.



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Standings - Superleague A

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

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 7: Spartak SP - Spartak-Prim. 66-75
Apr. 6: Krasnie Krilya - Lokomotiv 59-72
Apr. 7: Unics - N.Novgorod 56-57

Regular Season: Round 23

Apr. 11: Enisey - Krasnie Krilya
Apr. 11: Spartak-Prim. - Triumph


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: Univ.Surgut - Sojuz Zaretchny 74-62
Apr. 6: Ryazan - Ural Ekaterinb. 55-58

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 12: Ural Ekaterinb. - Univ.Surgut
Apr. 12: Planeta-Univ. - Severstal
Apr. 12: Spartak V. - AltajBasket
Apr. 12: Ruskon-Mord. - Novosybirsk
Apr. 12: TEMP-SUMZ - Dynamo MO
Apr. 12: Ataman - Avtodor
Apr. 12: Sojuz Zaretchny - Volgograd


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

32-year old center Fedor Likholitov (210-C-80, agency: Alti Sport) had a great game in the last round for Volgograd and receives a Eurobasket.com Superleague Player of the Week award for round 29.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 18 rebounds, while his team edged out TEMP-SUMZ (#8, 15-12) 79-78. Volgograd maintains the 11th position in Russian Superleague. Volgograd is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-16 record. Likholitov just recently signed at Volgograd, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Fedor Likholitov averages this season 18.2ppg and 12.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Pavel Podkolzin (226-C-85) of Novosybirsk. He is a center in his 3rd season at Novosybirsk. In the last game Podkolzin recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Novosybirsk cruised to a 79-67 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Severstal (#14, 4-23). Novosybirsk's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 21-6 record is not bad at all. Podkolzin is one of the most experienced players at Novosybirsk and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.9ppg (#8). He also registered 7.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Aleksandr Karpukhin (191-G-90) of Avtodor (#7). Karpukhin scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Avtodor, leading his team to a 88-70 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Ruskon-Mord. (#5, 16-11). Avtodor needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 12 lost games. Karpukhin has a very solid season. In 13 games in Russia he scored 11.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Artem Klimenko (214-C-94) of Avtodor - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Aleksandr Pavlov (201-F-86) of TEMP-SUMZ - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Andrey Petukhov (207-F-86) of Planeta-Univ. - 12 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Aaron McGhee (203-F/C-79) of Ural Ekaterinb. - 15 points and 10 rebounds
8. Aleksei Karpeko (194-F-89) of Dynamo MO - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Aleksei Savkov (196-G-79) of Dynamo MO - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Anton Dudukin (209-F/C-86) of Planeta-Univ. - 26 points and 2 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)



Delaney's 16 points and 8 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old point guard Paul Delaney (188-PG-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Spartak-Prim. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had the game-high 16 points adding six rebounds and eight assists for Spartak-Prim. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Spartak SP (#4, 8-8) 75-66. Spartak-Prim. is placed at 8th position in Russian league. Spartak-Prim. 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 6-8 record. Delaney turned to be Spartak-Prim.'s top player in his first season with the team. University of Alabama at Birmingham graduate has very impressive stats this year. Delaney is in league's top in assists (7th best: 4.0apg).

Second best performed player last round was Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) of Unics. He is naturalized Belarusian forward in his 5th season at Unics. In the last game Veremeenko recorded impressive 21 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Unics was edged by slightly lower-ranked N.Novgorod (#7, 7-10) 57-56. This loss caused Unics to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-8 record. Veremeenko is one of the most experienced players at Unics and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83) of N.Novgorod (#7). Thompson scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of N.Novgorod, leading his team to a 57-56 win against slightly higher-ranked Unics (#6, 7-8). The chances of N.Novgorod ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Thompson could help N.Novgorod to bring them higher in the standings. Thompson has a great season in Russia. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.4ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 6.4rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Richard Hendrix (204-C/F-86) of Lokomotiv - 15 points and 10 rebounds
5. Semen Antonov (202-PF-89) of N.Novgorod - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Aleks Maric (211-C-84) of Lokomotiv - 15 points and 9 rebounds
7. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) of Spartak SP - 8 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists
8. Andre Smith (203-F-85) of Krasnie Krilya - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Chamberlain Oguchi (198-SG-86) of Spartak-Prim. - 23 points and 9 rebounds
10. Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) of Unics - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Superleague Round 29: Ural Ekaterinburg beats Ryazan by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Superlaegue. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

Tenth-ranked Ryazan (13-15) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (21-6) on Saturday. The visitors from Ekaterinburg managed to secure only three-point victory 58-55. However their fans expected much easier game. Ryazan was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 15-9 charge of Ural Ekaterinburg, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Ryazan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Aaron McGhee (203-79, college: Oklahoma) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. point guard Anton Glazunov (182-86) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Center Nikita Stepanenkov (208-87) answered with 9 points and 12 rebounds for Ryazan. Ryazan's coach Zoran Cvetanovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ural Ekaterinburg have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 21-6 record having just -17 point less than leader Univ.Surgut, which they share with Novosybirsk. Ryazan lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 15 games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg is looking forward to face league's leader Universitet-Yugra in Surgut in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ryazan will have a break next round.
Another interesting game for Avtodor (15-12) which hosted in Saratov against 4th placed Ruskon-Mordovia (16-11). Eighth ranked Avtodor had an easy win 88-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ruskon-Mordovia. Guard Aleksandr Karpukhin (191-90) stepped up and scored 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Artem Klimenko chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Avtodor's coach Mikhail Mikhailov used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Alexei Kuznetsov (203-84) responded with 19 points and 4 assists. Avtodor have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with TEMP-SUMZ. Ruskon-Mordovia at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Ataman. Avtodor will play against higher ranked Ataman (#4) in Rostov in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ruskon-Mordovia will play at home against Novosybirsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Superlaegue top team - Universitet-Yugra (24-3) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (4-23) in Surgut 74-62. Aleksandr Rindin nailed a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Denis Novikov came up with 21 points for Sojuz Zaretchny in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Universitet-Yugra. They maintain first place with 24-3 record. Sojuz Zaretchny lost their tenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. They share the position with Severstal. Universitet-Yugra will meet league's second-placed Ural Ekaterinburg on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sojuz Zaretchny will play against Volgograd (#11) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Volgograd. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of higher ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (15-12) to eleventh ranked Volgograd (10-16) 79-78 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The best player for the winners was Fedor Likholitov who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 18 rebounds. TEMP-SUMZ Revda's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Volgograd. They maintain eleventh place with 10-16 record. TEMP-SUMZ Revda at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Volgograd's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (#15) on the road.
The game between seventh ranked Dynamo Moscow (15-11) and 13th ranked Spartak Vidnoye (5-22) in Moscow on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Dynamo Moscow outscored guests from Moscow 75-56. Aleksei Savkov orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Dynamo Moscow moved-up to sixth place. Spartak Vidnoye lost their third game in a row. Spartak Vidnoye at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the thirteenth position with 22 games lost. Dynamo Moscow will face TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#8) on the road in the next round. Spartak Vidnoye will play against AltajBasket (#9) in Barnau.

In the last two games of round 29 Planeta-Univ. was beaten by AltajBasket on the road 80-67. Novosybirsk won against Severstal on its own court 79-67.


Ryazan - Ural Ekaterinb. 55-58

Tenth-ranked Ryazan (13-15) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (21-6) on Saturday. The visitors from Ekaterinburg managed to secure only three-point victory 58-55. However their fans expected much easier game. Ryazan was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 15-9 charge of Ural Ekaterinburg, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Ryazan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Aaron McGhee (203-79, college: Oklahoma) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. point guard Anton Glazunov (182-86) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Center Nikita Stepanenkov (208-87) answered with 9 points and 12 rebounds and center Maksim Polyakov (206-84, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Ryazan. Ryazan's coach Zoran Cvetanovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ural Ekaterinburg have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 21-6 record having just -17 point less than leader Univ.Surgut, which they share with Novosybirsk. Ryazan lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 15 games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg is looking forward to face league's leader Universitet-Yugra in Surgut in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ryazan will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ural Ekaterinb.: A.McGhee 15+10reb+1ast, A.Glazunov 15+3reb+3ast, C.Monroe 11+6reb+2ast, D.Nikolaev 5+6reb, A.Dedushkin 4+3reb, M.Tkachenko 3+2reb
Ryazan: M.Polyakov 13+6reb, O.Bartunov 11+3reb+3ast, N.Stepanenkov 9+12reb+1ast, D.Zibirov 7+2reb+2ast, A.Isakov 6+2reb+2ast, A.Vzdykhalkin 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 193573


AltajBasket - Planeta-Univ. 80-67

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked AltajBasket (14-13) beat 12th ranked Planeta-Univ. (9-18) in Barnau 80-67 on Saturday. The game without a history. AltajBasket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game. Guard Sergey Chernov (187-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. point guard Vasiliy Gladyshev (188-83) contributed with 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. Five AltajBasket players scored in double figures. Forward Andrey Petukhov (207-86) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds and power forward Anton Dudukin (209-86) added 26 points in the effort for Planeta-Univ.Newly promoted AltajBasket maintains ninth place with 14-13 record. Planeta-Univ. lost their fourth game in a row. Planeta-Univ. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. AltajBasket will face Spartak Vidnoye (#13) in Moscow in the next round. Planeta-Univ. will play at home against Severstal in Cherepovec and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
AltajBasket: V.Gladyshev 17+3reb+5ast, S.Chernov 16+5reb+7ast, D.Ponosov 14+5reb, D.Poleschuk 11+8reb+2ast, E.Gorev 11+7reb+1ast, A.Lunev 4
Planeta-Univ.: A.Dudukin 26+2reb, A.Petukhov 12+15reb+2ast, S.Zinchenko 8+4reb, I.Gavrilov 7, A.Amelin 7+3reb+10ast, I.Suhinin 3+2reb+4ast
gschID: 193579


Novosybirsk - Severstal 79-67

Very expected game when 14th ranked Severstal (4-23) lost on the road to third ranked Novosybirsk (21-6) 79-67 on Saturday. The game without a history. Novosybirsk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Severstal's 22. Novosybirsk forced 21 Severstal turnovers. Center Pavel Podkolzin (226-85) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Guard Aleksandr Anisimov (186-86, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 17 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Evgeniy Chebanenko (194-92) answered with 17 points and forward Evgeny Voytyuk (200-91, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Severstal. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Novosybirsk. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Ural Ekaterinb. Severstal lost their eleventh game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 23 games lost. Novosybirsk will face Ruskon-Mordovia (#5) in Saransk in the next round. Severstal will play on the road against Planeta-Univ. (#12) in Ukhta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Novosybirsk: P.Podkolzin 19+11reb+2ast, A.Anisimov 17+4reb+2ast, I.Novikov 11+2reb+2ast, P.Zakamov 9+4reb+3ast, A.Sayapin 8+4reb, S.Tokarev 7+2reb+2ast
Severstal: E.Chebanenko 17+1reb+2ast, S.Zakharov 13+1reb, E.Voytyuk 12+6reb, A.Borisov 8+3reb, T.Bekkiev 7+3reb+1ast, A.Pisarchuk 7+9reb+1ast
gschID: 193578


Dynamo MO - Spartak V. 75-56

The game between seventh ranked Dynamo Moscow (15-11) and 13th ranked Spartak Vidnoye (5-22) in Moscow on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Dynamo Moscow outscored guests from Moscow 75-56. The game without a history. Dynamo Moscow led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Guard Aleksei Savkov (196-79, agency: Alti Sport) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Aleksei Karpeko (194-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Andrey Loginov (204-93) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Gleb Goldyrev (200-93) added 9 points in the effort for Spartak Vidnoye. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Dynamo Moscow moved-up to sixth place. Spartak Vidnoye lost their third game in a row. Spartak Vidnoye at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the thirteenth position with 22 games lost. Dynamo Moscow will face TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#8) on the road in the next round. Spartak Vidnoye will play against AltajBasket (#9) in Barnau.
Top scorers:
Dynamo MO: A.Savkov 20+6reb+2ast, A.Karpeko 12+10reb+2ast, N.Morgunov 10+3reb+1ast, G.Plotnikov 9+2reb, A.Urazmanov 6+4reb+9ast, V.Belov 6+4reb
Spartak V.: A.Loginov 11+10reb, G.Goldyrev 9+1reb+1ast, M.Bychkov 6+2reb+2ast, A.Chernysh 6+3reb+2ast, D.Orlenko 6+2reb, E.Marinin 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 193577


Avtodor - Ruskon-Mord. 88-70

Another interesting game for Avtodor (15-12) which hosted in Saratov against 4th placed Ruskon-Mordovia (16-11). Eighth ranked Avtodor had an easy win 88-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ruskon-Mordovia. Avtodor dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Ruskon-Mordovia's 30. They outrebounded Ruskon-Mordovia 39-28 including a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Avtodor players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Guard Aleksandr Karpukhin (191-90) stepped up and scored 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and center Artem Klimenko (214-94) chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Avtodor's coach Mikhail Mikhailov used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Alexei Kuznetsov (203-84) responded with 19 points and 4 assists and guard Fedor Klyuchnikov (192-90) scored 18 points. Avtodor have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with TEMP-SUMZ. Ruskon-Mordovia at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Ataman. Avtodor will play against higher ranked Ataman (#4) in Rostov in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ruskon-Mordovia will play at home against Novosybirsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Avtodor: A.Karpukhin 26+6reb+3ast, A.Klimenko 19+8reb+4ast, S.Burtt 14+5reb+8ast, I.Strebkov 8+3reb+3ast, A.Pushkin 7+3reb, S.Toropov 7+9reb+3ast
Ruskon-Mord.: A.Kuznetsov 19+4reb+4ast, F.Klyuchnikov 18+4reb+3ast, A.Varnakov 11+1reb+3ast, R.Semerninov 7+6reb+1ast, P.Krykov 6+4reb+1ast, N.Gresev 5+6reb
gschID: 193576


Volgograd - TEMP-SUMZ 79-78

A very interesting game took place in Volgograd. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of higher ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (15-12) to eleventh ranked Volgograd (10-16) 79-78 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 31-21 TEMP-SUMZ Revda's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 79-78 at the end of the game. It was a great shooting night for Volgograd especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.3 percentage. The best player for the winners was the former international center Fedor Likholitov (210-80, college: VCU, agency: Alti Sport) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 18 rebounds. Ukrainian center Olexandr Berhin (205-85) chipped in 21 points. Forward Aleksandr Pavlov (201-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds and forward Sergei Khlopov (198-78) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. TEMP-SUMZ Revda's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Volgograd. They maintain eleventh place with 10-16 record. TEMP-SUMZ Revda at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Volgograd's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (#15) on the road.
Top scorers:
Volgograd: F.Likholitov 22+18reb+1ast, O.Berhin 21+4reb+1ast, V.Boyko 11+2reb+5ast, A.Komissarov 10+2reb+1ast, A.Fomin 7+4reb, V.Pichkurov 6+3reb+4ast
TEMP-SUMZ: I.Pavlov 16+2reb, A.Pavlov 16+9reb+2ast, V.Kuznetsov 15+1reb, A.Komarov 11+4reb, S.Khlopov 11+6reb+2ast, M.Baranov 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 193575


Univ.Surgut - Sojuz Zaretchny 74-62

Superlaegue top team - Universitet-Yugra (24-3) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (4-23) in Surgut 74-62. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Universitet-Yugra forced 19 Sojuz Zaretchny turnovers. Azerbaijani center Aleksandr Rindin (225-85, agency: Interperformances) nailed a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and guard Anton Ageev (192-84) accounted for 12 points and 4 assists. Forward Denis Novikov (200-85) came up with 21 points and swingman Grigoriy Andreev (193-90) added 5 points and 10 assists respectively for Sojuz Zaretchny in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Universitet-Yugra. They maintain first place with 24-3 record. Sojuz Zaretchny lost their tenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. They share the position with Severstal. Universitet-Yugra will meet league's second-placed Ural Ekaterinburg on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sojuz Zaretchny will play against Volgograd (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Univ.Surgut: A.Ageev 12+2reb+4ast, A.Rindin 11+10reb, A.Miloserdov 10+4reb+3ast, A.Ekimov 9+4reb+2ast, L.Lekavicius 9+3reb+5ast, V.Shevel 8+6reb+2ast
Sojuz Zaretchny: D.Novikov 21+4reb+1ast, S.Chudinovskich 6+1reb+1ast, V.Balyakin 6+4reb+1ast, M.Shustau 6+3reb+5ast, G.Andreev 5+2reb+10ast, V.Sleta 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 193574



Surprising victories for Nizhny Novgorod and Primorye - 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. Coincidentally all visitors won their games.

The game in Samara was quite interesting. Third ranked Lokomotiv (9-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-7). Lokomotiv defeated Krasnie Krilya 72-59 on Saturday. The game without a history. Lokomotiv led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Lokomotiv outrebounded Krasnie Krilya 44-30 including a 34-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Krasnie Krilya helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Richard Hendrix (204-86, college: Alabama) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Australian center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds for Krasnie Krilya. Krasnie Krilya's coach Sergey Bazarevich rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Lokomotiv have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-7 record having five points less than leader CSKA. Krasnie Krilya at the other side dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. Lokomotiv will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Krasnie Krilya will play on the road against Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#10) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Kazan. Ninth ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (7-10) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Unics Kazan (7-8) 57-56 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Unics Kazan. The former international Semen Antonov (202-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Dijon Thompson chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side naturalized Belarusian forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BC Nizhny Novgorod moved-up to seventh place. Unics Kazan at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Spartak St.Petersburg (8-8) and Spartak-Prim. (6-8), which took place in St.Petersburg. Higher ranked Spartak St.Petersburg lost at home to ninth ranked Spartak-Prim. 66-75 on Sunday. Chamberlain Oguchi notched 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 8 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists by Loukas Mavrokefalidis did not help to save the game for Spartak St.Petersburg. Spartak-Prim. moved-up to eighth place. Spartak St.Petersburg lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Spartak-Prim. will meet at home Triumph Lyubertsy (#9) in the next round. Spartak St.Petersburg will have a break next round.


Unics - N.Novgorod 56-57

Important game to mention about took place in Kazan. Ninth ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (7-10) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Unics Kazan (7-8) 57-56 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Unics Kazan. Unics Kazan was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 19-16 charge of BC Nizhny Novgorod, which allowed them to win the game. The former international Semen Antonov (202-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-83, college: UCLA) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side naturalized Belarusian forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds and Greek power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BC Nizhny Novgorod moved-up to seventh place. Unics Kazan at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Unics: V.Veremeenko 21+9reb, K.Kaimakoglou 10+7reb+2ast, P.Sergeev 6+2reb+1ast, P.Antipov 6+8reb+1ast, I.Vougioukas 6, C.Eidson 5+6reb+2ast
N.Novgorod: D.Thompson 17+6reb+1ast, S.Antonov 17+7reb+2ast, O.Trotter 6+1reb+2ast, V.Panin 5+6reb, P.Korobkov 4+2reb, D.Golovin 3+4reb+3ast
gschID: 200835


Spartak SP - Spartak-Prim. 66-75

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Spartak St.Petersburg (8-8) and Spartak-Prim. (6-8), which took place in St.Petersburg. Higher ranked Spartak St.Petersburg lost at home to ninth ranked Spartak-Prim. 66-75 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 27-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Nigerian Chamberlain Oguchi (198-86, college: Illinois St.) notched 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and American point guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB) supported him with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Even 8 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists by Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84) did not help to save the game for Spartak St.Petersburg. American forward Josh Carter (200-88, college: Texas A&M) added 12 points for lost side. Four Spartak St.Petersburg players scored in double figures. Spartak-Prim. moved-up to eighth place. Spartak St.Petersburg lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Spartak-Prim. will meet at home Triumph Lyubertsy (#9) in the next round. Spartak St.Petersburg will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Spartak SP: J.Carter 12+4reb+3ast, F.Dmitriev 11+2reb, J.Strelnieks 10+1reb+2ast, N.Kurbanov 10+4reb+1ast, A.Koscheev 9+1reb, L.Mavrokefalidis 8+7reb+10ast
Spartak-Prim.: C.Oguchi 23+9reb, P.Delaney 16+6reb+8ast, K.Nesterov 8+4reb+1ast, I.Syrovatko 8+2reb+1ast, T.Gillenwater 6+1reb+1ast, M.Kolyushkin 6+1reb
gschID: 200834


Krasnie Krilya - Lokomotiv 59-72

The game in Samara was quite interesting. Third ranked Lokomotiv (9-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-7). Lokomotiv defeated Krasnie Krilya 72-59 on Saturday. The game without a history. Lokomotiv led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Lokomotiv outrebounded Krasnie Krilya 44-30 including a 34-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Krasnie Krilya helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Richard Hendrix (204-86, college: Alabama) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Australian center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Omar Thomas (196-82, college: UTEP) added 18 points in the effort for Krasnie Krilya. Krasnie Krilya's coach Sergey Bazarevich rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Lokomotiv have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-7 record having five points less than leader CSKA. Krasnie Krilya at the other side dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. Lokomotiv will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Krasnie Krilya will play on the road against Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#10) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Krasnie Krilya: O.Thomas 18+1reb+2ast, A.Smith 14+6reb+2ast, Y.Vasiliev 9+5reb, C.Simmons 8+4reb, N.Balashov 4+2reb, A.Miles 2+3reb+7ast
Lokomotiv: R.Hendrix 15+10reb+1ast, A.Maric 15+9reb+1ast, J.Baron 10+1reb+1ast, D.Brown 10+4reb, M.Kalnietis 9+7reb+6ast, A.Zubkov 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 200833



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Standings - A Liga

A Standings
Superliga
 1. Partizan 3-0 
 2. Vojvodina 2-1 
 3. Crvena Zvezda 2-1 
 4. Mega Vizura 2-1 
 5. Radnicki KG 2-1 
 6. Sloboda Uzice 1-2 
 7. Konstantin 0-3 
 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. 7: Konstantin - Crvena Zvezda 71-96
Apr. 6: Radnicki KG - Mega Vizura 69-77

Second Stage: Round 4

Apr. 10: Metalac - Mega Vizura
Apr. 10: Crvena Zvezda - Radnicki KG
Apr. 10: Vojvodina - Konstantin
Apr. 10: Sloboda Uzice - Partizan


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. Zeleznicar 11-12 
 9. Beovuk 72 11-13 
 10. Partizan II 10-13 
 11. Radnicki OB 9-15 
 12. Plana 9-15 
 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: Plana - Beovuk 72 81-73
Apr. 6: Napredak K. - Napredak A. 70-85
Apr. 6: Zeleznicar - Mladost Cacak 62-74
Apr. 6: Proleter Naftagas - Mladost Zemun


No problem for Partizan, Mega Vizura shocks Radnicki - by Ivan Milenkovic

Despite playing without injured captain Vladimir Lucic and suspended Davis Bertans, with suspended coach Dusko Vujosevic watching the game as a spectator, Partizan easily defeated Vojvodina in first game of Superliga Round 3. "Black and whites" secured another win after only 20 minutes, as they were leading by 20 points at halftime (40-20). Visitors from Novi Sad couldn't find a way to score against good aggressive defense of Partizan and shot miserably from the field in first half. On the other side, home team missed many free throws. In 26th minute, Vojvodina was down by only 11 points (46-35), but defending champions answered with 12-3 run until the end of third quarter.
Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) had another great game for Partizan - 15 points and 14 rebounds. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-F-92) had 16 points and 8 rebounds, Dragan Milosavljevic added 12 and even Marko Cakarevic scored in double figures. Leo Westermann had 6 assists. Vojvodina improved their shooting percentages to 31.6% from the field and to 15% from beyond the arc in the end. They had only two players who scored in double figures - Dragan Zekovic with 17 and Marko Boltic with 11 points. Partizan dominated the boards - they had 25 rebounds more (49-24)!

Radnicki had even worse shooting percentage from beyond the arc than Vojvodina (2/28 or 7.1%!) and they were surprised by Mega Vizura at home - 69-77. Simply, Radnicki don't have dominant frontcourt players and when their long range shooting is not on high level, they are in trouble. Hosts opened the game with 7-0 run, but that was their biggest lead. Mega was down by only two after 10 minutes and took control of the game in second quarter. It was 26-35 in 15th minute after 0-11 run. Visitors never looked back and managed to keep their lead until the end without major problems.
Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) was dominating the paint, finished the game with 29 points and 15 rebounds, but had 8 turnovers too. Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) added 8 turnovers as well, but had 19 points for Mega. Nemanja Dangubic had 8 assists. In Radnicki, Aleksandar Capin shot 0/8 for three (10 points), Danilo Mijatovic had poor shooting night too with 0/6 from beyond the arc. Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) had 17, Terrico White (196-G-90, college: Mississippi) 15 points, but they were not enough for a win against good Mega.

Another surprise happened in Uzice, where home team defeated reinforced Metalac 90-88 thanks to great final quarter. Visitors even led by 18 points in 26th minute (49-67), but Sloboda didn't want to surrender and slowly started to close the gap. After 9-0 run middle through final period, hosts were down by only one (78-79). In final two minutes, Aleksandar Vasic (185-G-87) hit two clutch three-pointers, for 85-84 and 88-86.
He finished the game with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals! Nemanja Arnautovic added 17 and Branko Andjic 15 points. Montenegrins Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88) (7 rebs, 5 ass) and Bojan Bakic (195-SG-83, agency: Interperformances) (6 turnovers) scored 23 points each for Metalac, while Slavko Vranes (230-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) had 10 points and 8 rebounds.



Marjanovic number one in Serbian Superliga for round 3 - by Eurobasket News

Former international center Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Mega Vizura, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Radnicki KG (2-1) 77-69. Thanks to this victory Mega Vizura moved-up to the 4th position in the Serbian A League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this stage. Mega Vizura will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. Marjanovic turned to be Mega Vizura's top player in his first season with the team. Boban Marjanovic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.4ppg) and averages impressive 1.4bpg and 72.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Montenegrin Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88) of Metalac. Dasic had a very good evening with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Metalac was edged by Sloboda Uzice (1-2) 90-88. The Second Stage 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 round. Dasic is one of the most experienced players at Metalac and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Aleksandar Vasic (185-G-87) of Sloboda Uzice (#6). Vasic showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Sloboda Uzice, leading his team to a 90-88 win against Metalac (#8, 0-3). The chances of Sloboda Uzice not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Vasic could try to bring Sloboda Uzice's a little bit higher in the standings. Vasic has a very solid season. In 28 games in Serbia he scored 9.2ppg. He also has 3.5apg and FGP: 52.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) of Partizan - 15 points and 14 rebounds
5. Boris Savovic (210-F-87) of Crvena Zvezda - 17 points and 6 rebounds
6. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Crvena Zvezda - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Bojan Bakic (195-SG-83) of Metalac - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Slavko Vranes (230-C-83) of Metalac - 10 points and 8 rebounds
9. Stefan Bircevic (210-F/C-89) of Radnicki KG - 9 points and 11 rebounds
10. Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) of Radnicki KG - 17 points and 5 rebounds

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



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Standings - 1A

Telemach Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Krka 5-0 
 2. Maribor Messer 3-2 
 3. Tajfun 2-2 
 4. Un.Olimpija 2-2 
 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. 7: Maribor Messer - Tajfun 70-79
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

Places 7-12

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

Second Stage: Round 6

Places 1-6

Apr. 10: Un.Olimpija - Tajfun

Places 7-12

Apr. 10: Rogaska - Polzela
Apr. 10: Grosuplje - LTHcast Mercator
Apr. 10: Geoplin Slovan - Elektra


1B Stats Leaders

2SKL Standings
 1. Splosna plovba 22-1 
 2. Sencur CP 20-3 
 3. Terme Olimia 16-7 
 4. Lastovka 15-9 
 5. Radenska 13-11 
 6. Triglav Strazisce 12-9 
 7. Hrastnik 12-11 
 8. Postojna 12-12 
 9. Parklji 8-14 
 10. Litija 7-16 
 11. Crnomelj 7-16 
 12. Koper 6-17 
 13. Branik 0-24 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 6: Radenska - Sencur CP 90-105
Apr. 6: Splosna plovba - Parklji 80-74
Apr. 6: Branik - Hrastnik 79-85
Apr. 6: Crnomelj - Lastovka 78-92
Apr. 6: Litija - Postojna 64-71

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 13: Triglav Strazisce - Koper
Apr. 13: Terme Olimia - Crnomelj
Apr. 13: Hrastnik - Splosna plovba
Apr. 13: Sencur CP - Litija


Maribor fall to Sentjur for 7th straight home loss - by Zeljko Zule

Tajfun Sentjur defeated Maribor Messer 79-70 in the last game of Round 5. Ivan Drzic (205-C-83) came off the bench for 13 points, Mladen Primorac (210-C-90) had 11 points and 9 rebounds, Anze Pelc (190-G-90) and Mike Venezia (185-PG-88, college: Colgate) both posted 11 points. Sentjur made a 12-3 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to take a lead 64-60 and never looked back from there. After Igor Josipovic (203-F/C-88) cut the deficit to 66-69, Mike Venezia rattled offeight straight points on a pair of 3-pointers and a 2-pointer that gave Sentjur crucial lead 74-66. Maribor haven't won at home since before December 5, losing seven straight. Jure Pelko (190-G-90) scored 22 points including five 3-pointers and Igor Maric (196-F-85) added 17 points.



Sven Malus gets MVP of the Week award for Slovenian 2SKL - by Eurobasket News

Talented Sven Malus (194-F-91) had a very impressive game in the last round for Hrastnik and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 2SKL Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 21-year old forward had the game-high 36 points adding nine rebounds and three assists for Hrastnik in his team's victory, helping them to beat Branik (#13, 0-24), the league's bottom-ranked team 85-79. Hrastnik maintains the 7th position in Slovenian 2SKL. Hrastnik is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-11 record. Malus just recently signed at Hrastnik, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Sven Malus averages this season 9.0ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 37-year old center Jure Erzen (203-C-75) of second-ranked Sencur CP. Erzen impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Sencur CP to another comfortable win 105-90 over the lower-ranked Radenska (#5, 13-11) being unquestionably team leader. Sencur CP's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 20 matches. Erzen is well-known by Sencur CP fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.0ppg (#9). He also registered 5.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Jaka Zagorc (190-G-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) of top-ranked Splosna plovba. Zagorc scored 24 points and passed seven assists. He was a key player of Splosna plovba, leading his team to a 80-74 win against the lower-ranked Parklji (#9, 8-14). Many experts and fans count Splosna plovba as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 22 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Zagorc has a very solid season. In 22 games in Slovenia he scored 15.5ppg. He also has FGP: 62.9% and 3PT: 45.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Davorin Skornik (211-C-81) of Radenska - 18 points and 9 rebounds
5. Rok Perko (179-PG-87) of Sencur CP - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Dragan Pusic (193-G-84) of Sencur CP - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Savo Milovic (194-G-86) of Postojna - 23 points and 7 rebounds
8. Luka Horvat (92) of Branik - 20 points and 5 rebounds
9. Luka Hren (198-G-90) of Parklji - 27 points and 8 rebounds
10. Ales Kunc (208-C-73) of Crnomelj - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Udrih number one in Slovenia for round 5 - by Eurobasket News

Former international guard Samo Udrih (195-G-79) had a very impressive game in the last round for Zlatorog, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
The 33-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, six rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Helios (1-4) 77-69. Thanks to this victory Zlatorog moved-up to the 5th position in the Slovenian Telemach League. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 4 games and recorded just one victory. Udrih turned to be Zlatorog's top player in his first season with the team. Samo Udrih has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 14.2ppg) and averages impressive 43.2% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Sasa Zagorac (205-F/C-84) of Grosuplje. Zagorac had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Grosuplje cruised to a 74-65 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Polzela (#-2, 8-15). This victory allowed Grosuplje to move up to 0th position in Places 7-12. 17 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Grosuplje managed to get this Second Stage. Zagorac is a newcomer at Grosuplje, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.1ppg (#3). He also registered 6.7 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Kervin Bristol (208-F-88) of Polzela (#-2). Bristol scored 12 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). Despite Bristol's great performance Polzela lost 65-74 to #0 ranked Grosuplje. 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 Polzela not to end season at such low position in Places 7-12, however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bristol could try to bring Polzela's a little bit higher in the standings. Bristol has a very solid season. In 8 games in Slovenia he scored 9.5ppg. He also has 9.6rpg, 1.6bpg and FGP: 52.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) of Un.Olimpija - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Igor Josipovic (203-F/C-88) of Maribor Messer - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jan Span (189-PG-92) of Geoplin Slovan - 26 points and 2 assists
7. Domen Bratoz (186-PG-93) of Geoplin Slovan - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jure Pelko (190-G-90) of Maribor Messer - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) of Krka - 19 points and 6 rebounds
10. Alen Omic (217-C-92) of Un.Olimpija - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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SK Knights advanced to the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Anyang KGC - SK Knights 56-62 (1-3)

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Anyang KGC won third quarter 14-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when SK Knights won last quarter 14-10. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 8 rebounds and international guard Sun-Hyung Kim (187-88) who added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side Trinidad and Tobago power forward Kibwe Trim (208-84, college: Sacred Heart) responded with 10 points and 7 rebounds and international point guard Tae-Sool Kim (180-84) scored 15 points.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: T.Kim 15+2reb+2ast, K.Trim 10+7reb+3ast, J.Lee 9+8reb, S.Kim 8+1reb, H.Jung 5+3reb, H.Choi 5+3reb+3ast
SK Knights: A.Haynes 27+8reb+2ast, S.Kim 13+5reb+5ast, M.Kim 10+7reb+2ast, K.Hoon Byun 5+3reb, B.Kyung Choi 5+4reb, C.Sims 2+2reb
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  SPAIN   

Standings - ACB

ACB Standings
 1. Real Madrid 25-3 
 2. Caja Laboral 21-7 
 3. FCB Regal 19-9 
 4. Valencia 17-11 
 5. Gescrap BB 17-11 
 6. G.Canaria 2014 16-12 
 7. CAI Zaragoza 16-12 
 8. Blusens M. 14-14 
 9. Unicaja 14-14 
 10. FIATC Joventut 13-15 
 11. Asefa Estudian. 13-15 
 12. CB Canarias 12-16 
 13. Blancos de R. 11-17 
 14. UCAM Murcia 11-17 
 15. Mad-Croc 10-18 
 16. Cajasol 10-18 
 17. Lagun Aro GBC 8-20 
 18. Assignia M. 5-23 

Regular Season: Round 28

Apr. 6: CB Canarias - Unicaja 97-92
Apr. 7: Valencia - Real Madrid 88-79
Apr. 6: Cajasol - FIATC Joventut 87-80
Apr. 7: CAI Zaragoza - Lagun Aro GBC 86-74
Apr. 6: Caja Laboral - Blancos de R. 84-80
Apr. 7: Blusens M. - FCB Regal 81-86 OT
Apr. 7: UCAM Murcia - Gescrap BB 77-80
Apr. 6: Mad-Croc - Assignia M. 73-51
Apr. 7: G.Canaria 2014 - Asefa Estudian. 72-64

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 14: Assignia M. - UCAM Murcia
Apr. 14: Real Madrid - Blusens M.
Apr. 14: Gescrap BB - Caja Laboral
Apr. 13: Blancos de R. - CB Canarias
Apr. 14: Unicaja - CAI Zaragoza
Apr. 14: Lagun Aro GBC - Cajasol
Apr. 14: FIATC Joventut - Valencia
Apr. 13: Asefa Estudian. - Mad-Croc
Apr. 14: FCB Regal - G.Canaria 2014


Standings - LEB Gold

LEB Gold Standings
 1. Andorra 21-3 
 2. A.Ford Burgos 20-4 
 3. Lucentum 17-7 
 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. Coruna 9-15 
 12. Planasa NV 9-15 
 13. Ourense 8-16 
 14. Melilla 6-18 

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 5: A.Ford Burgos - Clavijo 87-72
Apr. 7: Lucentum - Planasa NV 84-62
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

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 12: Andorra - Forca Lleida
Apr. 12: FCB Regal II - A.Ford Burgos
Apr. 12: Clavijo - Lobe Huesca
Apr. 12: Caceres - Breogan
Apr. 12: Palencia - Lucentum
Apr. 12: Planasa NV - Melilla
Apr. 12: Coruna - Ourense


LEB Gold Round 24: No surprise as #1 River Andorra defeats FCB Regal II - by Eurobasket News

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

LEB Gold top team - River Andorra (21-3) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat seventh ranked FCB Regal II (10-14) 74-61. The game was mostly controlled by River Andorra. FCB Regal II managed to win third quarter 16-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. River Andorra forced 20 FCB Regal II turnovers. Worth to mention a quality performance of naturalized Russian power forward Dmitry Flis (203-84) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and forward Marc Blanch (194-82) who added 10 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was British-Swedish Nick Spires (209-94) with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted River Andorra maintains first position with 21-3 record. FCB Regal II at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. River Andorra is looking forward to face Lleida Basquet (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. FCB Regal II will play against the league's second-placed Ford Burgos and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
The game in Lugo was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Palencia Baloncesto (14-10) played at the court of fifth ranked Leche Rio Breogan (13-11). Leche Rio Breogan managed to secure a 5-point victory 69-64. The winners were led by Senegalese center Michel Diouf (208-89) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 8 blocks and Anthony Winchester supported him with 16 points and 4 steals. Leche Rio Breogan's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 15 points and 8 rebounds by power forward Urko Otegui (203-81) did not help to save the game for Palencia Baloncesto. Leche Rio Breogan maintains fifth position with 13-11 record. Palencia Baloncesto at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. Leche Rio Breogan will play against Caceres Basket (#8) on the road in the next round. Palencia Baloncesto will play against Meridiano Alicante (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Third ranked Meridiano Alicante (17-7) crushed at home 11th ranked Planasa NV (9-15) by 22 points 84-62, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was Taylor Coppenrath who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Meridiano Alicante's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was Ondrej Starosta who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. Meridiano Alicante have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 17-7 record having four points less than leader Andorra. Loser Planasa NV keeps the eleventh place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Coruna. Meridiano Alicante will meet Palencia Baloncesto (#4) on the road in the next round. Planasa NV will play against Melilla Baloncesto (#14) and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 24: Clavijo lost to A.Ford Burgos on the opponent's court 72-87. Lobe Huesca unfortunately lost to Caceres in a home game 69-73. Coruna managed to beat Melilla on the road 80-75. Ourense was defeated by Forca Lleida on its own court 72-77.


Lucentum - Planasa NV 84-62

Third ranked Meridiano Alicante (17-7) crushed at home 11th ranked Planasa NV (9-15) by 22 points 84-62, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. The game without a history. Meridiano Alicante led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American forward Taylor Coppenrath (205-81, college: Vermont) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Alex Llorca (192-89) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Meridiano Alicante's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was Czech center Ondrej Starosta (215-79) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and American guard Stu Douglass (190-90, college: Michigan) added 8 points and 6 assists respectively. Meridiano Alicante have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 17-7 record having four points less than leader Andorra. Loser Planasa NV keeps the eleventh place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Coruna. Meridiano Alicante will meet Palencia Baloncesto (#4) on the road in the next round. Planasa NV will play against Melilla Baloncesto (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Planasa NV: O.Starosta 16+15reb, I.Narros 15, M.Cabanas 12+3reb+2ast, S.Douglass 8+4reb+6ast, C.Diaz 7+2reb+3ast, A.Fuentes 3+3reb+1ast
Lucentum: T.Coppenrath 18+8reb, A.Llorca 12+6reb+1ast, R.Bas 11+2reb+1ast, A.Sabat 9+2reb+1ast, D.Middleton 8+3reb, G.Rejon 6+5reb+2ast
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Breogan - Palencia 69-64

The game in Lugo was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Palencia Baloncesto (14-10) played at the court of fifth ranked Leche Rio Breogan (13-11). Leche Rio Breogan managed to secure a 5-point victory 69-64. Palencia Baloncesto was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 20-11 charge of Leche Rio Breogan, which allowed them to win the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 13 blocks. The winners were led by Senegalese center Michel Diouf (208-89) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 8 blocks and American guard Anthony Winchester (193-83, college: W.Kentucky) supported him with 16 points and 4 steals. Leche Rio Breogan's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 15 points and 8 rebounds by power forward Urko Otegui (203-81) did not help to save the game for Palencia Baloncesto. Power forward Roger Fornas (202-82) added 17 points and 5 rebounds. Leche Rio Breogan maintains fifth position with 13-11 record. Palencia Baloncesto at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. Leche Rio Breogan will play against Caceres Basket (#8) on the road in the next round. Palencia Baloncesto will play against Meridiano Alicante (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Palencia: R.Fornas 17+5reb+2ast, U.Otegui 15+8reb+2ast, A.Ott 9+6reb+1ast, J.Durley 7, E.Garrido 6+1reb+1ast, X.Forcada 4+4reb+7ast
Breogan: A.Winchester 16+3reb+1ast, M.Diouf 15+10reb+1ast, R.Schaftenaar 10+7reb+2ast, G.Leonavicius 9+5reb+2ast, C.Cobos 6+2reb+4ast, E.Martinez 5+1reb
gschID: 187143


Andorra - FCB Regal II 74-61

LEB Gold top team - River Andorra (21-3) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat seventh ranked FCB Regal II (10-14) 74-61. The game was mostly controlled by River Andorra. FCB Regal II managed to win third quarter 16-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. River Andorra forced 20 FCB Regal II turnovers. Worth to mention a quality performance of naturalized Russian power forward Dmitry Flis (203-84) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and forward Marc Blanch (194-82) who added 10 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four River Andorra players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was British-Swedish Nick Spires (209-94) with 9 points and 9 rebounds and Senegalese center Papa Mbaye (209-90) scored 10 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted River Andorra maintains first position with 21-3 record. FCB Regal II at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. River Andorra is looking forward to face Lleida Basquet (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. FCB Regal II will play against the league's second-placed Ford Burgos and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
FCB Regal II: P.Mbaye 10+3reb+2ast, N.Spires 9+9reb, M.Eriksson 9+2reb+1ast, L.Hakanson 8+2ast, J.Perez 7+3reb+1ast, I.Garcia 6+2reb+2ast
Andorra: D.Flis 14+4reb, T.Hampl 14+3reb, A.Maresch 12+1reb+1ast, M.Blanch 10+4reb+4ast, D.Wright 9+2reb, T.Schreiner 6+4reb+7ast
gschID: 187146


A.Ford Burgos - Clavijo 87-72

Very expected game when 7th ranked CB Clavijo (10-14) was defeated on the road by second ranked Ford Burgos (20-4) 87-72 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Ford Burgos. CB Clavijo managed to win fourth quarter 11-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ford Burgos forced 19 CB Clavijo turnovers. The best player for the winners was point guard Daniel Lopez (187-82) who scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Brazilian forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-86) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Ford Burgos players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Enrique Suarez (185-83) who recorded 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and center Javi Mesa (204-77) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Ford Burgos have an impressive five-game winning streak. Ford Burgos maintains second position with 20-4 record behind leader Andorra. Loser CB Clavijo keeps the seventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Ford Burgos will meet FCB Regal II (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CB Clavijo will play against Lobe Huesca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Clavijo: J.Mesa 11+6reb, X.Guirao 11+1reb, M.Mejeris 11+2reb, D.Mesa 9+6reb, E.Suarez 9+6reb+4ast, J.Herrero 7+4reb
A.Ford Burgos: J.Xavier 17+1reb+1ast, J.Ortega 14+3reb+4ast, D.Lopez 14+7reb+3ast, M.Vinicius Toledo 13+5reb+5ast, S.Olmos 11+5reb, J.Garcia 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 187145


Lobe Huesca - Caceres 69-73

There was a small surprise when eleventh ranked Caceres Basket (10-14) defeated on the road 8th ranked Lobe Huesca (10-14) 73-69 on Friday. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 25-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Caceres Basket forced 19 Lobe Huesca turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Pedro Robles (192-77) who scored 20 points and 4 assists. American forward Antonio Pena (203-86, college: Villanova) chipped in 15 points. Caceres Basket's coach Carlos Frade used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Slovenian guard Sandi Cebular (196-86) who recorded 16 points and 4 steals and American forward Jamar Samuels (200-89, college: Kansas St.) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Caceres Basket moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Lobe Huesca. Caceres Basket will meet at home higher ranked Leche Rio Breogan (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Lobe Huesca will play against CB Clavijo in Logrono and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lobe Huesca: S.Cebular 16+3reb+3ast, J.Samuels 11+5reb+2ast, L.Costa 10+3reb+1ast, C.Abouo 9+2reb+1ast, E.Sanchez 7+4reb+3ast, E.Gatell 6+7reb
Caceres: P.Robles 20+1reb+4ast, A.Pena 15+3reb+1ast, R.Nguema 7+2ast, A.Lopez 7+1reb+1ast, M.Lorenzo 6+3reb, O.Ashaolu 6+9reb+3ast
gschID: 187144


Melilla - Coruna 75-80

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 14th ranked Melilla Baloncesto's (6-18) home loss to thirteenth ranked Leyma Basquet (9-15) 75-80 on Friday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 28-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Leyma Basquet made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Asier Zengotitabengoa (200-88) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Marcos Suka-Umu (193-85, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Four Leyma Basquet players scored in double figures. Leyma Basquet's coach Antonio Herrera used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Francisco Sanchez (201-79) who recorded 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Hector Manzano (207-80) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Leyma Basquet moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Planasa NV. Loser Melilla Baloncesto stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Leyma Basquet will meet at home Ourense (#13) in the next round. Melilla Baloncesto will play against Planasa NV in Pamplona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Melilla: F.Sanchez 26+6reb+4ast, J.Riera 16+2reb+5ast, H.Manzano 14+6reb+4ast, A.Selakovs 6+5reb+1ast, K.Wachsmann 5+14reb+3ast, T.Scott 4+1reb
Coruna: A.Zengotitabengoa 21+7reb+3ast, M.Suka-Umu 13+5reb+3ast, E.Hernandez-Sonseca 12+5reb+1ast, J.Kale 10+5reb+1ast, P.Almazan 9+4reb, A.Hernandez 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 187141


Ourense - Forca Lleida 72-77

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Lleida Basquet (11-13) beat on the road 12th ranked Ourense (8-16) 77-72 on Friday. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 28-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was forward Miguel Feliu (200-85) who scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. American-Italian power forward Dominic Calegari (208-87, college: Cal-Davis) chipped in 14 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Nick Barbour (190-89, college: High Point) who recorded 17 points and power forward Javier Mugica (200-83) added 16 points respectively. Ourense's coach Rafael Sanz tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Lleida Basquet maintains sixth position with 11-13 record. Ourense lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the thirteenth place with 16 games lost. Lleida Basquet will meet league's leader River Andorra on the road in the next round and the