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  ABA   



Monarchs move to Illinois - by Gianni Pascucci

Chris Coley sent to Usbasket.com and interesting updating about his Michiana Monarchs team: the Monarchs have moved to Southern Illinois and changed their name to the "King City Monarchs".
The team is now located in Mount Vernon, IL and will start regular season in November 2013. Mr.Coley will assume the duties of Head Coach and GM. The team's new website address is www.abamonarchs.com , and the first tryout will take place the 13th of July in Mt. Vernon, and the venue is still TBD.
The Monarchs team will be playing a 16-20 game schedule.



2012-2013 All-United States Awards (Voted by All USA Sports Reporters) - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally at the end of each year Eurobasket announces the European awards for last year. So for the third time Usbasket would like to announce its 2012-2013 National Awards.

It's the 3rd year of such ranking prepared by Usbasket.com staff. Usbasket has a network of almost 200 correspondents, while most of them are located in the United States and participated in preparing the ranking below.

We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.

All-United States category applies only to American Professional Basketball (not the NBA), but also these, who played overseas (mostly in NBA). The minor leagues were selected off of number of games, stats, players going overseas and overall talent.

Ahead of them all has to be the NBA D-League. The D-League by far has the most talent in the United States. Not only do they have the most talent they are branded by the brand (NBA). The D-League has sent over 36 players up to the NBA this season including Usbasket.com All-United States Player of the Year Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston) and 2nd Team member Jeremy Lamb.

The UBA may be the most impressive league of them all under the power houses. The UBA has sent over 109 players overseas in just 4 seasons. Not only do their players move on to the next level they all play well. Over 50% of the UBA players go to their mid-level countries and average the same numbers as they did in the UBA league.

The IBL and the PBL have to be two of the most entertaining and profitable leagues going in the United States. The PBL has the largest budget than all of the minor leagues and continue to add big talent. The IBL has been carried by power teams like the Los Angeles Lightning and ex NBA players like Bryon Russell and Toby Bailey. Now that the PBL and IBA have merged; the new PBL-IBA maybe be the future of minor league sports.

The ABA is one of the longest running leagues in the minor league circuit. No doubt about it, the Jacksonville Giants are a power and have to be respected.

This year, Andrew Goudelock dominated the votes and was named Player of the Year award and also United States 1st Team.

The first team was dominated by NBA D-League players, with Non D-League selected just in the 2nd best team.

Best point guard of the year is Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette). The D-League star had a terrific season with Bakersfield Jam, leading the team to the best record in the NBA D-League. McNeal led the Jam in assist this season with 5.9 and scored an impressive 18.5ppg. McNeal was also named the 2012-13 All-NBA D-League 1st Team. He was later called-up to the Jazz.

Shooting Guard of the Year comes as no surprise, Andrew Goudelock "The Red Mamba". Goudelock played for Rio Grande Valley Vipers where he averaged 21.4ppg. He was currently called up for the LA Lakers. He was also named NBA D-League Player of the year along with 1st Team honors. The "Red mamba" is our selection for USA Player of the Year.

In small forward position theres Fort Wayne star Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-89, college: Alabama). This year, Mitchell was also named to the NBA D-League 1st Team. The Alabama star was the league top scorer with 22.3ppg. He was also named league Rookie of the Year.

Power forward of the Year goes to a former NBA and international star: Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79, college: Maryland). The former Maryland star played 5 season in the NBA and 6 internationally in Spain. Morris is currently in the UBA playing for the Houston Express. He is currently averaging over 23 points per game and a league best 15 rebounds. He is one of the Team USA selections for the 2013 Williams Jones Cup Team.

Best center of the year is one of the biggest revelations of the previous season: Brian Butch (6'11''-C/F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin). The big man had an impressive year with Bakersfield Jam averaging 13.0ppg and 11.8rpg. He is by far the best big in the NBA-DLeague.

Usbasket.com All-United States 1st Team 2013
Tony Mitchell
Mitchell
Andrew Goudelock
Goudelock
Terence Morris
Morris
Brian Butch
Butch
Jerel McNeal
McNeal

Player of the Year: Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88) of D-League
Point Guard of the Year: Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87) of D-League
Shooting Guard of the Year: Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88) of D-League
Small Forward of the Year: Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-89) of D-League)
Power Forward of the Year: Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79) of UBA)
Center of the Year: Brian Butch (211-C/F-84) of D-League
Coach of the Year: Nick Nurse of D-League

1st Team
F: Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-89) of D-League
G: Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88) of D-League
F: Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79) of D-League
C/F: Brian Butch (211-C/F-84) of D-League
G: Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87) of D-League)

2nd Team
C: Jermaine Bell (7'0''-C-84) of ABA
G/F: Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92) of D-League
G: Travis Leslie (6'4''-G-90) of D-League
G: Tony Bennett (6'1''-G-84) of PBL
G/F: Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82) of UBA

3rd Team
F: Demetris Nichols (205-F-84) of D-League
G: Devron Bostick (6'5''-G-88) of PBL
F: Ryan Edwards (6'5''-F-83) of PBL
F: Marlo Saunders (6'5''-F-84) of ABA)
G: DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85) of ABA

Honorable Mention
Chris Wright (6'8''-F-88) of D-League
Fahreed Cheatham (6'5''-F-79) of APBL
Ed Horton (6'3''-G-85) of ABA)
Damion James (6'7''-F-87) of D-League
Antonio Houston (196-G/F-88) of TRBL
Djibril Thiam (6'10''-F-86) of ABA
Jereme Richmond (6'8''-F) of PBL
Michael Davis (UBA-Coach)



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Championship Final Starts Today - by Sean Whalen

Today is the first game of a best of three that pits the first seeded GSP versus the second seeded Constantine. Today's game will be held in Constantine with next two games if necessary on GSP's home turf of Algiers. This game features 20 current or former national team players and both teams are two deep at every position. In their only meeting this season GSP won a closely contested match on neutral court. That game came down to final minutes where GSP point guard Mounir Benzegala made some keys plays down the stretch to secure a 75-70 victory over Constantine.

While both teams feature balance scoring there are some featured matchups that may swing the balance to one team or the other. One of the key match ups will be between the before mentioned Benzegala and Halim Kaouane point guard for Constantine. Kaouane is the engine for Constantines fast break attack and many times as he goes so goes the team. Another key will be the inside play of both teams. Each team features one of best stretch power forwards in the league. GSP has national team veteran Nabil Saidi who can shoot the "3" and still shows the athleticism to be a versatile defender. While on the other side Constantine features Mohamed Saadallah who, with his European styled game, can be one of the most effective scorers in the league.

The last key matchup will be played in the post. Constantine has two good centers with contrasting styles of play. Tarrik Oukid is a veteran post player which very good touch from the perimeter and a variety of post moves while Theo Little, an American Import, plays a physical style that is complimented with a high basketball IQ and the ability to score at the rim. While GSP likes to play small at times they do have the biggest and what may be the most important player of the finals. Seddik Touati is a legit 7 footer with good hands and a soft touch. If he can make an impact on these games it may give GSP the slight edge to bring home the championship.

No matter what the outcome this is matchup that the Algerian basketball world has been waiting for so lets just hope the games live up to the hype.



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Standings

Premier League Standings
 1. Al Manama 16-2 
 2. Al Ahli 16-3 
 3. Muharraq 15-3 
 4. Al Hala 14-5 
 5. Sitra 13-6 
 6. Nuwaidrat 10-9 
 7. Issa Town 9-10 
 8. Hidd 6-13 
 9. Bahrain Club 6-13 
 10. Al Najma 4-15 
 11. Al Ittihad 4-15 
 12. Samaheej 0-19 

Regular Season: Round 19

Apr. 24: Sitra - Issa Town 83-72
Apr. 28: Al Ahli - Nuwaidrat 73-65
Apr. 24: Al Hala - Hidd 70-64
Apr. 25: Al Ittihad - Al Najma 67-70
Apr. 25: Samaheej - Bahrain Club 48-71

Regular Season: Round 20

May. 2: Sitra - Al Manama
May. 4: Al Najma - Bahrain Club
May. 4: Issa Town - Al Ahli
May. 6: Nuwaidrat - Al Ittihad
May. 6: Hidd - Samaheej


Premier League Round 19: Samaheej still not able to record any victory - 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 19 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

Bottom-ranked Samaheej is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 19th consecutive match to eighth ranked Bahrain Club (6-13) 71-48 on Thursday evening. Bahrain Club maintains eighth place with 6-13 record, which they share with Hidd. Newly promoted Samaheej still closes the standings. Bahrain Club's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manama to the arena Al Najma.
Important game to mention about took place in Manama. Eleventh ranked Al Najma (4-15) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 11th ranked Al Ittihad (4-15) 70-67 in the game for the tenth place. Al Najma moved-up to tenth place, which they share with defeated Al Ittihad. Al Ittihad lost fourth consecutive game. Al Najma will play against higher ranked Bahrain Club (#9) in Manama in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Al Ittihad will play on the road against Nuwaidrat and hopes to get back on the winning track.

Other games in round 19 were not that significant. Nuwaidrat was beaten by Al Ahli on the road 73-65. Al Hala won against Hidd on its own court 70-64. Issa Town unfortunately lost to Sitra in a road game 72-83.


Al Ahli - Nuwaidrat 73-65

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Al Ahli (16-3) beat 6th ranked Nuwaidrat (10-9) in Manama 73-65. Al Ahli have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Al Manama. Nuwaidrat at the other side keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Al Ahli will play against Issa Town (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Nuwaidrat will play against Al Ittihad in Manama and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 237564


Al Hala - Hidd 70-64

Very expected game when 8th ranked Hidd (6-13) lost to fourth ranked Al Hala (14-5) in Muharraq 64-70. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Al Hala have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 14-5 record. Hidd lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Bahrain Club. Al Hala will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hidd will play at home against Samaheej (#12) in Manama and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 237561


Sitra - Issa Town 83-72

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Sitra (13-6) won against at home 7th ranked Issa Town (9-10) 83-72. Sitra maintains fifth place with 13-6 record. Issa Town lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with ten games lost. Sitra will play against league's leader Al Manama at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Issa Town will play against the league's second-placed Al Ahli (#2) in Manama and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 237560


Samaheej - Bahrain Club 48-71

Bottom-ranked Samaheej is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 19th consecutive match to eighth ranked Bahrain Club (6-13) 71-48 on Thursday evening. Bahrain Club maintains eighth place with 6-13 record, which they share with Hidd. Newly promoted Samaheej still closes the standings. Bahrain Club's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manama to the arena Al Najma.
gschID: 237563


Al Ittihad - Al Najma 67-70

Important game to mention about took place in Manama. Eleventh ranked Al Najma (4-15) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 11th ranked Al Ittihad (4-15) 70-67 in the game for the tenth place. Al Najma moved-up to tenth place, which they share with defeated Al Ittihad. Al Ittihad lost fourth consecutive game. Al Najma will play against higher ranked Bahrain Club (#9) in Manama in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Al Ittihad will play on the road against Nuwaidrat and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 237562



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Standings - BIH League

Division Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Igokea 7-1 
 2. Siroki WWin 6-1 
 3. Bosna 4-4 
 4. Mladost 4-5 
 5. Radnik B. 2-6 
 6. Capljina 1-7 
Places 7-14
 1. Zrinjski HT 11-11 
 2. Varda HE 10-12 
 3. Leotar 10-12 
 4. Posusje 9-13 
 5. Kakanj 9-13 
 6. Borac Nektar 8-14 
 7. Vogosca 8-14 
 8. Servitium 6-15 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 8

Apr. 30: Mladost - Capljina 80-55
Apr. 30: Radnik B. - Igokea 55-79
May. 1: Siroki WWin - Bosna


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Timisoara
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Tuljkovic, Timisoa.23.8 
 2. Bakovic, Posusje22.6 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.20.5 
 4. Filipovic, Vogosca19.9 
 5. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.17.4 
 6. Hot, Vogosca17.3 
 7. Bijelic, Mladost16.6 
 8. Aleksic, Leotar16.0 
 9. Peljto, Spars S.15.9 
 10. Bjelica, Capljina15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Timisoara
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Tuljkovic, Timisoa.9.4 
 2. Goranovic, Radnik8.5 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.8.3 
 4. Josilo, Radnik B.7.9 
 5. Pavlovic, Borac N.7.0 
 6. Damjanovic, Servit.6.9 
 7. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.6.8 
 8. Rizvic, Bosna6.7 
 9. Markovic, Radnik B.6.0 
 10. Jovanovic, Radnik5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Hot, Vogosca7.1 
 2. Peljto, Spars S.6.2 
 3. Kovacevic, Capljina5.1 
 4. Bakovic, Posusje4.8 
 5. Radovanovic, Radni.4.7 
 6. Hodzic, Bosna4.3 
 7. Bjelica, Capljina4.2 
 8. Ivanic, Mladost4.1 
 9. Kastratovic, Varda3.8 
 10. Damjanovic, Servi.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hot, Vogosca2.6 
 2. Lovric, Posusje2.5 
 3. Kovacevic, Capljina2.4 
 4. Bjelica, Capljina1.9 
 5. Kastratovic, Varda1.6 
 6. Knezevic, Mladost1.5 
 7. Peljto, Spars S.1.5 
 8. Jovanovic, Radnik1.4 
 9. Milosevic, Mladost1.4 
 10. Pavlovic, Borac N.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.1 
 2. Mustapic, Posusje0.6 
 3. Loncarevic, Radnik0.5 
 4. Djuranovic, Borac0.5 
 5. Buza, Bosna0.5 
 6. Popovic, Capljina0.5 
 7. Suljagic, Bosna0.5 
 8. Demic, Bosna0.5 
 9. Erkic, Radnik B.0.4 
 10. Jovanovic, Radnik0.4 


Toni Bizaca wins the title with the Kings - by Eurobasket News

Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) wins the title with the Kings in Sweden as his Sodertalje wins 2012/2013 Finals! The team needed overtime to win the Final 4-2. Sodertalje Kings made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game, while Sundsvall Dragons only scored ten points from the stripe. 25 personal fouls committed by Sundsvall Dragons helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was John Roberson who scored 42 points (!!!) and 5 assists. Toni Bizaca chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Icelandic forward Hlynur Baeringsson who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists and Icelandic point guard Jakob Sigurdarson added 27 points respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Toni Bizaca averaged 16.3 points per game in 2012/2013 season.



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USF men sign post player - by David Edole

University of Sioux Falls mens basketball coach Chris Johnson announced that Daven Ottley signed a national letter of intent Tuesday and will join the Cougars program this fall.

Ottley, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound post player from the British Virgin Islands, joins USF after playing two seasons at Sauk Valley Community College (Ill.), where he averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds a game to lead the Skyhawks to a 21-11 mark last season. He earned first-team All-Arrowhead Conference and first-team All-Region IV recognition.

We feel like he will make an immediate impact inside for us, said Johnson. Theres no doubt he can score and rebound, and those are two areas we can always improve in.



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  CBL   

Standings

CBL Standings
 1. St.Louis H. 3-0 
 2. M.Tennessee S. 1-0 
 3. Bowling Green H. 1-1 
 4. Dayton A.S. 0-1 
 5. River City P. 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 5

May. 3: Bowling Green H. - St.Louis H.
May. 3: Dayton A.S. - River City P.


Hornets Get Big Write-up - by John Guy


Tony Key (6'10''-C-82, college: Los Angeles CC)

The Logan Journal, a local newspaper in the Russellville area where the Bowling Green Hornets will be playing, published an article regarding the team's efforts in the area. Use the below link to access the news article, written by Jim Turner at the Logan Journal. The Hornets have been receiving great coverage in both the Russellville and Bowling Green media-print, television and several radio stations.

http://www.theloganjournal.com/Stories.aspx?Article=sports284




CBL Offers Mobile App - by John Guy


Central Basketball League Mobile App Now Available for iPhone and Android Devices

You can now follow your favorite individual teams through the CBL Mobile App, supported for Apple and Google systems. Just proceed to the iTunes store on your iPhone or iPad, or Google Play store on your Android device, and download "Central Basketball League".

After it installs, you'll be able to follow your favorite team, or all the teams in the league. Be able to view team and player statistics, rosters, upcoming events, news articles, standings, and comment on live games. Get ready for a whole new technology experience in the world of minor league / semi-pro basketball. Something you'll find only with the Central Basketball League.




CBL Teams With Autism Association - by John Guy


Central Basketball League Establishes Partnership with Association for Science in Autism Treatment

The Central Basketball League is pleased to announce a partnership with the Association for Science in Autism Treatment.

Based out of Hoboken, New Jersey, their mission is to educate parents, professionals, and consumers by disseminating accurate, scientifically-sound information about autism and its treatment and by combating inaccurate or unsubstantiated information. In doing so, we promote the use of effective, science-based treatments for all people with autism, regardless of age, severity of condition, income or place of residence.

Since autism was first identified, there has been a long history of failed treatments and fads, levied on vulnerable individuals as well as on their families. From the scandal of the refrigerator mother theory, to the ongoing parade of miracle cures and magical breakthroughs, history has been dominated by improbable theories about causation and treatments.

Since ASAT was established in 1998, it has been our goal to work toward adopting higher standards of accountability for the care, education and treatment of all individuals with autism.

President Mary McDonald is pleased to partner with the CBL and Director of Operations John Guy states this is an important program that needs the attention and the financial support of everyone. The CBL will be collecting for their charity this inaugural season at all game venues.




CBL Fact of the Week - by John Guy

CBL Fact of the Week

DID YOU KNOW?

Michael France (Middle Tennessee Storm) was the National Christian College player of the year in 2012 and scored over 2,000 points for Trevecca Nazarene University in his career. He averaged 31 ppg in Kuwait this past season while dishing out nearly 7 assists a game
Below you will find more of the honors and records set by France during his historic Trevecca career.

2011-2012
First Team NCCAA All Mid-East Region ... NCCAA Student-Athlete of the Week (11/27, 1/8) ... TranSouth Player of the Week (11/27, 1/8)

2010-2011
Named to the Preseason All-TranSouth team and selected preseason player of the year .. named to 2010-2011 All-TranSouth First Team ... named Third Team NAIA All-American ... named TranSouth Men's Basketball Player of the Week three times (1/03, 1/31, 2/21) ... led team in scoring, averaging 18.2 points per game ... added four rebounds and 2.6 assists per game ... led team with 75 steals ... shot 48.1% (201-418) from the field and 34.9% (67-192) from three-point range ... scored a career-high 43 points at Martin Methodist (1/29), the second-most points scored in a single game in program history

2009-2010
Named TranSouth Conference First Team ... selected TranSouth Player of the Week twice (1/11, 2/22) ... averaged a career-high 17.1 points per game ... was second on the team with 5.2 rebounds per game ... led team with 52 steals . . . was third best with 21 blocks ... shot 43% (66-154) from three-point range ... scored a career-high 34 in win at FHU on 2/18 ... scored in double figures 26 times, including the final 16 games of the year ... was 23rd best scorer in the NAIA

2008-2009
Selected to the TranSouth All-Freshman team ... named TranSouth Player of the Week (2/22) ... averaged 10 points and 2.5 rebounds per game ... shot 44.9% from three-point range ... scored in double figures in 18 games and had 20+ points four times ... scored a career-high 27 against Blue Mountain on 2/16 ... grabbed 10 rebounds against Union on 2/24
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Forme WKU Stars in the CBL - by John Guy

Kahlil McDonald (6'3''-G)
Brad Stephens | WKU Herald
RUSSELLVILLE Khalil McDonald walked out of the locker room Friday at Jim Young Gymnasium to a chorus of screams.
Nearly 20 minutes before, his Bowling Green Hornets had finished off a 118-98 win over the Dayton Air Strikers in the Hornets' inaugural game in the semi-pro Central Basketball League.
Now McDonald, a key part of WKU's 2012 NCAA Tournament run, was greeted by a pack of elementary and middle school-aged boys and girls.
He and his teammates stayed an extra 10 minutes after the game, signing free Bowling Green Hornets towels and backpacks for the kids in attendance at Russellville High School.
"It's real nice," McDonald said of the reception. "It's a pleasure being out here playing for the kids and just people, period. I just like to entertain."
McDonald, former Toppers Teeng Akol and Jamal Crook, and the rest of the Hornets did just that Friday night, out-scoring Dayton 71-56 in the second half en route to the 20-point win.
McDonald tallied 22 points and six assists, the second-highest total on the team in both categories. Twelve of those points came on 3-pointers. Another two came on a thunderous dunk to finish off a lob from Crook.
On that play, McDonald drove down the court in a two-on-one fastbreak and made a nifty feed to Crook in the lane. Crook faked the defender like he was going for a layup, then threw the ball toward the rim, where McDonald slammed it home, much to the delight of the estimated 400 fans in attendance.
The assist was one of a team-high seven for Crook, WKU's starting point guard for much of the last four years.
"He set that up perfectly, too," Crook said of McDonald's big slam. "I didn't know if he was going to pass it to me or not but when we were on the break he gave it up so I was like, 'Yeah, I got it.'
"We'd been talking about this for the longest. Finally the opportunity came."
Crook finished the night with 18 points, those seven assists and five rebounds. Akol, a 6-foot-11-inch center who parted ways with WKU's team in February, had 11 points and seven rebounds while fighting through foul trouble.
Crook said the game "brought back memories" for a trio he, Akol and McDonald that hadn't played an official game together at any level since a second round loss to Kentucky in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Those three combined with former Georgetown College player Vic Moses, former Russellville High School star Tony Key and others in what was a successful debut for the area's representative in the five-team CBL.
McDonald and Akol had been in communication with the team as it was being out together, Crook said. McDonald then recruited Crook to come join the Hornets.
Having Akol, Crook and McDonald to boost the Hornets' name recognition and talent level was a big benefit, said team owner Waseem Moorad of Springfield, Va.
But Moorad added the Hornets' goal wasn't just to accumulate local players, but to collect and then send them on to bigger pro careers.
"I told them all, we want to get you (on pro teams) overseas," Moorad said. "If we're a medium for you to get known, then great. We want to be a stepping stone for players to go overseas."
The chance to get some recent game tape to show to foreign teams was an incentive to play for the Hornets, McDonald said.
McDonald said he had offers from some teams overseas after his senior year, but that a lack of a passport kept him from taking advantage of those chances. He said he has a passport now and is looking to use this team as a springboard to a longer pro career abroad.
"I think we're more talented than a semi-pro team usually is, really," McDonald said. "I think a lot of guys can go to a higher level. We're using this as another step."
And though the team is labeled the Bowling Green Hornets, that step is being taken not in Bowling Green, but in Russellville.
Russellville, a town 30 miles to the west of Bowling Green, has nearly 10 times less people than Bowling Green, according to 2010 U.S. Census data.
Some fans who wanted to see the former Toppers play but were unfamiliar with the area had trouble finding where the high school was notably current WKU guard Brandon Harris.
Harris and fellow Topper Chris Harrison-Docks spent about an hour looking for the arena, Harris said, with his GPS taking him to Logan County High School, Russellville's off-campus football stadium and a middle school before he finally found the right location.
But Moorad said the partnership with the city and high school was a beneficial one for both parties. The Hornets donated new shot clocks and jerseys for Russellville's boys and girls basketball teams, and Moorad has said he'd like to start some sort of scholarship fund at RHS. Meanwhile Russellville has given the Hornets a community from which they can draw fan support.
Fans have five more chances between now and June 22 to watch the team at home, starting with a 7 p.m. meeting this Friday night against the St. Louis Hawks.
Jim Young Gymnasium, with a listed capacity of 2,500, is a far cry from Diddle Arena or the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., where Crook finished his WKU career last month at the NCAA Tournament.
But for Akol, Crook and McDonald, the Hornets are an ideal avenue to starting a pro basketball career.
"I definitely missed the game," Crook said. "It's always good to come out and get some games under your belt to get ready for whatever opportunity you have coming up."




Former WKU Stars in the CBL - by John Guy

Former Toppers star for semi-pro Hornets
Brad Stephens | WKU Herald
RUSSELLVILLE Khalil McDonald walked out of the locker room Friday at Jim Young Gymnasium to a chorus of screams.
Nearly 20 minutes before, his Bowling Green Hornets had finished off a 118-98 win over the Dayton Air Strikers in the Hornets' inaugural game in the semi-pro Central Basketball League.
Now McDonald, a key part of WKU's 2012 NCAA Tournament run, was greeted by a pack of elementary and middle school-aged boys and girls.
He and his teammates stayed an extra 10 minutes after the game, signing free Bowling Green Hornets towels and backpacks for the kids in attendance at Russellville High School.
"It's real nice," McDonald said of the reception. "It's a pleasure being out here playing for the kids and just people, period. I just like to entertain."
McDonald, former Toppers Teeng Akol and Jamal Crook, and the rest of the Hornets did just that Friday night, out-scoring Dayton 71-56 in the second half en route to the 20-point win.
McDonald tallied 22 points and six assists, the second-highest total on the team in both categories. Twelve of those points came on 3-pointers. Another two came on a thunderous dunk to finish off a lob from Crook.
On that play, McDonald drove down the court in a two-on-one fastbreak and made a nifty feed to Crook in the lane. Crook faked the defender like he was going for a layup, then threw the ball toward the rim, where McDonald slammed it home, much to the delight of the estimated 400 fans in attendance.
The assist was one of a team-high seven for Crook, WKU's starting point guard for much of the last four years.
"He set that up perfectly, too," Crook said of McDonald's big slam. "I didn't know if he was going to pass it to me or not but when we were on the break he gave it up so I was like, 'Yeah, I got it.'
"We'd been talking about this for the longest. Finally the opportunity came."
Crook finished the night with 18 points, those seven assists and five rebounds. Akol, a 6-foot-11-inch center who parted ways with WKU's team in February, had 11 points and seven rebounds while fighting through foul trouble.
Crook said the game "brought back memories" for a trio he, Akol and McDonald that hadn't played an official game together at any level since a second round loss to Kentucky in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Those three combined with former Georgetown College player Vic Moses, former Russellville High School star Tony Key and others in what was a successful debut for the area's representative in the five-team CBL.
McDonald and Akol had been in communication with the team as it was being out together, Crook said. McDonald then recruited Crook to come join the Hornets.
Having Akol, Crook and McDonald to boost the Hornets' name recognition and talent level was a big benefit, said team owner Waseem Moorad of Springfield, Va.
But Moorad added the Hornets' goal wasn't just to accumulate local players, but to collect and then send them on to bigger pro careers.
"I told them all, we want to get you (on pro teams) overseas," Moorad said. "If we're a medium for you to get known, then great. We want to be a stepping stone for players to go overseas."
The chance to get some recent game tape to show to foreign teams was an incentive to play for the Hornets, McDonald said.
McDonald said he had offers from some teams overseas after his senior year, but that a lack of a passport kept him from taking advantage of those chances. He said he has a passport now and is looking to use this team as a springboard to a longer pro career abroad.
"I think we're more talented than a semi-pro team usually is, really," McDonald said. "I think a lot of guys can go to a higher level. We're using this as another step."
And though the team is labeled the Bowling Green Hornets, that step is being taken not in Bowling Green, but in Russellville.
Russellville, a town 30 miles to the west of Bowling Green, has nearly 10 times less people than Bowling Green, according to 2010 U.S. Census data.
Some fans who wanted to see the former Toppers play but were unfamiliar with the area had trouble finding where the high school was notably current WKU guard Brandon Harris.
Harris and fellow Topper Chris Harrison-Docks spent about an hour looking for the arena, Harris said, with his GPS taking him to Logan County High School, Russellville's off-campus football stadium and a middle school before he finally found the right location.
But Moorad said the partnership with the city and high school was a beneficial one for both parties. The Hornets donated new shot clocks and jerseys for Russellville's boys and girls basketball teams, and Moorad has said he'd like to start some sort of scholarship fund at RHS. Meanwhile Russellville has given the Hornets a community from which they can draw fan support.
Fans have five more chances between now and June 22 to watch the team at home, starting with a 7 p.m. meeting this Friday night against the St. Louis Hawks.
Jim Young Gymnasium, with a listed capacity of 2,500, is a far cry from Diddle Arena or the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., where Crook finished his WKU career last month at the NCAA Tournament.
But for Akol, Crook and McDonald, the Hornets are an ideal avenue to starting a pro basketball career.
"I definitely missed the game," Crook said. "It's always good to come out and get some games under your belt to get ready for whatever opportunity you have coming up."



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A1 Standings

A1 Stage Two Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Cibona 9-1 
 2. Cedevita 8-2 
 3. Zadar 7-3 
 4. Kvarner 2010 5-5 
 5. Jolly 5-5 
 6. KK Split 4-6 
 7. KK Zagreb 2-8 
 8. Alkar Sinj 0-10 
Places 9-14
 1. Darda 13-4 
 2. Djuro Djakovic 13-5 
 3. Zabok 9-8 
 4. Osjecki Sokol 7-9 
 5. Krizevci 7-10 
 6. Dubrovnik 2-15 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 10

Apr. 30: KK Zagreb - Zadar 80-82
Apr. 30: KK Split - Cedevita 66-77
Apr. 30: Kvarner 2010 - Jolly 60-56
Apr. 30: Cibona - Alkar Sinj 102-72

Second Stage: Round 11

May. 4: KK Zagreb - Cibona
May. 4: Zadar - KK Split
May. 4: Cedevita - Kvarner 2010
May. 4: Jolly - Alkar Sinj


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Ross, Jolly21.9 
 2. Batina, Djuro D.17.1 
 3. Krapic, KK Zagreb15.3 
 4. Budimir, Osjecki15.2 
 5. Rembert, Krizevci14.9 
 6. Lez, Zabok14.7 
 7. Radic, Kvarner 201014.6 
 8. Peraica, Darda14.5 
 9. Peric, Dubrovnik14.4 
 10. Skific, Kvarner14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivica RADIC
  Kvarner 2010
  (208-F-90)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Radic, Kvarner 20107.3 
 2. Mrva, Jolly7.2 
 3. Sarlija, Djuro D.7.0 
 4. Jakolis, Dubrovnik6.9 
 5. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.0 
 6. Vlaic, Zabok5.3 
 7. Peraica, Darda5.3 
 8. Ross, Jolly5.2 
 9. Krstanovic, Krizev.5.1 
 10. Halilovic, KK Za.4.9 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Krivec, Kvarner5.3 
 2. Tomeljak, Osjecki4.5 
 3. Glavinic, Sloboda3.8 
 4. Ross, Jolly3.7 
 5. Car, KK Zagreb3.6 
 6. Blajic, Djuro D.3.4 
 7. Panduric, Darda3.2 
 8. Pesut, Zabok3.0 
 9. Rembert, Krizevci2.9 
 10. Segaric, KK Zagreb2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ross, Jolly2.9 
 2. Car, KK Zagreb1.8 
 3. Peric, Dubrovnik1.5 
 4. Meznaric, Prievidza1.4 
 5. Krivec, Kvarner1.4 
 6. Glavinic, Sloboda1.3 
 7. Pesut, Zabok1.3 
 8. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.3 
 9. Petrovic, KK Zagreb1.3 
 10. Batina, Djuro D.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.2.0 
 2. Bubalo, Jolly1.0 
 3. Najev, DOSK0.9 
 4. Bakovic, Djuro D.0.7 
 5. Vlaic, Zabok0.7 
 6. Bundovic, Zabok0.6 
 7. Halilovic, KK Za.0.6 
 8. Vrsaljko, Jolly0.6 
 9. Hrncic, Darda0.6 
 10. Budimir, Osjecki0.6 


A1 Round 10 (Second Stage): KK Zadar edges KK Zagreb by two points - by Eurobasket News

Seventh-ranked KK Zagreb (2-8) made lots of trouble for third ranked KK Zadar (7-3) on Tuesday. The visitors from Zadar managed to secure only two-point victory 82-80. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 25-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Marko Ramljak (201-93, agency: Interperformances) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. KK Zadar's coach Ante Nazor used entire bench in such tough game. International Marko Car (188-85) produced 19 points and 7 assists for lost side. KK Zadar maintains third position with 7-3 record having just two points less than leader Djuro Djakovic. KK Zagreb at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. KK Zadar is looking forward to face KK Split (#6) at home in the next round. KK Zagreb's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb Cibona.
Leader Cibona delivered the ninth victory. This time they crushed bottom-ranked Alkar Sinj (0-10) 102-72 in Zagreb. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 5 rebounds. Jerel Blassingame contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Antonio Bilic (190-86) replied with 15 points for Alkar Sinj. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cibona have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 9-1 record. Alkar Sinj at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Cibona's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena KK Zagreb.
The game in Split was also quite interesting. Second ranked Cedevita (8-2) played at the court of 6th ranked KK Split (4-6). Cedevita defeated KK Split 77-66 on Tuesday. Miro Bilan had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Cedevita's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Filip Kraljevic responded with 14 points. Cedevita maintains second position with 8-2 record behind leader Djuro Djakovic. Loser KK Split keeps the sixth place with six games lost. Cedevita will meet at home Kvarner 2010 (#4) in the next round. KK Split will play against KK Zadar and hope to secure a win.
The game in Rijeka was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Jolly (5-5) played at the court of fifth ranked Kvarner 2010 (5-5). Kvarner 2010 managed to secure a 4-point victory 60-56. Matteo Juricic notched 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Jolly's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kvarner 2010 moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Jolly. Kvarner 2010's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Cedevita in Zagreb and it may be the game of the week. Jolly will play at home against Alkar Sinj.

The best stats of 10th round was 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds by Ante Krapic of KK Zagreb.


KK Zagreb - Zadar 80-82

Seventh-ranked KK Zagreb (2-8) made lots of trouble for third ranked KK Zadar (7-3) on Tuesday. The visitors from Zadar managed to secure only two-point victory 82-80. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 25-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Marko Ramljak (201-93, agency: Interperformances) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Four KK Zadar players scored in double figures. KK Zadar's coach Ante Nazor used entire bench in such tough game. International Marko Car (188-85) produced 19 points and 7 assists and Bosnian forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. KK Zadar maintains third position with 7-3 record having just two points less than leader Djuro Djakovic. KK Zagreb at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. KK Zadar is looking forward to face KK Split (#6) at home in the next round. KK Zagreb's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb Cibona.
Top scorers:
Zadar: M.Ramljak 25+11reb+3ast, A.Delas 11+6reb+1ast, I.Ivanov 10+3reb, R.Travis 10+7reb+7ast, F.Kastropil 9+2reb+1ast, D.Thorne 9+1reb
KK Zagreb: M.Car 19+1reb+7ast, I.Novacic 15+6reb, M.Halilovic 14+5reb+3ast, N.Garma 9+3reb, A.Krapic 8+4reb, I.Milekovic 7+2reb+1ast
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KK Split - Cedevita 66-77

The game in Split was also quite interesting. Second ranked Cedevita (8-2) played at the court of 6th ranked KK Split (4-6). Cedevita defeated KK Split 77-66 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Cedevita led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Cedevita outrebounded KK Split 34-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. Center Miro Bilan (215-89) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Luksa Andric (208-85, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Cedevita's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side forward Filip Kraljevic (212-89, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 14 points and swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Five KK Split players scored in double figures. Cedevita maintains second position with 8-2 record behind leader Djuro Djakovic. Loser KK Split keeps the sixth place with six games lost. Cedevita will meet at home Kvarner 2010 (#4) in the next round. KK Split will play against KK Zadar and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: M.Bilan 16+11reb, L.Andric 11+7reb+1ast, P.Suput 10+1reb+2ast, V.Ilievski 8+3reb+3ast, B.Wright 7+3reb+4ast, L.Babic 7+3reb+1ast
KK Split: F.Kraljevic 14+4reb, T.Katic 12+3ast, S.Subotic 11+1reb+6ast, I.Bender 11+2reb+1ast, J.Sobin 10+7reb+1ast, I.Siriscevic 5+3reb
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Kvarner 2010 - Jolly 60-56

The game in Rijeka was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Jolly (5-5) played at the court of fifth ranked Kvarner 2010 (5-5). Kvarner 2010 managed to secure a 4-point victory 60-56. The hosts were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 6-point deficit before their 21-11 run, which allowed them to win the game. Point guard Matteo Juricic (192-91, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) notched 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and forward Ivica Radic (208-90) supported him with 7 points and 11 rebounds. Even 17 points and 5 rebounds by American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: LUMANI 10.7) did not help to save the game for Jolly. Forward Mate Mrva (195-83) added 9 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Jolly's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kvarner 2010 moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Jolly. Kvarner 2010's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Cedevita in Zagreb and it may be the game of the week. Jolly will play at home against Alkar Sinj.
Top scorers:
Kvarner 2010: M.Juricic 17+4reb+1ast, D.Cinac 14+3reb, D.Stipcic 8+4reb+3ast, H.Sirko 8, I.Radic 7+11reb+2ast, J.Surina 3+2reb
Jolly: R.Ross 17+5reb+2ast, D.Bubalo 11+4reb+1ast, M.Mrva 9+8reb+1ast, L.Katura 8+2reb+2ast, J.Naletilic 5+5reb+3ast, T.Gabric 3+1reb+1ast
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Cibona - Alkar Sinj 102-72

Leader Cibona delivered the ninth victory. This time they crushed bottom-ranked Alkar Sinj (0-10) 102-72 in Zagreb. The game was mostly controlled by Cibona. Alkar Sinj was better in third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import point guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Antonio Bilic (190-86) replied with 15 points and forward Luka Zitko (201-81) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Alkar Sinj. Both teams had five 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. Cibona have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 9-1 record. Alkar Sinj at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Cibona's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena KK Zagreb.
Top scorers:
Cibona: J.Blassingame 15+1reb+4ast, M.Arapovic 14+6reb, D.Strawberry 14+5reb+3ast, P.Marcinkovic 12+5reb, M.Jagodic Kuridza 10+8reb+1ast, M.Rozic 10+5reb+4ast
Alkar Sinj: A.Bilic 15+1reb+3ast, L.Zitko 13+6reb, N.Gaurina 12+3reb, J.Matic 10+6reb, Z.Zupic 10+2reb+3ast, D.Kanaet 6+7reb
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2012-2013 All-United States Awards (Voted by All USA Sports Reporters) - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally at the end of each year Eurobasket announces the European awards for last year. So for the third time Usbasket would like to announce its 2012-2013 National Awards.

It's the 3rd year of such ranking prepared by Usbasket.com staff. Usbasket has a network of almost 200 correspondents, while most of them are located in the United States and participated in preparing the ranking below.

We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.

All-United States category applies only to American Professional Basketball (not the NBA), but also these, who played overseas (mostly in NBA). The minor leagues were selected off of number of games, stats, players going overseas and overall talent.

Ahead of them all has to be the NBA D-League. The D-League by far has the most talent in the United States. Not only do they have the most talent they are branded by the brand (NBA). The D-League has sent over 36 players up to the NBA this season including Usbasket.com All-United States Player of the Year Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston) and 2nd Team member Jeremy Lamb.

The UBA may be the most impressive league of them all under the power houses. The UBA has sent over 109 players overseas in just 4 seasons. Not only do their players move on to the next level they all play well. Over 50% of the UBA players go to their mid-level countries and average the same numbers as they did in the UBA league.

The IBL and the PBL have to be two of the most entertaining and profitable leagues going in the United States. The PBL has the largest budget than all of the minor leagues and continue to add big talent. The IBL has been carried by power teams like the Los Angeles Lightning and ex NBA players like Bryon Russell and Toby Bailey. Now that the PBL and IBA have merged; the new PBL-IBA maybe be the future of minor league sports.

The ABA is one of the longest running leagues in the minor league circuit. No doubt about it, the Jacksonville Giants are a power and have to be respected.

This year, Andrew Goudelock dominated the votes and was named Player of the Year award and also United States 1st Team.

The first team was dominated by NBA D-League players, with Non D-League selected just in the 2nd best team.

Best point guard of the year is Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette). The D-League star had a terrific season with Bakersfield Jam, leading the team to the best record in the NBA D-League. McNeal led the Jam in assist this season with 5.9 and scored an impressive 18.5ppg. McNeal was also named the 2012-13 All-NBA D-League 1st Team. He was later called-up to the Jazz.

Shooting Guard of the Year comes as no surprise, Andrew Goudelock "The Red Mamba". Goudelock played for Rio Grande Valley Vipers where he averaged 21.4ppg. He was currently called up for the LA Lakers. He was also named NBA D-League Player of the year along with 1st Team honors. The "Red mamba" is our selection for USA Player of the Year.

In small forward position theres Fort Wayne star Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-89, college: Alabama). This year, Mitchell was also named to the NBA D-League 1st Team. The Alabama star was the league top scorer with 22.3ppg. He was also named league Rookie of the Year.

Power forward of the Year goes to a former NBA and international star: Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79, college: Maryland). The former Maryland star played 5 season in the NBA and 6 internationally in Spain. Morris is currently in the UBA playing for the Houston Express. He is currently averaging over 23 points per game and a league best 15 rebounds. He is one of the Team USA selections for the 2013 Williams Jones Cup Team.

Best center of the year is one of the biggest revelations of the previous season: Brian Butch (6'11''-C/F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin). The big man had an impressive year with Bakersfield Jam averaging 13.0ppg and 11.8rpg. He is by far the best big in the NBA-DLeague.

Usbasket.com All-United States 1st Team 2013
Tony Mitchell
Mitchell
Andrew Goudelock
Goudelock
Terence Morris
Morris
Brian Butch
Butch
Jerel McNeal
McNeal

Player of the Year: Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88) of D-League
Point Guard of the Year: Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87) of D-League
Shooting Guard of the Year: Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88) of D-League
Small Forward of the Year: Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-89) of D-League)
Power Forward of the Year: Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79) of UBA)
Center of the Year: Brian Butch (211-C/F-84) of D-League
Coach of the Year: Nick Nurse of D-League

1st Team
F: Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-89) of D-League
G: Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88) of D-League
F: Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79) of D-League
C/F: Brian Butch (211-C/F-84) of D-League
G: Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87) of D-League)

2nd Team
C: Jermaine Bell (7'0''-C-84) of ABA
G/F: Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92) of D-League
G: Travis Leslie (6'4''-G-90) of D-League
G: Tony Bennett (6'1''-G-84) of PBL
G/F: Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82) of UBA

3rd Team
F: Demetris Nichols (205-F-84) of D-League
G: Devron Bostick (6'5''-G-88) of PBL
F: Ryan Edwards (6'5''-F-83) of PBL
F: Marlo Saunders (6'5''-F-84) of ABA)
G: DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85) of ABA

Honorable Mention
Chris Wright (6'8''-F-88) of D-League
Fahreed Cheatham (6'5''-F-79) of APBL
Ed Horton (6'3''-G-85) of ABA)
Damion James (6'7''-F-87) of D-League
Antonio Houston (196-G/F-88) of TRBL
Djibril Thiam (6'10''-F-86) of ABA
Jereme Richmond (6'8''-F) of PBL
Michael Davis (UBA-Coach)



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3rd East Asian Championship set to start on May 16 - by Eurobasket News

The 3rd East Asian Championship is slated to tip off on May 16. Seven teams will start the tournament in Incheon, South Korea. They have been divided into two preliminary pools. Best two teams from each group will advance into the semifinal stage. The teams that finish third in each pool will fight for the fifth overall position. Top five teams of the tournament will earn the qualification to the 27th Fiba Asia Championship to be held in Manila in August.

Group A: Japan, Taiwan, Macau and South Korea
Group B: China, Hong Kong and Mongolia.



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Pete Mickeal leaves Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) announced today his decision to leave basketball indefinitely. The forward will concentrate on dealing with the health issues. Pete Mickeal will now travel to the USA to start consultations with the specialist about his blood problems. The player has been dealing with embolism issues since 2010. The forward is in his fourth season with FC Barcelona Regal. He tallied 8.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in ACB this season. In EuroLeague his stats read 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals per appearance. Last season Pete Mickeal was named into All-Spanish ACB 2nd Team. Previously he had stints in Spain, South Korea, Greece, Russia, ABA, NBA and Philippines. He was named All-ULEB Cup Player of the Year back in 2005.


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Ricky Rubio confirms EuroBasket 2013 participation - by Eurobasket News

Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) confirms EuroBasket 2013 participation for Spain. The top Guard will go to Slovenia with his National team.
After few season with Regal FC Barcelona, Ricky Rubio moved to NBA. In 2011-2012 he joined Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA, starting five) and in 41 games averaged 10.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 8.2apg, Steals-2 (2.2spg), FGP: 36.1%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 80.3%. In 2012-2013 continued for Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA, starting five) and had 10.7 points per game.
In one of his top games Ricky Rubio has made his mark in the NBA with his behind-the-back passes and quick hands on defense. Rubio had a career-high 24 points to go with 10 assists and five steals to lead the Timberwolves to a 105-93 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
Earlier Nikola Pekovic scored 27 points and Ricky Rubio added 18 points, 12 assists and eight steals to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 107-98 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.



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Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Gravelines 21-9 
 2. Strasbourg 18-12 
 3. ASVEL 18-12 
 4. Chalon 18-12 
 5. Roanne 17-13 
 6. Le Mans 16-14 
 7. Dijon 15-15 
 8. Nanterre 15-15 
 9. Orleans 15-15 
 10. Cholet 15-15 
 11. Le Havre 13-17 
 12. Paris-Levallois 13-17 
 13. Limoges 13-17 
 14. Nancy 12-18 
 15. Boulazac 11-19 
 16. Poitiers 10-20 

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 30: Orleans - Paris-Levallois 94-67
Apr. 30: Nancy - Le Mans 83-68
Apr. 30: Strasbourg - Gravelines 79-85
Apr. 30: ASVEL - Chalon 78-75
Apr. 30: Le Havre - Boulazac 75-80
Apr. 30: Dijon - Cholet 75-69
Apr. 30: Limoges - Nanterre 73-62
Apr. 30: Poitiers - Roanne 68-65

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

May. 13: Gravelines - Nanterre
May. 13: Chalon - Roanne
May. 13: Strasbourg - Dijon
May. 13: ASVEL - Le Mans


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.18.4 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines18.2 
 3. King, Selcuk Univ.16.8 
 4. Jackson, AS.16.4 
 5. Ajinca, Strasbourg16.1 
 6. Fitch, Strasbourg15.9 
 7. Williams, Paris-.15.7 
 8. Schilb, Chalon15.6 
 9. Sommerville, Nancy15.6 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.7 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.7.8 
 4. Williams, Chalon7.6 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg7.1 
 6. Dobbins, Poitiers7.0 
 7. Collins, Roanne7.0 
 8. McKenzie, Boulazac7.0 
 9. Sommerville, Nancy6.9 
 10. Ajinca, Strasbourg6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Selcuk Univ.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. King, Selcuk Univ.7.4 
 2. Diabate, Nancy6.7 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Schilb, Chalon5.5 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg5.0 
 6. Albicy, Paris-Le.4.8 
 7. Campbell, Stras.4.6 
 8. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.6 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines4.3 
 10. Amagou, Roanne4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.2 
 2. Leloup, Dijon1.9 
 3. Melody, Dijon1.8 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 5. Greene, Orleans1.7 
 6. Eldridge, s.Oliv.1.6 
 7. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.6 
 8. Schilb, Chalon1.6 
 9. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
 10. Jomby, Cholet1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.9 
 2. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.6 
 3. Sy, AS.1.2 
 4. Williams, Chalon1.2 
 5. Akpomedah, Grave.1.2 
 6. Fofana, Le Havre1.1 
 7. Badiane, Poitiers1.0 
 8. Vaty, Gravelines0.8 
 9. Issa, Le Mans0.8 
 10. Samnick, Roanne0.8 


Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 26-8 
 2. Evreux 25-9 
 3. Chalons-Reims 23-11 
 4. Boulogne 21-13 
 5. Antibes 21-13 
 6. Fos Ouest 21-13 
 7. Le Portel 20-14 
 8. Bourg 19-15 
 9. Rouen 19-15 
 10. Maurienne 18-16 
 11. Lille 17-17 
 12. Hyeres-Toulon 15-19 
 13. St Quentin 15-19 
 14. Denain 13-21 
 15. St Vallier 10-24 
 16. Nantes 10-24 
 17. Bordeaux 8-26 
 18. Charleville 5-29 

Regular Season: Round 34

Apr. 30: Antibes - Le Portel 96-91
Apr. 30: Bordeaux - Charleville 87-79
Apr. 30: Chalons-Reims - Denain 86-65
Apr. 30: St Quentin - St Vallier 83-81
Apr. 30: Rouen - Maurienne 81-83
Apr. 30: Fos Ouest - Lille 76-67
Apr. 30: Boulogne - Bourg 65-86
Apr. 30: Hyeres-Toulon - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 52-73
Apr. 30: Evreux - Nantes 116-92

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

May. 14: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Bourg
May. 14: Evreux - Le Portel
May. 14: Chalons-Reims - Fos Ouest
May. 14: Boulogne - Antibes


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Brown, Maurienne21.3 
 2. Flowers, Denain20.6 
 3. Blue, Antibes19.1 
 4. Wood, Evreux18.7 
 5. Siggers, Strasbourg18.1 
 6. McKines, Rouen17.3 
 7. Sanders, Hermosillo17.2 
 8. Hilliard, Antibes17.1 
 9. Hannah, Evreux17.1 
 10. Gay, Le Portel16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Wood, Evreux10.4 
 2. Jaiteh, Boulogne9.9 
 3. Bing, Maurienne9.6 
 4. Kitts, Denain9.1 
 5. McKines, Rouen8.9 
 6. Lesieu, St Quentin8.8 
 7. Jackson, Pau-La.8.2 
 8. Wyatte, Bordeaux8.2 
 9. Mathis, Nantes7.7 
 10. Blue, Antibes7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Craven, St Vallier6.6 
 2. Rowland, Boulogne6.1 
 3. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.5.9 
 4. Taylor, Le Portel5.8 
 5. Huffman, Antibes5.5 
 6. Dumas, Bourg5.4 
 7. Hannah, Evreux5.4 
 8. McIntosh, Feni I.5.4 
 9. Calvez, Charleville5.1 
 10. Da Silva, Rouen5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.4 
 2. Mullins, Chalons-.2.3 
 3. Craven, St Vallier2.1 
 4. Flowers, Denain1.8 
 5. Siggers, Strasbourg1.8 
 6. Brown, Maurienne1.8 
 7. Sonko, Bourg1.8 
 8. Hachad, Fos Ouest1.7 
 9. Taylor, Le Portel1.7 
 10. Hannah, Evreux1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Badiane, Antibes1.8 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.6 
 3. Loum, Boulogne1.2 
 4. Taccoen, Lille1.2 
 5. Chism, Maurienne1.1 
 6. Johnson, Chalons-.1.0 
 7. Sane, Hyeres-Toul.1.0 
 8. Blue, Antibes1.0 
 9. Flowers, Denain0.9 
 10. Jaiteh, Boulogne0.9 


ProA Round 30: Gravelines clinch regular season title - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ProA just ended.

The most exciting game of round 30 in the ProA took place in Villeurbanne. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Chalon/Saor (18-12) to fifth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (18-12) 78-75 in the game for the second place. Chalon/Saor trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 22-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-78 at the end of the game. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) who scored 19 points and 5 assists. Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 12 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Shelden Williams (206-83, college: Duke) who recorded 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Strasbourg and Chalon. Chalon/Saor lost third consecutive game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Strasbourg. First ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque faced second-best Strasbourg IG. Guests from Gravelines (21-9) defeated host Strasbourg IG (18-12) 85-79. It was a good game for American point guard Dwight Buycks (190-89, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with 21 points. Kennedy Winston contributed with 17 points for the winners. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) replied with 22 points and 5 assists for Strasbourg IG. Strasbourg IG's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gravelines-Dunkerque maintains first position with 21-9 record. Strasbourg IG at the other side keeps the second place with 12 games lost. They share the position with ASVEL and Chalon.
Bottom-ranked Poitiers managed to get the second consecutive victory on Tuesday night. This time they edged fourth-ranked Chorale de Roanne 68-65. Lamine Kante scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Coleman Collins with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Poitiers maintains sixteenth position with 10-20 record. Loser Chorale de Roanne dropped to the fifth place with 13 games lost.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Limoges, where higher ranked JSF Nanterre (15-15) lost to thirteenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite (13-17) in a road game 62-73. Jon Brockman notched 9 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Limoges CSP Elite moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Paris-Levallois and Le Havre. JSF Nanterre lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 15 games lost.
An interesting game took place in Le Havre, where higher ranked STB Le Havre (13-17) lost at home to fifteenth ranked Boulazac Basket (11-19) 75-80 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of STB Le Havre. The best player for the winners was Tyler Smith who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Boulazac Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Boulazac Basket maintains fifteenth position with 11-19 record. Loser STB Le Havre keeps the eleventh place with 17 games lost.

Rest of the games of round 30 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Paris-Levallois was crushed by Orleans in a road game 94-67. Dijon beat Cholet at home 75-69. Le Mans lost to Nancy on the opponent's court 68-83.
The best stats of 30th round was 25 points by Jeremy Leloup of Dijon.


Limoges - Nanterre 73-62

We should mention about the upset which took place in Limoges, where higher ranked JSF Nanterre (15-15) lost to thirteenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite (13-17) in a road game 62-73. The game was mostly controlled by Limoges CSP Elite. JSF Nanterre was better in third quarter 19-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Jon Brockman (201-87, college: Washington) notched 9 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Trent Plaisted (211-86, college: BYU, agency: Priority Sports) supported him with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. Even 14 points and 5 rebounds by the former international forward Stephen Brun (202-80) did not help to save the game for JSF Nanterre. Center Johan Passave-Ducteil (200-85) added 12 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Limoges CSP Elite moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Paris-Levallois and Le Havre. JSF Nanterre lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Limoges: N.Boungou Colo 13+5reb, T.Plaisted 12+6reb+2ast, T.Gipson 10+3reb+5ast, B.Wanamaker 10+1reb+5ast, J.Brockman 9+10reb+3ast, K.McAlarney 9+3ast
Nanterre: S.Brun 14+5reb+3ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 12+4reb, T.Meacham 8+2ast, D.Lighty 6+1reb+2ast, C.Oliver 6+5reb+2ast, C.Warren 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 179083


Orleans - Paris-Levallois 94-67

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Paris-Levallois (13-17) was crushed on the road by ninth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (15-15) 94-67 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Entente Orleans 45. Paris-Levallois was better in fourth quarter 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Entente Orleans 45 forced 19 Paris-Levallois turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Christopher Hill (191-83, college: Michigan St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import swingman Torrell Martin (196-85, college: Winthrop) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Four Entente Orleans 45 players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Sean May (206-84, college: N.Carolina) who recorded 16 points and 6 rebounds and American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (196-81, college: USF) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Paris-Levallois lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Orleans: C.Hill 17+6reb+1ast, T.Martin 17+2reb+4ast, D.Adams 15+3reb+4ast, B.Greene 12+3reb+5ast, B.Pamba-Juille 10+1reb, T.Dials 7+9reb+3ast
Paris-Levallois: S.May 16+6reb+1ast, J.Cox 12+1reb+4ast, L.Labeyrie 10+3reb+1ast, M.N'Doye 9+4reb+1ast, J.Hodge 6+1reb+1ast, A.Albicy 5+3reb+6ast
gschID: 179082


Poitiers - Roanne 68-65

Bottom-ranked Poitiers managed to get the second consecutive victory on Tuesday night. This time they edged fourth-ranked Chorale de Roanne 68-65. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 38-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lamine Kante (200-87, agency: Fusion Sports) scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Antonio Grant (198-76, college: S.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 13 points during the contest. Four Poitiers players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Coleman Collins (206-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Interperformances) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and the former international William Gradit (197-82, college: Hill JC) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Poitiers maintains sixteenth position with 10-20 record. Loser Chorale de Roanne dropped to the fifth place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Poitiers: A.Grant 13+3reb+2ast, D.James 13+2ast, L.Kante 11+5reb+5ast, B.Dallo 10+6reb+1ast, P.Badiane 8+6reb+1ast, M.Fall 5+6reb
Roanne: C.Collins 15+10reb+2ast, W.Gradit 14+5reb+1ast, P.Amagou 9+9ast, A.Bouedo 8+2reb, M.Howard 7+1reb+3ast, S.Gray 5+1reb
gschID: 179081


Le Havre - Boulazac 75-80

An interesting game took place in Le Havre, where higher ranked STB Le Havre (13-17) lost at home to fifteenth ranked Boulazac Basket (11-19) 75-80 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of STB Le Havre. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 37-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Tyler Smith (201-86, college: Tennessee) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The other American import Amadi McKenzie (201-86, college: Tenn Tech, agency: Fusion Sports) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Boulazac Basket players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Congolese-Central African forward Max Kouguere (198-87) who recorded 26 points and 5 rebounds and American center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) added 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively. Boulazac Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Boulazac Basket maintains fifteenth position with 11-19 record. Loser STB Le Havre keeps the eleventh place with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: T.Smith 14+10reb+3ast, A.Acker 14+3reb+3ast, M.Jefferson 13+4reb, A.McKenzie 13+6reb+2ast, T.Dubiez 11+1reb, D.Harris 5
Le Havre: M.Kouguere 26+5reb+2ast, G.Brown 14+8reb+2ast, G.Pitard 13+2reb+5ast, C.Mason 8+1reb+1ast, V.Moldoveanu 6+2reb+2ast, B.Fofana 4+6reb
gschID: 179080


Dijon - Cholet 75-69

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked JDA Dijon (15-15) defeated at home 8th ranked Cholet (15-15) 75-69 on Tuesday. The best player for the winners was forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) who scored 25 points. American power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fair Dickinson) chipped in 10 points. At the other side the best for losing team was center Rudy Gobert (212-92) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks and American point guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively. JDA Dijon moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Cholet.
Top scorers:
Dijon: J.Leloup 25+2reb+2ast, A.Harris 10+4reb+3ast, T.Campbell 9+1reb, Z.Moss 8+5reb, L.Owens 7+6reb+2ast, F.Prenom 7+6reb
Cholet: A.Slaughter 18+2reb+4ast, A.Coleman 13+6reb, R.Gobert 11+11reb+2ast, T.Bryant 9+5reb+1ast, K.Souchu 8+2reb, R.Jomby 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 179079


Strasbourg - Gravelines 79-85

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Strasbourg. First ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque faced second-best Strasbourg IG. Guests from Gravelines (21-9) defeated host Strasbourg IG (18-12) 85-79. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Strasbourg IG won third quarter 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gravelines-Dunkerque made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Strasbourg IG was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American point guard Dwight Buycks (190-89, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with 21 points. American-FYR Macedonian swingman Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) replied with 22 points and 5 assists and American point guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo, agency: Pro One Sports) added 6 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists in the effort for Strasbourg IG. Strasbourg IG's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gravelines-Dunkerque maintains first position with 21-9 record. Strasbourg IG at the other side keeps the second place with 12 games lost. They share the position with ASVEL and Chalon.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: D.Buycks 21+2ast, K.Winston 17+2reb+1ast, Y.Bokolo 11+2reb+1ast, L.Vaty 9+5reb+1ast, J.Edwards 8+5reb+2ast, A.M'Baye 8
Strasbourg: R.Greer 22+4reb+5ast, A.Ajinca 16+4reb+1ast, J.Siggers 15+4reb, R.Duport 8+2reb, L.Campbell 6+7reb+9ast, A.Toupane 6+1ast
gschID: 179078


Nancy - Le Mans 83-68

There was an upset when higher ranked Le Mans (16-14) was defeated on the road by fourteenth ranked Sluc Nancy (12-18) 83-68 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Sluc Nancy. Le Mans was better in third quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import guard Jamal Shuler (191-86) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) who recorded 18 points and 5 rebounds and FYR Macedonian-American point guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis) added 8 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sluc Nancy maintains fourteenth position with 12-18 record. Le Mans lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Nancy: J.Shuler 18+1reb+4ast, M.Sommerville 14+10reb+2ast, S.Diabate 12+1reb+7ast, H.Toure 11+1reb+3ast, B.Brown 9+5reb+2ast, C.Marquis 9+3reb
Le Mans: J.Paulo Batista 18+5reb+1ast, M.Keselj 14+5reb, C.Victor 12+3reb+1ast, D.Washington 8+6reb+9ast, D.Issa 6+4reb+2ast, A.Koffi 4+1reb
gschID: 179077


ASVEL - Chalon 78-75

The most exciting game of round 30 in the ProA took place in Villeurbanne. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Chalon/Saor (18-12) to fifth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (18-12) 78-75 in the game for the second place. Chalon/Saor trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 22-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-78 at the end of the game. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) who scored 19 points and 5 assists. Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 12 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Shelden Williams (206-83, college: Duke) who recorded 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Strasbourg and Chalon. Chalon/Saor lost third consecutive game.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: E.Jackson 19+4reb+5ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 12+4reb+2ast, A.Sy 11+5reb+1ast, L.Jean-Charles 10+4reb+1ast, M.Thompson 8+1reb+3ast, T.Abromaitis 8+4reb+2ast
Chalon: S.Williams 23+5reb, B.Schilb 13+4reb+5ast, N.Lang 10+2reb+1ast, I.Evtimov 10+4reb+5ast, M.Denmon 8+4reb+2ast, S.Tchicamboud 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 179076



ProB Round 34: Top-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez wins another game and qualifies for ProA - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ProB just ended.

ProB top team - Pau-Lacq-Orthez (26-8) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (15-19) 73-52. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Pau-Lacq-Orthez's pressure prevailed and they won that period 22-4 extending their advantage to 21 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Hyeres-Toulon to just 4 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Hyeres-Toulon 43-27 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Hyeres-Toulon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Charles Jackson (203-87, college: Hawaii-Pacific, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). David Denave (195-85) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Claude Bergeaud felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Landing Sane (207-90) replied with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks for Hyeres-Toulon. Pau-Lacq-Orthez have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 26-8 record. Hyeres-Toulon at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 19 games lost. They share the position with St Quentin.
Important game to mention about took place in Rouen. Tenth ranked Aix-Maurienne (18-16) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked SPO Rouen (19-15) 83-81 on Tuesday evening. American Wayne Chism (206-87, college: Tennessee) scored 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and Meredis Houmounou chipped in 23 points and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side American guard O'Darien Bassett (191-86, college: Troy) responded with 25 points and 4 assists. Aix-Maurienne maintains tenth position with 18-16 record. SPO Rouen at the other side keeps the eighth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Bourg.
Fifteenth-ranked Saint Vallier (10-24) was very close to win a game against thirteenth ranked Saint-Quentin (15-19) on Tuesday. Saint-Quentin managed to secure only two-point victory 83-81. However their fans expected easier game. Jimmal Ball notched 30 points and 6 assists to lead the effort. Even 15 points by Harry Disy did not help to save the game for Saint Vallier. Saint Vallier's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Saint-Quentin moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Hyeres-Toulon. Saint Vallier lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 24 games lost. They share it with Nantes.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between SO Maritime Boulogne (21-13) and JL Bourg (19-15), which took place in Boulogne. Higher ranked SO Maritime Boulogne was outleveled at home by ninth ranked JL Bourg 86-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SO Maritime Boulogne. Jason Forte fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Coach Frederic Sarre's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. JL Bourg moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Rouen. SO Maritime Boulogne at the other side keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost.
The game between second ranked ALM Evreux (25-9) and 16th ranked Nantes (10-24) in Evreux on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. ALM Evreux outscored guests from Nantes 116-92. It was a very good performance for Drake Reed who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Nantes' coach Guillaume Quintard gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. ALM Evreux have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 25-9 record behind leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Nantes lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth place with 24 games lost.

Other games in round 34 were not that significant. Bottom-ranked Charleville was beaten by Bordeaux on the road 87-79. Fos Ouest won against Lille on its own court 76-67. Denain was outscored by Chalons-Reims in a road game 86-65. Antibes managed to beat Le Portel at home 96-91.


Bordeaux - Charleville 87-79

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventeenth ranked Bordeaux's (8-26) home victory over bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (5-29) 87-79 on Tuesday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-17. But Charleville-Mezieres won second period 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a very good performance for American forward Markel Humphrey (198-87, college: Marshall, agency: Three Eye Sports) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import forward Nate Carter (201-83, college: Oklahoma, agency: Fusion Sports) contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Bordeaux players scored in double figures. Guard Fabien Calvez (187-84, college: Evansville) replied with 12 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals and American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-86) added 16 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Charleville-Mezieres. Charleville-Mezieres' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Bordeaux maintains seventeenth position with 8-26 record. Charleville-Mezieres lost twentiethth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 29 lost games.
Top scorers:
Bordeaux: N.Carter 20+8reb, M.Humphrey 19+9reb+3ast, M.Guichard 12+8reb+5ast, N.Wyatte 11+5reb, B.Elisabeth-Mesnager 9+4reb+2ast, R.Dardaine 6+1reb+1ast
Charleville: T.Toney 16+10reb+2ast, F.Calvez 12+9reb+8ast, A.Racine 12+3reb+1ast, N.Racon 9+1ast, D.Hudson 8+3reb+1ast, V.Pridotkas 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 240153


Hyeres-Toulon - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 52-73

ProB top team - Pau-Lacq-Orthez (26-8) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (15-19) 73-52. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Pau-Lacq-Orthez's pressure prevailed and they won that period 22-4 extending their advantage to 21 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Hyeres-Toulon to just 4 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Hyeres-Toulon 43-27 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Hyeres-Toulon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Charles Jackson (203-87, college: Hawaii-Pacific, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). David Denave (195-85) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Claude Bergeaud felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Landing Sane (207-90) replied with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks and American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) added 6 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Hyeres-Toulon. Pau-Lacq-Orthez have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 26-8 record. Hyeres-Toulon at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 19 games lost. They share the position with St Quentin.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: C.Jackson 23+8reb, D.Denave 17+5reb+6ast, J.Morency 10+8reb+1ast, S.Driss 8+8reb+2ast, A.Mendy 4+3reb, I.Ordin 3+2reb+1ast
Hyeres-Toulon: L.Sane 21+5reb+1ast, A.Julien 9+4reb+6ast, G.Radonjic 7+2reb+1ast, J.Newson 6+13reb+3ast, R.Wright 5, B.Niang 4
gschID: 240152


St Quentin - St Vallier 83-81

Fifteenth-ranked Saint Vallier (10-24) was very close to win a game against thirteenth ranked Saint-Quentin (15-19) on Tuesday. Saint-Quentin managed to secure only two-point victory 83-81. However their fans expected easier game. Saint Vallier trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 26-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 81-83 at the end of the game. Naturalized American point guard Jimmal Ball (179-78, college: Akron, agency: Fusion Sports) notched 30 points and 6 assists to lead the effort and power forward Julien Lesieu (201-83) supported him with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Even 15 points by power forward Harry Disy (201-84, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: Fusion Sports) did not help to save the game for Saint Vallier. Guard Florent Corneo (180-91) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Saint Vallier's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Saint-Quentin moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Hyeres-Toulon. Saint Vallier lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 24 games lost. They share it with Nantes.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: J.Ball 30+2reb+6ast, J.Lesieu 15+8reb+2ast, D.Quincy-Jones 8+4reb+2ast, A.Saaka 8+1reb+2ast, G.Sylvain 7+4reb, O.Romain 7+5reb+4ast
St Vallier: H.Disy 15+2reb+1ast, F.Tortosa 14+2reb+1ast, B.Tinsley 10+6reb, C.Melicie 9+3reb, J.Hoyaux 9+2ast, D.Diarra 9+4reb+2ast
gschID: 240151


Boulogne - Bourg 65-86

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between SO Maritime Boulogne (21-13) and JL Bourg (19-15), which took place in Boulogne. Higher ranked SO Maritime Boulogne was outleveled at home by ninth ranked JL Bourg 86-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SO Maritime Boulogne. The game was mostly controlled by JL Bourg. SO Maritime Boulogne was better in fourth quarter 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. JL Bourg forced 19 SO Maritime Boulogne turnovers. American swingman Jason Forte (196-84, college: S.Mississippi) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Alexis Tanghe (208-90, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four JL Bourg players scored in double figures. Coach Frederic Sarre's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. point guard Jonathan Rousselle (188-90) produced 24 points and power forward Mickael Var (205-90) added 7 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. JL Bourg moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Rouen. SO Maritime Boulogne at the other side keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Bourg: M.Sonko 17+4reb+2ast, J.Sanchez 17+5reb, A.Tanghe 16+5reb+2ast, J.Forte 14+12reb+3ast, P.Braud 8+1reb+2ast, A.Gomis 6
Boulogne: J.Rousselle 24+2reb+1ast, A.Rowland 8+2reb+2ast, V.Bigote 8+5reb, M.Var 7+12reb+2ast, A.Loum 7+4reb, M.Diane 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 240150


Evreux - Nantes 116-92

The game between second ranked ALM Evreux (25-9) and 16th ranked Nantes (10-24) in Evreux on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. ALM Evreux outscored guests from Nantes 116-92. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 116-92. ALM Evreux dominated down low during the game scoring 82 of its points in the paint compared to Nantes' 56 and made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. ALM Evreux forced 19 Nantes turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a very good performance for American swingman Drake Reed (196-87, college: Austin Peay St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Steeve Ho You Fat (203-88) contributed with 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Senegalese forward Elson Mendy (200-85) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds and American guard LaMarshall Corbett (190-88, college: Angelo St.) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Nantes. Five ALM Evreux and four Nantes players scored in double figures. Nantes' coach Guillaume Quintard gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. ALM Evreux have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 25-9 record behind leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Nantes lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth place with 24 games lost.
Top scorers:
Evreux: S.Ho You Fat 26+7reb+2ast, D.Reed 26+11reb+6ast, L.Konate 23+3reb+2ast, C.Hannah 17+8ast, G.Costentin 11+5reb+4ast, B.Hunter 8+9reb+2ast
Nantes: E.Mendy 19+7reb+1ast, L.Corbett 16+2reb+4ast, T.Henry 14+3reb+1ast, M.Drame 12+1ast, N.Gayon 12+1reb+1ast, W.Soliman 8+6reb
gschID: 240149


Fos Ouest - Lille 76-67

Very expected game when 11th ranked Lille Metropole (17-17) lost on the road to sixth ranked Fos Ouest (21-13) 76-67 on Tuesday. Lille Metropole trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 20-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 67-76 at the end of the game. Quite impressive performance for the former international power forward Sacha Giffa (202-77) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Aurelien Toto N'Kote (194-79) contributed with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona) replied with 12 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Steffon Bradford (198-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Lille Metropole. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fos Ouest moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Antibes and Boulogne. Loser Lille Metropole keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: S.Giffa 19+6reb+1ast, I.Sy 14+6reb+4ast, C.Davis 13+6reb+2ast, A.Toto N'Kote 11+8reb+5ast, M.Dia 10+4reb+1ast, I.Soumahoro 6+6reb+5ast
Lille: S.Bradford 13+7reb, M.Tensorer 12+6reb+1ast, S.Smith 12+8reb+1ast, A.Rigaux 12+5reb+2ast, L.Akono 11+3reb+4ast, B.Gillet 6+6reb+7ast
gschID: 240148


Chalons-Reims - Denain 86-65

Very predictable result when third ranked Chalons-Reims (23-11) rolled over at home 14th ranked Denain Voltaire (13-21) 86-65 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Chalons-Reims. Denain Voltaire was better in fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Denain Voltaire outrebounded Chalons-Reims 42-28 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Quite impressive performance for American forward Tyren Johnson (202-88, college: La-Lafayette) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 4 assists. Kevin Joss-Rauze (189-88, agency: Court Side) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Chalons-Reims players scored in double figures. Chalons-Reims had such big advantage that coach Nikola Antic felt comfortable to give the chance to play for 10 players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Marcus Kitts (205-89, college: William & Mary) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds and his fellow American import forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 23 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Denain Voltaire. Chalons-Reims have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 23-11 record having just three points less than leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Loser Denain Voltaire keeps the fourteenth place with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: T.Johnson 22+4reb+4ast, K.Joss-Rauze 14+4reb+4ast, J.Burrell 12+3reb+1ast, R.Mels 12+1reb+1ast, K.Corre 9+8reb+2ast, B.Mullins 7+2reb+4ast
Denain: J.Flowers 23+6reb, M.Kitts 17+17reb+1ast, V.Ateba 9+2reb, C.Cairo 7+5reb+2ast, D.Kurtic 6+4reb, R.Lopez 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 240147


Antibes - Le Portel 96-91

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Olympique Antibes and 7th ranked Le Portel had identical 20-13 record. This time Olympique Antibes used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Le Portel 96-91 on Tuesday night. Le Portel trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 25-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 91-96 at the end of the game. Olympique Antibes dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Le Portel's 40 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Quite impressive performance for American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import point guard Trevor Huffman (185-79, college: Kent St., agency: Interperformances) contributed with 15 points and 9 assists for the winners. Four Olympique Antibes players scored in double figures. Olympique Antibes' coach Julien Espinosa used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Jamaican-American Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) replied with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Benoit Mangin (198-88) added 17 points and 5 assists in the effort for Le Portel. Olympique Antibes have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Fos Ouest and Boulogne. Le Portel lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Antibes: T.Blue 27+6reb+1ast, A.Hilliard 18+5reb+2ast, T.Huffman 15+3reb+9ast, M.Badiane 13+9reb, R.Desroses 9+4reb, G.Yango 8+6reb
Le Portel: S.Gay 21+5reb+4ast, M.Bigote 18+1ast, B.Mangin 17+2reb+5ast, M.N'Diaye 9+6reb, D.Wilson 8+7reb+2ast, A.Charles 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 240146


Rouen - Maurienne 81-83

Important game to mention about took place in Rouen. Tenth ranked Aix-Maurienne (18-16) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked SPO Rouen (19-15) 83-81 on Tuesday evening. It looked good early as SPO Rouen took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Aix-Maurienne had a 23-13 second period charge getting the lead and SPO Rouen was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 81-83. SPO Rouen was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American Wayne Chism (206-87, college: Tennessee) scored 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and Meredis Houmounou (188-88) chipped in 23 points and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side American guard O'Darien Bassett (191-86, college: Troy) responded with 25 points and 4 assists and the former international Gary Chathuant (195-83) scored 22 points. Aix-Maurienne maintains tenth position with 18-16 record. SPO Rouen at the other side keeps the eighth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Bourg.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: M.Houmounou 23+2reb+5ast, W.Chism 23+8reb, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 14+1reb+4ast, S.Darnauzan 6+6ast, E.Bing 6+9reb+4ast, G.Clerc 6+3reb+1ast
Rouen: O.Bassett 25+2reb+4ast, G.Chathuant 22+3reb+1ast, W.McKines 13+6reb, M.Diarra 8+2reb, T.Wesley 7+5reb+4ast, P.Da Silva 4+1reb+4ast
gschID: 240145



Alex Acker could agree terms with ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket - by Eurobasket News

ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA) is close to land 30-year old American guard Alex Acker (196-84kg-83, college: Pepperdine) who currently plays Boulazac Basket Dordogne. Acker managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year (!!!). In 10 ProB games he averaged 14.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.5apg and 1.4spg. He also spent pre-season at Asseco Prokom Gdynia (TBL) in Polish league earlier that year. In 8 games he had 8.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg. Acker also played 9 games in Euroleague where he had 6.3ppg and 2.7rpg. The last season he played at Le Mans Sarthe Basket. In 37 games he had 11.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.2apg and 1.7spg. He helped them to make it to the final and cup semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention. Acker also played 8 games in Eurocup where he had 10.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.6apg.
In 2005 he was drafted by Detroit Pistons (NBA) in second round (60th overall). The former Pepperdine University staris in his eighth season in pro basketball. He won NBA Central Division championship title in 2006.
Acker is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece, Italy (Armani Milano), Spain (Regal FC Barcelona), NBA (LA Clippers) and D-League (Fayetteville P. and Fort Wayne Mad Ants).
Let's have closer look into Acker's outlook: He is a very special player with big hands and great body control . . . His maturity and confidence matched with his talent is a good combination... uses his thin body with great effectivenss in the 1-on-1 offense, he's also improving his outside shooting.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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New coaches in the 1. Regionalliga West - by Moritz Korff

Both BBG Herford and SG Sechtem have hired new coaches for the 2013-14 season.
Stefan Schettke will take over the Herford team which had been coached by Geno Nesbitt last season. Schettke led the 16under team of the Paderborn Baskets to the 2012 German championship title and the 14under squad to similar honors one year before. Herford is eager to focus on promoting young talent and plans to cooperate closely with the Paderborn Baskets. "By that we will offer a great opportunity to our young players. At the same time I want to thank Geno Nesbitt for the work that he has done. We did well as a first-year team in the 1. Regionalliga and stayed in the league. We have to give Geno credit for that", BBG chairman Harald Steffen stated on the club's website.

Meik Bassen has been named the new coach of SG Sechtem. Bassen served as a sport director so far and in fact will change position with Robert Posa, who steps back from coaching duties and takes over Bassen's former job.



Penev signs new Schalke deal - by Moritz Korff

Atanas Penev (195-F-85) has put pen to paper on a fresh contract with 1. Regionalliga West outfit FC Schalke 04. The Bulgarian forward is already the seventh player from the 2012-13 roster to return to the Royal Blues after the summer break.
In his first year in Gelsenkirchen, Penev was the team's second leading scorer, netting 12.9 points per contest. He also dished out 3.9 assists a game and grabbed 4.0 boards per outing.



Grevenbroich: Mostafa set to stay - by Moritz Korff

The Elephants Grevenbroich will keep another key player, as Raed Mostafa (203-F-84, college: W.Kentucky) extended his contract with the 1. Regionalliga West team for the 2013-14 season. More than a decade ago the forward was regarded as one of the most promising German prospects, when he made the roster of ALBA Berlin and represented the German junior national teams on several occasions. He then spent three years playing college basketball in the United States, followed by stints in Iceland, Denmark and at former BBL club Koeln 99ers.
Mostafa averaged 12.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest for the Elephants in 2012-13.



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

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Marco Schlafke
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Ricky Easterling
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Ilja Ickert
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David Rotim
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Christoph Tetzner
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The awards were voted on by the coaches of the RLSW teams

Player of the Year: Ricky Easterling (188-G-83, college: Bridgewater) - Saarlouis
Domestic Player of the Year: David Rotim (197-F-85) - Stuttgart
Defensive Player of the Year: Jay Thomas (193-F-79, college: Cent.Washington) - Speyer
Bosman Player of the Year: Elnis Prasovic (200-F-84) - Karlsruhe
Most Improved Player of the Year: Michael Baumer (180-PG-90) - Karlsruhe
Newcomer of the Year: Justin Stallbohm (182-G-92) - Limburg
Coach of the Year: Vanja Sikuljak - Stuttgart

1st Team
Marco Schlafke (185-G-82) - Stuttgart
Ricky Easterling (188-G-83, college: Bridgewater) - Saarlouis
Ilja Ickert (201-F-81) - Mainz
David Rotim (197-F-85) - Stuttgart
Christoph Tetzner (200-F-81) - Crailsheim

2nd Team
Michael Baumer (180-PG-90) - Karlsruhe
Julian Krieger (188-G-83) - Speyer
Jay Thomas (193-F-79, college: Cent.Washington) - Speyer
Elnis Prasovic (200-F-84) - Karlsruhe
Willie Whitfield (198-F/C, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Barry) - Mainz

Honorable Mention
Elijah Allen (193-F-89, college: NW Missouri St.) - Giessen
Markus Bretz (201-F-87) - Stuttgart
Michael Heck (193-G/F-71) - Crailsheim
Peter Klemm (197-F-85) - Tuebingen
Felix Rotaru (200-F-79) - Giessen
Justin Stallbohm (182-G-92) - Limburg
Dominique Tholey (201-F-89) - Treis-Karden
Philip Wennerstrom (180-G, college: Mt.Mercy) - Limburg

All-Domestic Players Team
Marco Schlafke - Stuttgart
Julian Krieger - Speyer
Ilja Ickert - Mainz
David Rotim - Stuttgart
Christoph Tetzner - Crailsheim



Dathe agrees to Bernau stay - by Moritz Korff

Marcus Dathe (184-PG-87) has extended his stay at SSV Lok Bernau for another year. The 25-year-old former German junior international will enter his sixth season with the Bernau team. "He was a pillar of our team last season and added lots of stability. He has developed into a constant high performer on the team and is a player the fans can identify with. It's great that Marcus will stay with us", Bernau head coach Rene Schilling stated.
Dathe appeared in 16 games during the 2012-13 RLN season and chipped in with 10.3 points per contest. He added a team-best 4.9 assists a game.



The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen Nab Patrick Carney - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After a season with the City Basket Recklinghausen (Germany-ProB), Patrick Carney (185-G-85, college: Chapman) is back in Essen with the ETB Wohnbau Baskets where he played in 2010-2011. Last season for City Basket Recklinghausen (Germany-ProB), the 27 year old 185cm guard played 24 games averaging 19,6ppg, 3,8rpg and 3,9apg. Two seasons ago with Essen, the German played 31 games: 4.3ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.1apg. "In his first season, he showed his potential. Last season with Recklinghausen, he became a team leader with trust and was very sure of his game. We will reward his positive development with more trust. He will help us with his strong shot and good eye to find his teammates at both guard positions. . We are sure that he will help the team", stated sport director Markus Horn.

Source: ETB Wohnbau Baskets



Larry Gordon (Phoenix Hagen) we focus more on defense than our offense everyday. We know defense is what Wins games - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

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

Congrats on the 99-88 win. How excited are you about reaching the playoffs and what kind of atmosphere was there in the Enervie arena following the end of game?

I'm very excited, there is no better feeling than accomplishing your goal with a great group of people. The atmosphere was great all game, and even more live towards the end. This is what I dedicate all my time and effort for all season, to have this feeling.

Phoenix Hagen had a typical game where the offense has always scored much. Why do you think that no Beko BBL teams really were capable of getting used to the Phoenix Hagen style this season?

It's tough because we practice this style every day, so the conditioning for us is there more than other teams. It's hard to try to prepare for a team like us in a week or a few days.

Phoenix Hagen was leading 66-60 after three quarters. What did head coach Ingo Freyer tell the team to do in the last 10 minutes of the season?

He told us to step on the gas and keep on fighting

Phoenix Hagen scored 33 points in the last quarter to secure the win and playoffs. Offense seems to be as key of a word as defense for teams like Bamberg. Do you believe that certain Hagen players dream offense at night? lol

Haha! No I don't think anybody dreams about offense. But to tell you the truth we focus more on defense than our offense everyday. We know defense is what Wins games and C. We just have some great offensive players that can make things happen.

Davin White had another MVP type game scoring 33 points and 11/14 in the near distance. Is he one of the best penetrators that you have ever played with?

He is definitely one of them, he is super fast and it's hard for teams to try to press him and contain him when he is going full speed. It's fun to watch!

The Phoenix Hagen defense did allow 88 points, but forced MBC to 25 turnovers. Is the Phoenix Hagen defense more underrated than it should be?

It's definitely more underrated, teams think we are only offense but like I said earlier. We focus and concentrate on defense more than anything.

You averaged 12,9ppg, 6,6rpg, 1,4apg and shot 49% from the field and 43% from outside. How happy were you with your season in the strongest league that you ever played in?

I'm very happy and humble about it, but I know I can do more than what the stats show. The good things is that I'm getting better and betters everyday and I've learned a lot this season in the German BBL.

Oklahoma leads Houston 2-0 but have lost Russell Westbrook. How do you see them doing in the rest of the playoffs?

Sweep lol. I think they are still a good team especially when you have KD on your team. They will Win the series

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Saw 3D: The Final Chapter

Thanks Larry fort he chat.




Beko BBL Announce 1,3 Million Fans During The Regular Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


It has been no surprise that the interest in the Beko BBL has risen in the last years. Even though the attendance this season wasnt able to eclipse that of last season, the attendance rate still was at a high level as this season the average in all 18 arenas was at 4,291, while last season it stood at 4,322. Alba Berlin has the most fans as the O2 arena drew 170,535 people and average 10,031 per game. Bamberg was second best at 115,600 an average of 6,800 patrons and in third was FC Bayern Munich with an average of 5,993 people as 101,880 people came to the Audi dome to see basketball. The biggest rise was done by TBB TRier as last season an average of 3,607 people came and this season it was 4,321 patrons.

The Results of all teams: The first is the total of fans and second is the average per game. The bracket 17 is the amount of game each team had.

ALBA BERLIN (17)170.53510.031
Brose Baskets (17)115.6006.800
ratiopharm ulm (17)102.0006.000
FC Bayern Mnchen (17)101.8805.993
Telekom Baskets Bonn (17)94.3205.548
TBB Trier (17)73.4604.321
FRAPORT SKYLINERS (17)73.1644.304
Eisbren Bremerhaven (17)64.0503.768
Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg (17)56.8313.343
New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (17)56.2113.307
EWE Baskets Oldenburg (17)56.0413.297
s.Oliver Baskets (17)53.3803.140
BBC Bayreuth (17)53.2643.133
Phoenix Hagen (17)52.7563.103
Artland Dragons (17)50.9792.999
LTi GIESSEN 46ers (17)49.4892.911
WALTER Tigers Tbingen (17)47.3892.788
Mitteldeutscher BC (17)41.5602.445

Total 1.312.9094.291





Zach Peacock Unleashes The Ultimate Mad Baller Keeping The Fraport Skyliners In The Beko BBL With77-72 Victory Against Ludwigsburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

There are situations that are never easy, but at times when times arent easy one may rather be in an uneasy position like seeing Lebron James go 0/12 from downtown out of the view of a diehard fan, being caught in an annoying traffic jam on the highway on the way to an event or walking through a park and getting some nasty and unexpected droppings from above from a passing pigeon. However one of the most unwanted circumstances for a professional athlete is an unpleasant do or die situation. A do or die game is an experience for a player that involves a desperate effort to succeed or face dire consequences. The last time the Frankfurt Skyliners were involved in a do or die game Fraport Skyliner big man Johannes Voigtmann was learning his craft at German sport handball as he hadnt even started to play basketball yet, guard Dwayne Wade was two months away from his first NBA title with the Miami Heat, Adele was still an unknown swan on the music scene getting ready to spread her wings and adore the public with breathtaking music and Germany was getting ready for their soccer world cup in their own country. Frankfurt had been in some do or die games like back in 2010 in game five of the finals losing in Bamberg or 2011 game five of the semi finals losing at home to Alba Berlin, but never as threatening like in 2006 where they had to beat the EWE Baskets Oldeneburg which they did 70-58. In that game, American Kavossy Franklin led the team with 22 points and captain Pascal Roller steered 18 points to the victory and staying in the league. The club has done great things since then reaching the playoffs four times, reaching the 2010 Beko BBL finals, having an MVP player with Dashaun Wood or future NBA player with Jon Leuer and developing the Germans this season, but all those things were only memories and their whole beko BBL existence could have beeen washed out after their 40 minute performance against the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg. The Fraport Skyliners knew what awaited them, a hard fought battle like 10 battle of Wurzburgs in one against the Schwaben team, but they were able to keep their nerves and composure betaing them 77-72.The players playing in the game had been in dor or die games before so this was nothing new. I had been in a few do or die games to get into the playoffs, but nothing like this game. I wasnt nervous at all and loved the atmosphere. Celebrating after the win with the fans felt like we had won the championship, stressed Fraport Skyliner forward Laquan Prowell. After the loss Neckar Riesen guard Wayne Bernard had along face after losing his third do or die game in his career. I had lost these type of games with MBC and Giessen, but I didnt think about the importance of the game as I go into each game the same way always trying to play with much energy, added Wayne Bernard. Skyliner Devin Gibson was all smiles after the win as his record in do or die games improved as it took him about 10 seconds to remember his status in these type of games. I am 7-3 in do or die games now. Whenever the fans are really loud, we step it up even more. We have the best fans in the league. I was as confident as could be going in. We werent going to take this loss, expressed Devin Gibson.

Both teams came into the game knowing that the loser after 40 minutes would be demoted to the Pro A. The Fraport Skyliners controlled the game for 30 minutes, but the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg made a furious comeback in the fourth quarter producing four three pointers in arrow, but in the end, they were missing extra minutes for them to seriously endanger the Fraport Skyliners. After the win, the players partied long with the fans and by the time they finally had time for the press, they had smiles shinning and probably had the most fun all season long asking questions. Even with the stress of having a do or die game, the reward of winning a game like feels extra special. It feels so good winning this game. We prepared very hard for it and just reaching our goal is great. Key was having avery good start and finally playing defense the way we did before the last two games against Trier and Bonn, added Laquan Prowell.After the loss, Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg head coach John Patrick looked like he had just experienced 10 Eurochallenge finals, but he admitted that the Fraport Skyliners were the better team on this night. The Fraport Skyliners were clearly the better team in the first three quarters. It took ahead butt in the third quarter for us to start to play with emotion and get back into the game. We cant start so late, but had to have come out of the gates better. Frankfurt defended very aggressive and we had problems bringing the ball down the court. We had no answer for Zach peacock. I give a lot of credit to Frankfurt. They played with more heart than we did, added 2010 Eurochallenge winner John Patrick. We could match the intensity or physicality of Frankfurt. The Peacock ejection got us going, but we should have had that from the start, warned Marquis Blakely.

In the Beko BBL, there are really only a handful of players that can dominate a game as much as ZZachery Peacock (203-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Tech). Peacock has been the most consistent player on the team and when he gets going and has big scoring games, then he usually is able to carry his teammates and club to victory. That was the case in the do or die game as the Miami native had 10 points in the first quarter and 18 points at halftime. Just give Peacock the ball and all will be ok and as soon as he started hitting his first shots, he continued to get the ball as he was unstoppable. Zack was amazing. He was on pace for 40 points. His mid distance jumper is so amazing to watch. He was in the zone tonight, said Devin Gibson. Peacock probably would have had 30 plus points in the game if he hadnt been disqualified in the third quarter. I was very focused and knew how important this game was. I work so hard on my shot that I have a lot of confidence in my shot that I just expect it to go in, smiled ZZachery Peacock. It didnt really matter if it was John Turek or Eric Coleman, nobody could contain Peacock. Even if Ludwigsburg would have flown in Bruce Bowen, he probably couldnt have stopped the mad baller Peacock either who got the nickname in Giessen because he was always so focused in practice. Peacock was so dominant. His catch and shoot and one dribble hurt us no matter if we had one or two players on him. Coleman can play defense, but Peacock knew he was hot and just felt he always had mismatches, stressed John Patrick. When you feel hot like Peacock did, that is what happens, you keep hitting shots. He had so much confidence in his shot, added Wayne Bernard.

Before the do or die game started there were a few interesting things that one could observe in the Fraport arena like a huge sign up in the upper deck saying Berlin-Ulm-Bamberg: Now beat Ludwigsburg. Shortly before the game started there was one last stern focused hand shake between Ludwigsburg head coach John Patrick and CEO Alexander Reil. The Fraport Skyliner that got the biggest round of applause in the introductions was Dawan Robinson whose future was more than uncertain a week ago after he had lung problems and had to stay in the hospital. Notable people in attendance were Duesseldorf Basket Chris Gadley, LTi Giessen 46er Achmadschah Zazi and head coach Mathias Fischer. When the game finally did commence, the Fraport Skyliners started the way head coach Muli Katzurin had hoped with aggressive defense that would sooner or later spark the offense. Marquis Blakely scored the first points of the ball game following up his own miss. The Fraport Skyliners then really got rolling going on a 8-0 run sparked by three steals by Zack Peacock and three field goals. Prowell made a lay in being fed nicely by Gibson. The Ludwigsburg offense was very static as they couldnt get any good shots and sharp shooter Lucca Staiger was totally being contained by Quantez Robertson and Zack Peacock was conducting his own shooting clinic. Ludwigsburg got some offense going on a 5-2 run as ex NBA player Derrick Zimmermann hit a runner and Iowa native John Turek a three pointer. The only offense that Frankfurt had was Peacock so if something is working why change it?. Frankfurt ended the first quarter with a stifling 6-0 run to lead 16-7. Peacock hit two jumpers over Eric Coleman and Super Tez and Klein hit buckets. What really surprised me that neither team had an inside presence. Frankfurt was playing very well together and one could see that they knew the consequences of the game. The Peacock mi distance was deadly, stressed Duesseldorf Basket Chris Gadley. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 44% from the field and 0% from outside while the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg were shooting 27% from the field and 0% from outside. Both teams had nine rebounds, but Ludwigsburg six turnovers and Frankfurt only one turnover.

The first few minutes of the second quarter were very sloppy by both teams. Ludwigsburg stayed in the game mainly because the Frankfurt offense was sputtering. Konstantin Klein reacted well after an air ball not losing his confidence and scoring inside on a hard penetration. Turek and Blakely then hit free throws as Ludwigsburg continued to stick around as they trailed only 18-10. Ludwigsburg were making stupid turnovers and at times seemed like they had only been together a few days. Frankfurt was making bad decisions on offense and taking bad shots. Frankfurt finally found their rhythm on offense going on a 9-0 run to lead 27-10.Peacock scored twice, Klein nailed a three pointer and Danilo Barthel hit an off balance jumper. The way Ludwigsburg was playing offense in the second quarter, it seemed like they might never score again, but basketball remains a game of runs and even when times are hard, good times can come a lot quicker and unexpected as they rushed out on a 5-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 27-15 as Lucca Staiger who once hit 106 points in a youth game connected on a three pointer and Joshua Jackson hit a jumper. Peacock then hit another shot over Coleman who was still looking for his jock strap somewhere on the baseline, but corrected his mistake on the next possession scoring inside. Turek then hit an open three pointer and then it was Peacock again this time connecting over Turek as the Fraport Skyliners led 31-20 at halftime. I think that at times the Ludwigsburg offense couldnt even be of Pro A level. They seemed to have no concept on offense or defense. Each guy was playing for themselves it seemed. Nobody was able to contain Peacock. Ludwigsburg should of kept a more mobile guy on him. Frankfurt continued to hit shots and defend very aggressively, stressed American Chris Gadley. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 43% from the field and 9% from the three point line while the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg were shooting 37% from the field and 33% from the three point line. Ludwigsburg had the 18-14 rebound edge, but 13 turnovers while Frankfurt only had three turnovers.

After a weak first half where the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg mustered only 20 points one would have been confident that they would make some kind of adjustments and come back, but instead it was the Fraport Skyliners that continued to play strong offense going on a 9-2run to totally break open the game 42-22. Devin Gibson who isnt known for burying shots from downtown nailed two consecutive three pointers and Robertson made a big steal and went coast to coast with the elegant push through dunk. Ludwigsburg had to come soon or be in fear of being blown out. The Schwaben teams had glimpses of a spark on offense as they went on a 6-2 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 44-28. Turek hit a jumper and free throws and Marquis Blakely made a put back after getting his own rebound. American Ryan Brooks then hit a jumper as Frankfurt led 47-28. Sometimes in games, one little sequence or play can help spark a team which happened to Ludwigsburg. Ex Skyliner Max Weber went inside an got an offensive foul mowing down Zack Peacock that retaliated with a head butt. On account of this, Peacock was disqualified and had to go to the locker room. I thought that the offensive foul and disqualification were correct. This call gave us adrenaline and I am happy that we never gave up, stressed John Patrick. I wouldnt say that it was a head butt, but moreover I tried to push him back with my head, smiled ZZachery Peacock. That was a head butt by Peacock. That doesnt belong in the sport. He should of kept his cool, expressed Marquis Blakely. Ludwigsburg ended the third quarter with 7-2 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 49-35. It was all Lucca Staiger that nailed four free throws and a three pointer. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 60& form the two point range and 20% from the parking lot while the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg were shooting 36% from the two point range and 23% from the parking lot. Ludwigsburg had the 26-23 rebound advantage, but 18 turnovers while Frankfurt only had seven turnovers.

With only 10 minutes to play, the basketball life of the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg was slowly heading in the direction of the Pro A, but they still had energy left as they started off the fourth quarter with a 6-2run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 51-41. Turek hit free throws and Bernard and Blakely scored in the lane. With no Peacock available, Frankfurt had to find a way to close out the game with what they had and they had a Prowell who hit a huge three pointer to give Frankfurt the 54-42 lead. As the fourth quarter continued to dwindle down, one was slowly seeing that despite the more consistent play of Ludwigsburg, Frankfurt had just the right big lead and was hitting enough to keep the Schwaben team at bay and not getting dangerous and under 10 points. After a Blakely dunk, Frankfurt got free throws from Gibson, Klein and Voigtmann as they led 62-46. Ludwigsburg kept their best for last with their outside shooting as Blakely nailed a three pointer and Staiger two bombs form the parking lot cutting the Frankfurt lead to 68-56. Now it was time for ex MBC guard Wayne Bernard to start getting hot hitting three three pointers. His second three pointer cut the Frankfurt lead to 73-66 with two minutes to play. I was just trying to get up my shot as quick as possible, stressed Wayne Bernard. Frankfurt continued getting to the free throw line, but had much misfortune missing too many. Ryan Brooks missed four in a row. After Coleman scored inside, it was Prowell making one free throw as Frankfurt led 75-68. Bernard then hit his third three pointer of the last few minutes cutting the Frankfurt lead to 75-71. Prowell then made one of two free throws but Frankfurt led 76-71. With 5,5 seconds to play in the contest, the Fraport arena increased its noise level as Muli Katzurin inserted Dawan Robinson. Blakely made one more free throw cutting the Frankfurt lead to 77-72. Staiger ended the game with a missed three pointer as the Saturday night of every Skyliner fan was extended as it was party time. They played with more energy in the fourth quarter, but we were able to hold them off. They rattled us a bit at the end, but we controlled the game for 80% of the time and we just wanted it more, added Devin Gibson. WE just tried to push the ball up quickly and get the first open shot. We came up short at the end. Who knows what would have happened if there had been three more minutes in the game, warned Marquis Blakely.

The Fraport Skyliners were led by ZZachery Peacock with 20 points. Devin Gibson produced 12 points. Laquan Prowell and Konstantin Klein contributed 11 points a piece. Quantez Robertson added 10 points. The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg were led by Marquis Blakely with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Lucca Staiger scored 16 points as well. John Turek added 15 points while Wayne Bernard chipped in with 11 points. If the Fraport Skyliners had lost then Zach peacock would have been the tragic loser on account of his ejection, but with the big do or die win, his ejection will be long forgotten when people look back at this historic game. Peacock was the last player to return form the floor into the locker room one hour after the game had ended after fulfilling every last autograph request and was thrilled how his teammates finished the game without him. It really feels good to end the season winning this important game. We did a great job starting off aggressive on defense which led to our offense getting started. I am really proud of the team in that even after my ejection, they continued to fight hard and just took care of business, stressed Zach peacock. The Fraport Skyliners eneded the season in 14th place while the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg ended the season in 17th place.




Brian Harper (TBB Trier) Brad Buckman Will Be One Of the Keys For Artland Being Successful Against Ulm - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

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

How enjoyable were the days following up to teh Artland game where you had very much time with your team in Berlin?

We had a great time in Berlin. We spent an extra day out there and enjoyed just hanging out on the road one last time .


A tough 78-71 loss in Artland. If you had to rank the loudness and difficulty of playing in Artland Dragon arena with other places in the Beko BBL how would you rate it?

It was extremely loud in Artland Arena but we knew going into the game that it was going to be one of those games where the crowed would be crazy. It's easily one of the loudest arenas in the league.


TBB Trier had the nice 45-37 lead at halftime. What was key for having the lead after 20 minutes?

We just came out ready to play. In the first half we did a good job of running or offense and was able to control them defensively.


What adjustment did Artland make in the second half that was key for them getting the win?

I think they came out after halftime with a lot more energy then they had in the first and that helped them find a good rhythm offensively. I feel like it was a game that came down to which team could make the plays when they needed them and Artland just made those plays that night.


What was it defending big Brad Buckman? How key will he be in the playoff series against Ulm?

Brad does a lot of things for his team and when you play against a guy that can effect a game like he can its always a fun challenge. I think that him playing well in the series against Ulm is one of the keys to Artland being successful.


You averaged 11,0ppg and had 4,8rpg. How happy were you with your own season?

I feel like I played really well this season. Obviously at the end of every season you look back and there are few things you wish you might have done better but all in all I feel it was a productive season for me.


What was your most fondest memory this season wearing the TBB Trier jersey?


There were a few but if I had to pick one I would have to go with beating Berlin in Berlin.

The Oklahoma Thunder have lost Russell Westbrook for the NBA playoffs? How far will they get?

Without Westbrook I still have them making it to the Western Conference Finals but losing to the Spurs.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Friday.


Thanks Brian for the chat.




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Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiacos 22-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 19-4 
 3. Panionios 19-6 
 4. PAOK 17-8 
 5. AGOR 16-9 
 6. Ikaros 12-13 
 7. Aris 12-13 
 8. Apollon Patras 11-13 
 9. KAOD 10-15 
 10. Kolossos 8-17 
 11. Panelefsiniakos 7-17 
 12. Ilysiakos 7-17 
 13. Peristeri GS 6-19 
 14. Kavala 5-19 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 30: Panathinaikos - Kolossos 93-77
Apr. 28: Apollon Patras - PAOK 87-83 OT
Apr. 30: Aris - Kavala 80-79
Apr. 30: Panelefsiniakos - Ikaros 78-65
Apr. 30: Ilysiakos - KAOD 74-76
Apr. 30: Panionios - Olympiacos 57-66
Apr. 30: AGOR - Peristeri GS 101-76

Regular Season: Round 26

May. 1: Kolossos - Aris
May. 1: PAOK - Panathinaikos
May. 1: Kavala - AGOR
May. 1: Peristeri GS - Ilysiakos
May. 1: KAOD - Panelefsiniakos
May. 1: Ikaros - Panionios
May. 1: Olympiacos - Apollon Patras


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos20.5 
 2. Pappas, Panionios18.0 
 3. McCollum, Apollo.15.8 
 4. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.1 
 5. Dendy, Darussafaka14.9 
 6. Coleman, Kavala14.2 
 7. Kiritsis, Ikaros14.1 
 8. Haralampidis, PAOK14.0 
 9. Printezis, Olympia.13.8 
 10. Gibson, Ikaros13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.3 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK8.2 
 3. Faye, Ikaros7.9 
 4. Anagonye, Ilysiak.7.1 
 5. Jankovic, Panionios6.9 
 6. Coleman, Kavala6.5 
 7. Michel, KAOD6.1 
 8. Haritopoulos, Luko.5.9 
 9. Petway, AGOR5.6 
 10. Dendy, Darussafa.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.7 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.2 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.4 
 4. McGrath, Zalgiris3.8 
 5. Petroulas, Periste.3.7 
 6. Papantoniou, Peris.3.6 
 7. Pappas, Panionios3.2 
 8. Gibson, Ikaros3.1 
 9. Hatten, Kolossos3.1 
 10. Xanthopoulos, Pa.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.4 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.2 
 3. Pappas, Panionios2.0 
 4. Hatten, Kolossos1.8 
 5. Klaiber, Apollon1.7 
 6. McCollum, Apollo.1.7 
 7. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 8. Pelekanos, Aris1.4 
 9. Mantzaris, Periste.1.4 
 10. Knowles, KAOD1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Petway, AGOR2.7 
 2. Faye, Ikaros1.4 
 3. Michel, KAOD1.4 
 4. Turner, Apollon1.3 
 5. Coleman, Kavala1.2 
 6. Achara, Kavala1.1 
 7. Lasme, Panathin.1.0 
 8. Powell, Olympiacos0.9 
 9. Charissis, Aris0.9 
 10. Hines, Olympiacos0.8 


A1 Round 25 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

4th placed PAOK (17-8) fell to eighth ranked Apollon Patras (11-13) in overtime by four points 83-87 on Sunday night. Worth to mention a great performance of Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Apollon Patras maintains eighth place with 11-13 record. PAOK lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Apollon Patras will face league's leader Olympiacos in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. PAOK will play at home against the league's second-placed Panathinaikos having rather not much hope for a victory.

In the last two games of round 25 Olympiacos beat Panionios on the road 66-57. Panelefsiniakos won against Ikaros on its own court 78-65. KAOD managed to outperform Ilysiakos in Dramas 76-74. AGOR rolled over Peristeri GS at home 101-76. Kolossos was defeated by Panathinaikos on the opponent's court 93-77. Aris beat Kavala in a home game 80-79.
The most impressive performance of 25th round was 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks by Callistus Eziukwu of Panelefsiniakos.


Panionios - Olympiacos 57-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked Olympiacos' (22-1) road victory over their biggest opponent Panionios (19-6) in Athens 66-57 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 66-57. Panionios was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 4 assists. American forward Kyle Hines (198-86, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 8 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Serbian forward Vladimir Jankovic (202-90, agency: FCM) answered with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American Mark Payne (202-88, college: Cal-Davis) added 12 points in the effort for Panionios. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olympiacos have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 22-1 record. Panionios at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. Olympiacos will face Apollon Patras (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Panionios will play against Ikaros (#6) in Kalitheas.
Top scorers:
Olympiacos: V.Spanoulis 14+1reb+4ast, G.Shermadini 10+3reb, K.Hines 8+6reb+2ast, S.Perperoglou 8+7reb, P.Antic 7+6reb, A.Law 6+3reb+3ast
Panionios: M.Payne 12+4reb, G.Bogris 10+2reb+2ast, V.Jankovic 8+6reb+4ast, L.Milbourne 7+5reb, I.Athineou 6+4reb+2ast, M.Batis 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 203863


Panelefsiniakos - Ikaros 78-65

There was an upset when higher ranked Ikaros (12-13) lost to twelfth ranked Panelefsiniakos (7-17) in Eleusina 65-78 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-65. Panelefsiniakos made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Panelefsiniakos outrebounded Ikaros 38-26 including a 25-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). point guard Nikos Liakopoulos (189-83, agency: FCM) contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Power forward Vassilis Symtsak (204-81) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Senegalese forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU) added 11 points in the effort for Ikaros. Four Ikaros players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panelefsiniakos moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Ilysiakos. Ikaros at the other side keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Panelefsiniakos will face higher ranked KAOD (#9) in Dramas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: C.Eziukwu 20+13reb, N.Liakopoulos 13+6reb+6ast, T.Nikou 12+3reb+3ast, S.Magounis 8+3reb, G.Tsiakos 7+3reb+1ast, J.Wilson 6+3reb
Ikaros: V.Symtsak 14+7reb, M.Faye 11+3reb+1ast, N.Strnad 11, D.Gibson 10+3reb+1ast, A.Kiritsis 6+4reb+1ast, Z.Vrkic 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 203862


Ilysiakos - KAOD 74-76

Rather predictable result when ninth ranked KAOD (10-15) edged 11th ranked Ilysiakos (7-17) in Athens 76-74 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 21-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jason Rowe (178-78, college: Loyola, MD, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Radovic (206-91, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Periklis Dorkofikis (206-80) answered with 11 points and 9 rebounds and Nigerian-American forward Aloysius Anagonye (203-81, college: Michigan St.) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Ilysiakos. Four Ilysiakos players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. KAOD maintains ninth place with 10-15 record. Ilysiakos lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 17 games lost. KAOD will face Panelefsiniakos (#11) in Eleusina in the next round. Ilysiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Peristeri GS.
Top scorers:
KAOD: J.Rowe 14+6reb+4ast, N.Radovic 12+6reb, P.Knowles 9+2reb+2ast, S.Ioannou 8+1reb, G.Michel 7+5reb, D.Kalaitzidis 7+2reb
Ilysiakos: N.Chatzis 12+2reb+1ast, P.Dorkofikis 11+9reb+1ast, D.Morrison 10+4reb+1ast, A.Anagonye 10+7reb, T.Stoglin 9+5reb+1ast, G.Apostolidis 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 203861


AGOR - Peristeri GS 101-76

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Peristeri GS (6-19) was outscored by fifth ranked AGOR (16-9) in Rethymno 101-76 on Tuesday. The game without a history. AGOR led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 20 Peristeri GS turnovers. Strangely Peristeri GS outrebounded AGOR 35-23 including 21 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 54.8 percentage. AGOR looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Paris Horne (191-87, college: St.John's) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Marc Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington) contributed with 17 points and 5 steals for the winners. American forward Jonathan Mitchell (200-87, college: Rutgers) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Nontas Papantoniou (190-90) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Peristeri GS. 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. AGOR maintains fifth place with 16-9 record. Peristeri GS lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. AGOR will face bottom-ranked Kavala (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Peristeri GS's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Ilysiakos.
Top scorers:
AGOR: P.Horne 17+3reb+4ast, M.Antonio Carter 17+3reb+2ast, G.Pruitt 16+2reb+3ast, N.Kommatos 11+6reb+3ast, D.Tsarouchas 9+1reb, B.Petway 9+2reb+3ast
Peristeri GS: J.Mitchell 16+8reb+1ast, T.Hines 10+5reb, D.Kompodietas 10+5reb+3ast, N.Papantoniou 10+5reb+4ast, A.Psaropoulos 9+4reb, A.Kanonidis 9+5reb
gschID: 203860


Panathinaikos - Kolossos 93-77

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Panathinaikos (19-4) defeated 10th ranked Kolossos (8-17) in Athens 93-77 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Panathinaikos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-85) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 assists for the winners. Five Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. American-DR Congolese power forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds and the former international point guard Fanis Koumpouras (185-83, agency: FCM) added 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Kolossos. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panathinaikos moved-up to second place. Kolossos at the other side keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost. Panathinaikos will face PAOK (#4) in Thessaloniki in the next round. Kolossos will play at home against Aris (#7) in Thessaloniki.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: S.Schortsanitis 21+7reb+1ast, J.Maciulis 16+4reb, M.Bramos 12+3reb+4ast, J.Gist 11+6reb+1ast, D.Diamantidis 11+3reb+10ast, R.Ukic 9+3reb+1ast
Kolossos: B.Osby 17+7reb, F.Koumpouras 14+5reb+3ast, G.Kalambokis 11+4reb+2ast, M.Hatten 7+1reb+2ast, D.Kapelan 7+1reb+1ast, K.Langford 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 203859


Aris - Kavala 80-79

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Kavala (5-19) was edged by eighth ranked Aris (12-13) in Thessaloniki 80-79 on Tuesday. However just one-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 16-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Aris made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Antonis Asimakopoulos (203-76) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 rebounds. The former international forward Michalis Pelekanos (198-81, agency: FCM) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Four Aris players scored in double figures. American forward William Coleman (206-88, college: Memphis) answered with 21 points and naturalized Serbian guard Igor Milosevic (193-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 9 points and 10 assists in the effort for Kavala. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Aris have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ikaros. Kavala lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Aris will face Kolossos (#10) in Rodou in the next round. Kavala will play at home against AGOR (#5) in Rethymno.
Top scorers:
Aris: A.Asimakopoulos 16+6reb+1ast, D.Verginis 14, M.Pelekanos 12+4reb+3ast, A.Vezenkov 10+5reb+3ast, M.Pasalic 8+1reb+2ast, S.Karapostolou 7+2reb+5ast
Kavala: W.Coleman 21+4reb, G.Arbet 17+1reb, I.Milosevic 9+1reb+10ast, G.Demertzis 8+5reb+3ast, B.Krstevski 8, K.Achara 5+7reb
gschID: 203858


Apollon Patras - PAOK 87-83 OT

4th placed PAOK (17-8) fell to eighth ranked Apollon Patras (11-13) in overtime by four points 83-87 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 23-21 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 4-point victory in overtime. PAOK was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (199-77, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Five Apollon Patras players scored in double figures. point guard Kostas Haralampidis (189-76) answered with 24 points and 5 assists and the former international center Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-80) added 15 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for PAOK. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Apollon Patras maintains eighth place with 11-13 record. PAOK lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Apollon Patras will face league's leader Olympiacos in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. PAOK will play at home against the league's second-placed Panathinaikos having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: N.Argyropoylos 20+3reb, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 18+8reb, E.McCollum 18+3reb+5ast, K.Grant 12+6reb+3ast, G.Klaiber 12+2reb+2ast, L.Turner 7+4reb
PAOK: K.Haralampidis 24+4reb+5ast, L.Papadopoulos 15+13reb+2ast, G.Dedas 13+2reb, K.Nikolopoulos 9+2reb+1ast, W.Hatcher 8+2reb+1ast, E.Margaritis 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 203864



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle SWANSTON
  Kapos.
  (201-G/F-86)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Swanston, Kapos.21.2 
 2. Austin, Kormend20.7 
 3. Buljan, Keravnos20.1 
 4. Wood, Albacomp20.0 
 5. Dunn, Kaposvari19.9 
 6. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 7. Spica, Kaposvari19.3 
 8. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.19.2 
 9. Copeland, Bayamon18.8 
 10. Shaw, Fribourg18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zeljko ZAGORAC
  Falco-Sz.
  (204-F-81)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Zagorac, Falco-Sz.10.7 
 2. Davis, Santurce8.9 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 4. Barovic, Soproni8.5 
 5. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.8.4 
 6. Buljan, Keravnos7.8 
 7. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.7 
 8. Hendlein, Kaposvari7.7 
 9. Toth, PVSK P.7.6 
 10. Keller, Albacomp7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Christopher DUNN
  Kaposvari
  (189-PG-83)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Dunn, Kaposvari6.4 
 2. Moore, Albacomp6.4 
 3. Rakic, Jaszberenyi6.1 
 4. Williams, Atomeromu5.9 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.5 
 6. Thomas, Soproni5.5 
 7. Copeland, Bayamon5.2 
 8. Nelson, Marso N.5.1 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.8 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.1 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari2.8 
 3. Buljan, Keravnos2.3 
 4. Davis, Santurce2.3 
 5. Moore, Albacomp2.2 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.1 
 7. Kertesz, ZTE K.2.0 
 8. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
 9. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.8 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bennet DAVIS
  Santurce
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Davis, Santurce1.0 
 2. Barovic, Soproni0.9 
 3. Keller, Albacomp0.8 
 4. Idlet, Atomeromu0.7 
 5. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.7 
 6. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.7 
 7. Shaw, Fribourg0.7 
 8. Lekli, Albacomp0.6 
 9. Fey, Shinshu BW0.6 
 10. Dramicanin, Jaszb.0.6 


A Division Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Atomeromu - Kormend 109-64

Atomeromu overcame Kormend to take 2-1 lead in the series. The game without a history. Atomeromu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Kormend's 38. Atomeromu players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. It was a quality performance for the former international Gergely Koertelyesi (202-83, agency: TSS Management) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Steven Idlet (210-89, college: Tulsa) accounted for 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Four Atomeromu players scored in double figures. American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and the former international forward Csaba Ferencz (195-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 8 points and 9 assists respectively for Kormend 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:
Atomeromu: G.Koertelyesi 22+7reb+3ast, J.Eilingsfeld 15+3reb+1ast, S.Idlet 14+12reb, D.Vojvoda 12+2reb+2ast, J.Levy 12+4reb+2ast, B.Kerpel-Fronius 9
Kormend: K.Austin 20+12reb+2ast, C.Ferencz 8+2reb+9ast, T.Kocsis 8+2ast, G.Goloman 6+1reb, A.Rujak 6+2reb+2ast, G.Fodor 5+2ast
gschID: 239754


Szolnok - Falco-Szova 80-61

Szolnok held off Falco-Szova to ensure the semifinal birth. The game was mostly controlled by Szolnok. Falco-Szova managed to win third quarter 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Falco-Szova to just 6 points in second quarter. 28 personal fouls committed by Falco-Szova helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Szolnok players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who recorded 19 points and 7 assists and Serbian forward Tomislav Ivosev (204-90) added 10 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: S.Sehovic 15+2reb+2ast, M.Bader 15+13reb+1ast, R.Bell 14+5reb+3ast, A.Horvath 10+4reb+3ast, B.Simon 9+2reb+5ast, E.Kalve 5+7reb
Falco-Szova: L.Kalman 19+3reb+7ast, T.Ivosev 10+12reb+1ast, B.Stafford 9+3reb+2ast, L.Simon 7+1reb+3ast, K.Bognar 7+3reb, T.Will 4+1reb
gschID: 239753


Kaposvari - Jaszberenyi 94-85

Kaposvari fired past Jaszberenyi and clinched the second win in the series. The hosts were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 26-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. Kaposvari players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Jaszberenyi's players. Jaszberenyi was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American-Kittitian swingman Kyle Swanston (201-86, college: JMU, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 4 assists. American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) contributed with 19 points and 7 assists for the winners. Serbian guard Miljan Rakic (195-86, agency: BeoExcell) answered with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Jaszberenyi. Five Kaposvari and four Jaszberenyi players scored in double figures. Jaszberenyi's coach Sandor Foldi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: K.Swanston 23+4reb+4ast, C.Dunn 19+3reb+7ast, G.Drahos 15+6reb+5ast, R.Hendlein 15+7reb+2ast, M.Spica 13+5reb+6ast, G.David 7+1ast
Jaszberenyi: M.Rakic 18+7reb+7ast, G.Soos 15+2reb, R.Dramicanin 14+4reb, S.Djikanovic 11+4reb, M.Markovic 9+6reb+4ast, B.Horti 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 239752


Albacomp - PVSK Pannon 76-58

Albacomp proved too good against PVSK Pannon to step closer to the semifinal stage. The game without a history. Albacomp led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for naturalized American forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington, agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. American guard Brandon Wood (187-89, college: Michigan St., agency: N.E.T.) helped adding 20 points and 4 steals. Five Albacomp players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Brad Loesing (182-89, college: Wofford) with 18 points and the former international forward Norbert Toth (203-86, agency: TSS Management) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Albacomp: B.Wood 20+1reb+1ast, D.Hollis 13+13reb+1ast, R.Moore 11+5reb+6ast, A.Keller 11+6reb+2ast, J.Jones 11+3reb, F.Bodi 4+2reb+1ast
PVSK Pannon: B.Loesing 18+4reb+1ast, N.Toth 15+6reb+1ast, T.Hendley 8+5reb, A.Halasz 7+4reb+1ast, P.Kovacs 7+3reb+3ast, O.Biro 2+4reb
gschID: 239751



MKB-EUROLEASING INTERNATIONAL CUP U16 -2013 - by Balazs Radics

PARTICIPANTS:
Bosna Sarajevo (Bosnia)
KK Helios (Slovenia)
Sabonis Basketball Center (Lithuania)
ToPo Helsinki (Finnland)
Vasas Akadmia (Hungary)

RESULTS:

Vasas Akademia - Sabonis BC 107:64 ( 31:11, 23:12, 28:17, 25:24 )
Top scorers: Szanthoffer 28, Acs 17, Buzsaki 13/9, Pavel 10/3, ill. Mickus 15/3, Zutkis 12.

ToPo Helsinki - Bosna Sarajevo 57:53 ( 14:14, 19:11, 13:20, 11:8 )
Jokinen 14, Raitanen 12/3, Laine 11/3, ill. Sijercic 15/3, Susa 14/6, Ahmedovic 10.

Sabonis BC - KK Helios 70:80 ( 18:22, 19:17, 10:20, 23:21 )
Zutkis 19, Skupeika 16/3, Aleksynas 14/6, ill. Hadalin 27, Gaber Ozegovic (195-F-98) 18/6, Drglin 11.

Bosna Sarajevo - Vasas Akademia 43:102 ( 10:26, 20:19, 7:30, 6:27 )
Ahmedovic 11, Sijercic 10, ill. Bordacs 17/9, Mokos 16/3, Szanthoffer 12, Acs 12, Buzsaki 9/9.

Sabonis BC - ToPo Helsinki 47:86 ( 10:22, 8:22, 17:28, 12:14 )
Staniulis 11, Skupeika 10/3, ill. Leikas 13/9, Raitanen 13/6, Laine 12, Oksa 12, Jokinen 11, Kantonen 10/3.

KK Helios - Bosna Sarajevo 72:57 ( 13:16, 13:17, 24:15, 22:9 )
Gaber Ozegovic 23/9, Kosir 8/3, Drglin 8, ill. Sijercic 18/3, Kanlic 14/12, Susa 10/6.

ToPo Helsinki - Vasas Akademia 74:66 ( 15:22, 19:20, 22:14, 18:10 )
Laine 18/6, Leikas 13/3, Raitanen 10/3, Jokinen 10, Oksa 10, ill. Pavel 19, Bordacs 19, Boros 8.

KK Helios - ToPo Helsinki 73:60 ( 21:13, 14:14, 18:18, 20:15 )
Hadalin 16, Naric 11, Kosir 10/9, Drglin 10, ill. Laine 12/9, Raitanen 12/6, Oksa 12.

Bosna Sarajevo - Sabonis BC 57:81 ( 12:20, 12:20, 24:21, 9:20 )
Sijercic 28/3, Susa 11/3, ill. Kavaliauskas 19/9, Urbonas 16/6, Zutkis 14, Skupeika 13, Aleksynas 11.

Vasas Akademia - KK Helios 81:54 ( 21:16, 16:9, 24:15, 20:14 )
Boros 34, Kiss 19, Mokos 10/6, ill. Drglin 14, Gaber Ozegovic 11.

FINAL:

1.Vasas Akademia 4 3 1 356:235
2.ToPo Helsinki 4 3 1 277:239
3.KK Helios 4 3 1 279:268
4.Sabonis BC 4 1 3 262:330
5.Bosna Sarajevo 4 0 4 210:312

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS:

MVP: Gaber Ozegovic (KK Helios)
Top Scorer: Sijercic, Amin (Bosna Sarajevo) 71 points
Best Defender: Mokos Daniel (Vasas Akademia)

ALL-STAR TEAM:

Laine, Tuomas (ToPo Helsinki)
Pavel Daniel (Vasas Akademia)
Boros Mark (Vasas Akademia)
Raitanen, Remu (ToPo Helsinki)
Hadalin, Tjaz (KK Helios)

TOP PERFORMANCES OF THE TEAMS:

Susa, Ramiz (Bosna Sarajevo)
Zutkis, Matas (Sabonis BC)
Drglin, Matej (KK Helios)
Leikas, Ville (ToPo Helsinki)


Bordacs Soma (Vasas Akademia)



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2012-2013 All-United States Awards (Voted by All USA Sports Reporters) - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally at the end of each year Eurobasket announces the European awards for last year. So for the third time Usbasket would like to announce its 2012-2013 National Awards.

It's the 3rd year of such ranking prepared by Usbasket.com staff. Usbasket has a network of almost 200 correspondents, while most of them are located in the United States and participated in preparing the ranking below.

We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.

All-United States category applies only to American Professional Basketball (not the NBA), but also these, who played overseas (mostly in NBA). The minor leagues were selected off of number of games, stats, players going overseas and overall talent.

Ahead of them all has to be the NBA D-League. The D-League by far has the most talent in the United States. Not only do they have the most talent they are branded by the brand (NBA). The D-League has sent over 36 players up to the NBA this season including Usbasket.com All-United States Player of the Year Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston) and 2nd Team member Jeremy Lamb.

The UBA may be the most impressive league of them all under the power houses. The UBA has sent over 109 players overseas in just 4 seasons. Not only do their players move on to the next level they all play well. Over 50% of the UBA players go to their mid-level countries and average the same numbers as they did in the UBA league.

The IBL and the PBL have to be two of the most entertaining and profitable leagues going in the United States. The PBL has the largest budget than all of the minor leagues and continue to add big talent. The IBL has been carried by power teams like the Los Angeles Lightning and ex NBA players like Bryon Russell and Toby Bailey. Now that the PBL and IBA have merged; the new PBL-IBA maybe be the future of minor league sports.

The ABA is one of the longest running leagues in the minor league circuit. No doubt about it, the Jacksonville Giants are a power and have to be respected.

This year, Andrew Goudelock dominated the votes and was named Player of the Year award and also United States 1st Team.

The first team was dominated by NBA D-League players, with Non D-League selected just in the 2nd best team.

Best point guard of the year is Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette). The D-League star had a terrific season with Bakersfield Jam, leading the team to the best record in the NBA D-League. McNeal led the Jam in assist this season with 5.9 and scored an impressive 18.5ppg. McNeal was also named the 2012-13 All-NBA D-League 1st Team. He was later called-up to the Jazz.

Shooting Guard of the Year comes as no surprise, Andrew Goudelock "The Red Mamba". Goudelock played for Rio Grande Valley Vipers where he averaged 21.4ppg. He was currently called up for the LA Lakers. He was also named NBA D-League Player of the year along with 1st Team honors. The "Red mamba" is our selection for USA Player of the Year.

In small forward position theres Fort Wayne star Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-89, college: Alabama). This year, Mitchell was also named to the NBA D-League 1st Team. The Alabama star was the league top scorer with 22.3ppg. He was also named league Rookie of the Year.

Power forward of the Year goes to a former NBA and international star: Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79, college: Maryland). The former Maryland star played 5 season in the NBA and 6 internationally in Spain. Morris is currently in the UBA playing for the Houston Express. He is currently averaging over 23 points per game and a league best 15 rebounds. He is one of the Team USA selections for the 2013 Williams Jones Cup Team.

Best center of the year is one of the biggest revelations of the previous season: Brian Butch (6'11''-C/F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin). The big man had an impressive year with Bakersfield Jam averaging 13.0ppg and 11.8rpg. He is by far the best big in the NBA-DLeague.

Usbasket.com All-United States 1st Team 2013
Tony Mitchell
Mitchell
Andrew Goudelock
Goudelock
Terence Morris
Morris
Brian Butch
Butch
Jerel McNeal
McNeal

Player of the Year: Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88) of D-League
Point Guard of the Year: Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87) of D-League
Shooting Guard of the Year: Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88) of D-League
Small Forward of the Year: Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-89) of D-League)
Power Forward of the Year: Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79) of UBA)
Center of the Year: Brian Butch (211-C/F-84) of D-League
Coach of the Year: Nick Nurse of D-League

1st Team
F: Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-89) of D-League
G: Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88) of D-League
F: Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79) of D-League
C/F: Brian Butch (211-C/F-84) of D-League
G: Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87) of D-League)

2nd Team
C: Jermaine Bell (7'0''-C-84) of ABA
G/F: Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92) of D-League
G: Travis Leslie (6'4''-G-90) of D-League
G: Tony Bennett (6'1''-G-84) of PBL
G/F: Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82) of UBA

3rd Team
F: Demetris Nichols (205-F-84) of D-League
G: Devron Bostick (6'5''-G-88) of PBL
F: Ryan Edwards (6'5''-F-83) of PBL
F: Marlo Saunders (6'5''-F-84) of ABA)
G: DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85) of ABA

Honorable Mention
Chris Wright (6'8''-F-88) of D-League
Fahreed Cheatham (6'5''-F-79) of APBL
Ed Horton (6'3''-G-85) of ABA)
Damion James (6'7''-F-87) of D-League
Antonio Houston (196-G/F-88) of TRBL
Djibril Thiam (6'10''-F-86) of ABA
Jereme Richmond (6'8''-F) of PBL
Michael Davis (UBA-Coach)



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Slam roll to easy win over Kitsap, 166-117 - by Kip Leonetti

The Bellingham Slam posted their third best offensive night in team history as they routed the Kitsap Admirals, 166-117, in an International Basketball League game at Whatcom Pavilion on Friday.

The Slam, who shot 56 percent from the floor on 123 shot attempts, approached team records for points in a game (179) and in a half (95).

Bellingham broke open a competitive game in the late stages of the second quarter, closing the frame with a 35-8 run in the final six minutes to take a 30-point lead into halftime, at 75-45.

The Slam continued their offensive showcase throughout the second half, extending their lead as high as 50, at 121-71, late in the third quarter.

Kitsap didn't fare much better in the fourth quarter, as they were only able to trim the deficit into the low forties before the Slam closed the game with a 15-5 run.

Center Blake Poole (6'5''-C-88, college: St.Martin's), in his first game back from Germany, led four Slam players to score at least 20 points with 28, and added a game-high 18 rebounds. Guard Rico Wilkins (6'0''-G-88, college: W.Washington) also had a productive night with 26 points.

Guards Tysaiah Curry (6'3''-G) and Jameel Shareef (6'5''-G) accounted for the bulk of Kitsap's offensive production, with 31 and 28 points, respectively.

The Slam travel to Oregon for a two-game road trip next weekend against Portland and Salem, before returning to Bellingham to face the Japan Tornadoes on May 10. A 7 p.m. tip-off is scheduled at Whatcom Pavilion.



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

22-year old power forward Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-PF-90) had a great game in the last round for Bimasakti and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 54.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Pacific Caesar (#10, 7-26) 75-63. Bimasakti maintains the 8th position in Indonesian league. Bimasakti is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-23 record. It's Rizky Ardiansyah's second year at Bimasakti and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Bima Rizky Ardiansyah averages this season 16.5ppg and 7.5rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Agustinus Sigar (180-G-79) of Hangtuah. He is a guard in his second season at Hangtuah. In the last game Sigar recorded impressive 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Hangtuah cruised to a 74-64 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Tonga BSC (#12, 2-31). Hangtuah's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 16-17 record. Sigar is well-known at Hangtuah and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Muhammad Hardian Wicaksono (189-PF-93) of Tonga BSC (#12). Wicaksono scored 26 points. Despite Wicaksono's great performance Tonga BSC lost 64-74 to the higher-ranked Hangtuah (#7, 16-17). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Tonga BSC can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-31 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Wicaksono he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Wicaksono has a very solid season. In 33 games in Indonesia he scored 7.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mei Joni (188-G-89) of Hangtuah - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. J Jeffry (184-SF-85) of CLS Knights - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Rachmad Utomo (180-SF-85) of CLS Knights - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. I.G.N Teguh Teguh (189-G-88) of Hangtuah - 9 points and 10 rebounds
8. Richardo Orlando Uneputty (163-PG-87) of Tonga BSC - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Adhi Prasetyo (194-C-93) of Hangtuah - 9 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Frida Susanto (195-PF-86) of Satria Muda - 7 points, 10 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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Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Maccabi .
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Daniel, Maccabi23.7 
 2. James, Hapoel K.22.8 
 3. Alexander, Macc.B.21.1 
 4. Durham, Hapoel A.21.0 
 5. Westbrook, Neckar20.9 
 6. Teel, Elitzur Ramla20.7 
 7. Johnson, Hapoel K.19.8 
 8. Govens, Ironi K-A19.6 
 9. Odiakosa, Hod H.19.2 
 10. Laing, Elitzur Ya.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.13.1 
 2. Odiakosa, Hod H.12.5 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.12.1 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.10.4 
 5. McNeil, Hapoel K.10.1 
 6. Daniel, Maccabi10.1 
 7. Clemente, Ironi N.9.8 
 8. McGhee, Elitzur9.7 
 9. Constantine, Hapoe.9.5 
 10. Pitshon, Ironi N.9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.8 
 2. Teel, Elitzur Ramla5.6 
 3. Brener, Hapoel A.5.1 
 4. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.5.1 
 5. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.4.7 
 6. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.4.6 
 7. Dunne, Ironi N.4.5 
 8. Benn, Ironi N.4.4 
 9. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.3 
 10. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mike JAMES
  Hapoel K.
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. James, Hapoel K.3.0 
 2. Benn, Ironi N.2.8 
 3. Miller, Ironi N.2.7 
 4. Alexander, Maccabi2.6 
 5. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.5 
 6. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.4 
 7. Hofman, Elitzur2.4 
 8. Teel, Elitzur Ramla2.3 
 9. Kent, Ironi R.2.0 
 10. Gordon, Hapoel K.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.2.8 
 2. Clark, Ironi K-A2.2 
 3. McNeil, Hapoel K.1.8 
 4. Daniel, Maccabi1.7 
 5. Constantine, Hapoe.1.4 
 6. Blair, Ironi N.1.4 
 7. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.3 
 8. Durham, Hapoel A.1.2 
 9. Bouchman, Kiryat T.1.1 
 10. Labanowski, Macc.1.0 


National League Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nahariya - Ironi K-A 103-87

It looked good early as Ironi Kiryat Ata took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ironi Nahariya had a 27-18 second period charge getting the lead and Ironi Kiryat Ata was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 87-103. Ironi Nahariya made 26-of-33 charity shots (78.8 percent) during the game. Ironi Kiryat Ata was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Aviram Zelkovits (193-89) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 6 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Ironi Nahariya's coach Shay Minister used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) answered with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and power forward Kobi Izik (204-83, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Ironi Kiryat Ata. Five Ironi Nahariya and four Ironi Kiryat Ata players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: K.Izik 22+5reb+4ast, D.Govens 19+8reb+6ast, I.Clark 15+4reb, I.Nanikashvili 13+2reb+8ast, G.Halamish 6+1ast, N.Laish 6+2reb
Ironi Nahariya: N.Miller 21+2reb+2ast, A.Zelkovits 20+6reb+3ast, E.Saudai 18+1reb+2ast, R.Clemente 16+11reb+2ast, R.Pitshon 12+4reb+1ast, N.Golan 9+2reb+5ast
gschID: 240222


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Hapoel Kazrin 107-78

The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 107-78. Ironi Nes-Ziona dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Kazrin's 30 and made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Ironi Nes-Ziona forced 20 Hapoel Kazrin turnovers and outrebounded them 47-24 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Hapoel Kazrin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Gil Amitay (197-89) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds. Benn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) who recorded 26 points and naturalized Russian power forward Anton Kazarnovski (205-85) added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Kazrin: M.James 26+3reb+3ast, A.Kazarnovski 16+7reb+4ast, L.Shvarzvald 10+3reb+3ast, R.Cohen 9, R.Sabag 4+1reb+1ast, R.Dyer 3+4reb
Ironi Nes-Ziona: G.Amitay 23+7reb+2ast, T.Michael Dunne 23+6reb+3ast, C.Tate 20+8reb+1ast, B.Benn 19+11reb+4ast, E.Engel 11+6reb+6ast, T.Karpels 9+7reb+1ast
gschID: 240221


Group Play-out
Maccabi K/B - Maccabi K/G 85-88

The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-16. But Maccabi Kiryat Bialik won second period 25-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Maccabi K/G won last quarter 24-22. It was a good game for American forward Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Tomer Pisecki (193-83) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Maccabi K/G's coach Roni Tzukerman allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and point guard Ziv Tavor (182-75) added 12 points and 8 assists in the effort for Maccabi Kiryat Bialik. Four Maccabi K/G and five Maccabi Kiryat Bialik players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/B: D.Davidi 16+3reb+4ast, M.Shamis 15+5reb+2ast, T.Ronen 13+3reb+4ast, Z.Tavor 12+4reb+8ast, D.Joyner 10+10reb+5ast, S.Labanowski 8+8reb
Maccabi K/G: L.Daniel 26+5reb+2ast, T.Pisecki 17+5reb, O.Ron 14+4reb+3ast, D.Peterson 14+5reb+3ast, C.Rum 10+3reb, H.Gonshor 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 240267


Kiryat Tivon - Macc.B.Yaakov 88-92

Kiryat Tivon was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 25-14 charge of Beer Yaakov, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Inan Iram (194-88, agency: Avi Zilberman) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Beer Yaakov players scored in double figures. Belizean-American forward Alex Carcamo (200-77, college: E.Washington, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with 18 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Tomer Ber-Aven (196-92) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Kiryat Tivon. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Kiryat Tivon: A.Carcamo 18+6reb+3ast, G.Murray 16+3reb+2ast, D.Aviv 12+2reb, T.Ber-Aven 11+6reb+5ast, I.Raguan 10+3reb+2ast, D.Lijo 6+5reb
Macc.B.Yaakov: A.Eliyahu 19+1reb+6ast, J.Hall 18+8reb+2ast, J.Alexander 16+7reb+1ast, I.Iram 15+10reb+2ast, Z.Volfer 14+6reb+6ast, O.Ida 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 240266


Elitzur Ramla - Hapoel K/S 91-96

Elitzur Ramla was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 50-43 second half run of Hapoel Kfar Saba. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward Maurice McNeil (205-87, college: Houston) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Maurice Hampton (188-84, college: Austin Peay St., agency: Two Points) contributed with 29 points for the winners. Four Hapoel Kfar Saba players scored in double figures. Power forward Johndre Jefferson (207-88, college: S.Carolina) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 19 rebounds and guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary, agency: FCM) added 26 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Elitzur Ramla. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: J.Jefferson 26+19reb+1ast, V.Teel 26+9reb+8ast, A.Fogel 10+3ast, O.Cohen 9+6reb+1ast, T.Simchony 8, B.Lazar 4+1reb+1ast
Hapoel K/S: M.Hampton 29+4reb+1ast, M.McNeil 20+16reb+2ast, E.Rotemberg 20+3reb+1ast, H.Karni 14+5reb+2ast, R.Elbaz 4+2reb+8ast, A.Harush 4+6reb+7ast
gschID: 240265



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Gallinari undergoes surgery to fix meniscus in left knee, will have another to repair ACL - by Eurobasket News

The Denver Nuggets say forward Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-SF-88, agency: Players Group) underwent surgery to repair meniscus in his left knee and will later have another procedure to fix his ACL.
The operation on his meniscus was performed Monday at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo. He will go through rehabilitation on the knee before a date is scheduled to repair the ACL. Gallinari was hurt on April 4 against Dallas when he planted his left leg awkwardly while going in for a layup. The knee buckled and he went down, screaming in pain.
The Nuggets have missed Gallinari in the playoffs against the Golden State Warriors. He averaged career-highs in points (16.2) and rebounds (5.2) this season. He also led the team with 135 3-pointers.
Courtesy of: foxnews.com



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Jamaica Men's National Basketball team for tourney in Canada - by Eurobasket News

The national senior men's basketball team has been invited by the Canadian Basketball Association to participate in a four-team warm-up tournament next year.
President of the Jamaica Basketball Association (JaBA), Ajani Williams, told The Gleaner on Thursday that the Jamaicans will play against the likes of Ukraine, Israel and Canada. He said that the tournament, to be played August 9-12, 2013, will be excellent preparation for the Jamaicans, who are set to compete in the FIBA World Championships qualifiers two weeks later. "They have reached out to us for this four-day tournament, with pretty much all expenses paid by Canada," Williams said. "This is excellent preparation for our team, because you are talking about Canada, and they have a top-notch squad and they have made it to the Olympics a couple of times," he said. "They are also led by their general manager Steve Nash (190-PG-74, college: Santa Clara), who plays for the LA Lakers in the NBA, and so he knows his basketball stuff," Williams said. "Ukraine are traditionally a basketball powerhouse, and Israel are always a tough team to beat because they have one of the best basketball leagues in the world. "We have never played against any of these before and so it is going to be really good preparation for us." He added that the national team was down to travel to Puerto Rico for a three-team tournament, but they changed plans as soon as they received the offer from Canada. "We were committed to a warm-up tournament in the Puerto Rico, but for us I think that Canada is more appealing because there is the cost that was removed from us," Williams said. "They are also going to assist us in hosting some fund-raising events because, as you know, there is a big Jamaican audience in Canada," he added.
Courtesy of: caribbeanbasketball.com



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Standings - A1

Liga e pare Standings
 1. Kastrioti 11-1 
 2. BC Studenti 10-1 
 3. Futura 9-4 
 4. Malisheva 7-6 
 5. Ylli 5-8 
 6. Fushe 4-7 
 7. Llapi Podujeve 2-8 
 8. Skenderaj 0-13 



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Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 17
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis17.0 
 2. Gailius, Neptunas16.2 
 3. Seibutis, Lietuv.15.3 
 4. Hughes, Pieno Z.15.1 
 5. Samenas, Siauliai15.0 
 6. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.13.8 
 7. Milaknis, Rudupis13.5 
 8. Kieza, Siauliai13.3 
 9. Sragauskis, LSU-B.12.5 
 10. Kadziulis, Rudupis12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 9
 1. Kieza, Siauliai9.0 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis8.3 
 3. Sarakauskas, Nept.7.6 
 4. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.4 
 5. Varnelis, Juventus6.4 
 6. Valeika, Rudupis5.8 
 7. Vene, Rudupis5.6 
 8. Orelikas, Rudupis5.6 
 9. Kiausas, Sakalai5.6 
 10. Kupsas, Lietkabel.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Mindaugas STASYS
  LSU-Baltai
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Stasys, LSU-Baltai4.8 
 2. Viskontas, Juvent.4.5 
 3. Jackson, Siauliai4.4 
 4. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.2 
 5. Nedovic, Lietuvos.3.7 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.4 
 7. Seibutis, Lietuv.3.4 
 8. Dainys, Neptunas3.4 
 9. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.3 
 10. Babkauskas, Liet.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.3 
 2. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 3. Malasauskas, LSU-.1.8 
 4. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.6 
 5. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.6 
 6. Simon, Siauliai1.5 
 7. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.1.5 
 8. Broadus, Neptunas1.5 
 9. Bishop, Nevezis1.4 
 10. Butkevicius, Nept.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.4 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis1.7 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.3 
 4. Kupsas, Lietkabelis0.8 
 5. Gates, Pieno Z.0.8 
 6. Valeika, Rudupis0.8 
 7. Cepukaitis, Pieno0.8 
 8. Vene, Rudupis0.7 
 9. Ramasauskas, Saka.0.7 
 10. McClure, Neptunas0.7 


LKL Round 1 of Finals. Zalgiris take the lead - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Lietuvos rytas 88-73

Zalgiris surged ahead in the championship series versus their archrivals Lietuvos Rytas. The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris. Lietuvos rytas managed to win third quarter 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game, while Lietuvos rytas only scored seven points from the stripe. 29 personal fouls committed by Lietuvos rytas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-89) fired 22 points and 4 steals (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Oliver Lafayette (188-84, college: Houston) chipped in 20 points. Four Zalgiris players scored in double figures. Serbian point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, agency: Beo Basket) produced 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Croatian power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: M.Kuzminskas 22+4reb, O.Lafayette 20+2reb+2ast, D.Lavrinovic 11+3reb, R.Javtokas 10+9reb, R.Kaukenas 8+1reb+3ast, D.McGrath 7+1ast
Lietuvos rytas: T.Zubcic 14+1ast, M.Katelynas 12+1ast, N.Nedovic 11+6reb+5ast, A.Jomantas 8+3reb+2ast, J.Blums 8+2ast, T.Lydeka 7+7reb
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Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Guaymas 13-2 
 2. Hermosillo 12-4 
 3. Cananea 7-8 
 4. Nogales 7-8 
 5. Navolato 7-8 
 6. Tijuana 6-9 
 7. Obregon 6-9 
 8. Guasave 5-10 
 9. Los Mochis 5-10 

Regular Season: Round 17

Apr. 30: Tijuana - Guasave 89-76
Apr. 30: Obregon - Guaymas 88-89
Apr. 30: Nogales - Navolato 86-87
Apr. 30: Cananea - Los Mochis 107-88

Regular Season: Round 18

May. 1: Cananea - Los Mochis
May. 1: Tijuana - Guasave
May. 1: Obregon - Guaymas
May. 1: Nogales - Navolato


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Jones, Obregon24.2 
 2. Frederick, Guasave24.1 
 3. Monroe, Cananea23.1 
 4. Moss, Nogales21.4 
 5. Sperling, Obregon20.3 
 6. Shorter, Guaymas20.1 
 7. Polynice, Guasave19.1 
 8. Selleaze, Navolato18.5 
 9. Morrison, Tijuana18.2 
 10. Allen, Guaymas18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Moss, Nogales11.7 
 2. Habel, Guaymas8.7 
 3. Jones, Obregon8.2 
 4. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.7.8 
 5. Penny, Tijuana7.8 
 6. Strobbe, Nogales7.0 
 7. Frederick, Guasave6.9 
 8. Selleaze, Navolato6.8 
 9. Spain, Hermosillo6.6 
 10. Monroe, Cananea6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Myron ALLEN
  Guaymas
  (182-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Allen, Guaymas6.6 
 2. Stallings, Los Moc.6.0 
 3. Logan, Nogales5.2 
 4. Polynice, Guasave5.1 
 5. Insunza, Navolato4.8 
 6. Shorter, Guaymas4.7 
 7. Monreal, Hermosillo4.1 
 8. Quintero, Tijuana4.0 
 9. Dominguez, Guasave3.8 
 10. Medina, Tijuana3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Andre MARTIN
  Navolato
  (--78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Martin, Navolato2.0 
 2. Stallings, Los Moc.1.9 
 3. Polynice, Guasave1.6 
 4. Insunza, Navolato1.5 
 5. Monroe, Cananea1.5 
 6. Allen, Guaymas1.4 
 7. Monreal, Hermosillo1.4 
 8. Dominguez, Guasave1.3 
 9. Shorter, Guaymas1.3 
 10. Ayala, Guaymas1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Moss, Nogales1.9 
 2. Penny, Tijuana1.6 
 3. Habel, Guaymas1.5 
 4. Gonzalez, Cananea1.2 
 5. Mercado, Nogales1.1 
 6. Monroe, Cananea0.9 
 7. Morrison, Tijuana0.6 
 8. Shipley, Tijuana0.5 
 9. Polynice, Guasave0.4 
 10. Brown, Cananea0.4 


CIBACOPA Round 17: Ostioneros de Guaymas beat Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Fourth-ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (6-9) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (13-2) on Tuesday. The visitors from Guaymas managed to secure only one-point victory 89-88. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 28-20 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) saved the victory by scoring 22 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: Dream Team Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds for Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ostioneros de Guaymas have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-2 record. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Tijuana. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon will play again at home against the league's leader Ostioneros de Guaymas (#1) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Important game to mention about took place in Nogales. Sixth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (7-8) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Fuerza Guinda Nogales (7-8) 87-86 in the fight for the third place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fuerza Guinda Nogales. American guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) stepped up and scored 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Froilan Verdugo chipped in 24 points. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Garra Canera de Navolato moved-up to third place, which they share with Nogales and Cananea. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play again at home against Garra Canera de Navolato and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Tijuana Zonkeys managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses on Tuesday night. This time they won against seventh-ranked Frayles de Guasave 89-76. Elvis Medina nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 assists for the winning side. Eric Frederick came up with 31 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists for Frayles de Guasave in the defeat. Tijuana Zonkeys (6-9) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Obregon. Frayles de Guasave lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with Los Mochis. Tijuana Zonkeys will again meet at home Frayles de Guasave (#8) in the next round. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round.
The game between fifth ranked Mineros de Cananea (7-8) and 8th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (5-10) in Cananea ended with biggest points difference. Mineros de Cananea outscored guests from Los Mochis 107-88. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was Sammy Monroe who scored 28 points. Mineros de Cananea's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Mineros de Cananea. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Nogales and Navolato. Pioneros Los Mochis lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with ten games lost. Mineros de Cananea's next round opponent will be again bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#9) at home which should be theoretically an easy game.



Nogales - Navolato 86-87

Important game to mention about took place in Nogales. Sixth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (7-8) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Fuerza Guinda Nogales (7-8) 87-86 in the fight for the third place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fuerza Guinda Nogales. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. American guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) stepped up and scored 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Froilan Verdugo (-79) chipped in 24 points. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists and Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Five Fuerza Guinda Nogales players scored in double figures. Garra Canera de Navolato moved-up to third place, which they share with Nogales and Cananea. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play again at home against Garra Canera de Navolato and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Navolato: M.Elliott 25+7reb+3ast, F.Verdugo 24+4reb+1ast, R.Selleaze 20+4reb+2ast, B.Toombs 9+7reb+2ast, J.Insunza 7+9ast, A.Chan 2
Nogales: O.McCullough 22+6reb+10ast, B.Heredia 20+1reb+5ast, R.Moss 18+10reb, M.Strobbe 14+2ast, J.Mercado 10+5reb, C.Estrada 2+1ast
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Obregon - Guaymas 88-89

Fourth-ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (6-9) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (13-2) on Tuesday. The visitors from Guaymas managed to secure only one-point victory 89-88. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 28-20 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) saved the victory by scoring 22 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: Dream Team Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds and guard Luis Pulido (188-85, college: Cal Poly Pomona) added 24 points in the effort for Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ostioneros de Guaymas have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-2 record. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Tijuana. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon will play again at home against the league's leader Ostioneros de Guaymas (#1) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: S.Shorter 22+3reb+1ast, M.Allen 22+2reb+4ast, J.Habel 16+9reb+2ast, F.Benitez 13+3reb+1ast, A.Zarco 8+3reb, J.Reyes 4+2reb
Obregon: L.Pulido 24+3reb+2ast, K.Jones 24+15reb+1ast, L.Davis 17+4reb+3ast, D.Thomas 11+3reb+2ast, J.Salcedo 8+4reb, H.Carrillo 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 234916


Tijuana - Guasave 89-76

Bottom-ranked Tijuana Zonkeys managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses on Tuesday night. This time they won against seventh-ranked Frayles de Guasave 89-76. The game without a history. Tijuana Zonkeys led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Frayles de Guasave's players. Point guard Elvis Medina (183-84, college: Arizona W. CC) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 assists for the winning side and American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) accounted for 22 points and 7 assists. American forward Eric Frederick (203-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) came up with 31 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists and Jesus Leyva added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Frayles de Guasave in the defeat. Five Tijuana Zonkeys and four Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. Tijuana Zonkeys (6-9) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Obregon. Frayles de Guasave lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with Los Mochis. Tijuana Zonkeys will again meet at home Frayles de Guasave (#8) in the next round. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: M.Morrison 22+1reb+7ast, J.Penny 19+8reb+2ast, E.Medina 19+4reb+12ast, L.Ramirez 14+5reb+7ast, G.Lira 10+3reb+1ast, S.Sanchez 3+2reb+1ast
Guasave: E.Frederick 31+9reb+8ast, J.Leyva 17+7reb+3ast, D.Crews 14+6reb+1ast, J.Farrera 12+8reb, F.Harris 2+1reb+1ast, O.Valenzuela 0
gschID: 234915


Cananea - Los Mochis 107-88

The game between fifth ranked Mineros de Cananea (7-8) and 8th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (5-10) in Cananea ended with biggest points difference. Mineros de Cananea outscored guests from Los Mochis 107-88. The game was mostly controlled by Mineros de Cananea. Pioneros Los Mochis was better in second period 31-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mineros de Cananea made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry) who scored 28 points. Guard Damond Williams (197-80, college: McNeese St.) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. Monroe is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Mineros de Cananea's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Tyrone McNeal (213) produced 23 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) added 20 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Pioneros Los Mochis players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Mineros de Cananea. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Nogales and Navolato. Pioneros Los Mochis lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with ten games lost. Mineros de Cananea's next round opponent will be again bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#9) at home which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Cananea: S.Monroe 28+3reb+2ast, D.Williams 20+1reb+4ast, Q.Gonzalez 15+7reb+3ast, M.Acuna 11+1ast, M.Valenzuela 9+2reb+2ast, O.Zuniga 9+3reb+2ast
Los Mochis: T.McNeal 23+7reb+1ast, D.Pearson 20+7reb+2ast, N.Stallings 17+1reb+2ast, J.Sandoval 16+4reb+3ast, J.Quintero 12+7reb+1ast, L.Felipe Diaz 0
gschID: 234914



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Superleague Round 10: Ulcinj defeated Lovcen and qualified for the Final Four - by Darko Pekic

The last Superleague Round started yesterday with the opening game Lovcen-Ulcinj. The blue and white from Southern Montenegro led by the new coach Milosav Susic (agency: BBEH Cokrlija ) played better in the fourth quarter and got an important win (67-61) which gurantees them a Final Four ticket. Depending on the Mornar-Teodo result (the game will be played tomorrow in Bar) Ulcinj will finish third and face Sutjeska or finish fourth and face th powerhouse from Podgorica- Buducnost.

Dusan Milosevic (198-G-90, agency: BeoExcell) led the guests with 16 points (along with 6 rebounds) while Nikola Ivanovic (199-SF-89), former player of Lovcen added 14 points. Petar Stojanovic (185-PG-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) led the home team once again with 12 points.



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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Anthony, New Y.28.9 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.4 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.3 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.7 
 5. Harden, Houston R.25.9 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Curry, Golden S.23.0 
 8. Irving, Cleveland22.5 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.21.1 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 2. Vucevic, Orlan.11.9 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 4. Lee, Golden St.W.11.2 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.1 
 6. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.1 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.10.9 
 8. Chandler, New Y.10.4 
 9. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.4 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.0 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.0 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.8 
 6. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 7. Parker, San A.7.5 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
 9. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. Young, Philadelph..1.8 
 9. Iguodala, Denver N.1.8 
 10. George, Indiana P.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.7 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.6 
 4. Duncan, San A.2.5 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Davis, N.Orleans H.1.8 
 10. Bogut, Golden S.1.8 


Gallinari undergoes surgery to fix meniscus in left knee, will have another to repair ACL - by Eurobasket News

The Denver Nuggets say forward Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-SF-88, agency: Players Group) underwent surgery to repair meniscus in his left knee and will later have another procedure to fix his ACL.
The operation on his meniscus was performed Monday at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo. He will go through rehabilitation on the knee before a date is scheduled to repair the ACL. Gallinari was hurt on April 4 against Dallas when he planted his left leg awkwardly while going in for a layup. The knee buckled and he went down, screaming in pain.
The Nuggets have missed Gallinari in the playoffs against the Golden State Warriors. He averaged career-highs in points (16.2) and rebounds (5.2) this season. He also led the team with 135 3-pointers.
Courtesy of: foxnews.com



Grizzlies grab win in LA, Nuggets narrow deficit against Warriors - by Eurobasket News

LA Clippers - Memphis G. 93-103
Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and the Memphis Grizzlies capitalized on Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma)'s ankle injury to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 103-93 on Tuesday night, taking a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series. Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) added 20 points for the Grizzlies, who will try to wrap it up Friday night at home. The Pacific Division champion Clippers, who won their last seven games of the regular season to clinch home-court advantage for the first two rounds, would force a deciding seventh game on Sunday back at Staples Center with a win in Memphis. Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) led Los Angeles with 35 points, tying a career playoff high. Griffin was late joining teammates on the floor for warm-ups because he was getting his right ankle worked on. The three-time All-Star rolled it during Monday's practice when he stepped on Lamar Odom's foot, but no one in the organization let on, and coach Vinny Del Negro didn't broach the subject during his pregame briefing with reporters. Once the game started, Griffin ignored the ankle issue and attacked the Grizzlies in the same reckless manner that has been his trademark since he came into the league. But he played only 19 minutes - six in the second half - and finished with four points, five rebounds and five assists. He also got a technical foul from referee Jason Phillips just 3 minutes into the game after scoring on a fastbreak layup and shoving center Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) 's arm. Gasol finished with 15 points and seven rebounds in a foul-plagued performance. Courtesy of: chron.com

Denver N. - Golden St.W. 107-100
Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F-89, college: Morehead St.) put his foot down 48 hours after putting his size-16 sneaker through the wall in the visiting locker room in Oakland, sparking a debate about dirty play. The fiery forward energized the Denver Nuggets, who rediscovered their toughness in time to stave off elimination Tuesday night with a 107-100 win over the Golden State Warriors. The Nuggets never trailed, piled up points in the paint, slowed down the Warriors' guards, jumpstarted their transition game and got under Andew Bogut's skin. They jumped out to a 22-point lead before weathering the Warriors' frenetic fourth quarter rally to cut their series deficit to 3-2 and force a Game 6 Thursday night at Oracle Arena. Warriors coach Mark Jackson accused the Nuggets of trying to hurt Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson), his banged-up sharpshooter who was just 1 for 7 from long-range and finished with a series-low 15 points. "Some dirty plays early," Jackson said. "It's playoff basketball, that's all right. We own it. But make no mistake about it, we went up 3-1 playing hard, physical, clean basketball - not trying to hurt anybody." Jackson mentioned Faried setting some "great screens and some great illegal ones, too." "He did his job. Hey, I played with guys like that. They get paid to do that. Dale Davis, Anthony Davis, Charles Oakley. You get paid to do it. So give them credit," Jackson said. "As an opposing coach, I see it, and I'm trying to protect my guys." Jackson complained about one screen in particular on Curry being "a shot at his ankle, clearly. That can't be debated." He added, "I got inside information that some people don't like that brand of basketball and they clearly didn't co-sign it. They wanted to let me know they have no parts in what was taking place. Let the best team win. And let everybody with the exception of going down with a freak injury, let everybody leave out of here healthy. That's not good basketball." "It's basketball," countered Faried. "I try to do the little things my team needs me to do. It's physical. If you can't stand the physicality, you shouldn't be playing." Asked about accusations he tried to hurt Curry, Faried said: "That's intriguing because I think they were purposefully trying to hurt me every play I went for a rebound - the hits, the grab to the throat." Curry said there were a few plays that went overboard. "There were a couple, man. Going through the paint minding my own business and they come out of nowhere trying to throw elbows," he said. "I got a (target) on me, I don't know what it is, just got to keep playing and do your thing." The Nuggets said they were surprised the Warriors were the ones complaining about physical play. "I think I've taken the hardest hit in the series, Game 1 or 2, when Bogut leaned in to me on a screen. And I didn't remember what happened the rest of the game," Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona) said. "I think they kind of brought the physicality to the series. And we stopped being the receivers and we're starting to hit back a little bit. But as far as anybody trying to cheap shot, I don't condone that myself. It's not my game." Faried said he's been beat up all series long. "I'm surprised tonight I didn't get my hair pulled like before," Faried said. "It's all good. If we're playing dirty, hey, it's basketball. We're just playing physical." Said Bogut: "It's the series, it's physical, whether they're taking cheap shots or not we need to match that physicality." Klay Thompson said "a couple of them could have been cheap shots. I thought Steph got cheat shot one time, he got a bloody nose. It's not acceptable, but we've got to match that. We can't let it get in our heads, just do what we did in the second half." Iguodala had 25 points and 12 rebounds, Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) had 19 points and 10 assists and Faried had 13 points and 10 boards. Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92, college: N.Carolina) led Golden State with 23 points and nine rebounds. Curry, whose 18 3-pointers were the most by any player in NBA history in the first four playoff games of his career, went ice cold, missing his first five 3-pointers before finally hitting with 5:09 left to pull Golden State to 96-91. Faried responded to Curry's sole 3-pointer with an alley-oop dunk. Curry and Thompson missed back-to-back 3s that would have made it a two-point game with less than two minutes left, and Wilson Chandler's 3 seconds later at the other end made it 103-95. Chandler finished with 19 points. "You've got to like the way we finished the game," Curry said, "and we've got to bottle that up for the next game because if have a feeling it's going to be the same kind of atmosphere." Faried capped his night with an alley-oop dunk from Andre Miller before fouling out. The Warriors never got closer than five points after Denver's first-half blitz led by Faried, who had seven points, eight boards and a big block as the Nuggets raced out to a 66-46 halftime lead by finally playing their brand of basketball. After Denver lost three straight games, coach George Karl had pinned his hopes on a return to the Pepsi Center, where the Nuggets haven't lost back-to-back games since Feb. 8-9, 2012. The crowd had plenty to cheer about, but it was Faried who really brought the buzz back. It was 44-31 when Bogut gave a two-handed shove to Faried's neck, sending him falling out of bounds underneath the basket - shortly after Faried's hard screen on Curry. Bogut was whistled for a flagrant-1 foul and Faried made one of two free throws before Miller's subsequent layup. In the second half, rookie Draymond Green was whistled for a flagrant foul after body-checking Faried. "Draymond Green, did he play football or basketball at Michigan State," cracked Karl. Courtesy of: myfoxtampabay.com



Toronto Raptors want to hire Phil Jackson as team president - by Eurobasket News

The Toronto Raptors, emboldened by the news that the Sacramento Kings apparently wont be moving to Seattle, have ramped up their pursuit of Phil Jackson to be their new team president, according to sources close to the situation. Sources told ESPN.com that the Raptors now being run by former Los Angeles-based sports mogul Tim Leiweke regarded the Seattle group that was trying to buy the Kings as the biggest threat to preventing Jackson from seriously considering their pitch. But now that the Kings appear poised to stay in Sacramento instead of being sold to the consortium led by Jackson fan Chris Hansen, sources say that the Raptors will be pursuing Jackson aggressively this week, believing that they rank as Jacksons most attractive current option for a new career in management now that he can reunite with Leiweke. One source close to the situation told ESPN.com that Hansen and Jackson have hit it off, sparking league-wide speculation that Jackson would be offered the chance to run the new Sonics in Seattle in the Pat Riley-style role he craves. But with a 12-owner committee recommending Monday that the Kings move to Seattle be blocked, Torontos seemingly long-shot odds of winning the Jackson sweepstakes would figure to have received a boost.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



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DStv PBL Standings

DStv PBL Standings
Atlantic Conference
1. D.Warriors 2-0
2. Union Bank. 2-0
3. Oluyole W 2-0
4. Islanders 1-1
5. Police Baton 1-1
6. Royal Hoopers 0-2
7. Comets 0-2
8. Customs 0-2
Savannah Conference
1. Kano Pillars 2-0
2. Mark Mentors 2-0
3. Niger Potters 2-0
4. Kada Stars 2-0
5. Bauchi Nets 0-2
6. Plateau Peaks 0-2
7. Immigration 0-2
8. Yelwa Hawks 0-2

Regular Season: Round 2

Atlantic

Apr. 27: D.Warriors - Customs 82-63
Apr. 27: Oluyole W. - Royal Hoopers 67-41
Apr. 28: Oluyole W. - Royal Hoopers 62-57
Apr. 27: Comets - Union Bank 51-69
Apr. 27: Islanders - Police Baton 46-50

Savannah

Apr. 29: Kada Stars - Bauchi Nets 71-69
Apr. 27: Niger Potters - Plateau Peaks 67-54
Apr. 28: Niger Potters - Plateau Peaks 61-58
Apr. 28: Kada Stars - Bauchi Nets 60-53
Apr. 27: Yelwa Hawks - Kano Pillars 48-92
Apr. 28: Yelwa Hawks - Kano Pillars 45-70
Apr. 27: Immigration - Mark Mentors 39-61
Apr. 28: Immigration - Mark Mentors 38-76

Regular Season: Round 3

Atlantic

May. 3: Police Baton - Comets
May. 3: Union Bank - Islanders
May. 4: Customs - Oluyole W.
May. 4: Police Baton - Comets
May. 4: Union Bank - Islanders

Savannah

May. 4: Plateau Peaks - Kada Stars
May. 4: Bauchi Nets - Niger Potters
May. 4: Kano Pillars - Immigration
May. 4: Mark Mentors - Yelwa Hawks



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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub DLONIAK
  Siarka J.
  (192-F-83)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Dloniak, Siarka J.20.1 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG19.6 
 3. McCauley, Polph.18.9 
 4. Wise, Rosa Radom17.3 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica15.5 
 6. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.5 
 7. Blassingame, Cibona14.5 
 8. Rothbart, Start G.14.3 
 9. Dylewicz, Trefl So.14.3 
 10. Wisniewski, AZS K.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicchaeus DOAKS
  Siarka J.
  (202-F-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Doaks, Siarka J.8.5 
 2. Harris, AZS K.8.4 
 3. Adams, Rosa Radom8.2 
 4. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.8 
 5. McCauley, Polph.7.8 
 6. Rothbart, Start G.7.5 
 7. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.3 
 8. Cel, PGE Turow7.0 
 9. Hrycaniuk, Valencia6.8 
 10. Mahalbasic, Assec.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Nic WISE
  Rosa Radom
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Wise, Rosa Radom7.3 
 2. Szubarga, Anwil5.9 
 3. Blassingame, Cibona5.4 
 4. Koszarek, Stelm.5.4 
 5. Turner, Trefl Sopot5.4 
 6. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.1 
 7. Jefferson, Kotwica4.7 
 8. Brandwein, Energa3.7 
 9. Carter, Polpharma3.7 
 10. Skibniewski, Inte.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.3 
 2. Jefferson, Kotwica1.8 
 3. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.8 
 4. Alexander, Siarka1.7 
 5. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 6. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 7. Robinson, PGE T.1.6 
 8. Wise, Rosa Radom1.5 
 9. Henry, AZS Koszalin1.4 
 10. Trice, Energa C.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ty WALKER
  Kotwica
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Walker, Kotwica2.7 
 2. Gadri-N., Energa C.2.0 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.7 
 4. Kulig, PGE Turow1.4 
 5. Harris, AZS K.1.1 
 6. Doaks, Siarka J.1.1 
 7. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.1 
 8. Rothbart, Start G.1.1 
 9. Alexander, Siarka0.8 
 10. Dylewicz, Trefl S.0.7 


TBL Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Stelmet ZG - Energa Czarni 87-77

Stelmet Zielona Gora tied things up in the series versus Energa Czarni. The game was mostly controlled by Stelmet ZG. Energa Czarni was better in fourth quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Stelmet ZG made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Serbian power forward Oliver Stevic (204-84, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 9 rebounds. The former international point guard Lukasz Koszarek (187-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 assists for the winners. Four Stelmet ZG players scored in double figures. American center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Levi Knutson (193-88, college: Colorado, agency: FCM) added 19 points in the effort for Energa Czarni. Energa Czarni's coach Andrej Urlep rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Stelmet ZG: O.Stevic 18+9reb+2ast, Q.Hosley 18+1reb+3ast, K.Chanas 14+3reb+1ast, L.Koszarek 11+3reb+10ast, L.Seweryn 8+1reb, M.Cesnauskis 8+2reb+1ast
Energa Czarni: L.Knutson 19+3reb+3ast, B.Gadri-Nicholson 15+10reb+2ast, R.Trice 8+2reb+2ast, T.Abernethy 8+2ast, V.Dabkus 7+4reb+1ast, M.Dutkiewicz 5+2reb
gschID: 239553


Trefl Sopot - AZS Koszalin 87-91 OT

AZS Koszalin surprised Trefl Sopot on the road to level things up in the series. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Trefl Sopot won third quarter 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Trefl Sopot used huge pressure winning it 22-20 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 12-16. American power forward Darrell Harris (208-84, college: Rhode Island) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds. International guard Lukasz Wisniewski (186-84, college: Barton County CC, agency: Promotex) contributed with 21 points and 6 assists for the winners. International swingman Adam Waczynski (199-89) replied with 30 points and 7 rebounds and Croatian power forward Sime Spralja (206-83, agency: Court Side) added 20 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Trefl Sopot.
Top scorers:
AZS Koszalin: D.Harris 27+16reb+1ast, L.Wisniewski 21+1reb+6ast, S.Henry 19+1reb+3ast, A.Mielczarek 8+1ast, R.Jones 6+8reb+2ast, B.Woloszyn 5+3reb
Trefl Sopot: A.Waczynski 30+7reb+3ast, S.Spralja 20+7reb, F.Turner 12+2reb+3ast, F.Dylewicz 8+8reb, R.Davis 5+6reb, L.Harrington 4+2reb
gschID: 239552


Asseco Prok. - Anwil 63-61

Asseco Prokom earned a hard-fought home win over Anwil to draw things level. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Anwil won third quarter 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Austrian-Slovenian center Rasid Mahalbasic (211-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international Przemyslaw Zamojski (194-86, college: Independence CC, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Asseco Prok. players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Krzysztof Szubarga (182-84) replied with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and American swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) added 18 points in the effort for Anwil. Anwil's coach Milija Bogicevic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Asseco Prok.: R.Mahalbasic 13+10reb+4ast, P.Zamojski 12+5reb+4ast, M.Ponitka 12+4reb+1ast, K.Roszyk 10+3reb, R.Witka 6+2reb+2ast, T.Snieg 6+6reb+4ast
Anwil: M.Ginyard 18+4reb+1ast, K.Szubarga 11+8reb+6ast, S.Hajric 9+4reb+1ast, A.Eitutavicius 7+1reb+1ast, R.Boykin 5+4reb+1ast, M.Sokolowski 5+3reb
gschID: 239551


PGE Turow - Polpharma 96-62

PGE Turow clinched the second straight home win over Polpharma. The game was mostly controlled by PGE Turow. Polpharma was better in third quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. PGE Turow looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Polpharma was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international point guard Michal Chylinski (190-86, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 assists. Serbian center Ivan Zigeranovic (212-84, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five PGE Turow players scored in double figures. PGE Turow's coach Miodrag Rajkovic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian power forward Uros Mirkovic (205-82, agency: BeoExcell) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Michael Hicks (193-83, college: Central Mo., agency: Court Side) added 21 points in the effort for Polpharma.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: M.Chylinski 19+4reb+7ast, A.Cel 17+2reb+1ast, D.Micic 13+4reb+4ast, I.Zigeranovic 11+8reb+3ast, R.Robinson 11+4reb+3ast, D.Kulig 10+5reb
Polpharma: U.Mirkovic 24+12reb, M.Hicks 21+3reb+3ast, A.Lichodzijewski 6+6reb+4ast, M.Andriuskevicius 4+4reb, L.Majewski 4+2reb+3ast, K.Radwanski 3+2reb
gschID: 239550



Zastal ZG suspend Walter Hodge - by Eurobasket News

Zastal ZG management has decided to suspend Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida). The breach of contract from the player was quoted as the main reason for the decision. The final decision about the player's future will be taken at the next team's Board Meeting. Zastal Zielona Gora poorly opened their PLK playoff campaign. They lost to Energa Czarni 83:97 in the quarterfinal series opener. Walter Hodge had 12 points and 3 assists in the defeat. The Puerto Rican guard notched 21.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game in EuroCup this season. In PLK his stats read 19.6 points, 5.1 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game. He was named into All-EuroCup 2nd Team. Previously Walter Hodge played in Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic. Last season he was named All-Polish League Player of the Year.


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Standings - BSN

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Apr. 28: San German - Arecibo 93-105
Apr. 28: Guayama - Bayamon 88-71
Apr. 28: Humacao - Quebradillas 82-79
Apr. 30: Humacao - Mayaguez 76-72
Apr. 29: Santurce - Guaynabo 107-98
Apr. 30: Arecibo - Ponce 101-94

Regular Season: Round 16

May. 1: Guaynabo - Guayama
May. 1: Bayamon - Quebradillas
May. 2: Santurce - Humacao
May. 2: Ponce - San German


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Harris, Ponce22.1 
 2. Hickerson, San G.21.0 
 3. Ayuso, Guaynabo20.9 
 4. Brown, Humacao19.2 
 5. Shannon, Bayamon18.9 
 6. Vassallo, Arecibo18.7 
 7. Efejuku, Mayaguez17.9 
 8. Phillip, Quebradil.17.6 
 9. Clemente, Humacao16.7 
 10. Ramos, Arecibo16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Quebradillas
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Phillip, Quebradil.10.3 
 2. Harris, Ponce10.0 
 3. Harrellson, Guaya.9.8 
 4. Ramos, Arecibo9.4 
 5. Graterol, Arecibo8.5 
 6. Siler, Ponce8.5 
 7. Garcia, San German8.0 
 8. Williams, Santurce8.0 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon7.7 
 10. Horne, Humacao7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Guaynabo
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Dalmau, Guaynabo6.1 
 2. Clemente, Humacao5.4 
 3. Rivera, Ponce4.7 
 4. Garcia, Quebradill.4.3 
 5. Huertas, Quebradil.4.1 
 6. Coronado, Guayama3.9 
 7. Gonzalez, Santurce3.8 
 8. Mojica, Bayamon3.6 
 9. Pagan, Santurce3.5 
 10. Brown, Humacao3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Guayama
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Coronado, Guayama2.2 
 2. Mojica, Bayamon1.8 
 3. Fortuna, Ponce1.8 
 4. Rodriguez, Guayama1.8 
 5. Ayuso, Guaynabo1.5 
 6. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.4 
 7. Williams, Santurce1.4 
 8. Efejuku, Mayaguez1.4 
 9. Harrellson, Guaya.1.3 
 10. Brock, Guayama1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Penn, Humacao1.8 
 2. Harrellson, Guaya.1.8 
 3. Siler, Ponce1.4 
 4. Mata, Quebradillas1.2 
 5. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 6. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon1.1 
 8. Hickerson, San G.1.1 
 9. Harris, Ponce1.0 
 10. Phillip, Quebradi.0.9 


Santurce gets win in historic night - by Luis Modestti

Cangrejeros de Santurce dominated Mets de Guaynabo 107-98 in a historic night played at Roberto Clemente Coliseum.

Larry Ayuso made history by becoming the all-time leader in three-pointers made with 1,120 passing Pablo Alicea. He achieved the mark with 1:10 left in the game. He ended with 24 points.

Santurce came out with an impressive offensive attack with great shooting from all areas. They won the first half 59-53 as Santurce shot 12-18 from the field. Alexander Galindo (200-F-85, college: FIU) finished the first half with 18 points that came from six three-pointers.

In the second half Santurce kept up their offensive output and scored 48 points in the second half. Galindo finished with 28, Ricky Sanchez added 21 and Leon Williams had 20. Santurce only averaged 74,3 points last week.

This game puts Santurce with a 9-5 record while Guaynabo is 6-7.

In other news, the league approved a trade which Bayamon acquires Jesse Pellot from Quebradillas for forward Greg Stevenson. Pellot will debut tomorrow with Bayamon against his old team.

Games for Monday, April 30:

Leones de Ponce at Capitanes de Arecibo
Indios de Mayaguez at Caciques-Gigantes in Humacao



Hamilton and Franklin expected to debut with Indios on Sunday - by Luis Modestti


Indios de Mayaguez announced that guard Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, college: Holy Cross) and forward Alex Franklin (196-PF-88, college: Siena) are expected to make their debut on Sunday against Guayama.

Both of them were key members of the 2012 championship edition of Mayaguez. After winning the title Hamilton went to Germany to play for Bayreuth where he averaged 9,5 points and 4,3 assists in 23 games.

Franklin played in the Dominican Republic with Titanes and in Mexico with Soles. He also had a try-out in Germany. He has suffered some injuries and is already with the team.

Mayaguez is waiting for Donta Smith and Ramon Clemente to join them later in the season as they are playing in Israel. Smith was the 2012 BSN MVP while Clemente brings strength inside.

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Diogu to make debut for Leones on Thursday - by Luis Modestti


Leones de Ponce announced that Diogu Ike (204-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) will make his debut Thursday as they receive the visit of San German. Diogu replaces Mike Harris (198-F-83, college: Rice) who is scheduled to travel to the United States to take care of some personal matters.

Diogu played for Guangdong Southern Tigers in China and averaged 16,9 points and 9,7 rebounds in 41 games. Guangdong won the title in China and he scored 16 points in the championship game. He was last year in Arecibo where he had a good showing in the FIBA-Americas League and BSN.

Harris plays tonight in Arecibo and so far he averages 20,7 points and 9,4 rebounds in nine games. After he comes from the United States the team must decide to keep either Garret Siler (213-C-86, college: Augusta St.) or Diogu.

Ponce is currently in first place with an 8-4 record and their third game of the week is on Saturday, May 4 visiting Guayama.



Balkman signs with Brujos de Guayama - by Luis Modestti


Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) signed a deal to play for Brujos de Guayama. His debut date is going to be announced soon. He was the first pick by Brujos in the 2013 BSN Draft.

Balkman is having a busy year as he played for Petron Blaze in the Philippines where he averaged 25 points and 13,4 rebounds. Then he moved to Guaiqueries in Venezuela where he left as player of the week and averaged 19,2 points with 8,6 rebounds in 14 games.

"I am very happy to be back home in Puerto Rico and to become a part of the Brujos de Guayama, an outstanding basketball organization. I want to not only be a role model for my fans and the kids here, but also be the best possible role model for them. I have the deepest respect for all my fans and am thankful for their support every day. I plan to be a team leader here and give my all to my new team," Balkman said in a press release.

His career includes three years in the University of South Carolina and in 2006 was the 20th pick of the first round by the New York Knicks. He played six seasons in the NBA and has career averages of 4 points and 3,5 rebounds in 221 games.

The next games for Guayama are on May 1 in Guaynabo and then home on May 4 against Ponce. Guayama is in first place with an 8-4 record.



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  RUSSIA   

Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Fedor LIKHOLITOV
  Volgograd
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Likholitov, Volgog.17.3 
 2. Makshantsev, Novo.16.1 
 3. Chernov, AltajBas.16.0 
 4. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.15.6 
 5. Boyko, Volgograd15.2 
 6. Monroe, Ural E.14.8 
 7. McGhee, Ural E.14.4 
 8. Komissarov, Volgo.14.2 
 9. Podkolzin, Novosyb.14.2 
 10. Kachanko, TE.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fedor LIKHOLITOV
  Volgograd
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Likholitov, Volgog.12.1 
 2. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.8.0 
 3. Podkolzin, Novosyb.7.8 
 4. Varlamov, AltajBas.7.3 
 5. Vzdykhalkin, Ryaz.7.1 
 6. Pisarchuk, Sever.7.0 
 7. Makshantsev, Novo.6.9 
 8. Semerninov, Ruskon.6.7 
 9. Denison, Ataman6.6 
 10. Pavlov, TE.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Anton GLAZUNOV
  Ural E.
  (182-PG-86)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Glazunov, Ural E.5.5 
 2. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.2 
 3. Tokarev, Novosybi.4.7 
 4. Chernov, AltajBas.4.6 
 5. Boyko, Volgograd4.4 
 6. Mateyunas, Ataman4.1 
 7. Amirkhanov, Ataman4.1 
 8. Urazmanov, Dynamo4.1 
 9. Anisimov, Novosybi.3.9 
 10. Vzdykhalkin, Rya.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Artur URAZMANOV
  Dynamo M.
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Urazmanov, Dynamo2.5 
 2. Zakamov, Novosybi.2.0 
 3. Lekavicius, Univ.S.1.8 
 4. Mateyunas, Ataman1.8 
 5. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.1.8 
 6. Glazunov, Ural E.1.7 
 7. Bartunov, Ryazan1.6 
 8. Zakharov, N.Nov.1.6 
 9. Chernov, AltajBas.1.5 
 10. Gladyshev, AltajB.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  AltajBas.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Ponosov, AltajBas.1.3 
 2. Rindin, Univ.Surgut1.3 
 3. Denison, Ataman1.2 
 4. Likholitov, Volgog.1.2 
 5. Varlamov, AltajBas.1.0 
 6. Kondrashin, Sever.1.0 
 7. Gresev, Ruskon-M.1.0 
 8. Oveshkov, Planeta.0.9 
 9. Voron, Volgograd0.9 
 10. Savenkov, Univ.Su.0.9 


Superleague Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Univ.Surgut - AltajBasket 88-72 (2-0)

The game without a history. Universitet-Yugra led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Universitet-Yugra outrebounded AltajBasket 44-29 including 31 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Guard Ilia Aleksandrov (194-81) notched 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Lithuanian point guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American) supported him with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Universitet-Yugra players scored in double figures. Even 20 points and 7 assists by guard Sergey Chernov (187-86) did not help to save the game for AltajBasket. Center Dmitriy Ponosov (220-84) added 5 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Univ.Surgut: I.Aleksandrov 20+6reb+2ast, A.Rindin 16+4reb+1ast, L.Lekavicius 13+11reb+4ast, A.Ageev 10+2reb+4ast, A.Miloserdov 9+3reb+1ast, A.Savenkov 5+8reb+2ast
AltajBasket: S.Chernov 20+1reb+7ast, A.Lunev 9+1reb+1ast, D.Poleschuk 8+6reb, A.Valov 7+3reb+1ast, A.Diatchkov 7+4reb+1ast, V.Gladyshev 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 240226


Ural Ekaterinb. - Ryazan 82-77 (2-0)

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ryazan won third quarter 25-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Ural Ekaterinburg won last quarter 23-20. They made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Ryazan was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Aaron McGhee (203-79, college: Oklahoma) notched 27 points to lead the effort and point guard Maxim Tkachenko (184-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) supported him with 12 points and 8 assists. Five Ural Ekaterinburg players scored in double figures. Even 22 points and 5 assists by guard Dramir Zibirov (188-86) did not help to save the game for Ryazan. Center Nikita Stepanenkov (208-87) added 15 points and 6 rebounds for the guests.
Top scorers:
Ural Ekaterinb.: A.McGhee 27+4reb+1ast, C.Monroe 14+1reb+3ast, D.Arteshin 12+10reb+1ast, M.Tkachenko 12+4reb+8ast, D.Nikolaev 10+11reb+1ast, A.Fedyushin 5+2reb
Ryazan: D.Zibirov 22+4reb+5ast, N.Stepanenkov 15+6reb+1ast, A.Kirjanov 14+3reb+1ast, A.Isakov 8+2reb, A.Kirdyachkin 6+2reb, R.Khamitov 4
gschID: 240225


Novosybirsk - Ataman 71-78 (1-1)

The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-13. But Novosybirsk won third quarter 22-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Point guard Andrey Mateyunas (180-88) scored 20 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Ukrainian guard Pavel Agapov (198-79) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Ataman players scored in double figures. Center Pavel Podkolzin (226-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 17 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) and guard Aleksandr Anisimov (186-86, agency: Alti Sport) scored 9 points and 8 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Ataman: A.Mateyunas 20+3reb+4ast, P.Agapov 15+9reb+2ast, V.Solovyev 14+8reb+2ast, A.Nesterov 12+5reb+3ast, D.Zagnoyko 8+6reb+1ast, P.Aleksandrov 5+1reb+1ast
Novosybirsk: P.Podkolzin 25+17reb, I.Novikov 11+2reb, A.Sayapin 10+4reb+2ast, A.Anisimov 9+2reb+8ast, P.Zakamov 7+2reb+3ast, V.Pronin 5+3reb
gschID: 240224


Avtodor - Spartak V. 100-59 (2-0)

The game without a history. Avtodor led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Vidnoye's 22 and made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Spartak Vidnoye 43-28 including a 26-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. Avtodor players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American power forward Hakeem Rollins (202-83, college: Washington, agency: Dream Team Management) notched 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and point guard Ivan Strebkov (192-91) supported him with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Even 14 points and 5 rebounds by Andrey Loginov (204-93) did not help to save the game for Spartak Vidnoye. Power forward Andrey Chernysh (212-90) added 9 points and 7 rebounds 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:
Avtodor: H.Rollins 17+8reb+1ast, A.Zaykin 16+3reb+1ast, A.Pushkin 15+2reb, A.Klimenko 10+4reb, S.Toropov 9+4reb+1ast, I.Strebkov 7+5reb+9ast
Spartak V.: A.Loginov 14+5reb+1ast, D.Pastukhov 12+2reb+1ast, A.Chernysh 9+7reb+1ast, A.Tikhonin 7+3reb, V.Trushkin 6+2ast, S.Makushkin 4+7reb
gschID: 240223



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Branko Cvetkovic and his BC Astana are back on the championship summit - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana are back on the Kazakh championship summit. They defeated Barsy in Atyrau to sweep the title series regaining the title. Andreas Glyniadakis delivered 25 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
BC Astana set the tone early in the game. They fired 26 points in the opening quarter to gain a 6-point lead. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They ensured a 46:38 halftime advantage. Barsy cut the deficit in the third stanza. Barsy tried to revive the intrigue in the game and the series after the break. The hosts cut the deficit and trailed by just 6 points into the fourth frame. But BC Astana gave little chance for the home side. The visitors unleashed 27 points in the final stanza and sealed the winning outcome at the end. David Simon provided 19 points, while Branko Cvetkovic (200-F/G-84, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points for the winners. Zambalist Fredrick answered with 18 points for Barsy. Mikhail Evstigneev chipped in 16 points in the loss.
Branko Cvetkovic is spending the second straight season in Kazakhstan. In 2011-2012 for BC Astana (Kazakhstan-D1, starting five) he averaged 14.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4spg. In VTB League his stats read 14.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 78.0%.



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Standings - 1A

Telemach Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Krka 9-1 
 2. Un.Olimpija 7-3 
 3. Maribor Messer 5-5 
 4. Zlatorog 3-7 
 5. Helios 3-7 
 6. Tajfun 3-7 
Places 7-12
 1. Rogaska 17-11 
 2. Polzela 13-15 
 3. Geoplin Slovan 12-16 
 4. Elektra 12-16 
 5. Grosuplje 10-18 
 6. LTHcast Mercator 7-21 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 10

Places 1-6

Apr. 26: Krka - Zlatorog 91-70
Apr. 30: Un.Olimpija - Krka 86-81
Apr. 30: Tajfun - Maribor Messer 77-66
Apr. 26: Helios - Tajfun 76-68
Apr. 30: Zlatorog - Helios 76-67
Apr. 27: Maribor Messer - Un.Olimpija 72-67

Places 7-12

Apr. 26: Rogaska - Elektra 85-72
Apr. 26: Polzela - Grosuplje 79-75
Apr. 26: LTHcast Mercator - Geoplin Slovan 76-81


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Sasa ZAGORAC
  Grosuplje
  (205-F/C-84)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Zagorac, Grosuplje17.5 
 2. Jagodnik, Polzela17.3 
 3. Abramovic, LTHcas.16.8 
 4. Span, Geoplin Slov.15.6 
 5. Robertson, Polzela15.1 
 6. Tomic, Rogaska15.0 
 7. Udrih, Zlatorog14.7 
 8. Miljkovic, Rogaska14.4 
 9. Pelko, Maribor14.4 
 10. Mlakar, Geoplin14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Polzela
  (208-F-88)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bristol, Polzela10.9 
 2. Miljkovic, Rogaska8.1 
 3. Collins, Elektra7.9 
 4. Zimic, Tajfun7.2 
 5. Zagorac, Grosuplje7.1 
 6. Jagodnik, Polzela6.8 
 7. Jakhel Kolar., LTH.6.6 
 8. Primorac, Tajfun6.4 
 9. Mijovic, Rogaska6.3 
 10. Martin, Polzela6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Danijel VUJASINOVIC
  Polzela
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Vujasinovic, Polze.5.8 
 2. Jovanovic, Maribo.5.5 
 3. Tomic, Rogaska5.0 
 4. Zagorc, Elektra4.2 
 5. Antonijevic, Grosu.4.0 
 6. Mlakar, Geoplin3.9 
 7. Mocnik, Helios3.8 
 8. Kostomaj, Rogaska3.8 
 9. Ferme, Tajfun3.7 
 10. Brolih, Tajfun3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Samo UDRIH
  Zlatorog
  (195-G-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Udrih, Zlatorog1.9 
 2. Tomic, Rogaska1.8 
 3. Lapornik, Zlatorog1.8 
 4. Robertson, Polzela1.6 
 5. Tomic, Geoplin Slo.1.6 
 6. Span, Geoplin Slov.1.5 
 7. Petrovic, Geopli.1.5 
 8. Vujasinovic, Polze.1.5 
 9. Mlakar, Geoplin1.5 
 10. Antonijevic, Gros.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Polzela
  (208-F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bristol, Polzela2.4 
 2. Tratnik, Grosuplje1.9 
 3. Collins, Elektra1.7 
 4. Martin, Polzela1.1 
 5. Zimic, Tajfun1.1 
 6. Majstorovic, Helios1.1 
 7. Buda, Geoplin Slov.0.8 
 8. Jakhel Kolar., LTH.0.6 
 9. Robertson, Polzela0.6 
 10. Miljkovic, Grosup.0.6 


Zlatorog secure last playoff spot - by Zeljko Zule

Zlatorog defeated Helios 76-67 in the game of Telemach League Championship Round 10 as secured last play-off sport.
Zlatorog-Helios 76-67: After trailing 10-13 in the opening quarter, Zlatorog scored 7 straight points to take a lead 17-13 and never looked back from there. They grabbed Its first double-digit lead of the game at 31-21 that never dipped bellow the seven-point mark the rest of the way.Ante Djugum (211-C-88, agency: Court Side) had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks, Luka Lapornik scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half and Jaka Brodnik finished with 13 points. Helios shot just 3-of-18 from the 3-point range. Djordje Majstorovic collected 23 points and 10 rebounds, Nikola Gacesa added 18 points.
Union Olimpija-Krka 86-81: Olimpija, who never trailed, opened the game with a 12-4 run. Krka cut the deficit to one, 23-24, but the home team scored 7 consecutive points to ignite a 10-2 run that pushed their advantage to 34-25. After trailing by 11 points, Krka came to 77-80 with 21 seconds left, but Jaka Blazic hit four straight free throws to secure the Olimpija's win and second place. Jaka Blazic scored game-high 20 points, Drazen Bubnic added 12 and Sasu Salin and Jasmin Perkovic both posted 11 points. Olimpija outrebounded Krka 42.25, picking up 16 offensive boards. Smiljan Pavic led Krka with 12 points and Domen Lorbek and Jure Lalic scored 11 points apiece.

Tajfun Sentjur-Maribor Messer 77-66: Sentjur opened the game with a 9-2 run and had their first double digit lead of the game at 18-7. Maribor went on a 17-2 run to take a lead 24-20 midway through the second quarter, but Sentjur scored 14 straight points to take a lead 39-29 and never trailed for the rest of the game. They had their largest lead of the game at 52-23. Tadej Ferme scored 20 of his 28 points in the first half, Mike Venezia came off the bench for 17 points and Mladen Primorac grabbed 11 rebounds. Maribor was led by Esmir Rizvic with his 21 points and Igor Maric had 16 points and 8 rebounds.




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Pete Mickeal leaves Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) announced today his decision to leave basketball indefinitely. The forward will concentrate on dealing with the health issues. Pete Mickeal will now travel to the USA to start consultations with the specialist about his blood problems. The player has been dealing with embolism issues since 2010. The forward is in his fourth season with FC Barcelona Regal. He tallied 8.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in ACB this season. In EuroLeague his stats read 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals per appearance. Last season Pete Mickeal was named into All-Spanish ACB 2nd Team. Previously he had stints in Spain, South Korea, Greece, Russia, ABA, NBA and Philippines. He was named All-ULEB Cup Player of the Year back in 2005.


Ricky Rubio confirms EuroBasket 2013 participation - by Eurobasket News

Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) confirms EuroBasket 2013 participation for Spain. The top Guard will go to Slovenia with his National team.
After few season with Regal FC Barcelona, Ricky Rubio moved to NBA. In 2011-2012 he joined Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA, starting five) and in 41 games averaged 10.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 8.2apg, Steals-2 (2.2spg), FGP: 36.1%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 80.3%. In 2012-2013 continued for Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA, starting five) and had 10.7 points per game.
In one of his top games Ricky Rubio has made his mark in the NBA with his behind-the-back passes and quick hands on defense. Rubio had a career-high 24 points to go with 10 assists and five steals to lead the Timberwolves to a 105-93 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
Earlier Nikola Pekovic scored 27 points and Ricky Rubio added 18 points, 12 assists and eight steals to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 107-98 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.



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Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Miller, Boras21.6 
 2. Dugat, LF Basket20.4 
 3. Palm, Boras19.2 
 4. Sigurdarson, Sunds.18.3 
 5. Wesby, Sundsvall17.4 
 6. Ruach, Nassjo17.3 
 7. Augustus, 0817.1 
 8. Castle, Eco Orebro17.0 
 9. Cuffee, Sundsvall17.0 
 10. Oglesby, Boras16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sunds.
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.1 
 2. Palm, Boras9.6 
 3. Simms, Sodertalje9.3 
 4. Wright, Uppsala8.8 
 5. Walker, Nassjo8.6 
 6. McKnight, Boras8.1 
 7. Lalugba, Jamtland7.5 
 8. Johnson, Solna7.4 
 9. Santee, Eco Orebro7.2 
 10. Igbavboa, LF Bas.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Miller, Boras6.1 
 2. Castle, Eco Orebro5.7 
 3. Dugat, LF Basket4.8 
 4. Jackson, Uppsala4.5 
 5. Ermolinskij, Norrk.4.3 
 6. Hellgren, Jamtland4.3 
 7. Levin, Solna4.3 
 8. Carter, Wildcats4.1 
 9. Jeromanovs, Norrk.4.1 
 10. Guyton, Eagles4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Henry DUGAT
  LF Basket
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Dugat, LF Basket2.0 
 2. Ruach, Nassjo2.0 
 3. Stefanovic, 081.9 
 4. Mbemba, 081.8 
 5. Carter, Wildcats1.8 
 6. Castle, Eco Orebro1.8 
 7. Jeromanovs, Norrk.1.6 
 8. McKnight, Boras1.6 
 9. Ilunga, 081.6 
 10. Walker, Nassjo1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Sodertalje
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Simms, Sodertalje1.8 
 2. Augustus, 081.7 
 3. Hughes, B.Bystrica1.6 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkopi.1.5 
 5. Henderson, LF Ba.1.3 
 6. Wright, Uppsala1.3 
 7. Palm, Boras1.3 
 8. Brown, 081.1 
 9. Johnson, Solna1.0 
 10. Reed, LF Basket0.9 


Sodertalje wins 2012/2013 Finals! - by Eurobasket News

Sodertalje - Sundsvall 109-104 (4-2)

Sodertalje wins 2012/2013 Finals! The team needed overtime to win the Final 4-2. Sodertalje Kings made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game, while Sundsvall Dragons only scored ten points from the stripe. 25 personal fouls committed by Sundsvall Dragons helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) who scored 42 points (!!!) and 5 assists. Bosnian forward Toni Bizaca (202-82) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Icelandic forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists and Icelandic point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern) added 27 points respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Sodertalje: J.Roberson 42+4reb+5ast, T.Bizaca 23+8reb, K.Simms 15+6reb+1ast, D.Pita 13+4reb+2ast, T.Borg 12+4reb, A.Chuk 2+3reb+2ast
Sundsvall: J.Sigurdarson 27+2reb+2ast, A.Wesby 16+2reb+1ast, A.Gaddefors 16+5reb+1ast, H.Baeringsson 14+10reb+8ast, M.Cuffee 13+2reb+3ast, T.Liden 10+2reb
gschID: 240174



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Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Dusan MLADJAN
  Lugano T.
  (198-SG-86)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Mladjan, Lugano T.21.5 
 2. Rutty, BBC Nyon20.8 
 3. Owens, BBC Nyon20.0 
 4. Chapman, SAM M.19.0 
 5. Ely, Boncourt18.3 
 6. O''Bannon, Hapoel17.8 
 7. Milisavljevi., Lug.17.5 
 8. Burrows, Starwings17.3 
 9. Dobbins, Starwings17.2 
 10. Hodzic, Monthey16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin RUTTY
  BBC Nyon
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Rutty, BBC Nyon11.4 
 2. Burrows, Starwings9.4 
 3. Chapman, SAM M.8.5 
 4. Barber, Lugano T.8.4 
 5. Garrett, Fribourg8.1 
 6. Dobbins, Starwings7.9 
 7. Reid, Fribourg7.6 
 8. Volcy, BBC Nyon7.5 
 9. Dubas, Monthey7.4 
 10. Gordon, Lugano T.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jamelle BARRETT
  SAM M.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Barrett, SAM M.7.5 
 2. Gibson, MBC7.3 
 3. Parker, Geneve L.6.3 
 4. Milisavljevi., Lug.6.3 
 5. Jenkins, Starwings5.3 
 6. Kojadinovic, Month.4.7 
 7. Laroche, Monthey4.7 
 8. Draughan, Fribourg4.1 
 9. Stimac, Geneve L.3.6 
 10. Burrows, Starwings3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jamelle BARRETT
  SAM M.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Barrett, SAM M.2.9 
 2. Gibson, MBC2.9 
 3. Laroche, Monthey2.6 
 4. Jenkins, Starwings2.2 
 5. Petkovic, SAV V.2.1 
 6. Owens, BBC Nyon1.8 
 7. Fergerson, Lugano1.7 
 8. Kojadinovic, Month.1.7 
 9. Mladjan, Lugano T.1.7 
 10. James, Geneve L.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Clint CHAPMAN
  SAM M.
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Chapman, SAM M.2.6 
 2. Garrett, Fribourg2.5 
 3. Toure, Geneve Lio.1.4 
 4. Burrows, Starwings1.3 
 5. Dobbins, Starwings1.3 
 6. Matter, Starwings1.2 
 7. Badji, Neuchatel1.0 
 8. Barber, Lugano T.0.9 
 9. Mladjan, SAM M.0.8 
 10. Owens, BBC Nyon0.8 


LNA Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Fribourg and Geneve Lions enter semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Starwings - Fribourg 77-81

Fribourg advanced into the next stage after they handed the third straight defeat to Starwings. Starwings trailed by 19 points after 3 quarters before a 28-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-81 at the end of the game. It was a great evening for American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points and 4 steals (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). His fellow American import swingman Edwin Draughan (196-82, college: Yale) helped adding 19 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW) with 22 points and 9 rebounds and American power forward Justin Dobbins (203-87, college: E.Michigan, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Starwings players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Fribourg: A.Reid 28+3reb+1ast, E.Draughan 19+8reb+3ast, R.Yates 13+5reb+2ast, M.Shaw 9+1reb+1ast, C.Uliwabo 5+3reb, J.Kazadi 5+5reb+2ast
Starwings: J.Burrows 22+9reb+3ast, J.Dobbins 17+6reb+4ast, T.McCrory 15+1reb+3ast, B.Jenkins 14+3reb+1ast, R.Guettinger 3+1reb, J.Fuchs 2
gschID: 239618


Boncourt - Lugano Tigers 92-85

Noncourt rallied past Lugano for the opening win in the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lugano Tigers won third quarter 24-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Boncourt made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Boncourt especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Lugano Tigers' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Boncourt made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American swingman Shy Ely (194-87, college: Evansville, agency: Merit Sports) who scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Daniel Ferguson (191-85, college: Valdosta St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Matt Schneiderman (204-81, college: N.Iowa) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and international Derek Stockalper (196-84, college: Cal Poly - SLO) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Five Boncourt and four Lugano Tigers players scored in double figures. Lugano Tigers' coach Randoald Dessarzin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Boncourt: D.Ferguson 23+8reb+3ast, S.Ely 22+8reb+7ast, G.Louissaint 17+4reb+3ast, I.N'Diaye 14+9reb+5ast, L.Lahey 10+2reb+1ast, C.Boesch 3
Lugano Tigers: M.Schneiderman 25+10reb, D.Mladjan 20+2reb+3ast, D.Stockalper 20+6reb+2ast, K.Barber 12+6reb+1ast, R.Gordon 6+4reb, M.Magnani 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 239617


Monthey - Neuchatel 75-60

Monthey held off Neuchatel and cut the deficit in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Monthey. Neuchatel was better in second period 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a quality performance for international Jonathan Dubas (202-91) who led the winners and scored 8 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Canadian point guard Hernst Laroche (185, college: N.Mexico St.) accounted for 14 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Monthey's coach Petar Aleksic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized Senegalese forward Jules Aw (200-86) came up with 13 points and 8 rebounds and American power forward Thomas Coleman (205-88, college: N.Carolina A&T) added 9 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Neuchatel in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Monthey: H.Laroche 14+3reb+4ast, A.Hodzic 12+4reb, D.Holmes 10+3reb+2ast, C.Mafuta 8+7reb+2ast, M.Lukic 8+3reb+2ast, J.Dubas 8+11reb+4ast
Neuchatel: J.Aw 13+8reb+1ast, Q.Day 12+2ast, R.Reese 9+6reb, T.Coleman 9+11reb+1ast, S.Louissaint 9+2reb+1ast, D.Lang 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 239616


BBC Nyon - Geneve Lions 70-77

Geneve Lions will play in the semis after they registered the third consecutive victory over BBC Nyon. The game without a history. Geneve Lions led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Geneve Lions players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Kelvin Parker (183-82, college: NW Missouri St.) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 8 assists (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). Croatian power forward Andrej Stimac (204-79) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Canadian forward Jean-Richard Volcy (203-82, college: N.Michigan) answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Justin Rutty (200-89, college: Quinnipiac) added 21 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for BBC Nyon. Four BBC Nyon players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: K.Parker 23+4reb+8ast, A.Stimac 12+6reb+5ast, T.Brown 10+1reb+1ast, O.Vogt 9+5reb+2ast, J.James 9+7reb+2ast, M.Maruotto 8+3reb+1ast
BBC Nyon: J.Rutty 21+8reb+1ast, J.Volcy 20+9reb+3ast, K.Bradley 11+6reb+2ast, M.Owens 10+2reb+3ast, G.Lanisse 6+5reb, S.Zivkovic 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 239615



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2012-2013 All-United States Awards (Voted by All USA Sports Reporters) - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally at the end of each year Eurobasket announces the European awards for last year. So for the third time Usbasket would like to announce its 2012-2013 National Awards.

It's the 3rd year of such ranking prepared by Usbasket.com staff. Usbasket has a network of almost 200 correspondents, while most of them are located in the United States and participated in preparing the ranking below.

We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.

All-United States category applies only to American Professional Basketball (not the NBA), but also these, who played overseas (mostly in NBA). The minor leagues were selected off of number of games, stats, players going overseas and overall talent.

Ahead of them all has to be the NBA D-League. The D-League by far has the most talent in the United States. Not only do they have the most talent they are branded by the brand (NBA). The D-League has sent over 36 players up to the NBA this season including Usbasket.com All-United States Player of the Year Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston) and 2nd Team member Jeremy Lamb.

The UBA may be the most impressive league of them all under the power houses. The UBA has sent over 109 players overseas in just 4 seasons. Not only do their players move on to the next level they all play well. Over 50% of the UBA players go to their mid-level countries and average the same numbers as they did in the UBA league.

The IBL and the PBL have to be two of the most entertaining and profitable leagues going in the United States. The PBL has the largest budget than all of the minor leagues and continue to add big talent. The IBL has been carried by power teams like the Los Angeles Lightning and ex NBA players like Bryon Russell and Toby Bailey. Now that the PBL and IBA have merged; the new PBL-IBA maybe be the future of minor league sports.

The ABA is one of the longest running leagues in the minor league circuit. No doubt about it, the Jacksonville Giants are a power and have to be respected.

This year, Andrew Goudelock dominated the votes and was named Player of the Year award and also United States 1st Team.

The first team was dominated by NBA D-League players, with Non D-League selected just in the 2nd best team.

Best point guard of the year is Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette). The D-League star had a terrific season with Bakersfield Jam, leading the team to the best record in the NBA D-League. McNeal led the Jam in assist this season with 5.9 and scored an impressive 18.5ppg. McNeal was also named the 2012-13 All-NBA D-League 1st Team. He was later called-up to the Jazz.

Shooting Guard of the Year comes as no surprise, Andrew Goudelock "The Red Mamba". Goudelock played for Rio Grande Valley Vipers where he averaged 21.4ppg. He was currently called up for the LA Lakers. He was also named NBA D-League Player of the year along with 1st Team honors. The "Red mamba" is our selection for USA Player of the Year.

In small forward position theres Fort Wayne star Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-89, college: Alabama). This year, Mitchell was also named to the NBA D-League 1st Team. The Alabama star was the league top scorer with 22.3ppg. He was also named league Rookie of the Year.

Power forward of the Year goes to a former NBA and international star: Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79, college: Maryland). The former Maryland star played 5 season in the NBA and 6 internationally in Spain. Morris is currently in the UBA playing for the Houston Express. He is currently averaging over 23 points per game and a league best 15 rebounds. He is one of the Team USA selections for the 2013 Williams Jones Cup Team.

Best center of the year is one of the biggest revelations of the previous season: Brian Butch (6'11''-C/F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin). The big man had an impressive year with Bakersfield Jam averaging 13.0ppg and 11.8rpg. He is by far the best big in the NBA-DLeague.

Usbasket.com All-United States 1st Team 2013
Tony Mitchell
Mitchell
Andrew Goudelock
Goudelock
Terence Morris
Morris
Brian Butch
Butch
Jerel McNeal
McNeal

Player of the Year: Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88) of D-League
Point Guard of the Year: Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87) of D-League
Shooting Guard of the Year: Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88) of D-League
Small Forward of the Year: Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-89) of D-League)
Power Forward of the Year: Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79) of UBA)
Center of the Year: Brian Butch (211-C/F-84) of D-League
Coach of the Year: Nick Nurse of D-League

1st Team
F: Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-89) of D-League
G: Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88) of D-League
F: Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79) of D-League
C/F: Brian Butch (211-C/F-84) of D-League
G: Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87) of D-League)

2nd Team
C: Jermaine Bell (7'0''-C-84) of ABA
G/F: Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92) of D-League
G: Travis Leslie (6'4''-G-90) of D-League
G: Tony Bennett (6'1''-G-84) of PBL
G/F: Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82) of UBA

3rd Team
F: Demetris Nichols (205-F-84) of D-League
G: Devron Bostick (6'5''-G-88) of PBL
F: Ryan Edwards (6'5''-F-83) of PBL
F: Marlo Saunders (6'5''-F-84) of ABA)
G: DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85) of ABA

Honorable Mention
Chris Wright (6'8''-F-88) of D-League
Fahreed Cheatham (6'5''-F-79) of APBL
Ed Horton (6'3''-G-85) of ABA)
Damion James (6'7''-F-87) of D-League
Antonio Houston (196-G/F-88) of TRBL
Djibril Thiam (6'10''-F-86) of ABA
Jereme Richmond (6'8''-F) of PBL
Michael Davis (UBA-Coach)



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Standings

UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Ohio H.G. 13-3 
 2. Lancaster A. 7-7 
 3. Dayton K. 7-10 
 4. Cincinnati S. 6-13 
Southern
 1. Georgia P. 18-1 
 2. GIE Maile M. 12-7 
 3. Georgia S. 8-8 
 4. S.Generals 5-12 
 5. Atlanta T. 4-12 
Western
 1. Cleveland H. 13-3 
 2. Houston E. 13-3 
 3. N.Texas F. 11-8 
 4. Texas C. 6-12 
 5. Dallas G. 2-15 
Dleague
 1. Team Japan 3-4 
 2. Lonestar S. 2-5 
 3. Austin K. 0-1 
 4. Atlanta A. 0-1 
 5. Queen City G. 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 16

Apr. 27: Dayton K. - Cincinnati S. 96-78
Apr. 28: Houston E. - N.Texas F. 90-79
Apr. 27: Houston E. - N.Texas F. 88-71
Apr. 27: Georgia P. - GIE Maile M. 117-97
Apr. 27: Atlanta T. - S.Generals 115-93
Apr. 28: Ohio H.G. - Dayton K. 110-97
Apr. 28: Texas C. - Dallas G. 100-99
Apr. 27: Ohio H.G. - Lancaster A. 100-98

Regular Season: Round 17

May. 4: Lancaster A. - Ohio H.G.
May. 4: Dayton K. - Cincinnati S.
May. 4: Georgia P. - Atlanta T.
May. 4: Georgia S. - GIE Maile M.
May. 4: Dallas G. - Cleveland H.
May. 5: GIE Maile M. - Georgia P.
May. 5: Texas C. - N.Texas F.


UBA weekend recap: Lusane carry PRIME; Morris unreal night for Express - by David Walls

4/27/2013

Georgia PRIME- GIE maile Matrix 117-97
Atlanta, GA -- Not much has gone wrong for the PRIME this season. Their now 18-1 behind the great shooting of Richard Lusane (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Valdosta St.). Saturday Lusane scored 21 points of 4-7 shooting from the three. Jon Rogers (6'9''-C-84, college: Valdosta St.) added 15 points and 13 rebounds in the win. DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85, college: Jacksonville St.) finished with yet another double-double with 18 points and 11 assists. The Matrix were in the game but lost sight late in the third. Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Point, GA) started the half off in MVP form only missing 2 shots scoring 22 on 10-12 shooting. Barnes finished the game with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in a losing effort. Quin Humphrey (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Youngstown St.) added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals in the loss. The PRIME are now one game shy of the UBA 19-1 record season set by the GIE Maile Matrix in 2012.

Atlanta Titans- Southern Generals 115-93
Atlanta (AP) - The Titans roll pass the Generals 115-93. Atlanta put on a show for home fans as they dominated the generals from start to finish. Mike Sloan (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.) was a machine for the Titans scoring 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Ahmad Grant (6'3''-G-87, college: NC-Wilmington) added 25 points and 8 rebounds. Tony Omotayo (6'5''-F-85, college: Ft.Valley St.) put on a dunk show ranking up 6 dunks to go alone with his 15 points performance. Josh Brewster (6'7''-F-85, college: Alabama St.) added 23 points. Chris Vanlandingham was the only bright spot for Generals scoring a game high 42 points in a losing effort.

Dallas Gen- Texas Cyclones 99-100
Houston (AP) - The Cyclones get back tp there winning ways despite being short handed. The Cyclones controlled the game from start to finish behind great play of Terry Turner. Turner led his team to victory behind an impressive 5 rebounds along with his 23 points. Delvin Franklin (6'2''-G, college: Florida Gulf Coast) was in all-star form scoring 20 points and pulling down 5 rebounds in the win.

Houston Express- North TX Fresh 88-71
Houston, TX -- The Express rank up there 13th win Saturday night. Their 13-3 behind the MVP play of Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79, college: Maryland). Saturday Morris scored a game high 23 points, pulled down 15 rebounds along with 12 assists and 10 blocks. Morris is the lead candidate for MVP and continues to prove why. Brayon Brown (6'3''-G-86, college: Oklahoma) added 18 points and 8 rebounds for the Express. Jay Bowdy (6'6''-F/G-83, college: W.Georgia) scored 25 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in a losing effort for the Fresh who continue to struggle going 0-2 for the weekend.




2012-2013 All-United States Awards (Voted by All USA Sports Reporters) - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally at the end of each year Eurobasket announces the European awards for last year. So for the third time Usbasket would like to announce its 2012-2013 National Awards.

It's the 3rd year of such ranking prepared by Usbasket.com staff. Usbasket has a network of almost 200 correspondents, while most of them are located in the United States and participated in preparing the ranking below.

We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.

All-United States category applies only to American Professional Basketball (not the NBA), but also these, who played overseas (mostly in NBA). The minor leagues were selected off of number of games, stats, players going overseas and overall talent.

Ahead of them all has to be the NBA D-League. The D-League by far has the most talent in the United States. Not only do they have the most talent they are branded by the brand (NBA). The D-League has sent over 36 players up to the NBA this season including Usbasket.com All-United States Player of the Year Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston) and 2nd Team member Jeremy Lamb.

The UBA may be the most impressive league of them all under the power houses. The UBA has sent over 109 players overseas in just 4 seasons. Not only do their players move on to the next level they all play well. Over 50% of the UBA players go to their mid-level countries and average the same numbers as they did in the UBA league.

The IBL and the PBL have to be two of the most entertaining and profitable leagues going in the United States. The PBL has the largest budget than all of the minor leagues and continue to add big talent. The IBL has been carried by power teams like the Los Angeles Lightning and ex NBA players like Bryon Russell and Toby Bailey. Now that the PBL and IBA have merged; the new PBL-IBA maybe be the future of minor league sports.

The ABA is one of the longest running leagues in the minor league circuit. No doubt about it, the Jacksonville Giants are a power and have to be respected.

This year, Andrew Goudelock dominated the votes and was named Player of the Year award and also United States 1st Team.

The first team was dominated by NBA D-League players, with Non D-League selected just in the 2nd best team.

Best point guard of the year is Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette). The D-League star had a terrific season with Bakersfield Jam, leading the team to the best record in the NBA D-League. McNeal led the Jam in assist this season with 5.9 and scored an impressive 18.5ppg. McNeal was also named the 2012-13 All-NBA D-League 1st Team. He was later called-up to the Jazz.

Shooting Guard of the Year comes as no surprise, Andrew Goudelock "The Red Mamba". Goudelock played for Rio Grande Valley Vipers where he averaged 21.4ppg. He was currently called up for the LA Lakers. He was also named NBA D-League Player of the year along with 1st Team honors. The "Red mamba" is our selection for USA Player of the Year.

In small forward position theres Fort Wayne star Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-89, college: Alabama). This year, Mitchell was also named to the NBA D-League 1st Team. The Alabama star was the league top scorer with 22.3ppg. He was also named league Rookie of the Year.

Power forward of the Year goes to a former NBA and international star: Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79, college: Maryland). The former Maryland star played 5 season in the NBA and 6 internationally in Spain. Morris is currently in the UBA playing for the Houston Express. He is currently averaging over 23 points per game and a league best 15 rebounds. He is one of the Team USA selections for the 2013 Williams Jones Cup Team.

Best center of the year is one of the biggest revelations of the previous season: Brian Butch (6'11''-C/F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin). The big man had an impressive year with Bakersfield Jam averaging 13.0ppg and 11.8rpg. He is by far the best big in the NBA-DLeague.

Usbasket.com All-United States 1st Team 2013
Tony Mitchell
Mitchell
Andrew Goudelock
Goudelock
Terence Morris
Morris
Brian Butch
Butch
Jerel McNeal
McNeal

Player of the Year: Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88) of D-League
Point Guard of the Year: Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87) of D-League
Shooting Guard of the Year: Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88) of D-League
Small Forward of the Year: Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-89) of D-League)
Power Forward of the Year: Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79) of UBA)
Center of the Year: Brian Butch (211-C/F-84) of D-League
Coach of the Year: Nick Nurse of D-League

1st Team
F: Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-89) of D-League
G: Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88) of D-League
F: Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79) of D-League
C/F: Brian Butch (211-C/F-84) of D-League
G: Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87) of D-League)

2nd Team
C: Jermaine Bell (7'0''-C-84) of ABA
G/F: Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92) of D-League
G: Travis Leslie (6'4''-G-90) of D-League
G: Tony Bennett (6'1''-G-84) of PBL
G/F: Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82) of UBA

3rd Team
F: Demetris Nichols (205-F-84) of D-League
G: Devron Bostick (6'5''-G-88) of PBL
F: Ryan Edwards (6'5''-F-83) of PBL
F: Marlo Saunders (6'5''-F-84) of ABA)
G: DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85) of ABA

Honorable Mention
Chris Wright (6'8''-F-88) of D-League
Fahreed Cheatham (6'5''-F-79) of APBL
Ed Horton (6'3''-G-85) of ABA)
Damion James (6'7''-F-87) of D-League
Antonio Houston (196-G/F-88) of TRBL
Djibril Thiam (6'10''-F-86) of ABA
Jereme Richmond (6'8''-F) of PBL
Michael Davis (UBA-Coach)



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Standings - Higher League

Higher League Standings
 1. Musson 32-4 
 2. Avantazh-Pol. 31-5 
 3. Khartsyzsk 27-9 
 4. VolinBasket 19-17 
 5. Pulsar 19-17 
 6. Tornado 19-17 
 7. Kirovograd 14-22 
 8. Koksokh-Stal 14-22 
 9. BK Kremen 4-32 
 10. Ternopil 1-35 


Musson wins Higher League Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Higher League just ended.

Round 37 most important game was a victory of Musson over their biggest opponent Avantazh-Politekhnik 74-66 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the 19-game winning streak of Avantazh-Politekhnik. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Musson dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Avantazh-Politekhnik's 34. Musson had a 30-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of center Nikola Eromin (207-85) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 9 rebounds. Russian center Dmitri Lipovtsev (207-86) contributed with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international guard Timur Arabadzhi (192-81) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds for Avantazh-Politekhnik. Newly promoted Musson maintains first place with 32-4 record. Avantazh-Politekhnik at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost.
Another interesting game for Kirovograd (14-22) which played in Lutsk against 4th placed VolinBasket (19-17). Eighth ranked Kirovograd had an easy win 92-75. Georgian power forward Davit Maisuradze (205-90) stepped up and scored 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and Stanislav Ovdeenko chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side guard Igor Dranchenko (191-89) responded with 14 points and 6 assists. VolinBasket's coach Sergei Smityukh rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Kirovograd moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Koksokh-Stal. VolinBasket at the other side keeps the fourth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Pulsar and Tornado.
The game in Alchevsk was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Tornado (19-17) played at the court of 7th ranked Koksokh-Stal (14-22). Tornado defeated Koksokh-Stal 90-77 on Sunday. Sergey Lapenko nailed 12 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winning side. Tornado's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pavlo Haylo came up with 24 points and 5 assists for Koksokh-Stal in the defeat. Tornado have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Pulsar and VolinBasket. Loser Koksokh-Stal keeps the seventh position with 22 games lost. They share it with Kirovograd.
The game between third ranked Khartsyzsk (27-9) and 10th ranked Ternopil-TNEU (1-35) in Donetsk ended with biggest points difference. Khartsyzsk outscored guests from Ternopil 113-67. Evgen Korovyakov fired 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Khartsyzsk's coach Vladimir Bryaukhavetshy felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Khartsyzsk maintains third place with 27-9 record having five points less than leader Musson. Ternopil-TNEU lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 35 lost games.

Other games in round 37 were not that significant. BK Kremen smashed Ternopil on the road 104-84. Bottom-ranked Ternopil lost to BK Kremen on its own court 67-78. BK Kremen unfortunately lost to Pulsar in Rovno 81-89.
The most impressive performance of 37th round was 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by Sergei Glinchak of BK Kremen.


Ternopil - BK Kremen 84-104

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked BK Kremen's (4-32) road victory over bottom-ranked Ternopil-TNEU (1-35) 104-84. BK Kremen dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Ternopil-TNEU's 36. They outrebounded Ternopil-TNEU 39-27 including 24 on the defensive glass. BK Kremen players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists. Sergei Glinchak (-89) fired 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Center Gleb Glebov (208-82) chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Sergyi Teleshko (209-92) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and guard Evgeni Beruk (192-95) added 17 points and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Five BK Kremen and four Ternopil-TNEU players scored in double figures. Ternopil-TNEU's coach tested eleven players seeing no chance for a win. BK Kremen maintains ninth place with 4-32 record. Ternopil-TNEU lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 35 lost games.
Top scorers:
BK Kremen: S.Glinchak 25+6reb+5ast, G.Glebov 19+8reb+4ast, I.Chumichev 17+11reb+3ast, B.Sosoi 16+3reb+5ast, O.Zharkov 15+2reb+3ast, D.Rozhenko 6+6reb+6ast
Ternopil: S.Teleshko 21+5reb+2ast, E.Beruk 17+3reb+7ast, A.Nifonton 13+8reb+4ast, E.Odazhu 13+2reb, Y.Sinkovskiy 8+2reb+1ast, A.Germanenko 4+2reb+6ast
gschID: 239698


Ternopil - BK Kremen 67-78

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Ternopil-TNEU's (1-35) home loss to ninth ranked BK Kremen (4-32) 67-78. BK Kremen players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Ternopil-TNEU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Russian center Igor Chumichev (209-89) fired 30 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Mykhailo Loza (197-92) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Anton Nifonton (190-89) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 assists and 5 steals and center Sergyi Teleshko (209-92) added 24 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Ternopil-TNEU's coach tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Kremen maintains ninth place with 4-32 record. Ternopil-TNEU lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 35 lost games.
Top scorers:
BK Kremen: I.Chumichev 30+9reb+2ast, M.Loza 12+8reb+1ast, S.Glinchak 11+3reb+1ast, M.Nitsak 10+2ast, G.Glebov 9+5reb+7ast, D.Rozhenko 3+1reb+3ast
Ternopil: S.Teleshko 24+5reb+1ast, A.Nifonton 19+2reb+10ast, E.Odazhu 7+4reb+1ast, E.Beruk 6+10reb+4ast, G.Zazulevic 4+1reb, A.Germanenko 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 239699


Pulsar - BK Kremen 89-81

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked BC-93 Pulsar (19-17) won against 9th ranked BK Kremen (4-32) in Rovno 89-81. BC-93 Pulsar forced 20 BK Kremen turnovers. Guard Ilya Shemosyuk (188-85) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 assists for the winners. Power forward Evgeni Vornik (207-86, agency: Promotex) chipped in 29 points and 5 rebounds. BC-93 Pulsar's coach Mikhail Pereverziy allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Gleb Glebov (208-82) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Mykola Nitsak (201-93) added 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Five BK Kremen players scored in double figures. BC-93 Pulsar have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with VolinBasket and Tornado. BK Kremen at the other side keeps the ninth position with 32 games lost.
Top scorers:
Pulsar: E.Vornik 29+5reb, I.Shemosyuk 23+3reb+11ast, R.Novikov 11+6reb, T.Lipin 9+3ast, A.Prystupa 9+2reb+1ast, S.Roman 5+3reb+3ast
BK Kremen: G.Glebov 20+11reb+4ast, M.Nitsak 17+7reb+1ast, I.Chumichev 15+5reb, S.Glinchak 14+6reb+3ast, B.Sosoi 10+3reb+5ast, M.Loza 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 203469


Avantazh-Pol. - Musson 66-74

Round 37 most important game was a victory of Musson over their biggest opponent Avantazh-Politekhnik 74-66 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the 19-game winning streak of Avantazh-Politekhnik. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Musson dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Avantazh-Politekhnik's 34. Musson had a 30-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of center Nikola Eromin (207-85) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 9 rebounds. Russian center Dmitri Lipovtsev (207-86) contributed with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international guard Timur Arabadzhi (192-81) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds and forward Anton Mikhaylov (192-91) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Avantazh-Politekhnik. Newly promoted Musson maintains first place with 32-4 record. Avantazh-Politekhnik at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost.
Top scorers:
Musson: N.Eromin 21+9reb, I.Kozhevatov 15+5reb+1ast, D.Lipovtsev 11+8reb+4ast, D.Palanichuk 7+1reb, D.Baiandin 7+5reb+1ast, O.Zhuk 7+2reb+1ast
Avantazh-Pol.: T.Arabadzhi 22+6reb, A.Mikhaylov 18+7reb, A.Rochnyak 8+1reb, R.Borovskyi 6+5reb, R.Olchovskiy 5+4reb+1ast, R.Kozlov 3+2reb
gschID: 203468


VolinBasket - Kirovograd 75-92

Another interesting game for Kirovograd (14-22) which played in Lutsk against 4th placed VolinBasket (19-17). Eighth ranked Kirovograd had an easy win 92-75. Kirovograd dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to VolinBasket's 40. Georgian power forward Davit Maisuradze (205-90) stepped up and scored 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Stanislav Ovdeenko (192-84) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Kirovograd players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Igor Dranchenko (191-89) responded with 14 points and 6 assists and center Stanislav Alekseychuk (214-87) scored 14 points. VolinBasket's coach Sergei Smityukh rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Kirovograd moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Koksokh-Stal. VolinBasket at the other side keeps the fourth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Pulsar and Tornado.
Top scorers:
Kirovograd: D.Maisuradze 20+6reb+2ast, A.Rozhkov 17+2reb+3ast, S.Ovdeenko 17+5reb, O.Kodola 12+1reb, O.Osnach 9+5reb+4ast, M.Vorobjov 7+1reb+1ast
VolinBasket: V.Reka 15+2reb+1ast, I.Dranchenko 14+3reb+6ast, S.Alekseychuk 14+3reb+1ast, E.Fedchuk 8+2reb+2ast, A.Shelukha 8+3reb, S.Shevtsov 7+1ast
gschID: 203467


Khartsyzsk - Ternopil 113-67

The game between third ranked Khartsyzsk (27-9) and 10th ranked Ternopil-TNEU (1-35) in Donetsk ended with biggest points difference. Khartsyzsk outscored guests from Ternopil 113-67. Khartsyzsk dominated down low during the game scoring 94 of its points in the paint compared to Ternopil-TNEU's 26. Khartsyzsk forced 23 Ternopil-TNEU turnovers and outrebounded them 39-14 including a 27-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. Khartsyzsk players were unselfish on offense dishing 36 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Ternopil-TNEU's players. Forward Evgen Korovyakov (197-88) fired 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Maxim Nikitin (201-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Four Khartsyzsk players scored in double figures. Khartsyzsk's coach Vladimir Bryaukhavetshy felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Anton Nifonton (190-89) produced 28 points and guard Evgeni Beruk (192-95) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Khartsyzsk maintains third place with 27-9 record having five points less than leader Musson. Ternopil-TNEU lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 35 lost games.
Top scorers:
Khartsyzsk: E.Korovyakov 20+7reb+3ast, M.Nikitin 18+10reb+2ast, B.Karebin 15+4reb, A.Horbatiuk 12+2reb+4ast, O.Sevastianov 11+3reb+5ast, Y.Zozulia 11+2reb+8ast
Ternopil: A.Nifonton 28+4reb+1ast, E.Beruk 15+4reb+2ast, Y.Sinkovskiy 13+3reb+1ast, A.Germanenko 5+1reb+2ast, V.Spivak 4+2reb, D.Ushakov 2+2ast
gschID: 203466


Koksokh-Stal - Tornado 77-90

The game in Alchevsk was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Tornado (19-17) played at the court of 7th ranked Koksokh-Stal (14-22). Tornado defeated Koksokh-Stal 90-77 on Sunday. Tornado dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Koksokh-Stal's 26 and made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Tornado forced 27 Koksokh-Stal turnovers. Guard Sergey Lapenko (196-85) nailed 12 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winning side and forward Oleksandr Gudkov (204-90) accounted for 17 points and 6 rebounds. Tornado's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Pavlo Haylo (182-87) came up with 24 points and 5 assists and power forward Aleksander Kolomiychuk (202-91) added 19 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Koksokh-Stal in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tornado have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Pulsar and VolinBasket. Loser Koksokh-Stal keeps the seventh position with 22 games lost. They share it with Kirovograd.
Top scorers:
Tornado: O.Gudkov 17+6reb+1ast, O.Braslavskiy 13+1reb+1ast, I.Dobrikov 13, S.Lapenko 12+8reb+4ast, I.Meshcheryakov 11+5reb+1ast, M.Volchanov 8+5reb+1ast
Koksokh-Stal: P.Haylo 24+4reb+5ast, A.Kolomiychuk 19+12reb+2ast, B.Bereziuk 17+3reb+2ast, J.Selivanov 13+3reb+3ast, P.Gaydamaka 3+3reb+1ast, Y.Dydenko 1+1ast
gschID: 203465



Glinchak's 25 points and 6 rebounds give him Higher League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old Sergei Glinchak (89) put on an amazing game in the last round for BK Kremen and receives a Eurobasket.com Higher League Player of the Week award for round 37.
He had the game-high 25 points adding six rebounds and five assists for BK Kremen in his team's victory, helping them to crush Ternopil (#10, 1-35) with 20-point margin 104-84. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. BK Kremen maintains the 9th position in Ukrainian Higher League. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 32 games and recorded just four victories. It's Glinchak's second year at BK Kremen and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Sergei Glinchak averages this season 9.2ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Anton Nifonton (190-G-89) of Ternopil. He is a guard in his second season at Ternopil. In the last game Nifonton recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 10 assists. Bad luck as Ternopil lost that game 67-78 to slightly higher-ranked BK Kremen (#9, 4-32). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Ternopil is still at the dead bottom 10th position. 35 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Ternopil managed to get this year. Nifonton is well-known at Ternopil and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.3ppg (#6).

Third place about best performers goes to another BK Kremen's star - center Gleb Glebov (208-C-82). Glebov showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Glebov's great performance BK Kremen lost 81-89 to the higher-ranked Pulsar (#5, 19-17). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. BK Kremen can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-32 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Glebov he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Glebov has individually a great season in Ukraine. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.0rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Evgeni Vornik (207-C/F-86) of Pulsar - 29 points and 5 rebounds
5. Igor Chumichev (209-C-89) of BK Kremen - 30 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Evgen Korovyakov (197-F-88) of Khartsyzsk - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ilya Shemosyuk (188-G-85) of Pulsar - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Aleksander Kolomiychuk (202-C/F-91) of Koksokh-Stal - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Davit Maisuradze (205-F/C-90) of Kirovograd - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Evgeni Beruk (192-G-95) of Ternopil - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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Al Ahli dominate 2012/2013 season - by Eurobasket News

Al Ahli dominate 2012/2013 season as they won Vice Presidents Cup, League and UAE Presidents Cup. Al Ahli beat Al Shabab 77:66 in the Final of the UAE Presidents Cup to complete a grand treble for the season. Cheikh Samb top-scored for the winners with 27 points.


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Defensor Sporting took a 3-2 lead over Aguada - by Hector Lopez

Defenso Sporting defeated Aguada 80-62 to take a 3-2 lead, and they are now just one more win to be the 2012/13 Uruguayan League champions. Defensor took a 18 points lead after three minutes in the second quarter, but Aguada scored a 28-9 to take a one point lead 39-38 with seven miknutes to play in the third quarter. Buy the game changed in the last quarterwhen Defensor Sporting netted a 21-8 to win the fifth game. For Defensor, Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: Miami, FL) scored 17 points with 21 rebounds to be more valuable player of the game, Federico Alvarez (194-F-88) scored 17 points, and Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) added 14 points. For Aguada Leandro Garcia Morales (186-PG-80, college: Texas A&M) scored 18 points with 6 assists, Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech) scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Gregory Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) netted 7 with 13 rebounds.


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Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
 1. Marinos 31-10 
 2. Cocodrilos 25-15 
 3. Gigantes 22-20 
 4. Bucaneros 21-20 
 5. Gaiteros 21-20 
 6. Guaros 20-21 
 7. Trotamundos 19-22 
 8. Guaiqueries 16-24 
 9. Panteras 15-26 
 10. Toros 14-26 

Regular Season: Round 39

Apr. 30: Trotamundos - Gaiteros 95-87
Apr. 30: Cocodrilos - Panteras 86-77
Apr. 30: Gigantes - Guaros 84-76
Apr. 29: Bucaneros - Marinos 73-74
May. 1: Panteras - Marinos
May. 1: Gigantes - Guaros
May. 2: Guaiqueries - Trotamundos
May. 3: Toros - Panteras
May. 3: Marinos - Guaros




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Women News


Marianna Tolo wins the title with Bourges - by Eurobasket News

Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) wins the title with Bourges as the latter claimed the third straight LFB title in France. They overcame Lattes Montpellier for the second straight road win tonight to bring home the 12th overall LFB trophy. Nwal-Endene Miyem stepped up with 16 points to lead the winners. Bourges are now one title away from LFB most successful team Clermont-Ferrand (13 titles).
Bourges dominated from start to finish in this one. They jumped to a comfortable 15:9 lead after the opening quarter. Bourges boosted the lead in the second frame. The visitors accumulated a 37:29 halftime buffer. Celine Dumerc opened a double-digit lead for the visiting team midway through the third term. Lattes Montpellier managed to get within 8 points 43:51 at the final intermission. But Bourges did not allow the hosts to get any closer. The visitors boosted the gap to 15 points in the fourth period and never looked back en route to the win. Celine Dumerc finished with 12 points, while Emmeline Ndongue added 11 points and 7 rebounds for Bourges. Geraldine Robert responded with 15 points for Lattes Montpellier. Ana Lelas delivered 13 points in the loss.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kristina SANTIAGO
  Dunav
  (185-F-89)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Santiago, Dunav21.7 
 2. Tomova, Montana20.2 
 3. Teilane, Haskovo17.8 
 4. Gayle, Neftochimic17.8 
 5. Robinson, Neftochi.16.5 
 6. Dubrovina, Neftoch.16.5 
 7. Naneva, Beroe15.6 
 8. Mehmedic, Haskovo15.2 
 9. Dimitrova, Dunav15.1 
 10. Peteva, Levski14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ashley GAYLE
  Neftochimic
  (193-F/C-90)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Gayle, Neftochimic12.3 
 2. Slavova-N., Montan.11.6 
 3. Teilane, Haskovo11.0 
 4. Johnson, Dunav 88.10.4 
 5. Tomova, Montana9.8 
 6. Santiago, Dunav9.3 
 7. Farrell, Rilski S.8.2 
 8. Robinson, Neftochi.8.2 
 9. Rebane, Neftochi.7.0 
 10. Kovacevic, Hasko.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Olga DUBROVINA
  Neftochi.
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Dubrovina, Neftoch.6.0 
 2. Mehmedic, Haskovo5.2 
 3. Kostova, Dunav 88.4.7 
 4. Anderson, Dunav3.4 
 5. Samburska, Montana3.4 
 6. Nesheva, Montana3.3 
 7. Djikova, Rilski S.3.0 
 8. Allen, Levski2.8 
 9. Sokolan, Neftochim.2.7 
 10. Johnson, Dunav 8.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Charel ALLEN
  Levski
  (181-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Allen, Levski3.0 
 2. Mehmedic, Haskovo2.5 
 3. Dubrovina, Neftoch.2.1 
 4. Santiago, Dunav2.0 
 5. Johnson, Dunav 88.1.9 
 6. Naneva, Beroe1.9 
 7. Koleva, Beroe1.8 
 8. Slavova-N., Montan.1.8 
 9. Peteva, Levski1.7 
 10. Kostova, Dunav 8.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Haskovo .
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Teilane, Haskovo3.6 
 2. Gayle, Neftochimic2.0 
 3. Tomova, Montana1.9 
 4. Santiago, Dunav0.9 
 5. Allen, Levski0.8 
 6. Ivanova, Levski0.7 
 7. Kostova, Montana0.5 
 8. Yancheva, Levski0.5 
 9. Johnson, Dunav 88.0.5 
 10. Sharenkapova, Du.0.5 


Dunav 8806 takes 2-1 NBL Final lead - by Eurobasket News

Dunav 8806 - Neftochimic 81-68 (2-1)

Dunav 8806 takes 2-1 NBL Final lead. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-68. It was a good game for American forward Kristina Santiago (185-89, college: Cal Poly - SLO, agency: LBM Management) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international forward Radostina Dimitrova (185-85) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Five Dunav 8806 players scored in double figures. Dunav 8806's coach Georgi Bozhkov used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Estonian forward Viive Kai Rebane (182-89, college: Binghamton) answered with 20 points and Ukrainian guard Olga Dubrovina (170-87, agency: LBM Management) added 10 points and 9 assists in the effort for Neftochimic.
Top scorers:
Dunav 8806: K.Santiago 28+17reb+5ast, R.Dimitrova 13+3reb+1ast, M.Anderson 12+3reb, A.Johnson 11+3reb+1ast, T.Sharenkapova 10+2reb+1ast, Z.Kostova 5+2reb+5ast
Neftochimic: V.Kai Rebane 20+2reb, M.Zhelyazkova 13+3reb, O.Dubrovina 10+2reb+9ast, A.Miteva 8+5reb+1ast, G.Kostova 8+2reb, S.Nikolova 7
gschID: 240173



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Stephany Skrba wins the title with Bourges - by Eurobasket News

Stephany Skrba (188-F-87, college: Michigan) wins the title with Bourges as the latter claimed the third straight LFB title in France. They overcame Lattes Montpellier for the second straight road win tonight to bring home the 12th overall LFB trophy. Nwal-Endene Miyem stepped up with 16 points to lead the winners. Bourges are now one title away from LFB most successful team Clermont-Ferrand (13 titles).
Bourges dominated from start to finish in this one. They jumped to a comfortable 15:9 lead after the opening quarter. Bourges boosted the lead in the second frame. The visitors accumulated a 37:29 halftime buffer. Celine Dumerc opened a double-digit lead for the visiting team midway through the third term. Lattes Montpellier managed to get within 8 points 43:51 at the final intermission. But Bourges did not allow the hosts to get any closer. The visitors boosted the gap to 15 points in the fourth period and never looked back en route to the win. Celine Dumerc finished with 12 points, while Emmeline Ndongue added 11 points and 7 rebounds for Bourges. Geraldine Robert responded with 15 points for Lattes Montpellier. Ana Lelas delivered 13 points in the loss.
In 2012-2013 for Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (France-LFB) Stephany Skrba averaged 2.1ppg, 4.2rpg in EuroLeague. In French League her stats read 2.1 points per game.



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Bralic release 15 candidate list without Mandir and Karcic - by Zeljko Zule

Croatian national team coach Stipe Bralic has released a list of 15 candidates for the 2013 European Championship. The list does not include veteran members of the Olympic squad like Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) and Lisa Karcic (185-PF-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Villanova). The camp will start on May 10.
Croatia have been drawn in Group D with Lithuania, Czech and Belarus.
2013 Croatian national team: Davorka Balic (188-F-88), Kristina Benic (180-F-88), Monika Bosilj (178-G-85, college: FIU), Josipa Bura (185-C-85, agency: IPSA), Iva Ciglar (168-PG-85, agency: Data Plus Group), Luca Ivankovic (207-C-87), Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84), Andja Jelavic (172-G-80, agency: 1x1 Sports), Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83), Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Richmond), Antonija Misura (178-F-88, agency: 1x1 Sports), Marija Rezan (198-C-89), Emanuela Salopek (178-SG-87), Iva Sliskovic (190-C-84, college: S.Carolina), Matea Vrdoljak (183-F-85)




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Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Ambrosia ANDERSON
  Trutnov
  (186-F-84)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Anderson, Trutnov18.6 
 2. Lowenthal, VSE P.17.0 
 3. Vaughn, USK Praha16.5 
 4. Abdi, IMOS B.16.5 
 5. Fontenette, Valos.16.1 
 6. Brunson, USK Praha16.0 
 7. Sprague, Valosun15.4 
 8. Krizova, Strakonice15.3 
 9. Dotson, VS Praha14.7 
 10. Mrhalkova, Valosun14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lauren ERVIN
  Trutnov
  (191-F-85)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Ervin, Trutnov11.8 
 2. Greer, Trutnov9.6 
 3. Jileckova, Strakon.9.3 
 4. Dotson, VS Praha9.2 
 5. Brunson, USK Praha8.7 
 6. Anderson, Trutnov8.4 
 7. Brown, DSK Karlin8.3 
 8. Lowenthal, VSE P.8.0 
 9. Vaughn, USK Praha8.0 
 10. Green, Slovanka7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jelena SKEROVIC
  USK Praha
  (176-G-80)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Skerovic, USK Praha4.7 
 2. Nezdarilova, Slova.3.9 
 3. Milovanovic, Lokom.3.2 
 4. Horakova, IMOS B.3.1 
 5. Bartakova, VS Pra.2.9 
 6. Green, Slovanka MB2.9 
 7. Bortelova, DSK K.2.9 
 8. Harapesova, VSE P.2.9 
 9. Lardy, USK Praha2.5 
 10. Uhrova, Slovanka.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ashleigh FONTENETTE
  Valosu.
  (172-PG-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Fontenette, Valos.3.0 
 2. Horakova, IMOS B.2.5 
 3. Thomas, Strakonice2.4 
 4. Green, Slovanka MB2.3 
 5. Nezdarilova, Slova.2.3 
 6. Bortelova, DSK K.2.2 
 7. Selby, Strakonice2.1 
 8. O''Reilly, Lokom.2.0 
 9. Lowenthal, VSE P.2.0 
 10. Anderson, Trutnov1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Anna JURCENKOVA
  IMOS B.
  (195-C-85)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Jurcenkova, IMOS1.3 
 2. Hartigova, Hradec1.0 
 3. Greer, Trutnov0.9 
 4. Ohlde, IMOS B.0.9 
 5. Burgrova, USK Praha0.8 
 6. Anderson, Trutnov0.8 
 7. Sprague, Valosun0.7 
 8. Hanusova, IMOS B.0.6 
 9. Vaughn, USK Praha0.6 
 10. Peckova, IMOS B.0.6 


Petra Kulichova celebrates in Slovak Republic - by Eurobasket News

Petra Kulichova celebrates in Slovak Republic with her Good Angels. The latter defended their Extraliga title. They outlasted MBK Ruzomberok in a thrilling championship series. The Kosice team gained the crucial win tonight to claim 3-2 win in the series. Allie Quigley stepped up with 24 points to pace the winners.
Good Angels jumped to a 19:15 lead after ten minutes of action. The second frame belonged to the hosts. Good Angels reeled off to a 44:23 halftime advantage. MBK Ruzomberok stopped the rot in the third term. The visitors revived the intrigue cutting the deficit at 15-point mark with ten minutes remaining. But Good Angles fired 20 points in the final stanza and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Miljana Bojovic delivered 22 points, while Lucia Kupcikova netted 10 points for the winners. Nadia Parker responded with 19 points for MBK Ruzomberok. Eva Kmetova had 10 points in the loss.



ZBL Round 3 of Finals. IMOS Brno stay alive with road win - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
USK Praha - IMOS Brno 72-73

USK Praha wasted the chance to clinch the title in front of the home fans as IMOS Brno got away with a vital victory in Game 3. The series now move back to Brno for the fourth game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-18. But USK Praha won second period 15-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was international forward Tereza Peckova (189-87) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Swedish forward Farhiya Abdi (188-92) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four IMOS Brno players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Montenegrin guard Jelena Skerovic (176-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who recorded 15 points and 8 assists and American power forward Rebekkah Brunson (191-81, college: Georgetown, agency: LBM Management) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
IMOS Brno: T.Peckova 21+7reb+1ast, F.Abdi 17+5reb+5ast, H.Horakova 14+4reb+2ast, A.Jurcenkova 12+6reb+4ast, A.Hanusova 6+1reb+1ast, N.Ohlde 3+4reb+2ast
USK Praha: J.Skerovic 15+4reb+8ast, K.Elhotova 12+1reb+1ast, E.Viteckova 10+3reb+1ast, K.Vaughn 10+3reb+2ast, R.Brunson 9+9reb+1ast, A.De Forge 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 239734



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Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Greek League 1st Team 2013
Theoni Tzegianaki
Tzegianaki
Dimitra Kalentzou
Kalentzou
Breanna Brock
Brock
Diana Delva
Delva
Jasmine Erving
Erving


Player of the Year: Diana Delva (188-F/C-88) of Panathinaikos
Guard of the Year: Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) of Panathinaikos
Forward of the Year: Diana Delva (188-F/C-88) of Panathinaikos
Center of the Year: Jasmine Erving (188-C-90) of Ikaros Kalitheas
Import Player of the Year: Diana Delva (188-F/C-88) of Panathinaikos
Bosman Player of the Year: Aleksandra Begenisic (193-C-89) of Aris
Domestic Player of the Year: Niki Zerva (184-F-79) of Olympiakos
Defensive Player of the Year: Jasmine Erving (188-C-90) of Ikaros Kalitheas
Coach of the Year: Giasemi Samandoura of Panathinaikos

1st Team
PG: Theoni Tzegianaki (167-PG-85) of Ikaros Kalitheas
G: Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) of Panathinaikos
F: Breanna Brock (187-F-90) of AO Ellinikou
F/C: Diana Delva (188-F/C-88) of Panathinaikos
C: Jasmine Erving (188-C-90) of Ikaros Kalitheas

2nd Team
G: Lolita Lymoura (180-G-85) of Athinaikos
G: Roula Mouli (178-G-85) of Aris
F: Theodora Panteli (183-F-87) of Asteras
F: Niki Zerva (184-F-79) of Olympiakos
C: Caila Desroches (193-C-88) of PAOK

Honorable Mention
Afroditi Kosma (187-F/C-83) of Athinaikos
Tania Chalivera (178-G-85) of AO Ellinikou
Aleksandra Begenisic (193-C-89) of Aris
Nena Nikolaidou (190-C/F-79) of Kronos AD
Alexia Botsari (178-G-83) of Terpsithea
Zafiria Giabani (184-F-92) of Panionios
Eleana Pantazi (177-G-83) of Terpsithea

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Theoni Tzegianaki (167-PG-85) of Ikaros Kalitheas
G: Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) of Panathinaikos
F: Theodora Panteli (183-F-87) of Asteras
F: Niki Zerva (184-F-79) of Olympiakos
F/C: Afroditi Kosma (187-F/C-83) of Athinaikos

All-Imports Team
G: Eleana Pantazi (177-G-83) of Terpsithea
F: Breanna Brock (187-F-90) of AO Ellinikou
F/C: Diana Delva (188-F/C-88) of Panathinaikos
C: Jasmine Erving (188-C-90) of Ikaros Kalitheas
C: Caila Desroches (193-C-88) of PAOK



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Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League 1st Team 2013
Jessica Jenkins
Jenkins
Shannon McCallum
McCallum
Siarre Evans
Evans
Lele Hardy
Hardy
Sigrun Amundadottir
Amundadottir

Finals MVP: Jessica Jenkins (172-G-90) of Keflavik
Player of the Year: Lele Hardy (182-F-88) of Njardvik
Guard of the Year: Jessica Jenkins (172-G-90) of Keflavik
Forward of the Year: Lele Hardy (182-F-88) of Njardvik
Center of the Year: Sigrun Amundadottir (181-C/F-88) of KR
Import Player of the Year: Lele Hardy (182-F-88) of Njardvik
Domestic Player of the Year: Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (168-PG-87) of Keflavik
Defensive Player of the Year: Jaleesa Butler (185-G-87) of Valur
Coach of the Year: Valur Ingimundarson of Ammerud Bskt

1st Team
G: Jessica Jenkins (172-G-90) of Keflavik
G: Shannon McCallum (177-G-87) of KR
G/F: Siarre Evans (178-G/F-88) of Haukar
F: Lele Hardy (182-F-88) of Njardvik
C/F: Sigrun Amundadottir (181-C/F-88) of KR

2nd Team
PG: Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (168-PG-87) of Keflavik
G: Hildur Kjartansdottir (183-G-94) of Snaefell
G: Jaleesa Butler (185-G-87) of Valur
F: Kieraah Marlow (178-F-85) of Snaefell
F: Heidrun Harpa Rikhardsdottir (173-F-92) of Fjolnir

Honorable Mention
Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir (176-F-85) of Valur
Helga Hallgrimsdottir (180-C-87) of Grindavik
Petrunella Skuladottir (177-F-85) of Grindavik
Crystal Smith (168-G-84) of Grindavik
Salbjorg Saevarsdottir (182-C-91) of Njardvik
Britney Jones (172-G-87) of Fjolnir

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (168-PG-87) of Keflavik
G: Hildur Kjartansdottir (183-G-94) of Snaefell
F: Petrunella Skuladottir (177-F-85) of Grindavik
F: Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir (176-F-85) of Valur
C/F: Sigrun Amundadottir (181-C/F-88) of KR

All-Imports Team
G: Jessica Jenkins (172-G-90) of Keflavik
G: Shannon McCallum (177-G-87) of KR
G: Jaleesa Butler (185-G-87) of Valur
G/F: Siarre Evans (178-G/F-88) of Haukar
F: Lele Hardy (182-F-88) of Njardvik



Helena Sverrisdottir wins the title with Good Angels - by Eurobasket News

Helena Sverrisdottir (185-F/G-88, college: TCU) wins the title with Good Angels. The latter defended their Extraliga title. They outlasted MBK Ruzomberok in a thrilling championship series. The Kosice team gained the crucial win tonight to claim 3-2 win in the series. Allie Quigley stepped up with 24 points to pace the winners.
Good Angels jumped to a 19:15 lead after ten minutes of action. The second frame belonged to the hosts. Good Angels reeled off to a 44:23 halftime advantage. MBK Ruzomberok stopped the rot in the third term. The visitors revived the intrigue cutting the deficit at 15-point mark with ten minutes remaining. But Good Angles fired 20 points in the final stanza and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Miljana Bojovic delivered 22 points, while Lucia Kupcikova netted 10 points for the winners. Nadia Parker responded with 19 points for MBK Ruzomberok. Eva Kmetova had 10 points in the loss.
In 2012-2013 Helena Sverrisdottir averaged 5.2ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 83.3% in EuroLeague.



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  LUXEMBOURG   

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Kayla TETSCHLAG
  Racing
  (182-G/F-89)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Tetschlag, Racing25.9 
 2. Gardler, Amicale24.9 
 3. Vaughn, Basket Es.21.6 
 4. Yoerger, AB Contern20.6 
 5. Conicelli, Etzella19.0 
 6. Stevenson, Racing17.9 
 7. Grieb, AB Contern17.9 
 8. Manakova, Amicale17.6 
 9. Stowe, Musel Pikes17.3 
 10. Ulin, Sparta17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kayla TETSCHLAG
  Racing
  (182-G/F-89)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Tetschlag, Racing14.9 
 2. Conicelli, Etzella13.6 
 3. Gardler, Amicale11.3 
 4. Vaughn, Basket Es.11.1 
 5. Stevenson, Racing11.1 
 6. Yoerger, AB Contern10.4 
 7. Drake, Sparta10.1 
 8. Fisher, Musel Pikes10.1 
 9. Stowe, Musel Pikes9.5 
 10. Grieb, AB Contern9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Cathy SCHMIT
  Musel Pikes
  (17-G-90)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Schmit, Musel Pikes4.8 
 2. Donovan, Etzella4.1 
 3. Yoerger, AB Contern3.6 
 4. Grieb, AB Contern3.3 
 5. Fisher, Musel Pikes3.3 
 6. Sitz, Sparta3.2 
 7. Wagener, T71 D.3.0 
 8. Tetschlag, Racing2.9 
 9. Skrijelj, Sparta2.8 
 10. Cigrang, Musel Pi.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kayla TETSCHLAG
  Racing
  (182-G/F-89)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Tetschlag, Racing3.7 
 2. Gardler, Amicale3.5 
 3. Conicelli, Etzella3.2 
 4. Schmit, Musel Pikes2.9 
 5. Yoerger, AB Contern2.7 
 6. Wagener, T71 D.2.7 
 7. Stevenson, Racing2.6 
 8. Fisher, Musel Pikes2.2 
 9. Lemmer, Racing2.0 
 10. Manakova, Amicale1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Petra MANAKOVA
  Amicale
  (195-F/C-82)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Manakova, Amicale0.8 
 2. Stowe, Musel Pikes0.6 
 3. Mazjoukhina, Musel0.5 
 4. Leyers, Basket Es.0.5 
 5. Yoerger, AB Contern0.5 
 6. Drake, Sparta0.4 
 7. Stevenson, Racing0.4 
 8. Ulin, Sparta0.4 
 9. Mosgrove, Basket0.4 
 10. Orban, T71 D.0.4 


Musel Pikes claim Diekirch League title - by Eurobasket News

Musel Pikes - Etzella 67:62

Musel Pikes celebrated the Diekirch League title. They knocked down Etzella at home court in the decisive third game of the title series. Carine Cigrang (175-PF-85) stepped up with 19 points to pace the winners.
Musel Pikes gained control early in the encounter. They registered an 18:10 lead after ten minutes. Musel Pikes extended their lead in the second term. They went on a 23:14 rally in the period to establish a 41:24 halftime buffer. But Etzella refused to give up. The visitors went on a 17:14 run in the third term to narrow the gap. Moreover Etzella ignited a determined comeback rally in the final period getting within striking distance. But Musel Pikes stayed cool and secured the winning outcome at the end. Christine Fisher (183-F/C-83) delivered 18 points and 17 rebounds, while Amanda Stowe (186-F/C-79, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) added 11 points and 13 boards for Musel Pikes. Katie Donovan (178-G-82) answered with 24 points for Etzella. Annick Neiertz (183-F-92) chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Musel Pikes: Carine Cigrang 19, Christine Fisher 18+17 boards, Amanda Stowe 11+13 boards
Etzella: Katie Donovan 24, Annick Neiertz 15



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  ROMANIA   

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Brandie HOSKINS
  Brasov
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Hoskins, Brasov19.3 
 2. Givens, ICIM A.18.3 
 3. Lucas, Hondar.-Irun17.2 
 4. Bailey, Sf.Gheorghe16.9 
 5. Brown, Timisoara16.0 
 6. Pesovic, Timisoara15.2 
 7. Tobin, Alba Iulia15.2 
 8. Hilliard, Targu Mu.15.0 
 9. Lyons, Alexandria14.9 
 10. Ferenczi, Cluj N.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mekia VALENTINE
  Sf.Gheor.
  (193-F/C-88)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Valentine, Sf.Gheo.10.5 
 2. Hilliard, Targu Mu.10.2 
 3. Thompson, Alba Iul.10.0 
 4. Demirovic, Sp.Stu.9.7 
 5. Arlen, Alexandria9.6 
 6. Toma, Craiova9.2 
 7. Mitov, Craiova8.3 
 8. Thornton, Brasov8.3 
 9. Givens, ICIM A.8.2 
 10. Stjepanovic, Bras.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jence RHOADS
  Sf.Gheorghe
  (180-G-88)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Rhoads, Sf.Gheorg.5.8 
 2. Parau, Satu Mare5.0 
 3. Cursaru, Brasov4.6 
 4. Risper, ICIM A.4.4 
 5. Nicolaescu, Rapid4.2 
 6. Prlja, Craiova4.2 
 7. Arnold, Alexandria3.9 
 8. Ajavon, Targoviste3.9 
 9. Bajic, Sp.Stude.3.5 
 10. Jones, Cluj Napo.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tiffany BROWN
  Timisoara
  (165-G-86)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Brown, Timisoara3.9 
 2. Robbins, Targoviste3.0 
 3. Lyons, Alexandria2.8 
 4. Sipos, Alexandria2.8 
 5. Chis, Oradea2.7 
 6. Bailey, Sf.Gheorghe2.6 
 7. Vlaicu, Oradea2.4 
 8. Thornton, Brasov2.4 
 9. Pesovic, Timisoara2.4 
 10. Ajavon, Targoviste2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Gabriela TOMA
  Craiova
  (192-C-74)
  Avg: 2
 1. Toma, Craiova2.0 
 2. Valentine, Sf.Gheo.1.5 
 3. Stoiedin, Timisoara1.4 
 4. Stjepanovic, Brasov1.2 
 5. Whittington, Satu1.2 
 6. Blanaru, Timisoara1.0 
 7. Hilliard, Targu Mu.1.0 
 8. Arlen, Alexandria0.9 
 9. Thornton, Brasov0.9 
 10. Thompson, Alba Iu.0.9 


Targoviste tied the Final series - by Eurobasket News

Targoviste - ICIM Arad 79-78 (1-1)

The hosts trailed by 13 points at the halftime before their 30-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. CSM Targoviste dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to ICIM Arad's 30. International forward Gabriela Marginean (182-87, college: Drexel) saved the victory by scoring 15 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American power forward Ashley Walker (187-87, college: California) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five CSM Targoviste players scored in double figures. American point guard Jennifer Risper (175-87, college: Vanderbilt) replied with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) and her fellow American import swingman Christina Wirth (186-87, college: Vanderbilt) added 22 points and 4 assists in the effort for ICIM Arad.
Top scorers:
Targoviste: G.Marginean 15+6reb+2ast, M.Miljkovic 15+2reb+5ast, A.Walker 14+8reb+1ast, J.Davis 11+3reb+1ast, J.Robbins 11+5reb+1ast, K.Tikhonenko 11+7reb+2ast
ICIM Arad: J.Risper 24+5reb+5ast, C.Wirth 22+1reb+4ast, C.Bartee 11+3reb, C.Givens 7+10reb+2ast, K.Laplante 6+6reb, S.Milovanovic 5+3reb
gschID: 240230

3rd place
Satu Mare - Alba Iulia 72-69

The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-17. But Alba Iulia won third quarter 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated the game. Power forward Shanika Freeman (186-83, college: Jacksonville St.) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Khadijah Whittington (185-86, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Forward Amanda Thompson (183-87, college: Oklahoma) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and forward Rebecca Tobin (195-88, college: Arizona St.) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Alba Iulia's coach Miroslav Popovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Satu Mare: S.Freeman 18+5reb+2ast, K.Whittington 13+5reb+2ast, A.Parau 12+3reb+3ast, A.Orosz 10+3reb+2ast, U.Drye 7+5reb+1ast, D.Kovacevic 6+1reb+1ast
Alba Iulia: A.Thompson 16+12reb+3ast, R.Tobin 15+7reb, E.Abramzon 11+4reb, R.Tarta 10+2reb+1ast, J.Vukoje 7+2reb, A.Uiuiu 4+1reb
gschID: 240229



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  SLOVAKIA   


Good Angels repeat as Extraliga Champions - by Eurobasket News

Good Angels - MBK Ruzomberok 80:63

Good Angels defended their Extraliga title. They outlasted MBK Ruzomberok in a thrilling championship series. The Kosice team gained the crucial win tonight to claim 3-2 win in the series. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) stepped up with 24 points to pace the winners.
Good Angels jumped to a 19:15 lead after ten minutes of action. The second frame belonged to the hosts. Good Angels reeled off to a 44:23 halftime advantage. MBK Ruzomberok stopped the rot in the third term. The visitors revived the intrigue cutting the deficit at 15-point mark with ten minutes remaining. But Good Angles fired 20 points in the final stanza and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Miljana Bojovic (181-G-87) delivered 22 points, while Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) netted 10 points for the winners. Nadia Parker (191-C-87, college: USC) responded with 19 points for MBK Ruzomberok. Eva Kmetova (188-C-87, agency: Regeneracom Sports) had 10 points in the loss.

Good Angels: Allie Quigley 24, Miljana Bojovic 22, Lucia Kupcikova 10
MBK Ruzomberok: Nadia Parker 19, Eva Kmetova 10



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  SLOVENIA   

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Helena BOADA
  Domzale
  (174-G-87)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Boada, Domzale23.8 
 2. Gjerkes, Grosuplje18.1 
 3. Rupnik, Jezica16.5 
 4. Abramovic, Athlet.16.5 
 5. Tavic, Ilrija16.1 
 6. Orozovic, Athlete15.8 
 7. Oblak, Odeja KED14.5 
 8. Unverdorben, AJM M.14.1 
 9. Zdolsek, Triglav13.0 
 10. Lisec, Athlete Ce.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marusa FURMAN
  GVT K.
  (184-F-86)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Furman, GVT K.10.1 
 2. Zdolsek, Triglav10.1 
 3. Prasnikar, Odeja K.10.1 
 4. Gajic, Athlete Cel.9.9 
 5. Skof, Grosuplje9.3 
 6. Pirsic, Triglav7.9 
 7. Klavzar, Ilrija7.8 
 8. Lisec, Athlete Cel.7.8 
 9. Orozovic, Athlete7.5 
 10. Klancnik, GVT K.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Bojana DURIC
  Triglav
  (174-G-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. Duric, Triglav4.0 
 2. Boada, Domzale3.8 
 3. Skof, Grosuplje3.5 
 4. Zdolsek, Triglav3.3 
 5. Gjerkes, Grosuplje3.2 
 6. Meden, Ilrija3.2 
 7. Rupnik, Jezica3.0 
 8. Gabrovsek, Athlet.2.9 
 9. Abramovic, Athlet.2.8 
 10. Zupancic, Grosupl.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Helena BOADA
  Domzale
  (174-G-87)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Boada, Domzale4.1 
 2. Klancnik, GVT K.3.8 
 3. Abramovic, Athlet.2.8 
 4. Zdolsek, Triglav2.7 
 5. Rupnik, Jezica2.5 
 6. Klavzar, Ilrija2.2 
 7. Prasnikar, Odeja K.2.2 
 8. Meglic, AJM M.2.0 
 9. Gjerkes, Grosuplje2.0 
 10. Lumpert, Jezica1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Viktoriya POMADINA
  Jezica
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Pomadina, Jezica0.9 
 2. Krznaric, AJM M.0.8 
 3. Dimec, Athlete Cel.0.8 
 4. Furman, GVT K.0.7 
 5. Lisec, Athlete Cel.0.6 
 6. Jakobcic, Triglav0.6 
 7. Zdovc, GVT Konjice0.5 
 8. Macura, Athlete0.5 
 9. Pirsic, Triglav0.5 
 10. Skof, Grosuplje0.5 



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  SPAIN   


Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Awards 2013 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB 1st Team 2013
Monique Currie
Currie
Anna Cruz
Cruz
Rachel Allison
Allison
Jacinta Monroe
Monroe
Astou Traore
Traore

Player of the Year: Monique Currie (183-G/F-83) of Perfumerias
Guard of the Year: Monique Currie (183-G/F-83) of Perfumerias
Forward of the Year: Jacinta Monroe (193-F/C-88) of Uni Girona
Center of the Year: Ziomara Morrison (193-C-89) of Rivas Ecopolis
Bosman Player of the Year: Joanna Walich (183-F/C-81) of Conquero
Import Player of the Year: Monique Currie (183-G/F-83) of Perfumerias
Domestic Player of the Year: Anna Cruz (173-PG-86) of Rivas Ecopolis
Defensive Player of the Year: Lisa Karcic (185-PF-86) of Hondar.-Irun
Coach of the Year: Victor Antonio Lapena of Perfumerias

1st Team
G/F: Monique Currie (183-G/F-83) of Perfumerias
PG: Anna Cruz (173-PG-86) of Rivas Ecopolis
PF: Rachel Allison (185-PF-87) of Burgos
F/C: Jacinta Monroe (193-F/C-88) of Uni Girona
F/C: Astou Traore (182-F/C-81) of Cadi ICG S.

2nd Team
SG: Leticia Romero (176-SG-95) of Gran Canaria
PG: Noemi Jordana (173-PG-80) of Uni Girona
F: Arhonda Covington (185-F-85) of Cadi ICG S.
PF: Lisa Karcic (185-PF-86) of Hondar.-Irun
F/C: Joanna Walich (183-F/C-81) of Conquero

3rd Team
G/F: Queralt Casas (178-G/F-92) of Rivas Ecopolis
G/F: Aja Parham (183-G/F-84) of Cadi ICG S.
G/F: Marta Fernandez (178-G/F-81) of Perfumerias
F/C: Vanessa Ble (190-F/C-91) of Gran Canaria
C: Aneika Henry (193-C-86) of Rivas Ecopolis

Honorable Mention
LaNedra Brown (188-C-81) of Bembibre
Aitana Cuevas (187-C-86) of Burgos
Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77) of Caja Rural
Olga Chatzinikolaou (181-F/G-81) of Caja Rural
Amy Denson (186-F-84) of Caja Rural
Astou Ndour (196-C-94) of Gran Canaria
Aija Putnina (191-F/C-88) of UNB Obenasa
Anna Carbo (176-F-88) of Uni Girona
Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81) of Perfumerias
Katalin Honti (177-G-87) of Rivas Ecopolis

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Anna Cruz (173-PG-86) of Rivas Ecopolis
SG: Leticia Romero (176-SG-95) of Gran Canaria
PG: Noemi Jordana (173-PG-80) of Uni Girona
G/F: Marta Fernandez (178-G/F-81) of Perfumerias
F/C: Vanessa Ble (190-F/C-91) of Gran Canaria

All-Imports Team
G/F: Monique Currie (183-G/F-83) of Perfumerias
F: Arhonda Covington (185-F-85) of Cadi ICG S.
PF: Rachel Allison (185-PF-87) of Burgos
F/C: Jacinta Monroe (193-F/C-88) of Uni Girona
F/C: Astou Traore (182-F/C-81) of Cadi ICG S.

All-Bosmans Team
G: Katalin Honti (177-G-87) of Rivas Ecopolis
F/G: Olga Chatzinikolaou (181-F/G-81) of Caja Rural
PF: Lisa Karcic (185-PF-86) of Hondar.-Irun
F/C: Joanna Walich (183-F/C-81) of Conquero
F/C: Aija Putnina (191-F/C-88) of UNB Obenasa



Anna Cruz: "It's not goodbye, it's a see you later" - by Lino Lopez


Anna Cruz announced his departure from Rivas Ecopolis after four unforgettable years in which legend has become the Spanish basketball club. The player has a touching message of thanks to the fans, who found in her a leader in the field, and a club that has grown hand in hand.

Anna Rivas Ecopolis Cruz leaves after four seasons. The player received an irresistible offer from a foreign club and the club gave him facilities for the accept. Gone are four seasons he has become the player with the most points scored in the club's history and second in games played. Anna Cruz wanted expressly goodbye to the fans of the team Rivas Ecopolis and through first-hand a statement on the club's website.

"First, for the fans of Rivas I have only words of thanks. I felt very loved and supported during these four years. They were simply great. Fans have always been with us, both for good and bad, and to me, that of Rivas is the best women's basketball fans. Become essential for the club and for the players. I have clear that, wherever I go, I'll always very present. They made me feel very special. For me it is very difficult to 'let' this club because I'm so emotionally attached to it. I've grown a lot as a player at this club, but mostly, I have as a person. I can only say thank you. "

During these four years, Anna Cruz has won the Queen's Cup twice (2011 and 2013), he played the final of the Euroleague (2012) and final Women's League (2013). This is the pitch everything that makes its way through Rivas:

"The balance is positive, we have grown hand in hand, I as a player and as a club Rivas. We have gone up every year marking us our goals and challenges. I came to Rivas to go a step further, to prove to a bigger club, and besides, I have found a great family. Rivas was the first team from the pointers that are really interested for me, and thanks to this club I am what I am. In addition to sports, I value staff also has been a fruitful relationship for both. In both respects it has been a relationship of 'ten' ".

Perhaps a particularly sore point, and more in the heart than in the ankle, the injury was suffered in their last meeting, and that prevented him from playing in the second half of the last game of the Women's League final.

"After all that has happened, the feeling that I have is with sadness. Those 20 minutes are the worst moment of my career. It is very hard to be working throughout the year to that point and ultimately not able to help. I wanted to stay calm, but inside I was dying of rabies. I tried to warm up after the coup, but could not make right leg strength, it could push or run. If he went to the track was not going to add, subtract would, though at the time did not see well because I could feel like playing. I had planned a happy ending to this story, but in the end went all wrong. It really hurts to go with this feeling of helplessness ... But I'm sure that the destination link us and together we can indemnify these wounds take time to heal. "

Anna Cruz last season stands as the most positive in a great career

"To me, all the years have been good. In all I have learned, but if I had to highlight one above all would be the latter. Despite the sour end, we are all aware that we have done this season has been very good. We have learned to fight, suffer and enjoy. Sport is well, sometimes right and sometimes wrong. But, although we have been the icing, we know within ourselves deserved us. The human group has been very good, and again, I can only say thank you, although I repeat ".

Anna Cruz Rivas makes it clear that it will always be your home and leaves the door open for the future.

"My door and my heart will always be open for this club. Those who know me know I'm usually of few words when it comes to responding to the media, do not usually ramble. This is, by far, the easiest interview I have done in life, simply because I spoke to the heart, with goosebumps and a tear recorrindome cheek. This is not goodbye, it's a see you later. "

http://www.basketrivasecopolis.com



EUROBASKET: Mondelo gives the list of 15 players for Francia'2013 - by Lino Lopez


The Coach Lucas Mondelo has released the list of 15 players who will work from May 14 to prepare France Eurobasket 2013 qualifier for the 2014 World Cup in Turkey.

PG: Silvia Domnguez, Elisa Aguilar, Laia Palau y Cristina Ouvia
G: Marta Xargay, Anna Cruz, Queralt Casas, Leonor Rodrguez, Alba Torrens y Amaya Valdemoro
C: Sancho Lyttle, Cindy Lima, Laura Gil, Laura Nicholls y Luci Pascua

the second half of June, defend the shirt of Spain on a date with his future. The selection returns to a Eurobasket in Poland since 2011 lost the train of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Since then a group of players with "unusual commitment" as stated by President Jos Luis Sez conspired to return to Spain at the European basketball elite.

Lucas Mondelo took over the team in 2012 Preuropeo Selection and signed his return to the front page of the Continental Basketball. A return which will be effective in the second half of June to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first game of the selection.

http://www.feb.es/2013/4/30/baloncesto/eurobasket-mondelo-lista-jugadoras-para-francia2013/47581.aspx



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Johannah Leedham wins the title with Bourges - by Eurobasket News

Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) wins the title with Bourges as the latter claimed the third straight LFB title in France. They overcame Lattes Montpellier for the second straight road win tonight to bring home the 12th overall LFB trophy. Nwal-Endene Miyem stepped up with 16 points to lead the winners. Bourges are now one title away from LFB most successful team Clermont-Ferrand (13 titles).
Bourges dominated from start to finish in this one. They jumped to a comfortable 15:9 lead after the opening quarter. Bourges boosted the lead in the second frame. The visitors accumulated a 37:29 halftime buffer. Celine Dumerc opened a double-digit lead for the visiting team midway through the third term. Lattes Montpellier managed to get within 8 points 43:51 at the final intermission. But Bourges did not allow the hosts to get any closer. The visitors boosted the gap to 15 points in the fourth period and never looked back en route to the win. Celine Dumerc finished with 12 points, while Emmeline Ndongue added 11 points and 7 rebounds for Bourges. Geraldine Robert responded with 15 points for Lattes Montpellier. Ana Lelas delivered 13 points in the loss.
In Jan.'13 Johannah Leedham signed at Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (France-LFB) and in Euroleague averaged 8.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.4apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 27.6%, FT: 87.5%. In French League her stat read 8.7 points per game.



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Boston Team Renamed - by Willie McCray

The Boston Bombers touted themselves as Bostons only womens semi-pro basketball team, a real part of the community. But now, because of that community association, the team is voluntarily changing its name in the wake of the Boston Marathon tragedy.

"Due to the recent events in Boston, Jakoya and I believed it would be insensitive to the victims of the tragedy to remain the "Boston Bombers". The decision was a very easy one and we definitely wanted to pay our respect to those who lost their life, were injured, and affected by this terrible act. The name Boston Bulldogs was chosen by our current players who also feel compassion for the victims. As an organization we pride ourselves on being a positive representation for Boston and felt it necessary to just start fresh. We are currently in a transition stage and have begun rebuilding a platform for fans and supports to stay updated with the organization as we immediately deactivated our team website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. At this time we are referring everyone to the WBCBL website for information or to our new twitter page @BullDogsWB....."

Thank You,
Charne Dixon & Jakoya Wilkins
- Boston Bulldogs Owner & GM
-- Boston Strong!