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  ABA   



Final Four teams set for ABA Championship Series - by Gianni Pascucci

"Three very strong and well coached teams are heading for Jacksonville, Florida to compete for the 2012-2013 ABA Championship Final Four beginning Thursday, April 11th," stated ABA CEO Joe Newman .
"Following two exciting Elite eight tournaments, one in Myrtle Beach SC and one in Phoenix AZ," the South Carolina Warriors and Colorado Kings emerged as winners and are packing their suitcases with the goal of wresting the title from last year's ABA Champion, the Jacksonville Giants. The #2 seed, the North Dallas Vandals, will also be competing.
The Colorado Kings defeated both the highly ranked Arizona Scorpions and San Francisco Rumble while the South Carolina Warriors won over the Memphis Bluff City Reign and Jersey Express.
The opening round will be held on Thursday at the University of North Florida with the first game scheduled for 5pm with the North Dallas Vandals playing the South Carolina Warriors followed by the game at 730pm with the Jacksonville Giants meeting the Colorado Kings.
The winners will begin a best of three series beginning Saturday, April 13th.
Complete details as well as ticket information can be found at www.jacksonvillegiants.com For more information, visit www.abalive.com



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  APBL   


Kevin Briggs Wins Defensive Player of the Year - by Mike Lee

Kevin Briggs (7'0''-C, college: ASA) of the Hudson Valley Kingz won the 2012-2013 (APBL) American Professional Basketball League Defensive Player of the Year according to APBL Commissioner Brian Graham. Graham stated, "I would lIke to congratulate Kevin Briggs and the entire Kingz family."

Donald L. Herring Jr., owner and head coach of the Hudson Valley Kingz expressed his congratulations to Briggs on winning the award.

"I would like to personally say I love you kid and congratulate Kevin Briggs, my son, my brother, and my player on winning the 2012-2013 APBL Defensive Player of the Year award. You have come a long way from just two years ago and youre getting better and better every time you step on the basketball court. Even if you never get acknowledged or get any credit from me, just know that the Hudson Valley Kingz and I appreciate all your progress and the help you provide. Congratulations."

Briggs edged out Danny Thompson of the Bay Area Shuckers to win the award, receiving 32 points - five first place votes, one second place vote, and one third place vote. Thompson received 31 points and Aaron Collins of the New York City 524 received 26 points for third place in the award voting.




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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Penarol reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Quimsa - Penarol 77-81

Penarol clinched the semifinal ticket with a road win over Quimsa in Game 4. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Quimsa was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Marcos Mata (201-86) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 9 rebounds and international point guard Facundo Campazzo (179-91) who added 15 points and 7 assists during the contest. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Italian center Damian Tintorelli (204-81) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: J.Baxter 21+5reb+1ast, D.Tintorelli 15+6reb, D.Lo Grippo 9+5reb+1ast, J.Mojica 6+4reb+1ast, J.Pablo Cantero 6+1reb+2ast, N.Aguirre 5+5reb+3ast
Penarol: M.Mata 23+9reb+3ast, F.Campazzo 15+4reb+7ast, L.Gutierrez 14+6reb+1ast, M.Leiva 9+8reb, F.Giorgetti 7+1reb, D.Teague 6+2reb
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GECR Indalo - Regatas C. 94-87

GECR Indalo forced their series versus Regatas Corrientes into the decisive fifth game. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 53-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. GECR Indalo made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Regatas Corrientes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Kahiem Seawright (203-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: Edge Sports) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. Five GECR Indalo players scored in double figures. The former international guard Paolo Quinteros (190-79) replied with 33 points (!!!) and American forward Tony Washam (200-82, college: St.Vincent) added 18 points in the effort for Regatas Corrientes.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 33+3reb+1ast, T.Washam 18+1reb, F.Kammerichs 9+7reb+2ast, J.Meyinsse 8+3reb, J.Martinez 7+1reb+4ast, N.Romano 6+3reb
GECR Indalo: M.Byro 18+1reb+1ast, K.Seawright 17+9reb, D.Jackson 15+3reb+5ast, P.Orlietti 15+7reb, D.Romero 14+7reb+1ast, S.Scala 8+1reb+2ast
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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. Manly Warr. 4-0 
 2. Norths Bears 3-0 
 3. Sydney C. 3-1 
 4. Illawarra H. 2-1 
 5. Cent.Coast C. 2-1 
 6. Bankstown B. 2-1 
 7. Parramatta W. 2-2 
 8. Colonial Hotel 1-2 
 9. Hornsby S. 1-2 
 10. Newcastle H. 1-2 
 11. Hills H. 1-3 
 12. Maitland M. 0-3 
 13. Sutherland S. 0-4 

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: Sydney C. - Hornsby S. 97-90
Apr. 6: Newcastle H. - Parramatta W. 88-68
Apr. 7: Maitland M. - Sydney C. 83-89
Apr. 6: Colonial Hotel - Norths Bears 76-95
Apr. 6: Sutherland S. - Manly Warr. 72-87
Apr. 6: Hills H. - Cent.Coast C. 68-82
Apr. 6: Bankstown B. - Illawarra H. 65-72
Apr. 7: Manly Warr. - Hills H. 104-73

Regular Season: Round 5

BIG V

Apr. 13: Ringwood H. - Werribee
Apr. 13: Eltham W. - Sherbrooke S.
Apr. 13: Melbourne - Bulleen B.
Apr. 14: Corio Bay - Hume City
Apr. 14: Waverley F. - Diamond V.E.

Central ABL

Apr. 13: N.Adelaide R. - Woodville W.
Apr. 13: Eastern M. - Norwood F.
Apr. 13: Southern T. - W.Adelaide B.
Apr. 13: Sturt S. - S.Adelaide P.
Apr. 14: S.Adelaide P. - Forestville E.
Apr. 14: N.Adelaide R. - Sturt S.
Apr. 14: W.Adelaide B. - Eastern M.
Apr. 14: C.District L. - Southern T.

SBL

Apr. 12: Rockingham F. - Lakeside L.
Apr. 12: Perry Lakes H. - Stirling S.
Apr. 12: Willetton T. - SW Slammers
Apr. 13: Lakeside L. - Geraldton B.
Apr. 13: Goldfield G. - Mandurah M.
Apr. 13: Perth R. - Rockingham F.
Apr. 13: SW Slammers - Cockburn C.
Apr. 13: Wanneroo W. - Perry Lakes H.
Apr. 13: Stirling S. - Willetton T.
Apr. 13: Kalamunda E.S. - East Perth E.
Apr. 14: East Perth E. - Geraldton B.

SEABL

Apr. 12: Hobart C. - Geelong S.
Apr. 12: Mt Gambier - Canberra G.
Apr. 13: Kilsyth C. - Mt Gambier
Apr. 13: Brisbane S. - Sandringham S.
Apr. 13: NW Tasmania - Geelong S.
Apr. 13: Frankston B. - Canberra G.
Apr. 13: Albury W.B. - Bendigo B.
Apr. 13: Knox R. - Dandenong
Apr. 13: Nunawading S. - Ballarat M.
Apr. 14: Dandenong - Canberra G.

WARATAH

Apr. 13: Bankstown B. - Hornsby S.
Apr. 13: Manly Warr. - Colonial Hotel
Apr. 13: Parramatta W. - Norths Bears
Apr. 13: Illawarra H. - Newcastle H.
Apr. 13: Maitland M. - Sutherland S.
Apr. 13: Hills H. - Sydney C.
Apr. 14: Cent.Coast C. - Parramatta W.
Apr. 14: Hornsby S. - Newcastle H.


Win eases heartbreak - by Eurobasket News


GEELONG Supercats coach Jamie O'Loughlin has applauded the depth of his playing roster as the side moved to four wins and one loss, with a crucial 88-84 success over perennial powerhouse Dandenong on Saturday night.

The victory went some way to easing the pain of last year's heart-breaking finals exit.

"Going back to where we got so close to winning the conference final last year, it was always going to be a great challenge," O'Loughlin said. "It really was a combined effort. We played eight players and they all made significant contributions to the win."

The success capped a stellar weekend for Geelong, with Friday night's 38-point battering of Kilsyth laying the foundation to a round that launched the club to the top of the East Conference ladder.

The Supercats burst from the blocks and led last year's SEABL runner-up by five at the first break, before extending the lead to seven at half-time.

"We knew it was critical to not allow them to get a jump on us early," O'Loughlin said.

"If you look at most games last year, they jumped out to anywhere between 10 and 20 points to lead at quarter-time."

Ash Cannan (201-F-82, college: Colorado Christian) led the charge with 17 points, with Mike Mercer and Nathan Herbert (192-G/F-84) once again in the action pouring in 15 and 12 points respectively.

Theron Wilson and Seb Loader controlled the glass with nine rebounds apiece, with O'Loughlin singling Wilson out for special praise.

"He's fitted right into the group," he said of the American, whose visa was approved only hours before Friday's clash with the Cobras.

"He's the sort of player that helps others around him to perform better.

"It's really pleasing because early in the season you just never know how you're going to start, especially when you are trying to fit the pieces together and form a new team."

The news wasn't as good for the Lady Supercats, falling to Dandenong, 69-60, in the curtain-raiser.

The loss followed Friday's five-point demise at the hands of Kilsyth.

Despite consecutive losses coach Paul O'Brien found a silver-lining in the weekend.

"It was a much-improved shooting effort from Friday night," O'Brien said of the nine-point fall to the Rangers.

"We shot at around 40 per cent for the entire game and finished at 44 per cent.

"We had a slightly slower start, but hauled them back in over the game."

O'Brien also saw some positives in the performances of Candice Rogers, who had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Sarah Blicavs, who is the sister of Geelong footballer Mark Blicavs. She also finished with 17 points.

"Candice continues to be a shining light in the group with 17 points and eight rebounds, he said.

Sarah was also good with 17 and six, and shes still young and learning, and getting used to our tempo.

The successive losses have left the Lady Supercats in sixth place on the conference ladder with a 40% winning ratio.
Courtesy of: http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au



SEABL: Fancied Geelong holds off determined Rangers - by Eurobasket News

DANDENONG Rangers men got an early look at championship contender Geelong Supercats and Rangers coach Darren Perry believes his side will take a lot from the loss.

On Saturday night the Rangers lost 88-84 at Dandenong Stadium to the Supercats. New power forward Ash Cannan (201-F-82, college: Colorado Christian) came up big for the visitors in the final term, making five key free throws out of his 17 points to keep his side ahead.

Despite giving up 27 turnovers and struggling to keep the Supercats off the boards, the Rangers still found a way to keep pace with the visitors, with import Daequon Montreal scoring a game-high 27 points and seven rebounds.

But Montreal also made a foolish play in the final minutes by questioning a foul call, resulting in him earning a technical foul. The Supercats took their lead out to six with the extra free throws and possession of the ball.

Yet the Rangers refused to give in. Andrew Harms scored a quick five points after getting a lay-up and then making three free-throws on the next play to bring the Rangers within one point with 14 seconds left.

Cannan, who only played 17 minutes in the match, was fouled on the inbound pass and made two free throws, giving the Rangers a chance to force overtime. But Harms' three-point shot missed and Theron Wilson pulled down the rebound with just seconds left and was fouled as time expired.

Harms had 17 points and eight assists while Tony Lewis added 12 points.

Perry said the two sides had put on a "physical chess match" and were two of the best sides in the league.

He said Montreal's tech foul was costly but the Rangers had struggled in other areas as well.

"At the time we didn't need it but we threw it away 27 times and gave up 19 offensive rebounds so we did other things wrong; it's not something we should isolate," he said.

"We turned it over 27 times. We gave up 19 offensive rebounds but we were still there with a chance to take the game to overtime, so there must have been some other good things going on.

"Hopefully we respond well to this loss and get back to winning next match."

New Rangers signing Owen Odigie (196-F/G-93) was impressive during his time on the court after coming back from a broken wrist but he was forced to leave the game late in the final term after being fouled heavily, causing a tooth in his mouth to be pushed back.

Perry said Odigie was taken to hospital as a precaution after the game.

The Rangers have a showdown with rivals Knox Raiders at the State Basketball Centre at 8pm this Saturday and then back up against Canberra Gunners at Dandenong Stadium at 2pm this Sunday.
Courtesy of: http://www.dandenongjournal.com.au



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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

Premier League Standings
 1. Al Manama 13-2 
 2. Al Ahli 12-3 
 3. Muharraq 12-3 
 4. Al Hala 11-4 
 5. Sitra 10-5 
 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. 7: Al Hala - Sitra 85-83
Apr. 7: Muharraq - Al Ahli 72-62
Apr. 5: Bahrain Club - Al Manama 55-86
Apr. 6: Samaheej - Issa Town 50-70

Regular Season: Round 16

Apr. 9: Bahrain Club - Hidd
Apr. 9: Al Najma - Issa Town
Apr. 10: Al Manama - Nuwaidrat
Apr. 10: Samaheej - Sitra
Apr. 11: Muharraq - Al Ittihad
Apr. 11: Al Hala - Al Ahli


Premier League Round 15: Al Hala edges Sitra by two points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 15 in the Premier League took place in Muharraq. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Sitra (10-5) to fourth ranked Al Hala (11-4) 85-83 in the game for the fourth place. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 11-4 record. Sitra at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Al Hala are looking forward to face league's second-placed Al Ahli in Manama in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sitra will play on the road against Samaheej in Manama and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Al Muharraq. Third ranked Muharraq faced second-best Al Ahli. Host Muharraq (12-3) defeated guests from Manama (12-3) 72-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Al Ahli. Muharraq have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Al Ahli. Muharraq will play against Al Ittihad (#11) in Manama in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Al Ahli will play on the road against Al Hala (#4) in Muharraq and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Samaheej (0-15) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 70-50 loss to sixth ranked Issa Town (8-7) in Manama on Saturday evening. Issa Town maintains sixth place with 8-7 record, which they share with Nuwaidrat. Newly promoted Samaheej still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Issa Town will meet Al Najma (#10) in the next round. Samaheej will play against Sitra and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Manama. Local Bahrain Club (4-11) was outscored by second ranked Al Manama (13-2) 86-55. Al Manama have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Bahrain Club lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 11 games lost. Al Manama's next round opponent will be Nuwaidrat (#7) at home which should be theoretically another easy game. Bahrain Club will play against Hidd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 15 Al Najma was crushed by Nuwaidrat in a road game 91-62. Hidd smashed Al Ittihad at home 86-64.


Muharraq - Al Ahli 72-62

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Al Muharraq. Third ranked Muharraq faced second-best Al Ahli. Host Muharraq (12-3) defeated guests from Manama (12-3) 72-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Al Ahli. Muharraq have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Al Ahli. Muharraq will play against Al Ittihad (#11) in Manama in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Al Ahli will play on the road against Al Hala (#4) in Muharraq and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Al Hala - Sitra 85-83

The most exciting game of round 15 in the Premier League took place in Muharraq. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Sitra (10-5) to fourth ranked Al Hala (11-4) 85-83 in the game for the fourth place. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 11-4 record. Sitra at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Al Hala are looking forward to face league's second-placed Al Ahli in Manama in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sitra will play on the road against Samaheej in Manama and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
gschID: 237540


Bahrain Club - Al Manama 55-86

The game with biggest result difference took place in Manama. Local Bahrain Club (4-11) was outscored by second ranked Al Manama (13-2) 86-55. Al Manama have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Bahrain Club lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 11 games lost. Al Manama's next round opponent will be Nuwaidrat (#7) at home which should be theoretically another easy game. Bahrain Club will play against Hidd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 237537


Nuwaidrat - Al Najma 91-62

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Al Najma (3-12) was crushed on the road by seventh ranked Nuwaidrat (8-7) 91-62. Nuwaidrat moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Issa Town. Al Najma at the other side keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Nuwaidrat's next round opponent will be league's leader Al Manama on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Al Najma will play against Issa Town (#6).
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Hidd - Al Ittihad 86-64

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Hidd (6-9) smashed at home 11th ranked Al Ittihad (3-12) 86-64. Newly promoted Hidd maintains eighth place with 6-9 record. Al Ittihad at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 12 games lost. Hidd's next round opponent will be Bahrain Club (#9) in Manama. Al Ittihad will play on the road against Muharraq in Al Muharraq.
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Samaheej - Issa Town 50-70

Bottom-ranked Samaheej (0-15) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 70-50 loss to sixth ranked Issa Town (8-7) in Manama on Saturday evening. Issa Town maintains sixth place with 8-7 record, which they share with Nuwaidrat. Newly promoted Samaheej still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Issa Town will meet Al Najma (#10) in the next round. Samaheej will play against Sitra and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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  BELARUS   


Recap for April 5th games - by Valeryi Sobalevsky

SOZH-RUBON 95-77

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

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

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

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

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

Top scorers:

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

GRODNO 93 SVISLOCH 92-78

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

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

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

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

Top scorers:

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

TSMOKI MINSK 2 IMPULS BGUIR 76-51

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

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

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

Top scorers:

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





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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division II

Division II Standings
 1. Houthalen 22-6 
 2. Gembo BBC 20-7 
 3. Kangor.-Boom 20-7 
 4. Sint-Jan Ant. 16-11 
 5. St-Niklase 16-11 
 6. CEP Fleurus 16-11 
 7. Waregem 16-12 
 8. Gent Dragons 13-14 
 9. Tongeren 13-15 
 10. M.Hainaut II 12-15 
 11. Excelsior 11-15 
 12. Sprimont 11-16 
 13. Oudenaarde 9-18 
 14. Essor Charleroi 4-22 
 15. Giants II 4-23 

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 7: Houthalen - Oudenaarde 96-78
Apr. 5: Point Chaud - Excelsior 86-68
Apr. 7: Essor Charleroi - Giants II 86-64
Apr. 6: St-Niklase - Tongeren 77-93
Apr. 7: Sint-Jan Ant. - Waregem 75-84
Apr. 7: Point Chaud - Gent Dragons 69-71
Apr. 6: Kangor.-Boom - M.Hainaut II 122-80
Apr. 7: Gembo BBC - CEP Fleurus 119-80

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 12: M.Hainaut II - Gembo BBC
Apr. 12: CEP Fleurus - Houthalen
Apr. 13: Gent Dragons - Point Chaud
Apr. 13: Tongeren - Essor Charleroi
Apr. 14: Giants II - Kangor.-Boom
Apr. 14: Excelsior - Sint-Jan Ant.
Apr. 14: Oudenaarde - St-Niklase


Oostende adds Singletary to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Telenet Oostende (Ethias League) added to their roster 28-year old American point guard Sean Singletary (183-85, college: Virginia). He started the season at Frisco Texas Legends (D-League) in the U.S.. In 42 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.6apg and 1.7spg this season. The last season Singletary was tested by Belfius Mons-Hainaut (previous name M.Hainaut). In 11 Ethias League games he averaged 11.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.0apg and 2.5spg. He also played 7 games in Eurocup where he averaged 5.0ppg, 1.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg.
In 2008 Singletary was drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA) in second round (42nd overall). He attended University of Virginia and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Singletary's team made it to the Spanish ACB Supercup Final Four in 2011. He was also voted All-ACC 1st Team back in 2006,2007 and 2008 at his college time.
Singletary has played also professionally in NBA (Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers and Charlotte Bobcats), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce) and Spain (Caja Laboral).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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TOP 10 BOSNIAN PROSPECTS APRIL 6TH TOURNAMENT! - by Chris Mathieu

TOP 10 BOSNIAN PROSPECTS APRIL 6TH TOURNAMENT!
April 6th tournament was a very successful event this year. It featured some of the top prospects in Europe and showed the dominance of KK SPARS in the region as a basketball power. The Bosnian junior national team played KK SPARS in the final which KK SPARS won 83-48. KK SPARS pioneers beat KK KVARNER in the final 68-62. The tournament featured the Bosnian U18, U16 teams as well as Balkan powerhouses Partizan and Union Olympia. The tournament featured at least 20 quality European prospects. It was truly amazing to see KK SPARS dominate some of the top teams in Europe.

1. Nedim Buza: Buza proved once again that he is a top European and NBA prospect with a very good all-around game.
2. Nedim Dedovic: The highly touted prospect who is the younger brother of Nihad Dedovic finally made his debut with Bosnia and showed a high skill level and is a better natural shooter than his brother as well.
3. Doko Salic: Salic has a mature game that is impressive beyond his years. He has quality post moves and dominates players in his age. He is not an exceptional athlete and may peak early in his career and reach his max potential as a teenager.
4. Alija Piric: Piric is a highly skilled player who is still raw and needs to develop multiple post moves to reach his potential. He is just starting to scratch the surface of his potential.
5. Aleksandar Lazic: An incredible athlete who has solid skills and fundamentals, he shows a good shooting form. He needs to learn to be more aggressive and take over games when the situation arises.
6. Amar Alibegovic: A very solid player who shows that he grew up in a basketball family, his father is the famous Bosnian Teoman Alibegovic who played on the last great Yugoslavian teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Amar made his debut at the NIJT tournament early this year and played well.
7. Armin Sijercic: displayed a nice skill set and shows some potential for the future. Armin needs quality coaching and physical development to reach his potential.
8. Sani Campara: One of the top young prospects with KK SPARS, born in 1999 is very young and has been player with players years older than him and has held his own.
9. Edin Atic: One of the better prospects in Europe he has yet to find a home and build some consistency. Edin needs to find a club who is willing to invest in him and develop him and get him consistent minutes.
10. Enes Memic: A limited player physically who plays a mature game and should be solid player with no great upside



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - BNL

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

Regular Season: Round 36

Apr. 6: Pinheiros/Sky - Flamengo 93-91
Apr. 6: Vila Velha - Liga Sorocaba 88-82
Apr. 6: S.Jose/Unimed - Brasilia 84-79
Apr. 6: Paulistano - Tijuca TC 84-65
Apr. 6: Mogi das Cruzes - Basquete Cearense 80-86
Apr. 6: Palmeiras - Limeira 72-68
Apr. 6: Suzano - Joinville 65-75
Apr. 11: Minas - Bauru

Round 29

Apr. 8: Flamengo - Tijuca TC

Round 30

Apr. 11: Franca - Pinheiros/Sky

Round 33

Apr. 7: Brasilia - Minas 81-86
Apr. 8: Limeira - Joinville
Apr. 9: Franca - S.Jose/Unimed
Apr. 10: Flamengo - Suzano
Apr. 11: Basquete Cearense - Vila Velha


Fluminense announces 3 international players - by Paulo Freire

The Fluminense FC basketball team, has announced today the arrival of three new players.
The team managers, has agreed with american Eddie Miller (195-G, college: Cal-Davis), and two player from Argentina Juan Manuel Rivero (191-G/F-85) and Juan Manuel Torres (210-C-84).
On the other hand the team end up cancel the deal with center Kenneth Cooper (208-C-87, college: UAB), 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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PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 25- RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Bambuqueros had six players scoring in doubl figures to defeat the Academia de la Montana, the co-leaders reached a 29 points lead at the end of the third and put their 11th and 12th player on the court for the last quarter, Adison Blandon leaded the Bambuqueros against his old team scoring 19 pts.
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 90 A. Blandon 19 pts, J. Manuel 15 pts
Academia de la Montana 74 C. Chavez 22 pts + 10 rebs, D. Blue 11 pts and 12 rebs.

Bukaros defeated without big effort the Caribbean Heat in Cartagena and puts them closet o be eliminated, Phillip Brooks had 23 pts leading the yellow squad and Ralphy Holmes was the best in the C. Heat with 25 pts.
Caribbean Heat 73 R. Holmes 25 pts, E. Steele 11 pts
Bukaros Freskaleche 87 P. Brooks 25 pts, L. Gilbert 19 pts

Piratas blasted a very unmotivated Halcones team 119 81, Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84, college: Philadelphia) posted the first triple double of the season with 18 pts, 15 rebs and 10 assists, first Thomas triple double ever.
Halcones de Cucuta 81 E. Renteria 20 pts, R. Jeter 16 pts
Piratas de Bogota 119 T. Thomas 18 pts + 15 rebs + 10 assts, E. Arteaga 21 pts.




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Ligaen Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Bakken clinch Finals ticket - by Eurobasket News

Bakken - Horsens IC 84-68

Bakken Bears entered the Ligaen Finals. They defeated Horsens IC in the decisive game of the semifinal series. The game without a history. Bakken led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Bakken made 8 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Horsens IC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international point guard Andreas Jakobsen (187-83, college: Columbia, MO) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Canadian forward Marvell Waithe (205-87, college: Arkansas) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Bakken's coach Mathias Bach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international guard Darko Jukic (198-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists and American center Keane Thomann (211-89, college: Missouri So.) added 15 points in the effort for Horsens IC.
Top scorers:
Bakken: A.Jakobsen 31+3reb+1ast, N.Iversen 15+10reb+2ast, M.Waithe 15+11reb+3ast, C.Christoffersen 8+10reb, F.Nielsen 6+3ast, M.Sahlertz 5+1reb
Horsens IC: D.Jukic 25+15reb+5ast, K.Thomann 15+4reb, E.Kvedaravicius 11+6reb, S.Bowlin 8+2reb+7ast, D.Friedrich 7+2reb+2ast, M.Sakne 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 238371



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Spurs Recall Aron Baynes - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have recalled center Aron Baynes (6'10''-C-86, college: Washington St.) from the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.
Baynes, who recently made his fifth stint with the Toros this season, has appeared in 11 games with Austin, averaging 13.9 points and 8.7 rebounds in 26.9 minutes. This past weekend, the center averaged 21.5 points and 12.0 rebounds in two starts against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The Australian native has played in 12 games with the Spurs this season since being signed on Jan. 23, averaging 2.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in 7.6 minutes.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Golden State Warriors Assign Scott Machado to Santa Cruz - by Eurobasket News

The Golden State Warriors have assigned guard Scott Machado (6'1''-PG-90, college: Iona) to the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced today. Machado was signed by the Warriors as a GATORADE Call-Up from Santa Cruz on April 7. He appeared in 10 games for the Warriors' D-League affiliate prior to his call-up, averaging 6.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 15.0 minutes. In 28 D-League games combined this year with Santa Cruz and Rio Grande Valley, Machado has averaged 8.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 24.0 minutes per contest. The Santa Cruz Warriors earned the #3 seed in the NBA D-League Playoffs and begin their first round series on the road against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Wednesday, April 10.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Suns Assign Diante Garrett To Jam - by Eurobasket News

The Phoenix Suns have assigned guard Diante Garrett (6'4''-G-88, college: Iowa St.) to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. Garrett will spend his second stint in Bakersfield after he was originally assigned to the Jam on Jan. 10, where he averaged 15.1 points, 7.4 assists and 1.7 steals while appearing in seven games for the Jam (five starts). During his seven-game assignment, the Jam compiled a 6-1 (.857) record, including a season-best six-game win streak.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



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  EUROCUP   


Zdovc is out at Spartak St. Petersburg - by Uygar Karaca

Jurij Zdovc is officially no longer the head coach of Spartak St. Petersburg. After a strong start to the season (Eurocup 6 straight wins& Quarter Final Playoffs reached), a series of bad results brought Zdovc to the end. Hired in 2011, the Slovenian coach managed to bring Spartak to Eurocup F4 for the first of time in their history last season. The departure of Patrick Beverley did not help in the mid-season to the offensive woes of the team. St. Petersburg was surprisingly eliminated against Budivelnik in the Final 8 stage of Eurocup. Lately, St. Petersburg lost to Triumph and Spartak Primorie in the domestic league in two straight games.


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  FINLAND   


1.DIVISION: ToPo not giving up - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Division 1 A, semi-finals, Game # 3: Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) and Honka (Tapiola); two teams from capital city area knowing eachother very well. One of them will make Division 1 Finals and meet there regular season winner Tarmo from Porvoo. Tonight ToPo had to win otherwise the season would have been over. ToPo got a good start, Honka was not shooting well. ToPo leading at Kisahalli 41-27 during the half time. Honka made this contest several times a five-point-game, but didn't get closer. ToPo won finally 79-73 and this series is now then 1-2 for Honka. Three wins are needed to the finals. Next game (# 4) on Wednesday, April 10, in Espoo.
Marcus Capers (193-G-89, college: Washington St.) led ToPo tonight with 21pts/13rbs. Hanno Mottola (209-PF-76, college: Utah) added 13pts/7rbs. Ronnie Clark (195-F/G-81) helped Honka this time with 26pts/16rbs. Malik Moore (192-G-77, college: Amer.Internat.) added 16pts/12rbs.

ToPo - Honka 79-73 (41-27). Quarters: 22-12, 19-15, 16-19, 22-27. (Marcus Capers 21/13, Hanno Mottola 13, Elias Kajander 13, Tuukka Kulha 13 - Ronnie Clark 26/16, Malik Moore 16/12, Joni Herrala 12. A: 1050).



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

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

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 6: Cholet - Le Mans 89-82
Apr. 8: ASVEL - Strasbourg 84-81
Apr. 6: Dijon - Limoges 80-72
Apr. 6: Le Havre - Gravelines 76-90
Apr. 6: Paris-Levallois - Nancy 73-79
Apr. 6: Orleans - Poitiers 73-67
Apr. 6: Chalon - Nanterre 71-86
Apr. 6: Boulazac - Roanne 67-65

Round 23

Apr. 2: Roanne - Gravelines 80-76

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 13: Roanne - Orleans
Apr. 13: Nancy - ASVEL
Apr. 13: Gravelines - Boulazac
Apr. 13: Poitiers - Cholet
Apr. 13: Le Mans - Dijon
Apr. 13: Paris-Levallois - Chalon
Apr. 13: Nanterre - Le Havre
Apr. 13: Strasbourg - Limoges


Standings - N1

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

Regular Season: Round 30

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

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 13: Rueil - Sorgues
Apr. 13: St Chamond - Angers BC 49
Apr. 13: Souffel - Blois
Apr. 13: Quimper - Monaco
Apr. 13: La Rochelle - Rennes
Apr. 13: Vichy - Chartres
Apr. 13: Orchy - Challans

Round 30

Apr. 9: Angers BC 49 - Cognac


Dials comes back to Orleans - by Eurobasket News

Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American power forward Terence Dials (206-113kg-83, college: Ohio State). It is actually his comeback to Entente Orleans 45 as he played here before. Dials played recently at Hyeres-Toulon in French ProB. In 22 ProA games he recorded 12.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.0apg this season. He helped them to win the supercup. Dials also spent pre-season at Limoges CSP Elite (ProB) earlier that year. The last season he was tested by Pure Youth (SBL) in Taiwanese league. In two games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg and 13.0rpg.
The previous (2011) summer Dials was tested by Hebei (NBL) in Chinese league. In 14 games he averaged remarkable 19.2ppg, 11.6rpg and 1.5spg. The last (2011) season he played at Apollon (Division A) in Cypriot league. In 13 games he averaged 10.3ppg and 4.2rpg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League 2nd Team.
In 2009-10 season Dials played at Western Liaoning (NBL) in Chinese league. In 20 games he averaged great 21.9ppg, 15.6rpg, 1.7apg and 2.2spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL 2nd Team.
Among other achievements he received All-Big Ten Player of the Year award and USBWA All-NCAA District V Team award back in 2006 at his college time.
Dials is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (New Yorker Phantoms), Switzerland (BBC Nyon) and China (W.Liaoning).
Dials attended Ohio State until 2006 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



French ProA round 26 best performance: Dwight Buycks - by Eurobasket News

American point guard Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Gravelines, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, four rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Le Havre (#12, 11-15) 90-76. It allowed Gravelines to consolidate first place in the French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Gravelines has a very solid 18-8 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Buycks turned to be Gravelines' top player in his first season with the team. Former Marquette University star has very solid stats this year. Buycks is in league's top in points (2nd best: 17.4ppg) and averages impressive 40.6% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Coleman Collins (206-C/F-86, agency: Interperformances) of Roanne. Collins had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Roanne was edged by the lower-ranked Boulazac (#15, 8-18) 67-65. Roanne managed to keep the same 5th spot in . His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Collins is a newcomer at Roanne 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 American forward Zach Moss (201-F-81) of Dijon (#10). Moss scored 18 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Dijon, leading his team to a 80-72 win against the lower-ranked Limoges (#13, 10-16). Dijon needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 13 victories and 13 lost games. Moss has a very solid season. In 24 games in France he scored 11.0ppg. He also has 5.3rpg and FGP: 63.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Herve Toure (202-F-82) of Nancy - 20 points and 8 rebounds
5. Jeremy Leloup (202-F-87) of Dijon - 22 points and 4 assists
6. Amadi McKenzie (201-PF-86) of Boulazac - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Trenton Meacham (188-G-85) of Nanterre - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Jawad Williams (204-F-83) of Paris-Levallois - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Christopher Hill (191-G-83) of Orleans - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88) of Strasbourg - 19 points and 7 rebounds

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



Darius Adams (ex Kryvbasbasket) could join Orleans - by Eurobasket News

Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) is close to sign 24-year old American point guard Darius Adams (182-75kg-89, college: Indianapolis, agency: Three Eye Sports) who currently plays Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih in Ukraine. In 14 Superleague games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.1apg and 1.9spg this season. Adams ended the last season at Reales (LNB) in Dominican Rep. league. In 8 games he averaged remarkable 18.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.8apg. But the most of that year he spent at Guaiqueries (LPB) in Venezuelan league. In 31 games he was fourth best scorer with great 18.9ppg and had 3.5rpg, 3.4apg and 2.5spg (in top 4).
Among other achievements Adams received Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB 2nd Team award in 2012.
He graduated from University of Indianapolis in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: One of the best players in Division II in his college career. Unlike most high-profile guys, Adams has been through the struggles. He went from being a bench player for the Generals to a two-year college before becoming the nation's seventh-best scorer in D II.
Adams said. "The main thing is proving yourself. I know if I just keep going hard and putting in the work, that's where I want to be."
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By Eurobasket Data Center



ProA Round 26: #1 Gravelines-Dunkerque is defeated by Chorale de Roanne - 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, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (18-8) on the court of fifth ranked Chorale de Roanne on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Chorale de Roanne 80-76. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 39-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Chorale de Roanne looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international William Gradit (197-82, college: Hill JC) scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Ivorian guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 11 points and 7 assists during the contest. Chorale de Roanne's coach Luka Pavicevic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American-FYR Macedonian swingman Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama) responded with 21 points. Chorale de Roanne (15-11) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with ASVEL and Le Mans. Gravelines-Dunkerque at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. Chorale de Roanne is looking forward to face Entente Orleans 45 (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Boulazac Basket (#15) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Villeurbanne. Sixth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (15-11) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-ranked Strasbourg IG (17-9) 84-81 on Monday evening. The former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) notched 18 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and Tim Abromaitis supported him with 18 points and 6 rebounds. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach Pierre Vincent allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 19 points and 7 rebounds by the former international center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, agency: Priority Sports) did not help to save the game for Strasbourg IG. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Le Mans and Roanne. Strasbourg IG at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. They share it with Chalon. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against Sluc Nancy (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Strasbourg IG will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Chalon/Saor (17-9) against seventh ranked JSF Nanterre (14-12) on Saturday night. Host Chalon/Saor was defeated by JSF Nanterre in Chalon 86-71. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Trenton Meacham who scored 22 points and 6 assists. Blake Schilb produced 17 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. JSF Nanterre have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 14-12 record. Defending champion Chalon/Saor dropped to the second place with nine games lost. They share the position with Strasbourg. JSF Nanterre will meet at home STB Le Havre (#12) in the next round where they are favorite. Chalon/Saor will play against Paris-Levallois (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Boulazac Basket managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Boulazac Basket edged fifth-ranked Chorale de Roanne 67-65. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Chorale de Roanne. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Alex Acker orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 4 assists. Boulazac Basket (8-18) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Poitiers. Chorale de Roanne at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 11 games lost. Boulazac Basket's next round opponent will be league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Chorale de Roanne will play against Entente Orleans 45.
ProA top team - Gravelines-Dunkerque (18-8) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat eleventh ranked STB Le Havre (11-15) 90-76. Dwight Buycks scored 25 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gravelines-Dunkerque maintains first position with 18-8 record. Loser STB Le Havre dropped to the twelfth place with 15 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will face Boulazac Basket (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. STB Le Havre will play against JSF Nanterre.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 26: Limoges lost to Dijon on the opponent's court 72-80. Paris-Levallois unfortunately lost to Nancy in a home game 73-79. Poitiers recorded a loss to Orleans on the road 67-73. Cholet defeated Le Mans on its own court 89-82.


ASVEL - Strasbourg 84-81

Important game to mention about took place in Villeurbanne. Sixth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (15-11) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-ranked Strasbourg IG (17-9) 84-81 on Monday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-18. But Strasbourg IG won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) notched 18 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and American forward Tim Abromaitis (203-89, college: Notre Dame) supported him with 18 points and 6 rebounds. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach Pierre Vincent allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 19 points and 7 rebounds by the former international center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, agency: Priority Sports) did not help to save the game for Strasbourg IG. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the guests. Four Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Le Mans and Roanne. Strasbourg IG at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. They share it with Chalon. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against Sluc Nancy (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Strasbourg IG will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: E.Jackson 18+2reb+5ast, T.Abromaitis 18+6reb, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 14+4reb, M.Thompson 9+1reb+4ast, G.Joseph 8+2reb+2ast, L.Jean-Charles 7+5reb+1ast
Strasbourg: J.Greer 19+4reb+1ast, A.Ajinca 19+7reb, R.Greer 14+5reb+7ast, L.Campbell 11+4reb+2ast, R.Duport 8+3reb, J.Shurna 6+5reb
gschID: 179045


Dijon - Limoges 80-72

Rather expected game when 13th ranked Limoges CSP Elite (10-16) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked JDA Dijon (13-13) 80-72 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-72. JDA Dijon forced 22 Limoges CSP Elite turnovers. It was a great shooting night for JDA Dijon especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. Limoges CSP Elite was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Zach Moss (201-81, college: Mountain St.) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists during the contest. American forward Jon Brockman (201-87, college: Washington) responded with 14 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Teddy Gipson (193-80, college: Arkansas, agency: Court Side) scored 13 points and 5 assists. Four JDA Dijon and five Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. Limoges CSP Elite's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. JDA Dijon moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois and Orleans. Limoges CSP Elite lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. JDA Dijon will face higher ranked Le Mans (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Limoges CSP Elite will play against the league's second-placed Strasbourg IG (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Dijon: J.Leloup 22+4ast, Z.Moss 18+13reb+2ast, A.Harris 15+4reb+3ast, T.Campbell 12+1reb+1ast, D.Melody 6+5ast, F.Prenom 4
Limoges: J.Brockman 14+9reb, T.Gipson 13+3reb+5ast, J.Gomis 12+2reb+1ast, K.McAlarney 11+2ast, T.Plaisted 10+5reb+1ast, N.Boungou Colo 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 179051


Chalon - Nanterre 71-86

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Chalon/Saor (17-9) against seventh ranked JSF Nanterre (14-12) on Saturday night. Host Chalon/Saor was defeated by JSF Nanterre in Chalon 86-71. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. The game without a history. JSF Nanterre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Chalon/Saor's players. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Trenton Meacham (188-85, college: Illinois) who scored 22 points and 6 assists. point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) chipped in 15 points. Swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds and forward Shelden Williams (206-83, college: Duke) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. JSF Nanterre have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 14-12 record. Defending champion Chalon/Saor dropped to the second place with nine games lost. They share the position with Strasbourg. JSF Nanterre will meet at home STB Le Havre (#12) in the next round where they are favorite. Chalon/Saor will play against Paris-Levallois (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: T.Meacham 22+4reb+6ast, C.Warren 15+2reb+3ast, C.Oliver 13+4reb+2ast, X.Corosine 11+4reb+4ast, J.Palacios 8+3reb+2ast, D.Lighty 8+2reb+3ast
Chalon: B.Schilb 17+7reb+2ast, S.Williams 11+8reb, S.Tchicamboud 11+1reb+3ast, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 10+3reb, J.Aboudou 8+1reb, M.Denmon 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 179050


Paris-Levallois - Nancy 73-79

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Sluc Nancy (9-17) defeated on the road higher ranked Paris-Levallois (13-13) 79-73 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-16. But Paris-Levallois won second period 11-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sluc Nancy made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Paris-Levallois turnovers. Naturalized Ivorian forward Herve Toure (202-82) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Ivorian point guard Souleyman Diabate (183-87, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 8 steals during the contest. Five Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. American forward Jawad Williams (204-83, college: N.Carolina) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and U.S. Virgin Islands-Antiguan guard Julius Hodge (201-83, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sluc Nancy maintains fourteenth position with 9-17 record. Loser Paris-Levallois keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. Sluc Nancy will face higher ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#6) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Nancy: H.Toure 20+8reb+1ast, J.Shuler 17+1reb+3ast, C.Marquis 13+4reb+1ast, S.Diabate 13+6reb+5ast, M.Sommerville 12+7reb+1ast, A.Kader Sylla 3+7reb+1ast
Paris-Levallois: J.Hodge 19+5reb+1ast, J.Williams 19+11reb+3ast, S.May 14+8reb+3ast, A.Albicy 8+1reb+3ast, A.Diot 7+3ast, J.Cox 6+1ast
gschID: 179049


Boulazac - Roanne 67-65

Bottom-ranked Boulazac Basket managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Boulazac Basket edged fifth-ranked Chorale de Roanne 67-65. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Chorale de Roanne. It looked good early as Chorale de Roanne took an 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Boulazac Basket had a 25-8 second period charge getting the lead and Chorale de Roanne was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-67. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 4 assists. Amadi McKenzie (201-86, college: Tenn Tech) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Coleman Collins (206-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Interperformances) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and Matt Howard (203-89, college: Butler) added 9 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Chorale de Roanne. Boulazac Basket (8-18) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Poitiers. Chorale de Roanne at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 11 games lost. Boulazac Basket's next round opponent will be league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Chorale de Roanne will play against Entente Orleans 45.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: A.Acker 21+4reb+4ast, A.McKenzie 16+9reb+2ast, T.Dubiez 9+3reb+1ast, M.Jefferson 9+8reb+1ast, D.Harris 8+4reb+1ast, A.Kerckhof 4
Roanne: C.Collins 20+10reb, P.Amagou 11+2reb+3ast, W.Gradit 10+1reb+3ast, M.Howard 9+11reb+4ast, S.Gray 6+4reb+3ast, R.Reid 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 179048


Le Havre - Gravelines 76-90

ProA top team - Gravelines-Dunkerque (18-8) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat eleventh ranked STB Le Havre (11-15) 90-76. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Gravelines-Dunkerque made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 STB Le Havre turnovers. STB Le Havre was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Dwight Buycks (190-89, college: Marquette) scored 25 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Abdoulaye M'Baye (189-88) chipped in 20 points during the contest. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) responded with 13 points and 9 assists and Congolese-Central African forward Max Kouguere (198-87) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Five STB Le Havre players scored in double figures. Gravelines-Dunkerque maintains first position with 18-8 record. Loser STB Le Havre dropped to the twelfth place with 15 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will face Boulazac Basket (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. STB Le Havre will play against JSF Nanterre.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: D.Buycks 25+4reb+4ast, A.M'Baye 20+3reb, C.Akpomedah 16+4reb+2ast, J.Edwards 9+5reb+2ast, K.Winston 9+1reb+2ast, L.Vaty 6+3reb+1ast
Le Havre: M.Kouguere 15+5reb+1ast, B.King 13+4reb+9ast, B.Fofana 11+4reb, G.Brown 11+6reb, G.Pitard 10+4reb+3ast, V.Moldoveanu 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 179047


Orleans - Poitiers 73-67

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Poitiers (8-18) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (13-13) 73-67 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 24-6 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Entente Orleans 45 dominated on the defensive end, holding Poitiers to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Poitiers was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Christopher Hill (191-83, college: Michigan St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) scored 17 points and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) chipped in 19 points during the contest. American-Italian guard Anthony Dobbins (194-81, college: Richmond) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Anthony Smith (196-86, college: Liberty) scored 11 points and 5 assists. Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Dijon and Paris-Levallois. Loser Poitiers dropped to the bottom position with 18 games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will face higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Poitiers will play against Cholet (#11).
Top scorers:
Orleans: B.Greene 19+2reb+2ast, C.Hill 17+4reb+5ast, B.Hunter 13+3reb+1ast, M.Lebrun 8+5reb+1ast, T.Martin 7+6reb+2ast, A.Eito 6+4reb+1ast
Poitiers: A.Dobbins 12+6reb+2ast, A.Smith 11+4reb+5ast, A.Grant 9+4reb+2ast, A.Nivins 9+6reb+1ast, L.Kante 8+1reb, D.James 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 179046


Cholet - Le Mans 89-82

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked Cholet (12-14) beat at home higher ranked Le Mans (15-11) 89-82 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-14. But Le Mans won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Marcus Goree (201-77, college: W.Virginia) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Aubrey Coleman (193-87, college: Houston) chipped in 21 points during the contest. American guard Cam Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: KMG Sports Management) responded with 28 points and 5 assists and FYR Macedonian-American point guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Cholet moved-up to eleventh place. Loser Le Mans keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Cholet will face bottom-ranked Poitiers (#16) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Le Mans will play against JDA Dijon (#10).
Top scorers:
Cholet: A.Coleman 21+3reb+3ast, M.Goree 19+8reb+1ast, A.Slaughter 17+1reb+3ast, T.Bryant 10+2reb+1ast, R.Jomby 8+4reb+4ast, R.Gobert 8+7reb+1ast
Le Mans: C.Long 28+2reb+5ast, D.Washington 18+7reb+3ast, J.Paulo Batista 13+2reb+1ast, A.Koffi 8+3reb, M.Keselj 6+6reb, P.Sy 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 179044


Round 23
Roanne - Gravelines 80-76

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (18-8) on the court of fifth ranked Chorale de Roanne on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Chorale de Roanne 80-76. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 39-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Chorale de Roanne looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international William Gradit (197-82, college: Hill JC) scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Ivorian guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 11 points and 7 assists during the contest. Five Chorale de Roanne players scored in double figures. Chorale de Roanne's coach Luka Pavicevic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American-FYR Macedonian swingman Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama) responded with 21 points and the former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Chorale de Roanne (15-11) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with ASVEL and Le Mans. Gravelines-Dunkerque at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. Chorale de Roanne is looking forward to face Entente Orleans 45 (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Boulazac Basket (#15) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Roanne: W.Gradit 19+4reb+3ast, S.Gray 14+2reb+1ast, V.Samnick 13+2reb+2ast, P.Amagou 11+2reb+7ast, C.Collins 11+6reb+1ast, M.Howard 6+7reb+2ast
Gravelines: K.Winston 21+1reb+1ast, J.Edwards 18+1reb+1ast, L.Vaty 13+8reb+2ast, D.Buycks 8+1ast, O.Camara 6+5reb+1ast, Y.Bokolo 4+2reb+6ast
gschID: 236254



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D1 Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 2

Places 1-6

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

Places 7-9

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

Second Stage: Round 3

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



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Edward Scissorhands Lives In The Republic of Georgia - by Nate Bowie

Going into a fresh season all athletes set a few goals for themselves to accomplish by the end of the season. Some people might want to win a championship, others scoring title and for some just to make the playoffs. But for me I wanted to show the world that I'm an all around basketball player. I wanted to lead the league in steals this season. I worked hard this off season on man to man defense as well as trying to get a jump on every pass that's thrown in the air. How ever I do it or get it, I try to pick up ever lose ball and steals. If you have the same offensive skills as Bernard King or Adrian Dantley but are a defensive liability than why are you on the court. Your hurting the team more than helping the team. Its hard for a coach to have confidence in you or even play you if you cant play defensive. I was talking to a editor this passed week and was referred to as having quicker hands than Edwardscissor Hands. I chuckled as I embellished the compliment. When other people notice things you have been working hard to improve on it makes you go even harder on and off the court. As of now I'm leading the league in a few categories including steals. For some of you people that don't know who Edward Scissorhands is, it's basically a romantic comedy of a artificial guy that's not fully finished and has scissors for his hands. He is taken in by a family and falls in love with the daughter. This character is played by Johnny Depp. Check it out in your free time and you will understand the metaphor that's used in this article.

As of now I'm on a short vacation visiting my friend Leo Lyons in Kiev. He plays for the Eurocup team Budivelnyk. Showing some support for his first playoff game tonight. The Republic of Georgia is very close to Ukraine and is about a 2hour flight. Currently Rustavi Energy (my team) has one game left in the regular season before the all-star break and the playoffs begin in a few weeks. Stay tune as we try to iron out the kinks and prepare for the playoffs.

Until next time always remember: If we can do what we can do, than God will always do what we can not do.
Nate Bowie (183-G-86, college: Cent.Arkansas)



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Kevin Hamilton (BBC Bayreuth) We Did What We Had To Do To Get The Win In Giessen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, college: Holy Cross) is a 28 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York that is playing his second season for BBC Bayreuth. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. In 2009-2010, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. In 2010-2011 for Braunschweig, he averaged 9,oppg, 4,1rpg and 4,3apg. Last season, he was injured and was only able to play 4 games: 8.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg. This past summer he played in Puerto Rico for Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico-BSN) playing 23 games: 7.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.6apg, Steals-4 (1.6spg), FGP: 40.2%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 61.5%. He spoke to eurobasket after the 75-60 win in Giessen.

Congrats on the 75-60 win in Giessen. How has Giessen changed from their 96-88 win in Bayreuth earlier in the season?

They have a completely different roster now. I have much respect for this team. They played very hard and made it tough for us. They have made it tough for every team in the first half. We had to work very hard in the second half to get the win.


The first quarter was very tight and low scoring. Was the team a bit nervous?

This was a big game for us and a must win. We started very tight and had problems getting hard fouls. We were unable to get out on the break.


What has been your impression of new head coach Predrag Krunich. How is he different from Marco Van Den Berg?

He is a totally different coach than Van Den Berg and has a different philosophy. He brings a different kind of intensity. I really enjoy playing for him and I hope that we can keep winning for him.


I was surprised that you came from the bench. Is this something tough to get used to?

I had had a groin injury last week and wasnt able to practice as much. The most important thing for me is to help the team the best way that I can no matter if I am starting or coming from the bench.


In the second quarter there were six lead changes. Were you surprised about how tight the game was?

We knew that it wouldnt be an easy game in Giessen. We had watched much film on them and they had kept Braunschweig and Bamberg tight in the first half. We were happy that we were able to scrape it out in the second half.


How tough was it containing Shaurad Curry who hit two big shots in the second quarter?

I remember him from when we played MBC. He is a very good shooter and you can give him looks or he will hurt you. On one of the shots he hit, it was my mistake rotating. I like his game.


What was your impression of German Andreas Buchert who made a monster block on Gary Mcghee?

It isnt hard to see that he is very athletic. He had two nice blocks and each block looked very clean. It was tough keeping him off the offensive glass. I like his game also.


BBC Bayreuth had a key 11-0 run in the third quarter to break open the game. I guess you could talk all day about Beckham Wyrick who scored nine points.

He is a great leader that always has a great attitude. He seems to always step up when we need it most. A game like this attributes how hard he works each day. He led us to this victory.

At the end of the third quarter, you had the ball faked a shot, but made a quick pass to Jason cain for a buzzer beater. Is a play like that as comfortable and easy as shooting free throws?

Yes it is. I just read what the defense gives me. I actually wanted to take the deep shot, but two defenders came too me so I decided to give the ball to Cain. I just try to set up my teammates in the best situations.


Why did it take BBC Bayreuth so long to find their rhythm?

We had jitters at the start. Sometimes when you want to win so bad, you seem to get uptight. The best thing about this win is that even though we didnt score much, we played great defense. We did what we had to do to get the win in Giessen. We have to get our offense started quicker in future games.


You hit a pretty turn around shot at the end of the game. Since when do you have this shot in your arsenal?

Come on Miles, I have had that shot for a long time. I have posting up for a while and feel comfortable taking that shot and I like taking that shot.


Who will win the 2013 NCAA title?

My coach at Holy Cross Ralph Willard is a good friend with Louisville coach Rick Pitino. I have to go with Louisville and Russ Smith went to my high school.


Who does Trey Burke remind you of on the court?

He reminds me of Chauncey Billups, but a bit more aggressive on offense.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Walking Dead.

Thanks Kev for the chat.




Ingo Freyer Stays Until 2015 With Phoenix Hagen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

With only four games remaining, Phoenix Hagen is very near to making their first Beko BBL playoffs. The club rewarded the good work of head coach Ingo Freyer by extending his contract until 2015. Freyer has been coach since 2007 in Hagen after starting his coaching career with SC Rist Wedel. He helped lead Phoenix Hagen into the Beko BBL in 2009. It has taken him four years to have success with his run and gun game, but better late than never. "I think it was the right time after the Trier win to make this announcement even if his work had been excellent already the last weeks",added Phoenix Hagen CEO Oliver Herkelmann. The club also announced that the side kick of Freyer assistant coach Steven Wriedt will remain on board. "The working relationship of Ingo and Steve works well. By keeping Matthias Grothe as youth coordinator and the link between BBL and youth, we have a good foundation for the future", added Oliver Herkelmann. "I am convinced that the way for me and the club isn't at the end yet. I want to build something and not end something that I have started. We have to bring consistency with the team and financial aspect. We also have to keep bringing along our youth program which I think is on eof the best in Germany", stressed Ingo Freyer.

Source: Phoenix Hagen





The Miles Basketball Minute: There Is Nothing Ugly About The Phoenix Hagen Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Since moving up to the Beko BBL in 2009, there hasnt been too much exciting happening with Phoenix Hagen besides fighting against the moving down from the Beko BBL and piddling around in no mans land. Notable memories for Hagen fans could be the making of the movie Phoenix in the asche and the Michael Jordan locker room outburst in Frankfurt that was Oscar worthy, beating Alba Berlin three seasons in a row in Hagen, the 35 point effort by Jordan Hasquet in Munich or the last game by ex Skyliner Jon Leuer in Hagen making 27 points before exiting to greener pastures in the NBA. Another nice occurrence with the club is the permanent nesting of German oldie Bernd Kruel who is known as the bird storch and who is 36 and is playing his 16th season in Hagen with short stays in Frankfurt and Bonn. He is a German basketball dinosauer that is following in the foot steps of ex teammate Chris Ensminger in terms of longevity as a player and must be getting served up a special tasty vitamin enriched diet of fish in the river Volme that keeps his energy alive and kicking. One could find the parallel that basketball and the city Hagen go hand in hand in that they are ugly. It has been stated that Hagen is the ugliest city in Germany and basketball in the past has been farther from beauty than pigs are from flying, but this season there is nothing ugly about Phoenix Hagen basketball.

If one wants to examine closely the reasons why Phoenix Hagen basketball isnt ugly anymore and is actually successful, one can find numerous reasons for the turn around. For those that have been locked in a closet in the past 4 years wont know that Phoenix Hagen play run and gun basketball and just try to outscore the opponent. They have scored 80 plus points in 18 of 30 games and average 86 points a game. One could even be as unfriendly and mention that the team doesnt play defense in order to conserve energy for their offense. This season, the team continues to play run and gun, but seems to play with a bit more consistency than in the past and the club also has found the word DEFENSE in their vocabulary. They were able to hold offensive teams like Oldenburg and Tuebingen to under 70 points and the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg who arent the strongest scoring team, but are capable of breaking out especially with a then fit Jimmy Mckinney who logged 34 minutes and was held to eight points. It also helps that the team found their chemistry early and that the players fit together better than in past years and have found their roles better. Head coach Ingo Freyer preaches offense and this season it seems like they are playing a type of Euroleague offense compared to BBL offense the last years.

When looking at the roster, Ingo Freyer has a healthy 10 man rotation where each guy has contributed in his special way. Hagen fans will argue with any one why Davin White (186-G-81, college: CS Northridge) shouldnt get the MVP. He is the top scorer in the league and near the top in assists. White reminds me of Alba Berlin guard Dashaun Wood in that he is having a similar kind of year that he had in 2010-2011 with Frankfurt. He may seem one dimensional as a scorer, but the Phoenix native will pull out his playmaking qualities when called for or if his shots arent falling. Phoenix Hagen surely would have 3-4 less wins without him. David Bell is about as pure a scorer that you will ever find. He looks like baby hulk just without the green and could probably hit blindfolded if he started practicing. His dangerous shooting has been key all season long. American Larry Gordon has been very consistent and is the unsung back bone on defense as he often guards the opponents best player. Adam Hess gives experience, leadership and can still hit from downtown to give his team a boost. Bringing Mark Dorris back helped as he knows the team and Freyer. He can explode on any night like his buddy Quantez Robertson does flying to the hoop. Americans Abe Lodwick who hardly played at Washington state and made the team in a try out phase has had some big games on offense and defense and probably surprised many by his strong and spirited play. American Dino Gregory is the back bone on defense. After playing at Maryland and as a rookie in Sweden, some wondered if he could step up in the better league Beko BBL, and he has. I can remember early in the season, I got a mail from the dad of Gregory asking, How is my boy doing, and I responded Well sir, I havent seen him play, but I am sure he will have a good season. It was the usual bla bla, but papa Gregory can be proud of his son who is leading the league in blocks and plays with a passion that would even have made ex Maryland stand out Len Bias proud. Gregory made 6 blocks against Bremerhaven and guards that penetrate have to always know where the big man is.

With less than a month to go in the season, Phoenix Hagen is in contention of making their first playoffs. The team has had fortune not having serious injury woes and an important aspect to their success is their self confidence which has been increased the last weeks due to big wins against Alba Berlin and the Brose Baskets Bamberg. The team believes in their game and making the playoffs. The question is can they continue to be consistent on offense and will they be capable of playing defense in some games in the last weeks. Just making the playoffs will be an amazing achievement. With four games remaining, they have a super chance. Currently they are in eighth place with one win more than ninth placed Wurzburg. They have three home games left and should be able to beat Ludwigsburg and MBC. They beat Artland on the road, but were slaughtered at home against FC Bayern Munich. If they can win one of these two games then they should be ok for the playoffs. If the playoffs do happen than Ingo Freyer may get a statue from the city and even if there is nothing remotely beautiful about the city, the Phoenix Hagen basketball fans will feel as pretty as a Picasso painting when it comes to basketball. The city could make a slogan saying The most beautiful part of the city is on the court in the Enervie arena.




Grevenbroich Elephants bring in Egidijus Ramanauskas for 2013-14 season - by Moritz Korff

The Grevenbroich Elephants (1. Regionalliga West) have signed Egidijus Ramanauskas (202-F-88) for the 2013-14 season, the team unveiled on its website. As Marvin Kruchen (208-C-90) and Jan Zimmermann (207-C-90) extended their contracts with the RLW side, the Elephants will have good size in their frontcourt next season.
Ramanauskas comes off his first year in Germany. He saw action in 20 RLW games for BBG Herford, averaging 12.8 points as well as team-highs 9.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots per contest. Kruchen had 11.4 points and 6.6 boards a game for the Elephants, who finished the season in sixth place in the RLW standings. Zimmermann averaged 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds per contest.



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Standings - A2

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

Regular Season: Round 23

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

Regular Season: Round 24

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


Div.B Standing

B Standings
North Group
 1. Filippos Veroias 18-4 
 2. Iraklis 16-6 
 3. Egaleo 15-7 
 4. Stratoni 13-9 
 5. Aias Evosmou 11-11 
 6. Doxa Pefkon 11-11 
 7. Marousi 10-12 
 8. Periko/Arhelaos 10-12 
 9. Ionikos N.F. 10-12 
 10. Anatolia 10-13 
 11. Metamorfosi 8-14 
 12. Ionikos Ionias 6-16 
 13. MENT 5-16 
South Group
 1. Psyhiko 20-2 
 2. AEK Athens 19-3 
 3. Panerythraikos 14-8 
 4. Aetos 13-8 
 5. Amyntas Dafnis 13-9 
 6. Enosi 11-11 
 7. Holargos 11-11 
 8. Doukas 9-11 
 9. Near East 9-13 
 10. Halkidas 8-14 
 11. Kronos AD 7-15 
 12. Esperos Patras 6-16 
 13. Perama Ermis 2-21 

Regular Season: Round 24

North

Apr. 7: Marousi - Anatolia 73-80
Apr. 7: Stratoni - Iraklis 72-77
Apr. 7: Doxa Pefkon - Aias Evosmou 68-75
Apr. 7: Ionikos Ionias - Egaleo 65-75
Apr. 7: Periko/Arhelaos - Filippos Veroias 63-67
Apr. 7: MENT - Metamorfosi 61-79

South

Apr. 7: Psyhiko - Halkidas 81-73
Apr. 7: Aetos - Amyntas Dafnis 76-72
Apr. 7: Enosi - Esperos Patras 71-58
Apr. 7: Doukas - Kronos AD 59-63
Apr. 7: Holargos - AEK Athens 56-72
Apr. 7: Perama Ermis - Near East 50-57

Regular Season: Round 25

North

Apr. 14: Metamorfosi - Marousi
Apr. 14: Filippos Veroias - MENT
Apr. 14: Egaleo - Periko/Arhelaos
Apr. 14: Iraklis - Ionikos Ionias
Apr. 14: Aias Evosmou - Stratoni
Apr. 14: Ionikos N.F. - Doxa Pefkon

South

Apr. 14: Diagoras - Enosi
Apr. 14: AEK Athens - Doukas
Apr. 14: Halkidas - Holargos
Apr. 14: Amyntas Dafnis - Psyhiko
Apr. 14: Near East - Aetos
Apr. 14: Panerythraikos - Perama Ermis


Selcuk Universitesi lands Smush Parker, ex Peristeri GS - by Eurobasket News

Torku Selcuk Universitesi Konya (TB2L) tabbed 32-year old American guard Smush Parker (193-100kg-81, college: Fordham). He played recently at Peristeri GS Athens in Greek A1 league. In three games he averaged impressive 15.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg this season. Parker also spent early part of the season at Cibona in Croatian league earlier that year. In 5 Adriatic League games he had 9.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg. He ended the last season at Indios (LNB) in Dominican Rep. league. He helped them to win the league title. But the most of that year Parker spent at Guaros (LPB) in Venezuelan league. In 29 games he had 14.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Venezuelan LPB All-Star Game. Parker also played 2 games in Liga Americas where he had very remarkable stats: 19.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 4.0apg and 3.5spg. The last (2012) season he played at Petrochimi (Superleague) in Iran.
The previous (10-11) season Parker played at Iraklis (B) in Greek league. In 9 games he had also great stats: 15.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg and 2.0spg.
In 2002 he was drafted by Idaho Stampede (CBA) in second round (11th overall).
Parker attended Fordham University and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 1st Team award back in 2010.
Parker is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg), NBA (Miami Heat, LA Clippers and LA Lakers), China (Guandong Tigers) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
Let's have closer look into Parker's outlook: Good shooter and gifted ballhandler... Has good size for the point guard position... Can play the two spot... Turnover prone... Can make it in the league, but needs to develop his playmaking skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  HOLLAND   

Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Orcas Urk 23-1 
 2. De Groene 19-5 
 3. Binnenland 17-7 
 4. Cangeroes 17-7 
 5. De Hoppers 13-11 
 6. Rotterdam 2 12-12 
 7. Red Giants 11-13 
 8. Leiden 2 10-14 
 9. Almonte 10-14 
 10. Punch 10-14 
 11. MSV/Zeemacht 8-16 
 12. Almere P. 8-16 
 13. BC Apollo 2 7-17 
 14. UBALL 3-21 

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 6: Orca's Urk - Cangeroes 90-86
Apr. 7: BC Apollo 2 - De Hoppers 79-61
Apr. 6: Almonte - Leiden 2 76-69
Apr. 6: Punch - MSV/Zeemacht 71-54
Apr. 6: UBALL - Almere P. 70-82
Apr. 6: Rotterdam 2 - Red Giants 64-81
Apr. 6: De Groene - Binnenland 48-62

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 13: Almere P. - De Groene
Apr. 13: De Hoppers - Orca's Urk
Apr. 13: Cangeroes - UBALL
Apr. 13: Red Giants - Punch
Apr. 13: Binnenland - Rotterdam 2
Apr. 14: MSV/Zeemacht - Almonte
Apr. 14: Leiden 2 - BC Apollo 2


PromotieDivisie Scores Round 24: Orca's 2013 Regular season champions! - by Terry Cooper

In their first season back in the Promotiedivisie Orca's let it be known that they were not just another team coming from Eerste Divisie to play in the league. From the start they let it be known that they were on a mission to win the league and they did it convincinly by being crowned the 2013 regular season champions. This year's team consisited on several former DBL and promoitedivisie players that wanted to bring the village of Urk the quality of basketball and pride in playing the game. Jesper Jobse (203-C/F-84) a former Landstede Zwolle standout was the leader of the Orca's as his experience lifted them to a 90-86 win over the Cangaroes and the regular season crown. The Orca's will have the number 1 seed in the Final Four after the final two games of the regular season are complete. Congrats to the Orca's of Urk on your great season. In other games and teams fighting for seeding in the final three positions, Groene Uilen lost a key game at home over Binnenland 62-48 that possibly can get Binnenland as high as the number 2 seed in the playoffs. Cangaroes are still in the race abut need to win the final two games and have some losses by Binneland and Groene Uilen to get the 2nd seed. Its a close race for the final three seeds so its going to be a great series when the playoffs begin. UBALL and BC APOLLO2 will likely regulate to Eerste Divisie. Stay tuned...

Round 24 scores:

BC APOLLO2 79-61 De Hoppers
Rotterdam2 64-63 Red Giants
Orca's 90-86 Cangeroes
UBALL 70-82 Almere
Groene Uilen 48-62 Binnenland
Punch 71-54 MSV/Zeemacht
Almonte 76-69 Z&Z Leiden2



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  HUNGARY   

Standings - A Division

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

Second Stage: Round 6

Places 1-6

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

Places 7-13

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

Second Stage: Round 7

Places 1-6

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

Places 7-13

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



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Freer joins the Admirals - by Gianni Pascucci

The Lake Michigan Admirals are excited to announce the signing of local basketball star, Nick Freer (6'6''-G/F-85, college: Grand Valley St.). Freer graduated from Lakeshore in 2004 and then graduated from Grand Valley State in 2008. Since then, he has been to numerous teams in Australia and Germany playing professionally. Freer has committed to play for the Admirals for the rest of the season and looks to make a big difference in the community. He will be joining the team this week and will be playing for the Admirals in the April 13th and 14th home games at Lake Michigan Catholic. For more information on Admirals schedule, go to www.lakemichiganadmirals.com


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  INDONESIA   

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

Regular Season: Round 46

Apr. 20: Pacific Caesar - Satya Wacana
Apr. 20: Stadium Jak. - Satria Muda
Apr. 20: CLS Knights - Pelita Jaya
Apr. 20: Bimasakti - NSH GMC Riau


Best players of Indonesian NBL round 45 - by Eurobasket News

Eko Sasmito (188-C-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for Pacific Caesar and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 45.
The 27-year old center had a double-double of 34 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Tonga BSC (#12, 2-26) 91-80. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Pacific Caesar maintains the 10th position in Indonesian NBL. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Pacific Caesar have already lost 21 games and recorded just six victories. In the team's last game Sasmito had a remarkable 61.1% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Pacific Caesar and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Eko Sasmito averages this season 8.5ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old center Max Yanto (215-C-83) of NSH GMC Riau. Yanto impressed basketball fans with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as NSH GMC Riau lost that game 71-78 to the higher-ranked CLS Knights (#3, 21-6). NSH GMC Riau is still in a red zone at 11th spot in the standings. 26 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories NSH GMC Riau managed to get this year. Yanto is well-known by NSH GMC Riau fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Ferdinand Damanik (196-C-88) of second-ranked Pelita Jaya. Damanik scored 9 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Damanik's great performance Pelita Jaya lost 65-67 to #1 ranked Dell Aspac. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Pelita Jaya had another "accident". It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 4th lost game is hopefully really an accident. Damanik's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Damanik has a very solid season. In 24 games in Indonesia he scored 6.2ppg. He also has 5.7rpg and 1.1bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. H Herman (193-C-89) of CLS Knights - 15 points and 7 rebounds
5. Vinton Nolland (194-PF-82) of Garuda - 9 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Airlangga Sabara (190-PF-85) of Pacific Caesar - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Charlie Indra (178-G-88) of Pacific Caesar - 7 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Dimas Aryo Dewanto (180-F-86) of Pelita Jaya - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Juliano Sucipto (188-F-82) of NSH GMC Riau - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Diftha Pratama (186-SG-89) of Garuda - 23 points, 2 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)



Dell Aspac wins Seri V Bali - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL just ended.

The most exciting game of round 45 in the NBL took place in Jakarta. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-best Pelita Jaya (24-4) to first ranked Dell Aspac (27-1) 67-65 in the game for the first place. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Pelita Jaya. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-14. But Pelita Jaya won second period 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dell Aspac forced 19 Pelita Jaya turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international center Isman Thoyib (202-84) who scored 8 points and 13 rebounds. The former international point guard Dirk Gerungan (182-87) chipped in 15 points and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Dimas Aryo Dewanto (180-86) who recorded 16 points and 5 rebounds. Dell Aspac have an impressive series of seventeen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 27-1 record. Defending champion Pelita Jaya keeps the second position with four games lost.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Bandung. Local Garuda (20-8) outscored 6th ranked Stadium Jakarta (15-13) 81-56. It was a good game for Diftha Pratama (186-89) who led his team to a victory with 23 points. Vinton Nolland contributed with 9 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) answered with 11 points for Stadium Jakarta. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Garuda. They maintain fifth place with 20-8 record. Stadium Jakarta at the other side keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost.

In the last two games of round 45 CLS Knights defeated NSH GMC Riau in Surabaya 78-71. Bottom-ranked Tonga BSC was beaten by Pacific Caesar at home 80-91.
The best stats of 45th round was 34 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds by Eko Sasmito of Pacific Caesar.


Group Bali
Dell Aspac - Pelita Jaya 67-65

The most exciting game of round 45 in the NBL took place in Jakarta. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-best Pelita Jaya (24-4) to first ranked Dell Aspac (27-1) 67-65 in the game for the first place. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Pelita Jaya. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-14. But Pelita Jaya won second period 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dell Aspac forced 19 Pelita Jaya turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international center Isman Thoyib (202-84) who scored 8 points and 13 rebounds. The former international point guard Dirk Gerungan (182-87) chipped in 15 points and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Dimas Aryo Dewanto (180-86) who recorded 16 points and 5 rebounds and center Ferdinand Damanik (196-88) added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Dell Aspac have an impressive series of seventeen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 27-1 record. Defending champion Pelita Jaya keeps the second position with four games lost.
Top scorers:
Pelita Jaya: D.Aryo Dewanto 16+5reb+2ast, D.Wenas 10+3reb, F.Damanik 9+10reb+1ast, K.Purwanto 9+5reb+1ast, P.Indrawan 8+6reb+2ast, A.Chandra 6+6reb+4ast
Dell Aspac: D.Gerungan 15+3reb+2ast, A.Prastawa Dhyaksa 10+2reb, R.Effendi 8+5reb+2ast, F.Andika Ramadhani 8+3reb+2ast, P.Regowo 8+6reb+3ast, X.Prawiro 8+5reb+4ast
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Group Bali
Garuda - Stadium Jak. 81-56

The game with biggest result difference took place in Bandung. Local Garuda (20-8) outscored 6th ranked Stadium Jakarta (15-13) 81-56. Garuda forced 21 Stadium Jakarta turnovers and outrebounded them 38-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Garuda especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Stadium Jakarta's players. It was a good game for Diftha Pratama (186-89) who led his team to a victory with 23 points. Vinton Nolland (194-82) contributed with 9 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) answered with 11 points and Indra Budianto (181-83) added 7 points in the effort for Stadium Jakarta. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Garuda. They maintain fifth place with 20-8 record. Stadium Jakarta at the other side keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Stadium Jak.: M.Ferdiansyah 11+2ast, C.Nurhadi Yusran 8+2reb+1ast, A.Sujarwo 7+2reb, F.Budianto 7+3reb, I.Budianto 7+3reb+1ast, E.Hadi 5+1ast
Garuda: D.Pratama 23+2reb+2ast, F.Minallah 13+5reb+2ast, C.Gideon 11+3reb+1ast, V.Nolland 9+11reb+4ast, H.Ramli 7+4reb+2ast, J.Hasoloan 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 236592


Group Bali
NSH GMC Riau - CLS Knights 71-78

There was no surprise when 11th ranked NSH GMC Riau (2-26) was defeated at home by third ranked CLS Knights (21-6) 78-71. It looked good early as NSH GMC Riau took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then CLS Knights had a 22-15 second period charge getting the lead and NSH GMC Riau was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-78. CLS Knights players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a good game for center H Herman (193-89) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 7 rebounds. point guard Dimaz Muharri (181-85) contributed with 5 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Forward Juliano Sucipto (188-82) answered with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and center Max Yanto (215-83) added 18 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for NSH GMC Riau. 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. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for CLS Knights. They maintain third place with 21-6 record having seven points less than leader Dell Aspac. NSH GMC Riau lost their twelfth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 26 games lost. They share it with Tonga BSC.
Top scorers:
NSH GMC Riau: M.Yanto 18+9reb, J.Sucipto 16+7reb+6ast, L.Alfian Eka Koswara 12+2reb+2ast, Y.Efendi 10+6reb+2ast, R.Israelli 5+4reb, A.Prakoso 4+2reb+2ast
CLS Knights: H.Herman 15+7reb+1ast, J.Jeffry 15+1reb+2ast, R.Utomo 14+4reb, T.Agus 11+2reb+4ast, R.Somantri 6+1reb, S.Febiansyakh 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 236590


Group Bali
Tonga BSC - Pacific Caesar 80-91

No shocking result in a game in Jakarta where tenth ranked Pacific Caesar (6-21) defeated bottom-ranked Tonga BSC (2-26) 91-80. They outrebounded Tonga BSC 49-37 including a 36-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Pacific Caesar players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Tonga BSC was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for center Eko Sasmito (188-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds. Guard Charlie Indra (178-88) contributed with 7 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Guard Haritsa Herlusdityo (180-89) answered with 12 points and 5 assists and point guard Richardo Orlando Uneputty (163-87) added 9 points and 8 assists in the effort for Tonga BSC. Four Tonga BSC players scored in double figures. Pacific Caesar maintains tenth place with 6-21 record. Tonga BSC lost their sixth game in a row. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. They share the position with NSH GMC Riau.
Top scorers:
Tonga BSC: S.Afriatna 13+5reb, M.Hardian Wicaksono 13+4reb, A.Hermawan 13+5reb+1ast, R.Ongkowijoyo 13+5reb, H.Herlusdityo 12+4reb+5ast, R.Orlando Uneputty 9+3reb+8ast
Pacific Caesar: E.Sasmito 34+14reb, G.Nagata 19+3reb+1ast, A.Sabara 11+6reb+5ast, D.Kurniawan 9+2reb, H.Listiyono 9+8reb+2ast, C.Indra 7+9reb+11ast
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Carrizo's 34-point game gives him Nazionale A Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

32-year old swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-F/G-80, agency: Players Group) put on an amazing game in the last round for Latina Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 32.
He had the game-high 34 points adding four rebounds and nine assists for Latina Basket in his team's victory, helping them to beat Ferrara (#12, 13-16) 96-84. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Latina Basket maintains the 16th position in Italian Nazionale A. Latina Basket is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-18 record. In the team's last game Carrizo had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He just recently signed at Latina Basket, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Manuel Carrizo averages this season 19.8ppg and 5.2rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82) of Chieti. He is former international center in his second season at Chieti. In the last game Rossi recorded impressive 24 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Chieti to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked San Severo (#17, 10-20) 92-69. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Chieti managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 13th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-16 record. Rossi is well-known at Chieti and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Davide Parente (188-PG-83) of Lucca (#5). Parente got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds . He was a key player of Lucca, leading his team to a 87-83 win against slightly higher-ranked Castelletto (#3, 17-12). Lucca needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 12 lost games. Parente has a great season in Italy. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.4ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michele Benfatto (205-F/C-85) of Ferrara - 26 points and 8 rebounds
5. Andrea Raschi (198-SG-79) of Chieti - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists
6. Francesco Ihedioha (196-F-86) of Castelletto - 20 points and 11 rebounds
7. Alessandro Piazza (174-PG-87) of Reggio Calabr. - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Daniele Bonessio (200-F/G-88) of Bari - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Riccardo Perego (203-F/C-81) of Treviglio - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Gianpaolo Ricci (200-F-91) of Casalpusterlengo - 21 points and 10 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 - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Niigata Albirex 31-15 
 2. Yokohama BC 31-15 
 3. Toyama Grouses 31-15 
 4. Iwate Big Bulls 29-17 
 5. Akita NH 23-23 
 6. Chiba Jets 23-23 
 7. Sendai 89ers 18-28 
 8. Shinshu BW 16-30 
 9. Tokyo Cinq R. 16-30 
 10. Saitama Bron. 13-33 
 11. Gunma 12-34 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 36-10 
 2. Shimane SM 31-17 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 31-17 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 28-18 
 5. Hamamatsu P. 26-20 
 6. Kyoto Hannar. 25-21 
 7. Osaka Evessa 20-26 
 8. Oita H.Devils 20-28 
 9. Takamatsu FA 19-29 
 10. Miyazaki SS 9-39 

Regular Season: Round 50

Apr. 7: Shiga L-Stars - Sendai 89ers 94-85
Apr. 7: Gunma - Saitama Bron. 91-103
Apr. 7: Tokyo Cinq R. - Kyoto Hannar. 82-80
Apr. 7: Oita H.Devils - Miyazaki SS 82-72
Apr. 7: Chiba Jets - Toyama Grouses 78-90
Apr. 7: Osaka Evessa - Akita NH 74-81
Apr. 7: Shimane SM - Iwate Big Bulls 73-86
Apr. 7: Niigata Albirex - Hamamatsu P. 72-79
Apr. 7: Takamatsu FA - Yokohama BC 71-88
Apr. 7: Fukuoka Rizing - Okinawa GK 68-76

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 50: Hamamatsu Phoenix defeats leader Niigata Albirex - 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, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Niigata Albirex (31-15) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (26-20) 79-72. American point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. The former international center Atsuya Ohta (206-84) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) replied with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Niigata Albirex. Hamamatsu Phoenix moved-up to fifth place. Niigata Albirex at the other side still keeps top position with 15 games lost. They share it with Toyama Grouses and Yokohama BC. Hamamatsu Phoenix are looking forward to face higher ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Niigata Albirex will play against Akita Happinets and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Shimane Magic (31-17) against fourth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (29-17) on Sunday night. Host Shimane Magic was defeated by Iwate Big Bulls in Shimane 86-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shimane Magic. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle) had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Carlos Dixon chipped in 21 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds. Iwate Big Bulls maintains fourth position with 29-17 record. Shimane Magic at the other side keeps the second place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Fukuoka Rizing. Iwate Big Bulls will play against Shinshu BW (#8) in Nagano in the next round. Shimane Magic will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Okinawa GK (36-10) which played road game in Fukuoka against one of their biggest challengers Fukuoka Rizing (31-17). First ranked Okinawa GK managed to get a 8-point victory 76-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fukuoka Rizing. Anthony McHenry notched a double-double by scoring 11 points and 16 rebounds to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 20 points and 19 rebounds by Reginald Warren did not help to save the game for Fukuoka Rizing. Okinawa GK maintains first position with 36-10 record. Loser Fukuoka Rizing dropped to the second place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Shimane SM. Okinawa GK will meet at home Gunma (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Hamamatsu Phoenix (#5) in Mikawa and hope to secure a win.
The game in Takamatsu was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Yokohama BC (31-15) played at the court of 8th ranked Takamatsu FA (19-29). Yokohama BC did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 88-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Takamatsu FA. The best player for the winners was Pape Faye who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Yokohama BC keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Niigata Albirex and Toyama Grouses. Takamatsu FA at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 29 games lost. Yokohama BC's next round opponent will be Toyama Grouses (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Takamatsu FA will play against Kyoto Hannar. (#6).
The game in Osaka was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Akita Happinets (23-23) played at the court of 7th ranked Osaka Evessa (20-26). Akita Happinets managed to secure a 7-point victory 81-74 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. Yuki Togashi orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 6 assists. Akita Happinets moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Chiba Jets. Loser Osaka Evessa keeps the seventh position with 26 games lost. Akita Happinets will face league's leader Niigata Albirex at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Osaka Evessa will play against Oita Heat Devils (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 50: Miyazaki SS was beaten by Oita H.Devils on the road 82-72. Shiga L-Stars won against Sendai 89ers on its own court 94-85. Kyoto Hannar. unfortunately lost to Tokyo Cinq R. in a road game 80-82. Chiba Jets recorded a loss to Toyama Grouses at home 78-90. Saitama Bron. defeated Gunma on the opponent's court 103-91.
The most impressive performance of 50th round was 34 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds by John Humphrey of Saitama Bron..


Oita H.Devils - Miyazaki SS 82-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Oita Heat Devils' (20-28) home victory over 10th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (9-39) 82-72 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 26-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Nigerian-American forward P.J. Alawoya (203-88, college: McNeese St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. American center Thomas Granado (208-88, college: Concordia Irvine) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Alawoya is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds and American power forward Thomas Fairley (206-82, college: Lamar) added 14 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Miyazaki Shining Suns. Five Oita Heat Devils and four Miyazaki Shining Suns players scored in double figures. Miyazaki Shining Suns' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Oita Heat Devils have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 39 games lost. Oita Heat Devils will face higher ranked Osaka Evessa (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Shiga L-Stars.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: A.Kuso 24+16reb+1ast, H.Otsuka 15+2reb+1ast, T.Fairley 14+12reb+2ast, K.Ito 13+5reb+7ast, Y.Kojima 6+1reb+2ast, T.Toyoda 0
Oita H.Devils: P.Alawoya 15+12reb+1ast, T.Granado 12+7reb+3ast, T.Shimizu 12+5reb+4ast, V.Jones III 11+2reb+3ast, S.Umemiya 11+5reb+2ast, A.Coimbra 10+7reb+1ast
gschID: 200899


Takamatsu FA - Yokohama BC 71-88

The game in Takamatsu was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Yokohama BC (31-15) played at the court of 8th ranked Takamatsu FA (19-29). Yokohama BC did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 88-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Takamatsu FA. The best player for the winners was Senegalese center Pape Faye (200-87) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) chipped in 18 points. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) produced 25 points and his fellow American import power forward Paul Williams (208-83, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Yokohama BC keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Niigata Albirex and Toyama Grouses. Takamatsu FA at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 29 games lost. Yokohama BC's next round opponent will be Toyama Grouses (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Takamatsu FA will play against Kyoto Hannar. (#6).
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: D.Lyons 25+4reb+2ast, B.Penn 16+3reb+1ast, D.Tamura 12+2reb+1ast, P.Williams 11+9reb, M.Suzuki 4+4reb+6ast, R.Johnson 3+8reb
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 18+3reb+3ast, T.Kennedy 16+4reb+1ast, P.Faye 16+12reb, S.Kouno 12+1reb, K.Yamada 11+3reb+2ast, M.Kabaya 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 200897


Niigata Albirex - Hamamatsu P. 72-79

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Niigata Albirex (31-15) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (26-20) 79-72. American point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. The former international center Atsuya Ohta (206-84) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) replied with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) added 13 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Niigata Albirex. Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix moved-up to fifth place. Niigata Albirex at the other side still keeps top position with 15 games lost. They share it with Toyama Grouses and Yokohama BC. Hamamatsu Phoenix are looking forward to face higher ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Niigata Albirex will play against Akita Happinets and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: N.Murry 20+8reb+5ast, K.Sato 13+1reb, C.Holm 13+11reb+1ast, S.Komatsu 11+3reb, R.Webb 7+2reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 4+3ast
Hamamatsu P.: A.Ohta 18+7reb, O.Shinnosuke 17+2reb+4ast, K.Galloway 15+12reb+8ast, E.Fuqua 9+6reb, J.Parmer 6+4reb+1ast, S.Nakanishi 5+1reb
gschID: 200890


Fukuoka Rizing - Okinawa GK 68-76

An interesting game for Okinawa GK (36-10) which played road game in Fukuoka against one of their biggest challengers Fukuoka Rizing (31-17). First ranked Okinawa GK managed to get a 8-point victory 76-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fukuoka Rizing. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-68. Okinawa GK made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) notched a double-double by scoring 11 points and 16 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Morihisa Yamauchi (173-90) supported him with 19 points. Five Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 20 points and 19 rebounds by American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) did not help to save the game for Fukuoka Rizing. His fellow American import forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) added 19 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Okinawa GK maintains first position with 36-10 record. Loser Fukuoka Rizing dropped to the second place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Shimane SM. Okinawa GK will meet at home Gunma (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Hamamatsu Phoenix (#5) in Mikawa and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: R.Warren 20+19reb, J.Peppers 19+7reb, J.Ashby 11+6reb+2ast, A.Takeno 7+1reb+4ast, J.Nakanishi 4+3reb+3ast, M.Kano 4+5reb
Okinawa GK: M.Yamauchi 19+3reb+3ast, T.Woodbury 17+3reb+1ast, D.Larkai 13+8reb+4ast, N.Namizato 11+5reb+7ast, A.McHenry 11+16reb+1ast, N.Kosuge 5
gschID: 200898


Shimane SM - Iwate Big Bulls 73-86

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Shimane Magic (31-17) against fourth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (29-17) on Sunday night. Host Shimane Magic was defeated by Iwate Big Bulls in Shimane 86-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shimane Magic. The game was mostly controlled by Iwate Big Bulls. Shimane Magic was better in second period 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle) had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech) chipped in 21 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import center Jeral Davis (216-84) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Iwate Big Bulls maintains fourth position with 29-17 record. Shimane Magic at the other side keeps the second place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Fukuoka Rizing. Iwate Big Bulls will play against Shinshu BW (#8) in Nagano in the next round. Shimane Magic will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: M.Parker 31+12reb+1ast, J.Davis 12+8reb, B.Freeman 10+4reb+2ast, K.Hatano 5+5reb+1ast, T.Yokoo 5+1reb, S.Nakama 4+1reb+2ast
Iwate Big Bulls: R.Okosa 27+17reb+3ast, C.Dixon 21+9reb+1ast, K.Takahashi 19+2reb, D.Sneed 10+8reb+1ast, T.Masato 7+2reb+2ast, N.Takushi 2+3ast
gschID: 200896


Osaka Evessa - Akita NH 74-81

The game in Osaka was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Akita Happinets (23-23) played at the court of 7th ranked Osaka Evessa (20-26). Akita Happinets managed to secure a 7-point victory 81-74 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. Osaka Evessa was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 30-20 charge of Akita Happinets, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Akita Happinets made 9 blocks. The former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 6 assists. American guard Dion Harris (190-85, college: Michigan) contributed with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Nathan Walkup (200-88, college: Texas A&M, agency: SDJ Sports) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Osaka Evessa. Four Akita Happinets and five Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. Akita Happinets moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Chiba Jets. Loser Osaka Evessa keeps the seventh position with 26 games lost. Akita Happinets will face league's leader Niigata Albirex at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Osaka Evessa will play against Oita Heat Devils (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: S.Watanuki 16+3reb+3ast, N.Walkup 14+10reb+2ast, D.Lathan 14+3reb+3ast, M.Bell 13+16reb+1ast, S.Konno 13+3reb+1ast, T.Kawabe 2+1reb
Akita NH: Y.Togashi 26+2reb+6ast, D.Harris 18+9reb+4ast, M.Anderson 16+10reb+2ast, S.Taguchi 14+6reb, %PlayerNameByLink% 6+3reb+1ast, M.Kato 1+1reb+2ast
gschID: 200895


Shiga L-Stars - Sendai 89ers 94-85

Rather expected game when 7th ranked Sendai 89ers (18-28) lost on the road to fourth ranked Shiga L-Stars (28-18) 94-85 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-85. Shiga L-Stars looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists. American guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St.) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) added 12 points and 16 rebounds in the effort for Sendai 89ers. Four Shiga L-Stars and five Sendai 89ers players scored in double figures. Shiga L-Stars maintains fourth position with 28-18 record. Loser Sendai 89ers keep the seventh place with 28 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will face Miyazaki Shining Suns (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Sendai 89ers will play against Chiba Jets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: T.Komoda 18+5reb+2ast, T.Cummings 17+10reb+2ast, S.Willard 12+16reb+1ast, S.Coleman 10+3reb+1ast, M.Hargrow 10+1reb+2ast, H.Kusaka 8+1ast
Shiga L-Stars: D.Gomez Camargo 24+16reb+7ast, W.Arnold 21+4reb+2ast, J.Nakama 18+2reb+1ast, T.Fujiwara 16+2reb+1ast, D.Terashita 9+1reb+1ast, S.Colwell 6+10reb+4ast
gschID: 200894


Tokyo Cinq R. - Kyoto Hannar. 82-80

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (16-30) edged at home higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (25-21) 82-80 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-80. Tokyo Cinq R. forced 20 Kyoto Hannar. turnovers. American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) contributed with 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 17 rebounds and American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Kyoto Hannar.Four Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tokyo Cinq R. moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Shinshu BW. Loser Kyoto Hannar. dropped to the sixth position with 21 games lost. Tokyo Cinq R. will face Saitama Broncos (#10) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Cousin 21+17reb, J.Boyette 12+1reb+1ast, L.Pomare 11+7reb, Y.Okada 11+4ast, D.Palmer 10+2reb+3ast, M.Kataoka 9+3reb+3ast
Tokyo Cinq R.: J.Jones 24+9reb+1ast, R.Woods 23+11reb+6ast, C.Aoki 21+2reb+1ast, H.Takada 5+4reb+3ast, A.Inoue 4+4reb+1ast, C.Sasaki 3+1ast
gschID: 200893


Chiba Jets - Toyama Grouses 78-90

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Chiba Jets (23-23) lost at home to third ranked Toyama Grouses (31-15) 90-78 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 50-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Toyama Grouses looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Guard Takeshi Mito (184-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Jeremy Jacob (203-87, college: Oregon) contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. American power forward Marquis Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import swingman D'Andre Bell (198-87, college: Georgia Tech) added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Chiba Jets. Toyama Grouses have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Niigata Albirex and Yokohama BC. Chiba Jets lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 23 games lost. Toyama Grouses will face league's second-placed Yokohama BC at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Chiba Jets will play against Sendai 89ers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: M.Gray 26+13reb+3ast, D.Bell 19+6reb+4ast, H.Sato 15+1ast, S.Isshiki 8+1reb+3ast, R.Itakura 4+4reb+2ast, T.Ishida 4+1ast
Toyama Grouses: T.Mito 23+5reb+4ast, J.Jacob 22+8reb, I.Brown 16+2reb+4ast, A.Garcia 12+8reb+5ast, M.Kamezaki 8+2reb+2ast, R.Horikawa 6
gschID: 200892


Gunma - Saitama Bron. 91-103

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Saitama Broncos and 11th ranked Gunma had identical 12-33 record. But Gunma was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Saitama 103-91 on Sunday night. Saitama Broncos outrebounded Gunma 61-46 including 19 on the offensive glass. Gunma was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds. point guard Takuma Yamashiro (167-85) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) replied with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists and swingman Shingo Okada (186-83) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Gunma. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Saitama Broncos maintains tenth position with 13-33 record. Newly promoted Gunma keeps the eleventh place with 34 games lost. Saitama Broncos will face higher ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (#9) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gunma will play against the league's leader Okinawa GK and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Gunma: J.Dixon 29+12reb+7ast, S.Okada 14+9reb+2ast, K.Tomori 13+3reb+5ast, L.Witcher 10+10reb+1ast, N.Williams 10+5reb+1ast, D.Keller 8+3reb+1ast
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 34+19reb+2ast, Y.Kitamuki 20+5reb+6ast, T.Yamashiro 17+19reb, M.Haraguchi 15+4reb, W.Oliver 11+9reb+2ast, I.Hideo 4+2reb
gschID: 200891



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Barsy Atyrau bounce back to take Game 2 of the semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Barsy Atyrau - Kaspiy Aktau 84:66

Barsy Atyrau rebounded after the starting loss in the semifinal series. They outgunned Kaspiy Aktau in the second of the series to tie things up at 1-1. Mikhail Evstigneev (201-F/C-84) chipped in 19 points to lead the winners.
Barsy jumped to an early lead. The hosts built a 25:17 advantage after ten minutes. The Atyrau team boosted the gap in the second quarter. They accounted for a 50:32 halftime advantage. Barsy and Kaspiy exchanged baskets throughout the third quarter. The scoreboard read 71:53 at the final intermission. Barsy did not loosen the grasp in the fourth quarter and marched to the victory at the end. Edgaras Zelionis (207-F-89) delivered 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Evgeni Isakov (203-F-82) netted 14 points for the winning side. Reinis Strupovics (192-G-87) answered with 17 points for Kaspiy. Dmitriy Gavrilov (205-F-86) had 16 points in the loss.

Barsy Atyrau: Mikhail Evstigneev 19, Edgaras Zelionis 16+10 boards, Evgeni Isakov 14
Kaspiy Aktau: Reinis Strupovics 17, Dmitriy Gavrilov 16



BC Astana ease into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Kapshagay - BC Astana 63:98

BC Astana clinched the third straight win over Kapshagay to complete the sweep of the semifinal series. Anton Ponomaryov (210-C/F-88, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 17 points to lead BC Astana to the decisive victory.
BC Astana started the game strong. They piled up a 21:6 lead after ten minutes. The defending champions unloaded 30 points in the second frame to take a 21-point lead at the interval 51:30. BC Astana cleared off even further in the third term. They ensured a comfortable 31-point lead before the final period. BC Astana kept Kapshagay at safe distance throughout the fourth frame and coasted to the victory. David Simon (208-C-82, college: IPFW) notched 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Kolesnikov added 12 points for the winning side. Maxim Shepil (197-G-86) answered with 11 points for Kapshagay. Dmitro Antonets (198-F-88) and Aleksandr Pashkov (194-G-85) had 8 points each in the loss.

Kapshagay: Maxim Shepil 11, Dmitro Antonets 8, Aleksandr Pashkov 8
BC Astana: Anton Ponomaryov 17, David Simon 15+10 boards. Kolesnikov 12



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  LATVIA   

LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Valmiera 21-12 
 2. Barons kvartals 19-12 
 3. Jekabpils 19-13 
 4. VEF Riga 16-1 
 5. Ventspils 15-3 
 6. LU 15-17 
 7. Jelgava 13-18 
 8. Liepaja 13-19 
 9. Turiba 11-20 
 10. Jurmala 11-21 
 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. 8: Jurmala - Ventspils 70-94
Apr. 6: Jekabpils - VEF Riga 63-90

Regular Season: Round 39

Apr. 10: Turiba - LU
Apr. 10: Jurmala - Jelgava
Apr. 10: Ventspils - Jekabpils
Apr. 10: Liepaja - Valmiera
Apr. 11: VEF Riga - Barons kvartals
Apr. 9: Jelgava - Barons kvartals


LBL Round 38: Valmiera defeats Jelgava in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

Seventh-ranked Jelgava (13-18) gave a tough game to first ranked Valmiera (21-12) on Saturday. The visitors from Valmiera managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 31-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Valmiera outrebounded Jelgava 48-34 including 33 on the defensive glass. Guard Janis Kaufmanis (186-89) had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Valmiera's coach Varis Krumins used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Lauris Mizis (198-89) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Valmiera have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-12 record. Jelgava lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 18 games lost. Valmiera are looking forward to face Liepaja (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jelgava will play against the league's second-placed Barons kvartals in Riga and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Important game to mention about took place in Riga. Sixth ranked Latvijas Universitate (15-17) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-ranked Barons kvartals (19-12) 91-88 on Sunday evening. Guard Zanis Peiners (204-90, agency: Interperformances) notched 39 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and Klavs Strazdins supported him with 9 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) did not help to save the game for Barons kvartals. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Latvijas Universitate maintains sixth position with 15-17 record. Barons kvartals at the other side keep the second place with 12 games lost. Latvijas Universitate will play against Turiba (#9) on the road in the next round. Barons kvartals will play against Jelgava (#7) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Jekabpils (19-13) against fourth ranked VEF Riga (16-1) on Saturday night. Host Jekabpils were crushed by VEF Riga in Jekabpils 90-63. The best player for the winners was Earl Rowland who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Todd O'Brien produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Jekabpils' coach Edgars Teteris gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. VEF Riga have an impressive 11-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 16-1 record. Newly promoted Jekabpils keep the third place with 13 games lost. VEF Riga's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga Barons kvartals.

In the last two games of round 38 Ventspils destroyed Jurmala on the opponent's court 94-70. Turiba managed to outperform Liepaja in a home game 92-86.


Jurmala - Ventspils 70-94

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Jurmala (11-21) was crushed at home by sixth ranked Ventspils (15-3) 94-70 on Monday. The game without a history. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ventspils outrebounded Jurmala 39-24 including a 34-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was international Arturs Berzins (204-88, agency: FCM) who scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Akselis Vairogs (195-85, agency: Players Group) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Center Roberts Mednis (204-89) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and forward Ervins Jonats (203-91) added 13 points respectively for the hosts. 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. Ventspils moved-up to fifth place. Jurmala lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 21 games lost. Ventspils will meet at home higher ranked Jekabpils (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Jurmala will play against Jelgava (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Jurmala: E.Jonats 13+3reb+1ast, R.Mednis 12+7reb+2ast, U.Vilums 11+2reb+2ast, R.Strauts 10, D.Coders 9+1reb+5ast, J.Dilevka 6+2reb+1ast
Ventspils: J.Timma 13+1ast, M.Laksa 13+3reb, S.Valters 12+1reb+1ast, R.Zakis 12+4reb+2ast, A.Berzins 11+7reb+3ast, A.Vairogs 11+5reb+3ast
gschID: 232735


LU - Barons kvartals 91-88

Important game to mention about took place in Riga. Sixth ranked Latvijas Universitate (15-17) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-ranked Barons kvartals (19-12) 91-88 on Sunday evening. Barons kvartals were ahead by 14 points after three quarters before a 30-13 charge of Latvijas Universitate, which allowed them to win the game. They made 29-of-33 charity shots (87.9 percent) during the game. Barons kvartals were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Zanis Peiners (204-90, agency: Interperformances) notched 39 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and forward Klavs Strazdins (192-93) supported him with 9 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) did not help to save the game for Barons kvartals. Forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) added 20 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Four Barons kvartals players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Latvijas Universitate maintains sixth position with 15-17 record. Barons kvartals at the other side keep the second place with 12 games lost. Latvijas Universitate will play against Turiba (#9) on the road in the next round. Barons kvartals will play against Jelgava (#7) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Barons kvartals: T.Cain 23+12reb+2ast, M.Gulbis 20+7reb+2ast, D.Dulkys 19+3reb+2ast, J.Diggs 10+5reb+3ast, S.Metra 7+2reb, A.Epners 5+3reb+3ast
LU: Z.Peiners 39+7reb+4ast, K.Strazdins 9+7reb+1ast, H.Rubenis 8+1reb+1ast, A.Lusis 7+5reb, R.Zebergs 6+4reb+1ast, I.Aizpurs 5+1reb
gschID: 232737


Turiba - Liepaja 92-86

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Turiba (11-20) defeated at home 8th ranked Liepaja (13-19) 92-86 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 25-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Turiba outrebounded Liepaja 38-26 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was center Guntis Sipolins (206-93) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Janis Antrops (200-91, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Turiba's coach Arnis Vecvagars allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Artis Ate (191-89) produced 16 points and 6 assists and Nigerian-Russian center Aleksey Adediran (204-82, college: Binghamton) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Turiba moved-up to ninth place. Loser Liepaja keeps the eighth position with 19 games lost. Turiba will meet at home higher ranked Latvijas Universitate (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Liepaja will play against the league's leader Valmiera and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: K.Miglinieks 17+1reb, A.Ate 16+4reb+6ast, P.Caldwell 13+3reb+2ast, I.Jakovics 11+2reb+1ast, A.Adediran 11+7reb+2ast, G.Plater 7+1reb+6ast
Turiba: M.Rudmiezis 22+4reb, J.Antrops 18+6reb+3ast, K.Apsitis 17+5reb+1ast, G.Sipolins 15+15reb+3ast, M.Steinbergs 6+1reb+1ast, M.Sokolovs 5+4reb+6ast
gschID: 232736


Jelgava - Valmiera 74-76

Seventh-ranked Jelgava (13-18) gave a tough game to first ranked Valmiera (21-12) on Saturday. The visitors from Valmiera managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 31-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Valmiera outrebounded Jelgava 48-34 including 33 on the defensive glass. Guard Janis Kaufmanis (186-89) had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Valmiera's coach Varis Krumins used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Lauris Mizis (198-89) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and American power forward Keith Chamberlain (204-87, college: Grinnell) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five Jelgava players scored in double figures. Valmiera have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-12 record. Jelgava lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 18 games lost. Valmiera are looking forward to face Liepaja (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jelgava will play against the league's second-placed Barons kvartals in Riga and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: L.Mizis 17+8reb, K.Chamberlain 14+8reb+1ast, S.Silavs 12+5reb+5ast, S.Haynes 12+4reb+4ast, K.Kanbergs 10+5reb+1ast, G.Justovics 6+2reb
Valmiera: J.Kaufmanis 32+11reb, J.Berzins 16+11reb+1ast, P.Veselovs 11+7reb+2ast, A.Cavars 6+8reb+1ast, R.Gabrans 4+1reb+4ast, S.Amolins 2+4reb
gschID: 232734


Jekabpils - VEF Riga 63-90

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Jekabpils (19-13) against fourth ranked VEF Riga (16-1) on Saturday night. Host Jekabpils were crushed by VEF Riga in Jekabpils 90-63. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga. Jekabpils managed to win fourth quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VEF Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Jekabpils' 28. The best player for the winners was American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. American center Justin Hamilton (210-90, college: Iowa St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Five VEF Riga players scored in double figures. American center Todd O'Brien (213-89, college: UAB) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and guard Oskars Virsis (192-89) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Jekabpils' coach Edgars Teteris gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. VEF Riga have an impressive 11-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 16-1 record. Newly promoted Jekabpils keep the third place with 13 games lost. VEF Riga's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga Barons kvartals.
Top scorers:
Jekabpils: O.Virsis 13+5reb+2ast, T.O'Brien 12+10reb, M.Hlebowicki 11+8reb+1ast, P.Hill jr. 6+1reb+3ast, R.Sirsnins 5+3reb+3ast, J.Aleksejevs 5+4reb+2ast
VEF Riga: A.Kavaliauskas 16+7reb+1ast, D.Bertans 15+1ast, J.Hamilton 14+11reb+1ast, E.Rowland 13+5reb+10ast, A.Strelnieks 10+3reb+2ast, G.Jahovics 10+8reb+2ast
gschID: 232733



Latvian LBL round 38 best performance: Zanis Peiners - by Eurobasket News

Guard Zanis Peiners (204-G-90, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for LU, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 38.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (39 points, seven rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Barons kvartals (#2, 19-12) 91-88. LU maintains the 6th position in Latvian LBL. LU is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 15-17 record. In the team's last game Peiners had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at LU, through which he has constantly improved. Zanis Peiners has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.4ppg. Peiners is in league's top in assists (4th best: 3.5apg) and averages impressive 52.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Janis Kaufmanis (186-G-89) of league's leader Valmiera. Kaufmanis had a very good evening with a double-double of 32 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Valmiera to edge the lower-ranked Jelgava (#7, 13-18) 76-74. Of course Valmiera still keep the league's top spot. His team has currently 21-12 record. Kaufmanis is a newcomer at Valmiera, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Tyler Cain (203-F-88) of league's second-best Barons kvartals. Cain scored 23 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Cain's great performance Barons kvartals lost 88-91 to the lower-ranked LU (#6, 15-17). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Barons kvartals needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 19 victories and 12 lost games. Cain has a great season in Latvia. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.8ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 10.9rpg (#1 in league). He also has 2.1bpg and FGP: 64.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Guntis Sipolins (206-C-93) of Turiba - 15 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Earl Rowland (188-G-83) of VEF Riga - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Maris Gulbis (202-F-85) of Barons kvartals - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Todd O'Brien (213-C-89) of Jekabpils - 12 points and 10 rebounds
8. Janis Antrops (200-G-91) of Turiba - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Matiss Rudmiezis (190-F-91) of Turiba - 22 points and 4 rebounds
10. Oskars Virsis (192-G-89) of Jekabpils - 13 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)



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Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Rudupis 15-3 
 2. Neptunas 15-3 
 3. Juventus 11-8 
 4. Siauliai 11-8 
 5. Pieno Zvaigzdes 10-8 
 6. Lietuvos rytas 9-2 
 7. Zalgiris 8-1 
 8. Nevezis 8-10 
 9. Lietkabelis 7-13 
 10. LSU-Baltai 5-14 
 11. Sakalai 5-14 
 12. Naglis Palangos 0-20 

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 8: Siauliai - Lietuvos rytas 81-92
Apr. 9: Rudupis - Zalgiris
Apr. 9: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Neptunas



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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



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Standings - 1A

1A Standings
Play-Out
 1. Jedinstvo 3-1 
 2. Ibar Rozaje 3-1 
 3. Danilovgrad 2-2 
 4. Centar BP 2-2 
 5. ABS Primorje 2-2 
 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. 8: Centar BP - ABS Primorje 70-63

S-League

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

Second Stage: Round 5

Play-Out

Apr. 9: Danilovgrad - S.Centar
Apr. 9: ABS Primorje - Jedinstvo
Apr. 9: Ibar Rozaje - Centar BP

S-League

Apr. 9: Lovcen - Buducnost
Apr. 9: Sutjeska - Teodo Tivat
Apr. 9: Mornar Bar - Ulcinj



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  NBA   


Suns Assign Diante Garrett To Jam - by Eurobasket News

The Phoenix Suns have assigned guard Diante Garrett (6'4''-G-88, college: Iowa St.) to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. Garrett will spend his second stint in Bakersfield after he was originally assigned to the Jam on Jan. 10, where he averaged 15.1 points, 7.4 assists and 1.7 steals while appearing in seven games for the Jam (five starts). During his seven-game assignment, the Jam compiled a 6-1 (.857) record, including a season-best six-game win streak.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Spurs Recall Aron Baynes - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have recalled center Aron Baynes (6'10''-C-86, college: Washington St.) from the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.
Baynes, who recently made his fifth stint with the Toros this season, has appeared in 11 games with Austin, averaging 13.9 points and 8.7 rebounds in 26.9 minutes. This past weekend, the center averaged 21.5 points and 12.0 rebounds in two starts against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The Australian native has played in 12 games with the Spurs this season since being signed on Jan. 23, averaging 2.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in 7.6 minutes.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Warriors sign guard Scott Machado to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News

The Golden State Warriors have signed guard Scott Machado (6'1''-PG-90, college: Iona) to a 10-day contract, the team announced today. Machado joins the team from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, marking the 33rd D-League to NBA Call-Up of the 2012-13 NBA season. According to the San Francisco Chronicle blog, Machado just got back from New York, where he had to bury his 61-year-old father. Luiz Machado, a livery cab driver, suffered a fatal heart attack while being arrested by for taking illegal fares by Taxi and Limousine Commission officers at Kennedy Airport on March 28. The New York Daily News reported that Luiz Machado was left in a gutter and without critical medical care for as long as 11 minutes, which triggered the Medical Examiners Office to rule the death a homicide. He was a big hoops fan, Scott Machado said, so I know hell be watching. Machado, 22, was acquired by Santa Cruz via trade from Rio Grande Valley on March 8 and has appeared in 10 games for the Warriors D-League affiliate, averaging 6.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 15.0 minutes. In 28 D-League games combined this year with Santa Cruz and Rio Grande Valley, Machado has averaged 8.9 points 2.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 24.0 minutes per contest. After going undrafted out of Iona in the 2012 NBA Draft, Machado was signed as a free agent on September 7, 2012, by the Houston Rockets after playing with the Rockets Summer League squad in Las Vegas. The 61 guard appeared in six NBA games with the Rockets, tallying eight points and six assists in 21 total minutes. He was waived by the Rockets on January 7. Machado, who was named the 2012 MAAC Player of the Year and led the nation in assists (327) during his senior season at Iona, will wear uniform #1 for Golden State. The Warriors roster now stands at 14 players.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Golden State Warriors Assign Scott Machado to Santa Cruz - by Eurobasket News

The Golden State Warriors have assigned guard Scott Machado (6'1''-PG-90, college: Iona) to the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced today. Machado was signed by the Warriors as a GATORADE Call-Up from Santa Cruz on April 7. He appeared in 10 games for the Warriors' D-League affiliate prior to his call-up, averaging 6.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 15.0 minutes. In 28 D-League games combined this year with Santa Cruz and Rio Grande Valley, Machado has averaged 8.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 24.0 minutes per contest. The Santa Cruz Warriors earned the #3 seed in the NBA D-League Playoffs and begin their first round series on the road against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Wednesday, April 10.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Malcolm Thomas signs two-year contract with Bulls - by Eurobasket News

Malcolm Thomas (6'9''-C-88, college: San Diego St.) signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Bulls on Monday for the rest of this season and guarantee dates that can push the deal through next season, a league source told RealGM. Since signing the first of two 10-day contracts on March 19, Thomas has played just over one minute for the Bulls and has impressed the coaching staff in practice. At 6-foot-9, Thomas has given the Bulls another body up front in a critical juncture of the season, with both Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson dealing with injuries. Thomas scored four points in one minute on Sunday night, when the Bulls were blown out on the road against the Detroit Pistons. Throughout Tom Thibodeaus run as Bulls coach, hes always been reluctant to change his rotation to accommodate players acquired during the season and has remained that way recently promoting Vladimir Radmanovic as a reserve off the bench instead of Thomas. Thomas also played five games with the Golden State Warriors this season, compiling three points and five rebounds in 21 minutes. His first NBA basket came on a dunk Sunday, and he is five of six from free throw line for the season.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Kevin Love to have knee surgery - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA) will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, ending any small chance of him finishing an injury-filled season on the court.
The Timberwolves made the announcement on Monday night. Love is expected to be out four to six weeks after having a buildup of scar tissue removed from his knee.
Courtesy of: hoopsworld.com



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Top 25 - Men

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

Finals: Round 134

Apr. 8: Louisville - Michigan 82-76


Louisville Beats Michigan 82-76 to Win NCAA Title - by Eurobasket News

Luke Hancock (6'6''-F-90) made all five of his 3-pointers and led Louisville to its first NCAA men's basketball championship since 1986 with an 82-76 victory over Michigan on Monday night. Coach Rick Pitino added this title to the one he won at Kentucky in 1996 and is the first coach to win a championship at two schools. Earlier in the day, Pitino was elected to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. Hancock scored 22 points and Peyton Siva (6'0''-PG-90) had 18 for the Cardinals (35-5), who trailed by 12 late in the first half before rallying for the school's third national title. Trey Burke (6'0''-PG-92) had 24 points for Michigan (31-8), which was in the final for the first time since the Fab Five led the Wolverines there in 1993. Little-used freshman Spike Albrecht (5'11''-PG) added 17 points. But the celebration belonged to the Cardinals, who added this to a Sugar Bowl victory this year and also have their women's team in Tuesday's national final against Connecticut. Chane Behanan scored nine quick points early in the second half to help Louisville take the lead after trailing by double digits. Behanan finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds, including eight on the offensive glass. Albrecht came in for Burke and made his first four 3-point attempts, scoring all his points in the opening half. Albrecht finally missed with a little more than 11 minutes left; he was still 9 for 10 from long range for the tournament. Hancock made all four of his 3-pointers to start a 14-1 run for Louisville that briefly gave the Cardinals a one-point lead late in the first half after they trailed by 12. Michigan's Glenn Robinson III made two free throws with 2 seconds left to give the Wolverines the lead at the half but Louisville led by as many as five early in the second. The Cardinals came in having won six games this season after trailing by 10 or more, including Saturday night's semifinals, when they beat Wichita State 72-68 after also falling behind by 12. It was a scintillating final act of a season that has been more of a grind, with scoring at its lowest (67.49 points per team) since 1951-52 and shooting at its worst (43.3 percent) since 1964-65. The 131.2-points-per-game average during March Madness is the lowest since the 3-point line was brought to the game in 1987, though the teams had surpassed that with 5:30 left. Sitting on the bench with the Cardinals was sophomore guard Kevin Ware, the team's inspiration since snapping his tibia in the regional final last weekend. Needing a pickup without Ware, Hancock led the scoring against Wichita State. And rarely used walk-on Tim Henderson (6'2''-G-91) made two key 3-pointers during the comeback. Pitino, meanwhile, was working the sideline hours after being chosen for the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. Russ Smith, the Louisville team leader who Pitino has nicknamed "Russdiculous" for some of his wild and wildly effective antics on the court, finished with nine points on 3-of-16 shooting. Michigan topped Syracuse 61-56 on Saturday despite an off night from Burke, who finished with only seven points on 1-for-8 shooting. Burke, a sophomore, seriously considered leaving for the NBA after last season but decided he had unfinished business left in Ann Arbor. He picked up the AP Player of the Year award, among others, and is now one victory away from the ultimate prize in college hoops.
Courtesy of: abcnews.go.com



Louisville Tops Michigan in Thriller for Title - by Carl Berman

Louisville rallied from another 12-point deficit with their relentless play to defeat Michigan 82-76 in the national title game. Luke Hancock (6'6''-F-90) brought the Cardinals back scoring 14 straight Louisville points late in the first half as he hit four three-pointers in a row.

Michigan expanded their early lead to 33-21 as backup freshman point guard Spike Albrecht scored 17 points including four straight three-pointers. Albrecht was averaging only 1.8 points per game coming into the contest. He played the last 11 minutes after Trey Burke drew his second foul and was left on the bench for the remainder of the half.

In the second half Louisville started getting the ball inside. 11 of their 16 second half baskets were inside the paint as Chane Behanen and Gorgui Dieng scored repeatedly inside. Behanen was a monster on the boards grabbing 12 rebounds, seven offensively, as he fought and scored several times off missed shots. Peyton Siva got into the lane at will and either scored on drives or dished for inside baskets. Siva scored 18 points, 11 in the last 11 minutes, grabbed six rebounds and had five assists and four steals. Russ Smith was ineffective, shooting 3-of-16 and took several ill-advised shots toward the end of the game.

The game was tight throughout the second half. Louisville had a three-point lead with 5:09 left but then went on a 9-2 run to take a 76-66 lead and ice the game. Siva hit a pair of free throws, Dieng hit two jumpers, and Hancock topped off the run with his fifth three-pointer of the game. Michigan made a run to cut the lead to four with 1:20 left but Louisville's Hancock and Siva hit their free throws to put the game away.

Hancock was named the game's Most Outstanding Player scoring 22 points on a perfect 5-of-5 from long distance. Burke showed why he was NetScouts Basketball's Player of the Year as he led Michigan with 24 points in 26 minutes of play. Michigan coach John Beilein has to be questioned for leaving Burke on the bench for the final 11 minutes of the first half after he drew his second foul. It was a great end to an exciting NCAA Tournament.

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



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  PBL   


Freer joins the Admirals - by Gianni Pascucci

The Lake Michigan Admirals are excited to announce the signing of local basketball star, Nick Freer (6'6''-G/F-85, college: Grand Valley St.). Freer graduated from Lakeshore in 2004 and then graduated from Grand Valley State in 2008. Since then, he has been to numerous teams in Australia and Germany playing professionally. Freer has committed to play for the Admirals for the rest of the season and looks to make a big difference in the community. He will be joining the team this week and will be playing for the Admirals in the April 13th and 14th home games at Lake Michigan Catholic. For more information on Admirals schedule, go to www.lakemichiganadmirals.com


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  PHILIPPINES   

Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

PBA Standings
 1. Alaska Aces 9-3 
 2. Rain or Shine 8-4 
 3. Petron Blaze 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


Vintage Hontiveros is PBA's player of the week. - by Aris Ignacio

Turning back the hands of time might be the right phrase to describe the latest performance of one of the premier shooters ever to play in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Dondon Hontiveros (188-G-77), delivered one of the classic performances by scoring 22 points in a phenomenal 7-10 clip from beyond the arc and helping the Alaska Aces erase a 22-point third quarter deficit in a thrilling 89-84 win over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. With the performance, the Cebuano Hotshot was adjudged as the PBA Player of the Week honors for the period of April 1 to 7. With the win, the Aces regain solo leadership on the ongoing Commissioner's Cup with a 9-3 win-loss record.



Texters replacing Harvey - by Aris Ignacio

Trying times ahead for the Tropang Texters.

The Talk N Text Tropang Texters are replacing hardworking import Donnell Harvey (203-F/C-80, college: Florida) due to the latter's decision in going back to the US to attend family matters. The team will have ample time in searching for a replacement since their next game will be on April 14 against no less the hottest team in the league, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

Harvey decided to go home due to a family member who figured in a vehicular accident the time they are about to face the Global Port Batang Pier in an out-of-town game in Iloilo City last April 6. He helped Talk N Text defeat the Port Masters, 94-84. The news came as another setback for the reeling Texters, who currently has a 6-6 win-loss record and tied with San Mig Coffee Mixers and the Meralco Bolts in the current PBA Commissioner's Cup, which indefinitely lost star forward Kelly Williams (199-F-82, college: Oakland) in an ailment.



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  POLAND   


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

Group A
Wilki Morskie - Trefl II Sopot 77-67

Wilki Morskie rallied past Trefl II Sopot for the opening win in the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Wilki Morskie. Trefl II Sopot managed to win second period 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Wilki Morskie won last quarter 23-15. Wilki Morskie outrebounded Trefl II Sopot 37-19 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Guard Marcin Stoklosa (188-77) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners and power forward Pawel Kowalczuk (207-80, college: St.Francis, NY, agency: Promotex) chipped in 8 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side point guard Pawel Dzierzak (186-93) responded with 27 points, 9 assists and 4 steals and forward Lukasz Jaskiewicz (202-92) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Wilki Morskie: M.Stoklosa 18+5reb+11ast, K.Koziorowicz 17+1ast, P.Pluta 12+1reb, R.Bojko 10+4reb+2ast, P.Kowalczuk 8+11reb+5ast, M.Adamkiewicz 7+12reb
Trefl II Sopot: P.Dzierzak 27+3reb+9ast, D.Brembly 14+2reb+1ast, L.Jaskiewicz 12+8reb, A.Brenk 8+1reb+2ast, K.Piechaczek 4+2reb+1ast, D.Morawiec 2+2reb
gschID: 238480


SMS PZKosz - MKS Skierniew. 93-45

SMS PZKosz cruised past MKS Skierniew. to take 1-0 lead in the series. The game without a history. SMS PZKosz led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding MKS Skierniew. to just 7 points in first quarter. SMS PZKosz dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to MKS Skierniew.'s 36. SMS PZKosz forced 30 MKS Skierniew. turnovers and outrebounded them 45-26 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. SMS PZKosz looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by MKS Skierniew.'s players. Power forward Mikolaj Witlinski (207-95) fired 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Damian Jeszke (202-95) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). SMS PZKosz's coach Arkadiusz Miloszewski felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Mariusz Wojcik (197-79) produced 9 points and 7 rebounds and forward Lukasz Makolski (193-81) added 9 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
SMS PZKosz: M.Witlinski 16+7reb+1ast, D.Jeszke 13+6reb+1ast, J.Garbacz 13+2reb, K.Borowski 11+3reb+1ast, M.Migala 8+4reb+2ast, N.Sirijatowicz 8+2reb+7ast
MKS Skierniew.: L.Makolski 9+4reb+1ast, M.Wojcik 9+7reb+2ast, J.Zielinski 6+2reb+2ast, M.Lapinski 6+3reb+2ast, A.El-Ward 5+4reb+2ast, M.Zelislawski 4+1ast
gschID: 238479


Group B
WKK Wroclaw - Pogon Prudnik 83-62

WKK Wroclaw knocked down Pogon Prudnik in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by WKK Wroclaw. Pogon Prudnik was better in fourth quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. WKK Wroclaw dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Pogon Prudnik's 36. They outrebounded Pogon Prudnik 50-25 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. WKK Wroclaw players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Pogon Prudnik's players. Point guard Jan Grzelinski (180-94) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 assists for the winning side and the former international power forward Miroslaw Lopatka (213-77, agency: Promotex) accounted for 8 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Jaroslaw Pawlowski (194-80) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Maciej Lepczynski (193-82) added 18 points respectively for Pogon Prudnik in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
WKK Wroclaw: B.Diduszko 14+3reb+2ast, J.Grzelinski 14+4reb+11ast, A.Lenczuk 11+5reb+1ast, M.Lopatka 8+13reb+2ast, I.Wadowski 8+1reb, M.Platek 7+6reb+1ast
Pogon Prudnik: M.Lepczynski 18+1reb, J.Pawlowski 17+10reb+1ast, M.Lakis 9+2reb, T.Madziar 7+4reb+1ast, K.Bolibrzuch 4, S.Kucia 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 238482


AZS AWF K-ce - GTK Gliwice 66-69

GTK Gliwice stepped closer to the Final after they stole a road win over AZS Katowice. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. GTK Gliwice dominated on the defensive end, holding AZS AWF K-ce to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Point guard Tomasz Wrobel (180-85) fired 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The former international swingman Mariusz Bacik (207-72) chipped in 8 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Mariusz Piotrkowski (197-84) produced 15 points and 6 rebounds and forward Tomasz Milewski (202-78) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
GTK Gliwice: E.Podkowinski 14+3reb+2ast, T.Wrobel 14+7reb+6ast, P.Szymanski 12+4reb, B.Karolak 11+1ast, P.Wiekiera 10+5reb+1ast, M.Bacik 8+12reb+2ast
AZS AWF K-ce: M.Piotrkowski 15+6reb+2ast, T.Milewski 13+7reb+1ast, K.Nowak 10+8reb, T.Zajac 10+1ast, M.Dziemba 6+6reb+5ast, P.Jurczynski 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 238481


Group C
MCKiS Jaworz. - Tur Bielsk Pdl. 74-56

MCKis Jaworz. overcame Tur Bielsk Pdl. to ensure a 1-0 lead in the series. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 44-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. MCKiS Jaworz. dominated on the defensive end, holding Tur Bielsk Pdl. to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Tomasz Ejsmont (194-90) fired 24 points for the winners. Center Lukasz Bak (207-81, agency: Promotex) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Arkadiusz Zabielski (195-84) produced 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and center Miroslaw Wysocki (213-87) added 8 points and 14 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
MCKiS Jaworz.: T.Ejsmont 24+4reb+3ast, S.Klocek 14+2reb+2ast, L.Bak 10+13reb, D.Szlapka 8+2reb+2ast, D.Goldammer 8+8reb+1ast, D.Janiak 7+2reb
Tur Bielsk Pdl.: K.Zakrzewski 22+1ast, A.Zabielski 14+8reb+4ast, A.Weres 10+5reb+2ast, M.Wysocki 8+14reb+2ast, T.Szczepinski 2+1reb, K.Jozwiuk 0+3reb+2ast
gschID: 238484


PWiK Piaseczno - Legia 80-83

Legia upset PWiK Piaseczno away from home to surge ahead in the semifinals. PWiK Piaseczno was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 41-34 second half run of Legia. PWiK Piaseczno was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Lukasz Zajaczkowski (188-81) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Michal Wojtynski (192-89) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. point guard Grzegorz Jankowski (183-88) answered with 13 points and 9 assists and swingman Patryk Andres (191-80) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for PWiK Piaseczno. Four PWiK Piaseczno players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Legia: L.Zajaczkowski 23+5reb+2ast, M.Wojtynski 19+7reb, R.Holnicki-Szulc 13+3reb+1ast, P.Nowerski 6+9reb, P.Nawrot 6+1reb+2ast, M.Swiderski 5+1ast
PWiK Piaseczno: D.Majewski 14+2reb+1ast, G.Jankowski 13+1reb+9ast, P.Andres 10+9reb+2ast, S.Okola 10+5reb+1ast, A.Paszkiewicz 9+2reb+1ast, D.Zapert 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 238483



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Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
 1. Benfica 18-1 
 2. CAB Madeira 14-3 
 3. Academica 14-5 
 4. Ovarense 13-6 
 5. Vitoria SC 10-9 
 6. Sampaense 9-10 
 7. Barcelos 7-11 
 8. Lusitania 7-11 
 9. Fisica 6-13 
 10. Galitos-Tley 2-16 
 11. Alges 2-17 

Regular Season: Round 21

Apr. 6: Benfica - Galitos-Tley 88-63
Apr. 6: Lusitania - Sampaense 87-85 OT
Apr. 7: CAB Madeira - Ovarense 86-77
Apr. 7: Alges - Fisica 80-88 OT
Apr. 6: Academica - Vitoria SC 73-68

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 13: Sampaense - Barcelos
Apr. 13: Ovarense - Benfica
Apr. 13: Galitos-Tley - Alges
Apr. 13: Vitoria SC - Lusitania
Apr. 13: Fisica - Academica

Round 9

Apr. 9: Galitos-Tley - CAB Madeira


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

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 13: Terceira - Maia Basket
Apr. 13: Angra - Oliveirense
Apr. 13: Sangalhos - Electrico FC
Apr. 13: Guifoes - Illiabum


LPB Round 21 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

6th ranked Sampaense (9-10) fell to eighth ranked Lusitania (7-11) in overtime by two points 85-87 on Saturday night. It was a good game for Augusto Sobrinho who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 6 assists. Sampaense's coach Jose Calabote rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lusitania moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Barcelos. Sampaense at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Lusitania will face higher ranked Vitoria SC (#5) in Guimaraes in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

The most impressive performance of 21th round was 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists by Ivan Almeida of Vitoria SC.


CAB Madeira - Ovarense 86-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with third ranked CAB Madeira's (14-3) home victory over 4th placed Ovarense (13-6) in Funchal 86-77 on Sunday. Ovarense was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. CAB Madeira made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American guard Jason Smith (183-83, college: Al.-Huntsville) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 7 assists. His fellow American import power forward Shawn Jackson (203-71, college: Johnson C. Smith) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Miguel Miranda (205-78, agency: Dynamics Global Management) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds and guard Jose Miguel Barbosa (176-90) added 7 points and 16 assists in the effort for Ovarense. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. CAB Madeira have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Ovarense at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. CAB Madeira will face Galitos-Tley (#10) in Barreiro in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ovarense will play at home against the league's leader Benfica (#1).
Top scorers:
CAB Madeira: J.Smith 14+4reb+7ast, S.Jackson 13+7reb+3ast, J.Manuel Coego 12+5reb, J.Freitas 11+3reb+2ast, A.Pinto 10+2reb+2ast, J.Costa 9+1reb+3ast
Ovarense: S.Coll 16+9reb, M.Miranda 16+9reb+2ast, F.Neves 15+2reb+2ast, N.Morais 10+2reb, J.Miguel Barbosa 7+2reb+16ast, M.Goncalves 6+1reb
gschID: 186073


Alges - Fisica 80-88 OT

Fisica stole a road overtime win over Alges. J.Santos nailed 23 points to pace the visitors. C.Barroca and B.Freire knocked down 15 points each for the winning side. Alges responded with 21 points and 16 boards from J.Holt. D.Correia had 20 points in the loss.
Top scorers:
Fisica: J.Santos 23+4reb+1ast, C.Barroca 15+5reb+6ast, B.Freire 15+7reb, F.Furtado 10+5reb, M.Salvador 6+1ast, R.Rodrigues 6+6reb+5ast
Alges: J.Holt 21+16reb, D.Correia 20+1reb+1ast, J.Cardoso 11+5reb, R.Quintino 9+5reb+2ast, D.Ventura 8+4reb+3ast, D.Monteiro 6+2reb
gschID: 186071


Benfica - Galitos-Tley 88-63

Very expected game when 10th ranked Galitos-Tley (2-16) was smashed on the road by first ranked Benfica (18-1) 88-63 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Benfica. Galitos-Tley was better in fourth quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Galitos-Tley to just 5 points in second quarter. Benfica dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Galitos-Tley's 30. They outrebounded Galitos-Tley 40-28 including a 32-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Benfica looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for American guard LaceDarius Dunn (193-87, college: Baylor, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 8 assists. His fellow American import forward Frederick Gentry (201-77, college: McNeese St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five Benfica players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Pedro Pinto (188-88) answered with 18 points and 5 assists and center Jose Ferreira (198-78) added 16 points and 5 assists in the effort for Galitos-Tley. Benfica have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 18-1 record. Galitos-Tley lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 16 games lost. Benfica will face Ovarense (#4) on the road in the next round. Galitos-Tley will play against Alges (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Benfica: J.Gomes 20+4reb+3ast, L.Dunn 18+2reb+8ast, F.Gentry 15+11reb+1ast, T.Barroso 10+2reb+6ast, E.Evora 10+8reb+1ast, R.Franklin 6+3reb+1ast
Galitos-Tley: P.Pinto 18+2reb+5ast, J.Ferreira 16+3reb+5ast, T.Brito 9+2reb+7ast, D.Neves 7+7reb+1ast, J.Bynum 6+12reb, D.Machado 4+2reb
gschID: 186072


Academica - Vitoria SC 73-68

Rather predictable result when third ranked Academica (14-5) won against 5th ranked Vitoria SC (10-9) in Coimbra 73-68 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Vitoria SC won fourth quarter 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Academica forced 21 Vitoria SC turnovers. It was a good game for the former international point guard Mario Fernandes (176-82) who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American-Spanish forward Arnette Hallman (199-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Cape Verdean guard Ivan Almeida (198-89, college: Stonehill) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international swingman Jose Silva (194-89) added 14 points in the effort for Vitoria SC. Academica have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 14-5 record having four points less than leader Benfica. Vitoria SC at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Academica will face Fisica (#9) in Torres Vedras in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Vitoria SC will play at home against Lusitania (#8) in Angra.
Top scorers:
Academica: M.Fernandes 23+5reb+5ast, J.Balseiro 21+2reb, A.Hallman 13+11reb+2ast, B.Costa 8+3reb+3ast, M.Goncalves 4+3reb+1ast, S.Lukasiak 2+5reb
Vitoria SC: I.Almeida 21+11reb+4ast, J.Silva 14+4reb, J.St Robert 9+1reb, P.Cunha 8+5reb, D.Swetalla 8+3reb+1ast, J.Almeida 4+3reb
gschID: 186070


Lusitania - Sampaense 87-85 OT

6th ranked Sampaense (9-10) fell to eighth ranked Lusitania (7-11) in overtime by two points 85-87 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and won the game in overtime by 2 points. Lusitania forced 24 Sampaense turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Lusitania made 10 blocks. It was a good game for guard Augusto Sobrinho (188-85) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 6 assists. American center Marcel Momplaisir (205-81, college: Rhode Island) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Lusitania players scored in double figures. American guard Steve Baker (187-90, college: Green Bay) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Jorge Sing (192-77) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Sampaense. Sampaense's coach Jose Calabote rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lusitania moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Barcelos. Sampaense at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Lusitania will face higher ranked Vitoria SC (#5) in Guimaraes in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Lusitania: A.Sobrinho 20+1reb+6ast, M.Momplaisir 17+10reb, J.Huggins 17+1reb+1ast, D.Nevels 13+7reb, M.Camara 10+6reb+5ast, M.Freitas 5+1reb+1ast
Sampaense: S.Baker 22+5reb+3ast, A.Rapier 13+6reb+1ast, J.Sing 12+6reb+6ast, D.Goncalves 11, S.Djukic 9+8reb+1ast, C.Ferreirinho 9+9reb+3ast
gschID: 186069



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

35-year old forward Frederick Gentry (201-F-77) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Benfica and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Galitos-Tley (#10, 2-16) with 25-point margin 88-63. It allowed Benfica to consolidate first place in the Portuguese league. Benfica has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 18-1. It's Gentry's second year at Benfica and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Frederick Gentry averages this season 9.9ppg and 6.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Ivan Almeida (198-G-89) of Vitoria SC. He is naturalized Cape Verdean guard in his first season at Vitoria SC. In the last game Almeida recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Vitoria SC lost that game 68-73 to slightly higher-ranked Academica (#3, 14-5). Vitoria SC managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Almeida is a newcomer at Vitoria SC and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.8ppg (#3). He also registered 9.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jamarkus Holt (205-F) of Alges (#11). Holt scored 21 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Holt's great performance Alges lost 80-88in overtime to slightly higher-ranked Fisica (#9, 6-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Alges can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-17 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Holt he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Holt has individually a great season in Portugal. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.8ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 11.1rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. LaceDarius Dunn (193-G-87) of Benfica - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) of Benfica - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Joao Santos (193-G/F-83) of Fisica - 23 points and 4 rebounds
7. Steve Baker (187-G-90) of Sampaense - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Marcel Momplaisir (205-C-81) of Lusitania - 17 points and 10 rebounds
9. Arnette Hallman (199-F-88) of Academica - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Shawn Jackson (203-F/C-71) of CAB Madeira - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Harris makes debut for Ponce on Tuesday - by Marcos Carlo

Mike Harris makes his debut with Leones de Ponce on Tuesday in their visit to Cangrejeros.

Harris played the last two seasons in San German and his best was last year with 21.2 points and 10.2 rebounds.

Ponce needs all the help they can get inside because Garret Siler does not have a backup. Both Harris and Siler were teammates in China.

Rookie forward Chris Gaston will miss this week and he was an important component for Ponce in the first three games.

Leones are 2-1 and started a seven game road trip last Friday.



Harris makes debut for Ponce on Tuesday - by Marcos Carlo

Harris Mike (198-F-83, college: Rice) makes his debut with Leones de Ponce on Tuesday in their visit to Cangrejeros.

Harris played the last two seasons in San German and his best was last year with 21.2 points and 10.2 rebounds.

Ponce needs all the help they can get inside because Garret Siler does not have a backup. Both Harris and Siler were teammates in China.

Rookie forward Chris Gaston will miss this week and he was an important component for Ponce in the first three games.

Leones are 2-1 and started a seven game road trip last Friday.



Atleticos enter hot streak early in the season - by Luis Modestti


Atleticos de San German defeated defending champions Indios de Mayaguez 84-80 to continue their hot streak during the weekend.

LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82, college: Cumberlands) scored 23 points and Carlos Strong 12 for Atleticos who did a great job defensively over the perimeter players from Indios. Atleticos are now in second place with a 2-1 mark.

Kentrell Gransberry scored 22 points and 11 rebounds for Indios who are now 3-1.

Atleticos started their comeback in the second quarter and took an 83-77 lead after a three-pointer by Hickerson with 1:03 left. Then Charles Garcia scored one more free-throw for the win.

In Bayamon, Cangrejeros won in similar fashion over Vaqueros 78-74.

Santurce took advantage of the lack of depth in the point guard position of Bayamon and started the pressure in the final quarter. That pressure forced many turnovers and finally gave them an impressive win.

William Orozco and Leon Williams netted 18 each and Alex Galindo added 14 for Santurce who won their first game of the season.

David Imes scored 21 points by shooting 6-7 from three for Bayamon who is winless so far in three games.

Finally Caciques-Gigantes crushed Brujos de Guayama 102-80 as Jamelle Horne scored 21 and Alejandro Carmona 20.

The only game on Monday is Capitanes de Arecibo visiting Mets de Guaynabo starting at 8:00 p.m.



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Spartak SP part ways with Jurij Zdovc - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Saint Petersburg decided to split ways with Jurij Zdovc . The Slovenian specialist took over Spartak in 2011. He signed three-year deal with the Saint Petersburg team. However the team did not live up to the high expectations of the management this season. Spartak failed to reach EuroCup semis losing to Budivelnyk at the quarterfinal stage. Spartak are also at 8-8 record in PBL. They won 12 out of their 18 VTB regular season games this season. Jurij Zdovc worked with Union Olimpija, Iraklis, Geoplin Slovan, Bosna Sarajevo and KK Split before joining Spartak SP. He was named All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Coach of the Year in 2008. He was also trumped All-Slovenian League Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
Spartak SP will now be guided by Evgeni Kisurin .



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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 13-11 
 6. Napredak A. 13-11 
 7. Proleter Naftagas 12-11 
 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. 8: Proleter Naftagas - Mladost Zemun 90-87
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

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 13: Proleter Naftagas - Spartak
Apr. 13: Mladost Zemun - Napredak K.
Apr. 13: Morava - Meridiana NS
Apr. 13: Radnicki OB - Zeleznicar
Apr. 13: Mladost Cacak - Plana
Apr. 13: Beovuk 72 - Partizan II
Apr. 13: Napredak A. - Crnokosa


Metalac with two coaches in remainder of the season - by Ivan Milenkovic

Coach Milovan Stepandic decided to leave Metalac after third defeat in three Superliga games. He will be replaced by Vladimir Miskovic and Lazar Gojkovic, who were assistant coaches in previous part of the season.
Both of them are inexperienced and this will be their first head coaching job in professional basketball. Vladimir Miskovic is 35 years old while Lazar Gojkovic is 28 years old.
Certainly risky move by Metalac who want to finish Superliga in fourth position - at least - and qualify for Adriatic League next season. They already changed coach after the end of first part of the season. Dragan Nikolic finished Serbian League in third position, with 16-10 record, and qualified for Superliga. Metalac obviously made a mistake as his successor Milovan Stepandic lost all three games.



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Coach Zdovc and Spartak SP part ways - by Matej Bergant

Russian team Spartak Saint Petersburg decided to part ways with Slovenian coach Jurij Zdovc . Coach Zdovc took over ambitious Russian team in 2011, when he signed 3-years deal. This season the team failed to reach EuroCup semis, losing to Ukrainian Budivelnik at the quarterfinal stage. Spartak SP is also at 8-8 record in PBL, which results in current 4th place behind CSKA, Khimki and Lokomotiv. They have 12-6 score in VTB Regular Season (currently awaiting quarterfinals). Zdovc gave a statement to Slovenian media after his departure from the Russian team: "Last year a person came to the club who started working against us. We were all shocked after this. When we lost to Budivelnik in EuroCup quarterfinals, the situation got even worse. It was just a matter of time, when we will part ways. It is sad, because I believe we had good results. This person destroyed the whole concept of the club. We had good results and everyone were satisfied with them. Russian League is very tough and it is not easy to survive there. I am proud of the results and achievements we accomplished during my stay there." Zdovc achieved greatest international result of Spartak SP history during last season, as his team reached the EuroCup Final Four. During current season, management of Spartak SP decided to let go Zdovc's main player Patrick Beverley to the NBA, a move, which resulted in decline of the team results and ambitions in all competitions. Spartak SP replaced coach Zdovc with Russian coach Evgeni Kisurin. They also split ways with Zdovc's Greek assistant coach Stefanos Dedas.




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Basketligan Round 3 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Uppsala - Sodertalje 56-68 (0-3)

The game was mostly controlled by Sodertalje Kings. Uppsala Basket was better in fourth quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for Bosnian forward Toni Bizaca (202-82) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 7 rebounds. American point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international Stefan Grundberg (196-82, college: Geneva) answered with 8 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard Thomas Jackson (175-80, college: Butler) added 7 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Uppsala Basket. Uppsala Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Uppsala: R.Eriksson 9+1reb, J.Robinson 8, S.Grundberg 8+7reb+1ast, M.Nakos 8, T.Jackson 7+6reb, A.Nordstrom 5+5reb+1ast
Sodertalje: T.Bizaca 19+7reb+1ast, J.Roberson 16+6reb+4ast, D.Pita 7+4reb+1ast, J.Andersson 7+1reb, K.Simms 6+11reb+2ast, T.Borg 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 238373


Sundsvall - Norrkoping 79-76 (2-1)

The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-15. But Norrkoping Dolphins won second period 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Sundsvall Dragons won last quarter 22-20. They made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Norrkoping Dolphins helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Icelandic point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern) who scored 19 points and 7 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Icelandic forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Four Sundsvall Dragons players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international Christian Maraker (206-82, college: Pacific) who recorded 21 points and 7 rebounds and the former international Mikael Lindquist (193-83, agency: Court Side) added 17 points respectively.
Top scorers:
Norrkoping: C.Maraker 21+7reb+2ast, M.Lindquist 17+3reb+3ast, E.Jeromanovs 15+1ast, J.Kjellbom 7+7reb, K.Gabriel 5+1reb, O.Ayuba 4+5reb+1ast
Sundsvall: J.Sigurdarson 19+7ast, T.Liden 15+4reb, H.Baeringsson 14+11reb, M.Cuffee 13+7reb+3ast, A.Wesby 8+4reb+2ast, A.Gaddefors 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 238372



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Standings - TBL

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

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 6: Karsiyaka - Antalya 90-66
Apr. 6: TED Kolejliler - Olin Edirne 89-85
Apr. 7: Fener.Ulker - Hacettepe 81-76
Apr. 8: Besiktas - Aliaga 79-66
Apr. 6: Erdemir - Turk Telekom 77-64
Apr. 6: Gaziantep - Banvit BK 73-83
Apr. 6: Tofas - Galatasaray 52-66

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 13: Mersin - Olin Edirne
Apr. 13: Hacettepe - Gaziantep
Apr. 13: Antalya - Tofas
Apr. 13: Turk Telekom - Banvit BK
Apr. 13: Galatasaray - Fener.Ulker
Apr. 13: Erdemir - TED Kolejliler
Apr. 14: Aliaga - Karsiyaka
Apr. 15: Anadolu Efes - Besiktas


Standings - TB2L

TB2L Standings
 1. Usak 23-8 
 2. Yesilgiresun 22-9 
 3. Selcuk Univ. 21-10 
 4. Maliye Milli 20-11 
 5. Akhisar Bld 20-11 
 6. Trabzonspor 20-11 
 7. Darussafaka 20-11 
 8. Balikesir 18-13 
 9. Vestel 17-14 
 10. Bandirma Kir. 15-16 
 11. Istanbul B.B. 14-17 
 12. Pi Koleji 13-18 
 13. Final Genclik 13-18 
 14. Gelisim 12-19 
 15. Baskent Genclik 12-19 
 16. Pertevniyal 12-19 
 17. Istanbulspor 4-27 
 18. Izmir BSB 3-28 

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 6: Istanbul B.B. - Gelisim 91-82
Apr. 6: Baskent Genclik - Istanbulspor 85-48
Apr. 8: Bandirma Kir. - Usak 84-95
Apr. 6: Final Genclik - Balikesir 80-71
Apr. 6: Trabzonspor - Akhisar Bld 74-80
Apr. 6: Maliye Milli - Pertevniyal 73-93
Apr. 6: Izmir BSB - Yesilgiresun 73-80
Apr. 7: Darussafaka - Pi Koleji 71-62
Apr. 6: Vestel - Selcuk Univ. 61-73

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 12: Gelisim - Vestel
Apr. 12: Pi Koleji - Baskent Genclik
Apr. 13: Pertevniyal - Yesilgiresun
Apr. 13: Balikesir - Darussafaka
Apr. 13: Maliye Milli - Istanbul B.B.
Apr. 13: Selcuk Univ. - Final Genclik
Apr. 13: Istanbulspor - Bandirma Kir.
Apr. 13: Akhisar Bld - Izmir BSB
Apr. 14: Usak - Trabzonspor

Round 31

Apr. 12: Final Genclik - Balikesir


TB2L Round 31: Maliye Milli loses to Pertevniyal - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in TB2L.

The game between third ranked Maliye Milli (20-11) and sixteenth ranked Pertevniyal (12-19) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Maliye Milli was crushed by Pertevniyal in Ankara 73-93. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Maliye Milli. Pertevniyal shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Justin Gray (188-84, college: Wake Forest, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 assists. Tayfun Erulku (193-94) contributed with 20 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Derek Williams (185-85, college: SMU) answered with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Maliye Milli. Maliye Milli's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Pertevniyal moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Gelisim and Baskent Genclik. Maliye Milli at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Pertevniyal is looking forward to face league's second-placed Yesilgiresun in Giresun in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maliye Milli will play at home against Istanbul B.B. and is hoping to win this game.
TB2L top team - Usak (23-8) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked Bandirma Kir. (15-16) in Balikesir 95-84. It was a great evening for American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points and 5 steals (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Eric Buckner helped adding 21 points and 4 blocks. Usak's coach Ozan Bulkaz allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American power forward Raymond Sykes (206-86, college: Clemson, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Usak maintains first place with 23-8 record. Bandirma Kir. at the other side keeps the tenth position with 16 games lost. Usak will play against Trabzonspor (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bandirma Kir. will play against Istanbulspor (#17) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Balikesir (18-13) and Final Genclik (13-18), which took place in Bursa. Higher ranked Balikesir lost to thirteenth ranked Final Genclik in a road game 71-80 on Saturday. It was an exceptional evening for Mustafa Gucyetmez who led the winners and scored 22 points and 5 assists. Robert Lowery came up with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Balikesir in the defeat. Balikesir's coach Cengiz Karadag tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Final Genclik moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Pi Koleji. Newly promoted Balikesir keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Final Genclik will meet higher ranked Selcuk Universitesi (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Balikesir will play against Darussafaka (#7) in Istanbul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fifteenth ranked Baskent Genclik (12-19) and 17th ranked Istanbulspor (4-27) in Ankara ended with biggest points difference. Baskent Genclik outscored guests from Istanbul 85-48. KZell Wesson fired a double-double by scoring 17 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Baskent Genclik moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Pertevniyal and Gelisim. Istanbulspor lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 27 games lost. Baskent Genclik's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Ankara to the arena Pi Koleji.

Other games in round 31 were not that significant. Pi Koleji was beaten by Darussafaka on the road 71-62. Bottom-ranked Izmir BSB lost to Yesilgiresun on its own court 73-80. Selcuk Univ. managed to outperform Vestel in Konya 73-61. Trabzonspor recorded a loss to Akhisar Bld at home 74-80. Gelisim was defeated by Istanbul B.B. on the opponent's court 91-82.
The most impressive performance of 31th round was 24 points and 21 rebounds by Jayme Miller of Istanbul B.B..


Bandirma Kir. - Usak 84-95

TB2L top team - Usak (23-8) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked Bandirma Kir. (15-16) in Balikesir 95-84. Bandirma Kir. was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 51-38 second half run of Usak. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points and 5 steals (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). His fellow American import forward Eric Buckner (208-90, college: Georgia St., agency: David Lee services) helped adding 21 points and 4 blocks. Usak's coach Ozan Bulkaz allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American power forward Raymond Sykes (206-86, college: Clemson, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and point guard Yigitcan Turna (187-87) scored 9 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Usak maintains first place with 23-8 record. Bandirma Kir. at the other side keeps the tenth position with 16 games lost. Usak will play against Trabzonspor (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bandirma Kir. will play against Istanbulspor (#17) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Usak: J.Carter 30+4reb+3ast, E.Buckner 21+4reb+2ast, S.Kavut 14+3reb+4ast, E.Balto 8+4reb+3ast, M.Erol 6+3reb+1ast, M.Emre Boztepe 6+5reb
Bandirma Kir.: R.Sykes 33+8reb+2ast, A.Cantitiz 16, T.Onen 10+4reb+4ast, Y.Turna 9+6reb+9ast, H.Danacioglu 5, T.Altunbey 5+1ast
gschID: 199625


Darussafaka - Pi Koleji 71-62

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Darussafaka (20-11) beat 12th ranked Pi Koleji (13-18) in Istanbul 71-62. Darussafaka dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Pi Koleji's 22. American guard Marcus Hall (185-85, college: Colorado) fired 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. His fellow American import center LaRon Dendy (205-88, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: David Lee services) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Latvian center Kaspars Kambala (206-78, college: UNLV, agency: Alti Sport) produced 8 points and 13 rebounds and guard Yusuf Berkcan Yananer (191-90, agency: EM-PA) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Darussafaka have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Pi Koleji at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Darussafaka's next round opponent will be Balikesir (#8) on the road. Pi Koleji's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Ankara Baskent Genclik.
Top scorers:
Darussafaka: L.Dendy 18+7reb+3ast, M.Hall 17+5reb+6ast, C.Amasyali 13+4ast, C.Mumcuogullari 8+1reb, U.Kacaniku 8+4reb+1ast, G.Sunter 3+2reb+1ast
Pi Koleji: Y.Berkcan Yananer 18+2reb, H.Serdar Gungor 10+7reb+1ast, K.Kambala 8+13reb, I.Gokalp 8+2reb, V.Grier 7+6reb+6ast, U.Can Aksoy 4+2reb
gschID: 199626


Final Genclik - Balikesir 80-71

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Balikesir (18-13) and Final Genclik (13-18), which took place in Bursa. Higher ranked Balikesir lost to thirteenth ranked Final Genclik in a road game 71-80 on Saturday. Balikesir was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 27-17 charge of Final Genclik, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for guard Mustafa Gucyetmez (188-80) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 5 assists. American forward Marshall Moses (198-89, college: Oklahoma St.) accounted for 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winning side. American point guard Robert Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) came up with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Pervis Pasco (206-81, college: Kansas St.) added 8 points and 14 rebounds respectively for Balikesir in the defeat. Balikesir's coach Cengiz Karadag tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Final Genclik moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Pi Koleji. Newly promoted Balikesir keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Final Genclik will meet higher ranked Selcuk Universitesi (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Balikesir will play against Darussafaka (#7) in Istanbul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Final Genclik: M.Gucyetmez 22+2reb+5ast, M.Moses 16+11reb, E.Ilter 15+5reb+3ast, M.Esen 8+6reb+1ast, O.Sungur 8+3reb+2ast, O.Tayfun Karabey 5+7reb+1ast
Balikesir: R.Lowery 20+8reb+4ast, C.Coskun 11+10reb, M.Ozdogan 11+5reb+1ast, P.Pasco 8+14reb+1ast, C.Delicay 7+1reb+1ast, A.Timucin Yener 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 238519


Izmir BSB - Yesilgiresun 73-80

Very expected game when 18th ranked Izmir BSB (3-28) lost at home to second ranked Yesilgiresun (22-9) 80-73. Guard Barkin Haluk Cinar (193-83) fired 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. point guard Gokper Gen (189-89) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Cengiz Aydin Ergen (-88) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds and forward Gurur Baybora (-90) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Izmir BSB's coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted Yesilgiresun maintains second place with 22-9 record behind leader Usak. Izmir BSB lost fifth consecutive game. Izmir BSB at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay dead last with 28 lost games. Yesilgiresun's next round opponent will be Pertevniyal (#16) in Istanbul which should be an easy win for them. Izmir BSB will play on the road against Akhisar Bld.
Top scorers:
Yesilgiresun: B.Haluk Cinar 24+7reb+2ast, V.Goodridge 15+7reb, G.Gen 13+6reb+4ast, U.Turkoglu 9+1reb+1ast, O.Erdogan 8+5reb+1ast, I.Cevik 7+4reb+2ast
Izmir BSB: C.Aydin Ergen 23+6reb+2ast, G.Baybora 19+5reb+2ast, T.Gurpinar 14+6reb+1ast, T.Kanmaz 5+5reb+3ast, B.Gacemer 5+3reb+3ast, I.Sejfic 4+4reb
gschID: 199619


Vestel - Selcuk Univ. 61-73

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Selcuk Universitesi (21-10) won against 9th ranked Vestel (17-14) in Manisa 73-61. Vestel was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 37-20 second half run of Selcuk Universitesi. They also forced 19 Vestel turnovers. Guard Osman Orcun Gollu (190-77) fired 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. American point guard Jeremy Granger (185-90, college: E.Illinois) chipped in 15 points. Five Selcuk Universitesi players scored in double figures. American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import guard Antabia Waller (188-88, college: Auburn) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Selcuk Universitesi have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Vestel at the other side keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Selcuk Universitesi's next round opponent will be Final Genclik (#13) in Bursa and are hoping to win another game. Vestel will play on the road against Gelisim (#14) in Izmir.
Top scorers:
Selcuk Univ.: J.Granger 15+4reb+3ast, O.Orcun Gollu 14+3reb+5ast, U.Gurgen 13+5reb+3ast, I.Yalcin Azizmahmutogullari 11+3reb, B.Clark 11+6reb+1ast, B.Selen 3+1reb
Vestel: S.Ugur 17+1reb+1ast, A.Waller 16+2reb+2ast, J.Knox 13+15reb, S.Ugrasan 6+3reb+1ast, K.Ozkan 3+5reb+3ast, S.Buker 2+4reb
gschID: 199624


Trabzonspor - Akhisar Bld 74-80

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked Trabzonspor (20-11) lost at home to sixth ranked Akhisar Bld (20-11) 80-74. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-16 Trabzonspor's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 80-74 at the end of the game. American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-85, college: N.Mexico St.) fired 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Mert Eken (193-87) chipped in 17 points. Croatian center Jurica Zuza (207-78, agency: Alti Sport) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Khalid El-Amin (178-79, college: Connecticut) added 16 points, 7 assists and 5 steals respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Trabzonspor's coach Hasan Ozmeric let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Akhisar Bld have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Trabzonspor. Akhisar Bld's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Izmir BSB (#18) at home which should be an easy win for them. Trabzonspor will play against the league's leader Usak (#1).
Top scorers:
Akhisar Bld: T.Nelson 19+8reb+3ast, M.Eken 17+4reb+1ast, G.Esmer 15+2reb+2ast, S.Yavuz 12+2reb+6ast, E.Ozpulat 6+8reb, C.Terzioglu 5+2reb
Trabzonspor: J.Zuza 21+5reb+1ast, K.El-Amin 16+2reb+7ast, Y.Akcay 13+2reb+1ast, K.Cipa 10+4reb, G.Orcun Tunca 7+1reb, S.Topcu 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 199623


Baskent Genclik - Istanbulspor 85-48

The game between fifteenth ranked Baskent Genclik (12-19) and 17th ranked Istanbulspor (4-27) in Ankara ended with biggest points difference. Baskent Genclik outscored guests from Istanbul 85-48. The game was mostly controlled by Baskent Genclik. Istanbulspor was better in third quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Istanbulspor to just 6 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Istanbulspor 42-26 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Baskent Genclik especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Istanbulspor's players. American forward KZell Wesson (201-77, college: La Salle) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Swingman Melih Kabakci (200-82) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Baskent Genclik players scored in double figures. Guard Onur Sonsirma (190-85, agency: 1x1 Sports) produced 10 points and Ege Dulgar (-96) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Baskent Genclik moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Pertevniyal and Gelisim. Istanbulspor lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 27 games lost. Baskent Genclik's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Ankara to the arena Pi Koleji.
Top scorers:
Baskent Genclik: M.Kabakci 17+7reb+3ast, K.Wesson 17+15reb+4ast, H.Uskuplu 14+5reb+4ast, M.Dogan 13+5reb+3ast, G.Erdi Gulaslan 8+1reb, T.Findikli 6
Istanbulspor: O.Sonsirma 10+3reb+2ast, D.Sonmez 10+4reb, E.Dulgar 8+5reb+2ast, T.Bugra Ceylan 7+1reb, S.Tasdelen 6+6reb, A.Mert 2
gschID: 199621


Istanbul B.B. - Gelisim 91-82

Everything went according to plan when eleventh ranked Istanbul B.B. (14-17) defeated at home 13th ranked Gelisim (12-19) 91-82. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 31-19 run, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Jayme Miller (203-85) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 21 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Ahmet Tuncer (193-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) chipped in 27 points. Istanbul B.B.'s coach Hakan Yavuz used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Jermaine Dearman (202-80, college: S.Illinois) produced 25 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import point guard Dijuan Harris (175-86, college: Charlotte) added 13 points and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Istanbul B.B. maintains eleventh place with 14-17 record. Gelisim at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Istanbul B.B.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Maliye Milli (#4) in Ankara and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gelisim will play at home against Vestel (#9) in Manisa.
Top scorers:
Istanbul B.B.: A.Tuncer 27+2reb+1ast, J.Miller 24+21reb+1ast, N.Pastal 13+4reb+3ast, D.Yavuz 12+1reb, M.Birsen 5+3reb, R.Wright 4+4reb+3ast
Gelisim: J.Dearman 25+8reb+3ast, B.Erol 16+4reb+1ast, S.Ergin 13+4reb+4ast, D.Harris 13+4reb+7ast, O.Onver 8+3reb+2ast, M.Erdogan 4+6reb
gschID: 199620


Maliye Milli - Pertevniyal 73-93

The game between third ranked Maliye Milli (20-11) and sixteenth ranked Pertevniyal (12-19) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Maliye Milli was crushed by Pertevniyal in Ankara 73-93. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Maliye Milli. Pertevniyal shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Justin Gray (188-84, college: Wake Forest, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 assists. Tayfun Erulku (193-94) contributed with 20 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Pertevniyal players scored in double figures. American guard Derek Williams (185-85, college: SMU) answered with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and center Hakan Yapar (202-84) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Maliye Milli. Maliye Milli's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Pertevniyal moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Gelisim and Baskent Genclik. Maliye Milli at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Pertevniyal is looking forward to face league's second-placed Yesilgiresun in Giresun in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maliye Milli will play at home against Istanbul B.B. and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Pertevniyal: J.Gray 26+3reb+7ast, T.Erulku 20+2reb+5ast, B.Can Yildizli 14+4reb+1ast, R.Tekin 11+7reb+2ast, C.Osman 10+2reb, A.Brown 9+9reb+1ast
Maliye Milli: D.Williams 14+5reb+5ast, H.Yapar 14+6reb+1ast, R.Ozturk 14+6reb, G.Karabiyik 8+2reb+1ast, M.Okay 8+5reb+2ast, Z.Graham 7+2reb
gschID: 199622



Miller's double-double lands him TB2L Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old forward Jayme Miller (203-F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Istanbul B.B. and receives a Eurobasket.com TB2L Player of the Week award for round 31.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 21 rebounds, while his team beat Gelisim (#14, 12-19) 91-82. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Istanbul B.B. maintains the 11th position in Turkish TB2L. Istanbul B.B. 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 14-17 record. Miller turned to be Istanbul B.B.'s top player in his first season with the team. Miller has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 9.1rpg) and averages solid 53.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Raymond Sykes (206-F/C-86, agency: Three Eye Sports) of Bandirma Kir.. He is American forward in his first season at Bandirma Kir.. In the last game Sykes recorded impressive 33 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Bandirma Kir. lost that game 84-95 to the higher-ranked Usak (#1, 23-8). Bandirma Kir. managed to keep the same 10th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 15-16 record. Sykes is a newcomer at Bandirma Kir. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.7ppg (#9). He also registered 9.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Justin Carter (193-F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of league's leader Usak. Carter got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He was a key player of Usak, leading his team to a 95-84 win against the lower-ranked Bandirma Kir. (#10, 15-16). Usak confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 23 victories and 8 lost games. Carter has a great season in Turkey. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.4ppg (4th best) and assists with 3.8apg (8th best). He also has 1.0bpg, FGP: 51.1% and 3PT: 42.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jermaine Dearman (202-F/C-80) of Gelisim - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. KZell Wesson (201-F-77) of Baskent Genclik - 17 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Marshall Moses (198-F-89) of Final Genclik - 16 points and 11 rebounds
7. Justin Gray (188-G-84) of Pertevniyal - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Cengiz Aydin Ergen (88) of Izmir BSB - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Eric Buckner (208-F-90) of Usak - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. LaRon Dendy (205-C-88) of Darussafaka - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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

27-year old guard Baris Ermis (194-G-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Fener.Ulker and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
He got a double-double of 27 points and 10 assists, while his team beat Hacettepe (#16, 4-21) 81-76. Fener.Ulker is placed at 2nd position in Turkish league. They are still close to the very top. Fener.Ulker would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 21-4 record. In the team's last game Ermis had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Baris Ermis averages this season 5.2ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) of TED Kolejliler. He is Serbian center in his first season at TED Kolejliler. In the last game Stanojevic recorded impressive 30 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for TED Kolejliler to edge the lower-ranked Olin Edirne (#14, 6-19) by 4 points 89-85. TED Kolejliler's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Stanojevic is a newcomer at TED Kolejliler and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.3ppg (#2). He also registered 6.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to Joey Dorsey (206-C/F-83, agency: FCM) of Gaziantep (#11). Dorsey scored 16 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Dorsey's great performance Gaziantep lost 73-83 to the higher-ranked Banvit BK (#3, 21-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Gaziantep not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dorsey could try to bring Gaziantep's a little bit higher in the standings. Dorsey has individually a great season in Turkey. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.6ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 12.3rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Artsiom Parakhouski (210-C-87) of Olin Edirne - 19 points and 8 rebounds
5. Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89) of Antalya - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85) of Erdemir - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Ricardo Marsh (207-F-81) of Hacettepe - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Vladimir Golubovic (213-C-86) of Antalya - 17 points and 11 rebounds
9. Gasper Vidmar (211-C/F-87) of Besiktas - 15 points and 13 rebounds
10. Nedim Yucel (203-F-79) of TED Kolejliler - 10 points, 16 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)



TBL Round 25: Top-ranked Galatasaray wins another 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 round 25 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

TBL top team - Galatasaray (22-3) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat eighth ranked Tofas (11-14) in Bursa 66-52. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Tofas. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 66-52. Galatasaray dominated on the defensive end, holding Tofas to just 6 points in third quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of Senegalese center Boniface Ndong (213-77) who helped to win the game recording 8 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Engin Atsur (193-84, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Forward Inanc Koc (202-79) answered with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Tofas. Tofas' coach Ahmet Caki rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Galatasaray have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-3 record. Tofas at the other side keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. Galatasaray are looking forward to face league's second-placed Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tofas will play on the road against Antalya (#15) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game between fifth ranked Karsiyaka (19-6) and 15th ranked Antalya (5-20) in Karsiyaka ended with biggest points difference. Karsiyaka outscored guests from Antalya 90-66. The former international forward Umit Sonkol (206-82) stepped up and scored 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Evren Buker chipped in 8 points and 7 assists. At the losing side American point guard Jordan Theodore (182-89, college: Seton Hall) responded with 26 points and 7 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. Karsiyaka maintains fifth place with 19-6 record. Antalya lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. Karsiyaka will play against Aliaga (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Antalya will play against Tofas (#8) in Bursa and hopes to get back on the winning track.

Other games in round 25 were not that significant. Aliaga was beaten by Besiktas on the road 79-66. Fener.Ulker won against Hacettepe on its own court 81-76. Banvit BK managed to outperform Gaziantep in Balikesir 83-73. TED Kolejliler managed to beat Olin Edirne at home 89-85. Turk Telekom was defeated by Erdemir on the opponent's court 77-64.
The most impressive performance of 25th round was 27 points and 10 assists by Baris Ermis of Fener.Ulker.


Besiktas - Aliaga 79-66

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Besiktas (15-10) beat 10th ranked Aliaga (9-16) in Istanbul 79-66. It looked good early as Aliaga took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Besiktas had a 22-19 second period charge getting the lead and Aliaga was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-79. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Aliaga to just 7 points in third quarter. Slovenian power forward Gasper Vidmar (211-87) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Tutku Acik (194-80) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Four Besiktas players scored in double figures. At the losing side American center Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Lionel Chalmers (184-80, college: Xavier) scored 19 points. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 15-10 record. Aliaga at the other side keeps the tenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Gaziantep. Besiktas will play against higher ranked Anadolu Efes (#4) in Istanbul in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aliaga will play at home against Karsiyaka (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: G.Vidmar 15+13reb, T.Acik 13+2reb+4ast, S.Cetin 12+3reb+2ast, C.Nalga 11+6reb, C.Ozer 9+2reb, D.Ewing 8+3reb+7ast
Aliaga: L.Chalmers 19+4reb+1ast, T.Francis 15+11reb, M.Arnold 12+6reb, E.Goerkem 9+1reb, P.Shumpert 6+4reb+3ast, A.Ali Erdogan 4+4reb+6ast
gschID: 199089


Fener.Ulker - Hacettepe 81-76

Very expected game when 16th ranked Hacettepe (4-21) lost to fourth ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (21-4) in Istanbul 76-81. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 25-19 run, which allowed them to win the game. Hacettepe was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international guard Baris Ermis (194-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 assists for the winners and international forward Ilkan Karaman (205-90) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Four Fenerbahce Ulker players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Ricardo Marsh (207-81, college: ODU) responded with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Polat Kaya (197-86) scored 24 points. Fenerbahce Ulker moved-up to second place, which they share with Banvit BK. Hacettepe lost their sixth game in a row. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Fenerbahce Ulker will play against league's leader Galatasaray in Istanbul in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hacettepe will play at home against Gaziantep (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Fener.Ulker: B.Ermis 27+3reb+10ast, K.Peker 13+2reb, R.Sato 10+1reb, E.Preldzic 10+4reb+5ast, I.Karaman 10+9reb+1ast, O.Savas 8+6reb+1ast
Hacettepe: P.Kaya 24+2ast, R.Marsh 21+7reb+4ast, A.Grundy 11+4reb+4ast, H.Besok 9+8reb+3ast, A.Isik 8+4reb+1ast, O.Adiguzel 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 199085


Karsiyaka - Antalya 90-66

The game between fifth ranked Karsiyaka (19-6) and 15th ranked Antalya (5-20) in Karsiyaka ended with biggest points difference. Karsiyaka outscored guests from Antalya 90-66. The game without a history. Karsiyaka led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The former international forward Umit Sonkol (206-82) stepped up and scored 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward Evren Buker (194-85) chipped in 8 points and 7 assists. At the losing side American point guard Jordan Theodore (182-89, college: Seton Hall) responded with 26 points and 7 assists and Montenegrin-Serbian center Vladimir Golubovic (213-86, agency: Beo Basket) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Karsiyaka maintains fifth place with 19-6 record. Antalya lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. Karsiyaka will play against Aliaga (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Antalya will play against Tofas (#8) in Bursa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Karsiyaka: U.Sonkol 14+7reb+1ast, B.Dixon 12+1reb+3ast, J.Diebler 11+2reb, C.Topaloglu 9+4reb, C.Mutaf 8+3reb+3ast, E.Buker 8+3reb+7ast
Antalya: J.Theodore 26+3reb+7ast, V.Golubovic 17+11reb+1ast, R.Oz 11+1reb, R.Rizvanoglu 6+2reb+1ast, E.Beyaz 2+4reb, A.Dogan 2+1reb
gschID: 199090


Gaziantep - Banvit BK 73-83

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Banvit BK (21-4) won against on the road 11th ranked Gaziantep (9-16) 83-73. The game was mostly controlled by Banvit BK. Gaziantep was better in third quarter 27-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Banvit BK dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Gaziantep's 30. Dominican-American guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) stepped up and scored 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and American point guard Kalin Lucas (185-89, college: Michigan St.) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. Banvit BK's coach Orhun Ene allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American power forward Joey Dorsey (206-83, college: Memphis, agency: FCM) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and the former international power forward Mutlu Akpinar (203-83) scored 19 points. Four Gaziantep players scored in double figures. Banvit BK moved-up to second place, which they share with Fener.Ulker. Newly promoted Gaziantep dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Aliaga. Banvit BK will play against Turk Telekom (#13) in Ankara in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Gaziantep will play on the road against Hacettepe in Ankara and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Banvit BK: S.Mejia 16+5reb+2ast, D.Cantekin 12+5reb, K.Lucas 11+3reb+4ast, K.Simmons 9+2reb+1ast, V.Stimac 8+9reb+1ast, C.Davis 8+2reb+1ast
Gaziantep: M.Akpinar 19+4reb+1ast, J.Dorsey 16+13reb+3ast, D.Page 14+4reb+2ast, Y.Cankaya 10+4reb+1ast, A.Collins 9+1reb+7ast, I.Swann 3+2ast
gschID: 199088


Tofas - Galatasaray 52-66

TBL top team - Galatasaray (22-3) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat eighth ranked Tofas (11-14) in Bursa 66-52. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Tofas. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 66-52. Galatasaray dominated on the defensive end, holding Tofas to just 6 points in third quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of Senegalese center Boniface Ndong (213-77) who helped to win the game recording 8 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Engin Atsur (193-84, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Forward Inanc Koc (202-79) answered with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Dogan Senli (204-92) added 6 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Tofas. Tofas' coach Ahmet Caki rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Galatasaray have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-3 record. Tofas at the other side keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. Galatasaray are looking forward to face league's second-placed Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tofas will play on the road against Antalya (#15) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Galatasaray: E.Atsur 14+1reb+1ast, M.Macvan 11+5reb, C.Akyol 9+2reb, B.Ndong 8+8reb+3ast, E.Arslan 7+1reb+2ast, C.Arroyo 7+2reb+6ast
Tofas: I.Koc 8+5reb+4ast, S.Geyik 7+4reb+1ast, T.Ruzic 6+1reb+1ast, K.Sipahi 6+3reb+1ast, D.Senli 6+9reb+1ast, C.Altintig 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 199087


TED Kolejliler - Olin Edirne 89-85

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Olin Edirne (6-19) lost to seventh ranked TED Kolejliler (13-12) in Ankara 85-89. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-19. But Olin Edirne won second period 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Olin Edirne 34-19 including 22 on the defensive glass. TED Kolejliler players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Serbian center Jovo Stanojevic (208-77, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 30 points and 9 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field) for the winners and forward Nedim Yucel (203-79) chipped in 10 points and 16 rebounds. At the losing side Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and point guard Mehmet Yagmur (188-87) scored 18 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Olin Edirne's coach Gokhan Tastimur tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted TED Kolejliler maintains seventh place with 13-12 record. Olin Edirne at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. TED Kolejliler will play against Erdemir (#9) on the road in the next round. Olin Edirne will play against Mersin (#12) in Akdeniz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TED Kolejliler: J.Stanojevic 30+9reb+3ast, K.Penney 21+4reb, B.Woodside 13+1reb+9ast, N.Yucel 10+16reb+2ast, V.Plisnic 8+2reb+3ast, A.Kavaklioglu 3+6ast
Olin Edirne: A.Parakhouski 19+8reb+1ast, M.Yagmur 18+3reb+3ast, C.Tapoutos 15+4reb, B.Candan 11+2reb+1ast, B.Yarangume 9+1ast, F.Videnov 7+2reb+5ast
gschID: 199084


Erdemir - Turk Telekom 77-64

Everything went according to plan when ninth ranked Erdemir (10-15) defeated at home 13th ranked Turk Telekom (7-18) 77-64. They outrebounded Turk Telekom 41-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. American swingman Sean Marshall (198-85, college: Boston Coll.) stepped up and scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and his fellow American import guard Gerrod Henderson (192-78, college: Louisiana Tech) chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side Croatian power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds and Slovenian power forward Miha Zupan (205-82) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Erdemir maintains ninth place with 10-15 record. Turk Telekom at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Erdemir will play against higher ranked TED Kolejliler (#7) in Ankara in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Turk Telekom will play at home against Banvit BK (#3) in Balikesir and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Erdemir: G.Henderson 24+5reb+3ast, S.Marshall 23+6reb+4ast, M.Mahmutoglu 16+4reb+2ast, A.Pars 8+4reb+2ast, J.Balazic 6+11reb+1ast, E.Ekim 0
Turk Telekom: D.Pasalic 18+9reb, D.Brown 15+2reb+4ast, M.Zupan 12+8reb+3ast, C.Altay 8+2reb+3ast, L.Williams 6+3reb, A.Saruhan 3+1reb
gschID: 199086



Selcuk Universitesi lands Smush Parker, ex Peristeri GS - by Eurobasket News

Torku Selcuk Universitesi Konya (TB2L) tabbed 32-year old American guard Smush Parker (193-100kg-81, college: Fordham). He played recently at Peristeri GS Athens in Greek A1 league. In three games he averaged impressive 15.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg this season. Parker also spent early part of the season at Cibona in Croatian league earlier that year. In 5 Adriatic League games he had 9.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg. He ended the last season at Indios (LNB) in Dominican Rep. league. He helped them to win the league title. But the most of that year Parker spent at Guaros (LPB) in Venezuelan league. In 29 games he had 14.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Venezuelan LPB All-Star Game. Parker also played 2 games in Liga Americas where he had very remarkable stats: 19.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 4.0apg and 3.5spg. The last (2012) season he played at Petrochimi (Superleague) in Iran.
The previous (10-11) season Parker played at Iraklis (B) in Greek league. In 9 games he had also great stats: 15.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg and 2.0spg.
In 2002 he was drafted by Idaho Stampede (CBA) in second round (11th overall).
Parker attended Fordham University and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 1st Team award back in 2010.
Parker is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg), NBA (Miami Heat, LA Clippers and LA Lakers), China (Guandong Tigers) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
Let's have closer look into Parker's outlook: Good shooter and gifted ballhandler... Has good size for the point guard position... Can play the two spot... Turnover prone... Can make it in the league, but needs to develop his playmaking skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Old, slow Duncan swats shots with ease - by David Edole

By Jeff McDonald, Staff Writer

If the meaning of insanity is, as some have suggested, repeating the same action expecting different results, Atlanta forward Ivan Johnson was by definition out of his gourd.

Twice in the span of 18 seconds Saturday, Johnson, a one-time Fox Tech standout, challenged Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest), following an ill-fated turnaround jumper with an ill-fated attempt at a layup, both producing an all-too-familiar outcome.

Chalk up two more blocked shots in a remarkable season full of them for the Spurs All-Star power forward.

At age 36, and in the midst of arguably the greatest run of shot-swatting in his Hall of Fame-bound career, Duncan says the secret behind his longevity as a defensive menace is twofold.

Im old, Duncan deadpanned, but Im slow.

Blessed with an All-NBA sense of self-deprecation, Duncan swears his shot-blocking prowess to be mostly the product of good fortune. The rest of the league would love to be so lucky.

In his 16th season, Duncan has been offering up more rejections than a homecoming queen, totaling 173 in 65 games all, as he likes to joke, without leaving the floor.

Duncans average of 2.7 blocks per game ranks third in the league and puts him on pace for the best shot-blocking season by a 36-year-old in league history.

Since the NBA began tracking blocks in 1973-74, no player Duncans age has come close to that number over a full season. New Yorks Patrick Ewing averaged 2.6 blocks in 38 games of a lockout-shortened 1998-99 campaign.

Duncans average of 3.2 blocks per 36 minutes, meanwhile, marks by far the highest rate of his career.

Are we amazed yet?

I guess to some degree, I should say yes, coach Gregg Popovich said, just because people in that stage of their career dont do the things hes doing.

An eight-time member of the NBAs All-Defensive first team, Duncan who turns 37 on April 25 is building a case to become the oldest Defensive Player of the Year in history.

The eighth-leading shot-blocker of all time with 2,642, Duncan is the centerpiece of a Spurs team that ranks third in defensive efficiency, up from 10th last season.

He has posted at least three blocks in a game 31 times this season, including a stretch of seven in a row in January.

Having someone like him to back up your defense is a huge advantage, guard Manu Ginobili said. Hes that insurance that can save the play.

Unlike the two players ahead of him on this seasons blocked-shot leaderboard Oklahoma Citys Serge Ibaka and Milwaukees Larry Sanders Duncan does not jump out of the gym. He never has.

What Duncan lacks in pogo-stick leaping ability he makes up for with a Swiss watchmakers sense of timing, a mathematicians feel for angles and the wingspan of a Boeing.

Ginobili cant count how many times Duncan has intentionally allowed a penetrating guard to breeze by toward a layup, the better to set him up for a block from behind.

When players get an offensive rebound, or a play you have to finish right away, thats when he gets you, Ginobili said.

Like a magician loath to reveal the technique behind his illusions, Duncan downplays the legwork that goes into his shot-blocking.

I just think Ive tricked people into coming into a certain territory, Duncan said.

Others arent so willing to dismiss Duncans defensive dominance as dumb luck.

Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn, who played his final three seasons with the Spurs before spending two on Popovichs bench as an assistant, says Duncan blocks more shots with his head than his hands.

Without a doubt, hes one of the smartest individuals Ive been around, Vaughn said. Just with his knowledge of every player going into the game, not just at his position, and knowing tendencies of other guys.

That cerebral approach to shot blocking is something Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro noticed as far back as 1997-98, when Duncan averaged 2.5 blocks as a rookie.

Tim will go into a game knowing the players first and second move, said Del Negro, Duncans teammate that first season. Theres not much hes going to miss.

Indeed, when it comes to blocking shots, Duncan hasnt missed many this season.

He is old and slow, and enough to drive the rest of the NBA batty.

GET OFF MY LAWN

In his 16th season, the Spurs Tim Duncan is on pace to post the best shot-blocking season by any 36-year-old in NBA history. Heres how he stacks up to other twilight-years swat artists:

Player, team - Season, BPG
Tim Duncan, Spurs - 2012-13, 2.7
Patrick Ewing, Knicks - 1998-99, 2.6
Alonzo Mourning, Heat - 2006-07, 2.3
Hakeem Olajuwon, Rockets - 1988-89, 2.0
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lakers - 1983-84, 1.8
David Robinson, Spurs - 2001-02, 1.8

Note: The NBA did not begin recording blocks until 1973-74.



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Superleague Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk - Hoverla 85-82

Budivelnyk celebrated a home win to open the quarterfinal series versus The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-20. But Hoverla won second period 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri, agency: Edge Sports) stepped up and scored 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Australian-Dutch power forward Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American Kyndall Dykes (190-87, college: New Orleans, agency: Edge Sports) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Ryan Pearson (198-90, college: George Mason) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: L.Lyons 21+5reb+1ast, D.Kickert 15+5reb+2ast, A.Drozdov 10+4reb, M.Anisimovas 10+5reb, M.Delaney 10+2reb+7ast, D.Salenga 9+4reb+2ast
Hoverla: K.Dykes 20+5reb+3ast, R.Pearson 17+7reb+1ast, P.Burenko 13+4reb+5ast, Y.Lemyk 12+5reb+2ast, A.Chemyakin 8+2reb, Y.Frasenyuk 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 238083


Khimik - Halychyna 81-87

Halychyna shocked Khimik in Yuzny to take the first win in the series. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-22 Khimik's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 87-81 at the end of the game. Halychyna made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Halychyna especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Serbian power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, agency: Beo Basket) nailed a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winning side and Bosnian guard Goran Ikonic (196-80, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 20 points and 5 assists. American-Bulgarian point guard Willie Deane (188-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) came up with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and Canadian guard Devoe Joseph (193-90, college: Oregon, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points respectively for Khimik in the defeat. Khimik's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Halychyna: V.Vukosavljevic 28+14reb+3ast, G.Ikonic 20+4reb+5ast, M.Lee 12+8reb+4ast, L.Stefanishin 9+4ast, S.Vasiljevic 9+3reb+5ast, S.Alferov 6+1ast
Khimik: W.Deane 24+5reb+7ast, S.Popov 13+1ast, D.Joseph 13+3reb+3ast, V.Kovalenko 10+5reb, S.Sehovic 9+2reb+3ast, S.Zavadsky 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 238086


Azovmash - BC Donetsk 102-93

Azovmash made the first step towards the semifinal stage as they rolled past BC Donetsk in Mariupol. It looked good early as BC Donetsk took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Azovmash had a 32-18 second period charge getting the lead and BC Donetsk was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 93-102. Strangely BC Donetsk outrebounded Azovmash 37-25 including 22 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. BC Donetsk was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Lynn Greer (186-79, college: Temple) nailed 29 points and 6 assists for the winning side and Serbian power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 25 points. Azovmash's coach Sergei Zavalin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-Trinidad and Tobago center D'or Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists and the former international center Kyrylo Fesenko (213-86) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for BC Donetsk in the defeat. Four Azovmash and five BC Donetsk players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Azovmash: L.Greer 29+6ast, T.Dragicevic 25+4reb, O.Kolchenko 16+3reb, S.Serapinas 15+5reb+4ast, M.Raduljica 9+7reb+1ast, D.Zabirchenko 6+1reb+2ast
BC Donetsk: K.Fesenko 15+7reb+1ast, C.Millage 15+4ast, D.Songaila 14+3reb+2ast, D.Fischer 13+12reb+8ast, R.Curry 12+2reb+3ast, V.Stojanovski 10+5reb+4ast
gschID: 238085


Ferro-ZNTU - Cherkasy 88-83

Ferro-ZNTU clinched the victory in the opener against Cherkasy. The game without a history. Ferro-ZNTU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American point guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) nailed 29 points and 7 assists for the winning side and American-Italian forward Daniel Werner (203-87, college: Florida) accounted for 15 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and Denis Ikovlev (201-86, college: Nevada, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 18 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Cherkasy in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Culpepper 29+2reb+7ast, D.Werner 15+6reb+2ast, J.Chappell 13+2reb+2ast, R.Guinn 12+7reb+2ast, A.Rybalko 8+3reb+2ast, S.Dikiy 5+4reb+1ast
Cherkasy: C.Thomas 25+13reb+4ast, D.Ikovlev 18+10reb+1ast, V.Hunter 12+10reb+2ast, D.Swanson 12+2reb+5ast, T.Delininkaitis 9+1reb+1ast, M.Ivshyn 3+2reb
gschID: 238084



Darius Adams (ex Kryvbasbasket) could join Orleans - by Eurobasket News

Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) is close to sign 24-year old American point guard Darius Adams (182-75kg-89, college: Indianapolis, agency: Three Eye Sports) who currently plays Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih in Ukraine. In 14 Superleague games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.1apg and 1.9spg this season. Adams ended the last season at Reales (LNB) in Dominican Rep. league. In 8 games he averaged remarkable 18.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.8apg. But the most of that year he spent at Guaiqueries (LPB) in Venezuelan league. In 31 games he was fourth best scorer with great 18.9ppg and had 3.5rpg, 3.4apg and 2.5spg (in top 4).
Among other achievements Adams received Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB 2nd Team award in 2012.
He graduated from University of Indianapolis in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: One of the best players in Division II in his college career. Unlike most high-profile guys, Adams has been through the struggles. He went from being a bench player for the Generals to a two-year college before becoming the nation's seventh-best scorer in D II.
Adams said. "The main thing is proving yourself. I know if I just keep going hard and putting in the work, that's where I want to be."
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By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - BBL

BBL Standings
 1. Leicester R. 30-3 
 2. Newcastle E. 25-8 
 3. Glasgow Rocks 21-12 
 4. Surrey Heat 21-12 
 5. Worcester W. 20-13 
 6. Plymouth R. 19-14 
 7. Sheffield S. 17-16 
 8. London Lions 13-20 
 9. Manchester G. 12-21 
 10. Cheshire P. 10-23 
 11. Durham W. 10-23 
 12. Mersey Tigers 0-33 

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 5: Newcastle E. - Glasgow Rocks 93-80
Apr. 7: Durham W. - Manchester G. 92-114
Apr. 7: Glasgow Rocks - Mersey Tigers 90-57
Apr. 5: Mersey Tigers - Durham W. 87-100
Apr. 7: Leicester R. - Newcastle E. 86-75
Apr. 5: Worcester W. - Leicester R. 86-58
Apr. 5: Manchester G. - London Lions 85-87
Apr. 7: Cheshire P. - Sheffield S. 72-85
Apr. 2: Sheffield S. - Newcastle E. 70-60
Apr. 6: Plymouth R. - Worcester W. 69-106
Apr. 3: London Lions - Leicester R. 63-89
Apr. 7: Surrey Heat - Plymouth R. 101-99

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 12: Leicester R. - London Lions
Apr. 12: Newcastle E. - Sheffield S.
Apr. 12: Glasgow Rocks - Plymouth R.
Apr. 12: Surrey Heat - Worcester W.


Standings - EBL Conf.

EBL D1 Standings
 1. Reading R. 21-4 
 2. Bristol AF 17-8 
 3. Tees Valley M. 16-9 
 4. Northumbria 15-9 
 5. Leeds Carnegie 15-11 
 6. Leopards 14-10 
 7. Worthing T. 13-12 
 8. Leicester W. 11-14 
 9. Hemel Storm 11-14 
 10. Medway Park 11-14 
 11. Bradford D. 11-16 
 12. Westminster W. 10-14 
 13. Derby T. 7-19 
 14. Brixton T. 3-21 

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 7: Tees Valley M. - Westminster W. 80-89
Apr. 7: Northumbria - Leopards 79-89
Apr. 7: Reading R. - Bradford D. 72-70
Apr. 7: Leeds Carnegie - Bristol AF 66-67
Apr. 7: Brixton T. - Worthing T. 57-62
Apr. 9: Westminster W. - Leicester W.



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Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
 1. Marinos 27-7 
 2. Cocodrilos 19-10 
 3. Gaiteros 18-14 
 4. Gigantes 18-15 
 5. Bucaneros 16-14 
 6. Guaros 15-17 
 7. Panteras 13-21 
 8. Guaiqueries 12-18 
 9. Trotamundos 12-19 
 10. Toros 9-24 

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 6: Panteras - Gaiteros 93-90
Apr. 6: Toros - Bucaneros 88-83
Apr. 6: Guaiqueries - Gigantes 87-72
Apr. 7: Guaros - Cocodrilos 86-78
Apr. 7: Panteras - Gaiteros 75-77
Apr. 7: Toros - Bucaneros 103-93

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 8: Marinos - Gigantes
Apr. 9: Trotamundos - Bucaneros
Apr. 9: Cocodrilos - Gaiteros
Apr. 9: Guaros - Guaiqueries
Apr. 9: Toros - Panteras
Apr. 10: Cocodrilos - Gaiteros
Apr. 10: Guaros - Guaiqueries



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Spartak SP part ways with Jurij Zdovc - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Saint Petersburg decided to split ways with Jurij Zdovc . The Slovenian specialist took over Spartak in 2011. He signed three-year deal with the Saint Petersburg team. However the team did not live up to the high expectations of the management this season. Spartak failed to reach EuroCup semis losing to Budivelnyk at the quarterfinal stage. Spartak are also at 8-8 record in PBL. They won 12 out of their 18 VTB regular season games this season. Jurij Zdovc worked with Union Olimpija, Iraklis, Geoplin Slovan, Bosna Sarajevo and KK Split before joining Spartak SP. He was named All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Coach of the Year in 2008. He was also trumped All-Slovenian League Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
Spartak SP will now be guided by Evgeni Kisurin .




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Women News


SEABL: Supercats clawed, Raiders on radar - by Eurobasket News

DANDENONG Rangers women warmed up for their first clash of the season against arch-rivals Knox Raiders with a win over Geelong Supercats at Dandenong Stadium on Saturday night.

The Rangers had to fight it out to the end but managed a 69-60 win to stay unbeaten after three rounds of the South East Australian Basketball League season.

The Rangers now face the Raiders at the State Basketball Centre this Saturday night with the two clubs resuming their rivalry, which has had them have several close play-off battles in past seasons.

Rangers coach Paul Flynn said his side had made steady improvement in the opening rounds but still had work to do.

"We made a big step up from our round 1 performance and from where we have been at practice. But we have still got to build some consistency and also have to get consistently better each week."

Flynn said the Rangers defence and variety of scorers proved the difference against a pesky opponent. Clare Papavs (180-G-87) had 13 points to lead the Rangers, Lauren Scherf added 12 and Aimie Clydesdale and Amelia Todhunter scored 10 points each.

"The two sides were a bit different from those that played in the conference grand final last year but there was still a lot of passion on the floor," Flynn said. "Up to the last couple of minutes the game it was still there to be won and our girls stepped up and got some big defensive stops and that really turned the game on its head for us.

"Defence was the key. We held them to nine points in the third quarter but we have got to make a better effort at that across the four quarters." Sara Blicavs (188-F-93) and Candice Rogers both scored 17 points for the Supercats.

The Rangers women play the Raiders at the State Basketball Centre at 6pm this Saturday night, then host Canberra Capitals Academy at Dandenong Stadium at noon this Sunday.
Courtesy of: http://www.dandenongjournal.com.au



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Flying Foxes earn second straight win, BK Duchess clinch Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Flying Foxes celebrated the second straight win in the Finals. They shot down BC Vienna 87 77:54 on the road to gain 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Petra Steger (177-SG-87) came up with 28 points to put the defending champions within one win of the AWBL title. Flying Foxes got to the storming start of the game. They ensured a 29:13 lead after ten minutes. The visitors accumulated a 41:21 halftime lead. BC Vienna stopped the rot in the third term outscoring the visitors but it was too little to change the complexion of the encounter. Flying Foxes regained control in the fourth period and rallied to the win at the end. Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) produced 14 points for Flying Foxes. Agnes Roth (186-F/C-86) answered with 21 points for BC Vienna. Pia Zderadicka (174-G/F-91) chipped in 14 points in the losing case.
BK Duchess claimed the AWBL Bronze medals in the meantime. They swept the best-of-three series against Basket Flames. BK Duchess earned a 79:75 win in the second game on the road. The visitors led by a single point 34:33 at halftime. They stretched the gap to 3 points at the final break and never looked back en route to the win. Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) produced 18 points, while Suritsch netted 13 points for BK Duchess. Colin Fuchs-Robetin (189-F-95) answered with 24 points for Basket Flames. Lujza Burianova (171-G-92) chipped in 15 points in defeat.



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Rimantas Grigas announces extended list for National Team training camp - by Eurobasket News

Rimantas Grigas announced the list of 21 players to start preparations for the upcoming 2013 EuroBasket. The list includes:

Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88), Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85), Zhanna Horodetskaya (180-G-79), Nadzeya Yakovits (182-F-90), Nadzeya Drozd (174-G-83), Irina Chubkavets (184-G-91), Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management), Nataliya Trofimowa (185-F-79), Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85), Ala Murauskaya (187-F-85), Volha Istseliatsova (189-F/C-88), Viktoryia Pantsiukh (185-F-87), Maryia Filonchyk (187-PF-92), Maria Popova (182-SG-84), Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina), Marina Ivashchenko, Marina Kress (193-C-80), Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87), Leuchanka Yelena (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) and Tatsiana Melnikova (188-C-87).

Belarus will play in Group D of the EuroBasket preliminary round. They will face Croatia, Lithuania and Czech Republic. Belarus tip off their campaign against Czech Republic on June 15th.



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ZBL Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Valosun and Hradec Kralove will play decider - by Eurobasket News

Valosun Brno - Hradec Kralove 90-80

Valosun Brno avoided elimination beating Hradec Kralove in the fourth game of the quarterfinal series. The teams will meet again on Wednesday in the decider. The game was mostly controlled by Valosun Brno. Sokol Hradec Kralove managed to win second period 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Valosun Brno forced 21 Sokol Hradec Kralove turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Sokol Hradec Kralove's players. American center Amber Sprague (196-86, college: San Diego) fired 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international swingman Irena Borecka (176-80) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Valosun Brno players scored in double figures. Slovakian point guard Darina Misurova (163-81) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and forward Tereza Kuthanova (180-87) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Sokol Hradec Kralove's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Valosun Brno: A.Sprague 20+7reb+4ast, A.Fontenette 18+3reb+4ast, I.Borecka 15+5reb+7ast, E.Mrhalkova 15+1reb+1ast, K.Sedlakova 8+6reb+5ast, B.Adamcova 7+2reb+2ast
Hradec Kralove: T.Kuthanova 18+3reb+2ast, D.Misurova 18+8reb+2ast, M.Cepelkova 10+4reb, M.Stara 9+1reb+2ast, K.Pochobradska 8+7reb+2ast, J.Hausknechtova 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 238508



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Rimantas Grigas announces extended list for National Team training camp - by Eurobasket News

Rimantas Grigas announced the list of 21 players to start preparations for the upcoming 2013 EuroBasket. The list includes:

Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88), Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85), Zhanna Horodetskaya (180-G-79), Nadzeya Yakovits (182-F-90), Nadzeya Drozd (174-G-83), Irina Chubkavets (184-G-91), Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management), Nataliya Trofimowa (185-F-79), Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85), Ala Murauskaya (187-F-85), Volha Istseliatsova (189-F/C-88), Viktoryia Pantsiukh (185-F-87), Maryia Filonchyk (187-PF-92), Maria Popova (182-SG-84), Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina), Marina Ivashchenko, Marina Kress (193-C-80), Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87), Leuchanka Yelena (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) and Tatsiana Melnikova (188-C-87).

Belarus will play in Group D of the EuroBasket preliminary round. They will face Croatia, Lithuania and Czech Republic. Belarus tip off their campaign against Czech Republic on June 15th.



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Elitzur Ramla surprise Maccabi Ashdod in the Final opener - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Ashdod - Elitzur Ramla 72-75 (0-1)

Elitzur Ramla surprise Maccabi Ashdod in the Final opener. Maccabi Ashdod trailed by 15 points at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 22-7 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 72-75 at the end of the game. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Allison Hightower (178-88, college: LSU, agency: Josep and Nicolas) fired 29 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Kaayla Chones (191-81, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Ashley Shields (180-85, college: SW Tenn.St.CC) produced 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals and forward Charde Houston (185-86, college: Connecticut, agency: LBM Management) added 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: A.Shields 22+6reb+5ast, C.Houston 19+10reb+4ast, B.Denson 16+8reb, D.Adams 12+7reb, S.Tzairi 3+1reb+2ast, N.Kolodny 0+3reb+1ast
Elitzur Ramla: A.Hightower 29+5reb+3ast, K.Chones 14+14reb+2ast, T.James 10+3reb+2ast, M.Epstein 10+3reb, O.Oren 5+1reb+4ast, B.Johnson 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 238275



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Huskies Upend Notre Dame, 83-65 - by Eurobasket News

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Breanna Stewart (6'4''-F-94) had all the answers to help UConn finally vanquish Notre Dame.

The stellar freshman scored a career-high 29 points to go with four blocks and was seemingly everywhere in leading the Huskies back to the national championship game with an 83-65 win over Notre Dame on Sunday night.

The Huskies will face Louisville in the title game Tuesday night, and it will be an all-Big East affair after the Cardinals rallied to beat California 64-57 in the other semifinal. UConn will be going for its eighth national championship to match Tennessee for the most in women's basketball history.

No team has dominated Geno Auriemma's Huskies the way that the Irish had over the past few seasons. UConn (34-4) had lost the previous two national semifinals to the Irish and dropped three thrilling games this season to their rival.

Stewart and her teammates wouldn't let it happen again, ending the brilliant career of Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90). She finished her last college game with 10 points, going a dismal 3 for 15 from the field.

"Once you get here you're only going to beat great teams. And the reason Notre Dame has beaten us seven of the last eight times is because they're really, really good," Auriemma said. "For one night, that's what's great about the NCAA tournament, for one night, for just this night, we just needed to be better than them, and we were."

The Huskies built a 10-point halftime lead playing incredible defense and Notre Dame (35-2) could only get within six in the second half as its school record 30-game winning streak came to an end.

The Huskies and Irish have developed the best rivalry in women's basketball over the past few seasons, and this game might have been the final chapter between the two with Notre Dame headed to the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.

Two years ago, the Huskies won the first three meetings before Notre Dame shocked them in the national semifinals. Notre Dame had won seven of the previous eight meetings before Sunday night and this one, for once, started slowly. With the teams so familiar with each other, getting easy baskets was virtually impossible. Notre Dame went nearly 7 1/2 minutes without a field goal missing 14 consecutive shots.

While UConn would usually knockout most opponents during a scoreless stretch like that, the Huskies couldn't take advantage against the Irish scoring only four points themselves.

Neither team led by more than four points for the first 16 minutes. But trailing 26-25 with 3:44 left in the half, UConn took over. Bria Hartley, who has struggled all season while recovering from an ankle injury she suffered over the summer, was the spark. The junior guard started the spurt with a 3-pointer and added a nifty pullup moments later to make it 32-26.

After Notre Dame scored to pull within four, Morgan Tuck (6'2''-F-94) put back a miss and Stewart hit a 3-pointer. A Kelly Faris layup with 3.9 seconds left capped the burst and made it 39-29 at the break.

Diggins was 0 for 6 from the field in the first half as the Huskies harassed her all over the court. She scored the Irish's first two points on free throws and didn't have another point until getting a steal early in the second half and converting it for the easy layup to make it 42-35. The two-time All-American tried to do everything she could to rally her team. Twice she chased down Hartley on the break to block her shot.

UConn led 50-43 with 12:22 left before Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Stewart hit back-to-back 3s to give the Huskies their biggest lead of the game.

Notre Dame wasn't done, their star freshman Jewell Loyd scoring five points during a 9-2 run to get the Irish within 61-55.

That was as close as they could get as Stewart and UConn scored the next seven points to seal the victory. Stewart was the most heralded freshman coming into the season, but struggled through the middle part of the year. But ever since the Big East tournament she's really been on a roll.

"Every player, especially young players, deal with things differently," Auriemma said. "And I think when the season ended, it just let the air out of the balloon and she said, 'Now I just want to play basketball.' My God, she was amazing tonight."

The 6-foot-4 budding star had 16 points in the loss to the Irish for the conference title and earned most outstanding player of the Bridgeport regional.

The loss ended an incredible season for Notre Dame and left Diggins without a national championship. The star guard had accomplished nearly everything else in her stellar career at the school, including helping her Irish turn around their rivalry against the Huskies.

Diggins said she spoke with Auriemma after the loss.

"Don't let this define my career," she said he told her, and that: "I've done more for women's basketball than some people have done who have won four championships."

"He just told me I was a good player," she said. "You respect that coming from such a good coach."

Notre Dame won a school record 30 straight games with the only other loss coming against Baylor in early December. The Irish won their second straight Big East regular season title and first conference tournament championship. But only Oral Roberts since 1999-2000 has beaten an opponent four times in a season (UMKC), according to STATS LCC.
Courtesy of: http://www.uconnhuskies.com



Louisville Advances to NCAA Championship With 64-57 Win Over Cal - by Eurobasket News

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The more Louisville extends its remarkable run, the more coach Jeff Walz wants to make sure his Cardinals enjoy every moment.

As long as they have one more upset in them for the NCAA championship game.

The upstart Cardinals got 18 points - all on 3-pointers - from Antonita Slaughter (6'1''-G) and they methodically clawed back from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat California 64-57 on Sunday night in the NCAA semifinals. For a team that has beaten Baylor, Tennessee and now the second-seeded Golden Bears, a little celebration was in order.

"We're going to go on Bourbon Street," said Walz, whose team has one last practice Monday before Tuesday night's title game. "I'll tell the kids, as long as they're back by 2, we're OK."

Bria Smith scored 17 on 6 of 7 shooting for the fifth-seeded Cardinals (29-8), who became the first team seeded lower than fourth to win a Final Four game. The result ensures an all-Big East Conference final in the league's last season in its current form, with Louisville meeting the winner of the other semifinal between Notre Dame and Connecticut one night after the Louisville men's team plays Michigan for the championship.

"The way I look at it, I think the men are trying to feed off of our success," Walz said with a smirk before adding on a serious note that he'd received word from Atlanta that the Louisville men "were in the hotel lobby jumping up and down and cheering for us."

Layshia Clarendon scored 17 for Cal (32-4), which had won the Spokane Region as a second seed. Gennifer Brandon added 12 for the Golden Bears and Brittany Boyd added 10 points.

"Credit Louisville, which obviously has been really hot," Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. "They outfought us in the second half."

It was the third straight upset by Louisville, which had to beat defending national champion Baylor and the powerful Lady Vols just to get to the Big Easy. They will need to summon one more to win it all. Not that they're worried about it.

"No one expects us to be here," Slaughter said. "No one expects us to be in the championship game. Just come together as a team and win as a team."

Shoni Schimmel, who had been one of the stars of the tournament, struggled early for Louisville, but finished with 10 points, including a clutch transition pull-up that gave Louisville a 57-54 lead with 2:06 left.

Clarendon responded with a left win 3 of her own to tie it, but Sara Hammond, playing with four fouls for the last 7:20, gave the Cardinals the lead for good with a strong move inside as she was fouled. Suddenly, Cal was forcing desperate 3s and not hitting them.

After shooting 58. 6 percent (17 of 29) in the first half, Cal shot only 30 percent (9 of 30) in the second, negating the Bears' 38-26 advantage in rebounds.

"In the first half we got out a lot on the run. We didn't get a chance to run at all (in the second half) because we weren't getting stops," Clarendon said. "We made a lot of mistakes. It's not like we played somebody who was too good and just flat out beat us."

On Saturday night, the Louisville's men's team had to erase a 12-point second-half deficit against Wichita State, so the women didn't need much inspiration when they went into halftime trailing 37-27. They came out and quickly narrowed their deficit with a 7-0 run that began with Schimmel's 3. Smith added a mid-range jumper and Hammond scored inside to make it 37-34.

Cal was back up 47-39 when Clarendon spun into the lane for a pull-up jumper, but the Cardinals then scored the next seven points, starting with Slaughter's deep 3 and ending with Jude Schimmel's free throws that made it as close as 47-46.

The Cardinals finally pulled back into the lead when Hammond's free throws made it 53-52 with 3:40 left.

"We come out, we executed perfectly to start the second half," Walz said. "Once we took the lead, I could see it in our kids' eyes, the excitement, 'Hey, we can do this, we're going to do this.'

"We're playing our best basketball at the end of the year and that's all that matters," Walz added. "We're figuring out a way to pull them out."

Before tip-off, Walz had the relaxed look of a coach who had been there before, which of course he had in 2009, when Louisville climbed out of a 12-point hole to beat Oklahoma State in the national semifinals before falling to Connecticut in the title game. He walked over to the Cal bench for a friendly chat with Gottlieb, giving her a hug before he walked back toward his bench, and then went across the court to welcome some fans in the front row.

Walz's team also appeared more composed in the first few minutes, racing to an 8-2 lead with the help of Slaughter's first 3 and a pair of layups by Smith. Smith's third basket inside the first five minutes gave Louisville a 10-6 lead, then Cal started to look more comfortable.

Talia Caldwell's putback marked the beginning of a 12-1 run, capped by Clarendon's transition jumper that gave the Golden Bears an 18-11 lead.

Jude Schimmel's 3 got Louisville as close as 25-22 midway through the half, but the Cardinals had trouble keeping pace while Shoni Schimmel, their leading scorer, missed six of her first seven shots.

Cal, which had won with strong rebounding all season, also controlled the game in that department, 23-11 overall and 8-3 in offensive rebounds in the first half. Complicating matters for Louisville was that Hammond, their leading rebounder (6.5 per game), sat out most of the half with two fouls.
Courtesy of: http://www.gocards.com



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UMMC, Spartak and Dynamo Kursk sweep the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo M. - Dynamo K. 69-76 (0-2)

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-15. But Dynamo Moscow won second period 16-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Dynamo Kursk won last quarter 21-15. It was a great shooting night for Dynamo Kursk especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. The former international guard Epiphanny Prince (175-88, college: Rutgers) scored 28 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American center Michelle Snow (196-80, college: Tennessee, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. American point guard Kristi Toliver (170-87, college: Maryland) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and her fellow American import power forward Crystal Langhorne (188-86, college: Maryland) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Dynamo Moscow's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Dynamo K.: E.Prince 28+5reb+2ast, T.Johnson 14+3reb+3ast, M.Snow 10+11reb+3ast, K.Douglas 8+3reb+2ast, E.Lisina 8+4reb+1ast, K.Alikina 4+1reb+1ast
Dynamo M.: K.Toliver 18+5reb+4ast, C.Langhorne 11+8reb+2ast, I.Korstin 9+4reb+1ast, T.Vidmer 8+6reb+2ast, N.Grishaeva 6+2reb, S.Abrosimova 5+1reb+1ast
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Spartak V MR - Energy Ivanovo 96-43 (2-0)

The game without a history. Spartak Vidnoye led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Energy Ivanovo to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Spartak Vidnoye dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Energy Ivanovo's 26 and made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Energy Ivanovo 45-18 including a 31-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. Spartak Vidnoye players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. French center Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-86) notched 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and international center Natalia Vieru (196-89) supported her with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Spartak Vidnoye players scored in double figures. Even 5 points and 9 rebounds by center Olga Gorbacheva (193-88, agency: LBM Management) did not help to save the game for Energy Ivanovo. Forward Natalya Dorovskikh (186-90) added 9 points for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Spartak V MR: I.Yacoubou-Dehoui 16+7reb, N.Vieru 16+7reb, M.Kuzina 15+3reb+1ast, E.Kharchenko 14+5reb, S.Petrovic 9+6reb+2ast, N.Baric 7+3reb+5ast
Energy Ivanovo: N.Dorovskikh 9+1ast, E.Beglova 7+1reb+1ast, L.Metcalf 6+3ast, O.Zhuzhgova 6+1reb, O.Gorbacheva 5+9reb+1ast, V.Psareva 5+2reb
gschID: 238437


Nadezhda O. - Chevakata 76-63 (1-1)

The game was mostly controlled by Nadezhda Orenburg. Vologda-Chevakata was better in second period 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nadezhda Orenburg forced 20 Vologda-Chevakata turnovers. American guard DeWanna Bonner (193-87, college: Auburn, agency: Josep and Nicolas) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import point guard Renee Montgomery (170-86, college: Connecticut, agency: LBM Management) supported her with 21 points and 4 assists. Four Nadezhda Orenburg players scored in double figures. Nadezhda Orenburg's coach Algirdas Paulauskas allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds by American forward Glory Johnson (191-90, college: Tennessee) did not help to save the game for Vologda-Chevakata. Kazakhstan-Belarusian forward Katerina Snytsina (188-85) added 20 points and 5 rebounds for the guests.
Top scorers:
Nadezhda O.: R.Montgomery 21+4reb+4ast, D.Bonner 19+14reb+1ast, E.Danilochkina 15+1reb, N.Zhedik 10+4reb, K.Braxton 8+13reb+2ast, K.Miller 2+3reb
Chevakata: K.Snytsina 20+5reb+2ast, G.Johnson 17+13reb, J.Thomas 8+4reb+2ast, E.Volkova 6+3reb, A.Logunova 6+1reb, S.Makhlina 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 238436


UMMC - Spartak N. 94-41 (2-0)

UMMC Ekaterinburg held Spartak Noginsk to an opponent 23.3 percent shooting from the field compared to 61.9 percent accuracy of the winners. UMMC Ekaterinburg had a 39-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Spartak Noginsk's players. Naturalized American swingman Deanna Nolan (183-79, college: Georgia, agency: Josep and Nicolas) notched 14 points and 9 assists to lead the effort and American center Candace Parker (193-86, college: Tennessee) supported her with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Five UMMC Ekaterinburg players scored in double figures. Even 13 points and 9 rebounds by center Anna Tolikova (190-86, agency: IPSA) did not help to save the game for Spartak Noginsk. Marina Ivanova (181-86) added 7 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
UMMC: S.Gruda 14+4reb+1ast, D.Nolan 14+2reb+9ast, C.Parker 13+8reb+3ast, M.Stepanova 13+8reb+1ast, A.Jekabsone-Zogota 13+5reb+5ast, Q.Hollingsworth 11+9reb+1ast
Spartak N.: A.Tolikova 13+9reb+2ast, M.Ivanova 7+9reb+3ast, T.Sergeeva 7+3reb, E.Chistyakova 5+3reb, Z.Milanovich 5+1reb+4ast, J.Bigovic 3+7reb+1ast
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Serbian High School "Zarko Zrenjanin" Takes Silver Medal in HS World Championshps - by Tamara Ruzic


The High School's World Championships took the place in Cyprus, Agia Napa from March 23 to April 5th. The Serbian High School "Zarko Zrenjanin" from Vrbas has won the silver medal and proved one more time that Serbia has great youth program. The best 24 high schools from around the world came to fight for the medal. Serbian HS was in the group with Belgium, Estonia and Denmark and won all 3 games. In the second round,Serbian HS faced both strong Croatia and Hungary. The Serbian HS didnt have enough power in the final and lost against Turkey with 83-43. The Bronze medal took Hungry, winning over Croatia. Serbian Guard Tijana Cukic (173-PG-96) from High School"Zarko Zrenjanin" was selected for TOP5 players for HS World Champhionship 2013. The captain Tijana Cukic (173-PG-96) said: " The silver medal is very valuable for us and the city of Vrbas where Im from. I want to thank my coach and teamates for their effort with great atmosphere. It's fantastic feeling, when someone declares you for the best "position 2" of the world. "



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LNAF Quarter Finals - by Melanie Nussbaumer

Esperance Sportive Pully - BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket 67-85 (24-47) Elfic Win Serie 0-2
Team Esperance Sportive Pully were unable to take off the necessary home win to hope to continue in the playoff run on Saturday against BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket. The team of Fribourg had a strong start, outscoring the home team 8-22 at the end of first quarter. They dominated the game in the paint, with another strong performance of their american forward Celeste Trahan-Davis (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Elizabeth City) who tailed 34 points. She was well helped by Kirby Copeland (182-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia Tech) who added 19 points and swiss player Alexandra Koch with 11 points. In second half, Esperance Sportive Pully had few runs, but the difference of points was already too large to come back to the score. Tamara Detraz (178-SG-94) is the leading scorer on , with 19 points, followed by mexican point guard Brisa Silva (170-G-84, college: Oklahoma St.) with 14 points. Elfic Fribourg will meet Riva Basket in semi-finals.
Top Scorers: Pully: T.Detraz 19pts, B.Silva 14pts
Elfic:C.Trahan-Davis 34pts, K.Copeland 19pts, A.Koch 11pts.

SC Uni Basel Basket - Helios VS Basket 52-82 (21-46) Helios Win Serie 0-2
Helios VS Basket swept the serie Saturday against SC Uni Basel, led by international player Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) with 22 points. It was too much for team of Basel despite a good team effort with 4 players with more than 10 points.
Helios VS Basket enter the semi-finals undefeated where they will meet team of Geneva Hope-GBA Bernex.
Top Scorers: Basel: M.Heckendorn & C.Ferrari 12pts, M.Skouby & E.Moldovanyi 11pts.
Helios: S.Kershaw 22pts, K.Twehues & M.Giroud 13pts, A.Rol & C.Turin 12pts

Hope-GBA Bernex - Ovronnaz-Martigny Basket 62-51 (29-32) Hope-GBA Bernex Win Serie 2-0
In the closest game of quarter finals the home team Hope-GBA Bernex was able to take the advantage against Ovronnaz-Martigny. Hope was playing without their center, Rosalie Grobet (185-F/C-92) who torn her ACL in game one. It was a team effort and patience that helped them get a win. At the half, Ovronnaz-Martigna was leading by 3 (29-32), but in the third quarter, few points and a block shot of Dorothee Studer (169-G-92) allowed the home team to take advantage (43-41) and kept same effort in the last quarter, outscoring 13-6.
Top Scorers: Hope-GBA Bernex: J.Michaux 16pts, D.Studer 14pts, S.Cavin 13pts
Ovronnaz-Martigny: J.Studer-Griffith 14pts, H.Bowman 10pts, C.Ambrosio 8pts.

Fizzy Muraltese - Riva Basket 50-64 (29-36)
In the last quarter final game the freshly promoted team Muraltese were meeting their neighbours Riva. The home team had to go without their point guard Candice Bellocchio (167-PG-89, agency: Two Points, college: Hofstra) who suffered a sprained ankle in game 1. Other players had to step up, but the experience of the trio Smiljanic-Hicks ,Mazzocchi and McKenzie were able to pull the game to their advantage, they totallized 48pts.
Top Scorers: Muraltese: K.Sowinski 13pts, E.Himaj & J.Jakab 9pts, S.Franscella 7pts
Riva: C.Smiljanic-Hicks 22pts, L.Mazzocchi 15pts, R.McKenzie 11pts

The semi-finals games (Best of 5) start on April 20th-21st:
Helios VS Basket Hope-GBA Bernex
BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket Basket Riva Basket

Swiss Cup final is taking place next Saturday, April 13th in Fribourg between Helios VS Basket and Ovronnaz-Martigny Basket.
Info on http://www.swissbasketball.ch/cms/index.php?id=21&L=0




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  TURKEY   

TBB2L Standings - by Eurobasket News

TKB2L Standings
Group D
 1. Cankaya 22-2 
 2. Orman 19-3 
 3. Nallihan 16-5 
 4. Dizdar 13-11 
 5. Asistanbul 10-12 
 6. Tekkekoy 7-17 
Group E
 1. Altay Konak 23-1 
 2. Edirne 20-4 
 3. Bursa BSB 17-5 
 4. Izmir BSB 12-10 
 5. Balcova 9-15 
 6. Burhaniye Bld 6-15 
Group F
 1. Orduspor 21-1 
 2. Botas 19-3 
 3. Gure 16-8 
 4. Sirince 13-11 
 5. Mersin Univ. 11-11 
 6. 55 Genclik 8-15 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 6

D

Apr. 6: Dizdar - Cankaya 61-79
Apr. 7: Asistanbul - Orman 55-76
Apr. 7: Tekkekoy - Nallihan 50-89

E

Apr. 6: Burhaniye Bld - Bursa BSB 67-83
Apr. 6: Balcova - Edirne 59-123
Apr. 6: Izmir BSB - Altay Konak 36-77

F

Apr. 6: Botas - 55 Genclik 73-59
Apr. 5: Mersin Univ. - Gure 62-47
Apr. 8: Sirince - Orduspor 58-82

Second Stage: Round 7

D

Apr. 12: Cankaya - Asistanbul
Apr. 13: Nallihan - Dizdar
Apr. 13: Orman - Tekkekoy

E

Apr. 13: Bursa BSB - Izmir BSB
Apr. 13: Botas - Mersin Univ.
Apr. 14: Edirne - Burhaniye Bld

F

Apr. 13: Orduspor - 55 Genclik
Apr. 14: Altay Konak - Balcova
Apr. 14: Gure - Sirince


TKB2L Round 6: Derby game ends with Altay Konak's defeat of Izmir BSB - by Eurobasket News

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Izmir: Altay Konak (#1) and Izmir BSB (#4). Izmir BSB was smashed at home by 41 points 36-77 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Izmir BSB. The game without a history. Altay Konak led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Izmir BSB to just 4 points in first quarter and to 11 points in first half. Altay Konak held Izmir BSB to an opponent 23.4 percent shooting from the field compared to 39.4 percent accuracy of the winners and had 22 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Izmir BSB only scored three points from the stripe. They outrebounded Izmir BSB 51-33 including 18 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for American forward LaToya Thomas (188-81, college: Mississippi St.) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Deniz Boz (172-82) contributed with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Revaziye Atila (-88) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds for Izmir BSB. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Altay Konak (23-1) have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group E. Izmir BSB at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. Altay Konak's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Izmir Balcova.
An interesting game for Cankaya (22-2) which played road game in Istanbul against 4th ranked Dizdar (13-11). First ranked Cankaya had an easy win 79-61. Center Gulcin Cantekin (187-84) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Tiffany Stansbury chipped in 13 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Cankaya's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Nilay Aydogan (-92) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Cankaya maintains first position in Group D with 22-2 record. Newly promoted Dizdar keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. Cankaya will play against Asistanbul (#5) in Istanbul in the next round. Dizdar will play on the road against Nallihan in Ankara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Orduspor (21-1) which played road game in Hatay against 4th ranked Sirince (13-11). First ranked Orduspor had an easy win 82-58. Miranda Ayim notched a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 8 blocks to lead the effort. Orduspor's coach felt very confident using 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 17 points by Dilara Tongar did not help to save the game for Sirince. Orduspor have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group F with 21-1 record. Newly promoted Sirince keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. Orduspor will meet at home 55 Genclik (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Sirince will play against Gure in Balikesir and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Mersin Univ. (11-11) which hosted in Mersin 4th ranked Gure (16-8). Third ranked Mersin Univ. had an easy win 62-47. The best player for the winners was Rama Ndiaye who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Despite that victory Mersin Univ. went down to fifth position (Group F) due to points difference. Gure at the other side dropped to the third place with eight games lost. Mersin Univ.'s next round opponent will be league's second-placed Botas in Adana and it may be quite challenging game. Gure will play at home against Sirince in Hatay and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Samsun supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Nallihan (16-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Tekkekoy (7-17). Nallihan smashed Tekkekoy 89-50 on Sunday. It was a good game for Sharon Houston who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 18 rebounds and 6 blocks (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field). Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Nallihan maintains third position in Group D with 16-5 record having nine points less than leader Cankaya. Tekkekoy lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth place with 17 games lost. Nallihan will face Dizdar (#4) in Istanbul in the next round. Tekkekoy will play on the road against the league's second-placed Orman in Ankara.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 6:
In Group D Orman smashed Asistanbul on the road 76-55.
In Group E Burhaniye Bld lost to Bursa BSB on its own court 67-83. Edirne outscored Balcova in a road game 123-59.
In Group F Botas managed to beat 55 Genclik at home 73-59.


Group D
Tekkekoy - Nallihan 50-89

The game in Samsun supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Nallihan (16-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Tekkekoy (7-17). Nallihan smashed Tekkekoy 89-50 on Sunday. The game without a history. Nallihan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Tekkekoy's 24. They outrebounded Tekkekoy 59-23 including a 22-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Nallihan looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Tekkekoy's players. It was a good game for American power forward Sharon Houston (191-88, college: Indiana NW) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 18 rebounds and 6 blocks (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Melda Baltaci (180-92) contributed with 9 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Aygun Ayyildiz (-93) replied with 27 points and Bilgehan Dursun (-90) added 9 points in the effort for Tekkekoy. Nallihan maintains third position in Group D with 16-5 record having nine points less than leader Cankaya. Tekkekoy lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth place with 17 games lost. Nallihan will face Dizdar (#4) in Istanbul in the next round. Tekkekoy will play on the road against the league's second-placed Orman in Ankara.
Top scorers:
Nallihan: S.Houston 27+18reb+2ast, B.Peksenel 14+2reb+3ast, T.Saltan 11+6reb+2ast, G.Simsek 10+3reb+3ast, M.Baltaci 9+10reb+3ast, E.Peker 8+1reb
Tekkekoy: A.Ayyildiz 27+4reb+3ast, B.Dursun 9+4reb+1ast, D.Soyal 8+1reb+2ast, D.Senturk 2+1reb+1ast, M.Uzun 2+2reb+1ast, E.Gudek 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 234360


Asistanbul - Orman 55-76

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Orman (19-3) crushed 5th ranked Asistanbul (10-12) in Istanbul 76-55 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Orman. Asistanbul was better in second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Orman dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Asistanbul's 38. Orman forced 23 Asistanbul turnovers. It was a good game for American power forward Chasity Melvin (191-76, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Merit Sports) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds. Forward Betul Pehlivan (178-88) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Arzu Ozyigit (190-72) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Tugba Gonen (170-90) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Asistanbul. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Orman have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Newly promoted Orman maintains second position in Group D with 19-3 record having five points less than leader Cankaya. Asistanbul at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. Orman will face Tekkekoy (#6) in Samsun in the next round. Asistanbul will play on the road against the league's leader Cankaya in Ankara.
Top scorers:
Orman: B.Pehlivan 20+5reb+2ast, C.Melvin 14+15reb+1ast, A.Ivegin 12+3reb+1ast, G.Ertas 9+5reb, B.Alakus 7+4ast, I.Tokmak 6+2reb+2ast
Asistanbul: A.Ozyigit 19+13reb+2ast, T.Gonen 9+8reb+3ast, A.Cora 8+8reb+2ast, N.Terglav-Tratsiak 5+13reb+1ast, T.Battal 5+3reb, A.Melisa Berkalp 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 234359


Dizdar - Cankaya 61-79

An interesting game for Cankaya (22-2) which played road game in Istanbul against 4th ranked Dizdar (13-11). First ranked Cankaya had an easy win 79-61. The game was mostly controlled by Cankaya. Dizdar was better in third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Dizdar 47-35 including a 38-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Gulcin Cantekin (187-84) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Tiffany Stansbury (191-83, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in 13 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Cankaya's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Nilay Aydogan (-92) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and Merve Uygul (-88) scored 20 points and 4 assists. Cankaya maintains first position in Group D with 22-2 record. Newly promoted Dizdar keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. Cankaya will play against Asistanbul (#5) in Istanbul in the next round. Dizdar will play on the road against Nallihan in Ankara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cankaya: G.Cantekin 20+12reb+2ast, P.Kuccuk 13+4reb+3ast, T.Stansbury 13+13reb+5ast, E.Anac 9+2reb+2ast, C.Ozturk 8+7reb, F.Yildiz 7+1reb
Dizdar: M.Uygul 20+1reb+4ast, N.Aydogan 17+11reb, M.Sahin 11+3reb+5ast, A.Gokova 5+8reb, G.Cetin 3+4reb, A.Beydili 3+1reb
gschID: 234355


Group E
Burhaniye Bld - Bursa BSB 67-83

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Burhaniye Bld (6-15) lost to third ranked Bursa BSB (17-5) in Balikesir 67-83 on Saturday. The game without a history. Bursa BSB led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Burhaniye Bld's 26. Bursa BSB forced 23 Burhaniye Bld turnovers and outrebounded them 44-27 including 16 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for American center Whitney Jones (183-87, college: Arkansas) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Gamze Turkoglu (-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Bursa BSB's coach let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Hande Celebi (-90) replied with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and Cansu Meryem Altay (-95) added 20 points in the effort for Burhaniye Bld. Bursa BSB have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position in Group E with 17-5 record having seven points less than leader Cankaya. Burhaniye Bld lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 15 games lost. Bursa BSB will face Izmir BSB (#4) at home in the next round. Burhaniye Bld will play against the league's second-placed Edirne.
Top scorers:
Bursa BSB: W.Jones 26+10reb+6ast, D.Bicer 15+6reb+3ast, G.Turkoglu 10+15reb+3ast, B.Aydemir 9+1reb+3ast, G.Bulut 7+3reb+2ast, I.Duman 6+2reb+1ast
Burhaniye Bld: C.Meryem Altay 20+4reb+2ast, H.Celebi 19+6reb+7ast, B.Yuksel 16+7reb+2ast, D.Ozturk 6+1reb+2ast, B.Serbest 6+7reb+4ast, I.Fidanci 0
gschID: 234358


Balcova - Edirne 59-123

Rather predictable result when second ranked Edirne (20-4) rolled over 5th ranked Balcova (9-15) in Izmir 123-59 on Saturday. The game without a history. Edirne led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Balcova's 32. Edirne forced 28 Balcova turnovers and outrebounded them 59-25 including a 24-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Balcova's players. It was a good game for Bugce Nehir (-89) who led her team to a victory with 26 points. Guard Halime Uykan (165-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 assists and 4 steals (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Five Edirne players scored in double figures. Sinem Kafali (-94) replied with 15 points and Mukaddis Aksoy (-91) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Balcova. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Edirne maintains second position in Group E with 20-4 record having just two points less than leader Cankaya. Balcova lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. Edirne will face Burhaniye Bld (#6) in Balikesir in the next round. Balcova's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Izmir to the arena Altay Konak.
Top scorers:
Edirne: B.Nehir 26+3reb+3ast, D.Dogan 21+4reb+3ast, H.Uykan 16+3reb+11ast, S.Lester 15+8reb+4ast, H.Gulle 12+11reb+2ast, K.Dicle 10+7reb+1ast
Balcova: S.Kafali 15+4reb+2ast, E.Yenibayrak 15+1ast, M.Aksoy 11+5reb+2ast, B.Durur 7+6reb+1ast, C.Olagan 4+4reb, G.Uslu 4+1ast
gschID: 234357


Izmir BSB - Altay Konak 36-77

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Izmir: Altay Konak (#1) and Izmir BSB (#4). Izmir BSB was smashed at home by 41 points 36-77 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Izmir BSB. The game without a history. Altay Konak led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Izmir BSB to just 4 points in first quarter and to 11 points in first half. Altay Konak held Izmir BSB to an opponent 23.4 percent shooting from the field compared to 39.4 percent accuracy of the winners and had 22 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Izmir BSB only scored three points from the stripe. They outrebounded Izmir BSB 51-33 including 18 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for American forward LaToya Thomas (188-81, college: Mississippi St.) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Deniz Boz (172-82) contributed with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Revaziye Atila (-88) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds and Eyfel Akar (-87) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Izmir BSB. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Altay Konak (23-1) have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group E. Izmir BSB at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. Altay Konak's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Izmir Balcova.
Top scorers:
Altay Konak: L.Thomas 20+11reb+4ast, R.Derin 12+6reb+2ast, D.Boz 11+5reb+6ast, S.Guclu 8+3reb+1ast, O.Salter 7+1ast, B.Arseven 6+5reb
Izmir BSB: R.Atila 18+6reb+3ast, E.Akar 9+7reb+1ast, M.Menderes 3+3reb, M.Araz 2+4reb+1ast, D.Kasikci 2+1reb, B.Taskin 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 234356


Group F
Sirince - Orduspor 58-82

An interesting game for Orduspor (21-1) which played road game in Hatay against 4th ranked Sirince (13-11). First ranked Orduspor had an easy win 82-58. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 40-13 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Orduspor dominated on the defensive end, holding Sirince to just 4 points in third quarter and to 13 points in second half. Orduspor dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Sirince's 22. Orduspor forced 21 Sirince turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Orduspor made 10 blocks. Canadian power forward Miranda Ayim (191-88, college: Pepperdine) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 8 blocks to lead the effort and American-Polish forward Julia Demirer (187-81, college: Emmanuel (MA), agency: LBM Management) supported her with 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Orduspor's coach felt very confident using 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 17 points by guard Dilara Tongar (169-91) did not help to save the game for Sirince. Hatice Uredi (-93) added 14 points. Orduspor have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group F with 21-1 record. Newly promoted Sirince keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. Orduspor will meet at home 55 Genclik (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Sirince will play against Gure in Balikesir and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orduspor: M.Ayim 17+12reb+2ast, J.Demirer 15+9reb+1ast, M.Talay 9+1reb+5ast, A.Metin 9+2reb+1ast, A.Akay 8+8reb+2ast, H.Kayalar 8+1reb+3ast
Sirince: D.Tongar 17+3reb+2ast, H.Uredi 14+4reb+2ast, I.Tulgar 13+1reb+1ast, M.Yalcinkaya 6+9reb, B.Uyar 3+1reb, G.Akpinar 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 234354


Botas - 55 Genclik 73-59

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked 55 Genclik (8-15) lost to second ranked Botas (19-3) in Adana 59-73 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Botas. 55 Genclik was better in second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Botas dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to 55 Genclik's 38. Botas forced 27 55 Genclik turnovers. It was a good game for center Tilbe Senyurek (188-95) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 20 rebounds. point guard Busra Akbas (170-95) contributed with 17 points, 8 assists and 8 steals for the winners. Botas' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American forward Nola Taylor (188-87, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and center Neslihan Ozkan (-93) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for 55 Genclik. Newly promoted Botas maintains second position in Group F with 19-3 record having five points less than leader Cankaya. 55 Genclik lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 15 games lost. Botas will face Mersin Univ. (#5) at home in the next round. 55 Genclik will play against the league's leader Orduspor.
Top scorers:
Botas: B.Akbas 17+2reb+8ast, T.Senyurek 15+20reb+1ast, S.Cidal 11+1reb, B.Akgun 8+7reb+1ast, C.Yetis 7+1reb+2ast, A.Darinc 6+5reb
55 Genclik: D.Celik 17+2reb+1ast, N.Taylor 16+15reb+2ast, N.Ozkan 15+9reb+2ast, B.Akosman 7+2reb, A.Bakir 4+4reb, D.Cit 0
gschID: 234361


Mersin Univ. - Gure 62-47

An interesting game for Mersin Univ. (11-11) which hosted in Mersin 4th ranked Gure (16-8). Third ranked Mersin Univ. had an easy win 62-47. The game was mostly controlled by Mersin Univ.. Gure was better in third quarter 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Gure to just 5 points in first quarter. Mersin Univ. forced 21 Gure turnovers. The best player for the winners was Senegalese center Rama Ndiaye who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. The former international forward Ilkay Masa (186-84) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Mersin Univ. players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian power forward Jelena Budimir (192-85, college: Bethel, TN, agency: LBM Management) who recorded 10 points and Senay Sale (-90) added 7 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Despite that victory Mersin Univ. went down to fifth position (Group F) due to points difference. Gure at the other side dropped to the third place with eight games lost. Mersin Univ.'s next round opponent will be league's second-placed Botas in Adana and it may be quite challenging game. Gure will play at home against Sirince in Hatay and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mersin Univ.: R.Ndiaye 16+15reb+2ast, G.Muruvet Uca 12+2reb, I.Masa 12+7reb+3ast, S.Kutun 10+4reb+3ast, G.Kumandanoglu 8+2reb+4ast, T.Beyzi 2+2reb+1ast
Gure: J.Budimir 10+2reb+2ast, M.Alkis 9+1reb+1ast, T.Erden 8+3reb, S.Sale 7+4reb+1ast, E.Unal 5+4reb+1ast, B.Celikyilmaz 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 234353



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


All Star Rosters... - by David Edole

Sun Stroke promotions proudly announces their annual All Virgin Islands Hoops Classic rosters. The game is scheduled for April 12-13, 2013 at the Central High School Gymnasium.

St. Croix Boys All Stars
Coach: Donald Bough, Central High
1. Malik Miller, Senior, Guard, Educational Complex
2. Rakeem Richardson, Sophomore, Guard, Central High School
3. Jahmar Ryan, Senior, Guard, Country Day School
4. Samuel Joseph, Junior, Forward, Educational Complex
5. Kelvin Thomas, Senior, Guard, Central High School
6. Tikoy Felix, Junior, Guard, Educational Complex
7. Yanick Toure, Senior, Forward, Educational Complex
8. Jahkiebo Joseph, Sophomore, Guard, Central High School
9. Roy Canton, Sophomore, Forward, Central High School
10. Romani Hansen, Sophomore, Forward, Central High School

St. Thomas Boys All Stars
Coach Joel Fleming, Eudora Kean
1.Sekayi Petersen, Senior , Guard, Charlotte Amalie
2.Elisha Arnold, Senior , Guard, Charlotte Amalie
3.Akiyo Neille, Junior, Guard, Eudora Kean
4.Stephaun Adams, Junior, Guard, Eudora Kean
5.Dominick Purpura, Senior, Forward, Charlotte Amalie
6.Rowhann David, Senior, Guard, Eudora Kean
7.J'moi Smith, Senior, Guard, Charlotte Amalie
8. Kyu Matthews, Junior, Forward, Eudora Kean
9.Jecoy Julius, Senior, Forward, Eudora Kean
10.Careem Albert, Junior, Forward, Gifft Hill

St. Croix Girls All Stars
Coach Donald Bough, Central High
1.Kadesha Barry, Senior, Guard, Central High School
2.Danielle Christian, Sophomore, Forward, Educational Complex
3.Patrice Arthurton, Junior, Forward, Central High School
4.Missah Edwards, Freshman, Guard, Educational Complex
5.Perla Prentice, Sophomore, Forward, Central High School
6.Shanice James, Junior, Forward, Central High School
7.Kalilah DeCastro, Senior, Forward, Educational Complex
8.Dinijah Dowdy, Junior, Guard, Educational Complex
9.Vielka White, Senior, Forward, Central High School
10.Tyra Murray, Sophomore, Guard, Central High School

St. Thomas Girls All Stars
Coach Myron Corbett, Charlotte Amalie
1.Germequa Bell, Senior, Guard, Charlotte Amalie
2.Akia Frett, Junior, Guard, Eudora Kean
3.Ranai Evans, Junior, Guard, Charlotte Amalie
4.Jahrima Simmons, Senior, Forward, Charlotte Amalie
5.ShaQuana Foy, Senior, Guard, Antilles
6.Viniqua David, Junior, Forward, Gifft Hill
7.Jerusha Corbett, Junior, Guard, Charlotte Amalie
8.Sherelle George, Freshman, Guard, Charlotte Amalie
9.Renique Francis, Sophomore, Center, Charlotte Amalie
10.Halima Francis, Freshman, Center, Eudora Kean